As this weekend the Jewish community in Leeds like Jewish communities all around the world will be celebrating Rosh Hashana, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and everyone celebrating ‘Shana Tova’.

The High Holy Days this year, including the marking of Yom Kippur, will be observed very differently for many, with attendance at busy synagogue services and large gatherings of family and friends not possible. As we continue as a city to work together to combat the effects of Covid-19 I would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for everything you have done to help in the city’s response. As it is traditional at this time of year for members of the community to reflect on the year that has past, I think the Jewish community in our city can be proud of the contributions it has made during a very difficult period. We are proud of the diversity in our city and the Jewish community’s longstanding contributions to the civic, business and cultural life of Leeds.

Residents are asked to celebrate in a safe and socially distanced way by connecting with friends and family virtually or by socialising in groups of no more than 6. Remember to stay at home and isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms or if you have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace. Those attending synagogue services are asked to follow social distancing guidelines. More information here:’

With very best wishes,


Councillor Judith Blake CBE

Leader of Leeds City Council

4th floor Civic Hall

Leeds LS1 1UR