Liverpool

£494k boost for cemetery in Mersey

By Jessica Elgot, December 22, 2010

A Liverpool Jewish cemetery will have its important historic features restored by a £494,000 grant.

The money from the Heritage Lottery Fund will restore the Grade II listed archway at Dean Road Jewish Cemetery and repair broken and fallen gravestones.

Public access will be restored to the site, which has been closed to visitors for years. The cemetery had been the target of fly-tipping and vandalism and a campaign to restore it was formally launched three years ago.

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Pole star dazzles pupils

December 2, 2010

A non-Jewish man who learned Hebrew to help him restore a synagogue in Poland has inspired a group of Jewish Liverpool and Manchester teenagers.

Sixth-formers from the King David High schools in both cities went on a first joint Holocaust educational visit to Poland. It took them to concentration camps but also to a number of lesser known locations over five days.

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Labour MP's son gets ASBO for selling 'legal highs'

By Robyn Rosen, November 12, 2010

Labour MP Louise Ellman’s son Sean has been given an Asbo to stop him selling controversial “legal highs” in his chain of drug accessory stores.

Sean Ellman, 38, has been banned from selling cannabis seeds and products containing the hallucinogen dimethyltryptamine at his Dr Hermans shops.

Mr Ellman is the son of the MP for Liverpool Riverside, who is vice-chair of the Labour Friends of Israel.

He was arrested last month for allegedly selling class A drugs.

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JNF pulls out of Midlands as it closes another base

By Jessica Elgot, November 11, 2010

JNF is to shut its office in Birmingham, following the closure of its Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester offices in August.

The charity will now operate from its central London office and a new regional office is planned for Manchester.

Birmingham's office will close on December 1. A date has not been fixed for the opening of the new Manchester office.

Ruth Jacobs, regional co-ordinator for JNF Midlands for 20 years, said the community had donated "hundreds of thousands of pounds" to the charity over 65 years in the city.

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Liverpool donors double their money

October 28, 2010

Merseyside Jewish Community Care has bucked the financial trend, reporting doubled donations from the local community.

The charity's AGM on Tuesday night was told that donations for 2010 were £104,000, up from £52,000 the previous year. The money was generated mainly from the Pesach and Rosh Hashanah appeals.

It has also escaped public spending cuts, with Liverpool City Council continuing to provide £30,000 for kosher meals and carer services.

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Blind historian guest at new dinner venue

October 14, 2010

Liverpool's Jewish forum dinners have been revived by a move to King David High School.

The first dinner at the new venue saw 60 people enwrapped by guest speaker Liverpool historian Steve Binns. The community historian, who has been blind from birth but received an MBE for contributions to Liverpool's heritage, spoke about the city's historic Jewish characters such as Zionist Bertram B Benas, while also speaking about his hero, former prime minister and Liverpool-born William Ewart Gladstone.

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"Yerushalayim and/or El Quds"

By acailler, October 11, 2010
Time:
Tuesday 19 October
6:00pm - 9:00pm

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Griffin sparks angry demo in Liverpool

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 21, 2010

A surprise appearance by British National Party leader Nick Griffin in Liverpool city centre only served to highlight the message of a meeting against antisemitism at the Liberal Democrat conference on Monday.

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New strategy for Labour Friends of Israel

By Marcus Dysch, September 7, 2010

Labour Friends of Israel has appointed a new director to oversee the parliamentary lobby group's work.

Jennifer Gerber replaces former director Luciana Berger, who was elected as an MP for the Liverpool Wavertree constituency in May.

Ms Gerber, from Finchley, north London, is a former director of Progress, a New Labour pressure group promoting radical and progressive politics.

She edited its magazine, for which she has written articles on Israel and antisemitism.

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Girl denied faith school place treks 60 miles

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 7, 2010

The family of Kayleigh Chapple, the Liverpool girl who was denied a place at a Jewish school under the new admissions rules, has decided not to apply for a judicial review. But legal action may still be taken against King David High School Liverpool, which denied her a place.

Eleven-year-old Kayleigh, from Liverpool, began her year at King David in Manchester last week after the school accepted her under its admissions policy. She was the first known halachically Jewish child to fall victim to the JFS Supreme Court ruling and be denied a place in a Jewish school.

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