Jonathan Kalmus

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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Prestwich pondering Aish partnership

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 25, 2011

A derelict synagogue hall in Manchester may be redeveloped to provide an educational and social venue for the community.

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Leeds takes pride in sheltered scheme

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 18, 2011

Remote controlled front doors, an £8,000 hydrotherapy spa and a planned "playground" for the over-60s are among features to excite the first occupants of a £6.6 million Jewish sheltered housing project in Leeds.

This week, residents began moving into the ambitious redevelopment of Leeds Jewish Housing Association's Queenshill Estate in Moortown.

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Housing association rethinks provision

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 18, 2011

Manchester Jewish Housing Association has commissioned strategic studies ahead of a sea change in sheltered housing amid swingeing cuts in capital funding and an accommodation shortage.

MJHA provides 144 self-contained flats across four sheltered schemes in north Manchester and St Anne's near Blackpool.

Chief executive John Gryckiewicz has requested a survey by Salford University, part-funded by Manchester City Council, to assess the growing needs of the Jewish community.

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Playing safe at new centre

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 18, 2011

Vulnerable children and those with special needs now have a safe play haven at a new Manchester Jewish children's centre.

The Federation of Jewish Services has converted an old storeroom at its new Heathlands base into a large open-plan play centre with landscaped gardens, assisted by a £70,000 Jewish Child's Day grant. The funding will help keep the facility running for three years and it is expected to cater for 100 children a week. And part of the £10,000 capital costs were covered by a bequest by London couple Betty and Daniel Allen, who did not have children together.

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Lawyer's court date over fund theft

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 18, 2011

A top lawyer is to face two charges of theft totalling £95,000.

David Friesner, one of Manchester's most highly regarded barristers, will appear before Leeds Magistrates' Court over £81,500 of missing funds at his former St John Street Chambers in Manchester.

He also faces a separate charge of stealing £13,500 which was paid to him by the Crown Prosecution Service.

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