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Bringing the House Down

From surviving the Aussie jungle to now braving the spooky stage play The House on Cold Hill, actor Rita Simons has barely been home since leaving the streets of Walford. JLife’s Evangeline Spachis finds out more… Leaving a soap after…
J Life
April 24, 2019
Interviews-Leeds

A History Unspooled

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…
J Life
April 3, 2019
Interviews-Leeds

Theatre Tuesdays

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…
J Life
April 3, 2019
Interviews-Leeds

In the Black

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…
J Life
April 3, 2019
Interviews-Leeds

The Café with a Conscience

JLife speaks to Anna Dyson, founder of social enterprise community café, Toast Love Coffee about her mission to bring a divided city together over the very Jewish staples of good food and good conversation.   Hi Anna, tell us about…
J Life
January 30, 2019
Interviews-Leeds

Sam’s World

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?…
J Life
January 30, 2019
Interviews-Leeds

Making History

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…
J Life
January 30, 2019
Interviews-Leeds

Leading the field

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…
J Life
November 28, 2018
Interviews-Leeds

Bieber Fever

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…
J Life
November 28, 2018
Interviews-Leeds

A Life in Music

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…
J Life
November 28, 2018
Interviews-Leeds

From Russia with Love

Ahead of his BBC documentary charting the story of the Jews who left Russia for Leeds, local filmmaker Simon Glass talks to JLife about the immigrants that helped make the city what it is today. Born and raised in Moortown,…
J Life
November 28, 2018
Interviews-Leeds

Oh Yes She Did!

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…
J Life
November 28, 2018
Interviews-Leeds

Stronger Together

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…
J Life
October 4, 2018
Interviews-Leeds

Easy Being Grön

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…
J Life
October 3, 2018
Interviews-Leeds

Service with a Smile

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board’s Community Support Services manager, Rachel Maughan speaks about her team’s recent efforts to bring smiles to the faces of Leeds’ forgotten communities. Since 1878, the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board (LJWB) has been making a difference to…
J Life
October 3, 2018
Interviews-Leeds

Illuminating Israel

Leeds Jewish academic Ian Vellins talks to JLife about using literature as a key to unlocking the spirit of a nation. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the state of Israel, and Leeds Jewish academic, Ian Vellins feels it…
J Life
October 3, 2018
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Rising Stars

Alex Kragiopoulos, co-founder of North Star, Leeds’ first speciality coffee roaster, speaks to JLife’s James Wilson about his mission to bring quality, sustainable coffee to the North.   Hi Alex, could you tell us a bit about your North Leeds…
J Life
August 1, 2018
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Calendar Date

TV presenter and author Fern Britton has joined the cast of the musical, Calendar Girls, set to arrive at Leeds Grand Theatre in August. JLife’s Evangeline Spachis chatted to her about the role, plus her life-affirming trip to Jerusalem… As…
J Life
August 1, 2018
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Core of the Community

Angie Furminger, volunteer manager at the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board (LJWB), talks to JLife’s Evangeline Spachis about her work within the organisation.   How did you originally get involved with the LJWB? I became involved with LJWB a year ago.…
J Life
August 1, 2018
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Movie Matinee

Leeds-born director Adam Wells will be bringing his debut short film, Shemira to MAZCC in June. Adam Wells, originally from Alwoodley but now based in London is returning to Leeds for a special private screening of his first ever short…
J Life
May 29, 2018