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Registered: 24 January 2010
Location: Manchester
I am the elected delegate to The Board of Deputies of British Jews for South Manchester Synagogue where I serve as Regional Vice Chair. My work for Manchester Jewish Housing Association involves me leading the team to complete the development of 22 houses on the former Mamlock House site in Crumpsall and working to establish the Manchester Jewish Housing Partnership, an initiative by Sir Howard Bernstein, to develop 12 acres of industrial land in Prestwich Manchester for the benefit of, in the main, the Jewish community. At work I am involved in property and internet marketing and I am a guest lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. I am married to Julie and have two daughters, Katy and Lucy and a grandson Daniel.




Has Anelka started a nasty new tide of anti Semitism

By mikesamuels, January 10, 2014

I remember playing in a charity golf day and following Sir Bobby Charlton around the Dunham Forest course. At a par three there were two ladies selling tickets on the tee and if you landed on the green you won a box of three golf balls.


The law of Unintended Consequences

By mikesamuels, November 8, 2011

The American sociologist, Robert K Merton interpreted the ‘law of Unintended Consequences’ into roughly three group types:

• A positive unexpected benefit
• A negative detriment occurring in addition to the desired effect of the policy
• A perverse effect contrary to what was originally intended


Its as daft as having a hog roast in Stamford Hill

By mikesamuels, October 16, 2011

My late father was a world class worrier and sat up night after night worrying about what to worry about. I used to sleep like a baby all night until a certain North Manchester based rabbi recently started to meddle in Israel advocacy because he believes that the current infrastructure does it wrong.


The Jewish Food Obsession

By mikesamuels, July 28, 2011

Yesterday at 1pm I attended a business meeting where there were three Jews and four non-Jews. I ate before attending, but the other two Jews were running a few minutes late and called to apologise and to ask if there was any lunch available. As there was not they duly arrived laden with sandwiches, crisps and drinks.


By 'eck there’s Egyptology in Bolton

By mikesamuels, July 22, 2011

You never can second guess a meeting with a Mayor and Mayoress and yesterdays encounter underlines that point when the Mayor of Bolton Cllr. Noel Spenser informed us that he had just returned from a trip to Taiwan to visit an exhibition of about 1300 items, less than half of Bolton’s vast collection, which the Borough had lent them for display.


Langdon College - a jewel in the crown

By mikesamuels, July 15, 2011

Langdon College was formed about 19 years ago to help young people with learning difficulties to be educated, gain self confidence and dignity and to become part of society. They have succeeded in their endeavour in spades.


Anti Semitism is not bio degradable

By mikesamuels, July 7, 2011

Anti Semitism is not bio degradable wrote Howard Jacobson in The Finkler Question meaning that however deep it is buried it will eventually rise back up.

There have been two attacks on our fundamental religious rights relating to Shechita, religious slaughter, and circumcision.


JnetManchester - Business networking events

By mikesamuels, June 26, 2011

Does business networking work is a question that I am frequently asked. The answer for me is a resounding yes and we Jews have amazing networking energy that we don’t even realise we have.


Mayoral Visit to Bury 23rd June 2011

By mikesamuels, June 23, 2011

Barbara Goldstone, Noemie Lopian, Lucille Cohen (President) and Sharon Bannister and myself met the Mayor of Bury, Cllr. Yvonne Cresswell and her consort/husband Alan today.

The conversation was open and extremely friendly and the Mayor wants more inter faith between children. She also offered the Council Chamber to the children and offered to take part in any debate.


Remembrance Day - support AJEX

By mikesamuels, June 7, 2011

Remembrance Sunday, every November, has never been high on my agenda for positive action, although my late father served in the Royal Engineers for six years, this all happened before I was born and AJEX, the Jewish ex-servicemen association seemed to be made up people distanced from me.


Bargain plants and techi sleuths

By mikesamuels, June 2, 2011

Don’t we all just love a bargain, it really is cathartic to obtain a real ‘metsia’ and yesterday I got a lovely palm plant from Tesco for £1.50 which now makes my total spend on plants £6.00 for the year so far.


There is more to Bury than black puddings

By mikesamuels, May 29, 2011

I attended this very interesting event with my fellow Honorary Officer, Sharon Bannister, and executive member Councillor Michelle Wiseman on the 18th May 2011. It was good to witness the event and sad to see Cllr. John Byrne retire after his very supportive year as Mayor of Bury.


A lesson for the boycotters of Israel

By mikesamuels, May 15, 2011

Last week the giant Co-op supermarket group members voted to boycott goods from Israel that may have been produced in the so called ‘occupied territories’. This boycott came as a surprise and it was only that a Co-op member from Leeds decided to attend the annual meeting that the boycott was flagged.


Israel advocacy an essential tool.

By mikesamuels, May 15, 2011

Israel advocacy has become a buzz word for support of Israel and as I write this there is a huge conference with an array of influential speakers taking place in London. Why didn’t I join them?? Well to get there in time for the start I would have to have caught the special coach and that left here at 5am. Enough said.


Yom Ha'azmaut 2011 at Bury Town Hall

By mikesamuels, May 10, 2011

As explained in my previous blog on the 24th April, Bury Council succumbed to pressure to raise the Israeli flag on this, Independence Day, and so about sixty or so people trailed over to Bury Town Hall where the Mayor, Councillor John Byrne and the Mayoress duly raised the flag and Hatikvah was sung to the trumpet accompaniment form Malcolm Solomons.