Adrienne was born in Tynemouth in 1947. Adrienne is second generation English on her father's side and 3rd generation English on her mother's. She did her degree in Leeds, trained as a teacher and then taught in Liverpool before returning to Newcastle. She was Headteacher of the Jewish Day School, later called the King David School, in Jesmond and then in Gosforth for twelve years. She played a key role in running Maccabi for over 30 years.
Adrienne was interviewed by Anita Wan on 16 June 2006. The interview took place in the participant's home and lasted for 44 minutes.
I was originally when I was a youngster, I was in Maccabi which used to start at 11, which was social and sports.
Younger JNF was the Younger Jewish National Fund. It was to raise funds for specific projects in Israel. JNF still goes nationally. Younger JNF was the younger group. Mainly at that stage up here, it was for 17 plus, I came back from university, I hadn't been a member before. But a lot of the older ones from Younger JNF were going off to university when I came back so I was asked if I would go on the committee as an older one and be treasurer. So I became treasurer for a year and I had great fun. I enjoyed it very much. We had various social dos; we had intercity quizzes, like a national quiz competition that Newcastle won 3 times in a row. We were very very good at that. They used to have a Queen's competition nationally each year, each city group would nominate a 'queen' for the year and the group that achieved their target or more than their target of finance based on the size of the community. I mean obviously the big London communities would raise a hell of a lot more than the small communities like Newcastle. That person was the 'Queen' for the year. I don't think we ever won it but we came 2nd a couple of times.
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