Jonathan Kalmus

Medical aid campaign with defibrillators

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 28, 2013

Following the death of a Liverpool King David High pupil from a heart attack, a petition for a Parliamentary debate on siting defibrillators in all UK public buildings has gathered over 71,000 signatures.

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Two victims explain why they didn't report abuse

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 24, 2013

Jewish victims of child sex abuse have spoken out about serious sexual crime being perpetrated within the UK’s strictly Orthodox Jewish community, writes Jonathan Kalmus.

Two victims — who are not involved in the Dispatches film — have spoken exclusively to the JC.

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M&S finds new market at site of founder's stall

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 21, 2013

Marks & Spencer is going back to its Jewish roots with a heritage market stall and coffee shop in Leeds, where M&S founder Michael Marks began trading.

These will open in March at Kirkgate Market, where Mr Marks had his penny bazaar stall from 1884. In 1894, he entered into partnership with Tom Spencer and the brand was born.

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Crime rises (and police station closes)

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 21, 2013

North Manchester police have warned of an upsurge in burglaries and car thefts from Jewish residents — and announced the closure of a local police station.

In the past week in Prestwich, two televisions were stolen from a house, a handbag was taken from a flat and an attempt made to steal a car.

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Steinberg’s Vision to launch business festival

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 18, 2013

One of Liverpool’s leading Jewish figures has been tasked by the Prime Minister to deliver what is claimed to be the UK’s largest planned national business event since the 1950s.

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Manchester jeweller brings down Colombian organised crime gang

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 17, 2013

A Jewish jeweller who helped police catch an organised crime gang responsible for a £220,000 diamond heist has helped police again, this time to net a member of a violent Colombian international crime ring.

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Cemetery chiefs pin hopes of sale on public inquiry

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 14, 2013

Manchester Jewish cemetery representatives are hoping that a public inquiry verdict will generate the funding needed to renovate a burial ground.

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Liverpool music man's bad sounds towards MP results in fine

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 10, 2013

The owner of a popular Liverpool music venue has pleaded guilty to racially abusing Jewish MP Luciana Berger.

Philip Hayes, 53, who runs The Picket venue, which has hosted world-famous music acts, admitted to making a number of antisemitic remarks at Ms Berger at an after-show party for the Liverpool Music Awards last November.

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Langdon enterprise centre is just the job

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 4, 2013

The Langdon Community in Manchester has done a deal on eBay to help young Jews with mild-to-moderate educational needs who have struggled to find jobs.

It has transformed a 1,500 square foot former car workshop in Prestwich into the hi-tech Langdon Training and Enterprise Centre, from which a variety of items are sold online.

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Walkout over Holocaust film music

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 3, 2013

A British conductor has dismissed as “unbelievable” a complaint that he had perpetuated Israeli and Holocaust “propaganda” by introducing music from Schindler’s List.

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Museum celebrates rise in visitors

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 24, 2012

Manchester Jewish Museum is celebrating a significant rise in visitor numbers — reversing the effects of years of financial instability.

According to figures released this week, visitor numbers hit 14,519, the highest annual number since 2008, and up by more than 4,000 since 2009.

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Manchester toddler is mourned

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 24, 2012

A 19-month-old Manchester toddler has suffered an unexplained death.

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Burial boards 'must unite' over cemetery upkeep

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 24, 2012

A Jewish children’s cemetery has barely a stone left standing and new gravestones are broken, blackened and sit over collapsed graves. In another Manchester Jewish burial ground a wall has toppled. The bleak picture is not the result of antisemitic vandalism but the lack of funded maintenance by the Jewish community, say trustees of a new Manchester cemetery charity.

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Boy saves family from Chanucah fire

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 20, 2012

A nine-year-old boy’s quick thinking saved his family after Chanucah candles ignited their home last Friday.

Moments after Zev Dunner had left his wife and four children, aged between two and nine, at home for a Shabbat synagogue service, Chanucah candles are believed to have set fire to the living room curtains.

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BBC exec defends axe of show

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 17, 2012

BBC Radio Manchester’s managing editor has told Jewish listeners that she does not support dedicated Jewish programming.

In a heated interview on the station’s Jewish Hour show, which is being axed after next Monday’s edition, Kate Squire said: “If I was starting Radio Manchester from scratch with a blank piece of paper, I would not be running a Jewish hour.

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Salford pensioner killed on way to shul

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 17, 2012

A Salford pensioner died after being hit by a car while walking to synagogue with family members on the first night of Chanucah.

Chaim Steinberg, 83, was struck by a dark Citroen on Saturday as he made his way to the Manchester Kollel synagogue near his home. He died later in hospital. Police have arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

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Shrubs growing at 75

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 17, 2012

A Manchester synagogue which owes its establishment to a pre-war discussion in a pub celebrates its 75th anniversary this weekend.

The Prestwich Hebrew Congregation founding members “met in the George pub in Prestwich feeling there was need for a shul in the neighbourhood, which wasn’t a Jewish one at the time,” explained 91-year-old Issy Mintz, a member for 61 years.

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Manchester's £11m care village

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 17, 2012

Manchester’s Morris Feinmann Home is planning an £11 million state-of-the-art care village at its Didsbury site.

The architecture, staffing and household structure will apply leading edge approaches to supporting people with a wide range of care needs. Communal facilities will include a kosher deli bistro, hair salon and exercise studio.

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Gove visits King David Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 10, 2012

Manchester King David High pupils relayed concerns about access to higher education to Michael Gove when the Education Secretary visited KD’s new £22 million campus last Friday.

He sat in on maths, chemistry and French classes and also met the school’s senior management.

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Campaigner loses legal fight to save BBC show

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 10, 2012

A legal attempt to save the BBC’s only regular Jewish radio programme has failed and the long-running Manchester show will air for the final time on December 17.
Last Friday, a judge ruled that the decision to axe BBC Radio Manchester’s Jewish Hour was not discriminatory.

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