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31 October 2019

2 Cheshvan 5779

• Issue 1130

The nightmare before Chanukah? VOICE OF THE JEWISH NEWS It’s the moment we’ve hoped for and dreaded in equal measure: the end of Corbyn’s Labour or dawn of Corbyn’s Britain. An early election amid Brexit chaos has long been considered the worst possible scenario by the vast majority in our community, whose nightmare is the photoshopped image on this week’s front page – a smiling Jeremy Corbyn waving outside Number 10 after an election victory. Instability, according to many observers, offered the Labour leader the best chance of carving a path to Downing Street, while a resolution of Britain’s Brexit balagan and passage of time left his chances significantly dented. Suggest to most of British Jews in recent months that we are heading for a pre-Brexit election and the reaction would be horror – the result of years of simmering anger over the party’s handling of antisemitism, the lack of zero-tolerance, the hounding out of leading lights, the wilful failure to even consult on the definition of Jew-hate, as well as the leader’s historic choices and behaviour. But here we go: voters will head to the polls in five weeks’ time amid gridlock in Parliament and uncertainty and frustration on the streets. If you believe the polls, however, Corbyn’s

chances look slim. Labour is on average 10 points behind the Tories in recent national snapshots and frustration abounds over what’s perceived to be its confused position on the biggest issue facing the country. On antisemitism there are increasing signs the scandal has impacted on wider society; a ComRes poll for Jewish News in April showed a staggering 55 percent of adults felt Corbyn’s handling of antisemitism rendered him unfit for the highest office. It’s to the credit of so many in our community – and our allies – that this issue has not been allowed to disappear from public view. But – and it’s a BIG but – we’ve been here before, assuming a sizable poll lead guarantees victory. Ask Theresa May. Respected pollster Sir John Curtice suggested this week that a record number of non-Tory or Labour MPs could now be elected, making it harder for either to muster a majority. It might be tougher for the Conservatives, he suggests, to woo enough allies to govern in such a scenario. Throw in the uncertainly of an election focused on one issue, taking place at the height of Continued on page 18

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Election poll: one quarter of UK Jews set to vote Lib Dem by Justin Cohen @CohenJust

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Nearly a quarter of British Jews are set to vote for the Liberal Democrats at the General Election – four times as many as in 2017. Jo Swinson’s party has for the first time emerged as a viable alternative for Jewish voters disaffected by the Tories and Labour, with a new poll putting them on 24 percent among those who declared their intentions. Just six percent of the same sample said they voted Lib Dem when Britain last went to the polls. But Boris Johnson’s party remains way ahead on 64 percent, according to the Survation poll commissioned by the Jewish Leadership Council and shared with Jewish News. That compares to 67 percent backing the Tories in 2017. After another two years of anguish over the handling of antisemitism, Labour has fallen from the 11 percent to just six percent now. The Brexit Party is on three percent and other parties on three percent. A total of 766 people were questioned between mid-September and middle of October. Figures were produced after undecided voters and those who refused to answer were removed. Brexit is described by 31 percent

64%

Boris Johnson at Prime Minister Questions on Wednesday

of respondents as the single most important issue in deciding who to back, with antisemitism second at 19 percent and the economy on nine percent. Unprompted, seven percent referred to opposing Jeremy Corbyn and Labour – leading to Survation creating an additional category. When measured alongside each other, twice as many people said antisemitism generally is more important than Brexit in deciding which party to support, as claimed Brexit is more important. Exactly half insisted they were equally important. Jonathan Goldstein, chair of the JLC, said: “Time and again we have warned the Labour Party over their shambolic handling of antisemitism,

now so deeply embedded into the soul of the party that it is infecting everyday political discourse. These figures demonstrate there are a growing number of British Jews who feel deeply concerned over the direction the party has taken. Yet we now have to conclude that it is both incapable and unwilling to change.” Shockingly, nearly half (47 percent) said they would “seriously consider” emigrating if Corbyn won. When it comes to perceptions about party leaders, 87 percent deemed the Labour leader to be antisemitic, 32 percent believe Nigel Farage to be antisemitic, with five percent saying the same of both Boris Johnson and Jo Swinson.

Jewish Labour Movement will not campaign for own party The Jewish Labour Movement has said it will not campaign for Labour candidates ahead of the general election on 12 December because it does not believe Jeremy Corbyn is fit to be prime minister. It said it would only campaign “in exceptional circumstances” and “for exceptional candidates” such as Jewish Labour MP Ruth Smeeth, adding: “We will not be giving endorsements to candidates in nonLabour held seats.” During the last election in 2017, Labour’s first with Jeremy Corbyn

as leader, JLM said it organised more than 50 campaign activities across six electoral regions. However after being elected as the new JLM chair in April, former Labour parliamentary candidate Mike Katz said the organisation was “working to rule” and would not campaign for Labour candidates in a future general election who have “backed the leadership and the way they have handled antisemitism”. Analysts have suggested that Labour will suffer significant losses around the country as voters swing

either to the Lib Dems, Greens or nationalist parties. The Board of Deputies said it would soon release its updated Jewish Manifesto covering “issues pertinent to the community” to all would-be MPs. A spokesman added: “As always, we make no recommendation on how individual Jews should vote. Members of our community are fully able to make for themselves the decision about which parties and candidates best represent their interests.”

HOW BRITISH JEWS INTEND TO VOTE IN THE ELECTION

24%

Down 3% since 2017

Up 19% since 2017

Other voting intentions: Brexit Party: 3%; all other parties: 3%. Survey conducted by Survation between 19 September to 14 Octobrer 2019.

6% Down 4% since 2017

Jewish voters’ key concerns 4% NHS 7% Fighting Labour

31% Brexit

9% Economy

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MANN TAKES SEAT IN HOUSE OF LORDS Former senior Labour backbencher John Mann has taken his seat in the House of Lords 24 hours after quitting as an MP. Lord Mann, who will sit on the red benches as a non-affiliated peer, will serve as an independent adviser to the government on antisemitism, and was praised by community leaders for fighting racism. He was flanked by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and Lord Clarke of Hampstead as he swore the oath of allegiance to the Queen.

BELGIUM NAMES ITS FIRST JEWISH PM Belgium has elected its first Jewish prime minister. Sophie Wilmès is also the first woman to become leader of Belgium. Wilmes, a mother of four from the Brussels region, replaced Charles Michel on Sunday in the top post. The centrist politician will head a caretaker government during negotiations on the formation of a coalition, which in Belgium has been known to take months. Her mother is Ashkenazi and lost relatives in the Holocaust.

Strike shuts Israeli embassy in the UK The Israeli embassy and consulate in London closed this week after Israeli diplomatic staff went on strike around the world in support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Signs reading “Strike� in English and Hebrew were plastered across the locked embassy gates in High Street Kensington, as a notice appeared on the embassy’s Facebook page saying nothing would open until the strike ends. “Owing to Israeli Foreign Ministry strike action, our embassy and consulate are both currently closed,� it read. “Meetings, events and consular appointments will not take place, whether inside or outside our premises.� While a number was given for emergencies, readers were told that for “anything other than a consular emergency we will not be able to help you until the

The scene at the embassy this week. Inset: Envoy Regev

strike has concluded�. They were joined by Israeli diplomatic staff around the world as the Foreign Ministry accused those controlling the national budget of reneging on promises. It said: “Due to a decision by the Israeli Ministry of Finance to breach understandings agreed upon and signed by the directorgeneral of t h e

Ministry of Finance on 21 July 2019, and to apply a one-sided procedure that alters a protocol that has been in place for decades, we are forced to close the diplomatic mission.� Joel Lion, Israel’s ambassador to Ukraine, tweeted that “we had to close our embassies all over the world because we are denied basic financial instruments to do our job properly�, while David Harris, chief executive of the American Jewish Committee, which works around the world, tweeted that “Israeli diplomats deserve better�.

‘ISRAEL IS RESPONSIBLE FOR JEWS IN DIASPORA’ Benjamin Netanyahu this week told the Jewish Agency that Israel “has responsibility for Jews around the world� and he intends to allocate financial resources to help protect the diaspora, writes Adam Decker. In an address to the organisation’s board of governors, as the Agency unveiled its 10-year strategic plan, the embattled prime minister said: “I intend to pass budget to protect Jewish communities from the scourge of antisemitism�. Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog said “any government of Israel must be inclusive and respective of the Jewish people worldwide�, as he spoke extensively of “rifts� between the diaspora and Israel. Netanyahu said: “If we want

to secure the Jewish future, we must secure the future of the Jewish state. [It] has responsibility for Jewish communities around the world.� Herzog said the biggest challenges concerned “questions about Jewish identity and questions relating to intergenerational changes� as well as “antisemitism and the connection to Israel�. He added: “Any [Israeli] government must be inclusive and respective of the Jewish people worldwide and deal with the questions of Jewish future together, as the nation state of the Jewish people�. The Agency said this week one of its “key goals for the next decade� was to “increase unity among the Jewish people�.

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‘I’ll stay in Labour while Hodge does’

David Miliband speaking during the Sir Martin Gilbert Memorial Lecture

“As long as Margaret Hodge is in the party fighting to uphold the best of the Labour tradition, I feel it’s incumbent on me to be there as well,” he said. Miliband argued in favour of a second referendum, saying: “It cannot be more democratic to plough on with a version of Brexit that was never presented to the public in 2016 than to consult them

on whether they want to go ahead with this plan. As to whether he intends a Westminster return after the election in December, Miliband said: “We all have to make the best of the circumstances we find ourselves in and it’s really important “I try to apply that lens to thinking about how I can make the most difference.”

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However, she told Jewish News ahead of Tuesday’s vote for a snap poll that she had decided against such a move without a party machine behind her, ending more than two decades in the Commons which included a stint as chair of the Transport Select Committee. She is also a former chair of JLM and consistently one of the most reliable supporters of Israel in the chamber.

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Louise Ellman has confirmed she won’t stand for re-election in December after 22 years in Parliament. The 73-year-old quit the Labour Party two weeks ago, saying Jeremy Corbyn is not “fit” to be prime minister and couldn’t bring herself to advocate for him to enter Downing Street. She left open the possibility of fighting the election as an independent.

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Former MP David Miliband said he will remain in the Labour Party while Dame Margaret Hodge is still a member “fighting to uphold the best” of its tradition, writes Mathilde Frot. During a lecture in memory of British historian Sir Martin Gilbert at Highgate Synagogue, the former foreign secretary discussed the row over antisemitism that has engulfed the party. “Is it painful the words ‘Labour Party’ and ‘antisemitism’ are in the same sentence, headline, paragraph, article? Yes it is. It’s very painful,” Miliband replied to a question from the audience. He argued it was unquestionable Labour “has become a magnate for some people with absolutely repulsive views over the last three years,” adding the party had not done enough to “root them out and make sure they never come back”. But the International Rescue Committee chief executive said he remains a member and his responsibility is to “those who I know are working so hard at the front lines”.

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Labour has been urged to expel a leftwing activist who shared a post about ‘Rothschild bankers’, after being shortlisted as its candidate for mayor of West Midlands. Salma Yaqoob, a former vice-chair of George Galloway’s Respect Party, who once said: “Zionists abuse the memory of the Holocaust to bolster support for

Israel and its murderous policies,” is looking to challenge incumbent Conservative mayor Andy Street in May. Her candidacy was welcomed by Jon Lansman, a member of Labour’s ruling national executive and co-founder of grassroots group Momentum, and she has also received backing from Julia Bard of The Jewish Socialists’ Group.

INDEPENDENT LEWIS EYES SEAT Former Labour (now independent) MP Ivan Lewis is to stand in Bury South as an independent candidate at the general election. The ex-minister (pictured), who has represented his seat since 1997, made the announcement in a live Facebook video on Sunday. “I will stand as a strong independent voice for the people of Bury South,”

he said. “Please come with me on this journey. You have been with me for the last 22 years. It has meant more than I can ever put into words to represent my home town constituency.”


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Hezbollah action / Candidate named / MP reselected / News

MP’s warning over Hezbollah missle threat

Retiring MP Dame Louise Ellman, right, has urged Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to act over Hezbollah

Dame Louise Ellman MP this week urged Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to put further pressure on Hezbollah, warning that the Lebanon-based terrorist group was arming itself with “precision missiles” aimed at Israel. The Liverpool Riverside MP, who resigned from the Labour Party earlier this month, urged Raab to work with the United States and European allies to issue a “public warning” to Hezbollah and the Lebanese government over the missiles. Ellman, who chairs Labour Friends of Israel, said Hezbollah had up to 130,000 missiles “many hidden in houses and among civilian infrastructure in villages

in southern Lebanon” and that Iran had supplied the parts for them. “Hezbollah fired an average of 118 missiles indiscriminately at Israel during the 2006 war… It is estimated it could now fire 1,200 [missiles],” she said, adding: “Hezbollah has repeatedly made clear that its goal is the destruction of Israel.” In June, Ellman wrote to Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott urging Labour to follow the Conservative government and support the full proscription of Hezbollah. The previous year, she pushed the Metropolitan Police to arrest anyone found to be flying Hezbollah’s flag during the annual Al Quds Day march in London.

In this week’s letter to Raab, she said Hezbollah had fitted GPS devices to “20 to 200” of its missiles to make them more accurate, adding: “Even a small number of precision missiles could do serious damage to Israel, given its size and the density of its population.”

Labour names Golders candidate Dame Margaret wins reselection A Barnet councillor has been selected as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for the marginal Conservative-held seat of Finchley and Golders Green. Councillor Ross Houston (pictured) (pictured (pictured pictured)) will run against incumbent MP Mike Freer and the Liberal Democrat candidate Luciana Berger at the general election, which is now set to be held on 12 December. The deputy

leader of the Barnet Labour Group, said he was “delighted to be selected by my local party to be Labour’s parliamentary candidate”. On Brexit, he accused his rival Freer of “betraying” his constituency, which predominantly backed Remain (68.9 percent). “I am a passionate Remainer and I am the only candidate in this race who is campaigning for a People’s Vote,” he claimed. Labour’s previous candidate, Sara Conway, stepped down last month, citing “personal matters” following an interview with Jewish News.

Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge has been reselected by her local Labour Party to run for the seat of Barking, which she has held since 1994. Dame Margaret – a critic of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn – tweeted a picture of herself surrounded by colleagues, with the word “Victory!” Her Labour colleague Ruth Smeeth (Stokeon-Trent North) raised a point of order in the Commons to announce she had been reselected. Smeeth, parliamentary chair of the Jewish Labour Movement, said: “I want to put on record the fact that Margaret Hodge, the honourable member for Barking, has been reselected this

evening, against an appalling attack by members of our party and I’m delighted she remains a Labour candidate at the upcoming general election.” The Board of Deputies’ president Marie van der Zyl tweeted: “Congratulations to Margaret Hodge on her emphatic reselection. Trolls who opposed her reckoned without Margaret’s strength and popularity.”

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‘Held to ransom at Ben Gurion’ A London Jewish woman says she has been “ripped off and held to ransom” by Israeli authorities after she was prevented from leaving Tel Aviv last week until she paid — in cash — nearly £900 for an alleged unsettled debt, writes Jenni Frazer. But Cilla Goldberger, who runs a small business travel company in London with headquarters in Tiberias, still has not been told what the debt is for — and is adamant that she does not owe the money. An attempt to clarify the situation has been made even more difficult because the TV licencing authority, to which Goldberger was obliged to pay, has gone into liquidation. And the Israeli Embassy in London is now closed until further notice because of a global dispute between the Foreign Ministry and Israel’s Ministry of Finance — so Goldberger’s efforts to

prove that she is not responsible for the debt have been caught in “a bureaucratic nightmare”. Goldberger, UK-born, last lived in Israel in 2001. After her divorce her ex-husband returned to Israel and she resumed living in London. But Israeli law says those who hold citizenship must travel on their Israeli passports, even if they have dual nationality. On Saturday (26 October), she was stopped at passport control at Ben-Gurion Airport because her Israeli passport would not scan. She was informed by the border control officers that there was a warrant out to stop her leaving the country, and told her it related to an open debt. Goldberger, who last visited Israel in March 2018, was told that the debt had been incurred between 2009 and 2011. But though she repeatedly said she had not lived in Israel since 2001, she was told she would not be allowed to leave until the debt — 3,600 shekels — was paid in

cash. “I was given no choice,” she told Jewish News. Israel’s press spokesperson in London, Ohad Zemet, said that the Enforcement Authority in Tel Aviv (which issued the warrant) was “familiar with the case” but that everything had been done “legally. She can now file an appeal,” he said. Goldberger, on her return to London, has now been in touch with a lawyer for the Enforcement Authority and told that the licensing authority which was claiming the debt had now gone into liquidation. She has now been asked to provide documentation proving that she was not living in Israel when the debt was incurred — but this process may take months, exacerbated by the closure of the embassies and consulates around the world. Goldberger described the experience as “mortifying and humiliating”. Even if the money is finally refunded, she says she will be out of pocket because of exchange rates — and she has been told that there is little chance of any compensation.

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SHUL APPEALS FOR AID AFTER ATTACK A shul is appealing for donations to repair its 300-year-old cemetery and improve security after headstones were discovered upended and shattered this month. Chatham Memorial Synagogue has already raised £5,000 since launching the appeal on Virgin Money Giving at the weekend – including £4,000 from one donor. Alerted to the damage on 8 October, Kent Police believe it may have been caused between 27 September and 4 October. The Grade II*-listed synagogue was allegedly targeted in similar incidents twice over recent years, and members reportedly discovered excrement on the shul’s front steps on Saturday morning.

Plans to move surgery dropped AJR SURVEYS SECOND GENERATION A surgery in Golders Green has been saved after controversial plans to relocate three miles away to Finchley Memorial Hospital were dropped, writes Mathilde Frot. Under the proposals, which were approved in August, Ravenscroft Medical Centre would have shut down and moved to Finchley Memorial Hospital in January. But plans were scrapped last week after Millway Medical Practice, one of the parties involved in the

plans, withdrew its application on 21 October. Dr Brian Golden, one of the leading voices against the move, said he was “delighted” the move would not go ahead. Kay Matthews, the Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group’s chief operating officer, said: “We would like to assure [patients] there will be no change to their GP service, which will continue to be provided by Dr [Barry] Subel and his excellent staff at Ravenscroft Medical Centre.”

The Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) is trying to better understand how it can help the children of Holocaust survivors and refugees, who now comprise a third of its membership. The charity said it was launching an online survey this week to help it tailor more relevant events, trips and activities for second generation members. AJR’s Debra Barnes said: “As a second gen-

eration [member] myself, I recognise the value of the activities we are asking about in the survey.” AJR chief executive Michael Newman said that while the priority was supporting the first generation, there was “a definite appetite among our second generation members for more relevant support and connection”.  The survey can be found at: www. bit.ly/2MZLgAW

85TH ANNUAL CEREMONY & PARADE 17TH NOVEMBER 2019 THE CENOTAPH, WHITEHALL Last year’s Parade marked the centenary of the end of WWI, with the largest attendance for over 20 years. It is imperative we continue to honour those who died in all wars and show respect for our veteran community. This year we challenge and encourage you to bring someone who has never attended.

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A forensic psychologist trained to deal with extremist offenders revealed that she picked up the subtle art of conversation she needed for her career while a student at Hasmonean Girls School, writes Mathilde Frot. She was among six guest speakers who do not tend to claim a place on the podium but were invited to share their stories at the JW3’s ‘People Who Usually Don’t Lecture’ event on Monday. Organiser Stephen Shashoua said: “I thought tonight went magnificently, a little slice of our community in all its array and complexities. I think what the audience got was a slice of who we are behind labels, our dreams and hopes and different world views.” Forensic psychologist Lindy, 46, from Hendon, who could only be identified by her first name, serves on the Parole Board, a body that determines whether prisoners can be safely released into the community. While previously working in the prison service, part of her job involved persuading extremist offenders to engage with a small team of psychologists. She was sometimes privy to fraught conversations – but fortunately, she picked up the gift of repartee from her alma mater. “These were largely Muslim extremists, who were not motivated to speak to a white, British female, yet they all did,” she told the audience. “I joke that this is where my Hasmonean training came in; five years of doing little else other than socialising, means that you can put me in a room with anyone, and I will find a way of

engaging them in conversation,” she quipped. Also speaking at the event was f a t h e r- o f - t w o Richard Pollins, 41, from North Finchley, who was born without legs. He detailed the perils of negotiating escalators or climbing up stairs on artificial legs and the challenges of balancing fatherhood with his disability. With the birth of his first child, Joseph, six years ago, the ITV News journalist was faced with a fresh set of challenges, he said, including learning how to lift a toddler in and out of a cot or crossing a road. “Fast forward to now and I’ve got two children,” he said. “Maggie is our youngest. She’s now three, and sometimes we’re out and about, just the two of us, and we come to roads,” he said. “I use a combination of paranoia and sports commentary.” Most of all, Pollins said he hopes to teach his children that “it’s okay to be different”, that “nobody can do everything” and finally that “when it really matters, you can make it work”. Fellow guest speaker, the violinist Harry Lyons discussed the personal impact of a horrific car accident that cost him part of his eyesight and the ability to hear for more than 10 years. “Driving my car along Eversholt Street, the sun was shining. I was happy as a tomboy,” he told the event. “I looked to my right, a car came through the red lights, hit me once, bounced off, hit me twice, bounced off, and hit me the third time and went through me.”

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‘School life taught me how to deal with Islamist extremists!’

Now you’re talking: Above: speakers at JW3’s People Who Don’t Usually Lecture’ event. Inset: Lindy

The 93-year-old from Golders Green was the last musical director to have worked for Moss Empires circuit and has performed around the world, including for members of the royal family. Later, Lyons recovered his ability to hear after undergoing an operation in Liverpool. “I was three and a half hours on the table. I had to be awake. When he finished, I could hear a pin drop,” he told a rapt audience. Meanwhile, Jewish-Iraqi speaker Niran Bassoon-Timan, 62, from Edgware, described her life’s journey from Baghdad to Israel in 1973, and later to the UK in 1987. “By the time I reached the age of 11, it was no longer safe for Jews to live in Iraq, and my parents started looking

for a way out,” she said. “On the plane, I decided to close this chapter in my life called Iraq.” She became involved in non-political bridge building between Iraqi and Israeli communities, starting a YouTube channel. “I wanted to inform people about the important part of what Jews did to establish modern Iraq. I tell them about the 2,600-year history of Jews in Iraq,” she added. Israeli guest speaker Shai Grosskopf, 45, from Barnet, detailed his own experience of coming out as gay to his parents and later, on the advice of his father, of adopting two daughters in Yorkshire with his partner of 27 years. “Here we are, two gay Israeli guys adopting a Yorkshire lass. Unfortu-

nately, my dad passed away a month before she came. But I managed to show him a picture of her and to promise him that we will name her after his mum,” he said, prompting a round of applause from the audience. Also speaking at the event, Adam Overlander-Kaye, 46, from Finchley, who spent a decade in Jewish education described his relationship with religion and how it has changed. “What is the purpose of this story? Maybe it’s recognising that you don’t have to fit into a religious box,” he said. “Even so, boxes come in all shapes and sizes. Maybe to acknowledge that some of us are on a journey, that Jewish life can be confusing but that sometimes confused is a good place to be,” he added.

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COMMUNITY SET FOR PALACE DATE The Prince of Wales has invited members pf the Jewish community to Buckingham Palace for an event to celebrate the contribution of UK Jews. Board of Deputies president Marie van der Zyl said: “We are very grateful to HRH The Prince of Wales for staging this wonderful event to pay tribute to the enormous contribution the community has made.” Last year, Prince Charles attended the Jewish community’s celebration of Israel’s 70th anniversary.

RABBI’S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY DEBUT Senior Masorti Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg gave his first Radio 4 Thought for the Day on Tuesday, addressing the climate emergency. Wittenberg, of New North London Synagogue, now follows a long line of distinguished rabbis to voice their thoughts in the prestigious morning slot, including former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and the late Rabbi Lionel Blue. Speaking to Jewish News afterwards, he said: “It offers an opportunity to affirm values in the midst of the whirlwind of current events.”

Facebook to sue Israeli tech firm Facebook is suing Israeli company NSO Group for allegedly targeting some 1,400 users of its encrypted messaging service WhatsApp with highly sophisticated spyware. The lawsuit filed in San Francisco is the first legal action of its kind, according to Facebook, involving a nearly totally unregulated realm. Facebook said NSO Group violated laws, including the US Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, with an exploit that took advantage of a flaw in the popular communications application allowing a smartphone to be penetrated through missed calls alone. “It targeted at least 100 human rights defenders, journalists and other members of civil society across the world,”

the head of WhatsApp, Will Cathcart, wrote in an op-ed published by The Washington Post. He said that since discovering the malware operation in May, Facebook learned the attackers were using servers and internet-hosting services previously associated with NSO Group. The group, which has been widely condemned for selling surveillance tools to repressive governments, issued a statement in which it did not directly deny hacking WhatsApp, but which said it disputed the allegations and vowed to “vigorously fight them”. “The sole purpose of NSO is to provide technology to licensed government intelligence and law enforcement agencies to help them fight terrorism and serious crime,” the company said. “Our technology is not designed or licensed for use against human rights activists and journalists. It has helped to save thousands of lives over recent years.” Facebook demands in the lawsuit that NSO Group be denied access to its services and systems and seeks unspecified damages.

GOLDERS CENTRE ROW REIGNITED The fight over a new Islamic centre at the old Hippodrome in Golders Green moved beyond Barnet this week after Jewish residents sent letters both for and against plans to the national Planning Inspectorate in Bristol. An appeal by Markaz El Tathgheef El Eslami against Barnet Council’s enforcement notice has led to leaflets, letters and accusations of racism and divisiveness, opening old wounds from 2017, when plans for a mosque were first aired.

The building is listed so a new mosque cannot be created, but the new owners plan an Islamic community centre, which will include some prayers. In 2007, the council challenged travel plans as well as the proposed operating hours. This summer, the Planning Inspectorate began an Enforcement Notice Appeal. The appellant’s final comments are due in by mid-December with a hearing expected early next year.  See letters, p18

JUDAICA COLLECTION SOLD A small private collection of Judaica has fetched close to £19,000 after going under the hammer at an auction on Tuesday. The six lots, offered by Salisbury-based auctioneers Woolley and Wallis and sold by an English collector, were contested by dealers and private buyers from around the world. “Objects from 18th century Europe always appeal to collectors of Judaica,” said Rupert Slingsby, head of silver

at Woolley and Wallis. “These ritualistic pieces have been used as part of Jewish festival ceremonies for hundreds of years and have been treasured and kept safe throughout the religion’s darkest times.” The collection included a pair of 18th century Kiddush cups (pictured), which was sold for £4,700, two silver-mounted prayer books (£4,750) and a 19th century silver scroll holder (£1,250).

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel received flowers from the president of the World Jewish Congress, Ronald Lauder, this week as he presented her with the organisation’s Theodor Herzl Prize. The prize is awarded annually to outstanding personalities who stand up for Herzl’s ideal of a safe and tolerant world for the Jewish people.

Nominations still open Nominations continue to pour in for Jewish News’ search for the young leaders poised to shape the future of the community. In partnership with the Jewish Leadership Council, this newspaper last month announced our third 40 under 40 project, with a panel of expert judges set to whittle down hundreds of nominations to the final list. This time, nominations are also

being sought simultaneously for 25 Under 25 and 18 Under 18 lists. Previous winners, such as Liberal Democrat MP Luciana Berger, have migrated to the judging panel, and will help come up with the lists, set to be announced in the spring. Joining Berger to judge next year’s ‘40 under 40’ list will be 23 senior figures representing the length and breadth of the commu-

nity, including Liberal and Reform Judaism, Union of Jewish Students, JW3, Mizrachi UK, Reshet and The Fed in Manchester, to name a few. Chair of judges Andrew Gilbert said: “Nominations for our lists have been coming in thick and fast in recent weeks, but there are some key names from past lists who have not yet been nominated.”  See jewishnews.co.uk

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‘Barbie, you’re cleared for landing in Tel Aviv’ If it were a surprise to see a female pilot on Virgin Atlantic’s outward flight from London to Tel Aviv last week, it was even more of a surprise to see the officer clutching a Barbie doll – dressed from head to foot in a copy of the airline pilot’s uniform, writes Jenni Frazer. All became clear when it was announced that Virgin had teamed up with Mattell, the makers of the Barbie doll, in order to encourage young girls to take literally the mantra that “the sky’s the limit” for careers. Research indicates that fewer than five percent of UK pilots are women, and that only 12 percent of the UK engineering workforce is female. Working together, Virgin and Mattell have created three Barbie dolls – a Barbie

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pilot, a Barbie engineer, and a Barbie cabin crew member, each one of which is decked out in Virgin Atlantic uniforms. From November, the partnership will organise visits to primary schools from real-life female pilots and engineers. Nikki Humphrey, a senior vice-president at Virgin Atlantic, said: “We know women are underrepre-

sented across a number of careers within aviation. We also know we can’t change this position overnight. Therefore, it’s imperative we play the long game, highlighting to primary aged children that any job role is open and our partnership with Barbie marks another milestone in our commitment to this.” Limited edition versions of the dolls will be available to buy on Virgin flights.

BRANSON TAKES A SHINE TO INNOVATIVE ISRAELI START-UPS An Israeli company that specialises in rescuing marine infrastructure won the heart of Sir Richard Branson last week, writes Jenni Frazer. ECOncrete, founded in 2012 by marine ecologists Dr Shimrit Perkol-Finkel and Dr Ido Sella, was one of five high-tech companies that took part in an event called ‘Pitch to Rich’. It was part of a threeday long celebration of Virgin Atlantic’s newest route from London to Tel Aviv. The company offers a range of high performance, environmentally sensitive concrete

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and made in the UK to ECOncrete specifications, the fixture is designed to help preserve the coastline of Portsea Island and offer a new habitat for local marine life. As the winner of the ‘Pitch to Rich’ event, the company won flights to London, three nights’ accommodation, and a place on a Virgin StartUp course, which focuses on taking one’s business to the next level. Meanwhile, Sir Richard took to the streets of Jaffa directly with the jokily-titled ‘Come Flea With Me’ stall in the city’s flea market. Warned, by Jerusalemborn Virgin Atlantic CEO Shai Weiss, that Israelis were keen hagglers for a bargain, Sir Richard decided to test the water himself. He encouraged shoppers to barter with him for flights, and around 10 took up the challenge. As well as offering flights, his market stall was decked out with Virgin Atlantic merchandise, which he offered customers to sweeten the deal.


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Libyan Jew to help draft constitution

A leading Holocaust educator has condemned footage showing Italian football fans reportedly performing Nazi salutes in Glasgow. A clip emerged on Twitter last Friday showing men dressed in black performing the gesture, ahead of Lazio’s clash with Celtic the previous night. Holocaust Educational Trust chief executive Karen Pollock said: “This is shocking and offensive. I hope strong action is taken, sending a clear message that racist and hateful behaviour is not acceptable.”

A Libyan Jew based in the UK is set to contribute to the drafting of the war-torn country’s new constitution, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Raphael Luzon (pictured), who came to the UK in 2001, said he had been invited to take part in the process by Muhammed alHosh, president of the High Council of Reconciliation. Luzon said it was “historic” he had been appointed an “observer and representative of Libyan Jews” in the country’s newly-established Council of Sheikhs, the equivalent of Libya’s upper chamber or Senate. He told Jewish News: “The constitution, which dates from the days of the king in 1951, talks about equal rights for all citizens, but I am

EU OFFICIAL PRAISES CZECH RESOLUTION

A controversial Israeli settler group that uses legal avenues to challenge the legitimacy of Bedouin villages is due to speak at an event in London, weeks after the talk was scrapped. The charitable arm of UK Lawyers for

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A top European Union official celebrated the Czech parliament’s passing of a resolution that lists the campaign to boycott Israel among forms of antisemitism. The European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Vera Jourová, who is Czech, wrote on Twitter: “I welcome that @snemovna passed a resolution condemning all forms of #Antisemitism directed against individuals and religious institutions, including the denial of Holocaust.”

One of the world’s oldest, most ornate and most expensive copies of the Hebrew Bible has returned from Britain to northern Spain, where it was created centuries ago. The Kennicott Bible, which was created in 1476 and has more than 900 pages, will go on display in the city of Santiago de Compostela, a Christian pilgrimage site in northern Spain, on 12 April next year, the local government of the Spanish

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Pittsburgh commemorated / Hate survey / Weinstein case / World News

Shul victims mourned on first anniversary Eleven memorial candles stood on a table at the start of this week’s public memorial service on the first anniversary of the deadly attack on Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue. Family of the 11 people killed walked around the table holding hands, as a string ensemble played. They then lit the candles, wiping their eyes and hugging one other. The Jewish community was joined at Sunday’s ceremony by members of the Christian and Muslim faith communities, as well as city and state officials. The event was held under the

banner of ‘Remember. Repair. Together.’ Cindy Snyder of the Center for Victims, called the shooting “an act driven by hatred” that was “an attack on all people of the Jewish faith”. The victims of the three congregations who worshipped in the building were remembered in a video commemoration. Rabbis Jeffrey Myers of the Tree of Life-Or L’Simcha congregation, Rabbi Jonathan Perlman of New Light congregation and Rabbi Doris Dayen of the Dor Hadash congregation recited prayers.

Perlman received an extended round of applause when he called on the federal and state governments to take action on gun control “which they promised us” they would do, adding the decision by federal prosecutors to hold a trial despite shooter Robert Bowers pleading guilty, is because they want to “create a show”. Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty, a decision that has been at odds with some members of the congregations affected by the attack. • Special report, page 16

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Top: Floral tributes outside the shul. Above: the 11 victims

Actress Rose McGowan is suing Harvey Weinstein, two of his former lawyers and an Israeli intelligence firm she claims tried to silence her. McGowan filed a federal lawsuit against the Jewish film producer, who has been accused of harassment and assault by dozens of women – along with his former attorneys David Boies and Lisa Bloom and their firms. The Israeli company Black Cube was also named. McGowan claims they used illegal methods to try to prevent her from accusing Weinstein of rape in 2017. Weinstein denies the accusations.

One-in-four Germans ‘holds antisemitic beliefs’ A survey in Germany has found a groundswell of antisemitic beliefs after a deadly synagogue attack in the centre of the country. A report by World Jewish Congress (WJC) this week found at least one in four Germans holds antisemitic beliefs, such as that Jews have “too much power over the economy”, that they are “more loyal to Israel”, or that they “talk about the Holocaust too much”. A total of 41

percent agreed with the last statement. A resurgent far-right is led by the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, whose leaders have suggested Germans are too apologetic over the Shoah. The WJC survey comes just two weeks after a deadly attack on a synagogue in Halle, which led to a 10,000-strong solidarity march in Berlin, and suggests how attitudes may be changing, giving antisemitism a new foothold in Germany.

Of the 1,300 Germans who took part in the poll, four in 10 felt Jews were “more loyal to Israel than to Germany” while a fifth thought Jews had “too much power” over the economy, international financial markets and the media. Another 22 percent said “people hate Jews because of the way they behave”. WJC president Ronald Lauder said A man in an Israeli flag stands near Halle shul Germany was reaching “crisis point”.

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Special Report / Pittsburgh: One year on

What becomes of memorials left outside Pittsburgh shul? Eric Lidji remembers people leaving objects in sets of 11. Eleven white feathers. Eleven Jewish stars. Eleven egg-shaped sculptures, writes Ben Sales. But mostly, Lidji remembers the stones – some 2,000 of them spread around the other memorials left at the synagogue in simple tribute to the 11 Jews who died there at prayer on 27 October 2018. After the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, thousands of teddy bears arrived from across the country. In Pittsburgh, people left stones. Lidji understood. After all, stones are what Jews traditionally place on gravestones. But the stones left at the Tree of Life synagogue were not to mark the victims’ final resting place, but their place of death. “You’re seeing the outpourings of all humanity in some sense,” Lidji said. “There’s a lot of notes, there’s a lot of posters. There’s a lot of objects. Some of them are so unique, it’s hard to even categorise them.”

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social media posts related to the attack. “A lot of the letters are so intimate that if you didn’t know what had happened, you would almost think Eric Lidji the nature of the tragedy was something on the family level,” he said. “It’s really remarkable to watch people process a large event on a personal level.” One of the most intensive tasks was preserving the makeshift memorial community members assembled around the synagogue. About a dozen people, most of them volunteers, brought thousands of individual items inside, laid them on butcher paper to dry them, separated out the notes and composted the flowers. The process Quilted hearts sent took nine hours. in memoriam of the Lidji cannot publicly display Pittsburgh shooting many of the objects he has catalogued because most of the colmementos of the shooting and its aftermath lection is owned by the congregations that as he could find. Everyone in Squirrel Hill – the intimate prayed at Tree of Life, not the archive itself. But photos of the objects showcase a range Jewish neighbourhood where the shooting took place – has been processing and remem- of artistic and emotional responses to the bering the attack in their own way. But aside shooting. There is a tree painted on a wine from those who survived the shooting, Lidji’s bottle, perhaps an homage to the synagogue’s labour of remembrance has been among the name. There is a wooden bowl, sent by a local church most physically tangible. “Our constituency has not been born yet,” and filled with green paper cut in the shape of Lidji said. “The big thing that an archive does leaves, each one bearing a message of comfort. There is an intricate wicker Jewish star, is it preserves original things so people in the future can have access to something that was colourful rows of origami cranes and quilted created a long time before they were born. This hearts. “Whatever pain those of us who are community is not going to forget this event for several rungs removed feel is so vastly difa long time, but there will come a time in the ferent from the people who were close to it,” future when not only was most of the com- Lidji said. “What we’re dealing with is sad and munity born after this event, but maybe their sadness is a part of life. It’s nice to have a role to play.” parents were born after it.” For eight years Lidji, 36, has worked in various capacities at the Rauh Jewish Archives, which has been collecting the documentary and material history of the Pittsburgh area’s Jewish community for three decades. He became director two years ago. At last count, Lidji has collected 171 linear feet of memorial objects and notes connected to the shooting. Along with some staff and volunteers, he cleared all of the A wooden bowl holding condolence notes shaped like objects from the synagogue grounds leaves was sent by a church in Pittsburgh following the synagogue shooting a couple weeks after the shooting, and then again about five weeks later around Chanukah. Lidji has also catalogued memorial items mailed to the synagogue over the past year. The majority of the collection is paper, including the very first item he collected: the programme and seat cards for the vigil held at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall the day after the shooting. He is also amassing a digital archive of articles, websites and A wicker Jewish star sent in remembrance


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Wallenberg ’s fate / Sinful launch / Israel exhibit / Diaspora News

Family in push for Wallenberg details Descendants of a Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust have called on the country to ask Russia for answers as to his fate. Raoul Wallenberg, a businessman who became a diplomat to save up to 30,000 Hungarian Jews by placing them in safe houses and giving them diplomatic status, disappeared towards the end of the war, as the Soviets entered Budapest. His descendants have pushed for information relating to the 32-year-old’s ultimate fate, and now want Sweden to help ask the Kremlin to reveal what they know. Wallenberg disappeared into the Soviet prison system in January 1945, after he was summoned to Soviet headquarters in Budapest to answer charges of espionage. He was never seen again. “I want specific answers to specific questions,” Wallenberg’s niece, Marie von Dardel-Dupuy, told The Guardian last month, ahead of a visit to the Swedish capital. Von Dardel-Dupuy, together with Wallenberg’s daughters Marie and Louise, and his niece Marie Dupuy, have tried various methods to understand what happened to their relative, including suing the Russian security ser-

vices in 2017, an effort that was quickly rebuffed by the Russian courts. Wallenberg, in Hungary as his country’s special envoy, issued more than 9,000 protective passports and sheltered up to 10,000 Jews in 32 buildings he rented and designated as Swedish territory, recruiting almost 350 people to help him. In 1957, Soviet authorities said he had been jailed in the notorious Lubyanka prison, beside the KGB head office, and that he died of heart failure on 17 July 1947. In 2000, a Russian investigative commission said Wallenberg had been shot and killed by KGB officers for political reasons in 1947, but gave no further details. He was officially declared dead in October last year. In June 2016, the diaries of the first KGB chief Ivan Serov were released. In them he said the order to kill Wallenberg came from the top – from Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov. “He was a great man who wasn’t afraid to do the impossible. He deserves for us to know what happened to him,” von DardelDupuy said. “His story is unfinished – the mystery must be resolved. There are still so many closed doors, and we must have help in opening them.”

Students offer to ‘launch your sins into the sky’ A group of Jewish students in California have taken a Jewish ritual a step further by designing a rocket to launch sins skywards. Thanks to a club of would-be rocket scientists at Hillel at the prestigious Stanford University, the Jewish practice of tossing breadcrumbs into water to represent the hurling away of sins (tashlich) has now been turbo-charged. Sins, or breadcrumbs representing sins, can now be fired 4,000 feet above the dinner table. While not entirely ‘space’, this still represents some height. Daniel Shorr of the Student Space Initiative at the Stanford club described it as “low Earth orbit” and said he and others had been “doing experiments and competing with other universities” when the idea struck. Naughty Jews can go online and submit their sins in confidence. The student team will, without looking, peel them off and place them on a small SD card, alongside a few breadcrumbs strapped to the five-foot rocket. Hillel assistant director Jeremy Ragent said: “Certainly, tashlich in space is something new for us.”

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Historian Susanne Berger said: “We know for sure that the Russian side has important information it hasn’t released, but Sweden does not push hard enough to obtain that material.” Israel’s national Holocaust memorial and museum designated the man dubbed ‘Sweden’s Schindler’ as ‘Righteous Among the Nations’, the highest honour awarded to non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. If Sweden is unable to persuade Russia to release the information, the family will need to wait until 2022, when the 1947 documents may be made available under the country’s 75-year declassification rule.

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A professor and political activist has been awarded a European rabbinical group’s highest award for strengthening JewishCatholic relations in Rome. Professor Andrea Riccardi scooped the Rabbi Moshe Rosen Prize at a ceremony in the Italian capital, Rome, hosted by the Conference of European Rabbis last Wednesday.

Questions have been asked of police after a group of around 50 neo-Nazis attacked a Jewish community centre in Budapest last week. According to reports, officers arrived late, then promptly left saying they could not do anything. Members of the radical Legio Hungaria movement burned flags and vandalised the building.

Ancient Jewish-Israel link is unearthed at book fair An exhibition celebrating the close relationship between the Jewish people, the Bible and the land of Israel was hosted by the Frankfurt Book Fair last week. Titled People, Book, Land, the exhibition was opened by the German city’s mayor Uwe Becker and organised by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The fair drew in 300,000 visitors from around the world. Becker said the exhibition “proves that the relationship between the Jewish people and the state of Israel did not begin in 1948 due to the Shoah”. He added: “We not only welcome 3,500 years of Jewish his-

tory, but next year we celebrate 1,700 years of Jewish presence in Germany, an occasion to show what the Jews have done for the development of our country, not just the dark moments, but also the friendship between the state of

Israel and Germany.” Attending the opening, which took place in the shadow of the Halle synagogue attack in central Germany, were diplomats, city leaders and senior Christian representatives.

People, Book, Land exhibition explored the Jewish link to the Holy Land

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Wealthy donors in Brazil have matched donations to raise £3.5million for a scholarship fund supporting economically-deprived students at 15 schools. The money was raised to support the Charidy Scholarship Fund, which was created in 2016 to manage scholarships and aims to provide formal Jewish education for those with economic need. Donors such as Jewish-Brazilian billionaire Elie Horn matched donations by up to four times their value to reach the total. Horn later said: “There is no more noble thing.”

Local authorities and Jewish communities in Germany have significantly increased synagogue security in the wake of the deadly attack in Halle over Yom Kippur. The death toll of two would have been higher had the gunman got through the fortified door, causing Jewish leaders and politicians to consider the synagogue’s lack of armed guards on the holiest day for Jews. The doors at the shul were reinforced in recent

years as part of a security initiative funded by the United Israel Appeal with support from donors including Mikhail Fridman, German Khan and Peter Aven. Authorities have agreed to post armed officers outside during services. In Hesse, police said every synagogue and Jewish building would get security during Jewish holidays, while in Bavaria synagogues were added to police patrol routes.


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On the verge of Corbyn’s Britain? Continued from page 1 winter and absolutely nothing can be taken for granted. It was precisely because she feared he could still become PM, afterall, that veteran MP Louise Ellman took the agonising decision last week to leave the party she’s called home for 55 years. Not that the Tories can take Jewish support for granted. An exclusive poll published today by Jewish News shows more than 60 percent are poised to back Boris Johnson’s party, but the eyebrow-raising figure is the record level of support for the unequivocally anti-Brexit Lib Dem – even beyond the surge they’re enjoying nationally. The same poll shows the central importance of both Brexit and antisemitism to Jewish voters. No wonder Bagel Belt seats like Finchley and Golders Green will be in the spotlight like never before. Expect to see a constant flow of leading political figures from all three parties chomping on vote-winning bagels at Carmelli’s. If the size of the surge is a surprise, the feelings of the Jewish community towards Labour certainly is not. But that 47 percent of British Jews would consider leaving the country if Corbyn becomes PM is something no one should ever underplay. That a minority group should feel so afraid of a mainstream political party is scar that won’t easily heal. That this shocking revelation won’t be carried by every national newspaper is testament to how this scandal has been, to some extent, perversely normalised. People will vote for Labour for any number of reasons. Indeed many in our community could and would have got behind the party’s last manifesto in normal circumstances. Most voters who still choose to put their crosses by Labour candidates will do so without the slightest malice towards the Jewish community. But those who do should also be in no doubt about the message this decision will send: To the Jewish community – that our fears about racism are bogus or can be cast aside. To the world – that Britain has sacrificed its stature as a bastion of tolerance for a party under investigation for institutional racism. It’s hardly a novelty for elections to be described as the most important for a generation. This time it’s true and the stakes couldn’t be higher – not just for Jews.

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‘Yid’ says I’m with friends I fight antisemitism – most recently outside the new Co-op in Edgware (the Coop does not source any products from the Israeli settlements). I’m also a lifelong Spurs fan. If there was any antisemitic intent about our use of the word ‘Yid’, believe me, I would be on it faster than you can say Mauricio Pochettino. But there isn’t. We call ourselves ‘Yid Army’ because of the club’s close historic connections with London’s Jewish community, particularly representing the growth of the community in Tottenham in the early 20th century.

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Respect for Jews and for Israel runs through Spurs supporters, and the Yid chants simply tell me I’m among friends. Those who wilfully misinterpret the chants – particularly Chelsea fans – never seem to notice genuine antisemitism. I wonder why not? I invite them to demonstrate with me outside the Edgware Co-op. Jonathan Hoffman By email

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Reach out to Golders mosque We at Mitzvah Day pride ourselves on working with all religions and cultures towards building cohesive neighbourhoods and strengthening civil society. To this end, and like many others, we have been very disappointed to read about the campaign that is being waged against Markaz mosque’s planning appeal at the site of the Hippodrome in Golders Green and, in particular, its tone, which is bordering on Islamophobic. It saddens us that the building would remain empty when it could be used as

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Why I got arrested at the Extinction Rebellion demo JEFFREY NEWMAN

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now wear a kippah. Yes, I know that is a bizarre statement from a rabbi, but I was a progressive rabbinical student in the 1960s and have, until recently, only worn one when undertaking clearly religious tasks. So what’s changed? The kippah is prominent in the videos and photos of my recent arrest, as are the tallit and the lulav and etrog. It was, after all, Succot. Why was I arrested? Allow me to explain. It’s long been clear that we and our continually growing global population are decimating our planet, all species, and even changing the climate. Scientists whose work led to the signing of the 2015 Paris Agreement said we must steeply bend global carbon emissions by 2020 to have any chance of keeping global warming beneath 2 degrees, let alone 1.5. Already we see increasingly devastating

fires, hurricanes, flooding, droughts, crop failures, vast migrations and we have not 11 years, but 18 months. This a Jewish problem. We are an ancient people. We have outlived the crumbling of civilisations and vast empires. We have suffered and been refugees. We are resilient, creative, dynamic and energetic. We have survived. Our traditions and teachings, our customs and commandments, have kept us alive. We are an indigenous diasporic people, perhaps the first. I began wearing my kippah at a recent conference of indigenous people, attended by

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elders and grandmothers from all parts of the world, wearing their traditional costumes. Why, I wondered, was I not also wearing that symbol of the people to whom I belong? So I began to wear a kippah and have done ever since, partly also because there is a clear rise in overt antisemitism and this is a small, token response. More important is that each time I have to adjust the kippah, I find myself thinking of God. We are an indigenous people exiled from our land for more than 2,000 years. On the first day of the festival of Succot, the Bible tells us that ‘we shall take the produce of hadar trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook’ (Lev. 23:40), and then dwell in booths for seven days. Micah and Isaiah teach that people ‘shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks’. Idealistic it may be, but it is the Jewish dream of shalom, of peace, of complete wholeness for our world. It concludes that people shall sit ‘under their vines and under their fig trees and none shall make them afraid’.

Notice the agricultural themes, time and time again: the land is the foundation and all creation rejoices as the mountains skip! We Jews have a key role to play in the rebuilding of our global societies. The most recent intergovernmental climate change conference was held in Katowice in Poland, just 25km from Auschwitz, so I went. It was chastening. We Jews cannot be bystanders in the greatest potential tragedy facing humanity and all nature – the Sixth Mass Extinction, which is already beginning, as we wipe out more species faster than at any time in history. Geologists call this age the Anthropocene, in that it is humans who are now changing the face of the planet. Before, it has always been cycles of nature. Twice every day in the Shema, we read that if we turn aside and worship false gods (of greed and envy, of wealth and success) the heavens will become closed and there will be no rain. These are inevitable consequences to false choices, of following short-term selfish gain rather than true values and principles.

Moral courage of true allies in short supply CLAUDIA MENDOZA

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recent poll of the Jewish community revealed that 62 percent do not think there are enough allies outside of the community willing to address antisemitism. It is not hard to see why so many have that view. Those we have believed were allies have been too slow to confront the surge of antisemitism in the Labour Party, with pithy words and little action from many still within the party. Jews need – and should reasonably expect – those in positions of power to point out the danger and ask the public to reflect on it. But we have seen too little of this. When John Mann, the government’s independent adviser on antisemitism recently addressed the congregants of my synagogue, I was struck by his words. John, a true ally, has fought tirelessly on the issue of antisemitism. His move from the green to red benches means his voice is here to stay and, as

a community, we should be grateful for all he has done and will continue to do. Except that John has made it clear he doesn’t want our gratitude. Indeed, the main thing I took away from what was an outstanding speech was that he shouldn’t be thanked by us because he isn’t doing it for us, but for him. He has studied his history and knows all too well that what starts with the Jews never ends with the Jews. The overused phrase of the canary in the coal mine is apt when it comes to antisemitism because the increase in anti-Jewish sentiment is a sign of a sickness in society. It may be Jews today, but it will be others tomorrow and that will include those who have stayed silent or been equivocal on the issue. Western Jews have enjoyed a golden era of acceptance and tolerance, and the resurgence of political antisemitism in living memory of the Holocaust is frightening. To assume that the status quo is immovable and that society’s progress is linear is naïve. The increasing influence of the political extremes – who not long ago were shunned from the corridors of power – should worry

THE INCREASING INFLUENCE OF THE POLITICAL EXTREMES SHOULD BE A WORRY TO US ALL us all. To see it emerge from what was once a political home for many in our community is truly shameful, but it is a reminder to take nothing for granted. Before we can demand action from others, we must demand of ourselves. As a community, we have sometimes been too meek and too British in response to things that require a much more robust approach. Many of us have internalised the reality of Jewish life in this country, but that breeds complacency. For our places of worship, Jewish schools and communal buildings to require the level

of security they do is not normal, and we must not allow ourselves to think it is. But we must also need to be better at making the point that even if we are the first victims, this is not just about the Jews. If we can’t persuade people to take up the cause for moral reasons, we must convince them that this is the prelude to a story that ends not with us, but with them. The Holocaust forced Christians to confront their own role in antisemitism more fully and more mercilessly than ever before. Anglicanism was a pioneer of this, with Archbishop Temple helping found the Council of Christians and Jews in 1942 as news of the Final Solution began to emerge. This is the sort of leadership we need – but have sadly not seen – today. It is not all gloomy, and the community has strong and unwavering allies. Organisations such as Faith Matters have shown true leadership and moral courage. They have spoken out repeatedly against antisemitism, only to be subjected to threats, abuse and intimidation. Whether they are doing it for us or for them, we must be grateful and hope others follow.


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The press pack adored Israel, with good reason JENNI FRAZER

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ournalists, on the whole, are a cynical bunch. Often quoted, but never bettered, are the 1930 lines by writer Humbert Wolfe, who was said to be immensely proud of his Jewish heritage despite converting to Christianity. Wolfe wrote: “You cannot hope to bribe or twist/thank God! the British journalist./But, seeing what the man will do/unbribed, there’s no occasion to.” Wolfe’s pithy summing-up of the British press has stayed good for nearly 90 years and I was privileged to see the pack in action last week, when Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic scooped up 40 assorted journalists, bloggers, “influencers” and just plain hacks to celebrate the first flights between London and Tel Aviv. Branson, as everybody knows, loves a party, and Tel Aviv was undoubtedly turned into party central last Thursday night. Virgin Atlantic took over a huge nightclub at the city’s port complex, into which flooded le tout

Tel Aviv, headed by SpoonBender-in-Chief Uri Geller and the delicious Israeli actor Michael Aloni, most recently featured in Jewish News’ very own Life magazine. Aloni, for you fashion freaks, was decked out in a jacket deliberately full of holes, which must have cost a fortune and which would have looked, on lesser mortals, as though the moths had had a feast day. On him, however, damn he looked cool. It has to be admitted that Mr G and Mr A were the only celebrities whom I recognised, although there were certainly a fair few more.

THE SHOCKING TRUTH IS ISRAEL, ON THE WHOLE, IS A GOOD PLACE, AND NO NEED TO BRIBE THE JOURNALIST TO SAY SO

Virgin had helpfully erected posing stages all over the gigantic premises, where those who were famous and a fair few wannabes were able to pout and pirouette while clutching at vodkasoaked straws or take selfies. One of the stages even had a revolving turntable, so you didn’t even need to bother altering your profile to show your best side. This being Israel, the entire three days of our trip were notable for food, food, and more food. And the hacks being British, an almost equal amount of drink, drink and more drink was consumed. But the copious catering certainly astonished most of the press, many of whom were either first-time visitors to Israel or – like one journalist – had not visited for 34 years since staying on kibbutz as a young man. We were taken to lunch at a restaurant in the old Jaffa train station where the food just kept coming, plateful after lavish plateful, until even the greediest of guests gave up and cried defeat. Those Jews among our number understood the compulsion to cater for the ravening hordes: after all, isn’t our mantra about Jewish festivals

“they tried to kill us. We won. Let’s eat”? I’m not sure if it was the food, the drink or even the accommodation at two of Israel’s most luxurious hotels, Tel Aviv’s Royal Beach and Jerusalem’s David Citadel. But I was somewhat struck by the attitude of the massed ranks of British journalists, most of whom I might have suspected to be at the distrustful boycott end of the spectrum when it comes to Israel. Instead, to my great but glad amazement, people were practically rolling over to have their (by now extended) tummies tickled when it came to talking about Israel. “I absolutely love it here,” one reporter confided to me (well, I say confided, but he was telling everyone). He said he had never felt so comfortable in a place in his life and couldn’t wait to return. While I might secretly wonder if Branson and his Israeli chief exec, Shai Weiss, had paid off the whole of Israel to behave nicely for a few days, I know that’s not the real reason the hacks fell in love. The shocking truth is that Israel, on the whole, is a good place, and no need to bribe the British journalist to say so. (Although a lot of vodka also helps).

Fighting Jew hate and Muslim hate together GHANEM NUSEIBEH

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ore than a year has passed since Muslims Against Anti Semitism was launched. We have been able to challenge anti Semitism in Muslim communities. We know we are successful because we have become targets of extremists who aim to undermine our work. Islamist extremists, antisemites and their foreign governmental supporters have made us their common enemy. The most recent example was an attempt by a professor at King’s College London to associate us with Islamophobia and right wing media, in an article he wrote for a US-based website. King’s College London immediately intervened and took the very unusual step of ensuring this professor deleted the reference to my organisation and others in the UK. On investigating the credentials of the author, he states that he is a paid consultant to the Qatari regime. The Qatari regime owns and runs Al Jazeera Arabic, the most potent voice in Arabic media that has hosted the

infamous Yusuf Al Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader who was banned from entering Britain by the last Labour government. Extremists, pundits and others are jumping on the bandwagon of Islamophobia in an attempt to undermine our work against antisemitism and extremism in general. This is why our constant battle against extremism needs to be intensified. We fight antisemitism and Islamophobia in the same breath. Foreign governments, like Qatar, Turkey and Iran, trying to interfere in British civil society through providing multiple platforms to Islamist groups. This includes media platforms, such as Middle East Eye. In a study that my firm, Cornerstone Global Associates conducted, we found that almost a quarter of all English-language content on the official Hamas website comes directly from Middle East Eye.

WE SUCCESSFULLY CAMPAIGNED TO HAVE GOOGLE PLAY REMOVE AN APP DUE TO ITS ANTISEMITIC CONTENT It comes at no surprise that Andreas Krieg, the King’s College professor who had to change his article, is a regular contributor to Middle East Eye. Our fight against extremism, and most especially antisemitism is also a fight for freedom of speech and of freedom of religion. It is a battle against the forces of extremism that aim stifle free speech through intimidation. This is why media groups with dubious backing need to come clean about their funding. Last May, we successfully campaigned to have Google Play remove an app on its store – The Euro Fatwa App, for its antisemitic

An advert Muslims Against Antisemitism placed in the Daily Telegraph last year, showing solidarity with the Jewish community

content. The app had an introduction by Qaradawi. This is only one example of how we are wining, and why we are getting more and more attacked by extremists. As we move forward in expanding our work into more Muslim communities in Britain and across Europe, we appeal to our allies from all political and religious persuasions to support us. We cannot let extremists win, and we cannot allow them to intimidate us.


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Siblings Chana and Sarah Garson, 12 and seven, chopped their hair to raise more than £800 for Chai Cancer Care. The sisters, pictured, were inspired by family and friends affected by a cancer diagnosis. “This is our way of saying thank you on their behalf,” they said. The charity, which supports cancer patients and their loved ones, thanked the girls. Meanwhile, inset, eight-year-old Sylvie Myers donated a plait of her hair to Zachrim Manayim, an Israeli charity that makes wigs for children undergoing cancer treatment, in a bid to raise over £600 for Jewish Care.

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2 SPECIAL SCROLLS A young Kingston Liberal Synagogue congregant in Long Ditton, pictured, carried a Torah scroll to celebrate Simchat Torat. It is one of three scrolls from Blatna, Rychnov and Tabor intended for confiscation in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, now on loan to the community from the Czech Scrolls Memorial Trust. After the war, the scrolls were kept in Prague before they were purchased by the trust and brought to Westminster Synagogue.

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Muslims, Quakers and Christians joined members of the Norwich Liberal Jewish Community to celebrate the shul’s 30th birthday with an interfaith Succot service. Guests included Senior Liberal Rabbi Danny Rich, the Bishop of Norwich Graham Usher, Sheriff of Norwich Dr Marian Prinsley and consort Peter Prinsley, local councillor Alan Waters and Rabbi Gershon Silins. Event organiser Annie Henriques said: “It’s very important to us to be inclusive and welcoming… and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 30th birthday!”

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“Four days trekking from sea-to-sea is nothing compared to the challenges faced daily by the children living in southern Israel,” said British Emunah’s Camille Compton, one of 21 women who completed a sponsored trek in Israel. The day after meeting at Emunah Afula children’s home, the women took on a 17km stretch of rocky terrain by the shores of the Kinneret. The walk raised funds for the expansion of Emunah’s Sarah Ronson Crisis Centre in Sderot.

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5 RESIDENT CHEER 8RECYCLING CARE Year 4 children from Etz Chaim School popped into Jewish Care’s Clore Manor home in Hendon to spend time with elderly residents during Succot. Parent Mandy Myers said: “It’s nice to see the joy on the residents’ faces when the youngsters are singing. It brings good memories back of the songsfrom their childhood.” The school’s head of Jewish Studies, Yolande Pieters, and Year 4 teacher Natalie Braham said: “The residents are so open and friendly and the children found it easy to chat and find out about them.”

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A cross-party group of MPs and peers made gift bags out of old copies of Jewish News for toiletries for the homeless at a parliamentary event run by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews and the Board of Deputies ahead of Mitzvah Day next month. Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers and Faith and Communities Minister Lord Younger were joined by Labour MPs Alex Sobel and Wes Streeting and House of Lords peer Lord Dholakia. Other guests included Conservative MP Mike Freer, Labour’s Ruth Smeeth and Lord Pickles.

More than 50 young Jewish professionals marked Succot with artisanal beer, home-made pretzels and a traditional Bavarian Oompah band in West Hampstead for Jewish charity Aish UK’s first ‘Sukktoberfest’ in the UK. The event was held in the home of educators Rabbi Shmuel and Chava Kott. The rebbetzin said it “was a fantastic blend of that wonderful Succot festive feeling and that unique Oktoberfest energy in one incredibly fun night”.

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Actress Rula Lenska had tea with residents of Selig Court, Jewish Care’s independent living block in Golders Green home to many survivors. Lenska, who appeared in EastEnders, One Foot in the Grave and Doctor Who, shared her life story and read extracts from her mother’s memoirs. She is pictured with Rachel Levy, Ivor Perl, Miriam Freeman and Margot Laub.

Around 50 British tourists visited the Gaza border with Israeli charity JNF UK, where they met firefighters and soldiers from the IDF’s tunnel detection laboratory. Participant Lee S said: “This tour allowed me to see things differently – and, most importantly, meet the people here.” Another attendee Ronit G, who made aliyah, revealed her son fought in Gaza in 2014. “I wanted to know where my children had served,” she said.

10 COFFEE MORNING

More than 50 people from across age groups gathered in Pinner Synagogue’s succah for a coffee morning. in aid of Macmillan Cancer charity. The event raised more than £200 for the charity, with supports those affected by a diagnosis. Fresh fruit was donated by Tesco Pinner Green. Organisers said that “a great time was had by all”.

Your family announcements Ariella Sireling and Mickaël Hacmoun celebrated their wedding at Golders Green Beth HaMedrash

Max Riedl celebrated his barmitzvah at Radlett Reform Synagogue Photo by Kate Swerdlow Photography

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Chloe Kay celebrated her batmitzvah at Mill Hill United Synagogue

Rosalind and Henry Harris celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary

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Books / Weekend

‘I felt shame over my mental health’ Eleanor Segall tells Alex Galbinski about living with bipolar disorder and her inspiring new book detailing her journey

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verything was looking good for the teenage Eleanor Segall. She enjoyed a good social life, was growing in confidence, enjoyed taking part in drama classes at school, had had a great time camping with her youth group and had even met a boy. “Life seemed exciting and I was more carefree,” she says. But then everything changed. She began feeling unwell, depressed and anxious, and although she managed to still achieve excellent GCSE results, her mental health worsened. While away that summer on an Israel tour, she experienced an episode of hypomania, causing her to act erratically and out of character. A short while later, Segall’s thoughts became muddled, she suffered extreme panic attacks and experienced delusions that men were abusing her and her father. Aged just 16, she received a diagnosis – bipolar affective disorder type 1, a mental health condition that mainly affects a person’s mood. Her father had been diagnosed with the same condition four years previously, having lived with it for around 10 years. Struggling to accept the news, the Immanuel College student says she felt like a “freak” and reveals she was bullied over having a mental illness. Experiencing years of “shame” over her condition, today Segall is a successful blogger, journalist and mental health campaigner and has just published Bring Me To Light: Embracing My Bipolar and Social Anxiety, which details her journey and aims to help others in a similar situation. “This book is for the 16-year-old me inside, reaching out to teenagers and adults who may be feeling shocked by a diagnosis, newly out of hospital or with nowhere to turn,” she affirms. “I want my story to provide a form of hope – that even if you are sectioned or have psychosis (losing touch with reality), you can get better and achieve again. “When I left hospital in 2014, I knew I wanted to use my experiences to help people. I have always written, so writing my story felt like a natural progression.” At the age of 25, Segall was

sectioned for four months, having experienced a terrible depressive episode, during which she had suicidal thoughts. She would cry constantly and believed family members were Above: Eleanor Segall was diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder trying to harm her. at the age of 16. Below: Eleanor got married earlier this year Affected by her medicaa long way to go to break through the stigma of tion, Segall has since stabilised her condition mental health in the wider community, never with Lithium carbonate, anti-psychotic medicamind the Jewish one. tion and antidepressants. The Edgware United Synagogue member, She has not had a serious bipolar episode, who says she finds comfort in religion, explains: although she does still live with anxiety disorder “In the Jewish community, we sadly have even and panic attacks. longer to go due to some very insular communiIn spite of her daily experiences, Segall was ties not accepting mental health issues. adamant she would continue to achieve. The “For example, marriage prospects can be former Immanuel College student worked hard, harmed in the more Charedi communities fitting in school work even while recovering if they know you or a sibling has mental health from illness in The Priory, and gained a degree issues, but there is stigma in all parts of our in English literature and drama, as well as community.” a master’s in drama education. But she adds that the efforts of charities “I am quite a driven person and always wanted such as Jami and the Mental Health Shabbat, to achieve despite being unwell,” she explains. with which she has volunteered, are helping to “Getting to university after being ill as a teenager change things. was a big dream. Segall says she felt “shame” over her illness “As I was diagnosed so young, it gave me that in the past, but is far more accepting of her fire to prove people wrong; to prove that I could condition today. achieve things despite it and, now, reach goals by She explains: “As I have grown older, I have talking about it and hopefully help people who realised my illness is just that – an illness. also have bipolar or mental illness.” I shouldn’t be ashamed – it’s just like having She credits her family and friends for their a broken bone, only we see it more because it help too: “My positivity partly comes from the affects personality and behaviour.” amazing support from my friends and family who It hasn’t always been easy to share her experisee Ellie behind the illness and encourage me to ences, but she believes speaking frankly about reach my dreams.” her condition is the only way to break the stigma Aside from taking medication of mental illness. and attending regular therapy “It is painful and personal,” she admits. sessions, Segall makes sure “But through talking openly about my bipolar she gets enough sleep, and being accepted, the avoids alcohol and shame has lessened, schedules in breaks. and I hope it will do “If I get tired, my the same for others mental health can get too.” worse. I also try to eat nutritious food and go for walks when  Bring Me To Light: I am able, but someEmbracing my times this is hard with Bipolar and Social the anxiety. I am still Anxiety by Eleanor very much a work in Segall is published progress,” she says. by Trigger, priced at Segall, who got married £9.99. Eleanor blogs earlier this year, feels there is

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Weekend / Entertainment

DOCUMENTARY

TELEVISION

The Devil Next Door

JUNIOR BAKE OFF

John Demjanjuk was a retired UkrainianAmerican autoworker living a comfortable life in the suburbs of Cleveland — until his past caught up with him. A group of Holocaust survivors identified him as the Treblinka death camp guard known as “Ivan the Terrible” for torturing and killing a large number of Jews during the Second World War. What happened next is detailed in a riveting five-part Netflix documentary, The Devil Next Door. In the late 1970s, the United States began proceedings to void Demjanjuk’s citizenship and, in 1983, Israel requested his extradition. Two years later, his appearance before a court in Jerusalem created the same media frenzy that Eichmann’s trial had two decades earlier. Demjanjuk’s defence stated he was never at Treblinka. The court released him, but in later years he was extradited to Germany, where he was convicted as an accessory to the murder of almost 28,000 Jews. He died in 2012, while appealing his conviction. The Devil Next Door airs on Netflix from Monday.

It’s a matter of dough or dare for young Maddie, 12, who is throwing her baker’s hat into the ring for the new series of Junior Bake Off, which starts on Channel 4 on Monday. The keen Arsenal fan from north London has been baking since she was just two and credits her mum, grandmother and aunt for her flour power. Inspired by her Jewish and French heritage, Maddie loves to make a weekly challah and is known for her signature madeleine cakes. Maddie is also said to like impressing with flavours and decoration, and recently treated her dad to a red velvet illusion cake for his birthday, as well as 50 James Bond-themed cupcakes for family friends. She will no doubt whip up a feast for judges Prue Leith and Great British Bake Off contestant Liam Charles, as well as host and comedian Harry Hill. Junior Bake Off airs weekdays on Channel 4 from 4 November.

COMEDY

My Cancer Gap Year On the surface, there might not seem much to laugh about, but Tracy Kashi saw comedy as the perfect medicine after discovering she had breast cancer, aged 42. Now the mum-oftwo, who is a West End theatre veteran, singer and musician, has turned her journey of shock diagnosis, treatment and recovery into a night of live music, theatre, gags and candid advice. Tracy explains: “The show is my way of trying

to do something useful with my experience; raising awareness, raising money, showing gratitude for everyone who helped me, and perhaps help others to cope and heal. It is an honour to share my experience. It is an honour to be alive.” All proceeds will be donated to breast cancer charity, Future Dreams. My Cancer Gap Year shows tonight (Thursday), 8pm, at JW3, www.jw3.org.uk

FILM

A Special Relationship Jewish actress Rachel Weisz (pictured, below left) is set to play Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor in a new film. A Special Relationship chronicles Taylor’s personal journey from Hollywood actress to activist through the lens of her friendship with Roger Wall, a gay man who grew up in poverty in the Deep South, Deadline Hollywood reported.

Taylor, who was married eight times to seven men, had two Jewish husbands and converted to Judaism in 1959. She became an active supporter of Israel and Jewish causes. A social activist, Taylor became one of the first major celebrities to publicly join the fight against HIV/AIDS in the 1980s.

Word on the

TWEET

If you were to ask Little Britain characters for their views on Brexit, Andy would probably say, “I don’t like it”, while Lou would label it “a kerfuffle”. For anyone tiring of Parliament’s “computer

says no” mentality over the issue, tune in to Radio 4’s one-off special, Little Brexit, which reunites Matt Lucas and David Walliams for the first time in a decade. Comedian and show producer Ashley Blaker announced the news on Twitter: “The old gang back together! So proud to produce a new Little Britain tonight with @realmattlucas and @davidwalliams.” Little Brexit is on tonight (Thursday), 6.30pm, BBC Radio 4.


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Travel / Weekend

Rocky Roll! and

Breckenridge in Colorado offers spectacular views and powder-soft slopes – but wrap up in the icy temperatures

Charlotte Seligman discovers skiing in the stunning Colorado town of Breckenridge and takes in the sweeping landscape of the Rocky Mountains

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or the past 18 years, my husband has been telling me men are better drivers than women. I honestly didn’t expect to finally prove him wrong, 14,000 feet up a Colorado mountain, as he crashed a $10,000 snowmobile into a bridge. We had up until then been enjoying the most spectacular tour through glittering white peaks. But the crunching sound of shattering plastic silenced even the Huskies! I’m an understanding wife, so I refused to the let the $300 repair bill ruin our trip to Breckenridge.

way down that first sweeping wide open run, I was converted. The snow was so light and fluffy: the softest powder imaginable. Breckenridge is a Colorado town at the base of the Rocky Mountains. It’s easy to get to from Denver Airport, and hiring a Jeep Wrangler is a really fun way to travel. The town is perhaps not as well-known as its more upmarket neighbour Vail – both of which boast flourishing Jewish communities – but it should be. Walking down Maine Street, with its colourful buildings from the 1800s, clapboard shopfronts and swing door saloons, was a bit like being on the set of a Wild West movie. It was hardly surprising the kids adopted a “yee-haw” shriek every time they bombed another run. Without doubt, the biggest difference between a European and North America ski holiday is the altitude. Charlotte and family out on the slopes Breckenridge sits at 2,926 metres above sea I’e always wanted to ski in the level – and that’s before you’ve even States, but Colorado is a long flight got on a chairlift. away and a big investment when The first few days we found it we have some wonderful European hard to sleep while we acclimatised, destinations on our doorstep. and while it never got so bad that But from the moment I made my we had to use the Oxygen Bar in

the hotel, we did pause for breath system had to be shut down, so it more than once during the short was hardly my greatest moment. walk back from town. Those spin From what we did see, Vail has classes I did in training were a bit more of the glamour about a complete waste of time! it and the ski area is vast – spread The ski area across some is right in town 5,000 acres. You and if you stay at really only get the the DoubleTree smallest of tasters Hilton, the lifts in one day. are just across What I loved the road – always more about ‘Breck’ handy when you in comparison was are with children the empty slopes. who moan that There was hardly they can’t carry a soul on them. their own skis. Forget looking There are over your shoulder five areas to ski, Sky high: The hotel’s oxygen bar for manic snow numbered from boarders whizzing six to 10, and they hold plenty of past you, the only people I had to great pistes for all abilities, from watch out for were my two boys, the wide, rolling runs of Peak 7 who were insistent on beating their to the more advanced Peak 8. own speed record. The Imperial Express lift is the The Americans have an incredhighest in North America, taking ibly efficient lift system too. There’s you up to 3,961m. If you have the no hanging around waiting for your energy, you can even hike to the friends so you can all get on the peak. Suffice to say, we didn’t! same chair. You go when you’re told The pistes range from backby the ski patrollers and you share country bowls to gentle groomers with whoever you get. and they are all brilliantly laid out Of course, this is the States, so and mapped. most rides are spent with overly Our ski pass enabled us to spend chatty strangers who drool over a day in Vail, but it was snowing your English accent. It’s all part of so heavily you couldn’t see a foot the experience – just like the cold! in front of you. Plus, I got caught Daily temperatures peaked at under a chair lift and the whole -9°C and our comfortable hotel

made it hard to leave our nice, warm beds. Two super kings as standard in every room made even sharing with the kids bearable. A full breakfast is available (at extra cost), but it made just as much sense to grab a coffee and a toasted bagel on the go and be among the first on the chairlifts. The great thing about just going B&B is the variety. It was lovely to wrap up every night and meander through the snow into Breck for typical American fayre, and Maine Street twinkles as though it’s Chanukah every night of the year. Eric’s offers great family meals out, but if it’s a bit more of a grownup meal you fancy, try Twist, set in a building from the 1880s. Holidays always make memories and these were pretty special, but if there’s one thing my boys will take home from Colorado, it’s the fact that mum is definitely a better driver than dad!

CHARLOTTE’S TRAVEL TIPS Charlotte stayed at DoubleTree Hilton in Breckenridge (www.hilton.com), where a double room costs $259 (£201) per night, and hired a car with Hertz, which offers seven days car hire from £209 (www.hertz.co.uk). With an Epic Day Pass (www.epicpass.com), guests can ski world-class resorts for as low as $106 (£82) for one day of skiing at any of the company’s US resorts.


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Weekend / Eat & Drink

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ET BOWL PORTOBELLO BRISK

s my mother says, brisket is life itself. Portobellos are a fabulous translation for the falling-off-thebone meatiness of brisket, and the lentil stew supplies that requisite aromatic brothiness, with hints of liquorice from fennel and caraway. Mustard greens have just the right bitter and fresh bite to remind me of the Jewish flavours of my youth. I love to serve any version of mashed potatoes with it.

1. Make the stew: Preheat a 3.8 litre pot over medium heat. Sauté the shallots and fennel in the olive oil with a pinch of salt. Add the garlic, thyme, bay leaves, caraway seeds, salt and pepper and sauté for one minute more, until golden and aromatic.

SERVES: 4

2. Add the lentils, tomatoes, and vegetable

INGREDIENTS

broth. Cover the pot and bring to a boil.

Stew 230g thinly sliced shallots 185g thinly sliced fennel 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon dried thyme 2 bay leaves 1 teaspoon caraway seeds 1 teaspoon salt Several dashes freshly ground black pepper 95g green lentils 710g tin crushed tomatoes 720 ml vegetable broth

Cook for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are tender. 3. Preheat oven to 230°C. Line a rimmed baking tray with parchment paper. Toss portobellos with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Arrange on tray, trimmed side up. Roast until tender and juicy, 18 to 22 minutes. 4. Meanwhile, make mashed potatoes using

Portobellos 4 portobello mushrooms, stems removed 60 ml olive oil ½ teaspoon salt Freshly ground black pepper

your preferred recipe. 5. Line bowls with mustard greens. Place scoops of mashed potatoes in each bowl

Bowl Any version of creamy mashed potatoes. 280g loosely packed, roughly chopped mustard greens

and ladle stew over the potatoes. Top with Extracted from I Can Cook Vegan by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, published by Abrams, priced £22.99 (hardback). Available now

a sliced portobello.

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Orthodox Judaism

SEDRA Noah BY RABBI ZVI SOLOMONS The sedra of Noah is full of interesting ideas. Perhaps the most interesting are the laws given to mankind after the flood. These are the seven laws of the children of Noah and we are reminded of them by the seven colours of the rainbow. They are: You shall not murder; you shall not steal; you shall not cause distress to animals (eating limbs torn from their living flesh); you shall not blaspheme; you shall not worship idols; you shall not be sexually immoral; and finally, you shall have courts and laws to administer these laws. According to the Torah, a gentile who is God-fearing and keeps the seven laws merits to enter heaven at the end of their life. Of course, these laws are not all stated explicitly in the Torah. The rabbis derive them from the Torah, and some say they were communicated initially to Adam and Eve, and repeated to Noah. Maimonides states they were communicated to Noah. The laws might be said to constitute the basis of religion and it is interesting to note they are the basic legal framework for most societies, although some have changed somewhat. Certainly our understanding of “sexual immorality” has influenced our modern lives in ways that would prove uncomfortable to some of our ancient predecessors. The intention behind such a legal framework is to avoid chaos and immorality in society, and to ensure a just and equitable world for all. Even today, all these many centuries later, there are non-Jews who identify as Noahides and try to subscribe to these rules in their everyday lives.

◆ Rabbi Zvi Solomons serves JCoB, the Orthodox Jewish Community in Reading

What’s in a number?

This week’s digits...

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BY RABBI NAFTALI SCHIFF Thirty-two is the most passionate of all numbers, because in Hebrew it is written lamed bet, meaning “heart”. While it’s true that emotions are centred in the brain, nonetheless, when we experience a powerful emotion such as fear, anger, grief or love, adrenaline pours into the blood, increases the blood pressure and accelerates the heart. It is this feeling that motivates us and pushes us onwards and is therefore referred to as the seat of our emotions. The Torah is emphatic that intellectual clarity, while vital, is not enough to create an authentic religious experience. Rather, we are told to “know this today and take to your heart, that Hashem is the only God” (Devarim 4:39). This concept is so important that it

takes centre stage in the Aleinu prayer on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and is part of the conclusion of our daily prayers. Religious emotions do not have to be

THE TALMUD TEACHES US THAT GOD ‘WANTS’ A RELATIONSHIP OF THE HEART

a rush of euphoric revelation and the “slow and steady” approach actually plays a crucial part in our daily lives. When we read the Shema we say: “Let these matters that I command you today be on your heart.” (Devarim 6:6). It is not enough for them to be in our hearts, rather the words are meant to sit on our hearts, slowly penetrating drip by drip as we go about our business. Over and above everything, the Talmud (Sanhedrin 06b) teaches us that God “wants” a relationship of the heart. He does not desire, cold, dry or stale service. Rather, we are offered the opportunity to develop a relationship with the Almighty, and relationships are fuelled by passion, energy, excitement and warmth. The choice to inject passion and “heart” into our Jewish lives is up to us. The effects of such decisions can impact our Jewish connection and those of our families for generations. ◆ Rabbi Naftali Schiff is founder and chief executive of Jewish Futures

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Prospective Pre-Nursery, Nursery & Reception Parents are invited to an Open Morning on Thursday 7th November 2019 from 9.30am – 11am. Open Evening on Monday 2nd December 2019 from 8.00pm – 9.30pm. There will be a presentation by the Headteacher in the main school hall followed by a tour of the school. For security, please contact us with the names of attendees. Email admin@hasmonean-pri.barnet.sch.uk

Applications for entry in September 2020 to Pre Nursery & Nursery must be received by Friday 20th December 2019. Applications for the Reception Class in September 2020 must be received by the School AND Barnet by Wednesday 15th January 2020 for which you will need to complete two separate forms: • The Common Application Form to be returned to the London Borough of Barnet (online) • The Hasmonean Primary Supplementary Information Form (on our website) to be returned to the School A copy of the Governors’ Admissions Policy and Application Forms are available on request from the School Office or on the school website. Our Privacy Policy is also on our website.

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Progressive Judaism

Progressively Speaking

The Bible Says What? ‘The creation story is not really about creation’

Is football doing enough to stamp out racism?

BY RABBI MIRIAM BERGER Genesis’ opening chapter seems to teach how the world was created, how it came into being and that our responsibility is to have dominion over it. Our science books would beg to differ – and given the recent actions by Extinction Rebellion protestors, perhaps we have misunderstood the real message of this Torah story. I now have a young adult in the community with a criminal record and an emeritus rabbi who was carried away by the police. Why? They have chosen a specific course of action, through Extinction Rebellion, to make a crucial statement. Campaigners around the world are disrupting society to remind us that the first commandment in Torah – this specific verse – is not our dominance over Earth, but our responsibility to sustain the planet and all life on it. Their disruptive behaviour might be an annoyance, but their campaigning cannot be just ignored. Perhaps the picture painted of seven days of crea-

tion and Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden wasn’t intended to teach us how the world came to be, but our responsibility towards it. By seeing Genesis purely as a creation story, we have been ignoring the Torah’s statement on the environment. The starting point for the whole world, every star, bush, fruit and animal is there in a perfect balance for our existence. Our whole Torah is founded upon that simple message: Maintain the equilibrium. For only with an understanding of our collective responsibility towards the planet can we live our lives according to all the other Torah mitzvot. Genesis takes us from darkness and nothingness to being an established people. We need to heed the call, before we find ourselves writing the final chapter. It is our responsibility, as Genesis 1:28 says, to sustain the earth by replenishing it.

Rabbi Miriam Berger serves Finchley Reform Synagogue

BY RABBI CHARLEY BAGINSKY Last week we read Bereishit – the first parasha of the Torah – which teaches that everyone is made in God’s image. The Talmud teaches us that all people come from one descendent, so no one person can say their ancestor was greater. This central belief in equality compels us to action in the face of all forms of racism. When England recently faced Bulgaria for the qualifying match for Euro 2020, black English players were booed and people shouted monkey chants. There were also people making Nazi salutes and screaming virulent abuse. The game was paused twice in the first half after England complained to the referee, who then followed UEFA’s new protocol. England could have called the game to a halt at this point, but decided to play on. Protocol is one thing, and certainly welcomed, but real leadership and dramatic action is what is really needed. UEFA should do more.

There must be meaningful sanctions for racial abuse, and there is a strong argument that clubs and countries should be expelled from tournaments. But we also cannot abdicate responsibility – some of the players noted they were able to deal with the abuse because they were so used it back home. Almost a year ago, award-winning Czech documentary maker, Pavel Štingl, released Football: A Century of Fouls, which examined the sport’s relationship with fascism when the country was under Nazi occupation. His aim was to counter preju-

dice by recalling the involvement of Jewish players, coaches and administrators in Czech football’s development. It features images of Sparta and Slavia players giving Nazi salutes before a wartime derby match. Štingl said he was spurred on by the failure of the government and football authorities to tackle the problem – all the more urgent, he says, given Prague’s history as a city from where an estimated 50,000 Jews were transported to Nazi death camps. Football fans, as well as those who aren’t fans, must all stand together against all forms of racism. We must also demand action is taken on every single level and that education initiatives such as Štingl’s are sought at every opportunity. No racism is acceptable and any racism affects us all. Rabbi Charley Baginsky is Liberal Judaism’s director of strategy and partnerships

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With Candice Krieger

A FEMALE CHIEF EXECUTIVE IS STILL BIG NEWS Forget smacking into the glass ceiling – it’s the ‘broken rung’ in the management ladder that’s stopping women getting to the very top of their careers. Here, Emma Macan Roberts, senior global lead of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In Organisation, talks to Candice Krieger about the obstacles women face in the workplace

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want to get to a place where it’s not. acebook chief execuBut part of the reason is down to tive Sheryl Sandberg entry level. More women than men famously says: are completing higher educa“If you’re offered a tion in the UK and the US, but seat on a rocket ship, get actually it’s more men than on.” That’s exactly what women that are going into echoed in Emma Macan graduate employment and Robert’s mind when she into more skilled jobs, so right became the first internaout of the gate, men are getting a tional hire by the Facebook’s head start. chief’s Lean In Organisation. “And if you look at the data Lean In is a global community around first promotion to manager, dedicated to helping women achieve it’s about two-thirds men and one third their ambitions. Among many other women. From that point, women are getting held accolades, Sandberg is author of the best-selling back and not catching up. book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, “Closing that first step up to manager is crucial aimed at empowering women and encouraging to build a sustainable pipeline.” them to “lean in” to their careers and aspirations. Another key obstacle, she says, is the “everyday She credits the “rocket ship” quote as the best discriminations women face such as “microagcareer advice she received from then Google boss ressions. This could be being spoken over in a Eric Schmidt about taking a job at Google. meeting, having your competence questioned or Macan Roberts, 30, was working as customer being mistaken for someone more junior. In isoladirector at multinational beauty company, Coty tion they are bearable but it becomes a story of (following its acquisition of Procter & Gamble), ‘death by a thousand paper cuts’. Research shows when her big offer came in 2017. She “seized the women who experience microaggressions are far opportunity” and became the Lean In Europe more likely to think about leaving their job.” Program Lead. She spent just over a year growing Head girl of St Albans High School, Macan its presence across Europe. Roberts, whose family were members of Finchley In January she was made the Senior Global Reform Synagogue, has always made the most of Program Lead and this month moved to the organiopportunities that came her way. She achieved sation’s headquarters in Palo Alto. She heads up First Class Honours in Geography from the London their worldwide growth strategy, managing a team School of Economics. In her second year she did across three continents and overseeing a commuan internship at Procter & Gamble and was offered nity of 44,000 Lean In Circles (where small groups of a job off the back of it. She spent six years there, women meet and network) in 172 countries. including as UK Customer Director for Boots, and in Passionate about helping women to achieve 2016 was awarded Procter & Gamble’s number one their career ambitions, Macan Roberts says there global salesperson. It was the 2013 book Lean In are still significant barriers for women in the workplace. For long before smacking into any glass that inspired her to get involved in the organisation. ceiling, women hit obstacles trying to reach the first “I did not experience anything negative in terms rung of the management ladder. of gender policies or the working environment at This “broken rung” results in more women getProcter & Gamble, but I was becoming aware of ting stuck at entry some gender level and fewer biases that I had women becoming internalised managers. Subfrom society sequently, there as a whole. are significantly Reading the fewer women to book was the advance to higher first time I was levels. able to give Although the language to research was the abstract carried out in emotions I America, Macan was feeling. I Roberts says realised there many of the findwas a term ings are universal. Colleagues: Sheryl Sandberg with Mark Zuckerberg for how I felt She explains: “I’m – ‘imposter synnot saying the glass ceiling isn’t a problem, but drome’ – the idea that even though you’re doing a what we don’t have enough of is the pipeline. great job, and people are telling you you’re doing it “It’s still an exciting news story when a woman well, it’s your own self-doubt holding you back. It’s becomes the CEO of a large organisation and we a feeling of inferiority, and when I started talking to

my friends, they said they felt it too.” Macan Roberts, a previous recipient of the Finnart House School scholarship for Jewish pupils, which enabled her to fund her studies for university at the London School of Economics, set up the Lean In Supper Club in London. Within a year it grew to more than 500 members, becoming the largest Lean In Circle in Europe. She attracted the attention of Sandberg when the Facebook chief came to London as part of a book tour. “I got to meet the team and they were looking for someone to hire in Europe.” She has since travelled with Sandberg to Dublin, Tel Aviv, Berlin and Rome. What is the Facebook chief like to work with? “It’s amazing how committed she is to the cause. Wherever she is travelling in the world, she will go and meet the Lean In community. And it’s in her free time – it’s not her day job. The thing I respect the most is how

someone with such a global platform is using her voice to raise awareness of this issue.” Several sectors remain male-lead. Women make up a low percentage of the technology industry with STEM and politics also lacking female representation. “As jobs become more STEM focused, it’s important we teach girls these skill from an early age and showcase role models so they know it’s a viable career,” says Mrs Macan Roberts. “We are building AI technology and we need diverse perspectives at the table when we do. And in the UK only about 30 percent of cabinet posts are held by women - no reason why it shouldn’t be 50 percent. No sector has reached equality. I see great examples of leaders taking the right action. I see the power of women coming together to drive change.” Emma Macan Roberts is certainly one of them. • Lean In is an initiative of the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation. See: Leanin.org


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