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Crumpsall in deal to stave off closure

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 17, 2010

A north Manchester synagogue says it will fight financial turmoil and possible shut-down.

Higher Crumpsall Hebrew Congregation has struck a new deal for special needs school Langdon College to hire its hall for drama classes. The warden, Tony Glyn, hopes further arrangements of this sort will generate enough revenue to save it from thousands of pounds of debt. Talks are also underway to house a new minyan for strictly Orthodox young families, to halt declining membership.


Couple killed by car as they walked home after dinner

By Robyn Rosen, September 17, 2010

A couple from north London died after a car collided with them as they walked "arm in arm" along a road in Dorset.

Alan Bernard, 53, and wife Rochelle, 51, members of Northwood United Synagogue, were declared dead at the scene after a silver Mercedes crashed at 10.35pm on Banks Road in Sandbanks, near Poole, on Saturday.


£20 for mum who found bug in Nestlé cereal

By Leon Symons, September 17, 2010

The cereal that Michelle Prevezer bought was Nestlé's Raisins, Oats & More. But the "More" turned out to be more than she bargained for.

Ms Prevezer, 44, a mother of one from Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, had munched her way through about a third of the cereal when she suspected she might have bitten into something she should not have.

An independent analysis showed that the intruders were oryzaephilus surinamensis - saw-toothed grain beetles.


Interview: Lord Carlile

By Martin Bright, September 17, 2010

Before this year's election, Lord Carlile probably had more recent experience of dealing with the business end of government than any other Liberal Democrat in the House of Lords.

As the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation for the past nine years, Alex Carlile QC monitored the Labour government's fight against Islamic extremism at close quarters.


Succah-building goes south

By Leon Symons, September 17, 2010

Succah building preparations get under way in earnest this Sunday - and extend to the farthest reaches of Britain.

The hamlet of Trehaddle, near Truro in Cornwall, could claim the title of the southernmost succah in the country.

Set in a pergola in the garden of Rachel and Iain Brown, it will host members of Kehillat Kernow, affiliated to the Reform Movement.

Mrs Brown said: "This will be the fourth year in our garden and we can take 15 to 20 people.


North needed for shechitah fight

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 17, 2010

Shechita UK has said it cannot succeed without northern Jewish communities joining the fight against proposed EU labelling regulations which could spell the end to kosher meat in Britain.

Launching its northern public campaign in Manchester on Monday night, Shechita UK's campaign director, Shimon Cohen, urged the entire community to "be on the ball" in lobbying MEPs. Earlier, a meeting of 25 Orthodox Manchester rabbis agreed to mobilise their communities to the cause. Special information packs have also been sent to kosher butchers and synagogues in Leeds, Liverpool and Newcastle.


Bicom scoops Benjamin Netanyahu for annual dinner

By Marcus Dysch, September 17, 2010

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to visit Britain in November, the JC has learned.

Mr Netanyahu will be the keynote speaker at the annual dinner of Bicom, the Israel lobbying organisation, in London on November 1.

But senior Israeli sources refused to confirm that Mr Netanyahu would visit Britain and said any possible plans were not finalised.

A full schedule has not been agreed, but it is thought he is likely to meet his counterpart David Cameron.

No plans have yet been made for Mr Netanyahu to hold other communal meetings.


Jenny Tonge lost us two seats, says Lib Dem peer

By Martin Bright, September 17, 2010

A leading Liberal Democrat believes Baroness Tonge's views on Israel may have helped to lose the party two seats at the general election.

Lord Carlile says that reaction to his fellow Lib Dem peer may have cost vital votes in the north London seats of Hampstead and Kilburn, and Islington South and Finsbury.

"My belief is that remarks taken as antisemitic had a significant effect on the results in those two very marginal north London seats," he said in an interview with the JC this week.


Fears for security of European Jews

By Ian Sparks and Anshel Pfeffer, September 17, 2010

Community leaders have expressed concern that European Jews are being targeted by terrorists after it was revealed that suicide bombers trained in Gaza had planned to bomb a community event in Paris.

"This would seem to be exactly the sort of threat that shows why CST and the Jewish community need to remain vigilant," said Mark Gardner, spokesman for the Community Security Trust.

He added that the organisation will seek to learn "every possible lesson" from the foiled attack and share these with the community and the police.


Grant sits out Stoke City Yom Kippur match

By Danny Caro, September 16, 2010

West Ham have confirmed that manager Avram Grant will not be in the dugout for Saturday's Premier League at Stoke City to observe Yom Kippur - just as we told you last week.

Grant, along with Israeli defender Tal Ben Haim, has been excused duty for the clash at the Britannia Stadium.

A statement on the club's website said: "West Ham United fully respect and understand the situation. It is very unusual for the day to clash with the fixture list."