Newcastle and Gateshead

Gateshead shooter sentenced

By Marcus Dysch, May 13, 2009

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

Kris Cherry, 20, must not leave his home in Bensham, 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.


Big role in Durham

April 23, 2009

Sunderland University lecturer Simon Henig is the leader of the new Durham unitary authority, providing services previously offered by eight councils.

“It’s a new era for County Durham and I look forward to the challenges ahead,” he said.

The 40-year-old Labour councillor is following in a family tradition as his father Stanley was MP for Lancaster and his mother Ruth sits in the Lords. His late grandfather Sir Mark Henig was Lord Mayor of Leicester and the first chairman of the English Tourist Board.


Man in toy gun attack

By Marcus Dysch, April 22, 2009

A man has admitted shooting an Orthodox Jew with a pellet from a toy gun.

Kris Cherry told magistrates in Gateshead that he carried out the attack on March 14 because he “didn’t like Jews”.

The victim, who has not been named, was not injured despite being hit on the arm by the pellet. It is thought his overcoat saved him from greater harm.

Unemployed Cherry, 20, was in a car travelling through the centre of the Bensham community and said he had fired the gun “for a laugh”.


More than 200 pupils from North East Schools visit Auschwitz to learn of Holocaust atrocities

November 13, 2008

More than 200 pupils from North East Schools visited Auschwitz to learn about the atrocities committed during the Second World War. Leaders on the trip included Henry Ross, a past president of Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation; and Councillor Jackie Slesenger, chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day Group. The trip was organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust.


Republican John McCain "wins" in school mock election

November 13, 2008

Republican John McCain might have been advised to take some lessons from a Northern school pupil. With the countdown approaching to the elections in America, an equally intense election was taking place at Dame Allan's School, when Ian Joseph, standing as John McCain, won by a very narrow margin of one vote.


Solicitor Barry Speker invested with his OBE by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace

October 30, 2008

Barry Speker, senior partner at Newcastle law firm Samuel Phillips, was invested with his OBE by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace. Mr Speker was accompanied to the ceremony by his wife Faga, daughter Sarah Greenfield, and son Robert. Mr Speker, 61, an honorary solicitor to Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation, said: "It was an honour to be awarded the OBE for services to business and Newcastle. The Prince of Wales asked me where I find the time to do voluntary work."


United Hebrew Congregation invited to a Sefer Torah dedication in memory of Naomi Pearlman

October 24, 2008

Members of the United Hebrew Congregation were invited to a Sefer Torah dedication in memory of Naomi Pearlman, by her husband Chaim, son Sam, and his wife Gillian.

The Sefer Torah, originally from the Beth Hamedresh Synagogue, Sunderland, had been restored by Chaim and Sam Pearlman. Chaim and Naomi Pearlman moved to Newcastle after the closure of the Sunderland shul several years ago.


Jewish participants rasie money in the Bupa Great North Run

October 17, 2008

Jewish participants in the Bupa Great North Run included Sue Levinson, 54, who ran for her 15th time, in two hours 20 minutes, raising £500 for Cancer Research; Sally Gold, 29, ran in her fifth Great North Run in one hour, 37 minutes, raising money for the Foundation of Human Nature; Paul Collins, 39, from Woodford Green who ran his first Great North Run in one hour 47 minutes raising £2,300 for the Parkinson's Disease Fund.


Legal fight over Jesus

September 4, 2008

A sculpture of Jesus owned by prominent Jewish art collector Anita Zabludowicz was at the centre of a legal battle this week.

Representatives of the Baltic Gallery in Gateshead were in court charged with outraging public decency after the allegedly blasphemous Terence Koh piece was shown in its exhibition Gone. The work features Jesus in a state of sexual arousal.

A Christian who was offended by the sculpture launched a private prosecution against the gallery for outraging public decency and causing harassment, alarm and distress.


Maccabi table tennis team finish season unbeaten

August 1, 2008

Newcastle Maccabi table tennis team has finished its season as unbeaten winners in the northern teams division. Their 18 wins, with only two draws, is due to the finesse of their veteran Maccabi team of four: Harold Young, Gerry Cunningham, Melville Summerfield and Trevor Leonard. Newcastle Maccabi has fielded teams in the Northumberland League for over 70 years.