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Adrienne

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A photo of Adrienne

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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Shrinking Community

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Yeah, it's shrunk! One, it's shrunk like mad, two, the age range has gotten much much older. You know, there's load of people, I think, well over two thirds, are over sixty. You know, it's a very aging community. There's no school anymore. The Hebrew classes, I mean, there is somewhere along the line in Louis Alsover's book which you've probably got somewhere, the photograph of us, when we had two heders, Hebrew classes at that stage. And I was at Gosforth and Kenton and there must have been about one hundred and fifty kids in that picture. Now there's only the one set of Hebrew classes and there's about fourteen kids.

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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.