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Betty, 93, beats virus thanks to ‘NHS and chicken soup’ Hendon great-grandmother home after 10 days in hospital A 93-year-old great-grandmother from Hendon who survived the Blitz has beaten the coronavirus with a combination of chicken soup and “brilliant” medical care after being discharged from hospital, writes Adam Decker. The family of prize-winning bridge player Betty Bobbe, who turns 94 in August, said she was now back home recovering with the help of a live-in carer after 10 days in the COVID-19 ward at London’s Royal Free Hospital. Betty, who has two children, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, beat the virus with “positive thinking,” her family said, and now says she “can’t wait to get back to my bridge classes”. She spent the Blitz in London after taking

a dislike to Wales, rejoining her parents in their shop to spend most evenings in bomb shelters. Her grandson Sam Raven said that the “wartime Blitz spirit” helped her beat the virus. “We feared the worst,” he told Jewish News. “We were all constantly terrified and it was a huge struggle for her not to have contact with her family. The NHS looked after her brilliantly.” His grandma “got through with the help of the Blitz spirit and a diet of chicken soup and gefiltefish”, Sam said. “She fought the virus and won.” Betty’s love of bridge, and talent for it, has taken her all over the world, playing in tournaments, but her first love is family, and that is clearly reciprocated. “Everyone loves her,” said Sam, a screenwriter who lives in West Hampstead. “She was an only child who grew up in tough times and through her life she has amassed hundreds of friends, who were all rooting for her.” Betty, whose husband Simon died 10 years ago, does not know how she caught the virus, but first developed a cough and a temperature three weeks ago. Finally, when breathing became difficult, she went to hospital where she tested positive. “Living through the Second World War helped her tough it out,” said proud Sam. “That and her life-long belief in positive thinking… She’s an eternal optimist, and of course her chicken soup is first class!” Asked if she had a message for others, Betty said: “Keep your mask on, follow NHS advice and don’t be afraid to get help if your symptoms worsen.” Fine fettle: Betty with one of her great-grandchildren

AND WE CALL THIS FREEDOM? An Israeli wearing a mask and gloves handles a matzah delivery at a factory in Bnei Brak. In the UK, religious movements have devised ways to help their communities celebrate Pesach during lockdown, delivering Seder-to-Go kits, ‘how to’ guides on Skype and planning live-streamed seders. Getting inventive, see page 6


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Charedi towns go into lockdown Israeli town and cities in with large Charedi populations were put under lockdown this week after undercover police dispersed prayer meetings – only for some Orthodox worshippers to reconvene an hour later, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Anger and resentment at the Orthodox community’s disregard for social distancing rules led to the government taking the extraordinary step of “locking down” large parts of the country, having already quarantined the city of Bnei Brak. After experts gave warning that the number of Orthodox Israelis infected with the coronavirus was likely to be far higher than the official figures indicated, the cabinet closed Elad, Modi’in Illit, Beitar Illit, Beit Shemesh, Tiberias, Ashkelon, Migdal Haemek and Or Yehuda. In addition they closed 15 areas of Jerusalem including Har Nof, Mea Shearim, Ramot and Givat Mordechai, with police checkpoints, patrols and surveillance being set up and the IDF Home Front Command providing food to residents. The actions follow an undercover police operation in which officers dressed as strictlyOrthodox worshippers infiltrated a synagogue before breaking up a large crowd. According to police, “an hour later people had returned again”. Already there was a full-scale closure around Bnei Brak, which has a population of

about 200,000, where religious leaders have refused to tell people to stay indoors. The entire city was last week declared to be “a restricted zone” as the virus spread. The influential 92-year-old Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky has only recently called for lone prayer, having spent most of March telling residents that “the Torah protects and saves”. This led to paramedics being pelted with rocks by the rabbi’s followers. With 8,600 infections and 51 deaths by Monday, analysts took heart from the virus’s slowing growth, but some have called for an increase in testing from the current daily average of about 6,000. Ministers are still considering a fullyenforced lockdown for the entire country for Pesach to make sure that no one travels outside their homes to visit relatives for anything other than essential duties. Meanwhile, there were calls for health minister Yaakov Litzman to be sacked, days after he contracted the coronavirus. It follows reports in the Israeli media that Litzman, who leads the strictly-Orthodox United Torah Judaism Party, in recent days attended a prayer meeting in Bnei Brak, flouting his own ministry’s guidelines. The allegations remain unproven. Critics include a fellow cabinet minister, speaking anonymously, who said that Litzman was “knowingly demonstrating contempt” for the rules, adding that he had “put

Police speak to a student in Bnei Brak, which has been declared a ‘restricted zone’

all of our lives in danger”. The minister added: “We are all taking the greatest possible care in these days. And yet the health minister, of all people, doesn’t recognise the gravity of the situation, and endangers us all, ultimately harming decision-making.”

Critics also point to the 71-year-old’s insistence in cabinet, only 10 days ago, that synagogues should be allowed to stay open, while earlier having stalled new health ministry regulations on social distancing until after Purim.

PRAYERS FOR JOHNSON Communal groups wished Boris Johnson a full recovery after he was admitted to intensive care owing to a worsening of his coronavirus symptoms. He is understood to be conscious and was moved to intensive care at about 7pm on Monday as a precaution should he require a ventilator. The 55-year-old had been admitted to St Thomas’ hospital in central London on Sunday. He tested positive 10 days ago for Covid-19. Chief Rabbi Mirvis tweeted: “May Almighty God bless our prime minister as he battles against Covid-19 in hospital.” The Board of Deputies presi-

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dent Marie van der Zyl said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with him & we wish him a refuah shelaima umehaira – a full and speedy recovery.”

Youth choir will sing Never Again British children are being asked to ‘sing and submit’ their commemoration tributes for the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust and liberation of Belsen-Bergen this month. The unusual take on the annual Yom Hashoah UK memorial event will feature children singing the song Never Again, compiled as a montage and played as part of a candle-lighting ceremony on the evening of Monday 20 April. Thousands were expected to attend an event at Allianz Park, and thousands more are now planning to log on for the online version, which Jewish News is proudly sponsoring. Neil Martin, Yom HaShoah UK chair, said:

Senior Reform rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner said on Sunday: “I wish @BorisJohnson and his partner, Carrie Symonds a refuah shelemah... God bless.” The Israeli PM shared a picture of the two in Downing Street, saying: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the People of Israel pray for the speedy and full recovery of our friend British Prime Minister @BorisJohnson.” President Reuven Rivlin said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Prime Minister @BorisJohnson and his family, wishing him a full and speedy recovery.”

“We’re asking children to show [survivors and refugees] that we will never forget... by recording their vocals to Never Again and sending them to us, so we can piece it all together and beam it direct to the homes of survivors and refugees Last year's memorial and thousands of others as we remember together as one.” Parents are asked to film their children singing (the three-minute backing track can be downloaded from the Yom HaShoah UK website) while wearing headphones. Submissions are needed by 13 April.


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Inventor delivers to Nightingale Hospital A Jewish entrepreneur and engineer who has spent his career designing solutions to help hospitals fight infections this week delivered a first batch of his KwickScreens to the new NHS Nightingale Hospital, writes Candice Krieger. KwickScreen is a hygienic, flexible and portable room divider that saves time, space and lives – while creating a dignified environment for patients at one of the most crucial and frightening periods of their lives. Its inventor, Michael Korn, this week told Jewish News: “Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been inundated with orders for KwickScreens from hospitals around the world including the new NHS Nightingale at ExCel.

“We have always been ready to meet this kind of situation but, even so, it’s been all hands on deck. “In order to meet the extra demand – a tenfold increase on a month ago – not only is our own factory in Wembley at capacity, but we have moved into other factories in the UK and around the world which would otherwise be in lockdown.” Korn, 38, who attends the New North London Synagogue in Finchley, won the UK James Dyson Award for in 2011 and KwickScreen was incubated in the Dyson building at the Royal College of Art. The company is serving every NHS Trust in England and most of their equivalents across the rest of the UK, as well

Jewish community death toll now 121

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as hundreds of hospitals in Europe, the USA, Asia and Australia. Its global mission is to replace hospital curtains with a hygienic and modern alternative. Korn, a father of three, studied at Cambridge University, Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art. He lives in Hamsptead Garden Suburb with his wife Evie and their children.

The number of coronavirusrelated deaths among UK Jews rose to 121 on Monday, up from 44 a week previously, according to data collated by the Board of Deputies. The figures, released yesterday, refer to the number of funerals carried out by burial societies where COVID-19 appeared on the death certificate. They include deaths in hospital and beyond, using data from: the Adath Yisroel Burial Society, the Federation of Synagogues Burial Society, the Joint Jewish Burial Board, Liberal Judaism, the Spanish and Portuguese Sephardi

Community and the United Synagogue Burial Society. The Board of Deputies said on Tuesday: “We wish their families a long life, and pray that the memory of their loved ones should be for a blessing.” The figures come after Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis described a “religious and moral imperative” to stay at home during the pandemic on Radio 4’s Thought for the Day on Monday. The national coronavirus death toll rose to 6,159 as of Monday afternoon, the Department of Health and Social Care confirmed on Tuesday.

People are still not seeking medical attention when needed BY DR MICHELLE JACOBS

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We are on the front line. We have to play our part and do what we’re trained for in the best way we know how and with the best evidence and

best advice we’re being given. We know the infection rates among hospital staff, medical or nursing staff are higher than the general population. One of my first bosses from when I was a junior doctor died this week from COVID19. These stories are coming out all the time. There is that fear, but

there’s also a strong moral obligation to do the job we’re trained to do. Recently, a patient who hadn’t come in with any symptoms of coronavirus started having a seizure. The doctors needed to do something for his airway, but because he wasn’t thought to be ill with the coronavirus, they may have put themselves at risk.

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Tributes to Irving Carter, quiet and beloved donor

I survived virus ‘plague’, says mum of three

One of the community’s quietest but most active and beloved philanthropists has died of coronavirus, aged 76, writes Jenni Frazer. A former property developer, Irving Carter used his family foundation to donate to many charities, but principally supported Magen David Adom UK and Norwood, the children’s charity. Through the Locker Foundation, he and his wife Gillian also helped Chai Cancer Care, Jewish Care, CST, Emunah and Kisharon, as well as a charity in the Ukraine looking after at-risk Jewish children. As recently as February, Irving and Gillian Carter happily posed next to their most recent donation, a minibus given to Norwood’s Buckets and Spades division, a short breaks service for children with learning disabilities and complex health needs. The bus was given in the name of Irving's mother, Sylvia, who died last year aged 103, and a cousin of Mrs Carter, David Ordever, who died last year, aged 37. For MDA, the Locker Foundation was a key backer of MDA’s work in Israel, and has funded at least 50

A Jewish woman in Hampstead who recovered from the coronavirus has told of her experience surviving “a plague” as she prepares to join her family in a virtual Seder on Zoom to celebrate Pesach, writes Mathilde Frot. Shiva Bernheim, 61, a member of West London Synagogue, was discharged from hospital last week. The mum of three, who suffers from asthma, began struggling for breath after returning from a skiing trip to Saint Moritz in Switzerland last month. “I was at home for about eight or 10 days or so, and my temperature never dropped below 38.2 degrees,” she told Jewish News on Tuesday. She was taken to the Royal Free Hospital where she remained for 10 days and was kept on a supply of oxygen. “I was seriously ill because I had severe pneumonia. The first six days that I was on a COVID-19 ward were pretty precarious, scary,” she said. Bernheim told of her lonely and “absolutely exhausting and relentless” battle against the virus and thanked the hospital staff for their “amazing” care. Now home, she is self-isolating in her bedroom this week as a precaution. She will be tuning into an online Seder

Irving and Gillian Carter with family and friends at Chai's 2016 dinner

ambulances, 12 bikes, two mobile blood banks and a mobile intensive care unit. The Carters also funded a youth centre at St John’s Wood Synagogue, and co-sponsored DCafe, for the Jewish Deaf Association. Two years ago they opened a clinic in Israel for children with acute disabilities, again named after Mr Carter’s mother. Daniel Burger, chief executive

of MDA UK, said Carter had been “larger than life”. He added: “He was always in our office, looking at one-off projects. What interested him most was MDA’s work in saving lives and the fact that it didn’t discriminate, it looked after every kind of person. “He will be very much missed, not only by his family and friends, but by the whole community.”

Shiva, from Hampstead, with Rolo

to celebrate Pesach with her daughters and husband. “We have got Zoom so I can be with the family from my room,” she said. “It will be a very short service. “For our family, it will be very poignant, and it will be very meaningful … I am here to celebrate Passover this year having been through the plague.” Bernheim, who has brought her therapy dog Rolo to the Royal Free Hospital twice a week for three years, said she owed her life to NHS workers. “There were hundreds of people involved. From the consultants, the doctors and the nurses to the cleaners. They are all my heroes. Professor Lamb, James and Will and Michelle. I will never forget any of them. The way they laid their lives on the line for me was unbelievable.”

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MACCABIAH GAMES ARE POSTPONED The 2021 Maccabiah Games have been postponed for a year owing to the coronavirus pandemic. Announcing the move to July 2022, the Maccabi World Union said the main reason was so that the 21st games did not coincide with the Tokyo Olympics, which have been postponed to 2021. This allows Jewish athletes to take part in both events. Thousands of athletes from more than 80 countries compete every four years in the Maccabiah Games, which take place in Israel the year after the Olympics.

RELIGION’S FINEST HOUR, SAYS CHIEF Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has said the pandemic is proving to be religion’s “finest hour” as people go above and beyond to help others and to connect with God. Mirvis made the comments during a threeway video call with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols of the Catholic Church. Mirvis said: “The absence of the house of prayer means we need to reconfigure the definition of community”. Nichols added that “faith now lies more in each one of us”.

B’seder, thanks to Deliveroo A partnership has been launched between Chabad Lubavitch UK and Deliveroo to ensure emergency “Sederto-Go” kits are available across the UK and Ireland, writes Jenni Frazer. The kit was devised to ensure that during the COVID-19 pandemic people did not have to compromise between their safety and observing Passover. Because of growing pre-Passover demand, Chabad urgently needed a new nationwide delivery service. Now Deliveroo customers will be able to buy a seder kit, with delivery free of charge. Chabad Lubavitch UK’s Rabbi Bentzi Sudak said: “I got a phone call from someone last Thursday, asking where Pesach supplies could be obtained. I said we had the Seder-to-Go

kits, but that the main challenge was in getting them to people”. At that point, the caller said they were phoning on behalf of a senior executive at the food delivery group and a partnership was forged.” Each box contains a roll-up seder plate and six small containers containing all the items for the plate. Separately listed are a box of matzah, a bottle of grape juice, a bottle of wine, a kiddush cup and a unique, userfriendly Haggadah. Rabbi Sudak added: “These kits will help to ensure every Jewish person is able to celebrate the festival of our freedom in these uniquely challenging times. Not only do the kits provide essential supplies for people who

GOVE VIDEO THANKS Michael Gove hailed the Jewish community as “a light shining in this darkness” and thanked those on the frontline of the virus battle. The Minister for the Cabinet Office addressed tens of thousands of homes in a heartfelt video message during a virtual shabbaton last Friday, organised by Mizrachi UK in

partnership with United Synagogue. “I want to applaud this [Shabbaton] initiative… Chief Rabbi [Mirvis] and everyone else involved,” he said. He thanked “those members of the UK Jewish community who are serving on the frontline in our NHS and doing so much to help us in the response to this virus”.

cannot go out to shop for Passover provisions, they mean that vulnerable people, who should be staying at home, do not have to choose between their safety and having a seder. “For those in quarantine or selfisolation who have never conducted a Seder on their own, the included guide and Seder supplies will make that possible.” Stephen Goldstein, executive vicepresident at Deliveroo, said it was “a privilege” to use the company’s delivery network “to bring the joy of Pesach to people across the UK and Ireland”. He added: “We are honoured to support the Jewish community and play a small role to help people, especially the elderly and vulnerable”.

Barnet collects for Pesach Barnet’s Jewish community received a dedicated Pesach refuse collection this week, despite the disruption. The council confirmed the annual service was open to more than 300 roads in the borough, allowing residents to dispose of waste, including prohibited items, before the festival begins on Wednesday evening. This comes amid staffing and administrative

problems in the authority owing to the pandemic. Edgware Councillor Brian Gordon said: “It’s a real achievement to have the dedicated Pesach collections at such a difficult and challenging time, which our community deeply appreciates. “Hopefully it will all proceed efficiently, but if there are any blips, I am sure patience and goodwill will prevail.”

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Seders lean on invention From matzah home deliveries to Zoom seders, this year's Pesach will be different to all others as communities embrace technology to observe the holiday amid social distancing measures, writes Mathilde Frot. The United Synagogue delivered more than one thousand kits containing seder plates, educational material and a three-course meal, available at a subsidised rate for those in need of assistance. Demand for the movement’s food aid parcels soared to more than 900 free packages this year, up from 600 in 2019, after an emergency fundraising appeal. Volunteers at the S&P Sephardi Community delivered free Pesach packages containing matzah and grape juice to those unable to source products themselves during the pandemic. Rabbi Shalom Morris, of Bevis Marks Synagogue, who

spearheaded the project, hosted virtual Pesach classes. Liberal Judaism uploaded three copies of the Haggadah online, including an abridged and a child-friendly version. It also offers virtual seders for members. The movement’s Rabbi Sandra Kviat, of Crouch End Chavurah, arranged matzah deliveries for those in her community unable to source any. "In Crouch End, you can't buy matzah. There's no big supermarket. There's a small Waitrose and Co-Op, and a tiny Tesco, and they don't stock it," she said last week. Reform Judaism, which launched its own video broadcasting platform called RJ: TV with a weekly schedule of activities, offered an online Haggadah, available for free, and additional Pesachrelated resources. Alyth Reform Synagogue, which ran pre-Pesach online activities, is one of many com-

munities offering virtual first and second night seders. Senior Reform Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, who pleaded with the community to take all precautions when grocery shopping ahead of Pesach, is hosting a virtual second night seder from her home. In Bournemouth, Reform Rabbi Maurice Michaels led a beginner's guide to Pesach on Skype, explaining how to prepare a seder "for those who don't really know or have forgotten". He delivered home-made recordings of seder and Pesach

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morning services to a hundred congregants without an internet connection. "Probably as much as a third [of my community] don't have access to the internet, so

although it would be straightforward to stream services, and all sorts of other things, there's a huge proportion of the community unable to get any benefits out of it," he said.

Chabad Lubavitch UK delivered 4,000 seder kits, with instructions, plates and food items, which "will be crucial for people who otherwise likely wouldn't have a seder", said its chief executive, Rabbi Bentzi Sudak. St Albans Masorti Synagogue's Rabbi Adam ZagoriaMoffet is hosting a virtual seder on the fourth night of Pesach for those unable to observe the dinner on their own. "It's not normally the time we would have one, but under these conditions it seemed like the best time to do our Zoom unity seder," ZagoriaMoffet said. Asking congregants to tune into the video conferencing platform during Yom Tov, he adds, wouldn't "capture the intimacy of a seder". But despite the challenges, not observing this year's Pesach seder would be a missed opportunity, he added. "The paradox of trying to talk about freedom when many people feel trapped is productive because in some ways it's the best year to have a seder and have that conversation."


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Shtisel stars’ video helps leaven Pesach Like everyone in Israel, the cast of Shtisel are in lockdown. But that hasn’t stopped them uniting to send Jewish News readers a Pesach greeting, writes Brigit Grant. Inspired by other performers around the globe who are posting videos from home, series producer Dikla Barkai hopes a message from actors Dov Glickman (Shulem), Michael Aloni (Akiva), Neta Riskin (Gitti), Sasson Gabai (Nukhem) and Zohar Strauss (Lipe) would leaven Passover in isolation. “We’d planned to start filming season three in May,” said Dikla. “But now everything is on hold until the lockdown is lifted. Clockwise from top: Michael Aloni, Neta Riskin with producer “We will then have to Dikla Barkai, Sasson Gabai and Dov Glickman shoot over the summer in June or July if possible, but that is a very hot Dov, who has been getting fit having quit period in Israel and for the actors wearing false smoking, and Michael, who is isolating in Caebeards, sheitels and heavy Chasidic clothing it sarea, will fill the gap until Shtisel returns. will be uncomfortable, which is a worry.” But Dikla has never been more determined, Video at jewishnews.co.uk and hopes the good wishes from Israeli icon

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JEWISH HOMES EMERGENCY APPEAL Extraordinary times demand an extraordinary response. In the face of the Covid-19 crisis, Jewish Care, Nightingale Hammerson and The Fed have come together to make sure the most vulnerable members of our community receive the additional care they so urgently need.

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Special Report / Twenty-Five Under 25

Our top 10 mover After last week’s countdown from 25 to 11, we reveal tho

10 GEORGE ROSENFELD, 20

You might know him as the face of Chai Cancer Care, but George’s true impact is as a community leader driving outward-facing social responsibility. Since the age of 12, George has pioneered numerous social responsibility projects, managing fundraising efforts totalling more than £100,000. In 2017, George took part in the Chief Rabbi’s Ben Azzai Programme, a flagship initiative that educates future Jewish communal leaders about the importance of social responsibility as a paramount Jewish value. George visited Ghana, learning about organisations helping to improve the lives of rural communities in the northern part of the country. Inspired, the 20-year-old subsequently co-founded Social Responsibility Week in 2019, which reached 2,000 people across 40 institutions and many more on social media. George is studying at Cambridge University, where he established May Week Alternative, a charitable initiative that aims to put giving at the heart of the end-of-year celebrations. This year, the initiative raised more than £35,000 for a malaria charity. An “exceptional leader”, George even has a Ted Talk on fundraising and his initiatives have received recognition both at 10 Downing Street and the United Nations.

5 SALLY PATTERSON, 24

Praised as “vocal, unapologetic and wearing her Jewish and feminist values on her sleeve”, Sally has an extraordinary record of challenging interfaith barriers while combatting antisemitism in the student movement. As the Jewish representative on the National Union of Students (NUS) NEC, Sally has tenaciously defended Jewish students, resulting in the successful removal of an NEC member for his antisemitic comments. At NUS’ 2019 national conference, her motion calling for NUS to roll out antisemitism training passed unanimously. Sally is also a former equality sabbatical officer at Bristol Student Union, where she organised antisemitism training for all staff and initiated the first Interfaith Week at the university. The 24-year-old also established the first Jewish–Muslim female student national conference, securing £5,000 of funding from the Board of Deputies and the World Jewish Congress. Sally has won multiple Union of Jewish Student Awards and the Bristol University Diversity Award, with her keen interest in politics extending to her running City Hall’s London Voter Registration week. Now completing her masters in gender studies at Cambridge University, Sally intends to pursue a career in journalism.

9 RACHEL VOGLER, 23

An activist and campaigner for women’s voices in the Jewish community, Rachel is an “exceptional educator” whose passion for feminism and equality permeates her work. The 23-year-old studied at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where, as student union women’s Officer in 2018, she implemented an award-winning sexual violence prevention campaign, ‘Central Says Enough’, and made sanitary items free on campus. Rachel currently works for Jewish Women’s Aid, where she leads an educational programme ‘safer dating’ that reaches out to 16- to 25-year-olds to explore issues of gender, sexual harassment and consent. Rachel is also the founder and director of Houselights, shining a light on sexual harassment and power abuse in the entertainment industry. She was awarded a £5,000 grant from the Central Start-Up and Enterprise Fund to consolidate the initiative, and even presented her work at a conference in Wisconsin. Rachel plans to pursue a PhD, exploring theories of power abuse in the entertainment industry and researching meaningful interventions to avert violence against women.

4 ESTHER OFFENBERG, 22

Esther is president of the Union of Jewish Students (UJS), having won a tough election against three impressive female candidates in 2018. “Smart, savvy and widely respected”, the 22-year-old represents and empowers Britain’s 8,500 Jewish students. Already widely praised for her successful efforts in reviving and supporting Jewish societies, Esther is working hard to get UJS and British Jewish students more involved in the international Jewish student scene, bridging a longstanding divide. To that end, she is also vice-president of the World Union of Jewish Students (WUJS), with responsibility for bringing the organisation back on track and is currently heading the hiring committee for a new WUJS executive director – the first for many years. As an Israeli, engagement with the country is close to her heart, and Esther is planning a conference to discuss and educate about social, political, cultural and religious issues in Israel and the Middle East. A real people person who connects superbly with those around her, Esther’s initiatives are already proving highly successful.

8 LAUREN KEILES, 23

As community outreach officer at the Board of Deputies, Lauren “lives and breathes community engagement”. Currently the youngest professional staff member at the Board, the 23-year-old is already excelling in her role developing support for community organisations, mobilising grassroots community activism and implementing outreach projects. Notably, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lauren has recently initiated a good neighbour’s scheme to support those self-isolating by disseminating online ‘Can I Help You?’ cards. Since graduating, Lauren has also been selected as the UK delegate on the European Jewish Congress and ADL Fellowship in the USA to learn about their work fighting the defamation of the Jewish people. She is also a founding member of the newest East London Moishe House, where she hosts weekly events to help revive the growing East London Jewish Community. Lauren has won leadership awards from the UJS, WUJS and the UJIA for her outstanding leadership, as well as being recognised by Jewish News as a Faith Leader for the 21st century.

3 JOE WOOLF, 23

There are mazkirim (secretaries)… and then there’s communal macher (doer) Joe Woolf. Joe took the role of FZY mazkir to the next level, initiating a dozen successful programmes between 2017 and 2019 and growing the membership by more than 150 percent. Following a spate of antisemitic and anti-Zionist graffiti at Berlin’s East Side Gallery, Joe oversaw a £6,000 funding effort to commission the original artist, Günther Schaefer, to repaint his Vaterland mural, which depicts a Star of David over the German flag. The ‘Paint over Prejudice’ initiative engaged more than 300 young people in fundraising efforts, and Joe subsequently oversaw a trip for 15 17-year-olds to the site. He also launched ‘UKonnect’, a fundraising campaign to rebuild a synagogue in the Ukraine. Joe is also a trustee of the Jewish Youth Fund, which allocates funding for initiatives to engage Jewish youth across the full spectrum of the community, and volunteers with marketing advice at The Foundation for Jewish Heritage. Joe is co-chair of the Ohel Sarah Youth committee, helping the Israeli learning difficulties charity with fundraising and engagements events with young British Jews. He sits on the ZF committee and is an Area Election Council representative to the Confederations, ensuring work being done in Israel is heard in the UK. He is also launching his own brand of vegan sweets, Tasty Mates, later this year.

FIVE YEARS ON, THIS IS WHAT SOME O TWO RABBIS (OR, WELL ON THE WAY), one cantor, three in the USA, one in Israel, seven Jewish community professionals... many building on what they were doing five years ago. Some have gone into the commercial professional field and their Jewish involvement has temporarily decreased. Gabriel Pogrund, the journalist who wrote the biographies back in 2015 when he was editor of the Tab student newspaper, is now a lead journalist on The Sunday Times, writing about the Labour Party, antisemitism and other major issues. Ella Rose was president of UJS in 2015. Since then she was director of the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) for a couple of years and did heroic work “fighting the good fight”, including being the subject of a horrible Al Jazeera documentary. She is now public affairs manager at Holocaust Educational Trust and a trustee of Union of Jewish Students, Yachad and London Jewish Forum. She is on the executive of LGBT Labour and JLM. In 2015, she was number one and five years on, her sister has emulated her. Five years ago, Deborah Blausten (at number 2) had started rabbinic school and is now about to finish it. In between, she has been at the core of Limmud teams, taught and worked in synagogues and communities in

England and around the world. Her profile has grown and in the Reform movement and the ROI Community she is seen as a networker, mover and shaker with a vision for how community structures need to change.

Jay Magnus Stoll (in position 3) had finished as general secretary of the LSE student’s union and was public affairs officer of the Jewish Leadership Council and director of the London Jewish Forum. He is now

head of external affairs at an arms length government body and previously led communications for Tulip Siddiq, the MP for Hampstead & Kilburn. Hannah Brady (4) was about to become UJS president. She had led tour for HaNoar HaTzioni, was a UJS Activist at KCL, a Young Limmud leader and founder and convenor of UJS Disabled Students Network. She then worked in government marketing for three years and last year co-chaired Limmud Festival. She realised she loved live events, and now works for Reuters Events and is deciding upon her next community opportunity. Maggie Suissa (5) (now Maggie Sheldon, after marrying her predecessor, Dan Sheldon) was for two years the formidable UJS campaigns officer. She is now in the press team at the Department for Transport. Louis Trup (6) served as president of the Oxford University Student Union and was the BBYO rep on the Board of Deputies. He also broadcastied a musical podcast, Oxjewbox. Louis then went off to officer training at Sandhurst and is back from a UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, preparing to join a COVID-19 support force. He is the engagement officer for the Armed Forces Jewish Community. Gabriel Kanter-Webber (7) was a LJY-Netzer movement worker, having graduated from Sussex


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7 HANNAH KAUFMAN, 22

Hannah is one of the best-connected young professionals operating in the British political scene. Currently working at a leading political consultancy firm, the 22-year-old holds connections across the very highest levels of Whitehall and government and, as an Ambassador for 50:50 Parliament, promotes gender equality in politics. As an executive board member of the Patchwork Foundation, which seeks to increase minority representation in politics, Hannah was selected by the US State Department for the International Visitors Leadership Program, a prestigious initiative for current and emerging international leaders whose alumni include Prime Minister’s Theresa May, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair. Through this role, she has chaired masterclass sessions with the head of the Civil Service and David Cameron. Additionally, as an executive board member of the charity, Naz Legacy Foundation, Hannah is project managing three interfaith iftars for young people in 2020, which will be hosted by senior politicians, high profile ambassadors and permanent secretaries. She is also the youth director at Golders Green United Synagogue and was commended as one of Jewish News’ 21 faith leaders for the 21st century.

2 DANIEL KOSKY, 22

As campaigns organiser of UJS, Daniel is responsible for developing and setting its political strategy, as well as building and strengthening relationships with Jewish communal and student movement organisations. All this is done to facilitate Jewish students to engage in social and political activism on their campuses. Crucially, the 22-year-old is also “quietly but capably” tackling the resurgence of antisemitism on campuses across the country. He provides antisemitism training to student unions and university staff nationwide and fights for the right of Jewish societies to exist. A passionate defender of Israel, Daniel was also recently one of the leading figures in organising the Spring into Israel campaign, which aimed to have as many Israel-related events as possible on campus throughout March. Daniel’s passion for student activism arose while studying at Nottingham University, where he became campaigns officer of the JSoc and he represented his student union at NUS Conference as a delegate. Now regularly in contact with government ministers and representing Jewish students on numerous platforms to ensure their voices are heard, Daniel intends to utilise his remarkable progress and impressive connections for a career in politics.

6 REBECCA FILER, 24

As national organiser at the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM), Rebecca has overseen a massive growth of its membership during a highly turbulent period. The 24-yearold has also played a leading role in co-ordinating JLM’s submission to the Equality and Human Rights Commission investigation into Labour, and oversaw JLM’s work during the general election, balancing support for Jewish and allied Labour candidates with concerns around Jeremy Corbyn. Rebecca is also the campaigns officer for London Young Labour, and previously worked in parliament for Stella Creasy MP. While a student at Bristol University, Rebecca received a Union of Jewish Students (UJS) Dedication to Liberation Activism Award for her instrumental work with UJS’ Liberation Conference, which provided a space for LGBT+, disabled and female students. She also founded the first JFS Feminist Society and continues progressing Orthodox Jewish women’s spaces at her synagogue and through active involvement in the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. Rebecca has built on her longstanding involvement in political and communal leadership, and will undoubtedly continue speaking truth to power in years to come.

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HANNAH ROSE, 23

Few former UJS presidents rival the substantial impact of Hannah’s tenure throughout 2018/19. Elected on the cusp of UJS’ centenary year amid the Labour antisemitism crisis, Hannah led numerous “successful and transformative” campaigns for the Jewish student community. Notably, the 23-year-old used her platform to speak out against Labour antisemitism at the United Nations Human Rights Council, AJC Global Forum and the European Commission to international acclaim. She also took the bold step of publicly resigning her Labour Party membership, securing significant news coverage. Internally, Hannah successfully transformed UJS into a more accessible union by advocating for gender balance, and ensuring female students were mentored and supported. She also diversified the leadership and training available to Jewish societies, ensuring Scottish and London students received bespoke

OUR PANEL OF JUDGES Rabbi Charley Baginsky Director of Strategy & Partnerships, Liberal Judaism Rabbi Miriam Berger Principal Rabbi, Finchley Reform Synagogue Carolyn Bogush UJS Trustee Justin Cohen News Editor, Jewish News David Ereira Life President, Norwood & VP of S & P Sephardi Community Richard Ferrer Editor, Jewish News Debbie Fox Vice Chair, Jewish Leadership Council, Trustee Jami Andrew Gilbert Chair, 40 under 40 Panel Elliott Goldstein Chair of Reshet and Vice-Chair of LSJS Joanne Greenaway Chief Executive, London School of Jewish Studies Mordche Grosskopf Consort to Mayor of Haringey and Chair Tottenham Jewish Association Maurice Helfgott Chair, UJS Trustees Michelle Janes Executive Director, LEAD Simon Johnson CEO, JLC Laura Marks Chair, Mitzvah Day and JLC trustee Shelley Marsh CEO, Reshet Arieh Miller CEO, UJS Robin Moss Director of Strategy, UJIA Rabbi Naftali Schiff Founder CEO, Jewish Futures Rabbi Andrew Shaw CEO, Mizrachi UK Debbie Sheldon CEO, Work Avenue Raymond Simonson CEO, JW3 Hilda Worth Trustee JLC and VC, Conservative Friends of Israel Bernie Yaffe Chair, The Fed and Director, Manchester Maccabi

training in light of their oft-inability to attend UJS Summit. Hannah has thereby unquestionably inspired a generation of activists, particularly young women, to speak up and be heard. Additionally, under her leadership, UJS alongside the Holocaust Educational Trust took the first cohort of student leaders to Auschwitz, in what is now a three-year government funded project. As UJS president, her legacy was also secured through mental health initiatives, most notably partnering with Jami to train and support students in mental health awareness, resulting in the creation of Jewish mental health ambassadors on campuses nationwide. Finally, she oversaw the beginning of UJS 100, launched to celebrate a century of leading, defending and enriching Jewish students’ life on campus. After her presidency, Hannah began her master’s at King’s College London in Counter-Terrorism and Security Studies, and worked for Ian Austin MP as his parliamentary assistant from September 2019. Undoubtedly a commanding figure in lay and Jewish communal life, Hannah now intends to further her interest in counterterrorism and extremism policy, specialising in European right-wing terrorism.

OF THE 25 UNDER 25 ARE DOING NOW where he chaired the Student Council and was a blogger and runner-up student journalist of the year. He was on the Board of Deputies representing LJY. He is now more than halfway through his rabbinic training at Leo Baeck College and conducted Britain’s first gender-neutral b’nei mitzvah and officiated the first Jewish burial in York in 800 years. Noah Nathan (8) had been a major campus figure. Founder of Haverut and the Funding Circle for Jewish Student initiatives, among a range of activities. Noah moved to California in 2017 to work in the San Francisco office of an Israeli tech company. He now works at Dropbox as an analytics lead. He is on the board of Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley. Joel Marks (9) was Aish’s operations director; today he is operations manager/coordinator at digital education platform FutureLearn and is involved with GIFT. In 2015 Yael Shafritz (10) was president of Sheffield University Students’ Union and a key activist in Keshet UK. Yael founded the UJS LGBT+ Students Network and was on the Limmud Conference Team. Today, Yael continues radical work as City University of New York Rising Alliance Field Organiser at New York Communities for Change, supporting alliance members and students to fight for a free and quality CUNY.

Abigail Jacobi (11) was already heavily involved in Limmud in 2015. She continued to chair Limmud Conference in 2017. She is a co-ordinator of RightsInfo and a Cheviots Children’s Disability Service playworker, returning there while studying full-time. Alongside her Liberal rabbi father, Abigail is a leader in the Progressive Jewish world. Joel Fenster (12) had been president of the Cambridge Union and mazkir of Noam. Today, he is an associate in Herbert Smith Freehills’ mergers and acquisitions team in London, currently seconded to the firm’s embedded legal operations function. In the Jewish community, he is on the POD committee of UJIA (formerly known as Lead Now), which works on in service development of those who work for Youth Movements post university. Miriam Steiner (13), who studied at Sussex, was an anti-boycott, divestment and sanctions organiser and a disability campaigner. She now works for Scope, the UK’s biggest disability equality charity running its flagship youth campaigning programme. Rob Abrams (14) impressed the 2015 panel as Founder of Oil Vey! (Jewish Climate Action UK). Today, he works as activism and outreach co-ordinator at Unlock Democracy and in his spare

time is involved in Naamod (stop the occupation) and Jewish Voice for Labour. He was a vocal supporter of Jeremy Corbyn and starred in the Labour leader’s Rosh Hashanah message. Charlotte Agran (15) was thrown into the centre of Jewish campus affairs when she was elected to the NUS NEC in 2015. Over the past five years, Charlotte has worked at Mitzvah Day. She is now at the Holocaust Educational Trust managing its Ambassador programme, supporting and encouraging young people from every background to learn more about the Holocaust. She is also an Adam Science alumna and currently on the ORT UK’s NXT leadership programme. She is looking to continue working in the Jewish community. Sarah Grabiner (16) had recently finished as an RSY-Netzer movement worker and had gone to the US to train to be a cantor. Today she is cantor of Radlett Reform Synagogue. In 2015, Michael Rubin (17) was on the NUS NEC and was in his second year and president of Leicester University Student Union. He was about to run successfully to become the chair of Labour Students. His continued and growing role at Labour Friends of Israel has broadened his profile and role in the Jewish

community and his Jewish identity. In 2015, Liron Velleman (18) was campaigns officer of Leeds JSoc and a member of the UJS National Council. He worked for UJS for two years and became its campaigns director. Liron ran unsuccessfully in local elections in Barnet, but has been on the NEC of the JLM. He was London campaign manager for People’s Vote group and now works for Hope not Hate as a political organiser. Rhea Rogers-Wolfson (19) in 2015 had just gone onto the executive of London Young Labour and was working for the New Israel Fund, which followed on from being an RSY-Netzer movement worker and co-chair of Zionist Youth Council. Since then, she has been on the NEC of the Labour Party, stood unsuccessfully for parliament and today works for the GMB in Scotland. Joe Cohen (20) received the Student of the Year award from UJS in 2014. While at Nottingham, he led the JSoc and introduced hot kosher food on campus, and also worked to build a community centre and unite the wider Nottingham Jewish community. While continuing to volunteer in the community around UJIA and building a career in legal technology, he is expecting to get more involved in the community.


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BICOM scales back work as head leaves profit company by the Finnish-born British billionaire Poju Zabludowicz in 2002, a primary objective being to air the case for Israel in the media. Zabludowicz’s tenure as director ended in March 2019 and, last October, the organisation posted warnings about its financial health to Companies House, revealing net liabilities of more than £600,000. “The company is dependent upon the ongoing support of a few of its major donors… which has not been formally pledged,” directors said on 31 October 2019. “These conditions indicate the existence of a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt about the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.” BICOM chair Edward Misrahi said: “In recognition of the situation we are obviously reviewing the operation. It is going to be scaled down, the extent and degree [to which] is being discussed.” He added: “There is still significant support for the effort to make sure that the case of Israel is properly discussed.” Former BICOM chief executive, James Sorene

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‘I will set new standards on fighting antisemitism’ Labour’s new leader Sir Keir Starmer has pledged to set a “new standard” in the party’s handling of antisemitism, writes Mathilde Frot. During a video call this week, the former shadow Brexit secretary vowed to start work on setting up an independent disciplinary process, cooperate with the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)’s investigation into allegations of antisemitism in the party, and order a report this week on all outstanding disciplinary cases. Starmer discussed with representatives from the Jewish Labour Movement his “ambition to roll out training of all Labour Party staff as soon as practically possible”. He said: “Today, I repeated once again the apology I made as soon as I was elected leader. “Over the last few years, we have failed the Jewish community on antisemitism. Labour is a proudly anti-racist party

and, going forward, it will not be enough to ‘pass the test’ on antisemitism. We need to set new standards for best practice.” Starmer, who was joined by Labour’s new deputy leader Angela Rayner, spoke to representatives from the Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), Community Security Trust and JLM. Board president Marie van der Zyl said the Board wished Starmer and Rayner well, “especially at this time of an international health emergency”. She was happy Starmer had reiterated his commitment to the Board’s Ten Pledges, which were supported by all the leadership candidates. The Pledges, launched in January, were a capsule series of recommendations to deal with antisemitism in the Labour Party. But she warned that in acting “to rid the party of the awful disease of anti-Jewish

racism”, the new leadership would be judged by their actions, not just their words”. She noted: “As the Corbyn era comes to an end, it is clear history will not look kindly on Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party, where anti-Jewish racism has been allowed to run amok and some at the highest levels of the party have appeared to collude to protect – rather than discipline – antisemites”. JLC chair Jonathan Goldstein also offered congratulations, saying he hoped the elections would be “the beginning of a healing process between the party and our community”. He added: “Along with our partners, we look forward to discussions with the new leadership as to how we can all move forward and eradicate the scourge of anti-Jewish bigotry that has infected the party.” A more cautious welcome was sounded by Denny Taylor,

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in its relationship with the Jewish community”, adding: “Restoring trust will take effort, time and political will.” It said it would work “constructively” with the new leaders, and called for transparency both in the publishing of the forthcoming EHRC

report and “staff changes that will set us on course to achieve change”. Jewish Voice for Labour said in a statement that Starmer’s election was “a worrying development for those of us who were inspired by Jeremy Corbyn’s transformative vision”.

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Lisa Nandy’s appointment as shadow foreign secretary has been welcomed by Labour Friends of Israel and the Jewish Labour Movement. Newly-elected Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer has been ringing changes in his inner circle, dismissing key allies of Jeremy Corbyn, including John McDonnell, Diane Abbott, Richard Burgon and Barry Gardiner. Nandy, who is the chair of Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East, was congratulated by JLM national chair Mike Katz. “Mazeltov to Lisa Nandy on her appointment as shadow foreign secretary,” he said. “She impressed our members during JLM’s nomination process and won our backing in the leadership contest. We look forward to working with her in her new role.”

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said he had not heard from Labour’s former leader Jeremy Corbyn since his unprecedented intervention during the general election. Rabbi Mirvis issued a warning in The Times in December that Corbyn was unfit for high office in light of his handling of antisemitism allegations and accused him of being “complicit in prejudice”. BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Emma Barnett asked Rabbi Mirvis whether Corbyn had been in touch with him since his criticism – to which he replied, “No, never heard from him”. During the interview, broadcast on Tuesday afternoon, Rabbi Mirvis congratulated Labour’s new leader Sir Keir Starmer and deputy Angela Rayner, who were elected on Saturday.

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A High Court hearing involving Countdown presenter Rachel Riley, who is taking legal action against Labour’s complaints chief, Laura Murray, that had been due to be held in public, will be held in private because of the pandemic. The case relates to social media tweets by the TV presenter and Murray, one of Jeremy Corbyn’s closest officials. Riley is seeking £50,000 in damages, plus legal costs, after she and Murray rowed online following an appearance by the then Labour leader on Visit Your Mosque Day in March 2019, in the course of which a Brexit supporter threw an egg at him. Murray had tweeted Riley was as “dangerous as she is stupid” and Riley issued proceedings. A judge will later issue a full written judgment.

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founder of Labour Against Antisemitism, who said: “Ahead of the report from the EHRC on its investigation into institutional anti-Jewish racism in the Labour Party, we hope Sir Keir will continue to engage with the three Jewish community organisations: the Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council and the Community Security Trust. “Having signed up to the Board of Deputies’ Ten Pledges during his leadership campaign, he must now honour those pledges in full. We also welcome the election of three moderate members to Labour’s NEC body, and trust this will have a positive impact on how cases of antisemitism are dealt with at the highest level of the party administration.” In a statement, the JLM – which had endorsed Lisa Nandy as leader – said the change of leadership “must mark a turning point for Labour

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Rabbi Danny Rich has urged the community to “consider the real issues at stake” after he was criticised over plans to host parts of a virtual seder with the group Jewish Voice for Labour. The seder is organised together with the Jewish Socialist Group, Jews for Justice for Palestinians and the British Shalom Salaam Trust. Liberal Judaism’s former chief executive ((pictured) is set to help with aspects (pictured of the “liberation seder” on 9 April. Rich said: “I was asked by a group of Jews to assist with the Jewish/rabbinic aspects of a seder. The Jewish community needs to grow up and consider the real issues at stake.”


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The diplomat father of England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty was assassinated by Palestinian terrorists 36 years ago in revenge for arrests after a foiled attempt to kill Israeli diplomats in London two years earlier, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Whitty, who has been the public face of medical advice during the coronavirus pandemic, appearing calm and measured alongside Boris Johnson at Downing Street, was at school in Worcestershire in 1984 when his father was killed in Greece. Kenneth Whitty, 44, was the British cultural attaché in Athens when he was stopped

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by a pedestrian while driving. As he wound down his window, the pedestrian shot him five times, three of which were in the head. A passenger was also shot. Responsibility for the attack was soon claimed – via message to a Beirut news agency – by the Revolutionary Organisation of Socialist Muslims. The group was set up by veteran Palestinian terrorist Sabri al-Banna, better known by his nom de guerre Abu Nidal. Whitty senior was also head of the British Council in Greece at the time of the attack and was driving three British Council colleagues when he was killed. The assassination was timed to coincide

with Queen Elizabeth’s official visit to Jordan. In its message to the news agency, Nidal’s group said Whitty was killed because Britain was trying “to resume its former colonial role in the world by spreading colonial culture under a new guise”. It also threatened more attacks due to Britain’s “continuing detention and persecution of our Muslim fighters”, thought to be a reference to members of Nidal’s group who had been jailed in the UK for the attempted murder of the Israeli ambassador to London in 1982. Abu Nidal set up the Abu Nidal Organisation because he was vehemently opposed to the state of

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Israel in any form. He mounted attacks in 20 countries, killing 300 people, including Israelis, and was for years considered the world’s most dangerous terrorist.

Jewish student get NUS scrutiny role

Elected: Amanda Sefton

A Jewish student has been elected to a National Union of Students (NUS) scrutiny role. Amanda Sefton, 22, from Finchley, is among more than a dozen students elected on Monday to serve on the NUS National Scrutiny Committee, which is the main body scrutinising union officers. Sefton, who serves as education officer at the University of

Birmingham Guild of Students, was “excited and thankful” to have been elected. “Antisemitism occurs far too often in the student movement, and there’s much more NUS can do to support Jewish students,” she said. “I look forward to implementing my manifesto in my new role alongside scrutinising the work of the NUS officers to ensure

they’re doing all they can to support Jewish students,” she added. The Union of Jewish Students’ campaigns organiser Daniel Kosky congratulated Sefton. “We are proud that Jewish students continue to be successful in NUS elections at national conference, which is an empowering message to Jewish students across the country,” he said.

CST grant renewed Home Secretary Priti Patel said antisemitic incidents are an attack “on everyone who believes in a free and open society”, as she renewed the Community Security Trust’s annual Priti Patel and £14million security grant. Boris Johnson “This funding will help Jewish people practise their religion and way of life without fear of attack or persecution,” Patel said in a statement.


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Political turmoil / Israel News

Israel’s Labour Party on brink of collapse The historic Israeli Labour Party looked to have finally disintegrated this week after its two leaders left to join Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition, leaving the rest of the party “shocked”, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Amir Peretz and his number two Itzik Shmuli said they would merge with Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party in return for ministerial positions but others, such as Labour’s third Knesset member Merav Michaeli, were adamantly opposed. Peretz and Shmuli are expecting to receive socio-economic portfolios in the new government, which will be led by Netanyahu for the first 18 months, before a promise to rotate prime ministerial powers to Gantz.

Amir Peretz debates political rivals in the run-up to last month’s election

But Michaeli was left “shocked” at the two leaders’ desertion, saying: “You don’t throw away the party of David Ben-Gurion, Yitzhak Rabin

and Shimon Peres.” The party grew out of Ben-Gurion’s Mapai, or Workers Party, and was the dominant force in Israeli politics from

the state’s foundation in the 1940s to Likud’s first victory in the 1970s. As the Israeli population has veered further to the right in recent years, Labour’s popularity has waned, to the point it now needs to merge with other left-wing parties in order to meet the 3.25 percent parliamentary threshold. Five years ago, Israel’s left-wing and centre-left parties scooped 29 of the 120 seats, but in last month’s election they won only seven, despite Labour running alongside both Meretz and Gesher, in an alliance that dissolved quickly after the ballot. First Gesher’s Orly Levy-Abekasis, whose father was a Likud lawmaker, broke away after refusing to enter a minority government with Arab

parliamentarians, then Labour and Meretz parted ways last weekend, as Peretz and Shmuli made their plans clear. The split leaves Labour and Meretz with three lawmakers each. The Labour rupture comes as Israeli politicians finally look likely to agree a unity government comprising Netanyahu’s Likud, the two strictly Orthodox parties, most of Gantz’s Blue and White, and the two Labour politicians. Yair Lapid has withdrawn his Yesh Atid faction, so will sit in opposition together with the Joint List of Arab politicians, while the religiousnationalist Yamina bloc of the current Defence Minister Naftali Bennett may also be sidelined.

Bombs swapped for ventilators ONE MILLION ISRAELIS JOBLESS Israel’s defence establishment has stopped making missiles and started manufacturing ventilators. The assembly line building the Ventway Sparrow ventilator model was set up by the Israel Aerospace Industries at an Israeli missile factory last Tuesday, Israel Hayom reported. Thirty ventilators made in the factory have been delivered to the

Health Ministry, Defence Minister Naftali Bennett announced. This line of ventilators is already in use at hospitals and emergency centres in Israel and abroad. “Israel must develop independent capabilities in everything related to dealing with the Covid-19 virus pandemic,” Bennett said. “We must develop independent, advanced capabilities.”

Getting through this together

Almost a quarter of working-age Israelis are now jobless after the latest government figures showed the effects of the lockdown there, with more than a million Israelis now on the dole. A staggering 844,000 unemployment benefit claims were registered in March alone, sending the jobless rates skyrocketing to 24.4 percent in just three weeks, compared to only 3.4 percent a month before. Israel was one of the first countries to impose stringent lockdown conditions at the start of the

coronavirus pandemic, and the new figures show the extent of the economic damage caused. The Israeli government has said it will help employees who had been made permanently unemployed or, as in most cases, have been placed on unpaid leave, by covering up to 75 percent of their wages. While discussions continue around a possible federal grant for the self-employed, tens of thousands who work for themselves have had little by way of reassurance.

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Be smart, stay safe This week, the number of Jews dying of Covid-19 in the UK entered triple figures. But no sooner did we call it a “grim milestone” than we feared three figures could become four. Some who died are well-known to us: the philanthropist and big Magen David Adom supporter Irving Carter, former Jewish Care chairman Michael Goldmeier, Rabbi Neil Kraft of Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue, and the Manchester kashrut authority Rabbi Osher Yaakov Westheim. Every loss, whether or not that of a great communal figure, brings pain beyond words. As we know all too well, loss, anger and sadness can morph into anger and accusation. Some say that sections of the strictly- Orthodox put lives at risk by not distancing. Adherence may have been slow at first, but the message appears to have well and truly sunk in. Others say mikvehs staying open presents a risk. Maybe but, again, it is not clear-cut. These pools are not like swimming baths or social clubs. With a lengthy list of precautionary actions carefully applied, the risk of spreading infection there ought to be small. The chair of the Jewish Medical Association has said lives could have been saved had there been a Purim lockdown. We will never know. He may be right, but now does not feel like a moment to ask ‘what if ’ or to say ‘I told you so’. Sadly, at some point, one thing we will know is the final tally of Covid-19 deaths in the Jewish community. Our job, collectively and individually, is to keep that figure as low as possible. There have already been 121 deaths too many. So please. Let’s be as smart as we need to be to stay safe. Because that is one list of names on which none of us wants to see a loved one.

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KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK I have to congratulate your good selves on continuing to publish your newspaper despite the pandemic affecting Jewish life around London. I was able to get my copy of the issue dated 2 April headlined “Thank You… to all the Jewish medics risking their lives to save others”. I particularly like the puzzles page, the familiar crossword, improved by the appearance of a great codeword. Keep up the high standard. Jeremy Travers By email

REWRITE THE HAGGADAH Everything’s gone topsy-turvy. Who would or could have thought, in the wildest creative scenario of a fantasy or science fiction script, our reality today? I hope we will reach some sort of plateau soon with regards to statistics and, by the beginning of May, will begin to see a restart of life around the world. But I also believe that for a very large number of people life will not return to what it was. This episode will have changed us all – some more than others – but change there will be. We have been forced into a realisation that life itself is so intricately layered that nothing can be taken for granted any more. The understanding of what truly matters has become clarified by the fact that we have been given a glimpse of what lies beneath. Physicality was never in question, for good and bad: contact, touch, embrace and feeling. Perhaps after this, we will value those natural human abilities so much more and that an enlightenment will pave a new chance for mankind if we have the power, insight and intelligence to recognise this mind-blowing opportunity we have been given. Howard Burns Haifa, Israel

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My stand-up in an empty JW3 Ashley Blaker enjoys not having to entertain a hard-to-please audience When Raymond Simonson, the sideburn-sporting CEO of JW3, suggested I perform an online stand-up special, I had one condition. He should hand me the keys to the empty building and I should be allowed to stream it straight from the centre’s 275-seater main stage. We are meant to work at home where possible, but seeing as my house is no longer my own and has been completely overtaken by my six children, this felt the only option. I would be lying, though, if I said this was the main motivation. It was partly due to the fact that, having performed six sold-out nights there, I have developed a real affection for JW3’s building on the Finchley Road. It was also, in no small part, because doing this would mean that I would get the best of both worlds: I would be able to perform in a room that I love, but I wouldn’t have to try to entertain a room full of the world’s hardest audience: Jews! I joke, of course, but as a comedian who has travelled the world and performed on five continents for members of the Jewish community, I know better than most that Jews are not the easiest audience. Comedians of a certain generation always go on about the Glasgow Empire, but I can only assume they never had to play a synagogue dinner in New Jersey. ‘Jewish Mean Time’ ensures that a good proportion of the audience will arrive late and want to walk in and disturb the show, while those who arrived early will have spent the time

counting the seats and trying to calculate how much money I’m making. And, of course, if I meet any members of the audience after the show, they will either ask if I can get their granddaughter a job at the BBC or try to tell me the world’s longest and least funny joke, followed by the line “you can use that in your next show”.

Why does every Jew want to tell me a joke? You’ve come to a comedy show, let the comedian tell the jokes, you have a night off. You don’t go to see King Lear at the RSC and then wait for the actors and go, “Here’s a soliloquy for you. You can use this one next time.” You don’t go to the urologist and ask to inspect his testicles. Well I do, but most people don’t. Hence I was only too happy to have my plava and eat it by performing for more than 2,000 Jews last Sunday night, while not having to actually share a room with them. In truth, it could have been a lot more people than that but what I said about Jews arriving late was no joke. So, after selling 250 tickets in the final 20 minutes, at 8.05pm, just after the Queen had finished her excellent warm-up act, the ticket page closed and another 100 or so people were unable to purchase their virtual seats. This time no one even had the excuse that they couldn’t find a parking space. (The show is now available to rent on the JW3 website so they will hopefully see the show in the end.) And while it was an unusual experience performing in an empty room – thankfully not something I’ve had to face before – I enjoyed it. I just used my imagination and tried to picture rows of Jewish faces, all thinking that, as funny as the show may be, they could have done it better themselves.  Ashley Blaker: Alone At JW3 is available to view at jw3tv.vhx.tv

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Starmer must socially distance from Corbyn JENNI FRAZER

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ello and welcome to the land of unrealistic expectations. We have arrived here in the wake of the election of Sir Keir Starmer, former director of public prosecutions, as leader of the Labour Party. Starmer made a welcome start with a heartfelt speech in which he paid a brief but gracious tribute to his predecessor, the former backbencher Jeremy Corbyn. As all but the dullest among us must know, Corbyn has almost single-handedly ruined the Labour Party in his four years as leader, showing a tin ear for every situation, failing to cohere as a functioning opposition in the face of one of the direst Tory governments it is possible to imagine, and generally showing himself useless at every turn. For a time — having triumphantly lost two elections in a row — Corbyn even appeared to delude himself that he had a

future in the next Labour Party by becoming shadow foreign secretary. I think, though my columns have a nasty habit of being overtaken by what Harold Macmillan called “events, dear boy”, I think I can just about guarantee that that is not going to happen. For the Jewish community, of course, Corbyn’s studied wilfulness in the face of overwhelming evidence of antisemitism within the party became the only issue worth discussing. Jewish and non-Jewish MPs under his leadership either were forced out of the party — Joan Ryan, Ian Austin, Luciana Berger, Louise Ellman — or left when they could stomach him no more, and then lost their seats in the December election. For some, like uber-Labour politician Ruth Smeeth, losing her seat in Stoke-onTrent was part of the backlash of revulsion against Corbyn showed by many voters. These were not natural Boris Johnson supporters, but they disliked Corbyn more. The dislike related to revulsion against antisemitism and the climate of lies and

IF STARMER HAS A JEWISH FATHER-INLAW, PRESUMABLY HIS WIFE IS JEWISH. WHY CAN’T HE SAY SO?

hero-worship surrounding the Great Leader, fostered by his inner circle, and headed by such types as Karie Murphy, Seumas Milne and Jenny Conway in the Leader’s Office. Starmer, who is a clever man and who, we learn rather tortuously, has a Jewish fatherin-law — which presumably means his wife is Jewish, though why he couldn’t just say so, one can only speculate — used his victory speech to say how he intends to do whatever he can to get rid of “the stain of antisemitism” from the Labour Party. I welcome his intention, though he was

woefully quiet in the past four years. Some on social media have called for Starmer to expel Corbyn from the party, which is why I say we are in the land of unrealistic expectations. I have severe doubts that any such expulsion will take place, even if the muchanticipated EHRC report finds Corbyn guilty of presiding over an institutionally antisemitic party. I am also hopeful that Corbyn will not be ‘rewarded’ for his disastrous time in office by being given a peerage, an action which would besmirch the House of Lords. What I would dearly love — and I, too, have a toehold on the land of unrealistic expectations — is never to hear the name Jeremy Corbyn again. Never to allow him a platform from which to express any opinion. Never to see him on television, or to hear him on BBC radio. I want the MP for Islington North to return to what he is: a backbench irrelevancy; Corbyn and his supporters. Social distancing could have been designed specifically for him.

Children being abused have lost their one respite YEHUDIS GOLDSOBEL MIGDAL EMUNAH

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ny other year, in the days leading up to Pesach, we at Migdal Emunah would be preparing ourselves for the influx of new clients, as families reconvene to spend the festival together leading to genuine trauma for victims of sexual abuse. This year however, it is different. The increased demand on our services began several weeks before Pesach and we expect it to continue to grow over as the country remains in lockdown. The lockdown has shaken up all our lives and tipped the world as we know it on its head. No longer are we leaving our homes for work, errands or everyday activities. As adults, we are struggling to come to terms with our new routines of working from home and spending all our time with our families. For children, this is just as exasperating, with no school, clubs or sports to attend, they are to be entertained, educated and fed at home. For many children, this is their ideal scenario, for those

THESE CHILDREN WILL BE DREADING EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY OF THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, TRYING TO PROTECT THEMSELVES children and young people being sexually abused, this is their living nightmare. We know that more than 90 percent of sexual offences are carried out by people familiar to the victim, most commonly from within the family. Children being sexually abused have lost their only respite, the ability to leave their home. These children will be dreading every minute of every day of the next few months, living on edge, trying to protect themselves and/or their siblings from the most horrific of acts. People across the community express their Jewishness differently. However, when it comes to seder night, we are all doing the same thing. We recount the story of our ancestors and we endeavour to pass on our family traditions and recipes to our children.

We focus on the children, teaching them the Ma Nishtana and encourage them to ask questions. We describe in detail the four sons: the righteous one, the wicked one, the simple child and the one who doesn’t yet know how to ask. Yet who is missing? The fifth child. The fifth child is a shadow of his or her former self, a shell, a child who is traumatised, with no freedom to celebrate. We implore our community to be vigilant in what they may hear over the coming months. Take an extra moment to listen out for your neighbours. Please look out for the fifth child, the child who might not yet be able to verbalise their trauma, but needs an adult to be there for them. Make that call, that referral or that signposting to us at Migdal Emunah. We are

here for any family that experiences sexual abuse and are now providing counselling and support services over the phone and online. Please let’s not forget the most vulnerable in this different world we are all trying to understand. Let us not forget our basic safeguarding of children and young people, whether that be online, on the phone, or those children of key worker still attending school. With our world relocating to online platforms, double check who you are welcoming into your home. Ensure an open door policy for the foreseeable future and do not leave your children alone with anyone on a live online stream. We are only able to provide our quality services through the continued generosity and support of our donors. With the everincreasing numbers of users over this coming period, we invite you to join us in this important work. It costs £75 to sponsor a session with a therapist for a child and/or a family. Please use this opportunity to help us cover the cost of one or more sessions. Chag sameach to you and your families.  Donations can be made via the website www.migdalemunah.org.uk


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Keir wants Labour to honour its true values RUTH SMEETH

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ntisemitism has been a stain on our party. I’ve seen the grief that it’s brought to so many Jewish communities. On behalf of the Labour Party, I am sorry. I’ll tear out this poison by its roots and judge success by the return of Jewish members and those who felt they could no longer support us. So said Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour Party, this week. Fifty-six words is all it has taken to reassure British Jews across the country that, finally, the leader of the Labour Party was going to act against the evil of anti-Jewish hate inside our ranks. That Jews were no longer fair game within the party and that he isn’t going to tolerate hate and racism in Her Majesty’s loyal opposition. I know all too well how important it is for the leader of the Labour Party to vocalise – without equivocation – that enough is enough. Obviously, we need more than words. We

need action; there should be expulsions, and political education must form part of the solution. What I and other Jewish members need is cultural change within the party that is now and immediate, not the promise of a better tomorrow – because we’ve been waiting for four long years. The new leader of the Labour Party set the right tone within minutes of his election. Keir is someone who I call a friend and consider an ally. It was a moment of relief when he used his victory speech to promise he would root out antisemitism, but my relief at his words are coupled with my faith they will be matched with actions. Keir is someone who I know to keep his promise and I know he will do so quickly. We have all been hurt by the relentless antisemitism crisis in the Labour Party. By seeing horrendous reports of anti-Jewish hate every week, not just on the pages of this paper, but in every UK newspaper and news website. The pain we felt from the hatred directed at us compounded by friends of the former leader and fringe groups who labelled us as liars, that our grievances were just smears and

HE DID MORE IN HIS FIRST FOUR HOURS THAN WE SAW IN THE PAST FOUR YEARS

that those who were brave enough to come forward were merely political opponents. To hear those who proclaim their anti-racist values tell the victims of racism it didn’t really happen. It’s been truly devastating to witness the party of Manny Shinwell, Leo Abse and Louise Ellman descend into an antisemitic cesspit without any real action from the leadership other than his usual hollow “I deplore all forms of racism” line. The poison in the Labour Party has touched every Friday night dinner, it’s dominated our political conversations and it determined our votes last year. But even with our pain, it has to be time to

draw a line in the sand. None of us, regardless of which party we naturally support, want this misery to continue. We need antisemitism to be eradicated and consigned to the history books of the Labour Party. We need normal politics to resume and we don’t want antisemitism to be a defining issue for anyone at the next election. Within hours of the result, Keir Starmer called me to discuss anti-Jewish hate in the Labour Party. He wrote to the Board of Deputies to both apologise and to set the wheels in motion for moving forward. He has already met the Board, the Jewish Leadership Council, Community Security Trust and the Jewish Labour Movement ‘virtually’ to start the long process of rebuilding trust. He did more in his first four hours than we saw in the past four years and made those calls because he wants to return the Labour Party as a natural ally of the Jewish community. There is a long way to go in rebuilding trust with the Jewish community, but we owe it to ourselves to give the new leader the benefit of the doubt and work with him to fix this mes. Chag Pesach sameach!

Liberation is very different when there’s nowhere to go KAREN POLLOCK

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eventy-five years ago, the 11th Armoured Division of the British Army liberated Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The scenes that met them were nothing short of devasting. Despite the British Army’s best efforts, more than 13,000 of the at least 50,000 prisoners died within weeks of liberation from rampant disease. Many of those who survived were children, with no one left in the world to look out for them. Mala Tribich MBE always recalls the moment of liberation. Inmates who could hardly shuffle were running. Lying in her bunk, suffering with typhus, she was incredulous. Many, looking back, speak of not understanding what liberation meant at all. Starved, alone and on the brink of collapse, there was not a sudden or spontaneous celebration. Freedom means something very different when you have nowhere to go. They knew the Germans had gone and the British had

arrived, but not how that would change their lives. For those who survived as young children, they knew no different but a life under Nazi rule. Perhaps the same could be said of when the Jewish people were liberated from slavery in Egypt. So many generations had suffered that they knew not what they went towards, only what they gladly left behind. Many of those who survived the Holocaust were the only surviving members of their families, so they came together to create their own sort of family. And, to a large extent, it was the British who enabled that. Whether it was The Boys who came to Lake Windermere, or those who banded together in the Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons’ Camp, they recall British support as they united towards a revival of Jewish life, culture and religion. We always knew that the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Belsen, on 15 April, would be different to all those that have

passed. As time moves on, the Holocaust moves from living history to just history, making our mission to educate all the more pressing. Some of our beloved survivors, who did so much to tell the world of what they had experienced, have passed away. I think of Gena Turgel with particular affection, who meant so much to me and inspired all those she met. But none of us could have foreseen the circumstances in which we will mark this momentous occasion; the voices of those we need to hear the most are quieter than we’d hope as survivors are rightly shielding themselves from the devastating effects of Covid-19. At the Holocaust Educational Trust, we have been working hard to innovate through online and digital resources, and to ensure that even during lockdown we can engage, educate and discuss questions of faith, hope and resistance. And while visits to Belsen

THE VOICES OF THOSE WE NEED TO HEAR THE MOST ARE QUIETER THAN WE’D HOPE

were cut short, we are glad that nearly 1000 students and teachers were able to visit the camp, and teachers across the country have accessed educational resources. We have also been encouraging our support network to #SendSomeLove to Holocaust survivors who do so much for our cause. It’s been encouraging to see messages pour in and their messages to us have been equally uplifting. They of all people know about hardship, but the swell of support and love for them has been heart-warming. In tough times, the best of humanity often shines through. Susan Pollack MBE speaks of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen and the British soldier who lifted her up and put her on a stretcher, the first act of kindness and gentleness she’d seen since the Nazis invaded Hungary and her life changed forever. At this difficult time, it is right that we recognise the bravery and kindness of those who are sacrificing their personal safety for the good of others. And as we mark Pesach, and the 75th anniversary of the liberation of BergenBelsen, we should take time to reflect on, remember and be thankful for the freedoms we share. Let us celebrate, virtually with loved ones, and together, as a community.


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Volunteers delivered hot meals to vulnerable people across West Hampstead, Golders Green, Hendon, Finchley, St John’s Wood and Hampstead. Talia Pamensky, Deborah Abram, pictured left, and with her sister Katie, inset, made 250 mini shepherd’s pies after sending a social media appeal on the Facebook group North West London - Covid-19 Support for the Vulnerable.

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ARTEMIS WINS

Artemis was crowned winner of this year’s Jewish Blind & Disabled’s Pesach-themed PETron competition. The pet therapy dog from Stanmore beat off competition from pets all around the UK. TV presenter Jonathan Ross, who judged the entries, said: “This was a worthy first place as you could see Artemis is all set for Passover and even has her own seder plate.” The runners-up were rabbit siblings Fluffy and Cutie and the dog Huckleberry.

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Teachers at Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School led a virtual mock seder, with children, including Jonah Goodman, eight, and his brother Aaron, five, preparing items in advance. “They were excited to dress up and were fascinated seeing their teachers on the screen,” said mum Natasha. “They loved pouring their own cups of grape juice, answering questions and searching for the Afikoman they hid for each other! It was very emotional to watch and it really made the children’s day.”

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Jewish Care staff and volunteers recorded a virtual seder for residents living in care homes and independent living apartments to follow at home. The video will be played before the festival comes in. Residents were sent e-cards from children across Jewish schools. The charity’s Daniel Carmel-Brown said: “While we are not able to be together physically this year, we are connecting with each other spiritually and emotionally as one community this Pesach.”

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A British Israeli family has raised close to £3,000 for charity by running a half marathon at home. The Sherman family jogged 1,000 laps around their garden to raise funds for food vouchers for families in need through the Myisrael Coronavirus Emergency Appeal. The organisation has already raised more than £30,000 for Israel’s vulnerable during the pandemic.

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Condolences GOLDMAN PETER Died peacefully on 2 April in Barnet Hospital after contracting Covid-19. An amazing father to Emma, Robin and Deborah, father-in-law to David and papa to Oliver, Kitty-May and Tommy. A funny, loving, caring man who made everyone feel loved and special. Now reunited with his beloved Valerie. He will be sadly missed.

GOLDMAN PETER Our uncle with a truly larger than life personality who will be greatly missed by so many for his quick wit, warmth and bubbly nature. Will be forever loved, remembered and sorely missed. Arron, Sophie, Natasha, Simon and the boys

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Dear Friend Two weeks ago, I explained 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. As we are all learning, social isolation can be really tough. But for older Deaf and Deafblind people, who can’t pick up the phone for a chat, are unable to communicate with their pharmacy, GP or even their neighbour… it can be a killer, breeding a gaping chasm of loneliness, depression, anxiety and mental illness. 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 to keep each older person reassured and informed, and giving them the necessary practical support to stay as safe, mentally stable and healthy as possible On the frontline, shopping and delivering food and doorstep checks to ensure essential provisions and human contact are maintained Liaising with GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals to ensure that every deaf and deafblind person who cannot communicate by phone has the medical supplies and support they need at this critical time

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Running a mobile hearing aid maintenance service — a highly trained staff member is driving to people’s homes, sheltered accommodations, supported living and care homes to carry out basic hearing aid maintenance, and supply equipment and batteries from outside at a safe distance Using Skype to continue providing information, advice, telephone and translation services for Deaf people who communicate using sign language Teaching people how to use technology to stay connected with loved ones and the world as much as possible Setting up new virtual communities, keeping in touch and creating stimulating activities to alleviate deaf people’s isolation and maintain optimum mental health

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. Now our job is to help them to survive. Nobody else can do what we do. So much so that Barnet Council have this week turned to us in their hour of need to take responsibility for deaf people throughout the borough. JDA is the only lifeline deaf people have. At this unprecedented time, your support is more crucial than ever. Thank you so much for your help. If there is any support we can offer you at this time, please contact me on 020 8446 0502 or mail@jdeaf.org.uk. I wish you and your loved ones good health and strength, Sue Cipin Chief Executive

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Weekend / Entertainment

and kvell!

8 of the best Jewish shows to watch right now From religious rebels and Mexican drug cartels to dark secrets and special agents, we pick out the must-see shows to help you through lockdown

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Stirring German-American drama loosely based on Deborah Feldman’s 2012 autobiography Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots and adapted by director Maria Schrader and creator Anna Winger (Deutschland 83). Disillusioned with her life, 19-year-old Esty (Shira Haas) runs away from her arranged marriage and her strictly-Orthodox community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and moves to Berlin, where her estranged mother lives. She tries to adapt to a secular life, but her husband Yanky (Amit Rahav) and his cousin embark on a journey to find her.

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Comedienne Iliza Shlesinger brings some much-needed light relief to our screens with her new sketch show, released this week on Netflix. From a ‘Female Jackass’ starring an allwoman cast of willing idiots performing stunts and pranks, to an advert for a Mom Alert app, Shlesinger’s brand of humour is quintessentially American.

The much-anticipated second series of Liz Feldman’s dark comedy, Dead To Me, is rumoured to be just months away, so there’s still time to catch up on the original series, which debuted last year. Jen (Christina Applegate) is a real estate agent struggling to come to terms with the sudden death of her husband, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver. Judy (Linda Cardellini) is grieving for her fiancé, who died of a heart attack. The two bond at a therapy group for those who have recently lost their partners, but there’s more to Judy’s story than Jen knows – and there are extreme consequences when the truth is finally revealed.

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All six series of Dan Harmon’s hit US sitcom about an eclectic bunch of students are now on Netflix. Based on his experiences attending a community college, the show revolves around Jeff Winger (Joel McHale), who is disbarred and suspended from his law firm after lying about getting a degree from Columbia. He enrols at a community college and meets activist Britta (Gillian Jacobs), pop culture lover Abed (Danny Pudi), single mum Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), ex-high school football star Troy (Donald Glover) and elderly millionaire Pierce (Chevy Chase).

This award-winning 1999 film from Sam Mendes – his directorial debut – starring Kevin Spacey and Mena Suvari returns to stream this week from Netflix. In American Beauty, which won five Oscars, including best picture and best director, Spacey plays Lester Burnham, an advertising executive having a midlife crisis, who becomes distanced from his wife (Annette Bening) and infatuated with his teenage daughter (Thora Birch)’s best friend (Suvari).

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The hit Israeli TV drama Fauda returns this month – and it looks set to be the most explosive yet, with all the action taking place in Gaza. Since its 2015 premiere, millions have been gripped by the Nextflix show’s storyline, which revolves around Israeli unit commander Doron Kavillio (played by co-writer Lior Raz) fighting those who threaten his country’s security. The gripping third series, which is partly filmed in the Israeli–Arab town of Jisr az-Zarqa, north of Caesarea, will feature a plot exploring the issue of underground tunnels built by terrorists.

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Jewish actress Julia Garner stars alongside Jason Bateman and Laura Linney in this sophisticated crime thriller about a hapless couple from Chicago, who become embroiled in a money laundering scheme gone wrong. Forced to relocate their family to the Ozarks to launder money for a Mexican drug cartel, they stumble deeper and deeper into a life of crime and realise they are becoming as ruthless as the violent people for whom they are forced to work.

Real-life father and son Eugene and Dan Levy star as video store magnate Johnny Rose and his grown-up son David, alongside wife and ex-soap star Moira (Catherine O’Hara) and daughter Alexis (Annie Murphy). The Roses lose their fortune after being defrauded and are forced to rebuild their lives with their sole remaining asset: the small town named Schitt’s Creek they bought as a joke gift for their son. From a run-down motel, they adjust to their new life alongside residents such as mayor Roland Schitt (Chris Elliott) and wife Jocelyn (Jenn Robertson).


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Lockdown tech / Weekend

Older people don’t have to struggle to connect now or in the future Isolation. It’s not fun, is it? Deprived of the right to roam freely and unable to see family and friends, we wait for the curfew to end so we can reconnect with the world in person. But what if isolation continued and you were alone indefinitely? In this time of Covid-19, even those surrounded by children and spouses are experiencing what life is like for elderly people who seldom see anyone. We are also discovering how hard it is to connect to a generation who don’t know how to videocall. Staying connected to the outside world and remaining active has rarely felt more mandatory. Yet the most vulnerable group in our society is hardly connected at all: Ofcom figures show as many as 80% of the over75s are not exposed to the latest

technology and are unable to receive video calls, nor are they able to easily receive ondemand service from local and community groups. They are the “digitally excluded”. And the availability of smart technology on a phone or a tablet is not enough. There is a need for a guiding hand: a dedicated community co-ordinator at the other side of the screen who will attend to an old person’s needs. Sparko TV offers that service. This British service-tech startup has developed a game-changing solution called Sparko Virtual Retirement Community. Sparko TV enables the elderly to stay in their own home and remain connected with family, friends and community support. Backed by AgeUK, Sparko VRC (Virtual Retirement Community) offers an integrated, user-friendly interactive tech solution, combined with dedicated human staff. SPARKO’S SOLUTION RESTS ON 4 PILLARS: WORLD: It CONNECTION TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD provides the member with unlimited video calls with family, friends and caregivers, messages, reminders and a photo exchange. SUPPORT AT THE TIP OF YOUR FINGER. A dedicated co-ordinator assists and organises. FOLLOW A DAILY ROUTINE. The user is given a bespoke daily plan that will leave him or her

active and filled with a sense of purpose. MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY STIMULATED. The easy-to-use technology includes exercise videos, cooking and language classes, entertainment programmes. And Sparko TV isn’t just about survival now. When restrictions are lifted, those in isolated conditions will have access to a virtual retirement community and services in their neighbourhood to help them deal with all household chores and daily tasks. The inspiration for this extraordinary and easy-to-use service came from Sparko founder, Israeli-born Moti Bari (pictured). Having creating Seculife panic buttons in Israel, Germany and the Netherlands, Moti’s own experience of an isolated community in Evian on Lake Geneva made him realise how important it is to be connected. “I had taken early retirement in 2007 and moved to a place that was theoretically paradise, but it was practically very boring,” he explains. “Being alone and not part of a community made me think about how I wanted to grow old.” The first version of Sparko TV has now been launched in north-west London.  For more information call 0333 305 0182 or visit www.sparko.tv

Sparko TV helps people live an active life

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COVID-19 CRISIS APPEAL

ANXIOUS, ISOLATED, AT RISK The additional anxiety and physical isolation caused by COVID-19 can heighten the risk of suicide for people living with mental illness. Jami are prioritising contact with the most vulnerable and expanding our services to help people who may be isolated. This includes: •

Providing food deliveries and door-step chats to ensure essential provisions and human contact are maintained

Expanding our telephone befriending service to check in regularly with people self-isolating at home

Supplying the community with regular information on caring for their own and their loved ones’ mental health throughout this crisis

We have already seen a rapid increase in demand for our support. In the current crisis, your donation will help us provide critical mental health services for our community.

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SEDRA Shabbat Chol Hamoed Pesach BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL The Torah reading recounts the story of the Golden Calf. Synagogues are closed, so we can take a personal view of how this story affects us in our most private sphere and personal conduct. Aaron took it upon himself to create the calf hoping that he would buy time for Moses’ return from atop Mount Sinai. The reading announces the 13 attributes of God’s mercy and forgiving patience. This formula of forgiveness was taught to Moses following the tragic deaths of the unfaithful who had worshipped the Golden Calf. The Torah then gives a precis of the festive holydays in the calendar. Worship of the Golden Calf was a rebellion against the leadership of Moses and involved other sins which depraved and demoralised the people. Currently, during a national, and international emergency, it is especially helpful to work on improving the morale of our fellow citizens. Mental health is always a major concern, but now more than ever.

Perhaps a broken people at the time of the Exodus would have rebelled and sinned less had they had the benefit of more focused mental health help. There are no limits to how we can help the overall efforts to save life during this pandemic; each of us can volunteer safely to the common effort. The haftara this Shabbat is read from the Book of Ezekiel about the revival of the dead, which includes the revival of our people as a nation after the demise of independent Judea. On the intermediate days of Pesach, it is time to think ahead to the post-Pesach period of a post-Covid-19 world: its challenges to revive a near-dead economy, with some of the compassion learnt during this crisis; with less Golden Calf-like greed and more kindness and thoughtfulness in the world. Stay safe, be well, and chag sameach.

 Rabbi Abel serves Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation and is padre to Merseyside Army Cadet Force

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What’s in a number?

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BY RABBI ALEX CHAPPER With 164, Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for scoring the most number of half centuries in cricket. That is why the Indian national hero is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of the game. But what significance is there to the number 50 in Judaism? Previously we learned that 50 gates or levels of understanding were created in the world and after a 49-day purification process that began on Pesach, the Jewish people received the Torah – the revelation of the Divine Intellect – on the 50th day, known Tendulkar: Indian cricketing legend as Shavuot. From having sunk to the 49th level of spiritual impu- nation of seven cycles of Shemittah rity in Egypt, the nation rose to the – the seventh year when all agriculheights of spiritual inspiration and tural cultivation ceases. On Yom insight at Mount Sinai a mere 50 Kippur of the Yovel year, the shofar would be sounded to announce days later. Just as in days and weeks, so that people and possessions must too in years, the 50th year is called revert to their original position. Yovel – Jubilee, which is the culmi- Ancestral land that had been sold

during the previous 49 years returned to its original owner and Jewish slaves were automatically released from their captivity. In relation to the release of slaves, even those who willing remained in servitude after the maximum term of six years had to be freed at the arrival of Yovel. Here, the Torah reveals that 50 years is considered ‘forever’, meaning that it is the longest possible time frame of which we can conceive. This contains a message of optimism and hope for us all, whether we are literally enslaved or just in a situation that seems interminably difficult. Nothing last forever. There will always come a time for a reset, whether that is in days, weeks or years, we never despair of seeing a change in circumstances.  Rabbi Chapper serves Elstree & Borehamwood shul

Meretz UK ‫חג פסח שמח‬ National lockdown may have scuppered our traditional Pesach Seder and tragic loss of life has afflicted both the Jewish and broader community. Yet the ethos of Our Time of Freedom will prevail! In that spirit, Meretz UK thanks friends for your support over the years and wishes you a Happy Passover. We hope to resume public meetings and other initiatives as soon as the crisis lifts. Meanwhile see our website for current activities. Meretz UK – cultural, political and educational platform supporting a progressive Israel with peace, justice and true democracy.

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The Bible Says What?

How do we acknowledge our key workers during this challenging time?

The real reason Joseph’s brothers didn’t know who he was

BY STUDENT RABBI DEBORAH BLAUSTEN

BY RABBI CHARLEY BAGINSKY “Although Joseph recognised his brothers, they did not recognise him.” (Genesis 42:8) One of the first stories children learn from our Torah is that of Joseph, and one of the most common questions we get as rabbis and parents is why, towards the end when in Egypt, his own brothers didn’t know who he was. The usual answers given are he looked older, or the brothers’ memories have faded over time, but these are too simplistic Instead, I look at the Gerer Rebbe’s interpretation that their inability to recognise Joseph had nothing to do with his look or the passing of time, but rather that Egypt in this period was filled with darkness. This darkness may have been metaphorical, but was nevertheless overwhelming and ensured that people could not recognise another person, even their own sibling.

Standing on our doorsteps, whole streets clapping and cheering together: people across the world are finding ways to thank key workers for their incredible fortitude and hard work in this time of great risk and uncertainty. These public displays of solidarity and gratitude are moving and important. Our current moment draws attention to the kinds of work that are essential for society to operate its most essential functions – those of care, welfare and the supply of food, drink and medications. The Talmud also has a notion of essential work. In tractate Sanhedrin, it is taught that a Torah scholar is not allowed to live in a city without a functioning court, an ethical tzedakah fund, a synagogue, a bathouse, a doctor, a scribe, a shochet and a teacher of young children. This list is remarkably similar to the kind of roles we might describe as key worker roles in our

And yet, the story tells us that Joseph was able to recognise his brothers. He had managed to see light even in the darkest of places and this recognition led to them being finally reunited. We are now once more living in a time of darkness. Many in our community, and beyond, are struggling with loneliness, anxiety and loss. It is up to those of us who can, to share some light. We are seeing modern-day heroes emerge – from doctors and nurses to those keeping our essential shops running and collecting our waste. Not to mention all the people doing simple everyday things, such as phone/ Skype befriending or getting shopping for a vulnerable neighbour. And, just as Joseph showed his brothers, such light is the only way to drive out the darkness.

◆ Rabbi Charley Baginsky is Liberal Judaism’s director of strategy and partnerships

modern world. The list sets out a vision of essential social functions, almost like the bottom tiers of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The places listed represent health, justice, education, hygiene, the ability to record our stories and spiritual space; these are the things that ought to take precedence before we turn our minds to higher order tasks, such as the act of study. This list from the Talmud is a helpful reminder for all of us, and especially in this moment, that protecting all of these functions is part of our religious framework.

In order for Torah to reside in a place, these things must first be established. This list also ought to remind us that although there is much discussion of how to use this time to be our most productive, to do things such as learn new languages and write books, that we can only do that if we have attended to our fundamental needs. As we show kindness and gratitude to others, so too must we be kind to ourselves. It is also a call to action. There is much we can do as a community to support these key workers and their families. Whether it’s by joining the NHS’s new volunteer army, supporting community charities that have increased need in this time, caring for vulnerable and older members of our synagogue communities and doing our bit to stay home – we all have a role to play. ◆ Deborah Blausten is a rabbinic student at Leo Baeck College

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HEALTHCARE SOLUTIONS COMBAT CORONAVIRUS Covid-19 has stopped the world as we know – or knew – it in its tracks. People have had to adopt new ways of living and working. Never have we relied more on technology, writes Candice Krieger

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t is through technological innovation that people are being kept alive and businesses afloat; tech will emerge as one of the heroes of this time – alongside, of course, the NHS/ health professionals and other key workers. The pandemic is driving technology companies to innovate faster and harder than ever – Israeli start-ups among them. From smart phones-cum-medical devices and hand-held health check kits to personal robots, we profile some of the pioneering gadgets, and the companies behind them, that are already proving, and will continue to prove essential, amid the coronavirus crisis. Hugo Bieber, chief executive of UK Israel Business, who has been championing such companies via the organisation’s UK Israel Health-

Tech Forum, says: “Feedback from our forums is that Israel is seen as five to 10 years ahead of the UK in terms of technology utilisation in the health system and the UK is keen to learn. If there’s one positive to Covid-19, it has highlighted the urgent need to utilise technology more effectively within the NHS to improve the patient experience while reducing costs. “The companies profiled in this Jewish News-UK-Israel Business feature are just a sample of companies that can directly improve the delivery and experience of healthcare. “We also see tech innovators outside of healthcare using their expertise in areas such as machine vision, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence to tackle some of the biggest challenges in health. We expect this crisis to speed up the pace of innovation, creating opportunities for even deeper UK-Israel collaborations.”

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TEMI About Temi: Temi (or temi, as it is known) is the world’s first self-navigating personal robot being used in care homes, hospitals, homes and commercial spaces. It helps the elderly without the risk of Above: Yossi others being infected with Wolf. Right: the coronavirus, relieving Gal Goren the work of healthcare personnel. It is one of TIME magazine’s innovations of 2019 and recently featured on BBC’s Click.

Helping fight the Covid-19 pandemic: Temi has been providing robots to hospitals and nursing homes to offer some social comforting and medical monitoring. In Israel, robots are used in the Sheba Medical Center to monitor quarantined patients while maximising staff safety. In South Korea, they are used in elderly facilities and public spaces to safely monitor fever and prevent further spread. In the US, where nursing home visits are restricted, temi enables families to ‘hang out’ with loved ones.

How does it work? The robots autonomously move between patients and provide remote video chat with doctors and nurses. They can deliver medicine and take temperatures without a human having to be in the room or near a patient. Via temis, people can make video calls, so families can still communicate without being physically present. You can also talk to Alexa on your temi, play music, check the weather and control smart home devices.

Yaron Yoels, chief marketing officer, temi: “It feels great that a product we developed can assist in such hard times. The feedback we get from hospitals, elderly care facilities and nursing homes is worth everything. One hospital told us that temi is life changing and they don’t see how they could work without it. “We have been in the telecare and medical sector before the virus so, for us, it’s well known how temi can assis; the situation just made the whole world understand the importance of having a way to actually be able to talk to someone without them having to do anything on the other end, and all with autonomically navigating through the area. “The industry of personal robotics after the coronavirus will surely be at a different level than before. Everyone is going to understand the need for robots to be in places where humans can’t. I imagine there will be an option for robots in every airport or public place and in every office or medical facility. “Our distributors around the world are offering many virus-related solutions, such as adding a thermometer to the robot or sanitiser and several kinds of sensors that help test people’s health automatically without another person having to be involved.” www.robotemi.com

Founded: In 2016 by Yossi Wolf and Gal Goren. Based: The tech is developed in Israel with research and development (R&D) in Tel Aviv and China. Offices are in New York and Tel Aviv. The total team consists of around 80 people. Rationale: Yossi Wolf: “A few years ago, my life changed. I spent an afternoon with my grandmother and noticed how shaky her hands were and how difficult it was for her to hold a cup of tea. I then watched her try to operate her smartphone – she had trouble with that, too. “At that moment, I decided to devote my life to creating temi for her. When I realised all the cool things a personal robot can do,I wanted one for myself. While smartphones keep us connected at any time, temi the personal robot keeps us present anywhere.” Operational in: Mainly USA, China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Australia.

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Healthcare solutions / Business TYTO CARE Founded: About Tyto Care: In 2012 by Dedi Gilad and Ofer Tzadik. Tyto Care is transforming primary care by putting health in the hands of conBased: sumers. It connects people to cliniHeadquarters in New York and cians with the healthcare industry’s R&D in Israel, with a team of 70. first all-in-one modular telehealth device and platform for on-demand, Rationale: remote medical exams and diagnoses. Dedi Gilad’s young daughter experiTyto Care received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration in Dedi Gilad enced frequent ear infections and he felt there must be a more convenient and 2016, Certification Experts (CE) Mark and Health Canada approval in 2018 and is Health accessible way to diagnose and treat acute care Insurance Portability and Accountability Act scenarios. So he and Ofer Tzadik created Tyto Care to transform primary care by enabling Compliant. clinic-quality telehealth exams anywhere, anytime, enabling patients to receive peace of mind, How does it work: Tyto Care’s handheld telehealth examination care, a treatment plan and prescription, all from device, TytoHome, replicates a doctor’s visit, the comfort of home. enabling users to perform comprehensive examinations of the lungs, skin, ears, throat, Operational in: abdomen, and body temperature, providing Tyto Care works with 70+ leading health sysdoctors clinical data for remote diagnosis of tems and hospitals in the US, Israel, Europe, and South East Asia. TytoHome is also sold directly common scenarios. Initially created to bring the convenience to consumers across the US and online. and accessibility of the on-demand era to primary care, Tyto Care is now helping to address The future: the Covid-19 virus, fully realising telehealth’s To extend the types of examinations possible with the device to broaden the telehealth potential at this critical time. Tyto Care provides medical staff with offering for urgent and primary care and the clinical data required to make informed chronic conditions. Plans to expand its AI decisions from a safe distance and enabling capabilities, while working to bring its solution the “worried well” to receive care at home. to additional health systems and consumers.

HEALTHY.IO In the midst of the crisis, Healthy.io is working hard to make its at-home clinical urine tests available for patients around the globe.

Operational in: Europe, the US, and Israel. In Europe, Healthy.io is serving more than 125,000 patients across three main clinical pathways – prenatal urine testing, ACR testing, and UTI testing.

About Healthy.io: Healthy.io turns your smart phone The future: into a clinical-grade medical device. By combining image and colour recogni- Katherine Ward To provide more patients, clinicians, and health systems with clinical-grade tion technology, Healthy.io’s clinicalgrade home urinalysis kits aid in early diagnosis and convenient tools in the field of urinalysis and of chronic kidney disease, urinary tract infec- wound management. tions (UTI) and prenatal care. The company’s CE accredited digital wound management solution replaces outdated wound tracking techniques. Using computer vision algorithms, Healthy.io can turn a smartphone camera into a wound documentation and measurement tool, offering consistency in documentation as well as visibility to the wound progression, empowering evidence-based care decisions. Healthy.io was recently selected as one of Healthy.io offers home urinalysis kits Fast Company’s Top 50 Most Innovative Companies for 2020 and CB Insights’ AI 100 list of the Katherine Ward, chief commercial officer and UK GM of Healthy.io: most promising AI start-ups worldwide. “While this technology will speed up diagnosis and treatment, it can also mitigate the risk of Founded by: potentially infected coronavirus patients coming Yonatan Adiri in 2013. into contact with pregnant women or kidney patients by not having to come into hospital Based: In Tel Aviv, with a team of 100+ in Israel, the UK, for an appointment. By making it possible for patients to take urine tests quickly and safely and the US. and not rely on an already stretched NHS, we’re helping lessen avoidable clinical appointments Rationale: Yonatan Adiri realised advancements in smart- and reduce unplanned admissions to A&E. “Our technology can help significantly reduce phone cameras could enable people to use their mobile phones as clinical grade medical devices. the number of patient visits, reduce the workload Since then, Healthy.io pioneered advancements on laboratory services and take the pressure off in home urinalysis and chronic wound manage- limited NHS resources, to help ensure patients ment that are broadening access to healthcare, who require urgent attention can be managed creating new treatment pathways, and easing the and treated rapidly.” www.healthy.io healthcare burden.

Helping fight the Covid-19 pandemic: Tyto Care aids health systems around the world treat patients and helps to stem the spread of the virus by enabling medical professionals to examine and diagnose quarantined and symptomatic patients from a safe distance. It is the only all-in-one telehealth examination solution allowing doctors to remotely connect with quarantined or symptomatic people at home to perform physical examinations, including lung exams, which are key for diagnosing and monitoring Covid-19. The solution can be deployed quickly and at scale, with training and implementation possible within a single day, to help stem the spread of the virus and keep medical professionals and the wider population safe. Tyto Care allows healthy people to receive the care and attention they need from home, keeping them out of emergency rooms and clinics, reducing the load on medical systems. Health systems and hospitals around the world have reached out with interest in using Tyto Care’s telehealth solution to treat infected patients and help stem the spread of Covid19. Nearly all Israeli hospitals are working with Tyto Care to examine patients, as well as to monitor patients in isolation at home.

Tyto Care connects doctors and patients

Dedi Gilad, Tyto Care co-founder and CEO: “Telehealth has emerged as an excellent tool to help reduce the transmission of Covid-19. Tyto Care is proving extremely effective in helping stem the spread of the virus and preventing the overrun of healthcare systems. Telehealth’s potential is being realised at this critical time and Tyto Care is proud to be a part of the solution.” www.tytocare.com


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the London borough of Barnet area, we’ll arrange for you to leave your hearing aids SUE CIPIN on your doorstep at a particular time. CHARITY EXECUTIVE A trained staff member from the JEWISH DEAF ASSOCIATION Jewish Deaf Association will pick them Dear Sue up, take them to their car, fix them and I’m stuck at home. My NHS hearing aids then deliver them back to your doorstep for aren’t working very well and I’m also you to pick up. running out of batteries. My hearing We’ll also leave you with two months’ aids are so important to me because supply of hearing aid batteries. without them I can’t keep in touch By providing you with this service, we are with the family or watch TV. socially distancing and keeping everyone What should I do? safe while at the same time helping you to Sandra stay in touch with family, friends and the world – so important for all of us at this Dear Sandra time of isolation. Don’t worry, our emergency mobile hearing To arrange a time for us to visit, please aid maintenance service will come to you! email Andrew on andrew@jdeaf.org.uk, If you let us know where you are, or call 020 8446 0502. provided you’re within a certain radius of I wish you and your family well.

ALEXIS CIBRANO DEMENTIA SERVICE MANAGER & CLINICAL SPECIALIST

SWEETTREE HOME CARE SERVICES My husband has just been discharged from a memory clinic with a new diagnosis and we don’t know what to do next. Could you advise us? Louisa Dear Louisa Receiving a new diagnosis of memory loss can be an overwhelming and frightening time. While processing this

new information, it is not easy to untangle all the services out there, to know what you might need now, and to start to plan for the future. An important first step is to look for a specialist dementia care service provider to conduct a comprehensive individualised assessment to guide you. The assessment should take a holistic focus on you and your husband’s needs and wishes. It should address a range of issues related to dementia care and ageing, looking at current and future physical, emotional, and social aspects of your lives. The specialist will help you to identify supports to enable you and your husband to navigate these uncharted waters equipped with a map

and toolkit to cope as well as possible, and to be prepared for what lies ahead. Perhaps most importantly, it can allow you more flexibility to remain husband and wife, rather than transforming into full-time carer/ advocate. Taking early action to establish a partnership in care, having someone who knows you well to provide ongoing emotional support, education, monitoring, and acting as an advocate and liaison between you and other providers, will alleviate some of your worries and give you a place to turn. To find out about the CQC-rated ‘outstanding’ dementia service at SweetTree, call us on 020 7644 9554 or email alexis. cibrano@sweettree.co.uk

ADAM SHELLEY ACCOUNTANT

SOBELL RHODES LLP Dear Adam I am a director of a limited company and my husband is self-employed. Owing to Covid-19, we are having to consider the government financial support available to us. Please can you outline some of these options? Amanda Dear Amanda Taxes The chancellor announced a VAT payments deferral to support businesses

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with cash flow, meaning that they can defer VAT payments due between 20 March and 30 June. You will have until 31 March 2021 to pay any VAT deferred. Any payments on account of self-assessment tax liabilities due on 31 July 2020 can be deferred until 31 January 2021. You can also contact the HMRC Coronavirus Helpline if you have difficulties paying other taxes due to coronavirus. Job Retention Scheme: Support is available to employers who elect to furlough staff, (i.e. place them on temporary leave) rather than making them redundant, with HMRC reimbursing up to 80 percent of their salary, subject to a cap of £2,500 a month per employee. Appropriate advice regarding

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the effect of furloughing on employment rights should be sought prior to taking any action. Self-employed Income Support Scheme HMRC has announced a taxable grant of up to £2,500 a month for self-employed taxpayers with profits of less than £50,000 that forms their main source of income. In addition, other support is available, such as the Business Interruption Loan Scheme, the option of repayment holidays for loans and mortgages, relaxation of the statutory sick pay rules and business rates grants. Please do contact me for further guidance on the above or other options for companies and individuals.


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Our Experts Got a question for a member of our team? Email: editorial@thejngroup.com PRIVATE HEALTHCARE SPECIALIST TREVOR GEE Qualifications: • Managing director, consultants in affordable family and corporate health insurance. • Specialise in maximising cover, lowering premiums and pre-existing conditions. • Excellent knowledge of health insurers, cover levels and hospital lists. • Board member UK International Health Management Ass • LLB, solicitor finals, FCA Regulated 773729.

PATIENT HEALTH 020 3146 3444/5/6 www.patienthealth.co.uk trevor.gee@patienthealth.co.uk

DIRECTOR OF LEGACIES

DYSLEXIA PRACTITIONER SARAH BENARROCH Qualifications: • Director of Literacy Specialist Ltd, educational services for children with literacy difficulties and dyslexia. • MA in Specific Learning Difficulties (dyslexia), APC, British Dyslexia Association, PATOSS, 20 years’ experience in child education and development. • Full diagnostic assessments and reports for dyslexia. • Primary-age tuition in reading, writing and spelling.

LITERACY SPECIALIST LTD 07940 576 286 sarah@literacyspecialist.co.uk

JEWELLER

ISRAELI LAWYER ELI ROSENBERG Qualifications: • All aspects of Israeli law. Specialising in property law, property tax, inheritance law and dispute management. • Third generation lawyer from Israeli firm established in Israel in 1975. • Authorised and regulated by the Israeli Bar Association and Ministry of Justice of the State of Israel, with teams in Tel Aviv and London.

ROSENBERG & ASSOCIATES 0203 994 2278 www.israeli-lawyer.co.uk eli@israeli-lawyer.co.uk

CHARITY EXECUTIVE

CAROLYN ADDLEMAN Qualifications: Lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in will drafting and trust and estate administration. Last 14 years at KKL Executor and Trustee Company. In close contact with clients to ensure all legal and pastoral needs are cared for. Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

JONATHAN WILLIAMS Qualifications: • Jewellery manufacturer since 1980s. • Expert in the manufacture and supply of diamond jewellery, wedding rings and general jewellery. • Specialist in supply of diamonds to the public at

SUE CIPIN Qualifications: • 18 years’ hands-on experience, leading JDA in significant growth and development. • Deep understanding of the impact of deafness on people at all stages of life, and their families. • Practical and emotional support for families of deaf children. • Extensive services for people affected by hearing loss/tinnitus.

KKL EXECUTOR AND TRUSTEE COMPANY 0800 358 3587 www.kkl.org.uk enquiries@kkl.org.uk

JEWELLERY CAVE LTD 020 8446 8538 www.jewellerycave.co.uk jonathan@jewellerycave.co.uk

JEWISH DEAF ASSOCIATION 020 8446 0502 www.jdeaf.org.uk mail@jdeaf.org.uk

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TRAVEL AGENT

CRIMINAL DEFENCE SOLICITOR

DAVID SEGEL Qualifications: • Managing director of West End Travel, established in 1972. • Leading UK El Al agent with branches in Swiss Cottage and Edgware. • Specialist in Israel travel, cruises and kosher holidays. • Leading business travel company, ranked in top 50 UK agents. • Frequent travel broadcaster on radio and TV.

CARL WOOLF Qualifications: • 20+ years experience as a criminal defence solicitor and higher court advocate. • Specialising in all aspects of criminal law including murder, drug offences, fraud and money laundering, offences of violence, sexual offences and all aspects of road traffic law. • Visiting associate professor at Brunel University.

WEST END TRAVEL 020 7644 1500 www.westendtravel.co.uk David.Segel@westendtravel.co.uk

NOBLE SOLICITORS 01582 544 370 carl.woolf@noblesolicitors.co.uk

REMOVALS MANAGING DIRECTOR

PRINCIPAL, PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL

STEPHEN MORRIS Qualifications: • Managing Director of Stephen Morris Shipping Ltd. • 45 years’ experience in shipping household and personal effects. • Chosen mover for four royal families and three UK prime ministers. • Offering proven quality specialist advice for moving anyone across the world or round the corner.

LOUISE LEACH Qualifications: • Professional choreographer qualified in dance, drama and Zumba (ZIN, ISTD & LAMDA), gaining an honours degree at Birmingham University. • Former contestant on ITV’s Popstars, reaching bootcamp with Myleene Klass, Suzanne Shaw and Kym Marsh. • Set up Dancing with Louise 10 years ago.

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ACCOUNTANT

PROPERTY DEVELOPER

DENTIST

ADAM SHELLEY Qualifications: • FCCA chartered certified accountant. • Accounting, taxation and business advisory services. • Entrepreneurial business specialist including start-up businesses. • Specialises in charities; Personal tax returns. • Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation Volunteer of the Year JVN award.

JOE GRIFFIN Qualifications: • More than 13 years’ experience in the construction and property industry, with a specialism in high-end residential and commercial property • Negotiation of site acquisitions and property deals; design and planning strategies • Focus on niche market purchasing airspace above commercial and residential blocks to create additional stories of accommodation and penthouse apartments.

DR ADAM NEWMAN Qualifications: • Dentist at the Gingerbread House, a Bupa Platinum practice in Shenley, Radlett. • Regional Clinical Services Advisor for Bupa Dental Care UK. • Providing NHS and private dentistry, whitening, implants and cosmetic treatment. • Bachelor of Dental Surgery and Member of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners RCS England. GDC registered 212542.

SOBELL RHODES LLP 020 8429 8800 www.sobellrhodes.co.uk a.shelley@sobellrhodes.co.uk

LONDON PENTHOUSE 020 7665 9604 www.londonpenthouse.com info@lphvgroup.com

GINGERBREAD HOUSE 01923 852 852 www.gingerbreadhealth.co.uk Adam.newman@gingerbreadhealth.co.uk

INTERNATIONAL PAYMENTS SPECIALIST

INSURANCE CONSULTANCY

IT SPECIALIST

NAOMI FELTHAM Qualifications: • Leading currency transfer provider since 1996 with over 500 expert employees. • Excellent exchange rates on your transfers to/from Israel. • Offices worldwide, with local support in Israel, the UK, mainland Europe and the USA. • Free expert guidance from your dedicated Account Manager.

ASHLEY PRAGER Qualifications: • Professional insurance and reinsurance broker. Offering PI/D&O cover, marine and aviation, property owners, ATE insurance, home and contents, fine art, HNW. • Specialist in insurance and reinsurance disputes, utilising Insurance backed products. (Including non insurance business disputes). • Ensuring clients do not pay more than required.

IAN GREEN Qualifications: • Launched Man on a Bike IT consultancy 15 years ago to provide computer support for the home and small businesses. • Clients range from legal firms in the City to families, small business owners and synagogues. • More than 18 years’ experience.

CURRENCIES DIRECT 07922 131 152 / 020 7847 9447 www.currenciesdirect.com/jn Naomi.feltham@currenciesdirect.com

RISK RESOLUTIONS 020 3411 4050 www.risk-resolutions.com ashley.prager@risk-resolutions.com

MAN ON A BIKE 020 8731 6171 www.manonabike.co.uk mail@manonabike.co.uk

ISRAELI ACCOUNTANT LEON HARRIS Qualifications: • Leon is an Israeli and UK accountant based in Ramat Gan, Israel. • He is a Partner at Harris Horoviz Consulting & Tax Ltd. • The firm specializes in Israeli and international tax advice, accounting and tax reporting for investors, Olim and businesses. • Leon’s motto is: Our numbers speak your language!

HARRIS HOROVIZ CONSULTING & TAX LTD +972-3-6123153 / + 972-54-6449398 leon@h2cat.com

ALIYAH ADVISER

PHOTOGRAPHER HARRISON GALGUT Qualifications: • Experienced wedding and event photographer. • Specialism in portraits and light management. • BSc(Hons), BTEC music tech, specialising in film, and member of Royal Photographic Society.

LISA WIMBORNE Qualifications: Able to draw on the charity’s 50 years of experience in enabling people with physical disabilities or impaired vision to live independently, including: • The provision of specialist accommodation with 24/7 on site support. • Knowledge of the innovations that empower people and the benefits available. • Understanding of the impact of a disability diagnosis.

EDIT6 07962599154 www.edit6.co.uk harrison@edit6.co.uk

JEWISH BLIND & DISABLED 020 8371 6611 www.jbd.org Lisa@jbd.org

CAREER ADVISER

DOV NEWMARK Qualifications: • Director of UK Aliyah for Nefesh B’Nefesh, an organisation that helps facilitate aliyah from the UK. • Conducts monthly seminars and personal aliyah meetings in London. • An expert in working together with clients to help plan a successful aliyah.

CLAIRE STRAUS Qualifications: • Free professional one-to-one advice at Resource to help unemployed into work. • Practical support, workshops and networking opportunities to maximise prospects. • Career coach with MSc in career management and coaching with a background in human resources and general management and experience of private, public and voluntary sectors.

NEFESH B’NEFESH 0800 075 7200 www.nbn.org.il dov@nbn.org.il

RESOURCE 020 8346 4000 www.resource-centre.org office@resource-centre.org

DIVORCE & FAMILY SOLICITOR

CHARITY EXECUTIVE

DEMENTIA SERVICE MANAGER

VANESSA LLOYD PLATT Qualifications: • Qualification: 40 years experience as a matrimonial and divorce solicitor and mediator, specialising in all aspects of family matrimonial law, including: • Divorce, pre/post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, domestic violence, children’s cases, grandparents’ rights to see grandchildren, adoption, family disputes. • Frequent broadcaster on national and International radio and television.

ALEXIS CIBRANO Qualifications: • HCPC registered social worker and SweetTree Dementia Service Manager. • Graduate of Fordham University, New York, receiving a BS degree in psychology, BSW degree in social work and MSW in social work, specialising in client-centred management. • Completing her Executive MBA at London Business School.

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This Way To Your 10 Year Israeli Tax Holiday! Harris Horoviz Consulting & Tax Ltd Israel-UK Accountants and Advisors • • • • • •

From routine tax reporting to global tax planning For businesses, investors and families Mergers, acquisitions, capital raising Practical business advice E-Commerce tax advice Aliyah tax advice

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