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Nazi restitution gets personal

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

As the massive art collection of the reclusive Munich collector, Cornelius Gurlitt, made headlines around the world in early April on account of official investigations into its potential provenance as Nazi loot, a small restitution drama played itself out between Englefield Green and Berlin. Last summer, Maidenhead Synagogue member David Simon was contacted by the non-Jewish husband of a distant relative who has been researching her family history from Germany to the USA. As part of that research, he had discovered the Lost Art website created by German officials trying to reunite recovered Nazi loot with the heirs of the rightful owners. By searching family surnames, he had turned up a book belonging to David’s paternal grandmother prior to her marriage. She and her husband were deported from Berlin to Auschwitz-Birkenau in May 1943, where they were both murdered. Ironically, this discovery came just four months after David’s father had died suddenly, aged 90.

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Hull Reform Synagogue visit Beth Shalom

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Members of Ne’ve Shalom Hull Reform Synagogue – together with some members of the Sheffield community recently visited to Beth Shalom, the National Holocaust Memorial Centre in Newark. The organised trip was the result of a conversation in Hull’s conversation class whose members were joined by a number of shul members including Joanne Kearsley who has written this account of what proved to be a moving experience.

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Mazal Tov to Sinai celebrating 70 years

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Sinai Synagogue Leeds' platinum anniversary celebrations continued last weekend marking 70 years of community life. Representatives of a number of local  faith groups were among the guests  hosted at the Shabbat  morning service of 14 June. They were able to experience the service as well as having the opportunity of meeting members of the Sinai community and learning more about Reform Judaism.

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Prayers for Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Sha'ar and Eyal Yifrach

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Monday, 16 June 2014

This Shabbat communities across the Movement for Reform Judaism will hold tefillot to pray for the safe return of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Sha'ar and Eyal Yifrach.

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