Manchester

Belarus visitors

July 16, 2009

A tour of Old Trafford was a highlight of the three-week visit by 15 youngsters from Belarus who were hosted by Orthodox families in Manchester and the north.

The youngsters, aged 10 to 15, and two teachers, also spent three days at St Annes and Blackpool. Three of the girls were batmitzvah during a special Shabbat service conducted by St Annes Hebrew Congregation’s Rabbi Leonard Book. They also toured the Lake District, participated in lessons at Manchester’s King David High and had dental and optical check-ups.

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Welfare chiefs slam care plans

By Cathy Forman and Jonathan Kalmus, July 16, 2009

A leading welfare chief has criticised the long-awaited Green Paper on social care, claiming the proposals will have a negative impact on the Jewish community.

Leon Smith, chief executive of south London care home Nightingale, believes that care homes could lose out if the plans are implemented.

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MP urges teenage dialogue with Muslims

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 16, 2009

Muslims and Jews as young as 13 should be mixing on a regular basis according to Ivan Lewis, the Foreign Office Minister and Bury South MP.

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Corrie star remembers Manchester campaigner

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 9, 2009

Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh was among friends and family who remembered a radical-left Manchester Jewish campaigner whose book spurred MP John Mann to chair the Parliamentary Committee against Antisemitism.

Steve Cohen, who died in March, described himself politically as a “dangerous Jew”. An immigration-law barrister from Prestwich, he set up the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit, fighting legal battles for asylum seekers.

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Bonus for favourite builder

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 9, 2009

The non-Jewish construction boss responsible for many key Manchester Jewish organisational buildings was honoured by communal leaders on Wednesday.

Harry Johnston’s company built the Brookvale special needs home, sections of the Heathlands care village and Broughton Jewish Primary School.

Over 40 people were at the surprise ceremony at the Bnei Akiva bayit in Salford, another of his builds. Mr Johnston had attended under the misconception that he was being consulted over a leaky roof.

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US fights swine flu

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 9, 2009

Contingency plans for Orthodox communities to deal with a swine flu pandemic will be released by the United Synagogue on Monday.

An advice document with guidance for synagogues, communal groups and schools will be sent out to communities and published on the US website. It also covers contingency arrangements for burials if deaths increase. Plans are in place to maintain essential community services if large numbers of staff fall ill.

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King David safety drive

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 2, 2009

A street awareness drive was launched in conjunction with Greater Manchester Police on Monday at King David High School.

Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney addressed around 400 pupils at a special assembly to launch a joint partnership scheme with the CST and Maccabi Streetwise project. “This pilot could transfer to other areas of Greater Manchester,” he said afterwards.

Some 3,000 safety cards will be handed out to young Jews across the city offering advice on drugs, alcohol, bullying and internet safety. GMP has jointly funded the £10,000 project.

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School starts to rebuild

July 2, 2009

Construction work has started on the £20m rebuild of Manchester’s King David School in Crumpsall.

The Eaton Road site is currently home to an 800-place high school and sixth form, a junior and infant school and nursery.

Work will be completed at the school next year with pupils moving in during December 2010. The overall scheme, including the refurbishment of existing buildings, demolition and landscaping of the new school grounds will be finished by July 2011.

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Vigils held for Shalit

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 2, 2009

Vigils to raise awareness and mark the third anniversary of the capture of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit took place in three cities.

Manchester saw the highest profile event in the city centre’s main shopping area. Organisers outside Marks & Spencer held placards and wore T-shirts calling for Gilad Shalit’s release. Members of the public were invited to sign a petition for Shalit’s release. Hundreds of people took part, while Rebecca Ryan, star of Channel 4 drama Shameless, offered her support.

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Shock setback as South slayed by Maccabi

June 30, 2009

Cup holders Bury and Whitefield will play Manchester Maccabi in the NJCL Cup Final on September 6.

Manchester produced the shock of the season to deny unbeaten league leaders South Manchester the cup for another season. A victory by 31 runs saw Maccabi to their first final.

Opening pair Anthony Gellman (29) and Simon Jeffries (34) did most of the damage, putting on 82 for Maccabi’s first wicket. With Akiva Lieberman grabbing 3-37 runs, Maccabi set South a target of 160 to progress.

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