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Graduation for Talmud Taster course

June 12, 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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Limelight Drama Group entertain leisure centre

June 12, 2008

Limelight Drama Group entertained some 60 people at the Beth Hamidrash Hagadol’s Leisure Club. The players gave a miscellany of readings presented by Carole Morris, Margaret Silver, Harry Venet, Judith Conway, Ruth Bush and Mamie Franks. The BHH Leisure Club, under the chairmanship of Bernard Williams, will next month be celebrating 19 years since its formation.

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Hebrew Congregation host Leeds Jewish Blind Society

June 6, 2008

Fifty members of Leeds Jewish Blind Society were guests of Harrogate Hebrew Congregation when the shul’s ladies committee organised a luncheon in their honour. This is the 52nd year the committee has invited LJBS members and Avril Gaunt, the society’s social welfare officer, praised the shul. “They are always welcoming and caring and everyone had a wonderful afternoon,” she said.

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School discussion group proves popular

June 6, 2008

A sixth-form discussion group has proved popular with Jewish pupils at Leeds Grammar School. The Leeds Lubavitch project, which takes place every Thursday, has attracted some 15 boys for discussions on topics ranging from binge-drinking to tattooing. Head Jewish boys Edward Bergen and Rafi Goodwin co-ordinate the sessions.

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Leeds Jewish youth club planning 80th celebrations

June 6, 2008

Preparations are underway for a reunion to celebrate the Leeds Jewish youth club scene. Next year Leeds Judean Club for Boys and Girls will celebrate its 80th anniversary and the Zone youth club its 10th, and to commemorate a party will be held in February. Organiser Tony Reynolds, who met his wife Ingrid at the Judean, said: “We need to track down senior members in our community who belonged to the legendary club.” Email: info@1zone.org.uk

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Young thugs attack Leeds blind man

By Craig Silver, May 29, 2008

A blind man sustained facial injuries in a vicious attack by a group of youths outside a Leeds shopping centre on Sunday.

Simon Rosenstone, 28, of Alwoodley, suffered a bloodied nose and a black eye in the random attack as he walked towards the bus stop on Infirmary Street. He was punched and kicked before managing to escape. Two women who witnessed the attack took him to Holbeck police station.

“It was a cowardly assault”, Mr Rosenstone told the JC. “I don’t believe there was a racial motive. They were just thugs.”

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Cannes showing for local filmmaker

May 29, 2008

Young film director Simon Glass’s film, Yakov, My Boy — which premiered at Leeds International Performing Arts Festival last September — was shown as part of the Cannes Short Film Corner. Some 150 people from the community attended Etz Chaim Synagogue when the film’s barmitzvah sequence was shot last year. “It’s quite a leap going from Leeds to the Cannes Film Festival,” said Mr Glass, 22.

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Queenshill hosts Housing Association Shabbat

May 22, 2008

The annual Housing Association Shabbat took place at Queenshill Synagogue. The congregation of about 70 people included the chairman of the Leeds Jewish Housing Association, Arnold Zermansky and members of the committee. The service was conducted by Reverend Stanley Abrahams, Alan Preston and Avraham Serfaty.

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High hopes for ambitious eighth One Day Limmud

May 15, 2008

This year’s Leeds One Day Limmud is set to be the biggest in its eight-year history, say organisers of the event. A crowd of more than 400 is anticipated at the event to be staged at the Weetwood Hall Hotel on June 22. Linda Rosen, Leeds Limmud co-ordinator, said: “This will be our most ambitious event.” Further details can be found on www.limmud.org or via email: leeds@limmud.org.

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Local Wizo group celebrates diamond jubilee

May 15, 2008

A Leeds Wizo group has celebrated its diamond jubilee with a lunch at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Centre. The Chaim Weizmann Group was formed in 1948, changing its name to the Blanche Dugdale Group. Its initial function was to sell goods at the Leeds Blue and White Bazaar. “As long as the underprivileged need our help Wizo will be there for them,” said founder member Marianne Lipman.

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