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Leeds' glittering young Jewish social scene

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 27, 2010

A buzzing Leeds Jewish singles and young families scene is gathering momentum and could help secure the future of the community.

A few weeks ago, a glitzy charity boxing night arranged by a committee of young professionals pulled in 600 people, a significant proportion of the city's Jewish population. Such demand shows that the community can still pack a punch on a social level. And most of the £44,000 raised will be invested in the local youth centre, The Zone.

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Leeds rabbi: let's merge three synagogues

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 27, 2010

A radical plan to merge the three Leeds Orthodox synagogues into a super-community has received a mixed response.

The idea to consolidate the congregations on a large single campus was floated in a guest Shabbat sermon by Rabbi Jason Kleiman at the United Hebrew Congregation.

Rabbi Kleiman, minister of the nearby Beth Hamidrash Hagadol community, was participating in a pulpit swap. He said afterwards that a passionate response to a controversial sentiment was hardly surprising. But communal assets could be used more effectively.

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Leeds pupils' organic egg farm

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 27, 2010

Pupils at the Brodetsky Primary in Leeds will be entering the organic egg market thanks to a £10,000 outdoor classroom project.

Hens, a large pond and a computerised weather station are features of the facility, constructed by specialist contractors who build sets for TV soap Emmerdale.

Funded by a donation from a local community member, the project will encourage pupils to learn about nature, the weather and become involved in rearing the 18 hens. Eggs produced will be available for purchase from the school.

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Rainbow home for Leeds learning disabled

By John Fisher, May 21, 2010

Leeds Rainbow Project's home for the learning disabled was officially opened by Jeremy Burton, grandson of the late clothing magnate, Sir Montague Burton.

Local Jewish Welfare Board president Edward Ziff said the fit-out of Montague House had been made possible by a generous donation from the Burton Trust.

"We see yet again the wonderful generosity of the Burton family, who have a long association with the welfare board."

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Student 'considered quitting' over Leeds story

By Marcus Dysch, May 13, 2010

A university student union officer has admitted he considered resigning after being criticised for censoring a student paper.

The paper had published an interview interpreted as suggesting Jews control the media.

Jak Codd, Leeds University Union communications and internal affairs officer, helped take the decision to remove, temporarily, copies of Leeds Student from the Union building a fortnight ago.

The paper's Laura Mackenzie had interviewed Sameh Habeeb, the founder and editor of the online Palestine Telegraph, about his experiences during last year's Gaza conflict.

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Election result: Leeds North East

By Jessica Elgot, May 7, 2010

Labour’s Fabian Hamilton has kept his seat in Leeds North East, fighting off Conservative challenger Matthew Lobley by 4,545 votes.

Mr Hamilton, who is Jewish and has represented the constituency since 1997, took the seat with 20,287 votes, despite being caught up in the MPs’ expenses scandal.

Mr Hamilton said: “I would like to thank, most sincerely, everyone who has supported my campaign by helping and above all by voting for me. I pledge myself to serve all the constituents of Leeds North East unstintingly and to the best of my ability.

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Leeds student paper pulled for antisemitic interview

By Jessica Elgot, May 3, 2010

Leeds University’s newspaper Leeds Student has been pulled from shelves by the Students’ Union after it published an antisemitic comment by Palestinian Telegraph owner Sameh Habeeb.

The interviewer asked Mr Habeeb: “Do you believe mainstream media organizations have a hidden agenda?”

He replied: “They are certainly pro-Israeli. I think you have to ask yourself who controls the media.”

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Interfaith cricket scheme praised in Leeds

By Simon Rocker, April 15, 2010

An interfaith cricket scheme launched by Leeds Jewish Representative Council has been showcased nationally as a model of bridge-building between communities.

It is the recipient of a £12,000 "Faith in Action" grant from the government-sponsored Community Development Foundation. The Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester has received a similar sum for a variety of interfaith ventures.

The Leeds scheme is one of 19 featured in Faith Matters, a new booklet from the CDF highlighting local success stories.

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Leeds loses its kosher bakery, Chalutz

By Hayden Cohen, April 8, 2010

The last Leeds kosher bakery, Chalutz, has closed.

In a letter to customers, father and son owners Lawrence and Howard Gorsden cited "an irreversible downturn in trade" for the demise of the Moortown business run by the family for 30 years. Thanking the Gorsdens for their contribution, Leeds Jewish Representative Council president Hilton Lorie added that "the wheels are already in motion to find a successor".

Kosher bread for the local community is still available from the Kosherie and Gourmet Foods.

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New Supreme Court Justice Lord Dyson

By Jessica Elgot and Simon Rocker, March 26, 2010

The new Supreme Court now has its full complement of 12 justices with the appointment of Lord Justice John Dyson.

An Appeal Court judge since 2001, Lord Justice Dyson, 66, steps into the vacancy left when Lord Neuberger became Master of the Rolls.

Originally from Leeds, the former Sir John Dyson, a popular judge, was a chairman of the British Friends of the Hebrew University's legal group.

Lord Justice Dyson is the fourth Jewish justice, joining Lord Brown, Lord Collins and Lord Phillips

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