Jonathan Kalmus

Broughton Primary splits leadership

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 29, 2012

Broughton Jewish Primary in Salford has appointed a principal to manage the school’s Jewish studies in a split leadership structure.

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New police chief backs Gaza protests

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 23, 2012

Greater Manchester’s first Police and Crime Commissioner, a long- standing pro-Palestinian campaigner, has said people “ought to draw very strong conclusions” about the Israeli Palestinian conflict and protest on the streets of Manchester.

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George Galloway: we hate Zionism

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 22, 2012

MP George Galloway has branded Zionism “a blasphemy against Judaism and against God”, praised the legitimacy of Hamas and publicly called for the dismantling of Israel.

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Muslim banker to back Laniado dinner

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 16, 2012

An Iranian Muslim banker is a key backer of a London dinner being held this weekend in aid of an Israeli hospital.

Mort Mirghsvameddin, CEO of the UK arm of a Middle Eastern bank, is a fundraising committee member for Laniado UK.

He said Netanya’s Laniado Hospital “bridges the gap between Muslims and Jews” and wants to reverse declining financial support from the UK.

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Net gains for Bnei Akiva dinner

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 16, 2012

The 250 attendance at a Friends of Bnei Akiva Manchester dinner was more than doubled by those viewing the live online coverage.

Guest of honour was Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, who opened the movement’s Salford bayit in 1991.

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Encouraging demand for Leeds high school

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 15, 2012

The Jewish high school opening in Leeds next September has received 20 applications for the 25 places for the initial year.

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Community mourns Manchester student

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 8, 2012

The death of a Jewish student has shocked south Manchester, with 500 people attending his funeral.

Jonathan Jayson, 20, a student at Liverpool Community College, died last Wednesday at the Grand Central student accommodation in Liverpool.

His family said a post-mortem indicated that he had died from heart failure.

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Sacks gives northern schools top marks

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 8, 2012

Formally opening two major educational campuses during a northern visit, Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks said that schools were “our best investment in the Jewish future”.

Lord Sacks made the comment at the King David School in Manchester last Thursday after highlighting Anglo-Jewry’s declining population from a post-war 450,000 to 270,000 today.

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Football chiefs say antisemitism 'has got worse'

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 25, 2012

In the week when football’s anti-racist efforts have come under the microscope, Jewish personalities within the game have criticised the Football Association, the government and the police for not doing enough to tackle antisemitism at stadiums and playing fields.

Manchester United non-executive director Mike Edelson believes antisemitism in football “has got worse”.

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MP joins fight to save BBC Radio's Jewish Hour

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 25, 2012

Rotherham MP Denis MacShane has joined the fight to save BBC Radio Manchester’s Jewish Hour from the axe, accusing the corporation of “singling out the Jewish community for discrimination”.

Mr MacShane, who chaired the 2006 Parliamentary inquiry into antisemitism, has written to BBC Trust head Lord Patten to protest against plans to end the long-running programme in December.

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MP criticises 'vaacum' in special needs provision

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 18, 2012

Bury South MP Ivan Lewis has criticised the “massive vacuum” in integrated special-needs facilities in Manchester Jewish schools

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Legal fight to save BBC Jewish programme from axe

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 18, 2012

The BBC is being taken to court over the alleged “discriminatory” decision to axe its only regular Jewish radio show.

Jewish Hour, broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester for 21 years, is scheduled to end in December as part of sweeping changes to local broadcasting. However, the local black, Asian and Chinese programming is continuing.

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Holmes is ideal for Langdon as Manchester dinner raises £250k

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 18, 2012

There was a sporting theme to the first Manchester fundraising dinner for special needs charity Langdon, which raised £250,000.

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Kollel scheme is set to bridge educational gap in Yorkshire

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 18, 2012

A free, adult Jewish learning facility is being planned for Leeds.

The intention is for the Leeds community kollel to mirror projects in London and Manchester by funding 10 Orthodox families to move to the city to undertake rabbinic studies in a dedicated venue. The scheme would also support weekly lectures and text-based learning within Orthodox synagogues.

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New Leeds school takes the modern approach

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 27, 2012

Touch-screen tablet computers for every pupil are an intended feature of the first Jewish secondary school in Leeds, parents of 20 prospective students have been told.

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Special needs chief warns on provision

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 27, 2012

A Manchester leader has warned that parents of special-needs children may find it even tougher to win educational support as more Jewish schools become academies.

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No charges for race hate on Facebook

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 27, 2012

No charges of internet race hate will be brought against five men associated with a far-right group which runs antisemitic Facebook pages.

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Positive message by Bolton's blind Zionist

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 21, 2012

She taught herself fluent Hebrew listening to Israeli radio from her home in Bolton; she raises funds for needy Israeli families; she is not Jewish - and she is blind.

Karen Greenwood was born sightless, but she sees through what she calls "propaganda" by anti-Israel protesters in the UK.

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How Kellogg's keeps the Corn Flakes kosher in the world’s biggest cereal factory

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 20, 2012

Down the road from Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground there is another equally famous institution, but, unlike United, this one has its own kosher stamp.

This is Kellogg’s Trafford Park factory, all one million square feet of it, the largest cereal-producing plant in the world and home to some of the nation’s favourite breakfast foods.

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Defibrillator drive takes off

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 20, 2012

A national drive to provide lifesaving equipment to Jewish organisations has taken its first “small steps”. At the same time, a defibrillator is to be given to every primary school in Liverpool after the death of a pupil at the city’s King David Jewish High school.

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