Leeds

Former Corrie star Gaynor Faye to join Emmerdale

By Jennifer Lipman, October 12, 2011

Jewish actress Gaynor Faye is to join the cast of Emmerdale.

The Leeds-born actress, 40, will appear in the long-running soap from the beginning of next year.

Ms Faye, who started in Coronation Street for four years, is also known for the series Fat Friends, which she wrote and acted in.

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Ex Leeds United director convicted of blackmail

By Jessica Elgot, October 3, 2011

Property mogul Simon Morris, who sent his 21-stone bodyguard to force a former business partner and fellow member of the Leeds Jewish community into repaying a loan, has been found guilty of blackmail and told he will face jail.

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Powerful writing

September 22, 2011

Bicom chief executive Lorna Fitz-simons told 400 supporters of the Leeds Lobby Network at Etz Chaim Synagogue: "The most powerful tool in our democracy is writing a letter."

The former Labour MP praised the reaction of David Cameron when the Israeli embassy in Cairo was attacked. "Our PM was one of the first world leaders to say: 'This is outrageous.

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Family planning helps to ease a Leeds housing problem

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 22, 2011

Meeting demand for Jewish social housing in Leeds, £1 million worth of family homes have been completed.

Seven families will benefit from the four-bedroom houses on Leeds Jewish Housing Association's Queenshill estate in Moortown.

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School's out for drive talkers

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 22, 2011

Parents seen talking on a mobile phone while driving their children into Leeds' Brodetsky Primary will be banned from its premises and reported to the police.

Tough new rules for parents are being enforced by security guards on the school's Alwoodley property.

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Leeds showing its life through a lens

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 15, 2011

A first Jewish community photography exhibition in Leeds provided a snapshot of local Jewish life.

Some 150 guests viewed images of Leeds neighbourhoods and other Jewish themes produced by seven photographers.

The exhibition is among a growing number of cultural initiatives promoted by the Leeds Jewish Representative Council and follows an eight-week course led by photographer and designer D

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Leeds housing

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 9, 2011

The first of five fashionable apartments in a project geared towards enticing young Jewish professionals to live in Leeds is ready for occupation.

Leeds Jewish Housing Association will be charging £90 per week, significantly under market rents, for newly modernised one-bedroom flats in its Moortown Highmoor Close complex.

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Donisthorpe finds a gem

September 8, 2011

Leeds care home Donisthorpe Hall has appointed a gem of a new chair in Andrew Brown.

Mr Brown also chairs the Beaverbrooks jewellery chain and, at Donsithorpe, succeeds Geoff Caplan, who has stepped down after six years in the post.

Having admired and supported Donisthorpe for many years, Mr Brown said he hoped to bring his business acumen to its boardroom.

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Leeds' fresh chapter

August 8, 2011

Fifty people attended the inaugural lecture at a refurbished Jewish library in Leeds.

The Blema Lorie Library has been rehoused in north Leeds' Lubavitch Centre.

It is dedicated to the memory of the mother of the current Leeds Jewish Representative Council president, Hilton Lorie. Blema Lorie was noted for her voluntary work for Jewish organisations.

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Golders Green school reaches final hurdle

By Robyn Rosen, August 4, 2011

Plans for a modern Orthodox free school in Golders Green are a step closer with the announcement that it has reached the final stage of the application process.

The Golders Green Jewish Primary School has met the criteria set by the government's free schools programme and is now through to the interview stage.

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