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Theresa May this week launched a scathing attack on antisemitism and misogyny at a unique Downing Street event tackling the relationship between hatred of Jews and discrimination against women, writes Joe Millis. The prime minister arrived at the Number 10 talk straight from Parliament, where she faced a harrowing two-hour grilling by MPs on her Brexit deal. In a passionate speech, made despite spending hours fighting for her political future in Parliament, May said: “I have no time for equivocation. Antisemitism is racism – and any ‘equality’ movement that indulges it is not worthy of the name.” May confessed her “emotions are somewhat mixed”. She said: “Throughout 2018, I’ve had the privilege of taking part in many celebrations of women, from the unveiling of the Millicent Fawcett statue and
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an unprecedented gathering of women MPs from around the world. “But the joy of those occasions has been tempered by the resurgence of two age-old hatreds that many had dared to hope were becoming a thing of the past.” She noted: “The research published at the conference, showing Jewish women politicians are more likely to attract the attentions of far-right hate groups, is deeply disturbing. But I doubt it comes as
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much of a surprise to those who have been on the receiving end.” In a thinly-veiled attack on Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, May said: “These attitudes are not limited to the far-right. As is so often the case with antisemitism, bigotry directed at Jewish women also comes from those who would never consider themselves racist.” May concluded: “Antisemitism and misogyny have no place in this country. Hatred must be defeated.” Conference co-chair, Luciana Berger MP, said: “I am proud to be British, and proud to be a Jewish woman. My identity, or that of any other Jewish woman, should never be a barrier to full engagement in public life. “I am delighted that, together with colleagues, we are sending a very strong signal that antisemitism against women will not be tolerated.” Editorial comment, page 22
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News / Sara Conference
Defying double hatred Parliament this week hosted the first conference on antisemitism against women, writes Joe Millis. The Sara Conference debated a report which showed that Jewish women MPs faced higher levels of online antisemitic abuse than their male counterparts. Held on Monday at Speaker’s House, it was co-chaired by the Labour MPs Luciana Berger and Ruth Smeeth – both targets of abuse – and the Scottish National Party’s Lisa Cameron MP. The conference is named after the foremother of the three Abrahamic faiths and to reclaim the name Sara for victims of the Nazis forced to adopt it if theirs sounded ‘non-Jewish’. Victoria Atkins, parliamentary under-secretary of state for crime, safeguarding, and vulnerability, said the conference “celebrated not just women, but women of one of the greatest faiths”. She added that female Jewish MPs were unique, because they were being “targeted not just because of their faith or ethnicity, but also because of their gender”. Yvette Cooper, chair of the home affairs select committee, praised Berger, saying she was “one of the best MPs in parliament”. Antisemitism and misogyny were an attempt to silence political voices and stop change, she added. “We have to come together to do more to combat those two ancient hatreds... It should appall us that today we see the rise of antisem-
itism across the world, something we should be seeing shrink into the darkest corners... If we are honest, we know we aren’t yet doing enough and we know that we have been warning and that the warning signs have been there for some time and we want to come together to do more.” Referencing the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in which 11 worshipers were killed by a far-right gunman, Cooper said: “We know from events across the world where words can lead, where hatred can lead if we don’t challenge it.” She added that she was “ashamed” that problems still existed in the Labour Party. The actor and broadcaster Tracy-Ann Oberman said that when she was four, her parents took her to Yad Vashem and “that day shaped my life. It made me realise that you have to stand up to persecution wherever you see it.” She said she “couldn’t believe the level of abuse levelled at Luciana and Ruth over the past few years by members of their party, our party. So I decided to use Twitter to offer support and to challenge what I was reading. “In doing so, I became a target myself. I have been called a ‘Zionist whore’, a ‘Rothschild’, an ‘Israeli operative paid huge sums of money to bring down Jeremy Corbyn single-handedly’… that I’m a ‘Palestinian baby murderer’, a ‘Nazi’, and, from both sides, that ‘the Holocaust was a hoax or that it is exaggerated for political gain’.”
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A number of prominent figures took part, including the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, the global health and education campaigner Sarah Brown, and senior politicians including the Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt, and the Commons Speaker John Bercow. Mitzvah Day chief Laura Marks, the Board of Deputies chief executive Gillian Merron and the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Karen Pollock also attended. The report, for the Antisemitism Policy Trust and Community Security Trust, found that female Jewish politicians were 15 per cent more likely to be targeted by users of Stormfront, a far-right website, than male Jewish politicians. It shows that Stormfront had more mentions of Hodge and Berger than the former opposition leader Ed Miliband or the Commons Speaker John Bercow. Former Google data scientist and author Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, the researcher behind the project, concluded that women with political power are “particularly subject to antisemitic abuse”. Antisemitism Policy Trust chief executive Danny Stone said his organisation was pushing for urgent change and the trust would do everything it could to show women were “not along in the struggle they face”.
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lack of knowledge about the British Holocaust educators Holocaust,” said Karen Pollock, reacted in horror this week after a chief executive of the Holosurvey found that a third of Eurocaust Educational Trust. peans know “little or nothing” She said “education is key” about the Shoah. to combating hatred and intolThe CNN/ComRes study, erance, adding that survivors which showed that five percent “do an incredible job of sharing had “never heard” of the Holotheir testimonies, but they caust, polled more than 7,000 cannot do this forever… We will Europeans, with more than 1,000 redouble our efforts.” respondents each in Austria, Yad Vashem, the World HolFrance, Germany, the UK, Hunocaust Remembrance Centre gary, Poland and Sweden. in Jerusalem, said the results Four in 10 Austrians said they – within living memory of the knew “very little” about the HoloHolocaust – were “deeply concaust, despite Austria being Hitcerning”. ler’s country of birth. Karen Pollock said education is key to combating hatred A spokesman said: “While Particularly striking is the lack of knowledge among younger Euro- the everyday actions of Jews, while a third Holocaust education plays an indispenpeans, with one in five aged 18-34 left with said Jews “use the Holocaust to advance sable role in combating antisemitism, it blank faces at the mention of the Holo- their own positions or goals”. More than must also be augmented by effective gova quarter felt antisemitism in their own ernment legislation and enforcement”. caust. CNN is a US media group that commisThe survey also highlighted worrying country was a response to Israel’s actions. CNN said the results “uncovered com- sioned the survey after a far-right sympaviews about Jews, with one in four saying Jews had too much influence in business plicated, contrasting and sometimes dis- thiser went on a killing spree in a Pittsburgh and finance, while almost as many felt that turbing attitudes about Jews, and some Synagogue, Pennsylvania, last month. The alleged killer is thought to believe Jews had too much influence in conflict startling ignorance”, with British educators an online conspiracy theory that the and wars around the world. One in five said among those left aghast. “It confirms a worrying increase in Hungarian-born Jewish philanthropist the same about Jews’ influence in media the number of people who believe tra- George Soros is behind the migrant carand politics. Even more alarmingly, one in five said ditional antisemitic tropes or hold anti- avan making its way to the US from Central antisemitism was simply a response to semitic views, as well as a disappointing America.
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Last week I took my second trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau.I felt blessed to have had the privilege to visit once again, on a Holocaust Educational Trust/UJS trip. In the few days since my return, I’ve been reflecting on and trying to digest all I have seen. Some horrors are so unspeakable they feel almost impossible to comprehend. There is sometimes a natural, initial reaction to turn away in disgust. However, I’m sure I speak for all the 93 who took part when I say it’s impossible to forget. Nor should we want to. Chief among the images that will stay with me are the shoes and spectacles, all marked with their owners’ names. It was a reminder that, of course, these were people, not nameless statistics. I tried
to imagine myself as one of the thousands, shivering in the cold and damp, subjected to the most inhumane conditions. Family members torn away, never to be seen again. At that moment I realised that for others on the trip, hardly any imagination would be required. It was all too real. When a friend, on seeing their family name among the victims, broke down into tears, an important message was brought home to me. This was a very real crime, committed by humans on fellow humans. For my Jewish friends, it is part of a living, breathing, shared history of experience. We all have a duty to ensure that the survivors’ stories live on, but our responsibilities do not stop there. We all have an obligation to fight antisemitism and to expose it in all its manifestations. I will do what is in my power to ensure that Jewish students feel safe and supported at university, and to stamp out antisemitism on our campuses once and for all.
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Agent sorry for threat to remove mezuzahs Agents managing a large block of flats near Stamford Hill have apologised for telling Jewish residents to take down their mezuzahs or pay for their forced removal. Warwick Estates, which manages Cedarwood Court by Clapton Common, retracted a property manager’s letter on Monday morning, acknowledging that it was “overzealous in its nature and not in keeping with our business values”. More than 20 residents had complained after receiving the notice, which said any mezuzah on the door was “against the terms of the lease and will need to be removed”. The letter continued: “Please address immediately, otherwise we will have to do so on behalf of the freeholder and any charges incurred… will be applied to the offending leaseholder’s account.” An associate director at the company, which has its head office in Essex, said later: “We apologise for the letter sent to some of our cus-
tomers asking them to remove religious items from their property, specifically their mezuzahs. “We wish to make it very clear that residents of the block in question are not required to remove their mezuzahs and they will certainly not be removed by Warwick Estates or any representatives working on our behalf. “The letter was sent by the property manager who was attempting to perform his job in line with his interpretation of the lease. The letter was overzealous in its nature and not in keeping with our business values.” The associate director said the company was “deeply sorry” for
any offence caused to residents and to the wider Jewish community, adding: “We thank the members of the Jewish community for bringing the matter to our attention and we will ensure that appropriate training takes place so mistakes such as this do not reoccur again.” Hackney’s mayor, Philip Glanville, had earlier called it “very insensitive and distressing for the residents” and Charedi representatives saw it as “open religious discrimination”. A statement from the Stamford Hill-based Jewish Community Council said the agents “should have researched the meaning of the mezuzah before causing pain and hurt in the Jewish community… We are deeply worried and concerned about the intentions behind this.” They added: “Nobody in any community should ever feel discriminated against because of their religion. This kind of behaviour must be stamped out.”
YAVNEH NAMED FIRST IN CLASS NATIONWIDE A Jewish school in Borehamwood is celebrating being named the best performing comprehensive in the country. Yavneh College topped this year’s Parent Power List of UK schools, published in the Sunday Times, which is based on GCSE and A-Level results. Some educators had worried that this year’s new grading system, with 9 to 1 replacing A* to G grades, would widen the gap between fee-paying schools and the state sector. That concern appears unfounded: two years ago, only 16 state schools
were classed as ‘exceptional’; this year that figure rose to 38. Spencer Lewis, Yavneh’s head, said: “This is a testament to the hard work our pupils put into their studies and the dedication and expertise of our staff.”
Questions over launch Questions were raised when a peer who left the Labour party after allegedly making claims of a “Jewish conspiracy” attended the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims’ report on Islamophopbia. Lord Ahmed quit the party before he was due to appear before a disciplinary panel in 2013 after appearing to blame a “Jewish conspiracy” for his prison sentence following a fatal motorway crash. He later insisted he did not recall making the alleged comments, and his
solicitor Stephen Smith said he would not be able to receive a “fair trial” from the Labour panel. The report, Islamophobia Defined, found that “prevalent” hatred towards Muslims was driving division, hate crime and even terror attacks. “British society at large, by virtue of normalised prejudice against Muslim beliefs and practice, have come to imbibe a panoply of falsehoods or misrepresentations and discriminatory outlooks”, the report said.
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Leading lawyer fined over Twitter posts The former director of UK Lawyers for Israel has been fined £2,500 and ordered to pay costs of £10,000 by a disciplinary panel. Mark Lewis, the media lawyer who bravely brought the anti-Israel AlQuds Day Rally to a halt this year, had the punishment handed down on Monday after he was charged with posting “offensive and profane” messages on social media. Lewis, a wheelchair user who recently told the BBC that he was making aliyah in response to antisemitism, is believed to have made the comments in an exchange on Twitter with people who hold far-right views. Reacting to the news, he said: “The Solicitors Regulation Authority [SRA] was faced with a choice between Holocaustdenying neo-Nazis and a Jewish lawyer. It chose to side with the neo-Nazis. It is on the wrong side of history. It is the Holocaust revisionists who are celebrating the verdict. That tells you all that you need to know.” The SRA, however, made clear it did not support or condone the messages Mr Lewis received in any way. The hearing on Monday took place after the SRA took the unusual action of saying it “does not condone the actions of any individuals involved in exchanges with Mr Lewis on Twitter”.
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Legal regulators take a dim view of solicitors’ social media commentary and accused Lewis of using his Twitter account “which publicly identified him as a solicitor to publicly post offensive and profane communications”. Lewis, who represented Milly Dowler’s family in the phone-hacking scandal, is understood not to have been banned from working as a solicitor by the tribunal, which last year suspended Majid Mahmood for antisemitic Facebook posts.
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Fury as ‘antisemitism denier’ elected to NCC Community leaders reacted furiously this week to the election to Labour’s disciplinary body of a man who plays down the extent of antisemitism in the party, writes Joe Millis. Stephen Marks, of the Corbynite Jewish Voice for Labour and Labour Against the Witch-Hunt, will deal with alleged antisemitism cases on the party’s National Constitutional Committee (NCC). In April 2016, he co-signed a letter to the Guardian which said: “Of the examples that have been
repeated in the media, many have been reported inaccurately, some are trivial, and a very few may be genuine examples of antisemitism.” The letter added: “These accusations are part of a wider campaign against the Labour leadership, and they have been timed particularly to do damage to the Labour party and its prospects in elections.” Board of Deputies Vice-President Amanda Bowman condemned Marks’ election, saying: “The election of antisemitism-denier Stephen Marks to [the NCC] seems
to be part of a concerted effort to make Labour’s disciplinary process less and less credible and more and more open to claims of partiality and corruption. “At a time when there should be attempts to restore confidence, we are increasingly forced to conclude that we should have no confidence in Labour’s disciplinary process.” Miriam Mirwitch, chair of Young Labour and a member of the Jewish Labour Movement, tweeted: “If we’re truly fighting to win back the trust of the Jewish community,
LABOUR DROPS AUSTIN PROBE The Labour Party has dropped its investigation into Ian Austin after he got “upset” at chairman Ian Lavery in the House of Commons. The Dudley North MP, whose adoptive parents were Czech Jewish refugees, got into an exchange with Lavery in July over the party’s stance on the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism. Austin was charged with abusive behaviour days after fellow
Labour parliamentarian Dame Margaret Hodge accused Jeremy Corbyn of being an antisemite. This week Austin tweeted: “I make no apologies for being upset about antisemitism, I think every Labour member ought to be angry about racism.” He added that the party’s leadership “still haven’t responded properly to the reasonable requests made by the Jewish Leadership Council, the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Labour Movement”.
Members of Jewish Voice for Labour outside the party HQ this is absolutely not the way to go about it.” However, Naomi WimborneIdrissi, of JVL, told Jewish News that her organisation was “delighted” the NCC now has a larger pool of members to draw from.
“Stephen Marks will be able to contribute considerable expertise and experience to the deliberations of any panel he participates in. Like all other NCC members, he will abide by whatever rules apply to this important role.”
Southgate JVL talk delayed A local Labour party has rescheduled a meeting to which a Jewish Voice for Labour activist was invited, after being accused of ‘insulting’ the community. Two rabbis wrote to Enfield Southgate Constituency Labour Party (CLP) after it asked a pro-Jeremy Corbyn group to give a political education session this week. Following a letter written by Southgate Progressive Synagogue’s Yuval Keren, and Daniel Epstein of Cockfosters & N Southgate United
Synagogue, the CLP said they had moved the event to January due to demand. The rabbis expressed “deep concern and anger” about the offer extended to Roland Rance, described by the party as a “socialist, anti-racist and pro-Palestine activist for the last 40 years”. The CLP responded by saying: “Due to the interest the session has generated, we have decided to reschedule the topic to our January meeting”, while insisting that it “resolutely opposes antisemitism”.
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For the first time, all-women shortlist vies for UJS top job History is being made. For the first time in its 99-year history, all candidates battling for the title of president of the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) are women. Voting began this week and ends on Friday, 7 December. But before then, Lauren Keiles from the University of Leeds, Joanna Phillips from the University of Bath and Esther Offenberg from the University of Birmingham have to run the Jewish News gauntlet. Who will get your vote? Will it be scuba-diving Deputy Keiles? Will it be Israeli psychologist Offenberg? Or will it be feminist Jewdas activist Phillips? Once again, we ask the tough questions to sift the mensches from the schmendricks… Jewish News (JN): What does being Jewish mean to you? Lauren: Disagreeing over the pronunciation of bagel (or beigel), our views on Israel and everything in between, but having an international community where food and bad jokes are guaranteed. Esther: Sharing cultural traditions and practices dating back thousands of years and celebrating the diversity among us. Joanna: Having been present at Mount Sinai. It’s sharing history with my fellow Jews, being proud of my ancestry and attempting to live up to my heritage. JN: You get in the lift with Jeremy Corbyn. What do you say? Joanna: Will you commit to writing off our student debt when you make education free? And thanks for the maror. Esther: Put an end to this hollow lip service and practice what you preach. Take action and responsibility and set a positive example for the younger generation. Lauren: My grandma Marie said
I can invite anyone to Shabbat dinner except you. JN: What’s the best and worst thing about Israel? Esther: The best is its diversity. The worst is its inequality. Joanna: Israel is my favourite of the patriarchs. The best thing about him is his God-wrestling where he earns the name of Israel. The worst is his insensitivity when replying to his wife Rachel’s distress over her inability to conceive. He is still part of the patriarchy at the end of the day. Lauren: The best is the hummus. The worst is the irresponsible queuing. JN: When did you use chutzpah such that your parents would be proud? Lauren: When I did voice-over for a cartoon show called Gracie Lou, which was shown in more than 20 countries, despite having no experience or training. I’m not a diva, but I did blag my way to the role. Esther: I dressed as a chicken and sang in front of 1,000 people at the National Union of Students conference when running for a senior position. I lost my dignity – and won. Joanna: When running the 800 metres at sports day. Being a metropolitan nerdy type of Jew, rather than a sabra, a friend and I turned it into an egg-and-spoon race, sneaking the required items onto the track hidden in our jumpers. JN: When did you use chutzpah in a way your parents weren’t proud of/don’t know about yet? Joanna: In New York last year, my roommate and I hated doing chores so much we used a fetish website to find a submissive man to clean
Esther Offenberg, Lauren Keiles and Joanna Phillips are vying for the position of UJS president
Esther: My aba’s special latkes – I’m buzzing to have them next week. Lauren: My mum’s a triple threat. She sings, tapw dances and – most importantly – makes the best kneidlach balls in all of Ruislip. Joanna: My grandmother makes an amazing chicken soup. I break my commitment to vegetarianism and my commitment to BDS [the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement] to eat it with those bright yellow Osem croutons. It’s glorious: indulgent, fatty kneidlach, plenty of lokshen, carrots, a generous helping of croutons and extra salt sneaked in behind my grandmother’s back. It tastes like love.
our flat for free. It was wonderful. He’d show up once every two weeks, spend three hours doing a fantastic job – really making the place spotless – then leave. Lauren: [Didn’t answer question] Esther: I ran through a field of wheat. JN: What’s the one thing you’ll definitely have changed after your year as UJS president? Lauren: How many tunes our union knows for Lecha Dodi and how tenuous a theme for a Friday night dinner can be (very). Joanna: I’ll have made significant headway in the difficult but essential task of healing our relationships with other marginalised groups, both within and beyond the Jewish community. Esther: I want every Students’ Union to work with their JSoc to have a commemoration event for Holocaust Memorial Day.
JN: Complete this sentence – ‘Jewish students need to ..... more.’ Joanna: … Remember life exists outside their JSoc… Esther: … Celebrate their identity… Lauren: …Fight for universities and unions to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance
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definition of antisemitism… JN: Describe yourself in one word ending in –ist. Esther: Pluralist. Joanna: Diasporist. Lauren: Optimist. JN: How will you celebrate if you win? Esther: Apply for a work visa. Lauren: Go to Australia – hopefully to celebrate as the next UJS President, and if not, to hide in the outback and train until there’s a vacancy at the Australian UJS. Joanna: The Jewish left is famous for throwing great parties, but this one will go down in history. Expect the best in Jewish drag acts, live music, klezmer, as much alcohol as my student loan can buy, a chocolate fountain, fire-eaters, Sir Elton John jumping out a cake, shofar shots, fireworks, ice sculptures, the ghost of Emma Goldman and chicken soup to cure the hangovers the next day. Your grandchildren will ask you if you were at this party.
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Ryan ‘will not cower’ MP ‘SORRY’ FOR QUOTE in the face of abuse Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) chair Joan Ryan MP has excoriated party leader Jeremy Corbyn in a speech to the organisation’s annual lunch, writes Joe Millis. With Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson and Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry in the audience, Ryan said: “Let me be clear, Mr Corbyn, it is neither morally right nor at all acceptable to lay a wreath at the grave of those who order the torture and murder of people simply because they are Israelis. “It is neither principled nor brave to campaign for the right of people to call Israel a ‘racist endeavour’ or to spin absurd antisemitic conspiracy theories blaming it for terror attacks. “And it does not advance the cause of peace to snub our party’s comrades in Israel while calling Hamas terrorists friends and brothers.” She told the 300-strong audience, which included 70 MPs and 30 peers, as well as Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Board of Deputies president Marie van der Zyl, Senior Rabbi to the Reform Movement Laura Janner-
Standing ovation: Joan Ryan MP
Klausner – the organisation’s largest lunch in years – that it was “incredibly and shamefully [in] the Labour party where the battle [against antisemitism] is having to be fought. “It’s a battle in which we stand by the Jewish community in this country. We oppose those who claim they know better than Jews how to define antisemitism. We challenge those who insult the memory of the six million by equating the actions of Israel with those of Nazi Ger-
many; and we reject vicious smear that charges of antisemitism are all about silencing legitimate criticism of Israeli government policies.” Ryan received a standing ovation when she said: “In this fight against antisemitism, I will never cower in the face of hatred and abuse. However long it takes, whatever the personal cost, I am with you, on your side.” Guest of honour, former Israel Labour Party leader, and now Jewish Agency chair, Isaac Herzog said: “Antisemitism cannot be dismissed as legitimate criticism of Israel. What we’ve seen from several leaders and activists in the Labour party is not a foreign policy debate – it is a campaign of hate, using the Israel-Palestine conflict as camouflage.” Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev said: “We should call out those who are undermining direct negotiations. Whether it be a Palestinian leadership that refuses to sit down to talk with Israel, or those in the party of Nye Bevan who today tell the Palestinians they can have a state without negotiating with Israel at all.”
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Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner has apologised for quoting from the controversial book, The Holocaust Industry by Norman Finkelstein. Rayner was forced into the apology after the Board of Deputies – which had faced calls to disinvite her from its Chanukah event next week – demanded an “urgent clarification” and “heartfelt apology” from the shadow minister. In a Facebook post unearthed by Twitter user TheGolem, Rayner wrote: “As Norman G Finklestein writes in his seminal book The Holocaust Industry it is important to fight for and preserve the integrity of the historical record.” Finkelstein is widely regarded as
anti-Zionist, although he has attacked the BDS movement, calling it a “cult”. He claims in the book the US Jewish establishment exploits the memory of the Shoah for political and financial gain. Rayner said: “I was reflecting on my visits to Auschwitz and speaking about the importance of remembering the Holocaust in order to continually challenge and confront antisemitism. “I regret the quote I used to illustrate it, and now I know more about the context I would not make that reference again. I apologise for what was a genuine misunderstanding, in what was intended to be a message of solidarity with the Jewish community.”
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DEBATE COMMEMORATED MPs have narrated excerpts from the parliamentary debate that led to the creation of the Kindertransport project 80 years to the day it happened. The event, on 21 November, was held by The Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) at Speaker’s House. Among the MPs and peers taking part were the Speaker John Bercow, James Brokenshire, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Labour MPs Luciana Berger and John Mann and Lord Ian Livingston of Parkhead. The event also included a reading by
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PM’s praise for parents’ £5.5m Duchenne fund The prime minister has praised a Jewish couple from London for their work funding research into potential treatments and cures for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Theresa May gave a Point of Light award, recognising outstanding indvidual volunteer work, to Kerry and Doron Rosenfeld after they raised £5.5 million for research into the world’s biggest genetic killer of children. Their eldest son, Gavriel, was diagnosed with Duchenne in 2006. “Gavriel is the true hero of this story,” they said. “Our journey since 2006 has been a challenging one, that we have been blessed to embrace with the support and generosity of our incredible family and donors.” The pair founded the Duchenne Research Fund in 2007, subsequently funding 32 projects. This week they said the £5.5 million had “moved the needle of research dramatically for Duchenne”. Huge progress in gene therapy has led to hopes of a breakthrough, and Gavriel, a pupil at JFS, said his parents had gone “all out” and that their efforts “give me hope”. This week they said: “We are now at a critical point where we are hopeful that new treatments could save this generation of patients. It is a tall order, but we are in a time of great expectation and justifiable excitement.” In a letter on Friday, May said: “You have responded to the difficult personal circum-
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PRIVATE JEWISH SCHOOL ‘INADEQUATE’ A private Jewish school for boys in Salford has been rated as inadequate by Ofsted, with pupils being taught in Yiddish rather than in English. Yeshivah Ohr Torah School uses “measures of pupils’ achievements [that] only have value within their own religious community”, according to the education watchdog. The school, graded “good” in 2014 and whose dozens of students are Charedi, was deemed “inadequate” in every inspection category this year. Inspectors said only subjects relevant to religious studies are taught, in violation of government regulations.
DEMO HELD AT AIRBNB LONDON OFFICE A demonstration was held outside the London office of home rental company Airbnb yesterday, in protest at its decision to de-list properties in West Bank settlements. Last week, the US-based company said it would no longer host about 200 rental properties there after it was criticised in a human rights report for “facilitating” the occupation by making settlements profitable. Organisers behind the protest circulated mocked-up marketing material under the banner: “Airbnb for everyone – except Jews in Judea and Samaria”.
RAF honours Jewish veterans of conflicts Jewish pilots and engineers who fought for Britain during the Second World War and the Cold War have been honoured at a Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum event in Hendon. Five Jewish veterans heard a presentation by Joshua Levine, a historical consultant on Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed film Dunkirk, as part of the museum’s new series, Hidden Heroes – The Unknown Story of Jewish Personnel in the Royal Air Force, using new stories from the RAF archives. More than 20,000 Jewish men and women fought for the RAF during the Second
World War, representing more than six percent of the British Jewish community at the time – a “staggering” amount, said Levine. Of these, 900 did not come home. Veterans in attendance last week included 98-year old retired Squadron Leader Lawrence “Benny” Goodman, a Dambuster pilot of 617 Squadron, who participated in almost all of the operations of this unit after the 1943 Dambuster raid. Also there was Jack Toper, a wireless operator in a Wellington Bomber and member of the Guinea Pig Club, which
was formed in July 1941 by RAF pilots, most of whom had fought in the Battle of Britain, and who were burn patients. Other attendees included Ralph Levy, a ground engineer during Berlin Airlift; Bernard Carton of Bomber Command, who flew over Italy; and Alfred Huberman, a rear gunner who flew in Lancaster bombers in the last months of the war. The five veterans were honoured with a plaque from the RAF and shown display cases of artefacts from the museum, as well as a photographic exhibition of Jewish war veterans. Levine commemorated and
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Hidden Heroes at the RAF Museum in London
celebrated the heroism of the Jewish men and women who joined the RAF from all over the world during the Second World War, fully aware they risked torture and execution if captured, to fight against tyranny, racism and antisemitism, but said their heroism remains largely unknown. “The Jewish ‘Hidden
Heroes’ is a very important story that needs to be told to celebrate those who worked behind the scenes to help make the Second World War victory possible,” said RAF Museum development manager Renée Coppinger. “These compelling stories need to be kept alive for future generations.”
Liam Fox visits Israel GRANTS FOR NEW TECH Britain’s minister for international trade made Israel his first port of call this week, after the 27 members of the EU signed off on the terms of Britain’s departure from the bloc. Liam Fox met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday
in an effort to improve on the trade relations currently enjoyed between the countries as part of the EU-Israel Association Agreement. Fox said: “Ensuring continuity for our businesses is the best foundation for growing two-way UK–Israel trade.”
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ISRAELI DEAL ‘CEMENTS CONVERSION MONOPOLY’ Israel’s Chief Rabbinate this week agreed to stop sending Israeli rabbis to perform conversions in Europe. In a move that could affect thousands of European converts to Judaism, the Chief Rabbinate will now recognise the Conference of European Rabbis, an Orthodox umbrella group, as the sole authority over Jewish conversion in Europe. In return, European Orthodox rabbis will not recognise conversions performed each year in Israel in private courts that the Chief Rabbinate does not recognise. The deal, the existence of which was exposed in an article on Monday by Israel Hayom, led to howls of protest by advocates for a less restrictive conversion policy in Israel. With the deal, the Chief Rabbinate is “attempting both to cement its monopoly over conversion in Israel, and to expand its influence in Europe”, Seth Farber, director of the Itim group in Israel, wrote in a letter to the Israeli attorney general asking him to block the deal. About 4,000 conversions annually in Israel are recognised by the Charedi Chief Rabbinate, according to a report on conversions in the Jewish state commissioned last year by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Itim represents converts to Judaism who are not recognised by the Chief Rabbinate. The agreement between the European group and the Chief Rabbinate follows a period
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Trump peace plan ‘waste of time’ Israel’s right-wing justice minister has said any peace plan presented by Donald Trump would be “a waste of time” because the gap between Israelis and Palestinians is too wide. The comments were made this week by Ayelet Shaked, of Naftali Bennett’s religious-nationalist Jewish Home party, which represents settlers. The party opposes any Palestinian state and has opposed every ceasefire reached with Hamas over Gaza in recent years. Former Special Forces soldier Bennett last
week said he wanted the defence ministry so Israel could “start winning again”. At a conference organised by the Jerusalem Post, Shaked said: “The gap between the Palestinians and the Israelis is much too big to be bridged… I think, personally, it’s a waste of time.” She added: “Although I want peace more than anyone else, I think I am just more realistic, and I know that in the current future it is impossible. But let’s wait and see what they [the US] will offer.”
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The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam has a new audio tour and extra information and pictures of the young diarist’s family before the war. King Willem-Alexander was given a tour after the £800,000 revamp of the building, which attracts more than 1.2 million visitors annually.
An Israeli cellist who had just performed with the Warsaw Philharmonic had his instrument’s
strings confiscated before being allowed to fly home. Amit Peled said staff at Warsaw Chopin airport felt the strings were ‘too dangerous’. He also had to hand over his spare set. ‘At least they didn’t take the cello claiming the endpin could be used to stab somebody,’ he added.
A man was arrested after ranting against Jews on a flight from Washington DC to Atlanta. The 37-year old, who was arrested wearing a prayer shawl, allegedly
shouted antisemitic abuse and told Jewish passengers to identify themselves, saying: ‘All Jews raise their hand.’ Part of the incident was filmed and posted online.
Trump has suggested he will offer “the deal of the century” through his Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner. This is believed to be a take-it-orleave-it offer, which the Palestinians have already said they will reject. In his two years in power, Trump has moved the US Embassy to Jerusalem, despite both sides claiming the city as their capital, and slashed hundreds of millions of dollars in Palestinian funding, most of which supported refugees. He has installed his personal bankruptcy lawyer David Friedman as ambassador to Israel,
£3.9m boost for moon shot A Canadian Jewish billionaire gave Israel’s space effort a £3.9 million boost this week, a month before the country’s first spacecraft is expected to take off for the moon. Sylvan Adams, who made aliyah in 2015 and later brought the Giro d’Italia bike race to Israel, pledged the money on his 60th birthday at the facility in Yehud where the spacecraft is being assembled.
Jewish students at the United Herzliya Middle School in Cape Town dropped to one knee during the Hatikvah in protest against Israel’s attitude toward Palestinians. The gesture is borrowed from the Black Lives Matter campaign in the US. The school said the students would be punished.
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It’s what you do, not what you say Existentialism, the philosophical belief most closely associated with Jean-Paul Sartre, states that “existence precedes essence”. Existentialists say that when you’re born you have no meaning, no purpose, no definition – it’s only through action that you define yourself. In other words, it’s not what you say, it’s what you do. “Man exists and in the process defines himself and the world”. This week it was Women defining themselves through their actions – and in the process defining the world as they wish it to be – at the first Sara Conference at Westminster, which shone a light on antisemitism and misogyny, and the intersection between the two, highlighting the appalling abuse faced by Jewish politicians. Of all those who came and gave more time than they could afford – including Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick – one example stood out. It was that of Prime Minister Theresa May. On any other day her attendance would have been welcomed, her apologies understood. But she had just come from a gruelling two-and-a-half hour grilling in Parliament and her to-do list later that evening included saving the country from falling out of the EU without a deal. Yet still she came. ‘It’s not what you say, it’s what you do.’ The event is named after Sara, the foremother of the Jewish and Christian religions, and organisers want to reclaim the name for those Jewish victims of the Nazis who were forced to adopt it as part of their title if their name sounded too ‘non-Jewish’. Credit to Danny Stone, John Mann MP and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Antisemitism for organising this event, which could not have been better timed. Two days earlier, the Sunday Times published research that underlined the threat by showing how one of the biggest neo-Nazi internet sites “has featured 9,000 threads related to feminism, of which more than 60 percent mention Jews”. Antisemitism and the gendered abuse experienced by women must be stamped out, but just saying so won’t make it happen, as existentialists well know. That’s why we support concrete action, such as penalties for online hate. A particular problem seems to be closed groups, a point not lost on Manchester MP Lucy Powell, who recently introduced the Online Forums Bill, which aims to make administrators and moderators of these forums legally responsible for removing illegal content on them. The Bill is now on its second reading and has an element of cross-party support. It has our support too, because just as existence precedes essence, so too online extremism precedes offline extremism. Just ask Pittsburgh.
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WHERE WERE THE ORTHODOX? It was truly wonderful to see the Kindertransport survivors on your front page, being given recognition and thanking Britain for their welcome here 80 years ago (Jewish News, 22 November). It was also quite right and proper that a service of remembrance and thanks should have been held the previous week in Westminster Abbey attended by senior Christian clergy and the lay and progressive religious leadership of the community. But where were the Orthodox? Why no representation from the United or Federation synagogues? Did they not think these wonderful Kindertransport survivors are deserving of our admiration and respect?
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There is also a fly in the ointment when it comes to Britain.While we must be hugely grateful for the role the British authorities played in bringing these children to Britain, thus saving their lives, so much more could have been done – such as bringing their parents and other relatives. We have a saying in Judaism: Anyone who saves a life, saves a whole world. Just think how many worlds we could have saved if Britain had been more open to bringing in more children and their parents, and perhaps other relatives. But perhaps I am being churlish. Robert Ben-Menachem Edgware
A CASE OF PIKUACH NEFESH It is shocking that Jewish women feel the need to wait two years longer on average than their non-Jewish peers to report domestic abuse (Jewish News, 22 November). This flies in the face of all we have been led to believe about our community – that we are strong on upholding family values. But all praise to Jewish Women’s Aid for highlight-
ing this stain on our community and to Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis for giving his support to the group. It is, as Rabbi Mirvis says, no less than pikuach nefesh (the saving of lives) to help these poor women to break away from abusive relationship – whether the abuse is of a physical or mental nature. Abby Eliaz Stanmore
QUAKER DECISION IS PUZZLING
As Chanukah approaches, Jewish campmate Rita Simons makes use of one of the jungle’s large spiders
Your report on the Quakers’ divestment decision explained they had finally decided to take a stand against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank because it has now lasted 51 years. So, 51 years later, it’s time to stop investing in Israel? Their tim-
ing and reasoning confuses me, but I remain grateful the church did not wait so long in deciding to ‘take a stand’ against Nazism, when Quakers helped sponsor hundreds of Jewish children in the UK. Stuart Gold Stanmore
29 November 2018 Jewish News
Editorial comment and letters
No browbeating here I seem to have upset Martin Stern more than usual by questioning his support for the Israeli rabbinate saying the Pittsburgh synagogue, scene of the murderous attack, has no right to call itself such. As I said, synagogue just means place of assembly, as does Bet Knesset. Why this should stick in the craw puzzles many people, not excluding Orthodox friends who visit my ‘house of assembly’ and do not feel short-changed (though they might be a bit nonplussed by the lack of gossip during the service). I’m not clear quite why Martin thinks I have committed an ‘outrage’. The outrage was in Pittsburgh. To say because the alleged killer Robert
Bowers had the ‘perception that it was a synagogue does not automatically make it one’ is, I respectfully suggest, inviting other like-minded Jew-haters to seek out more ‘nonsynagogues’ because some parts of our rich community do not accord them the respect of kol yisrael arevim zeh bazeh, or ‘all of Israel are responsible for one another’. Nonetheless, I do not wish to leave Martin feeling that I am, to quote him, ‘browbeating’. I do not doubt he has the good of the community at heart, wish him a chag sameach, and ‘may his days be merry and light, and may all his chanukiot be bright’. Barry Hyman Bushey Heath
UNPALATABLE VIEWS When will Barry Hyman and others learn not to respond to Martin D Stern’s unpalatable views? Why Mr Stern should adopt a superiority complex and feel he can prescribe his warped interpretation of Judaism for all is beyond me.
Stop publishing his narrow-minded views. This man criticises and patronises, portrays us as a divided community and illustrates all that is wrong with our religion. Daniel Gee By email
RABBI LAU ON PITTSBURGH I refer to the ongoing spat over Rabbi Lau’s remarks that the Pittsburgh Conservative synagogue was, in his view, ‘a place of strong Jewish flavour’ (ie, not a synagogue). It should be noted the rabbi then tried to distance himself from the ensuing controversy in a statement. He said: “What bearing does that have on this? That is irrelevant. We are talking about Jews who were killed just for being Jews. What is the question? There is nothing to discuss about their affiliation. They were killed because they were Jews! Does it matter in which synagogue they pray in or what text they use?” This, in my opinion, is the nub of the tragedy. For the record, the translation of the Hebrew phrase for synagogue is house of assembly. Kay Bagon Radlett
BOARD’S SLIPPERY PATH It seems the Board of Deputies can do no right. The left attacks it for what it claims is parroting the Israeli line, the right slams it for not being pro-Israel enough or for inviting shadow education secretary Angela Rayner to its Chanukah reception. Both left and right need to realise the Board and its officers, including president Marie van der Zyl, have to tread a slippery path; they represent the whole community on Israel, not just niche groups. It would be better if they didn’t comment on Israel at all,
given it has become such a toxic subject for debate in the community. As for inviting Ms Rayner: what is the Board supposed to do? Stick its fingers in its ears and go “la, la, la”? You don’t have to agree with her to talk to her; you might even get your view across more forcefully. I believe elements of the Jewish Leadership Council have met Ms Rayner. Why is the Board not allowed to do the same? Roslyn Katz Gants Hill
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Jewish News 29 November 2018
Cranes stand near Kotel but political inertia rules STEPHEN DAISLEY JOURNALIST
he Star of David might be on the flag and the menorah and olive branch on the crest, but the crane is the real emblem of Israel. Everywhere you go, giant steel jibs signpost a country under permanent development. There are cranes over Tel Aviv, over Jerusalem, over Sderot — where they’re putting up houses at a rate that must tempt the odd Hamas rocket technician to throw in the towel. There’s even one stretching over the Western Wall plaza right no w. If the moshiach turns up any time soon looking to rebuild a temple, he’ll be spoiled for choice on contractors. Earlier this month, I visited Israel for the first time as a guest of the government, mostly because I could no longer justify writing so extensively about a country in which I’d never set foot. As a Zionist of the non-Jewish variety, I worried that going would break the spell. They say you should never meet your heroes and
maybe that rule applied to countries too. But there are two Israels: the one that’s developing, innovating and inventing and another country, Bibi-nation, one that has grown sluggish about a resolution to the Palestinian conflict and testy towards those who point it out. The first Israel is the Eretz Nehederet of the song. It truly is an old-new land, where 4,000 years of history bumps up against the latest app. Every kind of person, every ethnicity and lifestyle and story is here. Around the corner from the Kotel, I bought a Coke from a Palestinian vendor with Israeli shekels. As I passed from the Jewish Quarter of the Old City into the Muslim Quarter, the number of decorative kippot and Israeli flags being sold only seemed to increase. I visited the Peres Centre for Peace and Innovation and saw the first Israeli lunar craft, which will launch for the moon next March. There is no peace, but Israel is innovating at an interplanetary pace. And it works. Israel works and, yes, Bibination works too. That is what frustrates the left inside and outside the country. Israel is supposed to be isolated, shunned by its friends
THERE ARE TWO ISRAELS – ONE IS CONSTANTLY INNOVATING, THE OTHER IS SLUGGISH ABOUT A RESOLUTION TO THE PALESTINIAN CONFLICT
and out-manoeuvred by its enemies, and yet 2018 has been pretty sababa, as they say in Israel. The US Embassy was moved to Jerusalem, Arab leaders seeking allies against Iran are bombarding Bibi with friend requests, and – biggest deal of all – Israel won the Eurovision Song Contest. The Israeli peace camp has been on its tuches electorally for a generation now but its worldview was still embedded in the national psyche. No longer. The dream of peace has given way to a default coexistence that is unromantic and yet not evidently practical in the long term.
Yitzhak Rabin’s plan was the hard-headed ‘us here, them there’ , a separation that would secure Israel but leave much of Judea and Samaria to the Palestinians. The unspoken proposal of Bibi-nation is ‘us here, them too’, in which Israel retains the territories without political or security consequences while policing a national struggle as if it were a neighbour dispute. It holds together – better than you might think – but for how long? Democracy and demography are spoiling for a fight and they’re going to go at it one of these days. Israel does not feel like a country prepared for that day. Israelis have been lulled into a soothing torpor. The construction industry may be hyperactive, but the Bibi era is one marked by political inertia. Of course, we all know why this is so. Israel’s every overture is rebuffed, its ‘partners for peace’ nurture their children on hatred, and the best-paying gig in the Palestinian labour market is killing Israelis. Israelis stopped talking about peace because they have no one to talk to. They keep building their homeland hoping that one day the Palestinians will decide to do the same.
Come to Trafalgar Square and celebrate miracles SIMON JOHNSON
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE JEWISH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
his time — more than any other time — this time. We’re gonna find a way...” These words, from the chorus of the England World Cup song of 1982, keep popping into my head as I think about Chanukah in the Square this year. Because, this year, more than any other year, after the community has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, we can unite proudly under the lights of the eightbranched candlestick in Trafalgar Square and celebrate Chanukah, on Wednesday, 5 December, the fourth night of Chanukah. We are giving the chance to thousands of people to come out for the right reasons — not to protest, but to celebrate; not to wave placards, but to eat doughnuts; not to shout “enough is enough”, but to sing Jewish songs and dance to Jewish music in the middle of the United Kingdom’s capital city. Jews are commanded to place our own chanukiahs in a window, facing the outside
world. Thanks to Chabad, the London Jewish Forum and the Mayor of London, we are able to place a communal chanukiah right in the heart of central London. We are able to hold a ceremony to celebrate Chanukah in the centre of London’s rush hour. We will light the four candles (no Two Ronnies jokes, please) as people rush home from work. Our chazzanim will chant the blessings in the tunes we remember from childhood as people go out to the theatre. We will sing Maoz Tzur in front of Londoners and tourists. We will dance, sing and eat doughnuts as London’s night begins. And we can do all of this with our head held high, in safety, with our friends, colleagues and our kehillah. I never cease to be amazed that we live in a city, in a country, which allows us to do this — to celebrate our joyous festival in one of our country’s best known places, underneath one of the UK’s foremost tourist attractions. The Chanukah lights are a symbol against religious oppression. They symbolise religious freedom. In the original Chanukah
miracle, the light burned against the forces of religious persecution. It was part of Hashem’s plan to liberate the Jewish people from the murderous tyranny of the Greeks. The Chanukah lights have burned in confrontation against all the historical persecutions over the years. Thank Hashem that we live in a country of liberty, where we are free to practise religion freely, where laws are in place to protect our religious rights, where the prime minister and the mayor of our capital allow us freely to celebrate our festivals and where we can walk tall and proud as Jews. What is not to celebrate about that? So, we have gathered renowned chazzanim to light the chanukiah and
beautifully sing the brachot. We have the privilege to be hosted by Rachel Creeger, one of our community’s foremost and talented comedians, veteran of the Edinburgh Festival fringe and the only Orthodox Jewish woman on the UK comedy circuit. We have the Mayor of London and the Chief Rabbi speaking to us. We have doughnuts, we have music from two bands including Israel’s The Solomon Brothers. From 5.30pm on Wednesday, 5 December, we can be loud and proud as Jews. So, wrap up warm. Put on two pairs of socks. Come to Trafalgar Square and prepare to sing, dance, eat and unite under the Chanukah lights in our capital city. “This time…more than any other time…” See you there.
I NEVER CEASE TO BE AMAZED THAT WE LIVE IN A CITY THAT ALLOWS US TO CELEBRATE OUR FESTIVAL BELOW ONE OF THE UK’S BIG TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
29 November 2018 Jewish News
As we recall Kristallnacht, let us also mark Erntefest SIR BEN HELFGOTT
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was gratified to see so many people commemorate the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Yet a few days before, on 3 November, the 75th anniversary of one of the Nazis’ most terrible crimes passed by without a trace. More should know about Operation Erntefest, or Harvest Festival, one of the most bestial events of the Nazis’ reign of terror. Many horrendous massacres were perpetrated by the Einsatzkommandos in 1941-42 after the victorious German onslaught on the Soviet Union: at Babi Yar, a ravine near the Ukrainian capital Kiev, nearly 34,000 Jews were killed over two days in September 1941 and at Ponary, outside the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, 48,000 were killed over six months. Yet even these barbarities are overshadowed by what happened in November 1943, when 43,000 Jews in a 15-mile radius were mown down to the accompaniment of blasting military music. Very few people have heard of it, despite
18,000 being killed at Majdanek, 15,000 at Poniatowa and 10,000 at Trawniki. The figure of 43,000 represents more than half of what by then remained of the 1.6 million Jews in general government. The rest of the Jews had been taken from their homes and, in the main, deported to the gas chambers of Treblinka, Majdanek, Sobibor and Belzec. Those left were mainly ablebodied men, concentrated in a few slave labour camps such as Plaszow, Skarzysko, Czestochowa, Radom, Kielce, Ostrowiec, Pionki and Blizin. Why were these Jews from Majdanek, Poniatowa and Trawniki camps chosen for execution when they were making such a contribution to the war effort? A series of events took place that led to this decision, and to Erntefest. In April and May 1943 there had been an uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto and in August came the revolt at Treblinka, where some of the gas chambers were destroyed and about 40 inmates escaped, most joining the partisans. That same month, the Jews of Bialystok rose up as the Nazis sought to liquidate the ghetto, and were only subdued a month later, in midSeptember. The crunch came on 12 October,
AMONG THE 43,000 KILLED ON 3 NOVEMBER 1943 WERE MEMBERS OF THE JEWISH INTELLIGENTSIA AND CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVISTS
when those left in Sobibor managed to break out. Most were hunted down, but those who managed to escape joined the partisans, who were growing in number and daring. The Nazis took action, in retaliation, or out of fear of further uprisings. Himmler ordered the liquidation of the three camps, an order carried out under the jurisdiction of the fanatical Jewhater SS General Odilo Globocnik. Those Jews killed in the liquidation of Poniatowa and Trawniki were from Warsaw. As usual, the operation deployed deception, with 300 prisoners employed day and night digging pits they were told would be air raid shelters. Extra guards armed with machine guns were brought from Auschwitz, Krakow, Radom and Lublin, to be posted around the perimeter of the camps.
The slaughter began at 8am as the sun rose and ended at 5pm when it fell, with 43,000 killed by bullets – wave after wave of helpless human beings. Only 300 men and 311 women were left, used to sort out the clothing. The women were later sent to Auschwitz where they were killed, the men employed in Sonderkommando 1005. Among those killed that day were members of the Jewish intelligentsia and cultural and educational activists – poets such as Pola Braun and Josef Kirman, the Jewish actor Isaac Samberg, the Zionist historian Naftali Nusenblat, Jewish literature researcher Dr Edmund Stein and composer Israel Feiwysz. They have been forgotten, with no one to say Kaddish after them. Just as we commemorate other anniversaries, so must we remember Erntefest.
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Speaking truth to power: just answer the questions JENNI FRAZER
hanks to what a friend calls “the orange poltroon” in the White House, being a journalist has never felt tougher. The atmosphere is toxic in every country, from the US to Russia, from Britain to — of course — Israel. And before readers say, aw, diddums, if you can’t take the heat, etc, I would just say, respectfully, that journalists are there to challenge and to hold those in power to account. The orange poltroon lost sight of this in a big way recently when — irked by questions put to him at a regular White House press conference by CNN journalist Jim Acosta — he did two dreadful things. One, really disgraceful response, was to allow the White House to put out a doctored videotape of the question-and-answer session between Acosta and Donald Trump. The speeded-up video appeared to show Acosta, er, “accosting” a
female intern who was trying to take the mic away from him. This was a blatant lie. The second thing was that Trump authorised the revoking of Acosta’s press pass, without which he was unable to attend press briefings. CNN and Acosta went to court and Trump, and his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, were forced to give in and reinstate Acosta. You might well be wondering what this has to do with the Jew in the street in the UK — and in Israel. Well, two different instances come to mind which, for me, profoundly illustrate how Trump’s loathsome attitude to a free press has seeped oozily through the world, allowing those in power to assume that no-one will question them, or dare to. In Boston, last week, the Israeli consulate sent abusive messages on Twitter to a Jewish journalist. His “crime”? Dan Cohen had attacked as “a whitewash” the way the Associated Press had covered the escalation of hostility in the Gaza Strip. Now, it is true that Cohen’s line may not be to the consulate’s liking, given that he
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works for RT America, a TV station funded by the Russian government. Certainly, his allegations were picked up by the profoundly anti-Israel website Electronic Intifada, which inevitably flourished Cohen’s claims as a boost to its own credibility. The response from the consulate, however, was somewhat over the top. Cohen received private messages from the official Twitter account of the consulate accusing him of being “a disgrace to Americans and Jews everywhere”. Another message said: “Getting retweeted by the founder of Electronic Intifada must feel like cognitive dissonance, eh?”
A somewhat cross Cohen made the Boston consulate’s messages public. And an embarrassed Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, Emmanuel Nachshon, told Ha’aretz that the messages were “incorrect and inappropriate conduct”. Later, the consulate claimed that the messages had been sent by “a former employee who no longer works with the consulate, and accidentally sent this message from the consulate’s account rather than his personal account”. To which my response can only be, oh, please. If you believe that, you believe in unicorns. Meanwhile, back in our own fair community, the great and the sometimes good are showing an alarming tendency to balk at being asked questions. Here’s the thing: if you stand for public office you need to expect to be questioned on things you do while you are in that position. If it looks like there is a conflict of interest, walks like a conflict of interest, there is almost certainly a conflict of interest. And you should not be surprised or shocked when journalists do their job. That is the price for living in a free democracy.
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Community / Scene & Be Seen
1AN ANGELIC LUNCH
Some 140 women enjoyed a lunch at Marriott Waltham Abbey, organised by the Local Angels Committee, to celebrate its 10th year of raising funds for Jewish Care’s services in Redbridge. Chaired by trustee Gayle Klein, the committee has raised more than £280,000 over the past decade, with this latest event raising over £26,000. Director of fundraising and community engagement, Adam Overlander-Kaye, said: “We are very grateful for the support, kindness and generosity of the Essex community that helps keep our services in the north-east going.”
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Camp Simcha has been recognised for its good practice in volunteer management, with a JVN kitemark. CEO Neville Goldschneider said: “Our volunteers are so important – they visit the children we support on a weekly basis, planning fun activities and also taking them on Camp Simcha outings, joining them at retreat.” JVN head of volunteering and deputy director Lia Bogod said: “I hope you will continue to go from strength to strength in the wonderful way you treat your volunteers.”
Alumni from Beit Shvidler Primary School in Edgware, Jessie, Shoshi, Seth and Gilad, were winners of the prize for the Primary Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Award category at the Barnet School Sport Awards 2018. Beit Shvidler PE leader Eliezer Segal said: “The pupils were committed to undertaking their role to an incredibly high standard. They made significant contributions to sport, health and social time at the school. We’re incredibly proud of them and they thoroughly deserve their nomination for this award.”
4 HELP FOR DANCERS
Dancer Eden Rubin, 11, collected hundreds of dance costumes, bags and shoes for Emunah as part of her batmitzvah project. Inspired after meeting children and teenagers supported by the charity during Emunah’s Mother and Daughter Israel trip, which she went to with her mum Jamie, the Hasmonean High School student said: “I want to help young dancers regardless of their family’s ability to pay for clothes that make them feel beautiful, and the dance education they deserve.” British Emunah director Deborah Nathan said: “It’s gratifying to know that, after visiting our projects, people really want to support Emunah.”
Jewish News 29 November 2018
Scene & Be Seen / Community COMMUNITY BRIEFS
AN ARTFUL SHOP
Hart Galleries in Edgware opened last week and sells all types of contemporary art, including originals and limited editions, as well as a range of sculptures and glassware to suit all budgets. Owner Spencer Hart said: “We had a successful opening evening and look forward to more events.” www.hartgalleries.co.uk
Coffee and schmooze More than 100 people attended the grand opening of Hendon United Synagogue’s Sunday morning café supported by the US Community Development Fund. Soft play equipment and toys were accompanied by a Bagel Bar pop-up, allowing parents to have a coffee and a schmooze, while their kids played.
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Chana’s Tea-cember campaign takes place next month, and friends will gather with tasty treats to raise money and awareness for couples struggling with infertility. To sign up, visit www.chana. org.uk or call 020 8203 8455.
Wounded IDF veterans spent a week in London organised by Beit Halochem UK, engaging with pupils and supporters of the charity, which helps army veterans and terror victims. They also met with Theresa Villiers MP in Westminster.
100-SECOND INTERVIEW Celebrating our community’s centenarians...
More than 100 young professionals packed the JLE’s Golders Green centre for the launch of its winter education and social programme. It was also the launch night of the How To Academy, linking young professionals and the local community.
The Wiener Library held a concert to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht and the Kindertransport at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue last Thursday. German cellist Friederike Fechner and composer, conductor and pianist Mathias Husmann performed.
What was your occupation?
I had many jobs, including as a warehouse superintendent. During the war, I was called up to the Army in the Medical Corps to serve as a nurse. I opened my own salon and cut Charlton Heston’s hair when he was promoting Ben Hur – it cost two shillings, but he gave a generous £10 tip!
Date of birth: 1911 Place of birth: Bermondsey
Were you married, and if so, for how long and to whom?
I was married to the wonderful Millie for 76 years (together for 80). Do you have any children, grandchildren and great grandchildren?
Do today’s youth have it easy compared to when you grew up?
Where do you live?
Nightingale House, a Jewish care home in south London
I had one son called Victor, who was born in 1942. He died in 2012, before we moved to Nightingale.
Where did you live before?
What is your happiest memory?
Since my marriage in 1937, I lived in Tottenham Court Road and then Mornington Crescent. Before moving into the home, I lived in Sutton and was an active member of Sutton and District Synagogue.
If you could live your life again would you do anything differently?
I would not have scrubbed the floors at Magdalen College in Oxford so much – nearly 80 years on and it’s still giving me pain! But, seriously, I look back on my life and see it as a life well lived.
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a family, a home, and a successful business we were passionate about. We travelled the world, experienced different things, and contributed to our community of Sutton and District Synagogue.
When I first laid eyes on Millie at the dance academy in Piccadilly.
I wouldn’t say that! Life is complicated. Sure, they don’t have to worry about wars and bombs, but job security isn’t certain and life is becoming increasingly expensive. I think that weighs down on many young people.
What do you consider to be your greatest/proudest achievements?
What advice would you offer to today’s youngsters?
My marriage. Together, we built
Don’t take life too seriously.
Work hard and appreciate all the gifts you have. Don’t compare or compete with anyone, because everyone has their own story. The secret for a long life is…
Enjoying the small things! Life can’t always be cupcakes and fairy tales, but it’s important to notice and appreciate the small details. I still look forward to my whisky and crisps before bed. At 107, every day is a blessing.
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29 November 2018 Jewish News
Community / Scene & Be Seen
MDA’s record-breaking night More than 400 people gathered on Monday night at the Dorchester Hotel to raise a record-breaking £550,000 for Magen David Adom UK. A warm tribute was paid to the late Eli Benson, the charity’s vice-president, who died in September. Chair David Curtis said that “no one cared more about MDA than that man, and he achieved incredible things.”
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‘There are many like Esti out there’ Francine Wolfisz speaks to Oscarwinning actress Rachel Weisz about her latest film, Disobedience, which explores the taboo of lesbian love in the Orthodox community
hen faith clashes with sexuality, what happens to someone who finds themselves attracted to the same sex, but still wants to adhere to a religious life? That moral dilemma is explored in a “profoundly loving way” in the screen adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s critically-acclaimed novel, Disobedience, starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams, which opens in cinemas on Friday. Chilean director Sebastián Lelio brings to life the story of Ronit (played by Weisz), a rabbi’s daughter and proverbial black sheep of the community, who swaps her claustrophobic life in north London for New York, after a scandalous transgression during her youth. But upon learning of her father’s death, its back to that community she must go, confronting the ghosts of her past along the way. Among them are Esti (McAdams), now the wife of her strictly Orthodox cousin Dovid (Alessandro Nivola) and the woman with whom she shared an illicit attraction in her teenage years. Distant at first, the pair soon rediscover their desire for one another and embark on a passionate affair that threatens to completely unravel
both their lives. When Alderman’s literary debut was published to great acclaim in 2006 – earning her both the Orange Award for New Writers and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award – it certainly caused ripples within the community she had written about, while cementing her own decision to leave behind life as a practising Jew. But while it may have been controversial in its subject matter, Disobedience was wholly sensitive in its portrayal of the Orthodox community and the dilemma faced by women like Esti, says Weisz, who also produced the film after optioning its rights four years ago. The 48-year-old Oscar-winning actress tells me: “Naomi grew up inside of that community and has since left it, but her book is an incredibly loving portrait of spirituality and shows just how nourishing Orthodoxy can be for those living in that community. “But then it poses this conundrum – what if you are lesbian, what do you do then? How can you have both spirituality and love? It seems that you can’t really, or it’s very hard. You certainly can’t just stay there. “Inside that community, there
Above: Rachel Weisz, above and right, as Ronit, with Rachel McAdams as Esti in Disobedience. Below: McAdams with Alessandro Nivola as Dovid
are many Estis. I feel tremendous empathy for someone who finds themselves in this situation. It’s heartbreaking, and I can’t think of a higher stakes dilemma for any individual.” In preparing for her role, Weisz says she read around the subject, as well as familiarised herself with the Orthodox world – something she admits not knowing much about, having grown up in a liberal Jewish family from Hampstead Garden Suburb. Given that her character, Ronit, had also stopped practising her Judaism, Weisz says it fell more to her co-stars, McAdams and Nivola, to “immerse themselves in all the prayers and rituals”. She reveals: “Rachel [McAdams] spent months reading, spending time with Jewish families, learning the prayers, being invited out to Friday night meals and trying on sheitels. I really can’t claim introducing her to any of it!” There was, however, something Weisz herself was very familiar with – the film’s north London setting – and it evoked a huge sense of nostalgia for the star, who was educated at North London Collegiate in Edgware. Weisz, who is married to James Bond actor Daniel Craig and recently gave birth to a daughter, says: “We filmed around Golders Green Road and Hoop Lane. I used to walk that
way to get home from school, having taken the Northern Line from Edgware to Golders Green, then walk back up to Hampstead Garden Suburb. There used to be a shop there called 32 Flavours, where we all used to hang out after school and get ice cream.” Away from the Jewish rituals and north London backdrop, Disobedience is, of course, a story about the forbidden relationship between two women and the film does not shy away from depicting their love-making. While the six-minute lesbian sex scene might not involve much in the way of removing clothes, Weisz admits feeling “emotionally naked” and had some trepidation before filming it, but says the director approached it in a “respectful” way. She reveals: “I think both Rachel and I were anxious and scared on some level. It’s a very emotional scene. But Sebastián storyboarded it all beforehand, all the gestures, the way it was shot and where the camera would be. He authored what the scene
would be, and so we felt prepared as actors to then fill it with the emotion needed.” Following on from the 2016 film Denial, in which Weisz portrayed historian Deborah Lipstadt’s landmark libel case against Holocaust denier David Irving, Disobedience is only the second film in her varied and award-winning career in which she has portrayed an overtly Jewish character. I ask Weisz if she is now tapping more into her Jewish identity when choosing her next project. “In a way it’s surprising that I lived so long and worked so long before I represented a Jewish character,” she smiles. “But I really do things on the strength of the story. Disobedience really struck me as something that was very realistic and truthful, so it was important this story was told.” Disobedience (15) is in cinemas from Friday
Jewish News 29 November 2018
Lifestyle/ The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Marvellous Midge returns! Francine Wolfisz speaks to Rachel Brosnahan, the talented star of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, which returns for a new series
ne is sharp and sassy, the other brusque and blunt – yet for all their differences on screen, Miriam “Midge” Maisel and her misanthropic manager Susie Myerson are the most loyal of friends. Now it seems that chemistry has spilled over into real life too for actress Rachel Brosnahan, who returns this week in the title role of the much-anticipated second series of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel. Picking up two Golden Globes and eight Emmys – including best actress for Brosnahan – after it first debuted last year, the punchy Amazon Prime show revolves around an American-Jewish 1950s housewife, who discovers a hidden talent for stand-up comedy. Speaking about her Jewish co-star Alex
Borstein, who is also known for playing gravelly-voiced Lois Griffin on the animated series, Family Guy, Brosnahan admits they are “such unlikely friends, but we just get along so well”. The talented 27-year-old actress, who is the niece of late fashion designer Kate Spade, adds: “Alex is just incredible. She’s so talented, generous, hilarious and thoughtful. She’s such a mixed bag of all kinds of things.” Having never performed a comedy role – or indeed a Jewish one – Brosnahan credits Borstein and show creator Amy ShermanPalladino, who both come from Jewish backgrounds, in helping shape her character. But as for where the rest of her sense of shtick comes from, that she claims was largely informed by a childhood spent growing up in Highland Park, Illinois – where by coincidence Borstein was also raised. “I grew up in a predominantly Jewish community and most of my friends and their families growing up were Jewish,” says Brosnahan with a broad smile. “I suppose I was surrounded by a sense of humour! Midge is inspired by a few different women in my life that I have known and loved, a few of whom happen to be Jewish.” In the first series of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, which burst on to Amazon Prime last March, viewers were treated to the sumptuous story of an upper-middle-class New Yorker who seemingly had it all – a beautiful lifestyle on the Upper West Side, an executive husband, a baby daughter to coo over. Even the rabbi, after many years of asking, had finally accepted her invitation to break the Yom Kippur fast with a freshly-cooked brisket, one of Midge’s culinary specialties.
But that all unravelled in the most clichéd way after her husband, Joel (Michael Zegen), admitted he had been having an affair with his secretary. Embarking on a drunken rampage, fuelled by a bottle of Palwin No. 10, Midge heads for Greenwich Village and storms the stage at a comedy club, where Joel, a failed comedian, had once held aspirations to become the next big thing. As it turns out, it’s his wife who had the talent all along. The long-awaited new series promises just as much pizzazz and punchlines as the first and while the details are still very much under wraps, the trailer reveals some tantalising details, including a trip to Paris and the emergence of a handsome Manhattan doctor in Midge’s life. Susie and Midge are also set to “hit the road” with gigs lined up in clubs, motels and even the Catskills. Brosnahan says she was “fascinated” by her research into the famed “Borsht Belt”, which was popular with American-Jewish families in the early part of the 20th Century. She tells me: “I watched a documentary to help put the whole period into context, The Jewish Americans, which I really loved. There was a whole section focused on the Borsht Belt, how that came to be the place that Jewish families visited. “I started off intending just to see the bit about the ‘50s, but found myself watching the
Above: Rachel Brosnahan, left, as Mrs Maisel with Alex Borstein as Susie Myerson. Centre: Tony Shalhoub as Abe. Left: Brosnahan with Marin Hinkle as Rose
entire five hours – it was really wonderful.” The new series is also set to explore the relationships between Midge and her parents in greater detail, with Brosnahan explaining that much of her character’s rebellious streak surprisingly comes from her straight-laced father. She tells me: “I think probably much to Abe’s [Tony Shalhoub] chagrin, he has raised a daughter who is exactly the same as him – and in ways that neither of them really expect. But as they grow closer together, it’s something they both come to realise.” On the massive success of the show, which has already been renewed for a third series before the second has even aired, Brosnahan admits the cast have all been “continually blown away and overwhelmed”. Even Steven Spielberg is a self-confessed fan of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel. “The fact that he and his wife love the show, that they even watch it, is huge. We always knew this was a special show, but it’s been a continually evolving surprise that people love it as much as we do.” The Marvelous Mrs Maisel is available on Amazon Prime from 5 December
29 November 2018 Jewish News
Remember a loved one at the heart of Israel
Israel’s National Memorial - Mount Herzl The Zionist Federation of the UK and Ireland, in partnership with the World Zionist Organisation, is proud to offer this opportunity to remember a loved one at the resting place of so many great leaders of Israel and the Jewish people. Together we are pleased to have inaugurated a Memorial Board at the entrance to Mount Herzl and the Herzl Museum. Mount Herzl is the National Memorial site of the Jewish People and the State of Israel. Interred there are Theodor Herzl, the father of modern Zionism, together with other founders of Israel, Prime Ministers and Presidents as well as many of Israel’s fallen soldiers. Your special tribute on the Memorial Board will connect you and your family to the national memory and is a wonderful way to honour your loved ones for generations to come, connecting them with Herzl’s heritage of the Zionist vision. If you require any further information or you would like to discuss placing a plaque on the Memorial Board, please contact Arieh Miller, ZF Executive Director on 020 8202 0202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org The ZF is the UK’s leading Israel advocacy organisation, which offer projects with the opportunities to educate, empower and engage with people about Israel and Zionism in the UK. 020 8202 0202
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Jewish News 29 November 2018
Lifestyle / Travel
What a wonderful town!
Ivor Baddiel checks out the charms of New York and the hipster chic of Williamsburg
ew York, New York, New York. So good I wrote it thrice. It’s exhilarating, exhausting and enchanting. This city is chaotic, bustling with all forms of life, some of which are as yet unclassified, and moves at a million miles an hour. It really takes something for teenagers to be impressed but, having never been anywhere like it before, my two were – and then some. We left for the Oversized Apple on a mid-morning flight, ensuring we made maximum possible use of the time difference by arriving early afternoon local time. First stop was our hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, an area with a strong Jewish heritage and home to a large Chasidic community. Mel Brooks and Barry Manilow hail from there, but recently it’s undergone gentrifica-
tion, which has caused consternation among the more religious types, although absolutely none as far as I’m concerned. It’s a cracking area, hipster central, and the main drag, Bedford Avenue, is awash with great shops and restaurants. We took pleasure in perusing them on our first, jet-lagged afternoon there, culminating in a very agreeable supper at a place called Allswell, which indeed it was. Our hotel, The Hoxton, epitomised the new Williamsburg. It oozes hipness in a delightful 21st century way, with residents and locals gathered in the downstairs bar and restaurant area, feverishly huddled around laptops and no doubt putting the world to rights or penning the new Catch 22. It makes for a great atmosphere and the food is delicious as well. We had a cosy room, but they still managed to squeeze in a humungous bed, and the view of the Manhattan skyline was a joy to wake up to – as was the breakfast bag delivered to the room every morning. The Hoxton and Williamsburg are the perfect places to escape to after a day Left: The Hoxton’s balcony and bedroom
in Manhattan, and you do need somewhere to escape to. A peaceful retreat this is not. We had availed ourselves of a New York CityPASS (available from nycgo.com), which saves you money and time, so well worth getting. Our first stop, after a delightful walk through an autumnal Central Park was the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s incredible, but big. I got lost at the moment my phone died and, if a friendly American hadn’t lent me her charger, I fear I would still be there. The CityPASS also gives you entry to the Top of the Rock, which is the highest point of the Rockefeller Center, from where you will be blessed with amazing views of New York. It’s busy, and getting to the top takes a while, but it’s definitely worth it. Back on terra firma, we ventured down to the 9/11 memorial, and then on to the Oculus. The latter is a shopping centre, but also a design wonder, a flowing, rippling white wave of a thing, which makes you feel like you’ve been swallowed by a whale on the inside. I finally know how Jonah felt. Then there’s her majesty, the Statue of Liberty. There
Ivor Baddiel and family have fun in New York
are many ways to explore this icon but, if time is short, I can recommend the Staten Island Ferry, and not just because it’s free. Okay, mainly because it’s free, but it does go pretty close, allowing you to get the photo, and you can get snacks on board (which are sadly not free). I would also strongly suggest promenading the High Line. It’s an elevated linear park, apparently, which in English is a raised walkway that used to be a rail line. It’s on the west side of Manhattan and is about 1.5miles long, but there are a few stalls along the way and it’s a lovely way to stroll through the city without actually feeling like you are strolling through the city. Obviously with teenagers, shopping was high on the agenda, and the clothes shops of Soho were the favoured destination of my 18-year-old daughter, while my 14-year-old son (with me in tow) visited three Apple stores, a Nintendo, Nike and Google pop-up shop. We also did a bit of thrift shopping (what they call charity shops), many of which are congregated in Soho, and the East Village. Our whirlwind tour of New York came to an end. There was plenty to see, eat and buy – and much more still to explore. No doubt we will just have to go back.
IVOR’S TRAVEL TIPS Ivor and his family stayed at The Hoxton, Williamsburg, where rates start from $159 (£124), including a light breakfast bag. Details: www.thehoxton.com
29 November 2018 Jewish News
RABBI JEFF BERGER We are familiar with the uncomfortable story of jealousy that nearly destroyed Jacob’s family after their return to Canaan. This week’s parsha explores its impact on Joseph’s life. Leah envied her sister Rachel, the ‘loved wife’. Leah’s children hated Joseph, Rachel’s firstborn and their father’s ‘favoured child’. The brothers plotted to kill Joseph and disaster was thwarted only when Reuben and Judah intervened. Instead, Joseph was sold to traders who took him to Egypt – one of the earliest incidents of human trafficking. Commentators say this was ‘God’s Divine Plan’; Joseph’s destiny was to descend to Egypt, rise to second in command of the world’s leading economy, and save its population from famine. The cure was put in place before the malady. Others admit this decision left an indelible blemish on the sons of Jacob and the Jewish people. But the overlooked message is about the danger of dehumanisation. The brothers needed another way to work through their anger. If on that fateful day they had all, including Joseph, sat down to speak, rather than plotting against him, history would have unfolded very differently. Last year, Human Trafficking UK reported 13,000 victims of slavery. Perpetrators have many motives, including jealousy. While great efforts are employed to stop this terrible crime, none of the victims will be as fortunate as Joseph. Jeff Berger is the founding rabbi of Rambam
Sephardi Synagogue in Elstree/Borehamwood and can be contacted at RabbiJeffLondon@gmail.com
What’s in a number?
This week’s number...
Figuring out Jewish history
RABBI ALEX CHAPPER The Gemara (Makkot 23b) states 613 mitzvot were told to Moses, made up from 365 prohibitions which correspond to the number of days in the solar year and 248 positive mitzvot, which corresponds to the number of limbs in the human body. In Devarim 33:4, we are told: “Moses commanded to us the Torah, an inheritance of the congregation of Jacob” (Devarim 33:4). The word “Torah” has the numerical value of 611, the number of mitzvot that were received and taught by Moses. There are then two additional mitzvot: “I am the Lord your God” and: “You shall have no other gods” – the first two of the
Ten Commandments – that were heard directly from the mouth of God. This brings the total to 613. The prophet Isaiah quotes God as saying, “I made the earth, and created man upon it.” The numerical value of the word “created” is 613, which not only hints at the purpose of creation, but also links to our Sages who say, “God looked into the Torah and created the world”. To put it another way, the Torah and its 613 mitzvot comprise the blueprint of the universe. As a reminder of our manifold obli-
THE TORAH AND ITS 613 MITZVOT MAKE UP THE BLUEPRINT OF THE UNIVERSE
gations, “Tzitzit” – fringes attached to a four-cornered garment – have the numerical value of 600 which together with the eight threads and five sets of knots, makes a total of 613. As to the reason for so many mitzvot, the Gemara teaches that God wants us to merit His reward. Therefore, God gave us a significant amount of Torah and mitzvot in order that we have the greatest potential to be deserving of His goodness. If we had only one mitzvah, as Adam, the first man did, and fail to keep it, then it means we have lost our only opportunity for reward. With a multiplicity of mitzvot before us, our chances of being successful are greatly increased. It is this large number that highlights God’s kindness toward us. Rabbi Alex Chapper serves Elstree & Borehamwood Synagogue and is the Children’s Rabbi, childrensrabbi.com
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The Bible Says What? ‘Creation happened twice?’ BY RABBI MIRIAM BERGER Those who use the creation narrative as a way of trashing religion have clearly never read past the first chapter of the book of Genesis. Although initially Torah sets out the beginning of the world by seven days of creation, as soon as that narrative ends, the Eden narrative begins as its own beginning of time, which could equally effectively start the Torah as its own creation story. The Eden narrative returns to a barren nothingness and the creation of human beings again. This isn’t a case of a bad redactor, a need for editing or a case of a continuity oversight. Generations of commentators have found ways to resolve this, reading the creation of Eden as a next step, happening after the initial creation and building upon it. However I think there is a hidden and much more significant message lost when read in that simplistic way. We are a people who have two equally well-known and well-regarded
creation myths. Why would our central texts and our sacred works create this duality of narratives? The Torah is settings its agenda from the outset, encouraging us to be a people who ask difficult questions and to struggle with the hardest concepts despite knowing we will never have certainty or fact. Before we even get to Abraham and the challenges of monotheism and having faith in God, we are encouraged to ask not just from where we came, but how did the world begin. The Torah sets itself up not to be a science book with answers, but a manual for life that encourages questioning, discussion and debate. It encourages a plurality of views by preserving from its opening chapters two oral traditions, two ancient stories, no “right answers”, but many opportunities to ask questions. Rabbi Miriam Berger serves Finchley Reform Synagogue
Progressively Speaking Should we be fearful of a rise in antisemitism and extremism? BY RABBI SANDRA KVIAT We live in a time in which Jewish people are especially fearful. There are daily verbal onslaughts from far left and far right and, as we tragically saw most recently in Pittsburgh, bursts of violence and terrorism. In the UK, a neo-Nazi couple (pictured) who named their baby after Hitler have just been convicted for being part of the banned neo-Nazi terrorist group National Action. Disturbing photos recovered from their home showed them holding a swastika emblazoned flag and the husband dressed in the white robes of the Ku Klux Klan. In both, they were cradling their newborn son. So it is no wonder that people are so fearful of antisemitism from both individuals and groups. But it’s also important that we don’t let that fear control us. We must take care not to become fortress Judaism. By moving away from wider society, we let those who hate us take
control. We have to be realistic about the threats we face, but equally shouldn’t see every person out there as out to get us. It may seem counterintuitive, but in times like this we need to interact more with other communities. We need to find all the things we have in common and all the ways we can reach out to other people. Last week’s newspaper was full of pictures of Mitzvah Day – seeing Jews working together with people of all faiths and none to build
a better society. It shows our open Judaism at its very best. Personally, I was picking litter in Cheltenham with Gloucestershire Liberal Jewish Community members of all ages, wearing our green T-shirts with pride. In Crouch End, my own community collected items for the Liberal Jewish Synagogue’s drop-in for asylum seeker families, another example of the good that can be achieved when we open our doors. Fear closes down conversation and insulates communities. We must take care and protect ourselves – and the Community Security Trust does a wonderful job in this regard – but it’s equally as important to talk to others and not expect the worst of people. Antisemitism has to be called out when we see or experience it, but it shouldn’t be the only thing we see. Rabbi Sandra Kviat serves Crouch End Chavurah
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Dear Nicolas I have a vintage watch that I think is valuable. If I sell it, how can I maximise my return? Gregory Dear Gregory Firstly, you must ensure the watch is in full working order. If not, or if it hasn’t received a service in the past four years, then a full service is necessary. Watches in their original box and, more importantly, with their original paperwork are more valuable. If you don’t have these, some brands sell historic records, thus validating the piece and increasing its worth.
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SOBELL RHODES Dear Adam I am a director of an innovative limited company and have heard there may be tax reliefs to support companies working on projects in technology. Is this possible? Gemma Dear Gemma Research and development (R&D) reliefs support companies that work on
innovative projects in technology and science. This can be claimed by companies that look to research or develop an advance in their field, including on unsuccessful projects. You may be able to claim corporation tax relief if your project meets the HM Revenue & Customs definition of R&D. The work qualifying for R&D relief must be part of a specific project to make an advance in technology or science and relate to your company’s trade – either an existing one, or one you intend to start depending on the R&D results. To obtain R&D relief, you need to outline how a project: • looked for an advance in science and technology • had to overcome uncertainty • tried to overcome this
A visit to a pawnbroker is useful research, however most will propose far less than the market value. If the watch is of historic significance, the auction houses might take interest, although make sure you negotiate their sales commission. Thereafter, you could try to sell the watch privately through friends and family, especially if there are some watch enthusiasts among them. Selling online is an obvious option using platforms such as eBay, but research the fees and risks involved. For example, eBay’s final valuation fee is 10 percent. You must also consider how you will send the watch via an insured service. There are many pitfalls to selling valuable timepieces yourself, especially if buyers detect inexperience. This is why Nicolas Watch Co. specialise in selling watches on behalf of our clients. Using our knowledge, credibility and secure set-up, our aim is to achieve the highest possible price for your watch, without any risk or outlay to you.
uncertainty • could not be easily worked out by a professional in the field Your project may research or develop a new process, product or service or improve on a current one. Small and medium-sized employer enterprises R&D relief allows companies to: • deduct an extra 130% of their qualifying costs from their yearly profit, as well as the normal 100% deduction, to make a total 230% deduction. If the R&D expenditure, including the extra 130% allowance creates a loss for the year, this can be carried forward and offset against future profits, or can be surrendered to HMRC for a cash payment of 14.5% of the loss.
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STEPHEN MORRIS SHIPPING COMPANY Dear Stephen Could you explain how your insurance coverage works for shipments from the UK to Israel and is it really necessary? Paul Dear Paul We’ve been moving people and fine art and antiques
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across the world for nearly 50 years. We have a reputation for excellent packing and casing and do all we can to prevent damage. Insurance is important, not just for peace of mind but to cover such matters as ‘general average’, which is part of the cover we offer when shipping by sea. As much as I’d like to say there is never any damage within our shipments to Israel, some damage is almost inevitable when so many items are moved over such a great distance. We offer insurance through Zurich Insurance plc, a large and reputable company that employs professional claims handlers. Before we ship, we supply an insurance application form so you can list the main
items and groups of items you are sending. The value declared should be a sensible replacement value in Israel and, in the unlikely event of any damage, insurers will look to first repair the item or replace it. If a replacement is not available, a cash settlement may be possible. We suggest photographing any valuable items prior to packing, and linking the photos to the application for insurance and to the packing inventory we will create. There are extended cover options for ‘pairs and sets’ and to cover such things as mould or mildew and electrical or mechanical derangement. So peace of mind is possible at what can be a stressful time. And we do our very best to achieve this.
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