Manchester

Year six girls write cookbook in aid of Chai Cancer Care

August 7, 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.

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Annual residential week for Delamere Forest School

August 7, 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.

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Police to probe bus ‘outburst’

By Dana Gloger, July 31, 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."

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Welcome to Chief Constable

July 31, 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.

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Manchester stalwart Olsberg dies

July 31, 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.

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Row over South Manchester Synagogue opening hours

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 31, 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.

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Manchester Rabbi quits

July 31, 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.

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Wizo presidential visit

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 24, 2008

World Wizo president Helena Glaser gave the keynote address to Wizo UK's 90th anniversary Rebecca Sieff awards lunch at South Manchester Synagogue.

Three-hundred members from throughout the country heard Mrs Glaser explain how ongoing welfare issues, such as helping Sderot residents, highlighted the continuing need for Wizo's work.

She told the JC afterwards that "90 years of an organisation is not something light. It's ladies doing amazing things in a commitment to the ladies of Israel, whilst changing with the times."

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JCC telethon raises over £20,000

July 24, 2008

Manchester Jewish Community Care raised more than £20,000 in its annual telethon, hosted in the offices of Deloitte in Manchester city centre. Around 60 volunteers made 2,000 calls to raise the cash, which will fund much-needed equipment for the Nicky Alliance Day Centre. Shelley Blackston, MJCC fundraising executive, said: "It's a good year and we're hoping to top £30,000 in our follow-up mini-telethon."

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200+ attended cross-communal event for the Fast of Tammuz

July 24, 2008

More than 200 people attended a cross-communal event on Sunday for the Fast of Tammuz. Titled With One Heart and designed to promote unity among North Manchester's Orthodox synagogues, it was held at Manchester Great and New Synagogue and was backed by the Manchester Council of Synagogues and the Manchester Beth Din.

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