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.


We're out to punch in Leeds

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 6, 2012

A white-collar boxing night raised a knockout £20,000 towards new premises for the Zone youth club in Leeds.

Jewish boxers went head-to-head in six bouts, cheered on by 250 people at a suite at Leeds United's Elland Road stadium.

Boxers included 32-year-old property company boss Nick Statman, who makes trips to Vegas to see the big fights.


How I kept calm to defy the odds and beat cancer

By Alex Samuels, April 5, 2012

I had been ill since returning home from my year abroad in Berlin and I had undergone countless blood tests, three skin biopsies, a fine needle biopsy, three operations, possible tuberculosis, a diagnosis of rare auto-immune disease Dermatomyositis, two MRI scans, a muscle specific MRI, three CT scans, an ultra-sound, three steroid infusions, hundreds of pills and creams and seen 10 consultants fo


Leeds dance-off is Strictly for charity

By John Fisher, March 29, 2012

There were sequins and fake tan aplenty at Leeds Grammar School on Sunday as a Dancing Strictly contest was held in aid of charities including the Zone youth club, Leeds Jewish Welfare Board, Brodetsky Primary and the Donisthorpe home.


Jewish students cancel 'controversial' lawyer's invite

By Jessica Elgot, March 15, 2012

An invitation to an American lawyer who specialises in fighting Western lawsuits by Islamic extremists has been withdrawn at 48 hours' notice by Leeds University Jewish Society over fears that she is "too controversial".

New York-based Brooke Goldstein, director of the Lawfare Project, has been touring Britain this week with UK Lawyers for Israel, speaking about the ways Arab dictatorships and


Sacks supports disputed plan for Leeds secondary

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 9, 2012

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has backed the plan for a Jewish secondary school in Leeds, which is opposed by Manchester's King David High.

More than 150 Leeds parents support the free school proposal, which Lord Sacks sees as a means "to ultimately secure the Jewish future". But KD, which has 100 pupils from Leeds, argues that a Leeds school would "damage both of us".


Leeds students celebrate England victory

By Marcus Dysch, March 8, 2012

Leeds JSoc enjoyed a triumphant visit to Middlesbrough to see England’s young football stars in action.

Thirty society members took part in last week’s coach trip to the town’s Riverside Stadium.

They saw the England under-21 side beat their Belgian counterparts 4-0, with goals from Henri Lansbury, centre back Steven Caulker and Arsenal prodigy Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.


New police appeal over Leeds murder

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 23, 2012

Police have appealed for information to crack the unsolved murder of a millionaire Jewish businessman, eight years after his death.

West Yorkshire Police believe local criminals have information about who killed John Luper at his mansion in the heart of the Leeds Jewish community during a brutal raid in February 2004.

The 57-year-old, whose consultancy represented sports figures such as Thie