Fed faces cash crisis as nursing care funding is slashed

By Josh Jackman, April 7, 2016

Manchester's major Jewish welfare charity, The Fed, is facing a £300,000 shortfall on its nursing care costs over the next year in the light of swingeing cuts proposed by its main funder.

Already trying to find £550,000 by 2020 to cover salary increases resulting from the implemenation of the National Living Wage, The Fed learned this week that Bury's Clinical Commissioning Group wants to sla


Inspectors say Langdon 'requires improvement'

By Charlotte Oliver, March 31, 2016

Langdon College has been downgraded from "good" to "requiring improvement" in its latest Ofsted inspection.

The college, which is based in Manchester, is run by educational charity Langdon as both a residential and day college for teenagers and young adults between the ages of 16 and 25 with mild-to-moderate learning needs.


Shabbat binge-drinkers are Charedi problem

By Josh Jackman, March 10, 2016

Binge-drinking on Shabbat and children's fitness are two of the main concerns raised by a health survey of more than 500 Salford Charedim.

The NHS-funded study of 300 adults and 207 children also revealed a majority view that mental illness carries a stigma within the strictly Orthodox population.

Based on the survey results, one-in-eight adults "might be classed as 'binge-drinkers' on the S


Museum benefits from a well-hidden story

By Josh Jackman, January 18, 2016

Helen Taichner hid from the Nazis for five months and 20 days in a three-foot wide coal cellar in Poland, sleeping on cardboard amid the smell of mice and the bucket she used as a toilet. But she survived and went on to settle in Manchester.


Let them eat cake? Not in Salford, NHS-funded study suggests

By Josh Jackman, January 18, 2016

Barely one third of the men in the strictly Orthodox Salford community take the nationally recommended level of exercise, a health study has found.

Provisional results of an NHS-funded survey show that 36.5 per cent of male respondents enagage in physical activity for at least two-and-a-half hours per week. The figure among the general male UK population is 67 per cent.


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.