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MICHAEL EDELSON’S tales of his ex­pe­ri­ences as a Manch­ester United di­rec­tor kept guests en­ter­tained at a lo­cal break­fast meet­ing in aid of Eshel Colel Chabad, a char­ity feed­ing Is­rael’s needy. It was hosted by Daniel Berke, a part­ner at LHS So­lic­i­tors, and also ad­dressed by Eshel UK pres­i­dent Mark Adle­stone, who re­ported that its 20 food halls in Is­rael sup­plied more than one mil­lion meals an­nu­ally. It fur­ther dis­trib­uted monthly food crates to thou­sands of fam­i­lies. Zal­man Duch­man, son of Eshel CEO Sholom Duch­man, pre­sented Mr Edelson with a plaque in recog­ni­tion of his sup­port. (See pic­ture.)


KINGFIELD SYNAGOGUE’S “Mu­sic on a Sum­mer Af­ter­noon” con­cert fea­tured Frada Wilen­ski on piano, Meg Birks on flute and sax and Katie Need­ham on clar­inet and sax. The pro­gramme in­cluded clas­si­cal pieces by Grieg and Han­del, jazz by Duke Elling­ton and some Gersh­win easy lis­ten­ing, as well as some pop­u­lar TV themes. The 70 guests also en­joyed af­ter­noon tea.


NEW UNITED He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion min­is­ter Rabbi Aaron Lipsey has al­ready helped to swell the con­gre­ga­tion. Five days af­ter his first of­fi­cial Shab­bat with the com­mu­nity, Rabbi Lipsey’s wife Miriam gave birth to a son. “It was lovely to have con­gre­gants wish­ing us well and vis­it­ing us at home,” Rabbi Lipsey said. There had been a Shab­bat kid­dush to wel­come the Lipseys. Shul pres­i­dent Sa­muel Pearl­man re­ported a big turnout, adding: “Rabbi Lipsey and his fam­ily have set­tled in well and have man­aged to meet many of our con­gre­gants al­ready.”

A STRAW­BER­RIES and scones tea party was held in the gar­dens of the United He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion’s com­plex. UHC func­tions com­mit­tee chair Henry Ross said: “We all had a won­der­ful af­ter­noon and the weather was per­fect.” More than 100 peo­ple at­tended, rais­ing £1,000-plus for shul funds.

THE AN­NUAL New­cas­tle and North East Ajex whisky tast­ing evening was held at New­cas­tle UHC. The 20 par­tic­i­pants sam­pled dis­tinc­tive malts brought along by an ex­pert. The event is now held in mem­ory of Ajex stal­wart Mau­rice Black. Al­most £200 was raised for char­ity.


is­sues fac­ing UK Jewry to 70 peo­ple at the Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil of Birm­ing­ham and West Mid­lands Jewry AGM, held at Birm­ing­ham He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion. Coun­cil pres­i­dent Sir Bernard Ziss­man pre­sented re­tir­ing trea­surer Dr Henry Cohn with Sir Martin Gil­bert’s book, A His­tory of Is­rael. Chair Ruth Jacobs, vicechair Alan Blu­men­thal and hon­orary sec­re­tary Leonard Jacobs were re-elected and the newly-elected trea­surer is Carmel Wall.

TWELVE IS­RAELI vet­er­ans were hosted by the West Mid­lands com­mu­nity for a 10-day hol­i­day. They vis­ited lo­cal places of in­ter­est and met the Lord Mayor, Coun­cil­lor Anita Ward, who told them that her 29-yearold son was re­cov­er­ing from in­juries sus­tained in Afghanistan. A high­light for group mem­bers who had served with the Is­raeli po­lice was the op­por­tu­nity to meet Birm­ing­ham po­lice of­fi­cers en­gaged in anti-terrorism work. The Birm­ing­ham Friends of Is­raeli War Dis­abled or­gan­ised the visit, which was funded by the com­mu­nity.

BIRM­ING­HAM HE­BREW Con­gre­ga­tion, Singers Hill, re­sounded to cheers and laugh­ter at a cel­e­bra­tion of the 30th birth­day of chief min­is­ter, Rabbi Yossi Jacobs. Dur­ing the spe­cial ser­vice, shul pres­i­dent Alan Blu­men­thal pa­raded the rabbi around on his shoul­ders. In five years, Rabbi Jacobs has made a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the con­gre­ga­tion, ini­ti­at­ing projects to at­tract younger peo­ple. Rabbi Jacobs said he was “over­whelmed by the level of sup­port and love”.

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