Manchester

Fraudster gets four years’ jail

By Lynda Roughley, June 12, 2008

A Manchester businessman involved in a huge international “advance fee” fraud has been jailed.

Michael Rashman was sentenced to four years and nine months’ imprisonment by a judge who told him: “You have tarnished the good name of British overseas trading.”

Judge Gerald Clifton told Rashman, 54, that he accepted he had not played the leading role. He put his role “behind that of Carl Montlake but ahead of David Sasson”, the other two Jewish defendants.

He said that it was not pleasant to send a person like him to prison but he had a duty to the public.

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Charedi degrees plan

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 12, 2008
A BA in business and Judaic studies for Charedi and other religious students is to be piloted in Manchester. The Maalot (degrees) project involves separate off-campus teaching facilities for men and women, which will be accredited by Bolton University. If the scheme proves successful, it is likely that other qualifications will be offered. Driving the initiative is Whitefield Hebrew Congregation’s Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag, who is keen to provide higher-education and employment opportunities for the strictly Orthodox.

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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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Father killed on way to buy bagels

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 5, 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 5, 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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Manchester shuls to merge to stem 'decline'

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 5, 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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Murder mystery evening for Jewish Community Care

May 29, 2008

Manchester Jewish Community Care held a “Murder in the Big Brother House” at the Nicky Alliance Day Centre. The 10 actors from the B’nai B’rith Cheshire Unity Players presented the murder mystery evening. More than 70 guests attended and raised £1,000 for the centre.

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Whitefield community visit Krakow

May 29, 2008

Nearly 100 members of the Whitefield community visited the historic city of Krakow. The trip was led by the minister of Whitefield Hebrew Congregation, Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag, Rabbi Pinny Cohen and guest tour guide Simon Taylor. The visitors toured the Jewish quarter of Kazmierz, and visited the Krakow ghetto before travelling to Auschwitz. Participants included Yisrael Abelesz, a Hungarian Auschwitz survivor, who recited kaddish.

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Battle begins as Nazis drop in for a beer

By Leon Symons, May 29, 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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