AT THE ZONE
There’s something for all our members at The Zone.
From Nursery age to High School and beyond, you’ll always find something to get stuck in to.
There’s a wide range of after school activities for junior members to get involved with, including football, self defence, dance, computer coding, drama, Zone Ed and so much more.
For our older members there is a dedicated ‘Zone Out’ space for teens only to use... No adults allowed (apart from leaders of course!). The teen lounge has a 60 inch TV, Xbox with surround sound, break out lounge, mini sound studio, DJ setup, table tennis table and American Pool table. Plus loads of comfy couches and bean bags for you to just chill with your mates.
One off activities and workshops happen regularly and for those wanting to get creative, our impressive studio has that covered too. Click here to find out more.
At the heart of The Zone is our cafe.
Here you will find a delicious range of home cooked meals and special daily treats. All dishes are kosher and vegetarian. Whether you are dropping off your little ones, waiting to pick up or just fancy something really tasty with a great atmosphere... pop down and see us!
Our cafe is open for adults and families from 11am to 6pm Monday to Thursday.
In The Beginning
In the 1920’s, a small room in Brunswick Street at Sheepscar was used to host a band of Jewish youth who would meet to participate in lectures, discussions and social activities.
When the institute authorities decided to change the use of the building, the young people found themselves without a meeting place.
New Premises were found in Barrack Road on the site of what were once stables.
With some funds raised through B’nai Brith and a donation from Sir Montague Burton, the ex cavalry barracks were made habitable and became known as... THE JUDEAN CLUB.
After 25 years at Barrack Road and as the Jewish community migrated further towards North Leeds, the Judean Club moved again to premises on Street Lane. Memories from Street Lane and Barrack Road will always be cherished by the Judean members of that time and were celebrated by 1000 past members in February 2009, marking 80 years of Jewish social life in Leeds. Sadly, almost 2 decades went by without a Jewish Youth Centre, until we opened our doors in 1999. Welcome to The Judean Club For Boys & Girls, today known as THE ZONE!
Judean Club from 1935 (Yorkshire Film Archive)
It is vital The Zone continues the traditions and values instilled by the Founders of the Judean Club back in the 1920’s.
Over the last decade The Zone has developed into one of the country’s leading community youth projects, offering state of the art facilities and activities led by our quality team of youth workers, volunteers and leadership participants.
We strive to ensure our members continually learn about their heritage and cultural identity by offering them a forum to explore Jewish life.
Zone members have the opportunity to embrace their rich and wonderful heritage through a diverse range of activities including cookery, art, music, science, philanthropy, humour, community and sport.
Good citizenship is promoted in all areas of club life. As our doors open, all social, economic and religious barriers are broken down creating a harmonious, cohesive community of youth. Tolerance and understanding is furthered by our interfaith and educational programmes.
Into The Future
It may be a cliché, but our children are our future.
A community is not built overnight, it is the culmination of shared values and ideals over time.
As we look to the future we must ensure our centre continues to partner both family and school life, offering a holistic experience to our youth. As they grow, it is up to us; their parents, teachers and youth workers to give them roots and wings.
We strive to provide a safe place for our young people to develop both independently and as a group to become lifelong friends and positive role models to our future youth and wider community.