Shock tactics in youth facilities drive

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 3, 2011

A drunk girl lying unconscious on a toilet floor is the image promoting a hard-hitting Manchester Maccabi campaign for better youth facilities to combat drinking and drug-taking among teenagers as young 14.


Great Scots: We are up for a party

By Stephanie Brickman, May 12, 2011

Glasgow's celebration was kicked off by a blast from the shofar from Rabbi Danny Bergson, whose musical skills saved the day last year when the volcanic ash cloud prevented the scheduled Israeli performers from travelling.


Scottish youth unite

By Stephanie Brickman, February 11, 2011

Glasgow youth groups have pledged to work together in a bid to encourage greater involvement.

A Giffnock meeting -"Our children, our future"- attracted 30 people for a discussion on how to engage youth and hopefully slow the rate of decline in the community.

Held under the aegis of Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, it was organised by GJRC youth representative Sue Faber.

Ms Faber was delighted with the turnout and the positive atmosphere.


Abigail bags lolly for club

November 4, 2010

A Prestwich girl has won a national ice-lolly competition to build a £15,000 dream youth den at Manchester Maccabi after receiving hundreds of thousands of online votes.

Abigail Stephens, 12, entered the Design a Fab Den competition by Fab ice lollies and was announced as the overall winner from 4,000 entries. The competition asked youngsters to submit their designs to transform a local community centre.

The King David High School pupil won the most online votes for her multimedia, ice-lolly-themed den which includes a sofa in the Fab colours.


World Cup success could bring windfall to Maccabi

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 28, 2010

The chief operating officer for England's 2018 World Cup bid believes Maccabi UK would be a likely beneficiary of the resulting £750 million funding pot for local football facilities.

Former FA corporate affairs director Simon Johnson made the comment on returning to his native north Manchester Jewish community to address a Maccabi business breakfast.


Maccabi gets green light for expansion

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 28, 2010

Manchester Maccabi is poised to become North Manchester's Jewish community centre after receiving planning permission to add a youth facility.

An £80,000 extension to the club's terrace will provide a large open-plan indoor space which will be a dedicated youth zone. A £30,000-a-year youth worker position will be created as part of the initiative.

Club chairman Bradley Feld said that with the closure of Mamlock House, which had hosted local Jewish charities and events, the opportunity existed "to move ourselves over the next four years towards turning into a true community centre".


South Manchester win

September 7, 2010

South Manchester Maccabi 1st got their Manchester Accountants Premier League campaign off to a flyer after thumping Vida 4-2. Goals from Mark Jaffe, David Chaytow, Harvey Kaye and Toby Levy put the icing on the cake in Darryl Lee's first competitive match as manager.

Manchester Maccabi 1st kicked off the season with a 3-2 home win over Houldsworth in the Thameside League Division One.


Early signs look good for Israel

By Danny Caro, September 7, 2010

I managed to stream the entire 90 minutes of Israel's 2012 qualifying match against Malta, on Iraq Goals of all places. The irony of it. My first impressions of the team under Luis Fernandez team were positive, even if it was against limited opposition.

Under Dror Kashtan, the former incumbent, I'd been left frustrated by his negative tactics with the team never fulfilling its potential, especially when drawn in a weak group. This was just the kind of game that Israel would have made hard work of under him, perhaps nicking a late goal at the death to save their blushes.


Stormin Norman on fire

By Danny Caro, August 26, 2010

This season has been very sporting for batsmen and bowlers cricket-wise. A few dry, hot weeks have been combined with some very wet ones.

But nothing could not stop Norman Marine, anything but a fair-weather bowler, from almost putting himself into the history books after another demon spell.

Representing Old Cholmeleians 2nd, 'Stormin' Norman terrorised the batsmen of Potters Bar 3rd. He played the lead role, finishing with figures of 8.2-4-7-6 as Bar were dismissed for a paltry 23 in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League.


Ben Winston leaves Wingate & Finchley

By Danny Caro, August 19, 2010

Ben Winston has stepped down as assistant-manager of Wingate & Finchley.

Recently appointed as manager to Team England ahead of next year's European Maccabi Games in Vienna, Winston told the players after their pre-season victory over Barnet.

Winston said: "Although I think this is the year we will get promotion, it is too difficult for me to commit so much time. I though it was best to take a break rather than be half-hearted in my approach."