New Wizo group to be in mem­ory of Leeds stal­wart

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BY JOHN FISHER

THE GRAND­DAUGH­TER of one of Leeds most mem­o­rable Wizo stal­warts, Joyce Frazer, who died in Au­gust 2015, is hop­ing to start a new Wizo group in her mem­ory. The group, to be called the Blanche Dug­dale Aviv, is the brain­child of Mrs Frazer’s grand­daugh­ter, Ni­cola Smaje Rosen­bloom, who is hop­ing to get the group up and run­ning by the mid­dle of the month.

The orig­i­nal group folded in 2013 af­ter 65 years’ ser­vice.

Mrs Frazer had been as­so­ci­ated with An­glo-Is­rael char­ity work since she and her hus­band Sydney mar­ried in 1948, and col­leagues, friends and fam­ily think that if a new group is to be formed it is only fit­ting it should be in mem­ory of her.

Born in Leeds in 1925, Mrs Frazer be­came greatly af­fected by the suf­fer­ing of Jews in Europe, and was deeply com­mit­ted to the Zion­ist cause. She was a founder mem­ber of a num­ber of Leeds women’s Zion­ist groups, par­tic­i­pat­ing at na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level, work that was recog­nised by many life­time achieve­ment awards.

Her son Tim de­scribed her as an early fem­i­nist “by deed if not by creed” with a pow­er­ful in­tel­lect “which she was not ashamed to use in ev­ery as­pect of her life”.

Join­ing the orig­i­nal Leeds Blanche Dug­dale Wizo she did ev­ery­thing from be­ing “bun-maker, kitchen­hand, sec­re­tary, and chair­per­son.The­group­be­came­known as the “stork club” be­cause its many young mar­ried mem­bers with ba­bies meant “there were so many nap­pies in ev­i­dence at its meet­ings”. It gen­er­ated a group of ded­i­cated Leeds Zion­ists.

Mrs Frazer had a pas­sion for the Euro­pean Coun­cil of Wizo Fed­er­a­tions, a non-fundrais­ing arm of Wizo, it aims to pro­mote gen­der equal­ity, hu­man rights and the sta­tus of women.

Joyce Frazer was deeply com­mit­ted to the Zion­ist cause

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