Abel ready for Mersey

February 5, 2015

Rabbi Ariel Abel is returning to an old stamping ground with his appointment as part-time minister of Liverpool's Princes Road Synagogue.

He served the Merseyside community in his early rabbinical years in the late 1990s, before going on to Waltham Forest Hebrew Congregation and Radlett Synagogue, from which he resigned in 2010 to pursue educational interests.

Rabbi Abel will conduct his fir


Swastikas daubed at Liverpool cemetery

January 15, 2015

Swastikas were scratched into the door of the prayer hall of the Jewish section of Liverpool's Springwood cemetery at the weekend - and another was daubed on a south Liverpool bus stop.

The bus stop swastika was quickly removed and Merseyside Jewish Representative Council chair Ian Cohen said on Tuesday that Liverpool City Council, which administers the cemetery, had prioritised the removal of


Police investigate Liverpool swastika daubing

By Sandy Rashty, January 13, 2015

Police are appealing for witnesses after swastikas were found scratched into the door of a Jewish prayer hall in Liverpool.

The marks were carved in the Jewish section of Springwood Cemetery in Allerton.

The incident is being investigated by Merseyside police who are treating it as a hate crime.


School's out as the water goes off

By Josh Jackman, January 8, 2015

Liverpool King David students enjoyed an extended winter holiday when a problem with the water supply forced the closure of the campus on Monday and Tuesday.

When the issue was discovered on Monday morning, parents of primary pupils were asked to collect their children.


Mersey beats brightly despite small numbers

By Barry Toberman, December 11, 2014

It is common for the talk within small regional communities to be primarily about survival. Yet in Liverpool, a Jewish population of little more than 2,000 is not just sustaining two schools, four shuls, kosher provision and a cradle-to-grave welfare network.


Reindeer food goes on the good deeds' menu

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 20, 2014

Packages for homeless people, Christmas presents and even reindeer food were among products of Mitzvah Day volunteers across the north.

Government offices for the Department for Communities and Local Government in Liverpool and Newcastle gave away lunches to help people in homeless shelters, along with Manchester law firm Kuit Steinart Levy.

Destitute asylum seekers in Manchester were donate


Liverpool builds up care

November 6, 2014

Merseyside Jewish Community Care is to redevelop its Shifrin House headquarters next year to cater for communal use.

Incoming president Howard Winik told the MJCC AGM that the "exciting project will create a ground floor meeting room with disabled access. We will create a resource that will enable MJCC to pilot new projects where there is an identified need.


Recalling the Mersey pioneers

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 30, 2014

A Liverpool doctor who was involved in the establishment of the NHS is among personalities whose achievements will be highlighted in Merseyside museums and Liverpool's King David schools.


Mum's got her protest down to a T

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 7, 2014

A fashion designer threatened with prosecution for taking her children out of school to visit Israel has hit back - with a range of T-shirts calling on the government to change its policy on banning term-time family holidays.


Butcher's shop makes the cut as monument

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 21, 2014

The frontage of a former kosher butcher's shop that supplied the Titanic is set to be preserved as a monument in Liverpool's city centre.

A £1.5 million redevelopment proposal by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, which bought the Galkoff's site, includes plans to painstakingly remove the shop-front's iconic green tiles and ironwork and reconstruct them as a free-standing sculpture.