Manchester

Council pledge on CCTV

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 11, 2008

CCTV cameras are finally being earmarked for Manchester’s Charedi Broughton Park neighbourhood after a 10-year campaign by the Jewish community.

In the wake of a spate of recent incidents, local councillors this week agreed to find funding for CCTV following meetings with Salford’s Chief Superintendent Kevin Mulligan.

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New Sure Start children's centre opens next to Sedgley Park Primary

July 11, 2008

A new Sure Start children's centre was opened next to Sedgley Park Primary in Prestwich this week. Representatives from Interlink, Yesoidey Hatorah Primary and Pact were involved in planning the centre. Twenty Orthodox mothers have already attended a liaison meeting with centre co-ordinator Victoria Watson. Facilities at the Bishops Road site are to include a kitchen with a separate, secure cupboard to store kosher food.

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Hikers climb Froggatt Edge for UJIA's Chalom B'Merom

July 11, 2008

Braving last Sunday's rain, 22 hikers raised more than £4,000 for UJIA's Chalom B'Merom programme. The Manchester hikers, aged between 16 and 60, walked nearly seven miles in the Peak District and climbed Froggatt Edge. Manchester UJIA director Ilana Ray said: "We didn't care about the rain - we are proud to fund this programme." The project funds extra-curricular education for children in the Merom HaGalil region.

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Manchester Jewish Community Care on hunt for entrepreneur of the year

July 11, 2008
Manchester Jewish Community Care is running a competition to find the leading North-West Jewish entrepreneur of the year. The charity is inviting business leaders to use their skills to come up with an idea to raise funds for the Nicky Alliance Day Centre. The results of the competition will be announced at an awards ceremony in November. To participate, contact Shelley Blackston on 0161 740 0111 or email Shelley@mjcc.org.uk

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Twenty graduate from JLGB and Streetwise course

July 11, 2008

Twenty young people graduated from a JLGB and Streetwise course. The eight-week course covered street awareness, healthy living and antisemitism. Streetwise northern project worker Jude Kaplan said: "The young people were very creative and produced great art and drama." The next course is being held on August 31 for those starting secondary school. For more information, contact Jude Kaplan on 0161 705 7080.

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Thieves targeting Charedim

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 4, 2008

A mobile police station is operating once again in the heart of Manchester’s Charedi community following a spate of violent attacks and muggings on religious Jews in Broughton Park. The station was open in Northumberland Street at the weekend and the intention is for it to be manned continuously over Shabbat.

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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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