Staff at Israeli store face death threats

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 31, 2014

Police are investigating racist death and fire-bomb threats by pro-Palestinian boycotters against a shop which sells Israeli cosmetics.

Kedem, in Manchester, reported phone calls, at one point every five minutes, from callers threatening to burn down the shop, beat up or kill staff.


MP faces bin collection backlash

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 24, 2014

Bury MP Ivan Lewis and local Labour councillors are experiencing a backlash from Jewish voters following the council's decison to reduce general rubbish collections to once in three weeks.

The move - passed unanimously by the council's cabinet last Wednesday - prompted angry householders to vent their frustration on social media.


New hope for custody fight mum

By Charlotte Oliver, July 17, 2014

A mother whose access to her children has been limited to daytime visits has been told she can have them overnight once every two weeks.

Beth Alexander, of Manchester, has been fighting for custody of her sons Samuel and Benjamin, who now live near her new home in Vienna with her ex-husband Michael Schlesinger.


Locals rubbish collection cuts

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 17, 2014

Strictly Orthodox families have joined the protests against Bury Council's move to cut rubbish collections to once every three weeks, the first English borough to do so.


Flowering talent puts it down to his iPad app

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 17, 2014

A Salford 22-year-old with profound speech impediments who has learned to communicate using an iPad has won a string of awards for his horticultural work.

Moishy Hassell, who attends Langdon College, had found it impossible to communicate with anyone outside of family and close acquaintances.


Murdered teen's family is moved by pledges

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 17, 2014

Over 100 cards from Manchester families have been delivered to the home of murdered Israeli teenager Naftali Frenkel. The cards contained messages of hope and commitments from members of south Manchester synagogues to charities and communal organisations which would be performed in memory of the three young Israelis murdered in the West Bank.


Navy man gets proper burial after ID appeal

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 14, 2014

A Salford man who died alone has been given a Jewish burial after staff at Manchester's Nicky Alliance Day Care Centre identified him as a regular attendee.

Wallace Cohen, 70, lived mostly estranged from the Jewish community in Lower Broughton. After falling ill last week, he called for an ambulance and was taken to Royal Salford Hospital, where he died.


Primary school fights Ofsted downgrade

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 14, 2014

Broughton Jewish Primary School is appealing against its latest Ofsted inspection findings, claiming the inspector's report contained inaccuracies which led to a downgrading to "requires improvement".


'Heartless' councils deny funding for children

By Rosa Doherty, July 11, 2014

A special education consultant has hit out at local authorities for having "no heart" in denying Jewish families the right to send their disabled children to a residential Jewish school in Manchester.

Rabbi Michael Bernstein, who runs EMBEE, a consultancy service for parents with disabled children, said that while his family had received funding, others had not been so lucky.


Davis: Other clubs should follow our lead

By Danny Caro, July 10, 2014

Jonny Davis described South Manchester Sports Club's 65th anniversary celebrations as "sensational".

Players past and present converged on the Urbis National Football Museum for a gala event that culminated in the club's end-of-season awards.

"The event was befitting of our club and it was the best we've put on," said Davis.

"Winning is not the most important factor at this club and this