West Bank Efrat ad rapped by ASA

By Simon Rocker, November 3, 2011

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint against an advert by an Israeli property firm for suggesting that a development in the West Bank town of Efrat was in Israel.

The watchdog said that the advert, which was placed by the Israel Lease and Acquisition Network (ILAN) in the JC in June, was "misleading".

ILAN's advert did not explicitly state that the development was in Is


North Manchester councils back eruv

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 27, 2011

The north Manchester eruv has gained planning permission in two of the three boroughs covered by its boundaries.

Bury Council’s planning committee voted unanimously in favour of its part of the 13-mile eruv, comprised mainly of existing fences, which will allow observant Orthodox Jews in Bury, Salford and Manchester to carry items and push buggies and wheelchairs on Shabbat.


Radlett renewal gets council green light

By Jay Grenby, October 11, 2011

Hertsmere Council's planning committee has unanimously approved Radlett Synagogue's Project Renewal, a £1.75 million rebuilding and refurbishment scheme.

Described by Radlett board member Paul Krisman as "an affordable and realistic plan for regeneration", it replaces a number of earlier and more ambitious proposals, downgraded in part as a consequence of the economic downturn.


Manchester homes rethink

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 6, 2011

An urban regeneration developer has called for additional last-minute consultations with Manchester families after altering plans for a major Salford housing scheme to attract Jewish residents.

Countryside Properties has scheduled two days of extra consultations next Monday and Tuesday at Salford's Broughton Hub before applying for planning permission for 80 family homes on the site of demolish


Quake-hit congregation rents house for New Year

By Dan Goldberg, September 27, 2011

The small Jewish community in earthquake-ravaged Christchurch will celebrate Rosh Hashanah in a rental property because part of the city's only synagogue needs to be demolished and rebuilt.

Canterbury Hebrew Congregation acting president Bettina Wallace said in a recent report to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which donated $US20,000 to the community's earthquake appeal, that


Family planning helps to ease a Leeds housing problem

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 22, 2011

Meeting demand for Jewish social housing in Leeds, £1 million worth of family homes have been completed.

Seven families will benefit from the four-bedroom houses on Leeds Jewish Housing Association's Queenshill estate in Moortown.


Bodyguard threat to businessman

By Zoe Beaty, September 22, 2011

A property mogul sent his 21-stone bodyguard to force a former business partner and fellow member of the Leeds Jewish community into repaying a loan, a court has heard.

Former Leeds United boss Simon Morris, 34, who was heavily in debt after several failed dealings, asked Johnathan Ashworth, 51, to visit Hedley Manton at his office to collect £100,000 he had lent him to buy a house.


Ambassador's villa in Israel up for sale

By Anshel Pfeffer and Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2011

The residence of Britain's ambassador to Israel is to be sold, amid plans to move the diplomat to a more modern, accessible property.

The Foreign Office has put the luxurious villa on the market following spending cuts.


Salford campaigner forces referendum

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 9, 2011

A Prestwich campaigner for lower council tax has forced Salford Council to spend £150,000 on a referendum over whether to have an elected mayor.

Geoffrey Berg, 56, collected 10,000 signatures for a petition forcing the referendum within six months.


Leeds housing

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 9, 2011

The first of five fashionable apartments in a project geared towards enticing young Jewish professionals to live in Leeds is ready for occupation.

Leeds Jewish Housing Association will be charging £90 per week, significantly under market rents, for newly modernised one-bedroom flats in its Moortown Highmoor Close complex.