Mitzvah Day: Leeds says it with flowers - and more

By John Fisher, November 25, 2013

In the biggest Leeds Mitzvah Day operation, over 200 volunteers turned up to care, cook and collect.

There were coffee mornings, befriending sessions, knitting for the elderly, help for asylum seekers, collecting and boxing up essentials for the underprivileged and raising money for emergency aid to victims of the Philippines typhoon.


Lottery windfall aids Leeds job scheme

By John Fisher, November 18, 2013

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board has received £137,000 from the Big Lottery Fund towards Neshama Works, a project helping those with mental health problems to find employment through education and training. There will also be volunteering opportunities.

Neshama will approach employers to seek out job and mentoring possibilities.


Welfare chief's hospice role

By John Fisher, November 11, 2013

Rebecca Weinberg, who is standing down as Leeds Jewish Welfare Board chief executive, has been appointed chair of the local St Gemma’s Hospice.

Located in the Moortown suburb, it is the largest hospice in Yorkshire, assisting more than 2,500 people last year.


Tackling failed youth connection in Leeds

By John Fisher, November 4, 2013

Leeds Jewish Orthodox Youth’s new full-time director has told local leaders that its activities lacked a “real connection to Judaism”, a situation he was working to rectify.


New emissary pledges to shine a light within Leeds community

By John Fisher, October 28, 2013

Or Nehushtan — his first name means “light” in Hebrew — promises to bring luminosity to his role as Leeds’s new emissary.

The 29-year-old twin — he has a sister, Zohar — who arrived from Hod Hasharon, near Ra’anana, described his Leeds welcome as “more than I could ever have wished for” as he settled in at the Makor office where he is based


Oliver Sapier is the wheel thing

By John Fisher, September 30, 2013

As a thank you to a high dependency unit at Leeds Children’s Hospital, a 16-year-old with a rare stomach and bowel condition raised over £4,000 from a 100-kilometre charity cycle.

Leeds Grammar pupil Oliver Sapier spent much of his early life in hospital being fed through a machine. He suffered five bouts of septicaemia and underwent around 40 operations.


Silver service is finally honoured

By John Fisher, September 30, 2013

Former Leeds United chairman Leslie Silver has been belatedly honoured for wartime services.

Mr Silver has received the new Bomber Command Clasp in recognition of his contribution to the RAF during the Second World War. He took part in some 44 operations in Europe and 20 in the Far East.


Leeds high school opens with only nine pupils

By John Fisher, September 16, 2013

The Leeds Jewish Free School opened this week with just nine pupils — three of them non-Jews. Yet LJFS chair, Councillor Dan Cohen, professed “delight” at the first intake at the £3.5 million secondary school, which shares its site with the Brodetsky Jewish Primary.


Third Leeds care boss quits

By John Fisher, September 16, 2013

The three major Leeds Jewish welfare organisations are seeking new chief executives following the sudden resignation “for personal reasons” of Carol Whitehead, CEO of the Donisthorpe Hall residential home.


Communal film makes BFI 100

By John Fisher, August 5, 2013

A film celebrating 150 years of Jewish life in Leeds has been selected for the British Film Institute collection, God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen.

Commissioned by Leeds Jewish resource centre Makor in 2011, the 70 minute documentary, The Last Tribe, was shot by local film-maker Simon Glass.