Leeds

Leeds home changes for the better

By Jessica Elgot, August 5, 2010

When Donisthorpe chief executive Carol Whitehead took charge at the Leeds care home 12 years ago, it had a bad reputation.

Care provision was hospital-style and 60 per cent of beds were unoccupied. As activities co-ordinator Candice Grant pointed out: "Mothers used to say to their children, 'don't put me in Donisthorpe'."

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Shul planning alternative New Year

By Jessica Elgot, August 5, 2010

A major Leeds Orthodox synagogue will be breaking with tradition on Rosh Hashanah by holding an informal explanatory service, including discussion in English, as its main celebration.

Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue, Street Lane, will offer congregants Hebrew prayers in phonetic English and Rabbi Jason Kleiman will give explanatory talks.

A more traditional service will be held in the shul hall.

"We understand that on Rosh Hashanah most people are not regular shul-goers," Rabbi Kleiman said.

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Review: Bagels and Bremner

By Jessica Elgot, August 4, 2010

Promised Land: The reinvention of Leeds United
By Anthony Clavane
Yellow Jersey Press, £16.99
reviewed by Jessica Elgot

Bill Fotherby, A former Leeds United director, told Anthony Clavane, author of Promised Land, that “there would be no Leeds United without the Jews”. As Clavane later points out, Fotherby was also the man who claimed that Diego Maradona was bound for Elland Road, but this time there was truth in his words. Leeds had Jewish directors long before Tottenham Hotspur did.

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Hate attacks on rise in Manchester

By Robyn Rosen, July 30, 2010

A rise in antisemitic incidents in Manchester is down to a "shifting, and increasingly visible" Jewish community in north Manchester, according to a new report.

Antisemitic incidents are more than 50 per cent higher in the first six months of this year in Greater Manchester than in the same period in 2008 - and make up almost a third of antisemitic incidents in the UK.

There were 89 antisemitic incidents in Greater Manchester recorded by the Community Security Trust in the first six months of 2010.

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Separated at birth: Jewish twins seek mum

By Jessica Elgot, July 30, 2010

A pair of identical 64-year-old twins, born in Leeds, separated at birth and raised by Catholic families, are now seeking their birth mother - Leah Cohen.

With the help of genealogist Martin Cahn, whom they met on JewishGen, Mary Holmes, from Kirkby in Ashfield, and Elaine Allin from Chesterfield, are seeking their Jewish relations.

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Glee for Jewish Don't Stop Believing finalists

By Robyn Rosen, July 29, 2010

A north London family have formed a band and beaten 8,000 competitors to reach the final stages of a new television talent show.

Parents Laurence, 57, and Bebe Jacobs, 55, and their three children Alex, 27, Avi, 24, and Shira, 21, will perform in front of a live audience on Channel 5's Don't Stop Believing on Sunday (August 1).

Presented by former Spice Girl Emma Bunton and judged by singers Anastacia and Duncan James from Blue, former EastEnders actress Tamzin Outhwaite, and High School Musical choreographer Charles "Chucky" Klapow, the show is based on the popular US series Glee.

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Brodetsky gives its pupils a taste of the great outdoors

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2010

Local councillors and residents visited Leeds' Brodetsky Jewish Primary to officially open three new building projects.

Over recent months the school has added a nursery play area and a multi-use sports pitch. A specially constructed nature teaching area known as the Outdoor School was dedicated to Sam Gitlic by his family, who had funded the £10,000 facility in his memory.

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£130k grant from Jewish Child's Day

July 22, 2010

More than 600 children in Manchester and Leeds will benefit from £130,000 in Jewish Child's Day grants.

Manchester's Federation of Jewish Services will use the £60,000 awarded over three years towards the creation of a short break resource centre for children with disabilities and their siblings. An additional £10,000 will go towards equipment.

JCD is also giving £60,000 over three years to the Manny Cussins Family Project, a branch of Leeds Jewish Care Services, to help secure the future of a range of services for the 200 children it works with.

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Old boys remember Leeds school

By Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2010

Former pupils of a temporary wartime Ort school in Leeds were reunited on Sunday, 70 years after its relocation from Berlin.

More than 100 boys aged 15-to-17 fled to Britain from Nazi Germany in 1939, along with seven teachers and their spouses. From the following year until 1942, it operated from premises in Roseville Avenue as the Ort Technical Engineering School.

Eight old boys, who keep in regular contact, were at the anniversary celebration with family members and Ort officials at London's Jewish Museum in Camden.

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Jewish scholar's library under threat

By Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2010

The Jewish-founded research library, the Warburg Institute, says it is under threat from the University of London - which signed a trust deed in 1944 agreeing to protect the institute.

The Warburg contains more than 350,000 books, including extremely rare volumes and a photography collection.

It now fears it may lose its independence after the university raised its rent by £500,000 - more than quadruple the fee in 2007. Staff believe that the university wishes to absorb the collection into its own main library.

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