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Shock 40% rise in Jewish women facing domestic abuse #MeToo movement credited with encouraging victims in community to speak out There was a shocking 40 percent increase in the number of Jewish women reporting domestic abuse in the UK during the first three months of the year. This steep and sudden rise is partly explained by increased awareness, Jewish Women’s Aid [JWA] said this week, while the #MeToo movement in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal has also boosted confidence in victims coming forward. At its annual lunch, JWA chief executive Naomi Dickson revealed there had been 103 new cases opened from January to March compared to a quarterly average in 2017 of 70. Dickson said there was “no evidence”
there was more abuse in the community, but joint efforts together with the Board of Deputies to raise awareness among major synagogue movements helped women come forward. The Board and JWA worked with the United Synagogue, the S&P (Sephardi) Community, the Movement for Reform Judaism, Masorti and Liberal Judaism. The charity said its 40 trained volunteers operating the helpline and case-workers providing advice and guidance were currently coping with the increased workload as they sought to reduce the risk and increase the safety of women and their children. Continued on page 8
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News / Coroner ruling / Tributes to Oli / Chazan guilty
High Court deems coroner’ The High Court has ruled a London coroner’s decision not to prioritise the release of bodies for religious reasons is “unlawful, irrational and discriminatory”, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Community leaders welcomed the verdict from judges following a judicial review of the “cab-rank rule” policy of Senior Coroner for Inner London, Mary Hassell, after a hearing held at the end of March. Lawyers acting for both a Stamford Hill burial society and an individual claimant challenged the policy, saying it amounted to a breach of the Human Rights Act as well as indirect discrimination under the Equality Act. The challenge brought together all parts of the Jewish community and was backed by MPs across the political spectrum. There are now calls for Hassell – who told judges Jewish families were “queue jumping” to the detriment of non-Jews – to consider her position. In written submissions, Hassell described the “significant negative impact that prioritisation of one sector of the community over others…
It is my experience over 12 years as coroner that queue jumping places those who are pushed back further in the queue at a material disadvantage”. She added that all families wanted an early decision from the coroner. Hassell maintained a “neutral” stance in proceedings, arguing she had only been interpreting existing legislation and guidance, originally with the blessing of Chief Coroner Mark Lucraft QC, who had desecribed her policy as “excellent”, before criticising her. While Hassell represented herself at the Royal Courts of Justice, the claimants – Adath Yisroel Burial Society (AYBS) and Ita Cymerman – were represented by three barristers, two of whom were QCs. The Chief Coroner was represented by a government-appointed barrister. Rabbi Asher Gratt, speaking for the AYBS, said: “This legal victory will bring immense relief for grieving families to bury their loved ones with respect and dignity, preventing further unnecessary anguish at the darkest moment of their lives. “Having twice been found guilty
of acting unlawfully, it’s high time for Hassell to move on and make way for a compassionate coronial service.” Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said: “This judgement holds within it an essential message about British values. When we talk about freedom and respect for people of all backgrounds, when we say Britain values diversity and equality – this is what we mean. As Lord Justice Singh says in his judgement, “uniformity is not the same thing as equality” – indeed, our capacity for treasuring difference is what makes this country great.” Board vice-president Marie van der Zyl said Hassell “must now consider her position… If she cannot carry out this basic function of her role, she must vacate her position”. Levi Shapiro of the Stamford Hill umbrella group Jewish Community Council (JCC) agreed. He said: “After months of pain and anguish, a spark of light lit up this morning for the wider Jewish community and beyond.” The matter had caused “distress and pain for people wishing to bury their loved ones”, he said, adding: “It would be appropriate now for Ms
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Judges called senior coroner Mary Hassell’s cab-rank ruling ‘unlawful’
Hassell to consider her position after embarrassing herself with her attitude towards the Jewish community.” After considering the evidence, the judges ruled in favour of the claimants, who had opposed the nature of Hassell’s “blanket rule” that does not take into account the circumstances of the family and their religion.
However, the judges refused to blame Hassell, saying she “did not recognise that impact as discriminatory as a matter of law”. They recognised that “for certain faith groups… it is very important that a funeral take place as soon as possible, ideally on the day of death itself”. Giving evidence, Dayan Shulem
Tributes paid to JFS pupil The Jewish community is in shock this week after the sudden death of 16-year-old JFS student Oliver Leigh. The popular pupil, known as Oli, attended Yavneh College in Borehamwood until last year, where his brother is studying for his A-levels. Yavneh headteacher Spencer Lewis said: “We are devastated. Oliver was a pupil here until last year and his brother is in our sixth-form. We will hold a memorial in the coming days.” The pupil (pictured) pictured) was pictured known to be a keen sportsman and in 2015 was congratulated by the college for his work volunteering to help at charity event Jewish Child’s Day held at Allianz Rugby Club. Oliver represented Team
Maccabi GB at last year’s Maccabiah Games as a goalkeeper in their U16 futsal squad. Maccabi GB chief executive Martin Berliner said: “Everyone at Maccabi GB is shocked and saddened by the tragic news of Oliver’s untimely passing. He was a key member of the team and served Maccabi Great Britain with great distinction at the World Games, the highest level of achievement for an amateur Jewish sportsperson.
“Oliver was also a participant on the Streetwise Alan Senitt Community Leadership Programme [a joint initiative between Maccabi GB and the Community Security Trust, working with the Alan Senitt Memorial Trust to deliver social action programmes]. Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with Oli’s family.” Maccabi London Lions also paid tribute, saying it was “very saddened to learn of the sudden passing of our talented Under-16 goalkeeper. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad and difficult time”. Moving floral tributes (pictured) were left outside Yavneh College this week.
CHAZAN GUILTY OF ASSAULT A chazan has been found guilty of sexual offences against a teenage girl. Jason Blair, 47, from Mill Hill, was convicted of three counts of sexual assault against the girl at St Albans Crown Court last Friday. The first offence took place when the girl was 13, the other two when she was 14. A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service said the assaults occurred between January 2015 and February 2016, “the circumstances
being that the touching was sexual, the victim did not consent to it, and Jason Blair did not reasonably believe that the victim consented”. Blair, of Halegrove Gardens, who also worked as a glass blower and barmitzvah tutor, sexually abused the girl in Cheshunt, when he had been performing in an amateur dramatics production. In court, he denied the charges, saying: “I never did it. It never happened.” Blair will be sentenced on 22 May.
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Coroner ruling / Tributes to Oli / Chazan guilty / News
’s ‘cab rank’ rule unlawful Friedman said the principle was “so important to Jewish people it is quite common for a close relative, such as a child, to miss the funeral of their parent if, for example, they are abroad when their parent dies”. Considering the policy’s impact, the judges noted a statement from Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush, who said: “I can recall few communal issues that have arisen during my nine years as president and vice-president of the Board which have caused such widespread distress.” The judges agreed “there should be no rule of automatic priority for those seeking expedition on religious
grounds”, but said Hassell’s rule was “over-rigid” and meant she could not take into account individuals. The Chief Coroner had said he agreed with the claimants and that Hassell’s policy was unlawful because it “imposes a fixed rule that coroners may never treat a task as urgent to satisfy the strongly-held and sincere desire of the family to have the body released quickly on religious grounds”. In an October 2017 letter to solicitors acting for the burial society, Hassell said “no death will be prioritised in any way over any other because of the religion of the deceased or family”. London MPs, including Keir
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Mary Hassell is appointed Senior Coroner for Inner North London. Shortly after, she suspends the out-ofhours service owing to under-resourcing.
After Sarlotta Rotsztein’s death, the family gains an injunction stopping Hassell’s decision to proceed with an invasive autopsy without first trying less invasive means.
Starmer, a former Director of Public Prosecutions and head of the Crown Prosecution Service, took issue with that stance, asking for flexibility, but Hassell said her policy was in line with human rights laws. She said she was acting in line with guidance issued by the Chief Coroner in 2014, which stated that “the law does not allow any coroner to give priority to any one person over another”. However, Lucraft said Hassell’s rule was “over-rigid,” discriminatory” and “not capable of rational justification”. The powers of his office do not allow him to dismiss senior coroners, who can only be sacked by the Lord
Chancellor, David Gauke MP. Hassell argued that “in practice she does not apply the policy as rigidly as might appear”, but in their verdict, the High Court judges said she had not stipulated her policy was to be applied flexibly, meaning they had to rule on “what [the policy] says on its face”. During proceedings, Hassell released documents showing how Lucraft first felt her policy should be rolled out to other coroner jurisdictions across the country, so “no sector of the community is prioritised, none is put ahead at the expense of others”. Trevor Asserson, whose law firm acted for AYBS, said “the court found
A judicial review brought by the family deems Hassell’s decision unlawful under Section 6 of the Human Rights Act. Leading lawyer Trevor Asserson brands Hassell “insensitive”.
After a Jewish man dies, Hassell’s team retain the body for examination. She writes to lawyers for Adath Yisroel Burial Society, saying “no death will be prioritised over any other”.
AYBS asks for a judicial review, saying delays in releasing bodies were “unnecessary”, and calls for Hassell to be removed. Concerns are raised by Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn, among others.
FEBRUARY 2018 The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office confirms that all complaints made about Hassell’s decisions “have been rejected by this office”.
against Hassell on every count, except for finding that she had considered the impact of her protocol on Jews and Muslims.” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn welcomed the ruling, adding: “It was completely unacceptable for the coroner to put barriers in the way of families trying to lay their loved ones to rest.” London mayor Sadiq Khan said: “It is right and proper that the coroner respects the religious sensitivities of Londoners,” adding that it was “crucial a plan is now drawn up as soon as possible as to how this will be implemented”. Editorial comment, page 18
The High Court’s judicial review hearing takes place, days after the Chief Coroner comes out against Hassell’s policy. She reveals he had originally proposed rolling it out.
High Court judges publish their decision, ruling Hassell’s controversial policy “unlawful” after lawyers said it was a breach of the Human Rights Act and the Equality Act.
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Tell me about Jewish Child’s Day Jewish Child’s has recently celebrated it’s 70th anniversary. For 70 years the charity has been proud to support the needs and work of organisations helping less fortunate Jewish children all over the world. The charity supports children who are blind and deaf, those challenged by physical, learning or emotional difficulties, children who have been abused, neglected, deprived or disadvantaged, children who don’t have a secure home and those who are battling against severe illness or trauma.
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Today the charity raises over £1million every year and has grown from a once a year Chanukah collection to an organisation that fundraises all year. From Bar and Bat Mitzvah twinning programmes to Blue-ish Jewish our annual school fundraiser, from bingo nights to Gala Dinners,
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What is your major fundraising event this year? On bank holiday, Sunday May 6th , 2018 we are excited to announce that Party@the Park is back, bigger and
We have such a fantastic line up for the day, to suit kids from 0-16. Some of the old favourites are back such as Last Man standing, Laser Quest, Tombola, Football skills, arts and crafts , face painting and many more. We have also introduced a whole load of new attractions which we know both our regulars and newcomers will love. Just as a teaser the Dare or Do Slide and Beat the Balls are sure to be very popular. This year we will have a fantastic meaty barbecue provided by the Kosher Deli so it’s a great way to feed the whole family!!
are faced with our visitors will have a fantastic day out
How much does entry to Party@the Mall Cost ? Entry is £5 per child and adults go free. You can pre book your parking space and up to 3 children for £15. Pre booking is advisable but not essential, as we anticipate , as in previous years a big turn out on the day. Tokens for the activities will be available to purchase on entry.
How can I find out more about Party@the Mall ? For more information you can visit facebook.com/patm2018 To pre book and secure your on site parking space for the day visit http://jcd.uk.com/support-us/ events/all/party-the-mall/
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Jewish News 3 May 2018
News / Wadsworth expulsion / Tory suspension
Labour verdict welcomed
TORY ‘ATTIC’ CANDIDATE SUSPENDED
A Jewish Labour politician has welcomed the expulsion of an activist who verbally abused her at the launch of the party’s report into anti-Semitism. Ruth Smeeth said she was relieved the “ordeal” was over, almost two years after Marc Wadsworth accused her of working “hand-in-hand” with The Daily Telegraph during the launch of the Chakrabarti Report. Wadsworth’s expulsion followed a hearing by Labour’s disciplinary body that found his behaviour had been “grossly detrimental to the party”. A party spokesman said: “The National Constitutional Committee (NCC) of the Labour Party found that two charges of a breach of the Labour Party’s rule 2.1.8 by Marc Wadsworth have been proven.” Smeeth, MP for Stoke on Trent North, said: “Abuse, bullying and intimidation have no place in our movement, as today’s announcement has proven. I hope that this decision represents the first step toward a return to the values of decency and respect throughout the Labour Party.” Dozens of Labour MPs marched in support of Smeeth, who is Jewish, as she prepared to give evidence at Wadsworth’s disciplinary hearing. Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush said it was the “right result and a step in the right direction”. Since the meeting with Jeremy Corbyn, the party had pledged to deal with all outstanding cases by his next meeting with the leadership bodies, including those of Ken Livingstone and Jackie Walker. Welcoming the Wadsworth decision, Ivor Caplin of the Jewish Labour Movement said: “This case is symptomatic of the ongoing delays in resolving disciplinary matters. We now need to see sustained action by the party and the leadership, including on Ken Livingstone and Jackie Walker.”
A Conservative local election candidate who allegedly tweeted he was “sweating like a Jew in an attic” has been suspended by the party. George Stoakley, who was due to stand in Fen Ditton & Fulbourn in Cambridgeshire, is facing investigation over anti-Semitic and homophobic messages in 2013 and 2014. His name and party will still appear on the ballot paper, as the deadline had expired. The Board of Deputies condemned the “disgraceful” comments and insisted the suspension was “the right decision. The party must swiftly investigate how someone with these views was selected as a candidate”. Welcoming the party’s action, Conservative Friends of Israel honorary president Lord Polak and executive director James Gurd said the “historic tweets are reprehensible and unequivocally anti-Semitic”. Stoakley has made his Twitter account private but has reportedly deleted the offending tweets.
Marc Wadsworth before the hearing at which he was expelled from the Labour Party
Wadsworth said he had been “overwhelmed by the support I’ve received”, adding: “I deplore anti-Semitism and all forms of prejudice, bigotry and discrimination that I have campaigned against all my political life and will continue to do so.” He is considering a legal challenge, he added. The veteran activist claimed Corbyn had told mutual friends “he doesn’t see I did anything wrong”. He told a press conference Corbyn’s team had called him to say they “had been working behind the scenes, that what I said wasn’t anti-Semitic. But you have to interpose that with the fact Jeremy did have a bit of
a go at me at the launch and said I could have used kinder language”. Corbyn’s office insisted no member of staff had called to offer support although a call was made to one of Wadsworth’s supporters to reduce the risk of “incidents” outside the disciplinary hearing. MP Chris Willamson said he was “astonished” by the NCC’s “absurd” verdict and vowed to stand “four square behind Marc and assist him in his efforts to clear his name”. The politician tweeted a crowdfunding page for “any further court action”, which has already attracted more than £24,000.
LABOUR ‘PROGRESS’ ON ANTI-SEMITISM Ken: It’s a diversion The chief executive of the Board of Deputies has spoken of “positive movement” on tackling anti-Semitism in Labour in the wake of talks with Jeremy Corbyn, including his decision to distance himself from controversial comments by Len McCluskey. Community leaders described last week’s meeting as a “disappointing missed opportunity”, claiming Corbyn had failed to commit to the minimum level of action based on recommendations by them. But writing for Labour List three days later, Gillian Merron welcomed Corbyn’s reaction to remarks by key backer
McCluskey who – while saying there were a “small number” of party members who had anti-Semitic views and they had no place in the party – criticised MPs for “smearing” Corbyn”. Asked if he agreed there was a smear campaign against him, Corbyn said: “No, because we have to deal with the issue of anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism is a poison in our society, I am determined to drive it out ... and that’s exactly what we are doing.” Merron, a former Labour MP, wrote she “hoped that this clear stance continues” when it came to taking personal responsibility.
On the disciplinary cases, Merron said it was good that the leadership had now set a target of the next meeting with Jewish leaders in late July to clear the backlog. Merron also welcomed the fact suspended activist Jackie Walker will no longer speak at an event with MP Chris Williamson, calling it a “welcome sign that the leadership will no longer tolerate the culture of denial and disbelief that is facilitating much of the anti-Semitism Jews are experiencing”. Her comments came before the announcement of the expulsion of activist Marc Wadsworth.
Rows over anti-Semitism in the Labour Party are a “complete diversion”, Ken Livingstone claimed this week. The former London mayor was suspended from the party after claiming Hitler had supported Zionism, but has been campaigning in his local area for Labour. He told LBC: “We had this last year in the runup to
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Persecution to protection: Tower’s Jewish history revealed The Tower of London will be known as “a key site” in England’s medieval Jewish heritage after researchers shed new light on the landmark’s “particular significance for London’s Jews”, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Rupert Gavin, chair of Historic Royal Palaces, said the Tower – which attracts three million visitors a year – will incorporate the newly-understood Jewish links into its Yeoman Warder tours as well as its school education programme. He is also looking at options for a “living embodiment of the Jewish presence” at the site, which was defended from attack by the de Montford barons in 1267 by Jewish men-at-arms. Gavin described the Jewish defenders as “an extraordinary group” and said the research has meant Jewish involvement in this famous battle scene is now being reenacted for tourists, 80 percent of whom come from abroad. Tower historians, drawing on Treasury documents from the time, have shed light on several areas, revealing that part of the Tower, including Traitors’ Gate, was built
using revenue raised from taxing Jews, who were then “the property of the King”. Gavin’s announcement follows publication of a detailed study into the central and multi-faceted role the Tower played in the protection, power and persecution of England’s first Jews from their arrival from France until their expulsion in 1290. Collections curator Sally Dixon-Smith spent three months looking into the links and published her report this week, including how the Constable of the Tower even levied a leaving fee on Jews being expelled. Unveiling her work, she said “the position of the Jewish community is central to any understanding” of England at the time, in particular the Tower. During this period, the Tower served as a refuge for Jews when anti-Semitic violence erupted, as it did at the coronation of Richard I (‘Richard the Lionheart’) in 1189. But it also served as a law court, the Tower Constable being responsible for all crimes involving London’s Jews, as well as a prison and a tax collection centre. “Royal ownership of Jews meant the
Crown used the Tower and its officials to exercise direct control over them,” said DixonSmith. The Tower’s national reach was clear in its role in legal proceedings against Jews from communities other than London. She added: “The Tower should be more widely acknowledged as a key site in England’s medieval Jewish heritage. Medieval Jewish history and the history and development of the Tower are inextricably linked.” Until now, histories of the Tower of London have rarely mentioned Jews except in relation to the controversial mass imprisonment for alleged coin-clipping – shaving slivers of silver from the edges of coins – in 1278, which brought 600 Jews to the Tower and ended in several executions. Gavin said the significance of the work was in enabling the Tower to go back to the core story, including rewriting the module for school groups “to show the role of the Jewish community, and how it worked in medieval London and Britain”. “This means schoolchildren from all over the country can get an insight into how a minority group worked productively within medieval England, which has a lot of lessons for the way we work as a society today.”
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Special Report / Board Of Deputies election
Board candidates Next week the Board of Deputies elects a new president. Here, the four candidates set out their ambitions if elected DR SHEILA GEWOLB
VICE-PRESIDENT, BOARD OF DEPUTIES Over the past three years, the Board of Deputies has once again confirmed its role as the leading voice for UK Jews, outstanding in our defence of the community from attacks of anti-Semitism and threats to our way of life. I'm very proud to have been part of that team. I've worked tirelessly as chair of the community and education division, travelling more than 50,000 miles attending events in regional communities, participating in interfaith forums and visiting schools. I have expanded the Jewish Living Experience exhibition so there are now five copies based throughout the UK, and introduced training for volunteer ambassadors. These activities are crucial for combatting anti-Semitism and defending our Jewish way of life. I chair the Board’s president’s dinner, which has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds, and have been
instrumental in organising this year’s regional weekend in Gibraltar. I applaud the Board's hard work and commitment. However, there are areas where we can be more effective. Deputies are the Board's life-blood, and their expertise is not being fully utilised. If elected, I'd ensure a definitive skills register was established as I've seen problems because of a lack of advice and guidance. Deputies are also critical to raising our profile in their constituencies. I'd create workshops to enable people to speak effectively about our work so we can secure and grow support through the communal contribution. I have a proven track record of success with the ambassador training scheme. Encouraging women and younger people to become Deputies is a persistent problem. We must find a way to retain the experience and knowl-
SIMON HOCHHAUSER DEPUTY, SOUTH HAMPSTEAD SYNAGOGUE This is an extremely challenging time for the UK Jewish community. The Labour Party is in denial about antiSemitism in its midst, there are challenges to shechitah and brit milah, Jewish university students are abused for supporting Israel, and the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement is becoming increasingly assertive. The Board of Deputies of British Jews is the democratically elected representative body of the Jewish community. It has the responsibility to advocate on behalf of all sections of the community to the government, civil service and other bodies. It is vital its team is capable of representing the community as effectively as possible. For six years, I represented the community as president of the United Synagogue and president of the Chief Rabbinate Trust. In those roles, I became familiar with the challenges
I'm a relentless advocate for our community
Sheila Gewolb, bottow row, meets with the Muslim Council of Wales
edge of older Deputies while bringing in new people. I'd create a new role of Senior Deputy, whereby a longstanding Deputy could hand over the reins to another constituency member and give mentoring support. This would avoid the ‘cliff-edge’ termination of tenure, and acknowledge the standing of long service to the Board.
We must recognise the difficulties small communities face with dwindling numbers and fewer children attending Jewish schools. We must engage with those who require help and commit to addressing their concerns. The most important task for the Board's president is to defend and protect our community from anti-Semitic
attacks and the deligitimisation of Israel. The Board needs a forceful, dynamic champion. I've already demonstrated my ability to lead discussions where anti-Semitism is an issue – I recently led a delegation from the South Wales Jewish community to meet with the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Wales (MCW) to resolve the issue of anti-Semitic comments on social media and resolved the situation. The offending material was removed, a full unreserved apology received, and an undertaking by the MCW to run an educational programme is to be instituted. If elected, I'd be a relentless advocate for British Jewry, tenaciously protecting our religious practices of brit milah and shechita, and speaking out forcefully to defend Israel by challenging boycott, divestment and sanctions activity and anti-Zionist rhetoric.
I have the skill, vision and motivation to lead
of dealing with government departments, politicians and civil servants. I have played major division and senior roles at the Board and, as cochair of Milah UK, have made the complex case for brit milah in the media. My business career has been spent in the technology sector. As founder of HomeChoice TV, the world’s first broadband streaming video on demand service, I dealt constantly with politicians, civil servants and regulators. I negotiated complex contracts with senior executives of telecommunications, media and technology corporations. These experiences have prepared me for the role of Board president, which comes with the vital responsibility of representing the UK Jewish community's views. The Board’s stature within and beyond the community is considerable. But there are areas that are ripe
Simon Hochhauser, centre, with Lords Sacks and Kestenbaum
for enhancement, and it is on these areas I would focus. If I am elected: • We will put in place processes to help Deputies and the Board better reflect the views of their constituents. • We will ensure we have the digital expertise and resources to put across the message of the achievements and
concerns of our community. • We will work with Deputies to ensure the vital work of the Board is understood across the community. • We will set a programme and clear targets for further contributors and donors to increase the Board's financial resources.
• We will expand Board representation to a wider group of people who aren't members of groups currently affiliated to it. • We will further assist and encourage women to join and participate in our work. • We will involve more young people in our deliberations and active work. We'll expand our base of younger Deputies, give leadership training and encourage our future leaders to join and participate at all levels. • We will further develop our work with communities outside London. • We will build on the recent excellent bond built up between the Board and the Jewish Leadership Council at both lay leader and staff levels. I have the skills, motivation, vision and programme to lead our community. If elected, I'll dedicate myself fully to that over the next three years.
3 May 2018
Board Of Deputies election / Special Report
set out their stalls MARIE VAN DER ZYL
VICE PRESIDENT, BOARD OF DEPUTIES The British Jewish community is a phenomenal success story. For more than 250 years, the Board of Deputies has stood up for the Jewish way of life. However, we are at a critical point; anti-Semitism is on the rise and, following the recent meeting with Jeremy Corbyn, shows no sign of abating in the Labour Party. Our fundamental Jewish traditions, from brit milah to shechita, are under an unprecedented attack. Our community needs an advocate to stand up for our traditions and to defend our human rights. As the Board's vice president, for three years, I have chaired the defence and interfaith relations division. I have led the fight on all of these issues and I believe in standing up for our rights. I was the first to call out the Chakrabarti report for what it was, a "whitewash"; I have been at the forefront of the recent burial campaign against the introduction of the
so-called "cab rank rule" by coroner Mary Hassell; and I've travelled the UK, reaching out to every corner of our community to fight anti-Semitism, defend Israel and promote interfaith work. I'm reminded of the strength, talent and altruism of British Jews every day. I grew up in Redbridge in a thriving Jewish community. I taught cheder classes at Wanstead and Woodford United Synagogue, joined the Bnei Akiva youth movement and was a proud member of the Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade (JLGB). This gave me the confidence to stand tall as a Jew. As a law student in Liverpool, I lived in Hillel House and in my mid20s and 30s focused on my career, establishing myself as a leading employment lawyer and partner in a law firm. My work and skills are based upon standing up against inequality and discrimination. I have acted for charities, organisations, vulnerable
VICE-PRESIDENT, EUROPEAN JEWISH CONGRESS The Labour anti-Semitism row has been challenging for our community. But it need not be a crisis. Crises occur when there is no strategy or planning. By working so effectively together and placing the issue in the public eye, the Board and the Jewish Leadership Council have successfully forced the Labour leader to change his tone of voice. We have proved our detractors wrong and shown we know how to stand up strongly for the community’s interests. But now we need to ensure Jeremy Corbyn’s change of tone is matched by real action. That means thinking ahead, being bold and showing courage, as I did by travelling to Iraq. We need more than demonstrations. Fighting anti-Semitism requires not just censure, but also engagement. We need a programme of education and training across the political spectrum and society at large to ensure a better understanding not just of antiSemitism but all forms of racism. And
Next generation must have voice they deserve
Marie van der Zyl, pictured with Adrian Cohen and Boris Johnson
individuals and other faith groups. I've been a member of Mill Hill Synagogue for four years and serve on the management board of West London Synagogue, where my family are active members. As a young mother, I fought
against cancer and this battle made me want to do more for our community and support others. In a changing world, the next few years will be vital. I look at my two daughters and know that we must secure the future for the next generation.
One of my daughters attends Immanuel College and has followed in my footsteps as a keen member of the JLGB, which I’m proud to represent as their Deputy. I will want to ensure young people, working closely across all our youth movements and student groups, have the voice they deserve and share in the future decision-making of our community. As Board president, I'll continue to fight against anti-Semitism. I'll defend Israel’s legitimacy and its centrality to Jewish identity. I'll strengthen the many interfaith relationships I have enjoyed building during the past three years. Above all, I'll champion Jewish life across the UK. I want to speak to you about your most important issues and what you want from the Board. As your vice president, I’ve stood up to anti-Semitism and as your president I’ll stand up for you.
Our community leaders must listen, not just talk
Edwin Shuker says fighting anti-Semitism requires engagement
the Board needs to build broad alliances with other communities to fight all forms of racism. Racism damages not only its victims but also the society that harbours it. As an immigrant community we know this better than most and so we stand with all those who suffer from discrimination.
But nor must we forget that we are the most vibrant, creative and resourceful of communities. We have achieved so much, so we must never allow ourselves to be defined by the threats we face or by negativity. Forty-seven years ago, I arrived on these shores as a refugee, having escaped from the terror and public
hangings of Jews in Baghdad. Britain gave me a home, an education, opportunities and a community. It enabled me to become a vice-president of the European Jewish Congress, an envoy of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate, a trustee of Mitzvah Day and an adviser to Limmud International. That’s what life in Britain has given me and so we must not forget that whatever challenges we face, Britain is first and foremost a land of opportunity. So I want us to be a role model for all of British society. I want us to be proud of our schools, our social care services and our culture. I want us to share our experiences with all those who want to learn from us. I want us to be leaders in interfaith relations, creating alliances that enable us to support and stand with others – and for them to stand with us. To this end, I have the advantage of being steeped in many cultures. I want us to be a shining example
of a community that engages its young people, cares for its elderly and utilises the skills of all its members by an inclusive attitude to women. But to do this, the Board needs to be a place for listening, not just talking, drawing on the skills and amazing expertise of all our Deputies. I will be a listening president, building on the consensus arising from the Enough is Enough campaign. There is so much more to do: confronting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, supporting our students on the campus frontline, making the case for our cherished rituals and traditions. I'll look for participation and partnership from communities and Deputies to address these and other issues. I'll open up our plenary meetings and will empower Deputies to set our policies and the work of our divisions. I want you to set the agenda and then I want to be your voice. I can imagine no greater honour.
Jewish News 3 May 2018
News / Hezbollah flag / Domestic abuse
Javid urged: Ban hate flag New Home Secretary Sajid Javid has been urged to give “personal attention” to tackling public support for Hezbollah in the UK. The ex-Communities Secretary’s promotion was warmly greeted by Jewish organisations, which highlighted his record speaking out against anti-Semitism and opposing boycotts of Israel. But six weeks before Hezbollah flags are again expected to be waved in central London at the annual Al Quds Day rally, Javid was urged to act. The government currently makes a distinction between the political and military wings of the group, only proscribing the latter. However, the group has only one flag, which bears a gun, but the loophole in the law enabled signs to be fixed to the flags signalling support for the political part.
Matthew Offord, MP for Hendon, told Jewish News he has written to the new home secretary, calling on him to proscribe Hezbollah “in its entirety”, after Amber Rudd failed to do so, despite repeated calls from the community and London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Jewish Labour MP Louise Ellman, the vice-chair of Labour Friends of Israel, wrote to Javid and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, asking her for clarification on whether Hezbollah flags will be allowed at this year’s march. She said the “flouting” of the law was “an affront to Britain’s commitments to fight extremism and a cause of serious distress to the Jewish community, which has to witness an annual display of
support for an organisation which seeks their destruction”. She called on Javid to give “personal attention to the issue”, either by fully proscribing Hezbollah or clarifying the law regarding the flying of its flag. Welcoming his appointment, the Community Security Trust said it “hoped to continue working with you to protect our Jewish community”, while the Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council thanked him for his support for the community to date. Karen Pollock, CEO of the Holocaust Educational Trust, hailed Javid as “a true champion of our cause”. Michael McCann, p20
DOMESTIC ABUSE CASES RISE BY 40% Continued from page 1 Dickson said recent research showed that – on average – Jewish women in abusive relationships wait more than 12 years, suffering abuse on 35 occasions, before making their first call. She added that women’s increased confidence to do so earlier this year is partly attributable to the #MeToo movement. “If you hear someone saying ‘it
happened to me’, that helps,” said Dickson. “There has been a huge cultural change in the wider community that has empowered women to speak up about abuse and I am sure it is having an impact in our own community.” However, she told 250 supporters attending the lunch at London Marriott Hotel Regents Park that the charity’s
advertising campaign and training and education programmes – while obviously having an effect – still cost money. “We need more resources than ever to give the support and help needed,” she said. “Our funding is increasingly unsustainable. We used to receive one third of our income from statutory contracts, but this is now less than 10 percent.”
Jewish women should never suffer in silence BY NAOMI DICKSON
CEO, JEWISH WOMEN’S AID
Reports of domestic abuse are always shocking. The past three months have been especially so for Jewish Women’s Aid (JWA), during which we have experienced the highest ever volume of women contacting us for support. I attribute the 40 percent increase on previous periods this year partly to the #MeToo movement, which has heightened consciousness of domestic abuse and sexual harassment worldwide. Our community should also take credit for the increase in awareness. Last November, we partnered with the Board of Deputies and asked community leaders across the UK to speak out about domestic abuse. Community rabbis, along with their chairs, welfare teams and other leaders, reinforced JWA’s message that domestic abuse is happening in our
community, and that JWA is here to help. I thank them for their support. They have helped to give women living in untenable situations the courage to admit to themselves and others that they are being abused by their partner, and to come forward and ask for help. We are supporting women who are affected by physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse – and who were brave enough to name it. We are helping to reduce the risk they and their children are living with, and increasing their chances of living a safer, freer life. I’m still deeply concerned that women who have sought our help over the past year have, on average, been living in an abusive relationship for 12 ½ years. This is still far too high, and I would like JWA, together with the community, to aim to reduce this. We are working towards the day when women don’t feel they need to suffer in silence, and can reach out for the right support as soon as they need it.
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News / Faith focus / TV documentary / Army honour
PMfor praise for for Jewish News initiative TWENTY ONE
The prime minister this week welcomed a joint Jewish, Christian and Muslim effort to celebrate young people under the age of 35 from each faith community who are spearheading inter-faith dialogue. In a statement on Wednesday, Theresa May lauded the initiative, co-sponsored by Jewish News, Church TWENTY Times and BritishONE Muslim TV, ahead of nominations for “those shaping interfaith cooperation in Britain”. “While religion is often used to draw dividing lines between us, the truth is that Jews, Christians and Muslims share many values, principles
leaders from each faith. They and beliefs,” she said. “By highlighting the work of may be leading projects, 21 inspirational young people, running organisations or creating dialogue. Those feathis initiative will do tured on the final list much to break down – selected by a disartificial barriers tinguished panel between faiths, of faith leaders helping us to and Downing build stronger Street advisor communities Jonathan Heland showing TWENTY ONE lewell – will be the world that, profiled in the when we all news and invited stand together, to a reception at Lamreligion can be an beth Palace in November. important force for good.” The three media outlets The panel will be chaired by joined forces with Coexist Andrew Gilbert. “The narrative of faiths House in the task of identifying seven 21st century in constant conflict is all too
dominant today, often perpetuated by the media,” said a spokesman for the project. “Through this collaboration, we look forward to shining a light on those demonstrating in their work and their lives how their faith makes them more open, not less, to friendships and social action.” The project will conclude around national Interfaith Week and, fittingly, close to the 70th birthday of Prince Charles, who has made furthering interfaith relations a priority. • Nominations can be submitted via 21421.co.uk until 29 June.
Theresa May with Chief Rabbi Mirvis in Downing Street
BBC explores what it means to be British and Jewish questions facing the Jewish community in 2018”. As well as exploring the nature of their faith and their culture, and how it fits into modern society, they will also explore what many believe is a rise in anti-Semitism both here and abroad, meeting those affected, including Jewish students. In Israel they will live on
a kibbutz and meet people from across the religious and political divide, from Jewish settlers in Hebron to a Palestinian farmer whose land has been bulldozed by the Israeli security forces.
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ter’s largely-Orthodox community, before travelling to a kibbutz, touring Israel and the West Bank. The show, called Kibbutz, is a new religion and ethics commission, with documentary makers saying the eight individuals have “a broad range of opinions, beliefs and practices” who will “examine some of the most pressing
A scene filmed on Masada from the upcoming BBC programme Kibbutz
LONDONER WINS ISRAEL AWARD A British Jewish woman who made aliyah in 2009 and became a major in the Israeli army has been awarded a prize from an organisation helping Brits move to Israel. London-born Major Keren Hajioff, a senior figure in the IDF’s diplomacy unit, this week won the 2018 Sylvan Adams Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize for Young Leadership, one of seven total recipients. The prize recognises the achievements of “outstanding Anglo olim and their contribution to the state of Israel”. Hajioff, who was named in Jewish News’ prestigious Aliyah List, moved to Israel soon after completing her secondary school studies and
Honour: Keren Hajioff
joined the IDF as an instructor in the Artillery Corps. She went on to become head of information and policy in the Ground Forces Foreign Relations Branch, then foreign relations and international student officer at the Israel National Defense
College, where she was promoted to the rank of Captain a year early. She is now head of public diplomacy in the IDF spokesperson’s unit. Among the other prize winners were Australia-born lawyer Arsen Ostrovsky, who made aliyah from New York. An expert on anti-Semitism and the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, he was recently voted one of the most “influential Jewish people on Twitter”. Another prize winner was Linda Streit, who left London for Israel 40 years ago. She founded the Daniel Amichai Centre for Rowing and Nautical Studies in memory of her son, Daniel Amichai Marcus.
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MIRVIS LEADS 41 RABBIS ON TOUR
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The BBC is to air a two-part documentary showing eight British Jews travelling around the UK and Israel exploring aspects of their Jewish identity and what it means in 2018. The two 60-minute programmes, to be broadcast on BBC Two in the autumn, will show them in the heart of Manches-
HUNDREDS CELEBRATE ISRAEL’S 70TH Israel’s Ambassador to the UK Mark Regev adresses a crowd of more than 800 people toasting Israel’s 70th anniversary in central London on Tuesday.
The Chief Rabbi has led the first twoday study trip to Europe, accompanying 41 UK-based rabbis through the continent’s historic centres of Jewish life. They went through France and Germany, visiting sites where renowned rabbis lived, learned and taught, and also met with community leaders. Historian Rabbi Aubrey Hersh helped explain the background to sites in Worms, Frankfurt, Strasbourg and Metz.
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World News / Iran warning / News briefs
Iran ‘deceiving world’ Iran has “deceived the world” Saying they included by secretly working on its “incriminating” documents, nuclear programme since charts, presentations, bluesigning the 2015 agreement and prints, photos and videos, NetIsrael has 55,000 documents to anyahu explained: “These files prove it, Benjamin Netanyahu conclusively prove that Iran said on Monday. was brazenly lying when it said The dramatic announce- it never had a nuclear weapons ment, just days before US Pres- programme,” in an address ident Donald Trump was due headed ‘Atomic Archive’. to announce whether he would He said the documents pull out of the groundbreaking showed Iran lied about never international nuclear accord, having a nuclear programme was immediately rubbished by and lied to atomic inspectors, Iran’s foreign minister. adding: “Work is continuing.” Speaking in English in a Tehran, which has denied highly-publicised address, ever seeking nuclear weapons, the Israeli prime minister dismissed Mr Netanyahu’s showed part of what he said move as a “ridiculous” show but were “exact copies” of secret did not address the documents documents obtained by Israeli produced by Netanyahu. intelligence from the Iranian It remains to be seen capital Tehran. whether the documents will Showing pictures of what be shared or alter the commithe described as Iran’s secret ment to continue honouring document storage, he said: “In the nuclear agreement of the a great intelligence achieve- European counter-parties, ment, Israel obtained half a including Britain, France and tonne of material inside these Germany, or of Russia and vaults. We got 55,000 pages China. and another 50,000 files on Commentators said it 180 was likely the US president JGTCDs.” Advert 165x260mm v1.qxp_JN advert 165x260mm 24/04/2018
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‘I’M MOST PROUD OF SCHINDLER’S LIST’ Steven Spielberg has said he has never felt the “sense of real meaningful accomplishment” about any of his films that he experienced with Schindler’s List. The film-maker made the claim at a Tribeca Film Festival event last week marking the 1993 Oscar-winning film’s 25th anniversary. Speaking alongside stars of the film, including Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley, he said: “I have never felt, since Schindler’s List, the same kind of pride and sense of real, meaningful accomplishment.”
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Netanyahu says smuggled documents prove Iran has lied about its nuclear programme
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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said that Jews caused the Holocaust with “social behaviour” like moneylending. Speaking on Monday in the West Bank city of Ramallah, at an event attended by Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, Abbas also said Jews do not have a historical connection to Israel. He said: “Israel is a colonial project that has nothing to do with Jews. Europeans wanted to bring Jews here to preserve regional interests.”
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World News / Saudi ultimatum / Post-Brexit alliance
‘Make peace or shut up’ Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler is reported to have told Jewish leaders in New York that missed peace opportunities were down to the Palestinians – and they should aim to agree terms or “shut up”. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who met the representatives in New York during a visit to the United States last month, was quoted by journalist Barak Ravid of Israel’s Channel 10, reporting for Axios. The son of the king, who heads the most important Saudi ministries, reportedly said: “In the last several decades, the Palestinian leadership has missed one opportunity after the other and rejected all the peace proposals it was given. It is about time the Palestinians take the proposals and agree to come to the negotiations table or shut up and stop complaining.” Among the high-level audience were the leaders of American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Federations of North America, B’nai B’rith, and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. It is the latest example of the young Saudi ruler’s thinking on the Middle East conflict, and comes only a month after he said both Israelis and Palestinians “have a right to their own land”, in a seemingly
ANGER AT HITLER ANALOGY A peer who likened Theresa May’s approach to Brexit to that of Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany should withdraw his “disgusting” remarks, a Jewish former minister has said. During the report stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill on Monday night in the House of Lords, Liberal Democrat Lord Roberts of Llandudno said: “My mind went back to Berlin in March 1933 when the enabling Bill was passed in the Reichstag, which transferred the democratic
right from Parliament into the hands of one man – that was the Chancellor, and his name was Adolf Hitler.” Robert Halfon, raising a point of order in the Commons the following day, said: “As someone who is Jewish, and someone who is very proud of our Parliament, I find these remarks absolutely disgusting and shameful. “It’s shameful for our country, it’s shameful for our Parliament and completely unacceptable.”
REPORT: BREXIT OPTIONS Mohammed bin Salman said Palestinians missed peace opportunities
dramatic policy shift. Ravid said the crown prince also made the point that the Palestinian issue was not a priority for the Saudi government, which “has much more urgent and important issues to deal with” – like Iran. Saudi and Israeli leaders have found they have a common foe in Iran, and although Saudi Arabia still has no official links to Israel, executives have repeatedly hinted at under-the-radar co-operation. Saudi and Gulf pressure on the Pales-
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Brexit presents an opportunity for the UK and Israel to work even more closely in the field of cyber security, according to a UK-Israel think tank, but “political problems” at British universities are leading to “resistance”. The analysis comes in a report published this week by the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM), which looks at opportunities for bilateral links post-Brexit,
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West Bank attacks / Special Report
Hate by another name T
he Sa’adah Mosque was still smouldering when the first worshippers arrived at 5am, but residents of the Palestinian village of Akraba soon knew the fire was no accident – the words ‘Price Tag’ and ‘Death’ were written on the walls in Hebrew. Nachman Shai, Deputy Speaker of Israel’s parliament and former spokesman for the IDF, didn’t mince his words when he found out. “These people are not Jews,” he said of the April attack. “Whoever is not respecting the prayer house of others is not worth that his own prayer house should be respected.” That the attack took place immediately after Holocaust Memorial Day made it worse, he said. “After Yom HaShoah, Jews are setting a prayer house on fire… 80 years ago, in November 1938, you had Kristalnacht – Nazis burned synagogues all over Germany. This is how the annihilation of the Jewish people started in Europe.” Other parliamentarians, including Amir Peretz, a former defence minister, have pressed for action and condemnation from the top, with Israel’s domestic intelligence service Shin Bet
revealing last week that there had been 13 such attacks in the first four months of 2018 alone, compared to eight in total last year. Yet the ongoing ‘price tag’ attacks by Jewish religious nationalists in the West Bank haven’t made many headlines outside the region. Occasionally the issue will explode into mainstream news, as in 2015, when settlers set fire to a house in Duma while a Palestinian family slept inside, killing three, including an 18-month-old baby. Protagonists of the price tag attacks – so-called because attackers say they are reprisals for acts of Palestinian violence or acts against settlements by the Israeli government – are seldom caught. Among the most disturbing incidents is also the most recent. On Tuesday of last week, more than 20 cars and properties were vandalised in two different Arab areas – East Jerusalem and northern Galilee. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said they were investigating, with forensics teams on-site. Yet even before Akraba, there had already been two such attacks in April. In the village of Far’ata, five cars were vandalised with the
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In the wake of yet another arson attack against a West Bank mosque, Stephen Oryszczuk looks at the growing problem of ‘price tagging’
A firefighter puts out a blaze at the Church of Loaves and Fishes near the Sea of Galilee
Hebrew words for ‘administrative price tag’, in shores of the Sea of Galilee, was gutted by fire set reference to the orders banning Jewish extrem- by two religious-nationalists. Two people were ists from entering parts of the West Bank. In the injured. Again, Hebrew graffiti was found at the Beit Hanina area of East Jerusalem, tyres were site, denouncing the worship of idols. Dovish Israeli groups and even IDF bases slashed and graffiti spray-painted on cars. In January’s attack in the East Jerusalem have been targeted too, and Israeli authorities, area of Beit Safafa, cars were not vandalised but who have long recognised the wider problem of burned, the words ‘price tag’ and ‘death to Arabs’ Jewish extremism in the West Bank, last month heralded a breakscrawled nearby, through, when whereas in the vilthree brothers lage of Beit Iksa, home from the settlewalls were daubed ment of Nahliel with race hate. were convicted of In February, ‘death being members of to Arabs’ and ‘relocaa terror cell and tion now’ was written sentenced to five on cars in the village years in prison. of Jit, near Nablus, One or more the attackers also of the brothers adding the name was an IDF solof Yitzhak Gabay, a Graffiti on a Palestinian house outside Ma’ale dier when perJewish extremist con- Levona states: ‘Jews Wake Up!’, ‘Death to the petrating the victed of setting fire to Arabs’ and ‘Revenge!’ attacks, which a Jewish-Arab school included throwing gas grenades at a house near in Jerusalem. Attackers often spell out their reasoning in Ramallah where a family with a nine-year-old detail. In an attack on cars in the East Jerusalem boy were sleeping. Gadi Gvaryahu, chairman area of Pisgat Ze’ev in March, residents woke to of anti-racism forum Tag Meir, formed in reacgraffiti reading: “Arabs of Jerusalem are terror- tion to the first attacks, said the Jewish extremists, expel them or kill them.” Another read: “Let ists “will only make the walls of hatred higher us deal with them.” Another: “There is no place in and endanger the lives of innocents”. The group says it had to petition Israel’s High Israel for foreigners and the enemies of God.” In the village of Nabi Saleh, perpetrators Court of Justice “to pressure law enforcement of wrote ‘Death to Ahed Tamimi’, a Palestinian inciters and perpetrators of hate crime”. Netanyahu has criticised the price-tag attacks teenager convicted of slapping a soldier. Days earlier, in the village of Silwan, they targeted cars, but stopped short of calling the perpetrators ‘terwriting ‘Regards from Itamar,’ in reference to rorists,’ saying it does not compare to Hamas. Rabbi Itamar Ben-Gal, 29, the father-of-four who Israeli President Reuven Rivlin went further, saying: “Burning holy places of worship is terror was stabbed to death in February. In the village of Einabus, the Israeli human and it needs to be taken care of like terror.” Israeli police say they are doing what they rights charity Yesh Din documented how masked Jewish men attacked a shepherd with sticks can. On 4 April, officers stopped a bus of Jewish before killing five of his sheep then running off extremists heading towards the Palestinian village of Umm al-Fahm to protest against a mosque towards the Yitzhar settlement. Yet Jewish extremists have not limited them- accused of radicalising residents. Had the protest selves to Palestinians and mosques. In June 2015, gone ahead, police said it would “present a real the Benedictine Monastery in Tabgha, on the danger to human life and public safety”.
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Organisers at a pre-army training centre have been arrested after 10 Israeli teenagers died in flash floods last Thursday while hiking in the Arava area south of the Dead Sea. Rescue workers on-site at Nahal Tzafit said the victims, nine of whom were women, were all aged 18. They were named as Maayan Barhum, Agam Levy, Yael Sadan, Ella Or, Ilan Bar Shalom, Romi Cohen, Gali Balel, Shani Samir, Tzur Alfi and Adi Ra’anan. Among the many tributes was a joint statement from Or’s siblings, who said she was “the most beautiful flower, with the most charming and sweet smile, always caring, always embracing, always optimistic, the most talented and successful sister in the family”. Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz this week reported that one staff member at the Bnei Zion pre-military academy had warned about the adverse weather conditions before the hike and suggested it be cancelled. On Friday, three staff members were reportedly arrested over the deaths. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the entire state “grieves for the promising young lives that were cut off by the grave disaster in the Arava”. Amid questions and anger from parents, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the 25 students had been “caught off guard”,
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Your weekly digest of stories from the international press CZECH REPUBLIC UNITED STATES The Czech Republic will appoint an honorary consul in Jerusalem, the first in a three-step process to move the country’s embassy to Jerusalem. Czech President Milos Zeman made the announcement last week. ‘The Czech Republic has decided to open an honorary consulate in West Jerusalem, and a cultural centre, also in West Jerusalem,’ a statement said.
UKRAINE Top row from left: Maayan Barhum, Agam Levy, Yael Sadan, Ella Or, Ilan Bar Shalom. Bottom row from left: Romi Cohen, Gali Balel, Shani Samir, Tzur Alfi and Adi Ra’anan
with some “washed away” by the heavy rains that had been falling for two days. The Dead Sea is the world’s lowest point, at about 1,400 feet below sea level, and is surrounded by desert and arid cliffs, meaning that rain can come rushing down the steep descents, causing sudden and violent torrents in otherwise dry spots. It also emerged one of the young women who died expressed concern in a WhatsApp message before setting off. Israel Television News Company reported she wrote: “I can’t believe I’m going hiking in weather like this. It doesn’t make sense to go to a place that’s completely flooded. It’s tempting fate.
We’re going to die – I’m serious.” The flash floods also claimed the lives of four other youngsters, including one aged nine and another aged 10, found in a reservoir near the El-Fuwar refugee camp south of Hebron. A day earlier, a 16-year-old died in the Negev and a 17-year-old Palestinian girl was swept away near Bethlehem. Police and army helicopters and drones were forced to suspend their search and rescue operation owing to the conditions. Officers are still looking for 47-yearold truck driver and father-of-four Ayman Jaber. Some flooding occurred over minefields, so military experts were called in.
Christian villagers of Rafalivka in the Rivne region of Ukraine have conducted a community clean-up of the abandoned Jewish cemetery. Volunteer parishioner Serhiy Savonyk said: ‘We want to preserve the Jewish cemetery for history. For the Jewish people it was tragic in these places.’
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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s anti-Semitism envoy said he is ‘not surprised’ Jews want to leave Germany. Felix Klein’s comments follow a rally of support for the Jewish community in Berlin, after an Israeli man wearing a kippah was beaten up. Klein plans to set up a nationwide hate-crime recording register.
CHIEF MEETS ETHIOPIAN JEWS Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin met members of the Ethiopian Jewish community during a visit to the country this week.
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Record numbers of Russian-speaking Jews attended Limmud FSU’s annual conference in Moscow, with Israeli ministers among the speakers. More than 2,000 people, most of whom were young Jews, passed through the doors of the cultural conference’s 12th festival of learning, with more than 350 lectures, sessions, panels and performances. Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar attended, alongside Israel’s Minister of Aliyah and Integration Sofa Landver, Israel’s Ambassador to Russia, Gary Koren, and his predecessor, Dorit Golender. Since its inception 35 years ago, Limmud has become one of the most successful Jewish cultural events in the world, with scores of conferences in 43 countries. The Russian-speaking world established its own variant – Limmud FSU – 12 years ago and this year welcomed guests from around the world, with supporters including Genesis Philanthropy Group, Nativ, Claims Conference, Euro-Asian Jewish Congress and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. “It was my first time at Limmud FSU,” said 25-year-old participant Daria. “I was told by my friend it was an amazing event I had to experience and, after these three days, I feel so lucky that I decided to come. This is the most powerful Jewish event I’ve ever been to here in Russia.” For adults, there was a range of well-known
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Limmud FSU partipants during a Havdalah ceremony. Left: Limmud FSU president Aaron G. Frenkel, Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar and Limmud FSU co-founder Chaim Chesler
names attending this year’s Moscow event, including acclaimed composer Sergey Nikitin and TV journalist Nikolai Svanidze, while there was a full programme of activities laid on for the children attending. “We were all extremely happy to be here right after Israel’s 70 anniversary to celebrate with more than 2,000 youngsters at our flagship event for the 12th time,” said co-founder of Limmud FSU Chaim Chesler. Fellow co-founder Sandy Cahn said: “We hope to continue to grow and strengthen our amazing community here in Moscow. It’s truly inspiring.” Meanwhile, Chief Rabbi Lazar said Russian President Vladimir Putin was up to speed on issues affecting the Jewish community, saying he “knows all about the synagogues in different cities”. Praising the president, Lazar – who revealed Putin are matzah year-round “while drinking tea” – added: “A lot of good things that are taking place in the community are thanks to Putin, for example the establishment of the Jewish Museum. He even contributed one of his salaries to this important project.” On regional issues, Lazar said Russia’s intervention in Syria would be to the advantage of Israel, saying: “Syria under ISIS’s control is thousands of times more dangerous to Israel than [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad’s reign... There is a strong coordination between Russia and Israel regarding what is happening.”
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Good riddance to cab-rank rule
We’ve witnessed a legal victory against the policy of inflexibility. The case, as most of us now know, concerned the infamous “cab-rank rule” of Mary Hassell, senior coroner for Inner North London, whose patch includes Hackney and the highly religious Orthodox community. Their battle – waged by way of judicial review – ended in a judgment declaring the rigidity of her policy unlawful. It was a big moment for Britain’s Jews. It means that countless families will now be reassured that the thing they hold important – a speedy burial – now has the support of the country’s most senior judges. In one sense, you could feel sorry for Hassell – her former boss (the previous chief coroner) said in writing that no death should be prioritised over any other, and her current boss (the chief coroner) thought her policy was “excellent” before it hit the desks of MPs, when he then decided it was “unlawful” after all. But sympathy for Hassell is understandably in short supply, because since taking up her position in 2013, the “cab-rank rule” was but the latest in a serious of offences. First came the withdrawal of her out-of-hours service, then in 2014 came her insistence that an invasive autopsy be performed on a Jewish man who had died, when his family had sought a non-invasive CT scan instead. Then, as now, judges were asked to rule on the matter – and ruled against her. In that particular case, a CT scan was eventually used, and proved decisive in establishing cause of death. It is this stubbornness, this “rigidity,” that has so irked the community. Religious Jews live all over the country, not just in Inner North London, and no other such concerns have been reported. So we say mazeltov to those who were instrumental in bringing about this judgment. The job now is to take this ruling from the courts to the coroners across the land. The reassuring take-home message is this: faith matters.
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Columnist Joseph Finlay tells us he believes the main threats to Jews “come primarily from resurgent nationalism, anti-immigrant sentiment and a Brexit narrative”. May I ask what planet he inhabits? It seems he needs to wake up. The main threat that the
Jews face comes from one main source – the mixture of Islamic anti-Semitism, mixed with a left-wing view that sees ‘Zios’ (ie Jews) as the source of all that is wrong in the world.
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The case for Israel to join Commonwealth In his article (Common ground for Jews and the Commonwealth, 19 April), Zaki Cooper speculated on whether Israel might one day join the Commonwealth. Stranger ideas have been mooted. Mr Cooper correctly points out that Israel is a former British territory. The British Empire provided the historical arc that connects all Commonwealth countries and in the Israel of today, the UK’s imprint is all around. Israeli politicians take pride in
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reminding us in the UK that their legal and political institutions are modelled on our own. Israel’s democratic system and free-market values mirror our own. The English language is widely spoken, British music and football widely loved and some Israeli streets even named after prominent British figures such as Allenby, Montefiore and Balfour. The Duke of Cambridge’s visit to Israel this summer – the first official Royal engagement with the Jewish State – can only strengthen the bonds between our two countries. Israel enjoys thriving relations with leading Commonwealth countries including India, the Commonwealth’s largest democracy, and Africa, the next economic frontier. There’s a case to be made. Why not start the conversation?
Your recent interview with Jeremy Corbyn did nothing but allow him to wheel out the same old statements. You needed to start with the question you inexplicably left for last, namely the issue of Ken Livingstone. From his answer to that alone, it was clear he has no intention of matching rhetoric with action. You succeeded only in giving Corbyn publicity for “engaging with the Jewish community”, when his every response came no nearer to resolving the issues. Corbyn condescended to talk to the Jewish community now only because his outrageous Facebook comments about the mural have come back to haunt him in a way even he can’t just ignore. Not to mention imminent local elections.
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Time to end an absolute wrong on Hezbollah MICHAEL MCCANN
DIRECTOR, ISRAEL BRITAIN ALLIANCE
common complaint is that all politicians are in it for themselves. I disagree. Most politicians, regardless of party, are committed to public service. Only every once and a while is there a day with an absolute right and an absolute wrong. On all other days, issues are multidimensional and divide opinion. Brexit, for example. The people your decisions offend accuse you of having an ulterior motive. It’s part of the job description.But people unite when politicians get it absolutely wrong. Here’s an example. The Al Quds march and rally, organised each year by the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC), incites hatred and radicalises its participants. Last year, just after the London Bridge terror attack, the government, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and the Metropolitan Police allowed participants to march down the streets of central London waving Hezbollah flags and spouting vile slogans.
The IHRC director Nazim Ali, said: “It is the Zionists who give money to the Tory party, to kill people in high rise blocks…. Careful, careful, careful of those rabbis who belong to the Board of Deputies, who have got blood on their hands.” Further statements were also made during the event, including: “The state of Israel must go”, and “everyone knows that Zionist Israel and ISIS are the same”. Not only are these comments offensive, they breach the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism, which the government claims to have adopted. The reference to the Grenfell Tower fire was deeply distressing for the congregants of the local synagogue at St James’ Gardens. After the fire, despite being an integral part of the community, they were made to feel vulnerable and potential targets. These matters are known to the police. The Crown Prosecution Service chose not to prosecute. And as you digest those facts, try and suppress your disbelief when you read this. These are the IHRC instructions on the use of the Hezbollah flag at their rally: “Flags displayed to show support for a proscribed
HEZBOLLAH ONLY HAS ONE FLAG – A RIFLE AT THE END OF A CLENCHED FIST
(illegal) organisation will not be allowed. For example, you can bring a Hezbollah flag to show support for the political wing of Hezbollah. This is because the political wing of Hezbollah is not a proscribed organisation.” Hezbollah only has one damn flag; it’s an assault rifle at the end of a clenched fist! You couldn’t make it up. And here starts the political blame game. Khan says he is powerless to act – but wait, doesn’t he have the power to set police priorities in the capital? Is stopping incitement and radicalisation not a police priority? He blames the home secretary, who also has the power to stop incitement and radicalisation. Sajid Javid can proscribe Hezbollah and ban
their vile flag from our streets. Instead, his predecessors have (falsely) claimed that Hezbollah has a military wing and a political wing. Note for our new home secretary: Hezbollah has one single leadership that directs its parliamentary work and jihad actions. But behind the Home Office we have the puppet master, the Foreign Office, which is really calling the shots on Hezbollah. Desperate to keep channels open with ‘moderate’ elements of Hezbollah – that don’t exist – while simultaneously endangering the British people by allowing incitement and radicalisation to take place in plain view. The Israel Britain Alliance, its partners and supporters have had enough. This is an absolute wrong that politicians must right. Our campaign starts this week. We call on MPs to demand that the home secretary stops the Al Quds march and bans Hezbollah. Khan says he’ll support him, the Metropolitan Police will be thankful for the clarity and the public will say, finally, they’ve listened and done the right thing. To join the campaign visit: www.israelbritain.org.uk/JNALQUDS
Burial ruling came down to simple humanity ADAM WAGNER
HUMAN RIGHTS BARRISTER
n a week in which the leader of the Labour Party has again been accused of being incapable of understanding the concerns of the Jewish community, it was reassuring to see a High Court ruling that shows sensitivity and respect for Jewish rituals. Coroners hold an ancient judicial role and it comes with significant responsibility. They investigate deaths when the cause is unclear or suspicious. Their investigations can delay burials and this has important implications for Jewish and Muslim communities, whose customs require burial within 24 hours. Most coroners across the UK have good working relationships with Jewish and Muslim communities. Not Mary Hassell, the senior coroner for north London. Last year, she decided to implement a ‘cab-rank’ policy, stating that “no death will be prioritised in any way over any other because of the religion of the deceased or family”. The policy was challenged by a local Jewish woman, Ita Cymerman, and the Adath Yisroel
Burial Society. They were successful. Lord Justice Singh and Mrs Justice Whipple forensically deconstructed the senior coroner’s policy and at the same time highlighted how important human rights and equalities laws can be in protecting religious life in the UK. There is a lot to admire in this detailed ruling but, ultimately, it came down to common sense. That’s no surprise as the European Convention on Human Rights was drafted by a Conservative Party lawyer, David Maxwell Fyfe, who said it was based on classic British values of “tolerance, decency, kindliness”. The complaint against Ms Hassell was, fundamentally, that she failed to show the decency to respect the practices of Jewish and Muslim communities and the need to bury their dead within 24 hours. The legal arguments were that she was acting irrationally, in breach of the human right to religious observance and in a discriminatory way. The court was scathing. It found that her “rigid policy” prevented the coroner or her officers considering religious factors at all when deciding whether to prioritise burials. This meant the coroner had abdicated a key
ULTIMATELY, HUMAN RIGHTS ARE ABOUT DIGNITY AND BALANCE. IT’S REASSURING THAT COURTS GET RELIGIOUS RIGHTS
responsibility of any public authority in a liberal society: to balance the rights and interests of service users. She had acted in a discriminatory way. She failed to respect the human rights of religious communities. The senior coroner’s supporters argued that, in prioritising religious believers, this amounted to “queue jumping” because other members of the public would suffer delays. The court rightly rejected this. The judges compared the coroners’ service to a court, which must prioritise when listing cases, or a hospital where some patients will
require urgent treatment, meaning others may have to wait longer. It is wrong to look at this as a ‘zero sum game’, where just because a public authority is sensitive to the needs of one group, others will miss out. “Reasonable people in society”, the court anticipated “would not regard that as ‘queue jumping’”. It wasn’t about favouritism, “but that there should be a fair balance struck between the rights and interests of different people in society”. Ultimately, human rights are about dignity, fairness and balance. The Jewish and Muslim communities’ dispute with Ms Hassell has lasted years, and she was, as the court made clear, “acutely aware of the impact her policy might have on certain minority religious communities”. It is unfortunate that it took a court judgment to highlight the lack of basic fairness in the senior coroner’s policy. One upside is that this judgment brings home how human rights laws can help protect religious communities. It is reassuring to know the courts ‘get’ religious rights. As the judges said, it comes down to a matter of ordinary humanity.
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Orthodox Jews alienate progressives at their peril ALEX BRUMMER
CITY EDITOR, THE DAILY MAIL
great treasure of British Jewry is the Reform movement’s youth wing, RSY-Netzer. In spite of being a United Synagogue family, two of my three offspring trooped off to RSY summer camps every year. They learned leadership and self-preservation skills, spent time in Israel and gained a love of the country. My daughter, who worked as a professional at RSY after university, met her husband (now chairman of a major community charity) through RSY. Personally, I could not be anything but a great fan. One of Shabbat’s treasures is coming home from shul and settling down with Saturday’s Life & Arts section of the Financial Times. The cover story of last weekend’s section by Ben Judah was headlined ‘Momentum: inside the revolution.’ It was described as an exploration of a new force in radical activism in which the author explored ‘Corbyn, anti-Semitism and Labour’s future’. Judah took the train to Edinburgh to meet
up with Momentum’s star Scottish member on Labour’s National Executive Committee, Rhea Wolfson, a 27-year-old ex-member of the Reform Judaism youth movement. The writer and the activist had something in common. They were both raised in the Progressive Jewish world and ‘made to feel like the opposition by the Orthodox and by Israel’. It was a discomforting observation. One is fully aware of the undeserved disdain felt in some traditional circles for Reform Judaism and the problems of acceptance from the religious right in Israel. But the idea that the movement somehow alienates young people from Israel, when it encourages travel there and immersion in language, culture, history and tradition, jarred badly.
When Corbyn began running for the Labour leadership, Wolfson was taking time out from normal life to provide care to an ailing parent. She says of his leadership bid that it wasn’t a case of there being a Jewish anti-occupation movement and non-Jewish Palestinian solidarity movement and ‘never the twain shall meet’. Wolfson later threw herself into the Labour movement. When she rang Jon Lansman, the brains and chair of Momentum, he warned her it would be hard to be Jewish and part of the movement. Lansman told her how he was constantly challenged around the Shabbat dinner table for his politics. He asked her if she could feel comfortable with this. Now she says the funny thing about Momentum ‘is it’s just so Jewish’. She points out that two London organisers,
FAILURE OF TRADITIONAL COMMUNITIES TO PROPERLY EMBRACE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENTS RISKS RADICALISATION WITH ALL ITS DANGERS
James Schneider and Adam Klug, are Jewish too. Perhaps we should not be surprised. Jewish beliefs in social and economic justice have for decades drawn Jews towards the left. Until the Thatcher era, the natural home for British Jews in politics was the Labour Party. So in this the Momentum supporters have much in common with forbears. Wolfson is not happy with Corbyn’s response to anti-Semitism. ‘It’s not good enough. This is a problem of the left,’ she observes. But she equally gets ‘fed up’ with old men yelling at her on Twitter about what to think about anti-Semitism. An easy solution might be for her to turn off her Twitter feed and fight the good fight from within Momentum. There does seem to be something deeper involved in the views of Wolfson and other Jews in Momentum. The ‘Israel right and wrong’ attitude of large sections of British Jewry can be alienating. The failure of the traditional communities to properly embrace the progressive movements and understand and respect their views risks radicalisation with all its dangers. Our community needs, in these stressful times, to be more embracing and collaborative.
End this lack of recourse against discrimination DANNY STONE
DIRECTOR, ANTISEMITISM POLICY TRUST
ditors of national newspapers and the Editors’ Code Committee appeared before the Home Affairs Select Committee last week as part of its inquiry into hate crime and its violent consequences. While social media often has the spotlight for its lack of regulation, it is important effective regulation is also maintained for other media – including the press. If you’ve had cause to complain about an article in the press, chances are you will have reviewed the Editors’ Code of Practice, administered by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). The code establishes regulatory rules for newspapers and magazines. Late last year, the Code Committee announced its intention to make significant changes to the Code, foremost that editors should generally avoid naming children between arrest for criminal offence and appearance in court. For the first time ever, the committee published submissions it received during its review and reported on
its rationale for making the decisions it has. So what’s the problem? At present, IPSO will consider complaints under the Editors’ Code clause on discrimination concerning individuals. So, if a person of a protected characteristic is discriminated against, he or she can complain – great! However, if a group – migrants, the LGBTQ+ community, Jews, Muslims, and so on – suffers, the only route through IPSO is to complain under the code clause on ‘accuracy’. Readers might recall Katie Hopkins’ 2015 article in which she likened migrants to “cockroaches”. IPSO adjudicated under ‘accuracy’, rather than discrimination. So were migrants accurately described as cockroaches? IPSO judged the article to be “a polemic, which expressed strong and, to many people, abhorrent views of asylumseekers and migrants generally”. Earlier parliamentary reports found migrants are insufficiently protected as a collective from discrimination in the press. In the past, groups subjected to dehumanisation include the Jews, branded as rats by the Nazis, and the Tutsis, marked as cockroaches by Hutus in the Rwandan genocide.
Comparisons of the type Hopkins made are grossly offensive and discriminatory, falling far short of the tone of political debate the Committee on Standards called for in its report on intimidation in public life. Surely the Code Committee is ripe for ridicule if, rather than considering whether discrimination has occurred, it is deciding if ‘cockroach’ is an accurate term for a migrant? A July 2010 piece by Christina Patterson in The Independent referred continuously to Muslims and Jews and their religious and other practices as collective groups. In a later article, one observer argued: “It was right to highlight the sense of superiority some Jews have towards gentiles.”
FAILING TO PROVIDE THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR ACTION ERODES THE FREEDOMS ON WHICH DEMOCRACY THRIVES
This superiority stereotype is reported to be one of the most commonly held antiSemitic beliefs in British society. Discriminatory content such as this is, thankfully, fairly irregular, but the lack of recourse through the Editors’ Code is troubling – Parliament and other key bodies have long voiced concerns about this matter. The Joint Committee on Human Rights found the Editor’s Code to be substantively lacking. The All-Party Parliamentary Inquiries into Electoral Conduct and Antisemitism also called for action. There is hope. Impress, the independent press regulator, does include recourse for groups and the Code Committee has accepted our recommendation that the Code be updated to specify that groups may have recourse where an individual is subjected to discrimination. Freedom of speech and a free press are central to a thriving democracy. It should, and must, be at the vanguard of our politics and public debate. There is a right to offend, but failing to provide the tools for action to groups that are collectively discriminated against erodes the very freedoms on which that same democracy thrives.
3 May 2018 Jewish News
Community / Scene & Be Scene
1TEENS’ MAGIC GIFT
Forty teenagers from the north of Israel spent the day at the GIFT warehouse, where they learned about the charity, as well as getting involved in hands-on giving opportunities. Part of the Magic Moments programme organised by UJIA, the day began with an introduction to the charity, its purpose and mission in the community, followed by the supermarket challenge where, in groups, the teenagers were given £10 and taken to a supermarket to buy the healthiest, filling, kosher nonperishable food, which would be suitable to feed a family of five.
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More than 80 KKL legacy clients and legal and financial professionals attended a gala lunch at the Hendon Hall Hotel to celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary. Organised by KKL Executor and Trustee, the legacy arm of JNF UK, Baroness Ruth Deech was keynote speaker, while Uriah Reshef, director of Youth Activities at HaShomer HaChadash, one of the social projects JNF UK supports in Israel, also addressed the audience. Following the national anthems, the lunch closed with a stirring rendition of Yerusahlayim Shel Zahav.
3 ART ON SHOW
City of London School Year 9 student Sonny Fugler saw his artwork put on display at the Royal College of Art (RCA). Entitled The train of Freedom, his piece was entered by his school, and was then selected from around 4,000 pieces to go on display at the RCA Young Art exhibition, along with works by 800 other children and young people. A member of Cockfosters & N Southgate Synagogue, he describes it as “an expression of emotion/mood from his daily journey to school”. He said: “It was a big surprise to do so well in the competition. I really like art and design at school and was shocked when my teacher gave me the news. I was also very proud and excited to have my artwork on display at the RCA. I have chosen art and design for my GCSEs, so hopefully this is the first of many private views.”
4 JEWCY FUNDRAISER
Jewcy Events, a new young professionals committee, held its third sell-out event at the award-winning Mahiki cocktail bar. Attracting more than 200 people, the event raised more than £3,000, with all proceeds going to charity.
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5 KISHARON PLANS
More than 700 guests gathered at London’s Landmark Hotel for Kisharon’s annual dinner, which raised more than £1.1million. Attendees joining trustees Leo Noé and Andrew Loftus, included Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling MP, Lord Feldman, Lady Daniela Pears, Andrew Wolfson, and Rabbi Joseph and Mrs Dweck. Chief executive Dr Beverly Jacobson said more than 90 percent of funds for the £12.5m school redevelopment had been raised, with construction scheduled to start later this year.
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ing ancient manuscripts and research challenges of smart stem cell therapies and the use of “living drugs” to treat cancer. Richard Anton, chair of Tel Aviv University Trust, said: “It was fascinating – an active and varied mini-break for the mind.”
8 LAUGHS AT EHRS
Laughter filled Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue as an audience enjoyed a line-up of comedians at its Comedy Night. Hosted by Philip Simon, guest acts included Dominic Holland, Joe Bor and Sindhu Vee.
6 ADRIAN’S HONOUR 9 RADLETT REFORM
THIS RECOGNISES THE MUTUAL RESPECT GIVEN TO THE COMMUNITY BY THE MET POLICE AND THE WAY IT WORKS WITH US
Volunteer police liaison at the Metropolitan Police Service, Adrian Jacobs, was presented his BEM for services to interfaith relations and the community in Barnet by Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir Kenneth Olisa, at the Tower of London. He said: “It was a humbling experience, especially with three Holocaust survivors present. This is recognition of the mutual respect given to the Jewish community by the Metropolitan Police and the way it works with us.”
7 UNI RESEARCH
Rothschild & Co hosted four leading faculties from Tel Aviv University for its University for a Night. They shared with 150 guests their pioneering cross-disciplinary research in their respective fields, ranging from Middle East politics and dental anthropology to decipher-
Jews Got Talent!
AUDITION DATE: 13 MAY 2018 Move over, Diversity! Top performers are sought for this year’s Jews Got Talent, which will raise funds for Jewish Care. The event, which last year generated £6,000 for charity, has been organised by the Hebrew Order of David, a Jewish fraternity with three lodges in London. Auditions will be held at the Jewish Care campus, Golders Green Road on 13 May, 2pm,
LOCATION: MICHAEL SOBELL COMMUNITY CENTRE, GOLDERS GREEN
with the main event taking place at the 400-seater Wyllyots Theatre in Potters Bar, on 7 October. Last year’s event featured singer Ronan Keating among the judges and raised money for Max’s Foundation, named after a 10-year-old boy who died of congenital heart disease in 2015; Guide Dogs for the Blind in Israel; Noah’s Ark hospice for children and Yavneh
College to purchase a piano. Organiser Stuart Stepsky said: “We were sitting down two years ago thinking about how best to raise money for Jewish charities. I came up with the idea of Jews Got Talent. Everyone laughed, but I thought it was a good idea.” Impressionist Francine Lewis, who reached the semifinals of Britain’s Got Talent, has been confirmed as a judge
this year, along with Jewish News editor Richard Ferrer. Stuart added: “For £25 a ticket it is great entertainment, with all the money going to good causes.” • More at jewishcare.org
Judge Francine Lewis
World Jewish Relief CEO Paul Anticoni, together with head of international programmes, Stacey Swimer, received a cheque for nearly £5,000 from Radlett Reform’s Rabbi Celia Surget and chair Irene Blaston. The money will help support its refugee programmes.
10 WIZO GETS ARTY
Kingston, Surbiton & District Synagogue member David Stern, gave a talk entitled Camille Pissarro and Five Generations of Jewish Artists, about his wife Lelia Pissarro’s family at the shul. Nearly 100 people attended the event – organised and hosted by Kingston WIZO – and it was the first shul social attended by new Kingston Rabbi Yechezkel Mandelbaum (himself an artist) and his wife Shulamit. More than £1,000 was raised.
3 May 2018 Jewish News
Books / Lifestyle
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The first lady of Israel In this riveting extract from Elinor Burkett’s biography of Golda Meir, the author details the events leading up to the founding of the State of Israel on 15 May, 1948
The life of Golda Meir, Israel’s first and only female prime minister, is detailed in Elinor Burkett’s biography
hey made an odd pair, the 60-year-old Hashemite king born in Saudi Arabia and the 49-yearold Jewish woman from Pinsk meeting secretly to negotiate the future of a country to which neither held a birthright. But the labyrinthine diplomatic wrangling sparked by the British decision to refer the Palestine question to the United Nations had generated dozens of bizarre alliances and odd bedfellows as it degenerated into a series of petty public squabbles and
backroom deals over the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine, UNSCOP, charged with issuing recommendations for the 55-nation General Assembly to consider in the fall of 1947. At a press conference, Golda had been asked if she thought blood would be spilled if that recommendation were adopted. “We don’t anticipate spilled blood, but we are ready if it happens,” she said, knowing full well that the tiny yishuv could not hold off a concerted attack by the armies of all the Arab countries threatening inva-
sion. The only hope was that Abdullah would not send his Arab Legion – 15,000 men trained and led by British officers – across his borders and that he would deny other Arab armies easy access to them. Golda had almost no experience dealing with Arabs and none whatsoever negotiating with monarchs. But Sharett, Zionism’s leading diplomat, was stuck in New York leading the lobbying effort at the United Nations, and one of the yishuv’s leaders needed to meet with the king. So at the end of November 1947, she slipped across the border and waited for the king to arrive, as planned, at the compound of the Palestine Electric Corporation. King Abdullah had been told that he would be meeting with the second most important Zionist diplomat, but the last person he expected was Golda, or any other woman… …He shared thick Arab coffee with his guest and invited her to visit him at his palace in Amman – at some unspecified time in the future, of course. Then he launched into a soliloquy about partition and his recent discussions with the Arab League Council, reporting that he had told them that he would not collaborate in the destruction of a Jewish state. “Over the past 30 years you have grown and strengthened yourselves and your achievements are many,” he told Golda. “It is impossible to ignore you, and it is a duty to compromise with you... Any clash between us will be to our own disadvantage... I agree to partition that will not shame me before the Arab world.” That was sweet music to Golda’s ears, although Abdullah then
WE CAN’T DO A ZIGZAG, THE WORLD IS WAITING. IF WE DON’T MAKE IT NOW, WE NEVER WILL returned to a suggestion he’d been making for decades, that he annex all of Palestine and allow the Jews their own republic within it. Brushing off that notion, Golda tried to lead the conversation around to the partition resolution about to go to the United Nations… “But I want this area for myself,” he huffed. “I want to ride, not to be ridden”. Golda was taken with the king, “a small, very poised man with great charm,” in her words. But it was impossible to know how far to trust him. Not far, Ezra Danin, one of Golda’s two translators, suggested, cautioning her that Abdullah was notoriously unreliable and that Bedouins had their own concept of the truth. *********** The British Mandate was due to expire at midnight on May 14, but the yishuv leadership was still feuding about whether they should delay their declaration of independence. “We need to go all the way,” insisted Golda, who had no vote but never allowed herself to be deprived of a voice. “We can’t do a zigzag. The world is waiting for our announcement. It we don’t make it now, we never will.” With 60 hours until the scheduled declaration, six of the 10 cabinet
members present swung in Golda’s direction. The declaration of statehood ceremony was organised as a secret event lest the British try to prevent the creation of a Jewish government before their Mandate expired the following day. Only on the morning of the 14th, the day scheduled for the declaration, were the invitations delivered, by hand, urging the guests to arrive promptly at 3:30pm and dress in “dark festive attire.” Golda took her seat with the other members of the National Council beneath a massive portrait of Theodor Herzl. At 4pm Ben Gurion, dressed for once in a suit and tie, rapped his gavel. He laid down the principles of freedom, justice, peace, and equal social and political rights that were to guide the new state, concluding, “With trust in the Rock of Israel, we set our hand to this declaration, at this session of the Provisional State Council, on the soil of the home-land, in the city of Tel Aviv, on this Sabbath eve, the fifth of Iyar, 5708, 14 May, 1948.” One by one, the signers of the declaration solemnly walked to the desk where Sharett held out the temporary parchment. Ben- Gurion had pleaded with the thirty-seven signers to adopt Hebrew names before the ceremony, and many had complied. Golda had not. Her hands shaking, tears streaming down her face, Golda signed Golda Meyerson... “I didn’t think it was due me, that I, Goldie Mabovitch Meyerson, deserved it, that I had lived to see the day. My hands shook. We had done it. We had brought the Jewish people into existence. Golda Meir: The Birth of Israel by Elinor Burkett, Gibson Square Publishers, £11.99 (paperback). Available from hive.co.uk
Jewish News 3 May 2018
Lifestyle / Real life
Four Jewish women share their tragic stories of stillbirth, as a survey reveals 90% of grieving parents feel isolated and alone. For many, the loss of a child is one that can never be overcome, writes Francine Wolfisz
Antonia Mitchell Glynn with her husband Simon and their daughter, Shoshana
‘There’s always a child missing’ N oah was the most beautiful, perfect baby,” smiles Hayley Groden. “He was 7lbs 1oz and had jet black hair and rosebud kissable lips, a button nose, perfect fingers and toes. When he was born he was put straight onto my chest, where I cuddled and cradled him.” But unlike other mothers seeing their new arrivals for the first time, Hayley’s experience was one steeped in sadness – for her baby was stillborn. In the wake of her loss, Hayley – who has three other sons, including one born after Noah – recalls how some people failed at the time to see her as a “mother” to her stillborn child. “I am proud to be known as Noah’s mummy,” she explains. “Most of my closest friends and family [did see me like that], but a lot of people because they didn’t get to see him, maybe couldn’t. They didn’t know how to act.” A new survey by 5 News and pregnancy charity, Tommy’s, has shed light on the differing attitudes grieving parents face following a stillbirth, from those who don’t know what to say, to others who make comments such as, “you’ll have another one” or “at least you can get pregnant”. Of the 317 people who took part in the survey, almost three-quarters (71%) said their relationships with family and friends
Speaking out: Nine women reveal their heartbreaking experiences of stillbirth
Hayley Groden and left, with her husband and three sons
were negatively affected by their stillbirth, with nearly half saying that family and friends stayed away after their loss. A staggering 90 per cent of parents said they felt isolated and alone. The survey results were revealed in a special programme on 5 News, which features interviews with nine women forever affected by stillbirth, of which there are nine cases every day in the UK. For Antonia Mitchell Glynn, who lost her daughter Shoshana in 2015, the sense of isolation in the wake of her loss was acute, particularly as she and her husband were living in Australia at the time, thousands of miles away from close family and friends. There were some within her support network who Antonia says were “fantastic”, bringing over meals and taking the time to talk with her about her daughter.
But there were others who made comments that made Antonia feel uncomfortable. “People said: ‘She didn’t breathe, so she didn’t count. You need to get over it’. “On one occasion there was a pregnant women I knew and I saw her at an event. I went to give her a kiss hello and she recoiled from me, she made me sit at a different table to her, she wouldn’t say goodbye to me. “It was absolutely heart-breaking, I went home and just sobbed my eyes out, because I [felt] lesser because I had lost a child.” She adds: “We have lost a significant number of friends over this. They just couldn’t connect with us or care when it was hard for us. They didn’t hear the screams. They just left us to it. “Without those who did connect with us, we would have absolutely sunk under the pressure of our loss.” Rosalind Levine was half-way through her labour when doctors told her that her daughter, Alexandra, had died. She had to endure another 12 hours of labour before finally seeing her baby for the first time. “I didn’t even recognise the sound of my sob. I’d never cried like that before,” she tragically reveals. Of the reactions she received, one comment in particular had a strong impact. “People said to me, ‘you can have another baby’. Firstly, that wouldn’t have brought Alexandra back and secondly, how do they know that? We had to have IVF to conceive her and another six rounds before we had another baby. Not everyone gets that opportunity.” She was also saddened to receive
Rosalind Levine at 38 weeks pregnant
derogatory comments on Facebook from someone after she posted a picture of Alexandra on what would have been her first birthday. “Why should I hide her away?” questions Rosalind. “Other people don’t hide their babies. She’s not a dirty secret. It’s an upsetting picture to see - but stillbirth is a reality.” Elayne Halpern, who lost her daughter, Rivka, in Elayne Halpern 2013, also opened up about the impact on one’s mental health following a stillbirth. “I completely shut down afterwards, emotionally and mentally,” reveals Elayne. “I didn’t want to talk to anyone, I call screened and I had to have 10 months’ of therapy before I could go out and about.” The other women also reported suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety for years after their loss. For all of them, there is never a day when they don’t think about the “missing” child of their family. Hayley adds: “Noah is the first thing I think of every morning I wake up and the last thing I think about at night. I think about him all the time, every day. “Every time we do a family holiday or special occasion or just going to get school clothes or shoes, dentist appointments, he’s not there, but he’s so in my heart. “They say time is a healer and it is, but I’ll always be a little broken inside.”
Stillbirth: Still a Taboo. A 5 News Tonight Special is available to watch at facebook.com/C5News
3 May 2018 Jewish News
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Judy Elkus speaks to Avi Neuman of Hillel – The Right To Choose, which makes a real difference to young adults transitioning out of strictly-Orthodox communities in Israel through support and accommodation
here are decisions in life that can change everything. These are not decisions to be taken lightly and require thought, planning, and – most of all – support. For a strictly-Orthodox person, choosing to leave their community and follow a path that is contrary to all they have known before is one such decision. The number of young adults leaving strictly-Orthodox communities is rising, even though
those who choose to leave – so-called Yotzim – face severe consequences: exclusion from their family, extreme isolation, dire financial stress, homelessness, unemployment and, for some, even clinical depression. Since 1991, a non-profit organisation, Hillel – The Right To Choose, has helped thousands of Yotzim manage this transition successfully – finishing their studies, finding housing and employment, completing army or national service and integrating into broader Israeli society. Hillel has branches in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa, and the support offered includes transitional housing, HaBayit shel Hillel (Hillel’s Home) Emergency Shelter, a single mothers’ programme, and dedicated staff and volunteers serving around 1,200 clients, aged 18 to 35, each year. “We are dealing with young people who have made a very intense choice
to literally start from scratch,” says Avi Neuman, the organisation’s resource development director. “It takes a lot of strength, but also resources, to start a new life. These are capable people who are very driven and want to succeed – but they need personal support, a place to live, and help to learn the skills that will allow them to begin again.” Hillel started in 1991 as a volunteer organisation. By 2013, it had seven paid employees and, today, has a professional staff of 29. In recent years, Hillel has succeeded in raising awareness of Yotzim with the Israeli Government and welfare agencies. In 2015, it partnered with the Ministry of Welfare for the provision of crisis intervention, which includes its emergency shelter and transitional housing services. “We are the only organisation in Israel providing direct services on this
Yotzim on a trip to northern Israel
scale for this population, and we’re proud to be making a real difference in people’s lives,” says Avi. “Our programmes are diverse and often go over and above what the state can provide. For example, our shelter facility can offer automatic intake to Yotzim at risk, without proof of six months’ homelessness.But our biggest future challenge is how to continue to develop and meet the escalating demand for support like this.”
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Lifestyle / Travel
FRENCH FANCY! Stephen Oryszczuk enjoys the breath-taking views of the Côte d’Azur and explores the magnificent palatial villa built for a French-Jewish heiress
hen I was young, my dad was a director at Rolls Royce and Bentley Motors and he sometimes brought home one of his company’s products. We’d pass our school and friends’ houses and the home of the kid we hated. Among the Ferraris and Lamborghinis adorning my bedroom walls were Royces (never a ‘Rolls,’ as those in the know will know) and Bentleys, then made under the same roof at Crewe. The one model he never managed to ‘borrow’ was the Rolls Royce Corniche, the company’s two-door convertible coupé. That was a shame, because it was my favourite. Yes, I know the idea of a 12-year old boy having “a favourite Rolls Royce” should have rendered me beaten with sticks, but my word, you should have seen it, those curvaceous side panels and open top inviting a sneaky peek inside at the walnut fascia, leather hide and inch-thick Wilton carpets. To me it was sex on wheels, the motoring equivalent of a slipped bra strap. Even the phonetics of the name – Corn-eeesh - added to the allure. I never knew what the name meant; I just knew it sounded good. “I’ll drive you back in the Corniche” were the words I longed to whisper. During a recent visit to southern France with my beloved Mrs O, I found out that a corniche is actually a coastal road in the French Riviera, cliff-hugging highways with breath-taking views slithering their way above and below the likes of Nice, Monaco and postcard-pretty Èze, a medieval hilltop village where we stayed the weekend. Up top there’s the Grande Corniche, lower down you have the Moyenne Corniche, and near
The palatial Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild boasts an array of stunning themed gardens
sea-level is the Bas-Corniche. Drive any of them and you realise that they named that car perfectly. Just as there’s a reason why Aristotle Onassis, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Liberace, Tom Jones and Elton John all wanted to own a Rolls Royce Corniche, so too is there a reason why the Rothschilds, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Brigitte Bardot, Somerset Maugham, Aldous Huxley and British Royals all flocked here as soon as the sun woke up. From every angle, it is stunning, just like the Corniche. And of all the views in all the world, those from the terrace and restaurant of Chateau Eza, sat near the top Èze village, must surely take some beating. The hotel was once a collection of small houses cobbled together into one entity early last century by a Swedish prince who only left when his true love died. Presiding over their love-nest these days is The Stein Group, whose first-class operation makes this one of southern France’s great hotels. With only 14 enchanting rooms, all very different, and a top-class staff tending to your
and a little Jewish interest in the form of Villa every need – including, on one nippy March Ephrussi de Rothschild, strategically located at night, preparing and lighting a log fire in the the neck of the peninsula and constructed in the lounge – the Chateau is both comfortable and Venetian style for Baroness Béatrice de Rothsclassy, a lovingly-made cocktail never far away. child just over 100 years ago. We’re food lovers and united in impasWe visited mainly for the themed gardens, sioned ecstasy at the tasting menu, which was including Spanish, French, Florentine and the gastronomic equivalent of my dreamed-of Japanese, plus a rose garden, a stone garden, and motor. If there’s a special anniversary coming even water features that ‘sing’ classical music! up, booking this place will buy you a few As this was early spring, we pretty much had it more years. to ourselves. Yet linger not, for you are in the French If that whets your Jewish appetite, consider Riviera! We visited Monaco, just 10 minutes visiting a museum dedicated to the Russiandown the road, but stayed only long enough French artist Marc Chagall, just five minutes’ to say we’d been there, because the stacked drive away. Then do as we did and end the day concrete and glass of Monte Carlo was with a few hours by the pool on a day-pass at maddeningly ugly, and the sight of tax-exiles the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, a Four Seasons quickly becomes depressing. Hotel, before returning to luxury at Chateau That said, the Old Town and gardens near Eza and those eyeball-aching views. the Musee Oceanagraphique are worth an As the sun sets over the day, the last of the hour’s wandering. day-trippers trundle off and I recall the drive Thereafter, we struck off for the impossibly back along one of the three corniches. cute village of Roquebrune Cap Martin, getting Yes, it may have only been in a hired Ford lost in its alleyways, sipping wine in its tiny cafes Fiesta, but in my head it wasn’t. and discovering the curiosities at the top, as we immersed ourselves in the sounds, smells and scents of the magical Cote d’Azur. Talking of scents, we popped into the Fragonard Perfumery at the foot of Èze for both a tour of the factory and a visit to the shop, where I had to buy my beloved her fragrance of choice for fear of tears over crepes. If you only have the weekend, avoid Nice, which is fast becoming a stereotype. Rather, aim for Saint Jean Cap Ferrat The picture perfect view of Roquebrune Cap Martin
STEPHEN’S TRAVEL TIPS Stephen stayed at the Chateau Eza, Eze Village, where rooms start from €280 (£246) per night. For more details, visit chateaueza.com, or call +33 (0) 4 93 41 12 24. For more information about Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, see villa-ephrussi.com/en
3 May 2018 Jewish News
Torah For Today What does the Torah say about... The Windrush scandal
BY RABBI JEFF BERGER Emor is the eighth sedra in the Book of Leviticus. Among other things, it lists the full calendar of Jewish festivals. Curiously, regarding the excitement of Pesach, the Babylonian Talmud inserts Rabbi Akiva’s decision concerning scholars learning Torah in the study hall. “They never said in the House of Study that it was time to stop, except on the eve of Passover and eve of Yom Kippur. On the eve of Passover, it was because of the children, so they might not fall asleep; and on the eve of Yom Kippur, it was so they should feed children.” In an environment that prized Torah study above all else, Rabbi Akiva saw the rare and exceptional reason for recess as being for one’s children’s sake – not for fulfilling the scholar’s own obligations. It would be reasonable to send scholars home on Pesach eve to prepare for seder. Likewise, on Yom Kippur, it would be justified to close the study hall so adults can eat. But the commentators explain that on Pesach eve fathers went home to ensure their children had a nap so they could stay up for the seder. On Yom Kippur, children aren’t obliged to fast, but feeding them conveyed the sacredness of the holiday observance. We can derive from this Talmudic story a message as relevant today as 1,800 years ago. For Judaism to inspire its children, whose participation is voluntary, our beliefs and values must be transmitted, received, absorbed and embraced by those who succeed us. Rabbi Akiva understood that fathers needed to be more engaged in this process. Shouldn’t we too – not just twice a year?
Rabbi Jeff Berger serves the Rambam Sephardi Synagogue in Elstree/Borehamwood
BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL The Windrush scandal refers to Commonwealth citizens, especially from Jamaica, who came by invitation to live in England after the Second World War – but are now being asked by the Government to prove they have the right to stay in Britain – even though many have lived here more than 50 years. So, what does the Torah say about this? Former Home Secretary Amber Rudd was forced to resign over misinformation regarding the planned repatriations. Prime Minister Theresa May, herself a former home secretary, is also under pressure. From a Torah perspective, a lawabiding immigrant must be treated in the same way as any other law-abiding citizen. “Like a citizen such as yourself is
the sojourner amongst you, and you shall love him as yourself” declares the Torah, which commands that we assist immigrants into gainful employment. Shortly after the Israelites entered Canaan, a local nation tricked Joshua into thinking they were a far-away
IT’S UNCONSCIONABLE THAT LOYAL CITIZENS ARE ASKED TO ‘RETURN’ TO A COUNTRY THAT IS NOT THEIR HOME
people, who had decided to pledge loyalty to the Israelites. Even though they were found to be deceitful in respect of being strangers, as they were afraid to declare themselves as local Canaanites, since Joshua had accepted them he stood by his word and did not expel them. Far from opportunistic, the Jamaicans on the ship HMT Empire Windrush were either Second World War veterans returning to enlist a second time or coming to work in Britain by invitation. It is unconscionable that honest, loyal, lifelong tax-paying citizens should be asked to “return” to a country that is not their home. Furthermore, the British Nationality Act of 1948 is a national promise to accord the children of the Windrush Generation their right to live in Britain. To revoke this would be as intolerable as to revoke the nationality of serving MPs who are charged with the responsibility, over half-a-century later, to protect UK citizens from such disenfranchisement. Ariel Abel is padre to HM Armed Forces and Rabbi of the Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation
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Jewish News 3 May 2018
The Bible Says What? ‘Exclude people with disabilities’
Is the Jewish community facing a housing crisis?
BY RABBI AARON GOLDSTEIN
BY RABBI LAURA JANNER-KLAUSNER
“No man of your offspring throughout the ages who has a defect shall be qualified to offer the food of his God (Leviticus 21:17).” Not only does this passage suggest the priesthood is reserved for those only 100% fit, the Torah then continues to list a number of ailments or disabilities that disqualify a man (women are not even considered). People with disabilities were therefore prevented from serving as priests in the Temple and being allowed to enter the holiest of areas. This does not seem to be consistent with other Levitical pronouncements, for example: “Do not insult the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind (19:14).” And indeed, today’s Liberal Judaism simply cannot accept a rationale that God instructs such inequality in worship. We hold with the prophet Isaiah, that the Temple (and our synagogues) is a “house of prayer for all
people (56:5),” as we are all created betzelem elohim – in the image of God – all of us in our difference. Many believe, as the Sefer Hachinuch argues, that Temple society was insufficiently developed to accept and not be distracted by the sight of a disabled person carrying out the service on their behalf. The “fault” for such exclusion is society. Religious discrimination against people living with disability is today unjustifiable. We would reject maintaining the remnant of a Templebased ‘class’ system. Its explanation that anything other than a 100% able-bodied Cohen – if one really exists – would serve as a distraction, is abhorrent. Today, the only good in this Torah clause is to prompt us to regularly consider our inclusion policies, not to reinforce archaic exclusion. Aaron Goldstein is Senior Rabbi at Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue
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The UK Jewish population is condensing into a few areas, a trend unlikely to go away soon. It presents a range of challenges. Areas with large Jewish populations also happen to have astronomical house prices – another trend unlikely to change any time soon. One of the most pressing challenges is how to tackle the barrier housing presents to living within the Jewish community. How do we dwell together in peace? It is impossible to dismiss this as a problem. For much of the Jewish population, living close to communal life is considered almost essential. When it is hard for young people to buy a home anywhere, never mind expensive locations, how are the community’s younger members supposed to put down roots? This goes for all our young adults and especially those who are moving from smaller communities in other parts of the country.
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This isn’t just a problem – it is an existential crisis. We already know demographic forces are working against our shrinking community. The inability of our young adults to lay the foundations for family life only harms the low birth rates we already face. When those roots can’t be put down until people reach their late 30s or 40s, it is hardly surprising families remain small and the community grows smaller still.
The potential outlook for the UK Jewish community in this situation is not bright without some kind of change. We are acutely impacted by this, but we are not alone. There are a huge number of different communities and sectors of society who suffer the consequences of the current housing crisis in the UK. All of us need change – we must build a coalition and leverage our collective efforts if we want to reveal the scale of this problem to the government and policy makers. Our community alone does have a voice, but a range of communities speaking together has a voice far greater than the sum of its parts. In the Torah and in our prayers we read: “How good are your tents, Jacob, your dwelling places, Israel?”. Today, we must work so that our dwelling places are similarly blessed. Laura Janner-Klausner is Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism
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Dear Marcus The Bribery Act 2010 does not prevent corporate hospitality, provided that it is reasonable and proportionate expenditure to fulfil legitimate business needs. Bribery can be defined as offering, promising or giving a financial (or other) advantage to another person or body with the intention of inducing or rewarding them for acting in a way in which a reasonable person would consider improper in the circumstances. Corruption is any form of abuse of entrusted power for personal private gain and may include, but is not limited to, bribery. It will be an offence if the company fails to prevent bribery by an employee or agent, but it is a defence to show adequate anti-bribery procedures were in place. You should immediately implement anti-bribery policies if you have not done so, ensure staff have proper guidance on expenditure, and keep a record of and monitor the costs, types and levels of hospitality and gifts given or received by the company.
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No wooden spoon! MGBSFL Oakwood A finally won the first cup in its 12-year history after beating Hendon in a dramatic Cyril Anekstein Cup Final. Doing it the hard way, falling behind on three separate occasions over the 120 minutes, they then held their nerve in a tense penalty shoot-out to prevail 6-5. A “very proud” joint-manager, Daniel Kristall, said: “The club has reached previous finals, but been very unlucky losing in the final few minutes and on penalties on different occasions. To win in these circumstances makes it even sweeter – we’ve now won silverware two seasons running and the club is now the big name in Jewish football.” Brad Wine and Josh Cuby’s double saw them take the lead on three ocassions, but Avi Korman’s double and Yoav Kestenbaum’s strike drew the Premier Division champions level. Still tied after 12 penalties each, O’s goalkeeper Joe Botchin then saved Ben Lauffer’s effort to earn his side a famous victory. Kristall added: “This was a great day for the club – an amazing game and a complete emotional roller coaster. As a club we’re progressing and winning things, but will work hard over the summer to strengthen the squad and come back even better.” Hendon joint-player-manager Greg Corin said: “I was very pleased with the attitude and team spirit, and proud of the performance. I thought we were the better team, even though we weren’t at our best. But we lost because we hit the wrong side of the post from a penalty and that shows the
slim margins in football and the difference between the two sides on the day.” Elsewhere, Faithfold B ended its season on a high as they beat Temple Fortune B 4-1 to win the Barry Goldstein Trophy, Jon Kay, Stuart Haring, Gav Lewis and David Kirzneris all scoring. Fairlop moved a step closer to securing the Division Two title, Daniel Garfinkle’s strike seeing it to a 1-0 win at Mill Hill Dons.
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Lions land first trophy of season The first trophy of the season in Masters football went to London Lions A, as goals from Hadley Silver and Darren Dryer, (pictured with manager Arthur Duke), saw it beat Scrabble 2-0 to win the Henry Swerner Trophy. NL Raiders retained the Division One title, as they beat nearest challengers, Chigwell, 3-2, thanks to goals from Dave Eden, Jonny Blain and Ben Simons. London Lions B beat leaders EHRS 4-0 in Division Two, thanks to four second half goals – Gideon Barnett’s double, along with strikes from Bradley Lazarus and David Kyte. It’s now four points behind EHRS, but with three games in hand.
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Paul serves up world championship win Israel geared up to host Giro Visually impaired tennis player Paul Ryb is a Blind Tennis world champion after he won gold at the World Championships in Dublin. The tournament brought together more than 60 players from 14 countries, with Ryb claiming the title in the B3 (partially sighted) event, in what he said was a “1.5 hours bruising marathon” final. He said: “I hold numerous regional and national titles and am proud to add the world title now, too.” A retired investment banker living in Highgate with two daughters, he said: “I would encourage anyone to give the sport a go since, whether you are sighted or not, it is a great game that will challenge your fitness and competitive spirit.”
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