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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A ‘Yorkshire European’
John King, editorial board member of the Second Generation’s New Voices, spoke of identity problems. Referring to his own background – that of an English non-Jewish father and an Austrian-Jewish mother who had come to England on the Kindertransport and been adopted by an English non-Jewish family – he concluded that he was a ‘Yorkshire European’. He added that the Second Generation had its place as an intellectually independent forum.

Broughton/Crumpsall Continental Friends

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Cheshire Continental Friends

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Sailing Close to the Wind
In a lively discussion we discovered that we had in our midst a runner who had earned numerous trophies, a musician who had descended from a musical/dental family and was still playing the cello in an orchestra, and a sailor who had sailed ‘close to the wind’ on more than one occasion.

Didsbury Continental Friends

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Favourite Places to Visit
We enjoyed a discussion about ‘A favourite place you have visited and/or somewhere you would like to visit’. Places ranged from the Lake District to Llandudno, Florida to Tel Aviv. We discussed favourite buildings and walks in the UK too. A most illuminating afternoon.

Dundee

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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

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No Place Like Home
‘My Favourite City/Place’ certainly kept the conversation going. There is no place like home. Many liked Edinburgh, while some had a special place in their heart for the city they had come from - as well as Paris, Florence, Venice and Budapest, to name but a few. A lovely afternoon out with excellent company.

Glasgow

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Something for Everyone
There was something for everyone on the menu at Mark’s Deli when both First and Second Generation members braved the heavy rain and high winds to meet up for lunch. A very pleasant time was spent eating and chatting and everyone is looking forward to another outing to the Deli soon.

Glasgow Book Club

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The Land Agent Enjoyed by All
J. David Simons’s new book The Land Agent was enjoyed by all. We’re already looking forward to his next book, which is still in the making.

Glasgow CF

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Life of a Kosher Caterer
Thirty-six people turned out for Doreen Cohen’s trip Down Memory Lane. Doreen, formerly of Simcha Catering, enlightened us with stories of life as a kosher caterer to the Glasgow Jewish community. Her tales of catering a function at which President Bill Clinton was guest of honour as well as walking out of a council function when they insisted on using council dishes went down well.

Harrogate/York CF

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Continental-Style Afternoon Tea
We were treated to a Continental-style afternoon tea courtesy of Suzanne Ripton: homemade Moroccan orange and cardamon cake followed by blinis and smoked salmon. We also discussed various HMD commemorations of the past week, including those at York Minster and Leeds Town Hall, as well as the Prime Minister’s Holocaust Commission Report.

Hull

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Heart-warming Thank-You Stories
As usual, a delicious afternoon tea followed a wonderful discussion entitled ‘Someone You Would like to Thank’, inspired by Radio 4’s Saturday Live programme’s heart-warming thank-you stories. We agreed that tiny acts of kindness mean as much as the huge ones and all recounted our own anecdotes.

Leeds (Continental Friends)

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Feel-good Factor’
We were transported into the delightful world of a Steven Spielberg production - The 100 Feet Journey, shown at Donisthorpe Hall. Not only did the film give us a positive ‘feel-good’ factor, the delicious afternoon tea that followed was an extra unexpected pleasure. Thanks to all who organised this.

Liverpool

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Remembering a ‘Son’ of Liverpool
On what would have been his 87th birthday, we celebrated the life of Frankie Vaughan. Frankie was a ‘son’ of Liverpool and many delightful anecdotes were recounted by his relatives and friends. A special treat was meeting his sister Myra, who had travelled over from Leeds to join us. Then we watched a film depicting Frankie’s great talent and devotion to his family and the wider community. Thank you Wendy Bott, our organiser - also Frankie’s niece! – for a great afternoon.

Manchester (Continental Friends)

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Experiences of a Young Refugee
Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines, who came to England on the last ‘Winton train’ from Czechoslovakia, spoke to us about her experiences as a young refugee and her meeting with the great man years later. Sir Nicholas didn’t seek the limelight but now is being celebrated. The meeting was well attended and we welcomed members of the local Second Generation Group.

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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Someone You’d Like to Thank
We focused on individuals who had never been properly thanked, including two teachers chosen for their gentle and kind introductions to Englishness and Shakespeare. We thanked those who had reconnected families and provided new ones, with the AJR also featuring high on the list of those making us all feel included.

Whitefield/Prestwich Continental Friends

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Super Turnout
There was a super turnout at the home of Ruth and Werner Lachs for a discussion about favourite films and actors. The afternoon finished splendidly with a table full of cream cakes, strudel, lemon drizzle cake and iced kuchen. A good time was had by all.