Manchester

100 people attend backgammon tournament at Sephardi Congregation

July 22, 2008

More than 100 people attended a backgammon tournament at the Sephardi Congregation of South Manchester. The winner of the tournament was Esther Frais, who was presented with the Felix Shalom memorial cup by Anita Shalom. The event raised more than £2,000 for shul funds.

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200 guests for Langdon College's annual day

July 22, 2008

Langdon College, the Manchester unit for young adults with learning difficulties, held its annual day on Sunday. Its 70 students showcased drama and arts for the 200 guests. The Mayor of Salford, Cllr Margaret Morris, presented the student-of-the-year award to Shaine-Elke Meyer, 20. Jodi Learner, 19, who completed a drama course at Bury College, sung a solo. At the event Simon Olswang announced that he was standing down as governors' chair after 15 years and handing over to vice-chair Joy Wolfe.

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KD girls’ change of top

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 17, 2008

Manchester’s King David High is to change its girls’ summer uniform because pupils say the blouse can be see-though. A navy-striped shirt will replace the current white summer top next year.

Girls have been wearing the school jumper over the KD blouse.

Fifteen-year-old Sigalle Khan was impressed by the intended replacement. “It means you can take your jumper off in the summer when it gets too hot. I think everyone will get used to it.”

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Another Orthodox plan looks safe as houses

By Dana Gloger, July 17, 2008

Manchester's Charedi community could soon be given some relief from its housing crisis.

The Agudas Israel Housing Association (AIHA) has put in a bid to buy 17 luxury houses, all of five, six or seven bedrooms, in the Broughton Green development in Higher Broughton, Salford.

Larger houses are in high demand by the strictly Orthodox community, who usually have large families, sometimes with as many as 15 children. But they are in short supply  in Manchester as well as in London, along with other parts of the UK.

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

July 10, 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 10, 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 10, 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 10, 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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The Centre for Jewish Studies to host major international festival of Jewish studies

July 10, 2008

The Centre for Jewish Studies is hosting a major international festival of Jewish studies, which will take place on the former Umist section of the campus, from July 20-24. A host of international speakers are coming  from Israel, America, Brasil, China, Australia, South Africa and Europe, as well as leading universities in the UK. Some 35 sessions are planned, with approximately 80 speakers.

Further details at www.mucjs.org/judaicafest

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Council pledge on CCTV

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 10, 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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