Manchester

Yom Kippur roof collapse

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 23, 2013

YOm Kippur prayers at Manchester's Holy Law Synagogue brought the house down after part of the ceiling collapsed, narrowly missing congregants in the ladies' gallery.

A number of chunks of plaster fell during the morning service at the Prestwich synagogue, thought to be a result of a leaky roof, repairs to which were part of its Kol Nidre appeal.

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Manchester eruv fails to make pre-Succot completion target

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 23, 2013

The north Manchester eruv — the UK’s largest — has not been completed in time for Succot as intended. But its organisers do not anticipate a long delay.

Fencing and wire arranged for the 13-mile religious boundary with Manchester’s Metrolink transport and Bury Council is awaiting installation.

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New Year robberies in Salford

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 16, 2013

It was an unhappy New Year for a number of Salford families who were victims of nocturnal burglars.

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Charedim in the mix

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 16, 2013

Up and coming lay leaders in Manchester say that bridging the divide between mainstream and Charedi Jews in the city will dominate major future communal decisions.

Participants in UJIA’s lay leadership programme addressed the local Jewish representative council on Sunday. Among them was Charedi Dovid Bitan, a 33-year-old father-of-four who runs an architecture practice.

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Manchester’s Danes mark a wartime miracle

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 12, 2013

At early-morning prayers on the eve of Rosh Hashanah in 1943, the acting Danish Chief Rabbi Dr Marcus Melchior made a shock announcement.

The Nazis occupying the country were planning to deport the entire Jewish population to concentration camps.

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Charity fundraiser avoids jail over death of cyclist

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 12, 2013

A woman who raised thousands of pounds for Jewish charities has escaped jail for accidentally killing a great-grandmother with her Porsche sports car.

Tracy Capal, from Whitefield in north Manchester, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention at Chester Crown court.

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Langdon going into print

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 9, 2013

Special needs educator Langdon College has set up an online printing business after receiving a £25,000 grant.

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Manchester reports child abuse increase

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 9, 2013

Manchester’s largest Jewish welfare charity is dealing with a “dramatic rise” in child abuse cases.

The Fed has revealed that the number of youngsters it deals with who require child protection measures and local authority intervention has doubled to 40.

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Teenager aims to help the homeless

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 16, 2013

Teenage Jews in Manchester have set up a social action group to help homeless people and educate their peers about social justice.

Founder Maya Rubinstain, a 17-year-old pupil at Manchester’s King David School, said Youth Exist was established “to change the lives of homeless people”.

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Children's burial site dig halted

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 5, 2013

Digging work for an access road on top of a Manchester Jewish children’s burial ground has been halted following concerns raised the city’s Beth Din.

As part of major sewage infrastructure works begun by United Utilities last week, workmen dug up one side of the tiny 170-year-old Collyhurst burial ground in north Manchester.

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