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BOOK AHEAD: A book commemorating four decades of Likud-Herut party activity by the United Kingdom's Jewish community will be launched at a reception in Jerusalem on Wednesday, October 3. "Days of Action: Likud-Herut 1970-2010" was written by 77-year-old British immigrant and veteran Herut-Likud U.K. organizer and activist Joe Gellert. It is a 625-page compendium of correspondence, photographs and press clippings reconstructing the community's efforts on behalf of Soviet Jewry, and it also follows the events surrounding the visits of former Prime Minister Menachem Begin, according to a statement by the book's publisher, Tel-Hai Fund of Great Britain. The two-hour midday reception, to be held at the Begin Heritage Center, will feature a number of Israeli dignitaries and guests from the United Kingdom, including Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency; Andrew Balcombe, former chairman of the Zionist Federation of Great Britain; MK and Minister Benny Begin; Danny Danon, MK and deputy Knesset speaker; Herzl Makov, director of the Menachem Begin Center; and Yisrael Medad, also of the Menachem Begin Center. The event is by invitation only. People interested in attending may contact Mr. Gellert at gellertjb@bezeqint.net (Mordechai I. Twersky )

BBQ BASH: The Rishon Letzion branch of Telfed-The South African Zionist Federation-Israel, is holding a "Chol Hamoed Brai," or holiday barbecue, on Thursday, October 4, at the Ohel Avraham and Sarah Jewish Community Center. Admission to the 4 P.M. event is NIS 20 per person and includes drinks, salads and paperware, according to Beryl Schmidt, chairwoman of Telfed's regional committee in Rishon Letzion. Attendees must bring their own meat to the event. The center is located at 16 Mohaliver Street. RSVP to Schmidt at berylschmidt@gmail.com or 052-618-2577. (Mordechai I. Twersky )

SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE: Bar-Ilan University signed a memorandum of understanding last week with McGill University, its first MOU with a Canadian institution of higher learning. McGill Vice-Principal Dr. Rose Goldstein and Bar-Ilan President Prof. Moshe Kaveh inked the agreement in the presence of the Canadian ambassador to Israel, Paul Hunt, and Gerald Tremblay, the mayor of Montreal, Quebec, where McGill is located. The purpose of such agreements is to promote research cooperation between nations through faculty exchanges, graduate student visits and joint projects and publications. The signing coincided with a visit to Israel by 50 Montreal-based leaders in the fields of life sciences, aerospace, cosmetics, mining, pharmacology and brain research. "Israel has established very productive partnerships among universities, industry and governments, providing a particularly interesting example for Canada and its universities," Goldstein said. (Andrew Esensten )


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Goldstein, left, signing the memorandum with Kaveh.
Yoni Reif