Manchester Fed looks to limit impact of living wage rises

By Josh Jackman, November 12, 2015

The largest communal welfare charity outside of London will have to find more than £500,000 by 2020 to meet the national living wage.

Chief operating officer at The Fed in Manchester, Mark Cunningham, calculates that the cost to the charity, which employs 350 people, will be at least £80,000 next year, when the hourly living wage rises from £6.50 to £7.20.


Developer fuels shul relocation

By Naomi Firsht, November 12, 2015

A petrol station could be demolished to make way for a synagogue for a strictly Orthodox Manchester congregation. Shomrei Hadass hopes to move into part of a new development proposed for a Texaco garage site in Prestwich.


Calming influence

By Josh Jackman, November 5, 2015

A sensory room which will improve the education of children with special needs has been opened at the Hershel Weiss Centre in Salford, serving Manchester's Strictly Orthodox community.

As well as calming music and images, features of the room include tactile balls and a carpet which changes colour when, for example, children crawl on it.


Celebrating faith differences in Manchester

November 4, 2015

Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation was asked by the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester to host an interfaith event as part of his We All Stand Together initiative.


£12m village will boost Manchester welfare

October 15, 2015

Manchester City Council chief executive, Sir Howard Bernstein, performed the ceremonial cutting of turf to mark the start of a £12 million care village project for Manchester Jewry in Didsbury.

The development is a collaboration between the Morris Feinmann Homes Trust and specialist care operator Belong.


Looking north for mitzvot

October 8, 2015

Mitzvah Day is looking to increase its regional programme with the appointment of science student Aviva Khan as its first Manchester-based fieldworker.

Ms Khan, 22, has long been involved in charitable and social action projects - and organisations including Bnei Akiva, Gift and Manchester's leading welfare charity, The Fed.


Two teenagers plead guilty over Manchester assault

By Sandy Rashty, September 11, 2015

Two teenagers have pleaded guilty to assault over an attack on four Jews in Manchester last Saturday night.

The 17-year-olds – who have not been identified for legal reasons – made their pleas at Manchester Youth Court on Friday afternoon.

Police say they are investigating the attack as a hate crime.


Orthodox special constable wins prestigious police award

By Sandy Rashty, September 9, 2015

Charedi officer Moshe Rothstein has won a UK government award that recognises outstanding special constables and police support volunteers.

Special Constable Mr Rothstein, the only religious Jew serving in the Greater Manchester Police division, said he was “overwhelmed” on receipt of the Lord Ferrers Award at the House of Commons this afternoon.


Teenager in hospital after antisemitic attack in Manchester

By Sandy Rashty, September 7, 2015

A Jewish teenager is being treated in hospital after he was attacked by three men in Manchester in what is believed to be an antisemitic hate crime.

The 17-year-old boy, who has not been named, was one of four people who were assaulted by three men on Saturday night. The other victims were aged 20, 18 and 18.


Delay in care costs cap is 'a blow to elderly'

By Josh Jackman, July 23, 2015

A four-year delay in capping care costs and increasing the level of assets those in residential care can retain has been condemned as "a real blow to many older people and their families".