Brighton backs songs of praise

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY LIFE - BY YAEL BREUER

A SONG for Is­rael hit the right note with the Brighton and Hove com­mu­nity as 650 guests packed-out Hove Town Hall for fes­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a Euro­vi­sion-style singing com­pe­ti­tion.

Ten fi­nal­ists were judged by the au­di­ence and a panel of ex­pe­ri­enced fig­ures from the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try. They voted Stephen Melzack the win­ner for his per­for­mance of This Land, backed by his daugh­ter, Louise, and Lizzy Leigh. A lawyer by pro­fes­sion, Mr Melzack per­forms reg­u­larly in cabaret, con­certs and ed­u­ca­tion work­shops.

The cel­e­bra­tion was or­gan­ised by the Sus­sex Jewish Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil and prof­its will go to a JNF food pro­gramme in Jerusalem.

One of the or­gan­is­ers, De­bra Good- man, said that sup­port “far ex­ceeded our ex­pec­ta­tions. I can­not think of an­other oc­ca­sion in re­cent times where over 600 lo­cal Jews have gath­ered to­gether at a cross-com­mu­nal event.” Celia Barlow, MP, and the mayor, Coun­cil­lor Carol Theobald, were spe­cial guests.

To­rah Academy nurs­ery par­ent-gov­er­nor Tessa Bass or­gan­ised a party for the young­sters.

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