London - Mayor's Bid to Keep Charedim Fitter
London - Strictly Orthodox Jews are being encouraged to take up kayaking, football and a range of fitness activities as part of a new scheme aimed at making the community healthier.
Charedi communities have set up sports groups and exercise sessions through the Maccabi GB Enable Project, which uses funding from Mayor of London Boris Johnson.
Around £12,000 has been awarded so far, with 500 people doing more exercise and taking part in a wider range of activities as a result. The money is targeted at hard-to-reach parts of the community, where strictly Orthodox Jews would usually not take part in mixed-sex groups or cross-community sessions.
Interlink’s Melanie Danon said: “This project is giving people opportunities to access activities they have not used before because they cannot use outside centres for religious and cultural reasons.”
Maccabi’s Daniel Morris added: “It is a part of the community we wanted to be more involved in working with, but we have always found it hard to make good contacts. Doing it this way has been a perfect match for everyone.”
More of today's headlines“Mitzpe Jericho - Oded Hamdi, a 19-year old yeshiva student, was killed in a trailer fire shortly after midnight on Friday in Mitzpe Jericho, near Jerusalem. His...” Mitzpe Jericho - Yeshiva Student Killed in Tragic Fire after Saving Others “Washington - Although Israeli Jews might not be the best bet for electoral college votes in the upcoming US presidential elections, President Barack Obama’s popularity...” Washington - Poll Shows Israeli Approval for Obama Is Up