When does a group of Jewish people who find themselves in a city like Leeds become a community?
This book tells the story of the growth of the Jewish community in Leeds through anecdotes recalled by the present day Leeds Jewish community.
Some are sad, some amusing and some thought provoking and are illustrated by a range of photographs and memorabilia.
Our story begins in the mid-nineteenth century with the very early settlers, usually single men, who were skilled craftsmen, shopkeepers, pedlars and wool merchants.
These men put down roots and were followed, in the latter part of the nineteenth century and the early years of the twentieth century by Jews fleeing the anti-Semitic pogroms in Eastern Europe who were mainly poor and unskilled.
This surge of immigration coincided with the growth of the tailoring industry that was to bring such wealth to the city. The community grew and prospered, contributing to all aspects of city and communal life. Through the ten chapters you will read about daily life, religious traditions, work, the Jewish role in the founding of large companies such as Marks and Spencer and Burtons, the growth of the middle class, education both secular and religious, contribution to the military and politics, the arts including the founding of the Leeds International Piano Festival, sport and welfare.
Diane explains financial systems in a way that even I can understand
Diane explains financial systems in a way that even I can understand, and gives advice that takes into account both to my needs and my values
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