Brodetsky's 'good' show

February 17, 2014

Ofsted inspectors have marked the Brodetsky Jewish Primary in Leeds as a "good" school in a new report.

After a visit last month, the inspectors concluded that pupils left the school with above average standards in reading, writing and maths and that the quality of teaching was good across all key stages.


Recruitment drive in Israel for Leeds kollel

By John Fisher, February 13, 2014

Ten families will be funded to relocate from Israel to Leeds to undertake further Jewish educational studies and teach within the community as part of a learning initiative spearheaded by Manchester rabbi Ahron Kramer.

A post-Pesach opening date has been set for the Leeds kollel, which will operate initially from the city's three Orthodox synagogues.


Leeds united on dementia care

By John Fisher, February 13, 2014

Key Leeds Jewish welfare providers have joined forces to develop an integrated programme supporting those living with dementia, their carers and their families.

Donisthorpe Hall, Leeds Jewish Housing Association and Leeds Jewish Welfare Board comprise the Jubilee Partnership, which will work to deliver services more effectively.

The project has been made possible by a £75,000 grant from the


Leeds holds a candle to Shoah survivors

By John Fisher, February 3, 2014

Leeds Town Hall was an apposite venue for the city’s major HMD commemoration, the building having suffered significant damage to its roof and walls in a Luftwaffe bombing raid in 1941.


Leeds looking to be in the dough with new bakery

By John Fisher, January 20, 2014

The Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue in Leeds is going into the bakery business to satisfy a local kosher need.
BHH intends to open a bakery by the end of March — with a coffee shop to follow after Pesach — in the entrance area of the synagogue complex in what was once the home of the defunct drama group, Limelight. It will stock artisan bread and challah and pastries and cakes.


Leeds' first woman rabbi steps up to the pulpit

December 23, 2013

The first permanent woman rabbi for the Leeds community was celebrated with the induction of Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz at Sinai Synagogue on Sunday.


Spotlight on local heroes in Leeds

By John Fisher, December 23, 2013

A host of unsung Leeds heroes has been honoured for their dedication and commitment.

Close on 300 guests at Etz Chaim Synagogue for the sixth annual Leeds Jewish Community Arrow Pride Awards ceremony saw a group of Leeds machalnicks (overseas volunteers) who fought in Israel’s War of Independence, honoured with the Richard Goldberg male lifetime achievement award.


Leeds Wizo rebrands

By John Fisher, December 20, 2013

Three Leeds Wizo groups have undergone a merger and rebranding in a bid to increase membership.

Leeds Wizo 3000, Chaverot and Hannah Senesh groups are to come under one umbrella and be known as Leeds Wizo Aviv. Wizo member Elissa Winston explained: “The amalgamation will offer us a bigger membership and hopefully generate more ideas and events.”


Care home chef scoops top trophy

By John Fisher, December 16, 2013

A long-serving kitchen chef landed a top gong at the Donisthorpe Hall annual awards ceremony.

Fourteen members of staff covering the whole spectrum of service from reception and maintenance to laundry, housekeeping and food service to nursing and dementia care, stepped up to accept trophies and a cheque each for £100 in the Leeds residential care home’s Employees of the Year awards.


Mitzvah Day: Leeds says it with flowers - and more

By John Fisher, November 25, 2013

In the biggest Leeds Mitzvah Day operation, over 200 volunteers turned up to care, cook and collect.

There were coffee mornings, befriending sessions, knitting for the elderly, help for asylum seekers, collecting and boxing up essentials for the underprivileged and raising money for emergency aid to victims of the Philippines typhoon.