Jonathan Kalmus

Liverpool opens refurbished mikveh

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 13, 2012

Liverpool’s Childwall Hebrew Congregation is promoting its refurbished mikveh in a bid to attract brides and young couples.

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War museum highlights the cases of Holocaust victims

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 12, 2012

The suitcases of two Holocaust victims and a seven-foot sculpture are among Jewish-related items showcased in the Imperial War Museum North’s 10th anniversary exhibition.

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Oldham terror trial reaches its endgame

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 12, 2012

After three weeks of evidence at the trial of the Oldham hairdresser, Shasta Khan, who stands accused of a terrorist plot against Jews in Manchester, the prosecution and defence have closed their arguments.

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Terror trial wife: 'I'm not evil'

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 6, 2012

The woman accused of planning to blowing up Jews in Manchester has told the court "I'm not evil", and said she honestly did not know her husband was planning acts of terrorism.

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'I heard him shout, let's shoot at the yeshivah'

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 5, 2012

The yeshivah students were shaken and fearful as I arrived on Sunday morning at the scene of what appeared to be a horrific shooting at Shaarei Torah Yeshiva in Manchester's Broughton Park.

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'I was forced to hunt Jews', claims terror trial wife

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 5, 2012

She was the victim of three unlucky marriages to a rapist, a serial adulterer and, most recently, a self-declared terrorist. That is how the woman accused of plotting to blow up Jews in Manchester with her husband began her first evidence in court this week.

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Teenagers arrested after gun attack near Manchester yeshiva

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 1, 2012

Two 17 year old boys from Broughton, Manchester, have been arrested on suspicion of possessing and discharging a firearm after an incident in the early hours of this morning when a gun was fired near the Yeshiva in Upper Park Road, Broughton.

The incident is not being treated as a hate crime or antisemitic.

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Four years after murder, Kahan family still waiting for inquest

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 28, 2012

On the fourth anniversary of the stabbing to death of a Jewish klezmer violinist outside a kosher bakery, his family have expressed their dismay at delays to an inquest to discover what led to the tragedy.

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Synagogues, Jewish charities 'targeted by bomb attack couple'

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 22, 2012

A married couple inspired by al-Qaeda to blow up Jews in Manchester had planned a terror attack from their wedding day, a court has heard. Antisemitic Islamic hate speeches and videos of beheadings were found in their home.

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£9 million NHS centre to serve Charedi community

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 22, 2012

Salford’s Charedi population is to be served by a £9 million NHS medical centre due to open by the end of 2013.

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BBC boss sorry for reply to campaign to save radio show

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 21, 2012

BBC head of north-west programming Aziz Rashid has apologised for snubbing Jewish leaders with a standardised reply to their complaint over the scrapping of the Jewish programme on Radio Manchester.

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Strictly Kosher documentary on Manchester Jews returns

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 21, 2012

ITV’s Strictly Kosher entertainment documentary returns to British screens next week, adding an internet-dating rabbi to the original three frolicking personalities from Manchester’s Jewish community.

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Couple 'planned to bomb Manchester Jewish area', court hears

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 20, 2012

A court has heard how a husband and wife “were in the early stages” of preparing bombs allegedly to blow up Manchester's Jewish community.

Mohammed Sajid Khan, 33, pleaded guilty to planning terrorist attacks against Manchester's Jews at an earlier hearing, which could not be reported for legal reasons.

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MP joins fight to save Manchester radio show

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 15, 2012

Former Shadow Culture Secretary Ivan Lewis has accused the BBC of treating the Jewish community “differently” over its plans to scrap its only regular Jewish programme.

Mr Lewis is due to meet the BBC’s head of regional and local programmes for the north-west, Aziz Rashid, over the proposed cancellation of BBC Radio Manchester’s Monday night Jewish hour.

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Mother of missing Israeli soldier Baumel in fresh FCO plea

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 14, 2012

The mother of Israel's longest missing-in-action soldier is to lobby the British government to release secret files to help trace her son after 30 years.

This Monday marked the 30th anniversary of the Battle of Sultan Yacoub during the 1982 Lebanon war, when Zachary Baumel, Tzvi Feldman and Yehuda Katz went missing. Miriam Baumel spoke of her son at a special ceremony in Jerusalem this week.

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Manchester eruv extends cover

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 1, 2012

More houses are to be covered by the Manchester eruv.

Work on the religious boundary is currently concentrated on walls and fences in the boroughs of Salford, Bury and Manchester. But talks are under way with Salford planners to relocate a number of eruv poles to include an 80-property housing estate being constructed in the largely Charedi area of Leicester Road.

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Paris screening for Leeds Holocaust film

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 1, 2012

An award-winning documentary by Leeds filmmakers is to be showcased at the Memorial de la Shoah centre in Paris as part of national commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the round-up of Jews in Nazi-controlled France.

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Scottish Church votes to ignore Israel in campaigns

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 31, 2012

The Scottish Church will no longer consider the Israeli perspective when campaigning on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, its General Assembly has voted.

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Kindertransport play makes debut

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 31, 2012

The harrowing journey of 10,000 Jewish children, in a new musical work about the Kindertransport, was exclusively previewed to the Jewish community on Wednesday.

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Manchester King David Schools new campus officially opens

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 24, 2012

TEL Aviv Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau formally opened Manchester King David Schools’ new campus on Sunday, also helping to bring in tens of thousands of pounds at a fundraiser.

“Education is the most important thing and this is why you must support King David,” Rabbi Lau told an audience of 400, including Bury MP Ivan Lewis.

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