Manchester

All change in Manchester Rep Council

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 14, 2013

Manchester Jewish Representative Council wants to implement “radical changes” in a bid to reverse falling attendances and attract young leaders.

A report by a committee of executive officers proposes a complete restructuring of the council with the possibility of a paid CEO and doubled annual costs. It will be put to the vote next month.

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Helping asylum seekers

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 14, 2013

A Manchester Reform congregant with “Muslim ‘grandchildren’ who are refugees” has urged support for a new branch of a Jewish charity assisting refugees and asylum seekers from around the world.

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Transplant man's donor drive

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 7, 2013

A Salford man with a life-threatening bone marrow disease has expressed his gratitude for a transplant match by organising the largest bone marrow donor drive among Manchester’s strictly Orthodox community.

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Chasidic Salford school receives improved Ofsted report

By Simon Rocker, September 30, 2013

An independent boys’ school in Salford run by one of the most conservative Chasidic sects has been commended by Ofsted inspectors.

The Satmar-owned Talmud Torah Yetev Lev was rated good in all six categories after an inspection earlier this summer.

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Maccabi is cutting losses

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 30, 2013

Manchester Maccabi is reducing its losses but is still facing a £1,000-a-month shortfall.

At the height of its financial troubles two years ago, the north Manchester community and sports club was losing over £4,000 monthly and was under threat of having to sell its £2 million premises.

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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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