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Israeli ambassador speaks of hardships

April 25, 2008

Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor told an audience of 200 people of the dangers that Israel faces. Speaking at the annual UJIA fundraising dinner at Etz Chaim Synagogue Mr Prosor said: “Day in, day out, Israel is under fire.” UJIA regional director Howard Foreman said that the event was planned as a celebration of Israel’s 60th and to show how communities benefit from UJIA donors.

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Rainbow Project recieves new minibus

April 25, 2008

Leeds Jewish Care Services’ Rainbow Project took delivery of a new minibus last week. The vehicle will give the residents transport to the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Centre as well as to weekly social clubs and other activities. The money to fund the vehicle was raised at a Leeds UJIA dinner, held at the centre last November. Pam Wisnia, manager of the Rainbow Project, said that the minibus will be used on average five or six times a day.

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Demand for second Women of the Book course

April 25, 2008

Thirty-six women attended a graduation ceremony at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff centre after completing a course entitled N’Shei HaSefer — the Women of the Book. English and drama teacher Shirley Ellis, who devised and led the course, said: “The course is an innovative step to introducing women to Torah.” Mrs Ellis had been inundated with requests to repeat the first course, held last year.

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Life achievement award for table tennis coach

April 25, 2008

A former player and current coach for the Leeds Judean Table Tennis Club has won an outstanding life achievement award for his dedication to the sport. Alan Myerson received his accolade at the 2007 Leeds Sports Awards ceremony at Leeds Civic Hall. The 74-year-old, who was overjoyed with the honour, said: “Table tennis is a nippy sport that is terrific for that much needed cardio-vascular exercise.”

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Tribute for founder of Holocaust Survivors' Centre

April 25, 2008

A reception was held at the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in tribute to Judith Hassan — Jewish Care’s director of services for Holocaust survivors and refugees and founder of the Holocaust Survivors’ Centre — who was awarded an OBE in the New Year honours. She was praised by Jewish Care president Lord Levy on her “outstanding” work for survivors. Other tributes were paid by survivors’ centre members Alec Ward and Freddie Knoller.

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Pampered Chef event helps World Jewish Relief

April 25, 2008

Nicki Marks raised £1,500 for World Jewish Relief by hosting a Pampered Chef event — a “show and tell” method of selling kitchen products. Fifty women joined her and a Pampered Chef consultant for a cooking demonstration, lunch and a raffle. WJR fundraising head Paul Stein, who also attended, commended the host on “an original event which epitomises some of the objectives of the WJR’s new initiative, The Big Hand”.

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Sixth-form screening programme held for Tay-Sachs

April 18, 2008

A screening programme for Tay-Sachs was held by Jewish Care for Immanuel College sixth-formers. Tay-Sachs is a fatal genetic disease more prevalent within the Jewish community. Among those present was Dr Philip Koch and his wife, who lost two daughters to the disease, prompting Dr Koch to become involved in research. “I feel we have achieved something today,” he said, “but there is much more work to be done”.

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Top marks for Torah Vodaas Primary School

April 18, 2008

The strictly Orthodox Torah Vodaas Primary School has received a glowing report from Ofsted inspectors, who rated it “outstanding”. In Jewish studies and the National Curriculum, the inspectors went further, reporting that “at all stages, many pupils far exceed the levels expected for their ages”. Headteacher Steven Isaacs viewed the commendation as acknowledgement of a “broad and balanced curriculum”, albeit one weighted towards Jewish studies.

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Manchester's Jewry consider heritage even

April 18, 2008

Manchester Jews are considering a major event next year celebrating “our heritage and contribution to life in Manchester”. The news was conveyed to Jewish Representative Council delegates by Sir Howard Bernstein during a report on the progress of the local Community First initiative. “We are looking at promoting the assets of the community, both to those within it and the outside world,” he said. “We want to persuade Jewish young people to stay in Manchester.”

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Pupils honour actor with Fiddler extracts

April 18, 2008

King David Primary pupils Rafi and Max Benmayor gave their own Fiddler On The Roof performance for Liverpool-born actor Joe McGann, who is playing Tevye in a national touring production of the musical. The boys played extracts from the show on the grand piano at the Empire Theatre lounge. McGann explained that he had a connection with the show as his Jewish father-in-law Geoff Locise was in the original West End production with Topol. “Tazmin, my wife, told me that getting the part was a blessing — almost as if we’d given him a grandchild.”

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