Encouraging demand for Leeds high school

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 15, 2012

The Jewish high school opening in Leeds next September has received 20 applications for the 25 places for the initial year.


Leeds ignites Limmud fireworks

By John Fisher, November 8, 2012

With a suitably Guy Fawkes analogy, Leeds Day Limmud co-chairs Judge Robert Bartfield and Eleanor Taylor described Sunday’s event as offering “plenty of firecrackers”. Close-on 50 sessions on topics as diverse as domestic violence and the Jewish contribution to the English countryside were available to the 340 participants.


Camp Simcha launches welfare partnership in Leeds

By John Fisher, October 25, 2012

A collaboration between Camp Simcha and Leeds Jewish Welfare Board will improve the quality of life for Jewish children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Kitty's Smile was launched on Sunday in memory of Kitty Doerfler, who was born with leukaemia and died, aged 15 months, in 2007. Kitty's mother Sarah said the family felt “incredibly blessed” at the naming.


Leeds celebrates the old and the New

By John Fisher, October 18, 2012

The contribution of Leeds Jewry to the cultural and economic life of the city was recognised at the unveiling of a blue plaque at the former New Synagogue in Chapeltown Road.


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.