Liverpool

Liverpool AJR's annual lunch addresses tolerance

July 31, 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.

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Liverpool schools scheme backed

By Craig Silver, July 24, 2008

A £26 million scheme to rehouse the Liverpool King David schools has been accepted by the city’s planning committee after councillors visited the site.

The “super school” will be built on King David’s playing fields. A kindergarten and the Harold House Jewish community centre will also move into the Childwall Road premises. Up to 25 homes will be erected on the site of the current school buildings.

King David High governors’ chair Max Steinberg welcomed the outline planning approval.

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350 attend King David prize giving

July 24, 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.

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Wizo world president guest speaker at Liverpool lunch group

July 24, 2008

Liverpool Wizo Ladies Luncheon Group welcomed Helena Glaser, world president of Wizo, as its guest speaker. Mrs Glaser told the 80-strong audience about Wizo's work in Israel. The event, which raised £1,350 for Wizo projects in Israel, was held at Liverpool Progressive Synagogue.

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King David Primary's Rabbi Aaron Balkany to return to the States at the end of July

July 22, 2008

Rabbi Aaron Balkany is to return to the States at the end of July. Ohio-born Rabbi Balkany, 38, has been head of Jewish education at King David Primary for the past 11 years. He also served as minister of Greenbank Drive Synagogue and, since the shul's recent closure, has been acting minister at Allerton Hebrew Congregation. He is to take up the post of principle at the Rabbi Alexander Gross Hebrew Academy's middle school in Miami. Rabbi Balkany said: "It was a privilege to work for the Liverpool community."

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Liverpool shul plaque

July 10, 2008
Community leaders joined Liverpool’s lord mayor and senior councillors on Monday for the unveiling of a plaque close to the site of Merseyside’s first synagogue. The shul was founded in 1752 in a modest one-storey brick building near what is now the city’s Metquarter Shopping Centre. It soon became known as Synagogue Court. By 1775, the congregation had moved on to Turton Court and Frederick Court, before the establishment of Seel Street in 1807, probably the city’s first purpose-built synagogue.

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Lord Mayor of Liverpool opens Ajex northern annual conference

July 10, 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.

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Mersey joy

July 3, 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.”

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

July 3, 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.”

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RESPECTacles exhibition to feature in the Guinness World Records book

July 3, 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.

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