Leeds website launched

September 20, 2012

To promote Leeds Jewish organisations and events and volunteering opportunities, an information website, www.leedsjewishcommunity.com, has been launched.

Leeds Jewish Representative Council says the site will be constantly updated and will also feature job opportunities and services specifically for the under-35s.


Sir Jimmy Savile clothing auctioned for charity

By John Fisher, September 6, 2012

A piece of iconic clothing worn by the late Sir Jimmy Savile and successfully bid for by Leeds fundraiser Stuart Levin at a recent auction will once again be put under the hammer.

Mr Levin will be going for gold at an auction at Make a Dream’s annual gala dinner to raise money for Yorkshire’s sick and terminally ill children. His wife Francine founded the charity in 1994.


Photo archive allows virtual tour of Leeds cemetery

August 9, 2012

Relatives of people buried at the Leeds Hill Top cemeteries can now visit their graves online as the result of a photographic archive.

As the name implies, the cemetery — containing the burial grounds of a number of synagogues past and present — has a high location, above a labyrinth of mining tunnels and shafts.


Leeds delighted as secondary school plan is approved at second attempt

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 19, 2012

A Jewish high school in Leeds could stem the exodus of young families to larger Jewish centres.

It was second time lucky for the proposers of the free school, after an initial application was rejected in 2011. It will open next year, growing to a 175-place school with sixth-form provision in the heart of the local Jewish community in Alwoodley.


Princesses survive terrors of Yorkshire 'jungle'

By John Fisher, July 13, 2012

A group of charitable Jewish princesses renounced creature comforts to take on the terrors of the Yorkshire jungle.

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board staged “I’m A Princess Get Me Out Of Here”, based on the I’m A Celebrity TV show. The challenge was for 16 women to survive a day and night in dank and muddy conditions at Bramhope Scout Camp.


Reduced arts festival fails to draw the crowds

By John Fisher, June 28, 2012

An energetic performance by Polish klezmer band Klezmafour kicked off a reduced programme for the 12th Leeds International Jewish Performing Arts Festival on Monday.


Getting their skates on in Leeds for Donisthorpe

By John Fisher, June 21, 2012

Clad in Lycra, sequins and spangles, the Leeds community’s skating stars took to the ice to help raise £55,000 for the Donisthorpe care home.

The dancers — who had just six months to become proficient — were part of the entertainment at the Skating on Ice gala dinner at the Leeds United Conference Centre, attended by 900 people.


Paris screening for Leeds Holocaust film

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 1, 2012

An award-winning documentary by Leeds filmmakers is to be showcased at the Memorial de la Shoah centre in Paris as part of national commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the round-up of Jews in Nazi-controlled France.


Violent muggers terrorise grandmother

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 3, 2012

A Leeds grandmother was the victim of a violent mugging six days after her home was ransacked by burglars.


Leeds closes in on secondary

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 27, 2012

Leeds has moved closer to having its first Jewish secondary school with a free school application reaching the final interview stage.

Jewish community education leaders have been invited to the Department for Education for clarification of plans for a 210-place secondary school on the Brodetsky Jewish Primary campus in Alwoodley.