Wineman: Manchester community needs more say

June 10, 2010

The Manchester community deserves a greater voice on national Jewish issues, Board of Deputies' president Vivian Wineman has admitted.

At the first monthly Manchester Jewish Representative Council meeting under the leadership of Lucille Cohen, Mr Wineman said there were not enough Manchester delegates on the Board. The influence of the UK's second largest Jewish community "is not being felt in London as it should be".

Also at the meeting, Mrs Cohen urged Manchester University to introduce a "zero tolerance policy" against violent protest and to identify the students who attacked the car carrying deputy Israeli ambassador Talya Lador-Fresher on a visit to the campus in April.

Professor Harry Lesser reported that his Jewish lecturing colleagues at the university would be writing to the vice-chancellor's office to express concerns at how the issue had been handled.

Herzl Hamburger called on the council to appoint an executive member to look into the gap in youth provision in north Manchester following the closure of The Project last year. A promising launch for The Hub, a Jewish club in south Manchester, was noted in the youth report.

Jewish Chronicle editor Stephen Pollard answered questions from delegates about the new northern edition, JC North.

Last updated: 1:39pm, June 10 2010