Talk: The Kindertransport and the Quakers

A talk about the role of the Quakers in helping Jewish refugees escape Germany prior to World War Two with Peter Kurer and Kurt Strauss.  For more information see here:

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Book Launch: The Martyrdoms at Clifford’s Tower

Our friend, John Rayne-Davis, is launching his book “The martyrdoms at Clifford’s Tower 1190 and 1537” on 14th March 2018 at the Bar Convent, Blossom St (by Mickelgate Bar) at 7.30pm. The book covers the massacre of the York Jews and the martyrdom of Robert Aske, leader of the Pilgrimage of Grace.  It has a foreword by Rabbi Danny Rich who has said he will attend.

John has Jewish blood his grandfather was a Jewish art expert to the monarch.

All YLJC members are very welcome to attend.

Trip to Israel

York Liberal Jewish Community members have been invited to join the Liberal Jewish Synagogue’s community trip to Israel from 3-10th June.  The trip will provide an introduction to Jerusalem and Israel’s northern sites and will involve meetings with both Jews and Palestinians.  York members may in particularly be interested in the visit to the Charles Clore Jewish Arab Community Centre in Haifa, which was one of our High Holy Day charities a couple of years ago.

For more information see here: LJS Brochure Israel June 2018

Educational Opportunities

The autumn term of courses offered by the Leo Baeck College in Finchley, which trains all the progressive rabbis in the UK has now finished.  For information about next year’s course please go to:

If you have any further questions, please contact Jarek:, 020 8349 5600.

Regeneration of Clifford’s Tower Area – Consultation

As part of the My Castle Gateway project, City of York Council and My Future York are working with anyone interested in shaping the future of Castle Gateway, an area which includes Fossgate, Walmgate, Piccadilly, Foss Basin and Castle area and Eye of York.

As many members of the community have a particular interest in this area, especially of course, Clifford’s Tower, we are looking to engage as a community, as well as encouraging individuals to give their views.

For more details on the Castle Gateway project see:

For more details of the approach see:

Limmud Events

Manchester Day Limmud: Sunday 4th February
A mini-version of the national conference, with guest speakers including Martin Goodman, author of “A History of Judaism”; Mark Lewis, the media lawyer, on the “miracle cure” for his multiple sclerosis (as recently seen on Channel 4) and Rivka Gottlieb, international harpist and music therapist who is going to present a session about the therapeutic power of music.
Other popular speakers include Jonathan Wittenburg, Senior Rabbi of Masorti Judaism, Yael Unterman, international author and lecturer, Simon Johnson, Chief Executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, Sue Williams, the most senior Jewish police officer in the UK and Shadman Zaman, a Bangladeshi-born Muslim, the first visitor to Israel on a Bangladeshi passport.
For more information and to book a place go to

Ebor Lecture series at the York St John’s University

The Ebor Lectures is an ecumenical project jointly organised by York MinsterYork St John UniversityThe Order of CarmelitesThe York and Hull District of the Methodist Church and The C. & J. B. Morrell Trust. This series of lectures aims to promote public conversation and to contribute to the formation of personal decisions and collective policy-making in economic, political and social spheres. It is also an ecumenical project that seeks to exchange insights between academic and religious traditions and to build bridges between church and other religious groups. The lectures relate faith to public concerns including politics, economics, contemporary culture, religion and spirituality, society and globalisation, local and global Christianity.

Details of the lectures and how to book tickets can be found on the Ebor Lectures website (

 Jewish Heritage Walks around Yorkshire

Nigel Grizzard, a good friend of our community and a Jewish historian, is leading a series of walks to explore the Jewish heritage of a number of Northern Cities including Bradford, Harrogate and Ilkley.   Strongly recommended!  For more information see Jewish Heritage walks.

Regular YLJC Events 

Judaism 101 withGabriel Webber, Third Thursdays of each month during term time, 7-9pm

Judaism 101 is our flagship adult education programme, held monthly during term time.   Click here for more details.

Time and Venue: 7pm, Monthly on third Thursdays as advertised, Garden Room, Friargate Meeting House (unless otherwise stated)

Torah study and Havdalah, Saturdays ad hoc

An  self-led group from the community and JSoc gather for informal Torah study, discussion and Havdalah irregularly on Saturday afternoons at the JSoc flat approaching sunset.   Email Adrian to email for details of next meeting.

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