Bury

Council allows Israeli flag to fly in Bury

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 19, 2012

Bury Council has agreed to allow the flying of the Israeli flag on Yom Ha'atzmaut next Thursday, following a review of its flag protocol, sparked by its refusal to fly the blue star and stripes last year.

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Archbishop's peace dinner

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

Rowan Williams, who last week announced his resignation as Archbishop of Canterbury, had his mind on the Middle East on Tuesday, attending a London dinner for Israeli-Palestinian peace group One Voice .

Guest speaker ex-Foreign Secretary David Miliband called the impasse over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict the greatest diplomatic failure in 40 years.

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Archbishop's peace dinner

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

Rowan Williams, who last week announced his resignation as Archbishop of Canterbury, had his mind on the Middle East on Tuesday, attending a London dinner for Israeli-Palestinian peace group One Voice .

Guest speaker ex-Foreign Secretary David Miliband called the impasse over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict the greatest diplomatic failure in 40 years.

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Final stops before making aliyah

By Jay Grenby, March 8, 2012

As a pre-aliyah treat, a Hendon 72-year-old enjoyed a sentimental tour of some of her favourite London haunts on a red bus hired by family members.

Some three dozen relatives from the capital and Manchester set off with Helen Ginsbury from Golders Green, among them Hendon Synagogue's Rabbi Mordechai Ginsbury, who is one of her sons.

The route incorporated places of personal interest, includi

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Prestwich sports pitch opposed

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 11, 2011

Bury Council is pressing ahead with plans for a controversial sports pitch in Prestwich which Jewish residents claim will increase antisocial behaviour.

The council will decide on Tuesday on its own application for a multi-sports pitch on King's Road, opposite Jewish homes and synagogues. The application was submitted despite an earlier public consultation in which councillors expressed shock at the level of Jewish concern.

One-hundred Jewish residents have signed petitions and there have been 25 individual objections.

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Residents rubbish Bury refuse plan

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 11, 2011

Plans to reduce refuse collections in Bury have upset Orthodox community members from large families.

The proposal - being put to the vote on February 23 - would see general waste collections cut from weekly to fortnightly. For cardboard, the service would go from fortnightly to monthly. But residents would get a green bin, rather than a bag, for paper and families with six or more children would receive a second general waste bin.

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FBI arrest Orthodox 'fraudster'

By Paul Berger, August 19, 2010

An American property developer who allegedly defrauded British Jews out of millions of pounds has been arrested by the FBI.

Eliyahu Weinstein, 35, lost a civil case earlier this month against London property tycoon Berish Berger, who had been swindled out of £23 million.

At least two members of Stamford Hill's Jewish community continue to pursue multi-million pound lawsuits against Weinstein in the US, following property deals that went sour.

Last week, FBI agents arrested Weinstein, who lives in the Orthodox enclave of Lakewood, New Jersey.

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Lightning triumph at Manchester tournament

August 5, 2010

South Lightning beat a Barbarians side by 33 wickets to win the NJCL Super Sixes tournament in Manchester on Sunday.

The sides met in the final after finishing in the top two places of a league also featuring teams from Bury and Leeds.

The Barbarians, comprising players from several clubs, had no answer to the superb batting prowess of South's Jonny Lieberman, who was undefeated on 27, and captain Steve Glicher, who retired on 31 off just 12 balls.

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Son fights to move mother from Christian cemetery

By Marcus Dysch, July 29, 2010

A bereaved son has described his frustration after an unsuccessful three-year battle to have his mother's body moved from a Christian cemetery to a Jewish resting place.

Eugene Linder's late mother, Biba Skodnik, is buried in Finland. He has pleaded with the country's Prime Minister and President to allow him to reinter her in Switzerland, where his family now lives.

But despite the assistance of London-based Rabbi Aba Dunner of the Conference of European Rabbis, Mr Linder has failed to receive permission from the Finnish authorities to move her.

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Bury and Whitefield Jewish Primary School’s new plans

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 14, 2009

Bury and Whitefield Jewish Primary School has resubmitted a controversial planning application to relocate, having sparked a protest campaign by local residents last year.

The new application argues that the school’s 44-year-old premises are in need of a major overhaul, but the site is unsuitable for development under government building recommendations.

Instead, a £3.6 million state-of-the-art school is proposed on green belt land close to Whitefield’s Jewish community.

Based on a council consultation, over 130 residents oppose the new plans with just six in favour.

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