More sto­ries from the North

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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

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