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A RETIRED SPECIAL-needs teacher has arranged a concert at Hendon Synagogue, North-West London, to raise money for an Israeli special needs school badly damaged during the summer’s Hizbollah bombardment.
Israeli-born Edit Speier, who formerly taught at Wolfson Hill Primary in Southgate, North London, heard about the direct hit on Renanim special-needs school in Kiryat Shmona while visiting family in Israel in the summer.
“I decided to get in touch with the school to find out if there was anything I could help with,” explained Mrs Speier. The show, Beyond the Fringes, on January 28, features comedians and singers who have put on successful shows in Manchester, as well as Mrs Speier’s husband, Dov, formerly cantor at Southgate shul. Tickets from 020 8886 2391 or the Steimatzky Bookshop, 46 Golders Green Road, London NW11
FOUNDER MEMBERS of Radlett and Bushey Reform Synagogue attended a special Shabbatmorning service to mark the 35th anniversary of the congregation’s establishment as the Bushey Heath Reform Jewish Community.
Among those who took a special role in the service, which was led by the community’s present minister, Rabbi Paul Freedman, were vice-presidents Barry Hyman and Elaine de Lange, former chairs Rolfe Roseman and Helen Janes, and Elliot Lewis, who wrote a letter convening a meeting to set up the community.
The service also gave members the opportunity to see the new ramp to the bimah, part of the work being done to ensure that all parts of the synagogue are accessible to the disabled.
MORE THAN 40 Jewish Lads’ & Girls’ Brigade leaders from all over the UK attended a training weekend. The training was undertaken by members of the Armed Forces Jewish Community led by Col Martin Newman FCIPR, a former brigade officer. The topics covered included teambuilding and methods of instruction, motivational skills, challenging behaviour and dealing with special needs. As well as social activities and entertainments, there was an awards dinner at which presentations were made to members including Jodie Levison from Ilford, Lee Sidney from Borehamwood and to Branch Captain Shirley Lane from the Woodford Seniors Unit.
RADLETT’S UNITED and Reform communities have once again joined forces to aid Jews in Belarus. Members of the two synagogues got together to collect and pack parcels of clothes and other essentials to be sent by World Jewish Relief to Jew- ish communities in the former communist state.
Volunteers from both congregations packed around 130 boxes, including clothing, bedding, toiletries, babywear, cots and other nursery equipment. Also participating in the aid effort this year were the ladies of the neighbouring United Reform Church in Chiswell Green, St Albans, who responded to a special WJR appeal for soft toys by knitting 100 teddy bears for the children in Belarus.
A HACKNEY, North London, student who suffers from profound learning and physical disabilities has been given an award for outstanding educational achievement by Hackney Children and Young People’s Services.
Yitzchok Greenfeld, 18, who is a pupil at Norwood’s Annie Lawson School, was given the award at the “Looked After Child” Education Award Ceremony held at the Hackney Empire. Mr Greenfeld, who was presented with a certificate, medal and gift vouchers by Steve Goodman, head of community care for Hackney Social Services, was nominated for the award by his teachers following a successful year of academic achievement.
SOME 150 PAST and present members of the Federation’s Finchley Central Synagogue gave Rabbi Zvi Telsner a standing ovation when they gathered on Sunday at Hasmonean School in Hendon, North-West London, to bid farewell to their minister before his departure for Melbourne.
A presentation was made to the rabbi by Federation president Alan Finlay. There were also tributes from Federation Beath Din head Dayan Y Y Lichtenstein and from Finchley’s president Morris Reich.
ABOUT 300 people provided a rousing send-off for Rabbi Zvi Telsner and his wife Miriam at Lubavitch UK headquarters in Stamford Hill, North London, where the Australia-bound rabbi worked part time. The farewell event was combined with a melave malka in aid of Lubavitch schools. A presentation was made by Rabbi Faivish Vogel, executive director of the Lubavitch Foundation. Tomorrow night, another melave malka is due to take place when the North-West London Lubavitch community will say goodbye to the Telsner family.
Rabbi Zvi Telsner (left) with Dayan YY Lichtenstein and Alan Finlay