Leeds Day Limmud

By Limmud, November 11, 2009
Sunday 15 November
9:30am - 5:30pm


Israeli emissary to Leeds will encourge 'stronger links'

By Hayden Cohen, November 5, 2009

Jerusalem teacher Gilad Amit is Leeds’ new community emissary.

Mr Amit, 33, aims to encourage “a stronger bond to Israel, Zionism and Jewish identity through charity work, teaching Hebrew and Israeli-themed events.”

Leeds Jewish Cultural and Resource Centre project manager Helen Frais said he had made an immediate impression. “Gilad has already met lots of people from the community. He’s here to help people find out more about Israel and opportunities to get there, including aliyah and ulpan. He is a very open and friendly guy.”


Tzedek gets Battle spoils

October 29, 2009

Leeds Labour MP John Battle told the annual meeting of overseas development charity Tzedek that its values were inspirational and a lesson to the wider community.

Tzedek was “light years ahead” of other organisations in not only supporting projects in West Africa and India, but educating UK Jews about development issues. “Development is the route to peace,” he declared.

The 50 Tzedek supporters at the north London meeting were also shown a video of former World Bank president Sir James Wolfensohn in conversation with the Chief Rabbi at a recent fundraiser for the charity.


Solicitor jailed for stealing from dead clients

By Marcus Dysch, October 27, 2009

A solicitor has been jailed for stealing £43,450 left by dead clients in their wills.

Alan Benstock, a former deputy coroner, used the money to fund his daughter’s private education, cover family medical bills and pay the mortgage on his home in Chapel Allerton, Leeds.

The 51-year-old admitted nine charges of theft over a four-month period in 2006.

He had set up a charitable trust into which he paid the money from three dead clients’ wills. He did not register the trust with the Charity Commission and kept it secret from colleagues.


Matzah price wars: it's Rakusen's vs Tesco

By Marcus Dysch, October 8, 2009

Rakusen’s, one of Britain’s biggest kosher food producers, will no longer supply its products to Tesco supermarkets following a pricing dispute.

The Leeds-based company’s products — including matzah, soups and biscuits — will not be available after current stocks runs out.

Rakusen’s said it had taken the decision following discussions over margins and supply prices. It reached the conclusion, a spokeswoman said, that “Tesco thinks it rules the world, but we are standing up for ourselves, and said no.”


Alexandra Lee and Colin Abrahams

October 8, 2009

Childhood sweethearts Alexandra, 22 and Colin, 23, live in Leeds. He works in the family kitchen and bedroom design business Arlington, which was started by his grandfather Walter more than 60 years ago. She has worked for Procter and Gamble as an account manager since graduating from Manchester University in 2008. Colin is a Hull City fan who plays football for Leeds Maccabi. Alexandra chairs the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board PR committee. They enjoy films, theatre and keeping fit and will marry in 2010

How we met


Party pledges on elderly 'don't add up'

By Robyn Rosen, October 8, 2009

Welfare charities fear that both Gordon Brown and David Cameron will not be able to deliver on their parties’ pledges to supply care for the elderly.

In his party conference address, Mr Brown offered support to those with the greatest needs, noting: “Today more and more people see their parents and grandparents suffering from conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia. And for too many families, the challenge of coping with the heartbreak is made worse by the costs of getting support.


Ofcom grants licence to Leeds Jewish radio

September 24, 2009

Ofcom has granted a Leeds-based Jewish radio station a five-year licence for medium wave programming.

Broadcasting on 1386AM, Radio Jcom was only previously available through the internet.

Station manager David Harris was “very excited about the station going on air. We already have a range of programmes covering all areas of interest and will be enlarging on these.”


Leeds bids for leaders

September 24, 2009

Four Leeds organisations have joined forces to roll out an initiative to invest in future leaders and volunteers for the community.

The Zone youth club, Leeds Jewish Welfare Board, Donisthorpe Hall care home and Brodetsky Primary School have produced the Leeds Leaders project. The programme will provide participants with work experience within each organisation and will host workshops to discuss challenges faced by the community, including special educational needs, social care and the pressure on resources.


Welfare link-up

September 24, 2009

Leeds welfare bodies believe that a joint initiative has helped them to have a clearer idea of how to plan for the future needs of elderly people.

Research funded through the first joint venture between Leeds Jewish Housing Association, Jewish Welfare Board and Donisthorpe Hall is being used to plan for the provision of services.

Nearly 400 survey respondents answered questions relating to their age, gender and living patterns. Over 65 per cent of replies came from people over 70 who expressed concerns about health, finance and loneliness.