Liverpool first Arab film fest

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 27, 2011

Liverpool's first Arab film festival is to host three anti-Israel films and the French filmmaker Michel Kheifi, whose work was banned in France over concerns it whipped up antisemitism.

The July festival is a new addition to the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival which is in its ninth year and is sponsored by the National Lottery, the British Council and Liverpool City Council.


Northern jobs drive

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 26, 2011

Young northern professionals are to have a one-stop-shop for job searching, finding a home and social activities via an expanding Leeds initiative.

Using Facebook, LinkedIn and iPhone, the Northern Network has been launched for 18-to-35-year-olds in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Hull.


How our JSocs pave the way for the Big Society

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

Students tend to make their presence known. Bar-crawls in matching T-shirts, traffic jams on the first day of term, and shops filled with groups searching for fancy dress are common sights on campuses.

But for many Jewish students, playing a role in the local community where they study is a top priority.


Eco friendly caring

May 19, 2011

Liverpool Wavertree Labour MP Luciana Berger took a particular interest in the eco credentials of Jewish Care's Golders Green campus when she toured the premises.

The shadow minister for energy and climate change was escorted by Jewish care chief executive Simon Morris and the charity's property director, Jeff Andrews.


Suicide bombing row halts Liverpool medical course

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 6, 2011

Liverpool University has suspended a course at its medical school after a lecturer handed out pamphlets which defended Palestinian suicide bombings.

Two Jewish students complained to heads of the Faculty of Medicine after attending a lecture on Palestinian suffering and being given a pamphlet produced by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.


Loyal Friends boost MDA

May 5, 2011

Christian Friends of Magen David Adom have dedicated a £90,000 bloodmobile at a Liverpool ceremony - the third vehicle donated to MDA by the Friends in four years.

The venue reflected the fact that the local Kingsway Christian Fellowship is one of the largest contributors to CFMDA. Around 140 supporters from the Christian and Jewish communities attended.


JNF taking local route

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 15, 2011

JNF's new regional director intends to bring leaders of the charity to the north in an effort to re-engage with Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester supporters.

Jo Krasner, who lives in Liverpool, started work last week as the fund's provincial link based at its new regional office in Altrincham. Its Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester offices closed last August as part of JNF streamlining.


Liverpool leader plots revival

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 8, 2011

The new leader of Merseyside Jewry wants to present Liverpool as an attractive and professionally viable city for young families.


Poignant prize day

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 31, 2011

Liverpool's King David High School's annual speech night on Monday held bittersweet celebrations. A minute's silence remembered pupils Oliver King and Tilly Rosenblatt who died separately since the school's last annual prize event.


MP questions council cuts for welfare

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 25, 2011

Labour MP Luciana Berger has suggested that Liverpool City Council may have infringed race relations law by slashing its funding to the city's main Jewish charity.

In January, Merseyside Jewish Community Care lost its £20,000 annual local authority grant towards kosher meals for vulnerable Jews. Now it is to lose its other council contribution, a £9,000 grant for respite for carers.