Jonathan Kalmus

Rep council looks to youth

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 11, 2014

Businesswoman Sharon Bannister aims to cultivate young leadership when she takes over the presidency of Manchester Jewish Representative Council.

The 60-year-old vice-president is expected to succeed Frank Baigel at next month's AGM. She currently runs an online retail business and is a dementia adviser to the Alzheimer's Society.

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Football’s racist ills are debated

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 10, 2014

Top football writers and a lawyer engaged in a spirited argument this week over efforts to criminalise the term, “Yid”, and the police’s record in tackling antisemitism in the game.

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Care home abuse victim speaks out as Jimmy Savile investigation begins

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 3, 2014

A victim of sex abuse at a Jewish children’s home being investigated in the Jimmy Savile scandal has said the Jewish community needs to do more to protect its children.

Jane Hersey was abused by a female nurse at the Sarah Laski Home in Crumpsall, Manchester, in the mid-1960s.

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Library lends itself to a fresh breed of browsers

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 31, 2014

Two hundred years of Jewish archives are being housed in new vaults following the £50 million refurbishment of Manchester Central Library, the UK's second largest.

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Special school is sought for north

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 31, 2014

Plans for a Jewish special needs school in Greater Manchester are under discussion. It is estimated that 900 Jewish children in the region require extra educational support and since the closure of the Cheshire-based Delamere secondary school in 2011, there has been no dedicated Jewish special educational needs provision for those aged 11 to 15.

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Football exhibits strike a chord with Charlton

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 24, 2014

Manchester United and England legend Sir Bobby Charlton opened the Four Four Jew football exhibition at Manchester Jewish Museum on Monday.

Sir Bobby told the 80 guests that it was a trip down memory lane in more ways than one as he had met his wife yards from the museum's Cheetham Hill Road site.

Previously shown at London's Jewish Museum, the Manchester version has a strong local focus.

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CPS reviews Peak District tomb row decision

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 21, 2014

The Crown Prosecution Service is reviewing its decision not to prosecute a man who bulldozed a historic Jewish burial ground.

Landowner Anthony Bevis flattened 100-year-old tombs in woodland in the Peak District, near Sheffield.

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Government wants law changed after Hatzola case

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 21, 2014

The government is seeking a change in the law following a High Court verdict which prevents the Hatzola Jewish emergency service from using blue lights on its vehicles.

The court ruled “with regret” last week that two Hatzola medics from Manchester must be convicted of illegally using the lights because their vehicles did not meet ambulance criteria set down nearly 40 years ago.

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Driver uses loud hailer to shout racist abuse

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 13, 2014

Police are investigating reports that a man drove around Manchester hurling antisemitic abuse through a megaphone.

The incident occurred outside Jewish shops and synagogues in King’s Road in Prestwich. Dozens of people witnessed a man driving a silver Ford Fiesta car and holding a megaphone.

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TV Masterchef’s rabbi finds his true love

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 6, 2014

The British Charedi rabbi who became a star of Israel’s Master Chef TV show has left the competition — but found himself a wife.

Wacky recipes from Rabbi Josh Steele, 29, who made aliyah from Edgware, north London, won over 400 shidduch offers during nine weeks on the show.

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Manchester's £11m care village plans revealed

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 4, 2014

Plans for an £11 million Jewish care village in south Manchester have been unveiled.

The currently closed Morris Feinmann home in Didsbury will become the Morris Feinmann Belong Village, comprising a cluster of mini-care homes around communal facilities.

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Family business milks the kosher market

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 24, 2014

Forty years ago, dairy farmer John Kenyon was approached by a rabbi who was looking to modernise kosher milk production.

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More support for dementia carers

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 24, 2014

The Alzheimer's Society is allocating specialist funding for dementia support training within the Jewish community.

A month-long pilot scheme in Manchester has provided training for lay carers, additionally offering expert advice and a peer network. The courses are being run in partnership with Jewish welfare charity The Fed at its Prestwich headquarters.

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Hunt for Leeds death raiders ‘will never end’

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 21, 2014

The brother of a Jewish businessman strangled during a robbery has vowed to help catch the killers while police say a rare Cartier watch may lead to key clues.

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St Anne's rabbi dies after heart attack

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 17, 2014

St Anne's Synagogue minister Rabbi David Katanka died on Monday, aged 63, two weeks after suffering a heart attack.

Rabbi Katanka also served congregations in Leeds, Sheffield, Portsmouth and Southsea, Edinburgh and Golders Green.

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Learning to love Limmud up north

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 13, 2014

Manchester's biggest ever Limmud event attracted around 600 people to a learning programme in Didsbury on Sunday.

Presenters included one Reform rabbi - Menorah Synagogue's Haim Shalom - while five Orthodox ministers participated.

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Take a tour of cemetery - online

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 13, 2014

Twenty thousand Leeds Jewish cemetery records are now available online, along with 13,000 headstone photographs, thanks to a project steered by a nuclear physicist.

Nuclear reactor safety expert Alan Tobias worked with retired dentist Malcolm Sender, amateur photographer Lee White and the late local historian Murray Freedman to produce the free database.

Records from four Leeds cemeteries ar

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Government issues new Shabbat guidelines in benefits row

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 13, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions has issued special “Shabbat” guidelines to ensure observant Jews are not denied benefit for refusing to work on Saturdays.

An internal memo entitled The Jewish Sabbath, seen by the JC, has been distributed to Jobcentres across the country.

It tells staff that the laws and customs of the “Jewish holy day” include “resting from work.”

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Scottish councillor accused over 'Nazi salute'

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 13, 2014

A local councillor who allegedly made a Nazi salute and shouted “sieg heil” at a heated council meeting is to face a disciplinary hearing.

Robert Spears, who sits as part of an independent group on Falkirk council in Scotland, is said to have made the Nazi gesture last May during a debate on the way the council makes decisions.

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Spy focuses on poverty at UJIA Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 3, 2014

The former head of Israel’s Mossad secret service had a very public mission this week, urging Manchester diners to raise funds towards alleviating Israeli poverty.

Danny Yatom told the 350 guests at the city’s annual UJIA dinner on Monday that there was an unequal share of wealth in Israel and that those on the periphery of society had been neglected.

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