Barbara Cline honoured by her colleagues for forty years of service

Barbara Cline celebrated forty consecutive years of working for Leeds Jewish Welfare Board, this week.

After a spell as a junior member of staff in 1951, Barbara left to get married, rejoining  in 1979 following the sad death of her husband as  secretary to the then CEO, Heinz Skyte.  She continued in this role until 1996 when she was seconded to be the administrator for the Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association.

‘Despite trying to retire three times from LJWB, we won’t let her go’ said CEO, Liz Bradbury.  ‘Not only is she a much loved colleague, she is truly a role model for us all, dividing her time between paid work and volunteering to help others all the way throughout her career.’  As a young mum Barbara contributed to LJWB’s Meals on Wheels and served on the Norwood Children’s Home Leeds Committee.  Her passion to fight cancer has meant she has served for more than 40 years as part of the Leeds Voluntary Committee of Yorkshire Cancer Research, currently serving as Honorary Secretary.  As well as all of this she still finds time to volunteer for Radio JCom and helps support bereaved families through her work with the Chevra Kadisha.

‘In Barbara we have our very own strong woman who helped to break new ground for women’, said Liz.  ‘In her Presidency of the Leeds Ladies Lodge of B’nai B’rith, she was instrumental in lifting barriers that discouraged women to serve on religious committees.  Barbara was invited by the then Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, to work with him on a national project, Women in the Community.  As a result of her involvement, her home city of Leeds, became one of the very first in the country to invite women to sit on Shul committees.


‘We are so blessed to have Barbara working  with us, she is the epitome of the ideal colleague’.