Church group to buy heritage synagogue

By Robyn Rosen, July 22, 2010

The former Greenbank Drive Synagogue in Liverpool is to be turned into a church, after a failed attempt to convert it into Jewish community housing.

Founded in 1937, the synagogue closed in January 2008 because of dwindling membership and £70,000 debts.

The building was upgraded to Grade II* listed status after the Twentieth Century Society, campaigning to preserve architectural heritage, opposed plans by the Merseyside Jewish Housing Association to convert it into sheltered accommodation.


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.


Liverpool mum joins shul for school place

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2010

The mother whose daughter was refused a place at the city's King David High School is to join an Orthodox synagogue so that the girl, Kayleigh Chapple, can attend King David High School in Manchester.

Dawn Chapple, whose husband Neil is not Jewish, said it was "a weight off my shoulders" after not having a school place for her daughter just weeks before term was due to start.


Liverpool synagogue hit by floods

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2010

Flood waters seriously damaged parts of Liverpool's Childwall Synagogue this week after torrential downpours left large parts of the city under water and many main roads closed.

The shul's Harris Polak and Aida Shifrin halls were filled with two inches of water as Tuesday's rains led to the collapse of a ceiling over one of the rooms.

Overflow from drains, which struggled to cope, brought more water into the Childwall building, which sits 20ft below street level.


Stronger beat for Mersey youth

By Robyn Rosen, July 15, 2010

An "ask the rabbi" event has been held in Liverpool as part of a multi-venue programme organised by Adam Cailler in his new role as community activities co-ordinator.

The former assistant manager of Harold House is working under the auspices of UJIA, the King David Foundation and Merseyside Jewish Representative Council.

"Previously, all events, dinners, and speakers took place in Harold House," the 20-year-old explained.

"When Harold House closed down, it was an opportunity to use all the other facilities and communal buildings that were not being used."


Cofnas is to quit Childwall

By Robyn Rosen, July 15, 2010

Childwall Synagogue rabbi Lionel Cofnas has announced his retirement after 30 years in the Merseyside pulpit.

He plans to move to Manchester next summer after standing down and eventually to make aliyah.

"We have had a good relationship together even though it may have changed over the years," he said this week.


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Police won't take action against Tesco boycotters

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 8, 2010

Merseyside police said this week that no action would be taken against Israel boycott protesters who marched into a Tesco store to hand out leaflets asking shoppers not to buy goods from West Bank settlements.

Police answered a call from the Aigburth Tesco Metro in south Liverpool just after 11am on the Saturday before last after the store's manager complained that protesters were disturbing customers.

But by the time officers arrived, the 10 pro-Palestinian activists were conducting a "peaceful demonstration" outside the store according to officers.


No kosher food at Asda in Liverpool

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 8, 2010

Asda has defended the removal of kosher items from its store in Liverpool's Sefton Park, citing poor sales.

Israeli-born Rafi Sharabi, who lives nearby in Wavertree, said a number of angry Jewish customers had rung to complain.

He was eventually told by the store management that following a directive from head office, staff had removed kosher lines from the world section, which carries Indian, Chinese and halal ranges.

An Asda spokesman said: "Obviously we care about what our customers think. If there is a swell of complaints, there is a possibility of putting the products back in."