Manchester

Library lends itself to a fresh breed of browsers

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 31, 2014

Two hundred years of Jewish archives are being housed in new vaults following the £50 million refurbishment of Manchester Central Library, the UK's second largest.

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Special school is sought for north

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 31, 2014

Plans for a Jewish special needs school in Greater Manchester are under discussion. It is estimated that 900 Jewish children in the region require extra educational support and since the closure of the Cheshire-based Delamere secondary school in 2011, there has been no dedicated Jewish special educational needs provision for those aged 11 to 15.

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Football exhibits strike a chord with Charlton

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 24, 2014

Manchester United and England legend Sir Bobby Charlton opened the Four Four Jew football exhibition at Manchester Jewish Museum on Monday.

Sir Bobby told the 80 guests that it was a trip down memory lane in more ways than one as he had met his wife yards from the museum's Cheetham Hill Road site.

Previously shown at London's Jewish Museum, the Manchester version has a strong local focus.

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Manchester's £11m care village plans revealed

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 4, 2014

Plans for an £11 million Jewish care village in south Manchester have been unveiled.

The currently closed Morris Feinmann home in Didsbury will become the Morris Feinmann Belong Village, comprising a cluster of mini-care homes around communal facilities.

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Learning to love Limmud up north

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 13, 2014

Manchester's biggest ever Limmud event attracted around 600 people to a learning programme in Didsbury on Sunday.

Presenters included one Reform rabbi - Menorah Synagogue's Haim Shalom - while five Orthodox ministers participated.

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Spy focuses on poverty at UJIA Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 3, 2014

The former head of Israel’s Mossad secret service had a very public mission this week, urging Manchester diners to raise funds towards alleviating Israeli poverty.

Danny Yatom told the 350 guests at the city’s annual UJIA dinner on Monday that there was an unequal share of wealth in Israel and that those on the periphery of society had been neglected.

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Museum pieces on Shoah are popular

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 3, 2014

A programme of commemorative events at Manchester’s Imperial War Museum North has proved a big draw.
Tickets were sold out for a talk by survivor Mala Tribich, who fell victim to typhus while interned at Bergen-Belsen.

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Manchester united as King David remembers

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 3, 2014

Manchester King David High pupils were joined by local Muslim students for a special HMD assembly attended by MPs Ivan Lewis and John Leech and the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Naeem ul Hassan.

The Islamic High School for Girls and the Kassim Darwish Grammar were the other participants in the ceremony in which a sheikh and a rabbi offered separate prayers for peace.

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Hate crime at a high level

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 27, 2014

Antisemitic attacks now account for over a third of all religiously motivated hate crime in Greater Manchester, according to police figures released at the start of a hate crime awareness week.

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Lottery-backed stories in Salford

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 20, 2014

Salford Jews are telling their life stories as part of a Lottery-funded heritage project incorporating a BBC documentary.

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