The Belfast Jewish Community’s new spiritual leader brings a para medical background to the congregation and has also pledged to attract more of the Northern Ireland community who identified as being Jewish in the last census.
The children of late bookmaking tycoon Lord Steinberg are taking legal action against the remains of his gambling empire following an alleged multi-million pound dispute.
Lord Steinberg's son Jonathan and daughter Lynne argue that their father had not pledged a £20 million guarantee to the Stanleybet company to fund a joint venture.
It is thought the money is needed by Stanleybet to support a
Professor Geoffrey Alderman is to lodge a formal protest against Queen's University, Belfast after the withdrawal of an invitation to be a speaker at a Middle East debate on Monday night.
The staunchly pro-Israel JC columnist and historian, who is a guest professor at Ariel College on Israel's West Bank, had been invited to join the panel at a discussion on "Conflict in the Middle East" as part of the Belfast Festival.
But last Friday festival director Graeme Farrow told Professor Alderman that the invitation had been a "mistake" as he had not consulted the other panellists about it.
Mary McAleese praised the achievements of Belfast Jewry when making the first visit by an Irish President to the community’s synagogue.
Addressing 40 members, President McAleese recalled growing up in Belfast and her many Jewish friends at Belfast University. She told her audience to “never ever underestimate your influence and power. Belfast would not be what it is without the commitment of this small community, who have made a contribution to every level in the world of politics, business, arts and education.”