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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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Maccabi (part 2)

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The synagogue. Because a lot of our social lives revolves around it. I'm chairman of the Ladies Guild, we make the kiddush, you know like, the reception every week after the service. We do things, we run various activities during the year. Maccabi, always was for me, the be all and end all but, as I say, I'm hoping maybe in a couple of years time that if they decide, if parents, they get fed up and show some commitment. You see, we have a lot of parents in the community now who are not from Newcastle, they come from very big communities and they don't realise that in a small community that if you don't participate on a regular basis, things don't happen. In a big community, if you don't participate, there's millions of kids around who do.

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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.