Shechita appeal

By Josh Jackman, February 19, 2015

More than 43,000 people have signed a petition calling for the continued protection of religious slaughter in Britain.

Manchester's Jewish Representative Council and the city's Muslim Jewish Forum created the petition this week.

The move comes ahead of a parliamentary debate due to take place on Monday at which MPs will discuss the future of non-stun slaughter.


Loving the Limmud line-up

By Josh Jackman, February 5, 2015

MP Ivan Lewis, Board of Deputies leaders Laura Marks and Alex Brummer and the UK's senior Sephardi rabbi, Joseph Dweck, were among the speakers who drew a crowd of 600 to Manchester Limmud on Sunday.

The programme at William Hulme's Grammar School covered subjects as diverse as antisemitism, meditation and circus skills.

Co-chair Rebecca Lewis said feedback had been overwhelmingly positive.


Manchester moves to involve young planners

By Josh Jackman, February 5, 2015

Young adults are being given an opportunity to shape their own future in Manchester in a bid to stem the drift of twentysomethings to London.

As part of a proposed restructuring, Manchester Jewish Representative Council will create an executive youth and community working group as one of six elements of its operations.


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.