Manchester

Volunteers pack thousands of goods for Belarus

May 30, 2008

More than 50 volunteers packed 180 boxes of 3,600 donated goods to be sent to the Jewish community in Belarus. The event, held at Maccabi Brooklands, was a joint initiative between World Jewish Relief, Maccabi and the United Synagogue, with support from Bnei Akiva, FZY, Habonim and the Whitefield Jewish Youth Club. Rosalind Bluestone, who heads WJR’s Gifts in Kind programme, said: “The response was overwhelming.”

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Former US Assistant Secretary of State speaks at Magen David Adom dinner

May 23, 2008

James Rubin, a former US Assistant Secretary of State, was guest speaker at Manchester Magen David Adom’s annual dinner. In his address, he spoke to the 250 guests about Israel’s future. Richard Simon, MDA UK regional director, said that the event, held at the Hilton Deansgate, would raise in excess of £250,000 for the emergency rescue service. Stuart Glyn, national chairman of MDA UK, presented outgoing chairman Jonathan Ferster with a medal.

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MDA names Jeremy Hart as its new chairman

May 23, 2008

Manchester MDA has named Jeremy Hart as its new chairman. Sheffield-born Mr Hart, who moved to Manchester in 1987, has been a member of the MDA committee since 1997. He comes from a family with many charitable links; his father was chairman of JIA in Sheffield and his mother was secretary of MDA in Sheffield. Mr Hart, who works in IT, met his wife, Sharon, a drama teacher, through involvement with UJIA.

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Northern Jewish artists have work exhibited

May 23, 2008

Keren Or and JNF UK attracted 200 people to the preview night of their art exhibition at South Manchester Synagogue to view the work of northern Jewish artists. The Mayor of Trafford, Councillor Bernard Sharpe, opened the exhibition. Lorraine Palastrand, JNF senior campaign executive, said: “We are delighted that the community have supported this event in such large numbers.”

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Camp Simchah take children to Camelot

May 23, 2008

Camp Simcha, the charity that helps Jewish children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, ran its first outing for children from Manchester with a trip to Camelot amusement park. The 16 children, from the ages of five to 15, each with their own volunteer, were treated to an adventure at the Lancashire theme park. Pearl Lopian, who was recently appointed as Camp Simcha family liaison officer for Manchester, described the outing as a success.

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Manchester man guilty of £500k fraud

By Lynda Roughley, May 23, 2008

A Manchester businessman has been convicted of involvement in a huge international “advance fee” fraud.

Michael Rashman was found guilty of a fraud plot after a four-week trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

During the trial, prosecuting QC Jonathan Turner told the court that Rashman was “a clever man — and this was a clever fraud.

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Hello Dolly: you're 105

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 23, 2008

Big celebrations were planned yesterday at the Heathlands home in Manchester, where resident Dolly Phillips was due to celebrate her 105th birthday.

Blears backs tolerance plan

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 23, 2008

Communities Secretary Hazel Blears visited the Manchester Jewish Museum last Friday to express backing for its plans for a centre of tolerance on its Cheetham Hill site.

Ms Blears spent 90 minutes at the museum, discussing the “high priority” project with museum director Stuart Hilton.

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Party plans on ice as youngsters are the focus in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 16, 2008

Children and Jewish unity were at the heart of Manchester’s Israel at 60 celebrations, which saw a 1,200-strong crowd fill the Sheridan Suite in the north-west of the city last Thursday.

For the kids, there was indoor ice skating, giant inflatable assault courses and interactive stalls, with around 150 volunteers from community organisations and youth movements helping them to get the most from their day. For the rest, Israeli band Kol Chai and singer Danny Bergson played Israeli and Jewish music throughout the evening and there were separate dancing areas for men and women.

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Student's iPod pillow invention works like a dream

May 16, 2008

Students at King David High have scooped their second Young Enterprise award of the year. Their ISnoooze company invented a pillow that plays iPod music. The Year 10 students distributed the product in the school and are currently in discussions with a local airport for further distribution rights. The 14-strong student team also picked up the “most innovative product award” at the Trafford Centre Trade Fair earlier this year.

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