Blind historian guest at new dinner venue

October 14, 2010

Liverpool's Jewish forum dinners have been revived by a move to King David High School.

The first dinner at the new venue saw 60 people enwrapped by guest speaker Liverpool historian Steve Binns. The community historian, who has been blind from birth but received an MBE for contributions to Liverpool's heritage, spoke about the city's historic Jewish characters such as Zionist Bertram B Benas, while also speaking about his hero, former prime minister and Liverpool-born William Ewart Gladstone.

Tribute was paid to Gerry Lipson, who has retired as organiser of the monthly community social dinners after 12 years. Following the closure of Liverpool's community centre, Harold House, which hosted the dinners, the forum is now in the joint hands of community activities co-ordinator Adam Cailler and Johnny Cohen.

Next month's dinner will hear from Jewish civilian chaplain to the UK armed forces, Rabbi Arnold Saunders.

Last updated: 9:50am, October 15 2010