Manchester

Reindeer food goes on the good deeds' menu

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 20, 2014

Packages for homeless people, Christmas presents and even reindeer food were among products of Mitzvah Day volunteers across the north.

Government offices for the Department for Communities and Local Government in Liverpool and Newcastle gave away lunches to help people in homeless shelters, along with Manchester law firm Kuit Steinart Levy.

Destitute asylum seekers in Manchester were donate

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Keeping faith amid the protests

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 13, 2014

A scarf-clad observant Jewish woman has teamed up with a hijab-wearing counterpart to tackle strained Muslim-Jewish relations since boycott protests hit the streets of Manchester.

Aimee Banay, a 35-year-old mother-of-two, said the Gaza conflict, which sparked protests in Manchester outside a Jewish shop, has fed Muslims and Jews with "conspiracy theories" about each other.

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Cash boost

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 13, 2014

Magen David Adom UK Manchester's annual dinner celebrated raising £250,000, more than doubling income from last year's dinner.

Jonathan Mosery, adviser at the Israeli Ministry of Defence, led the evening's theme focusing on events during the summer's Gaza conflict and MDA's medical role. Mr Mosery also spent the week speaking across the north for the charity.

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The story of Titanics, the unsinkable kosher deli

October 30, 2014

Stanley Hyman's grandfather, Joseph, established Titanics kosher deli in Manchester in 1913. It went on to become a community institution. Here we publish extracts from Mr Hyman's new book on the story of the shop.

In the beginning

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Students slug it out over twinning plan

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 30, 2014

Manchester University Union has been accused of running an unfair vote over a motion to twin with a Palestinian university union allegedly linked to Hamas.

Jewish and non-Jewish students running a campaign against the motion said the university had unfairly cancelled the week-long student ballot over a complaint that their campaign had received external funding.

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Ofsted raps 'narrow' Orthodox school

By Simon Rocker, October 30, 2014

A state-aided strictly Orthodox girls school in Salford has been put into special measures after inspectors criticised its narrow curriculum and other failings.

The Beis Yaakov High School, an academy which teaches 258 girls from 11 to 16, was judged "inadequate" - the lowest of the four inspection grades - following an unannounced visit from Ofsted last month.

Rabbi Yochonon Goldlbatt, the

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Shabbat UK: Sitting pretty in Prestwich

October 30, 2014

Dinner had to wait at Manchester's Prestwich Hebrew Congregation due to the extended dancing to chazan Adam Caplan's Kabbalat Shabbat service. Bury South MP Ivan Lewis was among those dancing in the aisles.

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Faiths unite as 2,500 rally against hate

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 23, 2014

Jews, Muslims and Christians joined together to condemn antisemitism at a rally attended by an estimated 2,500 people.

On a day of unity, even the political divide was bridged, with a message from Chancellor George Osborne read out by Labour MP Ivan Lewis.

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London march postponed

By Marcus Dysch, October 14, 2014

A Jewish solidarity march due to take place in London has been postponed.

The Campaign Against Antisemitism had called on grassroots supporters to walk through the capital wearing kippot or other Jewish symbols on Sunday.

But the event will now not take place, with organisers blaming insurance costs, liability issues and the need for permits.

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Football team walk off after racist abuse

By Josh Jackman, October 14, 2014

The Football Association is investigating claims that antisemitic taunts were made during a match involving a Jewish under-16 team.

Manchester Maccabi players were called "Jewish pricks" and told "you've got no foreskins" in their game against Curzon Ashton in a local Manchester league.

Maccabi's manager Anthony Dennison removed his players from the pitch in the face of the abuse.

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