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Mitzvah Day: Corrie actress takes leading role

November 19, 2009

Coronation Street actress Kate Anthony opened the Leeds Mitzvah Day programme, telling supporters at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre that “people shouldn’t just do a mitzvah on Mitzvah Day, but should do a small good deed to help somebody every day”.

She then made her own contribution by taping a short story for users of Leeds Jewish Blind Society’s Talking Books scheme.

Also in the city, volunteers ran a bingo session for Donisthorpe Hall’s elderly residents, who were further entertained by an X-Factor-style talent contest co-ordinated by Helen Frais.


Leeds Limmud attracts 300 guests

November 19, 2009

Topics ranging from looted art to the Jews of Jamaica attracted over 300 people to the ninth Leeds Limmud, held on Sunday at Weetwood Hall.

Leeds MPs John Battle and Fabian Hamilton were among the 60 presenters, Mr Hamilton discussing the Middle East situation, Mr Battle focusing on community cohesion. There was also a minibus tour of historical Jewish Leeds.
There were workshops on Israeli dancing by Julia Kay, mosaics by Sharon Welsh and Jewish genealogy by Frances Harris. Mitzvah Day was marked by a blood donor drive.


Leeds Jewish Initiative closes

By hayden cohen, November 19, 2009

Funding problems have forced the closure of Leeds Jewish Initiative, which provided social and educational activities for the 18-to-35s.

However, LJI co-ordinator Natalie Goldstone hopes the measure will only be temporary. “We are short of funding and as a result are having to take a bit of time out.” Mrs Goldstone, 29, who will be returning to her previous career as a graphic designer, was helped by a team of 10 volunteers.


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.”