Mature students find new flavour for Jewish life

By Katie Taylor, November 4, 2010

A new society for Jewish postgraduates and mature students has been set up in Yorkshire.

Leeds students Michael Kay and Kate Sutton, along with Julia Doff from Manchester University, set up the Jewish Postgraduate society (JPG) last month.

"We want to provide a different flavour from the usual JSoc events," said Michael, 23, who is studying for a PhD in the history of science.

"We aren't the first to try this. UJS did something similar years ago, but there wasn't much interest – possibly because there weren't so many students.


Plans underway for Leeds Booze for Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, October 27, 2010

Leeds Jewish society has set the date for this year’s “Booze for Jews” event.

The annual celebration, which last year attracted more than 1,000 students, will take place on December 5.

The location is still to be revealed, but last year’s was held at Leeds’s Mission night club and included the distribution of hundreds of free hotdogs.

Natalie Bracey, publicity officer for Leeds JSoc, said: “Save the date - every student is welcome.”

She added: “This is known to be the biggest and best Booze for Jews.”


Harrogate councillor who dressed as Hitler suspended

By Jennifer Lipman, October 25, 2010

A council leader has been suspended from the Conservative party after a photograph of him dressed as Adolf Hitler emerged on Facebook.

Dr Mike Gardner, who was first elected in 1999 and is the leader of Harrogate Borough Council, was pictured giving a Nazi salute at a party in May.

The Harrogate and Knaresborough Conservative Association has de-selected him and will investigate his conduct.

Dr Gardner said the party had been themed around dressing as a figure from the year you were born. He said: "I was born in the war. Hitler was an iconic figure."


Leeds fears welfare funding cuts

October 21, 2010

The Leeds Jewish Welfare Board president says the charity's staff have "hearts in their mouths" as they wait to discover the fallout from the government spending cuts.

Edward Ziff believes it will be a month before the ramifications of the spending review will translate into funding cutbacks by Leeds and Harrogate local authorities, which partly fund the welfare board. "We are having a number of reviews on various projects they finance."


How hospital's kosher diet saved 'starving' Catholic

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 21, 2010

A catholic patient at a Leeds hospital who lost weight eating the "cold and unappetising" food they gave her, found a cure she didn't expect - when she went kosher.

Glynis Hallas, of Whitkirk in West Leeds, complained about the food and was advised by a dietician at St James's University Hospital to try something new after convincing her it was of a better standard.

Mrs Hallas, who has just completed a long-term stay in the hospital's Lincoln Wing, was one of a number of patients who complained that they were unable to subsist on standard hospital fare.


Leeds mitzvah chain adds link

October 14, 2010

The Leeds Mitzvah Chain completed another leg of its journey across the community.

Geoff Caplan, chairman of Donisthorpe Hall, handed over the mitzvah menorah baton on behalf of the care home to Rabbi Jason Kleiman of Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue.

The mitzvah project, organised by Leeds emissary Gilad Amit, aims at motivating communal organisations to perform good deeds for each other.

Donisthorpe received the baton last month from Sinai Synagogue's Roger Lawford at a musical entertainment given at the home by Sinai members.


Time travel for Leeds kids

By Jessica Elgot, October 14, 2010

A new Leeds museum where children can go "back in time" to experience life in a shtetl has opened to the public.

The Jewish Heritage Centre for Children in Moortown, Leeds, has been created by Leeds Lubavitch education director Shoshana Angyalfi and her project co-ordinator Ruth Bell. The Heritage Lottery Fund have donated £275,000 for the project.

Mrs Bell said: "We have had around 90 visitors over the weekend, and three schools, a college and a Women's Institute group are booked to come.

"People in the community love it, you can't tear the children away from playing here.


Jail for pensioner who battered biker with walking stick

By Jessica Elgot, September 29, 2010

A pensioner who was called a "f---ing Jew" by a 6ft 3in biker has been jailed for 18 months after he retaliated by smashing him in the face with a walking stick.

Keith Degroot, 66, who lived in sheltered housing in Leeds, was drinking in the Duck and Drake pub in the city centre with another regular, Stephen Hall - a member of the Blue Angel chapter of the Hells Angels.

During a row, Mr Hall knocked off Mr Degroot's glasses.


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.