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A LEADING architect from Manchester has died suddenly while holidaying in Spain, writes Judith Hayman. Michael Sassoon, 69, was born in Didsbury and graduated in architecture from Manchester University. His late father, Joseph Sassoon, was president of the Queenston Road Synagogue, Didsbury, now the Sha’are Hayim Sephardi Synagogue. Michael Sassoon was a member of the congregation before moving to London nine years ago. Minister Rabbi Shlomo Ellituv told the JC: “He was well admired by the entire community.” Mr Sassoon modernised Manchester Airport and the Hilton Hotels chain, as well as designing Blinker’s disco in the city centre in the 1970s. He was buried at Manchester’s Southern Cemetery. His wife, Merle, and four children survive him.
KING DAVID High School is for the first time opening up one of its Israel trips to the community, writes Judith Hayman. Around 120 Year 9 pupils will be visiting Israel in May for the Yom Yerushalayim celebrations, while a separate programme will be laid on for parents and members of the community who accompany the children. Steven Mintz, KD co-ordinator of Jewish studies, told the JC: “The adults will share the same flight but have separate coaches and their own programme.” The initiative is sponsored by UJIA/Israel Experience.
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THE LIVERPOOL community is mourning the loss of Theodore Montague Globe (known as Tanny), who died this week, writes Lennie Isaacs. Mr Globe, 85, was a former president of the King David Foundation, and the music centre in the high school is named after him. A senior warden of Greenbank Drive Hebrew Congregation he was also a Mason in the Menorah Lodge of Israel.
MEMBERS OF Leeds Ajex helped bring seasonal cheer to carers and nurses at St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds, writes John Fisher. Ajex member Wilf Jackson told the JC that six of its members ferried hospice staff to and from work on Christmas Day. For the past 20 years, Ajex members have vol- unteered their services to help elderly people to a Salvation Army celebration. Mr Jackson added: “As the shelter has now closed, our members thought they would like to help other organisations over the Christmas period.”
WHILE ANDREW Lloyd Webber begins his TV search for budding stars in his new production of “Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat”, Leeds University J-Soc is generating its own search, writes John Fisher. The J-Soc plans to stage a production of the show in Leeds this spring and is desperate to find a director. Josh Landy, incoming president of the J-Soc, is appealing to the community for help. He told the JC that J-Soc has 40 students wanting to be involved in the show, but lacks someone to take the helm. “It would be f a ntasti c to have a s s i s t a n c e f r o m t h e L e e d s J e wi s h c o mmunity, ” h e s a i d . Contact Mr Landy on 07709 808 818.