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Chanukah in the Square brings the light and excitement of this most joyful of festivals to the heart of Central London. With music, dancing and food, thousands of people can once again proudly and visibly celebrate our culture, faith and heritage. It will be bigger and better than ever and not to be missed. Simon Johnson, Chief Executive

The Menorah in Trafalgar Square joins thousands of Chabad Lubavitch public menorahs around the globe in sharing the message of Chanukah: That each one of us can be a baston of light and warmth to the world around us. Chanukah In The Square increases in popularity every year with added entertainment which will guarantee an evening to remember. Bentzi Sudak, Chief Executive

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She’s heaven sent! Skydiving rebbetzin donates ambulance to help terminally-ill fulfil their last wish

A daredevil rebbetzin was applauded by the Chief Rabbi this week after raising enough money to buy a special ‘bucket list’ ambulance to help terminally-ill people fulfil their last wish, writes Adam Decker. Freda Kaplan jumped out of a plane over Bury St Edmunds last year to raise money for the Wish Ambulance, after tracking down the country’s only female diving instructor. The idea for the Wish Ambulance originated in The Netherlands, and

Kaplan first saw it in Israel, when one took Kaplan’s own terminally-ill father to his grandson’s wedding just four days before he passed away. Kaplan, of Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, decided to bring the idea to the UK and teamed up with London GP Judith Tobin to raise £100,000 for the vehicle, which is specially designed to take those who are stretcher-bound to special events. Kaplan agreed to raise money for the purchase of the ambulance, which will

help Jews and non-Jews alike, and the first year’s running costs, asking that it be marked in memory of her parents – Howard and Judy Goldthorpe – with the words: “A gift from the Jewish community.” Supported by shul member Stuart Epstein, Kaplan’s skydive raised more than £10,000 of the total. But while the community turned out in support on Sunday, the event was bittersweet for Kaplan, as both her parents passed away before the ambulance could be bought. Continued on page 11

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News / BDS warning / Labour suspension / News briefs

Thornberry tells Labour Friends of Israel: ‘Boycotts are bigotry’ Emily Thornberry this week branded boycotts of Israeli products or academics as “bigotry” in her strongest statement on the issue to date, writes Justin Cohen. The shadow foreign secretary’s comments came during a speech to Labour Friends of Israel (LFI)’s annual lunch, at which she also pledged that defending the rights of Jewish people would remain a “cornerstone” for a future Labour government. She acknowledged “profound” differences with the current Israeli government and made it clear that the commitments of the Balfour Declaration would remain “unfulfilled” so long as settlements are expanded and Gazans face a humanitarian crisis. A Labour government would also proceed with plans to recognise Palestine “in the interests of Israel, the Palestinians and peace”. But Thornberry – who visited Israel and the territories earlier this month – attacked those who “somehow believe that opposition to the policies of an

individual government can ever justify a hatred of the nation and its people, or a boycott of its products, its culture or its academics, or a denial of its right to defend itself from military assault and terror attacks. “That sort of bigotry against the Israeli nation has never been justified and it never will be.” She suggested there would be “better understanding of why the security situation is so fundamental to any progress” if more British people understood the fears of terrorism experienced by Israelis. And she added: “We will make clear to the Palestinian Authority that officially sanctioned anti-Semitic incitement, and the glorification of suicide bombers, particularly to children and young people, must come to an end.” Thornberry told the hundreds of guests, including dozens of parliamentarians, that those with anti-Semitic views or who deny Israel’s right to exist would be “drummed out of our party.” She acknowledged that Labour

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‘RED CARPET’ KEN GETS STAGE INVITE Ken Livingstone will complete the transformation from Red Ken to Red Carpet Ken next week when he arrives as special guest at a sell-out political comedy show in London’s Leicester Square. The former London mayor, who escaped expulsion from the Labour Party after saying Adolf Hitler supported Zionism, will give his views at Matt Forde’s Political Party Podcast Christmas Special on 7 December. The show takes place at the Leicester Square Theatre.

TRUMP RETWEETS BRITAIN FIRST CLIPS Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry at LFI on Tuesday

needed to reach out to Jewish voters who refused to back the party because they believed it was allowing antiSemitism to “go unchecked”. “It would be a crying shame if when voters next go to the polls, we fail to win councils like Barnet or seats like Finchley and Golders Green, not because we don’t have the right policies or the right candidates, but

because large parts of those communities feel that we are not doing enough to tackle the bigotry and prejudice that they face,” she said. LFI chair Joan Ryan called on Jeremy Corbyn to personally lead the “battle” against BDS and enforce clear red line about where legitimate criticism of Israeli policy morphs into anti-Semitic anti-Zionism.

Donald Trump received a barrage of criticism on Wednesday after sharing videos tweeted by the deputy leader of far-right group Britain First, purporting to show Muslims committing crimes. The US President retweeted three posts by Jayda Fransen, including an unverified video titled “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!” Britain First has offered to run “solidarity patrols” in areas with high Jewish populations.

Labour finally suspends ‘anti-Semite’ The Labour Party has suspended a member accused of anti-Semitism – four months after a complaint was lodged by a party councillor from Barnet. Adam Langleben, who works for the Jewish Leadership Council, said the unnamed woman ran a Twitter feed called

‘GazaBoatConvoy’ and sent 20 examples of posts and tweets which he described as “racist, pure and simple”. Langleben, of the West Hendon ward, who first filed a complaint in July, said: “She continues to attend meetings and take part in street stalls. I believe in due

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Prime Minister Corbyn would have ‘chilling’ effect on Israel A report by think tank BICOM this week predicted that a Labour government could have “a chilling effect” on UKIsrael relations. The analysis of Labour Party foreign policy on the Middle East, published on Tuesday, warms of an anti-Israel “ripple effect” if Jeremy Corbyn were to adopt a negative attitude to Israel after taking the keys to Number 10 Downing Street. BICOM researchers say Israel may “no longer be seen as a priority,” adding: “The two-way traffic of ministerial visits would likely slow. This atmosphere could negatively impact years of government support for cooperation in research, hi-tech and trade built up under a succession of prime ministers warm towards Israel.” Economically, the report’s authors say a Labour government “could also lead to reduced Israeli investment in the UK, currently Israel’s top investment destination in Europe,” while politically, they worry about the UK’s stance towards Israel. “The UK government would be more likely to back Palestinian diplomatic moves such as UN resolutions critical of Israel and attempts to

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secure recognition in international institutions,” they write. “The UK would also be likely to immediately condemn Israel in a situation of escalated conflict such as fighting between Israel and Hamas or Hezbollah, in contrast to previous governments that supported Israel’s right to self-defence.” BICOM chief executive James Sorene said Labour’s foreign policy was “an issue of deep concern to many of Britain’s closest allies,” adding: “Decades of intelligence and defence cooperation are at risk.” On fears that Labour would seek to engage Israel’s enemies, he said: “If Labour move too close to Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah, this will undermine international efforts to fight terrorism and even limit the sharing of vital intelligence that saves British lives.” Siding with the Palestinians would mean London losing its influence with Israel on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Sorene said, adding: “Moves towards a boycott of settlement goods could provide a slippery slope to wider boycotts of Israel and this would seriously harm Britain-Israel relations and impair an expanding trade partnership that cre-

The BICOM report warns of an ‘anti-Israel’ ripple effect under Labour

ates thousands of UK jobs.” Earlier this month, Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry said she would happily buy Israeli produce but would not buy goods emanating from Jewish settlements in the West Bank. In response to the BICOM report, a spokesman for Corbyn said Labour calls for a two-state solution and that the lead-

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er’s voting record showed he was more often right than wrong when it came to foreign affairs. However, the Board of Deputies said Labour should heed the warning. “Cosying up to Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah threatens Britain’s security,” said Board president Jonathan Arkush. “Such countries and groups must be challenged, not indulged.”

The Labour Party has suspended former minister Ivan Lewis following a complaint about his conduct. The Bury South MP is under investigation by party officials because of the allegation regarding impromper behaviour. A spokeswoman said: “The Labour Party takes all allegations of sexual harassment extremely seriously. Ivan Lewis is currently suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation.”


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News / Interfaith hackathon / Diamond kippah / News briefs

Hard day’s night in store for hackathon students Tech-minded students used to pulling all-nighters to meet their deadlines are set to pull an all-nighter and all-dayer in the community’s first entrepreneur’s ‘hackathon’ this Sunday, writes Adam Decker. Jewish youngsters aged between 12 and 18 will have 14 hours, starting after Shabbat, to design solutions to help improve education through technology. Organisers say up to 50 participants will learn new and valuable skills in the process, with senior bosses from firms like Google on-hand to help, and those behind the winning entries set to take home prizes. The initiative, media sponsored by Jewish News, is being held at Work Avenue in Finchley, starting at 5.30pm on Saturday 2 December and running through into Sunday, with tomorrow’s tech stars being helped by today’s industry leaders. The Jewish community’s inaugural Entrepreneurship Interfaith Hackathon is being organised by Jewish Interactive, a charity using education to improve Jewish education, and Acorn Aspirations, which “nurtures entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity in young people”.

The winning solution will be chosen by a panel comprising industry experts, among them tech investor Andrew Wolfson, who said the learning would likely be two-way. He said: “I am thoroughly looking forward to hearing the young people present their ideas and am in no doubt that I will learn something of value for the companies that my fund is an investor in.” Judge Karen Harris, the managing director of shopping centre business Intu Digital, said youngsters had “a unique opportunity to jump into technology and entrepreneurship like no other generation before them. “This event will not only facilitate the sharing of ideas, creativity and skills but will also enable young people from different backgrounds to learn from each other and have fun”. Investor Jason Goodman, another judge, said events like this “give young people the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to become the change-makers of tomorrow,” adding: “I am looking forward to being part of this event and seeing the ideas the children come up with to improve education through technology.”

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Jewish Interactive chief Chana Kanzen said: “I attended a hackathon organised by Acorn Aspirations a few months ago and was simply blown away by the skills and abilities the students developed in just a few hours. “I created this event and lobbied for the timing to start later on a Saturday, so all of our community can have the opportunity to benefit from this transformative event.

We are thrilled at the communal response – our judges and mentors are people our children would not normally be able to have access to, and to have the chance to work closely developing real products, and experience pitching to serious investors like Google and Skype at this point in their lives will be an unforgettable, transformative experience.” She added: “We have double

the number of boys signed up than girls – again symptomatic of national statistics – and a statistic we need to change – particularly as three of the CEOs behind the Jewish Interactive Hackathon event are women. “So we have released 10 sponsored places for girls to encourage more female participation and more women entrepreneurship.”  Editorial comment, page 16

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The Jewish Learning Exchange raised a record £1.5m during a marathon 24-hour telethon. The charity’s “All or Nothing” project, held at its centre on Golders Green Road, raised the largest amount for a UK Jewish telethon. More than 1,300 donors helped reach the goal of £375,000 – with just eight minutes to spare – which then saw three matching sets of donors contribute a further £1.125m – which they agreed to do once the target was reached. More than 70 volunteers manned the phones. Chief Executive Rabbi Benjy Morgan said: “We are elated by this outpouring of support.”

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A German broadcaster has pulled its sponsorship for a Cologne concert by Roger Waters following protests led by a Jewish resident of the city. Malca Goldstein-Wolf, who collected about 1,500 signatures on a petition, had accused WDR of using public money in the form of a broadcast tax to support a BDS advocate. [JTA]

British pop superstars Take That performed at Tel Aviv’s Menora Mivtachim Arena on Monday night. The band, comprising Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen, belted out their biggest hits, including A Million Love Songs, Never Forget and Relight My Fire, in front of 8,000 screaming fans, in addition to tracks from their latest album Wonderland.

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Volunteers honoured / News

Charedi youth group and shul get honours A Charedi youth group and a Reform synagogue offering a drop-in centre for refugees were among the Jewish organisations to be honoured with an award by the Three Faiths Forum (3FF) on Tuesday. Chaverim scooped an award for the specialised services category in recognition of its work developing Orthodox youngsters, while Alyth (North Western Reform Synagogue) was recognised for ‘improving health and well-being’ for its refugee drop-in service. It was founded 27 years ago by Shmuel Yosef Davidsohn, who received the award from Lord-Lieutenant of London Kenneth Olisa and Phil Champain, 3FF director at the Royal Society of Medicine . Davidsohn said: “As we approach Chanukah, we are reminded of the idea of lighting up the world. Putting all faiths together, we become like a group of candles lighting up London.”


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welcoming space”. The refugees are gjven a meal and chance to chat, and to practice their English, and receive advice on accessing services, study courses, grants, CV writing and interview skills. Also recognised was Hannah Style, founder of new charity Feast, which feeds the homeless in a “sustainable, community-enhancing manner” using food that would have been discarded.

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News / Leukaemia trial / Ancestry tracking / Museum sculpture

Charity funds landmark stem cell trial A charity set up in memory of a Jewish woman who died from myeloid leukaemia has successfully funded the UK’s first clinical trial using stem cells from umbilical cord blood to treat blood cancer, writes Alex Davis. Distinguished guests gathered to hear from Dr Rachael Hough, consultant in haematology and stem cell transplantation at UCL Hospitals, who presented her results last Thursday at a Sue Harris Trust event at the Royal Society of Medicine. Those on the trial were diagnosed with advanced stages of various blood

Legacy: Sue Harris died aged 34

cancers and had a low chance of survival. However, as a result of the trial’s success, more than half are still alive after five years. A generous donation of £150,000 enabled Dr Hough to undertake her groundbreaking research. She praised the Jewish charity and explained that “without this funding, these trials would never have happened”. The Trust has previously cofunded the health economics study that underpins the UK national strategy on cord blood collection, and opened the Sue Harris Cord Blood

Collection Centre at the Royal Free Hospital in 2012. Law student Sue Harris died of chronic myeloid leukaemia in 1997, aged 34. The Sue Harris Trust was set up in her memory, and held the event to mark 20 years since her death. After suddenly being diagnosed with the cancer, Sue learnt she needed a compatible bone marrow donor to save her life and that her donor was most likely to be Jewish. But in 1993, there were just 48 Jewish donors on the Anthony Nolan register. Consequently, Sue and her friends

launched a remarkable campaign to recruit donors from the Jewish community: 200,000 leaflets were placed on synagogue seats that Yom Kippur and full-page advertisements were placed in the Jewish press. Sue helped add more than 15,000 donors to the national register and the campaign to sign up Jewish donors continued on a global scale, forming part of the foundations of today’s Ezer register. Sue’s friend Lionel Salama, who helped organise the event, said: “We came together to celebrate what her legacy has achieved.”


New start: Iberian passports

The organisation representing Britain’s Sephardi Jews this week launched a genealogy service to help descendants of Jews who fled the Spanish Inquisition 500 years ago gain Spanish and Portuguese passports. The Spanish and Portuguese (S&P) Community launched its internet-based ancestry tracking service as Brits worried about the impact of Brexit look for ways to get

EU-qualifying passports. Late last year, authorities in Germany revealed that hundreds of Ashkenazi Jews from the UK had applied for German citizenship based on their family history, and the S&P said Sephardi Jews could do likewise with their Iberian Jewish ancestry. Recent laws in Spain and Portugal have sought to atone for a time when the countries’ Jews were forced to either

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News / School ranking / Ofsted improvement / News in brief

Schools rise in league tables Four Jewish state secondary schools have all shot up league tables published by The Sunday Times, with Yavneh College now leading the pack, writes Adam Decker. Jewish educators praised the “exceptional effort” from Yavneh, which found itself at number 65 in the list of the country’s top 500 state schools, an improvement from its ranking of 95 last year. Kenton-based JFS was just behind at 67, up from 79 last year, while King David High School in Manchester improved three places to jump to 80 and Hasmonean High School came in at 87, up from

Jewish educators praised the ‘exceptional’ effort from Jewish secondaries

99 last year. The rankings are based on A-level and GCSE results in the summer.

Rabbi David Meyer, the director of Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJeS), said: “We would like to

congratulate all of our Jewish schools, which have put such an exceptional effort in order to achieve fantastic A-level and GCSE results across the board as is reflected in this year’s League Tables.” He added: “It is exceptionally impressive that four of the top 100 state schools in The Sunday Times list are Jewish schools, all of which have moved up in the league tables from last year.” Yavneh College again topped the Jewish A-level charts this year, with 88 percent of students getting grade B or above, with JFS clocking up 82 percent of grades at B or above – its highest tally in recent years.

Hendon school achieves ‘rapid improvement’ Nancy Reuben Primary School is celebrating a dramatic turnaround in fortune after the latest Ofsted inspection upgraded the Hendon campus, noting the “rapid improvement” made in just a few months. Anthony Wolfson, the new headteacher at the independent school, was singled out for particular praise in the report, published this week, which upped the 200pupil establishment to ‘Good’ from ‘Requires Improvement’. Wolfson arrived at the Modern Orthodox school in April. In July, in a frank admission, he said the school

has been “standing still” since an Ofsted inspection three years ago, which had warned that improvements were needed. However, a new senior leadership team seems to have led the change, working with a newly-invigorated governing body, which was criticised in 2014 for “not working strategically”. Ofsted’s latest report made for much more welcome reading, noting that “the headteacher has led rapid improvement in the quality of teaching” and that “the governing body has a secure understanding of the

school’s strengths and weaknesses and provides effective support and scrutiny”. Inspectors added that staff morale was high, that parents supported what the school was doing and praised pupils’ behaviour, attendance and development, saying: “They enjoy coming to school.” This week Wolfson said: “From my arrival, there was a feeling that staff, parents and governors wanted to work together. The desire to move forward was exciting and contagious. I am immensely proud of the achievements we have made together so rapidly.”

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‘EXEMPLARY’ KERR LEAVING NORWOOD Norwood chief executive Elaine Kerr is to stand down at the end of May after more than six years heading the Jewish community’s largest charity. Kerr’s leadership was described as “exemplary” this week as bosses relaxed into an “orderly” six-month transition to her successor, as yet unannounced. Chairman David Ereira said Kerr had made “an enormous contribution over the past six years” and that she was leaving a “solid, talented and committed team”.

RABBIS RESTATE JW3 OPPOSITION Orthodox rabbis in Hendon and Golders Green have sent another letter to congregants telling them not to attend Jewish community centre JW3. The rabbis are believed to be angry about an event celebrating gay Jews and wrote to members for a second time this week saying that JW3 “promotes a way of life in total contradiction to halachah”. Signatories include Rabbi Aaron Bassous of Beth Hamedrash Knesset Yechezkel.

30 November 2017 Jewish News


Royal engagement / News

Harry and Meg invited to the land of milk and honey-moon! Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle has been met with an invitation from Israel’s president to honeymoon in the Jewish state. The royal announcement was made on Monday, with the wedding set for Windsor Castle next May. The couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace. Prince Harry informed the Queen and other close members of his family and also sought and received the blessing of Markle’s parents. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin was the first world leader publicly to send his congratulations – going as far as to invite the happy couple to honeymoon in Israel. Taking to Twitter, the head of state said: “Mazal Tov to HRH Prince Harry

& fiancée Meghan Markle. Sending our warmest regards to Her Majesty the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, all the Royal Family & the British people, from Nechama & me, & all the Israeli people. We invite them to enjoy their honeymoon in Israel!” Jewish community leaders also sent their warm greetings, with the Board of Deputies tweeting: “Mazeltov to Prince Harry and Meghan. We wish them a very happy life together.“ The Jewish Leadership Council’s Simon Johnson said: “We wish a huge Mazal Tov to HRH Prince Harry on his engagement to Meghan Markle. Such happy news is very welcome and we wish the happy couple every happiness for their lives ahead.” Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said: “I

So, just how Jewish is Meghan Markle? Is Meghan Markle, the actress from America and now fiancée of Prince Harry, a member of the tribe? Let’s investigate. Stories in publications across the US and UK have prompted the question. One, in the Daily Express, claims Markle’s father is Jewish; Vanity Fair, Elle UK, Tablet and many others have cited the story. The story also says a spokesperson for Westminster Abbey, the historic church where British royals are married, confirmed Markle’s Jewish background. “The spokesman also confirmed that Meghan’s Jewish background would not prevent her from having an ‘interfaith’ marriage there,” Camilla Tominey wrote. Sadly for those who would

love to see a Jew marry into British royalty, the claim is utterly false. Duncan Jeffery, Westminster Abbey’s head of communications, said the church never said Markle was Jewish but confirmed only that Markle could be married at the church despite a previous divorce. A knowledgeable source also confirmed she is not Jewish. Best known for her role on the US drama Suits, Markle, whose father is Irish and her mother is African-American, was married to Jewish producer Trevor Engelson from 2011 to 2013. As Tominey notes, the pair had a Jewish wedding in Jamaica, complete with a “Jewish chair dance” [the hora]. Nonetheless, we say “Mazeltov!” [JTA]

am delighted to hear of the engagement of Prince Harry to Megan Markle. I wish them a lifetime of health, happiness and continued blessings together. Mazeltov.” Matt Plen, chief executive of Masorti Judaism, offered “congratulations” and wished them “many years of joy and fulfilment together”. A statement from Liberal Judaism wished “Harry and Meghan all the best! A wedding is always a celebration. Mazeltov!” and Reform Judaism offered “a sincere mazel tov”, wishing the couple “many happy years together”. Prime Minister Theresa May offered her “very warmest congratulations”, wishing the couple “great happiness for the future”. • Editorial comment, page 16

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Jewish News 30 November 2017

News / Mental health awareness / Refugees at shul

Teens tackle mental health stigma Two young women who raised almost £1,500 for mental health charity JAMI at an awarenessraising event have warned schools need to do more to tackle the stigma around the issue. JCoSS students Ella GaraiEbner and Emily Newman, both 17, tripled their £500 fundraising target as dozens more people turned up to their event at Alyth Synagogue than anticipated. Despite the cancellation of guest speaker Jonny Benjamin, a Jewish mental health campaigner who was hospitalised hours before he was due to speak, the girls ploughed on

Emily, left, and Ella are raising funds and awareness

and said at the end: “Hopefully we inspired others to do more.” On mental health awareness, Ella added: “We think it’s

an issue that’s so relevant to so many people’s lives but is not talked about enough. “We both know people who

have suffered, everyone does.” Both Ella and Emily agreed that while the stigma had lessened in recent year, there was still more to do. “Mental health as a whole just isn’t discussed at all,” said Emily, revealing that it was still something kids laughed about. “It’s not like breaking a leg. If you have a mental health issue you’re seen as an outcast or a bit strange.” The girls, who aim to go to university next September, said that while their school had taken action – with talks by JAMI and a visiting counsellor – there was still more that could

and should be done. “In school you have sex education, but nothing about mental health,” said Emily. “More can be done to educate children of a younger age and get them talking about it. There is still more to do.” JAMI fundraiser Emma Nagli said the charity was “working to transform the mental health landscape” and that the girls had “played a vital role in helping to make mental health awareness more accessible, all while raising the much-needed funds to ensure we are able to achieve our aims”.

Syrian refugees offer food for thought at synagogue Syrian refugees joined culinary forces with Jewish families from St Albans Masorti Synagogue (SAMS) on Sunday, as they learned about each other’s food. Describing a “hive of activity”, congregation members said three Syrian women cooked pancakes and savoury filo pastry rolls, while three shul members made cheese scones, chocolate brownies and lemon drizzle cake.

“We wanted to learn about each other’s cultures, and what better way to start than in the kitchen?” said Helen Singer, who coordinated the event as part of a multi-faith day of social action. “Several SAMS families, including my own parents, were welcomed to this country as refugees, so we were delighted to co-host this event.” After the baking, the family tea

was laid out in the synagogue main hall, together with activities for young people upstairs, and 14 local Syrian families joined young shul members in chess, table tennis and table football or art activities. “Everyone enjoyed talking to other people and hearing about their backgrounds,” said Irene Austin from Herts Welcomes Syrian Families.

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ISRAELI UNIS ARE RANKED IN TOP 100 Three Israeli universities have been ranked in the top 100 of the most innovative universities in the world in the Reuters’ annual academic list. Hebrew University came in at 82, climbing 12 spots from last year. Tel Aviv University was ranked at 88 and The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology was 89. The Reuters analysis identifies the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new tech and power world markets. [JTA]

AMAZON PLANS ISRAELI SHIPPING Amazon plans to set up a retail shipping centre in Israel. The company is in talks to lease at least 270,000 sq ft of warehouses in the country, the Israeli business daily Calcalist reported on Sunday, citing anonymous sources. If Amazon succeeds, it also plans to launch a targeted website for Israeli consumers. The new warehouses could lower Amazon’s prices for Israeli consumers and drastically reduce its delivery times. [JTA]

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Night Of Heroes / Skydiving rebbetzin / Limmud line-up / Monaco meet-up / News

Last chance to honour a hero! Time is runing out to nomintate a community hero for Jewish News’ Night Of Heroes, hosted by Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams In the presence of 400 guests, including celebrities, politicians and community leaders, shining stars in the UK and beyond will be honoured in nine categories such as interfaith, team, communal initiative, Israel and young hero – with the finalists in each category section celebrated in a film about their exploits. The night – which will benefit good causes inside and outside the community – will feature entertainment from high-profile acts and will be fuelled by a three-course dinner

by Food Story. Jewish News’ Justin Cohen said: “We have always jumped at any opportunity to shine a light on everyday heroes, but now look forward to celebrating them on the scale and with the pizazz befitting these people who have contributed so much to our community, country and the world.” Nominations are still open for the next five days through our event

website and tickets priced at £100 go on sale next week. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, 100 percent of ticket sales (minus credit card fees) will be donated by Jewish News to charity. The event is in association with co-working company LABS, owned by Israeli businessman Teddy Sagi, who said: “I’m delighted to be working with Jewish News to celebrate all that is best and brightest about the UK Jewish community.”  Nominations deadline has been extended to 4 December. For full details visit

Skydiving Freda helps fulfil wishes Continued from page 1 Elsewhere, others helped raise the full amount, with Cambridge-based Hannah Schumann organising a fundraising ball and Bury paramedic Mark Ransom running 100 miles around a nature reserve in blazing summer heat near Dover. At a special ceremony on Sunday, attended by the Mayor of Barnet and Sheikh Ibrahim of Leicester, Chief

Freda Kaplan in full flight

Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis praised both Kaplan and Tobias for helping to raise enough money for the ambu-

lance, which will be used by North London Hospice. The pair said they were donating it “from the UK Jewish community to anyone requiring its services, regardless of faith, creed, gender, colour or culture”, adding: “It is usually the little things that mean the most to a person nearing the end of their life, but thanks to the Wish Ambulance are no longer impossible.”

Politicians set for Limmud MPs and ministers are to attend this year’s Limmud in Birmingham, organisers of the Jewish learning and culture festival have revealed. Among those confirmed as attending are Universities Minister Jo Johnson, brother of Boris, as well as Labour MPs Stella Creasy, Alex Sobel and John Mann. Also in attendance will be Jon Lansman, the Jewish head of Momentum, the left-wing grassroots group that swept Jeremy Corbyn to power. Johnson will be discussing anti-Semitism on campus, the move to encourage British universities to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alli-

ance definition of anti-Semitism and its impact on free speech. From Israel will be Aliza Lavie, a Member of the Knesset and influential civil rights campaigner, who will be discussing the relationship between Israel and the diaspora at the four-day conference taking place 24 to 28 December. Representing the centrist Yesh Atid Party, she heads the Knesset Subcommittee on Combating Trafficking in Women and Prostitution, and is a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, the Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality, the Ethics Committee and the Special Committee for Public Petitions.

CHIEF RABBIS MEET PRINCE A group of European Chief Rabbis – including the UK’s Ephraim Mirvis – enjoyed a visit to the south of France to meet Prince Albert of Monaco. The trip was led by Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt of Moscow, President of the Conference of European Rabbis, who praised the prince for his kindness to the Jewish community. The delegation discussed Monaco’s flourishing Jewish community as well as the many issues affecting Jewry across Europe, including the rise of nationalism and anti-Semitism.

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Rabbi Goldschmidt said: “Prince Albert welcomed the Jewish community to Monaco and they are flourishing under his leadership.”

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World news / Survivor’s joy / Hungary warning / News in brief

Holocaust survivor, 102, meets nephew he never knew he had A 102-year-old Israeli Holocaust survivor who thought his brother had died in a Russian gulag has discovered he had also survived, and met his brother’s son. Eliahu Pietruszka met his nephew, Alexandre Pietruszka, a 66-year-old who came for the meeting from Russia, earlier this month in his retirement home in Kfar Saba, the Associated Press reported. Pietruszka, a retired microbiologist who fled Warsaw in 1939, kissed both cheeks of his visitor and in a frail, squeaky voice began blurting out greetings in Russian, a language he hadn’t spoken in decades. He had thought his brother, Volf Pietruszka, who was the visitor’s father, had died in a labour camp after losing contact with him following the murder of their brother and parents in the Holocaust. The emotional meeting was made possible by theYad Vashem online database of Holocaust victims, a genealogy tool that has reunited hundreds of long-lost relatives. “It makes me so happy that at least one remnant remains from my brother, and that is his son,” said Pietruszka. “After so many years, I have been granted the privilege to meet him.” Pietruszka left Warsaw, which by then had been occupied by the Nazis in 1939,

Eliahu Pietruszka, right, with the 66-yearold nephew he has only just discovered

and fled to the Soviet Union, leaving behind his parents and twin brothers Volf and Zelig, who were both 15. Volf also managed to escape, whereas their parents and Zelig were murdered. The brothers corresponded briefly before Volf was sent by the Russians to a Siberian work camp, where Pietruszka assumed he had died. But Volf had survived and settled in Magnitogorsk, an industrial city in the Ural Mountains. He died in 2011. “In my heart, I thought he was no longer alive,” Pietruszka said. He married in

Russia and, thinking he had no family left, made aliyah in 1949 to start a new one. Eliahu Pietruszka’s grandson, Shakhar Smorodinsky, received an email from a cousin in Canada, who said she had uncovered a Yad Vashem page of testimony filled out in 2005 by Volf Pietruszka for Eliahu, whom he thought had died. Smorodinsky tracked down an address and filled in the gaps to discover what had happened to Volf. After Smorodinsky arranged a brief Skype chat between the parties, Alexandre decided to come to see the uncle he never knew he had.

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IRON DOME SYSTEM FOR THE FALKLANDS Britain’s Falklands Islands are to be protected by the same technology behind Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system. Ministry of Defence chiefs appear to have opted for the £78 million Sky Sabre missile shield, after the Argentinian air force purchased five advanced French fighter jets, which come armed with Exocet missiles. The disputed South Atlantic islands are exposed to missiles from the Argentinian mainland as well as those fired by Argentinian aircraft, but the Israeli system can counter them.

ISRAELI COURT BANS UBER RIDE-SHARING An Israeli court has ordered Uber to stop its ride-sharing operation in Israel less than a month after the service was launched in Tel Aviv. A taxi drivers’ union and a rival to Uber petitioned the court earlier this month to serve Uber with an injunction, claiming it violated Israeli law on drivers without taxi licences charging passengers. Judge Eitan Orenstein ordered the ban on Uber’s ride-sharing programmes in Israel – uberDAY and uberNIGHT – from Wednesday, and raised concerns about its insurance for passengers.

HUNGARIANS WARN OF ‘OLD-SCHOOL THREAT’ Ahead of a conference to discuss the future of European Jewry, leaders of Hungary’s Jewish community have said the threat they face is from “old-school anti-Semitism”, not from Islamist extremists. Politicians, Jewish representatives and security experts convened in the Hungarian capital Budapest, with Hungarian ministers rubbing shoulders with Israeli and British experts, in an event organised by The Action and Protection Foundation , or TEV. However the event took place amid a darkening political backdrop with Jobbik – currently the third biggest Hungarian party – widely forecast to become the second biggest in the upcoming parliamentary election, raising fears for Hungary’s 100,000 Jews. “They’re from the extreme right-wing, their ideology is based on racial hatred,” Rabbi Koves of EMIH Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation, told Jewish News on Tuesday. “Ten years ago, Jobbik formed the Hungarian Guard

Hungarian Jews fear the rise of Jobbik, above, at a rally

that targeted gypsies, and party officials have said Jews are a national security threat, that Jews should be listed, and one even said he wanted to ‘finish the job of his forefathers’, so theirs is an old-school anti-Semitism.” Koves said the party had lately sought to reposition itself as a more moderate party, but that it had not distanced itself from past comments, with local activists “still saying the same kind of thing on the doorstep”. He said: “Last year they [Jobbik] reached out to the Jewish community and sent us all Chanukah greetings cards.”


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Jewish musicians with large Orthodox followings are set to play a benefit concert for Jewish Queer Youth, a charity supporting at-risk LGBTQ Jewish youth from Orthodox homes. Among the big names playing at the New York concert on 17 December will be Matisyahu, Neshama Carlebach and Eli Schwebel.


The face of a Jewish-American congressman has appeared on a national stamp in Kosovo. Eliot Engel was honoured for persuading Bill Clinton to intervene in 1999 to stop massacres of Muslims by Serb forces. Engel, 70, said he is haunted by the US failure to save Jews during the Holocaust.


Artists have built a replica of Berlin’s Holocaust memorial outside the home of a politician who says he wants Germany to stop apologising for its Nazi past. Bjoern Hoecke of Alternative for Germany (AfG) said: ‘Germans are the only people in the world who plant a monument of shame in the heart of the capital.’

IRAQ US lawyer Alan Dershowitz has joined the board of a new group set up to foster Jewish-Kurdish relations and push for an independent Kurdistan in the north of Iraq. Israel was among the first countries to support the establishment of a Kurdish state, but the Iraqi government is fiercely opposed. A contestant seeking to become Miss Germany has said winning would be “an achievement for the Jewish people”. Tamar Morali, 21, is the event’s first Jewish entrant.

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Jewish News 30 November 2017

Special report / The Wizard of Schnoz

Stop picking on m Jewish News cartoonist Paul Solomons responds to recent criticism that Jewish caricatures in this newspaper sport offensively large snouts


n the week that saw the comic genius Mel Brooks suggesting that “Stupidly politically correct society is the death of comedy,” our beloved editor forwarded a letter on to me that he had received from an angry reader, furious that my cartoon characters invariably sport large noses. How dare I draw a Jewish character with a big nose! This is pure anti-Semitism and the last thing you would expect from a Jewish newspaper. It’s not the first time a Jewish organisation has picked on my noses. “We loved your pictures, but can you tone down the noses?” I was asked by one of my Jewish clients. That afternoon I performed more nose jobs than a Hollywood cosmetic surgeon might get through in a month (“So, how come all your Jewish characters have tiny little noses? Are you anti-Semitic?”) Here’s the thing. I don’t draw Jews with big noses. I draw cartoon characters with big noses. Just as the Simpsons are yellow and South Park characters invariably don’t have noses at all, my characters have big noses. Anyone who might have seen the work I do for non-Jewish organisations (“Vot? You cartoon out?!”) will have noticed that the characters I draw for them also have large proboscises. I like drawing big noses. They amuse me. Strangely, those nonJewish organisations never comment and simply accept the noses as part of my style – the very thing that brings them to me as clients in the first place, bless them. Now, in most circumstances a letter from a furious reader (there have been a few) would be met with a dignified silence, much like criticism of the Queen. However, there is a far more serious issue here that I think needs addressing. Many Jews have big noses. There, I said it. And why shouldn’t I? I have a big nose. Many of my friends and family have big noses. Big noses run in my family (sorry). It’s the elephant in the room (sorry again). 5,000 years of marrying in is bound to result in the odd pedigree trait. But, far from being a sign of ugliness, I think a large nose can be the making of a person’s face. A woman I knew (who shall remain nameless)

was really quite a beauty. She had a large nose and it fitted her face perfectly. Heads turned when she entered the room for all the right reasons. Sadly, she fell for the hype

that suggests that a big nose is a bad thing and had rhinoplasty, resulting in a small, straight, “Meh!” of a nose. Overnight this woman went from a head-turner to someone who

just disappeared into the crowd. Some of the greatest stars have become known for their Jewish noses – Jimmy Durante, Barbra Streisand and Barry Manilow to

name but three (or possibly all!). If a large nose comes on the TV, half the Jewish viewing public ask their partners, “Are they Jewish? They look Jewish.” An affirmative answer

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The Wizard of Schnoz / Special report

my nose leads to a feeling of warmth and satisfaction, but finding out that this nose is on a non-Jew is crushingly disappointing. Of course, I could be wrong. In 1911, physical anthropologist Maurice Fishberg measured 4,000 noses of Jews in New York. His study revealed that most of those he measured were actually unremarkable. I must confess to never having measured another Jew’s nose. Jews were negatively depicted with large h o o k e d noses as far back as the late 12th

century, but I think that most people’s current sensitivity is the result of the grotesque, hand-wringing images of Jews used in antiSemitic Nazi propaganda from the 1930s and 40s. But does that mean that every drawing of a Jew with a big nose is anti-Semitic? Absolutely not. However, there is definitely a stigma attached to Jewish noses (“Oy! A nose that big and you want to attach a stigma to it?!”). The web is awash with articles on the subject. Even poor old Pinocchio whose nose grew every time he told a lie is suggested to be a negatively stereotypical Jewish boy (“I knew him when he was Pincus!”). Is it a conspiracy by cosmetic surgeons? They certainly benefit hugely from the misconception that a large nose is a sign of ugliness. Michael Salzhauer, a cosmetic surgeon from Miami, even went as far as to commission a music video called “Jewcan Sam” that followed the exploits of a boy who couldn’t get his girl because of his large nose. He gets a Jewish News scribbler Paul Solomons is blessed with his own not inconsequential beak

nose job, but still fails to woo his lady because she only dates football players. The fallout from the video was huge, with both Salzhauer and the band he engaged, The Groggers, being accused of promoting anti-Semitic stereotypes (both Salzhauer and The Groggers are Jewish). Lead singer, L.E. Doug Staiman, was actually given a free nose job by Salzhauer. People know I’m Jewish because I look Jewish, not only because of my nose, but let’s be honest, it’s a big clue. My nose isn’t (quite) as big as those I draw, but nor do I have three fingers on each hand or big oval eyes. Cartoons can be a hugely powerful tool and people have suffered and even died as a result of them. The influence of the Nazi cartoons still resonates today and I say it’s time to stop. I’m not anti-Semitic. Quite the reverse. I love Jews and being Jewish and while I am not very religious, I celebrate the fact that as a


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Jewish cartoonist, I’ve grown up witnessing Jewish life with all its wonderful quirks. Am I anti-Semitic if I draw a disapproving or over-protective mother? A kvelling booba? A yachna? A food-obsessed zeida? It’s the stuff that Jewish comedy has been built on for years. And don’t get me started on money (“Did he mention Jews and money? Quick Golda, fetch my pen!”). I wouldn’t be so glib as to suggest that anyone upset by my noses should simply get a sense of humour. After all, none of us can help reacting to things that press our buttons and I understand how emotive noses can be. But I am proud of my Jewish nose. As mentioned earlier, I don’t draw Jews with bigger noses than those of my other characters, but would it be a crime if I did? After all, I would draw them out of affection, not hate. Perhaps I should. Let’s take back our noses once and for all!


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A simcha to savour As the nights draw in and the weather turns colder, news of a royal wedding is the perfect tonic to bring the feel-good factor back to Britain. Monday’s announcement of Prince Harry’s marriage to the future Princess Meghan was a moment to warm the nation’s heart on a winter’s day. Next May, towns and cities across the land will hang up red, white and blue bunting and toast the couple’s happy union at Windsor Castle. Our community loves nothing more than a good old simcha. As with the marriage of his brother six years ago, anglo-Jewry will mark Harry’s nuptials with heartfelt tributes and traditional gifts. In the land of milk and honeymoon, meanwhile, President Reuven Rivlin wasted no time in inviting the couple to holiday as newlyweds in Israel. We look forward to next spring’s happy and glorious wedding day when Britain will again become the focus of the world’s attention and admiration. Mazeltov Harry and Meghan!

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PUT HISTORIC BUILDING TO BETTER USE be rejected, particularly as there is exI understand the Golders isting evidence that the incumbents are Green planning department already flouting the law. Jewish News was approached by a Jewish seems to be dwelling on other aspects organisation some 10 years of the objections to the current applicaago, with a view to using tion, which does not do it credit. the Hippodrome site as a This is an historic building, with a synagogue. Given the criteria specific criteria for use, and should be for a Grade II listed building, treated with respect. There is no questhe request was rejected. The tion as to the decision which must be same criteria still stand and taken on this planning permission. this new application should It must be rejected forthwith. consequently also be rejectNone of the emotional articles which ed on the same grounds. Jewish News has published are relevant. It seems that even prior The support of Jewish News would be to planning permission bebetter served for the entire local coming obtained by the present The Hippodrome building munity, its laws and to its needs. owners, the premises are These should be paramount. Any other emalready being used as a mosque, as the owners’ website listing times for prayer will confirm. This phasis shows political bias and is irrelevant. is somewhat premature, and presumptuous. Vicki York There is no question that this application must By email

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REWRITING MIDDLE EAST HISTORY In his letter (Jewish News, 16 November), Harold Miller adopted an interesting approach to historical reality when discussing the Arab population of Palestine in the 20th century. He wrote: “The nonJewish non-natives came from mass immigration from north Africa, Babylon, and Arabia in the early 20th century, drawn by jobs by returning Jews starting new industries.” It would be helpful if Mr Miller could provide some evidence to support the idea that there was mass immigration of Arabs into Palestine. The facts suggest otherwise. According to the British Government Survey of Palestine, 1922–1944, the migratory increase in that period was about 37,000

persons for non-Jews (ie Palestinian Arabs), whereas that of the Jews in the same period was about 327,000. Presumably Mr Miller’s intention is to show that even though the Palestinian Arabs greatly outnumbered the Jews for the whole period up to and including 1948, they were somehow not entitled to the same democratic rights because they were recent immigrants. Mr Miller is entitled to his opinions, but not to his own facts. His letter typifies the views of many Israel supporters who want to pretend that Palestinian Arabs didn’t really exist or, if they did, had no rights to statehood. Fraser Michaelson Southgate

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Where the blame lies If Glyn Secker of Jews for Justice for Palestine (Jewish News, 16 November) cannot cope with interruptions in his meetings, he should not hold them. I have been supporting Israel actively for nearly eight years. Some things have become clearly evident. If there are issues in the West Bank and Gaza, the JJP lobby states it is always the fault of Israeli oppression and apartheid. Rubbish. Those issues are largely to do with the corrupt governments involved: embezzlement, fraud and wasting money on building tunnels. JJP always seems to circumvent

this point – so answer these questions, JJP. With the housing and employment problems in the West Bank and Gaza, where did the money come from for the £10million mansion being built in Ramallah for Abbas’s retirement? Where did the money come from to build the seven-star hotel in Gaza City? Where did the money come from to build a super deluxe shopping centre in Gaza City while so many Gazans earn so little? Jonathan Hoffman is one of a tiny handful of Zionists who have the guts and enthusiasm to represent Zionism in public.

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REACTION IS PLANE CRAZY Frankfurt District Court ruled in favour of Kuwait Airways in a case brought by an Israeli barred from flying to Bangkok because of his nationality. Where was all the international outrage and media coverage when Trump proposed a travel ban on people from certain countries?

His ban was seized on as Islamophobic purely because the countries involved were largely Muslim, and condemned by everyone and his dog. So why was the Kuwait Airways story not also widely seen as racist?

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MATCHMAKING OF COUSINS WAS LONG WAY FROM A MYTH In his letter (Jewish News, 16 November), Ben Samuel says the marriage of cousins, which has been prevalent in the Jewish community since our records began, “a myth”. I beg to differ. In the shtetls and towns of eastern Europe, in the gilded homes of the Anglo-Jewish “cousinhood” and certainly in rabbinical families, shiduchs, or matchmakings, were common, showing that not only was pedigree important but social spheres and, sometimes, pecuniary conditions were seriously considered. Given the relatively small gene pool of the Jewish population, many of us would probably be surprised at how closely we are related, as shown in the DNA results of those who have researched their histories and the unfortunate effects shown up in Jewish inherited disease.

Doreen Berger The Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain

PUT CORBYN ON NOTICE NOW I wholeheartedly agree with the comments about Jeremy Corbyn in Russell Ballen’s letter (Jewish News, 16 November). Almost weekly, there are column inches in this newspaper, about Mr Corbyn or those in the Labour Party, doing or saying something that is derogatory to Zionism and to Israel. In his actions and comments, Mr Corbyn appears consistently to have shown himself to be ideologically opposed to the Jewish state, firmly wedded to the so-called Palestinian cause and reluctant to

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Young Jews are not afraid to confront legacy of Balfour TOMMER SPENCE



his month a banquet was held in London to mark the 100-year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. At the same time, 40 young Jews met in north London to hear from one of Israel’s leading human rights organisations, Yesh Din, at an event organised by the New Israel Fund, which enables diaspora Jews to engage with Israeli organisations working to advance democracy and equality in Israel. The events were steeped in symbolism for the Jewish community today. At one, the leadership of our country and community – both of which claim to support a two-state solution – celebrated with a prime minister who has repeatedly claimed he will never allow the creation of a Palestinian nation. At the other, a new generation of Jewish leaders unflinchingly confronted the Balfour centenary by listening to an Israeli activist fighting systematic human rights violations in the occupied territories.

I was one of the 40, and the sense of anger, disappointment and frustration with the state of affairs in our community and Israel was palpable. We feel a strong connection to Israel and have reservations about Palestinian activism in the UK, but we are not prepared to look away from the human rights violations that the occupation embodies. The questions to our speaker were direct, addressing apathy in Israeli society and the slippery, anti-democratic path the Israeli government appears to be following without concern. The lack of space in the Jewish community to talk about Palestinians and the occupation was a burning issue for many present. One spoke of the incomplete picture Israel children are given as part of their Jewish education, while others shared how uncomfortable they often feel in Jewish spaces where any empathy for Palestinians seems taboo. Everyone was dismayed to hear of the shameful incident when the Board of Deputies criticised the UK’s ambassador to the UN for suggesting more work needed to be done to fulfil the Balfour Declaration’s commitment to Palestinian civil rights.

THE LACK OF SPACE TO TALK ABOUT PALESTINIANS AND THE OCCUPATION IS A BURNING ISSUE FOR MANY YOUNG JEWS It’s clear change is afoot in the Jewish community. There is a new generation which maintains a deep and meaningful relationship with Israel, but is not prepared to ignore its woeful record on human rights. We feel a sense of responsibility when we hear about Palestinians being systematically oppressed, supposedly in our name and for our benefit, and it’s a responsibility that we are not prepared to abdicate. The Jewish community has a choice. It can acknowledge the Balfour Declaration in its entirety, and demand that both the British and

Israeli governments take long-overdue action on upholding the basic rights of Palestinians, or it can be complicit and continue to turn a blind eye to a brutal occupation that is being perpetrated in our name. The latter option may be easier in the short term, but it risks alienating an entire generation of Jews away from Israel and their community. However, in among the sombre content of the evening, there were some indicators of hope, with one person noting that in some ways the Balfour Declaration was a pioneering document worthy of being acted on a century later, in that it recognised the rights of both Jews and Palestinians to the land. We also reflected on the fact that the Declaration was the result of a small group of Jews going against the grain of the wider community, and persuading the British government to intervene for the benefit of an oppressed population in the Middle East. To those of us who were in the room, energised by hearing from each other and from a leading Israeli activist, it certainly seems about time that the same was done again.

Sad landmark in this year of anniversaries LYN JULIUS



his has been quite a year for anniversaries. We’ve celebrated the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, and 50 years since Israel’s lightning victory in the Six-Day War and the reunification of Jerusalem. Yesterday was another cause for celebration: the 70th anniversary of the approval of the UN Partition plan, dividing Palestine west of the Jordan river into a Jewish and an Arab state. Shimon Sasson, 85, remembers his excitement at hearing the UN vote over a crackly radio at home in Aden, a British crown colony at the southern tip of the Arabian peninsula with a Jewish population of about 5,000. But elation soon turned to horror as Arabs began burning Jews’ cars, stores, a school, businesses and homes. After three days of rioting, 87 Jews were dead – most shot by a unit of Bedouin troops under British command. Instead of protecting the Jews, the troops had fired at them and had eagerly joined the looters. As a child in 1947, Joseph Howard recalls that

an Arab neighbour told him not to go to school on the day that the riots broke out. “There were not riots, but murder,” he says. Twenty years later, Joseph was caught up in equally fierce riots when Adenites, furious at Israel’s 1967 defeat of the Arabs, vented their wrath on the few hundred Jews still living in the port city. The Jews were saved by two men: Abraham Marks, headteacher of the Jewish school, who shepherded them to safety in the Victoria Hotel, and Barnett Janner, who arranged for the entire Jewish community to be evacuated. The destruction was repeated across the Arab world – today, only Morocco and Tunisia have communities of any size – and these live under the shadow of Islamist terrorism. While we must never stop celebrating milestones such as the Balfour Declaration and the Partition Plan, the disastrous reprisals suffered by the ancient Jewish communities of the Arab and Muslim world must also never be forgotten. To preserve the stories of Jews like Sasson, the Israeli Knesset passed a law designating a Memorial Day for Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran. But while it is important to document episodes of pain and suffering, it is also essential to celebrate the refugees’

successful resettlement in Israel and the west, and their exodus as a liberation from tyranny. Jews should not be blamed for their own eviction, and the establishment of a national home for the Jews is not a provocation. Anti-Semitism predated Zionism in the Arab world. But as I say in my book, Uprooted, it is the extreme refusal to tolerate difference of any kind, whether Jewish, Christian, Yazidi or sectarian, that is the cause of displacement and strife in the Middle East. The Arab states were never made to honour the last six words of the Balfour Declaration: that nothing be done to prejudice the rights and political status of Jews ‘in any other country’. We all know the tragic consequences suffered by the Jews of Europe, but 850,000 Jews left Arab states as a result of violence and state-sanctioned persecution. So influential were Jewish communities that their exit left a gaping hole in Arab society and culture. In Iraq, for instance, almost all the

musicians of the Radio Orchestra were Jews. The Jewish Al-Kuwaity brothers composed classics still popular with Iraqi Muslims today. The centrepiece of our Jewish Refugee Week, arranged with JW3, the Jewish Music Institute and the Israeli Embassy, is the 2 December Funky Dervish concert with Yinon Muallem, an Israeli musician of Iraqi-Jewish parentage living in Turkey. He fuses Middle Eastern rhythms and testifies to Israel’s dynamic music scene. Let every celebration be a reason to commemorate – and every commemoration be cause for celebration.  Uprooted: How 3,000 years of Jewish civilisation vanished overnight by Lyn Julius is published by Vallentine Mitchell. Funky Dervish is on 2 December at JW3. Remember Baghdad will be screened on 3 December at the Phoenix Cinema. Booking details at


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Meet and greet is the best remedy to enmity DILWAR HUSSAIN



wenty years ago, the Runneymede Trust published a report – the first of its kind in the UK – entitled Islamophobia, A Challenge for Us All. Just last week, the Trust’s latest report showed that the issue is still a challenge. But what has this got to do with anything remotely Jewish? Well, what not many people know is that a retired Jewish doctor was one of the key people behind the 1997 publication! Dr Richard Stone contributed to the Runneymede Trust’s original study, and his family foundation even helped to pay for it (as well as the second report in 2004). He also played an important role in the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry. Now in his 80s, he continues to champion causes of racial justice. We interviewed him recently and his reflections on that time was fascinating. We wanted Dr Stone’s contribution to be remembered and a new generation

of activists to learn that prejudice is best tackled when we work together, across boundaries of community, religion and ethnicity. This is an important message at a time when some try to pit Jewish and Muslim communities against each other, as though there were some sort of competition for a sense of victimhood. We need to stand together, that’s when we are strongest and how we can best defeat antiSemitism and anti-Muslim prejudice. The 1997 report on Islamophobia followed in the footsteps of a similar study into anti-Semitism (A Very Light Sleeper: The Persistence and Dangers of AntiSemitism, 1994). Dr Stone was asked to support the new investigation. He went up and down the country meeting British Muslims, finding out what the experiences of this demographic was like. “What I took away from that was the low level anti-Muslim prejudices [they faced]. They’d spit on them. Call them names. Just nasty. People were saying this to us at almost every centre we went to.” Dr Stone’s incredible thirst for justice

IF EVERYONE MET OTHERS, BE THEY GAY, PEOPLE, FROM OTHER FAITHS OR COUNTRIES, WE’D ALL BE A LOT MORE UNDERSTANDING is striking. When I asked him why he took part and how his friends and family reacted to him taking on this work, he simply said: “There were plenty of people already prepared to do voluntary work within the Jewish community.” He wanted to help where he felt there was an urgent need. Fittingly, he used a medical analogy to explain this. He said that everyone deserves a first-class

service, like when you go to the doctors, for example. If someone isn’t getting that service, then we all have to work together to ensure that they do. It was these values of equality, justice and fairness that motivated Dr Stone all those years ago. Today, and two decades since his original work, he believes that anti-Muslim prejudice is still an important challenge. What’s the solution? Well, apart from taking on more of the recommendations as published in the various report, it’s a simple answer really – meet people. Dr Stone believes that if everyone did something as simple as meeting others, whether that be gay people, people of other faith groups, people from different countries etc, then we’d all be a lot more understanding. So go out and meet people. Get to know them, make friends. Not because I said so, but because the good doctor prescribed it!  Dilwar Hussain is research fellow at the Centre of Trust, Peace & Social Relations at Coventry University

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Of all the films on all the screens in all the world... JENNI FRAZER




understand what he wanted of the actors, to twins Julius and Philip Epstein, who, with former Jewish lawyer Howard Koch, wrote the script and came up with so many of the iconic lines; from Slovakian Peter Lorre, who played the fatally compromised Ugarte, who stole the letters of transit desired by the Nazis and the Resistance, to improbable head waiter S Z Sakall, an adored cabaret artist in Germany; from the one-time star of French cinema,

Marcel Dallo, who played the croupier in Rick’s casino, to Russian Leonid Kinskey, Bogart’s drinking partner, who played the bartender, Sascha – all of these and more were Jewish men and women for whom the refugee and immigrant experience was not just the stuff of Hollywood fiction, but all too real life. Even Conrad Veidt, who played the evil Nazi Major Strasser, was an anti-Nazi who had fled a promising career in Germany because his wife was Jewish. And Paul Henreid, who played Victor Laszlo to Bergman’s Ilsa Lund, was the son of a man who had converted from Judaism to Catholicism, and was profoundly anti-Nazi. It’s hard to think of any parallel cinematic venture, either made in the middle of the Holocaust or indeed today, where hope truly triumphs and points to the possibility of a better life for survivors. It wasn’t admired immediately on its release, but today, on its 75th birthday, we can say with feeling to Casablanca: here’s looking at you, kid.





his week, o’best beloveds, marks an extraordinary anniversary — 75 years since Casablanca was unveiled on screen to become one of, if not the, favourite films of all time. I forget how old I was when I first saw Casablanca, lying on the carpet in front of the television on a Sunday afternoon, desperate not to go and do my homework and desperate to signal, in some as yet unworked out way, to Humphrey Bogart that he would be much better off ditching Ingrid Bergman for me. Oddly enough he never quite got the message, not least because he was a bit dead by that time. But it didn’t matter to me. I was in love with Bogart and all the weird cast of Casablanca, and as the years went on I realised, that much like Hamlet, it was a screenplay full of quotes; from Claude Rains’ “I’m shocked, shocked!” and his “Round up the

usual suspects!” to Bogart’s “We’ll always have Paris” — and, of course, the line he never actually said, “Play it again, Sam.” Once I went to an amazing English Heritage-sponsored version of Casablanca at London’s Kenwood, complete with stilt-walkers and fire-eaters, a mock-up of Rick’s Cafe Americain, selling, of course, Cointreau — as requested by Victor Laszlo in the film — and an audience who knew every word of the 1942 dialogue. Google “Rick’s Cafe Americain”, by the way, and you’ll be able to purchase your very own version for a mere $639 plus shipping. Which I think we’d all agree is a bargain. What I did not realise, while carefully absorbing the intricacies of Bogart and Bergman’s love story — and wondering why Claude Rains’ Captain Renault seemed to be all things to all men (and women) — was how Jewish the film was. From Hungarian-born director Michael Curtiz, who famously spoke an English so mangled it was almost impossible to



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Celebrity Judge Robert Rinder entertained guests with his stories of his rise to fame, Strictly Come Dancing, and his love for languages at the ninth annual Local Angels lunch in Essex. Helping to raise a record £34,500 – which will go towards helping support services provided by Jewish Care in Redbridge and the wider Essex area, he said: “Jewish Care represents and articulates the very best of our community.” Gayle Klein, chair of Local Angels Committee and Jewish Care trustee, said: “Judge Rinder proved a real hit with the guests. He was warm, open and extremely entertaining. The money we have raised will make a real difference to the lives of the most vulnerable members of our community.”

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Residents of Jewish Care’s Vi & John Rubens house in Ilford received a visit from Leyton Orient footballers last week, as part of Mitzvah Day. Myles Judd, Freddy Moncur and Jamie Sendles-White were greeted with a warm welcome as they spoke to residents, including lifelong fan, 97-year-old Harry Buitekant. He said: “I remember when we were playing in the First Division.” Howard Gould, Orient’s community liaison manager, said: “It’s always a pleasure coming here; we always leave feeling inspired and with a smile. We look forward to coming back soon.”


Former Secretary of State Sir Eric Pickles showed his support for Israel and the Jewish people when he spoke at Emunah’s Esther Cailingold Group dinner at Mill Hill United Synagogue. Co-chaired by Reva Ross and Doris Lanzkron, the event raised £4,000 for Emunah projects in Israel, where the organisation is the largest provider of residential services for children, including those who are vulnerable or at risk.




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More than 90 guests experienced pre-war Odessa at Tikva’s annual patron’s evening. Attendants were taken on a ‘journey’ to early 20th century Ukraine, sampling its food and music, while also walking through a participatory market, sampling traditional cuisine, and were entertained by live music. Themed on Isaac Babel’s Odessa Tales of stories of Jewish gangsters in the city in 1910, Tikva UK’s director, Karen Bodenstein, said: “We were excited to give our patrons this immersive experience of what pre-war torn Odessa was like.”

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Sheva Wizo launched its 2018 London Calendar with a fashion show by Elsa Boutique. Money raised will go to The Rebecca Sieff Centre in Jerusalem, which houses Israel’s largest nursery, caring for more than 100 babies and children from the ages of six months to three years. Pictured from left is the Calendar committee: Natalie Gold, Louise Brick, Vikki Lee and Katie Astaire, with Tulay Malazogu, owner of Elsa boutique in Muswell Hill, centre.





An audience packed the Gatehouse Theatre in Highgate for JNF UK’s sixth annual “Kosher Komedy” event. With entertainment from a line-up of comedians, the money raised will go towards the Eden Therapeutic home for Israeli girls who have suffered abuse. Event chair Tracy Lee said: “Kosher Komedy is always a fun evening, and this year was no exception. I have had the privilege of seeing many of the incredible projects JNF UK is involved with in the Negev area of Israel and it is very rewarding to organise an event to raise funds to contribute to Eden Karmia.”

7 SOWING DAFFODILS Members of South West Essex & Settlement Reform Synagogue joined other Reform synagogues at a mass daffodil planting in the Woodland Cemetery, part of the Western Synagogue Cemetery in Cheshunt. Organised by the Joint Jewish Burial Society with the aim of

planting 10,000 daffodils this autumn, the site has room for around 10,000 burials and serves the Reform, Liberal and Masorti congregations.


Sacks Morasha pupils Ari Selouk and Sam Ellis recently launched their charitable enterprise ‘Rosh Chodesh Retailers’. The boys came up with the idea and organised everything themselves, including buying and marketing. Among items on sale to fellow pupils were bouncy balls, wiggly drinking straws and emoji key rings. The boys donated their profit of £74 to the school’s termly charity, Boys Town Jerusalem.


An evening of fun and frocks launched the first in a series of fundraisers for a new Camp Simcha overnight respite service for families with seriously ill children. Mill Hill couple Sam and Lee Bladon established the campaign to create Evie’s night Owls, in memory of their daughter, who was supported by the charity. Sam, pictured fourth from left, with the Evie Night Owls Committee, said: “It was a fantastic event and we are grateful to the Jacobs family for helping us to make it happen.”


A Kumzitz Melava Malka with the renowned Israeli singer, Ari Goldwag, was held in the home of Mr and Mrs Ari Barr, to help raise funds and awareness of the work carried out by The Paperweight Trust within the community.

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urrounded by natural beauty, designed with elegance and boasting exquisite views of the Mediterranean beyond, you could be forgiven for thinking such homes only exist in dreams. Now thanks to a unique seafront project from Shikun and Binui, the leading real estate company in Israel, such aspiration can become reality. Reserve Towers Dreams is sited just a stone’s throw away from the beautiful Iris Nature Reserve in Netanya. The project in Ir Yamim comprises three sea-facing towers, 25 to 28 storeys high, and a total of 287 apartments, including four, five, and six-bedroom flats, mini penthouses and a large penthouse. Residents at Reserve Towers Dreams can enjoy complete privacy, while also experiencing a warm sense of community. The three buildings share communal, social, cultural and sports facilities, with indoor walkways connecting one building to the next. Reserve Towers Dreams is also a pioneering project, having been built with environmental concerns at the fore. The towers have been constructed in line with American LEED

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Yad Sarah dinner raises £200k

Yad Sarah held its annual fundraising dinner at the Millennium Hotel Mayfair last Wednesday . The dinner was chaired by Lawrence Harding and guest speaker was three-time Israeli paralympian Pascale Bercovitch. Some 220 guests raised £200,000 which will help fund the installation of home hospices for end-of-life care across Israel. Photographs by John Rifkin

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‘Who would believe us?’ Francine Wolfisz discovers the incredible bravery of Etcia Goldberg, a widow who joined 37 Jews fleeing Nazi persecution to live in a cave for 344 days


limpsing daylight for the first time in nearly a year, little Mania Goldberg desperately covered her eyes with her hands, while her 75-year-old grandmother, overwhelmed by the bright sun, simply fainted to the ground. For 344 days, they had survived Nazi persecution by living in total darkness inside a remote cave in western Ukraine known as Popowa Yama, The Priest’s Grotto, alongside 36 other Jews. Remarkably, Mania’s widowed mother, Etcia, was the only woman to risk her life by leaving the cave alongside the men to hunt for supplies. Now Etcia’s incredible bravery has been brought to light for the first time in 344 Days Underground, a novel written by her grandson, Valeriy Gritsiv, based on her recollections. The story of Popowa Yama only surfaced in 1993 after Christos Nicola, a young speleologist from New York,

came across a gypsum cave near the village of Stilkivtcy and found evidence people had once lived there. After researching Popowa Yama for more than 10 years, he traced one of the few remaining survivors, resulting in a National Geographic article, a book and documentary |about their experiences. However, the story of what happened to Etcia was not included, and Gritsiv resolved that her role should not be forgotten. Gritsiv, who lives near Atlanta, Georgia, with his daughter, Elina, fondly recalls his grandmother as “the most amazing woman I ever met”. Speaking with a discernible Ukrainian accent, he explains: “The story was told in my house many, many times, especially in my childhood. But there was never a discussion outside the family, because they thought who would ever believe they had lived in a cave for a year? “Etcia was very brave, a fighter and someone unafraid to take risks.” She had assumed her position as head of the family when her husband, Chaim, tragically died from leukaemia just two weeks before the outbreak of the Second World War. As a young widow, she had to keep running the family store, as well as look after Marek, three, Dunia, eight and Mania (Gritsiv’s mother), 11. But in the face of Nazi persecution, including mass shootings of Jews close by, Etcia realised she was running out of time to save her family. On 5 May 1943, she took her children Valeriy Gritsiv and his book, 344 Days Underground

and mother down into Popowa Yama, carrying blankets, candles and straws, joining the small group of Jewish families also hiding there. The vast cave was pitch black, freezing cold and inhabited by bats. Only the men – and Etcia, because she was widowed – were allowed out of the cave to scavenge or buy food and medicine. Dressed in men’s clothing, Etcia risked her life every day under the cover of darkness. “It was terrifying to have to go underground and into the darkness. But on the other hand, they had nowhere else to go and it was their only choice. The moment she had to leave the cave to get supplies was frightening for her and the children. It was always dangerous and if she didn’t come back, no one knew what would become of her children.” Someone with a weapon guarded the entrance to the cave at all times, and the inhabitants were so cold in the cave that they spent most of their time lying in their wooden beds. They only lit candles while preparing scant supplies of food available to them. But they were grateful to be alive. On 11 April 1944, a local farmer dropped a message in a bottle saying the Germans had gone, and they emerged from the cave a day later. As they settled back into their lives, Gritsiv reveals his mother was affected by her experience long after the war had ended. “She had nightmares because of the darkness,” he says. “For her, it was much worse than being in any prison. I couldn’t imagine spending even two or three days in the cave, constantly without light. It’s unimaginable for me.” Etcia died in 1979, surrounded by her family. Gritsiv later moved to the United States, where he founded the

Family survival: Etcia (second from right) with Mania, Dunia and Marek

Etcia with her daughter Mania, 1946 and with a young Valeriy in 1965

Elina International Adoption Agency, to help Americans adopt children from the former Soviet Union. Looking back over his grandmother’s story, Gritsiv says he feels inspired by the strength she showed. “There were many times in my life that I felt I was having a hard time,” he

reveals. “But I always try to tell myself my grandmother survived in such incredible circumstances. She was so strong and so whatever hardships I face, I also need to be strong.”  344 Days Underground by Valeriy Gritsiv is priced £12.29 (paperback) and available now


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Lifestyle / Man’s best friend


ot even Jonathan Wittenberg could know how just how much his four-legged companion could impact his life – or indeed his outlook on it. Since he first became a dog owner aged 30, the senior rabbi of Masorti Judaism UK has revelled in observing their unconditional love and undeniable place as man’s best friend. In his latest book, Things My Dog Has Taught Me About Being A Better Human Being, Rabbi Wittenberg takes a wry and insightful look at how we could all learn so much by adopting a dog ’s attitude to life, from joy and companionship to listening and forgiveness, rejection and cruelty, healing and trust. In this extract, the rabbi of New North London Synagogue reflects on what dogs teach us about love.

‘I love you,’ I hear myself say to the dog, often with a frequency with which I feel embarrassed, so that I catch myself looking behind me to check that no one else has heard. Sometimes I even answer myself, pretending to be the dog, telling myself in would-be canine tones, ‘I love you, too.’ If this is a sign of madness, then there are a lot of insane people, since I’ve noticed

many other dog fans doing the same, or at least the first, less-crazy, part. I recently overheard my wife replying to one of the children who justly moaned that I was overdoing it: ‘At least at four every morning you don’t have to hear, “I love you so much”, and I think he’s talking to me; but no, he’s speaking to the dog who’s just jumped on the bed and woken me up.’ ‘I love her so much; the weeks without her have felt endless,’ a man confesses in the waiting room at the vet’s, apologising for being so sentimental. ‘I’m longing to see him again. I don’t know what I’ll do with myself if he doesn’t get better,’ a lady tells the veterinary nurse at reception, taking out a handkerchief to wipe away her tears. It’s always important to tell those for whom we care just how much they mean to us. Never taking our loved ones for granted is advice few of us take sufficiently to heart. ‘I loved her so much. I only wish I’d told her more often, but now it’s too late’ are devastating words to hear at a funeral. But, somehow, it feels easier to tell our love to the dog, unfair to our human family as that is. Why do so many people love their dogs so simply and so much?... ‘It’s those big brown eyes,’ says Nicky, watching the dog take advantage of my better judgement once again. It’s with that unblinking, directly-at-you, straight-to-the-soul

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My wife bemoans the fact I say ‘I love you’... to my dog

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg with his beloved canine companion, Mitzpah

stare that dogs tell you, not so much that they love you, but, more importantly, that you simply have to love them, that you haven’t got a choice, that it would be unthinkable, unimaginable, beyond all possible justification if you failed to fall for their charms. I admit that I’m gullible. But, then, there are many worse characteristics to possess. If it came to a choice, I’d rather be credulous than cruel. Perhaps it’s the dependency and trust, the lack of guile of domesticated animals in contrast to the calculated manipulations of humankind. Aharon Appelfeld, the Holocaust survivor and novelist, wrote of how through all the nights of terror when he hid in barns and hayricks to evade the SS, and their many local allies who in those lean and terrifying years would gladly have earned their meagre reward from the Nazis for handing over a Jew, the only time he ever felt safe was among the cows and sheep, the horses, cats and dogs, close to whom he secretly crept, then slept the deep and easy sleep of a child, confident that these creatures would never betray him. They knew no duplicity or deceit. It’s not that the connection with a favourite animal is deeper than the bond between people. But it’s a different, easier kind of love. It may lack much of the subtlety, tenacity, self-sacrifice, sensitivity, exaltation, bliss, and extent in years and range of shared activity that a faithful and sustained relationship with a fellow

‘I LOVE YOU,’ I SAY TO THE DOG, WITH A FREQUENCY WITH WHICH I FEEL EMBARRASSED, SO I LOOK BEHIND TO CHECK NO ONE ELSE HAS HEARD human being may attain. But it doesn’t have the tension and ambiguous complexity of human relationships either… Maybe it’s the fact that dogs don’t respond with their own ego, don’t compete with us by interrupting our flow with a story of their own: ‘Oh, the same thing happened once to me, only in my case it was incomparably worse.’ Maybe it’s the steadfastness of the companionship. ‘Where you go, I go,’ says Ruth to her mother-in-law Naomi in the book of the Bible which bears her name. Even when Naomi repeatedly entreats her to return to her homeland and the family of her birth, she refuses to be parted from her side. ‘No,’ says Ruth. ‘Where you lie, I lie.’ Dogs are faithful followers in her footsteps. It’s the day-by-day here-I-am constancy of the affection of a dog. With what other living being does a person spend so much time, share so many hours, as with the dog who’s always by one’s side? It’s the unwavering loyalty. It’s the absolute trust. It’s the reliable affection. It’s the tail-waving,

body-wagging, eyes-staring-up-at-you total and joyful greeting when you come home. It’s the readiness to get up and follow, wherever you are going. It’s the unconditional love – unconditional, that is, so long as you feed them, walk with them, and love them in return. It’s precisely because that love is so absolute and trusting that it’s such a profound sin to betray it… Most of our love is rightly directed towards fellow humans, our family first, our friends, neighbours and the strangers in our midst. But maybe every human heart also contains a specific place, just a corner, which is only fulfilled through the love of God’s creatures: animals, birds, trees and flowers – but most especially dogs.

 Things My Dog Has Taught Me About Being A Better Human Being by Jonathan Wittenberg is published by Hodder, priced £16.99 (hardback) and is available now

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Lifestyle / Travel

Caron Bluestone travels to the idyllic Italian island and enjoys a luxury stay at a resort that’s truly welcoming for all ages

Sardinia for all the family!

The Costa Smeralda and Porto Cervo in high season can feel a little like shul on Rosh Hashanah – a packed-to-the-brim, holiday fashion show! But don’t be put off, for this Italian gem of an island has many facets. I fell in love with its wild and rugged natural beauty, rustic food and amazing hospitality towards families. Sardinia is often seen solely as a destination for the super-rich, but go before peak season and you reap all the benefit of five-star luxury without the price tag to match. Interestingly, the second largest island in the Med has quite a Jewish past. During the reign of the Roman emperor Tiberius, 4,000 Jews were exiled there. A settlement with a synagogue in its capital, Cagliari, followed. The island is steeped in history; its catacombs are among the few in Italy containing Hebrew inscriptions. Jews prospered in the 14th and 15th centuries but were subsequently banished. In modern Alghero, as an apology and to rectify the injustice, a main square was inaugurated as the Square of the Jews by its mayor, inviting Jews back to this now-idyllic place. We arrive at Delphina’s Valle dell’Erica in the dark, so not until morning did I really take in the beauty – a huge natural park in the north of the island and low-rise buildings;

suites of natural stone, covered in plants and flowers that blend into the surroundings, so much so that you almost feel alone on your balcony despite the nearly 300 rooms. We took my mum with us. On the continent, grandparents are a welcome addition to holidaying families and why not? I want my mum to enjoy every minute with the grandchildren before they grow up and there is the bonus that she’s also my best friend. Sardinia is famed for its sandy beaches, its 1,200 miles of coastline and turquoise sea. Valle dell’Erica has beach in abundance; long stretches and little coves dotted around their own mile of shoreline; the sort of beach that you would expect you would have to drive far off the beaten track to find, but here it’s a stroll through fragrant flora and there is even a beach bar offering service direct to the sand. For us, food is key; we’re a particularly foodie family, so whether it be the kids eating their body weight in artisan ice-creams and sorbets or a cold glass of Sardinian vermentino and some local cheese and olives for me, quality matters. Provenance and ingredients are priorities at Valle dell’Erica. The region, Gallura, is as big on food as it is on small, cooperative vineyards. Unlike in the dim and distant past, I won’t go anywhere without a kids club. Our children are

Stunning Sardinia is famed for its beaches, nearly 1,200 miles of coastline and inviting turquoise sea

Above, Caron and family; left, one of the resort’s typical foodie offerings

too young to entertain themselves and holiday is the only time I get to read a book. Ericaland is a dream come true; with amazing, energetic, caring staff from the crèche to the teen club, the options are extensive both indoors and out. The kids were more than happy, cajoled by their very own pizzeria and dedicated chef. Delphina has the family offering honed to near-perfection; baby paraphernalia, including nursery, pushchairs, sterilisers, changing tables and more is all free, as is a 24-hour baby-food preparation area complete with fridge filled daily with fresh vegetable purées, stocks, fruits, yogurts and milks. Active children have their own pool, minihockey pitch, five-a-side football and volleyball courts to play in and on to their hearts’ content. All the facilities aside – and yes, there is golf, a destination Thalasso spa and more – it’s the vibe here that I love the most. Despite its daunting size, it feels private. There is no overcrowding by pools, but still there’s atmosphere. A pianist at breakfast

somehow isn’t annoying and there is no piped music and no try-too-hard clubby vibes. Instead, to complement the vintage ice cream cart or over lunch, you might hear quietly playing in the background songs by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole or Ella Fitzgerald; oldschool classics in their original forms. Our room felt more like a villa. Overlooked by no-one, it had two balconies and our own entrance directly into the park and was newly refurbished in typical Sardinian style. It served us well during the week. Crucially, the living room was split off from the bedroom, making it possible for the kids to sleep without being disturbed by the adults. We left just once to go to picturesque Santa Theresa, a 10-minute shuttle-ride away, providing a little retail therapy in a typical Italian village with a lively square, flanked by cafés and bars, and quite enough for us. Valle dell’Erica in half-term is a great call. Don’t wait for high season or the prices and people that go with it. This is a real option for a relaxed family holiday – and you get the best of everything at a fraction of the cost.

CARON’S TRAVEL TIPS Caron stayed at Valle dell’Erica, Sardinia, A week for a family-of-four staying at the end of May costs from €3,748 for a junior suite on half-board, booking through Delphina Hotels, You can follow Caron’s latest adventures at, and twitter.

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Orthodox Judaism

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What’s in a name?, famously asks Shakespeare’s Romeo And Juliet. One perspective is provided by perhaps the most enigmatic episode in the entire Torah, as Jacob wrestles with an angel. Having revealed his own identity, he asks to know the name of his assailant, but is answered only cryptically: ‘Why do you now ask my name?’ Rashi explains the angel’s response. There is no point asking my name, because we do not have fixed ones, they change according to the mission on which we are sent. Compare this to the message implied by Jacob’s name being changed first by the angel and subsequently God. Jacob is told he will no longer be called by his original name because it connotes stealth and guile and rather he should be ‘Israel’ to reflect his intrinsically princely stature.At the same time, this entire sedra provides a stark contrast between the missions of Jacob and Esau. At one time Esau is a friend, the next a sworn enemy. He wants everyone to be the same as him, but he does not know who he truly is. On the other hand, Jacob is blessed by God to become Israel, the father of a nation destined to follow a straight path, faithful to its task, unmoved by fear or persecution. Throughout history Jews have been despised by others who are confused as to their own purpose, because we know why we are here and refuse to relinquish our vocation and our calling. So they challenge and attack us and sometimes, as the angel did to Jacob, even injure us. But, ultimately, they never prevai. John F. Kennedy may have been correct when he said: “Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.”

Rabbi Alex Chapper is the community rabbi of Borehamwood & Elstree Synagogue


One of the seven Biblical prophetesses, Hannah was subjected to extreme verbal abuse by her co-wife Penina, due to her infertility. Embittered and in pain, she considers taking drastic action to ameliorate her situation to no avail. Eventually she accompanies her husband and his entourage to the Tabernacle in Shiloh. It is at this point that she expresses herself through prayer. This spontaneous, silent outpouring of her tortured soul appeared so out of place that Eli the High Priest mistakenly suspected her of being drunk. However it was this forceful prayer that changed her destiny forever. The Talmud says that she conceived on Rosh Hashanah, the day when God allocates resources for the coming year

and this is why we read her prayer in the Haftorah on the first day of Rosh Hashanah. All too often, and especially during the High Holy Days, we think of prayer as something fixed and formal.


While such prayer most certainly does have its place within Jewish daily living, Hannah teaches us that “God desires our heart” and that He is close to all who call out to Him in sincerity (Psalms 145:18). Indeed the great Torah commentator Nachmanides posits that spontaneous prayer in times of need is mandated by the Torah, whereas the daily morning, afternoon and evening services are of rabbinic origin. Such prayers can be recited in any language, at any time and in any place, as long as they are directed to God, creator and sustainer of the universe. Hannah takes her pain and channels it into sincere supplication. This prayer has a transformational effect on her very essence and destiny. She becomes the mother of the prophet Samuel who appointed King David. Her legacy continues until today, with her prayer serving as the prototype for Jewish worship forever more, both inside the synagogue and outside of it.

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Progressive Judaism

The Bible Says What?

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‘We must wrestle with God’ Humanity has failed Rohingya Muslims – will we too? BY RABBI SYLVIA ROTHSCHILD In Genesis 32:25 we read: “Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the break of dawn”. What happened at the Ford of Jabok was critical in Jacob’s life, leaving him physically marked for life and with another name. He was alone, yet a ‘man’ wrestled with him until dawn. Who that ‘man’ was is open to interpretation but Jacob is in no doubt – he names the place P’niel, because he has met God face to face. The Bible gives a dubious etymology for Jacob’s new name, Israel, but what is important is the meaning given – one who struggles with God and with other people, and is able to do so. We take this name for ourselves; we are Am Yisrael, the people of Israel, and our defining characteristic is we too must wrestle with God and with our world and make something of ourselves in that struggle. Judaism is a religion of enquiry; questions are met with more questions, not with definitive answers. Despite the systematizing work of

Saadiya Gaon and Maimonides who responded to the doctrines of Christianity and Islam, Judaism remains a religion of deed, and not of creed. We must keep on engaging with ideas, imagining possibilities, wrestling with God and with our world. This tradition of enquiry has kept us going over the centuries, adapting where necessary, accepting knowledge from outside sources and bringing it into our world view. It is the life-source of progressive Judaism, as we keep our minds open to the world and its knowledge while grappling with our texts and their questions. Jacob at Jabok is a metaphor for us in so many ways – fearful of the unknown future, struggling with the temptation to run back to the familiar, yet ultimately moving forward carrying the wounds of our struggle with us. I’m proud to belong to a tradition that eschews doctrine and demands we struggle with God and ourselves,

 Sylvia Rothschild is a Community Rabbi in south London

BY RABBI AARON GOLDSTEIN On 7 November 1938, Herschel Grynszpan assassinated Ernst Vom Rath, a German diplomat in Paris. Two days later, Kristallnacht – the Night of Broken Glass – demonstrated the overt confidence of a power that knew it could commit inhumane crimes with impunity. On 25 August 2017, a small faction of Rohingya militants attacked Myanmar police posts, killing 12 members of the security forces. The response of the Myanmar armed forces demonstrated the overt confidence of a power that knew it could commit inhumane crimes with impunity. Ratko Mladic may now serve life in prison for genocide, but we stood by and allowed him to create the divided Bosnia of today. He won. Just as in Nazi Europe and Srebrencia, so now in Rakhine State. Humanity has stood by and observed a systematic, state-sponsored campaign that is undoubtedly ethnic cleansing.

Accused: Aung San Suu Kyi

Rohingya Muslims have been utterly failed: Reports have been suppressed, diplomacy shown impotent and governments as uncaring as its populations. Why have there been no largescale demonstrations on city streets and outside the Myanmar embassy? Why not even a debate about military intervention? Why no call on World Jewish Relief to act? Perhaps you know better than I?

Sir Bob Geldof showed his disgust at the complicity of the once-lauded Aung San Suu Kyi, calling her “a handmaiden to genocide”. It seems this former doyenne of human rights has used power to be complicit to murder, rape and genocide. Humanity has thus far failed Rohingya Muslims. Will we too? The Torah teaches: lo tuchal l’hitaleim – do not remain indifferent or hide from living one’s Jewish values. It relates to returning lost property. How much the more so when it is a whole people. As a Jew, a Liberal Jew I cannot remain indifferent or be a bystander. Join me in calling on your MP to pressure our Government to act to stop the violence. Call World Jewish Relief to express your concern and desire for there to be a Jewish humanitarian response to this genocide.  Aaron Goldstein is Senior Rabbi at Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue

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19 February Central London venue NIGHT OF HEROES will proudly showcase those whose courage, strength, conviction, commitment and determination justly earn them the accolade ‘hero’. In front of hundreds of guests, hosted by David Walliams and with entertainment from some of the leading names in British showbiz, Jewish News’’ Night of Heroes, in association with LABS, will shine a spotlight on their work in a glitzy London setting befitting these individuals’ contribution. And of course, like all the best Jewish events, the evening will be fuelled by a three-course kosher dinner by Food Story and an open bar. WHO IS YOUR HERO? Whether you’re an organisation or an individual and want your hero to be recognised during the most uplifting and glitzy night of the year, we need to hear from you! Please go to for full criteria and nominate in the following categories: Community Hero Young Community Hero Communal initiative Interfaith Hero Communal Ally Israel Hero


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Vets cash in thanks to Lee’s stunning strike MGBSFL A wonder goal from Lee Cash helped London Lions Vets book a place in the last 16 of the Peter Morrison Trophy. Aided by Dan Stanton’s double and Joel Berg’s goal, Dan Jacobs’ side beat the MGBSFL champions Oakwood A 4-2. He said: “They’re obviously a very good side who are fit and disciplined, but I think they’d agree we matched them physically and were the team that played the football, meaning we deserved the win.” Brady Maccabi won the battle of the top-two to extend their lead at the top of the Premier Division to four points as Reiss Mogilner, Sam Castle, Charlie Kasler and David Cohen all scored in their 4-2 win over Redbridge A. Goals from Ari Last, Avi Korman and Yoav Kestenbaum saw Hendon United beat Raiders A 3-0, while Adam Burchell, Kiki Levin and James Gold all scored in London Lions White’s 3-0 win over Camden Park. Faithfold A increased their lead at the top of Division One to five points as four goals from Ben Shirbini inspired them to a 7-4 win over Raiders B.

Zalmi Cohen, Gav Lewis and Amit Dinowitz also scored. Jacob Richler Kleiman’s double helped Oakwood B to a 4-1 win at Los Blancos, with Ben Loofe and Sam Modlin also on target, while Redbridge C claimed one of the shocks of the day, Mitch Hahn and Ashley Rubin scoring in their 2-1 win over Scrabble. Mill Hill Dons moved two points clear at the top of Division Two as doubles from Zach Cohen and Adam Isaacs saw them win 4-0 at Bayern Mincha. Hertswood Vale were 2-1 victors at Raiders C, Ariel Weinstein and Gal Alkalay scoring, while Fairlop claimed their second league win, James Jaconelli and Bradley Gayer doubles, coupled with Daniel Rosen’s strike seeing them to a 5-0 win at Real Hendon. Temple Fortune B moved off the foot of the table, Gab Saul and Jordan Jay’s injury-time winner seeing them to the points at Faithfold B, with a 2-1 win.

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Lee Cash’s stunning strike helped Lions Vets to victory over Oakwood A




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Steve stars for five-star Chigwell MASTERS A second half hat-trick from Steve Summers (pictured) completed a stirring comeback for Chigwell, as they beat Lions A 5-1. Lloyd Becker and Adam Klein also scored. Raiders continued their relentless Division One title challenge as goals from Wayne Davidson and Ben Simons saw them beat Scrabble 2-1, while Jon Levene’s brace saw Brady A to a 2-1 win over HMH. The only game in Division Two was a 12-goal thriller as Marshside and Glenthorne drew 6-6, denying the latter the chance to move up into second spot. Gil Barel and Fara Moghim scored two each, with Andrew Cohen and Barry Silkman also on target for Marshside.

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More than 30 Jewish Women’s Aid supporters attended their Women of Whitechapel tour, as they explored Whitechapel and Spitalfields, learning about the women who left their mark in these areas through their hard work and passion. Arranged by JWA supporter Tracy Lee and guided by Rachel Kolsky, the walk was held to raise funds for JWA to continue supporting victims of domestic abuse. CEO Naomi Dickson said: “The tour was a great chance for people to celebrate the achievements of women, whilst supporting women experiencing domestic abuse.”


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The former chairman of St John’s Wood Synagogue will next week embark on a gruelling re-enactment of the ‘Cockleshell Heroes’ 1942 commando raid on Bordeaux. Keith Breslauer, an American citizen, who has been in England for 25 years, will take part in the Frankton 75 Challenge, on behalf of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust. Comprising of an 85-mile paddle and 100-mile run, the 52-year-old will join eight marines for the challenge, which they hope to complete in six days. Having raised money in the past for Jewish charities, he said: “I come from a culture of giving back, of being thankful for the society we’re in. I hope I’m in good shape, although someone saw me running the other day and said I looked like I was dying in the run!” Full interview:

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SPINNING More than 50 cyclists were put through their paces as they raised £8,000 for communal charities when they took part in the first Maccabi GB Community Spinathon. Spinning (riding a stationary bike) collectively for 75 hours, participants chose to cycle and fundraise for either Aleh, British Friends of Israel Guide Dog Centre, Camp

Simcha, Save a Child’s Heart or Maccabi GB. MGB event coordinator Stacey Abendstern said: “This was the first time we’ve hosted a Spinathon event and it was fabulous

to see all the charities and dedicated spinners. It was a real ‘community’ day and an event we look forward to hosting again in the future for an active Jewish community.”

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Walkers raise £70k on intrepid trek across Israel CHARITY By Andrew Sherwood @JewishNewsUK

A group of Magen David Adom UK supporters have raised more than £70,000 after completing a five-day trek across Israel. The 22 walkers completed a 60km journey, which

saw them climb Masada, tour the blood centre at Tel Hashomer, as well as other MDA facilities, while also taking part in simultaneous ambulance shifts. Ending at the MDA station at Yerucham, where the dedication of a medicycle that was raised at last year’s inaugural trek took place, MDA UK trekker and Chief Executive Daniel Burger said: “It was a privilege to spend some special times with this group and to have seen parts of Israel that I have not seen before. “My gratitude goes to all trekkers who took the time out of

their busy schedule to partake in this fantastic opportunity.  I very much look forward to growing this even further next year.” Trekker Michelle Rosenberg said: “We are all overwhelmed by the experience. This fantastic group of people came together with a shared love of Israel and a determination to support MDA’s essential efforts in saving lives. This is the second year that I have done the trek.” The trekkers have returned to the UK as brand ambassadors for both MDA and Israel, by virtue of carrying out work for MDA, as well as visiting two key IDF bases.

Israeli football hits all-time low FOOTBALL

Iranian upset at being told to throw fight WRESTLING

Israeli football has been described as being in “crisis” after the national team dropped to its lowest world ranking. Currently sitting in 98th place, below the likes of the Faroe Islands and Palestine, Minister of Culture and Sport, Miri Regev, said: “Football is the most popular sport in the world and in Israel and should be a source of national pride. It receives the biggest budget of all sports, but the national team hasn’t qualified for a major tournament in 47 years. There’s an immediate need to examine the reasons for failure.” Meanwhile, Hapoel Be’erSheva and Mac-

Iranian wrestler Alireza Karimi has spoken of his disappointment at being told he had to lose a fight in order to avoid meeting an Israeli at the U23 World Championships in Poland. Speaking to the ISNA agency, the 23-year-old said: “I had trained so hard and firmly believed in the world title. But then came the instruction (from his coach) and it was like a bucket of cold water on all my dreams.” Praising him for his action, a statement on the website of Iran’s youth and sports ministry said: “Your noble and heroic action, abandoning the medal and the podium in support of the highest human values, is ​​ a source of pride and praise.” Uri Kalashnikov went on to take the bronze medal.

Israel suffered a home loss to Macedonia cabi Tel Aviv saw their Europa League campaigns ended. The champions lost 1-0 to Lugano, while Tel Aviv were beaten 2-0 by Slavia Prague, leaving both sides bottom of their group, with one game remaining.

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