From Florida to Leeds

October 29, 2015

Florida-based Rabbi Janie Grackin was a guest at Sinai Synagogue where she spoke at the shul's monthly Chavurah supper. She introduced the concept of intergenerational services, talking about "lowering the barriers, without lowering the bar". The Shabbat service included her teaching songs and storytelling for the congregation - from toddlers to pensioners.


Foodies filling up in Leeds

October 29, 2015

After the Shabbat UK challah, Yorkshire food lovers got down to some serious eating on Sunday at the Leeds Big Jewish Nosh Fest. The menu of activities for the 700 visitors to the Etz Chaim Synagogue venue included cookery demonstrations, a variety of food stalls and advice on healthy eating.


How sister act was a boon to Sam

October 15, 2015

When eight-year-old Sam Starr was going through his second round of treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, Camp Simcha appointed then volunteer Hayley Phillips as his "big sister".


Leeds clergy demonstrate Israel support

October 8, 2015

Christian clergy were in the succah at the Etz Chaim Synagogue in Leeds for the formal presentation of the Shalom Declaration, in support and appreciation of Israel, to Leeds Jewish Representative Council president Simon Jackson.

Board of Deputies consultant Steven Jaffe, who spearheaded the initiative, said it was "a major development".

The document, launched in March, calls on Church relig


Expectations high for Leeds JSoc

October 1, 2015

The new term got off to a flying start for Jewish students in Leeds, with more than 100 freshers joining the Jewish Society, a new kosher halls of residence, and the arrival of Aish "couple-on-campus" Rabbi Adam and Anna Ross.


We're up for pay day

By John Fisher, October 1, 2015

A steady stream of Leeds Jewish Welfare Board supporters turned up at its offices on the annual "pay day" to make good on their New Year Appeal pledges.

The day was launched in 2009 to cut back on administrative costs for the appeal. This year, it was held on the day after Yom Kippur.

Fundraising director Meirav Sasson said the response had been "amazing.


Hardship funding

By John Fisher, September 17, 2015

Addressing the 100 guests at the Leeds UJIA Women's Division appeal lunch, chair Norma Collins highlighted the poverty in the Galil, the area UJIA focuses its work in.

"If one is born in the Galil, one's life opportunities are far worse than if one is born in the centre of Israel," she said.


Search is on for Holocaust survivors needing aid in Leeds

By John Fisher, August 26, 2015

The Leeds-based Holocaust Survivors' Friendship Association is looking to identify survivors and refugees living locally who might need its help.

Having received grants totalling £115,500 from the Six Point Foundation to support elderly survivors living in isolation and poverty, the HSFA believes some eligible people may be unware of the initiative.


On the menu in Leeds

June 11, 2015

Sinai Synagogue Leeds Judaism through Cooking programme got off to a tempting start with Carey Glass demonstrating how to cook blintzes and director of education Gwynneth Lewis teaching about Shavuot. Participant Petra Mullen said: "It was fabulous to make something new with a lovely collection of people. Carey’s cooking and Gwynneth’s information complemented each other perfectly.