Jonathan Kalmus

Big dinner money for MDA

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 14, 2013

Dinners supporting Magen David Adom in London and Manchester this week raised £1.5 million and £115,000 respectively.

They were addressed by the president of the Jordanian Red Crescent Society, Dr Mohammed Al-Hadid, who focused on MDA’s partnerships with their Jordanian and Palestinian counterparts.

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All change in Manchester Rep Council

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 14, 2013

Manchester Jewish Representative Council wants to implement “radical changes” in a bid to reverse falling attendances and attract young leaders.

A report by a committee of executive officers proposes a complete restructuring of the council with the possibility of a paid CEO and doubled annual costs. It will be put to the vote next month.

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Helping asylum seekers

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 14, 2013

A Manchester Reform congregant with “Muslim ‘grandchildren’ who are refugees” has urged support for a new branch of a Jewish charity assisting refugees and asylum seekers from around the world.

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EasyJet say sorry to family barred from Israel flight

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 10, 2013

A mother and her five children were prevented from boarding an easyJet flight to Israel because of a passport close to expiry — after the airline failed to make it clear they could not travel.

Rikki Bamberger was flying to Jerusalem to join her husband Mark, whose mother had just died. She was travelling with her children aged between two- and 12-years-old.

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Jewish Leadership Council attacked for ignoring regions

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 10, 2013

Senior figures in Manchester’s Jewish community have attacked the Jewish Leadership Council as “an old boys’ club” that ignores regional communities in its decisions.

They also criticised controversial plans to merge the JLC with the Board of Deputies.

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Transplant man's donor drive

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 7, 2013

A Salford man with a life-threatening bone marrow disease has expressed his gratitude for a transplant match by organising the largest bone marrow donor drive among Manchester’s strictly Orthodox community.

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Hatzola drivers cleared of illegal siren use

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 3, 2013

A judge has cleared two ambulance drivers working for the Jewish emergency service Hatzola of illegally using blue lights and sirens.

Michael Issler and Mordechai Bamberger, of north Manchester, were charged with driving their own vehicles fitted with a siren without permission.The two men were attending a traffic accident in Prestwich last year.

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Maccabi is cutting losses

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 30, 2013

Manchester Maccabi is reducing its losses but is still facing a £1,000-a-month shortfall.

At the height of its financial troubles two years ago, the north Manchester community and sports club was losing over £4,000 monthly and was under threat of having to sell its £2 million premises.

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Holocaust rescue ship now Norfolk pub and music venue

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 24, 2013

A ship used as a floating bar and restaurant in Norfolk helped rescue Danish Jews in the Holocaust, it has been revealed.

The Albatros was Europe’s last functioning cargo sailing ship until 2008, when it made its final commercial voyage.

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Yom Kippur roof collapse

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 23, 2013

YOm Kippur prayers at Manchester's Holy Law Synagogue brought the house down after part of the ceiling collapsed, narrowly missing congregants in the ladies' gallery.

A number of chunks of plaster fell during the morning service at the Prestwich synagogue, thought to be a result of a leaky roof, repairs to which were part of its Kol Nidre appeal.

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Manchester eruv fails to make pre-Succot completion target

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 23, 2013

The north Manchester eruv — the UK’s largest — has not been completed in time for Succot as intended. But its organisers do not anticipate a long delay.

Fencing and wire arranged for the 13-mile religious boundary with Manchester’s Metrolink transport and Bury Council is awaiting installation.

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Iain Duncan Smith looks into row over Shabbat work

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 18, 2013

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith is looking into complaints by MPs that dozens of Jews have been forced to seek work on Saturdays or face losing their job seekers allowance.

The move has come in response to concerns expressed by Labour MPs Ivan Lewis and Hazel Blears.

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New Year robberies in Salford

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 16, 2013

It was an unhappy New Year for a number of Salford families who were victims of nocturnal burglars.

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Charedim in the mix

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 16, 2013

Up and coming lay leaders in Manchester say that bridging the divide between mainstream and Charedi Jews in the city will dominate major future communal decisions.

Participants in UJIA’s lay leadership programme addressed the local Jewish representative council on Sunday. Among them was Charedi Dovid Bitan, a 33-year-old father-of-four who runs an architecture practice.

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Manchester’s Danes mark a wartime miracle

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 12, 2013

At early-morning prayers on the eve of Rosh Hashanah in 1943, the acting Danish Chief Rabbi Dr Marcus Melchior made a shock announcement.

The Nazis occupying the country were planning to deport the entire Jewish population to concentration camps.

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Charity fundraiser avoids jail over death of cyclist

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 12, 2013

A woman who raised thousands of pounds for Jewish charities has escaped jail for accidentally killing a great-grandmother with her Porsche sports car.

Tracy Capal, from Whitefield in north Manchester, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention at Chester Crown court.

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Langdon going into print

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 9, 2013

Special needs educator Langdon College has set up an online printing business after receiving a £25,000 grant.

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Titanic butcher's lifeline

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 9, 2013

The premises of the former Merseyside kosher butcher that supplied the Titanic could be saved from demolition.

Galkoff’s green-tiled building in Liverpool city centre — considered of national importance by English Heritage — was under threat because of the development plans of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, which recently purchased the site.

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Manchester reports child abuse increase

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 9, 2013

Manchester’s largest Jewish welfare charity is dealing with a “dramatic rise” in child abuse cases.

The Fed has revealed that the number of youngsters it deals with who require child protection measures and local authority intervention has doubled to 40.

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Irving back in UK to absolve Himmler

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 23, 2013

A speaking tour of the UK by Holocaust-denying historian David Irving faces widespread disruption forcing launches of his new book about SS head Heinrich Himmler to be held in secret.

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