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… but he can still practice law After being challenged by the Campaign Against A solicitor who lamented that a plane carrying Jewish refugees didn’t blow up mid-air has been Antisemitism, Mahmood’s solicitor said he “unequivofined £25,000 and told to pay almost £10,000 costs cally accepts the posts… were wholly inappropriate” and he “regrets doing so,” but denied they were anti-Semitic. – but remains free to continue practicing law. Appearing as a witness, CAA chair Gideon Falter Majid Mahmood, a partner at City Law Chambers in Luton and a director at Liberty Law Solicitors, had the said Mahmood’s comments were “pretty extreme” and sanction imposed by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal “incontrovertibly anti-Semitic,” but Mahmood said his for comments he made on social media in 2015 and 2016. comments were aimed at “Israeli Zionists” and not at Jews. Mahmood, 40, said his stateThe tribunal said Mahmood ment referred to airborne IDF had “stepped over the line” by soldiers blowing up mid-air, but advocating violence and that he the panel ruled that this was an had acted “without integrity”. It “implausible” argument, and gave Mahmood “the benefit of the accepted that the comments had doubt” in finding that his reference been made in response to an article to “Israeli Zionists” was not antiabout Jewish refugees being airSemitic, after Mahmood said he was lifted to Israel. reacting to a video of innocent PalHis comments first attracted estinian children being blown up. attention in 2015, when he wrote: However it found that the refer“Someone needs to shoot all the ence to “God’s chosen people” was Israeli Zionists dead then send “a trigger phrase for the Jewish their bodies to America as a present people” and that Mahmood referfor Obama and his Zionist pals.” Then, in early 2016, in response Lawyer Mahmood and his vile tweet ence to Jews as “Satan’s love child” was “religiously offensive”. to the article, he wrote: “The [sic] Mahmood was suspended from practicing as a ain’t gods [sic] chosen people they’re Satans [sic] love child’s [sic] and it’s a shame e [sic] the plane carrying solicitor by the panel, “weighing the interests of the them didn’t blow up mid air.” In response to another profession in terms of the maintenance of confidence in Facebook user, Mahmood then referred to Israel as “a its reputation,” but the suspension was itself suspended for 12 months. nation fuelled by greed”.
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Kushner in Israel for peace talks White House adviser Jared Kushner this week lead a delegation of Trump administration officials to the Middle East to discuss the possibility of resuming the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. The White House confirmed Kushner is in the Middle East with envoy for international negotiations Jason Greenblatt and deputy national security adviser Dina Powell. They were in Israel on Wednesday to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas separately on Thursday. The three were also expected to meet leaders from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan and Egypt during their trip. Palestinians are hoping for
some clear answers on key disputes with Israel from Kushner. They have shown increasing signs of impatience in recent days, saying that after more than six months in office, the US president has still not laid out a vision for peace in the region. Ahmad Majdalani, a senior aide to Abbas, said the Palestinians asked Kushner for the US position on two key issues – Israeli settlements and support for Palestinian independence – during his last visit to the region in June. “Since then we didn’t hear from them,” he said. “We hope they bring clear answers this time. If not, then the peace process cannot be resumed because we cannot negotiate from scratch.” The Palestinians are seeking a freeze in Israeli settlement
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construction and a US endorsement of Palestinian independence as part of a two-state solution with Israel. The Palestinians say that continued Israeli construction
in the West Bank and east Jerusalem – captured territories sought by the Palestinians for their state – undermines their dream of independence. Kushner, the president’s
son-in-law, was expected to meet Israeli and Palestinian officials on Thursday as he tries to restart talks. The last round broke down over three years ago.
Trump has cast the elusive pursuit of peace between Israelis and Palestinians as the “ultimate deal”, but he has given few indications of how he plans to reach it. With his administration still coping with the fallout from his handling of the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Netanyahu facing a growing police investigation into possible bribery and corruption, the odds of any major breakthroughs on this trip seem low. Trump has not explicitly endorsed the two-state solution, the cornerstone of US policy for nearly two decades and the international community’s preferred outcome. He has urged Israel to show restraint in settlement construction, but not demanded a freeze, disappointing the Palestinians.
Burt flies high on Israel trip 87% say Corbyn’s Labour Britain’s minister for the Middle East has concluded a three-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, on a trip that celebrated the launch of a new fleet of El Al planes powered by Rolls Royce engines. Alistair Burt MP, who assumed office in June for his second stint at the ministry, celebrated the bilateral relationship, saying Britain was “a great friend” of Israel’s. He also completed a “moving” trip to Gaza, visiting the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery two miles from the Mediterranean, where thousands of British soldiers lay buried after losing their lives in the First and Second World Wars. In Israel, Burt met Minister for Regional Cooperation Tzachi Hanegbi, Deputy Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office
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Michael Oren and Yuval Rotem, directorgeneral of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also met Ayman Odeh, Israel’s most senior Arab politician and head of the Joint List. At Ben-Gurion Airport, Burt attended the launch ceremony of El Al’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner plane [[pictured, above], made with British-made Rolls Royce engines – a result of the biggest trade deal between the two countries, signed in 2016. He said: “During this visit I reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to peace and stability in the Middle East. We will continue to support those in Israel and beyond who want to achieve a viable solution.”
The vast majority of British Jews believe the Labour Party is too tolerant of anti-Semitism among members, a poll suggests. Some 87 percent of respondents to a YouGov survey for Campaign Against Antisemitism express concern about Jeremy Corbyn’s ability to tackle antiJewish sentiment compared with 19 percent for the Tories and 36 percent for Lib Dems. British Jews are also split on how well institutions protect them. According to the survey, 65 percent believe the Government does not do enough to protect British Jews, while 52 percent think the Crown Prosecution Service could do more. Sizeable minorities thought the police (41 percent) and the courts (47 percent) could do more, while only 39 percent felt confident anti-Semitic hate crime would be prosecuted. The Community Security Trust reported a record number (767) of antiSemitic hate incidents in the UK in the first six months of 2017. Despite this, the CAA/YouGov survey, which surveyed 2,025
British Jews between 19 July and 8 August, suggests anti-Semitism, measured by how many respondents agreed with seven antiSemitic statements, has been in decline over the past three years, dropping to 36 percent. CAA’s Gideon Falter said: “Our research shows that one in three British Jews has become so fearful of mounting anti-Semitic crime and the failure to excise anti-Semites from politics they have considered leaving.” John Mann MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group against anti-Semitism, said: “Although we have to look at this data carefully the findings don’t appear to reveal anything new. We know that British Jews are concerned and we are working to address those concerns. “It is beholden on organisations to not sensationalise antiSemitism but rather to work to put national frameworks in place to defeat it. We will continue to work with CST and other mainstream groups towards this goal.” A Labour spokesman said: “We condemn all anti-Semitic abuse.”
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New guide helps tackle hate crime Jewish security chiefs this week published guidance on how to report hate crime and navigate the complex legal process that follows, days after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) updated its guidance on tackling crimes online. The 39-page advice document from the Community Security Trust (CST) was published after a landmark collaboration with Tell MAMA, which monitors anti-Muslim abuse, as Communities Minister Sajid Javid welcomed the extra help. The guide identifies what is a hate crime, how to report it, how to make statements and how to give evidence, with extra information on privacy and security. It also explains victims’ rights, and the process by which the CPS decides whether to prosecute. It follows Monday’s announcement that the CPS said would treat online hate crime as seriously as if it had occurred face-to-face, with new measures to support victims. Writing in The Guardian, CPS director Alison Saunders said there were “huge questions” over how to combat extremism online but “no straightforward answers”. She said many Brits may feel removed from the far-right march in
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Charlottesville, Virginia, or the terror attack in Barcelona, “but we should remember that there is a less visible frontline which is easily accessible to those in the UK who hold extreme views on race, religion, sexuality, gender and even disability”. Simon Johnson, chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, said: “While the UK is by no means awash with anti-Semitism, we know from recent CST statistics that there is a measurable rise that needs to be addressed. The CPS’s public commitment to tackling online hate crime is a
step in the right direction.” Danny Stone, director of Antisemitism Policy Trust, said the updated social media guidance was “a welcome extension” of ongoing cooperation. “Our prosecutors and judges should have a full and detailed understanding of how online hate operates so that they can deal with it appropriately including through the use of criminal behaviour or prevention orders,” he said. “While a single victim may be targeted, online hate does not work in a vacuum. The next step is for the social media industry to step up to the mark,
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RACIST COMMENTS DAUBED ON BUS STOP A bus stop in north London was vandalised with ‘obscene’ antiSemitic graffiti this week, including the scrawling of “too many yids – f*** off”. The messages were daubed in Amhurst Park in Stamford Hill, an area with a significant Orthodox Jewish population, on Tuesday. Neighbourhood watch group Shomrim posted an image of the vandalism on Twitter, which has been reported to the police.
A book by a Jewish author who “It started to grow took his own life last year is to be increasingly out of republished this autumn, with control,” she said. proceeds going to a mental health “His vision of his charity. world narrowed in on Striker Boy by Jonny Zucker itself. Despite all the will go on sale via Amazon from love and comfort that October, after the popular 49-yearsurrounded him, he was old children’s author lost his battle unreachable.” with depression in November. Ivor Baddiel, who The football series, which co-authored five books with follows 13-year-old Nat Dixon Zucker, said: “There aren’t any as he tries to save his beloved silver linings when it comes to club from relegation, was first suicide, but if Jonny’s work can published in 2010 and was Zuckhelp raise awareness about depreser’s most popular story. sion, as well as bring enjoyment to The author, educator and many, many children, then at least father of three boys who lived in The late Jonny Zucker, with his wife Fiona and their three sons. Inset: His book that’s something.” north London had been living Zucker, who committed suicide with depression for years before its publication. He “Jonny was my best friend and soulmate. Even just before his 50th birthday, had also been a primary had received help from family and mental health towards the end, when his flame was burning out, school teacher, a sports coach and a stand-up comecharity Mind, which will now receive £1.40 from we managed to salvage deep moments of love and dian, and his biography notes that even at the age every book sold. humour.” of 40, he had not given up hopes of playing for his In recent years, the stigma of having a mental health She described how the author suffered from beloved Arsenal. problem has largely faded, as knowledge spreads that depression and anxiety for most of his adult life, Starr added: “The Striker Boy campaign gives one-in-four people live with a mental health problem. especially when he was worried about his writing me hope and comfort that his death wasn’t in vain, It is the largest killer of men under 50. work, but said she noticed a distinct downward that even in death Jonny can still inspire thousands Zucker’s wife Fiona Starr, a psychologist, said: spiral two years before his death. of children all over the world through his words.”
LIBERAL RABBI WORKS ON HOLBY CITY EPISODE Rabbi Charley Baginsky of Liberal Judaism has been advising popular BBC One show Holby City with its Jewish storyline. Baginsky contributed to scripts featuring doctor Sacha Levy, played by Bob Barrett, who rediscovers his Judaism. In the most recent episode, his rabbi is taken ill, leading to a bedside adult Kabbalat Torah (confirmation) ceremony for Sacha. Liberal Judaism is mentioned numerous times in the episode, with Progressive Jewish liturgy used on air for the ceremony.
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Ex-JFS pupil slays Dragons A former JFS pupil has told of getting a “full house” of offers when he stepped in front of investors on the Dragons’ Den TV panel. Jonny Plein, the cofounder of a desktop app that helps shoppers find discount codes, revealed this week that he was coached to appear in front of the daunting power players, as he pitched his company, Pouch. Plein co-founded it with friends Vikram Simha and Ben Corrigan, and together with chief strategist Adam Murray, set out to woo the investors for funding. “We were very nervous for our three-minute pitch, as you only get one chance to do it and if you muck up, you muck up,” the Nottingham graduate told Jewish News this week.
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JEWISH COLLEAGUES SAY: DIDN’T HE DO WELL! Jewish entertainers this week paid heartfelt tributes to Sir Bruce Forsyth, following the showbiz legend’s death last Friday at the age of 89. His Strictly Come Dancing co-host Claudia Winkleman said: “The Bruce you saw really was the man he was.” Vanessa Feltz said he was “genuine”, while Stephen Fry simply tweeted: “There was only one #Brucie.”
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JLC TAKES ON NEW STAFF TO HELP LEAD The leadership development division of the Jewish Leadership Council has taken on two new part-time personnel to bolster the group’s alumnus network and to boost a flagship science programme. Miriam Lorie, who co-founded Kehillat Nashira, the UK’s first regularly-meeting Partnership Minyan, joins as Lead’s director of programmes and alumni engagement. Michelle Janes, who has spent years working as Masorti Judaism’s operations director, will become Lead’s director of programmes and consultancy.
JNF UK APPOINTS NEW CHIEF EXEC JNF UK has appointed a new chief executive, eight months after former boss Alan Aziz announced he was moving to the United Synagogue. Yonatan Galon, who has worked as the UK charity’s representative in Israel for tseven years, said he was “thrilled” to be taking over. “I look forward to working closely with JNF UK’s supporters and the UK Jewish community,” said Galon, who once served in the Israeli Navy.
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Couple pursues civil case A Jewish heterosexual couple fighting for the right to enter into a civil partnership were given the go-ahead this week to take their case to the UK’s highest court. Rebecca Steinfeld, 36, and Charles Keidan, 40, want to secure legal recognition of their relationship through that route, but are prevented because the Civil Partnership Act 2004 says only same-sex couples are eligible. The academics, who live in Hammersmith, suffered
defeat at the Court of Appeal in February, but declared afterwards that there was still “everything to fight for”. They have now been granted permission for their case to be heard at the Supreme Court, the Equal Civil Partnerships Campaign said in a statement. Steinfeld and Keidan, who have a daughter with another child on the way, claim the Government’s position is ”incompatible with equality law”.
Police probe Tube abuse An Orthodox man was verbally abused on a Northern Line train while travelling from Moorgate to Golders Green. The victim, who asked not to be named, said: “Besides hurling the regular swear words at me, he said he “will kill you all”, “I am the next Hitler,” after boarding the train at Old Street. “I felt shocked that the suspect behaved like he did,” he said, adding that this was “probably why I did not even
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Students recorded another impressive year of A-level results at Jewish schools. Among the landmark moments for the community was a first full set of A-level results for “the pioneering student cohort” at JCoSS, who joined in 2010 when the school first opened. Yavneh College again topped the Jewish charts and improved on last year, with more than half its A-level students getting A* or A grades, while an “incredible” 88 percent of students got grade B or above. One student, Natalie Miller, made it look easy with a hat-trick of A*s. “It’s another wonderful set of results,” said Yavneh head Spencer Lewis. “It is a testament to all the hard work the students have put in and we are so proud of what they have achieved. There is so much to celebrate.” While JFS clocked up 82 percent of grades at B or above – its highest tally in recent years – the Kenton campus pipped Yavneh in the percentage of A* or A grades achieved, raking in 55 percent, compared to the Borehamwood college’s 52 percent. School leaders heralded the 2017 results as vindication following the most recent Ofsted inspection, which rated the JFS sixth-form as ‘outstanding’ – a far cry from the dramatic downgrade the school received three years ago.
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A total of 13 JFS students will now take up their places at Oxford or Cambridge, slightly fewer than last year, while four will be going to
medical school. Among the elite list, a trio of bright sparks – Daniel Bernbaum, Oli Solomons and Vitale Stone – caught the eye with their four A* grades. The new JFS leadership team said: “These results are exceptional and are testament to the hard work of all our students supported by their parents and staff.” Not far behind the top two was Hasmonean, where 72 percent of results were A* to B, and where student Joshua Daniel looks set to become one of the nation’s top scientists, after a stunning string of five A* grades. “I’m ecstatic!” said Joshua, who is about to embark on a gap year. “I’m especially happy with my A* in physics, which was a really tough subject. It feels like endless scientific work and experiments have finally paid off!” Hasmo headteacher Andrew McClusky said he was pleased that the students had stretched themselves, saying “a significant number have outperformed their target grades… I am delighted our students have coped so well with the new linear A-level specifications that present an increased level of challenge.”
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At JCoSS, where more than a third of results were A* or A, Nathan Caplan, Jess Shaw, Nikita Ostrovsky, Kezia Niman and Jonah Zur gained three A* grades. Both Nathan and Jess are now off to Cambridge, to study natural sciences and theology respectively. Headteacher Patrick Moriarty said it was “an historic and highly momentous day, the biggest milestone of the school’s history”, adding that he was “thrilled” with the first full set of A-level results. “It signifies the faith that every supporter, student and family put into JCoSS to give the children in our community an excellent education in a pluralist environment,” he said. “Today’s results justify all that trust and faith.” As a bonus, the original 2010 cohort had now become “fullyrounded mensches”, he added. Kantor King Solomon High School in Barkingside came in just under the national average, with 73 percent of grades between A* and C, compared to 78 percent across England. However, the school’s students in maths and physics excelled, with four in 10 registering an A* or A grade.
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Fashion label sorry for yellow star top Italian fashion label Miu Miu has pulled items of clothing from its new winter range and apologised after an outcry over designs
Miu Miu has withdrawn its design
incorporating a yellow star. The yellow star is well-known for being a mandatory designation of Jews used by the Nazis in the concentration camps, with the word ‘Jude’ written in the middle. The Miu Miu stars, with the name ‘John’ written in the middle, have five points, as opposed to the six-pointed Star of David. A jacket and skirt, both costing more than £1,000, were first withdrawn from sale on Monday by Canadian chain Holt Renfrew, after objections were raised. After the World Jewish Congress (WJC) raised its concerns with Prada, which owns Miu Miu, the fashion label took action, saying: “It was not Miu Miu’s intent in any way to make any political or religious statement, and we apologise for any offence that may have been taken.” It added: “Effective immediately, these items will be removed from the collection.” WJC head Robert Singer thanked Miu Miu for its quick action. He said: “At this critical time, when anti-Semitism and bigotry are rearing their heads in the public sphere, we must continue to exercise caution and show sensitivity in every sphere and sector.”
...WHILE BILLY MAKES A POINT WITH HIS OWN Acclaimed Jewish musican Billy Joel wore a yellow Star of David on his jacket during the encore of his concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City this week. It is believed the move was intended as an attack on Donald Trump’s controversial response to last week’s neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville.
Einstein’s Nazi letters auctioned A letter from Albert Einstein to his best friend in which he criticises Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of Nazi Germany sold this week at auction for almost £20,000. One of a series of letters from the Nobel Prize-winning physicist to Michele
Besso in 1938, it outlines how Einstein thought Chamberlain – then British prime minister – was “naïve” to think Hitler would turn his attentions away from the UK. Sold by Los Angeles-based Nate D Sanders Auctions, it
covers Einstein’s reactions to world news in the days after Chamberlain returned from Germany with an undertaking from Hitler not to attack, declaring “peace in our time”. Another letter refers to his divorce and further one his son’s mental health.
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TRUMP ASKS UN NOT TO PUBLISH ‘BLACKLIST’ The Trump administration has called on the United Nations not to publish a database of companies that do business in Israeli settlements. The database, which the administration calls a “blacklist”, was approved by the UN Human Rights Council in March last year and includes American companies such as Caterpillar, TripAdvisor, Priceline.com and Airbnb. The list is supposed to be updated annually. Israel’s ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, called the list “an expression of modern anti-Semitism”.
FILM-MAKER JERRY LEWIS DIES AGED 91 Comedian and film-maker Jerry Lewis, known for his work with singer-actor Dean Martin, died this week aged 91. Born Joseph Levitch, Lewis began performing with Martin in 1946 after they appeared on the same bill at a Manhattan nightclub and created an act that soared in popularity, with Lewis using his physical slapstick comedy acting alongside Martin’s relaxed persona. The duo also starred in 13 films. Lewis had six sons with his first wife Patty Palmer. He is survived by second wife, SanDee Pitnick, and their daughter.
Barbican defends Palestinian exhibit The Barbican has defended its exhibition of work by a Palestinian artist against claims it is “an exercise in delegitimisation”. The controversial exhibit includes a film, set in Israel, showing the heroine “trying to change the narrative of history by planting various porcelain that carry the DNA of Palestinians for future archaeologists to excavate and find”. In The Future They Ate From The Finest Porcelain, co-produced by Palestinian artist Larissa Sansour and Danish artist Søren Lind, is currently showing in London as part of the Into the Unknown exhibition. Board of Deputies’ Gillian Merron wrote
Survivor’s Torah debut, aged 96
An image from the exhibition
to Barbican director Louise Jeffreys arguing that the film sought to “deny the historical Jewish connection to Israel”.
Birmingham Progressive Synagogue (BPS) member and Holocaust survivor Ruth Shire read from the Torah for the first time, aged 96, in front of a packed audience. In a moving D’var Torah, Ruth explained how she had not had the chance to learn Hebrew growing up in Nazi Germany. The service was led by Ruth’s son and daughter-inlaw, Rabbis Michael Shire and Marcia Plumb, along
with Birmingham’s Rabbi Dr Margaret Jacobi. The synagogue was full to celebrate Ruth, who has been a member of the congregation for about 70 years. Ruth’s grandchildren read her a specially written blessing on the bimah. Rabbi Jacobi said: “This was a very special and truly memorable Shabbat, and the whole community came out to celebrate with Ruth.”
HERSH TRIBUTE SCULPTURE Holocaust survivor Arek Hersh is to be immortalised in the form of a sculpture for the Makor Jewish Culture Office in Leeds. Polish-born Hersh, who survived Auschwitz by hopping from the line of ‘weak’ prisoners to the queue of ‘fit’ inmates, now lives in the UK and was awarded an MBE in 2009 for his services to Holocaust education. He will be sculpted on 1 October by artist Frances Segelman, who has created busts
of The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales, alongside other wellknown names like actress Joanna Lumley, politician Boris Johnson and Olympic athlete Sir Steven Redgrave. “I am incredibly honoured and moved to sculpt Arek Hersh,” said Segelman. “This sculpture of a Holocaust survivor is in commemoration of those who perished and also in recognition of those who managed to survive.”
Ruth Shire, pictured with her children, grandchildren and great-granchildren, at Birmingham Progressive Synagogue
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Gene editing / Special report
It’s one small snip for man, one giant snip for mankind Gene editing, a process which could have major implications for the Jewish community, is almost upon us, say scientists. Stephen Oryszczuk reports
ith a quick snip of their genetic scissors, scientists this month removed a dangerous disease-carrying mutation in human embryos for the very first time. It showed that gene editing can be done safely and successfully, and that it is almost upon us. To many, it was one small snip for man, one giant snip for mankind. What happened? Scientists repaired dozens of embryos using a new technology called CRISPR/Cas9, fixing a mutation that causes a heart condition, which in turn can lead to sudden death. If those embryos had developed into babies, those babies would have been born without the mutation and would not have passed it on to their own children. The prospect of eradicating genetic diseases is particularly pertinent for Jews, whose heritage means they are more likely than others to carry any one of the many nasties science now hopes to bin. News of the breakthrough
was welcomed this week by Jewish charities and rabbis as “an exciting step forward” that promises to cut the risk of Jewish couples giving birth to babies born with severe and sometimes fatal conditions. “It’s a great step forward into what could potentially be treatments for disabling and tragic conditions,” said Katrina Sarig of Jnetics, formerly known as Jewish Genetic Disorders UK. “But it’s one positive step on a very long journey. It doesn’t offer solutions here and now. We need to make sure that it’s safe and transferable, and inline with Jewish ethics, because it raises lots of issues.” Prominent among those issues, says Rabbi Elchonon Feldman from Bushey United Synagogue, is how far we go with it. “The problem is: what next?” he says. “In terms of what you can edit, there’s a spectrum, from fatal genetic disorders to hair colour or being able to play the piano. That’s where there’s a strong ethical, moral and Jewish hesitation. We’re not matching Ikea furniture to a room.” Equally, says sociologist
Keith Kahn-Harris, “Jews are not a genetically homogenous people... Genetically we are not one people,” he notes. “So this is a breakthrough that will impact only on Jews whose specific genetic heritage means they are likely to be at risk of carrying these diseases and disorders.”. Yet, in terms of the technology itself, KahnHarris says: “I very much doubt there will be any resistance from the Jewish world.” Rabbi Feldman is all for it too, and for good reason. Among the couples he counsels are those where both are carriers of the same severe recessive Jewish genetic disorder. In such cases, there is a one in four chance that their child will be affected by the condition. Some undergo pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), which means having IVF and selecting out the healthy embryos, but this isn’t suitable for everyone. This new step will soon offer other avenues. “This is even better than preimplantation screening,” says Feldman. “The ability to remove the problematic gene and have
the healthy partner’s genes used instead is the best possible way. “You don’t need to get rid of embryos, you’re not wasting seed, you’re not worrying about abortions, you just remove the part that’s the problem. It’s really good stuff.” This week, a spokesman for the London Beth Din gave it the stanp of approval, saying: “The halachic view is clear, that where this approach can be used to alleviate the consequences of a disease and thereby prevent suffering it is wholly appropriate to do so.” But not everyone is convinced. “It’s currently being discussed by rabbis within the Charedi community, with strong views for and against,” says Levi Schapiro, director of Jewish Community Council (JCC) in Stamford Hill, whose organisation is planning a roundtable discussion on the topic in September. “We’re taking advice from medics, but it’s not a straightforward issue and could become a divisive debate,” he says, adding: “God creates illnesses but also creates medicine... we
could look at this as a medicine to prevent future diseases”. Sarig is more sanguine. “It provides another fantastic option for high-risk couples,” she says. “It’s another tool to remove risk, so potentially very
exciting and positive, because it presents the opportunity for couples to have healthy children. But it needs more research, and it consolidates the need to increase awareness and screening in the first place.”
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Catalonian rabbi claims community is ‘doomed’ Britain’s Jewish leaders stood shoulderto-shoulder with Spaniards this week after terrorist atrocities in Barcelona and Cambrils led Catalonia’s Chief Rabbi to declare that the country’s Jewish community was doomed. Rabbi Meir Bar-Hen’s comments came after a man – named as Younes Abouyaaqoub – ploughed a van into tourists and locals on Las Ramblas, a popular street in the centre of Barcelona, killing 13 and injuring dozens. Abouyaaqoub is then believed to have fled the scene, later stabbing and killing a 34-year-old man to steal his car. Later on Thursday, a woman died during a second attack in the city of Cambrils. Five suspected jihadists were killed by police and four suspects are now in custody. Bar-Hen warned Spain had become a “hub of Islamist terror for all of Europe” and that he had been telling Spanish Jews to make aliyah for some time. He said: “I tell my congregants: Don’t think we’re here for good. And I encourage them to buy property in Israel. This place is lost. Don’t repeat the mistake of Algerian Jews, of Venezuelan Jews. Better [leave] early than late.” European Jewish Congress president
Those suffering persecution were up to 37 percent more susceptiable to cancer, a new study claims
Cancer risk is ‘higher’ in Holocaust survivors
People lay tributes and remember the victims of the attack in Barcelona
Moshe Kantor said: “We stand with the Spanish people and urge the authorities to bring to justice those who perpetrated this savage attack, including those who inspired it and those whose incitement encouraged it.” Ben-Har said the Spanish authorities were reluctant to confront radical Islam, saying that once these radicals are “living among you… it’s very difficult to get rid of
them. They only get stronger”. In the UK, Senior Reform Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner said: “We stand in solidarity with the people of Barcelona and all those affected by this appalling act of violence.” The Board of Deputies’ senior vice-president, Richard Verber, said: “We condemn this brutal terror attack. All faiths and none must come together to defeat this evil.”
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Holocaust survivors are far more likely to suffer cancer in later life because of what they went through, Israeli researchers have shown. Having studied more than 152,000 survivors over the past 40 years, scientists and doctors have shown how those who suffered persecution during the war were up to 37 percent more susceptible to cancer. “So much stress seems to harm the body’s natural protective mechanisms in the long run,” said professor Siegal Sadetzki of the Chaim Sheba Medical Centre at Tel Aviv University (TAU), noting that extremely low calorie intake
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A large online booking agency has dropped the Swiss hotel that caused offence last week by putting up signs telling Jewish visitors to shower before entering the pool. Reservations giant Booking.com delisted Paradies Apartments in Arosa, saying: ‘We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind.’
Polish historian Krzysztof Krasowski is seeking permission to exhume the bodies of Jews butchered in the village of Jedwabne in 1941 to work out who killed them. Poles have long said German Nazi soldiers were responsible for killing 340 Jewish villagers. US academics say Polish villagers were the perpetrators.
had played a part. He said the findings, published this week, showed “the combined effect of several exposures occurring intensely and contemporaneously on cancer risk, such as those that unfortunately occurred during the Second World War”. Using observational epidemiological surveys, the TAU team found that only gynaecological tumours were not more common among Holocaust survivors than anyone else. All other forms of cancer were more likely in those affected by starvation, overcrowding, infectious diseases and psychological stress.
A senior black Jewish executive at investment bank Goldman Sachs is suing her employer for discrimination, saying she was sidelined because of her race and religion. Among other things, Goldman vice-president Rebecca Allen says she was constantly asked ‘how Jewish’ she was because she was black.
Jewish representatives in Rio de Janeiro have apologised after suggesting Brazilian Jews should come to watch a football match to oppose a Chilean side founded by Palestinians. Ahead of the midweek game between Flamengo and Palastino, the federation posted: ‘Who are you going to root for today?’ Three teenangers have pleaded guilty to criminal damage charges for twisting a large decorative menorah in the front garden of an Arizona family’s home into a swastika.
ARRESTS AT BERLIN NEO-NAZI RALLY Thirty-nine people were detained in Berlin on Saturday in connection with a far-right march marking the 30th anniversary of the death of Nazi Rudolf Hess. More than 500 neo-Nazis had attempted to march to the site of the former prison in Berlin’s western district of Spandau where Hess died in 1987, but were blocked by left-wing groups and residents. Police said 35 of those detained belonged to the far-right march, while four were taking part in the counter-protest.
RUSSIAN ETROG SHORTAGE AVERTED Fears of a Russian etrog shortage have been calmed after news that the export of the largely Italiangrown fruit to Russia will not be affected by EU sanctions on Moscow. The agreement to exempt the export of the citrus fruit, used during Succot, from any sanctions was reached last year and applies also to the June extension of those sanctions, Russia’s Chief Rabbi Rabbi Berel Lazar confirmed this week. “The local government here said that, because this is a religious product, they are going to make sure no sanctions are going to be applied on the etrogim,” he said.
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Flee Europe? Get real The police investigation in Spain found that the man who drove his van into dozens of people in Barcelona was part of a 12-man jihadist cell planning an outrage on a much wider scale. The thought of what could have been chills us to the bone. It makes us grateful that their dreams didn’t come true. And it makes us vigilant. It does not make us want to run away. It does not send us fleeing for the Israeli hills, as Catalonia’s Chief Rabbi would have us do. Europe is lost, he says. Run, now, before it’s too late. Get real. Can anyone imagine Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis saying such a thing after the Manchester concert attack, or after London Bridge? Did any of us say, on first hearing the news, ‘Right, I’m off. Where’s my suitcase’? Europe is not lost. It is under attack, as is the whole free world. The purpose is to divide peoples into ‘us’ and ‘them,’ to foment hate. To jihadists, there are ‘believers’ and ‘infidels,’ and the latter are all fair game, regardless of age, gender, sexuality, nationality, even religion (ISIS has killed far more Muslims than Christians and Jews combined). We’re all their enemies because we’re not them. That’s why an Israeli citizen walking down Las Ramblas on Thursday was just as likely to be cut down as was a British citizen walking down Las Ramblas. Any Israelis watching Ariana Grande in Manchester on Monday 22 May were just as targeted as anyone else. Women walking in the city of Turku in Finland last week were not stabbed because they were Finnish, British, Swedish or Italian, but because they were within range. Making aliyah won’t help. Terrorists don’t ask to see your passport before deciding whether to blow you up or run you over. Yes, sometimes we are targets because we’re Jewish, but usually we’re targets because we’re unlike them, because, unlike them, we value life and freedom, and resolve to live in peace with others. And with others we now stand. Let Catalonia’s Chief Rabbi run if he wants. CONTACT DETAILS Publisher and Editor Richard Ferrer email@example.com Publisher and News Editor Justin Cohen 020 7692 6952 firstname.lastname@example.org Foreign Editor Stephen Oryszczuk email@example.com Features Editor Francine Wolfisz 020 7692 6935 firstname.lastname@example.org Community + Sport Editor Andrew Sherwood
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MENTAL ILLNESS IN CHAREDI COMMUNITY Alex Davis’ front page report described a study on the barriers faced by ‘We’re no Charedi women with menlonger seen tal health problems (Jewas human’ Shocking study ish News, 10 August). reveals plight of Charedi women with mental illness In his article, Laurie Rackind of Jewish mental health charity Jami is quoted as saying that an increasing number of Charedi organisations and leaders are acknowledging the need to address the issue of mental health. I endorse Mr Rackind’s comments by describing the approach of Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Centre in Bnei Brak. Mental illness is a common phenomenon in all sectors of the population, including the Charedi community. Ever since Dr Moshe Rothschild founded the TWEETS ON THE STREET
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A groundbreaking study published this week reveals the challenges faced by Charedi women sufffering with mental illness, writes Alex Davis. Research published by academic journal Mental Health, Religion & Culture highlights an attitude of secrecy and shame towards those with mental health conditions in the UK’s strictly-Orthodox communities, with instances of “dehumanisation” and the assignment of “lower social status” common themes revealed by participants. One woman said her mother’s depression diagnosis resulted in her family being “no longer seen as human” by the community. Another said Charedi communities per-
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ceived those with mental health difficulties as “damaged” and “weak”. In particular, the central concern of getting a shidduch (romantic match) led to female mental health problems being hidden away to avoid damaging marriage prospects. Mental health problems are also viewed as “disturbing the moral order” by not conforming to communal expectations of normality. The women warned that this promoted an unhelpful expectation of universal happiness among Charedim and rendered mental health difficulties inexpressible. However, Levi Schapiro, director of the Jewish Community Council, which represents Continued on page 4
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hospital in 1996, he was determined to break down the secrecy, shame and stigma attached to conventional therapy in the Charedi community. He revolutionised the Charedi approach to mental illness by pioneering the hospital’s first outpatient mental health clinic in 2006. Tens of thousands of patients now visit the hospital’s mental health clinics every year. Sadly, the Charedi community is not immune to anorexia, as is evident from the fact that more than 500 mothers recently attended a lecture on “identifying and treating eating disorders” as part of the hospital’s community outreach programme. The treatment of eating disorders can be long and complex, but when treatment is successfully concluded, we can definitely say that a life has been saved.
Professor Rael Strous Mayanei Hayeshua’s Mental Health Wing
BRIAN WOULD DO WELL TO LOOK AT CHAREDIM BEFORE JUDGING REFORM AND LIBERAL JEWS Until your columnist Brian Gordon stops his rants about progressive Jews, I will have little respect for him (Jewish News, 3 August). Why does he not write about prostitution in Israel, trafficking of young girls and exploitation of Chinese and Filipino workers by Israeli criminals? How about this: half the
Jews in jail in the UK are Israelis? Wake up Brian and stop hitting soft targets. Some of the drug dealers and money launderers in jail in the US are Orthodox rabbis. I would sooner do business with Reform and Liberal Jews than Charedim.
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Perhaps some of your correspondents are right about Stephen Oryszczuk’s controversial column on Gaza, but Daniel Baum’s letter should never have been allowed (Jewish News, 17 August). Using the terms
‘ignoramus,’ ‘uneducated’ and ‘simplistic’ is to reduce discussion to the language of the streets. You should not give such invective the oxygen of publicity.
Barry Hyman Bushey Heath
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Editorial comment and letters
The future looks grim “When you go home, tell them of us, and say: For your tomorrow, We gave our today.” So reads a memorial to the soldiers who gave their lives defending Britain, democracy and freedom. Would they recognise Britain today? Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender minority agenda forced on the majority. Terrorists and their sympathisers marching in our cities inciting murder and the destruction of Israel. Anti-Semitism rampant in the Labour Party and universities – where racist clerics are invited to speak but those opposed are uninvited, shouted down or attacked. Where the authorities persistently ignored child grooming in 20 English cities. Where 5,000 cases of female genital mutilation are recognised annually but no prosecutions result. Where sharia law has been proposed by a leading church cleric and 80 sharia courts operate, riding roughshod over English law. How would they view Britain facilitating mass immigration from the Third World? That’s multiculturalism – yet that culture is antithetical
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to Judeo-Christian values – regarding women as chattel, scorning the infidel, despising the Jew. Massive immigration has brought a concomitant rise in anti-Semitism. An exchange of populations is taking place. Britons are not marrying and if they do, have few children, insufficient to maintain the population; Jews follow this trend. As in Europe, the indigenous population will die out this century. Meanwhile, Muslim immigrants bear children at twice the rate and 100,000 converts swell their ranks. Jews additionally face the problem of assimilation. Muslims don’t have this problem as apostates face the death penalty. All in all, the future of Jews in Britain looks grim.
With regard to an article I fully agree with – ‘CST chief: Anti-Semitism would rise under Corbyn’ (Jewish News, 9 August) – this sort of comment unfortunately does not make any difference. Before and during the general election campaign, we were continually told about the list of unsavoury characters Jeremy Corbyn had befriended during his time in the shadows, but voters still ignored it. They were conned by his hypocrisy and lies and just regarded those sort of comments as mud-slinging and media bias against their Jeremy. The only way to keep Corbyn out of Downing Street is for there to not be a general election in the next five years, by which time the Corbyn phenomenon will have come and gone. His true colours are starting to show and the cracks beginning to appear.
Rabbi Menahem Lester London and Israel
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HASMO DECISION WAS CORRECT The suggestion of David Meyer of Partnerships for Jewish Schools that the decision regarding the Hasmonean schools “will potentially have a serious impact on the secondary school provision for the community” does not have a bearing on the decision. Sadiq Khan’s call was rightly based on environmental and local infrastructural issues. Open spaces
and green belt land within the Greater London area must be preserved. Second, there is a lack of sustainable transport measures to support the plans. The damage to cross communal relations would be catastrophic. I’m opposed to any further development on this site that increases the strain on local infrastructure. Michael Burman NW7
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Jewish News 24 August 2017
There’s no reason to be complacent or hysterical JENNI FRAZER
his week, in the wake of the Barcelona terror attack, the city’s Chief Rabbi, Meir Bar-Hen, described Europe as “lost” for Jews. He told said: “Jews are not here permanently. I tell my congregants: don’t think we’re here for good. And I encourage them to buy property in Israel. This place is lost. Don’t repeat the mistake of Algerian Jews, of Venezuelan Jews. Better [get out] early than late.” Left unspoken, of course, is the fate of the Jews of central Europe in the 1930s, before the Holocaust seized them in its grip: the Jews who failed to see the writing on the wall. But Rabbi Bar-Hen’s remarks were not supported by the very people he was addressing. The Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain said it had “full confidence in security forces who work daily to prevent fanatics and radical Muslims from inflicting pain and chaos on our cities”. In the same week as the Spanish terror
SOME PEOPLE, AS A FORMER EDITOR OF MINE ONCE PUT IT, HATE JEWS MORE THAN ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY
attack [pictured, right], Jews in Britain had yet another survey to digest, a self-selecting YouGov poll which suggested that one in three UK Jews were considering leaving the country because of a rise in anti-Semitism. I am left wondering if we, too, are failing to see the writing on the wall, or if indeed there is a tremendous amount of white noise about the subject. I am encouraged by the response of John Mann, MP, a down-to-earth individual if ever there was one. Responding to the YouGov poll, commis-
sioned by the Campaign Against Antisemitism, Mann said: “We know that British Jews are concerned and we are working to address those concerns. It is beholden on organisations to not sensationalise anti-Semitism but rather to work to put national frameworks in place to defeat it”. Let us be clear. Jews have lived in Britain since their re-admittance by Cromwell in 1656, and have lived with varying degrees of comfort here since then — and we might be said, in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, to be living the best Jewish lives possible. By and large Britain is a tolerant society and today’s governments do their best to protect us as a religious minority. The Crown Prosecution Service has just issued new guidelines requiring online hate crime to be treated as seriously as face-toface offences — a direct and robust response to the vicious abuse targeted at the Jewish Labour MP, Luciana Berger. Last week I was delighted to see dozens of ordinary Brits in the Victoria & Albert Museum, putting in their two-penn’orth as to the eventual design of a proposed national
Holocaust memorial. Our survivors are honoured, our schoolchildren are protected by government-funded security. Of course not everything in our corner of the garden is rosy and there are certainly some people who, as a former editor of mine once put it, hate Jews more than absolutely necessary. We shouldn’t be complacent. But I don’t believe we are in a 1930s situation and I also don’t believe that Europe is lost. I think we need to be vigilant and aware of terror and anti-Semitic threats; but we should be proud of being British Jews — and so should other Jews in Europe of their communities.
We helped Blanche discover more about her famous family DOREEN BERGER
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s every working parent will tell you, modern families lead busy lives. Mums and dads find themselves juggling work presentations with spelling tests, interview preparation with school plays and client calls with science projects. The death this month of Blanche Lindo Blackwell [pictured, right] at the age of 104 was widely reported in national newspapers. Of course, when someone of that age passes away, she suffers from a grave disadvantage, so to speak. All of her contemporaries have passed away and the friends and younger members of the family that remain only remember her as an old lady, a relic from another age. I met Blanche when she was aged just under 100. In fact, she was demanding to see me. Rumours of the Jewish ancestry of the Duchess of Cambridge, confirmed, it was thought, by the birth of little Prince George in the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, had led to my writing to The Times, explaining its Jewish history,
and that Kate had no known relationship to the Lindo family or, indeed, any Jewish antecedents. In 1938, Frank Charles Lindo had been so anxious to repay the care he had received from members of the nursing profession that he built a nurses’ home and private wing at St Mary’s Hospital, known as the Lindo Wing. Blanche hailed from the Jamaican branch of the family, and she wanted to know more. This was how I found myself ringing the bell nervously to her apartment in Belgravia’s Lowndes Square. There, I found a sprightly elderly lady, with an engaging personality and warm smile. She had a friend staying and we were served attentively by two devoted West Indian maids. Explaining that she was a religious Christian but very proud of being a Jew,
Blanche saw no contradiction in this. Her family had been baptised after the death of a young son from blackwater fever, the scourge of the tropics. Blanchie, as she called herself, wanted me to research her English family, and invitations were extended with my husband for dinner and a tea. She was very fond of her computer, which had been adapted for her failing eyesight, and regaled us with amusing stories. Born in Costa Rica in 1912, the second daughter and third child of two Lindo cousins, she had a wonderful time growing up in Jamaica. Sent to boarding school, she was known as a rebel, and “finished” in Paris, the only West Indian debutante of the year 1933. Her marriage to a member of the Crosse & Blackwell family ended in divorce, but her son was the owner of Island Records
and the discoverer of Bob Marley, the reggae star. She had acted as hostess to the rich and famous on the island and, indeed, to royalty. Blanche was very good company but, the last time I was invited to tea in Lowndes Square, she had forgotten she had invited me. However, by then she had all the information on the English branch of her Sephardi family. Isaac Lindo, born about 1638, had settled in London, becoming an Elder at Bevis Marks Synagogue. It was David Abarbanel Lindo who performed Disraeli’s circumcision and it was Abigail Lindo, lexicographer, who was the only woman of her time to have publications in her own name. It was Benjamin Lindo who supplied perfume to the royal family and Gabriel Lindo who was solicitor to the Sephardic congregation. It was Blanche Lindo, however, who became the first and only honorary member of The Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain, at the age of 100.
24 August 2017 Jewish News
Anything Muslims say about Israel applies to Pakistan too MAAJID NAWAZ
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his month saw the anniversary of an event known as ‘partition’. That is, the violent and still contested division of Pakistan and India in 1947. Prior to the British Raj, the Muslim Moguls had ruled India. Steeped in that sense of history and heritage, Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah argued that were Muslims to be left a minority in India, its majority Hindu population would not treat them fairly. This is known as the ‘two nation theory.’ Hindsight may indeed have proven Jinnah wrong. Pakistan, after all, does rather a poor job itself of treating Muslims fairly, but I can see why Jinnah’s Muslim League party felt insecure about this prospect. This is especially so considering the recent resurgence in Hindu nationalism under the ruling BJP. And though Jinnah wanted a homeland for Muslims carved out of the Indian crown jewel, he was no religious man himself. Famously trained at Lincoln’s Inn as a barrister-at-law, Jinnah is reported to have drunk alcohol, ate pork and married outside of his narrow faith community to a Parsi. Indeed, in one of his most well-known speeches at Pakistan’s Constituent Assembly, Jinnah stressed that his vision for Pakistan was for it to be a place where “in course of time, Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the state.” Of course, the exact opposite eventually happened to Pakistan. Much of Pakistan’s spiral towards religious fanaticism since was due to Jinnah dying only one year after the creation of his country, but some of it can be traced to the founding philosophy of creating a nation based on solely religious identity. A state created for Muslims would beg the question of ‘who is Muslim’, and hence ‘who is not Muslim enough.’ By today’s rising extremist standards in Pakistan, even Jinnah a shi’i not a sunni - would be excluded. One could ask, what did Jinnah expect would happen? But that’s done now. Pakistan exists, and though many question her current trajectory, no serious public figure questions her legitimacy. Certainly, few Muslims do. And yet a few months later, the state of Israel was created as a homeland for Jews. The founding Zionists were convinced, just like Jinnah, that Jews could not risk being a minority ever again. And so, largely following the vision of Theodore Herzl, the Zionist movement was born. In 1948 Israel came about in precisely the same way, and for precisely the same reasons as Pakistan. Except, after the Holocaust and World War Two Jews had more justification for their fear than we Muslims. It is uncanny how little difference there
exists in the founding justification and subsequent behaviour of these two states. In both cases, the founders were secular. In both cases the religious communities became late adopters of the idea, and eventually its net victors. In the founding of Israel and Pakistan, both involved mass population displacement. Not without reason, until this day, 1948 Palestinians remember their ‘Nakba’, their tragedy and demand a right to return. Likewise, pre-partition India witnessed mass murder as Hindus and Sikhs were forced from the Punjab, and Muslim ‘muhaajirs’ had to brave the infamous ‘ghost trains’ to Karachi ports. Both countries are still involved in disputed land claims. Palestine is yet to be realised, just as Pakistan and India remain at knife-edge over Kashmir. Both areas are defined as ‘disputed territories’. Likewise, until today, Pakistan is riddled with internal independence movements. Let us not forget that another such nation, where I have also visited, already broke from ‘Pakistani occupation’ in 1971, to form Bangladesh. Again, in all these cases, there has been at times a disproportionate, state-heavy response to often beleaguered but militant separatists, although you’d be forgiven for only having heard about Israel’s actions in Gaza. These land disputes also take on religious significance, just as they do with Jerusalem – where I too have visited on pilgrimage. Every year, thousands of Indian Sikh pilgrims arrive in Pakistan’s Lahore to participate in religious and cultural rituals marking the birth anniversary of their most important saint, Baba Guru Nanak Dev Jee who was born in what is now Pakistani Lahore. There, an old Sikh temple still stands next to the Badshahi Mosque, two other sights that are well worth seeing. Many Sikhs never truly overcame the loss of control over their holy sites, sparking a Khalistan independence movement, and in one case leading to the assassination of India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguard. And yet, there are no calls to boycott Pakistan by the far-left and their Islamist fellowtravellers. No fashionable movement exists to shame musicians who choose to perform there, no blockade of speakers at universities and no protests decrying the ‘historic injustices’ of the Punjabis. The truth is, there is absolutely nothing that can be said of Israel, that cannot be said of Pakistan. This incessant focus by us Muslims on the state of Israel – even as jihadists burn everything around us – is the perennial ‘whatabout’ excuse used to distract us from considering self-scrutiny and introspection. It is precisely this lack of internal criticism that is allowing Muslim-majority societies to fall apart at the seams while we insist that everyone else is worse than us. We Muslims have become the totally selfunaware cry-bully in the school playground. That child who everyone is scared of upsetting, but no one really likes.
Shi’ite Muslims walk over the Israeli flag at a rally in Karachi marking the annual al-Quds Day
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Jewish News 24 August 2017
Community / Scene & Be Seen
1THE PRICE OF A GIFT
At GIFT’s London and Manchester social action day camps, children put together care packages with the Manchester and London Friendship Circle Charity. As well as making and giving out treats to the Hendon Fire Station, they also took part in the GIFT Supermarket challenge, for which participants went to a supermarket with £10 per group to spend most economically on a weekly shop. They also sent out food packages to families supported by GIFT and stood outside shops, encouraging shoppers to purchase extra food items for the GIFT Box.
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2CAMP’S SUMMER FUN
Keshet, Camp Simcha’s annual summer scheme, provided seriously ill children with a range of activities, including pottery painting, theme park outings, zoo visits, soft play and go-karting. Immanuel College pupils Jacob and Bella Sarano raised more than £13,000 in their b’nei mitzvah year to fund Keshet’s big family day out to Gulliver’s. Robert Eisner of Hebrew Order of David, who joined the outing, said: “Supporting people like those helped by Camp Simcha is what Hebrew Order of David is all about. Seeing so many happy faces among the children, who were able to forget their problems for a while, was such a pleasure.”
3MITZVAH FOR ALL
London faith groups have united to create the UK’s first multifaith hospital-based chaplaincy course. Dr SH Cedar associate producer at London South Bank University, was instrumental in setting up the initiative. She said: “As Jews, we are often accused of only looking after our own, which is far from the truth. This is our chance to demonstrate that bikkur holim – the mitzvah of visiting and extending aid to the sick – is visiting all patients of whatever faith.” Rabbi Natan Asmoucha said: “Training in chaplaincy through the NHS is an opportunity to grow in being even more effective to contribute in a very profound, meaningful and impactful way, both to the Jewish community and wider society.”
4MICHAL’S A WINNER! Year 6 pupils from Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School – Aaron Gelkoff, David Levy, Lily Mallach and Michal Singer – competed in two rounds of Jewish general knowledge in their annual Jewish Mastermind Competition. Michal was finally crowned the winner.
24 August 2017 Jewish News
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Carry on the tradition! Cathryn J. Prince speaks to Fiddler On The Roof actress Alexandra Silber, who played Hodel in the West End and has now penned a novel inspired by the beloved story
or two years, Alexandra Silber played Hodel in the West End production of Fiddler On The Roof. But with the last round of applause for her last performance, it was time for her to bid adieu to the character with whom she identified for so long. As it turned out, saying goodbye was hard. Silber kept wondering what happened to Hodel after she boarded a train bound for Siberia to join her fiancé Perchik. What was next in the life of this bold, smart and resolute young woman? “I had a lot of unfinished business with Hodel. I [lost my father at] the same age as Hodel when she lost hers, when she got on that train. I was robbed of what I felt was a proper goodbye to my father,” Silber tells me in a Manhattan cafe. And so was born her debut novel, After Anatevka: A Novel Inspired by Fiddler on the Roof. With its publication, the 34-year-old actress, singer, teacher and blogger can now list author to her list of accomplishments. A serious and poignant historical fiction, the book opens where the musical ends. On the first page, readers find Hodel languishing in a filthy Siberian prison cell, determined to rejoin her earnest Russian intellectual fiancé. As she waits to learn her fate, she reflects about the shtetl life she left behind — her older sister Tzeitel and her younger sisters Chava and Bialyeke, as well as her mother Golde. Through these flashbacks, readers come to understand how Hodel and Perchik ended up
Alexandra, as Hodel, embraces her father Tevye, played by Henry Goodman
living on the edge of the frozen, colourless world that is the Siberian labour camp Nerchinsk. “There is no singing with mops in this book. That would be to water down the story and rob it of her strength and authenticity,” Silber said. It was about four months into the London production that Silber felt the need for another creative outlet. So she started blogging about life as an American living in London, about raspberry jam and about her idol, Angela Lansbury. After one evening performance, a literary agent approached Silber and asked if she’d ever considered writing a novel. The seed was planted and Silber went to work. She wrote between scenes, she wrote at night. There were times she wasn’t sure if anyone would ever read the book, or if she even wanted anyone to. Still, she says it felt good to give life to Hodel in this way. Then, last year, she was back on Broadway, playing Tzeitel in Bartlett Sher’s Broadway revival of Fiddler On The Roof. And she thought perhaps it was time to bring the book into the world. She found a different agent and signed a two book deal with Pegasus Publishing. She approached it in pieces. and committed at least an hour a day to the book, even if it was just to correct punctuation, usually with her cat on her lap. Her second book, White Hot Grief Parade, a memoir about
Above: Alexandra Silber as Hodel in Fiddler On The Roof. Below: Her new book
losing her father, Michael, to cancer, will be published next year. “Eighteen is a particularly complicated age to lose a parent. You are self-aware, you are making yourself, but you are also not done with being raised,” she said. “I still feel quite close to him. The biggest sadness I have is I would have loved to have known my dad as an adult.” In After Anatevka, Silber’s father rises from the pages as Perchik. A civil rights activist and attorney, her father was a great believer in equality, she said. And, like Perchik, he too was deeply misunderstood by his father. Indeed, Silber said she painted her grandfather into the character of Gershon, Perchik’s uncle and guardian. “The book was my chance to create a fictionalised person of my father,” she said. Born in Los Angeles, the Grammy-
nominated performer grew up outside Detroit. Aged 21, she made her West End debut as Laura Fairlie in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman In White, and made her Broadway debut in 2011 in Terrence McNally’s Master Class. Silber also identified with how Hodel felt about Judaism. “She is a person of faith, but not a follower of tradition. As someone who grew up in a secular home, I connected with that,” she says. “Judaism is unique in that it can enrich you culturally without ever introducing the concept of God. I came to my relationship with Judaism as an adult. It was a very chosen thing.” Having immersed herself in Chasidic and shtetl life, Silber felt prepared to write about Hodel’s daily life in Anatevka and Perchik’s life in yeshiva. But the majority of the book takes place in Siberia – and Silber, whose Jewish ancestors were from the Russian shtetls, realised she had to visit it. She and a friend spent three months in Russia, visiting Moscow, St Petersburg and former gulag towns in and around Lake Baikal. “In Siberia, Hodel discovers what she is made of, she becomes brave in a new way. She’s charged with purpose and her possibilities are endless.” After Anatevka: A novel inspired by Fiddler On The Roof by Alexandra Silber, is published by Pegasus Books, priced £20.99. Available now
24 August 2017
Lifestyle / The Great British Bake Off
‘My inspiration for baking is to make people happy’ Prepare to spend Tuesday nights watching Stacey Hart test her skills on the nation’s favourite show, The Great British Bake Off. She tells Francine Wolfisz all about it
casts on Channel 4 for the first time, from next Tuesday. The mum-of-three, who is married to James, a former ASOS director, said friends had been urging her to show off her talents and apply for the iconic show. “I also really fancied a challenge and wanted to do something for myself, having given up my teaching career to become a mum 10 years ago,” she adds. Stacey has fond memories of baking
with her grandma, Phyllis, but it was while she was at university that she began taking her hobby more seriously. The former Henrietta Barnett student reveals: “Someone close to me was going through a very tough time and I used to bake cakes and biscuits for her. “I realised that baking can put a smile on peoples’ faces and so I did it more and more. I suppose my inspiration for baking is to make people happy.” While she loves to bake when her sons are safely tucked up in bed, she admits being “rather addicted to baking – and so I bake when they are around too”.
making chocolate brownies, as well as honey cakes – in fact, she reveals the biggest baking challenge she has set herself to date involved making an incredible 32 of the Rosh Hashanah favourite in just two days. But like any other talented baker, Stacey – who is a “self-confessed perfectionist” – has also had a fair share of culinary disasters. “I once made a great looking cake, which I managed to drop as it came out of the oven,” she laughs. “It turned upside down on the kitchen floor!” While she loves to infuse her heritage into everything she makes, her favourite Jewish food is more savoury than sweet. “Ooh, now that is a hard question, as there is so much to choose from,” she says. “But I would probably have to say my favourite is a good old salt beef sandwich with mustard and pickles.” Unsurprisingly, challah also plays an important part in Stacey’s repertoire, and she makes it fresh for the family every Friday. She’s even willing to divulge her simple secret to making the perfect challah. “I use a sourdough starter, which I have made and look after in my kitchen,” she tells me. “It makes all the difference to the taste.” The Great British Bake Off starts next
Tuesday, 29 August, 8pm, on Channel 4
Needless to say, Stacey tells me they are often more than willing to try out her latest creations and have a personal preference for her mouth-watering cookies and cream biscuits with a marshmallow fluff centre, as well as her home-made lollipops. As for her “signature dish”, Stacey loves
Images by Stacey Dee’s Kitchen (@staceydees)
ince her childhood days when she made bread and butter pudding alongside her grandmother, Stacey Hart has developed a passion – an “addiction” even by her own admission – to donning an apron, dusting down her rolling pin and creating the perfect bake. Now the 42-year-old former teacher from Radlett (pictured) has been chosen as one of 12 contestants taking part in the new series of The Great British Bake Off, which broad-
Above: Just some of Stacey’s baked creations
The countdown continues! FROM 8 TO 11 SEPTEMBER, Londoners can experience the rich and diverse culture of one of Israel’s most vibrant cities: Tel Aviv. TLV in LDN is a four-day showcase of food, music, nightlife, arts and style direct from Tel Aviv, taking place at venues across the capital. On 9 and 10 September, Camden’s iconic Roundhouse will host a free food and drink festival from esteemed Israeli chef Shaul Ben Aderet. A household name in Tel Aviv, Ben Aderet – owner and head chef of three Israeli eateries – will curate food stalls alongside five guest chefs, showcasing the breadth of cuisine from the region, which is fast becoming one of the most popular in the UK. For TLV in LDN, Ben Aderet will take traditional Israeli dishes and give them his own modern flair to offer a taste of authentic Israeli cuisine. Other festival highlights will include cookery
and chocolate-making workshops for children, a kids’ zone offering creative activities, as well as performances and workshops with Israeli dance troupe Mayumana. “I am excited to be curating the food festival and bringing a taste of Israeli cuisine to London” says Ben Aderet. “The chefs we are working with for TLV in LDN come from all different backgrounds and truly represent the melting pot that is Tel Aviv.”
The TLV in LDN Free Food and Drink Festival takes place on 9, September, 10.30am to 6pm, and 10, September, 10.30pm to 4.30pm. For more details, visit roundhouse.org.uk/whats-on/2017/ tlv-in-ldn-festival
24 August 2017 Jewish News
Nosh / Lifestyle
Tandoori chicken with tomato/cucumber salad With the use of soya yoghurt and soya creams, tandoori chicken can now be made kosher. This is an extremely likeable dish and it looks as good as it tastes. Like most tandoori recipes, it requires at least six hours marinating time; plan it well and you will be delighted with the result; pieces of succulent chicken with a delicious curry flavour. Tandoori paste is now available from most kosher supermarkets. Tandoori comes from the Punjab region of India and is made by tenderising the meat in a yogurt and spice marinade. It is traditionally cooked in a tandoor, a clay oven that fires up to a high temperature but a grill or very hot oven will achieve similar results when you are cooking at home. I like to serve this with a selection of chutneys and naan bread and a soothing dip of freshly made raita, cucumber yoghurt sauce.
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Jewish News 24 August 2017
Lifestyle / Travel
Show and Tel! Deborah Cicurel checks out the hustle and bustle of Tel Aviv, Israel’s second city bursting with beaches, nightlife and culture
’m not alone in thinking that when you neighbourhood of Sarona, a hotspot for picking up go on holiday, hotels provide a great “home” from home for the duration of quirky finds and enjoying your stay – but there are disadvantages. a varied selection of local Rather than just a place to crash, opting for and international food. The a hotel can mean several things: the chance enormous indoor Sarona you’ll bump into your ex, or get stopped by 20 Market offers nearly 9,000 family friends and acquaintances on the way square metres of foodie choices. to the lobby, or the need to visit the pool by Within it, there are countless 6am to secure a sun lounger. speciality food shops, from Asian For the first time, I decided to shun offerings to European products, hotels and stay in a flat during my recent while outside, you can pick up visit to Tel Aviv for a friend’s wedding. everything from books to clothes. While the extortionate prices of many But as much as your diet will hotels were enough to put me off, I also inevitably go out of the window wanted the privacy you just can’t get in a when you visit Tel Aviv, it’s not all hotel: the option to eat breakfast in your about the food. The colou rful displa y of dried PJs, have friends over whenever you like, There’s a simple joy in strolling fruits on sa le at Tel A and cook rather than always having to eat out. the sunny streets, marvelling at the viv Marke t I headed to Sea N’ Rent’s website to browse easy to find in such a buzzing city. mix of cultures and nationalities eating at bustling outdoor for flats in the bustling city of Tel Aviv, and with Our accommodation provided the perfect restaurants, the quirky cafes and bars hidden 60 luxury options, there was plenty of choice. base from which to see the hustle and bustle behind plain-seeming facades as well as the My husband and I were staying with cousins, of Tel Aviv. We took it all in – from people sheer number of adorable puppies. so we decided to go for a three-bedroom flat on watching in the achingly cool Neve Tzedek, to If you’re into markets, then don’t miss the Hayarkon, with space for up to eight people. enjoying a delicious coffee on Ben Yehuda Street hustle and bustle of the farmers’ market that With an enormous rooftop terrace to laze on, or listening to the shouts of lifeguards on the takes place every Friday in the Tel Aviv Port plenty of room within the flat, and three sizeable popular Frishman beach. and in the Jaffa Port. If you love fresh food and bedrooms, we had all the space in the world. Every day, we enjoyed the vast choices of buzzing surroundings, you’ll enjoy the chaos The Israel-based company has booked more kosher restaurants and cafes just minutes from of the open air market: there are plenty of local than 12,000 guest nights in the past 12 months, our flat: Pizza Fino, a relaxed Italian restaurant products to buy, from tahini to honey, as well as appealing to those tourists visiting for a beach on Ben Yehuda Street that even serves up restaurants, luxury shops and galleries. getaway, the city’s nightlife or to visit family. pizza and pasta during Pesach, Suduch, a Carmel Market is also worth a visit for its It carefully selects short-term rental casual sandwich bar teeming with teenagers street stalls, and haphazard collection of things apartments in prime locations across the city, right across from the beach, and the fancier for sale, from hummus to carpets. whether you want to be close to restaurants and L’Entrecote, a dream spot for carnivores. Once night falls, it’s time to see why Tel beaches or want a guaranteed quiet spot – not so Foodies should also head straight for the Aviv is one of the Middle East’s best spots for nightlife and head to Allenby Street, where there are more than 20 nightclubs to choose from. If you’re after a tamer night, but still want to experience the warm evening, great music and fascinating people-watching, visit the nearby Shenkin Street to enjoy the city’s most stylish cafe-bars.
Top: A bedroom in the Sea N’ Rent luxury apartment. Above: The spacious lounge
It’s hard to capture in words everything that Tel Aviv has to offer. There’s a feeling of excitement, of delights hidden in surprising corners, of constant contrasts. The striking Bauhaus buildings you’ll come across when you least expect it. The fact a religious, separate beach is located next to a gay beach. The sleek, polished restaurants and hotels situated smack bang next to cacophonous markets. The taxi drivers who will try to be your best friend while subtly charging you more. The hectic buzz of the city is addictive, and we soon found we couldn’t get enough of its heat, of its noise, of its quirks. Yet every day, as we trudged back to Hayarkon with sandy feet, heavy beach bags and sea-soaked hair after a day of sipping Limonanas on the beach, we were thankful for an hour or two in our quiet flat – before heading out for a bit more Tel Aviv fun.
WHERE TO STAY... Deborah was a guest of Sea N’ Rent, which has more than 60 luxury apartments in sought-after locations across Tel Aviv. She stayed at the Hilton Luxury Apartment – North, which costs between $200 to $550 per night. For more information, visit seanrent.com or call 00972 54 450 5833. Above: Pretty alleyways in Jaffa. Right: Deborah and her husband enjoy the sights in the city
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Sedra: Shoftim / Torah For Today / Orthodox Judaism
Torah For Today
What does the Torah say about… ?
BY RABBI ALEX CHAPPER
BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL
In preparing the Jewish people for the future without him, Moses warns them not to adopt practices of the surrounding nations. He also gives a general piece of advice: “You shall be wholehearted with Hashem your God” (Devarim 18:13). This is a bold statement, but what does it mean? According to the Divrei Emet, we must involve our whole being, heart and soul, in developing our connection to God. The expression ‘wholehearted’ is understood by the Chizkuni (13th century French rabbi) to mean “to have an exclusive relationship with either man or God.” In the introduction to his 11th century classic work, Duties of the Heart, Rabbeinu Bachya says this verse requires our exterior and interior to be consistent in the service of God, so the testimony of the heart, tongue, and limbs be alike, and that they support and confirm each other. Bachya continues by saying that whoever exhibits conflicting behaviour in word or deed, people do not believe in his integrity and have no confidence in his truthfulness. If our heart’s intent conflicts with our words, our service to our God will not be whole, for He will not accept fake service from us. From here we can understand the genius of Moses’ leadership. The call to be “wholehearted with Hashem” urges us to be sincere in everything we do both physically and spiritually, to act with integrity so our actions reflect our thoughts and we commit fully to our relationship with God.
Alex Chapper is community rabbi at Borehamwood & Elstree Synagogue and the Children’s Rabbi: childrens rabbi.com. Mazeltov to Levi Chapper on his barmitzvah!
British model Chloe Ayling was recently drugged and kidnapped by a gang, who planned to sell her as a sex slave. They only released her when they discovered she is a mother. So, what does the Torah say about this? Chloe’s kidnap in Milan started with her being sent a false invite to a photoshoot, and drugging, shackling and bundling her into a suitcase, before a ransom was issued and she was held hostage for six days. In Israelite law, kidnapping and selling off a victim is the worst form of theft, on a par with murder and punishable by death. In the early 1980s, the son of the
lay head of the Syrian Jews in Buenos Aires, Don Shaul Sutton – whom I was privileged to meet and serve for a short time as rabbi – was held hostage at an undisclosed location. Don Shaul travelled to Israel, where the revered Rabbi Israel Abuhatzeirah
“Baba Sali” asked him to pray at his ancestor’s gravesite in Egypt. On his return, Baba Sali drew a map of the locality in Buenos Aires, pinpointing the site where his son was held. The gift of such clairvoyance was lifesaving, and a means to avoid entering the murky territory of acceding to heinous demands for money. Maimonides rules against paying ransoms for Jewish kidnap victims to discourage gangsters turning their activity into a lucrative business opportunity. For Chloe, it was a gang rule on not kidnapping mothers that brought about her release; paying ransom may have opened the way to further crimes. Greater security measures must be introduced to protect models in an effort to stop kidnapping becoming a financially attractive proposition to criminals.
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Progressive Judaism / The Bible Says What? / Progressively Speaking
The Bible Says What? ‘Happy is the one that smashes your children on a rock’
Progressively Speaking Should Jews be concerned about the renewed confidence of the extreme right?
BY RABBI BENJI STANLEY “By the river of Babylon, there we sat down.” This psalm, 137, is important liturgically: some say it before bensching – saying grace after meals – during the week and part of it is sung at a wedding before smashing the glass. Yet amid its plaintive poetry we ignore its angry, violent end: “Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is the one who repays you what you did to us, happy is the one that grabs and smashes your children on a rock.” What do we do with this? We might hear the anger, but reject its violence. This final line expresses the fury of the vulnerable and dispossessed, of those who have almost lost everything. The psalm can make us more sensitive to anger, both of others and our own. After all, anger can be the engine of determined social change; it teaches us that a better world is necessary. Yet violence, as we see all too often, can destroy worlds. The violent
language that can accompany hot anger, in its rawness, must be transformed into the cool resolve to work towards a better future. The symbolic image of infanticide makes us profoundly uncomfortable, but the psalm itself hits us with violence while pointing towards a discomfort with violent feeling. ‘Happy is the one who smashes your children on a rock’. No one can be happy to feel or say such a thing. The language used echoes other psalms and emotional states of true happiness. The psalm expresses violence and gestures towards a broader perspective when such feelings will pass. It makes us aware of a time when people will live with dignity in peace. We can work to make things better and cultivate a future when we will truly be able to sing a song of the merciful.
Benji Stanley is Reform Judaism’s young adult development rabbi
RABBI LEAH JORDAN She stands straight and proud – all 4ft 11ins of her – in the pink-laced trainers she chose in anticipation of being on her feet to protest. The white home-made poster placard she is holding reads: “I escaped the Nazis once. You will not defeat me now.” She is Marianne Rubin, an 89year-old refugee from Nazi Germany, who felt compelled to stand on the street with her daughter, to make a stand in the wake of the neoNazis and white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville, chanting: “Jews will not replace us.” The renewed confidence of the extreme right, in this country, in the United States, and elsewhere, is real. They have been emboldened by the immigrant-hating and Islamophobic rhetoric of the pro-Brexit camp, the Trump campaign, and much deeper and older societal fissures. The Unite the Right rally in Char-
lottesville was especially chilling for the numbers it brought out, the injuries it caused, the death of counterprotestor Heather Heyer, and President Trump’s first equivocal and then outright hate-enabling responses. But the systems and structures those hate groups came to express are woven deeply into the fabric of our nations. Empire and colonialism, white supremacy, patriarchy, and anti-Semitism have always been with us. Jewish communities are responding. As one speaker put it in a Jewish solidarity rally after Charlottesville: “We cannot dismantle racism and xenophobia, without dismantling anti-Semitism.” This is both a time to show up for ourselves, and a time to show up for
others, who are marginalised, silenced and oppressed by the extreme right’s other interlinked bigotries. These past few months, I have vacillated between despair and fear, between anger and revolt, thinking a lot about that famous line folk musician Woody Guthrie inscribed on his guitar in 1941: “This machine kills fascists.” But I am also writing this article from Liberal Judaism’s Kadimah summer camp, where 120 Jewish children, aged eight to 15, and 30 Jewish youth movement leaders, ages 17 to 24, are gathered to celebrate and pray together, to learn Torah and pursue justice – in the rural West Country. Progressive Judaism itself is a symbol of what we rebuilt out of oppressive past destruction. This is not a time to wait and see. Like Marianne Rubin, it’s a time to show up for ourselves and for others. Rabbi Leah Jordan is Liberal Judaism’s student chaplain
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Dear Sarah Many people use walking sticks that are the wrong height. We are often asked about this and always inform customers that we use the same measuring method used by physiotherapists. It is very important to get the measurement right, as a stick that is too long will force the shoulder unnaturally high and can be especially damaging over time. One that is too short can force or encourage the user to stoop. As a guide to measuring correctly, the user should stand upright in the type of shoes they usually wear, with their arms hanging naturally by their sides. The handle of the walking stick when next to them should be level with the bump at the bottom of their
wrist bone. This ensures the user’s arm will be slightly bent with straight shoulders when holding the walking stick. The stick should then be adjusted or cut to that length. At Fortuna, we have a large range of adjustable and non-adjustable walking sticks, which come in many designs and colours. Prices start from around £10. As your friend has arthritis, she’ll probably find a walking stick with an ergonomic handle more comfortable. These handles are shaped and allow users who suffer from painful or arthritic wrists to grip more easily and spread the weight across their palm. I’d recommend consulting a doctor or physiotherapist for specific medical advice.
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Former England boss takes Tel Aviv role FOOTBALL Steve McClaren this week joined Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv as a coaching consultant. The 56-year-old former England manager will work under Maccabi manager Jordi Cruyff, who was a player at Manchester United when McClaren was assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson. “I have huge respect for such a well-known club both in Israel and in Europe and intend to help Jordi and the players achieve success this season,” McClaren told the club website.
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