Cemetery project in Leicester builds 'a people profile'

By Naomi Firsht, December 4, 2014

A Leicester historian's idea to research early 20th century Jewish gravestones grew into a restoration project of the entire Jewish sections of a cemetery.

Rosalind Adam, author of Jewish Voices - an oral history of the Leicester community - aimed to find out about a few of the earliest Jewish families buried in Leicester's Gilroes Cemetery in order to produce a book about their lives.


Leicester council to boycott Israeli settlement goods

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2014

One of Britain’s biggest local authorities has voted to boycott goods from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Councillors in Leicester condemned Israel’s actions in Gaza and the West Bank and said the boycott would stand “until Israel withdraws from Palestinian Occupied Territories”.


Growing Tribe gets its Sefer Torah

August 12, 2010

The dedication of a new Sefer Torah was a highlight of the biggest ever summer camp of Tribe, the United Synagogue's youth arm.

Over 150 teenagers joined US leaders at the ceremony in Leicestershire, which was followed by a celebratory lunch.

Tribe executive director Rabbi Andrew Shaw said: "We are thrilled that Tribe now has its own Sefer Torah to use at its events. This is yet another important milestone in the amazing growth of our organisation over the last few years."

The camp attracted participants from London, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh.


Joint celebration for Israel's 60th

May 29, 2008

A joint celebration of Israel’s 60th anniversary was organised by the Oadby and Wigston Multicultural Group together with Leicester Hebrew Congregation and Leicester Progressive Jewish Congregation. At the event, held at Parklands Leisure Centre, in Oadby, guest speaker John Levy, the director of the Academic Study Group on Israel and the Middle East, talked about “The Six Decades of Statehood, Progress and Problems”.


Lottery grant to preserve local heritage

May 15, 2008

A heritage lottery grant is to support a new project to collect memories from Jewish people who lived in Leicester in the 1940s and 1950s. A series of workshops, led by facilitators, will support participants in gathering together their memories. Individuals will be helped to create a book, a website and display. To take part, contact 0116 233 4343.