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Message to our over-70s 19 March 2020

23 Adar 5780

Issue No.1150

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VOICE OF THE It’s the old, we’re told, that are most vulnerable to this virus. Yet while they’re best advised to stay inside their insight and perspective should be brought to the fore, for it is only the old who can recall a time when we were placed on a war footing such as this. The young have never known it. Both must now deal with it. Young and old will play their part in the difficult weeks and months to come, although the latter are more reliant on the former. All will be asked to cope with social and business upheavals that are nothing short of seismic, and it will be tough. It already is. Mental strain does not begin at the age of 70. Jewish mental health charity JAMI said yesterday that it was seeing a surge in demand. Jewish employment charities say people are losing their jobs at a rate of knots. Jewish welfare charities say they are getting five new referrals an hour. Their conservative estimate is that the number of Jewish families needing food parcels will double. Yet this virus is having another, much deeper effect. Social interaction has left the face-to-face behind and gone online. This is an unknown world for many of our elderly and Orthodox community members. We do not underestimate this lack of familiarity. For a people that like to rub along, brush against and talk across, this virus is an

VOLUNTEERING HAS SKYROCKETED, FAMILIES ARE CALLING FRIENDS THEY’VE NOT CALLED IN AGES AND NEIGHBOURS ARE GETTING TO KNOW ONE ANOTHER enemy to be reckoned with. We’ve not spent years honing the elbow-tug just to sit at home and type. Like you, we have also been affected. Since its inception, Jewish News has dedicated itself to the community, turning our pages over to the ups and downs and ins and outs of what we call ‘the Jewish community’. That community is now on-hold.

Or is it? Rocks are lifeless lumps but pick one up and you’ll see all sorts going on underneath. That is what is happening here. Yes, shuls are closed, events cancelled, weddings postponed, schools shut from Friday, but look local and you’ll see that connections are being made in new and different ways. It has been forced upon us by circumstance, but this is in fact a brave new Jewish world. Volunteering at Jewish charities has skyrocketed. Families are calling friends they’ve not called in ages. Neighbours are suddenly getting to know one another, albeit at a distance of two metres. Coupons, like the ones we are publishing today on our back page, are being posted through letterboxes by those offering help. Support lines are being set up. Facebook groups have sprung to life. Databases pairing need and provision are being created. Education is becoming virtual and with it more inclusive. In short, the Jewish community is still functioning, just very differently. And as for Jewish News, don’t worry, we’re not about to suddenly start penning lofty high-browed prose. We’d much rather be in the mix, showcasing what’s being done by whom and how it can help, signposting this seismic shift in the way we do things and encouraging people to do what we’ve done for thousands of years: talk. Continued on page 20

22 pages of news, analysis and expert opinion as virus cripples the community


• At least 100 Orthodox Jews in a Chasidic area of Brooklyn tested positive. This equates to one-ineight cases in New York City. Reports of large Orthodox weddings angered officials who are urging social distancing • All orthodox shuld in Southern Westchester, NY, and Bergen County, NJ, have shut down • Jewish institutions are shut down by fortnightlong containment area in suburb of New Rochelle • All Jewish schools in the Crown Heights neighbourhood of Brooklyn, NY, have shut down • Sixth case from the AIPAC conference in Washington DC is confirmed • JCCs, synagogue and family and community services across Northern California have shut down • The Reboot Ideas Festival in San Francisco, a Jewish arts conference, is postponed • A parent at San Diego Jewish Academy has tested positive for the coronavirus • Republican Jewish Coalition Las Vegas conference is postponed • The Chicago Rabbinical Council calls on all Chicago synagogues to shut • Greater Miami Jewish Federation headquarters closes its HQ and cancels events until May • 100 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Chasidic Brooklyn neighbourhood of Borough Park • All Jewish schools in New Jersey to shut, including Beth Medrash Govoha, the world’s secondlargest Jewish school with 7,000 students • An Oakland couple, from Beth Jacob community, have tested positive • LA Jewish leaders announce initiative to help those impacted by the virus

UNITED STATES

• Buenos Aires Yeshiva Jajam Nissim Cohen shuts after student tests positive for Covid-19 • All schools are shut; some shuls are still operating but with reduced activity • Memorial event for 1992 attack on Israeli embassy is cancelled

ARGENTINA

• Shuls and Jewish schools shut down in nationwide lockdown

• Synagogues ordered to shut across Germany

• 250 cases confirmed with four patients in a serious condition • More than 50,000 in quarantine • Mobile phone tracking by security services helps combat spread of virus • Soldiers across Israel are put on curfew • Gatherings of over 10 people are banned, including in the Knesset • Health Ministry bars Israelis from leaving home for anything other than essential activities • Government approves collection of data from citizens without court order • Swearing-in of 23rd Knesset is done in groups of 10 • Laniado Hospital in Netanya opens a special department for virus patients • Dan Panorama hotels in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are converted into Corona hotels to isolate virus patients • 70% of private-sector employees working remotely • Western Wall rabbi orders visitors not to kiss the wall • Police begin to arrest those who violate the restrictions, including guests of a big wedding in Beit Shemesh • Foreign Ministry and El Al coordinate flight to return 1,000 Israeli backpackers from Peru • Health Ministry shuts down all yeshivot • Israelis banned from leaving the country through ground crossings into Egypt and Jordan

ISRAEL

BELGIUM

GERMANY

• The South African Board of Jewish Education closes all day schools for one week

SOUTH AFRICA

• Former leader of Milan Jewish community has died of coronavirus

ITALY

• 200 Jewish schools are shut down in line with the government lockdown • President of the Jewish community of Alsace and Strasbourg is being treated

FRANCE

• ORT Jewish schools are shut down in Ukraine, Moldova and Lithuania • 20,000-strong pilgrimage to the grave of founder of Hasidism in Poland is cancelled

EASTERN EUROPE

This week’s update on the global spread of COVID -19

• Rabbinical Council of Australia and New Zealand calls for the closure of all shuls • Two Jewish schools in Sydney switch to online learning • Two cases confirmed in Melbourne’s Yeshiva College • ‘One Voice Festival’, a Jewish festival in Victoria, is postponed • Communal events cancelled, including by the United Israel Appeal and New South Wales Board of Deputies

AUSTRALIA

The virus across the Jewish world

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Shuls across the UK go online Synagogues have begun broadcasting prayers and educational classes online, as the UK steps up its fight to halt the spread of the coronavirus, writes Mathilde Frot. Health secretary Matt Hancock advised faith groups and places of worship on Monday to follow guidelines against mass gatherings. The virus has claimed the lives of around 8,270 people worldwide, with 104 in the UK. More than 207,000 cases have been confirmed around the world. The United Synagogue, which shut its 120 shuls on Tuesday, will broadcast a Kabbalat Shabbat service on Friday, with a performance by Stanmore and Canons Park community chazan Jonny Tugel. Before candle-

lighting, members watching at home will be asked to switch off the stream and finish the service themselves. Most Masorti congregations have suspended services and replaced faceto-face contact with online activities wherever possible. “Many of our communities will be live-streaming services that do not take place on Shabbat – for example, early Kabbalat Shabbat services on Friday afternoons and certain midweek services,” said chief executive Matt Plen. The movement’s Senior Rabbi, Jonathan Wittenberg, of the New North London Synagogue,

unveiled in a blog post plans to hold a daily service at 8pm as well as broadcasts about the Torah and 10 to 15 minute slots for members to discuss topics of their choice. Liberal Judaism is uploading all “appropriate liturgy” online, with some rabbis live-streaming Shabbat and festival services. The movement will unveil an online hub with

...as JW3 TV fills culture gap As COVID-19 threatens to bring London to a standstill, JW3 unveiled a new online video platform. The Jewish community centre in Finchley Road was forced to shut this week until further notice, after new social

distancing guidelines were released on Monday by the government. JW3 TV, which launched yesterday, will feature daily videos of previous events held at the centre, available to watch remotely for free.

The centre has plans to transform upcoming programming, including talks and classes, into online content. Among the two videos on the platform is an event with former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks in which he discusses

advice and videos from across congregations for members to watch at home. Some congregations led by rabbis not considered at risk will remain open for a “small number” of people in need of face-to-face contact, but the number of those attending will be restricted and congregants will be asked to maintain a safe distance, said Rabbi Charley Baginsky, director of strategy and partnerships. The S&P Sephardi Community, which has closed all its synagogues and suspended services and

events, is broadcasting some of its classes alongside video messages to members. The movement is “preparing a comprehensive action plan to support the most vulnerable in the community,” according to its CEO David Arden. Reform Judaism has closed all synagogues, but continues to run services online. A dozen shuls, including Finchley Reform and Edgware and Hendon Reform, are streaming services. The movement is also holding weekly conference calls on Wednesday evenings to share information with members and answer questions.

Reform Judaism’s Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Liberal Judaism’s Rabbi Danny Rich, United Synagogue Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Masorti Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg

his new book, Morality, with Elizabeth Oldfield, director of the think tank Theos. “We’ve never been the type of people to just sit around and let the grass grow under our feet, and we feel it is more important than ever to keep offering high-quality Jewish arts, culture, learning and life to keep people engaged,

inspired and entertained,” JW3 chief executive Raymond Simonson wrote in a message to supporters. Announcing the temporary closure on Monday, he added: “We might be closing down the building to the public, but we are not closing down what JW3 does and what it stands for.”

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Pre-Passover Guidelines (COVID-19) With the global health situation continually unfolding, we wish to reassure the community that we are working to ensure the pre-Passover period will be manageable for everyone.

WE ASK YOU TO JOIN US IN ACTING CALMLY AND RESPONSIBLY FOR THE SAFETY AND WELLBEING OF OUR STAFF AND CUSTOMERS. STEPS WE ARE TAKING:

STEPS YOU MUST TAKE:

• All staff are aware of the situation. Handwashing is required on a regular basis and our cleaning staff regularly disinfect all touchable surfaces.

• If you have cold or flu-like symptoms or have returned from an affected area overseas, please DO NOT visit our shop. • In order to avoid crowding, please shop without children or extra family members. Please come prepared with a list so you can focus on getting your shopping done quickly and efficiently. (Please avoid socializing or congregation in or around shops.)

• Staff members who have been abroad must notify us so we can determine whether they should come to work. • Staff members reporting with cold or flu-like symptoms are asked to stay home.

• You can minimize risk of contamination by carrying hand sanitiser, wipes and tissues with you. Avoid handshaking and cash handling— use a credit card if possible.

• We have placed a hold on all in-store tastings. • We are doing all we can to accommodate our customers and keep prices fair under the circumstances.

• We respectfully request that you refrain from eating or drinking on the premises.

THINK ABOUT OTHERS: • If you know elderly or quarantined people who are unable to shop in person, offer to assist them with their Passover shopping. Individual communities should make arrangements for their respective elderly and those who are unable to shop in person. • Please remain calm and polite to our staff who are working extra hard during this period. •

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Offers of help just as they are needed Jewish community members volunteered in huge numbers to support isolated individuals this week as charities said they were receiving a big increase in calls for help with food and mental health, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Religious groups and welfare organisations stepped up to support the housebound and vulnerable as those distributing food and support packages said they were receiving “an exponential number of new referrals daily�. Gift, which enables volunteers to help with collecting shopping, driving, tutoring, distributing food and making hospital visits, said it expects demand to double in the coming weeks as Britain responds to spread of coronavirus. It said it had also been approached by several Jewish schools to help after they close. It is hoping to provide lunch packs for children who would normally receive free school meals. On Wednesday afternoon, the government Efforts have been drastially stepped up to announced that schools in England would close tomorrow, alongside schools in Wales, Scotland printed ‘Can I Help?’ cards for neighbours offering to help anyone unable to leave home. and Northern Ireland. The charity is asking for funding rather than The cards are posted through letterboxes, donations, owing to a lack of distribution points alerting occupants to the volunteer’s name, following synagogue closures, while at Jewish address, phone number, and how they can help. The Jewish Volunteering Network said there Care, back office staff have been redeployed to were “new opportunities specifically related to support staff producing Meals on Wheels. A series of helplines have been set up, Covid-19 such as running errands, food shopincluding one from the United Synagogue (020 ping, and collecting medicine,� as GIFT said it 8343 5696) and one from Lecheris (0300 303 had been “flooded� by offers of help. “We have put into immediate effect newly 4747), which operates predominantly in the created plans to support the needs of the comOrthodox community of Stamford Hill. Jewish News Wills Ad 16.5x12.8 17/3/20 16:03 Page 1 Jewish News and the Board of Deputies munity, especially those in the greatest need,

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the elderly and most vulnerable.� It said its Giving Hub was still open as volunteers work in shifts throughout the day to distribute food and support packages to hundreds of households in London and Manchester, with “an exponential number of new referrals daily�. Volunteers who normally visit homes and care homes will instead call or videocall, with care packages “for frontline staff to keep morale high, volunteer shopping and virtual tutoring to replace the Sunday morning tutoring club�. Gift director Michelle Barnett said the charity would have “a major part to play in

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the coming monthsâ€?, adding that it been approached by the United Synagogue, Jewish Care and JAMI, which this week said it had seen “a rapid increase in demand for our supportâ€?. She told Jewish News on Wednesday afternoon: “Lots of people have lost their jobs already. We’ve had five new referrals in the last hour.â€? Barnett added said that within an hour of creating a volunteers’ support group, they were “flooded with hundreds of people wanting to sign up and give‌ Over 600 volunteers have now signed up to help and volunteering opportunities are being snapped up by the second‌ Today, more than ever in the last 15 years, our vision of a world full of givers is one we all now need.â€? Gift founder Rabbi Naftali Schiff said: “We will be doing all we possibly can to make life for the community easier and relieve some of the strain of isolation for those most vulnerable.â€? At Golders Green Synagogue, volunteers set up a Self-Isolating Support Scheme run by the shul’s welfare team, with volunteers phoning to check in with those in isolation. In Leeds, Jewish MP Alex Sobel set up a database of local volunteers, with more than 1,200 responding to the appeal. “The government isn’t doing enough to ensure vital supplies make it to vulnerable people,â€? he said. “It falls to local community groups to take the initiative.â€? Board president Marie van der Zyl said the Jewish community must “find coping mechanisms to deal with the scale of challenge,â€? adding: “We all need to dig deep and play our part.â€?

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TIME FOR US TO PULL TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY DR ELLIE CANNON GP & AUTHOR

For many of us, this crisis will raise our levels of stress or anxiety. We know that at times of high pressure and uncertainty, leaning on those around us is of the utmost importance. But how do we do this when health guidance for many, particularly the most vulnerable in society, is to self-isolate or to engage in social distancing? Social distancing measures and self-isolation will have an impact on the mental health of all of us, but particularly those with existing mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety disorder. At times like this, we need to think more broadly about how to build and maintain support networks when the usual opportunities

for social connection are not available to us. For those of us self-isolating, think about alternative forms of communication. Do we have friends or family who are in a similar situation? Can we agree to check in with each other every few days? It can help knowing that someone is looking out for you and that you have someone to talk to. Although social media can exacerbate feelings of fear and anxiety, we can also use it to aid us. Rather than scouring the news, set aside time to check trusted news channels in order to feel updated. Find a network or community of people online who you can talk to, a virtual book group or an exercise programme to do at home. Remember, it is very normal to have mixed feelings. Many of us will be wondering what the future holds, or what our next few weeks might look like. We need to acknowledge these feelings as real and, where possible, share them with those around us. This, too,

can help us feel less alone. We can do this by speaking with people directly or indirectly, or some may prefer to channel their feelings in creative ways, through art or writing. For those of us who are social distancing but are not self-isolating, we may want to think about how we can help those around us. This is a time for us to pull together as a community when so many people will be feeling isolated and alone. Who do you know who may need an extra phone call? Are there friends or neighbours who are elderly or have a pre-existing health condition? Can we reach out and offer to pick up food or supplies for them? How can we help acknowledge people’s feelings as real? Perhaps by sharing some of our own, sending extra messages of support and letting them know we are there.  Dr Cannon is a trustee at mental health charity Jami

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Communal groups organise themselves to help others • The UNITED SYNAGOGUE has set up a

helpline operating between 9am and 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 1pm on Fridays, while several synagogues have set up live streaming for those who cannot get there to watch and listen to Shabbat services. • The BOARD OF DEPUTIES has sent out ‘Can I Help?’ cards for those offering to help

others who are self-isolating. The cards are filled out and posted through letterboxes, alerting the occupants to the volunteer’s name, address and what they are offering to do, such as help collect groceries or simply to talk on the phone. • The JEWISH VOLUNTEERING NETWORK said there would be “opportunities

specifically related to COVID-19 such as running errands, food shopping, and collecting medicine for the vulnerable”. • At GOLDERS GREEN SYNAGOGUE, Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski set up a ‘Self-Isolating Support Scheme’ run by its welfare team. The synagogue already runs a meal rota to support congregants who have new

babies or are sitting shiva, and this will now be expanded, with volunteers phoning regularly to check in with those in isolation, particularly the elderly. • In LEEDS, Jewish MP Alex Sobel has established a database of local volunteers “to ready our community for quarantine, to help people isolated by the coronavirus outbreak”.

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Charities get creative to ste Jewish charities are being forced to find “creative and virtual ways” to raise money as the virus outbreak worsens, writes Mathilde Frot. The pandemic threatens to affect donors and fundraising activity, multiple charities told Jewish News this week. As countries stepped up restrictions to halt the spread of infection, and the number who have died in the UK with the virus reached 104, the prime minister urged the public to avoid non-essential contacts and travel. The Community Security Trust cancelled its main fundraising event last week – a highlight on the community’s calendar and a “significant” source of income. The CST, which protects Jewish schools and synagogues, appealed for donations in an email to the guest list within days of the cancellation. “We will follow this up as necessary in the weeks and months ahead, but are even more grateful than usual for any donations received at this time,” said Mark Gardner, the CST’s director of communications. The learning disability charity Kisharon has cancelled its main fundraising dinner, scheduled for May. “With the current lack of certainty over both statutory and voluntary funding in this unprecedented period, Kisharon faces the daunting prospect of raising in excess of the £2.3 million to £2.4 million normally needed annually from the community,” said fundraising director Hilary Newmark. “These much-needed funds are required

for education, employment and supported housing programmes,” she said. “All of us now must be as creative and ingenious as those on the front line, who support the most complex of learning disability needs, support that is now very much on the line.” Newmark continued: “This pandemic could not come at a more challenging time. It isn’t just the annual dinner that is affected. A major proportion of event income for many charities, including ours, comes through the spring and early summer period.” But she added: “Kisharon supporters have already responded without prompting. Earlier today, one donor spontaneously doubled his patronage. This year will define who and what we are as a community, and I remain convinced we can all rise to what is the ultimate of fundraising challenges.” The London Marathon, which was postponed from 26 April to 4 October, could present challenges for some Jewish charities. Camp Simcha was expecting to raise an estimated £50,000 across the postponed marathons in Jerusalem and London and sponsored runs in the coming weeks. Neville Goldschneider, the charity’s chief executive, said: “We have many people due to take part in other sponsored challenges over the next few months and if these get cancelled, we will lose out on significant income for our important work.” Like other charities, Camp Simcha, which

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supports Jewish families affected by serious childhood illness, will have to “think of creative and virtual ways” to fundraise despite social distancing measures, Goldschneider added. Lisa Wimborne, chief executive of Jewish Blind and Disabled, said that, along with other charities, its fundraising could be “hugely impacted” by the COVID-19 outbreak and

its long-term effects on the economy. The charity is to launch an appeal on Tuesday for donations ahead of Pesach, after purchasing a site this week with plans to turn it into 30 mobility apartments. Her team had been working on the project for “the best part of a year”, she added. “This is clearly not the best of times to be launching a capital


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fundraising project alongside our annual revenue fundraising requirements but, somehow, we will work through the challenges ahead with the confidence that our valued supporters will do all they can to continue to support us.” But she added: “While we can’t stop planning for the future, our current focus is on ensuring we do all we can to support our 360 tenants across our seven developments during these difficult days and months ahead.” In Manchester, city’s the leading Jewish social care charity warned any dip in donations would affect the elderly,

victims of abuse or those with mental illness. Raphi Bloom, director of fundraising and marketing at the fully voluntary-funded Federation of Jewish Services, called on the government to extend relief for charities such as scrapping VAT. “Because of the nature of the work that we do with the most needy and vulnerable, it’s even more worrying for us because we have to continue providing our services otherwise people could die,” he said. “It’s as stark as that. People can die.” He added: “We’re not at that stage yet, and it’s very very much unknown, but we will have to keep a very close eye on how it develops. We have no significant fundraising in the calendar that need cancelling, so we as a charity are very fortunate.” Smaller charities offering vital services in their communities could be among the worst hit. The London Jewish Family Centre in Golders Green, which offers emotional support, therapy, and counselling for up to 200 people each month, cancelled its second biggest fundraiser of

the year. “If we close, all those people will have no access to that support,” said Ilana Greenblatt, its head of operations and fundraising. The centre, which leases its hall for simchas, has had cancellations and has “had to refund all that money”. Meanwhile, Liron Rosiner Reshef, director of the UK fundraising arm of Israeli charity Aleh, warned of a potentially “significant loss of revenue” amid the spreading travel restrictions. The charity, which supports young people with severe disabilities, relies “heavily on the support of our generous donors in Israel, the UK, North America, across Europe and around the world”. Rosiner Reshef added: “It is our hope that now, when our supporters are doing everything necessary to take care of their immediate families, that they remember their extended Aleh family as well. Our vulnerable children need them now more than ever.” The Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council held a conference call with the heads of 60 charities to coordinate a communal response to the pandemic. Among the agreed actions was shared support for an HR advisory centre, given the expected impact on employment and mental health.

Our world has changed BY LISA WIMBORNE

JEWISH BLIND & DISABLED We provide independent living for people with physical disabilities or visual impairment. The majority have underlying health conditions. We are doing all we can to protect and support our 360 tenants while considering the impact of social isolation and general increased levels of anxiety that many are feeling. With a heavy heart we wrote to our volunteers earlier this week to ask that they no longer come into our buildings, we have cancelled our wonderful Seder events and are restricting our communal areas to tenants only. Some of our tenants are deciding for their own safety to self-isolate. We are setting up support systems, calling on our current network of volunteers as well as the wider community. We will need support with

shopping for tenants who are self-isolating and who don’t have family support and with much-needed telephone or online befriending. We will do all we can for our tenants. They have the peace of mind of 24/7 onsite support from our house managers. It is those we haven’t managed to help to date I worry for. We have received calls this week from members of the community who are living in unsuitable accommodation and struggling alone. The world as we know it has changed. My silver lining is we are not an ordinary community. We are an amazing community with networks others can only wish for. Communal organisations are working together, and chief executives supporting each other through these challenging times.

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How the virus has hit the high street Daniel Elias asks Golders Green businesses how COVID-19 has affected their livelihoods MENACHEMS BUTCHER

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We advise customers to stop panic buying. We are trying to keep up with demand and working hard to fulfil everyone’s order.

People are obviously staying home for the duration of Pesach and people are buying seder plates, Haggadot, etc, that they’ve never needed before. We’ll have a clearer picture in a week or two about the future.

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We’ve taken measures. All staff are wearing gloves and surfaces are being cleaned regularly. All products are now wrapped in plastic.

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Yes, there is panic buying but we have enough stock. We already envisioned this happening and took precautions ahead of time.

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Anxiety as careers put on hold The leading London-based organisations helping British Jews gain employment and set up businesses are “working round the clock” as the pandemic triggered “extreme anxiety” in clients amid the global economic downturn, writes Adam Decker. Resource and Work Avenue said they were staying open to keep services going while setting up additional video conferencing accounts and training volunteers to make full use of technology while heeding the government’s social distancing advice. “We are working around the clock to keep all our services going,” said Victoria Sterman, chief executive of Resource, which helps jobseekers build CVs and get IT training, as well as advising those seeking to set up their own businesses. “We are continuing with business as usual and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future, both for existing and new clients. We recognise that people will need additional employment support in the coming weeks or months so all of our services will be avail-

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able remotely.” Sterman said Resource advisors were using technology to work remotely, including “using conference call services like Zoom where the adviser and client can share screens and so work together on documents such as CVs in separate locations”. She added: “We are starting to offer IT training remotely too, and from next week our

seminars are going online. We also offer telephone support whenever appropriate, especially for people who are daunted by the use of technology.” Debbie Sheldon, chief executive of Work Avenue, said the organisation was “totally committed to supporting clients during these uncertain times… We are scheduling more

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• JW3 closed until further notice. • JEWISH MUSEUM LONDON closed until further notice. • ZIONIST FEDERATION’S annual dinner on 22 March cancelled. • JEWISH MEDICAL ASSOCIATION UK annual dinner on 24 March postponed. • JNETICS inaugural fundraising dinner, due on 16 March cancelled. • EDGWARE AND HENDON REFORM SYNAGOGUE has ended barmitzvah and batmitzvah one-to-one mentoring programme. • Employment charity RESOURCE has postponed its supper quiz – a new date has been set for 15 November. • JEWISH LEARNING EXCHANGE in Golders Green is closed until further notice. Many activities have moved online, including a Lunch and Learn with Deliveroo. • Charity KISHARON cancelled its annual dinner on 3 May. • JEWISH CARE has suspended all visits to its homes. • THE COMMUNITY SECURITY TRUST cancelled its annual fundraising dinner due to be held on 1 April. • NIGHTINGALE HAMMERSON HOUSE in Clapham will allow ‘one visitor per resident at any one time’. • REFORM JUDAISM advised members that communities should ‘consider closing’ if attendance becomes too restricted. • The BOARD OF DEPUTIES cancelled an event in Parliament on the rise of the far-right, scheduled for 17 March.

• SAVE A CHILD’S HEART UK postponed fundraising events, including its forthcoming dinner on 30 March. • BARNET MULTI-FAITH FORUM postponed its Seder, which was due to take place on 2 April. • Sephardi group CHAZAK postponed its third annual Mashalla Fair. • The SCOTTISH COUNCIL OF JEWISH COMMUNITIES cancelled a Klezmer and Yiddish Song concert due to take place on 15 March • LIBERAL JUDAISM cancelled a youth camp in the spring. The six-day Machaneh Aviv was to run from 4 to 19 April. • THE MOVEMENT FOR REFORM JUDAISM and LIBERAL JUDAISM, along with their youth wings RSY-NETZER and LJY-NETZER, ended their ShnatNetzer gap-year programme in Israel early. It usually runs from January to June. • The GLOVES AND DOVES boxing initiative, which intended to bring five Jewish and Arab Israelis to fight against British athletes on 2 April, has been cancelled. • ALEPH CENTRE CHEDER at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue shut its doors last Sunday. • The UNITED KINGDOM ASSOCIATION OF JEWISH LAWYERS AND JURISTS cancelled its talk with Ros Wright on 18 March • The HOLOCAUST EDUCATIONAL TRUST has suspended its ‘Lessons from Auschwitz and Belsen 75’ programme of visits until the end of

appointments than ever via telephone and video conferencing.” Sterman, of Resource, conceded that “many of our clients are reporting extreme anxiety regarding their situations,” explaining that “people who we have helped start freelance businesses are seeing them disintegrate before their eyes”. She said: “We have been asked to offer support to help people hang on to their businesses and we are helping where we can. “We are also offering advice dealing with coronavirus-related issues such as working from home, facing redundancy, seeking new opportunities, and using transferable skills.” Sterman said there were several Resource clients who were stuck midway through the recruitment process. “They have been to an interview but haven’t yet heard if they’re being offered the job or not,” she said. “One job seeker was offered a job last week but has been told the start date is on indefinite hold… It’s frustrating.”  Debbie Sheldon, page 24

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March. The Polish government announced closure of all museums, including Auschwitz. • MYISRAEL postponed its comedy dinner event scheduled for Sunday 15 March. • YOUTH ALIYAH CHILD RESCUE cancelled its gala dinner, which was due to take place on 23 March. • LANGDON postponed its annual dinner scheduled for 18 May. • WIZO and WESTMINSTER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS’ Power Hour event with the Apprentice star Claude Littner was cancelled. It was due to take place on 10 March at Westminster Synagogue. • The BRITISH ARM OF THE WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE cancelled its dinner with new the President, Prof Alon Chen in wake travel restrictions from Israel’s Health Ministry. It was scheduled for 11 March. • YOUNG NORWOOD postponed its Business Entrepreneurs event, due to take place on 26 March. • WORLD JEWISH RELIEF will not go ahead with its fellowship trip to Ukraine, scheduled to happen between 29 March-1 April. • A HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE conference due to be held at Chelsea FC’s stadium has been postponed. The ‘Remembering and Rethinking: The international forum on the Second Generation’ was scheduled for 21-22 April. • This year’s MARCH OF THE LIVING in Poland has been cancelled, with the organisers citing that a primary concern being the health of participants, who include Holocaust survivors. (17-22 April). • The JEWISH MILITARY ASSOCIATION UK (AJEX) announced the cancellation of its trip to the former Nazi concentration camp BergenBelsen, to mark the 75th anniversary of its liberation (19 April).  This list is updated daily at jewishnews.co.uk


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Schools to shut down Advice for mum and dad Jewish students face the prospect of being unable to return to the classroom until the autumn, following news that the government is to shut down all schools from Friday because of the coronavirus outbreak, writes Jack Mendel. Closures have not been extended to students deemed "at risk" with learning disabilities and children whose parents are key health workers. Special needs charity Kisharon, which runs a nursery and school, however, has been forced to shut its doors owing to teachers Extended school closures have not taken self-isolating. place since the end of the Second World War Earlier this week, JCoSS headteacher Patrick Moriarty wrote to parents outlining that had been “given a home learning pack” to the school had also struggled to remain open ensure they “consolidate their learning" after the school shuts. She added that "teachers will owing to staff sickness and self-isolation. Saying the government guidelines had also be emailing daily work for the children "major implications for our ability to stay across all year groups so no child falls behind open for all students", he had said that around with their studies”. Yavneh in Borehamwood said it had an one-third of teaching staff had been unable to work in the past week and announced that the "action plan in place, which includes methods school would be closed to students in Years 8 through which we will be able to provide work and 9 as of yesterday, with pupils "expected to to pupils". Pikuach, the religious education inspection complete the learning" from home. In addition to the announcement by Prime service, has suspended routine assessments. Rabbi David Meyer of Partnerships For Minister Boris Johnson, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed assessments and Jewish Schools said: "Extended school cloexaminations would not take place during the sures have not been seen in this country since the last world war. While schools have been current academic year. Meanwhile, King Solomon High School preparing for this eventuality for the past few said "contingency plans have been made to days, delivering remote learning is complex continue the education of students" outside and is going to place considerable pressures on of school, while Sinai Jewish Primary School’s the schools. This is a new reality and one that headteacher, Juliette Lipshaw, said students will be challenging for us all." HALF PAGE ADVERT JAN 2020:Layout 1 09/01/2020 16:04 Page 1

Parents are scrambling to adjust their daily routines. Clinical psychologist Karen Millett offers tips to ease parental pressures

support on video calls. “Parents who don’t look after themselves are not going to be in a position to look after their children.” Maintain structure to the day if self-isolating. Diffuse panic. Children Self-isolating or quarantend to pick up anxiety from tined families should try their entourage, Millett to maintain a school-like says. “It’s important that structure to the day. A typparents remain calm, deal Parents are advised to diffuse panic ical routine could involve with the facts and limit the “getting dressed, having levels or reach an agreement amount of time they spend on the news, and try to make with your children; this could an activity in the morning, then having some relaxation the new abnormal as normal as be a “big battle for parents”. possible. It’s about saying this Seek support from other time, lunch, activity, relaxation virus is a bit like chickenpox or parents and look after time", she says. “Think now other viruses they might have yourself. Adults should deploy about the kind of thing that strategies to manage their own can be done, perhaps a treasure heard about.” Limit the time spent in front anxiety levels and well-being, hunt around the house. It is of screens. Keep it to normal exchanging tips and offering going to be challenging.”

PARENTS FLOCK TO FACEBOOK GROUP Thousands of parents have flocked to a Jewish teacher’s new Facebook group, the aim of which is to share parenting tips during the pandemic. Since it was created last Friday, the group, entitled Family lockdown tips and ideas, has garnered more than 206,000 members and receives thousands of posts a day.

Claire Balkind, 36, from Barnet, who is herself in selfisolation, set up the group to find inspiration for activities to keep her two children busy amid looming school closures. “I made this group and added some friends who are parents and posted it on a few groups, saying ‘share any ideas and tips and join if you want

to’,” the history teacher told Jewish News. “You don’t need lots of resources to entertain kids. You just need lots of good ideas and a plan,” she said. Parents are posting mindfulness tips, videos of yoga and exercise routines to keep active while indoors, advice about age appropriate gaming and links to free educational activities.

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ISRAEL TOURS PUSH AHEAD WITH PLANS Organisers of this summer’s Israel Tour for 16-year-olds are pressing ahead with plans, but have made arrangements for refunds in case of cancellations. In a letter to parents, UJIA said that “as it stands, Israel Tour 2020 is going ahead”, but offered reassurances about refunds. The UK has advised against all non-essential travel, including abroad, and Israel has put in place a 14-day quarantine for visitors. A total of 1,236 youngsters have signed up with 11 youth movements, the highest number since 2010.

BERGER CRITICISES SELFISH SHOPPERS Luciana Berger criticised panic buying and urged a kinder attitude to older people. The former Labour MP wrote on Twitter about an incident in which a “man in Golders Green Sainsbury’s wouldn’t give an elderly lady just one of a number of (the last) packets of dry pasta he had grabbed. He said no when she asked him politely. Very upsetting. We need a national kindness effort to look out for the elderly, infirm & vulnerable #BeKind”. Her post was retweeted more than 2,000 times.

Keep talking, urges Maureen Maureen Lipman has backed a Jewish News campaign to encourage the community to keep talking when in isolation. The importance of remaining close even when we are physically separated can’t be over-estimated. So we are today issuing an invitation to any of our isolated readers to contact us if they would like to chat – whether about the current news dominating the world, our work at the newspaper or just a casual chat. Email us at editorial@the jngroup.com and a member of the Jewish News team will be happy to talk. We’re also honoured that Maureen Lipman, one of our community’s most celebrated figures, has agreed to make calls to readers. We urge everyone to follow her lead by picking up the phone or switching on your computer and keep talking. The Coronation Street actress famously starred as Jewish grandmother Beattie in the 1980s BT adverts, which brought the catchphrase ‘It’s

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good to talk’ to the nation. The campaign is also being supported by organisations such as JW3 and Jewish Care. The latter’s CEO, Daniel Carmel-Brown, said: “During these unprecedented times, it is absolutely vital that we look after each other as much as we can. If you know that someone is likely to be lonely or isolated, reach out to them, pick up the phone, use video calling where possible. We will be focusing our resources on those without any support, and need everyone who is able to, to do their part to help the vulnerable.”

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Chief: Hard truths at child sex abuse inquiry The Chief Rabbi has warned “hard truths” may emerge during the public hearings on child protection in religious organisations at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which began this week. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis ((pictured) (pictured pictured)) said the Jewish compictured munity must listen and learn, adding “essential lessons” could come from it. He said: “This inquiry sends a clear message to victims

and survivors of child sexual abuse that we live in a society that will not tolerate communal failing to deal comprehensively with this scourge. Your voices are being heard and your courage acted upon.” It follows revelations earlier this year that dozens of illegal yeshivas had refused to work with an independent safeguarding commission set up by Hackney Council unless it received a “quid pro quo” on the national curriculum. Hearings will examine “child protection policies and safeguarding cultures in religious organisations” in England and Wales, including those serving Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Baptists, Methodists and nonconformist Christians.

Witnesses will include complainants, victims and survivors, religious organisations, local authorities, charities, central government and charities, with a focus on measures religious organisations can employ to keep children safe from sexual abuse and to properly handle safeguarding concerns. Mirvis said: “Any failure to protect young people is a complete abrogation of our responsibility to God and to one another. It cannot and will not be tolerated. “There may be hard truths and essential lessons to be learned from this investigation. If so, every one of us must be prepared... to use them as an opportunity to change ourselves and our organisations for the better.”

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Peckish Jewish MPs after a kosher sandwich or a hot meal will soon get to grab a bite in Parliament. The Bellamy’s restaurant in the House of Commons will offer kosher and halal food from 30 March in a threemonth trial. The announcement follows a joint letter demanding kosher and halal options by the MPs Charlotte Nichols and Zarah Sultana, backed by 49 cross-party MPs. Signatories include Alex

Sobel, Wes Streeting, Rosena Allin-Khan, Naz Shah, Caroline Lucas, shadow home secretary Diane Abbott and shadow chancellor John Mcdonnell.

Nichols, the Jewish MP for Warrington North, said offering kosher and halal food is about “making Parliament more accessible to people of all faiths and none”. “We’ve had Jewish MPs now for about 200 years. I’m certainly by no means the first. Likewise we’ve Muslim MPs for decades. It’s something that is long overdue and there are people that have been pushing for this for a long time,” Nichols added.

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Jewish community and student representatives held their third meeting in eight months with a new Universities Minister. The meeting with Michelle Donelan MP in London comes just four weeks after she replaced Chris Skidmore MP in a reshuffle. He had met the same Jewish representatives a day earlier, on 12 February. Only six months before that, the same Jewish representatives met Skidmore’s predecessor, Jo Johnson MP. Donelan met Board of Deputies’ vice-president Amanda Bowman, Union of Jewish Students’ campaign organiser Daniel Kosky, plus representatives from the Jewish Leadership Council, the Community Security Trust and University Jewish Chaplaincy. She was briefed on issues facing Jewish students and academics on campus, including the mixed voluntary adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism, as well as extra security costs for student societies and religious freedoms.

The Green Party’s London mayoral candidate has told of her “frustration” after a motion she sponsored to incorporate a new definition of antisemitism was deemed to be “out of order”. Sian Berry, who hopes to replace Sadiq Khan in the rescheduled 2021 vote, was speaking at a JW3 breakfast briefing with candidates organised by the London Jewish Forum and Jewish Leadership Council, with Jewish News as media sponsor. Berry said there had been two occasions when motions incorporating the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism had been put before the party’s conference, but said members’ priority had been redrafting the party’s constitution. On her support for the definition, she said: “We’ve brought forward an [IHRA] motion I’ve co-sponsored, but it’s been ruled ‘out of order’, due to the way we’ve said it should be incorporated into the disciplinary process. We didn’t get another chance to rewrite it to be in order.”


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Effort to recover laundered cash The Charity Commission is “still considering its options” in recovering millions of pounds laundered through a network of Orthodox Jewish charities in London. On Monday, the Commission said its inquiry stage closed in July when Edward Cohen, 67, was jailed for nine years for selling counterfeit erectile dysfunction and slimming pills and laundering more than £10 million through the charities’ bank accounts. Cohen, a former trustee of Chabad UK – which is unconnected to Chabad Lubavitch UK – was convicted of providing false or misleading information to the Commission, money laundering, theft

of £165,000, and fraud. His activities were unearthed after the Commission investigated a number of charities including Brocho Vhatzlocho, Havenpoint, Pikuach Nefesh, Worldwide Hatzala, Ozer Dalim, Mamosh Worldwide and Or Simcha. This week the Commission said it was “still considering its options in relation to the recovery of monies, including those held in a number of the charities’ bank accounts and currently restrained by a court order under section 41 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002”. It would “ensure that, where possible, any charitable donations recovered are transferred to another charity to be spent

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in accordance with the charitable objects to which they were initially given” and “consider removing the charities from the register once this has concluded”. More than £9 million passed through the charities’ bank accounts in 2012-14 but less than £320,000 was accounted for.

Amazon cracks down on propaganda Amazon has stopped selling most editions of Hitler’s Mein Kampf and other titles deemed Nazi propaganda in a shift heralded by Holocaust educators around the world. Sellers were notified of the online retailer’s decision this week following years of campaigning from Jewish groups. The company has always defended the sale of offensive Nazi-era material, citing free

speech and historical insight. Some foreignlanguage academic editions of Mein Kampf can still be bought via Amazon’s UK bookstore, including a heavily-annotated German language edition approved for use by scholars. Written eight years before Hitler assumed power, Mein Kampf is part autobiography, part blueprint for what later became Nazi military strategy.

An Orthodox Jewish councillor has been named mayor of Barnet. Brian Gordon, who was elected to Barnet Council in 1998, representing initially Hale, then Edgware, has held several senior council positions and is currently chairman of Hendon Area Planning Committee. He is also a governor of Rosh Pinah Primary.

He begins his one-year tenure in May after winning the vote against Labour candidate, councillor Anna Clarke. An executive member of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations representing Edgware Machzikei Hadass, Gordon, pictured, was recently elected vice-chairman of its external affairs committee.

GRANT’S WINGATE WIN Author Linda Grant’s new book A Stranger City has won one of the Jewish world’s foremost literary prizes for its “honest” portrayal of Jewish life in London. Grant’s novel, described as “a love letter to London,” won the 2020 Wingate Literary Prize and £4,000 on Monday after organisers cancelled the evening event at which it was due to announced. Limmud founder Clive Lawton, who chaired a panel of judges, said Grant’s book “felt like a work for the 21st century

and a coming of age for Jews in Britain”. He said: “The US has long seen Jews integrated very unselfconsciously into their narratives, but this happens far less in British culture – in literature, television and film. So, in general when you are looking at books about Jews in Britain, the characters are signalled in a much more obvious fashion.” Lawton added that Grant’s seventh novel was “a mature and honest portrayal of the Jewish experience in London”.


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Israel denies vaccine claim Israel’s defence ministry has denied a report scientists in the country made a “significant breakthrough” in developing a coronavirus vaccine. Sources told Haaretz this week researchers at Israel’s Biological Research Institute are expected to announce

a vaccine in the coming days. According to the report, the team made a “significant” breakthrough in understanding the virus, but further tests will be carried over many months. However, a spokeswoman for the defence ministry told Jewish News the

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At least 100 people have tested positive for the new coronavirus in Borough Park, a Chasidic neighbourhood in Brooklyn. According to an official, who asked to remain anonymous because of restrictions on speaking to the media, the 100 positive tests have come

since the clinic began testing last Friday. Reports of large Orthodox weddings have angered officials who are urging social distancing. As of Tuesday, there are 814 total cases in New York City, according to its Department of Health.

Teen’s site updating the world A Jewish teenager has built a website that is keeping the world updated on the pandemic as it spreads. The site, ncov2019.live, has been visited by 12 million people since December. Computer whiz Avi Schiffmann, 17, from Seattle, spends much of his time these days constantly updating and improving the website, which automatically scrapes data from reliable sources from all over the world. The site, which originally updated every 10 minutes, now updates every minute to

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More than 600 Russianspeaking Jews from 25 countries gathered in Vienna, just before the coronavirus outbreak, for the annual Jewish learning and culture festival Limmud FSU. The three-day event was attended by Austrian ministers and coincided with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Austria’s Mauthausen concentration camp, where there was a moving ceremony that included Racheli Kreisberg, the granddaughter of camp survivor and famed Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. Limmud FSU began in 2006 to serve Russian-speaking Jewish communities worldwide. This month’s highlights included a musical Kabbalat Shabbat service featuring the Viennese Jewish community’s chief cantor, Shmuel Barzilai. There was also the opening of an historic antisemitism exhibition, Yiddish lessons,

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Hundreds of Russian-speaking Jews gather for Limmud FSU

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hummus-making classes, crowdsourcing workshops and a gala concert starring Russian-speaking jazz pianist Leonid Ptashka along with blues singer Roy Young. Businessman and philanthropist Matthew Bronfman, chair of Limmud FSU’s steering committee, said: “Our thrust is to spark somebody’s Jewish journey after 70 years of communism and no Jewish education through music, poli-

tics, dance and Torah. Whether you’re religious or secular, Limmud FSU is here for you.” Ilia Salita, president and chief executive of Genesis Philanthropy Group, which supports Limmud FSU, said: “The inspiring success of this event is yet another testament to the resurgent dynamism of the global community of Russianspeaking Jews, who are rising to reclaim their identity and legacy and to fully become

a part of the Jewish world.” Every year thousands of young Russian-speaking Jews get involved from places as disparate as Australia, Toronto, California and Moscow, yet unlike most other Jewish organisations it is volunteerdriven, except for a small team of paid staff members. The event also attracted public figures, including Israeli Ambassador to Austria Mordechai Rodgol; Oskar Deutsch, the president of the Jewish community of Vienna; Yitzchak Sonnenschein, the head of the British delegation of the World Zionist Organization, Kreisberg and Israeli TV presenter and journalist Gil Hovav. Also attending was Karoline Edtstadler, Austria’s federal minister for the EU and Constitution, who condemned the recent antisemitic attacks in Germany and vowed her government would oppose the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

WORLD NEWS IN BRIEF

Your weekly digest of stories from the international press BELGIUM

Ten historians from Belgium’s national Holocaust museum have resigned to protest the cancellation of an event honouring a vocal Israel critic. Brigitte Herremans, who has urged the EU to sanction Israel, was due to be given an award, but pressure from Belgium’s Jewish community led to the scrapping of the event at the Kazerne Dossin museum. Its board did not mention Herremans in a statement about the resignations.

GREECE

Investigators say a fire that burned down an Israeli-run school for refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos was likely to have been an arson attack. The International School of Peace for Refugee Children was founded by Jewish and Arab Israelis in 2017. It has taught more than 3,000 children there.

AUSTRALIA

Alleged victims of the former headmistress at a Jewish school in Melbourne hoped they were ‘one step closer to justice’ after a Jerusalem court judge decided not to allow any more defence witnesses to cross-examine a psychiatric panel. Malka Leifer fled to Israel before being charged with 74 counts of child sex abuse. Her case was due to return to court yesterday.

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The former nanny of a Utah rabbi will spend the next 25 years in jail for sexually abusing him from the age of eight. Alavina Fungaihea Florreich, 70, abused Avroham Zippel, 27, in his Salt Lake City home for years. Zippel, whose 2019 testimony started a #MeToo movement in the Orthodox world, later became a rabbi and is now works as a Chabad emissary.

£2.5M FOR FAMILIES OF Czech museum director fired PITTSBURGH VICTIMS The families of Pittsburgh synagogue victims are to get around £2.5 million from a fund raised by communities in the aftermath of the deadly October 2018 shooting. Among those raising hundreds of thousands of dollars was the local Muslim community as an unprecedented act of interfaith solidarity. A lone gunman walked into Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue during Shabbat morning services on 27 October, killed 11 and seriously injuring two others. Robert Bowers, 46, is believed to have blamed for immigrants from Central America. While around £2.5 million will go to the victims’ families, almost £1m will be allocated to the rebuilding of the Tree of Life building, which also houses Congregation Dor Hadash and New Light Congregation.

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A separate fund, called the Pittsburgh Jewish Federation’s Victims of Terror Fund, was distributed last year. “One of the principles that guided the committee’s deliberations relative to the funds received was ‘shalom b’bayit’, the need to arrive at recommendations that would foster healing in the congregations, among victims’ families and harmony throughout the wider Jewish community,” said New Light Congregation co-president Barbara Caplan.

director of the The director of the Lidice memorial, museum at the site amid accusations of a Czech village that the government razed by the Nazis has is trying to whitebeen fired after a hiswash inconvenient torian revealed that facts to suit its prea Jewish woman in ferred narrative. hiding there had been Some say it is just denounced shortly the latest example of before the atrocity. politicised censorThe village of ship when it comes Lidice, 16 miles from to the Holocaust Prague, was where and central Europe, senior Nazi and Holociting interventions caust architect Reinin Poland and Hunhard Heydrich was gary. murdered by British“I think academic trained resistance The moving tribute to those killed in the town of Lidice freedom is in danger,” emorial fighters. historian Muriel Hitler then ordered all male villagers killed and all historian Vojtěch Kyncl, who said Blaive told The Guardian. “If they can intervene and fire a Jewish woman in hiding there women and children deported. Ever since, the government has was detained two days before someone just like that, it’s not a good sign. The temptation is portrayed the villagers as mar- Heydrich’s killing. The fallout has led to the dis- clearly there to try to control the tyrs, but that legacy has recently been sorely tested by Czech missal of Martina Lehmannová, interpretation of history.”

School Shoah education to Portugal to commemorate Inquisition be considered for Wisconsin Portugal has approved 1536, when tens of thou- country on the day in 1821 official memorialisation of Wisconsin is set to become the latest US state to legally incorporate the study of the Holocaust in schools after lawmakers expressed support for a new law. If they enact the legislation, the state will become the twelfth to incorporate the subject matter into social studies academic standards with a legal requirement to develop both a curriculum and instructional materials to do so.

Any new law would apply to both public and private schools, similar to laws already in effect in states such as Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky and Oregon. The bill would allow them to dedicate one to two weeks to focus on the Holocaust and other genocides and integrate it into multiple subjects such as English.

a law to officially commemorate the Inquisition of Jews every year, with the day of remembrance for the victims to be held on 31 March every year. Jews began to be expelled from the country in 1497, with subsequent massacres, culminating in

sands were either forced to flee or convert to Christianity. Similar measures had been enacted in Spain a few years earlier. The Portuguese parliament has now approved the passage of a law to officially commemorate the Inquisition of Jews in the

when the Inquisition in Portugal was officially disbanded. Ashley Perez, president of Reconectar, which seeks to reconnect the descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Jewish communities with the Jewish world, said: “Finally there will be

the tens of thousands of victims of the Inquisitorial regime. “Hopefully this day will create greater awareness of this dark chapter of Jewish and Portuguese history, which still casts a giant shadow across the world.”


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Our shuls are our lifeline The news synagogues will be shutting or have already shut to try to stem the spread of the coronavirus is totally understandable, but also very distressing. As we all know, a synagogue is not just somewhere to pray. It is a place of community, where people come to be with others to chat, to commiserate, to provide advice and to find a place of solace among others. They are community centres, offering talks and groups for those of all ages, and provide a lifeline for those who are sick, elderly and alone. I understand synagogues are following government advice, but perhaps they could

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seek to reassure the more vulnerable members of our community. Shutting ourselves off to stem the spread will inevitably increase the sense of isolation of some members, with the knock-on effect of mental health issues. Some synagogues call members ahead of Pesach to ask if there’s anything they need or if they have a seder to attend, so this would be a good thing for all synagogues to do now and check people have enough food and essential supplies. Let’s extend the hand of friendship and help those around us. Alice Marshall By email

FOR SOME, SHULS CLOSING IS GOING TO BE A TRULY HELLISH EXPERIENCE There are people for whom social isolation presents a big psychological risk. It’s very alarming. For God’s sake. Shabbat has been cancelled. Has this ever, ever happened before? Let’s be generous and exclude times where a genocidal

maniac has made attending synagogue a bit tricky. This is the death of religion and the death of community. For some of us, it’s going to be a truly hellish experience. I just hope it’s worth it. Name supplied By email

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LEADERS MUST STEP UP What are our community leaders doing to guide us on the current situation? There seems to be very little happening. Religious buildings are being forced to close. What is the community doing to create an infrastructure using technology and tools? For example, the Jewish Learning Exchange has closed its building, but is setting up

virtual activities. Above all, people need reassurance... Chabad in Finchley sent a simple but wonderful email just to say we are here for you spiritually and physically. What about seders and Pesach? Right now there should not be any groups getting together let alone for several hours over two nights.

Vatican archive opening I was extremely interested to read your story about the Vatican opening its archives early (Jewish News, 5 March 2020). Many people have long accused the wartime pope, Pius XII, of turning a blind eye in the face of the horrors of the Second World War and subsequent

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Virus a menace to the health of our minyanim ALEX BRUMMER

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K airlines demand a government bail-out if they are too survive; shopping centre group Intu on the brink; Israeli entertainment group Cinemax warns its days may be numbered; savers through their pensions and share ISAs sit on horrendous losses. Covid-19 is primarily a health crisis, a matter of life and death for the vulnerable, but it is also a financial and community crisis. What began for Britain’s Jewish community with some almost comical rulings about not kissing mezuzot or touching parading Torah scrolls is a much deeper crisis for practicing Judaism and the normal operations of the community. As someone who emerged from 11 months of kaddish for my late father Michael Brummer (z’’l) last year I became reacquainted with the daily rhythms of Jewish life. In particular being able to access a minyan and to have the privilege of leading services in honour of the

deceased was important. But minyanim can be fragile. In my community of Richmond-upon-Thames, our Friday night minyan is healthy. It is almost certainly strengthened by the promise of single malt whisky (provided by a local connoisseur) and herring. But the core, even more so on Shabbat mornings, are a group of friends in their 60s and 70s – fit, well and intellectually strong – but in the eyes of Boris Johnson’s medical advisers, vulnerable. As the corona virus infection has spread in the UK our own, sometimes weak minyan, has thinned out and left people wondering how long it will last. At the most recent Shabbat the sponsor of the Kiddush was missing, because of “slight illness” in the family. In far more robust St Johns Wood, services were suspended. Specific biological cleansing instructions were offered at the end of Richmond services. Other communities, one hears, have already abandoned the Kiddush, the main incentive for attendance. The Western Marble Arch morning and evening minyanim are normally strong. The

IF PEOPLE LOSE THE HABIT OF ATTENDING MORNING SERVICES, IT WILL BE TRICKY TO GET THEM BACK

core vibrancy reinforced by a welcoming atmosphere and the strong flow of visitors mainly from Israel and from all corners of the world. Strip away the visitors and the core is also often, with some notable exceptions, a more mature cohort, which on occasion includes me. Without visitors, many locked down in Israel or elsewhere, the minyan weakens, especially when spouses start to wonder if shul is an unnecessary risk. The fear for communities which are struggling (I do not include those mentioned above

in this article) as is the case for businesses and much else is that Covid-19 could be an existential event. Once people lose the habit of morning services, even when wanting to say Kaddish, it may be tricky putting HumptyDumpty back together again. Some of the senior kingpins of minyanim could be lost. The pull of north London and the Hertfordshire suburbs already has diminished Judaism in the British regions. Some in the north-east such as Middlesbrough faded a long time ago. Other once vibrant, booming communities – such as Cardiff and Brighton – are much diminished as are many others across the country. They hang on prosper and survive because Jews, wherever they are cleave for company. It maybe the current virus will strengthen weak ties, as crises bring people together. But that becomes harder when much of the medical advice is about isolation. In much the same way as Covid-19 is seen as a challenge to corporate life and globalisation so it may also be a severe and tragic blow to the variety and choice of Jewish community life.

Crisis offers a chance to reasses our priorities DANIEL ORENSTEIN

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OVID-19 has been with us for less than three months but has already thrown global health and economic systems into chaos – infecting hundreds of thousands and killing thousands. Airports around the world are empty and millions sit at home in mandatory quarantine. International markets are crashing at a scale reminiscent of the 2008 banking crisis, and financial experts warn of worse to come. More immediately, people who work in tourism, international business and travel (among other professions) are losing their income. Global market collapse, unemployment and a lethal virus are nothing to make light of. Yet, as the mantra goes, “out of crisis comes opportunity”. In the case of COVID-19, the opportunity is to learn a few essentials about life in the 21st century, about the state of humanity, our relationship with one another and with the earth. COVID-19 has led to some unexpected, and even desirable, trends. If we can overcome the disease, yet hold on to these trends, a stronger human society may yet emerge. In the spirit of this crisis-

IN THE CASE OF COVID-19, AS THE MANTRA GOES: 'OUT OF CRISIS COMES OPPORTUNITY' brings-opportunity, here are six interim positive trends (some of them lifesaving) to consider: • Emergency preparedness: Every household should have two weeks of supplies in case infrastructures are disrupted and basic supplies are not available for a short period. By being prepared, you can alleviate pressure on health and emergency infrastructures at a time that they are least able to accommodate large numbers of people in need. In this way, you protect yourself and your community. • Personal hygiene: Knowledge about hand washing and sneezing/coughing into your elbow has been around for as long as people have known that many harmful viruses and bacteria are transferred from infected surfaces to your hands and from your hands to your eyes, nose and mouth, where they invade the body and get you sick. COVID-19 provides a timely reminder. • Clean air: Our global economy runs on

burning fossil fuels that release pollutants into the local environment (think: cancer, emphysema, asthma and more) and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere (think: climate change). China has among the worst air quality conditions in the world and is the second biggest emitter of greenhouse gasses. According to NASA observations, nitrogen dioxide concentrations over parts of China dropped by 30 percent due to the economic shutdown of the Wuhan Province, which was the COVID-19 outbreak epicenter. We might consider that after dealing with COVID-19, ending our dependence on fossil fuels may be the next best thing we can do for our health. • Public health experts and agencies: Doctors get much-deserved credit for their role in saving lives, but public health experts are the unsung heroes as far as monitoring and preparing for the local to global environmental

risks that threaten us all. Coronavirus reminds us of the lifesaving work done by the likes of the World Health Organisation, the Centres for Disease Control, National Ministries of Health, non-government health organisations and university public health extensions programs. In calmer times,these not-forprofit bureaucracies and organisations have to fight for their budgets, so it’s good to have a reminder regarding their prominent role in assuring societal well-being. • COVID-19 gave a much-needed boost to the argument for universal health care. Health experts say China’s universal health care system was one of the key elements assisting its citizens to identify and treat sick individuals. Finally, “silver linings” of a more personal nature that also offer some optimism for the future. First, with Ben Gurion airport effectively closed, perhaps the Israel Railways can finally finish their work on the Airport–Haifa rail line, so passengers coming into and leaving Israel will no longer suffer the unpleasant surprise that, yet again, the line is closed for infrastructure repairs and expansion. And hopefully a final silver lining – greater respect for the connection between people and nations – will outlast COVID-19, too.


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Stats show why Israel quickly shut up shop STEPHEN ORYSZCZUK

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was in Israel earlier this month, one of the last foreigners allowed in without having to prove how I could lock myself in a room for a fortnight. I was there to cover the election and stayed on for a few days to look at the Israeli health tech scene. I was still there when Benjamin Netanyahu began implementing what he called “harsh” measures to contain the spread of the Covid-19, or coronavirus, including banning large gatherings and ordering all Israelis returning from much of Europe to self-isolate for 14 days. He said he had told officials to “over-prepare”. Bibi bravura is nothing new, but I was struck by his statement that “Israel is in the best situation of all other countries, together with another two or three western countries”. In other words, Israel was as well-placed as any for the coronavirus. Yet that’s not the impression I was getting from researching the Israeli healthcare system. Everything suggested the opposite, that the Israeli healthcare system was itself sick.

When he instituted a blanket ban on entry last week, which included the UK, the world called it draconian, but it makes perfect sense if the healthcare system simply couldn’t cope. Few outside Israel know that thousands of patients a year are dying from infections in Israeli hospitals, which are the most overcrowded in the developed world. The mortality rate from infections in Israeli hospitals is 39.7 deaths per 100,000 patients, by far the worst among economically advanced nations, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The United States is second worst, with 22 deaths per 100,000. Critics, of which there are many, say this is a symptom of chronic under-investment by politicians who don’t see past the short term. They have a point. Government funding has fallen from 75 percent of total health expenditure to 65 percent. This shows in the figures and on the ground. Forty years ago, hospital capacity was 3.3 beds per 1,000 residents. Today it is just 1.7 beds. As a result, Israeli hospitals have a 94 percent

CREAKING ISRAELI INFRASTRUCTURE GAVE IT NO CHOICE BUT TO CLOSE DOWN

average occupancy rate, by far the highest in the developed world. Not only are they overcrowded, Israel’s hospitals are also understaffed, leading to huge pressures on those that remain. Dr Erel Buchinsky, who previously headed the medical residents’ association, says he regularly works 26-hour shifts. In a recent Facebook post, he compared it to working in a “mass casualty event”, in which overstretched doctors have to prioritise those more likely to live over those more likely to die. For Israelis who don’t pay through the nose for deluxe service, this means scandalously long waiting times. At a Tiberias hospital, the wait for

tonsil removal is more than two years. Politicians are noticing because it is affecting them too. This week, as we in the UK moved from “containment” to “delay”, we learned that the idea behind “delay” is to push back the peak of the outbreak to the spring, to avoid the annual winter pressures on the NHS, and to flatten the peak of the curve, to spread the cases out over time. It is all, we are told, designed to help hospitals cope. These are exactly the same considerations behind Israel’s early and somewhat brutal decision to shut its borders – the creaking Israeli healthcare infrastructure gave it no choice. Israelis know only too well the state of their healthcare system and are quick to take steps to avoid hospital. While I was there, 70,000 Israelis were already in self-quarantine. They are used to dealing with emergencies, but their enemy has always been neighbouring states or terrorist groups, the fear of missiles and rockets. Now the fear is of door handles, kitchen surfaces and friends coming over for dinner. When this outbreak fades, I hope they realise underinvestment in infrastructure is just as deadly.

Richard was my teacher, my mentor and my friend DEBBIE SHELDON CEO, WORK AVENUE

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t is hard for me to think of Richard Mintz, a trustee of Work Avenue and large communal figure, in the past tense, so much was he a part of my life before he passed away last Friday. Richard first became associated with Work Avenue in 2013 and, as with all things Richard did, as soon as he heard more about Work Avenue, he decided to get involved 100 percent. Richard loved his family first, but the community came a close second. This was because the essence of Richard was people. He loved people, he loved telling them stories (and jokes!), he loved hearing their stories and he always wanted to help. Richard believed that everyone should be treated with dignity, no matter the situation in which they found themselves. Be they physical, emotional, financial or other difficulties, he always had time to listen, offered instinctively sound advice and was happy to use his contacts to try to help any situation. Anyone who came into contact with Richard was made to feel as though they were the most important person in the world. He gave them his full attention and made them feel that their

problems were his problems too. Richard loved life. He loved travelling and he loved his modes of travel. From motorbikes and planes to boats and cars, he took such pleasure in everything he did. Whether he was at the controls, or guiding them by remote control, everyone was invited to share in his latest hobbies – from his friends and associates to their extended families. Together with Philippa (may she have a long life), they opened their homes whether on dry land or sea to so many people, always offering wonderful food and company and always showing concern for others. Richard loved technology. He could never understand why I was happy with my notebook and pen and why I didn’t want his gadget that electronically transcribed his notes. He was an avid user of technology, embracing it to the full and never overwhelmed by it. He loved dictating to his computer and his Ring doorbell. He was especially thrilled that he could use his mobile in any country at the cost of a local call, and often made that call just to say hello. Music was so much a part of Richard’s life. Many a phone call was spent with me listening to Richard sing. His repertoire extended from that week’s Haftorah reading to a song he had written for his singing group, or songs from

West End productions. He loved the Royal Albert Hall and was so generous with offers to others to join him. He was equally enthused by Cirque du Soleil as he was by the Last Night of the Proms. Richard performed beautifully and brought so much joy to others. He loved synagogue and his Jewish identity was so much a part of him. He was proud of the close friendship he had with rabbis and ministers of all denominations and this is testament to the love Richard had for people no matter who they were or where they came from. He loved the world and loved to sing Adon Olam with gusto each morning. Richard mentored many people on their journey through life, which often had bumps in the road. He listened, shared his own personal stories and inspired and, most importantly, he stayed in touch to check up on their progress. He made them feel worthwhile and special. Richard suffered much with ill-health over the past few years but could always be seen attending events and offering support and sharing a joke. Such was his nature. He put others first and loved deeply. He loved Israel. He loved Jews. He loved all people. He was first and foremost a family man. First as a son, then as a husband, brother and father. His proudest moment was telling me of

Happier times: Debbie with Richard Mintz

the birth of his grandson, Rami, and he followed all his milestones avidly and shared so many pictures as the proudest grandfather. Yet he still remembered his past and his parents, and spoke of them often, and the foundations they had laid for him. Anyone would be proud to have been such a role model to the community and to have changed the lives of so many and made a real difference to this world. Richard was a good man, the best. He was my teacher, my mentor, my friend and I shall miss him terribly. May his memory be a blessing.


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JFS students heard from the founder of a homeless shelter, himself a former rough sleeper for six years. The charity GIFT took two groups of 25 students to the Rhythms of Life shelter in Islington for a talk by Andrew Faris, whose experiences led him to start the charity in aid of London’s homeless. Students volunteered at the centre, chopping vegetables, sorting food and clothes and preparing sleeping bags. The event was run with Sarit Gafan, who ended the session with a mindful gratitude workshop. Senior GIFT educator Shira Joseph said: “Seeing these students stepping out of their comfort zone and working so hard on such an important cause reminds me of the importance of introducing young people to these causes.”

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A Jewish-owned design agency has unveiled 14 badges bearing messages such as “elbow bumps welcome” and “I’m hands free” in a campaign dubbed “STOP THE AWKS”, to encourage the public to stop shaking hands during the coronavirus pandemic. Money raised from the sale of the badges, available on www. stopthespread.co.uk, will go to charity. Creative Clinic founder Adam Selwyn said: “We’ve had quite a few awkward moments with clients and friends, and in shul over Purim, where we flapped between handshakes and elbow bumps.” Pictured is Rabbi Chapper of Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue with the badges.

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Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev and Malki Foundation chair Geoff Hartnell met guests at an “intimate” lunch held at the offices of the firm Vintage Wealth Management earlier this month. Attendee Jeremy Goldsmith described the opportunity to meet the ambassador as “a treat”, while a spokesperson for the Foundation expressed gratitude to Regev for “making the time and effort to attend the lunch”, at which he discussed the pandemic and current affairs.

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The Israeli Ethiopian Rabbi Dr Sharon Shalom, who was smuggled out of Sudan by Mossad agent ‘Dani’ in 1982, received a standing ovation from members of Belmont United Synagogue, where he hosted a seuda talk and shared his testimony. Organisers described the talk as “gripping, funny, emotional, powerful, warm and engaging”.

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‘We are all staring down the barrel of deep financial ruin’ The coronavirus outbreak has left many art companies fearing what lies ahead, writes Francine Wolfisz

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its doors, adding that these were “disquieting” times for his industry. He said: “It feels incredibly scary, because there are so many unknown factors and we are still not understanding as an industry where we stand, based on what the government said. I find it very disquieting that we are not even afforded any clarity. “Even with clarity, however, other theatres in our situation will find that their insurance policy has exclusions and most insurance companies will not stand by us. There are sadly loopholes. We believe it’s a deeply unfair situation and we are all staring down

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s London’s arts and culture ground to an abrupt halt this week, with many theatres, museums, galleries and cinemas closing their doors over the coronavirus, one industry insider warned they are all “staring down the barrel of deep financial ruin” without government help. David Babani, artistic director of The Menier Chocolate Factory, called out Prime Minister Boris Johnson for not providing more “clarity” for the creative industry after announcing the public should “avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues” on Monday, but stopped short of forcing them to close, leaving many companies in limbo. Nevertheless, The Society of London Theatre, which represents the West End, said theatres would close from Monday night until further notice and many other companies followed suit. The Menier Chocolate Factory, located in Southwark, suspended all performances of Paula Vogel’s play, Indecent, until 12 April, just days after opening at the theatre. Speaking to Jewish News, Babani said his theatre took the “difficult decision” to close

Main picture: The Prince Of Egypt. Above: Alexis Zegerman and Ed Stoppard in rehearsals for Leopoldstadt and A Monster Calls at The Old Vic

the barrel of deep financial ruin. “It’s not just the smaller companies either – even the larger, more established ones are facing financial ruin. These are very scary moments and, without a rescue package, our industry won’t survive.” On whether he is hopeful Indecent – which recounts how Shalom Asch’s 1923 play, God of Vengeance, resulted in the arrest of the original cast over obscenity charges – will be able to resume its run in the coming weeks, Babani said: “We have an incredible story that could not be more prescient and we will do what we can to share it again, when it is safe and right to do so. “We don’t like the ‘cancel’ word – we are doing what we can to postpone and tread water. While it was only performed twice, both performances received standing ovations and the reaction on social media was extraordinary. I take great heart in the small amount of people we were able to move.” Other shows affected this week include Endgame, Endgame starring Daniel Radcliffe, at the Old Vic Theatre, which was due to run until 28 March. A planned revival of Amy Herzog’s 4,000 Miles, starring Timothee Chalamet, is, however, still scheduled for previews from 6 April at the theatre. Elsewhere, performances of The Prince of Egypt at The Dominion, Come From Away at Phoenix and Sir Tom Stoppard’s play, Leopoldstadt at Wyndham’s have all been cancelled. Actor Greg Bernstein, who was on a UK tour of A Monster Calls, described the last few days as “the most turbulent for the arts” and pleaded with ticket holders not to imme-

diately request refunds and to “think of the long-term” for his industry. He said: “We’re all on pause. Everything has ground to a halt. It’s been quite a shock and we don’t know what will happen. Our producers have been doing everything in their power to bring the show back, but are worried if financially the funds are not there. “The arts are what people turn to in times like this – people need escapism. But now we’re in this spiral of despair people don’t even have that. It’s important the government doesn’t neglect us. Everyone is requesting refunds and so much money is draining out of these companies that when we return to normality, I fear there will be widespread bankruptcy. We need to think about the longterm situation.” Alongside theatres, thousands of art galleries, museums and community centres closed their doors this week. Shortly after the prime minister’s speech on Monday night, JW3 announced it would shut until further notice. In a video posted on Facebook, its chief executive, Raymond Simonson, said the community centre made a “really tough decision” but that it had “no real choice”, adding that it was looking at ways to use technology to teach language classes remotely and put on performances through live-streaming. He also appealed to supporters who have been offered a refund for a cancelled event to donate the money to JW3 instead. Meanwhile, the Jewish Museum, in Camden, announced it would close from Wednesday (yesterday) until further notice. Film and television production has also


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Special Report / Weekend felt the effects of the pandemic, with many commissioned shows now on hold, film sets abandoned and new releases delayed, while cinemas across the country have closed their doors. On Tuesday, Disney announced the UK release of its new Marvel superhero film, Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson and Rachel Weisz, would not go ahead as scheduled on 1 May. The filming of three Avatar sequels in New Zealand has also been put on hold, according to producer Jon Landau. Speaking to the New Zealand Herald, the American-Jewish producer said: “We’ve delayed it. We had plans to come down Friday night with a group of people and start back up, and we made the decision to hold off and continue working here (Los Angeles), and come down a little later than we’d planned. “We’re in the midst of a global crisis and this is not about the film industry. I think everybody now needs to do whatever we can do, as we say here, to flatten the [coronavirus] curve.” Avatar 2 is set to be released in December 2021, with a further three sequels already in the works. The third instalment of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, starring Zoe Kravitz and Dan Fogler,

Left: Black Widow, Above: Alexandra Silber and Peter Polycarpou in Indecent. Right: Endgame

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Orthodox Judaism

SEDRA Vayakhel BY RABBI BORUCH M BOUDILOVSKY The detail in the Torah outlining the construction of the tabernacle is enormous. This is particularly surprising as the Torah is usually succinct. What deepens this enigma is the contrast between the Torah’s depiction of creation to that of the tabernacle. The Torah commits 31 verses to the creation of the entire universe, in all its breath-taking beauty and remarkable complexity. But when describing the design and formation of the tabernacle, a structure that extended to a mere 20 by 10 beams, the Torah dedicates more than 300 verses! To understand this, we must reflect on the very essence of the Torah, which is mainly concerned with the relationship between human and God. This is characterised by a command from God and a human response of deference, best exemplified in the giving of the Torah at Sinai. Our sages say the Torah highlights the importance of this relationship by reserving alef, the first letter of the alphabet, for the opening of the first command at Sinai. But the account of creation begins with the letter bet,

which is secondary in importance. Spirituality, Judaism maintains, is not a subjective, emotional feeling, but rather the objective discipline of human behaviour. A relationship with God is not developed by withdrawing into soaring feelings of meditation, but rather by humbly and actively submitting to the will of God. This is precisely the role of Jewish law; to provide a detailed context to which we must discipline ourselves. Successful and consistent observance of Jewish law is what Judaism accepts as spirituality. The tabernacle did not offer a place for individuals to decide what makes them feel close to God. Rather the tabernacle, in its construction and service, was a place that imposed requirements upon man. This is why the Torah dedicates more than 300 verses to the tabernacle, to teach us that only by obediently performing the detailed tasks dictated by God, does man serve God.

◆ Rabbi Boruch M Boudilovsky serves Young Israel of North Netanya

Torah For Today What does the Torah say about: Self-isolation BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL The current coronavirus outbreak has required selfisolating and quarantining of at-risk and infected persons in many countries across the world. What does the Torah say of quarantining in the case of pandemics? Leprosy required quarantine and Miriam was sent outside of the boundaries of the Israelite camp when stricken with the symptoms of leprosy for having gossiped about Moses to their brother, Aaron. Moses was very upset about this and prayed for her to be healed, but God ordered her out of the camp, saying: “If her father had spat in her face, would she not be ashamed for a week? Let her be in quarantine for seven days and she can thereafter return to the camp.” It is interesting to note that droplets of spit are the vector for coronavirus, and this is the example the Torah correlates in

relation to quarantining. The Torah compares the quarantine to being shamed for having insulted a parent and draws the conclusion that if one were to be ashamed for a week, then surely, they should self-isolate for that period. Indeed, the Torah period for any case of leprosy is one week and as each week elapses, a priest is to check the patient and decide whether he or she is ready to return to the camp.

It is recognised in the Torah and Prophets that leprosy is a physical illness that can be brought on by spiritual deficiency, such as gossip or arrogance, as in the case of King Uzziah of Judah, who was punished for haughtily assuming a function of priesthood. However, leprosy can be caught from an untreated person, and it causes immunity to lower in the affected person. Quarantining has the effect of protecting the patient from others, rather than the other way round. The Torah teaches us how quarantining and self-isolation can protect those most vulnerable and eliminate the spread of such a virus. ◆ Rabbi Ariel Abel CF serves Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation and is padre to Merseyside Army Cadet Force


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The Bible Says What? Vashti appeared naked before her husband... except she didn’t! BY RABBI DEBBIE YOUNG-SOMERS I was told the story about Abraham smashing up his father’s idol shop so many times as a child that I was 23 before I realised this isn’t actually in the Genesis narrative. It’s Midrash. Aged 26, I was teaching Purim at a Christian centre in London, and mentioned that Vashti was invited to appear naked before her husband and his friends. One of the students disagreed with me; they’d never seen that before. So we went back to the text to prove I was right. I was wrong. The text doesn’t mention Vashti being naked – we just have our minds in the gutter! The Book of Esther says she was asked to appear wearing her royal crown, in order to show off her beauty. It doesn’t say she was supposed to wear only the crown. It is a Midrash found in the Talmud (Megillah 12b) that suggests she is in fact asked to appear naked. Since then, I have tried to comfort

myself by checking I wasn’t the only person who had learned Midrash, as if it were in the Tanach. In fact, many of us think that the text says something that it actually doesn’t, which fascinates me! In this column we often look at the weird, wonderful, and sometimes horrifying things embedded in our text. But sometimes, we discover that what we thought exists in the text is actually only in a commentary. Our stories as a people are complicated. We tell them through thousands of years of commentary, and we are still invited to contribute to that ongoing process today. There are times when I’m surprised by what the Bible says – and others by what it doesn’t say – but the Jewish story really continues by engaging with both ways and telling it anew.

◆ Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers is community educator at Reform Judaism

Progressively Speaking We must not lose sight of the importance of helping each other BY RABBI SANDRA KVIAT We are living in interesting times, as the saying goes. We are all grappling with what the coronavirus means for us, those we live with and those we care about. We all seem to feel the same overwhelming need to act. In our house, that meant the realisation that we (I) had inadvertently bought several kilos of parsnips and a lot of garlic, but no pasta. It was a hilarious and sobering discovery, and a reminder to keep calm. But the need to act, to feel that we are doing something, is important. For although we might have stocked up, or feel ready, ourselves, our focus should be on how we can also support others in the community; those who might have to selfisolate, those who might not have a large network, those who are vulnerable and/or those who may just appreciate a friendly phone call. Faith plays a key role. At times of anxiety, our Judaism can give us comfort. Our prayers take on extra meaning and the values of our reli-

gion come to the fore. The beauty of Judaism is the care we have for each other and how we value life. My colleague, Rabbi Jonathan Romain, flagged three Jewish principles for this time that I think worth sharing: 1. Dina malchuta dina (the law of the land is law); 2. Pikuach nefesh (saving of life); 3. Al tifros min hatzibur (never separate yourself from your community). In meeting the third, at our synagogue, we have developed a skills register – giving us an overview of members’ skills, qualifications and passions. It only takes a few minutes for people to fill in online, but it

means we can arrange phone tree, and food/medicine drop offs, if and when the need grows. A simple willingness to help is a skill. Streamed and online resources – such as those listed on the Liberal Judaism website – and Skype/FaceTime check-ins are a great way not to lose our sense of community, as we reach the point where we cannot physically get together. I also like the idea of WhatsApp groups – especially when tailored to common ground, so there are groups of parents with young children, or those with elderly parents – as a way to share information and support. This is a worrying time for many, especially as there is so much uncertainty, but we should not lose sight of the importance of helping each other, of being kind, and that coming together – whether in person or virtually – to celebrate and support each other is vital. ◆ Rabbi Sandra Kviat serves Crouch End Chavurah

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ir Martin Sorrell needs little introduction. He is well known for building the world’s largest advertising and marketing company, making him one of the most authoritative and recognised businessmen on the planet, not to mention one of Time’s 100 most influential people. For more than 30 years, Sorrell, 75, presided over WPP, the global empire he founded in 1985, before resigning in 2018. He grew it from a £1million “shell” company into the world’s largest advertising and marketing services powerhouse with a market capitalisation of more than £16billion, revenues of more than £15 billion, and profits of approximately £2billion. And he is at it again with S4 Capital, the company he set up shortly after leaving WPP. S4 Capital’s mission: disrupt the old advertising paradigm and build a new-age, new-era advertising and marketing services model with a unitary structure. Its focus is purely digital. The emphasis is on ‘faster, better, cheaper’ executions in an always-on, consumer-led environment. Founded in May 2018, S4 already employs 2,500 people in 26 countries. Under Sir Martin’s auspices, WPP employed 200,000 working in 3,000 offices in 113 countries; travel has always been a routine part of his working week. But as the impact of the coronavirus worsens and with the UK now on the brink of lockdown, Sir Martin is “staying put”. He told Jewish News in an exclusive interview last week: “I went to Sweden earlier in the week and was due to go to Amsterdam, but I’ll be staying put in the UK for the foreseeable future. It’s time to lock down.” If the coronavirus becomes a lasting pandemic, it will accelerate fundamental changes in the economy, politics and the workplace, not to mention the impact on travel habits, business habits and the way we communicate. “It affects behaviour and I think there’s a question of whether it affects behaviour in the longer term,” reflects Sir Martin. “It will affect my travelling habits a bit in the short to medium term, beyond when hopefully this crisis, which is now a pandemic, subsides, if it does subside. It’s not an easy time.” So what does the man, dubbed the Sage of Soho for his wise and accurate predictions on the global economy, make of the severity of the situation and its implications? Is it one of the most challenging times facing the global economy? “I said on Newsnight on Friday [6 March] I thought it was like the aftermath of 9/11, but it is having increasingly characteristics of the financial crisis in 2008. It is becoming more serious. Countries are in lockdown. “The irony, if there is one, is that the impact on China has lessened, but there might be secondary impacts as things take hold more in Europe and there are demand issues. We have had supply chain issues but, as European demand falls for things, that might roll back into China economically. “It’s a very serious situation and for business in general, I think it will affect Q2 and Q3 and will wipe out the whole of 2020 in terms of growth for many companies.” He continues: “Will hot temperatures knock the virus on the head? From what I’ve read I don’t think that’s the case, but we will see.” He says herd immunity must be built up because

searching for the next big “whopportunities” – clients platform for global, multinahe believes the virus will be around with more than $20 million of revenue. tional, regional, local and consistently each year, adding: Sorrell is one of a rare breed who has the qualities millennially-driven clients. “As I understand it, the only needed both to start and to manage a successful busiThird-quarter revenue was way you can deal with it is ness. He says some people are good at one and some up almost 54 percent with a vaccination and/or at the other: “But it’s nice to try to do both.” and 48 percent immunity. The terrible Sorrell did it for nine years at Saatchi when like-for-like, and thing is the more people globalisation was a key issue; he did it at WPP for 32 gross profits up that are affected by years when it was a continuation of globalisation and 50 percent and it and the more the start of technological disruption, and now at S4, more than people that die, which is all about technological disruption. 44 percent likethe more likely Sir Martin was born in London in 1945. His close for-like. that we establish relationship with his parents and their influence The comimmunity from it so on his career is well documented. He says he “felt pany’s client list you have this terrible robbed” when his father Jack, with whom he spoke includes Netflix, public policy issue. frequently, died aged 74. He recalls how his mother, Google, Facebook, “You get a short-term Sally, would drive people crazy causing “a lot of angst” Amazon, ByteDance attempt at destabilisation by kvelling over him in Jewish Care’s reception area. (TikTok), Uber, Procter & at long-term benefit, but if Sir Martin supports a number of charities, including Gamble’s Braun, Nestlé’s you try to flatten it out, you his family foundation, which supports a variety of Starbucks at Home, Cocadon’t have as much resistance causes. He also assists leading universities, including Cola and Walgreens Boots. so you get a short-term benefit Martin Sorrell, the ‘sage of Soho’ Harvard Business School and Cambridge University. And the company is always but a long-term loss. It’s a very difficult one for the government. Both companies and governments want to be seen to be doing the right thing. It does seem to be taking hold increasingly in many countries.” At the time of writing, the Israeli government was reportedly preparing for full lockdown, having previously closed cultural and recreational establishments as well as schools and universities and banned indoor gatherings of more than 10 people. Foreigners could not enter the country, unless they could prove they were able to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. “The other thing is that the autocratic regions like China and, to some extent, Singapore are very effective at shutting things down because they can control things more easily, whereas more democratic or complex countries have extreme difficulty. This is terrible.” An exciting opportunity has arisen for a proficient individual to enable the Outside of discussing the coronavirus, Sir Martin found time to wish Jewish News and The Jewish delivery of first-class broad range of activities within the Synagogue Chronicle mazeltov on the reports of the ir merger. Can Office. You will oversee all aspects of the office function to support the we survive in this era of intelligent digital advertising? Community, including dealing with stakeholders, managing the team and “I would guess they are more likely to survive maintaining the financial accounts. together than apart,” he muses. There are few, if any, more qualified to know. He was educated at HaberThe ideal candidate will ensure that a high level of customer service is dashers’ Aske’s, Cambridge and Harvard and landed delivered to the communities, whilst actively promoting the United his first job, aged 23, at Glendinning Associates in ConSynagogue in the local community. necticut. After further experience at Mark McCormack’s International Management Group and James Gulliver You will possess substantial managerial experience and effective Associates, Sir Martin joined brothers Maurice and customer care skills. You must be able to demonstrate strong computing Charles Saatchi, becoming their first finance director. skills including managing a company or organisation website. He invested $1 million in supermarket basket manufacturer Wire & Plastic Products. The original You should be capable of working under pressure within tight deadlines premise for WPP was below-the-line services (more with attention to detail. Also, ensuring confidentiality is maintained at all targeted advertising such as direct mail) for which a times. In addition, you will possess excellent communication and fee is agreed upfront. In the two years after striking interpersonal skills and a good knowledge of Jewish customs and out on his own, Sir Martin completed 15 takeover practices. bids, sending WPP’s market value soaring. It became the world’s largest advertising conglomerate. Closing date for receipt of applications – Sunday 29th March 2020 And it has been so far so good for S4Capital, which from a standing start, has grown to a billion-dollar, To view the job description and apply for this position, please log on to our and at one time billion-pound, market capitalisation, website www.theus.org.uk/jobs achieving a unicorn status in a little more than a year. In 2018, it merged with MediaMonks and MightyUnited Synagogue Registered Charity No. 242552 Hive to press on with its mission of creating a new-age, new-era digital advertising and marketing services

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Dear Adam My dentist has told me I need a root canal. What does it involve? Gary Dear Gary Root canal treatment is usually performed when a tooth becomes painful or infected. Your nerve is contained within a hollow tube extending down through the middle of the tooth, along with all the blood vessels and necessary tissues to keep it alive. When the nerve becomes inflamed and causes pain, options are generally limited to removal of the tooth or root canal treatment.

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NOBLE SOLICITORS Dear Carl An employee we recently fired has copied our customer list and deleted some of our customer records. Is this a criminal offence? Matthew Dear Matthew In short, yes it is. Employees who access personal customer data without valid business reasons could face criminal prosecu-

tion. The acts you describe would be covered by s148 and s170 of the Data Protection Act 2018, which discuss the destruction of information and documentation and also the unlawful obtaining, disclosing, retaining or procuring of personal data. You should immediately notify breaches of the act to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO), who could then start an investigation, which could include it obtaining a court warrant to search the premises of your former employee. It can also undertake interviews under caution and begin prosecutions before the magistrates' and crown courts. The ICO has successfully prosecuted individuals for similar offences; offenders

Root canal treatment involves opening up the canal and cleaning it out. Once sterile, the root canal can be filled, usually with gutta percha, a natural rubber material. You will have a rubber 'dam' or sheet put around the tooth to isolate it from the rest of your mouth. We have an endodontist or root canal specialist who will treat our patients who have more complicated teeth. Depending on where the tooth is, how your teeth bite together and how broken down your tooth is, you may need a crown or an onlay placed over the tooth after it has been root filled. This is to prevent the tooth from breaking. An onlay covers the biting surface while a crown encapsulates the whole tooth. Occasionally, root-filled teeth will darken. Your dentist can advise on options to improve their appearance, which may include internally whitening, a veneer (which covers the smile surface of the tooth) or a crown.

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