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Rabbis demand JW3 boycott over gay festival Centre urges unity after GayW3 event branded an ‘abomination’ The chief executive of JW3 this week called for “unity” and “strengthening our Jewish identity” after strictly-Orthodox rabbis urged their congregations to boycott the Jewish cultural centre, writes Jenni Frazer. Seven strictly-Orthodox leaders, who are believed to include Dayan Abraham David, have written an open letter to their communities saying “a red line has been crossed,” complaining about a gay festival held in March that they said was “in total contradiction to Orthodox Judaism and Halacha [Jewish law]”. Dayan David is a member of the Sephardi Beth Din, which supervises kashrut at JW3. The centre’s chief, Raymond Simonson, told Jewish News he had “heard that JW3’s kashrut licence had been discussed” in the negotiations surrounding Rabbi Joseph Dweck, whose May lecture on homosexuality and Judaism caused uproar among some in the strictlyOrthodox community.
But to date, Simonson said there was no suggestion that JW3’s kashrut licence was under threat. He praised the Sephardi Kashrut Authority, which enabled JW3 to do a variety of things including kosher catering off-site, staging the annual Jewish food festival, Gefiltefest, and the recent Syrian food pop-up restaurant. “I’m used to engaging in conversation with those who may not agree with us, “ Simonson said. “But this [letter] is not that, though I’m still very happy to talk.” He would like to speak to Dayan David, although added: “I’m not going to get into an argument with a group of learned rabbis.” Simonson has received a number of supportive notes from United Synagogue (US) rabbis, while Michael Goldstein, the new president of the US, is also chair of JW3. Simonson maintained that despite the call to boycott the centre, Charedi Jews did come to JW3 — and said that a couple from the community of one of the signatory rabbis had in fact visited on Sunday. “In December, we had Charedi teenagers on the ice rink and then watching a film in our cinema, secure and comfortable in a Jewish space,” he said. Jewish LGBT groups reacted with fury to the open letter, whose lead signature appears to be that of Rabbi Aaron Bassous of Beit Hamedrash Knesset Yechezkel in Golders Green, who led the campaign against Rabbi Dweck. Rabbi Bassous called A poster promoting GayW3 was daubed with graffiti Continued on page 5
TEARS & TRAUMA AFTER SHABBAT MASSACRE Mourners attend the funeral in Modi’in cemetery of three Israelis murdered while eating their Shabbat dinner by a knife-wielding Palestinian. Yosef Salomon, 70, and his children Chaya, 46, and Elad, 36 were killed in their home in Halamish in the West Bank. Israel’s former foreign minister warns of ‘holy war’ - pages 2 & 3
Jewish News 27 July 2017
News / Temple Mount clashes
Israel risking ‘holy war’ with Israelis this week mourned the loss of three family members stabbed to death in their home during their Shabbat dinner, as Israel’s former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni warned that the country was on the brink of a “holy war” with the Muslim world. In the town of Modi’in on Sunday, thousands attended the burial of Yosef Salomon, 70, and his children Chaya, 46, and Elad, 36. Yosef’s wife, Tovah, 68, who was seriously injured in the attack, managed to leave the hospital for the funeral. The family had been gathering to celebrate the birth of Yosef’s grandson, whose father Michael is one of Yosef’s sons, when they were attacked by 19-year-old Palestinian Omar al-Abed, who entered from a nearby Palestinian village. “Only someone with no remnant of humanity could raise their hand against Yossi and his family,” said Rabbi Yonatan Glass, in a statement. “Yossi made everyone he came across happy. The Salomon family household was based on making other people happy.” As part of the angry response, the mayor of Elad’s home town – located
Above: Palestinian protestors clash with Israeli police. Right: Muslims outside Temple Mount
between central Israel and the West Bank – vowed to triple the size of the community. From Jerusalem, Israel’s leaders rushed to avoid further bloodshed over controversial new security measures in Jerusalem, introduced after two Israeli policemen were shot and killed by three Palestinian attackers at the holy site. Following a week of protests across the world, Livni issued a blunt warning that Israel was playing with fire by making unilateral changes to
access arrangements at one of Israel’s holiest sites. “We are a step away from turning our conflict with the Palestinians – and cooperation with Jordan and
other Sunni nations – into a panMuslim event against the state of Israel,” she said. In an effort to ease the tension, Israeli leaders this week backed
down and removed the new metal detectors from entrances to Temple Mount, the site Muslims call the Noble Sanctuary, after thousands of Palestinians refused to enter the
27 July 2017 Jewish News
Temple Mount clashes / News
h Muslim world Yosef Salomon, centre, and his children Chaya and Elad, were killed in a terror attack in the West Bank settlement of Halamish
compound for Friday prayers, instead praying outside. Global leaders had earlier urged Israel to come to some agreement with Jordan, which administers the site, before tomorrow [Friday], to prevent violent clashes around the world, including in Lebanon, Turkey and Malaysia. On Monday, a Jordanian state news agency said Jordan’s King Abdullah told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “remove the measures taken by the Israeli side since the recent crisis broke out”. Announcing a compromise solution on Tuesday, an Israeli spokesman said: “The security cabinet accepted the recommendation of all of the security bodies to incorpo-
rate security measures based on advanced technologies [smart checks] and other measures instead of metal detectors.” They said this would “ensure the security of visitors and worshippers” at the holy site, adding that the police presence would increase in the area until the new security measures were in place. Outgoing White House press secretary Sean Spicer said: “The United States applauds the efforts of Israel to maintain security while reducing tensions in the region.” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on Palestinians to “increase resistance and show up in vast masses for popular resistance” on Friday.
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Report: Anti-Semitism up 30 percent Anti-Semitic incidents in the UK are now at record levels, after the charity charged with protecting the Jewish community revealed “shocking” figures from the first half of 2017. Today’s report by the Community Security Trust (CST) shows 767 anti-Semitic incidents recorded between January and June, a 30 percent increase on the same period last year. Of these, 425 were reported in London, and 80 were ‘assaults,’ an increase of 78 percent from this time last year. Almost half the total number of incidents were classed as “verbal anti-Semitic abuse,” the CST said, with pedestrians often targeted from passing cars, while a fifth were reported as online hate crime, typically sent over social media platforms. Of particular concern for parents are reports that the number of incidents at Jewish schools more than doubled when compared to the first half of 2016, with 22 registered by the charity, whose volunteers help protect community buildings. Dispelling the common myth that much of the anti-Jewish hostility is directed by Muslims, the charity reported that – of perpetrators whose ethnic origin had been identified – more than half were described as white European, while only five percent were described as Arab or North African. Similarly, when analysing incidents of anti-Semitism in which political motivations had been shown, the vast majority showed far-right sympathies, 49 referenced Israel, Zionism or the Middle East, and only 12 included Islamist discourse. CST chiefs this week said the figures now represented a trend of “sustained high levels of anti-Semitic incidents since July and August 2014,” when Israel launched military action in Gaza in response to rocket fire. This time, however, the number of antiSemitic incidents did not recede after the fighting ended, unlike with previous conflicts in 2006 and 2009, when the charity regis-
Cemetery attack and [inset] online hate
tered drops in hostility towards Jews with the announcement of ceasefires. Both the CST and Government minister Lord Bourne acknowledged that the increased number of incidents may reflect better reporting by Jewish victims, as well as better coordination with police forces. Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan, who is the National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Anti-Semitic Issues, said: “There is never any excuse for abuse, racism or hate crime. Police forces take our responsibility to protect people from harm and promote cohesion seriously.” CST chief executive David Delew said the figures were “now almost twice as bad as five years ago,” adding: “Some of this may be down to improved reporting, but it is sadly clear that the overall situation has deteriorated.” Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP said
the government had renewed its £13.4million security funding and “made available £900,000 for innovative schemes to tackle various types of hate crime,” adding: “We will continue to drive forward action and develop new ways to rid the country of anti-Semitism and hate crime in all its forms.” Labour’s Dawn Butler MP, the shadow minister for diverse communities, said: “The continued rise in anti-Semitic incidents is beginning to display a very worrying trend.”
The vast majority of the 176 politically-motivated attacks were perpetrated by far-right extremists
Mindless minority cannot and will not prevail BY LORD BOURNE
The overwhelming majority of us will not only find the reports this week of a record number of anti-Semitic hate incidents shocking, but are also struggling to understand how and why this is happening in modern Britain. Sadly, these are not behaviours and beliefs from a bygone era and all of us have to continue to work hard to fight this pernicious discrimination.
There is evidence that hate crime reporting levels are up. This is encouraging as improved reporting and the sharing of robust data can help police to identify the extent of acts of violence or hostility in a given area, prevent these incidents from happening and better respond when they do. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the Community Security Trust (CST) to challenge underreporting, to improve data sharing together with the British Transport Police and improve training for prosecutors with the Crown Pros-
ecution Service, this is having real results. For its part the Government has provided more than £13million to fund improvements to the security of synagogues and Jewish community buildings. This has also led to increased reporting and members of the Government’s Anti-Semitism Working Group are working closely with the community to encourage victims to come forward. We must never minimise the human cost hate crime incidents have on an individual and
the distress and alarm this creates in the wider community. The Jewish community has and continues to contribute so much to enrich this country and the vast majority of fellow Britons recognise this. Nevertheless a minority are intent on ripping us apart. They cannot and will not win. As these worrying figures prove there’s no room for complacency and this Government will be unstinting in its efforts to build strong, cohesive and diverse communities and stamp out anti-Semitism wherever and whenever it occurs.
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Pay gap / Boycott urged / Artist honour / News
BBC pay gap ‘mirrored Rabbis’ JW3 boycott call in Jewish community’ One of British Jewry’s leading female representatives has warned the BBC’s gender pay gap is mirrored in the Jewish community – and that communal figures can thank their lucky stars they don’t have to disclose it. Writing in this week’s Jewish News, Mitzvah Day founder Laura Marks (pictured, below right) says: “We share many of the same gender challenges as the BBC or any other organisation, but we have specific challenges of our own, too.” Marks, who co-chaired Women in Jewish Leadership from 2011-17, said Jewish community “norms” contribute to a gender pay gap last recorded as 22 percent in 2014. These include women’s low demands, she said, as well as “the old boy network” and “demands put on women in regard to family responsibilities”. New rules mean that, from April next year, organisations with 250 or more employees need to publish any gender pay disparities, a pros-
pect that would send shivers down the spine of communal leaders, according to Marks. “Many of our Jewish communal organisations will breathe a sigh of relief that they are not big enough to need to disclose,” she says. Her comments echo concerns raised by national figures, such as TV news presenter Emily Maitlis (pictured, left), who did not appear on the BBC’s list of stars paid more than £150,000, despite fellow news presenters earning far more, including Jeremy Vine on up to £750,000 and John Humphrys on up to £650,000. Marks says she was encouraged to see that Jonathan Goldstein, the new chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, has promised to tackle gender pay disparities in the community. She adds: “We hope that with support, the new chair will see pay and leadership equality as a communal issue worthy of scrutiny.” Laura Marks, page 20
Continued from page 1 Dweck’s lecture “poisonous. In the letter, the rabbis harangued JW3 for not being religious enough, saying it “has never promoted the upkeep of halacha, the observance of mitzvot and religious commitment, and as far as we are aware it does not provide any learning”. The rabbis declared: “Members should distance themselves fully from JW3, its activities and services, and avoid using this centre.” Among the other signatories were Rabbi Yisroel Greenberg of Munk’s shul in Golders Green, Rabbi Shimon Winegarten of Bridge Lane Beth Hamedrash in Temple Fortune and Rabbi Mordechai Fhima of Anshei Shalom in St John’s Wood. While the rabbis do not list LGBT events as a specific reason for the boycott, they call the programme toievah – meaning “abomination”, adding: “We are of the strong opinion a red line
has been crossed in launching campaigns and initiatives that promote lifestyles and behaviours forbidden and condemned by the Torah.” This week repreJW3’s Raymond Simonson LGBT sentatives hit back. Keshet UK trustee Dave Shaw said JW3 had “helped to create a world where no one has to choose between Jewish and LGBT identities”, adding: “Attacks on individuals or organisations that support LGBT inclusion only alienate LGBT Jews and allies, who are already marginalised.” Editorial comment, page 16
ARTIST HONOURED AS LGBT ICON Historic England is to relist the home of a Jewish painter as one of 15 national figures honoured as 20th century LGBTQ icons. The heritage organisation, whose initiative is timed to mark 50 years since homosexuality was partially decriminalised, this week named Hannah Gluckstein [pictured, inset, in a self-
portrait] among the influential figures to be marked. Gluckstein was born into a wealthy Jewish family in London in the early 20th century, her brothers later founding the J. Lyons & Co. coffee and catering empire. She moved to an artists’ colony in Cornwall, cropped her hair, insisted on being known as ‘Gluck’ and wore male clothing.
Jewish News 27 July 2017
News / School expansion / Arab group / Looted art
Government steps in over Hasmo decision In a letter to the council last week, Khan 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. “On balance, I consider that the potential harm to the green belt would not be outweighed.” He also said there were a lack of “sustainable transport measures” to support the plans and added 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. Last week, David Meyer of Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJeS) warned the mayor’s decision “will potentially have a serious impact on the secondary school provision for the community”. “Schools are already heavily oversub-
The Government this week intervened in Sadiq Khan’s controversial decision to block Hasmonean’s expansion plans. Last week, plans to expand the campus were thrown into jeopardy after the mayor of London overturned Barnet Council’s decision to grant planning permission. Khan (pictured) ruled that the impact of the current plans on green belt land is “excessive” and told the borough to refuse permission. Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid intervened in the issue, after a request was sent to the National Planning Casework Unit on Friday, asking him to “call in” the mayor’s decision. The government has the power to overturn the mayor’s guidance following the request. Following the intervention by Javid, a meeting has been set up between the mayor’s planning officers and the school to discuss the application. The chairman of the school’s building committee said: “We hope the forthcoming discussions with the mayor help to resolve the situation so we can go ahead with our plans to provide the muchneeded additional space.”
scribed and with an expectation that numbers will continue to increase in the next few years, it is difficult to see how this need can be met without the redevelopment of Hasmonean,” he said. Barnet’s planning committee narrowly gave the green light earlier this year for a major redevelopment whereby the boys’ school would move to the same site as the girls’ school in Page Street. The proposals would increase the combined capacity from both schools by 300 pupils to 1,400, helping to ease the pressure on secondary school places. The council’s committee passed the proposals by just six votes to five in January, rejecting the recommendation of its planning officers.
An assembly at Nancy Reuben Primary School in Hendon
School has ‘stood still’ since poor Ofsted report The new head of Nancy Reuben Primary School in Hendon has said it has been “standing still” since an Ofsted inspection three years ago ruled it “requires improvement”. Anthony Wolfson, who joined the modern Orthodox school in April, made the admission in a statement this week. He also gave reassurances that the new senior leadership team would be in place by the start of the autumn term. “The school is now wellplaced for making the improvements it needs to move from its previous Ofsted rating of ‘requires improvement’ three years ago,” he said. “The
school has largely stood still throughout this period, which is why the work starts from September.” Jeremy Richards, head of Jewish studies, also joined in April from Beit Shvidler Primary School in Edgware and Kerem School in Hampstead Garden Suburb and Shelley Cohen, from Sacks Morasha in Finchley, who is praised as “an outstanding teacher”, will start in September as deputy headteacher. Wolfson said a new governing body led by Michael Ezra was “comprised of top professional and business people”.
UK TAKES LEAD IN RETURNING NAZI-LOOTED ART British-Arab group after the end of the Second World War, some families are still waiting for their cultural property to be returned. We want countries from across the continent to help right this historic wrong.” Glen also said he was proposing to renew the Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Act 2009, which gives national museums powers to return works of art found to be looted during the Third Reich. Campaigners have been frustrated, after
The UK Government will press other European states to up their commitment to returning Nazi-looted art to their rightful owners, ministers have said. The announcement comes ahead of a European conference in London in September, which will be dedicated to the issue and which will feature hundreds of experts from across the world. John Glen, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, said: “More than 70 years
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hopes were raised at the 1998 Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets, when 44 countries made commitments. Anne Webber, co-chair of the Commission for Looted Art in Europe, said: “Although many of the survivors are now passing away, their children and heirs still urgently seek the transparency, accountability and justice that was promised, and the restitution of what was taken and never returned.”
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shows Israel ‘bias’
A prominent group promoting relations between Britain and the Arab world has again been shown to have a social media focus on Israel – just a year after it was criticised for having “an obsession” with the Jewish state. The Council for ArabBritish Understanding (CAABU), based in London, has this year sent three times more tweets about Israel and the Palestinian territories than it has about Syria, despite the imminent defeat of Islamic State and the breakthrough ceasefire deal reached between Russia and the United States. Last year, the group was chastised for the majority of its tweets being about IsraelPalestine, and this year, despite a fall in the overall proportion,
Israel-Palestine still made up the majority of its country-specific posts. In April last year, CAABU director Chris Doyle said: “Our work as a whole is not summed up by our Twitter feed. We probably spend more time on Syria than anything else. We have a small team, focusing on conflict zones like Yemen and Libya.” Zionist Federation chairman Paul Charney said: “CAABU are still unjustly obsessing over Israel while great tragedy is hitting the Arab world. If the only way it is able to achieve its aim of ‘advancing Arab-British relations’ is by negative focus on the single functioning democracy in that region, then it leaves a typically bleak horizon ahead for them.”
27 July 2017 Jewish News
Embassy demo / Hamas status / News NEWS IN BRIEF
CAMP SIMCHA BOSS TREKS 45 MILES ACROSS PYRENEES The head of a Jewish charity supporting sick children helped raise nearly £70,000 by trekking across the Pyrenees on a route used by relatives escaping the Nazis. Camp Simcha’s Neville Goldschneider took on the arduous 45-mile Coastal Freedom Trail “in honour of my father-in-law” Joseph Sagal who died two years ago. Goldschneider, 55, said: “I was retracing his footsteps – and of course of the many men and women who did this.”
MOMENTUM HEAD ‘REGRETS’ SHOUTS OVER IHRA DEFINITION The head of left-wing organisation Momentum “regrets” that group members shouted down Haringey Labour councillors over their support to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of anti-Semitism. There were shouts and heckles from the viewing gallery throughout the debate. Jon Lansman said: “Momentum at a national level did not support this lobby and opposes anti-Semitism in all forms.”
Terror flags fly in London, as Israel flags are burned Hezbollah flags were waved and Israeli flags were burned outside Israel’s embassy in London this weekend as scores of demonstrators vented their anger at new security measures at Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The protest in Kensington on Saturday was organised by a group called Palestinian Forum in Britain to counter “Israeli aggression in Jerusalem” after Israel introduced metal detectors following the murder of two policemen on 14 July. Videos of the London protest, posted online by both Palestinian and Israeli supporters, show a group of young men seizing an Israeli flag, running down the street with it, and later setting fire to it with a blowtorch. Press attaché Yiftah Curiel tweeted that the protesters were “sick” and “thugs” for “cheering on the bloodshed”. Protestors waved the flag of Hezbollah, the military wing of
EU COURT: HAMAS SHOULD STILL BE ON TERROR LIST Europe’s highest court has said that Hamas is still a terrorist group, overturning a lower court’s ruling in 2014. The judgement by the Court of Justice was welcomed by European Jewish leaders, as it means travel bans and asset freezes on the Gaza-based group will be kept in place. “Islamic radicalism is the main threat to peace and security in Europe,” said the Conference of European Rabbis. “Hamas’ ideology is devoted to terrorism and it is important they remain officially
designated as terrorists within the EU… Their aspiration to murder ‘infidels’ is horrific and shocking.” European Jewish Congress president Moshe Kantor said the ruling was “an important political message for the fight against international terror, which knows no difference between countries and peoples”. He added: “It also sends a clear message that those who oppose peace in the Middle East by murder and terror have no place within the EU.”
The protest near the Israeli embassy in London
which is a proscribed organisation. Figures from across the political spectrum are calling for a ban the political wing as well. Hezbollah’s own leaders acknowledge the two wings are one and the same, and it is banned in full by the US, Canada and the Arab League. The event on Saturday was one of a series of flare-ups around the world, with protests
in Turkey, Jordon, Malaysia and Lebanon, as Muslim communities reacted to Israel’s new measures at one of Islam’s holiest sites. In the Irish city of Derry, residents held a silent protest for Palestinians in Gaza, in which they lit a candle and shared a message of solidarity for Gaza’s population, who last month had their electricity supplies cut further.
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News / Shoah exhibit
Standing ‘face-to-face’ with the prisoners of Auschwitz A harrowing new exhibition reveals the brutality of Auschwitz death camp through the art of those who suffered there. Including works shown publicly for the first time, Face To Face: Art In Auschwitz opened at the Kamienica Szolayskich (Szolayski Tenement House) of the National Museum in Krakow last week to mark 70 years of the Auschwitz Museum. The curator of the Krakow exhibit, Agnieszka Sieradzka, said it includes clandestine as well as commissioned drawings and paintings by Jews, Poles and other citizens held at the camp during the Second World War. “These works help us see Auschwitz as the inmates saw it and experienced it,” Sieradzka told Associated Press. “We stand face-to-face with the inmates.” The Nazis sometimes ordered talented inmates to make paintings for various purposes. One such painting is a portrait of a Roma woman, who the pseudo-scientist Josef Mengele experimented on. He ordered portraits like this from inmate painter Dina Gottliebova, a Jewish woman from Czechoslovakia. The task helped her to survive and she later travelled to the US where she started a family. She died in 2009 in California under the name Dina Babbitt. Among the clandestine art is the so-called Auschwitz Sketchbook by an unknown author. It has 22 drawings of scenes of beatings, starvation and death. It was found in 1947, hidden in a bottle in
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NUS ‘SORRY’ FOR JUDAISM OMISSION The National Union of Students (NUS) has apologised for sending a survey to students across the country asking what religion they were and omitting Judaism from the list of options. The student body, whose former president Malia Bouattia was a prominent critic of Israel, sought to atone for its error after a Jewish student pointed out that Judaism – and students of that religion – “appear to have been forgotten again”. Other Twitter users also pointed out that one of the three main monotheistic religions was absent.
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Some of the clandestine and commissioned drawings and paintings by Jews, Poles and other citizens that form part of the Face to Face: Art In Auschwitz exhibition at the National Museum in Krakow
Jewish representatives have chastised controversial MailOnline columnist Katie Hopkins for meeting “Holocaust deniers” and other far-right activists while researching links between charities and people smugglers. Hopkins, who caused offence earlier this year by calling for a “final solution” after the Manchester concert attack, raised hackles by posing with Peter Sweden, who has in the past called into question the Holocaust.
the foundation of a barrack at Birkenau. Also on show is the original Arbeit Macht Frei [Work Sets You Free] gate top that was stolen and retrieved in 2009 and is now kept under guard at the museum. From 1940 to 1945, some 1.1 million people, mostly European Jews, but also Poles, Roma and Russians, were murdered in the gas chambers or died from starvation, excessive forced labour and disease at Auschwitz.
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Charity technology / News
Virtual tour of Sofia’s Ukraine I’m standing up, wearing a headset, and looking for all the world like a Cyberman extra from Doctor Who, writes Jenni Frazer. But in one of the most ambitious projects yet undertaken by a Jewish charity, World Jewish Relief (WJR) has harnessed cuttingedge technology to bring supporters almost literally face-to-face with the people they support. My Cyberman experience was in order to see WJR’s remarkable virtual reality (VR) film, a brief but innovative look at the tiny home of Sofia, who lives in Zaporozhye,
in Ukraine. As Rebecca Singer, WJR’s communications officer, explained: “We take missions to our projects all the time, but it’s not always possible to have everybody see people on the ground. So we decided to bring a little bit of Ukraine to the UK.” WJR chose Sofia for its innovative project. Earlier in the year, Sofia told Singer: “If not for WJR, I would have died like a dog.” She is a Jewish widow in her 70s whose husband died seven or eight years ago. The couple’s only son died of cancer when he
Jenni Frazer, left, and others watch the virtual reality film about Sophia, pictured inset
was four. Now Sofia, who suffers from a number of chronic health conditions, which are particularly bad in the winter, lives alone, in a room and a half with few, if any, concessions to modern life. Tanya Freedman, whose background is in documentary film-making, is WJR’s digital communications manager. She went to Ukraine to make the VR film. It differs from a normal two-dimensional film because the headset allows the viewer to see Sofia’s home in 360 degrees, so it’s possible to look at Sofia or move around the confined space, looking up at the ceiling or down at the floor. “Normally, VR films are shot outside in large open areas, so it’s very different to film in such close-quarter conditions,” Freedman explains. “It’s very new technology and we are pioneers in using it — as well as breaking some conventions rather successfully.” At one point Freedman lost half the footage and was compelled to reshoot by filming the space inside the home, and then slotting Sofia into the film – “a massive editing job!”
The film uses technology to give WJR supporters a closer look at the lives of those they help
To date, the VR film has been available at WJR dinners in London and Manchester. But Singer and Tanya say people are welcome to drop in to WJR’s offices to see for themselves what life is like for some in Ukraine. It’s a different way of showing supporters where their money goes – even if they do end up looking like Cybermen.
Jewish News 27 July 2017
News / Walter’s record / Driving test / Amos criticism
Former Kindertransport refugee named world’s oldest radio host A British-Israeli journalist who made aliyah in 2004 has been awarded a Guinness World Record for being the oldest living radio talk show host at the age of 93. Holocaust survivor Walter Bingham, who was born in the Weimar Republic in 1924, was acknowledged as Israel’s oldest field journalist in 2015, and has now been honoured with an official world record for his radio show Walter’s World, now in its 13th year. Jerusalem-based, he
witnessed Nazi book burnings before escaping to England on the Kindertransport, where he lived
in a kibbutz-type community before joining the war effort, taking part in the D-Day landings at Nor-
mandy, and later earning the Military Medal for bravery in the field. He interviewed Nazi foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop, who denied any knowledge of the Holocaust. In London, he wrote for Shalom, the earliest incarnation of the Jewish News newspaper and hosted a show on Spectrum Radio as well as the Jewish programme on Sound Radio. He also acted, appearing in several Harry Potter films and was Santa at Harrods and Selfridges.
No driving test for Brits who make aliyah Brits making aliyah will now no longer have to pass an Israeli driving test – but will still have to navigate Israel’s perilous roads. It follows an announcement by Israel’s Ministry of Transportation that
allows olim [immigrants who have made aliyah] and returning residents with a valid driving license for five years to convert their driver’s licenses in Israel without a driving test. “This is a revolutionary
change that will make the lives of every oleh who comes to Israel so much easier,” said Tzvika Graiver of non-profit group KeepOlim. “No longer will they have to waste time, money and
tears on transferring their driver’s licenses in Israel.” Transport Minister Yisrael Katz said it will allow immigrants “to skip the bureaucracy and save precious time and money”.
BOARD REBUKE FOR LADY AMOS Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has strongly criticised the head of a London university for refusing to adopt a “contentious” new definition of anti-Semitism. It follows a recent meeting between Arkush and Lady Amos, vicechancellor of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), in which they discussed the working definition introduced by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Addressing a meeting of deputies on Sunday, Arkush said: “This was probably the least satisfactory meeting I’ve held in eight years with something like 30 vice-chancellors.” He said he repeatedly challenged Amos to highlight the elements of the IHRA definition, which leading lawyers have criticised for being “vague and confusing”, but Amos refused to be drawn,
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saying only it was “contentious”. Arkush did, however, “accept the good points” made by Amos in the meeting, including the fact that the university is one of only very few to have an Israel studies department, as well as the recent decision by SOAS to host the Israeli ambassador, despite fervent criticism for doing so.
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Five boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activists have been prevented from boarding their a flight from Washington, DC to Israel. In March, the Knesset amended the Law of Entry to prevent BDS leaders from being allowed into Israel. It applies to organisations that take consistent action against Israel. [JTA]
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t just three-and-ahalf years old, Peretz Apfelbaum may not completely understand it yet, but some kitchens can put his life in danger. He is allergic to peanuts, cashews, pistachios, flax seeds, mustard seeds, coconut, peas, eggs and beef. Some of the foods give him hives, but the nuts can send Peretz into anaphylactic shock. The inherent risks make it impossible to test the severity of some of the allergies, meaning he could have other, unexpected reactions to some of those foods. Obviously it is an extremely distressing situation for his mum, Chanie. But the 36-year-old mother of five is doing something other than worrying. Chanie Apfelbaum came up with a simple, clever idea to notify others that her son has severe allergies: an “allergy alert” kippah. The skullcap, which Apfelbaum
helped design with the Brooklynbased company iKippah — an online retailer with bright designs like the one inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar – is navy blue with a red circle on the front that contains the words “Allergy Alert.” It also says “flip for info” – the underside has lines to write down the child’s allergies. “We loved Chanie’s idea immediately,” Sarale Seewald, who founded iKippah with her sister-in-law, Dina Seewald. “We see a great need for this kippah, and we truly believe this design will help save lives.” The company put the allergy alert skullcap on its website two weeks ago and, according to Seewald, has already sold a few hundred. Though the skullcaps are still unavailable in stores — iKippah has
about 180 retailers as customers, in addition to its direct-to-consumer website – the company plans to make them available for wholesale soon based on the unexpected demand. Apfelbaum – a popular kosher
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food blogger under the moniker Busy in Brooklyn with more than 33,000 Instagram followers – said Peretz used to wear a bracelet noting his severe allergies, but she feared it wasn’t prominent enough for others to see. The kippah is an easy way to inform anyone serving food to an allergic child — at camp or restaurants or a parent hosting a play date — that they should be careful. Plus Peretz, who is a member of an Orthodox household, already wears a yarmulke every day. Apfelbaum, a member of the Hasidic Chabad-Lubavitch movement, was worried, too, about Peretz running around from house to house in her community’s summer bungalow community in upstate New York. She started a WhatsApp group to message other parents about her
concerns, and she helped make the colony nut free. But the worries never totally disappear for the parent of a child with severe allergies, especially when he or she is very young. “I always remind him, but I can’t trust a three-year-old to remember that he always has to ask before [he eats something] and say ‘I’m allergic,’” Apfelbaum said. “I wanted something on him so that when someone looks at him, they say, ‘I can’t just give him food from my kitchen,’” she said of her kippah’s design. “It just makes me a little more secure.” Still, it took Apfelbaum a little time to become accustomed to her son wearing the same kippah every day – she would help Peretz pick out one that coordinated with his clothes. “You get so used to [using] one that matches every outfit, and now he can only wear that,” Apfelbaum said with a laugh. “But it’s worth it.” [JTA]
Jewish News 27 July 2017
World news / Syrian aid / Nazi slur / World briefs
Father’s swim for late daughter An Israeli father who lost his six-yearold daughter after her heart suddenly and inexplicably shut down has swum around New York City to raise money for research. Guy Cohen, a Haifa resident whose daughter Netta’s heart gave out on her first day of school 15 years ago, went for the marathon eight-hour swim around Manhattan on Sunday to raise money for Sudden Cardiac Death
Swimmer Guy Cohen and [inset] his late daughter Netta
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commented on “the struggle to find the cause and cure of Sudden Cardiac Death,” saying: “If I could have, in any way, prevented that loss, I’d
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have swam around the world to save Netta.” Explaining that his gorgeous daughter died “suddenly, without any prior warning, without us knowing anything was wrong,” he added: “I know that the extraordinary work being done at Rambam will save the lives of many other children.” American Friends of Rambam director Dick Hirschhaut said: “Having overcome great personal tragedy, Guy has channeled his energies toward the challenge of finding the cause and cure for Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD).”
An ancient synagogue in Alexandria is to be renovated at a cost of almost £2 million, the Egyptian government has said. The action was prompted when the ceiling of the women’s section of the historic Eliyahu HaNavi Synagogue fell in last year. It was built in 1354, bombed by the French in 1798, and rebuilt in 1850.
The Anti-Defamation League has accused Jewish Voice for Peace of seeking to undermine support for Israel among American
Jews, saying it has adopted ‘increasingly radical positions’ and uses ‘questionable tactics’ to promote its agenda. JVP supports the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.
A senior adviser to the Russian chief rabbi has condemned a court ruling in the city of Sochi banning a book by a 19th century rabbi. Forcibly Baptised, by Rabbi Marcus Lehmann, shows 14th century Lithuanian and Polish Jews’ efforts to keep their faith, despite pressure to renounce it.
IDF ramps up Syrian aid NAZI COMPARISON UPSET Israel’s armed forces say they “can’t stand by and watch” the suffering in Syria, as humanitarian aid efforts ramped up in the Golan Heights with a new hospital to support the injured coming over the border. Launching its Operation Good Neighbour scheme, the IDF said it has, since last
August, undertaken 110 aid operations in support of Syrians caught up in fighting across the border, and the new internationally-run hospital is the latest effort to help. Most of the 4,000 aid recipients have been residents of the Hauran region of southwestern Syria
The Anne Frank Centre in Berlin has distanced itself from the statement of a freelance guide who compared Jewish suffering under the Nazis to that of Palestinians under Israeli occupation today. Nesreen Hajjaj, a 24-yearold guide of Palestinian background, introduces visitors
Posters featuring a Jewish man kissing a Muslim woman have gone up around Amsterdam. Initiated by a Muslim women’s rights group, they are part of an initiative supporting women who face abuse if they choose spouses their communities oppose.
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Spare us this oneway moral traffic Jewish leaders are right to say there is far more that unites the Jewish people than divides us. Of course, there are things that do divide – but serious disagreements are few and far between. It has to be something seismically important for one element to issue what one Jewish News columnist this week calls ‘a fatwa.’ This is why it was so perplexing to hear that seven Orthodox rabbis have told their respective flocks to boycott JW3 because it had celebrated Jews who love people of their own sex, or who identify as being another sex. Like JW3, we take no sides in this. Still, it seems salient to make a few points. First, JW3 is a cultural centre. Not a religious centre. Not a school. Not a place of worship. It is a building that hosts celebrations of Jewish culture, and LGBT+ Jews are as much a part of that great mosaic we call Anglo-Jewry as any other. To not celebrate LGBT+ Jews would be to censor on the whims of the righteous. Second, showcasing Jews of different sexual stripes does not amount to “promoting” non-heterosexuality, as the rabbis seem to suggest. Showing that Jews differ in their sexual identification isn’t the same as recommending it. Third, this one-way moral traffic is beginning to grate. Can you imagine gay Jews writing an open letter of disgust to JW3 for celebrating the religious life of the strictly-Orthodox on an anniversary of great importance? Can you imagine LGBT+ Jews boycotting the Finchley Road hub because “a red line had been crossed” following its “promotion” of a certain (strictly-Orthodox) lifestyle? We can’t. Just as we can’t imagine these seven rabbis telling Ofsted inspectors that they teach their children anything other than tolerance and respect for others. Enough is enough. We’re a broad synagogue and JW3 celebrates all. Let’s leave the boycotting to politics, and welcome everyone. CONTACT DETAILS Publisher and Editor Richard Ferrer email@example.com Publisher and News Editor Justin Cohen 020 7692 6952 firstname.lastname@example.org
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WE SHOULD SEVER TIES WITH CHAREDIM In response to Izzy Posen’s [pictured] column on leaving the Stamford Hill strictly-Orthodox community, allow me to comment on the narcissistic nature of the Charedi world (Jewish News, 13 July). It makes me sad to think of my children’s childhood in the areas when nearly everyone would happily greet you in the street with either “Shabbat Shalom” or “Good Shabbos”. Today the children are taught that saying “please and thank you” is “Goyish” and even greeting someone who is different is tantamount to speaking to a “goy”. Gone are the days when, if you did look slightly different, there was at least a modicum of respect for new adherents for choosing to take on the mantle of frumkeit and all that it requires. Nowdays unless one speaks
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REJECT CHAREDI STATEMENT ON TORAH LAW AND YOU CEASE TO BE AN ORTHODOX JEW Izzy Posen, who has quit the Charedi world, fails to understand modern Orthodoxy when he advises a secular split from Charedim. Both share commitment to the Torah, differing only in the degree to which they integrate. Any organisation reject-
ing a Charedi statement on Torah law ceases to be Orthodox. Charedi protesters are pushing against an open door, an example being the current Rabbi Joseph Dweck affair.
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Yiddish, wears black and is educated in a Charedi institution, they are treated as an apostate. The rabbonim and rebbes in the schools and shuls promulgate fears and anxieties in the children as they grow up. Parents reinforce the fears, so successive generations grow ever-more fearful of other community members in case they are seen to be behaving differently or not sticking to the minutiae of the law. Izzy Posen is correct. Anyone with the appreciation for and love of the hidden beauty of Torah should sever all ties with this evergrowing menace.
“So let me get this straight – you get three fig leaves and I only get one?!”
Brian Gordon’s Orthodoxy may be admirable, but neither he or the Israeli government can impose it on its citizens (Jewish News, 20 July). As I understand it, there is no halachic prohibition on women laying tefillin (there is no halachic obligation).
Mr Gordon not only wants to impose halacha on an unwilling population, he wishes to extend his prohibitions to conduct that is religiously permitted. Such an extreme view should not prevail.
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ORTHODOX: IT’S TIME TO FINALLY TAKE NOTE
CAA FIGURES ARE NO SURPRISE Are we supposed to be shocked by the Campaign Against Antisemitism figures that anti-Semitic crime has surged to 44.5 percent, yet there were only 15 prosecutions last year? Clearly the CPS (which claims they are prosecuting more hate crimes but just fewer anti-Semitic ones) are living in the same world as Jeremy Corbyn and Shami Chakrabarti.
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While Mr Niman takes the well-trodden blinkered path of those who state opinion without any facts to back up their position, Mr Stern throws in a few facts when they suit him. But they don’t prove him right (Jewish News, 13 July). Mr Stern mocks the 100 or so “Women of the Wall”, who turn out to make their stand against the strictly-Orthodox monopoly at the Kotel and praises the Orthodox girls and women who hiss, spit and shout at those wanting to hold a Jewish prayer meeting in comfortable manner. Just 20 percent of Israelis consider themselves Orthodox. In Israel, the salaries of the Orthodox rabbinate are paid by the state. Those who besmirch more than half the world’s Jews as “not authentic” should worry. There may come the day when they are on the outside looking in.
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History of women at Wall I take issue with Geoffrey Niman’s claim that “detailed Torah rules [leave] no room for ‘liberal’ thinking” in relation to the decision to cancel a permanent space for egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall. His claim does Judaism a severe injustice. As I understand it, the Kotel was not a part of the Temple itself, but was a retaining wall of the Temple compound.
I have no idea whether members of the Sanhedrin, had they foreseen the destruction of the Temple, would have ordained that no woman should ever pray at this wall. It may even be that before the destruction, women could approach all sections of it freely.
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TORAH LAW IS FUNDAMENTAL I commend your critique of Katie Hopkins’ [pictured] association with Holocaust denier Peter Sweden (jewishnews.co.uk, 20 July). Ms Hopkins is continually given a media platform to spout her diatribes, which usually refers to “other” people as outsiders, cockroaches, feral, etc, and paid a lot of money. Why are universities inviting such an individual to give speeches, when you consider the greats of the past speaking at the university? We have dumbed down by courting her in our
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Let’s also not forget about Ken Livingstone, found guilty of all three charges for his vile comments, but since kicked into the long grass to be quietly forgotten. Meanwhile, the Labour leader publicly opposes anti-Semitism only when mentioned alongside other forms of racism, when no other forms exist in his party.
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A plan to tackle abuse during election time CHAIR, ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP AGAINST ANTISEMITISM
n recent weeks, party political points were sought as colleagues laid into one another about electoral abuse. This is regrettable and the wrong approach. It yields no results for electoral candidates and frustrates a public already disappointed with the level of debate in our country. For nearly five years, racist and discriminatory abuse in elections is something we have grappled with through the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Against Antisemitism, and before this recent lightbulb moment for the government, we proposed a raft of recommendations, many of which have been adopted by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Electoral Commission and the police. The incidents of racism have generally been better addressed by more astute political parties and the frameworks introduced by way of our work have helped, but there is more to be done. In an update we published to the
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IF WE STEER CLEAR OF ANY PARTISAN ATTACKS, WE CAN MAKE OUR ELECTIONS THE JEWEL IN OUR DEMOCRATIC CROWN All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Electoral Conduct, we have highlighted some of the most egregious examples of abuse. Conservative candidate Ameet Jogia had to seek action when the wall of a voting booth in the constituency for which he was standing was daubed with a racist message, while Andrew Percy, a long-standing member of the APPG Against Antisemitism, was subjected to abuse when out campaigning. My former
Labour colleague Iain Wright had a case of electoral abuse reach court, while colleague Naz Shah had anti-Semitic abuse levelled at her. These incidents are worrying, particularly as they may deter people from standing for parliament. So what should we do? We have worked hard to ensure the all-party inquiry recommendations were implemented. Guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission has been improved and the police are doing more to inform officers, but we have highlighted four key measures government and political parties can take. I will press the Committee for Standard in Public Life to consider the following as part of its forthcoming inquiry: • Government should make time to implement the findings of the Law Commission’s review of electoral law. This suggests simplification of the law and most importantly a wholesale reworking of the law on ‘undue influence’. I am particularly concerned about groups being able to signal support for candidates without such support falling into the register of electoral expenses. • Cross-party action. We made a number
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27 July 2017 Jewish News
A red line has been crossed with the ‘fatwa’ against JW3 JENNI FRAZER
n 2003, when she came back from Manhattan bursting with enthusiasm about her visit to the Jewish community centre there, Dame Vivien Duffield held a special breakfast for Anglo-Jewry’s movers and shakers. She wanted, she said, to recreate a Jewish Community Centre in London, and made it clear that what had attracted her so much to the Manhattan model was that it was a place for everyone, young and old, rich and poor, and, most importantly, from whatever strand of Judaism with which they felt comfortable. By and large, that ambition has been realised, as JW3, as it became known, has become a cultural and social landmark on the Finchley Road, and we can hardly remember life without it. But even when the project was just a gleam in Dame Vivien’s eye, she was fairly
sure about one thing: no religious hegemony. It was not destined to be a place for the Orthodox or the Reform, but for those of all faith and of none. Nevertheless, the JW3 board had to get the Orthodox on side in order to have a functioning building. Accordingly, JW3 is not open on Shabbat or chagim, and it has a kashrut licence so that everyone can eat there. And here is the problem. Because that kashrut licence is from the Sephardi Kashrut Authority, and its very existence was brought into discussion around six weeks ago at the heart of the febrile negotiations in the Rabbi Joseph Dweck affair. The reasonable among you may legitimately ask what has JW3 to do with Rabbi Dweck – the senior rabbi of the S&P Sephardi Community – who was not a member of the Sephardi Kashrut Authority when the row exploded over his controversial lecture about homosexuality and Judaism. But it may be a little clearer with the
publication this week of a so-called “fatwa” or denunciation of JW3 by seven strictly Orthodox rabbis. In an open letter published last Friday, the writers – who include Rabbi Aaron Bassous, who spearheaded the campaign against Rabbi Dweck – say: “We are of the strong opinion that a red line has been crossed in launching campaigns and initiatives that promote lifestyles and behaviours forbidden and condemned by the Torah”. Accordingly, they call upon their communities to “avoid visiting the centre”. It is understood that this is a reference to JW3’s March programme, “GayW3”, a series of events to mark 50 years since
the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Britain. I don’t know whether this “fatwa” is genuine, as it would be all too easy to cut and paste signatures from other such letters. But if it is, it has a nasty whiff of bigotry and blackmail about it. Those who failed to topple Rabbi Dweck are now, allegedly, after other prey – even though the idea that the members of the strictly Orthodox community would even venture through JW3’s doors is somewhat laughable. As it is, that JW3’s kashrut licence was even mentioned within the Dweck deliberations – I am of the strong opinion that a red line has been crossed.
IF GENUINE, THIS ‘FATWA’ HAS A NASTY WHIFF OF BIGOTRY ABOUT IT. THOSE WHO FAILED TO TOPPLE DWECK ARE NOW, ALLEGEDLY, AFTER OTHER PREY
The silence gets louder as Gaza situation gets worse STEPHEN ORYSZCZUK FOREIGN EDITOR, JEWISH NEWS
t what point do the overwhelming majority of Jewish community leaders say ‘“enough is enough” when it comes to suffering in Gaza? Do they think there is any depth to which the situation there cannot sink? When does the Gaza crisis warrant their attention? Or do they just not care? These are questions that I, as a non-Jew feeling my way around in the Jewish world, find myself asking, as Gaza’s already-desperate situation gets worse. So I’m asking you. I’d like to think that, on the whole, I get the bigger picture: that there’s no goodwill on either side; that they fire rockets and Israel fires back; that they glory in killing Israelis and Israelis celebrate killing, say, a Hamas commander. I get the idea behind deterrence. I even subscribe to it. They’re laws I grew up with. If someone hits you, hit them back 10 times harder. Then they’ll think twice about doing it again. My point is this: most of Gaza’s two million people never did anything wrong, and now live in conditions most of us
wouldn’t wish on our worst enemy; no power, no fuel, critical services shutting down, hospitals closing. So my question stands: when, if ever, will the Jewish community stand up and say: ‘Enough’? When, as surely there will be, a humanitarian catastrophe unfolds just a few miles from the boutiques and bars of Tel Aviv, will Jewish people be there to add their voice and push Israel to help? Or will they be conspicuous by their absence? No one would be surprised if Jews weren’t first in line to help those who’d sworn to kill them, if they plugged their ears and averted their gaze. The world may grumble about the blockade being the cause of it all, but would, at most, ask Israel not to stop the aid of others. Is that enough? To me, that’s not what being Jewish is all about. It’s about pulling Muslim migrants out of the water on a Greek island beach. It’s about treating Syrians in a field hospital near the Golan Heights. It’s about trying to avoid the unnecessary pain, misery and suffering of millions, wherever they are, whatever their leaders have said and done in the past. Yet there is, to put it mildly, a collective communal apathy towards the mainly
young Muslim people living (if one can call it that) in Gaza. The cynic says that that’s how Israel likes it: ‘Out of sight, out of mind, except when there’s rockets, at which point they’re two million murderers.’ They say nice simple narratives like that have led to three wars in nine years, Israel bombing Gaza “back to the stone ages”. Today, hideously, that phrase is no longer metaphorical. This is a now a land of dust and rubble. Go online and see for yourself: there’s nothing left to bomb. It is dire. Most Gazans would leave if they could, but they can’t. David Cameron called it “a prison”. What else is it when you can’t get out? To those who would point a finger at Israel, remember that Egypt closed its border too,
and fellow Palestinians in the West Bank last month called for Gaza’s electricity to be cut. Four hours’ of electricity a day is their new reality. Four. To IDF planners, who like nothing more than a divided Arab world, this is great news, but where does it leave the Gaza mother whose nine-year old son has cystic fibrosis and needs a 24/7 oxygen pump? And anyway, what’s the game-plan? Smoke them out of the hole? They can’t leave the hole. Make the people turn on Hamas? Which genius thought that if they did, Hamas would be replaced by something nicer, not nastier? None of it makes sense. All this suffering, all this pain, to me makes not one iota of sense. And, as it gets worse, the silence of the Jewish community gets louder.
FOUR HOURS OF ELECTRICITY A DAY IS THE NEW REALITY FOR PALESTINIANS LIVING IN THE SQUALOR OF THE GAZA STRIP. FOUR.
Jewish News 27 July 2017
Community as guilty as BBC on gender pay gap LAURA MARKS
WOMEN IN JEWISH LEADERSHIP, 2011-17
ary Lineker’s agent, Jon Holmes, compounded an already awkward situation this week when it was revealed that the top male BBC presenters were being paid substantially, and consistently more than women in identical jobs. Fabulous and deserving women such as Emily Maitlis were excluded from those earning more than £150,000, but I was very pleased to see Vanessa Feltz on the list. Holmes went on to announce, with astonishing casual sexism, that he “wouldn’t buy a house” from any of the “tough” female agents negotiating for their presenter clients. Any company employing more than 250 people will need to publish its gender ‘pay gap’ by April; that is the difference between the amount men and women are paid to do the same job. With the average gap being 18 percent, many companies, such as the BBC, are facing embarrassment and outcry from their female and, hopefully, male staff. To make matters worse, new policies on redundancy and protected days off, proposed by the BBC, would add to the inequality as they would disproportionately
FEW PEOPLE ACTIVELY WANT TO HOLD WOMEN BACK – BUT WITHOUT HONEST SCRUTINY, AS WE CAN SEE FROM THE BBC, IT JUST HAPPENS affect women. Presumably these were not designed to target women, but rather there was insufficient determination to avoid the discrimination pitfalls. I suspect, this week at least, many of our Jewish communal organisations will breathe a sigh of relief that they are not big enough to need to disclose. The last time we systematically looked at pay in the Jewish community was in 2014, when the Jewish Chronicle published the salaries of chief executives’ earnings. It made for interesting reading, not because of the salaries themselves, (I think our CEOs deserve to be well rewarded) but because, when those of us working on the Jewish Leadership Council’s
Commission on Women in Jewish Leadership attempted to systematically analyse the figures, we found a substantial pay gap. Our men, in similar CEO jobs, were being paid a substantial 22 percent more than the women. The BBC salaries are high, but that’s not the issue. What we need to consider is how is it that men command higher salaries than women, and what this says about us as a country and particularly us, as a Jewish community. We share many of the same gender challenges as the BBC or any other organisation, but have specific challenges of our own, too. The 2012 report Inspiring Jewish Women Leaders identified some Jewish norms that contribute to the relatively low numbers of women in leadership roles. These include the demands put on them with regards to family responsibilities, women’s low demands, the excluding Old Boys’ Network and a lack of real interest in the issue among our communal organisations. I’ve seen myself, over many years, the way in which women in Jewish organisations negotiate over pay and conditions vs the men, and I’ve rarely seen the “tough” approach Holmes attributes to women, far from it. Few people or organisations actively want to hold women back – but without systematic and honest scrutiny, and maybe some training on negotiating, as we
can see from the BBC, it just happens. Six forward-looking organisations took part in the award-winning Gender Equality Plan, which helped them to look, in a practical and honest way, at their own processes and structures and to consider whether they are genuinely inclusive. Each one felt that as a result, they benefitted directly from the wider mix of people moving into leadership roles. We were disappointed more didn’t come forward, despite them knowing equality is a hot topic in government, with more and stricter legislation in place. I was pleased to see the incoming JLC chair Jonathan Goldstein referring in his manifesto to needing more engagement with women, as we know the JLC is currently male dominated, particularly at a lay leadership level. We hope that, with support, he will see pay and leadership equality as a communal issue worthy of scrutiny. My husband would never forgive me if I suggested Gary Lineker’s appearances on Match of the Day could be in jeopardy through demands for pay cuts. But it’s worth noting that the BBC has made some ambitious claims about change within three short years that would require radical, innovative and out of the box thinking. It’s time for us to be part of the process of delivering change, leading the way as we do on so many important issues, rather than dragging our (high or low) heels.
Doctor Who’s Time Lady opens new can of worms RABBI CHARLEY BAGINSKY
LIBERAL JUDAISM’S DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY AND PARTNERSHIPS
octor Who is now Doctor He… a wonderful joke from my colleague Rabbi Mark Solomon for those of us with a grasp of Hebrew. Sadly much of the world has not been so jovial at the recent news that Jodie Whittaker [pictured, right] will become the first female Time Lord. Indeed if you’ve been on social media or listened to a radio phone-in over the past week, you would have heard people opining that “political correctness has gone mad”. That’s because the news of Doctor Who’s changing gender was one of a triad of stories this week that drew attention once again to the sphere of stereotypes, language and gender. So the same people who raged that there was no way a time travelling alien could possibly be a woman were also vitriolic that London Underground staff will now say good morning to
PEOPLE CONTINUE TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT OF LANGUAGE AND VISUAL IMAGES IN SHAPING A SOCIETY WE WANT FOR OUR CHILDREN “everyone” instead of “ladies and gentlemen”. News that the Advertising Standards Authority will crack down on sexist ads – outlawing everything from ‘body shaming’ to reinforcements of gender stereotypes – also went down badly. For many of us, especially in the Progressive world, it feels like groundhog day. As Vanessa Feltz put it: “Did we not fight this battle in the 1970s, have we not moved on now?” The simple answer is no. This is not a battle
fought and won. It is not good enough to say things are better now and so we have done enough. This is not a world gone mad, but rather one where people are continuing to understand the impact of language and visual images in shaping the society we want our children to be a part of. There will always be a moment when shifting our language has to be a conscious effort, but it soon becomes part of natural speech and reverting to the past seems rightly uncomfortable. As a Liberal Jew and, yes, as a woman, it is important to me that we have non-gendered and inclusive language in our prayer books. Nowhere in Liberal liturgy will you find God referred to using ‘he’ or any other male pronoun. In our prayers whenever Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are mentioned, Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel and Leah are, too. So now my two daughters, and my son, are growing up able to talk about God naturally, as neither male nor female. An activity that for me, took time and conscious effort. Similarly, they attend a youth movement
where gender binaries are exposed and talked about even from the earliest ages. My children, and their friends, walk with confidence and know they will always be empowered to express themselves however they choose. When God created the world at the beginning of Torah it was done with language: “God said let there be light and there was light”. So I am proud to endorse a society that is following Liberal Judaism in agreeing that our language and visual images should be aspirational and should help to create a new world.
27 July 2017 Jewish News
Community / Scene & Be Seen US HELPS 1BBYO OUT WITH GIFT
Fifty teenagers from BBYO USA packed more than 1,500 items of food and toiletries for those who are struggling in the community. During an education session by GIFT’s Avrohom Zeidman who taught them about the ethos of the charity, the group brainstormed ways to get involved in volunteering when they are back in the US.
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2PAPERWEIGHT TRUST BUFFET
The latest news, pictures and social events from across the community
Trustees of the Paperweight Trust hosted a summer buffet of cocktails and dinner in Maida Vale to celebrate the unsung heroes of the organisation – volunteers who, Benjamin Conway, a founder trustee called “the beating heart of our organisation”. The event, attended by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, was a show of gratitude to volunteers who enable the organisation’s reach to grow across London.
OUTSTANDING 3AN MUSICAL AFFAIR
Delegates from 20 British communities enjoyed four days of workshops, concerts and prayer at Shirei Chagigah, Reform Judaism’s biennial music conference run by Cantor Zöe Jacobs of Finchley Reform Synagogue. Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism, said: “It was an outstanding, joyful and practical celebration of music, which will impact directly on our communities.” Jacobs added: “This is a group of young people who are ahead of the curve; already integrating songleading techniques into their tefillah leadership. It’s great for them to be able to share with the wider community what they can do, and it affords us the chance to acknowledge the extraordinary talent that exists among our younger generation.”
ILFORD’S 4WOHL SONG CONTEST
Year 6 pupils at Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School shared their talent with their peers at the school’s annual Jewish song contest. Pupils wrote their own lyrics about Judaism and the school, before singing music of their choice. The winning group consisted of Aaron Gelkoff, Millie Isaac and Paris Peaker.
27 July 2017
Scene & Be Seen / Community
FEVER 1 FIVER SURROUNDS SINAI
Year 6 pupils from Sinai Jewish Primary School took part in The Fiver Challenge where they raised £1,482 for various different charities. The event involves being pledged a £5 note to set up a business. Among the businesses was home-made lemonade and brownies, popcorn stands and carwashing and many more. Some of the charities that benefited included Crones and Colitis, WaterAid, Gift, WWF and Chai Cancer Care.
IF YOU OR YOUR FAMILY CAME TO THE UK IN THE 1930S AND 1940S, WE MAY HAVE YOUR PAPERS
2 SPECIAL RECITAL
More than 100 people listened to a recital given by Robert Max (cello), Hana Mizuta-Spencer (violin), Tim Crawford (violin) and Alinka Rowe (viola) at Hampstead Synagogue Community Centre. Playing Samuel Alman’s Fuga Fantastica for string quartet – the first public performance of the quartet since the 1950s – the music of Alman has a special meaning for Hampstead Synagogue as he was its choirmaster from 1917 to 1947.
6 IN THE GENES Photo by Claire Jonas Photography
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain is celebrating its 25th anniversary and its move to the premises of The Society of Genealogists. Among the speakers at a special anniversary members’ social was founding chairman, solicitor, Graham Jaffe, genealogist Laurence Harris, and Stuart Rosenblatt, president of The Irish Genealogical Society
who made a presentation of two volumes of “The A to Z of Irish Jewry” to commemorate the organisation’s landmark anniversary.
4 GARDEN PARTY
A group of Hasmonean High School alumni, currently studying at the University of Cambridge, celebrated the end of the year at a garden party. Pictured (from back l-r) are undergraduate students in first, second and third year: Joel Baruch, Alex Epstein, Oren Yefet, Rachael Goldwater and Lily Lerman, (front l-r): Johnny Harounoff, Naphtali Rabinowitz, Hannah Cohen and Nathan Steuer.
The Gesher Leadership Institute, which nurtures and trains Israeli leaders to forge connections between Jews in Israel and the diaspora, visited the UK. Government officials, journalists, lawyers and authors met Ambassador Mark Regev, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Daniel Levy, Sir Trevor Chinn and the Facebook policy team in Israel and the UK among others.
6 CHANA’S BRUNCH
More than 600 women attended Chana’s Ladies Brunch at Allianz Park, where guests heard an account of one couple’s journey to have a child and about the inspiring work of Chana’s Medical Panel, as well as from others it has helped.
Your simcha announcements Nikki Cohen and James Lewis celebrated their wedding at Sopwell House Hotel.
Joshua Linskell celebrated his barmitzvah at Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue.
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Samuel Chazan celebrated his barmitzvah at St John’s Wood Synagogue.
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Anya Berg celebrated her batmitzvah at Belmont Synagogue.
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27 July 2017 Jewish News
Celebrity / Lifestyle
IN THIS SECTION: Travel 26 / Competition 34
Hard and fast rules Chart sensation Guy Robin, aka Jonas Blue, tells Francine Wolfisz about his meteoric rise
rmed with an enviable collection of CDs and vinyls and still only in his pre-teens, Guy Robin spent day and night mixing the decks from his bedroom. Sixteen years later, the hard work has more than paid off, with the talented producer and songwriter – now better known by his stage name, Jonas Blue – becoming a fixture on the international charts. His version of Fast Car, featuring Dakota, earned him two Brit Award nominations earlier this year and his new track Mama, recently passed 100 million views on YouTube. When we speak, he’s just returned to the UK after playing to a crowd of 130,000 in Las Vegas – and is about to jet off again in a few days on a whistle-stop tour of four countries. Not bad for the Jewish boy from Barkingside, whose astronomical rise to chart success began a little over two years ago. “It’s been crazy,” confesses the 27-year-old, who loves the fast pace of his new-found fame, but equally wishes he could spend more time at home. “I do miss Friday night dinners, that good quality time with your family.” Jonas’ interest in music began at a young age, when the King Solomon High School pupil first took up the flute and piano, before dabbling with DJing. He refers to Max Martin, the hit producer behind Ace of Base, Backstreet Boys, ’NSync, Britney Spears and Katy Perry among others as his “musical hero”, and says he grew up listening to his parents’ soul, funk, disco and
pop – as well as Israeli music. “That’s something people wouldn’t necessarily know about,” explains Jonas, “But I was brought up on a lot of Middle Eastern music, Arabic and Israeli, and it heavily influences my sound. “If you listen to a lot of choruses in my songs, you’ll hear synth lines that are inspired by that music, those rhythms and sounds.” His mum also loved Tracy Chapman, which brings us neatly onto a remake of Fast Car, his debut smash hit of 2015, which went platinum and peaked at number two in the UK Singles Chart. At the time, Jonas was busy establishing himself under his real name on the DJ circuit and by his own admission, he didn’t have any expectations for the single to become a global sensation. “I had no goals or aspirations for Fast Car, it was just something from my DJ sets and I wasn’t even trying to get it signed. “I think that’s the beauty of it – I wasn’t trying too hard with that record and yet it went to number one in more than 40 countries. “It was already a great song, but I knew it just needed a reimagination to bring it to the new generation, a little bit of extra magic.” His reworked version of Fast Car, featuring newcomer Dakota, also brought a change of name for the aspiring DJ and songwriter who wanted “something fresh”. Having been influenced by Scandinavian music, he chose Jonas as his first name and Blue “because it sounds refreshing” – although fans will be interested to hear his favourite colour is actually orange. Since then, Jonas has topped the charts with three more singles – Perfect Strangers, featuring J P Cooper, By Your Side, with British singer Raye and Mama, featuring Australian artist William Singe. Looking to future collaborations, Jonas has been busy speaking to the likes of Ellie Goulding, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello – all established acts in the music industry
– although he is not averse to working with unknown acts and says “there’s something special about finding those new artists”. He tells me: “At the start I had no choice, because no one big wanted to work with me, but I knew from my background in music that I could produce great artists and get them to that next level. “I was on the hunt and had the idea of finding new artists to develop. “Now I’m in a very fortunate position, but there’s still something special about finding
those new artists, developing them and putting them on these big records.” Despite being incredibly busy on the road and in the studio, Jonas has managed to squeeze in the release of Electronic Nature – The Mix 2017, a 60-track album of house, dance and electronic anthems, as well as another single, which comes out in October. Mama ft. William Singe, and Electronic Nature – The Mix 2017, are out now
Jonas Blue grew up listening to his parents’ soul, funk, disco and pop – as well as Israeli music
Jewish News 27 July 2017
Lifestyle / Concert review: Radiohead in Tel Aviv
Radiohead’s sublime sound drowns out the foolish fury Richard Ferrer sees a renowned band renew its Israel love affair with a marathon concert in Tel Aviv
n sound and fury, Radiohead reaches the parts other bands cannot reach. Fury can wait. First the sound, soaring over Tel Aviv last Wednesday during the final show of this singular band’s A Moon Shaped Pool world tour. The diverse 47,000-strong crowd in palmtree lined HaYarkon Park mirrored the melting pot of opening acts – Israeli-IraqiYemenite Dudu Tass, Arab-Israeli Nasreen Qadri and Indian-based Urdu and Hindi musician Ben Tzur, who was joined on stage by Radiohead composer Jonny Greenwood. As the searing sun went down, Radiohead’s first set in Israel for 17 years began, with Thom Yorke and co-emerging onto a spotlight strewn stage to squeals of joy that turned to spooky silence for abstract opener Daydreaming. What followed was the band’s longest concert since 2006. “We ain’t done yet. We came all this way so we’re gonna play our fingers off” said Thom at the start of the second encore. Twenty-seven tunes filled with moments that give goosebumps goosebumps. “Back to save the u-u-u-niverse” in Airbag; “Ripples on a bla-a-ack shore” in Reckoner; “Broken hearts, make it rain,” in Identikit; “It’s gonna be a glo-o-o-rious day” in Lucky. Thom’s “You have not been paying attention” freak out in 2+2=5. The opening beats of Everything In Its Right Place and 15 Step. The closing bleats of Ful Stop and
Young star Max gets purr-fect West End role It’s not every day a seven-year-old lands the chance to star alongside Sienna Miller [right] and Jack O’Connell, writes Naomi Frankel. So little wonder Max Bloom [far right] feels “it was a dream come true” to land a part in the West End revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, which opens at the Apollo Theatre this week. Tennessee Williams’ play revolves around a Southern family in crisis. Colm Meaney stars as patriarch and cotton plantation owner Big Daddy, with Miller as fiery daughter-in-law Maggie and O’Connell as his struggling son Brick. Max, who lives with proud parents
Weird Fishes/Arpeggi. Orgasms each. But the greatest climax was Creep. Back in 1992, while Radiohead struggled to shrug off its Nirvana-light tag back home, the band’s music – particularly its angsty anthem – played from Sanyo double cassette decks from Tel Aviv to Tiberias. “In 1993 we came here. Somewhere called the Roxan, didn’t we Jonny?” Thom teased his lieutenant, who met his Israeli wife during those gigs. “I think we played this one...” Cue mayhem. These days, 20 years after OK Computer, Thom isn’t adverse to shaking his bits to the hits, so we also got The Bends, No Surprises, Paranoid Android and an extended Karma Police, which provided a blockbuster finale. The night was as much group hug as rock concert – a welcome one too after the political ugliness that preceded it. Anyone with half an eye on recent music festivals in Glastonbury and Glasgow will have seen Palestinian flags waved in the crowd by fans of the ignore-every-otherproblem-on-earth Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, urging the band to cancel its show in “Apartheid Israel”. Of course, the major wrinkle in the BDSers’ worldview is that if they were randomly dropped from the sky into any Middle East country they would pray that their biased little backsides landed in Israel. There’s no second choice country in the region if you value women’s rights, gay
Darren and Janine in Finchley, has been cast as one of Big Daddy’s grandchildren for his West End debut. Speaking this week to Jewish News, the former Akiva School student said: “I was so excited I started crying, laughing and jumping up and down all at the same time. “I have always wanted to be in a West End performance so this was a dream come true.” Max’s journey from schoolboy to stage star began at the age of three, after joining a drama class at Jigsaw Performing Arts School and discovering that acting was “something that comes naturally to me”. He adds: “I loved every minute of it.” He now goes to New London Performing Arts School in Muswell Hill, where he has been busy learning drama, singing, ballet, tap
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke is welcomed to the stage by 47,000 thrilled fans in Tel Aviv
rights, religious freedom, political freedom, free speech and a free press. No second choice country if you want to take the mickey out of politicians and not be locked or strung up. Before the concert I strolled around Tel Aviv’s Carmel market, where you can buy a poster of Benjamin Netanyahu sitting on the toilet, trousers around his ankles, doing a number two. Try flogging posters in a
dancing and street dancing. Despite his hectic rehearsal and performance schedule, keeping up with schoolwork remains the number one priority. “All the kids in our show know how important it is. My parents and teachers are very supportive, but the rule is that I keep up with my school work as well.” Referring to his character in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Max explains: “There are five of Mae Pollitt’s children altogether. Three girls and two boys. My character is one of the cheeky and naughty boys!” He is looking forward to the show’s opening night and says it will be “the best thing ever” to perform for an audience. “I’m looking forward to meeting my friends and family after the show when I walk out the stage door.” As for the future, Max might only be seven, but is quite certain when asked if he would like to pursue a career in acting. “Undoubtedly, most definitely, a huge yes!” Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opened at the Apollo Theatre this week
Tehran market of the ayatollah doing a pooh and see if you get away with that crap. On stage in Glasgow, Thom angrily stuck a middle finger up at the Israel haters. He didn’t need to lose his rag. After all, to paraphrase another poet, fury told by an idiot signifies nothing. In Tel Aviv he got it spot on: “A lot was said about this, but in the end we just played some music.” Verdict: 5/5
27 July 2017 Jewish News
Nosh / Lifestyle
Spiced Tunisian freekah salad
PREPARATION TIME 30 MINS
Freekah, is one of many new grains readily available. It is a cereal food made from green wheat that is then roasted. Over Succot we celebrate the harvest festival and dishes using a variety of grains, the perfect way to acknowledge the agriculture bounty – wheat, barley, oats, rice, corn, millet, quinoa and rye. Freekah is in fact an ancient Arabian ingredient and is also popular in North African and surrounding countries.
Denise Phillips SERVES 4
COOKING TIME 30 MINS
2 Add the freekeh and stir constantly until the grains are coated with the olive oil and lightly toasted, about 4 minutes.
3 Add 850ml water and ½ teaspoon salt to the saucepan and reduce the heat 8 Grill or griddle the courgettes and halloumi until the courgette is browned on all sides and tender, to medium.
turning occasionally, and the halloumi is browned on both sides, turning once, about 8 minutes.
4 Simmer covered until the water is level with the freekeh - about 20 minutes 5 Transfer the freekeh to a large bowl and fluff with a fork. 6 Preheat the grill. 7 Brush the courgettes with olive oil and sprinkle with the cumin seed,
9 Transfer to a plate and let cool slightly. 10 Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk 15ml (1 tablespoon) extra virgin olive oil with the vinegar and
11 Add the dressing, apricots, spring onions, pistachios and parsley to the freekeh. 12 Cut the courgette and halloumi into 1 cm pieces and add to the salad.
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15ml extra-virgin olive oil 200g Freekeh 500g courgettes (about 2-3 medium), quartered lengthwise 1 teaspoon cumin seed 20ml extra virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 250g package halloumi cheese, cut into ½-inch-thick slices 30ml white wine vinegar 15ml extra virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove – peeled and finely chopped 4 firm ripe apricots, pitted and thinly sliced 4 spring onions, thinly sliced, white and light green parts only 55g roughly chopped toasted pistachios 4 tablespoons -finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley Salt and freshly ground black pepper – to taste
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Lifestyle / Travel
Moor than meets the eye Alex Galbinski explores the beauty of Bodmin Moor and visits the stunning seascape at Tintagel, the famous birthplace of King Arthur
THE RUGGED SCENERY CATCHES YOU OFF-GUARD; YOU CAN SEE FOR MILES ACROSS THE CORNISH COUNTRYSIDE
s we drove down the winding, single track road, enjoying the stunning vistas over the bright green Cornish countryside, another car suddenly appeared – and was driving straight towards us. “This is going to be interesting,” said my husband. This was not north London, however, and we were pleasantly surprised as the other driver smiled, reversed and waited for us to pass. We were certainly a long way from home and it was something of a relief to finally open the door to The Organ Loft at Thorne Cottage. A converted 1870 Methodist Chapel, the holiday cottage is located in the centre of St Breward, an ancient village on the western edge of Bodmin Moor, famous for its granite and china clay quarries and which boasts the highest church in Cornwall, at about 700ft. The beautiful two-bedroom accommodation, which was once the pulpit and organ loft of the chapel, retains many of its architectural features, including high arched and stained glass windows, ornate wood panelling and a spiral staircase with a polished concrete pillar and stairs made from the original church pews. It was cosy and tastefully decorated in coastal hues, featuring all the mod cons a family needs. The children were particularly taken with the small games room, which contained a fusbal table, while I enjoyed the feeling of space set over three floors and attention to detail, down to the pictures of Cornwall and the seaside-themed mugs. The Organ Loft can be rented together with the adjacent Providence House for larger groups and it was the perfect base from which to explore the sublime surrounding area. We dined in the nearby Old Inn and Restaurant, Cornwall’s highest inn that dates back to the 11th century when it gave shelter to the monks who built the neighbouring church. Reminiscent of a cosy Hampstead pub, it has a vast menu that naturally includes various freshly-caught fish.
The next morning, after a leisurely breakfast at The Shed, a fabulous brunch bar, we drove to Tintagel, and walked up to the 13th century castle that is set around some truly dramatic clifftop views. The site, said to be the birthplace of King Arthur and with a connection to the love story of Tristan and Iseult, began as an Early Medieval trading port and settlement. You can walk along the ruins, climb up to Tintagel island and investigate Merlin’s Cave on the beach. We returned to Wadebridge to hire bikes and ride along the Camel Trail – a flat, five-mile disused railway track beside the River Camel and had been advised it would be much quieter and peaceful in the later afternoon. Flanked by lush green hills on one side and the Camel Estuary on the other, the views were breath-taking. We made it to the halfway point in time to see the Treats on Trikes seller who was packing up, but we bought a delicious chocolate brownie, which helped bribe the children on to the picturesque harbour town of Padstow for dinner. Wanting to visit one of Cornwall’s many beautiful shores, we drove the following day to Polzeath, an awardAbove: Padstow harbour. Inset: Stilt-walking at Tintagel winning flat beach popular with
Clockwise from top: The approach to Tintagel Castle, the slate quarry along the Camel Trail between Wadebridge and Padstow, and The Organ Loft in St Breward
surfers – and it won the approval of our children. While they enjoyed jumping the waves and hunting for shells, I went for a sneaky look around the pretty interiors and gift shops. Next, we headed towards Minions; no, not the yellow cartoon creatures, but the highest village in Cornwall, located on Bodmin Moor and star location of BBC’s Poldark. Again, the rugged scenery catches you off-guard; you can see for miles across the Cornish countryside. We made our way to The Hurlers, three granite stone circles dating from the Early Bronze Age (around 1,500 BC) which, according to local legend, were men who were turned to stone as a punishment for playing the game of hurling on a Sunday. A short walk away across the moor – neatly dodging the cows and sheep grazing in the fields – are the Cheesewring, a natural formation of granite on Stowes Hill that balance on each other and are believed to have been formed by weather erosion over thousands of years. Cornwall is famous for its gardens and, while we would have loved to have explored many
others, including Lanhydrock in Bodmin and the famed Lost Gardens of Heligan in Saint Austell, we were limited for time. So we ended our Cornish stay with a visit to the Eden Project, a former china clay pit now transformed into an outstanding area of beauty, with giant greenhouses and a global garden. The best parts were walking through the biomes, which house Mediterranean landscapes and the largest rainforest in captivity, as well as stunning plants, crop displays, art installations and much more. Adrenalin junkies can soar along England’s longest and fastest zip wire and plummet over cliff edges in a giant swing among other activities. Cornwall has a small but vibrant Jewish community of around 100 members, Kehillat Kernow. Associated with the Reform movement, it holds Shabbat services on a fortnightly basis in Truro and Rosh Hashanah services at a retreat in Helston. There is so much to do in Cornwall that we barely scratched the surface. We will no doubt return before too long.
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Torah For Today What does the Torah say about… Acid attacks
RABBI JONNY ROODYN This week we start the final book of the Torah, Devarim, taking us all the way to Simchat Torah. Devarim takes the form of Moses’ farewell speech, as he prepares to pass away and leave them to enter the Promised Land under Joshua’s leadership. The Hebrew language is replete with word associations created by common roots. Davar means ‘word’, and is identical to the word for ‘thing’. When we speak, we turn our thoughts and ideas into words that can take on a life of their own. They become a ‘thing’ to be reckoned with and can have untold effects. Devarim is the Shabbat before the fast of Tisha B’Av, a day when we mourn the loss of two Temples and our subsequent exile. Talmudic rabbis teach that the Second Temple was destroyed owing to the sin of sinat chinam, baseless hatred, which often expresses itself in destructive rhetoric that sows seeds of discord between family, friends and communities. The story of Kamtza and Bar Kamtza (who were probably father and son), was a tragic episode of needless hatred and division that spiralled out of control to the point where the Roman emperor made the decision to put an end to Jewish sovereignty in the land of Israel. This is one of the few pieces of Torah one is permitted to study on Tisha B’Av because the lessons of the past are vital in helping us build a brighter future. Through realising that a word is a thing, we realise its power. May we always use our words for the good, so Tisha B’Av can be a day of celebration and tears of joy.
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BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL The recent rise in acid attacks against innocent people has horrified the UK public. What does the Torah say about those who carry out such crimes? God created us in His image and our faces are what we are recognised by. Defacing a human being is an attack on godliness. Furthermore, identity is said by the Talmud to be definable by the nose. The face is sacrosanct. There are, however, cases in the Bible where unusual physical harm was done by our leaders to their adversaries. When Joshua caught the cruel Canaanite king Adoni Bezeq, he cut off
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his big toes and thumbs to cripple him. This was a lesson to him and all like him to cease this cruel practice, which he had inflicted on so many during his reign. The Torah teaches lex talionis, that the same should be done to the perpetrator of a physical assault. Our rabbis have interpreted and applied financial compensation as the solution, rather than the literal “eye for an eye”. In cases of acid attack, it is almost impossible to understand how a victim can be properly compensated for a loss as extreme as this. The severe pain caused to a person and the extensive operations they will have to undergo serves to underline the seriousness of the attack. Lawmakers want to upgrade acid attacks to grievous bodily harm and ensure that offenders experience the full measure of the law. Remarkably, incidents of this kind in London were carried out by young teenagers on bikes, one younger than 16. It is astonishing that young people
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Ariel is minister of Liverpool Princes Road Synagogue and chaplain to the Army Cadets
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BY RABBI MARK GOLDSMITH This month, more than 250 sets of parents nationwide breathed a sigh of relief as their 16-year-olds set off for RSY-Netzer’s three-week Israel tour. They joined hundreds of other teenagers in Israel as the Reform Jewish contingent of this annual rite of passage for the UK Jewish community. Many of these 16-year-olds are a pleasure to have at home, but we can be reasonably certain that the words “stubborn and rebellious” could describe them well. We encourage our teenagers to find new ways to do things, to experiment in their young lives, to push the boundaries. But it can go too far. The Bible, in Deuteronomy chapter 21, seems to have a solution. “If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son, who will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and who, when they have chastened him, will not
listen to them…” this son could be brought to the priest of the Temple and when evidence was presented of how bad his behaviour was, could be stoned to death as an example to others. The Talmud, in Sanhedrin 68ff, essentially made it impossible for this extraordinary punishment to take place, yet kept the principle that a child on the cusp of adulthood needs to be responsible for how they behave towards others. Equally, their parents and society around them are entitled to set limits on their behaviour, especially if it is dangerously self-destructive. Summer youth camps and Israel tours help our young people become great, responsible people. It gives parents quieter homes for a little while, but it also gives them back young people who have truly grown.
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RABBI DR RENÉ PFERTZEL The religious world is largely conservative. This is not a value judgement, but an acknowledgment that religion is a place of long duration – it is based on centuries-old traditions. However, the world evolves rapidly and sometimes a gap opens so wide that religions seem to lose their relevance. When, as a Liberal rabbi, I offered a prayer to mark the anniversary of the Orlando shooting last year in Parliament at the PinkNews Awards ceremony – alongside a female imam and Church of England bishop – there were complaints on social media. People from both the Orthodox religious and LGBTQI+ communities wondered whether that was the
place for people of faith. The same criticisms were aired when many LGBTQI+ Jews – who were equally proud of both identities – marched in London for Pride. I’d argue these events are exactly our place. Religion can bring an ethical, compassionate and human dimension to tragedies. It also has something to say about
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LGBTQI+ people and their right to be acknowledged as created in God’s image and therefore worthy of care and love as every human soul. Liberal Judaism has always been at the head of the fight for human rights. It was the first movement to create a same-sex wedding liturgy, and think about gender neutral words in our prayer books and Bible translations. It is not about being fashionable, or following the trends in the larger society. It is about doing what is right. The recent controversy raised by Rabbi Joseph Dweck’s comments on gay love is proof the issue is not solved, that for segments of the Jewish community being LGBTQI+ is still abhorrent. These views are contrary to Judaism’s core teachings about the value of human life: every human is unique, and deserves to be treated with dignity. Dr René Pfertzel is a rabbi at The Liberal Jewish Synagogue
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Star trekkers! Norwood adventurers bodly scale Romania’s steepest peaks to raise a blistering £30k for the charity
CHARITY CHALLENGE A dozen brave Norwood trekkers scaled heights of more than 2,400m during some of the hottest days ever recorded in Romania as they successfully completed the Dracula Trek challenge across Transylvania. During the 33km challenge – which took place as temperatures soared to 43 degrees – participants crossed the Transylvanian Alps and stopped off at ‘Dracula’s’ castle. Long-term Norwood challenger and supporter Ian Fagelson led the excursion – which was the second biggest trek the charity has undertaken in the region – and was assisted by group doctor Pat Heath and two local guides. Two members of Norwood staff – marketing manager David Souza and head of events Candice Mendes da Costa – were among the dozen who helped raise £30,000, which will be invested in new pioneering
projects similar to the new assistive technology-led site at Lyonsdown Road. Souza said: “It was an amazing experience – one that combined the thrill of adventure with the pride of charitable giving. The experience was unforgettable.” Mendes da Costa said: “It was one of the best experiences of my life and in such a beautiful country. It definitely was a challenge, but I felt such a sense of achievement, especially while raising vital funds for Norwood.” The trek was part of Norwood’s 25-year anniversary programme of challenges, which take in Kerala in India and culminate in four challenges in Israel between 15 and 22 October. Ian Tate, head of challenges and donor care at Norwood, said: “We’re exceptionally proud of all our challengers and grateful for their incredible efforts on behalf of the charity. “The funds raised will go to help so many
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CHAI HIKE A Chai client was among a group of 17 adventurous women who raised £85,000 by taking part in the ‘24Peaks in 24Hours’ challenge in aid of the charity. Danya Ross, whose son Raffi was diagnosed with cancer, said: “Now Raffi is well, it’s our turn to thank all the angels sent to support us.” Chai chairman Louise Hager said: “What this group has achieved is so wonderful.”
NIGHTINGALE BRIDGE & GOLF DAY Nightingale Hammerson has raised almost £50,000 from its annual bridge tournament and golf day. Eighteen teams – 72 players – participated in the 34th annual golf day at Coombe Hill Golf Club in Kingston, while 100 people attended the 30th annual bridge tournament at Alyth Synagogue.
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