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.


Radio Jcom's healthy approach

By John Fisher, January 21, 2013

The 183 residents of the Donisthorpe home in Leeds will now be able to listen to the local Jcom radio station in the comfort of their rooms thanks to the installation of an intercom system.


Theatre boss is ready to help Leeds put on a show

By John Fisher, January 14, 2013

Former London theatre owner Brian Daniels has been appointed assistant artistic director of the Leeds J-Fest International.

Leeds-born Mr Daniels, who recently returned to his home city, will help director Ellie Ruhan to revitalise the festival.


Leeds honours its unsung heroes

By John Fisher, December 27, 2012

A diverse array of local heroes were honoured at the fifth Leeds Jewish Community Pride Awards, in aid of Leeds Jewish Welfare Board.

The Richard Goldberg male lifetime achievement award at the Etz Chaim ceremony went to Victor Zermansky, a stalwart of the local legal and Jewish community, as well as a keen Zionist and charity supporter.


Leeds educators' sweet start

By John Fisher, December 10, 2012

Leeds family educators Yossi and Miriam Saunders got off to an encouraging start with a 300 attendance at a pre-Chanucah party on Sunday held under the auspices of local Orthodox synagogues and educational organisations.

A free popcorn machine and a Q&A on the meaning of the festival proved popular with the younger guests at the Brodetsky School venue.


Leeds Welfare Board sinks further into the red

By John Fisher, December 10, 2012

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board is facing a six-figure deficit as a result of cuts in statutory funding and massively reduced legacy income.

Reporting on “a tough year” to the LJWB annual meeting, treasurer Martin Lee forecast an increased deficit of over £100,000 for the next accounts. The charity was £59,000 in the red for the year in review.


Wartime refugee finally finds her father's grave

By John Fisher, November 29, 2012

A woman who fled Nazi Germany as a four-year-old, travelling through Norway and Sweden with an identification tag around her neck, has finally discovered her father’s grave.