Leeds takes pride in unsung heroes


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. An achievement accolade went to James Goldberg, who with four Leeds Grammar pals, completed a long-distance charity cycle in memory of James's father, sportsman and charity worker Richard Goldberg. It raised £10,000-plus for Cancer Research UK.

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board president Edward Ziff praised James as "a tremendous source of pride, not only for his family but for the community at large".

Now contemplating a coast-to-coast ride, James said the community's support was vital, adding: "I'm sure my dad is very proud of us all."

The female personality award went to Alexandra Myers, fundraising co-ordinator at the Donisthorpe home, who described herself as "opinionated, bolshie and passionate" and said she was exploring new methods of fundraising.

Winners included a charity cyclist and a survivor

Survivor Arek Hersh accepted an honour on behalf of the Leeds-based Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association. The 84-year old, who has devoted his life to educating youngsters about the Holocaust, said he felt humbled, honoured and even more committed to continue his work.

Sam Walton and Elliot Landy hosted the event, which raised £13,500 for Leeds Jewish Welfare Board.

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