Manchester

Geoffrey Berg battles a Greater Manchester congestion charge

By Candice Krieger, June 27, 2008

Campaigner Geoffrey Berg is fighting against controversial plans to introduce a congestion charge in Greater Manchester.

Ministers approved a bid for the initiative last week.

Mr Berg, an ex-councillor in Bury, is urging councillors to vote against the charge. His campaign is sparking referendums for publicly elected mayors, which if successful could oust council leaders.

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Student leaders pledge to fight campus racism

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 27, 2008

Manchester University’s growing reputation for harbouring antisemitism is facing a new challenge after Jewish candidates gained a third of the places on the student-union council.

The new team will have four Jewish representatives on the executive and another 14 on the student council. One of them — Rob Pinfold — is the new general secretary.

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Jewish Musem commemorates Anne Frank's birthday with school trip

June 20, 2008

Manchester Jewish Museum commemorated what would have been Anne Frank’s 79th birthday by inviting pupils from across the North West to a special event on June 12. Pupils from Notre Dame High School; Manchester High School For Girls; Two Trees Sports College; and George Salter Collegiate Academy watched a documentary about Anne Frank and were addressed by Holocaust survivors.

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Help with heritage

June 20, 2008
A national scheme which provides free training for people from religious communities to care for their historic places of worship will hold a special one-day event for the North West’s Jewish community on July 13.  The Faith In Maintenance day will be held at Manchester Jewish Museum. It will include a site visit to Higher Crumpsall and Higher Broughton Synagogue, which has recently benefited under the English Heritage and Heritage Lottery Fund Joint Listed Places of Worship Repair Grant Scheme.

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Israel rally set to raise the roof

June 20, 2008

Thousands of people are expected to turn out for the first UK “Salute to Israel” parades in London and Manchester on June 29.

The London parade, which will start at midday on the corner of Berkeley Street and Piccadilly, will culminate in a Trafalgar Square rally at 2pm. Supporters can expect a visual spectacle as they watch marching bands and floats sponsored by companies, including the JC, and communal organisations. 

The rally will be compered by LBC radio host Nick Ferrari, with guests including Knesset member Isaac Herzog and Ed Balls MP.

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Fraudster gets four years’ jail

By Lynda Roughley, June 13, 2008

A Manchester businessman involved in a huge international “advance fee” fraud has been jailed.

Michael Rashman was sentenced to four years and nine months’ imprisonment by a judge who told him: “You have tarnished the good name of British overseas trading.”

Judge Gerald Clifton told Rashman, 54, that he accepted he had not played the leading role. He put his role “behind that of Carl Montlake but ahead of David Sasson”, the other two Jewish defendants.

He said that it was not pleasant to send a person like him to prison but he had a duty to the public.

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Charedi degrees plan

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 13, 2008
A BA in business and Judaic studies for Charedi and other religious students is to be piloted in Manchester. The Maalot (degrees) project involves separate off-campus teaching facilities for men and women, which will be accredited by Bolton University. If the scheme proves successful, it is likely that other qualifications will be offered. Driving the initiative is Whitefield Hebrew Congregation’s Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag, who is keen to provide higher-education and employment opportunities for the strictly Orthodox.

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Jewish Federation volunteers visit head office

June 13, 2008

More than 40 of Manchester Jewish Federation’s volunteers visited the charity’s head office in Crumpsall for a morning of coffee and croissants to celebrate National Volunteers’ Week and to meet staff from The Fed’s new Time For You team. In thanking the volunteers, chief executive Karen Phillips said: “It’s great to know that you’re all part of The Fed family. People in our community would be lost without your support.”

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Fundraising DVD now online

June 13, 2008

Manchester Jewish Federation has made a fundraising DVD available on its website. The resource, shown at the charity’s appeal dinner in April, was produced by Centre Screen Productions, and has actor David Fleeshman as its anchor presenter. The DVD was filmed at The Fed and in service users’ homes, and shows the organisation’s staff, service users and their families. See www.thefed.org.uk/the_fed_video.php

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Golf day raises £15,000

June 13, 2008

Manchester Jewish Community Care’s annual golf day raised £15,000 for the Nicky Alliance Day Centre. The event, held at Whitefield Golf Club, was sponsored by Beaverbrooks jewellers. Some 72 competitors took part.

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