Bellamy is a good match for Cardiff

By Martin Samuel, August 19, 2010

I used to imagine what a fine forward line England would have if Craig Bellamy could partner Michael Owen. This was before Wayne Rooney arrived, obviously.

Back then, England struggled with a succession of foils for their main goal-scorer. Owen and Sven Goran Eriksson loved Emile Heskey but nobody else did, Darius Vassell was a whole-hearted channel-runner and little more, but Bellamy?


Bonnyton are the driving force on Seniors circuit

August 19, 2010

Bonnyton were the stand-out performers after winning the main prizes at the Seniors Trophy at Lee Park Golf Club in Liverpool.

The Glasgow club overcame the challenge of Moor Allerton to take the Coombe Hill Trophy in the 11-team competition for men aged over 55.

And an exceptional score of 75 from Bonnyton's Robert Kerr secured the Hartsbourne Trophy for the best gross score and the Dyrham Park Trophy for the best nett score. Lol Green of Abridge was pipped for both trophies.


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.


Anger over Cameron Gaza comments

By Rob Lyons, July 29, 2010

Prime Minister David Cameron's description of Gaza as a "prison camp" prompted anger this week from all quarters.

Mr Cameron, addressing Turkish businessmen in Ankara on Tuesday, declared: "The Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla was completely unacceptable." And in reference to the Israeli blockade, he added: "Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp."

The remarks led to consternation that the PM should apparently use criticism of Israel as a vehicle by which to promote closer relations with Turkey.


Asda store no longer kosher

By Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2010

Asda has stopped retailing kosher food at its Milton Keynes store but says the range may be restored if the demand if demonstrated.

Asda spokeswoman Daniela Hardy said: "We have taken out the kosher range but we value the opinions of our customers, so would consider making it available again if there was a groundswell of support for it in the local area.

"Our full kosher range is still available online and is constantly reviewed."

Earlier this month, we reported that Asda had removed kosher items from its store in Liverpool's Sefton Park, again citing poor sales.


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."