Continental Friends

There follow reports from recent get-togethers.

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Southern Groups

AJR Book Club

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Laughter and Chatter
We discussed Roman Halter’s book about his life journey, which we found very thought-provoking. A very lively afternoon, on which laughter and chatter filled the air.

Birmingham (West Midlands)

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Annual Garden Party
At our Annual Garden Party at the Aubrey and Betty Lynes Centre, 26 of our members were greeted by Keith and Barry and nibbles and drinks were served. As always, it was a pleasure to greet the AJR’s Esther Rinkoff and Catherine Williams. Patrick, assisted by Jamie, had prepared a delicious buffet lunch. Our thanks to Barry, who so ably looked after us throughout.

Brighton and Hove (Sarid)

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London’s Jews in 1814
David Barnett gave a researched talk about London Jewry in 1814. Their business acumen brought prosperity to the capital. The Jewish Board of Guardians helped the poor to start up small businesses in the markets of the East End, and Piccadilly was known as Rothschild Row.

Bristol and Bath

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Amusing Stories about Political Life
We were generously entertained at the Progressive Synagogue by Chris Montcrieff, who told us about his long career as a journalist at the Parliamentary Press Association. Chris went around the world with Margaret Thatcher several times and had many amusing stories about political life.

Bromley Continental Friends

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Lots of Food Plus Excellent Banter
A lively gathering once again at the home of Liane Segal: lots of food and excellent banter. And thanks again to Liane for hosting these get-togethers.

Cambridge

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‘We Must Save the Children’
The wonderful work done by the Cambridge Refugee Committee between 1938 and 1947 in guiding the progress of the large number of children who had arrived on the Kindertransport and were living in the area was the subject of an admirable talk by Mike Levy of Keystone Arts & Heritage. One can only reflect with gratitude on the personal interest shown by Greta Burkill and her team in those difficult years.

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 Fully Participatory Afternoon
Led by Hazel, we had a most interesting discussion on a range of issues from refugee weddings during and immediately after the war to current Jewish thinking on such diverse matters as orthodoxy, assimilation, circumcision and funerals. An enjoyable and fully participatory afternoon.

Edgware

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A Jewish Boxing Champion
David Barnett spoke most interestingly about Daniel Mendoza, a Jewish boxer from London’s East End. Few of us knew much about boxing but we all listened most carefully to David’s talk.

Essex

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Reflections on a Childhood in Hungary
A larger than usual audience heard Westcliff AJR member Andrew Roth give an enthralling talk about his childhood in Hungary. His pride in his enterprising father shone through: his father had clearly made sure the family were provided for. Despite many shortages, Andrew said that overall those were happy days.

Hampstead Garden Suburb

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Wills, Inheritance Tax and All That Jazz
We heard an extremely interesting, well-presented talk by Michael Anvoner about wills and inheritance. There was a big flow of questions afterwards, which Hazel had to stop as we were running out of time.

Ilford

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A Fascinating Slice of History
David Barnett gave us a fascinating slice of history: the story of Daniel Mendoza, the famous Jewish boxer who became Champion of all England. Mendoza won many fights and became rich but lost his wealth through gambling.

Imperial Cafe War Veterans

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A Sad Meeting
A sad meeting, in which we recalled Geoffrey Perry, who had recently passed away. He had been the commander of one of the crew present as well as one of the original band of merry men from Café Imperial. We also talked of the average wage back in 1948, when two and sixpence was a lot of money!

Kent

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‘Public Sector on the Brink’
Jenny Salaman focused on the changing role of the civil service, health service, education and police in the face of relentless government reform. Members really appreciated Jenny’s erudite overview of the pressures now encountered by official workers.

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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World’s Problems to Wait Another Day
We met at Alan Kaye’s home and enjoyed an excellent lunch prepared by Hazel. Many topics of current interest were discussed but, as usual, because of time constraints we weren’t able to sort out the world’s problems.

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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A Touch of Nostalgia
We celebrated our 13th birthday with a most pleasant lunch. This was followed by Valerie and Stanley Clingman’s presentation of ‘The Great American Song Book, 1920-1950’ to add a touch of nostalgia. A most wonderful afternoon. A big thanks to all who helped.

North West London

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‘Awayday’ Lunch Social
As our usual synagogue meeting place was unavailable, Esther arranged an ‘Awayday’ Lunch Social for us at the Café Toulous in Hampstead Garden Suburb. This had been built on an old putting green which had two loos – hence the name of the café. A good time was had by one and all.

Norwich (Norfolk)

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Anecdotes from the Corridors of Power
And then there were eight - who not only enjoyed a Continental-style lunch but also a talk by Chris Montcrieff, one-time Parliamentary Journalist for the Press Association. Chris entertained us with any number of anecdotes from the corridors of power.

Nottingham (East Midlands)

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Lunch in a Lovely Leicestershire Village
The Schwienings, our hosts, served us an excellent lunch in their home in a lovely Leicestershire village. Our group is maintaining its numbers with new members. As usual, we welcomed Esther Rinkoff to keep us in order.

Oxford

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Fantastic Hospitality
We had lunch at the home of Susie and John Bates. As ever, the food was delicious. We also had a wonderful tour of their garden, seeing all the ripening fruit and vegetables. Thank you to Susie and John for their fantastic hospitality.

Pinner

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A Refugee Named Rudolf Schwab
Dr Shirli Gilbert told us about a German refugee named Rudolf (Ralph) Schwab, who found refuge in South Africa. Having read through the remarkable collection of some 2,500 letters he had written and received from the late 1930s onwards, Dr Gilbert was able to tell us a great deal about him. This will be the subject of her next book.

Radlett

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Reflections of a Political Cartoonist
Martha Richler is a journalist and artist who has spent several years working as a political cartoonist. This has enabled her to have close contact with all parties in the British establishment. The views she expressed about the system were pungent, witty and by no means favourable. Unfortunately Martha didn’t bring any of her cartoons and we tried to persuade her to return with some of her drawings on a future occasion.

St John's Wood

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A Rabbi’s Wife in India
Jackie, the late Hugo Gryn’s wife, gave us an enlightening talk on their lives in India. It was Hugo’s first posting as a rabbi and an extraordinary experience for a newly wed and a newly born. An absolute delight and a terrific turnout.

Surrey

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A Convivial Morning
The Surrey and Kingston groups joined forces once again in Edmee’s home to enjoy a convivial morning’s coffee and chat. As always, we were all made to feel welcome by our hostess.

Welwyn Garden City

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Social and Slap-up Meal
We enjoyed a catered lunch at the Synagogue to celebrate nine years of our existence as an AJR group. Lively discussion, lots of food and a really pleasant change to have a social with a slap-up meal!

Wembley

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All England Champion Daniel Mendoza
We met to hear David Barnett’s fascinating talk on the 18th-century Jewish boxing champion Daniel Mendoza, of whom members said they had never heard before.

Wessex (Bournemouth)

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Legend of a Jewish Boxing Champion
A delicious deli lunch was followed by an entertaining talk by David Barnett on the Jewish boxer Daniel Mendoza. We were amazed to hear the fascinating details of this man, who in the 18th century rose to become the Champion of all England and whose legend lives on in today’s boxing world.