Manchester

Langdon gets good Ofsted report

July 22, 2013

Ofsted inspectors have rated Manchester’s Langdon College for Jews with special needs as good in all aspects.

They found that “teaching and learning are good and the excellent support for students with complex needs greatly improves their behaviour and communication skills so that they can achieve a more productive life when they leave the college”.

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Northern welfare charities in 'discreet' merger talks

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2013

Manchester’s two major Jewish welfare charities have said they will have to consider merger, offer services to greater numbers of non-Jews and attract more communal support for their welfare operations to remain viable.

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In pole position for eruv news

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 15, 2013

Evidence of the interest in the north Manchester eruv was the turnout of 400 on Shabbat at Salford’s Stenecourt Synagogue to be told about the final preparations.

They heard that 101 of 117 poles for the religious boundary were in place and that completion was expected by Succot.

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Tricked by conmen

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 15, 2013

An elderly Manchester Jewish couple have been robbed by conmen, who cut their Prestwich property’s drainpipe and stole money while pretending to repair it.

One of the conmen showed the 81-year-old husband the drainpipe spewing water at the Albert Avenue house last Friday. He then summoned two accomplices who stole £150 from a cashbox while they were supposedly turning off the water supply.

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Stenecourt vacancy

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 1, 2013

Manchester modern Orthodox synagogue Stenecourt is seeking new spiritual leadership after Rabbi Jacob Rubinstein announced his retirement.

Rabbi Rubinstein has been the community’s senior minister since his former congregation, Central, closed and merged with Stenecourt in 2008 due to declining membership.

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Serial Salford burglar is brought to justice for 28 break-ins

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 24, 2013

A MANCHESTER burglar who stole from Jewish houses has been jailed after admitting 28 break-ins.

Michal Juras, 24, lived close to most of his victims in Salford, in the heart of Manchester’s Jewish community.

He was charged with five burglaries at Manchester Crown Court but admitted a further 23. He was jailed for three years and six months.

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Butcher shop is gutted by fire

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 17, 2013

The head of a family-run kosher butcher in north Manchester has vowed to rebuild the business after his shop was gutted by fire on Friday night.

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Morris Feinmann: a happy end to a moving story

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 17, 2013

Changing demands for care of the elderly has put pressure on Jewish welfare agencies to adapt their properties. In south Manchester, the Morris Feinmann home’s solution has been the relocation of residents while its premises are rebuilt in a collaboration with a major regional care provider.

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Sick teen sets out on dream visit to Israel

By Sandy Rashty, May 27, 2013

A terminally ill Manchester teenager started his dream trip to Israel this week.

Ryan Grossman, 14, suffers from the rare debilitating muscular disease rod myopathy, which affects one in 47,000 Ashkenazi Jews. Ryan’s condition has confined him to a wheelchair and the King David High student was unable to join the school’s annual year nine visit to Israel.

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House calls in Salford

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 20, 2013

A kosher social housing scheme is expected to make a significant dent in the property shortage for Charedi families in Salford.

The Stamford Hill-based Agudas Israel Housing Association will be offering 23 new-build family homes in the Kings Square development off Leicester Road, Salford, an area where over 200 Jewish people are reported to be in need of social housing.

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