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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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