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Duke is asked to save a piece of Jerusalem

By Leon Symons, September 26, 2008

The Duke of Edinburgh has been unwittingly drawn into a row over a piece of prime Jerusalem real estate by Zalmi Unsdorfer, the chairman of Israel's Likud-Herut party in Britain.

The row centres on the famous Russian Compound in the heart of Jerusalem. One part of it is called Sergei's Courtyard. Built in 1890 for the benefit of pilgrims visiting Palestine, it was named after Tsar Alexander II's son Sergei Alexandrovich, head of the Imperial Society of Russian Orthodox Christians in the Holy Land.


Clore Duffield Foundation announces £93,000 grants for regional schemes

September 24, 2008

The Clore Duffield Foundation today announced awards totalling £93,490 to support 12 regional Jewish projects.

The foundation established its "Sparks" programmes to stimulate Jewish life outside London.
This year's winners are:

Arthur and Martha for "Kindness" arts programme in Manchester, £11,980

Board of Deputies' Southern Region training programme, £15,000

CCJO Rene Cassin for human rights Shabbat in 10 communities, £6,500


News in brief

September 24, 2008

 Prince Charles has agreed to become patron of the Jewish Museum, his first patronage of a Jewish organisation in Britain. He took a similar role for the museum's 75th anniversary last year. The Museum is in the middle of a £4.2 million expansion that will triple the space at its Camden Town premises and integrate the collections, displays and activities of its two former sites under one roof. The state-of-the-art museum is scheduled to reopen in Autumn 2009.


Exclusive: Manchester welfare charities to merge

September 23, 2008

The two largest welfare charities in the Manchester area, the Fed and Heathlands Village, are in the process of merging, the JC.Com can exclusively reveal.

The Fed, formerly the Manchester Jewish Federation, offers support services and financial assistance to Jewish people in need throughout Greater Manchester. Heathlands, the long-established Manchester Jewish Homes for the Aged, provides residential care for elderly people in supervised flats and wards under full nursing care.


Youths in court for Manchester Jewish attack

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2008

Three teenagers are due to appear in court this week in connection with an attack on a Jewish man in a park.

The 22-year-old was attacked as he walked through St Mary's Park in Prestwich, Manchester, at around 8.30pm on June 25.

He suffered head injuries and required stitches to treat a 9cm cut.

The boys, who are all 15 and cannot be named because of their age, were due to appear at Bury Youth Court on Thursday.

Two of the youths face charges of racially motivated common assault, affray and common assault.


United Synagogue welcomes Non-Orthodox unity plan

By Simon Rocker, September 19, 2008

The United Synagogue has welcomed last week's call by non-Orthodox leaders for greater partnership as "good news for the community".

In an article in today's JC, Simon Hochhauser, the president of the US, applauded the Statement on Communal Collaboration issued by the Reform, Liberal and Masorti movements - but without revealing whether Britain's largest Orthodox body would also be signing it.


Anger over Simcha date clash with Hackney Limmud

By Leon Symons, September 19, 2008

A clash over dates led to a behind-the-scenes row between Simcha on the Square organisers and Hackney Limmud, an event held for the first time this year.

Both events were held on Sunday. But the Hackney group said they had selected the date first about 18 months ago and put it on the communal calendar run by the Board of Deputies. Simcha on the Square, meanwhile, initially chose the same day, moved to a date in October and then changed back again to September 14.


Zionist Federation: Simcha event had ‘double political standards’

By Bernard Josephs, September 19, 2008

An investigation into political leafleting at Sunday's Simcha on the Square is underway following complaints that radical and left-wing groups were allowed to advertise their work at the event.

Geraldine Auerbach, director of the event organisers, said material handed out by the British Shalom-Salaam Trust would be examined, and if it were found to be political in nature the organisation would not be invited in future.

"Our criterion is that no political organisation should be given a stand at the event, " she said.


Orthodox delight as government relaxes planning law on house extensions

By Leon Symons, September 19, 2008

The Charedi community has welcomed a government move to relax rules on loft conversions and the construction of rear extensions to houses.

From October 1, many householders will be able to build an extension or a loft conversion without having to seek planning permission. The £1,000 fee to be granted specific planning permission will also be dropped.


Legal red tape keeps missing children in UK

By Michal Levertov and Marcus Dysch, September 19, 2008

Two Israeli children sent unaccompanied to live in Britain by their mother may not return home before the end of the year due to legal red tape.

In July, the JC reported that a 12-year-old girl was sent to the UK alone by her Russian-born Israeli mother. The girl's nine-year-old brother arrived a year earlier, accompanied by the mother, who returned to Tel Aviv, leaving him to live with a family friend in Leeds. The girl has now claimed asylum here.