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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

Group Therapy
There was a great deal to be discussed: mothers-in-law, daughters, sons-in-law, husbands, boyfriends; the recent troubles in Paris; and - eventually - the book itself! The Testament of Mary, a short novel by Irish writer Colm Tóibín, proved somewhat controversial for our group but it’s good to challenge. Forthcoming books: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton and The Baroness by Hannah Rothschild.

Birmingham (West Midlands)

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

Six Point Foundation
Susan Cohen from Six Point Foundation spoke to us about the grants to fund projects for AJR members. Ivan presented the SPF Connect project that will enable members to make use of touch screen computers in their homes with the addition of specialist training.

Brighton and Hove (Sarid)

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

100th Anniversary Film
Esther brought The Sturgeon Queens, a 52-minute 100th-anniversary film about a Jewish immigrant family who set up in New York a smoked and pickled fish business by the name of Russ and Daughters. Their descendants successfully developed the business into a chain of delis and restaurants. This excellent film was narrated by its customers.

Bristol and Bath

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

All Very Beautiful
Jane Hewison, daughter of member Hilla Hewison, showed us many slides of her work as an embroiderer, giving examples of traditional religious items. Her work is all very beautiful.

Bromley Continental Friends

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

The Perfect Antidote
We met at Liane’s home for a delicious lunch provided by Hazel, who also told us about future AJR events. Debate, reminiscence and the warmth of companionship made our meeting the perfect antidote to winter’s chill and gloom.

Cambridge

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Jewish and Other Pirates
Simon Layton from Cambridge University gave us a most informative talk on pirates – not just in maritime matters but also in music, aircraft, etc. None of us had realised how wide a subject this could be. We learned of Jewish pirates and Nazi pirates who displayed the skull and crossbones along with the swastika ….

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 Most Enjoyable Afternoon
A lovely Chanukah Party, at which we were joined by many Wembley members. We enjoyed an excellent tea prepared by Esther and Kathryn and were richly entertained by Richard Stanton, who played recordings of songs and Jewish humour from the past. A most enjoyable afternoon.

Edgware

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History and Legacy of Concorde
Peter Lang spoke to us about the history and legacy of this aircraft. When Concorde was ready many airlines ordered it but on close examination cancelled their orders. Only the British and French airlines committed themselves to purchasing it.

Essex

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Winter Warmer
Larry brought along his own penned paintings of Elvis accompanied by a personally addressed letter from the Presley Estate Poems by David Kwiatkowski. Mersey Beat Poet Adrian Henri, a favourite of Esther, made Otto laugh. Otto himself recalled looking as a 10-year-old for the first star on a Friday night to declare Shabbat – then he hadn’t a care in the world about things to come in Vienna.

Hampstead Garden Suburb

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Medical Services in WWI
Dr Susan Cohen told us that in WWI nurses played a big role in the care and rehabilitation of wounded soldiers and that young women who had no knowledge of looking after the sick wanted to do their part by working as assistants to them. Soon women were admitted to medical schools: it was a big change for a woman to become a doctor in the male-dominated profession.

Ilford

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Getting to Know Each Other
Our social get-together was a great success. It gave us the opportunity to get to know each other and to learn a little more about other members’ life stories. There was no shortage of chat and everyone enjoyed the company around them. A very pleasant morning.

Imperial Cafe War Veterans

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Array of Topics
An array of topics was covered - from the kindness of the Society of Friends to the Jewish refugees and war trials of earlier years to present-day issues such as Prince Andrew, footballers and Sasha Baron’s new film Grimsby. Our thoughts were with Vera on the sad loss of Harry Meyer, who will be much missed by our group.

Kensington & Notting Hill

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Inaugural Meeting
Please join us for our inaugural meeting on 26th March 2015.  Please contact Head Office for details.

Kent

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Welcoming Chanukah
We all enjoyed a wonderful lunch plus a chance to chat and reminisce with friends at our celebration to welcome Chanukah. The highlights were delicious raspberry and chocolate Crodoughs from Rinkoff’s Bakery courtesy of Esther and sharpening our wits with a new quiz!

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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Visit to Warsaw
We met again at the home of Alan Kaye, to whom many thanks are due. Hazel had prepared a good Jewish lunch, enjoyed by all present. Among topics discussed was Hazel and Esther’s recent visit to the new, impressive Jewish museum in Warsaw.

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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Women in Aviation
Paul Lang’s subject proved most interesting. How many men realised that women’s involvement in aviation goes way back and is equally prevalent in modern sciences such as space travel? An absorbing morning.

North West London

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Catching Up
Over a lovely lunch we caught up with what we’d all been doing over the past year. We also discussed anything and everything connected with current affairs. A most enjoyable informal meeting.

Norwich (Norfolk)

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All the Proper Ingredients
We had a social lunchtime meeting with all the proper ingredients: from schmaltz herring to rye bread and home-baked quiche. I presented the first instalment of my life – from 1928 Berlin to leaving Auschwitz in October 1944. I would like to express our appreciation to the members of the Norwich Hebrew Congregation who contribute so much to the success of our meetings.

Nottingham (East Midlands)

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Catching Up on News
This was a very well attended social meeting with old friends catching up on news over a simple but excellent lunch prepared by our hostess with delicious desserts brought by members. The meeting was kept in order by Esther: we so much appreciate her coming. This time, she was ably assisted by Kathryn, our local AJR representative, whom we were delighted to welcome.

Oxford

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Amusing Stories
Meeting at Richmond Road Synagogue, we enjoyed coffee and cake and then listened to Chris Moncrieff, former Political Editor of the Press Association, who regaled us with amusing stories from his interesting career.

Pinner

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A Word in My Earphones
The BBC’s Judi Herman is constantly on the lookout for promising stories to incorporate into her broadcasts. Privileged to meet interesting and famous characters in various situations, she has the extraordinary talent to dramatise these scenarios yet she still finds time for acclaimed productions such as Stones of Kolin for her synagogue.

Radlett

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An Outstanding Fish Meal
We watched the highly entertaining film The Sturgeon Queens, about the 100th anniversary of a tiny fish shop and restaurant in New York which was run by an impoverished immigrant from Eastern Europe and is now a celebrated business. When in New York, make sure you visit Russ and Daughters for an outstanding fish meal!

St John's Wood

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Firing Questions at Firemen
Crew Commander of the Red Watch in Paddington and three strapping firemen came to our meeting. There were amazing revelations on how one becomes a fireman and we fired questions at them before they could even discuss safety issues in the home. When we went out to explore their fire engine, they got an emergency call to the very building next door to the synagogue – there was a fire at the American School! An exciting morning!

Surrey

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Splendid Food and Convivial Company
We met at Susan Zisman’s lovely house to enjoy splendid food and convivial company. A most interesting account of Hazel and Esther’s trip to Warsaw kept us enraptured and memories of the past were invoked.

Welwyn Garden City

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Lovely Start to the New Year
An excellent attendance on a freezing January day on which we discussed everything from the latest movies to politics. A lovely start to the new year.

Wembley

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The World of Flowers
A fascinating, informative and beautifully illustrated talk by Nick Dobson dealing with dahlias, pelargoniums and fuchsias. The usual nice goodies followed.

Wessex (Bournemouth)

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The Beauty and Importance of Chanukah
We enjoyed a lovely Chanukah Party at the synagogue. Rabbi Barry Sklan gave a moving talk on Chanukah, emphasising its beauty and importance.