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.


Scene and heard quite Enough

December 11, 2014

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was marked in Leeds with a film showing by Jewish Women's Aid.

The film, Enough, screened at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre, tells the story of the wife of a controlling and abusive man who decides to fight back.

Event organiser Beryl Glass said: "This film has given people a lot to think about.


Big crowd celebrates Leeds Jewry

By John Fisher, December 4, 2014

An event celebrating Jewish life in Leeds attracted 550 people to Etz Chaim Synagogue on Sunday.

The Makor-sponsored programme highlighted the breadth of the community's activities. It also served as the launch for the book, From the Leylands to Leeds 17.


In the Zone to help more

By John Fisher, November 27, 2014

Leeds youth centre The Zone will increase its support to those with family problems and medical issues thanks to £35,000 annual funding from the Manny Cussins Foundation over the next three years.

Anorexia, self-harm and domestic violence are among issues covered by the service.

Zone chief executive Raina Sheaf reported "a growing need for support and intervention for young people within th


Welfare waiting list is 'unacceptable

By John Fisher, November 27, 2014

Increased demands on Leeds Jewish Welfare Board's Neshama mental health service have resulted in its first waiting list.

Addressing the annual Women4Welfare coffee morning, LJWB trustee Nikki Ross reported 12 new referrals over the past two months.


Just bags of support

By John Fisher, November 6, 2014

Brodetsky Primary pupils helped the annual Leeds Jewish Welfare Board big bag appeal get off to a flying start.

LJWB representatives were at the campus to collect quality items brought in by pupils after a half-term clear-out. They will be sold at the board's charity outlet, thewellfairshop.