Jonathan Kalmus

Appeal against Jewish ambluance service Hatzolah

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 10, 2014

V The Court of Appeal is to decide whether Hatzolah, the Jewish ambulance service, will be banned from using blue lights and sirens in a test case affecting ambulances nationwide.

The Crown Prosecution Service is appealing against the decision by a Greater Manchester district judge in October to throw out prosecutions against two Hatzolah drivers.

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UK-born Charedi rabbi is dish of the day for Masterchef viewers

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 9, 2014

For Rabbi Josh Steele, aliyah had turned out to be a bit of nightmare.

He swapped north-west London suburbia for Israel to find a wife, settle down and raise a family. Five years on, still single and pushing 30, he was on the verge of giving up and heading back to Edgware.

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League needs more men to be one of 'our lads'

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 6, 2014

A League of Jewish Women “lad” has dedicated his volunteering to helping impoverished ex-servicemen and women.
Harold Weisberg, 79, has helped hundreds of ex-soldiers and their widows in Salford, where he is treasurer of the local branch of the national armed forces charity SSAFA.

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Largest eruv goes live in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 6, 2014

The UK’s largest eruv is to become operational affording thousands of Manchester Shabbat observant Jews life-changing facilities.

The 13-mile halachic perimeter, under the Manchester Beth Din, will be operational from January 11. It is slightly larger than any London eruv and covers Salford, Prestwich and Crumpsall, the major centres of Manchester Jewry.

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Cast boost for Bradford Reform

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 6, 2014

The first tranche of a £109,000 lottery grant for the historic Bradford Reform Synagogue has arrived with plans afoot to turn the Grade II listed building into a Jewish museum.

The Moorish Victorian synagogue needs £100,000 to repair its leaking roof and damaged guttering, as well as modernise kitchens, toilets and provide wheelchair access.

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Funding to secure Titanic butcher's lifeline

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 30, 2013

Preservation of the kosher butcher which supplied the Titanic has been secured by millions of pounds of funding from the late Jewish philanthropist Sir Isaac Wolfson.

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Barclays hands back £40,000 after JC probe

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 24, 2013

Barclays Bank has agreed to reimburse a Jewish customer £40,000 after an investigation by the JC highlighted failures in the bank’s anti-fraud protections.

Lydia Cohen, a grandmother from Leeds, was duped by conmen into transferring the sum into an account she believed was set up by the bank’s security staff in her name.

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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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