Leeds

Kindness of murdered Chabad couple ‘knew no bounds’

December 5, 2008

The 250 people at a Leeds Lubavitch Centre memorial service for those killed in the terror attack on Mumbai’s Chabad House included three community members who had received hospitality from Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife Rivka.

Angela Frieze, who had dined at Mumbai Chabad earlier this year, recalled the Holtzbergs as “a caring couple. The work they did will be sadly missed by those of us who were honoured enough to meet them.”

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Population controller

By John Fisher, December 4, 2008

Neil Clarke intends to demonstrate staying power as Leeds’ first community development officer. The goal of the 23-year-old is “to encourage young people to remain in Leeds and attract people at Leeds University to move to the city permanently”.

Originally from Reading, Mr Clarke is himself a Leeds University graduate. He will be based at the representative council offices and will work closely with the Leeds Jewish Initiative and university chaplaincy.

He has launched a weekly newsletter and intends to develop a communal website and database.

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Leeds Jewish Initiative attracts more than 170 to "James Bond" evening

November 6, 2008

Leeds Jewish Initiative attracted more than 170 people to a "James Bond" evening. LJI co-ordinator Natalie Jackson said: "It was great to see all age groups enjoying one another's company. There were an abundance of new faces." The evening of Bond music and cocktails, followed by live jazz and blues music from Leeds' own Terri Shaltiel, was held at the Alea Casino. For information on future events, email connect@lji.org.uk, or contact Natalie Jackson on 07811 392 157.

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A Leeds pharmacist has been named "Businessman of the Year"

November 6, 2008

A Leeds pharmacist has been named "Businessman of the Year" at the annual Independent Pharmacy Awards. Ashley Cohen, 37, turned a run-down business in Halton, Leeds, into a successful venture before going on to open a further three pharmacies.

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Fundraiser Bernard Williams honoured with a kiddish on his 90th birthday

November 6, 2008

Fundraiser Bernard Williams has been honoured with a kiddish on his 90th birthday by Beth Hamidrash Synagogue. A staunch worker for the Junior Organisation of the Leeds Jewish Charities back in the 1950s, Mr Williams and his wife Shirley have also worked for Leeds Jewish Blind Society's functions committee since 1957. Mr Williams, who has raised funds for the shul for 40 years and has chaired the shul's leisure club for 20 years, said he was delighted with the shul's tribute. Synagogue president Dan Cohen said: "Bernard has been a stalwart of BHH.

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Holocaust survivor to accompany five day youth trip to Poland next February

October 30, 2008

Holocaust survivor Arek Hersh will accompany a five day youth trip to Poland next February. The trip, organised by Leeds emissary Asaf Segev will visit Auschwitz, the Jewish quarter of Krakow, Schindler's Factory, synagogues and museums. Born in Sieradz, Poland, Mr Hersh was taken to Auschwitz, and eventually liberated at Terezin, Czechoslovakia in 1945. Mr Segev said: "This trip is a unique opportunity especially as we have Mr Hersh accompanying us." For further details contact Asaf Segev on 0113 268 0899.

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Donisthorpe Hall's men's discussion group grows in numbers

October 24, 2008

A men's discussion group at Donisthorpe Hall, launched four years ago with just three members, has grown to 40 strong.

The group attracts 20 residents from the care home and numbers are swelled by visiting debaters. The men donate £1 each week which has gone towards purchasing items such as a wheelchair. Joe Wane, 92, the oldest member of the group, said that the initiative had helped him enormously. "Debate oils the wheels of intellect."

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A Leeds synagogue founded in 1874 launches website

October 24, 2008

A Leeds synagogue that was founded in 1874 has entered the 21st century with the launch of a website.

The Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue website, designed and constructed by vice-president Geoff Eastman, contains information on the weekly Torah portion, service times, simchas and leisure club programme.

Mr Eastman said: "This is a good way of providing an immediate service to our members."

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New lunch and learn programme to be held in Brooke North offices

October 24, 2008

A new lunch and learn programme is to be held in the city-centre offices of Brooke North.

Organiser Rabbi Eli Pink, the director of education for Leeds Lubavitch, explained: "Study opportunities for people who work in the city are limited. I am excited to be able to offer people a chance to relax during their working day and learn at the same time."

For more details, contact Rabbi Eli Pink at education@judaismlive.com or Harold Rose on 07813 330 970.

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Thirty one bar- and batmitzvah aged kids attend a "Goin' Back to Your Roots"

October 24, 2008

Thirty one children of bar- and batmitzvah age attended a "Goin' Back to Your Roots" event.

This was the first of three sessions being run by Leeds Jewish Representative Council as part of its "Welcome to the Community" project.

The youngsters, from across the community, heard Robert Bartfield explain how Jews escaping Czarist Russia ended up in Leeds and Michael Lee described what it was like to grow up in Chapeltown.

The event, held at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff centre, was organised by community development worker Neil Clarke.

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