Manchester

Cocaine rabbi 'stereotyped as drug dealer'

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 23, 2009

The rabbi accused of financing a professional cocaine supply business, which involved prostitutes and run by a Muslim partner, is the "victim of a racial stereotype of rich Jew financing a poor Muslim".

That was the claim made by Rabbi Baruch Chalomish's defence barrister, Jonathan Goldberg QC, in his final speech to the jury in Manchester Crown Court today.

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Top Northern Jewish Cricket League award shared

By Danny Caro, November 23, 2009

Simon Williams and Akiva Lieberman are the joint winners of the Northern Jewish Cricket League’s Senior Player of the Year.

The top junior award went to Andrew Williams.

The accolades were presented at the league’s AGM where chairman Jonny Wineberg, the Vice-President of the Jewish Representative Council, stepped down after four years. Steven Glicher, the co-captain of South Manchester Jewish, is the league’s new chairman.

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Rabbi took kosher food to five-day coke binge

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 20, 2009

Admitting to snorting large quantities of cocaine and having sex with prostitutes, a rabbi accused of running a cocaine supply business told a court that he had taken kosher food with him to eat during a five-day drug binge at the Manchester city centre apartment where he was arrested.

Rabbi Baruch Chalomish has pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing cocaine, but denies two counts of possession of cocaine with intent to supply. He stands co-accused with a convicted drug dealer, Nasir Abbas, who has failed to attend the trial and is being tried in his absence.

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Mitzvah Day: Gifts galore in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 19, 2009

Organisers at South Manchester Synagogue in Bowdon were overwhelmed by the generosity of members who donated goods for World Jewish Relief and other charities.

In addition to collections on behalf of destitute asylum seekers, Cheshire Reform held a special cheder session to make pupils aware of their plight. Youth worker Ben Abram said that “by asking them to reflect on their own family backgrounds, which include Jewish refugees”, it had been an exercise in challenging stereotypes.

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Rabbi ‘offered girls cocaine for sex’

By Lauren Veervers, November 19, 2009

A rabbi caught with more than £15,000 in cash and 100g of cocaine was dealing to girls in exchange for “sexual services” a court heard.

Baruch Chalomish, 54, and his friend Nasir Abbas, were caught in possession of cocaine with a purity of up to 80 per cent by police who searched a serviced apartment in January this year.

Police later searched the rabbi’s home on Upper Park Road, in Salford, and discovered a further 50g of cocaine scattered around the house in different containers.

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Loofe breathes Life into Maccabi

By Danny Caro, November 16, 2009

Two goals from Ashley Loofe eased Manchester Maccabi 1st into the fourth round of the Manchester County Cup as they beat Staff of Life 4-1.

After two successive defeats by the odd goal, Maccabi visited Littleton Road bereft of any regular first team striker due to injuries, and met Staff of Life from the Eccles Second Division, a team they had only played once before two years ago.

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Newly merged Manchester charity has £10m budget

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 12, 2009

The major Manchester welfare charity created by the imminent merger of The Fed and Heathlands Care Village is likely to have an annual budget of £10 million, considerably more than the current combined budgets of the two organisations.

Plans for Manchester’s first respite facility for disabled Jewish children and a new social housing strategy were due to be unveiled at last night’s AGM of The Fed at South Manchester Synagogue.

Although revenue has dropped, Fed boss Karen Phillips said the proportion was in line with the fall other charities were experiencing.

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Jewish 'terrorist': God is proud of me

By Jessica Elgot, November 12, 2009

Jewish “terrorist” Ya’akov Teitel, who is charged with the murder of two Palestinians, has told an Israeli court: “God is proud of me.”

Mr Teitel, 37, an American immigrant who lives in the Shvut Rachel settlement in the West Bank with his Manchester-born wife Rivka, is charged with 14 offences.

Charges include two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder, and include alleged attacks on gay, left-wing and messianic Jews.

He is accused of murdering a Palestinian taxi driver in East Jerusalem and a Palestinian shepherd in the West Bank.

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Manchester Maccabi beaten again

November 9, 2009

Manchester Maccabi 1st suffered their second consecutive defeat, going down 3-2 against Charlestown.

In the only game in all five divisions of the Eccles League to survive the heavy rain the North West had experienced in the previous week, Maccabi , for the second week in a row finished losers after playing the better football and creating more chances than their opponents.

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Manchester: Tough choices facing leaders

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 5, 2009

Difficult decisions lie ahead for Manchester’s Jewish community at a time of enormous demographic change. Yet green shoots of renewal and reinvention are evident in the UK’s second-largest Jewish centre.

Manchester City Council chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein, a key figure in the 25,000-strong Jewish community, says a crucial educational issue is sustaining two mainstream primaries, given the declining applications to the King David and Bury and Whitefield schools.

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