THIRTEEN potential future lay leaders of the Manchester Jewish community have embarked on the latest year-long training programme provided by UJIA.
At the inaugural event, held at the Hale home of Michelle and Ben Salon, the group met each other for the first time over dinner.
They were addressed by Manchester UJIA chairman Andrew Joseph on the organisation's projects in the UK and Israel, and by The Fed chairman Mark Adlestone on the importance of leadership.
The participants also learned how to chair effective meetings through an activity facilitated by Ashley Boroda, an expert in leadership development and public speaking skills.
The programme, facilitated by Manchester UJIA UK programme director Sally Halon, will look at different aspects of the Jewish community in Manchester and Leeds, while developing personal leadership skills.
And it will culminate in a weekend seminar in London, where they will meet the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.