Newcastle and Gateshead

Madelyn Travis seeks Jewish children’s stories

October 28, 2009

Literature enthusiast Madelyn Travis needs your help. A PhD student at Newcastle University’s Children’s Literature department, she is researching the portrayal of Jews in children’s books.

So far, she has come across only one children’s book written by Jewish writers during the years before the Second World War — Story Time by Arthur Super and Joseph Halpern, and hopes JC readers may be able to help.


Join Toon army on succah Crawl

By Marcus Dysch, October 1, 2009

Newcastle JSoc is hosting its annual Succah Crawl on Wednesday evening.

Providing a Jewish twist to the traditional pub crawl, the event offers students the chance to eat dinner on the move – with each host providing a different course.

Free transport will be offered between the succot and the evening is free for students. For details visit the Newcastle JSoc group on Facebook.


Mountain rescue for yeshivah boys, again

By Nigel Burnham and Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2009

Rescue teams in the Lake District have criticised a group of 23 yeshivah students who got stuck on a mountain for the second successive year.

An all-night rescue operation was launched on Sunday after the group from Gateshead Talmudical College became stuck while descending the 2,057ft Looking Stead, in one of Cumbria’s most remote valleys.

The male students, aged 14 to 23, were stranded on steep ground in mist and rain after wandering off a fell pass. Many were ill-prepared and were wearing T-shirts and trainers.


It’s a slippery slope from here for Utd

By Martin Samuel, August 6, 2009

The next phase of the crisis that is Newcastle United begins this week, with the start of the Football League season. The club is some way from rock bottom, despite the trials of the last year. Starting life in the Championship, there is still some way to fall.


Buzz day at Limmud

By Faga Speker, July 2, 2009

Local, national and international speakers attracted 100 people to the fourth Newcastle Limmud.

The 30 speakers included Evie Friedman from the Jewish Council for Racial Equality, David Jacobi who explored Israel’s environmental issues and local amateur art historian Kurt Shapira who spoke about the fate of Jewish art in Nazi Germany. There were also workshops on Jewish geneaology, Israeli dancing and wine-tasting.


Sunderland’s listed shul is up for sale

By Cathy Forman, June 25, 2009

The Sunderland Synagogue building has been put up for sale, three years after the congregation disbanded.

Its owners, the Shlomo Memorial Fund, purchased the Grade II listed building in 2000 with the intention that the Jewish community would use it for as long as possible. The final Shabbat service was held in March 2006.

It had been hoped that the Gateshead community would also utilise the premises, but no interest had been expressed.


Northern region appoints chaplain

June 18, 2009

A new chaplaincy couple has been appointed for the northern region, despite fears over funding for the post.

Essex-born Garry and Suzanne Wayland will take up the post in September. Both have first class honours degrees and experience of Jewish youth work.

Speaking of his appointment, Rabbi Wayland, 27, who is concluding his rabbinic studies in Jerusalem, said: “We are looking forward to working with the students and also the wider communities. The student community is vibrant and it’s an age group we feel connected to as recent graduates.”


‘Brilliant’ civil servant hit by train

By James Martin, June 3, 2009

The Newcastle Jewish community is mourning the loss of a “brilliant, kind and unassuming young man”, after the death of 32-year-old Adam Rothapel last Tuesday.

Mr Rothapel, private secretary to Minister of Justice Bridget Prentice, died after being hit by a train at Finchley Road station in London.

Mr Rothapel, who lived in West Hampstead, was due to marry Sam Baden, his Australian-born fiancée, in August. He leaves behind his mother, Hilary.


Lag B’Omer BBQ with Rabbid Dovid Lewis

May 21, 2009

Rabbi Dovid Lewis and his wife Nachi held a Lag B’Omer barbecue at their home. Over 50 members of the community sat in the evening sunshine, while Rabbi Lewis, minister of Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation, cooked the barbecue.


Toy gun pest handed 12-month curfew order

By Marcus Dysch, May 14, 2009

A man who shot an Orthodox Jew with a pellet gun has been sentenced to a curfew order.

Kris Cherry, 20, must not leave his home in Gateshead between 8pm and 7am for the next three months after admitting he carried out the attack because he “didn’t like Jews”.

His victim, who has not been named, was not injured in the March 14 shooting despite being hit on the arm.

Unemployed Cherry fired the gun from a car “for a laugh” while travelling through Bensham, home to the North East’s largest Jewish community.