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Passchendaele remembered Honouring the bloody battle’s Jewish heroes

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11 Av 5777

Issue No.1014


200 YEARS OF WEDDED BLISS! Four couples celebrate their 50th wedding anniversaries See page 11

Aliyah family’s desperate appeal to help ‘save Dave’ Heartfelt campaign launched for brave young dad diagnosed with terminal cancer Britain’s Jewish community is being urged to help the family of a 32-year-old London-born father after doctors told him he has incurable cancer. Dave Kay, whose daughter Noa is twoyears-old, has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer despite having never smoked. Last year, after tests revealed the tumours had spread throughout his body, doctors told him it was terminal. Now, in a heartfelt plea, his wife Emly has posted a fundraising video called ‘Save Dave,’ asking for help to cover costs not covered by their health insurance, such as advanced tests in the United States, second medical opinions and conferences. The campaign has raised more than £45,000 so far, almost half way to the £75,000 goal. A former member of Woodside Park shul whose mother now sings in the Zemel choir, Dave grew up in London and was a member of youth movement Hanoar Hatzioni. He later chaired the Jewish Society at Leeds Metropolitan University, before making aliyah in 2008, where he now lives in northern Israel,

Publish and be damned Kevin Myers’ controversial column on BBC salary sexism illustrates the thin line between racy and racism

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on Kibbutz Ginosar on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, after meeting Israeli-born Emly in Tel Aviv. Last year the family was hit by the diagnosis that Dave had a rare form of cancer – Stage IV Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma (NSCLC) EGFR+ with multiple Brain, Liver and Bones Metastasis. “This news was, and continues to be, devastating for us and our young family,” said Emly, who works at Tel Hai College in the Upper Galil, where UJIA funds scholarships for Jewish, Arab, Druze and Circassian students. “As Dave’s treatment progresses, we are realising how much we need extra support. We are surrounded by loving friends in our home in Israel, but our families are located in different countries and the intense medical treatment that Dave requires is taking its toll not only emotionally but financially.” She said a combination of chemotherapy, whole-brain radiotherapy and various pills meant “we find ourselves not only with one household income but the responsibilities of taking care of Dave, our daughter, and daily tasks… despite immense support from friends, we often find Continued on page 5

Dave Kay shares a special moment with wife Emly. Inset: The couple’s daughter, Noa


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Jewish News 3 August 2017


News / Political confrontation / Supermarket stabbing

Netanyahu calls a halt to border showdown

Above: Israeli Orel Hazan, who challenged Jordan’s Yehiya Al-Saoud [inset]

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu stepped in this week to prevent a showdown between a Jordanian and an Israeli politician who had challenged each other to a face-off on the border between their two countries. Israel’s Oren Hazan and Jordan’s Yehiya Al-Saoud were each already on their way to the border crossing on Allenby Bridge on the River Jordan when Netanyahu ordered the Israeli politician to stand down. The showdown was averted but the hyperbole from both sides reflects diplomatic tensions between Israel and Jordan over the escalation around the Temple Mount site in Jerusalem and over last month’s deadly shooting at the Israeli embassy in Amman. Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty in 1994 but ties are often strained

over Israeli-Palestinian flare-ups. There has also been widespread anger in Jordan over last month’s deadly shooting in which an Israeli embassy guard killed two Jordanians, including a 16-year-old. Authorities said the guard opened fire after the teenager attacked him with a screwdriver during a furniture delivery. Hazan and Al-Saoud are both provocative politicians and had quarrelled publicly in recent days, exchanging barbs through statements in the media. Al-Saoud challenged Hazan to a face-off at the Allenby Bridge crossing after the Israeli berated Jordan, claiming Israel always “protects their posterior, day and night. They need a little re-education”.

Hazan picked up the gauntlet but struck a more jocular tone ahead of the rendezvous, posting photos of getting a haircut and tweeting: “A gentleman is never late!” He said he would meet Al-Saoud and “make him an offer he can’t refuse”. Hazan’s spokesman, Daniel Zirlin, said the meeting would be “non-violent” and would carry “a message of reconciliation and peace”. Al-Saoud struck a harsher tone, telling reporters on his way to the crossing that he was “serious about going to the bridge and beating up this dirty person”. “We want to tell Netanyahu that if the door to jihad (holy war) was open, the Jordanians would stomp on them (Israelis),” Al-Saoud said. Hazan, who made headlines earlier this year when he snapped an unexpected selfie with US president Donald Trump after Trump landed in Tel Aviv, was heading to the bridge on Wednesday when the prime minister’s office called.

Security camera footage showing the attack taking place

Man stabbed in food shop attack A Palestinian teenager stabbed an Israeli man, critically wounding him, at a supermarket in the coastal Israeli city of Yavneh on Wednesday morning. After initially saying the motive was unclear, police eventually said the stabbing appeared to have been a terror attack. The suspected stabber was captured by civilians, who held him down until police arrived. He was identified as a 19-year-old Palestinian man from the West Bank city of Nablus, police said. Graphic security camera footage from inside the Shufersal supermarket in Yavneh, south of Tel Aviv, showed the moments leading up to the attack and the stabbing itself The 43-year-old victim, who worked at the supermarket, was stocking shelves with paper towels on one of the aisles, paying no atten-

tion to the teenager who walked past him. The attacker turned round suddenly, took out a knife and began stabbing the supermarket employee viciously in the upper body. Though injured, the victim fought off the terrorist and tried to run away from him, blocking the aisle after him with a handcart. The victim could then be seen running to a nearby aisle and out of frame, with the assailant chasing him. The employee sustained stab wounds to the chest, neck and head and was in an “unstable” condition, officials said. The victim was taken to the Kaplan Medical Center in the nearby city of Rehovot, the Magen David Adom emergency service said. A hospital spokesperson said the victim was in critical condition. He was unconscious and hooked up to a ventilator. Editorial comment, p16

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Former Auschwitz guard Oskar Groening, 96, has been found fit to go to prison, according to officials in Hanover. Groening was convicted in July 2015 of being an accessory to the murder of 300,000 Jews and sentenced to four years. In November, a federal court rejected his appeal but Groening had remained free pending the appeal and a decision on his fitness to serve his sentence. Prosecutors now say they have rejected a defence application for a reprieve on serving the jail term, with a doctor considering Groening fit to go to

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In the week he officially retires, we recall The Duke Of Edinburgh’s visit to Hertsmere Jewish Primary School in 2000, one of numerous Jewish engagements during more than 70 years of public life.

3 August 2017 Jewish News



Peace problems / Tisha B’Av record / News

Kushner ‘doesn’t know’ way to peace Jared Kushner this week admitted he is not sure the Trump administration can offer anything “unique” to solve the Israel-Palestinian conflict. A recording of a discussion that took place on Monday has emerged which includes Kushner’s entire answer to a question about the White House’s attempts to broker a peace accord, which US president Donald Trump has repeatedly referred to as the “ultimate deal”. “What do we offer that’s unique? I don’t know,” Kushner said. “I’m sure everyone that’s tried this has been unique in some ways, but again we’re trying to follow very logically. “We’re thinking about what the

right end state is. And we’re trying to work with the parties very quietly to see if there’s a solution.” “And,” he went on, “there may be no solution, but it’s one of the problem sets that the president asked us to focus on. So we’re going to focus on it and try to come to the right conclusion in the near future.” Kushner, who was made a senior adviser to the president – his fatherin-law – has been tasked with spearheading the administration’s efforts to negotiate peace. He discussed the process by which he has been trying to make progress, which he said entailed exploring both conventional and

unconventional methods. “This is one of the ones I was asked to take on, and I did with this something that I do with every problem set you get, which is you try to study the historical context to understand how something got to where it is, who was successful, and who wasn’t successful,” Kushner went on. “And you research it and look at the conventional sources but also try to get some unconventional sources as well.” “What I’ve determined from looking at it is that not a whole lot has been accomplished over the last 40 or 50 years we’ve been doing this,” he added.

Tisha B’Av sees record Temple Mount crowd More than 1,000 Jews visited the Temple Mount on Tuesday, a new one-day record. An estimated 1,046 Jews visited the site to mark the fast of Tisha B’Av, recalling the destruction of the first and second Temples in Jerusalem. They passed through metal detectors at the Mughrabi Gate, the only one

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One of the complicating factors, Kushner said, was how much emotional baggage is embedded in the conflict. “I have tried to look at why people haven’t been successful in the negotiations, so I looked and studied all the different negotiations,” he said. “I spoke to a lot of people who have been part of them, and I think the reason why is that this is a very emotionally charged situation.” Reflecting on recent Temple Mount clashes, he added: “We were able to calm the situation there by having great dialogue between Jordan, the Palestinian Authority and the Israelis.”



Jewish News 3 August 2017

News / Journalist fired / Hate crime awards

Jewish leader defends Myers The head of Irish Jewry has defended the columnist fired from the Sunday Times this week after writing that Claudia Winkleman and Vanessa Feltz were paid well because they were Jewish. Maurice Cohen, chair of the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland, said Kevin Myers was not an anti-Semite, arguing that he was “well-respected” and that his writing style was “idiosyncratic”. Myers’ article in the Sunday Times’ Ireland edition about the gender pay gap at the BBC, titled ‘Sorry ladies – equal pay has to be earned,’ caused outrage after he suggested that the two BBC stars only topped the pay list because of their ethnicity. He wrote: “Good for them. Jews are not generally noted for their insistence on selling their talent for the lowest possible price.” Myers was quickly sacked and the Sunday Times apologised to both women, but on her breakfast show on BBC Radio London, Feltz asked how the article was published in the first place, saying it portrayed “every vile stereotype”. She added: “I couldn’t believe such a thing had been printed. It is absolutely gratuitous… blatant racism. When you see it like that it’s horrifying.” Sunday Times editor Martin Ivens called Jewish Leadership Council chairman Jonathan Goldstein to apologise to the community and the two men agreeing to meet in September “to discuss how this article managed to get through the editorial process”.

Myers wrote that Feltz and Winkleman are paid well on account of their faith. Inset: his column

Goldstein added: “I am grateful for the swift initial steps taken by Mr Ivens. However, given the record-breaking rise in anti-Semitic incidents reported by CST and anti-Semitism’s unfortunate prominence in our national discourse over recent months, it is the editorial process that remains a concern.” Myers went on Irish network RTE this week to apologise to Feltz and Winkleman, saying: “I

am very, very sorry to them, I really mean it. I’m not rescuing anything as far as I can see – it is over for me.” He added: “I am issuing an apology for no other reason than contrition of the hurt I have caused them. I said those words out of respect for their religion.” Myers has repeatedly written in defence of Israel, and has argued that “no other people in history has done more to benefit mankind or

enrich our common civilisation than the Jews,” but the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism said his past writing had included a questioning of the Holocaust. Cohen, however, rubbished the idea that Myers was either an anti-Semite or Holocaust denier, saying that to do so was “an absolute distortion of the facts”. Arguing that Myers had “inadvertently stumbled into an anti-Semitic trope,” Cohen said: “Kevin ought to have known that his bringing the religion of the two BBC presenters into his writing would cause upset and that it was both unnecessary and bound to be misunderstood. But the larger picture is that Kevin, who up until now was a respected columnist, has a particular curmudgeonly, cranky, idiosyncratic style. “We, who have been reading Kevin’s work over many years and those who know him personally, know that while this was a real error of judgement on his part, also know that he is not an anti-Semite.”  Opinion, page 18

Walker deletes ambiguous post


Controversial Labour activist Jackie Walker deleted a Facebook post about Kevin Myers’ Sunday Times article out of concern it could be mistaken as support for its author. The former Momentum vice-chair wrote “really??? For goodness sake…” alongside a Jackie Walker link to an article accusing the newspaper of anti-Semitism. This came after it published the column in which author Myers claimed Jewish BBC staff are well paid because of their religion. Walker, who’s been suspended by Labour and according to the pro-Jeremy Corbyn campaign group Momentum is now no longer a member of the organisation, hastily removed her post claiming people may “mistake [her]

disbelief” for support of the author. She told Jewish News. “I was in a state of total disbelief. It was unbelievable that such an anti-Semitic piece of garbage should get through. Then I realised some people might mistake disbelief for something else, so I took it down and replaced it with something that makes my disgust quite clear.” Asked why she left Momentum, Walker said: “That’s not my understanding. I stopped paying a monthly amount but I had paid more than a year’s subscription. I asked for my monthly payments to stop, not for my membership to stop, so Momentum could just be mistaken.”

Nominate a hate crime hero Time is running out to nominate unsung individuals on the frontline of tackling hate crime, in an initiative supported by Jewish News and Huffington Post. The #No2H8 awards will recognise individuals and organisations battling anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia and other forms of hate and will culminate in a glittering awards ceremony in central London in October. The awards – conceived by Faith Matters – are held with the support of partners including the Community Security Trust (CST), Tell MAMA, GALOP, Stop Hate UK and Stonewall. The initiative, now in its second year, is chaired by former CST chief executive Richard Benson.

“It is time to celebrate the enormous capacity for good that sits within our country and which ensures our continuing resilience against hatred, racism and intolerance,” said Faith Matters founder Fiyaz Mughal. From the nominations received, it will be down to an expert judging panel to decide the recipients of awards in 10 categories including young, community enforcement and parliamentarian upstander as well as community volunteer. The panel includes Rabbi Baroness Neuberger, Lord Carlile and Nazir Afzal, chief executive of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.  Deadline to cast your vote is 26 August. Nominate at www.no2h8.com

3 August 2017 Jewish News



Co-op ban / Urgent appeal / News

The Co-op has been banned from four American states including New York and Florida because it boycotts goods from West Bank settlements. The Manchester-based Co-operative Group, founded in 1844, has businesses in food, banking, insurance, funerals and legal services, and operates ethical policies, meaning its stores have not stocked settlement products since 2009. Five years ago, members expanded the ban to include Israeli companies trading in the settlements. The Co-op, which last year reported £9.5 billion revenue, also bans produce from Moroccan settlements in Western Sahara, saying in both instances “there is a broad international consensus that the status of the region or state is illegal”. This week Arizona, New York, Florida and Illinois took action, with the states’ legislatures barred companies from investing in the Co-op, but the UK-based group denies its ban on settlement products constitutes a boycott of Israel. “We do not source any produce or

Co-op Bank is one of the Manchesterbased group’s key interests

own-brand products from the Israeli settlements,” it says on its website. “We can categorically state that this position does not constitute a boycott of Israeli businesses.

“We remain committed to sourcing produce from and trading with Israeli suppliers that do not source from the settlements.” While dozens of US states have been passing their own laws relating to Israel and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, senators and members of the US House of Representatives appear set to pass a federal law later this year that would ban boycotts of Israel and/or West Bank settlements. The Israel Anti-Boycott Act (IABA) is far-reaching, prohibiting individuals from even seeking information about such boycotts, with violations subject to a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison. Activists have said this kind of legislation is an attack on free speech, and the American Civil Liberties Union has challenged the IABA as unconstitutional, saying: “The impacts of the legislation would be antithetical to free speech protections enshrined in the First Amendment… It would punish individuals for no other reason than their political beliefs.”

‘Save Dave’ campaign Continued from page 1 is currently no cure for this ourselves alone on this crazy type of cancer but with careful journey”. monitoring and effective treatThe family has been on an ment, we hope to manage the emotional rollercoaster since disease as a chronic illness so the diagnosis, after Dave can go back Dave’s oncololiving his life,” DONATE TO THE gist put him on added Emly. ‘SAVE DAVE’ an experimental “We are calling treatment which, FUNDRAISING PAGE on the generosity youcaring.com/ for seven months, of friends, family, SaveDave seemed to be neighbours and working. The medistrangers to help cation was then changed, us #SaveDave. Your finanwith the second treatment cial support will allow us to showing signs of progression, pursue the most advanced but after two months, this too treatments possible as well as stopped being effective. help us with constant expenses “We want Dave to have the we incur surrounding Dave’s best treatment possible. There treatment plan.”

LEEDS LEADS ON INTERFAITH Jewish and Muslim women in Leeds took advantage of some rare northern sun last weekend to set up stall for an interfaith picnic at Roundhay Park – the latest event in a growing communal friendship under a new Jewish and Muslim women’s network.

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US states ban Co-op over West Bank goods boycott


Jewish News 3 August 2017


News / 100 years on: Remembering Ypres

Passchendaele, and the Jews who fell Historians this week reflected on the contribution of Jewish soldiers to the First World War effort, as Britain marked the 100-year anniversary of the bloody battle of Passchendaele, writes Jack Mendel. At least 240 British Jewish men are thought to have been killed during the Third Battle of Ypres in Belgium, with combatants at Passchendaele ranging from privates such as Harry Vigdofsky to leading Australian general, John Monash. The battle lasted from 31 July to 10 November 1917. Hundreds died on the first day with some, such as Lionel Ernest Schloss, sustaining fatal wounds and dying just 10 days before the end of the fighting. Part of Nottingham’s Jewish community, the Polish-born 2nd lieutenant in the Machine Gun Corps became a naturalised citizen in 1900. According to London Jews in the First World War (LJFWW), he aspired to follow in father Alexander’s footsteps and become a rabbi but “unfortunately he was killed in Ypres before he could achieve his vocation”. While Schloss lasted for almost the whole of the battle, thousands were not so lucky. Lance Corporal John Isaac Cohen of Silver Street in north London was killed in action

on the first day. He served in the 2nd Battalion Wiltshire Regiment, was a former member of the teaching staff at London County Council and is buried at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Also caught in the first wave of attacks on 31 July was Private Harry Vigdofsky, 23, of the South Wales Borderers. He perished near a monument known as Iron Cross and is also remembered on the Menin Gate. His parents, Rachael and Solomon, of Jane Street off London’s Commercial Road, never got to visit their son’s grave or see his name on the memorial. A century after thousands of British and Commonwealth troops went “over the top”, Princes Charles and William, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday at Tyne Cot joined the King and Queen of Belgium to mark the anniversary with some 4,000 descendants of those who fought. Another to fall on the opening day was Henry George Raphael of the 7th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment. Born in 1894, he was listed by LJFWW as working in the ‘Optical Establishment’. He is also buried at Menin Gate, leaving behind his mother and sister Elizabeth and Kate of Belsize Park. Some half a million men on both sides were killed, injured or went

First World War soldiers at the front: Passchendaele was one of the conflict’s most horrific battles

missing during the battle and efforts are under way to digitise their memory. LJFWW is dedicated to creating a permanent digital archive to preserve the surviving evidence of Jewish experiences for future generations. The project’s historian and manager, Paula Kitching, said the work is vital, showing how events 100 years ago impacted on us all today. “Our research and ongoing engagement with the community is uncovering stories of the significant number of Jewish men who died in First World War battles fighting for this country and how the war affected British Jewish lives on the Home Front.” She added: “Anglo Jewry can be

Prince Charles leads VIPs at Monday’s ceremony; battle victim John Isaac Cohen and, below, his war papers

proud of its participation in the British war effort, reminding our community and the wider British community of our contribution and sacrifice.”  See www.jewsfww.london


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Scottish warning / Nazi dog / News

Action call over Scots racism The head of the parliamentary body tackling anti-Semitism has called for “urgent action” north of the border to “put racists back in the boxes”. John Mann MP, who leads the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, was speaking after the publication of a report into links between the Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (SPSC) and antiSemitism in Scotland. The 83-page report was written by pro-Israel blogger David Collier and funded by Jewish Human Rights Watch (JHRW), which has also supported recent legal action against two pro-Palestinian activists in Scotland. Concluding his report,

Collier says his research “supports the existence of a correlation between antiSemitism and anti-Israel activity”. “The more active someone is towards fighting against Israel, the more likely it is that anti-Semitism is present.” Collier adds: “The figure this research places on that eventuality is well over 40 percent. That suggests that at an event that gathers 100 people to wave the Palestinian flag, at least 40 or 50 promote global Jewish conspiracy theory.” The report was welcomed by Mark Taylor, honorary president of Aberdeen Synagogue and Jewish Community Centre, who

A new report warns of a tide of Scottish anti-Semitism

thanked JHRW for funding the research, and called for an “honest debate” about antiSemitism in Scotland. “For some time now the

discourse in Scotland about Israel has not been balanced and this imbalance has been fuelled by one organisation in particular,” he said.

Scot who taught a dog to sieg heil denies hate crime A Scottish man arrested for teaching his girlfriend’s dog to do the Nazi salute denied in court that he committed a hate crime. Mark Meechan, 29, [pictured] taught the pug, named Buddha, to respond with the Nazi salute when prompted by statements such as “Heil Hitler” and “gas the Jews.” Meechan posted videos of the dog performing the trick on YouTube. He appeared in court after being arrested and charged

with the hate crime offence. The original video, posted last September on his YouTube channel, Count Dankula, has been viewed more than 2.8 million times. Meechan said on the video that he trained the dog to annoy his girlfriend. “My girlfriend is always ranting about how cute and adorable her wee dog is, so I thought I would turn him into the least cute thing I could think of, which is a Nazi,” he said in his defence.

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“Let’s be clear, SPSC is not about support for Palestinians. This is about Jew hate.” Mann, the Labour MP for Bassetlaw, said: “There is a particularly virulent anti-Semitism among a small number of activists in Scotland.” He added this was “causing harm and distress to members of the Jewish community and encouraging further ignorance and hatred”. Mann went on: “Effective action is urgently required to put these racists back into their boxes, and it behoves the leaders of the Scottish government and Scottish political parties to take the lead in doing this.”


POLL: SUPPORT FOR KILLING TERRORISTS A vast majority of Jewish Israelis support recent calls made by high-profile politicians for the implementation of the death penalty for terrorists, according to a new poll. The latest monthly Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University Peace Index poll claims only 24 percent expressed their opposition.

JULY IN ISRAEL HIT RECORD HIGHS Last month was one of the hottest on record in Israel. Amid soaring temperatures across the globe, July registered as nearly three degrees Celsius hotter than the Israeli average, falling slightly short of the record 2015 and 2000 summers. The typical daytime high in Jerusalem hit 32.9°C, well above the 30°C degree average.



Jewish News 3 August 2017

Special report / Westminster Holocaust memorial

Memorial shortlist goes on show by Jenni Frazer @Jennifrazer

A stunning shortlist of designs for the new British Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre went on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum this week, as survivors used the occasion to warn about the dangers of letting prejudice go unchecked. Ninety-two designers and architects worldwide submitted designs for the memorial, which will be built on ground next to Parliament and is scheduled to open in 2021. The shortlist of 10 is on show to the public for three weeks at the V&A and comprises scale models of the designs, together with video testimonies from more than 100 British survivors of the Holocaust, Kindertransport refugees and rescuers. Opening the exhibition of designs at the V&A’s Raphael galleries, Tristram Hunt, the former Labour MP who is now director of the museum, said the new centre would help people “think about representations of resilience and survival”. He added: “The new centre will stand against all forms of hatred and extremism in the modern world.” Hunt said the V&A was “honoured” to have the Holocaust memorial designs on show and welcomed survivors Joan Salter, Peter Lantos and Mala Tribich, who spoke at the launch of the exhibits. Joan Salter, who was separated from her parents in Vichy France and was reunited with them in the UK in 1947, warned: “The Germany of yesterday could so easily become the Britain of tomorrow.” All the survivors emphasised the importance of having an educational legacy to tell people about the Holocaust long after they are dead. And Sir Peter Bazalgette, chair of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation, drew parallels with the present-

day commemorations of the First World War. He said: “We have no survivors of the First World War — and yet we can show that it is possible to investigate, commemorate and understand a massive world event. “From the red poppies around the Tower of London to this week’s commemoration of Passchendaele, we showed how as a country we can bear witness. You can touch a nerve and influence public consciousness”. Sir Peter said he believed the Holocaust Memorial was needed now more than ever because Holocaust denial, in his judgment, would grow in the next 20 years. Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said she had noted the explosion of denial on social media, which she said could be “a very dark place” when discussing the Shoah. The shortlisted designs are being exhibited by the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation, a cross-party project funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government. Among those shortlisted are some world-famous architects and artists, assisted, in one case, by the input of historian Simon Schama and the chair

Some of the shortlisted designs for London’s British Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre. Pictures by Lahdelma Mahlamäki Architects, Adjaye Associates, Foster + Partners, Allied Works

of Yad Vashem, Avner Shalev. Each design has to grapple with a long wedge-shape and among the imaginative pitches is that of artist Anish Kapoor, who proposes an avenue of cypress trees and a meteorite at the entrance to the memorial. Another entry suggests “a garden of stones, six million stones placed at and taken from the centre of London”. The eventual winner will be chosen by an independent jury which will also consider feedback from visitors to the V&A before making its decision next month. The jury is chaired by Sir Peter and includes the communities and local government secretary Sajid Javid MP, London mayor Sadiq Khan, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, assistant private secretary to the Queen Samantha Cohen and Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott MBE. Head Office: 4-6 Canfield Place, London NW6 3BT 020 7644 1500 Email: admin@westendtravel.co.uk Edgware Office: 70 Edgware Way, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 8JS 020 8958 3188 Email: info@westendtravel.co.uk. www.westendtravel.co.uk

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Special report / Aftermath of genocide

Israel shows how Yazidi can emerge from ISIS nightmare During a trip to Israel, Yazidi genocide survivor and campaigner Nadia Murad tells Jodie Cohen how mentorship by the Jewish community can help her people to start rebuilding their lives


hen we consider slavery, we usually think of it in the past tense. However, the experiences of Nadia Murad show this is far from the truth. In 2017, slavery is still a horrific reality for thousands of Yazidi women and children under the control of terror group ISIS. Nadia is one of the lucky ones – she managed to escape – and over the past two years, she has travelled around the world raising awareness of the plight of these women and children. Her travels have brought her for the first time to Israel, to Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum of the Jewish People. “Beit Hatfutsot tells the unique story of the Jews, and yet so much of your story echoes the experiences of my people,” she explains. “Despite persecution, both communities have survived. The story of the Jews continues to be written each day, and for the past three years, ISIS have stolen the narrative from the Yazidi people. We won’t let them write our future. Israel shows us that a community can emerge stronger from suffering.” Nadia is in Israel to coincide with a parliamentary Bill to officially recognise the Yazidi suffering as a genocide, something that so far has only been done by a handful of nations. Nadia’s story begins in August 2014, when ISIS entered her remote village of Kocho in the Sinjar region of Iraq, slaughtering the men and older women, and kidnapping thousands of others. “I never imagined I wouldn’t grow up in my village. When I was in high school, my ambition was to become a make-up artist and I used to practice on my friends. Then we started to hear rumours about terrorists who hated our people and said we worshipped the devil, but I never expected them to arrive at my home.” In their attempt to escape, thousands ran to nearby Mount Sinjar, where ISIS surrounded them. In sweltering 45-degree summer heat, without food, water or medical supplies, they were trapped.


Who are the Yazidi people? The Yazidis are a Kurdish ethno-religious community whose ancient religion, Yazidism, has roots in Zoroastrianism and other ancient Mesopotamian religions. In 2014, there were approximately one million Yazidi people globally, with 700,000 living in northern Iraq, where the community has lived for 6,000 years. The symbol of their faith is a peacock angel. However, a story in Islam holds the peacock responsible for allowing Satan into the Garden of Eden, and is seen by ISIS as a symbol of mutiny. ISIS considers the Yazidis to be ‘devil worshippers’.

“It was all part of ISIS’ plan to wipe out the Yazidi people,” says Nadia. “First they killed the men and elderly women who wouldn’t convert. Then they abducted thousands of younger women and children, forcing them into warehouses and prisons.” Among those girls was Nadia, who spent a month in captivity, enslaved and tortured. While she was lucky enough to escape when her captor one day left the door unlocked, she can’t forget the girls as young as nine who are sold as sex slaves in the market, or the boys as young as seven who are forcibly recruited to ISIS as fighters and suicide bombers. “Not a day goes by when I don’t recall what happened to me. A big part of what I used to

Above: Yarzidi women finally free from ISIS. Below: Nadia Murad

have is gone.” This includes her mother and six of her nine brothers, who were all brutally killed. In total, it is estimated that ISIS’ forced conversion campaign killed or kidnapped almost 10,000 Yazidis in a matter of days. Over one-third are still thought to be in captivity. However, the true scale of the horror may never be known. Nadia managed to reach a refugee camp and, in the autumn of 2015, she became part of the Baden-Württemberg special quota project for vulnerable women and children from northern Iraq, resettling in Germany. In December 2015, she testified in front of the UN Security Council in New York, and in September last year became a UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. A Nobel Peace Prize nominee, she has received numerous awards for her campaign, Nadia’s Initiative, raising awareness of the plight of the Yazidi community, trafficking and gender-based violence during war and genocide. Today, in her early 20s, Nadia continues to call for the security of ethno-religious minorities in Iraq, and for international accountability for ISIS perpetrators. “I’m trying to give a voice to the more than 3,000 still in ISIS captivity who are forced to remain silent. Slavery is alive and the world must hold perpetrators to

What can you do to help survivors? You can assist Yazidi survivors by supporting IsraAID, an Israeli-based humanitarian aid agency that responds to emergency crises and engages in international development around the world. So far, IsraAID has offered emotional and medical support, as well as distributed relief items, to more than 3,000 families escaping ISIS. You can donate at israaid.co.il/ donate#UK account. I lost my belief that bad things only happen to people far away, but did not lose my belief in people. The past few days in Israel have shown that compassion still very much exists. “At Yad Vashem, the message is that there are many ways to be a hero. Like Jews, the Yazidi people are showing resistance by holding onto our identity and practising our traditions, and we need the Jewish people’s mentorship to rebuild our community. Thank you for giving us hope.” As for the future, Nadia still dreams that one day she will have her own make-up salon back home in Iraq.


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Golden celebration / Israeli whisky / News

Four couples share the secret to 200 years of wedded bliss When it comes to the secret of a long and happy marriage, four couples who share 200 years of wedded bliss between them might have the answer, writes Katie Ottman. Ann and Michael Belson from Gants Hill, Natalie and Richard Rubin from Leigh on Sea, Adele and Michael Trainis from Barkingside and Sandra and Brian Angel from Ilford are all celebrating their golden wedding anniversaries this year. The Redbridge United Synagogue members marked the occason in a special blessing ceremony led by Reverend Gary Newman last Thursday. While the Angels married at St

John’s Wood Synagogue on 10 September 1967 before moving to Essex, the other three couples marked their special days at Hackney and East London Synagogue and have known each other since childhood. Mrs Trainis, 71, first met her husband aged just five – at the very same synagogue where they would later marry, on 24 September 1967. Her secret: “The best advice I can give is to let each other live your own life – that’s what makes your marriage stronger.” For Mrs Rubin, who met husband Richard at age 19, the key to a good marriage is “all about give and

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take”. The couple married on 25 June 1967 and have three children and seven grandchildren. The Belsons, who have two children and five grandchildren, agree that happiness lies in “having a good balance between us, doing things together, but separately as well”. Mr Belson, 74, who first met wife Ann at the dance hall at the Empire Leicester Square while they were still teenagers before marrying on 28 May 1967, said: “The secret is very simple actually ... Ann does her own thing and so do I, so there’s no feeling of guilt if one goes out without the other.” On the joint 50 years of marriage,

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News / Gal done good / Holocaust find / Polish compensation WORLD NEWS BRIEFS

DUTCH PARTY REJECTS BRIS BAN The Netherlands’ third largest party, a potential coalition partner, has distanced itself from calls by its younger leaders to ban circumcision. Roy Kramer, a spokesman for the left-leaning D66, wrote that his party has no position on non-medical circumcision of boys younger than 18. Kramer was replying to questions following statements by leaders of the party’s organisation for youths and young adults, the Jong Democraten, in favour of a de facto ban.

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CAMP SORRY OVER PALESTINIAN FLAG A Jewish summer camp has apologised after flying a Palestinian flag “as a sign of friendship and acceptance” to visiting Palestinian Muslim and Christian students. Camp Solomon Schechter in Washington State hosted members of Kids 4 Peace, a group that includes Christian and Muslim Palestinian children. The camp said it raised the flag ‘for the sake of a teachable moment” but it was “met with uncertainty”.

Israeli actress Gal Gadot’s turn as Wonder Woman has helped the UK economy out of the doldrums, after new figures revealed that boxoffice receipts and film production accounted for almost one third of the country’s growth in the second quarter. Gadot, who was crowned Miss Israel 2004, plays the fictional DC Comics superhero in the Warner Bros. film. It went on general released on 2 June, with analysts saying box office receipts added to the UK’s gross domestic product. Figures show

the film industry grew by more than eight percent in the quarter and contributed to almost a third of the UK’s total growth in the period from April to July. According to the Office for National Statistics, growth in the UK’s motion picture sector has exceeded 70 percent over the past three years – far more than in any other European country. Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond has not commented on the actress’s contribution to the coffers, but it is thought he thinks “the Gal’s done good”. Wonder Woman is proving a hit despite being banned in three Arabmajority countries, Lebanon Tunisia and Qatar, when it was released because Gadot served for the compulsory two years in the Israeli armed forces.

Uni has ‘Shoah remains’ The University of Strasbourg in France may be holding the remains of Holocaust victims in its collection of anatomical specimens, an international team of researchers said. The team of historians and specialists, including some from Oxford University, made the assertion at a news conference earlier this month at the French institution. It was the conclusion of two years of research following the discovery and burial of remains of murdered Jews that had been brought to

Strasbourg when it was under occupation. Strasbourg University long denied having the remains, which had been regarded as a rumour. But in 2015, a book by historian Michel Cymes proved their existence, leading to the location of the remains of 86 Jews. Their remains were brought to burial that year, but the experts panel said this month that additional human remains belonging to Holocaust victims may be present in the university vaults.

Poles consider reparations Poland is looking into demanding reparations from Germany for the horrors that took place in the country during the Second World War. The Polish parliament’s research office is preparing an analysis of whether to make the claim and will have it ready by 11 August, said Arakadiusz Mularczyk of the ruling Law and Justice party. The step comes after Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Poland’s

most powerful politician, said in a recent interview that the “Polish government is preparing itself for an historical counteroffensive”. Germany has paid billions of euros over the years in compensation for Nazi crimes, primarily to Jewish survivors, and acknowledges the country’s responsibility for keeping alive the memory of Nazi atrocities and atoning for them.

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Museum tour / World news

Displays, above and top right, include spectacles, right, from an unknown deportee to Auschwitz (© Auschwitz Birkenau State Museum Musealia)

another human being,” Piotr Cywiński, director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, said in a statement. Organisers said the exhibit will focus on the prewar years of the Polish town of Oświęcim and on the German occupation and its “terror system”. “The exhibition will offer an intro-

spective journey across the very nature of mankind, experienced through the ‘dual’ history of the camp: Auschwitz as a physical location and Auschwitz as a symbol and metaphor for the borderless manifestation of human barbarity,” said Luis Ferreiro of the Spanish company Musealia, project


SLUTWALK TO ALLOW ZIONIST SYMBOLS The organiser of Chicago’s annual SlutWalk has announced that Zionist symbols will be allowed at the 12 August event, overturning an earlier decision which barred participants from carrying any such religious signs. Organiser Red said the event would be open to anyone wishing to protest rape culture, including those who would choose to display Zionist or Jewish symbols. The organiser added he believed SlutWalk Chicago should apologise to Jews for the previous ruling.


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The Auschwitz museum has launched its first travelling exhibit on the Nazi extermination camp, featuring more than 600 original artefacts. The museum, which is located in Poland, will visit 14 cities in Europe and North America, beginning with Madrid later this year. It has not confirmed whether the exhibit will be coming to Britain as yet, but officials say that it is hoped to visit London “at some point”. The artefacts, most of them belonging to the Auschwitz Memorial Collections, will include an original barrack from Auschwitz III-Monowitz, the largest of the subcamps of Auschwitz. Objects shown on the website announcing the exhibit include a pair of glasses that belonged to an Auschwitz victim, an SS soldier’s belt buckle and a carved wooden box made by a prisoner. “Nothing can replace a visit to the authentic site of the biggest crime of the 20th century, but this exhibition, which people in many countries will have the opportunity to see, can become a great warning cry for us all against building the future on hatred, racism, antiSemitism and bottomless contempt for

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Auschwitz launches its first travelling exhibit, featuring 600 original artefacts

director for the exhibition. Organisers acknowledged that an entrance fee will be charged for the exhibit, but said it was necessary to cover the costs of the exhibit and its educational mission. “We need to earn an income to sustain ourselves and keep the enterprise going,” Ferreiro said.

The chief executive of the Jewish National Fund in the United States has been ordered to repay a $525,000 loan from the charity immediately. The order follows a letter from the office of New York state attorney General Eric Schneiderman to fund officials calling on the organisation to recover the loans made to Russell Robinson and JNF’s chief financial officer, Mitchel Rosenzweig, by the end of the year.

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World news / Jerusalem protests / News briefs

Temple Mount security pledge The security coordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority will gradually increase as long as Muslim access to the Temple Mount remains unrestricted, a senior Palestinian official confirmed this week. The official praised Israel for removing security restrictions imposed at the site in the wake of a deadly terror attack earlier this month. He also praised the Shin Bet Security service and the IDF for their handling of the mounting tensions surrounding the site, and expressed hope the two sides were on the way to resuming working ties.

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Last week, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas suspended security coordination with Israel in pro-

test at the installation of metal detectors at entrances to the Temple Mount, a move that sparked widespread protests

and condemnation from the Muslim world. The cooperation between Israel and the PA, in place for years despite near-frozen diplomatic ties, is seen as critical for both Israel and Abbas’ Fatah faction to keep a lid on violence in the West Bank. The PA has continued to arrest Hamas members there, despite the freeze in cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian security forces. A Fatah official confirmed the arrests of Hamas members was continuing, but said apart from “critical matters” coordination had not yet resumed.

ZAKA HIRES KOHANIM TO RESPOND TO FUTURE ATTACKS The Zaka search and rescue organisation has established a Kohanim unit to respond to future attacks on the Temple Mount. Announced on Sunday, the unit was formed by the Charedi group in the wake of last month’s terror attack on the Temple Mount, in which three ArabIsraeli men attacked and killed two Druze Israel police officers at the site. Immediately after the attack, the Zaka

Rabbinical Council, headed by Rabbi Avigdor Nebenzahl, rabbi of the Old City of Jerusalem, determined that a single volunteer should immerse in a mikvah and go to the Temple Mount to remove the dead bodies of the police and terrorists after instruction on the areas of the site where Jews are forbidden to step. The rabbis also determined that in an emergency, sending a Kohan who does

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More than two dozen Venezuelan Jews made aliyah last week after nationwide strikes and an escalating economic

crisis led to fears of violence. Up to 26 Jews landed in Israel last week, relaying the gravity of the situation at home, saying basic items are unavailable. A Christian charity paid their air fares.


A delegation of Jewish representatives met the Chilean president in Santiago to argue for anti-discrimination laws. Jewish leaders in Chile say ‘any minority can be violated’ with impunity without legislation to protect them. Chile is home to 15,000 Jews and 300,000 with Palestinian heritage. Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier who shot dead a disarmed and badly injured Palestinian attacker in Hebron last year, lost his appeal against his conviction at Kirya military base in Tel Aviv this week.

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Editorial comment and letters ISSUE NO. 1014



#StopIgnoringTerror Almost two years ago, Palestinians started stabbing and car-ramming Jews in Israel. The attacks, from men, women and teens with no terrorist affiliations or past convictions, were horrifying in their brutality, simplicity and randomness. Israeli and Diaspora Jews were dying or suffering serious life-changing injuries almost every week. It was an uprising like no other. Each incident got worldwide media attention. Everyone knew what was going on. Today, the only thing that has changed is that it has slipped off the media’s radar, as evidenced by an attack on Wednesday this week, in which a 19-year old Palestinian man walked into a supermarket in the central Israeli city of Yavne and stabbed a 43-year-old Israeli shop worker. The victim suffered stab wounds and is in a serious condition. His attacker was pinned down and arrested. How many of us heard about it? That could be because, in the hours after the attack, the top trending news articles searched for with the word ‘Israel’ included not a single mention of it. There was a story about a Palestinian official being on Israel’s lung transplant list. There was an article on China rallying support for a peace plan. There was something about an antiquities dealer being arrested, and Israel’s Sephardi Chief Rabbi criticising Jewish visitors to Temple Mount, and more coverage about Israel’s BDS ban, and a column on Israel’s natural gas reserves. There was even a feature about Israel’s first environmental satellite being launched. But nothing popped up on the attack. This serious terrorist attack – carried out in broad daylight at a supermarket on a stranger for no reason other than ethnicity – for all intents and purposes, simply wasn’t registering as an issue outside Israel. And herein lies the problem: the Palestinian uprising is ongoing but forgotten. The terror Israelis face is real and ever-present, but after two years of similar stories, the West’s news world has become fatigued by it. What would have been given space and photos and quotes and justice now gets barely a mention in the outer orbit of newspapers and news sites. That’s not OK. The only way this terror stops is if the world condemns it, and that’s only going to happen if the world knows about it. #StopIgnoringTerror.

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FIRST REFUGE OF THE COWARD Brian Gordon’s diatribe disgusted me (Jewish News, 20 July]. He pontificated about the Jewish nature of Israel but is content to leave the defence of the country to those not Orthodox enough for his conscience. Mr Gordon is concerned about non-Orthodox conversions “that recognise converts who have not been taught any real commitment to the commandments or the divinity of Torah and the Oral Law”. How does he square this concern with the many “proper Jews” who owe their status to the fact that their mother was Jewish, despite having had no religious education and being ignorant of Torah or the oral Law?

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‘Eventually, Sam realised he was at the wrong rally.’

When it comes to being a good Jew, I would point to my granddaughter, who spent seven years in a combat regiment of the IDF and my grandson, who, despite being sightly impaired, volunteered and served for two years. If Israel was the country Mr Gordon wants, how would it be defended? By yeshivah regiments facing the enemies’ tanks and guns waving copies of the Chumash? It is said that patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. I would paraphrase that to: Orthodoxy is the first refuge of the coward.

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COLUMNIST’S NARROW-MINDED DEVOTION TO A BYGONE AGE I should have known better than to read Brian Gordon’s latest column (Jewish News, 20 July). He continues to spew out his negative, narrow-minded narrative. Despite how difficult it might be, with the worldwide anti-Semitic hatred Jewry faces, we should be putting religious differences aside and pursuing a sense of communal unity. Not so with Brian, his never-ending diatribes against Progressive Jews, and the nasty vitriol coming from some of the supposed learned rabbis



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Set the record straight


Your article, “Mayor blocks Hasmo plan” was misleading and unbalanced (Jewish News, 20 July). The proposal was to demolish the girls’ school and build a boys’ school and a girls’ school well away from the site of the girls’ school, and on some 15 acres of prime green belt. As neither gender were to catch sight of the other, separate playing fields were to be built. The proposed site provides “lungs” for residents and teems with wildlife and is adorned with established trees,

So Sadiq Khan chose to reverse Barnet Council’s decision to allow the expansion of Hasmonean School. This follows his decision to allow supporters of Islamic extremists to march though London carrying terror flags, protected by his police. He also allowed a conference in support of the so-called Palestinian cause, where Jewish attendees and their families were reportedly ejected by the police. One can only wonder where the mayor’s true loyalties are and what has happened to his pledge to be a mayor for all Londoners and all faiths.

I’m heterosexual, but admire the letter from Laurence Seeff regarding his son’s homosexuality (Jewish News, 20 July). It is not homosexuality itself that causes problems but the attitude towards it. As Mr Seeff correctly states, everyone is different. If we learn to accept each other’s differences, instead of taking issue with each other, the world would be a better place. Those of religious backgrounds will note the Second Temple was destroyed because of baseless hatred. Hating homosexuals just for being homosexual is also baseless hatred. After all, gay people were also murdered by the Nazi regime during the Second World War just for being homosexual.

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many of which are protected. The Talmud instructs us that destroying trees and nature encompasses the entire range of needless destruction. The planning committee passed the proposals by only one vote, but you omitted to mention this was the casting vote of the chair, himself an old boy of the school. Another member was also an old boy, and a further member had been a governor. None recused themselves.

Roger Selby NW7


THE WEST SWALLOWS THE PROPAGANDA EVERY TIME Has there ever been a more ridiculous, absurd and pathetic excuse for rioters to take to the streets than the placing of metal detectors at the eight gates leading to the Temple Mount following the killing of two Israeli policemen by three Arab Israelis? Recent demonstrations in London that saw Palestinian sup-

porters just take over a major central London street of their choice, openly display terrorist flags and burn the flag of Israel (the only democracy in the Middle East) shows how the west has bought into the propaganda. Again.

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Did the paper publish and not give a damn? ALEX BRUMMER



big selling point for established newspapers in the age of social media and jumped up rivals like Buzzfeed and Huffington Post is they can be trusted. The Leveson Inquiry may have traduced some titles, but most of Fleet Street claims high standards. Journalists generally are well trained, libel laws (which are hard to enforce over social media) require restraint and every word which appears in the physical newspaper goes through several pairs of eyes. At the Daily Mail (where I work) the editor personally reads and edits all the opinion page articles, columnists and many of the features. Nevertheless, controversial material does sneak through. But I can think of few blunders as crass and offensive as the Kevin Myers column in the Sunday Times singling out Claudia Winkleman and Vanessa Feltz, two of the highest paid women at the BBC, as being Jewish. The author unhelpfully added: “Jews are not generally noted for their insistence on selling their talent for

the lowest possible price.” As well as being inaccurate – another Jewish BBC reporter, the excellent Emily Maitlis, is underpaid – Myers’ comment also was viciously anti-Semitic. Possibly, the editorial standards in the Sunday Times’s Irish edition are less strict than in the main paper. But it is hard to imagine any self-respecting comment editor, subeditor or editor allowing a racist trope of this kind to be published. If applied to any other racial minority the writer, the editor and the paper might potentially face prosecution for hate crimes. Generally speaking, the Murdoch press is as Jewish friendly as it is possible to be. It has an array of Jewish columnists on The Times (and for that matter Dominic Lawson on the Sunday Times). The Sun is hardline pro-Israel and anti-boycott. Of all the titles and broadcasters in the Murdoch stable the Sunday Times does appear to have more trouble than most. In January 2013, it published an offensive cartoon by Gerald Scarfe depicting Binyamin Netanyahu building a wall using blood-red mortar. Unfortunately, it was the first week in office for editor Martin Ivens. As a vice-president of the Board of Deputies at the time, I suggested we

APPLIED TO ANOTHER MINORITY GROUP THE WRITER, EDITOR AND PAPER MIGHT FACE HATE CRIME CHARGES directly contact Murdoch (which we did) and fulsome apologies were forthcoming. Murdoch insisted that the cartoon did not in any way reflect the Sunday Times’s editorial line. Longer-term Sunday Times watchers might disagree. After all, it was the same paper which outed former Israeli nuclear scientist, Mordechai Vanunu. Over a considerable period of time it sought to portray him as a victim of Israeli abuse, of freedom of speech and the press. Yet it is indisputable that in spite of being in one of the most dangerous regions in the world, press freedom in Israel is sacrosanct. Editor Martin Ivens cannot be held wholly responsible for what appears in the Irish edition. Most London editors preside over a

variety of regional and online editions and any one person would find it impossible to police such an array of outlets. What they can be held responsible for is appointing devolved or other national editors who would allow such obviously disreputable material to be printed. Credit must go again to Rupert Murdoch for an apology and the removal of the online version of the offending column as quickly as he did. But the damage had been done and a narrative of high pay for Jewish women at the BBC will have lodged in some of the unbalanced minds who inhabit social media. Apologies clearly are not enough. The Sunday Times, as the great investigative paper that it is, cannot afford its credibility to be challenged. It needs to conduct a full probe, check how the article was commissioned and edited and make sure those allegedly responsible are disciplined. There is another puzzle about all of this. The Jewish organisation to get out front and condemn the article was the self-appointed Campaign Against AntiSemitism. It was highly effective in its response. It left some more established community organisations playing catch-up.

The perilously thin line between racy and racist RICHARD FERRER EDITOR, JEWISH NEWS


word of advice for wannabe newspaper columnists: if you expect an editor to give up precious column inches to accommodate your opinions, don’t be vanilla. Any publication worth its salt wants writers who provoke – even anger – to keep the title engaging and spark healthy debate on the letters page. When it comes to columnists, only knickerbocker glories need apply. Jewish News is no different. It actively seeks out writers to get “indignant from Golders Green” and “huffish from Hampstead” furiously spitting out their Friday night chicken soup. A prime example is a recent opinion piece backing cuddly Ken Livingstone’s claim that Hitler supported Zionism, which sparked incandescent rage among readers and was subsequently cited

MYERS’ WORDS WERE OUT OF STEP WITH HIS LONG RECORD OF PUBLIC SUPPORT AND ADMIRATION FOR THE JEWISH COMMUNITY by the former London mayor in his defence against being suspended by the Labour Party. Of course, there is a perilously thin line between provocative and repulsive, controversial and irrational. It’s a line an editor is duty bound to flirt with but never cross, hence significant time and thought is given to the tone and content of every submission on its journey from pitch to print. Occasionally, as in the case of Kevin

Myers’ column for last weekend’s Irish Sunday Times, the editorial wheels fall off in quite spectacular fashion, leaving the publication’s reputation in tatters. In a piece on BBC salary sexism, Myers noted that Vanessa Feltz and Claudia Winkleman are well paid because they are Jewish. This claim, of course, isn’t so much overstepping the line as wilfully leaping over it like a cheating Pakistani fast bowler [there’s that line again]. Bizarrely, Myers’ vile observation was out of step with his long record of public support for the Jewish community [he once wrote in the Belfast Telegraph: “No other people in history has done more to benefit mankind or enrich our common civilisation than the Jews”]. How Myers’ column reads may well not be how it was meant. Sunday Times editor Martin Ivens apologised personally to Feltz and Winkleman for the “unacceptable comments both to Jewish people and to women in the workplace”. The Irish edition, edited by Frank Fitz-

gibbon, will carry an apology this weekend. Myers, meanwhile, has been sacked by the newspaper and fallen on his sword, saying: “It’s over for me professionally. I am very, very sorry.” All of which seems like an acceptable outcome. Less satisfactory, however, are all the unanswered questions hanging over the editorial process – or lack of – at one of the world’s most esteemed newspapers that led to it trotting out shabby anti-Semitic libel. Why didn’t the comment editor reject Myers’ column off the bat? Why didn’t the sub-editor responsible for editing his piece raise the alarm? And why didn’t Fitzgibbon, who may have hired Myers in the first place, do his job as the ultimate gatekeeper and bin it? The newspaper’s mea culpa is well and good, but doesn’t answer or address these questions, or the central one of this sorry affair. To paraphrase Barry Davies’ famous commentary during the men’s hockey final at the 1988 Olympics: “Where was the editor?”

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Bagels from Benny and the joy of learning to be Jewish LAUREN HAMBURGER DIRECTOR, PJ LIBRARY IN THE UK


s every working mum (or dad) will tell you, modern families lead busy lives. Parents find themselves juggling work presentations with spelling tests, interview preparation with school plays and client calls with science projects. Just as the free market economy has created ways to ease hectic lives (I may see my Amazon delivery driver more than my own mother) and smartphones mean your weekly shop can be done on the bus to work, parents still struggle with the question of whether they are giving enough time to their children. Jewish parents, whose guilt levels always reach that extra level, often have that additional worry: Am I teaching my kids about their Jewish heritage and traditions? Yes, we are taking them to shul on the high holy days and lighting the candles at Chanukah, but is that enough?

THERE NEEDS TO BE AN UNDERSTANDING OF WHY WE BOTHER DOING THESE OFTEN STRANGE AND AMUSING RITUALS In the UK, around two-thirds of Jewish children go to Jewish primary schools. Many communal leaders are proud of this figure, but it often means those parents who didn’t have a strong Jewish educational foundation themselves struggle to understand what their children are learning. Many parents may readily admit Jewish studies homework quickly goes beyond them and cheders often have limited time and resources to inspire

those children at non-Jewish schools. More importantly, being Jewish is not just about learning things in a classroom. If Judaism is to be passed on successfully to the next generation, there needs to be a deep-rooted love and respect for our heritage and traditions, coupled with an understanding of why we bother doing these often strange or amusing rituals. There seems to be two ways to achieve this. First by inspiring families outside the home at communal events, such as inviting children to eat inside JW3’s succah or packaging toys at a local Mitzvah Day project. The other option is to inspire them in the home. In our digital world, where screen time is often a reward for both parents and children, families still protect the 10-minute bedtime story slot. Currently, more than 4,000 children and their parents in the UK invite PJ Library into their homes each month to provide Jewish books for children aged eight and under. These stories enable families to learn about Jewish values and

festivals together, in the comfort of their homes. A recent survey of more than 650 Jewish families in the UK showed 93 percent of parents felt the programme had supported their families in having conversations about Jewish life and 86 percent said PJ Library had been a valuable parenting tool. Bedtime stories are a precious moment that parents still try to deliver in person even if the rest of the day has had to be outsourced to nursery, schools and playgroups. It may lead to near-insanity when the same book is demanded for the fifth night (or week) in a row, but it also means a repeated story has created a precious memory for both child and parent. By reading Jewish bedtime stories such as Shai’s Shabbat Walk or Bagels from Benny, we can introduce and foster a love for Jewish values when children are at their most receptive, help parents to feel a little more confident in their own Jewish knowledge and put those 10 minutes to good use. Efficient Jewish parenting at its finest.

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Does my BUT look big in this? One big issue, two opposite opinions...

THIS WEEK: BENJAMIN NETANYAHU WANTS TO BAN AL-JAZEERA FROM ISRAEL Kick Al-Jazeera off the Israeli airwaves – the sooner the better. Good on Benjamin Netanyahu for lancing the boil. Sure, he’ll be criticised, but this is a national security issue. The Qatar-based network has been stirring things up when it comes to Temple Mount. It lights fires in other people’s back yard, but this particular fire is in one of the world’s most hotly-contested sites, sacred to millions, cause of thousands of deaths over the years. We don’t want thousands more. We don’t need the dripfeed anti-Israel poison that Al-Jazeera spews. To hear it, you’d think Israel had just declared holy war on Islam. It’s incitement, pure and simple, and you deal with that by banning it. And let’s not forget who we’re banning, here. Al-Jazeera fanned the flames of the Arab Spring. Ask the Syrians how that turned out. Moreover, the network is owned by the Qatari royal family, who host Hamas and who cosy up to Iran and Turkish president Erdogan, the man who thinks security cameras are an act of war. Objective, it is not. So if this network wants to push the line that

Jews are seeking to take over Islam’s second holiest site, then this network cannot expect to operate inside Israel, where tension between Jews and Muslims is never far away at the best of times. Get rid, Bibi, and leave a note reading: “So long and thanks for all the fish.”

BUT... That’s exactly the sort of thing you’d expect from Turkey and Iran – banning news outlets who cover things you don’t want covered. That’s censorship. That’s authoritarianism. And if Israel apes them, it would be an attack on free speech by a known defender of free speech. Israel’s supporters in the Diaspora consistently say she is the region’s only true, functioning liberal democracy. But there is nothing liberal or democratic about banning a news organisation that puts a less-thanpositive spin on things. Incitement? Please. It reports what’s happening. If Muslims around the world go mad at the installation of

cameras and metal detectors, it’s not incitement to show them going mad. If Turkey’s president says that Israel is starting a holy war, it’s not incitement to show him saying that. If aggrieved Muslims want to write an opinion piece venting their anger at the situation, it’s not incitement to let them, just as it’s not incitement for Jewish News to cover the frustrations and aggravations of Jews, angry at what’s going on. You can’t dress this up. Israel is proposing to shoot the messenger because she doesn’t like the message. History shows this rarely works, and even if it does, only ever in the short-term. The repercussions always come back to bite.

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Community / Scene & Be Seen


Tenants and members of jLiving’s Wohl Lodge Housing Committee in Golders Green celebrated the arrival of summer by holding a celebration tea party. Those in attendance included Marion Posen, the widow of Frank Posen, who was the driving force behind the creation of Wohl Lodge back in 1988. Housing the most orthodox of the community, Wohl Lodge includes the only Shabbos lift and time clocks in each of its 20 flats.


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Siblings Michael, 7, Matan, 4, and Mya Dahan, 8, organised a bake sale of their own after their school held one. It raised £103. Mum Tanya said: “They were very proud of themselves and hope to do another bake sale soon.”


Children’s authors Louise and Noam Lederman held a fun-filled book launch at JW3. Jungle Jam in Brazil is the second book in their series of stories, which are aimed at 2-6 year-olds. Louise said: “It was an incredible event and an honour to partner with JW3 and to meet so many gorgeous children who wanted us to sign their Jungle Jam books. We just wanted to have a big party to celebrate the launch of our second work so we could say a big thankyou to all our Jungle Jam fans and supporters.”


The recently appointed Polish ambassador to the UK, Arkady Rzegocki, attended a welcoming barbecue in his honour at the New Barnet home of Polish-Jewish relations activist Filip Slipaczek (pictured fourth in line). Guests including Chipping Barnet MP Teresa Villiers and a number of councillors from Barnet and Hackney, heard Rzegocki say how he considers it an integral part of his diplomatic role to “engage with UK residents who are members of the Polish or Jewish diaspora”, adding: “I’m proud to say that Poland today is the most pro-British, pro-Europe and pro-Israel of all the former communist countries, and that is the way it should stay.” Teresa Villiers said: “Events such as this really help to increase goodwill and understanding between people of different backgrounds.”






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Scene & Be Seen / Community



Jewish Care recently held its second Card Extravaganza. More than 70 card players – all residents and clients from 14 Jewish Care homes and centres from east to north-west London – were provided with Jewish Care transport to take them to the event, which was held at the Betty and Asher Loftus Centre in Friern Barnet. Patsy Bloom, co-chair of the bridge gathering, said: “It was a great occasion and we are always delighted to be able to spend the day with Jewish Care residents and members all uniting over a game of cards.”

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More than 90 women enjoyed a combination of pampering and holistic treatments at the Love Life Chai Spa Day. Special guest speaker Suzy Menkes OBE, editor of International Vogue, spoke about her rise to success in the fashion world and the event raised more than £35,000 for Chai’s image resource service. Menkes said: “It was so heart-warming to do this little speech surrounded by so much of the energy and love that this organisation brings together.”

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4 CHIGS CELEBRATIONS Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue held a ‘Batmitzvah Revisited’ event as many of the congregation had not been able to have batmitzvahs when they were 12 years old. Organiser Karen Treep said: “Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue was honoured to have hosted such a wonderful and moving event. All credit to the ladies taking part and their teacher, Rebbetzen Nechamah Davis, who worked so hard to put this programme together. Mazeltov to all.” Rebbetzen Nechama Davis said: “Each woman present gave an amazing and inspiring speech at the final celebration, a milestone and an accomplishment.”



Year 8 pupils who participate in Aleph Learning Centre’s Zone initiative, ran a fair and raffle for children at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue. The event raised £510 in aid of Jewish Care, which was their nominated

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charity, following their volunteering at the charity’s Asher Loftus Centre.

The Jewish Women’s Leadership Network conference, Kinus Hashluchot UK, took place in a spa hotel in the Oxfordshire countryside. Funded largely by the National Lottery, the event had the theme ‘Teach / Touch / Transform’ and saw 70 attendees from Chabad Lubavitch UK and other communities from across the UK enjoy two days of educational workshops and lectures, as well as taking time out for pampering and relaxation. Chai Cancer Care’s Louise Hager said: “It was truly inspirational to see so many committed and multi-talented women come together from all over the UK.”

Your simcha announcements Zachary Krisman celebrated his barmitzvah at East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue

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IN THIS SECTION: Travel 26 / Competition 34

Let’s take the Chai road Francine Wolfisz considers this year’s kosher offerings at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Ami & Tami Underbelly, 11 to 24 August, 10.30am

Hansel & Gretel gets a thoroughly Jewish twist in this modern reworking of the Brothers Grimm tale. In 1997, Israeli composer Mátti Kovler and lyricist Aya Lavie met at a Jerusalem secondary school and came up with a parody about Jewish mothers, inspired by Broadway and Soviet musicals. Narrated by Emmy-award winning actress and TV host Sonya Hamlin, Ami and Tami tells the story of two siblings longing to leave their overbearing parents and find adventure in the unknown woods. As the fairytale unfolds, instrumentwielding actors lead audience members through the magical tale. Following an English language debut in 2015 in Boston and sold-out performances in New York, Floating Tower are now bringing their allsinging, all-dancing tale to this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Arlene! The Glitz. The Glamour. The Gossip. Assembly Checkpoint, 22 to 26 August, 2.30pm

With an incredible 40 years in showbusiness, Arlene Phillips has earned a reputation as choreographer to the stars and creator of some of the world’s most iconic musicals. From Starlight Express, Annie, Grease, Wizard Of Oz, We Will Rock You and Sound Of Music, to Elton John, Whitney Houston, Freddie Mercury and Hot Gossip, Arlene has

been an inimitable force on stage and screen for more than four decades. The toughest judge on Strictly Come Dancing reveals all to Jacquie Storey – prepare for a night of glitz, glamour and gossip! Jess Robinson Underbelly, 2 to 27 August (excluding 14 and 21 August), 7pm

Multi award-winning Jess Robinson, a semi-finalist in Britain’s Got Talent, returns with more spot-on celebrity impressions and musical comedy. Robinson, 33, who is the granddaughter of late jazz pianist Jules Ruben, effortlessly impresses with her eclectic medley of impersonations, from Billie Holiday and Liza Minnelli to Iggy Azalea, Beyoncé and Kate Bush. The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk Traverse Theatre, 15 to 27 August (except 21 August), various times

On canvas, Marc Chagall depicted himself flying above wooden shtetl roofs with the love of his life, Bella Rosenfeld. Now their love story is laid bare on stage in director Emma Rice’s colourful production, The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk. Away from the idealism of romance, Daniel Jamieson’s play reveals how this young couple must navigate the devastation of the Pogroms, the Russian Revolution and the Holocaust. The story is woven throughout with music and dance inspired by Russian-Jewish tradition.

Above and right: The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, inspired by the life of Marc Chagall and Jewish folk tale, Golem; Inset: Arlene Phillips Golem Sweet Grassmarket, 21 to 27 August, 8.20pm

For centuries, the old mythical Jewish folk tale of The Golem has intrigued as much as it has inspired, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, to Terminator, Robocop and I-Robot. Now the question of what it means to be a man or a monster is tackled by actor-playwright Richard Waring. It’s the Passover, a young girl has gone missing and the Jews know they will be blamed. The Blood Libel is coming to Prague. Rabbi Loew, leader of the community, creates a creature from the mud of the riverbank – a being of enormous strength. But can the old rabbi control his own creation? Waring transforms between the charismatic rabbi desperate to protect his people from anti-Semitic attack, and the mythical Golem that brings hope, but also terror.

The Chess Player C Primo, 2 to 28 August, 12pm

A battle rages inside a prisoner’s mind as he struggles against insanity while held in solitary confinement in a Nazi jail. After stealing a book of chess matches, he divides his conscious self into two feuding chess masters. The Chess Player is based on a novella by Jewish-Austrian author Stefan Zweig. It was first published in 1941, just a year before Zweig and his wife, despairing at the prospect of Nazi triumph, took their own lives. Award-winning American actor and director Richard McElvain stars in this gripping production. A Hunger Artist Zoo, Aug 4 to 28 (except August 8, 15, 22), 5.45pm

Performer and puppeteer Jon Levin brings his stage version of Kafka’s darkly comic tale, A Hunger Artist, to this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Cheering crowds once flocked to see the hunger artist, who starved in a cage for 40 days and 40 nights at a time for their entertainment, but over the years his popularity wanes. The narrator takes the audience on a nostalgic look back at this lost art form and the troubling nature of memory, art and spectatorship. Adapted by Josh Luxenberg and directed by Joshua William Gelb, A Hunger Artist is crossing the Atlantic to Edinburgh, following its recent successful run in New York.



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Lifestyle / Story of survival

‘I had visions haunting me for many days’ Alex Galbinski speaks to second-generation survivor Avital Baruch about her new memoir, Frozen Mud and Red Ribbons, which details the little-known Holocaust in Romania


t took Avital Baruch until she was in her twenties to realise she had grown up in the shadow of her mother’s anxieties, brought about by her horrific experiences in the Holocaust. Another 30 years would pass before Israeli-born Baruch realised just how much being a second generation child of Holocaust survivors had impacted on her life. Her own journey of self-discovery, as well as the wartime experiences of her mother, Sophica, and father, Herman, is laid bare in Baruch’s recently-published memoir, Frozen Mud and Red Ribbons. “There were issues to do with my mother that have always bothered me, and I waited for the right time to research them,” Baruch says, explaining why she embarked on the six-year project to research her family history. “There were too many question marks in my mind, both about the family and the fate of Romanian Jews.” In narrative form and with lively descriptions of Jewish-Romanian culture and traditions, Frozen Mud and Red Ribbons traces the family’s journey from the good – if fairly humble – times to the most horrific, incomprehensible evil, and onwards to an exciting future in Israel. Sophica’s recollections are interspersed with those of Herman, who, having grown up in Botoșani, a city in north-eastern Romania, escaped the deportations. Their daughter’s memory of her childhood plays alongside these, casting a light on her own trauma as a member of the Second Generation. Romania was not occupied by Nazi Germany, but allied with it and, as Baruch details in the book, about 156,000 Jews were exiled from Romania to Transnistria, where half perished. As she writes: “They were shot, burnt alive, drowned, they contracted typhus, they starved and they became exhausted mentally and physically. But half survived it, and Sophica knew she is one of them, she knew that she is strong.” Like many other victims of Nazi terror, Baruch’s mother was extremely reluctant to speak about her experiences, but gradually started opening up. Baruch’s original aim was to write down her family’s story for her children. “Soon I was propelled by an inner desire to know more and to understand the full picture,” she explains. “I felt very strongly that knowing more about my mother’s, and even my grandmoth-

er’s, generation would help me understand the way I was brought up.” Sophica was born in 1935 in Iași, where her father was later killed in a pogrom, together with about 14,000 people. Sophica didn’t see her father from the age of two, when she moved with her mother and sister to Mihaileni, a small town on the border between Bessarabia and Bukovina. Living in poverty after the death of her grandfather, six-year-old Sophica was excited to follow her older sister, Tonie, and start school. But her dream was cut short when, in June 1941, Mihaileni’s Jews were deported. Three years later, half of them were dead. Baruch lays bare the horrific experiences her family endured: “Chaya, Rivka and Esther [Sophica’s aunts] carried their packages on their backs… moving with them there were gendarmes on horses, with whips in hand… every now and then they hit one of the slow walkers, including Chaya. “Sophica, who was running ahead, turned back every so often and pulled her by the hand. But Sophica was only six and her mother 32, so the pulling wasn’t so effective.” She details how they were forced to sleep on icy fields and walk for days at a time, eventually reaching Transnistria – which was annexed to Romania from Ukraine in 1941 – and the horrors of the labour camps there. Tragically, Sophica’s sister, Tonie, contracted typhus – along with countless others – and was buried in a mass grave. She was just 10 when Sophica lay beside her and couldn’t understand why Tonie did not open her eyes any more. Upon finding work in the village of Capusterna, in 1943, Chaya considered herself ‘lucky’ – and Sophica helped out, too, making bricks out of cow dung and straw. While Baruch, 59, maintains that she is not a historian, she did conduct detailed research, interviewing people, visiting museums and reading books and testimonies. But her research also impacted on her. “At the start of interviewing, and especially while reading other testimonies of survivors from Transnistria, I had visions haunting me for days,” she says, but adds that her father’s story contributed “playfulness, happiness, light and humour, and especially hope”. The Romanian Holocaust is not as wellknown as that of other countries, something Baruch suggests can partly be explained by

Avital Baruch’s great-grandmother Gitté with her daughters, Rivka and Chaya and Chaya’s daughters, Sophica and Tonie, in 1938

Left: Sophica with her husband, Herman, in 1952. Right: Sophica as a bride two years later

Romania becoming communist after the war. “There was not much chance to receive any reparations from Romanian authorities for atrocities during the war,” explains Baruch, a former chartered accountant turned teacher, who now lives in London. “Unlike in Germany after the war, there was no access for western researchers to documents and proof of the events that took place and for evidence of [Romania’s wartime ruler] Antonescu’s crimes. It was only in 2004 that the Romanian government admitted its active involvement in the killing of more than 405,000 Jews [including 135,000 Transylvanian Jews taken to Auschwitz]. “Overall, the majority of Romanian survivors opted to keep their

stories quiet, bury it in the past, and work to build the country and their new families.” Baruch’s story, while detailing unimaginable horrors, is also one of hope. Her parents met in Israel after the war, married and had Baruch, and her younger brother, Uri. “My parents both found their move to Israel one of hope and the beginning of a new life,” she says. “They were very proud to be part of the building of the new state.”  Frozen Mud and Red Ribbons: A Romanian Jewish Girl’s Survival Through the Holocaust in Transnistria and its Rippling Effect on the Second Generation by Avital E M Baruch is priced £15. Available now

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einrich Heine wrote a poem about it, Turner painted it and here I was looking at it – the steep slate rock, Lorelei, a famous and romantic landmark on the Rhine River. I saw it from the sun deck of my Uniworld river trip, accompanied by a great commentary by our tour director, Anthony Banks, who read the verse as we sailed by in luxurious comfort. It’s easy to get into the rhythm of a river cruise with its small but elegant cabins, first class service and the enjoyment of watching the changing scenery from town to verdant countryside, while enjoying first-class breakfasts, lunches and suppers with new friends. I was on an all-inclusive, eight-day journey, ending with two extra nights in a Munich Hotel. Different trips were on offer every day, including the opportunity to take Jewish heritage tours. These were interesting and informative, but sometimes painful to witness, as the itineraries included the famous court room in Nuremberg, Dachau concentration camp and the site where members of the Israeli team were murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympic games. We boarded River Ambassador in the striking and historic city of Cologne, with its awe-inspiring Gothic cathedral, built in the medieval era. It was there that our helpful Israeli tour guide, Talia, pointed out an undisguised testimony of medieval anti-Semitism. Visible on the underside of a wooden choirstall seat dating back to 1310, the Judensau depicts Jewish figures performing with pigs – including one drinking from its teats. The Jewish population suffered persecutions and expulsions in the city throughout its history until finally being banned completely in 1424. They would only return after the French Revolution. Yet all this is in contrast to the

Above: Cologne Cathedral; left: Lucy poses with statues; and below, River Ambassador

modern and bright synagogue we later visited, which is the centre of what is now a 4,500 strong community, mainly of Russian origin. Of course, a trip to Cologne would be incomplete without seeing the oldest perfume factory in the world, the precursor to “4711”, the house number of a later fragrance maker. It is now a sweet smelling museum, and from the window it is possible to see frantic building work. This will be a new archaeological zone and Jewish centre, displaying items from what was once Europe’s most important medieval Jewish quarter, from its ancient mikvah to the minutiae of medieval Jewish life.

We were lucky to have Mr Banks with us. South African-born, he used to be a tourist guide in Israel and his enthusiasm for the Jewish heritage aspect of the trip is unbounded. Uniworld’s parent company, The Travel Corporation, is owned by a South African Jewish family. Stanley Tollman set it up in 1952 and it remains a family business, operating in 60 countries and employing over 10,000 people. Over the next few days, we visited Frankfurt, where the large Jewish Museum is housed in a former palace of the Rothschild family. In the Franconia region of eastern Germany, more than 300 towns and villages were home to Jewish families. The area is filled with charm, combined with historical reminders of our culture. One such place is Rothenburg, a well-preserved, attractive medieval settlement whose Jewish story mirrors so many other places in the area, although here, in the middle of the 13th century, the famous Talmud scholar Rabbi Meir ben Baruch lived and taught.

“Jews Alley” is a row of 12 houses, all built before 1500. One – probably the baker’s house – still has its small basement mikvah, while two doors away is the butcher’s shop. Another building doubled up as the school house. This is now thought to be the only existing Jewish street from the late Middle Ages intact in Europe. The museum, a few streets away from the main square, has a Jewish section full of artefacts from that period. The community’s fortunes were mixed, until all were finally expelled in 1520. They did not return until 1870. Then, between 1937 and 1938, the expulsion of Jews was undertaken systemically once again. At the end of each day’s sightseeing, it was a relaxing feeling knowing we could return “home” to the River Ambassador. Designed like a chic hotel – for 160 people – healthy options are always available, from the bikes on board, hikes and morning yoga sessions to the gym. Evenings were relaxed with no formal dress code, although most people spruced up for dinner and to enjoy live music in the evenings. A home from home, there was no better way to travel and discover more about Germany’s rich Jewish history, from tragedy to revival.


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RABBI SAM TAYLOR Moshe foresees the Children of Israel will endure exile in this week’s parsha. However, he assures the Nation: “Hashem your God is a merciful God, He shall not abandon you or destroy you”. Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin, the Netziv, explains that these two promises addressed the Nations’ two primary concerns in exile – the threats of spiritual and physical destruction. The Almighty’s promise not to abandon us refers to spiritual survival, whereas the second promise, not to destroy us, refers to the nation’s physical survival. This approach explains subsequent verses. In his reference to the Revelation at Sinai, Moshe emphasises our survival, despite our direct exposure to the Almighty. The Netziv explains this corresponds to the guarantee of not abandoning us, that the nation can withstand the pressures of exile and remain steadfastly committed to Torah. As for the second promise, the nation’s physical survival, we can see this in relation to the Exodus. The memory of the miracles in Egypt reminds us of our ability to survive as a people, regardless of where we live or how we are treated. We are assured that even after the nation’s banishment into exile our survival is guaranteed and we will one day earn redemption and return to our homeland. This double lesson should bring us much comfort and inspiration, especially in the immediate aftermath of Tisha B’Av.

 Sam Taylor is community rabbi at Western Marble Arch Synagogue

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Much ink has been spilled plumbing his mysteries. Our Sages (BT Sotah 9b-10a) offered an ambivalent tone: He is credited with “judging the people in the same way as the Almighty,” yet acknowledge that he “followed his eyes, and thus was punished in his eyes [when he was blinded by the Philistines].” Most striking is their comment that his strength was, “created as an example of the Divine, yet he was smitten with it.” Samson was blessed with a miraculous strength, and he was fully cognisant

Samson is perhaps one of the most infamous figures from the Prophets. Powerful, dangerous, enigmatic, easily seduced: from his annunciation to his death, Samson perplexes. At his birth, the angel announces he is to be a Nazir – separated from wine, his hair to grow long. What impact did that have on his persona? During his ongoing encounters with the Philistines, were his encounters with women part of a subterfuge to wreak havoc on the enemy, or did he succumb to his emotions, love or anger? Why did he choose to live among the Philistines with Delilah, as an enemy within, rather than attacking directly, and why did he give away his secrets?


of his gift; it seemed to overpower his persona, and coloured the lens through which he viewed the world, and choked the conduits through which he channelled his emotions and desires. He vacillated between being the ‘saviour of Israel’, terrorising and neutering the Philistines, and lacking the self-control to save himself. In his final days, in the depths of the enemy camp, it seems almost as if this responsibility was too much to bear, and so he gave his secrets to Delilah, and sacrificed his life to inflict a serious wound to the Philistines. Beyond the narrative, the character of Samson seems so remote, yet so uncomfortably close at the same time. We know our strengths, but the fear of not being able to master them is terrifying.  Rabbi Wayland is an educator with US’s Living & Learning

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The Bible Says What?

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BY RABBI DANNY RICH Jewish liturgy is the expression of the hopes, fears, joys and sorrows of the Jewish people, and the Aleinu, the best-known concluding prayer, is a very good example. Composed when the Temple still stood in Jerusalem, and originally recited only on the High Holy Days, it became part of the daily liturgy after the ‘blood libel’ massacre of the Jews of Blois, France, in 1171. From that date, and following repeated expulsions and massacres, the Ashkenazim began to understand the phrase ‘for they bow down to vanity and emptiness’ as referring to their Christian neighbours. Further the word ‘emptiness’ was identified with Jesus, since in Hebrew the word ‘emptiness’ and Jesus’ name have the same (gematria) numerical value. At those words, the praying Jew would spit on the ground. It was not until the decree of Frederick I, Emperor of Prussia, that this offending phrase was removed from Ashkenazi prayer books in 1703.

It only returned recently. With the establishment of the state of Israel, some modern Ashkenazi rites have reintroduced the phrase. Indeed it was cited in defence of those who attempted to burn down the Christian pilgrim site, the Church of the Loaves and the Fishes in the Galilee. Liberal Judaism has been a champion of interfaith dialogue and affirms the value of living in a multifaith community amid diverse people. In modern Liberal liturgy, the Jewish people are perceived to have a role, but not a superior one. Thus the Jewish people are called to ‘guard the Land’ or ‘teach Torah’, but as far as Liberal Judaism is concerned, it does so as part of God’s plan for a diverse humanity – all of whom have an integral and important role to play.

 Danny Rich is senior rabbi of Liberal Judaism

RABBI SYLVIA ROTHSCHILD In parashat Pekudei, Exodus, Moses provided a detailed account of how the precious metals donated to build the mishkan (Tabernacle) were used. We learn that the use of public money must be transparent and accountable and even Moses must provide an explanation. The Talmud says: “A person should not give a penny to the communal charity purse unless it is under the supervision of a person [as honest as] Rabbi Hananiah ben Teradyon”, who made up monies from his own pocket when he confused two charities (Avodah Zara 17b). The Nolan principles, the ethical standards for those who work in public life, include integrity, account-

ability, openness and honesty. Decision-making and public spending that is for the public good must be accountable and honest. Already the exposure of pay gaps only down to gender has embarrassed the BBC and its willingness to address this unfairness has been accelerated only since it has been


more widely known. It is important to know not only how our public money is being spent, but also who is spending private money to buy political capital. Our media is increasingly funded by people whose agenda is to shape public opinion, rather than objectively report news. Dark money is funnelled via undisclosed donations in legal loopholes, so rich businessmen can skew government policy and public opinion to become even richer at the expense of society. Until we have transparency about how money is spent in the public arena, we risk creating an unethical society built for the wealthy. Moses knew it, rabbinic tradition knew it. We know it too. Accountability and transparency are critical in healthy societies. We ignore this at our peril.  Sylvia Rothschild is rabbi of Wimbledon Synagogue

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Peddle power helps raise £20k for charity BIKE RIDE The fittest members of the community were among 100,000 cyclists who took part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday. Kisharon had 11 cyclists take on the 100-mile course as they raised more than £7,000 for the charity. Chief Executive Dr Beverley Jacobson said: “Having taken part in this challenge previously, I know what a formidable distance 100 miles is and what endurance is needed to participate, we’re very grateful to all of our riders.” Norwood’s dozen riders raised around £10,000, with the money going to various projects including for Israel challenges. One of the 12 cyclists, Paul Tuhrim, said: “I’ve been supporting Norwood for 25 years as a rider and leader and when the opportunity arose to be a part of the Norwood team, I couldn’t resist.” Justin Dewinter was Emunah’s sole rider and crossed the finish line in a time of 6.44.00. Raising money as the charity is ‘close to his heart’, he said: “I’ve taken part in triathlons but this was the longest bike ride that I’ve ever done. I was fine for the first 50 miles but the last half was more challenging.” Raising funds for a new dormitory at Emunah Afula, he said: “It’s a great motivator to want to help – to make their lives better.” Shaare Zedek had two participants – Dr Leslie Boobis who has so far raised over £4,300 – and the charity’s UK’s honorary treasurer Alain Stechler, who’s so far raised £4,685. Dr Boobis, who sustained a serious injury when hit by a car on his bike in November 2015, said: “I was extremely fortunate not to have sustained a serious or even fatal head injury and am only as of now back on the bike. It therefore resonates with me to be in the position to raise funds for Shaare Zedek’s new neuroClockwise from top: Kisharon’s Russell Tenzer and Leon surgical department. Completing the ride has been very Angel, Norwood’s Simon Rosenblatt and Ben Phillips, satisfying and a positive experience.” Shaare Zedek’s Dr Boobis and Emunah’s Justin Dewinter


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Cross-country trek CYCLING CHALLENGE Father and son duo Joel and Boaz Greenwood took to the saddle for a 145-mile cross-country Coast to Coast cycle as they raised more than £4,000 for Jewish Care. Joel’s father Jeffrey, was instrumental in the formation of Jewish Care and became the charity’s first Co-Chair. He said: “As a family, we have a long-standing connection to Jewish Care. We had three fantastic days, cycling through beautiful countryside and would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has sponsored us so far”. Thanking Joel and 15-year-old JFS pupil Boaz, Jewish Care’s Assistant Director of Fundraising, Esther Gilham said: “We’re incredibly grateful to both. Their close connection to Jewish Care has inspired them to raise much needed funds which will support our work with older people in the community, who rely on Jewish Care for support to live meaningful lives. I’d like to congratulate them both on their impressive achievement.”

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​ group of 84 golfers helped raise £30,000 at the 12th Asher Teper A Memorial Golf Day. Organised by the Hebrew Order of David Charitable Trust – Camp Simcha, Manna Meir Panim and Jewish Childs Day were the three beneficiary charities. Hartsbourne Country Club in Bushey hosted the sell-out event. Pictured (back row): Gaby Blauer, Neville Goldschneider, Robert Eisner, Mike Tannenbaum, Jonathan Shapiro, Eric Shapshak, Hilton Katz, Jeff Maze & Mike Foreman.

Netting funds for Camp Simcha Dozens of schoolchildren from north London practised their pivoting and shooting skills to raise money for Camp Simcha at a charity netball tournament. Organised by 11-year-old Kerem pupil Katie Pollock and her family – who were supported by the charity for four years after her brother Adam was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in 2010, Katie enlisted around 70 pupils from nine schools. She said: “I have such special memories of what Camp Simcha did for my family when my brother Adam had leukaemia. They made a real difference to our family – it brought fun into our lives when we thought nothing could really be fun again and thanks to them that’s what I remember about Adam’s illness.” Together with a cake sale and raffle, the day raised nearly £1,000.




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Tribe kids enjoy tobogganing, climbing and paintballing on thrilling summer day trips

KIDS Paintballing, climbing, caving and a 50m Cresta Run were among the activities on offer at Tribe’s annual summer day trips. Almost 100 kids, aged between 8-11-years-old, took part in four separate events across four days – at Phasels Wood activity centre, the XC (extreme sport) centre, the Zap Combat centre and the Big Rock and Hollywood Bowl. Events at the first venue included the Cresta Run – where kids tobogganed on wheeled sledges across a man-made carpeted run over 50 metres – and the Phasels Climbing Complex which presented amongst other things, a 36m girdle traverse. TribeFieldworker Sam Cohen said: “I’m delighted that once again our Days Out programme has been so popular. They have been great to get to know the participants and we look forward to seeing them return to future programmes such as summer camps.”

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Israel will have eight athletes taking part in the World Athletics Championships, which get underway in London tomorrow. Six of the eight will be taking part in the men and women marathon events, but their greatest hopes of a medal lie with triple jumper Hanna KnyazyevaMinenko (pictured). The Ukrainian-born 27-year-old became an Israeli citizen in 2013 and won silver at the 2005 Championships in Beijing. Israel’s other representative is Marharyta Dorozhon, who is taking part in the javelin competition. Other Jewish interest in the tournament includes Australian Steven Solomon who will be taking part in the 400m.

Next season’s Maccabi GB Southern Football League will consist of 29 teams – the lowest amount in nearly half a century – after Redbridge Jewish Care C withdrew from Division Two. Just days after the format for the new campaign – which kicks-off on 3 September – was announced, Redbridge C’s demise was confirmed by the club’s vice-chair and secretary Richard Bronzite, who said the side folded due to a “loss of playing staff”. As a result, there will now be 29 sides competing – including an eight-side Premier Division – which is the lowest amount of teams the League has fielded for more than 45 years.

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With English Mushrooms With Straw Mushrooms With Chinese Mushrooms With Seasonal Greens With Sea Spices With Asparagus With Lemon Smoked & Shredded With Baby Sweetcorn Sweet and Sour Kaifeng Style Sweet and Sour Hong Kong Style Special Fried With Cashew Nuts in Yellow Bean Sauce Sliced with Black Bean Sauce & Green Pepper Sliced Mango Chicken Sliced Chicken with Chinese Leaves Pineapple Chicken Peking Style Honey Chicken Minced Chicken in Egg Plant Chicken & Almonds in Yellow Bean Sauce Chicken & Broccoli Kaifeng Chicken with Lemongrass Sweet Chilli Chicken Sar Cha Chicken Chicken with Egg Plant


Steamed Sole (Whole) Fried Sole in Rich Soya Sauce (Whole) Sweet and Sour Fish Slices Fillet of Fish with Garlic and Spring Onion Stir Fried Fish Slices Drunken Fish

Hot & Spicy

Singapore Chicken Spicy Kung Po Chicken Curried Chicken Wings Double Cooked Spicy Lamb Tibetan Lamb Ma Po Spicy Lamb Bean Curd Spicy Bean Curd Family Style

£30.00 £20.00 £32.00 £48.00 £50.00 £19.00

£22.00 £22.00 £20.00 £20.00 £20.00 £20.00 £13.50 £13.50 £13.50 £14.00 £14.00 £14.00 £10.00


Mixed Vegetables £6.50 Mixed Vegetables in Coconut Cream £6.50 Asparagus & Straw Mushrooms £10.50 Stir Fried French Beans Peking Style £7.00 Lo Hon Vegetables £6.50 Four Braised Vegetables £6.50 Egg Plant in Garlic Sauce £7.50 Stir Fried Bean Sprouts £5.50 Braised Bean Curd £9.50 Braised Bean Curd in Black Bean Sauce £9.50 Sweet and Sour Bean Curd £9.50 Spiced Vegetables in Kaifeng’s Oriental Sauce £6.50 Sweet and Sour Mixed Vegetables £6.50 Broccoli Peking Style £7.50 Broccoli & Chinese Mushrooms £10.50 Pak Choi £10.00 Chinese Leaves with Chinese Mushrooms £10.00

Reception or buffet at home?

Vegetarian Spring Rolls 20 pcs. with Sweet and Sour Sauce Seaweed * Honey Glazed Chicken Wings 25 pcs. Chicken in Black Bean Sauce * Lamb with Ginger and Spring Onion * Egg Fried Rice *

£13.50 £13.50 £13.50 £13.50 £13.50 £13.50 £13.50 £13.50 £13.50 £13.50 £13.50 £13.50 £13.50 £13.50 £13.50 £13.50 £13.50 £13.50 £13.50 £13.50 £13.50 £13.50 £13.50 £13.50 £13.50 £13.50

Mini Spring Rolls 30 pcs. with Sweet and Sour Sauce Sesame Chicken Toast 32 pcs. Sweet and Sour Chicken Hong Kong Style * Beef with Mushrooms * Noodles and Bean Sprouts*

* approx 4 portions

£30.00 £30.00 £48.00 £52.00 £22.00

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