Shabbat UK wins award

By Josh Jackman, January 7, 2016

Manchester's Whitefield Hebrew Congregation has won a £7,000 prize for its Shabbat UK activities. The award came from European Jewish think-tank Hulya and the Conference of European Rabbis for "the most innovative, enriching and original green Shabbat olamit" across the continent.


Defending champions Leeds Maccabi march on

By Darren Witcoop, December 21, 2015

LEEDS Maccabi launched the defence of their Harold Feldman Trophy by crushing South Manchester 2nds 6-2.

The MJSL champions maintained their fine form by cruising into the semi-finals thanks to deadly doubles from Nick Vale and Tim Zoltie, while Richard Black and Gidi Omar also weighed in.

South Manchester 2nds never threw in the towel with Felix Shallom on target.


Reform backs its grassroots with development grants

December 3, 2015

The Movement for Reform Judaism has dispersed £24,000 to projects launched by congregations.

Reform Judaism's Community Development Fund has awarded grants to Manchester Reform Synagogue, Menorah Synagogue (Cheshire Reform), Southport Reform Synagogue and Sukkat Shalom in east London. The Northern Network of Reform Synagogues has also been recognised for its online and local study programmes.


Medic aids MDA cause

December 3, 2015

A Magen David Adom paramedic who attended the scene of a recent terror attack spoke about his experiences at Sunday's Manchester MDA dinner, which raised more than £100,000 for essential supplies.

Ilan Klein was called out to the aftermath of a drive-by shooting in the West Bank in which Eitam and Na'ama Henkin were killed.


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.