Merseyside Amalgamated Talmud Torah Etz Chaim cheder held its annual prizegiving on Sunday, with guest of honour Michele Ellenbogen handing out the prizes.
Chairman and treasurer Melissa Bragg announced that 18 students, aged between four and 13, attended the cheder every week.
“Unfortunately UJIA is no longer able to fund us,” Mrs Bragg continued, “as UJIA now only funds Israel causes and not local ones.”
Mrs Bragg expressed gratitude to friends and supporters of the cheder, but also made an appeal for more funding from parents and any public funds they could apply for.
Principal Rabbi Avremi Kievman welcomed Mrs Ellenbogen, who gave a book and a toy to all the children.
Michele praised her late husband, Michael, who passed away at the beginning of the year.
“Hashem wanted Michael and I think Michael is with Hashem floating on a cloud,” she said. “But Michael did something good every single day of his life.”
Michele encouraged the children to do good things and be nice every day.
Special prizes included the Huglin prizes for excellence in attendance, which went to Abe and Ezra Wright, and a new award, the Michael Ellenbogen Middot Award, which went to Katie Bragg.
Cheder will re-start in September. Children aged four and over are welcome to join cheder.
*Details: Rabbi Avremi Kievman on 0151-729-0443.