Jonathan Kalmus

Vandalising eruv? No, we were just measuring poles

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 9, 2014

Two Orthodox men suspected of vandalising the Manchester eruv were actually measuring it.

Security guards at Heaton Park, Prestwich, observing the northern-most part of the boundary reported seeing the men apparently tampering with eruv poles.

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King David pupils make a meal of helping out

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 9, 2014

A fundraising drive by Manchester King David pupils has raised enough to provide lunch for a year for 150 impoverished Israeli children.

Year nine pupils in Israel last week as part of the school’s annual visit also helped the Leket charity to distribute some of the food they have sponsored.

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Yeshiva for Salford construction men

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 2, 2014

A former Salford care home is to be converted into premises for a yeshiva which trains its students to be fire cadets, construction workers and ambulance staff trainees.

The Darchei Torah Yeshiva helps strictly Orthodox school-leavers who performed poorly in secondary education to find employment.

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Winchester campaigners lobby for place in history

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 28, 2014

A newly formed group of academics and local Jews is campaigning to highlight the neglected Jewish history of Winchester.
The group was formed following concerns that there was no official mention of what was one of England's most important medieval communities prior to the expulsion in 1290.

Until that point, the Winchester community was prominent - there was a Jewry Street in the city and a J

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Victims are hiding abuse, says Nigel Evans’s lawyer

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 25, 2014

The lawyer who helped clear the former House of Commons deputy speaker Nigel Evans of a string of sexual offences has highlighted the need for greater assistance to prosecute rape and sexual assaults in the Jewish community.

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Ferguson tells CST: Moyes was dignified, had integrity

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 24, 2014

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson told a CST lunch today that ousted manager David Moyes was “dignified”, had great integrity and was a hard worker in what appear to be his first public comments on the sacking of his successor.

Over 200 people attended the fundraising lunch , organised by the antisemitism research and security charity.

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Sex offender’s deportation to UK draws closer

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 24, 2014

A suspected British paedophile who fled to Israel to avoid going on trial for sex offences is likely to be deported back to the UK after a year-long legal saga.

Todros Grynhaus, from Salford, is set to face trial in Manchester after an Israeli court ruled that it did not have to rely on lengthy extradition procedures to return suspected criminals who entered the country illegally.

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How an Israeli restaurant owner and a Gazan Arab found food for thought - in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 24, 2014

As Israel-Arab negotiations continue to founder, an unlikely meeting in Manchester between an Israeli and a Palestinian offers a positive reminder that harmony is possible — outside the political sphere at least.

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Rep council looks to youth

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 11, 2014

Businesswoman Sharon Bannister aims to cultivate young leadership when she takes over the presidency of Manchester Jewish Representative Council.

The 60-year-old vice-president is expected to succeed Frank Baigel at next month's AGM. She currently runs an online retail business and is a dementia adviser to the Alzheimer's Society.

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Football’s racist ills are debated

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 10, 2014

Top football writers and a lawyer engaged in a spirited argument this week over efforts to criminalise the term, “Yid”, and the police’s record in tackling antisemitism in the game.

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Care home abuse victim speaks out as Jimmy Savile investigation begins

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 3, 2014

A victim of sex abuse at a Jewish children’s home being investigated in the Jimmy Savile scandal has said the Jewish community needs to do more to protect its children.

Jane Hersey was abused by a female nurse at the Sarah Laski Home in Crumpsall, Manchester, in the mid-1960s.

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Library lends itself to a fresh breed of browsers

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 31, 2014

Two hundred years of Jewish archives are being housed in new vaults following the £50 million refurbishment of Manchester Central Library, the UK's second largest.

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Special school is sought for north

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 31, 2014

Plans for a Jewish special needs school in Greater Manchester are under discussion. It is estimated that 900 Jewish children in the region require extra educational support and since the closure of the Cheshire-based Delamere secondary school in 2011, there has been no dedicated Jewish special educational needs provision for those aged 11 to 15.

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Football exhibits strike a chord with Charlton

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 24, 2014

Manchester United and England legend Sir Bobby Charlton opened the Four Four Jew football exhibition at Manchester Jewish Museum on Monday.

Sir Bobby told the 80 guests that it was a trip down memory lane in more ways than one as he had met his wife yards from the museum's Cheetham Hill Road site.

Previously shown at London's Jewish Museum, the Manchester version has a strong local focus.

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CPS reviews Peak District tomb row decision

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 21, 2014

The Crown Prosecution Service is reviewing its decision not to prosecute a man who bulldozed a historic Jewish burial ground.

Landowner Anthony Bevis flattened 100-year-old tombs in woodland in the Peak District, near Sheffield.

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Government wants law changed after Hatzola case

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 21, 2014

The government is seeking a change in the law following a High Court verdict which prevents the Hatzola Jewish emergency service from using blue lights on its vehicles.

The court ruled “with regret” last week that two Hatzola medics from Manchester must be convicted of illegally using the lights because their vehicles did not meet ambulance criteria set down nearly 40 years ago.

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Driver uses loud hailer to shout racist abuse

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 13, 2014

Police are investigating reports that a man drove around Manchester hurling antisemitic abuse through a megaphone.

The incident occurred outside Jewish shops and synagogues in King’s Road in Prestwich. Dozens of people witnessed a man driving a silver Ford Fiesta car and holding a megaphone.

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TV Masterchef’s rabbi finds his true love

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 6, 2014

The British Charedi rabbi who became a star of Israel’s Master Chef TV show has left the competition — but found himself a wife.

Wacky recipes from Rabbi Josh Steele, 29, who made aliyah from Edgware, north London, won over 400 shidduch offers during nine weeks on the show.

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Manchester's £11m care village plans revealed

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 4, 2014

Plans for an £11 million Jewish care village in south Manchester have been unveiled.

The currently closed Morris Feinmann home in Didsbury will become the Morris Feinmann Belong Village, comprising a cluster of mini-care homes around communal facilities.

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Family business milks the kosher market

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 24, 2014

Forty years ago, dairy farmer John Kenyon was approached by a rabbi who was looking to modernise kosher milk production.

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