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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