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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History of the Jews of Bradford
Members thoroughly enjoyed Nigel Grizzard’s talk on the history of the Jews of Bradford – and told Nigel some things he didn’t know!

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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‘Grand Day Out’
We enjoyed a ‘Grand Day Out’ at beautiful Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum, followed by a scrumptious lunch of home-made fare.

Hull

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A Lovely Mix of Music
Sunday lunch at Olive Rosner’s was followed by a discussion about the forthcoming AJR London trip plus a lively mix of klezmer music and music from the musicals.

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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Recollections of a Machal Volunteer
Guest speaker Louis Harris told us about his time in Machal, as a volunteer in Israel’s War of Independence. There was much discussion afterwards while everyone enjoyed a sumptuous afternoon tea hosted by Barbara Cammerman.

Liverpool

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Annual Day Out
Second-Generation member Eric Cohen arranged and drove the 15-seater minibus for our annual day out. In St Annes we met up with local AJR members and we all went on to Lytham for a delicious lunch. The day was rounded off beautifully with a spontaneous afternoon tea at the home of AJR member Werner Conn.

Manchester (Continental Friends)

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Remembering the Holocaust
We welcomed two of the region’s most active Second Generation members: Tania Nelson and Sarah Moise spoke to us about the Holocaust Commission and the Lottery-funded DVD project All Our Stories. Those present were asked to complete a questionnaire issued by the Holocaust Commission.

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.