Jewish life

Washington letter to Jews 'key to roots'

By Ellen Tumposky, September 8, 2011

An important document in American history — George Washington’s 1790 letter to the Jews of Newport, Rhode Island — has been languishing in storage for years, and a US Jewish newspaper has launched a campaign to get it out into the open for public viewing.


Outrage in France over plan to delete 'Shoah'

By Michel Zlotowski, September 8, 2011

Film director and writer Claude Lanzmann has attacked the French Education Ministry for planning to "delete" the word "Shoah" from school textbooks.

Mr Lanzmann argued in a recent article for Le Monde that some at the ministry were trying to challenge the uniqueness of the Jewish genocide and give it the same historical status as the Allied bombing of German cities.

Mr Lanzmann claimed to ha


Rebels plan to restore Jewish Libya

By Nathan Jeffay, September 8, 2011

For Libyan rebel David Gerbi, thought to be the only Jew in the war-torn country, the last fortnight has been like a journey in a time machine.

The once-numerous Jewish community of Libya left in two waves: amid attacks on the establishment of the state of Israel and amid more violence during and after the Six-Day War of 1967.


Hairdresser a cut above the rest

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

A former JFS girl is cutting quite a dash in the hairdressing world by winning a competition for young stylists.

Sarah Marks, 17, triumphed in the Central & Joshua Galvin Photographic Awards for creating the perfect "prom" look on her friend and model Abi Yentis.


A rubbish time for residents

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 1, 2011

Protests are mounting within the Jewish community over plans for reduced rubbish collections by Greater Manchester councils.

Around 130 Jewish families, mainly in Prestwich, have signed an online petition against Bury Council's proposal to make collections fortnightly rather than weekly.


Feel-good broadcasters celebrate landmark

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

The presenters have changed and the song requests are different. But 40 years after being established by the Jewish Youth Voluntary Service, Radio Northwick Park is still brightening the days of patients at the Harrow hospital.


Euro Jewish parliament plan

By Simon Rocker, September 1, 2011

Plans are under way to set up a European Jewish parliament, with an online poll to elect its 120 members due to open later this month.

The initiative has been launched by the European Jewish Union, a Swiss non-profit organisation with a head office in London.


Yes, they'll be back - at Chanucah

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 11, 2011

ITV is planning a sequel and possibly a series of its Strictly Kosher film on Manchester's Jewish community after last month's programme drew in millions of viewers.

The eccentric Orthodox mother Bernette Clarke and flamboyant boutique owner Joel Lever are likely to hit TV screens for a second time in late December if a one-off programme is approved by ITV bosses in London.


It's our city, not the rioters', say Manchester's clean-up brigade

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 11, 2011

Manchester's great clean-up on the day after the riots was masterminded by a 34-year-old resident of Reddish, south-east Manchester, Jeremy Myers. More than 1,000 people, branded the "broom army", gathered in the city centre at 9am after Mr Myers, grandson of the late Sephardi rabbi, Dr Maurice Gaguine, tweeted the idea after being outraged by live television coverage of the riots.


Northern welfare chair leaves on a high

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 11, 2011

Manchester Jewish Community Care chairman Brian White has stepped down after 20 years.

He has held virtually every executive position with the organisation, which runs the Nicky Alliance Day Care Centre.

Given that Mr White is a senior tax partner at Deloitte's Manchester office, it is ironic that he has never been the MJCC treasurer.

Addressing the charity's annual meeting, he spoke of t