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Thousands of Jewish pupils join today’s nationwide campaign to wear clothes inside out for Children’s Mental Health Week by Francine Wolfisz francinew@thejngroup.com @FWolfisz

Thousands of Jewish pupils are today wearing their school uniforms inside out in support of a mental health campaign that coincides with Children’s Mental Health Week. More than 170 schools – including virtually all Jewish schools across the UK – as well as several clubs and businesses are supporting Inside Out Day with the message that how a person looks might not reflect how they feel. Among Jewish schools in London participating are Independent Jewish Day School, Immanuel College, Sinai, JFS, North West London, Akiva, Clore Shalom, Hasmonean, Hertsmere Jewish Primary School,

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Kerem, Mathilda Marks Kennedy Jewish Primary School, Moriah Jewish Day School, Naima, Rosh Pinah, Wolfson Hillel, Yavneh Primary, Yavneh College, Beit Shvidler, Etz Chaim and Sacks Morasha and Alma. From Leeds, Brodetsky Primary School, LJFS and The Zone have signed up, alongside King David Primary and North Cheshire Jewish Primary in Manchester and Calderwood Lodge in Glasgow. The campaign was organised by Jo Novick, from north London, with siblings Julie Borlant and Janie Jackson-Spillman, as a way of remembering their sister, Jenny Jackson, who took her own life nearly four years ago. Jenny, who had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, had just turned 40 when she died in 2016. Speaking last month about the initiative, Jo, 48, said: “It’s a simple way of making us all stop and think about how someone may be looking OK on the outside, but on the inside they may be feeling sad or worried.People think others look fine, but actually inside they might be suffering. It’s also a way of getting children to think of others, because no one really knows how someone else is feeling.” Participants are asked to take a selfie and post their pictures on social media and tag it with #InsideOutDay. Elsewhere, children at Nancy Reuben Primary School in Hendon, launched their first iTunes podcast called iFeel, designed to help promote children’s mental health issues. Anyone taking part in Inside Out Day is asked to make an optional donation of £1 to www.ifyoucare share.co.uk. For more information email info@insideoutday.org.uk  Editorial comment, page 16

PACINO’S HOLOCAUST TATTOO Hollywood icon Al Pacino says wearing a tattoo on his left arm to portray a Jewish Nazi hunter helped him “become that person”. The 79-year-old star spoke to Jewish News this week about his forthcoming role as Meyer Offerman at the launch of Amazon Prime Video’s thrilling new drama series, Hunters. Continued page 5


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Latest antisemitism stats reveal huge web hate rise Almost four-in-10 antisemitic incidents in the UK are now online, according to a major Community Security Trust report published today, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. It shows that a record 1,805 incidents took place across 2019, with the number reported to have taken place online having almost tripled in two years. Of the total – the fourth consecutive highest – 697 incidents, or 39 percent, were online. In 2018, by comparison, CST recorded 384 online incidents, or 23 percent of the total. In 2017 there were 249 online incidents, 18 percent of that year’s total. The months with the highest number of incidents were February and December, both months when the problem of antisemitism in the Labour Party was in the spotlight, suggesting that national news was a trigger. In February, several Labour MPs, including Jewish politician Luciana Berger, resigned from the party, many citing antisemitism, whereas in December the issue again came to the fore during the general election campaign. Despite offline antisemitism decreasing in some areas, assaults against Jews rose in

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2019 to high levels, with 157 incidents reported, up from 123 assaults recorded by the CST in 2018 and 149 in 2017. Two incidents occurred on the same

London bus route. In one, a man reportedly screamed “Jews don’t belong here” at a Jewish couple, then pulled the man’s jacket hood and his wife’s sheitel. In the other, a man reading

a prayer book said he was subjected to antisemitic spoken abuse from an adult male, who then directed his tirade at a group of girls. When the initial victim intervened, the perpetrator punched him in the arm. Similarly, Jewish students were targeted more frequently in 2019 than in the previous 12 months, with 40 incidents recorded by the CST compared with 25 in 2018; roughly half took place on campus. Communities secretary Robert Jenrick said: “Our new funding to tackle antisemitism on campus and plans to combat online harms by targeting the appalling rise in antisemitic social media incidents form a vital part of our commitment to root it out of our society.” Elsewhere in the report, there were improvements. Antisemitism targeting synagogues or congregants was down, as were comparisons between Israel and the Nazis, and the number of direct antisemitic threats. There was also a huge drop in mass-produced or mass-emailed antisemitic literature, owing to investigations and arrests. Despite the occasional bright spots, CST chiefs were still left facing the fourth consec-

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ONLINE ABUSE INCLUDES social media posts, emails, comments on online articles, direct messages and website hacking, yet the extent to which it originates in the UK is unknown, because most people shield their identities and locations. This means perpetrators – typically Twitter users – can post antisemitic material from anywhere in the world, but if it is reported to the CST by UK-based observers and targets someone in the UK then it is reported in the UK stats. The location of those reporting online antisemitism can even affect a region’s total figures. For example, there were 21 antisemitic incidents across all categories in Merseyside in 2018. That jumped

to 56 last year, of which 28 were reported online. CST said it was “difficult to assess” whether the increase reflects a genuine rise in the amount of antisemitic expressions online, “or an increase in reporting, facilitated by the relative ease of tagging CST in a thread or post,” adding: “The truth is likely to lie somewhere in the middle.”

Streatham terrorist expressed anti-Jewish views on WhatsApp exchanges with family memThe Streatham jihadist shot bers, Amman claimed that Musdead by police on Sunday after lims were being put in condistabbing two people expressed tions “worse than concentration anger on social media at Jews. camps”. In the same chain of mesSudesh Amman grabbed a sages, in an apparent reference to knife from a shop and attacked the Nazis’ treatment of Jews, he bystanders. A third person was expressed the belief that Jews hurt by flying broken by a bullet. were “doing worse” to Muslims. The 20-year-old convicted A spokesperson for the Comextremist was under police sur- Sudesh Amman munity Security Trust said: “This veillance before he attacked. After he was shot he was found to be wearing a fake latest terrorist attack shows, yet again, how such things can happen in any public place. suicide vest. He was jailed in December 2018 for pos- People need to consider how they themselves sessing and distributing terrorist documents would react if caught up in such a situation: how they would get away, hide, or even fight and had recently been freed. It has now emerged that in WhatsApp back if they had to.”


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CST annual report / News utive year of record high INCIDENT CATEGORIES levels of antisemitism in the UK, with chief executive David Delew calling it “another difficult year for British Jews”. He said: “It is no surprise that recorded antisemitic incidents reached yet another high. It is clear that both social media and mainstream politics are places where antisemitism and racism need to be driven out, if things are to improve in the future.” Home secretary Priti Patel said: “It’s appalling that we have seen another increase of sickening abuse against the Jewish community. We need to do much more to tackle antisemitism and the intolerance this creates across society. “I am pushing for greater collaboration, both across government, policing, the courts and community groups, to remove this shameful stain on our society.”

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The role of new media in driving oldest hatred BY MARK GARDNER

CST DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS The Community Security Trust’s latest antisemitic incident report shows the increasingly important role played by social media in the spread of this very old hatred. The latest statistics, published today and covering the first six months of last year, show the proportion of antisemitic incidents recorded by CST that took place online has gone up from 27 percent to 36 percent. This partly reflects the fact that a lot of antisemitism at the moment takes place in the context of arguments about politics, and much of that arguing happens on Twitter, Facebook or other social media platforms. Social media means that an antisemite in Bristol can hurl racist abuse at a Jewish person in Manchester without ever meeting them face to face; and the Jewish person in Manchester will hear them, which they wouldn’t have done when the antisemite in Bristol was just mouthing off to their friends rather than broadcasting their hate to the world. Even worse, social media means that dozens of antisemites can band together and send thousands of antisemitic tweets to the same Jewish person all on the same day, leaving that person

feeling as if the whole world wants them dead. There is a widespread belief that this kind of thing isn’t ‘real’ antisemitism, because tweets are, well, just tweets. But the internet is increasingly where we get our news, gossip and entertainment; where we watch TV, read newspapers and stay in touch with friends and family. If your whole world resides within the smartphone that sits in your pocket wherever you go, and that smartphone is full of people telling you (please excuse the foul language) that you are a dirty Zio whore who deserves to die – then social media is no longer an afterthought in the fight against antisemitism: it is the primary battleground and the engine of the new hate we face.

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News / Spurs complaint / Urban Dictionary

Tottenham anger at ‘unfair’ BBC Tottenham Hotspur’s lawyers have written to the BBC accusing producers of unfairly singling out the club for alleged racism during its The One Show programme. The club is understood to be dissatisfied with the broad-

caster’s response to its concern about the episode that marked Holocaust Memorial Day. Fans of Spurs have branded the segment “disgusting” and called for the BBC to apologise. The club has taken issue with footage that looked at allega-

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Harry Kane in the Jewish News video broadcast on the show

as part of a video made by the National Holocaust Museum. The England striker’s words are followed by aerial shots of

the Tottenham stadium and images from the December match during which the allegations against the home fans

were made. Play during the encounter was halted after Rudiger said he heard monkey noises from Spurs fans. Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta discusses the match during The One Show, saying: “To have this kind of discrimination is very sad.” The BBC said in a statement: “We do not accept that this short film implied that Spurs had in any way ignored racist behaviour. However, we acknowledge that the use of images of the Spurs versus Chelsea match did not make clear... the subsequent outcome of the police and club investigation and we will edit this section of the film.”

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News / Green weekend / WJR gala / Cyprus case

Green Sunday to get kids moving The UK’s oldest Israel charity plans to raise money for sports facilities as part of its annual Green Sunday telethon appeal to mark the Jewish festival of Tu BiShvat this week. JNF-UK is aiming to raise £200,000 to support eight Jewish communities in Israel’s “neglected periphery”, ranging from cities to kibbutzim, as well as supporting Bedouin and Druze communities. “Green Sunday represents the unbreakable connection between British Jews and the State of Israel, and this year is no different,” said the charity’s chief executive, Yonatan Galon. “The generosity of our donors will help us ensure that those growing up in Israel get the

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Stewart charms WJR gala fundraiser Whether it’s the work that you’re London mayoral candidate Rory doing with people suffering Stewart turned on the charm at a from dementia in remote parts World Jewish Relief dinner that of the former Soviet Union, or raised more than £1 million. the creativity of engaging with The former international people with disabilities in coundevelopment secretary, who is tries like Rwanda, or the work challenging Labour incumbent you’re doing with Syrian refuSadiq Khan as an independent, Rory Stewart gees in Britain.” told the gala: “World Jewish Survivors Ben Helfgott, Harry Spiro Relief is such an important model of how to do international development... and Harry Olmer received standing

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from sepsis and liver and renal failure after contracting the flu, her 41-year-old husband Howard said. Deganit, who is survived by four sons and a daughter aged between two and 11, was “passionate about everything she did”, her husband said.

Pacino says tattoo is ‘help’ Continued from page 1

Set in 1970s New York, the revered actor – who recently earned his ninth Oscar nomination – heads up a vigilante group who embark on a bloody quest to assassinate Nazis living in their midst. Pacino described his Holo-

caust survivor’s tattoo as “a hand in helping portray a character, learning the accent and becoming that person”. He added: “It was a reminder, it contributed to all the aspects of the character you are playing and how you absorb a character.”

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News / Peace plan / Labour pains / Loach judge / MP criticised

Corbyn tells PM: Don’t support breach of law Jeremy Corbyn has urged Boris Johnson to stick to established British foreign policy after an ambiguous response from Downing Street to Donald Trump’s Middle East peace blueprint, unveiled last week. The Labour Party leader challenged the prime minister not to support “a fundamental breach of the international legal order”, saying UK statements “give the impression that your government is prepared to depart from important positions of principle”. Trump’s deal – rejected by the Arab world, the Palestinians and the European Union, but welcomed by Benjamin Netanyahu – envisages the annexation of all Jewish settlements in the West Bank, as well as the Jordan Valley. “The settlements constructed by Israel in the occupied West Bank are illegal under international law,”

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wrote Corbyn in a letter to Johnson this week. “Any annexation of those settlements by Israel would

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for an “urgent” response highlighting “the gravity of the situation facing the Palestinian people”, since the Israeli government has said it intends to press ahead with annexation. Those vying to replace Corbyn as Labour leader lined up to criticise the deal last week. Rebecca LongBailey said it looked “nothing like a peace plan” and would only “undermine Palestinian rights”, whereas Sir Keir Starmer called it a “farce”, saying it was “inconsistent with international law and human rights protections”. Likewise, Lisa Nandy said it “tramples on Palestine’s self-determination”, while Emily Thornberry called it “a monstrosity and a guarantee that the next generation of Palestinian and Israeli children, like so many before them, will grow up knowing nothing but fear, violence and division”.

Councillor suspended over careless whispers The Labour Party has suspended a county councillor accused of sharing a post suggesting George Michael’s career suffered because of his stance on “illegal wars by the Zionists”, Jewish News understands. Lyn Boyd (pictured right), who was elected to sit on Durham County Council in 2017 and is the local authority’s cabinet support member for finance, was reported to the Labour Party on 2 February over a trove of material allegedly shared on her Facebook timeline. She was accused on Monday of promoting a “wide range of antisemitic tropes and far-fetched theories you would expect from a far-right activist”. Boyd said: “As an ardent anti-racist, I would never post anything that was antisemitic on Facebook. I have no idea where these vile slurs originated,” adding she did not

“know” whether she was the holder of the account behind the posts. “I have challenged and got rid of people who I considered to be anti semiotic, [sic] think the claims are vile because of my lifelong abhorrence of anti racism and any form of anti semitism.” The Facebook post about Michael (pictured) said: “If you ever wondered why you heard little from George in later years, it was because he opposed illegal wars by the Zionists, eg, Iraq, Palestine, etc,” and describes ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair as “the perfect Zionist puppet”. Others dismiss antisemitism in the Party. The Jewish Labour Movement’s Stephane Savary called for Boyd’s suspension, accusing her of employing “a wide range of antisemitic tropes and farfetched theories you would expect from a far-right activist but not a Labour councillor”.

Loach ‘poor judge choice’ A leading anti-racism educational charity has been asked to remove the film-maker Ken Loach (pictured) from a panel judging submissions to a children’s art competition. The film-maker, best known for his 1969 drama Kes, was set to judge designs inspired by the theme of anti-racism together with the Jewish children’s author Michael Rosen for an annual contest run by Show Racism the Red Card. Yesterday, the Board of Deputies urged the charity, which delivers workshops in schools, offices and football stadiums, to reconsider its invitation owing to past comments about the row over antisemitism in the Labour Party.

Loach drew controversy in the spring of 2018 when he called on the Labour Party to suspend MPs who appeared at the Enough is Enough rally against antisemitism outside Parliament. The call was dismissed by Labour’s Shadow Energy Minister Barry Gardiner, who defended MPs’ right to join the rally. He told BBC Question Time Loach “was absolutely

wrong, and Jeremy [Corbyn] has said as much”. A Board spokesperson said it raised the matter with Show Racism the Red Card. The Board tweeted Loach was a “poor choice to judge a competition on anti-racism”, adding it was told the decision would be “reconsidered at their next trustee meeting”. The charity’s chief executive Ged Grebby described Loach and Rosen as “valued supporters” in a statement announcing the two judges on Tuesday. Officials at the charity, she said, were “delighted they’ve agreed to judge this year’s School Competition”. Ken Loach was approached for comment.

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Jewish groups have called for a Conservative MP’s whip to be removed for speaking at a conference in Rome “packed full of racists”. MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, Daniel Kawczynski (pictured), pictured pictured), was one of 22 speakers at the National Conservatism Conference this week, entitled God, Honor, Country: President Ronald

Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and the Freedom of Nations. Its line-up included Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, former French National Front MP and niece of Marine Le Pen, Marion Maréchal, and Polish Law and Justice MEP Ryszard Legutko. Dame Margaret Hodge, the Jewish L a b o u r

Movement’s parliamentary chair said it was “packed full of racists, homophobes and Islamophobes”, adding: “If Daniel Kawczynski attends this conference then he must have the whip removed”. Board of Deputies’ president Marie van der Zyl said: “If the Conservative Party fails to discipline Mr Kawczynski, it runs the risk of the public assuming they share his views on association with such people.”


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Jewish News meets... Dr Rosena Allin-Khan

‘I’LL DO ALL I CAN TO REGAIN TRUST’ Can Labour deputy leadership hopeful Dr Rosena Allin-Khan repair her party? asks Jack Mendel “There is nothing that prepares you for seeing a colleague in tears,” reflects Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, one of five hopefuls currently standing for Labour’s deputyleadership. “They have received torrents of abuse and nothing’s been done about it.” Committed to winning back the trust of the community – and standing up for MPs such as Luciana Berger and Ruth Smeeth who are no longer in Westminster – Allin-Khan, MP for Tooting, sounds sincere. She grew up as the daughter of immigrants – her father hailing from Pakistan, her mother from Poland, herself the descendent of non-

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Jewish resistance fighters killed by the Nazis. But she’s aware prejudice won’t be tackled with a chat over tea and biscuits. Before Allin-Khan’s career in politics, she was a humanitarian doctor, working on the ground with Palestinians. It’s these stark experiences that allow her to reconcile speaking out against Israeli policies, while committing herself to the fight against antisemitism – drawing praise from the community in carefully balancing these issues. The first of Allin-Khan’s pledges is to meet with the Jewish Labour Movement, should she be elected. It would be “essential to the restructuring” of relations, and “how we rebuild trust”. She is also keen on an education programme, saying “people use antisemitic tropes and they don’t even realise what they’re doing and they repeatedly do so”. Asked if she would work with Jewish Voice for Labour, Allin-Khan says she would speak with “any group that was looking to acknowledge there was a problem, and work towards coming up with a solution to fix it”. She adds that she is the “only deputy leader candidate who hasn’t nominated a leader” and is willing to “work with whomever the leader is” on rebuilding trust. Calling the demise in relations between the community and the party “sad” and “terrible”, Allin-Khan opens up about “people I know, who I am very close to, who have been really brave and

Warsaw ghetto with my uncle. That whole expespeaking out antisemitism in the party”. “Any leader seeing something about this rience is a very real part of my history, and it is unfolding, that party needs to be all over it”, she a shared history I understand deeply, and am very says. But was Corbyn’s team responsible? She saddened about, with the Jewish community”. She was embroiled in a dispute with the says they were not the “cause of the antisemitic problem in Labour, I think they didn’t deal with Israeli deputy ambassador in 2016, following a radio discussion about Palestinian access to the problem well enough”. Yet she’s under no illusions as to the extent medical aid. After revealing the two had met in of the problem, saying it must be tackled “from person to discuss the issue, she was accused of a grassroots membership level first and take it all being “bought by Zionists”, facing significant online abuse. the way to MPs themselves”. Her response drew praise, with Dave “The complaints process wasn’t dealt Rich from the Community Security with properly,” Allin-Khan says. “The more Trust saying it “illustrated the differpeople saw abuse wan’t being dealt with the ence between pro-Palestinian and antimore it got out of control.” Zionist”. On mending ties, she wants an “indeShe says: “I’m a doctor, and have been pendent” process for tackling complaints a humanitarian doctor for my whole with “outstanding cases to be dealt professional life. It is poswith within a particular time”, and sible, and fair, to identify “automatic expulsion” for antiareas where there could be semitism, although she would not be drawn on whether she improvement to somewould intervene, like Tom body’s life and health and not to conflate that Watson, whom she is trying with a whole antiseto succeed. mitic issue. Allin-Khan’s drive to “I will always be fight antisemitism is in part proud to stand up for inspired by her heritage. people’s basic human “My mum’s Polish, and rights, and I’m also very I lost lots of family during the aware of my history and war. They were not Jewish, my shared history with but they fought alongside Jewish the Jewish community. friends and my great-uncle died It’s possible to manage during that time and my Dr Rosena on duty the two.” grandma was pregnant in the

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Israel braced for outbreak Public health experts in Israel this week warned the country is on full alert against the deadly new strain of coronavirus spreading from China, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Israelis have been advised not to travel to China but experts said a more pressing issue was Chinese workers coming to Israel. “A major challenge is thousands of Chinese workers we have in the country, some coming in after Chinese new year,” said Dr Yonatan Freeman, of the political science department at Hebrew University. British Airways stopped all flights to and from the Chinese mainland on 29 January, and El Al followed suit the following day with a two-month pause. But Freeman was unsure whether cancelling the dozens of flights a week would work. “It would be a very strong measure and the virus is now in more than a dozen countries, so someone else could arrive with it,” he said. “It is probably impossible to ‘shut the door’ now, as long as there is international travel into Israel.” Prof Hagai Levin, an epidemiologist at Hebrew University’s School of Public Health

who also chairs the Association of Public Health Doctors, told Jewish News that “although the risk to health in Israel is relatively low, we must take appropriate steps”. Such outbreaks require close monitoring of new information, he explained, so Israel’s guidelines are updated on a regular basis by the Israeli Ministry of Health, but he was confident in the country’s ability to cope. “The level of readiness in Israel professionally for this type of outbreak is high,” he said. “At the same time, a shortage of resources and manpower in public health services, community medicine and hospitals is hampering our preparedness.” Israel has dealt with previous outbreaks, including SARS, bird flu and swine flu, but “none significantly impacted the public, mainly due to proper and quick steps taken by Israel’s government”, said Freeman. Israelis’ experience fighting outbreaks in humanitarian situations such as in western Africa, fighting the Ebola outbreak, has helped its ability to treat disease domestically, he added. Prof Nadav Davidovitch, director of the School of Public Health at Ben-Gurion Uni-

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versity, said quarantining and body temperature testing were options. “Israel enacted voluntary quarantine in the case of pandemic influenza,” he said. “Mandatory quarantine is very harsh and should be considered only in extremely severe outbreaks.” Freeman said Israel’s intelligence services “analyse long-term threats” and “may have been aware of reports from China before they became public”. He added: “Israel cannot

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Queen Elizabeth II has sent her “best wishes” to United Synagogue as the movement marks 150 years since its founding, writes Mathilde Frot. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and Chief Rabbi Ephraim

Mirvis held a reception in the House of Commons on Wednesday evening to mark the anniversary. The denomination, which now counts some 50,000 members, was established in 1870 when five Ashke-

nazi synagogues merged to become United Synagogue. The Queen wished members a “most successful and enjoyable year celebrating the significant milestone” in a letter last month to the movement’s president, Michael Goldstein. She attended its centenary gala dinner at the Dorchester Hotel in 1970 aged 43, joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, then 48. She did not attend Wednesday’s ceremony, but said in her letter she was “interested” to learn that a series of events had been

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planned to mark the milestone. The message, written by her private secretary, was

a reply to one written by the synagogue’s president in December about the forth-

coming anniversary. In it, Goldstein wrote: “Permit me to wish you many more years of good health and to end with a short line of blessing from our Prayer for the Royal family, said by British Jews every single week in our synagogues: ‘May the Supreme King of Kings in His mercy, preserve the Queen in His mercy, guard her and deliver her from all trouble and sorrow.’ ” In turn, the Queen expressed gratitude for the “kind sentiments expressed” by Goldstein, as well as “the assurance of your prayers”.

AJEX NAMES FIRST FEMALE CHIEF a background of communicaThe first female chief executive of tions and public affairs, “will the Jewish Military Association prove to be a dynamic and has vowed to “hand the baton innovative ‘Chief of Staff ’ and of remembrance on to future will make her mark in taking generations”, writes Jack AJEX JMA (Jewish Military Mendel. Association) forward as we Fiona Palmer will take the strive to implement our strareins from Major Danny tegic goals and operational Yank, who leaves his post after Fiona Palmer objectives”. just 18 months in charge. Palmer said she was “delighted” to Chairman Mike Bluestone said he is confident that Palmer, who comes from be appointed, adding: “The three pillars

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MP causes concern over victims’ graves An organisation that oversees Jewish historical sites is “very disturbed” by an MP’s campaign to exhume the remains of Nazi victims on the Channel Islands, writes Jack Mendel. Conservative MP for Hendon, Matthew Offord has been criticised by Marcus Roberts, director of JTrails, following comments he made in Parliament. Four concentration camps were built on Alderney during Germany’s occupation of the Channel Islands, including SS LagerSylt,whichhousedJewish slave labourers. Speaking in the Commons during a Holocaust Memorial Day debate, the MP called for graves on the island to be dug up to identify victims. Offord told Parliament: “Rabbinical law dictates the gravesites of Jewish people should not be disturbed. And I have a great deal of sympathy with that point of view. “However, I do have a belief that unmarked graves, mass graves, and the cases of bodies hidden by the murderers are not proper graves within themselves. And I believe it is

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POLICE COMMEND TWO SHOMRIM VOLUNTEERS Shomrim volunteers were commended last week for their “bravery” and “exemplary service to the community” in pursuing armed robbery suspects in

north-west London three years ago. The neighbourhood watch group’s chief executive Gary Ost was joined by volunteers Shimon Ostreicher and Shmuel Danciger at a ceremony in Bushey, where they received Certificates of Commendation for their work. The Met said: “Denciger and Oestreicher went above and beyond their call of duty to assist police in catching suspects and ensuring their arrest.”

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The world of Jewish education was this week preparing for its very own Oscars night on 11 February, ahead of the fifth annual school awards. Organised by Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJeS) and partnered by Jewish News, the awards are the community’s chance to honour those best prepping the next generation across Jewish schools up and down the country. Among the judges is Kate Goldberg of the Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation, former chair of the Jewish Teacher Training Partnership Naomi Greenwood, founding director of Jewish Volunteering Network Leonie Lewis, and consultant paediatrician Dr Michael Markiewicz. PaJeS director Rabbi David Meyer said: “I am proud to see how the awards have grown in the last five years. It is always wonderful to see all those teachers and school staff who have been recognised for their hard work and yet again this year the calibre of those not only shortlisted but nominated has been extremely high.” The awards are sponsored by The Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust, Genesis Philanthropy Group and The Emmes Foundation. This year teachers who go “beyond the classroom” are being honoured in a category that has unearthed some inspiring ideas. In the primary school category, Mosaic’s Year 1 teacher Rosie Cohen made a handbook for non-Jewish teachers to help them deliver lessons regarding aspects of Jewish life, and arranges for her pupils to collect food for food banks with Catholic youngsters. At Broughton Jewish Cassel Fox Primary, Rabbi Dovi Colman gets students to visit and performance at old folks’ homes, and to make hot food for the City’s homeless, leaving colleagues praising his “enthusiasm and ability to think out of the box”. Meanwhile at Hasmonean, learning support assistant Wendy Hilliar created the school’s Sensory Hub, fundraising and sourcing

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involving students who have struggled socially, to help them regain confidence and self-esteem. Colleagues call her “an outstanding teacher who gives freely of her time,” but will it be her hour at the ceremony? The awards this year also honour “schoolbased volunteering”. In the primary category is Nancy Reuben’s Allegra Benita. Like Selby in Manchester, Benita has set up a garden at the school, letting her green-fingered charges plant and harvest, creating ‘Soup Day,’ ‘Younger Gardener of the Year’ and ‘Grow Your Own Spuds’. Responsible for the Year 6 Ulpan, Graham Morris has been involved at North West London Jewish Day School for more than 50 years as a governor, trustee and committee chair. Clare Zinkin at Etz Chaim single-handedly designed and created the school library, which she currently runs. Using her knowledge of publishing, she fosters a love of books and reading, runs the lunchtime library club and the

morning book club, and offers children personalised recommendations. Teachers describe her as “incredible”, but will her story end in a win? Collaboration between Jewish and secular studies is being honoured, and heading the primary school category are Rabbi Joshua Conway and Morah Bilha Cohen, who took Nancy Reuben’s Year 6 to Rome. It was so successful that governors made it an annual trip. At Broughton, Lucy Potts and Shaba Burton collaborated to create a STEM-based project rooted within the Jewish festivals, so for Rosh Hashanah pupils investigate the sound vibrations of the shofar and test the viscosity of honey, while for Chanukah they research flammable materials like oil for the menorah. Colleagues say it “has brought the concepts of Judaism in the real world to life”. At Manchester Jewish School for Special Education, teachers such as Jennifer Lalouche, Elise Waldman, Shmuel Heimann and Bernhard David “work harmoniously”. In maths lessons, for instance, children use measurement and geometry to understand building a sukkah, while “checking for bugs in a Kodesh lesson is reinforced in a food tech lesson”. Will it measure up for the judges? In the secondary school category for collaborations, Naomi Amdurer at Immanuel “gives pupils a sense of social conscience”. She gets them onto youth leadership and volunteering award schemes, running the Shalva marathon in Israel, and travelling to Odessa to visit the Tikva orphanage, alongside Chanukah fairs and trips to old folks’ homes. Benjy Myers at Manchester Mesivta also “works tirelessly” to give students a good balance between their A-levels results and Talmudic skills, such as by arranging trips to parliament and Eastern Europe. Colleagues say this “enhances Jewish history studies”. Meanwhile, October Wright at King David High School Liverpool helps teachers incorporate Jewish themes into their subjects. She has rebranded classrooms with names of famous Jewish personalities, initiated a lunchtime “Jewish discussion group” and arranged the Maccabeats concert for 450 people. But will the panel sing her praise?

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Media images of Jews ‘shadowy’, says report A Jewish sociologist has raised concerns about the visual depiction of Jews in the British media, as a report warns that this can create an image of “otherness” showing Jews as “unapproachable”, writes Adam Decker. Keith Kahn-Harris made the points while contributing to a round-table discussion and subsequent report on faith and media by a London-based interfaith body, with support from the charitable foundation of Jewish philanthropist David Dangoor. The 34-page Media, Faith and Belonging report from the Faith

and Belief Forum, published last Thursday, warned that using the same stock images of Orthodox Jewish men from the back “creates an impression of shadowy figures which are not very human”. Kahn-Harris said there are alternative versions of the image showing the same men but taken from the front to show them smiling, but it is not used. “These images have two impacts on representation,” the report’s authors said. “They limit the diverse Jewish community to the most ‘visibly’ religious, and they create

an otherness and distance, which emphasises a message that the Jewish community is somehow different and unapproachable.” The report also highlights how hate crimes can follow political interventions. Hate crimes against Muslim women rose after Boris Johnson’s 2018 infamous “letterboxes” opinion piece, and hate crimes against Jews rose during the height of the Labour Party antisemitism scandal. Alex Fenton, director of public affairs to Senior Reform Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, agreed that the press did not always get

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it right, explaining that the Movement for Reform Judaism had submitted official complaints about inaccurate media coverage of other faith groups. Kahn-Harris also questioned the

kind of media stories being told about Jews, with most focusing on antisemitism, Israel and questions about Jewish identity, while very few items discussed the culture and rituals of Jewish life.

Auschwitz hits back at criticism of Poles SEVEN BOOKS ON PRIZE SHORTLIST Officials at Auschwitz Memorial this He expressed concerns to Jewish week hit back against “historically News about the Polish government’s false” criticism of Poland by London depiction of the country’s role in relaMayor Sadiq Khan. tion to the Nazi genocide. Khan, who was in Krakow to mark The memorial’s official Twitter 75 years since the liberation of the account wrote: “We thank @Sadformer Nazi death camp Auschwitz- iqKhan for London’s support ... Birkenau, suggested City Hall’s However, speaking about any col£300,000 donation to it partly sought laboration of any institution of the toHALF address theADVERT “rewriting of history”. state... with Nazi Germany is PAGE JAN 2020:LayoutPolish 1 09/01/2020 16:04 Page 1

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Peace plan up in flames Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan seemed dead in the water this week after the Arab world’s two most influential organisations rejected it as “biased”. While Israeli leaders welcomed the proposal, the death knell sounded on Monday, after the 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said it was inadequate. Two days earlier, the Arab League had done the same. The White House needed regional powers such as Saudi Arabia to back the plan, unveiled by Trump last week in Washington alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, despite the Palestinian Authority (PA) having already rejected it. Yet days after Trump’s announcement, Saudi foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said the kingdom could not support a deal that did not have East Jerusalem as capital of a Palestinian state. His comments came as the OIC said Trump’s plan “does not meet the minimum aspirations and legitimate rights of the Palestinian people and contradicts the terms of reference of the peace process”. PA President Mahmoud Abbas said he would now cut all ties to Israel, including security co-operation. Trump’s Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who drew up the plan, tried desperately to keep it alive. The deal

Dipping standards Several Israeli military intelligence personnel have been kicked out, demoted or jailed after a non-operational venture into hostile West Bank territory to get tahini. The internal disciplinary action was revealed this week by TV show Uvda showing how an undercover special agent in a secret Israel Defense Forces (IDF) unit was sent to a Palestinian town to collect tahini for a commanding officer who heard it was good. The case led to an investigation and a recommendation to IDF Chief of Staff Maj. Gen.

Palestinians in Gaza burn Israeli flags during a protest against Donald Trump’s plan

offers the Palestinians a limited demilitarised state only if and when the US and Israel judge it has achieved “a free press, free elections, guarantees of religious freedom, an independent judiciary and financial institutions that are as good, transparent and as effective as in the western world”. Commentators pointed out few if any Arab states would pass such a test. Despite the onerous terms and lack of inducement, Trump’s team still believed

they had Arab support, with representatives from Oman, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates in attendance at the unveiling, but the stark rejection from the OIC, which represents 1.5 billion Muslims, and the Arab League proves otherwise. Warning the deal could be the last one offered to the Palestinians, Trump called for all settlements and the Jordan Valley to come under Israeli sovereignty, with Jerusalem the undivided Israeli capital.

Aviv Kochavi that a lieutenant colonel be stripped of his rank and discharged, with measures also taken against two other officers, one of whom was jailed for 28 days. The actions were described as a blatant violation of the IDF’s code of conduct and professionalism.

HATE CARVING STAYS A German court had ruled that an antisemitic carving in a church wall dating from the 13th century should not be removed because the parish had placed a memorial and information sign so visitors could understand it in context. The stone carving of a rabbi peering into a pig’s anus while other Jewish figures suckle its teets – known as Judensau (Jews’ sow) – is

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London celebrates Russianspeaking Jewish culture London was awash with Russian-speaking Jewish culture and history last weekend after a series of events led hundreds to the British capital. Organisers of the Arbuzz J-Fest, which covers literature, cinema, music and art, say the four-day Jewish culture binge was designed in part to recognise the “growing number of Russian-speaking Jews choosing to live in London”. This year’s festival was held from Thursday to Sunday and incorporated lectures, screenings and discussions aiming to connect people to their Jewish roots. Almost 1,000 people attended a series of presentations, meetings, masterclasses, plays and concerts with famous Russian journalists, writers, directors and actors, as a special children’s programme ran in parallel. Locations ranged across the City, including the Museum of London, Prince Charles Cinema, Stamford Bridge stadium, home to Chelsea Football Club. The festival kicked off with a focus on the Ukrainian city of Odessa, opening to a performance based on Odessa Tales by Isaac Babel, about the life, customs and experience of the city’s Jews in prerevolutionary times, featuring bandits,

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Four Chabad houses in Tokyo, Kobe, Kyoto and Takayama are preparing to welcome Jewish tourists to Japan for this summer’s 2020 Olympics. The organisation plans to host a temporary Jewish centre with a mikveh in the Olympic village. It will also host Shabbat services and serve kosher meals. “Japan’s Jewish community is unique in that it is mostly a community of people who come to work here for a few years – bankers, lawyers, those in high-tech,” said Chabad’s Rabbi Mendi Sudakevich.

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Participants at last weekend’s second annual Arbuzz J-Fest

shopkeepers and smugglers. Festival cofounder Dina Berdnikov said: “Arbuzz J-Fest is the essence of our interests, values and dreams. We are thrilled that this festival has attracted so many fantastic people and we can’t wait to expand it even further.” The festival was supported by Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG), whose director of strategy and operations Marina

Yudborovsky said it “brings the very best of Russian Jewish culture to London, providing Russian-speaking Jews in the UK with a meaningful opportunity to strengthen and share their unique cultural identity”. Russian film critic Anton Dolin said the festival had an “intellectual and thoughtful audience and intimate atmosphere” with a “global perspective of cultural process”.

The world’s first vegan Jewish deli has opened in Chicago with dishes such as Goldie’s Laks, the Plotzker, the Schwartz and the Levin. Sam & Gertie’s was opened by Andy Kalish and named after his grandparents. He struggled with matzo ball soup because alternatives to eggs do not have the same binding proteins.

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A journalist in Buenos Aires said his Twitter account was hacked after tweeting a Jewish conspiracy regarding the death of US basketball star Kobe Bryant, whose helicopter crashed in fog. Eduardo Salim Sad, who works for a state-run broadcaster, tweeted: “Sikorsky S76 helicopter, of Jewish surname, kills Kobe Bryant.” It was criticised by Argentina’s Jewish political umbrella, DAIA.

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A 26-year-old Israeli woman arrested and jailed in Russia after she was found to be carrying marijuana has returned to Israel with Benjamin Netanyahu. Naama Issachar had been travelling after finishing her Israel Defense Forces service when she was arrested at a Moscow airport last April. She had been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison but was pardoned by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

EINSTEIN’S TINY SWISS Superheroes Jewish roots traced COIN TONGUE-TEASER Switzerland has minted a limited edition gold coin less than 3mm in diameter yet big enough to see the face of Albert Einstein sticking out his tongue. The Jewish physicist’s face now

Albert Einstein’s comic pose

graces the world’s smallest coin weighing 0.063 (1/500th of an ounce) of which only 999 are being made, selling for around £157. The Swiss Confederation has issued commemorative coins since 1936 to honour important historical and cultural events or great personalities. The coins are designed by Swiss artists. Othercoinscommemoratetennisace Roger Federer, marksman and folk hero William Tell, and the Barry dog breed, later known as St Bernard, which worked as a mountain rescue dog in the Swiss Alps.

Rothschild heir sues Vienna over charitable foundation The great-grandson of the Austrian branch of the Rothschild banking dynasty is suing the city of Vienna for “perpetuating” Nazi laws by plundering a charitable foundation set up for the mentally ill. Geoffrey Hoguet, an investor who lives in New York, brought the case over the £93million trust in what is believed to be the largest ever restitution claim by the descendants of Nazi victims. The lawsuit accuses city authorities of plotting to sell valuable property from the foundation, which was set up in 1905 by Baron Albert von Rothschild, at significantly undervalued prices. In an interview with the Financial

Times, the descendants said the city had “essentially rewritten a will to make itself the main heir, and in effect, has done by guile what had been done in 1938 by brute force”. They added that the city’s actions “represent a grievous case of selfdealing, possibly the most cynical and corrupt in the history of Aryanisation and restitution in post war Austria”. The city’s lawyers said: “It is remarkable what arguments are being made about agreements with the Rothschild Foundation, which were taken decades ago, and with the greatest respect and understanding of the original intentions of the foundation.”

Both men lived in abject A new exhibition at the poverty, struggling to feed Jewish Museum of Belgium themselves and their famitraces the Jewish backlies until the 1970s, when grounds of superheroes such production company Warner as Superman, Batman and – which by then owned the Captain America. Superman copyright – gave Poor Jewish immigrants them a pension. to America were drawn to The Belgian exhibition, comics because they did not called Superheroes Never need money, education or Die, runs until 26 April and social status, said curator covers cartoonists such as Bruno Benvindo, and many of Harry Hershfield, Will Eisner the early cartoon strips were and Art Spiegelman. The in ‘Yinglish’ – a mixture of Yidlatter won a Pulitzer Prize dish and English. for Maus, which tells how his The global context of the father survived Auschwitz. Second World War helped It also covers the life shape some of today’s stories of Jack Kirby best-known figures, with and Stan Lee, who creSuperman – dreamt up by ated Captain America and Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster – Hulk, in their later series shown scooping up Hitler and Superman was created by two poor Jewish men X-Men. Both were sons of Stalin before dumping them in and sometimes naive creators,” said Jewish immigrants, and in X-Men, Geneva for trial. “It was hard [for the Jewish car- Benvindo, recalling how Siegel and launched in 1963, mutants are victoonists] because the publishing Shuster sold the rights to Superman timised for their differences, in a reflection of the Jewish experience. houses were ruthless for these young for £100 in 1938.

French rabbi graces cover of ELLE magazine A French female rabbi who was once a professional model has appeared on the cover of ELLE France, feted as one of the country’s top intellectuals. Bestselling author Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur, 45, who leads a 1,000-family liberal Jewish congregation in Paris, was pictured for an interview in which she spoke about antisemitism in France – the subject of her latest book.

Aged 17, Horvilleur went to Israel to study medicine and joined the Meretz Party. As one of the leading voices of the European Jewry, she was invited to take part in the select international group of intellectuals who drafted the Declaration of Our Common Destiny – new foundational document of Jewish unity – and presented this draft to President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem last September.


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The stigma is being broken If you see a Jewish child wearing their uniform inside today, it is not because they’re stylistically challenged. It is because they’re making a statement, and not necessarily against the quality of their education. Today is Inside Out Day, a new mental health initiative in schools, which aims to teach children that how people look like they’re feeling on the outside may not be how they’re feeling on the inside. Like too many of the best initiatives, it stems from grief, following the 2016 suicide of a Jewish woman from north London who suffered from bipolar disorder, and like many of the best initiatives, it pushes against stereotype and stigma in order to help people. It charts how far and fast we have come on mental health. Readers will recall not too long ago how saturated with stigma our community was on this issue. Breakdown? Hide it. Depression? Smile more. Talk about it? You really must be out of your mind. That was then, Inside Out is now. So, what’s happened? Boundary stretchers like campaigner Jonny Benjamin won both awards and hearts. Jews who struggled with mental ill health came out about it. Schools invested in well-being practitioners. Experts began training in shuls, telling people what signs to look out for. Jewish support groups got support of their own. The Chief Rabbi ignored the critics to say we need to protect the many LGBT+ Jews. Esther Rantzen opened a helpline for the elderly. Community leaders started talking openly about it, without disgrace. In under 10 years, we have gone from a stigma-led ostrich community to one that leads the charge on mental health, from primary schools up. Yet this is no back-slapping moment. We still have much more to do, as evidenced by the heart-breaking recent legal case of a transgender Jewish woman who now cannot see her children because they would be outcast if she did. In short, there are still very important boundaries to stretch. The thing is, we’re getting really good at stretching them. Long may our children wear their uniforms inside out.

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BBC did get facts straight In response to your lead letter, in which Robin Blick stated that the 5pm news bulletin on Radio 3 failed to mention the word ‘Jew’ in connection with Holocaust Memorial Day, I’d like Mr Blick and other readers to know that the Radio 3 breakfast programme (6.30am to 9am) of 27 January made ample mention of the commemoration (Jewish News, 31 January 2020). Every news item during the programme began with news of the memorial stating that the victims were mainly Jews. In addition, Petroc Trelawny,

who presented the programme, featured several musical items relating to the commemoration e.g. Salomone Rossi’s Full Kaddish (requested by me), Hans Krasa’s

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Brundibar and Ravel’s Kaddish were played. Furthermore, on Thursday, 30 January, Mr Trelawny presented yet more items relating to the Holocaust, namely part of a symphony by Tyberg, who was murdered by the Nazis owing to his partly Jewish ancestry, and a piece by JS Bach played by the legendary keyboard player Zuzana Ruzickova, a Czech Jewish survivor of the death camps. Evelyn Gottlieb Harrow

DISINVITING ANYONE IS WRONG I’m responding to Shraga Stern, who defended the decision to disinvite the Chief Rabbi from a Torah celebration (Jewish News, 16 January 2020). To disinvite anyone is humiliating and inappropriate, let alone the Chief Rabbi. To make a comparison with completing a Daf Yomi cycle and a booklet for the LGBT+ community highlights how narrow we have become in thinking and learning. The two are unconnected. I

suggest to Mr Stern it is time to stop hiding behind the real issues and learn to work together to find a way to unite the whole of the Jewish community, whatever orientation. Or maybe our lack of ability to work together to resolve complex issues requires us to push them under the carpet and let the judicial courts sort them out, as they have done with the recent agunah case.

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WATSON SHOWED NO COURAGE I never thought I’d take your correspondent Jeremy Zeid to task for being too kind to a member of Labour’s shadow cabinet, but his observation that “Tom Watson had the courage to speak out” over antisemitism cannot go unchallenged (Jewish News, 31 January 2020). In the words of Benjamin Franklin: “Well done is better than well said.” Neither Corbyn nor Watson did anything other than stand by while the process of dealing with antisemitic members and MPs was derailed by their henchmen. The courageous ones were the dozens of shadow ministers who resigned, sacrificing career for principle. As Corbyn’s deputy throughout his

putative leadership, Watson bears equal responsibility for bringing the party into disrepute and electoral catastrophe. Tellingly, in an interview shortly after the election, Watson was pressed to state which Labour leadership candidate he supported. He repeatedly declined, but did name his own preferred successor as deputy leader – Richard Burgon, who said “Zionism is the enemy of peace”. Watson is no better than any of his colleagues and is fit only for being, with them, a pall-bearer during Labour’s obsequies. Herbert Goldberg By email

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You can see the magnificent speech by Ronald S Lauder, of the World Jewish Congress, at the Auschwitz commemeration, on YouTube. It shows what should be said, hard-hitting to the many distinguished guests, including royalty. Lauder is a true leader, unlike the so-called leaders too scared of upsetting non-Jews. Martin Cohen By email

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How a child’s death sparked a global lie DIRECTOR, B’NAI BRITH UK’S BUREAU OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

n 24 January, Israeli police found the lifeless body of Qusai Abu Ramila, a young Palestinian boy in Jerusalem. He had apparently drowned after falling into a pit that was filled with water from the previous night’s heavy rain. What should have been seen as a tragic accident morphed into an ugly outpouring of hate against Jews, something tantamount to a blood libel. A Twitter account under the name of RealSeifBitar launched the most incendiary of accusations. It claimed that seven-yearold Ramila had been “kidnapped by a herd of violent #Israeli settlers, assaulted & thrown in a water well” and that his body was found after Israeli forces “assaulted search teams”. The claim of murder did not stop there. The original tweet was then shared by Palestinian legislator Hanan Ashrawi, who

wrote: “The heart just shatters. The pain is unbearable. No words.” She later apologised for retweeting something that was “not fully verified” and admitted that news of the boy’s kidnapping was “not certain”. Spurred by false and lurid accounts of the boy’s murder, an enraged group of Palestinians marched on the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Neveh Ya’akov, resulting in clashes that left 12 people injured. US Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, meanwhile, chose to circulate the tweet to her followers before going on to delete it, though without a shred of remorse or apology. In Britain, so too did George Galloway,

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no stranger to making the most poisonous charges against the Jewish state. He claimed in a tweet that Ramila had been “murdered by illegal Israeli settlers” as was part of an “evil rampage against the people of Palestine”. He has subsequently retweeted an article from Ha’aretz which mentioned that the boy had in fact “drowned”. Not one of these individuals presented a scrap of evidence to support their points. The reality is that Ramila’s death is more likely to be a case of negligence. Residents had demanded the building of a fence around the pit, claiming that it was a deathtrap, but this request was reportedly ignored by the Jerusalem municipality. But to seasoned Israel haters, such humdrum explanations offer no sensational story, no galvanising narrative, no stick with which to attack the Jewish state. That is why they prefer an accusation of murder, of settler murder even. It satisfies their followers’ lust for hatred, rejection and conspiracy theory. But it is also a blood libel, a modern-day version of the ancient charge that Jews

murder non-Jewish children for their own sinister purposes. Sadly, the Muslim world has been no stranger to such insidious conspiracy thinking and there are many examples in the recent history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In 2007, Raed Salah, a leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, accused European Jews of using children’s blood to bake holy bread. He was later convicted of inciting violence and racism. Ramila’s untimely death has been exploited by anti-Zionists to further their own agenda of hate. Instead, he should be remembered as a young boy whose death brought together Israelis and Palestinians, Jews and Arabs, in a common purpose. For in the hours before his body was found, they worked in tandem to find him, setting aside their political differences in an effort to save a life. This is the kind of co-existence that we should be celebrating and, if possible, nurturing for a future generation. It would certainly provide a fitting legacy for a young life that ended too soon.


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Yes, some Poles were guilty; most were not ARKADY RZEGOCKI POLISH AMBASSADOR TO THE UK

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ay all get their due” is an important concept rooted in the teachings of such great philosophers as Plato, Aristotle and Cicero. It allows for justice to be done upon all. In the aftermath of the commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, perhaps now is a good moment to reflect and ensure we give due to all those involved in the Holocaust – the victims, the survivors, those who helped Jews, and the perpetrators. This way we present the truth about one of the worst tragedies in human history. The truth is that on 1 September 1939, the Second World War started when Nazi Germany invaded Poland, with the Soviet Union attacking 16 days later. Poland was the war’s first victim, the first country to experience the armed aggression of the two ruthless totalitarian regimes, and the first country that fought

to defend free Europe. Under the German occupation, Polish citizens were exposed to every kind of atrocity imaginable. The culmination of the wartime crimes was the genocide of six million Jews by the Nazis. It is therefore Poland’s duty to remind the world of the real historical events when they are being challenged. It is not historical revisionism – it is historical acknowledgement. With some of the history’s worst atrocities taking place on its soil, Poland is the guardian of the memory of all those who died in such hideous crimes. And let’s remember three million out of the six million Jews murdered were Polish citizens. Of course, when talking about Holocaust truth, one must confront the uncomfortable facts. Some Polish individuals were forced by the German occupier to collaborate with the Nazi German machinery of extermination, or even did so of their own will. But these attitudes were not dominant or typical of Polish society. Rest assured, in Poland, the debate on the different attitudes towards the Holocaust has never been more open, frank and lively than it is today. But let us also remember that despite facing

IT IS POLAND’S DUTY TO REMIND THE WORLD OF THE REAL HISTORICAL EVENTS the death penalty for aiding Jews, thousands of Poles helped, with 6,992 named Righteous Among the Nations. What’s more, Poland was the only occupied country whose government did not collaborate with Nazi Germany. The Polish underground state with Polish government-in-exile consequently opposed the Holocaust, informed the international community about it, and appealed to Allied governments to undertake actions to stop it through such acts as the December 1942 Raczyński’s Note – the first official document informing the west about the Holocaust in German-occupied Poland. The Bernese Group of Polish and

Jewish diplomats and activists, meanwhile, helped save thousands of Jews by giving them fake Latin American passports. And Żegota – the Polish Council to Aid Jews, an institution of the Polish underground state – helped about half of the Jews who survived the Holocaust in occupied Poland. There were many more Polish acts of rescue in such places as Hungary, China and Japan, making this a global effort. With ‘Auschwitz 75’ commemorations rightly taking centre stage last month, I am glad the effort to honour the victims has been global – around 200 survivors as well as representatives of dozens of countries gathered at Auschwitz. The UK and mayor of London have pledged £1.3m for the museum, for which I am grateful. This will help Poland’s commitment – £14m a year – to preserve the memory. Knowing the role of all involved in the Holocaust, we must treat them fairly. Those who suffered deserve compassion and remembrance, the perpetrators condemnation, the helpers admiration. In this way will we give them their due, maintain historical accuracy, and ensure the lessons serve as a warning.

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Football’s unique talent for tackling intolerance ISAAC HERZOG

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ast week we marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day. But in Europe, every day is a reminder of humanity’s darkest hour. The sites of deportations and ghettos in so many cities represent the gaping void of entire Jewish communities which simply vanished. In every field, European life would never be the same – great musicians, writers and academics were lost. So too were so many sporting and in particular, footballing talents. Last month, I was honoured to speak at a special event hosted by Chelsea Football Club and supported by Jewish News, unveiling an incredible mural to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. It was part of the outstanding campaign undertaken by the club, taking a leading role in combatting antisemitism.

The mural is painted by Israeli-British artist Solomon Souza and it depicts three footballers who were sent to Nazi death camps – Julius Hirsch, the first Jewish player to represent Germany and Jewish Hungarian player and manager Árpád Weisz who both perished, plus Ron Jones, a British prisoner of war known as the ‘Goalkeeper of Auschwitz’. Jones is emblematic of so many British football careers which were lost or disrupted. Legends such as Wild Mannion and Ted Drake would have achieved even more, had they not been fighting evil. We have an indication of exactly what was lost, from those who survived. Most famously, Bela Guttman, a Hungarianborn Jewish footballer, lived through the Holocaust while the rest of his family were murdered. Guttman went on to become one of the finest football coaches of the 20th century, leading Portuguese giants Benfica to two European Cups, having also coached the likes of AC Milan. Guttman’s team-mate as a player in the 1920s for the all-Jewish

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side Hakoah Vienna, Erno Schwartz, later coached the United States national team. Hakoah’s former-president Arthur Baar would go on to coach the nascent Israel national team. Tragically, the vast majority of Jewish footballing talent met the same end as six million other European Jews. It is a tale which today’s football world would do well to internalise. 2019 saw a catalogue of worrying racist incidents involving football. In the English game, offensive chanting has been reported in stadiums, while individual players have faced abhorrent abuse both online and from the stands. Many of these incidents have been well publicized and yet they persist. Elsewhere in Europe, the problem is perhaps even more acute, culmi-

nating in England’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Bulgaria twice being halted due to racist abuse from home supporters. The danger to football is twofold. First, if allowed to continue, there is a danger that black and other minority players will be turned off from the game. Second, football has a uniquely popular appeal. Celebrities and public figures all have an incredible ability to reach and influence the masses. There is no sport, perhaps no other form of entertainment, that can match football’s ability to bring people together. Should football be permitted to become a crucible of hatred, the message it would send to wider society would be extremely damaging.

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I’m proud of our past and confident about our future RABBI DANNY RICH

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’m a third generation English Liberal Jew. My earliest traceable ancestor arrived in England from Amsterdam in 1760, although my paternal great grandfather and my mother’s parents hailed from the Polish part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, escaping poverty and antisemitism in the middle of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Since birth I have, in truth, only known Liberal Judaism, and it is a way of life to which I have dedicated my professional undertakings, first as the congregational rabbi to Kingston Liberal Synagogue for the best part of two decades and, latterly, for 15 years as Liberal Judaism’s head. Liberal Judaism seeks to bring the best of Jewish values and experience to the complications of contemporary living – to enable Jews and others to respond to the challenges of modernity with a focus on what is ethical and

universal, with Jewish flavour. I could cite many highlights of Liberal Judaism’s radical campaigning in the past 15 years, but two in particular evoke in me pride. In partnership with Citizens UK, it was the pioneering voice seeking to offer refuge in the UK to those fleeing the Syrian civil war. The simple symbol of my succah, erected outside the library in Windrush Square, Lambeth, and elsewhere, led indirectly to government initiatives and the community sponsorship scheme such that some 15,000 Syrian refugees have found a haven in the UK. These include a Muslim family now housed in a former caretaker’s flat within the premises of a Liberal synagogue in the south of England. Liberal Judaism has long advocated the dignity and equality of each individual, and it

still seems thrillingly remarkable to me that I was the only religious Jew who gave evidence to the Select Committee of Parliament in favour of legislation that was to lead to equal marriage for people of the same gender. What any individual or group achieves is rarely done alone and, on my appointment, I was determined that Liberal Judaism should play as full a role as possible in the activities of the Jewish community, in the multi-faith religious world and, indeed, in our wider society. Liberal Judaism’s achievement as the first central religious body to introduce the Living Wage and its lead role in ‘Caring for Carers’, its participation in the National Council of Imams and Rabbis, and its partnerships with organisations such as the Jewish Council for Racial Equality and JAMI, are powerful

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examples of the co-operative and constructive partnerships which Liberal Judaism has been able to build – without compromising values. While it is not possible to establish a Liberal Jewish community in every place where an individual might desire it, modern technology and the resourcing of small communities has enabled many people – some Jewish, some Jew-ish and some with no Jewish background – to become part of our inclusive, egalitarian movement. Not only does Liberal Judaism now include a community in Copenhagen, which joins those in Dublin and Edinburgh but, during my tenure, viable congregations have formed in York, Crouch End, Wessex and elsewhere. As I reflect on 15 years as the Senior Rabbi and chief executive of Liberal Judaism, I am grateful for having had the privilege to lead such a group of principled and committed rabbinic and lay, professional and unpaid partners, and pledge to continue in a different guise to promulgate a value-led expression of Judaism that is conscious of its past, courageous in its present and confident in its future.


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Nearly 200 people showed off their best moves at Aures London for an Israeli family disco, organised by PJ Library UK and The Israeli House. The event featured sets from DJ Hilit Kolet mixing Israeli dance and disco hits from the 1980s and 1990s, an Israeli street food buffet, temporary Hebrew tattoos and crafts. Dasha Pomerantseva, family outreach coordinator for PJ Library, said: “It was great to watch parents introducing classic Israeli tunes from their youth to the next generation, creating a fun-filled afternoon for families. With thanks to Genesis Philanthropy Group and Israeli House for making such an original event possible!” Pictured are participants with their balloon creations at the event.

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Mathilda Marks-Kennedy Jewish Primary School in Mill Hill affixed a mezuzah to its new security hut donated by the Community Security Trust (CST). A plaque honouring the CST was unveiled during the ceremony at the school, pictured. Headteacher Miriam Kaye was joined at the event by the CST’s director of communications Mark Gardner, Rabbi Malcolm Herman and members of the school’s security committee. Children from Key Stage 2 recited a prayer to bless the mezuzah, which was donated by security firm 1st Class Protection.

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GIFT’s volunteer coordinator Keren Pinhas and senior educator Shira Joseph spoke to Jewish students at City University London about the charity’s work inspiring giving across the community. They led an interactive discussion about volunteering and the charity’s projects. Computer Science student Sam Kaufman said: “City and Cass Jewish Society were privileged to welcome Keren and Shira to speak about the excellent work of the organisation, the importance of volunteering, and the abundance of great opportunities for university students to get involved.”

4 QUIZZING TOGETHER

Some 140 people battled it out for the title of Quizzer of the Year at Jewish Blind and Disabled’s biennial supper quiz at North West Reform Synagogue. The charity’s chief executive, Lisa Wimborne, said: “As well as being vital for raising raise muchneeded funds, which is particularly important as we do not receive any government funding, this event is especially enjoyable as it brings together our generous supporters, volunteers, president, trustees and staff members plus our amazing tenants. It is particularly heart-warming that the quiz was won by one of the two tenant teams, illustrating how much can be achieved by people enabled to live independently within a safe and welcoming Jewish community.”

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Mill Hill Synagogue members heard Lady Irene Hatter discuss Forgotten Soldier, an award-winning documentary about her father Sally Noach, a Jewish Dutch national who enabled more than 600 Jews to escape deportation and certain death using forged passes. Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet said: “I am amazed the lengths Lady Hatter went to dig up the truth about her father – a truly unsung hero.” She is pictured with Schochet, Barnet Mayor Caroline Stock and consort Richard, and Mill Hill vice chair Kellie Leigh, who organised the Holocaust Memorial Day event.

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Mind’s Michelle Kabia and Tallat Bhatti took part in a Shabbat at East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue, speaking about taboos surrounding mental health. Rabbi Richard Jacobi said: “When telling people about a mental health problem is as normal as telling them you have a cold, only then will we not need [such] a mental health awareness Shabbat event.” Bhatti is pictured with congregants.

7 UNIVERSITY FUTURE More than 70 British supporters of Tel Aviv University heard its president Ariel Porat speak at a reception at the residence of Israel’s Ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev (pictured with Porat), and his wife Vered. Porat discussed the future of interdisciplinary research and the university’s international aspect. Cara Case, CEO of the Tel Aviv University Trust said: “We were delighted to introduce Mr Porat to so many of our UK friends.”

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Conservative politician Sir Iain Duncan Smith popped in to Jewish Blind and Disabled’s Milne Court, in South Woodford. The ex-minister explored the 57 apartments for people living with physical disability or visual impairment, and he was given a tour of Edna Shaw (pictured)’s flat. Tenants grilled him on topics including Brexit, benefits, antisemitism and social care. Chief executive Lisa Wimborne said: “It was a good opportunity to talk to him about the issues that matter to our tenants, in particular the NHS and benefits system.”

9 DANCING FUN

More than 100 dancers strutted their stuff at a oneand-a-half hour-Zumba and dance fitness party held by Dancing With Louise, raising £2,000 for charity Camp Simcha, which supports families affected by serious childhood illness. Founder Louise Leach said: “We use this annual event to raise money for Camp Simcha because it is an amazing charity.”

10 LEGAL FIGHT

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. The property lawyer, who retired in 2017 after 60 years on the roll, spoke about “sisterhood, mentoring and women’s empowerment” at the event at the City offices of Israel’s Bank Leumi. She is pictured, first from left, with journalist Sandy Rashty and panellists Justine Zwerling of Israel Primary Markets at the London Stock Exchange, and British Business Bank marketing director Rebecca Simon.

Your family announcements Louie Leviton celebrated his barmitzvah at Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue

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MUSIC Jennifer Lopez Music icon Jennifer Lopez teamed up with an Israeli music group for her show-stopping performance of Let’s Get Loud at the Super Bowl on Sunday night. Some 102 million people watched as JLO performed her 1999 hit song with her daughter, Emme and a choir of children – but what the viewers probably didn’t know is that the arrangement was created by Koolulam. Describing itself as “an international social-musical initiative aimed at strengthening the fabric of society through song”, Koolulam originally created the arrangement in October

to mark Breast Cancer Awareness, when it was performed by more than 2,000 women and men of all ages and backgrounds. JLo’s producers got in touch with Koolulam to ask if they could use the arrangement for Sunday’s big game between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, who rallied in the fourth quarter to take the NFL championship. Michal Shahaf, Koolulam’s CEO and one of its founders, told The Jerusalem Post that Lopez’s use of their arrangement before such a large audience was “a big hug for us”.

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GIGS Red Hot Chili Peppers The heat is definitely about to rise in Israel – after the Red Hot Chili Peppers announced they are going to Tel Aviv as part of a Europe-wide tour, this summer. The American rock band will headline Funkyard, a new Israeli music festival, in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park on 10 June. Having sold more than 80 million records worldwide, Red Hot Chili Peppers last appeared in Israel in 2012 at a concert also in Yarkon Park, which attracted tens of thousands of fans. During that concert, the band talked about Hillel Slovak, their Jewish, Israeli-born guitar player who died from a drug overdose in the early 1990s. Band leader Anthony yelled out on stage: “Hillel Slovak forever!”

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will be out in early October. “Whenever I came up with a funny bit, whether it happened on a stage, in a conversation, or working it out on my preferred canvas, the big yellow legal pad, I kept it in one of those old-school accordion folders,” Seinfeld, 65, said in a statement. “So, I have every piece of stand-up comedy I thought was worth saving from 45 years of

hacking away at this for all I was worth.” According to reports, the book will show how Seinfeld’s comedy has evolved since he broke into the comedy business in the 1970s as a college student. Seinlanguage, published in 1993, was among the top sellers that year. Seinfeld is also the author of the children’s book Halloween from 2002. • The first three series of Seinfeld are coming to All 4 from Friday, with the remaining six series then available each week until mid-March. Seinfeld, which aired between 1989 to 1998, stars the actor as a stand-up comedian, whose life in New York City is made even more chaotic by his quirky group of friends. The show also features Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes, Jerry’s ex-girlfriend and current platonic pal; Jason Alexander as George Costanza, Jerry’s neurotic hard-luck best friend; and Michael Richards as Jerry’s eccentric neighbour, Kramer.

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‘These kids need to be shown love’ Francine Wolfisz travels to Israel to learn more about the work of Migdal Ohr, which supports 10,000 at-risk children every year

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n hour has passed since lunch at Migdal HaEmek’s daycare centre, where 80 youngsters aged three months to three years are all miraculously asleep at the same time, tucked up in their sleeping bags. All that is, except one. A toddler with blonde curls and brown eyes is wide awake and waves at me, taking out her dummy to smile, while one of the carers holds her and speaks in hushed tones. The scene would be unremarkable in any other nursery, except that here the children have been orphaned or born to parents who struggle to look after them, either through poverty, physical and mental health issues or addiction.

They are just a handful of the 10,000 at-risk children helped every year by Migdal Ohr, one of Israel’s largest non-profit organisations, which provides literally everything needed for the best start in life, from food, clothes and bedding, to a safe home, education and employment. It’s no coincidence that of the 900 staff employed by the organisation, 80 percent of them grew up within one of the charity’s programmes and are more than happy to give back as adults. Today, Migdal Ohr runs 120 youth clubs, 15 schools and three residential campuses across the country – including the place I have come to visit – the flagship 45-acre campus of Migdal HaEmek, in southern Galilee.

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with an idea for a rehabilitation programme, Looking around, one can’t help but feel impressed by the scale of what this charity Shaked. This gives inmates the chance to has been able to achieve, but all the more undertake religious study in return for a reduced remarkable is that it only happened because sentence for good behaviour. of one man’s desire to help young people, more Still operating in all Israeli prisons, the than 50 years ago. programme has been credited with reducing Back in 1967, the youth of Migdal HaEmek the recidivism rate of participants to 20 percent. were in trouble. Secular and economically During one such visit, Grossman recalls that neglected, this southern Galilee neighbourhood as he left the prison, he kissed one inmate on was set up to accommodate thousands of the cheek and gave him a hug. A few days later, Sephardi immigrants arriving from North he received a postcard from the prisoner, telling Africa, but the population swiftly outstripped him that was the first time in his life anyone had infrastructure – and soon there were not enough shown him love. schools or jobs to go around. He explains: “This taught me what the For a young person growing up in Migdal problem is. If someone will take these kids and HaEmek, it was not uncommon to find a parent give them love, a home, an education, a mother who had turned to crime or drug and alcohol and father, then they can be the best kids.” abuse to cope with their impoverished existence Grossman resolved to find the funds to start – and so they hung out on streets, or in pubs and such a project, and in 1972 founded Migdal Ohr local clubs, to escape their family situation. But, (meaning “Tower of Light”), providing a home one night, an unexpected guest turned up at the for 18 boys from families in need. local disco. By the next year, the charity had doubled There, among the drinking and dancing, in size and has continued to grow, with the flashing lights and loud music, stood Rabbi Israeli government providing 60 percent of the Yitzchak Grossman, scion of a prominent annual budget. The rest – which amounts to a Chasidic family from Mea Sharim, with his long not insignificant £8million shortfall – is sought black beard, side locks and dark suit. through donations from around the world, “They couldn’t believe what they were including via the fundraising branch here, seeing,” smiles a now 73-year-old Grossman. Migdal Ohr UK. “They thought maybe someone had died and As Grossman tells me, the need for such I was looking for someone. I told them I had come a charity still very much exists nearly five decades here to live and they said, ‘Are you crazy? You left after he established it. Jerusalem to live here?’ I said yes, because you “There are stories I can tell you again and are my brothers.” again,” he says, shaking his head. “Once, a father Just months before, the newly-married threw out his children, aged 12 and 14, onto the 21-year-old Grossman had witnessed the street for the night. In the morning, they went liberation of the Old City during the Six-Day War looking for the mayor and he reached out to me. and the frenzy of a crowd of thousands making When we arrived at the house, the bedroom door their way towards the Western Wall. was closed and there was a note on the table He pledged to dedicate his life towards helping saying that the father had decided to end his life. young people in need – and there were certainly “I went into the bedroom and saw the man plenty of them in Migdal HaEmek. had taken maybe 100 pills. I called an Having earned the nickname “Disco Rabbi”, he ambulance and they took him to hospital and turned up every night at the clubs and connected saved his life. When I went to visit him, he told with the disillusioned youth around him. me he had lost his wife from cancer, that he was ill and that he couldn’t cope with He was like a magnet for them, his children. as the crowd opened up to “Of course, we took in him about their families, including that many the kids and they both went on to become had a brother or father in prison, motivating successful. As for the the rabbi to visit father, we gave him them. a job.” It was during He smiles as he these visits that thinks back to how Grossman – who Migdal Ohr saved aged 23 became the this one family from youngest municipal crisis, but they are not unique – Grossman Chief Rabbi in Israel, when he was elected can recall several stories Chief Rabbi of Migdal where the charity has HaEmek – came up helped turn around the Rabbi Yitzchak Grossman lends a hand


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Migdal Ohr’s daycare centre looks after children from as young as three-months-old

Pupils from the boys’ secondary school, situated within the Migdal HaEmek campus

for these children. Yaniv, a middle-aged man who came here at the age of 11 and now manages all the units, tells me the ethos here is to create a mishpachtim or “small family” for the youngsters, so they always feel loved. Our last destination is certainly a feast for the eyes. We arrive at Migdal Ohr’s glittering bridal suite, which provides everything that a bride could wish for and is run by Grossman’s equally dedicated wife, Esther. This is no ordinary gemach, but rather a boutique filled to the brim with stunning donated gowns, shoes, veils and accessories. There’s even a make-up and hair corner, so brides can look their best on their special day, while the charity also makes arrangements for the venue and the reception.

“Esther is a real angel,” one volunteer tells me. I nod in agreement while looking around the bridal heaven she has created. As we prepare to leave Migdal Ohr, I’m left feeling impressed by what has been achieved here and how thousands of children’s lives have been turned around by the charity. It’s a message not lost on Grossman, who received the Presidential Medal of Distinction – Israel’s highest civil award – in 2013. “Those who want to give to others, it’s a great gift from God,” he concludes. “There are many people who are wealthy and everything is for themselves. But if you can help, you help.”  To learn more about Migdal Ohr’s projects, visit migdalohr.org.uk, email Amit Fraser, executive director of Migdal Ohr UK at amit@migdalohr.org.uk or call 07595 342491

HARRISON Migdal Ohr provides a home and education for 10,000 at-risk children across Israel

lives of young people. “I received a call from a rabbi in Bnei Brak, who told me he kept seeing two children at a storage place at night. “I sent people to find out more and they discovered their mother was mentally ill in hospital and the father had ended up in jail. The welfare department said they should live with their grandmother, but she had another son, who was not married, and he beat them. They decided it was enough and found this storage shed to live in. Migdal Ohr sent a car right away and we took in the kids.” Given their unsettled family backgrounds, their impoverishment or the loss of a parent at a young age, it would be easy to imagine many of the children are unable to settle into a new life at Migdal Ohr. But walking around the sizeable campus, I see only smiles and contentment on the faces of these youngsters. That, says Sharon, Migdal Ohr’s project director, comes from “not just a financial, but also an emotional investment”. She explains: “Children come here and say, ‘we’re nothing’, so they have no expectations in life. But no child is a zero – they are all good at something. Some are good at drawing, so we encourage them to draw murals on the walls. Others are good at singing, so we have a choir. “Many don’t know how to cook, so here they can learn to become chefs, which helps them to face challenges and gives them a vocation.

“What we give them are tools for life, an understanding that they can break the cycle and turn out differently.” We head over to the Machshava primary school, one of several educational institutes on campus, where many of the 300 pupils come from immigrant families. On entering the Year One classroom, 27 beaming children stand up, greet me with “hello” and “good morning” and begin to sing in English. A sense of achievement sweeps the room when they finish, made all the more impressive by the fact that English is not normally taught in Israeli schools for at least another two years, but these five and six-year-olds are already well ahead. We move on to the other side of campus to visit two huge residential blocks. One is a refurbished building, while the other recently opened and has been purpose-built from scratch at a cost of $30m (£23m) raised largely through donations. Each block has five floors and houses 12 boys, divided between three smart, brightly-decorated bedrooms. A communal dining area is just down the hall, attached to the kitchen where a fresh batch of babaganoush is being cooked. But the set-up here is very different from any other ordinary dormitory. Every floor is assigned to a couple, who have their own private apartment, but are there as surrogate parents

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Imagine that in the middle of the night the fire alarm in your house goes off and you have to leave it immediately. What you would grab on your way out? Your phone? Wallet? Clothes? Probably. Musical instrument? Unlikely. After 210 years of slavery and multiple requests for freedom that Pharoah If Pesach was a Sesame Street programme it would have been denied, the Jewish people finally had a window for escape from Egypt and brought to you by the number had to leave in a hurry before Pharoah changed his mind again. After a tense four. Four sons, four expressions scene at the sea, pursued by the Egyptian army and with nowhere else to go of redemption, four questions and but forward, the sea parted and the Jews walked through it to freedom. of course, four cups of wine (and In thanks to God, the Jewish People sang. “Miriam, the prophetess, Aaron’s no, it doesn’t have to be sickly sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women came out after her kiddush wine!). While the four cups with tambourines and with dances” (Shemot 15:20) is a given for us, the sages of the Leaving Egypt was a “fire alarm” moment. We eat matzah on Pesach, Talmud (Pesachim 110a) pondered because we know they had to leave in such a rush that they did not have time if it presented a problem. for their bread to rise. So where did the tambourines come from? And how The bottom line of the discussion did all the women have them? is that it’s not an issue, especially as There was no group WhatsApp to get the message distributed at lightning we are dealing with a mitzvah, but speed, and surely tambourines were not a priority item to pack. there is a rather strange notion that The answer must be that, following Miriam’s leadership, they had packed needs further explanation - could them in advance. Miriam was a prophetess and knew for certain that, despite there possibly be an issue with even the way things looked in Egypt, the Jewish people would be free. Amid the numbers? darkness and trauma, she mentally lived in the future as if it was already hapOne possible explanation is that pening. She packed her tambourine, and told all the women to do the same, even numbers are an expression of because she knew that they were going to need it when they were free. Many people go through traumas and dark periods in their lives. It may not be possible to explain why the situation is happening, but if we can take a lesson from Miriam and live in the present as if the trauma has passed and plan for the future beyond, it may bring some light into the darkness and hopefully will result in singing and rejoicing in the end. Advert Final 165x260mm v4.qxp_JN advert 165x260mm 16:59 Page 1 ◆JGT Siobhan Dansky is rebbetzen at Cranbrook United14/01/2020 Synagogue

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plurality, being seen an extension of the number two. The idea of duality, or two forces, is a notion that stands in stark contrast to the basic tenet of Judaism, belief in one God. A dualist view of the world sees it as somewhat chaotic, with disparate forces of good and evil at play.

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The Shema, the basic statement of Jewish creed, is a daily declaration of God’s unity. There is only One Infinite Force that created and guides the world. Even though it may seem like there are different forces at play, when we say the Shema we declare that whatever happens to us in life is an expression of God’s plan for the world, whether we can see it or not. Odd numbers, in a sense, remind us of God’s unity, whereas even ones have connotations of plurality. Judaism places great value in developing a constant sense of awareness of God’s unity. So, the next time you are offered a second drink, maybe have one more… or perhaps better still, one less! L’chayim! ◆ Rabbi Jonny Roodyn is education director of Jewish Futures and rabbi of Finchley Federation Synagogue

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The Bible Says What?

Tu Bishvat is a stark reminder of the sacrifices we must make

God is your healer, but what about doctors? BY RABBI MIRIAM BERGER I recently heard a touching story from Rabbi Natasha Mann about her friend and colleague, Rabbi Morris Panitz. Panitz had a second child last year but, soon after the birth, the child fell ill and was being treated in hospital. While waiting to find out whether the child would respond to the treatment and recover, the paediatrician said something any parent would dread to hear. “It’s in God’s hands now.” Without missing a beat, Panitz replied: “You are God’s hands. That’s how this works.” It may be surprising to us to hear the doctor’s words echoed in Exodus, where we are told: “I, the Eternal, am your healer.” My community includes a prayer for healing in every Shabbat evening service. Yet anyone who has lost a loved one when those prayers did not appear to be “answered” may find it hard to reject the image of a coldhearted God who chooses not to heal. When a community prays for

healing, we recognise the impact of sharing our anxieties, bringing the vulnerable into the hearts and minds of the entire community. They go from being in the hands of the doctors only into the love and care of their community. If we create the right space in which people can acknowledge the long-term conditions with which they struggle to live, we hope to be part of their finding an inner peace, a psychological healing from what it means to accept living with the implications of those limitations or symptoms. This prayer also aims to elevate the acceptance that sometimes a complete healing may only be possible in the world to come and that healing comes with letting go. Perhaps God’s healing is experienced as being delivered via doctors, via the love and support of others or through the resilience of one’s spirit.

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BY RABBI JANET BURDEN Every year, as we approach Tu Bishvat, I feel my spirits lift as I smell the scent of winter box and daphne on the breeze and see the first snowdrops. But this year my pleasure has been dampened by a persistent, uncomfortable thought: “How many of these rebirths will humanity witness before our planet becomes uninhabitable?” Small wonder that we are seeing a growth in radical protest groups such as Extinction Rebellion (pictured). Whatever one thinks of the tactics of these activists, there can be little doubt about the sincerity and urgency of their message. In my neighbourhood, Extinction Rebellion’s logo of a large X fashioned into a stylised hourglass usually accompanies the words, “Tell the Truth.” I saw such a message recently while out walking with a friend, who impatiently muttered: “Which truth? And to whom? And to

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THE FIRM WITH EVERYTHING AND THE KITCHEN SINK Timing, as the old adage goes, is everything – especially in business – and entrepreneurs James Saidman and Daniel Abrahams are understandably excited about their ‘zeitgeisty’ sustainable start-up selling used and ex-display kitchens. Interview by Candice Krieger

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them do that,” adds Saidman, who grew up in Stanmore, where his family are members of Stonegrove Synagogue. Abrahams grew up in Edgware and is a member of Radlett United Synagogue. It was Abrahams, who used to work in office furniture and relocations, who came up with the concept. He saw a gap in the market for helping showrooms to shift their ex-displays, so he approached them. The entrepreneurs have since built up an impressive network of showrooms that they work with, including Poggenpohl, Schmidt, Poliform, Pronorm and Mobalpa. “Daniel kept talking to me about how there were lots of kitchen showrooms in the UK that needed help in selling their ex-displays,” recalls Saidman, who was working in online marketing specialising in the automotive industry at the time. “Many typically don’t like dealing with their ex-displays. They put a sign up in the window and rely on passing traffic to come in. We can help them. “We would talk about it over dinners and it really excited me. The size of market was very attractive to me.” The UK kitchen market is valued at around £4 billion a year. There are between 2,000 and 3,000 medium-to-high-end independent kitchen showrooms in the UK that will typically change their displays every two to three years. Enthused by the opportunity, they decided to team up to disrupt what is traditionally a fairly analogue kitchen industry. Saidman acknowledges that the surge in second-hand sales has helped. “Consumers want premium products at good value.” According to Retail Gazette, the “bargain buzz” has driven this demand, and while the second-hand goods market assimilates into the high street, it is the online platforms which have enabled it to flourish. UKH transparently lists all its kitchens on its website, “warts and all”, something the entrepreneurs are particularly proud of. “It’s very important to us that we put all sizings on our adverts.” They are also proud to be have been fully boot-strapped from the start. Saidman acknowledges that they have made mistakes along the way “but have been getting better and better at understanding what a buyer is looking for.” They only take on about 50 per cent of the private kitchens they come across, based on their condition and age, which range from nearly new to around 10 years old. But can a kitchen really be a universal fit? “It’s like a giant game of Tetris,” says Abrahams. “All kitchens are modular. The tops of the units can come off to become free-standing so they can be reconfigured if need be.” Saidman and Abrahams have sold millions and millions of pounds worth of kitchens. The highest value one was a kitchen with a recommended retail price of £150,000 - the buyer paid close to £50,000.

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In the latest in our new series of podcasts with Jewish people who are changing the world, Zaki Cooper talks to barrister, judge and former president of the Supreme Court Lord Neuberger about his life, career and books that inspire him

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ord David Neuberger is a barrister and judge and was the second president of the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, from 2012 to 2017. Before that, he was Master of the Rolls, having been appointed a Law Lord and become a peer in 2007. Now, Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury is an arbitrator and legal expert based at One Essex Court.

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You were appointed to head the Supreme Court in 2012. How did you react to this? Not surprisingly a mixture of pleasure at having got to the top judicial job in the country and nervousness as to whether I would be up to the job.

The first book you have chosen is Herodotus’ The Histories, a classic written more than 2,400 years ago. Why did you choose this? I’ve always been very fond of history. Not only is this book symbolic in that it is the first history book in the western world, but it is a wonderfully interesting and gossipy book. He must have been a fascinating man, possibly a bit of a nerd. But it’s well written and it’s one of the few history books I go back to.

As Supreme Court head, you were in post for five years. What was your average week like? I suppose I would be sitting on a case two or three days a week. The rest of the time I would be either reading papers for cases I was going to hear, writing a judgement or reading a colleague’s

judgement. Then there would be administrative responsibilities, lecture writing, preparing to speak to students and other groups, there would be communications with the Lord Chief Justice and other senior judges in the UK, and there would also be limited communication with politicians, particularly the Lord Chancellor. You were dealing with some very difficult cases. Did any give you sleepless nights? Yes, I didn’t regret the sleepless nights. One of the surprising things is that occasionally I did get to sleep and woke up with a thought that hadn’t occurred to me when I was awake. The worst type of sleepless night was after I had given judgement and wondered whether I had got it right. You have selected a number of novels. Two of those are 19th century classics, Tolstoy’s War and Peace and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Why do you like those books? As I’ve got older, I’ve been reading novels less than I did. I’ve been reading more history books, science books and odd choices. But there are certain novels that I read when I was young, which I have gone back to. Those were the two that are closest to my heart. I still read Pride and Prejudice every other year, and War and Peace every five years, although I do tend to jump over the analysis of history chapter in that book. The Supreme Court has been in the headlines for its decision saying the government was unlawful in proroguing Parliament. What did you make of that as its former president? I thought this was a relatively rare example of the courts performing one of their most essential functions, the constitutional function of balancing the role of the two other branches of government, the executive and the legislature. And deciding where the balance of power lay between the two, and the right of two as against each other. Before heading the Supreme Court, you were Master of the Rolls for three years. What did that entail? That entailed being the senior judge in the Court of Appeal, which involved being responsible for three times as many judges as the Supreme Court. It involved effectively being the number two judge for England and Wales, and involved a degree of responsibility for civil justice, as well as presiding over a number of cases as a judge. You didn’t start off as a lawyer. You spent a few years in banking and, before that, had studied chemistry at Oxford University. You have a big interest in science and one of the books you selected is Richard Dawkins’ classic, The Selfish Gene. Why did you select that book? I thought I should choose a science book, but it was difficult to choose a particular one because

there are no science books I go back to regularly. I chose The Selfish Gene because it was a relatively early book I read as a lawyer. I thought it was very well and clearly written, with fascinating ideas and very well developed. Another of your selections was Evelyn Waugh’s novel, Scoop. Why do you like it? When I looked back and thought which of the 20th century novelists I most admired, in terms of the number of books and style, it was Evelyn Waugh. He gets an astonishing amount of characters and thought-provoking events into books, which would now be regarded as very short form. What does being Jewish mean to you? I have no religious feeling. It’s one of those curious things people feel very strongly about. I half envy and half don’t understand people who are religious, but I respect their feeling. But I am very consciously Jewish. I don’t think you stop being Jewish in the way you stop being Christian, Islamic or Hindu. You didn’t really encounter antisemitism in your long career in the law… I heard a bit about antisemitism at the bar. When I started in the 1970s, there were sets of chambers that did not admit Jews, women or ethnic minorities generally. Obviously things have got a lot better. Why do you think Jews have made such a disproportionate impact on the law? I remember the first time I went into court with my pupil-master. He was arguing about the interpretation of a will. I still remember the feeling listening to the argument that this is just like a shiur discussing texts of the Bible. The way Judaism has developed as an intellectual religion of rules, as opposed to a religion of faith and beliefs is remarkable and means it is almost inevitable there will be a lot of Jewish lawyers. You selected The King David Report by Stefan Heym. Why did you select that book? It’s a novel I was captivated by. It is a light send-up to the story of King David in the Bible but it’s a brilliantly evocative picture of Israel at the times of King Solomon and King David. It’s written in a somewhat Biblical style and has real resonance to anyone who has read the Bible. It probably just struck a chord.

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Herodotus: The Histories Leo Tolstoy: War and Peace Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice Richard Dawkins: The Selfish Gene Evelyn Waugh: Scoop Stefan Heym: The King David Report


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NEFESH B’NEFESH Dear Dov I’ve been told that once I make aliyah, I can’t leave the country for six months. Is that correct? Jennifer Dear Jennifer First, mazeltov on your forthcoming aliyah. Second, you’ll be pleased to know there are no travel restrictions once you make aliyah. However, one can only

apply for their Israeli passport 90 days or three full months (whichever is longer) after their date of aliyah. Should you need to travel before receiving your Israeli passport, an Ishur Yetziyah (permission to leave) must be obtained from any branch of Misrad Hapnim. No appointment is necessary and there is no fee. In the case of an emergency situation, the border control police at Ben Gurion Airport may allow you to leave the country without an Ishur Yetziyah, or they may refer you to Ben Gurion’s branch of Misrad Hapnim. During your first

ably qualified dental surgeon. At the Gingerbread House, we have a specialist ‘periodontist’ or gum specialist who places implants for our patients. Your second option is a dental bridge. This is a tooth that is fixed to the teeth either side of the gap. In order to have a bridge, the surrounding teeth will need to be healthy enough to sustain the extra pressure of the false tooth. Your final option is a denture, or ‘plate’, on which a number of teeth can be placed if necessary. Dentures are removable and will need to be cleaned at night and between meals. Your dentist should be able to talk though these options with you and advise which may be your best solution to fill the gap.

six months, olim (new immigrants) receive Sal Klita (a monetary gift) any travel outside of Israel may stop these payments. Upon returning to Israel, you must visit your local branch of Misrad Haklita and have payments reinstated. You are entitled to receive back payments. We suggest that you check your bank statement to ensure that all Sal Klita payments are received as scheduled. Commuters and other people who need to travel outside of Israel for work purposes should contact Misrad Haklita to discuss their specific situation. Safe travels!

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MAN ON A BIKE Dear Ian I use an online drive to store documents and files. My family and I use several machines to access these files since we need them wherever we are. I have now started to get warnings that I am getting close to my 100GB storage limit, but there only seems to be about 40GB of documents and files in there. I have even totalled up the size of all of the individual folders and

Dear Philip It sounds like you have got a good set-up to enable you and your family to have all of your files no matter where you are. It also gives you the security of a back-up copy in the cloud. What you are experiencing is not uncommon. Online drives have the benefit of keeping previous versions, or snapshots, of your data so you can go back to a copy from up to 30 days ago. It will also have a recycle bin for when you delete files. One downside is that when you are working on files in the online drive, temporary copies are made and deleted as you

work. The online drive sees this as a deleted file and puts it into the recycle bin. This is probably where your storage space is taken up. You should log in to the online storage and look at the Trash folder as I am sure this has filled up with these files.You can also remove any old snapshots that are no longer required.


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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.

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