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  • Edgware United’s Yom Hashoah night

More than 200 people attended a Yom Hashoah event at Edgware United Synagogue on Sunday night, where renowned cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, a survivor of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, took part in a candle-lighting, together with second and third generation survivors. Rabbi David Lister said: “This evening has been a fitting tribute and memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.”

  • Baking for soup

Northwood United Synagogue will host Great British Bake Off 2014 finalist Kimberley Wilson at its Shavuot Northwood Bake Off on 28 May. Jewish News chef Denise Phillips will co-judge the event, in aid of Meir Panim soup kitchens.

  • Lunch for newborns

More than 160 invited guests will pour into the swimming pool room at the Haymarket Hotel for a ‘shi-shi’ lunch and fashion event. Sponsored by Bank Leumi and the Kennedy Leigh Charitable Trust, funds raised at the event will help to buy much needed life-saving equipment for the new neonatal intensive care unit at Shaare Zedek Medical Centre, Jerusalem. The programme will include a presentation by special guests from Israel, Rina and Aliza Palmer. Nine-year-old Aliza’s life was saved by Shaare Zedek.


  • Norwood entertains Microsoft

Nearly 100 volunteers from Microsoft’s Public Sector team arrived from across the UK to volunteer at Ravenswood, Norwood’s home to 130 people with learning disabilities in Berkshire. Microsoft’s Anna Chambers, executive assistant to the general manager, public sector, said: “We had an absolutely fantastic day. So many of the group have spoken to me about their experiences and the truly positive impact and were pleased to help them deliver against their corporate and social responsibility objectives.”

  • Record-breaking fun run

Maccabi GB has announced this year’s Community Fun Run will have the largest number of charities taking part. A total of 41 organisations will be involved for the 22 June event, which has raised more than £1,000,000 since its launch in 2007. CEO Martin Berliner said: “We always hoped that the Jewish charitable sector and the community would embrace the event and the fact we have consistently broken records year-on-year is a credit to all concerned.”

  • Caring is singing

The Care team at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue is hosting a new monthly singing group. Led by Judith Silver, the sessions are held on the second Thursday of every month, from 11am to 12.30pm. To book a place at its next session on 8 May, email:


Survivors at an LJCC art exhibition to commemorate Yom HaShoah

  • Yom HaShoah art

The London Jewish Cultural Centre and Holocaust Survivors’ Centre organised an exhibition to mark Yom Hashoah. Comprising works by a number of Holocaust survivors who attend a weekly art class, their pieces will be shown alongside large charcoal portraits and etchings of the artists by their teacher, Barbara Jackson.