Manchester

‘Dire’ plight of Manchester unemployed

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 27, 2008

Increasing unemployment among the Manchester community is leaving families in financial turmoil, the city's Jewish job-finding agency has warned.

"We have seen a rise in dire cases," reported JCom co-founder Norman Younger. "We know a dozen people with families who have been made redundant and can't pay their monthly bills. The employment gap has been steadily widening."

Mr Younger - who started the agency as a spin-off to his company formation business - said 100 job-seekers had registered in the last six months.

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Manchester plans a mikvah with music

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 20, 2008

A state-of-the-art mikvah is to be built at the Yeshurun Synagogue in South Manchester.

The plans extend to an integral music system designed to enhance the spiritual experience.

The modern-Orthodox community in Gatley agreed to the project when the Manchester Mikvah Fund offered to fund the development. The fund will co-ordinate planning and construction, supported by donors who want to encourage mikvah observance.

Manchester's existing mikvah is in Hale, a 30-minute round trip.

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Schoolchildren hear first-hand experiences of Magen David Adom from paramedic Sarah Cascella

November 13, 2008

North Cheshire Jewish Primary's pupils and King David sixth-formers heard first-hand experiences of Magen David Adom from paramedic Sarah Cascella. The French-born, 25-year-old ambulance volunteer is in the UK as one of three "MDA heroes" for the charity's London fundraising dinner. Richard Simon, MDA's UK regional director, said: "Both schools have donated to MDA. The children heard what their money is going towards."

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Manchester Jewish Museum draws crowd of 130 to mark 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht

November 13, 2008

Manchester Jewish Museum drew a crowd of 130 people to mark the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Three Holocaust survivors, Mayer Hersh, Norbert Barrett and Gisela Feldman, lit candles with their children and grandchildren and spoke of their recollections. Pupils from King David, Yavneh and Judith Parker from Withington Girls' School gave presentations and readings. Event organiser Joy Wolfe said: "Having a large participation of young people was rewarding."

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Manchester synagogue elder honoured with the naming of a bi-annual lunch in his memory

November 13, 2008

A synagogue elder has been honoured with the naming of a bi-annual lunch in his memory. Manchester Reform Synagogue has named the event the Sydney Morley Memorial Lunch, in tribute to the synagogue trustee who passed away just before Rosh Hashanah, aged 92. The lunch had been the brainchild of Mr Morely. At the gathering, senior congregants who are unable to attend services, get together and also enjoy a catered meal. Mr Morley had served in every official role on the shul's council and executive. More than 70 people attended the occasion.

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Road to recovery

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 13, 2008

Manchester rabbi Yossi Chazan is on the road to recovery after a minor heart attack and hopes to return to his full-time duties at Holy Law Synagogue within the next few weeks.

Hundreds of people from across the Manchester Jewish spectrum have visited the popular rabbi's family home to wish him a speedy recovery. He was discharged from Salford's Hope Hospital last week after a minor cardiac procedure.

Rabbi Chazan returned to the synagogue on Sunday to speak at a congregant's wedding.

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Cancer care for north

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 13, 2008

Chai Cancer Care is joining forces with Manchester welfare charity, the Fed, to set up its first satellite service outside of London. A Manchester branch is expected to open in early 2009, but some counselling and therapeutic services could be on offer within weeks.

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Broughton Jewish Cassel Fox Primary holds its first Music Fest

November 6, 2008

Broughton Jewish Cassel Fox Primary held its first Music Fest, attracting more than 150 people to a performance at Salford University's major concert hall. Music workshops showcasing local Jewish talent were also held at the school during the two-day event. Professional klezmer group Shir trained pupils to play with them for a joint performance at Salford University's Peel Hall. The event's organiser and school music teacher, Miriam Alper, said: "It boosted the place of music in people's imagination."

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Eye Witness - 60 Years viewing attracts capacity crowd to Printworks cinema

November 6, 2008

A viewing of Eye Witness - 60 Years, the film about Israeli photojournalist David Rubinger, attracted a capacity crowd to a cinema at the city centre Printworks complex. At Sunday's private viewing, arranged by Manchester's Israel Information Centre, the audience could buy signed copies of Mr Rubinger's autobiography Israel Through My Lens. The photographer is famous for his iconic image of three paratroopers at the Western Wall when it came into Israeli hands in 1967. Event organiser Doreen Gerson said she was grateful for the help of the Israeli embassy.

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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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