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inbrief news Women in engineering The IPENZ Wellington Branch and Futureintech are inviting female students Year 9-13, parents and teachers to a free Women in Engineering information evening. Women engineers will explain about engineering as a career option, and give inside about different qualifications. The information evenings will be held Monday June 26, from 4.30-6pm, at WelTec, 21 Kensington Street, Petone; Wednesday June 28, from 4.30-6pm, at Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua; and Thursday July 6, from 4.30-6pm, at Beca, 85 Molesworth Street. Refreshments are provided. Please register on eventbrite.co.nz (keywords women, engineering). For more information call Susan on 021 479 891.

BNZ supports Wellington BNZ is asking community groups in Wellington to put their hands up for support as Closed for Good project submissions open. Closed for Good will see the bank close each of its stores for one day on Wednesday 23 August and thousands of BNZ staffers will head out to help community organisations all across the country. “Last year we worked on more than 500 different projects around New Zealand – everything from painting fences to teaching young children basic financial skills,” BNZ Chief Executive Anthony Healy said. Submissions for this year’s projects close on July 7. Visit closedforgood.org for more information.

A Jewish history in Wellington By Julia Czerwonatis

Wellington’s iconic Carillon at National War Memorial holds a story that traces back to the early Jewish settlers in New Zealand. Jewish life in Wellington 1840-2017, an exhibition from the Wellington Jewish Community, will feature the lives of Jews who contributed to the early growth of the city, including the history of bell number 20 in the Carillon. “Abraham Heights, in memory of Edward (Ted) Levy given by his mother Frances Levy” is inscribed in the brass. The Levy family traced back to the first Jewish settlers in Wellington, Michael Clements,

president of the New Zealand Jewish Archives, explained. “Benjamin Levy came to New Zealand in 1853 and a draper in Lambton Quay,” Michael said. Benjamin had 22 children, one of whom was Frances, the mother of Ted Levy. Ted had served as a Sergeant-Major in WWI and was killed on October 12, 1917. The Levy family still lives in Wellington. “In October this year it’s the 100th anniversary of Ted’s death,” today’s Benjamin Levy said. Benjamin is Frances’ greatgreat-grandson and owns a chartered accountants company. He is the third Benjamin in the Levy family. “Frances donated the bell

to commemorate her son,” he explained. Benjamin is an active member of the Jewish community. “It has a good spirit, and is part of my upbringing.” Michael, who is in charge of Jewish life in Wellington 1840-2017, said that the exhibition would feature many more stories and also display artefacts and sacred objects used in Jewish ceremonies and festivals. “I started collecting historical items about 30 years ago and stored them in two drawers of my filing cabinet. Now the collection is filling up our entire hall and three rooms,” Michael said. “Jews have been involved in

the formation of this city – financially and with their labour.” The Jewish Com munity Centre is located in central Wellington and includes a synagogue. “We have very enthusiastic members in the community, there something is going on each week,” Michael said. With the exhibition he wanted to share the Jewish history and their way of community with other Wellingtonians, he said.  Jewish life in Wellington 1840-2017 will be held at the Wellington Jewish Community Centre, 80 Webb Street, from July 9-16, 10am-6pm. Tuesdays and Thursdays open until 8pm. Entry $3, and $5 for families.

Annual book fair returns to Karori The Rotary Club of Karori and Lions Club of Karori will be joining forces again to hold their community book fair in August. This year’s fair will be held at the Karori Baptist Church Hall, inviting neighbours to come around and rummage for new reading material to take home. David Watt from the Rotary Club of Karori and chair for this year’s book fair planning committee said this was the sixth occasion the two clubs have got together to hold this event. Previous book fairs helped to raise money for Karori community projects, including the development of the New Events Centre. “The fair has proven to be a very successful community event and we are most grateful for the wide support we have received from our local catchment areas to help fund significant community projects,” David said. “We will again be seeking good quality books both fiction

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Collection bins for book donations will be located at the Karori Mall, the Community Centre and the Karori Park Cafe. PHOTO: Supplied.

and non-fiction, New Zealand, and many other categories of books. We would like plenty of good childrens’ books.” David also mentioned that old computer books, encyclopedias or dictionaries weren’t high in demand and therefore not suitable for the book fair. “A special bonus to book

buyers will again be offered with the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes donated from the business community,” he said. Collection bins for book donating will be in the Karori Mall, the Karori Community Centre, and the Karori Park Café, between July 24 and

August 7.

 The book fair will be held from August 25-26 at the Karori Baptist Church Hall, 161-163 Karori Road, from 12 noon–8pm on Friday, and 9am-4pm on Saturday. For further information please contact David Watt on 027 2466 339.

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