It's all strictly for charity

By John Fisher, March 25, 2013

A sea of frills, sequins, hair extensions and false eyelashes splashed over the Leeds Dancing Strictly competition on Sunday — burning the floor and sizzling with energy to raise money for local charities.


Leeds has its art in the right place

By John Fisher, March 11, 2013

A major exhibition of rare Leeds Jewish artwork was held over the weekend as part of the community’s 150th anniversary celebrations.


Brodetsky recruits impressive partner

March 11, 2013

The Leeds Jewish high school opening in September has appointed “the most improved school in the north of England” as its educational partner.

It has paired up with the Wakefield-based Rodillian Academy, which has specialist arts college status.


Police seek fresh evidence on unsolved Leeds murder

By John Fisher, February 25, 2013

Leeds detectives re-examining the unsolved murder of a communal personality using the latest forensic technology have issued a renewed appeal for information.

John Luper, 57, died following a robbery at his home in February 2004. Police believe he was attacked by a group of up to five masked men as he walked his dog before being dragged back to his Sandmoor Drive property.


Brodetsky integrating non-Jewish pupils

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 18, 2013

The head of the Brodetsky Jewish Primary in Leeds has said that the successful integration of an influx of non-Jewish pupils disproves the claim that faith schools are insular.

Jeremy Dunford reported that 12 of the 274 Brodetsky pupils are from African, Asian and non-Jewish British backgrounds.


Sinai Supper Quiz: I'm Sorry I Haven't a Jew!

By HayleyF, February 10, 2013
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Campus notebook: Leeds students launch video campaign

By Marcus Dysch, February 7, 2013

● Students from Leeds JSoc have set up a video campaign to remember victims of terrorist attacks on Israel and to combat anti-Israel activity on campus.

The Justice for January’s victims film features JSoc members displaying different dates from the month and stating how many people were killed in terrorist acts in Israel on that date during the past 20 years.


Leeds proud of its £6m housing 'commune'

By John Fisher, January 28, 2013

A £6.6 million sheltered housing project has been described as “the closest thing to a commune in north Leeds”.

The comment was made by Leeds Jewish Housing Association chair Stephen Lewis at the naming ceremony for Stonegate Way, a 60-apartment complex whose features include a hydrotherapy spa and a kosher shop.


M&S finds new market at site of founder's stall

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 21, 2013

Marks & Spencer is going back to its Jewish roots with a heritage market stall and coffee shop in Leeds, where M&S founder Michael Marks began trading.

These will open in March at Kirkgate Market, where Mr Marks had his penny bazaar stall from 1884. In 1894, he entered into partnership with Tom Spencer and the brand was born.


Lottery cash preserves vital Shoah legacy

By John Fisher, January 21, 2013

A Shoah legacy project bankrolled with £146,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund is training a new generation to disseminate the testimony of survivors.

The Leeds-based Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association is halfway through the two-year scheme, which is also exploring and recording survivors’ stories.