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Philip Sheaf wins Diana Nelson Art Award

May 16, 2008

More than 60 people attended the Diana Nelson Art Award at this year’s ceremony held at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Centre. Artist Philip Sheaf won the award with an abstract still life of musical instruments in pastel. Second place was shared by joint winners Vivienne Alper and Sasha Williams. The award was presented in memory of local artist and tutor Diana Nelson, who was a student and governor of Leeds College of Art and Design.

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Harrogate and Leeds communities join American forces for remembrance

May 9, 2008

Around 50 people from the Harrogate and Leeds communities joined American forces personnel at Menwith Hill Station for a “day of remembrance” service. The theme of the event at the army base, organised by the station’s chaplain, Rabbi Henry Soussan, was “remembering Kristallnacht 1938”. The visitors included Holocaust survivors Arek Hersh and Lily Pollock.

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Film of Poland visit showed at local Yom Hashoah service

May 9, 2008

Some 150 people attended a Yom Hashoah service at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre. A group of Leeds teenagers who visited Poland last year on a trip, headed by Israeli emissary Asaf Segev, showed a film of the visit, which included commentary by Shoah survivor Arek Hersh, who had accompanied them on the trip.

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WWII memories sought after

May 2, 2008

The Experience Centre in Horsforth is seeking people from the Jewish community who lived through the Second World War in order to interview them about their experiences. Co-ordinator Carol Vickers said: “We need testimonies from the Jewish community. Whether people were in the armed forces, civilians, conscientious objectors or evacuees, we need to preserve their stories.” More information on 0113 258 4993.

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UJIA praises Leslie Silver's support

May 2, 2008

Stalwart Zionist Leslie Silver has received a certificate for 60 years’ support of Israel. Unable to attend a recent UJIA fundraiser when a presentation ceremony was due to be held, the former Leeds United chairman was presented with the award at his Alwoodley home. Howard Foreman, UJIA North East regional director, said: “Mr Silver has done incredible work for Israel.” Born in London in 1925, Mr Silver moved to Leeds in 1940.

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Smash-hit dance show treat for care home

May 2, 2008

Eighty-one-year-old charity fundraiser Regina Waldman is to bring an international smash hit to a Leeds care home. The Spirit Of The Dance show is to be staged at Donisthorpe Hall in June. Leeds-born David King, the show’s producer, agreed bring the show to the North Leeds venue free of charge after Mrs Waldman met him in January. Mrs Waldman said: “This is the big one for Donny and me — it’s like having a corner of Las Vegas here in Shadwell.”

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Tributes to senior Leeds Wizo branch

May 2, 2008

The co-chair of one of the newest Leeds Wizo Council groups paid tribute to the most senior Leeds Wizo branch at a coffee morning held at the home of Phillipa and Bryan Bloom. Guest of honour Natalie Pearce, co-chair of Wizo 3000, said that the Henrietta Szold Wizo members were invaluable role models in the Leeds community.

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Life achievement award for table tennis coach

April 25, 2008

A former player and current coach for the Leeds Judean Table Tennis Club has won an outstanding life achievement award for his dedication to the sport. Alan Myerson received his accolade at the 2007 Leeds Sports Awards ceremony at Leeds Civic Hall. The 74-year-old, who was overjoyed with the honour, said: “Table tennis is a nippy sport that is terrific for that much needed cardio-vascular exercise.”

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Israeli ambassador speaks of hardships

April 25, 2008

Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor told an audience of 200 people of the dangers that Israel faces. Speaking at the annual UJIA fundraising dinner at Etz Chaim Synagogue Mr Prosor said: “Day in, day out, Israel is under fire.” UJIA regional director Howard Foreman said that the event was planned as a celebration of Israel’s 60th and to show how communities benefit from UJIA donors.

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Rainbow Project recieves new minibus

April 25, 2008

Leeds Jewish Care Services’ Rainbow Project took delivery of a new minibus last week. The vehicle will give the residents transport to the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Centre as well as to weekly social clubs and other activities. The money to fund the vehicle was raised at a Leeds UJIA dinner, held at the centre last November. Pam Wisnia, manager of the Rainbow Project, said that the minibus will be used on average five or six times a day.

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