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A view of the Jubilee School, Bury Old Road, Manchester. The school housed orphan and poor girls from Manchester and district.

(c)Peter Higginbotham /Mary Evans Picture Library





The Manchester Jewish Community Centre, formally, The Cultural Centre, is a central hub of communal resources and organisations in Manchester. Historically, the building was constructed in the early 1900s and was utilised as a girls' school until its merger with another organisation. With the encouragement of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe (Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson), Rabbi Chaim Farro opened the centre in the late 1980s as a learning and Jewish Cultural centre. After Rabbi Farro made Aliya, the centre was renamed and continued to go from strength to strength. The Centre itself is a charity that provides support services to other charities; helping them provide their services to the community in a cost-effective way through sharing resources etc.  It now hosts four shuls, the Manchester Beis Din, T'memi Lev special needs school and integrated nursery, a shop, various small start up businesses, a large Jewish library and a gender segregated swimming pool for use by the local community. The Centre is used by thousands every week and is an invaluable asset to the Manchester community.

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