Survivor's story: 'People say I was lucky to escape. What do they know?

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 31, 2013

Vienna-born Margit Cohen, 90, has not previously spoken to anyone beyond her family about her experiences as an only child who left her parents to board a Kindertransport to England in December 1938. Her father and most of his seven siblings were murdered in Nazi camps — Mrs Cohen never discovered her mother’s fate.


Kemp enjoys northern exposure with UJIA

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 28, 2013

TV presenter and former EastEnders actor Ross Kemp had a starring role in the Manchester UJIA dinner on Monday, which raised more than £600,000 for projects in northern Israel.


Manchester shuls move after blaze

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 28, 2013

A fire which broke out in Manchester’s Jewish Cultural Centre minutes before Shabbat forced synagogues to find alternative premises last Friday evening.

Strip-lighting ignited at around 4pm at the Machon Levi Yitzchok Chabad synagogue at the four-storey centre in Prestwich.


Two victims explain why they didn't report abuse

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 24, 2013

Jewish victims of child sex abuse have spoken out about serious sexual crime being perpetrated within the UK’s strictly Orthodox Jewish community, writes Jonathan Kalmus.

Two victims — who are not involved in the Dispatches film — have spoken exclusively to the JC.


Crime rises (and police station closes)

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 21, 2013

North Manchester police have warned of an upsurge in burglaries and car thefts from Jewish residents — and announced the closure of a local police station.

In the past week in Prestwich, two televisions were stolen from a house, a handbag was taken from a flat and an attempt made to steal a car.


Manchester jeweller brings down Colombian organised crime gang

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 17, 2013

A Jewish jeweller who helped police catch an organised crime gang responsible for a £220,000 diamond heist has helped police again, this time to net a member of a violent Colombian international crime ring.


Cemetery chiefs pin hopes of sale on public inquiry

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 14, 2013

Manchester Jewish cemetery representatives are hoping that a public inquiry verdict will generate the funding needed to renovate a burial ground.


Lottery cash for survivor testimony

January 10, 2013

Manchester Jewish Representative Council’s Holocaust education committee has received £6,000 in Lottery funding towards recording the testimony of Shoah survivors.

The money is from a grant programme launched in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story, giving communities the opportunity to explore, share and celebrate their heritage.


Langdon enterprise centre is just the job

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 4, 2013

The Langdon Community in Manchester has done a deal on eBay to help young Jews with mild-to-moderate educational needs who have struggled to find jobs.

It has transformed a 1,500 square foot former car workshop in Prestwich into the hi-tech Langdon Training and Enterprise Centre, from which a variety of items are sold online.


Jewish primary schools get top marks

December 24, 2012

Jewish primary schools emerged as some of the country’s highest performers when the Sats league tables were released last week.

The top five performing Jewish schools, calculated by average points scored, were: King David Manchester, Moriah Jewish Day School in Pinner, North Cheshire Jewish Primary, Independent Jewish Day and Menorah Primary.