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Poetry collection in aid of Rainbow Project

August 8, 2008

Local historian Murray Freedman has launched his sixth collection of poems and hopes to raise £200 for Leeds Jewish Welfare Board's Rainbow Project from sales of the book. The anthology, An Open Mind, coincides with Mr Freedman's 80th birthday.

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Leeds visit for world Wizo president 'tinged with sadness'

August 1, 2008

World Wizo president Helena Glaser told 100 Yorkshire members that for the second time her visit to Leeds was tinged with sadness.

Mrs Glaser recalled her last visit to the city, in 1994, when there was a bombing at the Jewish community centre in Buenos Aries. She said the mood was again sombre as the remains of two Israeli soldiers, Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, were returned to Israel.

In praising Leeds Wizo she said: "You are a fantastic group." The lunch was held at the United Hebrew Congregation.

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'Tropical World' renamed in tribute to benefactors

August 1, 2008

A Leeds tourist attraction has been linked with two local benefactors. Tropical World, part of Roundhay’s Canal Gardens, has been renamed the “Arnold and Marjorie Ziff Tropical World”.

Civic heads were among 80 guests and Ziff family members who watched  Marjorie Ziff, widow of Arnold, unveil a commemorative flagstone. In his tribute to the couple, who had helped with the launch of the Canal Gardens venture, deputy council leader Andrew Carter said he was delighted to express the city’s thanks.

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Drama group scoops five awards for Chaim's Love Song

August 1, 2008

Limelight drama group scooped five awards at the Wharfe-dale Festival of Theatre Awards, held at St Mary's School, Menston.

The group's entry for this year's competition, Chaim's Love Song, by Marvin Chernoff, was performed at the Carriageworks Theatre in February. Awards were made to actors Lawrence Gorsden, Margaret Silver and Harry Venet. The play also won a runner-up award for best overall production. Best director award went to Malcolm Taylor.

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Leeds Braille Group celebrates 40th anniversary

August 1, 2008

A Leeds support group which provides nationwide services for the visually impaired has celebrated its 40th anniversary. The Leeds Braille Group was founded by Fenella Conway after hearing about a pre-barmitzvah boy who needed Braille transcriptions.

Respondents to her advertising for transcribers learnt how to write Braille and assignments from the NHS, universities and synagogues flooded in. Mrs Conway said: "My Braille girls do a fantastic job."

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United Hebrew Congregation president appointed circuit judge

August 1, 2008
Leeds United Hebrew Congregation president Jonathan Rose has been appointed a circuit judge and will sit in criminal, family and civil courts at Bradford Combined Courts Centre. Mr Rose, 49, was called to the Bar in 1981 and in 2000 was appointed a recorder; two years later he was made a legal member of Mental Health Review Tribunals.

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£40m Leeds plan is hit by credit crunch

July 25, 2008
The credit crunch has forced Leeds Jewish Housing Association to rethink the £40 million redevelopment of its Queenshill estate in Moortown.

Association chairman Arnold Zermansky told its annual meeting that uncertainty in the housing market had prompted some revision of the plans.

Chief executive Sheila Saunders pointed out that "in the current financial climate, no scheme would go ahead without government subsidy".

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Ten Polish students on work placement at Donisthorpe Hall

July 25, 2008

Ten Polish students are on a three-month work placement at Donisthorpe Hall. Carol Whitehead, the home's chief executive officer, said of the EC-funded scheme: "The programme will give young people an insight into care of the elderly and the opportunity to live and work in another country." This is the second group to take part in the initiative. Two students completed the scheme in June and one of the duo is now a care assistant at the home.

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Plans to recruit young committee members

July 25, 2008

As the curtain came down at the climax of the eighth Leeds Jewish International Performing Arts Festival chairman Stanley Cundle said that he planned to launch a recruitment drive for young committee members. Mr Cundle said that as the festival, which sold a record 3,500 tickets, tended to attract a more senior age group, he felt it needed to reach out to a younger audience, especially to see cutting-edge comedy acts such as Josh Howie and US group Good for the Jews.

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Jewish Learning Institute provides 'virtual tours' of Israel

July 22, 2008

A course making use of computer imagery will be run by the Jewish Learning Institute. The three-week programme "Extreme Makeover - Divine Edition" will be conducted by Rabbi Eli Pink, and will explore the politics and geography of Israel and the Temple Mount. The course uses a "virtual tour" that will allow students to "walk through" the sites. The course begins next Wednesday at the Lubavitch Centre. More details on 07875 320 344.

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