MDA’s big pledge

September 12, 2008

Manchester's Magen David Adom UK committee has pledged to raise £800,000 within three years for the refurbishment of the MDA station in Hadera.

Manchester MDA chairman Jeremy Hart said the appeal would be formally launched at its 2009 dinner, at which Ruby Wax will be guest speaker.


King David fights drug centre plan

By Candice Krieger, August 15, 2008

Manchester's King David schools are fighting plans to turn a nursing home on the edge of the KD campus into a drug-rehabilitation centre.

Owners of the Westwood private nursing home on Polygon Road, Crumpsall - which has many Jewish residents - want to close it down and redevelop it as a residential drug- and alcohol-rehabilitation centre. Local residents were alerted to the plans at a meeting last Thursday.


Armed men threaten staff in crowded deli

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 15, 2008

Armed robbers threatened staff at a Manchester kosher deli before escaping with a till last Thursday evening.

Three men, carrying a knife and a hammer, entered Shefa Mehadrin deli in Prestwich at around 8pm.

A 23-year-old employee, who had been behind the stolen till, said: "I was worried I would get stabbed. One of them tried to open the till with his knife."


Year six girls write cookbook in aid of Chai Cancer Care

August 8, 2008

The Year 6 girls Chesed Club at Broughton Jewish Cassel Fox Primary have been cooking up a storm to raise funds for Chai Cancer Care. The 15 pupils: Talia Gitlin, Pearl Gordon, Fleur Haber, Dena Hafner, Sophie Holder, Elisheva Kasmir, Anna Levine, Shira Miller, Talia Miller, Judith Moher, Etti Perez, Rachel Pine, Avital Prais, Rochelle Sayers and Mimi Steinberger created Kidz Mini Mouthfuls, a cookbook of their recipes. Proceeds from sales of the book totalled £1,500 for the cancer support organisation.


Annual residential week for Delamere Forest School

August 8, 2008

Delamere Forest School held its annual residential week. Ten children enjoyed a fun-packed week of activities, including arts and crafts, sport, music, cookery, a falconry display, circus skills and swimming classes.


Manchester Rabbi quits

August 1, 2008

Rabbi Yehoshua Landes will leave Manchester's Prestwich Hebrew Congregation shortly after Pesach 2009, by which time he will have completed 10 years of service to the community.

A brief statement this week gave no indication of the minister's future plans and neither the shul nor Rabbi Landes were prepared to go beyond it.


Police to probe bus ‘outburst’

By Dana Gloger, August 1, 2008

A bus driver is alleged to have shouted abusive comments at mourners at the funeral of Britain's longest-serving minister.

Over 400 people attended the funeral of the Rev Leslie Olsberg, minister at Heaton Park Synagogue, last Sunday at Rainsough Cemetery in Prestwich.

Some of those present said that when the driver of the 93 bus could not get through the crowds, he wound down his window and began shouting insults. One mourner claimed the driver shouted: "You people think you own everything."


Welcome to Chief Constable

August 1, 2008
The appointment of the new Manchester Chief Constable, Peter Fahy, has been welcomed by the Jewish community. He has regularly condemned antisemitism, has visited Auschwitz and attends Holocaust Memorial Days. He succeeds the late Michael Todd.


Manchester stalwart Olsberg dies

August 1, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks has led the numerous tributes to long-serving Manchester minister Rev Leslie Olsberg, who died on Sunday, aged 86.

Mr Olsberg was minister of Heaton Park Hebrew Congregation for 36 years and was chaplain to a range of organisations. His MBE in 2007 recognised 60 years' service to the Manchester community.

He was admitted to North Manchester General Hospital, where he died, after breaking his hip last week. Nurses attempted to contact the Jewish chaplain only to discover that Mr Olsberg still held that role.


Row over South Manchester Synagogue opening hours

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 1, 2008

Neighbours of South Manchester Synagogue in The Firs, Bowdon, are upset at the granting of an extension in opening hours for the shul's functions hall.

Residents of the quiet suburb tried to block the extension application at a council planning meeting, citing parking and noise issues. The functions suite can accommodate 300 people but there is limited parking space. However, the council granted a licence for opening until midnight for a 12-month trial period.