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Sue Harris centre set for Royal Free

By Jessica Elgot, March 3, 2011

A woman whose battle against leukaemia touched the Jewish community in the 1990s is to be remembered with a £600,000 centre opening this year at Hampstead's Royal Free Hospital.

Law student Sue Harris died in 1997, aged 34, despite a campaign in which thousands were screened in the hope of finding a bone marrow match to her rare tissue type.

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Lawyer's court date over fund theft

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 18, 2011

A top lawyer is to face two charges of theft totalling £95,000.

David Friesner, one of Manchester's most highly regarded barristers, will appear before Leeds Magistrates' Court over £81,500 of missing funds at his former St John Street Chambers in Manchester.

He also faces a separate charge of stealing £13,500 which was paid to him by the Crown Prosecution Service.

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History in your attic

February 11, 2011

Budding artists and long-forgotten ones will be the subjects of an exhibition of Jewish art and crafts being staged as part of Leeds' celebration of 150 years of Jewish history.

Helen Frais from educational charity Makor, which is co-ordinating the project, is looking for artists to work on the day and pieces made by older generations.

"In the days before iPods, people actually made things - they did embroidery, made Judaica and pottery. We want people to dig around in the attic. They might find something to exhibit. We also want Leeds artists to show their skills."

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Century maker who is staying on the move

February 4, 2011

About to turn 100, Jack Vardy still looks after his own Leeds home in Alwoodley, does the gardening and takes regular trips to London.

Mr Vardy, who has lived in Leeds since 1970, attributes his longevity to healthy ancestry and the care of his late wife.

"The reason I've lived so long are the genes I inherited and the Jean I married."

Other than being slightly shaky on his feet, he says he is in rude health.

"The only problem with getting older is I can't remember people's names." He is grateful for the support of his devoted daughter Elaine, who cooks for him on most evenings.

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Huddersfield hosts Holocaust buttons

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 21, 2011

Kirklees is planning a Holocaust artwork of six million buttons as a permanent outdoor memorial in the West Yorkshire borough.

Entitled "6 Million+" and created by Leeds Jewish artist Antonia Stowe, it was first commissioned in 2006 as a temporary artwork by Kirklees Council. It began as an educational project when school and college students were asked to collect the buttons. After a JC report, more than six million buttons came in from all parts of the UK.

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Making the case for Leeds' staying power

By Jessica Elgot, January 20, 2011

Leeds Jewry's new development executive Susie Gordon is adamant that young people can be persuaded to ditch the bright lights of London in favour of life in the north. They just need some encouragement to tempt them up the M1, she feels.

"Once they are here, they have every reason to stay. This is a really successful community and I think you can have a better quality of life."

Mrs Gordon is developing a three-year strategic plan to both reverse the trend of young people leaving the community and strengthen its demographic base.

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Ziff seeks more good sports for Maccabi GB

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 14, 2011

About to step down as chairman of the British-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Leeds businessman Michael Ziff is turning his attention to encouraging more Jewish youngsters into sporting activity.

Mr Ziff, 57 - who heads high street shoe chains Barratts and Priceless - has been elected as Maccabi GB's new chairman and will take office in June.

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Golfers to get their fair share

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 31, 2010

The UK's oldest Jewish golf club is pulling back shares from members in order to protect Jewish membership.

Last week Moor Allerton Golf Club in Leeds, a private club opened in 1923, announced in an advertisement that shares from 420 shareholders would be transferred to a special trust, because they were unable to contact them.

But among the shareholders named were a number of prominent Jewish figures, some of whom were widely known to have died.

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£1.5m revamp for Brodetsky

By Jessica Elgot, December 23, 2010

Brodetsky primary has received planning permission for a £1.5m development, paving the way for a potential Jewish high school in Leeds.

Planning consent has been granted by Leeds City Council for a combined development which will mean a new home for Jewish youth club, The Zone. The one-and-a-half form entry school will get new art and food technology rooms, media room and new corridors around the Silman Hall.

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