A NEW men's shiur group where all participants have an unusual feature in common has been formed in Manchester.
And the Scousers in Exile Shiur and Shmooze met for the first time this week.
It has been set up by Rabbi Mordechai Leib Cofnas, the emeritus senior rabbi of Liverpool.
Having served the city's Jewish community for more than 30 years, he moved to Broughton Park two-and-a-half years ago.
Conscious of the fact that many ex-members of the Liverpool Jewish community have settled in both north and south Manchester over the years - including young couples who were taught by him - he felt the need to continue and further this close association.
Rabbi Cofnas said: "There is a certain magnetism which all Liverpudlians experience. It is the common factor among all members of this group which, it is felt, is not replicated in any other community in the same way.
"Besides the many rabbonim and ministers produced by Liverpool over the years, many lay people who now live in Manchester are often found at the helm of shuls and other organisations."
The next Shiur and Shmooze will take place after Pesach. And efforts are being made to draw up a list of Liverpudlians in south Manchester in order to form a similar group.
It is intended to include ladies at special events to be arranged from time to time.
Any men who have Liverpool Jewish community connections and live in Manchester should phone Ben Kay on 0161-740 0538 or email email@example.com