Professor Geoffrey Raisman: The tailor's son who performed a medical miracle

By Sandy Rashty, October 23, 2014

The man behind the pioneering spinal surgery that helped a paralysed man walk is adamant about where he got his drive to succeed - it was growing up in a working class Jewish family.

Professor Geoffrey Raisman stunned the medical world with a ground-breaking operation to treat a knife victim's damaged spine by transplanting cells from his nose.


Leeds school a 'waste of money'

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 2, 2014

A teaching union leader has condemned the £3 million Leeds Jewish Free School as a "waste of public money".


Raiders of the lost arts get £1.5m grant

By Naomi Firsht, October 2, 2014

A team of researchers have been awarded a £1.5 million grant to unearth lost treasures from the Jewish cultural past.

Performing the Jewish Archive is an international project led by the University of Leeds which aims to seek out lost or damaged music scores, theatre scripts and literature by Jewish artists so that they can be seen and heard by modern audiences.

The works may be hidden in a


Job change for rabbi

September 18, 2014

Former Leeds United Hebrew Congregation rabbi, Daniel Levy, who left his post suddenly last month, has embarked on a new career.

Rabbi Levy has joined technology entrepreneur Martin Port's company BigChange Apps as a director and said the job offer was the answer to his prayers. He will be involved in corporate sales.


Fresh approach to learning in Leeds

By John Fisher, September 11, 2014

Leeds Talmud Torah is no more. But on Sunday, the local community was given a taster of the activities of its successor at The Zone youth club.

Zone.Ed is a new educational provision for primary school children, fronted by Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue's Rabbi Jason Kleiman.


Blue-sky thinking aids Leeds revival

By Marcus Dysch, September 5, 2014

Leeds is buzzing. But not just in the regenerated centre, with its high-rise apartment blocks, swanky shopping malls and glass-fronted offices.

In the suburbs of LS17 - home to Alwoodley and Moortown - Britain's third largest Jewish community is enjoying a period of almost unprecedented rejuvenation.


Leeds rabbi says goodbye - but not the reason why

By John Fisher, September 4, 2014

Congregants of the United Hebrew Congregation in Leeds who attended the Shabbat morning service hoping to discover the reasons for the sudden departure of Rabbi Daniel Levy left little the wiser.


Leeds rabbi's sudden departure

By John Fisher, August 28, 2014

The United Hebrew Congregation in Leeds has announced the sudden departure of its minister of almost 15 years, Rabbi Daniel Levy. He will leave after tomorrow's Shabbat service.


'Obnoxious' rant charge unlikely

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 14, 2014

George Galloway is unlikely to face prosecution under racism laws after he told a Leeds audience to ban visits by Israelis and mimic Bradford as an "Israel-free zone".

The Respect MP, speaking at a party meeting in Leeds last week, said: "We don't even want Israeli tourists to come to Bradford even if any of them had thought of doing so.


Housing chief builds for future

By John Fisher, August 14, 2014

Although Leeds Jewish Housing Association has responsibility for 483 properties, it's a "much more intimate" organisation than new chief executive Lee Bloomfield is accustomed to.