Chief Rabbi unveils Remembrance Day poppy artwork

By John Fisher, November 17, 2016

A remembrance art installation depicting poppies growing out of a battlefield was unveiled by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis during a visit to Leeds for Shabbat UK.

The work, hosted by the United Hebrew Congregation, was created by 20-year-old congregant Marcus Dante, who is studying model design at the University of Hertfordshire.


Enjoying the pay off line

By John Fisher, October 21, 2016

It was "pay day" at Leeds Jewish Welfare Board as supporters turned up to make good on their New Year appeal pledges.

The annual event, dating back to 2009, enables the welfare board to save on administrative costs.

Meirav Sasson, its income generation manager, said the response had been heartening: "It's gratifying to have a face-to-face engagement between donors, staff and trustees and to


Firing at 'crisis' home

By John Fisher, October 6, 2016

Leeds home Donisthorpe Hall has cancelled the contract of the turnaround specialist brought in to improve standards following damning Care Quality Commission reports.

Bam Healthcare was recruited in April with a four-year plan to get Donisthorpe back on track.


Welfare board's plea for the socially isolated

By John Fisher, October 6, 2016

Three Leeds Orthodox synagogues and one in Harrogate will be promoting a Yom Kippur appeal for Leeds Jewish Welfare Board focusing on social isolation.

In a world where many were under stress, "we don't know what could eventually push us over the edge", said Jonathan Straight, the board's chair of income generation.

LJWB was "listening to the community to ascertain what it needs and conseque


Treasurer took £25k from burial society

By Josh Jackman, September 29, 2016

A former Leeds Joint Chevra Kadisha treasurer who took more than £25,000 from the burial society is being investigated by police.

According to a letter seen by the JC from Jane Selby and Richard Winetrobe, the society's co-chairs, Andrew Lewis returned the money, plus an additional £1,905.


Easy glider: Benjie, 14, is a pilot

By John Fisher, September 29, 2016

A Leeds teenager has become one of the world's youngest qualified pilots after flying solo for the first time at his North Yorkshire gliding club.

Benjie Ambler took to the skies to celebrate his 14th birthday, executing a solo landing in an ASK 21 glider at Burn Gliding Club. Student pilots are also required to pass the national aviation law exam, set by the Civil Aviation Authority.


Making a meal out of cookery masterclass

By John Fisher, September 29, 2016

Aspiring Leeds chefs cooked up a storm for Leeds Jewish Welfare Board under the expert eye of Yossi Elad from award-winning London restaurant The Palomar.

Gabby Rosenberg, Lisa Lee, Sophie Hirschstein, Noa Levine, Robert Fearnley, Jason Broch, Simon Barnett, Ben Baker and Matthew Wootliff collaborated creatively in the community centre kitchens to prepare a Mediterranean influenced three-course


Lottery £600,000 helps to fund northern centre for Shoah study

By John Fisher, July 29, 2016

Testimonies of Holocaust survivors who moved to northern England will have a permanent home thanks to a £600,000-plus award from the Heritage Lottery Fund to the Leeds-based Holocaust Survivors' Friendship Association.

The project will deliver a Holocaust Heritage and Learning Centre featuring testimonies, literature, artefacts and evidence of Nazi persecution showcased in displays and exhibit


'I'm awaiting my May day call,' Lipman tells UJIA

By John Fisher, July 25, 2016

Maureen Lipman has identified a professional positive to going grey. "Now I'll be able to play Theresa May," she told 200 guests at Leeds UJIA's women's appeal lunch, before launching into a wicked impersonation of the new PM.


Care home faces up to difficulties

By John Fisher, June 23, 2016

A period of difficulty was referred to at Donisthorpe Hall care home's annual barbecue on Sunday.

Andrew Brown, the Leeds home's chairman of trustees, told the 100 guests that this year's event was "different from all other years," and referred to recent disparaging reports from the Care Quality Commission.

"We are going through a difficult period.