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

The Jews of Shanghai
Hanneke Dye gave us a most fascinating talk on her recent trip to China, concentrating on the Jews of Shanghai and their long history up to the present day. Her talk was illustrated by photographs, which brought everything even ‘more to life’.

Broughton/Crumpsall Continental Friends

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Cheshire Continental Friends

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‘Stay in the EU!’
Over 20 members graced the beautiful home of our host Peter Kurer. In a discussion of ‘Brexit’, the overall view was that we should ‘stay in’ the EU! We then watched a lovely film showing Peter’s granddaughter, aged 14, talking part in a piano recital in her home city of Jerusalem – we were all duly impressed!

Didsbury Continental Friends

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W. G. Sebald – Prolific Writer on Jewish Refugees
Peter Jordan spoke about his old friend W. G. Sebald, who became one of the foremost post-war authors specialising in writing about the Jewish refugees in Britain. We thank Peter for his fascinating insight into the life of an extremely prolific author.

Dundee

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

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

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

Changes in the Political Arena
With our outing to the Falkirk Wheel called off through bad weather, we spent a pleasant afternoon at the home of Vivian Anderson reminiscing and considering the changes taking place in the political arena around us.

Glasgow

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

A Full and Perfect Day: Outing to Dumfries House
We were transported to this beautiful 18th-Century stately home set in 2,000 acres of landscape gardens. We enjoyed a guided tour through private apartments of treasures including Chippendale furniture, Robert Adam architecture, Murano glass lighting, and 300-year-old tapestries. A full and perfect day. Thank you Agnes once again.

Glasgow Book Club

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

Ladies Without Rights
We had a lively discussion on this month’s book: The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue. How difficult it must have been for married ladies in Victorian times to hand over all their assets to their husband on marriage and later having no rights over their children!

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

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

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

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

Sweet Basil
The Sweet Basil Chinese restaurant was the venue for our summertime get-together meal out. We were joined by several delightful members of Marc and Rosl’s Viennese family, who were visiting the UK to celebrate Marc’s recent big birthday.

Hull

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Hull’s Jewish History
We enjoyed a visit from Michael Westerman, who, among many other things, is President of the Hull Jewish Community and instrumental in organising the 250th anniversary celebration of the first Jewish settlement in Hull. We listened intently to his description of Hull’s Jewish history and he painted a vivid picture of the many things he himself remembered while growing up in the area – all most interesting.

Leeds (Continental Friends)

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Smiles, Tapping Feet and Clapping Hands
The superb Orthodox Chazan Alby Chait sang songs in Hebrew and English, accompanied on the piano by Phil Cammerman. The room was filled with smiles, tapping feet and clapping hands. And all this was followed by yet another amazing afternoon tea with Barbara’s incredible baking!

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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Beth Shalom - An Excellent Educational Facility
Twelve of us, first and second generation, went on a trip to the National Holocaust Centre at Beth Shalom. After a quick lunch we heard an excellent talk by a Kindertransportee who revealed he was an Anglican vicar. We then saw the wonderful exhibition which contained memorabilia and photographs on the Holocaust. Finally we experienced what it would have been like for ‘Leo’, a boy living in Germany just before the Holocaust: we were invited into his home and his father’s tailor shop, where we discovered the hiding place in which Anne Frank and family had attempted to survive the war. We all agreed Beth Shalom was an excellent educational facility for young and old wishing to learn about the Holocaust.

Sheffield

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Get-Together and Catch-Up
We enjoyed afternoon tea at the Botanical Gardens. Conversation was accompanied by the sound of rain pounding on the roof above … It was wonderful to get-together and have a good catch-up.

Whitefield/Prestwich Continental Friends

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‘Brexit’, Lunch and Good Company
Meeting at Louise’s lovely home, we discussed ‘Brexit’ over a delicious lunch and enjoyed each other’s company immensely!