Continental Friends

There follow reports from recent get-togethers.

For information about meetings email Susan Harrod - susan@ajr.org.uk

Southern Groups

AJR Book Club

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A Good Read
Meeting at Joseph’s Bookstore in Temple Fortune, we discussed Natasha Solomons’s The Gallery of Vanishing Husbands. It was generally decided that it was a good read, probably popular as a holiday book.

Birmingham (West Midlands)

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Six Point Foundation
Susan Cohen from Six Point Foundation spoke to us about the grants to fund projects for AJR members. Ivan presented the SPF Connect project that will enable members to make use of touch screen computers in their homes with the addition of specialist training.

Brighton and Hove (Sarid)

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Celebrating Chanukah
We celebrated Chanukah with delicious Crodough and a quiz about historic heritage in Brighton. Shirley Huberman, assisted by her daughter, showed a film of her late husband, Alfred, a survivor of five concentration camps and one of the Boys; he settled in Brighton and worked as a tailor for Hunningtons, the largest fashion retailer.

Bristol and Bath

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All Very Beautiful
Jane Hewison, daughter of member Hilla Hewison, showed us many slides of her work as an embroiderer, giving examples of traditional religious items. Her work is all very beautiful.

Bromley Continental Friends

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Six Point Foundation
Renata McDonnell gave an informative talk on Six Point Foundation, which, working with partner organisations, distributes grants to survivors and refugees. They can be contacted via the AJR.

Cambridge

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Jewish and Other Pirates
Simon Layton from Cambridge University gave us a most informative talk on pirates – not just in maritime matters but also in music, aircraft, etc. None of us had realised how wide a subject this could be. We learned of Jewish pirates and Nazi pirates who displayed the skull and crossbones along with the swastika ….

Cardiff

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Inside Story of Parliamentary Grandees
We had a delightful, humorous and informative talk by Chris Moncrieff, former political editor of the Press Association, who had known and observed many of the grandees passing through Parliament including Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Harold Wilson and many other prime ministers, ministers and MPs.

Child Survivors Association

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'Why is Hebrew Written Backwards?'
Dr Martin Stern answered the question ‘Why do you write Hebrew backwards?’ and was assisted by members of the audience. Diversions led also to the roots of a number of English-language words - neither Latin nor Greek but Phoenician/Hebrew. Dorothy’s cakes were a delight for the palate.

Ealing

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A Most Enjoyable Afternoon
A lovely Chanukah Party, at which we were joined by many Wembley members. We enjoyed an excellent tea prepared by Esther and Kathryn and were richly entertained by Richard Stanton, who played recordings of songs and Jewish humour from the past. A most enjoyable afternoon.

Edgware

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Joining in Singing
Alf Keiles demonstrated to us with prerecorded music parts of jazz we all enjoyed very much. He also played some current music and songs and a number of us could join in singing.

Essex

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A Sweet Treat for Chanukah
We strolled with Otto Deutsch through Vienna, Hungary and London with the beautiful sounds of Johann Strauss, James Last, Richard Tauber, Albert Sandler’s Palm Court Orchestra, and the Vienna Boys’ Choir. A sweet treat for Chanukah.

Hampstead Garden Suburb

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A Happy Dairy Farm Childhood
Jane Greenfield gave a most interesting and enjoyable talk about the happy childhood she spent on her parents’ dairy farm. She was an expert in milking cows both on the farm and for two years on a kibbutz. She is also a champion horse rider.

Ilford

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Miscellany of Songs
The Chapel End Savoy Players gave us a miscellany of songs from Gilbert and Sullivan plus songs from Vienna. It was a great pleasure to hear these lovely voices offset the dismal wintry weather. A very enjoyable morning.

Imperial Cafe War Veterans

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A Cosy Winter Chat
Felix Frankfurther now Franks, Rolf Steinberg now Ralph Stanton, and Esther Rinkoff née Lecash sat down to a cosy winter chat. Both men had managed to have their barmitzvahs before coming to England, Rolf in Hamburg, Felix in Berlin. On being demobbed, Felix bought a cello for £15 and Ralph went straight to work in the timber industry. A most enjoyable chat.

Kensington & Notting Hill

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Inaugural Meeting
Please join us for our inaugural meeting on 26th March 2015.  Please contact Head Office for details.

Kent

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Welcoming Chanukah
We all enjoyed a wonderful lunch plus a chance to chat and reminisce with friends at our celebration to welcome Chanukah. The highlights were delicious raspberry and chocolate Crodoughs from Rinkoff’s Bakery courtesy of Esther and sharpening our wits with a new quiz!

Kingston Continental Friends

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Lively Chat, Delicious Tea
A lively chat and delicious tea at the home of Irene Gould. We all signed a card for Susan Zisman, who is recovering from a serious illness, sending her our love and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Marlow Continental Friends

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Visit to Warsaw
We met again at the home of Alan Kaye, to whom many thanks are due. Hazel had prepared a good Jewish lunch, enjoyed by all present. Among topics discussed was Hazel and Esther’s recent visit to the new, impressive Jewish museum in Warsaw.

Nightingale House

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Small World
Two members of our group who had been living on the same floor at Nightingale hadn't previously realised that they both came to this country at the age of 15 and are both of the same age. Small world. Also, we talked about careers we have had.

North London

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Women in Aviation
Paul Lang’s subject proved most interesting. How many men realised that women’s involvement in aviation goes way back and is equally prevalent in modern sciences such as space travel? An absorbing morning.

North West London

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Six Point Foundation Explained
Renata McDonnell explained Six Point Foundation, which has been well endowed and can still consider applications. After an excellent lunch, Rivah from Extend made everyone do some simple (sitting) exercises to keep us all fit.

Norwich (Norfolk)

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All the Proper Ingredients
We had a social lunchtime meeting with all the proper ingredients: from schmaltz herring to rye bread and home-baked quiche. I presented the first instalment of my life – from 1928 Berlin to leaving Auschwitz in October 1944. I would like to express our appreciation to the members of the Norwich Hebrew Congregation who contribute so much to the success of our meetings.

Nottingham (East Midlands)

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Catching Up on News
This was a very well attended social meeting with old friends catching up on news over a simple but excellent lunch prepared by our hostess with delicious desserts brought by members. The meeting was kept in order by Esther: we so much appreciate her coming. This time, she was ably assisted by Kathryn, our local AJR representative, whom we were delighted to welcome.

Oxford

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Amusing Stories
Meeting at Richmond Road Synagogue, we enjoyed coffee and cake and then listened to Chris Moncrieff, former Political Editor of the Press Association, who regaled us with amusing stories from his interesting career.

Pinner

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A Feast of Song for Chanukah
The welcome return of Gayathrie Patrick, accompanied by her husband Patrick on the keyboard, was a most enjoyable way of celebrating Chanukah. The hall reverberated with works from popular music and opera as she effortlessly attended to to her son, a lively toddler, beside her on this lovely occasion.

Radlett

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Down Leather Lane
Pat Clarke took us on a virtual walk through Leather Lane and Hatton Garden, where she had lived as a child. She was therefore able to give us a very lively and interesting commentary on the area. She also included significant events in the local history, some going back to the time of Elizabeth I. At the end of our extensive walk we felt well informed and not the least bit exhausted.

St John's Wood

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Judith Hassan
Judith Hassan OBE from Jewish Care talked to us about her life, including starting up the Holocaust Survivors’ Centre and Shalvata Centre. She also said that she was greatly influenced by her mother and the people she had helped.

Surrey

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Splendid Food and Convivial Company
We met at Susan Zisman’s lovely house to enjoy splendid food and convivial company. A most interesting account of Hazel and Esther’s trip to Warsaw kept us enraptured and memories of the past were invoked.

Welwyn Garden City

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A Lovely Intimate Gathering
A lovely intimate gathering on a cold November day. Peter Coleman told us of his son’s involvement in The Last Train to Tomorrow. I gave an account of my and Esther’s recent trip to Warsaw. And a general discussion prevailed.

Wembley

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‘ABC of Ostrava’
David Lawson gave us a fascinating talk on ‘The ABC of Ostrava’, a town which had hardly any Jews living in it before 1750 but became a thriving community within 100 years.

Wessex (Bournemouth)

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The Beauty and Importance of Chanukah
We enjoyed a lovely Chanukah Party at the synagogue. Rabbi Barry Sklan gave a moving talk on Chanukah, emphasising its beauty and importance.