Jonathan Kalmus

Benefit fraudster is convicted

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 6, 2011

A Manchester man who was living in Portugal while illegally claiming more than £17,000 of housing benefit has been ordered to repay the money.

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Suicide bombing row halts Liverpool medical course

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 6, 2011

Liverpool University has suspended a course at its medical school after a lecturer handed out pamphlets which defended Palestinian suicide bombings.

Two Jewish students complained to heads of the Faculty of Medicine after attending a lecture on Palestinian suffering and being given a pamphlet produced by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

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Grape juice could cure all our ills

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 6, 2011

Making kiddush with grape juice could help stop heart attacks, reduce stress, reverse aging and improve driving skills, according to a team of scientific researchers.

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Residents rocked by concert plans

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 6, 2011

Residents of one of Manchester's largest Jewish communities have condemned plans to stage a series of local rock festivals for a potential audience of well over one million.

At the end of the month, Manchester City Council will decide on an application for the 45 days of concerts in Heaton Park, close to the thousands of Jewish families living in Prestwich.

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School's lesson from day

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 5, 2011

The royal wedding was a school day at Manchester's King David High. To make it a celebratory occasion, teachers had stayed late the previous night to decorate corridors with banners wishing the couple mazeltov. Special assemblies and an ice cream lunch were also organised.

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Manchester united on leadership needs

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 22, 2011

A shortage of new communal leaders, particularly women, is largely the result of changes in working lifestyles, say two of Manchester's rising stars. But it is a problem they are endeavouring to confront.

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Local stores take on Tesco

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 15, 2011

Shoppers are benefiting from a Pesach price war as the major supermarkets promote special offers on matzah, wine and other festival essentials. But competition among the main players is taking its toll on Manchester kosher specialists.

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JNF taking local route

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 15, 2011

JNF's new regional director intends to bring leaders of the charity to the north in an effort to re-engage with Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester supporters.

Jo Krasner, who lives in Liverpool, started work last week as the fund's provincial link based at its new regional office in Altrincham. Its Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester offices closed last August as part of JNF streamlining.

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Work starts on the Whitefield eruv

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 15, 2011

Construction has begun on Manchester's first eruv, which could be up and running by Yom Kippur, allowing observant Jews to push or carry certain items on Shabbat and festivals.

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Mystery anti-Israel poster death in Rusholme

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 15, 2011

Police have launched a major enquiry after a woman whose house was adorned with an anti-Israel poster was found dead inside her burning home.

Police, ambulance and fire crews discovered the body of a woman, named locally as Emma Flynn, 47, at a house in Rusholme, south Manchester.

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Methodist minister silenced on Israel

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 14, 2011

A senior Methodist clergyman has alleged that the church was negating its Christian responsibilities and theology by pushing an anti-Israel position.

The Rev John Peters, of the Watchorn Methodist Church near Derby and a minister for 39 years, was cut short in a lone pro-Israel stand at Methodism's most important annual regional meeting last weekend.

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Disgruntled Tories defecting to UKIP

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 8, 2011

Three Jewish candidates are leading a challenge to Conservative rule in Bury in May's local elections after defecting to the UK Independence Party, claiming Tory intransigence on Jewish issues.

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BNP exodus boosting English Democrats

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 8, 2011

A string of defecting British National Party members now standing for the National Front and the English Democrats Party in May's local elections has sparked fears that the extreme right could gain political power through the back door.

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Brodetsky looking to cut costs

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 8, 2011

The Brodetsky primary in Leeds is reviewing all services it receives from the local authority after being charged thousands of pounds above commercial rates for its council-run internet service.

Brodetsky has cancelled its £10,000 annual contract with Leeds Learning Net after a private firm offered a better service for a quarter of the price.

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Babysitter robbed as kids slept

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 8, 2011

Robbers subjected a Jewish family's babysitters to a terrifying ordeal in the heart of Salford's Broughton Park last Friday night.

Police were called to Cavendish Road shortly before 11pm after two men forced their way into a house, a 21-year-old babysitter having answered the door expecting a taxi-driver.

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Lobbying for Israel in Leeds

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 8, 2011

A pro-Israeli lobby group is being established in Leeds to better co-ordinate media response and promote positive messages about Israel.

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Liverpool leader plots revival

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 8, 2011

The new leader of Merseyside Jewry wants to present Liverpool as an attractive and professionally viable city for young families.

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Joanna Lumley helps mark £1m fundraiser

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 8, 2011

Supporters of Manchester's Federation of Jewish Services responded to a call to take a far-sighted view of the charity's future by pledging more than £1 million over two years at its annual dinner.

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Bury Council finally set to wave the flag for Israel

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 7, 2011

Bury Council has reversed its decision not to allow the Israeli flag to fly at its town hall on Yom Ha'atzmaut.

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Metal thieves hit cemetery in Blackpool

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 1, 2011

Metal thieves caused thousands of pounds' worth of damage to a Jewish cemetery after breaking in last Wednesday night.

Intruders stole two copper taps, seven copper standpipes and copper piping from the ohel at the Carleton Cemetery in north Blackpool.

Water was left flowing from burst plumbing below an outdoor basin used for handwashing after funerals and consecrations.

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