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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

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

The Lady in the Van
Meeting at Joseph’s Bookstore in Temple Fortune, we discussed Alan Bennett’s book The Lady in the Van. Though there were mixed thoughts about the book, the film was highly recommended.

AJR Film Club

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

New Group
A new group which will meet every couple of months. First Event on Monday 29th February 2016 - showing

The Sturgeon Queen

Four generations of a Jewish immigrant family create Russ and Daughters, a Lower East Side lox and herring emporium that survives and thrives. Produced to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the store, this documentary features an extensive interview with two of the original daughters for whom the store was named, now 100 and 92 years old.

Booking is essential for catering purposes.

Please either call Susan Harrod on 020 8385 3070 or email susan@ajr.org.uk

£7.00 per person


Birmingham

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An Enjoyable Lunch
Our Chanukah celebration included an enjoyable lunch, prepared by catering staff of Andrew Cohen House. Entertainment was provided by Ali Ince (violin), Lydia Handy (viola) and Miriam Taylor (cello) - a programme of mainly classical music, which was greatly appreciated.

Brighton and Hove

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Dispersing the Winter Gloom
Our celebration of the Festival of Light was most enjoyable. With the help of the latest technology we listened to the story of Chanukah and the heroic Maccabians. Traditional songs, jokes and tea, as well as delicious mince pies supplied by Esther, dispersed the winter gloom.

Bristol and Bath

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

War Graves of Northern France
We welcomed several new faces, which made for interesting lunch conversation, and then Kathryn Prevezer took us on her journey round the war graves of northern France with some excellent photos. It was so poignant to hear of families fighting on different sides in different generations.

Bromley Continental Friends

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A Well Established Group
It was a pleasure to meet this well established group in the hospitable environment of Lianne’s lovely home. Lunch, much enjoyed, was provided by Rinkoff Bakery. Many topics, including perceptions of Israel, were covered.

Cambridge

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

Jewish Lyricists
Members were treated to a fascinating talk by Mike Levy about Jewish lyricists, including the Gershwins, Oscar Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Kurt Weill and the British-born Lionel Bart. Mike read some of the lyrics to us and we could hear the skill, humour and poetry of the words. He also played us some tracks.

Card and Games Club

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New Card and Games Club
First meeting will be 22nd March- games on offer include Bridge, Scrabble, Rummikub, Backgammon.  Lunch served first.  To book please call Susan Harrod on 020 83853070 or emails susan@ajr.org.uk

Cardiff

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Residents of Ostrawa
Members enjoyed a delicious deli lunch with rye bread, salmon and other goodies. David Lawson presented his fascinating talk about residents of Ostrawa. He had done detailed research and it was especially interesting to see how descendants of the original individuals had fared, and particularly gratifying to note how large the families had become and how much they had achieved.

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 Lovely Chanukah Party
We had a lovely Chanukah Party with excellent food provided by Esther and Kathryn and were well entertained by Richard Stanton with tapes of popular music. We finished off with music from the ‘Last Night of the Proms’. A most enjoyable afternoon.

Edgware

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Wiener Library Visitor
Toby Simpson from the Wiener Library described a recent exhibition which highlighted Jewish soldiers in WW1 and discussed the work of the Library and the documents it holds.

Essex

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Otto Deutsch’s Musical Programme
We were highly entertained by Otto Deutsch’s musical programme: Joseph Schmidt; Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy; Sophie Tucker’s ‘My Yiddishe Mama’; and finishing on a high note with ‘Hava Negilah’.

Hampstead Garden Suburb

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Comedian Harmonists
Martin Aaron introduced the film Comedian Harmonists, a true story set in 1930s Berlin. A highly popular musical group, the Harmonists were forced to disband because three of their members were Jewish. A film with deeply upsetting content and only too familiar to our members, but the portrayal of Berlin and its characters was phenomenal.

Ilford

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Memorable Get-together
We were treated to a most enjoyable performance by the Chapel End Savoy Players. Special thanks to Mark Finkeltaub for organising the programme. His late mother Gerti would have appreciated it greatly, as we all did – above all perhaps the rendition of ‘If I Were a Rich Man’. A memorable get-together.

Imperial Cafe War Veterans

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Memories of Chanuka Past
A lively mob gathered at Giacomo to celebrate the end of another year in the trenches. Memories of Chanuka and Christmas past. Felix Franks was treated on Christmas Day in the army to lunch served by the officers!

Kensington & Notting Hill

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Relaxing Afternoon
We met at the delightful home of Peter Wayne, whose hospitality made for a most relaxing afternoon. Members got to know each other and spoke about the current refugee crisis. This newly formed group has already bonded and is looking forward to further meetings in 2016.

Kent

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Sharing Chanukah Memories
How nice it was to relax and share Chanukah memories over a delicious fish and chip lunch. We talked about the history of the festival whilst enjoying some seasonal jokes as we munched pies over coffee.

Kingston & Surrey

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Old and New Friends
We met for coffee at the home of Edmee Barta. It was lovely as always to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. Edmee’s hospitality was much appreciated by all.

Marlow Continental Friends

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No Shouting Down!
Alan Kay welcomed us warmly to his beautiful home. The current political climate was a robust topic – we all got a chance to voice an opinion without being shouted down, unlike in the House of Commons!

North London

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A Most Illuminating Talk
Colin Davey’s talk proved most interesting, particularly as it embraced the construction of so many landmark scenic changes in the City. We also learned the fate of less successful constructions. A most illuminating talk – thank you, Colin.

North West London

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Life of a Busy MP
Finchley and Golders Green MP Mike Freer told us about his typical seven-day week, which only gives him time for about 5 or 6 hours of sleep a night. Monday to Thursday he works in Westminster on his duties as a Conservative MP. Also he is Parliamentary Private Secretary to the leader of the House of Commons and Chairman of the Parliamentary Group on HIV/Aids. Friday to Sunday he is in his constituency and he often takes his mobile home around for use as his Advice Surgery.

Norwich (Norfolk)

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Bar Mitzvah Twinning
A throng of 17 people met at Norwich synagogue for a fabulous lunch and to hear another instalment of Frank’s life. Also present were the father and two family members of a boy twinned on his bar mitzvah in Jerusalem with a murdered boy found among Frank’s classmates at the Prague Jewish School whose fates Frank had traced. Thanks again to the members of the congregation for their valued assistance.

Nottingham

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Catching Up on News
We were hosted by Ruth and Jurgen Schweining in their new home. As usual, Ruth provided a lovely lunch, enjoyed by 14 members from around the area. We were delighted to welcome Esther, recovering from her recent illness. As usual, we had a lovely few hours catching up on news.

Oxford

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WWI Battlefields
Meeting at the home of Suzie and John Bates, I talked about my April trip to the WWI battlefields in France and Belgium, showing photos of the cemeteries and monuments I had seen. We discussed the bizarre fact that many members had relatives who had fought for Germany in WWI and had been honoured for bravery, yet had faced the horrors of WWII 20 years later.

Pinner

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A Delicious Chanukah Party Tea
Seated at tables spread with a delicious Chanukah Party tea to follow the entertainment, we had the pure pleasure of listening to Bronwen Stephens’s delightful ‘Journey through Opera and Musical Theatre’, including songs from Bizet’s Carmen and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

Radlett

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Women Pilots
Paul Lang gave an interesting talk about women in aviation. Following the first flight by the Wright brothers in 1903 (120 feet!), women regularly became pilots, breaking the sound barrier and participating in space exploration. We enjoyed being reminded that in September 1940 female pilots flew urgently needed planes from the factories to airports, where the heroic RAF pilots were winning the Battle of Britain.

Welwyn Garden City

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Six Point Foundation
Six Point Foundation’s Susan Cohen gave us insight into this charity. Of particular interest is its involvement in an exciting project to make a number of communal services available to those who are less mobile through the use of specially adapted computers.

Wembley

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

A Lovely Chanukah Party
We had a lovely Chanukah Party with excellent food provided by Esther and Kathryn and were well entertained by Richard Stanton with tapes of popular music. We finished off with music from the ‘Last Night of the Proms’. A most enjoyable afternoon.

Wessex (Bournemouth)

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

Lovely Pre-Chanukah Party
The Group met just before the start of the Chanukah festival. We were delighted Rabbi Jesner could join us. He gave an interesting talk and a lively discussion followed. After a delicious high tea, a fun quiz ended our lovely afternoon.