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A LEGACY of £50,000 has been left for repairs to the dilapidated Agecroft cemetery, writes Estelle Beninson. Brian White, spokesman for the Manchester Federation of Burial Boards, said: “The roof of the ohel is porous and the recent winds have taken out a few windows. This legacy will enable us to build a weatherproof pitch roof and to refurbish the inside, and generally to bring it up to the high standard we now have at Rainsough.” Mr White said the rest of the cemetery was now in a good condition but a dedication of £5,000 for the front gates was needed. THE HALE And District Hebrew Congregation held a service of celebration for its 30th anniversary and to mark the event commenced writing a new Sefer Torah, writes Estelle Beninson. Dayan Chanoch Ehrentreu of the London Beth Din, who was involved with the kehilla at its inception, was guest of honour. The service was conducted by Chazan Avromi Freilich assisted by the Ne’imah Singers. Dayan Ehrentreu, the congregation’s Rabbi Joel Portnoy and its president, Stephen Cohen, addressed the 300 guests. A SALFORD school is appealing for help from the community to start a £1.7 million building project, writes Estelle Beninson. The Orthodox Bnos Yisroel Schools in Tetlow Lane want to build a new three-storey building, comprising a nursery and crèche, six classrooms, gymnasium and dining hall for the girls’ infant, junior and senior schools. The school is hoping to obtain a Sure Start grant for the nursery, but
is looking for benefactors for the remainder of the funding.
MORE THAN 150 people attended a commemorative service and the dedication of a Sefer Torah in memory of Rabbi Sholom Krafchik at Leeds Lubavitch centre on Sunday, writes John Fisher. Rabbi Krafchik, who died last February, served the Leeds community for more than 12 years as mohel, shochet and teacher. A spokesperson for the Lubavitch centre said: “His kind, gentle disposition endeared Rabb i Kr a f c h i k t o e v e r y o n e . ” Reverend Uziyahu Brown, from Manchester, commissioned to write the Sefer Torah, was the first to commence the writing (pictured below).
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More than 100 people attended Heaton Park Hebrew Congregation melaveh malka this week to hear guest speaker Howard Jacobson talk about his books. Mr Jacobson is pictured with his wife Jenny and the congregation’s minister, Reverend Leslie Olsberg, who also addressed the guests