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  • Couple to earn temple boardroom naming honor, celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

    Charlie and Mickey Feldberg will have a lot to celebrate this weekend. In addition to their 60th wedding anniversary, Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach is renaming its boardroom after them for their dedication to conservative Judaism and to the temple.

    “It was a complete surprise; they took a vote when we were in New York,” said Mickey Feldberg of the board of directors, on which her husband serves as vice president and program chairman.

    Services will begin at 7:30 tonight and include a blessing at the board room after a mezuzah is affixed to the entrance.

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    Both Feldbergs have been longtime donors and volunteers at the synagogue. Mickey Feldberg started in the Women’s League 14 years ago, serving as president for four years (2008-12) and becoming honoree of the Torah Fund, which supports the Jewish Theological Seminary and the conservative movement. She also edits the temple’s Kol Emanu-El magazine and serves on the Judaic Arts Committee.

    “Her calm manner and reasoned approach helps solve problems and inspires dedication from those she works with,” writes Arlene Kurtis of the Women’s League in Kol Emanu-El.

    For the couple, the temple is their spiritual home filled with good friends and “a wonderful feeling of warmth and fellowship.”

    “Charlie and I were co-chairs for the temple’s 50th anniversary fundraising campaign, which is now over,” she said. “The temple has been refurbished and is beautified as the result of the $5 million raised. Part of it was used for the refurbishing, and the rest was going into the endowment.”

    In March, she is chairing “Home is Where the Art is,” an event showcasing homes with art collections and the homes of artists who are temple members. Her husband is chairing a January fundraising concert.

    The dedication intentionally coincides with a visit by the couple’s three children and seven grandchildren, who have traveled to Palm Beach to join them in celebrating the honor and their milestone anniversary. The couple met at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in the early 1950s.

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  • Star and Garter bring wedding to Grandma Joan

    WHEN Solihull grandmother Joan Senior had to miss her grandson’s wedding The Royal Star & Garter Homes came to the rescue.

    Joan, a resident at The Royal Star & Garter Home in Solihull, was delighted to receive an invitation to her grandson Alex Penn’s wedding to his fiancée, Ali.

    When the big day arrived however, Joan was unwell and had to miss the special day.

    So Joan’s family and care staff at the care home decided to recreate the wedding especially for Joan.

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    No detail was spared to recreate the magical day.

    The family wanted all the residents to be invited, so each resident was sent a special wedding invitation card and, on Saturday, November 15, Alex and Ali arrived at the balloon-bedecked Solihull Home.

    Heather, Joan’s daughter, said: “What a fabulous time we all had doing the wedding all over again in a really relaxed atmosphere.

    "With the help of Sue and everyone at The Royal Star & Garter Homes, we made it as authentic as we could, with all the trimmings of the original wedding including the car, the service, the champagne and buffet, flowers and cake.

    "Not only did my mum love it, but the bride’s grandparents were also able to attend as they hadn’t been well enough on the day, so both families really benefitted from the re-run. Looking round on the day at all the residents’ faces made the effort worthwhile."

    Bridegroom Alex added: "We had felt so sad that Gran couldn’t come to our wedding but we knew that it would be too stressful for her and outside of her comfort zone.

    "This re-run gave us the opportunity to bring our wedding to her. We had great fun - I really enjoyed the afternoon."

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  • ‘Sham marriage’ bride from Rotherham met husband a month before wedding but tells jury she did not know his immigration status

    A woman accused of being paid to take part in a sham marriage has told a jury she did not know her husband’s immigration status.

    Sabrina Khan, of Wade Close, Broom, Rotherham, is one of five people on trial at Sheffield Crown Court accused of a ‘sham marriage’ plot.

    Khan, aged 29, said she met co-defendant Umair Hussain, aged 28, of Scott Road, Pitsmoor, in a furniture shop in October 2011.

    They married the following month.

    She said: “I always wanted to be successful in my career, but as I got older my thoughts started to change and I wanted to settle down like any woman would.

    “I didn’t want Umair as a boyfriend. I wanted to settle down. I thought to myself I’m not getting any younger.”

    The court heard Hussain made a series of payments into Khan’s bank account, beginning on October 4, 2011, for £300, continuing until a final payment of £100 in July 2012.

    Khan told the jury she began claiming benefits in February 2012 when she and Hussain separated.

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    She said she used money from her ‘successful’ brother, a consultant in Dubai, to buy expensive designer handbags which cost £700 to £800 at a time.

    When asked why Hussain was giving her money, she said he had taken out an iPhone contract in her name and he was giving her money for it.

    Khan said her parents did not know about her marriage, telling jurors: “They would not have approved. For my family, career is important. They would never have accepted a man who was a student. Umair would never have been good enough for them.”

    Khan said she asked Hussain to buy her a dress from House of Fraser and rings from Argos to avoid detection by friends and family.

    That was also the reason the ceremony was held in Leicester, she said.

    Khan said: “If anybody had seen me with Umair I’d have been questioned who he is to me, where is he from. I didn’t want to be seen and quizzed.”

    Khan said she did not know Hussain’s immigration status before the wedding, but took her passport to a solicitor’s office to help him make an application to stay in the country after the wedding.

    Khan was also asked about Facebook messages to her friend Keeley Cox in which she said: “I am going to grass on them and yes it was worth it because you could have had four grand.”

    She admitted knowing Ms Cox was considering entering into a sham marriage, but said the row related to £4,000 Ms Cox could have earned if she had worked for Khan’s mobile beauty company.

    Two defendants Gul Khatab and Tracy Coulstock who were originally part of the case are to be tried separately at a later date.

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