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Liverpool shul cleans up

August 26, 2010

Flood damage to Liverpool's Childwall Synagogue last month will cost over £10,000 to repair.

Insurance assessors are still trying to gauge the exact cost of making good the partly collapsed roof over the Ada Shifrin Hall. Water damage to its parquet flooring is estimated at £2,000.

Childwall chairman Norman Goldstone says makeshift arrangements will allow the hall to be used for the large kiddush gatherings at Yomtov.

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Watch out for bogus buyers

By Martin Samuel, August 26, 2010

Buying a football club is very expensive. Saying you are buying a football club, however, is as cheap as chips. One phone call, one off the record briefing and away you go. Most of us could manage that in our lunch hour. Maybe some of you have. We all made prank calls as children; this is merely the grown-up version.

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Thieves hit Liverpool synaogue roof

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 19, 2010

Merseyside police are investigating repeated thefts of large amounts of lead from the roof of Liverpool's Princes Road Synagogue.

Thousands of pounds' worth of damage is thought to have been caused to the Grade I-listed building.

The latest theft comes after £170,000 worth of repairs to Princes Road, funded by English Heritage and communal donations. The robbery has also caused rainwater to leak into the shul's annexe, causing further damage.

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Bellamy is a good match for Cardiff

By Martin Samuel, August 19, 2010

I used to imagine what a fine forward line England would have if Craig Bellamy could partner Michael Owen. This was before Wayne Rooney arrived, obviously.

Back then, England struggled with a succession of foils for their main goal-scorer. Owen and Sven Goran Eriksson loved Emile Heskey but nobody else did, Darius Vassell was a whole-hearted channel-runner and little more, but Bellamy?

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Bonnyton are the driving force on Seniors circuit

August 19, 2010

Bonnyton were the stand-out performers after winning the main prizes at the Seniors Trophy at Lee Park Golf Club in Liverpool.

The Glasgow club overcame the challenge of Moor Allerton to take the Coombe Hill Trophy in the 11-team competition for men aged over 55.

And an exceptional score of 75 from Bonnyton's Robert Kerr secured the Hartsbourne Trophy for the best gross score and the Dyrham Park Trophy for the best nett score. Lol Green of Abridge was pipped for both trophies.

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Hate attacks on rise in Manchester

By Robyn Rosen, July 30, 2010

A rise in antisemitic incidents in Manchester is down to a "shifting, and increasingly visible" Jewish community in north Manchester, according to a new report.

Antisemitic incidents are more than 50 per cent higher in the first six months of this year in Greater Manchester than in the same period in 2008 - and make up almost a third of antisemitic incidents in the UK.

There were 89 antisemitic incidents in Greater Manchester recorded by the Community Security Trust in the first six months of 2010.

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Anger over Cameron Gaza comments

By Rob Lyons, July 29, 2010

Prime Minister David Cameron's description of Gaza as a "prison camp" prompted anger this week from all quarters.

Mr Cameron, addressing Turkish businessmen in Ankara on Tuesday, declared: "The Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla was completely unacceptable." And in reference to the Israeli blockade, he added: "Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp."

The remarks led to consternation that the PM should apparently use criticism of Israel as a vehicle by which to promote closer relations with Turkey.

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Asda store no longer kosher

By Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2010

Asda has stopped retailing kosher food at its Milton Keynes store but says the range may be restored if the demand if demonstrated.

Asda spokeswoman Daniela Hardy said: "We have taken out the kosher range but we value the opinions of our customers, so would consider making it available again if there was a groundswell of support for it in the local area.

"Our full kosher range is still available online and is constantly reviewed."

Earlier this month, we reported that Asda had removed kosher items from its store in Liverpool's Sefton Park, again citing poor sales.

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Church group to buy heritage synagogue

By Robyn Rosen, July 22, 2010

The former Greenbank Drive Synagogue in Liverpool is to be turned into a church, after a failed attempt to convert it into Jewish community housing.

Founded in 1937, the synagogue closed in January 2008 because of dwindling membership and £70,000 debts.

The building was upgraded to Grade II* listed status after the Twentieth Century Society, campaigning to preserve architectural heritage, opposed plans by the Merseyside Jewish Housing Association to convert it into sheltered accommodation.

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