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

10,000 steps for 10,000 children

Sunday 2nd December

A walk to commemorate and honour the 10,000 children who were brought to the UK on the Kindertransport

11.00 am    Arrive at the LJS with warm clothes and walking shoes.  Breakfast and refreshments at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue (St John’s Wood Road, London)

12.00 pm    Depart from the LJS, walk through Regents Park and head for the British Museum and other interesting parts of London.   

3.30 pm      Short ceremony to mark the 80th Anniversary of the first arrival of the Kindertransport at Liverpool Street Station and lighting of the candle for the first night of Chanukah by Frank Meisler’s Kindertransport Memorial sculpture.

LJ Inter-Synagogue Cyber Quiz

Sunday 10th March, 7.15-9.45pm

For anyone who like quizzes YLJC will be entering a team in the Liberal Judaism’s annual inter-synagogue quiz, which this year will be run virtually, so avoiding the need to travel.  For further information and to volunteer to join the team please email

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 Leo Baeck College in Finchley, which trains all the progressive rabbis in the UK, offers a wide variety of in-person and online training courses.  Forthcoming courses are:

Rabbi Dr Rene Pfertzel: Reading troubling texts from Torah – 4-week course LIVE ONLINE, Thursday 7.30-9.00pm, Dates: 8, 15 November, 13, 20 December  2018

Two courses starting soon at LBC:

Dr Laliv Clenman and Dr Ben Williams: Crossing Borders: Transcending Boundaries of Gender and Community in Ruth2-week course at Leo Baeck College

Date: Sunday 10.00 – 14.00,  18 & 25 November 2018

Rabbi Dr Frank Dabba-Smith: Jews and Their Cameras4-week course at Leo Baeck College, Thursday 7.30-9.00pm, Dates: 22 November -13 December 2018

For information about these and next year’s courses 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.