Help us create our new project Thank you for being a part of our last project “Connecting Small Histories” I am pleased to let you know that our final report has been approved and the project is complete. We also received some particularly complementary comments from our funder National Lottery Heritage Fund. The JSCN HERITAGE HUB is the active […]

Honouring the Life and Legacy of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

The Genesis Prize Foundation honoured the late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks with the Genesis Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes Lord Sacks for his extraordinary role in inspiring the next generation of Jews, and his illustrious life-long work as a teacher of Jewish values and an advocate of inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue. The President of […]

Krakow & Oskar Schindler

22 Elul – Krakow & Oskar Schindler – 1939 On this day in 1939, the Nazis took control of the town of Krakow in Poland.  The city surrendered immediately avoiding the destruction that befell other Polish cities like Warsaw, Bialystok, and Levov. Krakow had been a strong Jewish community since the 13th century and was […]

Television review: Valley of Tears

The Jewish Chronicle : Television review: Valley of Tears Josh Howie    November 21, 2021  This drama about the Yom Kippur war is like a Woody Allen film transposed to the Golan Heights. The 10 part series is showing on More4 (Photo: HBO) With cinema and television placing ever more import on representation, you’d think […]

Rabbi Danny on the Radio

BBC Radio Manchester Click on the link below, then Rabbi Danny is on at 2hrs 38mins ! First is  ‘Thought For The Day’ followed by an Amy Winehouse track then Rabbi Danny comments on three news stories The link stays forever so you can still listen. He is on again on 21st January at 8.30am […]

When Kate met Arek and Ike

Duchess of Cambridge meets Shoah survivors who found ‘paradise’ in Lake District Kate took a boat trip on Lake Windermere with Arek Hersh and Ike Alterman, both 93, who more than 75 years ago were part of a 300-strong group known as The Windermere Children   The Duchess of Cambridge spent time in the Lake […]

The Soirees Begin Again

After a long 2 year pause due to Covid, the monthly soirees hosted by Rabbi Danny and Rebetzen Anna at their home, finally began again last night – 15th November 2021. The discussion centred around upcoming Chanukah, and as always, became quite lively.  It was accompanied by a table that groaned with food (including a […]

A Man Walked into a Shul …

Absolutely phenomenal!! An Israeli Mizrachi man walked into the Great Synagogue in Italy (Florence) and started singing Oseh Shalom…just wow! When the Nazis occupied Florence, this very synagogue was the headquarters for Nazi artillery storage. When the Nazis were retreating, the entire building was wired to be blown up. The Nazis dragged their wires several […]

“I was born a Jew…and I will die a Jew”

𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐒𝐮𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐯𝐨𝐫, 𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐲, 𝐠𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐉𝐞𝐰𝐢𝐬𝐡 𝐡𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲   “I was born a Jew…and I will die a Jew”   Listen here – or anywhere you get your podcasts by searching for Humans of The Fed   To coincide with the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht – the Night of Broken Glass – we bring you a very special podcast.   Itzik Alterman – Ike, […]

Thank You, Southport !

On Sunday 7th November, Southport Synagogue invited St. Anne’s Synagogue to an absolutely splendid HiTea with Entertainment. I can honestly say, St. Anne’s had a whale of a time and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank You Southport !                

JSCN Really Great Events Coming Up

Scroll down to see flyers. 10 November 7pm CAREN GARFEN artist in conversation about her work “FRAGMENTS” and other pieces, exploring race and discrimination of Jewish people. 16th November 10.30am VIVIEN CHURNEY author talks about her book “The Scars We Share” 29th November 6.30pm MUSCIAL CHANUKAH CANDLE LIGHTING 30th November 7.30pm COOK ALONG CHANUKAH with […]

Spain is Looking For You

Spain wants to find descendants of 5,200 Jews saved by the ‘Spanish Schindler’ Ángel Sanz Briz saved 5,200 Jewish Hungarians by issuing fake passports and buying 11 apartment buildings as safe havens, but the anti-Israel Franco regime stifled his legacy   Using an expired Spanish law that extended citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled […]

Mother to Son – Nothing New Here 🙂

What Can You Find in the World’s Oldest Yiddish Letter? Exactly What You Would Expect Looking for proof that nothing ever changes? In this ancient letter a mother complains to her son that he doesn’t write to her often enough… Sound familiar? The letter in the photograph is stored in the Cambridge University Library, TSMISC36. […]

IBA Campaign against BBC Bias

  Watch a message from IBA Director Michael McCann here.   A letter will be sent to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and copied to your constituency MP on Monday 1 November. You can read the letter here.     Lara Gordon Campaign Director 114 Reaver House 12 East Street Epsom KT17 […]

Ready For Your Close-up ?

Jewish Small Communities Network WANT TO BE IN BBC1 DOC? They are looking into how people from faith backgrounds draw on their faith and community in life events and need charismatic Jewish people! For more info see below and if you are interested email  

Sad News of Manchester Kosher Caterer

The JC: Victoria Prever, October 12, 2021 16:20 Kosher caterer Celia Clyne forced to shutter business after more than 25 years The caterer who has served communities and celebrities for more than a quarter of a century has called in liquidators Celia Clyne with husband Barry and son Mark via Celia Clyne banqueting Kosher caterer […]


RIDLEY ROAD, THE 62 GROUP AND CST CST Blog   30 September 2021  This Sunday a new BBC drama series, Ridley Road, brings to life the story of the 62 Group: a Jewish street-fighting movement in the 1960s that was a forerunner of CST and remains a proud part of the Jewish community’s history of fighting antisemitism. […]

Our Hall Art

Many of the pictures hanging on the wall of the Daniel Rose Hall have been kindly donated by members Click on the picture to enlarge. These 4 beaded plaques were created by his daughter and donated by Raymond Gordon               This tapestry was donated by Anne and Ian Glass […]

“But of one thing you can be certain”

Back in the mid nineties a Jewish advertising executive in New York came up with an idea. What if the New York Times – then considered the world’s most prestigious newspaper – listed the weekly Shabbat candle lighting time each week. Sure, someone would have to pay for the space, but imagine the Jewish awareness […]

Prince Charles ‘humbled’

Prince Charles ‘humbled’ to help launch survivor Lily Ebert’s memoir Heir to the throne pays tribute to Lily’s great-grandson for his “engaging and effective use of social media” in sharing her story. Prince of Wales speaking at the World Holocaust Forum at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem (Photo credit: Oded Karni/Government […]

The Best Revenge

The Best Revenge: Holocaust Survivor Celebrates Birthday at Kotel Shoshana Ovitz OBM was born in 1915 and she miraculously survived Auschwitz. After the war, she met her husband Dov, who lost his wife & children in the concentration camps. Together, they moved to Haifa, Israel where she worked as a tailor and helped her husband […]

On Yer Bike !

Beneath the sharp suit and tie, beneath the flowing rabbinical robes, beneath the serious professional demeanour, beneath the beating hearts of our President, Executive Officer and Rabbi, lurks an addictive and driven desire to don lycra and helmets :   CYCLE RIDE TO SOUTHPORT “Following a chance discussion at the recent St Annes Shul BBQ, […]

“The Angel of Auschwitz”

“The Angel of Auschwitz” At age 16, Gisella Perl had graduated first in her secondary-school class, the only woman and the only Jew. She asked her father to send her to medical school, but he refused at first, fearing that she might forget her faith. But Perl was determined, assuring her father she would remain […]

Not Just Any Old Hut

Lytham St Annes Beach Huts are like gold dust this summer – here’s what you get Essentially it’s a hut at the side of the beach, but it’s not any old hut St Annes Beach Huts at Lytham St Annes (Image: St Annes Beach Huts and Apartments) If you’ve been to Lytham St Anne’s over the […]

Tell us What You Think

A major Jewish communal survey is taking place right now, designed to gather data about the impact of COVID-19. Conducted by our friends at the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR), the survey is exploring the thoughts and experiences of Jews living in the UK who are aged 16 and over. If that applies to […]

The Greatest Jewish Sex Symbol

Bettmann/Contributor/Getty Images   Men wanted to sleep with her and women wanted to be her, but all Marilyn Monroe desired was a sense of belonging. Distilled to the public as a “blonde bombshell,” Monroe’s legacy continues to be defined by the demons (childhood trauma, drug addiction) that led to her demise. Born Norma Jeane Mortenson, […]

The Woman with the Handbag

  In Sweden, there is a fascinating statue of a woman named Danuta Danielsson who became a hero in 1985 when she used her purse to clobber a white Nazi supremacist while he marched in a right-wing rally. What makes her statue unique among hero statues is that it captures her performing the heroic act […]