Manchester

Deal clears way for £11m Manchester care home

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 28, 2013

Complex negotiations between World Jewish Relief and Manchester’s Morris Fienmann care home have paved the way for an £11 million new elderly care development.

The land in Didsbury, south Manchester, was subject to historic covenants which promised a third of proceeds from a land sale to WJR and the Otto Schiff Housing Association, which helped fund the opening of the home in the 1950s.

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Council to investigate Sale synagogue

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 28, 2013

A synagogue has been handed a planning contravention notice by a local authority that will investigate Jewish businesses being run from its premises and look into an ongoing dispute over an extension.

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MDA closes Manchester office

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 28, 2013

Magen David Adom UK is to close its Manchester office and remove its regional director role.

The charity said the restructure would improve fundraising through the launch of young committees and help from volunteers in Leeds and Manchester, which are to be co-ordinated by a London team.

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Gatley Yeshurun job in demand

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 21, 2013

The pulpit vacancy at Manchester’s Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation in Gatley has attracted great interest with the number of applicants in “double digits”.

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Dispute delays development

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 21, 2013

Planning applications for a £2.3 million social housing scheme on the former site of Manchester Zionist HQ Mamlock House have been delayed by 18 months while “delicate discussions” continue between Manchester Jewish Housing Association and Manchester City Council.

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Less (and more) in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 21, 2013

Manchester’s Jewish population has been calculated at a maximum 28,000 — 10,000 less than the number often cited by communal leaders.

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Big dinner money for MDA

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 14, 2013

Dinners supporting Magen David Adom in London and Manchester this week raised £1.5 million and £115,000 respectively.

They were addressed by the president of the Jordanian Red Crescent Society, Dr Mohammed Al-Hadid, who focused on MDA’s partnerships with their Jordanian and Palestinian counterparts.

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All change in Manchester Rep Council

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 14, 2013

Manchester Jewish Representative Council wants to implement “radical changes” in a bid to reverse falling attendances and attract young leaders.

A report by a committee of executive officers proposes a complete restructuring of the council with the possibility of a paid CEO and doubled annual costs. It will be put to the vote next month.

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Helping asylum seekers

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 14, 2013

A Manchester Reform congregant with “Muslim ‘grandchildren’ who are refugees” has urged support for a new branch of a Jewish charity assisting refugees and asylum seekers from around the world.

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Transplant man's donor drive

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 7, 2013

A Salford man with a life-threatening bone marrow disease has expressed his gratitude for a transplant match by organising the largest bone marrow donor drive among Manchester’s strictly Orthodox community.

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