United Hebrew Congregation acquires a new succah

October 17, 2008

The United Hebrew Congregation has acquired a new succah, writes John Fisher.

The construction, managed by life-president Malcolm Berwin, has been financed by UHC members Marilyn and Grahame Stowe who have dedicated the succah in celebration of Israel's 60th anniversary as well as captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

The construction has space for 150 people and has disabled access.

Mr Stowe said that the succah would be ideal for future youth activities.


Cemetery is closed again

By John Fisher, October 10, 2008

Hilltop cemetery in Leeds has been closed to the public for a second time after Leeds City Council civil engineers classified the Gelderd Road site as dangerous.

Two years ago, the collapse of a grave and gravestone forced Leeds Jewish Orthodox Cemeteries to close the cemetery for repairs. Hilltop reopened in June 2007 with assurances about its safety. But further subsidence has created more dangerous conditions.


Leeds B'nai B'rith Hillel committee ends 40-year run on high note

October 3, 2008

Leeds B'nai B'rith Hillel committee, which has folded due to its ageing membership, ended its 40-year run of fundraising on a high note when 110 people attended an afternoon tea at Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue raising more than £800 towards facilities for the city's Jewish students.

Special presentations were made to Gersh Escovitz, chairman for the past 16 years, and to Ray Goodwin, who was treasurer for 36 years.


RadioJcom prepares recordings for 'Women Aloud'

October 3, 2008
The women's editor of Leeds radio station RadioJcom is preparing recordings for "Women Aloud", a discussion group in which a panel of women exchange views on topical issues, which is to be broadcast twice weekly. Henriette Lee said of the project: "It is fun and thought-provoking. Everyone involved in our recordings has come away feeling stimulated." Contact Henriette Lee on O7771 665912.


Leeds Judean Club reunion organisers will create a website devoted to the event

October 3, 2008

Organisers of a Leeds Judean Club reunion are to create a website devoted to the event. The gala, to be staged next February, is expected to attract 400 guests.

Chairman Tony Reynolds, who has compiled a database of 2,000 interested people, said: "People from Canada and Australia have contacted us with photographs and stories. It's been phenomenal." Email stories to info@1zone.org.uk.


Leeds Jewish Committee of Yorkshire Cancer Research celebrates their 50th anniversary

October 3, 2008

Some 120 founder and current members of Leeds Jewish Committee of Yorkshire Cancer Research celebrated the group's 50th anniversary at a dinner at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre.

Since its inception, the group has raised some £2.5 million. Guest speaker Brendan Carey, consultant radiologist at St James's Hospital, spoke to guests about progress made in cancer research.


Collection boxes for Leeds Jewish Blind Society re-introduced after 20 years

September 19, 2008

Collection boxes for Leeds Jewish Blind Society are being re-introduced after an absence of 20 years. Avril Gaunt, the society's social welfare officer , said: "It will be so much easier for people to make donations in the comfort of their own homes." Donors can phone the office for a volunteer collector when the box is full or take it to the LJBS office at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff centre.


Harrogate art dealer makes plea for more information about Joash Woodrow

September 12, 2008

The Harrogate art dealer who discovered the work of Leeds artist Joash Woodrow made a plea for more information about the artist at a Jewish Historical Society meeting. Many of the 40-strong audience reminisced about the artist who had lived in Chapel Allerton and Mr Stewart said he wanted to find out more about the artist's early years. Mr Stewart, who is hoping to arrange an exhibition of the artist's work in Israel, can be contacted on 01423 709 108. The event was held at the United Hebrew Congregation.


Leeds Jewish Welfare Board charity shop surpasses target by £30k

By John Fisher, August 8, 2008

Known locally as "the Harrods of charity shops", Leeds Jewish Welfare Board's store has raised over £100,000 in its first year of trading, surpassing its target figure by £30,000.

Located in Moortown, in the heart of the Jewish community, the success of "thewellfairshop" has not totally surprised its organisers. Manager Andrina Calvert said: "I always had faith that the shop would do well here and I cannot praise my volunteers enough."


Leeds brothers reunited after 60 years

August 8, 2008

Two brothers have been reunited at Donisthorpe Hall after 60 years living on either side of the world. Myer Silver, 88, who left Leeds after the Second World War to live in America said he was thrilled to be back and living under the same roof as his brother, Bernard, 93. Mr Silver had worked at a bird sanctuary outside Santa Rosa, where he had looked after wounded eagles.