Board of Deputies row over radio comments

By Simon Rocker, December 10, 2009

The Board of Deputies has issued a statement to make clear that comments on radio by its treasurer supporting a settlement freeze in East Jerusalem were made in a personal capacity.

Laurence Brass told BBC Radio Manchester’s Jewish programme last week that while he welcomed Israel’s 10-month freeze on building in settlements, he would have liked it to have been extended to East Jerusalem.


UJIA beat record on profits raised

December 10, 2009

More than £800,000 has been raised at Manchester UJIA’s northern region annual dinner, 10 per cent more than the previous year.

Manchester UJIA welcomed 350 guests to Monday’s dinner at the Hilton Hotel, where guests heard from ambassador Dan Gillerman, Israel’s former representative to the UN.

UJIA chairman Mick Davis presented the inaugural Lord Steinberg award for services to Israel and the Jewish people to Colonel Richard Kemp who has publicly spoken out against allegations that Israel committed war crimes in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead.


Manchester's The Fed to sell Crumpsall offices

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 10, 2009

Manchester welfare provider The Fed will sell its offices as part of a raft of changes as it merges with the Heathlands Care Village to create a local super charity.

The Crumpsall site, the base for 90 staff, could go on the market early in 2010. The Fed is expected to move to refurbished offices on the third floor of Heathlands’ main building. Additions for the merged charity include a respite facility for children with special needs, planned for the second half of 2010.


Manchester Maccabi 10-0 win

December 10, 2009

Five goals from Greg Louca lifted Manchester Maccabi 3rd to fourth in the Joan Collins Premier Division as they crushed Westdene 2nd 10-0.

Jacob Richler-Kleiman (2), Ray Tamman, Sam Modlin and an own goal completed the rout.
Oakhill Lions climbed away from the foot of the table after thumping rock bottom Crumpsall 7-0. Jon Sacker (2), Jake Gilbert (2), Ben Horn (2) and Alex Kay were the marksmen.


It was like a cruise, then the suicide attempts began

December 9, 2009

We couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw the ship. It was a luxury liner and we were kids, thrilled to see there were cinemas, comfortable cabins and a swimming pool. It was such a contrast to the misery of our life in Berlin.


Manchester Maccabi reach last eight of County Cup

December 7, 2009

Two goals by Leor Sidle steered Manchester Maccabi into the quarter-finals of the County Cup following a 2-1 win over Trafford FC.

After being dumped out of the Morrison trophy in their worst performance of the season followed by a one-goal defeat in the league, Maccabi produced a gritty performance to overcome a solid Trafford side from the Altrincham Premier division who had brought a healthy following.

Injury and unavailability led to a new pairing in central defence, but it looked fairly solid in the opening exchanges.


Angela Epstein, the UK's first ID card holder

By Angela Epstein, December 3, 2009

It was a historic moment for democracy, Manchester and for me. Yet the whole thing could have been scuppered by my Shabbat dinner.

Having been invited by the Home Office to be the first member of the public to receive a national identity card this week, I found myself being fingerprinted at Manchester`s passport offices as part of the process.

Yet despite the technology behind the controversial £4.7 billion scheme, the scanner couldn’t cope with a plaster on my finger. It was there to cover a burn sustained while making my roast potatoes on Friday night.


Man on the run after antisemitic charge

December 3, 2009

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a man facing charges over an alleged antisemitic incident after he failed to attend a hearing before Salford magistrates.

Dean Parker, 22, from Wythenshawe, was charged with 14 counts of racially aggravated common assault after more than a dozen Jews were sprayed with water from a car driving through Broughton Park in June.

A police spokesperson said: “Clearly it is something we take seriously. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts should call the police.”


Manchester tops the class in Sats tests

By Cathy Forman and Simon Rocker, December 3, 2009

Manchester’s Jewish primary schools excelled in the Sats performance tests taken by 11-year-olds in the summer.

Newly-published government figures identify North Cheshire Jewish Primary as one of the county’s top performing schools, with pupils achieving a 100 per cent pass rate at level four in science, maths and English. Taking into account its “contextual value-added measure”, which rates schools by the progress of pupils from the age of seven to 11, North Cheshire also topped the borough chart for Stockport.


Manchester museum in crisis as attendances fall

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 3, 2009

The cash-strapped Manchester Jewish Museum has launched a survival appeal in the wake of falling income and attendances.

Annual visitor numbers have dropped from 15,000 to an estimated 11,000 for 2009 as squeezed educational budgets have reduced the number of school parties on which the museum relies heavily to meet its £140,000 running costs.

In 2003, 500 school groups visited the museum. Last year, there were 350 and the decline is continuing. The museum charges £2.95 per pupil. It attracts few visitors from the local Jewish community.