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


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.


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.


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.