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