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.


Ofsted praise

By Cathy Forman, March 9, 2012

Ofsted has rated Liverpool's King David Kindergarten as "good" in all aspects.

An inspector found that the 74-pupil unit - which moved in the autumn from Harold House community centre to the £25 million King David campus - provided a "vibrant and challenging environment, giving children easy access to a rich and varied range of resources both indoors and outdoors".


Theatrical tribute to 'fifth Beatle'

January 12, 2012

A Liverpool theatre named in memory of Beatles manager Brian Epstein will open in May, with its new owners pledging it will be a fitting tribute to the musical entrepreneur.

Formerly known as the Neptune, the Grade II-listed city centre theatre has been closed since 2005.

But a £1 million refurbishment by Liverpool City Council has seen it renamed after the "fifth Beatle" as part of a regen


Strike stops Liverpool KD opening

December 1, 2011

Wednesday's official opening of the Liverpool King David's £25 million educational campus was called off because of the day of action by public sector employees over changes to pensions.

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks had been due to be guest of honour at the ceremony for the state-of-the-art buildings which also serve as a community centre and conference venue for the Merseyside Jewish community.


Family of 'loving' cancer victim sets out to raise £100k

By Jessica Elgot, November 24, 2011

The family of a "loving and dedicated" 27-year-old who died of cancer just weeks after his wedding have set up a foundation in his memory with a £100,000 target.

Sam Keen died a fortnight ago after a seven-year battle with melanoma. He had attended Rosh Pinah and Watford Grammar and was diagnosed while studying at Liverpool University.


Liverpool's class act

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 17, 2011

Liverpool has hosted what is believed to be the first conference of a British university using a synagogue to train teachers in handling controversial religious issues.

The 48 trainee teachers from across the north west, who are studying for their PGCE at Liverpool Hope University, used Childwall Synagogue as a venue for part of a day conference.


Dance away the blues

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 17, 2011

Merseyside Jewish Community Care is looking to ballroom dancing to plug funding gaps caused by local authority cuts.

Dance sessions for the elderly and art therapy are some of the pilot activities being innovated as well-being projects which are being funded for 12 months by a £6,000 Lottery grant announced last week.


On parade to remember the lives that were lost

November 17, 2011

Many communities took part in Remembrance Day services to pay their respects to fallen soldiers.

A service in Radlett, conducted by Rabbi Leo Dee of Radlett Synagogue, Rabbi Paul Freedman of Radlett and Bushey Reform and Reverend William Hogg of Christ Church, drew a crowd of 800 people, among them teenagers from Radlett United's Tribe Challenge course.


Schneider's Mersey beat

By Marcus Dysch, November 17, 2011

Comedian and actor David Schneider entertained more than 30 Jewish students at a comedy evening in Liverpool.

The event, hosted by Chabad, saw Mr Schneider perform a routine of Jewish jokes.


Liverpool pleads for welfare cash

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 11, 2011

Merseyside Jewish Community Care is calling for increased support after a drastic drop in donations.

At its AGM on Wednesday night, treasurer Richard Lewis reported a £46,000 operating deficit, donations having fallen from £104,000 to £51,000. The drop in contributions comes on top of the loss of £20,000 in grants from Liverpool City Council which had funded meals-on-wheels services.