School makes it official

By John Fisher, March 31, 2014

The official opening of Leeds Jewish Free School gave community members the opportunity to view its state-of-the art facilities and learn about the educational resources on offer.

LJFS head Jeremy Dunford said its facilities were "comparable to the best available in the country".

In September, the school took in its initial cohort of eight pupils and teaching partners from the Rodillian Acad


Leeds lobbying in growing numbers

By Marcus Dysch, March 4, 2014

One of the Leeds community's fastest-growing organisations is a grass-roots group of volunteers working to defend Israel in public and against negative media coverage.

Under the stewardship of retired teacher Mike Fligg, the Leeds Lobby Network has recruited 200 supporters since forming three years ago.

The network has taken on two dozen projects, ranging from issues raised in West Yorkshire


Makor makes a meal out of its big day in Leeds

By John Fisher, March 4, 2014

Yorkshire kosher food-lovers were presented with a feast on Sunday as Etz Chaim Synagogue's Reuben Vincent Hall was transformed into a culinary market.

The Leeds Makor cultural event attracted close to 1,000 guests whose appetites were whetted by a mouth-watering array of Ashkenazi and Sephardi dishes.


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.