Community life

Take a tour of cemetery - online

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 13, 2014

Twenty thousand Leeds Jewish cemetery records are now available online, along with 13,000 headstone photographs, thanks to a project steered by a nuclear physicist.

Nuclear reactor safety expert Alan Tobias worked with retired dentist Malcolm Sender, amateur photographer Lee White and the late local historian Murray Freedman to produce the free database.

Records from four Leeds cemeteries ar


Leeds united on dementia care

By John Fisher, February 13, 2014

Key Leeds Jewish welfare providers have joined forces to develop an integrated programme supporting those living with dementia, their carers and their families.

Donisthorpe Hall, Leeds Jewish Housing Association and Leeds Jewish Welfare Board comprise the Jubilee Partnership, which will work to deliver services more effectively.

The project has been made possible by a £75,000 grant from the


Youth Aliyah's new needs

By Barry Toberman, February 13, 2014

Youth Aliyah Child Rescue gave a generous nod to its past and an emotive look at its present as it celebrated its 80th anniversary with a gala dinner at London's Guildhall on Tuesday.

The past was represented by guest speakers Yisrael Meir Lau, Israel's former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, and Knesset Member Shimon Solomon.


Police hold an arresting HMD ceremony

February 9, 2014

Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey gave the address at a Metropolitan Police/Jewish Police Association HMD event at the Police Training Centre in Hendon, attended by nearly 200 staff, officers and guests. Heads of the Hindu and Muslim staff associations were among those who lit memorial candles.


A day in the life of the Wohl Campus

By Charlotte Oliver, February 6, 2014

It is a quiet morning in Golders Green. But things are bustling at Jewish Care’s Michael Sobell community centre, part of the £44 million Maurice and Vivienne Wohl campus which has become an indispensable hub for both the charity’s clients and the wider


Starting date for screen tests for genetic disorders

February 3, 2014

The first community screening for a group of Jewish genetic disorders will take place at Finchley’s Sternberg Centre on February 9, launching a rolling programme of screenings across the UK during 2014. Until now, the only community-based screening programme has been for Tay-Sachs.


Diplomats recall life-saving efforts of countrymen

By Daniel Easterman, February 3, 2014

Envoys from Portugal, Japan and Poland relayed stories of their diplomats’ Holocaust heroism to the London Jewish Cultural Centre’s HMD ceremony at its Golders Green premises.


Spy focuses on poverty at UJIA Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 3, 2014

The former head of Israel’s Mossad secret service had a very public mission this week, urging Manchester diners to raise funds towards alleviating Israeli poverty.

Danny Yatom told the 350 guests at the city’s annual UJIA dinner on Monday that there was an unequal share of wealth in Israel and that those on the periphery of society had been neglected.


Israeli minister 'snubs' Yavneh College

February 3, 2014

The president of Yavneh College in Borehamwood, Benjamin Perl, has complained to the Israeli embassy that the country’s Education Minister, Shai Piron, did not visit Yavneh, despite going to a nearby non-Jewish technical college during his recent trip to London.


Scotland goes Dutch for story of life and death

By Adam Henderson, February 3, 2014

The poignant story of a Dutch survivor was the centrepiece of the main Scottish HMD ceremony, held in Stirling.
Dr Alfred Munzer said he was taken in by a neighbouring family — later honoured by Yad Vashem. His two sisters, aged six and eight, were housed by another family but turned in by the husband. Both died in Auschwitz.