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Khan denounces Poland over Shoah revisionism EXCLUSIVE London mayor Sadiq Khan waded into the controversy over claims of Polish Holocaust revisionism this week, revealing a £300,000 City Hall donation to Auschwitz was motivated in part to address the “rewriting of history”, writes Jenni Frazer. Khan, who attended the Auschwitz 75 commemorations on Monday, told Jewish News he was anxious about the way in which the Polish government was speaking about its role in relation to the Nazi genocide. He said he was unhappy about Polish president Andrzej Duda’s decision to block the reappointment of Dariusz Stola, the former director of the Polin museum of the history of Polish Jews in Warsaw. Khan added the intention behind the London donation was to preserve historical facts. Poland’s right-wing government has repeatedly presented Poland as the victim

Mayor Sadiq Khan hand-in-hand with survivor Renee Salt at Auschwitz

of the Nazis without reference to antisemitism before, during and after the Holocaust. In interview at Auschwitz with Polish TV, the mayor said: “We must be vigilant and cannot be complacent.” Khan’s first action as mayor was to speak at a Holocaust Memorial Day event and he has maintained regular contact with survivors and Holocaust charities ever since. The UK Polish embassy told Jewish News: We appreciate Mr Khan’s donation to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation. It will support Poland’s efforts to preserve the memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Poland plays the role of one of the guardians of the memory of millions of Jews murdered. “Out of six million victims of Holocaust, three million were citizens of Poland. With that in mind, claims that history is being rewritten by Poland are unfounded and must be addressed. So, while we need to face the truth that some individuals were forced by the German occupier to collaborate with German Nazi machinery of extermination or even did so of their own will, these attitudes were not, however, dominant or typical.” The ongoing diplomatic row between Poland, Russia and the Jewish world flared into life last week at Yad Vashem when President Duda refused to attend the Yad Vashem ceremonies because he was not allowed to speak — although Putin was.  Jewish News wins second Polish legal case. See page 11

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Kensington Palace has released behind-the-scenes images of the Duchess of Cambridge’s Jewish News photo shoot with Holocaust survivors. The duchess is seen with Yvonne Bernstein, who she photographed along with her granddaughter. Story p3



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Donald Trump’s ‘deal of the century’ risks ridicule Donald Trump this week recognised Israeli sovereignty over Jewish settlements in the West Bank for the first time as he outlined his proposed Middle East deal, and revealed that Boris Johnson telephoned him offering to help, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Trump said the two men spoke – hours before he announced what is being billed as the “deal of the century” – with the British Prime Minister offering diplomatic support to help get an IsraeliPalestinian agreement. The Palestinians have already rejected the Trump plan, which includes recognition of West Bank settlements as sovereign Israeli territory, despite them being deemed illegal under international law, and recognising Jerusalem as the “undivided” capital of Israel. The US president said

Trump and Netanyahu at the White House on Tuesday

there would be a Palestinian state under his deal, with any new state’s capital in east Jerusalem. He also said the size of territory controlled by the Palestinian Authority would double, but that no Jewish settlement would be uprooted. There would need to be a long settlement-building freeze from Israel, but the

Palestinians would need to end terrorism, sign up to human rights obligations, end corruption and stop paying the families of convicted terrorists, added Trump. Currently, Jordan administers the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Islam’s third holiest site, and Trump said he wanted this to continue,

before telling the Palestinians that this could be their “last chance” to get a state. The timing of Trump’s announcement has been a talking point, on the day that his friend Netanyahu withdrew his bid for Israeli parliamentarians to grant him immunity from prosecution, owing to a lack of support. The Israeli prime minister was immediately indicted on three corruption charges and will now either face a trial or be forced to agree a plea bargain, while Trump’s own impeachment process in the US Senate has also started to prove a headache, with former security chief John Bolton now looking likely to testify against the president. Netanyahu stood next to Trump for the announcement, and said he would negotiate with the Palestinians on the basis of the deal outlined, but did not mention a “Palestinian state”, which would cross a major red line for many of his party members and allies. “Today, for the first time, you recognised our sovereignty over strategic areas of Judea and Samaria [the West

Bank], which are central to our heritage and crucial to our history,” said Netanyahu. Trump said the Israeli prime minister had given him a map of the areas in the West Bank where Israel was prepared to cede territory. If true, that would be something new from Netanyahu, who was leader while John Kerry unsuccessfully sought to kick-start negotiations while he was chief envoy under President Barack Obama. Trump did not mention Gaza or refugees during his speech, although these appear to be considered in a corresponding 181-page report detailing the plan, which is being sponsored by three Arab states: Oman, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Saudia Arabian leaders backed Trump’s efforts, but Jordanian leaders were critical of the plan. Analysts, such as BICOM’s chief executive James Sorene, had earlier said the plan would be “ridiculed” if it did not tackle the issue of millions of Palestinian refugees, many living in camps in neighbouring Jordan and Syria.

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The British Jewish group Yachad, which advocates a two-state solution, said it was a “one-sided deal that will only prolong the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, weaken the peace camp and strengthen extremists on both sides”.  Editorial comment, p16

JEWISH NEWS’ LABOUR 641 MPs HUSTINGS RELOCATED back IHRA The community’s only Labour leadership hustings is moving to a 900-seat venue after tickets sold out in under an hour. At the event, chaired by ITV political editor Robert Peston, frontrunner Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Emily Thornberry will be quizzed at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue. It is organised by Jewish News, Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) and Labour Friends of Israel. The 13 February hustings will be a key moment for the contenders to be tackled on their response to antisemitism in the party over the past four years and set out their plans to address the scourge and the upcoming report of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. They will also face questions on domestic and international topics, both of specific communal and wider national interest. The hustings had been due to take place at JW3, where

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such hustings are usually held, but the demand for tickets far outstripped capacity and JLM decided to switch to a larger hall. “This wasn’t an easy decision,” said JLM chair Mike Katz said. “We are moving to accommodate as wide an audience as possible and to ensure the demand for tickets is met.” JLM’s autumn one-day conference will still take place at JW3. • The 90 minute event will kick off at 7.15pm. Tickets can be booked via http://www.jewish labour.uk. Those who booked via JW3 have been contacted with details to transfer their tickets to the new venue.

Nine MPs have yet to sign an international definition of antisemitism following fresh calls to do so. Parliament’s 650 MPs were asked to put their names to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition in the wake of last month’s general election. The All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, which led the campaign, said some 641 parliamentarians answered their calls to sign the definition. All SNPs, SDLP, Green Party, DUP and independent MPs signed the definition, previously adopted by the government and the Labour Party. MPs who have yet to sign include Labour MPs Tahir Ali and Grahame Morris. Sinn Fein’s seven MPs – who do not take their seats in Westminster – also did not sign.

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Royal photo shoot / News

‘My wife photographed you!’ When William met Yvonne The Duchess of Cambridge warmly hugged and kissed one of the survivors she photographed as part of a Jewish News project to mark Holocaust Memorial Day as the pair were reunited in Westminster this week. Yvonne Bernstein was pictured by HRH with her granddaughter Chloe – an image that will appear in an exhibition of 75 images of survivors and their relatives later this year. Initiated by Jewish News, the project is a collaboration between Jewish News, Holocaust Memorial

Day Trust and Royal Photographic Society, of which the Duchess is patron.The photo shoot featured on the front of Monday’s Holocaust Memorial Day issue (inset, right). Meeting survivors of the Shoah and subsequent genocides with Prince William after the national commemoration yesterday, Kate beamed as she saw Yvonne: “I had a very good model,” she told the small group. “She was fantastic. It was very special, I was very honoured.” She said to

Yvonne, 82. “You were brilliant, you were very patient.” “I came out pretty well!” laughed Yvonne. And there was one thing uppermost in Prince William’s mind as he spotted Yvonne too. He told the group: “I know this lady well. Do you know my wife took her photograph? They’re great photos. She’s such a perfectionist.”

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News / Holocaust Memorial Day

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From being reviled as “the people with no human dignity”, a group of Holocaust survivors were honoured guests at a series of events in and around Auschwitz to mark 75 years since their liberation from the death camp. On Sunday, the eve of the anniversary, a restaurant in Poland’s central Krakow was transformed as survivors and their families reunited for a bitter-sweet celebration of their lives. They succeeded where Hitler did not: they outlived the fear and terror of the Nazi regime, rebuilt homes and families, each testament to “a little miracle”, and each burning with determination to pass on their message to the next generation. More than 750 people attended this event, hosted by the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial Foundation, headed by the World Jewish Congress president, Ronald Lauder. Britain’s JRoots played a big part in the proceedings, working with the foundation to bring almost 200 survivors to the 2020 events in Poland. Rabbi Naftali Schiff, director of JRoots, said: “There is a genuine deep feeling of life, positivity and decency that somehow conquers all — mixed so deeply with the tears and the loss of loved ones. Above all, an enormous energy and response not only of ‘never again’, but that ‘we shall overcome’.” On every table there were survivors, some in

Monday’s memorial was attended by survivors, their families and leaders representing more than 50 nations

wheelchairs, some agile; on one table four generations descended from one survivor. Surely the youngest of the survivors was Angela Orosz, born in Auschwitz on 21 December 1944. Today she lives in Montreal, Canada, crediting her survival to “my mother’s strength, her persistence”. Oroz, now Richt, is the daughter of Hungarian Jews who were deported in 1944, arriving

in Auschwitz on 25 May. Her father, a lawyer, had already been murdered by the time she was born in barrack C. The next month, the day of liberation, another baby was born in the camp and her mother, Vera, nursed both as the boy’s mother had no milk. Richt and the other child remain in touch. “Auschwitz is the place where I was born… but when I walk there, I am scared to

step on the ground,” Richt says. “Maybe someone’s blood, someone’s ashes, someone’s tears, someone’s murdered body is under the earth”. Though Richt was too young to remember the horror, those who were children and teenagers in that camp and others recall shootings, cruelty, and bodies piling up. Michael Bornstein was four when he was lib-

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hope with fear erated, but he retains some powerful memories of his time in Auschwitz. “I was prisoner B1148”, he said, recalling being tattooed and the overwhelming smell of burning flesh in the camp. “They say,” he said defiantly, “that this is the last time so many survivors will be in one place. I say, never underestimate a survivor.” His daughter, Debbie Holinstat, spoke of “the awesome responsibility and privilege of being on the front line of remembrance”. Bornstein brandished a kiddush cup, successfully retrieved after liberation from his family’s buried treasures. The cup has played a role in all his family’s subsequent celebrations, a symbol of what father and daughter called “a response to the Holocaust — to rebuild”. Ralph Hackman is now 95, but his memories are clear. He grew up in Radom, about 75 miles from Warsaw, a town of 90,000 of whom 38,000 were Jews. Thirty-five thousand of Radom’s Jews died in Treblinka; he is one of the 3,000 from his town who survived. At his mother’s urging, he turned himself in to the police from his safe hiding place in order to save one of his sisters and her three-year-old daughter. He recalled his first days in Auschwitz: “I was processed, tattooed… every day there were between 20 and 25 people dead in my barracks. Every minute of every day I was fighting to stay alive. I probably saw thousands die in front of my eyes.” Delegations of Jewish communities from 48 countries attended the event. Though the formal proceedings featured such figures as the

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Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, who called the survivors “incredibly courageous”, the emphasis was on the survivors themselves and their testimony. London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, who has pledged £300,000 from the city to the memorial foundation, made his first visit to the site as mayor. He spoke of “our need to be vigilant — we must not be complacent” — in the face of antisemitism in the UK and elsewhere. Walking towards a memorial wall which records donations from cities and countries for the preservation of the camp and its museum, Khan held hands with Renee Salt, 90, the only British survivor of the camp present. (Hannah Lewis, who also attended the commemorations, and is on the board of the Holocaust Educational Trust, is a survivor of a small sub-camp in Poland, Adampol, not far from Sobibor). Salt was a teenager when she was in the camp, and has revisited it many times. But she believes that this visit will be her last: it is too much of a strain on her emotionally, though at the event she spoke to TV, radio and print


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World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder. Inset: The mayor and Duchess of Cornwall

reporters, recalling her arrival at Auschwitz when her father jumped off the train — and she never saw him again. Israeli president Reuven Rivlin, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and European royalty and other heads of state attended the event. President Andrzej Duda, hosting it, said: “We are in the factory of death, where there was a mass, methodical murder.” The “industrial nature of the crime” was hard to comprehend, “but we must not look away from it and we must never forget it”. Duda, together with Rivlin and the German president, Frank-Walter Stein-

meier, World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder and more than 50 world leaders, walked beside the railway tracks from the entrance of Birkenau to the memorial built at the ruins of the crematoria, where they lit memorial candles. Lauder told the world leaders present: “We, the Jewish people, are so grateful that you have joined us. You are good, decent people. But because of where we are, and what this place means, your governments must stand up to this new wave of hatred.” After a ceremonial blowing of the shofar, Chazan David Wisnia recited El Maleh Rahamim, and invited participants to join him in the Mourner’s kaddish.

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News / Holocaust Memorial Day

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The Duke of Cambridge pledged to “do our best” to keep the memory of the Shoah alive as he and the Duchess attended the national commemoration marking 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis were among more than 1,800 political, religious and civic leaders also at Methodist Central Hall for the service, organised by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. On arrival, the royal couple made their pledge to survivor and former Olympian Sir Ben Helfgott, before taking their seats alongside him. Addressing the audience, the Duke read a letter from a friend of his great-grandmother, Princess Alice, detailing her efforts to save a Jewish family, the Cohens, in 1943. He said: “The princess put a small two-room apartment at the disposal of Mrs Cohen and her daughter. The members of the Cohen family left the residence three weeks after liberation, aware that by virtue of the princess’ bravery had spared them from the Nazis.” He was joined by his wife to light two of six candles for the victims of the Shoah and other

genocides, as survivors of Rwanda, Darfur and Bosnia took to the stage with Archbishop Justin Welby and Imam Qari Asim. Johnson said he was “lost in admiration” at the courage of survivor Mala Tribich, whom he had met when signing the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment. He expressed “shame” at the resurgence of antisemitism in Britain, and reiterated his commitment to the creation of a national memorial and learning centre by Parliament. He said: “I promise to preserve this memory forever. That is the only way we can be sure it will never happen again. We will ensure Britain never forgets the truth of the Holocaust.” Tribich, who travels the country relaying her experiences in the “hell” of Belsen, was joined on stage by Ian Forsyth, one of the British soldiers who liberated the site. His voice breaking, Forsyth recalled the sight of “bodies everywhere and skeletons with skin on them. I don’t think anyone who didn’t see what it was like can know”. He implored people to “stand together against oppression”, adding: “This is the most important message I can give.” The ceremony was opened by Holocaust Memorial Day Trust chair Laura Marks and the BBC’s Huw Edwards, who said: “We pay tribute to you and to those who liberated you and those who are not with us today.” Stressing the responsibility to speak out

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VETERANS’ BBC ANGER Raab family’s ‘guilt’ Jewish war veterans have demanded an apology over a “disgraceful” BBC News at Ten report about the Holocaust containing a reference to Palestinian territories. The BBC’s international correspondent Orla Guerin (pictured) was accused of linking the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the horrors of the Holocaust in her report. She made the reference during a clip filmed inside Israel’s Shoah memorial Yad Vashem after an emotional interview with Holocaust survivor Rena Quint, broadcast last Wednesday. “In Yad Vashem’s Hall of Names, images of the dead. Young soldiers troop in to share in the binding tragedy of the Jewish people. The state of Israel is now a regional power. For decades, it has occupied Palestinian territories,” she con-

cluded after interviewing Quint. “But some here will always see their nation through the prism of persecution and survival,” she added. In a sharp rebuke, the chairman of the Association of Jewish ExServicemen and Women warned Guerin’s remark could “only serve to feed and fuel antisemitism.” The association’s chairman Mike Bluestone demanded an apology in a complaint to the BBC’s director-general Tony Hall. Bluestone said the reference was a “new low” for Guerin, adding: “The support afforded to Guerin by the BBC for her disgraceful comments is not only a smack in the face for our veterans, but indeed for all British and Allied veterans, of whatever faith, race or ethnicity, who fought so valiantly for our country against Nazi tyranny.”

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has told a Holocaust Memorial Day event of the “guilt” and “raw grievance” following his family’s escape from Czechoslovakia , writes Mathilde Frot. Speaking at a formal ceremony in the Foreign Office on Wednesday, the Conservative minister described the emotional impact of his father’s arrival to England in 1940, by way of a refugee camp in Morocco, after fleeing Czechoslovakia in 1938. Raab, who was introduced by Israel’s ambassador in the UK, Mark Regev, said: “When we were young, my father almost never spoke of what he had endured; he passed away when I was 12 years old. “But after dad died, my mother wanted to bring my grandmother Hilda, whom we always called Aumie, closer to us, and I remember regularly going and having dinner with her on a Monday and how often she would weep over

Czech goulash and strudel, about the fact she’d left her parents and her wider family behind, the anguish of knowing they perished in Auschwitz and some of the other camps, the guilt that came with that, as well as the raw grievance. “And my family’s experience certainly instilled in me first-hand the horrors of antisemitism and the wider scourge of racism.” Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss, who is Anne Frank’s stepsister, spoke of her experiences having survived the death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau and she also lit a memorial candle. Chazan Jonny Turgel – whose grandmother Gena, the Bride of Belsen, died in 2018 – recited a memorial prayer to commemorate all those murdered in the Holocaust. Youth ambassadors from the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz programme, told the audince about their experiences on the scheme.

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Clockwise from left: The UK Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony; the Chief Rabbi and Imam Qari Asim; the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet Sir Ben Helfgott; and Manfred Goldberg; and Boris Johnson

against all forms of hate, he added: “History has taught us that indifference is a conduit for more suffering.” The Chief Rabbi, in his address, called for people to stand in solidarity with the victims of the Shoah and of subsequent genocides. “Let us choose to stand together with those who don’t look like us, don’t pray with us,” he said an an impassioned address. The service – interspersed with music including by celebrated young musician Sheku Kanneh-Mason – was also attended

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by actors including EastEnders’ Nina Wadia, Judge John Deed’s Martin Shaw and stage star Sir Simon Russell Beale, who gave readings covering the persecution of gay people and the disabled. There was also testimony on the atrocities in Bosnia, 25 years after that genocide, before cantor Jonny Turgel recited El Male Rachamim to conclude the service. Olivia Marks-Woldman, CEO of HMDT, said the annual day makes a significant difference to what people “know and do”, and called on those present in positions of power to challenge prejudice at every turn. The Duchess said it had been “our privilege” to meet survivors when the couple met around 20 survivors of the Shoah and subsequent genocides after the service, which she described as “very poignant”.



Government to give £1m to protect site salem last week, said: “The UK stands shoulder to shoulder with our Jewish countrymen and women.” He added: “As the father of children whose great-grandparents endured and survived the concentration camps of the Holocaust, I know how important it is that future generations are aware of the stories of survivors. “This donation will help to support the preservation of the site so we can never forget the horror of the Holocaust. We cannot, and will not, let such evil happen again.” Board of Deputies president Marie van der Zyl thanked the government, saying: “We welcome Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab’s commitment to additional funding for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation. It is all of our duty to remember and the government’s commitment of public funds to preserve the memory is very fitting.”


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The government is donating £1million for the preservation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp, writes Mathilde Frot. Announced on Holocaust Memorial Day, the money – from the Foreign Office and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government – will support the long-term maintenance of the historical sites. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “I remember, as a young boy, the regular heartrending laments by my grandmother for the family lost to Auschwitz and the other death camps. The government is supporting the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation because we must never forget history’s darkest moment, and we must educate future generations so it can never be repeated.” Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick, who attended the World Holocaust Forum in Jeru-


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It was nice knowing EU From shechita and security to UK-Israel trade, Stephen Oryszczuk asks what Brexit Day means for British Jews Today is Brexit Day – when the UK officially leaves the European Union. In the days leading up to 31 January, experts have been quick to reassure that the country’s withdrawal from the European Union will not adversely affect Jewish life here. This follows several meetings with government ministers, most recently with Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay, to discuss a range of issues, notably Jewish religious slaughter (shechita) and kosher food pricing, including post-Brexit tariffs, imports and exports, nonstun labelling, and abattoir certification. Other areas of concern discussed included visas for security and care staff at Jewish institutions, the UK’s post-Brexit sanctions regime, the continuation of existing European funding for Jewish organisations, and a future

UK-Israel trade deal. Interestingly, the Board of Deputies – which initiated last week’s meeting with Barclay – said Jewish representatives pushed the case for “ensuring that the UK retains its reputation as an inclusive society after Brexit”. Board vice president Amanda Bowman described these as “the key issues arising for the Jewish community from Brexit” after the meeting, which was also attended by representatives from the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) and Shechita UK. “We were able to thank Mr Barclay for the government’s action on a range of issues and ask for additional work on a few additional matters leading up to and following Brexit,” she said. “We were very pleased to hear his strong commitment to working with us.” Barclay later tweeted that the

government “looks forward to working with the Jewish community to make Brexit a success for all parts of our country”. But does he and the government still have work to do? Privately, several Jewish representatives all told Jewish News that their Brexit fears had been assuaged by ministers over several months. One said: “With the Tories’ commanding new majority, we’re really not worried.” On trade – until now covered by an EU-Israel deal – there was an early win in February last year, when Israel and the UK signed a bilateral post-Brexit deal replicating the existing EU agreement. Had that not been forthcoming, it could have impacted on Israeli goods, religious items and even UK-Israel flights. By the summer, there were still some areas of concern, enough for Jewish groups to list these publicly.



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One such concern was sanctions, since the UK’s and EU’s list of terror groups subject to financial sanctions have not covered the same organisations. Until now, groups such as the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the political wing of Hamas were technically only subject to UK sanctions by virtue of being under a wider EU sanctions regime. Britain packs its bags today to head out of the EU


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Auf Wiedersehen Europe / News “Unless the Treasury takes action, the PFLP, the political wing of Hamas, and The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade will enjoy the lifting of financial sanctions when the UK leaves the EU,” the Board and JLC warned in 2018. The Counter-Terrorism (International Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 lets the UK carry over the EU sanctions regime, and while it does not list the organisations covered, the Board said it had “received assurances from ministers” that the same groups would be included. “The government intends to strengthen sanctions, not weaken them,” said one wellplaced communal source. “Our question was, how do we know if the same organisations will be listed? Given that this is now a ministerial power, we are following up with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, but there is no disagreement. It seems ministers now have it in hand.” Another said: “We were just making sure it was still on their radar.” Kosher food had the potential to cause more problems. Agriculture legislation has always sat with the EU, and the Agriculture Bill translates this across, including laws governing the stun- and non-stun slaughter of animals for food.

“MPs and peers may seek to add [anti-shechita] amendments to this Bill,” another representative said. “But we’ve discussed this with ministers, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and, in some cases, individual MPs. “We’re not expecting any surprises. The government has literally spent hours and hours talking to us to maintain things as they are now.” This has allayed concern about the UK no longer coming under the European Court of Justice, which offers more protection from a human rights perspective, should Jewish groups have needed to challenge any new directive in the court of law. Likewise, there were worries regarding possible additional tariffs, with some suggesting that kosher food may be classed as a “luxury good” or “premium product” and hit with higher tariffs in any postBrexit trade world. However, the majority of kosher meat for the UK market is produced in half a dozen UK abattoirs and, while any foodstuffs imported into the UK could well become more expensive in a no-deal scenario, it is “highly unlikely” extra tariffs would hit kosher products simply

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because of their designation. Shimon Cohen, campaign director of Shechita UK, said: “Following Brexit, we will be in a transition period and, therefore, there will be little real impact until the end of the year. “Shechita UK has had an ongoing dialogue with DEFRA since the referendum to ensure that shechita is protected post-Brexit and, as of today, we are not expecting any significant changes post the transition period.” Another practical issue has been workforce supply. Many security guards and care workers employed

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in the Jewish community are EU migrants, and a “key ask” of the Board and JLC in March 2018 was that the UK maintained a “liberal” visa regime. “While those who are already in the UK can apply for settled status, it might be harder to attract new workers, particularly if migration is to be significantly cut,” warned the Board. “The result could be rising labour costs meaning, for example, that the government’s [£14 million annual] grant to the Community Security Trust covers less, or that Jewish care budgets are stretched even further.”

The government said it plans to introduce an immigration system that does not discriminate in favour of the EU, raising the prospect of Israeli guards on school gates. The final and most ominous warning was on tolerance and the perceived rush to populism, first iterated in August and reiterated to Barclay last week. “Where there is political chaos or economic disruption, people often seek a scapegoat… Jews and other minorities have often borne the brunt of this,” said the Board. “We must continue to insist on a society that respects and celebrates different groups, whether Jews, Muslims, European citizens or other minorities.” The lurch towards nationalism and rise of intolerance has not only affected politics in the UK – it has become ingrained in developed nations in Europe, as well as states such as Brazil, Turkey, Russia and United States. “The concern is around some of this xenophobic nationalism in parts of Europe and some of the language around immigrants in the UK,” said one participant. “He [Barclay] said they wanted a global Britain, open to the world and not just to the EU. Let’s see. He wanted to meet us, so let’s hope that’s symbolic.”


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31 January 2020


News / Family heartbreak

Agony of mum-of-five’s flu death Family and friends of an “irreplaceable” mum-of-five who died suddenly last week at the age of 40 have launched an urgent fundraising campaign in her memory, writes Mathilde Frot. Deganit Glick, who grew

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hospital several hours later. Howard visited his wife in hospital at around noon on 23 January after her transfer to an intensive care unit. He described how, later in the day, “the hospital called me at 5pm and said ‘you need to come right now’,” but she had died by the time he arrived. Doctors are carrying out tests to determine what caused the sepsis. “It could take a few

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A Warsaw appeals court has backed Jewish News after a Polish nationalist sued this newspaper for not adopting the term “German Nazis”. Mira Wszelaka, who once headed the Polish League Against Defamation, sued over a 2017 article using a new Polish law that criminalises references to the country’s complicity in the Holocaust. She had wanted to alter Jewish News reporting to include the claim that “Poles did not murder, but saved Jews during the Holocaust”. Wszelaka also wanted the

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Nazi camps in Poland to be called “German” camps, even though the Jewish News did not refer to “Polish extermination camps” or use the term “Polish Nazis”. Andrzej Tomaszek, who represented Jewish News, said even the Polish press used the term “Nazi camps” without the adjective “German”. He added that the article did not suggest Poles killed Jews or confiscated Jewish property. The District Court in Warsaw sided with Jewish News on 16 May last year, but Wszelaka appealed. This

week, the Appeals Court also sided with newspaper. “We cannot expect global media to present a full picture of events every time,” said Judge Bernard Chazan, adding that the appeal court’s decision was final. Jewish News editor Richard Ferrer said: “This lawsuit was unsuccessful if designed to intimidate the press in its reporting of the Holocaust in Poland. Two Polish courts have now said that if the reporting is fair and accurate, it cannot be criminal.”

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JLC, given it an identity and a reputation to be proud of.” In an email to trustees, Johnson also praised the JLC’s role in organising the ‘Enough is Enough’ rally in Parliament Square in 2018, held with the Board of Deputies, describing the demonstration as “pivotal in the debate up to and through the election”.


JLC chair Jonathan Goldstein praised Johnson’s contribution, describing the departing chief executive as an “extremely eloquent advocate for our community at home and abroad”. He added: “His time as chief executive has been full of challenges and he has met them all head on.”

MAN CHARGED OVER CHIGWELL ASSAULT A man has been charged with assault causing actual bodily harm in connection with an attack on United Synagogue’s burial chief Melvyn Hartog. Essex Police confirmed Simcha Hirsch, 33, from Clapton, will appear before Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on 19 February. The charge relates to a reported assault in Chigwell on 7 December in which a man in his seventies suffered several injuries. Hartog was hospitalised for an overnight stay after being reportedly struck on the head.

A new academic programme focusing on the persecution and protection of Europe’s minorities has been created at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government. Researchers will look at “the values of individual and communal dignity, liberty and belonging, rights and duties” as well as “the role of public policy and government in protecting and strengthening such values”. The programme has been funded by the Alfred Landecker Foundation.

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Six teams aim to slay dragons

Finalists are revealed in innovation event worth £13k to Jewish schools

Six teams of innovative students from Jewish primary and secondary schools have made it through to the final round of a Dragon’s Denstyle competition to win up to £8,000. The competition was launched in October and is open to pupils to pitch their ideas for special student-led projects in their respective schools. A total of 24 teams entered from 18 schools and the final half dozen have now been shortlisted. The initiative was launched by Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJeS), a division of the Jewish Leadership Council, to mark the fifth anniversary of the Jewish Schools Awards. It is being supported by the Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG). Each team is each made up of up to four pupils. The winning secondary school project takes home £8,000, while £5,000 goes to the winning primary school project. Winners, who will be announced on 11 February, have to “demonstrate the sustainability of their project, set out clear budgets, establish how their project will positively

impact their school and, crucially, exemplify key Jewish values”. In the ‘Den’ will be an array of esteemed Jewish judges including Alejandro Okret who heads Moishe House, Chana Kanzen, boss of the cutting-edge education initiative Jewish Interactive, PaJeS board member Anthony Wagerman, and businessman and philanthropist Leo Noé. Rabbi David Meyer, director of PaJeS, said “I am incredibly proud of this exciting project. “Our pitch initiative not only provides young minds an opportunity to bring thoughtful ideas that align with their Jewish identities to the table, but also encourages pupils to give back to their schools and work collaboratively.” GPG president and chief executive Ilia Salita said: “The finalists have shown incredible talent and creativity. “We have no doubt that, through the rigorous final stage of the competition, the team that will emerge victorious will successfully implement their idea for the benefit of their school and the wider Jewish community.”

IDEAS THAT EXCITED THE JUDGES BROUGHTON JEWISH CASSEL FOX PRIMARY SCHOOL Their idea is to turn their school hall into a ‘Hall of Israel’. Year 6 pupils will be trained as ‘tour guides’ to help pupils as well as children from non-Jewish schools learn and understand about Israel’s history and geography in a fun and interactive way.

GESHER PRIMARY SCHOOL Their idea is to use a 3D printer to make emotional support toys. Students will do the design, thinking carefully about how the toys can support a child who is finding something difficult or challenging and donate the toys to children that need them.


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Their idea is to create a Japanese-inspired school garden to create a calm and tranquil area in the school for both students and staff, to promote mental wellbeing, to encourage physical activity through gardening, and to improve the air quality around the school car park.






Scottish ministers have announced £500,000 of security funding for places of worship. Justice secretary Humza Yousaf and communities secretary Aileen Campbell outlined the scheme during a visit to Garnethill Synagogue, Glasgow. Ephraim Borowski, of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities, welcomed the move, saying the community was “all too aware of the importance of security at places of worship”.

Lady (Ruth) Morris of Kenwood recalled her 1960s battle to become one of the first female partners at her law firm at an Israel Bonds event in London last week. The property lawyer, who retired in 2017 after 60 years on the roll, spoke about “sisterhood, mentoring and women’s empowerment” at the event hosted at the offices of Bank Leumi. The event was chaired by Jewish News’ Sandy Rashty.

An Orthodox Israeli woman imprisoned in Russia since April after she was found carrying drugs has been released following a ­pardon from Vladimir Putin. Naama Issachar, 26, a dual US– Israeli national, was carrying nine grams of marijuana when she was detained in Moscow last year, and sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment, until Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stepped in.

SINAI JEWISH PRIMARY SCHOOL Their idea is to create a school radio station to enable pupils to be creative, share their learning and put a smile on people’s faces through lively DJ performances and upbeat music.

Their idea is to form an ‘Eco-Club’ to implement positive environmental changes and to make the school more environmentally sustainable, particularly by addressing current levels of paper and plastic use.

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Menorah Foundation Primary School in Edgware has unveiled a mural created by acclaimed Israeli street artist Solomon Souza. It carries the name Dovi in honour of Dovi Wertzberger, a former pupil, who died a few years ago.

Families have been given a financial boost after philanthropists helped the JLGB to drop the price of its summer camp from £500 to £125 to celebrate its 125-year anniversary. There are now 150 of the discounted tickets available for Jewish youngsters aged 11 to 15, after Genesis Philanthropy Group JLG summer camp participants (GPG) stepped in to help fund what is set to be JLGB’s biggest Russia and the United States follows a first batch of 150 similarly-priced summer camp. The release of 150 tickets at the tickets, which sold out fast. Neil special price for youngsters from Martin, JLGB chief executive, said: countries such as Israel, France, “At a time when families have to

make choices and summer camps may not be accessible to all, hundreds of young people will benefit from the excitement and fun that our summer camp has to offer thanks to the generosity of GPG.” Ilia Salita, GPG president and chief executive, said: “Following the inspiring recent JLGB awards ceremony, we are proud to be partnering with JLGB again to make this year’s summer camp the best yet. “Our focus is ensuring that as many young people as possible have the opportunity to develop their Jewish identity.”

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Reform rabbi steps back A leading Reform rabbi accused of bullying and inappropriate behaviour has agreed “to take time away” from West London Synagogue after being asked to do so by the shul, writes Mathilde Frot. Rabbi David Mitchell, 40, who categorically denies all the allegations against him, has been announced as a joint replacement for Julia Neuberger as the shul’s senior rabbi when she retires in March. But former members of staff told the Jewish Chronicle last month they had been forced to quit their jobs due to “bullying” and of “inappropriate behaviour” by Mitchell, lodging complaints to the shul. Five former employees raised concerns with Westminster Council in

2016 but the local authority ruled submitted a report to HR.” that while it had been “truly A statement was circulated struck” by the allegations, to members of staff and conthey did not warrant further gregants on Thursday. “The investigation, according to past few weeks have brought the newspaper. particular challenge and One whistleblower told reflection across the entire the JC: “Not only did Rabbi family of West London SynaDavid’s behaviour have a gogue,” it said. “As a caring detrimental effect on the community we strive for best mental health and well-being practice in the fulfilment of our of staff, he was also acting irreduty of care to every individual. sponsibly around children Our Board of Trustees and young people. Once I Mitchell is due to be installed as West now feels a need to bring in observed this behaviour I London Synagogue’s senior rabbi independent advisors – a

fresh pair of eyes – to spend some time working through the wide range of recent discussions, and meeting those affected. “This will enable us to learn, and then move ahead with our role as a beacon of progressive Jewish life in central London. As part of this, Rabbi David Mitchell has been asked, and has agreed, to take a period of time away from West London Synagogue. This will give breathing space for us to work with all our staff.” In a statement to the JC earlier this month, Mitchell denied all allegations and apologised for “anything that I have done which has inadvertently hurt or angered others,” before revealing he undertook management coaching.

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Communities secretary Robert Jenrick has said this week he “looks forward to the day that our embassy will move to Jerusalem”. But while the US relocated its embassy from Tel Aviv in 2018, the UK has not suggested plans to follow in its footsteps. Jenrick made the remark at an event on Tuesday hosted

An account of a Polish underground operative who infiltrated Auschwitz and spread news of the Holocaust to the Allies has been named the 2019 Costa Book of the Year. The Volunteer, by former war reporter Jack Fairweather, was announced as the winner by Costa Coffee chief executive Jill McDonald at an awards ceremony in central London. The announcement came the day after the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. The Volunteer tells of Witold Pilecki, a Polish resistance fighter who volunteered to be impris-

by the group Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) and attended by some 100 parliamentarians, including Chancellor Sajid Javid, Conservative chairman James Cleverly, as well as Israel’s ambassador to the UK Mark Regev. At the Westminster CFI event on Tuesday, the chancellor described Israel as “one of our closest friends

in the world”. Echoing him, the Israeli ambassador said a series of Conservative prime ministers had been influential: “The great Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, David Cameron or Theresa May, or the current prime minister Boris Johnson – all friends of Israel, all strong believers in the UK– Israel partnership.”



oned in Auschwitz. He forged an underground army, sabotaged facilities, killed Nazi officers, gathered evidence of mass murder and spread news of the Holocaust to the Allies. The Volunteer’s win, following that of The Cut Out Girl by Bart van Es last year, means that for two years in a row a biography exploring this period of history has been given the award. Sian Williams, chairwoman of the final judges, said: “The judges were unanimous. It’s an incredible story; pacy like a thriller, it reads like fiction and yet it’s not, it is fact.”









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‘Stand up’ for Uyghurs Jewish leaders urged the community to “stand up” on Monday as they heard from an exiled activist seeking to raise attention to the plight of an estimated one million Chinese Muslims thought to have been detained in China’s Xinjiang region, writes Mathilde Frot. World Uyghur Congress president Isa Dolkun met Jewish leaders, including from synagogue movements, human rights group René Cassin and Orthodox youth movement Bnei Akiva in a north London event hosted by the Board of Deputies. Around one million people are believed to have been detained without trial in camps in western Xinjiang, according to human rights activists. But Chinese authorities deny any mistreatment of the Uyghurs and other Muslim minority groups, saying the detention camps offer vocational training. Speaking after the event, Board vice president Amanda Bowman urged the Jewish community to condemn China’s treatment of the Uyghur Muslims. “In the week that we are marking Holocaust Memorial Day and the liberation of the most notorious concentration camp, it is intolerable that the Uyghur Muslims


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are being persecuted on this scale. It is the responsibility of all of us in the Jewish community to stand up and make our voices heard in their support,” she said. Rabbi David Mason, of Muswell Hill Synagogue, who was among religious leaders in the meeting, urged communities to “spread the word” and take a stand against racism. “We’ve always talked about ‘never again’, and those words are now hollow and don’t mean anything if we’re not willing to have our voice heard when we recognise the type of othering, the type of racism against other groups that we know as

Jewish people have experienced,” he said. Speaking to Jewish News during Holocaust Memorial Day, Dolkun stressed the importance of the international day of commemoration. “Seventy-five years ago, the Holocaust was happening and the world promised ‘never again’. But it is happening again 75 years later in China,” he said. WUC’s UK spokesperson, Rahima Mahmut, was due to speak at a parliamentary event yesterday organised and chaired by the Board, along with Senior Reform Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner and Board vice president Edwin Shuker.

The far-right Jobbik party has elected a leader with Jewish roots as its president. Peter Jakab, 39, won Saturday’s vote by a landslide. He is a practicing Catholic who once suggested that Jews generate Jew-hatred for financial gain. His grandmother was Jewish and his great-grandfather was killed at Auschwitz. His election to the party’s most senior post comes three years after its leaders took steps to rehabilitate its image.


Builders working on a former synagogue in Wieliczka have found a chest inside a wall containing more than 350 items of silverware and Judaica such as candlesticks, bronze vases with Hebrew inscriptions, a silver goblet, menorahs, rimonim (Torah scroll ornaments), and the decorations of officers from the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

MDA offers Turkey aid Israeli emergency services organisation Magen David Adom (MDA) offered the Turkish government assistance this week after a powerful earthquake triggered a humanitarian response. The magnitude 6.7 quake in Elazig province was felt in countries such as Georgia, Armenia and Syria. It killed at least 36 people and injured around 1,600 others, with 45 pulled alive from the rubble. MDA director General Eli Bin extended Israeli assistance to Dr Kerem Kinik, president of the Turkish Red Crescent. “We are anxiously tracking developments,” he said on Monday. “Our heart goes out to the Turkish people and to those

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Turkey deal with natural disasters before, and Bin said: “I am confident in the alliance we have built and view this as an opportunity to offer assistance if necessary.”

Photos thought to show Demjanjuk Historians have presented a collection of photos kept by the deputy commander of the Nazis’ death camp that they say appears to include images of John Demjanjuk, the retired US car worker who was tried in Germany for his alleged time as a Sobibor guard. The collection unveiled on Tuesday at Berlin’s Topography Of Terror museum comprises 361 photos as well as written documents illustrating Johann Niemann’s career. Niemann was the deputy commander of Sobibor from September 1942 until he was killed on 14 October 1943 in an uprising by Jewish inmates.

The photos were not destroyed after the Second World War in fear of legal proceedings, and they remained in the possession of Niemann’s family. The collection is being handed over to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. Experts say the collection enhances historians’ knowledge of what Sobibor looked like and only knew of two photos taken of the camp. The Niemann collection adds another 49. Demjanjuk, who was convicted in 2011 as an accessory to murder, always denied the accusations and died in 2012 before his appeal against the ruling could be heard.

A Jewish convict who helped 1,500 fellow prisoners earn degrees is free, 40 years after being sent down for murder. James A. ‘Sneaky’ White Jr, who flew helicopters during the Vietnam War, keeps kosher and wears a kippah. He set up an inmates’ college education programme after killing his wife’s violent ex-husband. The programme is credited with greatly reducing prisoner reoffending rates.


The United Nations has honoured Manuel Quezon, the former Philippines president, for his little-known role in saving thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. B’nai Brith also paid tribute to Quezon, who opened Manilla’s doors to nearly 1,300 Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany, at a time when many countries refused to do so.

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Dealing in fantasy It was telling that President Trump unveiled his proposed Middle East peace deal alongside Benjamin Netanyahu only. Mahmoud Abbas was nowhere to be seen. It is telling also that Netanyahu was grinning from ear to ear. No wonder. Israel, of course, yearns for peace, but this deal will never be approved by the Palestinians or accepted by the international community. Netanyahu knows it, but it conveniently provides cover for US recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the settlements. That is huge. It is highly likely that British Jews who, like Netanyahu, will also like Donald Trump. They will, if anything, think this deal is generous towards the Palestinians. After all, it gives them a state for, well, behaving properly. But British Jews who would like to see a final deal that gives the Palestinians a shred of dignity will agree with the rest of the world that it is worthless. Imagine the sell in Ramallah. “So guys, all of Jerusalem is Israeli forever, all settlements stay put with US recognition, the Jordan Valley becomes Israeli sovereign territory and we get a bit more land as long as we disarm and publicly kiss goodbye to any refugee return. Who’s in?” Trump, who preaches the art of the deal, is like an estate agent announcing the sale of a house for a price agreed only by the vendor, on terms agreed only by the vendor. So this deal, depending on your political outlook, is either terrible or generous, and the timing, depending on your political outlook, is either astute or desperate. Netanyahu and Trump are both fighting for survival against the apparatus of their respective states, the independence and proper functioning of which both men swore to protect. There’s never been a better time for a distraction. CONTACT DETAILS Publisher and Editor Richard Ferrer 020 7692 6929 richardf@thejngroup.com Publisher and News Editor Justin Cohen 020 7692 6952 justinc@thejngroup.com Features Editor Francine Wolfisz 020 7692 6935 francinew@thejngroup.com Community Editor Mathilde Frot 020 7692 6949

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BBC’s obscene omission This is an exact transcript of the first item of the BBC Radio 3 News of 5pm, Monday, 27 January. Even though there is a specific reference to the Holocaust, nowhere in the 125-word report does the word ‘Jew’ occur. ‘More than 200 people who survived the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz have returned to the site to mark the 75th anniversary of its liberation. Within sight of the infamous gatehouse that trains passed under on the way to the gas chambers, world leaders and dignitaries joined the elderly survivors in a ceremony to remember those

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I’D CALL DEFENCE SYSTEM ‘BARZILAI’ I enjoyed your piece on Israel’s new laser defence system, and your invitation to suggest a name for it (Jewish News, 16 January). I would suggest naming it ‘The Barzilai’, from the verbal root b-r-z, used in Aramaic in the sense of ‘to bore, pierce’, and in the Hebrew as the noun barzel (iron). It is thus suggestive of (in your words) ‘an Iron Dome Mark II’. Barzilai was the name of one of King David’s close

associates who supported him when he was on the run following the rebellion of his son Absalom (Samuel 2, 17:27; Kings I, 2:7, et al), and scholars interpret his name accordingly as ‘man of iron’.

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The Jewish Attenborough ‘siblings’ changed our lives MICHAEL ATTENBOROUGH THEATRE DIRECTOR


omething happened during the childhoods of my father Lord (Richard) Attenborough and his younger brother Sir David Attenborough that had a profound effect on them for the rest of their lives. Their father Fred, then principal of Leicester University College, and their mother Mary, a suffragette and founder member of the Marriage Guidance Council, were providing their Leicester home as a staging-post for German Jewish children, who, having been smuggled out of pre-war Germany, were on their way to join relatives, usually in the United States. On the day war broke out, they had two German Jewish girls staying with them, Helga and Irene Bajach. At that point no further transportation was possible. So

my grandparents ‘adopted’ them. Two shy, terrified young refugees , neither speaking a word of English. My grandmother gathered together her three sons, Richard, 14, David, 12 and John, 10, and explained that, while they were a family of five, they were now a family of seven. She then added: “It’s very possible that over the coming months you will think we love Helga and Irene more than we love you. But you know that’s not true. It’s just that at this moment, they need our love more than you do.” They lived as a family for the duration of the war, when the girls then travelled on to America to join relatives. They both eventually got married and had families of their own. By sheer coincidence, my father and I found ourselves directing in New York at the same time, a couple of blocks away from one another, in 1984: me on Broadway, him on location in a Broadway theatre, shooting A Chorus Line. We were there over Christmas, so my father invited Helga and Irene and their


husbands to New York to celebrate. I remember us all having Christmas lunch in a restaurant called Maxwell’s Hammer, Helga grabbing me and insisting, “Sit next to me darling and I’ll tell you all about your father as a little boy, a very naughty little boy!” My Jewish wife, Karen, and Helga then corresponded for many years and became very close. Helga memorably visited London once with her husband, Herman, and my father

gathered the entire Attenborough family together, the three brothers with their children and grandchildren, at our home to celebrate their visit. A great occasion. Sadly, both Helga and Irene eventually died of cancer. Their father was murdered in Auschwitz. Their elder sister, Jotta, who had been a year too old to obtain a visa to escape to England, miraculously survived the war in Germany and then travelled to the States to join her sisters. She is still alive, aged over 100. Most recently, Helga’s daughter, Bev, and her husband and children came on a pilgrimage to England to meet their mother/grandmother’s ‘English family’ and to visit the places where she’d lived. We all gathered together in my uncle David’s garden in Richmond one sunny afternoon for a very moving and unforgettable tea. My father was sadly no longer alive to enjoy the occasion, but I shall always remember him telling me that Helga and Irene joining his family taught him one very simple truth – ‘I am my brother’s keeper.’



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Their memory makes me weep for lost world ALEX BRUMMER CITY EDITOR. DAILY MAIL


uch of the past year, particularly the weeks heading into the general election, felt painful. It was the first time in my adult life that the stain of antisemitism felt so close. Working, as I do, on mid-market national newspaper which plays a big part in setting the tone of the public debate, it felt strange that one’s own identity as a Jewish person was the centre of the dialogue. I felt as if I had insight into what was happening but wanted to be detached. Let others do the arguing. Only when Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis made his intervention did I feel compelled to write of how he has tapped into the forebodings of the whole community. Even then, in the back of my mind, there was always the thought that even though I felt strongly about Labour’s sometimes unconscionable attitude towards Jews in Britain and Israel, it was better to steer clear.

This was a secular battle, fought on the hustings and in the social media. It also was a private quarrel about me, my family and friends. I found it better to stand back and concentrate on the economic arguments of the campaign. That saved me having to harvest the disquiet of all those I know on an issue gnawing away at their very being. When it comes to the enormity of the Shoah and commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Russian forces, it feels very different. There has been some comment in the Jewish media about Holocaust commemoration being overdone – somehow caught up in an exercise of global oneupmanship. There has also been the suggestion that 27 January (the secular Holocaust Memorial Day) takes away from Yom HaShoah, the day of Israeli remembrance, on the eve of independence celebrations. I would beg to disagree. The past week or so, as I have stood or sat through many commemorations, have been awe inspiring. The stars of the show are still the survivors and refugees, many of them as


spritely and mentally alert as ever, with the confidence to publicly bear witness. In the days of my childhood and youth, in the 1950s and 1960s, when the Shoah was so much closer and the abominations so fresh, the Holocaust was not a subject for public discourse. That era has long gone. This year, thanks to Roman Abramovich, Chelsea Football Club and Jewish News, the first event of remembrance I attended was at Stamford Bridge. A stand-high mural of three different footballing lives, cut horribly short, by the Holocaust was unveiled. Current players, from the men and women teams, spoke from their hearts of the horrors

of the Shoah and how eradicating antisemitism was a cause wholehearted embraced. Shoah remembrance makes me feel maudlin. The sound of the memorial prayers El Maleh Rachamim – with the names of the death camps woven in – and the memory of the lost lives in my own family is very vivid although I never knew them: my grandparents, Sandor and Fanya, who died at Auschwitz, and my uncles Daniel, Joseph and Ignatz, whose fate and that of their families is still unknown. Their memory makes me weep for a lost world. More real are the reminiscences of my father’s siblings who did survive. His brother Martin (who died in Israel) and two sisters, Rosie and Sussie and a niece Shindy, who live on. Their spirit is indomitable (even in great illness) and a living rebuke to those who would diminish the death of six million. Holocaust Memorial Day means their rebirth and fulfilled lives – like those of other survivors – is an inspiration. It is the ultimate rebuke to those still seeking to hoist the flag of antisemitism.

Susan Pollack’s story of survival is our story too CHIEF EXECUTIVE, HOLOCAUST EDUCATIONAL TRUST

n early 1945, Susan Pollack was sent on one of the so-called death marches, forced across towns, villages, fields, all on an empty stomach, with barely any water, constantly aware that if she stumbled she would be shot. She was 15. She had been a prisoner of the Nazis since 1944 and had survived the Vac ghetto in Hungary and somehow managed to survive the notorious death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau. She had been separated from her family on arrival at Auschwitz and didn't know what had happened to them, although she had, of course, heard the rumours. Susan ended up in Bergen-Belsen. Not long after her arrival, British soldiers liberated the camp, saving her life. They arrived just in time for her, but too late for 50,000 others. Susan remembers being picked up from

the ground by one of the soldiers and placed on a stretcher. Even today, 75 years later, she recalls the young man picking her up ‘like a frail bird’. The kindness he showed her after the brutal and dehumanising years under the Nazis is still one of the defining moments in her story. Closely behind the soldiers came the nurses, whose job it was to nurse the halfdead back to life; the administrators whose job it was to work out how to look after the tens of thousands of liberated prisoners who had lost everything and didn't know where to go; the chaplains, whose job it was to offer spiritual support to both the survivors and the liberators, forever scarred by what



EVEN TODAY, 75 YEARS ON, SUSAN RECALLS A MAN PICKING HER UP ‘LIKE A FRAIL BIRD’ they had seen; the cooks; the drivers; the journalists. Journalist Richard Dimbleby, who was the first broadcaster to enter the camp, spoke from it in a report made infamous over the past 75 years. He said that his words “can convey little or nothing in themselves. I wish with all my heart that everyone fighting in this war... could have come with me through the barbed wire fence that leads to the inner compound of the camp”. He knew that the horrors he was witnessing could never be fully understood by people who hadn't seen for themselves. Thousands of British men and women were part of the unprecedented work

of restoring life. They witnessed the unimaginable, many of them never speaking of it again. Susan, and thousands like her, recovered, in part thanks to the bravery and kindness of the British people she encountered behind the gates of hell. Now in her retirement, she continues to share her testimony, week in, week out and today, tens of thousands will tune as she tells her story, interviewed by Tracy-Ann Oberman, on a livestreamed webcast broadcast into classrooms the length and breadth of the country. Susan’s story is our story – we live in a country marked forever by the Holocaust, in communities where those who witnessed it lived. We are part of their legacy, we are the children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of those who fought, nursed, liberated, survived. We have heard their stories. Seventy-five years on, it is our job to make sure that they are remembered and shared.

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Israel must pocket the gains in Trump’s farce DR SHANY MOR



he farce of a US president facing an impeachment trial unveiling a radical peace plan to an Israeli prime minister on the day he failed to secure immunity from three criminal indictments would seem to give free rein to all manner of cynics and sceptics commenting on the hopelessness of it all. It shouldn’t. On the contrary, the Trump peace plan is an opportunity for Palestinians and their supporters, Israelis and their supporters, and self-appointed foreign policy experts of all kinds to ask difficult questions. The Palestinians – and the broader proPalestinian community of diplomats, activists, academics, and others – owe themselves and the beleaguered people whose cause they claim to champion a firm reckoning with two decades of rejectionism. There’s nothing special about an Israeli like me pointing out what a terrible mistake it was

to turn down Ehud Barak’s offer in 2000 or Ehud Olmert’s in 2008. What is maddening is how few Palestinian voices seem to want to say the same. Maybe it was hard to see in real time, but two decades have passed. Is it even a question that an independent Palestinian state comprising all of Gaza and 95 percent of the West Bank with a position in Jerusalem and no separation fence would be better than what the Palestinians have today? And if Israeli offers were so inadequate, that still doesn’t absolve the Palestinian leadership or Palestinian public opinion or pro-Palestinian diplomats and NGO’s from responsibility for rejecting American mediation proposals like the Clinton Parameters in 2001 or the Kerry bridging proposal from 2014. The Trump plan is much worse than what

the Palestinians could have had only six years ago. Surely, there must be a lesson here. Is there any sign of it being learned? The Israelis, especially the Israeli right, is celebrating the Trump plan as a giveaway to Israeli interests. Let’s set aside the plausibility problem for a moment. Is this plan genuinely good for Israel? There are important concessions to Israeli interests here to be sure, most notably on security and on Jerusalem. Israel should endeavour to pocket these gains the same way the Palestinians pocketed shifting American policies on statehood and borders under the three previous administrations. But the proposed Israeli sovereignty over even isolated settlements, while certainly satisfying to a narrow constituency in Israel’s domestic politics, cannot possibly be an Israeli


strategic interest. Dr Shany Mor, a research fellow at the Chaikin Institute for Geostrategy at the University of Haifa who previously served on Israel’s National Security Council What good does it do for Israel to have sovereignty of even a dozen isolated enclaves in the territory of a hostile, failing state? What will the military situation look like the day after an inevitable terrorist attack? How far is this really from the nightmare scenario of a one-state solution, with the denial of voting rights to the Arab minority (and possibly soon majority) only a short-term pause on the way to a unitary Muslim-majority state? There is, of course, much to criticise in this week’s proposal. The timing is suspect, the politics are gross and the motives are impure to say the least. The odds of success are tiny, but that’s no different than previous forays. It doesn’t mean that the “experts” get a free pass. And it doesn’t mean that the Israelis and Palestinians can just curl up in their respective narratives of righteousness and victimisation.

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n Holocaust Memorial Day, when we commemorated the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, we confronted one of the greatest evils that humankind has inflicted. The mechanised slaughter of Jews, planned, plotted and executed by the Nazis, remains a stain on humankind’s moral conscience. But there is the risk that when we look at black and white photographs of something that happened to other people, in another time, in a different place and at the hand of people with whom we feel we have nothing in common, we might think of antisemitism as a relic of the past. The sad reality is that we cannot be so complacent. Antisemitism has never gone away and it is stubbornly resurgent. In recent years, we have seen murderous

attacks at synagogues in Pittsburgh, Poway and Halle. Last month, we saw a vicious attack in New Jersey and antisemitic graffiti on and around a synagogue local to me in north London. Even last weekend, we saw further graffiti appear in Greenwich. I would like to pay tribute to the staff and volunteers of the Community Security Trust, who responded so quickly and always work to keep Jews safe in our community. In our own Labour Party, it is a matter of deep sadness and regret that the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is investigating the party over institutional antisemitism. I share the anger, frustration and pain of many in the Jewish community over how antisemitism has been handled by the Labour Party in recent years. It will be an urgent task of the next leader to turn things around. I have signed the Board of Deputies’ 10 pledges to help tackle the antisemitism crisis. And, if elected party leader, I will work with the Board, the Jewish Leadership Council and others to banish this prejudice


from our movement and regain the trust of the Jewish community. As leader, I would take personal responsibility for this and lead from the top. On day one, I would demand an update on ongoing antisemitism cases and ask for a clear timetable for their resolution. I will ask the Jewish Labour Movement and others to submit the list of cases they believe are still outstanding and, to leave no stone unturned, I will ensure an independent process and work with social media platforms to take hate off the internet. And my test for our party will be this: do those who have left the Party because of antisemitism feel comfortable to return? Only when they do will I be satisfied that we have

made progress. At the next election, I don’t want a single Labour member or activist to knock on a door and be told that people who previously voted Labour won’t do so because of antisemitism. If you’re antisemitic, you shouldn’t be in our party – or anywhere near it. On Holocaust Remembrance Day, it is our duty to remember and learn. I would like to offer my gratitude to the amazing survivors, who show tremendous bravery in reliving their trauma to share their stories and fight for a better future, and to organisations such as the Holocaust Educational Trust that do such vital work in our schools. The defeat of antisemitism will not be easy but, together, we can and we will prevail.

A challenge to Michael Whites everywhere JENNI FRAZER


t happens that my warmest coat is a bright red. Belatedly, I discovered it was not a colour to wear at Auschwitz, particularly not on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of that most notorious of death camps. Sombre black was the order of the day for most of Europe’s royalty and heads of state, the grandest of unspoken funerals for the 1.1 million Jews who died at the camp, and whose remains, viscerally and spiritually, will infect the site for ever. As anyone who has ever been to a concentration camp will confirm, it is a surreal experience. You bring the sensibilities of the 21st century and all its attendant questions of “why didn’t they?” or “how could they?”, questions which will eternally remain unanswered. Instead. you try, emotionally and physically, to navigate the vast stretches of the camp, its barracks, its museum, and, inevitably, to put yourself in the place of the inmates of Auschwitz. It’s winter and we are all bundled up in hats and scarves

and gloves, making it unimaginable to think of the men, women and children, standing for hours in freezing temperatures in thin, striped uniforms, while the Nazis completed their daily bureaucratic roll-call. None of the people I spoke to documenting Monday’s commemorations believed that they themselves would have survived. And it was plain from story after story from survivors that a huge factor in their survival was luck. Some say that was not luck, but God looking after them. But then, why this person and not that person? That is unknowable. And perhaps that is the great mystery of the Holocaust, why some lived when millions died. All around me on Monday morning were TV, radio and print journalists, desperately striving to put their own spin on this unfathomable event. Survivors from the relevant countries were linked with the writers and the broadcasters. Very little original was said, but the air was soon thick with pain and anguish, which made even the most hardened and cynical step back, metaphorically but also

NONE OF THE PEOPLE I SPOKE TO AT THE COMMEMORATION BELIEVED THAT THEY WOULD’VE SURVIVED sometimes literally. Years ago, I met a magazine journalist, not Jewish, and certainly never engaged in matters to do with the Holocaust. In fact, she edited a magazine about weddings. But she told me that she and her husband had made a point of visiting Dachau, believing it was important to see it for themselves. I was naive and surprised at her decision: what connection, I wondered, did she have? It is only now, I think, that I understand what she was doing, and, indeed, what the majority of those present at Auschwitz 75 were doing.

This was the world showing its humanity, its decency, its response to Holocaust denial and revisionism. On social media this week the oncerespected journalist Michael White made an inexplicable comment that while he understood “why Jews use the liberation of Auschwitz to educate a forgetful world and cynical leaders to its bleak horrors”, he did not understand why the story should lead BBC News. If you don’t understand that, Michael, and you are ready to make a comment like that on Holocaust Memorial Day, then you understand nothing. For all her fluffy subject matter, the wedding journalist who went to visit Dachau is worth a dozen of you. But I left Auschwitz with a wish: that the haters, the trolls, and the revisionists, could just once be taken there and hear a survivor speak. Here’s an open challenge to the Michael Whites of this world. It’s not schmaltz, or cliches: it was real people, with real lives, and such hard, unnecessary deaths. And maybe I have it wrong about my bright red coat. For after Auschwitz, we can only celebrate life.


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Community / Scene & Be Seen


Holocaust survivor Annick Lever, pictured, shared her testimony with Year 9 students at Southborough High School in Kingstonupon-Thames to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Max, a pupil at the school, said: “I knew a little about the Holocaust before I came here this morning but listening to the speaker was really eye-opening and I learnt lots more.” The session was part of a number of commemorative events with 1,400 schoolchildren in Surrey and Kingston this month, run by Kingston, Surbiton and District Synagogue and Kingston Liberal Synagogue, with funding from the borough. Events included sessions with survivors and the second generation, and candle-lighting memorial ceremonies. The vast majority of pupils attending were not Jewish and had never set foot inside a synagogue.

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Religious leaders and dignitaries launched an exhibition honouring Aron Grünhut, a Slovakian Jew who helped to rescue thousands of people under the Nazi regime. The Slovakian Embassy’s unique exhibition tells Grünhut’s story and how he helped to organise an ‘illegal’ transportation of more than 1,300 Jews to Palestine and arranged for ten Jewish children from Bratislava to escape on the Czech Kindertransport. The launch was held at Northwood and Pinner Liberal synagogue. “Everyone who hears of Aron Grünhut heed the warning of history,” said the shul’s senior rabbi, Aaron Goldstein. Pictured: Slovakian Ambassador Lubomir Rehak embraces Sir Nicholas Winton’s eldest son Nick at the launch.


Survivor Leslie Kleinman lit a candle for each of his siblings who perished in the Holocaust during a ceremony with the charity Jewish Futures. Marking Holocaust Memorial Day, Rabbi Saul Kelly, the Aish UK campus director, led a prayer in memory of Leslie’s family and the millions of victims who died in the Holocaust.


Kindertransport evacuee Ernest Simon, pictured, shared his testimony with members of Belmont Shul in an event for Holocaust Memorial Day where he was joined by fellow refugees Kemi, from Nigeria, and Maria, from Albania. The three speakers told harrowing stories of survival and persecution, and their experience settling in the UK. The event was held in memory of the Kindertransport refugee Hermann Hirschberger, who died this month at the age of 93. It was the first of several events taking place across seven days to commemorate victims of the Shoah.





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THE WEIGHT IS OVER… THANKS TO AFITTERME! Deborah Cicurel speaks to Darren Glenister about the sustainable lifestyle plan helping people achieve their food and fitness goals IF YOUR NEW YEAR RESOLUTION to become healthier seems a million years ago, and life feels far too hectic to make any fitness-related overhauls, you might benefit from the advice of someone who can help you achieve your goals – and the support of a like-minded group to keep you going. Afitterme is a 12-week lifestyle plan that aims to make manageable changes in your eating and exercise patterns without the unrealistic expectations that make so many people give up on their lifestyle changes. Set up by fitness expert and ex-army physical training instructor Darren Glenister, the course involves an initial meeting and weigh-in with Darren and his team of experts in Bushey, who create a bespoke plan based on your needs, desires and challenges. Participants are then put into a group, where they communicate daily via a Messenger app about their meals, their accomplishments and any struggles along the way. “Many diet programmes and food plans are unsustainable with peopleʼs busy lifestyles, so I needed to do something that was sustainable,” Darren explains. “I wanted to create a plan that could fit into everybodyʼs lifestyle, where you didnʼt require a gym and it all could be done from home.” Darren believes the support not just of his team, but of people going through similar lifestyle shakeups, helps people make long-lasting changes to their lifestyles, exercise and health routines. “We group people together on Messenger, where they are given daily information and put in different food ideas and plans, but never tell them what to eat. Thatʼs their decision based on our parameters. “We set them targets and goals for three, six, nine and twelve weeks and they tick our boxes on a daily basis to achieve the goals we set them. “Through daily monitoring, motivation, group chat and inspirational people working on the same aims, the group tends to motivate itself after a period

of time. We have a system that works, because they are self-motivated.” As well as helping people with healthier eating, Darren provides an exercise plan, advising them to do a 30-minute routine, five days a week, either at the gym or, for busy office workers, from home. Darren believes a key part of the course is educating people about their bodies, what they really need to do to burn fat and choosing foods wisely and efficiently. Thatʼs how he has helped clients burn up to seven stone and keep the weight off. “On any other course we looked at, whether it be Atkins, Weight Watchers, 5:2, Slimming World and so on, there is no learning part of the course,” Darren explains. “Youʼre told ʻeat this, eat thatʼ, and thereʼs no learning, hence why we get this yo-yo dieter effect. “On Afitterme, we donʼt believe in yo-yo dieting – given the ability to learn and understand what you are trying to achieve thereʼs no such thing. “The learning is key to sustainability in the long run.” Darren believes in helping people make informed choices about food, rather than forcing them to stick to rigid diet plans. “I worked in north London as a trainer for the past 20 years and I have written many diet plans,” he explains. “Part of the reason for creating Afitterme was because meal plans donʼt work. If youʼve done any diet before, four or five weeks in youʼre bored and the food choices are those of the trainers or the programs. “Youʼve had the same breakfasts, lunches and evening meals, so what we try to develop is an

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City of Nice remembers the thousands forcibly deported Robert Levitt looks at the history of the French city with two shuls that has just dedicated a new Wall of Names


his month marked the dedication of the new Wall of Names remembering the 3,485 Jews forcibly deported from the French city of Nice during Nazi occupation. Of the millions of tourists who visit the glamorous French Riviera, few know about the removal of Jewish residents from Nice station to Drancy, then on to Poland and Germany, where most were killed. I better understood the city’s Jewish heritage while working in the archives of the AlpesMaritimes, sorting documents from a 20th century politician, when I came across a letter from a constituent, which gripped me like no other. You could almost feel the sweat dripping with every word as the writer tried to convey to the Vichy councillor that he was about to be deported by the Gestapo because they thought he was Jewish, when in fact he was not. By then, Jews knew what awaited them if caught, and this non-Jew spoke with terror, his first realisation of what Jews had been going through. Nice was by then one of the last refuges for Jews in Europe. The city became part of France in 1860. Before that, and since 1388, it was part of the County of Savoy, ruled by a duke in Turin, northern Italy.

The new Wall of Names with names of the 3,485 Jews who were deported during Nazi occupation

tombs of the previous Jewish cemIn 1430, a ghetto ‘Juiverie’ was mandated etery. It, by itself, tells the history and Jews were told that they had to of Jewish families who came to wear a yellow star on their clothes, Nice. The stones spell the city in but Nice authorities did not a variety of ways – Nizza, Niza, enforce it, as evidenced by a letter Nica, Nissa, Ніцца, Ηίκαια, sent 18 years later, castigating Nicea, Nicaea, Nisa, Ницца – in authorities for not separating French, Hebrew, Polish, Italian, the Jews of Nice. Russian, English and German. That year, in 1448, while life Nice’s past Jewish residents for Jews was getting harder in came from all over, too, born in Turin, the city of Nice in fact Kyiv, Vasylkiv, Warsaw, Kishinev, gave its banking franchise to Mariupol, Kherson, Odessa, a Jewish banker named Bonnefoy Nikolaev, Kaunas, Berlin, St Petersde Chalons. burg, Lwów, Radautz of Bukovina The Latin contract shows that (Rădăuți, Romania), Algeria, Oran, Bonnefoy had the right to live Constantine, Taganrog, Constanwherever he pleased – impossible if The ark and stained tinople, London, Rangoon, Cairo a Jewish ghetto had been imposed; glass windows and Johannesburg. They could yet in 1733 a short-lived ghetto did all tell a story, yet the most extraordinary Jewish stories took place during the war. become a reality. In September 1942, Nice fell under the jurisdicPermission was given that year to designate a synagogue tion of the Italians, who refused to hand over Jews on the third floor of a building to the Germans, creating a sanctuary. Jewish famiowned by the Catholic broth- lies flooded in: at one point up to 100,000 were in erhood Pénitents Noirs, with the city, filling its hotels, hostels and apartments. Fearing an Italian collapse, they hatched a plan a mikveh in the basement. In 1750, the obligation for Jews to hire ships to take them to parts of newly-liberto wear a badge was formally ated North Africa, but before they could do so, the abolished and all legal restric- Germans rushed in to take over the Italian zone. In September 1943, the infamous Jew-hating tions on Jews ended in 1848. The ghetto is located in the SS commander Alois Brunner came to town. ThouOld Town and the buildings on sands of recently-arrived newly-registered Jews at least one side of the street were easy targets. The city reacted, hiding Jews and had underground tunnels to their children, working through resistance groups the adjacent street, Rue Droit, such as the Marcel Network, and the famed Naziwhich would allow Jews to hunter Serge Klarsfeld. Still, it was a traumatic time, and only with time come and go when they chose. During my research, has the city opened up to discussing it. A monuI learned that those same tun- ment to the ‘Justes’ was erected in 2014 and now, nels probably housed Jews this week, the Wall of Names commemorates during the Holocaust. Sure the deportees. Today, visitors can see two functioning synaenough, in a private cellar, I discovered a star of David, gogues dating from the end of the 19th century. The a menorah, communist city has an active Jewish community, where I have symbols and one symbol learned both Judeo-Espanol as well as Yiddish. Yet it is also a city that will never truly lose still unknown, etched into the horror and fear of the war, of houses lit from the walls. The Jewish cemetery, outside around midnight, and the sound of heavy opened in 1783, contains the Gestapo boots racing up the stairs. The Great Synagogue, Nice, one of the town’s two functioning shuls

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Deborah Davis’ intriguing tale of nobility, war and lust was nominated for 10 Oscars and won Best Actress for Olivia Coleman in her role as Queen Anne – despite the north Londoner never having written a script before. In ill health and increasingly frail, the monarch is attended to by her close friend Lady Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz), who has taken to governing the country in her stead, navigating the politics of the court in the midst of a war with France. When Abigail (Emma Stone), a distant relative of Lady Sarah’s arrives, it begins a rivalry for the Queen’s affections that soon turns ugly. Fantastically chaotic, but also filled with pathos, The Favourite proved to be a surprise underdog in last year’s awards season. The Favourite is available on Sky Cinema from today, 31 January

MUSIC The Windermere Children

Satirical pop artist aleXsandro Palombo has added two new artworks to his controversial Never Again series, which redraw The Simpsons characters as victims of the Holocaust, in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Homer, Marge, Bart, Maggie and Lisa stand behind barbed wire, dressed in striped pyjamas with yellow stars, alongside their fellow camp prisoners, with diarist Anne Frank portrayed in a similar stance. The series was produced in 2015 as “an invitation to reflect, an artwork to raise awareness and increase the interest of the new generations, an indictment against intolerance, a punch to inhumanity”.

COMING SOON Batwoman on E4 Holy smokes! Batwoman is coming soon to E4 – and she’s Jewish. Played by Orange Is The New Black actress Ruby Rose, the heimische superhero can also lay claim to being the first openly gay superhero to headline a TV series. The character first appeared in DC Comics as the alter-ego of Kate Kane, a wealthy heiress, who, during her uncle Batman’s absence, decides to take on the role of a masked vigilante in Gotham City. Now, following its successful premiere in the US, the action-packed series from Warner Bros. Television Group is set to arrive on UK screens. After Batman

Alex Baranowski’s haunting soundtrack of BBC Two’s poignant drama, The Windermere Children, has been released on Sony Classical. Broadcast on Monday to coincide with the 75th anniversary since the liberation of Auschwitz – and available to view on BBC iPlayer – the film tells the true-life story of how 300 young Jewish orphans were brought to the tranquil surroundings of Lake Windermere, as part of an effort to help rehabilitate them after the war. Speaking about the process of creating the score, Baranowski says “it was by far the most emotional journey I’ve ever been on while composing anything”. He added: “The story resonated with the experiences of my own Polish grandparents during and after the war – foreigners in a new country with nowhere to return, an entire family killed or murdered, making sense of their experiences through music, painting and writing poetry. “Being able to go through my own voyage of discovery of my family past while helping to tell this quite beautiful story was an absolute privilege.”

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‘I recoil from the idea that we are all capable of murder’ P

laywright Sir Tom Stoppard has explored everything from art and politics to fate and freewill, human rights, censorship and unrequited love. But his many lauded works and screenplays, which include his Oscar-winning Shakespeare In Love, have never drawn on his own Jewish identity, or indeed his Czech family’s connection to the Holocaust. That is until now. His latest work, Leopoldstadt, which opened for previews at Wyndham’s Theatre this week, is an

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Jewish background until the 1990s, when intimate Jewish family portrait of three a Czech cousin visited the UK and he generations living in Vienna in the candidly tackled the issue for the first first half of the 20th century. time. Patrick Marber directs a cast of Up until then, he had seen himself more than 40, which includes Ed as quintessentially English, having Stoppard, the playwright’s son moved to England in 1946 when from his second marriage to the his mother married his step­ advice columnist and presenter Dr father, British army major Kenneth Miriam Stoppard. ­Stoppard. In the early 1900s, Leopoldstadt He recalled relatively little about was the old, crowded Jewish quarter his pre-war life in the Moravia region of of Vienna, but times have moved on Czechoslovakia or about fleeing to Singafor manufacturer Hermann Merz, a baptised Jew married to a Catholic, Gretl, pore with his parents, Martha and Eugen and they now live in a more fashionable Straussler, when he was just two years old. Tom Stoppard part of the city. Neither does he recall being sent to Assimilated and ambitious to become Australia with Martha and his brother, members of the social elite, the Merz family look upon leaving Eugen behind in Singapore as a volunteer this era with optimism and opportunity. doctor for the British army. He was still a young boy However, by the time Stoppard’s sweeping drama when Eugen was tragically killed by a Japanese bomb, has come to its conclusion, Austria has borne the in 1942. scars of war, revolution, impoverishment, annexaAs his cousin carefully drew a family tree, he learnt tion by Nazi Germany – and for the country’s Jewish for the first time the names of his four Jewish grandcommunity – the murder of 65,000 of them during parents and discovered that they had all perished in the the Holocaust. Holocaust, alongside his maternal aunts. Certainly the play’s opening is pertinent, given this It was a moment of revelation that left its impression week’s 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, on Stoppard – and which has even been incorporated coupled with rising fears about antisemitism. into a scene in Leopoldstadt. But for the 82-year-old playwright, Leopoldstadt Having learnt about the tragic impact on his family, I was the result of a much simpler impulse. ask Stoppard what his reflections are on the Holocaust “The moment for this play arrived,” he tells me. “I today. wanted to write a ‘big’ play, and I had no ideas except “Since I was old enough to have ‘personal reflections this one.” on the Holocaust’, my thoughts, I’m sure, have been He is at pains to explain that his newest work is similar to the thoughts of any thoughtful person, with not autobiographical – “I did not want to turn my similar feelings of grief and horror,” he tells me. family history into a play, so I didn’t want to write “But one particular thought, again shared by so about a Czech family or what happened to me” – many, has always been to wonder whether, given the but he does acknowledge that his own personal same circumstances, the ‘ordinary people’ around experience inspired, or as he puts it, “suggested the one’s own life would be capable of the same genocidal general subject for a play”. actions. Stoppard, who lives in Dorset with his third wife, “I try to resist the idea that certain communities Sabrina Guinness, reveals that, “at the very end of had the potential to murder their neighbours, while at Leopoldstadt, the fiction touches on my personal the same time recoiling from the idea that we are all story, an eight-year-old boy brought to England by capable of it.” a British stepfather and ‘becoming British’, barely aware of family heritage”.  Leopoldstadt runs at Wyndham’s Theatre until Indeed, Stoppard was largely unknowing about his 16 May, windhamstheatre.co.uk

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Francine Wolfisz talks to Tom Stoppard about Leopoldstadt, his first Jewish play, which draws on his family connections to the Holocaust



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his recipe might have been called: “How to finally master the art of cooking basmati rice, make it really colourful and pretty with saffron, and add different sweet and savoury textures”. I then said to myself, “maybe that’s a bit long for a title,” but it does tell you everything you need to know.


1. Put the rice in a large bowl and pour over enough cold water to cover. Stir with your hand and when the water becomes cloudy, replace it with fresh. 2. Repeat this process at least three times. The reason is that by soaking and rinsing the rice, you get rid of the natural starch it contains that makes the grains stick together as they cook. 3. Cover the rice with fresh water one last time and let it soak for 20 minutes. Drain in a colander and run cold water through to rinse it.


4. Tip the rice into a saucepan and add 900ml (3 ¾ cups) cold water.


5. Crush the saffron threads and place in a small, heatproof jar. Add two tablespoons of boiling water and screw the lid on the jar.

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Orthodox Judaism

Torah For Today

SEDRA Bo BY REBBETZEN CHANA HUGHES This week’s parsha, Bo, coincides with Mental Health Awareness Shabbat. Previously, people have likened the plague of darkness that is described in this week’s portion to the dark experience of mental illness. While Egypt was experiencing the ancient equivalent of a threeday power cut, the Midrash says the Israelites, who were able to see, were instructed to search the Egyptians’ homes to see where they kept their valuables. When they were redeemed and asked for remuneration from the Egyptians for centuries of slave labour, the Egyptians would inevitably deny they had any wealth. However, the Israelites would know exactly what they owned and where they kept it, because they had seen it during the plague of darkness. Those who saw the plagues were at least the third generation of slaves. Nobody in their living memory had ever experienced freedom. As the plagues began, the Jews started to trust in their salvation, but imagine when it came to the ninth


 Chana Hughes is the Rebbetzin of Radlett United Synagogue and is a therapist








plague and they were still not free. They must have wondered whether the plagues were going to last forever. Yet during this darkest moment, the Jews were instructed to perform an activity of hope: they were asked to prepare for when they could demand payment from their oppressors. Surrounded by darkness, they were instructed not to give up and to keep alive the flame of their hope. As a therapist for young people and their families, every week I see young people on their journey through darkness and try to help them find the hope that, one day, things will seem brighter and the darkness will pass. If my clients can recognise even a tiny flicker of hope then, together, we trap that flame and fan it, and pray it can grow into a beautiful light again. For people struggling with mental health difficulties and for their families, we all pray that, like the Israelites, they are able to keep the hope of salvation alive.

What does the Torah say about: Jack’s Law BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL Jack’s Law, which will come into effect this April, has been named in memory of Jack Herd, a twoyear-old child who drowned in 2010, whose mother has since campaigned for the statutory right to paid leave for grieving parents. What does the Torah say about Jack’s Law? At a time of bereavement, the shiva process of a week of mourning, followed by three further weeks of semi-mourning, allows for an incremental progress through the stages of grief. Customarily, mourners should not go to work. Whether or not their earning capacity is affected, it is customary for people who know them to prepare meals for them. The mind of the mourner should be focused on the passing on of the deceased. If the mourner is preoccupied with everyday matters, they cannot grieve. This is a mental health issue.

to support their time off from work while grieving. Whether or not payments should be made, or simply food delivered from community kitchens depends on the culture of that Jewish community. Since most workers do not work on a daily hire contract basis, but on a monthly contractual basis, it follows that an employer – as well as the government and HMRC – have some form of duty to the mourner in the same way as the rest of the community, along with the government. In this way, a mourner can Jack’s Law is named after Jack Herd be assisted for at least one week With the need to invest so much in of shiva and be given further fleximental health, surely the best way bility for the essential month during to deal with grief is to allow it to which time there are many painful and practical issues to sort out. be expressed. Should it be facilitated or subsi-  Rabbi Ariel Abel CF dised by government? It stands to serves Liverpool Old Hebrew reason that parents who have lost Congregation and is padre to a dependent may need tzedakah Merseyside Army Cadet Force



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The Bible Says What?

Why all benefit from Mental Health Awareness Shabbat

‘Priests can’t drink wine or they die!’


BY RABBI PETE TOBIAS In Leviticus 10:9, Aaron the High Priest is told that neither he or his sons should “drink wine or other fermented drink” whenever they enter the tent of meeting, or “you will die”. This is a case of shutting the sanctuary door after God’s wrath has been vented, however, because two of Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, did precisely that at the start of this chapter in Leviticus and they did indeed die. In the Torah, the priests are charged with the sacred task of protecting the Children of Israel from the rather unpredictable fits of divine rage that so often seem to emanate from the holy centre of the sanctuary. As such, one would like to think that they might take care to ensure that their behaviour – in particular their drinking habits – are sufficiently controlled to protect both them and the people for whom they are responsible. It would seem, however, that this

We’re aware of “five a day” and the importance of fruit and veg for our physical health, but are we aware of the mental health equivalent – the NHS’ five ways to wellbeing? Being active, learning, connecting to people, giving to others and taking notice of the world around us are essential to our “emotional diet”. With JAMI’s Mental Health Awareness Shabbat falling this week, it is a good time to consider whether we are getting our five a day. Happily, all of these are readily available in Jewish communities – walking groups, mindfulness, choirs, youth groups, volunteering opportunities, discussion groups, prayer, befriending projects, educational programmes and more. Being involved with a synagogue is good for our mental health! When we experience mental health difficulties, it can be hard to join activities, or even get out of bed. Communal responsibility is a core Jewish value – as we read in

priestly attempt at a code of ethics fails dramatically. Later in our texts, we find the prophet Isaiah full of contempt for “…priests and prophets who stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine; they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing visions, they stumble when rendering decisions.” (Isaiah 28:7). Indeed, far from upholding the lofty Levitical standards demanded of them, these intoxicated clergy babble meaninglessly and preside over “tables covered with vomit,” on which “there is not a spot without filth.” (Isaiah 28:8) Curiously, while the Torah is so often a source of exemplary behavior from which we should all be inspired, our ancient priests are not, it would seem, the role models for our rabbis of today!

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the Talmud, Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh Bazeh – all of Israel is responsible for one another. So we must ensure the myriad of opportunities are accessible to all, particularly when people may find it hard to take the first step. Many communities have welcoming practices on Shabbat and festivals – a simple smile or introduction can be great starting points. Having conversations about mental health, in an open and non-judgemental atmosphere, help create an approachable and welcoming environment. Reform Judaism has welcomed mental health campaigners, hosted

informal chats and trained young people to facilitate awareness raising sessions in cheders and youth clubs. We are also training Mental Health First Aiders in communities and for our youth movement, RSYNetzer, so there is greater awareness of how we can support people in difficult times, and when and how to get professional support from the NHS or voluntary sector organisations, such as JAMI. Sedra Bo, which includes the plague of darkness, was specifically chosen to be our Shabbat for thinking about mental health. Darkness affects our ability to function, much like mental illhealth. It is a chance to acknowledge that many are experiencing mental health difficulties and we must turn up the light, to ensure we are truly welcoming and supportive to all. ◆ Sharon Daniels is Reform Judaism’s wellbeing and inclusion manager







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Dear Vanessa How easy is it to reopen a financial settlement? Francesca Dear Francesca While it is always possible to “apply” to vary a maintenance provision, they may not always be granted. For example, if you apply say a year after the settlement and there has been no discernible movement on either side’s income, it will likely be refused. However, if the party receiving maintenance falls ill or loses their employment with little prospect of further work, the courts will most certainly vary upwards the maintenance provision.


MAN ON A BIKE Dear Man on a Bike I’ve been warned that Windows 7 has stopped being supported by Microsoft and I am now not covered. I'd like to know how to upgrade to Windows 10 as they suggest, and whether I would lose any information when I do. Is this a job I can do myself? Adam Dear Adam I have had lots of calls about this since Microsoft made a

message pop up on people’s computers and the coverage in the media. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer. Windows 7 was released in 2009 and was supplied until Windows 8 came in 2012, although several manufacturers continued to offer a free downgrade for a couple of years afterwards owing to compatibility issues with Windows 8. Therefore, computers could be anything from six to 11 years old. Some of the later machines would have upgraded to Windows 10 automatically when it came out, but many didn’t. If you have one of the older machines, it is more than likely it will not cope with Windows 10 and there will not be all of the drivers available.

Regarding capital provisions, the courts won't vary a settlement to allow a bigger home than envisaged, or grant more capital if the husband has chosen to keep company shares and they have fallen. To reopen capital, the applicant must show there has been an unexpected or significant change of circumstances soon after the settlement. If either person is shown to have lied or misrepresented or been fraudulent in their disclosure to the extent a different order would have been agreed or imposed, the court can reopen. This is a huge hurdle to overcome and specialist advice should always be sought or else risk an order for costs being made against you. If a company valuation was wholly misleading or the details of a person’s capital values have been hidden, the court can, with the above criteria, look at the new evidence and reopen the case. The moral is that lying parties may find the closure they had manipulated becomes very open.

Later machines will be able to accept Windows 10 with minimal issues and none of your information should get lost, although I always advise taking regular back-ups. But just because Microsoft have withdrawn support doesn’t mean you need to stop using your computer. So long as it had been updating, you will have closed the major security issues. If you keep up your anti-virus and are sensible, there is nothing stopping you using your machine, or replacing it with a modern Windows 10 machine that will have much better specifications. Most computers need replacing after five to seven years anyway, so updating an 11-year-old machine is potentially a false economy.


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in this remarkable ancient city has to be the magnificent Dohany Street Synagogue. This great nerve centre of early Budapest Jewish life was built around 1850 and is the largest in Europe (and the second largest in the world), with a dedicated Jewish visitor’s service available to guide you. You must also visit the famous castle and Royal Palace district, high up on the Buda side steeped in medieval history and with the extra bonus of a panoramic view overlooking the city and the famous Parliament building on the Danube's banks. Budapest has it all… opera, theatre, symphony orchestra and culture intertwined with enormous European history as well as the most famous and glamorous river in Europe.



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

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

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DR ADAM NEWMAN Qualifications: • Dentist at the Gingerbread House, a Bupa Platinum practice in Shenley, Radlett. • Regional Clinical Services Advisor for Bupa Dental Care UK. • Providing NHS and private dentistry, whitening, implants and cosmetic treatment. • Bachelor of Dental Surgery and Member of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners RCS England. GDC registered 212542.

ELI ROSENBERG Qualifications: • All aspects of Israeli law. Specialising in property law, property tax, inheritance law and dispute management. • Third generation lawyer from Israeli firm established in Israel in 1975. • Authorised and regulated by the Israeli Bar Association and Ministry of Justice of the State of Israel, with teams in Tel Aviv and London.

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

DR BEV JACOBSON Qualifications: • Able to draw on the expertise of Norwood’s professional staff team, including social workers, educational psychologists, behavioural specialists, speech and language and occupational therapists, teachers, psychologists, benefit advisors and psychotherapists. • Expertise in services available for children and their families and young people with special educational needs and adults with learning disabilities and autism.

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

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NORWOOD 020 8809 8809 www.norwood.org.uk bev.jacobson@norwood.org.uk

JEWISH DEAF ASSOCIATION 020 8446 0502 www.jdeaf.org.uk mail@jdeaf.org.uk

Got a question for a member of our team? Email: editorial@thejngroup.com

Thinking about ALIYAH? Contact the Jewish Agency for Israel certified by the Israeli government to facilitate Aliyah!

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

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

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

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

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

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HEALTH & FITNESS ANNA SCHUCHMAN & CHARLOTTE WIKLER Qualifications: • Founders of aceLIFESTYLE, offering practical solutions for becoming and remaining fit, strong and healthy. • Creators of the aceTRANSFORMATION 12-week weight-loss program. • Level 3 Personal Trainers and Nutritional Consultants. • Qualified to help ante and postnatal clients, teenagers and those of all abilities and ages.

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



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

CAROLYN COHEN Qualifications: • Supports couples dealing with infertility and reproductive health. • Strictly confidential helpline. • Specialist medical support and information. • Counselling for individuals and couples and educational events. • Expert medical advisory panel.

ASHLEY PRAGER Qualifications: • Professional insurance and reinsurance broker. Offering PI/D&O cover, marine and aviation, property owners, ATE insurance, home and contents, fine art, HNW. • Specialist in insurance and reinsurance disputes, utilising Insurance backed products. (Including non insurance business disputes). • Ensuring clients do not pay more than required.

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ISRAELI ACCOUNTANT LEON HARRIS Qualifications: • Leon is an Israeli and UK accountant based in Ramat Gan, Israel.

• He is a Partner at Harris Horoviz Consulting & Tax Ltd. • The firm specializes in Israeli and international tax advice, accounting and tax reporting for investors, Olim and businesses.

PHOTOGRAPHER HARRISON GALGUT Qualifications: • Experienced wedding and event photographer. • Specialism in portraits and light management. • BSc(Hons), BTEC music tech, specialising in film, and member of Royal Photographic Society.

LISA WIMBORNE Qualifications: Able to draw on the charity’s 50 years of experience in enabling people with physical disabilities or impaired vision to live independently, including: • The provision of specialist accommodation with 24/7 on site support. • Knowledge of the innovations that empower people and the benefits available. • Understanding of the impact of a disability diagnosis.

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DOV NEWMARK Qualifications: • Director of UK Aliyah for Nefesh B’Nefesh, an organisation that helps facilitate aliyah from the UK. • Conducts monthly seminars and personal aliyah meetings in London. • An expert in working together with clients to help plan a successful aliyah.

CLAIRE STRAUS Qualifications: • Free professional one-to-one advice at Resource to help unemployed into work. • Practical support, workshops and networking opportunities to maximise prospects. • Career coach with MSc in career management and coaching with a background in human resources and general management and experience of private, public and voluntary sectors.

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There are simply no words to describe last week’s event. There are simply no words to describe last week’s event. The entire thing went so smoothly from start to end; I The entire thing went so smoothly from start to end; I guess all those endless hours of prep you guys put in guess all those endless hours of prep you guys put in paid off! 5:22 PM paid off! PM 5:22 The atmosphere was incredible- there was a strong The atmosphere was incrediblethere was a strong sense of achdus between the exhibitors, which I found sense amazing. of achdusBut between the exhibitors, which found most of all I’m blown away atI the results. amazing. But most of all I’m blown away at the results. Basically, JTrade has the ability to expand and promote Basically, JTrade has in the ability expandway. andI’llpromote one’s business the best to possible definitely be one’s business in the best possible way. I’ll definitely be recommending it to fellow entrepreneurs! recommending it to a fellow It’s been only weekentrepreneurs! since the event and already things PM It’s been only a week since the event and already5:23 things have taken quite a drastic turn upwards. 5:23 PM have taken quite a drastic turn upwards. We are constantly getting new phone calls and emails, We arestill constantly phone callsup and signing agetting streamnew of expo visitors foremails, our services. still signing a stream of expo visitors up for our services. And for that, we have to thank JTrade. And forSo...a that, massive we havethank to thank youJTrade. to all the wonderful staff at So...a JTrade. massive thank you to all wonderfulforstaff at off my respect andthe admiration pulling PM 5:23All PM JTrade. All my respect and admiration forbefore. pullingWell off done. 5:23 what’s never been done in London what’s never been done in London before. Well done.

thank YOU!! thank YOU!!


29 June

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