Jonathan Kalmus

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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A lorry load of davening for trucker Mozza

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 1, 2011

Wearing a beard is not rare in the trucking industry, except when it is accompanied by a kippah and tzitzit. But Salford based Moshe Rothstein, known as Mozza to his trucker colleagues, says he had nothing less than a friendly welcome to the trade since getting behind the wheel last June.

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Cash cuts force Mesivta head to quit

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 1, 2011

The headteacher of an Orthodox secondary school has been forced to take early retirement because of personal health concerns sparked by a barrage of spending cuts imposed by the local authority.

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Leeds woos leaders

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 31, 2011

A fashion photographer, print advertising executive and a barber could be the next leaders of Leeds' Jewish community.

They are just three of the diverse group of people joining UJIA's 10 latest recruits to its lay leadership course which started on Sunday.

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Poignant prize day

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 31, 2011

Liverpool's King David High School's annual speech night on Monday held bittersweet celebrations. A minute's silence remembered pupils Oliver King and Tilly Rosenblatt who died separately since the school's last annual prize event.

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Israeli flag refusal angers Bury Jews

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 31, 2011

Bury Council's decision to refuse to fly the Israeli flag from the town hall on Yom Ha'atzmaut has angered the local community.

Karen Solomon, chair of the Yom Ha'atzmaut Committee, which organises communal celebrations in Greater Manchester for the day, said it was the first time the community had asked Bury to fly the flag, but the council has refused after a month of repeated requests.

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Making a show of Israel

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 25, 2011

The first UK exhibition of the work of Israel's Agency for International Development went on display at Manchester Town Hall this week.

Eighty guests viewed the 20 display boards and flat-screen presentation at Tuesday's launch. The exhibition - focusing on humanitarian work resulting from Israeli technological advances - will remain in the town hall reception area for a fortnight.

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MP questions council cuts for welfare

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 25, 2011

Labour MP Luciana Berger has suggested that Liverpool City Council may have infringed race relations law by slashing its funding to the city's main Jewish charity.

In January, Merseyside Jewish Community Care lost its £20,000 annual local authority grant towards kosher meals for vulnerable Jews. Now it is to lose its other council contribution, a £9,000 grant for respite for carers.

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Liverpool planning its own census research

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 25, 2011

Merseyside Jewish Representative Council is conducting its own local community survey to coincide with the 2011 Census.

The aim is to provide a detailed snap-shot to help understand communal needs now and in the future, not least by asking respondents if they are likely to remain in the city.

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Police break up 'drink and sex' Purim party

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 25, 2011

Three hundred young Purim revellers in Manchester were moved on by police for drinking, dangerous driving and what was described as "explicit behaviour" on the front lawn of a yeshivah.

Jewish teenagers mainly from the Prestwich, Whitefield and south Manchester areas, descended on the Broughton Park area of north Manchester on Saturday night, prompted by a Facebook alert.

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Synagogue doors damaged in break-in

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 25, 2011

A Manchester synagogue is to bolster security after a break-in.

Congregants of the Shaarei Mordechai synagogue in Prestwich, which was built just a year and a half ago, came to morning prayers last Friday to discover its ornate wooden front doors had been prised apart and damaged because security bolts had been ripped off. No damage was reported inside the building.

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Out to punch for northern youth

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 25, 2011

A white collar boxing night in Leeds packed a financial punch with £42,000 raised for youth facilities at the Zone centre and Manchester Maccabi. The Leeds v Manchester showdown at Leeds United's Elland Road ground ended in a 4-1 victory for the hosts' Jewish boxers. However, the visiting fighters did not lack backing, with 150 people among the 500 crowd having travelled across the Pennines.

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Palestinian children to go on theatre tour

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 24, 2011

Jewish children from Liverpool could meet Palestinian children from the Shatila refugee camp in Lebanon as part of a theatrical project.

Twelve Palestinian schoolchildren are to travel to Liverpool in two weeks as part of a scheme help them out of the "squalor" Palestinians are forced to endure in Lebanon.

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Healthy attitude in big demand

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 18, 2011

A health promotion drive aimed at Manchester's strictly Orthodox community attracted 1,500 people to the Beis Yaakov High School in Salford.

Men's health checks were run by the Jewish ambulance service, Hatzola, and a child immunisation clinic and a funfair were among the mix of activities for youngsters. Office for National Statistics advisers were on hand to answer Census form queries.

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Leeds answers cash call

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 18, 2011

A major fundraising effort for a £1.5 million youth hub for the Leeds Jewish community is off to a good start with more than one-third of the money pledged.

Around £600,000 has already been promised by community donors only two weeks after the fundraising committee launched a community-wide appeal to relocate The Zone youth club.

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Mamlock House sold to housing group

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 18, 2011

A major Jewish social housing development is to be built in the heart of the north Manchester community on the site of the former Zionist headquarters Mamlock House.

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Manchester charity faces £12m challenge

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 18, 2011

The charity running one of Britain's largest care homes is complaining that welfare organisations are being pulled in "too many directions" over government quality targets at a time of slashed public spending.

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Just the job for Leeds

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 18, 2011

Job-hunting in Leeds may be about to get easier as dozens of businesses have responded to an employment initiative being set up by the Jewish community.

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Intermarriage issues

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 18, 2011

Orthodox Jews from Liverpool who feel alienated by their community following intermarriage attended a support seminar run by the Movement for Reform Judaism's youth wing, Jeneration.

Thirteen people from mainly Orthodox backgrounds took part in the event at Liverpool's Hope University on Sunday.

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Five arrests after theft spree

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 11, 2011

Greater Manchester Police say they have made arrests and stopped a spate of burglaries which have terrified Jewish residents in Prestwich.

Over the past two weeks eight burglaries have been reported affecting mainly Jewish homes. Some have taken place on the same night, just streets apart.

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