Manchester

Fears over burial site

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 29, 2013

Fears have been raised that children’s graves in Manchester could be dug up as part of ongoing sewage works. The closed Collyhurst Jewish burial ground in north Manchester was used mainly to bury children of poor families until the late 19th century.

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New law is not the answer to autopsy woes

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 26, 2013

New autopsy laws will not protect Jewish families from forced surgical post-mortems being preformed on their loved ones, according to one expert.

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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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