Free Hypnobirthing Sessions

LJWB are delighted to be able to offer a Hypnobirthing course for pregnant women and their partners.

Teacher Shelley Peel is a Hypnobirthing teacher trained by Katharine Graves of KG Hypnobirthing; the training course is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives.

Shelley is excited to offer a FREE, no obligation, one hour taster session for KG Hypnobirthing so you can meet her and learn how it could benefit you and your partner.

Our in depth antenatal sessions teach you a range of techniques including relaxation and specific breathing exercises to use during labour, so you can look forward to your baby’s birth without fear and anxiety.

Book you free no obligation taster session on

Sunday 11th December from 11am – 12pm


Wednesday 14th December from 7.30pm – 8.30pm

Call Shelley now to book your free place 0113 2689938


Film Club

Our popular Film Club will take place on the following dates:

Wednesday       23/11/2016 4.15pm prompt

Monday            28/11/2016 1.15pm prompt

Wednesday       07/12/2016 4.15pm prompt

Monday            12/12/2016 1.15pm prompt

Wednesday       21/12/2016 4.15pm prompt

Monday            09/01/2016 1.15pm prompt


Contact Gabi for further details on 0113 268 4211

Meals on Wheels Service

Did you know ?…….. LJWB deliver high quality, freshly made, Kosher meals directly to your doorstep

 Choose from a varied menu of soup, main courses and desserts

 Stock up your freezer

Only £7.85 for 3 courses

All meals are frozen and delivered weekly (one off or regular order)

Available to everyone

Contact Andrea McQue for further details 0113 218 5833 /

Under supervision of the Leeds Beth Din

Meals on Wheels flier

thewellfairshop is supporting Children in Need….On Thursday 17th November there will be various fundraising activities taking place at thewellfairshop, Moortown including a raffle and cake sale. Pop in and see us and help LJWB support Children in Need!

Discover Your Roots & Build Your Family Tree

Don’t miss this new and exciting opportunity at the MAZCC. We are offering our first ever Inter-generational Genealogy course.

Take advantage of this fantastic chance to spend time with your children/grandchildren learning about your ancestors and roots.

Alan Tobias, genealogy expert, will deliver a 3 week course teaching you everything you need to know about building a family tree and the resources available to help.


21st November 2016

28th November 2016

5th December 2016

6.30 – 8.00pm

Limited places. Available on a first come first served basis. Suitable for high school aged children +

Please contact Gabi Amar for more information or to book a place – 0113 2185846 /

New Support Network for Men Growing in Number

It was full house for coffee drinkers on Sunday at Women4Welfare’s annual coffee morning, hosted by Gabrielle Hurwitz, Dianne Lyons, Angie Shulman and Philippa Lester.

Over the years, the small group of women have raised many thousands of pounds for Leeds Jewish Welfare Board’s mental health services and the

Board’s chief executive Liz Bradbury attended the event by focussing her speech on the work LJWB does in the community for those who have mental health issues.

Ms Bradbury challenged anyone or their family members who hadn’t at some time been affected personally by mental health problems and depression either from the loss of a loved one or other personal matters.

“That is what mental health is all about, it’s about keeping well in mind as well as body,” she said.

Men were reluctant to acknowledge their health issues until they reached crisis point, she said. Many referrals the Board receives currently involve men who are more unlikely than women to consult their GP for help.

She advised it was essential to be proactive about such issues, but many men found it difficult to share their problems, trying to remain strong and silent rather than reach out for support when it is needed.

To offer help, as well as reducing the stigma, the Board has created a support network group for men, currently with about ten men who meet in a pub, or restaurant and who talk in a non-work environment about issues that affect them. The group is continually expanding.

Liz explained: “Quite often it’s easier to talk to someone you don’t know. This will enable them to open up and feel confident to share their experiences, and ultimately restore their confidence, self-esteem and mental well-being.”

The Arnie and Essie Confidential Helpline and the newly launched Listening Line for support for men and women of all ages, were also proving beneficial to the community, dealing with social isolation and people concerned about their health or other issues. “We have qualified people manning these lines who offer help or just a friendly chat in complete confidentiality. We want our service users to know they are not alone. We are there to help.”

Because not all wounds are visible the Board has introduced two Mental Health First Aid Courses, suitable for those aged 18-plus, which teaches how to spot the early signs of a mental health problem as well as explaining what mental health actually means, in a  one-day or two-day course.

The course also covers other areas including eating disorders, self harm and depression and offers a wider understanding of the issues surrounding mental health, while reducing the stigma and discrimination often associated with the condition.

At the end of the course people will become a certified mental health first-aider and receive a certificate and manual.

Contact Paul Townend 0113 268 4211 or e-mail: for booking and further details.

Openers were Wendy and Howard Bott, guests of honour were Jennifer and Ian Sillers and child presenters were Louis and Lily Baker. The event was held at the home of Dianne and John Lyons.

Photo: Dianne Lyons,  Gabrielle Hurwitz, Liz Bradbury, Angie Shulman and Philippa Lester.

Words by John Fisher