Jonathan Kalmus

St Anne's rabbi dies after heart attack

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 17, 2014

St Anne's Synagogue minister Rabbi David Katanka died on Monday, aged 63, two weeks after suffering a heart attack.

Rabbi Katanka also served congregations in Leeds, Sheffield, Portsmouth and Southsea, Edinburgh and Golders Green.

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Learning to love Limmud up north

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 13, 2014

Manchester's biggest ever Limmud event attracted around 600 people to a learning programme in Didsbury on Sunday.

Presenters included one Reform rabbi - Menorah Synagogue's Haim Shalom - while five Orthodox ministers participated.

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Take a tour of cemetery - online

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 13, 2014

Twenty thousand Leeds Jewish cemetery records are now available online, along with 13,000 headstone photographs, thanks to a project steered by a nuclear physicist.

Nuclear reactor safety expert Alan Tobias worked with retired dentist Malcolm Sender, amateur photographer Lee White and the late local historian Murray Freedman to produce the free database.

Records from four Leeds cemeteries ar

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Government issues new Shabbat guidelines in benefits row

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 13, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions has issued special “Shabbat” guidelines to ensure observant Jews are not denied benefit for refusing to work on Saturdays.

An internal memo entitled The Jewish Sabbath, seen by the JC, has been distributed to Jobcentres across the country.

It tells staff that the laws and customs of the “Jewish holy day” include “resting from work.”

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Scottish councillor accused over 'Nazi salute'

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 13, 2014

A local councillor who allegedly made a Nazi salute and shouted “sieg heil” at a heated council meeting is to face a disciplinary hearing.

Robert Spears, who sits as part of an independent group on Falkirk council in Scotland, is said to have made the Nazi gesture last May during a debate on the way the council makes decisions.

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Spy focuses on poverty at UJIA Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 3, 2014

The former head of Israel’s Mossad secret service had a very public mission this week, urging Manchester diners to raise funds towards alleviating Israeli poverty.

Danny Yatom told the 350 guests at the city’s annual UJIA dinner on Monday that there was an unequal share of wealth in Israel and that those on the periphery of society had been neglected.

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Museum pieces on Shoah are popular

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 3, 2014

A programme of commemorative events at Manchester’s Imperial War Museum North has proved a big draw.
Tickets were sold out for a talk by survivor Mala Tribich, who fell victim to typhus while interned at Bergen-Belsen.

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Manchester united as King David remembers

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 3, 2014

Manchester King David High pupils were joined by local Muslim students for a special HMD assembly attended by MPs Ivan Lewis and John Leech and the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Naeem ul Hassan.

The Islamic High School for Girls and the Kassim Darwish Grammar were the other participants in the ceremony in which a sheikh and a rabbi offered separate prayers for peace.

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Probe over painting owned by Goering

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 31, 2014

The National Museum of Wales is investigating how one of its most important artworks once came to be in the possession of senior Nazi Hermann Goering.

The museum, which owns one of the UK’s most important art collections, is conducting special research into its 16th-century portrait of Welsh noblewoman Catrin of Berain, painted by Flemish artist Adriaen van Cronenburgh.

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King Arthur expert leaves £1.5 million to Manchester University

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 31, 2014

A leading Jewish academic who escaped Nazi Germany as a child has left a £1.5 million fortune to Manchester University where she spent much of her career.

Professor Fanni Bogdanow, a world expert on King Arthur, died last July aged 86.

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Hate crime at a high level

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 27, 2014

Antisemitic attacks now account for over a third of all religiously motivated hate crime in Greater Manchester, according to police figures released at the start of a hate crime awareness week.

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Stab-death family’s fury over ‘indifferent’ officials

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 24, 2014

The family of a Jewish musician stabbed to death by a psychiatric patient have said they were let down by the NHS after waiting more than five years for investigations into the killing.

An inquest into the manslaughter of klezmer violinist Michael Kahan in June 2008 found this week that doctors could not have prevented the death.

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Lottery-backed stories in Salford

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 20, 2014

Salford Jews are telling their life stories as part of a Lottery-funded heritage project incorporating a BBC documentary.

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PC's world has taken in Torah study

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 20, 2014

Taking advice from rabbis and being the special guest at a strictly Orthodox celebration of Torah study might be surprising highlights of a 30-year career in the police force.

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Murder victim was out buying bagels

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 16, 2014

An inquest into how a psychiatric patient released from a secure hospital stabbed a Jewish man to death, opened this week amid emotional scenes.

Michael Kahan, 39, a klezmer violinist from north Manchester, sustained injuries to his heart and stomach when he was stabbed by Jonathan Mills in June 2008 outside a Jewish bakery in Crumpsall. The father-of-three had gone out to buy bagels.

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Families reap benefit of new eruv

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 16, 2014

Residents in Manchester have given the thumbs up to the city’s eruv, after it went live last weekend.

The largest such project in the country with a perimeter of 13 miles, it had attracted criticism when it was first mooted, with some Mancunians questioning its halachic credentials.

But after just one Shabbat in operation, locals could clearly see its benefits.

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Salford cuts bite deep into respite support

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 13, 2014

More than £10 million of cuts by Salford Council to adult and childcare budgets will significantly impact on local Jewish charities and families.

Greater Manchester’s largest Jewish welfare charity, The Fed, says the latest tranche of cuts will mean the loss of Salford funding for its short-term respite service to families caring for a disabled relative.

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Manchester gears up for its own Limmud

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 10, 2014

Leading figures in the Jewish and Christian communities will be heading to Manchester next month as the city holds its annual Limmud conference.

Jewish Leadership Council CEO Simon Johnson and the Board of Deputies’ Jonathan Arkush and Laura Marks are among a strong line-up of presenters, according to the programme which was released this week.

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Appeal against Jewish ambluance service Hatzolah

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 10, 2014

V The Court of Appeal is to decide whether Hatzolah, the Jewish ambulance service, will be banned from using blue lights and sirens in a test case affecting ambulances nationwide.

The Crown Prosecution Service is appealing against the decision by a Greater Manchester district judge in October to throw out prosecutions against two Hatzolah drivers.

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UK-born Charedi rabbi is dish of the day for Masterchef viewers

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 9, 2014

For Rabbi Josh Steele, aliyah had turned out to be a bit of nightmare.

He swapped north-west London suburbia for Israel to find a wife, settle down and raise a family. Five years on, still single and pushing 30, he was on the verge of giving up and heading back to Edgware.

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