A not so Orthodox law of the road: 13 in a Volvo

By Craig Silver, June 27, 2008

A strictly Orthodox man has been banned from driving after police caught him taking a spin in his family Volvo — along with 12 passengers.

Teacher Abraham Gniwosch, 31, crammed his wife, sister, two babies, another man and seven children into the saloon’s four passenger seats.

Police pulled over his Volvo S70 at Craig y Don, Llandudno, North Wales, where he and his family were on holiday. None of the passengers was wearing a seat belt.


Welsh call to boycott envoy

June 13, 2008

The presiding officer of the Welsh Assembly has urged its members to boycott a meeting with Ron Prosor, the Israeli ambassador.

Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas emailed Assembly Members stating that he thought they should shun the ambassador. “I am unwilling to accept the invitation to meet the ambassador because of my objection to the failure of the state of Israel to meet its international obligations to the Palestinian people of the Holy Lands,” he wrote. “I would invite other colleagues to do the same.” 


Christian Friends of Israel celebrate 60th

May 30, 2008

The local branch of Christian Friends of Israel attracted 60 people from the wider community to celebrate Israel’s 60th. The event, “Am Israel Hai!” was held at Emmanuel Christian Centre, Llandudno, and was arranged by Roy Thurley, the organisation’s local representative. The main speaker, Bernard Blank, recalled his experiences of travelling to Palestine from Manchester after the Second World War to fight in the War of Independence.


North Wales Jewish Network hosts communal seder

April 25, 2008

More than 30 people celebrated Passover in Bangor at the first communal seder run by the North Wales Jewish Network. Participants aged from 18 months to 90 came from Holyhead, Pwhelli, Porthmadog, Bangor and Llandudno. Nathan Abrams, a lecturer at Bangor University, said: “The network continues to thrive and I am delighted that we are gaining new members.” The seder was led by John Burland.


Ideas man talks to Cardiff Ziona

April 25, 2008

Cardiff Ziona attracted 80 people to an evening with Sheridan Simove who spoke about his book Ideas Man. Mr Simove, 36, who used to work for the television company Planet 24, gave an account of his ideas for TV shows, novelty sweets, toys and greeting cards. The event, held at Cardiff United Synagogue, raised £800 for Wizo projects.