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Jewish schools on coronavirus alert Advice issued to families following half-term holidays

Jewish schools began issuing guidance to students and parents this week in response to the coronavirus outbreak, writes Adam Decker. Family travel during the recent half-term holiday, including to northern Italy, may place schools at risk, educators said, urging schoolchildren to quarantine themselves, in some cases even if they show no symptoms of illness. Among the Jewish schools posting advice to parents were JFS and Akiva, which said they had been using notifications from Public Health England, while JCoSS said families needed to keep the school informed. “In view of the recent half term holiday, we ask parents to check the advice and follow the instructions,”

the school said. “If any of these apply to you, whether or not there are any symptoms, please inform us as quickly as possible so that we can consider any further precautions to protect the school community.” According to guidance from Public Health England, anyone told to selfisolate must “not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transport or taxis”. It advises people to “stay in a wellventilated room with a window that can be opened, separate from other people in your home,” adding: “Keep the door closed and use a separate bathroom from the rest of the household, if available.” Beyond the classroom, major communal organisations such as United Synagogue said it was pre-

paring to issue guidance to members, with more substantial plans soon to be sent to community leaders. The UK Government has said anyone returning from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and who “is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath” should stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild. Meanwhile in Israel around 1,600 people were under quarantine this week, amid fear that the country was ill-prepared, despite protestations from major Israeli hospitals and emergency services organisations that they are well-equipped. On Wednesday, Magen David Adom said it had so-far trained 145 Israeli para-

JFS, Akiva and JCoSS were among schools issuing warnings this week

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Jewish security groups and government envoys have begun pushing for the inclusion of antisemitism in the national Prevent strategy, Jewish News can reveal. It follows a call made by Lord Pickles, the government’s special envoy for post-Holocaust issues, for Jew hatred to be included in the country’s main terrorism-prevention programme. Speaking in the House of Lords, he said: “Given that antisemitism is often an open gateway to violent extremism, does the minister think that now is an appropriate time for the government to incorporate antisemitism into their Prevent strategy?” Pickles said he intervened after he was “persuaded” by a private briefing note from the Community Security Trust (CST). Mark Gardner, the CST’s communications director, said the organisation was pleased that the matter was now being taken seriously. “CST’s argument is that antisemitism should be considered one of the early warning signs by which potential future terrorists can be identified,” he said in this week’s Jewish News. “We

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ning, antisemitism has been a really good early indicator of extremism... Antisemitic conspiracies peddled by the far-right and far-left are a regular part of the ideological package that counter-terrorism officers encounter.” He said: “It’s not like antisemitism is being ignored by those engaged in preventing terrorism. There are some early interventions around it, but it’s a bit half-in, half-out. We need to go a little bit further now and fully integrate

it. Now is the right time.” He added: “This is no silver bullet, but if it helps protect the Jewish community then it’s obviously worth doing.” The call was backed by Danny Stone, chief executive of the Antisemitism Policy Trust, who said: “Antisemitism should be clearly identified as an indicator of violent extremism by the government and relevant authorities. We support Lord Pickles and the CST’s call for this to be looked at carefully.” Jewish peer Lord Carlile, the government’s former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, had been scheduled to review the Prevent strategy but withdraw in December after a legal challenge over perceived bias. He said: “Prevent applies to the risk of terrorist violence by a person. If an antisemite was a credible risk of violence against Jews, Prevent could be used.” However, Liam Duffy, a counter-terrorism consultant who wrote a Civitas report on Prevent, said there must be a reason to believe that an antisemite was a threat to Jews beyond just their views. “If someone held antisemitic views in isolation – as opposed to antisemitism caused by an Islamist ideology, for example – and there was reason to believe they were heading towards committing an act of violence, then that would be sufficient to warrant a Prevent intervention. “However, there are few definite ‘thresholds’ which would trigger an intervention. One comment alone, for instance about Jews controlling the world, might not be enough, but with more context it might be.”

JEW HATRED IS FACTOR PREVENT CAN’T IGNORE BY MARK GARDNER COMMUNITY SECURITY TRUST

The government’s Prevent programme is perhaps the best-known part of its four-pronged counter-terrorism strategy, the other prongs being Prepare, Pursue and Protect. Prevent does what it says on the tin: it is aimed at preventing terrorism by identifying people who may sooner or later become actual terrorists. CST has a good working relationship with Prevent, because we feel strongly that antisemitism should be considered one of the early warning signs by which potential terrorists can be identified. We believe our argument is regarded as a pretty obvious statement of fact by government, police and the security services. Let me be clear, however, that it would be somewhat paranoid to argue that all those have ever said or done something antisemitic are at risk of becoming terrorists. The challenge is how to balance that fact with something that is equally obvious, the unfortunate reality that antisemitism repeatedly features in the ideology, rhetoric and behaviour of terrorists. Today the two greatest terror threats to society come from jihadis and the far-right. Both groups hate Jews, so somebody displaying

obsessive Jew-hatred, combined with angry political beliefs, could be on a path to terrorism. Of course, antisemitism is but one of a range of indicators that may alert the authorities to the need for an intervention. Some of these indicators are very obvious, such as watching videos of terrorist attacks or praising terrorist groups. Other signs may be less straightforward, especially gradual changes in personal behaviour or circumstance that may denote radicalism. As with any intelligence work, there is the difficulty of sifting through the noise to find what is important. CST recorded over 1,800 antisemitic incidents last year. How many of those could give leads to help prevent actual terrorism? The terrorist who attacked a shul in Halle, Germany, on Yom Kippur gave a diatribe (in English) as he drove towards it. This included his saying the Holocaust was fake and Jews were responsible for feminism. On its own, neither statement would have identified him as a likely terrorist, but anti-Jewish terrorism became a more possible outcome when combined with his other actions, such as visitng websites showing how to build explosives. Ultimately, Prevent depends on spotting clues which suggest, with increasing probability, that someone is at risk of becoming a terrorist. Antisemitism is one of those clues and it must not be ignored.


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Antisemitism probe / Hate ideology / News

Charge brought as part of Labour hate inquiry A Labour activist has been charged with an offence under the Communications Act as part of a police investigation into alleged antisemitism. Mohson Rasool, 60, of Hollybank Road, Birmingham, is accused of sending a grossly offensive message or other matter on 10 February 2018. He is due at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on 25 March. The investigation was prompted by an internal Labour dossier detailing antisemitic messages on social media allegedly posted by party members, which was obtained by radio station LBC in 2018. Four people were arrested and two interviewed under

Met Police chief commissioner Dame Cressida Dick speaks to Nick Ferrari on LBC in January about the antisemitism inquiry

caution last year as part of the inquiry. Investigators passed five files of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), but yesterday, the Metropolitan Police said three men and a woman had been told

they will face no further action. Prosecutors said for some messages the time period for bringing charges had expired, while for other posts it could not be proved the suspects intended to stir up racial hatred.

A CPS spokesman said: “Antisemitic hate speech is unacceptable and when our legal test is met, we always seek to prosecute. The laws designed to tackle hate speech on social media set a high standard and there is a distinction between what is merely offensive or hurtful and what constitutes a criminal offence.” Inquiries continue in relation to a man in his 60s who was interviewed under caution last July over allegations of publishing or distributing material likely to stir up racial hatred. The Met said files of evidence relating to another five individuals have been sent to the CPS for investigative advice.

Two neo-Nazi groups to be banned Two neo-Nazi groups are to be banned in the UK as terrorist organisations, Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced. The Home Office is to proscribe the Sonnenkrieg

Division (SKD), a far-right group, two of whose members were jailed last year over terror offences, subject to Parliamentary approval. Another order, which came into force

on Tuesday, recognises the extreme System Resistance Network (SRN) as an alias of proscribed organisation National Action. Anyone found to support either could face

up to 10 years in prison. “By proscribing these groups, we are making it much harder for them to spread their hateful rhetoric,” Patel said in a statement on Monday.

GROUP ‘UNITES FAR LEFT AND FAR RIGHT’ A joint report by Britain’s foremost antisemitism monitor and a leading anti-fascist group has shone a light on a conspiracy site called Keep Talking, which is uniting the far left and the far right. Investigators from the Community Security Trust and HOPE not hate said they had tracked participants for three years and had come to realise that traditional left-right labels now no longer held true in the realms of extremist beliefs. “The deeper we looked

into the ‘Keep Talking’ group, the harder it became to know whether it was far-right, farleft, a mixture of the two, or something else entirely,” said the report’s joint authors Dave Rich and Joe Mulhall. “The old political labels no longer apply when you have a shared belief in a hidden hand that secretly runs the world.” They said social media meant “even ridiculous cranks have influence and connections that were unimaginable just a few years ago”.

MEETING ON EXTREMISM A free meeting will be held in Parliament next month to address the “urgent priority” of far-right extremism, the Board of Deputies has announced. The Labour MP David Lammy is set to attend the meeting, Hate On the March, which is open to the public, next month to be chaired by the Jewish organisation’s vicepresident Amanda Bowman. “There has been a recent upsurge in far-right terrorism” around the world, Bowman

said. “We are also seeing the worrying re-emergence of farright political parties and rhetoric. Past history has told us this cannot go unchallenged.” Other guests include Elliot Cohen, of the Community Security Trust, Jemma Levene, of anti-racism charity HOPE not hate, and Dr Omar Khan of the Runnymede Trust.  For tickets to the event, on 17 March in Portcullis House, visit: https:// bit.ly/2Tfm2As

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Labour urges Facebook to ban hate groups Labour has petitioned Facebook to take action against left-wing groups sympathetic to the party in an extraordinary bid to stamp out antisemitism, writes Mathilde Frot. Staff working in Labour’s governance and legal unit, which investigates disciplinary cases, are thought to have contacted Facebook last year to demand some 11 groups identified as containing antisemitic content be moderated or removed. It is believed the officials alleged the groups’ administrators are pushing extreme

Facebook group ‘Truthers Against Zionist Lobbies’

antisemitic content towards some Labour-supporting Facebook users, including con-

spiracy theories about Jewish people, Holocaust denial and explicit hatred of Jews.

During a meeting in October, Labour staff are said to have delivered four reports to the social media giant, totalling 100 pages – containing 250 pieces of evidence and identifying several Facebook users believed to spread prejudice on social media. One of the groups, entitled “Truthers Against Zionist Lobbies,” was closed down in December after an intervention from the Countdown presenter Rachel Riley, who submitted evidence to Facebook. Labour staff reportedly renewed their appeal to the

social media company during another meeting on 11 February, where they provided further evidence of alleged antisemitism. None of the administrators are thought to be current party members – though some have been expelled or suspended. Labour’s general secretary Jennie Formby raised antisemitism concerns to the moderators and administrators of several Facebook groups sympathetic to Labour in 2018. Officials noticed some improvements in some – but

ANGER OVER ‘ISRAELI LOBBY’ RESPONSE Labour leadership hopeful Rebecca Long Bailey came under criticism over her response to an audience member’s “antisemitic” question at a rally in Liverpool, writes Mathilde Frot. An activist put a question to the candidate on Monday referencing what he described as the “Israeli lobby” during a Q&A session at the event. “The people who prevented

Jeremy Corbyn from becoming leader most are people like Margaret Hodge, John Mann, Tom Watson, and they are all members of the Israeli lobby,” the activist said in a video published by the website The Red Roar. In the clip, the man challenged Long Bailey for describing herself as a Zionist, after she used the moniker at a Jewish Labour Movement hustings in London backed by Labour Friends of Israel and Jewish News.

In the clip, Long Bailey can be heard telling the activist: “I believe, like many people in the party do, and it was set out in our manifesto, in a secure viable Israel, against, alongside a viable Palestinian state. “We’ve been a party that’s recognised a Palestinian state for some time now, and I’m proud of that, and the definition of a Zionist is somebody who believes in the right of Jewish people to self-determine and

not all groups. A Labour Party source said: “The party is taking action against individual Labour members over antisemitism but we don’t have the power to police the internet. Facebook needs to step up to stamp out hate on their platform.” Facebook told Jewish News: “There is content here which, while not against our rules, is still offensive. That is why we are constantly developing and reviewing our policies, and consulting with organisations around the world.”

Rebecca Long-Bailey during the Q&A debate

the existence of a Zionist state.” “That doesn’t mean, and I know that some members were concerned

about that… that as a party I don’t believe we should stand up for the rights of Palestinians. I do,” she said. A spokesperson for Long Bailey said: “The individual who asked this question was a racist crank. Unfortunately that may happen in public Q&A events. Rebecca clearly explained why he was wrong .”

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Book withdawn / Assange claim / News

Schoolbook linking Israel to 9/11 withdrawn after outcry

the textbook had been removed from sale and said it would publish a revised issue after a review of the material. “We appreciate the phrasing of the question is not as precise as it might

The Key Stage 3 volume, spanning British history from the Middle Ages until the modern-day, was written for pupils aged 11 to 14. The book, entitled Understanding History: Key Stage 3: Britain in the Wider World, Roman Times–present, was published by the Hachette UKowned Hodder Education Group. The Board of Deputies’ vice president Edwin Shuker warned: “This sort of leading question is dangerous as it invites the students to find a link between the creation of Israel and the 9/11 terrorist The school question linking Israel to 9/11...

have been and we are very sorry for any offence this has caused,” the statement read. Shuker added: “This is an outrageous warped version of history.” The suggestion Israel may be linked with the 2001 attacks is a trope sometimes peddled in antisemitic conspiracy theories. Hachette UK was approached for comment.

A leading educational publisher has removed from sale a history textbook asking pupils to speculate on “how it could be argued” the creation of Israel was a long-term cause of the attacks on 11 September 2001.

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attacks, which feeds into a prevalent antisemitic conspiracy theory.” The backlash came after the question was uncovered by the pro-Israel activist David Collier, who tweeted his findings last Wednesday and expressed concerns over antisemitism. A statement from the Hodder Education Group last Thursday revealed

McDonnell: Assange like Dreyfus John McDonnell has stood by his claim the Julian Assange extradition case is the “Dreyfus … of our age”, despite a backlash.

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McDonnell (pictured) appeared unapologetic as he defended his remarks in a statement to Jewish News last Thursday. “It was quite clear what I meant,” he wrote. “Just like

the Dreyfus case, the legal action against [WikiLeaks founder] Julian Assange is a major political trial in which the establishment is out to victimise an innocent. On that basis, of course it’s right

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to assert that it’s a parallel.” Alfred Dreyfus was a Jewish French artillery officer accused of passing state secrets to the Germans and convicted of treason in 1895, before being

later exonerated. The case divided opinion and sparked a national debate on race and inspired writer Emile Zola to pen an incendiary letter on the issue. The shadow chancellor had sparked criticism with the comparison he made after visiting Assange in prison.

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BLAIR: LABOUR NEEDS HEAD TO TOE RENEWAL Any of the three remaining Labour leadership hopefuls would be a “significant improvement” on Jeremy Corbyn, according to former prime minister Tony Blair. But he has vowed to keep his preferred candidate close to his chest out of fear of doing them “damage”, he told a London audience. In his strongest intervention yet in the race to succeed Corbyn, the former leader said the party would need a “head to toe renewal” to win power again. We can be clear and radical and still in the centre,” he argued.

BOARD OF DEPUTIES SUPPORTS MOSQUE The Board of Deputies of British Jews has offered its support after worshippers tackled a knifeman in a central London mosque who stabbed a muezzin in his 70s. A 29-year-old man, who is believed to have been attending prayers at London Central Mosque in Regent’s Park, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder last Thursday. The victim, who was leading the call to prayer, was taken to hospital, where his condition is not life-threatening.

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(KKL-JNF) said the billionaire’s gift would “help combat the effects of climate change”. The money will also help to pay for the maintenance of Israel’s existing forests, some of which were damaged by wildfires several years ago, with most of KKL-JNF’s work focused around the Negev.

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Organ donor group tackles ‘confusion’ A new Jewish group helping the community understand changes to organ donation says it has received “overwhelming” support, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. The Jewish Organ Donation Association UK (JODA), set up in January, showed through the results of a hospital-led survey that 47 percent of Jews opt to donate their organs – compared with the national average of 37 percent. However, it also found “widespread confusion” about what is permitted under Jewish law. This week JODA said it had held meetings with senior Jewish leadership teams and was “in the process of pulling together

a plan ahead of the law change”. Currently, people have to opt in to organ donation, but in April the UK will move to an opt-out system, whereby the default will be for donation. JODA founders Eddie Hammerson and Dr Marc Wittenberg travel to Belfast next month to present the findings of their research on Jewish attitudes to organ donation at the British Transplantation Society Congress, which helps to develop national policy. “We are proud to represent the Jewish community at such a prestigious gathering of the UK’s leading transplant specialists,” said Hammerson. “We will be highlighting the support of the Jewish community for organ donation.”

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Tracy Ann Oberman is to ‘reclaim’ The Merchant of Venice by starring as a female Shylock in a production directed by Brigid Larmour and set in the Jewish East End in the 1930s, in a community threatened by Mosley’s fascists.

JFS confirms admissions shake-up JFS has confirmed its intention to change its admissions policy, removing priority for local residents and establishing two local primaries as feeder schools. Europe’s largest Jewish secondary announced the changes at the end of a consultation, with the headteacher and governors saying it “will make very little difference” to students applying from across

the community. The two key amends are “the removal of priority by reference to distance from the school” and the offering of 26 priority places to Sinai JPS and nine places to North West London Jewish Day School as feeder schools. JFS informed parents that “almost all of those who attend do not live in Brent and therefore priority by reference to dis-

tance is no longer an appropriate method of offering places at the school”. In an email this week, JFS encouraged “all those who wish to be part of our continuing success, to apply in the normal way”. JFS, which is heavily oversubscribed, said in December it was changing its entry rules, leading more than 1,400 people to sign a petition against the changes.


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Eighteen Under 18 / Special Report

Let’s go back to the future!

MAX AARON MORRIS, 15

For the first year of secondary school, Max felt too self-conscious to use his wheelchair, hiding the pain he felt walking. Now the 15-year-old with pachyonychia congenita, a rare skin disease, is a proud disabilities champion, having successfully promoted Visibility for Disability week for the past three years. Activities include talks, inclusive sports events and a sign-language workshop. Praised as “engaging, optimistic and enthusiastic”, Max has empowered students and teachers to talk about their own disabilities and strive for better acceptance within JFS and wider society.

NOGA LEVY-RAPOPORT, 17

The wait is over! Today Jewish News, in association with the Jewish Leadership Council, reveals 18 individuals under the age of 18 poised to define the direction and dynamism of Jewish life in Britain. The 18, who our esteemed panel of judges decided not to rank, include future football star Macey Bannerman-Lloyd, 14, who recently played her first international match for England Under-15s, star musician Charlie Berman, 17, who is already proficient in seven instruments, and entrepreneurial talent Ruben Persey, 15, founder of balloon décor company Ballooneroo. Other winners have been recognised for their work on disability, such as 18-year-old

Faces of the future: Rising stars who comprised the last Eighteen Under 18 list in 2015

Elisheva Landau-Pope who, since being diagnosed with the neurological condition CMT, has worked tirelessly to improve accessibility at Jewish events. Amanda Mond, 17, was similarly recognised for her resolve in overcoming a life-threatening disease and becoming an influential speaker. The communal and lay leaders of the future have been highlighted, including 17-year-old Evie Leibling Blitz

who, as head of mentoring for Alyth Synagogue, already runs a 20-strong leadership team, Lucy Ross, 17, who has played a pivotal role in securing FZY’s presence in Leeds, and climate activist Noga Levy-Rapoport, the 17-year-old leader of the UK Student Climate Network. Andrew Gilbert, chair of the judging panel, said: “Our 18 are an inspiration. To hear about incredible young people doing unbelievable things was amazing, and we had the

unenviable challenge of just picking 18. I hope their stories will inspire readers as much as they did our panel.” Simon Johnson, chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, added: “ I have long felt that leaders should be nurtured from any age. “This list displays the breadth of talent and promising leadership building up among the younger members of our community.”  Editorial comment, p18

Few young people are driven by environmental activism as much as aspiring opera singer Noga. As leader of the UK Student Climate Network, a growing youth protest movement, the 17-year-old was a core organiser of the London strikes. In one year, Noga went from turning up to demonstrations to becoming one of The Guardian’s youth climate strike special writers, with her presence part of a rising tide pushing for climate action through a Green New Deal. She is determined to mobilise the community into the forefront of green activism and lifestyle change.

QUINCY BARRETT, 16

The youngest member of the Manchester Jewish Representative Council, a madrich at Salford Bnei Akiva and a CTeen Manchester leader, the 16-year-old is emerging as a successful Jewish educator. He regularly records the Jewish Telegraph for the visually impaired, and often visits residents at Heathlands care home on Shabbat to help them pray. As co-chair of his school’s JSoc, Quincy helped to install a succah on site for the first time in the school’s history. He is also a hospital radio station presenter, scout leader and school rowing course volunteer.

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Special Report / Eighteen Under 18 KESHET DOR, 16

As head girl of Yavneh College, Keshet is driven by her determination to “make the lives of others better”. Aged just 12, Keshet started volunteering weekly with Elias, a disabled young person she was paired with through Kisharon’s ‘buddy scheme’. Over the past six years, the pair have become close friends, with Keshet visiting Elias every Shabbat to read and play for an hour. Keshet is also the youngest recipient of a YOPEY award, which recognises teenagers “who are positive role models” after marking her batmitzvah by donating £300 to buy software helping members of Kisharon communicate.

AMELIA KAY, 14

Praised as a “consistently kind, caring and giving young lady”, Amelia is always first to volunteer and a passionate fundraiser for causes close to her heart. The 14-year-old JFS student is a leading advocate for anti-bullying and digital safety programmes, running school assemblies to raise awareness, and is currently setting up her own charity to combat bullying. Amelia also fundraises for a charity that offers horse riding to disabled children, which has included undertaking a sponsored simulated horse ride. She has sung in charity fundraising concerts at school and volunteers weekly with the school nurse. Her extremely

friendly and welcoming nature, coupled with the constant smile on her face, makes her a leading figure in social action.

CHARLIE BERMAN, 17

Charlie is an exceptionally gifted musician, being fully proficient in seven instruments including the piano, drums, guitar and the harmonica. The 17-year-old has performed at Band on the Wall, an iconic club in Manchester, and even shared a stage with the bass guitarist who is currently touring with Queen. Applauded for the unselfish use of his “incredible skills”, Charlie frequently gives up his free time to perform at a nursing home that cares for individuals with dementia. Watching people who struggle to communicate recite the lyrics of old songs almost flawlessly is what drives Charlie to continue sharing his music. This talented young man plans to pursue a career in medicine following a gap year in Israel with FZY.

COLEIV SWABEL, 15

Coleiv has demonstrated a profound understanding of how 3D printing can revolutionise the lives of disabled people. Aged just 14, he started a school club to encourage younger students to understand the creative process, and has become heavily involved in e-NABLE, an online global community of

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EVIE LEIBLING BLITZ, 17

As head of mentoring for Alyth Synagogue, Evie demonstrates leadership abilities far beyond the average 17-year-old. Since becoming a volunteer leader at Alyth aged just 14, she has taken on more responsibility every year, culminating in organising the activities for more than 30 bnei mitzvah students every term, co-ordinating and briefing her 20-strong leadership team in the process. Evie is also a member of the Barnet Multi Faith Youth Forum and, as head girl at JCoSS in 2019, capably addressed large audiences at important events such as open evenings and celebratory occasions. Praised for her “pride and attention to detail”, Evie already demonstrates a level of maturity and commitment that undoubtedly makes her one to watch in communal leadership for years to come.

GIDEON FUTERMAN, 16

Gideon is the co-founder of Worldward, an international grassroots organisation dedicated to addressing climate change through education and innovation. Worldward, which now has more than 140 members, focuses on influencing the public debate around greenhouse gas removal and solar geoengineering techniques. To that end, Gideon has featured on BBC Radio London, met with Lord Mendelsohn and David Drew MP to discuss geoengineering, and even joined world experts at the Achieving Net Zero Conference at Oxford University. By delivering lectures in numerous schools, he has inspired dozens of his peers to ‘go green’ – all while remaining grounded and humble. Unquestionably a current and future climate change leader in the Jewish community, the 16-year-old is lauded by Immanuel College’s leadership as “probably the most intelligent student we have ever had”.

MAYA WISEMAN, 15

For most young people, their bar/batmitzvah is a time for presents and partying. Not so for Maya, who decided instead to raise awareness and fundraise for Tanzanian women and girls to access clean drinking water. Maya raised £9,000 through sponsored playground walks, in which she and other students carried buckets of water on their head. Commended as a “phenomenal fundraiser and social justice leader”, the 15-year-old began her activism aged 10, raising more than £5,000 by creating a charity CD for Syrian refugees with fellow pupils at Martin Primary School in Finchley.

She uses her enormous energy to inspire the next generation of young people and will undoubtedly remain a role model for years to come.

JAMIE GLADSTONE, 18

Few self-starters have tackled the resurgence of antisemitism as passionately as Jamie. After going on Israel tour with FZY and partaking in the ‘Hadracha’ leadership course, Jamie used his initiative to start a campaign to combat antisemitism in Europe. Working with The Arks Foundation, Jamie created ‘Prague, Present and Future’ to build up awareness of Schindler’s Ark as an important Czech landmark, and to engage FZY members with the history of Prague. Described by a fellow participant as “truly inspiring”, Jamie’s initiative resulted in a group of 20 FZY Year 13 students visiting the capital of the Czech Republic, focusing on Holocaust education and exploring memorialisation. Considered a “huge asset” to the movement, Jamie’s passion for fixing problems across communities makes him one to watch in years to come.

LIA JOFFE, 17

Praised as the “ultimate role model for the community”, Lia’s incredible commitment to the welfare of young New North London Synagogue members is truly inspirational. As a madricha (leader), Lia shares her passion for environmentalism and social justice, as well as using her musical talents to enrich Jewish life and mentor younger members. The 17-year-old also runs interfaith events with her school’s Muslim Society, including a series of assemblies on the Israel-Palestine conflict and the implications for antisemitism and islamophobia. She has also organised school strike marches to promote climate activism and lobbied her MP about library closures. Lia is a budding journalist, having had her letters printed in The Guardian and will undoubtedly use her skills in a future professional leadership role.

LUCY ROSS, 17

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Eighteen Under 18 / Special Report RSY Netzer’s accessibility focus group. She ensures the sessions she leads are memorable by creatively demonstrating how accessibility features in numerous real-world settings. Elisheva reminds us that accessibility cannot function on an individual basis, but must exist as a paradigm shift, taking everyone into consideration. The 18-year-old now intends to spend a year in Israel with her youth movement, learning about Reform Jewish values and undertaking social action.

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Macey Bannerman-Lloyd, 14, has become one of the UK’s most promising sports stars

events, which have successfully engaged the next generation of Leeds FZYniks. Praised as a “true leader” with an “undeniable impact”, the 17-year-old has also recently been appointed junior counsellor for Diller Teen Fellows UK, an international programme that develops leadership skills and explores Jewish identity. The position is highly competitive, involving multiple interview stages, but Lucy’s maturity shone through and she has excelled in the role. Lucy’s leadership responsibilities will continue this summer as she returns to the UK to lead FZY’s UK Ofek camp.

MACEY BANNERMANLLOYD, 14

Macey is an outstanding and inspiring sportswoman, whose footballing stardom has helped JFS have its most successful run. The 14-year-old regularly excels in a team that has won two Brent championships and a London Schools FA Cup, where Macey scored the winning goal. She has also helped Middlesex County Under-14s win the County League Cup, all while successfully balancing her schoolwork in between training and matches. Most notably, Macey recently played her first international match for England Under-15s, travelling to Eindhoven in Holland, with her accolades inspiring other girls to partake in boys’ sport. One of the “outstanding footballers in the school regardless of gender”, the attacking midfielder hopes to play

football professionally and is considering studying in America to further her dream.

RUBEN PERSEY, 15

Few young people have demonstrated an entrepreneurial flair like Ruben. The 15-year-old is the founder of Ballooneroo, a company that creates imaginative balloon décor and products for a range of events. Ruben is entirely self-taught, having watched YouTube videos of balloon modelling since he was 13, culminating in creations of arches, pillars, table centrepieces and more. His clients have included Jewish schools, bar/ batmitzvah children and corporations, and the business is a member of the Balloon and Party Industry Alliance. This “kind and generous” young man is also committed to Noam and is a madrich at New North London Syngagogue, inspiring the next generation of Jewish youth.

ELISHEVA LANDAU-POPE, 18

Since being diagnosed with the CMT neurological condition aged 12, Elisheva has proved that disability is no barrier to meaningful Jewish experiences. Described as a uniquely “creative and thoughtful young person”, she has worked tirelessly to ensure accessibility is placed at the forefront of event planning. Elisheva plays a key role in co-facilitating

Amanda’s unrivalled sporting accolades include becoming under-14 national fencing champion in 2016 and competing for Great Britain at under-17 level the following year. Yet it is her remarkable display of “triumph and fearlessness in the face of extreme adversity”, which sets the 17-year-old apart from her peers. Aged just 15, Amanda was forced to give up fencing after being diagnosed with a life-threatening disease requiring chemotherapy. Where many would have faltered, Amanda’s resolve grew stronger as she refused to let fear dictate her passion. Since recovering from her illness, Amanda has returned to fencing and become an influential speaker, winning a competition to stage a TED talk. She also represents her school in international debating competitions, writes Holocaust poems and highlights her Jewish identity as a descendant of a Schindler’s List survivor.

RAFI DAVIS, 18

Few young people have the same dedication to their Jewish youth movement as Rafi does towards Bnei Akiva. Praised as a “fantastic and dedicated madrich”, the 18-year-old has helped run Bushey Bnei Akiva for more than three years, regularly demonstrating his passion for educating and engaging young Jews. This included taking Year 7 on a summer camp, which involved a daily Limmud session where each madrich prepared a talk about a contemporary issue and Judaism’s approach to it. Utilising the overall education theme of the camp, “the people in the land”, Rafi intertwined fresh concepts with games and challenges to keep participants engaged.

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MEET OUR JUDGES Lauren Blum

Movement worker, RSY-Netzer

Justin Cohen

News editor, Jewish News

Rafi Cohen

Mazkir (national director, Bnei Akiva

Richard Ferrer

Editor, Jewish News

Rachel Fink

Headteacher, JFS

Andrew Gilbert

Chair and logistics

Raphy Goldberg

Director, Sinai

Simon Johnson

CEO, JLC

Matt Kendler

Assistant headteacher & head of 6th Form, Yavneh College

Dan Kosky

Campaigns director, UJS

Debbie Lebrett

Headteacher, Hasmonean Boys

Shelley Marsh

CEO, Reshet

Neil Martin

CEO, JLGB

Arieh Miller

CEO, UJS

Patrick Moriarty

Headteacher, JCoSS

Robin Moss

Director of strategy, UJIA

Barnaby Nemko

Deputy headteacher (academic), Immanuel College

Jonny Newton

Head of government affairs and external relations, CST

Adam Nickels

Regional director, BBYO

Esther Offenberg

UJS president

Rabbi Benjy Rickman

Head of religious studies, King David High School

Mel Shutz

Assistant headteacher (Ethos), Kantor King Solomon High School

Nathan Servi

Head of education, Maccabi GB, head of Streetwise

Yoni Stone

Mazkir, Noam

Sharon WagnerZauder

Senior Israel Engagement Manager, UJIA Education Department

Imi Wise

Mazkira, FZY

Joe Woolf

Former mazkir, FZY, who was part of organising team


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Presenter’s dismay at air rage incident TV presenter Samantha Simmonds says her young daughter was left “shaking” and “sobbing” after being verbally abused on a Ryanair flight. The BBC World News anchor – who previously presented on Sky News – took to Twitter to describe the “serious incident” involving “an angry drunk passenger” on a flight from Norway. The passenger unexpectedly “started screaming foul obscen-

ities” at Simmonds’ daughter, causing the six-year-old to cry during the flight to Stansted last Thursday, she claimed. The journalist’s husband tried to restrain the passenger before crew moved the “clearly inebriated” man away, she wrote. As she was comforting her “shaking sobbing daughter”, a flight attendant asked what the child had “done to provoke” the incident. She

claimed that no crew members offered an apology for the incident, which caused her daughter to have a nightmare about the passenger. Ryanair asked Simmonds to submit an official complaint. “We’re so sorry your daughter experienced this on board,” read a Twitter message from the airline on Friday. A spokesperson for the airline said: “The passenger was moved to a different seat and there were no further issues for the duration of the flight.”

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Hunters horror / Court judgment / Author event / News

Human chess scene storm The Auschwitz Memorial has objected to a scene in a new TV series that shows a murderous game of human chess being played, insisting no such thing took place at the camp. The museum, which guards the Auschwitz site, its historic facts and the memory of the victims, tweeted about the scene in Amazon’s series, Hunters. It said inventing fake scenes is “dangerous foolishness and caricature”. Museum spokesman Pawel Sawicki said on Monday authors and artists have a special obligation to tell the truth about Auschwitz, and that the Hunters authors did not con-

The upsetting chess scene in Amazon series Hunters

tact the museum for facts. Hunters, starring Al Pacino, is about a post-war hunt in New York for Nazi war criminals. It includes a scene in which inmates are figures in a chess

game and are killed when taken off the chessboard. “This is false. There was no such thing,” Sawicki said. “If anyone wants to show human tragedy in Auschwitz, it

is enough to reach for the thousands of sources (survivors’ testimonies) that are deeply shocking, but creating fiction that distorts the history of this real place is disrespectful of the people who suffered here.” Series creator David Weil, the grandson of Holocaust survivors, stressed in a statement it was not a documentary but a narrative with largely fictional characters. He said he was careful not to “misrepresent a real person or borrow from a specific moment in an actual person’s life” and thanked the Auschwitz Memorial for “keeping the memory of victims and survivors alive”.

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Jewish News meets... Larry Sanders

O brother, you’ve got Trump on the ropes Larry Sanders has said his younger brother Bernie would “make Jewish people proud” if he wins the US Democratic Party nomination for presidential candidate, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Speaking to Jewish News this week, the Oxford resident, 84, said Bernie would also be the better choice for Israel, which would benefit from an “even-handed” White House. Larry came to the UK in the 1960s, lecturing at Oxford before devoting much of his retirement to representing the Green Party. Asked what it was like watching his brother talk to crowds of 30,000, he said: “It’s amazing. I still do a double take.” This year held “historical significance”, he said, because of the rise of the far right, the continued destruction of the world’s ecosystems and the “frightening” spectre of four more years of Donald Trump, whom Larry said was a fake friend of Israel. “You see what Trump and many of his followers believe. There’s a not insignificant white nationalist movement in the US, antisemitism is on the rise – we’ve had all those deaths – add to that Trump’s comments about Muslims… it’s sheer out-and-out racism and not innocent,”

Above: Bernie Sanders and right, brother Larry

he said. “He’s playing with fire. Trump’s rhetoric is anti-immigrant, anti-other, and it’s very powerful. Hitler showed us how people are capable of loving our fellow, but also hating anyone who isn’t our fellow.” Larry revealed that Bernie “always had stamina”, and said there was something innately Jewish about showing endurance and playing the long game. “Our grandfather was a clothing presser, lifting heavy irons for 12 hours a day, so yes it’s a Jewish thing, the endurance, but it’s also an immigrant thing… It

is people who fight – and Bernard is a fighter.” Bernie has just picked a fight with the powerful pro-Israel lobby group American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) by saying he will not be attending its conference because it “gives a platform to leaders who express bigotry and oppose basic Palestinian rights”. Asked about it, Larry said: “I think he’s right. AIPAC trusts Trump and thinks his kind of politics and his kind of people are good for Israel. “That’s incredibly naïve. These people are friends of nobody except themselves. Bernard wants a safe and secure and prosperous Israel, but not at the expense of basic Palestinian rights.” Larry feels Bernie’s views won’t push American Jews towards Trump. “There are a tiny minority of American Jews who say they’ll vote for Trump, around 12 percent,” he said. “You won’t get unanimity and nor would you want it, but Jews still resonate with the themes of oppression and persecution. Even if they disagree with Bernard’s specific policies, I don’t think Jews will see him as a threat to the state of Israel. “An even-handed US administration would be better for Israel. Trump doesn’t give a damn what happens to the Israelis or the Palestinians.

He made absolutely no effort to understand the Palestinian side. It was a propaganda stunt to please his own people but people have died for it.” Larry ends by saying a Bernie win would be good for Jews around the world. “It would be a very important positive for the Jewish people, to have someone who is obviously so honest and decent,” he said. “ It would be a very good thing for the Jewish people and give us great pride.”

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Hate books / Court case / News briefs / News

Amazon removes Nazi propaganda Amazon has taken down several Nazi propaganda books depicting Jews as “rogues and criminals” after a backlash, Jewish News understands., writes Mathilde Frot. Books first published by Julius Streicher, founder of Nazi newspaper Der Stürmer, appear to have been removed from the retailer’s website this week. Streicher was executed at Nuremberg for crimes against humanity. A tweet on Friday afternoon from the Auschwitz Memorial called for the books’ immediate removal. A children’s book called The Mongrel, priced at £7.61, an essay on how to teach the “Jewish question” to children and Streicher’s political manifesto were apparently removed. Another book by Streicher, The Poisonous Mush-

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room, which was used as evidence at Nuremberg and was on sale for £7.67, has also vanished. The book, rated three-and-a-half stars by 26 users, has on its cover an illustration of a mushroom that has appears as a racist Jewish caricature. Amazon said on Tuesday it has “policies governing which books can be listed for sale... and removes prod-

ucts that do not adhere to these guidelines”. Karen Pollock, of the Holocaust Educational Trust, welcomed the move but said “a plethora” of Nazi material remains on the site. “I would encourage Amazon to review its policies so this does not happen in the future. We are more than willing to work with them on this,” she said.  Opinion, page 20

Rabbi denies crash charge A rabbi who was trying to help a woman park her car seriously injured two pedestrians because he hit the accelerator rather than the brake, a court has heard. Ralph Berisch, 75, offered to help a woman he knew park her Jaguar in March 2018, but said he got the pedals mixed up as the car mounted the pavement in Golders Green. The car reached 20mph before crashing into the window of a pharmacy, but it hit two men, David Richards and Simon Elkouby. A judge at Harrow Crown Court was shown CCTV of the incident, with 79-year-old Elkouby, who walks with a stick, unable to get out of the way. Richards, 44, a kosher butcher who was returning from his child’s nursery at the time, was hit from behind after hearing “loud revving noises” and suffered 13 leg fractures. Berisch denies causing serious injury by dangerous driving, telling the court: “I put

Footage of the incident in Golders Green

the car in drive, I don’t know what happened. It took off, I couldn’t control it.” Richards told the court: “I thought I was going to die and at the last second it swerved into a pharmacy. I realised my leg was broken and everything was blurry. I know the rabbi behind the wheel. He is a good man. It was 100 percent an accident and he will be suffering. It has affected my life, but I’m happy to be alive.” The trial continues.

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Israel hits back after 60 rockets from Gaza Israeli aircraft struck Islamic Jihad sites in Syria and Gaza this week after a barrage of rockets were fired from the Strip in retaliation for Israeli soldiers killing two terrorists near the Gaza border. This week’s dramatic escalation between Israel and the secondlargest armed group in Gaza after Hamas began after two Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) operatives were killed trying to plant a bomb along the Gaza-Israel border. An Israeli bulldozer later retrieved the body of one of the PIJ fighters, under the orders of Israeli Defence Minister Naftali Bennett. This led to more than 60 rockets being fired into southern Israel. The Iron Dome missile defence system intercepted 16, with the rest landing harmlessly in open fields. One elderly resident of Ashkelon reportedly received light injuries while running to a shelter. Schools and major roads were ordered to close as a precaution, as shrapnel from intercepted rockets caused light damage. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) hit back on Sunday, targeting

ISRAELI TAXI APP SUED OVER CLAIMS OF RACISM Israeli taxi-hailing app Gett Taxi has denied any racism after it was sued by human rights lawyers for discrimination for a feature reportedly allowing users to avoid hailing an Arab driver in Jerusalem. The lawsuit centres on the firm’s “Mehadrin” service, which allows users to order a taxi that is never driven on the Jewish Sabbath. Activists say this is a way of excluding Arab Muslim and Christian drivers, but the firm said it could by anyone.

A Gett spokesman said the Mehadrin service “was launched in order to satisfy a need for a specific sector in the population, to which, according to its faith, is unable to reserve taxis that cannot drive on the Sabbath and Jewish holidays”. Lawyer Asaf Pink said: “They give it a religious title but this is a proxy for a service that provides taxis with Jewish drivers… Of course, they can’t just say ‘we don’t want Arabs’.”  Jenni Frazer, page 20

Fragments of rocket removed from a playground in the town of Sderot

Bibi’s tribute to Mubarak

Islamic Jihad sites in Gaza and Syria. It described the latter as a weapons manufacturing and research centre. Islamic Jihad said two fighters were killed, but Syrian sources put the figure at six. Israel has long sought the return of the bodies of two Israeli soldiers from Hamas, which the Gaza-based group has been using as a “bargaining chip”. Bennett is understood to want the IDF to mirror those tactics. Meanwhile, Israeli politician and former Defence Minister Avigdor

Hosni Mubarak, who as president of Egypt for 30 years kept his nation’s “cold peace” with Israel, died on Tuesday. He was ousted and jailed in 2011 following massive street protests. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement of condolence on behalf of the citizens and government of Israel.

Lieberman revealed that Mossad chief Yossi Cohen and Maj Gen Herzi Halevi of the IDF’s Southern Command visited Qatar this month to ask its leaders to continue payments to Hamas to help the ruling militia maintain calm inside the Strip. Israeli opposition leader and exarmy chief Benny Gantz, said Israel’s government was now “Hamas’ hostage”, with its leader Ismail Haniyeh “extorting [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and he’s paying it with suitcases full of dollars”.

“President Mubarak, my personal friend, was a leader who led his people to peace and security, to peace with Israel. I met with him many times,” Netanyahu said. Their last meeting was in 2011 in Sharm elSheikh, shortly before Mubarak was deposed and sent to prison until 2017, when he was released after being

acquitted by the country’s high court on most of the charges against him. “I was impressed by his commitment; we will continue to follow this common path,” Netanyahu said. “I would like to send condolences to President A-Sisi, to the Mubarak family and to the Egyptian people.” Mubarak died in a Cairo hospital, aged 91.

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Kidney cure ‘breakthrough’ A groundbreaking study in Israel has shown that it is possible to rejuvenate damaged kidneys in a procedure that could reverse chronic kidney disease and bypass the need for dialysis. Scientists and clinicians in Ramat Gan heralded the poten-

tial breakthrough in the fight against the disease, which is often precipitated by hypertension and diabetes, and which affects up to 10 percent of the world’s population. The study on mice was conducted by Professor Benjamin Dekel at the Edmond and Lily

Kirk Douglas leaves bulk of £47m fortune to charity The screen legend Kirk Douglas, who died in Beverley Hills this month at the age of 103, has reportedly left the bulk of his £47million fortune to charity. The actor left “nothing” to his son, Michael, the 75-year-old star of Basic Instinct, who is married to Catherine ZetaJones and worth an estimated £232m, The Mirror reported at the weekend. According to the report, the Spartacus actor left around £38.4m to the Douglas Foun-

dation launched with his wife Anne in 1964 to “help those who cannot otherwise help themselves”. T h e actor’s family paid tribute t o him earlier this month. “To the world, he was a legend, an actor from the golden age of movies who lived well into his golden years, a humanitarian whose commitment to justice and the causes he believed in set a standard for all of us to aspire to,” read a statement.

Safra Children’s hospital at Sheba Medical Center, with the results published recently in the prestigious Cell Reports medical journal. Kidneys constantly renew themselves, with colonies of cells replacing lost and degenerated cells. Dekel’s team extracted healthy kidney cells from diseased kidneys and improved their function in a lab using special 3D cultures, then reintroduced the new cells to the damaged kidneys, where they helped to rebuild them by generating new renal structures.

The results will now be studied in clinical trials conducted on patients with renal failure by the firm Dekel said: “The breakthrough is not only in the ability to maintain the kidneyrenewing cells outside the body, but also in the ability to multiply them and generate large numbers of cells and make them function properly using the 3D cultures. “The ability to generate new kidney tissue – to replace the damaged tissue – could help millions worldwide who suffer from kidney disease.”

BELGIAN HATE SHOW GOES AHEAD A Belgian carnival that had its UNESCO cultural heritage listing withdrawn for its use of antisemitic caricatures of Jews went ahead last Sunday, despite global protests from Jewish groups.

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The Holocaust museum in Buenos Aires has unveiled new technology showing Spanishspeaking survivors in 3D answering audience questions. It relies on clever algorithms and thousands of pre-recorded answers. The virtual survivors were introduced in the museum’s reopening following a £3 million renovation.

AUSTRALIA

A victim of child sex abuse in a yeshiva in Melbourne has been awarded £400,000 in compensation. Manny Waks, who now campaigns to help other victims, was abused by a worker – David Cyprys – for two years until 1990. Cyprys was later convicted of rape and indecent assault and jailed for four years.

Jews in Poland were ‘getting drunk with Talmudic hatred’. Prosecutors say Jacek Miedlar, from Wroclaw, also denied the Holocaust in another speech from 2018. He could face up to three years in jail if convicted.

N. MACEDONIA A minister was not fired because she was Jewish, the foreign minister of North Macedonia has said. Rasela Mizrahi was dismissed after she was pictured beside a sign bearing the state’s old name, Macedonia. Nikola Dimitrov said Mizrahi, who suffered antisemitic abuse, was dismissed for a ‘breach of the constitution’.

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A former priest has been indicted for hate speech after telling a 3,000-strong nationalist rally in 2017 that

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Creator versus country? Regarding the ongoing dispute about teaching LGBT issues in Jewish schools, the schools are absolutely correct in upholding Torah principles, laid down by Hashem, regarding human relationships. But there is another strategy to consider in defending the rights of the people to have their children educated according to Torah, which is a command in itself from Hashem. Ofsted is citing the Equality Act 2010 as the basis for their insistence on educating children into ungodly relationships. However, the

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WONDROUS WINDERMERE FILM I felt blessed to be able to see the BBC film Windermere’s Children on iPlayer. It was wonderful to see actors recreate the fear and loneliness these young survivors must have felt on arriving in Britain in August 1945. Towards the end, I found it particularly moving when footage of the real-life survivors, now in their late eighties and nineties, was superimposed on film of

the youngsters, followed by testimony from these individuals. Thank you to the BBC for making this superb programme. But why was it only on iPlayer for a month from Holocaust Memorial Day? I see it expires on 26 February. This film should be seen by everyone.

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Rights Act, which is ‘universal’, and the UK is a signatory to it. The truth is this debate is not about Jewish schools (or any faith school for that matter) but the word of Hashem Himself. I suggest the narrative in this debate needs changing. It is the UK against Hashem. I have been praying and thinking about this situation a lot which grieves me greatly. I believe that the strategy is to change the narrative and deflect the argument directly against God. Howard Stern By email

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YID-TROCIOUS Full picture I wholeheartedly agree with Rachelle Marks’ letter “Tottenham must be rid of Yid” (Jewish News, 20 February 2020). The problem is that some Jewish people, especially Spurs supporters, don’t object at all. Many Jewish Spurs fans are proud of being referred to as part of the “Yid army”. I don’t care who utters such words – they’re offensive and malicious in any circumstances. With racism rife at some football grounds, this problem won’t go away until Jewish fans disown such terms.

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A little bit of seichel to stop loopy lawsuits JENNI FRAZER

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t seems, these days, that we are in a period of entitlement: that everyone who can sue will sue, making much work for lawyers but simply aggravating everyone else. In Israel, in recent weeks, there have been several examples, from the woman who sued Israel Railways because she was asked to move seats so men could daven — she refused, and is claiming $20,000 in damages — to the latest unpleasant lawsuit against Gett, the country’s version of Uber. However, before we get on to Gett (get it? I’m here all week), I would like to inquire, with the best will in the world, how Maya Melitz, the woman in question, arrived at the $20,000 figure. The case is being brought on her behalf by the Israel Religious Action Centre and the Israel Women’s Network, so it’s not as though she’s had to shell out for lawyers on her own account. And yes, I am sure that it was annoying and even humiliating to be asked by an employee of Israel Railways to move carriages, given that there is not a dedicated

davening area on the trains, but still — $20k worth of annoyance? Meanwhile, “Gett Mehadrin”, available in Jerusalem, is a sort of “glatt” version of the regular app, and is a way for the strictlyOrthodox to make sure that they are using a cab not being driven on Shabbat or the chagim. In practice, in fact, this means that if you call a Gett Mehadrin cab, you will only get a Jewish driver, since the company’s many Arab drivers will work on Shabbat. According to Channel 12 news, this lawsuit, served on behalf of 940 Arab taxi drivers, is seeking a whopping $58.5 million in damages. The network has already shown hidden camera footage in which various Gett drivers air horrible, but sadly not unexpected, views, about why people would use the Mehadrin service. I must say the whole concept of Gett Mehadrin makes little sense to me in terms of religious practice. I don’t see what difference it makes to the user of the cab — who is, presumably, only paying to get across Jerusalem as fast and as safely as possible — what level of religious observance the driver has. If you yourself are religiously observant, and you take a Gett cab on a weekday, does it really matter who drives you?

ISRAEL RAILWAYS COULD RESERVE A SPECIFIC AREA FOR THOSE WHO NEED TO DAVEN WITHOUT DISTURBING OTHERS

Thinking about this latest way to tie people up in knots, I was suddenly reminded of the many instances of Cohanim wrapping themselves in plastic bags on planes, in case they might fly over a cemetery. I saw a traveller enveloping himself in plastic last week in fear of the coronavirus, which is understandable, though somewhat loopy, but then realised that Cohanim now seem to have abandoned this practice. In fact, the last recorded instance appears to have been in 2013, which only leads one to suppose that someone of influence in the strictly-Orthodox community had a rush of common sense to the shtreimel and sent out

word to the boys that the plastic wrap was really unnecessary. Perhaps the same level of common sense needs to apply to this Gett Mehadrin nonsense, just that not everyone has got the memo yet. And maybe Israel Railways needs to take a look at its prayer policy, and consider having a specific area for those who need to daven without disturbing the rest of the commuters. A little bit of seichel, ladies and gentlemen, could avoid all these ridiculous lawsuits.

Amazon must take a stand to defend truth KAREN POLLOCK CHIEF EXECUTIVE, HET

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e live in a world where everything is at our fingertips. We can wire money across the globe, do our online shop, speak to relatives abroad and order gadgets and gizmos for instant delivery. But this progress and convenience bring with them a darker side. Today, 75 years on from the end of the Holocaust and the liberation of the concentration camps, Nazi propaganda can be ordered online and delivered to your door in a matter of hours. Last week, the Holocaust Educational Trust wrote to Amazon about the sale of The Poisonous Mushroom, a virulently antisemitic book used in schools by the Nazis to brainwash an entire generation of children to believe that Jews were inherently evil. The front cover alone draws on

TO BE CLEAR, NOBODY IS SUGGESTING THAT HISTORY’S RECORD SHOULD BE WIPED CLEAN longstanding and deeply offensive image of hooked nosed Jews, characterised as a toxic substance. To put this in context, The Poisonous Mushroom is one of the books for sale on Amazon that were first published by Julius Streicher, founder and editor of the Nazi newspaper Der Stürmer. Streicher was executed at Nuremberg for crimes against humanity. Ensuring free speech is hugely important but promoting hatred and offensive material that incites hatred against our community crosses a line. Nazi propaganda has no place on the electronic bookshelves of our country. To be clear, we are not arguing that these books, which have caused so much

harm and pain throughout history, should be destroyed. Shockingly, it has even been claimed on social media that by raising this issue we are promoting book-banning and even, in a gross distortion of history, book-burning. Nobody is suggesting that history’s record should be wiped clean – in fact, at the Holocaust Educational Trust our purpose is to ensure that this antisemitism is understood by our nation. Rather, we would argue that an educational framework needs to be created to ensure that when these books are read, it is not for macabre gain or inspiration, but to learn about, and commemorate, the darkest period of European history. The Poisonous

Mushroom absolutely has a place on the shelves of museum and specialised educational institutions. It’s time for Amazon to show moral leadership, to step up and do what is right. Removing some of these grotesque books is a starting point, and we are pleased that our calls were heeded. It’s now time for Amazon to audit what it currently has on sale and review their policies to safeguard our shared future. Experts such as the Holocaust Educational Trust can and will work with institutions such as Amazon to develop sensitive and practical policies that hold up in a globalised world. As eyewitnesses grow fewer and frailer, and the Holocaust moves from living history to history, antisemitism and Holocaust denial still exist, and in far too many places are moving from the radical fringes to the mainstream of modern society. Now, more than ever, it’s time for us all to defend the truth of the Holocaust, to take a stand.


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I’m boiling with anger over immigration plan DANIEL CARMEL-BROWN

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here’s significant debate about the UK’s approach to immigration and workforce planning, due to intended changes to the way we allow non-UK citizens to live and work here. Colleagues will tell you I’m not the kind of person who raises his voice. Anger is not one of my characteristics. However, I’m bursting with fury over this. While I don’t think I’ve calmed down quite yet, I’ve done my best to find the words to express my feelings as it is important to share these with the community. The society we live in places a value on the different roles we play. We are often amazed at the obscene salaries people in all sorts of industries command and somehow we equate money earned with skills and performance.

Indeed, to quote the official UK government website on the proposed new pointsbased system, priority will be given to those with “the highest skills and the greatest talents: scientists, engineers, academics and other highly-skilled workers.” I do not doubt that these people are indeed highly skilled. But unfortunately, it is what comes next that upset me and, I suspect, upsets many of you too. The new policy makes a direct link between low skilled workers and cheap labour. I invite you to come and spend a day shadowing the care workers who are providing round the clock support to hundreds of members of the Jewish community. If you do, as I have done, you will see my colleagues demonstrate not just huge skill but an enormous range of skills too. Yes, they are carers and yes, they are performing personal care, but they are also much more than that. They are befrienders to the lonely, counsellors to families at the most difficult of

times, producing highly complex meals for people with Dysphagia, and are required to function at the highest levels, dealing with Dementia and challenging behaviours that others simply cannot cope with. They are required to handle complex machinery and technology, as well as administering medication which ensures the very best care is delivered. It is a physically and emotionally demanding job, 12 hours a day. To describe what my colleagues do as low-skilled is to completely misunderstand

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and misrepresent all that they do. Of course, we recognise that society places a value on these roles and we, at Jewish Care, do our best to improve how we reward and recognise the wealth of talent we see every day and night. However, like many other organisations in the care sector, we will add our voice to the disappointment being expressed about policies which run the risk of ruining an already broken social care system. One of the privileges I have as a CEO is to be the recipient of fantastic compliments about our highly-skilled staff. Families are eternally grateful for the love and compassion they experience. We take enormous pride in the people we have working for us, who come from across the globe (70 nations at the last count). In moments of anger and frustration, I remember this and remember that we too are a community of immigrants. We should never forget where we came from and should always be careful with our choice of words.

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Ten mothers and daughters on their batmitzvah year took a half-term trip to Israel to visit Emunah welfare projects. The trip gives “girls a chance to see a different side of Israel and to consider the children whose lives are very different to their own”, said Emunah director Sharon Dewinter, who led the tour with vice chair Sara Greenfield. GP Jenny Noimark, whose daughter Maya is at Hasmonean, said the trip “surpassed our expectations”.

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NEO-NATAL KNIT

Members of Stanmore and Canons Park United Synagogue made bonding squares and hats for babies in the neo-natal unit at Northwick Park Hospital. Around a dozen congregants gather each month to knit and crochet and contribute to community projects. Organiser Juliette Harris said: “The Knit and Chat group is really happy to support the community and especially the neo-natal unit.”

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3 GIFT OF TIME

Young professionals handed out packs containing food, socks and toiletries to 60 rough sleepers in London’s Charing Cross. GIFT volunteer and physiotherapist Michaela Krantz, said: “So many [homeless people] had degrees from high end universities or had been in the army and have unfortunately fallen on hard times. Spending time and treating them with the dignity they deserve was a very emotive experience.” Rabbi Sandor Milun, GIFT’s managing director said: “The Young GIFT committee did a brilliant job and we are delighted to help so many individuals from our community and beyond.”

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More than 30 university students from Nottingham, Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol, York and London went to Poland for the Aish on Campus trip, organised in partnership with JRoots. They explored Jewish heritage and visited several former German Nazi camps, including Majdanek concentration camp (pictured). Birmingham University student Nicole Nygate said: “The trip has made me look at my Judaism, my humanity, my relationships in a whole new way.” Aish on Campus director Rabbi Gideon Goldwater said: “Poland is always a powerful and inspiring experience that propels student to be proud about their Jewish identity and often emphasises the importance of understanding our shared history”.

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5 BLUISH FUNDRAISER 8 CHALLAH HISTORY More than 100 children from Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue wore blue to cheder in a bid to support the annual Blue-ish Jewish campaign, which raised £2,000 for Jewish Child’s Day. Children were encouraged to bring at least £1 to donate to the grant-making charity, which supports children suffering from physical and emotional disabilities, neglect, abuse and financial hardship.

A dozen young professionals learnt to make challah at an event hosted by Aish Essex. The event, organised by the charity founded 25 years ago to inspire a connection to Judaism in young Jews, was led by Ilana Epstein, the founder of Ta’am, which engages Jews in their heritage through food. She taught participants how to make and plait the dough and spoke about the Jewish history and significance of challah.

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Around 200 people heard from a panel of inspiring Jewish speakers at Chigwell and Hainault United Synagogue. On the programme was a talk by a community member Adam Green, who discussed his work on Israel’s Beresheet, its first spacecraft to travel beyond Earth’s orbit last year. Speakers included Rabbis Baruch Davis, Rafi Goodwin, Dovid Katz, Daniel Rowe, Andrew Shore, Daniel Sturgess and Dr Akiva Tatz, with topics covering Israeli TV’s fascination with the strictly-Orthodox world and workshops on how to cultivate happiness.

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Nine women in business shared ideas to inspire and empower around 130 people, including business owners and job seekers. The conference, Women in the Workplace, was held at the Wohl Enterprise Hub. It was organised by Work Avenue, whose CEO Debbie Sheldon said: “The conference was buzzing with women who are determined to get a job or start a business to support themselves and their families.” Pictured is the charity’s business head, Joanna Sadie, at the conference.

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A minibus donated by Irving and Gillian Carter was launched on its maiden adventure at Buckets and Spades, Norwood’s short breaks service for children with learning disabilities and complex health needs. It was donated in memory of Irving’s mother Sylvia Carter, who died last year aged 103, and cousin David Ordever who died aged 37. Honorary life president David Ereira is pictured with chief executive Dr Beverley Jacobson, Irving and a service user.

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More than 500 people supported Donnie’s Fund at a comedy night that raised over £30,000 to support families with babies in neonatal intensive care at University College Hospital. The event, at Bloomsbury Theatre, included acts by Robert White, Sindhu Vee, Stuart Goldsmith, Fin Taylor, Nigel Ng and Sara Pascoe. Chair Marcel Berenblut said the money raised will “help support families at a deeply stressful time emotionally, financially and logistically.” Pictured is comedian Rachel Creeger with founders Ruth and Marcel Berenblut.

Your family announcements Charlotte Marshall celebrated her batmitzvah at Bushey United Synagogue

Ricky Brassey celebrated his barmitzvah at Radlett United Synagogue

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Nadav Gordon celebrated his barmitzvah at Barnet United Synagogue

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Noah Danker celebrated his barmitzvah at Barnet United Synagogue

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Young patrons raise £170,000

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Around 400 guests flocked to Jewish Care’s largest Young Patrons dinner, which raised £170,000 for its services. The dinner, held at Grosvenor House, focused on the impact it makes on more than 10,000 lives each week. Rob Sher, Chair, Young Jewish Care said: “Whether guests were hearing about Jewish Care for the first time or are already a young patron, volunteer, or part of a committee, we are grateful for their generous contributions.”

Rosalyn’s talent shines through

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Singing comedian Rosalyn Miller was crowned winner of Jews Got Talent 2020 on Sunday. Held at the Radlett Centre and presented by the Hebrew Order of David in aid of Jewish Care, nine acts aged nine to 69 wowed the judges – which included impressionist Francine Lewis and Jewish News editor Richard Ferrer – and host Ivor Baddiel. Rosalyn’s hilarious song Find Yourself a Husband, Please! took home the top prize.


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‘BEING TOLD I HAD OVARIAN CANCER WAS DEVASTATING ENOUGH – BUT THEN I HEARD I’D UNKNOWINGLY PASSED THE RISK ONTO MY DAUGHTER TOO.’

‘In 2014, I was given the heart-breaking diagnosis of late-stage ovarian and breast cancer. I found out far too late that it was triggered by a gene mutation I didn’t know I was carrying. ‘I discovered that men and women in the Ashkenazi Jewish community are ten times more likely to inherit this BRCA mutation which puts you at higher risk of ovarian and other cancers. If you carry it, there’s a 50% chance you will pass it onto your children. ‘My legacy is for my children to know I’ve done everything I can to increase awareness and raising funds for future treatments.’ By leaving us a gift in your Will, you can help us prevent more families, like Alison’s, from suffering and enable the next generation of girls to survive ovarian cancer. To download your legacy information pack, visit ovarian.org.uk/legacy or call us on 020 7380 1730

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Just who are your children talking to? Author Miriam Halahmy speaks to Alex Galbinski about her new book for young adults, which explores the dangers of online grooming

Some children meet their online groomer the very next day

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y nearly 13-year-old couldn’t put down Miriam Halahmy’s new book for young adults, Always Here For You. The novel tackles the difficult subject of online grooming in a sensitive yet informative way – and includes a mainstream Jewish character. Holly is 14 and lonely. Her best friend, Amy, has moved abroad and she doesn’t have many friends at school. Her parents are either at work or dealing with family crises, so she’s often home alone and feeling sorry for herself – that is until she finds Jay. He’s caring and funny and they seem to have so much in common. Holly finds herself chatting to him online for hours, even when she should be asleep. He’s the only one who understands her, she thinks, and when he starts telling her to ignore her parents (with whom she’s rowing), Amy, and some new friends she’s making at school, she knows he’s only saying that to protect her. So when he wants to meet Holly face-to-face, why shouldn’t she agree? Halahmy (inset) was inspired to write the book, which was launched on Safer Internet Day earlier this month, after being deeply affected by two real-life stories she read about. One concerned a girl aged 15, who was groomed by two men via Facebook, and the other a 14-year-old boy, who was groomed by a boy four years older than him on a gaming app. Both teenagers were from “good” homes but, tragically, were killed by their groomers. “I was heartbroken learning about these children and I wanted to write a book to show how it happens. I wanted to write it as a warning,” Halahmy recalls. “My message is not to frighten young people, but to empower them – to take back control so they decide who they are going to meet. The mobile phone, which we all have, is creating an addiction in adults and children, and I have to fight it as much as everyone else.” The author of 10 books – including a 19th century young adult (YA) novel she has just completed – wants children to think twice about offering up personal details to people online. “They wouldn’t go up to a strange man in the street and talk to him, so why would you trust a strange man on the internet or give him your photo? “Even if someone is recommended by a friend, you have to remain wary. Young people must learn the permanence of the internet and that once things are on there, they can be shared.”

Holly is quite naïve for 14; she’s not a knowing child, and her parents have taken their eye off the ball, Halahmy explains. “She has loving parents and they have provided for her, and I wanted to show that this can happen to anyone – and it happens very quickly. Holly is so gullible and Jay is clever.” While Halahmy has previously written about the Second World War, she felt it increasingly important to include in the novel what she calls a “mainstream” Jewish character in the form of Noah, Holly’s classmate and, later, friend. She helps him when he is in a difficult situation and he returns the favour. “I wrote him in not for the non-Jewish children, but for Jewish ones,” Halahmy explains. “Inclusivity is about every type of person being able to see themselves in literature. It has become apparent to us Jewish authors in the UK that Jewish characters don’t appear in YA literature unless they are dying in the Holocaust. “Noah is part of the crowd and is identifiably Jewish, but this is not the only thing that defines him.” Noah has a legitimate storyline of his own. He is part of a large and noisy but caring family and belongs to a progressive synagogue. He references his own barmitzvah, which he takes extremely seriously, and talks about the upcoming speech he’s delivering at his cousin’s. “As an author, you’ve got to decide what you’re going to put in that’s overtly Jewish. Rick, who bullies Noah, is also Jewish – they know each other from synagogue, and I wanted to show that synagogues are a normal part of their lives.” It was also important to Halahmy to accurately portray the process of online grooming. She read case studies and transcripts of online chats, spent time online, and looked to her husband, Raphael, and one of his colleagues, both of whom chair child

protection committees, as her sounding boards. The Alyth Synagogue member also enlisted the help of a team at the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty To Children. “I tested out my theories as to how Holly met Jay and how it developed,” says Halahmy, who lives in Golders Green. “Jay uses a form of blackmail – he tries to manipulate Holly. Groomers put on a sulk, so the girls become even more compliant because they think they are in love. Jay has been softening her up with the pictures she sent him of her in a bikini.” The author, who is in her sixties, also held focus groups with 13-year-old schoolgirls, who put her straight as to teenage habits. “Would this happen over Facebook, I asked them? No, they told me – Facebook is for older people!” Halahmy was shocked to learn that some children agree to meet their groomer the very next day. Some, like the character of Holly – and the girl who was killed in the real-life scenario – exchange around 2,000 messages with their groomer over a two-week period. Halahmy’s message to readers is to keep their wits about them and check out people as much as they can. “I hope this will raise antennae as to who pops up on your phone and to keep an eye on your friends,” she says. “If your friend is changing and withdrawing and always on their phone, maybe you need to ask who they are talking to. The ages of 10 to 14 are very vulnerable. “The book is also about learning what friendship is. You can turn up your nose at people, but then you find out who your real friends are.”  Always Here For You by Miriam Halahmy is published by ZunTold, priced £8.99 (paperback)

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Director Quentin Tarantino and his Israeli wife, model and singer Daniella Pick, are celebrating the birth of a baby boy in Tel Aviv on Saturday. No name has yet been announced, although reports suggest the baby – who will become an Israeli citizen – will have a brit. Tarantino, 56 and Pick, 20 years his junior, currently live in Israel and, in November, they rented a home in an affluent neighborhood in the northern part of Tel Aviv for nearly $23,000 (£17,800) a month. The couple started dating in 2009 when the director was in Israel promoting his film, Inglourious Basterds. They later broke up, but began dating again in 2016. The couple married under a chuppah, in 2018, shortly after Tarantino finished filming Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood. A Reform rabbi participated in the ceremony and Tarantino wore a yarmulke. Pick is the daughter of the popular Israeli singer and composer Svika Pick.

TELEVISION Babylon Berlin Series 3 The third series of the gripping Weimarera drama based on the bestselling detective novels of Volker Kutscher – which traces the rise of Nazism – returns to Sky Atlantic, next week. Arguably one of the most lavishlyproduced non-English language dramas, Babylon Berlin returns, set in 1929, at the start of the Great Berlin Stock Market crash. As small-time shareholders and savers storm the Stock Exchange and the banks to attempt to empty out their accounts, detective Gereon Rath (Volker Bruch) and his protégé Charlotte (Liv Lisa Fries) investigate the on-set death of German film actress Betty Winter. It soon becomes apparent the tragedy

FILM Midway British actor Ed Skrein, who has AustrianJewish roots, leads an all-star cast, including Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid and Aaron Eckhart in this epic story of the battle that turned the Second World War from director Roland Emmerich (White House Down and Independence Day). On 7 December 1941, Japanese forces launch a devastating attack on Pearl Harbor, the US naval base in Hawaii. Six months later, the Battle of Midway took place on 4 June 1942, as the Japanese navy once again planned a strike against American ships in the Pacific. For the next three days, the US Navy and a squad of brave fighter pilots engaged the enemy in one of the most important and decisive battles of the war. Midway is available to buy from Monday, 2 March, on Sky Store, and available to rent from Monday, 9 March

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Conversations With Friends Oscar-nominated Irish film director Lenny Abrahamson is at the helm of a newly-commissioned adaptation of Sally Rooney’s critically-acclaimed novel Conversations With Friends. Produced by Element Pictures, the BBC drama brings to life Rooney’s debut novel set in Dublin about two college students, Frances and Bobbi, and the strange, unexpected connection they forge with married couple Melissa and Nick. Conversations With Friends follows on from the adaptation of Rooney’s 2018 novel, Normal People, which features Cold Feet star Daisy Edgar-

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was no accident, and there were many shady parties who had invested interests in the film. Also returning is councillor August Benda (Matthias Brandt), head of the Berlin Political Police, who, after his Jewish background is revealed, has the most to lose should his country succumb to fascism. Babylon Berlin returns on Friday, 6 March, 9pm, on Sky Atlantic and Now TV

Jones and newcomer Paul Mescal and airs on BBC Three and BBC One this spring. Abrahamson, 53, whose 2015 film, Room, earned four Oscar nominations including best director, says: “I love Conversations With Friends, its depth, humour and freshness. It’s an honour to be involved in bringing it to the screen. “I’m particularly happy that my connection to Sally and her work is set to continue. Making Normal People has been a singular pleasure and I’m excited to be working with the same brilliant team again on Conversations With Friends.”

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The magic of MAJORCA Lucy Daltroff travels to the beach resort of Illetas and discovers how the Spanish Inquisition took its toll on the Jews of Palma

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e holiday in Majorca at least twice a year,” enthuses the Yorkshire tourist on the table next to us at dinner – and having only been here a short while, it’s easy to see why this Balearic Island is so popular. It’s not just the beautiful sunshine and sandy beaches that bring millions of visitors here from the UK, but also the reasonably-priced flights, the striking landscapes, the history of the Roman and Moorish remains, the lively night life and, best of all, the easy access to public transport. Our base for the next few days is the small beach resort of Illetas, just five miles from the thriving capital of Palma. We are staying at the friendly, family-run Hotel Bon Sol Resort and Spa, where most of the guests

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are returners. The weather is lovely, and we eat breakfast each day overlooking the small private cove. It seems well-deserved after opting for the free yoga class available most mornings. We don’t even have to bother to hire a car as the ubiquitous number 3 bus stops conveniently just outside the main entrance. We hop on board and travel to the main station to catch the 100-year-old wood panelled train to Sóller, situated in the north-west of the island. It’s a bit of an overpriced experience, but worth it just to witness the mountains and countryside rolling past and to realise that Majorca is much bigger than expected. On arrival, we ditch the tourist trail and

discover, down a side street, what seems to be a hidden gem – the town’s art museum, Can Prunera. Housed in a stylish art nouveau mansion, it dates from the period when some of Soller’s inhabitants made a fortune exporting oranges. If the art doesn’t get you (an interesting collection including a number of Mirós), the stunning tiled floors and tall etched glass doors, probably will. Leading from the ground floor is a small, but interesting garden filled with sculptures. After wandering through the rest of the town, we take the old electric tram on a 17-minute journey to Sóller Port. Once a simple harbour, the large bay is now surrounded by lively restaurants and coffee shops, but it still retains the character of a town largely cut off from the rest of country by the surrounding Tramuntana mountain range and, in the distance, the succulent valley of orange groves. Our next stop is the Jewish tour of Palma, for which we met up with our knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide, Dani Rotstein. First there is the new Jewish interpretation centre at 9 Almudaina Street which, although not well signposted, is where visitors can learn more about the community throughout the ages. Majorca had many skilled Jewish cartographers and, not far away from the centre, is the famous statue of Jafuda Cresques (13601410) who, after the Aragonese persecutions of 1391, was forcibly converted to Christianity. His work was highly praised and, along with his father, Jafuda became the author of the famous Catalan Atlas of 1375. It shows Palma was prosperous enough to have two Jewish quarters, and there are subtle signs still in the street names that show where the goldsmiths worked and other traditional trades practised. The remnants of synagogues can also be detected. We hear, too, the exquisitely sad story

Main: A beautiful beach view in Majorca. Top: A bedroom at the Hotel Bon Sol Resort and Spa. Above: Can Prunera Museum

of how the whole community was forced to convert to Christianity in 1435, just before the Spanish Inquisition, and see the church where these conversions took place. After all, there was no place to hide on a small island. Many even went to great lengths to demonstrably emphasise their eating of pork and pork fat. There is also the sad tale of three martyrs who would not give up on their Judaism – and were subsequently burned alive, alongside an exploration of how today some of the conversos (a Jew who forcibly converted to Christianity) are coming back to their original religion. We hear how, through crowdfunding, money has been raised to make a documentary about this relevant and important story. Slowly we also discover Dani’s own journey to becoming more involved with the Jewish community in Majorca. Originally from New Jersey, he formerly worked as a television producer and came on holiday here where he met a Catalonian girl, Carla, now his wife and mother of their little boy. Missing the Jewish aspects of his old life, Dani has worked hard to make the community more inclusive and he and Carla were the driving force behind successful Limmud programme held in Palma last year. With assistance from city government funding, Dani has also set up an initiative with schools to teach children about the Holocaust and regularly takes students on Jewish tours around Palma, so they can learn about the roots of their own history.

LUCY’S TRAVEL TIPS Lucy stayed at Hotel Bon Sol Resort and Spa in Illetas, where a classic double room starts from €200 (£167), www.hotelbonsol.es. She visited Can Prunera in Sóller, www.canprunera.com, and enjoyed a tour of Palma with Jewish Majorca, www.jewishmajorca.com


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1. Preheat the oven to 185°C (365°F / Gas 4 ½). 2. Separate the eggs. Beat the egg whites and salt in a bowl with an electric whisk until still. 3. In another bowl, cream the butter for several minutes until pale, then add the maple syrup and egg yolks, stir everything together, then add the vanilla seeds. Combine the flour, spices, and baking powder and gradually add to the mix, alternating with the almond milk and rum and mixing everything gently. 4. Finally, gently fold in the egg whites with a balloon whisk. Make parallel incisions in each apple quarter. 5. Grease a springform tin (diameter 26cm / 10 ½in) and dust with some of the flour. Transfer the mixture into the tin, smooth the surface, and arrange the apple quarters on top. 6. Bake the cake in the centre of the oven for 40 to 45 minutes, until risen and golden brown. When an inserted wooden skewer comes out clean, the cake is ready. 7. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely. 8. Heat the apricot jam in a pan over a low heat and use this to brush the cake while it is still warm. Finally, sprinkle with a little cinnamon and leave to cool on a wire rack.

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INGREDIENTS CAKE MIX 3 eggs pinch of salt 120g (41⁄2oz) softened butter, plus extra for greasing 150ml (5fl oz) maple syrup, or 150g (5 ½oz) dark muscovado sugar seeds from 1 vanilla pod 300g (10oz) einkorn flour, plus extra for dusting pinch of ground ginger pinch of ground cloves 1 tsp ground cinnamon, plus extra for sprinkling 2 tsp baking powder 150ml (5fl oz) almond milk 1 tbsp rum ALSO 750g (1lb 10oz) apples (about four apples), peeled, quartered, and cored 2 tbsp apricot jam, 70 per cent fruit content Extracted from Natural Baking by Carolin Strothe and Sebastian Keitel, published by DK, priced £12.99

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I first used a pressure cooker to make chicken soup on a Jewish cookery course. The teacher swore by it, as we could make a great soup in around two hours rather than the several needed over a hot stove – but it packed in as much, if not more, flavour. Pressure cookers, which use a build-up of steam and pressure to cook food more quickly and economically, and lock in nutrients, are often considered a must-have item. My fellow course attendee told me that in France, no self-respecting cook would be without one, so I couldn’t wait to test one out. I was sent the Instant Pot (IP) Duo 60 5.7litre capacity, which is perfect for a family of four. A multi-functional electric pressure cooker, it also slow cooks and sautés/browns, steams, makes yoghurt and rice and keeps food warm. It comes with a small recipe book, but there are many pressure cooker recipe books on the market, including company endorsed ones such as The Essential Vegan Instant Pot

Cookbook by Coco Morante. So far, I have made: Beef stew, Moroccan chickpea soup, risotto, one-minute quinoa, three-minute steel cut oats and different types of rice, all of which were fabulous and very quick, although the times on some of the recipes are somewhat misleading as they don’t include the time it takes for the pot to reach and release the pressure. I also made chicken soup and, using the slow cooker function, beautifully-tender beef, as well as beef broth. The IP instructions could be clearer – I’m confused by the natural and quick release and also got the burn error message a couple of times – but potheads (as they’re known) advocate persevering, and I’m using trial and error and recipes online to work it out. For those with space for another appliance, I’d definitely recommend it, if only for reducing midweek meal cooking times. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to make some yoghurt... The Instant Pot Duo is available in different sizes from www.instantpot.co.uk and www.amazon.co.uk

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pple cake is one of our absolute favourites. It brings back reassuring childhood memories of Sunday afternoon tea with granny in the autumn, making the most of the apple harvest from the garden. Our version is made with einkorn flour, maple syrup, warming spices and lots of apple.


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Terumah BY REBBETZEN ILANA EPSTEIN Can you imagine living in a world without giving? Giving is a ubiquitous part of living in our Jewish communities and, from an early age, we teach our children that giving is a fundamental value of Judaism. We are, as a community, givers. In 2012, a study of American Jews, by Hanna Shaul Bar Nissim at Brandeis University, found that 76 percent of Jewish households gave to a variety of charities compared with 63 percent of non-Jewish households. It is hard for me to believe that British Jewish households are any different. There are some great socioeconomic reasons for giving, but I would like to look at a historical one. In this week’s parasha, the Jews of the desert are asked to give to the building of the tabernacle (mishkan). We can all recognise a capital project when presented to us, but I don’t think we can actually understand what was being asked of our desert–pedestrian brethren. The newly-formed Jewish nation had never owned anything outright:

it was a nation of slaves. What they had with them in the desert was newly acquired. How could they now be asked to part with the first material comforts they had enjoyed in more than 200 years? God teaches us a lesson in fundraising at this point. He asks for “an offering; from every person whose heart inspires him to generosity”. He asks that the donation be freely given. God says the only way to break off the shackles of slavery, both physical and emotional, is to give; but that giving needs to come from within. Freely. So much so that Moses has to ask them to stop, for oversupply! Our DNA as a people is forged in the choices we make. Once freed, we decide on how to act freely. Becoming givers is who we are from the moment of our inception as a people.

 Ilana is rebbetzen at Cockfosters & N Southgate United Synagogue and founder of Ta’am, a Jewish Futures organisation exploring Jewish history and heritage through food

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BY RABBI GARRY WAYLAND Classic riddle: how many months have 29 days? Of course, every month has 29 days, or more, but 29 February is the date that stands out. The choice of date is arbitrary – apparently in Britain, the extra date is technically the 24th, according to the Julian and Gregorian calendars – yet 29 February seems to have some significance in our heart. After the doldrums of a stormy, wet and worrisome winter, the very name ‘leap year’ indicates that we are leaping forwards; stepping out of the dark dreariness, bounding towards the signs of spring, a calendrical reminder to be a bit more positive. This idea of leaping forward, strikingly, is reflected in Jewish thought as well. I heard from Rabbi Moshe Shapiro (Jerusalem, d. 2017), one of the most profound and influential Jewish thinkers of

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recent years, that the Hebrew for nine, tesha, is related to the Hebrew word she’a, to turn, and specifically, to turn upwards. In Jewish thought, the number eight represents the miracles of this world: the eight days of Chanukah being a classic example. Meanwhile, ten is the number of holiness: hence ten is the number

for a minyan, turning a group of individuals into a congregation, empowered to invoke God in matters of holiness, such as in the Kaddish prayers, the formal repetition of the Amidah or public recitation of the Torah. Nine is the number that bridges this gap: it is the upturn from a miraculous eight days to the other-worldliness of the ten. The secular calendar returns to its normal pattern from 1 March and the extra day will soon be forgotten. However, there is no such thing as being static in religious life: if we have a leap forward, we have to try to build upon it. When winter comes again we will, we hope, be in a better position to weather the storms and leap forward again in the future.  Rabbi Garry Wayland is a teacher and educator for US Living and Learning


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‘Pharaoh was just God’s puppet’ BY RABBI PETE TOBIAS “I [God] have hardened Pharaoh’s heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these signs of mine among them that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians.” The plague of locusts, to paraphrase a popular saying associated with the Exodus from Egypt, was different from all other plagues. It begins with God’s usual command to Moses to go to Pharaoh to deliver news of the latest punishment about to hit him and his people. But unlike with the previous seven instructions, God additionally tells Moses that he has hardened Pharaoh’s heart. This is a game changer. Until this point, Pharaoh has exercised free will. Now, his decision-making ability has been taken from him. His actions are no longer voluntary; they are divinely ordained. He is a puppet, controlled by the God of the Israelites. And why has the situation

changed? God makes that clear in the explanation to Moses: it’s so that God can do all his brilliant miracles to humiliate Pharaoh and his servants and show how inferior they are. It is appalling behaviour that undermines the message of the story of the Exodus, which is supposed to be one of the human triumph over injustice and the demand to seek freedom, not just for ourselves but for anyone who is enslaved. If this doesn’t seem to you to belong in our holy scripture, bear in mind the story was written some 600 years after the events by a person or persons who were determined to exaggerate the powers of their divine leader and emphasise the uniqueness of their heritage. And although he clearly wasn’t a nice person, on the basis of this Torah portion, poor Pharaoh really didn’t have a chance.

◆ Pete Tobias is rabbi at The Liberal Synagogue Elstree

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BY RABBI MARK GOLDSMITH “Empathy and kindness is all we can truly strive towards.” These words were written by TV presenter Stacey Solomon in reaction to the death by suicide of her fellow presenter, Caroline Flack (pictured). You can never know the full reasons and motivations that cause someone to take their own life. It is always a tragic and awful course of action. In Caroline Flack’s case she had herself written about the sense of being judged unkindly on everything that she did, wore and said in a constant trial by social media. She was about to stand trial for her alleged assault of her boyfriend in 2019, and the unkindness being meted out to her in the lead up from people who did not know her was relentless. It was as if being a celebrity with any kind of talent makes you a fair target for anyone who wants to hurt another person. Our Talmud often cites extreme examples to shock us into good

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and empathetic behaviour. One of them, cited in Talmud Chullin (94a), gives the example of what unkind thoughtlessness can do even if completely unintentional. The text cites an incident involving a person who sent a barrel of wine to another person as a gift. This barrel of wine had oil floating on top of it, probably intended to seal the wine from being tainted by air. The giver did not explain what the contents were and the receiver invited guests to come and share his

good fortune. He intended to give them expensive oil to take home. He opened the barrel, dipped in beneath the layer of oil, and discovered that it was just cheap wine. In his shame at having deceived them, the receiver hanged himself and died. How could the giver have known this would be the consequence of his careless gift giving? He couldn’t, and that was the Rabbis’ point. Always do the kind and empathetic thing, because you never know what might be the consequences of being even the slightest bit unkind. If only Caroline Flack’s persecutors has followed that principle, and if only those who continue to spread hate on social media and other channels could learn from it and desist. ◆ Rabbi Mark Goldsmith is senior rabbi of Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue


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Top prices paid

Antique – Reproduction – Retro Furniture (any condition)

Carer

Clothing

WE BUY ANTIQUES Carer FURS WANTED Auxiliary Nurse VERY HIGH PRICES PAID. FREE HOME VISITS.

Epstein, Archie Shine, Hille, G Plan, etc. Antiques

Dining Suites, Lounges Suites, Bookcases, Desks, Cabinets, Mirrors, Lights, etc.

Cash paid for Mink Available support Allto Antique Furniture Hille & Epstein jackets, coats, you in your home. Diamond Jewellery, Gold, Silver,boleros, Paintings, stoles, Porcelain, also fox coats, etc. Glass,Days/nights. Bronzes, Ivories, Oriental & Judaica Antiques jackets etc. Very reasonable rates. Full house clearances organised. Wardrobes cleared Call Please 0208 look 958 at 2939 our website for more details Call 01277 352 560 or 07495 026 168

House clearances Single items to complete homes MARYLEBONE ANTIQUES - 8 CHURCH STREET NW8 8ED

WE BUY ANTIQUES

07866 614 744 (ANYTIME)

www.antiquesbuyers.co.uk

VERY HIGH PRICES PAID. FREE HOME VISITS. All Antique Hille & Epstein 0207Furniture 723 7415 (SHOP) Diamond Jewellery, Gold, Silver, Paintings, Porcelain, closed Sunday & Monday Glass, Bronzes, Ivories, Oriental & Judaica Antiques etc.

Computer FOR APPOINTMENTS CALL SUE ON:

0800 840 2035 or 07956268290

STUART SHUSTER - e-mail - info@maryleboneantiques.co.uk

Man on aOPEN Bike8am will TOget 9pm 7 DAYS. you working fast! RD LONDON. PORTOBELLO

Full house clearances organised.

MAKE SURE CONTACT BEFORE SELLING Please look YOU at our websiteUS for more details www.antiquesbuyers.co.uk

Rapid Response IT support for your PC & Mac Networks, virus problems, broadband, wireless systems, new computers and everything else you may need. CHARITY & WELFARE For small businesses & home users.

FOR APPOINTMENTS CALL SUE ON: 0800 840 2035 or 07956268290 OPEN 8am TO 9pm 7 DAYS.

Call Ian Green, Man on a Bike on

PORTOBELLO RD LONDON.

020 8731 6171 • www.manonabike.co.uk

ARE YOU BEREAVED?

Stirling of Kensal Green Established over 60 years. Know who you are dealing with.

Top prices paid

All quality furniture bought & sold.

Antique – Reproduction – Retro Furniture (any condition)

Best prices paid for complete house clearEpstein, Archie Shine, Hille, G Plan, etc. ances Lounges includingSuites, china, Bookcases, books, Dining Suites, clothing etc. Also rubbish clearance Desks, Cabinets, Mirrors, Lights, etc. service, lofts, sheds, garages etc House clearances Single items to complete Please contact Gordonhomes Stirling

020 8960 5401 or 07825 224144 CHURCH STREET ANTIQUES � 8 CHURCH STREET NW8 8ED

͔͚͚͚͕͛͛͘͘͘͜(ANYTIME) Email: gordonstirling65@gmail.com 0207 723 7415(SHOP) closed Sunday & Monday

STUART SHUSTER � e�mail � stuart@churchstreetantiques.net

MAKE SURE YOU CONTACT US BEFORE SELLING

WESTLON HOUSING ASSOCIATION Sheltered Accommodation

Charity & Welfare Counselling for adults & children who are experiencing loss, and support groups. Contact The Jewish Bereavement ARE YOU BEREAVED? Counselling Service in confidence

Labels are forTURN, jars. Refer yourself or aKNOW loved one by IF YOU DON’T WHICH WAY TO Not people. calling 020 8458 2223 orOUR visit HELPLINE. REMEMBER

Counselling for adults & children who are 020 8951 3881 experiencing loss. Support groups offered. enquiries@jbcs.org.uk | www.jbcs.org.uk Call The Jewish Bereavement Counselling Service in confidence

www.jamiuk.org

For confidential advice, information and support don’t forget Jewish Care Direct. REGISTERED CHARITY NO. 1003345

020 8922 2222

jcdirect@jcare.org

jewishcare.org/helpline

020 & 8951 3881 • 07765 693 160 CHARITY WELFARE E: enquiries@jbcs.org.uk

Sheltered Accommodation

For further details andlist application forms, contact We have an open waiting for our friendly andplease comfortable on 020 8201 8484 wardenWestlon assisted Housing sheltered Association housing schemes for Jewish people in Ealing, East Finchley and Hendon. We provide 24-hour warden support, seven days a week; a residents’ lounge and kitchen, laundry, a sunny patio and garden. For further details and application forms, please contact Westlon Housing Association on 020 8201 8484

Charity Reg No. 802559

PLUMBSAFE (UK) LTD

We have an open waiting list for our friendly and comfortable warden assisted sheltered housing schemes in Ealing, East Finchley and Hendon. We provide 24-hour warden support, WESTLON HOUSING seven days a week; a residents’ loungeASSOCIATION and kitchen, laundry, a sunny patio and garden.

ADVERTISE IN THE UK’S BIGGEST JEWISH NEWSPAPER Jami supports and represents people with mental illness across FOR LESS THAN £24 A WEEK the Jewish community.

“Better Safe Than Sorry�

For all your heating and plumbing requirements | boiler repairs and installation | complete central heating | | power flushing | complete bathroom installation service | | landlords certificates | project management | home purchase reports |

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Are you a Jewish woman experiencing domestic violence? With abuse in your home, do you worry about your children?

We are here to help Email Sales today at sales@thejngroup.com

Give support • Get support • Get involved

All NW-London postcodes covered

07860 881505 or 0800 610 12 12

020 8458 2223 | info@jamiuk.org www.jamiuk.org

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PLUMBSAFEUK.COM

with free support, advice and information and confidential counselling. Kosher Refuge available for women and children in need.

Reg Charity No. 1003345

Free Confidential National Helpline 0808 801 0500 advice@jwa.org.uk • www.jwa.org.uk

HOME & MAINTENANCE

Home & Maintenance

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PLUMBSAFE (UK) LTD

No further, your

LOCAL PLUMBERS

“Better Safe Than Sorry�

Hall & Randall Plumbers

CENTRAL HEATING, PLUMBING REPAIRS & ADVISORY SERVICE EMERGENCY REPAIRS, BLOCKED PIPES DRAINAGE GUTTERING, ROOFING, CENTRAL HEATING AND BOILERS 12 MONTHS GUARANTEE, 40 YEARS EXPERIENCE

For all your heating and plumbing requirements | boiler repairs and installation | complete central heating | | power flushing | complete bathroom installation service | | landlords certificates | project management | home purchase reports |

hallandrandallplumbers.com

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PROFESSIONAL A. ELFES LTD PAINTING, DECORATING memorials & New PAPER HANGING Additional inscriptions Over & 20renovations years experience Friendly, reliable & Clayhall Showroom 14 Claybury Broadway Ilford. IG5 0LQ T: 0208 551 6866

Edgware Showroom 41 Manor Park Crescent Edgware. HA8 7LY T: 0208 381 1525

Email : info@garygreenmemorials.co.uk

Gants Hill service. Edgware personal

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12Very Beehive Lane 130rates High Street competitive Gants Hill, IG1 3RD Edgware, HA8 7EL Telephone Telephone

STEPHEN: 07973 342 422 0207 754 4659 0207 754 4646

www.garygreenmemorials.co.uk

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LOFT CONVERSIONS & UPVC Fitter

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Home & Maintenance

The specialist masons in creating bespoke Granite and Marble Memorials for all Cemeteries.

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•DRIVEWAYS •PAINTING London 020 8485 8176 •PATIOS •PLASTERING •BRICKWORK •PLUMBING ADVERTISE IN THE •ROOF REPAIRS •ALL BUILDING UK’S BIGGEST ADVERTISE IN THE •GUTTERING WORKNEWSPAPER JEWISH City and Guilds Electrician UK’S BIGGEST JEWISH All types of electrical work undertaken FOR LESS THAN NEWSPAPER FOR LESS A WEEK £24.00 FREE ESTIMATES & ADVICE Rewiring, extra sockets, BT points, Economy 7 storage heaters, Shabbat time switches, security lighting, THAN £24 A WEEK ALL WORK FULLYCall GUARANTEED LED spotlights, fault finding, CCTVportable appliance tests, Marc today landlord tests and house buyer’s surveys. on 020 7692 6943 Email Sales 581 Bowrons Ave, Wembley HA0 4QP For an efficient reliable and friendly service. today at Call Harvey Solomons on 01245 211 002 / 07773 102 386 Jewish sales@thejngroup.com 020 8958 6495 / 07836 648 554 hilineroofing.site123.me

PLUMBSAFEUK.COM

office@hallandrandall.com

HI LINE ROOFING

All NW-London postcodes covered

07860 881505 or 0800 610 12 12

020 8953 2094 office 020 8207 3286 home 020 8386 8798

    

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SILVER

AERIAL REPAIR

Man on a Bike will get you working fast! Rapid Response IT support for your PC & Mac Networks, virus problems, broadband, wireless systems, new computers and everything else you may need. For small businesses & home users.

Call Ian Green, Man on a Bike on

020 8731 6171 • www.manonabike.co.uk

AERIALS & SATELLITE • Repairs & Installs • Any work under taken • Sky & Freesat

020 8953 4539

ADVERTISE IN THE UK’S BIGGEST JEWISH NEWSPAPER FOR LESS THAN £24 A WEEK Email Sales today at sales@thejngroup.com

DOMICILIARY CARE FREE CARE if you book before 31st October 2019, for every 4 hours of care booked the 5th hour will be 50% Free.

ADVERTISE IN THE UK’S BIGGEST JEWISH NEWSPAPER FOR LESS THAN £24 A WEEK

HOME CARE AGENCY Established Over 30 years

Email Sales today at sales@thejngroup.com

Professional Care at Home Day & Night Care available North and Central London T: 020 8088 2789 info@kells-care.com kells-care.com

PROPERTY

LEGACY- LEAVE A GIFT IN YOUR MEMORY

JEWISH WAR VETERANS

Leave the legacy of independence to people like Joel.

& THEIR DEPENDANTS NEED

YOUR LEGACY

PLease remember us in your wiLL.

eNABLeD

Tel: 020 8202 2323 Web: www.ajex.org.uk Email: headoffice@ajex.org.uk

visit www.Jbd.org or caLL 020 8371 6611

Registered Charity No: 1082148

Registered Charity No. 259480

ADVERTISE IN THE UK’S BIGGEST JEWISH NEWSPAPER FOR LESS THAN

Chancellors House, Brampton Lane, London, NW4 4AB Tel: 020 8903 8746 | Fax: 020 8795 2240 www.bfiwd.org | email: info@bfiwd.org

£24 A WEEK

Secure our

children’s future

Please include

CST in your Will

Charity no. 1042391

Every gift makes a difference legacy@cst.org.uk

020 8457 3700

ISRAEL PROPERTY

Legacy advert 84x40.indd 1

Ramat Bet Shemesh Aleph. New Project from ₪1,290,000

Email Sales today at sales@thejngroup.com

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Rannana New Project from ₪2590,000

Hertzlia Pituach New Project ₪12, 999, 000

Jerusalem New Project From ₪1999, 000

www.israel-properties.com

Your outdated property can be your income We modernise property, rent and manage it. We finance it all. No upfront fees. No ownership changes. We’re a family team. 30 years in North London property and letting services. Lots of references. We’ll make any property work for you. 020 8830 1870 | MrAndMrsSimons.com

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