Blackpool Hebrew Congregation rocked by closing ceremony

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 18, 2012

More than 200 people offered a tearful farewell to the Blackpool Hebrew Congregation synagogue on Sunday. A deconsecration ceremony marked the end of the congregation’s 114-year presence in the seaside town.


Donnachie loses appeal as Scots judge rules no injustice at trial

By Marcus Dysch, May 3, 2012

A former St Andrews University undergraduate has failed in an attempt to overturn his conviction for racially abusing a Jewish student.

Paul Donnachie attacked Chanan Reitblat last March at a university hall of residence, desecrated an Israeli flag and called the Lithuanian-born supporter of Israel a "terrorist".

Donnachie, of Blackpool, was sentenced to 150 hours of community service last S


Leslie Firth named Reform congregation’s life president

May 30, 2008

Rabbi Norman Zalud conducted a civic service to mark Israel’s 60th anniversary at Blackpool Reform Synagogue. During the service, Leslie Firth was named the congregation’s life president. Mr Firth has held many council and executive positions for the synagogue and the Reform Movement. He is also a representative on the Interfaith Forum in Blackpool.


NUS ejects hate group

By Jodie Mablin, April 11, 2008

The Union of Jewish Students has praised NUS for ejecting purveyors of anti-Jewish and anti-Israel material from its Blackpool conference last week.

Leaflets featuring offensive cartoons and slogans were distributed by Palestinian student group GUPS. After a complaint by a delegate to the conference steering committee, the GUPS members responsible were asked to leave the premises. They verbally abused students on the UJS stall before being escorted out by police.