22nd North Leeds (Hillel) Scout Group

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Golden Oldies

This page is for any old members of the group. Send us your info by filling in the form on the right.
Below is the first of our ex members.

Here is a little info regarding my time at 7th Central. In the 30s we met at the Jewish Club in Barrack Street. We were fortunate in having two thriving troops, each led by brilliant Scoutmasters, twins Len & ben Abramson.My  leader was Ben who tragically died on active service &is buried in Rangoon , Burma.( his nephew Anthony Abramson will no doubt have given you relevant info ).
I joined the Cubs in 1933, progressed through the scouts as Sixer , Senior Sixer, Patrol Leader &then into the Rovers & continued Scouting until going into the Army, serving in the East Yorks Regt during the latter days of the war in Holland & Germany. After the war I was posted to Palestine Egypt & Sudan until demobilisation. As my family had moved to Blackpool I joined them there in 1947.During my time in Palestine I had become interested in Zionism, became active the youth movement & in 1951 had a year on a Kibbutz &on return to Englandhelped in training young people prior to their going on Shnat Sherut giving a year of service to Israel. In 1952 I became the National Chairman of FZY, married the National Secretary of the movement in 1953 & have remained happily married, living in London since.
Incidentally my wife Malka is a sister of a lady you will probably know, Jacquie Fineberg.
Our family has a long association with Scouts & Guides. My late Father,Barney Labovitch, was in the Leeds troop, a bugler in the band 1916/1917, my Daughter was a Guider in the 60s, &myGranddaughter carries on the tradition as a 9 year old Brownie.
This all brings back wonderful memories for me.

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