Manchester

PC's world has taken in Torah study

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 20, 2014

Taking advice from rabbis and being the special guest at a strictly Orthodox celebration of Torah study might be surprising highlights of a 30-year career in the police force.

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Salford cuts bite deep into respite support

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 13, 2014

More than £10 million of cuts by Salford Council to adult and childcare budgets will significantly impact on local Jewish charities and families.

Greater Manchester’s largest Jewish welfare charity, The Fed, says the latest tranche of cuts will mean the loss of Salford funding for its short-term respite service to families caring for a disabled relative.

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Manchester Museum plates up families' heritage

January 6, 2014

A rare silver plate that tells a story of Manchester families has been donated to the city’s Jewish Museum.
In 1846 the scholar Moshe Israel Hazan was presented with the plate by the Chief Rabbi of Palestine, Hayim Avraham Gaguin. The plate was given to Mr Hazan to mark his appointment as guardian of Pope Pius IX’s library of Hebrew books and manuscripts.

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League needs more men to be one of 'our lads'

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 6, 2014

A League of Jewish Women “lad” has dedicated his volunteering to helping impoverished ex-servicemen and women.
Harold Weisberg, 79, has helped hundreds of ex-soldiers and their widows in Salford, where he is treasurer of the local branch of the national armed forces charity SSAFA.

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Smile's better at Fed club

January 6, 2014

An after-school club is being launched by The Fed for children with additional needs at The Hershel Weiss Children’s Centre, Salford.

The free club, which will be held on Wednesdays, will be staffed by family support workers from The Fed’s Project Smile team and is aimed at five to 12-year-old Jewish children who have a diagnosed disability.

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Largest eruv goes live in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 6, 2014

The UK’s largest eruv is to become operational affording thousands of Manchester Shabbat observant Jews life-changing facilities.

The 13-mile halachic perimeter, under the Manchester Beth Din, will be operational from January 11. It is slightly larger than any London eruv and covers Salford, Prestwich and Crumpsall, the major centres of Manchester Jewry.

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Rabbi Atlas to take on the world of Yeshurun

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 23, 2013

Cheadle’s Yeshurun Synagogue in South Manchester has selected Birmingham’s Rabbi Chanan Atlas to be its new minister.

Two hundred members of the Modern Orthodox community voted for the new position in a special meeting on Sunday.

The rabbi and his wife Nechama, both Israeli-born and in their mid-30s, will leave Birmingham’s Central Synagogue, which they joined in 2012.

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Burial deal agreed in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 23, 2013

Manchester’s cemeteries have taken a historic stride forward in the creation of a single burial authority.

The agreement last week between 11 of 12 burial boards followed negotiations lasting two years. Some of the city’s Jewish cemeteries were in disrepair and there was a major shortage of burial plots. A number of burial boards have historically used fees to prop up synagogue finances.

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Asthma kills student, 18

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 16, 2013

An 18-year-old Hale student has died from an asthma attack.

Tributes have been paid to Daniella Sciama, from Hale, who died last week. She was a student at Edinburgh University where she was studying economics.

The former Manchester High School for Girls pupil was also a promising artist, with a painting winning recognition at a city-wide award when she was 15.

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Manchester eruv ready to go live

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 16, 2013

Manchester’s first eruv survived gale force winds allowing it to be launched for its first use this Shabbat.

Shabbat observers in Whitefield, are expected to be the first Jews to use an area-wide halachic boundary outside London after 10 years of planning.

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