Jonathan Kalmus

Locals rubbish collection cuts

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 17, 2014

Strictly Orthodox families have joined the protests against Bury Council's move to cut rubbish collections to once every three weeks, the first English borough to do so.

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Flowering talent puts it down to his iPad app

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 17, 2014

A Salford 22-year-old with profound speech impediments who has learned to communicate using an iPad has won a string of awards for his horticultural work.

Moishy Hassell, who attends Langdon College, had found it impossible to communicate with anyone outside of family and close acquaintances.

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Murdered teen's family is moved by pledges

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 17, 2014

Over 100 cards from Manchester families have been delivered to the home of murdered Israeli teenager Naftali Frenkel. The cards contained messages of hope and commitments from members of south Manchester synagogues to charities and communal organisations which would be performed in memory of the three young Israelis murdered in the West Bank.

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Primary school fights Ofsted downgrade

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 14, 2014

Broughton Jewish Primary School is appealing against its latest Ofsted inspection findings, claiming the inspector's report contained inaccuracies which led to a downgrading to "requires improvement".

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Navy man gets proper burial after ID appeal

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 14, 2014

A Salford man who died alone has been given a Jewish burial after staff at Manchester's Nicky Alliance Day Care Centre identified him as a regular attendee.

Wallace Cohen, 70, lived mostly estranged from the Jewish community in Lower Broughton. After falling ill last week, he called for an ambulance and was taken to Royal Salford Hospital, where he died.

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Freewheeling at Shabbat

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 10, 2014

At 11 o'clock on Shabbat morning, eyes in Leeds were on the Tour de France rather than the Torah.

The race's Grand Depart was taking place in the city, and synagogues held services early to allow congregants to daven and then watch Chris Froome and co ride by.

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Manchester charity probed over losses

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 3, 2014

The Charity Commission is investigating a Jewish charity over the loss of investment funds.

The Park Charitable Trust in Manchester was set up to advance Jewish education and provide support for people with cancer and heart conditions.

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Manchester grave attack: it gets worse

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 3, 2014

Vandals who went on a wrecking spree while police were sent to the wrong cemetery were free to causechaos for another reason, it has emerged.

Twelve months ago, burial authorities sacked the man who had looked after the grounds in Manchester's Blackley area for 14 years.

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Kosher mozzarella! Blessed are these cheesemakers

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 3, 2014

The world's first Italian-made kosher mozzarella is on sale in Britain thanks to an Italian family who opened their doors to the Manchester Beth Din.

Traditional mozzarella is made with buffalo milk from non-kosher dairies and soaked in heated brine baths, making it impossible to remove non-kosher ingredients.

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Desecration of graves in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 26, 2014

A double attack on a Jewish cemetery in Manchester has been condemned by police as "sickening" and "the work of cruel racists".

North Manchester's Blackley cemetery was targeted twice in two weeks, causing an estimated £100,000 worth of damage to dozens of graves, including seven belonging to one family.

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Police hunting racists who desecrated Manchester Jewish cemetery

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 24, 2014

A double attack on a Jewish cemetery in Manchester has been condemned as the sickening work of racists.

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Unique Tour for Leeds Jews

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 19, 2014

What do you do when one of the world's most-watched sporting events takes place outside your synagogue on Shabbat? Start services early and serve a French cycling-themed kiddush, of course.

Leeds' Jewish community is preparing for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of co-ordinating Shabbat around the visit of the Tour de France.

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Rare art 'must be returned'

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 19, 2014

The British Library has been told to return an estimated £200,000 worth of Nazi-stolen art after fresh claims by Jewish heirs.

Culture minister Ed Vaizey has upheld the recommendation of the government's Spoliation Advisory Panel, which, in newly published reports, calls for returning of rare works as the "fair and just resolution".

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School leader confident despite low enrolment

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 19, 2014

The founder of Leeds' first Jewish secondary school is confident about its future, despite anticipating another small intake for its second academic year.

Dan Cohen expects another 10 pupils to join the £3.5 million Leeds Jewish Free School in September after the inaugural intake of nine students, two of them non-Jews.

Although the numbers enrolling are only two-thirds of the school's targe

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Artful idea will aid survivors

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 19, 2014

Hundreds of Holocaust survivors and Jewish refugees in financial hardship will benefit from a £150,000 art therapy scheme.

The Six Point Foundation, supporting Jewish refugees, is backing a two-year arts project with survivors who have limited connection to the Jewish community.

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Battlefield dressing set to speed bris healing

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 13, 2014

Medical technology developed for the United States military is being used by mohelim in Britain to halve the healing time of circumcision to two or three days.

The technique involves a dressing impregnated with kaolin, a blood-clotting agent derived from clay. It is applied immediately after the circumcision and stops all bleeding within 10 minutes, removing the need for bandages.

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Mr Loophole defends rabbi death claim

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 12, 2014

Jewish celebrity lawyer Nick Freeman this week stood by his controversial attempt to shift part of the blame for the death of rabbi struck by a speeding car on to the victim himself.

Rabbi Hyman Steinberg, 82, was struck as he walked to synagogue in Salford at night in December 2012.

Mr Freeman's firm represented driver Simon Martins, from Whitefield, at Manchester Crown Court last week.

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Armed raiders threaten couple in 4am attack

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 12, 2014

Violent intruders terrorised a Jewish couple during a burglary over the Shavout festival.

The north Manchester couple in their 60s had hammers held over their heads by two men who broke into their Salford home around 4am last Wednesday morning.

The 67-year-old wife was told she would be harmed if she did not hand over jewellery and credit cards.

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Vandalising eruv? No, we were just measuring poles

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 9, 2014

Two Orthodox men suspected of vandalising the Manchester eruv were actually measuring it.

Security guards at Heaton Park, Prestwich, observing the northern-most part of the boundary reported seeing the men apparently tampering with eruv poles.

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King David pupils make a meal of helping out

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 9, 2014

A fundraising drive by Manchester King David pupils has raised enough to provide lunch for a year for 150 impoverished Israeli children.

Year nine pupils in Israel last week as part of the school’s annual visit also helped the Leket charity to distribute some of the food they have sponsored.

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