Engaging with Muslims

June 10, 2016

The launch of a Leeds branch of the Nisa-Nashim Muslim-Jewish women's network attracted a turnout of more than 60. Regional co-chair Salma Arif said the response demonstrated "a real appetite for dialogue". Nisa-Nashim National co-chairs Laura Marks and Julie Siddiqi addressed the event and plans for future activities such as halal/kosher food evenings and friendship walks were discussed.


Poor report is no surprise to home

By John Fisher, May 27, 2016

The outside managers brought in to revive the fortunes of Leeds care home Donisthorpe Hall are unsurprised by the latest damning report from the Care Quality Commission.

Relating to an inspection in March - before the Bam Healthcare management team was recruited - it found the home inadaquate in three categories and requiring improvement in two. The overall rating was "requires improvement".


Welfare board receives £400,000 Lottery boost

By John Fisher, May 27, 2016

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board intends to transform its dementia services after receiving a three-year Lottery grant of more than £400,000 for a new initiative, The Living Project.

The award is specifically to develop services for elderly dementia sufferers and will fund trained co-ordinators and support workers.


Gang attack survivor praises Neshama's 'life-saving' help

By John Fisher, May 20, 2016

A victim of a vicious gang attack told the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board dinner how the charity's Neshama mental health service had been a "lifesaver".

Addressing the 200 guests, Daniel Saville said his heart had stopped beating at one point and he spent a long spell in hospital.


Failing care home brings in turnaround specialist

By John Fisher, April 27, 2016

After being deemed "not safe, not effective [and] not well led" by the Care Quality Commission, Leeds care home Donisthorpe Hall has brought in outside management.

At the first of three hastily convened meetings for residents' relatives, Donisthorpe's trustees chair Andrew Brown pledged that care would improve under Bam Healthcare's administration.


Numbers up as Leeds free school defies the critics

By Simon Rocker, April 15, 2016

When the Leeds Jewish Free School opened with just eight pupils three years ago, the sceptics were already writing it off.

Articles in the press questioned why the government had pumped £3 million into a school with so few students.


'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.