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TEL AVIV COMING TO LONDON

Spanish & Portuguese head offers mea culpa and is able to retain his job after a ruling by Chief Rabbi’s special panel Page 3

Festival to bring the food, music and culture of Israel’s party city to the capital Page 5

‘It’s our duty to learn Shoah lessons’

Royal couple’s pledge after emotional visit to Stutthof concentration camp with British survivors Pages 2 and 16

Mayor blocks Hasmo plan Fresh fears over shortage of school places after Khan halts major extension Sadiq Khan has overturned Barnet Council’s decision to grant planning permission for a major redevelopment of Hasmonean – amid warnings the move could have a “serious impact” on the prospects of pupils finding places in Jewish schools across London. Barnet’s planning committee narrowly gave the green light earlier this year for an expansion that would see the boys’ school moved to the same site as the girls’ school in Page Street. The proposals would increase the combined capacity for both schools by 300 pupils to 1,400, helping to ease the current pressure on secondary school places in the capital. But Khan (pictured) has ruled the impact of the plans on green belt land would be “excessive” and asked the borough to refuse permission. In a letter to the council seen by Jewish News, he wrote: “Whilst I recognise the importance of

meeting educational need, in my view the proposed footprint of the school, and the extent of development on green belt land and open space, is excessive.” He also said there were a lack of “sustainable transport measures”. But the mayor said he “would be minded” to change his decision if Hasmonean submitted a revised application that would “provide the new school within the curtilage of the existing girls school site” as well as minimising the impact on green belt land and addressing transport concerns. Hasmonean’s executive headteacher, Andrew McClusky, decried the fact Khan “decided to

disregard the cross-party decision of members of Barnet’s committee by overturning the planning consent to relocate Hasmonean High School on a single site”. He said the school would review “the reasons the mayor has given and consider our options” and added: “Hasmonean is increasingly oversubscribed and the need for a new site will only increase in the years ahead. We strongly believe our plans would meet the current and future needs of Barnet children and that they would have minimal impact on the green belt.” Rabbi David Meyer of the Partnerships for Jewish Schools added: “With an expectation that numbers will con-

tinue to increase in the next few years, it is difficult to see how this need can be met without the Hasmonean redevelopment.” The council’s committee passed the proposals by just six votes to five in January, rejecting the recommendation of its own planning officers. There are concerns the boys’ campus in Holders Hill Road is becoming overstretched, with twice as many students as it was designed for. The plans paved the way for additional sporting facilities, including tennis courts, a yearround sports pitch and a games area that would be made available for local community use. A Barnet Council spokesperson said: “We are considering the mayor’s decision and look forward to engaging with Hasmonean to ensure that the educational needs of children in the borough can continue to be met effectively, while respecting the importance of the green belt.”


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News / Concentration camp visit

Royals visibly moved at camp The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were moved to tears during a tour of the Stutthof concentration camp in Poland this week. The Royal couple, accompanied by two British survivors returning to the camp for the first time, observed the Jewish tradition of placing stones rather than flowers in memory of the victims, before standing with their heads bowed alongside Manfred Goldberg and Zigi Shipper who recited the El Maleh Rachamim memorial prayer. Their Royal Highnesses were shown discarded shoes and clothing taken from prisoners on arrival at the site, which was originally created as a prison camp for Poles but became a concentration camp in 1942. A total of 65,000 people – including 28,000 Jews, many evacuated there from Auschwitz as the Germans retreated – died mainly from disease, malnutrition and abuse from the guards. But the Royal couple were also shown the gas chamber used to murder those who were too sick to work. In a message in the guest book (pictured above), they wrote how each person has an “overwhelming responsibility to make sure that we learn the lessons and that the horror of what happened is never forgotten and never repeated”. Goldberg, 87, who settled in London after the war, said he had hesitated when asked to go back. “The mere thought of returning made me relive those years in my mind. But I decided

I had to come and face the past.” Shipper said: “This was the only camp where I thought I was going to die, because it was well below zero, and we only had those striped pyjamas.” German-born Goldberg and Polish-born Shipper both spent two spells in the camp, meeting in one of the compound’s sub-camps as railway labourers, communicating in

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Berlin’s Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Yiddish. Through the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET), Shipper has spent the past 30 years speaking about his experiences, but Goldberg has only recently opened up. Goldberg told Jewish News: “Prince William and Kate are a remarkable couple, with a knack of making you feel totally at ease. They really absorbed the horrors perpetrated there.” The Royal couple were given a guided tour of what remains, including the former barracks, which now houses several “graphic” exhibitions. Goldberg said: “William asked me which camp was the worst. I said each was so dreadful we couldn’t imagine anything worse than it, but that each one we were taken to was worse than the one before. But Stutthof was most certainly the most vicious.”

He called Kate and William a “charming couple”, adding: “I consider it a real privilege and honour. I believe it made an impact on them.” Shipper said he thanked Britain’s future king for coming to Stutthof, “because when someone hears that people like you come to these places, they say ‘why don’t we go?’ It means such a lot that they came, it’s so important.” He added: “They were both affected by the visit. You could see tears in their eyes.” Yesterday, the couple visited the ‘Field of Stelae’, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in the German capital Berlin on the first day of the German leg of their European tour. They had already visited an underground museum telling the story of the extermination of six million Jews.

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I spent the morning with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Holocaust survivors Zigi Shipper and Manfred Goldberg at Stutthof concentration camp. During the Holocaust, with the optimism of a child, Zigi never faltered in his belief that he would survive. Except at Stutthof. Manfred had never stepped foot in Poland since he left in 1946. The anticipation of such an intense day was palpable. But they stood shoulder to shoulder with their Royal Highnesses and recited El Maleh Rachamim. Their bravery in returning to that place and the solemnity of that moment are memories that will forever stay with me, them and, above all, their Royal Highnesses.

It was the first time the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had visited a Holocaust site, the epitome of man’s inhumanity to man, where thousands of people were murdered in the most industrial of ways. It was the first time Zigi and Manfred returned to the camp – as free men, fathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers. And it was the first time Holocaust survivors stood shoulder to shoulder with royalty, laying a stone to remember those murdered during the Holocaust, in the very place they were imprisoned simply for being Jewish. Their Royal Highnesses saw the shoes of the victims that were taken on arrival, the uniforms of the prisoners, and the gas chambers where those too weak to work were murdered. They met Polish survivors, who endured unbearable suffering, they met British survivors, and walked with them out of the camp through the gate known as the Death Gate. Their Royal Highnesses showed us the Shoah, and the stories of Manfred and Zigi, matter.


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Dweck controversy / News

Chief Rabbi rules Dweck can stay Rabbi Joseph Dweck, Senior Rabbi of the S&P Sephardi Community, has held on to his job after a ruling by a special panel assembled by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, writes Jenni Frazer. But Dweck has had to relinquish being a dayan on the Sephardi Beth Din, and to agree to submit the contents of his public lectures to a member of the review committee. He has also agreed not to return to his former congregation in New Jersey to be a summer scholar-in-residence. US-born Dweck gave a controversial lecture on homosexuality and Jewish teaching in May. Two weeks later, he was heavily criticised by Rabbi Aharon Bassous of the Golders Green Sephardi congregation, Kehillat Yehezkel. Bassous took issue with many of Dweck’s other halachic rulings, and complained he had challenged the teachings of other rabbis. In the wake of his attack on Dweck, Orthodox rabbis worldwide weighed in with their opinions of him. The turning point came when the Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, known as the Rishon l’Zion, Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, wrote to rabbis from New York’s Syrian community, for which Rabbi Dweck had previously worked. Yosef – who is related to Dweck’s wife, Margalit – told the Syrian rabbis Dweck was “not qualified” to be a rabbi and urged his former colleagues to dissociate themselves from him. This was followed by a swingeing attack by the Gateshead Rav, Rabbi Shraga Feivel Zimmerman, and by 60 anonymous rabbis who wrote an open letter to Mirvis, warning him he would “split

Above: Rabbi Joseph Dweck with Israeli Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef in London

Anglo-Jewry” if he did not ensure that Dweck lost his job. An attempt by the Rishon l’Zion to persuade Dayan Lichtenstein, of the Federation Beth Din, to assemble a rabbinical court to “try” Dweck failed. Mirvis said firmly he would have nothing to do with such a “kangaroo court”. However, when the Rishon l’Zion gave his blessing to Chief Rabbi Mirvis solving the problem by whatever method he chose, the way was clear for the British chief rabbi to put together a review committee. It comprised three of the most eminent Torah leaders of Anglo-Jewry and QC Professor Julian Lew attended the deliberations. The committee

noted Rabbi Dweck’s “sincere contrition” and praised his work as an inspirational rabbi of the Sephardi community since his arrival in London. But it also observed “Rabbi Dweck readily acknowledged he had not always issued halachic rulings in a responsible manner and at times incorrectly”. It added: “In particular, he recognised that in the course of a wide range of his teachings, he had cited rabbinic sources and views on halacha [Jewish law] out of proper context and he had cited halachic rulings and hashkafa [Jewish world view] in a way which may have misled those listening. Rabbi Dweck also expressed a deep sense of regret over his inappropriate comments about

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sayings of the sages and derogatory comments about rabbis.” Dweck issued a statement expressing regret for speaking in an “inappropriate and imprudent” fashion but added: “While some of the criticism was justified, the vitriolic tone and ad hominem nature of some attacks made substantive engagement with the issues all but impossible.” Chief Rabbi Mirvis said he had been “appalled by some of the conduct we have witnessed in our community” and spoke of “poisonous invective” from both sides. He “implored” the community “to resist the urge to sow further division. Now, more than ever, we must stand together”. The S&P Sephardi Congregation welcomed the ruling, describing Dweck as “a truly inspirational leader for us”. Jonathan Goldstein, chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, said: “The constructive approach adopted by the Chief Rabbi and his committee members have led to an outcome that allows us to move forward as a united community. Rabbi Dweck is a passionate spiritual leader who has been very successful at sharing his enthusiasm and connecting with congregants.” The former chief rabbi, Lord Sacks, said: “I support the resolution achieved by Chief Rabbi Mirvis and his review committee in bringing this painful matter to a peaceful conclusion and commend them for their tireless efforts in doing so. Rabbi Dweck has made, and will continue to make, a significant contribution to our community and to the Jewish people.”

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that bringing Israelis and Palestinians together will promote recon­ciliation, trust and understan­ ding between the two peoples, which is vital in underpinning any successful peace process.” LFI’s campaign was backed by the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council. Burt, responding to a question from Tory Paul Masterson, said the UK’s support “will help Israelis and Palestin-

ians work together to achieve tangible improvements in their lives and build understanding between people on both sides of the conflict”. Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) – whose supporters also lobbied for the support and whose delegations include visits to such projects – welcomed the announcement. CFI’s honorary president Lord Polak said coexistence projects “facilitate positive

distributors will go to grassroots Palestinian organisations fighting oppression, after consultation with the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement,” he said. Loach recently waged an unsuccessful attempt to pressure the rock band Radiohead into cancelling its show in Tel Aviv this week, a call rejected by frontman Thom Yorke, who said playing in Israel did not amount to endorsing Israeli government policies.

Scots activists convicted The trial of two Palestinian activists in Scotland has ended in convictions. Mick Napier and Jim Watson, of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, took part in a protest against an Israeli shop at Braehead shopping centre outside Glasgow in September 2014, weeks after Israel’s military action in Gaza. Napier was found guilty of aggravated trespass and of

failing to follow police orders to leave the Jericho Skin Care store; Watson was convicted of failing to leave when directed. The result was welcomed by Jewish Human Rights watch and Glasgow Friends of Israel chairman Sammy Stein said: “The conviction has opened a window on to the hateful and intimidatory tactics used routinely in Scotland by so-called proPalestinian campaigners.”

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interaction between Israelis and Palestinians and ultimately form the foundation of a lasting two-state solution”. He added: “We are delighted [DfID] has secured this unprecedented funding, which, together with the redirection of Palestinian Authority aid to health and education, will ensure taxpayers value for money while directly supporting conflict resolution.” A recent study by UK-Israel think tank BICOM looked at coexistence projects in Israel and the Palestinian territories over the past 20 years. James Sorene, its chief executive, said: “The evidence is clear that these projects have profound long-term impact.” The study showed that one in five participants went on to devote their careers to peacebuilding, and four in five said they trusted the ‘other side’ more and wanted to work for peace after taking part.  See Opinion, page 20

The British director Ken Loach has said “every penny” raised from Israeli screenings of I, Daniel Blake will go to Palestinian groups chosen by the movement to boycott Israel. Loach (pictured) made the disclosure in The Guardian this week, after explaining that his new film “was sold to Israel by our sales agent, and is now showing there. “Every penny... that comes to Sixteen Films or the sales company from Israeli

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The government’s decision to contribute £3 million of government money to coexistence pro­jects between Israelis and Palestinians has been applauded across the political spectrum. The three-year commitment, announced in parliamentary answers by Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt, follows five years of campaigning by Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) and others. Only £150,000 was allocated for such projects in 2015-16, and the budget was completed eliminated in 2016-17. LFI chair Joan Ryan and Labour MP Ian Austin have repeatedly pressed officials in the Department for International Development (DfID) to increase funding for “people-to-people” projects. “LFI is delighted the Government appears to have listened to our calls on this important issue,” said Ryan. “It is based on the premise

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SHULS IN KINGSTON AND HENDON JOIN UNITED SYNAGOGUE Shuls in Kingston and Hendon joined the United Synagogue (US) this week after a unanimous US Council vote. Kingston, Surbiton & District, which has 330 members, took the decision in March to join the US in its 60th year, saying “the time was right”. Magen Avot, which is based at the Nancy Reuben Primary School Hall in Hendon, regularly attracts 100 members to shul, also expressed “delight” in becoming a full member this week.

JEWISH CHARITIES WIN TOP FUNDRAISING FILM AWARDS Two Jewish charities in the UK have scooped gold and silver at a national awards ceremony for their fundraising films. Kisharon, which helps people with learning disabilities, and One Family, which supports victims of terror in Israel, won first and second prize respectively in the Celebratory category at the European EVCOM Clarion Awards 2017 last Friday. The films were made by Jewishowned company Vanilla Films.

Londoners to get a taste of Tel Aviv life and culture The spirit of Tel Aviv is coming to north London for four days in September for a culture festival aiming to bring Israel’s cosmopolitan heart to Camden. Over the second weekend of the month, from 8 to 11 September, Camden’s iconic Roundhouse will showcase the best of Tel Aviv’s thriving arts and music scene, as well as a food and drinks festival and a beach party at The Coronet. The event, branded as ‘TLV in LDN,’ will feature a live concert with prominent female artists from a variety of backgrounds, plus a performance by Israeli band Infected Mushroom – “the godfathers of psychedelic trance” – and a digital art exhibition curated by internationally-renowned artist Ori Gersht. The family-friendly event also promises workshops for youngsters on chocolate-making and Israeli cookery, with seven to 13-year-olds making lekach, the traditional Rosh Hashanah honey cake. Younger visitors can learn rhythm and movement, drumming and theatre, while others can hear from the Palestinian-Israeli actress and singer-songwriter Mira Awad, who will deliver a talk on her personal story, dealing with her complex identity. Palestinian by heritage but Israeli by citizenship, Awad was born in Galilee in 1975 and has spent recent years working to build dialogue and coexistence in the region, seeking to balance two cultures. On the last day of the event, three top Israeli pianists, performing classics from Bach, Mozart and Tchaikovsky, together with favourite jazz standards

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and contemporary Israeli music, will be joined for the night by award-winning British soprano Gemma Summerfield. Throughout the weekend, street food stalls, curated by Israeli chef Shaul Ben Aderet, will offer festivalgoers a taste of Tel Aviv gastronomy. “Israeli cuisine has evolved from so many different cultural influences,” he said. “The chefs we are working with come from all different backgrounds and truly represent the melting pot that is Tel Aviv. I can’t wait.” TLV in LDN director Marc Worth said the mission was “to enlighten Londoners to a part of the world they may not know too much about, or to a part of the world they may have preconceived notions of”.

CST SCHEME TO HELP TRAUMA VICTIMS An initiative to provide psychological support to victims of terror attacks and other major disasters is to be launched by the Community Security Trust (CST). A network of Jewish volunteers will be trained up to respond to traumatic incidents across the country, regardless of whether those impacted are Jewish or not. The project will be led by professional psychologists and psychotherapists. The first training session will take place this weekend in north London. CST chief executive David Delew (pictured) said: “It has taken considerable planning to reach this stage, and the events of recent months show that it is happening not a moment too soon. “We invite other members of the community with the correct professional expertise to contact CST and volunteer to help with this sadly necessary initiative, which we intend to offer across the UK.” The organisation said in a statement: “It is clear from past events in Britain, Israel and elsewhere, that the psychological impact of terrorism can be very long lasting and damaging. “We have spoken about the importance of meeting this need and are glad to now be able to take the planning to the next level.” The CST is already seen as a model for relations between communities and law enforcement and helped to inspire the creation of Tell MAMA, the Muslim community’s hate crime reporting service.


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News / Anti-Semitism / Saudi flights / Halfon election

CPS refutes ‘paltry’ prosecution claims on anti-Semitic incidents Campaigners against antiSemitism have decried the “paltry” number of prosecutions as reports of crimes targeting British Jews reach record levels. Anti-Semitic incidents recorded by police forces around the UK increased to 1,078 in 2016, according to figures released by Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) following Freedom of Information requests. But at the same time the number of charges fell “drastically” – with alleged perpetrators charged in fewer than a tenth of cases, CAA claims in its National Crime Audit released at the weekend. The group claims that just 15 cases were prosecuted last year – although the Community Security Trust (CST) lists 21 prosecutions on its website and is understood to believe there were more. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it does not recognise CAA’s figure and that

it is wrong to suggest it does not take prosecuting anti-Semitic crime seriously. CAA chair Gideon Falter, who said 12 were prosecuted the previous year, said: “The failure of police forces and the CPS to protect British Jews is a betrayal. The solutions are simple, but while the right promises are being made, little has been implemented. The result is that British Jews continue to endure intolerable levels of hate crime.” Its report warned that a consistently elevated level of anti-Semitic crime has become the “new normality” for British Jews since the middle of 2014. CAA recommends training and guidance on anti-Semitic hate crime for officers and prosecutors and called for forces’ responses to the offences to be examined by watchdogs. Forces recorded 105 violent offences against Jews in 2016 – which was down by 44 percent on the previous year, the report found. Of those, only one was

Israel seeks flight to Saudi Israel is trying to open a direct flight from Tel Aviv to Saudi Arabia for the thousands of Israeli Muslim citizens making the Hajj, the religious pilgrimage to Mecca every year. News of the sensitive diplomatic discussions was revealed by Israel’s Communications Minister Ayoub Kara in an interview with Bloomberg last week, in which he said he was working hard to open a route. Currently the trip involves a thousand-mile road trip

through the deserts of Jordan and Saudi Arabia, because – like many Arab countries – Saudi Arabia has no formal diplomatic relations with Israel. However, Kara said the geopolitical landscape, where both countries share a common enemy, Iran, meant that “now is a good time” to discuss an air passage, unthinkable only a few years ago. “Reality has changed,” he said. “This is a good time to make the request, and I’m working hard on it.”

‘MY PASSION IS EDUCATION’ Anti-Semitic crimes have reached record levels

prosecuted. The report also says nearly half of police forces did not bring charges over any allegation made to it. CAA said it had ascertained through a review of its own and other charities’ data, as well as press reports, that 15 alleged anti-Semitic crimes were prosecuted in 2016, but a CPS spokesman said: “Last year, we prosecuted more hate crimes than ever before – more than

15,000 cases. We do not recognise the statistics contained in this report. “We will always prosecute crimes against people of all faiths where there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to do so.” CST – which also reported a record number of anti-Semitic incidents last year – has pressed the CPS to give greater publicity to prosecutions.

Former Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Robert Halfon has been elected to chair the House of Commons’ Education Select Committee. Just a month after losing his ministerial post, the MP for Harlow was chosen for the new role by his peers by securing 261 votes to Nick Boles’ 213. The former political director of Conservative Friends of Israel told Jewish News: “Education and skills

is my passion so am I delighted to have been elected by MPs from all parties. “My driving force is to ensure education is a ladder of opportunity for all, ensuring social justice, and improving the skills and productivity of our nation.”

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Security men praised for response to knifeman outside shul Security personnel who faced a man wielding two knives outside a Hendon synagogue last Saturday have been hailed for their bravery. Toras Chaim Synagogue went into lockdown after a man wearing only a pair of shorts frantically waved the knives and ran down an alley towards the shul just after 11am. The shul’s CST-trained security officer and commercial security guard bundled congregants, who were outside, into the building and blocked the door, leaving only themselves in the narrow alleyway with the man as they demanded he move away. The man, who was visibly distressed, made no attempt to enter the shul. A member of CST’s Shabbat patrol force then chased the

man as he ran down Bell Lane and into an empty launderette. The former held the door closed and engaged the man in conversation, supported by other commercial guards from local shuls and members of the community until the police arrived. The CST later said he was not thought to be motivated by anti-Semitism or terrorism, while Scotland Yard stressed he had been detained under the Mental Health Act. Simon Rose, borough commander for Barnet, told Jewish News: “It was a significant act of bravery and quick thinking by the CST staff advancing towards danger to engage this mentally ill man and ‘locking’ him in the launderette. This smart approach enabled the

situation to be resolved with minimal force and enabled us to much more quickly ensure he received treatment.” CST chief executive David Delew said: “I want to thank the CST personnel, the commercial security guards, and members of our community for their quick and courageous reactions

in very difficult circumstances, confronting the danger, both at the synagogue and then when the man was subsequently detained, prior to his arrest.” A Met spokesperson said: “Officers attended and the man was detained under the Mental Health Act before being taken to hospital.”

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How Thatcher kept Israel’s political leaders smiling by Jenni Frazer @Jennifrazer

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ewly-released papers have offered an insight into Britain’s views of the Middle East in the decade spanning 1979 to 1989 – and a behindthe-scenes look at Margaret Thatcher’s relationship with four Israeli leaders. Much of the material in bulky files hitherto kept secret by the Prime Minister’s office, and now released by the National Archives in Kew, relates to preparations for London meetings with the Israelis, with copious briefing notes provided by civil servants and the then British ambassador to Israel. In May 1979, Begin wrote to Thatcher to congratulate her on her election victory and to tell her that the Jewish community in the UK had invited him to London to celebrate the signing of the peace treaty with Egypt. Could he come and see her while he was in London? An introductory civil service memo sets the scene. “We understand that Mr Begin’s staff hope he may be offered a lunch or some other official entertainment. If the Prime Minister wished to show him this mark of hospitality it would clearly be very much appreciated; but Lord Carrington [the then Foreign Secretary], does not think it strictly necessary.” In the next memo, we read: “One way of handling the call, which might spare you Mr Begin’s usual 30-minute lecture on the Middle East situation, would be to invite him to a small working lunch…” Scribbled in the margin, Thatcher writes, “agree small lunch”. A date is arranged of 23 May and, on 17 May 1979, John Mason, the British ambassador to Tel Aviv, sends through a candid briefing note. “When Mr Begin calls on the Prime Minister he will be both anxious to create a good impression and confident of doing so. He will also wish to discover whether the new government is, in the classic phrase, ‘good for the Jews’.... “Beneath a confident exterior I believe Mr Begin to be in a mood of much uncertainty. This is not, as it should be, that he is

worried that Israel’s forecast inflation rate for the year is now 90 percent. That does not interest him. It is rather that the signature of the peace treaty with Egypt represents in his own mind the highest practicable peak of his life’s achievement. “By making peace with Egypt, as no other contemporary Israeli could have done, Mr Begin believes that he has shown himself to be the equal of Ben-Gurion in the history of the state so far. He is, indeed, at present trying to rewrite history to show that it was his organisation, the Irgun, and not, as was the case, BenGurion’s Haganah, which played the leading part in achieving Israel’s independence. “As I have said, Mr Begin will be on his best behaviour in London, and anxious to make the best of impressions. If he cannot resist moments of either dogmatism or gallantry, I hope that it will be charitably understood that both are deeply rooted in his nature.” Biographies for both Begin and his wife, Aliza, are provided for Thatcher before the lunch. Aliza is described as “as nice a woman as one could meet, [who] looks after him as a hen looks after its chicks. She is said to be at least as hard-line as he, and with increasing influence over him”. On the discussion menu are trade, whether UK will sell North Sea oil to Israel, the Arab boycott, EEC enlargement, and the situation of Jews in Iran and Syria. Israel had asked Britain to intercede on behalf of the then 5,000 members of the Syrian Jewish community and allow them to emigrate. The briefing note says: “The Syrian government would probably be glad to rid itself of the problem but is constrained by its own efforts to dissuade the Soviet government from allowing the emigration of Soviet Jews to Israel.” Though the lunch was conducted in a “warm and friendly atmosphere”, Begin could not resist making it clear that Israel would never agree to a Palestinian state. His reason was not just about Israel’s own security, but because he believed that such a state “would simply become a Soviet base, since the PLO were

Margaret Thatcher hosts Menachem Begin in May 1979, shortly after her election victory

Soviet agents. A situation would be created in which there were Soviet generals on the West Bank — a Soviet base in the heart of the Middle East.” Those summing up the lunch added: “Mr Begin recalled the sufferings of the Jewish people both during and after the Second World War, from which nobody had acted to save them. It was against this background that Israel’s views on security should be judged.” Lord Carrington was unimpressed, and

“commented that one man’s security could be another man’s threat”. After the encounter, Thatcher was pessimistic. She felt that “it was clear from the discussion that Mr Begin had no comprehension of the broader aspects of security and that there was no basis on which he could be persuaded to change his narrow concept of it. She was apprehensive that Mr Begin’s attitude could kill the whole process of the search for a comprehensive settlement in the

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National Archive papers / Special report Middle East”. In July 1985, Downing Street started planning for a prime ministerial visit the following January by Shimon Peres. Israel was said to be “especially pleased” that Prince Charles had agreed to hold a lunch for Peres. In November 1985, Peres, as usual full of plans, proposed the setting up of a “bi-national foundation for research and development in industry” between the countries. But he was told straight away that there was no public money for such a scheme, though private investment might be possible — a far cry from the several joint ventures which exist between the governments today. In an assessment of Peres before the visit, the Tel Aviv embassy advised Thatcher: “His quiet voice and low-key manner mask a strongnerved political operator... he has kept his balance and his cool and enhanced his national reputation. He is a poker player, not a paratrooper.” Israel, the civil servants tell Thatcher, are anxious about football: specifically, whether Israel can play in European football competitions and if Britain is blocking it. In a further briefing note to Thatcher before

Peres’ arrival, her aide Charles Powell tells her to offer the Israeli PM good news and bad news. “If Mr Peres raises the Arab boycott you can give him some good news and say that we are ready to discontinue FCO authentication of signatures on Arab boycott documents.” If, however, Peres were to propose “research co-operation, we have no public funds for this at present, and prefer to leave it to the private sector”. In the event, Thatcher and Peres got on famously and it was a most successful visit. Three years later, however, Britain was notified that “Shamir is quite likely to propose that he visit the UK in May 1989”. Thatcher said she would give Shamir a working lunch for up to 65 guests. In a pre-visit assessment, the British embassy in Tel Aviv warned Downing Street that Shamir was “a difficult man and very sensitive. His poor English makes it virtually impossible to have the sort of relationship you used to enjoy with Mr Peres. But he is very anxious that he should be treated — and be seen to be treated — exactly in the way that Peres was.” In the event, an unconfident Shamir read out a speech at the lunch which lasted, to the guests’ evident horror, a full 52 minutes. It did

not go down well. Prior to the Shamir visit, Benjamin Netanyahu sought a meeting with Powell in Downing Street. A long briefing note was written by the Foreign Office to Powell. It said: “Netanyahu is a rising Likud hawk. He earned a good reputation as Israel’s permanent representative in New York 1983-1988 and is apparently going on to the US, no doubt to rally the US/Jewish community and to prepare the way for an early visit by Shamir.” Downing Street, advised the Foreign Office, could “reassure Netanyahu that we have no wish to see Israel isolated; she should therefore regain the initiative and test the PLO’s sincerity by accepting face-to-face negotiations within the framework of an international conference on the basis of Security Council resolutions 242 and 338. “You might also ask Netanyahu how he expects the situation in the Occupied Territories to develop. In this context you could express regret at recent deportations (13 on 1 January), which are contrary to the Fourth Geneva Convention and unhappy examples of action likely to increase bitterness and resentment among the Palestinians”.

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The chief executive of the Israeli drinks company SodaStream paid sardonic tribute this week to the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activists who had targeted it. “They helped build awareness of the brand — and did not damage our business one bit,” said Daniel Birnbaum. He was in the UK on a round of media interviews linked to SodaStream’s environmental message, was bullish in his attitude and promotion of his company. The Israeli company was “coming home”, Birnbaum said, because it began in Britain in 1903. Now SodaStream, long known as “the fizzy drinks” firm, has had a change in strategy and has altered its business model so that it sells a syphon and the opportunity to render tap water into sparkling water. And every one of SodaStream’s products bears a proud logo saying “Made in Israel: This product is produced by Jews and Arabs working side-by-side in peace and harmony.” And therein lies the heart of SodaStream’s controversy. For when — as a “global experiment” — Soda-

SodaStream chief executive Daniel Birnbaum, who was in the UK this week, in one of the company’s factories

Stream opened a shop in Brighton, it was assailed by BDS activists because the company’s headquarters were in the West Bank, no matter how its Palestinian employees praised its working conditions. Birnbaum says there is an irony in that SodaStream chose Brighton because it was home to Britain’s only Green Party MP, Caroline Lucas. “We were expecting to get her endorsement, instead we got her boycott”, he

says. The shop closed in 2014. He says the company will never open any other shops, either in the UK or in any of the 45 countries where SodaStream is available. Instead, it is flourishing as an online product and in outlets such as Argos or Currys; he hopes, eventually, it will do away with dependency on plastic

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water bottles and wean the consumer on to a repeat-use container. If Birnbaum, a former commander in the Israeli Navy, has fights, it is not with the BDS crowd. In fact, though an outspoken “righty”, he has had endless fights with the Prime Minister’s office in Israel over the granting of work permits to his Palestinian employees. SodaStream is now based in the Negev and employs huge numbers of Palestinians and Bedouin workers. Birnbaum is exasperated at the reluctance of Israel to employ more Palestinians, instead giving work permits to Chinese, Thai and Filipino workers. “Employing Palestinians creates stability”, he says. “We call SodaStream an island of peace. Why not employ more Palestinians? It could change the whole economic climate on the West Bank. And everyone knows it.” Sodastream said this week it is looking for a partner to help it shake up the home brewing market. It was in talks with potential partners that would help to roll out beer concentrates to pair with its machines in the next 12 months.

HUNGARIAN PRIME MINISTER PROMISES TO PROTECT JEWS Jewish groups have welcomed the Hungarian Prime Minister’s promise to protect Jews during a meeting in Budapest with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu. Viktor Orbán was speaking days after being accused of championing a poster campaign against the Jewish philanthropist George Soros, a government critic, that could be perceived as anti-Semitic. The PM’s campaign against migration and foreign influence used an image of Soros that Jewish groups said “had the potential to ignite anti-Semitism”. But Orbán told Netanyahu: “We decided in World War Two, instead of protecting the Jewish community, to co-operate with the Nazis. This will never happen again… The government will secure the Jewish minority and we have zero tolerance to anti-Semitism.” The US-based Anti-Defamation League said Orbán’s words were “reassuring” and “significant in light of his government’s previous praise of former Hungarian leader Miklos Horthy… who was directly responsible for introducing anti-Semitic legislation and the deportation of Jews”.

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Tributes are paid to two Israeli officers killed at Temple Mount Tributes have been paid to two Israeli officers murdered in Friday’s attack at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, one of whom became a father just three weeks ago. The two police officers were Haiel Sitawe, 30, and Kamil Shnaan, 22, both of whom were from Druze Arab villages in northern Israel. They were gunned down by three Arab Israelis early on Friday morning. Sitawe, who had helped provide security at the religious site since 2012, only recently saw the birth of his son, Ramos. Shnaan, the son of a former Labour Party parliamentarian, was due to hold his engagement party with his girlfriend next week. Both men were posthumously promoted. Israeli Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich told journalists soon after the attack: “This was a tough morning for the police. We have two people killed, officers, who paid the dearest price in this battle.”

Master Sergeants Kamil Shnaan, left, and Haiel Sitawe

Education Minister Naftali Bennett, head of the Jewish Home party, paid tribute to “our eternal brothers, the Druze” in the wake of their deaths, which caused the rare closure of one of Islam’s most religious sites. Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon wrote on Twitter that his “heart is with the families of the officers, our heroic Druze brothers who were murdered in this despicable attack.” Three residents of the Israeli Arab town of Umm al-

Fahm were later identified as the attackers, none of whom had prior convictions. Police said the men shot the two officers with home-made machine guns and a pistol near the Lion’s Gate entrance, before running back into the compound, which Muslims call Haram al-Sharif and houses the al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock. They were shot dead in a police pursuit. In a video, one of the suspected terrorists can be seen lying on the ground on the

Temple Mount, surrounded by police with weapons drawn. He suddenly jumps up and lunges at one of the police officers with a knife, but is shot before he can stab anybody, a police spokesperson said. Over the weekend, the site was closed and searched. By Monday morning, some gates were reopened, but with additional security features, including metal detectors. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said these, along with mounted cameras, would give “almost complete control over what goes on there”. The measures led to a protest by Muslim worshippers and Palestinian representatives, who said the security features changed the site’s status quo – a precondition for good relations between Jordan and Israel. The boycott of the site by the Muslim Waqf administrators this week meant Jewish tourists could visit without the usual guards, for the first time in recent history.

AZARIA UNDER HOUSE ARREST The Israeli soldier convicted of manslaughter for shooting a downed Palestinian terrorist, will be released to house arrest. Elor Azaria, a medic in the elite Kfir Brigade, who was convicted in January and sentenced the following month for shooting Abdel Fattah al-Sharif in the head in March 2016 as he was lying on the ground, has been confined to the closed Nachshonim military base since his arrest. Azaria, who shot al-Sharif after a Palestinian stabbing attack on soldiers in Hebron,

is appealing his conviction, and military prosecutors are appealing his 18-month jail sentence because they believe it is too lenient. A military court will rule on the appeals by the end of the month.

Trump envoy in water deal Israel and the Palestinian Authority announced an agreement whereby an increase of up to 30 million cubic meters of fresh water will go to the Palestinians. Jason Greenblatt, US President Donald Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East, brokered the deal last Thursday as part of a larger trilateral agreement including Jordan for the construction of a 137-mile pipeline to bring water from the

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Macron condemns anti-Zionism as ‘reinvention of anti-Semitism’ Emmanuel Macron has condemned anti-Zionism as a new form of anti-Semitism at a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of a mass round-up of French Jews during the Shoah. The new French president strongly condemned Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism during a speech in which he followed in the footsteps of his predecessors by clearly acknowledging his country’s role in organising the Vél d’Hiv roundup, a mass arrest of 13,152 French Jews in July 1942. “We will never surrender to the messages of hate; we will not surrender to anti-Zionism because it is a reinvention of anti-Semitism,” he pledged at the event attended by Benjamin Netanyahu. Fewer than 100 of those who were detained and then sent to the Nazi death camps survived. “Time does its work,” the president said. “Archives open (and) the truth comes out. It’s stark, irrevocable. It imposes

Macron and Netanyahu, left. Bibi lays a wreath in memory of French Jewish victims

itself on us all.” Netanyahu, in a speech delivered partly in French, hailed “the noble French citizens” who risked their lives to save Jews. “This is a special heroism. There is heroism in battle, in pitting one’s life to save others. But the heroism of the people who saved Jews involved putting their families at risk, putting their children,

their wives, their husbands, at the risk of execution. We will never forget, never, these great human beings.” Following talks with the Israeli leader at the Elysée Palace, covering Iran and the peace process, Macron said he was ready to lead a push against the threat posed by Hezbollah. He said: “I share Israel’s concerns about Hezbollah’s

activity in south Lebanon and about [its] arms” and that he wanted to lead a diplomatic effort to “reduce the severity of this threat”. Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur, leader of France’s Liberal Jewish movement, said Macron’s address “relieved the feeling of isolation” experienced by many Jews owing to anti-Semitism.

TWO WEEKS TO CHOOSE OLIM MAKING THEIR MARK There are just two weeks left to nominate British olim who have made an indelible contribution to Israel as part of our celebration of aliyah with the Jewish Agency. The Aliyah List, in association with UJIA, NOMINATE will shine a light NOW AT jewishnews.co.uk on those who /aliyah have defied cultural and practical challenges Jewish Agency chairman to make their mark in areas from politics to Natan Sharansky said: “The business and education to number of British immigrants to Israel has grown by more campaigning. Readers have until 31 July than 30 percent. From dipto nominate olim deserving of lomats to artists, journalists a place on the 50-strong list, to lawyers, immigrants from before a panel of experts in Britain have contributed richly both countries, from across to Israeli society and continue the religious and political to do so, serving as a bridge spectrum, whittle down and between the UK and Israel.” Judging panel chair Andrew rank those nominated. As well as those currently having an Gilbert said: “British Jews have impact, there will be an oppor- been inextricably linked with tunity to nominate those who Israel. The aliyah list gives us a chance to honour those [who are no longer alive. The final list will be revealed made aliyah] and tell the story on the centenary of the Balfour of their achievements in more detail.” Declaration in November.

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Special report / MDA lifesavers

Family who put heart and soul into Magen David Adom Lisa Sanders talks to a couple who met as MDA volunteers and whose lives are still shaped by Israel’s fast-moving national emergency service

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onia and Nathan Levy met through the overseas training programme of Israel’s emergency medical service Magen David Adom, which has been running for more than 25 years. Both were on a gap year after university and were keen to go to Israel to learn paramedic skills. Their experience was life-changing. “We were working eight-hour shifts and slept at the ambulance station,” Sonia explains. “Nathan liked doing 24-hour shifts. We got together during this time.” At the end of their volunteer period, life separated them again. Nathan returned to his home in Lille, northern France. Sonia, who grew up in London with both French and English spoken at home, went back to Paris. Then eventually they found themselves

living and working in London. Nathan was volunteering with the British Red Cross. Sonia had qualified as a physiotherapist. They married in 2007 and lived in Brussels for two years. Each time they visited Israel on holiday they did a few shifts back at the Netanya MDA station. Finally, in 2009, they made aliyah. By this time they also had two small children, Elia, now nine, and Gadi, seven. Despite the pressures of learning the language, setting up a new business and the demands of his growing family, Nathan was determined to become a fully-fledged emergency responder. Sonia says: “It’s tough to get a licence to drive an ambulance. It gave Nathan fluent Hebrew; to drive, you are responsible and you have to understand the radio.”

Nathan Levy with his MDA ambulance and three of his four children. Below: On duty

Eight years on, Nathan is one of more than 10,000 people who volunteer for MDA throughout Israel. When someone calls 101 (the Israeli equivalent of 999, which goes straight through to MDA) a beep is sent to the nearest 20 MDA volunteers in the area. On the Levys’ quiet street, especially on Shabbat, you can often spot the MDA ambulance parked outside but waiting to go at a moment’s notice. Nathan carries the beeper with him all the time – literally. “You can be in the middle of kiddush,” he says, “at work, or sleeping, and within a few seconds you need to get up to concentrate and go. This is what I like, the ability to analyse, decide and react quickly.” The Levy family now have four children, including baby Lehava. While Sonia is no longer active as an MDA volunteer, it’s clear the entire family is engaged in the mission of saving lives. “When he has the ambulance, he has to go out on a call,” Sonia says. “We can be about to put the kids to bed, or in the middle of seder, and the beeper will go off. The kids know what to do when it does. They call the lift, and they read out what it says on the beeper screen. They know what he needs to get him out the door as quick as possible.” Nathan adds: “When the beeper goes off, I check if I’m close. I’m thinking – okay, where is it? What is it – you know, when it’s serious stuff: kids, a serious accident, asthma, a heart attack. Everything is ready. I know where my keys are, where my shoes are, my clothes. If it’s in the night I know exactly what I’m going to do,” he says. “Every second counts.” “We were in a restaurant,” Sonia recalls, “and he got a call and went. I was sitting by myself. And he came back about 40 minutes later and said he’d stopped a child choking. He was there 15 minutes before the ambulance.” If this would be simply too much for most

families, the Levys are simply not like most families. To celebrate their wedding anniversary, Sonia’s parents organised donations through MDA UK and bought a defibrillator, which Nathan keeps in his car. I ask him which cases stand out, given the hundreds of emergencies he’s attended. “Once I received a call from a guy who had collapsed with a heart attack in my street, in his flat. I ran like crazy, we started CPR and the pulse came back and his blood pressure was stabilised, so it was good. “Then two or three years ago, on Simchat Torah, someone collapsed. The people called us and they said he’d fainted. But it was a heart attack. And we came very fast. There were people dancing with the Torah and we were performing CPR. “We brought back the pulse and we took him to the hospital but unfortunately he died a few hours after that. He was just 45 years old. If it had been identified as a heart attack, we could probably have saved his life.” I ask him whether all this adrenalin doesn’t take its toll. “It’s hard for him to fall asleep afterwards,” Sonia admits. “He does tell me about the things he’s seen.” Nathan adds: “It’s being part of something where you really help people, and you feel useful. And for me this is doing something which is instead of the army. If there’s a war or something they call us and we work 24 hours a day.” During Operation Protective Edge, in 2014, he was deployed to the Gaza border. Nathan says: “The best thing is the sense of satisfaction about what we do. We’re a very close team. MDA is very much like a family. “You can be in the middle of something else and all of a sudden you have to concentrate all your efforts to make sure you’re able to save a life.”

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Royals’ visit to camp will help keep memory alive To take heart from a visit to a concentration camp is a strange concept, yet that was exactly the effect of Prince William and Princess Kate’s visit to Stutthof in Poland this week: the Jewish community took heart from the fact that the future king was shining a very public light on humanity’s darkest moment. It was the Royal couple’s first official visit to a camp, and it was of note that the choice of camp was not an obvious one. Most would have toured Auschwitz-Birkenau or Bergen-Belsen. Stutthof, by contrast, is much less well-known. That may be the point. The Holocaust was not confined to two or three sites. The visit was also emotional for two Holocaust survivors – Zigi Shipper and Manfred Goldberg – who met when forced to work on a railway nearby. By returning for the first time since 1946, by revisiting that time, and by explaining the reality of the Shoah, Zigi and Manfred will have left an indelible mark on the couple. The Royal family, first and foremost, leads by example. As William did so, walking silently and respectfully around the camp – the first created outside German territory – he followed in the footsteps of his father, Prince Charles, who has himself worked tirelessly to support refugees and survivors and promote remembrance. In a speech earlier this year, Charles said the lessons of the Holocaust were “in danger of being forgotten”. With every visit like that made by William and Kate this week, carrying as they do a scrum of world media, that danger is lessened. CONTACT DETAILS Publisher and Editor Richard Ferrer richardf@thejngroup.com Publisher and News Editor Justin Cohen 020 7692 6952 justinc@thejngroup.com

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Chief must not be deterred from supporting Rabbi Dweck Geoffrey Alderman’s column suggested that the Chief Rabbi should bend to the threats of those rabbonim against Rabbi Dweck, lest the saga cause a rift in the Orthodox community (Jewish News, 6 July). Well, Geoffrey, I have news for you – it will lead to a rift whichever path the Chief Rabbi takes. If he supports them, he will offend and possibly alienate those who see Dweck as having done nothing more than put forward a case for a more mainstream Orthodoxy. If he supports Dweck, he will alienate those following the harder line. A possible third way

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is to disagree with Dweck, while acknowledging that the issue of homosexuality and Judaism is complicated and Dweck’s comments were made with the best of intentions. Dweck should not apologise or compromise his principles and the Chief Rabbi should not be held to ransom because of threats. In fact, Ephraim Mirvis would for a lot of the community have his credentials enhanced by taking a stand in favour of Dweck.

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RABBI, DOES MY SON NOT DESERVE HAPPINESS? After Rabbi Aaron Bassous called for the Sephardi Rabbi Joseph Dweck (pictured) to lose his job over his supportive remarks about homosexuality, I would like to share my letter, sent to Rabbi Bassous, to which he is yet to respond: Dear Rabbi Bassous, I’m a 66-year-old Ashkenazi and my wife comes from an orthodox Sephardi background. Our four children are in their 30s. They attended the same Jewish primary and went to secular schools. They had the same opportunities and are thoughtful human beings. There was no difference in how they were raised. At 23, our youngest son told us he was homosexual. He is an intelligent, rational boy and was clear about his orientation. We love our

son not one iota less than our other children. It is evident that nurture played no part in his sexual orientation. Our conclusion is that his sexual orientation is due to nature. He was born that way. Some people are born clever and some not; some handsome and some not; some musical and some not; some athletic and others not; some have physical deformities and some not. Some people are born homosexual and others not. Rabbi Bassous, does our son deserve any less love than his heterosexual siblings? Should he be denied the right to build a life with a person that he loves irrespective of gender? Is it right that he should be discriminated against by the Jewish religion?

Laurence Seeff By email

INMATES CAN SHOW US THEY MEAN IT Your item “Kosher is the new snack for picky prison inmates” and amusing editorial “Kosher Porridge” made me think (Jewish News, 6 July). The last paragraph of the editorial stated “the prison authorities could cut this trend off at the knees by asking for the appropriate blessing”. My suggestion is to insist that the men have a brit milah first as the start of their conversion.

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CONGRATS, JEMMA Among all the waffle one reads – even in your newspaper – Jemma Wayne’s column on the tragedy of Grenfell Tower stood out for its coherence and righteousness (Jewish News, 28 June).

Mike Sarne By email

SCHOOL COMPROMISE Although there can be little doubt that the motivations behind ­Ofsted’s recent criticism of Stamford Hill schools are highly questionable, with some goodwill on both sides accommodations might be possible. No sane psychiatrist really believes that children as young as three can be educated about such notions as transgender and

homosexuality. On the other hand, it should be possible for even the most Charedi school to invite a frum psychiatrist – and a few of us do exist – to speak to children about the importance of the ­acceptance of differences. We want children to be accepting of others.

Dr Joseph Berger By email

Tune into this Friday’s Jewish Views podcast! • As the debacle over egalitarian praying at the Western Wall continues, we ask who is right? • Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence from Kinloss United Synagogue tells us how they plan on marking Tisha B’Av. • The UK’s oldest smoke salmon factory HOW TO LISTEN... has been granted protected status, PODCAST: Fridays iTUNES ‘The Jewish Views’ owner Lance ForMW RADIO: Sundays 558AM at 12 noon man talks to us WEB RADIO: Sundays at 10pm on Wandsworth Radio about it. ONLINE: jewishnews.co.uk and spectrumradio.net


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Why the Jewish state is nothing without Judaism BRIAN GORDON

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srael is often referred to as a Jewish state. If that phrase is to mean anything positive, it must surely be more than a state where the majority of citizens happen to be Jewish. It should mean that the Jewish religion plays a major role in the country’s national profile. Ever since the Zionist movement started, there have been strong differences between the religious and the secular. Many of the “founding fathers” – especially Theodor Herzl – believed a Jewish state would create an entity that would serve as an effective substitute for the traditional Jewish faith. In their intellectual naivety, they opined that most of the problems of anti-Semitism were a consequence of Jews being a visibly different and antiquated minority throughout the “diaspora”; that a modern secular state would make the Jews fully accepted – a nation like any other. After 1948, Israel’s first political leaders,

IF REFORMISTS WERE REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT JEWISH UNITY, THEY WOULD LEAVE CONVERSIONS TO THE ORTHODOX while defending the right of individuals to be non-observant, reluctantly recognised that without the Torah , the Jewish people would long ago have become extinct. Although non-observant themselves, they ensured that on key public issues, religion would have a significant role. Shabbat and festivals were established as public holidays, marriage and divorce were subject to rabbinic law, yeshiva exemption from army service was introduced,

and authority in many areas of life became vested in the Religious Affairs Ministry. Unfortunately, politicians in recent years have made a principle out of being anti-religious. Some have actively led political parties that undermine Jewish observance. Such people would go around preaching tolerance, equality and anti-racism – towards just about everyone in the world, except Orthodox Jews. It is therefore heartening that some renewed, positive decision-making at government level is reinforcing basic tenets of Judaism. One is the recent law to endorse Chief Rabbinate control over conversions to Judaism within the country. There are few things more damaging to Jewish continuity than confusion over Jewish status, a problem of non-Orthodox movements that recognise converts who have not been taught any real commitment to the commandments or the divinity of Torah and the Oral Law. If the reformists were really concerned about the unity of the Jewish people, they would leave conversions to the Orthodox, and cease their militancy on this issue.

Another welcome development is the increasing pressure within the Knesset to halt public works, such as highways construction, on Shabbat. Observance of Shabbat lies at the heart of being Jewish. If Israel officially sanctions desecration of Shabbat, it imperils the stability of the state. As for the Western Wall, it is a great relief that the campaign for a mixed prayer section has been rejected. Women publicly reading from the scrolls and wearing tefillin (which is where the campaign would lead) is not an act of faith and sincerity. It is an act of rebellion and defiance. Whether motivated by liberalism, egalitarianism or feminism, it should be recognised for the travesty that it is. The privilege we have had since 1967 to enjoy unfettered access to pray at the Kotel in a united Jerusalem is exceptionally precious. It should not be abused. It is right that our holiest site should continue to remain open for all Jews, and indeed non-Jews, alike. But this must be in an Orthodox setting – just as it was in Temple times thousands of years ago.

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hen we consulted with headteachers of Jewish primary schools back in 2010, they were very concerned about the attitudes of pupils to prayer. They could follow the tefillot and knew when to stand up and sit down, but the experience was mostly void of meaning. In many cases, pupils did not know what they were saying and the tefillot did not mean anything to them personally. In the past 15 years, a body of research has uncovered a strong connection between spiritual development and human well-being, in particular mental health. In her book, The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving, Dr Lisa Miller sets out clear evidence that children are biologically hardwired for forming spiritual connections, which supports them to live and learn in a meaningful and purposeful way. If this ‘living relationship to a higher power’ is not nurtured and developed, it can

CHILDREN WITHOUT A SENSE OF PURPOSE, WHO DON’T FEEL CONNECTED TO A COMMUNITY, CAN BE VULNERABLE TO EMOTIONAL SUFFERING be lost, leaving children very vulnerable to the pressures of our achievement-focused and materialistic culture. Children might feel that their value and purpose are purely dependent on how well they achieve academically or at sport, how popular they are with their friends or how wealthy their families are. Parents unwittingly contribute to this by mostly praising children for their achievements and popularity. In their second decade, children with

no inner sense of purpose beyond their abilities, who do not feel connected to their communities, are vulnerable to emotional suffering and risky behaviour. Research shows that a spiritual connection does not have to be religious in nature. The ‘higher power’ could be God, nature, the universe or an ultimate loving guiding life force. However, there is a real opportunity in Jewish schools to use tefillah to help children build spiritual connections. The required daily act of worship in school is too often used for learning the skills and mechanics of communal prayer, rather than giving pupils a chance for reflection. Jewish schools wanting to address this can now use the PaJeS (Partnerships for Jewish Schools) resource Pathways to God. Once a week, schools can pause ‘going through the siddur’ and explore the meaning of tefillah in more depth, including encouraging children to make personal connections with God. They can use Pathways to God to acknowledge that these journeys are

individual, ongoing and personal. As part of our ongoing work with teachers, Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield, of the Pardes Institute, recently trained more than 50 Jewish studies teachers in London and Manchester. His starting point was: what inspires us as teachers about tefillah? What are our tefillah highs and lows and what can we take as strengths and challenges from these? In order to inspire our children, we need to be inspired ourselves. What does not resonate with teachers (or parents) will not resonate with pupils. How can we make sure that prayer is a meaningful and even a spiritual experience? Is it about more knowledge and skills? That certainly plays a role. Once we understand the crucial importance of spirituality for our children and ourselves, though, we need to think how we can add this to our daily conversations and experiences at school and how we can make school prayer a time for reflection and connection.


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Two reasons why idea of EU benevolence is flawed ALEX BRUMMER CITY EDITOR, DAILY MAIL

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badly holed May-led government, Tory infighting, the rise of Jeremy Corbyn and the unveiling of the Great Repeal Bill mean Brexit is firmly back at the top of everyone’s political agenda. As a supporter of leave, I find it intimidating to meet with my friends these days. Whether at Kiddush in shul or over dinner, I fear of having to engage in what is so often regarded as some kind of betrayal. But then I recall the fissures in Europe that made me oppose the EU in the first place. I recently returned from a highpowered economic seminar in Athens. It was not what I heard from the gathered economists that gave me most reason for pause, but the surroundings we found ourselves in. Athens is a broken capital. Every wall and shop shutter is covered in graffiti, including

the fences guarding the archaeological monuments to Greek civilisation. Rubbish is piled up on the streets, many shops and businesses are boarded up and the tales of hardship are mind-numbing. Some 16,000 medical practitioners have fled the country for better lives, leaving hospitals bereft of staff. Gross national product, the total output of Greek economy, has been cut by 25 percent, and at least half of young people are unemployed, betrayed by the richer countries of northern Europe. Currency blocs, federal societies are held together by fiscal transfers from the richer regions to the poorer. The immorality of Brussels and Frankfurt means that the only cash that arrives is to pay debts and keep the banks alive. That is more about self-preservation of Europe’s financial system than anything else. Then there is the case of Hungary. Like the UK, it is a member of the EU but not the eurozone. Jewish leaders have been concerned a recent government anti-immigration campaign, which features HungarianAmerican investor George Soros, could

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increase anti-Semitism. The Federation of Hungarian Jewish Congregations (Mazsihisz) said in a statement: “This campaign, while not openly anti-Semitic, clearly has the potential to ignite uncontrolled emotions, including antiSemitism.” What is unacceptable is the public silence of most of Hungary’s partners in the EU. We are often told it is the EU that has kept the peace between Europe’s great powers since the war. But the silence of the leadership in Berlin, Brussels and Paris about the ghastly turn of events in Hungary gives cause to question that wisdom. Indeed, what is going on in Hungary is

more a challenge to the humanitarian foundations on which the EU is meant to be based than Brexit, which is largely economic. The tendency to look on the EU as some kind of benevolent society because of its open borders and single market needs severe revision. It protects in those borders dark forces such as those rearing their head in Hungary. Just as serious over the longer term is the deeply flawed structure of the eurozone. A study by Bank of America recently found that the single currency has led to ever greater economic divergences and that eventually break-up is inevitable. It is time advocates of remain discarded their self-interest and understood the reality of the EU they so religiously defend.

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Coexistence projects are key to building peace JOAN RYAN

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his week’s announcement by the government that it will invest up to £3 million over the next three years in coexistence projects which bring together Israelis and Palestinians represents a huge step forward in Labour Friends of Israel’s five-year campaign to secure more investment in this vital work. More importantly, it is a massive boost to the Israelis and Palestinians who are building the foundations of a future peace settlement by promoting the values of reconciliation and trust through such people-to-people projects. I have met many of them in truly inspiring projects like MEET (Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow), One Voice and the Parents Circle Families Forum. It has been a long and sometimes bumpy road. Last year, Britain’s already pitiful investment in coexistence work – around £150,000 a year – was cut entirely. However, sustained pressure from LFI parliamentary supporters –

PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE WORK SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVES ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN PEOPLE’S ATTITUDES TO ONE OTHER in particular, my colleague Ian Austin – means that ministers now appear to have seen the light. This was never a partisan issue, so I thank Priti Patel, whom Ian and I met late last year to press the case, for listening and acting. It’s very easy to see people-to-people projects as simply a fluffy add-on to the peacemaking efforts of politicians and diplomats. In reality, the civil society element of peace-building is just as important as the political and economic dimensions. It is thus about very practical politics: how to garner the necessary public support

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for any future agreement and how to ensure that that agreement can weather the challenges it will inevitably face. We know that coexistence projects work. Robust evaluations detailed in last week’s report by BICOM on peacebuilding show that peopleto-people work significantly improves Israeli and Palestinian participants’ attitudes to one other. We know this, too, from the example of the International Fund for Ireland, which has invested more than €900 million in 6,000 civil society peace-building programmes over the past 32 years. As Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair’s former chief negotiator in Northern Ireland, argued recently: “While every conflict has different causes and solutions, we know from Northern Ireland that long-term grassroots peacebuilding between the contending parties is always essential to achieving peace.” But EU and US investment in such projects in Ireland is at least 15 times greater than that invested in Israel-Palestine, despite the population of Northern Ireland being less than 15 percent of that of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza combined. We need to make Britain’s announcement

a catalyst for closing this gap. That’s why, along with our friends in the Alliance for Middle East Peace, LFI last year launched a campaign to establish an International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace. It would aim to leverage and invest $200 million in people-to-people work split roughly equally between the US, Europe, other international partners including the Arab world, and the private sector. In January, I garnered cross-party backing for a 10-minute rule bill urging the government to support the creation of the fund. I’ve been to Washington to push a similar bill on Capitol Hill. This week, the US House of Representatives agreed a significant $10 million investment. LFI now has three goals: first, to monitor the implementation of the UK’s new investment, second, to persuade ministers to use Britain’s clout overseas to get the International Fund off the ground, and third, we will continue to push the government to hold the Palestinian Authority accountable for incitement, particularly that targeted at children and young people. That way we can ensure that all our international development spending supports the fostering of a culture of peace.

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The Israel Opera were singing to the tune of more than £22,000 – which was raised for them when more than 130 people enjoyed a dramatic performance at the home of Sir Sydney and Lady Lipworth. Victor Faux, the Chairman, said: “It was our best gala ever.”

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The Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, was among the guests at Jewish Care’s Brenner Centre in Stepney to celebrate the 100th birthday of local resident and former Mayoress of Tower Hamlets Beatrice (Beattie) Orwell. Staff and volunteers at the centre organised the celebration attended by centre members, staff, volunteers and Beattie’s family. She said: “I felt like the queen today. The people who work here are wonderful, the volunteers are lovely. The chef even made my favourite lunch for everyone today – meat pie, it was lovely.”

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The first National Hebrew Spelling Bee Finals for primary schools and Year 7 students took place last week. A joint initiative between Routes into Languages East, led by Sarah Schechter, and Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJeS), the project was created to encourage students to consolidate their modern Hebrew by practising and improving their vocabulary. Broughton Jewish Primary in Manchester won the junior event (pictured).

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Royal Bank of Scotland volunteers travelled more than 400 miles – from Edinburgh to London – to revamp Norwood supported-living accommodation at the charity’s Somers Court. The block consists of seven two-bedroom flats, each with a lounge, en-suite bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen, dining area and secure parking, and houses 14 people with learning disabilities. Robert Sassoon, Enterprise Architect (Core Banking), said: “RBS recognises the importance of supporting community charities. Not only has this been a great bonding experience for the team, but it has also allowed us to make a difference to vulnerable members of the community.”

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Daniel Taub, former Israeli Ambassador to the UK, delivered the 2017 Isaiah Berlin Lecture at Hampstead Synagogue entitled “100 years on: Lessons from the Balfour Declaration”. In a hall packed with more than 250 people, including Lords Balfour Kestenbaum and Turnberg, Taub gave a wideranging lecture, drawing on a range of diplomatic and literary sources. He said: “The Balfour Declaration was precisely that – a declaration, not a binding document. As Lord Balfour himself said, ‘It didn’t give a land. It gave an opportunity.’ We were blessed to have had a leadership who knew how to seize this historic moment.”

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Woolfson Hillel’s annual summer fete attracted more than 800 people, raising more than £10,000 for the school. The event featured donkey rides, football coaching, cheerleading classes and fitness challenges, with a BBQ, falafel stall, and Pimm’s and beer for the adults.

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The Jewish Deaf Association organised a family fun day. With the help of a grant from the Jewish Youth Fund, 120 guests enjoyed the event, which was held on a farm in Shenley. Jody Sacks, of JDA Family Services, said: “JDA ensures that everyone with a hearing loss gets the very best out of life and the huge success of our family fun day just goes to prove it.”

5 CHABAD DIALOGUE

More than 100 people came together in the Midlands for the UK National Conference of Chabad Lubavitch Rabbis. During two days of conference, 82 rabbis took part in more than 20 sessions on every aspect of the modernday rabbinate. Four new centres opened in the past six months, while it was also announced that there are currently 127 Chabad Rabbis posted throughout the country on campus, at Chabad Houses, as pulpit rabbis, educators and youth workers in 60 centres.

Your simcha announcements Daniel Corper celebrated his barmitzvah at Radlett Reform Synagogue.

Ray and Ronnie Palmer celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married in Hackney at Brenthouse Road Synagogue.

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Chloe Ashton celebrated her batmitzvah at Radlett United Synagogue.

Photo by Karen Zetter

Talia Salahi celebrated her batmitzvah at Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue.

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IN THIS SECTION: Travel 26 / Competition 34

Right on the Honey! Francine Wolfisz speaks to the flamboyant X Factor star about her new single, her love for Sharon Osbourne and why Piers Morgan is off her Chanukah card list….

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he may have lost the shades in her new video, but the baseball cap, gold chains – and street attitude – are still very much part of the musical phenomenon known as Honey G. The Jewish rapper, whose real name is Anna Georgette Gilford, exploded onto ITV’s talent show, X Factor, last year. Honey G attracted her fair share of fans and critics alike and even became one of the most searched female celebrities on Google in 2016 – just behind Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s actress girlfriend and troubled reality star Stephanie Davis. She made it into the last five finalists and was swiftly signed up by Simon Cowell’s Syco label. While her deal with Syco proved short-lived, the 36-year-old musician is now back with her new single, Hit You With The Honey G, released on her own label, H To The O Music, and has ambitiously set her sights on making herself a name to be reckoned with in the international charts. Speaking to Jewish News this week, Honey G revealed that X Factor had “completely changed my life” and described her whirlwind months since leaving the show. “It’s turned my life around and I’ve managed to make a career out of it. I’ve done almost 50 club shows around the UK and Ireland and a big arena tour, so it’s completely changed my life. It’s been crazy.” Honey G even fitted in a trip to Los Angeles for an exclusive performance for

Above and right: Honey G in her latest video

her mentor, Sharon Osbourne and her daughter, Kelly, at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. She’s especially close with the latter, but the singer is equally fond of Sharon, whom she credits with helping launch her new career. “Simon Cowell once said me and Sharon were like two peas in a pod – it’s amazing how she has supported me. Sharon sprinkled a little bit of fairy dust over me. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be where I am now. She was the one that brought me back into the competition as a wildcard.” While the pair never discussed their shared Jewish backgrounds, Honey G did reveal her Jewishness was “something I’m incredibly proud of” and kvelled when her mother, Yvonne, would drop by the X Factor house with freshlymade chicken soup. Growing up in Harrow (or “north Weezy” as she infamously described it on the show), the young Honey G first made a name for herself as a gifted tennis player, winning bronze at the 1995 European Maccabi Games in Amsterdam, as well as representing Great Britain as a flag holder at the North American Maccabi Games the following year. But music has also been a lifelong passion for Honey G. “I probably got most of my musical prowess from my mum, who is a classical pianist. I grew up with blues, jazz and rock and roll, I played piano and guitar from a very young age, then I progressed into dancing and the music scene, before becoming a DJ in the early 2000s.” She developed her production skills with an undergraduate degree in popular music and recording at Salford University, and took an interest in rapping around five years ago. Her solid music credentials jar in the face of critics who called her a novelty act, or as one national newspaper put it, “the biggest joke in X Factor history”. But those kind of barbs don’t faze her. “In terms of the haters, it’s very hurtful when people say I’m a parody or novelty act; I have genuinely come from a musical background,” she replies

with her trademark street talk. “All these haters are just wasting their breath, they are heat seekers. I find it offensive. I block the haters out, I just don’t acknowedge them.” Suffice to say, the “haters” included the likes of Piers Morgan, who labelled her “grotesque” and “diabolical”. I ask what she thinks of him now, almost a year after she appeared on X Factor. “Piers hasn’t been very kind to me in the past and I had to block him on Twitter – he wrote me a rude message. I don’t really care much for him to be honest. “He’s a middle-aged man, who you don’t really expect to have any real knowledge of rap music. He goes round and upsets people – he had to apologise to Arianda Grande.” Aside from critics, the rapper has also had to contend with her debut single, The Honey G Show, not even making the top 100 after its release and being dropped by Cowell’s label after just a few months. Honey G tells me: “Of course, I’m sad it didn’t work out, but the motto at the moment is onwards and upwards. I don’t think the single was given the promotion it deserved, but I’m excited about my new chapter.” She has gone all out for her new single, Hit You With The Honey G, which has been mixed and mastered by Grammywinning engineer Liam Nolan, as well as an eye-popping video featuring buses, fast cars and a woman on a horse. There’s even a golden throne for Honey G to sit upon, with the rapper wearing regular glasses – a nod, she says, to 1980s hip hop group, Run-D.M.C. Her schedule is swiftly filling up in the next few months, with a university tour and panto already confirmed, plus of course, working on an album. “I’d love to go global,” she

declares. Love or hate her, there’s something infectious about this hard-working rapper who continues to defy her critics prove her act might somehow be genius – with a capital G.  Hit You With The Honey G is out now and available on iTunes.


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Lifestyle/ Summer recipes

Pop-tastic! Cesar and Nadia Roden have come up with an array of delicious alcoholic ice lollies for the summer Move over, Pimm’s o’clock: When it comes to quenching summertime thirst, forget cocktails and ice lollies - and instead combine the two. Poptails – or alcoholic ice lollies for the uninitiated – are a speciality of Cesar and Nadia Roden, grandson and daughter of the Jewish food writer Claudia Roden. The pair began their gourmet ice lolly venture in New York seven years ago, before bringing Ice Kitchen to London in 2013. Now they have served up a dazzling array of show-stopping recipes in their latest book, from classic strawberry daiquiri and tequila sunrise to the more exotic flower garden, featuring champagne and orange blossom water, or mixed berries in Riesling. Ice Kitchen: Poptails by Cesar and Nadia Roden, Quadrille Publishing, is priced at £12.99 and available now.

Pimm’s on a Stick

Tequila Sunrise

You don’t have to be an English Hooray Henry to enjoy this poptail; Pimm’s is still going strong after nearly 200 years. The chopped garnishes mingled with the lemonade and submerged in Pimm’s are a true expression of an English summer garden party. Re-dip into Pimm’s as you go.

Tequila Sunrise was the drink that famously fuelled the Rolling Stones’ 1972 American tour. Truman Capote reported on the tour, and on the drink, so contributing to its vogue. They must have been on to something because its warm ombré hues – the pinks, oranges and yellows – glow from within.

SERVES 8-10

Ingredients 250ml/1 cup water 100g/½ cup granulated sugar 15g/1 cup torn mint leaves 150g/5½oz sliced strawberries 60g/2oz thinly sliced apple 60g/2oz orange, peeled and thinly sliced 60g/2oz thinly sliced cucumber 60ml/¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 1-2 lemons) 120ml/½ cup Pimm’s

METHOD

For the garnish (optional): Mint leaf for each

5 Freeze until slushy, 60–90 minutes, then insert the sticks and freeze until solid,

1 Put the water and half the sugar in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Take off the heat, drop in the mint leaves and steep for an hour, or longer.

2 Meanwhile, put the strawberries, and apple, orange and cucumber slices in a bowl and stir in the rest of the sugar, the lemon juice and Pimm’s. Leave to macerate for 30 minutes or more.

3 Strain the syrup into the fruit and Pimm’s mixture, squeezing the mint leaves with your hands to extract their juices.

4 Pour the mixture into the moulds, making sure you divide the fruit pieces evenly and leaving a little space at the top. If you like, drop a mint leaf into each one of them.

Ingredients 70ml/5 tablespoons water 100g/½ cup granulated sugar ½ teaspoon finely grated lime zest 135ml/½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 4-5 limes) 450ml/scant 2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice (from about 5-6 oranges) 60ml/¼ cup tequila 1 teaspoon grenadine for each mould For the garnish (optional): Glacé cherry, and orange, lemon and green apple sliver for each 50g demerara sugar 100g skin-on almonds – roughly chopped Zest of 2 lemons

at least five hours or overnight.

METHOD

1 Put the water, sugar and lime zest

in a small saucepan and gently heat until the sugar has dissolved.

2 Mix together with the lime juice, orange juice and tequila.

3 Pour a teaspoon of grenadine

into each mould and then very slowly dribble the orange and lime mixture gently down the inside of the mould, so as not to disturb the grenadine too much, filling the moulds and leaving a little space at the top.

4 Freeze until slushy, 60–90

minutes, then insert the sticks (try using cocktail sticks or thin wooden skewers so you can have fun layering the garnish before serving) and freeze until solid, at least five hours or overnight.

Campari Orange The bittersweet combination of Campari and orange comes from the 1960s. It was originally named after the Italian hero Garibaldi, the colour of whose uniform resembled that of the cocktail. He had fought for the unification of Italy, and the cocktail represents that unification: the Campari from Milan and the oranges from Sicily. It’s one of our favourites. The recipe for Campari has been a closely guarded secret for more than 150 years. We know it’s made by infusing herbs and fruit in alcohol and water, and that the distinctive red colour was once derived from ground-up scales of cochineal insects – but you’ll be relieved to hear that’s not in the recipe any more.

SERVES 8-10

SERVES 8-10

Ingredients 60ml/¼ cup water 110g/½ cup granulated sugar 600ml/2½ cups freshly squeezed orange juice (from about 6-7 oranges) 80ml/¹/³ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 3-4 limes) 90ml/6 tablespoons Campari For the garnish (optional): Sliver of orange for each

METHOD 1 Put the water and sugar in a small saucepan and gently heat until the sugar has dissolved. Mix together with the orange juice, lime juice and Campari.

2 Fill the moulds, leaving a little space at the top. If you like, put a sliver of orange into the top of each.

3 Freeze until slushy, 60–90 minutes, then insert the sticks and freeze until solid, at least five hours or overnight.


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In High-land spirits

Stephen Oryszczsuk enjoys father-and-son time in northern Scotland, where whisky, golf and mysterious stone carvings are all on the schedule

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t’s been a while since I spent any decent time with my dad. When I say a while, I mean about 20 years. We didn’t fall out or anything; it’s just that busy lives and long distances have kept it to a few hours at a time, usually at family occasions such as weddings. We talk on the phone, but it’s sporadic, neither of us being good with that kind of thing, and – I suspect – neither wanting to intrude. So for his birthday this year, I organised some proper father-and-son time, choosing Scotland and a hotel famed for its whisky and golf, both of which he is a fan. Cometh the day, I set off on the long drive from Devon to pick him up in Lincoln, hoping that – in the intervening years – he hadn’t become... well, a bit of a grumpy old man. If he had, the itinerary prepared for us by the hotel would help – between golf, archery, whisky-tasting, distillery tours and talks on ancient stones, there would be enough to keep us occupied, and keep the conversation civil and distanced. “Thank God for stuff to do,” I thought. “And thank God for separate bedrooms.” After 700 miles of driving, we reached our three-night respite: Glenmorangie House, 30 miles north of Inverness, a Highlands house with few rooms, lots of character, roaring log

BETWEEN GOLF, ARCHERY, WHISKY-TASTING AND TALKS ON ANCIENT STONES, THERE WOULD BE ENOUGH TO KEEP US OCCUPIED

fires and warm, luxuriant fabrics throughout – the kind of place where you feel instantly at home. The drive there had been fine. We talked – nothing deep, mainly Manchester United and the comings and goings of our everyday lives; my playwriting, his two new puppies. All pleasant, nothing testing or tested, both of us looking forward to getting there, kicking off our shoes and collapsing on our beds, perhaps calling our better halves back home before grabbing a whisky or two after dinner. The test began on arrival, when we found our names listed against the one room. A communication mix-up (my fault) and a fully-booked hotel meant hardcore ‘us time’ coming up. “Christ, his snoring,” I thought. “Christ, his stomach,” my dad thought. “Thank God for the whisky,” we thought in unison. And what whisky, too. Having been at it since 1843, the Men of Tain know a thing or two about their malts. The distillery’s Signet ‘Sonic’ – 30 years in the making and £130 in the costing – was the stand-out performer, with its chocolatey notes. For me, the star of the show was not the malts, but the food, especially the Highlands Dinner, when a lone piper “piped in the haggis”. Here, drams sneak into many a dish, like Stephen and Chris perfect their archery skills

the Perthshire Roe Deer with café celeriac and black truffle purée, sautéed kale, broad beans and Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban Jus, or the Dark Chocolate Delice with Valrhona Caramelia and Signet mousse, apricot purée, fruit and nut crumble and Glenmorangie chocolate malted barley ice cream. It was blissful to a course. Next day, we set off to see a Pictish stone. No, I hadn’t a clue either, but after a short walk along the beach to Hilton of Cadboll, we met sculptor Barry Grove, who explained all. Both he and the stone – based on one of many distinctive monuments carved in the 5th to 9th century and scattered across Scotland – were fascinating. For good measure, Barry turned out to be of Chasidic Jewish heritage, his family having emigrated from Ukraine. There you go: Jewish impact – in the Highlands! Back at base they’d laid on archery – my second time, my dad’s first. We’re competitive. He won. Well, you’ve got to let them win at some things, haven’t you? Next day it was golf at Royal Dornoch, last year ranked the fifth best course in the world. I hadn’t played for 10 years; he plays twice a week. Still, he hooked his tee shot out of bounds, which lessened the hurt from archery. Returning to Glenmorangie House, we were plied with yet more whisky and fed yet more insanely tasty food, served all the while by consistently brilliant staff. How did I get on with my dad? Like a hotel on fire. He hasn’t changed. He’s still Dad – kind, funny, interested, thoughtful and obsessed with taking photos of every sparrow and molehill he comes across. He’s not a bad bowman either, as it happens.

Stephen and his father enjoy time together

What I realised was that it was I who had changed. I’d grown up. We were two adults talking now, like old mates out on a road trip. That must be some transition for him, but he dealt with it effortlessly. He even said at one point that he was proud of me. That was after he got a par on the 5th. I didn’t ask if he was still proud of me when he was slicing his drive into the water on the 8th or triple-bogeying the 16th. I didn’t want to intrude.

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Sedra: Mattot-Masei / It’s Biblical / Orthodox Judaism

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Mattot-Masei

It’s Biblical

RABBI YONI BIRNBAUM Last year Microsoft began testing a new Windows 10 feature called Commitments. It allows its virtual assistant, Cortana, to scan people’s emails and help them keep their promises. Microsoft’s Marcus Ash explained: “Cortana will look for emails where you’ve said you’re going to do something. If you send an email to a friend or colleague with content like, ‘I’ll get back to you by next week’, Cortana will create a card to help you set a reminder.” Some might consider this service intrusive. But it also happens to reinforce a vital message: keeping commitments and promises in life matters. The opening section of the first of this week’s sidrot contains the laws relating to vows. Unusually, however, instead of the standard opening phrase, “God spoke to Moses saying,” this passage, uniquely, opens with, “Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes…” According to Rabbi Moshe Sofer, the reason for this is because keeping promises is a responsibility that devolves upon every member of society. It begins, however, with the example set by those in a position of leadership. In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey defines integrity as, “conforming reality to our words – in other words, keeping promises and fulfilling expectations”. If leaders show determination to keep the vows they have made to the people, others will follow suit. Conversely, if integrity is of little importance to them, no amount of virtual assistants will encourage the general population to keep their commitments.

Yoni Birnbaum is rabbi of Hadley Wood Jewish Community

Everything you ever wanted to know about your favourite Torah characters, and the ones you’ve never heard of...

BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL THIS WEEK:

URIAH

Uriah the Hittite was an outstanding soldier in David’s army. While Uriah was away fighting, David noticed Uriah’s wife Bathsheba bathing on a roof. He asked about her and invited her to his palace. David was apparently reassured that she had bathed from her menstruation. Our rabbis teach that the ancient Israelite practice was that husbands divorced their wives before leaving for war in case they went missing, so their wives would not become chained women. Technically, therefore, David did not commit adultery. Nonetheless, Uriah was understandably in love with his wife-in-waiting. David slept with Bathsheba, who subsequently sent news that she was pregnant. Nervous, David recalled Uriah from

the war and required him to go home and act conjugally, in the hope that the indiscretion would not be discovered. Uriah, possibly suspicious of the king’s request, refused to go, saying it would be dishonourable to indulge himself in wartime.

David sent Uriah back to the battlefront, unwittingly carrying his death warrant: it was an order to Joab, the military chief of staff, to place Uriah in the thick of the battle, thereby exposing him to fatal danger. Uriah was subsequently killed. David’s attempt to hide his indefensible actions were laid bare by Nathan the prophet, who told the king about a poor man, who had been ruthlessly robbed by a rich neighbour. When David reacted with indignation, Nathan openly accused him of Uriah’s death. Nathan prophesied the death of the child of that union. David later had another son with Bathsheba, the future wise king, Solomon. The Bible eulogises David as a ­righteous man, “except for the matter of Uriah the Hittite”. David dedicated Psalm 51 to repentance for his conduct; broken of spirit, he begged God to purge him of his sin.

DAVID IS A RIGHTEOUS MAN ‘EXCEPT FOR THE MATTER OF URIAH THE HITTITE’; HE  Ariel Abel is Padre to HM Armed Forces and rabbi of the Liverpool DEDICATED PSALM 51 TO REPENTANCE Old Hebrew Congregation @Home @Nishmas @Toras Chaim

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The Bible Says What?

Progressively Speaking

Why circumcision is a ‘compelling commitment’

Competing needs in the ‘gig economy’

BY RABBI AARON GOLDSTEIN If Liberal Judaism has one strength above all others, it is that our movement counts Jews in and not out of our synagogues and communities. We challenge accepted traditions to create a Judaism that works for today’s world. We don’t just perform same-sex marriages, we led the fight that changed UK law. We offer wedding blessings for mixed-faith couples, and our services are truly egalitarian. On a more everyday level, we don’t care whether one walks or drives to shul, or whether you carry anything in the process; just that you came. Which leads to the question, why does Liberal Judaism still ‘encourage’ brit milah (circumcision)? Why haven’t we challenged this? After all, while the Torah states (Genesis 17:10-14) that “all males should be circumcised at eight days otherwise be ostracised”, this was not the case with Israelites in the wilderness years, nor at other times. That Jews born in Soviet states were uncircumcised did not stop us campaign-

ing for them as Jews. The answer, as summarised by Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah, is that certain mitzvot (commandments) feel “compelling”. There are, of course, Jews who choose not to circumcise their sons, and we would never dream of “ostracising” either parent or child. But for most Liberal Jews, circumcision is a religious obligation passed down the generations, deeply ingrained in Jewish consciousness as a sign of the Covenant, giving a Jewish (male) identity that transcends denominations. Liberal Judaism encourages particular ritual observance as we do the celebration of common humanity that connects the individual to God and the Jewish people. We do so with a particular focus on the ethical. And what did I personally do, as a parent, about circumcision? Well… my children are girls.

 Aaron Goldstein is senior rabbi at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue

RABBI MIRIAM BERGER I hold two conversations in my head and wonder how we can ever legislate for both of them. The first was with an Uber driver in Florida. Within minutes of Ahmed picking us up we found out that he was a medical student using these fares to subsidise his studies. He flicked on the app when his classes ended and drove late into the night. He was chasing his dream of becoming a doctor. Who would begrudge him flexibility to maximise his work time around his study? The second was with a Deliveroo cyclist in Bournemouth. He looked exhausted, waiting with his bike at the side of the road for the next order and I went over to talk to him.

Uber: paralysing or enabling?

Deliveroo was in its infancy and I wanted to know how the business model worked when the customer pays so little for delivery. I learnt two things; first, that some people can work in the most gruelling way and never inquire how far up the

WORKERS NEED THE SECURITIES THAT A HARD DAY AT WORK ENTITLES THEM TO

tree you have to be to see the serious profits and second, that this guy (we were in the UK and therefore not yet on first-name terms) was sleeping on a friend’s floor, because private landlords won’t risk you not having enough money to pay the rent. So how do you legislate to enable one person to earn extra cash, making ambition possible, while ensuring others aren’t caught in a paralysing web of financial uncertainly? The key is to make sure companies build in safeguards that embody the duty of care that Deuteronomy 24:15 warns us of when we are told: “On this day you should give his wages, the sun should not set on it, because he is a poor man and his life depends on it…” The Torah explains that workers need the securities that a hard day at work should entitle them to and it’s that we need to be striving for.  Miriam Berger is rabbi at Finchley Reform Synagogue

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months to five years in relation to a raised temperature (over 38° C). Febrile convulsions will occur in about 2 to 10 percent of children by the age of five, and are more common in boys. The majority are simple, and will last less than 15 minutes, affect the whole body of the child in rhythmically (tonicclonic) manner and will occur only once in an illness. Seizures that last longer than 15 minutes, affect only one side or part of the body and/or recurs within 24 hours or during the same illness are regarded as complex. About a third of children will have further febrile convulsions in their lives; this is more common in those whose first seizure was at a younger age (< 12 months). Most will

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outgrow these and achieve their full academic potential. Rarely, a very small percentage will develop epilepsy. The exact reason for a febrile convulsion is not clear. Sometimes the seizure will precede a noticeable temperature rise and therefore a high temperature is not a trigger by itself. The illness causing the temperature rise is often viral in origin and thus does not merit antibiotics. Anticonvulsants are not required for simple seizures. Investigations such as EEGs and brain scans are not indicated for simple febrile seizures. Prevention is difficult. Stripping the child into cool clothing is advisable. Routine use of antipyretics have not been found to be of benefit.

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JAMES CARMICHAEL Qualifications: • Fully qualified, HCPC registered, Hearing Aid Audiologist with 10 years’ experience. • Specialist in hearing healthcare including tinnitus management and wax removal. • Fully understands the impact of hearing loss and will work with you to find the best solution for your hearing needs.

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DR PIYUSHA KAPILA Qualifications: • MB ChB (Man) MD (Lon) FRCPCH; trained in the Childrens’ Hospitals in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and London. • Looks after children and newborns with all sorts of general problems. • Specialises in endocrinology and diabetes in children. • Works at N Middlesex University NHS Hospital; private sessions at the Wellington Centres and Hsopital of St John and St Elizabeth.

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Trio of shuls take part in Tribe sports day More than 40 children from three synagogues teamed up with Tribe as they took part in the South London Cheder Sports Day. Kingston & Surbiton District US, Richmond US, Sutton & District US, together with Wimbledon Chabad, took part in the event, which was organised by the youth arm of the United Synagogue, as Tribe leaders and a team of local volunteers led the children through games and races –from sprinting to wellythrowing, ball-dribbling skills, and an egg-and-spoon race for the youngest participants. US Chief Executive Steven Wilson was on-hand to present participants with medals, while Tribe provided boxes of pastries and cake. Ben Vos, Tribe Community Liaison Manager, said: “We are building Tribe’s presence in our communities at Kingston, Richmond and Sutton, and the Inter-Cheder Sports Day was a really fun and positive example of that. Thank you to everyone who took part!” Simeon Lando of Kingston & Surbiton District Synagogue said: “We were delighted to bring the children of the southwest London communities together with support from Tribe, and we look forward to more joint events.”

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Lego club for children 21 July – 10.00am manager@woodsidepark.org.uk Queer Jewish Camden Walking Tour 23 July – 11.00am-1.00pm admin@jewishmuseum.org.uk Feldenkrais exercise classes 24 July – 10.30am www.jw3.org.uk/events Table tennis at Golders Green US 24 July – 8.00pm-9.30pm office@ggshul.org.uk

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Bridge at Hendon United Synagogue 24 July – 1.00pm-3.00pm admin@hendonus.org.uk

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SPORTS DAY

Speedy Stone sets the pace

RUNNING

David Stone has become the sixth fastest Year 10 runner in the UK after he broke his 3k personal best time twice in the space of a week. Having first finished in a time of 9.00.54 at the U17 Youth Development League meeting, when he finished less than a second behind the U15 national champion, he improved by five seconds at a meeting in Watford, finishing in a time of 8.55.79 which saw him rise to sixth in the rankings. Using the races as preparations for the Maccabiah – where he won gold in the 3,000m event – he claimed his record times, despite spending the week receiving treatment for asthma.

WOHL’s playground fundraiser

CHARITY

​ upils at Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School participated in their own P ‘Race for Life’ in the school playground. Year 2 pupils (pictured) along with Years 4 and 6 raised almost £900 for Cancer Research UK.

Jets’ high fliers receive their medals FOOTBALL North West London Jets brought their season to an end as they held their annual awards ceremony. Founder club chairman, Phil Karp, who stepped down at the start of the season, was the guest of honour and presented the medals and trophies to the players. His successor, Yoni Weichselbaum, said: “This has been a great season both on and off the pitch. Our U12s won the Watford Friendly League Spring Plate competition, our U8 Blue and U9 teams were runners-up in their competitions, and we were awarded Maccabi Team Sportsmanship Awards.”


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GB manager praises ‘special group’ as Bar Refaeli brings curtain down on Maccabiah

GB’s track & field squad won nine of GB’s 35 medals

MACCABIAH GAMES By Andrew Sherwood andrews@thejngroup.com @JewishNewsUK

The 20th Maccabiah Games were brought to a spectacular end on Monday night when Israeli model Bar Refaeli hosted a glittering closing ceremony. The ten days of action – which saw Team GB win 35 medals – culminated in the two-hour spectacle, which saw Refaeli tell the crowd: “This is a wild celebration for the soul. All the participants, hailing from 80 different countries, will leave on their flights back home tonight bursting with adrenaline, but with a bit of Israel in [their] hearts. “Take with you the excitement, the love, and especially the togetherness.” Minister of Culture and Sport Miri

Regev was among those addressing the crowd, while President Reuven Rivlin also appeared on a video, saying: “The Maccabiah is reaching higher and higher, Israel will be in your hearts and you will be in ours.” Team GB’s athletes were among more than 7,000 from 80 countries, who took part in 43 different sports. Delighted and proud of his team’s efforts, team manager Joel Nathan said: “I have been involved with a few Maccabiah squads and without doubt this was the best squad spirit I have ever encountered. “The athletes are a special group and every single one of them did themselves proud. “I told them beforehand that they should embrace every moment as this would be an experience they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.” He added: “I will never forget these past 16 days, and whilst there are so many highlights, seeing Eden Davis winning the 100 meters being one, the opening ceremony was particularly

Bronze winners: the junior golf team (above), swimmer Ewan Taylor (right)

special. Marching into Teddy Stadium with the squad and seeing all the families and supporters in the stands was priceless. “All our winners should wear their medals with pride, not many people can say they won a Maccabiah medal.”

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