Leeds IDF festival experiment
An Israeli Defence Forces chaplain has brought overseas aid to the experimental Rosh Hashanah programme run by Leeds' Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue.
The shul's Rabbi Jason Kleiman said American-born Rabbi Shalom Hammer "gave a very powerful presentation about role of observant soldier in the IDF. It was the first time shiurim ran alongside services. The feedback has been very positive." The experimental programme had found favour with many who would not otherwise engage in services.
Rabbi Hammer also spoke in Manchester on Wednesday, a private lecture to King David School's Yavneh students. He was due to return to BHH for Yom Kippur.