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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Celebrating Rudi’s 90th
We met for a ‘Springtime’ lunch at Salts Mill, Saltaire. We were greeted by Mill owner Robin Silver and we also celebrated Rudi Leavor’s forthcoming 90th birthday with a fabulous lemon curd cake!

Broughton/Crumpsall Continental Friends

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Cheshire Continental Friends

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Until the Next Time
Ernie and Vivienne Hunter’s lovely home was the venue for our meeting. We chatted over lunch about places we had visited that had left us with a lasting impression. Time flew by too quickly until it was soon time to say ‘au revoir’ until the next meeting.

Didsbury Continental Friends

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How to Relax in the Dentist’s Chair
Members enjoyed lunch followed by listening to pieces of music they had brought along, including German harmonies, a viola soloist and a German choir rendition. We listened intently as each member explained the reason for their choice of music – one member said it helped her relax in the dentist’s chair!

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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‘My Favourite Famous Jewish Person’
‘My Favourite Famous Jewish Person’ was the theme of our get-together, generously hosted by Francoise. It was a split between the ‘usual suspects’ from the world of art and showbiz on the one hand and far-sighted activists and charismatic specialists on the other. A delightful afternoon.

Glasgow

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SPF Connect
Six Point Foundation’s Susan Cohen spoke to us about all the great work they have done and the many good causes they have helped. Their latest project, SPF Connect, a simplified computer, was demonstrated at the meeting by Natpoint. These easy-to-use computers are personalised to the individual’s needs and interests and are on offer to first-generation Holocaust survivors.

Glasgow Book Club

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A Super Afternoon
Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea was the novel up for lively discussion at our meeting, held in Agnes’s house. Given the delicious afternoon tea that followed, and taking into consideration the beautiful sunny afternoon, everyone agreed it was a super afternoon.

Glasgow CF

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A Super Pesach Lunch
A large group of Glasgow members was joined by two Edinburgh members at Mark’s Deli in Giffnock. We enjoyed a super Pesach lunch and chatted to friends old and new. We were happy to welcome Yvette to the Group. Looking forward to a Pesach outing to the Deli next year!

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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Laughter and Fellowship
Arek began by relating his most recent visit to Auschwitz with 230+ members of the synagogue in Leeds. We then discussed how we felt about being in or out of Europe with most of us definitely feeling ‘European’ as well as English. Inge got us onto how we might achieve peace in our lifetime, and we then planned outings for spring and summer. Despite the grim Brussels outrages and talk of Auschwitz, there was much laughter and fellowship among us.

Hull

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Lavish Lunch, Talk on Hull’s Jewish History, Tea in the Garden
Papa’s Fish and Chips Restaurant was the venue, with Veronika most generously treating us all to a lavish lunch. Afterwards, we were invited back to her home, where she gave a short talk on Hull’s Jewish history, followed by afternoon tea and cakes in her beautiful garden.

Leeds (Continental Friends)

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Visit by Sikh Community Members
We had a wonderful opportunity to meet two members of the local Sikh community. They gave a most interesting talk about their religion together with an open invite to visit their temple and sample their hospitality.

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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Behind the Headlines
Sunday Post former deputy editor Colin Grant gave us an often amusing talk on his life in journalism. He illustrated this with many intriguing stories such as his brush with British intelligence as a result of acquiring unique photos of the terrorist attack on Glasgow Airport. Later David Biermann entertained us with a medley of tunes from around the world on his violin.

Sheffield

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A Special Afternoon
Guest speaker Michael Lewis gave an account of his mother Helen’s book A Time to Speak. It proved a most emotive and special afternoon.

Whitefield/Prestwich Continental Friends

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How Holocaust Survivors View Their Places of Birth
We were joined by mature student Sam Elkin, who as part of his Master’s degree was interested in finding out how Holocaust survivors viewed their places of birth. A discussion ensued over a delicious lunch and Sam was left with much to consider. Thanks go to Ruth and Werner Lachs for their hospitality.