Jonathan Kalmus

'Sexing up' rep council

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 22, 2013

Manchester Jewish Representative Council has formed a committee to brighten its image and entice more young people into leadership roles.

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KD remembers soldier

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 22, 2013

Manchester’s King David High has rededicated a plaque in memory of a former pupil who died in the aftermath of the Yom Kippur War in 1973.

Michael Marshall, who was 19 at the time, survived the war but was killed by a sniper just after a ceasefire was declared. He was on patrol waiting to return from the Sinai Desert across the Suez Canal.

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Residents are driven to complain over school

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 16, 2013

A planning application for the first Leeds Jewish high school has sparked objections from local residents, primarily complaining about the dangerous driving of parents.

One resident complained of seeing “parents on their mobiles, eating and drinking and having dogs on their laps all while driving as the pupils go to and from the school”.

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Police appeal over slapping incident in park

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 9, 2013

Police are seeking a 40-year-old Chasidic-looking man who allegedly slapped a four-year-old boy in the face over an argument in a park playground.

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Tablets working well for special needs learning

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 8, 2013

A Jewish special needs school is seeking donations of tablet computers to enable disabled children to benefit from apps which can revolutionise teaching.

Aim Habonim in Salford has begun using specially designed speech therapy apps which operate on iPads. It can cost up to £200 for a package designed to develop speech, language and awareness skills tailored to the needs of each child.

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Twigg: 'Hebrew to stay'

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 25, 2013

Shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg has told Jewish communal leaders he opposes government plans to force religious education and Hebrew out of the national curriculum.

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King David ambassadors visit their twins

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 25, 2013

MPs HAVE come out in support of the first Jewish ambassadors to visit a Muslim school, as a historic twinning moves to a second stage.

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Debribillator debate is vital, say campaigners

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 25, 2013

A parliamentary debate is being seen as a snub to a campaign on life-saving equipment sparked by the death of a young boy at Liverpool’s King David High School.

Oliver King was 12 when he died after collapsing from a heart attack at King David High in 2011. His father, Mark, has been campaigning to place resuscitation equipment across the UK by founding the Oliver King Foundation.

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App launched to help Jewish charities

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 21, 2013

A Jewish team has developed a charity app which donates money every time someone shops at hundreds of major retailers — and will help Jewish charities, big and small.

Give4Sure can be downloaded to any mobile device or computer from a participating charity’s website, such as Chai Cancer Care, the first charity to run the service.

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Artist Frank Cohen shows a lot of bottle

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 21, 2013

“It’s not a gallery, and I don’t like the word ‘museum’. Don’t make it schmaltzy, we are doing something serious here,” said Frank Cohen, the DIY magnate and one of Britain’s most important contemporary art collectors, who is about to open an art centre in London’s Bloomsbury next month — one that is very different.

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Doing a brisk Pesach trade in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 18, 2013

Manchester shoppers are taking advantage of the Pesach price war among the major supermarket chains.

Tesco offers the greatest choice of Passover goods and at its Prestwich branch, newly married Ari Spitzer — who will be making his first Passover with his wife — said the community appreciated the efforts of supermarkets to cater for Jewish consumers.

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Manchester eruv close to completion

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 18, 2013

Manchester’s first eruv could be completed within weeks.

The religious boundary has been in development for more than two years since receiving planning permission.

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Manchester running out of burial space

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 18, 2013

Manchester Jewry is facing a burial crisis after it was revealed that local cemeteries have less than 10,000 spaces vacant, insufficient to bury the synagogue members currently signed up to burial boards. Some burial plots are being sold twice and there is not the finance to expand supply.

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Israel studies professor: 1948 really was ethnic cleansing, not genocide

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 14, 2013

One of the UK’s leading academics says supporters of Israel need to accept historical facts that Israel committed “ethnic cleansing” in 1948 — and be clear that there is no contradiction between this and their support of Israel.

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Shoah tribute leads £1m plan for cemeteries

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 11, 2013

A permanent Holocaust memorial at one of Manchester’s largest Jewish cemeteries is among a raft of improvements planned for dilapidated burial grounds.

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Woman crushed by a falling gate

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 11, 2013

Tributes have been paid to a Manchester woman who was killed when she was crushed by a gate.

Myra Goldman, 68, died when the gate of a business park fell on her on Sunday while she was working at her flower business in Whitefield, north Manchester.

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'Coffin tax' hits Southport shul

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 11, 2013

Merseyside’s Sefton Council is introducing a “coffin tax” which threatens the future of the small Southport Hebrew Congregation.

On Thursday of last week, the council’s cabinet passed budgetary measures which will see an increase in burial costs at the local authority’s Duke Street cemetery from £750 to £900.

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UK sex crime suspect found in Israel

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 7, 2013

An international hunt has ended for a suspected British sex offender who fled to Israel to avoid trial for alleged crimes against children, when the man was arrested in Jerusalem after two weeks on the run.

Todros Grynhaus, from Salford, is thought to have escaped from the UK on false documents after being arrested and charged with historic sexual and indecent assault against three minors.

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Tesco confuses Pesach shoppers

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 7, 2013

Supermarket giant Tesco has been found selling non-kosher for Passover cakes and snacks as Pesach products.

The JC found at least nine products being sold in stores across the country as part of the chain’s dedicated Passover offerings, some which contained standard processed wheat, which is strictly forbidden during the eight-day festival.

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Salford sex suspect who fled bail arrested in Israel

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 4, 2013

Police have confirmed that Todros Grynhaus, a suspected sex offender from Salford, has been arrested by Israeli police after fleeing the UK.

Greater Manchester Police, who had been seeking the 48-year-old in the UK and abroad since he went missing two weeks ago, confirmed that the man they believe to be Mr Grynhaus had been arrested in Jerusalem, where he was living under a false identity.

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