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.


Merseyside Ajex members nvited to a WW1 unveiling ceremony

October 24, 2008

Members of Merseyside Ajex were invited to an unveiling ceremony to honour Captain Noel Chavasse who died in battle in the First World War.

A memorial statue was unveiled in Abercromby Square in memory of Captain Chavasse who had been awarded the Victoria Cross.

Liverpool Ajex members at the ceremony included chairman Mervin Kingston and standard bearer Gerald Lipson, and from London, Walter Hart who placed a Magen David by the statue in memory of local Jewish members of the armed forces who died in the war.


Work on kosher Harold House starts

October 24, 2008

Work has begun on the renovation of the kosher restaurant at Liverpool's Jewish Community Centre, Harold House.

Centre manager Stephen Simpson said: "Walls are being knocked through and double doors are being installed to cater for wheelchair users and disabled people."

It is anticipated that the restaurant, which closed in August for refurbishment and then last month suffered smoke damage after youths started a fire, should be back in business within three months.


F&P Media Group wins £4 million contract

October 24, 2008

Israeli company F&P Media Group has won a £4 million contract to install a "Media Wall" in Liverpool's city centre.

The screen, erected near Lime Street Station, flashes up advertisements as well as information about Capital of Culture events.

Liverpool City Council leader Warren Bradley said: "Hopefully, having something so large and visible as the media wall in the heart of the city will provide an impetus to us getting better trade, cultural and other links with Israel."


Merseyside Representative Council meeting told rabbi is to train lay personnel to officiate at funerals

September 19, 2008

Delegates at a Merseyside Representative Council meeting were told that Rabbi Lionel Cofnas is to train lay personnel to officiate at funerals. The minister of Childwall Hebrew Congregation said that he has had two volunteers willing to officiate. Council president Gordon Globe told the 30 delegates at Harold House that this was the way forward until the city's Orthodox synagogues appoint new ministers. Lubavitch Rabbi Avarami Keivamann can officiate at funerals, as can retiree Rabbi Malcolm Malits.


Liverpool fire scare

September 12, 2008

Thirty people were evacuted from Liverpool's Harold House on Monday evening as a fire raged at the rear of the community centre building.

Centre manager Stephen Simpson was in his office when the alarm was raised. "I cleared the building and then ran with fire extinguishers to the back door. We tried to put it out but were beaten back by the flames. The fire brigade were called and attended within minutes."


Restaurant closure

August 22, 2008
Liverpool's Harold House Community Centre is to close its restaurant and bar for at least four weeks for refurbishment from next Thursday. An EGM was held yesterday to discuss the restaurant's future. Run by two in-house staff, the venue has been opening on Thursday and Sunday evenings. Harold House is due to move to the King David schools site as part of a £23 million development in 2010.


Liverpool AJR's annual lunch addresses tolerance

August 1, 2008

More than 40 members from the Association of Jewish Refugees travelled to attend Liverpool AJR's annual lunch held at Harold House, from as far afield as Manchester, York and Blackpool.

Professor Leslie Brent, emeritus professor of immunology at University of London, spoke about "From Intolerance (racial) to Tolerance (immunological)". Angharad Williams, a co-ordinator of the Holocaust Memorial Day RESPECTacles exhibition, thanked Mersey members for their help with the show.


350 attend King David prize giving

July 25, 2008

Some 350 people attended King David Primary's annual prize giving. Guest of honour, food writer Pru Leith, chair of the School Food Trust, told guests: "I was overwhelmed by the amazing vegetable garden you have created right outside the school entrance." The Hebrew Cup and Shield were won by Melissa Cantor and Lauren Miller respectively, and a new award, the Lesin-Davis award for contribution to the school's Jewish life, was presented to Hadassah Ellenbogen and Justine Saville.