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Jewish News 22 November 2018

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A helping hand on Mitzvah Day


14 Kislev 5779

Issue No.1081


Volunteers of all ages take part in a recordbreaking day of good deeds! See pages 10, 11, 22, 23 & 24

Thank you, Britain

Daisy Hoffner, born 1924 in Berlin

Walter Kammerling, born 1923 in Vienna

Diana Davis, born 1927 in Gotha

Eve Willman, born 1933 in Vienna

Freddy Kosten, born 1928 in Vienna

The Kindertransport children, 80 years on

Hannah Wurzburger, born 1934 in Berlin

Harry Bibring, born 1925 in Vienna

Herta Kammerling, born 1926 in Baden

John Izbiki, born 1930 in Berlin

Liesel Grunberger, born 1925 in Vienna

Eve Gill, born 1923 in Vienna

Otto Hutter, born 1924 in Vienna

Ruth Barnett, born 1935 in Berlin

Rabbi Harry Jacobi, born 1925 in Berlin

Sir Erich Reich, born 1935 in Vienna

See pages 6 & 7

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Jewish News 22 November 2018

News / Hospital first/ Talk cancelled / Netta in UK

Great Ormond Street Hospital launches first Chanukah appeal Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) has launched its first Chanukah appeal to raise money for a play team that helps take poorly children’s minds off their illnesses. Jewish supporters of the worldfamous children’s hospital are being asked to help out this Chanukah by organising something – whether it is menorah decorating, hosting Chanukah-themed karaoke nights or taking part in an eight-mile cycle. Money raised from the GOSH Eight Night Challenge will help pay for the play team, whose work was praised this week by David and Louise Sorkin, a Jewish couple from Luton whose son Kieran was a patient. “Within the hospital, there’s an activity centre with everything a child could need to play, from arts and crafts to gaming, you name it,” said David, speaking about his recent experience at GOSH. “When Kieran was admitted, there was a time where we weren’t allowed to leave as he had a negative reaction to anaesthetic. “One member of the play team

Kieran and his family and with the hospital’s medical staff

spent hours with him, just building something with him, and keeping him distracted from the pain medication button and the drip attached to his arm.” He added: “It was a big relief to us as parents to know they were there. It gave us valuable time to take stock of what Kieran had been through. “GOSH is a reassuring team where we’ll get the best care from people who know what we need, even if we don’t. It’s not just about the patients, but the family as well.”

The play team uses techniques such as role play and drawing to help children understand their illness or treatment, and what will happen to them in hospital, which can often involve the ill child’s young siblings. The team can also use techniques to redirect a child’s attention during clinical or surgical procedures that may be uncomfortable, or offer therapeutic support to help a child relax or overcome things they find upsetting, such as needles.

“The GOSH play team interacts with thousands of children every year,” said Laura Savory, head of community fundraising at GOSH. “Every penny raised through this Chanukah appeal will support their vital work. We really hope people get involved.”  Supporters who wish to donate online can visit: /goshchanukah or log on to:


UK-ISRAELI BUSINESS GRANTS ON OFFER Joint UK-Israeli business teams developing new technology are being invited to bid for £250,000 grants after ministers from both countries agreed to help pay for cooperative efforts. Entrepreneurs who want to team up have until March next year to access the funding, with the UK stumping up £1million and Israel putting in 1m Euros. It flows from an agreement signed by British Science and Innovation Minister Sam Gyimah and Israel Innovation Authority chief executive Aharon Aharon this year.

ARKUSH IS NAMED NEW MILAH UK CHIEF Former Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush is to re-enter Jewish communal life by replacing Simon Hochhauser as joint head of Milah UK. Barrister Arkush will take over from the former United Synagogue president at the campaign group in the summer, joining immunologist Professor David Katz as co-chair. Milah UK was set up to promote and protect the right of the Jewish community to carry out religious circumcisions, and has worked with European Jewish groups in recent years to guard religious freedoms.


A talk by Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev at City, University of London due to take place last night was cancelled after concerns over security. Jewish students in the City and Cass Israel Society said they were “appalled” that the envoy was forced to cancel and accused the university of “refusing basic security requirements” as outlined by the police. In a joint statement with the Union of Jewish Students, the society said: “Israeli diplomats have spoken on campus more than 150 times over the past four years, where all host institutions have managed to balance freedom of speech with the legitimate right to peaceful protest. It seems City have deliberately failed in

their obligation to do both.” Regev and his team have spoken at dozens of universities already this year, with pro-Palestinian demonstrations such as those at Queen’s University Belfast largely peaceful, but there had been warnings of trouble at City, where students passed an Israel boycott motion earlier this year. “The past few years have seen a series of events and developments at City that have caused Jewish students to feel threatened,” said the society and union in a joint statement yesterday afternoon. “We are appalled by the levels of intimidation and bigotry to which Jewish students have been subjected, and [the] cancellation only reinforces this already unacceptable situation.”

EUROVISION STAR NETTA TOYS WITH UK FANS Eurovision fans in London were treated to a star performance by this year’s Israeli winner, Netta, on Monday as she performed an exclusive gig at British Airways’ head office. The star performed ‘One Night with Netta’ at the airline’s Waterside theatre to mark Israel’s 70th birthday and 80 years of BA Airways flying to Tel Aviv.

22 November 2018 Jewish News


Domestic abuse / Rabbi resigns / Quakers anger / News

Report: Abused Jewish women stay silent longer of Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW), which is marked this Sunday. Naomi Dickson, chief executive of JWA, said the result was “shocking” and could be partly explained by the “high expectations” the community places on maintaining family life. She said: “We always thought Jewish women waited longer, but this is the first time that it’s been confirmed in this way, and we’re quite shocked. “We are a family-focused community, which makes it much harder to speak about abuse that’s happening. We all have high expectations of our-

Jewish victims of domestic violence are waiting two years longer than the national average before seeking help, a shocking new survey has revealed, writes Francine Wolfisz. Women living within the community experienced abuse for at least 11.5 years before reporting their ill treatment, according to Jewish Women’s Aid (JWA). In contrast, domestic abuse victims from wider society wait an average of nine years, the latest figures from national organisation Women’s Aid reveals. The disturbing figure was released ahead of the UN’s International Day

selves and other family members, which probably prevents women seeking help and support. “It is incumbent on the Jewish community to create an environment where women can reach out for help as soon as they need it, rather than waiting.” Last year JWA helped 600 women, with 170 referring themselves to the service via the organisation’s helpline. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, who also serves as JWA’s patron, posted a video in support of this year’s IDEVAW. Speaking in the two-minute film, the Chief Rabbi said: “Our Jewish com-

munity is not immune to the ills of our society. Unfortunately what that means is that in the area of violence against women and girls, Jewish people are affected, as are so many within our society. “I would categorise the work of JWA as nothing less than pikuach nefesh, the saving of precious lives.” He also urged more professionals in the Jewish community to recognise

the signs of domestic abuse and refer women to JWA’s services. To raise greater awareness, the charity is running an outreach event at Brent Cross on Thursday (today), with the Chief Rabbi and representatives from the Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council expected to attend.

BOREHAMWOOD RABBI QUITS Quaker divestment ‘appalling’ The senior rabbi of the United Synagogue’s largest congregation and his wife have left their roles with immediate effect. Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz and his wife, Bianca, informed the leadership of Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue (BES) that “they wish to leave their roles as Senior Rabbi and Rebbetzen”. In a letter sent to the synagogue’s 4,000 members, Simon Mitchell, chair of BES, stated: “They

and the US have mutually agreed they will leave their role immediately, although they will continue to live in the BES rabbi’s house for the next few months. “Rabbi and Bianca have been a core part of the sustained growth in our community. On behalf of the community I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their work and achievements for BES.” Rabbi Chaim Kanterovitz

Jewish leaders have criticised the “appalling” decision of the Quakers to divest of companies “profiting from the occupation of Palestine”. The church – honoured this month for its role in rescuing thousands of Jewish children fleeing Nazi Europe on the Kindertransport 80 years ago – even appeared to link its decision to the ethical stance taken against the slave trade. Quakers in Britain announced they were boycotting settlement goods in 2011, but at the time said divestment and sanctions were not being


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Jewish News 22 November 2018

News / MP abuse/ Security row / Salute sentence

Berger anger over guard smear claim A furious Luciana Berger, Labour MP for Liverpool Wavertree, has hit back on social media after a wave of renewed attacks about the police protection she received during the party conference in September. The new row was sparked by comments made on BBC’s Question Time programme lastThursday, between Labour’s Barry Gardiner and the Conservative MP Claire Perry, during which Perry called Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn an antisemite. In the wake of the programme, Berger said she had seen “hundreds of people, including one MP, denying I had had police with me at the party conference, saying it was a smear”. Berger posted a statement from Merseyside Police, advising people on Twitter to “read it closely… the clue is in the word ‘armed’”.


The statement, made by the police during the conference, said the force had not provided Berger “with armed protection officers”, but went on to make it clear that as part of their continual assessment of risk, they had given “some additional support to a number of people during the conference”. Berger, who has received serious anti- MP Luciana Berger with a police escort during semitic abuse for several years – leading to the Labour Party conference in Liverpool prison sentences for three of her abusers In an angry postscript, Berger noted: “That – added: “The police with me weren’t carrying the same people who are having a go, have guns. But they had tasers and batons.” She said individuals and blogs that had posted literally NOTHING to say that our party withpictures of her – “some of them creepy” – without held (from both me and the police), details of police at events inside the conference zone, a physical threat made against me, is particuwas because it was a secure zone, “where larly galling. “I thought I joined a movement that believes everyone had been vetted and where there were in solidarity for all. Clearly not”. plenty of uniformed and plain clothes police”.

Labour politician questions shul security A Welsh Assembly member who questioned “how much of it is in their heads” when asked about synagogue security has been suspended. Labour’s Cardiff Central representative Jenny Rathbone was told she will now face the party’s

National Executive Committee after the comments, recorded last year, were leaked to the Jewish Chronicle last week. Rathbone, who has also said the Israeli government is waging “a relentless campaign against Jeremy Corbyn,” apologised and

referred herself for equalities training after she provoked fury for suggesting Jews had a “siege mentality”.At a public event, she was asked about tight security at Cardiff United Synagogue, saying: “How much of it is for real and how much of it is in their own

heads is really hard for an outsider to judge, but I think siege mentalities are also part of this”. Chief Whip Julie James relayed the news of her suspension this week, after Cardiff ’s Rabbi Michael Rose described Rathbone’s comments as “offensive”.

A man who made Nazi salutes during an antisemitism rally in Manchester in September has been jailed for six months after a judge dismissed his argument that he was exercising his right to free speech. Joseph Brogan, 27, who had two convictions for racially-aggravated offences, shouted “child killers” at the crowd, which included the Chief Rabbi. He added: “You people should live in Israel.” Prosecutor William Donnelly told Manchester Crown Court Brogan “said he wanted to express his opinion on Zionism”. Judge Martin Rudland described it as “extremely provocative… in front of a peaceful demonstration”.

Mitzvah Day a ‘Zionist plot’

A Press TV journalist who heads an Islamic news site in the UK has accused Mitzvah Day of ‘Zionist infiltration’ of Muslims. Roshan Salih, who edits Five Pillars and writes for the Iranian state media outlet, attacked the day of Jewish-led social action as “sponsored by a pro-Israel organisation”. Salih said Israel supporters were “doing soft infiltration of Muslim communities” in holding an interfaith cookathon, and urged Muslims to “have a zero tolerance policy against working with Zionists”, accusing them of “normalising” relations.


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22 November 2018 Jewish News

Communal spat / Genesis support / News

US president takes aim at Board chief Lips were being pressed tightly across the Jewish community this week after the president of the United Synagogue, Michael Goldstein, used social media to challenge a decision of the Board of Deputies to invite Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner to its Chanukah reception next month, writes Jenni Frazer. The controversial invitation to Rayner – who is considered a ‘Corbynista’ – was attacked at the end of last week by Jewish Chronicle editor Stephen Pollard. In a comment piece for the paper, he said it was an “idiotic, craven and deeply counter-productive decision”. He added: “This invitation is a disgrace. It is a betrayal of every one of the victims of Corbynite abuse. It is a betrayal of our community’s stand against Labour antisemitism. And it is a damning indictment of the Board of Deputies leadership.” Marie van der Zyl, who was elected earlier this year, hit back at Pollard’s column,

accusing him of misogyny. She said: “Why is it that when men say these things, they are ‘tough’, and when I say them, I have apparently ‘lost the plot’?” She insisted that “engagement” did not mean “concession” and said it was important for the community’s leadership to speak to Labour’s education and foreign shadow ministers. But there was worse to come for van der Zyl, when Goldstein chimed in. He tweeted on Sunday: “This [the invitation to Ms Rayner] is a terrible judgement call by the Board of Deputies”, adding: “We need more considered leadership.” Goldstein has insisted he

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was tweeting in a personal capacity and has refused to comment further. However, besides being US president, he is the brother of the chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), Jonathan Goldstein, which has led to suggestions on social media that “war” had been declared on the Board of Deputies by both the US and the JLC. On Monday, the rumour mill was going strong, but nobody from the Board to the US wanted to go on the record. There were even rumours that there were behind-thescenes interventions to urge everyone involved to cool off. But this, again, could not be confirmed.

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GENESIS COMMUNITY GRANTS Four well-known Jewish organisations are to receive a financial shot in the arm after the philanthropic foundation of four Russian billionaires said it would hand out grants. Beneficiaries of the Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG) money will include Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade (JLGB), Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJeS), World Jewish Relief (WJR) and the JW3 Jewish community centre on Finchley Road. GPG was co-founded by

Mikhail Fridman, German Khan, Petr Aven and Alex Knaster. The four are collectively worth around $30billion. JLGB will use the money to strengthen its eVOLve youth volunteering and skills initiative, while PaJeS is to roll out a Jewish history and Israel education curriculum for Years 8 and 9, to be taught in the first few years of secondary school. Likewise, WJR will use the money to trial a new fundraising initiative aimed at encouraging younger Jews to

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Holiday rental company Airbnb says it is removing its listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. It will take down 200 locations in Israeli settlements “that are at the core of the dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians”. Airbnb said although it had operated in accordance with US law, it had wrestled with whether to do business in Israeli settlements, which most of the international community view as illegal. It said it would cease operations in hopes “a framework is put in place where the entire global community is aligned”. Israel condemned the move.

Representatives of key Jewish organisations have attended a two-day “psychological resilience” conference to prepare British Jews for a major incident or crisis. The conferences, run by the Community Security Trust (CST) in the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue attack, were held in Manchester and London earlier this month “to improve the overall resilience of the Jewish community”. Training was given by clinical psychologist Yotam Dagan, a specialist in post-traumatic stress disorder who has worked as a hostage negotiator and Dr Nikki Scheiner.

A new senior rabbi at Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue was announced this week, as the newlymerged community prepares for a changing of the rabbinic guard next year. Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, who joins after 12 years at Alyth Synagogue, will start his new role in the summer. The shul’s two current Senior Rabbis, Daniel Smith and Steven Katz, will retire around the same time. The shul praised their “huge contribution” and “very significant achievements”, saying Goldsmith would be continuing in a long line of distinguished rabbis.

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Jewish News 22 November 2018

Special report / Kindertransport 80th anniversary

Future King and Kinder by Alex Galbinski @alexg_ journo

Left: Prince Charles with members of AJR during a reception marking the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport

Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Prince Charles looked as moved to speak to the former child refugees as they were to speak to him at a reception to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport. Many of the 80 Kinder, members of The Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) who had come to attend a lunch on Tuesday at St James’ Palace, shared their stories with the prince – as well as with each other. Some sang Happy Birthday to the Royal, who turned 70 last week, and one even brought him a card. “On another table, they said, ‘I hope you live to 120,’” the prince told some Kinder. “But I’m not sure I want to!” As well as joking with some of the Kinder about age-related health problems and discussing his grandchildren, the heir to the throne took a keen interest in their stories, visiting each table in turn. The future king is a patron of World Jewish Relief, the precursor to which, the Central British Fund for German Jewry, was instrumental in bringing over and supporting 10,000 mainly Jewish children under the age of 17 from Nazi Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia.

Most of the children who came on the Kindertransport never saw their parents again. Ruth Jacobs (née Heber), 90, who came from Innsbruck, Austria, aged 10 with her brother, Harry, told the prince she had lived with several families before being offered a scholarship to a grammar school in Stroud. She told him how grateful she and other Kinder are for the opportunity of safe passage. “What a great privilege we have,” she said.

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Meanwhile, Marcel Anisfeld, 84, told Charles how he and his sister Jacqueline Sheldon, 81, from Nowy Sacz in Poland, survived the war “by deportation”, first by the Russians to Siberia, where they spent 18 months, and then to Uzbekistan, a story to which the prince listened with fascination. “Unbelievable,” he said. The pair, then aged nine and 12 respectively, arrived in the UK in 1946, through the efforts of Rabbi Dr Solomon Schonfeld. Another AJR member, William Kaczinsky, showed the heir to the throne photographs of his mother, Edith Bach, a famous opera singer in Berlin known as the Nightingale of Konig Wusterhausen, who managed to escape to England with him and his brother. Kaczinsky gave Charles a CD of her music. Upon hearing some of their stories, Charles said: “How do you get people to learn lessons after 70 years?” Eva Kugler, 87, replied: “We just keep telling

our stories. I go into schools and I tell them, ‘When I was your age…’” “Do they listen?” the Prince of Wales asked her. “Oh, yes,” she replied. “They take it in.” Judy Benton, 97, from Meissen near Dresden, came to the UK aged 17, on a train wearing a nurse’s outfit. “I can never get over your stories,” said Charles. “Astonishing.” Gerda Rothberg, 92, who came with her two sisters when she was nearly 13, was seated at the same table as Alfred Buechler, who also fled Nazi Germany aged nearly 14. Meeting for the first time and hearing each other’s stories, they realised that, incredibly, they had both travelled to the UK from Hamburg on the SS Washington on 30 June 1939. “When I think what you have been through, I hope people have learned the lessons,” the prince, who has previously hosted receptions for the Kinder organised by the AJR, told Buechler. The heir was also interested to hear the story of 94-year-old Herman Rothman, who came to Britain from Berlin in 1939, volunteered for the British Army, becoming an interrogator of Nazis, and later translated Hitler’s will. AJR chief executive Michael Newman said: “It was hugely symbolic and a truly special occasion for the Kinder to meet Prince Charles, someone who personifies the country that gave them refuge.” • Photographs on the front page are by Dr Bea Lewkowicz. The portraits were taken as part of the Refugee Voices Testimony Archive of the Association of Jewish Refugees. For more information, visit Some of the photographs are currently exhibited at the Jewish Museum in Camden.

ARISE, SIRS BEN AND LLOYD One of British Jewry’s most well-known survivors was honoured by the heir to the throne yesterday. Holocaust survivor and former Olympian Sir Ben Helfgott (pictured, right) received his knighthood at Buckingham Palace from Prince Charles. A day before his 89th birthday, the former champion weightlifter was praised for his “determination, dedication and unparalleled perseverance”, as he was honoured for his contribution to services to Holocaust remembrance and education. In June, Sir Ben told Jewish News he was “choked” after hearing about the award in the Queen’s birthday honours list. Jewish entrepreneur and philanthropist Lloyd Dorfman (pictured inset), the founder of Travelex, was also knighted at the Palace this week.

22 November 2018 Jewish News


Kindertransport 80th anniversary / Special report

Shabbat to recall the rescue British Jews were this week urged to help recognise the efforts of those behind the Kindertransport – 80 years after the phenomenal rescue effort of Jewish children was launched. Special Shabbat services will be held on Saturday 1 December involving all synagogue movements, followed by a commemorative ceremony on Sunday, 2 December at Liverpool Street Station, where thousands of children disembarked. The events are being organised by World Jewish Relief (WJR), whose predecessor – the Central British Fund for German Jewry (CBF) – was instrumental in bringing 10,000 unaccompanied children to the UK on trains from Nazi-occupied Europe, in what became known as the Kindertransport. The forthcoming ‘Kinder Shabbat’ will include special prayers written by senior rabbis who are preparing to dedicate their sermons to the subject, while some synagogues are hosting speakers,

Their new home: Young Jewish refugees arriving in London in February 1939

including those who were rescued, or their children. A commemorative ceremony will take place on Sunday in Hope Square at Liverpool Street Station where, in 2006, a bronze statue of newly-arrived

children was erected by artists Arie Ovadia and Frank Meisler, himself a Kinder. Peter Wittig, the German Ambassador, will join Kinder and their families as the Chief Rabbi lights the first night Chanukah candle.

“The Kindertransport is the quintessential Jewish story of survival and heroism,” said WJR communications director Rafi Cooper. “World Jewish Relief, so instrumental in its orchestration, is encouraging our

whole community to take some time to reflect both on the loss of those who didn’t make it out, as well as the wonderful contribution of so many of the 10,000 children in shaping our Jewish community as it is today.” WJR has spent thousands of pounds and hundreds of hours digitising its historic records from 1938-39, including thousands of individual case files for the children who came on the Kindertransport. The records detail the level of support given – anything from medical help to repairing shoes or providing cinema tickets – and outlines how help was provided to the children in secular and religious education, training and employment. “Our origins inspire our work today,” said Cooper. “With so many people continuing to have to flee violence, war and persecution, the Kindertransport remains a shining beacon of humanity in our modern age.”


ALL-FEMALE LINE UP FOR UJS POST For the first time in its 100-year history, the Union of Jewish Students has fielded an all-woman line-up for the organisation’s next president, with three female contenders vying to head the union next year. Current UJS president Hannah Rose said it was “a milestone” after Lauren Keiles, Joanna Phillips and Esther Offenberg made the run-off. Students will have the option of choosing a candidate from Jewdas, while the others are an Israeli from Berlin and a scuba-diving deputy.

ATTLEE HELPED FAMILY FLEE NAZIS Former Labour Prime Minister Clement Attlee sponsored a Jewish family in 1939, allowing them to leave Germany and come to Stanmore, where he lived. Details of Attlee’s little-known intervention were published in The Guardian this week, ahead of a reunion between Paul Willer, 90, who now lives in Gloucestershire, and Attlee’s surviving family, including his granddaughter, Jo Roundell Greene. Willer was 10 when the former prime minister came to his aid.

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Jewish News 22 November 2018

News / Polish trip / Soap scene

Uni chiefs learn tolerance lesson Student leaders from UK universities learned not to be bystanders this week as they visited the former Nazi concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, writes Joe Millis in Poland. The intense visit was part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s (HET) Lessons from Auschwitz Universities Project in partnership with the Union of Jewish Students (UJS). Monday’s visit, where the 132 participants landed in Krakow early in the morning and returned to London late that night, was the first of its kind and came after a seminar where they heard first-hand evidence from a survivor, Susan Pollack. During the visit, participants learned that there is no evidence that any German soldier was shot for refusing to kill Jews – some were sent to the

Eastern Front, but others were even later promoted. “People did have a choice,” one of the HET educators told one group. “They could choose, like Rudolf Hoess, the commandant of Auschwitz, to live a completely ‘normal’ life, going home to his wife and children who lived next door to the camp while overseeing the murder of 1.1 million Jews. Or they could choose not to be perpetrators and be punished for refusing to kill Jews.” National Union of Students (NUS) president Shakira Martin told Jewish News she had “learned so much from the visit”. Martin, for whom it was the second visit to the site of the camps, added: “The visit has made me see my part in not being a bystander when evil occurs and to ensure that the stories of survivors live

on through all the generations. “This has been an important visit for student leaders and gives a better understanding of what happened during the Holocaust and ensure that when we return to the UK, we will know how to support our Jewish students on campus.” Mohammed Omar Hijazi, the president of the student union of St George’s, University of London, told Jewish News that what left the most impression on him were the “positive talks by the Holocaust survivors, with their emphasis on learning and tolerance”. Hijazi, who has a degree in biomedics, echoed the thoughts of many of the participants when he said it was incumbent on the student participants – “the leaders of the future” – to reflect on what happened and “not to promote discrimination on the back of others”.

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BBC1’s EastEnders has become the first soap to tackle the issue of antisemitism, in a new storyline introduced last week. The character of Dr Harold Legg, played by 92-year-old Jewish actor Leonard Fenton, returns to the show to illustrate the issue.

A key communal charity has partnered with nearly 50 groups for Jewish Legacy Awareness Month. Throughout November, Jewish Legacy is showcasing how legacies enhance communities locally and nationally. Chief executive Gina Ross said: “We want people to realise that

Last Thursday’s programme showed Dr Legg visiting his mother’s grave in a Jewish cemetery, together with show stalwart Dot Cotton. Dr Legg and Dot are shocked to see graffiti and a swastika daubed on Esther Legg’s tombstone when they visit to place a stone on her grave.

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Muslim and Jewish volunteers united last weekend to make more than 2,500 bowls of chicken soup for the homeless for Mitzvah Day. The tenth annual Jewish-led day of social action saw more than 25,000 UK volunteers take part in more than 1,400 events across the country. Volunteers chopped vegetables, rolled matzah balls and stirred vats of the liquid as part of a nationwide interfaith #ChickenSoupChallenge initiative at 20 locations. The biggest event took place at the kitchens of East London Mosque, site of the former Fieldgate Street Synagogue, where more than 1,000 portions of halal chicken soup were made with volunteers from the charity Muslim Aid. Other cooks-offs were held at Radlett United Synagogue, attended by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev; at JW3 with London Mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey, and at the Salaam Shalom Kitchen in Nottingham. Soup was also made by Jewish and Muslim communities in Hertfordshire, Essex, Wimbledon, Norwich, Leeds, Peterborough and Manchester, with more than 2,500 kosher, halal and vegetarian portions made across Britain. Laura Marks, founder and chair of Mitzvah Day, said: “Some of the people from each community taking part will never have met a Jewish or a Muslim person before, let alone chopped vegetables alongside them, and will now be leaving as friends.”   Jehangir Malik, head of Muslim Aid said: “If we let our imaginations take us back about 80 years, the site of the mosque was the f o r m e r   F i e l d g a t e   S t r e et Synagogue, which will have attracted crowds of Jewish people on Friday nights and Saturday mornings. This Mitzvah Day #ChickenSoup-

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Challenge is a wonderful initiative to bring our two communities together in a part of London which is meaningful to us both and to spread a positive interfaith message around the world.”   Recipients of the soup included the Salvation Army, St Laurence’s Larder, the homelessness charity St Mungo’s and the Brixton’s Acre Lane Centre for supported housing. As well as interfaith cooking events, Mitzvah Day this year also saw thousands of volunteers take part in 2,000 projects on and around Sunday 18 November. Social action events included entertaining in care homes, cleaning up cemeteries and parks, hosting teas and lunches for refugees and collecting quantities of clothes and food items to help those in need.  In Hendon, more than 30 knitters made a number of woolly hats which were donated to the UCLH Neonatal unit. Eitan and Gabriella Freilich held the event in memory of Avidan Judah, their five-week-old son, who sadly passed away, and whose older twin, Yeshaya Nosson, is still in the neonatal unit fighting for his life. Woodside Park Scouts collected for a local food bank,

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Homeless Action in Barnet, and the 5th North Finchley Guides made biscuits for charity. At Bushey Synagogue, hundreds of young members gave up their time to contribute to a variety of local projects. Volunteers rolled up their sleeves to weed, dig and prune in the gardens of Watford General Hospital, while others provided a special tea for families who were treated there. The shul’s Mitzvah Day organiser Esther Radnor said: “It

was incredible to see so many people helping. Watford General Hospital is such an important part of our community and it was fantastic to see people giving up their time to help those who have been through such a lot.” Elsewhere, more than 30 volunteers helped Crouch End Chavurah to collect toiletries for the Asylum Seekers Drop-in Centre at Liberal Jewish Synagogue, resulting in being able to donate a car full of items. Catford and Bromley United Synagogue was another element in all the activity, collecting food outside Waitrose in Beckenham before donating it to the Trussell Trust. Elsewhere, Elstree and Borehamwood’s Masorti community teamed up with mental health charity Jami as parents and children being bnei mitzvah had fun getting their hands dirty with DIY to raise funds for those with mental health issues.  More Mitzvah Day news and pics on p34, 35 & 36

It was a very moving way for me to spend a Sunday morning. The atmosphere was buzzing and it was wonderful to see young people talking to each other, working together, engaging with each other – all from different walks of life and backgrounds. Some of them had never met a Jew or Muslim before, but what a better way to make friends than coming together for a social action project. Britain’s biggest interfaith day of social action and Muslim Aid helped to organise the flagship event, the Chicken Soup Challenge. Some 1,000 portions of soup were cooked to a traditional Jewish recipe with halal chickens in the kitchens at the East London Mosque.  It truly was an interfaith, inter-cultural activity. Volunteers included young

Muslim boys from the 8th East London Scouts group, Rabbi Roni Tabick and families from his congregation at the Stoke Newington community, young people from BBYO and students from the LSE inter-faith group. I was aware that Jewish chicken soup was an important tradition and have heard it referred to as ‘Jewish penicillin’ for its nurturing and medicinal properties, but I’d never tasted it before or been involved in cooking it. We loved the idea of cooking soup for the homeless in London as soup has a significance for Muslims. There is a hadith (a prophetic tradition) which asks us to water down our broth, so we have enough to give our neighbours. This concept is the heart of Mitzvah Day – sharing with others.


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AJEX Cenotaph parade

‘Thank you for mental and physical sacrifices’ Hundreds of Jewish ex-servicemen and women and their families marched past the Cenotaph on Sunday as part of this year’s AJEX Remembrance Parade, writes Joe Millis. Braving the cold – but thankful for the sunshine – the veterans gathered at Horse Guards Parade before marching down Whitehall led by the Band of the Scots Guard. On Whitehall, they passed before dignitaries such as Reviewing Officer Lieutenant-General Richard Nugee – the Chief of Defence People – Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Board of Deputies president Marie van der Zyl and Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev. The service included wreath laying, the Last Post and Reveille, a prayer for peace, El Male Rachamim, Kaddish, which was recited by all at the parade and Adon Olam. There was also a prayer for the safety of the armed forces, as well as a recital of Psalm 23. Lt Gen Nugee told the veterans: “The Jewish community has played a hugely significant role in all this country’s conflicts. As a mark of this, there are Star of David headstones at military cemeteries in France and Belgium. “Thank you for the physical and mental sacrifices you have made. Thanks for coming

Above: Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis addresses the crowd. Left: The AJEX parade. Inset: A Veteran. Below: Children attend the parade as part of Mitzvah Day Pictures: Marc Morris

in the cold and amazing sunshine to remember and honour those who fought for freedom and this country.” The veterans, their friends and families, as well as Jewish organisations such as the Board,

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paid their respects to the 3,000 Jewish soldiers, who died in the First World War, as well as the 1,500,000 Jews from the Allied forces who served in the Second World War. Particular emphasis was put on the centenary of the end of the First World War – “the War to End All Wars” – and the Battle of Amiens, which marked the beginning of the end of the war. Also marked was the 75th anniversaries of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and of the formation of the Royal Air Force. Second World War veteran Louis Yeshin, 93, was a leading sickbay attendant on HMS Retalick, a Royal Navy frigate that operated in the Atlantic Ocean, accompanying convoys of vital food and weapons from the United States. He told Jewish News: “I remember treating a German officer who was badly wounded. He was from the Gestapo. I gave him morphine and changed his dressing. I told him: ‘By the way, I am Jewish.’ He went as pale as a ghost.” Stanley Myers, 87, was an air observer in Germany after the war, serving with the British Army on the Rhine. He lamented that the “numbers are getting fewer and

fewer as each year goes by”. Myers, a long-time participant in AJEX parades, echoed the thoughts of many veterans, saying he would continue to come for as long as he could, “but I’m getting old”. Father and daughter Howard and Hannah Skolnick were at the parade to remember Howard’s father, Arnold, who was injured during the war on the DutchGerman border “while he was making tea”. His uncle, Nathan Daren, was killed in July 1941 while on SS Anselm – one of the Atlantic convoy ships. It was their first time at the AJEX parade, and Howard said he was there “to remember my family, to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War and because of the rise in antisemitism”. Leading the parade was the Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade (JLGB), which sees it as its main mission to help AJEX keep the parade going year after year. Ryan Sidle, 31, the Parade Commander for the JLGB, said: “This is the most important thing we do as a volunteer organisation. We have lots of people on board with this, even though time is a very important issue for many people. So many are willing to give of their time for this. We will continue to be involved in this as long as we are needed.” His JLGB colleague, Michael Livingstone, said: “We see this parade and partnership with AJEX as part of JLGB’s mission to bridge the generations. It is also part of our Mitzvah Day contribution.” After the parade, Mirvis paid tribute to Jacques Weisser, who is standing down as AJEX chief executive after 24 years. “Jacques, without you, we wouldn’t be where we are, and our thanks is an absolute statement of recognition that you have brought the organisation right into the heart of everyone in the community and beyond,” said Mirvis. “You are the ultimate fusion of efficiency and honesty… If you are doing something, we know it is in good hands – and it is being done in an understated way. You are a marvellous mensch.”

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Jewish schools prioritise mental health well-being Five Jewish schools are to hire specialists in mental well-being as part of a three-year pilot project designed to identify and help those students suffering in silence The unprecedented intervention, which includes JFS, JCoSS and Yavneh College, is all the more noteworthy because it brings together Jewish organisations and charities working in education, mental health and youth services. Under the plans, five schools – including Broughton Jewish Primary School in Salford and Rimon Primary School in Golders Green – will hire a Wellbeing Practitioner, in recognition one in 10 children now suffer from a mental health issue. Recruitment is already underway, with Rimon advertising for a part-time practitioner to work two days a week, “initially for one year”, for someone “to improve confidence and ability to give children and young people the support and direction they require to build resilience”. It says the new role-holder will also “promote healthy lifestyles



and positive mental health and well-being” and deliver group talks on topics such as “mindfulness, resilience, anxiety management and growth mindset”. The pilot follows the Chief Rabbi’s groundbreaking guide for Jewish schools this summer, in which he urged a radical rethink to protect Jewish students from LGBT+ related bullying. In his report, written jointly with Jewish LGBT+ charity KeshetUK, he cited shocking statistics showing the extent of self-harm and suicide attempts among Jewish students. The Jewish Leadership Council

(JLC) said this week its Wellbeing Task Force was addressing the “increasing mental health challenges facing Jewish children and young people”. Organisations such as Norwood, Jami, Camp Simcha, Partnerships for Jewish Schools and youth network Reshet are taking part in the pilot, with support and guidance from philanthropists and foundations. The Community Wellbeing Taskforce is to be chaired by Nicola Cobbold of the Portland Trust, while clinical governance will be led by Dr Mark Berelowitz, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Royal Free Hospital.

For all of us, our children are our world. For the past 24 years, Sharon and I, like most parents, have done our best to ensure our home is one in which our children could play, learn, and develop as individuals and as a group and that they have had every opportunity to succeed. Yet, despite our best efforts and instincts to protect our children, every mum and dad knows that the social and academic pressures, the desire to succeed, to be popular and the fear of failure can alter lives immeasurably. Some people face mental challenges either from childhood or perhaps from birth, but there is no doubt that, in the past decade, more and more youngsters have faced challenges related to their well-being. Indeed, Jewish schools have reported facing significant increases in cases ranging from anxiety and depression, to self-harm and eating

disorders, to, sadly, sometimes tragic consequences. From all across our community, people are crying out for help and a cross-communal alliance has emerged with a plan of action. The Community Wellbeing Project, whose pilot programme involves implementing holistic well-being programmes for students, staff, parents and carers in five Jewish schools, is our first concerted effort to tackle the mental health crisis, inculcate a culture of universal wellbeing and promote resilience. It is the result of diligent work by the Jewish Leadership Council, member organisations such as Jami and Norwood, charitable foundations, expert clinicians and committed individuals who care passionately about this issue, have rolled up their sleeves and said: Hineni, I am here! Together, we begin a journey to better our lives, our homes and our schools – to better our community. We will do so hand in hand, learning from one another and for one another. For our children’s sake, we must get it right.


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World News / Coalition trauma / Google claim / Hitler apology

Bennett props up Bibi Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Ben- with Hamas over Gaza, had said he nett will not after all resign and pull his wanted to get his hands on the ministry Jewish Home Party out of the government “so Israel could start winning again”. Lieberman resigned after accusing the to force new elections. Bennett threatened to quit after government of capitulating to terrorists failing to secure the defence ministry for by agreeing a ceasefire with Hamas after his party as a condition for remaining in a barrage of 460 rockets in two days. This Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s in turn was triggered by an Israeli Special Forces raid in Gaza that killed a Hamas ruling coalition. The turmoil followed the resignation commander and six others. The latest flare-up saw the number of of Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman rockets fired from Gaza overwhelm the Iron in protest against a Gaza truce Despite heaping withering criticism on the government’s defence policies, Bennett said he will now back Netanyahu, who has now also taken on the position of defence minister, in an effort to improve Israel’s “deep security crisis”. Former Special Forces soldier Bennett, who opposed any Palestinian state and every recent ceasefire Naftali Bennett Benjamin Netanyahu

Dome missile defence system, resulting in houses being hit and up to 50 Israelis treated for injury or trauma. Announcing his decision to stay,Bennett said he believed Netanyahu would be able to “change direction” with him by his side. “We think that there is no answer to terror, to rockets and mortars, but there is an answer — we can get back to winning,” he said. The announcement came after Netanyahu urged his partners on Sunday night to stay the course in the current government because Israel is in “one of our most complex periods in terms of security.” Touting his military experience in the Sayeret Matkal elite operations unit and his “years of having ordered many military operations” as prime minister, Netanyahu said that he “knows when to act and what to do” in moments of crisis.

Google rejects antisemitism de-list plea Google has responded to legal action in Spain by saying it can de-list antisemitic material from search results only if a judge orders it to do so. The tech giant agreed in June to remove offensive content from its Blogger platform, which it owns, but said it was

unable to de-list content from its search engine results, which simply reflect the web. Lawyers for a Spanish Jewish complainant said this week: “The content was so obviously extremely racist that it could have been easily addressed as unprotected

speech without the need for any outside corroboration, not only in Spain, but across most European jurisdictions.” Google said it could remove content which fell foul of its content guidelines, but to delist search results the content must be deemed illegal.

The action, alleging libel against the Jewish people, is being funded by advocates at the US-based Lawfare Project. A Google spokeswoman said hateful and antisemitic content online was “abhorrent” but denied Lawfare Project’s claim that it had “done nothing”.

HITLER OUTBURST MAN SAYS SORRY A man who shouted “Heil Hitler, Heil Trump” from the balcony in the intermission of a performance of Fiddler on the Roof in Baltimore apologised for his outburst and said the comparison came out wrong. Anthony Derlunas II, 58,

caused members of the audience to panic and flee the Hippodrome Theatre, fearing a terrorist attack. Derlunas, who said he had been drinking heavily, told police he acted because of his hatred for President Trump.


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Editorial comment and letters ISSUE NO.



Magical impact of Mitzvah Day Ten years old this week, there can be few Jewish initiatives to have been embraced so quickly and so deeply into the fabric of society as Mitzvah Day, such that people of different faiths up and down the country now get involved without a second thought. Year after year, this Jewish-led day of social action has the ability to bring people together. This year, Muslims and Jews donned their aprons to cook 1,000 portions of chicken soup in a mosque, using halal meat and a Jewish recipe, before delivery to the likes of Salvation Army and St Mungo’s for homeless shelters. Last year was no different. Few will forget when Muslims making Golders Green Hippodrome their new home came to a nearby synagogue to give blood, despite Jewish residents having earlier taken to online petitions in a swirl of ignorance and bigotry, calling for the mosque to be banned, shamefully blaming pollution. These young Muslims’ good deed for Mitzvah Day quickly cut the bigots down to size and all was soon forgotten. The way Mitzvah Day helps dissolve faith-based barriers and cultural aversions is one of its many qualities. Another is its international dimension. Together with Limmud, it must surely be one of Anglo-Jewry’s most important exports, today reaching countries such as the Philippines, Namibia, Belarus and South Africa. That this simple yet long-sustained Jewish idea of helping others – whether it’s cleaning a cemetery or cooking for the homeless – can be so eagerly taken up around the world shows the world’s readiness to lend a hand. It also shows the ability of faiths to embrace each other, despite the headlines and Twitter trolls. All this doesn’t just happen. It took hard work and help. Not long ago, Mitzvah Day comprised two part-timers renting a desk and broadband at Jewish social action incubator JHub. With backing from the Pears Foundation, guidance from Shoshana Boyd Gelfand and a dose of dogged persistence from Laura Marks, it thrived. More than 40,000 volunteers prove it. Mitzvah Day has cemented its place among this generation’s lasting legacies, but the world – as we know – still needs a lot of repairing. To those who volunteer, and those who do the organising, we salute you.


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Divergence has limits Barry Hyman, as in the past, makes unwarranted claims about my views (Jewish News, letters, 15 November). I suppose he relies on readers not remembering what I wrote. The salient part was: “While the non-Orthodox are entitled to call their places of worship ‘synagogues’, or their clergy ‘rabbis’, they have no right to force those who disagree to do so.” That would be the height of intolerance and should have no place in honest debate. Robert Bowers targeted the Tree of Life because of his hatred of Jews, but his percep-

tion that it was a synagogue does not automatically make it one. As it happens, I’m in favour of diverse manifestations of Judaism – as exemplified by varying minhagim – but there must be some limit on how far a group can diverge. The Conservative and Reform movements certainly understand the Torah quite differently from classical Judaism, which is why it is reasonable not to accept their claim to be part of it. The alternative is for Judaism to be defined as any religion espoused by any group claim-

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ing to be Jews. That is absurd, as I continued: “No doubt [the non-Orthodox] would object to being compelled to use such terms for the places of worship of the ‘Messianic Jews’ and their leaders.” Unfortunately, outrage such as that from Mr Hyman is used for the purely political purpose of browbeating Orthodoxy into recognising Reform as a legitimate form of Judaism. His letter is another example of such bullyboy tactics. Martin D Stern Salford

FAITH LEADERS OF THE FUTURE Jewish News is to be congratulated again for its forward thinking in leading the way in interfaith dialogue with its “21 for 21” project launched in last week’s paper. The individuals listed in your special supplement have been chosen, as you say, for their work in increasing dialogue and breaking down barriers. Their coming forward is a timely reminder in the midst of so much evidence of hate and evil being unleashed on the world that there is another way, and one that deserves

much more recognition. The care that has been taken by you, British Muslim TV, The Church Times and Coexist House to assemble the project is apparent in the details of your 21 individuals chosen – Muslims, Jews and Christians – and the nine more highly commended. Their biographies show they are high achievers not afraid to speak out and act on their belief that there is hope for interfaith harmony Emma Gluck By email

CLARIFICATION: Last week’s letter from Ros Goldfarb about the Kristallnacht memorial at Westminster Abbey was incorrectly headlined ‘Charedim and the church’. We apologise for this error.

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Editorial comment and letters

Hero of the Great War Many thanks for your recent powerful series profiling heroic Jews of the First World War to mark the 100th anniversary of the era-defining conflict. I was unaware of any of these stories. It was wonderful to learn about the heroism of members of our community called on to defend King and country during the Great War. The brave actions of young

Jewish Londoner Stanley Kaye, killed just one month before Armistice Day and just days after his 20th birthday, was particularly moving to read. May Stanley’s memory, and the memories of all the casualties of World War One, be a blessing to us, now and forever. Marc Hallie Email

It was a joy to read in The Church Times of your collaboration with it and British Muslim TV for the ‘21 faith leaders for the 21st century’ initiative. Thank you for undertaking this worthwhile initiative. Charles Mugleston Felixstowe

best for others, whether spending time, money or giving of one’s own self, is of far greater consequence than the gender of the contributor.

Open a newspaper or switch on a TV and you’ll be accosted by stories of people spilling blood in the name of religion. Which made opening my copy of last week’s Jewish News and seeing your celebration of interfaith figures such a refreshing delight. There is more that unites us than divides.

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GIVING THAT COUNTS I had to chuckle at Adele Moss’s letter about who gives more to charity (Jewish News, 8 November). Is giving charity now a competition between the sexes? Should charity be measured by whether a male or female is responsible? In my opinion, to do one’s


HOPES FOR HARMONY I was interested to read your eightpage report on your interfaith awards, for which 21 Muslims, Christians and Jews have been nominated for their work in building bridges between the three communities. Finding out about the efforts of each and every one of the eight nominees – while also hearing the initiative being discussed on Radio 4 – I felt reassured that young people are putting in great efforts to improve the understanding between members of the three

Abrahamic religions. Not only that; the fact that coverage for this project was simultaneously being repeated on British Muslim TV and in The Church Times, together with Coexist House, made it even more special. In this time of division all around the world, the bridge-building efforts of these nominees is reassuring. May their efforts be productive. Simeon Holbeck Chigwell

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Middle East peace goes beyond our party politics JOAN RYAN MP



he past year has seen precious little progress for those of us who wish to see peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Last week’s terrible events in Gaza are a reminder of the fragility of the situation. Hamas’ indiscriminate attacks on Israeli civilians, the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza, and the lack of American leadership are combining to make a noxious cocktail. The circumstances in which both sides can sit down, talk, and begin to resolve their differences – as we know that they eventually must – seem far off. But this counsel of despair about the moribund political process should not be the cause for us to abandon hope. Indeed, it simply opens a void in which, even some wellmeaning people, can become enticed by the dangerous and divisive appeal of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.

Instead, we should redouble our efforts to strengthen the civil society foundations upon which any future political agreement will need to rest. It is worth recalling that the Northern Ireland peace process has been sustained by strong popular support; support that began to be built in the darkest days of The Troubles more than a decade before the Good Friday Agreement, with the establishment of an International Fund for Ireland. Robust evaluations detailed in last year’s report by BICOM on peace-building show that people-to-people work significantly improves Israeli and Palestinian participants’ attitudes to one other. The US international development agency, USAID, agrees. It has found that those participating in cross-border coexistence report higher levels of trust and cooperation, more “conflict resolution values” and less aggression. Anyone who visits such projects, as I have done on several occasions, cannot fail to be inspired by the sight of young Israelis and Palestinians learning what they have in common, rather than what divides them.

PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE WORK SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVES ISRAELI AND PALESTINIANS’ ATTITUDES TO ONE ANOTHER Two years ago, Labour Friends of Israel launched the UK campaign to push for an International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace. Designed and promoted by the Alliance for Middle East Peace, it would aim to leverage and invest £155m in people-to-people work split roughly equally between the US, Europe, other international partners including the Arab world, and the private sector. The campaign is now producing real results. In the United States Congress, bills have recently been passed with bipartisan support to allocate

US cash to the fund. European governments are showing an increased interest in its potential. And, thanks to LFI’s efforts, earlier this year, Britain became the first country to offer its support for the establishment of the fund – building our success in securing £3m in new investment in coexistence projects in 2017. This is a cause that goes beyond party politics and I’m grateful for the interest and encouragement the Middle East Minister, Alistair Burt, has shown in both coexistence work in general and the fund in particular. Ministers have taken the first big step by endorsing this important initiative. Now it’s time for them to go further. With our seat at the UN, our historic links to the region, and the fact we have good relations with many of the key players – the US, Israel, the Palestinians and Gulf states – who will need to come together to make it a success, Britain is perhaps uniquely placed to play a role in leading and shaping this crucial effort. Over the coming months, LFI will be redoubling our efforts to work with MPs from across the House of Commons to encourage the government to seize it.

Long-lost film foretells the pitfalls of ‘Utopia’ ALEX BRUMMER



ho would have thought that a flickering silent move Die Stadt ohne Juden (City without Jews) with a score by Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth could be so evocative? Unearthed in the Paris flea market, the long-lost 1924 film was returned to its native Austria where it was digitally restored by the Filmarchiv Austria, and was given its London Premiere at the Barbican as last week’s political drama unfolded. One of my political colleagues running through the various possible outcomes of a parliamentary defeat for the UK-EU Brexit statement envisaged a stalemate when the Tories could no longer command a majority in the Commons and the Queen would be advised she had to invite Jeremy Corbyn to the palace. This might seem unlikely, but for those who believe in the free market capitalism and the inviolability of the state of Israel, it was far from a random thought. The queues at Heathrow would be longer than those for post-Brexit trucks at Dover.

City without Jews is a powerful work all the more so because of its vintage. At the time, Hitler’s outpourings were still in their infancy, Vienna (which one assumes is the imagined city of Utopia of the movie) was a very Jewish city in where half the lawyers and medics were Jewish, as well as many of the banks and businesses. It was the city of Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler, Joseph Roth and Stefan Zweig. But it was also home to up to 50,000 poorer Jews from Galicia who had fled pogroms and the First World War. The film, based upon the novel by Hugo Bettauer, a Jew who converted to Christianity, begins with Jews swaying to prayer in synagogue. It then reverts to the Borse where speculators are busy selling the local currency – the crown. There also are scenes of citizens struggling with surging prices in the fresh food street markets. The movie switches to meeting of the

local parliament with the Chancellor blaming Jews for the financial disruption and calling for expulsion. After a two-thirds vote in favour, we see the Jews leaving town. The government decides on who should be considered Jews. Converts to Christianity would have to go. The first generation descendants of mixed marriages would still be considered Jewish, but second generation descendants would be allowed to stay. The most prosperous professionals are filmed with their trunks loading on to trains. The poorer, ‘frummer’, newer arrivals being packed into the cheaper carriages or being marched out of town in the snow, grubbing for food. The defining of Jewish lineage and the scenes of freezing, marching Jews wearing inadequate clothing provide a chilling preview of the Shoah. The misery of the memory of the Jews of Utopia is rescued after they have gone.


Banks collapse, shops and businesses close and the earlier inflation turns into hyper-inflation for locals who turn against the council and the Chancellor. The plot plays out when a dissident Jew, disguised as a French artist, launches a poster campaign demanding restoration of the Jews. His crowning glory is to get the leading antireturn campaigner so drunk he cannot vote allowing the return of the expelled. There is much remarkable about this whole event. How, in the late 2010s, a long forgotten movie found its way back to its native Austria. The prescience of much of the material to the narrative of the Kristallnacht of 80 years ago and the later transport scenes from the Holocaust. Most relevantly, it provides sharp reminder of how the tide of opinion can change against Jews in times of economic and political disturbance. No one imagines such things ever happening in Britain’s tolerant democracy. But the Corbyn Labour Party’s pro-Palestinian rhetoric already has spilled over into historical anti-Jewish trope. The combination of that with Labour’s Marxist attack on free market capitalism potentially could become very uncomfortable for the Jewish community.

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t a time of political polarisation and division over Brexit, it’s important to remember ourselves what we have in common. As Indians and Jews, we are united by common values and ideals. During Interfaith Week, leaders from Indian and Jewish communities gathered at Western Marble Arch Synagogue. The Chief Rabbi, with other religious, political, business and cultural figures, reinforced the ties of friendship between two of Britain’s most successful minority communities. The distinguished guests included an Old Bailey judge, members of the House of Lords and top entrepreneurs. This was one of the major events of the week, which saw well over 500 inter-faith

THE UK HAS BEEN ENRICHED BY ITS 1.5MILLON INDIANS AND 280,000 JEWS events and initiatives all over the UK. The blossoming of ties between Indians and Jews is part of the rich tapestry of the UK’s inter-faith relations and a crucial axis at an anxious time for both communities. There has been an ugly rise of antisemitism in Britain, as well as continued hate crime aimed at Indians – two Hindu temples in London were ransacked just two weeks ago. However, the UK is enriched by its population of 1.5 million Indians and 280,000 Jews. We believe the convergent values and stories of both communities offer an inspirational message to the whole of Britain – and that there are at least four recurring themes.

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First, although both communities face prejudice, we have not let it define us. Indians and Jews have embraced Britishness, and are among the most patriotic citizens with a long history of military service – 1.5 million Indians and 50,000 Jews (a high proportion of a small community) served in the First World War. The second lesson from both communities is that with hard work and tenacity, you can fulfil the “British Dream”. Both communities came here with modest means and through perseverance not only made a life but a disproportionate contribution to all walks of life. Many worked in the clothing, textile and food industries. Jews were often market traders and the Asian corner shop is part of common folklore. As the communities have integrated and benefited from a high-quality education, many Indians and Jews have become professionals, meeting their parents’ aspirations for their children to become lawyers, doctors and accountants. Third, each community has shown a flair for entrepreneurship. Because access to some jobs was restricted, Jews and Indians relied

on their wits and created their own businesses. Success stories from both communities include Jewish business people Michael Marks (M&S) and Jack Cohen (Tesco) alongside Gulam Noon (Noon products) and Jasminder Singh (Edwardian Hotels). Our communities have also contributed to UK cultural life, “soft power” that has enriched the country – Jewish playwrights and comedians have left their mark, while Indian food and dance has become hugely popular and curry is now the nation’s favourite dish. Fourth, family and community life lie at the heart of both communities. TV’s The Kumars at No. 42 depicted a close-knit Indian family and contained familiar themes for the Jewish community. At their best, each community balances individual responsibility with obligations to its families and wider society. Through a positive attitude and an embrace of British values, our communities continue to thrive and provide a role model for others. In the season of Diwali and Chanukah – both festivals of light – we hope the darkness of race hate makes way for a brighter future.

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We’re close to gender balance tipping point ELLA & HANNAH ROSE


his year, for the first time, there were more women than men in our community’s delegation to Number 10; four to three. It’s more than just optics or how the photo looks. It’s what the meeting says about our community to this country. It appears to say we are a community that allows women to reach the highest levels of leadership. The Jewish community has always been full of remarkable women. But representation of women at the highest levels of the community has previously been found lacking. We hope that one day a female Union of Jewish Students (UJS) president and a gender-balanced meeting are not worthy of a headline. Both of us have experienced double takes (and doubt) when we say our roles within UJS and other organisations. Without intentional intervention around attitudes, change will not come about. In 2014, Ella was elected president of

the UJS. The fourth woman in 90 years to hold that position and the first to pass presidency on to another woman. Four years later, Hannah is the sixth. We are the first siblings to hold the role, of which we are both incredibly proud. We look at the women around us in the community, who inspire us and who smash the glass ceiling for us. They have increased immensely in the past four years. The Board of Deputies has welcomed its second female president in more than 250 years. The UJIA has its first woman chair, and other organisations appear to be following suit. Our community is not solely made of men and our leaders must reflect that. The top tables are becoming more balanced and women are no longer just the junior roles in communal organisations. Our community has always been a meritocracy. We must ask ourselves what we can do to balance the scales. When women are not reaching the highest levels, we must ask why, and take practical steps to change that. The work of the Women in Jewish

THE WORK OF THE WOMEN IN JEWISH LEADERSHIP PROJECT HAS PAVED MUCH OF THE WAY, INCLUDING STOPPING ALL-MALE PANELS, BUT MORE CAN AND MUST BE DONE Leadership project has paved much of the way, including some fantastic work on stopping all-male panels, but more can and must be done. The UJS has done some brilliant work on this, ensuring that all national bodies such as National Council must be genderbalanced. Students often pave the way for broader change in wider society. UJS was one of the first organisations to advocate for the two-state solution in the years preceding the Oslo Accords. This might be another one of those times. The Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) has worked hard in the past year to ensure that this year’s delegation was gender balanced.

With measures such as those taken by UJS and the JLC, maybe a gender-balanced community is closer than it appears. Whether a true reflection or not, the yearly meeting has become an annual marker of women’s representation in our community. Year on year, journalists have reported the lack of representation at the top table. Hopefully this change carries on beyond the walls of Number 10.  Ella Rose was president of the Union of Jewish Students from 2014-2015, while Hannah Rose is its current president

‘Right of return’ cry is muted by full story LYN JULIUS FOUNDER, HARIF


very November since 2014, my organisation, Harif – the UK Association for Jews from the Middle East and North Africa – has been observing a special day to remember the exodus of almost a million Jews from Arab countries and Iran. Our official commemoration this year is on 21 November with the JW3 premiere of The Wolf of Baghdad, an audio-visual memoir with live music telling one Iraqi-Jewish family’s story. From the 1940s on, Iraq was a deadly place for Jews, the only country to execute Jews as “Zionist” spies. The 2,600-year-old Jewish community, which wrote the Babylonian Talmud, endured vicious persecution. Most were airlifted to Israel. Jews who fled Arab countries do not consider themselves refugees. They rebuilt their lives and were granted full civil rights in Israel and the West.

Yet our TV screens are alive with stories of Palestinian “refugees” who still claim a “right of return” to what is now Israel. This demand, although non-existent in international law, is not simply a matter of rhetoric. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, keeps the refugee issue alive by confining Palestinians to camps. It funds schools and welfare. Donald Trump raised a storm when he recently cut off the agency’s funding. Even the Israel security establishment objected, fearing that dismantling UNRWA would endanger Israel. But education and healthcare could be turned over to the Palestinian Authority, the Jordanian government, or UNHCR, the agency which deals with all refugees globally. Recent research notes the US discharged its obligations to Palestinian refugees in the early 1950s. In addition to the Marshall Plan to rehabilitate Europe after the Second World War, the US gave money to Arab states and Israel to solve the refugee problem created by the 1948 War of Independence. The American aid was to have been split


evenly between Israel and the Arab states, with each side receiving $50million to build infrastructure to absorb refugees. The money to resettle the Arab refugees was handed over to the UN, and the Americans gave Arab countries another $53million for “technical cooperation”. In effect, the Arab side received double the money given to Israel even though Israel took in more refugees, including Jews from Arab lands. But none of this aid went into resettling. Instead, UNRWA gives successive generations permanent refugee status, even those with other nationalities. The original 700,000 (no more than 30,000 are still alive)

have burgeoned into five million. The great “March of Return” on Israel’s 1967 border with Gaza shows the marchers’ objective is not a two-state solution but to overrun the Jewish state with “returning” Arabs. As long as the “right of return” is the cornerstone of the Palestinians’ strategy, the Jewish refugees from Arab lands remain its antidote. All but 4,500 Jews have been forced out by state-sanctioned terror, abandoning billions of dollars’ worth of land and property, equivalent to four times the size of Israel. A grave, unresolved injustice was done to the Jews. But they are a living reminder that two sets of refugees exchanged places in the Middle East in roughly equal numbers. Recognising this can help achieve an equitable solution and be a step to peace.  Harif founder Lyn Julius is the author of Uprooted: How 3,000 Years of Jewish Civilisation in the Arab World Vanished Overnight (Vallentine Mitchell). Details of Harif events at



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Kisharon and Langdon footballers at their annual match at Mill Hill Power League

Kol Chai children delivered fruit kebabs and potted bulbs to residents of The Haven and sang to them

Staff and children at Gilah Nursery in Borehamwood, made Chanukah cards for Jewish Care

Pupils at Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School took part in activities, including collecting plastic bottle tops for Lupus UK, toys and games for Camp Simcha UK, and food and toiletries for Redbridge Food Bank

More than 30 helpers collected toiletries for the Crouch End Chavurah for the LJS Asylum Seekers’ Drop-In Centre

At Belmont Shul, there was a book stall, Guides and Brownies made Chanukah cards for a Jewish Care home and the Knitting Circle knitted hats for premature babies in Israel

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis saw more than 90 Langdon members, staff and volunteers created sensory Chanukah cards to be sent to Jerusalem’s ALEH centre

OGR Stock Denton law firm created special sensory Chanukah cards to decorate bedrooms at the ALEH centre in Jerusalem

Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue was part of an interfaith gardening project, run in association with The Stanmore Mosque at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

Congregants at Borehamwood & Elstree United Synagogue took part in the Joely Bear appeal

Almost 100 people gave blood at the Camp Simcha and Joely Bear Appeal blood drive in Edgware

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Ahavas Yisrael in Edgware entertained tenants at Jewish Blind & Disabled’s Cherry Tree Court with a cream tea and games afternoon

Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue members cleaned Croxley Common Moor with Kol Chai Hatch End Jewish Community Pupils at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Elstree collected for Goods For Good

Thirty women knitted hats for premature babies at UCLH’s neonatal unit. They did so after Eitan and Gabriella Freilich gave birth to identical twin boys at the end of October. Born suddenly at 28 weeks, the younger, Avidan Judah, passed away after five weeks, while Yeshaya Nosson is currently fighting for his life

Ten volunteers gave out sleeping bags, jackets, hats, gloves, scarves and rucksacks on behalf of Linkey, the homeless social enterprise that gives out essential items

St Albans Masorti Synagogue ran a record-breaking 11 projects, which included making and decorating cupcakes for a women’s refuge

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At Vi and John Rubens House in Ilford, resident Getrude Stevens danced with home manager Momarr Camara

More than a dozen communal organisations, including synagogues, schools, charities, youth movements and service providers, helped GIFT collect an estimated £7,000 worth of food, household goods and toiletries for families in need

The 20th Finchley Jewish Scout Group collected for food banks and decorated plant pots for North London Hospice with Woodside Park Synagogue Hundreds of Bushey Synagogue members volunteered for projects in Hertfordshire, including making Chanukah cards, knitting for peace and gardening at Watford General Hospital

Jewish and Hindu women dance Bollywood-style for Choice House Care Home residents Photo by Yakir Zur

Residents from Edgware’s Sydmar Lodge Care Home went to Rosh Pinah Primary School, where Year 3 pupils entertained them with songs and took part in a Q&A

Jewish Blind & Disabled tenants and staff in north-east London collected items for GIFT Photo by Keith Gold

Aleph Centre Pupils at HGS Synagogue’s cheder sorted out clothes, made sandwiches for the homeless and wrote notes for sick children in hospital

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Members of the cheder and social group at Bromley Reform played board games

Pupils at Akiva Primary School got their hands dirty with some gardening

Senior Catford and Bromley United Synagogue members collected food in Waitrose in Beckenham for The Trussell Trust


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Nagila pre-school children brought challah and smiles to members of Jewish Care’s Edgware & Harrow Community Centre

PJ Library children entertained residents with magic stories at Jewish Care’s Clore Manor

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South Hamptead School packed bags for Mary’s Meals, a charity that helps people in Malawi

Sha’arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue held an intergenerational tea party, which was attended by Theresa Villiers MP

Hampstead Project ImpACT volunteers baked challah for Chai Cancer Care clients and learnt about its work Alyth Synagogue activities included members going on a rubbish collection

More than 40 teenagers from BBYO and Project ImpACT attended a challah bake for Chai’s clients at its flagship centre

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Mill Hill Synagogue ran a series of events, followed by a community appreciation tea in the afternoon

World Jewish Relief staff collected feminine hygiene products for asylum seekers, refugees and those who can’t afford to buy them in the UK. The donation was arranged by not-for-profit Bloody Good Period

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Golders Green Synagogue held its biggest food collection to date. More than 30 crates were collected for Ashford Place, a homeless shelter, with a further five collected for GIFT by young people from Golders Green and Hampstead synagogues


Eitan Dickson, nine, wore his late great-grandfather’s air raid warden helmet. He was named after Mark Rees, an air raid warden in Leicester during the Second World War

Members of 4th Hendon Brownies took part in this year’s AJEX Parade. The picture shows them with their unit flag on Horse Guards Parade ground before the event

The League of Jewish Women, this year celebrating their 75th anniversary of service to the wider community, laid their first wreath at the Women’s Memorial in Whitehall

Clore Tikva Primary School sent its first contingent of pupils to the AJEX Remembrance Ceremony and Parade. Headteacher Matthew Neat said: “They were a credit to the school and truly embraced the spirit of the day.”

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JVN’s community heroes The great and the good of the volunteering community gathered to recognise outstanding volunteers at the fifth annual JVN Heartbeat of the Community Awards. Ahead of the ceremony, organised by the Jewish Volunteering Network and held at artsdepot, charities from Jewish and non-Jewish communities nominated volunteers.


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Road trip through history The director of a film about Jewish bikers on a historic drive across Europe chats to Jenni Frazer


roadcaster and film-maker Catherine Lurie knows a good story when she sees one. Six years ago, as someone with a long association with the World Maccabi movement, she was asked to be a broadcaster for the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel. The bikers arrive at Brandenburg Gate in Berlin Delving into Maccabi’s Jews, who appeared to go meekly to their archives, Lurie found an extraordinary story: deaths during the Holocaust. in the 1930s, three groups of motorbikers had But, one by one, through often painful set off from Tel Aviv in an effort to recruit revelations, the modern-day bikers come to Jewish athletes from around the world to take understand the terrible choices faced by their part in the newly-created Maccabiah Games. parents and grandparents. So when she heard that Berlin was to host Nowhere is this more strikingly illustrated the 2015 European Maccabi Games, at the than with the experiences of one of the notorious Waldbühne stadium, the site of oldest bikers, Yoram Maron, 78 at the Hitler’s 1936 Olympics, Lurie knew she had an time of filming, and his son, Danny, a press amazing opportunity. photographer in Israel. The result is a fascinating documentary, He was keen to accompany Back to Berlin, which opens in his father on the journey as cinemas across the UK a way of finding out more this week. about his family history. Replicating the historic Anyone who, like Danny, journeys of the original has worked in the often tragic 1930s bikers, the film follows circumstances of the Middle 11 Jewish bikers through East might be assumed to have nine countries. a tough exterior. We meet two Holocaust But his face, as he listens survivors, seven descendants of Gili Shem Tov in Bulgaria to what his father witnessed, survivors, and two grandsons recounted to an appalled and of the 1930s Maccabiah bikers. silent group in Auschwitz, is one of the most Lurie advertised for Jewish bikers with powerful scenes in the entire film. a story to tell – of their parents, or grandparents. Kobi Samuel, an Israeli art dealer, is another Her plan was to take “a new breed of proud of the bikers. His mother’s family came from and strong Jews to fly the Israeli flag and Salonika (Thessaloniki), and there are emotional deliver our symbolic torch to the very same interviews with him and his grandmother, Angel Nazi stadium site, through a Europe once Margo, talking about her Holocaust experiences. again beset by resurgent antisemitism”. In the old train station in Salonika, there The men and women of the 21st century are disused rail lines and some of the cattle bikers’ brigade are, to begin with, a different kind of Jew. They are mainly Israeli, and some trucks used to transport the Greek Jews to the death camps. Kobi takes his make it clear from the outset that they don’t fellow bikers inside and describes the understand the response of the European

Riders at Brandenburg Gate, some of whom are wrapped in Israeli flags

conditions faced by the Jews, who spent 10 days on the trains to Auschwitz. But Gili Shem Tov, another of the bikers, cannot stand the heat. “I can’t even explain what I’m feeling”, she says. “We are always hearing about the Holocaust, but to feel the heat, and imagine the men, women and children, some of the women pregnant, on the train for 10 days and they didn’t know where they were going…it’s too much.” As the bikers zigzag through Europe, Gili has her own story to tell: they stop in Samokov, the birthplace of her Bulgarian grandfather, Viktor. Within the ruins of the last synagogue of Samokov – where there are no longer any Jews – Gili recounts how the Bulgarian Jews were due to be deported to the death camps. Until, that is, the authorities were confronted by Bishop Metropolitan Kiril, who challenged the decision. Kobi Samuel and his grandmother, Angel Margo

Astonishingly, even though Bulgaria was an ally of the Nazis, the country’s Jews were not deported, but allowed to return home. For Dr Yaron Munz, son of two Holocaust survivors from Romania, the Holocaust is “a black hole” because neither of his parents will talk about what happened to them. “I don’t want to feel what they felt,” he says. “But I want to understand what they felt”. In every location, Catherine posts relentless and chilling statistics of how many Jews were murdered and deported, some by the Nazis, but often by the Nazis and their allies. As each terrible story unfolds, it’s hard to see the redemptive possibilities in the film. But then the bikers finally arrive in Berlin, their Israeli flags proudly flying as they ride through the Brandenburg Gate. There they make a triumphant entrance into the one-time Nazi stadium for the start of the 2015 European Maccabi Games, passing on the flaming torch they have brought with them from Israel. Catherine believes the concluding message is a powerful one: “We are here, we are a new people today.”  Back to Berlin (12A) is in cinemas from tomorrow. Details:


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Don’t be afraid of ‘D’ word Francine Wolfisz finds out how music helps people living with dementia and why talking about the condition is so important


heir words may be few and far between, their memories gradually disappearing – and yet Susan Dawson has seen for herself how playing the familiar refrains of a song from years gone by can dramatically help people living with dementia. Susan, who heads up Jewish Care’s community dementia project, has witnessed the incredible power of music while running weekly Singing For Memory sessions at the charity’s Otto Schiff care home in Golders Green. One participant, she recalls, would sit very quietly and seemingly not join in with the rest of the group. “But then, when the singing stopped and the circle was quiet, he would suddenly stand up and break into an operatic aria. He had taken part in amateur dramatics and was a member of his synagogue choir for many years. The session gave him the opportunity to be his old self and perform once more,” says Susan, who has worked for Jewish Care over the past 10 years. She has witnessed couples standing up and dancing together for the first time in many months, perhaps even years. One man came up to her after a session to tell her how “lively and engaged” his wife is when she visits the centre. “I see her come back to me when she’s here,” he smiled. The Singing For Memory sessions and regular Memory Cafes are just two of the ways Jewish Care is helping to support people with dementia and their families. There are currently more than 850,000 people diagnosed with the condition in the UK, with experts predicting this could rise to one million by 2021. Dementia is an umbrella term for more than 200 progressive conditions that affect the brain, with the five most common being Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontal lobe dementia and mixed dementia. Aside from memory loss, dementia can greatly affect concentration, the ability to speak and carrying out daily tasks, but those in the progressed stages of the condition are still welcome to the weekly music sessions. Susan explains: “Even people with advanced dementia who hear a tune will have a visceral reaction. Their eyes will light up; they may even smile. “Many studies have proven a deep-rooted link between music and memory and, while they may not have heard a song for 20 or 30 years, if they regularly sang it as a younger person, the tune will stay embedded in their mind and they will remember the words. “It’s a very powerful, very emotional thing to bring music to people and see how it has

Above: Hans Alter and his wife, Anita. Below: Susan Dawson and Sue Soloway

affected them.” Among those helping out at the weekly Singing for Memory sessions and Musical Cafes run by Jewish Care is Sue Soloway, a long-time volunteer from Ruislip, who was recently diagnosed herself with dementia. The 71-year-old, who has two sons and five grandchildren, began seeing a specialist after her family noticed she was experiencing memory problems. She was finally diagnosed earlier this year with frontal lobe dementia, a less common type of the condition. Sue’s mother, Bessie, and her two aunts, also experienced dementia in their later life. Despite this, Sue remains positive and determined to “just carry on”. With a beaming smile, as she tells me about her family, she says: “Enjoy your grandchildren, enjoy your life and be happy. I’m very lucky to have such a lovely life.” Supported by her husband Stuart, Sue –

who was a long-time volunteer co-ordinator for Norwood – continues to assist with the weekly sessions held at the Jewish Care Otto Schiff care home in Golders Green. “The people who come along join in with our sing-a-long of songs from the ’40s and ’50s and they love to be there. It’s a very positive thing to do and wonderful to see how music can help others.” She admits not wanting to talk about dementia, but believes that greater awareness could help others better cope with close relative or friend experiencing symptoms. “I’m not always a talkative person, but when it comes to this, I am going to open up about it because people need to know,” says Sue resolutely. “The condition is far more widespread than people realise and there are many who have not yet been diagnosed. It can only help if we do become more aware and more open about it.” In addition to running these support groups, Jewish Care runs a number of centres and care homes specialising in dementia care. Hans Alter, 85, is now in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease, having been diagnosed four years ago. He used to attend activities at Michael Sobell Jewish Community Centre in Golders Green but, as his condition progressed, he moved into Kun Mor and George Kiss Home in Friern Barnet, which offers music therapy to residents living with dementia. Hans’ wife, Anita, 81, who attends a reminscence group with him at The Betty Asher Loftus Centre talks openly about the difficulties she faced in trying to look after him herself before he finally moved to a care home, and confesses “it’s much worse for us than it is for him”. The grandmother-of-four tells me: “When he was diagnosed in 2014, he said he could deal with it, not knowing what was ahead of him – of course, neither did I. “He began repeating himself and forgetting what he had just said. My husband

was a well-educated man, who knew a lot about music, was very chatty and liked to tell jokes. Slowly but surely he got worse. “His personality totally changed and it became very difficult for me.” Fearing the task was overwhelming their mother, Anita’s two sons urged her to have Hans assessed for a care home. Now settled into the Kun Mor and George Kiss Home, Anita visits her husband regularly and they speak together in their native Dutch. “He doesn’t always make sense, but he still knows who I am, he knows my name. “My husband was always very good to me and he was a lovely man. I feel dreadfully sorry for him, but there are times when I feel it’s much worse for us than it is for him. It’s like a cloud living over my head. “Sometimes I feel like a widow with a husband. You eat alone, you decide everything alone, you have to make the best of it. That is life now.” Reflecting on what advice she would give to other carers, Anita says: “Alzheimer’s affects not just the person with it, but everyone around them. Be honest about how you feel and have somebody to talk to.” Susan from Jewish Care’s community dementia project agrees that the first step to dealing with dementia comes from having an open conversation. “People are often reluctant to name the ‘D’ word, but they should not be afraid of speaking to a family member about their concerns, while also acknowledging they are probably distressed and anxious about what is happening to them. “Get as much information as you can about the illness, get support for yourself and try to help your loved one get a diagnosis. “The sooner you start having these difficult conversations, the easier it will be to get them the help they need.”  For advice or information about the wide range of support services on offer for people living with dementia and their carers, email Jewish Care via or call 020 8922 2222

HOW TO SUPPORT PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA • See them as a person, not as the condition • Step into their world, try not to correct them • Try to understand what they are feeling, not just what they are saying • Too many choices can be overwhelming • They are living with, not suffering from dementia • Support them to continue their roles in work, family and the community and keep their interests going as much as possible • Don’t struggle on your own; be open with professionals, friends and family and ask for support

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Travel / Lifestyle

Land of slope and glory

Caron Bluestone enjoys a family-friendly skiing adventure in the Swiss mountains


rom a very young age, I was introduced to the mountains. My parents honeymooned in St Moritz and as a family we never looked back. My father adored going there, dragging us all up for the first lift and packing us off to ski school from a very tender age. Needless to say, we all caught the ski bug. The most popular places have just begun to open again for the 2018-2019 ski season and by January will be teeming with visitors. School holidays in most European countries can make for mayhem; long lift queues and crowds. For us, with two young children and an interest in getting us all skiing with ease, the better-known resorts have lost their appeal. But there is one concept on the continent that has yet to be discovered in the UK and that is the idea of family, or “Kinderhotels”. These properties are independently-run authentic hotels with the advantage that they offer real holidays not just for the children of the title but for the parents as well. My personal favourite destination for skiing is Austria and we were lucky enough on this occasion to stay at the Kinderhotel Waldhof in Grossarl, just an hour from Salzburg. Jews first started arriving in the area when Salzburg was under Roman rule, but the com-

munity never fully recovered after the Second World War and today the local synagogue has just 100 members. Nevertheless, during our visit we found ourselves among many Jewish tourists who come to these parts looking to enjoy a skiing holiday. We stayed at the Kinderhotel Waldhof, which was refurbished in 2017 by the charming Prommegger family. It is a four-star property, but in Austria, where accommodation standards are extremely high, the rating indicates more than it might elsewhere. The hotel also offers more than 60 hours of exemplary childcare a week, including taking babies from two months old, as well as a collection of clubs and activities for children. For the adults, there’s a serious spa for serious indulgence and food that would make a Michelin inspector proud. All-inclusive prices in family-friendly rooms mean the value for money here is superb and most importantly the hotel is not mass market. Sitting in a sunny valley opposite the two cable cars serving the mountain is a ski school and ski hire shop run and owned by Austrian World Cup winner Toni Gruber and his partner Gerhard, with top-quality equipment available for those heading for the slopes. The ski area, located around five minutes by tractor from the hotel, is perfect for families and includes a fun park, a great variety of cosy mountain restaurants. It links directly to the neighbouring mountain village of Dorfgastein, where even more wide open slopes abound. Grossarl, extending up to 2,033m, offers variety, modern lifts and more than enough facilities for every level of skier, as long as you aren’t looking for the scariest, vertical drops. That said, Toni Gruber’s ski The interior of the Kinderhotel Waldhof, which was refurbished last year

school did manage to push me to my limit once or twice, which is exactly what I needed. Gruber, the 2017 world para-skiing champion, has the crème de la crème of instructors. One of them, our private teacher Ernesto, was part of the Austrian performance ski team in 1988. Spending the week with him improved our technique significantly. He was a superstar, a local and for once an instructor with enough experience to give confidence to the most nervous skier. Our six-year-old also improved significantly with private lessons from a variety of Toni’s teachers, all of whom he loved. For the very young and beginners, the Kinderhotel Waldhof also has a nursery slope with lessons on site, complete with magic carpets and snow-go-round. Little ones from around the age of two can get a feel for skiing, first at play and then on skis. Then, in the afternoon, the toboggans come out!

It’s hard to do justice in a few words to what’s on offer here. We in the UK have no concept of luxury hotels that cater to babies and children. Here, wipes and nappies come as standard, there’s every type of high chair for occupants from the newborn to tots who can manage with cushions and a whole menu and buffet devised for children, with half portions of adult food or extra menu options available as well. Then there are the facilities. I could barely tear my children away from the soft play, the sports hall – which incorporates a climbing wall – or the craft room! Backing it all up, our family room, complete with mountain view and terrace, was split into two rooms with dividing doors, which was perfect for putting the little ones to bed early with the included night light and blackout curtains. The room was warm and stylish in the Austrian way, with a modern bathroom and separate toilet. It was no wonder we all slept like babies. The true success of places like the Kinderhotel Waldhof owes much to the quality and attention to detail. This ranges from the play corners situated in the restaurants, so parents can enjoy their meals long after the little ones have finished, to the groaning buffets for lunch and breakfast, with every imaginable taste for grown-ups and children catered for. At dinner, for example, there are plenty of kosher-friendly fish and vegetarian dishes available. It is soon apparent full board Waldhof style means the good food never ends. And while we were visiting for the ski season, the experience is just as fine here in the warmer months, with the outdoor play area overlooking a picture-perfect valley.

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Jewish News 22 November 2018

Lifestyle / Nosh


Sumac crusted pita bread and smoked trout salad On a recent trip to Tel Aviv, I purchased sumac, a red sour spice made from dried ground berries. Also available in your local supermarket, sumac is the perfect ingredient for this tasty salad. To make ahead, you can cook, then chill the lentils, as well as bake the pita and store in an airtight container.


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6 people


200g puy lentils 3 large pita breads – cut into triangles

METHOD 1 Heat the oven to 200°C/ 400°F/Gas mark 6. 2 Put the lentils in a covered saucepan filled with 750ml boiling water and cook

1 teaspoon sumac 300g fresh blackberries Juice 1 lemon 2 teaspoons honey Salt and freshly-ground black pepper – to taste 50ml olive oil 1 cucumber – finely sliced 1 red onion – thinly sliced Bunch of fresh mint 300g smoked trout – flesh flaked 150g soft goat’s cheese 1 box mustard & cress

gently for 25 minutes. Drain and cool when cooked. Set aside.

3 Brush the pita with olive oil and sumac. Season with salt and pepper. 4 Bake for 10 minutes or until crisp. Set aside. 5 Crush half the blackberries in a bowl with lemon juice and honey. Season, and whisk in 50ml olive oil to make a dressing.

6 Put the lentils, pita bread, cucumber, onion and mint, the remaining blackberries and trout in a bowl.

7 Gently toss and transfer to a serving platter. Scatter over goat’s cheese, mustard & cress and a sprinkling of sumac.


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Orthodox Judaism

SEDRA Vayishlach

RABBI BORUCH BOUDILOVSKY The moment during which Jacob would confront his brother Esau after years of escape, was quickly approaching. For Jacob everything and everyone was at risk. Jacob prayed to God: ‘Rescue me, please, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him…’ (Gen 32:12). The 19th-century sage, Rabbi Yosef Dov Sloveitchik, shrewdly identified two separate threats. One would emerge as the hand of Esau, the second could arise as a hand of a brother. The hand of Esau is a physical assault on Jacob and his family. The hand of a brother, however, is a cultural threat, in which Esau invites him to adopt his lifestyle. Esau greeted Jacob with 400 men, possibly indicating his violent intentions. But he soon abandoned this and instead encouraged Jacob to journey together as brothers, but with Jacob adopting his culture. The enemies of the Jewish people have often adopted the ‘hand of Esau’ to literally kill us. In other times, we were threatened not by bloodshed, but by assimilation. Last century, our people endured both threats to our existence. Nazi Germany planned the complete physical extermination of our nation, leading to the murder of millions, and Communist Russia mercilessly banned all religious activity, thereby erasing Jewish identity from millions of Jews living there. Our generation has witnessed the consequential devastation which these threats impose, as well as the greatness of our nation to endure, build and thrive.  Boruch M Boudilovsky is rabbi of Young Israel of

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This week’s number...

Figuring out Jewish history

3 . 14159265358979323846

BY RABBI GARRY WAYLAND We all remember learning at school about the mysterious Pi – roughly 3.1416 – the number that connects the diameter to the circumference of a circle. This number crops up everywhere in maths and is mysterious enough to be the title of a 1998 film about a mathematician who suffers from chronic headaches and Chasidim vying to discover the number that will bring about the Messiah. A value found in ancient Babylon (1900 BCE) was 3.125, and ancient Egyptians may have used 3.16 around the same time. Today, we know Pi more accurately – to 22,459,157,718,361 digits. Surprisingly, the Tanach appears to give an inaccurate answer to Pi in the Book of Kings.

Describing Solomon’s pool in the Temple, Kings I, 7:23 states that it was 10 cubits from one edge to the other, and 30 cubits in circumference. This yields a ratio of three, which is


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quite a way off. The Talmud (c500 CE) uses the same ratio for Pi, despite much more accurate versions being available. Commentaries note the verse is not attempting to teach maths, and that this ratio of three is accurate enough for measures in Jewish law, such as when making an Eruv or a Sukkah. However, the Vilna Gaon says the Tanach has not got this wrong – and there is a more accurate approximation hidden within the verse. The word for circumference in Hebrew is ‘kavah’; however, in the verse, while it should have been written kufvav-heh, it is written just kuf-vav (kav) with the heh said but not written. The Vilna Gaon says that if you take the numerical value of kavah – 111, and divide it by kav – 106, and multiply it by the original ratio of 3 given in the verse, you get 3.1415. Indeed, a very accurate approximation for Pi!  Rabbi Garry Wayland is the former assistant rabbi at Woodside Park United Synagogue


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Progressive Judaism

The Bible Says What?

Progressively Speaking As Prince Charles turns 70, what is the Jewish view on monarchy?

‘King Saul asked a witch to conjure up spirit of Samuel’ BY RABBI SANDRA KVIAT Saul then said to his attendants: “Find me a woman who is a medium, so I may go and inquire of her.� “There is one in Endor,� they said. The passage from the Torah where a ‘witch’ of Endor summons the prophet Samuel’s spirit at the demand of King Saul is in parts both troubling and stimulating. The first thing to point out is that the Hebrew clearly talks about the “woman� of Endor, but over time she has become a witch. While ’witch’ has negative connotations for us, Mediterranean societies from which the Bible came were generally more tolerant of witchcraft than northern European societies. In the story, the voice of Samuel berates Saul for disobeying God and says he and his entire army will perish in battle the next day. A terrified Saul leads his army to defeat at the hands of the Philistines, as predicted, and then commits suicide.

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An account in 1 Chronicles tells us: “Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against the Lord, because he did not keep the word of the Lord, and also because he consulted a medium for guidance.â€? So why did Saul engage with such magic, which after all was both a threat to the monotheistic all-powerful God and a capital offence in Saul’s own kingdom? For me, it was a cry for help. Saul’s main support, instrumental to his reign, had gone and when he tried to get advice from God, there was no answer. So, in desperation, he turned to forbidden practices. This tale is therefore, perhaps, less about the dark art of witchcraft and more about the difficulty and loneliness of leadership and the lengths we sometimes go to in order to find a trusted voice. ď ľ Rabbi Sandra Kviat is rabbi   at Crouch End Chavurah 

BY DEBORAH BLAUSTEN Jews and monarchs have an interesting history. The book of Samuel tells the story of the Israelites who saw their neighbours were all ruled by kings and, fed up with the unstable leadership of judges, sought a monarch of their own. Samuel was reluctant to give the Israelites what they wanted because there was already a monarch who ruled over Israel – God. Appointing an earthly king might have been viewed as a challenge to the eternal rule of God. Despite reservations, there were generations of Kings of Judah and Israel that begun with the reign of King Saul and who enjoyed varying degrees of success and their fair share of royal scandal. The last in the line of Kings was King Zedekiah, who ruled until the Babylonian exile of 586 BCE. Then the Jewish people faced a question – what was to be their relationship to the king or ruler

when living under the rule of a different people? The Prophet Jeremiah quickly instituted a principle in exile that Jews should pray for the prosperity of their place of residence, and for its rulers. This underpins the idea behind the Prayer for the Royal Family and government that Jews in Britain recite to this day. Implicit in Jeremiah’s instruction is the idea that praying for the welfare of the monarchy or government in part about ensuring Jewish prosperity and safety. Oliver Cromwell formally allowed Jews to resettle in Britain in 1656, after being expelled by King Edward in 1290. The community argued that they would be faithful to the country and made reference to prayers for the monarch in their appeal to Cromwell, who was Lord Protector. Today, the Jewish community

enjoys healthy support from the Royal family. Understanding the combined traditions of a healthy dose of cynicism about the nature of earthly kingship and its necessary limits, as well as the historic value of a positive relationship with the ruling monarchy can shape our approach today. Support from the monarchy and Her Majesty’s government continues to act as a guarantee of Jewish security. While appreciating this, we must also heed ancient concerns about monarchs and leaders who rise above their station We must also recognise that although monarchs may have a functional role to play, they are limited, human, fallible, and no more holy than the rest of us. ď ľ Deborah Blausten is a third-year rabbinic student at Leo Baeck College


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MAXI ROSE Qualifications: • MD at RCUK since 1999. Grown the business into three substantial UK branches serving clients worldwide – USA, Europe & Middle East. • Telecoms specialist in business & consumer mobile solutions, landline and broadband services and Ofcom Telecoms registered reseller. • Successfully established the RCUK International Travel

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CHARITY EXECUTIVE SUE CIPIN Qualifications: • 18 years’ hands-on experience, leading JDA in significant growth and development. • Deep understanding of the impact of deafness on people at all stages of life, and their families. • Practical and emotional support for families of deaf children. • Extensive services for people affected by hearing loss/tinnitus.




JONATHAN WILLIAMS Qualifications: • Jewellery manufacturer since 1980s. • Expert in the manufacture and supply of diamond jewellery, wedding rings and general jewellery. • Specialist in supply of diamonds to the public at trade prices.

DAVID SEGEL Qualifications: • Managing director of West End Travel, established in 1972. • Leading UK El Al agent with branches in Swiss Cottage and Edgware. • Specialist in Israel travel, cruises and kosher holidays. • Leading business travel company, ranked in top 50 UK agents. • Frequent travel broadcaster on radio and TV.

CARL WOOLF Qualifications: • 20+ years experience as a criminal defence solicitor and higher court advocate. • Specialising in all aspects of criminal law including murder, drug offences, fraud and money laundering, offences of violence, sexual offences and all aspects of road traffic law. • Visiting associate professor at Brunel University.

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CAROLYN ADDLEMAN Qualifications: Lawyer with more than 15 years’ experience in will drafting and trust and estate administration, eight years at KKL Executor and Trustee Company. Keeps in close contact with clients to ensure all legal and pastoral needs are cared for. Member of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

STEPHEN MORRIS Qualifications: • Managing Director of Stephen Morris Shipping Ltd. • 45 years’ experience in shipping household and personal effects. • Chosen mover for four royal families and three UK prime ministers. • Offering proven quality specialist advice for moving anyone across the world or round the corner.

LOUISE LEACH Qualifications: • Professional choreographer qualified in dance, drama and Zumba (ZIN, ISTD & LAMDA), gaining an honours degree at Birmingham University. • Former contestant on ITV’s Popstars, reaching bootcamp with Myleene Klass, Suzanne Shaw and Kym Marsh. • Set up Dancing with Louise 10 years ago.




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ACCOUNTANT ADAM SHELLEY Qualifications: • FCCA chartered certified accountant. • Accounting, taxation and business advisory services. • Entrepreneurial business specialist including start-up businesses. • Specialises in charities. • Personal tax returns. • Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation Volunteer of the Year JVN award

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HEARING AID AUDIOLOGIST EWA KOZLOWSKA MSHAA Qualifications: • Fully qualified, HCPC registered, Hearing Aid Audiologist. • Specialist in hearing healthcare including tinnitus management and wax removal. • Fully understands the impact of hearing loss and will work with you to find the best solution for your unique hearing needs and lifestyle.

IAN GREEN Qualifications: • Launched Man on a Bike IT consultancy 15 years ago to provide computer support for the home and small businesses. • Clients range from legal firms in the City to families, small business owners and synagogues. • More than 18 years’ experience.


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NAOMI FELTHAM Qualifications: • Leading currency transfer provider since 1996 with over 500 expert employees. • Excellent exchange rates on your transfers to/from Israel. • Offices worldwide, with local support in Israel, the UK, mainland Europe and the USA. • Free expert guidance from your dedicated Account. Manager

BAYLA PERRIN Qualifications: • Free professional service delivering immediate practical help with domestic administrative matters, assisting those alone and in crisis. • Providing workable solutions for debt management, budgeting, bills, utilities, insurance, welfare & benefits, form filling, financial correspondence, bureaucracy and divorce procedures. Cross communal and throughout London.

HOWARD GOLD Qualifications: • Member of the Federation of Master Builders. • Member of the Consumer Protection Association offering an underwritten insurance backed guarantee of 5 years on all projects. • Providing a tailored end-to-end property service for residential property clients in north and north-west London. Focusing on a quality service.

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ANDREW MILLER QC Qualifications: • Mediator with more than 25 years of experience of using mediation to economically resolve commercial disputes. • Queen’s Counsel (Barrister) with 25+ years legal experience of conducting commercial cases. • Providing a cost-effective and time-efficient alternative to the court litigation process.

HAZEL KAYE Qualifications: • Able to draw on the charity’s 45+ years of experience in providing specialist accommodation designed to enable independence. • Knowledge of the features and innovations that can empower people to undertake everyday tasks and awareness of relevant grants and benefits available. • Understands the impact of a diagnosis of disability.

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SENIOR ALIYA CONSULTANT SHARON GLASSMAN Qualifications: Born and raised in Israel. Worked in the private sector. 15 years experience with new olim while working for the government. Vast knowledge of the Israeli business and labour market.

ERIC SALAMON Qualifications: • Career in corporate management working for among others Mars Confectionery, CBS Entertainment, Storehouse Retail & H.J. Heinz Foods, holding director level marketing, commercial and general management roles. Provides specialist advice to help unemployed get work. Free one-to-one mock interviews and workshops on making an impact.



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REBEKAH GERSHUNY Qualifications: Member of Resolution, Law Society Accredited and registered with the Family Mediation Council. Collaborative family lawyer, with more than 20 years’ experience and founder of family mediation practice, Evolve Family Mediation. Promotes a constructive and non-confrontational approach.

POLLY LANDSBERG Qualifications: • Worked in health and social care for more than 35 years. • A degree in nursing and a diploma in health visiting. • Responsible for the day-to-day management of the palliative and end of life care service.



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She’s flipping fantastic! FUNDRAISING Noga Cohen decided to do something different for Mitzvah Day on Sunday – by cartwheeling her way across London for charity. Also taking on the challenge to celebrate her batmitzvah, the 8.5 mile journey saw her cross 12 London bridges – Albert, Chelsea, Vauxhall, Lambeth, Westminster, Hungerford, Waterloo, Blackfriars, Millenium, Southwark, London and Tower – (as well as running in between them), performing more than 1,200 cartwheels in the process. Deciding to raise money for Crossroads, one of Myisrael’s under-the-radar charities which helps troubled Englishspeaking kids living on the streets of Jerusalem turn their lives around, the £5,000

she’s raised so far includes £1,200 of her own batmitzvah money. Explaining why she took on the somewhat unusual feat, together with her choice of charity, she said: “Last month I visited Crossroads in Jerusalem and was inspired by the warmth and acceptance in which troubled teens are welcomed. It’s a haven of safety and positivity for them and I wanted to do my bit to help. “I decided to cartwheel across London’s bridges to help its kids cross the bridge from despair back into life. Crossing this bridge is no easy stroll, it’s more like cartwheeling – you progress but it’s easy to get disoriented and lose your bearings. So, I crossed one bridge for every kid I want to fund and hopefully my efforts will give them help to get their lives back on track.”

Scrabble left lost for words MGBSFL FC Team continued its impressive form of late as two goals from Josh Morris helped it to a 5-1 win at Scrabble B. Playermanager Mitch Young, Richard Salmon (pictured) and Connor Perl also scored, with Young saying: “We’re now moving up the table nicely and look forward to keep this win-

ning run going for as long as possible.” The top-two in Division One couldn’t be separated as Redbridge A and Fairlop drew 1-1. Dean Ben Yosef and Brad Gayer scoring respectively, while there was also a top-two clash in the Premier Division as Hendon opened up a six-point gap by beating HMH 3-0.

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From your very first breath to your last moments on earth, we will be with you. ❚ A beautiful baby is born. She is deaf. Who will make sure she gets the right start in life and flourishes? ❚ A teenage girl is in crisis. Who will enable her to cope as the only deaf child in the school? ❚ A young deaf man has been evicted from his flat. Who will get him off the streets? ❚ A deaf couple are scam victims. Who will stop them giving away their life savings? ❚ A deaf woman has dementia. Who will help her cope with everyday life? ❚ An older gentleman spends every day alone, shrouded in depression. Who will visit him, fix his hearing aids, ease his loneliness? ❚ A deafblind woman has cancer. Who will support her every step of the way and hold her hand as she reaches the end of her life?

The Jewish Deaf Association is a lifeline to vulnerable deaf people who have nowhere else to turn — people at all stages of life, within the Jewish community and beyond. Please donate as generously as you can, and remember JDA in your Will.

Together, let’s ensure that every deaf person gets the very best out of life.

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Meet the life changer FOUNDED IN 1991, the Israel Guide Dog Centre (IGDC) was the dream of Noach Braun, a former paratrooper. Noach was just 26 when he decided to create a guide dog school in Israel as, prior to its existence, the only way for blind Israelis to receive a guide dog was to travel overseas, to be fluent in English and receive government approval. For many blind and visually-impaired people, the world can be a dark and isolating place and the centre offers them the chance to have a trained guide dog provided free of charge. The IGDC has facilitated hundreds of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;guide dog partnershipsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; over the past 25 years and serves as a positive model of social integration, dramatically impacting on the lives of thousands of Israelis.

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