Terezin camp spirit to live on in Leeds music project

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 23, 2012

A Holocaust actress who performed eight plays inside a Nazi concentration camp will launch an international Holocaust music research hub by telling how the power of creative arts gave freedom amid hell.

Terezin camp survivor Zdenka Fantlová, 89, was friends with the Jewish elite of Czech musicians, actors and writers interned at the Terezin concentration camp near Prague.


JLC's new groups

February 16, 2012

The Jewish Leadership Council has welcomed two new membership organisations - the Leeds Jewish Representative Council and the Zionist Youth Council.

Mick Davis, JLC board of trustees chairman, said: "They will provide valuable expertise as we address the impact of the Localism Act and the challenge of engaging our younger generation."

Mr Davis also announced the formation of a new agency bas


Dementia care unit opening

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 10, 2012

A £1 million dementia care wing has been opened at the Donisthorpe home in Leeds, its second unit catering for a rising number of dementia sufferers. Features of the 15-bed facility include floor sensors which automatically turn on lights.


Leeds high school is in demand

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 27, 2012

Evidence of community support for the proposed Leeds Jewish secondary school was apparent in a turnout of 150 for a consultation meeting on Tuesday.

The campaign for a 210-place secondary suffered a setback last year when the Department for Education rejected an earlier application for a school to be established on the Brodetsky Jewish Primary campus in Alwoodley.


£700 apology from Dubai gym after Auschwitz ad

January 19, 2012

The British gym owner who used an image of Auschwitz to promote weight loss in his Dubai fitness centre is to donate £700 to a Leeds Holocaust charity. The money from weekend takings at The Circuit Factory gym will be donated to the Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association.

Owner Phil Parkinson came under fire for using an image of Auschwitz, with the caption "Kiss your calories goodbye".


Flat rate made attractive

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 30, 2011

A woman who could not afford to live in the main Leeds Jewish community areas, despite holding down two jobs, is the first beneficiary of a Leeds Jewish Housing Association scheme.


Spotlight on local heroes in Leeds

By John Fisher, December 23, 2011

A teenager and octogenarians were among the winners of Leeds Jewish Welfare Board's annual pride awards, which attracted more than 6,000 votes from the local community.

Eighty-nine year old keep-fit instructor Hilda Mitchell received a female life-achievement award.

Mrs Mitchell said being given the award was "the best thing that ever happened to me in my life".


Leeds welfare charity hit by council cash cuts

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 23, 2011

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board is fearing it will have to cut services after further funding cuts have been announced by Leeds City Council.

The charity, which runs elderly, mental health and disabilities care services, has already cut pay and hours for its 179 staff with one redundancy, following a 13.4 per cent cut in local authority funding for this financial year.


Kaiser Chief to judge Leeds bash

By Jessica Elgot, December 16, 2011

With Kaiser Chiefs star Ricky Wilson confirmed as celebrity judge for the Leeds' music festival, Choirs Rock, fans may, to quote the Kaiser Chiefs' hit, predict a riot.

The event in February will raise money for Jewish youth club The Zone, the Leeds Jewish Representative Council and Cancer Research UK.


Students vote to strengthen union

By Marcus Dysch, December 12, 2011

Students converged on Leeds University last weekend to mark the relaunch of the Union of Jewish Students' flagship event.

Once a regular fixture, UJS conference has been absent from the campus calendar since 2005, due to a decline in the number of delegates attending.