Manchester

Manchester fightback

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 2, 2009

Manchester kosher store bosses say that Pesach trade has been strong despite supermarket competition and decreased demand for luxury items.

“I’ve just not stocked the expensive cakes and biscuits because I didn’t think people are prepared to spend the money on them,” said Richard Hyman of Titanics.

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Sect tries to buy a church

By Simon Rocker, March 26, 2009

The Manchester Jewish Representative Council has protested against the proposed sale of a local church to the breakaway Catholic sect to which Holocaust-denying Bishop Richard Williamson belongs.

Council president Barbara Goldstone said allowing the Society for Saint Pius X (SSPX) to buy St George’s, a disused Anglican church in Gorton, would “only destroy the religious harmony in the city of which we are very proud”.

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Shul is a first for Feds

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 12, 2009

The first Federation synagogue outside the capital is to be built in Manchester.

Planning permission has been granted for a 200-seat venue for the Ohr Yerushalayim community in Salford, which has been meeting in a rented hall.

Having attracted 18 people to its inaugural service in 2000, the community has grown to a membership of 100 young Orthodox families.

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Welfare centre will take crime reports

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 5, 2009

Bury Police have launched a hate crime reporting centre for Manchester Jewry.

The offices of Crumpsall-based welfare charity The Fed will be open to local Jews as a drop-in reporting point. Staff will be trained to log reported incidents on to a dedicated police database. It follows the establishment of a similar third-party reporting point at Brackman’s kosher bakery in Salford last month.

Police liaison officer for the Jewish community in Prestwich, PC Chris Grayshon, hopes the centres will reduce the number of unreported antisemitic incidents.

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Rare showing on museum 25th

By Cathy Forman, March 5, 2009

Manchester Jewish Museum is celebrating its 25th anniversary by staging an exhibition of artefacts not generally shown to visitors.

Explained Alexandra Grime, curator of the Cheetham Hill museum: “We have asked previous curators, volunteers and local historians to choose their favourite item from the extensive collection of objects that we hold. This gives visitors the opportunity to see items that are usually in storage.”

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Israel lesson at KD prize day

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 26, 2009

Manchester King David governors’ chair Joshua Rowe changed the programme for the high school’s prize day on Tuesday to show the 1,500 audience a high-tech presentation on the history of Israel’s conflicts.

Mr Rowe took the decision to counter the increasing number of pupils and parents questioning the morality of Israel’s Gaza campaign.

“There are certainly students asking questions,” he explained. “People are influenced by the media and parents can be somewhat apathetic. The battlefront is everywhere.

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Hale shul building

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 26, 2009

As South Manchester’s community continues on its suburban sprawl, Sephardi congregation Shaare Hayim is having a 200-seat satellite synagogue complex constructed in Hale.

The facility will cater for the many among the synagogue’s 589 members who have moved away from its Didsbury base. It will incorporate a hall, minister’s accommodation and classrooms.

Planning permission was received a few weeks ago after a five-year preparatory process during which two adjacent plots of land were purchased.

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Bernstein’s vision for Manchester future

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 26, 2009

Manchester Jewry could benefit from the recession as better job prospects and higher living standards stem the tide of younger community members migrating to London. That’s the view of Manchester City Council chief executive and Manchester Jewish Community Project (MJCP) chair Sir Howard Bernstein.

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Manchester school receives glowing report from Ofsted

February 26, 2009

Manchester Mesivta has been assessed as a “good school with outstanding features” by Ofsted inspectors.

The inspectors reported that “the school is very successful in achieving its aim to develop in pupils a passion for learning”.

They were also impressed by the respect shown between the secondary school’s 200 pupils and by its leadership and management. Head Phaivish Pink provided clear direction and inspired staff with his love of the school and determination to improve its quality of education.

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Airline silent on flight cancellation claims

By Jan Shure, February 19, 2009

Thomsonfly have refused to deny suggestions that they will be scrapping flights between Manchester and Tel Aviv.

Rival airline Jet2 last week announced they will be making weekly flights to Israel from May.

The no-frills airline, now flying to 40 destinations from six UK airports, launched its Tel Aviv route with the claim that it will be “the only airline to offer a direct route from the north of the UK, following the demise of other services”.

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