Holocaust survivor Ike Alterman honoured at Manchester Jewish community awards

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Holocaust survivor Ike Alterman honoured at Manchester Jewish community awards

Some 300 guests at event for Jewish Representative Council (JRC) of Greater Manchester hear messages from Rishi Sunak and Sir Keir Starmer.

Metro Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham presents Auschwitz survivor and winner of the Special Recognition Award, Ike Alterman BEM. Pic: Ruthless Images
Metro Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham presents Auschwitz survivor and winner of the Special Recognition Award, Ike Alterman BEM. Pic: Ruthless Images

The survivor of four concentration camps and a death march was distinguished with a Special Recognition Award at the Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester & Region (JRC) community awards on Thursday 7th September.

Shoah educator and Manchester resident Itzki ‘Ike’ Alterman was one of 300 Jewish orphans, later known as the ‘Windermere Children’, sent at the end of the second world war to live in the Lake District.

Alterman received the honour from Metro Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham at the Jewish Community award ceremony for 300 people at the Hilton Suite in north Manchester.

The event recognises the immense contribution of communal charities, their staff, volunteers and trustees.

The My Voice Project who won the JRC Community Recognition Award. Pic: Ruthless Images

The JRC received a record number of nominations for the 11 award categories and the winners were:

• Big Birthday Appeal Award – Ben Sarak
• Rising Star Award – Danielle Jeffries
• Friend of the Community Award – Ken Conway
• JRC Community Recognition Award – The Fed My Voice Project
• Young Person Special Recognition Award – Hannah Mendell
• Special Recognition Award – Ike Alterman BEM
• Crisis Response of the Year – L’Chaim Foodbank
• Volunteer Team of the Year – Community Security Trust
• Communal Employee of the Year – Adele Whitehead
• Volunteer of the Year – Dr Sandi Mann
• Lifetime Achievement Award – Russell Conn

The Judging panel l to r – Christian Wakeford MP, Rabbi Daniel Walker, Daniel Rosenberg, Jude Moryoussef, Mark Adlestone OBE DL (Chair of the JRC), Gabrielle Adlestone (Chair of the Judging Panel), Rabbi Robyn Ashworth Steen, Cllr Richard Gold. Pic: Ruthless Images

The awards were presented by members of the community alongside dignitaries including the Metro Mayor Andy Burnham, Christian Wakeford MP, Vice Lord Lieutenant, Sharman Birtles MBE, High Sheriff, Mary Liz Walker, Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Yasmin Dar and Ceremonial Mayor of Bury, Cllr Sandra Walmsley.

Those present read a personalised letter from the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak MP and viewed a video message from the Leader of the Opposition, Sir Keir Starmer MP.

Mark Adlestone, OBE Deputy Lieutenant and chair of the JRC said: “One of our priorities has always been celebrating the work of the Jewish communal charitable sector. I was therefore delighted that we were able to host a hugely successful evening designed to say thank you to those organisations and individuals who undertake incredible work.

L’Chaim Foodbank won Crisis Response of the Year. Pic: Ruthless Images

“Since assuming my role as Chair of the JRC, I have visited many organisations across our diverse community. Without exception, I have nothing but admiration for the innovative way they operate and care for members of our community who may be vulnerable and in need. The fact our charities are seen as beacons of best practice fills me with immense pride. It is also a wonderful endorsement that we are happy to share our templates for success to assist other communities.”

In his written message, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said: “I would like to commend everyone connected with the Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester & Region for arranging a wonderful Community Awards. It is always essential to highlight the selfless volunteers and community activists who are the bedrock of our third sector.

Winner of the Volunteer of the Year was Dr Sandi Mann for her work with Jewish Action for Mental Health. She was presented with her award by the High Sheriff Mary Liz Walker JP DL. Pic: Ruthless Images

“The sheer number of nominations shows how these valued are embodied in the makeup of the Jewish community across Greater Manchester. I am aware of the charities from across the whole community performing incredible work and I applaud your dedication. To all those who have been nominated, I am so pleased that your endeavours have been recognised. And to the winners, I wish you all Mazel Tov”.

In his video message, the Leader of the Opposition, Sir Keir Starmer said: “Today is the Manchester Jewish Community Awards, a special day to celebrate the hard work, dedication and commitment of the Jewish community in Manchester. A community that like so many goes above and beyond to support the most in need.

“From the charities and their hard-working staff, to the many volunteers in foodbanks, and community groups, to the tireless work of synagogues who bring and bridge communities together. I just want to say thank you, not just for what you have done but for all the brilliant things you will go on to do in the weeks and months ahead.

“Your work is vital and you conduct it with the greatest sense of generosity, kindness and dedication. These awards showcase the best of Manchester and highlight how lives across the country are enriched by the Jewish community. As Leader of the Labour Party, I am proud to support the Jewish Community Awards”.
I know that your values and our values and I would like to congratulate you all on this special evening”.

A video message was played by Leader of the Opposition, Sir Keir Starmer MP.

Metro Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “It is always important to recognise the immense contribution made by all the individuals and charities being celebrated this evening. It is a source of great pride to me personally and everyone connected with the GMCA (Greater Manchester Combined Authority) that we have so many dedicated individuals from the Jewish community.

“I am regularly left inspired by how, without hesitation, people here go above and beyond to care for those in distress. This is done out of pure generosity and without seeking recognition. However, I do believe it is important to note their contribution through events like the Jewish Community Awards, where we can say thank you.

“I would also like to commend the work of Mark Adlestone who has done an incredible amount to advocate for the Jewish community as Chair of the JRC and also Marc Levy, its Chief Executive. Greater Manchester is fortunate to have leaders like Mark and Marc who work tirelessly to bring communities together. I value and appreciate my relationship with the Jewish community and look forward to many more years working together.”

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