Leeds

Search is on for Holocaust survivors needing aid in Leeds

By John Fisher, August 26, 2015

The Leeds-based Holocaust Survivors' Friendship Association is looking to identify survivors and refugees living locally who might need its help.

Having received grants totalling £115,500 from the Six Point Foundation to support elderly survivors living in isolation and poverty, the HSFA believes some eligible people may be unware of the initiative.

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On the menu in Leeds

June 11, 2015

Sinai Synagogue Leeds Judaism through Cooking programme got off to a tempting start with Carey Glass demonstrating how to cook blintzes and director of education Gwynneth Lewis teaching about Shavuot. Participant Petra Mullen said: "It was fabulous to make something new with a lovely collection of people. Carey’s cooking and Gwynneth’s information complemented each other perfectly.

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Stage is set for new festival format in Leeds

By John Fisher, May 28, 2015

After a 15-year run, a drop in audience support for Leeds JFest International, a celebration of Jewish culture, has led to organisers testing new ground with a changed format.

The annual event is now heading in a different direction with a rolling season of varied performances.

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Why Leeds lost Sammy Davis

May 14, 2015

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the organiser of a street party who turned down an offer to play free from Phil Collins.

Which prompted this story from Michael Woolf of Leeds: "My cousin and his wife were on a cruise in the 1960s when they met Sammy Davis Jnr and his manager and became friendly," he recalled.

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Housing is hot hustings topic

April 23, 2015

The Leeds Jewish Housing Association chair has warned a Tory general election candidate that the Conservatives' commitment to giving housing association tenants the right to buy would be "the death knell for small housing associations".

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Housing is hot hustings topic

April 23, 2015

The Leeds Jewish Housing Association chair has warned a Tory general election candidate that the Conservatives' commitment to giving housing association tenants the right to buy would be "the death knell for small housing associations".

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Yom Hashoah in Leeds

By Cathy Forman, April 23, 2015

Sinai Synagogue in Leeds hosted two speakers to commemorate Yom Hashoah. Professor Griselda Pollock of Leeds University spoke on the theme: How do we remember the Holocaust? How do we remember the Holocaust culturally? What are the politics and ethics of remembrance?

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Their art is in the right place in Leeds

By John Fisher, April 20, 2015

An exhibition in the reception area of Leeds care home Donisthorpe Hall is the result of a project with the In The Moment charity for residents with dementia.

Led by professional artists Becky Cherriman and Beverly Haines, it involved exploring a range of textures, images and sounds to prompt personal reflections and creative expression.

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Loving the wildlife in Leeds

By John Fisher, April 20, 2015

A popular wildlife attraction in Leeds has reopened after a substantial donation from patrons the Ziff family assisted the final phase of a two-year £1.5 million refurbishment.

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Getting more user friendly

By John Fisher, April 8, 2015

Leeds Jewish Representative Council is planning changes to make it more user friendly and efficient.

At the start of his third and final year in office, its president, Simon Jackman, said that ideas being considered were projects involving younger, more time-pressed people. It was also looking at ways for organisations to work more closely together.

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