Raphi lands a top job at Fed


SOCIAL care charity The Fed has appointed North West Friends of Israel co-chairman Raphi Bloom as its new fundraising and marketing director.

Baltimore-born Mr Bloom, 49, will start in his new role on April 1, leaving his position as UJIA’s North West senior fundraiser after four years.

Chairman Bernie Yaffe said: “Raphi has a proven track record of creating strong relationships across a wide spectrum of the community.

“He excels at donor engagement and development and possesses outstanding advocacy skills which will help us build broader knowledge, understanding of — and support for — The Fed’s critical work.”

Mr Bloom was previously the Jewish Telegraph’s deputy group sales director and was instrumental in fighting the 2014 anti-Israel protests outside an Israeli-owned shop in Manchester in his role as founder of NWFOI.

The former Manchester Jewish Grammar School pupil said: “I have always viewed The Fed as a pillar organisation of the Manchester Jewish community in providing essential services for its most vulnerable members — of all ages.

“I have seen some of those services at close quarters as my late father, Dr Raymond Bloom, who was the principal of Broughton Jewish Primary School from 1977-85, was wonderfully cared for at Heathlands Village after suffering a stroke in later life.

“Anyone who knows me will attest to my passion for our community. And the chance to continue to work for its betterment and carry out some of the most important work defined by Judaism, excites and humbles me in equal measure.

“My Fed role will permit me to maintain my communal work, while allowing for a fantastic progression in my career.”

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