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”.