Broughton Jewish assistant head retires

RETIRING Broughton Jewish teachers Lea Rothbard, Ruth Possenheimer, Rachelle Miller, Shelley Levey and Liz Knopf

TEACHER Liz Knopf today bade farewell to Broughton Jewish Cassel Fox Primary School as she retired.

Mrs Knopf, who was also the school’s assistant headteacher, spent 15 years there after joining from North Cheshire Primary School.

The 61-year-old said: “I have mixed feelings about leaving.

“I am going to spend more time with my family, but I will very much miss the children and my colleagues.

“The school has grown tremendously during my time there, but it remains a happy, nice school where the children’s interests are paramount and at the same time striving to increase their performance in kodesh and secular education.”

Mrs Knopf, who is married to Elliot, lives in Prestwich.

Her daughter Marcelle Wosner lives in Hong Kong and son Anthony is a rabbi in Cape Town, South Africa.

The couple also have seven grandchildren.

The head of Year Six, Mrs Knopf ran the Chesed Club which raises money for charity.

This year they have raised £1,500 for the Israeli charity Zichron Menachem.

“We try to inspire the children to think about those not as fortunate as themselves,” she added. Mrs Knopf began her career in 1976 at King David Junior School, where she stayed for four years.

After raising her children, she returned to teaching at North Cheshire, first as a supply teacher, and then as a permanent member of staff for a total of 18 years. Also leaving today are fellow teachers Lea Rothbard, Ruth Possenheimer, Rachelle Miller and Shelley Levey. Secular teacher Mrs Miller started at the school 40 years ago, while Mrs Possenheimer has taught for 28 years in the kodesh department.

Mrs Rothbard spent 34 years teaching kodesh, while Mrs Levey worked in the school’s nursery for 36 years.

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