Leeds

Simon Harris takes up post of operations manager at Zone Youth Club

July 4, 2008

Leeds-born Simon Harris, 28, takes up the post of operations manager at the Zone Youth Club. Raina Sheaf, Zone director of operations, said: “Simon will enhance our already talented team and enable us to offer specific projects hitherto undreamed of.” Mr Harris, who takes up his post this week, said: “As much as the club is a drop-in facility, I want the kids to be able to be creative.”

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Bequest of £1 million made to Yorkshire Cancer Centre

July 4, 2008

A bequest of £1 million has been made to the Yorkshire Cancer Centre in Leeds by the late Doctor Maury Benard, in memory of his late grandson, Jeremy Allen. Dr Benard practised in Armley as a doctor and dentist. He was also a Leeds councillor and retired in 1987. He died in October 2004 aged 87, just a month after his wife Asneth. The £1 million gift will go to the centre in St James’s Hospital, Leeds.

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Table tennis veterans prove age is no stumbling block

July 4, 2008

Four table tennis veterans have proved that age is no stumbling block to victory. All four members of Leeds Judean E team may be over 70 but Malcolm Shedlow, Arnold Lewis and brothers Dennis and Jack Fisher have taken Division 3 by storm. Dennis Fisher has won 14 out of 15 matches and Jack Fisher has claimed seven wins from 10 games. Mr Shedlow has won 13 out of his 15 matches while Mr Lewis captains the team.

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Hospice calls for drivers

June 20, 2008

A Leeds hospice is appealing for Jewish volunteer drivers. Mike Garnett, spokesman for Sue Ryder Care Wheatfields Hospice said that a shortage of volunteers means that the hospice has to pay for taxis to take patients to and from its day unit. “We prefer patients to be collected from home by trained volunteers. We would love to have more people from the Jewish community to help.” More information on 0113 278 7249.

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Leeds Peforming arts programme unveiled

June 20, 2008

The programme for the eighth Leeds Jewish International Performing Arts Festival has been unveiled. The event, to be held at the Carriageworks Theatre from July 13-17, has a record number of shows. The 25-strong Tel Aviv Youth Performing Arts Academy troupe is back after its 2006 performance at the festival, and organisers are appealing for accommodation for the group. Contact Helen Frais at Helen@makor.co.uk

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Tea party for Simon's 100th

June 20, 2008

Leeds Jewish Housing Association held an afternoon tea party to celebrate the 100th birthday of tenant Joseph Simon. The party was held at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre. The LJHA also inaugurated a “Birthday Garden” which was opened by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Frank Robinson, who planted a rose bush in honour of Mr Simon.

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Developer named Yorkshire Property Personality of the Year

June 20, 2008

A 61-year-old property developer and director of leading northern developers St James Securities has been named as Yorkshire Property Personality of the Year. Roland Stross, a sponsor of the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Centre, said: “It is extremely humbling to receive such an award from one’s peers.” More than 800 property professionals attended the awards ceremony held at Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate.

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Leeds duo to run London arts show

By John Fisher, June 20, 2008

Two Leeds women are to run an arts festival to attract young people into a London theatre to experience the venue as a centre of performance.

The scheme got under way when Leeds-born directors Emma Gordon and Alexa Christopher-Daniels introduced their project, Twenty 2e7en, to young arts professionals at the New End Theatre in Hampstead in January.

Following the  event, a core company was established comprising 12 directors, performers and designers. As a result, Ms Gordon and Ms Christopher-Daniels have created the two-day festival at the theatre.

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Leeds launches awards to thank its ‘heroes’

By John Fisher, June 13, 2008

The Leeds community is to hold its first awards ceremony recognising the city’s unsung heroes. The Leeds Jewish Community Pride Awards, launched by the eight-strong team of Leeds Jewish Welfare Board’s fundraising committee, will honour those people it believes make a difference to the community.

Over the next four months people will have the chance to cast votes in a number of categories including community volunteer, best neighbour, best carer and best teacher — culminating in the Leeds Jewish personality of the year.

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Graduation for Talmud Taster course

June 13, 2008

A Florence Melton adult mini-school graduation ceremony was held at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre. Fifty people attended the presentation to see 12 students who have completed two years of study, and alumni who completed a short course in a Taster of the Talmud, receive their graduation certificates from Professor Leslie Wagner.

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