Community life

Manchester records will be going online

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 6, 2008

Tens of thousands of Jewish genealogical records will be made public under initiatives by the Manchester Council of Synagogues and the city's Jewish genealogical society. People will be able to access the records over the internet through a pay-as-you-view facility.

The genealogical society has released 300 new digital records from the closed Prestwich cemetery.


Habonim attracts more than 40 youngsters to first of its fortnightly activities

October 30, 2008

Habonim attracted more than 40 youngsters to the first of its fortnightly activities at its North Manchester home at the Prestwich-based Maccabi Centre. Northern fieldworker Marc Fink said: "It was a fantastic way to start the year. Parents are constantly telling us there are not enough Jewish activities for their children. By putting on activities we are responding to this demand." In South Manchester, over 25 leaders and participants attended a fun introductory session to the movement at the Jubilee Centre, Bowdon.


Liberals appoint first Midlands support staff

October 30, 2008

Liberal Judaism has appointed its first Midlands development worker.

Sophie Stern, 22, who takes up the full-time role, will be based at the new Midlands Centre for Liberal Judaism, which opened in September at Birmingham Progressive Synagogue's new building.

Ms Stern attended Birmingham Progressive Synagogue while a student at Birmingham University. As part of her plans to build on her links with Liberal and Progressive Jews in the Midlands she has already started a five-a-side football club and a student film club.


Spurs-fan twins do party double

October 30, 2008

Identical twins Sidney Tabizel and Harry Tobias celebrated their 90th birthday with a surprise afternoon tea party on Sunday.

They were joined at the Royal Chace Hotel in Enfield, North London, by 75 family members spanning four generations.

"It was a surprise to see everyone there," said Harry. "They were all asking what the secret to a long life is."
The answer, he said, is "clean living" and to "keep taking the tablets".


They need your blood

October 30, 2008

The United Synagogue's blood donor campaign, being run in partnership with the National Blood Service, is to hold its first blood donor sessions.

Hendon Synagogue will be hosting a donation session on November 9, and Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue is supporting a Joely Bear Appeal blood donor session at Fairfield School in Radlett on November 23.

The initiative, which was launched at Rosh Hashanah, is being led by the US's welfare arm Project Chesed.


Lancashire theme park goes Jewish for a day

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 30, 2008

A Lancashire theme park turned Jewish for a day, attracting 2,000 visitors from across the community.

The Camelot amusement park, near Chorley, held a special Jewish day on the Sunday which fell during intermediate days of Succot.

Organisers set up a kosher café, burger bar and six giant succah huts. Jewish music was also played throughout the day on the park's speaker system.


Woodside Park picks its new minister

October 30, 2008

Woodside Park Synagogue has appointed a new full-time rabbi, almost a year after the controversial departure of its previous minister split the community.


Tribute to Cussins

By John Fisher, October 30, 2008

A new £350,000, six-bedroomed unit at Donisthorpe Hall has been named in memory of the late Manny Cussins, the care home's former chairman and life-president.

Mr Cussins's daughter, Audrey Reuben, and son, John Cussins, performed the opening ceremony, unveiling a plaque at the entrance of the new unit, which was completed this summer.

Mrs Reuben said she was impressed with the new look of the home and praised the use of space in the latest suite of rooms. The new unit was partly funded by the Manny Cussins Trust.


Green light for Edgware school

By Jay Grenby, October 30, 2008

Barnet Council has this week finally granted planning permission for a major re-development of the Edgware Jewish Primary School site in Hale Lane, Edgware.

The planning committee's unanimous decision, which follows a controversial withdrawal of the application last August to allow for further consideration of environmental, noise and traffic issues in the face of opposition from neighbours, gives the green light to the construction of a new school building on the present site.


Reform forced to shut Northern office

By Simon Rocker, October 30, 2008

The Reform Movement is to close its Northern office in Manchester as part of a package of cuts caused by the general financial crisis.

Three staff are to be laid off in the synagogue services department, admin and IT, members of the movement's council were told at a quarterly meeting in London on Sunday.

Despite an increased yield from its annual dinner earlier this month, the Reform's fundraising target of £980,000 is likely to fall short by £21,000 this year: and it is planning to cut is spending by around £270,000 to just over £3 million next year.