Jonathan Kalmus

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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MPs' anger in benefit dispute

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 17, 2013

An MP has described as farcical the situation facing Jewish job seekers who have been denied benefits for saying they will not work on Shabbat.

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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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