Theatre boss is ready to help Leeds put on a show

By John Fisher, January 14, 2013

Former London theatre owner Brian Daniels has been appointed assistant artistic director of the Leeds J-Fest International.

Leeds-born Mr Daniels, who recently returned to his home city, will help director Ellie Ruhan to revitalise the festival.


Leeds honours its unsung heroes

By John Fisher, December 27, 2012

A diverse array of local heroes were honoured at the fifth Leeds Jewish Community Pride Awards, in aid of Leeds Jewish Welfare Board.

The Richard Goldberg male lifetime achievement award at the Etz Chaim ceremony went to Victor Zermansky, a stalwart of the local legal and Jewish community, as well as a keen Zionist and charity supporter.


Leeds educators' sweet start

By John Fisher, December 10, 2012

Leeds family educators Yossi and Miriam Saunders got off to an encouraging start with a 300 attendance at a pre-Chanucah party on Sunday held under the auspices of local Orthodox synagogues and educational organisations.

A free popcorn machine and a Q&A on the meaning of the festival proved popular with the younger guests at the Brodetsky School venue.


Leeds Welfare Board sinks further into the red

By John Fisher, December 10, 2012

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board is facing a six-figure deficit as a result of cuts in statutory funding and massively reduced legacy income.

Reporting on “a tough year” to the LJWB annual meeting, treasurer Martin Lee forecast an increased deficit of over £100,000 for the next accounts. The charity was £59,000 in the red for the year in review.


Wartime refugee finally finds her father's grave

By John Fisher, November 29, 2012

A woman who fled Nazi Germany as a four-year-old, travelling through Norway and Sweden with an identification tag around her neck, has finally discovered her father’s grave.


Virus outbreak at Donisthorpe

By John Fisher, November 29, 2012

The highly contagious norovirus has affected a number of residents at Donisthorpe Hall and caused the Leeds home to postpone a major fundraiser.

Some 180 guests were expected at a brunch this Sunday, including civic dignitaries.


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.