Community life

Manchester Jewish Museum's director on leave

May 6, 2010

The cash-strapped Manchester Jewish Museum has suffered another setback with its director having to take extended leave because of health concerns.

Stuart Hilton has suspected ligament problems in his spine, making it difficult for him to walk. His absence could jeopardise the museum's financial recovery after a positive initial response to its emergency financial appeal for £5 monthly donations.

"We know we are getting an extra £1,000 income, which is brilliant, but is nowhere near our target of £6,000 a month," Mr Hilton explained.


Redbridge Jewish Community Centre considers relocation

By Cathy Forman, May 6, 2010

A feasibility study on the Redbridge Jewish Community Centre site is being conducted by the local council, which is considering its purchase to expand the adjacent state secondary school.


Maureen Lipman supports cancer cause

May 6, 2010

Maureen Lipman went out to bat for myeloma sufferers at a Lord's reception.

At the event, MCC chief executive Keith Bradshaw - who was diagnosed with myeloma in 2008 - announced plans for a September fundraiser for research into the bone marrow cancer.

Its centrepiece will be a game between a celebrity cricket side and a team of past and present football stars assembled by former Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear.


Thugs attack rabbi in Golders Green

By Leon Symons, May 6, 2010

A rabbi needed eight stitches in a head wound after a vicious assault by two bottle-wielding men in Golders Green in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Rabbi Yossi Simon, a mohel, and his two sons had been loading a vehicle at the London Jewish Family Centre with equipment for a Lag b'Omer parade in Stamford Hill.

"We were approached by two men who were very drunk and started throwing bottles at me," Rabbi Simon said. "Then they started punching me in the face. It was a frightening experience.


The London Marathon: The runners and their causes

April 29, 2010

Repaying charity's Caring gesture

Dietician Anneka Gershon, 25, raised a healthy £2,200 for Jewish Care in her second marathon, inspired by a family connection.

Her grandmother is a resident in the charity's Lady Sarah Cohen House in East Finchley.

"I found this marathon harder than last year," she confided. "I struggled with my training due to a knee injury.

"But I was determined not to give up due to the great stuff Jewish Care does for my nana and the Jewish community as a whole and the support I received from my family and friends."


Lubavitch library to be transformed

By Simon Rocker, April 29, 2010

The place is overrun with books, scatterered in wobbly towers across tables and too numerous for the stacks that are meant to contain them. For years, a cramped room in Lubavitch HQ in Stamford Hill has been home to the country's largest Jewish lending library.

Threading my way through the narrowest of passages, I am assured by Faigie Rabin - who for many years has guided borrowers to their sought-after volume: "It's nothing like it was two months ago."


King David High relaxes mobile phone ban

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 29, 2010

Manchester's King David High has relaxed a controversial ban on mobile phone use by pupils.

Since its introduction three weeks ago, infuriated parents of offenders have complained that the the six-week confiscation rule has jeopardised their children's safety by leaving them without a phone at evenings and weekends.

Confiscated phones have been returned and confiscation periods of one or a few days will again be the norm.


Moroccan Princess visits Sephardi synagogue

April 29, 2010

Princess Lalla Joumala Alaoui, Morocco's new ambassador to Britain, was a guest of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation at Lauder-dale Road Synagogue on Shabbat.

Special memorial prayers were recited for the two previous Moroccan kings, one who helped shelter Jews during World War II and the other who promoted peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The shul met the request of its guest for a Sephardi kiddush.


Tory candidate attacked over Jewish school claim

By Stephanie Brickman, April 29, 2010

The Tory Parliamentary candidate for East Renfrewshire has been criticised for accusing the local Labour-led council of a "poverty of ambition" for Scotland's sole Jewish school.

Richard Cook claimed the council was sacking a child development officer at the Calderwood Lodge Primary's nursery.


Elderly Jewish sisters robbed

April 29, 2010

Two elderly Jewish sisters were left in shock after thieves ransacked their north Manchester home before leaving empty-handed.

One of the women, aged 87, was yanked from the phone as she tried to call the police. She was held with her mouth covered to silence her cries.

The three raiders searched the house on Bury New Road, Broughton Park, but left shortly after 2.30am last Wednesday. The sisters then alerted a neighbour. Both were treated for shock and the 87-year-old suffered bruising to her arms. Police are appealing for information.