Community life

Property firm sues dead woman over student flat

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 15, 2010

A student property company has outraged the family of a woman who died of leukaemia by pursuing a rent claim over a flat her daughter never occupied.

"Susan Ellis (deceased)" was the name on a writ for over £2,000 from Leeds firm Parklane. Mrs Ellis, from Whitefield in Manchester, died in January.

She was the guarantor on the flat for her daughter Victoria, who never moved in, having dropped out before her final year at Leeds Metropolitan University to become her mother's carer.


Liverpool's Harold House closure warning

By Leon Symons, April 15, 2010

Harold House, Liverpool's Jewish community centre, faces temporary closure unless it can raise £100,000.

The centre is due to move into the new King David schools complex under construction on a neighbouring site and IS scheduled to open in September 2011.

But Harold House chief executive Stephen Simpson warned that the centre cannot continue until then without a cash influx.


Manchester Mamlock House to close

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 15, 2010

Mamlock House is to close in December after almost 50 years as a base for Zionist organisations in Manchester.

UJIA is the landlord of the property, which also houses offices of JNF, the Zionist Central Council, Wizo, Magen David Adom, the Israel Information Centre and the Jewish Agency.

The news was broken to users on Wednesday by UJIA chairman Keith Black, who said the outdated building had become too expensive to maintain or refurbish.

Named after the Zionist family who donated it, Mamlock House has been a focal point of Jewish life since 1962.


Martin Bell: Study the voting records of MPs

April 15, 2010

Former "anti-sleaze" independent MP and BBC war correspondent Martin Bell urged League of Jewish Women members to study the records of MPs standing for re-election before casting their vote.

During a wide-ranging conversation with league president Ella Marks on Monday in central London, Mr Bell recalled his successful campaign against Neil Hamilton in Tatton, Cheshire, in 1997.

Asked about sleaze and corruption in Westminster today, he told the audience of 130: "We are worse off now than we were then."


Gateshead Jewish pupils injured in crash

By Robyn Rosen, April 15, 2010

Six Jewish school pupils were injured in a road accident in Hexham.

They were among 14 boys from Gateshead Jewish Boarding School whose minibus was involved in a crash with a lorry and a Renault Megane on the A69, near Haydon Bridge, last Friday.

The boys were taken to Newcastle General Hospital with minor injuries and were released later in the day.

The driver sustained leg injuries and his condition was reported as stable. The drivers of the other vehicles suffered minor injuries.


Parents call for end to King David school phones ban

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 15, 2010

A ban on mobile phone use by Manchester King David High pupils has brought a backlash from parents whose children's phones were confiscated for six weeks.

Parents were sent a letter warning of the consequences if pupils were seen with a phone outside of lunch break, even if they were not using it.

Eight handsets were confiscated on the first two days of enforcement.

One mother said pupils' safety could be jeopardised if parents could not contact them after school. Her 15-year-old son had fallen foul of the rules by receiving a text message.


Jews welcome Tory pledge to set up new schools

By Robyn Rosen, April 15, 2010

The Tories' election manifesto pledge to give parents the right to set up schools has been welcomed by communal educators.

Educational philanthropist Benjamin Perl claimed this week that 10 new Jewish schools were needed in the Hertsmere area as parents spoke of their despair at failing to obtain places for their children. Some Borehamwood parents say the situation is forcing families to leave the area.


Jewish Care launch OAP project

By Jay Grenby, April 8, 2010

A Hertfordshire collaboration for the over-60s is a product of Jewish Care's strategy of encouraging local communities to provide for their own social care needs.

The charity and the Herts Community Care Forum - whose members include representatives from virtually all the area's synagogues - are launching Young in Herts to cater for the growing number of active senior citizens in the county.


Seed flourishes with new programme

By Robyn Rosen, April 8, 2010

A new course and booklet from adult education provider Seed has found a ready domestic and international market.

The five-week course, Foundations, offers parents an "adult useful, child friendly" guide to Judaism. More than 1,000 copies in two editions have been produced and the course is currently taught at five schools. The material has been given to Israeli leadership training and outreach organisation Ner Le'Elef and an American group has also expressed interest.


Leeds loses its kosher bakery, Chalutz

By Hayden Cohen, April 8, 2010

The last Leeds kosher bakery, Chalutz, has closed.

In a letter to customers, father and son owners Lawrence and Howard Gorsden cited "an irreversible downturn in trade" for the demise of the Moortown business run by the family for 30 years. Thanking the Gorsdens for their contribution, Leeds Jewish Representative Council president Hilton Lorie added that "the wheels are already in motion to find a successor".

Kosher bread for the local community is still available from the Kosherie and Gourmet Foods.