Manchester

Salford and South Manchester reach Twenty20 final

By Danny Caro, August 11, 2009

Salford will meet South Manchester Maccabi in the NJCL Twenty20 final after the teams came through their semi-finals in contrasting style.

Salford overcame Manchester Maccabi by 25 runs. The team’s depleted ranks were bolstered by some newly transferred faces from Sedgley and after winning the toss, captain Daniel Paul elected to bat on a dry, flat looking pitch.

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South march into Twenty20 semis

By Zevi Saunders, August 3, 2009

South Manchester stormed into the semi-finals of the NJCL Twenty20 with a 168-run victory over an eight-man Bury & Whitefield.

The big-hitting Akiva Lieberman took eight balls to reach his retirement figure of 30, while Maccabiah rugby silver medalist Mike Filson took nine balls. South smashed 71 runs from the five powerplay overs.

Bury did well to restrict them to 192 as it looked like 250 was on the cards.

In reply, Bury notched up the required 10 runs an over of the first over but were eventually were bowled out for 34. Only Zevi Saunders (13) reached double figures.

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South retain NJCL title

By Zevi Saunders, July 28, 2009

South Manchester Maccabi retained the Northern Jewish Cricket League title after beating Leeds by eight wickets.

Victory leaves them on 188 points, 64 points clear of second place Bury with one match remaining.

Only four batsmen reached double figures as Leeds, who elected to bat, were dismissed for 103.

On a damp wicket, openers Sullivan (15) and Goldsborough (13) laid solid foundations with 25 on the board before the fall of the first wicket

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Manchester school wins government accolade

July 23, 2009

Manchester Mesivta has been recognised by the government as a specialist college in mathematics and computing.

Delighted headmaster Phaivish Pink said its elevated status reflected “the outstanding teaching and results of the mathematics and computer departments”.

It obligated the voluntary-aided school — established in 2004 as a successor to Manchester Jewish Grammar — to share its good practice with other schools and to assist community groups.

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Welfare charity is transparently the best

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 16, 2009

Manchester welfare organisation The Fed has been ranked among the UK’s most transparent charities by independent watchdog Intelligent Giving.

The Fed’s latest rating of 80 per cent places it 15th in the national list, alongside charities such as Children in Need and the Samaritans. It is a huge advance on the 29 per cent assessment of the Fed for 2004/05.

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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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