Continental FriendsThere follow reports from recent get-togethers.
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Bradford Continental Friends
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We celebrated Lorle Michaelis’s 100th birthday with a party - her second that week - at the home of Ralph Black.
Broughton/Crumpsall Continental Friends
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Cheshire Continental Friends
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Didsbury Continental Friends
for further information, contact email@example.comReports on KT Reunion
Margot and Janina told us about the KT Reunion and meeting Prince Charles and Gisela told us about her recent school reunion in Berlin.
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Our first meeting, in the synagogue hall, brought together people not only from Dundee but also from neighbouring towns. Introductions were made over a delicious brunch. Already there are other people coming forward to join our group.
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Members spent the afternoon at the home of Maria Chamberlain recommending a Good Read. Everyone had something interesting to offer and this inevitably led to discussions relating to long ago. A very enjoyable afternoon and superb hospitality.
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The 14th Holocaust Memorial Lecture at Glasgow University, by Prof Paul Weindling, was on the theme ‘Human Experiments on the Holocaust: A Victim-Based Analysis’. Though the subject matter was a difficult one for our members, they felt compelled to attend.
Glasgow Book Club
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J. D. Simons’s latest novel, An Exquisite Sense of What is Beautiful, was much admired, especially as the author joined us for the afternoon. It was a great chance to ask all those questions that are normally left to ponder at the end of a book.
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We celebrated the New Year early. Conversation flowed around the table as we enjoyed cocktails, party food and crackers and sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to Moniek, who had turned 90 years young. A great finale to Glasgow AJR 2013 events.
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Edith Jayne’s talk on the Quaker movement and its association with the Kindertransport children was most interesting and members had the opportunity to ask many questions. We also had the pleasure of meeting a member’s 10-day-old granddaughter – the youngest attendee so far at an AJR meeting!
for further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org‘A Life of Letters’
We enjoyed calligrapher Sara Mack’s talk ‘A Life of Letters’. Everyone went home with a personal handwritten ‘calligraphy’ of their name!
for further information, contact email@example.comLeeds 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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Ruth Sterne led a most interesting discussion on ‘Materialism … Does it Produce Happiness or Unhappiness?’ Tea and the gorgeous baking, courtesy as ever of Barbara Cammerman, followed.
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Second and Third Generation Greg and Bobby entertained at the Chanukah Party held in the home of Inge and Eric Goldrein. Before the entertainment, Julia Bryan, Education Officer at the Museum of Liverpool, and Kay Jones, Curator of Community History, told members about the Holocaust Memorial Day joint event to be held at the Museum on 26 January. Faye Healey (née Amschanowski) lit the Chanukah candles for the first time since school days in Danzig.
Manchester (Continental Friends)
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At our Chanukah social this year, we had a programme of Hebrew songs performed by musicians from the Ezra Youth Movement. Sincere thanks to Susanne Green and her group of helpers for making the occasion a success. We were also introduced to Fran Horwich, the newly appointed volunteer organiser, and we heard from the Second and Third Generation about their programme.
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We sat down to a delicious Chanukah lunch followed by a raffle. Soprano Victoria Atkinson enchanted everyone with a selection of arias and songs by, among others, Puccini, Debussy, Mozart and Schubert.
Northern Region Groups
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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.
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Hilary Mendelsson discussed the history of Jews in South Africa as well as her own experience of growing up there. A most interesting afternoon.
Whitefield/Prestwich Continental Friends
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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.