Newcastle and Gateshead

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.

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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.”

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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