Jonathan Kalmus

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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Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville set to rebuild Manchester shul

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 7, 2013

Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs are set to become the first Premier League footballers to own and run a synagogue.

The football icons turned property developers have their eyes set on Manchester Reform Synagogue, a 1950s building and the only city-centre shul in Manchester, which adjoins a major redevelopment site.

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Court refuses aliyah for child sexual assault accused

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 1, 2013

Israel’s Supreme Court has issued a landmark ruling to deny aliyah rights to a British Jew who fled to Israel to escape his UK trial for sexual offences against children.

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Deal clears way for £11m Manchester care home

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 28, 2013

Complex negotiations between World Jewish Relief and Manchester’s Morris Fienmann care home have paved the way for an £11 million new elderly care development.

The land in Didsbury, south Manchester, was subject to historic covenants which promised a third of proceeds from a land sale to WJR and the Otto Schiff Housing Association, which helped fund the opening of the home in the 1950s.

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Council to investigate Sale synagogue

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 28, 2013

A synagogue has been handed a planning contravention notice by a local authority that will investigate Jewish businesses being run from its premises and look into an ongoing dispute over an extension.

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MDA closes Manchester office

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 28, 2013

Magen David Adom UK is to close its Manchester office and remove its regional director role.

The charity said the restructure would improve fundraising through the launch of young committees and help from volunteers in Leeds and Manchester, which are to be co-ordinated by a London team.

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Residents upset by swastika graffiti

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 24, 2013

Police are investigating six incidents of Nazi insignia being daubed in the Jewish areas of Prestwich and Whitefield, in north Manchester.

SS symbols and swastikas were scratched and drawn into brickwork at two tram stations, while Nazi signs were painted on to hoardings near the Mesivta Jewish secondary school and next to a Morrisons supermarket.

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Brave couple fend off intruders

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 24, 2013

A Jewish couple in their 60s fended off three violent intruders by barricading a door before escaping to safety through a window in their home.

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Nazi past of kosher cake firm Dr Oetker

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 24, 2013

Kosher consumers are considering ditching a popular brand of baking product after it was revealed the company’s founders were Nazis linked to Hitler.

German firm Dr Oetker produces home baking ingredients sold in Britain under the supervision of the Manchester Beth Din.

The products are used in thousands of kosher homes.

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Gatley Yeshurun job in demand

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 21, 2013

The pulpit vacancy at Manchester’s Yeshurun Hebrew Congregation in Gatley has attracted great interest with the number of applicants in “double digits”.

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Dispute delays development

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 21, 2013

Planning applications for a £2.3 million social housing scheme on the former site of Manchester Zionist HQ Mamlock House have been delayed by 18 months while “delicate discussions” continue between Manchester Jewish Housing Association and Manchester City Council.

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Less (and more) in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 21, 2013

Manchester’s Jewish population has been calculated at a maximum 28,000 — 10,000 less than the number often cited by communal leaders.

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Winners get to Wembley

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 21, 2013

As part of an award from the Football Association, the Manchester Jewish Soccer League top brass enjoyed a VIP night watching England’s footballers secure World Cup qualification by beating Poland at Wembley.

The MJSL was recognised as the best grass-roots league in the region in the award, promoting equality and respectful behaviour.

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Police review case against Hatzola drivers who used blue lights

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 17, 2013

Police are reviewing whether to pursue charges against two drivers for using blue lights while working for the Hatzola Jewish ambulance service, after a similar case failed two weeks ago.

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