In April the Yeshurun Book Club hosted Sue Stern’s book launch for her new children’s book “Rafi Brown and the Candy Floss Kid”. Sue spoke about her writing, read passages from the book and told us about her adventures in the new world of digital self publishing. She was joined by her book illustrator, Heather Dickinson. Sue was happy to sign copies of her books and Heather added some original cartoon drawings too!
Over 30 of our members wrapped up warm to enjoy our annual Matzo Ramble over the Bank Holiday weekend as they ventured onto the hills of the Goyt Valley district. Thankfully they all remembered to pack a hot drink in their picnic lunch!
Well done to our very talented and hard working Ladies Guild, who have just finished getting everything ready for our communal Seder next week. It all looks amazing – and we are quite sure that the 72 guests will have a fabulous meal and enjoy a warm Seder together.
Our Ladies Guild held a recent Hat Evening, with beautiful millinery supplied by Phillipa of Leeds, held at the home of Jo and Jonathan Tuck. The opener was Jacqui Simon and the event must have been a huge success, judging by the number of boxes that were carried home at the end of the evening!
Yeshurun’s Book Club enjoyed a hugely successful book launch evening with international best selling author Sophie Hannah. This special event was part of the shul’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. Sophie has a unique view of life and society and captivated the audience with highly amusing anecdotes about her writing, how she comes across ideas, and then formulates the plot. A lively question and answer session revealed her “addiction” to twitter, where she feels she can relate on a quite personal level with her readers. The Club meets every six weeks and everyone is welcome!
Pictured are Julia Segar, Sophie Hannah and Andrea Nicholls
Our regular Coffee, Bagel and Chat morning in January saw 70 members enjoying Adele and Harold Singer performing “The Letter”, a short play written by Adele’s late father Julius Emanuel. Pictured are some of the members with Adele and Harold.
Over 80 people attended an interesting talk this month by top American accountant Robert Herz. The evening was organised by the Ladies Guild, and guests found themselves being informed and entertained by the finance guru who has regular meetings with Prince Charles.
Focusing on the current global economic challenges facing politicians, economists and accountants, Robert was also able to catch up with Ladies Guild Chair Marilyn Berg as they are related!
The north/south divide of Manchester’s Jewish community grew a little smaller last week when members of the Yeshurun Synagogue in Gatley learnt about the lives and history of Jewish Bolton.
Hilary Thomas spoke to over 60 people about her new book, which traces the history of Bolton’s Jewish community and her writing was brought to life by Yeshurun member Stella Barsh who told the audience about her grandparents, Jacob and Fanny Lanzetter, who came to live in Bolton in the early 1900’s. Her grandfather was a jeweller and made silverware for the town’s shul.
Pictured are (L to R) Stella Barsh, her cousin Susan Mallach, Hilary Thomas and Stella’s daughter Jennifer Hyman.
Twenty members of our Ladies Guild recently visited the new BBC Television studios at Media City, with a special tour around various studios including those where Match of the Day and Blue Peter are transmitted from. They were also shown the local and breakfast news studios, including the chance to sit on the famous red sofa!
Afterwards they returned to Yeshurun for coffee and cake, where there was much discussion about future careers as presenters.
Pictured are the group on arrival at Media City, two members making the most of a chance to present the news and our Chair Marilyn being a weather girl!
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