Jonathan Kalmus

Salford sex suspect who fled bail arrested in Israel

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 4, 2013

Police have confirmed that Todros Grynhaus, a suspected sex offender from Salford, has been arrested by Israeli police after fleeing the UK.

Greater Manchester Police, who had been seeking the 48-year-old in the UK and abroad since he went missing two weeks ago, confirmed that the man they believe to be Mr Grynhaus had been arrested in Jerusalem, where he was living under a false identity.

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King David High twins with Muslim school

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 4, 2013

Manchester’s King David High has twinned with an Islamic school in a bid to improve interfaith understanding.

KD will have regular shared lessons and assemblies with students from Manchester Islamic High School for Girls.

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Salford sex suspect flees strict bail terms

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 1, 2013

A suspected Jewish sex offender from Salford is being tracked by police.

Salford-based Todros Grynhaus, 48, had pleaded not guilty to seven counts of sexual or indecent assault against children in December and was expected to be tried at Manchester Crown Court later this year.

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Manchester job centre opens

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 25, 2013

The first Jewish employment centre outside of London has opened in Manchester with funding from Bury and Salford councils.

JCom’s shop-fronted Employment Support Centre in Prestwich will offer a job search and advice service in partnership with local job centres. Features will include a benefits surgery and “hot desk” office space at a nominal fee for new small businesses.

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£2m scheme is a home win for Manchester Orthodox

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 25, 2013

Detailed plans for a £2 million affordable housing project for Jews on the former premises of Manchester Zionist headquarters Mamlock House have been unveiled.

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Salford assault suspect has breached bail

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 22, 2013

A Salford Jewish man accused of sexual assault against children is suspected of breaching his bail conditions to avoid his upcoming trial.

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that Todros Grynhaus, 47, from Higher Broughton, has failed to answer strict bail conditions he was placed under following being charged with historic sexual abuse in December.

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Irgun death sentence letter found in Hampshire residence

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 22, 2013

Mystery surrounds a copy of a death sentence letter issued by the Irgun in one of Mandate Palestine’s most controversial episodes. It was found in a house in Hampshire.

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Police put clamp on immigrant archives

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 22, 2013

Police records giving details of hundreds of Jewish immigrants entering the UK, including Holocaust survivors, are being barred from public access until "sensitive information" has been removed.

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Wrong numbers prompt council to call for better data

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 18, 2013

The Manchester Jewish Representative Council has warned that communal strategy must be based on reliable demographic data, particularly for the mainstream. But there was no questioning the growth of the local Charedi community.

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Brodetsky integrating non-Jewish pupils

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 18, 2013

The head of the Brodetsky Jewish Primary in Leeds has said that the successful integration of an influx of non-Jewish pupils disproves the claim that faith schools are insular.

Jeremy Dunford reported that 12 of the 274 Brodetsky pupils are from African, Asian and non-Jewish British backgrounds.

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Blackpool shul is back on sale

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 18, 2013

Blackpool Synagogue is back on sale for £130,000 after the developer who purchased it last year decided to use only land at the back of the building for a luxury apartment project.

Thomson Property Investments bought the 1916 Grade II-listed building, overlooked by Blackpool Tower, after members of the dwindling community decided to call it a day.

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TV rabbi may apply to Ofcom

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 8, 2013

A Manchester rabbi who was secretly filmed by last week’s Channel 4 Dispatches on Charedi sex abuse is considering making an Ofcom complaint.

Lawyers acting for Osher Westheim, a former Manchester Beth Din dayan, accused Channel 4 of breaching parts of the broadcaster watchdog’s regulations, in relation to rejecting an offer from the rabbi to be openly interviewed.

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Regional synagogues top list of 'at risk' heritage buildings

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 7, 2013

Three regional synagogue buildings are highlighted in a new top 10 of “at risk” communal properties on Jewish Heritage UK’s preservation register.

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A love story from Langdon

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 7, 2013

Love Langdon Week launches on Sunday to promote the educational charity which helps young Jews with mild-to-moderate learning difficulties. And Langdon has its own love story with the engagement of two of its residents, Ed Sholem and Shoshi Finn, who plan to marry at Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue in August.

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On pole in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 4, 2013

The first poles for what will be the UK’s largest eruv were erected in north Manchester this week.

Areas of Salford, Manchester and Bury will be covered by the religious boundary, which will have a 13-mile circumference. Three-quarters of the eruv is formed by existing structures or buildings.

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Manchester cemetery puts case to inquiry

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 4, 2013

Manchester City Council has admitted using inaccurate information in rejecting a planning application for a development on Jewish cemetery land which would bring in desperately needed funding.

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Fee rise could shut Southport shul

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 4, 2013

Southport Hebrew Congregation has warned that it might have to sell its synagogue if Sefton Council passes a controversial “funeral tax”.

The congregation — which has an average age of 73 — uses the council-run cemetery in Duke Street. The council proposes to increase burial plot costs from £750 to £900 to generate additional income.

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Yiddish in Hackney — but not Gateshead

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 1, 2013

More detailed data from the 2011 census released this week has revealed some surprising details about Anglo-Jewry’s population shifts and spoken Hebrew and Yiddish.

On Wednesday, the Office for National Statistics released new data, including neighbourhood population figures by religion, and records of which languages people speak.

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Survivor's story: 'People say I was lucky to escape. What do they know?

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 31, 2013

Vienna-born Margit Cohen, 90, has not previously spoken to anyone beyond her family about her experiences as an only child who left her parents to board a Kindertransport to England in December 1938. Her father and most of his seven siblings were murdered in Nazi camps — Mrs Cohen never discovered her mother’s fate.

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Kemp enjoys northern exposure with UJIA

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 28, 2013

TV presenter and former EastEnders actor Ross Kemp had a starring role in the Manchester UJIA dinner on Monday, which raised more than £600,000 for projects in northern Israel.

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