Tribe goes north with Prestwich programme

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 11, 2011

Tribe, the United Synagogue's youth arm, is to help operate youth activities in Manchester synagogues for the first time.

Youth groups, an after-school club and cheder are to be run by three youth workers under Tribe's aegis at Prestwich Hebrew Congregation. The partnership will provide weekly activities for eight-to-12-year-olds and two age groups of teenagers, using education programmes developed by the London-based organisation.

Whitefield Hebrew Congregation is in discussions for Tribe to develop a course which prepares boys and girls for bar- and batmitzvah.

Prestwich's Rabbi Dovid Eisenberg said three locally-based students would be recruited and funded by his community to provide "a gamut of social and education programmes and a youth club.

"It's about providing the youth with programmes that are young, which sounds stupid. But many synagogue programmes are a little outdated. Our youth today demand more from Jewish education in order to be engaged."

Tribe programmes manager Avi Friedmann said the move did not constitute a push into the north-west. However, Tribe was "always looking for opportunities to work with centrist Orthodox synagogues".

Last updated: 4:20pm, August 11 2011