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AROUND 160 peo­ple at­tended a com­mu­nal gath­er­ing to say prayers for Is­rael at Bournemouth He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion. They in­cluded mem­bers of the lo­cal Chris­tian com­mu­nity who wished to show their sup­port for Is­rael. As well as psalms, memo­rial prayers were re­cited for those who have been lost in the con­flict.

ACHRISTIAN­cou­ple, Les and Mar­garet Bur­bidge, staged their fourth an­nual A Night to Hon­our Is­rael at the Light­house Theatre. The evening of mu­sic, dance and speak­ers, which at­tracted sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple, in­cluded mem­bers of the Jewish com­mu­nity who the cou­ple have met through the Rabbi Adrian Jes­ner said: “The sup­port that the Jewish com­mu­nity de­rive from the evening ded­i­cated to hon­our Is­rael is much ap­pre­ci­ated, par­tic­u­larly at this time.” Mr Bur­bidge said: “As long as we have the strength we will con­tinue to sup­port Is­rael and the Jewish peo­ple.”


THE pre­sented a con­cert by the Sus­sex Po­lice Choir which raised £1,100 for the club. The event, which in­cluded an af­ter­noon tea, was at­tended by 100 peo­ple. Sue Shaw, who had the idea for the con­cert, said: “It was a fan­tas­tic event which every­one en­joyed.”


A NEW Se­fer To­rah was do­nated to

by the fam­ily of con­gre­gant Cyril Sil­ver who died two years ago. Cardiff-born Cyril Sil­ver was drafted into the Civil Ser­vice dur­ing the Sec­ond World War and came to live in Read­ing with his wife Irene when he was posted to Farn­bor­ough, as it was the near­est Ortho­dox com­mu­nity. The ded­i­ca­tion was at­tended by his widow, their four chil­dren and grand­chil­dren. More than 80 mem­bers of RHC, as well as friends and fam­ily from Brus­sels, Is­rael and Lon­don at­tended the event. The fi­nal let­ters of the scroll were added by the so­pher and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and it was then pa­raded through the streets around the sy­n­a­gogue be­fore be­ing re­turned to the ark.


A CA­PAC­ITY au­di­ence gath­ered in the historic Mon­te­fiore Sy­n­a­gogue for its an­nual con­cert of Jewish litur­gi­cal mu­sic per­formed by the bOYber­shop Quar­tet. Un­der the mu­si­cal di­rec­tor­ship of Ben­jamin Wolf and Eliot Al­der­man, their pro­gramme for the 100-strong au­di­ence in­cluded Sephardi/ Ladino, Ashke­nazi and Ye­menite melodies. God­frey Fis­cher, pres­i­dent and se­nior war­den of Thanet and District Re­form Sy­n­a­gogue, said the event marked a spe­cial an­niver­sary dat­ing back to 1833. This was when Sir Moses and his wife Lady Ju­dith Mon­te­fiore in­vited their gen­tile neigh­bours to join them at the ded­i­ca­tion of the new sy­n­a­gogue in the grounds of their home. ty for fund­ing their visit. Mu­sic was pro­vided by the Kol Ki­nor choir and vi­olin­ist Si­mone Shecht­man, and mem­bers of JLGB pre­sented the vet­er­ans with a cer­tifi­cate ex­press­ing their thanks for their ser­vice to Is­rael. An ac­tion packed itinerary for the vis­i­tors in­cluded a two-day visit to Lon­don where they were wel­comed to the Houses of Par­lia­ment by Louise Ell­man MP.


COLIN­DALE Some of the 160 film buffs who at­tended a Se­cret Cin­ema event at the RAF Mu­seum in aid of La­ni­ado Hos­pi­tal in Ne­tanya, rais­ing £5,000. La­ni­ado chief ex­ec­u­tive Si­mon Sil­ver said the money raised will go to­wards the pur­chase of a new de­fib­ril­la­tor that will be ded­i­cated to the mem­ory of the the three teenage boys mur­dered in Is­rael. BOURNEMOUTH Mem­bers of Bournemouth He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion’s ladies guild hon­oured the 90th birth­day of Hilda Marks ( seated, left). by ded­i­cat­ing a leaf on the Tree of Life in the shul’s foyer to her. Mrs Marks has served on the guild for more than 60 years

Bournemouth Coun­cil of Chris­tians and Jews.

BRIGHTON Ariella Kay dressed to im­press at the To­rah Academy an­nual summer fair. The event raised £400 for the nurs­ery

RALLI Hall Lunch and So­cial Club

PARIS Stu­dents at Kisharon Day School en­joyed an ed­u­ca­tional trip to Paris thanks to teacher Lyna Panas who raised the £5,000 needed to cover the four-day visit

Read­ing He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion

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