Leeds

Leeds: Community looking to stem the tide of migration

By Jessica Elgot, January 14, 2010

Many people in Leeds tell the story of their forebears’ supposed exodus from eastern Europe to Yorkshire.

Fleeing Russian persecution, they boarded boats in the belief that they were bound for New York. But rather than seeing the Statue of Liberty, they alighted to the very different skyline of Hull, going on to Leeds to work in the clothing mills.

Whatever the veracity of the tale, Leeds became home to Britain’s third largest Jewish community, flourishing first in Chapeltown and latterly in the more affluent suburbs of Moortown and Alwoodley.

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Brodetsky snow closure on new head's second day

January 7, 2010

Jeremy Dunford faced his first major decision as head of Leeds’ Brodetsky Jewish Primary just two days into the job when heavy snow forced the school’s closure on Tuesday.

“It was a difficult decision and an interesting way to start my time at Brodetsky,” said Mr Dunford, 42. “We attempted to stay open but very few pupils came in and all but one of the senior members of staff were unable to get in.

“Plans have been adjusted now to allow for easier management of the site and routes into school which should allow it to stay open in future when there is snowfall.”

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Pearls Mikvah

Category: Mikvahs
411 Harogate Road, Leeds, LS17 7TT, 0113 271 096

Leeds speed dating to find young leaders

By Hayden Cohen, December 17, 2009

Sixteen Leeds teenagers have been speed dating: not to find romance, but to find out how to run the community.

The Leeds Leaders Group met representatives from 21 local organisations. And to make it engaging each teenager spoke to a community leader for 2.5 minutes. The event was held at the MAZZ Centre and organised by Zone chief executive Raina Sheaf. ‘’The evening gave future leaders much to think about,” she said.

Participant Joe Sheaf, 16, said: “I now know a lot more about how the community works.”
Leeds Leaders is funded by the Sparks Clore Development Fund.

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Leeds United ex-director in court

By Jessica Elgot, December 15, 2009

Former property magnate and director of Leeds United Simon Morris has appeared at Leeds magistrates court charged with conspiracy to blackmail a man over a £100,000 debt.

Mr Morris, 32, who is jointly accused with Jonathan Ashworth, 49, from Hyde, Cheshire, was charged after a long investigation by West Yorkshire police into the demise of Mr Morris’ business.

He was declared bankrupt a year after his business empire, SRM Holdings Group, collapsed with debts of around £50 million.

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The Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre

Category: Community centres
311 Stonegate Road, Leeds, LS17 6AZ, 0113 218 5888

Leeds Jewish Care Services

Category: Charities
The Marjorie Arnold Ziff Community Centre, 311 Stonegate Road, Yorkshire, Leeds, LS17 6AZ, 0113 268 4211

Hot dogs at Booze 4 Jews

December 10, 2009

Emma Rickman, Charlotte Leigh, Elana Wall and Georgina Bye were among more than 1,000 students who attended Booze 4 Jews at Leeds’s Mission night club last week where hundreds of free hotdogs were handed out to revellers.

And for the first time, an organised group of students from Glasgow and Durham JSocs attended.
Hayden Krasner, president of the Northern Region Jewish Student Committee, said: “I’m really pleased to see the northern students being able to enjoy the experience of a successful large JSoc event.”

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Leeds United ex- director in blackmail charge

By Jessica Elgot, December 9, 2009

Former property magnate and director of Leeds United Simon Morris has been charged with conspiracy to blackmail.

Mr Morris, 32, was declared bankrupt a year after his business empire SRM Holdings Group collapsed with debts of around £50 million.

The charges come after a long investigation by West Yorkshire police into the demise of the business.

He will appear before magistrates in Leeds next week, jointly charged with an unnamed 49-year-old man from Hyde, Cheshire.

His co-accused is also charged with possession of a firearm and possession of an offensive weapon.

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Funding initiative to secure jobs in Leeds

By Ruth Leslie, December 9, 2009

A funding initiative has been launched in Leeds to restore two community services.

A voluntary levy of £3 per month is to be added to each householders’ synagogue fees to fund a post at Leeds Jewish Initiative, which provided social and educational activities for the 18-to-35s, until its closure last month. The extra funding will also pay for a community development officer, left vacant when Neil Clarke left in September.

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