Lord Mayor of Liverpool opens Ajex northern annual conference

July 11, 2008

Lord Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Steve Rotheram opened the Ajex northern annual conference. He told the 40 delegates at Harold House community centre: "Organisations like Ajex are the backbone of communities." Mervin Kingston, who has been chair of the local branch for the past 20 years, presented Peter Wagerman, the national chairman of Ajex, with a cheque for £750 for the organisation.


Mersey joy

July 4, 2008

A seven-year appeal to secure the future of one of Liverpool Jewry’s oldest institutions has reached its £300,000 pledge target in just a year.

“We are now able to provide more services to more people in our community,” Merseyside Jewish Community Care chief executive Lisa Dolan said. “We will be starting a new group for senior citizens at Allerton Hebrew Congregation and plan to develop a supported living scheme for young adults.”


Stephen Simpson to be new centre manager at Liverpool Jewish Community Centre Harold House

July 4, 2008

Stephen Simpson is to be the new centre manager at Liverpool Jewish Community Centre Harold House. Harold House chairman Sam Beilin said that although the centre is to move to the new King David High campus in 2010, “There is much that needs to be done at Harold House in the mean time and Stephen is the man  to deliver these things.” Mr Simpson, 44, said: “We intend to make the building presentable again.”


RESPECTacles exhibition to feature in the Guinness World Records book

July 4, 2008
The RESPECTacles exhibition, created to mark national Holocaust Memorial Day, is to feature in the Guinness World Records book. The exhibition organisers took 11,000 spectacles from the display to form a mile-long line of glasses, a new world record. The artwork, designed to highlight the horrors of the Holocaust, was visited by thousands during its original showing at the Town Hall in January. It is on show at World Museum Liverpool until August 17.


Open day for Deane Road Jewish Cemetery

May 30, 2008

Deane Road Jewish Cemetery, which is one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in Liverpool, is to have an open day on June 18. Merseyside Jewish community and the wider community are to be invited to view this Liverpool landmark. For further information, contact Princes Road Old Hebrew Congregation on 0151 709 3431.


Board hailed for standing up to hatred

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 23, 2008

Combating antisemitism is the model for stamping out hatred in Britain and forging inter-communal cohesion, two leading Merseyside politicians told Sunday’s Board of Deputies meeting at Liverpool’s town hall.

Praising the Board for its work with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Antisemitism, Riverside Labour MP Louise Ellman said that anti-Jewish sentiment and the electoral advances of the BNP were issues that resonated beyond national borders.

The Board, she declared, was “standing up for all people to take a positive stand against hate”.


Eyes on spectacle exhibition for a second time

May 16, 2008

Spectacles featured in a Liverpool exhibition for Holocaust Memorial Day are to be displayed again. Respectacles was an artwork created from 100,000 pairs of glasses donated by the public. Daniel Radcliffe and Tony Blair were among political and showbiz stars who contributed. Sam and Elise Beilin and the Richard Beilin Memorial Fund sponsored the artwork. Sam Beilin said that he was grateful to Liverpool City Council for assistance. The exhibition at World Museum Liverpool runs until August 17.


Liverpool joins Limmud club

By Sue Greenberg, May 9, 2008

Merseyside’s first Limmud day was a sell-out success, with 500 people attending the event at Liverpool’s Hope University on Bank Holiday Monday. Almost 40 sessions covered topics from genealogy to Yiddish swing and Rabbi Zvi Solomons of Princes Road Synagogue complimented organisers on “the amazing mix of superb speakers”.

More space sought for Liverpool's first Limmud Day

May 2, 2008

With nearly 500 people registered to attend this weekend’s first Liverpool Limmud Day, negotiations have taken place with the venue of the sell-out event, Liverpool Hope University, to provide more space. Under the chairmanship of Malcolm turner, the committee is to present 36 sessions and a concert on Sunday night at St George’s Concert Hall. For concert tickets, phone 0151 722 2153 or email


New leaders for Merseyside Jewish council

April 25, 2008

Three new faces have taken up executive posts at Merseyside Jewish Representative Council. The new chairman/president is Gordon Globe; senior vice-president is Julian Green; and junior vice-president is Ian Cohen. Mr Globe, involved with the community for over 40 years, said: “It is possible to have a quality of life in the Liverpool community that is the envy of other communities.” The meeting, attended by 50 delegates, was held at Harold House.