Play area tribute to Leeds cancer victim

September 28, 2010

A new play area at Leeds' Deborah Taylor Nursery has been named in honour of its late head teacher Denise Marks, who died of cancer in May, aged 55.

The 150 people who attended Sunday's ceremony heard former Brodetsky Primary head Simon Camby speak of the huge difference Mrs Marks had made to the children.

"Her legacy lives on here at the school she loved so much. I know I am a much richer person for having worked with her," he said. "We have a lot to remember and a lot to celebrate about a life that was well lived."


Vintage wedding bells in Leeds

By Jessica Elgot, September 21, 2010

An elaborate re-enactment of a traditional Jewish Victorian wedding ceremony is planned to celebrate 150 years of the Leeds Jewish community.

Now organisers are seeking volunteers to play the bride, groom and guests at the mock ceremony on November 28 in the public atrium of Leeds museum.

Organised by Makor, the "wedding" will be officiated by Rabbi Jason Kleiman of Beth Hamidrash Hagadol synagogue and the chazan will be Albert Chait from Leeds United Hebrew Congregation. Couples, married or not, and friends are sought to volunteer to play the part of bride and groom.


Attempt to boost young community in Leeds

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 21, 2010

The Leeds Jewish community has appointed a development executive as part of a strategic plan to boost community life and positively market the advantages of living there.


Leeds IDF festival experiment

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 16, 2010

An Israeli Defence Forces chaplain has brought overseas aid to the experimental Rosh Hashanah programme run by Leeds' Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue.

The shul's Rabbi Jason Kleiman said American-born Rabbi Shalom Hammer "gave a very powerful presentation about role of observant soldier in the IDF. It was the first time shiurim ran alongside services. The feedback has been very positive." The experimental programme had found favour with many who would not otherwise engage in services.


Ray Rivlin is inspired by her disabled son to come up with a more inclusive Haggadah

By Candice Krieger, September 16, 2010

Dublin's Ray Rivlin has created her own simplified version of the Haggadah.

Inspired by her son Alan, who is a resident of the Leeds Rainbow Project, Mrs Rivlin decided to modify the Haggadah to make it more accessible to people with learning difficulties.

She tells People: "During Pesach last year I took the second Seder for the residents and simplified it for them. They seemed to like it and it struck me that it would be a good idea to write it down."


Pimm's and more for Leeds JSoc freshers

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2010

Leeds Jewish Society has organised a series of events to welcome new students during freshers week.

JSoc committee members will be handing out welcome packs and answering questions at stalls at the Leeds University and Leeds Metropolitan University freshers fairs.

They have arranged a “Beer, Pimm's and Narg” launch party at the JSoc house on Tuesday September 21, followed by a barbecue lunch the next day.

To mark the first Shabbat of the new term, the JSoc has also planned a free “Freshers Friday Night Dinner”.


MP attacks judge on Gaza claim

By Robyn Rosen, August 26, 2010

The MP for Leeds North East, Fabian Hamilton, has called for action against the judge who suggested that one of the anti-Israel activists who was acquitted of damaging an arms factory should be awarded the George Cross.

Judge George Bathurst-Norman made the comments in his summing up of a trial last month.

Mr Hamilton, who said it is becoming increasingly difficult to defend Israel in parliament, wrote to the Attorney-General last week.

He said: "What makes this trial most disturbing is the way in which the judge used his summary to promote his own political views about Israel.


Welfare board faces up to cuts

By Jessica Elgot, August 20, 2010

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board is urging the community to "dig deep" for its Rosh Hashanah appeal, fearing that budgets could be slashed by Leeds City Council.

LJWB chief executive Rebecca Weinberg is concerned about meeting an increasing caseload in the wake of recession-related job losses, debts and family breakdowns.

"We are looking at a much greater demand for some of our services, particularly mental health and family services," she said. "We see a lot of people driven into deep depression by debt and we are somewhat limited because we are not debt counsellors."


Leeds ready to party for 150th

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 20, 2010

Leeds Jewry is launching a £50,000 project to celebrate 150 years of Jewish heritage and contributions to the city.

To mark LJ150, high profile exhibitions are planned over the next two years to showcase works by home-grown artists. Vintage wedding dresses and past fashions from retail giants Marks & Spencer and Burton, both started by Jews in Leeds, will also be on display.


The 'Harvey Nicks' of charity retail

By Jessica Elgot, August 13, 2010

The Leeds Jewish charity shop known as the "Harvey Nicks of Moortown" marked its third anniversary this week with cupcakes and "birthday bags". More than 100 people flocked to the Wellfair shop, donating 67 bags of goods.

Wellfair sells clothes, shoes, toys and bric-a-brac in aid of Leeds Jewish Welfare Board.

LJWB chief executive Rebecca Weinberg said the "Harvey Nicks" tag was because of "our reputation for designer labels.

"In these uncertain times, the ability to generate earned income in addition to our usual fundraising activities is critical.