Manchester

Swastika greets shul visitors

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 6, 2008

A two-foot high swastika was daubed on the front wall of a Manchester synagogue - only hours before a senior policeman and local politicians made an official visit.

The wall at Whitefield Synagogue was defaced in the early hours of Saturday. Shortly afterwards, a special service for Jewish ex-servicemen was held at the synagogue, attended by MP Ivan Lewis, council leaders and the area's police inspector. A barmitzvah was also overshadowed by the incident.

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Masked men rob driver of his BMW

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 6, 2008

A man has been left shaken after masked thieves stole his black BMW from outside his home.

The 57-year-old victim, who does not want to be named, said three men dressed in dark clothes and balaclavas demanded his car keys when he left the vehicle to open the garage in Park Lane, Whitefield, Manchester. The assailants then drove off at high speed.

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Fire repairs for kosher restaurant

November 6, 2008

Manchester kosher restaurant JS is to get a makeover after a fire destroyed one of its kitchens.

A major clean-up operation followed the fire, which forced the closure of the restaurant's second floor. It is thought an overheating oven sparked the blaze.

Restaurant owner Michael Issler spoke of plans to redevelop the burnt-out area. "We're not reinstating the kitchen but are looking at options to expand our upstairs function room and restaurant. We hope to begin redevelopment at the start of next year."

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Manchester records will be going online

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 6, 2008

Tens of thousands of Jewish genealogical records will be made public under initiatives by the Manchester Council of Synagogues and the city's Jewish genealogical society. People will be able to access the records over the internet through a pay-as-you-view facility.

The genealogical society has released 300 new digital records from the closed Prestwich cemetery.

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Rabbi Dovid Lewis hosts annual "Pizza in the Hut" evening at family home.

October 30, 2008

Rabbi Dovid Lewis and his wife Nachi hosted their annual "Pizza in the Hut" evening in the succah at their Gosforth home. More than 30 people attended the supper, and Rabbi Lewis, minister of Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation, prepared pizzas to order. The children from the shul's cheder took part in a succah crawl, visiting some of the many private succahs in Gosforth.

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Habonim attracts more than 40 youngsters to first of its fortnightly activities

October 30, 2008

Habonim attracted more than 40 youngsters to the first of its fortnightly activities at its North Manchester home at the Prestwich-based Maccabi Centre. Northern fieldworker Marc Fink said: "It was a fantastic way to start the year. Parents are constantly telling us there are not enough Jewish activities for their children. By putting on activities we are responding to this demand." In South Manchester, over 25 leaders and participants attended a fun introductory session to the movement at the Jubilee Centre, Bowdon.

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Shabbat meal for Langdon College

October 17, 2008

Bnei Akiva invited Langdon College pupils to its Salford bayit for an erev Shabbat meal.

The evening began with prayers led by Langdon student Josh Shalet and was followed by a meal and singing.

Fieldworkers Daniel and Shimon Gillis said that they hope to strengthen the relationship of Bnei Akiva with the college for Jewish adults with learning difficulties.

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Supermarkets in kosher food fight

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 10, 2008

Competition for kosher shoppers has hotted up in Manchester with the new Morrisons store in Whitefield looking to become the biggest kosher player among the main supermarkets.

The store, opened four weeks ago, boasts of offering a bigger range than the local Asda and Sainsbury's and wants to take on North Manchester's current kosher favourite, Tesco in Prestwich.

At Morrisons, deputy manager Danny Welch said his team checked-out rival supermarkets' kosher ranges before deciding what to stock.

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Jonathan Freedland speaks at Manchester Connection Committee of Shaare Zedek UK

October 3, 2008

Journalist and author Jonathan Freedland spoke to 100 people for the Manchester Connection Committee of Shaare Zedek UK. His talk, "How can we help to build a peaceful future for all the people of Jerusalem?" was held at Manchester Jewish Museum. The event raised more than £3,000 towards a paediatric dialysis unit at the Shaare Zedek's new dedicated children's hospital in Jerusalem.

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Three teens face assault charges

By Marcus Dysch, September 26, 2008

Three teenagers were due to appear in court this week in connection with an attack on a Jewish man in a park.

The 22-year-old was attacked as he walked through St Mary's Park in Prestwich, Manchester, at around 8.30pm on June 25.

He suffered head injuries and required stitches to treat a 9cm cut.

The boys, who are all 15 and cannot be named because of their age, were due to appear at Bury Youth Court on Thursday 25th September.

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