Berger paints a healthy picture

By John Fisher, January 25, 2016

Shadow Mental Health Minister Luciana Berger spoke about the challenge in changing perceptions on mental health when she addressed Leeds Jewish Welfare Board’s patrons dinner on Sunday. “Mental health needs to be a priority alongside physical health as it has been overlooked for far too long,” the Liverpool Wavertree MP said.


Mayor builds up Lego funding

By John Fisher, December 3, 2015

Leeds Lord Mayor, Councillor Judith Chapman is building a better understanding of autism with a giant Lego site at the Merrion shopping mall.

Councillor Chapman - the city's first Jewish woman mayor - set residents the challenge of making the Leeds coat of arms out of Lego, with shoppers donating money for the bricks. Money raised will go towards the mayoral charity, Special Autism Services.


Inspectors criticise 'inadequate' care home

By Josh Jackman and John Fisher, November 19, 2015

One of the community's largest residential homes has been deemed "not safe" after a Care Quality Commission inspection which found it failing in all areas.


Leeds hails welfare head

November 12, 2015

Local MP Fabian Hamilton led the tributes to Edward Ziff at a party on Tuesday marking his retirement as Leeds Jewish Welfare Board president.

Praising Mr Ziff for his "wonderful work" for the welfare board and the wider community, Mr Hamilton told him that his "contribution has been immense".

Lord Sacks featured in a video tribute, pointing out that Mr Ziff had helped the welfare board "thr


What's happening for Leeds Mitzvah Day

November 11, 2015

The Leeds Jewish community is running a raft of activities on Mitzvah Day.


Limmud draws big crowd - but not the young

By John Fisher, November 5, 2015

Participants in Sunday's Leeds Limmud enjoyed lectures on subjects as diverse as teaching the Holocaust to Muslim pupils and salsa dancing at Buenos Aires barmitzvahs.

The 50 topics also included discrimination towards Ethiopian Jews in Israel and how humour aided Jewish survival.


From Florida to Leeds

October 29, 2015

Florida-based Rabbi Janie Grackin was a guest at Sinai Synagogue where she spoke at the shul's monthly Chavurah supper. She introduced the concept of intergenerational services, talking about "lowering the barriers, without lowering the bar". The Shabbat service included her teaching songs and storytelling for the congregation - from toddlers to pensioners.


Foodies filling up in Leeds

October 29, 2015

After the Shabbat UK challah, Yorkshire food lovers got down to some serious eating on Sunday at the Leeds Big Jewish Nosh Fest. The menu of activities for the 700 visitors to the Etz Chaim Synagogue venue included cookery demonstrations, a variety of food stalls and advice on healthy eating.


How sister act was a boon to Sam

October 15, 2015

When eight-year-old Sam Starr was going through his second round of treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, Camp Simcha appointed then volunteer Hayley Phillips as his "big sister".


Leeds clergy demonstrate Israel support

October 8, 2015

Christian clergy were in the succah at the Etz Chaim Synagogue in Leeds for the formal presentation of the Shalom Declaration, in support and appreciation of Israel, to Leeds Jewish Representative Council president Simon Jackson.

Board of Deputies consultant Steven Jaffe, who spearheaded the initiative, said it was "a major development".

The document, launched in March, calls on Church relig