Charedim, mums and ac­tion men join the Jews run­ning for of­fice

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANA GLOGER AND NEIL WOLF­SON

BURY JEWISH CAN­DI­DATES: SEVEN

SAM CO­HEN First

elected in 1983, the Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor for Unsworth is hop­ing to be re-elected this year. A mem­ber of Bury He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion, the for­mer hand­bag dis­trib­u­tor is cur­rently chair of the coun­cil’s plan­ning con­trol com­mit­tee.

JONATHAN GROSSKOPF

Born and bred in Sed­g­ley, the Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor is hop­ing to hold on to his seat in the ward. “My nick­name is ‘Ac­tion Man’ be­cause I’m a man of the peo­ple, and I help peo­ple with their causes against the coun­cil,” Mr Grosskopf said.

FRANK ADAM

Also con­test­ing the Sed­g­ley ward is vet­eran Labour can­di­date Mr Adam, who served as a coun­cil­lor from 1998-2002.

JACKIE HAR­RIS

Grand­mother Ms Har­ris, a Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor for Rad­cliffe North, moved to Bury from Liver­pool 35 years ago. She ex­plained: “I first be­came in­ter­ested in pol­i­tics as a child, when my fa­ther ran a con­struc­tion busi­ness in North­ern Ire­land.”

RAY­MOND SOLOMON A

Tory in the St Mary’s ward, he be­longs to the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the Zion­ist Cen­tral Com­mit­tee in Manch­ester, where his wife Karen is ad­min­is­tra­tor. Mr Solomon, 51, has six chil­dren, the old­est of whom is mak­ing aliyah in two weeks; the youngest two at­tend King David School in Manch­ester.

“I’ve been in­volved in pol­i­tics my whole life, but when I re­tire we’re go­ing to settle in Is­rael. With a bit of luck, I’ll run for of­fice in Is­rael,” he said.

MICHELLE WISE­MAN The

Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date for Pilkington Park, she has been a coun­cil­lor for the ward since 2003. The mar­ried mother-of-three is chief ex­ec­u­tive of Manch­ester Jewish Com­mu­nity Care.

Ms Wise­man, 46, is cur­rently the coun­cil’s ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for safe and se­cure com­mu­ni­ties and is cam­paign­ing for a larger po­lice pres­ence on Bury’s streets. She is also the Par­lia­men­tary can­di­date for Bury South.

JULIE BAUM The

LibDem can­di­date is stand­ing in the Besses O’ the Barn ward.

SAL­FORD CITY COUN­CIL JEWISH CAN­DI­DATES: FIVE

DAVID LEWIS

The Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date for Ir­well River­side ward was pre­vi­ously a coun­cil­lor be­tween 2004 and 2006. “I was Sal­ford’s only Jewish coun­cil­lor at the time,” he said. “Sal­ford has a long tra­di­tion of Jewish coun­cil­lors, which has di­min­ished in re­cent years.”

Mr Lewis, who is a mem­ber of Manch­ester Re­form Syn­a­gogue, owns the Maple­ford nurs­ing home.

SH­NEUR ODZE In

2007, Lubav­itcher Mr Odze, orig­i­nally from Stam­ford Hill, North Lon­don, lost a coun­cil seat by just 34 votes. This year, the Con­ser­va­tive is hop­ing to win the Ker­sal ward.

Mr Odze, who was pre­vi­ously a Hack­ney coun­cil­lor in Lon­don, and whose fa­ther, Har­vey Odze, is still a coun­cil­lor there, said: “I have the over­whelm­ing sup­port of rab­bis, but I’d rep­re­sent ev­ery­one. Ker­sal is about 42 per cent Jewish, though the cen­sus says 38 per cent, but ac­tu­ally the ma­jor­ity are not strictly Ortho­dox.”

HAROLD KERSHNER Also

stand­ing in the Ker­sal ward is 72year-old LibDem Mr Kershner. The for­mer pres­i­dent of Manch­ester Great and New Syn­a­gogue, a char­tered ac­coun­tant, he vol­un­teers for Sal­ford NHS and for the Lowry Cen­tre. He is also the di­rec­tor of lo­cal hous­ing board New Prospect, trea­surer of Hil­lel House and a trustee of the Jewish Cul­tural Cen­tre.

DR DAVID WOLF­SON Tory

Dr Wolf­son is stand­ing in the Broughton ward.

LEEDS CITY COUN­CIL JEWISH CAN­DI­DATES: TWO

RON­ALD FELD­MAN Stand­ing

in the Al­wood­ley ward, Mr Feld­man was first elected a coun­cil­lor in 1971. A gov­er­nor of Aller­ton High School and Brodet­sky Pri­mary, he was also Lord Mayor in 1991-2. The Con­ser­va­tive can­di­date be­longs to both Eretz Chaim syn­a­gogue and the He­brew United Syn­a­gogue.

MARK HAR­RIS The

LibDem can­di­date for the Moor­town ward is also a trustee of Leeds’s Si­nai Syn­a­gogue.

LIVER­POOL JEWISH CAN­DI­DATES: THREE

RAPHAEL LEVY

A re­search fel­low at the Univer­sity of Liver­pool, Mr Levy is stand­ing for the Green Party in the War­breck Ward. It is the first time the 31-year-old, orig­i­nally from France, will be stand­ing as a coun­cil­lor. “Green and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues need to be taken more se­ri­ously in Liver­pool,” he said.

ED­WIN CLEIN

The Lib can­di­date is stand­ing for the Child­wall ward.

BEATRICE FRAENKEL

Ms Fraenkel, who was a LibDem coun­cil­lor for 22 years, has crossed the floor in the coun­cil and is stand­ing as a Labour can­di­date for the Kirk­dale ward.

The BNP is also field­ing can­di­dates in many of the same wards as Jewish can­di­dates. Na­tion­ally, they have 650 peo­ple seek­ing elec­tion. In Leeds, BNP can­di­dates are stand­ing in all 33 wards; in Bury, they are con­test­ing seven out of 17 wards; in Liver­pool, 11 out of 30 wards; and in Sal­ford, six of 20 wards. Manch­ester will see three BNP can­di­dates stand­ing across its 32 wards, while in Traf­ford’s 21 wards, only one is stand­ing, and in Stock­port six are stand­ing across 21 wards. In Birm­ing­ham, BNP can­di­dates are stand­ing in all 40 wards and four Na­tional Front can­di­dates are seek­ing elec­tion.

Michelle Wise­man (Con­ser­va­tive)

Raphael Levy (Green)

Beatrice Fraenkel (Labour)

Ray­mond Solomon (Con­ser­va­tive)

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