Jonathan Kalmus

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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Trust defends price hike for stone-settings

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 3, 2012

Manchester families are facing a £300 increase in the cost of stone-settings, bringing the price close to £2,000.

The rise is at the behest of the North Manchester Jewish Cemeteries Trust, which insists that the additional income is vital to maintaining local cemeteries.

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Appeal to fund terminally ill boy's Israel trip

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 29, 2012

A £10,000 appeal has been launched in Manchester to enable a terminally ill 13-year-old to visit Israel.

Ryan Grossman has nemaline rod myopathy, a rare, debilitating muscular disease which causes early death. The Whitefield youngster is the only wheelchair-bound pupil at Manchester King David High and wants to join his classmates on the school’s Israel trip in May.

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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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