Jonathan Kalmus

Rabbi Atlas to take on the world of Yeshurun

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 23, 2013

Cheadle’s Yeshurun Synagogue in South Manchester has selected Birmingham’s Rabbi Chanan Atlas to be its new minister.

Two hundred members of the Modern Orthodox community voted for the new position in a special meeting on Sunday.

The rabbi and his wife Nechama, both Israeli-born and in their mid-30s, will leave Birmingham’s Central Synagogue, which they joined in 2012.

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Burial deal agreed in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 23, 2013

Manchester’s cemeteries have taken a historic stride forward in the creation of a single burial authority.

The agreement last week between 11 of 12 burial boards followed negotiations lasting two years. Some of the city’s Jewish cemeteries were in disrepair and there was a major shortage of burial plots. A number of burial boards have historically used fees to prop up synagogue finances.

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Appeal defeat boosts workers’ Shabbat rights

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 20, 2013

An appeal Court ruling that a Christian woman must work on Sundays against her religious belief has, surprisingly, given Shabbat-observant Jews better legal protection, according to lawyers.

Devout Christian Celestina Mba lost her Court of Appeal case in which she claimed that South London’s Merton Council had discriminated against her by refusing to give her Sundays off.

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Knickers are downloaded as couple produce underwear on 3D printer

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 19, 2013

Mornings when you cannot find a pair of clean pants could be a thing of the past thanks to an Israeli couple whose revolutionary technology makes it possible to download a pair of new knickers through 3D printing.

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Asthma kills student, 18

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 16, 2013

An 18-year-old Hale student has died from an asthma attack.

Tributes have been paid to Daniella Sciama, from Hale, who died last week. She was a student at Edinburgh University where she was studying economics.

The former Manchester High School for Girls pupil was also a promising artist, with a painting winning recognition at a city-wide award when she was 15.

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Manchester eruv ready to go live

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 16, 2013

Manchester’s first eruv survived gale force winds allowing it to be launched for its first use this Shabbat.

Shabbat observers in Whitefield, are expected to be the first Jews to use an area-wide halachic boundary outside London after 10 years of planning.

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Manchester mortuary repaired

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 16, 2013

The Jewish mortuary at Manchester General Hospital has been repaired after a fire in March which caused damaged estimated at £50,000. The fire was started by a discarded cigarette. Although the police did not suspect malicious intent, the hospital has bolstered security measures.

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Alleged paedophile in bid to avoid trial

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 6, 2013

A suspected British paedophile who fled to Israel to avoid a trial may walk free if he succeeds in being deported to a third country, the JC has learned,

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At last: chicken soup crisps

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 5, 2013

Like many of civilisation’s great advances, the process that resulted in the launch of the UK’s first meat-flavoured kosher crisp this week started with a happy accident.

Manchester father-of-two Ronen Derber was frying chips for his young sons one Sunday lunchtime when a piece of potato peel fell by chance into the pan.

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Southport rabbi dies

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 2, 2013

The Movement for Reform Judaism has paid tribute to the emeritus rabbi of Southport Reform Synagogue, Sidney Kay, who died on Sunday, aged 93.

After becoming a rabbi in 1976, he served Southport New Synagogue, as it then was, for eight years. In his emeritus role, he supported ministers who succeeded him and stepped into the breach when there was a pulpit vacancy.

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Coe: CST support was gold standard at Olympics

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 2, 2013

Lord Coe has praised the Community Security Trust’s work during the 2012 London Olympics and its assistance to the security services in protecting Israeli competitors.

The peer — who chaired the Games organising committee — addressed 400 guests at a CST dinner at Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium.

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Employment Minster acts to end benefit row

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 28, 2013

Employment minister Esther McVey is backing new regulations to stop discrimination against unemployed Jews who refuse to work on Shabbat.

Ms McVey and Jobcentre national director Neil Couling have told the Jewish employment charity JCom that rules would be “tweaked” to end the practice of denying job seekers allowance (JSA) to observant Jews.

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Welfare chief accuses NHS over funding

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 18, 2013

Manchester’s largest Jewish welfare provider has accused the NHS of inadequately funding end-of-life care.

The Fed’s community services director, Mark Cunningham, has also claimed that Jewish families are being diverted away from kosher care homes to save money for the NHS.

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Jobless woman left penniless despite winning benefits appeal

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 15, 2013

A jobless Jewish woman was left penniless for five months and had to borrow money to buy food after the Department for Work and Pensions failed to inform her that her benefits had been restored following a successful appeal.

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Jobcentre rows have a simple solution

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 15, 2013

Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, has been clobbered with a string of legal battles over his benefits reforms. Now he is facing a battle from unemployed Jews over jobseeker’s allowance (JSA).

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Tevye takes time out for charity

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 11, 2013

Paul Michael Glaser treated a Jewish audience to insights into his career at a fundraiser for Manchester Jewish Community Care.

The actor was taking time out from his starring role in a touring version of Fiddler on the Roof — which is currently at Salford’s Lowry Theatre. He answered questions from MJCC deputy chairman Jeff Lewis before an audience of 80 invited guests at the theatre.

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Morrisons: kosher wine ‘is not wine’

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 11, 2013

Morrisons has apologised to Jewish customers for not including kosher wine in an in-store promotion at its Bury supermarket.

The store ran a week-long offer of a 25 per cent saving on “any six bottles of wine”. But customers taking their kosher wine to the checkout were told that it did not count as wine but as a kosher product.

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Going pop at Langdon

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 11, 2013

Manchester MP Hazel Blears opened a pop-up shop in Salford’s Eccles centre which will provide retail experience for students at Langdon College, helping those with learning difficulties.

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CPS launches appeal after Hatzola acquittal

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 7, 2013

The Crown Prosecution Service has begun appeal proceedings with the High Court to overturn the acquittal of the Hatzola ambulance drivers it claims were illegally using blue lights and sirens to attend medical emergencies.

If the appeal is allowed, it could lead to a ban on community ambulance services across the UK using lights and sirens.

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Ilan Ziv: the exile is a myth, and so is Zionism

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 7, 2013

The Israeli film-maker behind a controversial documentary about the Jewish exile from Israel has told pro-Palestinian campaigners that he believes neither Jews or Palestinians have historical claims to Israel.

Ilan Ziv’s film, Searching for Exile: Truth or Myth, was shown on BBC4 on Sunday.

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