Kollel scheme is set to bridge educational gap in Yorkshire

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 18, 2012

A free, adult Jewish learning facility is being planned for Leeds.

The intention is for the Leeds community kollel to mirror projects in London and Manchester by funding 10 Orthodox families to move to the city to undertake rabbinic studies in a dedicated venue. The scheme would also support weekly lectures and text-based learning within Orthodox synagogues.


Jimmy Savile plaque removed by Jewish welfare service

By Sandy Rashty, October 12, 2012

A memorial to Sir Jimmy Savile was removed from the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board (LJWB) building on Thursday morning.

The gold leaf plaque, on the LJWB’s honorary Tree of Life, was removed this week in the wake of the child sexual abuse allegations made against the dj and tv presenter.

An executive LJWB member was unavailable for comment.


Coffee brings the pot up to £250k for Macmillan

By John Fisher, October 11, 2012

Six Leeds women are celebrating the raising of £250,000 for the Macmillan cancer charity.

Set up in 1997, the North Leeds Macmillan Committee reached the landmark with the £20,000 earned from its contribution to Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. One-hundred supporters attended the Leeds event, held at the home of Liz and Howard Cohen.


New Leeds school takes the modern approach

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 27, 2012

Touch-screen tablet computers for every pupil are an intended feature of the first Jewish secondary school in Leeds, parents of 20 prospective students have been told.


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.