Liverpool fills rabbinical void

By Cathy Forman, May 27, 2009

Swiss-born Israeli Mani Pollak, 28, is to fill the longstanding rabbinical vacancy at Liverpool’s Allerton Hebrew Congregation in September.

Having recently completed his rabbinical training, the minister hopes to graduate with a social work degree this summer from the Hebrew University. His American-born wife Yaffa, also 28, holds a degree in logistics and economics from Bar-Ilan University and has youth leadership experience in Israel and Ukraine. They have two young children and are expecting another child in August.


Aviv Avni to be Liverpool's Community emissary

By Lennie Isaacs, May 21, 2009

Former army medic Aviv Avni, 22, is to be Liverpool’s community emissary, filling a three-year void.

Mr Avni is due to arrive in early August for a 12-month stay with an option to extend. He will be based in a flat at the Harold House Community Centre.

The post is primarily funded by the local UJIA, whose Barry Davidson said: “This is positive news for the community and represents a significant investment by us.”


Hillsborough remembered

By James Martin, April 23, 2009

Members of the Israeli branch of the Liverpool Supporters’ Club joined the Anfield service marking the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. In remembrance of the 96 fans who were crushed to death on the terraces at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, the Israelis brought flowers and a message of solidarity with those who had lost loved ones.

Head of branch Dotan Segall said: “There is a big support for Liverpool thanks to the tradition of Israelis playing for the club.


Mersey bleats over collapse of building plan

By Cathy Forman, March 26, 2009

Members of Liverpool’s Childwall Synagogue have voiced dismay at the shelving of plans for a new complex.

Reporting to its annual meeting on Monday, chairman Norman Goldstone said the collapse of plans to relocate the Stapely care home to the rear of the shul would put plans for the complex “on hold for a few years”.

Childwall would have received £2 million from the £3.5 million sale of the Stapely site, which was scuppered by the economic downturn. The money would have funded a building incorporating offices, kitchens and a mikveh.


£4m Liverpool home is shelved

By Cathy Forman, March 12, 2009

Efforts to relocate Liverpool’s Stapely care home to the Childwall Synagogue site have fallen victim to the credit crunch.

A £3.5 million sale had been agreed for the 66-bed residential home in Sefton Park and planning permission granted for its redevelopment into flats. But with the completion date looming, the purchaser could not come up with the money.

The intention had been to put the proceeds towards the building of a £4 million three-storey care home in the car park at the rear of the shul.


Merseyside’s new menu

By Lennie Isaacs, February 18, 2009

The kosher restaurant at Liverpool’s Harold House Community Centre, which was destroyed by fire in August, is to reopen on March 1.

Mark Polak, a former co-owner of the Bagel Shop in the city centre, will run the refurbished 60-seat restaurant and hopes for “the full support of the Liverpool community”.

Although the menu has not yet been finalised, it will include traditional Jewish dishes and Mediterranean options.


Lottery bid for cemetery

By Lennie Isaacs, February 18, 2009

The restoration of an historic Liverpool Jewish cemetery hangs on a bid for £220,000 in lottery funding.

Deane Road Jewish cemetery in Kensington is the final resting place of some of Liverpool’s best-known entrepreneurs. The last burial was in 1929 and it had fallen into disrepair until a campaign to refurbish it was launched three years ago.

Actress Miriam Margolyes, solicitor Rex Makin and MPs Louise Ellman and Jane Kennedy are among those supporting the restoration.


Everyone’s a cup holder as Liverpool loan their precious trophy

November 20, 2008

Liverpool Football Club gave the Merseyside Mitzvah Day programme an added kick by loaning the European Cup it permanently holds - recognising the club having won the trophy five times -as well as making a financial contribution.

Some of the 250-plus local participants took the opportunity to have their picture taken with the trophy, among them organiser Jessica Bernstein, who put the programme together in six days.


Merseyside Jewish Community Care launchs new social group at Allerton Hebrew Congregation

November 13, 2008

Merseyside Jewish Community Care has launched a new social group, the "Wednesday Lunch Circle", at Allerton Hebrew Congregation. Thirty people attended the inaugural event and enjoyed a meal and an afternoon of entertainment. Lisa Dolan, Merseyside Jewish Community Care chief executive, said that the idea for the group had come from the organisation's volunteers. Guest speaker Professor Julian Verbov spoke on "ageing and humour". Contact MJCC on 0151 733 2292.


More than 50 children attend circus-themed Succot celebrations at Harold House

October 30, 2008

More than 50 children attended circus-themed Succot celebrations at Harold House community centre.

Lubavitch Rabbi Avarami Keivman organised the Succah party where activities included pony rides in the centre's car park, Israeli dancing and the chance to shake the lulav and etrog.