Hil­lel is back in Manch­ester

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY BEN WEICH

THERE WILL be Hil­lel ac­com­mo­da­tion for Jewish stu­dents in Manch­ester from next month af­ter a four-year gap.

The Hil­lel is a semi-de­tached prop­erty in Fal­low­field, south Manch­ester, which has been pur­chased and is be­ing ren­o­vated at a cost of £250,000. It will of­fer places for five stu­dents.

Its sub­sidised rent of £60 per week is around £20 below the cost of other lo­cal stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The pre­vi­ous Hil­lel was a vic­tim of de­clin­ing Jewish stu­dent num­bers and an un­pop­u­lar lo­ca­tion, Hulme.

But Fal­low­field is con­sid­ered the cen­tre of Jewish stu­dent life, with many so­cial and re­li­gious ac­tiv­i­ties tak­ing place in the re­fur­bished South Manch­ester Sy­n­a­gogue.

Dr Neil Joseph, who chairs the Hil­lel House Manch­ester com­mit­tee, said po­ten­tial res­i­dents who could not af­ford the rent might qual­ify for fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from the char­ity.

“It’s be­ing re­fur­bished as we speak. The gar­den was only fin­ished this week and the skip from out­side has just been taken away. It will be a lively place. It’s right in the heart of stu­dent life. And it’s on a cres­cent, so it’s nice and quiet.

“The pur­pose-built kosher kitchen opens on to an ex­tended din­ing area, with an ad­ja­cent area in the large gar­den spe­cially pre­pared as a base for a suc­cah.” Three of the five rooms are still avail­able.

Manch­ester Hil­lel com­mit­tee is run au­tonomously by Jewish vol­un­teers in the city, with sup­port from the na­tional UJS Hil­lel net­work.

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