Ajex chief: 'We will soldier on'

By John Fisher, July 15, 2013

Concern over diminishing membership at the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women was voiced at the Ajex regional conference, held in Leeds on Sunday.

National chairman Jeffrey Fox reported that in the past week, head office had been notified that three branches would either be disbanding or merging with other groups.


Cutting edge funding

By John Fisher, July 8, 2013

In a shattering experience, Leeds community members raised £6,000-plus for the forthcoming local Jewish youth campus by walking on broken glass.

The pain was evident on the faces of the 26 volunteers who trod gingerly over 2,000 broken wine bottles on Sunday in the Brodetsky School grounds. But they survived with barely a scratch.


Boycott goes into bat for Leeds charity

By John Fisher, July 1, 2013

Yorkshire cricketing legend Geoffrey Boycott doubtless had some trenchant opinions on England’s failure to capitalise on a winning position in Sunday’s Champions Trophy final against India. But instead of sharing them with BBC radio listeners, he was supporting the Leeds communal six-a-side cricket tournament, held in the grounds of Harewood House stately home.


Rebranding for Leeds Rep council

By John Fisher, July 1, 2013

New Leeds Jewish Representative Council president Simon Jackson has told his first meeting of his plans to refresh the council’s image.

Addressing delegates at the Maz Centre, he illustrated his rebranding ideas with a 50-slide presentation.


Less is more for Leeds theatre festival

By John Fisher, June 10, 2013

With a shorter title and a reduced programme, performing arts festival JFest kicked off in Leeds at the weekend with a bill of acts from as far afield as New York and Toronto.


Building to Leeds high

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 27, 2013

Building work on the £3.5 million Leeds Jewish Free School premises has begun after government funding and planning permission were signed off.


Out for a walk in Leeds - back in 24 hours

By John Fisher, May 13, 2013

Eighteen supporters of Leeds care home Donisthorpe Hall braved blisters and sleep deprivation to complete a 24-hour walk through the Yorkshire countryside, raising over £30,000.


Feeling blue but harmonious in Leeds

By John Fisher, April 22, 2013

Hopes for friendly ties between the Leeds Jewish and Muslim communities were expressed on Sunday at the unveiling of a Leeds Civic Trust blue plaque commemorating the establishment of the Ort Technical Engineering School.


In my old grandpa’s name…

By David Robson, April 17, 2013

I can't really claim to have known my paternal grandfather Max Rabinovitch.


Welfare pioneer is mourned

By John Fisher, April 1, 2013

Tributes have been paid to Sheila Saunders — “a gem of the Leeds community” — who died last week aged 67.
Ms Saunders was a long-serving chief executive of Leeds Jewish Welfare Board and Leeds Jewish Housing Association.