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‘A giant among us’ Beloved Charedi leader Rabbi Pinter dies of coronavirus Political and religious figures have paid heartfelt tributes to Charedi leader and “bridge builder” Rabbi Avroham Pinter, who died from Covid-19 on Monday, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. The longstanding Principal at Yesoday Hatorah Senior Girls School and a director of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, Pinter was an influential figure in the Charedi world in the United Kingdom and beyond, having mentored many of today’s community leaders. Pinter’s mother, who came from a famous Belzer family, was living in the East End when she met Pinter’s father, a Viennese Holocaust survivor. Shmuel Pinter took over the running of Yesodeh HaTorah two years after it was established by Rabbi Avroham Pardes, when it had just six students. There are now more than 300. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said he was “deeply saddened,” saying: “I will remember him as an eved Hashem (servant of God) with a kind heart and an unwavering commitment to his community. His loss will be widely felt across Anglo Jewry and beyond.” In 1982 Pinter became the first rabbi elected as a councillor to Hackney Council. Hackney mayor Phil Glanville said he was “devastated,” adding: “His leadership did so much for Hackney and the Charedi community in the area.” Local MP Diane Abbott knew Pinter for 30 years and described him as “a giant of community politics. He had so much to be proud of: his beautiful family; his work among the

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people and above all Yesodey Hatorah. He will be mourned by all”. London mayor Sadiq Khan said Pinter “did so much to help community relations in London and will be missed by so many” while former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted: “So sad. A wonderful caring rabbi, educator and community activist and a great friend to all communities. I always enjoyed his company.” Lord Mann, the government’s antisemitism adviser, said he worked with Pinter for 15 years, adding: “He became a trusted ally and friend as well as a major community leader. His advice and perspective has always been significant.” Board of Deputies president Marie van der Zyl said he was “a much loved figure across the community, building bridges between different groups of Jews, government and wider UK society”. She added he was “always wise and often humorous… I considered him a mentor and friend. He will be deeply missed by all of us who had the privilege to know him.” Joel Friedman of the Charedi umbrella group Interlink, who has set up an Orthodox community in Canvey Island in recent years, said: “He was my mentor, as close as a father. Not a day would pass where we wouldn’t speak. He was so humble. “He would often ask my opinion about what to do in any given situation. I would tell him that ‘I would ask Rabbi Pinter’ which made him laugh. What a man he was.” Continued on page 2

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along with the Jewish Chronicle, the world’s oldest Jewish newspaper, have been put into liquidation shocked the community and trended on social media. Had the synagogues been open it would have been the only kiddush conversation this Shabbat. Like most newspapers, Jewish News and Jewish Chronicle have struggled to remain viable in the face

of high costs, low advertising and online news. Jewish News was only able to give the community a newspaper, website and events thanks to its owner Leo Noe’s support. Some months we broke even, at Pesach and Rosh Hashanah we even made a profit, but relied on Leo to keep the presses rolling year round. Event advertising was our matzah and

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Rabbi was a ‘truly towering figure’ Continued from page 1 Ella Rose, the former president of the Union of Jewish Students, said Pinter was “an exceptionally kind soul and a mensch”. Holocaust Educational Trust chief executive Karen Pollock said Pinter was “always so warm, kind and interested in whoever he met”. She added: “His willingness and ability to fiercely represent his community while also reaching out across the wider community was unique.” United Synagogue president Michael Goldstein said Pinter was “a dear friend” and “a unique figure who worked for the benefit of the whole Jewish people… He was a great support to a number of our rabbis and communities”. Momentum founder Jon Lansman said he was “extremely sorry” to hear of Pinter’s death, adding that he was “warm, kind, very clear about what he thought, and had a great sense of humour”. Former Board president Jonathan Arkush said Pinter was “a force for good in our community and well beyond”. He added: “He exemplified leadership, courage, kindness, modesty and humour… A truly towering figure.” Theo Bibelman, chair of gover-

nors of Yesodey HaTorah, reflected the shock and grief felt across Jewish denominations, saying: “It is only now slowly dawning on all of us the tremendous loss we have sustained.” Bibelman described Pinter as “our principal, driver and inspiration, a giant among us, an outstanding leader upon whom we could always rely and count”. He added: “His influence, far beyond our own school and community, was legendary and it is due to his efforts that heimische chinuch [traditional education] in this country is strong and thriving. He is irreplaceable and it will be difficult for the heimische kehilo [traditional congregation] to bear this tremendous loss, which will be felt throughout klal Yisroel [the Jewish people].” Jewish Leadership Council chair Jonathan Goldstein said he was “devastated” adding that Pinter was “an undoubted leader of exceptional talent and a strong advocate for his community with a broad sympathy for, and understanding of, the needs of Jews from across religious observance”.  Rabbi Pinter’s family has asked that messages of condolence be sent to familypinteruk@gmail.com

Rabbi Avroham Pinter at a Jewish community event with David Lammy MP

PINTER STOOD UP FOR HIS COMMUNITY TILL THE LAST In his last interview two weeks ago with Jewish News, Rabbi Avroham Pinter defended strictlyOrthodox Jews against accusations they were ignoring social distancing rules put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Pinter, who died on Monday of Covid-19 after a period in intensive care, said Orthodox community members were “no less” likely to ignore social distancing rules than other communities, despite police having earlier been called to break up a minyan. Rabbi Avroham Pinter at the Enough is Enough protest in 2018 “When doing essential shopping on Stamford Hill I noticed that the for unknown reasons, choose to put themnumber of people from the Charedi com- selves and others at risk”. However, he continued: “This is very munity was low, much less than that of any other community,” he said, speaking about similar to the situation in the general public. The police have to encourage and remind the virus that would later kill him. Police had been called earlier after photos people of the importance of adhering to the of Orthodox men in an outdoor minyan were rules. These percentages are approximately posted on social media, despite Jewish doc- the same. “I would like to reiterate that, both tors having warned the Charedi community from a common law perspective as well as not to gather. The number of Orthodox Jews obeying a halachic (Jewish religious law) perspecthe social distancing rules was “extremely tive, public health must be taken most serihigh”, said Pinter, but added that “those who ously and all the guidelines must be strictly are ignoring it are a very small minority who, adhered to.”


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STUDENTS LAUNCH FIRST ONLINE JSOC Jewish students at universities across the UK have launched the world’s first online Jewish Society amidst the coronavirus pandemic in an adjustment to campus life under lockdown. Jewish societies at universities, which are commonly referred to as a JSocs, have been dormant as students have returned home, but the first online JSoc, code-named ‘J-Soc Chicken Soup,’ had more than 1,000 join in just 24 hours on Facebook. “Jewish students have had to halt their studies in these turbulent times,” said UJS.

OFCOM PROBES ICKE CORONAVIRUS VIEWS The UK’s broadcasting regulator Ofcom is investigating comments made by conspiracy theorist David Icke about the origins of the coronavirus in an interview with a local TV station. London Live sparked criticism after it broadcast the interview last week, in which Icke shared unsubstantiated views on the outbreak of Covid-19. The former footballer, who previously claimed the world is run by reptiles, has faced accusations of antisemitism from Jewish groups.

Film-maker captures London in lockdown A Jewish film and documentary maker has created a dramatic video of an eerily quiet London during lockdown, writes Alex Galbinski. Michal McEwen took her camera into the centre of the city to capture a deserted Camden, Trafalgar Square, Borough Market and South Bank. She set it to Strange Times, a haunting song written by a Jewish singer, Lana Shelley, to accompany the film. “In London that Sunday [29 March], the only people present seemed to be runners, cyclists and Deliveroo drivers – there was not a tourist in sight,” says Finchley-based Michal. “I wanted to catch the silence and strange tranquillity of the city like I have never seen it before. “I usually make documentaries about family histories, but the current situation is history in the making.” McEwen, who is from Israel and teaches film at

A scene from Michal McEwen’s film, Corona London

Akiva and Alma primary schools, thought carefully before going into town to film. “This is my profession, and this is something I could not do from home,” she said. “I was very careful to maintain social distance at all times.” Shelley explains what happened after McEwen contacted her. “I watched the video and, 20 minutes later, called her and said, ‘I’ve just written a song.’ Well, it actually wrote

itself,” says Lana, who is also a children’s entertainer. “I sent it to a friend in Israel, Adar Avisar, who has a studio, and he finished it off.” Adar edited Lana’s music with musicians around the world, including Israel, New York and Paris, to provide the background music featuring violin, guitar and drums. The film, available at michalfilms.com, is the first in a series McEwen is making.

Communal death toll rises to 215 The number of coronavirus-related fatalities had risen to 215 among UK Jews as of Monday, up from 209 on Sunday. The latest figure, released on Tuesday, covers fatalities both in hospital and beyond, using data gathered from six of the largest Orthodox and denominational burial boards, according to data collated by the Board of Deputies.

They are 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 monitors funerals by societies where Covid-19 appears on the death certificate.

Goldmeier tributes Tributes have been paid to the former Jewish Care chairman Michael Goldmeier, who has died in hospital aged 73 after contracting the coronavirus. Labour peer Lord Michael Levy said Goldmeier was “the most honest, honourable, and principled man that it has been our privilege to have known for so many years and to have had such a close and

special friendship with for nearly 50 years.” The solicitor, who served as warden and chairman of Mill Hill Synagogue, became involved in the founding of the Jewish Leadership Council. Jewish Care said: “His wise counsel will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with Philippa, Rebecca, Sara and Jonny.”

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Concern for self-employed JVN 'MENSCH' MOURNED Self-employed members of Britain’s Jewish community say they are “falling through the cracks” in the Government’s coronavirus safety net to help sole traders survive the economic effects of lockdown, writes Jonathan Shamir. While the Treasury will pay 80 percent of average earnings for most self-employed people, those who set up since April 2019 will lose out, as will those who did not earn a minimum average amount. Work Avenue, an organisation helping Jewish professionals and businesses, said some were “falling through the cracks” but that even those who were covered could still suffer in terms of short-term cash-flow. “People who will lose out the most are those that set up as self-employed after April 2019 and people who left jobs in March 2020 and their old employers will not take them back to furlough them”, a spokeswoman told Jewish News. “Even if you qualify for some support, there may still

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be cash-flow issues before the support is paid.” One Jewish taxi driver, who asked to remain anonymous, said he was still working for this very reason, adding that despite government measures and his company’s reduction on vehicle rental, he still had to cover his expenses. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the self-employed would receive 80 percent of their salary, based on their last two years of tax returns,

but payments only start in June, meaning that the selfemployed must fend for themselves for two months. “If I didn’t have my pension coming in already, I’d be in a lot of trouble,” he said. Another member of the Jewish community, Michael Rey, runs Summit Property Maintenance, a rope access company for general building maintenance, which was “still operating but only for emergency works, which make up between 20 and 30 percent of

our regular business”. He expressed similar concerns about the June start date for his three employees, who face a cut in their wages in line with a decrease in demand. “They have days where they’re working, but not at the usual rate,” he said, adding that the bailout was “taking too long to filter through… my staff are still waiting to hear.” As for his own income – the profit from the business – this will be covered by the government scheme which protects up to £50,000 per annum. According to Work Avenue, the differing legal status of businesses has impacted their eligibility for support. “People who have a limited company are not being helped in the same way,” the spokeswoman said. “Company directors can furlough the PAYE element of their income, but can only then carry out the legal obligations for their company. If the company is still trading, the directors cannot furlough themselves.”

Tributes have been paid to the Jewish Volunteering Network's (JVN) "extraordinary" chairman David Lazarus, who died aged 63 after contracting the coronavirus. More than 700 people tuned into Zoom this week for a prayer service in his honour. A statement from the charity on Monday posted to Facebook read: "David cared passionately about promoting and expanding volunteering in the Jewish community and beyond. His legacy will be our continuing commitment to connecting volunteers and supporting charities." In an emotional Facebook post, the charity's chief executive Nicky Goldman described Lazarus as "an extraordinary human being, a mensch, who put his heart and soul into JVN." She added: "He believed so passionately in people giving to others through volunteering, which he role modelled himself in a myriad of ways. David’s vision for JVN was simple – that everyone could and should volunteer and that there was no reason not to." Goldman described

Monday evening's virtual service as "beautiful and emotional" and said it featured "incredibly moving tributes from his family. " She added: "How lucky we are to have had David Lazarus in our lives. We will redouble our efforts to encourage people to give to others through volunteering as a lasting tribute to David." He is survived by his wife Gaby, children Micah and Lily, parents Berta and Leon and brothers Andrew and John.

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Sacks backs virtual March of the Living Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and Countdown presenter Rachel Riley are among those backing an online Holocaust remembrance project led by March of the Living, writes Mathilde Frot. They joined the Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in leaving personal messages at never meansnever.motl.org, launched on Tuesday. Organisers were forced to postpone the annual 1.9-mile walk from Auschwitz to Birkenau over safety concerns during the pandemic. The event draws thousands of participants from around the world each year, including survivors, students and educators. The project, inspired by the theme “NeverMeansNever”, allows online users to leave a message on the portal in the form of a “virtual plaque”. President Reuven Rivlin, who was the first to take part, urged “the nations of the world” to stand together against antisemitism, racism and extremism. “Together, for the protection of democratic values and human dignity. This is the mission of our time. This is our challenge. If we can unite around these things, then we can rise to the challenge,” he wrote. Meanwhile, Riley pledged to honour survivors “by ensuring that their stories will con-

Last year's March of the Living

tinue to be told, even when they are no longer able to tell them.” She added: “I promise to advocate Holocaust education, to inoculate as many people as possible from the virus that is antisemitism.” In his message, Rabbi Sacks wrote: “There are cultures that forget the past. There are cultures that are held captive by the past. Jews do neither. “We carry the past with us as we will carry the memory of the Shoah with us for as long as the Jewish people exist. Those fragments of memory help make us who we are. Jews ‘choose life’.”

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Israeli tech organisations have teamed up to help combat COVID-19, writes Candice Krieger. Start-Up Nation Central (SNC) and HealthIL, both not-for-profits, have launched a new website to show exactly what Israeli high tech is doing in fighting against the global pandemic. CoronaTech Israel is a one-stop shop for the country’s entire technology ecosystem, providing information on the ways that the country’s tech ecosystem is mobilising, creating new collaborations, local and international, and to interest foreign governments, investors and companies that want to know more about the Israeli technology that is combating COVID-19. CoronaTech Israel consolidates all of this information, connections and relevant news plus analysis by Israel's top experts and entrepreneurs. Yael Ofir, executive director at HealthIL, said: “We are currently promoting and implementing technologies across multiple medical bodies we work with and the hundreds of startups we have in our community. We believe that this kind of collaboration will contribute to the implementation of technologies for fighting the virus.” Jeremie Kletzkine of Start-Up Nation Central, said: "Israel is overflowing with innovation.Efficiency now warrants that we concentrate all of the information in one place to prevent disinformation."

Two of the biggest Jewish children’s charities in the UK have said the coronavirus pandemic has taken their collaboration to “a new level” after they teamed up to open a new unit at a hospice for children affected by the virus. Camp Simcha and Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, which are both based in north London and both look after seriously unwell children, said they were opening an in-patient unit to babies and children facing clinical or social emergencies at this unprecedented time, relieving pressure on the NHS. The unit will be based at Noah’s Ark’s new children’s hospice building in Barnet, which is called The Ark. It was built utilising Camp Simcha’s knowledge and expertise to enable Orthodox families to stay in the building and adhere to all religious observances, even over Shabbat. Alison Goodman of Noah’s Ark said: “ We are in a time of unprecedented crisis and it’s wonderful to see that we are able to give something back to the community... We owe a debt of gratitude to Camp Simcha for their time and expertise.” Neville Goldschneider of Camp Simcha, said: “We’re delighted to partner with Noah’s Ark to support Jewish children and families in these unprecedented times. It’s so important that charities and organisations can join together at this moment.”

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That’s all folks! Readers and community leaders reflect on what Jewish News has meant to them over the years... Mark Gardner of THE COMMUNITY SECURITY TRUST (CST) said: “CST and our entire Jewish community owes a huge debt of gratitude to Jewish News and its staff for their dedication and communal spirit. It has done so much more for our community, organisations and our common interests and advocacy than report the news.“ WORLD JEWISH RELIEF’s CEO Paul Anticoni, said it was “immensely grateful to Jewish News for championing our work over so many years; its efforts to highlight the challenges vulnerable Jewish communities face and its coverage of our emergency responses has resulted in tremendous support from the community and undoubtedly played a role in saving lives”. JEWISH CARE said it has “loved working with Jewish News on so many memorable events and features over the years. From our annual Bake Day to the wonderful Jews Got Talent, and many memories in between, Jewish News has been a very valued and vital partner. We are grateful for the support it has shown us in what can only be described as a true communal spirit”. Dr Beverley Jacobson, chief executive of NORWOOD paid tribute, saying: “From collaborating on the Big Family Show & Expo last summer, to running

photographs of our Purim party last month, we have been able to rely on Jewish News to present lively coverage of the work Norwood does in the community.” The UNION OF JEWISH STUDENTS said: “It’s been a pleasure to work with everyone there and, most recently, Beverley, Jack and Stephen, who have always worked tirelessly to help spread important news on Jewish students. It’s terribly sad to see what’s happening to such an integral part of the Jewish community.” A UNITED SYNAGOGUE spokesperson said: “One of the most powerful newspaper front pages ever was the image from the burial of the six kedoshim – Holocaust victims – at Bushey New Cemetery last year. The dignified coverage you gave to one of the most extraordinary funerals conducted by the United Synagogue Burial Society will stay with us forever. Thank you Jewish News for everything you have achieved.” Rabbi Charley Baginsky, LIBERAL JUDAISM’s director of strategy and partnerships said the movement “was devastated at news of the loss of Jewish News and we hope a way is found to continue such a vital part of our British Jewish community. The paper has kept us informed and entertained and it’s hard to imagine life without it”.

Janice Shapiro of the S&P SEPHARDI COMMUNITY said: “A special thanks to Marc Jacobs and his team, which always ensures we get fantastic value and goes the extra mile to ensure we get maximum exposure. You will be missed.” MAYOR OF LONDON SADIQ KHAN, said: “Jewish News has been a true voice of the Jewish community. Your outstanding journalists have informed and celebrated the community and held this country’s leaders to account. You’ve performed a vital role and I’m grateful you’ve let me speak to your readers through your pages. Whether it’s at our Chanukah in the Square celebrations, Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony, interfaith iftar or in Poland earlier this year to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, I’m so proud to have been able to share these moments with your readers.” HOLOCAUST EDUCATIONAL TRUST’s CEO Karen Pollock said the paper had been “a stalwart of Jewish communal life for decades. Its generosity of spirit, dedication to journalism and drive to innovate has inspired us all. I will never forget the issue compiled by Holocaust survivors in 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. At the home of Gena Turgel, we gathered with Ben Helfgott, Harry Bibring and Hannah Lewis to create a special commemorative edition.”

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MAGEN DAVID ADOM UK’S chief executive, Daniel Burger said: “I’ve got so many great memories from JN, but the one that stands out the most has to be Norman Rosenbaum winning the award at the Jewish News’ Night of Heroes ceremony for his crowd fundraising of 12 MDA ambulances. Norman and the JN embodies all that is great about our community, and seeing Norman hand over his award to the next generation made me so proud.” David Gold, ROYAL MAIL’s director of public affairs and policy, said: “Whether it was a request for Royal Mail to issue a special stamp to celebrate the life of Sir Nicholas Winton, or ways to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi camps, Jewish News – and Justin Cohen in particular – led passionate, vigorous campaigns. At the heart of its success was a heartfelt desire to do right.”


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Jewish News: 1997-2020 / Tributes JAMI‘s Nicola Noah said: “I will miss my daily calls. I will miss picking up the paper by the school gate. I will miss flicking through it for my latest advert. I will miss catching up on the latest Jewish news – but most of all, I will miss the way it brings the community together.” WORK AVENUE said: “When Work Avenue temporarily housed Jewish News at WE Hub, our shared workspace, when it was between offices, it was great getting to know the team and to build on our relationship over the past few years. We continue to miss the team and the vibrancy and will miss our weekly delivery of Jewish News.” RUSSELL BAHAR, Spring Ad Consultancy and former Jewish News sales manager said: “Having worked at Jewish News for 15 years I saw first-hand how much work, time and effort was given to produce a quality paper every week, and not to forget the incredible events we put on for the community. Everyone there has passion and dedication.” RESOURCE said: “In 2014, we approached our JN account manager, who offered to come and brainstorm ideas. From this meeting, our annual How to Get a Job workshops, in partnership with JW3, were born. These workshops have helped hundreds of people find the confidence and skills they needed to get back into the workplace.” BRITISH EMUNAH said: “Thank you for all your support and the publicity you gave us over the years. We are so sorry the paper will no longer be there. We wish every success to all your employees who looked after us so professionally.”

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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has launched an inquiry into the apparent leak of a report into allegations of antisemitism in the party. The move comes after revelations that a party investigation claimed to have found “no evidence” of antisemitism complaints being handled differently. The situation led to former leader Jeremy Corbyn’s allies being accused of using the report to “smear whistleblowers” in a bid to

“discredit allegations” of antisemitism in the Labour Party during his tenure. In a joint statement with deputy leader Angela Rayner, newly elected leader Sir Keir said: “We have seen a copy of an apparently internal report about the work of the Labour Party’s Governance and Legal Unit in relation to antisemitism. “The content and the release of the report into the public domain

raise a number of matters of serious concern. We will therefore commission an urgent independent investigation into this matter. “This investigation will be instructed to look at three areas. First, the background and circumstances in which the report was commissioned and the process involved. Second, the contents and wider culture and practices referred to in the report. Third, the circumstances in which the report was put into the public domain. We have also asked for immediate sight of any legal advice the Labour Party has already received about the report. “In the meantime, we ask everyone concerned to refrain from drawing conclusions before the investigation is complete and we will be asking the general secretary to put measures in place to protect the welfare of party members and party staff who are concerned or affected by this report.” Corbyn’s time as Labour leader

was dogged by claims that officials did not act strongly enough against claims of anti-Jewish racism. But an extensive internal investigation carried out in the final month of Corbyn’s leadership has concluded that “factional opposition” in the upper echelons of the party towards the Islington North MP contributed to “a litany of mistakes” that hindered the effective handling of the issue. The report, seen by PA news agency, claimed to have found “no evidence” of antisemitism complaints being handled differently to other forms of complaint, or of current or former staff being “motivated by antisemitic intent”. It states that in 2019, half of all antisemitism complaints came from a “one individual” who the reports accuses of being “rude and abusive” to party staff. The dossier was compiled after its authors went through 10,000 emails, along with thousands of private WhatsApp communications between former senior party officials, with whistleblowers who gave evidence to last year’s BBC Panorama investigation on antisemitism within Labour singled out for criticism. The Jewish Labour Movement was approached for comment.

Landlord ‘slur’ at shop owner The Jewish owner of a bagel chain in Scotland said she was “shocked” after the landlord of one of her stores called her request for an alternative rent payment because of the coronavirus crisis “typical Jewish behaviour”. Larah Bross, who owns Bross Bagels, told the Edinburgh News last week that she has had to close her five stores and furlough 39 of her 47 staff members because of the pandemic. The rest are filling limited delivery orders. Like many other small business owners, she realised she would not be able to pay April’s rent and contacted her landlord, Mario Aydemir Demirezen, who is in Turkey for private medical care. He told her in a text message that her desire to negotiate the rent in writing was “typical Jewish behaviour”. He told the newspaper he is certain Bross has the money to pay him, as his other renters have. He said it would be difficult to make arrangements from outside of the country. “She is a clever Jewish lady and she is taking advantage of Covid-19 and making more (money) than anyone else,” he told the newspaper. “When I say typical Jewish, I mean they are the richest people in the world and very clever people. She should be proud of her Jewish identity. Jewish people are always clever and there’s nothing wrong with that, she should be proud.” Edinburgh Council leader Adam McVey in a tweet called Demirezen’s comments “disgraceful” and “casual antisemitism”.

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Jews around the world extend meaning of the word ‘knesset’ Jewish communities around the world have broken new ground by coming together online for Pesach in the midst of the coronavirus lockdown. In Madrid and Barcelona, some of the country’s largest progressive congregations got to know one another through online preparation and services to form “a virtual community”, something they said they never envisaged. “I didn’t think it possible to live your Jewish life only online,” said Yael Cobano, president of the Reform Jewish Community of Madrid, which has been working with Barcelona’s Beth Shalom. “For me Judaism is face-to-face. The word ‘knesset’ means gathering, physical and not from behind the computer. However, through our joining together I was able to see the bonds, the good that a virtual community could offer during this pandemic.” Jewish religious life is Spain is dominated by traditional Orthodox communities, which tend to shun the use of technology in religion, the Reform groups said, whereas they had embraced it. Using a virtual conference platform, they started holding Shabbat services together and now have a weekly joint pro

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A French Jewish runner planning to enter the Barcelona Marathon has run the equivalent of 26 miles on his 21-foot balcony instead. Elisha Nochomovitz, 32, who has been confined to his apartment near Toulouse under lockdown, ran it in six hours, 48 minutes – not his best time. ‘It took the edge off lockdown,’ he said.

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gramme involving lectures, workshops and discussions led by past and current community members and international friends, including prominent rabbis. While Cobano gave an online presentation on how to lead a seder, other members have filmed videos on making matzah, taught Passover-themed songs in a music workshop and shared Passover recipes. Jai Anguita, president of Barcelona’s

CELEBRITIES’ ONLINE SEDER RAISES £2M FOR THE NEEDY Celebrities in the United States have raised more than £2million for the coronavirus relief effort after taking part in an online seder to raise funds for those hit hardest by the effects of the pandemic. Among those raising money for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Foundation’s Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund were Seinfeld actor Jason Alexander, Blossom actor Mayim Bialik, comedienne Sarah Silverman and Henry Winkler, who played Fonzie in Happy Days. While the A-listers were going online, Hungarian Jewish actor and poet Géza Röhrig, who is best known for his lead role in the Oscar-winning 2015 film Son of Saul, volunteered as an ambulance assistant in New York. Röhrig revealed his efforts in a Facebook Live appearance on Monday, explaining he had worked in the ambu-

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lance service for six months in 2013. He revealed that his former boss called him to ask him to help out, and he completed a six-hour course and take an exam before re-entering the service. He said he had helped wash the bodies of three coronavirus victims, with all three given online funerals.

Bet Shalom, said: “During difficult times, one has to move forward and lead with optimism and solidarity.” Meanwhile in the United States, seders were saved from the restrictions. In Connecticut, home to about 30,000 Jews, a Brooklyn airline caterer provided more than 1,000 frozen kosher for Pesach meals that had been prepared for El Al passengers before flights were cancelled.

The coronavirus has claimed the lives of 22 elderly residents at a Jewish care home in Amsterdam. Local media reported that other residents of Beth Shalom had been infected. In early March, local Jewish schoolchildren visited the home, before the country’s government imposed lockdown conditions.

is a doctor. ‘When a rabbi speaks some listen, some don’t,’ said Dr Riccardo di Segni, a retired radiologist. ‘But if his words are backed by medical experience, there’s more impact.’

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Jewish astronaut Jessica Meir said it has been ‘surreal’ to watch the pandemic unfold from the International Space Station, where she is currently part of a threeperson team. Meir (pictured below) and her two peers plan to land back at Cape Canaveral in Florida on Friday. ‘It’s difficult to believe what’s happened,’ she said.

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Yom HaShoah goes online Israel’s Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem is marking this year’s Yom HaShoah with a global name-reading initiative, as thousands get set to post short 15-second videos of themselves reading out names on social media of Holocaust victims. The campaign, which uses the #Remembering FromHome and #Shoah Names hashtags, was dreamt up after the world went into lockdown by way of tackling the coronavirus pandemic. Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, is held every year, with Jewish communities around the world typically gathering to remember the victims and pledge to

“never forget”. This year, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem has called on the international public to record themselves reciting the names of Holocaust victims and share the video on social media using the campaign’s hashtags. Videos should be no longer than 15 seconds. Yom HaShoah is being observed on 21 April and organisers said Yad Vashem was providing access to a list of names of adult and child victims via its website. There is a link to names of Holocaust victims by country, and a link to the Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names, enabling someone to search for and recite

Yom HaShoah being mark in London last year

family names. Yad Vashem will collect videos from all over the world and create an online Holocaust Remembrance Day Global Name Reading Ceremony. “Join us and

mark Holocaust Remembrance Day this year from your homes,” said its chair, Avner Shalev. “Help us to restore the memory of those killed during the Holocaust.”

No Jewish 2020 president Art gallery will return Picasso drawing There will be no first Jewish president of the United States later this year after Democratic hopeful and left-winger Bernie Sanders ended his campaign and endorsed front runner Jo Biden. Sanders, a senator from Vermont whose older brother works for the Green Party in Oxfordshire, backed Obama’s vice-

president on Monday, clearing the path for Biden to challenge Donald Trump in November. Weeks earlier, the former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg ended his own multi-million dollar campaign for the Democratic nomination after faring miserably in early states’ voting.

The National Gallery of Art in Washington is to return a drawing by Pablo Picasso to the heirs of a GermanJewish banker who was forced to sell it at a loss in 1934 for fear the Nazis would confiscate his estate. Paul von MendelssohnBartholdy, a descendant of composer Felix Men-

delssohn, sold the work, titled Head of a Woman, along with at least 15 other significant artworks. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy died the following year and in 1938 his family bank, Bank Mendelssohn & Co, which was founded in 1795, was seized by the Nazis and transferred to

non-Jewish ownership. Picasso’s Head of a Woman was bought by art dealer Justin Thannhauser and the National Gallery of Art acquired it through a donation in 2001. The museum said it was settling with MendelssohnBartholdy’s heirs “to avoid the heavy toll of litigation”,

not because it agreed that their claims were valid. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s heirs reached settlements in 2009 with the Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York over two other Picassos Mendelssohn-Bartholdy sold to Thannhauser.


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So long, farewell... Continued from page 1 communal ones, aren’t like any other business – they are immeasurably more than profit and loss. They are where lives are charted, good times celebrated and bad times shared. When a newspaper dies part of the community it served, often for a century or more, dies too. Sincere and heartfelt thanks are due. To journalist Matthew Kalman and businessman Michael Sinclair for founding the then London Jewish News in 1997. To the editors who came before: Matthew Kalman, Stuart Brodkin, David Garfinkel, Charles Golding and Zeddy Lawrence. To all the loyal and talented professionals who made Jewish News what it is. And, especially, to news editor Justin Cohen, who merits an MBE, if not a knighthood, for dedicating 18 years to the community and publication, starting as an intern. The JN’s achievements are numerous and unique. Proudest among them are the Duchess of Cambridge’s photographic tribute to Holocaust survivors, getting Sir Nicholas Winton on a Royal Mail stamp, our Jewish Schools Awards, dazzling Night of Heroes and 12 joyous annual simcha shows. For all of us, producing a weekly newspaper has truly been a labour of love. So many memories. So many stories (and press night kosher takeaways) shared. The good news is that an announcement was made on Tuesday by the Kessler Foundation, owner of the Jewish Chronicle, that it has submitted an offer to the proposed liquidators of the Jewish Chronicle and the Jewish News for the assets of both titles, which would see our community served by a single merged newspaper. Watch this space! Our community dearly needs a vibrant, independent and secure newspaper. Like a synagogue, it’s where we turn to feel part of something bigger. Without one, we’ll all feel less connected.

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Why we need to say Kaddish The coronavirus is cruel and indiscriminate. It doesn’t pass over country or religion. This is the time for compassion and flexibility. So I am deeply concerned Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is keeping to the ruling and denying mourners the right to recite Kaddish, without a full minyan, during the funeral of a loved one, when only next-of-kin are allowed to attend. Reciting Kaddish gives the bereaved brief closure during their grief of losing a close member of the family. Be they young or old, whether the loss is through natural causes or by the deadly virus. Please, rabbi, show flexibility. Show compassion. Please God once this catastrophe is over we will be more united as a religion and the world will be a safer place. Linda Deckers Finchley

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Rich heritage of the JN and JC must be saved ALEX BRUMMER

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ragedies, royal stories and the budget are – as a rule – good for the printed media. They boost circulation, advertising and income. Covid-19 is different. In the weeks leading up to lockdown my own paper, the Daily Mail, was doing exceptionally well print wise, with daily circulation up strongly (as much as 75,000 copies each day). When the shutdown came, distribution was severely curtailed at news stands (particularly railway stations and in urban centres) and advertising seized up. On a good Saturday the Mail could carry more than a dozen pages of advertising for cruise vacations alone much of that temporarily has vanished. The coronavirus has hit the printed media hard. The only winner in the current circumstances is the BBC with its protected income of a whopping £3.8bn from the licence fee. Elsewhere the devastation is there for everyone to see. Reach, publishers of the Daily Mirror,

Express, Star and local titles, has placed one in five staff on furlough. CityAM, distributed on London’s streets, has retreated online. Daily Mail staff have been asked to accept temporary pay cuts. Those in the Jewish community, with a weather eye on the news over the matzo lockdown, will have been distraught to see that as people sat down to their lonely or Zoom sederim, the Jewish Chronicle and its lively rival the Jewish News went into liquidation. Those of us weaned on the JC (where I was a columnist for a couple of decades) will be particularly shocked. The ‘organ of British Jewry’ has been around since 1841, was well stocked with national commentators and a reputation which extended beyond the Jewish community. Sadly, the paper that was once sacred to generations of British Jewry and on the doorsteps of most families not so long ago has been losing print followers at an alarming rate. Those born in the latter part of the 20th century and the millennial generation have looked to Jewish News, with its focus on community and events, and to online for up-todate developments in Israel, the US and beyond. The JC excelled itself in coverage of

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antisemitism in Labour long before it became a national issue and a factor in Boris Johnson’s winning the December 2019 election campaign. The JN also played its part and was the only paper which managed to interview Jeremy Corbyn. It also had a brilliant scoop on Holocaust Memorial Day when the Duchess of Cambridge partnered with the JN in photographing and chronicling the lives of survivors. Reading the JC in the past several weeks has been a maudlin affair. The much-venerated matches, hatches and dispatches have been filled with death notices, many of them Covid-19 related. It is a newspaper, however,

which has survived the Boer war, two world wars, the horror of the Shoah and the joy of the birth and brilliant resilience of the state of Israel. It has been the first, rough draft of British Jewish history. When invited to write the obituary of my uncle, the late and great Cantor Philip Brummer, I remember consulting the JC’s archives. It was there that I discovered details of his first appointment in Britain when he came here as a refugee from Czechoslovakia. At the age of 18, this ‘veteran’ of the Vienna Staatsoper was described as the youngest minister in the British Jewish community. None of this rich heritage deserves to be lost. It is my strong belief, hope and confidence that from the wreckage of the JC and JN will emerge a new, fitter title – perpetuating the JC’s history and the JN’s understanding of community. It will be more modern, forward-looking and close to the values of all Jewish citizens. With the brilliant and dedicated financial support of community machers I am confident a successor publication will be confident, refreshed and entertaining and can command support from the whole of British Jewry.

Coronavirus conspiracies as poisonous as the virus itself JEREMY HAVARDI HISTORIAN & JOURNALIST

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ne of the most dispiriting things about antisemitism is the ease with which it mutates through time and across societies. The current coronavirus pandemic is certainly no exception. While the deadly virus has spread rapidly around the world, antisemitic conspiracy theories have followed in its wake. Coşkun Başbuğ, a commentator on Turkish television, said that “Jews, Zionists” had engineered the coronavirus “as a biological weapon just like bird flu” in order to “design the world, seize countries and neuter the world’s population”. An Iranian academic charged that “Zionist elements” had “developed (a) deadlier strain of coronavirus against Iran”. Others have alleged a sinister plot co-ordinated between these “malicious” Jews and their allies, especially in Washington. A Saudi writer called Sa’ud Al-Shehry claimed that the coronavirus was a plot hatched by American and Israeli drug companies aimed at increasing their profits. He wrote: “A ‘wonder’ virus was discovered yesterday in China; tomorrow it will be discovered in Egypt, but it

WHILE THE DEADLY CORONAVIRUS HAS SPREAD AROUND THE WORLD, ANTISEMITIC CONSPIRACY THEORIES HAVE FOLLOWED IN ITS WAKE

will not be discovered either today, tomorrow or the day after tomorrow in the US or Israel.” It is not just Islamists who have drawn on the old trope of an Israeli/Zionist conspiracy. [Former US counterterrorism expert] Philip Giraldi, executive director of the Council for the National Interest, said that it was possible the US “had a hand in creating the coronavirus” at a research centre and it was “very likely that Israel was a partner”. The US/Israeli intent was to engineer a “biological weapon” that would damage their enemies (China and Iran). Alain Mondino, a far-right local election candidate in France, posted a video on social media that was titled ‘Corona virus for goy’, which claimed the virus had been “put in place by Jews” so they could “assert their supremacy”. An article on an extremist Spanish website claimed on 14 March that coronavirus was “an

instrument of the Third World War that has unleashed Yankee Zionist imperialism”. Florida pastor Rick Wiles, a man who claimed that the “synagogue of Satan” was pushing the US to fight wars on its behalf, said that God was spreading coronavirus in synagogues because Jews opposed Jesus. He added: “Repent and believe in the name of Jesus Christ, and the plague will stop.” None of this is a surprise to those who have studied the world’s oldest hatred. One of the most persistent tropes in the history of antisemitism is that of the ‘poisoner Jew’ who hatches despicable plots to harm and destroy his gentile neighbours. Thus during the Black Death, Jews were charged with poisoning wells and spreading the plague, leading to vicious attacks that wiped out hundreds of Jewish communities. Well poisoning itself built upon centuries

of demonisation within Christian Europe, especially the blood libel, the sinister charge that Jews murdered Christian children so they could use their blood for ritual purposes. Conspiracy theories invoking Jewish/ Israeli/Zionist poisoning have fed the imaginations of audiences across the Middle East. In 1997, the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s representative to the United Nations in Geneva accused Israel of injecting 300 Palestinian children with the HIV virus during the intifada. Others have accused the Israeli authorities of spreading mad cow disease through chocolate and sending HIV-carrying prostitutes to contaminate Palestinians in the West Bank. In 2016, Mahmoud Abbas, in a speech to the European Parliament, declared that a rabbi had ordered Palestinian wells to be poisoned, even though the rabbi he mentioned (and the council he said the rabbi belonged to) did not actually exist. He later retracted his claim. Today’s noxious conspiracy theories build upon existing strains of antisemitic prejudice as much as on the modern penchant for conspiracy theories. As much as we fiercely resist the terrible coronavirus, we must also resist all those who spread such theories, about Jews or anyone else.


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God loves a compromiser – a tribute to Rabbi Pinter STEPHEN ORYSZCZUK

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ne of my favourite rabbis died this week, and this is my tribute to him: Avroham Pinter, principal of Yesodeh Hatorah Senior Girls’ School and trustee of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations. He was a mentor to many stars of the communal world, such as Canvey Island community leader Joel Friedman and Board of Deputies president Marie van der Zyl. To me, eight years ago, when I first entered the Jewish world and knew little of the difference between rabbis, he was just a contact. Slowly, he became a trusted source, then an educator. You’d have to schedule time to talk to Rabbi Pinter, 30 minutes minimum. If my editor phoned me, angry that I hadn’t filed,I’d say I’d been speaking to Rabbi Pinter and all was forgiven. The man could talk. But he did so in a way that made you want to listen. The slower he went (and he didn’t start off fast), the more profound or important or sensitive you knew

was the thing he was about to say, which made the slowing down maddening at first, until you got used to it. He’d perfected the suspenseful pause while Simon Cowell was still in nappies. In the early days he’d say “Now, this bit is off the record” and you’d know to put your pen down. As the years went by, he forgot to go offrecord. I’d get off the phone to him, look at my notes and think, “I can’t print that,” even though “that” was a story in itself, often far better than the story I’d called about. If we had printed it, we would have hurt him and hurt our relationship. Our trust grew, and in turn the duration of our phone calls grew. In the last year or two, we’d typically sign off with a joke, alternating between us who told it. He had a superb repertoire. He was rightly proud of his school. The most hurt I knew him was when Ofsted downgraded Yesodeh. I was asked to phone him. He was grateful that we gave him the opportunity to comment. Had others been as wise, our articles would not have looked as one-sided, but if the only quotes you have are Ofsted’s, what else can you do? Rabbi Pinter always returned my call. Did he feel more at ease talking to a non-Jew

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from Dartmoor? It may have helped. He was fascinated to learn that we both had grandparents from Galicia, and knew that I wanted to learn, so he introduced me to Stamford Hill. It was in his office that I first came across those incredible yellow Gemachim (lenders) directories. You want power tools? Call this guy. Extra pillows for your guests? Call Nina or Rachel. He showed me how the Charedim organise themselves around the principles of helping others, sharing resources and always having an open door, embodying the most precious Jewish value of Chesed (charity). On the issue of safeguarding, he told me

recently, he had sought to broker a mutuallyacceptable arrangement between the yeshivas, the Union, and Hackney Council’s safeguarding commission, but had been dropped as a mediator by the yeshivas because “they saw me as a compromiser”. I could tell he was hurt by that. I said: “God bless the compromisers, Rabbi Pinter,” to which this most gentle of men roared with laughter, and – in part, I think – relief. It should not have taken a goy from Devon to tell him that he was right to help people see things from the point of view of others. I’d have hoped that was just common sense. We last spoke shortly before Pesach. It was a rushed call, just the 20 minutes or so, no time for a joke at the end, because I was right on deadline. Privately he was annoyed that some weren’t social distancing but publicly defended the Kehillah (congregation) as always. He told me how thrilled he was to be spending the upcoming holiday at home with his children and grandchildren, a joy brought about by the tragedy of the virus. Now he’s gone that tragedy is ours – mine and all else who knew him. Goodbye, my friend. I’ll miss you.

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‘I’m not a nice Jewish girl!’

Alex Galbinski speaks to comedian and blogger Tova Leigh about her new book, which takes a wry look at motherhood, marriage and stretch marks

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t’s no coincidence that a YouTube video viewed more than 80 million times is called I Lose My S**t. Actress, comedian and blogger Tova Leigh lists all the small but annoying ways she is pushed over the edge by her three daughters – and husband. The charges include taking hours to finish one slice of toast, not finding one’s shoes in the morning and, once in the car, urgently needing the toilet despite protesting the opposite minutes earlier. Her wry observations are ones that any parent can sympathise with – and Tova wants them to know she’s on their side. Anyone who has watched her on YouTube (25k subscribers), Facebook (986k followers) or Instagram (162k followers) will know that she advocates honesty and keeping it real –

Tova nearly died after having her twins

I went on to start a proper blog and Facebook whether that’s railing against society’s perceppage and, very quickly, I started doing videos.” tion of the ‘perfect’ body or how a mother The videos were mostly about motherhood (one should act, talking about the importance of of them, about how she nearly died after having her prioritising yourself as a mother and having twins, was shared by actor Ashton Kutcher), but a voice, mortality, or women’s sexuality. then Tova started celebrating women in general, She has her finger on the pulse, and her realising that they get better with age. new witty video, entitled Quarantine (The “I really do believe it’s society’s best kept secret,” Soundtrack), has been shared 434,000 she says. times on Facebook alone. After a health crisis she terms an She has now published her “awakening” – she had a breast cancer first book, F*cked at 40: Life scare, but was later given the all-clear Beyond Suburbia, Monogamy – she made a bucket list: bungee and Stretch Marks, in which jumping, pole dancing, the Everest she describes how she has Base Camp trek, an all-girls trip felt trapped because she to Ibiza, dye her hair pink, write felt labelled; the book a book, do a one-woman show documents her escape and a nude photo shoot. from the restrictions “The thing she felt those labels imposed on her. Left: Tova and that stopped me was this belief Describing herself as a her family that I shouldn’t or ‘daddy’s girl’, Tova was couldn’t do it because I’m a born in Israel to a “very Jewish woman, because I’m a mum, father and a once very Catholic because of my age, because Irish mother”, who underwent I’m a wife…” she reels off. an Orthodox conversion. “And, by the way, one of the She followed her father’s biggest revelations I’ve had, dream for her and became is that all of those things were a lawyer. “In my family – a kind of made up by me because Sephardic family [her father’s the moment I believed I could family is originally from Iraq] do them, I just did them.” – there were very clear roles. Parts of her bucket list was The men were the ones who documented via six episodes brought in and controlled the that went online under the money. The women stayed title Mom Life Crisis. They home with the kids, cooked were picked up by Amazon and and cleaned,” made into a short film. says Tova, now 44. She is candid about the fact When her two-year she and Mike, who joins her in marriage to a fellow Israeli some of the videos, have gone broke down, Tova came to through difficult times. They London for a clean break and had stopped properly commupursued an MA in performing nicating – and she realises now arts and a diploma in script that she hadn’t been honest writing. The book documents her ‘escape’ with him about her needs. Intending to return to Israel, “This is another topic I feel is very difficult for Tova met her comedy agent husband, Mike, 52, on people to talk about because society tells you that the dating website Jdate. if your husband or boyfriend doesn’t want as much She continued to act and make short films but, sex as you do, something’s wrong with you. But the after three children in two years, it became too reality is that this happens,” she explains. difficult, so she took on office work. “We opened up that conversation completely. “I needed to work – I needed to get out the And one of the main things that comes out in the house,” admits Tova, explaining that while she book is that we opted for an open marriage. adores her children, she feels she lost all sense of “The idea of monogamy is one I took for granted who she was after becoming a mother. just because that’s the society we live in. I realised “Throughout those first few years, I really struggled and it came as a shock. I thought once you have I had never really questioned it.” Tova is unafraid of what people think of her, a baby, you become all maternal. Maybe for some a nice Jewish girl, talking to the world about sexuwomen, but it didn’t happen for me. And I felt very ality and open marriages. alone because nobody was saying that out loud.” “I’m not a nice Jewish girl!” she jokes, adding: After one particularly difficult day, she sent “But seriously, it’s a million miles away from my Mike out with the girls and wrote a blog post called upbringing in Jerusalem. I’m aware of this, but ‘I love my kids, but sometimes I wish they would I also don’t have anyone in my life who would point just f**k off ’, hit publish on Wordpress, and later that out. That was the old me, this is me now.” found that 3,000 people had shared it. Her words had more than resonated with other mums.  F*cked at 40: Life Beyond Suburbia, “I cried as I was so overwhelmed by the Monogamy and Stretch Marks by messages. Women were writing to say, ‘You’ve Tova Leigh is published by Watkins just described my life, thank you for saying that.’ at £14.99. www.tovaleigh.com “So that was the beginning of the journey, and

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How a cello saved my life In the week marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen, one former prisoner tells of how she survived HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR Anita LaskerWallfisch escaped death in Auschwitz by “complete fluke” because the band in the camp needed a cellist. Brought up in a musical family in the thenGerman town of Breslau but now Wroclaw in Poland, Lasker-Wallfisch survived both the notorious extermination camp and the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. In April 1942, her parents were deported to a camp near Lublin in south-east Poland. She later learned they had been killed on arrival. Lasker-Wallfisch and her sister Renate were conscripted to work at a paper factory, but were arrested and imprisoned for helping forge documents for French prisoners of war. “I didn’t find it very convincing that I was going to be killed just because I happened to be Jewish, I thought I better give them a better reason to kill me,” she told the PA news agency. “That was constantly on your mind – when and how you were going to be killed.” After serving a year, they were put on a train to Auschwitz, where she was made to play in the Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz. The orchestra was used to help the work gangs march in time as they were sent out each

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morning and returned in the evening and also played whenever an SS officer wanted to hear music. “It was complete fluke that there was a band in Auschwitz that needed a cellist,” Lasker-Wallfisch said. “I didn’t think I would arrive in Auschwitz and play the cello there. I was prepared to go into the gas chamber.” As the Red Army marched on Auschwitz in early 1945, Lasker-Wallfisch and her sister were loaded onto a cattle truck with 3,000 other inmates and taken to Bergen-Belsen. After liberation, she worked as an interpreter for the British army before settling in the UK in 1946. Lasker-Wallfisch co-founded the English Chamber Orchestra and in 1952 married musician Peter Wallfisch, her childhood friend who had left Germany in the 1930s. She was awarded an MBE in 2016 for services to Holocaust education. Asked how she coped with the trauma of the Holocaust, she said: “That I can’t answer – obviously I coped and I am here. “There is no description of how you cope. “I was very lucky because I am a musician, that helps as well, but you just cope.”

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100-SECOND INTERVIEW Celebrating our community’s centenarians... What was your occupation before retirement?

A seamstress. During the war, my husband Harry went off to serve in the army and I began working at the government stationary department, sorting maps as part of the war effort. All the work was, of course, top secret. It was carried out in an underground bunker near to the Tower of London, not far from where I was born. Eventually, working underground took its toll on my health and the doctor advised I should stop working there, so I returned to being a seamstress and making dresses. How many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren do you have? Name: Betty Shapiro Date of birth: 1920 Where do you live now? Where did you live before?

I live at Jewish Care’s Clore Manor home. I was born in central London before moving to Brixton, Manor House and then Stanmore.

Harry and I married on 8 December 1940 at the start of the Blitz and had our two children, Pauline Sholem and Brian Shapiro. I’m great grandma to eight wonderful great-grandchildren and four wonderful grandchildren. If you could offer a piece of advice to everyone today, what would it be?

Be kind to people and they’ll be kind to you.

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THE QUESTION Youngsters quiz Friday Night Dinner’s creator about the UK’s number one lockdown comedy Robert Popper

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here have been few TV shows to unite families in lockdown quite like Friday Night Dinner. Series six of Robert Popper’s Jewish suburban sitcom began last month, just a few days after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced countrywide isolation. It was a timely tonic for a fearful nation. The first episode in which dad Martin (Paul Ritter) acquired a grotty caravan and sons Adam (Simon Bird) and Jonny (Tom Rosenthal) got girlfriends much to the delight of mum Jackie (Tamsin Greig) was All 4’s most-watched comedy episode ever. With 4.29 million people glued to FDN in its first week, the show’s creator is understandably pleased, but distracted while schooling his children and writing a new comedy series that he can’t talk yet about. “We finished editing Friday Night Dinner two days before lockdown,” says Robert, who appeared on Jewish News’ Passover cover six years ago. Now “Shalom Jackie” has passed into common parlance as the most used catchphrase among Jewish school children and having been granted an audience with Robert, we let them ask the questions. He was only happy to answer...

SADIE NEWMAN, 13 Where did the idea for the series come from? Embarrassingly, I was in the bath when I came up with it 10 years ago. I just thought a comedy based around two boys (like my brother and I) coming home for dinner and regressing into children was funny. A lot of people share that experience so I thought it was a good idea. It was also a good bath.

MADDIE NOAH, 13 How do you make it so funny when the family situation is so stereotypical? Well I thought lots of people would identify with going home to their parents for Friday night or for Sunday lunch. I hoped they would recognise becoming 12-year-olds again when you go home and, as for making it funny, well I spend

a long time writing it and the actors are brilliant and and there is a great team behind the show working with me and making suggestions.

SAM WISE, 13 Are any of the characters based on people you know in real life? Mr Morris was a man who went out with my grandma and looked a bit like him, but he was not quite as horrible. Martin the dad is based a bit on my dad as he never wore a top and my mum has the same colour hair as Jackie.

HARRISON GOLDING, 13 Where does Jim get his clothes from? We get his clothes for him and, in all likelihood, from the most boring clothes shop in London. I don’t know the name, but we have a costume designer who dresses him and the brief is to put him in the most boring browny-green clothes.

LARA SITTON, 13 Do you make a full Friday night dinner and fresh challah in every episode? Good question. We do get fresh challah and I always get told off for pinching it. The new series has challahs made by a lady who lives in Mill Hill and it’s amazing. Everyone nabs bits all the time. Sadly I don’t know the lady’s name, but she’s a friend of a friend of a friend.

LEO LAIFER, 10 Did you ever know a dog called Wilson? My friend had a cat called Wilson and I thought it was the most ridiculous name for a pet so had to use it.

EDEN SOLOWAY, 13 Did you have a neighbour called Jim and how did you come up with him? We did not have a neighbour called Jim, and our weird neighbour was not as weird as him. I randomly thought a man who had a really nice dog but was terrified of it was a really funny thing. I hope it is.

JAMIE SWINDON, 13 Why did you kill off the dog Wilson? Because I wanted to do something that gave everyone a shock. And to write a sad episode. I also wanted to give Jim a new dog. I made sure it was funny, too, so had Jim casually saying: “I’ll get another dog next week.”

ISABELLE, 13, AND OLIVIA GOLDRING, 10 Is Milson Jewish? And will there be another series? I think he is now. And I don’t know if there will be as it really isn’t up to me. Would you like there to be?

ELI LAIFER, 13 What is your favourite flavour of Crimble Crumble and is Jim’s dog still buried in the garden? Apple and blackberry. My wife makes the best and, yes, it is buried in the garden.

MADISON GRANTGOLD, AGE 13 Are the scenarios taken from personal experiences? Some are. The first episode we ever did about

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the sofa bed getting stuck on the stairs was a real experience that happened at my parents’ house and that was a nightmare. My grandma also shouted “go to your room” at my mother, who is a grown woman in her own house.

JACK NEWMAN, NINE Is that Jim’s dog in real life?

No it isn’t. We have a professional animal trainer, who brings all our animals. They trained a cat. The first Wilson we had died after series one, series two to five was a different dog and very good. Now Milson is a Belgian Shepherd.

MASON JACOBS, EIGHT Would you do an episode around a seder? I don’t think I would because I think it would be very hard for nonJewish people to understand and quite hard to make it funny. I thought about it and have tried writing one, but could never get it to work.

JESSICA HYAMS,13 Why do you call it crimble crumble? Because I thought it sounded nice. Weirdly, Pret a Manger has a fruity bar called the same thing, but they came up with it before me.

MILLIE ASH, 13 Why do you use Bobble as pet names for Adam and Jonny and not ‘boobalah’? Because I didn’t want to use boobalah and I like the name Bobble, as that’s what my mum used to call me. Now I call my kids Bobble.  Friday Night Dinner continues on Friday, 17 April, at 10pm on Channel 4


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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

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Torah For Today

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What does the Torah say about: Clapping for our heroes?

BY RABBI JONNY ROODYN At the climax of the Jewish people’s joy, the inauguration of the Mishkan (Tabernacle), disaster struck. The two elder sons of Aaron, the ones who were destined to follow in his footsteps, died a sudden and supernatural death. Aaron, the great lover of peace, the one who was always so attentive to human pain and suffering responds with… silence. At a time of tragedy there are no words; it is not the time for philosophical speculation, rather inner contemplation and ultimately acceptance. Aaron’s silence was not one of weakness, rather one of strength. He did not experience a crisis of faith, rather a deepening of it. The Tabernacle was intended to be a place of an intense expression of closeness to the Almighty. Aaron’s faithfulness demonstrated that faith is not about the external trappings of religion, but rather, internalising the reality that the Almighty has a plan, even if we do not understand it. After experiencing such a trauma, Aaron could have been excused for giving up, but he keeps on going and

serves the people of Israel loyally for the next 39 years, with renewed energy and strength. His silence is an expression of his faith and it is this faith that gives him the inner strength to continue into the unknown, despite the immense challenges ahead. While we are not on Aaron’s level of faith, we can certainly strive to emulate those great people who turned adversity into opportunity, using challenges, both personal and global, to propel them to greater things. Wishing every member of the community good health, strength and courage to persevere during these troubled times and to make the most of the unusual circumstances we all find ourselves in. Heartfelt thanks also go out to Jewish News for providing me and countless other rabbanim with the opportunity to share Torah thoughts with such a broad audience in this column. May new opportunities arise very soon.

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

BY RABBI BENJY MORGAN The Torah is full of heroes. There are so many stories about good guys overcoming bad guys. But, just as Covid–19 has helped us focus on the unsung heroes of the NHS and the key workers, I had a thought: “Let’s focus on our unsung heroes.” It’s true that we have started celebrating our bin men and postmen, whom we barely even noticed until now. But what about the unsung heroes in the Torah? Miriam. Yes, the six-year-old girl Miriam. She follows her brother Moses as he is thrown into the water at the tender age of three months. She stands, waiting in the reeds, to see what happens. A true heroine – not looking for recognition or status, without any inkling that her caring deed for her brother would be written for all time in the Torah. Daniel. He went into the lion’s

den, purely to stay true to what he believed. Again, he had no idea his actions would be recorded for posterity. He was a true hero when others would have collapsed from fear. Abraham. Of course, the patriarch Abraham, who was beset with trials and tribulations, but never ceased bringing the knowledge of God’s existence and kindness into the world. He fed complete stran-

gers, bringing divine sparks of kindness to the entire human race, not just to his own family. These are three distinct levels of heroism. Charity must begin at home, and Miriam’s heroic act was clearly born out of sisterly love. Daniel stood up for his faith and the Jewish people, and became a hero for our nation. But Abraham is the patriarch and, with his heroism, he cared for all of God’s creation, regardless of skin colour or belief. This is the spark of heroism we are celebrating in the NHS and those brave soldiers on the front lines. In the same way that Covid-19 does not discriminate between class and colour, neither do they. True Torah heroes. ◆ Rabbi Benjy Morgan is the chief executive of Jewish Learning Exchange

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How can we relate the Exodus story to these times?

‘It would have been enough for us’ BY RABBI LAURA JANNER-KLAUSNER “Dayenu!” We sing, “it would have been enough for us!” But really, would it? Dayenu is an iconic component of the seder – listing the many miracles of the story of the exodus from Egypt and saying if we had only had a few of them, it would have been enough. Are we being honest? One verse says that if the sea had been split, but the Children of Israel had not been taken through on dry land, that would have been enough for us. How could it be, though, when it would have left our ancestors to be re-captured by the oncoming Egyptian army at best, or killed at worst? Is this entire central song of our Pesach tradition nonsense? Sometimes we don’t get everything we need in life. We have to make do with what life sends our way. This year for Pesach, we have had to make do with seeing those we hold dear through screens rather than gathering together

to celebrate. It is nice to celebrate when everything goes exactly to plan, but what is more important is what we do when it doesn’t. Yes, Pesach wouldn’t be quite the same had we really only had some of those miracles as part of the story. We look around, though, and say that even when not everything goes our way, the blessings we do have would be enough for us to make things work. Though we may not be fully liberated from the challenges in our life, the blessings we do have will allow us to bear our hardships. We manage to make something worth celebrating anyway. This year more than any in a generation, we haven’t spent this festival feeling fully liberated. Yet, the creativity of the Jewish world is flourishing. We can’t have it all, but will ensure what we have is enough.

◆ Laura Janner-Klausner is a senior rabbi at the Movement for Reform Judaism

BY RABBI REBECCA BIRK “In each and every generation, a person is obligated to see themselves as if they personally left Egypt.” (Exodus 18:3) I’ve seen inside many kitchens this month. I’m party to what congregants eat for breakfast, how often coffees are refreshed, where they sit for meditative morning Shacharit and how they arrange books. This remote style of connecting we are all forced to do right now, through our computer screens, has increased rather than reduced my engagement with community. And even more so during Passover, the festival that demands such togetherness albeit one where we couldn’t physically be with many of our loved ones. At my seder, faces on a Zoom screen replaced places at the table – but all of us raised our voices and hoped for release from this current constriction. Our Haggadah asks us to

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consider the particularities of each year and the reality in which we find ourselves. It tells us that every generation, every decade, every year we must find ways to make the Passover story resonate personally. In the 1980s, the experience of the refuseniks trying to leave USSR wove into the Exodus narrative. Then, anti-apartheid and civil rights writings amplified our understanding of freedom. During the past few years, many in Liberal Judaism invited Syrian

refugees to join us during Passover. This year, it is our restriction, our isolation and our uncertainty that is our Egypt, our narrowness. And when we sang the verse of Hallel from Psalm 118 “out of the narrowness I called to the Eternal; and God answered me with great expansiveness”, it spoke to us right now, in this extraordinary time of suffering and fear. I have heard much anxiety; people are worried about their parents, their grandparents, beloveds and even themselves. It’s not just around Covid-19 – there is huge concern about business and survival in the future. But Passover reminded us that healing will come. This time we are in will end. The Exodus story of redemption and liberation should comfort and encourage us. ◆ Rabbi Rebecca Birk serves Finchley Progressive Synagogue

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Dear Lisa My father lives alone. He has age-related mobility problems and over the past few months has had several falls. The last few weeks since the country has gone into lockdown have taken their toll on him. The current situation has been the tipping point for him and he now wants to move into an environment with support as quickly as possible. Would he be eligible? Are you taking applications? Shelly Dear Shelly Thank you for getting in contact. These are

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transition is not usually a straight path towards a predetermined destiny, but more a process of tentative exploration where we try on many ‘possible selves’ we might become. First, the challenge of career change is that you need to ‘act’ before you ‘know’ as knowing is the result of doing and experimenting, and not only thinking. Draw up a list of possible new careers and changes to the way you work. Then identify projects that can help you get a feel for these e.g. side projects in your current organisation, voluntary work in new fields, temporary assignments, working more from home, taking on freelance projects etc. Studying may also be part of this. Second, learn from

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ACCOUNTANT

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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.

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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.

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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

CHARITY EXECUTIVE

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

Got a question for a member of our team? Email: editorial@thejngroup.com

Lloyd Platt & Co. Family Law Solicitors

We are pleased to help with all aspects of Family Law, including:

• Divorce

• Pre/Post - Nuptial Agreements • Cohabitation Agreements

DIVORCE & FAMILY SOLICITOR

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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In these critical times… across the globe it is imperative that medical professionals and key hospital workers are able to continue performing their vital work. WIZO has many Day Care Centres located in hospitals in Israel. There, children of these dedicated individuals are looked after in a safe environment allowing parents to focus on their vital, often life-saving work. These Centres MUST remain open. In other WIZO Day Care Centres which have had to close, they have been the only chance for vulnerable children to receive a hot meal. WIZO’s food campaign will ensure nutritious meals continue to reach these families throughout the crisis. WIZO’s Children, Israel’s Children, Need Our Help!

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This Friday 17th April 6.45pm Please note: By participating in this live stream you are not accepting Shabbat until you light candles

Light candles after the livestream by 7.46pm in London

UNITED SYNAGOGUE

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Practical support

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Spiritual support

United Synagogue Registered Charity Number 242552

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Emotional support

Email us at

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Our Helpline will be available from Monday to Thursday 9am–5pm and Friday 9am–1pm. (Outside of these hours you will be able to leave us a message and somebody will get back to you.)

Please note: Our helpline is run by community volunteers and US staff. We are unable to offer medical, legal or financial assistance but we will do our best to point you in the right direction, including to your local community care group or to the charity GIFT. If you are feeling unwell please follow the current government guidelines.

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#SederStories

Every year, it is our duty to tell the Pesach story.

This year, more than ever, it is Norwood’s duty to tell their stories… By now, you do not need us to tell you why this year is different from all other years for Norwood. In spite of the extraordinary circumstances we find ourselves in this Pesach, Norwood will be spending this time – as best we can – commemorating and celebrating 225 years of service to the community. That’s why, this year, it is our duty to tell the stories of some of the extraordinary people Norwood has supported over the years. We will be telling these stories in a variety of ways over the coming weeks. Norwood has been here for our community for 225 years. With your support, we’ll be here for ever. This Pesach, help us to keep telling the extraordinary stories of the people we support by donating at norwood.org.uk/jnappeal or call 020 8420 6970.

Patron Her Majesty The Queen Reg Charity No. 1059050

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Jewish News 15 April 2020

This Yom Hazikaron Remember Their Sacrifice Honour Their Memory And Be There for Their Families, Forever.

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