Newcastle and Gateshead

Civic Shabbat for Lord Mayor

May 29, 2008

A civic Shabbat for the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, Councillor Peter and Barbara Arnold, was held at the United Hebrew Congregation. Other dignitaries to attend included the Chief Constable of Northumbria Police, Mike Craik, Councillor John Shipley, leader of the City Council. Synagogue president Victor Gallant presented Councillor Arnold with a book, The Jewish World: 365 Days.


Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation's oldest member passes away

May 22, 2008

Minnie Mickler, who celebrated her 100th birthday in March, died last week, after a short stay in hospital. She was the oldest member of Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation and had lived at home. In paying tribute to his mother, Tony Mickler said: “She had a wonderful long life and lived independently almost to the end.” Rabbi Dovid Lewis said: “Mrs Mickler had so many memories, it was fascinating to discuss these with her.”


Gateshead gets its man after five-year search

By Faga Speker, May 8, 2008

A five-year search to fill the Gateshead Kehillah pulpit has ended with the arrival of Rabbi Shraga Zimmerman, whose induction ceremony was held on Monday.

Rabbi Zimmerman, 44 — who succeeds the late Rabbi Bezalel Rakow — came from Monsey, New York, where he founded a congregation.

His induction was held at the Bewick Centre, Gateshead, before an audience of 500.

Among the guest speakers were Rabbi Matisyahu Salomon, returning to Gateshead from the States, and Rabbi Nachum Schneebalg from Manchester.


Survivor attends Newcastle's Holocaust commemoration

May 8, 2008

More than 100 people attended a Yom Hashoah service at Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation. Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott told the audience that he was proud to be in Newcastle during the display of the exhibition about Janusz Korczak, as he had been instrumental, with the Jewish Museum, in putting together the exhibition. Newcastle Reform Synagogue also held a Yom Hashoah service, led by its president Bennie Ross.


Ajex's North-East to take part in Israel's 60th anniversary events

May 8, 2008

Members of the Newcastle and North-East Branch of Ajex are to take part in Israel’s 60th anniversary events. The branch standard is to be paraded in  Israel and two plaques will be presented: one to the Parachute Brigade, of which Newcastle and North East Branch member David Bell is being made an honorary member, and the other to Kibbutz Ein Gedi.


Exhibition for Polish hero

May 1, 2008

Newcastle United Hebrew congregation is hosting an exhibition about the life of Janusz Korczak, a Polish doctor who perished in Treblinka. Mr Korczak had been working at a Jewish orphanage in Warsaw when the Nazis invaded Poland. Korczak and his orphanage were moved to the Warsaw Ghetto. Instead of protecting himself, he travelled with the 200 children when they were deported to Treblinka, where they were all killed. The exhibition is being staged at Newcastle UHC until May 11.


New kosher fishmonger in Coatsworth Road

April 17, 2008

A kosher fishmonger has added to the shopping facilities for the Charedi community in Coatsworth Road. The shop, under the supervision of Gateshead Kashrus Authority, is run by Moshe Leitner, 28, an ex-Sunderland Yeshivah student. He “saw a gap in the market, studied at North Tyneside College and persuaded my tutor, Darren Adamson, to help me set up shop and to come to work for me”.