Diners and winners at Torah study

December 4, 2014

A dinner marking the 25th anniversary of Europe's largest adult Torah learning centre saw 250 people study all 6,200 pages of the Talmud in 48 hours to mark the event.

The dinner, attended by more than 600 people at the Manchester Hilton Hotel, was to pay homage to Rabbi Avraham Silbiger.


Tee time to raise funds

November 27, 2014

Manchester Grammar School sixth-former Ben Sciama has raised £31,000 for local breast cancer charity Genesis by organising a golf day at the Dunham Forest club.

Eighty-four people competed and a further 90 attended the post-round dinner.

Ben "first heard about the Genesis charity [based at Wythenshawe Hospital] in 2013 and was encouraged by the amazing work that it does in the prediction an


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.