Leeds

Communal film makes BFI 100

By John Fisher, August 5, 2013

A film celebrating 150 years of Jewish life in Leeds has been selected for the British Film Institute collection, God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen.

Commissioned by Leeds Jewish resource centre Makor in 2011, the 70 minute documentary, The Last Tribe, was shot by local film-maker Simon Glass.

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Smiles better - the Leeds emissary who captured hearts

By John Fisher, August 5, 2013

When Leeds Makor chairman Stanley Cundle interviewed the seven candidates for community shaliach in 2009, Gilad Amit impressed him with his “charisma, beautiful smile and sense of humour. And when he finally came to Leeds, everyone instantly fell in love with him.”

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Housing chief goes in Leeds

By John Fisher, July 29, 2013

Mystery surrounds the sudden departure of Leeds Jewish Housing Association chief executive Darren Cooper.

LJHA chair Stephen Lewis said the move had been unexpected, stating: “Mr Cooper has left his position by mutual consent. We wish him well in the future.” He declined to add to the statement.

Until a successor is appointed, Mr Lewis will act as interim leader of the association.

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Leeds welfare boss to quit

By John Fisher, July 22, 2013

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board chief executive Rebecca Weinberg has announced that she will be stepping down in a year’s time, giving the trustees time to recruit her successor.

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MP intends to be a big wheel for Leeds charity

By John Fisher, July 15, 2013

Leeds Labour MP Fabian Hamilton is back in the saddle in support of Leeds Jewish Welfare Board.

The pedalling politician will take part in the Prudential Ride in London next month, which takes in some of the city’s iconic sights.

It represents a more leisurely challenge than past charity rides — he last year cycled from Leeds to Berlin and previously rode from Leeds to Amsterdam.

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Ajex chief: 'We will soldier on'

By John Fisher, July 15, 2013

Concern over diminishing membership at the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women was voiced at the Ajex regional conference, held in Leeds on Sunday.

National chairman Jeffrey Fox reported that in the past week, head office had been notified that three branches would either be disbanding or merging with other groups.

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Cutting edge funding

By John Fisher, July 8, 2013

In a shattering experience, Leeds community members raised £6,000-plus for the forthcoming local Jewish youth campus by walking on broken glass.

The pain was evident on the faces of the 26 volunteers who trod gingerly over 2,000 broken wine bottles on Sunday in the Brodetsky School grounds. But they survived with barely a scratch.

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Boycott goes into bat for Leeds charity

By John Fisher, July 1, 2013

Yorkshire cricketing legend Geoffrey Boycott doubtless had some trenchant opinions on England’s failure to capitalise on a winning position in Sunday’s Champions Trophy final against India. But instead of sharing them with BBC radio listeners, he was supporting the Leeds communal six-a-side cricket tournament, held in the grounds of Harewood House stately home.

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Rebranding for Leeds Rep council

By John Fisher, July 1, 2013

New Leeds Jewish Representative Council president Simon Jackson has told his first meeting of his plans to refresh the council’s image.

Addressing delegates at the Maz Centre, he illustrated his rebranding ideas with a 50-slide presentation.

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Less is more for Leeds theatre festival

By John Fisher, June 10, 2013

With a shorter title and a reduced programme, performing arts festival JFest kicked off in Leeds at the weekend with a bill of acts from as far afield as New York and Toronto.

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