Manchester

Machete gang who targeted Jews rearrested

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 28, 2009

Convicted members of a machete gang which violently targeted a Jewish family and business in a string of robberies in Manchester have been re-arrested after being released early from prison.

Greater Manchester Police admitted to losing track of two gang members, both men and aged 20 and 21, on Tuesday after then pair breached their release terms. They were arrested only hours later for attempted burglary in Wigan after being spotting acting suspiciously outside a house. They had served only six months of their two year jail sentences before being released.

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BNP on Question Time: the chaos continues

By Jessica Elgot and Marcus Dysch, October 21, 2009

Last-ditch attempts to block the appearance of BNP leader Nick Griffin on Question Time tomorrow are being launched.

The Young Jewish Political Network will launch a Twitter protest about the appearance of the BNP leader on the BBC’s flagship political programme.

The group is asking followers to twitter the message #NoToTheBNP on the social networking site.

YJPN will also be tweeting messages in the hours leading up to the programme, listing the reasons why the far-right group is not representative of Britain.

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Manchester's Ivan Lewis calls on opponent to stop Kaminski

By Marcus Dysch, October 15, 2009

The row over Michal Kaminski’s alliance with the Conservatives has spread to Manchester, where Labour’s Bury South MP Ivan Lewis has called on his Tory election opponent to condemn the partnership.

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Racist attack on Manchester teen

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 15, 2009

North Manchester police are investigating an antisemitic assault on a 16-year-old boy as he walked home with his family from synagogue on Shabbat.

Witnesses saw one white and one Asian man shouting racist abuse at passers-by from a black car parked on Kings Road in Prestwich.

“They then got out of the car,” said one witness. “I saw one of them smack the boy in front of his mother and two sisters.

“The attacker fell as he punched and, rather embarrassingly, his trousers fell down.”

The car was later seen following two other young Jewish boys.

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Comedy stars coming out for Mitzvah Day

October 8, 2009

David Mitchell and Angus Deayton are bringing comic relief to Mitzvah Day, the nationwide good deed programme on November 15. Mitchell and Deayton will be judging competitions for the best projects on the day, which is expected to attract 15,000 volunteers.

Mitchell said that “time can be a much more generous gift than money. Just ask someone rich, busy and old which they value most.”

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Joy over leading role

October 8, 2009

Manchester Reform Synagogue has appointed Frankie Stubbs as youth leader.

The 20-year-old student will be working with youngsters at the Jackson’s Row community for at least 12 months. “There are plenty of events happening throughout the year and I can’t wait to get everyone involved,” she said.

Miss Stubbs was raised in Southport and has been a youth leader with RSY Netzer, organising summer camps and weekend events. She is currently in her second year of a youth studies degree at Nottingham Trent University.

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Salford outreach project survives

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 1, 2009

A suspended citizen’s advice service dedicated to Manchester’s Jewish community has been guaranteed survival after the leader of Salford City Council intervened.

The Jewish Outreach Project, part of Salford’s Citizen’s Advice Bureau, had funded a dedicated Jewish advisor, but was forced to shut in May when lottery funding ran dry. Now the bureau’s chief, Tom Tougher, said the service will receive half its £16,000 annual budget through Salford council. Its leader, John Merry, secured the money after being told of the closure.

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Volunteers help cancer sufferers put fashion first

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 24, 2009

Looking in a mirror, Sue Woodcock said: “Now I look like a person with cancer.” The 53-year-old is sporting a scarf on hair which will inevitably fall out during cancer treatments at Manchester’s Christie hospital.

“OK,” said her Headstart attendant sensitively. “How about this?”

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Cheadle synagogue celebrates more female inclusion

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 24, 2009

Greater inclusion of women in Orthodox synagogue life is being celebrated at Cheadle’s Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation.

Over the past 20 years a special committee has campaigned for women to occupy positions on the synagogue’s executive, introduced women’s prayer services and last year began the first female honour of eshet chayil (woman of valour) to sit beside the traditional men’s Simchat Torah first and last Torah reading honours. These and other achievements will form the basis of an exhibition at the shul.

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Medic's life-saving stories

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 17, 2009

French-born Magen David Adom paramedic Sarah Cascella has been recounting life-saving moments during a speaking tour of northern England.

Manchester communal organisations and the Leeds, Liverpool and Glasgow representative councils hosted Ms Cascella, 26. She also met Leeds couple Pam and Philip Glynn, who raised almost £2,000 for MDA as part of their golden wedding celebrations, and addressed 200 Christian Friends of MDA in Bolton at a ceremony marking the dedication of their second ambulance.

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