Matzah price wars: it's Rakusen's vs Tesco

By Marcus Dysch, October 8, 2009

Rakusen’s, one of Britain’s biggest kosher food producers, will no longer supply its products to Tesco supermarkets following a pricing dispute.

The Leeds-based company’s products — including matzah, soups and biscuits — will not be available after current stocks runs out.

Rakusen’s said it had taken the decision following discussions over margins and supply prices. It reached the conclusion, a spokeswoman said, that “Tesco thinks it rules the world, but we are standing up for ourselves, and said no.”


Alexandra Lee and Colin Abrahams

October 8, 2009

Childhood sweethearts Alexandra, 22 and Colin, 23, live in Leeds. He works in the family kitchen and bedroom design business Arlington, which was started by his grandfather Walter more than 60 years ago. She has worked for Procter and Gamble as an account manager since graduating from Manchester University in 2008. Colin is a Hull City fan who plays football for Leeds Maccabi. Alexandra chairs the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board PR committee. They enjoy films, theatre and keeping fit and will marry in 2010

How we met


Party pledges on elderly 'don't add up'

By Robyn Rosen, October 8, 2009

Welfare charities fear that both Gordon Brown and David Cameron will not be able to deliver on their parties’ pledges to supply care for the elderly.

In his party conference address, Mr Brown offered support to those with the greatest needs, noting: “Today more and more people see their parents and grandparents suffering from conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia. And for too many families, the challenge of coping with the heartbreak is made worse by the costs of getting support.


Ofcom grants licence to Leeds Jewish radio

September 24, 2009

Ofcom has granted a Leeds-based Jewish radio station a five-year licence for medium wave programming.

Broadcasting on 1386AM, Radio Jcom was only previously available through the internet.

Station manager David Harris was “very excited about the station going on air. We already have a range of programmes covering all areas of interest and will be enlarging on these.”


Leeds bids for leaders

September 24, 2009

Four Leeds organisations have joined forces to roll out an initiative to invest in future leaders and volunteers for the community.

The Zone youth club, Leeds Jewish Welfare Board, Donisthorpe Hall care home and Brodetsky Primary School have produced the Leeds Leaders project. The programme will provide participants with work experience within each organisation and will host workshops to discuss challenges faced by the community, including special educational needs, social care and the pressure on resources.


Welfare link-up

September 24, 2009

Leeds welfare bodies believe that a joint initiative has helped them to have a clearer idea of how to plan for the future needs of elderly people.

Research funded through the first joint venture between Leeds Jewish Housing Association, Jewish Welfare Board and Donisthorpe Hall is being used to plan for the provision of services.

Nearly 400 survey respondents answered questions relating to their age, gender and living patterns. Over 65 per cent of replies came from people over 70 who expressed concerns about health, finance and loneliness.


Medic's life-saving stories

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 17, 2009

French-born Magen David Adom paramedic Sarah Cascella has been recounting life-saving moments during a speaking tour of northern England.

Manchester communal organisations and the Leeds, Liverpool and Glasgow representative councils hosted Ms Cascella, 26. She also met Leeds couple Pam and Philip Glynn, who raised almost £2,000 for MDA as part of their golden wedding celebrations, and addressed 200 Christian Friends of MDA in Bolton at a ceremony marking the dedication of their second ambulance.


Donisthorpe trains with EU cash

July 23, 2009

A European Union grant of £109,000 to Leeds residential home Donisthorpe Hall will fund training for young locals looking for a career in social care.

Donisthorpe will be recruiting 12 trainees aged between 17 and 25 for a 14-week project which includes work experience at a care home in Malta.

Chief executive Carol Whitehead was “thrilled” at the success of its funding bid. “We are looking forward to working with our partners in both the UK and Malta to provide a valuable transferable training experience in care. We have already had a lot of interest in the project.”


Minister hails Leeds sheltered housing

By Cathy Forman, July 23, 2009

Housing Minister John Healey made a fact-finding trip to Leeds Jewish Housing Association last Friday.

The visit was arranged at short notice after the newly-appointed minister and Wentworth, south Yorkshire, MP had asked to see an exemplar sheltered housing scheme. LJHA’s Skyte House was recommended to him by Naz Parkar, head of investment for the Homes and Communities Agency in Leeds.


Ken Bates loses 'shyster' libel case

By James Brewster, July 2, 2009

Former Leeds Utd director Melvyn Levi has been awarded £50,000 in libel damages against Ken Bates at London's High Court.

Mr Levi, 65, sued Mr Bates, 77, over three articles written by the Leeds United chairman in the club’s match-day programme in 2006 and 2007, and a letter sent to fans in 2007.

The articles variously accused Mr Levi - whose address was also printed in one of the programmes - of being a shyster, an “enemy within”, attempting to blackmail the club and scaring off potential investors.