Manchester

Nadler takes charge in Manchester overhaul

June 13, 2008

Manchester Maccabi have appointed David Nadler as first team boss as part of a new structure that will see the club looking to run 20 teams from Under sevens through to veterans.

Nadler will head the side that plays in the Eccles Sunday League Premier Division, one of the top leagues in the Greater Manchester area.

The team finished sixth last year but after a year of rebuilding, they are hoping to emulate the feat of the previous year when the team were runners-up.

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South's birthday treat

June 13, 2008

South Manchester Maccabi won the years six to eight competition at Jom Ha Voetbal in
Amsterdam.

Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the club took a group of 68, including 22 juniors. Chairman Johnny Davis and manager Neil Collins were presented with cut glass decanters by the senior players for the work they had done for the club over the past 40 years. Junior members of the delegation visited the Anne Frank museum and the Van Gogh museum.

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Cheetham's president to attend Queen's garden party

June 6, 2008

Bernard Stone, president of Cheetham Hebrew Congregation, has been nominated by Manchester Jewish Representative Council to attend the Queen’s garden party at Buckingham Palace. He will be accompanied by his brother Philip. The shul is housed in the Manchester Jewish Community Centre.

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Leonard Cohen tickets up for grabs

June 6, 2008

Manchester Jewish Community Care has two tickets to auction for the Leonard Cohen concert on June 17 at the Opera House. This is a special event in advance of the 2009 International Festival. To bid for the tickets, contact Shelley Blackston, MJCC fundraising executive, on 0161 740 0111. All proceeds in aid of The Nicky Alliance Day Centre.

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Manchester shuls to merge to stem 'decline'

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 6, 2008

Faced with an ageing and declining congregation, the Central and North Manchester Synagogue is to close its building and merge with the nearby Stenecourt community.

Central members voted to vacate their premises, a converted church in Salford, because of dwindling numbers. Minister Rabbi Jacob Rubinstein will also make the move to Stenecourt, where the long-serving Rev Gabriel Brodie, 83, joined in 1944.

Discussions will be held between the two communities over the coming weeks to agree the timescale.

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Father killed on way to buy bagels

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 6, 2008

Klezmer violinist and father-of-three Michael Kahan was stabbed to death on his way to buy bagels in Crumpsall, Manchester, on Sunday morning.

The stabbing took place close to the State Fayre kosher bakery and was captured on the CCTV cameras of Heaton Park synagogue, which overlooks the murder scene.

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Developer in kosher revival

By Leon Symons, June 6, 2008

A property developer has undertaken a mission to bring kosher food back to South Manchester.

David Jebreel owns a non-kosher restaurant in the area that has closed down. Now he is seeking a tenant who will turn it into a kosher restaurant.

“There is a big Jewish community but there is nowhere for them to eat kosher. If people want to eat in a kosher restaurant, they have to travel up to 20 miles to north Manchester,” he said.

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Battle begins as Nazis drop in for a beer

By Leon Symons, May 30, 2008

Manchester Jewish leaders have accused a local organisation of breaking a promise by allowing participants in a 1940s weekend to wear Nazi uniforms.

Bolton Street station in Bury, an area with a large Jewish community, was turned by the East Lancashire Railway society into a re-creation of a 1940s war zone at the weekend, with British “Tommies” rubbing shoulders with “Yanks” and “Germans”.

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Academics’ motion seen as a boycott by the back door

By Leon Symons, May 30, 2008

The University and College Union lived up to expectations on Wednesday by carrying a motion at its annual conference in Manchester that has been challenged as an attempt to reintroduce a boycott of Israeli academics by the back door.

Tom Hickey, the philosophy lecturer from the University of Brighton behind the motion, said the UCU was “urging people to reflect on whether it was appropriate for them to maintain their links with Israeli institutions”.

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Anti-Israel views on the fringe

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 30, 2008

UCU academics called for a boycott of Israel’s universities at an unofficial fringe meeting on Tuesday despite the union’s official rejection of an outright boycott.

The meeting, held by pro-boycott group BRICUP on the eve of the UCU congress, saw Israeli-born academic Professor Haim Bresheeth and Birmingham University’s Kamel Hawwash state the case for cutting ties with Israeli universities whose academics are “complicit in the occupation of Palestinians”.

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