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Dina becomes UK’s first female Orthodox rabbi Trailblazer wants to serve as a ‘role model’ for women Dina Brawer this week became Britain’s first female Orthodox rabbi after attaining her semicha (religious ordination), writes Francine Wolfisz. Brawer, a rabbinical student at the New York-based Yeshivat Maharat, which was founded in 2009 as an Orthodox seminary for female leaders, made the announcement on her Facebook page on Monday. “After an intense two-hour oral examination, Rabbi Dr Sperber signed my semicha certificate today, 22 Iyar, 37th day of the Omer, in Bloomsbury, London,” she wrote.

Speaking to Jewish News this week, Brawer confirmed she has chosen “rabba”” – the feminine term for “rabbi” in Hebrew – as her official title. “I will describe myself as a rabbi, that’s what I’ve trained to do and that’s what I’m qualified to serve as,” she said. While Brawer – whose husband Naftali is a former rabbi at Northwood and Borehamwood and Elstree United synagogues – does not

intend to take up a communal position in the UK, her newly-qualified status means that she is can officially answer halachic questions, officiate at baby blessings, weddings and funerals, provide pastoral care and teach. Many of these duties were already undertaken by Brawer as a rabbinic student, as well as serving as a scholar-in-residence at Hampstead Synagogue, from Rabba Dina Brawer

2015 to 2016. The latter, she said, is a role that “did not exist anywhere in the United Synagogue until then and is a credit to Rabbi Dr Michael Harris’ modern Orthodox vision”. This year she has additionally served as a rabbinic intern at Netivot Shalom, in Teaneck, New Jersey, where Brawer regularly delivers the sermon and Friday night Dvar Torah. Speaking about why she decided to pursue a rabbinical qualification, Brawer – who in 2013 founded JOFA (Jewish Orthodox Feminist Continued on page 7


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Jewish News 10 May 2018

Iran nuclear deal

Trump tears up ‘horrib

Israel will not be safer as a result of the United States withdrawing from the Iran nuclear agreement, senior diplomats, academics and Middle East experts in the UK warned last night, writes Adam Decker. In a televised address from the White House on Tuesday, President Donald Trump said the 2015 agreement with Tehran, which

included Germany, France and Britain, was a “horrible one-sided deal that should never ever have been made”. He continued that in addition to tearing up the deal, the United States “will be instituting the highest level of economic sanction”. Trump’s decision means Iran’s government must now decide whether to follow the US and withdraw or try to salvage what remains of the deal. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said he was sending his foreign minister to the countries remaining in the accord but warned there was only a short time to negotiate with them and his country could soon “start enriching uranium more than before”.

No deal: Donald Trump has withdrawn the US from its agreement with Iran

The leaders of Britain, Germany and France immediately urged the US not to take any actions that could prevent them and Iran from continuing to implement the agreement. The statement from Prime Minister Theresa May, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron also urged Iran to “show restraint” and continue fulfilling its own obligations such as cooperating with inspections. Sir Richard Dalton, Britain’s former ambassador to Iran, warned Trump’s withdrawal made war more likely, saying: “It depends how far Trump goes, how much Iran and the other signatories can do to keep the agreement going, and the level of provocation to Israel involved in Iran’s reaction.” He said he worried about Benjamin Netanyahu’s “bellicosity, acting contrary to so much professional opinion and advice,” in reference to senior Israeli military figures who have argued for keeping the deal on the basis that it is working.

Dalton did not foresee Iran racing for a bomb, saying the US withdrawal “does not alter the calculus short-term… Iran is not going to develop a nuclear weapon unless it is attacked, when it might well, but neither Israel nor Iran really wants war”. Yet the veteran diplomat did warn that Israel may inadvertently get sucked into a war of Trump’s making. “Big wars grow from small beginnings,” he said. “If Trump decides to take military risks in the Gulf or Syria against Iran as a consequence of a more aggressive stance, then others – including Israel – can get drawn in.” Professor Ali Ansari at St Andrews University, who is the founding director of the Institute for Iranian Studies, said Trump’s withdrawal weakens moderate voices inside Iran. “My sense is this will encourage the hardliners, weaken Rouhani and very possibly ensure that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the security forces take

over more control of the state.” He added: “This will just emphasise their more aggressive policy in both Syria and needless to say Israel. They are the cause of much of the trouble at the moment, but unrestrained they may yet prove more reckless.” Furthermore, Ansari predicted further protests in Iran, saying the re-imposition of American sanctions “will continue to put serious pressure on [Iranian currency] the rial which is already on a downward spiral leading to inflation, exacerbating an already bad situation which could lead to domestic unrest over the summer”. Speaking in Israel at the annual Herzliya Conference, former Mossad chief Tamir Pardo told the audience of policymakers that “Iran is fully complying” with the requirements of the deal, adding: “There still will be a need for some kind of deal at the end of the day.” Pardo, who headed Israel’s foreign intelligence agency from 2011-16, during the height of con-


The Israeli government thinks the US withdrawal from the Iran deal makes them safer, but that’s not necessarily correct. I’m sure that Netanyahu’s presentation last week was timed to try to help the president. I’m deeply disappointed at what Trump has done. You only get rid of an existing deal of this impor-

tance if you’re certain that you can replace it with something better. There’s nothing I’ve heard from Trump’s statement that implies there is. He has rejected the views of other parties to the deal, one that all five [permanent] members of the UN Security Council endorsed, indeed negotiated. It’s an extraordinarily foolish, shortsighted and unwise

announcement, primarily influenced by his desire to distance himself from President Obama. I imagine Iran’s hardliners are delighted, because the one thing they share with Trump is a preference for confrontation, rather than negotiation. Iran’s President Rouhani has said they will be reviewing the rest of the world’s response, and if the rest of the world wishes to continue with the deal, which it does, then Iran might also be content,

but the value of the deal will depend on the extent to which Washington tries – not just to impose sanctions on Iran – but to penalise companies in other countries who trade with Iran. From Israel’s perspective, obviously Prime Minister Netanyahu will be pleased, but I have profound doubts as to whether Israel benefits any more than anyone else does from this announcement. But that is a matter for the Israelis themselves to address.



The military leadership and the intelligence community in Israel have been more cautious than gung-ho politicians over the withdrawal from the Iran agreement.

Yet popular feeling in Israel has always been antagonistic to the agreement which separated nuclear weapons from conventional ones. While there were often daily inspections of nuclear

facilities and a built-in delay in acquiring the bomb, the agreement did little to stop Iran’s march through Iraq and Syria to the border of Israel. Trump’s action may be a case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater. A modified agreement which the Europeans are working towards will attempt

to add in restrictions on conventional arms and curb the zealotry of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. While there is a window of opportunity before the White House brings in sanctions, the future depends on whether the Americans and the Iranians can formulate a compromise.

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le’ Iran nuke deal cerns over Iran’s nuclear programme, spoke alongside two former Israeli defence ministers – Lt. Gen. Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon and Prof. Moshe Arens. Only hours before large explosions were being reported in Syria on Tuesday night, as Israel braced for retaliatory action, Arens said: “Action we take against Iranian targets in Syria could trigger war.” That war would hurt both sides, he said, adding: “Hezbollah’s 100,000 missiles deter us, and regardless of our defence infrastructure, the Iron Dome and Arrow

[missile defence systems], some will inevitably get through.” Ya’alon, meanwhile, said: “Iran’s eyes are fixed on Israel and they are willing to sacrifice a great deal to wipe us off the map. We need to use intelligence supremacy and very precise fire power to eliminate Iran’s capabilities.” Dalton added that Trump’s withdrawal would strengthen the hand of foreign policy hawks in Iran, saying: “Ayatollah Khamenei will say that he was right all along, as he was, unfortunately. The hardliners will gain weight.” US Senator Ben Cardin, a senior


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But Dalton disagreed, saying: “It makes Israel less safe, as there is nothing on the horizon that can give the same level of assurance that one day they will not face an Iranian nuclear weapon”. He added that “yet more tensions will add to the risks that miscalculations, accidents or deliberate provocations by one side or the other will lead to a destructive new war in which there would be significant losses”. • Editorial comment, page 16 Defiant: President Hassan Rouhani




The International Atomic Energy Agency ends its probe into Iranian nuclear weapons, saying there was “no credible indications” of efforts to develop them after 2009.

Implementation Day. Iran reduces its uranium stockpile by 98% and drastically reduces the number of centrifuges at its main enrichment plant.

The US elects Donald Trump, who hates the deal. Congress later blocks a proposed $19billion deal for Boeing to sell planes to Iran.

MAY 2018 Trump withdraws the US from the deal, despite the protestations of co-signatories including the UK, the EU, France, Germany, Russia and China.



Jewish News 10 May 2018

Local Elections 2018

Barnet gives Labour a The Conservatives took control of Barnet

Council as Jewish Labour candidates were hit hard by the party’s damaging anti-Semitism row in last week’s local elections. The Tories won all three seats in the borough’s Hale ward, keeping two and taking one from Labour, and all three in West Hendon. Both have large Jewish populations. In West Hendon, Jewish Labour candidate Adam Langleben lost his seat, while the Conservatives won more than 45 percent of the vote to Labour’s 43 percent. In Hale Liron Velleman fell short, as the Conservatives took 49 percent of the vote to Labour’s 37. Meanwhile, in East Barnet ward, Phillip Cohen fell short of being elected, despite getting 2,400 votes. Conservative candidate Elliot Simberg, who missed out on a seat in 2014 in Hale Ward, found success this year with more than 3,000 votes. Simberg is a school governor, who sits on the police community action panel and is a trustee of the Jewish Youth Fund There were some successes for Jewish Labour candidates, however, with Liberal Judaism’s Rabbi Danny Rich successfully elected in West Finchley, a Barnet ward, with more than 2,000 votes. Sarah Conway was also elected in Burnt Oak, garnering the most

votes with more than 2,400. Barnet Labour group leader Barry Rawlings said the anti-Semitism row had “made a difference”. The borough in north London, which has a Jewish population of around 16 percent, has been a key battleground for both the Conservatives and Labour, particularly in light of the latter’s recent difficulties over anti-Semitism allegations within the party. Rawlings expected to see the allegations make an impact on some of the wards with large Jewish populations, such as Childs Hill and Hale, although going into the electio Labour only held one of six seats across the two wards. “In some wards where there is a large Jewish community, it [the anti-Semitism issue] has made a difference,” he said. “The Tories did go hard in those areas on that issue, but, saying that, if you vote Labour you’re voting for Jeremy Corbyn. Most conversations [with voters] have been about potholes rather than anti-Semitism. That said, we want people to know it is an issue we take very seriously in the Labour Party.” The Jewish Labour Movement’s Ivor Caplin issued a statement on Twitter after the Barnet result, saying: “For the second time within a year, England has seen the electoral impact of the Labour Party’s problem with

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From left: Elected or re-elected Conservative councillors Dean Cohen, Shimon Ryde, Elliot Simberg, Anthony Finn, Alex Prager, Brian Gordon, Nizza Fluss and Helene Pines-Richman

anti-Semitism. For the party of anti-racism to lose seats because of anti-Semitism is a sad chapter in our proud history JLM will be meeting with Jennie Formby and will be urgently raising this.” Langleben, one of three Labour incumbents to lose their seats in West Hendon, took

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bloody nose group should have their vote dictated by their safety. That should shame us @UKLabour.” Meanwhile, Labour MP John Mann, an outspoken critic of Jeremy Corbyn, tweeted: “Those who called anti-Semitism a smear cost Labour badly last night. A Jewish member for more than 60 years told me on the doorstep he couldn’t vote Labour in Barnet yesterday.” The Conservatives had two councillors, Shimon Ryde and Peter Zinkin, re-elected in Childs Hill, Barnet, following a recount. The ward encompasses Brent Cross, Golders Hill Park and Finchley Road. Jack Cohen, who has represented the Childs Hill ward since 1986 and was Mayor of Barnet in 2000, lost his seat, with just over 1,200 votes.

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Elsewhere, the Tories took Kersal in Salford, Manchester, a ward believed to have the largest Jewish population with 41 percent of the electorate.

NEW JEWISH COUNCILLORS Of Jewish candidates in London, some survived, some retired while others are completely new faces. London got its first Jewish Green councillor: Andre Frieze in Richmond (Petersham and Ham). Also in Richmond is the Lib Dems’ only remaining Jewish councillor in London: Jo Humphreys, re-elected in Whitton. It was good news for Labour’s mother-and-son team Judith and Joshua Garfield, newly elected in Redbridge (Barkingside) and New­ham (Stratford and New Town). Joshua, who supports Jeremy Corbyn, has documented his difficulties with anti-Semitism in the Constituency Labour Party (CLP). In Barnet, Rabbi Danny Rich (West Finchley) is the only new Labour voice. Conservative Jewish councillors in Barnet include Alex Prager and Helene Richman

Vote winner: Osh Gantly, elected in Highbury East

(West Hendon, a ward that has never been blue), and Elliott Simberg (Hale). Caroline Stock kept her Totteridge seat. Adam Langleben (West Hendon) tweeted to Corbyn and Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell: “I lost my seat due to #LabourAntisemitism.” In Haringey, Jewish Labour candidates Anna Lawton and Charlie Allen were not returned. But Zena Brabazon (Harringay) and Dana Carlin

(Hornsey) were, as was Sheila Peacock (Northumberland Park), now in her 80s. Daniel Morgan Thomas in Redbridge (Wanstead), was returned for Labour. A teaching assistant who grew up in Wanstead, he is also on the executive of the Jewish Genealogical Society and appeared as a semi-finalist on University Challenge. In Hackney, Sam Pallis (Cazenove), who works at New London shul, won from the Lib Dems. Conservative councillors Simcha Steinberger and Michael Levy (Springfield) and Bentzion Paper (Stamford Hill West) helped to remove Labour’s speaker, Rosemary Sales. In Islington, Highbury East now has two Jewish councillors: mental health champion Osh Gantly and migration specialist Sue Lukes. Both stood for Labour and both are members of Liberal shuls.

Far-right get wiped out The local elections effectively wiped out the far-right parties across the UK, with UKIP “all but gone”. Activists warned that while far-right councillors lost their seats, this meant “the danger has now moved online and to the streets”. A spokesman for HOPE not hate, which campaigns against racism in politics, said: “Far-right and radical-right political parties crashed and burned in spectacular fashion at the local

elections.” He said it had been “a disastrous night for UKIP, which has lurched to the extremes of crude anti-Muslim rhetoric under Gerard Batten, its fourth leader since Nigel Farage,” he party winning just two seats but having lost almost 100 councillors. Other far-right parties, including the British National Party and Anne Marie Waters’ For Britain Movement, also failed to register at the ballot box.

“We should take a moment to enjoy the decline of extremist parties,” said Nick Lowles, chief executive of HOPE not hate, adding that this was due to the hard work of anti-racism campaigners as well as “incompetence” on the part of the far-right. However, he said the farright threat was “increasingly moving to the streets and moving online,” adding: “Three of the world’s top far-right activists in terms of online reach are British”.

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Jewish News 10 May 2018

News / Survivors’ reunion / Witness appeal

The Boys are back in town! Politicians, celebrities and Holocaust survivors gathered on Monday at the annual dinner of ‘The Boys’. The celebration, at the Hilton Hotel in Wembley, reunited 19 of the surviving Jewish orphans rescued from countries like Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary in an operation in which 732 children, mostly boys, were

brought to the UK in 1945. The group formed the 45 Aid Society, to raise money for survivors and teach the lessons of the Shoah. Addressing the audience, which included hundreds of second and third-generation family members, Angela Cohen, chair of the ’45 Aid Society, expressed delight at the reunion but also offered a

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sobering insight into present day anti-Semitism. “It is a frightening reality that 74 years after the liberation of ‘The Boys’, our political leaders need reminding that mentioning Zionism and Nazism in the same breath is both wicked and dangerous.” During the evening TV personality Robert Rinder, grandson of one of ‘The Boys’ Moishe Malenicky, was in conversation with two survivors, Zigi Shipper and Lili Pohlman. He also interviewed the former shadow chancellor Ed Balls about his new co-chair-

manship of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation. The Labour politician said: “The courage, strength and resilience of the Jewish people is a remarkable story. It is very important that this story is understood and shared broadly right across society.” Rinder told Jewish News: “To meet a survivor is to be forever changed, for they teach us how important family really is.” He added: “Their existence is the most important antiseptic available. It completely and utterly deadens any species of Holocaust denial.”

A neighbourhood watch group has appealed for witnesses after two Jewish boys were physically and verbally assaulted Shomrim said the incident occurred at around 7.30pm at the North Circular Road crossing between Golders Green Road and Brent Street. The volunteer group detained a suspect who was later arrested by police, but needs witnesses to the attack, in particular a man who

stopped his car to help but did not leave his details. “His evidence is crucial to ensure the perpetrator faces prosecution,” said a spokesman. The group said only that “two young Jewish boys” had been “racially assaulted, verbally and physically”. Separately, on Tuesday morning, it was revealed that some Jewish schools had received threatening emails. The National Crime Agency said there was “no credible threat”.

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Prince Charles will be guest of honour at a gala concert celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday at the Royal Albert Hall this month. The heir to the throne will attend ‘Platinum – Celebrating Israel at 70’ where a range of musical acts and other performers will take the stage. Headline acts include Balkan Beat Box Soundsystem

and Yemenite female group A-WA, as well as Israel’s leading contemporary dance company, Vertigo, which will make its UK debut. The event on 24 May follows the announcement that Prince William is to visit the Jewish state this summer, the first official Royal trip to Israel.

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Board of Deputies election hustings / News

Board hopefuls bid for presidency Those expecting blood on the streets at the presidential hustings for the Board of Deputies triennial elections were to be disappointed, writes Jenni Frazer. At the JW3 hustings on Tuesday night, all the candidates — Edwin Shuker, Marie van der Zyl, Sheila Gewolb (both Board vice-presidents) and Simon Hochhauser — stepped aside from the constitutional wrangling of the previous weeks as to who was entitled to stand under what rules. Instead, each offered their vision of the next three years with them in the presidential chair, presentations watched with some interest by former Board president Vivian Wineman. The hustings followed a BBC Question Time format under the chairmanship of journalist Stephen Pollard. But – to considerable audience laughter – he declared his role redundant as Gewolb appeared to take over proceedings. First she asked Shuker “Is this the answer we rehearsed?” and then – when the candidates were each invited to ask a question of one of their competitors, asked Hochhauser to provide three reasons why deputies should elect her as the next Board president (and he did, with some grace). Each candidate pointed to their background and experience, both

Talking shop: Candidates vying for the chance to be president of the Board of Deputies at JW3 this week

inside and outside the Board. Employment lawyer van der Zyl overcame cancer as a young mother; Gewolb, who stopped formal education when she was 16, announced she had turned 70 but brought with her a lifetime of practical “low-key” communal work, adding “this is my time”; Shuker spoke of his experience as a 16-year-old refugee from Baghdad, his command of Hebrew and Arabic and his knowledge of the Middle East; and Hoch-

hauser is a technology specialist who is the former president of the United Synagogue. All the candidates acknowledged the major challenges facing any incoming president of the new Board, not least making it a relevant organisation to the community. Shuker pledged to bring “empowerment and excitement” to the Board if elected, and said that as a new deputy he had been asked to fill out a “skills

form” and that he had “waited to be tapped for what I could offer. I am still waiting”. Gewolb said much more use had to be made of the talents of deputies, and spoke of the challenges of tackling anti-Semitism across the political spectrum. In an urbane presentation, Hochhauser said he was used to appearing on broadcast media in his business life and that he could “marshal the facts in a way that only someone experienced

can produce”. He is already chair of Milah UK, which fights to protect Jewish male circumcision. The discussion became more heated when audience member Sharon Klaff, who runs an organisation called Campaign for Truth, challenged van der Zyl with having ignored a report it had produced about the attitudes of the Islamic community, which has bought the Golders Green Hippodrome for use as a mosque. Klaff claimed the community had links with Hezbollah and Islamic extremism; but van der Zyl said she had read the report in detail and had visited the centre and spoken to three religious leaders there. Shuker was more forceful, saying: “I have no quarrel with the mosque. I went to see them, I sat with them. If there is real evidence they want to harm us, we will act. But they bought the centre in a public auction and they have done nothing illegal. I will defend the right of every citizen to live and pray as they wish.” Other issues raised for concern were Labour anti-Semitism, organ donation and child sexual abuse. The candidates have already taken part in hustings in Glasgow and Manchester. The ballot takes place on 13 May.

Shadow Chancellor will PHILLIPS BRANDED A ‘BIGOT’ visit Barnet with Corbyn John McDonnell has agreed to visit Barnet with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in the wake of local election losses following the anti-Semitism row, according to an ex-councillor. The shadow chancellor held talks with two councillors who lost their seats in the London borough last Thursday to discuss the impact anti-Jewish sentiment in the party had on the results. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Adam Langleben Adam Langleben, who had represented West Hendon, said the hour-long Labour [Movement], have been waiting patiently talks had been “positive” because McDonnell had for an hour. We will not be allowed in. They shown he understood the issue. are discussing anti-Semitism without the only “He agreed that our young activists who Jewish affiliate.” knocked on doors deserve an apology and agreed Following the local election results, McDonthat he would call out fake news websites,” he nell acknowledged on Sunday that the party’s told the Press Association. row over anti-Semitism had hit Labour’s election This comes after Langleben criticised the hopes. party, for “uninviting” him and others to a The issue was blamed for the party’s failure to meeting on anti-Semitism this week. secure the key target of Barnet, an area of London He took to Twitter to say: “Just before the with a large Jewish population. election I was invited with others from Jewish Langleben said he expected the shadow chanLabour to attend the Labour NEC [National cellor to return with the Labour leader to visit Executive Committee] Working Group on the area “soon”. “He agreed that he and Jeremy Antisemitism meeting today. I have just been should make a visit to Barnet and he understood uninvited along with others. Apparently the abuse that our canvassers have received.” a ‘misunderstanding’.” The ex-councillor said McDonnell had After arriving at Southside to try to attend the pledged to “call out” anti-Semitism in the party, meeting despite the withdrawn invite, he posted adding: “He showed he understood conspiratoagain, saying: “To my great disappointment the rial anti-Semitism, especially from the left.” Labour NEC Working Group on Antisemitism McDonnell’s aides said they did not discuss have been meeting for one hour now. We, Jewish private meetings.

Journalist Melanie Phillips was called a “bigot” this week by both Jewish and Muslim groups for arguing Islamophobia is “a fiction to shut down debate”. During the BBC’s Sunday Politics programme, she said: “There is no equation between Islamophobia, which is used as a means of shutting down legitimate criticism of the Muslim community, and anti-Semitism, for which there is never any excuse at all.” In response to Phillips’ invective, the Board of Deputies tweeted: “Anti-Muslim hatred is a sickness which must be confronted with clarity & vigour. While in a free society it must be permissible to debate religious teachings, it can never be acceptable to hate Muslims for being Muslim or to racially stereotype any group. Bigotry is bigotry.” Assistant secretary-general of the Muslim

Council of Britain, Miqdaad Versi, said Philips’ comments were “disgusting”, while Labour activist Noah Sorensen said the commentator “makes me ashamed to be Jewish”. But Fiyaz Mughal, of Faith Matters and Tell MAMA, said using the term ‘Islamophobia’ was “unhelpful,” adding: “It is now 20 years old and was developed at a time when questions around faith and Islam and the targeting of Muslims were rolled into the singular term. The world was a different place at that time in 1997. “Today, we are in a distinctly different space where more people are questioning faith, including Muslims. So the term does not stack up and, like any language, things change.” Phillips reiterated her comments in an article in The Times on Monday, entitled ‘Islamophobia is a fiction to shut down debate’.

Rabba Brawer makes history Continued from page 1 announcement, a spokesAlliance) UK – revealed she person for the Chief Rabbi’s wanted to “expand the realm of Office restated its established what is possible for women and position, telling Jewish News: girls in religious pursuit”. “There are many leaderShe explained: “For some, ship roles which we actively being a rabbi epitomises living in encourage women to take up, pursuit of a Torah-infused life. It’s official: Rabbi Dr Sperber ranging from synagogue I wanted to be a role model to signs Rabba Brawer’s semicha chair to ma’ayan. The estabwomen and girls in the comlished position of mainmunity, to show this is not something only pos- stream Orthodoxy across the world is that the sible as a man, but definitely possible and desir- role of rabbi or any equivalent position conable as a woman. In studying to become a rabbi, ferred by semicha cannot be one of them.” my intent was to show this is possible and an Brawer is set to leave the UK next month attainable goal. I believe there will be many for the United States, where she will complete more who will follow.” Hillel’s Office of Innovation Fellowship for However, in response to Brawer’s Rabbinic Entrepreneurship.


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Diaspora Jewry / News

Rivlin empathy for UK Jews By Justin Cohen in Israel justinc@thejngroup.com @CohenJust

Israel’s president has said it is “not easy” to be Jewish in Britain today – but insisted there is no inherent battle between “left-wing ideas” and Jews worldwide. His comments came in an address to the United Synagogue’s recordbreaking mission to Israel marking the country’s 70th birthday. One of the largest UK delegations to the state in recent decades, the 150 visited central locations in the state’s formation and heard first-hand from some of those who have played key roles in its rollercoaster history. President Reuven Rivlin, wrapping up the four-day mission on Monday, said it was not possible to travel around the country without seeing the positive imprint of British Jewry – and hailed the community as a “bridge” in soaring bilateral cooperation across trade and academia. Diaspora Jewry, he said, was like a fifth tribe of Israel “led by the people of Great Britain”. But he said: “You have many challenges. Jewish schools need bomb proof windows. Your shuls need protection, night and day. You face hatred

President Reuven Rivlin addressing the United Synagogue’s Israel mission

on the right. You face hatred on the left. You face hatred from radical Islamist groups. We do not have a war, with leftwing ideas, or right-wing ideas. But we will stand up, and we will speak out, when these ideas are twisted, to teach hatred of Jews, and God forbid, to attack Jews.” He added: “Israel stands side by side with you, just as you stand with us.” Rivlin expressed hope that the upcoming visit of the Duke of Cambridge would bring “much nachus” to Anglo-Jewry. “It is a chance to show him, and the British people, our wonderful country.”

He was presented with a machzor and a book on the royals, before recalling to the audience the moment Prince William’s grandmother ascended to the throne when he was a young child. “I remember thinking we have a new Queen,” he recalled. One man who will play a central role in rolling out the red carpet for the first official Royal visit is British Ambassador David Quarrey, who hosted the group for tea at his residence. British-born former Ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub and his wife Zehava spoke of their time at the Embassy and life in Israel when they joined

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis for a Shabbat programme – with all three on entertaining form. A tour of the Knesset saw a Q&A session with Deputy Speaker Hilik Bar, who was pivotal in the recent move by Israeli Labour to sever ties with Jeremy Corbyn. But the trip was focused on events seven decades ago rather than the present, with visits to Independence Hall, Mount Herzl and the site of the former Atlit detention camp south of Haifa, where illegal Jewish immigrants were held by the British after trying to reach Palestine. The most moving moments of the trip came from its final speaker, Doron Almog, the former IDF major general who was the first to arrive at Entebbe. There was barely a dry eye as he spoke of his journey to create Aleh Negev, a pioneering rehabilitation centre for the severely disabled in memory of his son, Eran, who passed away 11 years ago, aged just 23. The United Synagogue’s Alan Aziz and Ida Symons, who organised the trip and ran it together with Rabbi Laitner, said: “This was the most successful group they have taken to Israel, made possible due to the unrivalled extensive reach the United Synagogue has.”


ANGER OVER LAG B’OMER BONFIRE An Orthodox umbrella group in Stamford Hill displayed a “shocking disregard for public safety” by having an unauthorised bonfire in the middle of a road at night, Hackney Council has said. The Jewish Community Council (JCC) was berated in unusually strident and public criticism by the council this week, after the fire marking the Jewish festival of Lag B’Omer exploded shortly after being lit, requiring several people to be taken to hospital. In a statement from Kim Wright, group director of neighbourhoods and housing, the council accused the JCC of “misleading” authorities, adding that it was only luck that someone was not more seriously injured. Hatzola said “multiple patients were treated” at the scene.

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the larger Muslim skullcap called taqiyah. Many girls also wore hijabs, the Muslim head cover for females. Cohen showed the students two videos celebrating Israeli innovation and invited them to another tefillah, this time to “thank Hashem that He gave us Israel”. She asked the students to stand up to sing Hatikvah, which speaks of “being a free people in Zion, Jerusalem” – almost all of them sang the Hebrew-language anthem by heart. Finally, the students were given permission to wave the flags, having been told not to fidget with them for the ceremony’s duration. Ruth Jacobs, chairman of the Representative Council of Birmingham and West Midlands Jewry, describes the surreal reality on display at King David with understatement. “It’s a bit of an anomaly, really,” she said of the school attended by both her children and grandchildren. “It’s an interesting scenario and a funny thing to see those Muslims saying the Shema in the morning prayer.” Rabbi Gideon Goldwater heard about King David long before he enrolled one of his two daughters there last year, after moving here with his family from London to serve as the local director of Aish HaTorah, an Orthodox


ing David School in Birmingham celebrated Israel’s 70th birthday with blue and white flags and the singing of the Hatikvah. So far, so straightforward. You’d expect this from one of Britain’s biggest Jewish schools. But King David is most certainly not like other Jewish schools, writes Cnaan Liphshiz. Most of the students in the 53-year-old primary school in a suburb of Birmingham come from Muslim families – the result of a decades-long depletion in the size of most Jewish communities outside London and growing immigration from the Middle East. According to parents and community observers, 80 percent of the students are Muslim. The school declined to comment. On Israel’s Independence Day, which this year fell on 19 April, Esther Cohen, King David’s head of religious education, kicked off the ceremony in the school gym with the Modeh Ani morning prayer in Hebrew followed by the Shema prayer. The student body, hand-drawn Israeli flags at their feet, dutifully recited the words. Then they closed their eyes for what Cohen called “tefillah to Hashem”, Hebrew for “prayer to God”. Most of the boys were wearing some sort of head cover – some kippot and others

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Jewish organisation. The school once had an entirely Jewish student body, but he said that changed as demographics changed. “I’ve always said this is a fascinating place, you won’t find this sort of situation elsewhere,” Goldwater said. Despite this unusual twist, King David makes perfect sense to some Muslim parents, they said. “It is a Jewish school but regardless of that, I think it’s a very good school,” said Fouad, a medical professional whose family is originally from Pakistan and whose daughter attends King David (he asked to be identified by his first name only). “The best thing about it is that it has discipline that other schools lack. There’s zero violence, there’s very little bullying. It’s just not tolerated here.” Fouad, whose son graduated from King David, said the family’s “ideal school” would have been the Church of England school, but “it’s very hard to get into”. His family heard of King David from friends and he and his wife decided to apply after visiting another prospective school, where a student gave them the middle finger. By contrast, King David is “safe, secure, friendly,” Fouad said. “I’m not worried about the religious studies, Hebrew, etc. I actually think it’s good that children learn different religions. It instills tolerance.”

Whereas excellent private schools are easy to find, non-Jewish parents are drawn to King David also because it is a faith-based school where admission is free. The curriculum is determined by a foundation affiliated with Birmingham’s 162-year-old Singers Hill Synagogue. But it also complies with the Department for Education requirements that include tuition-free schooling of approximately seven hours per day. King David students are not taught about other religions except Judaism, according to Jacobs. Everybody celebrates Jewish holidays together and Shabbat. Each Friday features a Kiddush ceremony ahead of the Jewish day of rest. But she said Jewish students receive more in-depth tutoring about Judaism that the non-Jews may skip. All the students also study some Hebrew. The UK’s second largest city, with 1.1 million residents, has fewer than 1,700 Jews. In the 1980s, many thousands of Jews left for London and Manchester. Jacobs said she finds the decline depressing, but not irreversible. “This place has everything necessary for a strong Jewish community: a Jewish school, a large university, synagogues and even a Jewish old-age home,” she said. “Now we just need nice, young Jewish families.” [JTA]




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Jewish and Muslim students have teamed up to make challah for the homeless after swapping information about each other’s cultures. Youngsters at Wimbledon Cheder and Minhaj-ulQuran Mosque in Forest Hill used their second Interfaith Student Exchange, held over the past two weekends, to do something to help those in need of help. When students from the mosque visited the synagogue and got involved, they came up with the idea of helping a local shelter during challah

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plaiting workshop. A second workshop investigated the Hebrew roots of many words in the Quran, particularly the names of the prophets and certain concepts related to Islamic belief.

There was even a competition, in which Jewish and Muslim teams had to read Arabic and Hebrew words and explain the significance behind them, before enjoying a meal which reflected European and Middle Eastern Jewish cuisine. Organiser Zain Hussain said: “As a Hebrew teacher at the Wimbledon Synagogue, and as a Muslim who is affiliated with the mosque, organising interfaith exchanges such as these has taught me about what needs to be done with interfaith dialogue.”


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World News / Polish nationalism / Scientists awarded

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Staff at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum are being targeted by Polish nationalists in the wake of a new law criminalising references to Poles’ complicity during the Holocaust. Senior officials have hit back after one foreign guide had his home vandalised and another was harangued by supporters of a convicted anti-Semite while conducting a tour of the site in March. Others connected to the museum, including director Piotr Cywiński, have been subjected to a communications onslaught, similar to that experienced by staff at the Jewish Museum in Camden earlier this year. The campaign of “hate, fake news and manipulations” follows a controversial law passed by Poland’s government several weeks ago, which bans references to “Polish death camps” and the false attribution to Poland of complicity in the crimes committed by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. The law caused enormous upset in Israel, where politicians accused Poles of seeking to suppress free speech and examination of events during the Holocaust. But in recent weeks, nationalists have accused the museum of downplaying the death of 74,000 non-Jewish Poles killed at the camp and of only focusing on Jewish victims.

One of Israel’s most prestigious universities has awarded honorary doctorates to two “pioneering” British scientists. Professor Colin Ratledge from University College London (UCL) and Dame Carol Robinson, who was the first female professor of Chemistry at both Oxford and Cambridge, were honoured by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Ratledge is a world authority on the production of single cell oils, particularly the Abigail Morris, chief executive of the Jewish Museum in Camden views some of the thousands of ‘scary’ emails she and her staff received

Now, the museum is beginning to fight back. Pawel Sawicki, who runs the museum’s social media unit, said Cywiński had suffered “50 days of incessant hatred”, with “dozens of articles on dodgy websites, hundreds of Twitter accounts, thousands of similar tweets, profanities, memes, threats, slanders, denunciations”. He added: “It’s enough to make you sick.” Nationalist campaigners say they want all museum guides to be Polish, to be

licenced by a Polish national institution, and to put forward the Polish perspective. It comes after the home of an Italian museum guide was vandalised in February, with a Star of David equated to a Nazi symbol, and words reading “Poland for the Poles” and “Auswitz [sic] for Poland guide!!” were scrawled over the walls. Earlier this year, the Jewish Museum in Camden was targeted online by Polish nationalists who sent tens of thousands of unwanted email messages.

production of polyunsaturated fats by yeast, fungi and algae. He has worked extensively on the genetic control of key genes involved in lipid accumulation. Robinson is renowned for pioneering the use of mass spectrometry as an analytical tool and for her groundbreaking research into the 3D structure of proteins. The ceremony took place on Tuesday at the university’s Be’er Sheva campus in the south of the country. Professor Ratledge




Paraguay is moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday. Reuters also verified the move with a Paraguay government spokesman. It will be the third country to move its embassy to Jerusalem. The United States will dedicate its temporary Jerusalem embassy on 14 May, followed two days later by Guatemala.

The new Israeli television series On the Spectrum won the top prize at the Series Mania Festival in Lille, France. The show, about three 20-something roommates with autism living together in an assistedliving apartment, was awarded the best series prize on Saturday. It was produced for the YES satellite broadcaster.



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‘NAZI GRANDMA’ SENT TO PRISON An octogenarian known as the “Nazi Grandma” who is believed to have gone on the run has been imprisoned for Holocaust denial. Ursula Haverbeck, 89, was due to appear on 2 May at the prison in the German town of Bielefeld after being sentenced for incitement caused by public Holocaust denial but was not found at her central Germany home. She has written several articles denying the Shoah and has been convicted many times.

LEADING RABBI KILLED IN PLANE CRASH Rabbi Aaron Panken, 53, the president of Hebrew Union College – the Amercian Reform movement’s flagship seminary – has been killed in a plane crash in a wooded area in New Jersey. A passenger, flight instructor Frank Reiss, was injured. Former US Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, remembered Panken, who was a licensed pilot, as a “brilliant Jewish leader, an incredible mensch and a dear friend”. [JTA]

TUNISIA CANNOT HOST YOUTH OLYMPICS Tunisia has been told it will not be able to bid to host the 2022 Youth Olympics following the country’s treatment of Israeli athletes. International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said in a statement: “After Tunisia banned Israeli athletes from participating in a taekwondo event, the IOC has frozen all contacts with the local National Olympic Committee with regard to its candidature for the Youth Olympic Games 2022.” [JTA]

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should not have been charged with theft. “We conclude that the charges were not properly framed in theft,” said the judge. “This was, on the facts, a clear potential case of fraud by false representation. But that was not charged.” He continued: “In the result, the appeal must succeed. “We reach such a conclusion with no enthusiasm. The jury had found the appellant to be dishonest.” Prosecutors asked the judge, sitting with Mr Justice King and Mrs Justice CheemaGrubb, to substitute convictions for fraud. But the judge said that would not be appropriate and instead quashed the theft convictions. The court heard Darroux’s defence at her trial was that none of her claims were dishonestly made.

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Museum censors exhibit to avoid causing offence The Natural History Museum in Jerusalem has been keeping an exhibit on human evolution covered to avoid offending strictly-Orthodox visitors. When Chaya David, visiting with her three-year-old son, inquired why the display was being censored, a staff member suggested she leave. “I was saddened by it and rather shocked,” David, 31, told The Times of Israel. “It’s unwarranted and illegal.” The Hebrew-language display, ‘The beginning of human evolution and culture’, details the transformation from apes to the modern Homo sapiens, with skulls, models and ancient hunting tools along with written explanations. The museum received approval from municipal authorities to hide the exhibit, along with two displays on dinosaurs and on the human body and sexuality, during visits by strictly-Orthodox

The exhibit at the museum, which has been blocked from view with a pink sheet. (Michael Bachner/Times of Israel)

groups. But on at least two occasions last month, the exhibit was covered even when no such visitors were present. The museum said the cover had been left on by mistake, owing to a staffing shortage. David, herself an observant Jew, said her son saw a big illuminated box on the wall

covered by a pink sheet and ran over to ask what was there. When she moved the sheet, he was excited to see the skulls. “Why are they covering this? It’s totally inappropriate,” she said. “And then it dawned on me: it was probably being covered due to some sort of social and political agenda.”

An employee told her “Charedim don’t like to see these things,” David said. “I was shocked because there weren’t any Haredim there to be offended,” she added. “You can’t just choose one exhibit you think might offend and self-censor in that manner.” When a reporter visited almost a week later, it was still covered. The museum says it has operated for the past 25 years despite receiving no funds, relying on revenue from visiting groups and events. The municipality has disputed this, claiming it still funds the museum. The museum has apologised for the “inconvenience” to David. “We therefore invite her for an additional visit free of charge,” it said. Approval for the cover-up was based on a recommendation by the Jerusalem Charedi Education Division, part of both the city municipality and the Education Ministry.

4.2m anti-Semitic tweets sent in 2017 More than four million antiSemitic tweets were posted on Twitter in 2017, according to the Anti-Defamation League. In a report published on Monday, the group estimated that the tweets were issued by about three million unique accounts in the 12 months to the end of January 2018. The report, the first by ADL on anti-Semitic tweets, estimated the numbers ranged from 36,800 in the week 23-29 July and 181,700 in 3-9 December, with no obvious reason for the discrepancy. The study did not control for “bots” – automatically generated accounts. (Subsequent to the study, Twitter purged millions of suspected bots.) A program identified antiSemitic language and experts examined 55,000 of the 19m tweets that came under review to statistically control for users who were citing the language to condemn antiSemitism or who were using it

with sarcasm or irony. The study said one development was the prolific use of the term “globalist” as an antiSemitic slur. “Although the term is not inherently anti-Semitic, ‘globalist’ is often used as a pejorative term for people whose interests in international commerce or finance ostensibly make them disloyal to the country in which they live.” Twitter said that among its planned reforms was “making affiliation with violent extremist groups against its terms of service”.

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Jewish News 10 May 2018

World News / Lebanese elections / News briefs

Hezbollah tightens grip on Lebanon in election Hezbollah increased its grip on Lebanon in the country’s first election since 2009 as the party-cum-militia and its allies won half the 128 seats in parliament. The group, which is supported by Iran, was set up as a means of resistance to Israel, but with 30,000 battle-hardened fighters and an armoury of up to 100,000 rockets, it is much stronger than the Lebanon’s national army. Sunday’s elections reaffirmed Hezbollah’s dominance of the country and made sure it could block

Anti-Hezbollah activists

Pro-Hezbollah demonstrators in Beirut

important actions, effectively granting the power of veto. Israel’s Education Minister, Naftali Bennett, said the result meant Lebanon and Hezbollah were “indistinguishable” in much the same way as Hamas and Gaza. “The state of Israel will not differentiate between the sovereign state of Lebanon and Hezbollah, and will

view Lebanon as responsible for any action from within its territory,” Bennett said. He later tweeted: “Hezbollah=Lebanon.” Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, called it a “national achievement” in a televised speech on Monday, and said the results guaranteed the protection of the “resistance” against Israel.

Writing in Maariv, Israeli security analyst Yossi Melman said the effect of the results was “negligible” as “Hezbollah will continue to be the dominant force in Lebanese politics”. He added that the election showed how “Hezbollah has been trying to turn itself into more of a Lebanese organisation and be depicted less as an extension of Iran”. Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned on Saudi TV in November, citing Iran’s role in the region and its sponsorship of Hezbollah. The announcement took close aides and allies by surprise. He subsequently returned to the country and his resignation was “put on hold”. Lebanon’s politics are based on a power-sharing agreement which says the prime minister should be a Sunni Muslim, the speaker of parliament a Shia, and the president a Maronite Christian.


Your weekly digest of stories from the international press UNITED STATES The Philadelphia Orchestra has said it will work with both Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs following pro-Palestinian protests about the orchestra’s inaugural trip to Israel. Ahead of the June tour, a spokesman said working with both Jewish and Arab Israelis was ‘an integral part of our commitment to cultural diplomacy’.


A Jewish lawmaker in Toulouse has been stripped of his voting rights after saying there were “too many Arabs” in the city. Aviv Zonabend was speaking in Hebrew on Israeli radio. He later said he meant to say “Islamists” not Arabs. The mayor asked him to resign from the Republican Party.


A Jewish leader in Buenos Aires has been asked to quit after allegations of sexual misconduct were aired by an Argentinian actress. Ariel Cohen Sabban was asked to resign the presidency of the Delegation of Argentine Israelite Associations, an umbrella group, by the board of directors.


A 14-year-old boy was punched and cursed at outside of a yeshiva and high school in Queens, New York. The attack on Sunday occurred outside the Yeshivath Shaar Hatorah Grodno. A man punched the teen in the face and called him a “Jew boy,” a local newspaper reported. It was not reported whether the teen was a student at the yeshiva. Nikaia Jewish cemetery, near Athens, desecrated with neo-Nazi symbols two years ago, has once again be vandalised, with headstones knocked over



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History repeating? Among all the many comments, images, threads, memes and sayings posted on social media about the Iran deal this week was an old video clip of Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the US Congress in 2002. “There is no question whatsoever that Saddam is seeking, and is working, and is advancing towards the development of nuclear weapons, no question whatsoever,” he says, in now-familiar tones. “If you take out Saddam’s regime, I guarantee you that it will have enormous positive reverberations on the region.” Saddam, of course, had no nuclear weapons and war in Iraq could never be said to have had “enormous positive reverberations on the region,” so Israel’s prime minister has been wrong on this subject before. Might he be wrong again, this time on Iran? Some of the wisest voices both here and in Israel suggest he might be. Why kill a deal that’s working, they ask? Why risk an untethered Iran when you knew what the tethered one was up to? Withdrawal actually makes Israel less safe. Israel’s leaders disagree. They hate the deal, always have, and see it as a reward for bad behaviour, releasing billions of dollars back to a regime that is still intent on threatening Israel, most recently from what remains of Syria. To hell with the deal, they say. Trump did the right thing. The problem is that they have not yet offered a Plan B. Their criticism of Iran– on everything from human rights, missile tests, sponsorship of militias around the region and voiced criticism of Israel and the US – could be applied to any number of suspect countries in the Middle East. And still no prominent deal hater has said the deal Trump killed wasn’t working. None have argued that US withdrawal makes Iran less likely to hit out at Israel. Moreover, Netanyahu thinks Iran is a beehive he can rattle without getting stung. He is alone in that belief. The sting would hurt the Jewish people, and war would hurt everyone. Let’s hope Bibi’s instincts about Iran are better than they were about Iraq.


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ALEC WAS A MASTER RACONTEUR Holocaust Memorial Day and Alec Ward, one of ‘The at events organised by the Boys’ of the 45 Aid Society Holocaust Educational Trust. who died last month aged Thousands of people heard 91, was a true unsung hero. Alec’s testimony. I have read He survived countless selecletters from prison inmates tions in six forced labour saying he had transformed and concentration camps, their lives. Alec spoke with including Buchenwald, and humility and grace. He was was on the notorious death a master raconteur, who march to Mauthausen. always had a twinkle in his Alec was 18 when he was eye. While he could not forfinally liberated, but his Alec Ward: survivor and unsung hero get what his tormentors did, entire family had perished he could never bring himself to hate those who during the Holocaust. In 1981, he suffered a cruel brutalised him and murdered his family. blow with the loss of his son, Mark, my best The world is a poorer place without Alec, but school friend, to cancer at the age of 23. his humanity lives on through the outstanding It wasn’t until 50 years after being liberated work of his daughter, Lyla, and grandson, Liron. that Alec wrote down his story. For more than David Levenson 20 years, he travelled the country with his wife, Stanmore Hettie, talking to groups of all ages. He spoke on

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Heart charity’s award can make us all proud It’s nice to report good news coming out of the United Nations – the Israeli humanitarian charity Save A Child’s Heart (SACH) has won this year’s UN Population Award. Each year, the awards committee honours an individual or institution in recognition of outstanding contributions to population and reproductive health questions and to their solutions. The mission of Save A Child’s Heart is to tackle heart disease in children born in developing coun-

Double honour: Dr Lior Sasson, surgeon for Save A Child’s Heart

tries and also train doctors from those countries. To date, we have carried out almost 4,800 life-saving surgeries on children from 56 countries and trained 117 doctors and clinicians, mainly at the Wolfson Medical Centre in Holon. Half of these children are from Gaza, the Palestinian Authority, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Patients are not charged for surgery: our doctors volunteer their time, and other expenses are covered by fundraisers around the world. This award, together with Save A Child’s Heart’s lead surgeon, Dr Lior Sasson, recently being awarded the Israeli Hero Award at the Night of Hero’s celebration, is the highest recognition of the outstanding lifesaving work being carried out by SACH and one in which every Jew and Israeli can take pride. David Silverston Trustee, Save A Child’s Heart



Further to your excellent recent article on the new Krakow Jewish communuity centre, in October I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau (Jewish News, 26 April). The following day, I made my way towards the old Jewish quarter of Kazimierz, Krakow. In Miodowa Street, I saw a plaque on a new building. It read in English and Polish: “The Prince of Wales Community Centre. The World Jewish Relief Krakow Jewish Community Centre. Prince Charles accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall officially opened the centre on 29 April 2008.” In the old quarter itself, I visited the Old Synagogue and a couple of smaller ones. They were now museum pieces with many relics on display of every description. Martin Cohen By email

Nice try by your especially to memcolumnist David bers of our own party, Hirsh on his speech are a disgrace to our for Jeremy Corbyn to party and to humanend the anti-Semtism ity in general. I say to scandal, but Corthem: ‘I do not want byn doesn’t need a your vote. You are not long speech (Jewish welcome in Labour. If News, 26 April). Labour needs to be firmer identified, you will be All he need say thrown out immediis this: “Those of my supporters ately. Stop it, now. Or go.’” who have indulged in disgustBarry Hyman ing anti-Semitic verbal assaults, Bushey Heath

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hile, as we all know, Yiddish curses are the best, having a flavour and pungency that exists in no other language, the Chinese have their own collection of subtle nudges. One of the best-known is: “May you live in interesting times”. Well, you’ll get no argument from me on that score. The times could scarcely be more interesting or more volatile, with the unexpected becoming the norm: from Trump the Impossible, being lauded as a “genius” by his ex-communications director, Anthony Scaramucci (pictured) – such a genius that it took him 11 whole days to hire and then fire the Mooch; to the Korean leaders, north and south, going for a short walk in the demilitarised zone between the two countries; and even, dare I say, to the more proletarian vicissitudes suffered by Barnet Labour in its unsuccessful efforts to throw out what was, by a long chalk, one of the most incompetent councils in living memory. Anti-Semitism


has a nasty habit of upsetting things in that last case. Let us just rewind a tad here. Before Trump became president, I was driving up Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Street with friends. Two parallel discussions were taking place, which somehow, hilariously, produced the same answers. One conversation was about whether mutual friends would move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, given the innate prejudices of the man and woman concerned. The other, given that we were driving

past the American Embassy, had to do with its potential relocation to Jerusalem. On both counts, the consensus in the car was “he’ll never do it” – and I am not sure to this day whether we meant Trump or the male friend. In fact, however painful and upchucking as it is for me to admit, Trump did what he said he was going to do, and the American Embassy in Hayarkon Street is currently having its exterior signage remodelled to reflect the fact it is to become a consulate, while the main US address will be in Jerusalem. And even more remarkably, Guatemala and Paraguay have announced their intention of following suit and moving to Jerusalem,

too. There are even noises emanating from Romania. So what is going on? All over Tel Aviv last week, I spotted warning green signs on lamp posts marking out the ‘Tsunami Evacuation Route’. Are we witnessing a diplomatic tsunami, in respect of Israel? Perhaps part of the trouble is that there is a certain mindset that says that because things have always been done in a certain way, that’s the way such things will continue. So it makes it more difficult to imagine the unthinkable, a parallel universe in which, say, there are no debates about Israel at the UN, where a Palestinian millionaire sponsors a Chair in Peace Studies at the Hebrew U, that Melania Trump turns out to be a deep thinker who is privately qualified to sit on the Supreme Court… No, no, stop there. All wishful thinking. And yet… the American Embassy is moving to Jerusalem. And Prince William is going to Israel this summer, God and Prince Philip’s health willing. (I still think Trump is a paskudnyak, though.) These are interesting times, indeed.

Barnet sent a message the UK needed to hear BRIAN GORDON



he election results in Barnet were remarkable. From a position where the Conservatives had a majority of just one over the Labour opposition – amid predictions we would lose control of the council – we finished with a good majority of 13. Victory was entirely due to the Corbyn factor. The number of Jewish residents who took part and voted Conservative was unprecedented. Thanks to the orthodox Shirehall estate we even succeeded in capturing West Hendon – a ward previously regarded as unwinnable. A Labour victory in Barnet – the borough with the largest Jewish population - would have been a massive boost for Jeremy Corbyn. His supporters would have hailed this as an endorsement of his policies and a vindication of his indifferent response to what they mischievously dub the anti-Semitism “smear campaign”. Barnet’s Jewish voters were made acutely aware of this scenario by candidates,

campaigners and community leaders. They responded en masse. Elsewhere in London, and other regions where elections were held, it was a matter of swings and roundabouts. Neither party could claim victory overall. Which meant failure for Labour, and its ambitions to turn swathes of Britain’s local government red. Even mid – term, where the government has been beset by banana skins and a deplorable lack of unity over Brexit, the opposition made minimal impact on the status quo. There are now indications of rumblings within Labour for a reassessment of Corbyn’s leadership. For there are numerous moderate Labour Party members, including MPs, who detest Corbyn and his Marxist ideology. They have been browbeaten into silence by Momentum. Now is their chance to begin the campaign to oust him. There was a widespread feeling when Corbyn became Labour leader that he was an asset to the Conservatives. There were even Conservative supporters who tactically joined Labour in order to help get Corbyn in, reasoning that with him at the helm, Labour would be unelectable to government. Last year’s general election result – a near-


miss to say the least – dispelled this notion. There is a lingering danger that a Corbyn-led Labour Party could still one day scrape in, perhaps in coalition with the SNP, if things became really bad for the Conservatives. Even if a Corbyn-led government were unelectable, from our Jewish perspective he must go. A major political party having a leader with his track record is a totally undesirable situation. It is highly damaging for the profile, morale and indeed security, of our community. Campaigns highlighting anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, including protests

outside parliament and the Labour Party HQ, have been constructive and successful thus far. They have achieved huge publicity in the media and cast Corbyn in a highly negative light. But they may now have reached the point of potential backfire. The public could be getting tired of hearing Jews whinge about anti-Semitism. They might just feel that if so many people dislike Jews, maybe there’s some justification for it. The rhetoric against Corbyn should be broadened. We should be reiterating that – beyond the anti-Semitism concerns – he appears anti-British. For years he refused to condemn the IRA, who murdered hundreds of British citizens. He has befriended Hamas, Hezbollah and other violent groups. He is no friend of the Royal family. He favours unilateral disarmament that would render this country defenceless against external enemies. He is a communist in all but name, whose economic and social policies would signal the end of freedom and democracy. He and his supporters are diametrically opposed to all that is decent, tolerant and peaceful in Britain. That is the message the British public needs to hear.

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Ken’s Zionist remarks were correct, in context DAVID WOLCHOVER BARRISTER


nstead of advisedly keeping his own counsel, I fear Ken Livingstone did himself few favours in telling LBC last week that the anti-Semitism row in the Labour Party was a “complete diversion”. Whether it warrants his ultimate expulsion from the party between now and July will be for others to judge. But as someone who, along with the mainstream of our community, is ardently committed to Israel, I would nonetheless argue that on a careful scrutiny, his remarks in that notorious BBC radio interview with Vanessa Feltz two years ago do not deserve the obloquy that has been heaped upon his head. Although he perhaps only has himself to blame for not being clearer, it may be that the episode ought not to be included in the “indictment”. Feltz had asked him about Labour MP Naz Shah’s retweeting of anti-Israel sentiments and the graphic that postulated Israel’s “relocation” to America. Insisting that they were

not anti-Semitic but merely “over the top”, he then uttered the two sentences that have hung around his neck like a millstone ever since: “Let’s remember, when Hitler won his election in 1932 his policy then was that Jews should be moved to Israel [ie Palestine]. He was supporting Zionism [until] he went mad and end[ed] up killing six million Jews.” After this excursus into history hit the headlines, we read column after column of condemnation based on the assumption that Livingstone had intentionally cast an irredeemable slur on Zionism and Jewry. But apart from what I wrote in two Jewish News columns and a law journal article, no one has tried to comprehend the exact point he was trying to make. Context is all. The relocation graphic was originally got up to recycle a facetious old joke popular among American Jews. It was a satirical absurdity and Livingstone was evidently saying in effect (but perhaps rather too telegraphically) that if you need an actual example of racist banishment, look no further than Hitler’s early policy, before he turned to genocide.

Fair enough, it may be said. But did Livingstone really need to mention the Zionist movement’s dark chapter? Surely he could have contrasted the joke and an historical truth without gratuitously bringing up the painful memory of collaboration between certain Zionist agencies and the Nazis. This is the crunch point. The spoof is about a fantasy agreement for population transfer between Israel and America. So it was logical enough to contrast it with the well-documented fact of Zionist/Nazi scheming to get Germany’s Jews into Palestine (which Hitler hoped would make trouble for the British). Otherwise, it was a complete non sequitur. But why say that Hitler – who obviously abhorred the very idea of a Jewish state – “was supporting” Zionism? The short answer, I would suggest, is that Livingstone was instinctively looking for a less pejorative-laden verb than “collaborated” in order to signify Hitler’s tactical backing of Zionist migratory operations and, speaking off the cuff, simply chose the wrong word. How often have I done so – on my feet in court.

Yet before casting Livingstone into the abyss, we should hesitate to apply Freudian parapraxis in imputing base motives. If he were the master of language he is sometimes painted, he would hardly be in his present pickle. We may utterly deprecate talk of diversions and smears, but in his Holocaust Memorial Day participation in an Iranian Press TV discussion, he rounded angrily on a Judeo-phobic caller and reacted to the Holocaust-denying moderator with the abrupt insistence that there was “no credible alternative to six million”.


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Holocaust inversion isn’t a path to peace, Mr Abbas JEREMY HAVARDI



ast week, Mahmoud Abbas launched another spiteful, ignorant and racist diatribe against Jews. In a speech to the National Palestinian Council in Ramallah, he surveyed the persecution of Jews throughout history, culminating in the Holocaust, and asked why this had happened. “Hostility against Jews is not because of their religion, but rather their social behaviour, [charging] interest, and financial matters.” He went on to assert that Jews never suffered under Arab rule, presumably because they adopted different behaviour. The notion that Jews are responsible for their own persecution is a classic anti-Semitic trope. Unsurprisingly, Abbas’ comments brought condemnation from across the world. Of course, Abbas has twisted history before. He wrote a doctoral dissertation at Patrice Lumumba University, which was turned into a 1984 book, The Other Side: The Secret Relationship between Nazism and Zionism. This work

accused Jews of fabricating the number of six million dead and quoted for support the notorious Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson. Abbas also accused the Zionists of collaborating with the Nazis and of being responsible for exaggerating Jewish victims to garner political support after the war. Subsequently, following international pressure, he issued statements denouncing the Holocaust as a “terrible, unforgivable crime”. There is an obvious reason why the Holocaust has been denied, minimised or justified by Palestinian leaders: if Jewish victimhood, especially during the Second World War, is fabricated or exaggerated, in Palestinian eyes there can be no justification for a Jewish state. Simply put, much of the Arab world believes that the Holocaust is the only reason ‘the west’ gave Palestine to the Zionists. Europeans, according to this view, perpetrated a crime (with Zionist collaboration) and then made a Middle Eastern people pay the price. Naturally, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is desperate to cover up the truth about collaboration, namely that the Palestinian leader Mohammed Amin al-Husseini was thoroughly


supportive of Nazi extermination plans, having met Hitler in Berlin. More importantly, Jewish claims to Israel long predated the Holocaust, even if Hitler’s genocide added an important layer of moral justification. The primary justification for a Jewish homeland is the presence of Jews in the land stretching back four millennia, a presence that owed nothing to western powers. Naturally, the PA disseminates the myth that Jews are colonial usurpers with no historical claim. That is why Abbas has questioned whether a Jewish temple ever existed in Jerusalem and why he tried to persuade Unesco that holy Jewish sites, such as the Patriarchs’ Tomb, were actually mosques.

But there is another reason for Holocaust inversion. Today, Palestinian identity is intimately bound up with victimhood. It is reinforced every time another UN resolution is passed in favour of Palestinian rights, and whenever Nakba Day (nakba means ‘catastrophe’) is commemorated. Victimhood is also reinforced by the largesse of western countries that have poured billions of dollars of aid into the territories. But the Shoah reminds the PA that Jews and Israelis have been victims too. Moreover, despite the horrors they suffered, the Jews seized control of their own destiny, built a state and created a national success story that is the envy of the world. All of this undermines the special victim status the Palestinians have constructed for themselves, the notion that they alone deserve the world’s sympathy and that they must play the eternal role of victim and never that of a responsible actor. A genuine peace requires a fundamental change of narrative. Weaponising the Holocaust only reinforces the bitter hatred that has been allowed to fester for so many decades, destroying any chance for coexistence.

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Community / Scene & Be Seen


Nursery, reception, year 1 and year 2 pupils at Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School celebrated Lag B’Omer with a teddy bears’ picnic during Jewish studies lessons. Jewish studies lead Deborah Harris said: “Our children have been learning about the significance of Lag B’Omer and how the day is celebrated. Everyone had a fantastic time and it was great to see the children learning outside of the classroom.”

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Children at Moriah Jewish Day School in Pinner enjoyed a Lag B’Omer fete, organised by the children, parents and staff. The children made jewellery, bookmarks and fruit kebabs to sell at the fete to raise money for Shalva, a children’s disability centre in Israel, raising more than £400 for charity.

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Mental health campaigner and Jami ambassador, Jonny Benjamin, delivered an emotional presentation of his “journey to hope, recovery and beyond”, before giving a personal reading of his new book, The Stranger On The Bridge. Hosted by the mental health service for the Jewish community, Benjamin, pictured with Jami CEO Laurie Rackind and chairman Doug Krikler, credits the charity for “the work they’ve done in combating the stigma around mental health within our Jewish culture”, as well as how his work with the charity allows him to visit “many Jewish schools and synagogues with them to talk openly about my own mental health”.


More than 500 people attended Kinloss Synagogue for a day of learning. Mizrachi UK, in partnership with Kinloss Synagogue and the World Zionist Organisation, brought 18 top scholars and educators from Israel for a “weekend of inspiration” and more than 3,000 people were inspired by rabbanim and rabbaniot from 25 communities across the UK during the Shabbat. CEO of Mizrachi UK, Rabbi Andrew Shaw (pictured), said: “It was an unbelievable weekend showcasing the talent of Israel, bringing it to the heart of our communities and inspiring thousands. Mizrachi UK is committed to connecting our communities with a vibrant religious Zionist identity and the relevance of it to living in the 21st century.”






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Staff and volunteers working across Jewish Care took its clients to polling stations to vote in the local elections last Thursday. Otto Schiff resident, Rose Bliss, 103, said: “It’s important so I always like to vote. I follow in the footsteps of my mum, who voted when she was young. I like to have my point of view.” Jewish Care chief executive Simon Morris said: “We do all we can to support our clients to be part of the democratic process. Just because you live in a care home or need support it doesn’t mean your voice doesn’t matter.”


More than 150 people attended Belmont’s annual fundraising supper quiz. The custom for the event is to donate a percentage of the takings to a chosen charity, which this year is Evie’s Night Owls. It was set up under the Camp Simcha umbrella by Sam and Lee Bladon in memory of their daughter, Evie, who passed away, aged three.

7 MUSICAL WARMTH The Jewish a capella group Pizmon, from New York’s Columbia University, performed for residents of Nightingale Hammerson’s Nightingale House with a programme of Israeli and Yiddish music. Nightingale House’s head of activities, Alastair Addison, said: “The residents were captivated by the young people’s warmth and enthusiasm and amazing musical performance skills.”

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World Jewish Relief (WJR) took 10 British Jews to Ukraine to see first-hand the support it offers struggling Jewish communities. Led by Sam Schryer, the group were introduced to older Jews in Dnipro who meet every week as part of WJR’s ‘Warm Homes’ programme and visited the Tkuma Centre of Jewish History and the Holocaust. Schryer said: “It was inspiring to see young Jews from London engage so diligently and sensitively with the complex issues facing the Jewish communities in Ukraine.”

10WORKING SUPPER Resource raised nearly £14,000 at its supper quiz at Mill Hill Synagogue. Chief executive Victoria Sterman told 260 guests: “The income represents a significant contribution towards the non-profit organisation’s work in providing free professional guidance and training for members of the Jewish community looking to get into the workplace.”

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Kidanza’s stars shine on stage

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The audience watching Kidanza Dance School’s takeover of the legendary Place Theatre couldn’t help but sing along as 120 British, Jewish and Israeli youngsters put on a spectacular production. With high energy and versatile dance numbers, choreographed by Hila Moussaioff, the children and young people, aged between three and 19, performed music spanning from 1980s hits, classical ballet and popular musicals.




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Music / Lifestyle

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Meet Israel’s Toy girl! Netta Barzilai, Israel’s hypnotic performer at Saturday night’s Eurovision Song Contest, tells Francine Wolfisz she’s thrilled to be the runaway favourite to win


n a contest that embraces eccentric Viking corpse costumes, a Genghis Khan-themed disco and a camp troupe of singing air stewards – one of the UK’s more unforgettable entries – there’s always a reason to try and stand out from the crowd at the Eurovision Song Contest. Happily, this year’s entry for Israel is no exception. With clucking noises, quirky vocal sounds and flapping chicken dance moves, Netta Barzilai hopes to win over the voting public with her song, Toy,, by Doron Medley and Stav Beger – the same songwriting team who penned Israel’s past two Eurovision entries. Riding the wave of #MeToo, the global campaign against sexual harassment, the track includes references to Wonder Woman,

PEOPLE SHOULD VOTE FOR TOY BECAUSE IT HAS AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE played by Israeli actress Gal Gadot. The chorus states: “Wonder Woman don’t you ever forget, you’re divine and he’s about to regret. I’m not your toy, you stupid boy.” With just days to go before the grand final in Lisbon, Netta’s song has garnered a staggering 19.7 million views on YouTube and is hot favourite to win. So what does the wide-smiled 25-year-old, with a penchant for big hair and brightly-coloured clothing, make of her song’s runaway success? “I knew we were making something unique and different, but never in a million years did I think the song and the video clip would get such a strong, positive response,” she enthuses. Netta was chosen to represent her country after winning The Next Star, a popular Israeli reality singing contest, having wowed the judges and audience with her singing,

rapping and skills on the looper, a mobile recording device that allows her to layer multiple vocal sounds on top of each other. In the year in which Israel marks its 70th anniversary, she also reveals feeling “very proud to represent my country and the diversity, dynamic and colourful vibe it stands for”. Netta was born in Hod HaSharon in central Israel and at a young age moved for her father’s career to Nigeria, where the family lived for nearly five years before returning home. She recalls being musical from a young age and knew it was a passion she had to pursue. “I think you don’t choose a

career in music, music chooses you,” she tells me. “I’ve been doing music ever since I can remember and always wanted to evolve in that direction. I play the looper and I love it, because it gives me the creative freedom to express my crazy musical ideas.” Netta describes her music style as having “changed and evolved” over the years. She explains: “I started with soul music and icons like Aretha Franklin and Etta James and then moved to R ‘n’ B and artists such as Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill. Electronic music came later on, when I was in high school. I was really influenced by artists like Skrillex and Major Lazer.” As for her Eurovision entry, she describes Toy as a fusion of “contemporary pop, K-pop and hip-hop, with the contagious Middle Eastern sound and beat”. Critics have already drawn comparisons between Netta and the smash-hit song, Gangnam

Above and below: Netta sings her heart out

Style, although this one is also all about girl power and not just catchy dance moves. “People should vote for it because the song has an important message – the awakening of female power and social justice, wrapped in a colourful, happy vibe.” Then there’s the quirky noises, tonguetripping and hen clucks. “Being quirky, different and staying true to who you are is part of my agenda,” she smiles. Israel has won Eurovision three times, with A-Ba-Ni-Bi in 1978, Hallelujah in 1979 and Dana International’s Diva in 1998. Now with her sights firmly set on the final this Saturday, could Netta make it a fourth victory for Israel? “Honestly right now I’m just focused on doing the competition and not the outcome. I’m just working really hard to bring my best to the main stage in Lisbon – but winning would be such an amazing ending to this unbelievable journey.”  Netta will perform Toy in the Eurovision Song Contest grand final on Saturday, 12 May, 8pm, BBC One. Follow Netta at instagram.com/nettabarzi



Jewish News 10 May 2018

Lifestyle / Film

The other side of Entebbe Ben Sales speaks to Daniel Brühl about his role as a German terrorist in the new film version of Entebbe


etting into the mindset of a leftwing German terrorist hijacking a plane full of Jews was never going to be an easy task – and all the more so for actor Daniel Brühl, who had to delve into a dark moment in history from his own heritage. The film, directed by José Padilha, tells of the daring mission by Israeli commandos in 1976 to rescue nearly 100 mainly Jewish and Israeli hostages, and focuses on the conflicted experiences of the two Germans – played by Brühl and Rosamund Pike – who allied with Palestinian terrorists to divert their Paris-bound plane to Uganda. Even as they hold Jews at gunpoint, the two insist they are “humanitarian” activists fighting against fascism. But the parallels to their German forebears are clear. “Germans killing Jews,” an associate of his says. “Ever thought about that?” At another point, Brühl’s character, Wilfried Bose, insists: “I’m no Nazi.” Brühl, 39, who was born in Spain and grew up in Germany, had his breakout role in the 2003 film Goodbye, Lenin! about East Germany at the end of the Cold War, and met American audiences six years later playing a Nazi war hero in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. Although he has played the Gilded Age criminal psychologist Laszlo Kreizler in the TNT series The Alienist and an investigative journalist who recovers Second World War-era art in Woman In Gold, in five different films he has been called on to play Nazis, a civil servant under the Nazis, or a supervillain from a Nazi family. The multiplicity of such roles, Brühl said, is a natural consequence of being a German actor in an industry that keeps churning out

Daniel Brühl and Rosamund Pike, above, as German hijackers in Entebbe, directed by Brazilian José Padilha

films about this era. But it also has to do with his interest in historical events. In addition to films about the Second World War, the Entebbe raid and the fall of the Berlin Wall, Brühl – whose mother is Spanish – was in The Carpenter’s Pencil, about the Spanish Civil War, as well as dramas set in Franco’s Spain and 1970s Chile. In Entebbe, Brühl plays a German bad guy grappling with his country’s recent history, but he makes it clear that he doesn’t want such roles to define him. “I’ve done so many different things,” he said. “Looking back, there’s a body of work, which is very diverse. Fortunately, I can say I’ve done many different things. I wouldn’t have liked to be typecast and limited to that. When I decided to take these parts, it was always out of an interest in period projects, in history. “It’s important to read about history, to analyse history, to also understand where we are right now. “Being a German-Spanish actor, of course I’m participating in projects that deal with the history of my countries. I want to understand where I come from. This is what drives me.” Brühl does historical research to prepare for those roles. For Inglourious Basterds, a revenge fantasy that cared little for historical accuracy (the movie has a Jew machine-gunning Hitler in the face in 1944), Brühl took courses with a sniper. For The Zookeeper’s Wife, a Holocaust drama based on a true story, he and co-star Jessica Chastain met with the titular zookeeper’s daughter. And for Entebbe, Brühl read up on the German far-left activists of the 1960s and 1970s, including Revolutionary Cells, the urban terrorist group that conducted the Entebbe hijacking. He also met with survivors of the raid. Brühl was born two Eddie Marsan years after the Entebbe as Shimon hijacking and recalls Peres and hearing his parents Lior Ashtalking about the leftist kenazi as groups in later years. Yitzhak “I just wanted to Rabin

go back in time, dig a little bit further and get into the mindset of a person who was taking the decision to not only be politically active, but to go that extra step and be a radical and join a mission in which a left-wing German terrorist is hijacking a plane with Jewish passengers,” he said. “It’s still so unbelievable. That made me curious to do some more research.” Entebbe departs from previous films about the incident, which include Operation Thunderbolt (1977), a heroic saga retelling the story of Yoni Netanyahu, the brother of the current Israeli prime minister, who was killed in the raid. Entebbe, however, alternates between the hijackers and the political drama revolving around Yitzhak Rabin and Nonso Anozie as Shimon Peres, Ugandan dictator who at the time were prime minister and defense minister, respectively. Much of the dialogue between Peres (played by Eddie Marsan) and Rabin (Lior Ashkenazi) is a heavy-handed discourse – performed in heavily-accented English – on the need to negotiate for peace. The end credits trace the two men’s lives after 1976 and note that the peace process is now inactive – as if to draw a comparison between a hostage negotiation with a terror group and final-status talks between two recognised governments. Meanwhile, the film deals with the story of the Israeli rescuers by focusing on an ambivalent soldier and his girlfriend, a dancer whose performances are, for some reason, interspersed with scenes of the raid. (The choreography is by famed Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin.) Yoni Netanyahu is portrayed with a bit role in this version and is unceremoniously killed as the operation is beginning. The movie is most engaging as it

explores the dilemmas of the Brühl and Pike characters, as a conflicted man and zealous woman on a violent ideological mission. The film humanises them, telling their backstories, showing how they were trained and, ultimately, how they break down during the escalating hostage crisis. But it’s unambiguous in judging them: they are villains in this story. For Brühl, that’s not a problem. As with much of his work, it’s another way to delve into history, however messy it may be. “That ongoing conflict is important, especially for younger generations, to take a step back, and look at the situation back then,” he says. “It can help you understand the current situation a little bit better, to remind yourself of the positions of what historically and politically was behind such a mission, and not just show an easy black-and-white picture of the conflict.” (JTA)  Entebbe (12A) is out in cinemas tomorrow (Friday)

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CEMENTING RELATIONSHIPS! Deborah Cicurel speaks to Ari Feferkorn, founder of JTrade, the first networking event bringing together a wide range of Jewish property and construction experts


he first ever Jewish property and construction networking event – bringing an array of experts all under one roof – will open its doors this week. JTrade, which takes place on 14 May at the Business Design Centre in Islington, features anyone and everyone in the property and construction trades, from architects and engineers, to interior designers, landscape artists and furniture makers. Former construction project manager Ari Feferkorn, 27, who opened his own company two years ago, came up with the idea for JTrade after being told there were no Jewish suppliers to work with. But his successful career in construction taught him the opposite was true. And once he considered how many Jewish suppliers there were in the industry, he had a lightbulb moment: why not create a networking event where thousands of like-minded Jewish professionals could come together in one place? “There are so many companies who supply the industry,” he says. “You can build a full product from A-to-Z with Jewish suppliers, so why not support Jewish people? I thought we should bring everyone together under one roof and make it happen.” Plenty of people told Feferkorn the event wouldn’t happen. “Everyone told me it wasn’t going to work,” he says. “I said I’m willing to try. I’m not doing this event for money, I’m doing it because I believe there’s a big potential for the community and for Jews to work together, whether they’re from Stamford Hill or Mill Hill.” In fact, demand for JTrade has been so great, that he has had to move the event

from a hotel hall to the Business Design Centre. He’s now expecting 190 stands and more than 2,500 attendees. “The requests have been non-stop,” he says. “This is the first time anything like this is happening.” The event will also include expert panels throughout the day, with speeches from important figures in property, from MPs to lawyers. “Everyone you need to know in the property and construction business will be there,” says Feferkorn. “We are giving businesspeople the ability to reach out and network with others.” Feferkorn’s motivations are entirely altruistic: his main concern is to enable the Jewish community to support each other, and indeed, for different communities to work together regardless of where they live or their level of observance. He hopes the event will enable attendees to increase their network, as Ari Feferkorn

JTrade founder Ari Feferkorn, centre, at the launch of JTrade earlier this year

well as help jobseekers make connections and find a job. “A brother should support a brother,” he says. “Instead of making fundraising dinners and raising money, this is a way to support your community by employing Jewish suppliers. “If you support me, you’re not only supporting me, you’re supporting my staff. By supporting one company, you’re supporting many families and their children and putting food on the table.” Anyone interested can register free for the event, which includes kosher refreshments and a wine tasting. “Even if you don’t exhibit, come to

visit and network the room,” he says. “This is going to be one of the UK’s biggest Jewish events.” • JTrade takes place on 14 May at the Business Design Centre, Upper Street, Islington. Details: www.jtrade.co.uk, or call 020 8806 1998

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It’s Biblical

BY RABBI ALEX CHAPPER In contrast to the themes of holiness, priesthood, temple service and purity in the opening chapters of Vayikra, the final portion of the book contains a dark section of rebuke, detailing the consequences of failure to observe God’s laws, with penalties including national disasters, loss of land and persecution. Yet we do not end on a sad note. After the warning comes a promise that the bonds connecting the Jewish people to God and their homeland will never be totally broken. That message of hope would have been a fitting conclusion. But then the Torah presents a seemingly obscure set of rules, namely the process by which someone vows to donate the equivalent monetary value of a person, an animal or property. What connection does this have to what precedes it? The Kotzker Rebbe explains that what follows the tochecha – the passages of rebuke – is an even more powerful message. God wants us constantly to be aware that whatever happens to us, whether we are thriving or downtrodden, we have tremendous worth as a nation and as individuals: God still values our existence and cherishes our soul. And so now we see the beautiful symmetry of Vayikra. It began with God’s call to Moses – who felt unworthy of a dialogue with the Divine – and ends with a message to all mankind. God calls not only to the spiritually elevated but to each individual, no matter who they are or where they may be.

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Jesse: Man without sin ‘Ben Yishai’, which in English means the son of Jesse, because of Jesse’s greatness and Shabbat 55b describes Jesse as one of the four people who lived in this world that never sinned. So what exactly was it about Jesse that propelled him to great spiritual


heights and made him worthy of such praise from the Talmud? There is a verse in Samuel II 17:12 that says there was an old man in the days of Saul who came with men. The Talmud in Berachot 58a tells us that this man was Jesse and that he went out with a crowd, he came in with a crowd and he expounded Torah with a crowd. Jesse was a Marbitz Torah: he constantly and successfully spread the message of our sacred Torah and its traditions. The Maharsha, the great 16th-century Rabbinic authority, adds that when Jesse was young, he was a man of war, but as he grew older he adapted himself to become a man of wisdom – he was versatile and able to operate successfully in any environment. May we learn and internalise these critical lessons, and as a result be righteous in our own unique way.

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The Bible Says What? Progressively Speaking ‘The Israelites complained, so God burnt down their camp’ BY RABBI MARK GOLDSMITH “The people took to complaining bitterly before the Eternal. God heard and was incensed: a fire of the Eternal broke out against them, ravaging the outskirts of the camp.” Numbers 11:1 We understand the devastating effects of fire that escapes control. From the recent murderous firebombing of a house in Salford to the tragedy of Grenfell Tower, forest fires in California and South Africa and the burning of synagogues on Kristallnacht, fire poses a grave danger to human life and property. So what is God doing using fire to quell rebellion? This part of the Torah is the section where the Israelites become desperate on their journey through the wilderness. They are demoralised, hungry and even willing to return to Egypt to slavery. They do what communities do when they cannot seem to find a way through:

they begin to fight among themselves, not for the sake of the future, but for the sake of the egos of the community members. Thereafter rise false prophets aiming to guide the people, spies of the Land of Israel who sap the people’s morale and the challenge to Moses’ leadership from his cousin Korach. Perhaps the fire on the edge of the camp is a metaphor for how the Israelites come close to destroying their own community. Synagogues and Jewish organisations can easily do the same, when co-operating for a better future becomes complaining and backbiting. If they are not careful they can destroy themselves, making a place that no one would wish to join, or to lead. Perhaps it’s not God here who is the arsonist, but the complainers.  Mark Goldsmith is a rabbinic partner at North Western Reform Synagogue (Alyth)

What does the reaction to Natalie Portman’s refusal to collect the Genesis Prize say about attitudes to Israel? BY RABBI LEAH JORDAN As an American Jew, I found out recently that I care more about what the Israeli-American Natalie Portman [pictured] does than first thought. In fact, the uproar after the actress revealed that she would not attend the Genesis Award ceremony in Israel – to receive its top honour – suggests we in the Jewish community all care more than we thought. But maybe our reactions say more about us than about her. This is certainly true of the president of the Zionist Organization of America. Morton Klein said Portman gave “credibility and legitimacy to the ludicrous, false, nonsensical belief that beautiful women aren’t too bright”. Thanks for the misogyny, Mort. It is equally true of the IfNotNow (the Jewish anti-occupation move-

ment) leaders, Ethan Miller and Jill Raney, who praised Portman, saying: “We welcome our favourite galactic advocate for peace and freedom to our rapidly growing cohort of young American Jews who know that we must stand up for freedom and dignity for all Israelis and Palestinians.” Jane Eisner, editor of Forward (the largest Jewish newspaper in the US), lamented the good Portman could have done had she gone and used that pulpit to speak truth to power. Personally, I find myself in the camp of the Haaretz writer Gideon Levy, who in essence said, “That’s the spirit, Ms Portman, but it’s just a start.” In a clarifying statement, Portman wrote: “I chose not to attend because I did not want to

appear as endorsing Benjamin Netanyahu.” What is it that specifically Portman does not want to seem to be endorsing? I hope it is what Peter Beinart wrote this past week: “Our community’s complicity in the human nightmare in Gaza should fill every American Jew with shame. The first step toward ending that complicity is to stop lying to ourselves.” Portman joins a cohort of famous Jewish-American women, including the comedian Sarah Silverman (whose sister is a rabbi in Israel), who are unafraid to question Israel’s policies of injustice and human rights violations, in what I and the American journalist Ahmed ShihabEldin hope is a growing “spirit of intersectional resistance”. Long may it continue.  Rabbi Leah Jordan is Liberal Judaism’s student chaplain

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mobile phones that can amplify the caller’s voice. I don’t know if your mum wears a hearing aid, but these phones can make sound much clearer either way. They also increase the ringtone volume, so she need never miss a call. People’s needs vary so much that I recommend you get expert advice and try out the different phones first. You won’t find them in the shops, but if you’d like to bring your mum along to Jewish Deaf Association’s technology room in North Finchley, we will discuss your mum’s particular needs and make sure she gets the right phone for her. The two of you will be chatting away again before you know it! If your mum’s hearing loss is causing problems in other areas, for example when she’s watching television, or out and about, we have a variety of other devices that can help there too. Our services are free, so please feel free to call us on 020 8446 0214 to make an appointment with one of our friendly team.

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been heard. In fact, I would urge you to never hesitate about getting in touch with us at Norwood. If you reach out, we’ll be there. Norwood social work teams are here to listen to your concerns, taking actions to promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and keep them safe from harm. We have systems in place to respond quickly and appropriately to reports of abuse or any other concerns relating to the well-being of a child. The number to contact us on is 020 8809 8809. We all need to work together as we are all responsible for one another. Protecting children and vulnerable adults in our community is everyone’s business.



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Job Vacancy – Junior Rabbi and Rabbanit Team The S&P Sephardi Community – Lauderdale Road Synagogue The S&P Sephardi Community are looking to recruit a dynamic and enthusiastic Junior Rabbi/ Rabbanit team who will report to the Senior Rabbi of the S&P and liaise with existing Rabbi of Lauderdale Road. • Support the Rabbi of Lauderdale Road with ecclesiastical tasks • Engage with members of the community • Engage in particular with young families and youth • Assist with ecclesiastical services – reading the Parasha and leading services on High Holy Days • Participate in all Lifecycle events • Pastoral Care • Running children’s services • The Rabbanit is expected to support the Rabbi in home hospitality, teaching Heder, participating in children’s services, general youth work Qualifications & Experience

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Trust Fundraiser Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls School September ‘18 We are looking to employ a Learning Support/ Teaching Assistant to support pupils both 1:1 and in a classroom setting. The appropriate candidate will have initiative, confidence and experience in managing behaviour.

Do you have exceptional written communication, relationship building and organisational skills? An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced, enthusiastic and organised Trust Fundraiser with outstanding written communication skills to join our friendly and dedicated Major Giving Team. By managing the relationships, reporting and application cycles for all existing Trusts and Foundations, as well as developing a programme of research to identify and secure new sources of funding, you will help grow our increasingly successful Major Giving programme.

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Levin makes it all white for the Lions FOOTBALL London Lions White won a first Peter Morrison Trophy in 11 years as Kiki Levin’s strike proved to be enough to see them beat Liverpool Haroldeans 1-0. While conceding it was a close match, Lions manager Ryan Springer felt his side deserved to lift the ‘Jewish FA Cup’, saying: “It was a tight game played in difficult conditions and we’ve definitely played better this season. “We were up against a well oiled, disciplined side who made it very hard for us to get the ball down and play – and full credit to them. But we defended well, made it hard for them too, and overall we feel that we shaded it.”

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Wembley win Wood be wonderful! A Borehamwood shul will hold a special celebration kiddush and offer an extra ‘L’chaim’ in honour of its local football club if they win promotion to League Two at Wembley this weekend. The community has been in a football-festive mood all week, with many set to be at the national stadium to cheer on non-league Borehamwood as they bid to become a professional club for the first time. Hinting at the ‘distinct possibility’ of there also being a few extra prayers said just hours before kick-off, Rabbi Alex Chapper, the Community Rabbi at Borehamwood & Elstree Synagogue, said: “There are many members of the community who are very excited by the prospect of Boreham Wood FC being promoted and I’m certain some will be offering an extra prayer in synagogue ahead of the game. “We don’t have any specific plans to compose a special prayer, but would certainly send them our best wishes for success. If they are promoted we

may hold a special kiddush and have an extra ‘L’chaim’ to celebrate!” Chapper, who lives on the doorstep of the club’s Meadow Park ground, added: “I walk through the grounds on my way to synagogue on Shabbat morning. I always know when they’ve scored a goal as I can hear the crowd cheering.” Laurence Turner is a season ticket holder, as well as the barmitzvah co-ordinator at Radlett Reform Synagogue. Saying how his phone has been red-hot since they booked their place at Wembley from people trying to find out how they can get hold of tickets, he is also one of a group of supporters from the congregation who passionately follows the club. He said: “We have a number of members who are season ticket holders at Meadow Park and are passionate supporters. While the synagogue doesn’t have anything special planned, I can assure you a lot of people here will Main: Radlett Reform Synagogue members Phil Lyons, Georgia Lerner, Darren Lerner and be saying a little prayer hours before Laurence Turner will be at Wembley to support Boreham Wood; inset: players celebrate their kick-off!” win against Sutton to book their place in the play-off final against Tranmere Rovers

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