Family’s anger at coroner over burial delay

By Josh Jackman, December 29, 2015

A coroner's office has been criticised over the delay in releasing the body of a Jewish woman for burial.

Holocaust survivor Ester Kestenbaum, 91, died on Sunday at a care home in Stamford Hill. Her family requested that she be buried the following day.


IDF hospital giving hope to Nepal

By Nathan Jeffay, May 7, 2015

Israel's field hospital in Nepal has now treated almost 1,000 patients and is acquiring a reputation as the best place for the injured to come for care.

"Because of the good care that Israelis are giving, injured people from my village want to transfer here," said 18-year-old Dawa Bohola, sitting in the orthopaedics tent with his injured foot in a treatment bath.

He was painting outdoors at


CPS reviews Peak District tomb row decision

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 21, 2014

The Crown Prosecution Service is reviewing its decision not to prosecute a man who bulldozed a historic Jewish burial ground.

Landowner Anthony Bevis flattened 100-year-old tombs in woodland in the Peak District, near Sheffield.


Orthodox demand an out-of-hours coroner service to end burial delays

By Simon Rocker, March 6, 2014

Jews and Muslims in North London have launched a joint protest at delays in funerals caused by the lack of an available coroner at weekends.

A petition signed by 4,000 Jews and 1,500 Muslims has been handed into the Chief Coroner’s Office and Camden Council.


Burial company planning to offer cheap Jewish funerals

By Simon Rocker, February 13, 2014

A London company is planning to launch an alternative Jewish burial society which will not require membership of a synagogue.

Normally, people have to pay hundreds of pounds to belong to a synagogue in order to be part of its burial scheme.


Burial deal agreed in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 23, 2013

Manchester’s cemeteries have taken a historic stride forward in the creation of a single burial authority.

The agreement last week between 11 of 12 burial boards followed negotiations lasting two years. Some of the city’s Jewish cemeteries were in disrepair and there was a major shortage of burial plots. A number of burial boards have historically used fees to prop up synagogue finances.


Children's burial site dig halted

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 5, 2013

Digging work for an access road on top of a Manchester Jewish children’s burial ground has been halted following concerns raised the city’s Beth Din.

As part of major sewage infrastructure works begun by United Utilities last week, workmen dug up one side of the tiny 170-year-old Collyhurst burial ground in north Manchester.


Fears over burial site

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 29, 2013

Fears have been raised that children’s graves in Manchester could be dug up as part of ongoing sewage works. The closed Collyhurst Jewish burial ground in north Manchester was used mainly to bury children of poor families until the late 19th century.


New law is not the answer to autopsy woes

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 26, 2013

New autopsy laws will not protect Jewish families from forced surgical post-mortems being preformed on their loved ones, according to one expert.


Bill seeks equal burial for non-Jewish soldiers

By Nathan Jeffay, July 5, 2013

Israel may soon end the practice of excluding non-Jewish soldiers from the main sections of military cemeteries.

When the Iron Curtain fell, large numbers of people from formerly Soviet states qualified for Israeli citizenship even though they were not Jewish according to religious law.