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A STRICTLY Gersh­win con­cert at­tracted a crowd of 80 to Southend and West­cliff He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion. Synagogue coun­cil mem­ber Michael Franks wel­comed the au­di­ence, which was en­ter­tained by the Fide­lio Singers, con­ducted by mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Ma­garet Cozens. Cream cakes and tea were served and nearly £800 was raised for synagogue funds.

PORTSMOUTH

FIFTY PEO­PLE cel­e­brated the 75th an­niver­sary of the lay­ing of the foun­da­tion stone at Portsmouth and South­sea He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion’s synagogue in The Thicket. Among those present were Bournemouth-based Michael Filer and An­thony Filer of Lon­don, grand­sons of Hy­man Filer, who presided over the cer­e­mony in 1936. The oc­ca­sion also served as a farewell to Rabbi David Katanka, who leaves the com­mu­nity af­ter eight years’ ser­vice. War­den Tony Cooper said that all as­pects of lo­cal Jewish life had been en­hanced by Rabbi Katanka’s min­istry and the pas­toral care that he and his wife Mar­i­lyn had pro­vided. The kid­dush was spon­sored by Lawrence and Ruth Guyer, who were cel­e­brat­ing their 40th wed­ding an­niver­sary.

OX­FORD

OX­FORD MO­SAIC, the adult ed­u­ca­tion fo­rum for the Ox­ford Jewish Con­gre­ga­tion, at­tracted nearly 50 peo­ple to the last in the se­ries of talks on Jewish mu­sic. Geral­dine Auer­bach, founder and di­rec­tor of the Jewish Mu­sic In­sti­tute, spoke about its work in pro­mot­ing mu­si­cians who were per­se­cuted by the Nazis. Other speak­ers have been Jeremy Montagu on mu­si­cal in­stru­ments of the Bi­ble and Jonathan Bard on Jewish jazz. Ox­ford con­gre­ga­tion mem­ber Mike Harper spoke on synagogue mu­sic “from haf­tarah to Han­del and back again”. All talks were held at the Ox­ford Jewish Cen­tre.

BRIGHTON

A CROWD of 50 en­joyed a gar­den party in sup­port of Brighton and Hove Coun­cil of Chris­tians and Jews. The event was hosted by Mar­jorie Hamp­ton at her Rot­tingdean home and en­ter­tain­ment was pro­vided by dancers from the Ralli Hall Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. Around £90 was col­lected for the Horn of Africa Ap­peal.

A COF­FEE morn­ing and jew­ellery party at the home of Wendy and Ron­nie Bloom at­tracted 60 guests and raised more than £800 for the Ralli Hall lunch and so­cial club.

EIGHTY PEO­PLE sang for their sup­per at a karaoke and bar­be­cue evening at the Talmud To­rah Hall or­gan­ised by Hove He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion’s ladies’ com­mit­tee.

BRIGHTON AND Hove Ajex held its sum­mer quiz at the Re­form synagogue’s Ajex Hall. Ivor Collins posed the ques­tions to the 30-strong au­di­ence and the event raised £100 for Ajex char­i­ties.

HAST­INGS

HAST­INGS AND District Coun­cil of Chris­tians and Jews held a gar­den party at the home of Jean and Peter Whitker with en­ter­tain­ment pro­vided by mem­bers. The 30 guests raised £120 for CCJ funds.

READ­ING

READ­ING WIZO held its an­nual bridge and Scrab­ble tea at the home of chair­man Sue Kris­man and her hus­band Alan. Forty peo­ple sat down to some se­ri­ous play­ing, fol­lowed by a cream tea pre­pared by the com­mit­tee. More than £500 was raised for Wizo projects in Is­rael.

GLAS­GOW

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