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AP­PROX­I­MATELY 200 guests gath­ered in the Harold Greene Hall at Cardiff United Syn­a­gogue to cel­e­brate the up­sh­ernish (tra­di­tional hair­cut­ting cer­e­mony) of Eli, the eldest son of Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg and his wife, Blima, writes Ruth Levene. Guests in­cluded mem­bers of the Ortho­dox and Re­form syn­a­gogues in Cardiff as well as fam­ily and friends from Swansea, New­port, Liver­pool, Lon­don, Bournemouth, Ox­ford, Birm­ing­ham and Le­ices­ter. Rabbi Yossi Si­mon, of Tzivos Hashem Work­shops, ex­plained to guests the cus­tom of leav­ing the hair, just like the fruit on a tree is left for the first three years, af­ter which the tree yields fruit.


SOME 100 peo­ple, in­clud­ing sev­eral from Hove He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion, at­tended a Shab­bat ser­vice at Brighton and Hove He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion’s West Hove Syn­a­gogue. A kid­dush was given by Rabbi Pe­sach Efune, to­gether with his wife Pen­ina, to cel­e­brate 20 years of ser­vice to the com­mu­nity, writes Ce­cily Woolf. In his ad­dress, the rabbi said that the com­mu­nity had “a great fu­ture”, not­ing that more young fam­i­lies were mov­ing to the city. BHHC chair­man Keith Davis praised the work of his “friend and teacher”. He an­nounced that both Ortho­dox com­mu­ni­ties, BHHC and HHC, now planned to hold joint so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties.

BRIGHTON AND Hove He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion held a melavah malka in the syn­a­gogue’s Mark Luck Hall. The 32 peo­ple who at­tended raised ap­prox­i­mately £100 for the cheder which is also used by Hove He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion. Martin Gil­more, a par­tic­i­pant, is pic­tured above dur­ing the quiz that fol­lowed. ”


A CEL­E­BRA­TORY kid­dush is to be held for an oc­to­ge­nar­ian who re­ceived an MBE in this year’s Hon­ours List for ser­vices to older peo­ple in Birm­ing­ham. Anne Shearer, who will be 84 next month, has also won other civic awards. She re­cently won a Shin­ing Star Award from Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil So­cial Care and Health for a “sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion by a carer against all odds”, and in 2006 her work for the el­derly was recog­nised by South Birm­ing­ham NHS Pri­mary Care Trust. Mrs Shearer has been a board mem­ber of the Birm­ing­ham Car­ers’ Sup­port Ser­vices for more than 20 years, and is vice-chair of Birm­ing­ham Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil for Older Peo­ple.

Mrs Shearer told the JC: “I am so proud to re­ceive this hon­our.” She is a vol­un­teer at Birm­ing­ham’s Jewish Care Home, Andrew Co­hen House, the venue for the kid­dush on Jan­uary 27.


TWO GLAS­GOW fam­i­lies have vis­ited their “twin” Ethiopian fam­i­lies in prepa­ra­tion for the twin­ning of their sons, writes Lindy Markson.

The twin­ning project — which en­ables Ethiopian chil­dren in Is­rael to cel­e­brate their own com­ing-of-age — made its Scot­tish de­but at the end of last year. Stephen Sil­ver, his son Richard, and Steven, Shelley and their son, Gabi Banks, met their Ethiopian coun­ter­parts at the UJIA­sup­ported Ts­fat ab­sorp­tion cen­tre, where Richard is twinned with Ta’aso Ackld and Gabi with Aschald Jam­ber. There are 14 Scot­tish chil­dren in­volved in the UJIA project and a com­mu­nal bar/bat­mitz­vah is to be held in Jerusalem in July.


NEW­CAS­TLE RE­FORM Syn­a­gogue has an­nounced that within the next few weeks it will be look­ing for a suc­ces­sor to take over from Rabbi Dr Robert Ash, who will be leav­ing his post af­ter al­most five years, writes Faga Speker. Chair­man Benny Ross said: “Rabbi Ash has been our long­est serv­ing rabbi, and it is likely that he will re­main as rabbi un­til late sum­mer. We would like to ex­press our ap­pre­ci­a­tion for all the new ven­tures he has ini­ti­ated.” Rabbi Ash said: “I have en­joyed my work with New­cas­tle Re­form but I am look­ing for the chal­lenge of a fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of my rab­bini­cal ca­reer.”

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