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Orient success for Rubens
Leyton Orient midfielders Sam Ling and Scott Kashket paid a Mitzvah Day visit to residents of Jewish Care’s Vi & John Rubens House in Redbridge as they posed for photos and gave out tickets to residents, staff and volunteers for their next home game.
Kashket, whose 93-year-old great-grandmother Tilly Stern is a resident, said: “It’s nice to come and visit people and chat to them and it’s always lovely to see my great grandma.”
Kisharon business breakfast
Bradley Fried, deputy chairman of the Court of the Bank of England, addressed a 200-strong crowd at Kisharon’s inaugural business breakfast. Held at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel and sponsored by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, the fundraiser raised £35,000 for Kisharon’s work supporting people with learning disabilities.
Fried said: “It’s a great pleasure to be associated with Kisharon – it is an outstanding organisation that is truly in the heart of our community.” Freshfields partner Jeffrey Rubinoff, said: “Kisharon is a fabulous organisation that does incredible work. Your support will give people with learning disabilities the chance to aspire to do something we get to complain about every day – going to work!” Picture: John Rifkin
Survivors swap memories
More than 100 people attended March of the Living’s launch and fundraising event at St. John’s Wood Synagogue.
The event was attended by two special guests, Freddy Mutanguha, a Rwandan genocide survivor and the director of the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre in Rwanda, and Holocaust survivor Chaim Olmer, who has attended the trip for the past couple of years. Mutanguha addressed more than 500 people during his two-day UK trip, speaking to students at JFS and youth movement leaders at JW3.
He also attended an evening at Kinloss and spent a morning speaking to people at the Holocaust Survivors Centre.
Children get in mitzvah spirit
Children at Norwood’s Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon showed their community spirit this week, collecting for local food banks in the run up to Sunday’s Mitzvah Day. Centre Manager Julie Marcow said: “We can’t believe just how quickly our collection boxes are filling up, and the children love being involved. We’re still collecting, so if you’ve got any tins or essential items like pasta, tea or toiletries, please drop them off at the Family Centre. Even the smallest donation could make a big difference.”
Fraenkel mother at Mizrachi
Rachelle Fraenkel, mother of Naftali Fraenkel, one of the three boys kidnapped and killed last summer in Israel, addressed more than 900 people in a series of talks given in England.
Brought over by Mizrachi UK, she spoke at nine separate events to audiences which included secondary schools, synagogues, the Midrasha and the Borehamwood community.
Mizrachi UK executive director Josh Pomerance said: “It was a privilege for Mizrachi UK to bring Rachelle to the UK. “We are immensely proud that we were able to bring Rachelle’s unique Religious Zionist voice to so many within our community and we would like to thank all the other communal organisations which worked with us to make her trip such a success.”
Wohl makes an MPs day
Pupils, staff and governors of Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School welcomed Wes Streeting, MP for Ilford North, to their school last week. Mr Streeting’s visit included an interactive assembly, a tour of the school conducted by the Year 6 house captains, following which older children took part in a Question Time-style debate.
Mr Streeting said: “Visiting Ilford Jewish Primary School was an absolutely fantastic start to my day. Year 6 pupils did an outstanding Q&A. Kids always ask the hardest questions and this was no exception. I agreed to raise some of the issues discussed in Parliament, which I will seek to do at the earliest opportunity.”
Ted-style conversation at sippur
More than two hundred members of the community joined the conversation about ‘New ideas on the Jewish story, Israel and us’ at ‘Sippur’, UJIA’s second convention, in association with JDOV.
Guests heard 10-12 minute TED-style talks at JW3 from UJS President Hannah Brady, former Knesset Member Dr Ruth Calderon, Senior Sephardi Rabbi Joseph Dweck, Israeli psychotrauma specialist Professor Mooli Lahad, and Honey & Co. restauranteurs Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich.
And instead of guests being urged to turn their mobile phones off, they were actively encouraged to get involved in the online conversation throughout the live event, using #sippur and tagging @UJIAcharity.
Week in pictures:
Artist Gustav Metzger was the guest of honour at the Yad Vashem-UK Foundation’s private evening viewing at Tate Britain. Simon Bentley, YV-UKF introduced the evening, while Trudy Gold of the YV-UKF Advisory Board led a Q&A session. Picture: John Rifkin
Arab Israeli diplomat George Derek addressed JFS students in an event organised by JNF UK, as part of an ongoing programme to improve students’ knowledge of contemporary Israel.
Brian Bloom, chairman of AJEX, was a guest speaker at Immanuel College’s Remembrance Service ceremony, held to mark the anniversary of Armistice Day.
Rt. Hon. Sir Brian Leveson, President of the Queen’s Bench Division, delivered the 13th Isaiah Berlin Annual Lecture “Security and Justice” at the Community Centre of The Hampstead Synagogue.