Reliving the Trauma of Combat Situations in the Army, Sam Goodriche Speaks Out About PTSD.

Raising awareness of combat trauma following Israeli army service, ex IDF soldier, Sam Goodriche, founder of charity, ‘Soul Talk’, comes to Leeds this November.

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Imagine…. you have experienced combat – you are trained to defend your country and then released into civilian life. Upon release, you start to relive traumas with no real opportunity to discuss and understand what has psychologically happened.

When Sam Goodriche was 10 years old, his parents, Debbie and Ian made aliyah, moving from their family home in Edgware to a Moshav on the outskirts of Netanya.

Sam made new friends and at high school and trained avidly with his friends in preparation of joining the IDF.

Sam was sent to his unit, the Tzanchanim paratroopers and was sent into a Palestinian refugee camp in Ramallah in search of terrorists, explosives and weapons. Constantly being on guard, Sam looked over his shoulder in fear of an attack at any time.

On leaving the IDF, like many of his peers, Sam headed off to India for a well-earned six week culture trip. Whilst travelling, he began to chat with fellow Israelis and very soon, Sam realised that many ex-soldiers had experienced similar ordeals, consequently resulting in what was later identified as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

They compared stories and experiences that had made a huge impact on their everyday life. It was the first time these such experiences had been shared, let alone discussed out loud.

Sam, when returning home, was offered a hand of support.  NATAL, a charitable organization, helped Sam with his traumas and diagnosed him with PTSD.

This charity had such an impact on Sam and he found the people so inspiring, he felt he too could make a difference to young people suffering quietly and feeling alone. It was then that Sam’s charity, Soul Talk, was founded, to raise awareness of post combat trauma with support advisory services in both Israel and India.

Sam will be talking about his personal experiences and his charity, SOUL TALK , Thursday 29th November 7.30pm. Contact Makor 0113 2185873/2680899/




A Fascinating Documentary and Q & A with Film Director : ‘A LETTER FROM LONDON’

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New Documentary exploring Britain’s central role in the creation of Israel

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see documentary ‘A Letter from London’. Exploring Britain’s central role in the creation of Israel and the reasons why Britain promised a “Homeland for Jews”, the film demonstrates how multiple strands came together miraculously at the right time for Britain and the Jews.

The documentary covers events from the Balfour Declaration in 1917 to the proclamation of a new state in 1948 featuring new footage, archive sources and interviews with experts in history, politicians, ex-military personnel, the Jewish resistance and a former head of Mossad. The film is interspersed with personal anecdotes of daily life during British rule from residents of then Palestine.
The Central subject of the film is the Balfour Declaration, the foundational document written by Arthur Balfour, British Foreign Secretary and leading to the creation of the modern state of Israel some 30 years later. This 67-word document that Chaim Weizmann named “The Jewish Magna-Carta”, had a major impact on Britain and the Middle East and after 100 years is still a living legacy.

The historical facts are explained by experts in history and law, politicians, ex-military personnel from the Jewish resistance, both official and underground and an ex-head of Mossad.  These are interspersed with many personal anecdotes of daily life during the British rule from residents of Palestine who are still living (possibly the last chance to record these testimonies of people mostly in their 80’s and 90’s) and this is supplemented with archival film footage, much of it unseen and archived documents.

The film also reveals why Britain retreated from facilitating a Jewish Homeland, contrary to its mandatory duties and to its eventual adoption of an anti-Zionist policy.

Chief Executive of UK Lawyers for Israel, Jonathan Turner, will introduce the film and there will be a Q & A with film Director, Melvyn Lipitch.

Advance booking required:

Thursday 4th October, 7.00pm refreshments, 7.30 film followed by Q & A.

Entry £5 to include refreshments. 

To book call us on: 0113 2185873/  


Leeds Jewish Archive

The Leeds Jewish Archive

In 2010, the Leeds Jewish community celebrated the 150th anniversary of the first custom built synagogue in Leeds.

To commemorate this and leave a legacy for Leeds’ rich Jewish history, Makor Jewish Culture launched the search for Leeds archive material.

They also conducted many interviews with people whose families were long established in Leeds.  These very special interviews include many anecdotes that would not normally be preserved.

Archive categories include all aspects of Jewish religious and socio/eco/political life, including local history, refugee experiences, wars and conflict, the holocaust and relationships with Israel.

TV stations such as ITV, Chanel 4 and the BBC have researched the archive for information to enrich Leeds based documentaries.

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Taste Your Way Around The World With the Leeds Food & Flavours Festival!

Get ready for a unique culinary experience!

The wonderful diverse communities of Leeds invite you to sample tastings of their delicious traditional recipes and exchange cultural dialogue.  There will be East African, Greek, Gujarati, Jewish, Lithuanian, Punjabi, Thai, Cameroon and Zimbabwean foods on offer just to name but a few.

This winter tasting festival not only offers mouth-watering bites, but a range of live cooking demonstrations, live cultural arts performances and family fun. There will also be local producers selling scrumptious goodies too, so you will be sure not to go away hungry.

Ellie Ruhan, Festival Director explains, “Through our love of food this is a unique opportunity to bring so many diverse groups of Leeds together, not only to celebrate what we have in common, but what makes us unique.”

This celebration of vegetarian and fish based international cuisine will be held on Sunday 18th February, 11.30am – 4.30pm at St Edmunds Church Halls, Lidgett Park Road, Roundhay, LS8 1JN.

Tickets are £5 and are available from Eventbrite on Leeds Food & Flavours Festival or from Makor.  Children are very welcome at a cost of £3 at the door. For further details contact 0113 2680899, or email

The Leeds Food & Flavours Festival is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund in addition to Near Neighbours.   Makor Charitable Trust has partnered with St. Edmunds Church to facilitate this event.

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Sculptor to the Royals and World Celebs sculpts bust of Holocaust Survivor, Arek Hersch MBE, live at the MAZCC this October


A Rare Artistic Experience!

Internationally Renowned Sculptor, Frances Segelman, will sculpt bust of Arek Hersh, Leeds Holocaust Survivor, live, Sunday October 1st, 2pm at the MAZCC, 311 Stonegate Road, Leeds.

Sculptor to the Royals and personalities from the world of entertainment, politics and sport, Frances Segelman, will create a live sculpture of Holocaust survivor, Arek Hersh, in Leeds on 1st October 2017.

Frances’ recent commissions include  Her Majesty the Queen, HRH The Duke of Kent, Boris Johnson, Joanna Lumley, Lord Julian Fellowes, Sir Derek Jacobi, Sir Steven Redgrave and Sergei Polunin.

Frances, hailing from Leeds and best known for her statue of Billy Bremner outside Leeds United, said “I am incredibly honoured and moved to sculpt Arek Hersh – this sculpture of a Holocaust survivor is in commemoration of those who perished and in recognition of those who survived.”

A special art exhibition of local and professional artists and photographers to include Jonathan Straight, Barry Henson, Philip Naviasky and Joash Woodrow, on the theme of ‘Survival and Memories’, will be on display in addition to London artist, Victoria Perloff.  Many of these works will be sold on the day in a secret auction.

Bonhams Auctioneers will be at the event and invite you to bring your paintings and sculptures from 1.45pm – 4pm to be valued.

Self-taught Frances Segelman has risen to the top of her profession having sculpted a wide variety of public figures including HM The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales.

Frances Segelman is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors and a Liveryman of the Painters and Stainers Livery Company.

To book, contact Makor on 0113 2680899/

To book, contact Makor Jewish Culture on: 0113 2680899/


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Three Big Days For The Leeds Jewish Community

Dear friends,

We look forward to seeing you at the following key community events:

Venues, booking and registration with Makor:; 0113-2680899



  1. Yom Hasho’a – Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day, set on the date of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising – April 24, 7.30pm

With Chazan Albi Chait and the UHC choir, the Zone’s film about Holocaust denial, the HSFA, and with community members and dignitaries, we focus on bravery and heroism, and say loud and clear “Never again”.

  1. Yom Hazikaron – Israel’s Memorial Day for the Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror – April 30, 7.30pm

Based on experiences and stories from people in our own community, and telling a true story from the Yom Kippur war, we focus on how Yom Hazikaron affect all of us, in Israel and in Britain. With Shira Colombick, our Shinshinit Daria, and your friends in Leeds sharing their personal stories.


  1. Yom Ha’atzmaut – Israel’s 69th Independence Day! – May 2, doors for kids/youth fun and food open at 6.30pm, show starts at 7.30pm

Plenty of activities for youth lead by our community’s Zionist youth movements; clowns and jugglers;  fun photo booth and Israeli Falafel dinner!

Amazing Israeli band; message from the Israeli Embassy; the Brodetsky choir; Daria’s Brodetsky dance group; and loads of laughs with our host.


Poignant, Powerful Israeli Drama this March


Following a successful two week run in London, KNOCK KNOCK arrives to Leeds on 16th March as part of the JFest International Season.

Niv Petel’s stunning solo show draws back the thick curtain of politics in the Middle East to celebrate the life, laughter, joy and love of a mother and her only son, in a place where every child is duty bound to become a soldier and every parent has an army uniform in the attic.

This accomplished young actor skillfully metamorphosises into the role of a mother in Israel working as a liaison officer for the Israeli army, supporting families who’ve lost their sons to the wars.

She is naturally chatty and  excitable when around her son.  She has a friend and neighbour, but her closest relationship is with her son. She spoils him and treats him with outrageous affection, giggling at his jokes and trying to remain in his good favour. Yet the spectre of the military looms large – all boys must serve when they are of age – and it is in her desperate attempts to prevent him from entering a combat unit where conflict emerges.

As her son grows up, the little family’s happiness is increasingly disrupted by an imposing future – in a society where a knock at the door can only mean one thing.

KNOCK KNOCK is inspired by real events and tells a story about parenthood, friendship, love and sacrifice.