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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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End of an era for head of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Jewish chaplaincy team

July 22, 2008

Twenty years of service as head of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Jewish chaplaincy team has drawn to a close for Reverend Harvey Miller. Head of chaplaincy services, Revd Chris Swift, told guests at a gathering to mark the retirement that Revd Miller had enjoyed the respect of all those associated with his work. Revd Miller, who was cantor and minister of the United Hebrew Congregation between 1986 and 2004, lives in Manchester with his wife Angela and family.

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Youth club The Zone to receive £22,000 from day at Moor Allerton Golf Club

July 11, 2008

Leeds Jewish youth club, the Zone, is to receive a £22,000 windfall raised by the 200 competitors at the Zone golf day at Moor Allerton Golf Club. The funds raised will go towards a new internet cafe, computer equipment for the Street Sound computer project and a new in-house magazine. Raina Sheaf, Zone director of operations, said: "Our facilities will also benefit the community because Street Sound is a tool for us to outreach to more children."

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Two new Sifrei Torah dedicated at Queenshill Synagogue

July 4, 2008

Two new Sifrei Torah were dedicated at Queenshill Synagogue. The final letters were written at the Zone Youth Club, witnessed by 150 guests from as far afield as Gateshead, London, Manchester and Israel. The scrolls were then carried through the streets to the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre, which houses the shul, with lots of singing and dancing. In the evening a celebratory dinner was held at the MAZCC.

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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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