Defibrillator drive takes off

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 20, 2012

A national drive to provide lifesaving equipment to Jewish organisations has taken its first “small steps”. At the same time, a defibrillator is to be given to every primary school in Liverpool after the death of a pupil at the city’s King David Jewish High school.


Strip Patnick of knighthood says MP Mann

By Marcus Dysch, September 13, 2012

Campaigners have called for a former MP to be stripped of his knighthood over his role in the Hillsborough disaster.

Sir Irvine Patnick represented the Sheffield Hallam constituency when 96 Liverpool fans died at the FA Cup semi-final held at the stadium in April 1989.


Charity theft trial postponed

By Lynda Roughley, September 7, 2012

A Merseyside couple accused of involvement with fraudulently obtained charity cash appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday.

Harris Polak faces two fraud charges involving cash donated to Cancer Relief UK and Clatterbridge Cancer Research.

He is also charged with two charges of money-laundering involving the donated money, as is his wife, Reva Polak.


Summer Limmud Fest rocks

By Daniel Duberstein, August 30, 2012

Close-on 600 people had the choice of more than 150 educational sessions over the Bank Holiday as Limmud Fest was staged in a new location in the heart of the Kent countryside.


Life of Brian and Beatles

August 30, 2012

A play about the life of Beatles manager Brian Epstein will be the first major production at the Liverpool theatre bearing his name.

Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles will chart his rise from running the family furniture business — and later the NEMS music store — to managing the world’s most successful pop group. Issues about his sexuality and Judaism will be covered.


Liverpool couple seeks new homes for death camp saplings

By Zoe Winograd, August 9, 2012

A Liverpool couple are seeking new UK homes for trees that are linked to the Theresienstadt concentration camp.


Liverpool man faces fraud charges

July 5, 2012

A Liverpool businessman, who had a synagogue hall named in his great grandfather's honour has been charged with defrauding cancer charities of more than £250,000.

Harris Polak and his wife Reva, prominent members of Liverpool's Childwall Synagogue, appeared before magistrates on Tuesday.


Liverpool diners pay tribute to Tilly Rosenblatt

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 18, 2012

Seven-hundred Liverpool community members sat down to Shabbat meals in a tribute to a young cancer victim.

Shabbat Across the Mersey honoured the memory of former Liverpool King David High captain Tilly Rosenblatt who died in 2010, a year after leaving KD. Tilly’s father, Paul Rosenblatt, said she loved Shabbat and was dedicated to bringing her local community together.


Liverpool mourns Malits

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 29, 2012

Tributes from communal and interfaith leaders have been paid to Malcolm Malits, emeritus rabbi of Liverpool's Allerton Hebrew Congregation, who died on Monday night, aged 93.


Limmud shows its political influences

By Sue Greenberg, March 22, 2012

Local Labour MPs Louise Ellman and Luciana Berger were star attractions at Sunday's Liverpool Limmud at the new King David campus.

The 400-plus turnout had the choice of more than 40 adult sessions and a further 15 for young people.

Mrs Ellman discussed making Israel's case in Parliament, Ms Berger spoke about her experiences as a young, female, Jewish MP.