‘Hezbollah shall not pass!’ How one brave man in a wheelchair halted the hateful Al Quds Day march See pages 2, 3 & 23
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VOICE OF THE JEWISH NEWS As a star comes close to burning up all its energy, it greatly expands and its luminosity increases exponentially, with huge amounts of light and energy given off. The word ‘star’ can be too easily applied to people, but if you think about it in this context, it is more than apt for two Holocaust survivors – the newly-knighted Sir Ben Helfgott and the wonderful Gena Turgel, who passed away hours before Ben’s good news was announced. Their influence has spread far and
wide. Together they have helped young people understand what Europe’s Jews went through only several decades ago, explaining what man can do to fellow man, what it felt like, what it smelled like. That’s why Gena valued perfume so much – the smell of the camps stayed with her for years after and she used bottles of scent to get rid of it. Likewise, never will the testimony of these two formidable characters leave both the children and adults who heard them recall what happened, saying ‘never again’ so poignantly and determinedly.
It matters not that Ben’s voice is now no longer as strong as it once was. They have both said – so well and to so many – what they felt they needed to. This week the community shared in the delight when the Government honoured Ben with a richly-deserved knighthood, but it was a bittersweet moment – with news breaking that Gena had passed away, aged 95. Those of us who met her each have our stories to tell. They may recall, as our own editorial staff do, how she’d make them eat more sandwiches and
homemade apple strudel than they could manage, knowing where her insistence ultimately came from. The words she used were careful, yet stark. Hers was an experience she would not wish on anyone, but that she would tell anyone willing to listen and learn. People who knew her spoke of her “majesty” this week. Some people don’t need the title ‘Dame’ to be seen as one. And to Sir Ben, whose title now matches his status, the community expresses its continuing admiration. Continued on page 20
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News / Al Quds Day rally
Lawyer halts Al Quds march The flag of Hezbollah has again been openly waved and marched through the streets of London – but only after prominent lawyer Mark Lewis and his partner delayed the event by blocking the road with his wheelchair, writes Justin Cohen. More than 1,000 people rallied beneath the gun-emblazoned flag of the Lebanese terrorist group outside the Saudi Embassy on Sunday, hearing speakers including Rev Stephen Sizer, who shared a social media post pointing the finger at Israel for 9/11. At the same time and separated by police, hundreds gathered at the other end of Curzon Street for a counter-demonstration led by the Zionist Federation (ZF). It had been anticipated that the Al Quds supporters would begin their march past some of London’s most iconic landmarks at around 5pm, with the event advertised to conclude at 6pm. But by that time they hadn’t even set off, the stand by Lewis, who has multiple sclerosis, and Mandy Blumenthal, causing the delay. He told Jewish News: “These people were supporting terrorists. We had to object and not give them a free pass. The government was allowing them a free rein, we had to stop them. I thought I’d challenge the police to see if they had a legal basis to stop me exercising my freedom to protest. They said they had an order blocking the street. I asked to see it. They looked flummoxed.” When marchers did eventually set off, chants of “from the river to the sea!” – seen as a call for the
Above: Maajid Nawaz addresses the counterdemostration. Right: Mark Lewis and Mandy Blumenthal hold up the Al Quds Day march
elimination of Israel – rang out as the protest past the Ritz Hotel. Marchers were also heard to taunt pro-Israel demonstrators, saying they would see them “same time next year”. Earlier, at a counterdemonstration, speaker after speaker demanded the government finally take action to fully ban Hezbollah – at the moment, it draws a distinction between the political and military wings. Currently, only the later is banned – a legal loophole which enables the flag to be openly displayed as the group has just one flag. Among those calling for action was counter-
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extremist and broadcaster Maajid Nawaz, who recalled the time: “I would have been on the other side speaking at that rally.” He said he had to think carefully before attending the event, pointing to the difference between the flag of Hezbollah with its gun and that of Israel “with a symbol of your identity”. But he told the crowds: “I thought how would I feel if people raised the KKK or Nazi flag or any flag that wanted to remove me. I realised if we don’t draw a line in the sand and if I’m not here today, what chance of anyone in wider society convincing you this is your home? “If this kind of provocation is allowed to happen every year in the streets there will be a far-right backlash. We must stand together in solidarity against terrorism wherever we see it. I shall contine to stand with you.” Amid chants of “terrorist flags off our streets” and “take it down”, Hendon MP Matthew Offord said: “We shouldn’t have to be here on the streets of London protesting a terrorist flag.” He added: “Hezbollah should be proscribed in its entirety under the Terrorism Act. There are not two wings – Hezbollah says so.” Pointing out that the government had failed to take action despite calls from the London mayor and both Labour and Tory MPs following last year’s event, he asked: “If they don’t hear it from us today, when will they hear it?” The call for action was echoed by ZF chair Paul Charney, while director Arieh Miller, pointing
A farcical stand-off shouldn’t be needed MARK LEWIS
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People have concentrated this week on my act standing (or rather sitting) in front of the Al Quds marchers, blocking the route with my partner, Mandy. Amazingly, a little knowledge of criminal law and the rights of protesters baffled officer after officer who challenged me. The saga, which saw us threatened with arrest to protect the rights of those waving a terrorist flag adorned with an image of an AK47 gun, was a farce – but the fact that the rally itself was allowed was not funny. As a community, we know that the Opposition is a problem, but the government is not much better. It was the government, after all, that allowed this march to take place. The police enforcing the will of the home secretary saw a wheelchair as a greater threat than a machine gun. As home secretary, Theresa May said the Al Quds march should be banned. She seems not to have passed the message to her successors. The stand-off was not planned. I had moved to the route where the marchers wanted to go, thinking a large number of people would do the job the government should have done. But the police, following orders from on high, moved us all away. Mandy and I refused to go.
A civilian support worker told me I had to move. My lawyer’s mind kicked in and I simply asked, “Why?” He walked away. Two officers approached and told me the marchers would walk around me so they “Could not guarantee my safety”. “That’s OK,” I replied. “I never asked you to protect me. I’ll take the risk.” They walked away, then two more took over and said they would stand by my side. At that point, one of the march’s organisers approached the police, saying: “If he doesn’t move, we won’t.” The officers looked at me and, much to the amusement of one of the officers, I replied: “We’ve got a deal. I’ll stay if they stay, I’m not in a rush.” Another officer then told me I had to move and the police had an order closing the street. I enquired: “Can I see it?” He shrugged and walked away mumbling that it was in a van somewhere. After 45 minutes, yet another officer told me she would arrest us. I pointed out that the police said we could stay and so we were doing nothing wrong. She then went away and came back to withdraw my permission to remain, and again warned we would be arrested. The police had chosen the side of the terrorists. And so it was that, after nearly an hour, a police support officer moved me down the street. Farcical as the stand off was, it should never have happened. The government is scared. If this had been a far-right rally, it would have been stopped.
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Al Quds Day rally / News
in wheelchair across the road, stressed “that is not a victimless flag”. Names of victims of Hezbollah terror in Israel and elsewhere were held aloft on placards. Gideon Falter of the Campaign against Antisemitism – whose petition for full proscription has garner 14,200 supporters – said the group has Jews worldwide in its sights and pointed out that Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has claimed funds would dry up if the loophole was closed. Addresses also came from North West and Sussex Friends of Israel, with the latter’s Simon Cobbs saying: “We are quick to attack Labour when they fail but we have to ask where our government is on this issue. They’ve had ample opportunity to act.” The counterdemo was also attended by the Jewish Leadership Council’s Jonathan Goldstein, while, in a message read out, new Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl described the parade as “an annual opportunity to demonise the only Jewish state. It only adds to the hate that fuels the conflict. If they cared about the Palestinians they would tear down those flags and march to the Iranian and Syrian embassies.” She also praised Jewish News’ campaign for a full ban on Hezbollah as “courageous”. This newspaper has in previous years launched petitions on the issue and ran a weekly countdown to this year’s parade, stressing the time the government had to make a change before Hezbollah flags would again fly with impunity. A ComRes poll for Jewish News also showed four times as many Brits would support a ban as oppose it. Opinion, page 23
HOPES ARE RAISED FOR TOTAL HEZBOLLAH BAN London MPs and Jewish community representatives this week reacted with hope to speculation that the UK Government is poised to proscribe Hezbollah in its entirety. The Lebanon-based militia is also a political party and the Government currently divides the group into an armed and political wing – the latter of which it does not proscribe, meaning the group’s flags can be flown on British streets. However, community leaders and parliamentarians were quietly hopeful of movement on Wednesday, following reports that new Home Secretary Sajid Javid was preparing to proscribe the group in its entirety. Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith, who represents Richmond Park, said: “Even Hezbollah doesn’t pretend there is a difference between the military and political wings of the organisation, so it makes no sense that the Government does. If the new home secretary rights that wrong, good for him.” Simon Johnson, chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, said: “We have long argued for the full proscription of Hezbollah. The home secretary’s reported intervention is welcome and I would urge him to raise this with the foreign secretary as well to ensure that the proposal is adopted.” Community Security Trust (CST) director Mark Gardner said: “We welcome the pos-
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sible change of heart and will continue working with all of our partners to pursue a full UK ban on the group.” Israel-Britain director Michael McCann said the move “will be welcomed by IBA’s partners and supporters, if and when it happens,” cautioning that “the Home Office has the power to proscribe Hezbollah, but the Foreign Office also has influence”. Diplomats recognise that Hezbollah now effectively runs Lebanon, after elections earlier this year returned the largest slice of seats to the Iranian-backed militia and its allies, but the Government has said it does not deal with any element of the group.
Jewish News 14 June 2018
News / Queen’s birthday honours
He’s finally Sir Ben
Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott said he was “choked” after hearing he is to be knighted in the Queen’s birthday honours, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. His voice cracking with emotion, the iconic Holocaust educator was reacting as news broke of the awards, along with other prominent names including historian Simon Schama, philanthropist Lloyd Dorfman and MP Louise Ellman who is made a dame. “I didn’t expect it,” said Sir Ben. “I couldn’t believe it. I’m choked. Obviously I’m very pleased. All my life I’ve worked to educate about the Holocaust and will continue to do so.” He was integral to efforts to establish a national Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK, serving as the president of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) and was a member of the Prime Minister’s Holocaust Commission, whose work led to the development of a new national Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens. Olivia Marks-Woldman, chief executive of HMDT, congratulated Sir Ben, who is a founding trustee and honorary president of the organisation, calling him “an extraordinary individual”. “After experiencing unthinkable pain and loss when he was young, he has dedicated so much time to making sure the suffering he endured will not be repeated. “There really is no one quite like Ben. His impact cannot be overstated. Everyone at the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust is so grateful to Ben for his support, friendship and contribution to our work, and I am personally grateful for his advice and guidance.” Sir Ben is also president of the 45 Aid Society for Holocaust survivors, having served as its chairman for over half a century, and in 2017 received the lifelong dedication award from the Holocaust Educational Trust for his work with schools over 30 years. A Cabinet Office spokeswoman said: “Ben has worked tirelessly, over many decades, to encourage community cohesion and combat intolerance and hatred. He has used his public profile as a Holocaust survivor to ensure that Holocaust commemoration has remained on the national agenda.”
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Congratulating Sir Ben, Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “This is marvellous news and so deserved. Soon after he was liberated from the camps, Ben knew that the story of what happened to him, his family and the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis must be
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told. He helped shape Holocaust education in the UK, campaigned for a memorial in London and for a national day to remember the Holocaust.” Ben is a leader, an inspiration and our hero. He is an extraordinary man. Mazeltov, Sir Ben!” Describing him as “a natural storyteller,”
the Cabinet Office paid tribute to Sir Ben’s prolific work, including more than 40 documentaries and books translated into 15 languages on topics such as slavery, the American Revolution, the history of Britain and the French Revolution. Also newly-knighted is Travelex founder Lloyd Dorfman, who the Government described as “a highly significant UK philanthropist over many years”. Chairman of the Prince’s Trust and of Prince’s Trust International, he serves on the board of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Academy Trust, BAFTA, the Community Security Trust (CST) and Jewish cultural centre JW3. He has also donated generously to Westminster Abbey and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Speaking to Jewish News, Dorfman said: “Through all my philanthropic activity I have tried to give time, as well as money. Whether in the Jewish community, arts, education or welfare, the goal is to enable people to fulfil their potential, express their creativity and help the vulnerable. It continues to be a privilege and a pleasure to be involved in philanthropy and to try to make a difference.” Becoming Dame Louise Ellman is the Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside, who is president of the Jewish Labour Movement, vice-chair of Labour Friends of Israel and chair of the All Party Britain Israel Parliamentary Group. From the backbenches she has repeatedly spoken out against anti-Semitism in the party. Speaking to Jewish News, she said: “It was a surprise to hear. I’m delighted!” Among those awarded an MBE for voluntary service to the Armed Forces was Col. Martin Newman, who said: “It’s amazing to receive such recognition for doing a job that you actually enjoy. Working with our Jewish personnel in HM Forces has been an honour and a privilege. “We must support our men and women who strive to maintain their Jewish identity and culture while serving in often difficult and dangerous circumstances. They’re the ones who really deserve our recognition.”
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Helfgott! Newly-honoured Commanders is sometimes called the “working of the Order of the British Empire class” gong. It was scrapped in 1993 (CBE) were Jonathan Haskel, Pro- but revived by David Cameron in fessor of Economics at Imperial 2013 to recognise “the dedication and College London, who has just been hard work so many provide to their appointed to the Bank of Eng- communities… awarded to ‘ordinary land’s influential Monetary Policy people’ for example: road cleaners, Committee, and The Honourable bee-keepers and scout leaders”. Hannah Mary Rothschild. Unlike other honours, the BEM A writer and film-maker who is is not awarded by the Queen or the eldest child of Lord Jacob Roth- Prince of Wales, or at the Palace, schild, her recent work includes but by Lord-Lieutenants, who are a fly-on-the-wall documentary of the representatives of the Crown Tony Blair’s former spin doctor for each county in the UK, as it is Peter Mandelson, filmed in the seen as more of a community award. run-up to the 2010 election. Among the other recipients of the Leslie Kay, 85, received a British BEM was Jill Todd for her dedicated Empire Medal for services to older work in education around Tower people in Manchester’s Jewish Hamlets. community. A former chair of the West London He said: “I’m delighted to receive Synagogue, who has just taken over it, but regard it as an award for the chairmanship of Leo Baeck Colorganisation, not me. Anything that lege, she said: “I am genuinely proud sheds a light on the Jewish com- to join the legion of road cleaners, munity and all the wonderful work bee-keepers and scout leaders, real we’re doing is to be welcomed. I’ve workers – those who make a genuine been involved for 60 years and – contribution to their local area and health permitting – plan to con- who have earned this.” tinue helping.” TheFunday British2018 Empire Medal (BEM) Editorial 20 PAH 165x128 JN.qxp_165x128 07/06/2018comment, 10:33 Pagepage 1
Sir Ben, sitting for artist Frances Segelman, hopes the new sculpture will help tell his story
...and a piece of artwork! Newly-knighted Ben Helfgott has said it was “an honour” to have been sculpted by a Leeds-born artist as part of a series. The Polish-born former champion weightlifter was sculpted in London last Thursday by Frances Segelman, after earlier receiving news that he would be included in the Queen’s birthday honours for his work on Holocaust education.
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He said: “It is an honour to have a sculpture made of me. I hope it will be made use of to tell my story and as a memorial to those that were murdered in the Holocaust.” Segelman, who is sculpting several Holocaust survivors around Britain, said: “I’m thrilled to be sculpting the legendary Ben Helfgott. It is such an honour to sculpt these extraordinary people
in commemoration of those who perished and in recognition of those who survived.” After the war, Sir Ben became a prominent member of the Jewish community, helping to form Holocaust Survivors ’45 Aid Society, serving on the Board of Deputies and acting as a trustee of the Holocaust Educational Trust for 30 years.
Jewish News 14 June 2018
Special Report Gena Turgel MBE: 1923-2018
‘An icon, a treasure’
Almost one thousand people packed into a funeral hall in north London to pay their respects to Holocaust survivor Gena Turgel on Sunday, after the 95-year-old passed away. Rabbis said the hall was already “absolutely packed” almost an hour before the funeral, held at Bushey cemetery, as family and community members – as well as local and national Jewish leaders – flooded in to say goodbye to the iconic educator. In his eulogy, Adam Tash, Gena’s oldest grandchild, said she was “the queen of our family, a friend and educator of thousands”. After paying tribute to her work, he said: “Rosh Hashanah will never be the same for the Stanmore Gena with community where, for a photo of years and years, Nana husband would invite so many Norman people to Kiddush on the first day of Yom Tov. “It will not be the same, and her apple strudel and cheesecake will be sadly missed, especially as no one could leave the house without having a piece.” Officiating at the service was Rabbi Mendel Lew of Stanmore and Rabbi Andrew Shaw of Mizrachi UK, the latter having known Gena for more than 20 years, beginning in the 1990s when he was at the Union of Jewish Students, later at Stanmore, then in Holocaust education work. “She educated others with a quiet determination,” said Shaw this week. “I’ve heard her speak at the National Union of Students’ conference, in Poland, at Hyde Park, at the Foreign Office. So many places. “She managed to put over the important testimony but, every time, her story was told with poise and real majesty. She was a very majestic woman. I just loved being with her.” Shaw and Gena’s grandson, Jonny Turgel, have written – and are now performing around the country – a show called Dreams of a Nation, and said this week that they would be dedicating future performances to her. “It’s about what we’ve been through
as a people,” said Shaw. “It’s about Jewish survival, Jewish history and Jewish destiny, and this is our way of continuing her legacy. Gena’s story is the dreams of a nation.” Speaking in the House of Commons yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May paid her own heartfelt tribute. In response to a question from Conservative MP Bob Blackman, she said: “We must never forget what Gena taught us. We must fight prejudice and hate in all its forms.” Home Secretary Sajid Javid tweeted: “Very saddened to learn that Gena Turgel has passed away. I was so privileged to meet her. One of the most inspirational people I have ever met. RIP.” Born into a traditional Jewish home in Kraków, Poland, in 1923, Gena was the youngest of nine children, whose parents ran a textile business, and whose father would invite all the town’s beggars to the house every Purim, when he would give them money. At 14, she went to a Protestant school and learnt German, which turned out to be a great asset in the camps, including Belsen, where she ended up. She was forced to stand for an hour in a gas chamber in Auschwitz. “Fortunately, it didn’t work,” said Tash.
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Gena with television presenter Natasha Kaplinsky. The pair formed a warm friendship
From hell to a life of happiness RABBI ANDREW SHAW CHIEF EXECUTIVE, MIZRACHI UK
I’ve known Gena for more than 20 years, from my UJS days in the 1990s. I was at Stanmore with her for many years and we’ve done a lot of work together in Holocaust education, both here and abroad. I had a personal connection to her. Her funeral was an outpouring. It was absolutely packed. I was struck by the variety of people who came. There were her friends – one woman said she sat behind her in shul for 37 years – but also community leaders and heads of national organisations, both Jewish and non-Jewish, because she was a national treasure, admired and respected as a leader and an educator.
There were so many people, all paying respect to a woman who gave so much to the world. She left a legacy, of course, but also a family one, with eight grandchildren and 15 greatchildren, which is a wonderful testimony to her, the matriarch of the family. My overriding memory of her is her smile, her positivity. So many survivors have this. You could have excused her for having resentment and hatred, but whenever you heard her speak, she just stressed the joy of meeting her husband, Norman, and of building a family. She didn’t negate the horror she went through but felt we had to build a brighter future. That’s a very Jewish ideal. Our history is replete with that, and to me she personified Jewish history. She’d gone through hell, but came out the other side with a smile on her face and a warmth that was unbelievable to be around.
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I had the distinct privilege and honour to officiate at Gena’s funeral at Bushey cemetery. There were hundreds of people present. I conducted a funeral prior to hers and, when I returned to the hall, there was a huge crowd waiting – and that was 45 minutes before Gena’s funeral had even begun. The crowds continued to stream in afterwards, too. The overriding emotion was that we were in the presence of true greatness. The words ‘good and great’ get bandied around a lot, but in Gena’s case it was completely true – and then some. She was a woman who had seen the worst evil ever
witnessed by mankind. But she did not succumb to it. She stared at the monster and prevailed. From that point on, rather than moan and complain, rather than hate, rather than play the role of persecuted victim – all of which would have been completely understandable – she made it her life’s mission to preach tolerance and respect between people. She worked tirelessly into her 90s to campaign for respect, love and appreciation for others. And all done with her trademark smile and warmth. She was also an extraordinary mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. A true matriarch of her family, whose descendants have continued her powerful legacy and who are continuing to have a strong impact on the Jewish scene and beyond. She was an amazing woman. An unforgettable soul. A Jewish – and national – icon and treasure.
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MILAH UK WELCOMES ICELAND DECISION British Jewish representatives have welcomed a decision by Icelandic lawmakers to drop plans to make circumcision illegal. Simon Hochhauser, co-chair of Milah UK, applauded the decision, following lobbying from advocates in the UK and Europe. “We welcome the common sense decision of the Icelandic Parliament to drop this bill,” he said. “It would have criminalised lawabiding Jews and Muslims.” Iceland would have been the first European country to outlaw circumcision.
30 GRAVES ATTACKED AT JEWISH CEMETERY Police are investigating three separate incidents of vandalism at a Jewish cemetery in Manchester, the most recent causing “thousands of pounds worth of damage”. More than 30 headstones were pushed over at Urmston Jewish Cemetery in Manchester on Sunday, following two other reports of criminal damage at the site on 7 and 14 May. Greater Manchester Police said they are investigating the separate incidents, which are “being treated as hate incidents”.
UK report on belowthe-radar Saudi ties Saudi Arabia’s links with Israel will remain strictly unofficial unless a peace deal is achieved between Israel and the Palestinians, according to a leading UKIsrael think tank. In a report published this week by BICOM, analysts say the Saudis could support the Palestinian leadership and offer an incentive to the Israelis to forge an agreement, but that this issue is not a top Saudi priority. The kingdom, now effectively led by 33-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, commonly known as MBS, has by far the world’s biggest supplies of oil, and has recently launched a series of liberalising reforms, as it seeks to move away from fossil fuels and assert itself in the region. The BICOM report says Saudi royals “share an interest” in Jerusalem and in an Israeli-Palestinian agreement, and want to marginalise Saudi Crown Prince Islamist Mohammed bin Salman
groups such as Hamas and Iranian proxies such as Hezbollah, in order “to maintain legitimacy among their own public and across the Islamic world”. But the authors also acknowledge that Saudi Arabia’s recent and unsuccessful military involvement in Yemen and Syria, together with its need to reform and its ongoing proxy war with Iran, means an Israeli-Palestinian deal is not high on Riyadh’s to-do list. “The Israeli and Palestinian arena, with high risks and low chances of reward, is not a Saudi priority,” say the authors of the report titled Transform or Bust: Implications of the Saudi Revolution. They say common Israeli-Saudi interests such as an antipathy toward Iran overlap “only to a point”, adding that “without progress on the Palestinian issue, SaudiIsraeli cooperation in the region will be limited”.
QC APPOINTMENT SPARKS CONCERN Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) has questioned if a top QC appointed to deal with Labour’s anti-Semitism cases is the right man for the job “given apparent sympathies for Jeremy Corbyn’s world view”. The parliamentary group was reacting to Gordon Nardell’s appointment as Labour’s inhouse counsel and his later endorsement by an activist being investigated for anti-Semitism, but Labour defended him as being “highly respected” and “bound by professional standards”. Elleanne Green, a moderator of the Palestine Live Facebook group, which contained several anti-Semitic messages from members, tweeted her support for Nardell, describing him as “a non-Zionist Jew” and “a brilliant mind”. She also described the long-time Labour supporter as “a man I like and trust”, but LFI queried his suitability for overseeing the legal aspects of Labour’s disciplinary backlog, many involving allegations of anti-Semitism. In reference to Nardell’s polit-
Labour role: Gordon Nardell
ical views, an LFI spokesman said: “We are concerned that, given his apparent sympathies with Jeremy Corbyn’s world view, far-left associations and the endorsement he has received from those behind the appalling Palestine Live Facebook group, Mr Nardell may not be best placed to oversee the effort to rid the Labour party of anti-Semitism. Swift action against the many anti-Semites who appear to have made Labour their home will help to dispel those concerns.” A Labour source told Jewish News: “Gordon Nardell is an eminent and highly respected QC. He will continue to be bound by his professional standards and obligations of the Bar Standards Board Code of Conduct.”
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Royal visit / Chazan jailed / Koran exhibition / News
William to visit Yad Vashem with Chief Prince William will kick off his official royal trip to Israel at Yad Vashem with Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, before going on to meet the country’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin. The Duke of Cambridge, who is second in line to the throne, will touch down in Israel on 25 June for the first official visit by a British Royal, after arriving from Jordan. At Yad Vashem, he will hear the testimony of a Holocaust survivor and a Kindertransport refugee, before laying a wreath at the Hall of Remembrance. He will also see the Old City from a viewing point on the Mount of Olives, before paying his respects at the tomb of his great-grandmother, Princess Alice, who is recognised by Yad Vashem as a Righteous Among the Nations for hiding Jews during the Shoah. The Palace said there
would be further visits “to understand and pay respect to the religions of the region”, leaving the door open for him to visit the Old City. Foreign office ministers and prime ministers do not traditionally visit the Kotel. The Duke was “looking forward” to the visit, said the spokesman, adding that its timing was not linked to the 70th anniversary of Israel’s creation, but that the possibility of an official royal visit had “been discussed for a number of years”. He added: “As with any visit, the Royal Family takes advice from the Foreign Office about what is the appropriate time. They decided this is it and the Duke is the right person.” Noting the “complex challenges” in the region, the four-day tour to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories would put the spotlight on the people of the region. HRH “wants to meet as many people from as many walks of life as possible”. The Israel leg will also include a garden party at the residence of British Ambassador David Quarrey, where the Duke will address prominent figures from both countries. He will take part in a penalty shoot-out with young Israeli Jews and Arabs involved in the UJIA-backed Equaliser programme and the Peres Centre for Peace, and meet start-ups at a techinnovationdemo.InRamallah,hewillmeet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
CHAZAN JAILED FOR SEVEN YEARS A chazan has been sent to jail for seven years over sexual offences against a teenage girl. Jason Blair (pictured), 47, from Mill Hill, was found guilty on 30 April and will also be placed on the sexual offenders register indefinitely, after being charged on five counts of abuse. The first offence took place when the girl was 13 years of age, the second two when
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Ancient Koran goes on display A 10th-century Koran, unique in size and style, has gone on display for the first time as part of a collection of Islamic texts being shown at Israel’s National Library to mark the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The exceptionally small and fragile Koran from the 10th century measures only 68mm by 37 mm. “We have opened a small, yet powerful exhibition of beautiful, rare Islamic manuscripts that tell the story of Islamic culture across a thousand years,” curator Raquel
The 10th century holy book is on show to mark Ramadan
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so one of the roles of the National Library, with its flagship Islam collection, is to broaden awareness, and make space in Israeli consciousness to the culture of Islam.”
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Jewish News 14 June 2018
Special Report / Kindertransport bike ride
Cyclists on Kinder route Descendants of the 10,000 children sent to the UK on the Kindertansport are retracing the 600-mile journey on two wheels for the 80th anniversary
ighty years after the Kindertransport saved 10,000 children from Nazi Europe, their descendants are about to retrace their famous journey – on bicycles, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Among the 42 riders from Berlin to London will be a man in his 80s who came to Britain on that famous rail link, placed in the hands of a UK-bound nurse by his mother when he was just 18 months old. The group’s 600-mile journey, starting at Frank Meisler’s Kindertransport statue outside Berlin’s Friedrichstrasse Station on Sunday, 17 June, is a commemorative cycle organised by World Jewish Relief (WJR), whose predecessor organisation spearheaded the unique rescue effort in the late 1930s. From Berlin, the group will head west, covering about 100 miles per day, before arriving at Meisler’s second Kindertransport statue at the Hook of Holland. From here, they will board an overnight ferry to Harwich in Essex, where the chil-
Frank Meisler’s Kindertransport memorial at Friedrichstrasse train station in Berlin
dren on the first Kindertransport train disembarked. From Harwich, they will cycle towards London Liverpool Street and arrive
at another Kindertransport statue outside the station on Friday 22 June. Several people who arrived as children on the Kindertransport will be waiting to welcome them. On that first train, which arrived on 2 December 1938, was Salomon Robert Goldschmidt. His son, Ian Goldsmith, had no idea about his father’s background until recently, when he accessed WJR’s archive when applying for German citizenship after Brexit. “They sent me 20 pages of records and photos by PDF,” Goldsmith told Jewish News this week, ahead of his participation in the ride. “I had no idea my father was on the Kindertransport. None. He and his brother boarded the first train to leave.” Salomon and his brother Bruno, then aged 13 and 12 respectively, had been living in a Hamburg orphanage for five years by that time, records revealed. “His mother died and his father was mentally ill so unable to look after them,”
Goldsmith explains. “The WJR records were astonishing. One was a photo of my father as a child. Another showed their arrival at the port. It’s incredible. My sister and I knew none of this. He just didn’t talk about it.” Goldsmith said the records had helped him find the house in which his father grew up, and even trace living relatives he never knew he had, including a famous Stanford biochemist whose seminal textbook Goldsmith had devoured years earlier. When WJR asked if he wanted to participate in the ride, he jumped at the chance. “It’s a thank you to WJR, not just for what they’ve done for me but for what they did for my father and uncle. “On the ride, I’ll be thinking about the journey they took, not knowing anything about where they were going. It must have been quite scary.” Also riding will be Paul Alexander, who now lives in Israel. His mother, who had already lost two children, bravely placed her only child in the arms of a volunteer nurse
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Kindertransport bike ride / Special Report
Above: Ian Goldsmith and Tim Ramsdale ahead of the ride. Inset: Paul Alexander
on a train bound for England when he was 18 months old. “No one can imagine what was going through her mind,” said Alexander this week, as he prepared to set off on the journey with his son, Nadav, and 14-year old grandson, Daniel, a triathlon athlete “who’s already taller than me”. Alexander was born Paul Minikes, who took his middle name as his surname in later years while practicing law in the UK. He later made aliyah, moving to Herzliya,
then Ra’anana. Speaking to Jewish News a day before his father would have turned 120, he reflected on his family and reasons for riding. “It’s my answer to Hitler,” he said. “Having survived the Holocaust, having a family, being successful, this is my victory. I won. When I heard about it, I said to myself: I’m going to do it by hook or by crook.” Alexander added: “It’s an opportunity for me to say thank you to the organisation that made it possible to leave Germany, and also to my parents, who had a lot of courage to put me on the train at that age, being an only child, having lost two children before me. You can’t imagine what was going through my mother’s mind.” His Lithuanian father had been released from Buchenwald on condition that he left the country and came to Britain only to be interned under the Enemy Aliens Act. His mother managed to leave Germany on the day war broke out. Alexander, who says he was “probably the youngest child to arrive on the Kindertransport”, was cared for in a children’s home for three years before being reunited with his parents. His mother, who later moved to Israel, lived to 93. He says the ride will be “very emotional, but also a celebration”, adding that the timing of the event is also “poignant” because
The 42 WJR riders will travel 600 miles from Berlin to Liverpool Street station
the statues’ sculptor Meisler, who himself arrived on the Kindertransport, passed away only two months ago. Each rider will dedicate their effort to one of the thousands of children who were saved by the rescue mission, their profiles to be made available on social media with information about where they came from and about the lives they went on to live. After the riders finally reach London, there will be a medal presentation by Sir Erich Reich (who came
Kinder arrive in the UK in February 1939
to the UK himself aged four on a Kindertransport), a welcome from WJR, a thank you from the German Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires Tania Freiin von Uslar-Gleichen and Kaddish led by one of the Kinder, Rabbi Harry Jacobi.
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Jewish News 14 June 2018
News / Shoah education / Special iftar
Pupils inspired by kinder story
Pianist Mona Golabek speaks with students
Thousands of London schoolchildren attended performances of The Children of Willesden Lane this week, as part of the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET)’s Stories From Willesden Lane project, writes Adam Decker. The multidisciplinary education project is being delivered to more than 8,500 students from across 125 schools in the capital this year, to help them understand the experiences of those saved by the Kindertransport. The project is based on The Children of Willesden Lane, a book about Lisa Jura, who was brought to England from Vienna on the Kindertransport aged 13, and who had dreams of becoming a concert pianist. To pay for her lessons she became a maid,
then a machinist in a factory making Army uniforms, ultimately earning a scholarship to the Royal Academy to start a career during which she played internationally. Her daughter, Mona Golabek, also became a concert pianist and has written and performed her mother’s story – The Pianist of Willesden Lane – around the world. Londoners were treated to a one-off gala performance of the show at Wigmore Hall in Marylebone last Sunday, as Golabek took to the stage to retrace her mother’s steps. Among Kindertransport refugees attending the performances were Harry Bibring, who held a live webcast for more than 8,000 students, and Kurt Marx and Hennie Franks, who
both lived at Willesden Hostel at the same time as Jura. Vera Schaufeld and Eve Willman attended school performances, while Bob and Ann Kirk attended the Gala performance. HET’s Karen Pollock said: “There is nothing like hearing from those who came to Britain on the Kindertransport in their own words. This is why we have given students the chance to hear these stories first-hand through Lisa Jura’s story.” Last week, HET arranged for refugees including Schaufeld, Max and the Kirks to meet the children at the Kindertransport memorial at Liverpool Street Station, to mark the remarkable rescue mission’s 80th anniversary.
CHIEF: JEWS AND MUSLIMS ARE ‘SAME FAMILY’ The Chief Rabbi said Jews and Muslims are “part of the same family” at an iftar, after Jewish representatives were invited to yesterday’s traditional evening meal to break the Ramadan fast. At the iftar held at Central Synagogue and hosted by the Board of Deputies, Ephraim Mirvis spoke of the historic closeness between Jewish and Muslim communities,
saying: “Jews and Muslims are part of the same historic family. Our friends here tonight are true and genuine brethren in every sense.” New Board president Marie van der Zyl called on “all political parties to properly investigate racism in their ranks”, after the Muslim Council of Britain urged an independent probe into Islamophobia in the Conservative Party.
Referring to the full-page newspaper adverts highlighting the insidiousness of anti-Semitism by Muslim groups, she said: “The response throughout our community was extraordinarily positive. “We had messages on social media from Jews all over the world, who said they had tears in their eyes when they read the text of your advert.”
Fiyaz Mughal, founder of Muslims Against Anti-Semitism and Tell MAMA, spoke of the rise of political anti-Semitism, saying: “It is the duty of us all, including Muslim communities, to stand up and challenge it where we find it. “Protecting the dignity, integrity and well-being of our Jewish brothers and sisters is the right thing to do.”
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Jewish News 14 June 2018
News / Technion honour / Tech partnership
Sacks gets science award
EXTRA BOOST FOR UK-ISRAEL TECH LINK A project of the British Embassy in Tel Aviv linking British firms with Israeli tech start-ups is to expand, a government minister has said. Matt Hancock MP, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, made the announcement this week, after the UK Israel Tech Hub said it had facilitated 175 partnerships since its inception in 2011. “We need to work with like-minded tech nations,”
he said. “The UK Israel Tech Hub has given aspiring British companies the opportunity to discover Israel’s world-leading innovative technology… “We’re now expanding the scheme to create a global network of hubs, connecting digital dynamos across the world.” British Ambassador to Israel David Quarrey said: “These partnerships mean the UK is a major destination for Israeli innovation.”
A scene from Lord Sacks’ latest inventive animation, on how religion and science compliment one another
Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks has praised science and religion as “the great partnership our world needs”, as he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Israeli technology university Technion. Sacks was praised for his “profound dedication to the state of Israel and the Jewish people” and a “lifetime contribution to enriching Jewish identity”, as he was described by the
university as “one of the world’s foremost Jewish thinkers and philosophers”. Previous honorary doctors at Technion have included Margaret Thatcher, Albert Einstein and Elie Wiesel. Sacks said: “The relationship between science and religion is one of the most important connections in the world today. Often portrayed as a conflict, they Lord are radically different Sacks
disciplines. Both are vital. “In a world of remarkable scientific discoveries, so many of them in Israel, we must remember ethics and morality have a significant part to play in this development. “The Jewish people and the Jewish state have always simultaneously sought to be a creative and a moral force. Nowhere in the world is better placed to maintain this balance than here in Israel, and the Technion is one of the key institutions at the cutting-edge of this work.”
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Hasmo head / Norwood chief / Love Island / News NEWS IN BRIEF
SKY PRESENTERS STAR FOR JEWISH CARE A ground-breaking Jewish Care dinner introduced guests to the charity’s varied work through a series of news reports introduced by Sky’s Kay Burley. The event – which raised a record-breaking £5.25million – opened with a video in which dinner chair turned roving reporter Nicola Loftus met clients of the Brenner Centre before Jewish Care chairman Steven Lewis was seen meeting Sky’s Sophy Ridge to discuss the charity’s new care complex in Stanmore. • Further details and pics, p27
RUSSIANS WON’T GET TO UK VIA ISRAEL VISA Government minister has said Russian nationals blocked from entering the UK would not be able to get around it by getting an Israeli visa instead. Baroness Williams of Trafford was responding to a question in the House of Lords from Lord Balfe, who asked about “the ability of Russian citizens who have been denied visas to enter the UK to circumvent this restriction by taking citizenship of Israel”. Chelsea Football Club’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich is now an Israeli citizen.
New head named at Hasmo girls’ school The Mill Hill school’s executive headteacher Hasmonean Girls’ School has announced the appointment of a new headteacher who will Andrew McClusky used the opportunity to take up the post in January, after former head announce a “transformational” shake-up of the Rachel Fink was named in December as the two-site school’s leadership set-up. “In addition to this excellent appointment, new JFS headteacher. we are working on a new leadership structure Governors this week welcomed Kate Brice to strengthen the leadership capacity (pictured), ), an author who is currently and teaching of Kodesh to ensure this deputy head at City of London School area is stronger than ever next year,” for Girls, having previously taught hishe said. “Further details will be tory at Aylesbury High School and at released in due course.” The Haberdashers’ Aske’s School. Brice has published three books Chair of governors Marc Meyer in her field, including History: said Brice “has the skills, experience Years of Renewal, and personal qualities to lead the Renewal The Early Stuarts and The English Revolution girls’ school into its next phase of develand The Three Henrys: opment”, while paying tribute to a novel. Fink’s “excellent stewardship”. Katie Brice novel
NORWOOD NAMES CHIEF The boss of learning disability charity Kisharon has said she is “humbled” to be appointed the new chief executive of fellow Jewish charity Norwood. Dr Beverley Jacobson, 51, a former management consultant who has spent the last decade growing Kisharon, was hailed by Norwood this week as “an inspirational leader” who had the right experience working in the community. She takes over from outgoing
Norwood chief Elaine Kerr, who said: “I’m delighted to hand over the role to Bev and wish her every success. I hope she enjoys working at Norwood as much as I have.” Neville Kahn, the charity’s new chair, said there had been a “comprehensive recruitment process with many high calibre candidates” and said Kerr had made “an enormous contribution” to the organisation over the past seven years.
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News / Scout celebration / Hair appeal / Food warning
Prepared for 60 years CUTS FOR A CAUSE One of the UK’s oldest Jewish scout groups – that counts Richard Desmond and Harvey Goldsmith as former members – celebrates its 60th anniversary this week, writes Andrew Sherwood. The 16th Edgware has welcomed more than 5,000 beavers, cubs and scouts since its formation in June 1958 at Edgware Reform Synagogue. On Sunday it will celebrate its landmark birthday in Phasels Wood in Bushey – known as the home of scouting. Organiser Lisa Coffer said: “Without question, its biggest strength has been its leadership. So many people have been selfless in giving up hours, weeks and months of their lives to ensure the boys have a packed and meaningful programme each week. “For many, 16th Edgware has formed the roots of people’s social lives and helped them to learn lifelong skills.” Famous names have passed through its ranks, with media magnate Richard Desmond, top kosher caterer Tony Page and leading showbiz promoter Harvey Goldsmith among its alumni. Goldsmith, who served as both a patrol leader and Queen’s Scout, recalled: “The 16th Edgware was a go-
An Israeli charity that provides wigs for children with cancer has appealed to Brits to donate their hair while in Israel, after 16 Jewish girls in London donated their hair and raised thousands of pounds in the process. Zichron Menachem, which has already donated 20 wigs to poorly children in the UK, made the appeal this week, while opening the doors to its new hair and beauty salon at its House of Dreams in Jerusalem with money from the Hebrew Order of David. The charity provides custom-
Past members of the 16th Edgware Scouts, which turns 60 this week
ahead group. Peter and John Harris ran our troop and had great success, and I had Tony Page in my patrol during my time as a leader. “I remember fondly the camping weekends, including making cheesecake in a biscuit tin oven, preparing Friday night dinner and accidentally pouring a bottle of Ribena into a large pot of chicken soup just before serving. This went down extremely well, as you can imagine!”
Coffer added: “Scouting is all about making a positive impact on the lives of young people and their communities. 16th Edgware is responsible for exactly that. 'The lives of thousands of boys, now men and of course more recently girls, have been forever imprinted by what the unit did for them. “We are a family, one we can all be proud of. May the next 60 years be just as memorable.”
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Meals ‘not veggie’ Traces of meat found in vegetarian and vegan supermarket meals highlights the importance of “buying certified or approved kosher products”, according to the Kosher London Beth Din (KLBD). Kashrut campaigners issued a warning this week after meat, including pork, was reportedly found in “meat-free” products. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) launched a probe after
claims were made against both Sainsbury’s “meat free” meatballs and Tesco vegan macaroni ready meal, after an investigation by The Telegraph. Some Jews purchase vegetarian food if there is no access to approved kosher products. A KLBD spokesman said: “For those who only eat kosher food, this case highlights the importance of buying certified kosher products as all the ingredients are thoroughly checked.”
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RAPPERS’ AUSCHWITZ VISIT AFTER OUTRAGE Two German rappers who created an uproar with lyrics that boasted of physiques “more defined that those of Auschwitz inmates” and called for “another Holocaust” visited the Auschwitz memorial. Kollegah and Farid Bang made a private visit on Thursday to the former concentration camp located in modern-day Poland on an invitation from the International Auschwitz Committee. The organisation’s vice president, Christoph Heubner, who accompanied them on the trip, told German media the visit was a way of making amends to Holocaust survivors.
ISRAEL APPROVES £22M WATER PLAN Israel’s Cabinet approved a £22 million plan to deal with the country’s drought problem. The plan would for the first time pump desalinated water directly into Lake Kinneret, also known as the Sea of Galilee. The plan will also rehabilitate seven streams in northern Israel. “Israel has shown an amazing ability to deal with the water problem thanks to technology, initiatives and creativity,” Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday.
TA bursts with Pride! More than a quarter-of-a-million people from around the world gathered in Tel Aviv for the largest LGBT Pride Parade in the Middle East. Marking 20 years since the city’s first event, this year’s Pride featured Eurovision winner Netta Barzilai, who performed her hit, Toy, on the main stage. Celebrations are expected to continue throughout the weekend – with the Parade marking an end to a two week festival, celebrating the city’s reputation as the the world’s “Best Gay City”, as voted by GayCities.com. Tel Aviv-Yafo Mayor Ron Huldai said the city, which has already been acknowledged as the world’s “most gay-friendly city” and as a beacon for liberty, pluralism and tolerance, was very proud of the record number of tourists that took part in this year’s events across the city. “We will continue to support and celebrate our LGBT culture and act as a welcoming destination for the interna-
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MISSING GERMAN GIRL,14, FOUND DEAD A 14-year-old Jewish girl in Germany who had been missing since May has been found dead. The girl, identified as Susanna Feldman, was found last Wednesday outside Wiesbaden, a city in western Germany. Police believe she had been raped and strangled to death and said two male asylum seekers, a 20-year-old Iraqi and 35-year-old Turkish citizen, are suspected of killing Susanna, who was a member of the Jewish community of Mainz and went missing on 22 May.
AUSTRIAN HEAD VISITS ISRAEL Some of the thousands of people taking part in Tel Aviv’s largest LGBT Pride Parade
tional gay community,” he said. The British Embassy in Israel last week unveiled the design for its colourful float that took part in the Tel Aviv Pride event – which was attended by envoy David Quarrey, who is himself gay. Quarrey said the theme was icons of British music, including Elton John, Amy Winehouse, David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, “who
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have helped bring generations together”. He took to Twitter during the parade, to show off the float, saying: “Thanks to everyone who marched with us or supported us today at Tel Aviv Pride – we had quite a crowd. And big thanks to my Embassy team for making it happen.” The parade featured TV host Andy Cohen, who was selected to act as this year’s
“International Pride Ambassador”. He said: “Pride in Tel Aviv is a beautiful celebration of gay rights and visibility in a region where many of the neighbours cannot live as their true selves or be who they were born to be, which makes it all the more special for this massive coming together in support of equality to be taking place in Tel Aviv.”
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has began a state visit to Israel. On Sunday, Kurz visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, where he laid a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance. Kurz and Yad Vashem chairman Avner Shalev signed an Agreement of Principle, ensuring document exchange and access. “It is our [Austrians’] duty and obligation to ensure the Shoah will never happen again and that my generation and succeeding generations will never forget these horrific crimes,” Kurz said.
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Your weekly digest of stories from the international press ROMANIA
A new £970,750 ($1.3million) fund is to be distributed to up to 4,000 Romanian Holocaust survivors on low incomes. The extra money was announced by the World Jewish Restitution Organisation and is based on property wrongfully taken from Jews in northern Bukovina or Bessarabia sometime between 1937 and 1944.
A New York City politician is renting a beach on Coney Island so he can host gendersegregated swim days for his Jewish and Muslim constituents. Brooklyn Democrat councilman Chaim Deutsch said he was doing it so the religious could
enjoy some summer and still adhere to their religions’ modesty laws.
A new study of Latin American Jews is to be launched in November. The project will look at immigration, the experience of Jewish women, Jewish identity and how Jews shaped the region. Part funded by the HadassahBrandeis Institute, it is being led by Venezuela-born Menachem Bandel and US-based Dalia Wassner.
Police are investigating whether a fire that raged for hours in the city of Voronezh in north-west Russia and consumed large
parts of its 19th century Jewish cemetery was started deliberately. The cemetery has been targeted by anti-Semitic vandals in the past. Rabbi Avigdor Nosikov said: ‘We are very worried.’
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IRAN OPENS NUKE FACILITY producing centrifuges, which will operate within the limits of the nuclear deal Tehran signed with world powers. Iranian state television broadcast an interview with Ali Akbar Salehi, showcasing the facility at Natanz’s uranium enrichment centre. In the interview, Salehi President said the facility’s construcRouhani tion began even before the
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Anti-Semitic attacks down Despite concerns of a rise in anti-Semitism in Poland and Hungary, watchdog groups in the two countries – both of which have right-wing governments – have said the number of incidents recorded there in 2017 dropped sharply from the previous year. In Hungary, the Jewish community’s watchdog on anti-Semitism, TEV, said this week in its annual report for 2017 that it had recorded 37 anti-Semitic incidents that year
compared with 48 in 2016, constituting a 23 percent decrease in incidents in Hungary, where some 100,000 Jews live. And in Poland, which is home to some 20,000 Jews, deputy national prosecutor Agata Gałuszka-Górska last month said anti-Semitic incidents had dropped by 30 percent, from 160 in 2016 to 112 last year. Anti-Semitic hate crimes accounted for about six percent of all hate crimes recorded, she said. [JTA]
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Our tears and joy for Gena and Ben Continued from page 1
Not everyone gets sculpted by renowned artists, as he was last week, but the only thought in his mind was for it to help spread the message, that to flourish we must all be tolerant of others. Over and over again this week, that was what people remembered most about Gena: her positivity, her determination to look forward to a brighter future, and to savour the good things in life – love, family, food – while never forgetting the horrors that were, that one day may be again, if we’re not careful. It is, of course, a wonder and a bewilderment that voices like Ben’s and Gena’s are still needed today, and how – in 2018 – we can still be talking about a flourishing of anti-Semitism in Britain’s biggest political party, one that champions progressive causes no less. It just goes to show: their stories cannot be told enough times. And told they have been – to royalty, diplomats and decisionmakers around the world. It is noteworthy that no-one in the Jewish community even batted an eyelid when, on Wednesday, Theresa May paid warm and heartfelt tribute to Gena’s life, work and legacy during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, with millions of Brexit-wary Brits watching. So mazeltov to Ben, and long life to Gena’s family. As we remember her this week, let us remember also how a star dies. Its outer layers fall inward on the neutron core, which heats to billions of degrees and then explodes in a stunning supernova, releasing huge amounts of energy and material into space, which ultimately forms other stars. Such will be her impact.
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ANY STATE WOULD DO THE SAME I refer to the recent gathertrouble by their hate-filled leading of the Kaddish group led ers, mainly Hamas. by Rabbi Leah Jordon, whom I It would have made a little more recently wrote to, and am still sense if they included in their awaiting her reply. Kaddish service, for example, the This misguided gesture by victims of the fire in Hammersmith misinformed members of our (although not through terrorism), community was well intenthe victims of the Manchester tioned in their eyes. Stadium massacre, the victims It is shocking when people of the London Bridge killings, the are killed in these circumstancpoliceman protecting the House es. But who is to blame – Israel? of Commons who was murdered. Certainly not; it is entitled to The Kaddish for Gaza Why not [say Kaddish] for defend its borders against these the Nazis who were shot during invaders, who – if successful – would have the Warsaw uprising by brave Jewish resistmassacred innocent men women and children. ance fighters fighting for their very lives? Why The invaders were warned to stay away, and just the Gaza border incidents? It does not made aware of the consequences if ignored. add up. Any country would do exactly the same. These Harold Lautenberg rioters were put up to cause the maximum By email
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HEZBOLLAH IS AN ANATHEMA You rightly highlighted, and extensively covered in last week’s edition, the spectre of the annual Al Quds Day march. Indeed, Jewish News has counted down the days, over recent months, to this event. Likewise, in recent editions, you have covered the government’s determination to imbue all children, at all schools with so-called ‘British values’. This has been in connection with Ofsted inspections of strictly-Orthodox schools and what they promote in their teachings. How can allowing a terrorist organisation, dedicated to the destruction of Israel, a fellow democratic country with which the UK has such
close ties, to march through the heart of our capital city proudly displaying their flags, be consistent with British values? Hezbollah’s policies are the antithesis of all that we stand for in this country, yet their supporters were able to feely march in London. Hezbollah openly seeks to kill Jews in Israel, and everywhere else. The British Government has raised the “white flag” in this instance, and surrendered our ‘British values’. I normally write letters as a proud, British Jew. Not today – I’m ashamed to be British, but very proud to be Jewish.
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Kaddish’s true role You report that “Widespread revulsion greeted news that 50 mainly young British Jews had held a public show of mourning in Westminster, despite knowing that 52 of the 64 victims were Hamas terrorists” (jewishnews.co.uk, 24 May). These people may have misunderstood the true nature of Kaddish. It is not primarily a prayer for the dead, but rather a proclamation of the Almighty’s holiness as manifested through His control and guidance of the universe. The group was not expressing mourning for the Palestinian dead,
but praising the Almighty for ensuring those killed were, in the main, active terrorists, although even the “unarmed civilian” protestors among whom they hid were not entirely innocent bystanders, as is evidenced by the instructions given them to bring weapons. Perhaps a more legitimate objection to the group’s theatrical performance in Parliament Square is that it is not seemly to gloat over the destruction of the wicked which, in reality, is what they were doing.
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WE DON’T NEED ENEMIES An article in The Telegraph had the headline “Corbyn is pitting Britain’s Muslims against Jews”, another reason why his chance of becoming prime minister is a nightmare for the vast majority of our Jewish population. However, some Jews, as shown by Jewish Voice for Labour – whose members claim they are
Jews who support Jeremy Corbyn – find no fault in his views regarding Israel and his Palestinian cause. Do we need enemies when there are those who recite Kaddish for the Hamas terrorist, and give unintentional credibility to the anti-Semites in this country? Sidney Sands N12
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I read with amusement your recent article about a Beth Din-approved kosher meal served on a British Airways flight, in which listed ingredients included shellfish (Jewish News, 31 May). It reminded me of the labelling on a bottle of kosher sweet and sour sauce I recently bought, which suggested the product was best enjoyed with pork. Daniel Shear By email
LEADING YOUNG MINDS The views of Nina Morris-Evans, who took part in the recent “Kaddish for Gaza”, are not those you’d expect from a Jewish youth leader. We sent our kids on Israel tour, but never in a million years accompanied by a leader who would say the mourner’s prayer for terrorists. Children on tour spend a long month in close proximity to the group leaders, who might be only two or three years older than the participants. They look up to the
leaders’ views. To criticise the Israeli army in public from the comfort of your sofa in London is irresponsible and dangerous. Reform Judaism, as the name suggests, is about being a modern Jew – not about making a mockery of Jewish values or Israelis. How many Kaddish prayers has Nina recited in public for Israeli and Jewish victims of terror?
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Tune into this Friday’s Jewish Views podcast! • Paul Charney of The Zionist Federation, discusses this year’s Al-Quds Day march. * Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott on receiving a knighthood in the Queen’s birthday honours... and being a work of art! • Kate Fulton chats about her work for Volunteers Week.
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Decency of ordinary Brits shines throughe ALEX BRUMMER CITY EDITOR, DAILY MAIL
ereavement is difficult whatever the circumstances. In the past month, our family has suffered two losses: my mother-in-law, Jacqueline Magrill, in Cardiff and my father, Michael Brummer, in Brighton. Jewish death requires a smooth interface with the civilian authorities, because of the requirement to bury as soon as practical. Generally the system works well, although events in north London, where coroner Mary Hassell declined to prioritise Jewish and Muslim burials gave much cause for pause. Fortunately, because of advanced age and regular doctor visits, there was no need to involve coroners. Indeed, my experience with the registrar of deaths in Brighton, and my wife’s in Cardiff, was exemplary. The morning after my father’s death, I emailed the registrar’s office to say that, in keeping with Jewish tradition, we would need
the ‘green’ document, which allows a burial to proceed that day, and asked if special arrangements could be made. When I arrived at Brighton Town Hall, I was ushered into the registrar’s waiting room. Within moments the registrar emerged, shook my hand, offered condolences and invited me to compete the documentation. She asked pertinent questions about my father’s life and showed great interest in the family’s local history. The whole process was completed within 20 minutes and the Jewish undertaker was able to proceed and arrange a 5pm burial on erev Shabbat. It is, rabbis told me, a special blessing to be buried before Shabbat. Although the dates and circumstances were different, my wife Tricia also had a good experience when collecting the death certificates and green documents from the registrar in Cardiff. Jewish populations may be dwindling in the provinces, but the degree of sympathy, care and understanding was exceptional. The contrast with north London, where the High Court had to be involved, could not be greater.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE REGISTRAR OF DEATHS IN BRIGHTON, AND MY WIFE’S IN CARDIFF, WAS EXEMPLARY
In the case of my father’s death, I have been overwhelmed by the care and attention of all the rabbis across the community. Brighton Rabbi Pesach Efune of Lubavitch Chabad spent several hours sitting with me and my brother talking through his life as we watched the body. During the days of shiva, rabbis from across the community, including Rabbi Samuel de Beck Spitzer of Hove, Rabbi Herschel Rader and Rabbi Zalman Lewis, were extremely supportive – in particular, making sure the morning minyan
remained intact. Richmond Rabbi Meir Shindler journeyed from London to lead the memorial prayers. The care and loving attention and the remembrances and words of all these leaders was inspiring. The same can be said of the rabbis at Western Marble Arch Lionel Rosenfeld and Sam Taylor, who welcomed a non-member. Tricia and I have been swamped by letters of condolence, many with wonderful anecdotes that can be treasured. In the Daily Mail’s office, where beards are not favoured, there has been much interest in the Jewish way of mourning and great tributes to both our parents. At times, our home has resembled a florist shops as nonJewish colleagues have shown their sympathy. Recently, some British Jews have felt that the UK is no longer the tolerant place it has been. Of course, there is anti-Semitism in the Labour Party and elsewhere, which must be deplored. There will always be the coroner, animal rights activists and opponents of circumcision who seek to undermine Jewish practice. But, when push comes to shove, the decency and fairness of ordinary British people shines through.
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Al Quds milkshake brings all the loons to the yard RICHARD FERRER EDITOR, JEWISH NEWS
ast year, days after genocidal jihadists slaughtered eight people on London Bridge, the Government allowed the genocidal jihadist flag of Hezbollah to be waved a few miles down the road at the Al Quds Day rally. On Sunday, days after launching its new counter-terrorism strategy, the government let the event take place again, with the terror group’s yellow machine gun banner waved freely from Mayfair to Downing Street. Mixed messages come no more scrambled than that. I began my Al Quds Day [it gets earlier every year] in the testosterone-fuelled Hezbollah end. Event organiser Nazim Ali, the head of the Islamic Human Rights Commission who blames the Grenfell fire on Zionists, held court on a scaffolding platform above the melee, resplendent in top hat and tails. An overcompensating masked youth waved a Hezbollah flag attached to a proud 30-foot pole. The gun flag was also draped around kids, while smaller paper versions were adorably stuck to the side of prams. Sheikh Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour called for Israel to be “wiped off the map”. A charmer in a Celtic top – the number 11 on the back comprised of two maps of Israel – ranted into a speaker covered in Scottish independence stickers about Glasgow standing with Gaza. Neturei Karta burned an Israeli flag. Someone shoved a ‘Zionism=Racism’ sign in my hand, which I shiftily placed on the ground hoping nobody from the Zionist Federation had spotted me [Some of my best friends are Jewish. Honest].
Vicar Stephen Sizer scaled the scaffolding to tell everyone what a unique pain in the arse Israel is. Quiz time: The good reverend suspects A) 9/11 may have been an Israeli plot. B) Ant wasn’t really drunk, it was the Zionists trying to bring down Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. C) The Jews forced Heinz to rename its salad cream. Answer: A [B and C pending]. Yes indeed. The Al Quds milkshake brings all the loons to the yard. Rotten low-hanging fruit who know as sure as they know their own names that Jews are PLOTTING WORLD DOMINATION. (Note to self – running low on biscuits for Sunday’s PWD meeting – get Hobnobs). Over on the pro-Israel side, the chat was more about restaurants than revolution. More Bagel Street than Cable Street. Is Fortnum & Mason walkable? Who’s tried the new Zest Bevis Marks meat restaurant? And, while we’re here, why is that rabble over the road allowed to wave the flag of a group that wants us all dead? The simple answer is the government has banned Hezbollah’s military, but not political wing. Both have the same machine gun flag. The Arab League, even Hezbollah itself, make no distinction. And Fortnums is a five minute stroll down Piccadilly. After headline act Maajid Nawaz spoke about his transition from the young jihadi who addressed the Al Quds rally in 2006 to the reforming hero we adore today, we all sang Hatikvah and God Save The Queen. I hadn’t heard the national anthem sung that passionately since the Boxing Day Ashes Test of 2010. Then both demos were on the move, down Half Moon Street into Curzon Street, separated by police, Community Security Trust volunteers and Islamic Human Rights Commission’s private security – but not before the Al Quders were delayed for an hour by lawyer Mark Lewis, staging a Tiananmen Square sit-in in his wheelchair. Jeremy Corbyn gets it fairly in the neck over his ease around anti-Semites (he has previously addressed the Al Quds rally. Obviously), but the responsibility for this
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shabby shindig is entirely on Tory shoulders. Ask Number 10 how the Hezbollah rally does not breach the Terrorism Act and you’ll be referred to the Home Office, who will bounce you to the Metropolitan Police, who will ping you to the London Mayor’s office, who will refer you to Number 10. It’s a dizzy mess. More than 14,000 people have signed a Parliamentary Petition calling for Hezbollah to, finally, be proscribed in full. That number of signatures now requires a government response – one that must surely signal an end to a hate fest that demeans our nation.
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An emotional week of sorrow and pride KAREN POLLOCK
CEO, HOLOCAUST EDUCATIONAL TRUST
ast Friday, in the space of just 24 hours, we were sharply reminded of how important Holocaust survivors are to us as we reflected on the lives of two icons, Gena Turgel and Ben Helfgott. Survivors are at the heart of all we do. We are constantly amazed by how dedicated and indefatigable they are. But the sad truth is they are growing older, frailer, and fewer, and we have a responsibility to celebrate them and ensure their experiences are known and never forgotten. Gena was a dear friend. She survived the Krakow ghetto, Plaszow concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Buchenwald and Bergen-Belsen, and went on to marry one of her liberators, Norman Turgel. Gena came from a family of nine siblings – only Gena and her mother survived. Despite all she endured, Gena’s kindness, warmth and humour always shone through. Whenever I saw her she would take my hand in her perfectly manicured hand and say, ‘how are you darling’ in the
Karen with Sir Ben and the late Gena Turgel. “She was like family to me,” she writes
thick Polish accent that she never lost, and we would smile at each other. After each of the Trust’s events, she would call me and say ‘Darling, you were wonderful’. She was like family to me. As we grieved for Gena’s passing, the Queen’s Birthday Honours List was announced. And among the hundreds of impressive names was one special name: Sir Ben Helfgott. Ben was nine when the Nazis invaded Poland – he survived Pietrkow Ghetto, Buchenwald and Theresinstadt. He arrived in the UK as one of The Boys and soon after, was reunited with his
sister Mala, his one surviving relative. When liberated, Ben realised the importance of telling the world what happened – leading the way in Holocaust education and remembrance, leading campaigns and initiatives, ensuring that there was a Holocaust memorial in the UK and an annual day in the country’s calendar to remember. He supported organisations here and abroad who worked to preserve the memory of the victims and survivors, and was a founding Trustee of the Holocaust Educational Trust. After the war, Ben became a champion
weightlifter. He was a young, skinny boy, recently liberated from the camps, when he first tried weightlifting, but he had a single mindedness and dogged determination exceeding anyone’s expectations. Now in his late 80s, he has not changed– he never slows down or shies away from fighting for what he believes is right. Gena was one of the strongest and bravest people. She felt a duty to share her story, to bear witness. At the news of Ben’s incredible honour, the same words came to mind. Both are determined, dedicated, extraordinary people. The fact is, all of the survivors we have the privilege of working with are heroes. In their twilight years they relive painful memories so the next generation will always know what happened. Within 24 hours we experienced a rollercoaster of emotions, overwhelmed with immense loss at the passing of a national treasure and immense joy at the recognition of another. The survivors are the very fabric of our community. We must celebrate them. We will work even harder to ensure that their stories will be remembered, beyond their lifetime and ours.
Ben is a knight by deed, and now finally by name JUSTIN COHEN
NEWS EDITOR, JEWISH NEWS
f anyone deserves the title ‘Sir’, it is Ben Helfgott. Both inside and beyond the UK Jewish community, in Britain and internationally, his name has for decades been synonymous with Holocaust education and ensuring the lessons of those dark days are passed on. He has leant his name to, chaired, been trustee or president of every major organisation in this field. So numerous are the responsibilities he’s undertaken that a list in a recently-released book on his life stretches to two pages. For decades before this accolade, he was a true knight to fellow survivors during more than half a century at the helm of the 45 Aid Society, set up to care for the group of boys brought here after experiencing the horrors of the Nazi camps, and in battling for material reparations after the War. When Ben speaks, the world listens. He’s also one of my greatest personal heroes.
It’s been an honour to work with him in my role at Jewish News to champion the causes he’s most passionate about. Along with Gena Turgel and other survivors, he co-edited a special edition of Jewish News marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in 2015. I was also delighted to accompany him to LBC to speak about his experiences after we gave him a lifetime achievement award. So when I received the embargoed honours list, it took a good deal of self-restraint not to blurt out the news to all those I knew would be delighted at news of his knighthood. I can only marvel about how he managed to keep it a surprise from his closest family for weeks. Six months ago, I suggested to those around him that Jewish News launch a campaign for his MBE, awarded several years ago, to be upgraded. The case of Bruce Forsyth, for so long a CBE before belatedly being made a knight in 2011, highlighted how effective media noise can be in helping a person get an honour that matches their work. But, while appreciating the gesture, they understandably felt Ben, who has never
IT HAS BEEN SUCH AN HONOUR TO WORK WITH BEN IN MY ROLE AT JEWISH NEWS
sought the limelight, would likely be embarrassed by such focus, especially given the amazing efforts of so many survivors in this country. That’s not in doubt but his contribution and unique history of competing in the Olympics a few a short years after liberation – in weightlifting of all things – makes his story worthy of celebration at every opportunity. I’m delighted that a glaring omission has been addressed. Ben is, above all, the very definition of a mensch. I always make a beeline for him at communal events where he remains ever present at the age of 87; he may not do as much public speaking as before but he still
oozes that gravitas and passion. And his sights remain firmly fixed on ensuring the next generation know what happened. “I feel fulfilled,” Ben told me in 2015 when thousands attended an enlarged Yom HaShoah commemoration for the first time. When he calls about us covering an event or anniversary for the survivors – and his is one of the few telephone numbers I don’t need to delve into my phone to recall – the answer is almost always an immediate ‘Yes’. Even though he has long since stepped down from heading the 45 Aid Society, he still calls to ensure its events get the coverage they merit, not for himself but for his fellow survivors and to ensure future remembrance. He may not be entirely comfortable with the plaudits, but he deserves every one. Finally, we can all say, mazeltov, Sir Ben! Ben Helfgott: The Story of One of the Boys is available from the Vallentine Mitchell website at the special price of £16.95 (RRP £20) using the code JN18. Offer ends 4 July 2018
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Community / Scene & Be Seen
1 SCIENCE SENSATION More than 85 children aged four to 11 enjoyed Science Week at Jewish Care’s Redbridge Jewish Community Centre, including activities such as slimemaking and sport. They were paid visits by Mr Dude and the Shaliach Oded, the latter teaching them about the Israeli water system. Centre manager Graham Freeman said: “It was non-stop fun and we look forward to seeing the children and leaders having a great time at our Summerworld holiday scheme.”
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2 REGAL RECEPTION
This week’s news, pictures and social events from across the community
Representatives of northwest London kosher elderly care campus, JewishChoice – of which Prince Philip has been a patron for 40 years – were guests at the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. Gerry Temple, honorary advisor and executive volunteer of JewishChoice, said: “We found the Palace to be warm and inviting, serving fantastic food and we felt very well cared for – not unlike our own care home at Choice House! Should Her Majesty be looking for somewhere to enjoy her retirement in due course, we would be delighted to welcome her to our campus.”
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3 STACEY’S JWA BAKE
Jewish Women’s Aid (JWA) held an evening with Great British Bake-Off semi-finalist Stacey Hart, for an event that raised more than £1,000 for the charity, which supports women and children affected by domestic violence and abuse. JWA chief executive Naomi Dickson said: “Stacey was incredible, we’re so grateful to her for giving us her time. The more people know about what we do, the more effective we’ll be at bringing women into the service and helping them turn their lives around.”
4 EVIE KEEPS SCHTUM
Evie Salman, 12, raised more than £2,000 for Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors’ Centre in Hendon and Age UK Camden’s Good Neighbours project by completing a 12-hour sponsored silence – double her original six-hour target – which was part of her batmitzvah preparations. She said: “I want to help older, isolated people, who might not have the warmth of the community, family or friends that I am lucky enough to have.” Daniel Carmel-Brown, Jewish Care’s chief executive designate, said: “It’s great to see young people like Evie finding time in their batmitzvah year to make a commitment to support others through fundraising and building friendships with the older generation.” To sponsor Evie: justgiving.com/ teams/eviessponsoredsilence
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5 SPORT UNITES
Sporting Memories, a programme tackling dementia, depression and loneliness for older people through recalling sporting history, attended three Jewish Care homes for a session. Trainers from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation spent time with residents at Jewish Care’s Betty and Asher Loftus Centre. Jewish Care chief executive Simon Morris said: “Sport brings people together, promoting well-being [and] this has been the case for the people who have participated in the programme.”
6 IFTAR CONNECTION
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Alyth Synagogue hosted 160 Jews and Muslims for an Iftar, welcoming members of the Islamic Centre in Golders Green, North Finchley Mosque, Cricklewood Mosque, Hendon Mosque, the Ismaili Jamatkhana in East Finchley and the Albanian Muslim community who meet in Frognal. Rabbi Mark Goldsmith said: “The depth of connections that have been made by our interfaith relationships means we are truly welcoming our neighbours to share hospitality and learning.” Islamic Relief’s Sultan Ahmed said: “It was an honour to have shared stories from our history and to learn about heroes from Judaism.”
7 SWEET TALKS
The Joseph Interfaith Foundation organised five discussions on Revelation: Jewish and Muslim Perspectives at five major mosques during Ramadan. Senior rabbis who are members of the
foundation’s National Council of Imams and Rabbis spoke, including Edgware United’s Rabbi David Lister, who brought dates (pictured).
8 SPECIAL SERVICE
Hasmonean Boys School held a special Shacharit service to mark a £1,100 donation to the school’s well-being fund from the class of 1969, who celebrated their 60th birthdays at Hendon’s White House restaurant. Chigwell United’s Rabbi Baruch Davis, one of the class of ’69 (pictured with other attendees) said: “There’s nothing like the bayit (learning hall), where boys can learn and pray together, and you shouldn’t take for granted the wonderful facilities you have at Hasmonean.”
9 SOFIA BECKONS
Thirty-five members from Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue enjoyed a five-day trip to Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Taking in places of historical interest, including the Central Synagogue – the largest Sephardi synagogue in Europe – they also visited Bulgaria’s second city, Plovdiv.
10 ART ON SHOW
Art by residents of Jewish Care’s Hyman Fine House went on show at Brighton Fringe Festival, which aims to stimulate, educate and entertain. Home manager Natasha Carson said: “Many of our residents are living with dementia. Arts are a great way to engage them in activities they have always enjoyed.”
Your family announcements Sophie Rosenzweig celebrated her batmitzvah at Woodside Park Synagogue
Jenna Jacobs & Lee Bright celebrated their wedding at Manor of Groves Hotel Photo by Paul Lang Photography
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Joshua Claret celebrated his barmitzvah at Radlett Reform Synagogue
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Oliver Grant celebrated his barmitzvah at Elstree and Borehamwood Synagogue
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Community /Scene & Be Seen
Jewish Care dinner raises £5.25m
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Around 1,000 guests helped Jewish Care raise a record £5.25m at its annual dinner, where Sky News’ Kay Burley presented the meal in the style of a news bulletin. Entertainment news was presented by scriptwriter Ivor Baddiel from a ‘Sing Off’ between nine teams from different Jewish Care resources. And in an interview with Burley, Jewish Care’s president, Lord Levy, paid tribute to “brilliant” outgoing chief executive Simon Morris. One of the stars of the night was 89-year-old widower Tony Fisher, who called the Jewish Care Brenner Centre his “happy place”. Tunde Baiyewu from The Lighthouse Family donated his time to sing his hits.
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Lifestyle / Gena Turgel MBE: 1923 - 2018
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‘It’s never enough’ As tributes are paid this week to Holocaust survivor Gena Turgel, we revist her interview with Jenni Frazer from 2015, marking the 70th anniversary since the liberation of Auschwitz, in which she reflects on why we must never forget the lessons of history
family is gathered around a comfortable dining table in a home in north-west London. At the head of the table is the family matriarch, now in her early 90s, and the home is filled with the sort of memorabilia common to many Jewish households: close family pictures, graduation photographs, that sort of thing. But in a cabinet near the dining table is one symbol that shows clearly that this is no ordinary Jewish family. It is the MBE bestowed on the matriarch, Gena Turgel, for her work in Holocaust education. Polish-born Mrs Turgel endured Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Belsen, and famously married one of her liberators, British soldier Norman Turgel, during Succot 1945. One of nine children – only three of whom were to survive the war – Gena has rebuilt her family. And gathered around her table on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day were some of the different generations: her daughter, Hilary Tash; her grandson,
A matriarch remembered: Gena Turgel (centre and inset), pictured in 2015 with her family, endured Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Belsen
Adam Tash; great-grandchildren Jamie and Jordan Tash, and their cousin, Josh Kennet with his fiancée, Ashley Jameson. More than most, this family is painfully aware of what the Holocaust means and how it will carry its message on through the generations. Adam Tash had just started working when his grandmother’s book, I Light A Candle, was published in 1985. He recalls: “As I was coming to the station, [I saw] there was a big poster from the Evening Standard,
with a picture of my grandparents, and the headline: ‘The Bride from Belsen’. I knew some stories from Nana [Gena] but it was really only then that I began to realise what a big story this really is.” From then on, he says, he would hear more stories each time he went to his grandparents. “You can’t write everything in the book. Some things were too personal,” he says. Gena herself had not spoken to her children and grandchildren fully before the
publication of the book. Some things were too painful and personal. Besides, she says, she wanted them to grow up before she discussed her experiences. But she had written some material for the book and one day found her children looking at these pages. “‘Why didn’t you tell us?’ they said. “I said: ‘I was waiting for you to get to a certain age where you would be able to understand.’” Hilary Tash, however, says she was aware of her mother’s tragic past even earlier. She
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Guardians of memory My story, the story of a survivor, is the story that six million others cannot tell. I was, and I am, and I always shall be a witness to the mass murder and svstematic destruction of a civilisation. Maybe this is my destiny. Maybe this is why I was spared, so that my testimony will serve as a memorial, like the candle that I light, to the men, women and children who have no voice. Since my return to Belsen with the BBC in 1985, an extremely difficult and distressing experience, to say the least, and the subsequent publication of my book, Norman [her husband who sadly passed away in 1995] and I appeared many times on national television and radio. As invited speakers, we have spoken in schools, colleges, universities, and a variety of institutions, associations and organisations far too numerous to mention. We have been interviewed and written about in newspapers and magazines. It has not always been easy, and sometimes the emotional strain has been considerable. But if the recounting of one more experience can broaden the scope of human understanding, it is a very small price to pay. Going back to Belsen made me appreciate even more the fact that I am alive today and able to make a small contribution to the memory of those who died. When loss of life is on such a grand scale, it is difficult for people to see it as a tragedy. Instead it all becomes another set of statistics without a human face. To talk of the murder of six million Jews becomes almost as banal as the evil that caused it. But these people were real. They were children and parents, uncles and aunts, doctors and teachers. They used to laugh and cry, but now they scream in silence. We have been given the opportunity to tell a new generation, fortunate enough never to have experienced the horrors
was about seven or eight and her maternal grandmother, Estera, told Hilary what had happened to her. “She told me how my mother had saved her life. But I wouldn’t have discussed it with my brother and sister, because they were too young. And then after that we found the pages mum had been writing.” Great-grandson Josh Kennet and his fiancée Ashley say all their friends know about Gena’s life story. “Either they have heard Nana speak first-hand [Gena has been speaking in schools for nearly 30 years] or they have discussed it with me,” says Josh. “And we will go on talking about it because it’s incredibly important to tell the story throughout the generations.” “I took the task on out of appreciation that I am alive today, able to make the contribution to a future generation of youngsters,” says Gena. As for her own family, she explains: “I like to broaden their horizons. But I don’t want them to go through what I went through.” The youngest family member present, Jordan, is just 14, the age at which most school students begin to learn about the Holocaust. “I see life differently, knowing what has happened,” he says. “And I also talk to friends whose families are survivors.” Jamie, 16, has just returned from a trip to Poland, and managed to go to the cemetery, where one of Gena’s sisters is buried. “It’s all still there,” he says. “It’s one thing learning about it in books, but to go to the camps and see for yourself – that’s really powerful.” All the family agree that it is important for people to visit the scenes of the Nazi crimes. His cousin, Josh, went to Belsen some years ago with Gena. His fiancée, Ashley, is very passionate about transmitting the message. “Every time we’ve gone to hear Nana speak, I’ve always been very vocal about attending those events.
And when I speak to people at work, they are very interested – and more so because of the direct connection with a survivor. “I’ve passed Nana’s book around to colleagues; the interest is massive, but what is quite scary is the the level of ignorance. Everyone knows something terrible happened and that a lot of people died, but there is very little further understanding. Perhaps the opportunity to learn more wasn’t available.” For Adam, there is a clear division between Jewish families who have a direct connection to the Holocaust and those who are more removedfrom the experience. He acknowledges the Holocaust “is part of our DNA, part of our faith. And we think of the numbers [of Jews] and what might have been if the Holocaust had never happened. But it is difficult to explain to people of other religions what it means: for them it’s another history.” For Josh, one of the strongest ways of telling the story was a visit to Yad Vashem in the company of non-Jews. “They’ve seen how many Jews there were in Poland, how many there are now… it’s incredibly harrowing. But it’s in Israel, so 90 percent of people that pass through have some sort of connection. I think it’s incredibly important to have something more here.” Gena was once horrified to hear a Kindertransport survivor say that “it was enough talking about the Holocaust”. She said emphatically: “It’s never enough. When I speak to non-Jewish children in schools, I see the impact on them. I feel I have done something, and it makes me feel I have to do more and more.” Hilary has been asked by the Holocaust Educational Trust to tell her mother’s story. “It would only be my experience, but whether that would have the same impact, I don’t know.” As Ashley declares: “There is definitely an onus on the family to tell Nana’s story, to hold up that light for her and pass it on with the same passion that she has.”
of the concentration camps, what the history books can only touch upon. If the future is to be built on the memory of the past, then it has become our duty to remind and inform the young people of today of a time, no more than half a century ago, which might otherwise be consigned to the pages of history books. We do not speak with hatred or regret. We simply put the memory of our experience to the service of the future. It is not then confined to the past. It is there to serve as a record and as an example for the generations of today and tomorrow. When we receive letters from schoolchildren and students telling us how little they had understood about the Holocaust until they heard us speak, we begin to realise just how powerful the telling of one actual experience really is. Sometimes it is very painful for me to remind myself about this period of my life, but it is also a great satisfaction to know that, in due course, the younger generation will be able to take their turn to ‘guard the memory. The above was extracted from Gena Turgel’s book I Light a Candle published by Vallentine Mitchell in 1995. As Gena Turgel said “it is the story of one survivor. It is also the story of all survivors. Above all, it is the story of those who were not so fortunate, and we dedicate this book to their memory.”
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Putting the oy in Oz!
Lifestyle / Travel
Liz Schaffer reveals the finest places to stay and explore in her native Sydney
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ounging on the far side of the world, synonymous with beaches, brunches and perfectly-brewed coffee, Sydney has much to justify the 24-hour flight required to reach its sun-kissed shores. I grew up in Sydney, and while I may have been lured north by Europe’s charms, I’m constantly pulled back to Australia’s largest city – a place that’s well aware of its own brilliance. This is a city that evolves – between each visit, new buildings spring up, historical sites are restored, fresh avenues opened in art and design – but the delights of my childhood remain. There’s the harbour, which has always made this city glorious, the surf Shangri-La of the coast, pristine national parks, architectural gems and a restaurant scene to rival any great metropolis, all combining to create a destination sure to inspire pride and wanderlust. Begin by embracing Sydney’s calmer side at Lavender Bay, where a path meanders through the beautifully landscaped Wendy Whiteley’s Gardens to Luna Park, a photogenic amusement park at the base of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Or there’s Camp Cove near Watsons Bay where, after an obligatory dip, you can take the South Head heritage trail to the red-and-white Hornby Lighthouse and gaze across the Pacific. Walkers will enjoy the Hermitage Foreshore
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footway, ideal for admiring Sydney’s islands, harbour beaches and bushland, and the Spit to Manly, where swathes of flannel flowers make the city rush seem a distant dream. You can also catch the ferry to Manly, a tourist rite of passage. But if the ocean pools and restaurants of this beach-side suburb don’t appeal, sail instead to Taronga Zoo, where the giraffes boast the world’s best view. To explore the sandstone terraces and purple jacaranda of the city’s east, amble through Darlinghurst. A slightly more eclectic companion to neighbouring Paddington, here you’ll also find the Sydney Jewish Museum, which is small yet beautifully curated. Then it’s just a short wander to Messina, a gelato store but, more than that, a Sydney
institution. The thought of its mint choc chip always give me a pang of homesickness. Which brings us to food, where Sydney, in all its multicultural glory excels, offering so much more than smashed avocado. Reuben Hills is a must for lovers of fried chicken and sandwiches, while The Unicorn boasts Australiana-filled interiors that are equal parts kitsch and covetable. Redfern’s Kepos Street Kitchen boasts a contemporary Israeli menu overseen by chef Michael Rantissi, and the dishes at Enmore’s Shenkin Kitchen blend Middle Eastern and European flavours, while Shuk in Bondi, with its focus on Israeli family recipes, serves meals inspired by those who emigrated to Sydney over the past 50 years. The city is a cultural melting pot, with its Jewish community in particular growing dramatically in the post-war years. It’s wonderful to see how much this has shaped the city’s contemporary restaurant scene and its architecture. The Great Synagogue across from Hyde Park is a thing of great beauty. While Sydney is marvellous whatever the weather, it is at its most spectacular come summer when festivals enliven its streets. For Sculpture by the Sea, a string of international artists erect their works around the cliffs and public parks connecting Bondi to the lesserknown Tamarama Beach, transforming the already stunning coastal walk into an outdoor gallery, sea-spray and the ocean breeze giving the sculptures lives of their own. In October, you can also catch the Jewish International Film Festival, before the evergrowing Sydney Festival takes hold in January with a programme that celebrates art, performance and creativity and brings out more than a little hometown pride. Every two years, there’s the Biennale of Sydney, when contemporary installations fill spaces such as the MCA in Circular Quay and Carriageworks, a multi-arts centre and the site of the weekly Eveleigh Market, perfect if you’re after farm fresh produce. Yet perhaps
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the most outstanding Biennale location is Cockatoo Island, an outpost in the harbour full of corrugated iron warehouses, salt-worn cranes and colonial remains. Thought to have been an aboriginal fishing base, the island also operated as a penal site for secondary offenders and a ship building yard, but stood empty for decades before the Biennale helped its rediscovery. Many of Sydney’s newer hotels are equally dedicated to renovating and reinventing its historic spaces. Paramount House Hotel is a brick and copper structure in the heart of Surry Hills, across the street from the gourmandadored restaurants Longrain and Chin Chin. This 29-room hotel was once the offices and warehouses of Paramount Picture Studios and in its open-plan lobby you’ll find Golden Age Cinema and Bar and Paramount Coffee, which serves brunches accompanied by plenty of spice. Chippendale’s Old Clare Hotel is a designjunkie/history buffs dream, a dazzling 62-room property constructed from Clare Hotel pub and the Carlton & United Breweries Administration Building, two heritage-listed structures brought back to life after decades unloved. It is the welcoming definition of industrial-chic, with guests advised to make time for a tipple at the retro Clare Bar, where spirits from local distilleries form the basis of inventive cocktails. Full of flavour, festivals, revivals and sunlight, Sydney constantly calls me home but I’m sure there’s enough to lure you down to this jewel in the land of Oz.
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BY RABBI GARRY WAYLAND The desert rebellion of Korach and his associates was devastating. Some resented the leadership of Moses; others resented Aaron taking the role of High Priest. Moses invoked a divine wager to justify himself: “If these men die a normal death, and suffer the fate of all men, it is not from my heart; but if God creates a creation, and the earth opens its mouth… these men have angered God.” Moses is dramatically vindicated: Korach and his supporters are swallowed up by the earth, and 250 men, with aspirations of being the one and only High Priest, offering incense, are consumed by a heavenly fire. Like any other breach in society, the rebellion of Korach was the result of frustrations and desperation. Here, it was the realisation the journey in the desert would be long, arduous, and, for anyone over the age of 20, ultimately fatal. The Torah details how to begin to fix the problem. The incense pans of the High Priest hopefuls are sanctified and used as coating for the altar; their misguided passion finds its way into the Sanctuary. Aaron has to justify his position through growth and positivity; his staff miraculously blossoms. The priests are given extra mitzvot, but are to bear the responsibility of the transgressions of the people. While Korach’s death may shock us, shock doesn’t change people or society. Change is gradual, painful and circuitous. Korach is as much about the painful, yet necessary process of change, as Moses’ miraculous vindication. Rabbi Wayland is an educator with United Synagogue Living & Learning
Everything you wanted to know about your favourite Torah characters, and the ones you’ve never heard of...
BY RABBI ELI BIRNBAUM THIS WEEK:
According to the Midrashic account, Ruth was a member of the Moabite aristocracy, daughter of King Eglon, who was himself descended from King Balak (he of Bilaam’s talking donkey fame). In the early era of the Judges, severe famine struck Israel, and a wealthy property tycoon named Elimelech controversially decided to abandon his hometown of Bethlehem and move to the fertile plains of the Transjordan. Once there, Elimelech’s two sons Machlon and Kilyon, marry Ruth and her sister Orpah, respectively. As if forsaking their brethren wasn’t enough, Elimelech’s family completes their treachery by mar-
Ruth refuses to leave Naomi rying into the household of the oppressive, viciously anti-Semitic Eglon. This cold-hearted betrayal contrasts with the selfless loyalty displayed by Ruth. The wheel of fortune turns against the family as Elimelech and his two sons perish in quick succession, leaving Ruth
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and Orpah widowed and destitute. Naomi, Elimelech’s wife, sees no recourse other than to return to Bethlehem and place her hope in reconciliation with her old neighbours. She urges her daughters-in-law to do the sensible thing and return to Eglon’s estate, where they can live in comfort as Moabites. Orpah readily agrees. Ruth vehemently refuses. “Where you go, I shall go. Where you sleep, I shall sleep. Your people is my people, your God is my God. Where you perish, I shall be buried.” With these hauntingly poetic words, Ruth reaffirms her commitment to Naomi’s well-being, and to the Jewish people as a whole. Her dedication and self-sacrifice become the biblical paradigm of selflessness. To this end, she merits to become the matriarch of the Davidic dynasty. And it is entirely non-coincidental that it is Ruth whose words are used to avow a marriage: “Until death do us part”.
Rabbi Eli Birnbaum is director of YP Education at Aish UK
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The Bible Says What? Progressively Speaking ‘God tried to kill Moses’ BY RABBI AARON GOLDSTEIN “At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses and sought to put him to death.” In three short cryptic verses (Exodus 4:24-26), God seeks to kill Moses – who is only saved when his wife Zipporah takes a flint, cuts off their son’s foreskin and touches Moses feet with it. Most ‘excuse’ God wanting to kill his recently chosen servant by blaming the victim. By not having eagerly circumcised his son, it is argued that Moses undermined his public persona, bringing God’s enterprise into jeopardy. Why would the Israelites obey God’s commandments if God’s servant neglected a covenantal mitzvah, such as circumcision? But I think the message we should take from this part of the Torah is very different. It is the intervention of Zipporah, a Midianite woman, who had a cosmic effect that appeased God and saved her husband.
It’s a snippet of an ancient, Israelite pagan narrative that intrudes our monotheistic text and messes with our traditional understanding of the unity of Torah and God’s omnipotence. A feminist and Liberal Jewish interpretation might focus on the vital role that women associated with the community, not always one of the tribe – think Yael, Rahab and Pharaoh’s daughter – impact on our story. Zipporah ‘cuts’ her son’s foreskin with the same verb as God uses to make covenants. This reflects a ‘goddess’ strand in the culture of our ancient ancestors. God is not ‘weakened’ by giving Moses a stay of execution, but endorses the vital role of women in the ancient world to form and uphold covenants; as I believe women have done throughout time. It is only a dominant patriarchy that sought to deny this fact. Rabbi Aaron Goldstein serves Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue
It’s never OK to make racist jokes about anyone – even if you (mistakenly) think they’re Jewish BY RABBI MIRIAM BERGER When a racist comment lacks nuance, it’s just racism. But humour is difficult to define, because it doesn’t have fixed rules. A funny joke in one context is rude in another. Humour may not have rules, but it is full of nuance. A stand-up comedian spends years perfecting the art of reading their audience, building up the trust of the crowd and then enabling them to laugh at jokes that are just on the edge of appropriate. It makes us laugh even more when we can’t believe we are laughing at something that perhaps just minutes before we would have never thought to be a laughing matter. The winner of Britain’s Got Talent, Lee Ridley, known as the “lost voice guy”, is the perfect example of how expertly and quickly he teaches the audience the nuances of his dark humour, so we are laughing with him. His jokes, taken out of context and put into someone else’s voice, could, however, be deeply offensive.
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Social media has no nuance and therefore needs lots of rules. There is no voice, no context, so every comment needs to be able to stand alone without that building of a relationship with the audience. Roseanne Barr is the perfect example of “it’s a joke!” being no excuse. When will people learn that social media is not a place for an offthe-cuff comment akin to dinner party banter among people who you
already know agree with you? There should also be no place for character assassination by Facebook comment. Nobody should send a tweet or post a comment about another person unless they were willing to say it to that person’s face in front of a packed arena. If only every celebrity such as Roseanne, who shows her true racist colours and loses a lucrative series on prime time television, were to be a warning to others about their own inappropriate views being shared on these platforms. If only every MP, whose words on social media become their downfall, reminded others to think before spreading hate. Let’s celebrate US TV network ABC’s swift response of cancelling Roseanne’s series after naming racism as racism and let us find a way of defining some much-needed rules when it comes to using social media. Rabbi Miriam Berger serves Finchley Reform Synagogue
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JEWISH AGENCY FOR ISRAEL Dear Sharon My family and I will be making aliyah in September. While my wife and children will stay in Israel, I’ll be travelling regularly for work between Israel and London. What do I do about commuting so soon after making aliyah, and at such frequent intervals? When will I receive my Israeli passport and do I need to arrange any special visas between our aliyah date and getting an Israeli passport? Avi Dear Avi Bruchim habaim (welcome back) and yishuv tov (good luck in your new home)! Regarding your travel plans, when a year of citizenship and
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and they say they would never wear any of it and don’t want the silver either. Additionally, there have been so many robberies in our area lately that I might as well sell it before it gets stolen. What do you advise me to do so that I can get the most money for the items I have? Betty Dear Betty Jewellery Cave’s showroom is based in Hendon Lane, Finchley N3, and I would suggest that you make an appointment and bring in all the items you wish to dispose of. In our office, we have all the tools to work out the exact value of all your
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CHANA Dear Carolyne My husband and I have been trying to conceive for more than two years. I have irregular cycles, which makes it difficult to fall pregnant. I have taken three courses of Clomiphene stimulation treatment, which have impacted on my emotions and made me feel and look bloated.
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WIN A FAMILY DAY OUT AT GULLIVER’S THEME PARKS! From theme park classics such as the rollercoaster, log flume and dodgems, to a host of weird and wonderful rides and attractions, there’s loads to discover, with many new things to see and do all the time. With free parking all day, and a host of soft play areas, interactive shows, activities and entertainment, there’s more to Gulliver’s than meets the eye. And it’s not just theme park thrills on offer at Gulliver’s – each resort is also home to other captivating attractions, including the Warrington hotel, Milton Keynes campsite and Dinosaur and
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Toughing it out for Camp Simcha CHARITY Nine self-declared ‘untough’ friends braved one of the UK’s toughest obstacle courses – and in doing so raised £4,500 for Camp Simcha. Zack Ambalo, Jonathan Blitz, Daniel Glantz, Sam Goldberg, Josh Lauer, Joe Metliss, Josh Neerkin, Freddie Serfaty and Ben Sheleg conquered the infamous Tough Mudder, which this year included 10 miles of hills and 24 obstacles and saw them crawl through mud, climb 10-foot walls, as well as the infamous ‘arctic enema’ – a plunge into -1 degrees Celsius ice water. Zack, who organised the team
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Two JFS pupils completed a three-day 90km trek from the Mediterranean Sea to Lake Kinneret. Supporting both The Royal Marines Charity and ZAKA Search and Rescue, Avi Levy and Benji Simon, 17, surpassed the £10,000 they initially set out to raise. Avy said: “We’re raising money for the marines, supporting soldiers who protect our security and way of life. We also met many members of ZAKA and understand the critical role it plays as the dominant non-governmental rescue and recovery organisation in Israel.” Benji said: “We’re donating to them as we’d like to thank them for their service to our country. As Jews, we feel not only should we support Israel, but also the country we live in and the men and women that protect us.”
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Women shine for Kisharon More than 60 women braved torrential rain and electrical storms to support Kisharon for its annual Moonlight Walk. Raising £20,000 for the charity’s work in support of children and adults with learning difficulties, the sponsored 15km walk through the streets of Central London saw women aged between 12-76 set off from Baker Street on a route taking in London landmarks. Chief Executive of Kisharon, Dr Beverley Jacobson, said: “Kisharon’s Moonlight Walk is one of our most special events, made even more so
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Make your donation to strengthen K’lal Yisroel worth 4x more! In just one 24 hour period we have an unmissable opportunity to inspire and positively change the lives of hundreds of Israeli children. Your donation will enable us to continue providing direction, nurturing, Torah and Mitzvos through a positive and uplifting Jewish education throughout our 78 schools. This coming year Shuvu schools will welcome over 1000 new students, and we will be opening four new schools in September as a result of overwhelming demand from parents. There has never been a more important time to support us than during our upcoming 24 hour campaign.
Between 10pm on Monday 18th June and 10pm on Tuesday 19th June, every pound we raise will be matched by three major donors – making every donation worth 4 times more than on any other day! Please donate during the campaign: • Online at charidy.com/shuvu • By phone on 020 8209 3010 • Via Achisomoch • In person at The Pillar, Brent Street, NW4 (Tuesday day time) • At our BBQ buffet event during the last two hours of the campaign (8pm-10pm on Tuesday 19 June, 51 Brampton Grove NW4)
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