YOUR LOCAL NEWS
FOR THE second year running, around 100 members of the local
visited the home of minister Rabbi Naftali Brawer and his wife Dina on the morning before Yom Kippur. They were there not just to sample the rebbetzen’s renowned honey cake but also to receive the traditional rabbinical blessing. “We love to do this,” said Rabbi Brawer, “because it gives us a chance to meet so many of our congregants and wish them a sweet new year.”
THIRTY MEMBERS of Elstree’s Federation Synagogue, Ohr Yisroel,
went on a two-day visit to Poland led by their minister, Rabbi Raphy Garson and his wife Deborah. The tour was hosted by J-Roots, a division of Aish UK specialising in trips to Eastern Europe for young Jews, and accompanied by Auschwitz survivor Eva Neuman. In addition to visiting AuschwitzBirkenau, the Elstree group toured the Jewish quarter of Krakow, as well as Kielce and Krasnik. Lightning visits were also paid to the Lublin yeshivah, the site of Maidenek concentration camp and the Warsaw Ghetto. “Having Mrs Neuman with us was an inspiration and helped put many of the sights we saw into perspective,” Rabbi Garson said.
THERE WAS ballroom dancing, champagne, canapés and dinner at Edinburgh House, the Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Home for the Aged,
at its endof-summer party. Residents, family and staff danced the night away with a number of staff members wearing their national costumes. buffs heard Neil Isaacson of Hendon kosher wine specialist Amazing Grapes give a short lecture on wine-making and an overview of the fast-growing Israeli market before enjoying a tasting. The Pinner Israel Action Group has already completed one $25,000 partnership with the Israel Guide Dog Centre to support the raising and training of a guide dog. The centre receives no government funding and makes no charge to guide dog recipients.
FIRST golf tournament, held at the Abridge club, raised several thousand pounds towards the Essex-based charity’s support for those affected by drug addiction. Richard Daniels was the individual winner of the tournament, which was followed by a threecourse dinner where the guest speaker was Penny Mallory, champion rally driver and television presenter. Karen Sharpe chaired the tournament committee.
Jewish Care Pro-Am golf day winners Errol Rudnick, Luke Eggleston, Jason Shelley and Lee Vandermolen with event chair Jeremy Curtis at the Brocket Hall course. The event raised over £40,000
New Enfield and Winchmore Hill rabbi Yitzchok Sufrin and his wife Zipporah led congregants on a Tashlich (washing away sins) cruise from Regent’s Park to Camden Lock. Following the reciting of prayers, the group shared their challah with someappreciative ducks