Continental Friends

There follow reports from recent get-togethers.

For information about meetings email Susan Harrod - susan@ajr.org.uk

Northern Groups

Bradford Continental Friends

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From Bradford to Cracow
We were invited to the lovely home of Lily and Albert Waxman, where we heard all about their recent trip to Poland to follow the progress of the Sefer Torah which was donated by their synagogue in Bradford and now resides in the synagogue in Cracow.

Broughton/Crumpsall Continental Friends

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Cheshire Continental Friends

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Didsbury Continental Friends

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Kinder Play

We had the pleasure to meet Emma Degan, in Manchester to play the role of Helga in Kindertransport at the Opera House. It was most interesting to talk to her and she was keen to hear stories from members of our group.


Dundee

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Exploring Roots
A small group of enthusiastic members gathered at the second meeting of the group. We explored our roots as well as present-day problems in Europe. It was also an opportunity to hear about AJR social work services from Myrna and Jim.

Edinburgh

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‘Your Most Desirable Dinner Guest’
The theme ‘Your most desirable dinner guest’ drew a variety of responses. ‘Desirable guests’ included Moses, the Queen, ‘someone from the future’, and Rembrandt. Yet another sociable afternoon inEdinburgh.

Glasgow

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A Convivial Get-together
Colin Grant described his life in journalism, most of it spent at the Sunday Post, a popular weekly covering all Scotland, and his progress through the editorship of sports then news sections, with many anecdotes on press life. Altogether a convivial get-together.

Glasgow Book Club

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An Excellent Read
There was no shortage of input from members at our meeting in the home of Marion Camrass. The Marrying of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris proved an excellent read. We were delighted to welcome Rita McNeil to the Book Club.

Glasgow CF

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Outing to Pollok House
We had a delightful outing to Pollok House, enjoying afternoon tea at the 18th-century manor of the Stirling-Maxwell family, which now belongs to the Scottish National Trust. Thanks as usual to Agnes and Anthea.

Harrogate/York CF

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Report on Holocaust Commission

Meeting at the Schatzbergers’ home, we were told by Inge Little of her attendance at the Prime Minister’s Holocaust Commission in Wembley. We were joined by University of York postgraduates Sebastian and Hugh, who are making an educational video based on survivors’ experiences. Some of our members agreed to be interviewed.


Hull

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Ensuring that Future Generations Never Forget
At this meeting, kindly hosted by Rose Abrahamson, members discussed the Prime Minister’s Holocaust Commission. The overall opinion was that Holocaust education is the most important factor in ensuring that future generations never forget.

Leeds

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Leeds and Manchester Mutual Friends
Members of the Leeds and Manchester groups met for lunch at Brackmans Bakery, followed by a visit to the Manchester Jewish Museum to see an exhibition by Jewish artists including Chagall and Soutine. Some members from across the Pennines found ‘mutual friends’ from their birth places and had even attended the same cheder!

Leeds (Continental Friends)

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Annual Garden Party
We were serenaded by violinist Elaine Green in the magnificent gardens belonging to Pippa and Norman Landey, who so generously offer their home each summer for our Annual Garden Party. A sumptuous afternoon tea of home baking followed, all catered by Pippa. Everyone went home with a big smile on their face.

Liverpool

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Many Thanks Susanne Green
Our June meeting saw one of the largest attendances of members to bid farewell to our very good friend and co-ordinator Susanne Green, who is retiring next month, and to welcome our new ‘leader’, Wendy Bott. Susanne has worked tirelessly for the group and nothing was ever too much for her. We shall all miss her

Manchester (Continental Friends)

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Many Thanks Susanne Green
Susanne Green, retiring as our area co-ordinator, will leave a great void for our group. She has for the last 13 years been a wonderful organiser and friend. At our June meeting, she was our celebrity speaker and we were enthralled to hear about her untiring efforts for what she called the ‘AJR Family’. So many have returned to the fold thanks to Susanne’s endeavours. Her energy and enthusiasm left us spellbound. We wish her a long, happy and healthy retirement. We now look forward to working harmoniously and fruitfully with Susanne’s successor, Wendy Bott.

Newcastle

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Trip to the Home of the Paper Clips Project
Brenda and Martin Levinson shared with a well attended meeting their trip to perhaps the most unusual Holocaust memorial in the world: Whitwell, Tennessee, home of the Paper Clips Project.

Northern Region Groups

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Northern Regional Get-together ‘A Full and Enjoyable Day’

Over 50 members from across the North of England met at the Sinai Synagogue in Leeds. Following a welcome from Michael Newman, people dispersed into discussion groups and re-assembled for a delicious salmon lunch, after which David Lawson gave a most interesting talk on the Jews of Ostrava. After further discussion groups the afternoon culminated in cake and coffee before everyone headed home after a full and enjoyable day.


Sheffield

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History of the Jewish Community of Bradford
Nigel Grizzard gave a most interesting talk on the growth of the Jewish community in Bradford, its influence on that city, and its increasing links with Israel.

Whitefield/Prestwich Continental Friends

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Unique Project

We welcomed TV/theatre presenters Ros and Jane Merkin, who spoke to us about their unique project to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Kindertransport. They have created the mobile (no props) play Suitcase, which they will perform at railway stations up and down the country.