Manchester

Trust defends price hike for stone-settings

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 3, 2012

Manchester families are facing a £300 increase in the cost of stone-settings, bringing the price close to £2,000.

The rise is at the behest of the North Manchester Jewish Cemeteries Trust, which insists that the additional income is vital to maintaining local cemeteries.

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Appeal to fund terminally ill boy's Israel trip

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 29, 2012

A £10,000 appeal has been launched in Manchester to enable a terminally ill 13-year-old to visit Israel.

Ryan Grossman has nemaline rod myopathy, a rare, debilitating muscular disease which causes early death. The Whitefield youngster is the only wheelchair-bound pupil at Manchester King David High and wants to join his classmates on the school’s Israel trip in May.

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Broughton Primary splits leadership

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 29, 2012

Broughton Jewish Primary in Salford has appointed a principal to manage the school’s Jewish studies in a split leadership structure.

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New police chief backs Gaza protests

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 23, 2012

Greater Manchester’s first Police and Crime Commissioner, a long- standing pro-Palestinian campaigner, has said people “ought to draw very strong conclusions” about the Israeli Palestinian conflict and protest on the streets of Manchester.

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Net gains for Bnei Akiva dinner

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 16, 2012

The 250 attendance at a Friends of Bnei Akiva Manchester dinner was more than doubled by those viewing the live online coverage.

Guest of honour was Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, who opened the movement’s Salford bayit in 1991.

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Demonstrators support Beth Alexander

By Anna Sheinman, November 15, 2012

“AUSTRIAN JUSTICE STINKS” read one of the placards held by a 40-strong group of protesters outside Wembley Synagogue on Sunday night.

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Rabbi Shalom lights up Menorah

November 8, 2012

Rabbi Haim Shalom charmed congregants at his induction as Menorah (Cheshire Reform) minister as his two-year-old son Aviv joined him on the bimah.

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Football chiefs say antisemitism 'has got worse'

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 25, 2012

In the week when football’s anti-racist efforts have come under the microscope, Jewish personalities within the game have criticised the Football Association, the government and the police for not doing enough to tackle antisemitism at stadiums and playing fields.

Manchester United non-executive director Mike Edelson believes antisemitism in football “has got worse”.

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MP joins fight to save BBC Radio's Jewish Hour

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 25, 2012

Rotherham MP Denis MacShane has joined the fight to save BBC Radio Manchester’s Jewish Hour from the axe, accusing the corporation of “singling out the Jewish community for discrimination”.

Mr MacShane, who chaired the 2006 Parliamentary inquiry into antisemitism, has written to BBC Trust head Lord Patten to protest against plans to end the long-running programme in December.

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MP criticises 'vaacum' in special needs provision

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 18, 2012

Bury South MP Ivan Lewis has criticised the “massive vacuum” in integrated special-needs facilities in Manchester Jewish schools

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