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Hate attacks on rise in Manchester

By Robyn Rosen, July 30, 2010

A rise in antisemitic incidents in Manchester is down to a "shifting, and increasingly visible" Jewish community in north Manchester, according to a new report.

Antisemitic incidents are more than 50 per cent higher in the first six months of this year in Greater Manchester than in the same period in 2008 - and make up almost a third of antisemitic incidents in the UK.

There were 89 antisemitic incidents in Greater Manchester recorded by the Community Security Trust in the first six months of 2010.

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Jewish charities warn of cuts as donations fall

By Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2010

Jewish charities have been hit by a huge drop in donations this year and may have to make further cuts as local authorities, which use their services, tighten their belts.

Norwood, whose services for children and families in need are mostly purchased by local authorities, has been warned by councils that it must significantly reduce its fees or the councils will not continue to buy its services.

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Anger over Scotland's 'double-decker' burials

By Marcus Dysch, July 22, 2010

The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) has said it "strongly objects" to proposals to allow the re-use of graves.

The Scottish Government is expected to back the deepening of burial sites, effectively giving the go-ahead to "double-deck" graves.

It is due to announce its plans next month following a lengthy consultation into solving the increasing difficulty of securing burial space.

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Small talk makes sense in Birmingham

By Jessica Elgot, July 15, 2010

Birmingham Central Synagogue is set to sell its synagogue building to a care home developer and transform its community centre into a smaller shul.

The 200-member Edgbaston congregation has been investigating selling the 700-seat synagogue for two years. Housing Association Optima was in negotiations to buy the premises last summer but pulled out after losing some government funding.

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Birmingham Jewish studies funding slashed

By Jessica Elgot, June 10, 2010

Birmingham's King David Prim-ary has had its Jewish studies budget slashed.

Funding from Birmingham Hebrew Congregation has been cut from £20,000 to £12,000 annually. Birmingham Jewish Education Board has ended its varying contribution, most recently £3,000.

The voluntary-aided school now has only 65 Jewish children out of a roll of 245. More than half the pupils are Muslim.

Headteacher Steve Langford said the cuts had come at a bad time. "It is going to be tough, with costs rising."

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Birmingham rabbi dies

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 27, 2010

Rabbi Jerachmiel Cofnas, who served the Birmingham community for 50 years, has died aged 98.

More than 600 people attended his funeral at Philips Park Cemetery in Manchester on Friday.

He died at the Beenstock Home in Salford last Wednesday, the first day of Shavuot.

Rabbi Cofnas was minister for Birmingham's former New Synagogue, but was also a shochet and respected as an expert mohel.

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Celebration for Birmingham chaplain couple

By Marcus Dysch, May 21, 2010

A celebration dinner has been held to mark Birmingham chaplain Rabbi Fishel Cohen and his wife Esther's 25 years of service.

The couple moved to the city in August 1984, initially taking responsibility for the entire Midlands region, and have since attended to the religious, pastoral and welfare needs of thousands of students.

Over the years they have covered universities in Warwick, Wolverhampton, Derby, Coventry, Loughborough, Leicester and Nottingham.

On Sunday, more than 200 people attended the Midlands Region Chaplaincy Board dinner to celebrate the couple's work.

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Birmingham City target Israeli Awat

By Simon Griver, April 29, 2010

Birmingham City have reportedly made enquiries about Real Mallorca goalkeeper Dudu Awat.

Indications are that Awat is available for £1.7 million if Birmingham are unable to extend Joe Hart's loan deal from Manchester City. But with Mallorca in fourth place in La Liga and well placed to qualify for the Champions League, Awat would be reluctant to leave.

Hapoel Tel Aviv moved into pole position to clinch their first Israeli Premier Division title for 10 years after beating long-time leaders Maccabi Haifa.

Maaran Lala's winner lifted Hapoel above Haifa on goal difference.

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Birmingham burial fees row eased

By Cathy Forman, February 11, 2010

Meetings were held this week in an effort to resolve a long-running dispute over burial fees between Birmingham’s two Orthodox synagogues.

On Wednesday evening the shul councils of Birmingham Hebrew Congregation (Singers Hill) and Central Synagogue met separately to discuss plans for a solution.

Central leaders have been enraged by steep rises in burial fees and maintenance charges from Singers Hill, which looks after the Witton and Brandwood End cemeteries on behalf of the community.

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Warwick JSoc: Stepping out of Birmingham's shadow

By Marcus Dysch, February 4, 2010

The new president of Warwick University’s Jewish Society believes the time has come for the group to step out of the shadows of its neighbours in Birmingham.

Guy Israel and his eight-strong committee are working hard to establish Warwick JSoc as an independent force in the collective psyche of Jewish students, both in Britain and abroad.

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