Jewish Shorts in for the long haul

March 23, 2010 by Henry Benjamin
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The Jewish House presented its second Jewish Shorts at the Chauvel Cinema.

The large audience was treated to anectdotal entertainment from a series of  high-value speakers from varying backgrounds.

CEO of the Jewish House Rabbi Mendel Kastel was first to take the stage where he told the audience of his Pesach Campaign during which donations of Kosher LePesach food were left in a crate by shoppers at Coles Supermarket in Westfield Bondi Juction. and Rachelle Schoenberger, CEO of the Board of Jewis Edcuation made her presentation.

Ronni Kahn

Next on stage was Ozharvest founder Ronni Kahn, recently honored for her work in redistributing unwanted food at the end of events to the poor and needy.

NSW Maccabi CEO Mick Vasin told of how he had donated a kidney to save his brother Maurice’s life. Following Vasin on stage was double amputee Rachel Lazarow.

Lazarow ost both her legs in an accident and is blind. She light-heartedly told the audience how she acts as an advocate for the handicapped.

Religious convert Vaughan, who must have the longest payes on record, enchanted the house with tales of how he first discovered Judaism and how fell in love with it. After a full orthodox conversion, Vaughan became Gamliel.

Always good for a laugh, Rabbi Yankel Leder kept the audience in stiches, but as usual, there were subtle undertones to every joke he told.

Dr Norman Swan pic: Henry Benjamin

Rabbi Yanky Leder pi: Henry Benjamin

George Smilovici pic: Henry Benjamin

ABC medical personality Dr Swan spoke on obesity and the Jews and the night was completed by some wonderful guitar-playing and reminiscing about life in Cuba by comedian George Smilovici.

A mixed bag of speakers assured a successful night for the Jewish House and the Board of Jewish Education.

Rabbi Mendel Kastel told J-Wire: “It was a big success and we are already being asked when number three will take place.”

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