Leeds

Stage is set for new festival format in Leeds

By John Fisher, May 28, 2015

After a 15-year run, a drop in audience support for Leeds JFest International, a celebration of Jewish culture, has led to organisers testing new ground with a changed format.

The annual event is now heading in a different direction with a rolling season of varied performances.

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Why Leeds lost Sammy Davis

May 14, 2015

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the organiser of a street party who turned down an offer to play free from Phil Collins.

Which prompted this story from Michael Woolf of Leeds: "My cousin and his wife were on a cruise in the 1960s when they met Sammy Davis Jnr and his manager and became friendly," he recalled.

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Housing is hot hustings topic

April 23, 2015

The Leeds Jewish Housing Association chair has warned a Tory general election candidate that the Conservatives' commitment to giving housing association tenants the right to buy would be "the death knell for small housing associations".

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Housing is hot hustings topic

April 23, 2015

The Leeds Jewish Housing Association chair has warned a Tory general election candidate that the Conservatives' commitment to giving housing association tenants the right to buy would be "the death knell for small housing associations".

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Yom Hashoah in Leeds

By Cathy Forman, April 23, 2015

Sinai Synagogue in Leeds hosted two speakers to commemorate Yom Hashoah. Professor Griselda Pollock of Leeds University spoke on the theme: How do we remember the Holocaust? How do we remember the Holocaust culturally? What are the politics and ethics of remembrance?

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Their art is in the right place in Leeds

By John Fisher, April 20, 2015

An exhibition in the reception area of Leeds care home Donisthorpe Hall is the result of a project with the In The Moment charity for residents with dementia.

Led by professional artists Becky Cherriman and Beverly Haines, it involved exploring a range of textures, images and sounds to prompt personal reflections and creative expression.

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Loving the wildlife in Leeds

By John Fisher, April 20, 2015

A popular wildlife attraction in Leeds has reopened after a substantial donation from patrons the Ziff family assisted the final phase of a two-year £1.5 million refurbishment.

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Getting more user friendly

By John Fisher, April 8, 2015

Leeds Jewish Representative Council is planning changes to make it more user friendly and efficient.

At the start of his third and final year in office, its president, Simon Jackman, said that ideas being considered were projects involving younger, more time-pressed people. It was also looking at ways for organisations to work more closely together.

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After 18 years, Leeds Tories scent a chance to win in opposition stronghold

By Marcus Dysch, April 8, 2015

Businessman Simon Wilson believes he can tap into the feelings of disillusioned Jewish voters next month.

The Conservative candidate in the Leeds North East constituency hopes his experience of winning a council ward which was once a Labour stronghold will prepare him for capturing a seat held by Ed Miliband’s party for the past 18 years.

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Mayor: 'I'm off on Shabbat'

By John Fisher, February 26, 2015

Leeds' Lord Mayor elect, Councillor Judith Chapman, has already made one stipulation: "I won't be working Friday nights or Saturdays, unless it is at a synagogue."

The Liberal Democrat councillor for Weetwood ward will be the city's first Jewish woman lord mayor when she takes office in May.

She became involved in local politics through her brother Mark, who led the Lib Dems in a joint admin

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