Mental health

Welfare board faces up to cuts

By Jessica Elgot, August 20, 2010

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board is urging the community to "dig deep" for its Rosh Hashanah appeal, fearing that budgets could be slashed by Leeds City Council.

LJWB chief executive Rebecca Weinberg is concerned about meeting an increasing caseload in the wake of recession-related job losses, debts and family breakdowns.

"We are looking at a much greater demand for some of our services, particularly mental health and family services," she said. "We see a lot of people driven into deep depression by debt and we are somewhat limited because we are not debt counsellors."

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Son fights to move mother from Christian cemetery

By Marcus Dysch, July 29, 2010

A bereaved son has described his frustration after an unsuccessful three-year battle to have his mother's body moved from a Christian cemetery to a Jewish resting place.

Eugene Linder's late mother, Biba Skodnik, is buried in Finland. He has pleaded with the country's Prime Minister and President to allow him to reinter her in Switzerland, where his family now lives.

But despite the assistance of London-based Rabbi Aba Dunner of the Conference of European Rabbis, Mr Linder has failed to receive permission from the Finnish authorities to move her.

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Manchester Fed completes Heathlands move

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2010

The considerable logistical task of moving the Federation of Jewish Services, Manchester's largest charity, to its new premises in the Heathlands Care Village will be completed by Monday.

FJS adult, children and families, social work and referrals teams will move to the ground floor of the Heathlands main building. This completes the process, after the finance, HR and IT departments moved to join Chai Cancer Care on the first floor.

Chief executive Karen Phillips says the move heralds the beginning of a flagship Jewish care organisation for Manchester.

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Jami's modern approach to mental health

By Jessica Elgot, July 8, 2010

Laurie Rackind's caseload as chief executive of the Jewish Association for the Mentally Ill would decrease dramatically "if the community treated everyone with a mental health issue like anyone else.

"Part of why we exist is because that ain't happening," he said, reporting a client list exceeding 250 with problems including, anorexia, OCD, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

And although Jami's work eases the burden on an overstretched NHS, only £45,000 of its £600,000 budget comes from statutory sources. It relies on almost 100 volunteers to support the professional team.

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