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MANCHESTER IS to host a series of interfaith initiatives, writes Judith Hayman. The Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester is to hold a “Women’s Show and Tell Event” at Urbis on January 28, where Muslim and Jewish women can share their cultural experiences. Email: Muslimjewish@googlemail. com for details. An open forum, Towards a Muslim Jewish Dialogue, will be presented by David Berkley and Mohammed Amin at Manchester Metropolitan University on January 29. The Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, in partnership with the Manchester Council for Christians and Jews and the Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish Relations, is to hold an interfaith educational programme, Celebrating Diversity in Greater Manchester. The programme begins at Cross Street Chapel on February 7. Details from firstname.lastname@example.org.
MANCHESTER MACCABI is putting something back into the community by joining forces with the Life for a Life charity, writes Judith Hayman. Life for a Life is a non-denominational charity that offers people the chance to commemorate loved ones by planting trees in their names. Maccabi’s Brooklands playing fields are the first inner-city Manchester site to be used by the charity. Maccabi administrator Jan Vallance told the JC that Life for a Life plan to plant up to 2,500 trees on the Maccabi Brooklands site.
THE VICE-PRESIDENT of Manchester Council of Christians and Jews has said that Israel’s loss of support, not only from some churches but also from many in government as well as at grassroots level, stems from a lack of appreciation of history, writes Judith Hayman. Henry Guterman, who is also co-chairman of the Manchester Muslim-Jewish Forum, addressed a packed CCJ event at the Castlefield Hotel, Manchester, this week. In his presentation, The Other Side of Israel, Mr Guterman gave a perspective of the Middle East explaining how many of the misunderstandings which had led to Israel being demonised had arisen. The chairman of CCJ Rev Steve Williams hosted the event, which attracted 50 people.
WHEN SIMON Wreschner opened Milky Dreams kosher café, at the bottom of Kings Road, Prestwich, he was just following in the family business — his grandparents had a restaurant in Brazil, writes Estelle Beninson. Israeli-born Mr Wreschner, 23, who opened the café three weeks ago, said: “I’ve always loved cooking and wanted to do this for a long time.” The 26- seater restaurant, which is under the supervision of the Manchester Machzikei Hadass, serves a variety of milk and fish dishes.
KING DAVID Junior School has raised £300 from recycling old mobile phones, writes Estelle Beninson. Class teacher and head of recycling, Liz Howarth, said: “We collected 300 phones and gave them to the Phones for Schools organisation in Macclesfield. From there they will be recycled and sent to the Third World. The money raised has been put in the school bank account and the pupils (some of whom are pictured below) will decide what they want us to spend it on.”
A GROUP of senior entertainers who have performed at Leeds Jewish Welfare Board’s community centre for 13 years has relaunched the troupe this week with a new name and image, writes John Fisher. The former Queenshill Concert Party presented its first concert to more than 80 people this week at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Centre under the name Evergreen. “We needed to acquire a new name to bring us into the 21st century and Evergreen fits the bill,” said director Gerald Lestner. LJWB’s chief executive, Rebecca Weinberg, told the JC that the support for the event was a testament to the commitment of the performers, whose ages range from early 70s to late 80s.
A NEW Florence Melton Graduate programme starts next Tuesday at the Makor offices in the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Centre, writes John Fisher. Highlighting Israeli literature as a window on Israeli society, the course runs for 10 weeks with Ian Vellins, a former Melton graduate, as the course tutor. The classes are run in tandem with Limmud and supported by the UJIA.
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