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Adrienne

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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.

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Me personally, very relaxed. We are traditionally Orthodox Jewish. My husband is much more religious than I am. I'm very traditional, I'm not very Orthodox. I don't follow all the rules and regulations. But, you know, we brought up our children to be traditional Orthodox. They're also fairly laidback. But you know people, I was very very laidback when I was younger but when you have children you become more traditional because you want your kids to learn something and to have a heritage. I believe in history, I believe in heritage, I'm not sure I believe in God but...I want the kids, I have a very strong sense of Jewish identity.

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A class at the Jewish Day School, 1980s.
The Jewish Day School children outside the UHC Synagogue.
Jewish Day School trip to London.
Jewish Day School trip to London.
Adrienne's father's Certificate of Registration. He had moved to England from Russia.
Adrienne's father's Certificate of Registration. He had moved to England from Russia.
Freda Shipere's identity book.
Freda Shipere's identity book.
Freda Shipere's identity book.