Jonathan Kalmus

Hate crime victims to face offenders

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 11, 2011

Greater Manchester Police are to ask antisemitic offenders to face their victims.

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Manchester: Where anti-Jewish hatred is normal

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 11, 2011

Pupils at Manchester's King David Schools regard antisemitic abuse, hurled at them on their way to and from school, as an everyday occurrence, it was claimed this week.

Delegates at Manchester's Jewish Representative Council devoted the monthly council meeting on Sunday to discussing strategies to deal with the high level of anti-Jewish racism in the city.

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Chaplain's medal of honour

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 11, 2011

North-West university Jewish chaplain Rabbi YY Rubinstein has been awarded Manchester University's highest non-academic accolade, the medal of honour.

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Leeds loves Limmud experience

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 11, 2011

Leeds Limmud attracted a record 400 crowd on Sunday for a roster of speakers including MPs Denis MacShane and Louise Ellman and Jeremy Stowe-Lindner, head of London cross-communal secondary school JCoSS.

The turnout - double the total for the last local Limmud - included people from Newcastle and Manchester.

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Advocacy expert puts Israel's case to students

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 11, 2011

Israeli advocacy expert David Orlesker was on a whistle-stop speaking tour in the north of England.

Originally from Leeds, Mr Orlesker runs the Jerusalem Centre for Communication and Advocacy Training and is recognised as one of the foremost experts in educating students to tackle anti-Israel campaigns.

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Tragic mum gives thanks to Chai

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 11, 2011

Cindy Bar-Oz thought that being told her husband Igal had stomach cancer was the worst day of her life. But it was matched by discovering her daughter Leora had leukaemia.

And while Leora Kuhillow was recovering in quarantine from bone marrow transplants, Mrs Bar-Oz's 88-year-old father was rushed into hospital and she found herself torn between loved ones.

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Narrow escape from fire for celebrating family

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 8, 2011

A Jewish family of 12 escaped unharmed from a fire which destroyed the upper floor of their home on the same night their daughter became engaged.

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I'll chain myself to gates to save Sure Start centre

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 4, 2011

The head of the only Charedi-dedicated Sure Start centre has pledged to chain herself to its gates to save it from council funding cuts.

Michelle Ciffer runs the Hershel Weiss Children's and Family Centre in the heart of Salford's strictly Orthodox community.

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Leeds teens are mugged at knifepoint

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 4, 2011

Nine Jewish teenage boys were robbed at knifepoint close to The Zone youth club in Leeds on Saturday night.

Two men, described as white and aged between 15 and 18, threatened the boys and made off with money and mobile phones.

Four of the victims suffered facial injuries, one receiving hospital treatment for a laceration. They had been walking to the club to attend a music event.

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Cancer hospital chiefs praise Israel

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 4, 2011

Israel's contribution towards curing cancer was highlighted on Tuesday by executives of Manchester's Christie cancer hospital.

More than 100 people heard the hospital's chairman, Jim Martin, talk about increasing links with Israeli cancer research institutes at a Manchester British-Israel Chamber of Commerce lunch.

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Leeds is a model of artistry

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 4, 2011

Leeds Jewry celebrated its culture and heritage in truly hands-on style on Sunday with a sculpture and crafts fair at the MAZ community centre, attended by 400 people.

Sculptor of celebrities Frances Segelman took centre stage at the event, organised Jewish education charity Makor as part of the local community's 150th anniversary celebrations.

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Missing IDF man evidence is 'destroyed'

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 3, 2011

The Ministry of Defence has said it may have destroyed a report on the last sighting of three missing Israeli soldiers which could scupper finding their whereabouts.

It is the latest in a series of setbacks in investigations by Manchester lawyers representing the mother of missing soldier Zachary Baumel, who has not been seen since capture in Syria in 1982.

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He's got Israel going radio gaga

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 3, 2011

A Manchester man has given up his career in finance to help found Israel's first sports talk-radio station.

Mark Gordon, 41, originally from Whitefield, made aliyah with his family last August but has already found his calling through the microphone.

The former finance director now hosts his own show on Jerusalem's English-speaking Israel Sports Radio.

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York archbishop Dr John Sentamu: I bake challot

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 3, 2011

Jewish-Christian relations were on the agenda at a private dinner attended by Manchester rabbis and the Archbishop of Canterbury on Tuesday.

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Prestwich crime spree

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 3, 2011

A four-day burglary spree has rattled residents of the King's Road area of north Manchester.

Three homes on Tewkesbury Drive, Richmond Avenue and Harrogate Avenue in the predominantly Jewish area of Prestwich were targeted in the early hours of the morning between last Thursday and Sunday.

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'Our children are hostile to Israel'

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 25, 2011

Manchester's communal leaders have raised concerns that the city's young Jews are becoming increasingly hostile to Israel.

Zionist Central Council president David Berkley said parents must realise it is ever-more difficult for their children to appreciate Israel's case.

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Rabbi in director's chair

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 25, 2011

Northern student chaplain Rabbi YY Rubinstein has turned from broadcasting to film directing, hoping to win an award at an international film festival supported by Tony Blair.

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Why I'm fighting for Fire Station

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 25, 2011

Two of Manchester's most powerful Jewish figures are locked in battle over the multi-million pound development of one of the city's iconic landmarks. And one has accused Manchester City Council of disgrace and mismanagement in its spending cuts.

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Mayor boosts research ties during Israel visit

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 25, 2011

New scientific research partnerships between Israel and Manchester are on the horizon, as are expanded business and transport talks between city planners.

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Liverpool joins the Gift-giving brigade

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 25, 2011

Surplus food redistribution charity Gift now has a presence on Merseyside. King David High School and Roseman's kosher deli will be collection centres for the venture.

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