Jonathan Kalmus

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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Manchester shuls move after blaze

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 28, 2013

A fire which broke out in Manchester’s Jewish Cultural Centre minutes before Shabbat forced synagogues to find alternative premises last Friday evening.

Strip-lighting ignited at around 4pm at the Machon Levi Yitzchok Chabad synagogue at the four-storey centre in Prestwich.

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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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