Newcastle and Gateshead

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.


Newcastle Lord Mayor has Tyne of her life

May 31, 2012

Jackie Slesenger has completed a family double by becoming Lord Mayor of Newcastle, husband David having previously held the office.

Councillor Slesenger — who until last month was the city’s sheriff — has represented West Gosforth ward for the LibDems for eight years. She has served as a magistrate and been actively involved in Wizo and the Representative Council of North East Jewry.


Death camp's 'everlasting effect' on footballer

April 27, 2012

On the eve of Yom Hashoah, participants in Holocaust Educational Trust projects attended a special event at the Scottish Parliament.
Students travelled from across the region to talk to MSPs about their experiences on the Scottish Government-funded HET's Lessons from Auschwitz project which takes post-16 pupils on a visit to the Nazi death camp.


Borts quits Newcastle Reform

By Cathy Forman, March 29, 2012

Newcastle Reform's Rabbi Barbara Borts has resigned because she "wants to move on".

Rabbi Borts has given six months' notice to the 150-member congregation she has served on a part-time basis since 2008.

"I have had a good time here," she said. "They are a great bunch of people. If they need help I will continue to help them. I am not leaving them in the lurch."


Demo in Dublin, taking off in Newcastle

May 12, 2011

The Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign protested outside the Dublin hotel where the Israel Embassy hosted an Independence Day party for diplomats, Irish government officials and Jewish community members on Tuesday. The demonstration passed off peacefully and there were no arrests.