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Making the Leap

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JLife speaks to up-and-coming young gymnast, Joey Rosenberg ahead of the Trampoline and Tumbling NDP Finals. Joey Rosenberg sparked his passion for gymnastics only three years ago, yet the 12 year-old The Grammar School at Leeds pupil is already making…

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Allan’s Keys

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JLife’s Evangeline Spachis meets renowned pianist and Leeds native, Allan Schiller to discuss his surprise BEM from The Queen and his globe-trotting musical career. Chapeltown-born piano maestro Allan Schiller was in disbelief when the letter arrived stating that he would…

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Theatre Tuesdays

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Ahead of their first rehearsals for the play of bestselling novel Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, JLife chats to local theatre actors Stephen Brown (Morrie) and Rob Edwards (Mitch). Morrie is played by Alwoodley resident Stephen Brown. Stephen is…

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In the Black

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In a rare interview, Gordon Black, the Yorkshire retail guru who brought us the Nutribullet, Adidas sports bags and The Original Factory Shop speaks to JLife about the need for business to embrace change to survive in a global retail…

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A History Unspooled

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Harriet Stevens speaks to JLife about rediscovering a voice from the past on a forgotten cassette tape, as she attempts to unearth the truth behind her family’s escape from Nazi-occupied Austria. It was Kristallnacht and Siegfried Schrotter was hiding in…

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Sam’s World

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JLife speaks to Samantha Harvey, founder of Oneworld Travel Group and councillor for Wakefield Rural Ward about China, her new life in politics, UJIA and why Sinai Synagogue is home.   Why did you decide to establish Oneworld Travel Group?…

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Making History

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Ahead of the publication of ‘Leeds and its Jewish Community’, JLife speaks to its editor, Professor Derek Fraser, to get the story behind the book that has been tipped as the “definitive history” of our community.   Hi Derek, so…

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Leading the field

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John Tordoff, Yorkshire born and bred, is chief executive of Bradford-based motor retailer JCT600 and explains why Rolls-Royce is the latest luxury brand to join the JCT600 family.   What do you think is behind the enduring popularity of luxury…

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Bieber Fever

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Ahead of his visit to the UKIB North East breakfast meeting, chief executive of UK Israel Business, Hugo Bieber chats to JLife about Leeds’ potential opportunities with Israel. “I’ll be explaining the Israeli ecosystem and the changes over recent years…

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A Life in Music

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The Leeds Jewish community’s new Shaliach, Amir Ben Hur, arrives in the city fresh from IDF service and with a passion for music he’d love to share. JLife finds out more… Hi Amir! Welcome to Leeds! How are you finding…

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Oh Yes She Did!

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JLife speaks to Emma Gordon, co-founder of Next Generation Arts to discuss the growth of her performing arts organisation from modest beginnings keeping the local Chanukah pantomime tradition alive, to providing a creative cross-communal outlet for young people across North…

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Stronger Together

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Susie Gordon, executive director of the Leeds Jewish Representative Council speaks about the changing role of the organisation and finding her place in bringing the Leeds Jewish community together to create a brighter, more collaborative future. The Leeds Jewish Representative…

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Gron Kafe Opening

Easy Being Grön

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JLife welcomes new vegan eatery, Grön Kafe to Oakwood, bringing an exciting menu of healthy and tasty food and beverages to the trendy suburb, and chats to GM Ste Thomas and lead barista Aleksander Szafranski. Head into Leeds city centre…

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