Jonathan Kalmus

Teenager aims to help the homeless

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 16, 2013

Teenage Jews in Manchester have set up a social action group to help homeless people and educate their peers about social justice.

Founder Maya Rubinstain, a 17-year-old pupil at Manchester’s King David School, said Youth Exist was established “to change the lives of homeless people”.

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Butcher’s heritage site is under threat of the chop

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 12, 2013

A historic Merseyside butcher’s shop which supplied kosher meat to the Titanic is under threat of demolition through building plans of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

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Scientists to collaborate on cancer cure

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 9, 2013

Israeli and British medical research teams are to collaborate to find cures for cancer and genetic diseases.

A joint research memorandum has been signed between the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, the University of Manchester and Central Manchester University Hospitals to jointly fund stem-cell and cancer studies.

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Immigrant files to be opened

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 9, 2013

Thousands of British police records detailing Jewish immigrants entering the UK, including Holocaust survivors, are to be re-released after being removed from public access over concerns the Official Secrets Act would be breached.

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Holocaust letter up for sale may be a fake

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 9, 2013

An auction house is to investigate whether a letter it is selling, sent by a Nazi official about the Holocaust, is a fake.

Shropshire auctioneers Mullock’s, plans to sell the letter on August 21. It will be auctioned alongside Hitler’s personal copy of the German version of the “yellow pages” and a wedding-gift edition of Mein Kampf.

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Children's burial site dig halted

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 5, 2013

Digging work for an access road on top of a Manchester Jewish children’s burial ground has been halted following concerns raised the city’s Beth Din.

As part of major sewage infrastructure works begun by United Utilities last week, workmen dug up one side of the tiny 170-year-old Collyhurst burial ground in north Manchester.

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MP to intervene in benefit row

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 1, 2013

An MP has intervened in the dispute over observant Jews being denied jobseekers allowance because they refuse to work on Shabbat.

In June, a Charedi man won a landmark appeal against the Department for Work and Pensions after he was told by a job centre in Prestwich, north Manchester, that he was not eligible for the allowance.

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Fears over burial site

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 29, 2013

Fears have been raised that children’s graves in Manchester could be dug up as part of ongoing sewage works. The closed Collyhurst Jewish burial ground in north Manchester was used mainly to bury children of poor families until the late 19th century.

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New law is not the answer to autopsy woes

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 26, 2013

New autopsy laws will not protect Jewish families from forced surgical post-mortems being preformed on their loved ones, according to one expert.

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Northern welfare charities in 'discreet' merger talks

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2013

Manchester’s two major Jewish welfare charities have said they will have to consider merger, offer services to greater numbers of non-Jews and attract more communal support for their welfare operations to remain viable.

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Jobcentres ignore law

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 19, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions is launching an investigation into claims that Shabbat-observant Jews continue to be refused job seekers allowance.

Under a policy followed by some job centres in the north-west of England, claimants who are not willing to work on Saturdays are automatically denied JSA.

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In pole position for eruv news

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 15, 2013

Evidence of the interest in the north Manchester eruv was the turnout of 400 on Shabbat at Salford’s Stenecourt Synagogue to be told about the final preparations.

They heard that 101 of 117 poles for the religious boundary were in place and that completion was expected by Succot.

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Israeli General leading Shoah education

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 15, 2013

On his first visit to England, 85-year-old retired Israeli Army general, Aryeh Lebovitz, took a gruelling speaking schedule in his stride.

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Tricked by conmen

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 15, 2013

An elderly Manchester Jewish couple have been robbed by conmen, who cut their Prestwich property’s drainpipe and stole money while pretending to repair it.

One of the conmen showed the 81-year-old husband the drainpipe spewing water at the Albert Avenue house last Friday. He then summoned two accomplices who stole £150 from a cashbox while they were supposedly turning off the water supply.

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Welcome for new national autopsy code

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 12, 2013

Bereaved Jewish families have welcomed new coroners rules that will prevent forced invasive autopsies being performed in contravention of Jewish law and against family wishes.

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Liverpool man jailed for fraud

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 4, 2013

A Liverpool businessman has been jailed for three years and nine months after admitting to taking over £200,000 from charity collection boxes.

Harris Polak, 54, a member of Liverpool’s Childwall Synagogue, hired collectors to stand outside supermarkets, in Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

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Charedi man wins landmark tribunal case

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 4, 2013

A Charedi man has won a landmark appeal against the Department for Work and Pensions after he was denied jobseeker’s allowance for over six months and told he must work on Shabbat.

A tribunal judge said Jacob Slinger, 19, from Greater Manchester, was wrongly refused the £56.80-per-week benefit by the DWP at a hearing of the social entitlement chamber, which adjudicates benefits disputes.

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Governor rethink at King David in Liverpool

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 1, 2013

Liverpool’s King David Schools are to replace all their governors in elections designed to encourage a broader range of candidates.

Those interested can nominate themselves for the positions for both the high school and primary which will be elected on July 4. Trustees and associates of the King David Foundation will select governors through a secret ballot. The last took place in 2009.

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Stenecourt vacancy

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 1, 2013

Manchester modern Orthodox synagogue Stenecourt is seeking new spiritual leadership after Rabbi Jacob Rubinstein announced his retirement.

Rabbi Rubinstein has been the community’s senior minister since his former congregation, Central, closed and merged with Stenecourt in 2008 due to declining membership.

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Serial Salford burglar is brought to justice for 28 break-ins

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 24, 2013

A MANCHESTER burglar who stole from Jewish houses has been jailed after admitting 28 break-ins.

Michal Juras, 24, lived close to most of his victims in Salford, in the heart of Manchester’s Jewish community.

He was charged with five burglaries at Manchester Crown Court but admitted a further 23. He was jailed for three years and six months.

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