Community life

Votes were not used

By Ruth Leslie, June 18, 2009

Concern over the Yorkshire and Humberside BNP candidate’s campaign victory in the European Parliament elections was expressed at Sunday’s Leeds Jewish Representative Council meeting.

Addressing the delegates, president Sue Dorsey spoke of her disappointment at MEP Andrew Brons’ victory. “We canvassed the community and stressed the importance of people voting, but only 60 per cent did so.”

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Shenley welcomes ‘green’ rabbi

By James Martin, June 18, 2009

Levy as minister of Shenley United Jewish Community saw members looking back with sadness, as they recalled the tragic and premature death two years ago of their previous minister, Rabbi Shmuli Kass, and forwards with hope to the 135-family strong community gaining a permanent home of its own.

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Home win for interfaith at West Ham’s Upton Park

By James Martin, June 18, 2009

West Ham legend Sir Trevor Brooking scored a hit with Jewish primary pupils at a community football tournament at the Premier League team’s Upton Park.

Ten lucky students from Clore Tikva in Redbridge, and 22 from Simon Marks in Hackney, competed in a five-a-side tournament which placed pupils in teams with children from different faiths and cultures. The pupils, aged nine and 10, met Sir Trevor after last week’s three-hour tournament and were given medals by the former England player and FA development director.

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Home win for interfaith at West Ham’s Upton Park

By James Martin, June 18, 2009

West Ham legend Sir Trevor Brooking scored a hit with Jewish primary pupils at a community football tournament at the Premier League team’s Upton Park.

Ten lucky students from Clore Tikva in Redbridge, and 22 from Simon Marks in Hackney, competed in a five-a-side tournament which placed pupils in teams with children from different faiths and cultures. The pupils, aged nine and 10, met Sir Trevor after last week’s three-hour tournament and were given medals by the former England player and FA development director.

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Youth duo for Bowdon

June 18, 2009

South Manchester Synagogue, Bowdon, has appointed its first youth rabbi.
Rabbi Dan Lieberman, 22, and his wife Liat, 21, will be moving to Bowdon at the end of July and will be working with Bowdon’s Rabbi Yitzhak Rubin while developing educational programmes for the shul’s children.

Rabbi Lieberman, a former Manchester Jewish Grammar pupil, said he was “looking forward to creating a vibrant environment for the youth of Bowdon”.

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Stars of script and screen bag awards

By Sasha Brenner, June 18, 2009

Belmont Synagogue landed a top prize at the Board of Deputies media awards on Sunday.

Barbara Mazliah picked up the magazine of the year award on behalf of Stuart Burns the editor of the shul’s publication, Belmonde, at a ceremony at the Board’s London headquarters.

New Board president Vivian Wineman welcomed the 60 delegates and JC managing editor Richard Burton who spoke about the changing world of publishing. The panellists, including broadcaster Clive Roslin, Vic Aboudara, Danny Bermant and Marcel Knobil then took questions on media issues.

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Northern region appoints chaplain

June 18, 2009

A new chaplaincy couple has been appointed for the northern region, despite fears over funding for the post.

Essex-born Garry and Suzanne Wayland will take up the post in September. Both have first class honours degrees and experience of Jewish youth work.

Speaking of his appointment, Rabbi Wayland, 27, who is concluding his rabbinic studies in Jerusalem, said: “We are looking forward to working with the students and also the wider communities. The student community is vibrant and it’s an age group we feel connected to as recent graduates.”

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Anne Frank remembered

By James Martin and Stephanie Brickman, June 18, 2009

A tearful Mayer Hersh described receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in Holocaust education as “the best day of my life”.
Mr Hersh, who survived nine concentration camps including Auschwitz, was rewarded at the Anne Frank Awards for his work for the Holocaust Education Programme in the north west over the past 30 years.

Gillian Walnes, executive director of the Anne Frank Trust UK, which organises the annual awards, said he had “impacted on tens of thousands of people”.

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New site for school refused

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 18, 2009

Planning permission to relocate Bury and Whitefield Primary School to a greenbelt site was unanimously refused by the council planning committee on Tuesday.

The school’s governors had been hoping the proposed new site would raise intake to the currently undersubscribed 165-pupil school by relocating on the doorstep of the Whitefield Jewish community from its current Unsworth site three miles away.

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Honours for Malcolm Weisman in his new role

June 18, 2009

A crowd of over 50 well-wishers travelled from as far as Norwich and Aberdeen to the London home of the Chief Rabbi to celebrate Reverend Malcolm Weisman’s becoming emeritus minister for small communities.
Sir Jonathan Sacks paid tribute to Rev Weisman’s years of service since the inception of the Office for Small Communities in the 1960s. “Malcolm Weisman is a deeply respected and loved figure in Anglo Jewry, because he cares for everyone. No community is too small and no distance too great.”

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