Just the job for Leeds

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 18, 2011

Job-hunting in Leeds may be about to get easier as dozens of businesses have responded to an employment initiative being set up by the Jewish community.


Leeds loves Limmud experience

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 11, 2011

Leeds Limmud attracted a record 400 crowd on Sunday for a roster of speakers including MPs Denis MacShane and Louise Ellman and Jeremy Stowe-Lindner, head of London cross-communal secondary school JCoSS.

The turnout - double the total for the last local Limmud - included people from Newcastle and Manchester.


Advocacy expert puts Israel's case to students

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 11, 2011

Israeli advocacy expert David Orlesker was on a whistle-stop speaking tour in the north of England.

Originally from Leeds, Mr Orlesker runs the Jerusalem Centre for Communication and Advocacy Training and is recognised as one of the foremost experts in educating students to tackle anti-Israel campaigns.


Leeds teens are mugged at knifepoint

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 4, 2011

Nine Jewish teenage boys were robbed at knifepoint close to The Zone youth club in Leeds on Saturday night.

Two men, described as white and aged between 15 and 18, threatened the boys and made off with money and mobile phones.

Four of the victims suffered facial injuries, one receiving hospital treatment for a laceration. They had been walking to the club to attend a music event.


Leeds is a model of artistry

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 4, 2011

Leeds Jewry celebrated its culture and heritage in truly hands-on style on Sunday with a sculpture and crafts fair at the MAZ community centre, attended by 400 people.

Sculptor of celebrities Frances Segelman took centre stage at the event, organised Jewish education charity Makor as part of the local community's 150th anniversary celebrations.


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.


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.


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."


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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