UHC Bulletin




Mazeltov to Monica & Oliver Ziff on the birth of their daughter Annie Esther, a granddaughter for Dee & Edward Ziff and Shafit & Robin Samra.  Mazeltov also to great-grandmas Marjorie Ziff (20th great-grandchild!), Jane Saffer and Monique Arazi (first great-grandchild for both!).

Chazan Alby

Chazan Alby will be on leave from Sunday 17th December until Thursday 4th January inclusive.  If anyone needs to leave any messages for him please direct them to the office and he will deal with them as soon as possible on his return.

Youth Services 


– 11.00am in the Doreen & Frank Freeman Room

Kinderlach led by JOSH DEWAR & RAFI SACKS

– 10.45am in the Luper Room

No Dor Chadash/New Generation

– LJOY Programme being held at Etz Chaim.  A walking bus led by Yasmin Smith & Toby Kunin will be leaving the UHC at 10.30am and returning after the service.  

Regular events and notices update 

UHC Quiz – 21st January 2018           

Bookings are now open for our ‘Not A Night at the Movies…. or is it?’ quiz, on Sunday 21st January!  It’s a famously fun evening for all!  Tickets are £20 per person.  The closing date for bookings is 14th January – There are only 180 places and pre-booking is essential – there will be no entry on the night without a prior booking.  


Salt beef & latkes

Chocolate brownies & ice-cream

Popcorn & sweeties!

Please book your tickets via Eventbrite www.uhcquiz2018.eventbrite.co.uk or through the Shul office. 

UHC Bookshop 

There will be a Book Sale Bonanza for Chanukah starting on Sunday 3rd December until the end of the month.  All books will have 20% off.  There are also many Chanukiahs available as well as other Chanukah items!

Jewish Historical Society

The Jewish Historical Society will be meeting on Saturday 9th December at 7.30pm at BHH Synagogue when they will be showing the premier of the film ‘Return to Baghdad’, a film which explores the rich Jewish history of Baghdad.  This will be followed by a discussion with the producer and director.  Entrance is £5 including refreshments.  All welcome.

LJOY Events

There are a number of LJOY events coming up over the next few days.  Firstly this Friday, 8th December there will be the ‘TGI Friday’ programme followed on Shabbat by a programme at Etz Chaim.  Both these events are for those in school years 7-13.  On Sunday 10th December the Barmitzvah Boys Club for boys in years 7 & 8 is being held.

Next Sunday, 17th December LJOY will be holding a ‘Big Chanukah Quiz’ for those in years 7-13, including dinner.  Please see the Shul notice boards for further information on all these events.

GSAL Chanukiah

The GSAL Chanukiah, a nine foot menorah erected in the Theatre Foyer of the Grammar School at Leeds, is now a proud part of the GSAL tradition and we are happy to invite you to join us for this year’s lighting of the Chanukiah.

This Chanukiah is an initiative by the Heads of Jewish Faith and Chabad-Lubavitch Leeds to continue the longstanding Jewish tradition of the Grammar School at Leeds. The menorah is the latest in a long line of Jewish events at GSAL, including faith assemblies, Jewish discussion groups, the GSAL Shabbat, in addition to festival activities like doughnut making and the mobile Sukkah.

We are proud to invite pupils, parents of pupils, alumni and members of the community to this year’s Chanukiah lighting, on the second night of Chanukah at 4:15pm on Wednesday, 13th of December in the Theatre Foyer of the Grammar School at Leeds.

Please confirm your attendance to Rabbi Eli Pink @ education@judaismlive.com

This event will include doughnuts, hot latkes and more! We would love to see as many people there as possible to celebrate with us!

There will also be Chanukah activities for students in school during Thursday lunchtime (14th) with doughnut making and a demonstration of an olive oil press. The activities will take place in Food Tech in the Junior School from 12.15-1pm for Junior School pupils and 1-2pm for Senior School pupils.

Looking forward and wishing you a Chanukah Sameach!

Intra-Communal Football Tournament 

SAVE THE DATE!  The Intra Communal 5-a-side Football is back on Sunday 7th January 2018, raising money for The Robert Sinclair Davidson Foundation and SNAPS Yorkshire (Special Needs and Parents Support). Come along and support the UHC Cougars! 

Sponsoring a Seudah        

Our 2017 Shabbat afternoon Seudahs have now finished.  If anyone would like to sponsor a Seudah on a Shabbat afternoon from 3rd February 2018, please contact the office to check availability. 


CST has a new 24 hour emergency phone number for reporting antisemitic incidents, suspicious behaviour and informing them of security incidents. The new number is: 0800 032 3263. 

Hospital and Pastoral Visits

We would like to ask all members and their families to notify the Shul office or Chazan Alby direct if any member is ill, in hospital or would like a pastoral visit.  Unfortunately, all too often we don’t know someone is in need or would like a visit until it is too late and we want to ensure that NO-ONE is missed.