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FOR­MER CON­SER­VA­TIVE leader Iain Dun­can Smith has urged pupils at Im­manuel Col­lege al­ways to keep in mind the im­por­tance of help­ing those less for­tu­nate than them­selves, writes Jay Grenby.

A founder of the Cam­paign for So­cial Jus­tice, the Ching­ford and Wood­ford Green MP (pic­tured, right) was the key­note speaker at the Bushey school’s an­nual prize-giv­ing. An au­di­ence of around 400 pupils, par­ents and gov­er­nors heard him de­liver what Im­manuel head teacher Philip Skelker called “a pow­er­ful mes­sage that ad­dressed the im­per­fec­tions of to­day’s so­ci­ety”.

Dur­ing his visit, Mr Dun­can Smith BRI­TISH FRIENDS of Boys Town Jerusalem raised more than £2,500 at a sup­per quiz held at Edg­ware Ma­sorti Syn­a­gogue. Ac­tress Deb­bie Chazen, star of the BBC’s “The Smok­ing Room” and cur­rently in a panto at Lon­don’s Bar­bican Theatre, was ques­tion-mas­ter for the event, which at­tracted more than 150 peo­ple.

The char­ity’s de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor, Lau­rence Stein, told the JC: “This is the first event Bri­tish Friends of Boys Town Jerusalem has or­gan­ised for some time, and I am over­whelmed at the re­sponse. We need now to move on from this and ar­range more events which will al­low us to raise money to en­rich the lives of th­ese boys who are helped by Boys Town. Deb­bie Chazen was a vi­brant and ex­tremely en­ter­tain­ing ques­tion-mas­ter, and we are deeply grate­ful for her sup­port.” re­sponded to a range ques­tions from pupils, in­clud­ing one on the re­cent cross-party re­port on an­tisemitism in Bri­tain, of which he was one of the au­thors.


NEARLY 100 peo­ple at­tended a cabaret sup­per at Highams Park and Ching­ford Syn­a­gogue in aid of Chai Can­cer Care, writes Judy Silkoff.

The event was or­gan­ised by the For­est Friends Com­mit­tee. Run by lo­cal res­i­dents Philip and Made­lon Lawrence, it has raised money for a range of Jewish char­i­ties since 1993.

Guests at the din­ner in­cluded Il­ford North MP Lee Scott and the Mayor of Waltham For­est, Coun­cil­lor Fa­rooq Qureshi. Ex­press­ing her grat­i­tude to the For­est Friends Com­mit­tee for or­gan­is­ing the event, Chai’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Kathryn Fin­lay, told guests: “It is events like th­ese that al­low us to con­tinue run­ning and aug­ment­ing our ser­vices for the ben­e­fit of the en­tire Jewish com­mu­nity.”


A PAN­TOMIME put on by North­wood and Pin­ner Lib­eral Syn­a­gogue’s Oak­lands Drama Group at­tracted around 800 peo­ple for its six per­for­mances, writes Jay Grenby.

Their pro­duc­tion of “Trea­sure Is­land” — writ­ten and di­rected by NPLS mem­bers Peter My­ers and Richard Pos­ner — raised £6,000. Prof­its are to be split be­tween shul funds, the scan­ner ap­peal at Mount Ver­non Hospi­tal and other char­i­ties.

The panto was the fourth the pair have cre­ated for the syn­a­gogue’s drama com­pany. Iain Dun­can Smith with (from left) Im­manuel Col­lege pupils Sala­mon Aaron, Ariel Levy, David Bagel and Becky Skelker Photo: John Rifkin

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