Footballers forced to train in equality

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

A Sunday League junior football team who had a player shouting antisemitic abuse during a match against a Jewish side has been told all of its officials, players and their parents must attend an equality workshop.

The punishment for under-16s side Curzon Ashton's disorderly conduct aggravated by discrimination is unprecedented for a Manchester County Football Association side.

The player sho


It's a rap for schools

January 22, 2015

A Salford grandmother is the unlikely catalyst behind a national rap competition for Jewish schools. is the brainchild of Manchester King David Primary teacher Bracha Dadash, 49. The donor-funded project will give schools and cheders the resources to compose, record and shoot a video.


School must do better

By Simon Rocker, January 22, 2015

A strictly Orthodox boys' secondary school in Manchester has been told it must make improvements to meet independent school standards.

Arrangements for the welfare, health and safety of the 62 boys at the Mechinoh School were not good enough, Ofsted said.


Salford cuts threaten charities' services

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

Manchester communal charities fear the impact on services of the swingeing budget cuts proposed by Salford City Council, saying they are "being hit from all angles".

Salford - which has had its government funding reduced by £118 million since 2011 - has announced plans to slash £56 million from its budget over the next two years, includiing a £32.5 million reduction for 2015.

The major Ma


UJIA's northern lights shine with £900k meals

January 22, 2015

Two regional dinners addressed by Israel's former US envoy, Michael Oren, have raised almost £900,000 for UJIA projects.

Around £680,000 was generated from the dinner at Manchester Hilton, where local UJIA chair Nici Wertheim told the 350 guests of her aim to "boost UJIA's reach by catering to different sections of the community with new events and activities".

Making the appeal, UJIA chai


Young givers get behind capital gain of charity

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2015

A Manchester-based charity which encourages children to give to others on special occasions has spread its message of goodwill to the capital.

The Big Barmitzvah Appeal, an offshoot of the Big Birthday Appeal, is funding a sensory garden for blind children at the new Bayis Sheli residential and respite home in Stamford Hill.


Sborovsky is set to light up Menorah

January 15, 2015

Manchester's Menorah (Cheshire Reform) congregation has appointed a well travelled rabbi as its new minister.

Rabbi Fabian Sborovsky, who takes up the post next month, was born in Paraguay, moved to Israel, has lived in Sweden and has been serving Rome's Beth Hillel Synagogue on a part-time basis.


Camp Simcha scores gala goal

December 11, 2014

The National Football Museum kicked off Camp Simcha's first Manchester gala dinner on Monday.

The city centre venue was packed to capacity to raise funds to enable the charity to continue its work supporting Jewish families in Manchester who are coping with children who have serious illnesses.

The charity's supporters heard from Camp Simcha families about the work it does supporting sick chi


Diners and winners at Torah study

December 4, 2014

A dinner marking the 25th anniversary of Europe's largest adult Torah learning centre saw 250 people study all 6,200 pages of the Talmud in 48 hours to mark the event.

The dinner, attended by more than 600 people at the Manchester Hilton Hotel, was to pay homage to Rabbi Avraham Silbiger.


Tee time to raise funds

November 27, 2014

Manchester Grammar School sixth-former Ben Sciama has raised £31,000 for local breast cancer charity Genesis by organising a golf day at the Dunham Forest club.

Eighty-four people competed and a further 90 attended the post-round dinner.

Ben "first heard about the Genesis charity [based at Wythenshawe Hospital] in 2013 and was encouraged by the amazing work that it does in the prediction an