£3m homes are named after rabbi

September 4, 2008

MerseYside's latest housing project has been named in honour of Allerton Hebrew Congregation emeritus rabbi Malcolm Malits.

The £3 million Malcolm Malits Court, run by the Liverpool Jewish Housing Association, comprises 24 flats offering sheltered accommodation for up to 58 residents. It shares the site of the newly rebuilt Allerton shul, which Rabbi Malits, 83, has served for over 40 years.

Housing-association chairman Alan Tinger said: "When the association names a development, we give it a great deal of thought. But on this occasion no thought was necessary. It was clear to both the housing association and the synagogue that there could be only one name for the site."

Mr Tinger added that although the rabbi had taken a "well-deserved retirement some years ago, retirement is not a word he understands. He still officiates at both sad and joyous occasions when called upon and continues to represent the community for Ajex, the representative council and the Council of Christians and Jews."

Opening the Booker Avenue complex, Liverpool City Council leader Warren Bradley said: "It shows that all communities are benefiting from the regeneration of Liverpool."

Last updated: 2:15pm, September 5 2008