Leeds

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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Hip flats to woo youth

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 16, 2010

A novel plan to offer fashionable and affordable housing targeted at young professionals in Leeds is to be launched in a bid to attract young people to the community.

The idea has come from Leeds' newly hired Jewish community development executive, Susie Gordon, who is developing a three-year strategic plan to reverse the numbers of young people leaving the community and strengthen its demographic base. She believes traditional community plans which rely on running events for young people is not enough.

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42 The Calls

By Stephen Pollard, December 6, 2010

There is something which lifts the spirits about a special breakfast sausage menu which thoughtfully lists all the bangers that are without a trace of pork.

That's the kind of thinking which is typical of this luxury boutique hotel in Leeds' newly vibrant "The Calls" district, overlooking the River Aire.

It's the attention to detail which lifts 42 The Calls above the average.

After checking in, you're handed a reviving glass of wine as a taster from the honesty bar.

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Leeds puts its history on show

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 2, 2010

An exhibition celebrating the history of Leeds Jewry is being heralded as a major success after attracting well over 1,000 extra visitors to the Leeds City Museum on Sunday.

Around 1,800 people, including 300 children, attended the Jewish Heritage Day display. It was arranged as part of a two-year community project to document the Jewish contribution to the city since the founding of its first purpose-built synagogue 150 years ago.

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Leeds school plan advanced

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 2, 2010

Plans for the first Jewish secondary school in Leeds are to be submitted to the Department for Education within weeks after sufficient demand was established at two parent meetings.

Planners hope to take advantage of the government's free schools initiative, allowing for state-funded schools to be set up in response to parental demand. The intention is to open in 2012 on the existing Brodetsky Jewish Primary site in Alwoodley.

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How the Canadians of Harrogate are remembered every year

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2010

A Leeds man who says kaddish at the graves of seven Jewish Canadian airmen killed during the war has begun a meticulous search to find their relatives.

Alan Caplan, 76, from Alwoodley, visits, with 30 members of his local AJEX branch, the graves of the seven men at Stonefall Cemetery in Harrogate every year to place poppies etched with magen Davids on the graves.

He said: "They were stationed in the north of England during the war - and they gave their lives to save this
country.

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Brodetsky school closes again

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 18, 2010

The Brodetsky Jewish Primary in Leeds was closed on Wednesday after a ruptured pipe shut down its heating system.

Last week the school was closed for two days when heavy rain flooded the electrical room.

The school said engineers were working to get the heating up and running.

Its separate state-funded and private nurseries were unaffected.

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