Salford cuts bite deep into respite support

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 13, 2014

More than £10 million of cuts by Salford Council to adult and childcare budgets will significantly impact on local Jewish charities and families.

Greater Manchester’s largest Jewish welfare charity, The Fed, says the latest tranche of cuts will mean the loss of Salford funding for its short-term respite service to families caring for a disabled relative.


League needs more men to be one of 'our lads'

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 6, 2014

A League of Jewish Women “lad” has dedicated his volunteering to helping impoverished ex-servicemen and women.
Harold Weisberg, 79, has helped hundreds of ex-soldiers and their widows in Salford, where he is treasurer of the local branch of the national armed forces charity SSAFA.


Smile's better at Fed club

January 6, 2014

An after-school club is being launched by The Fed for children with additional needs at The Hershel Weiss Children’s Centre, Salford.

The free club, which will be held on Wednesdays, will be staffed by family support workers from The Fed’s Project Smile team and is aimed at five to 12-year-old Jewish children who have a diagnosed disability.


How to take the Lead

January 6, 2014

Broadcaster Martyn Lewis was big news at the second annual Jewish community trustee event organised by Lead, the JLC’s leadership development division.

Mr Lewis gave the keynote address at the event, run in partnership with the Jewish Volunteering Network and hosted by City law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner. The 85 attendees represented 35 communal organisations.


Honours for producer Codron, author Horowitz and FA’s Bernstein

By Sandy Rashty, January 2, 2014

An American rabbi, a theatre producer, a writer and the former Football Association chairman have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List.


Third site to change lives Langdon style

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2013

Langdon opened its third supported living community in Borehamwood.

The charity, which helps vulnerable youth and adults with learning disabilities, already provides supported housing schemes in Edgware and Manchester.

Langdon chief executive Alison Rosen said the £1 million unit is “a major milestone and a proud moment for the charity.


WJR strips for poverty

December 30, 2013

World Jewish Relief volunteers have looked to their own wardrobes to launch the charity’s Operation Winter Survival 2013.

To raise awareness of harsh winter conditions in the Former Soviet Union, the WJR team have stripped their wardrobes and bagged up clothing.


Emunah harvests fruits of pumpkin project

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2013

A 13-year-old girl grew and then sold pumpkins as part of her batmitzvah project to raise money for orphans in Israel.

Hannah Keisner, whose family belong to West London Synagogue, decided to raise money for children’s charity, Emunah, after a trip to Israel with her mother.


Kisharon pilots 'visual' online news

December 23, 2013

Kisharon has produced a pilot edition of its K-News in an Easy Read format which can be understood by people with learning difficulties. This will be the first time the charity’s supporters have seen the online, monthly magazine in a simplified, more visual format which has less text and larger print.


Hammerson House celebrates its centenarians

By Charlotte Oliver, December 23, 2013

Hammerson House held a “Celebrating 100 years” party in honour of its centenarian residents — who rack up more than a millennium between them.

The Hamspstead care home, which merged with Nightingale House in 2012, counts 11 people aged over 100 among its 73 residents. The oldest resident, Edith Kaufman, celebrated her 110th birthday last week.