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Anne Frank Exhibit
The Anne Frank Exhibit, co-sponsored by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and Martin Chernin, completed its 5 week run at Victoria Park in Sydney on October 15th. More than eleven thousand people visited the exhibit.
Cape Breton Nova MLA Gordie Gosse received unanimous approval in the Nova Scotia Legislature for a resolution congratulating three Cape Breton teachers, Diane Lewis, Lynn Crawford and Kevin Linden, for their participation in the Holocaust Education Conference in Israel. The three had earlier spoken of their experiences at the conference in a public forum at the Shul in Sydney.
A well-attended Chanukah party at the Sydney shul on December 17th was also an occasion to wish long-time member and Shul stalwart Sam Mendleson a Happy 90th Birthday!!
A Kiddush was held at the Sydney Shul on Janaury 20th in honour of Shirley Dubinskyís 80th birthday!!
At the request of the members of the Temple Sons of Israel Synagogue in Sydney, the Nova Scotia legislature voted approval for a change in the act of incorporation that will allow for the full participation of women in services. The amendment also dealt with matters concerning the congregationís cemetery lands. Royal assent was given on Nov. 23rd.
Mary-Anne Cohen and Evy Druker of Sydney have been appointed to the national executive board of Haddasah, and Mrs. Cohen returned this week from a Haddasah-WIZO conference in Israel.
The Glace Bay community has closed its shul for the winter. The two Torahs have been taken to the Sydney shul for safekeeping. There are plans to have services in Glace Bay during the summer and for the High Holidays.
The national president of Hadassah, Sandy Martin, visited Cape Breton in October. While here she met with 98 year old Fanny Cohen of Glace Bay. Mrs. Martin was to have presented a special pin to Freda Columbus of New Waterford in recognition of Mrs. Columbusís arrival in Canada in 1920 as one of the 200 European war orphans brought here by Hadassahís first president Lillian Freiman. Unfortunately, Mrs. Columbus passed away at the age of 93 just the day before the scheduled presentation. The pin was later presented posthumously to her daughter, Brenda Steiger.