Prayer for Peace

Friday 21st September

York Community of the Cross of Nails Group based at St Martin Coney Street, York, has a remit to build a culture of peace.  Each year, they mark the UN International Day of Peace and the World Council of Churches Day of Prayer for Peace on September 21st as part of this remit. They are inviting members of other faith community to join them over lunch, and to reflect on what ‘THE RIGHT TO PEACE’ may mean for us here in York. For more information about the international Community of the Cross of Nails, please visit:

Leo Back Education Centre, Festive Concert

Tuesday 25th September

The Leo Baeck Education Centre, Haifa, is hosting a festive concert in London on Tuesday 25th September featuring Israel’s multi-faith Peace Drums Youth Band. As an egalitarian community, open to every person of any religion and personal identity, LGBTQ inclusive, the Leo Baeck Education Centre community is blessed to hear both Hebrew and Arabic in our classrooms, sport courts and management offices. In light of events during the past months, our active presence is even more vital to upholding the prophetic ideals contained in Israel’s Declaration of Independence.
So come and celebrate its 80th birthday and demonstrate your support for all they represent as the good news story in Israel. Enjoy a festive evening of music by the Peace Drums Youth Band: student musicians from Leo Baeck’s High School and their peers from nearby Ibillin High School.
For more details and to book tickets see below and click here

Liberal Judaism’s Inaugural Fundraising Dinner

Thursday 27th November

Our Movement’s first ever fundraising dinner on Thursday 27th November will raise funds for the LJY-Netzer Bursary Fund and Liberal Judaism’s brand new education department. Featuring stories and memories from throughout the history of our Liberal Jewish youth movement, a phenomenal speaker and a delicious three course meal and of course  – it promises to be a wonderful evening. It will be held at the exclusive Goldsmiths’ Hall, one of London’s hidden treasures, an incredible Grade I venue, near St. Paul’s Cathedral opened in 1835.  We will be dining in The Livery Hall, a magnificent room with Corinthian columns and a richly decorated moulded ceiling in gold leaf. In addition, the hall boasts four matching chandeliers of English glass, each holding forty-eight candles. You don’t want to miss this chance to enjoy an evening underneath the twinkling in the candlelight, celebrating the past and future of our movement. It would be lovely to see a strong York contingent:  Click here to book your tickets

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain (JGSGB) Events

For anyone interested in their Jewish heritage or local Jewish history some or all of these events by the Leeds region of JGSGB may well be of interest: 3rd September 2018: Wilberforce Museum Hull Archivist is speaker Dr Nick Evans on a talk TBA in conj. with the JHS

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

See for these wonderful cross-communal educational events which are spread across the UK throughout the year.

 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 Days 2018.
Thursday 4th October in York at 11am. See page 11 of the booklet attached above.
Tales of Jewish York
Sunday 7th October in Bradford at 11am. See page 12 of the booklet. 
In the Footsteps of Rabbi Dr Joseph Strauss and the Reverend Isaac Livingstone: stories of Bradford’s Jewish Community. Sunday 7th October in Bradford at 14.30. See page 12 of the booklet.
 ‘The Grand Philanthropist, his great nephew and the German Consul’ stories of Little Germany, Bradford’s Historic Merchant Quarter.
Sunday October 14th in Chapeltown, Leeds at 11am. See page 13 of the booklet.
Chapeltown and its Jewish Stories.
Sunday October 14th in Saltaire, Bradford at 14.30. See page 13 of the booklet.
‘Trouble at Mill’: Stories of the Jewish Mill owners along the Leeds Liverpool Canal.
The cost of each walk is £8 per person. To book your place(s)  for these popular walks email:

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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