Local heroes take centre stage in Leeds


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.”

The male personality of the year award went to Keith Warner for services to the scout movement; the female equivalent was presented to Gillian Landy, who has served the Brodetsky Jewish Primary School’s PTA for 11 years. The young personality of the year award was made to FZY chairman Robert Selwyn and the community staff member award went to David Rogers, general manager of the Leeds Jewish Orthodox Cemeteries.

Teacher Lindsay Seaton’s award reflected 20 years’ service to the Brodetsky Nursery. Other winners included Oliver Ziff (sports), Elaine Scholnick (carer) for running Manny Cussins House, businessman Ashley Cohen and volunteer Pam Glynn for her deeds for organisations including Wizo.

Awards committee chair Jane Clyne said: “Never did we anticipate how the community would support and embrace the awards.”

The awards were attended by 250 people at Etz Chaim Synagogue and raised £12,000 for LJWB.

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