Leeds United ex- director in blackmail charge

By Jessica Elgot, December 9, 2009

Former property magnate and director of Leeds United Simon Morris has been charged with conspiracy to blackmail.

Mr Morris, 32, was declared bankrupt a year after his business empire SRM Holdings Group collapsed with debts of around £50 million.

The charges come after a long investigation by West Yorkshire police into the demise of the business.

He will appear before magistrates in Leeds next week, jointly charged with an unnamed 49-year-old man from Hyde, Cheshire.

His co-accused is also charged with possession of a firearm and possession of an offensive weapon.


Funding initiative to secure jobs in Leeds

By Ruth Leslie, December 9, 2009

A funding initiative has been launched in Leeds to restore two community services.

A voluntary levy of £3 per month is to be added to each householders’ synagogue fees to fund a post at Leeds Jewish Initiative, which provided social and educational activities for the 18-to-35s, until its closure last month. The extra funding will also pay for a community development officer, left vacant when Neil Clarke left in September.


Local heroes take centre stage in Leeds

By Hayden Cohen, December 9, 2009

A Holocaust survivor who has addressed schools across the country about his experiences was among the winners of Leeds Jewish Welfare Board’s annual pride awards, which attracted over 4,000 votes from the local community.

Arek Hersh, an MBE for his services to Holocaust education, said he could barely find words to express his feelings on receiving a special achievement award. “I travel to Poland, taking groups to Auschwitz every year, sometimes twice a year. I go round to schools, universities and various other organisations giving talks.”


Volunteer of the week: Ruth Sterne

December 9, 2009

The retired primary school teacher transcribes for the Leeds Braille Group, and has transcribed the Hebrew part of the Singer’s Prayer Book into Braille. The 90-year-old has also volunteered as a hospital visitor for nearly 40 years and visits older members of Sinai Synagogue

Why these organisations?
I started the visiting because I like meeting people and felt that synagogue members, who are ill in hospital or older members who are lonely, might welcome a chat. After I retired I took up Braille in order to help blind people.


United Hebrew Congregation

Category: Orthodox
151 Shadwell Lane, Leeds, LS17 8DW, 0113 269 4772

Shomrei Hadas Congregation

Category: Orthodox
368 Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS17 6QB, 0113 268 1461

Sinai Synagogue

Category: Reform
Roman Avenue Street lane, Leeds, LS8 2AN, 0113 266 5256

Etz Chaim Synagogue

Category: Orthodox
411 Harrogate Road , Leeds, LS17 7DP, 0113 266 2214

Beth Hamidrash Hagadol Synagogue

Category: Orthodox
399 Street Lane, Leeds, LS17 6HQ, 0113 269 2181

Chassidishe Synagogue

Category: Orthodox
2 High Moor Grove, Leeds, LS176 6DY, 0113 293 3634