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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The Jews of Shanghai
Hanneke Dye gave us a most fascinating talk on her recent trip to China, concentrating on the Jews of Shanghai and their long history up to the present day. Her talk was illustrated by photographs, which brought everything even ‘more to life’.

Broughton/Crumpsall Continental Friends

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Cheshire Continental Friends

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Fly on the Wall
Ernie and Vivienne Hunter were our delightful hosts. We enjoyed a delicious lunch and discussed where we would put ourselves if we were a ‘fly on the wall’ for one day. There were some very interesting ideas and the time flew by as always!

Didsbury Continental Friends

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A Most Prized or Sentimental Possession
Members spoke about their most prized or sentimental possessions. These ranged from a tablecloth, drawing, ring, Bakelite doll and brass candlesticks to a watch chain.

Dundee

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A Delightful Afternoon
A delightful afternoon at the home of Zofia Allen. We were delighted to welcome Karola and Peter Regent and Charlotte Gamzu to our gathering. There was no shortage of topics of conversation - rather of finding sufficient time to explore the numerous points of interest over a delicious tea. Armed with all these topics, we look forward to future gatherings here.

Edinburgh

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A Wonderful Day Out
First and Second Generation members enjoyed a superb lunch at the Royal Overseas League with its fine views of the Castle, as well as excellent company, followed by a wonderful Mendelssohn and Webern concert performed by the Solem Quartet.

Glasgow

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Career of a TV Props Buyer
Mike Ireland gave a fascinating talk on his career as a props buyer for the BBC and other TV companies. Mike had been involved in well-known series such as Taggart, The Lost Tribe and Still Game. He entertained the enthralled group with tales of life on set interspersed with well-chosen anecdotes.

Glasgow Book Club

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‘The Best Book We Have Ever Read’
'The best book we have ever read at Book Club!’, said members of Geraldine Brooks’s People of the Book. Largely a work of fiction but based on the wonderful old Sarajevo Haggadah, the likeable characters – and some perhaps less so – took us through many time periods and traditions between 1480 and 2003. Our next book: Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole.

Glasgow CF

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Setting Aside City Rivalry
There was a large turnout when we set aside the traditional city rivalry between Southsiders and West End residents to meet up at the beautiful Botanic Gardens. Friends old and new enjoyed afternoon tea at the Tearoom. It was just as well we had a room to ourselves as the chat and discussion reached a rather high volume! We were delighted to welcome a new member, Ann. Thanks to Agnes for organising another most enjoyable meeting.

Glasgow FIlm Club

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Woman in Gold
A good number of members turned up to Anthea’s house, which had been converted into a mini-cinema for a showing of the excellent Woman in Gold starring Helen Mirren. Much discussion ensued about where people came from and and looted family treasures.

Harrogate/York CF

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Sweet Basil
The Sweet Basil Chinese restaurant was the venue for our summertime get-together meal out. We were joined by several delightful members of Marc and Rosl’s Viennese family, who were visiting the UK to celebrate Marc’s recent big birthday.

Hull

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Hull’s Jewish History
We enjoyed a visit from Michael Westerman, who, among many other things, is President of the Hull Jewish Community and instrumental in organising the 250th anniversary celebration of the first Jewish settlement in Hull. We listened intently to his description of Hull’s Jewish history and he painted a vivid picture of the many things he himself remembered while growing up in the area – all most interesting.

Leeds (Continental Friends)

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Life on the Bench
Members enjoyed glorious sunshine in the beautiful gardens at Pippa and Norman Landey’s home whilst listening to Judge Geoffrey Kamil’s talk on ‘A Varied Life on the Bench’, after which everyone tucked into Pippa’s amazing baking.

Liverpool

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‘A Leisurely Stroll around My Legal Career’
David Harris QC gave a fascinating talk entitled ‘A Leisurely Stroll around My Legal Career … the Case of the Conjoined Twins, the Rochdale Ritual Abuse Case, etc’. No other sound could be heard in the room as we listened to David talking us through the finer details of some of the cases he has worked on.

Manchester (Continental Friends)

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Entertaining and Uplifting Afternoon
We were treated by Alex Klein to the rare opportunity of seeing some of the virtuoso cantors on film. Alex’s talk demonstrated his amazing wealth of knowledge and we had a most entertaining and uplifting afternoon.

Newcastle

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Beth Shalom - An Excellent Educational Facility
Twelve of us, first and second generation, went on a trip to the National Holocaust Centre at Beth Shalom. After a quick lunch we heard an excellent talk by a Kindertransportee who revealed he was an Anglican vicar. We then saw the wonderful exhibition which contained memorabilia and photographs on the Holocaust. Finally we experienced what it would have been like for ‘Leo’, a boy living in Germany just before the Holocaust: we were invited into his home and his father’s tailor shop, where we discovered the hiding place in which Anne Frank and family had attempted to survive the war. We all agreed Beth Shalom was an excellent educational facility for young and old wishing to learn about the Holocaust.

Sheffield

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Get-Together and Catch-Up
We enjoyed afternoon tea at the Botanical Gardens. Conversation was accompanied by the sound of rain pounding on the roof above … It was wonderful to get-together and have a good catch-up.

Whitefield/Prestwich Continental Friends

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A Very Beautiful Siddur
A delicious lunch was followed by much discussion about sentimental possessions. Helen brought along a very beautiful siddur which had belonged to her grandmother and we were all were give the pleasure and honour to hold it.