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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.

Stam­ford Hill

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

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