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Collection boxes for Leeds Jewish Blind Society re-introduced after 20 years

September 19, 2008

Collection boxes for Leeds Jewish Blind Society are being re-introduced after an absence of 20 years. Avril Gaunt, the society's social welfare officer , said: "It will be so much easier for people to make donations in the comfort of their own homes." Donors can phone the office for a volunteer collector when the box is full or take it to the LJBS office at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff centre.

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Harrogate art dealer makes plea for more information about Joash Woodrow

September 12, 2008

The Harrogate art dealer who discovered the work of Leeds artist Joash Woodrow made a plea for more information about the artist at a Jewish Historical Society meeting. Many of the 40-strong audience reminisced about the artist who had lived in Chapel Allerton and Mr Stewart said he wanted to find out more about the artist's early years. Mr Stewart, who is hoping to arrange an exhibition of the artist's work in Israel, can be contacted on 01423 709 108. The event was held at the United Hebrew Congregation.

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Leeds Jewish Welfare Board charity shop surpasses target by £30k

By John Fisher, August 7, 2008

Known locally as "the Harrods of charity shops", Leeds Jewish Welfare Board's store has raised over £100,000 in its first year of trading, surpassing its target figure by £30,000.

Located in Moortown, in the heart of the Jewish community, the success of "thewellfairshop" has not totally surprised its organisers. Manager Andrina Calvert said: "I always had faith that the shop would do well here and I cannot praise my volunteers enough."

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Leeds brothers reunited after 60 years

August 7, 2008

Two brothers have been reunited at Donisthorpe Hall after 60 years living on either side of the world. Myer Silver, 88, who left Leeds after the Second World War to live in America said he was thrilled to be back and living under the same roof as his brother, Bernard, 93. Mr Silver had worked at a bird sanctuary outside Santa Rosa, where he had looked after wounded eagles.

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Radio Jcom conducts week-long test transmission

August 7, 2008
Radio Jcom, the Leeds Jewish community radio station, conducted a seven-day test transmission on a medium wave band last week. Based at Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre, Radio JCom began broadcasting via the Internet in 2007. Last week, the station recorded its first Negev Desert Tracks programme with theatre producer Brian Daniels as its first guest. David Harris, technical adviser and producer, said that the test transmission was heard across Yorkshire.

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Poetry collection in aid of Rainbow Project

August 7, 2008

Local historian Murray Freedman has launched his sixth collection of poems and hopes to raise £200 for Leeds Jewish Welfare Board's Rainbow Project from sales of the book. The anthology, An Open Mind, coincides with Mr Freedman's 80th birthday.

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Leeds visit for world Wizo president 'tinged with sadness'

July 31, 2008

World Wizo president Helena Glaser told 100 Yorkshire members that for the second time her visit to Leeds was tinged with sadness.

Mrs Glaser recalled her last visit to the city, in 1994, when there was a bombing at the Jewish community centre in Buenos Aries. She said the mood was again sombre as the remains of two Israeli soldiers, Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser, were returned to Israel.

In praising Leeds Wizo she said: "You are a fantastic group." The lunch was held at the United Hebrew Congregation.

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'Tropical World' renamed in tribute to benefactors

July 31, 2008

A Leeds tourist attraction has been linked with two local benefactors. Tropical World, part of Roundhay’s Canal Gardens, has been renamed the “Arnold and Marjorie Ziff Tropical World”.

Civic heads were among 80 guests and Ziff family members who watched  Marjorie Ziff, widow of Arnold, unveil a commemorative flagstone. In his tribute to the couple, who had helped with the launch of the Canal Gardens venture, deputy council leader Andrew Carter said he was delighted to express the city’s thanks.

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Drama group scoops five awards for Chaim's Love Song

July 31, 2008

Limelight drama group scooped five awards at the Wharfe-dale Festival of Theatre Awards, held at St Mary's School, Menston.

The group's entry for this year's competition, Chaim's Love Song, by Marvin Chernoff, was performed at the Carriageworks Theatre in February. Awards were made to actors Lawrence Gorsden, Margaret Silver and Harry Venet. The play also won a runner-up award for best overall production. Best director award went to Malcolm Taylor.

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Leeds Braille Group celebrates 40th anniversary

July 31, 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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