Volunteers Thanked at Annual Awards

A driver, a team of lunchtime helpers, a group of charity shop workers, a listening line, and a JT reporter, were rewarded last week when Leeds Jewish Welfare Board acknowledged its unsung heroes.

The trophies, presented at a special community centre ceremony, gave a nod to the Welfare Board’s 200 volunteers who spend more than 22,000 hours annually, giving help, support and a welcoming smile but above all making a difference to people’s lives.

Hosting the event was Helen Lewis. The winning workers were told they were not only the lifeblood of the Leeds Jewish community but a source of tremendous inspiration.

Addressing a band of over 100 volunteers on the Board’s register, chief executive Liz Bradbury said the best gauge of any community is the way it looks after its vulnerable, and listed volunteering gifts as those of understanding, patience and dedication. She told the helpers: “You are all special; the work you do for the Board is tremendous and truly life-enhancing.”

She reminded the volunteers that those who set up the Welfare Board 140 years ago truly understood Tikkun Olam, a Jewish concept defined by acts of kindness. “Thousands of our community have been helped by the Board and by our volunteers and continue to be so.”

She said: “Small or large acts of kindness can change a miserable, depressed day into one of sunshine, love, joy and even forgiveness,” she said. “Being human is what makes our lives worthwhile.”

Up for grabs were eleven awards for unsung heroes across a wide range of categories. Handing out the trophies was president Russell Manning who told the volunteers that so many things have happened since the organisation was founded in 1878. There had been “huge events and changes”, he said, including the relocation from the Queenshill Day Centre to the present building.  “But here we are 140 years on, incredibly thriving and doing as well as we have ever done before,” he added.

“Part of that success is the engagement of loyal volunteers who help us and commit to what we are doing — they are absolutely incredible.”

Ms Bradbury added that to ease the suffering of others and to be of service is to be human and, because of the volunteers,  someone will gain a friend and enjoy a conversation, someone will have been served a meal with care and compassion, and someone will know there are people in the world who care.

Those in the line-up to lift the coveted trophies were the team of helpers at the Welfare Board charity shop, as well as young volunteer Lara Bush, lunchtime volunteer Roselyn Manning, and community centre volunteers Freyda Stoller, Fiona Levi, Hazel Ruben, Fenella Conway and driver Gary Enkin.

All had shown true dedication to the organisation, commented Ms Lewis, and made a huge difference to people’s well being.

And there was even a nod to the Jewish Telegraph when reporter John Fisher scooped the special engagement award, offered by Ms Bradbury, for “spreading the good word” and raising awareness about the Board’s many achievements, projects and activities.

(Words By John Fisher)

New Menu at ‘the cafe @ the mazcc’

Feeling hungry?

the cafe @ the mazcc has a fabulous new menu with lots of mouth-watering new dishes. Why don’t you pop in and give them a try?


Monday – Thursday 9am-4pm

Friday 9am – 1pm

Sun 9am-3pm

Tel 0113 218 5888


What’s Happening in July

Take a look at the flyer below for an overview of what is happening at the MAZCC in July. There is so much going on. We look forward to welcoming you.

July 2017

For further details contact Hagit Greenberger – 0113 218 5846 / hagit.greenberger@ljwb.co.uk



‘Team 1- 4 -T’ running for LJWB in their 140th year

‘Team 1-4-T is well into its intense training schedule for The London Marathon 2017 on 23rd April. We are delighted that 2017 will see 10 fabulous runners supporting LJWB in its 140th anniversary year.

Philip Myers, brothers Marcus and Jamie Lee, Paul Berwin, Danny Rosenberg, Monica Angel, Deborah Stewart, Elissa Yurowitz and Ilan Sherman will run alongside our dear friend Lloyd Rakusen. Veteran marathon runner Lloyd, who will celebrate his 70th birthday this year has completed 15, YES 15 marathons for LJWB and we are so humbled by his on going support.

Most of this years wonderful team have run marathons for LJWB before, but it will be the first time for ex-pat Elissa who now lives in the USA.

Please support Team 1-4- T at http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/LJWB1-4-T and help them to help others in our community.


Men’s Discussion Group

Would you benefit from being involved in a discussion group specifically for men? Do you have opinions on topics you would like to share with other men?

Come & have a chat with us – share your views & make new friends. Take an active part or just come along and see what is going on.

All welcome. Refreshments provided.

Join us on 7th June, 6pm @ the MAZCC and we will be going on a trip to LazerQuest in Kirkstall

Contact Paul Schofield 0113 268 4211 / paul.schofield@ljwb.co.uk for information

Men’s Group


LJWB calls out for votes to bag a share of bag charge fund

LJWB is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the monthly funding scheme, which sees grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and this month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

LJWB is one of the 3 groups on the shortlist.

The Community Allotment Project

We are planning a community allotment based at a local primary school to be accessed by our entire community. Our aim is to create a therapeutic natural environment which will holistically benefit all local people including children, parents, the elderly and those living with physical, learning and sensory disabilities and mental health problems.

Voting is open in stores from 2 January to 28 January. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £24 million to more than 2,400 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each month. At the end of each month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for January. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s national Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.

“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

The Bags of Help scheme is permanently open for applications and anyone can nominate a project at any time – whether it’s Tesco customers, colleagues or the community groups themselves. Just ask in store for more information or visit the Bags of Help website, visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp/













To vote, you will need to make a purchase within store of any value. You will receive one token per transaction and it’s not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token.

See website for further information – www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

Thank you so much for your support.

Tiny Signers

Join our new baby Signing group at the MAZCC

Starting Wednesday 11th January, 1-2pm

Signing, Songs, Instruments, Stories & Bubbles with a qualified & experienced signer

Only £4 per child (siblings free)

Contact Rachel 07952 016473

Baby Signers


Holiday Closure Dates

Please see Holiday dates for the Marjorie & Arnold Ziff Community Centre over the festive period 2016/17

Sunday 25th December – CLOSED

Monday 26 December – CLOSED

Tuesday 27 December – CLOSED

Wednesday 28 December – OPEN AS NORMAL

Thursday 29 December – OPEN AS NORMAL

Friday 30th December – CLOSE AT 2PM

Sunday 1 January – CLOSED

Monday 2 January – CLOSED

If you need our help whilst we are closed please call our confidential helpline on 0113 218 5875 (8am-8pm)

Winter Warmer Campaign

Winter Warmth Campaign
LJWB are delighted to have secured funding from the Leeds Foundation & Leeds City Council as part of a city wide Winter Wellbeing Community Grant. The grant will enable LJWB to put together 100 packs, made up of non-perishable food items and warm clothing to hand out to many elderly & vulnerable people we support. During the month of December we are counting down to Chanukah where we would like to bring light to our Community and those less fortunate than ourselves within the local Community. As part of our Winter Warmth Campaign, funded by Leeds City Council and Leeds Community Foundation, we would be delighted if you would bring with you to our Celebration & Review event on 20th December 5-7pm @ the MAZCC, any gloves, hats, scarves and non-perishable food items you would like to donate. This will mark the last day of our campaign. Many Thanks for your support.

Mitzvah Day 2016

Join in and help your community support ‘Mitzvah Day 2016’

Sunday 27th November

On Mitzvah Day, we give our time, not our money, to make a difference to the community around us….GET INVOLVED

There are so many different ways that you can help

Keep in the loop and for more information view  www.leedsjewishcommunity.com/join-in/2015/11/10/mitzvah-day-360-is-back!/

Please contat Susie Gordon on 07714 204 664 / susie@ljrc.org


Mitzvah Day