Jonathan Kalmus

Board’s general election manifesto launched in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 23, 2014

The Board of Deputies' 2015 general election manifesto received a positive reception at its launch in Manchester this week

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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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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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MS sufferer completes rabbinical training

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 11, 2014

Completing the rigorous rabbinical studies course is tough for anyone with a full-time job. But Gideon Schulman has also had to cope with Multiple Sclerosis.

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'Divisive' vote on Yachad is postponed once again

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 11, 2014

The Board of Deputies has confirmed that it has again postponed a vote on whether to accept a left-leaning Israel advocacy group as a member.

Deputies were due to decide on whether to admit Yachad in July but the debate was abandoned at the last minute.

It was rescheduled for a meeting later this month, but this week a Board spokesperson confirmed it would not take place.

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Police patrols stepped up in Gateshead after Shabbat robberies

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 4, 2014

Following the jailing of two men for robbing Gateshead Jewish homes left unlocked on Shabbat, Northumbria police have announced increased security measures in the area.

David Fox and Patrick Chambers, who both gave their address as Durham Prison, pleaded guilty at Newcastle Crown Court to burgling four homes. The robberies took place over a 90-minute period in May.

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Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs to rebuild Manchester synagogue

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 2, 2014

Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs will rebuild a synagogue as part of a multi-million pound property deal agreed today.

The former Manchester United footballers, who own the Jackson’s Row Development Company, have finalised an agreement to turn Manchester Reform Synagogue into a community complex.

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Police to move protesters away from Kedem store

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 22, 2014

Police have put a stop to a five-week protest outside a Jewish-owned shop which sells Israeli products.

Pro-Palestinian activists and Israel-supporting counter-protesters will be moved away from the Kedem store, in a central Manchester, to a nearby "designated protest area”.

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Wineman on Kedem

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 21, 2014

Cries of "the Jews killed Jesus" rang from the Kedem picket when Vivian Wineman visited on Wednesday.

The president of the Board of Deputies had come to Manchester to view for himself the ongoing protests outside the Israeli-owned cosmetic store and the barracking from the pro-Palestinian activists.

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Ambassador turns Bradford Israeli

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 21, 2014

Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub has made a high-profile stand against George Galloway's call for Bradford to be an "Israeli-free zone".

Mr Taub visited the city this week to talk to councillors from the its three main political parties.

Mr Galloway, the Respect Party MP for Bradford West, responded on Twitter by accusing the councillors of welcoming a "mouthpiece for murder".

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Butcher's shop makes the cut as monument

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 21, 2014

The frontage of a former kosher butcher's shop that supplied the Titanic is set to be preserved as a monument in Liverpool's city centre.

A £1.5 million redevelopment proposal by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, which bought the Galkoff's site, includes plans to painstakingly remove the shop-front's iconic green tiles and ironwork and reconstruct them as a free-standing sculpture.

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'Obnoxious' rant charge unlikely

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 14, 2014

George Galloway is unlikely to face prosecution under racism laws after he told a Leeds audience to ban visits by Israelis and mimic Bradford as an "Israel-free zone".

The Respect MP, speaking at a party meeting in Leeds last week, said: "We don't even want Israeli tourists to come to Bradford even if any of them had thought of doing so.

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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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Linked by technology

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 14, 2014

A major tie-up between hi-tech companies in Cheshire and Israel has been sparked by a Tel Aviv visit by a science park delegation arranged by the British-Israel Chamber of Commerce North West.

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Good sports seek help on funding

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 14, 2014

Jewish sports and well-being groups are being encouraged to apply for some of the £1 million in unused cash from a Bury Council drive to get women exercising.

The "I Will If You Will" campaign was targeted to spend £2.38 million of Lottery and Sport England cash by September and the low disbursement has attracted criticism.

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Boys admit vandalism at Jewish cemetery in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 8, 2014

Two 13-year-old boys have admitted vandalising headstones at a Jewish cemetery.

The boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal damage at Manchester and Salford youth court today, with both telling the magistrate: "I did it".

In June dozens of headstones were found smashed at Blackley cemetery in north Manchester.

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Game creator back on board after inspiring walk with her dog

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 8, 2014

Ten years ago, Beverley Ross created a board game which won a contest on a Discovery Channel reality TV show and was all set to be launched on to the market.

But it never made it to the toyshop shelves. A similar game called Cranium was brought out around the same time, causing production of Ms Ross's game to be abandoned.

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Manchester shop staff hold their own protest over Kedem demonstrations

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 7, 2014

Retailers in Manchester are calling on police to move protesters away from city centre shops because the disruption is causing the loss of thousands of pounds worth of business.

Pro-Palestinian activists have been demonstrating outside Kedem, an Israeli cosmetics store, since the Gaza conflict began.

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Salford schools face places crisis

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 7, 2014

A baby boom in Salford will leave local Jewish schools facing huge pressure on places.

Salford has one of the UK's fastest-growing Jewish populations and its schools have begun lobbying for funding to expand existing buildings. One independent Charedi school is attempting to buy a Salford care home which has larger premises.

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Boycott protests 'ignored'

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 7, 2014

Police have been criticised for going soft on anti-Israel boycotters in Manchester in order to reduce confrontation.

City councillors want to move a snowballing protest away from the Kedem Israeli cosmetics store, expecting to draw thousands this weekend.

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