Leeds clergy demonstrate Israel support

October 8, 2015

Christian clergy were in the succah at the Etz Chaim Synagogue in Leeds for the formal presentation of the Shalom Declaration, in support and appreciation of Israel, to Leeds Jewish Representative Council president Simon Jackson.

Board of Deputies consultant Steven Jaffe, who spearheaded the initiative, said it was "a major development".

The document, launched in March, calls on Church relig


Expectations high for Leeds JSoc

October 1, 2015

The new term got off to a flying start for Jewish students in Leeds, with more than 100 freshers joining the Jewish Society, a new kosher halls of residence, and the arrival of Aish "couple-on-campus" Rabbi Adam and Anna Ross.


We're up for pay day

By John Fisher, October 1, 2015

A steady stream of Leeds Jewish Welfare Board supporters turned up at its offices on the annual "pay day" to make good on their New Year Appeal pledges.

The day was launched in 2009 to cut back on administrative costs for the appeal. This year, it was held on the day after Yom Kippur.

Fundraising director Meirav Sasson said the response had been "amazing.


Hardship funding

By John Fisher, September 17, 2015

Addressing the 100 guests at the Leeds UJIA Women's Division appeal lunch, chair Norma Collins highlighted the poverty in the Galil, the area UJIA focuses its work in.

"If one is born in the Galil, one's life opportunities are far worse than if one is born in the centre of Israel," she said.


Search is on for Holocaust survivors needing aid in Leeds

By John Fisher, August 26, 2015

The Leeds-based Holocaust Survivors' Friendship Association is looking to identify survivors and refugees living locally who might need its help.

Having received grants totalling £115,500 from the Six Point Foundation to support elderly survivors living in isolation and poverty, the HSFA believes some eligible people may be unware of the initiative.


On the menu in Leeds

June 11, 2015

Sinai Synagogue Leeds Judaism through Cooking programme got off to a tempting start with Carey Glass demonstrating how to cook blintzes and director of education Gwynneth Lewis teaching about Shavuot. Participant Petra Mullen said: "It was fabulous to make something new with a lovely collection of people. Carey’s cooking and Gwynneth’s information complemented each other perfectly.


Stage is set for new festival format in Leeds

By John Fisher, May 28, 2015

After a 15-year run, a drop in audience support for Leeds JFest International, a celebration of Jewish culture, has led to organisers testing new ground with a changed format.

The annual event is now heading in a different direction with a rolling season of varied performances.


Why Leeds lost Sammy Davis

May 14, 2015

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the organiser of a street party who turned down an offer to play free from Phil Collins.

Which prompted this story from Michael Woolf of Leeds: "My cousin and his wife were on a cruise in the 1960s when they met Sammy Davis Jnr and his manager and became friendly," he recalled.


Housing is hot hustings topic

April 23, 2015

The Leeds Jewish Housing Association chair has warned a Tory general election candidate that the Conservatives' commitment to giving housing association tenants the right to buy would be "the death knell for small housing associations".