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.
We exist side by side separately for most of the time. When the school was open, there was more contact with the Gateshead community because we had 2 members of staff, Mrs Kohn, who was the senior teacher from Gateshead and we always had a young teacher as well for the little ones. And there was more contact then. There is some contact but individual levels. If our rabbi's away, for example, somebody will come over from Gateshead to take the service, to do the reading of the Scrolls on a Saturday morning. We have our own shop here now, you know, so we now don't go over as much. I mean, I was there the other day, pure and simply because it was a Tuesday, I needed to get something from our deli but our deli doesn't open on a Tuesday. I have less contact, I personally have a lot less contact now Mrs Kohn is living in Israel.
Through Maccabi, Maccabi was cross-community you know. There is the choir which I'm a member of which is finishing a week on Sunday is also cross-community. Some, you know, Religious things aren't but social things are. I have a number of friends in the Reform Synagogue. My parents used to have dual membership, both, because my father, before he had his stroke, he sort of preferred them. Naturally before my kids started going to synagogue regularly. He said the singing was better there, he was always quite musical. Then, once my kids started going every week to our synagogue, my dad started going there because he wanted to be with his grandchildren.
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