Manchester

Synagogue hit by graffiti

September 19, 2008

A firework was aimed at members of a strictly Orthodox North Manchester synagogue last weekend, and antisemitic graffiti scrawled on its window.

A rocket was lobbed from a passing car as members of Beis Mordechai Synagogue in Prestwich gathered outside after evening prayers on Sunday, and the words "scruffy Jewish Basterd [sic]" were scrawled across a window.

Police are treating the graffiti as racially aggravated criminal damage, but the firework attack was not thought specifically to target Jewish people.

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Opera on the bill of gala chazanut concert at Heaton Park Hebrew Congregation

September 12, 2008

Opera was on the bill of a gala chazanut concert at Heaton Park Hebrew Congregation. Renowned Brooklyn-born chazan Yechezkel Klang travelled from Israel to join Leeds United Hebrew Congregation's choir and supporting chazanim Rabbi Danny Bergson, cantors Albert Chait, Yitzchak Halevi and Yehuda Marx, as well as 12-year-old Nathan Goldman from Liverpool. Around 300 people attended the event.

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Habonim Dror and Jewish Agency emissary Yahal Porat to return to Israel after three years in Manchester

September 12, 2008

Habonim Dror and Jewish Agency emissary Yahal Porat will be returning to Israel after three years in Manchester. During his tenure he served on the Yom Ha'atzmaut committee, Salute to Israel parade and brought Israel awareness to local Jewish schools. Mr Porat said: "I have spent the most significant time of my life in Manchester bringing Israel to the community. It hasn't always been easy but I would do it again." Replacing Mr Porat will be Ido Horowitz, 29.

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Procession for new Sefer Torah to mark Cheetham Hebrew Congregation's 50th anniversary

September 12, 2008

Some 200 people took part in a procession for a new Sefer Torah to mark Cheetham Hebrew Congregation's 50th anniversary. The new scroll was completed on Sunday at Holy Law South Broughton Congregation and then taken in procession the half-mile to Cheetham Hebrew's premises, in the Jewish Cultural Centre on Bury Old Road. A celebratory dinner was held in the evening. Synagogue president Bernard Stone said: "The procession was the pinnacle of my presidency - singing, dancing and children - the emotional Judaism at the event was beautiful."

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School gets £250k facelift

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 12, 2008

A £250,000 refurbishment programme is under way at Manchester's Broughton Jewish Primary.
Funded by a local authority grant, the project will provide tutor rooms and a remodelled reception area and administrative offices.

The building work - due to be completed in January - reflects a growing pupil population. "The number of students increases every year," governor Leonard Seitler said.

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MDA’s big pledge

September 12, 2008

Manchester's Magen David Adom UK committee has pledged to raise £800,000 within three years for the refurbishment of the MDA station in Hadera.

Manchester MDA chairman Jeremy Hart said the appeal would be formally launched at its 2009 dinner, at which Ruby Wax will be guest speaker.

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King David fights drug centre plan

By Candice Krieger, August 15, 2008

Manchester's King David schools are fighting plans to turn a nursing home on the edge of the KD campus into a drug-rehabilitation centre.

Owners of the Westwood private nursing home on Polygon Road, Crumpsall - which has many Jewish residents - want to close it down and redevelop it as a residential drug- and alcohol-rehabilitation centre. Local residents were alerted to the plans at a meeting last Thursday.

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Armed men threaten staff in crowded deli

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 15, 2008

Armed robbers threatened staff at a Manchester kosher deli before escaping with a till last Thursday evening.

Three men, carrying a knife and a hammer, entered Shefa Mehadrin deli in Prestwich at around 8pm.

A 23-year-old employee, who had been behind the stolen till, said: "I was worried I would get stabbed. One of them tried to open the till with his knife."

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Year six girls write cookbook in aid of Chai Cancer Care

August 8, 2008

The Year 6 girls Chesed Club at Broughton Jewish Cassel Fox Primary have been cooking up a storm to raise funds for Chai Cancer Care. The 15 pupils: Talia Gitlin, Pearl Gordon, Fleur Haber, Dena Hafner, Sophie Holder, Elisheva Kasmir, Anna Levine, Shira Miller, Talia Miller, Judith Moher, Etti Perez, Rachel Pine, Avital Prais, Rochelle Sayers and Mimi Steinberger created Kidz Mini Mouthfuls, a cookbook of their recipes. Proceeds from sales of the book totalled £1,500 for the cancer support organisation.

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Annual residential week for Delamere Forest School

August 8, 2008

Delamere Forest School held its annual residential week. Ten children enjoyed a fun-packed week of activities, including arts and crafts, sport, music, cookery, a falconry display, circus skills and swimming classes.

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