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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

for further information, contact wendy@ajr.org.uk

Bradford Ladies 3 - Leeds 0
Our Leeds speaker took hasbara as his topic but his opening assertions met with such a robust rebuttal from the audience that time ran out before he could develop his theme. Result: Bradford Ladies 3 - Leeds 0. Splendid stuff!

Broughton/Crumpsall Continental Friends

for further information, contact wendy@ajr.org.uk

 


Cheshire Continental Friends

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First Impressions
Wendy Bott, who had recently taken over from Susanne Green as AJR Groups Co-ordinator, invited all 22 people present to say who they were and from where they had originated. She then suggested we have a discussion on ’First Impressions?’ Our interesting discussion, at the home of Peter and Heather Kurer, was followed by a lovely afternoon tea.

Didsbury Continental Friends

for further information, contact wendy@ajr.org.uk

Good Conversation and Afternoon Tea
The usual mix of good conversation and, of course, the customary afternoon tea interspersed with even more chattering!

Dundee

for further information, contact agnes@ajr.org.uk

Important to Keep In Touch and Great to Catch Up!
The small group of friends were delighted to have the opportunity to meet up again in Dundee. We had such a lovely afternoon and lots to talk about. There was much to discuss concerning Israel and how best to support it, as well as Scottish independence and the latest AJR news. It’s so important to keep in touch and great to catch up!

Edinburgh

for further information, contact agnes@ajr.org.uk

Causes of Anti-Semitism
Anti-Semitism features in our present and our past - are we doing something that brings out this reaction? While there were mixed views it was felt that we, as individuals in our group, did not in any way attract this unwanted reaction. The lively debate was followed by a lavish tea provided by Vivien Andersen. As usual, a superb afternoon.

Glasgow

for further information, contact agnes@ajr.org.uk

The Challenge of a Sculpture
Some 30 members attended a most interesting talk and slide show given by the sculptress Lyn Wolfson about her training and career. Lyn brought along some fascinating sculptures for the audience to examine. There followed a delicious afternoon tea and a chat during which a few first-time attendees got to meet some of the regulars.

Glasgow Book Club

for further information, contact agnes@ajr.org.uk

Looking Forward to reading The Land Agent
The Book Club attended the launch of J. David Simon’s latest novel The Land Agent. We’ve already read and enjoyed all his books and are looking forward to reading this one. Earlier in the day we had the opportunity to listen to survivor Judith Rosenberg speak about her life and work with the Targu Mures Holocaust Group.

Glasgow CF

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West Enders and South Siders
We enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon in the beautiful surroundings of the Botanic Gardens. Some of the West Enders met new friends from the South Side for the first time and found they had lots in common. An event to be repeated!

Harrogate/York CF

for further information, contact wendy@ajr.org.uk

Israel and Public Relations
We met at Inge Little’s house, where we heard a moving tribute to her made by one of her daughters at her recent 90th birthday celebration. Guest speaker Neil Solden spoke about public relations in the context of the general bias, especially that of the British media, against Israel.

Hull

for further information, contact wendy@ajr.org.uk

A Hearty Discussion and a Lovely Afternoon Tea
There was a full house at Olive Rosner’s as members enjoyed a hearty discussion and a lovely afternoon tea sampling baking from the new kosher bakery in Leeds. We wished Olive a steady recovery following her recent illness.

Leeds

for further information, contact wendy@ajr.org.uk

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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The Middle East Conflict and a Legendary Afternoon Tea
We listened to, and participated in, a most interesting talk given by expert Neil Solden on Israel and the Middle East with particular reference to the Gaza conflict – all nicely finished off with one of host Barbara Cammerman’s legendary afternoon teas.

Liverpool

for further information, contact wendy@ajr.org.uk

First Impressions
This was our first social gathering with new Groups Co-ordinator Wendy Bott. The topic for discussion was aptly entitled ‘First Impressions’. A lively debate was held by the 16 people present. We look forward to the interesting ideas Wendy has for meetings and outings and wish her well in her new position.

Manchester (Continental Friends)

for further information, contact wendy@ajr.org.uk

Unique Creation of Holocaust Memorials
Antonia Stowe, a most gifted artist, spoke to us about her unique creation of Holocaust memorials constructed with six million + buttons. The project is still in its early stages; eventually the memorials will be housed at Huddersfield University. Substantial funds for the project still have to be raised.

Newcastle

for further information, contact agnes@ajr.org.uk

Various Ways of Helping Members
Susan Cohen of the Six Point Foundation told us about the various ways in which they have been able to help members. We were further delighted to welcome some of our Gateshead members, who came along for the first time to hear Susan’s talk. A very interesting and informative meeting.

Sheffield

for further information, contact wendy@ajr.org.uk

Tracing Missing Loved Ones
We enjoyed a most interesting talk by WWI and WWII researcher Karen Holloway, who told us all about her work and how to trace missing loved ones. Following the meeting, she has already provided a great deal of information for one member regarding an uncle who perished in WWI, and several other members are now beginning their own research.

Whitefield/Prestwich Continental Friends

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Down Food Memory Lane
On our walk down Food Memory Lane, members recalled their family’s favourite food and recipes such as Austrian fresh-made lochshen, spetzels, shturchels, fresh-baked challas, matza torte and potato blintzes. One member recalled his father selecting fish straight from the tank, while a Second Generation member recalled her father’s favourite appetiser - herring and apple with fried onions and potatoes, a recipe from his childhood in a Polish shtetl he passed on to her.