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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 t.kessler@jcr.cam.ac.uk.

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.

Manch­ester

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.”

Leeds

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.

How to con­tact us

Lon­don: 020 7415 1639; edi­to­rial@thejc.com; Re­gional: tel: 020 7415 1645; Manch­ester: tel: 0161 773 5035; jc­news­man@aol.com; tel: 07771 802 682; ju­dith­hay­man@the­jc­manch­ester.com; Leeds tel: 0113 269 1867; or 01423 536 959

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