Leeds

New lunch and learn programme to be held in Brooke North offices

October 24, 2008

A new lunch and learn programme is to be held in the city-centre offices of Brooke North.

Organiser Rabbi Eli Pink, the director of education for Leeds Lubavitch, explained: "Study opportunities for people who work in the city are limited. I am excited to be able to offer people a chance to relax during their working day and learn at the same time."

For more details, contact Rabbi Eli Pink at education@judaismlive.com or Harold Rose on 07813 330 970.

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Thirty one bar- and batmitzvah aged kids attend a "Goin' Back to Your Roots"

October 24, 2008

Thirty one children of bar- and batmitzvah age attended a "Goin' Back to Your Roots" event.

This was the first of three sessions being run by Leeds Jewish Representative Council as part of its "Welcome to the Community" project.

The youngsters, from across the community, heard Robert Bartfield explain how Jews escaping Czarist Russia ended up in Leeds and Michael Lee described what it was like to grow up in Chapeltown.

The event, held at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff centre, was organised by community development worker Neil Clarke.

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Fundraiser praised for raising money in the present financial crisis

October 24, 2008

Fundraiser Regina Waldman was praised for raising money in the present financial crisis by speakers at a gala dinner. The event, in aid of the Kadima School for Children with Special Needs in Netanya, yielded £15,000.

The 120 guests at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre heard Leslie Silver, a past chairman of Leeds United, congratulated Mrs Waldman. Yomi Jacobs of British Friends of Kadima also praised Mrs Waldman.

"To raise such a sum during the present climate was phenomenal," he said.

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Young Welfare Board raises over £1,000 at its first event

October 24, 2008

A new fundraising group, formed to raise money for Leeds Jewish Welfare Board, made in excess of £1,000 at its first event, writes John Fisher.

The group, calling itself Young Welfare Board, attracted 50 children and their parents to its sponsored "one mile toddle".

LJWB fundraising manager Meirav Sasson said: "I hope it will encourage other families, who often find it difficult to find time to volunteer, to become involved in fundraising." For more details contact Victoria Sandler on 0113 218 5893.

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United Hebrew Congregation acquires a new succah

October 17, 2008

The United Hebrew Congregation has acquired a new succah, writes John Fisher.

The construction, managed by life-president Malcolm Berwin, has been financed by UHC members Marilyn and Grahame Stowe who have dedicated the succah in celebration of Israel's 60th anniversary as well as captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

The construction has space for 150 people and has disabled access.

Mr Stowe said that the succah would be ideal for future youth activities.

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Cemetery is closed again

By John Fisher, October 10, 2008

Hilltop cemetery in Leeds has been closed to the public for a second time after Leeds City Council civil engineers classified the Gelderd Road site as dangerous.

Two years ago, the collapse of a grave and gravestone forced Leeds Jewish Orthodox Cemeteries to close the cemetery for repairs. Hilltop reopened in June 2007 with assurances about its safety. But further subsidence has created more dangerous conditions.

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Leeds B'nai B'rith Hillel committee ends 40-year run on high note

October 3, 2008

Leeds B'nai B'rith Hillel committee, which has folded due to its ageing membership, ended its 40-year run of fundraising on a high note when 110 people attended an afternoon tea at Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue raising more than £800 towards facilities for the city's Jewish students.

Special presentations were made to Gersh Escovitz, chairman for the past 16 years, and to Ray Goodwin, who was treasurer for 36 years.

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RadioJcom prepares recordings for 'Women Aloud'

October 3, 2008
The women's editor of Leeds radio station RadioJcom is preparing recordings for "Women Aloud", a discussion group in which a panel of women exchange views on topical issues, which is to be broadcast twice weekly. Henriette Lee said of the project: "It is fun and thought-provoking. Everyone involved in our recordings has come away feeling stimulated." Contact Henriette Lee on O7771 665912.

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Leeds Judean Club reunion organisers will create a website devoted to the event

October 3, 2008

Organisers of a Leeds Judean Club reunion are to create a website devoted to the event. The gala, to be staged next February, is expected to attract 400 guests.

Chairman Tony Reynolds, who has compiled a database of 2,000 interested people, said: "People from Canada and Australia have contacted us with photographs and stories. It's been phenomenal." Email stories to info@1zone.org.uk.

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Leeds Jewish Committee of Yorkshire Cancer Research celebrates their 50th anniversary

October 3, 2008

Some 120 founder and current members of Leeds Jewish Committee of Yorkshire Cancer Research celebrated the group's 50th anniversary at a dinner at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre.

Since its inception, the group has raised some £2.5 million. Guest speaker Brendan Carey, consultant radiologist at St James's Hospital, spoke to guests about progress made in cancer research.

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