We need you more than ever

December 8, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks made a plea to the community not to forget the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board during the economic downturn, writes John Fisher.

Addressing more than 300 people at LJWB's annual general meeting at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff centre Lord Sacks said : "It's much harder when times are not good and that is when tzedakah is really needed."

From the MAZ centre Lord Sacks went t


School governor quits after assault charge

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 28, 2011

A Leeds Brodetsky Jewish Primary governor has resigned after being arrested for an alleged assault following a domestic incident.


Slump is boon to building

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 28, 2011

The slump in the property development market is enabling a £1 million scheme to revamp Jewish youth facilities in Leeds to begin within months, earlier than organisers anticipated.


On parade to remember the lives that were lost

November 17, 2011

Many communities took part in Remembrance Day services to pay their respects to fallen soldiers.

A service in Radlett, conducted by Rabbi Leo Dee of Radlett Synagogue, Rabbi Paul Freedman of Radlett and Bushey Reform and Reverend William Hogg of Christ Church, drew a crowd of 800 people, among them teenagers from Radlett United's Tribe Challenge course.


120 want Sheldon to go after clash with Hoffman

November 10, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students has backed its campaigns director Dan Sheldon after more than 120 people signed a petition calling for him to be sacked.

Mr Sheldon clashed with Zionist Federation co-vice-chairman Jonathan Hoffman during a heated debate hosted by Leeds JSoc last week.

The pair had been invited to discuss different approaches to Israel advocacy, but the atmosphere soured after Mr


Lottery windfall helps to preserve Shoah stories

By Jessica Elgot, November 4, 2011

A Leeds group has been awarded almost £150,000 of Lottery funding to train families of Holocaust survivors to pass on their stories.


Tevye completes religious studies

November 4, 2011

In an effort to make their production of Fiddler on the Roof as realistic as possible, members of a Bradford theatrical group visited the Leeds Jewish Heritage Centre for Children.


Choir raises the tempo for Leeds developer

November 4, 2011

The new Leeds community choir is ready to rock.

Sixteen people attended the opening session of Up Tempo, intended both as a social activity and a Jewish answer to popular groups like Rock Choir.


Leeds charity’s royal recognition

By John Fisher, October 27, 2011

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board has been honoured in the Duke of York’s Community Initiative awards.

LJWB trustee Andrew Lewis received the award from the Duke at a Harrogate ceremony recognising Yorkshire organisations that have changed the lives of their communities.


Leeds Jewish Community Pride awards announced

October 27, 2011

Twenty-seven Leeds community members have been shortlisted for the third annual local Jewish Community Pride awards.

Initiated by Leeds Jewish Welfare Board in 2009, the awards invite nominations from all strands of community life, recognising those who have made a significant impact over the past 12 months.