Newcastle and Gateshead

Highly rated care home faces uncertain future

March 31, 2016

Newcastle's Philip Cussins residential home has been rated good in all aspects in a new Care Quality Commission report. But the home's chairman, Alan Share, is concerned for its long-term future, given the declining Tyneside Jewish population.

The 20-bed kosher home is sustaining more than three-quarters occupancy and most residents are Jewish.


Newcastle united over future provision

March 10, 2016

Members of Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation have overwhelmingly supported its leaders' plans to ensure the shul's future by downsizing.

More than 80 people - a third of the community - attended an information meeting on Monday where options for the long term were outlined by members of its planning committee.

Shul president Adrienne Ross said afterwards that the meeting had been "mostly


Brushing up on home interiors in Gateshead

By Julia Weiner, August 20, 2015

Artworks depicting the interiors of Gateshead Jewish homes are the core of a local exhibition by London-based artist Naomi Alexander, showcasing her work over the past 50 years.

Running until October 31, Domesticity is Ms Alexander's second solo exhibition at Shipley Art Gallery.

The previous was Once Upon a Time in Lithuania in 2013, during which she was invited to lead an inter-generationa


Daniel ends 15-year wait for a barmitzvah boy

February 26, 2015

It was a landmark Shabbat for the tiny Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Hebrew Congregation as Daniel Knight-Woodhall became its first barmitzvah boy in 15 years.

Forty guests from around the country attended the service and kiddush in the congregation's Newcastle-under-Lyme building, which it moved to in 2006. It had previously worshipped in Hanley, three miles away, from 1923.


Gang jailed for 'Jew-bashing' rabbi attack

January 29, 2015

Gang members who assaulted a rabbi in retribution for Israel's military action in Gaza have been jailed.

Four teenagers from Newcastle hatched a plot to randomly attack a member of Gateshead's strictly Orthodox community.

Balawal Sultan sent a text message saying he was going to "smash some Jews up" hours before joining Kesa Malik, Hassnain Aliamin, and a 16-year-old youth.


Police patrols stepped up in Gateshead after Shabbat robberies

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 4, 2014

Following the jailing of two men for robbing Gateshead Jewish homes left unlocked on Shabbat, Northumbria police have announced increased security measures in the area.

David Fox and Patrick Chambers, who both gave their address as Durham Prison, pleaded guilty at Newcastle Crown Court to burgling four homes. The robberies took place over a 90-minute period in May.


Every little mistake helps

By Faga Speker, October 28, 2013

A Newcastle Hebrew Congregation member who was overpaid by more than £500 on a refund has donated the money to charity.

When Gwen Lamb returned a TV she had purchased after deciding it was too small, she expected a £139 refund. “However, when I checked my bank statement I realised I had been overpaid.


It's fine on the Tyne as Chief inducts minister

By Faga Speker, June 10, 2013

Having officiated at the induction of Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation’s Rabbi Aaron Lipsey, Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks did not return to London empty handed. Sam Pearlman presented him with a housewarming gift for his new home — a decorative mezuzah cover.

More than 200 people attended the induction, including local councillors and church leaders. Rev Benjy Caplan conducted the service.


Bishops pull out of Holy Land meeting

By Simon Rocker, October 26, 2012

Two bishops have pulled out of a conference on the Holy Land to be held in Gateshead next month, after warnings that it would be biased against Israel.

The Anglican Bishop of Newcastle, Martin Wharton, and the Roman Catholic Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, Seamus Cunningham, withdrew after pleas from the Newcastle Jewish community, the Board of Deputies and the Council of Christians and Jews.


Football fan 'let off' for Nazi salute

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2012

An anti-racism group has condemned a Premier League football club for the punishment imposed on a fan who made Nazi salutes at a match.

The 39-year-old supporter was arrested on suspicion of racial and religious harassment the day after the clash with Tottenham Hotspur at St James’ Park in August.