Jonathan Kalmus

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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The day of the wunderrebbe

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 17, 2011

At a private house in Whitefield, north Manchester, on Sunday, people were spilling out of the front door, crowding onto the path, and queuing, in their hundreds, for more than four hours.

The attraction? A sweet-faced, bearded rabbi, Moshe Taub, who has electrified communities up and down the country.

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Prestwich sports pitch opposed

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 11, 2011

Bury Council is pressing ahead with plans for a controversial sports pitch in Prestwich which Jewish residents claim will increase antisocial behaviour.

The council will decide on Tuesday on its own application for a multi-sports pitch on King's Road, opposite Jewish homes and synagogues. The application was submitted despite an earlier public consultation in which councillors expressed shock at the level of Jewish concern.

One-hundred Jewish residents have signed petitions and there have been 25 individual objections.

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Police tackle hate crime reporting

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 11, 2011

Greater Manchester Police are launching two initiatives to tackle under-reporting of antisemitic incidents.

In the next few weeks, the force will pilot a hate crime victim support system in Prestwich and Whitefield in partnership with the Community Security Trust. Prestwich's strictly Orthodox community will also have a forum at public meetings in a separate move to engender more engagement with police.

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Residents rubbish Bury refuse plan

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 11, 2011

Plans to reduce refuse collections in Bury have upset Orthodox community members from large families.

The proposal - being put to the vote on February 23 - would see general waste collections cut from weekly to fortnightly. For cardboard, the service would go from fortnightly to monthly. But residents would get a green bin, rather than a bag, for paper and families with six or more children would receive a second general waste bin.

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Manchester families cook up funds for the Fed

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 11, 2011

Eighty-five Manchester families have cooked up a tidy sum for Federation of Jewish Services' welfare projects from the charity's third annual Fed Friday appeal.

The idea is that families raise money by hosting a Friday night dinner and asking guests to make a donation to the Fed rather than buying the hosts a gift. Hosts also had the chance of winning a four-course catered Friday night dinner for 12 in a raffle.

Federation of Jewish Services marketing officer Joyce Khan said £5,000 had been raised with the prospect of more to come.

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New chapter for up and coming leaders

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 11, 2011

Ten up and coming Manchester Jewish community leaders were given a reading list by the Chief Rabbi during a weekend in London when they met top communal personalities.

Manchester UJIA United Jewish Leadership Group members spent Shabbat with Rafi Zarum, head of the London School of Jewish Studies, hearing how he had helped to turn around the former Jews' College.

The group then split between Masorti's New North London Synagogue, Finchley Synagogue and the North Western Reform Synagogue in Golders Green.

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Leaders on same page as Chief Rabbi

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 10, 2011

Ten up and coming Manchester Jewish community leaders were given a reading list by the Chief Rabbi during a weekend in London when they met top communal personalities.

Manchester UJIA United Jewish Leadership Group members spent Shabbat with Rafi Zarum, head of the London School of Jewish Studies, hearing how he had helped to turn around the former Jews' College.

The group then split between Masorti's New North London Synagogue, Finchley Synagogue and the North Western Reform Synagogue in Golders Green.

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