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March 2012 - JACS Inter-Club Quiz

There was a controversial end to the revived JACS inter-club quiz at Southgate Progressive Synagogue’s brightly lit Schindler Hall.                                                                                                  For no sooner had Lew Button answered the sudden-death question apparently to give Westcliff victory after they had tied 45-all with Southgate, and Ruth Baker had photographed Barbara Goldstein’s “triumphant team” with their trophy than host Harold Newman MBE took to the microphone.                                                                                                                                    “I’m afraid there’s been a problem in the addition… I’m terribly sorry, Westcliff, but the winning team is Newbury Park. I’ve got egg on my face. Keep the prizes. We’ll sort out some prizes for Newbury Park.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A mistake that anyone could have made, the addition of 37+9 to make 36 (instead of 46) meant that the trophy had to be re awarded to Newbury Park. Their winning team was: Ted Leigh, Olga Leigh, Sol Sharpe, Rhoda Fox, Rene Krayer, Rita Bloom, Barry Bloom and Sheila Rothman.                                                                                                                                                   Dorothea Baker, the chairperson of Southgate JACS , had earlier given “a big warm welcome” to around 100 people, with teams from Northwood and Weybridge among the five finalists.      The besuited JACS  National Chairman told the teams: “I’m the adjudicator: no arguments. Keep your lug’oles pinned back, and I wish you all the best.”                                                Quizmistress Sylvia Pizer, aided by her husband Sidney, said: “I think it’s not too hard… but it’s not too easy, too.”                                                                                                                           The questions had clearly taken a lot of research. “What is a collective name for a group of ferrets – I haven’t made them easy,” she warned. After a silence, she revealed: “It’s a business of ferrets.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   But others were a bit more accessible. “Which film star’s name was Emmanuel Goldenburg?”  Edward G Robinson was correctly guessed by a number of people.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “Can I just say, you must speak clearer – we can’t hear you,” said one of the contestants, “If you can’t hear, you must say,” responded Sylvia.                                                                                     At the end of the final round, the quizmistress proclaimed: “Ladies and gentlemen, we have a tie: Southgate and Westcliff are both on 45.”                                                                                 The host then invited a representative from each team up to the front for the sudden-death decider. “What elements make up a diamond.” “Carbon”, came the correct answer from Lew Button.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        With the trophy duly presented (and then re-presented), and Dorothea Baker and Sylvia Pizer having been presented with orchids for helping to make it all possible, the final word went to Maurice Franklin.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Shaking the host by the hand, he said: “In spite of everything, it was a successful afternoon – but I’m glad you’re not my accountant!” 

Lee Levitt

May 2011 -  Eastbourne

"Three coaches departed from Newbury Park, Finchley and Stanmore, taking 120 excited JACS members to
On check-in everyone was ushered to a reception of tea, coffee and biscuits while their cases were taken to their
rooms, where a box of chocolates awaited every guest, together with a programme for the duration of the holiday.
Dinner was served in a comfortable and airy dining restaurant, where each branch was allocated their own table.
Smaller branches shared tables, and soon the room was alive with lively chatter. Barbara, who had organised the
lions share of the holiday had carefully selected the menu, and the main courses were delicious, with plenty of
fresh fish.
The organised programme included a coach trip to enjoy the beautiful surrounding countryside, finishing in Bexhill for
refreshments; a games afternoon consisting of bridge, kalooki and rummycub, and a unique musical experience
presented by our own Maurice Franklin.
There was a quiz evening organised by Sylvia Pizer, and the other evenings we were entertained by wonderful musicians and singers.                                                                                              Soon the dance floor was heaving, and our guests continued to dance and enjoy the entertainment until after 11.00 pm. There                                                                                                      was a wonderful warm feeling emanating throughout, and the conversation flowed.
On our last night a wine reception was held for everybody, and once again the atmosphere was electric.
The hotel and staff bent over backwards to be of assistance, and the guests were full of compliments for the condition of the
hotel and to all of the staff.
A collection was made to support the Karmiel village and about £400.00 was raised.
In conclusion, most people said they were looking forward to our next holiday.
Special thanks go to Barbara Newman for the time and dedication she gave, which ensured that a wonderful time was
had by all"

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