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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 12, 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 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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