MID­LANDS

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BIRM­ING­HAM

KING DAVID Pri­mary pupils, staff and par­ents en­joyed an in­ter­ac­tive per­for­mance from in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed Is­raeli vi­o­lin­ist Lior Kaminet­sky dur­ing his UK tour. Pupils heard him play Bach, fol­lowed by Is­raeli, Ladino and Ye­menite melodies. Ask­ing pupils to sug­gest a song which they could sing to his play­ing, a Mus­lim pupil chose the Jewish hymn Yig­dal. Later that evening, Mr Kaminet­sky per­formed to a mixed au­di­ence of over 120 peo­ple at Cen­tral Syn­a­gogue, im­pro­vis­ing with sev­eral lo­cal mu­si­cians. His visit was or­gan­ised by the Is­rael In­for­ma­tion­cen­tre. Mrkaminet­sky’s tour in­cluded recitals in Leeds, Ox­ford, Manch­ester and London.( Seep­ic­ture.)

MORE THAN 50 peo­ple, in­clud­ing refugees from Mid­dle East­ern and North African coun­tries, at­tended Birm­ing­ham Cen­tral Syn­a­gogue for a show­ing of The For­got­ten Peo­ple, a film about the mil­lion Jewish refugees from Arab lands. Af­ter the film there fol­lowed a dis­cus­sion led by Lyn Julius, co-founder of Harif, an or­gan­i­sa­tion for Jewish refugees from the Mid­dle East and North Africa. The vote of thanks was given by Dr Henry Cohn, vice-pres­i­dent of the lo­cal Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil which or­gan­ised the event.

RABBI SH­MUEL Arkush was among faith lead­ers at the NEC cen­tre for the launch of a web­site de­tail­ing the Birm­ing­ham re­li­gious ed­u­ca­tion syl­labus. The web­site — www. faith­make­sad­if­fer­ence. co.uk — is de­signed to make it easy for schools, re­li­gious groups and par­ents to ac­cess 400 les­son plans and other re­sources for teach­ing the Birm­ing­ham Agreed Syl­labus for Re­li­gious Ed­u­ca­tion. Rabbi Arkush said: “There is much na­tional in­ter­est in this new ap­proach to re­li­gious ed­u­ca­tion. This dy­namic ap­proach to in­ter­faith ac­tiv­ity has been wel­comed by teach­ers and other faith lead­ers.”

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