'Useful' lead in Leeds

April 7, 2016

New Leeds Jewish Representative Council president Laurence Saffer has pledged to be "available, approachable, amenable and affable - but [most] importantly, useful".

Addressing the AGM, held at Leeds Civic Hall, he added: "I am sure that not everyone will agree with everything I do or say.


Mirvis joins Auschwitz trip

By John Fisher, March 31, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis joined more than 230 people on a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau organised by the United Hebrew Congregation in Leeds. He told participants in the Unity is Strength trip that "heartbreaking visits to concentration camps" served an important educational and memorial purpose.

The mission was given added poignancy by the involvement of Auschwitz survivor Arek Hersh.


Leeds shul goes into the deli business

March 23, 2016

The Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue in Leeds has acquired a second food store, Myers Famous Kosherie, which will trade as the Moortown Deli.

BHH bought the assets and goodwill of the deli, which had been trading under a Company Voluntary Arrangement, allowing a business with debt problems to reach a voluntary agreement with creditors.

A shul spokesman said that, without its intervention, th


Leeds shul picks city's first woman head

By John Fisher, March 23, 2016

Leeds Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue has elected Rosalind Peters as president of the shul, the first woman to hold that position in the city.

"Who would have thought when I was invited to be shul secretary 23 years ago that now I am spearheading a new era at the shul," Mrs Peters said.

Mrs Peters is passionate about leading the 1,200-member shul into its next chapter.


Leeds kosher food outlet transfers ownership

By John Fisher, March 17, 2016

Leeds Gourmet Foods, managed for over a century by Etz Chaim Synagogue members, is now under new management: Yankees Meats Leeds.

Etz Chaim president Malcolm Taylor said: "Times change and we need to change with them to ensure a positive future for Gourmet."

Etz Chaim members belong to the Leeds Jewish Workers Co-operative (LJW) which owns Gourmet Foods, and for over 100 years the Alwoodley


Marathon runners skip London race for Israel challenge

By John Fisher, February 18, 2016

When Leeds Jewish Welfare Board supporters discovered that they could not run the London Marathon because it is being staged on the second day of Pesach, they wanted to come up with an alternative fundraiser. So 10 of them are hot-footing it to Israel for next week's Tel Aviv Marathon.


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