Jonathan Kalmus

King David ambassadors visit their twins

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 25, 2013

MPs HAVE come out in support of the first Jewish ambassadors to visit a Muslim school, as a historic twinning moves to a second stage.

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Debribillator debate is vital, say campaigners

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 25, 2013

A parliamentary debate is being seen as a snub to a campaign on life-saving equipment sparked by the death of a young boy at Liverpool’s King David High School.

Oliver King was 12 when he died after collapsing from a heart attack at King David High in 2011. His father, Mark, has been campaigning to place resuscitation equipment across the UK by founding the Oliver King Foundation.

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App launched to help Jewish charities

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 21, 2013

A Jewish team has developed a charity app which donates money every time someone shops at hundreds of major retailers — and will help Jewish charities, big and small.

Give4Sure can be downloaded to any mobile device or computer from a participating charity’s website, such as Chai Cancer Care, the first charity to run the service.

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Artist Frank Cohen shows a lot of bottle

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 21, 2013

“It’s not a gallery, and I don’t like the word ‘museum’. Don’t make it schmaltzy, we are doing something serious here,” said Frank Cohen, the DIY magnate and one of Britain’s most important contemporary art collectors, who is about to open an art centre in London’s Bloomsbury next month — one that is very different.

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Doing a brisk Pesach trade in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 18, 2013

Manchester shoppers are taking advantage of the Pesach price war among the major supermarket chains.

Tesco offers the greatest choice of Passover goods and at its Prestwich branch, newly married Ari Spitzer — who will be making his first Passover with his wife — said the community appreciated the efforts of supermarkets to cater for Jewish consumers.

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Manchester eruv close to completion

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 18, 2013

Manchester’s first eruv could be completed within weeks.

The religious boundary has been in development for more than two years since receiving planning permission.

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Manchester running out of burial space

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 18, 2013

Manchester Jewry is facing a burial crisis after it was revealed that local cemeteries have less than 10,000 spaces vacant, insufficient to bury the synagogue members currently signed up to burial boards. Some burial plots are being sold twice and there is not the finance to expand supply.

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Israel studies professor: 1948 really was ethnic cleansing, not genocide

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 14, 2013

One of the UK’s leading academics says supporters of Israel need to accept historical facts that Israel committed “ethnic cleansing” in 1948 — and be clear that there is no contradiction between this and their support of Israel.

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Shoah tribute leads £1m plan for cemeteries

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 11, 2013

A permanent Holocaust memorial at one of Manchester’s largest Jewish cemeteries is among a raft of improvements planned for dilapidated burial grounds.

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Woman crushed by a falling gate

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 11, 2013

Tributes have been paid to a Manchester woman who was killed when she was crushed by a gate.

Myra Goldman, 68, died when the gate of a business park fell on her on Sunday while she was working at her flower business in Whitefield, north Manchester.

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'Coffin tax' hits Southport shul

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 11, 2013

Merseyside’s Sefton Council is introducing a “coffin tax” which threatens the future of the small Southport Hebrew Congregation.

On Thursday of last week, the council’s cabinet passed budgetary measures which will see an increase in burial costs at the local authority’s Duke Street cemetery from £750 to £900.

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UK sex crime suspect found in Israel

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 7, 2013

An international hunt has ended for a suspected British sex offender who fled to Israel to avoid trial for alleged crimes against children, when the man was arrested in Jerusalem after two weeks on the run.

Todros Grynhaus, from Salford, is thought to have escaped from the UK on false documents after being arrested and charged with historic sexual and indecent assault against three minors.

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Tesco confuses Pesach shoppers

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 7, 2013

Supermarket giant Tesco has been found selling non-kosher for Passover cakes and snacks as Pesach products.

The JC found at least nine products being sold in stores across the country as part of the chain’s dedicated Passover offerings, some which contained standard processed wheat, which is strictly forbidden during the eight-day festival.

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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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