We are delighted to tell you that the Queenshill Shul is planning to re-open again with an initial service on Shabbat 14th August.

What is being termed a ‘test’ service follows detailed discussions with the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board, and the creation of a risk assessment. This means that there may be some small things we need to amend once the service has taken place. The full risk assessment can be found here.

As you would expect, there are certain things that will be put in place to ensure the safety of individual attendees, and the congregation as a whole.

• If anyone is displaying any of the commonly recognised symptoms of Covid, they should not attend the service.

• The number of attendees will be restricted to 16 people in order to allow social distancing. We know that this is smaller than we would like, but would hope that this will increase in time subject to guidance.

• People will need to register in advance to attend the services. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Anyone who is unable to attend due to the capacity being exceeded will automatically be allocated a place for the following service.

• You will need to wear a face covering unless there are medical reasons not to do so.

• Ventilation will be provided via the open door at the back of the shul, as well as through an air purifier in the room.

• Each congregant will have two chairs. One chair will be used for siddurim and chumashim. The chairs will be located at a safe distance from the next congregant.

• If possible, you will need to bring your own siddur and chumash, and men to bring their own tallit. These can be left in the shul prior to Shabbat if required, and will be placed on a named chair. Otherwise, when you arrive in shul, there will be items placed on a chair for you.

• For the time being, there will be no Kiddush after the service.


If you would like to book a seat for services, please contact 0113 859 2228, or e-mail simon.phillips@ljha.co.uk.

Following the initial Shabbat service, the intention is to then hold regular services once again, including services over the High Holy Days in September.