He hikes, he paints, he does yoga - and he's 100

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 6, 2014

When Ulrich Weigert turned 100, there were five birthday parties and cards from the Queen and a government minister.

But on the downside, he managed only a 1.6 kilometre country walk, rather than the two kilometres he normally covers. At least he did not miss his regular art class on his birthday morning, or his yoga group later in the week.


Ex-MP Sir Irvine Patnick apologises for Hillsborough smears

By Marcus Dysch, September 14, 2012

A former Conservative MP has apologised for the part he played in repeating false allegations about Liverpool fans following the Hillsborough disaster.

Sir Irvine Patnick represented the Sheffield Hallam constituency when 96 Liverpool fans died at the FA Cup semi-final held at the stadium in April 1989.


Jewish graves may be dug up and remains bulldozed

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 23, 2012

The human remains of a prestigious British Jewish dynasty risk being dug up after their graves have been levelled by a bulldozer, unless a last remaining family heiress and the Jewish community can win their claim to the land by Friday.


Sheffield's dictionary triumph

By Simon Rocker, January 19, 2012

What has been billed as the first Dictionary of Classical Hebrew has been completed by a team of scholars based at Sheffield University.

"The only dictionaries there have been are of biblical Hebrew," explained the editor of the eight-volume set, David Clines, emeritus professor of biblical studies at Sheffield.


Steel city celebration

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2011

Sheffield JSoc members have enjoyed a successful term of events, culminating with a visit to a film screening.

They watched Anita, a film about the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre in Argentina, which was shown as part of the UK Jewish Film Festival.

Events since January have included four Friday night Shabbat dinners hosted at Hillel House.


Human rights lawyer Ben Spier talks to Kingfield Synagogue

August 8, 2008

Fifty people attended Kingfield Synagogue for a talk by Ben Spier on his work as a human rights lawyer. He recalled how he met former Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie at the annual Holocaust Memorial Day event in Cardiff in 2006 when he spoke to them about human rights.


Forty people meet at Kingfield Synagogue for lecture by forensic pathologist

July 4, 2008

Forty people from across the community met at Kingfield Synagogue for a lecture by forensic pathologist Professor Chris Milroy. Professor Milroy discussed a mummified body, found in Pakistan in 2001, reputed to be that of a Persian princess. He related how when taking part in a BBC Horizon programme he was asked to establish if it was genuine. He explained that the mummy, wrapped in machine-made bandages, was a fraud.


Sheffield's Yom Hashoah service

May 9, 2008

Some 70 people from both Sheffield’s Orthodox and Reform congregations attended a Yom Hashoah service at Kingfield Synagogue. There were readings by members of both congregations and memorial candles lit by community members Dorothy Flemming, Agnes Grunwald-Spier, Werner Sussenwein, Peter Meyer, Sue Pearson and Adrian Rubenstein.