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800 volunteers sign up in a week ordinating calls and letters written to the elderly. Many have been written by Jewish schoolchildren now athome, who have become “pen pals” with many older community members stuck at home. Despite the drastic upheaval in recent days, schools have continued to play a role in alerting volunteers to those who are self-isolating, with freshly-cooked meals delivered to doorsteps to provide some muchneeded cheer. Organisers said there were “hundreds” of examples of inspiring stories, including youngsters going to an elderly residents’ home to provide musical entertainment from a safe distance, with brothers Uri, 20, and Yoni Shine, 13, singing and playing keyboard in the garden of Sydmar Lodge Care Home on Sunday. However, there were also warnings that economic conditions ‘Care For the Carers’ packages from Gift at a Magnolia care home. The charity says it is fulfilling all requests meant there were more vital serThe charity had rearranged its that we can do much more for the continued but there were now an vices to be offered. GIFT said requests for food funding from schools to reallocate elderly. They need support and care “unprecedented number of new which GIFT volunteer initiatives families requesting food support in packages had risen 25 percent this monies to these new initiatives. the past few days alone”. “We envisage that the number can provide.” week, adding: “We will be providing Barnett also urged people to She added that the charity’s services as long as healthy people of families will double in the next are available and willing to deliver.” year,” said Barnett. “We have seen 270 weekly food packages have donate to the GIFT Appeal.

The charity co-ordinating the Jewish community’s efforts to help the isolated and vulnerable throughout the pandemic says more than 800 people have signed up to assist in the past seven days, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. GIFT, which is co-ordinating requests and offers through its five WhatsApp groups, said volunteers made more than 300 deliveries to those self-isolating amidst an “unprecedented” increase in requests for food parcels, as job losses mount. “Every single request that we posted on our volunteer groups was filled within minutes,” said Michelle Barnett, director of GIFT. “The panicked phone calls were replaced with phone calls of gratitude.” More than 300 care packs have been delivered to carers in hospitals and care homes, after panicbuying left supermarket shelves bare, with key workers such as doctors, nurses and carers left perusing empty aisles. In the first three days volunteers had done 186 shopping runs and picked up scores of prescriptions, but the charity has also been working to combat loneliness, co-



















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A Borehamwood family grieving the loss of their grandfather has raised more than £36,000 for those suffering the effects of the lockdown. The Corona Care Challenge, a crowdfunding campaign, was set up through last week by sisters Samantha Shaer and Emma Miller together with other members of the Landesberg family, most based in Hertfordshire. Their grandfather Alan Landesberg died two weeks ago and Emma said the challenge idea came as the family, including Alan’s sons Andrew and Gary, reflected on his life. “He was very charitable. If he knew what was going on right now he’d have said, ‘Come on, kids, let’s do something to help.’ “We had access to a private underground garage in north London so all the goods got

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sent there and distributed from there. We’ve been getting messages daily, asking for deliveries for relatives and such,” said Miller. “We’ve delivered around 150 care packages so far, but we also have contacts at all the hospitals around the city.”

Sacks: This can make us stronger Former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has said people’s efforts to help others during the pandemic are “a little like the wartime spirit”. In an interview with BBC Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, Sacks (pictured) struck a somewhat hopeful note, saying that although bad events “can bring the worst out in us, they also bring out the best”. Speaking about an emergent sense of collective responsibility, he said: “We are going to see more and more of this as time goes on. We are going to see a renewal of the ‘we’ of the country.” Lord Sacks said the world’s focus on

a common problem may have a positive effect. “I do think this split attention – with everyone looking at something different, that has so disaggregated us as a culture – is going to change,” he said. “We’re all watching the same news, reacting in pretty much the same way. So although we’re not physically together, mentally and emotionally, we will be. Physical isolation will go hand in hand with an emotional and moral sense of solidarity.” Asked about the urge to meet family physically, Saks said it was important not to expose them to potential risk. “We’re going to come through this, whether it takes three months, or six months, or more, we’re going to come through it safe and alive.”

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22 Jews among virus dead Twenty-two UK Jews have died after contracting the coronavirus as of Tuesday, according to figures released by the Board of Deputies, writes Mathilde Frot. The Board of Deputies gathered information from the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, the Federation of Synagogues, the United Synagogue, the Joint Jewish Burial Society and Liberal Judaism. The number of deaths in the community accounts for close to 5 percent of the confirmed national death toll, which on Wednesday afternoon was 433. Jews make up 0.5 percent of the UK’s population and have a median age in England and Wales

of 50-54, according to the last census, in 2011. The Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor William Stern died at 85 after contracting the virus, according to reports from the strictly Orthodox community. Stern, who came to Britain as a refugee, survived Bergen-Belsen. He took control of Britain’s largest private sector landlord, the Freshwater group, in the 1960s, and launched the Stern Property Group. But his empire collapsed in the 1974 crash with debts of about £143m. In 1978, he was personally bankrupted with debts of £118m. A 97-year-old woman, Rina Feldman, is also understood to have died from the virus. A third

member of the strictly Orthodox community is believed to be in intensive care in Manchester. The figures show “our community is not immune” to the pandemic, Board of Deputies president Marie van der Zyl said on Wednesday. “There is no higher value in Judaism than preserving life, so please, do everything you can to follow the government’s guidelines and stay home.” The Board was doing all it could to maximise the continuity of Jewish life, to ensure we can celebrate a happy and healthy Pesach, she added. “We will get through this, but it needs everyone to play their part.”

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WHY JEWISH DEATHS ARE DISPROPORTIONATELY HIGH Two things about COVID-19 appear to be very clear: the elderly are at more at risk than the young, and those with underlying health conditions are more at risk than the otherwise healthy, writes Jonathan Boy, executive director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research British Jews are old; second only

to the Christian population of the UK, they have the oldest age profile of any religious group. 21% of us are aged 65 and above, compared to a national average of 16.4%. So based on our age profile, Jews appear to be collectively more at risk than most others. On the other hand, Jews are relatively healthy: 5% have bad

or very bad health compared to a national average of 5.6%. That’s not an insignificant difference, particularly bearing in mind our age profile, and it’s because Jews, in general, are wealthier and better educated than average, and so are less likely to adopt unhealthy behaviours. But the primary danger to Jews,

like everyone else, lies in irresponsible actions. The temptation to convene, for halachic reasons and with Pesach pending, is perhaps stronger among Jews than others. We have to strongly resist this while finding creative ways to maintain the sense of community on which Jewish collective life depends.

CEMETERIES SHUT, STONE SETTINGS ARE POSTPONED The United Synagogue closed its cemeteries to the public this week and is postponing all stone setting ceremonies in a series of measures to protect the community from the threat posed by the coronavirus. The movement’s rabbonim and rebbetzen will neither officiate weddings nor visit shiva houses while social distancing restrictions are ongoing. Under the changes, community members are encouraged to comfort mourners over the phone and by email. Funerals, to be held outdoors, no longer require a minyan, with attendance restricted to immediate family. Mourners should practise social distancing by standing some distance apart from one another and consider live-streaming ceremonies, United Synagogue said this week. Stone-setting ceremonies are to be postponed until after social distancing restrictions are eased. However, tombstones should be erected as usual. Meanwhile, Reform and Liberal Judaism clergy will continue to officiate funerals and cremations, but with no mourners present. “Even one mourner could inadvertently be a carrier of COVID-19,” read an open letter from leaders across both movements, released on Wednesday. “Our funeral directors will help to ensure that these can be streamed.”

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Beth Din relaxes Pesach food laws The London Beth Din this week broke centuries of tradition requiring special ‘kosher for Passover’ products by telling British Jews they can use some regular items this year, writes Adam Decker. The religious court took the decision to help struggling or housebound families during the Covid-19 outbreak by publishing a list of regular products that can be used. KLBD, the Kashrut division of the London Beth Din, said it was allowing those in need to buy a range of goods not produced under special Pesach supervision; such supervision has been the requirement for British Jews since commercial food manufacturing began in the 15th century.

“We are acutely aware of the pressures at this unprecedented time,” said KLBD director Rabbi Jeremy Conway. “We already know why this seder night will be different to all other nights and this Pesach will be one unlike any other.” He said the Beth Din had “been working overtime” to support kosher shops and manufacturers, and create new guidelines for this year only. “This list should be used when regular supervised products are not available, or for people who are older or in isolation and so are unable to go shopping themselves or have Pesach products delivered to their home. “Working together, we hope the community will be able to have

a kosher and meaningful Pesach despite the challenging circumstances.” KLBD described its permission to use some regular products as “leniencies” and said they were “intended to assist people specifically at this time of crisis”. Conway said the permission was specifically designed for occasions when regular supervised products were not available or if people were in isolation and unable to go shopping themselves or have Pesach products delivered to their home. Beth Din 2020 “leniencies” include brands of salt other than Saxa and brands of sugar other than Tate & Lyle. Some foodstuffs were still banned,

KLBD has published a list of regular products that can be used this year

however, including tinned tomatoes, tinned potatoes, soft drinks, prunes, gherkins, olives and jams. Non-food items certified as Kosher for Pesach by the KLBD include cosmetics, medicines, pet food and cleaning products.

KOSHER RESTAURANTS DISH UP HOME DELIVERY Shut kosher restaurants are relying on a homedelivery model to keep the community fed. A spokesperson for the S-Group, which runs Reubens, Pizaza, Soyo, Pizoyo, PITA and Delicatessen, said: “We are trying to do our very best by maintaining a safe and clean envi-

ronment and to keep our customers safe as well as our precious staff.” Its branches in Golders Green, Hendon, Hampstead and Borehamwood will offer home delivery via Deliveroo “as long as we are able”. It added: “No one knows which limitations


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we might face later on. We are trying to keep our heads in the game and we are still here happy to serve everyone. We are coping.” One Ashbourne in Hampstead Garden Suburb took the “difficult decision, like so many other industry friends, to close”. Its website thanked “everyone who has eaten with us in these difficult times and sent messages of support and solidarity. We will be back as soon as possible. Stay safe and healthy.” Aviv restaurant in Edgware has set up an “in-house extended delivery service in an effort to mitigate these challenging times”. The service is “contact-free delivery available on request where a driver will drop food on your doorstep”, with deliveries free, for orders over £30 within a two-mile radius. In Stamford Hill, Parkside Kosher Restaurant told Jewish News it had shut “as we didn’t want to take any responsibility for spreading the virus”. Nearby, Deli Ninety Eight said it has not previously used Deliveroo, but “now enquired about getting them on board”. It also “halved our delivery charge for orders under £40 and orders over £40 are free delivery.”

Owing to the coronavirus outbreak, several kosher food stores including bakeries have offered free delivery services to many customers self-isolating at home, with many such shops offering “family packs” of Pesach products.

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‘Don’t panic, there’s enough’ Kosher retailers have sought to reassure the to purchase food “sensibly”, adding that it was community that there is plenty of produce as limiting how many customers in the shop for safety reasons, while Steins Food in London long as people shop sensibly. At least six of the community’s leading pro- said customers should “buy what you need but prietors called on shoppers not to stockpile, leave some for someone else”. saying it could mean some go without Passover necessities. A Global Kosher representative says in a video it is “working around the clock to get sufficient stock”. Staff at B Kosher in Hendon say there is “enough for everyone, there’s no need to panic buy”. A staff member at Tapuach in Hendon appears in front of boxes of stock, saying: “We’ve got plenty, as you can see,” while Hadar in Edgware tells customers: “Shop as much as you need, but do not stock up for next year. There is plenty for everyone as long as you are responsible.” Kosher Kingdom called on shoppers B Kosher, Tapuach, Hadar and Kosher Kingdom staff

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Hackney gets Yiddish helpline The Orthodox Jewish community in north London has established its own internal welfare system for families struggling financially or logistically amid the pandemic, with initiatives across Hackney, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. A Yiddish-speaking helpline has been set up, an upmarket kosher restaurant is cooking up free meals for the isolated and unwell, schools and yeshivas have closed and a community not known for its social distancing is largely observing the rules.

Interlink, a Charedi charity, said this week that the helpline had “rapidly become a very valued and helpful facility, because the majority of households do not have internet access and the NHS 111 line is over-burdened”. The helpline was set up by volunteers from emergency ambulance service Hatzolah, Satmar charity Bikur Cholim, disability charity Ezra Umarpeh, the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations (UOCH) and the Medical Advocacy and Referral

Service (MARS), established by Rabbi Hershel Grunfeld in 2012 to provide medical and financial support. Interlink said these were “frontline organisations” but the helpline was “not intended to replace emergency or medical services,” adding: “Some questions will be specific to the community… People are not likely to ask 111 if they should be going to shul.” Queries have so far ranged from self-isolation to the availability of tests to the definition of a “persistent” cough, but organisers said the


Esther and Maureen help keep us talking A husband and wife isolating in north London got a call from the Coronation Street actress Maureen Lipman as part of a Jewish News campaign to tackle loneliness. Daphne Berkovi, from Hampstead Garden Suburb, has been a decade a carer for her husband, a dialysis patient diagnosed with multiple myeloma, for approximately a decade. She reached out last week

after Lipman pledged to call some Jewish News readers staying at home during the pandemic as part of the newspaper’s Keep Talking appeal. The actress, who famously starred as Beattie in the 1980s BT adverts, called the Berkovi family at the weekend. GIFT volunteers delivered grocery shopping to the family after Jewish News got in touch with the

primary purpose was “to ensure that people who are ill or need to isolate can get food, medicines and other necessities, via a group of volunteers,” of which there are now hundreds. “There are very clear protocols and safeguards in place for these volunteers, for instance they do not go into people’s homes, any contact is on the doorstep, and if additional needs are identified, they are signposted to agencies that can help, such as Bikur Cholim.”

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Yom Ha’atzmaut will take place in people’s homes this year, as organisers seek to ensure celebrations for Israel’s birthday continue in spite of coronavirus. The Zionist Federation (ZF) will rebrand 29 April’s celebration as ‘Home Ha’atzmaut’, in a bid to ensure the community can mark the occasion safely amid restrictions on gatherings. Israel’s birthday usually involves barbecues and public celebrations with singing, dancing, flag-waving and ample amounts of pita, hummus and falafel. But with Boris Johnson telling millions to avoid social interaction for the foreseeable future, the #HomeHaatzmaut initiative urges the community to hold barbecues at home.

The ZF, which hosts the main annual Yom Ha’atzmaut event in the capital, will send out party packs with flags, bunting, recipes, a Spotify playlist, vouchers and a livestream for a top Israeli performer. Depending on the extent of restrictions by 28-29 April, packs may either be posted, or sent digitally, and are likely to cost around £18. The ZF’s executive director Joshua Forman, who has been working with the World Zionist Organisation on the scheme, said: “We are really excited to have found a way to bring both a bit of cheer and Israel into everyone’s home for this Yom Ha’atzmaut. We’ve been distraught at the idea that we can’t hold our normal party, so we really hope everyone can join in together.”


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‘The children are going How our community is coping: from a doctor on the front line to a teacher, a would-be oleh, a self-isolator and a Year 6 pupil DEREK TAYLOR



Self-isolation for the over-70s for 12 weeks. Yes, the government means me and I’ll tell you, it’s better than being bombed by the Luftwaffe every night. I also only just avoided the V2-rocket, which fell a couple of streets away in 1944. Then I had to worry for donkey’s years about the Russians and the IRA, so a virus from which almost everybody recovers is no big deal. The isolation brings out the best in the grandchildren. They may be busy with their own lives normally, but we now have proof that they rally round in an emergency. It isn’t the help; it’s the love with which it’s offered. I also know a lot are finding it tougher than me. An in-law who can’t visit her husband

of 50 years, suffering from Alzheimer’s in a home. The widower who lacks a family to support him. They may be too proud to ask for help, so we need to ask them if they need any. Many people are pitching in. The newsagent is delivering milk with the morning papers. The Charedim are coming to their doors to have street services instead of in synagogue. The 18th century uniforms may be a bit outré, but they will tell you they don’t have to face the problems of the world by themselves. So what to do for 12 weeks? I have a 1,500piece jigsaw with no picture on the box and I doubt I will have enough time to finish it. There’s also YouTube, which has favourites from the past, including Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. I’m sorry about the London theatre, but Holmes and Watson is an acceptable alternative.

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After completing my master’s in September, I decided to move to Israel as an ezrach oleh (a ‘returning citizen’) to begin a role with an organisation dealing with the rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel. During this period, I was exposed to many journalists and editors and eventually applied for and landed a dream job as a news editor at Haaretz. When I left Israel for a brief holiday at the start of March, the coronavirus was starting to making inroads in the country, but it still felt distant: after all, almost 6.5 million people had just participated in an election. Within days, however, the situation had declined dramatically: lockdowns across

Europe matched only by the novel and numbing experience of daily death tolls on our news cycles. In light of all this, I had a phone call with Haaretz, where I was tactfully informed that the role would be delayed. While this is frustrating, I know that I personally am lucky in the grand scheme of things. Yes, the world is living through an unprecedented health crisis, but I do not have mortgage repayments hanging over me, I do not have dependants, and my life and the lives of those I care about are not at serious risk from the virus. I also like to believe that living through this crisis will help to recalibrate our perspectives and priorities, both individually and as a society.

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I’m gutted for my Year 11 students, because they’ve been working towards doing these exams for two years. They understand what has happened, but feel cheated. There is a plan that maybe if we come back in time, they’ll do another mock to help me decide what their final mark will be. I’m going to have to reassess the work that I have marked. Where I’m normally really strict I’m going to have to go back and try and be a bit more generous, because it’s their final mark. I give them marking to push them, now I need to give them a mark that will actually reflect their ability more closely. Will this affect children’s education long term? I think because everyone’s in the same boat, probably not.

The year groups that will be affected the most are Year 10 and 12. They will do the exams next year, but they’re missing a whole term towards what’s going to happen at the end of 2021. As for lower year groups, there’s enough time for them to catch up. For parents of young children, my advice would be not to worry too much. Parents are trying to self-educate their children and every little thing does help. As for my husband, who’s a paramedic in west London, he’s working nights at the moment and has said it’s crazy out there. The volume of calls is beyond anything he’s ever known. He’s very worried about any of us getting sick and him then having to self-isolate. Already a significant amount of paramedics are in self-isolation, so the pressure on the system is immense.

This week we’ve seen a lot of patients coming in with suspected coronavirus symptoms. There’s a feeling of uncertainty, because the national advice has been changing almost daily. We’re trying to isolate patients, so anyone with respiratory symptoms goes into the respiratory areas out of the way of other patients, where the doctors and nurses and staff are all gowned-up. There’s a massive amount of preparation going on for the inevitable increase in numbers that we’re going to be getting. But there are problems when we get somebody coming in with issues that are not a coronavirus-related symptom, but we don’t know whether those patients are potentially carriers of coronavirus. I had a patient last week with chest pain who later started coughing. He was not in an isolation area, but then he told us that

he had been coughing for a couple of days. These things can coexist. So it just makes it really difficult to manage. Like everyone else who is working in an NHS settiing, I don’t want to catch the virus and bring it home with me. I know some people have been talking about staying in accommodation away from their family, but we have no idea how long it’s going to go on for and it will certainly be months, if not longer. For now, I want to stay home with them, but like others, we’ve had to change our plans for Pesach drastically, and there is certainly a chance that I could be called in to work anyway if things are as busy as predicted. As emergency medicine doctors this is what we have trained for. It’s a job we spent years at medical school and then speciality training to do and it feels like we’re ready. It hasn’t hit us hard yet, but it will do soon and we have to do what we can to save lives.



school. There are many experiences that they will miss out on: their residential trip, the school play, leavers’ assembly, and so on. Oliver feels disappointed that he won’t have the opportunity to sit his SATS at the end of the year as he had been working very hard. But, of course, we are trying to make the best of it. The children have managed to organise their leavers’ jumpers, while the parents have been exchanging pictures on our WhatsApp group, with the intention of making a collage.

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Although our children are enjoying the treat of a weekday lie-in, they are still in a routine. Oliver has been given assignments to complete while his sister Chloe has regular online lessons. They even have co-ordinated break times on House Party, a group video chat app, to break up their studies. While my daughter is older and more self-sufficient, I have stepped in to help my son out with some of his assignments. The timing is a huge shame for the Year 6 pupils, for whom it is the last year of primary


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Mammoth lesson in resilience The lockdown has precipitated a new level of co-operation and co-ordination between England’s Jewish schools with educators sharing sites and data as they find their feet in the “new normal”, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Jewish families adapting to life at home with children should let schools put online systems in place, a senior adviser said, as they organise how best to teach children of critical workers, with “hubs” such as Wolfson Hillel popping up. Nic Abery, of Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJeS), said educators had the “double whammy” of setting up online platforms while configuring staffing and site management for pupils attending in-person, but were working together on it. “Schools are working completely collaboratively,” she said, pointing to WhatsApp groups for heads, Jewish studies teachers, Hebrew teachers, even school finance officers. “There’s a lot of co-ordination between the heads, working out how many kids they have,

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where lunches are coming from, which schools are opening… The other thing they’re now doing is formalising a staff structure outside schools. There’s just more communication, including with parents around work being set for kids.” Some Jewish secondaries such as JFS already have limited online learning management systems, using apps such as Show My Homework but some schools, including most primaries, have nothing in place.

Abery said a priority for PaJeS was support in creating online communities for educators as well as outlining what school closures will mean for staff, heads, parents and governors. “Stress levels are very high,” but the level of collaboration was “unbelievable”. “It’s so inspiring to see the heads supporting each other.” Last week was “the firefighting stage” and there is now “a huge area of work around emotional wellbeing, about knowing how to speak to kids going through turmoil, especially in Years 11 and 13 whose exams are cancelled. “There will be huge adjustments to make and an element of grief for children who may feel like they’ve had the net pulled out from under them.” Beyond that, Abery said families whose children will be at home now needed to think about their new reality. “The most important thing is structure,” she said. “What does a working week look like? What does a working day look like?

1,500 tune into virtual JLGB Days after postponing faceto-face activities, JLGB went online – offering activities through free virtual weekly groups. The sessions, which opened this week, are for different age groups every Monday to Thursday from 6.30pm. The first session on drew an enthusiastic online crowd of 1,500. Chief executive Neil Martin said: “There is fun, games and creativity for the younger ones, skills and masterclasses based for Years 6 to 9, and discussion groups and leadership training for Years 10 to 12. “Our committed volunteers around the country will switch to become online hosts and moderators to ensure great quality programmes and the highest level of safe-

guarding.” With 80 sessions to fill, he said the charity had had offers of help from professionals, performers and celebrities. “We’re working on it now to fill every slot. They’ll be accessible to every Jewish young person across the UK. Sessions will include learning magic, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award training such as first aid and map reading, alongside sessions on photo editing, app design and mindfulness.” Speakers include rabbis, communal leaders, industry experts, footballers, puppeteers and “a couple of celebrities”, but Martin said it was open to “any young person or parent who has a skill to offer, or who may be a known figure stuck at home climbing the walls, please

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consider giving us half an hour to teach life skills and inspire thousands”. He added: “This is going to help with loneliness and it’s going to give parents respite. We may

offer parent sessions. It’ll be evenings to start with, but we’ve already been called upon to offer activities during the day. “  Go to www.jlgb. org/virtual


There are lots of things you can do together as a family. You can go on a virtual tour of the British Museum as a family outing. Imagine a Pesach tour, looking at the ancient Egyptian artefacts! Similarly, there are Broadway musicals online, so you can say, ‘Right, we’re going to the theatre tonight.’ Education isn’t just maths, English, science. Parents can take on a different role and make things fun. The most important thing is for kids to feel is a sense of security, even if parents may not be feeling 100 percent secure.

NETFLIX & CHULENT WITH JW3 JW3 launched JewishOnline on Sunday, a free streaming service so viewers can ‘Netflix and chulent’ while practising social distancing. The community centre in Finchley Road shut down last week to halt the spread of the virus and launched . The new website,, contains recordings of events, links to livestreams of upcoming shul services, classes, screenings and performances, as well as videos created by other Jewish organisations. The centre launched JW3 TV last week – a platform with videos of its previous events. Among the videos is the last performance of Ashley Blaker’s off-Broadway show Strictly Unorthodox, filmed in New York City last year. The website also contains a conversation between former chief rabbi Lord Sacks and author Elizabeth Oldfield about the faith leader’s new book Morality, recorded at JW3 this month. JW3’s CEO Raymond Simonson wrote in a message to supporters on Sunday: “So many wonderful

individuals and organisations are working hard to create content for YOU during these challenging times, so we wanted to make it as easy as possible for you to find something to stimulate your mind, nourish your soul or entertain your family. “Think of this as a digital Jewish marketplace, a circumcised streaming service, a chance to Netflix and chulent! Enjoy.” Reform Judaism launched an interactive online broadcasting platform on Monday entitled RJ:TV. The movement intends to upload more than four hours of programming every weekday, including daily prayer services and adult learning sessions. A separate channel offers material for six to 16 year-olds. Senior Reform Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner said: “Our synagogue doors may be closed, but our communities are open. “RJ:TV will bring together some of the most exciting talent in our community to deliver Jewish content and assistance at a time when gathering together physically is not an option.”

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England’s oldest shul shut ‘Cynical’ move by banks to hike charges for first time in 350 years into the synagogue even though you may not be able to make it in yourself”. He said: “I’ll be posting daily video updates on YouTube to keep everyone abreast of what is happening on-site, along with a selection of Jewish ideas, historic anecdotes, synagogue object sharing, and insights into parts of the building itself. “I hope that through these videos you will continue to feel connected and through learning more about it feel even more invested in it. We will have a grand celebration when the restrictions are lifted.”

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The virus has done what German bombers could not by closing England’s oldest synagogue – London’s Bevis Marks. David Ereira, vice-president of the S&P Sephardi Community, said: “Bevis Marks is the only shul we believe in the world that has never closed in its 350year history. Even during the Blitz it remained open. This Shabbat is the first time [it] had no official service.” Bevis Marks’ Rabbi Shalom Morris told congregants he had started recording videos from the historic building “as a way of welcoming you

Communal business and career organisations Paperweight, Resource and Work Avenue all reacted with horror this week at Britain’s high street banks continuing to hike the rates they charge on loans and overdrafts up to 40 percent.

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and Natwest had already started charging 39.9 and 39.5 percent respectively. Paperweight said it was “the wrong time to have an interest hike”, Work Avenue called it “a cynical move., while Resource also condemned the banks’ decision.

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Barmitzvah boy’s virtual simcha A Borehamwood teenager had a barmitzvah streamed on social media after the virus forced his synagogue to close. Naftali Arden, 13, was set to celebrate with a party – and 160 guests – inspired by the TV show Friends. His family had to postpone the party, but a ceremony was held online using a webcam. Rabbi Alex Chapper, of Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue, tuned in remotely. “It was so much more spe-

cial than we could have ever imagined” Naftali’s mother, Tania, told Jewish News. “After we did it and I looked at my WhatsApp and saw the astonishing number of people who watched online. As of this morning it’s around 5,000. “People were wishing us mazeltov, and said it had really moved them. Quite a few of my friends said they cried. I had a little cry afterwards. “It was astonishingly meaningful, and we’ll have the memories forever.”

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ness plans can bring the opportunity for learning, development and ambition beyond any goals we could set ourselves. They also bring pressure and exhaustion. None of us knows what is ahead. We’re all doing the best we can. We should be confident in asking for help. One initiative I’m proud to be part of is a Jewish Leadership Council and Board of Deputies forum to connect professional leaders in sharing, collaborating and learning to navigate challenges together. We also need to learn not just to manage our new skills but to filter our lives differently. We need to manage the incoming media, offerings and balance of demands on us and create our own boundaries in this new living environment. Let’s learn together how to manage this new way of living one day at a time. Let’s pace ourselves and be ready to pass on our batons, and receive batons, in this marathon.


Naftali Arden, centre, with his proud parents and siblings

Photo by Gary Perlmutter couple bring wedding forward The pandemic didn’t stop Denise and David Lester from marrying at Woodside Park United Synagogue last Thursday. The couple, from Welwyn, were due to marry in front of 120 guests in June, but brought the ceremony forward so that the bride’s parents, Hazel, 84, and Eddie Leigh, 87, could be with them on their big day. The ceremony was organised in just three days with help from the United Synagogue. “It’s a romantic story whereby a wedding was cancelled but rescheduled at very short notice with everyone working


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Itthis is time a longstanding minhag (custom) going back to the beginning of commercial food manufacture in the 15th Century that products for Pesach should of crisis, when regular supervised products are not available or if people are in isolation be manufactured under special Passover supervision. The Guidelines below, allowing the use of some regular products, are intended specifically and unable to go shopping themselves or have Pesach products delivered to their home. during this time of crisis, when regular supervised products are not available or if people are in isolation and unable to go shopping themselves or This list is not exclusive and may be added to over the coming days. To download the latest have Pesach products delivered to their home. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil can be allowed version, visit Oil: Coconut Oil Y This list is not exclusive and may be added to over the coming days. Extra Virgin Olive Oil can be allowed. Refined or Pomace Oils should be avoided Oil: Olive Oil Y Ideally Supermarkets own brand pure Sunflower Oil. If any additives are listed on the To download the latest version, visit Oil: Pure Y (Key: Y = Yes. Can be approved N = No. To be avoided Y/N = Check Note)

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Pure Apple with Preservative Sulphur Dioxide can be allowed Regular Hen eggs, both white and brown, are permitted. There is no concern regarding the ink-stamp. (Brown eggs have a higher incidence of bloodspots.) Frozen fish, whole or filleted, is permitted, provided that no other ingredients have been added. It should be rinsed thoroughly before use Provided no ascorbic or citric acid is listed as an anti-oxidant Provided no ascorbic or citric acid is listed as an anti-oxidant (excluding of course peas, beans, corn or other items which are considered kitniyot) Pure Fruit Juices without any added anti-oxidants listed on the ingredients, can be allowed. Apple juice often has Citric or Ascorbic Acid added which could be Kitniyot or possibly Chametz Pure Honey from a reputable brand can be allowed Silverspoon Icing Sugar with Tri Calcium Phosphate as anti-caking agent can be allowed. Other brands using Cornflour should preferably be avoided. NB Fondant or Royal Icing Sugar are not approved. Often contains Glucose, Citric Acid, Sodium citrate which can be Chametz These pulses are forbidden for Ashkenazim. In an emergency situation, Rabbinic advice should be sought LoSalt Low sodium Salt is permitted

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Dried Prunes generally use preservative Potassium Sorbate which can be of Chametz origin It is questionable whether Quinoa is to be considered as Kitniyot. In case of need it can be allowed Sun Maid raisins are approved. If they are not available other brands of plain Raisins with no additional ingredients other than Sunflower Oil would be permitted Raw (kosher) meat (not pickled) and unprocessed raw chicken can be permitted even without without a KLP label. Mince Meat must have a KLP logo

Saxa has been approved. Any other brand could be used if Saxa is not available including Sea Salt Soft Drinks typically contain Flavourings and anti-oxidants derived from Chametz. The Caramel in in Cola drinks is generally made from Glucose of wheat. (The Kosher l’Pesach colas utilise a specially manufactured KFP Caramel.) This refers to pure spice powder or granules. Spice Salts such as Garlic Salt or Onion Salt should be avoided

Currently certify Tate & Lyle Granulated Caster and Demarara, but Silver Spoon and other brands could also be used if T&L is not available Hermesetas Mini is approved as well as Xylitol when pure or using only Silicon Dioxide as freeflow agent Tapioca Starch from Doves Farm is KLBD certified. Other brands can be allowed as well KLBD currently certify all Taylors of Harrogate Yorkshire tea. Other brands of regular Black Tea could also be allowed if necessary Often contains Ascorbic Acid Plain in oil, water or brine, without sauces or flavours Plain in oil water or brine, without sauces or flavours Generally contains Citric acid Tinned Tuna in Sunflower Oil, Brine or Water can be allowed 100% Tomato can be allowed. Those containing Citric Acid should be avoided Regular toothpaste is permitted, provided it does not contain sorbitol Fairy Liquid is certified for Pesach but other brands can also be allowed. (Ecover limited edition which is derived from beer should be avoided.) All still bottled water and naturally sparkling water is fine. Artificially carbonated water may be carbonated with CO2 from the brewing industry but many brands have been checked and approved. See Plain natural unflavoured Yoghurt only

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Digital lifeline for home schooling This week’s launch of a Jewish remote-learning platform is perfectly timed, writes Stephen Oryszczuk Jewish parents looking for new ways to entertain and teach their young children at home have been given a lifeline by a Jewish charity. Jewish Interactive (Ji) said it had been working flat out to launch its Ji Bytes for children aged five to nine years this week, which Jewish News is proud to sponsor. The organisation, which has an established home-learning platform called Ji Tap, said: “We have been working around the clock over the past few weeks to prepare an emergency plan to help support Jewish schools, teachers and parents across the world with their rapidly changing educational needs during the pandemic.” It said its platform was “well positioned to spring into action and support schools as they venture into uncharted teaching territories” during this week’s closures. “We have seen a large spike in demand and usage in recent weeks with many new school accounts being created each day as more and more schools seek online solutions to continue to provide Jewish education to their stu-

structure of a school day. Also, parents cannot suddenly become teachers overnight. It’s about finding the right tools Ji and Jewish News have launched and the right sites.” a competition for students and their Platforms offering families to win a MacBook for creating videos or games the best digital game about Pesach on Ji were better able to Tap. It can be based on such things as an facilitate learning interactive Hagaddah, the 10 plagues, and engagement, freedom, Exodus, Pesach traditions she added. or even an interactive seder. Children should Deadline is 1 April. Details at strike an online-offline www.jewishinteractive. balance, Kanzen said. org “Think about project-based activities, such as creating e-books.” Schools have had “almost no time to prepare for this,” she cautioned. “Over the next few days and weeks they will come up with is a dedicated site for five to nine-year-olds learning plans but for now parents just need to things ready for its new, one-hour ‘daily bytes’ let their children breathe. “Step back. It’s OK if they don’t learn from from Monday, designed for primary school the curriculum for a week or two. This is a good children. Ji chief executive Chana Kanzen added: opportunity for them to learn something else “It’s a very anxious time for children, par- such as coding or musical instruments, which ents and teachers. They are looking at what’s will help in their wider development.” She added: “We are in a high state of anxoffered online, but expectations need to be lowered because school cannot be replicated iety at the moment, so try to agree a timetable that gives structure to the day. For online. “We must recognise that it is going to instance, it may be that children are tasked be less structured. Children are used to the with making lunch or preparing dinner.”


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Top rabbis lean into the Israel applauds carers idea of a ‘Zoom Pesach’ Israel’s top rabbis have made an exemption for the upcoming Passover feast, telling families that they do not have to gather around a single table but can instead eat and celebrate via conference call. In what is fast becoming known as the “Zoom Pesach,” a reference to the popular conference-calling app, Orthodox Sephardic rabbis ruled that the tradition could have a Covid-19 makeover this year. The message was coordinated by Rabbi Eliyahu Abergil, who headed the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court for more than a decade, and was focused on making sure elderly members of the family did not feel they had to attend in-person, they said. Joining other senior rabbis and chief rabbis across Israeli municipalities, they told families that they could use Zoom for seder night if they turn on all electronic devices before the religious holiday begins, A traditional seder will be impossible for Jews worldwide this year citing this “time of emergency”. They said that the use of video- that it was “clear to all” that their seniors and the elderly and to give conference could be permitted permission to use the programme them motivation to keep fighting… and to prevent depression and because it was being done for the was “for emergency times only”. The rabbis said their ruling mental weakness which could lead sake of the religious commandment Willsseder, Ad 16.5x12.8 16:03 Page 1from them to despair”. “to remove the sadness toJewish performNews the Pesach adding was17/3/20

The sight of Israelis cheering the country’s medics from their homes on Thursday evening echoed around the world last weekend. In a move coordinated through social media, and in a nod to housebound Italian families singing to each other, thousands of Israelis appeared at their windows and balconies to applaud hospital staff working through the pandemic. Similar scenes were seen in France, India and Spain, while Americans were urged to do likewise this weekend, as communities across the world showed their respect for an overwhelmed healthcare profession. In Israel the IDF said it was stepping up its role in the current coronavirus outbreak with interventions to ensure

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ventilators get to hospitals and vital supply lines stay open, as 1,238 cases were confirmed by Monday morning. One Israeli woman who tested positive has garnered 23,000 followers on social media for her videos .

MILAN JEWISH LEADER DIES A former secretary-general of the Jewish Community of Milan — the city’s local Jewish communal life organisation — has died of the coronavirus. Michele Sciama, known to his friends and family as Micky, was 79 when he died Monday morning. He is survived

by his wife, Viviane, and two daughters, Dalia and Stefania, the Italian-

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Living with my grandfather’s ghost by Jack Mendel @MendelPol

Footballer Julius Hirsch was capped by the German international team seven times, scoring four goals. Prior to the Second World War he won two national championships and became a national hero, a striker extraordinaire in the Harry Kane mould, cheered from the terraces by adoring fans for his attacking style and clinical finish. Julius’ iconic status should have assured him a place in German sporting folklore alongside Franz Beckenbauer and Jürgen Klinsmann. Instead, he was murdered in

Auschwitz for being a Jew. Earlier this month, his grandson Andreas was guest of honour at Chelsea Football Club to see first-hand a 12-metre mural paying tribute to Julius and two other footballers who were sent to Auschwitz. Gazing up at the 12-metre high artwork, by acclaimed Israel graffiti artist Solomon Souza, depicting Julius alongside British prisoner of war Ron Jones and Hungarian Arpad Weisz, Andreas says his grandfather’s legacy constantly hangs over him. Indeed, his wife Martina says it’s like he’s “living with ghosts”. This burden has led him to speak in schools and universi-

Julius Hirsch heading the ball during a game around 1912

ties to educate the next generation about the Shoah. Yet seeing the site of Julius’ murder first hand is simply too much. “I don’t know if I can do it,” he says. “We have been to Dachau but not AuschwitzBirkenau. My weak soul will not stand it. So I stay away. “It’s too hard for me. Perhaps it will change as I get older. I don’t know, but until now, I don’t have to be there to feel everything I feel.” Andreas first learned about Julius, who played for his country aged 19, from his father Heinold. His told him about his grandfather’s “football merits as a young boy”. It was only after the American TV series Holocaust was broadcast in 1978 in Germany, that he and his brother were informed of their family’s tragic past. He continues: “That TV series changed something in our society because nobody could say they knew nothing about it.” Andreas says families of

Shoah victims did not “speak about anything they suffered. That was the problem of their generation. I’m the next generation. I can speak. I have the distance. And I can and want to speak about it. I want to ask questions and want to answer the questions.” His grandfather’s legacy informs his worldview when it comes to tackling modern racism, while the German Football Association runs an annual ‘Julius-Hirsch-Preis’, recognising those who battle intolerance. As Andreas shows me Andreas Hirsch and the mural at Stamford Bridge books which have old blackAndreas praises Chelsea’s and-white pictures of Julius, politician Björn Höcke who he and others which show the says claimed the country needs Say No To Antisemitsm iniaward-ceremony, he says the a “100 degrees turnaround of tiative, launched in 2018 with the backing of Roman Abramprize is “wonderful”, but “it history” on its dark past. In wake of terror attacks ovich, “wonderful”, as it urges doesn’t change society”. He warns about “the revi- in Hanau and Halle, he says people to “speak out. Don’t be sionism and the renascence of Germany has been “blind in quiet. That’s the most imporfascism is strident in Europe”, the right eye for decades”, tant duty we must speak out with a focus on the resurgent and warns about the rise against to stand up.” He adds: “If you are an right-wing AfD (Alternative of extremism, saying: “You for Germany), which is the have more than 12,000, vio- influencer, you have an audilent right-wing or neo-Nazis ence and can spread a positive third largest party in. Germany has “a short groups and they are weapon- message. You have the power to amplify your message.” memory”, citing right-wing ised. Many have guns.”


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As president of Manchester University’s Jewish Society and a participant of StandWithUs UK’s first student fellowship programme, Ben has played an instrumental role in standing up to anti-Zionism and antisemitism on campus. An “inspiring” young man, he will undoubtedly continue to lead the community as a young professional.

As Coventry University JSoc president, Bradley led the response to antisemitic incidents on his campus, appearing on the local BBC radio station. A former member of the NUS Democratic Procedures Committee, the 22-year-old is currently working at UJS training the next generation of activists.



Ben is the founder of “groundbreaking” student group Voices of IsraelPalestine, which has become a blueprint for discourse nationwide. A committed activist with Yachad, the 22-yearold is a leading progressive figure and was commended as one of Jewish News’ 21 faith leaders for the 21st century.

As a key voice in RSYNetzer’s musical community, Charley co-founded Veranenu, a new musical prayer community. Now a movement worker with RSY, the 21-year-old is inspiring the next generation while modelling the skills needed to create a young adult Jewish community.

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Daisy is a student rabbi in London, having enrolled in the prestigious Leo Baeck College as one of its youngest ever entrants. Highly involved in LJY-Netzer and a regular activist for social justice, the 24-year-old is undoubtedly one to watch in communal spaces for years to come.


Praised as a “brilliant teacher, madricha and informal educator”, Devorah has devoted her life to educating children and teenagers in the Jewish community. A former youth director at Watford Synagogue, Devorah currently teaches at Sacks Morasha JPS while supporting Tribe camps, Shabbatons and her local community.


As leader of the LSE Women’s Interfaith Group and president of LSE Voices of IsraelPalestine Society, Emily has successfully brought together students to expand interfaith dialogue across campus. The 20-year-old is also a Yachad Fellow and has a promising future in progressive communal leadership.


Emma is the co-founder of Summer Hype, a week-long residential camp for underprivileged young people from Hackney. Each year, the 23-year-old successfully fundraises, administers, and trains camp leaders, ensuring that participants leave camp better able to manage

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As youth & student outreach worker at Yachad, Esther regularly reaches out to thousands of young people, transforming the Israel-Palestine conversation nationwide. The 24-year-old has previously worked on the fundraising team at Marie Curie, and campaigned for equal education opportunities at the University of Manchester.


As co-chair of Sheffield University JSoc, Gabe received widespread acclaim for successfully blocking Chris Williamson from addressing students on campus in 2018. His campaign highlighted the antisemitic beliefs held by the disgraced former MP and the impact that Mr Williamson’s address would have on Jewish students.


Praised as a “leading dynamic educator”, Harry served as the head of the National Executive Committee of Bnei Akiva UK from 2018 to 2019. The 22-year-old has also helped to deliver numerous programmes for Mizrachi UK, including the Weekend of Inspiration that engaged more than 5,000 people.


A “phenomenal leader making a real difference”, Imi is the first female to be elected mazkira of FZY for two terms. The 21-year-old is also a top netball player, and is considering studying for a Master’s degree in international relations at an Israeli university following her movement work.


A musician and community educator, Isaac is the co-founder of Kolot haKahal, which provides Sephardi Jews in London with a space for religious and cultural engagement. The 21-year-old has successfully set up an egalitarian minyan and even created a Siddur, breathing new life into the UK’s egalitarian Sephardi community.


Jake was instrumental in heading up the campaign organisation seeking to elect Luciana Berger as MP for Finchley and Golders Green in the 2019 general election. The former Noam project manager and youth worker is highly regarded and is currently working as a public affairs officer at the Holocaust Education Trust.


A motivational speaker who “inspires people of all ages”, Jodeci was told aged 10 that he was Jewish. Having attended a secular school, he moved to Ilford Jewish Primary School. The 22-year-old has movingly recalled his story ever since.


A “one-woman wonder”, Jodie is a former Nivcheret Hanhallah at Bnei Akiva (BA), where she monitored the movement workers and ran events for alumni. The 21-year-old was JSoc chairwoman at Leeds University and currently sits on the Board of Deputies as the representative for BA.


As JLGB National Youth president, Josh was made an #iwill campaign ambassador in recognition of his dedication to

social action activities. The 18-year-old is also JLGB’s ‘evolve’ youth lead. He interviewed an expert panel about the importance of youth social action and female empowerment.


Lauren is the “trailblazing” founder and director of ‘What’s a Pound’, which aims to get university balls to add £1 on to ticket prices to be donated to a local homelessness charity. ‘What’s a Pound’ has now spread to seven UK universities and even one in Australia.


Luke is a leading advocate for the Jewish LGBT+ community, supporting organisations and featuring in national media interviews to raise awareness of transgender issues. He also volunteers with JLGB, spending hours every week helping young people develop their personal skills.


As the Jewish Labour Movement’s youth officer, Luisa “fearlessly” exposes antisemitism online and in person, striving to make politics a safer space for Jews. The 20-year-old is also treasurer of Young Fabians, a section of the Fabian Society, and an executive member of London Young Labour.


Martha is the former parliamentary officer for the Conservative Friends of Israel, and now works in the House of Commons for Alicia Kearns MP. The 22-year-old is an “effective and dynamic” supporter of Israel and campaigner against antisemitism, and is tipped for a bright future in politics.


A “total inspiration to the community”, Shulamit is the co-founder of Extinction Rebellion Jews, where she campaigns on environmental issues from a Jewish perspective. The 24-year-old also leads the B’Yachad services at Finchley Reform Synagogue, where she provides an inclusive environment for people with learning difficulties and neurodiverse conditions.


Tessa is a remarkable activist, integrating Jewish values into her “extraordinary” campaigns. She was named in Parliament for her women’s rights activism and has campaigned with Our Future Our Choice to highlight the environmental impact of Brexit. The 21-year-old was also instrumental in the campaign to suspend the former MP Chris Williamson.


Working in the Jewish informal education programme department in JFS, Tobias is a regular inspiration to his pupils. A “rising star” with a bright communal future ahead, the 20-year-old is a former Tribe fieldworker and previously ran the Duke of Edinburgh Awards at JLGB, where he engaged more than 900 young participants.


As the Youth Engagement Manager at Maccabi GB, Yvie regularly visits schools to deliver sessions on internet safety and antisemitism. The 24-yearold has also developed the European Maccabi Confederation ‘Future Leaders Forum’ and, through her multifaceted approach to leadership and education, continues to influence the Jewish community.


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Top degrees for 90% of students Nine out of 10 students identifying as Jewish were awarded top degrees from British universities in 2018, according to a new study. The research, published by the organisation Advance HE this week, is based on official data collected from more than two million students enrolled at UK universities in the 2017 to 2018 academic year. The Higher Education Statistics Agency data shows that more than half of Jewish students were enrolled at Russell Group universities, an association of top-tier institutions, such as Oxford, UCL and the LSE. An overwhelming majority (88.1 percent) of Jewish students were awarded firsts or upper second class undergraduate degrees, compared with just 76.3 percent of their peers.

An overwhelming majority of Jewish students gained firsts or 2.1s

The report found the highest levels of attainment among Jewish students, with more than a third ( 33.6 percent) graduating with firsts. Among students with no religion,

79.3 percent achieved either a first or a 2.1. Sikh and Hindu students were awarded firsts less often than average, while just one in five Muslim students earned firsts.

Student leader ‘sorry’ for Nazi joke A student union is investigating new evidence against its president-elect who expressed regret after pictures emerged of him wearing a Nazi concentration camp uniform to a party. Edge Hill University’s student union launched fresh disciplinary action against its president-elect Sam Farrell on Tuesday afternoon after receiving further evidence this week. The election result has been suspended while a disciplinary procedure runs its course,

Edge Hill Students’ Union said on Tuesday. The investigation will examine both existing and new evidence. The decision follows public outcry, including from Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, after undated pictures emerged of Farrell wearing a bald cap and striped pyjamas with a number tag to a gathering following the election result. In one group shot, a crowd surrounds him, as

CONFUSION OVER LOACH’S ROLE IN ANTI-RACISM EVENT Questions remain over whether Ken Loach will appear on a panel judging entries to an anti-racism educational charity’s school competition. Show Racism the Red Card (SRTC)’s board of trustees refused to endorse “the executive decision” to involve Loach, described as a “long-standing” supporter, in the wake of “new information”, according to a brief statement released on Monday. SRTC invited Loach last month to judge designs inspired by the theme of anti-racism alongside the Jewish children’s author Michael Rosen as part of its schools competition, an annual contest launched in 1998, which drew some 27,000 entries last year. The statement comes after criticism from the Board of Deputies over SRTC’s

he is shown lying on his side across a table. The pictures were shared with the accompanying caption: “In dire need of a shower after last night’s social #gassed”. A screenshot of a Facebook post sent from Farrell’s account last year, circulated by the Union of Jewish Students (UJS), claimed the Holocaust had “better headliners” than Reading and Leeds Festivals. In a statement to Jewish News, Farrell said he was “deeply sorry for the hurt and pain caused”.

earlier decision to uphold the invitation despite concerns from Jewish leaders. Over Twitter on Monday, the Board of Deputies demanded further details about the decision and any future involvement with Loach. It requested an apology from the charity for allegedly “ignoring its serious concerns about antisemitism” and suggested its CEO and trustees receive antisemitism training from the anti-extremism organisation Hope Not Hate. Loach drew controversy in spring 2018 when he called on the Labour Party to suspend MPs who appeared at the Enough is Enough rally against antisemitism outside Parliament. The charity has not returned multiple requests for information and Loach was also contacted for comment.

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Spreading light and hope amid this crisis In these dark days for our community, our country and our world, any glimmer of light can be hard to detect and harder to be widely noticed. No more so than this week which has left 22 families in mourning. We wish them all long life at a time of unimaginable pain – made all the more so because of the absence of traditional Jewish rituals. This tragedy has also brought out the very best in so many people. Our community has come together to launch fundraising appeals, to volunteer in their hundreds and to offer a hand of friendship – albeit from afar. Jewish News is full square behind several projects and is committed to doing our bit to inform and ease feelings of loneliness at this intensely difficult moment. Journalists are often accused of only going after the negatives, but our dedicated team of journalists have pounced on every hint of positivity, striving to offer some light and hope amid the crisis. It’s also why our internal discussion about whether to move ahead with our plans to begin the Jewish News/JLC Twenty- five under 25 countdown of young leaders was a very short one indeed. Now more than ever, we need to see some light at the end of the tunnel and these inspirational young people offer that in spades. Whether in politics, activism, interfaith or the rabbinate, their achievements at such a young age provide all the reassurance you could want that our community is in safe hands. And many many more than just 25 pairs of hands – hence our decision to also highlight those who ‘just missed out’ this week. Mazeltov to all of them. When this nightmare ends, as it will, we pray, sooner rather than later – they will have a key part in pressing forward, online and elsewhere.

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Restrictions can be positive While we pray the coronavirus episode will soon be resolved, it is best to look positively at the restrictions imposed on us. Judaism exhorts us to be positive and to serve Hashem in simchah (joy), no matter what is meted out. It is a time to think of others, especially those less fortunate, and bring them into our own lives. A simple act of knocking on doors (while keeping a healthy distance) to ensure all is well with the lonely or unwell can be a lifeline. Washing our hands is something we Jews have always done, not only before the blessing over the bread but, as some do, after bensching with mayim achronim. We are also exhorted, on leaving the lavatory, to wash our hands and make

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a blessing, acknowledging that we do not take for granted our health. Social distancing is not new; our rabbis have strongly advocated this in certain circumstances, albeit for modesty. As for self-isolation, we can think of this in a positive light. I recently started bidood, a 14day “self-isolation” in Israel and am learning from my heroes, the mystics of Tzfat, who deeply cared for the good of society. We now have time to take stock of life, soul search (cheshbon nefesh), and do the things for which we do not always have time. Having just spent Shabbat on my own – a first – I enjoyed it because I did not feel alone. Flora Frank Edgware

AFTER COVID-19, THERE WILL BE A REBIRTH OF JUDAISM I disagree with the assertion by the correspondent in his letter, “For some, shuls closing is going to be a truly hellish experience” (Jewish News, 19 March 2020). This won’t be “the death of religion and the death of community”. Just consider the fantastic, innovative thinking that we have had in the Jewish community from people across the religious spectrum, and in particular, the various rabbonim, during recent weeks. They’ve rightly taken the lead, in order to lead us, from the government guidelines and latest medical and scientific information, which is in

the public domain. Every facet of our lives, including how we observe our Judaism, will be lived differently for the foreseeable future compared with just a couple of weeks ago in BCE (Before Coronavirus Era). Just like in the thousands of years of Jewish history, after the dreaded COVID-19 has done its worst, there will be a rebirth of Judaism in line with the new norm. This will be in the PCE (Post Coronavirus Era), which, Baruch Hashem, will come soon. The saying, “necessity is the mother of invention”, comes to mind. J D Milaric By email

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LET’S PRAY FOR CHARLES I have just turned on the radio to hear a very concerning bulletin that Prince Charles has been diagnosed with Covid-19. No doubt other readers will join me in wishing him sincerely a refuah shleimah. I have heard that the Prince of Wales hosted an enormously engaging reception for the Jewish community at Buckingham Palace in December, just before Chanukah. At the reception he ac-

knowledged and thanked the rabbis and communal representatives for praying for the health of the Royal Family every Shabbat, and said he in turn prayed for British Jews. Now it is our time to

pray for the prince as he enters a period of selfisolation. Charles has been a stalwart supporter and friend to the Jewish community and I hope he pulls through. I am so very glad to know that the Queen has moved to the seclusion of Windsor Castle, especially after one of her staff tested positive for the coronavirus. Frayda Asserson By email



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Still something to get up for, even at home JENNI FRAZER


don’t know about you, but I take my smiles where I can get them these days, and I think you might agree that laughter is a bit thin on the ground at the moment. So hooray, then, for the always reliable French who gave me the best (well, go on then, the only) laugh I’ve had in this past depressing week. Turns out that Les Chic — particularly in Paris, but also elsewhere in the big cities in France — are torn on the whole working from home thing. There are two camps: those who are sworn never to face even the monitor without full slap and every item of designer gear that beckons from the wardrobe; the other camp is pretty much the rest of us, the trackie bottoms, the pyjama wearers, those wedded to the elasticated waist. I worked for many years in an office and am used to the whole concept of dressing professionally – indeed, my first editor told all us junior reporters that we had to dress

as though we were going to meet a rabbi that very day. This exhortation scared the life out of me, but I tried my best. (True story – it over-encouraged someone from Neturei Karta to propose, proving that you can’t judge a book by its cover, or in my case, a stroppy Jewish girl by her pinafore dress). Still, I must admit that even before this self-isolation took hold, I had been working from home for quite a time, and once startled my regular postman into exclaiming: “You’re dressed!” because I was actually poised to Go Out. Now that nobody at all is Going Out, the hot debate among the French seems slightly ludicrous. According to The Times, it was a male reporter who sparked off the argument, by writing in Elle magazine that he had “dressed with a total absence of style… do we not have the right to stay in that most comfortable of garments, the tracksuit bottom? We do”. But over at an online women’s magazine, Ohmymag, there was a strict frown. Jeans and a satin blouse were just about accept-


able for its readers, it declared, adding that if trackie bottoms were even considered, they should either be leather or suede. I must say I think it’s doubtful that France will be claiming the title of Top Slob Nation any time soon – that title, proudly, but sad to admit, belongs to us Brits. But I have to admit that I feel better if I partially dress as if I were going out to work – I have a better mindset and perhaps a more professional attitude. (For the avoidance of doubt I do mean fully clothed, just no makeup. The postman is used to these sights.) With all that in mind, I hope that you, like me, had the warmest of smiles for the

pioneering Arden family of Borehamwood this week, as son Naftali took to the webcam with aplomb to recite his hard-learned Haftorah, after it became clear that his long-planned synagogue barmitzvah was yet another victim of coronavirus. Naftali, addressing his unseen audience before his Haftorah, made sure everyone knew what was what. “I can’t see you, but I hope you are all wearing the smartest party clothes,” he said. “No fluffy slippers and absolutely no Arsenal dressing gowns.” There you go. Get your act together. You may not be Going Out, but you will one day.

What do we do when we don’t know what to do? PATRICK MORIARTY HEADTEACHER, JCOSS


hether the government advice is unclear, the internet is down, the video conference app is unfamiliar, the parent or older sibling is hogging the laptop, the volume of emails from worried parents and staff is overwhelming, the teacher’s instructions aren’t clear, the work is too hard or too easy, or the whole thing has simply sent us into a kind of paralysis… the situation is the same. At some point we all hit a wall and cannot see a way over, around or through it. Those are just some of the situations I have faced this week as headteacher, parent and human being. I am not able to offer magic solutions. I simply observe that the underlying question, ‘What do we do when we don’t know what to do?’, is right at the heart of what learning is. All of us are struggling, my school included. But what we are also all doing is learning: we are confronting a totally new situation and trying to find ways forward.

That is what learning is – we expect children to do it all day long, and now we are all having to do the same. They are seeing us adults flail around a fair bit, which is scary for everyone, but perhaps good for us too. It is said that babies often survive earthquakes better than adults. In the same way, we may find that our children can teach us a thing or two about learning and flourishing in this mad situation. A few practicalities: • You are not alone if you are struggling. Whatever your frustrations with online learning, be assured they are being reported across all schools and across the world. Your child is not being uniquely disadvantaged and neither are you – even though it might feel that way. • Please bear with teachers as we try to get our online curriculum less clunky. • One week ago, my school got Microsoft Teams, which allows teachers to run virtual classrooms and videoconferencing. At least one lesson took place that way this week. But teachers have had almost no time to learn how to do it. Some will find it easier than others, some have 10 times more


classes than others, some have children of their own at home, or vulnerable partners or parents to worry about… so the offer may be uneven for lots of reasons. • We know that your home IT is also uneven – the availability of broadband, computers, tech support and parental proficiency varies hugely. That is one reason why my school is not proposing to do very much live online teaching, where the gap between those who can access it and those who can’t is big. • Our resources are focused in the first instance on Key Stage 4 and 5, Years 10 and 12, but also Years 11 and 13 if required. • There is even less likely to be live teaching in Years 7 to 9, at least until we get better at it.

• Your wider home circumstances are also uneven – the supply of physical space, adult patience, emotional capacity versus the demands of ageing parents, health concerns and pressurising jobs of your own. That will affect your ability to support your children. So I suggest the following: • A routine is helpful for children (and indeed for all of us): some will want to follow a similar timetable to school, I suspect most will want a bit more flexibility… whatever works for you is ok. • If you can’t manage any of the work just now – whether for technological, emotional, family or other reasons, that is ok. There is time – all too much of it, probably. • For as long as we are all still allowed to be outside, frequent breaks and fresh air are helpful. • Check in with your children when you can – get them to tell you what they’ve learned, perhaps teach it to you. There’s lots of evidence that this conversation will do more for their learning than anything else.

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Jewish News 26 March 2020

Passover / Clean up


This year getting a home clean for Passover is less about tradition than sheer necessity Oh how we hanker for those simple chametz shifting days. That time when the Passover switch over was all about shifting crumbs, swapping crockery and sweeping cupboards. Now, as the unwitting lockdown stars of a sci-fi movie we never auditioned for, we wear masks and splash surfaces with isopropyl alcohol rub (two parts water/one part rub). Not even Elijah will make it inside without hand sanitiser, and only then at an acceptable six feet apart from the host. With kindly but virtual rabbis streamed into our sitting room, this is a wilderness we’re keen to leave, so we’ll be praying with extra zeal during Pesach. And so we clean and, after a pungent alcohol rub down, you may wish to try some other new cleaning products to improve the smell. OzKleen is eco-friendly and scientifically devised in Australia for cleaning baths, showers and work tops. Customers in Oz have driven more than 50 kilometres to buy a bottle and that’s a long way to go for products that are free from chlorine, ammonia and phosphates. Scientists suggest warmer weather will sort out the virus, and with more sun we can sit at our garden table, which unfortunately has as many germs as a dustbin lid and 4,500 times more harmful bacteria. Jeyes Fluid Multi-Purpose

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Cracker Crazy / Passover

Wear matzah like you mean it EVER CONSIDERED WEARING matzah leggings or an unleavened scrunchie in your hair? How about dressing the dog in an ‘animal cracker’ coat, or presenting him with a matzah ball squeaky toy? If the answer is no, then the joyful swing of the seder season has passed you by and it’s time to don the afikoman as a fashion accessory or, at the very least, put your baby in a karpas onesie to appropriately represent the rebirth of spring. With your commitments as a host or hostess reduced, it’s time to salvage the seder with humour and get properly wound up with a wind-up matzah ball. Face it, when Moses said: “Let My People Go”, what he really meant to say was: “Go and have some fun.” The creators of all this Pesach nonsense have done exactly that, so show some appreciation for Moses and wear matzah like you mean it.

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Passover / Jackie’s world

The Jewish world accor He is one of Comedy Central’s 100 greatest ever stand-up comics, but the rise of antisemitism in his twilight years is a serious worry for erstwhile rabbi Jackie Mason

E AT THE AGE OF 92, Jackie Mason sits down more than he stands, but he won’t keep shtum. Dividing his time between New York and Florida with wife Jyll, the comic who fictionally fathered The Simpsons’ Krusty the Clown is officially retired but, as a former Democrat turned registered Republican, he is controversial and vocal about his allegiance. Born in Wisconsin and raised in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, every male in Jackie’s family from his father to his great, great-grandfather was a rabbi, so inevitably he followed them to the bimah and, from there, told jokes. The congregation loved him so much he quit to become a comedian, saying: “Somebody in the family had to make a living.” And he made a very nice living, with a global fan base charmed by his deprecating Jewish wit delivered in an accent stranded between Delancey Street and the shtetls. “I didn’t emphasise my Jewishness because I wanted to. I just happen to have been raised in a family where everybody happened to talk like this. So why would I talk like somebody else?” Invited to share his ancient wisdom, he wrote 2,500 words and then a few more. You won’t agree with them all, but Jackie has given you something to think about.

very year the Jewish people gather around their seder tables and have one question,”How long until we eat?” Along the way, there are four questions, one very long answer, plagues of frogs and grasshoppers (not to be eaten), bitter herbs and potatoes in salt water (to be eaten!) and, after all that, lots of praise for the one responsible – Hashem. We recount for the thousandth time our lamentable escape from Egypt. “How is this night different from any other night?” I don’t know Sherlock Moses, how is it? Persecution is as prevalent as it’s ever been. Who could believe that in the year 2020, Jews would walk the streets of America and Europe fearing for their lives. Sounds extreme, but that is the reality, hard as it may be to grasp or even think about now there is a new enemy. It has always been challenging for me to reconcile the obvious intelligence that so many of my brethren exhibit, alongside others who are imbeciles. Mister? Yes, I’m talking to you. You really act like a putz, and I say that with the highest respect. Now that I’ve got your attention, on the defensive and on the ropes, let me get in a knockout punch. See you let me, it was that easy. A Jew will argue aggressively and fight with words, but when reality hits him hard, he’ll refuse to believe it until the rising waters are up to his neck. It’s not paranoia, although that’s a useful state of mind when the world has been out to get you for millennia. It’s not irrational fears, fearmongering, or media manipulation. It’s just the plain unvarnished truth. Jews are in greater danger than they’ve been in a long time.

It’s hard for them to assimilate this idea, it’s so foreign to the Jews of our time, who have lived in comparative peace to their tormented history. So, yes, it’s a great surprise for them to find out the facts on the ground have shifted. I used to get surprised, but the benefit of ageing is you’ve seen everything, eaten at all the restaurants, tried every dish, watched all the fights, made all the bets, tried on all the clothes..Styles come full circle and suddenly you’re in style again. Some things, however, just stay the same, and although antisemitism went out of style for a while, it was always bubbling beneath the surface. So it looked okay for a couple of years, but I knew it would come back – just like wide lapels. To the constants in life – death and taxes – you can add antisemitism. A lot of people have figured out how to get around taxes and I’m still hopeful about the other, but hatred of the Jews isn’t going extinct anytime soon. The crazy thing is Jews are often the biggest supporters and unwitting allies of antisemitism. If you go to any university today you’ll find a ‘Professor Silverstein’ preaching about intersectionality, being “woke”, and the oppression of the Palestinian people. Is it nice that these Jewish professors sitting in their comfy colleges can preach about a volatile situation half a world away, while getting their info from those least familiar with the true nature of the problem? Well, I say it isn’t nice. Just look at Bernie Sanders’ pontifications and woefully misinformed statements about Israel. One can only hope that it is ignorance not malice that drives him to consort with vicious antisemites and anti-Americans. With friends like these, who needs enemies? All you ever hear is if only Israel didn’t do

For me, [Israeli] Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was the ideal tough Jew. A man of few words and great deeds. A real lion of Judah. That he was admired and reviled shows the fierce divisions that separate Jews. I loved him, and a Jew like him would make antisemites think twice before acting

this or that the Palestinians would act differently. They unleash a litany of questions like the Dayenu. If Israel didn’t build the settlements... If Israel didn’t use unnecessary force If Israel didn’t force harsh checkpoint measures… Et cetera et cetera ad nauseum (Nobody knew until now that I’m fluent in Latin. And I sing well too.) So all they do is blame everything on Israel, and it’s so obvious to anyone who has eyes and half a brain that it is nothing but blatant antisemitism. How many times has Israel tried to make peace, and how many times have the Palestinians rejected it? There are plenty of ‘ifs’ on the other side, but the smart professors and the BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions movement] protesters don’t acknowledge them or ask what would happen IF the Palestinians ... Didn’t fire rockets into towns in Israel; Acknowledged the Jews’ right to exist in their ancestral homeland; Remembered with the Arab states and the rest of the world that they rejected the partition plan in 1947 and invaded with five armies; Remember the hundreds of thousands of Sephardic Jews who were ejected from Arab countries and sent into exile; Had not for years sent homicide bombers to blow up buses, restaurants and people; Did not pay lifetime pensions to the families of these so called martyrs; Didn’t use their resources to build tunnels to carry out terrorist attacks and Didn’t teach their children to hate and damn their people to a lifetime of resentment, bitterness, and enmity. And I would like to add a fifth question to the existing Passover four. Why can’t Jews stop preaching Jewish hatred? I’m pretty certain that those most likely to hate me and disagree after reading all this will be Jewish people – which proves my point. As Passover approaches this year, the world is facing an unprecedented crisis from which it will struggle to emerge. By next Passover, I don’t know if we’ll be in Jerusalem, but I’m praying that the virus – like a biblical plague – will pass over all your families leaving them unharmed and healthy. I’m also fairly certain that while there will eventually be a cure for this novel virus, there is no cure and never will be a cure for the hatred known as antisemitism. It is one of the oldest and most virulent strains of hatred known to humanity. But rather than end with a negative statement in this lead-up to Passover, I would like you to take some satisfaction in the words of Mark Twain, who in 1899 wrote the following in his essay – Concerning The Jews. “If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one quarter of one per cent of the

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Jackie’s world / Passover

Who could possibly do a better job considering all the circumstances than this guy? It’s an embarrassment that he has to endure the kind of political hit job he is facing right now. He is eloquent, articulate and does honour to his people in all his dealings with the world at large. What better sign that someone is doing something right than the fact that he would get Clinton and Obama furious?! I’m sure Benny Gantz is a great guy, but it’s time for Israel to be fully behind Netanyahu.

human race. It suggests a nebulous puff of star dustlost in the blaze of the Milky Way. The Jew ought hardly be heard of, but he is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk. His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine are also out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvellous fight in this world in all ages; and has done it with his hands tied behind him. The Egyptians, the Babylonians and the Persians rose, filled the planet with sound and splendour, then faded and passed

away; the Greeks and Romans followed, made a vast noise, and they were gone. Other people have sprung up and held their torch high for a time but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, and have vanished. The Jew saw them all, survived them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert but aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jews; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality? Chag sameach to you all.

From top left: Jackie and the late Joan Rivers, who was renowned for her Seders. Mark Twain’s famed Jewish essay, and Jackie with Chevy Chase in CaddyShack II


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Passover / AJR

The Lost SEDER Survivor Frank Bright chose a child’s drawing to remember Passover

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he current chaos is likely to overshadow everything this year, including the 75th anniversary of VE Day. The liberation of Auschwitz was commemorated back in January with survivor Frank Bright addressing a commemoration organised by the Association of Jewish Refugees at Belsize Square Synagogue. Frank, 91, born Franz Brichta in Berlin, spent 15 months in Theresienstadt ghetto before being transported with his mother to Auschwitz on 12 October 1944. “My father just disappeared. We never said goodbye, something that has never left me,” Frank remembers. “He has no grave I can visit.” The same is true of his mother, whom he last saw standing in a line outside the gas chambers. Like so many, Frank’s memories of Passover are fragmented. There are synagogue services he attended to make up numbers at the greatly diminished congregations and the doctor who was also a cantor and lived in the same block of flats. “Dr Leo Fantl and his family all perished in Auschwitz,” says Frank, who is able to recall details with shocking accuracy. “All I can say is that at the time, the mood for celebrations was not in line with real-life experience. We were not like today’s children, concerned about football gear or make-up. “We were old beyond our years. We were solely concerned about where our next meal would come from or whether we’d be put on the next transport into the unknown.” Drawing a comparison between the Jews in slavery and the Jews in the Holocaust, Frank says: “The experience of the Israelites who were freed from bondage and moved, slowly but surely, into the land promised to them, was in stark contrast to our experience

of never-ending humiliations, small rations, exclusions from civic society, impoverished by the confiscations and the robbery of our property and being cooped up in ghettoes. “Some of us were taken into slavery in labour camps and most of us were murdered. There was no hope. We were surrounded by enemies and by those who looked the other way or profited from our misery. Looking back to events that had taken place 3,000 years ago – when we crossed the Red Sea – provided no solace. There was no rescue for us.” For Passover, Frank felt a fitting contribution of remembrance was a drawing of the Seder table by a little girl in Terezin ghetto . “It is part of a collection of children’s drawings and poems published in the book I Have Not Seen A Butterfly Around Here, which I bought in Prague’s Jewish Museum. “What I find significant about it is that the Seder table is empty. There is no food and costumes were conventions applied to the past of which the children in question had had no experience. “If you were born in 1932, you were six in 1938 when the world around you lost any semblance of normality and, during the intervening threatening and deteriorating years, the children had nothing positive to look back on. They had taken their youth and replaced it with fear of what the future may hold.” His recollections certainly put into perspective our current difficulties.

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Passover / Dice Throw

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Sing out / Passover

Hear His SONG Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue could sell tickets to their chazan’s star turn

Mark Finer as wedding chazan and, right, with his late mother, Sue

Mark Finer is very good at getting people to listen. One high note from him and everyone sits up and tries to see where the sound is coming from. To have a chazan who commands that kind of attention with his rendition of Ein Keloheinu or Amidah is the privilege of Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue, where the rabbi roster (Mark Goldsmith,Neil Kraft and Emily Reitsma-Jurman) is compelling, but even they are daunted by Finer’s vocals. It was the death of his grandfather, Chinny, that brought 12-year-old Mark to the synagogue choir. “My dad wanted to say Kaddish and I accompanied him to shul every week, and that’s when I heard the wonderful choir and eventually auditioned.” Finer has been singing for as long as he can remember, encouraged by his late mother, Sue, who was a professional dancer and choreographer performing with Bruce Forsyth. “She was my musical inspiration and did all my stage production,” says Mark, who received a choral scholarship to Cambridge, where he read geography, then law and appeared in the best of the chamber choirs. Now in corporate finance, Mark is known for his singing at work and is wheeled out at team events to deliver Nessun Dorma. But it is in synagogue that he draws the biggest crowd with enchanting Torah renditions he knows by heart. “Well, I have been doing it since I was 12.” It was his voice that some years ago wowed visitors from a Wimbledon synagogue that was then without a chazan. The couple visiting asked if he would sing for their son’s barmitzvah, which he did, and then married the barmitzvah boy’s sister, yet further proof of his swoon-inducing singing. To date, Mark has probably heard more couples say “I do” than most rabbis as he has been a wedding cantor since he was 16. “I love it as I have a prime view and I enjoy performing in a bride’s home ahead of the big day rather than sending a CD. I like them to get a sense of the sound and the performance.” Passover doesn’t require much performance, as in Mark’s view it lack any big songs. But it is still his favourite holiday because his mum loved it. “The family crockery came out and we all sang the Ma Nishtana.” At least that was the intention but, when Mark sings, all anyone wants to do is listen.


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Passover / Marx Bros Mitzvah

A stage set for SEDER

Fancy taking the annual meal in a new dramatic direction? Plays For The Seder Table. With a Seder running times vary contents list that includes Play from family to family. It Again, Moses, a haimishe Orthodoxy levels homage to Casablanca; the determine whether Shakesperian Much Ado one is hunting for the About Bupkes and Dial M for afikoman before the Moses as a nod to Hitchcock, frogs, or sitting through a service twice the length of the plays are divided between Rabbi Hantman American and British themes Cecil B. DeMille’s and will engage even the most The Ten Commandments inhibited Passover celebrants. (220 minutes). Sadly without Charlton Heston at Raised in a“joyous” Jewish household in Philadelphia – “where we took the table, diners are prone to flag, and celebrations into our own hands and this year we could probably all do with a lift, so how would you like a push from observed our traditions imperfectly and creatively” – Shoshana also offers the Groucho Marx to the Promised Land? Broadway musical, Give My Regards To Or Harry Potter handing out charoset Pharoah, to bring a sparkling dose of and Sherlock Holmes asking the four theatricality to the epic annual meal. questions? Currently the director of education Thanks to Rabbi Shoshana Hantman, at Beacon Hebrew Alliance in upstate all of the above is possible with her New York, Shoshana teaches workshops series of 10-minute plays, published for Jewish educators and writes plays collectively as Passover Parodies: Short

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A seder with the Marx Brothers Cast: Parents Minnie and Sam, sons: Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo and co-star Margaret Dumont GROUCHO: Take a walk with me down memory lane, into the world of my childhood, full of love and laughter and the pungent aroma of boiled cabbage. Above a butcher shop on East 93rd Street in New York City – in that cozy homestead, my parents settled down to raise a family. The 20th century had only just begun and it was a time of dreams and struggles. That’s my mother, Minnie. To tell the truth, she’s more Maxi. You can see her slaving over a hot stove. But you can’t see the stove. She’s the only Jewish mother on the Upper East Side who won’t let her oldest son become a doctor. She wants me to be a singer. I think she’s been reading the script upside down. And that’s my father, Sam, the worst tailor in

New York. He married my mother because he wanted children. Imagine his disappointment when I arrived. You may know my brothers – Chico, Harpo, and Zeppo. With a little hard work they’ll go a long way, and I wish they’d start now. So, since you’re here, I guess you’ll be sharing our seder. It will be entirely your pleasure. Just don’t ask too many questions. The seder’s already long enough with this bunch of clowns running it. I don’t know how I get through it myself, and if you think I’m

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Marx Bros Mitzvah / Passover

Different to all other nights

stopping after four drinks you’re crazy. SAM: Minnie? I can’t find the haggadahs. Where did we put them after the seder last year? ZEPPO: Were they in a small brown cardboard box tied with bakery string, and marked “gefilte fish”? SAM: Yes! ZEPPO: No, I haven’t seen them. CHICO: Hey, whatsamatter wit’ these-a crackers, they taste just like-a the box they came in. MINNIE: Chico, don’t eat that matza, the seder’s not even started yet. Where’s Harpo? I told him he could assemble the seder plate. ZEPPO: Last time I saw him, he was coming out of a pawn shop and heading for the race-track. MINNIE: If he sold that seder plate again, he’s going to be sorry. Harpo! HARPO: (honks) MINNIE: Have you put everything on the seder plate? HARPO: (honks) GROUCHO: He’s roasting a duck egg. MARGARET: Helloooo? Anyone home? SAM: Oh, it’s Mrs Dumont. We’re so glad you could come. MARGARET: How kind of you, Mr Marx. I’m delighted to be here. Everyone knows your seder is the social event of the season! SAM: I wonder where she’s getting her information? Boys, I’d like you to meet Mrs Dumont. GROUCHO: Pleased to meet you, Mrs Dumont. I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll make an exception. Where’s your husband?

with the blessed sages of our people – the Manishewitz brothers, Baron Edmond de Rothschild, Johnny Walker Red, Jack Daniels, Jim Bean and Old Grand-Dad -- created the fruit of the vine, and made us holy through Your commandments and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, fraternité, egalité, Sleepy, Grumpy, Sneezy and Doc. We praise You who have freed us from the bonds of sobriety, sustained us and brought us to this time, six sheets to the wind, off the wagon, feeling no pain, up a lazy river, with liberty and justice for all. And let us say: amen! MARGARET: That was so moving, Groucho. I simply adore tradition! SAM: Now, after everybody washes their hands... GROUCHO: You can wash your neck, too, while you’re at it. SAM:’s time to dip a vegetable in salt water. CHICO: Make-a mine Scotch, I no like-a salt water so much. SAM: (holding up matza) This is the bread of poverty, which our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt. It’s time to ask the four questions. Boys? ZEPPO: Why is this night different from all other nights? On other nights, we eat bread or matza; tonight, only matza. CHICO: On all-a da other nights, we eat zucchini, peperone, pomodoro, spinaci – on this-a night, why we gotta eat this horsa-radish fra diavolo, it’s so spicy it’s-a gonna blow my head off. GROUCHO: On all other nights we don’t dip even once. Why, once I was dancing the cha-cha with Lulu Rosenthal and I tried to dip – it took a carthorse and a block and tackle two hours to get me off the floor. So on this night, why do we dip twice? HARPO: (lies across two chairs and chews on a carrot)

MARGARET: Why, he passed away.

ZEPPO: He wants to know why we eat while reclining.

GROUCHO: I bet he’s just using that as an excuse.

MINNIE: Before we tell the story of the Exodus, someone should explain about the Four Sons.

MINNIE: All right, everyone, it’s time to get started. Let’s sit down.

GROUCHO: Mother, I thought you knew this already. When a man and a woman love each other very much...

SAM: Groucho, since you’re a bar mitzvah now, would you like to start by saying the Kiddush? GROUCHO: It will be a great honour. Especially if I get to drink the wine afterwards. Ah, here it is. Baruh ata Adonai, elohaynoo meleh ha-olam, boray p’ree ha-gafen. We praise You, Adonai our God, who together

SAM: That’s enough out of you. There are four types of children, according to the rabbis. One who is wise, one who is wicked, one who is simple, and one who cannot even ask a question. GROUCHO: We really have to get some new writers in here.

IN 1976, RABBI DOUG KAHN was an intern at the affluent Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills – the sort of synagogue to get requests from Hollywood’s most influential Hebrews. In Doug’s case, it was Groucho Marx who needed a leader for the seder at his home in Bel Air. “I tried to be very cool about the request from his fiancée, Erin Fleming ,” recalls the retired rabbi, who now lives in San Francisco, where he runs the Jewish Community Relations Council. “I told her I needed to check but, not surprisingly, I was free.” Doug arrived early with his wife, Ellen. “It was beautiful and elegant, but not in a showy way. Yet you knew whose house you were in because there were ducks everywhere, some hanging, others on pillows.” Among the 60 or so guests were Groucho’s grandchildren, who ate the gefilte fish and matzah ball soup before tearing the house apart to find the afikoman. “Groucho didn’t have a deep connection with Judaism, but he listened,” explains Doug, who sat besde him. “There was a break halfway through and a family variety show took place, with Groucho, then 85, singing as his grandson Andy played piano.” It all went by in a haze for the student rabbi, who continued until 11pm, with Groucho excusing himself 10 minutes before the end. “Later, I I tiptoed into his bedroom to say goodbye and he was propped up in bed, wearing his trademark stocking cap, watching reruns of his show, You Bet Your Life. “He told me he watched it every night, then thanked me for coming and made a comment about me being pretty good – for a rabbi.” Groucho also signed Doug’s Haggadah, but the real thrill came some days later, when a note arrived on Marx’s personal stationery that read: “Dear Rabbi and Mr Rabbi [sic] I want to thank you for making my annual seder such a smashing success. Everyone had a wonderful time this year, and I hope you will be available to conduct my next seder as well as you did this one. Give my regards to your pretty wife. All good wishes, Groucho Marx.” Relocating to San Francisco meant Doug was not available to lead the next seder and Groucho never enjoyed another as he died on 19 August 1977. The letter still hangs in a frame in Doug’s office as a reminder of the night that was truly different from all other nights.


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Passover / Seret International

THE REEL ISRAEL As the media partner of the UK’s Israeli Film Festival, Seret International, JN are excited to announce the films to be shown this spring.

THERE IS A GROWING APPETITE for all things Israeli on the small and big screen which makes Odelia Haroush a very happy woman. The former marketing executive is now CEO of SERET-Internationalthe UK Israeli Film & TV Festival and her role is to search, select and then surprise audiences who clamour to see upcoming releases created in the Holy Land. It’s fair to say Odelia has always been in the business of sourcing and promoting the best Israel has to offer. She previously ran the hugely popular Ahava store in Covent Garden until the BDS protestors alarmed the landlords, and Odelia had to close up and consider her options. “Running a film festival was not top of my list. In fact it wasn’t even on my list but I spoke with Anat Koren, a prominent figure in London’s Israeli community and her long-time friend Patty Hochmann who as a member of Israel’s Film Academy has been involved in the

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Seret film founders Odelia Haroush, Patty Hochmann and Anat Koren

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Passover / Seret International

Festival films GOLDA

Directed by Sagi Bornstein and Udi Nir this documentary reveals what happened when the cameras kept rolling after Golda Meir gave an interview to Israeli television shortly before her death. During the intimate talk with the first and so far, only woman to lead Israel,Golda spoke freely of her term as Prime Minister - five turbulent years that changed the course of history in the Middle East and secured her place in history, albeit at a high personal cost.


The assassination of Israel’s Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 by an orthodox and ultra-nationalist Israeli Jew Yigal Amir, has been described as one of the most traumatic events in

Israeli history, widely condemned as the single act which put paid to the Israeli peace process for decades. In his latest and highly controversial feature film, Yaron Zilberman delivers a thriller which follows the year leading to the assassination from the perspective of the assassin.


Palestinian theatre director Azam Salameh re-ignites more than the war-time romance between his grandmother, singer Layla and Dr Alfasi the last Jewish citizen remaining Acre, in trying to stage his latest play. He meets resistance from both communities. Acre Dreams, a beautifully crafted film, is set during the last days of the British Mandate, and is the latest work from Daniel Wachsmann, one of Israel’s most prolific film and television producers and directors.





This story of optimistic RussianJewish immigrants in Israel after the fall of the Iron Curtain is warmly played out in this tale of raw disappointment and discovering new futures. The immigrants attempt to use their talents lead to some unexpected, funny and painful turns in this wittily scripted story by the director Evgeny Ruman, who came to Israel from Russia as a child. Oren Gerner’s feature debut is a tender and profound examination of longstanding marriage; intergenerational relationships; companionship and the sad realisation that change and old age creeps up on us all. Starring Gerner’s own parents, Africa focusses on 68-year old Meir, recently retired. When the organisers of the local village festival decide to hand Meir’s usual role in planning the event to the local youth, his feeling of uselessness grows.

A semi-autobiographical existential comedy from writer/ Director Gur Bentwich who plays himself as a neurotic director trying to find an audience for the release of his latest film. Everything seems to conspire against him, even his mates, as he dashes from one encounter to another, and from one world to the next, the result is an unforgettable night for him and his friends. Avraham Sinai, an ultraOrthodox Jew living in Israel, was born Ibrahim Yassin in a small village in Lebanon. A Muslim with an inconceivable association to Hezbollah, he became one of Israel’s leading spies, at the heart of some of the most daring, dangerous and secret operations Israel attempted in Lebanon in the 1980s and ’90s. What unfolds in Itamar Chen’s suspenseful documentary shows that truth is often more extraordinary than fiction.



Starring, written and directed by Guy Amir and Hanan Savyon, creators of hit comedy Maktub, Forgiveness is set in the south of Israel near the Gaza border, in a place where the longsuffering citizens live with incoming rocket fire on a regular basis. Long time pals Shaul and Nissan attempt to rob a postal bank. But the botched job results in Shaul being collared and sent to prison. On his release, Shaul is less than pleased to be greeted by the newly religious Nissan seeking his forgiveness.


Yossi has nightmares triggered by the bombings he grew up with and he started guiding tourists around the famous terror attack sites in his home city of Jerusalem as a way of coping. In his semi autobiographical film, director Yossi Atia stars as Ronen who falls in love with an ex-Jerusalemite with a thirst for life on one of his tours. He is torn between the conflicting forces of life and death that she presents him with.

Ernst Bechinsky was a man who died in Israel in 1969 - and then again in Austria in 1987. In 2010, director Yair Lev’s mother learned of an inheritance but she had to prove that she was the daughter of Ernst Bechinsky, the former president of a Jewish community in Austria. What seemed simple instantly became mysterious with the shocking discovery of a second man with the same name, birthday and birthplace as her father.


Agunnah, meaning a “chained” or “anchored” woman, is a Jewish law principle in which a woman is bound in marriage by a husband who refuses to grant a divorce or, who is missing and not proven dead. A chained woman will never be able to marry in a Jewish ceremony nor have children with another man. Yossef Mourad is an ultra-Orthodox Sephardi rabbi tasked with saving women who are denied a divorce from a lifelong existence as a Chained Woman. Contrary to most of his colleagues, Yossef sympathises with the women on whose behalf he operates, he tracks down their husbands, and he will do anything, in line with Jewish law (and sometimes not) to succeed in his mission.

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26 March 2020 Jewish News


/ Passover

Guess who’s coming to SEDER! At times like this religious families appreciate their size. Prolific reproduction means there are lots of children around the table and many mouths to feed becomes a blessing. It is never dull when there are lots of you, just noisy, which is better than being isolated with no one to share the egg in salt water. One way of coping with absent relatives and friends at this year’s low key seder, is to create the ultimate fantasy seder guest list. We asked some famous folk who they would invite to Manishtana alongside them... HOST: STEVEN BERKOFF, playwright and actor Bernard Malamud – For writing such moving stories about the Jewish spirit and his pride in his race. Franz Kafka – For his delightful imagination, his painful sensitivity and his depths of soul. George Gershwin – For filling the world’s ears with the sublime sound of Jewish music with New York overtones. Sweet, jazzy, melodic, daring, heimish. Isaac Bashevis Singer – For his wonderful exuberance, his passion and his mysticism. Marcel Marceau – For creating mime dreams on stage and for showing the miraculous possibilities of the human body. Just watching his brought joy to your life. Norman Mailer – For being a word juggler, an acrobat of language, daring, visceral, an American version of the new Jew as a slayer of demons, mostly his own. .

HOST: IVOR BADDIEL, comedy writer and author

Sigmund Freud – I didn’t want to use up three guest choices by inviting Freud, Einstein and Marx, so went for Freud as I have a degree in psychology and thus have a greater connection with him. Joan Rivers – A fearless and brilliant comedian, you know she’s going to be entertaining. Judas – He rarely gets a look-in as I expect most people would invite Jesus over him, and he gets a pretty bad press, so thought he deserved an invite. I’m sure he’d also have plenty to say for himself. Elijah – Just to see if he’d actually turn up for once. Geddy Lee – He’s the lead singer and bassist of my favourite band, Rush. Baruch Spinoza – I don’t know a vast amount about his philosophy, but what I do know, I like, and he’s bound to be an interesting conversationalist.

HOST: MAYIM BIALIK, star of the Big Bang Theory Sam Harris – We went to neuroscience grad school at UCLA together and he is my favorite atheist Jew ever. I don’t always agree with him, but he is brilliant and reasonable and thoughtful. Billy Eichner – We met at the White House of all places, and before that I only knew that he does these crazy interviews and one featured him and

Lindsay Lohan talking about me. I find him to be a fearless and hysterical comedian and he’s warm and heimish. Sarah Silverman – Irreverent, perhaps. But so revolutionary. I would be fine if she came in jeans and a T-shirt and sneakers even. Benjamin Netanyahu – Just so I can find out what’s going on in his head. Lenny Kravitz – I need to have the experience of singing Chad Gadya with this man. Jon Stewart – Such an influential voice for our times. Also probably sings a mean Chad Gadya.

Host: Sir Martin Sorrell, founder and CEO of WPP “Pesach means bubbelech to me, ie the (stacks of) pancakes my mother used to make for me sprinkled with sugar, so I would invite my mother and father along.” Golda Meir – Legendary former Israeli prime minister Max Stone – founder of J&M Stone, a radio and electrical retailer sold to Firth Cleveland. My father ran it before and afterwards. Sir Jules Thorn – businessman and philanthropist Lord Weinstock – businessman and philanthropist Phil Reiss – a US lawyer and advertising matchmaker I spoke to every day. Bill Bernbach – American advertising creative director and one of the founders, in 1949, of the international advertising agency Doyle Dane Bernbach.

HOST: GRAHAM GOULDMAN, musician and member of 10CC

Madonna – A strong woman who’s interested in Jews (I’ll make sure it’s a cape-free zone).

HOST: JULIE BURCHILL, journalist and author Dov Gruner, Yehiel Dresner, Mordechai Alkahi and Eliezer Kashani –Irgun freedom fighters, for their bravery during the re-birth of the Jewish nation. Golda Meir – For her guts. Moshe Dayan – To flirt with. Avraham Stern – To gaze at. Liz Taylor – Ditto. Katie Glass – Sunday Times columnist, to slap my face, sober me up and call a cab.

My wife Ariella – It couldn’t happen without her. Paul Simon – For musical chit chat. Bob Dylan – As above. Moses – So I could find out what really happ ened. Jesus – To shake things up a bit. Joan Rivers – For wit and personality. Rabbi Akiva – To lead the service and provide solemnity. Betty Gouldman – My mother, to tell the other guests who I am in case they don’t know.


HOST: DAVID SCHNEIDER, comedian Sigmund Freud – What a brain! What courage to say some of the things he said, even the wrong ones. Woody Allen – His films have been a source of so much pleasure, especially, as he’d say, “the earlier funny ones”. And he’d love to spend time with Sigmund, I’m sure, so that should work. Sholem Aleichem – You know, the guy who wrote Fiddler On The Roof. Funniest writer I’ve ever read. Queen Esther – She sounds fun (if you can ignore all the revenge killing). Open-minded (married out) and courageous, plus it’s all getting a bit male heavy, this guest list, so it’d be good to have her. Nelson Mandela – Who wouldn’t want the person who;s shown us most recently the value of forgiveness and reconciliation (and enjoying a good dance)?


The Little Book of Jewish Feasts by Leah Koenig (Chronicle Books, £13.99) Photographs by Linda Pugliese, © 2018 by Chronicle Books


Jewish News 26 March 2020

Passover / The Book

Age-old STORY

It’s the bestseller that comes into its own once a year. James Martin looks at the artistry of the Haggadah THE HAGGADAH is the fabled storytelling device that enables us to fulfil the biblical commandment to ‘tell your offspring’ about our miracle exit – with God’s help – out of Egypt. The word Haggadah means ‘in the telling’ – a derivative of the verb to teach and its purpose on seder night is to help us remember the details of our departure from slavery through the devastation of the plagues and up to the salvation of the Hebrews as they entered the wilderness. It is an awesome story, but as the focus of the chag, all eyes are on the Haggadah – and a new exhibition, Hebrew Manuscripts: Journeys of the Written Word, which was due to open on 20 March at the British Library reveals how the annual ‘retelling’ has inspired artists through the centuries to create extraordinary manuscripts that shed light on the life and times of generations following the authorship of the Haggadah (compiled in Mishnaic and Talmudic eras from 100-400).

Shortly before the Sarajevo Haggadah appeared, the SASSOON HAGGADAH (1320) was being created in Spain or possibly southern France by an unidentified scribe. Handwritten on parchment; brown ink, tempera, gold and silver leaf with square and semi-cursive Sephardic script and later semi-cursive Provençal and Ashkenazic script, this manuscript testifies to the religious and artistic traditions of Sephardi Jews before the expulsion from Spain.

The most valuable is the SARAJEVO HAGGADAH – one of the oldest Sephardic Haggadahs in the world, which originated in Barcelona around 1350. Handwritten on bleached calfskin and illuminated in copper and gold, it is now owned by the National

The HAGGADAH SHEL PESAH (The Haggadah for Pesach) is part of the 18th century ‘renaissance’ of Hebrew illuminated manuscript art, exemplified by this manuscript’s scribe, Yosef ben David of Leipnik, in 1740. Based in Hamburg and Altona, he produced 13 Haggadot in the 1730s and 40s. It is written in Hebrew and Yiddish, in Ashkenazic square and semi-cursive script.

26 March 2020 Jewish News


The Book / Passover The scribe and artist Nathan ben Samson of Meseritz created the PASSOVER HAGGADAH MORAVIA (AUSTRIAN EMPIRE 1732). He was among the most prolific and talented Jewish scribes and artists who were part of the important revival of Hebrew book illumination in Central Europe during the 18th century. This Haggadah was handwritten on parchment, black ink, watercolour and written in a square and semi-cursive Sephardic script – known as “Amsterdam letters”. It was a personal commission for Ephraim ben David Weisel and his wife, Rosa. The ILLUSTRATED PASSOVER HAGGADAH, which originates in Hamburg, Germany, was the work of the scribe-illustrator Nethanel ,son of Aaron [ha-Levi] Segal Segal, in 1762. This is a title page of an original 22 leaf binding, parchment painted, decorations and script in embossed gold. It is a work of great scope, written in square Ashkenazi script, with vowels, commentaries and translation into Ladino and Yiddish, in Rashi script and special script for the Old Yiddish. The Haggadah belonged to one Isaac Seligmann Minden, according to the inscription at the top of the title page. THE BARCELONA HAGGADAH, produced in the Catalonian city, was written in a neat square vocalised (with added vowels) Sephardi script. Besides the Haggadah text, the manuscript contains the Laws of Pesach, liturgical poems and Torah readings for the festival according to the Sephardi custom, and also poems and other readings according to the Provençal rite.

Passover Haggadah Moravia (?)

THE SZYK HAGGADAH was drawn amid the rise of the Nazis and Arthur Szyk’s book draws a parallel between the Third Reich and the Ancient Egyptians. In an early sketch, Hitler’s moustache reportedly appeared on Pharaoh’s face. He had a hard time finding someone to publish the manuscript, even after fleeing to England. But after years of financial stress, his friends helped him sell 250 editions of the book for $500 each. Photo ©, The Israel Museum, by Nahum Slapak Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo, and although its monetary value is undetermined, a museum in Spain required that it be insured for $7million before it could be transported to an exhibition there in 1992.

Photo credits The Sassoon Haggadah: Photo ©, The Israel Museum, by Nahum Slapak. Haggadah Yahuda: Photo ©, The Israel Museum, by Ardon Bar-Hama Passover Haggadah ‘Moravia (?), Austrian Empire: Photo ©, The Israel Museum, by Elie Posner Illustrated Passover Haggadah: Photo ©, The Israel Museum, by Avi Ganor ‘Haggadah Shel Pesah’ (The Haggadah for Pesach): Courtesy British Library Board

Illustrated Passover Haggadah

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Food / Passover

BACK TO BASICS BALSAMIC AND BROWN SUGAR BRISKET SERVES 8 Braised brisket began as poverty cuisine – a method of low-andslow cooking that was capable of transforming a cheap, tough cut of meat into something desirable. Over time, it has become one of the most iconic dishes of the Jewish American kitchen. It is a favourite for the festive meals on Rosh Hashanah, Succot and Passover, and often served as a substantial main alongside potato latkes on Chanukah. There are countless variations on the theme of brisket, ranging from sweet and tangy to savoury and herby. This version adds brown sugar and balsamic vinegar to the braising liquid, resulting in deep flavour and caramelised edges. Like many braised meat dishes, brisket’s flavour improves with time, so plan to make it a day or two before serving. To slice, find the grain (the thin lines that run in one direction along the brisket) and use a sharp knife to thinly slice perpendicular to those lines.

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4 to 5lb (1.8kg to 2.3kg) brisket Kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper 3 tbsp vegetable oil 3 large red onions, halved through the root and thinly sliced 8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 bay leaves 360ml beef or chicken stock 80ml balsamic vinegar 1 tbsp red wine vinegar 65g packed light brown sugar 2 tsp onion powder 1 tsp garlic powder


1. Preheat the oven to 325°F / 165°C and season both sides of the brisket with salt and pepper. 2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a heavy-bottomed (cast iron) casserole dish with a tight fitting lid or a large sauté pan set over medium-high heat. Add the brisket and cook, turning once, until browned on both sides, eight to 10 minutes total. If the brisket does not fit all at once, cut it in half and sear it in batches. 3. Remove the seared brisket from the pot and set aside. Add the remaining one tablespoon of oil followed by the onions, garlic, and bay leaves to the pot and cook, stirring often, until the onions soften and the mixture is fragrant, five to 10 minutes. 4. Meanwhile, whisk together the stock, balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, brown sugar, onion powder, garlic powder and 1 teaspoon of salt in a medium bowl until fully combined. Transfer the onion mixture to the bottom of a large roasting pan and layer the seared brisket on top. Pour the balsamic mixture over the top, cover tightly with aluminum foil, and transfer to the oven. 5. Cook the meat for two hours. Remove from the oven, uncover, and carefully flip the meat to the other side. Re-cover and continue cooking until the meat is fork-tender, two to two and a half hours more. 6. Remove from the oven and transfer the meat to a cutting board; drape loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing against the grain. Remove and discard the bay leaves. Use a slotted spoon to remove the onions and arrange around the brisket. Spoon your desired amount of pan juices over the brisket before serving. Serve hot. Store leftovers, covered, in the fridge, for up to four days. To reheat, transfer the brisket and any juices to a baking dish and heat in a 325°F / 165°C oven until warmed through, 15 to 20 minutes.

The Little Book of Jewish Feasts by Leah Koenig (Chronicle Books, £13.99) Photographs by Linda Pugliese, © 2018 by Chronicle Books


Jewish News 26 March 2020

Passover / Food

ROASTED SALMON WITH HORSERADISH SAUCE & PICKLED ONIONS SERVES 8-10 A head-turning dish full of vibrant flavours, from pickled onions to herbs to horseradish, and colours to match (hello, pink and fuchsia), this side of salmon could easily usurp gefilte fish at your seder.



FOR THE PICKLED ONIONS: ½ cup red wine vinegar 1 tsp kosher salt ¼ cup sugar ½ cup water ½ red onion, thinly sliced FOR THE HORSERADISH SAUCE: ½ cup mayonnaise 3 Tbsp jarred beet horseradish Juice of ½ lemon FOR THE SALMON: 3½ lb whole side skin-on salmon 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp Herbes de Provence ½ tsp sea salt Pepper to taste

1. To make the pickled onions, place the vinegar, salt, sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Place the prepared onions in a bowl and pour the hot vinegar mixture over the top. Let cool on the counter for one hour, then put in the fridge to chill. 2. For the horseradish sauce, stir together the mayonnaise, beet horseradish and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate. 3. Preheat the oven to 450°F / 230°C. 4. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Place the salmon, skin side down, on the baking sheet. Rub with olive oil and sprinkle with Herbes de Provence, salt and pepper. Roast the salmon in the preheated oven until just opaque in the centre, about 20 minutes. Serve with pickled onions and horseradish sauce on the side.

Excerpted from Kosher Style: Over 100 Jewish Recipes for the Modern Cook by Amy Rosen. Copyright © 2019 Amy Rosen. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the publisher. All rights reserved.

HONEY-HARISSA ROASTED CARROTS SERVES 6-8 I used to dread carrot tzimmes during the holidays (think mushy carrots sweetened with honey and sprinkled with plump raisins or prunes). It was my idea of hell in vegetable side dish form. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, so I’ve created a hot new take on this High Holidays dish – which, ironically, was meant to symbolise a sweet New Year. Spicy, sweet, juicy and crunchy: these carrots are nothing short of heavenly.

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12 medium carrots, trimmed and peeled 1 Tbsp olive oil Kosher salt to taste 1 Tbsp honey 1 tsp harissa 2 spring onions, trimmed and thinly sliced Seeds from ½ pomegranate (about ½ cup) ¼ cup shelled pistachios, roughly chopped


1. Preheat the oven to 425°F / 220°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2. Scatter the carrots on the baking sheet so they’re evenly spaced and not crowding the pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt. Combine the honey and harissa in a small bowl, then drizzle over the carrots. Roast in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until cooked through and slightly browned, shaking the baking sheet once or twice during cooking. 3. When the carrots are done, transfer to a serving dish. Let cool slightly, then sprinkle with the spring onions, pomegranate seeds and pistachios. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Food / Passover

MINA (MATZO PIE WITH LEEKS AND SPINACH) SERVES 8 From bourekas to pastelito (miniature pies), many Sephardi Jewish communities maintain a deep affection for savoury pastries. But on Passover, the options for baking are limited by the weeklong prohibition of chametz –foods made from wheat, rye, barley, spelt, or oats. Enter mina, a free-form pie that is typically layered with spiced meat and vegetables or, as it is here, with spinach and feta cheese. Brightened with lemon zest and a burst of fresh oregano, this take on mina has all the briny fresh flavour of a boureka. Serve it as the main dish for a vegetarian or pescatarian seder meal, or at any dinner throughout the holiday.


3 tbsp unsalted butter, plus more for the baking dish 3 large leeks, white and light green parts, thinly sliced 2 medium shallots, finely chopped kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper 5oz (140g) baby spinach 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh oregano leaves 4 cups (960g) cottage cheese 4 eggs ¼ cup (60ml) milk 1 cup (140g) crumbled feta ½ tsp finely grated lemon zest 9 sheets matzo finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley for serving


1. Melt the butter in a large frying pan set over medium heat. Add the leeks, shallots and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 10 minutes. Add the spinach, garlic and oregano and continue cooking until the spinach wilts, two to three minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. 2. Whisk together the cottage cheese, three of the eggs, the milk, feta, lemon zest, ½ tsp salt and a generous amount of pepper in a medium bowl. 3. Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C and rub a little butter around the bottom and sides of a 9-by-13‑in (23-by-33‑cm) baking dish. Fill a second shallow baking dish with warm water and dip in three sheets of matzo. Let the matzo soften for two to three minutes. Shake off the excess water and arrange the matzo sheets in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Break the third matzo, if necessary, to fit it into the dish. Cover with approximately half of the cheese mixture, followed by half of the leek and spinach mixture. Repeat the process with three more softened matzo sheets and the remaining cheese and spinach mixtures. 4. Soften the remaining three sheets of matzo and arrange on the top. Whisk the remaining egg in a small bowl and brush generously over the top of the matzo. 5. Bake until golden brown and bubbling, about 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes. Serve warm, sprinkled with parsley. Store leftovers, covered, in the fridge for up to four days.

The Little Book of Jewish Feasts by Leah Koenig (Chronicle Books, £13.99) Photographs by Linda Pugliese, © 2018 by Chronicle Books


Jewish News 26 March 2020

Passover / Wild food


Wild Cooking

Denise Phillips suggests dishes with natural ingredients to give your seder meal genuinely biblical flavour


Celeriac Steaks with Mushroom Sauce Celeriac is my new favourite versatile vegetable. It makes the most delicious salads, soups and this delicious vegan steak recipe. PREP 10 mins | COOK 40 mins | SERVES 4 (6 as a starter) Ingredients Ingredients For the celeriac steaks 1 large celeriac, peeled and sliced into 5cm thick steaks Olive oil to coat Large sprinkling of salt 1-2 teaspoons smoked paprika Garnish: Flat leaf parsley leaves, red chilli – cut into very fine strips – optional Date syrup

For the Mushroom Sauce 250g button mushrooms – cut in half 200g shiitake mushrooms – sliced Olive oil – for sautéing and roasting

1 medium onion – finely diced 1 clove garlic – peeled and finely chopped 300 ml mushroom stock – use two tablespoons mushroom stock powder with 300ml water 1.5 tablespoon potato flour About 1 tablespoon water to dissolve the potato flour

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Method For the steaks 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. 2. Brush both sides of the celeriac steaks with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and smoked paprika and lie flat on a baking tray. 3. Place into the oven for 20 minutes, or until you start to see some browning on the edges of the steaks. 4. Remove from the oven and turn over, then return to the oven for another 10 minutes or until soft and browned. For the mushroom sauce 1. Place the button and shiitake mushrooms into a bowl, then drizzle with just enough olive oil to coat and add a pinch of salt. 2.. Transfer to a medium sized frying pan. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft and fragrant. 3. Then add the mushroom stock and bring to a simmer. 4. In a small bowl, dissolve the potato flour into a paste in 1-2 tablespoons of water. 5. Whisk the dissolved potato flour into the simmering stock and stir well to avoid any lumps. The stock should thicken almost immediately. To serve: Drizzle some date syrup onto the plate. Place a generous helping of mushroom sauce onto your steaks, then sprinkle with the chopped parsley and chilli strips.

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Breakfast at Pesach can be quite uninspiring, but these little fruit and nut pots are a colourful combination of rhubarb and strawberry compote, topped with yoghurt and roasted nuts. PREP 25 mins | COOK 45 mins | SERVES 6 Ingredients 30g almond flakes 30g pecan nuts 30g whole almonds ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 25ml maple syrup 1 tbsp sunflower oil 1 tsp vanilla essence ½ tsp sea salt, fine

For the Compote 400g rhubarb – trimmed and cut into cubes 100g dried figs – roughly chopped 2 Braeburn apples, small – quartered, cored and roughly chopped 50ml apple juice 30g sugar 100g strawberries 300g yoghurt (vanilla)

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Wild Food / Passover Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. 2. Line a baking tray with baking parchment. 3. Roughly chop the nuts. Combine the cinnamon, maple syrup, oil, vanilla essence and salt. Pour this over the nuts and transfer to the lined baking tray spreading out in a single layer. 4. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden. 5. For the compote, place the fruit (except the strawberries) in a saucepan, add the apple juice and sugar and cover with a lid. Cook for approximately eight minutes, stirring from time to time. 6. Remove the lid from the pan and cook uncovered for a further 12 minutes, until the fruit has softened and most of the liquid has evaporated. Set aside to cool. 7. Once the compote has cooled, stir in the sliced strawberries. Add a couple of tablespoons of rhubarb compote into the bottom of each glass, top with yoghurt and nut mix.

Chocolate, Hazelnut & Apple Cake This is an impressive family chocolate apple cake that also makes a great birthday cake should anyone be celebrating over Pesach. PREP 30 mins | COOK 60 mins | SERVES 10 Ingredients 4 eggs – separated 50g caster sugar 80ml honey 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 125ml vegetable oil 140g ground hazelnuts 35g desiccated coconut 35g cocoa powder 100g ground almonds 2-3 eating apples – peeled, cored, thinly sliced 100g dark chocolate chopped 1 tablespoon chopped hazelnuts

Method 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. 2. Grease the base and side of a 22cm round loose-based cake tin and line with baking parchment. 3. Use electric beaters to whisk the egg yolks, sugar, honey and vanilla in a bowl for five minutes or until doubled in size and a ribbon trail forms when the beater is lifted. With beaters on medium-low, add oil in a steady stream, until thick and combined. 4. Combine ground hazelnuts, coconut, cocoa powder and ground almonds in a separate bowl and add to the egg yolk mixture.

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Whisk egg whites in a separate clean bowl until firm peaks form and gently fold into the hazelnut mixture. Transfer to your prepared cake tin. Top with sliced apples, arranging in concentric circles. Sprinkle with hazelnuts and chocolate. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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Jewish News 26 March 2020

Passover / Meals on wheels


Not everyone is a budding MasterChef contestant and even those who are pretty competent cooks are now faced with the challenge of creating three meals a day for themselves and their families, coupled with the difficulty of getting supplies from the supermarkets. However, several kosher and kosher-friendly caterers have set up home delivery services, so now we can all have function-quality food at our kitchen table. ADAM NATHAN CATERING is creating a new menu of delicious dishes each week. They can be eaten straight away or frozen. Order dishes such as barbecue lamb shoulder on sweet potato mash and home-made flatbreads, or Marbella

JOSEPHA WHITE, whose core business is catering functions, also produces frozen kosher ‘airline-style’ (but with a home-made touch) meals, such as roast chicken and apple strudel for reheating in the oven or microwave. The company has been doing this for a number of years for individuals andJewish organisations and is really coming into its own.

chicken at the start of the week for delivery over the weekend – all you need to do is pop it in the oven. Since launching this service a week ago, Adam has seen unprecedented demand, with 540 orders coming through in two days! BEN TENENBLAT is offering a full Passover takeaway service, including a complete Seder plate. Dishes include gin and tonic cured salmon, tuna tataki, salmon fish cakes, chicken liver blintzes, whole shoulders of lamb cooked down in a pomegranate and red wine reduction, beef bourguignon, beef and vegetable tagines, plus classic fish balls and gefilte fish. There’s also a range of sweet stuff such as pavlova and cinnamon balls. After Passover, Ben will offer daily fresh meals delivered to the door.

YUMMIES in Mill Hill and Radlett is taking its deli on the road and will deliver anything you would ordinarily go in there to buy, plus – get this – trays of 30 eggs! (Tip: if you don’t need that many in one go, crack them open, beat them and freeze in ice cube trays or freezer bags.)

JASON SASSOON at Bespoke Catering Services is offering fresh family-friendly dinners with a 15 percent discount to over-70s and those in the vulnerable group. Menus are based on enough for a family of four, but Jason and the team are happy to make smaller or larger portions. There are soups, salads and traditional dishes and at the weekends an oriental menu is available. All hot meals are freezable. bespokecateringservices

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Tidy home / Passover

LET THERE BE Calm Cleaning and tidying your home isn’t just for Passover. Louisa Walters meets decluttering expert Russ Doffman


magine a world in which you open your cupboards and drawers to find all your clothes and accessories easily accessible, arranged in colour or style order. Imagine that in your teenage children’s bedrooms, their revision notes and homework (in more regular times, of course) are neatly filed and readily reachable. Imagine that when you walk into your house, you hang up your keys on a special hook, put away your coat and shoes in a neat space, walk into your kitchen to cook dinner and find that all your utensils, spices and ingredients are immediately visible on opening the cupboards and drawers. This utopia is what Russ Doffman makes it her mission to achieve. As a child, Russ was super tidy and organised, prone to arranging her dolls and teddies in height order. Several years spent as a buyer for Marks and Spencer, with responsibility for more than 300 products, put her organisational skills to the test and taught her to love paperwork. A self-proclaimed sergeant major when it comes to tidiness and organisation with her own children, she was in her element when arranging her sons’ barmitzvahs, which she did with military precision, creating spreadsheets and flow charts to leave no stone unturned. After she helped a friend declutter her wardrobe, Russ realised that her skills extended

beyond her own home and she decided to declutter professionally. She set herself up on Facebook and LinkedIn, joined a networking group and then approached Joanna Sadie at employment charity Work Avenue, who was hugely helpful in getting her established. DeclutteRus was born. Teenagers are a challenge that Russ particularly enjoys. “They can be overwhelmed with the number of folders, papers and books when it comes to exam time, and I can help put this all in order.” She finds men are easier to work with than women, as they are less attached to stuff. Decluttering can be an emotional journey. “There are tears and tantrums, laughter and elation when my clients find something they thought they’d lost. I make them memory boxes in which to store treasured items.” A few weeks ago, Russ was invited onto Radio Verulam (St Albans) to chat about the benefits of decluttering. “There is a definite correlation between a cluttered life and a cluttered mind,” she says. “Decluttering is hugely important for everyone’s mental health.” Russ, who says she particularly loves a kitchen drawer, has a calm and gentle approach and is careful not to judge. “People often feel embarrassed to show me their mess, but I want them to relax when I walk through the door – I am there to help. Everyone copes so much better with everyday life when they know where everything is in their home.”


After a few sessions with Russ, my house feels like it has come back from a long holiday more chilled and able to breathe. I, too, am breathing easier. I hadn’t appreciated just how much stress I was causing myself by not being able to locate things. And I believe that my new clean, organised environment has improved my ability to think more clearly. Russ set to work, one room at a time. Each drawer, each cupboard, each worktop was tackled with a strict ‘bin, donate, keep’ regime. Our work together settled into a rhythm as we put stuff – so much stuff! – into black bags for rubbish, black bags for the charity shop, and a separate pile for the things I needed or wanted to keep. And for items that survive the cull, Russ has a never-ending supply of innovative ways to store them. A mere glance from her silenced my wheedling attempt to cling onto not one but 14 identical invitations to my son’s barmitzvah several years before. “We are going to create a memory box for you,” she said firmly, “and you can keep one invitation in here. You won’t need more.”


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The floor is not for storage – don’t allow anyone in your house to leave anything on the floor. Get rid of anything that makes you feel bad. Don’t keep more than one of anything. Don’t hang on to clothes that you are never going to wear again, for example your outfit from your son’s barmitzvah 10 years ago. You have a photo of yourself in it – that’s all you need. Make a memory box for each of your kids to store treasured items from their childhood, for example their first shoes. When they move out, give it to them. Once you have decluttered, stay decluttered!


Jewish News 26 March 2020

Passover / Fashion


Worn out by the demands of sustainable fashion? Brigit Grant reveals trends to send you shopping

It’s hard to get excited about the spring/summer looks of 2020 when there is so much anxiety about climate change, disposable clothing and, now, the virus keeping you indoors. Stepping out in something new is almost a criminal offence in the eyes of Extinction Rebellion and wearing vintage is no longer fun, but is the responsible thing to do. With the biannual fashion show season dominated by green catwalks (Dior had trees), Gucci reducing carbon emissions from its supply chain and Roland Mouret using hangers made from recycled marine plastic, it doesn’t feel right to be buying anything more than a Lola’s cupcake ( Instead, we should be adopting the sartorial choices of our ancestors in the wilderness, although wearing the same trainers for 40 years won’t appeal to most Jewish women. No doubt retailers are hoping the penny doesn’t drop with the preened doyennes of Temple Fortune so, until they embrace Gretha Thunberg’s relaxed approach to dressing, here are the trends for the season. 1. SHORTS. The less said the better for most, but the skort is acceptable, even though it’s something most teens wear to a batmitzah. Teamed with a jacket in gingham (this is a suit) gives the look an air of respectability, as does a pair of black tights. Gingham Bermuda Skort, £25.99

3. NEON returns to please those who dare to wear it before getting a tan. Opt for something more subtle in a paler shade of salmon, such as the Hobbs flares (£149) and top (£110).

4. RETRO PRINTS means thinking back to the wallpaper you had in in 1970s and picturing it on a shirt. Some of the pyjama styles are more suited to the boudoir or the flowery tops Joe Brown has done so well. High Waist Green Shorts, £25.99

Jazzy Print Blouse, £35

2. FEATHERS on frocks by Burberry and Valentino were everywhere in Paris, and Prada, pricey as ever, attached blue ones to a pink dress, at a cost of £2,000. The TK MAXX shoes may be more aff ordable. White Feather Shoe, £24.99

Prada pink dress £2,000 with feather trim

Printed Pyjama-Style Shirt, £25.99

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5. LEATHER was one of the key fabrics for autumn last year, but has been unleashed for spring. Tan is the popular colour and will carry you seamlessly through all weathers.

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Fashion / Passover 6. In the spirit of recycling and old traditions, CROCHET has made a comeback and if you don’t have an old cardi that your bubbe made, there are plenty of combinations to be had.

Gina Bacconi Sorina Tiered Dress, £180

8. Reflecting the madness of it all. Dotty clothing aka POLKA DOTS available in any size of spots, workable in trousers or dresses and, best of all, it’s a trend on repeat, which makes it sustainable. Hooray!

Stine Goya Jasmine Pink Dress, £210

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Passover / Beauty

TIME FOR TREATS Brigit Grant has some online suggestions to make you feel better

We have never experienced a time like this, so it’s hard to know what a beauty section can offer by way of solace. On the other hand, a bit of self-gifting always lifts the mood, and sorting out drawers and cupboards because of Passover and isolation creates a bit of extra room for a cheer-up purchase or two. Plus with extended “me time”, you can trial the products you never knew you needed As travel is something we can only currently do in our minds, how about dabbing the smell of Tel Aviv behind your earlobes? Or some Brooklyn on the wrists? Berlin on the décolletage? These are the cities with scents that perfume maker Nick Steward wanted to evoke in his unisex fragrances by Gallivant. As the name suggests, the wearer is olfactorily gallivanting from place to place and the one named after the Israeli city “ exudes luxury, like a steam room made of marble and brass. A clear and fruity introduction with a floral base with notes of bergamot, mandarin and white flowers softens your heart– just like Tel Aviv itself.” Available in 30ml eau de parfum (£65) and a 10ml pure perfume roll-on oil (£35), it’s a hint of the Holy Land, which is sadly unreachable this Passover.

It’s my daughter’s birthday on 27 March and she has introduced me to Glossier, the make-up brand founded by New Yorker Emily Weiss, a nice Jewish girl who, after graduating in 2007, became a styling assistant at Vogue. From her beauty blog, Into the Gloss, she launched www.glossier. com, selling her own products, and the company was last valued in 2018 to be worth $1.2 billion. Favourite products include Cloud Paint (£15), the seamless cheek colour and the Stretch concealer (£15) which doesn’t get all cakey as so many do.

There is a sense of being in the wilderness with all that is happening and a desperate urge to get back to nature and feel healthy. Products with ingredients to regenerate, nourish and give a sense of well-being are what’s required. D’alchemy’s formulations are based on organically grown or wild growing plants from environmentally clean areas. Try its All-Over Blemish Solution (£40), which unblocks pores, cleans up dead cells and, thanks to specially-selected natural plant extracts, evens out skin texture, reducing the size and visibility of pores. The formula made from bamboo extract leaves skin smooth and shine-free, without tightness or dryness.

Roger&Gallet Tubéreuse Hédonie Shower Gel With its distilled essences of tuberose, jasmine and pink pepper and enriched with aloe vera, this is a shower gel that doubles up as bubble bath (£9.50). Concentrated in perfume, it is also good for sensitive skin and we’re no doubt all feeling pretty sensitive right now.

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Beauty / Passover Elemental Herbology Macadamia & Papaya Radiance Body Scrub (£32.) is rich in Omega 7 which is essential for hydration, papaya for cell renewal and sea salt for drawing out impurities.

Tropic Skincare is 100% natural, cruelty-free and vegan, with every product packed full of premium exotic ingredients. Its Super Greens Nutrient Boost Oil, £42 nurtures your skin’s natural defences against pollution and calms irritated, sensitive and blemished skin.

Chances are you are biting your nails and without your technician, you’ll need Dr Hauschka Neem Nail and Cuticle Oil (£26.50), infused with neem leaf extract to strengthen keratin, and apricot kernel oil, chamomile and anthyllis plant to soften and condition cuticles.

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Danish skincare brand Ecooking launched in the UK in 2018. Safe enough to eat, the range contains more than 40 products, each of which is made with up of 100% organic oils, combined with natural peptides and vitamins. Sustainability is key and the products come in recyclable material. Bestsellers? The acid infused peeling mask for a youthful glow, a super serum to relax facial muscles – reducing fine lines – and a night cream to stimulate collagen production while you sleep. Flowers provide a feelgood factor in a vase or a body lotion. Weleda’s Wild Rose is the pampering kind and, if you want spritz, Yardley London’s rose, lavender, lily of the valley and April violets will conjure up spring (all £20). The company beloved by the nation is celebrating its 250th anniversary, which has to be worth a smile emoji and a toast to its history and to better times. founder Emily Weiss

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Jewish News 26 March 2020

Travel / Thinking ahead

Positive Planning

The thought of a holiday could get you through this… MALLORCA

Portal Hills Boutique Hotel ONLY A FEW WEEKS AGO, Spain and Portugal felt so near, and so did spring. The clocks go forward this weekend and hopefully so will we in the near future, so we can pack our bags and head to Mallorca or the Algarve. The Portals Hills Boutique Hotel in Mallorca is waiting. The island’s first condo hotel took its inspiration from Miami, with its high-end suites and one luxurious penthouse furnished by Fendi. Just a few minutes’ drive from the smart Puerto Portals

Zafiro Palace in Alcudia marina, the glamorous five-star property has a privileged position in the hills above Portals Nous and a chic pool terrace, with stateof-the art gym and the Ligne St Barth Wellness-Lounge to reflect its undeniably exclusive, hip and stylish ambience. Mallorca’s second hotspot is the Zafiro Palace in Alcudia. The chic and sophisticated all-inclusive, five-star hotel has skillfully managed to combine luxury with child-friendly facilities. Unwind by a different swimming pool every day, head to the golden sands of the beach or spend a day of pampering at

Hotel Bonsol Resort & Spa

the spa – just don’t relax so much you forget you’ve brought the children. Just six miles west of the capital, Palma, is Hotel Bonsol Resort & Spa. Located on a clifftop in upscale coastal resort Illetas, the Bonsol nestles amid pine trees, lush landscaping and multiple terraces and continues to be run by the same family that founded it in the 1950s. The family happily welcomes others to stay or simply to sample the water’s edge restaurant and the casual beach eaterie.


WHEN JEWISH COUPLE Harriett and Armondo Pena quit Blighty to open a rustic B&B farmhouse in Portugal’s Algarve they knew it would be tough. Honing a reputation for hosting a stay in a spectacular but affordable property took days of dedicated marketing, and their events – teas, lunches, weddings and chauffeur driven rides in a turquoise American hot rod– were soon talked about, far beyond the hillside village of Boliqueime. Two years on, and the business they have nurtured has come to an end. No tourists, no bookings and nothing on the horizon. “I am trying to be positive,” says Harriett, a member at Finchley Reform Synagogue. “But when the world has its wheels back on, small holiday businesses such as mine will struggle to get going without sufficient support.” With more than its share of autumnal sun

and successive Decembers hotter than Miami, Harriett and her family at Casa De Mondo (house of the world) believe they are able to offer guests the TLC they need after these uncertain times. The three cottages – each with its own bathroom and kitchen – are available until the end of the year and sitting by the pool under the pomegranate trees is a great place to be for Rosh Hashanah or to stage your own simcha., or call +44 (0)7903 525941. The Jewish community in the Algarve has services all year, weekly Shabbat and meals led by Ido Itshayek. Visit: -the-Algarve or email:

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Israel... soon / Travel

This year in JERUSALEM Our ancestors waited a long time to get to the Promised Land. Here are some places to think about for our big return

THE INBAL ( in Jerusalem is spectacular, melding the essence of a boutique property with the allure of a grand hotel. After a two-year renovation process of the 331 guest rooms, suites and public spaces at a cost of $90million, you can see where the money was spent. Built entirely from traditional Jerusalem stone, the hotel offers a range of first-class amenities, including gourmet restaurants, a state-of-the-art spa and fitness centre, a heated, semi-Olympic pool, as well as artisan and designer shops. Very VIP. WOM ALLENBY opened in January. It is the first location of the new brand of pod-style hotels. Situated near the beach, the hotel offers an affordable stay in a comfortable bed. There are three room categories, including solo pod, twin pod and king pod. Using the WOM app, guests control their entire stay, including booking, check-in/check-out and their room’s facilities. They can also chat with fellow travellers and hotel staff. ( Very now. The Theodor

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DAN CAESAREA HOTEL built by Baron Rothschild for sixties jet-setters has been reinvented as a resort. All the areas of the resort have been refurbished and upgraded so the entire complex of 116 guestrooms and suites now sparkle. It really is an impressive renovation of a property set in 62 acres of landscaped gardens surrounding a huge central pool, which rather uniquely has a pool table standing in it overlooked by trees into which tree houses have been embedded. The Danyland club offers has an aquarium, a world of dinosaurs that combines a classic sandbox with a 3D projection, and a wealth of possibilities with the retro games and technological innovations. Add to this a fully equipped high-tech fitness centre, a swanky spa, a basketball court, a soccer field, a tennis court and innovative culinary surprises. ( Very memorable.

THE THEODOR is a 34-room boutique hotel on the corner of Herzl Street and Rothschild Boulevard. There is a private garden, rooms with outdoor terrace showers and a trendy bar and spa. ( Very Tel Aviv. Six Senses Shaharut

SIX SENSES SHAHARUT is the ultimate dream vacation set to open in May, but watch this space. There are dramatic views from any of the 58-suite and villa hotel nestled in the Arava Valley, south of the Negev desert. A spa, camel stables and the freshest air await you. ( Very traveller chasing adventure. The Ritz- Carlton

THE RITZ-CARLTON in Herzliya sets the

benchmark in luxury, but doesn’t rely on bells and whistles to attract guests. There are 115 rooms set over 12 floors, huge beds and fabulous art by local talent. Herbert Samuel, the hotel’s relaxed restaurant, takes kosher dining to a new level, as does the service (staff undergo 250 hours of training and also do charity work outside of the hotel as part of the corporate ‘social responsibility’ footprint). The hotel’s kids club is run in part by the Ocean Society. ( Very special.

Isrotel’s newest addition is the KEDMA HOTEL in Sde Boker located near the home of David Ben-Gurion. A great base for exploring the Israeli desert, Kedma has a swimming pool, authentic desert cuisine, a luxurious spa with Turkish bath and heated treatment pool, a state-of-the-art fitness room, and a large event complex. ( Very Unique. Once Israel is open for business look out for tours and stays with Eddie’s Kosher Travel and call West End Travel for the best advice.

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Jewish News 26 March 2020

Travel / Suffolk hols

Country girl CALLING When the world gets back to its old self, Tracie Elmaleh plans to head for Suffolk, her second home HOLI-DAY… I wanted every day to be holy. Four nights away from London. My checklist is very simple. Uninterrupted sleep, warm & cosy with a wood burner and a comfortable bed. With these criteria and my decision to head to my favourite English county of Suffolk, I approached Suffolk Hideaways. They do exactly as they say on their beautifully presented tin - Hide Away in Suffolk. Perfect. They came up with Snow Hall Barn and I absolutely love it! Designed by Caroline Riddell who has an office in London and works around the world as an interior designer, the website photos of it do not lie. Having travelled extensively around the UK, it is unusual to come across good design that encompasses lighting and heating in the way Snow Hall Barn does. No detail is spared to create a private

hideout which is uncluttered with just the right amount of luxury (so as not to be pretentious) in the simple, yet tasteful furnishings with all the mod cons needed, including many plug outlets and that all important cafetière! An upside -down cottage/barn, cleverly putting the two spacious master bedrooms downstairs with the lovely bathroom and leaving upstairs for the living space. Painted wooden floors, neutral colours and a really well- designed kitchen space means it flows superbly. With the February winds howling around outside, moments on the generous terrace were saved for wondering at the night stars, a Suffolk ‘big sky’ treat. Isolated enough to be private and so quiet that my no 1 priority - to sleep as much as possible -was easily achievable.

There are reasons I love Suffolk and although I would have happily not left my secret haven, the history, the space, the warmth of the people, quaint villages, country pubs, many castles lying about and of course, Constable land, were all waiting to be visited. The extensive information pack at the barn provided by Suffolk Hideaways recommended the best of the sites, restaurants and services Suffolk offers – spoilt for choice is not an exaggeration. Seafront walks on Aldeburgh Beach and hot vegan soup at Munchies on the high street followed by a walk around Framlingham Castle on day one, I was ready to get back to the comfort of my barn retreat to watch a movie on the smart TV, have a rest and think about which top-listed pub to choose for dinner.

Churches are never hard to find in Suffolk and very much part of every village, but the closet synagogue is in Ipswich, rather a long way for a drop in. Embracing nature out here in the vast, quiet flatlands of Suffolk is enough of a religious experience. When I approach the holiday homes on offer, I usually imagine I’m an American. Suffolk county ticks all those boxes any American would expect from an English countryside experience. Snow Hall Barn fulfils the living experience by being everything any- one would expect, need and want. Keep the cafetière warm. Suffolk Hideaways (www.suffolkhideaways.; 01782 666 300) offers 3 nights at Snow Hall Barn from £514 travelling June 2020


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Having been in the business for more than 20 years now, and seen how many estate agencies – especially the larger established chains – work, I believe it’s high time the industry moved on to a better model of actually looking after customers and not just lining their own pockets. Many agencies will give far higher than achievable sale prices or rental estimates on your house or letting. It all sounds very attractive and they do this to sign you up. But in truth, they know these targets are not achievable, and you will eventually settle for a more realistic price. Does the agent suffer because of this? Absolutely not! They still earn their fee, but your house or investment may be on the market far longer than it should be, and will end up selling at the correct market price in the majority of cases, just not the agent’s original estimate. This leaves you, the customer, disappointed and frustrated. Add this to some agency’s appalling service levels and customer care, and you can understand why the industry has made such a bad name for itself. At Compass Residential, we really try to do things very differently. First of all, we treat YOU as a valued customer. We are happy to chat, whether you instruct us or not. We will always give you a realistic appraisal of your property in line with your needs, whether you are selling or renting your property. We are here to help guide and support you throughout the process. We won’t throw unrealistic or inflated figures in the air and promise you the world; we’ll just give you honest advice and correct market

pricing to achieve the maximum value possible. By pricing a property correctly in the first instance, we drive additional demand and a greater number of viewings to the property, and we have seen several cases recently where we have achieved in excess of the asking price owing to several parties making higher offers. So the lesson to be learned is: take the right advice first time, and don’t let your property sit and stagnate on the market for longer than necessary. Your loyalty should be to an agent who looks after you, not one who is only looking after themselves. The latest statistics show that we have achieved an average of 99 percent of the asking price on sales in the past six months alone, as well as 99 percent of the asking price for lettings. Our reviews on Google are nothing but glowing – and we aim to keep it that way. So if you’re with an estate agent who isn’t working well enough for you, and/or providing the right advice, or you’re thinking about selling or letting your property, give us a ring. You could also pop in for a coffee, and we will make sure your next property transaction not only results in the best service, but also the best possible return for you. After all, it’s your money and you should be getting more of it. So, for some honest advice on your property needs, call me, Mark or Anne Marie at Compass Residential. We promise to point you in the right direction. Mark Newton, sales director, Compass Residential

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IN THIS SECTION: Investments 42-43 Divorce 44 Inheritance tax 45


HERE IS A COMMON PHRASE, thought to be an ancient Chinese curse that states “may you live in interesting times”. It is probably roughly translated into Yiddish as “oy vey”, but is as relevant now as ever. The nation, having got through the Brexit hysteria, is now dealing with the coronavirus crunch. Markets are experiencing some of

their largest falls, as the situation and government response changes on a daily basis. It is easy to tell people not to panic, but that can be hard if your health, job, business or savings are at risk. Our plan with this guide was to help set your finances free. That may be the last thing on most people’s mind at the moment, but having the right financial plan in place is probably more important now than ever.

ANNUAL TAX ALLOWANCES Cash and/or stocks and shares ISA £20,000 Junior ISA £4,368 (increasing to £9,000 from the 2020-21 tax year) Pensions £40,000 Dividends £2,000

Hopefully some of the tips we provide in this finance guide will provide some support and reassurance to those worried about the stock markets, making longterm business and relationship plans, as well as thinking about passing on their wealth. Just as the Jews freed themselves from slavery in Egypt, this, too, will pass and hopefully you can set your finances free.


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Money/ Finance

Setting up in

ISRAEL Fancy Fridays off work? How to set up in the Promised Land


POILER ALERT: the Jewish people make it to to the land of Israel after the Passover story. You don’t have to wonder the desert for 40 years if you want to setup shop in the promised land though. There are some differences when operating in Israel compared with the UK though. First, international currency transfers are slower due to anti-money laundering procedures at Israeli banks. You can’t legally invoice customers until you have a VAT registration and customers must withhold 30% tax from payments to you unless your tax affairs are in order. One big benefit of moving to Israel is that new residents are generally exempt from tax on non-Israeli sourced income for the first 10 years. But business tax rates are slightly higher in

Israel than the UK. The regular Israeli corporation tax rate is 23%, although there are some lower rates for certain industries. This compares with a 19% corporation tax rate in the UK. The regular dividend rate in Israel is 30%-33% for shareholders owning 10% or more of a business. This compares with a dividend basic rate of 7.5% in the UK after a £2,000 annual allowance, 32.5% higher rate and 38.1% additional rate Freelancers and salary earners pay up to 50% Israeli income tax and national insurance, while the basic rate in the UK is 20%, rising to 40 per cent for those earning more than £50,000 and 45% for additional rate taxpayers earning more than £150,000. Accounts and invoices must be issued on

approved Israeli software and you need to report and pay VAT and income tax by the middle of each month. Annual tax returns must be filed four to five months after the year-end, compared with nine months in the UK, although accountants can receive extensions for their clients. Like in the UK, employees are entitled to an employment contract, pension scheme, holidays and sickness benefits but best of all in Israel, everyone gets Shabbat and the main Jewish holidays off. Leon Harris, of tax consultancy H2CAT, says Israel has become affluent thanks to high tech and there is money to be made. “If you conduct business activities physically in Israel or operate via an agent, you are generally taxable in Israel,” he says.

“If you have a UK business, consider using an Israeli company for Israeli activity and a UK company for UK activity – this helps avoid double taxation. “Being a freelancer is cheaper, but there is less protection from double taxation and lawsuits.” If trading in Israel doesn’t appeal, there are of course benefits to operating in the UK. “Like any country, a stable and fair tax system encourages business and enterprise and the UK has relatively reasonable rates of income and capital gains tax,” Pinny Olsberg, partner at London accountant Cohen Arnold, says. “The UK tax code is extensive, and it is vital to obtain clear and direct advice before embarking on your business journey.”

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Finance / Essential advice

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MISTAKES to avoid like the plague Stockmarkets may have only just recovered from Brexit uncertainty but they have now been infected by fears over the coronavirus outbreak


his can mean the value of your investments and pensions has dropped in recent months. It is easy on paper to say not to panic, to keep calm and carry on, but the general rules of investing are as relevant now as they have ever been. Here is what you need to avoid to ensure a plague-free portfolio: SELLING OUT EARLY The drastic stockmarket falls over recent weeks may make it tempting to withdraw your money to protect your cash. But this

would mean locking in the losses and missing out on any recovery. Lloyd Kafton, director of advisory firm Cedar House, says: “Much of the activity in the market is driven by fear or greed, causing investors to buy and sell at the wrong times. “The best strategy is to stick with the plan and weather the storm. Many investors who switched to cash or took a lower risk approach in the midst of global events, are finding that they are now worse off than if they had simply ignored the noise of the financial press.”

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LACK OF DIVERSIFICATION Different investments go up and down at different times. Spreading your money across different regions and assets should smooth out your returns over the long term. Elliot Gothold, chartered financial planner at NLP Financial Management, says: “We are all familiar with the concept of not putting all of the eggs in one basket, in case it falls and they all break. Seder night would not be the same without matzah balls in the chicken soup. “This principle most certainly applies to investments. Having a diversified investment portfolio, significantly reduces risk and makes the portfolio less susceptible to wide fluctuations in value. “Furthermore, history shows that the best performing asset class or region in one year is unlikely to be the same the following year and certainly not on a regular basis, whilst it is difficult to predict which will perform best in any short-term period of time.” TOO MUCH CASH It is important to have money in the bank to pay your mortgage, bills, food and general living expenses. It is also a good idea to

have a rainy-day fund of at least three to six months of expenses for an emergency. Beyond that, keeping too much cash in the bank can be wasteful as it is missing out on the opportunity cost of earning returns and its purchasing power could be reduced by higher costs of living, known as inflation. OBSESSIVELY CHECKING PERFORMANCE The internet makes it easy to regularly check your investment portfolio, but Gothold warns investors shouldn’t be deterred by daily fluctuations. He says: “Particularly during times of heightened volatility in stock markets, as we have experienced in recent weeks, daily fluctuations can be significant, both when markets go up and also when they fall. “There will also be times that portfolios outperform their benchmarks, and times that they underperform – this is part and parcel of the investment process. “ STARTING TOO LATE The key to successful investing is time in the market rather than timing the market. The earlier you start, the sooner you can start earning returns and the more

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Essential advice/ Finance investing in the stockmarket ahead of you. That said, it is always worth starting to invest whatever age you are so you can put your unused cash to good use. MISSING TAX-FREE ALLOWANCES You can invest up to £20,000 into an ISA and £40,000 into a pension each tax year. Kafton warns that these are “use it or lose it” allowances though and you will miss out if you don’t make use of them before the end of the tax year.

chance you have of riding volatile markets and to make up for any losses. Anyone can open an ISA from age 18 and most employees aged over 22 are now automatically enrolled into a pension through their work. If you were to retire at 65, this gives you more than 40 years of

FEES (NOT UNDERSTANDING HOW HIGH FEES EAT INTO RETURNS) You can’t do much about stockmarket performance but you can control how much you pay to have your portfolio managed. Fees paid to an investment platform or financial adviser can be one of the biggest influences on your returns so it must be worth it. Kafton adds: “Transparency is the key factor in building successful and long-term relationships between clients and advisers. “Remember, cheap is not always cheerful. Don’t just look at the price tag when weighing up the different offers of financial advisers. “Consider their experience, qualifications and particular areas of expertise as well. Sometimes, it can be worth paying a bit more for access to that extra knowledge or peace of mind.” POOR PLANNING You wouldn’t just drive around aimlessly without knowing where you are going as

there is a risk of getting lost or in extreme cases having a crash. Similarly, with investing it is important to know your reasons for putting money away, how much risk are you prepared to take and how long you are investing for. This way, you can keep track of your portfolio and your goals and make changes if necessary. UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS Investing is a long-term game so you can’t expect double digit returns every year and must accept that there will be losses. Kafton says: “It’s important to step back from any negative performance you might be looking at right now (e.g. this week, or this month), and survey the past three, five or 10 years. “What’s the overall movement of travel?

Have your investments gone up and down like this before, and yet later continued an overall steady climb? If you have a strong investment portfolio and good financial adviser, then you should be able to answer this latter question with a confident ‘yes’. “Successful investing isn’t about winning every day and at every opportunity. It’s about moving forward over time.” FOLLOWING FADS If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Don’t get taken in by the latest trend or financial fad. For example, cryptocurrencies were seen as a big investment trend a couple of years ago, with the value of one Bitcoin almost hitting $20,000 in 2017. But anyone putting money into it then will have since seen the value more than halve.


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Finance / Divorce

Setting yourself free from an


Getting divorced can be a tough time, but if it is done right it can give you and your family a new sense of freedom. Celebrity divorce lawyer Vanessa Lloyd Platt, who runs Lloyd Platt & Co, answers some of the key questions when it comes to parting ways Is there such thing as an amicable divorce?

What is the first thing to consider when divorcing my partner?

People can always have an amicable divorce, but this depends very much on the circumstances. If, for example, one party has left the other in circumstances that have caused the other great distress, then it is more likely that things between them will not be amicable. In order to have an amicable divorce, the parties must agree sensibly on the way forward, perhaps accepting to go into mediation together to work out scenarios concerning finance, children and the divorce itself.

Consider who you are going to instruct as your legal adviser so that you obtain the correct strategy from the outset. If you provide them with a full history of all of your financial dealings and as much information as you know regarding your partner, it will give a good grounding for the solicitor to give you general advice from the outset. If you distrust your partner, then what you must consider from the outset is whether you will immediately instigate proceedings to the court to ensure that orders are made for them to produce all the right information. Information is key in dealing with a divorce quickly and sensibly.

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In any divorce scenario, you will either look at the pensions, property and savings together with your respective lawyers to decide how they should be sensibly divided or you will look at these matters through the court process. As a starting point, the court will look at dividing the capital assets including pensions, property and savings equally between you. However, this can change depending on many factors, for example, whether this has been a short marriage, in which case you will not automatically be entitled to an equal division of the assets; or if one of you has brought in many more assets than the other, or that in relation to pensions that one or other of you have built up a substantial amount into the pension both before the marriage

or after you have separated. There could also be a trade-off in that one party may choose to keep more of the home or the proceeds instead of any pension provision. It will also depend on the earning capacity of both parties as to whether there will be ongoing maintenance or simply a one-off clean break settlement.

What will happen to our children? In most cases, the parties will agree arrangements over the children, i.e. how often they will stay with the parent who is not the main carer. If this cannot be agreed, then the parties could go to mediation to work out the differences or alternatively one or other of the parties can apply to the court for a child arrangements order.

How can I find out if my partner is hiding assets? It is exceedingly difficult to discover whether your partner is lying in divorce proceedings unless you have a starting point to work from. The usual starting point is to discover these matters from items that appear on bank statements. Both parties are under a duty to produce at least one yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth of bank statements or credit card statements with the ability to apply to the court in proceedings for many more than this. It is very difficult to discover offshore items unless you have a starting point, since it is very difficult to obtain information from foreign banks such as Swiss banks. That being said, there are now policies in view of money laundering provisions where banks will be more open than they used to be and must in many foreign jurisdictions produce evidence of who is the ultimate owner of companies. If you believe your partner is trying to hide assets, it is important that you issue an application to court so that you can seek the relevant orders from them. If a party is found to have lied about their assets, after a settlement has been reached or a court order imposed, the settlement could be reopened.

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Inheritance / Finance


wealth to the next generation One of the most important aspects of seder night is passing on the story of Passover to the next generation, but what about when it comes to leaving your assets? POOR INHERITANCE PLANNING can create family disputes and leave your loved ones with a hefty tax bill. Jan Atkinson, head of the private client department at legal firm Osbornes Law, says it is vital to make a will that sets out to whom you are leaving assets such as money, jewellery or other possessions and avoids disputes over an inheritance and who administers the estate. “It may be tempting to use a low-cost DIY will writing service, but a solicitor can help advise on tax advantages and ensure the document is written in a tax efficient way,” Atkinson says. The way you spend, save and hold your money may also have a big impact on the inheritance tax charged on your estate, which is the posh name for all assets and money you leave behind when you die. Some careful tax and financial planning can

help mitigate how much tax is owed. The tax is charged at 40 percent, but reduces to 36 percent if more than 10 percent of the estate is left to charity. Everyone’s estate has a £325,000 allowance before inheritance tax is due, known as the nil-rate band. This is also boosted by an extra allowance for the main residential property, which will be £175,000 from the next tax year on 6 April. This means you can technically pass £500,000 to your loved ones before any inheritance tax is due. Most assets are also automatically passed between spouses without any inheritance tax, regardless of the value. The allowance is also passed between married couples and those in civil partnerships. So, say grandpa Moishe dies, his nil-rate

band allowance of £325,000 plus the £175,000 main residence exemption can be passed to his wife Zipporah tax-free. When she dies, Moishe’s £500,000 estate is added to hers of the same value, giving a total of £1 million that she could pass to direct descendants without any tax being due on her estate. There are steps you can take if your assets are worth more than this, or if you just want to reduce the value of your estate. One area is pensions. Joshua Gerstler, financial planner at advisory firm The Orchard Practice, says pension pots aren’t counted as part of your assets for inheritance tax purposes and, similarly, life insurance payouts are exempt as long as they are written in trust. He also suggests feeling free to spend your money.

“If you have worked hard and saved and built up enough money, now is the time to enjoy it. Life is not a rehearsal, so spend it before it’s too late,” Gerstler says. “You can also give it away. “You have a £3,000 ‘gift allowance’ each year, which is £6,000 per couple. In addition, you are able to make small gifts of up to £250 per year to anyone you like. “Many of our clients want to be around to see their children enjoying their inheritance rather than wait until after they have gone.” If you are worried about your loved ones being able to pay an inheritance tax bill, you can also take out a whole of life insurance policy to cover the bill, but Gerstler warns to make sure this increases with inflation each year as the value of your assets, and therefore the tax bill, is likely to grow.


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Finance / Money matters

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The firm describes its selling points as having a client first philosophy, an efficient and cost-effective corporate service, friendly approachable staff who assist with all needs and client relationships that span multiple generations. Richard Kafton, director of Cedar House, said: “With more than 30 years’ experience of helping clients to plan and achieve their personal and business financial goals, Cedar House understands the importance of treating everyone of our clients as individuals. “We have experienced staff who use our specialist knowledge of the entire spectrum of financial advice to tailor solutions that suit all of our clients’ specific financial needs. “Our mission is to help our clients achieve their financial goals through the provision of an efficient and friendly service.”

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Essential bonds/ Finance

Investing in the STATE OF ISRAEL What are Israel Bonds?

Israel bonds are sovereign bonds issued by the State of Israel. Bonds are loans with variable or fixed interest rates. The State of Israel sets the interest rates that they will pay in order to borrow funds. Governments use bonds to borrow money to so that they have the funding to keep the country running. Israel Bonds differ from other sovereign bonds in that they are not listed and do not trade. There is no secondary market for Israel bonds.. With the Israel Bonds programme, the State of Israel sells directly to retail investors to forge a special bond (pun intended) with their supporters abroad.

Who may be interested in buying Israel Bonds? Israel bonds can be acquired for different purposes – from a Bar/Bat Mitzvah child receiving a gift to celebrate their achievement, to an investor who wants to diversify his or her portfolio. Israel Bonds are an effective way to say ‘No!’ to the BDS movement as each purchase of an Israel bond is an investment in the State of Israel.

Where do you buy them?

Israel bonds can exclusively be purchased in the UK through us: – Development Company for Israel (International) Ltd (DCI). You can contact us on 020 3936 2712 or email us on

What is the minimum investment?

The minimum investment at the moment is £100, $100 or €100. This is for a 5 Year Mazel Tov Savings Bond. It can be purchased from the minimum to a maximum of £2,500, $2,500 or €2,500 in increments of £/$/€ 10. Mazel Tov Saving Bonds are issued by the State of Israel with the idea that such bond can replace a cheque as a gift for a Simcha – especially for

Bar/Bat Mitzvahs! You can purchase a bond in multiples of Chai (180) if you wish.

What is the typical return?

There are different interest rates for bonds with different lengths and different minimum amounts. Maturities range from 1 year to 15 years. Certain bonds pay interest twice per annum, others compound interest and pay them along with the principal when the bond is redeemed. Each type of bond has a different interest rate , and it is up to you to decide which bond meets your investment goals..

Can I put them in my Isa or pension?

At the moment the only sovereign bonds that you can put into an ISA are EU member states bonds – we don’t know what will happen in the future, but for now, the answer is no. Pensions however are a different story. If your pension provider agrees to purchase Israel bonds for your pension, this is possible. We have seen a number of clients’ pension schemes purchasing Israel bonds.

How long do I have to invest for?

Israel bonds are available with a minimum investment period of 1-year and a maximum period of 15 years. There are also 2, 3, 5- and 10-year options.

Can I get my money back early?

When issuing Israel bonds, the State of Israel counts on is the stability of knowing how long they have the funds for. This means, that the money will only be paid back to the bond ower on maturity or, in rare cases, at the discretion of the State of Israel.. Hence, investors may only invest what they can afford knowing that they don’t not have access to these funds for the term of their bond.

Are they regulated?

Both Israel bonds and DCI are regulated. The Information Memorandum for Israel bonds has been approved by the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority DCI is authorised and regulated by the United Kingodm Financial Conduct Authority.

What are the main risks?

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ANXIOUS, ISOLATED, AT RISK It is perfectly okay to be feeling anxious at the moment. We are living in unprecedented times and it is a normal reaction to the situation. For people already living with mental illness, the additional anxiety and isolation can become a matter of life and death.

What Jami are doing: Telephone support •

Expanding our telephone befriending service to enable us to check in regularly with people self-isolating

Redeploying our office and other staff to support service users

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People are dying, but our NHS is stepping up DR SARAH SIMONS JUNIOR DOCTOR


s Covid-19 continues its spread, there is no longer any uncertainty about the danger of this virus. It’s estimated that one-in-five people who get infected with it will become seriously unwell and up to one-in-20 may die. People of all ages and backgrounds are getting very sick in a short space of time as the virus causes an immune response that triggers a severe and rapidly progressing pneumonia which can cause dangerously low oxygen levels. We are seeing young, fit and previously healthy people come into hospital with a cough and then within a few hours they are requiring invasive breathing support on our ICUs. We are being forced to have conversations about end-of-life care with people in their fifties and sixties. People are dying alone, rapidly, unprecedentedly. Our NHS is stepping up. We are reshuffling, redistributing, reassessing every day. We are still looking after older people who

have fallen, people in road traffic accidents, and those needing urgent cancer operations and treatment. We are doing our absolute best but there is so much that we are learning about Covid-19 hour by hour and we also need to protect ourselves so we can look after you. Our workforce is vulnerable and indispensable. People testing positive for the virus describe fevers, headaches, tummy ache, feeling very tired, diarrhoea and muscle pains with or without the dry cough that has been circulated as the main sign of coronavirus infection. However, whether or not you think you have Covid-19, our advice is the same – make sure you drink plenty of fluids, rest and take paracetamol for a fever if you need to. If you feel you are getting worse and cannot cope with your symptoms, follow NHS online guidance or call 111 for advice. In an emergency call 999 or attend A&E. It’s incredibly important that you isolate yourself if you have any symptoms or feel at all poorly, which means stay inside and away from anyone else for seven days. Isolation is also necessary


for 14 days if you are well but you live with someone who is unwell. The incubation period for the virus can be up to two weeks, so someone who is feeling well can pass it on unwittingly for 14 days, by brushing past someone in the supermarket, a chance encounter between kids at the park, a quick exchange over the tube barriers. Washing your hands is vitally important, and soap is much better than alcohol gel. However, wearing face masks is futile: surgical masks only stop you touching your face and do not stop droplets of virus getting into your

body. Even if you feel fine, social distancing is still absolutely necessary for everyone as every single interaction with another person puts you at risk, even if they also seem well. Take your children out for fresh air, go for a run or walk your dog if you feel it is absolutely necessary to go out, but avoid playgrounds and dog parks or going out early in the morning. Remember to keep two metres from other people and keep an eye on the official guidance from Public Health England. As Pesach approaches, the festive period will be an inevitable challenge, but food supply chains remain unaffected by Covid-19 and given widespread closures of hotels, Pesach supplies will be plentiful. Avoiding seders with anyone outside your immediate household will be difficult for all of us, but the strength of a community is not defined by the physical gathering of people. Stay inside, wash your hands and save lives.  Sarah is a doctor working in Emergency & Acute Medicine at Whittington Health with an academic interest in global public health

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Dear Friend I have just been explaining to our older Deaf and Deafblind members that they need to stay home for the next three months. That their beloved Day Centre will be closed. That they will not be able to see the friends they have grown up with and grown old with. That probably the only person they will see now – from a safe distance – is their JDA support worker. That life as they know it is about to change – and we don’t know for how long. To have to tell people who are already isolated by their deafness that they will now be even more cut off and unable to be a part of a community - our loving, caring, laughing, wonderful community of people who fit in nowhere else and belong only together – broke my heart and theirs. For older Deaf and Deafblind people, social isolation can be a killer, breeding loneliness, depression, anxiety and mental illness. And without the love, support and reassurance of someone they trust literally with their lives, our older members will struggle to survive the months ahead. Thanks to the support of friends like you, we’re here to look after them as we always have done, like family. We’ve rallied the troops, and in line with government guidelines, we are: • Working intensively and vitally to keep everyone reassured, informed, safe, well and from the gaping chasm of loneliness • Shopping and delivering food and doorstep chats to ensure essential provisions and human contact are maintained – crucial for deaf people, who cannot keep in touch by phone • Creating an emergency mobile hearing aid maintenance service, to keep deaf people aged 70+ connected to their loved ones and the world as much as possible • Expanding our befriending service to check in regularly with people self-isolating at home • Setting up new virtual communities to alleviate deaf people’s isolation Last year was THE most incredible year for JDA; we supported more vulnerable deaf people than ever before – enabling those who cannot fend for themselves in a hearing world and have nowhere else to turn, not only to cope with life … but to really enjoy life. JDA is the only lifeline deaf people have. At this unprecedented time, your support is more crucial than ever. Please don’t let Covid-19 take their lifeline away. Thank you so much for your help

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We are still a community – even if not physically MICHELLE JANES



ow are you? That’s what I’ve been asking this week. Some people have given an initial response of ‘fine’, then we get into unpacking how they really feel. Some have said ‘I’m so grateful you asked me’, some have held back the tears as it’s possibly the first time they’ve been asked that or had time to consider the response. I have been overwhelmed with a feeling of fear of loneliness from manycommunal leaders. For some, it has been about working alone, or making decisions they feel are on their shoulders. They aren’t sure if they are doing the right thing. We don’t know the rules of engagement or when there will be an end point and can’t be sure what the right thing to do is. Some may be feeling anxious about spending a huge amount of time in a space with those they love and live with but don’t spend their every waking moment with… In a world in which we may feel we don’t have enough time alone, to

reflect, pause, take a step back or indeed spend with family in the comfort of our home – we now face the prospect of being forced into isolation. Whether alone, or with those we live with, the combination of stocking up cupboards, caring for those who may be ill or missing the outside world is enough to make us all anxious. And we are still getting on with our lives. Working from home, or needing to travel to work and physically be in spaces with others. Making daily decisions as to what is best for us and those with whom we work and live. For leaders in organisations and communities, it will be a testing time and we should be mindful the decisions we make are the right ones as they are the ones we felt were best at the time. We may look back and think, maybe I should have done this, or I could have done that. That’s OK, that’s reflective. That’s learning. It’s how we get better at things, how we adapt and develop. It doesn’t mean we were necessarily wrong, it just means the next time we make a decision we will be more informed, more experienced and have a deeper frame of reference on which to call. We are also rarely alone in our decision

THE DECISIONS WE MAKE WILL BE RIGHT – BECAUSE WE FELT THEY WERE BEST AT THE TIME making. Although as leaders we may feel the weight of decision-making on our shoulders, we will be calling on those around us to help us navigate the data, feelings, advantages and disadvantages. We will use all we can to inform us of a situation and make a choice. We will call our senior leadership teams, our front facing teams, our lay leadership. We will make decisions for individuals and our organisations for the good of everyone. For those of us seeing the decisions being made, let’s be supportive, assume good intent and give thanks. As a community, we have been great at working together in a crisis. We come together

to support each other in grief and also in celebration. We cook, we eat, we offer shelter and support to those in need. We rally round, connect, build relationships and share. We pray, sing, give thanks and stand together, shoulder to shoulder. We can do none of this now. We are isolated in our own spaces, but we are not alone. We must hold our communities in our hearts. Know that we are still a community, even if not physically. Know that life will return to a normality – albeit a different type. Know that round the corner there are people who are able to help. Know that we can offer and give support and connect in ways that are different to what we are used to, but still valuable and meaningful. Each of us has the potential to be a great leader. We have the capacity to lead, to make change, to bring about good in our life and those of others. As we approach Shabbat and read Vayakhel-Pekudei, where we hear about Moses gathering the community of the children of Israel, let us gather our thoughts, our strength and ourselves to work towards sustaining and strengthening our communities in new and creative ways that will lead us forwards together.

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Twinning Project Make your Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah more meaningful by twinning it with a young victim of the Holocaust who tragically was unable to celebrate this milestone in Jewish life.

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Research details of the family of your ‘twin’ Research the community they came from Learn about their experiences during the Holocaust Receive a special certificate from Yad Vashem in Jerusalem

The photo above is of twins, Izabel and Solly Marton who came from Romania, both died at Auschwitz. They must never be forgotten.

Yad Vashem UK Foundation offers a Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah Twinning programme to enrich your child’s coming of age experience by memorialising a victim of the Holocaust who did not have the privilege of such a celebration. Researchers at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem will endeavour to find a name which your child could most relate to, perhaps with the same name or birthday as the child celebrating or someone who came from the same town or area where their family originated. Family members are encouraged to use the Page of Testimony to learn as much as they can about the history of the child who they are commemorating. To facilitate this we send a study guide together with the Page of Testimony and certificate detailing a list of resources on various websites and books easily found in most libraries. Yad Vashem also offers a Twinning programme. A private guided tour which is tailored to fit your specific requirements and family which take the ages of the children, family history and the interest of the Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah child into account. This tour concludes with a visit to the Hall of Names where the Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah child is introduced to The Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names and is given a certificate acknowledging participation in the program with the details of the Holocaust victim who they have chosen to commemorate.

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‘I’ve always packed my Jewishness in my suitcase and taken it with me’

Staying in basic hotels and sleeping in shared dorms, the group follow an ancient military route covering more than 620 miles, from Serbia’s capital city in Belgrade, through Bulgaria and the mountainous Balkans, to Turkey and the Suleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul. With just over two weeks to complete their journey, the pilgrims visit historical monuments and see first-hand how religion has played a part in conflict over the centuries. Each celebrity comes from a different faith background and for Currie it provided a chance for her to reflect on her Jewishness – something she admits “not talking about The group travelled from Belgrade to Istanbul very much”. Speaking this week from her home in the Peak District, where she lives with her second husband, John Jones, Currie tells me that she did have doubts about how physically demanding the walk would be – “like many Jewish people, I’m more cerebral than physical” – but was nevertheless intrigued enough to take part and reconnect with her Jewish background. “I don’t talk about my Jewishness, but it’s very much part of who I am,” says Currie, whose family sat shiva when she married her non-Jewish first husband, Ray. “My family was from Liverpool, Ashkenazi and quite orthodox. “My great-grandfather ran the mikvah in Liverpool for many, many decades. I always had this feeling of not wanting to tanding at the entrance to a former Nazi upset or hurt anybody in the family. I’m now one of the oldest concentration camp in Serbia, Edwina Currie in the family, so it probably doesn’t apply any longer, but as found herself feeling overwhelmed as she a teenager, I wondered how I could move away from this very heard about one exceptionally courageous strong grip without disrespect to my parents. episode that took place here nearly 80 years ago. “The obvious way was to go to university - and I never really For it was at Nis that 35,000 Serbs, Romanis and Jews were went back, both emotionally, physically and in religious terms. held, more than 10,000 people were murdered – and where on “But the love of family, of community, a sense of obligation to February 12, 1942, inmates organized the first mass escape of prishelp other people, those are the things I was brought up with, oners in occupied Europe. always packed in my suitcase and taken with me.” “The old people in the camp ran and threw themselves at Edwina on her travels Despite describing herself as a “lapsed” Jew, Currie was the guards and on the barbed wire, so that the young ones had clearly touched on her visit to Nis concentration camp and also took time out to a chance of climbing over their bodies to escape,” reflects the formidable former acknowledge the Jewish new year, which began during the pilgrimage. Tory MP. “Isn’t that just amazing? You think about such courage, such heroism, “On Erev Rosh Hashanah we found a hill, watched the sun go down in the west such sacrifice – and here we are, living in a country where people are now scraband dipped apples in honey,” she recalls. “That’s what my grandparents would bling around for toilet rolls.” have liked. It very much felt like my family was sitting there with me.” Currie, who resigned as junior health minister in 1988 over the infamous Equally poignant for Currie was visiting a house that once belonged to a salmonella scare, is keen to put life into perspective while others panic over wealthy Jewish family and next door, a ruined synagogue, in Samokov, Bulgaria, coronavirus, especially since embarking on a thought-provoking journey for where efforts are being made to restore the building and its “beautiful” frescoes BBC One’s Pilgrimage: The Road To Istanbul. to former grandeur. In the new series, Currie, 73, is joined by journalist Adrian Chiles, Olympian She also heard in detail how Bulgaria’s Jews were largely saved from deporFatima Whitbread, broadcaster Mim Shaikh, television presenter Amar Latif, tation during the Second World War, after the intervention of public figures, comedian Dom Joly and actress Pauline McLynn. including Tsar Boris III. “They must have felt the Jews were the same as them – Bulgarians – which was extremely uplifting to hear,” says Currie. “The synagogue is ruined but the intention is there to do it up and have it as testament to a long standing and very successful community that was part of Bulgaria.” Over the course of her journey, Currie reveals that she grew closest to Fatima Whitbread, a practising Christian, who she describes as “absolutely amazing”, as well as Muslim television presenter Amar Latif, who is blind. “His psychological insights were remarkable,” notes Currie. “Because he was blind, he could read people very easily and was also tremendously cheerful all the time. You couldn’t be downhearted in his company.” Looking back at her two-week journey, I ask Currie if she felt her sense of faith growing stronger as a result of taking part. “Oh, the crew kept asking us that and they would have been thrilled to bits if we said yes, but I’m not sure my attitude shifted all that much!”, laughs Currie. “But then again, I am 73, so I’ve had plenty of time to live my life according to how I want. “I did find myself arguing over miracles. I don’t believe in them, I don’t believe in magic, but I do believe in the goodness of man – and that there is maybe something bigger than ordinary, everyday life.” From left: Fatima Whitbread, Amar Latif, Mim Shaikh, Pauline McLynn, � Pilgrimage: Road To Istanbul airs on BBC One tomorrow (Friday), 9pm Edwina Currie, Dom Joly and Adrian Chiles

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Weekend / Entertainment

‘Everyone knows everyone’s business’ Mathilde Frot speaks to the cast and creator of Friday Night Dinner Dinner, which returns to Channel 4 this week But as the writer admits, the show does Arguing at the dinner table might be not attempt to depict Jewish life in particular. frowned upon, but it’s become something Despite its Jewish elements and an allusion of a tradition on one of Channel 4’s most popular comedies – and is what makes them to antisemitism at the start of season five, he “didn’t want to put issues” into it. “I just most “Jewish”, according to the show’s wanted it to be silly and funny”, he says. creator. Other Jewish comedies tend to be The Goodmans return to our screens this week, when Friday Night Dinner begins its sixth stereotypical and overdone, Popper adds. “Whenever I see some Jewish comedy, or Jewish series, and creator Robert Popper describes scenes, it’s either very overly emotional with like the intensity between husband and wife and the violin playing or they focus on the candles, their two adult sons as “probably quite a or it’s quite large.” Jewish thing”. First airing in 2011, the sitcom revolves around a secular Jewish family coming together for a Shabbat meal and stars Tamsin Greig (Black Books), Paul Ritter (Chernobyl), Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners) and Tom Rosenthal (Plebs). Plebs). Speaking at the show’s premiere, held earlier this month at Soho’s Curzon cinema, Popper says that while he didn’t set out to write a specifically Jewish comedy, it was inspired by his own Jewish upbringing. “The intensity of the family is probably quite a Jewish thing, particularly in this series, which is extremely intense and argumentative, and everyone knows everyone’s business,” he explains. The Edgware-raised producer and writer, whose credits include The Inbetweeners,, the Bafta-winning Peep Show and South Park,, says the sitcom drew upon his own Friday night experiences. “I wanted to do a show about a family and the feeling you get when you go home and you revert to being kids again,” he says. “I used to go home to my parents on a Friday evening, which is like Sunday lunch, and me and my brother would become kind of children again. And I thought everyone has that.” Tamsin Grieg, Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal and Paul Ritter

While Friday Night Dinner may not be solely about the community, there was a plate of hamantashen left by the cinema entrance for the premiere event, which took place over Purim. The sitcom, which Top: Simon and Tom as brothers Adam and Jonny is mostly shot on Above: Tamsin and Paul as the Jewish parents location in north London’s Mill Hill, is There’s nowhere to go. It’s always shot in Mill Hill, “not an easy show to film”, Greig in the winter time so you get a lot more hours says, comparing the experience in the dark,” says Greig, who is starring in ITV’s of being on set to a “Jewish Big period drama, Belgravia. “There are days when Brother”. Brother you think ‘I really hope someone’s finding it “You can’t go outside of funny’ because the experience is often not.” the house because you don’t  Friday Night Dinner starts tomorrow want to disturb the neighbours. (Friday), on Channel 4, 10pm



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There are plenty of online chefs helping to keep kids occupied while teaching them a valuable life skill. Nicole Freeman at Kids’ Cook Club is offering free online cooking classes on Wednesdays via Zoom; Past MasterChef contestant Theo Michaels is hosting live sessions for children on his Instagram page @ theocooks and on YouTube every Monday and Wednesday at 4pm; and Cook Stars Lockdown Cook Along is posting easy-to-follow videos.


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Food & Drink / Weekend


aklava is enjoyed throughout the Middle East – as well as in every country that once belonged to the Ottoman Empire. There are many recipes for the popular pastry, most of which are intensely sweet. My take on baklava is less sweet than most, but I think it tastes better that way.

B AKLAVA 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). 2. Chop the almonds, cashews and pistachios. Reserve half of the chopped pistachios for garnish. Place the remaining chopped nuts in a bowl and set aside. 3. Melt the ghee in a double boiler. Prepare a baking pan for the filo pastry. Preferably choose a pan that is slightly smaller than the filo pastry sheets. Grease the pan with ghee. Add a sheet of filo and brush it with ghee. Repeat with just under half of the remaining filo sheets. Then sprinkle with the nut mixture and continue to layer the rest of the filo sheets, brushing them with ghee until you’ve used all of the ingredients. 4. With a sharp knife, make a cut from one side of the pan to the other, creating a crisscross pattern with the knife to make diamond-shaped pieces (or square if you like). 5. Put the pan in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes, until the pastry is golden-brown and crisp. 6. Meanwhile, prepare the sugar syrup. Heat the sugar and water in a saucepan and stir until the sugar has melted. Stir in the honey. Once the honey is combined with the sugar mixture, remove the pan from the heat and add the lemon juice and cardamom. 7. After 30 minutes, remove the pan from the oven and pour the sugar syrup over the pastry. Sprinkle the reserved chopped pistachios over the top. Let the baklava rest for a bit to give the sugar syrup plenty of time to soak into the pastry.


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to date and follow them through the 2008 crash and beyond. I wanted to look at how 2008 impacted on ordinary people’s lives. Circumstances make this family very ordinary. They’ve lost all their money, they’ve lost their standing in society. Being one of those large houses, there are people who work for them who don’t have an aristocratic background. It’s a catch all and it’s obviously a long Hannah tradition in British writing where we Rothschild used houses to catch all members of society and all sorts of issues. Your latest novel, House of Trelawney, has just come out. It’s about an aristocratic family in The first book you have selected is Scoop by Cornwall with 800 years of history. Where did Evelyn Waugh, written in 1938. Tell us why the inspiration come from for the book? you selected that book. I wanted to write a book about a family and trace For many reasons. First, I think it’s one of the their history over many centuries but bring it up annah Rothschild is a writer, documentary filmmaker, businesswoman and philanthropist. She is a nonexecutive director of RIT, the family investment trust. In 2015, she was appointed the first female chair of the board of the National Gallery in London. She also chairs Yad Hanadiv, the Rothschild charitable foundation in Israel. She was awarded a CBE two years ago.

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funniest books ever written. Basically a man who is a correspondent for a newspaper writing about nature is mistakenly sent to a warzone. He shares the name Boot with their War correspondent. I think Evelyn Waugh is one of our greatest British novelists. He’s funny, he’s acerbic. He turns plots inside out and upside down. If I could write like anyone, I’d want to write like him. You also selected another novel from that era, The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford. One could draw parallels with your first novel, The Improbability of Love. Do you see that? I think there are parallels in that we’re both trying to treat quite serious subjects through the veil of satire and comedy. Both books are about and women trying to find their place in the world. Israel is a very important part of your life. You chair Yad Hanadiv, the family foundation in Israel. What does that entail? I am obviously a non-executive chair because the charity is based in Jerusalem at the moment and it has 43 people working there. So my job is to hold the executive to account and to set strategy. But in our family we are much more involved than that. We get up close to projects and take a very close interest. So recently, for example, because of my interest and that of my cousins, we’ve done a lot more in the environment which we consider to be an incredibly important issue today. It’s a charity so closely associated with the family that we have to be involved. You have a particularly significant project on the horizon This is a project that my father initiated and should take most of the credit for. It’s to build the new National Library in Jerusalem. The family was lucky enough to build the Knesset and then the Supreme Court and this is the third major public project. As well as being the collection of books and a place to study, we hope it will be a beacon from which we can beam ideas of education, togetherness and connectivity, not just in Israel, and the region but throughout the world One book you’ve selected in this area related to Israel is My Promised Land by Ari Shavit. Why did you choose that book? When it came out, particularly for a lot of Jewish people living outside Israel, he encapsulated some of the thoughts, conflicts and misunderstandings that we had. What he does so brilliantly in that book is take this mosaic of feelings and events and knit them together. He doesn’t shy from difficult subjects. He tells it often through the prism of individual stories so it’s very readable, very personal. At the end I thought I understood the country so much better thanks to his lens.

It’s a country you visit regularly At the moment, I am going between five and ten times a year. I don’t see that changing. I’ve got a lot of catch-up to play. Now that I’ve got this extraordinary role as chair of Yad Hanadiv, I feel that I’ve got to learn and visit every corner. Another book you chose is Apeirogon by Colum McCann, which is about to be published. Tell us why I was sent the manuscript by my publishers and totally gripped. It’s the story of two fathers, one Israeli, one Palestinian, who both lose their daughters. Through their incredible grief and loss, they come together and become friends. They feel they need to tell their story and the story of their daughters and the story of their people over and over again. It’s a novel but these two men are alive and kicking. Any book which helps one understand a conflict through individual stories and engages emotionally has to be taken seriously. You are from one of the most famous Jewish families in the world. What does that Jewish heritage mean to you? It has meant very different things at very different stages of my life. When I was much younger and because I grew up in Britain, it was a rather confusing heritage because I didn’t know enough about that heritage, Judaism or Israel. I was brought up in a secular household and so felt almost if something had been foisted on me if that doesn’t sound too awful. Nevertheless there was a creeping sense of pride because I also understood quite early on about the part my family had played in the creation of the State of Israel. Then, as I got older, and I learned more about the country, that pride grew. One other book you chose is The Neapolitan Series by Elena Ferrante. Why do you like it? It’s a sweeping, four-part book about two little girls in Italy and then it follows their histories, up to the 1970s. You learn about Italian history, family life, intellectual life. What holds it all together is the relationship between these two women at the centre. I am particularly interested in female friendship and it’s one of the themes of the House of Trelawney. Can you live with it? Can you live without it? Why is it important? Elena Ferrante certainly inspired me looking at that.

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Scoop by Evelyn Waugh The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford My Promised Land by Ari Shavit Apeirogon by Colum McCann The Neapolitan Series by Elena Ferrante

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SEDRA Vayikra BY RABBI ALEX CHAPPER It seems strangely ironic that we begin sefer Vayikra – a new book of the Torah – during the current situation, as this country and parts of the world are in virtual lockdown. The opening chapters of Vayikra deal predominantly with the sacrificial order in the Temple, the offerings that were to be brought by people in different circumstances. At present, we are being forced to make a sacrifice of a different kind, to forgo our usual rights to freedom of movement and social interaction and instead remain isolated to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus. However, without a Temple for more than 2,000 years, it is hard for us to fully comprehend the true nature of sacrifice and that is why there is a debate amongst our sages as to whether, when the Temple is rebuilt, the sacrificial order will be restored. In fact, the Midrash teaches that

in the time to come, all sacrifices will be annulled, but the sacrifice of thanksgiving will not be. All prayers will be annulled, but the prayer of gratitude will not be. Clearly, thanksgiving and gratitude are timeless and if any good is to emerge from this crisis then it will be the appreciation of the blessings that we have in life. This idea is encapsulated by the Hebrew word for ‘sacrifice’, which is ‘korban’. At its root is the meaning of ‘drawing near’ and ‘approaching’ as the person making the sacrifice is drawn closer to those from whom they were previously distanced. During this period of enforced distance, we have to prepare ourselves so that when we emerge from isolation and return to normality we understand how the willingness to makes sacrifices is the foundation of every relationship that we have.

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Torah For Today What does the Torah say about: Panic buying BY RABBI NAFTALI SCHIFF hoarding demonstrates not The world is changing beyond only a lack of faith in God and recognition on a daily, even in the both sophisticated and hourly basis. Just a month ago, decent societies in which we the restrictions that we are live, but also a lack of empathy currently living under would for the needs of others. have seemed unimaginable in It is specifically at times like the modern world. Travel bans, these that we need to think of quarantine, self-isolation and others and their needs. This lockdowns have become the new tension is best summarised by normal. the immortal words of Hillel One of the most noticeable in Pirkei Avot 1:14: “If I am not effects of this current state of for myself who will be for me? emergency is the phenomenon JN editor’s daughter in toilet roll panic But if I am only for myself then of empty supermarket shelves. This is something we used to asso- economist at the Bank of England what am I?” He concludes imploring ciate with communist Russia or to realise the effect that this has on us not to wait, saying, “If not now, the developing world, not our local the supply chain. Our supermarkets when?” Now is the time. We can only carry a limited amount of stock all be heroes during this crisis, by Tesco or Sainsbury’s. Much of this has been created and whenever we take for ourselves, containing our understandable, yet base desire to hoard, so that by panic buying, which is under- others will lose out. This is why it is essential we others can have their fair share and standable given the circumstances. People are nervous they will not strike a healthy balance and develop together we can get through to the have enough basic supplies to see a genuine sense of social responsi- other side of this crisis. ◆ Rabbi Schiff is chairman them through this challenging bility at this time. Of course we have to provide and founder of GIFT and period and so they buy as much as they can. You don’t have to be an for our families, but unnecessary CEO of Jewish Futures


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The Bible Says What? ‘The golden calf will prepare us for the virus’ BY RABBI DANNY RICH “It was not me. The people asked and it happened.” The story of the golden calf is one of the most well-known in Judaism. Moses is delayed for 40 days and nights receiving the first set of tables (containing the Ten Commandments) on Mount Sinai and, perhaps fearing the worst, the Israelites become restless and nervous. They demand of Aaron, Moses’ brother who is temporarily in charge, that he create a physical manifestation of God. Rather surprisingly, Aaron appears to agree without protest and instructs them to bring their gold rings, which he casts into a golden calf. The Israelites then offer sacrifices to the idol, while dancing around it. An angry Moses talks an even angrier God out of his planned destruction of the Israelites, before destroying the tablets and the calf, which he grinds into powder, mixes with water and forces the Israelites to drink. He rebukes Aaron, who responds with the rather pathetic line above.

Does this incident help us prepare in any way for what may be to come with the coronavirus pandemic? I suggest it reminds us of two things. First, most humans go about their lives with little thought about what happens during the unexpected, when what we take for granted is taken from us. The Israelites responded in a particular way to the absence of Moses, who had been a part of their daily lives. Second, is the calibre of leadership. Leadership is frequently best tested in a crisis. Aaron faced a crisis and followed the mass, giving into its fears. He failed even to attempt, never mind to succeed, in calming public disquiet. In the circumstances of a coronavirus pandemic, our lives will change temporarily. There is little doubt what Judaism requires. In a paraphrase of Pirkei Avot 2:5, where none are showing leadership, show leadership.

◆ Danny Rich is the outgoing chief executive and Senior Rabbi of Liberal Judaism

Progressively Speaking People are coming together in the spirit of the Blitz

BY RABBI MARK GOLDSMITH My mother tells me the past week reminds her of her wartime childhood. The same things are happening – people learning to make do, it not being safe to go out and mix, most people caring about their neighbours, while others hoard what they can for themselves. However, she says there is one big difference. Instead of peoples of the world trying to destroy each other, there is no human enemy. Instead, we have the real opportunity as a world of human beings, all equally potentially vulnerable to the same disease, to co-operate to do our best to remove the threat of COVID-19. Three rabbinic principles are at the forefront today. The first is dina d’malchuta dina, the law of the land is the law. It means we have to take the precautions our government decrees in order to keep ourselves and each other safe. It is very painful for families which had, for example, looked forward to a bar or batmitzvah at this time or are having to deal with

a funeral for a loved one not being followed by a shivah, but we have to prioritise health. That leads to the second principle, pikuach nefesh, the primacy of saving life. We need to be protecting those whose health could be threatened by the virus and enabling them to live safely and as healthily as possible both physically and mentally. This leads to the third principle, al tifros min ha’tzibbur, do not separate yourself from the community. We cannot look after ourselves only. The panic buying we have witnessed in the supermarkets has been done without care or consideration for those who have the same

basic needs as ourselves, but cannot elbow our way to the front of the queue. It has to stop. Much more though, in the spirit of the Blitz, people are looking after each other, with neighbourhood Whats App groups and simply checking on neighbours. Our synagogue is in the process of rapidly setting up Community Circles, bringing together circles of 10 households across the generations in a very local area to contact and help each other through this tough time. These three principles of making a decent society, in accord with God’s guidance, apply at all times: Taking government advice seriously, looking after our own and other’s health as a first priority and finding new ways to keep community alive will make these weeks much more liveable and maybe even help us to build a better society for the future. ◆ Mark Goldsmith is Senior Rabbi of Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue

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Mixed Vegetables £7.00 Mixed Vegetables in Coconut Cream £7.00 Asparagus & Straw Mushrooms £11.00 Stir Fried French Beans Peking Style £7.50 Lo Hon Vegetables £7.00 Four Braised Vegetables £7.00 Egg Plant in Garlic Sauce £8.00 Stir Fried Bean Sprouts £6.00 Braised Bean Curd £10.00 Braised Bean Curd in Black Bean Sauce £10.00 Sweet and Sour Bean Curd £10.00 Spiced Vegetables in Kaifeng’s Oriental Sauce £7.00 Sweet and Sour Mixed Vegetables £7.00 Broccoli Peking Style £8.00 Broccoli & Chinese Mushrooms £11.00 Pak Choi £10.50 Chinese Leaves with Chinese Mushrooms £10.50

Our Priority....... is to keep our staff, customers and the community as safe as is possible. In addition to our usual high hygiene standards we have implemented further safety procedures. We are maintaining our Full Take Away and delivery service with particular attention for the needs of the self isolated. Until 7th April we are giving 10% discount on all orders over £80. We will continue to serve you as long as we are allowed to. We wish you safety and health through this crisis - The Kaifeng Team

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