Manchester

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

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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.

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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.

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London march postponed

By Marcus Dysch, October 14, 2014

A Jewish solidarity march due to take place in London has been postponed.

The Campaign Against Antisemitism had called on grassroots supporters to walk through the capital wearing kippot or other Jewish symbols on Sunday.

But the event will now not take place, with organisers blaming insurance costs, liability issues and the need for permits.

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Football team walk off after racist abuse

By Josh Jackman, October 14, 2014

The Football Association is investigating claims that antisemitic taunts were made during a match involving a Jewish under-16 team.

Manchester Maccabi players were called "Jewish pricks" and told "you've got no foreskins" in their game against Curzon Ashton in a local Manchester league.

Maccabi's manager Anthony Dennison removed his players from the pitch in the face of the abuse.

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Kedem protesters return

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 2, 2014

Manchester's chief constable has lifted a ban on pro-Palestinian activists protesting outside a city centre store selling Israeli cosmetics.

Sir Peter Fahy said month-long conditions limiting pickets "are no longer necessary to stop serious disruption".

Police had moved protesters away from the Kedem store in August after mainly peaceful demonstrations had lead to tense stand-offs, arrests o

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School explains appeal to Ofsted

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 18, 2014

Leaders of the Broughton Jewish Primary in Manchester have explained to parents why they are appealing against Ofsted's downgrading of the school from "outstanding" to "requiring improvement".

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Board of Deputies to launch its election manifesto in Manchester

By Sandy Rashty, September 17, 2014

Senior MPs will attend a communal event in Manchester this weekend in a bid to highlight key areas of the Board of Deputies’ manifesto ahead of the 2015 general election.

Tory MP Graham Brady and Labour MP Ian Lucas will speak at the event of Sunday, alongside Gillian Merron, Board chief executive. This will be Ms Merron’s first official engagement in Manchester.

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Police increase patrols after fears of Kedem-style protest

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 11, 2014

Police have increased patrols in a Jewish area of Salford amid fears that local businesses could be targeted by pro-Palestinian boycotters.

Greater Manchester Police said it had assigned more officers to Leicester Road, a main shopping street lined with stores selling kosher goods. The move came after a man was witnessed taking photos of shops in the area.

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Support for shop boycotts

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 14, 2014

A survey in Manchester found 62 per cent of people agreed with boycotting "Jewish-owned shops" in the city as picketers of the Kedem cosmetic store claim pro-Israel demonstrators have teamed up with the far right.

Local news site Mancunian Matters posed the question: "Are Palestine supporters right to protest outside Jewish-owned shops in Manchester?" Editor David Keane said his site was contac

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