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Torah fundraiser for youngest virus victim Campaign for scroll in memory of 20-year-old nears £60,000 A huge crowdfunding exercise to raise money for a Torah scroll in honour of the Jewish community’s youngest Covid-19 victim neared its £60,000 target this week, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Yechiel Yosef Rothschild, affectionately known as YY, died last month aged 20, after contracting the novel coronavirus. He had Down’s Syndrome and lived in supported accommodation provided by the charity Kisharon. Every two months he would spend the weekend away with Shabaton L’Menucha, a Charedi charity that organises trips for families and those with special educational needs. Now the charity is organising the fundraising for a new Sefer Torah. “He made everyone happy,” his brother Yanki told Jewish News this week. “He was a very lively child, always the centre of attention and Shabaton L’Menucha decided to dedicate a Sefer Torah in YY’s name. It’s a wonderful gesture.” The scrolls are handwritten and take up to a year to produce, costing tens of thousands of pounds and, as of Wednesday, the total stood at £54,000.

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“The Sefer Torah will be the property of the community,” said Yanki, “because it is a communal organisation. When families and organisations want to go away for Shabbat, it will be made available to them.” Music fan YY had difficulty speaking in his early years, until the age of eight, and this meant he could not say his name – Yechiel Yosef – so family and friends decided to call him YY, which he could say. He attended Side-by-Side School in Stamford Hill, where Orthodox Jewish children with special needs and no special needs learn alongside one another, as well as Kisharon College. He later went to live in accommodation supported by Kisharon, and was a regular and much-loved fixture across Stamford Hill. “He was a beacon of light for everyone and a symbol of happiness, always with a smile cheering people up,” said Jewish Community Council director Levi Schapiro. “I got to know him through volunteering. The team would care for him every Shabbos afternoon, take him for walks to the park, but he needed no care – he was taking care of us. He was well-known and much loved by everyone across the community.” Hadassa Kessler, director of operations at Kisharon, said: “He was a very charismatic man with a huge circle of friends. He made friends quickly and was an extremely considerate person. He was interested in people. He worried about them and was curious about them.” She said YY did work experience at Kisharon’s head office and “made friends with everyone, talking to them about what kind of diets they were on, what food they liked, what food he liked, music, [he was] just the kind of guy who was lovely to be around. Many people will miss him a lot.” Continued on page 8

TOM’S WORTH HIS WEIGHT IN GOLD An acclaimed Jewish artist has painted army veteran turned national icon Colonel Tom Moore. Suzi Malin, who will donate the proceeds from her piece to the NHS, will present her work to Col Tom as a 100th birthday gift. Full story on page 4


Jewish News 7 May 2020

News / Farewell Formby / Aid package / Vaccine hopes

Formby quits Labour role Jennie Formby has stood down as general secretary of the Labour Party after two years she described as “a very challenging period”. During that time the party was rocked by antisemitism claims, rows about Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership and she also underwent treatment for cancer. Her resignation comes after Labour announced an inquiry into the leaking of a controversial dossier on antisemitism. Formby said: “It has been a huge privilege to be general secretary of the largest political party in Europe for the last two years but now we have a new leadership team it is the right time to step down.” Party leader Sir Keir Starmer thanked Formby “for her service, and for the personal and professional efforts she has made in advancing the cause she has fought all her life for”. Last month, Formby wrote to constituency parties telling them not to share a leaked internal probe into antisemitism on social media or elsewhere, warning that they would expose themselves to “potential significant civil and criminal liability”.

£3m fund to help charities Leading figures in the Jewish community teamed up with the Jewish Leadership Council this week to launch an ambitious £3million initiative to support social care charities suffering financial hardship during the lockdown. The group has already received a £1.5million pledge for the cause, which will go towards helping charities sustain their direct care services and provide support to more than 10,000 people across the community. Those who will be helped include cancer patients, children with life-limiting illnesses, vulnerable children, people with physical and learning disabilities, young people with significant emotional needs, victims of domestic abuse and adults experiencing mental health problems. According to a JLC survey of 31 charities, eight out of nine social care providers have reported a loss in income this year totalling £5million. Additionally, four have reduced staff, eight have or expect an increase in demand for services and seven are facing cash flow disruption caused by the pandemic. JLC chair Jonathan Goldstein will work alongside Baroness Ros Altmann CBE, Sir Mick Davis, Robert Gibber, Henry Grunwald OBE QC, Dame Gail Ronson and Hilda Worth to identify where the funds are most needed. The group has prior to this provided support to the Jewish Homes Emergency Appeal, while the JLC additionally helped to establish the Emergency Community Fund, in partnership

Painted pebbles showing support for the NHS and keyworkers

with Work Avenue, for families whose financial situation has been impacted by Covid-19. Following this week’s announcement, Jonathan Goldstein said: “Our entire community recognises that now is the time to join forces and help one another through this crisis. I am hugely grateful that many of our community’s most generous supporters have joined the JLC in this collaborative spirit to deliver immediate and substantial support to our social care sector.” Baroness (Ros) Altmann said: “Our community, our country, indeed the entire world has

not faced such a public health and economic crisis in any of our lifetimes. Extraordinary circumstances require creative and flexible responses. “The government has stepped in throughout many parts of the economy and health sector, yet gaps remain, and many vulnerable people still rely on our social care charities. “With charities facing very difficult circumstances for raising funds, this wonderful JLC initiative aims to help the frontline services who care for some of the most vulnerable in society.”


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Israel’s defence minister has said that the country’s military bio-lab has made a “significant breakthrough” in the search for a possible treatment for Covid-19 patients. Naftali Bennett made the announcement on Tuesday, saying military scientists at the Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) had developed antibodies that help the immune system fight the infection. Some scientists claim that antibodies can neutralise the novel coronavirus inside the bodies of those carrying it,

Israeli scientists believe they can halt Covid-19

but it is not yet clear whether the treatment has been tested on animals or humans. Bennett said he visited the top-secret lab, whose scien-

tists were recently allowed to work with peers in the civilian sector, and was briefed on “a significant breakthrough in finding an antidote for the coronavirus”. His office added that the treatment was currently being patented and that the IIBR was looking to mass produce it. It comes a day after researchers in the Netherlands also said they had developed an antibody which had proven effective at killing the virus in a laboratory setting.

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UNITED SYNAGOGUE LIGHTS UP FRIDAYS WITH ‘SHABBAT IN A BOX’ The United Synagogue has unveiled a ‘Shabbat in a box’ service for members during the coronavirus lockdown. The kits contain a freshly cooked Friday night dinner, Shabbat lunch and Seuda, delivered weekly, as well as challah, grape juice and printed materials. The movement is also delivering tea, pasta and soup to those in need.

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Sharansky gift / Covid cabs / Virus inquiry / News

Jewish Care gets a share of Sharansky’s $1m prize Jewish human rights activist Natan Sharansky has given a share of his $1million prize for the annual ‘Jewish Nobel’ to Jewish Care to fund personal protective equipment for staff. Sharansky, recipient of last year’s Genesis Prize, said this week the UK charity would be one of 15 beneficiaries after he chose to “re-gift” the prize, which was increased by Israeli philanthropist Morris Kahn. The funds will be used to buy PPE for Jewish Care staff working in care homes, and will supplement the charity’s existing coronavirus appeal. Sharansky said: “Many people of good will around the

‘Jewish Nobel’ laureate Natan Sharansky will re-gift his prize

world have given generously to help organisations and individuals who have been

devastated by Covid-19. I am grateful to have the opportunity to contribute.” Daniel

Carmel-Brown, chief executive of Jewish Care, expressed gratitude for “this wonderful gift”, adding: “Knowing that we have partners alongside us gives us strength and hope at this challenging time.” Some grants will deliver immediate relief and others will seed longer-term advances, including research at Israel’s Weizmann Institute. While nine of the 15 grants went to Israeli organisations, several will support projects in eight countries, including Italy, France, Russia, and Spain, such as by expanding volunteer activities to help isolated and elderly Jews.

JEWISH GROUP SUPPORTS BAME INQUIRY A Jewish group has welcomed an inquiry into the “disproportionate impact” the coronavirus has had on people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, writes Adam Decker. The Jewish Council for Racial Equality

(JCORE) said it was “concerned” that death rates among BAME individuals, including health workers, appeared to be so high, as the government announced that NHS England and Public Health England would jointly lead work to

find out why. Some analysts have suggested that demographics and socioeconomic factors may be a factor, with ethnic minority families more likely to live in urban, overcrowded accommodation, and more likely to smoke.

Covid-19 cabs take to roads in Stamford Hill A group of five mainly Jewish volunteers has teamed up with a minicab company in Stamford Hill to take suspected coronavirus patients to hospital – thanks to a crowdfunding campaign. The group, led by Dr Sharon Raymond, from Hendon, partnered with Simcha Cars are fitted with dividing screens Cars a week ago to launch the non-profit service advice from public health conusing a Just Giving fundraiser, sultant Dr Fiona Sim. “I also promoted this service among Covid Crisis Rescue. Since the project began, the hospitals, the care homes, about 100 vehicles have been NHS 111 and all my colleagues.” Head of Simcha Cars fitted with dividing screens and kitted out with personal Ahron Reiss said the company protective equipment. Funds had been receiving 200 extra also cover the fares of those calls a day since the cabs were unable to pay for their journey. rolled out. “We’ve received Drivers wear gloves and a calls from all over London. mask and payments are taken This initiative Dr Raymond is running is incredible. We need over the phone or invoiced. Dr Raymond, a GP and lead more people like her around.” Safraz Adam, fleet manager, in unscheduled care, said she identified the need for a car said the initiative had “put conservice that enabled people fidence back in our business to be taken safely to hospital and smiles on many people’s or to a Covid-19 hub. She took faces during this testing time.”


Jewish News 7 May 2020

News / Robin’s target / Tom portrait NEWS IN BRIEF

LORD SUGAR GIVEN KICK IN THE TEETH Lord Sugar has been made to remove a tweet promoting a teeth whitening product after breaching advertising guidelines. The host of The Apprentice said the Stylsmile Teeth Whitening Toothbrush Kit would be a “perfect Xmas gift” but did not make clear that the post was an advertisement, the Advertising Standards Authority said. Sugar, 73, is a director of the manufacturer Stylideas and owns a 50 percent share in the business – sharing it with a previous winner of his popular television show.

‘BOMB THE BOARD’ THREAT REPORTED A threat to bomb the Board of Deputies has been reported to police. Communal leaders called on Facebook to “wake up” after the comment was made on the social networking site by a user called “Paul Blackburn” beneath a post written by expelled Labour member Jackie Walker. Below a post about Sir Keir Starmer, “Blackburn” wrote: “Bomb the bod”. When told the remark was “incitement to violence”, they added: “The bullet and bomb is the only way we will be free!” Walker was expelled from Labour after making “grossly detrimental” comments.

Robin, 94, walks in Col Tom’s footsteps A 94-year-old isolating in Cambridge is aiming to follow in the footsteps of army veteran Tom Moore by walking 200 laps of her garden for World Jewish Relief, writes Mathilde Frot. Robin Myers, who has raised £1,136 of her £2,000 target for the humanitarian charity, is completing 12 laps a day and is endeavouring to walk 16 miles by next Thursday. The former archivist at the rare books and manuscripts library at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge says she was inspired to take on the challenge

by the 100-year-old fundraising army veteran Tom Moore, who has raised more than £32 million for the NHS and was made an honorary colonel. “World Jewish Relief is an international humanitarian agency that is working within and beyond the Jewish community to support the most deprived people worldwide,” she said. She added: “Being old myself, I feel very much for the older people World Jewish Relief supports across eastern Europe. Many of them are

very lonely and live in abject poverty in tiny ex-Soviet apartments in need of repair and refurbishment. World Jewish Relief provides this. “We ourselves are now experiencing the hardship of isolation, but this is nothing compared with those who have no one for company and no way of connecting with the outside world.”

Robin Myers, left, is inspired by the fundraising achievements of 100-year-old Tom Moore


Suzi Malin with her portrait

A Jewish artist whose previous sitters included Elton John and the actor Peter Sellers has painted army veteran Tom Moore and will donate the copyright income to the NHS. Suzi Malin is to present her painting to Col Moore as a birthday gift. Col Moore, who won the

public’s affection for his NHS fundraising efforts, turned 100 last week. He was honoured with an RAF flypast and a personal note from the Queen. “He had given us so much hope and also we feel that we can lean on him,” Malin said on Friday. “The coronavirus has brought out the best in

a lot of people and it’s shown how valiant people can be.” Col Moore is depicted in the painting against a gold leaf panel, with his Second World War medals pinned to his lapel. “I hope it’s prophetic. I painted it in a long vertical gold leaf panel,” Malin said.

“I put him at the bottom of the panel, so it looks as though he’s kneeling down and receiving a knighthood.” The artist, who has nine works at the National Portrait Gallery, is hopeful her portrait of Col Tom will be displayed there. “He’s a national treasure,” she said.

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Dictionary corner / HMD 2021 / Annexation plan / News

Why ‘antisemite’ wasn’t HMD 2021 to be a in first edition of OED ‘light in darkness’ Scholars are able to see online the reason that “antisemite” and related words “antisemitic” and “antisemitism” were not in the first Oxford English Dictionary, writes Jenni Frazer. The founding editor, James Murray, and his team of compilers for the 1879 work did not believe that anti-Jewish prejudice was more than a passing trend, it transpires. By 1900, Murray regretted the decision to leave the word out, and said: “Would that antisemitism had had no more than a fleeting interest! The closing years of the 19th century have shown, alas! that much of Christianity is only a temporary whitewash over brutal savagery.” M u r r a y ’s views were expressed in a newly-surfaced letter he wrote in July 1900 to Claude Montefiore, one of the founders of Liberal Judaism in Britain. The James Murray’s letter of July 1900

letter, placed online by the National Library of Israel, is believed to be Murray’s reply to a letter from Montefiore, querying the exclusion of the words. The NLI archivist, Rachel Misrati, says Oxford University Press has been unable to find Montefiore’s letter to Murray, but it is clear from the context how the correspondence began. In his letter, Murray explains that besides the fact that “the material for ‘anti’ words was so enormous that much violence had to be employed” to get them all in to the dictionary, there was an additional problem. The words “antisemitism” and related terms “were then probably very new in English use, and not thought likely to be more than passing noncewords, and hence they did not receive treatment in a separate article.” A “nonce” word was a word or expression coined for one specific occasion. In a postscript, Murray notes that according to his assistant “the man in the street would have said anti-Jewish” rather than “antisemitic”. “Semitism” does appear in the first edition, however, with the note that “in recent use,” it had already come to be associated with “Jewish ideas or Jewish influence in policy and society”.

Next year’s Holocaust Memorial Day events are to be inspired by the call to action “Be the light in the darkness”, the trust has announced. Olivia Marks-Woldman, chief executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said the theme had been developed over several months “but has taken on a new and more poignant meaning during the coronavirus pandemic”. “For some people, HMD 2021 may look different to previous years. However, our commitment remains unwa-

vering, and we know that groups in the UK will ensure the legacy of HMD 2020 is continued,” she added. “I can’t wait to see how people’s ideas bring this theme to life.” Writer and comedian David Baddiel, who made a recent documentary about Shoah denial, helped to launch the theme. “Most Holocaust deniers now are trolls on the internet,” he said. “The more you show the absurdity of Holocaust denial, the more someone telling the truth, particularly a survivor, burns stronger.”

The Duchess of Cambridge with survivor Yvonne Bernstein

ANNEXATION OPPOSED BY 127 UK POLITICIANS Israel’s supporters in the UK this week poured cold water on a letter signed by 127 politicians attacking Israel’s planned annexation of areas of the West Bank. The letter, organised by the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding (CAABU), urged the government to spell out that annexation would have “severe consequences including sanctions”. ZF chair Paul Charney said: “All past attempts at negotiated settlement have failed due to Palestinian intransigence, leaving Israel with little option other than to take unilateral steps to secure its borders and its future.”

Kaddish option Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has offered an alternative solution to mourners unable to recite the traditional memorial prayer, as synagogues remain closed and communal gatherings remain banned during the UK’s lockdown. In a letter to rabbis, he said he remained “mindful of our mourners”, including those unable to recite the Kaddish because they cannot do so in the presence of a minyan. Rabbi Mirvis, who is in mourning for his father, suggested mourners undertake Torah learning in memory of the deceased or recite the Hazkarah, the Memorial Prayer for a departed person.

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News / Zoom culture / Labour call

Lockdown Limmud by Jenni Frazer @JenniFrazer

The essence of what makes a Jewish writer was distilled in a unique Limmud Together session on Sunday, as more than 2,500 people from around the world took part in online discussions co-ordinated by Limmud’s team of volunteers. Novelist Howard Jacobson and The Guardian journalist and thriller writer Jonathan Freedland went head-to-head to discuss Jewish writing, in a session joined online by 750 people, one of nearly 70 sessions that took place during the day. Besides serious sessions – many touching on Israeli politics or the Covid crisis – there was comedy, dance, and even a separate strand of programmes aimed at keeping children entertained. Jacobson drew amusement from the crowd, despite their muted microphones, when he admitted to “enjoying the effects of lockdown”, and confessing that the isolation was allowing him to “write like the clappers” – he is working on his memoirs, having set aside the beginnings of a new novel. His idea of what made a Jewish writer, he said, was “a deep, imagi-

Howard Jacobson, left, appeared alongside Jonathan Freedland

native seriousness. We [Jews] take everything very seriously: and because of that, we expect serious, and disastrous, things to happen. Which is why a virus comes as no surprise. Of course, [we say], there’s a virus, of course there were Nazis… that’s what being human is”. Freedland agreed. One thing all Jewish experience had in common, he said, was “a retelling of stories”, whatever one’s background. “Part of the furniture of the Jewish mind, early on, is that calamity does strike”. Both men were struck by the point in the synagogue service in which the Sefer Torah is raised in

front of the congregation. “It’s a wonderful moment”, said Jacobson. “I never wanted to go to shul, but I always found that moment thrilling – because there was the word of God. It’s a wonderful conceit... ” He observed: “No one has ever forced me to be Jewish, I have forced myself, and I sometimes wonder why – but I find it infinitely interesting.” Alhough he did not much like being called a Jewish novelist or a comic novelist, Jacobson said he would “go on plumbing and plumbing and plumbing” Jewishness – “because it is the most interesting thing to be”.

Labour MP: Expel antisemites tising Muslim. She was at Labour’s shadow mental school with a number of health minister told Jewish girls and says that Limmud Together “there having lost members of is a need to make the her mother’s family during Labour Party a toxic envithe war in Poland, ronment for antisemites”. “we have a shared history Rosena Allin-Khan made a series of trenchant Rosena Allin-Khan of the Holocaust”. She said she denounced comments about Labour and antisemitism in conversation antisemitism during the deputy leaderwith Ella Rose, the former director of ship campaign “not because it was point scoring, but because it was the right the Jewish Labour Movement. The MP, who came second in the thing to do” and believes new Labour race to be Labour’s deputy leader in leader Sir Keir Starmer is “very serious” the most recent party elections, is about dealing with antisemitism in the a human rights doctor who has gone party, adding the party should “adopt back to working gruelling shifts in A&E, every finding in the Equality and Human Rights Commission report”. helping to treat Covid-19 patients. Education about antisemitism She comes from a mixed background. Her mother is a Polish Catholic, should be “mandatory in every constituher father a Pakistani, and although she ency”, she said. “We just need to expel attended a Christian school, is a prac- antisemites from the party.”

PROBE INTO ACTIVIST’S SLUR Labour is investigating a Hackney activist who claimed the Board of Deputies would “chose” [sic] Jennie Formby’s successor as the next general secretary of the party. Taking to Twitter, Craig Parr asked: “Who will the Board of Deputies chose [sic] to replace her?” Shortly after, his social media account was put into a private setting.

Hackney Labour confirmed the tweet had been taken down and said: “No comment on this.” It is understood the Labour Party is investigating. The Board of Deputies has been approached for comment. Last month Formby wrote to constituency parties telling them not to share a leaked internal probe into antisemitism on social media.

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Children snuggle down Paperweight in appeal to boost Camp Simcha It may not have been the camping trip they pictured, but that didn’t stop a hundred kids and teens snuggling down in their sitting room tents for ‘Camp In 4 Camp Simcha’ on Sunday, writes Brigit Grant. Former Love Island contestant Eyal Booker, comedian Rachel Creeger and speaker Yossi Fachler were among those welcoming teen campers for the evening, with entertainers Captain Calamity and Sacha Johnstone bringing fun to the younger age group. The charity partnered with Jewish News for the fundraiser, which to date has raised £3,700. The idea came from the Stimler family – who were supported by Camp Simcha nearly 20 years ago when their oldest son Pini was

treated for leukaemia. Pini’s father, Hershy, is now a trustee of the charity and his sister Ariella is a ‘Big Sister’ volunteer. “We are thrilled with the success of the evening, which has raised vital funds for Camp Simcha’s work supporting families who have a seriously ill child,” said Stimler. “Given that we only launched the idea a fortnight ago, it had a fantastic response and we are really grateful to Jewish News for its support, as well as those who gave their time to make the evening such a success. “Everyone who took part had a great night and it was a very welcome evening of fun nearly six weeks into lockdown.”

Youngsters take part in Camp In 4 Simcha, which might turn into an annual event

Jewish citizens’ advice bureau Paperweight has launched an emergency appeal saying it “could be overwhelmed” by calls from families struggling with the financial, administrative or legal effect of the pandemic, writes Adam Decker. The small charity based in north-west London said it was “already stretched” before the spread of the coronavirus, and the ensuing lockdown has left it “struggling to accommodate all the confidential consultations that need to take place”. Started around a kitchen table 10 years ago, it now oversees the casework of 150 volunteers helping those in crisis through a mixture of legal, financial and benefits advice, demand for which has soared in recent weeks. “While we anticipated demand for our services to grow because of Covid-19, we had no idea of how soon it could threaten to overwhelm us,”

the charity said in a statement this week. “In a community that has experienced a disproportionate loss of life, we are seeing an equally dramatic growth in the number of people seeking bereavement support. Next will be those who have lost their jobs and whose businesses have closed down because of the virus.” Co-founders Bayla Perrin and Benjamin Conway said: “Until now we’ve made ends meet, but the fallout from Covid-19 has put much greater demands on us and we now need help. “We’re not a charity that can furlough anyone. In fact, in order to respond to the growth in demand, we have to increase our management team. Ours is not a large additional budget at £50,000, but if we can’t [find this money] we may have to start turning people away, which will undoubtedly worsen their situation.”

CHAI RAISES £10K IN 2.6 CHALLENGE Chai Cancer Care has raised more than £10,000 through the 2.6 Challenge, a campaign urging participants to do an activity at home inspired by the numbers 2.6 or 26. The challenge, which began on 26 April, sought to raise funds for charity to compensate for the cancellation of events, including the London Marathon. Among those taking part were Chai Cancer Care ser-

vice users Alissa and Richard Freeman, who raised £2,435 after completing 26 repetitions of various exercises, including deadlifts, press ups and burpees. Eight months ago, just before the birth of his son Jacob, Richard was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia, and Chai has been supporting the family. Meanwhile, Barbara Marks, 89, who has been walking

2.6 miles every day, enlisted her whole family to take part. They baked 26 cakes, cycled 18km, walked 2.6 miles and completed 26 minutes of exercise.

The Marks family


Jewish News 7 May 2020

News / Educational concerns / YY tributes

‘School is giving key workers’ kids a crucial routine’ by James Martin

A senior nurse working 14-hour shifts on the frontline of the coronavirus battle has praised Jewish school hubs for continuing to educate the children of key workers and provide “normalcy in crazy times”. Most pupils have been home-schooled since the national lockdown began nearly seven weeks ago. However, the children of key workers have had the option of attending school, while adhering to strict social distancing rules. Nicky Starkowitz, from Bushey, is a paediatric community nurse, who has been working in west London four days a week, organising the redeployment of nurses for home visits. Her daughter, Ella, five, ordinarily in reception at Hertsmere Jewish Primary School, has been attending Wolfson Hillel in Southgate, with other children of key workers. Starkowitz drops off Ella at 8am, while her husband Neil, who runs IT software for supermarket checkout systems, picks her up at 4pm. “It is a long drive but it makes sense to have school there because Wolfson Hillel has the facilities, whereas Hertsmere is much smaller,” she said. “We also have a two-year-old, whom my husband drops off at nursery between 8am and 1pm daily. Having this respite gives us both the opportunity to focus on our work in these crazy times.” Ella has been in a class of about a dozen

pupils. “She has different teachers each day, which is a challenge, but it has made her more resilient. She practices her reading, phonics and maths,” she continued. “It has been a great stress reliever to know she is being taught in an environment that is familiar to her – for example, Fridays is preparing for Shabbat. Additionally, she has made friends with pupils from the other schools.” Wolfson Hillel, a Jewish state-aided primary is acting as a hub, mainly for children of key workers from schools under the Jewish Community Academy Trust (JCAT), which also includes Sacks Morasha, Hertsmere Jewish Primary School, Moriah Jewish Day School and Rimon Jewish Primary School. JCAT CEO Kirsten Jowett has tried to run class while protecting the health of staff who volunteered, by ensuring they were on site for one week and at least three weeks working offsite on the educational provision at home. She has recruited 70 staff on the rota to come

A handful of schools remain open to look after the children of key workers in the community. Inset: Mother Nicky and Ella, with little sister Talya and father Neil

into school to teach, out of a total of 250 staff who ordinarily work at the five different schools. Of all pupils in JCAT, there are 180 children with one key worker parent and 59 with two. “Social distancing is extremely difficult with small children,” Jowett acknowledged. “We manage this by ensuring vigorous handwashing on arrival

in the building. We rotate the rooms we use daily to minimise surface transmission. “We formally organise teaching spaces to allow for distancing. One lovely aspect of this is family groups bond at lunch as they can sit close to each other.” Hasmonean Primary School, in Hendon, has also been open to pupils whose both parents are key workers. Headteacher Dr Alan Shaw told Jewish News: “We have 11 children on most days. We set up in our school hall, where they sit at different dining tables to ensure social distancing.” He added: “The pupils have laptops on which they can do work set and they have organised craft activities. “They are able to watch educational activities on the large hall screen and there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor exercises.”

Challenge for educators ‘YY WAS BEACON OF LIGHT’ remains ‘unprecendented’ The umbrella body representing Jewish schools in the UK has said it will be “exceptionally complex” to manage children’s return in the coming weeks, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Acknowledging the logistic and medical challenges posed by a return to classrooms after two months’ under coronavirus lockdown, Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJeS) said it was working hard to put support systems in place. “The challenges facing our school leaders at this time are unprecedented,” said PaJeS director Rabbi David Meyer (pictured). ((pictured “They have to consider the health and well-being of students and staff, as well as endeavouring to deliver school-based and remote learning programmes.” Dr Mark Berelowitz, a senior child and adolescent psychiatrist

at London’s Royal Free Hospital, is to help in the transition by supporting Jewish schools’ headteachers, whose “professionalism and dedication” were this week praised by Meyer. The organisation, which is a division of the Jewish Leadership Council, said it had been a tough time for “cooped up and isolated” children as well as for their parents, many of whom have had to work around them from home. “This is an exceptionally challenging time,” said PaJeS. “In addition to the complexities of delivering remote learning programmes, school leaders must now consider how to manage a return to school with exceptionally complex logistical and educational implications.” Some children will have faced family financial hardship, suffered bereavement, or have lived in difficult circumstances during lockdown, the organisation said, while others will have enjoyed the past weeks. “Whatever the experience, adjusting back into a school routine will not be easy,” cautioned education chiefs.

Continued from page 1 She said she had been in touch with YY’s mother, Leya, who was supportive of the initiative, feeling “anything that YY’s influence could do that was positive or complimentary, and that would help other families” was to be welcomed. This week Yanki told Jewish News that YY’s influence was still being understood. “Just the other day, I met a young man I didn’t know who told me a story of how YY helped him, which I didn’t know. “This young man had a really tough family situation, lots of trauma, and told me one day when his parents were fighting, he left his home with suicidal thoughts. “One hundred metres down the road, he ran into

Yechiel Yosef Rothschild, or YY, ‘made everyone happy’

YY, who gave him a big bear hug and told him that everything would be OK. “Obviously, YY didn’t know what was going on with this young man, but he sensed something wasn’t right. He felt people’s feelings and was very spiritual in that sense. The young man said it was just what he needed, just

when he needed it.” Kessler said YY did not have any other underlying conditions, but that his health deteriorated very suddenly. “He was OK, then he really wasn’t,” she said. “He woke up on Friday with a sore throat, went into hospital on Saturday and passed away just days later.” He was considerate to the end, she said. “Even when he had Covid-19, he spoke to our manager, Aviva, who had been ill a week earlier, and his first thought was to ask how she was. It’s just one example of who he was.” To contribute towards the last £6,000 for the Sefer Torah, go to doitforyy, email doitforyy or call 07896 636595

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Jewish News 7 May 2020

News / Charity appeal / Song contest / News briefs

Kisharon launches 36-hour fundraiser Learning disabilities charity Kisharon is launching an emergency appeal over the bank holiday weekend, asking for help to meet its annual budget. The organisation’s fun-

draising dinner has been cancelled, leaving a hole in the balance sheet, so it has launched a 36-hour appeal in the hope of raising £1 million, with all donations being doubled.

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From 10 to 11 May, organisers said they were “appealing to the community for their support to ensure their services can carry on” during the ongoing coronavirus lockdown, with charity leaders describing the situation as urgent. “People at Kisharon and their families rely on us so we hope the community will be generous in order to allow us to deliver our essential services,” said director of fundraising

A student at Kisharon’s day school

Hilary Newmark. “The urgency of our funds is vital for today so that we can

keep Kisharon services running until the end of the year. “Individuals at Kisharon

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The Melzack family were crowned champions of virtual singing competition Song Ha’atzmaut, organised by the Jewish National Fund UK (JNF), which drew thousands of viewers last week. It was hosted by comedian Ashley Blaker.

YouTube has deleted conspiracy theorist David Icke’s account. The video-sharing site said the 68-yearold violated its policies on sharing information about coronavirus. The former footballer has made controversial and unproven claims about the virus on several internet platforms, including one that it is linked to the 5G mobile network. YouTube told the BBC it had clear policies prohibiting content disputing the existence and transmission of Covid-19.

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Jewish News-Jewish Leadership Council 40 Under Forty

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Young leaders shaping the future of Anglo-Jewry are being celebrated by Jewish News over the next five weeks in Forty Under 40, in partnership with the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC). The list is revealed every five years and is one of our most eagerly-awaited projects. It shines a light on some of those already


As CEO of March of the Living (MOTL) UK, Cassie oversees the unique sixday educational Holocaust trip to Poland for more than 300 participants. A former head of UJIA Israel Experience, with responsibility for Israel Tour and Gap Year, the 32-year-old continues to grow MOTL UK by forging successful new partnerships and programmes.


Charlotte is a highly renowned social justice campaigner, working for Citizens UK as the senior community organiser with the Jewish community. The 32-year-old also spearheads the Living Wage Campaign and has helped resettle 800 Syrian refugee families. Her work with the Somali Bravanese community earned her a Muslim News award in 2014.


Dan is director of external affairs in the Office of the Chief Rabbi. Praised for orchestrating a “paradigm shift” in the delivery of interfaith work and social responsibility, the 37 yearold has successfully overseen the Chief Rabbi’s vision for a ‘Jewish foreign policy’ centred on Jewish responsibility for the whole of humanity.


Few “live and breathe the Jewish community” professionally, charitably and spiritually quite like Dan.

Who’s just missed out on our top 40? at the forefront or poised to be – from charity to Israel and social action to the rabbinate – and includes those who are making their mark in a professional as well as those in a lay capacity. Hundreds of nominations were received last year before our expert judges from across the religious and political spectrum – and with the support of a larger panel – chose the final list. “So difficult was their task that we decided to also publish an extensive list of those who just missed out, all of whose contribution is crucial to making Anglo-Jewry what it is today,” said Jewish News co-publishers Richard Ferrer and Justin Cohen. “We are thrilled to kick off our countdown with that group this week.” Andrew Gilbert, chair of the judging panel, said: “This year’s list was the bigFormerly executive director of Mitzvah Day, the 34-year-old is currently CEO of ORT UK, overseeing the educational charity’s fundraising strategy, as well growing its national profile. Dan also fosters positive social change globally with the ROI Community network.


Daniel recently joined the Board of Deputies as public affairs officer, after a highly successful stint as a reporter on The Jewish Chronicle. The 30-year-old’s digital presence is so renowned that he was even named in rival newspaper Jewish News’ top 50 Jews to follow on social media.


A “Reform prodigy”, Deborah will this summer join the clergy team at Finchley Reform Synagogue after completing her rabbinic studies at Leo Baeck College. Already a highly renowned figure in the international Reform Movement and a dedicated ROI communal innovator, the 29-year-old undoubtedly has a momentous future in communal leadership.


An artist and highly dedicated communal educator, Eli is Israel engagement educator at the UJIA. At just 27, Eli has already held key roles in Bnei Akiva, Sinai Youth and Limmud, while his work for Tzedek, capturing the efforts of UK and Ghanaian non-governmental organisation partners has been highly commended.

gest challenge we’ve faced in a decade. It was nearly impossible to get to our final 40. It was even harder to balance politically and denominationally. It was also tough to balance those in full-time professional posts with volunteers. Somehow we managed it and look forward to the feedback.” JLC chief executive Simon Johnson said: “This has been a great opportunity for us to see the wonderful leadership on display in our community. These leaders are making a real difference and helping to change our community for the better.” Below we profile those who just missed out on the top 40. We begin the official countdown with numbers 40 to 31 next week.  Ediorial comment, page 18


Elliot works to inspire and increase the diversity of the Jewish community, particularly those from Mizrahi and LGBT+ backgrounds. An “eloquent and effective leader”, the 31-year-old is a trustee of Sephardi Voices UK and is working hard to ensure Mizrahi stories are captured for future generations. He is also co-chair of Limmud Festival 2020.


As director of Step by Step Kids, Esther has transformed the organisation into providing daily services to parents of disabled children. The 29-year-old carefully considers the needs of parents, implementing innovative programmes such as Stay & Play sessions with healthy dinners every day after school.


Hugo is the chief executive of UK Israel Business, overseeing a network of more than 2,000 companies and 10,000 businesspeople. Appointed in June 2013, the 36-year-old continues to successfully provide members with valuable commercial connections and facilitates investment in both countries to drive economic growth.


A leading political and community activist, Izzy was recently elected onto London Labour’s Executive Committee and the

Cartoonist Zoom Rockman’s impression of some of our 2015 movers and shakers

Jewish Labour Movement’s National Executive Committee (NEC). An ex-vice president (welfare) of National Union of Students and VP (education) of Birmingham University’s Guild of Students, she is now a campaigns officer at Macmillan Cancer Support.


Jessica is The Guardian’s chief political correspondent based in Westminster. An awardwinning journalist, the 32-year-old is a former assistant news editor for the Huffington Post UK and an a former senior reporter for The Jewish Chronicle. She appears regularly on news and politics programmes for the BBC and LBC radio.


An “understated and courageous leader”, Judith is a prominent communal figure fighting antisemitism, protecting vulnerable people and promoting social cohesion. The 30-year-old is head of communications at Jewish Care, a London trustee of Jewish Women’s Aid and was a founding trustee of the Jewish Muslim women’s network Nisa–Nashim.


An impressive activist and communal leader, Liron works “tirelessly” behind the scenes for political campaigns. A former London regional campaigns manager for People’s Vote UK, the 25-year-old is currently political organiser at HOPE not Hate and sits on the Jewish Labour Movement’s NEC as policy officer.

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Jewish News-Jewish Leadership Council 40 Under Forty taharat mishpacha (family purity) and women’s health issues.


One of the most inspirational figures in youth politics, Miriam is the national chair of Young Labour, where she passionately campaigns on issues including workers’ rights, social justice and the EU. Despite constant antisemitic abuse, the 26-year-old also continues fighting “relentlessly” for the safety of young British Jews in politics.


Former MP Luciana Berger topped our last countdown in 2015


Michelle is the London director of operations in the Office of the Chief Rabbi. The 34-year-old has undoubtedly “transformed the landscape” by empowering female leaders and educators through initiatives such as the Ma’ayan Programme. The groundbreaking course teaches participants about the laws of

Oliver is the founder of global Jewish YouTube channel J-TV. An observant Jew and passionate believer in Jewish education, the 26-year-old continues to successfully transmit his love of Judaism to thousands of people across the world in a visually engaging manner.


A “whirlwind of enthusiasm and dynamism”, Rabbi Elchonon joined Bushey United Synagogue with his family in 2016. Praised as

a blue-sky thinker with bags of charisma and personality, the 37-year-old leads from the front by empowering his community to exceed their own expectations and assume positions of leadership.


A trailblazer and highly sought-after speaker, Dr Hadassah Fromson is the community rebbetzin of Golders Green Synagogue. The 31-year-old is redefining the role of rebbetzin in the Orthodox community with her open home and innovative programming. She has recently been accepted onto the world-leading Yoatzot Halacha programme in Israel.


Yszi is strategy and communications project manager at Liberal Judaism. The 30-year-old also sits on the Limmud global board with responsibility for technology, logistics and knowledge management, and chairs the UJIA’s POD committee (formerly known as ‘Lead Now’), which helps movement workers with their professional development.

OUR PANEL OF JUDGES Rabbi Charley Baginsky Rabbi Miriam Berger Carolyn Bogush Justin Cohen David Ereira Richard Ferrer Debbie Fox Andrew Gilbert Elliott Goldstein Joanne Greenaway Mordche Grosskopf Maurice Helfgott Michelle Janes Simon Johnson Laura Marks Shelley Marsh Robin Moss Rabbi Naftali Schiff Rabbi Andrew Shaw Debbie Sheldon Raymond Simonson Hilda Worth Bernie Yaffe

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Jewish News 7 May 2020

Special Report / Scientific dating

The Israeli lab keeping cultural heritage alive Stephen Oryszczuk takes a tour of a special laboratory in Rehovot that is focused on preserving and dating history – and has even rewritten it Scientists at the D-REAMS radiocarbon laboratory in the Scientific Archaeological Unit at the Weizmann Institute in Israel like seeds and nuts because they can date them. Give a D-REAMer a hazelnut found in, for instance, an early Bronze Age burial chamber, and they can date it to within 20 years, assuming that the nut was harvested close to the time of the burial. D-REAM stands for the Dangoor Research Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, inaugurated in 2012 by British Jewish philanthropist David Dangoor and his wife Judy, both scientists. The lab is run by Italian-born Elisabetta Boaretto – described as “one of the rock stars of archaeology” – together with her colleague Lior Regev, and they gave me a tour just before the country began closing its borders. This is a place of work and study. Give them a viable organic sample, such as a bone fragment, and the team gets pre-screening, pre-treating, CO2 extracting, graphitising, pressing and AMSing to work out its age. It is a world of catalyst weights, cathode locations, infrared analysis, field calibration, cellulose fractions, oxalate peaks, “probable absolutes” and something intriguingly called a “wiggle model”. I understand very little of it, but you can’t miss the laboratory, because it’s at the base of a tall otherworldly white building that has what looks like a giant 10-metre egg on top of it. The taxi driver gave me a look when dropping me off. Back in the UK, via Zoom, I ask Dangoor why he funds it. He says it is about increasing the scope of what you can date, reducing the turnaround time of that dating, and ultimately, of linking this sometimes dry science to all of us, and to our emotions. “The essence of this AMS machine is not that it’s carbon-dating – that’s been going on for decades – it’s that it lets you carbon-date a tiny fragment. With other machines you need half

a cupful of the material.” There was, and is, no such other machine in the Middle East, he says, “yet for much of history, the Middle East is the cradle of many civilisations”, adding: “Now we’ve got one on home ground.” Of its impact, he tells me that Elisabetta used to have to send fragments to the US then wait six months for results. “There’s a queue. When it comes back, you want to interrogate the answer, because you’re contradicting history here, you’re challenging ideas [in this case, of age], that’s what science does. With this machine she can do all that investigating in two or three days. It transforms the whole process.” Upon what is that process based? Get comfortable, let’s start from on high. Cosmic rays bombard Earth’s upper atmosphere producing fast-moving neutrons that collide with atmospheric nitrogen atoms. This produces radioactive Carbon-14, aka radiocarbon, aka C-14. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and incorporate C-14 through photosynthesis (this is what Judy did her PhD in). Animals and people then eat the plants and take in C-14. When they die, their C-14 content reduces at a rate determined by the law of radioactive decay. Carbon-dating measures this decay to see how old something is. We know, thanks to a Nobel Prize-winning chemist, that the half-life of C-14 is 5,568 years, give or take. This means Elisabetta’s team can very accurately gauge the age of only 1mg of almost any organic matter from the past 50,000 years. “The Dangoor family, starting with David’s father [Naim], have always been interested in keeping cultural heritage alive, whether Jewish life in Iraq or fellowships in Jewish history, or digitally documenting and archiving ancient Jewish manuscripts in museums,” she says. “You preserve history and at the same time you educate a new generation of scientists and students who are fascinated by the past. Here in

Elisabetta Boaretto displays the ALS carbon-dating machine at the Weizmann Institute

Israel, we are at the forefront of archaeological science, using the Accelerator to build chronologies. We have great questions about the past.” Date the nut, seed, bone or bark and you can date the pottery, walls or adornments that are found alongside them, so the theory goes. “If I find only one seed on the floor, but that seed was burned in situ, then I can date when that floor was in use.” What does an Accelerator look like? Big and complicated – a hall-sized series of chambers, tubes, callipers and screens that goes from zero to half a million volts quickly. It is also rare, one of only 13 in the world. I’m told it doesn’t have a name. It feels like it should. I ask Elisabetta how it works. This sends her off into shelves and drawers to show me samples before scribbling images of neutrons and protons and electrons. “In order to be a carbon, you need six protons,” she says. “If you have five protons, you are not a carbon.” Strict rules, sorry. Some D-REAMers work onsite, where archaeologists dig in layers, and you need to be sure which layer your sample comes from, Elisabetta says, otherwise you can date the wrong thing. Among the oldest items she has tested were Palaeolithic samples found near David Ben-Gurion’s old home in the Negev. She says the work updates established chronologies, including our understanding of how and when early man made his way out of Africa and what tools he was using at the time. “That’s really at the limit of our detection.” It is truly fascinating. What other history has she changed, I wonder? “We moved the age of a tower in Jerusalem by 800 years,” she says casually, as if it’s nothing. My jaw drops. “It was supposed to date from 1700 BC, this Gihon Tower. It has these huge stones at the base. We found them lying in sediments, three clear levels of occupation or age. In the sediments were samples – charcoal, bones... We dated it to 900 BC. We moved the tower from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age.” She does this regularly, apparently. On one recent dig, archaeologists excavating the walls for frescoes directed Elisabetta to an area of less obvious interest. “It turned out to be stables,” says Dangoor with delight. “She could work out what animals

The laboratory in Israel is at the forefront of archaeological science

were kept, what diseases they had, what food they ate… Once you’re able to date these tiny bits, there’s a lot of information the ordinary eye can’t see, and sadly here, nor could the archaeologists.” Of more significance is her current work in Herodion, a mound outside Jerusalem, where King Herod lived in a fortress. “Before he died he arranged for the whole thing to be filled in and for his mausoleum to be built near the top,” says Dangoor, explaining the mound. “The mausoleum was plundered long ago, but during the Bar Kokhba Revolt 100 years after Herod died, Jewish freedom fighters built tunnels into this mound. They would attack the Roman soldiers then rush into the tunnels to hide. “The theory was that the fighters had no local support to get local timber, so used the beams from Herod’s original construction to hold up the tunnels, but Elisabetta dated the wood decisively to 100 years after Herod. “The implication is the support these fighters had from the general population was such that networks were providing them with timber, albeit secretly. It shows secret cooperation from local people. It has the effect of reinterpreting events.” So, by more accurately dating samples, Dangoor’s D-REAMers are “moving time” and updating history. As the coronavirus creates its own history for today’s generation, it helps to know there is a team of scientists in Israel keeping the timeline honest. Sampling at the D-REAMS laboratory in Rehovot, Israel

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Resilience advice / VE Day / Befriending scheme / News

Leading Reform rabbi: How I found meaning in my pain Britain’s leading Reform rabbi is launching a book that deals with resilience, in which she draws on her years of coping with the child sexual abuse accusations made against her late father Lord Janner, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Senior Reform Rabbi Laura JannerKlausner launches Bitesize Resilience: A Crisis Survival Guide this evening with journalist Katie Glass, before it goes on sale on Friday. Janner-Klausner’s second book, it is designed for “anyone who needs help surviving crises” and proceeds will go towards the Molly Rose Foundation, a suicide prevention charity. Last Sunday, she told an online Limmud audience that the past few years had been exceptionally hard for the family, and that it was “touch and go” as to whether she would come through it, having had suicidal thoughts at times. Speaking to Jewish News this week, she said she started writing the book six years ago with Gabriel Pogrund, now a journalist for The Sunday Times. “We’d go to my kitchen for three

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner with her late father, Greville Janner

hours at a time. I’d lay out all this food because I was so anxious, and I’d sit there eating and talking, and he sat there typing out what I said,” she explained. She said the book was “not really about dad at all, it’s about what happened to me, what I learned and what others can learn,” acknowledging her

lack of in-depth public commentary to date regarding the effect of Janner’s accusations on the family. While she would not be drawn on whether “people are less resilient today than they once were”, she says there is “a big flag around young people’s mental health”. She continued: “It seems like we’ve

AJEX calls for VE Day l’chaim

to our Shabbat meal,” An association of he said. Jewish veterans has “We are humbled urged the community by the sacrifices made to include a l’chaim and the immense conat home on VE Day tribution of our comto commemorate the munity to the fight 75th anniversary of against Nazism.” Germany’s surrender On Sunday, AJEX is to the Allied forces. to broadcast a lecture Events celebrating delivered by deputy Victory in Europe Day, national chairman Dan which falls tomorrow Fox and vice president (Friday) and marks Brian Bloom, entitled the end of the Second World War, have been Victory! Central London 75 years ago this week VE75 – Jews and the Victory In Europe. cancelled amid the It will also release a video munity to celebrate at home. coronavirus lockdown. “Given this special anni- interview with Normandy vetBut Mike Bluestone, the national chairman of the versary falls on a Friday, what eran Mervyn Kersh, who was Association of Jewish Ex-Ser- better way to commemorate stationed near Bergen Belsen vicemen and Women (AJEX), and remember VE Day and all Concentration Camp when it this week called on the com- who fought than to add a toast was liberated by British troops.

JW3 service to combat loneliness JW3 has rolled out a phone befriending service to combat loneliness during the coronavirus lockdown. The initiative, launched this week, is aimed at members of the community who are unable to access the internet or who prefer a phone call to other methods of communication. Since it launched, more than 100 phone calls have been made to people identified as at risk of social isolation, including a network of Holocaust survivors.

The Jewish cultural hub

The cultural centre in Finchley Road, forced to close to the public to reduce the risk of the virus spreading, recently

unveiled an online cultural hub, entitled JewishOnline. Jacob Forman, social action and volunteering programmer at JW3, said: “For many people, hearing a friendly voice on the phone at this tough time will make the world of difference. Anyone who would appreciate a weekly phone call is most welcome to sign up”. To receive a weekly phone call, email Jacob at jacob@jw3. or call 07927 646437 between 10am and 4pm.

seen a spike in young people’s ill health. Where is that coming from? Why is that happening?” Janner-Klausner’s book is written in a 365-day diary format, offering thoughts for each day, and she said her plan had been to release it just before 1 January, but that the coronavirus pandemic meant “it felt like we needed it now… We’re in a massive national crisis”. After a “six-year ongoing crisis defending my father”, she said: “I have to find meaning in pain, and this [book] was a way of finding meaning, and I hope it gives other people resilience, because other people helped me be so resilient. I’m resilient because other people stepped in and looked after me.” Asked whether she had taken risks writing it, she said: “I talk about very difficult things, not just my dad, but also mental health. I’m very honest, for good and for bad, about relationships. “I use my life as a kind of laboratory and feel quite vulnerable about it, knowing that, by Friday, people will be reading that. So was it brave? Yes.”


REGEV AT BOARD’S VIRTUAL PLENARY The Israeli ambassador to the UK told an online audience of British Jews that any Israeli annexation of the West Bank would not extend to areas with large Palestinian populations. Answering questions during the Board of Deputies’ plenary on Sunday, which took place online for the first time, Mark Regev also said it would be “only fair” that Palestinians living in towns annexed by Israel be offered full Israeli citizenship. Regev will return to Israel this summer, after four years in the role.

STEWART BOWS OUT OF CITY HALL RACE The community has wished Rory Stewart well after he bowed out of next year’s mayoral race. The former Conservative leadership contender ended his bid to challenge Sadiq Khan, saying the impact of Covid-19 had made it difficult to keep his campaign going. The Jewish Leadership Council’s Claudia Mendoza said: “We have enjoyed a positive relationship with Rory Stewart. He showed great interest in learning about the Jewish community.”


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Bibi hearing / Group banned / State stats / World News

Judges hear challenge to Bibi-Gantz deal Israel’s High Court this week heard arguments that Benjamin Netanyahu cannot stay as prime minister while under indictment for corruption and that his coalition deal is illegal. In a rare example of a televised hearing being broadcast live, owing to the seriousness and potential implications, the panel of 11 judges began reviewing three petitions. Alongside the question of

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Court will rule whether Benjamin Netanyahu can remain PM

clause prohibiting any key law enforcement appointments to be made while he faces trial. Analysts say this poses a conflict of interest and that the deal also gives Netanyahu a veto over the appointment of the next attorney general and state prosecutor. State prose-

cutors have said this is “unacceptable”, but Netanyahu’s lawyers say more than one million Israelis chose Likud during the country’s March election, knowing Netanyahu would be prime minister, and accused the judges of wanting “to replace voters”.

Germany bans Hezbollah 9.2 MILLION IN ISRAEL The German government has extended its ban on Hezbollah’s armed wing to cover the entire group and launched a series of mosque raids to coincide with the announcement. As German media reported the involvement of Special Forces in raids across Berlin, Bremen, Dortmund and Muenster, the policy shift

announced last week by interior inister Horst Seehofer was welcomed by the United States and Israel. Seehofer said Hezbollah was planning activities on German soil and had pledged to destroy Israel. “It is part of our historic responsibility that we use all means under the rule of law to act against this,” he said.

Israel’s population stood at nearly 9.2 million on the eve of its Independence Day, growing by some 171,000 people, or 1.9 percent. The Central Bureau of Statistics released the figures last Sunday, and said some 74 percent of the population is

Jewish and 21 percent is Arab. Israel’s Independence Day, or Yom Ha’atzmaut, was celebrated on Tuesday evening and Wednesday. The population of Israel was 806,000 at the time of its establishment in 1948, according to the statistics bureau.

A TV series showing Jewish families from the Arabian Gulf in a positive light has stoked criticism in the Arab world. Umm Haroun (the Mother of Aaron) was produced by the Saudi-based satellite channel Ramadan TV but critics say it promotes the normalisation of ties between Israel and the Arab world.


Dublin’s Jewish community was treated to a virtual 30-minute audience with Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar via Zoom, after

being told that they would only get five minutes. The Irish premier made time to take questions on issues such as Israel and the next Irish government. Attendees said it was “a major boost”.


Jewish groups around the world are being asked to help Jewish families from the Abayudaya community of converts in rural eastern Uganda this week after the coronavirus moved from cities and began to affect some of the poorest regions on Earth.

PROTESTERS KEEP DISTANCE FROM BIBI Israelis took to the streets in Tel Aviv on Saturday, standing more than two metres apart, to demonstrate against the coalition government


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Sir Mick is taking the mick Why is it the diaspora’s job to lecture Israel and its leaders on values? Jews outside Israel who have never served in the IDF and are not subject to existential threats of various kinds every day, like Sir Mick Davis, should not lecture Israelis, as he did in your pages last week, on values or how to implement them. Does Sir Mick have a disliking for any other country’s values? Does he criticise them publicly? Does he like the right to bear arms in America, carrying weapons much of the time and does he like capital punishment there? Did he lecture Bush,

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FRONT PAGE EXPOSED YET ANOTHER ISRAEL ARMCHAIR PONTIFICATOR I read last week’s frontpage story on Israel and the diaspora. So, Sir Mick Davis says: “The ‘keep your wallets open and your mouths shut’ model of Israel–diaspora relations was viable when diaspora Jewry saw in Israel’s political leadership an embodiment of its values,

rather than a violation of them.” But, really, when has the diaspora’s mouth ever been ‘shut’ on Israel? From its comfy armchair, the diaspora ceaselessly pontificates about Israel. A good example, in fact, is Sir Mick’s latest comment.

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Obama and Trump on values? And if he is such an expert on Jewish values, which I am not although I have studied them, maybe he should take a class on lashon hora? From my classes on this subject, Jews should not bad-mouth their fellow Jews in public. There are ways to make a point. This isn’t a good way. If he doesn’t want to give Israel money, fine. But if he doesn’t have something kind to say then, to borrow a phrase from Ronan Keating, he says it best when he says nothing at all. His comments only embolden our enemies. William Comet By email

Judging by the barrage of anti-Israeli propaganda you publish – Sir Mick Davis on how the Jewish state supposedly “violates our values”, pieces from the left-wing politicial organisation Yachad and one this week from a member of

the failed Meretz Party who tells us that Israel is her country as well as ours (no kidding!) – we can only hope the liquidation of your newspaper is merely postponed.

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WHY GIVE A PLATFORM TO ARMCHAIR ZIONISTS? I’m the father of three religious Zionists, all of whom have made aliyah, and one who is still wearing the uniform of the IDF. None of us necessarily takes issue with most of the views expressed in Sir Mick Davis’ latest self-indulgent and publicising outburst, published in last week’s newspaper, in which he criticises the state of Israeli democracy. We do, however, object to your newspaper giving him such a prominent platform to expose them. As someone who has chosen not to live in Israel, perhaps Sir Mick should reflect on his own failings in his non-elected leadership positions of a very rapidly diminishing

Anglo-Jewish community instead of pontificating about the government of the Jews who are real as opposed to salon Zionists – seeking to usurp the rights of the Israeli electorate, those who put their lives and those of their children at risk to provide a safety net for insecure safety diaspora Jews. I can’t think of any rational reason why he – or, for that matter, Jewish News – should think that anybody is remotely interested in his views apart from Israel’s enemies, who are already quoting him widely.

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Wartime Pope seems more sinner than saint JENNI FRAZER


or as long as I knew the late Lord Janner – or Greville Janner MP as he was when I first met him – he had a project on the go, whether it was the Commonwealth Jewish Council or the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET), both of which he founded, or the placing of memorial signposts to the murdered Jews of wartime Lithuania. All too often, Greville’s was a lone voice, and I will admit that I often didn’t understand the passion he brought to his campaigns. Sometimes, it has to be acknowledged, I and others thought he was on a hiding to nothing, espousing a cause that had no possible hope of being realised. Yet Greville came to mind this week with a vengeance, as I read with horrified fascination of what might be termed the endgame, in one of his last – and you will forgive the word, but it is apposite – crusades. Greville campaigned with dogged determination to persuade the Vatican to open up its secret wartime archives.

Over many years, he harried the Vatican because he was convinced the Pope during the Holocaust era, Pius XII, had failed to do all he might to help the desperate Jews fleeing the Nazis. Quite how complicit Pius was we never knew, because even though, in 1998, Greville succeeded in getting some Vatican files released to HET, they did not reveal the core of what really happened. Now, however, we may be on the way to learning the truth of those dark years, and stories published this week, almost ignored in the face of coronavirus articles, are shocking. It turns out that files first released in March by the Vatican, but then swiftly closed because of the virus, do not show Pius, pope from 1939 to 1958, in a good light. Two hundred academics had applied to look at these archives but were forced to put their trips on hold because of Covid-19. But,

critically, a German team of scholars, led by award-winning religious historian Hubert Wolf from Münster University, managed to get a look at the material before global lockdown. And what a shocker: not only did the Pope know about the mass murder of Jews from his own sources, but he kept that information from the American government. Hundreds, if not thousands, of Catholic priests and nuns throughout Europe were only too aware of what was happening to the continent’s Jews at the hands of the Nazis. Each monastery and convent and diocese were sending back reports to the Vatican, some co-operating with the Nazis, some doing their utmost to save Jews. Some, indeed, were at the forefront of the so-called “ratline” established towards the end of the war to help guilty Nazi perpetrators escape to south America.


Hubert Wolf’s team has already found some damning documents in the newlyreleased material. They include a secret report prepared by the Jewish Agency, relating to the 1942 mass murder of 100,000 Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto, and to the deaths of 50,000 Jews in German-occupied Ukraine. Washington asked if the Vatican could confirm the report from its own sources among Catholics, but were told it could not. But Hubert Wolf has found a note in the archives, which not only shows the Pope had read the report, but also indicates two independent corroborations to the Vatican of the killings. This, and much more material that may still exist in the Vatican archives, show behaviour that it is now impossible to understand. Who knows how many Jews could have been saved had the Pope made a public intervention, based on these reports? But he did not. Now, it remains for the entire archives to be forensically dissected by as many scholars as possible. And for a complete block to be put on Vatican plans to make Pius XII a saint. Lord Janner, it turns out, was prescient in the extreme.

Too many Jews can’t share core parts of their identity JOE HYMAN



his year, the Torah reading of Acharei Mot-Kedoshim fell during the coronavirus pandemic, when we have been forced into physical isolation. These texts contain the sources that have been interpreted to condemn sex and relationships between men and are the source for much of the homophobia and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (or questioning) and others (LGBTQ+) people in the world. Traditionally, these texts would be recited aloud in synagogues and cause immense pain to LGBTQ+ people who belong to our community. With synagogues closed and minyanim forbidden, this is one of the first years that these verses won’t be recited aloud – hopefully providing much needed respite to our LGBTQ+ friends and family. The juxtaposition of this Torah portion and the current lockdown will inevitably cause rabbis to ignore these painful verses, instead choosing to reflect on the other verses

contained in this portion about kindness and holiness. This is why I feel compelled to recall the last time I felt a strong sense of isolation. Fifteen years ago, I read the Kedoshim portion at my synagogue for my barmitzvah. When I first saw these verses during my lessons with our local rabbi, I was acutely aware of my homosexuality. I felt a deep sense of dread at the thought of having to publicly recite the very verses that condemned my secret identity. I recall standing on the bimah at Edgware United Synagogue, in front of family and friends, worrying that my pain and fear would be clear on my face and I would let out the secret of my sexuality to the whole community.


What should have been a ‘coming of age’ moment of celebration was filled with fear and isolation. Fifteen years on, I sit in my home in London in physical isolation, but it is the least isolated I have ever felt. I feel able to share who I am with those important to me and live in a way that ensures my dignity is preserved. I feel able to share my voice with the world and raise the voices of others. My homosexuality and Jewish identity now work in tandem and enrich each other. My experience as a gay man contributes to my view of Judaism and my Jewish values inform how I live as a gay man. This didn’t just happen. It took 15 years, personal sacrifices, multiple therapists, supportive family and choosing to engage with a Judaism that affirms who I am and provides me with the dignity befitting all of God’s creatures. This isolation was borne out of an inability to communicate my innermost feelings without fear of rejection, violence and pain. There are still too many LGBTQ+ Jews who are unable to share core parts of themselves with loved ones and the world around them. During this pandemic, many LGBTQ+ Jews

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are isolated with people who don’t accept them. This dual isolation is incredibly dangerous. This Shabbat, I implore you to devote the time you would have spent listening to the Torah reading, to tell those with whom you are isolating, that whomever they love, a place exists for them in your home and community. And if that place doesn’t exist in your home and community, this is the year to start building the bricks. As King David said (Psalms 118:22): “The stone that the builders rejected can become the cornerstone.”

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Sir Mick simply hasn’t been paying attention SHARREN HASKEL, MK LIKUD PARTY


welcomed Mick Davis’s article in Jewish News last week as an important voice on Israel-Diaspora relations. However, to my great sadness, I strongly contest his grossly inaccurate assertions. Of course, he is welcome to his opinion. If he were an Israeli citizen he would be welcome to vote accordingly. I’m saddened that someone who has held such high office in an important Diaspora community feels it appropriate to publish such distortions. As a current MK, allow me to answer his accusations. Sir Mick claims Israel needs “a vision for its future with the Palestinians”. He will be pleased to know we have one. While the vision of the Clinton Initiative has failed time after time for the past 30 years, we continue to stand firm in the face of the ongoing terrorism against the people of Israel. Hours before Sir Mick published his piece, a

Palestinian terrorist stabbed a 62-year-old woman as she was shopping in my home town, Kfar Saba. The day before, another Palestinian terrorist deliberately ran over a policeman at a junction in Judea and Samaria. These are not isolated incidents or caused by Israeli policies. They are born of the same hatred that led to the massacre of Jews in Hebron in 1929 – even before the state’s founding. They are part of an ongoing trend of hatred and violence supported by the Palestinian Authority which continues joyfully to promote anti-Jewish vitriol in their schools, media, and mosques, and proudly pay murderers for the Jewish blood they spill. Yet, at the same time, we do continue to pursue a peaceful end to the conflict. Without a partner for peace, the current plan led by President Trump offers the Palestinians levels of autonomy, economic development and a higher standard of living than enjoyed by most peoples in the region. And yes – it offers Israel the chance to establish sovereignty over core areas of Israel. Sir Mick suggests that Israel’s political

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echelons have decided that the relationship with the Palestinians can be ignored. Let’s be clear. When we send our children to school, they have an armed guard at the gate. Our shopping malls have metal detectors. When we send our children to the army, we do so knowing they may well see battle. Israel is not ignoring the relationship with the Palestinians, we are palpably aware of the situation. But Israel has long made the decision – as have many of our neighbours – that there can be progress on a range of issues, including regional affairs, even in the absence of a resolution to the conflict with the Palestinians. Notably of course, our peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan did not include solving the Palestinian problem. Others in our region understand this today as well. Sir Mick argues Israel needs to improve social mobility and bridge social divisions. Here he will find no disagreement. I welcome his praise of President Rivlin’s efforts in this field. But moreover, Sir Mick will be pleased to hear of the great strides that have been made under Likud leadership in the past four years. For example, improvements in maths education in schools in some of Israel’s lowest socio-economic areas – especially Israeli Arab towns, has led to dramatic increases in students pursing higher mathematics studies. In 10 years we doubled the number of Arab students in universities, and invested billions of shekels in developing infrastructure in Arab towns. Need we do more? Of course. But this cannot be dismissed as a “failure to invest”. On the political level, Sir Mick laments that for many Israelis, MKs on the Joint Arab List are “considered governmentally trayf”. The MKs he refers to, proudly tout their support for Palestinian attacks on our soldiers, they openly campaign against Zionism and the rights of Jews in Israel. They support those who erase our heritage in this land, and befriend our enemies both here and abroad. When a political party in the UK had a leader who voiced such opinions, the community argued against his legitimacy. I see no difference here. Fourth, and I think most offensively, Sir

Mick says Israel is betraying the values of Diaspora Jewry. Is there a need for greater understanding and better communication between Israel and the Diaspora? Yes. But simply because he doesn’t support the current leadership of Israel, does not mean we are abandoning any key values. We are making decisions according to the situation we face. I am sorry these are not the choices he would like us to make, but that does not mean “democracy is under threat”. Currently Israel is in a very deep internal battle about the separation of powers between the legislature and the judiciary. It is a very harsh debate that has divided the country – but it is a debate in which both sides are seeking to uphold the values of democracy as they see them. The UK, too, has been witness to harsh political divisions in recent years. This is not a sign of a democracy under threat. Yet where Sir Mick makes his greatest error is in his assumption that Israel maintains a “keep your wallets open and mouths shut model of Israel-Diaspora relations”. I am afraid this means he has not been listening. Over the last years, the Israeli Government has made its greatest investment yet in Diaspora communities. We embarked on long-term projects to invest in education, in building understanding, and in assisting with the physical security of Jewish communities around the world. Of course, there are many important causes in Israel that receive and rely on the generous support of many Jews in the Diaspora. We would not be able to succeed as we do without the support of Jewish communities. But we have long recognised that there needs to be a new dialogue and relationship between the two. We may not agree, we may not have the same political preferences, but don’t for a moment dismiss the choices we make as being antithetical to our shared age-old values. Now is not a time to throw your hands up and say, “I don’t get them”. Now is the time to ensure we get each other. As one who cares deeply about this relationship, my door is always open.

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The Kibel family has been collecting hand and face creams for frontline NHS workers in partnership with Goods for Good and Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue. Hundreds of bottles were collected on one day by Elstree and Borehamwood Mayor, Councillor Simon Rubner. Siblings Noah, 10, Jacob, eight, and Elana, six, encouraged locals to donate. Noah said: “It’s really important to help the doctors and nurses in this easy way. Our community want to help the people helping us.”


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Ruth Brook, 96, raised more than £2,300 for the Jewish Care homes emergency appeal by taking on the 2.6 Challenge. Inspired by Captain Tom, Ruth, who lives in a flat on Haverstock Hill, walked 2km every day for six days. “At my stage in life, it’s still important to make a contribution,” she said. “I know how urgent it is for the staff in homes to have personal protective equipment to prevent the spread of Covid-19.” Brook, who was a Second World War RAF flight mechanic and worked as an NHS psychotherapist, has two children and two step-children. She is also a grandmother and great-grandmother.

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Decorated veteran Leslie Philip, a member of Barnet Synagogue who recently turned 100, received cards from younger members of the community despite the lockdown. Born in Tottenham in 1920, Leslie took over his father’s timber importing business and served in the artillery in Egypt, Iraq and Italy. With Lena, his late wife of 60 years, he had two children, five grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. “What a lovely surprise getting all the cards,” he said. His son Richard said the day was an opportunity “to celebrate with my father, a kind and thoughtful man”.


Year 10 Hasmonean High School for Girls pupil Batsheva Schwab became the first British candidate to earn the sixth spot in recent memory at the World Chidon Hatanach for Jewish Youth. UK coordinator Samuel Maierovits said: “[Batsheva’s] knowledge, passion and appreciation for Tanach study was clear for all to see. I would also like to extend my congratulations to all of this year’s finalists, who excelled in their Tanach study.” He added he would like to encourage more UK Jewish schools to get involved with the project.






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‘Doron in lockdown would be like a lion in a cage’

Brigit Grant enjoys a virtual chat with the cast of hit Israeli drama Fauda


he irony of releasing the third series of Fauda during the Covid-19 lockdown is not lost on its captive audience. Within days, the Israeli series that centres around a team of mista’arvim, Israeli commando soldiers operating undercover in Palestinian territory, had the number one spot on Netflix and there’s no sign of change. Key to the show’s appeal is the show’s bullish protagonist Doron Kavillio, who defies his superiors, so how would he handle lockdown? From the look on his face, Lior Raz is in no doubt. “You cannot lock down Doron,” says the actor, who embodies the angry bullet head hero. “He would be like a lion in a cage. He would probably escape and go and hunt the coronavirus by himself.” As the co-creator of Fauda alongside Israeli journalist Avi Issacharoff, knowing the very bones of the characters is requisite, but neither expected to be talking about it from the confines of a Zoom box at an invitation only chat organised by New York’s Jewish Insider. It was refreshing to see Avi and Lior looking so relaxed at a virtual distance. “I am feeling very well, because I am with my family again,” says Lior. “For the past two or three years, I’ve been shooting and hardly at home. So I’ve been baking and training.” Avi has also been cooking and enjoying the spare time with family, but admits secretly to going “hush, hush, running in the early morning”, before being reminded the broadcast was live. “Then I have not been going running or to the park,” he adds wryly. For those yet to watch Fauda, spoilers come thick and fast during the conversation, revealing Doron’s tragic losses as the flawed operative. “When Avi and I decided to write the show, we wanted it to show the mental price warriors pay for their actions and not just them, their family and friends too. “Doron is not a typical hero, he is complicated and that is what makes him so interesting,” says Lior.

“He goes with his truth, but loses every time.” “That’s what differentiates Fauda from other shows,” interjects Avi. “We try to be as realistic as possible, to show the price, so ending up with the hero walking towards the sunset is ok for other shows, but our hero is in real pain.” Lior’s ability to convey controlled anguish while leading the fight against terrorism was the reason he got the role of Doron at the age of 42, rather than another “very talented Israeli actor”. “Avi and I always thought I’d get the part because we wrote the show, but when it came to casting, the broadcaster said they had to audition other actors, because I wasn’t an A-lister. “I was furious and Avi had to hold my arm to Above: Fauda co-creators Avi Issacharoff stop me throwing something at the guy. But I audi- and Lior Raz and, below, its cast tioned and then the director asked the team who they would follow as a commander and they all set in the West Bank, while season three takes them pointed at my bald face.” into Gaza, but the production team could not film That bald face is now being sought by production there. Both writers know Gaza well, as Lior’s own companies worldwide with job offers, and Lior has army experiences in a similar unit inspired the show received numerous letters of thanks from bald men. and Avi’s challenges as a journalist add to the drama. “They write to tell me that their wives are finding “It is a kingdom of chaos,” says Avi, who hasn’t them attractive again because of me,” he chuckles. been allowed in since 2007. “For me, it was amazing Avi is also overwhelmed by Fauda’s ascendand scary because you knew at any moment someancy, particularly in Lebanon, Jordan (the royal thing could happen. You don’t have any support in family watch it) and the Emirates where it is Gaza. And it is that feeling of danger we try to bring trending at number one and the flood of appreciato the show,” adds Avi.tThe pair are already writing tive fan mail backs this up. But the show is not season four, but are also behind Netflix’s Hit and without its critics, notably Hezbollah, which on Run, about a happily married man (Lior), whose its official news website told readers not to watch wife is killed in a mysterious hit and run in Tel Aviv. Fauda because it is “messing with their minds”. According to Lior, his character is complicated and “They are worried,” says Avi. “They see things in pain, which is just how we like him. on Twitter mocking the leader, Hassan Nasrallah  Brigit was a guest at Jewish ... But we wonder why they would tell people not Insider’s Fauda chat on Zoom. to watch it, because it will only encourage them to Fauda is do so.” available on The first two Netflix now seasons of Fauda are

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Weekend / VE Day 75th anniversary

‘VE Day was the best day of our lives’ As the nation prepares to mark 75 years since VE Day was declared on 8 May 1945, Jewish Care residents and volunteers recall the moment they were told the war was over and the celebratory scenes in Paris and Trafalgar Square – as well as narrowly escaping bombing raids on London and enduring evacuations and rationing


iriam Moseley, 95, was a volunteer for Jewish Care for 24 years and is now a member of its Brenner Centre at Stepney Jewish Community Centre at Raine House. She recalls: “We lived in Shoreditch and I was a teenager when the siren went off on the first day of the war. I ran home, scared. “I was one of four sisters and four brothers and had the happiest, but the poorest, home. I have no idea how but my mother had a piano. My brother Tony was fantastic with music and later wrote the winning Eurovision song, Save All Your Kisses For Me. My sister did Miriam Moseley impressions and I was shy, but I used to sing and tap dance. We had such a happy home. “I started working when I was not quite 14 on Charterhouse Square making forest caps for the RAF and the Army. The bombing was terrible during the war, but on VE Day I remember we went up to Trafalgar Square and there were soldiers from every country. “That was the best day of our lives, the war was over, people were singing and playing music. Everybody was singing, clapping and kissing. “My mother made a VE Day party. We lived on the ground floor of Cookham Buildings. Everybody put tables out everywhere, people were singing We’ll Meet Again and the old cockney songs. They were so happy. VE Day was the most magical day. “Now I’m very lucky, because I live on the eighth floor of my building and I have the best

view of the reservoir. My sons phone me all the time, and I have many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.” Freda Ziff, who is 87 and lives in Whitechapel, is also a member of the Stepney Jewish Community Centre at Raine House. She remembers: “During the war my mum worked in the cigarette factory and I looked Freda Ziff after the kids. We’d go to the shelter in Whitechapel and you knew everyone. My dad was in the army serving in France and Belgium. He was wounded and taken to St Thomas’ Hospital in London. I remember taking a steamboat across the Thames to go and visit him. “It was my mum’s birthday on May 8, VE Day, and I’ll never forget it. Shoes were flying off people’s feet, the gas lanterns were on all

Winston Churchill waves to the VE Day crowd

night and people tore down the blackout blinds. It was lunchtime and there were loudspeakers in the street with people shouting ‘War is over!’ “The celebrations carried on all weekend with parties in the streets, halls, churches and shuls. Mum had been a cook for weddings before the war and she’d always say: ‘When the war is over, I’ll make you a great big party for your birthday.’ “My birthday is on 28 May and as the war had ended, my mum did make me a big birthday party and somehow managed to find everything to bake a lovely cake, so we could celebrate with all our friends and family. All the people who had been evacuated came home.” Clore Manor resident Harry Karker, who recently celebrated his third barmitzvah, recalls the sense of jubilation on 8 May, 1945. He says: “VE Day was a happy occasion! I was in Paris, there were lots of drinks and chocolate and we went to a huge party in a hall. I was in the Royal Engineers but had stopped working. I spent a lot of time in Paris, waiting for my family and I had a job finding them. There was great rejoicing. When I did find my parents, they were dancing in the streets.” Naomi Harris is a volunteer specialist worker at Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors’ Centre Shalvata therapeutic service. She recalls: “My strongest memory of VE Day is that we moved house on that day – my parents, my sister Judy and me – from a rented flat into a new home in north-west London. My parents’ house had been bombed in Stepney, so we had moved around a lot. When the car drove up the road, flags hung from every house and lamp post, and people were congregating in the street. Aged five, I thought the celebration was for us moving in!” Volunteer Harry Nash, was just five when the war ended and like many, remembers “diving under the kitchen table when the Doodlebugs were falling, running to shelters in the night time and standing by the window in my parents’ bedroom looking out at the

silent film shows with Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy”. Maurice Bennett, retail industry entrepreneur and befriending volunteer for Jewish Care and the Mayor of London, remembers the start of the war. “After the announcement of Neville Chamberlin declaring war on Germany we had the ‘phoney war’ where nothing really happened for a year. We were living near Temple Fortune and I was six when a huge landmine dropped on Ashbourne Parade. I remember going to school picking my way through the rubble and debris, passing smashed up shops and collecting up bits of shrapnel to take to school as part of the war effort so they could reuse them. “We had no shelters on Chessington Avenue, so I was put at the back of the shoe cupboard when there was an air raid and my brother and sister squeezed in behind me. It was no protection and houses that had hits from bombs in our street were destroyed and everyone was killed. “An incendiary bomb landed in our garden and was tackled by local air raid wardens. “I also remember the time we were having lunch at my grandma’s flat in Hackney when a V1 flying bomb landed in Victoria Park and killed many people. “It was clear to my family when the war was coming to an end and we were all given a holiday for VE Day and had the day off school. “I went to the Bohemia Cinema in Finchley Central to watch a film with Marlene Dietrich in it to celebrate. “When the war in Europe ended, it was difficult to be too lavish because there was still rationing. People were just relieved it was over and it took a while to recover. “Those fighting slowly started to return and be repatriated and war really ended with victory over the Japanese. “VE Day celebrations the following year were huge and that’s when we really went to town.”

Children play among the rubble in London at the end of the war

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VE Day 75th anniversary / Weekend

5 Jewish reasons to love Vera Lynn! On Friday 8 May, the nation has been called on to join a mass singalong of We’ll Meet Again, the 1939 song made famous by Dame Vera Lynn, known as ‘the Forces’ Sweetheart’, in celebration of 75 years since V E Day. Here’s all the best heimische reasons to celebrate the beloved 103-year-old singer…


The bandleader who made her famous

Bert Ambrose, born Benjamin Baruch Ambrose in Warsaw, 1896, was a wellknown English bandleader and violinist. After forming his own, highly-acclaimed dance band in the 1930s, he went on to discover a number of new acts, including Vera Lynn, who sang with his orchestra from 1937 to 1940… leading to her meeting her Jewish husband.


A musical match!

In 1941, Lynn married Harry Lewis, a clarinetist and saxophonist, and fellow member of Ambrose’s orchestra, who she had met two years earlier. The couple moved to Finchley after the war and had a daughter, Virginia. Harry died in 1998.


Kind to the Kinder

In a 2017 interview with The Guardian, magician and mentalist

David Berglas revealed his special connection to Dame Vera, as a German–Jewish refugee. He said: “She was one of the few artists to do a show for Jewish refugee children, to bring them over before war broke out. She was singing with the Ambrose orchestra and took part in a charity show to raise funds to get them out of Germany. I thank her from the bottom of my heart – because I was one of those children.”


Music maestros

We’ll Meet Again became an iconic song of reuniting with loved ones after the war, but Dame Vera scored success with two other wartime hits: The White Cliffs of Dover, which was penned by Walter Kent and lyricist Nat Burton, born Nat Schwartz, and A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, which was composed by Manning Sherwin and had lyrics by Eric Maschwitz, the son of a Jewish– Lithuanian immigrant.


Seen on screen

Dame Vera’s version of We’ll Meet Again has been frequently referenced in popular culture since it was released in 1939 – most recently by the Queen in her lockdown speech to the nation. But it was also most used in Jewish director Stanley Kubrick’s cult 1964 black comedy Dr Strangelove, starring Peter Sellers and George C Scott.

Dame Vera now and the VE Day crowds

The Forces’ Sweetheart entertains

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The lighter side

Inspiration / Weekend

Brigit Grant’s little bit of this and little bit of that...

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NATASHA DAVIDOV looks like a woman with good taste. Sleek and confident, she makes you wish you’d worn pearls, which is a good thing because she sells them along with finely crafted jewellery designed for her brand Davidov London. Her collection is full of fab pieces, but none more so than the Aska Maternity Movement Bracelet (£30), which is not only pretty, but serves a vital purpose. “It was designed to help women monitor patterns in their baby’s movements and notice when those patterns change,” explains Natasha. “Changes in movement can highlight problems requiring medical intervention and with each bead corresponding to a single movement, it is possible to monitor the bumps and keep track of the changes. One mother saved her baby by being induced because the tracking provided by the bracelet enabled her to inform the hospital about the movement.” The Aska bracelet came from a collaboration with Louise Macleod, a creative NHS worker who had the idea during her pregnancy and wanted to reduce still birth rates by encouraging and motivating women to notice changes sooner. “I named the bracelet after Ivo Andric’s story, Aska and the Wolf’ which was special to me as a child,” says Natasha whose family history dates back to 19th century Odessa before the emigration to Hungary, then Serbia where she was born. “The heroine is Aska, a lamb who ballet dances her way out of a wolf’s clutches. It taught me at a young age, you can fight for life, dreams and creativity.” Launched in April, the Aska maternity movement bracelet is made of moonstone, rose quartz and amazonite and includes a white freshwater pearl to signify where to start counting each morning. With the addition of a sterling silver or gold-plated charm, which can be engraved with the baby’s name, or mum-to-be’s initials, Natasha hopes the bracelet will offer recipients joy and confidence at a time when being pregnant isn’t easy. “It’s a lovely baby shower gift that serves as sentimental memento with a genuine life saving function.” www.askamaternitymovementbracelet. com and for luxury jewellery,

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Gwyn and bear it Gwyneth Paltrow is baffling. Since launching her lifestyle brand Goop for the rich and ridiculous, the Jewish actress seems to have consciously uncoupled with reality and cast herself as a deluded dart board at which those with less money and more brain can throw pointed abuse. Earlier this year she was selling a candle named after her nether regions which must have terrified her Jewish husband TV’s Glee creator Brad Falchuk, but her penchant for pushing overpriced products has not stopped despite the furloughing of the film industry so check out Stella McCartney loop sneakers for £501 for dog schlepping and Heather Taylor Home designer face masks at $50 a pack. Gwyn has also decided a global virus is no reason to stop pushing Goop Glow masks (£112) as exfoliation is a pandemic priority. To her credit, Goop-Falchuk refused to take the government’s offer to pay staff at her London store, so feel free to peruse the sale, where Sonia Rykiel trousers are only £383!

Where there’s a will, there’s OY VEY

LAST NIGHT I WENT TO BRENT CROSS. The parking was easy, not a 4X4 in sight and I sailed silently through John Lewis’ spring collection – (mostly florals and puff sleeves) before meeting a friend at Lola’s cupcakes. Unfortunately the friend never arrived because one can’t invite pals into dreams in the way you can to Houseparty. Shame about that, because lockdown has forced shopacholics to secretly drive past Brent Cross to sniff the air or admit their consumer

withdrawal anxiety to other Jewish women on social media shtels. The advice on Jewish Women Talk About Anything is to look for the danger signs, so if you wake up convinced you bought a diffuser in The White Company or underwear in M&S, don’t look for the receipt – get help. BC19 (Before Covid 19), which is a cheerier acronym for the virus that has attacked the world than DDSL(destroyed daughter’s social life), I never knew I could host a soiree

without kvetching in the kitchen all day and tidying the house. Now thanks to the aforementioned Houseparty I can invite everyone, leave the lounge littered, mute the meshugenas and get rid of all the guests by simply pressing ‘End Party’. No more buttering bagels and refilling glasses in these unprecedented times, as I can now serve virtual fishballs in a schlocky sitting room knowing there will be no lingering Jewish goodbyes in the hall.

Isolation Lips The words ‘lockdown lips’ sound like an oxymoron on a page for Jewish women, so let’s focus on the best lipstick for ‘Houseparties’ and ‘team’ meetings. Just as the labels on bottles always take me to wine, so do the names of cosmetics. So for lockdown I’m choosing Jane Iredale’s Lip Drink ‘Pout’ and ‘Giddy’ (£12), which contain carrot seed and avocado oils and SPF 15 sun protection.

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Orthodox Judaism

SEDRA Emor BY RABBI ALEX CHAPPER When two passages are found next to each other in the Torah, they are usually thematically linked yet, at the end of Emor, there are two sections with no apparent common thread. First we read about the showbread baked by the Kohanim and placed on the golden table in the Tabernacle. Then we read about a man who blasphemed and cursed God’s name. The Midrash explains this juxtaposition. The man directs his ridicule towards the rules relating to the showbread, asking: “Is it possible that in the Tabernacle, the King’s palace, bread should be distributed nine days after it is baked, when it is stale?” alluding to the fact the loaves were baked on a Friday and only eaten by the Kohanim a week later. Rabbi Moshe Alshich explains that the bread, which was ethereal and beyond the limitations of time, still retained its freshness by the following week. How do we understand the blasphemer’s motivation? Living in the physical world, we want our reality to reflect things we can see and understand. We dislike

anything supernatural or beyond our comprehension. We can deal with this in two ways. Either accept our knowledge is limited and embrace the element of spirituality that exists beyond the finite boundaries of our world – or reject it and ridicule anything related to it. For the blasphemer, he could not countenance the fact that something as basic as bread could be an instrument of spirituality. The relevance for us is clear. Even though human knowledge is constantly expanding through science and technology, life is still full of questions. Our challenge is to decide whether to accept the unknowable or reject it as unthinkable. Either way, we should bear in mind the majestic words of the prophet Isaiah: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts and your ways are not My ways, says God. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

◆ Rabbi Alex Chapper serves Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue

This week’s digit is...

What’s in a number?


BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL This week marks the 75th anniversary since VE Day, coming just a few days after the 75th anniversary of Bergen-Belsen’s liberation, which was marked on Sunday 19 April. For that event, I had been selected to co-lead a British military deputation there – but the commemoration was not to be, postponed owing to the tragedy of Covid-19. However, some of my own vivid memories of Reverend Leslie Hardman, the first Jewish British Army chaplain to arrive at the camp, who cut a venerable figure in his 90s, include him pinching my cheek hard and telling me: “Abel, you’ll go far!” In his eyes, I saw a paternal depth, tinged with sadness, laden with the responsibility of carrying the past into the future. Abraham, our national ancestor, was 75 years of age when he struck out on a completely new journey, leading to the foundation of our people.

For Jews, 75 years since the tremendous relief of VE Day, the outburst of joy and the street parties are also remembered alongside the brokenness of Holocaust survivors in camps such as BergenBelsen, displaced, yet some of them summoning any energy they had left to sing Hatikvah. It is our hope that in the 75th year since VE Day, we can include 72 years of the existence of Israel. For British Jews in particular, there remains the bursting pride of being to England all that

England was to us. In our own synagogue, we are honoured to have a war hero, Eric Goldrein, who, understanding Yiddish, talked his German captors into surrendering to British Forces. His first wish on recovering from his ordeal was to go straight back to serve in action, so no one should say that Jews preferred a desk job. Eric, like Reverend Hardman, is the prototype of loyal servants of the Almighty, whose initials are in Hebrew, ayin, heh – Eved HaShem – with the numerical value of 75. Let their service inspire us to be similarly loyal, to God, to country and to our heritage. God Save the Queen, and protect the United Kingdom, a safe haven for Jews in Europe. ◆ Rabbi Ariel Abel serves Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation and is padre to Merseyside Army Cadet Force

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Progressive Judaism

The Bible Says What? You don’t need a minyan for prayer’ BY RABBI CHARLEY BAGINSKY The concept of minyan, that of 10 people (or specifically men over 13 in Orthodox Judaism) being required to be physically together in order for certain prayers such as Kaddish to be said is one of the most well-known in Judaism. But it has little basis in the Torah. There are references to the number 10 in Torah – the number of righteous people God tells Abraham to find to spare Sodom and Gomorrah, or the 10 spies who brought back a negative report on the land of Israel – but these were only turned into a quorum by later rabbinic law. For Liberal Judaism, Jewish law begins with an understanding of what the ethic is and what lies beneath it. It has now become pressing to seek a renewed understanding of the relationship between Kaddish and minyan. There is no question it is a prayer specifically designed to be said with others. One can see the recital and response implicit within

it. Inbuilt into so many of the traditions associated with death, is the reminder of the wonder of life, this clinging onto life even in the darkness of loss requires feeling a part of a community, being with others. In mourning, the individual turns away from the trappings of daily life, but it is the people around us who keep us focused on living. The Kaddish takes its place in this ethos. On the other hand, Kaddish has become a vital part of the mourning process and there is a desperate need for mourners to be able to say it. For many who have been deprived of the reality of the departure, the saying of Kaddish becomes ever more vital. Liberal Judaism remains clear – the importance lies in being able to say such prayers, not how many people are around to hear you.

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

Progressively Speaking Charity begins… while stuck at home BY RABBI MIRIAM BERGER It’s easy to get caught up in the doom and gloom of the struggles charities are facing. Events cancelled, donors watching their net worth plummet and user numbers falling. However, I want to say Kol hakavod, a big “good on you”, to all those charities working creatively to make the most of the potential of our current reality. Gone are the London marathon, glitzy dinners or synagogue halls packed with quiz suppers; what we have seen instead are amazing fundraisers making the most of what they do have – a captive, housebound audience. This is a moment where time-filling fads are catching on quicker than ever and our charities are joining in. Something that caught my eye was lockdown parents looking for a change of scenery for their children opting to camp at home. I was thrilled to see Camp Simcha turn the trend into a fundraising opportunity with “camp in 4 camp

simcha”. Whether people actually pitch a tent in the garden, turn a trampoline into a bouncy outdoor bed or drag a mattress into a makeshift living room den, lockdown camping is most definitely a “thing”. Now parents can make a moment of time-filling fun into a message about philanthropy and gratitude for our own family’s health. Lockdown fads are not just for kids. The Zoom pub quiz seems to have become a top choice for socially distanced fun with friends and colleagues. I was excited to see charities do the same, transferring the supper quiz from shul halls

into our living rooms. The North London Hospice is managing to get us enjoying online quizzing while supporting its amazing resource. Charities are adapting in other ways too. With many staff furloughed and others seeing the extent of the need, volunteers are coming forward to cook, shop, deliver and befriend. Jewish Care has had 500 new volunteers sign up in just a few weeks, and they are delivering food and befriending the isolated and vulnerable. Others are adapting the use of their resources, with JW3 using its demo kitchen to cook for local residents. Lockdown has enabled us all to reflect on what and who is important to us. Let’s ensure that through creativity, volunteering and continued financial support where possible, the important work of our charities can continue and help those in need at this difficult time. ◆ Rabbi Miriam Berger serves Finchley Reform Synagogue


Jewish News 7 May 2020

Business / Marc Nohr, advertising supremo

With Candice Krieger



Marc Nohr, group chief executive of Miroma Agencies and chair of JW3, tells Candice Krieger about the effect of lockdown on the creative industries and the privilege of charitable giving

to a four-day week about two years f anyone understands the ago. He was credited as being the need to rearrange a work first male chief executive of a large interview for childcare business to announce he did so, issues during the coroand in February, was a winner navirus crisis, it’s adverof the Timewise Power 50 – an tising chief Marc Nohr. annual list that honours men Homeschool hurdles and women who have made meant I had to ask Nohr, group a success of flexible working. “At CEO of Miroma Agencies and the time there were still negative chairman of the creative agency Marc Nohr connotations around part-time work, Fold7, if we could reschedule our particularly for a male CEO,” he reflects. chat. Of course, he completely under“This mass sociological experiment that we stood. For one, Nohr, chair of London’s JW3 arts are all in [as a result of Covid-19] will have some and culture centre, is a thoroughly amenable chap, and like many bosses, is having to support positive benefits in being more empathetic towards the needs and strengths of flexible his teams in working remotely. What’s more, he working. We will emerge from it with a different has long been an advocate of flexible working. perspective nobody would have anticipated.” Before this pandemic changed the world of ‘Pre-corona’, Nohr would ensure that he work, Nohr, one of the UK’s most recognised advertising authorities, was among a minority of worked one day from home. “I’m not one of those people that likes to be chained to my senior business leaders working part-time. desk.” He would spend the time having JW3 Nohr, 51, who lives in West Hampstead with meetings – he became chair, an unpaid role, his wife, three sons and a very large dog, moved

in 2018 – or on his other commitments. He is a director of a Krav Maga school and mentors young businesses and CEOs. Any time out would be spent on exercise, walking his dog on Hampstead Heath and enjoying the arts, friends and family. But unsurprisingly, since the coronavirus took hold, it has been challenging. “I have tried to get head space for at least one day a week but for the rest of the week, it’s been unprecedented and completely full-on,” says Nohr, who has worked through at least two global recessions. At the time of our call lockdown had just started and Nohr stressed the importance of switching off from work when we can. “We can’t be in fight or flight mode all the time.” A member of Hampstead Synagogue, Dennington Park Road, Nohr tries to keep Shabbat. He has been advising his staff to take proper lunch breaks, and set a time to stop work each day. “There is a big physical and mental health aspect to all of this which will be absolutely vital. There are people who have very little resources and are coping with huge amounts of stress.” Nohr has spent the best part of three decades working in the creative industries. The agencies he has led have won Agency of the Year awards, several times Sunday Times Top 100 Employer and more than 100 awards for creativity and effectiveness. In 2001, he founded Kitcatt Nohr, one of the UK’s top agencies of the 2000s with clients including Waitrose, Lexus, Starbucks and Apple. In 2011, it was acquired by Publicis Groupe and merged with Digitas to form Kitcatt Nohr Digitas. Nohr left in 2013 and took some time off but returned two years later to become chief executive of the boutique global agency Fold7, which counts Carlsberg, Audible (Amazon), Diageo and Gumtree among its clients. When Marc Boyan’s Miroma bought a majority stake in Fold7 in 2019, Nohr became group CEO of Miroma agencies, staying on as chairman of Fold7. How have the creative sectors been affected by the crisis? “For agencies there are two main

factors – what marketing disciplines they represent, and how exposed they are to vulnerable sectors. At one end you have brands whose core product is very much in demand, such as Netflix, Zoom or Ocado/Tesco home delivery. But at the other end you have businesses that have effectively locked up shop. “And there’s the general state of the economy with demand being down and anxiety being up. Companies are wanting to preserve their cashand not make too many commitments, and that will impact anyone operating in consumer markets.” As for the UK economy’s prospects, Nohr says: “There are entire industries that are on their knees and who knows what they’ll be like when they’re able to trade again? Take the fashion industry; even when they can trade again there are billions of pounds of unsold clothes in warehouses and retailers will be doing massive discounting and dumping of that stock before they’re even able to launch the next season. That’s just one example of an industry that might be disrupted for the next year.” Nohr’s mother, Evelyn, was a hidden child in France during the Holocaust and dedicated much of her life to charitable causes. He has a long history of advising in the third sector, including many of the Jewish charities and relished the opportunity to become a trustee of JW3 in 2011 and then chairman. “For me it’s part of one continuum – the application of creative thinking in the charitable or commercial domain and that’s essentially is what I do, either at JW3, Miroma or Fold7. It’s the same job in different domains.” Is it up to business leaders to be more philanthropic, especially now? “I’m amazed that anyone who is given the opportunity to contribute their time or money to charity doesn’t take it. As individuals it’s a privilege to give and as Jews it’s an obligation, and it’s imperative that business leaders who have experience, resources and networks get involved. It’s one of the best things I have ever done.”

Marc Nohr (centre) was one of the few top business leaders to work part-time before Covid-19

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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: CHARITY On the phone to an entrepreneur friend a month ago, as the scale of the economic challenge caused by the Covid-19 pandemic was unfolding, he said: “The key has been taken out of the ignition of the world economy.” Projections suggest that the economy is heading for a major dip. The Confederation of British Industry has talked about three phases to the economic cycle: Restart, recovery and renewal. We are still in the restart phase. While the government is handling the response to the Covid crisis, it is clear that business is absolutely key to our future well-being. Almost 30 million people work for businesses in the UK, across a whole range of sectors. Those who have been furloughed or laid off will need to get back to employment. The crisis has highlighted the best and worst of business. Some have stepped up to repurpose their busi-

ness models to produce ventilators and equipment for the NHS. Others, such as Mike Ashley, owner of Sports Direct, have embarrassed themselves by putting their own interest above the national one. As well as providing employment and supporting the national effort to manufacture much-needed equipment, another way business can help is through philanthropy. Thankfully, philanthropists are stepping up in all the areas, although their efforts will only go so far. One estimate puts a £4.3billion tag on the funding gap for charities over the next three months.The government’s rescue package for charities, amounting to £750m is less than

20 percent of this. There are three elements to philanthropy in the crisis: emergency support for charities, helping the country rebuild and efforts to find a vaccine. Charities in every sector are in need, from health and social care to secondary effects such as domestic violence and mental health. Already many of the so-called “super rich” have unveiled plans to support charities and causes. Jewish philanthropists have been active inside and outside

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