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Community Project

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board has been delivering services to our local and wider communities since 1878.

We offer a broad spectrum of provision to all members of a diverse community. Highly trained professional teams work closely with invaluable volunteers to bring to the community innovative and effective support services for children and families, extensive provision for older people, residential and community services for people with learning disabilities, physical or sensory disability and mental health issues.

Our services are regulated by various bodies including OFSTED and The Care Quality Commission, and our inspection reports endorse the quality of our work. We are a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee.

Leeds Jewish Welfare Board also oversees the social, leisure and educational activities that can be accessed at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre, and, of course, the kosher catering services that are so integral to individuals and families. This is the more visible face of the Board and, with the many confidential services that we deliver behind the scenes, enables us to reach every level of the community.

Brodetsky Primary School is a state voluntary-aided Jewish primary school catering for girls and boys between the ages of 3 and 11 years. Our standard admission number allows us to admit up to 45 children each year. In addition we have a 39 place nursery which is available for 3 – 4 year olds each morning. The nursery building also houses the Deborah Taylor Nursery which is a private fee-paying playgroup. This provides morning sessions for 2 – 3 year olds and afternoon sessions for 2 – 4 year olds.

Brodetsky Primary School is an Orthodox Jewish school committed to excellence in learning, education and achievements. We value the contribution of all members of our community, children, staff, parents, governors and friends. We provide a warm, caring, friendly atmosphere and a safe and ordered environment in which Every Child Matters.

  • Provide our pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum which is designed to develop our pupils’ knowledge, skills, understanding, personal and social development, whilst ensuring excellence for all.
  • Recognise the need for our pupils to achieve their full potential, whilst deriving maximum enjoyment from their educational experience. We aim to provide meaningful learning opportunities which engage all pupils fully and encourage them to progress at an appropriate rate.
  • Encourage and stimulate pupils to have curiosity and creativity with the confidence to try new challenges in order to prepare them for life long learning and economic wellbeing.
  • To provide a professional environment where pupils and staff are encouraged to work independently and collaboratively in a climate of mutual trust.
  • As an Orthodox Jewish school we embrace the need to educate our pupils within a moral framework that reflects and promotes religious beliefs and practices fostering a pride in their Jewish identity.

In essence we want out children to leave us being…… happy, well educated and proud to be Jewish.

Where kindness & care comes first

Established in 1923 Donisthorpe Hall provides care to 189 residents in a sensitively designed environment surrounded by woodland. By the end of 2011 the home will have been completely refurbished with all areas built to the highest specification in order to meet the requirements of our residents. Areas for Dementia care have been thoughtfully designed to promote stimulation and freedom in a safe environment.

As well as a purpose built, fully staffed Physiotherapy room, the home has it’s own modern hairdressing salon, Chiropody and Dental Care provision, library and shop.

The home is supported by over 100 volunteers who help us to provide over 50 activity sessions a week including Music, Bingo, Art, Silver Surfing, Outings and Shopping Trips, Flower Arranging and a 48 seated Cinema having 6 shows a week with luxurious Pullman chairs where residents can watch one of our 300 movies.

Since 2002 Donisthorpe has held the coveted Health Quality Service (now known as CHKS) accreditation and was the first independent home in the North of England to do so. The Home was runner up in the prestigious CHKS Top Hospitals Awards 2009.

It has also been granted the Hospitality Assured standard for service and business excellence together with Investors in People.

Breast Cancer Haven provides the Haven programme free of charge to anyone affected by breast cancer. The programme includes counselling, complementary therapies, support and information to meet the physical and emotional needs of breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Haven was founded by Sara Davenport in 1997. The idea for the charity came following the experience of her children's nanny, Wendy Ricketts, who was diagnosed with the illness. Sara was concerned by the lack of emotional support and information available to people with breast cancer. Believing that "no-one should have to face breast cancer alone", Sara sold her art business and put all of her energy into creating Breast Cancer Haven. There are now 3 Havens; in London, Hereford and Leeds.

The Leeds Haven has been open since October 2008. During this time, the charity has cared for 449 Visitors from Yorkshire - women and men who are receiving and benefitting from our unique free Haven programme.

Every year 45,500 women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer - that’s 125 a day. In Yorkshire alone, more than 4,000 women are diagnosed each year. Breast Cancer Haven provides a place - quite literally a Haven - where women and men can find the comfort and care they need to support them and their families through this very difficult time. Our aim is to help anyone with breast cancer achieve the best possible quality of life.

No one should have to face breast cancer alone.

For further information please visit or call 0113 284 7829.

Registered Charity No. 1061726.

The Zone is a cross-communal, all-inclusive Jewish youth organisation catering for children between 5 and 18 from over 12 different schools. We provide a range of exciting and inspirational activities.

The Zone is a real asset to the Leeds community and a shining Jewel in the crown of Northern Jewry. Refurbished in 2008, The Zone not only looks stunning but offers a wide range of facilities and programmes including; sports, art, cookery, a music studio; recording, writing and learning to play guitar, keyboards or drums and an Apple Mac suite. Jewish Identity, Ulpan, Interfaith, Leadership and Heritage programmes are also offered and suitable for all Jewish children regardless of their background, religiosity or ability.

It is essential to provide and support a safe, secure and stimulating environment for Jewish youth to socialise and get together with others who may have previously opted to leave the core community. We welcome disengaged and disenfranchised children at the Zone and enable them to make choices about getting involved in Jewish life. Through discussion and debate they have the opportunity to consider their Jewish identity.

We are also proud of our good working relationship and partnerships with others in the community. We raise awareness of local communal organisations through our leadership programmes, put on joint events, work in conjunction with the various youth movements and other youth groups and we are always delighted to open our doors for others to use as a venue.

To find out more and get involved email or visit You can also call 0113 217 2531.