Loving the wildlife in Leeds

By John Fisher, April 20, 2015

A popular wildlife attraction in Leeds has reopened after a substantial donation from patrons the Ziff family assisted the final phase of a two-year £1.5 million refurbishment.


Getting more user friendly

By John Fisher, April 8, 2015

Leeds Jewish Representative Council is planning changes to make it more user friendly and efficient.

At the start of his third and final year in office, its president, Simon Jackman, said that ideas being considered were projects involving younger, more time-pressed people. It was also looking at ways for organisations to work more closely together.


After 18 years, Leeds Tories scent a chance to win in opposition stronghold

By Marcus Dysch, April 8, 2015

Businessman Simon Wilson believes he can tap into the feelings of disillusioned Jewish voters next month.

The Conservative candidate in the Leeds North East constituency hopes his experience of winning a council ward which was once a Labour stronghold will prepare him for capturing a seat held by Ed Miliband’s party for the past 18 years.


Mayor: 'I'm off on Shabbat'

By John Fisher, February 26, 2015

Leeds' Lord Mayor elect, Councillor Judith Chapman, has already made one stipulation: "I won't be working Friday nights or Saturdays, unless it is at a synagogue."

The Liberal Democrat councillor for Weetwood ward will be the city's first Jewish woman lord mayor when she takes office in May.

She became involved in local politics through her brother Mark, who led the Lib Dems in a joint admin


UJIA's northern lights shine with £900k meals

January 22, 2015

Two regional dinners addressed by Israel's former US envoy, Michael Oren, have raised almost £900,000 for UJIA projects.

Around £680,000 was generated from the dinner at Manchester Hilton, where local UJIA chair Nici Wertheim told the 350 guests of her aim to "boost UJIA's reach by catering to different sections of the community with new events and activities".

Making the appeal, UJIA chai


Rich legacy of welfare chief

By John Fisher, January 22, 2015

Jewish Housing Association's sheltered accommodation development Queenshill Lawn has been re-dedicated in memory of local welfare chief Sheila Saunders.

From 1987-2010, Ms Saunders was chief executive of Leeds Jewish Welfare Board and Leeds Jewish Housing Association.


Leeds mourns Leslie Silver

By John Fisher, January 12, 2015

Leeds welfare chiefs have led the tributes to one of the community’s most generous benefactors, Leslie Silver, who has died, aged 89.

Although born in London’s East End, Mr Silver lived most of his life in Leeds, where his family moved to escape the Blitz.


Simcha for Leeds Sinai's platinum anniversary

January 2, 2015

Sinai Synagogue in Leeds hosted the final celebration of its 70th anniversary year with an all-singing all-dancing “Simcha at Sinai” for 100 members and friends.


Leeds takes pride in unsung heroes

By John Fisher, December 18, 2014

The heroes, often unsung, of Leeds Jewry were recognised at the community's annual Pride awards, held at the Etz Chaim Synagogue and attended by 270 people.

Shaliach Or Nehushtan, praised for strengthening identity with Israel, picked up male personality award.


Hunt is impressed by high-tech Donisthorpe

By John Fisher, December 18, 2014

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt visited Leeds residential home Donisthorpe to gain an understanding of pioneering technology geared to facilitating more personalised care.

Donisthorpe is piloting a system developed by Yorkshire firm TPP allowing electronic access to residents' medical records.