Jonathan Kalmus

Alarm bells for Hatzola over sirens

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 20, 2013

Two members of the Manchester branch of Hatzola, the community emergency medical service, are to appear in court charged with illegally using sirens on their vehicles.

The two male volunteers were responding to an accident involving non-Jewish drivers of a car and motorbike which collided last October in Prestwich, in the north of the city.

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Butcher shop is gutted by fire

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 17, 2013

The head of a family-run kosher butcher in north Manchester has vowed to rebuild the business after his shop was gutted by fire on Friday night.

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Morris Feinmann: a happy end to a moving story

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 17, 2013

Changing demands for care of the elderly has put pressure on Jewish welfare agencies to adapt their properties. In south Manchester, the Morris Feinmann home’s solution has been the relocation of residents while its premises are rebuilt in a collaboration with a major regional care provider.

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Heroine’s diary goes on Twitter

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 13, 2013

The secret diary of a college lecturer who helped in the operation smuggling Jewish children out of Nazi-occupied France is being published on Twitter.

For 40 years, Madeleine Blaess kept tight-lipped about her time as a student trapped in wartime Paris.

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Children’s lucky escape as car overturns

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 13, 2013

Two children and their father narrowly escaped being hit by a car which overturned in a residential street in a Jewish area of Manchester.

The north-west air ambulance was dispatched to the scene on Hereford Drive, in the suburb of Prestwich. Both the Jewish family and the Jewish driver, a 60-year-old man, escaped injury after the blue Honda CRV clipped a parked car and overturned.

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Grynhaus Judge asks Home Office why no extradition

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 6, 2013

A judge has questioned why the Home Office has failed to apply for the extradition of a Jewish man who fled to Israel to avoid being tried for sex offences against children. At a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Manchester Crown Court was told that UK authorities had not applied for the extradition of 48-year-old Todros Grynhaus, from Salford.

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Two men in Nazi uniform ejected from Lancashire heritage event

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 30, 2013

Two men wearing Nazi uniform were ejected from a wartime-themed bank holiday event after organisers pledged to crack down on displays of Nazi regalia.

East Lancashire Railway (ELR) had barred enthusiasts attending its annual 1940s family fun day from wearing Germany military costume after complaints from Holocaust survivors and MPs.

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Alleged sex abuser denied in rare Law of Return ruling

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 30, 2013

A suspected British paedophile has become one of only a tiny number of people in Israel’s history not to be granted citizenship under the Law of Return.

Todros Grynhaus, from Salford, fled to Israel on a false passport shortly after pleading not guilty in court to seven counts of sexual assault on three children.

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UK 7/7 response dire, says Israeli terror medic

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 30, 2013

The head of Israel’s largest medical terror response centre has said the way British emergency services dealt with the 7/7 bombings in London was inexcusably inadequate.

Tel Aviv Medical Centre’s Professor Pinchas Halpern was at the World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine in Manchester this week, at which 550 major incident planners gathered from dozens of countries.

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Building to Leeds high

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 27, 2013

Building work on the £3.5 million Leeds Jewish Free School premises has begun after government funding and planning permission were signed off.

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Minister to rule on alleged sex offender Grynhaus’s deportation

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 24, 2013

A British man is waiting for Israel’s interior minister to decide whether he will be deported to face trial for sex offences in the UK.

Todros Grynhaus, 48, from Salford, fled to Israel on a false passport shortly after he pleaded not guilty to seven counts of the historic sexual or indecent assault of three children.

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Liverpool welfare in cash crisis

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 20, 2013

Merseyside Jewish Community Care chief executive Lisa Dolan has warned of a funding crisis as the MJCC faces a £39,000 operational deficit, its largest in recent times.

Ms Dolan reported “concerns over the economy and the direct impact of local government decisions upon our community. Cuts to grant funding have hit MJCC very hard.”

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House calls in Salford

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 20, 2013

A kosher social housing scheme is expected to make a significant dent in the property shortage for Charedi families in Salford.

The Stamford Hill-based Agudas Israel Housing Association will be offering 23 new-build family homes in the Kings Square development off Leicester Road, Salford, an area where over 200 Jewish people are reported to be in need of social housing.

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Baigel has expensive tastes

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 20, 2013

Manchester Jewish Representative Council’s Dr Sydney Baigel was praised on Sunday for almost single-handedly raising the council’s budget for more than a decade.

Dr Baigel, 85 — whose brother Frank was re-elected as the council’s president at its AGM — has brought in £25,000 this year.

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No ‘Nazis’ allowed at family event

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 17, 2013

The organisers of a family event celebrating wartime Britain have been forced to hire security staff to eject anyone who attends dressed in Nazi uniform.

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Stones get a new show at King David in Liverpool

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 13, 2013

An appeal to preserve antique foundation stones from the Liverpool King David schools has been launched.

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Radio show goes back on air

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 13, 2013

Manchester’s only regular Jewish radio programme, which was axed by BBC Radio Manchester after 20 years, is to resume broadcasting on Salford City Radio.The show’s team of volunteers say they will continue to provide a mix of local Jewish news, interviews and coverage of Israel on the community station which reaches most Jewish homes in the north of the city.

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Swastikas in Sunderland shul as heritage row rumbles on

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 6, 2013

The building where Sunderland Jews once worshipped now stands blighted by drug dealers, arsonists and metal thieves. There are swastikas around its ark, daubed by illegal ravers who partied in the Grade II listed building.

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Corden helps to raise £1m for the Fed

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 29, 2013

v Bafta award-winning actor and presenter James Corden told an audience of 600 in Manchester how the work of welfare charity the Fed resonated with him.

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Trapped schoolgirl is freed by fire crews

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 29, 2013

Two fire crews took an hour to free a 10-year-old girl who became trapped between a wall and a metal storage container at an independent Manchester primary school.

The Beis Rochel pupil was wedged tightly when the emergency services arrived.

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