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.
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 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.
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 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 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.