Kinder Sculpture

 

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

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Cheshire Continental Friends

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Refugees’ Effect on UK
The discussion on what effect refugees had on the UK was amazing even for those well into this subject. From sport to medicine, from chamber music to dentistry was just the start. A fabulous afternoon tea from our hosts, Benny and Judy Brettler, making supper unnecessary, concluded a lovely afternoon.

Didsbury Continental Friends

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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

One-Woman Costume Parade
National costumes were the theme of our November meeting, which was enlivened by Lilian Bell’s one-woman costume parade: a splendid - regal even - gown, followed by her Tyrolean maiden outfit complete with genuine lederhosen and cowbells. A beautiful Salzburgerin doll, a Polish mountain-area kaftan and some 1920s family photos added their flavour to the costumes theme. The usual noisy chatter and a sumptuous spread – thank you, Francoise and Agnes.

Glasgow

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

Chanukah Lunch and Dance: An Uplifting Afternoon
We had a lovely and successful gathering of four generations. After lunch we had the sweet sounds of klezmer by Second Generation Gica Loening and her son Fin. There was no shortage of volunteers to make sure everyone got up to the dance floor for a waltz or two. An uplifting afternoon that must have brought happiness and joy to all guests, due to the excellent organisation and hosting by the AJR team.

Glasgow Book Club

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

How Dating Has Changed
A most delightful afternoon, held at the home of Anthea Berg. While Mad About the Boy proved perhaps more suited to younger people, it made us consider how dating has changed over the years and where best to meet people of our age – if we want to.

Glasgow CF

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

Chanukah Meets New Year
Chanukah met New Year as we enjoyed a delicious early New Year afternoon tea party. We discussed playing with a dreidel and Chanukah stories from long ago. Cyril lit the chanukia, the candles casting a colourful glow over the tea table. A delightful way to end 2014 and look towards events in the New Year.

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

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Recipes and Foods Remembered
Recipes and foods remembered kept us all chatting until it was time for tea, including a birthday cake for Rose, who had recently celebrated her 90th birthday.

Leeds

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Betty’s-Style Chanukah Party
We had members from Sheffield, Doncaster, Bradford and, of course, Leeds, at our Chanukah Party. We enjoyed entertainment by violinist Elaine Green and keyboard accompanist Barney, all followed by the customary delicious afternoon tea ‘Betty’s Tea Rooms-style’.

Leeds (Continental Friends)

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Film and Afternoon Tea
We enjoyed the hospitality of Donisthorpe Hall for a screening of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, followed by a scrumptious afternoon tea.

Liverpool

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Chanukah Party
Chanukah doughnuts and a delicious lunch were followed by Yiddish songs with keyboard accompaniment by Shelli and Greg Abrams. A good time was had by all!

Manchester (Continental Friends)

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Flawless Event
Some 35 members attended our Chanukah social, where we were well entertained by Shelley and Greg Abrams, a most talented pair of musicians. We had a programme of Yiddish, Hebrew and English songs with much audience participation. Sincere thanks to Wendy Bott, who organised a flawless event.

Newcastle

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Young and Humble
I was born in Romania and arrived in this country in 2013 from Israel via South Africa. I was privileged to be invited with my daughter to the AJR’s pre-Chanuka lunch, attended by over 30 people. The scrumptious three-course meal prepared by Brenda was enjoyed by all. The highlight of the lunch was the concert with wonderful music from the European shtetls played by the Klein Klezmer group from Edinburgh. I felt humbled by the company I found myself in and – at the age of 67 – quite young.

Sheffield

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Jewish Refugees and the Arts, Science, Politics
A most interesting discussion on the influence of Jewish refugees on the arts, science, politics etc in this country and the USA. We were joined by two Second Generation members. As usual, delicious refreshments were provided by Wendy.

Whitefield/Prestwich Continental Friends

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A Person Who Made a Significant Difference to Your Life
Meeting at the home of Werner and Ruth Lachs, members enjoyed a most interesting discussion about 'A person who made a significant difference to your life’ - then enjoyed socialising over refreshments!