Jewish girl's King David place goes to non-Jew

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 11, 2010

A Jewish girl has been denied a place at King David High School in Liverpool because her family could not meet the new admissions criteria to prove her level of religious practice. The place went to a non-Jewish girl.

The Orthodox school was forced to reject a place for Kayleigh Chapple this September, even though her mother, uncle and aunt were former pupils.


Liverpool to expand Jewish activities

June 10, 2010

Liverpool has appointed an activities co-ordinator to maintain development in the wake of the closure of the Harold House community centre.

Adam Cailler, who was assistant centre manager, is taking on the role as the result of a joint initiative by Merseyside Jewish Representative Council, UJIA and the King David Foundation.

The plan is for Mr Cailler to expand the communal programme in preparation for the opening of a centre on the new King David schools campus currently under construction.


Liverpool's Harold House shutdown

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 13, 2010

A Liverpool community meeting on Sunday will hear the background to the closure of Harold House.

The decision to close the centre, the heart of communal activities since 1951, was made in the light of rocketing running costs of £100,000.

Sam Beilin, chairman of the charity which owns Harold House, says it was a drain on communal funds.

"There will be excellent facilities on the new King David campus with effect from next year. We hope the groups that are leaving Harold House will make use of that campus in the future"


Election result: Liverpool Riverside

May 7, 2010

Jewish MP Louise Ellman last night held on to her seat in Liverpool Riverside – despite a contest in which she and neighbouring MP Luciana Berger were targeted for their membership of Labour Friends of Israel.

Mrs Ellman benefited from a 0.3 per cent swing to Labour from the Liberal Democrats – meaning that her 59.2 per cent share of the vote was bolstered.


Election result: Liverpool Wavertree

By Marcus Dysch, May 7, 2010

Luciana Berger has won an impressive victory for Labour in the Liverpool Wavertree constituency.

Despite upsetting some voters who believed she had been “parachuted” into the safe seat, the former Labour Friends of Israel director received 20,132 votes.

That was more than half of all votes polled in the seat and represented a five per cent swing from the Liberal Democrats to Labour.

Ms Berger increased the party’s majority by more than 2,000, picking up more votes than outgoing Labour MP Jane Kennedy did in 2005.


Liberal Judaism's first Israel and diaspora officer

May 6, 2010

As part of Liberal Judaism's commitment to "a progressive and democratic Israel", Daniel Needlestone has been appointed its first Israel and diaspora officer.

He will work closely with full-time shlicha Dana Friedman and the Liberal Judaism chairman and chief executive, Lucian Hudson and Rabbi Danny Rich, who were both recently in Israel to strengthen links with the movement's partners.

A graduate of UJIA's Adam Science leadership programme, Mr Needlestone is co-chair of Pro-Zion and founder and chair of the UK Jewish Teachers Association.


Lib Dems fury over Friends of Palestine support claim

By Leon Symons, April 29, 2010

Liberal Democrats in Liverpool Wavertree have sought advice from one of the city's top lawyers, Rex Makin, about an email sent to members of the Jewish community, among others, apparently claiming that the LibDems backed Liverpool Friends of Palestine.

The email alleged that a LibDem leaflet had been inserted into one from Liverpool Friends of Palestine and then pushed through doors in the constituency. This, it was claimed, showed that the Wavertree LibDems had colluded with the organisation.


Chabad to open student centre in Liverpool

By Marcus Dysch, April 22, 2010

Chabad is to open a new centre for Jewish students in Liverpool.

Manchester-born Rabbi Shmuly Brown and his wife Tzivia will open their home and offer Shabbat dinners, education sessions and social activities.

It is the latest step in Chabad's expansion of its campus work, which has seen significant development in Edinburgh, Bristol, Nottingham, south London and Leeds over the past two years.

The Liverpool venture means the organisation now assists students at 11 centres around the country.


Luciana Berger gets poll boost in Liverpool

April 22, 2010

Liverpool Wavertree Labour candidate Luciana Berger has won new support. The parents of once-jailed football fan Michael Shields have urged people to vote for her after a Lib Dem leaflet carrying their son's picture was distributed - they claimed - without permission.

Michael Shields, a Liverpool football fan, was tried and jailed for 15 years in Bulgaria in 2006 over an assault which he denied. His parents launched a successful campaign to free him, supported by local MP Louise Ellman and city councillor Joe Anderson.


Harold House celebrates Independence Day

April 22, 2010

A chocolate fountain was a sweet incentive to the 200 guests at Merseyside's Independence Day party at Harold House.

Assistant centre manager and event compere Adam Cailler said the response from locals justified the three months of planning. "Tonight's turnout goes to show that not only is Liverpool's Jewish community very much alive - it's thriving."

At the Southend and Westcliff event, £1,000 was raised for Israeli war disabled, including the proceeds from a raffle. Guests enjoyed falafel and a concert by Jewish community members.