Liverpool

Jobs go as JNF cuts on education spending

By Simon Rocker, January 20, 2011

JNF UK has closed its education department and made nine staff redundant in further cost-cutting measures.
But the charity promised to strengthen its national presence with the opening of a new northern regional office in "the coming weeks".

JNF has shut offices in Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and Leeds as part of its streamlining.

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Liverpool loses council cash for meals-on-wheels

January 14, 2011

Merseyside Jewish Community Care is to lose a £20,000 local authority grant towards its provision of kosher meals to the frail and sick.

Liverpool City Council has supported the Kosher Meals and Activities Service for more than 20 years. It provides 7,000 kosher meals annually to elderly people with poor health or low income and those with mental and physical disabilities.

But a change in the grant criteria has removed support for charities with more than 12 months' running costs in unrestricted reserves, making MJCC no longer eligible.

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Luxury Antiques & Fine Art Fair at The Mere

By ADFL, January 5, 2011
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Friday 21 January
11:00am - 23 January 2011, 5:00pm

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Police crack down on lead theft

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 31, 2010

The unsolved theft of thousands of pounds worth of roofing from a Liverpool synagogue has prompted a police crackdown. Large amounts of lead were ripped from the Grade-I listed Princes Road Synagogue in August. The theft was just months after extensive repairs to the synagogue roof following a £71,000 English Heritage grant.

Police Inspector Deborah Mackay said investigations were continuing after failing to charge a 39-year-old man arrested last month for the theft.

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Liverpool actress plans all-female Joseph

By Jonathan Foreman, December 31, 2010

A young actress who appears in the latest Harry Potter movie is fronting a Liverpool Jewish theatre project.

Gemma Kayla, who plays a senior Hogwarts student in the film, wants to create a community production of the musical Joseph with a difference - the cast will be all-female. Liverpool Jews are now being asked to audition for parts in the modified version, which will have the internet and Israeli politics as themes.

It is being organised in conjunction with Allerton Hebrew Congregation and Liverpool's Jewish activities co-ordinator.

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£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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