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Next year in Jerusalem

Israel dramatically sealed itself off from coronavirus this week by decreeing that everyone arriving from abroad must be quarantined for 14 days, starting from today, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. The ruling sent shockwaves through diaspora communities planning to visit family in Israel during the Pesach holiday, with one major Jewish travel operator in London describing the situation as a “total disaster”. Benjamin Netanyahu said “all those coming to Israel from abroad will be placed in isolation”, after what he described as “a day of complex discussions” over how to limit the spread of the virus. “This is a tough decision, but it is essential to maintain

public health, and public health precedes everything,” the Israeli prime minister said, before announcing a £2.7billion economic cash injection and a £270million boost for the country’s healthcare systems. Foreign visitors unable to evidence how and where they will self-isolate for 14 days will not be allowed into the country, which had 76 confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Wednesday morning. Among the new cases was an Israeli man returning on a flight from New York on 2 March. Another visited the American embassy. As many as 400 primary schools have been put into quarantine in Israel and public gatherings of 2,000 people or more are banned.

The Israeli Embassy in London said it was now bound by emergency regulations, with visa applications being processed only in “extraordinary circumstances”. Israeli minister Aryeh Deri said mandatory quarantining would also apply to returning Israelis. There are 268,000 Israelis abroad, among them journalism student Jonathan Shamir, who is in London. “I was supposed to be starting a new job at Ha’aretz in Tel Aviv at the end of March, but I will need to go into self-isolation for two weeks when I return,” he told Jewish News. “I will need to speak to my new landlord to check I can move in earlier, so that I can Continued on page 6

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News / Labour pains / Phillips suspended / Faith grant

Austin: Dismiss those who failed to fight hate The next Labour leader must dismiss senior officials and members of staff who “failed to deal with antisemitism”, Ian Austin said this week, writes Mathilde Frot. The former Labour MP quit the party last year after accusing its leadership of failing to tackle alleged antisemitism in the party. Jeremy Corbyn’s successor, to be elected on 4 April, must dismiss “those who have failed to deal with this issue adequately, from staff in the leader’s office down” Austin said. The chairman of the antiextremist campaign Mainstream UK unveiled a 10-point checklist for the next Labour leader to mend relations with the Jewish community. The process will require more serious action than “a fresh coat of paint on the complaints process and a few cosmetic changes”, he warned, adding that the next leader

Ian Austin unveiled a checklist for the next Labour leader

must invite back all former Labour MPs and members “hounded out” of the party and ask either of former MPs Luciana Berger and Ruth Smeeth to stand as candidates at the next by-election in a Labour-held seat. Austin demanded a consultation timetable involving all

Jewish community bodies to create a new independent complaints process be drawn up in the next leader’s first week. All candidates running for a seat in Parliament, Holyrood, the Welsh Assembly, on Labour’s ruling body or local councils must adopt the International Holocaust Remem-

brance Alliance definition of antisemitism, he said. Other demands include an end to the “demonisation and singling out of Israel”, immediate action on well-publicised cases, a “full and unequivocal apology” to the Jewish community, the resolution of all outstanding complaints and for legal action against whistleblowers to be dropped. At the same event, Michael Gove warned anti-Zionism has become the new antisemitism”. Gove, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, drew parallels between the insistence of anti-Zionists that Jews distance themselves from Israel and the previous antisemitic demands made of Jews. In addition to praising Austin’s “bravery”, Gove also accused the outgoing Labour leader of wanting to “smuggle into our political conversation antisemitic expressions and antisemitic tropes”.

Labour suspends equality champion A former head of the country’s equalities watchdog has been suspended from the Labour Party over allegations of Islamophobia. Trevor Phillips, an antiracism campaigner who previously chaired the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), faces an investigation and could be expelled from the party. The Times reported that he is being investigated over past comments including remarks on Pakistani Muslim men sexually abusing children in northern British towns. The newspaper said many of his statements date back years, but that Labour’s general secretary Jennie Formby suspended Trevor Phillips faces an investigation

him as a matter of urgency to “protect the party’s reputation”. Phillips was among 24 public figures who last year declared their refusal to vote for the Labour Party because of its association with antisemitism. Critics of the move claim his attack on the party led to this action. The EHRC is investigating the Party over claims it failed to tackle its antisemitism problem, and is due to issue its report in the summer. In a letter to The Guardian in November, the group said the path to a more tolerant society “must encompass Britain’s Jews with unwavering solidarity” and said Jeremy Corbyn has “a long record of embracing antisemites as comrades”. Phillips told The Times there was no suggestion he had done anything unlawful and “no one inside or outside the Labour Party has ever suggested I have broken any rules”.

£2m government grant funds interfaith projects The government has unveiled a new £2million grant to fund projects bringing together different faiths and communities. As part of the scheme announced by the Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick last Friday, community groups and civil society organisations can apply for funding to run short projects championing diversity and tolerance. “Our country is home to people with a wonderfully diverse range of faiths and beliefs,” Jenrick said. “The funding announced today will help us celebrate this diversity, champion our shared identity and values and bring people together to create a better society.” He added: “The scheme will also help tackle discriminatory behaviour. This government has a zero tolerance towards hate

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick

crimes against anyone of any faith and background, and we stand in support of all communities that suffer from prejudice and discrimination.”

CONCERN OVER SOAS SPEAKER An Italian TV chef due to speak at a student event at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) later this month has a “history of using antisemitic language”, the Union of Jewish Students said. The talk on 20 March, organised by the university’s Palestine and Italian societies, will be led by rugby player turned chef and TV personality Gabriele Rubini. Rubini, also known as Chef

Rubio, recently travelled to Gaza with an Italian non-governmental organisation, where he reportedly led a cooking class for prison inmates. He was criticised last month when he suggested in an interview with Radio Radio that we “pay attention only to what has struck the Jews and not all the Jews, because the rich ones have sold themselves also the brothers, sisters, families, neighbours who could not

afford bribes or closeness to power” in a reference to the Holocaust. The SOAS Palestine Society said Rubini “never said anything of which he’s being accused” and dismissed allegations of antisemitism. A SOAS spokesperson said: “There is no place for hate speech on the SOAS campus and freedom of speech does not permit the expression of racist or antisemitic views.”

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The new chair of Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) described in Parliament this week outgoing party leader Jeremy Corbyn as “deluded” if he believes he can serve as shadow foreign secretary in any future opposition. Steve McCabe, MP for Birmingham Selly Oak, told Jewish News: “My own advice to Jeremy Corbyn is that, like all previous Labour leaders I can think of, he should walk away from the stage and leave it to new people who are coming in. “If he honestly thinks he would provide a service for the Labour Party by serving as, of all things, shadow foreign secretary, then I fear he’s deluded.” The blunt-spoken Glasgow-born MP has been in the Commons since 1997, first in the Birmingham seat of Hall Green, and then, after 2010 boundary changes, for Selly Oak, achieving a majority of more than 12,000 in the 2019 election. A social worker and then an academic, he has been a member of LFI since he entered the Commons, believing that support for Israel is the natural position of the party he first joined. He visited Israel for the first time last year, on an LFI mission, and hopes to lead a delegation to the country in May, with the aim of attracting some of the new intake of party MPs to join him. “I haven’t been super-active in LFI,” he acknowledges. Nor does he have a high number of Jewish voters in his constituency. But he says

Labour Friends of Israel chair Steve McCabe

Jeremy Corbyn addresses protesters at a CND protest in Trafalgar Square this year

he was “really struck” during the last election “by the number of ordinary Labour voters who said how troubled they were by antisemitism and by Labour’s inability to deal with it, and it really made me think how far we had begun to marginalise ourselves in the way we were able to engage with people”. He is in favour of a two-state solution, but was taken aback by the plethora of Palestinian flags waved at Labour Party conferences, as though debate on the matter was shut down.

“That’s not the Labour I joined, the party I belong to, or the party I want to belong to,” he says. He is clear about the tough time experienced by former LFI leaders such as former MPs Joan Ryan, Dame Louise Ellman and Luciana Berger, and deplores the misogynistic attitudes taken against them. As for himself, he says, he believes Labour is “on the edge of being in a much better place… I think the focus of attention about LFI’s work could shift”.

Just the same, he is unhappy about the latest development in Labour, its headline-grabbing suspension of the former head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Trevor Phillips, over allegations of Islamophobia. “It does make you wonder what kind of complaints process the Labour Party is operating at the moment, how do these administrative suspensions arise, what kind of charges are levelled, who makes these decisions, what’s the transparency of our procedures,” McCabe says. He states that, away from politics, he can still play – badly – the three guitar chords he learned 30 years ago, and that he clears his head by hillwalking. He looks like a man welcoming his new role with some relish. Anti-Israel supporters have a fight on their hands.



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Virus outbreak

Jewish Care limits visits and cancels large events visitors, staff and volunteers”, who will need to answer a series of questions. A spokesperson for the charity said: “Contingency and response plans are in place for various scenarios, which may occur as a result of coronavirus impacting the UK more widely. Jewish Care is regularly reviewing the situation, and our directorate team is now convening every 48 hours to review the situation, along with our measures and plans.” Chief executive Daniel Carmel-Brown said: “We have taken a number of precautionary measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and issued communications with advice on prevention to all staff, volunteers, residents and members across our services. “Our priority is the safety and wellbeing of those in our care, and we will continue to do all we can to help prevent any outbreak or spread of the virus.”

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Jewish Care has drastically limited visits to its 10 care homes nationwide and cancelled large events to prevent the spread of coronavirus, writes Jack Mendel. The charity has implemented the changes to protect its residents “who due to their age and other conditions may be most at risk”. It is “limiting visits to care homes to small groups of relatives of no more than five people at any one time, essential staff and volunteers” and “asking people who feel unwell not to visit”. It has also appealed to potential visitors who have returned from countries including China, Italy, Japan and South Korea to “not visit any Jewish Care resource for two weeks”. Further guidance includes “people avoiding bringing young children to homes” as well as introducing an “enhanced sign-in policy for all

Achash-virus! Shul streams Megillah

The Duchess of Cornwall at a Jewish Care centre last year

Meanwhile, special needs charity Kisharon has written to parents and staff outlining its response to the virus. A weekly meeting will take place with senior managers and directors to address the issue, while an operational plan has been put in place in case of an outbreak at one of its sites.

Kisharon added: “Proactive steps are being taken in relation to cleaning requirements, working arrangements. and procurement of food and medical supplies. Appropriate measures to attempt to mitigate the likely impact on voluntary income are also being enacted.”

Thousands of people tuned into the United Synagogue’s live streaming of the Megillah on Monday, held for those unable to attend owing to the virus. The video, which has so far been viewed 4,700 times, featured Yehuda Gaffin at Mill Hill East, the United Synagogue’s newest community, reading the Purim story. The United Synagogue sent a letter to its 62 congregations urging them to tell members to listen to the reading. It also issued guidance on giving charity and holding a festive meal.

Shoah remembrance conference cancelled A Holocaust remembrance conference for second generation families has been postponed to reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading. Organisers plan to reschedule Remembering and Rethinking: The international forum on the Second Generation, organised by the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) with the Chelsea Foundation in a media partnership with Jewish News, for later this year.

The two-day event at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium on 21 to 22 April was to feature talks by Barbara, the daughter of Kindertransport founder Sir Nicholas Winton, and Lord Eric Pickles. An AJR spokesperson said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused but our priority remains the well-being of our members – and their families – and our colleagues and guests.”


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his family had been on a trip to A Jewish family from Finchley is Italy,” Trevor told Jewish News self-isolating this week after their on Monday. daughter was potentially exposed Before being assessed at the to the virus at a music venue weekend, the family did a groin Camden, writes Mathilde Frot. cery shop, buying water, tea and Jessica Gee, 22, a graphic coffee, cans of tuna, rice and designer and photographer, some perishables. joined half-a-dozen friends at the “That’s when I phoned NHS Jazz Cafe last month, where she 111,” Trevor said. “We were advised came into contact with a confirmed to stay isolated for two weeks [since case. Jessica Gee the possible exposure], which expires The former Immanuel School pupil, on Saturday. We’re trying to smile our and parents Trevor and Lindsey Gee, 62 and 61, have been in a self-quarantine way through it,” he said. But his daughter, forced to see “no other since Saturday. The family – which has not exhibited faces than those of her parents”, is finding the any symptoms – is due to come out of quar- experience more difficult, he quipped. “We try to hide in different rooms, and any antine on Saturday evening. “My daughter found out that the boy she had seen at the suggestions of learning to play chess are not nightclub had contracted the virus, and particularly well received.”

Football team in self-isolation players, took the measMembers of a Jewish footures after the father of a ball team and its manager player discovered he was have placed themselves in carrying the virus, which self-isolation after one of has so far claimed eight their players tested posiBritish lives. tive for the virus, writes “Once we knew the Jonathan Shamir. risk, many of the memThe club, which bers went into selfhas requested ano- A MGBSFL football match quarantine,” the mannymity, plays in the Premier division of the Maccabi GB Southern ager, who also asked not to be named, told Jewish News. The club’s next fixture has Football League. The side, which comprises more than 20 been postponed.

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Virus closes Auschwitz The Auschwitz Memorial and Museum has been forced to close to visitors due to the coronavirus. The announcement was made following the Polish government’s decision to shut cultural sites and museums until at least 25 March in an attempt to stop the spread of the infection. Taking to Facebook, Auschwitz Memorial said: “Due to the decision of the government to close all museums and cultural institutions in Poland, we inform that between 12-25 March the Auschwitz Memorial will not be available for visitors”. According to Reuters, Poland has 27 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and no recorded deaths. This comes after the March of the Living UK trip to Poland later this month was cancelled because of virus fears. Organisers said a primary concern was the health of

• WIZO and WESTMINSTER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS’ Power Hour event with Apprentice star Claude Littner cancelled. • THE BRITISH ARM OF THE WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE cancelled its dinner, scheduled for 11 March, with new president Prof Alon Chen, after travel restrictions from Israel’s Health Ministry. • YOUNG NORWOOD postpones its business entrepreneurs event, due to take place on 26 March. Last year’s March of the Living. The 2020 event will not take place owing to the virus

participants, including survivors. The Jewish Military Association (formerly the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women) postponed a trip to the site of the BergenBelsen concentration camp next month for the same rea-

sons. The visit was to mark 75 years since its liberation. Earlier this month, Auschwitz Museum told organisers of trips to the site to stop bringing visitors from countries affected by the coronavirus. Israel’s education min-

ister, Rafi Peretz, also ordered the cancellation of all school trips to Shoah memorial sites located in Poland due to the global spread of the virus. Tens of thousands of Israeli high school students visit Poland every year, often accompanied by survivors.


Memorial to Anne and Margot Frank at Bergen Belsen


Jewish veterans have postponed a trip to the site of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp to reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading. Some 100 people were set to attend the Jewish Military Association (AJEX) trip to the site of the Nazi camp next month to mark 75 years since its liberation. A spokesperson for AJEX said: “The well-being and health of our members and colleagues must always be of paramount importance. “We have not taken

this decision lightly, but having taken advice on the increasing threat posed by the Covid-19 virus and the impact that this could have on our members, many of whom are elderly and suffering from health conditions that would put them at high risk, we feel it is the only course of action. “We hope to find a new date to hold a commemoration event once the situation has improved, and in the meantime are contacting all of the trip delegates to advise them of the situation.”


CLAIM: Stop kissing mezuzahs and Torahs to limit exposure The measures that have been put in place by the United Synagogue are excellent. They’re an example of what we call social distancing.

As the virus continues its inexorable journey around the globe, so has a flurry of bogus claims – spreading like wildfire on social media. Jewish News Dr Ellie Cannon fact-checks the most widespread advice.

CLAIM: Pets can be infected and spread the virus There has been one case so far reported of a dog who was tested for coronavirus. I don’t think from the experts that this is thought to be an issue.

CLAIM: Ashkenazi Jews are less likely to contract the virus I don’t think there is any evidence that any racial group is more likely than any other to catch coronavirus.

CLAIM: Children under 10 are less likely to get Covid-19 The early data that has come from China, looking at the first few thousand cases, appear to show that children under 10 are

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK has risen to 460, with several events pushed back due to the outbreak. A forthcoming conference on antisemitism at Stamford Bridge hosted by Chelsea Football Club with the Jerusalem Post was recently postponed, as was England’s match against Italy next week. A host of cultural attractions have temporarily closed around the world as the virus continues to spread.

• WORLD JEWISH RELIEF will not go ahead with its trip to Ukraine, scheduled for 29 March-1 April. • THE HOLOCAUST EDUCATIONAL TRUST has suspended its Lessons from Auschwitz and Belsen 75 programme until the end of March. • A HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE CONFERENCE AT CHELSEA FC postponed. The ‘Remembering and Rethinking: The international forum on the Second Generation’ was scheduled for 21-22 April. • MARCH OF THE LIVING cancelled; AJEX cancels trip to Bergen-Belsen. • YOUTH ALIYAH CHILD RESCUE cancels its gala, scheduled for 23 March. • LANGDON postpones its dinner, scheduled for May. • JW3 cancelled a young professionals brunch with Holocaust survivors. • MYISRAEL postponed its comedy dinner event on 15 March.

CST cancels annual dinner

The Community Security Trust has cancelled its annual fundraising dinner. The charity, responsible for providing security advice and training to the community’s schools and synagogues, made the announcement as the government said the number of confirmed cases was up to 460, with six deaths. A statement said: “Following a detailed study of the situation and having taken expert advice, the trustees and management of CST believe that cancelling the event is the only responsible option. The health and safety of our guests, staff and volunteers is paramount. We strongly felt that this very painful decision needed to be taken now. To leave it until later would ultimately have resulted in more uncertainty, cost and inconvenience.”

much less likely to get the virus, and are much less likely to get seriously ill with it. What we think may be the case is that children can pick up the virus but have a very mild form of it or may even have no symptoms at all, but the jury is still out. The best way to protect children is the same as for the rest of us, thorough hand-washing for 20 seconds. CLAIM: Face masks don’t stop the virus Face masks have no role in preventing you becoming infected with the coronavirus, which the chief medical officer has been very clear on. The only people who may be instructed to wear a mask are

those people who have a confirmed case of coronavirus, and they are told to wear a mask because it prevents them from spreading it to somebody else. In fact, face masks encourage you to touch your face a lot more than you would normally, so it is possible that actually a face mask could make matters worse. CLAIM: Vitamin C boosts your immunity to the virus If there is a cure, the chief medical officer or the chief scientific adviser will announce the good news. So far no cure has been made public.


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Virus outbreak

Pandemic panic takes hold Continued from page 1 move in earlier, so that I have a place to quarantine. Luckily, my employers have also been very understanding and we are in regular communication.” Israel had already imposed travel bans on visitors from some countries with high numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases, such as France and Germany, but Monday night’s ruling now affects British Jewish families in the run-up to Jewish holidays. David Segel, managing director of London-based West End Travel, which

A man prays at the Western Wall in a face mask

helps Jewish families arrange trips to Israel, said: “It’s not a disaster, it’s a mega disaster, especially to Jewish operators.”

He continued: “We’ve spent the past six months planning for Pesach. We have 180 passengers due to fly with British Airways.

We took a big risk to take 180 seats, but we filled every one. Now people are cancelling, understandably. As a company, we will try to refund everyone but to do that we’ll take a massive hit. “People keep saying this measure is to keep [US President Donald] Trump happy. Israel wanted to ban arrivals from virus-hit areas of the US, such as California and New York, but knew it would annoy Trump so they instituted a blanket worldwide ban instead, which of course hits the UK hard.” Asked about the ramifications of Israel’s decision,

Segel said it would be “ferociously damaging” to Israeli tourism, adding that tourists who ignore quarantine orders could face serious consequences. “If you get caught wandering around [Israel] when you should be in quarantine you’ll get jailed for seven years.” He added that the situation was “a total, total disaster” that would hit his company hard. “We’ve been saving for a rainy day for 30 years and this is definitely a rainy day. We should survive, but others will seriously struggle.”

Eight airlines scrap Israel route but BA still flying Several airlines have cancelled their flights to Israel after the government announced the mandatory 14-day quarantine of everyone coming from abroad.

Airlines taking the decision to suspend all or some of their Israel-bound services include Wizz Air, El Al, Aero Mexico, Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic, SWISS, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines. British Airways said it had not yet can-

celled any flights, but that it was reviewing its schedule while recognising a “fast-changing situation”. Lufthansa Group’s airlines usually offer 12 daily flights to Tel Aviv, plus one scheduled weekly service to Eilat, but this week the German company said it “was forced to make these

cancellations for economic and operational reasons, as many passengers are no longer entitled to enter the country”. The Jewish Agency of Israel reassured that there are no group aliyah flights at this time of year. A spokesman said: “We are closely tracking developments on a global basis.”


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Marilyn Breed from Leeds

My husband and I are due to fly to Israel from Luton on 19 March for a week in Eilat, then a couple of days in Tel Aviv staying with friends at their home. There is no way we can quarantine for two weeks. I don’t know whether we can still go or, if not, how we get a refund. I’ve tried calling easyJet, but you are just left waiting for an answer for ages and they have no information on their site.”

Daniel Elias from London

My whole family is planning to visit my brother and his family in Israel for Pesach. I’m flying with my fiancée on Lufthansa on 7 April, returning 19 April. The airline has not yet sent any correspondence regarding flight cancellations, so I’m still planning to go. It’s very difficult for large families to cancel Pesach trips at the last minute as a lot a preparation goes into them. We don’t have a contingency plan.”

Susana Gil from London

I booked an El Al flight to Israel for what would have been my first holiday in five years. Since I’m almost 80, my granddaughter was going to be my escort. She was due to return to London for Pesach, so to be quarantined would have been out of the question. I do not find it an appealing idea staying indoors for two weeks and, as I hold dual citizenship, the uncertainty of not being able to return home to London made me decide to defer my trip.”



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Virus outbreak

Mapping the pandemic: Coron How the virus is affecting Jewish communities worldwide UNITED KINGDOM CANADA • A synagogue suspends activities after a lay leader tested positive after attending the AIPAC conference in Washington. • Toronto’s Beth Sholom Synagogue temporarily closed after a lay leader’s positive coronavirus test result.

• A dentist from north London was the first British Jew to be diagnosed with the coronavirus following a skiing trip. • Members of a London Jewish football team and its manager are in self-isolation after a player tested positive for the virus.

UNITED STATES • Yeshiva Har Torah in Little Neck, New York, cancelled all classes after assistant principal Rabbi Etan Ehrenfeld contracted the coronavirus. • An Orthodox lawyer, 50, from New Rochelle – and his wife, daughter, son and neighbour – have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo. He is in a critical condition. • On 4 March, a friend of the lawyer who also lives in New Rochelle tested positive – along with his wife and three children. The family is under self-quarantine. • Yeshiva University cancelled classes at its Wilf Campus and high school in the Washington Heights neighbourhood of New York City last Wednesday after a student tested positive. • On 4 March, the AIPAC committee tweeted that “a group of policy conference attendees from New York was potentially in contact prior to the conference with an individual who contracted coronavirus”. The individuals are in self-quarantine and one person who attended has tested positive. • Synagogues and community centres have been cancelling services and events. • A major gathering for Americans planning to move permanently to Israel has been cancelled. More than 1,250 emigrants and their families had been expected at the Nefesh B’Nefesh “Mega-Aliyah” event on 15 March in Teaneck, New Jersey. • Hebrew Free Loan of San Francisco is offering loans to people who are experiencing financial hardship because of the coronavirus.

Rabbi Shalom Greenberg distributed thousands of masks and aid kits to Jews and non-Jews in Shanghai’s Hongkou district. (Courtesy Chabad Shanghai)

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avirus across the Jewish world GERMANY • Lufthansa has suspended all flights to Israel for the next three weeks, after the country imposed travel restrictions to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

POLAND • The Auschwitz Memorial and Museum has closed down until futher notice. Organisers of this year’s March of the Living have postponed the event, due to take place on 21 April.

CHINA • China’s Reform communities in Beijing and Shanghai will host their costume contests and readings of the Book of Esther via video conferencing.

GREECE • The Israeli embassy in Athens closed for disinfection after a diplomat there was diagnosed with coronavirus.

HONG KONG ISRAEL • 79 people have tested positive for the virus. • Gatherings of more than 100 people banned. • More than 400 primary school students put into quarantine. Number of citizens overall estimated as being under quarantine owing to specific threat is 80,000. • Cases confirmed in West Bank. Palestinian Authority bans foreign visitors for two weeks. • 10 billion shekel injection to boost ailing economy; one billion to health sector. • Municipal events in Herzliya cancelled. • El Al puts 80% of employees on unpaid leave.

• Rachel Friedmann, the British-born head of Jewish school The Carmel School Association in Hong Kong that was suspended to stem the spread of coronavirus –along with all schools until at least 20 April – urged parents and staff to “remain upbeat and positive”. In a video message, the former deputy of London’s Hasmonean High School said: “Let’s connect as a community and let’s continue to do our very best for each and every child. It will pass.”

ITALY • In Milan, an epicentre of infection, houses of worship were ordered closed. That meant a scaled down celebration for one barmitzvah boy, whose party was supposed to have 600 people but instead was for family only. • Some 130 kosher-for-Passover resorts around the world are watching their reservations closely. A few in Italy had already cancelled by early March. • Accordingly, Italian rabbis published a prayer for the well-being of the patients and encouraged congregants to pray.

AUSTRALIA • Yeshivah-Beth Rivkah in Melbourne has shut down for 24 hours after a staff member tested positive for coronavirus and and four families with links to the school were exposed to the virus • Melbourne Jewish festival that was supposed to take place on 15 March has been cancelled


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News / Corbyn claims / Long-Bailey offer

Peston ‘denied’ Corbyn interview due to Milne Journalist Robert Peston said he was denied an interview with Jeremy Corbyn because Labour communications chief Seumas Milne felt he had not been impartial in reporting on the Chief Rabbi’s criticism of his boss, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. ITV’s political editor (pictured, inset) revealed Milne’s angry texts this week while delivering the annual Hugh Cudlipp Lecture at City University in London, during

which he said he now felt compelled to say he was Jewish when covering antisemitism. The contretemps with Milne focused on the run-up to December’s general election, when Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis penned an explosive critique of Corbyn’s failings over antisemitism for The Times. When Peston pointed out that Corbyn had refused to be interviewed by him during the campaign, Milne allegedly replied: “Your

reporting on Labour has not matter of common sense”. been remotely fair or balanced He continued: “The point I and included a high degree of made was how shocking it was slanted editorialising.” that the leader of an important Milne, Corbyn’s director section of the Jewish comof strategy and communica- munity should feel obliged to tions, may have taken issue speak out during an election.” with Peston’s statement that “Labour’s administrative machinery failed miserably to respond to… multiple disclosures that antisemitism was poisoning the party”. This week Peston defended his coverage as “impartial, both in respect of Ofcom’s rules and as a Seumas Milne with Jeremy Corbyn

Long-Bailey would welcome back Berger Labour leadership hopeful Rebecca Long-Bailey says she would readmit former party MP Luciana Berger, who quit over allegations of antisemitism, writes Jonathan Shamir. Berger, heavily pregnant when she left after being subjected to “a culture of bullying, bigotry and intimidation,” ran and lost as a Lib Dem in Finchley and Golders Green

in the December general election. Long-Bailey condemned the way Berger’s case was handled: “The circumstances for what happened to Luciana were very different from an MP just angry with the leadership. She had a terrible time.” She also described the treatment of fellow Jewish female MPs Dame Louise Ellman and Ruth Smeeth as “terrible.”

Jailed extremists double The number of prisoners There were 231 people in classed as right-wing extrem- custody for terrorism-related ists who are behind offences in Britain in bars for terrorism the year to the end offences has of December, almost doubled with 177 of them in two years. being branded as In the year holding Islamistto the end of extremist views, December, there the data report were 41 people said. Home Office in custody cat- figures show a jump This number egorised as holding has remained in far-right extreme rightlargely the same convictions wing ideology, as last year. A total according to data of 18 percent were from the Home Office. categorised as holding far This shot up from just a right-wing ideologies. handful of cases five years The report said: “The proago (four in 2014) to 21 for portion of prisoners holding the same period in 2017 and far-right ideologies has 28 in 2018. increased steadily.”

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Sacks ‘still shakes’ at near-drowning scare Lord Sacks has revealed how a stranger rescued him from drowning while on honeymoon – and says 50 years on “still shakes” from the memory of it, writes Francine Wolfisz. The former Chief Rabbi recalled the incident, which occurred in 1970 while on holiday in Italy with his new wife Elaine, and which he refers to in his new book, Morality. He would have almost certainly drowned, after plunging under water at least five times, had his rescuer not spotted that Sacks was in peril. Speaking to Jewish News, Sacks said: “It was scary, I have to tell you. I mean going under for the fifth time and there being no-one nearby. I still to this day don’t know how somebody saw me. I just don’t know. It scares the life out of me. “Boy, do I still visualise it, and this is almost 50 years later. I still shake from it.” When asked what he would say to his rescuer if he was ever found, Sacks responded: “I would really, really want to say thank you.” The highly-respected theologian and author, who served as Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013, recollected the

ordeal in his book, subtitled “restoring the common good in divided times”, which explores how society has transformed from having collective responsibility to focusing on the individual. “We have moved very largely from being a ‘we’ society to an ‘I’ society,” he said. “We’ve been very good on individualism, but much less good on collective responsibility. I felt that what was happening was the cultural equivalent of climate change and we are now beginning to count the costs.” Asked what his thoughts were on the public’s reaction to the coronavirus outbreak – particularly reports of supermarket shelves being stripped bare of handwash products and people ‘panic buying’ – Sacks said: “I think coronavirus is going to test our capacity to work for the benefit of others.” He added that he hoped his book would help people to engage more with one another and not just focus on their own individual needs. “All you need to do is change some minds and you begin to change your generation,” he said. In the book, Sacks argues that there is no liberty without morality, and no freedom without responsibility.  Full interview, page 27

SURVIVOR INSPIRES WILL AND KATE’S WOMEN’S DAY POST The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have marked International Women’s Day by sharing stories of inspirational women they have met in the past year, including a Holocaust survivor. On the @kensingtonroyal Instagram account, the couple shared a montage of four photographs taken in the course of their duties. “To mark the day we are celebrating some of the remarkable and inspiring women we have met over the last year,” they said. One of the images, taken by Kate herself, was of 82-yearold Yvonne Bernstein, who is Jewish and was a hidden child in France during the Holocaust. “The Duchess photographed Yvonne Bernstein with her granddaughter Chloe earlier this year as part of the commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust,” the caption said. The photos included pictures taken during

The Rosenbergs in publicity for Brain Tumour Research’s Wear a Hat Day

Bereaved family in brain tumour drive A bereaved Jewish family from north London are fronting a national campaign for brain tumour research. The Rosenberg family from Willesden will appear in marketing for the charity Brain Tumour Research to promote Wear a Hat Day on 27 March. The campaign, launched for Brain Tumour Awareness Month, is in its 11th year and has raised over £1.25m. Ray Rosenberg, a lawyer originally from Manchester, died aged 48 in 2001 after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 1996. He had surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. His widow, Adrienne, said the loss

of her husband “had a huge impact on the whole family.” She added: “My youngest Jeremy was only 16 and in the middle of his exams. Our friends were shocked as well, as they didn’t all know the ins and outs of the disease.” Their son Ben, 41, said: “I was a 22-year-old student when my dad passed away. A hole blown through a happy family home, full of energy and joy. I’m not sure we ever recover from these kinds of tragedies but we learn to adapt.” In the UK, 16,000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year, according to Brain Tumour Research.




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members of my family were all flabbergasted and thrilled,” the IT consultant said on Thursday. “It was lovely to see my mum in a wedding dress, quite gorgeous, and I hadn’t realised that my late father wore a top hat at the wedding. I’m told that was the norm in those days.” Sassoon, an amateur photographer, was a family friend.

NEW SIDDUR FOR SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE The Spanish and Portuguese Sephardi Community is launching its first completely revised Shabbat prayer book for 120 years, writes Jonathan Shamir. The book will be launched at Lauderdale Road Synagogue, one of three Sephardi communal synagogues, on 22 March at 3pm. The prayer book includes a new translation in modern English, as well as detailed explanations of ancient Sephardi rituals in the UK. It will include texts that have never previously appeared in a Sephardi prayer book, including the Portuguese announcements of mitzvot around the Torah reading. It will be available in two different editions: a standard edition, and an enhanced edition containing the music and response of each song.

Naz Shah blasts Boris Labour’s Naz Shah has said Boris Johnson uses the issue of antisemitism to deflect from Islamophobia. She made the accusation as she called on the prime minister to give assurances to British Muslims that he is not an Islamophobe. The Bradford West MP said: “Could the prime minister without resorting to the

potentially divisive tit-for-tat deflection of a very serious issue which is antisemitism....” before asking him for an assurance that he takes the concern she mentioned seriously. Johnson replied that there was “absolutely no room for hatred or racism” in the Conservative Party, “I wish I could say the same of her [Shah’s] own party.”

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Iconic women / Angels off / News

Cemetery celebrates Jewish wonder women

Rosalind Franklin and Dorothy de Rothschild are both buried at Willesden Cemetery

Some of the most celebrated Jewish women of the last 200 years were honoured at Willesden Jewish Cemetery for International Women’s Day, writes Liza Cemel. The acclaimed scientist Rosalind Franklin, who was one of the first people to explore human DNA, is among notable figures laid to rest in the Grade II listed site on Beaconsfield Road, which opened in 1873. Franklin died in 1958, aged just 38, and is buried alongside Harriet Samuel (died 1908), founder

of the famous high street jewellery brand, suffragette Lily Delissa Joseph (died 1940), anti-slave trade campaigner Constance Lady Battersea (1931), philanthropist Dorothy de Rothschild (1988) and Eliza Davis (1931), one of the first gossip columnists and fashion writers. Curator and tour guide Hester Abrams, who leads the United Synagogue’s House of Life project who oversaw Sunday’s event, said: “At least half the burials at Willesden are of women, yet throughout his-

tory their works didn’t hit the headlines and they rarely got newspaper obituaries. “What we have been able to do in the House of Life Project at Willesden Cemetery, thanks to our investment from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, is to start making sense of this rich history and share it more widely with visitors.” A new visitor centre funded by a £1.7million National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund is due to open at the Victorian-era cemetery later in the year.

Iconic Angels moving A family-run costume shop that dressed A-listers for seven generations has been forced to move out of its West End location after 180 years amid “high rents and rates”. Angels Fancy Dress vacated its historic Shaftesbury Avenue location last week, and moved into its warehouse on Garrick Road in Hendon. A statement from the Jewish family business posted on Facebook revealed management will announce a new central London location “ASAP”. The West End institution was recognised by BAFTA in 2016 for its “outstanding contribution to British film”. The costume shop was established in central London in 1840 by Morris Angel, the son

of a German-born tailor who settled in Covent Garden in 1813. Since its founding, Angels Fancy Dress has dressed members of the Royal family and the likes of Laurence Olivier, Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep – and Beyonce. Over the years, its costumes appeared in more than 30 Academy Award winning films – such as Doctor Zhivago, Gladiators, Titanic and Moulin Rouge. Emma Angel, 45, who manages the costume house with her father, Tim, said: “We are being priced out of London because of high rents and rates. “People talk about the death of the high street, but while big stores are dying because of online retail, the rates and rents in London are still extremely expensive.”

‘OUTRAGE’ AT UNI EVENT CHARGE Bristol Students’ Union charged £500 in “outrageous” security costs for an event with the Israeli Ambassador, while charging nothing to safeguard a similar campus talk by his Palestinian counterpart. Sabrina Miller, president of the Bristol Middle East Forum, tweeted her dismay after being told Bristol Middle East Forum would need to cough up the cash to invite Mark Regev to speak on campus last month. She wrote: “Bristol SU

charge £489 if I invite in Mark Regev from the Israeli embassy but charge £0 for bringing in Dr Husam Zomlot from the Palestinain embassy. These outrageous security costs prevent certain speakers coming to UK campuses and show a complete, not even subtle bias.” She posted a letter on Twitter from the Bristol Students’ Union, which stated that the 24 February talk was “reviewed and escalated through our normal processes”.

It continues: “Due to the nature of the proposed speakers, approval is subject to… mandatory mitigations”. These include “a designated security presence… to ensure safety and manage any protest that materialises”. The letter adds: “Security services have quoted £489.24 to cover the cost of this service.” Miller posted a second letter regarding a request for Dr Husam Zomlot, the Palestinian representative in the UK, to speak on 9 March.

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Gantz: I won’t let PM bring us to civil war Israel’s opposition leader this week launched a blistering attack against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accusing him of stoking “civil war” in the country and vowing to remove him from power. Former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff Benny Gantz unleashed his fury on Netanyahu – who is currently indicted on three corruption charges – after receiving “credible” death threats against him, which prompted a huge increase in his personal security detail. Addressing the prime minister directly, Gantz said: “Netanyahu: the public atmosphere and the threats worry every national leader… The incitement is raging everywhere and you are silent. “I won’t allow you to sow fear. I won’t allow you to turn man against his brother. I won’t allow you to bring about modern Israel’s first civil war in return for a ticket out of your trial. Your regime has trampled all norms.” It follows a potentially significant intervention from one-time Netanyahu ally Avigdor Lieberman, who leads the right-wing secularist

Challenging: Gantz, Lieberman and Netanyahu

party Yisrael Beitenu, which won seven seats. Since April, Lieberman has been seen as “kingmaker” but has refused to join coalitions led by either Netanyahu or Gantz. However this week he finally threw his weight behind Gantz and proposed a new law limiting prime ministers to two terms. Such a law could potentially command a majority in Parliament and would be a further nail in Netanyahu’s political coffin, alongside a legal judgement due soon, which may rule it unconstitutional for a PM to con-

tinue serving under indictment. Following the latest national vote on 2 March, Netanyahu accused Gantz and Lieberman of trying to “steal the election”. On Sunday, Gantz said a man tried to assault him on Saturday night as he arrived at a speaking event. He also said he had received online threats from Netanyahu supporters. One called for Gantz to be murdered like premier Yitzhak Rabin. Another portrayed Gantz in an Arab headdress, echoing images that circulated of Rabin before he was killed.

Baby ‘stabbed to death’ A man from the Tel Aviv area is suspected of stabbing his 10-monthold daughter to death and seriously injuring her older sister and their mother before trying to kill himself. According to Israel Hayom, on Friday morning, police arrested the suspect, who was not named but is said to be aged 33. Paramedics who arrived at the couple’s apartment in the Hod Hasharon suburb found their daughter’s bloodied and lifeless body in the nursery. The older sister was conscious in the living room and suffering massive stab wounds and a life-threatening hemorrhaging that paramedics succeeded in stopping. Her condition is stable. The mother, 36, was stabbed in the

The baby’s older sister and mother were also seriously injured

neck. Paramedics found her lying in the family’s backyard. She is in critical condition. The suspect was in the flat when police and a medical team arrived. He had minor self-induced stab wounds on his neck, according to the report. The incident is one of Israel’s worst cases of domestic violence in recent years.

SCOTLAND MATCH IN DOUBT The Israeli Football Association is considering a request to delay its fixture with Scotland later this month, due to restrictions in wake of coronavirus, writes Jonathan Shamir. The organisation may approach UEFA, European football’s governing body, to ask for a postponement of its upcoming Euro 2020 play-off semifinal in Hampden Park, Glasgow on 26 March. All players would be required to attend a training camp in Israel ahead of the fixture.

This comes in the wake of restrictions announced by the Israeli Ministry of Health, stating that anybody arriving at Israel’s borders must go into quarantine for a fortnight. The announcement impacts the manager, Andreas Herzog, in his hometown of Vienna, meaning he will be able to join up with the squad just three days before the fixture. Some of Israel’s key players would also be impacted, including goalkeeper Ariel Harush and defender Eli Dasa.


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12 March 2020

World News / Virus alert

Cancellations and closures as outbreak escalates The impact of the coronavirus outbreak took its toll on Jewish communal events and study courses around the world this week, with countless cancellations and closures. On America’s east coast, Jewish colleges and universities closed their doors and a university basketball team had their hotel reservation cancelled after a student’s father tested positive, while Orthodox emergency service Hatzalah advised people not to go to shul, work or shops in Queens, NY. On the west coast, a major Jewish cultural conference scheduled for the end of March

Workers wearing protective suits disinfect a bus in Tel Aviv

was postponed after California’s governor issued a state of emergency. Jewish cultural centres cancelled classes and events. Although the Republican Jewish Coalition’s con-

ANOTHER MINSKY MOMENT As markets crashed over coronavirus fears this week, with US bond markets particularly hit, the name of the late Jewish economist Hyman Minsky began trending, as investors and analysts sought to understand the situation. Deutsche Bank issued a note warning that there could be a ‘Minsky moment’ for high-yield

ference in Las Vegas was still expected to go ahead this weekend, with Donald Trump as guest speaker, organisers of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference

American bonds, in a nod to Minsky’s theory on how markets can crash amid widespread panic following periods of investment. The US sub-prime collapse in 2008 is considered one such moment, as was the 1998 Russian financial crisis, which is where ‘Minsky Moments’ first got their name. Minsky, who died in 1996, argued that bankers, traders and other financiers periodically played the role of arsonist by setting

last week sent an email out to attendees alerting them to diagnoses. The Conference of European Rabbis urged worshippers not to kiss Torah scrolls, mezuzahs or each other, and advised against shaking hands. In Italy, the Jewish community in Lombardy entered lockdown, while schools in Rome were closed and Purim events cancelled. In Athens, an Israeli diplomat was diagnosed with coronavirus, while a woman, 40, who recently returned from touring the holy sites in Israel was in isolation, suspected of having contracted the virus.

the entire economy ablaze. A ‘Minsky moment’ is a sudden, major collapse of asset values marking the end of a growth cycle in credit markets or business activity. Minsky said: “As recovery approaches full employment… soothsayers will proclaim the business cycle has been banished [and] debts can be taken on… But in truth neither the boom nor the debt inflation… and certainly not a recovery can go on forever.”


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The Anti-Defamation League has criticised President Trump’s favourite news channel for broadcasting an antisemitic comment in relation to Democratic presidential hopeful and ex-New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Fox News anchor Raymond Arroyo described Bloomberg as a ‘puppet master’.

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Everything is up in the droplet-laden air When news broke on Monday evening that Israel would be quarantining all visitors for 14 days, it was as if an asteroid had smashed into Golders Green. Pesach is fast approaching. Hundreds are booked onto flights and into hotels. Thousands of families are planning to spend their holidays together. Or they were. The virus has thrown everything up in the droplet-laden air. Few planning to go to Israel will do so if they have to stay isolated in a room for a fortnight upon arrival – few even go for that long in the first place. Cue a flood of frenzied refund requests and desperate flight rescheduling. Travel agents here feel the Israelis are doing themselves a disservice by shutting the gates, but the Israelis don’t see it like that. Public health is priority number one, two and three in a tiny state with an already-creaking healthcare infrastructure. But this announcement didn’t come from nowhere. Two days before, it was clear that the coronavirus had already taken its toll when Israeli flag carrier El Al said it was laying off 1,000 permanent and temporary staff in the coming days due to a “significant drop in passenger demand”. The cull, representing a staggering one sixth of the airline’s staff, is accompanied by a significant 20 percent salary cut for directors, who said revenues were expected to drop by up to £50million between January and April. In short, the situation was bad anyway. Yet all this goes far beyond pounds and shekels and holiday plans. A British Jewish man due to make aliyah this month now has his life on-hold, while an Orthodox couple from Stamford Hill had to cancel their wedding in Israel. Likewise, the yeshivas in Israel all closed this week, four weeks early, meaning hundreds of Jewish boys from places like London and Manchester were left fighting for seats on flights from Ben-Gurion to Blighty. Some won’t manage to get home. It’s a mess. One well-known Jewish travel agent called it “a total disaster”. But he also reminded us that “the weather changes.” In the interim, let’s knuckle down and ride out the storm. Anyone got any toilet paper?

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Kiddish poses virus risk I was very happy to see that my local synagogue has taken the coronavirus outbreak seriously, placing posters everywhere about the importance of hand washing and even providing hand sanitisers in communal areas. I was also pleased to hear the rabbi and wardens reminding people not to shake hands, not to kiss Torah scrolls or siddurim, or mezuzot, as per the United Synagogue guidelines released last week and reported on your front page. So you can only imagine my shock, having received all this prudent advice, when having

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gone through the rigmarole of avoiding touching others and cleaning our hands, that we were all expected to just plough in to the communal Kiddush and share crisps and bridge rolls and pastries. In short, we were meant to use our hands and hope for the best that someone else hadn’t touched the food before us – or indeed that they didn’t have the infection. Where is the sense? Surely most synagogues agree this is not the way forward to protect members. Emma Elias By email

THIS YEAR’S SEDER NIGHTS WILL BE TRULY DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS There has been much publicity about the fact that visitors to Israel will now be subjected to a two week quarantine on arrival, in order to make sure they are not carrying coronavirus. This will clearly affect family visits to Israel over Pesach. But similarly Israelis cannot visit their families here, since they too will be quarantined on

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WHAT AN INSPIRING LOT! I was inspired by your Eighteen Under 18 countdown (Jewish News, 27 February 2020). Jewish youth in London, their achievements, their leadership and their creativity are a perfect example for the next generations and for the Jewish communities as a whole. The best part is that it is all done for a meaningful purpose. Each one of them is determined about their goals, values and ideals. Each of them knows their strong side and uses it in order to enhance the chesed flowing around the community and to preserve the core principles of Judaism. Be it climate change, social work, com-

munity leadership or fighting antisemitism, sport, art, or fundraising, all these kids have underlined different parts of a greater whole. There were two young women who particularly inspired me: Elisheva Landau-Pope and Amanda Mond. Everyone has a story; we may not know the full story, but kindness and appreciation matters. That’s why I think that they have a strength that can widely motivate others to never give up and to always work for the better. Well done to all!

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Teens truly an example How inspirational it was to read your Eighteen Under 18 feature (27 February). It sometimes feels as though the ‘me generation’ will only ever be interested in themselves, or whatever their friends share on social media. So it was really heartwarming to find that young people in our community are campaigning so brilliantly for charity, working hard at making music and developing their ability to connect with

other young people in leadership roles. It’s particularly good to see teens engaging other young Jews. In the 1980s, when I was a teenager, we had a tiny fraction of the distractions today’s youngsters have to contend with. So, mazeltov to these young people, and to Jewish News for showcasing them so superbly.

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How I’m getting through my self-isolation in Italy REBECCA STEIN


y name is Rebecca Stein and I’m in my third year at The University of Leeds, studying Spanish and Italian. I’m currently on my year out, as part of my Erasmus year, and have been in Padua (or Padova, in Italian), northern Italy, since September. As a former JFS student and having spent two years at a university renowned for its large Jewish community, it has been interesting being a Reform Jew in Italy, where I have not met any other Jewish students. During Purim, I would normally spend time with my family, dressing up. But these are not normal times and we are in lockdown. It has been an intriguing experience comparing the reality of our life in Padova with how we are seeing it portrayed in the British media. In Padova, our daily life during the

lockdown has changed fairly minimally. Late on Saturday evening, the news of a potential lockdown in 14 regions of northern Italy reached us, just hours before the final train from the red zones – areas placed under quarantine – left to the south of the country. In a fluster, we deliberated about what would be the best response to take, with two of our German housemates deciding to pack up their lives into suitcases and flee in an attempt to make it home before the impending lockdown. The following morning, we awoke to see that, despite the chaotic news the evening before, flights and trains seemed to be continuing as normal. This left us confused and frustrated, unaware of exactly what lockdown entailed. The first thing we decided to do was head to our local supermarket after seeing news that many were stockpiling products. To our surprise, we were greeted by the sight of a fully stocked supermarket. Granted, the supermarket was slightly busier than usual, with staff enforcing the one-metre rule

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AS THE DAYS GO BY, WE HAVE BEGUN TO RELAX INTO THE SITUATION WE’RE IN between individuals when queuing. As the day went on and the sun came out, we decided to wander into an open square close to our home. There, we sat for an afternoon spritz among many other natives, celebrating International Women’s Day – another normal day in the city we have come to love. As the days have gone on, we have begun to relax into the situation and started our university lectures that have been temporarily uploaded online. However, I, along with fellow students from the UK, was surprised to receive

Rebecca (left) with a friend in Italy

many messages and phone calls from home asking if we are able to leave the house or even reach a supermarket to get food. For us, this situation had never crossed our minds, so we were confused about what others had been hearing in the media. In light of our first-hand experience of the situation, we prefer to refer to the red zone as a safety zone. This is a term we all feel is more appropriate to describe the current situation. We all certainly feel safe in this area, especially because, to our knowledge, the city of Padova has no reported cases. Despite concern from universities, family and friends, we have all decided to remain here together as we are hopeful that the situation will improve soon, as a result of the travel restrictions. We view the recent implementations as a positive attempt to contain the virus. We hope it does not cause panic or stress among the British public. Our biggest concern was that, after hours of searching, we were unable to find any hamantashen in our quaint Italian city.

12 March 2020 Jewish News



Introverts free to lose their masks for Purim FRANCESCA SPECTER FOUNDER, ALONEMENT.COM


hen it comes to Jewish festivals, there are two types of people. The first camp, who look forward to attending a jam-packed party, dressed up in the most garish possible costume, and catching up with friends and family. Then there’s the other type, who would rather shrink from these occasions and self-isolate – a course of action which has something of a zeitgeist in the current coronavirus epidemic. While Judaism is a religion centred on extroverted personality types, many of us fall into the group of the more socially-reserved. It’s predicted that a third of the general population identify as introverts, which would make you more likely to be energised by time alone than the large-scale gatherings that tend to accompany Jewish festivals. During Purim, introverts might also feel some empathy with the idea of wearing a mask









or disguise, a motif the festival centres on, as Esther was compelled to hide her Jewish identity for half a decade during her marriage to King Ahasuerus. Just as Esther was forced to hide her Jewishness, introverts often feel compelled to disguise their solitude-loving natures and muddle through, whether that’s a Purim party, a family simcha or the four-hour Pesach seder we look forward to next month. Such occasions can prove taxing to the introvert. Yet we have to remember that, while Judaism does offer many occasions for the extrovert, it equally values moments of quiet introspection – such as the mikvah, the silent Amidah prayer or High Holy Days. There are also powerful examples of introverted leaders in the Torah. In her book Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking, Susan Cain describes Moses as an introvert, referencing his love of spending time alone as a shepherd, and the description of him in Exodus 4:10 as “not a man of words”. In her TED Talk on the topic, she talks about her introverted grandfather, a rabbi, whose congregation benefited from his











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than to wear a mask to fit in. For some reason, meeting new people and developing a quick intimacy feels natural; retreating into my own mind is something I am not used to. This all changed when I started my lifestyle platform, Alonement, a website and upcoming podcast about the joy of being alone. It began with a personal challenge to learn to take time for myself, alone – something I’d never been able to withstand even an hour of before. During the past year, writing about alonement – a word I coined to describe the joy of being alone – I finally understood what introverts had been saying all along. Time spent alone, whoever you are, is energising, regenerative and allows you to meet your own needs first so you can better serve those of others. On Friday my Alonement podcast launches. It’s a series of interviews with everyone from philosopher Alain de Botton to BBC Radio London presenter Jo Good, all about the value of spending time alone and why it matters. So whatever your personality, I hope you tune in. And in the meantime, make sure you take some alonement time.


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Disinfect yourself from all this political lunacy JENNI FRAZER


t’s often said that we get the leaders we deserve, which leads me to wonder about the Americans and their current president, who seems incapable of not making every issue all about him and his deep sense of fabulousness. Trump’s latest pronouncements on the coronavirus and how it is being dealt with in the States – in front of a group of doctors – had me gasping. How the doctors didn’t turn on him and wrestle him to the floor is astonishing. Meanwhile, Trump continues to come out with inanities such as “the tests [for coronavirus] are there, and they’re beautiful”. Quite how virus tests can be beautiful was never explained, but, you know, that’s Trump for you. Let’s move on to one of Trump’s predecessors, Bill Clinton, a man whose political judgement was streets ahead of Trump

in his day. But it’s distressing to report – and I’m writing this on International Women’s Day – that Clinton has finally opened up about his affair with Monica Lewinsky and said it was “to help manage my anxieties”. This, of course, is how one should always apologise for being the most powerful man in the world and ruining the life of a 22-year-old woman, is it not? I’m skating over recent contributions from 10 Downing Street and the inexplicable support for Priti Patel, the home secretary, whose alleged bullying caused a senior civil servant to resign last week – mainly because Boris Johnson’s government is showing worrying signs of making the Labour Party look good. But this week’s palm for sheer, classic, out-of-the-box lunacy, must go to Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, whom we ought to call Prime-Minister-For-The-Time-Being, after a third election failed to bring any sense of clarity to the body politic. Mr Netanyahu, who, lest we forget, is


facing a court appearance for corruption charges in under two weeks’ time – and who himself once said that politicians who were indicted should resign (except when it applied to him) – is fighting a down-anddirty war in an effort to retain his iron grip on government. Leave aside his suggestions that Arab votes – for the Joint List – did not count and that such votes were the province of terrorists. And leave aside his personal attacks on his opponent, Benny Gantz, and Gantz’s family.

No, this time Bibi has outdone himself with an announcement, contained in an official government press release, about how he was going to tackle coronavirus. It’s worth quoting in full: “It must be understood that the pandemic is not affecting children or young people, thank God, there has not been one instance that we know of. We must disinfect public installations. This virus is sensitive to bleach and we must act in an orderly way to disinfect railway stations, bus stations, etc. “To this end, over the vacation period, which may be extended, I will mobilise young people, both in schools and in youth movements, to help with the disinfection.” I can just see the mothers of Israel allowing this to happen. Not. But perhaps Bibi and Sarale can lead by example, and send Clown Prince Yair (no, that is not a typo) to start the bleaching process. No? I know was Purim this week, but there are some things you just can’t make up.

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Community / Scene & Be Seen


Cheder teachers from East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue performed a Purim spiel about Queen Esther written by the group’s headteacher Jonathan Young to an audience of more than 130 congregants. The play was followed by a parade of children in fancy dress, with a panel of judges nominating the best costumes across three age groups, and hamantashen were served to congregants. Synagogue chair Stewart Spivack, who was one of the judges, praised the children, saying they “worked so hard on their costumes”. He added: “It has been a truly wonderful occasion.”

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The parents of a sixmonth-old baby in Borehamwood were delighted by her Purim costume inspired by Starbucks’ babyccinos, a coffee-free drink consisting of extra frothy milk for toddlers. Nelly Eder’s outfit was handmade for Purim by her mum, Hope. Her father told Jewish News: “With all of the darkness in the world at the moment, I thought I would share some light.”


Fun, laughter and lots of noise spilled out of Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue during the community’s Purim celebrations. Children and adults joined the synagogue’s Shushan Circus and enjoyed food and each other’s company. Also on the programme was an “animated” Megillah reading, followed by cocktails and canapes for congregants. The shul praised “fantastic costumes worn by members and, as always, the rabbis” including clowns and ring masters. Pictured are members dressed as clowns and a lion tamer.



Children at the Tracy Lewis Childcare nursery in Hendon, which is based in the Ner Yisrael Community Centre, brought in food and snacks, including juice cartons, raisins and crisps, to donate to the charity GIFT ahead of Purim. GIFT delivers food packages to families, including mishloach manot during the festival.





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Scene & Be Seen / Community



Photo by Leivi Saltman

Over 75 people came out for Aish UK’s Coachellainspired Purim party at the home of Rabbi Shmuel Kott. The evening began with a Megillah reading led by Rabbi Shimshon Silkin, followed by music, food and festival fun.


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Three hundred professionals attended Young UJIA’s Purim party at Forge in the City of London. They were entertained by DJ Dan Kraines, saxophonist Adam Holloway and a fire breather. The event raised more than £8,000 for UJIA projects in Israel and the UK.



Over 700 children from Yavneh Primary, Nancy Reuben Primary, Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary and Kerem School showed their best moves, raising funds for Jewish Care in zumba sessions led by a teacher from Dancing with Louise. Popular costumes ranged from Ella’s character in the Disney animation Frozen to superheroes, firefighters and police officers.

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Felicity Miller, a New West End synagogue member whose Hebrew birthday falls on Purim, was given a book about the festival during special ‘batmitzvah’ celebrations. The community made a kiddush and thanked Miller, who is turning 48 this year and whose birthday falls on 29 February. A kiddush was made and Felicity gave a D’var Torah. Each year, Miller produces a Purim Spiel, known to the community as the Purim Jewsical, which is performed with members of the New West End and Central Synagogues. Rabbi Moshe Freedman said: “We wish Felicity, her husband Frank, children Alex, Ben and Josh and her father Trevor Toube mazeltov on this lovely occasion.”


The CEO of HSBC Private Bank, Charles Boulton, hosted an event at the Hotel Café Royal attended by close to 200 guests, including the Board of Deputies president and guest speaker for the evening, Marie van der Zyl. “To me it feels fitting that the festival of Purim is the setting for this

event – a celebration of what the Jewish community is really about,” said van der Zyl, who is pictured with Boulton and the chair of the bank’s Jewish network Rosa Shaul. “An occasion where we can mark our contributions to society and other communities. An occasion where, as opposed to hiding our Jewish identities, we gather to celebrate them proudly and collectively.”


More than 250 people – including Norwood service users, staff and volunteers – stepped out in their wackiest costumes in time for Purim. Residents won the evening’s fancy dress competition at The Hive in Barnet. The evening featured a set from DJ Henry and hamantaschen. The charity held a Purim party and parade for newborns and toddlers at the Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon. Pictured is Norwood’s new chair of fundraising, Rachael Davis-Stollar, with daughter Allegra, and Norwood’s chief executive Beverley Jacobson and her daughter Talya dressed as a banana.


Children dressed as dinosaurs, superheroes and their favourite film characters celebrated Purim in style and sampled hamantaschen at the JW3. The programme included a bouncy castle, street dancing, drama class and other activities.


Volunteers at the Jewish Deaf Association’s signing cafe celebrated by dressing up in animal costumes, pictured. The charity held another Purim party inspired by the roaring 1920s featuring Israeli dancing.


A crowd of gorillas, zebra, lions, hunters and bananas, joined dancers and chieftains for the West Hampstead Chabad Africa Purim Masquerade, at the Jakata Club, off Carnaby Street. A Megillah reading was followed by lavish cuisine from Habibas Deli, and was enhanced by an open bar, live music and a magician-mindreader, who confused the difference between left and right as well as Haman and Mordechai.

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Book / Weekend

‘Selfishness will not protect us from coronavirus’ Francine Wolfisz meets Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks to discuss his new book, Morality


t’s a sobering thought, but has society reached a point where we no longer help each other? Think of Brexit, when disagreements brought Parliament to a standstill, of our disquieting ease at publicly shaming people on social media or, more recently, panic buying caused by coronavirus fears, with little regard for ensuring there will be enough food left for the vulnerable. It’s enough for Lord Sacks to conclude we may have “hit a crisis moment” – but now is the perfect time for change. The former Chief Rabbi dissects the issue in greater detail in his latest book, Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times, which is published today (Thursday). At its core, the much-respected 72-year-old argues “we have moved very largely from a ‘we’ society to an ‘I’ society”. Sitting opposite Lord Sacks in his comfortable northwest London home, the award-winning author reveals how we came to a point that he now describes as “the cultural equivalent of climate change”. He explains: “There have been three successive waves of causation. Number one was the social revolution in the 1960s and was about whatever works for you. Number two was the economic revolution of the 1980s, when greed was good and self-interest fuelled the economy, and number three, the latest wave, is the technological revolution, which has put the focus on the self through social media. “So, we’ve been very good on individualism, but much less good on collective responsibility. It’s all been wonderfully liberating, but at the same time we are now beginning to count the costs.” At the time of writing his book, coronavirus wasn’t even worthy of a mention in a footnote, but recent headlines of people attempting to escape from quarantine or getting into physical fights over toilet paper somehow seem acutely pertinent. Sacks appears contemplative as he nods his head in agreement. “We have the example of Alla Ilyina, a Russian woman who escaped from quarantine and posted her story on Instagram saying, ‘I have a right to my freedom’, but freedom is collective, not individual. If we purchase our freedom at the cost of someone else’s, the result is not freedom. “So I think coronavirus is going to test our capacity to work for the benefit of others. “This situation of putting up with personal inconveniences for the sake of public safety is going to challenge and force us to realise that selfishness is not going to protect us. “We have to work for the good of the whole if we’re to prevent this becoming an epidemic.” In other examples of where individuals focus on themselves, rather than others, Sacks refers in his book to the rise of egoism and how “politics has become about personalities instead of about policies”. A later chapter focuses on how social media has allowed people to publicly shame one another without even being in their presence – and, impor-

tantly, see the impact of their words. “Not being in someone’s presence actually allows you to be much nastier than you would be in their presence,” he concludes. “When you’re there face to face, you realise you’re in the presence of another living, breathing human being with feelings and vulnerabilities and that automatically limits your behaviour. You don’t even have to exercise willpower, as we are hardwired to limit aggression in our speech and our body language. That’s what’s called civility. “Electronic media gets rid of all that, so you don’t get to see the other person flinch or cry. When it becomes viral, you get this sort of ‘cancel ‘culture, where somebody actually becomes a non-person. It’s a new low in public incivility.” Focusing on one’s own needs isn’t just selfish – it can also lead to loneliness, warns Sacks in another of the book’s chapters, although he acknowledges that “religions do community pretty well – and I think we do it as well as anyone – if not better”. He tells me: “An awful lot of people in Britain are living alone, and we know that loneliness can be as dangerous to health as obesity or smoking 15 cigarettes a day. “I think it’s really an indictment of our society that so many people are living alone, but that’s sadly what happens when for 50 years you look down on the institution of marriage. It’s also what happens when you fail to value the extended family or the local community. “There’s this little village in Sardinia where there are more centenarians than anywhere else in the world. Why? Because they are never alone and the best way of growing old well is to live in a culture where old age is valued. But, sadly, today that’s not always the case.” Morality is not, however, just a disheartening indictment on society – there is hope ahead, if we just refocus on our collective responsibility, argues Sacks. “I don’t want this book to be prescriptive,” he says, “but we should all be taking a moment to stop and see the totality of what has been missing. Let’s re-engage with the ‘we’, not just the ‘I’. “You hope that some people will read this book and say that’s right, and will work for a charity, join a congregation or go into politics to serve, rather than have people serve them. “All you need to do is change some minds and you begin to change your generation.”  Morality: Restoring The Common Good in Divided Times by Jonathan Sacks is published by Hodder, priced £20 (hardback). Available now Photo by Blake Ezra

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Weekend / Entertainment

Worth a Mensch-ion

Daniel Radcliffe has opened up about his relationship to fame and the “frightening” period filming the final Harry Potter movies. The 30-year-old Jewish actor sat down with LBC’s James O’Brien on Tuesday to discuss his new film, the apartheid-era thriller Escape From Pretoria, currently in cinemas. Radcliffe, who shot to fame after being cast as Harry Potter aged 11, admitted that he felt “lonely” towards the end of the franchise. “I was coming to the end of something massive and I had no idea how my life was going to go after that. I think that was probably really frightening for me at that point,” he said. Among those advising him was the “hugely influential” actor Gary Oldman, who plays Harry’s enigmatic godfather in the films, Sirius Black. Oldman was “one of the few people that talked to me about the position I was going to be in”. But Radcliffe, who has since appeared on stage and onscreen, managed to stay “OK and relatively sane ... and healthy”, a feat he chalks up to “a lot of luck.”

ON THE WEB The Holocaust Explained The Wiener Holocaust Library has relaunched a website dedicated to exploring the Shoah aimed at all age groups. The Holocaust Explained receives more than a million page views a year and users from across 140 countries. Now, thanks to the revamp, the website features video testimonies from Holocaust survivors, as well as new interactive features and additional multimedia content, including photos, documents and diagrams. Project co-ordinator Roxzann Baker said: “We are thrilled to be relaunching The Holocaust Explained. The Holocaust is one of the darkest chapters of human history and having an engaging resource that delicately explores this topic in a reliable and accessible way for children is essential.”

FOOD Get a pizza this! Singer songwriter Jessie Ware has created a pizza with a Jewish twist, as part of a charity collaboration with Yard Sale Pizza to raise money for Nightingale Hammerson. The Mercury and Brit award nominee came up with the Friday Night Full House, which features beef brisket, potato latkes, and fresh dill pickles and is inspired by the ‘Jewish-ish’ chapter in her upcoming cookbook, Table Manners, The Cookbook, co-written with her mum, Lennie. In a statement, Yard Sale Pizza said: “Jessie has been hard at work in the kitchen with our co-founder Nick to create an absolute showstopper of a pizza.” A special edition T-shirt designed by Patrick Schmidt will also be on sale. For every T-shirt and pizza sold, £1 will be donated to Nightingale Hammerson, of which Jessie is a patron. The pizza, which is not kosher, is available until 30 March in all Yard Sale Pizza stores across London.

COMEDY The Story of Walter and Herbert Award-winning comedian Joe Bor retells the story of friendship between his granfather – the world-renowned town planner Walter Bor – and his grandad’s best friend – worldrenowned actor Herbert Lom – and their escape from Nazi-occupied Europe. Using personal accounts, family photos, interviews and humorous letters between the two, Joe reveals Walter and Herbert’s perilous journey from Czechoslovakia to starting new lives in the UK. While Walter went on to be awarded a CBE, Herbert became a film star. His significant credits include The Ladykillers, The Return of the Pink Panther and Spartacus. The Story of Walter and Herbert is at ArtsDepot, Finchley, on Saturday 14 March at 7.30pm,, and Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead, on Sunday 22 March, 7.30pm,


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film, which is a contemporary adaptation of French author Romain Gary’s 1975 novel The Life Before Us. Now 85, the Italian-born Oscar winner is one of the last surviving stars of the ‘golden age of Hollywood’. She said: “In my career, I’ve worked with the biggest studios, but I can safely say that none have had the breadth of reach and the cultural diversity of Netflix, and that’s what I love about them.”


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Travel / Weekend

You’ll be Sölden here! Austria’s premier ski resort in Tyrol has at least as much to offer in the summer months, writes Alex Galbinski


f you’re thinking about where to go for your summer holiday, you may want to put a stay in Sölden at the top of your list. The Alpine resort in the Ötztal Valley, in the Austrian state of Tyrol, is known as a top ski resort, but it’s also definitely worth a visit in the warmer months. Flying into Innsbruck on our first mountain holiday with our childen, aged 12 and nine, we found ourselves marvelling at the spectacular views while still on the tarmac. It was a 40-minute taxi ride to our hotel: Das Central – the only five-star hotel in the area – whose tagline is ‘Alpine. Luxury. Life’. It was luxurious, but without being stuffy. The hotel, the biggest in Sölden and known for its strong food and wine philosophy, has 125 individually decorated rooms and suites.

We had a spacious deluxe family suite set over two floors, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a living room. We felt very at home – not that we were in it much, for there was plenty to do before relaxing in the hotel’s swimming pool and its 10 saunas and steam rooms. The staff were attentive, but unobtrusive. The hotel general manager, Angelika Falkner, took the time to introduce herself to each table at dinner, which was a lovely touch. Speaking of food, we mostly dined in the Feinspitz, which offers a nightly five-course gourmet menu, starting with seasonal salads. The attention to detail was remarkable and the choices seemed endless; alongside the meats, there were vegetarian and local fish options each night.

Top: Sölden’s only five-star hotel, Das Central, and, above, its Ötzaler Stube restaurant

Above: The spectacular Ötztal Valley and, inset, Alex and family

With such variety and exquisite plating, our children generally eschewed the kids’ menu. Each night, they declared: “This is the best dessert ever!” – until the next. Away from the eating, this was also an active break. Area 47 – named because of its longitude position – is the largest outdoor adventure park in Austria. A half-hour drive away (and with discounted tickets for hotel guests, and cabins you can stay in), it is perfect for thrill seekers. There are 35 sports to practise, Europe’s only deep-water solo climbing wall with a water landing, as well as Austria’s highest diving platform at 27.5 metres. You can rent motorbikes, paraglide, abseil, swim, canyon, tour caves and race in an indoor track and much, much more. Our kids spent a morning at the water area, where the oldest headed straight for the blob (a huge airbag that launches you into the water) and the vertiginous waterslide. After lunch, we did a rafting tour with another family. All the kids loved jumping into the water, safely overseen by our guide. The next day, we took the cable car up the mountain to the Mittelstation and then followed the map through to the Marendzeit for some truly stunning views. After a fortifying lunch at the Gampe Thaya inn (where our kids discovered they like goats’ cheese!), we hiked down the forest trail, where the only sounds were the cowbells and the river. Dinner was at the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, the 2-Toque Ötzaler Stube. The rustic cabin-style dining room is the oldest part of the hotel and has a warm, intimate ambience. The food is forward-thinking and typically local. Among other exotic morsels – again, all beautifully plated – we savoured arctic char and turbot, although special mention has to go to the smorgasbord of dessert: a wooden platter that included a sweetie dispenser, blueberry cake, white chocolate praline with raspberry, elderflower with sorrel jelly and playing cards made of white chocolate. A month’s calories in five minutes! Another spectacular meal was had at ice Q, the Das Central-owned gourmet restaurant that doubled up as the Hoffler

Klinik in the James Bond film Spectre. At the top of the Gaislachkogl Mountain, 3,000 metres above sea level and reached by two cable cars, we watched the clouds obscure the alpine peaks only to reveal them again in all their glory five minutes later. My husband might have pretended to be a spy while enjoying his strudel. The 007 Elements cinematic installation is a must for Bond fans, taking the visitor on a journey through nine galleries spanning the history of the films and brand, with a behind-the-scenes look at Spectre’s mountain chase sequence. The lure of the scenery necessitated a guided hike (free for Das Central guests). Wolfgang Santer, a nature park guide, taught us about the different leaves and trees, and made the trip more fun. We followed the Mooser Steg water trail, and lay in wooden hammocks, ate wild strawberries and learned about historic irrigation techniques. But there was more food, this time cooked by yours truly in a fondue, in the Das Central wine cellar: with more than 30,000 bottles, it’s the largest in the country. We couldn’t leave Bike Republic Sölden without a ride. Roland Falkner of RideOn bike school took us to Längenfeld (home to the Aqua Dome, one of Europe’s largest thermal spas) along the stunning Ötztal Cycle Trail, which, thankfully, was mostly gentle. There’s a synaogogue in Innsbruck, the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde für Tirol und Vorarlberg, dedicated in 1993 and built on the site of the shul destroyed during Kristallnacht. It was a wonderfully active holiday, one we all loved and which the returning guests clearly did as well.

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Weekend / Food & Drink


uck used to be a big thing in Jewish households, but it went out of style around the turn of the last century. It’s such a decadent meat that you may think it’s not kosher, but it is. With crisp-skinned breasts served on a bed of fresh citrus, rocket and endive, all drizzled with a lovely dressing, it may become a new Friday-night favourite.



1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. 2. Score the skin and fat on the duck breasts in a crisscross motion without cutting into the actual flesh. Season with salt and pepper. Place the duck breasts, skin-side down, in a large, cold ovenproof frying pan, preferably cast-iron. Turn the burner on to medium heat and cook the breasts for 6–8 minutes, or until the skin is crisp and golden and most of the fat is rendered off. Pour off the fat and place the pan, with the duck breasts skin-side up, in the preheated oven for another 6–10 minutes. The meat should be pink and tender in the centre. Remove the duck from the pan and rest on the counter, tented with foil. 3. Zest the orange and set the zest aside. Peel the orange, then cut in half and thinly slice. 4. To make the dressing, heat the honey in a small saucepan over medium heat until it just starts to caramelise (watch it closely so that it doesn’t burn). Remove from the heat, add the shallots, vinegar, marmalade and orange zest, and return to low heat. Stir to combine. Remove from the heat, whisk in the olive oil, season to taste and set aside. 5. Slice the bottom ½ inch off of each Belgian endive and discard, leaving the remaining leaves whole. 6. Arrange the rocket, endive and sliced oranges on a large platter. Drizzle on some dressing. Slice the duck breasts and fan the pieces over the salad. Sprinkle with almonds and cilantro, and drizzle with more dressing before serving.


INGREDIENTS 2–3 large boneless, skin-on duck breasts (3 lb, or 1.4kg total) Kosher salt and pepper to taste 1 large seedless navel orange 1 tbsp honey 2 shallots, finely chopped 6 tbsp red wine vinegar 2 tbsp orange marmalade ½ cup olive oil 3 heads Belgian endive 6 cups rocket ½ cup slivered almonds, lightly toasted 2 tbsp coriander, roughly chopped Excerpted from Kosher Style: Over 100 Jewish Recipes for the Modern Cook by Amy Rosen, published by Appetite by Random House, priced £25 (hardback). Available now

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SEDRA Ki Tissa BY RABBI JONNY ROODYN One of my favourite exhibits in the British Museum is a small coin in room 68. This is a permanent exhibition detailing the history of money from the days it replaced barter until today’s cashless society. Tucked away in the back corner is a half shekel dating back to the year 69CE, a year before the destruction of the Temple. This silver coin was discovered on the Temple Mount and the exhibition correctly labels it as a half shekel that was collected as part of the annual tax for the Beit Hamikdash. Our sedra opens with the mitzvah to contribute a half shekel and then proceeds to tell us that each shekel weighs 20 gerah. The symbolism of these two pieces of information is subtle, yet significant. One idea behind contributing a half shekel is that none of us are complete by ourselves – we live in a world where we need each other. On the other hand, each half shekel weighs 10 gerah. Ten is always seen as the number of completion, for example we have 10 plagues,

10 commandments, 10 men in a minyan and the list goes on. The significance behind both these measurements is that they need to coexist within us simultaneously. We need to achieve our potential, reach our own personal “10 out of 10”. But at the same time, we can never lose sight of the fact that we are not islands unto ourselves. This sense of individual perfection can take on epic dimensions if we see ourselves as only being half shekels, part of a far greater whole. Judaism places great emphasis on both aspects, perhaps best summed up by Hillel in Pirkei Avot: “If I am not for myself then who will be for me, but if I am only for myself then who am I?” He concludes by telling us not to just wait around and expect this to happen by itself, but rather to ask: “If not now, when?”

 Rabbi Jonny Roodyn is education director of Jewish Futures and serves Finchley Federation Synagogue

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BY RABBI ALEX CHAPPER Just like the sides of a cube, the physical world is represented by the number six, having been created in that number of days. In the biblical account, God then rested on the seventh day, blessed it and made it holy and so the number seven is synonymous with spirituality and holiness. As the seventh multiple or square of seven, the number 49 symbolises the highest level of spiritual attainment possible for humans. According to the Gemara, 50 gates or levels of understanding were created in the world, and all were given to Moses except one, as it says: “You have made him little less than divine” (Psalms 8:6). Moses, our greatest leader, reached the highest level that is humanly possible with the final step being in the divine gift. Almost in complete contrast, the Zohar recounts that the children of

Israel reached the 49th level of spiritual impurity in Egypt. They sank so low that God had to miraculously rescue them before they descended to the 50th level and almost certain spiritual oblivion. However, what is truly remarkable is that, a mere 49 days after the Exodus from Egypt, the people stood at the foot of Mount Sinai and

experienced the Revelation of God. The Ohr HaChaim explains that the standard period of spiritual purification is seven days and, at that time, the people underwent seven cycles of this process that resulted in a national transformation from lowly slaves to a lofty status described by God as “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. This was not just a historical occurrence, but one that is recreated every year as we count 49 days between Pesach and Shavuot, known as counting the Omer. This is an opportunity for us, having celebrated physical liberation to prepare ourselves for spiritual attainment.  Rabbi Alex Chapper serves Elstree & Borehamwood Synagogue and is the Children’s Rabbi,

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The Bible Says What? ‘Men must not hear women sing ’ BY RABBI AARON GOLDSTEIN “On that day, Devorah sang and Barak son of Avinoam…” (Judges 5:1) I’ve visited a number of primary schools this month and a recurrent question is the separation of women and men in Orthodox shuls and what we might called “gendered roles”. One of the most bizarre prohibitions discussed regards women not being heard singing by men. As described on an Orthodox website: “The singing voice of a woman is considered sensual and possibly stimulating to males. It is therefore forbidden for a man to hear a woman other than his immediate family sing and it is prohibited to pray or study Torah in that environment.” In our Bible, Devorah the prophet is an inspiration to women. She is a courageous leader. A judge of Israel, she bound her community through struggles for a symbolically vital 40 years. Through it all, she has a reputation for fairness and justice

(Judges 4:1 - 5:31). When the people of Israel are being oppressed by the king of Canaan, Devorah “summons” Barak, the army commander, and tells him God has commanded him to muster 10,000 troops and go into battle. He only agrees if she will go with him. When introducing Devorah’s subsequent song of victory, it seems clear a (male) addition has been made, Barak’s name being added. Why, added? Because the verb in Hebrew is feminine singular – she, Devorah sang. From ancient times through millennia, men have sought to silence and hide women. But Devorah’s presence and voice in the Tanach cuts through the halachic apologetics that men cannot control themselves, so women should be silenced, hidden behind a mechitza and barred from Torah.

◆ Rabbi Aaron Goldstein is senior rabbi at Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue

Progressively Speaking How should we respond to coronavirus? BY RABBI LAURA JANNER-KLAUSNER It is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Even in our modern age of medical miracles, a disease such as coronavirus is a significant cause for concern. What does our tradition have for us to learn about dealing with it? The first is a lesson not to learn. In the Torah, many plagues are seen as direct punishment for wrongdoing. One example is the leprosylike tzaraat supposed to be caused by lashon hara, or evil words. There are some who will seek to blame misfortune in our world on wrongdoing, or even on deliberate conspiracy of others. We, as representatives of our faith, must reject such suggestions. Diseases – such as floods, hurricanes or any other disaster – are a natural part of our world beyond our control. They test our resilience, but they are not signs of a divine disapproval. What our tradition does teach us is the attitudes we will need to cope

with a potential outbreak like this. The most essential of these values is that of pikuach nefesh – the value of a life. We learn explicitly that there is no more important commandment than that of saving a life. If it is going to take the breaking of our cultural norms, such as Shabbat or kashrut, then we set it aside for the value of a life. The potential for disruption is great if Covid-19 spreads but, whatever happens, we must remember that the lives of those around us come first. It is not a burden, but a mitzvah to break Jewish laws to save lives

and, similarly, we must see it as a positive obligation to do what is necessary for the health of all. Another vital Jewish value at this time is helping those who are vulnerable. We are not to put a stumbling block in front of the blind, we must clothe the naked and we must respect our elders. Given the nature of this disease and how it is more likely to impact those who are older or more vulnerable in our society, we must remember those who need our help and support them – whether by assisting them or by helping to control the spread of disease to them by impinging on our own lives. Our values are what we cling to in times of trouble. The values of our community seem particularly apt, whatever coronavirus brings our way. ◆ Laura Janner-Klausner is a senior rabbi at the Movement for Reform Judaism

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As the coronavirus spreads, Terry Newman has made it his business to meet just this kind of challenge, writes Candice Krieger

former chief of staff to Lord Janner, Terry Newman is the director of MCC London (www.mccgrouplondon. com), a medical consultancy and construction group that specialises in the planning, design and execution of turn-key modular, stationary and mobile hospitals across the globe. The company has recently completed the installation of ten mobile hospitals to the Ministry of Health in Peru where they have been used to screen and treat the people for the new coronavirus, Covid-19. “MCC London is honoured to serve the people of Peru,” says Newman, 38. “We have provided 10 world-class mobile facilities that are providing medical services to tens of thousands, including fighting the coronavirus. We designed, built and installed all ten hospitals in nine months – a remarkable achievement. These hospitals are fully mobile yet provide a high level of medical treatment. We are proud that these hospitals have significantly improved the ability of Peru’s MOH to expand their reach and reduce their response time to health crises as they occur.” Newman is now in talks with various other health authorities throughout the globe in order to find solutions in deliverable and realistic time. “Our ethos: MCC is in the business of saving lives and we will do everything we can to help as many people as we can.” He continues: “The main message from a health perspective that we want to bring is that corona is a serious threat and that it needs to be dealt with and we praise the various health authorities around the world for taking immediate action. However, we can see that a lot of the disease is being spread because of globalisation through airplane travel. People are not being checked when they get off the plane, they are being checked when they get into the airport terminal which is madness. “In Peru we have deployed the hospitals on the runway so if there are people that are question marked and need to be checked, they are checked before they even reach the terminal which is a much safer and better way of doing it.” A former strategy consultant at McKinsey, Newman founded MCC London in 2007. “I was living in Egypt and I was a big believer that the way to build relations between countries was not through altruism but through business.” He started bringing leading Israeli technologies into the Arab world including in agriculture and healthcare. MCC grew out of the work they were doing in the healthcare space. They have completed hospital projects throughout the world, focusing on helping armies and governments deal with natural disasters, tsunami / floods, earthquakes, population displacement, disease control, peacekeeping, antiterrorism measures and demonstrations. The coronavirus continues to dominate the

news – and global markets; stocks are plunging, pensions have taken a big hit, and the odds of a global recession dramatically shortened. And as the virus continues to spread, surely the current hospital system won’t be able to cope with the disease? “Absolutely,” says Newman. “There is a curve. On the ‘x axis’ you have time, and on the ‘y’, the amount of infection. What normally happens with an infection is that you have a bell curve – a very steep inverted U – and what that means is that if you have huge amounts of people getting ill very quickly, there’s not enough hospital beds and they are trying in effect to flatten out that inverted U, so instead of a really steep inverted U, it’s more like a stretched out ‘n’, and that way, there is less immediate pressure on the hospital beds and you are more likely to save people. The most at risk are the elderly and the ill and we have to do our best to try and save these people.” A former Haberdashers’ Aske’s pupil, Newman studied Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford. He acknowledges that the coronavirus will undoubtedly have prolonged and far-reaching implications, accelerating some general trends in the world economy and beyond. “One, people are going to be ordering more and more food online. For many it might be the first time they have ever done it, but once they start doing it they will probably continue to do so. Two, companies will get used to staff working from home and three, people are going to start looking at their supply chains, not just from a perspective of where is the cheapest to manufacture but also where it safest, and safe is going to involve medical and geopolitical considerations as well.” Newman refers to a 2015 Ted Talk by Bill Gates. “He [Gates] warned against exactly this – the outbreak of a serious virus that would not make you ill for the first week and so would spread rapidly. His prediction, which we fully accept, was that more people are going to die this century from infectious diseases than from war, yet government still spend trillions of dollars on their militaries and virtually nothing on preparing for infectious diseases. “Governments need to think more militarily about how to fight infectious diseases. You have to have both trained doctors that are ready and medical teams in reserve duty that can be called up. You have to have weapons, i.e. isolation rooms, mobile hospitals, masks, vaccines, everything needs to be ready, and you need to do war games with germs. And if anything like this breaks out, they have to in effect get all their ‘soldiers’ together with all their weapons and work together with the military themselves on the logistic side. “This needs to be taken more seriously and I think this will be a long-term change in the way the governments relate to these issues.” • Newman is also chairman of Israel’s leading modular construction company, Isramarin Modular Construction Ltd ( ).

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WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO SEE WEST END TRANSFER OF ONE JEWISH BOY Jewish News is giving away three pairs of tickets to One Jewish Boy – awardwinning Stephen Laughton’s powerful, bittersweet and quick-fire comedy – at Trafalgar Studios this spring. The show, from Scene Change Productions and Greenwich Theatre, in association with Norel Productions, is directed by Sarah Meadows and stars Robert Neumark-Jones and Asha Reid. Jesse has never been able to shake off the vicious attack that changed his life. Alexandra saved him that day. Maybe has been saving him since.

The love they share is real, pure and absolute. But navigating any relationship is difficult enough. What happens when you factor in politics and rising prejudices? One Jewish Boy features incredible music and sound by Benedict Taylor and Beth Duke, with design by Georgia de Grey and lighting by Jack Weir.










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7 Mottled (horse) (7) 8 Domestic fuel (3)

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