A nEW fundraising group, formed to raise money for Leeds Jewish Welfare Board, made in excess of £1,000 at its first event, writes John Fisher. The group, calling itself Young Welfare Board, attracted 50 children and their parents to its sponsored “one mile toddle”. lJWB fundraising manager Meirav sasson said: “I hope it will encourage other families, who often find it difficult to find time to volunteer, to become involved in fundraising.” For more details contact Victoria sandler on 0113 218 5893.
FunDrAIsEr rEGInA Waldman was praised for raising money in the present financial crisis by speakers at a gala dinner. The event, in aid of the kadima school for children with special needs in netanya, yielded £15,000. The 120 guests at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre heard leslie silver, a past chairman of leeds united, congratulated Mrs Waldman. yomi Jacobs of British Friends of kadima also praised Mrs Waldman. “To raise such a sum during the present climate was phenomenal,” he said. ( See picture.)
THIrTy onE children of bar- and batmitzvah age attended a “Goin’ Back to your roots” event. This was the first of three sessions being run by Leeds Jewish Representative Council as part of its “Welcome to the community” project. The youngsters, from across the community, heard robert Bartfield explain how Jews escaping czarist russia ended up in leeds and Michael lee described what it was like to grow up in chapeltown. The event, held at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff centre, was organised by community development worker neil clarke.
A nEW lunch and learn programme is to be held in the citycentre offices of Brooke north. organiser rabbi Eli pink, the director of education for leeds lubavitch, explained: “study opportunities for people who work in the city are limited. I am excited to be able to offer people a chance to relax during their working day and learn at the same time.” For more details, contact rabbi Eli pink at firstname.lastname@example.org or Harold rose on 07813 330 970.
A lEEDs synagogue that was founded in 1874 has entered the 21st century with the launch of a website. The Beth