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Jewish care homes struggle to get tests

Government failing to deliver promised coronavirus swabs The community’s top health and social care provider this week revealed it’s received only a “small number” of the promised virus swab tests for clients at its 70 centres and services nationwide, writes Mathilde Frot. Jewish Care’s chief executive Daniel Carmel-Brown said on Wednesday: “Since the government announcement at the end of April that all care home residents and staff can now be tested for Covid-19, regardless of symptoms, to date we have only received a small number of tests for our residents.” The charity is pushing to obtain more tests “to better meet the needs of those in our care”. Authorities and MPs contacted by the care provider have all been “sympathetic” to its needs, Carmel-Brown said. “While we have seen testing rolled out across a handful of our homes, it has been inconsistent in others. We eagerly await any guidance on how more

tests will reach us,” he added. Meanwhile, Boris Johnson said at prime minister’s questions on Wednesday that the number of deaths among residents at care homes in England has been “too high” as he unveiled a £600million package to control the virus. When approached for comment, a Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “The government is working around the clock to make sure care homes and our frontline care workforce are getting the support they need to protect residents. “We have built the largest diagnostic testing industry in British history from scratch and all care home staff and residents can now be tested, whether they have symptoms or not, with tens of thousands already tested.” The department has widened capacity and expects up to 30,000 daily tests will be made available to residents and staff at all elderly care

Jewish Care has received only a ‘small number’ of Covid-19 test kits

homes, whether they are showing symptoms or not, by early June. In Manchester, the Fed initially had a “poor and limited” experience of testing in the period leading up to 20 April, but it has since noticed significant improvements and received help from the local authority. Mark Cunningham, chief

executive of the leading social care charity for the city’s Jewish community, told Jewish News: “We are also able to test our residents on the same day if they become symptomatic. Our situation is now stable but we are not being complacent.” The charity executive himself tested positive for the virus last

month but was well enough to return to work last week. Some 100 members of staff of a workforce of 400 have been off or in isolation since 23 March, he said. Out of the 70 staff tested, nearly half (30) had tested positive. Cunningham added: “All care homes need access to testing that is timely and accessible to minimise any further loss of life.” A spokesperson for Nightingale Hammerson said in a statement on Wednesday: “Securing tests for all our residents and staff is a key priority. We are successfully getting residents with symptoms tested via our GP service and continue to chase daily for the testing kits promised two weeks ago for all other residents. “Staff are being successfully tested by our human resources team, who have applied for home kits via the government online portal and that process remains ongoing.”

CHIEF URGES CAUTION ON BLESSINGS SYNAGOGUES REOPENING IN DISGUISE Jewish doctors wore Florence Nightingale face marks this week to mark the 200th anniversary of the Crimean War heroine’s birth, and pay tribute to nurses battling Covid-19. Dr Ellie Cannon and Lord Robert Winston were among those modelling specially-made face coverings this week. • Nightingale tribute, p5

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis yesterday indicated shuls under his auspices might not open the moment the government allows faith buildings to do so, writes Mathilde Frot. Ministers said on Monday that places of worship could not open until the third phase of the easing of lockdown – starting on 4 July at the earliest. But Rabbi Mirvis urged extreme caution, saying: “No matter how much we might want to see the reopening of our shuls, above all else we must ensure that the easing of the Covid-19 lockdown does not come at the expense

of human lives. Even when the government allows the reopening of our places of worship, the Jewish community must act responsibly and with greatest possible caution.” The Chief Rabbi has repeatedly emphasised the primacy of preserving life during this crisis and denounced in the strongest terms those flouting social distancing rules for simchas and prayer gatherings. Senior Reform Rabbi Laura JannerKlausner said: “We are committed to pikuach nefesh, prioritising the physical Continued on page 4


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Death toll rises to 440 after new methodology The number of coronavirusrelated fatalities has jumped to 440 among UK Jews as of Monday, after a change in methodology, writes Mathilde Frot. The figure, released on Tuesday, covers fatalities both in hospital and beyond, using data gathered from seven of the largest denominational burial boards, as collated by the Board of Deputies. On Monday, the Board said the death toll had risen to 384 as of Sunday. The number of fatalities would currently add up to 440, were it tallied up using the old methodology. The new methodology now includes the number of funerals where Covid-19 appeared on the death certificate reported by the Western Charitable Foundation and larger regional communities, in partnership with the Jewish Small Communities Network. It counts fatalities reported by additional regional communities across the UK, including Aberdeen, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Brighton, Canvey Island and Exeter.

MPs PRAISE ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN VIRUS UNITY Authority have been working together” over Covid-19, adding “this is the way peace will get built in the region”. Wayne David MP from Labour noted “encouraging co-operation between Israelis and Palestinians”, but said it only “highlights how wrong it is for a new Israeli government to pursue a policy of illegal annexation of large parts of the West Bank”. Middle East Minister James Cleverly praised “a pattern of co-operation that should be replicated”, adding: “I hope it is a step towards building trust that will enable a sustainable peaceful solution to the situation.”

Politicians from Britain’s two main parties this week praised Israeli-Palestinian cooperation during the coronavirus pandemic, as the UK government said it offered a model for the future. Labour’s Steve McCabe MP said he “welcomed news that Israel has approved a $230million [£188m] advance payment to the Palestinian Authority [PA], alongside coronavirus test kits, intensive care beds, ventilators, drugs and protective equipment”. Conservative MP Stephen Crabb noted the UN Special Co-ordinator for the Middle East had “praised the way the Israeli government and the Palestinian

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“We wish their families a long life, and pray that the memory of their loved ones should be for a blessing,” the Board of Deputies said in a statement. The representative body, which previously released daily figures,

will now be releasing data once a week, on Tuesdays. Meanwhile, the UK national death toll among those testing positive for coronavirus across all settings passed 33,000 on Wednesday.

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Jewish weddings are still banned, whatever the JCC might think The government has flatly rejected claims of “success” made on Monday morning by an Orthodox Jewish group in Stamford Hill that ministers had “agreed” to its proposals to allow small religious weddings. The Jewish Community Council of North London (JCC), led by Levi Schapiro, said it had “successfully been working with government officials on a very senior level” and had offered “plans to ensure weddings and religious ceremonies can be removed from lockdown orders”.

The JCC added that “the government has accepted our proposed plans to allow small weddings with limited guests”, saying it “will be announced imminently”. However, on Tuesday, a government spokesperson said: “All weddings, including religious weddings, remain prohibited to control coronavirus and protect the public. “In step two of our recovery strategy, we will examine how to enable people to gather in slightly larger groups to better facilitate small weddings. We will continue to work

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with councils and faith groups over the coming weeks to explore how best to achieve this safely.” The JCC said it had been “inundated with calls from constituents, community members and askonim [organisers] raising concerns about weddings and simchas during lockdown”.

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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is among a number of senior faith leaders to show solidarity with those on the frontline of the virus by offering prayers of thanks in the coming weeks near where keyworkers are employed. Ten Jewish and Christian religious leaders, including Senior Reform Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, senior S&P Sephardi Community Rabbi Joseph Dweck, Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Justin Welby, are to walk to hospitals, schools, food banks and care homes, to offer prayers of thanks and solidarity. Participants will be paired each week with another faith leader, with recordings released every week by the Council of Christians and Jews.

Tel Aviv’s Ron Huldai and London’s Sadiq Khan have joined dozens of city mayors in warning against a return to ‘business as usual’ should the threat of Covid-19 vanish. Their warning was backed by the leaders of 33 of the world’s mega-cities, including Los Angeles, Athens, Barcelona, Seoul, Hong Kong and Buenos Aires. A statement signed by the group pledged “to build a better, sustainable society out of the recovery from the Covid-19 crisis”. Ex-New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, president of the C40 group, said: “The principles we’ve outlined will guide our efforts to develop a new normal – one that is greener, healthier, and more prosperous for everyone.”

Kisharon raises £1.3m in 36 hours Three thousand supporters helped Kisharon raise £1.3million in just 36 hours. The special needs charity launched an ambitious appeal to raise a six-figure sum in just a dayand-a-half, but its chief executive was “overwhelmed” as more than 3,000 donors chipped in. The ‘Carry On’ campaign, which is still accepting donations, seeks to

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Condemn Israel’s plan, 39 deputies tell Board

Continued from page 1 safety of our members at this time. We are therefore extremely cautious regarding the reopening of synagogue buildings and will not recommend doing so until the evidence is clear that it will be safe to do so. “We are in close contact with all our rabbis and cantors and communities and discussing all options, including the possibility that our synagogues may not be able to open their doors for the High Holy Days in September.” Matt Plen, chief executive of Masorti

Judaism said the movement’s “communities will only resume face-to-face activities when it is safe to do so.” Meanwhile, Baroness Altmann has urged rabbis not to issue a ban on over 70s attending shuls when they do open. Writing in today’s Jewish News, she said: “I would respectfully point out that all older people, many of whom consider shul and community a vital element of life, should make their own choices, with guidance or advice, rather than having restrictions forced on them.”  Baroness Altmann, page 22

You can run virtually, anywhere Israeli youth demonstrate as they call on Benjamin Netanyahu to declare sovereignty over Israel’s settlements in the West Bank

advancing unilateral annexation of West Bank territory which would be nothing short of an all-out assault on a negotiated agreement. No Palestinian negotiators would be involved in determining any future borders in the act of unilateral annexation.” It adds that any failure to “defend the two-state solution against threats made to it by all parties to the conflict” will under-

mine the Board of Deputies and its “credibility and integrity”. It says: “The Board’s statements of support for a two-state solution are worth nothing if the Board fails to speak up against a unilateral annexation.” It also “welcomes” another open letter strongly critical of the proposed annexation and signed last week by close to 500 Jewish students and youth groups. • Analysis, page 13

Maccabi GB will hold its community fun run virtually this year. Its Community Fun Run @ Home Online will take place all day on 24 May to raise money for Jewish frontline organisations and carers. Those taking part in the event can run, walk, hop and even skip a distance of 1km, 5km or 10 km at home while abiding by the UK’s lockdown rules. The fun run is a highlight of the community’s calendar and a significant source of income for good causes. Those taking part have been urged to share videos of their training using

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Thirty-nine elected Board of Deputies representatives have signed a letter asking the organisation’s honorary officers to condemn Israel’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank, writes Mathilde Frot. Among the signatories are Sir Ivan Lawrence, a former chair of Conservative Friends of Israel, Ella Rose, former Jewish Labour Movement director, and Yachad’s former chair Gideon Smith. The letter represents about 15 percent of the Board’s deputies. It comes as hundreds of community members signed an open letter making the same request of the Board. More than 1,000 names are on the letter, also addressed to the honorary officers, as of Wednesday. Among the signatories, described in the open letter as “British Jews who support Israel’s right to thrive as a Jewish and democratic state”, were 10 rabbis as well as the the Labour peer Lord [Jeremy] Beecham and Green Party’s Baroness [Natalie] Bennett. The letter says: “The new Israeli government has committed to

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‘Gruelling’ ordeals on frontline of virus fight A Jewish consultant who volunteered to help lead the fight against the coronavirus at Nightingale Hospital has described his experiences, writes Mathilde Frot. Dr Jonathan Behar, a consultant cardiologist and electrophysiologist at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals, spoke to Jewish News just as the 4,000-bed facility, built last month at the ExCel centre in east London, was set to be placed on standby. On the first episode of the JN Podcast, he told of a “gruelling couple of weeks”. “Normally I look after heart problems, specifically heart rhythm problems, but that service has essentially been put on ice because of the pandemic. “I’m used to looking after sick patients and so I thought I’d be some use, so I put my name forward.” Communicating with patients while wearing personal protective equipment

Dr Jonathan Behar, a cardiologist, at the Nightingale

has been one of the big challenges, he said. “The main struggle actually is the PPE, not the supply of it. The problem is doing a 12-and-ahalf, 13-hour shift with it on. “All lines of communication are completely different when you are in a mask, when you’ve got a hairnet on, a visor, a gown, gloves, and all you have to communicate is your name

on the top of the visor and the eyes of the person opposite you who you’re talking to. You have to shout. You have to use hand signals.” In the weeks leading up to the pandemic hitting the UK, Dr Behar read with apprehension online testimonies from staff in Italy: how doctors there had been overwhelmed, and had had to make difficult

HAIFA HOSPITAL CELEBRATES FLORENCE’S 200TH BIRTHDAY

An Israeli hospital twinned with one in London this week marked the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale, writes Jack Mendel. Staff at Haifa’s Rambam Hospital celebrated the founder of modern-day nursing with a cake and gifts in honour of International Nurses Day. Rambam has been twinned with Hackney Homerton Hospital for 25 years, with the most recent visit from Israel taking place in October. It included a professional tour to various departments of the hospital, a visit to the city hall, and a meeting with representatives of the Jewish community in Homerton. Catherine Pelley, chief nurse at Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust, said: “Our 25 year link with Rambam has provided many warm and informative memories for the many Homerton staff who have visited Haifa, whilst providing us with an opportunity to showcase

Medical staff at Haifa’s Rambam Hospital

our services to colleagues visiting us from Israel. Long may this partnership continue.” Gila Hyams, director of nursing, Rambam, said: “We are people from different worlds sharing the desire for a common humanitarianism and sharing of skills.”

LIP-SMACKING FOOD IDEAS WITH LIPMAN Four hundred volunteers joined a virtual cookalong from their kitchens with actress Maureen Lipman as part of Every Mitzvah Matters, an interfaith scheme organised by the charity Mitzvah Day. Among those taking part by cooking soup to give to someone deserving or in need were Golders Green MP Mike Freer, Nisa–Nashim co-founder Julie Siddiqi and Mitzvah Day interfaith adviser Rabbi Jeff Berger.

decisions because of a lack of ventilators. “Quite frankly that was a terrifying thought that it would happen to us,” he said. But having been at Nightingale for several weeks, the initial apprehension had turned into an “energy of inspiration and motivation”, and working with medics with a range of specialities has been “the most amazing thing”. He recalled a heartwarming moment when members of staff on a ward all burst into a spontaneous round of applause after one of their first patients became well enough to be taken off a ventilator. Colleagues “just suddenly stopped and turned around, looked at this patient and there was a rapturous applause. Despite all the PPE, you could see in everyone’s eyes how delighted they were that we got a patient through this horrible disease.”  Listen to JN Podcast at jewishnews.co.uk

Alex, 11, is a 3D visor superhero A tech-savvy 11-year-old from Edgware has created dozens of visors for health workers on the frontline of the pandemic. Alex Courts, who attends Belmont Mill Hill prep school, is producing visors at home using the 3D printer he received for his birthday in October. By adding plastic extensions to the shield’s straps, he also found a way to alleviate some of the pressure on the wearer’s ears. Members of staff at the school, together with some pupils, have produced and delivered hundreds of visors and sewn drawstring bags and scrubs for hospitals and surgeries across London. Alex’s mum Donna, of Stanmore shul, told Jewish News: “He’s had the 3D printer going day and night. “We took some to the hub, which is at Queen Elizabeth School, and delivered them there, and then they are distributing them to the NHS

Alex Courts with visor strap

hospitals and surgeries that are needing them.” Alex, whose sister Chloe has been baking for charity, has produced 28 visors donated to NHS staff and intends to keep his 3D printer going until he “is told to stop or he runs out of the filament”, his mother said. The Y6 pupil aspires to become a designer or inventor. “We’re very proud,” his mother added. “He was mentioned in the [school’s] newsletter and on social media, and it’s very, very sweet.”


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Plaque tells story of ‘fearless’ envoys “Fearless” British consular officials who helped save the lives of thousands of Jews from nearcertain death in Nazi Germany and Austria have been honoured with a commemorative plaque. The plaque, mounted on the wall of the British Embassy in Berlin by the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR), was unveiled by dignitaries on Tuesday in an event live-streamed to members. An inscription on the bronze-coloured plaque states that it was laid “in memory of consular officials of the British Embassy whose devoted efforts issuing visas helped many thousands of Jews to escape from Nazi Germany, 1933-1939”. British officials issued tens of thousands of visas to Jewish refugees in Nazi Germany and Austria in the years between Adolf Hitler’s rise to

between life and death,” he said. power in 1933 and the outbreak of the AJR trustee Frank Harding, Second World War in 1939. who devised the commemorative A new visa system was rolled plaque scheme, said: “We are out after the Anschluss – the recognising the heroic work annexation of Austria in of all those British officials March 1938 – allowing British whose actions enabled many consular officials to issue thousands of Jews in Gertravel documents to refugees. many and Austria to flee Nazi Lord Eric Pickles, the oppression. UK’s special envoy for post“Without their diligent Holocaust issues, paid tribute work, often going beyond their to “those fearless men and remit, many more thousands women who at great risk issued would have perished.” visas that saved thousands of The British Ambassador to Jewish lives”. Germany, Sir Sebastian Wood, “The visas were the difference The plaque in Berlin

said the plaque paid tribute to the “bravery and compassion of diplomats such as Frank Foley, Margaret Reid and their staff” and Jewish refugees who rebuilt their lives in Britain. “Whenever our common values are threatened, individuals can make a huge difference,” he said. International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance chair Michaela Küchler, who serves in the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a special representative for relations with Jewish organisations, said: “There were those who hid Jews, who provided them with false identities or issued visas guided by humanitarian convictions rather than by bureaucratic considerations. I am glad the plaque at the British Embassy tells their story.”

‘THE BOYS’ MARK 75 YEARS OF LIFE IN BRITAIN Centenarian on Rich List

A family lights candles in the video

The families of orphaned child Holocaust survivors flown to Britain to begin new lives 75 years ago lit memorial candles in a new video, released at the weekend to mark the anniversary. The group of 732 survivors, who became known as the Boys but included 80 girls, formed the ’45 Aid Society to raise money for charitable causes and teach the lessons of the Holocaust. Their since cancelled annual reunion dinner at a venue in north

London was set to draw 700 guests. To mark the date, the ’45 Aid Society released a 23-minute video on Sunday evening, which has been viewed more than 800 times. It features a virtual memorial candle lighting ceremony with the children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren of the Boys based around the world. More than 100 family members contributed to the ceremony, the charity said.

A 100-year old Holocaust survivor who flew with the RAF after fleeing Nazi-occupied France has become the first centenarian to appear on The Sunday Times’ Rich List, with a £2.3 billion fortune. Tony Murray, born Gaston Jacques Kalifa in Paris in 1920, worked for his Jewish father’s construction company. His father was later killed at Auschwitz. Murray joined the French army in 1940, later escaping to London, where he signed up with the RAF, latterly serving with the famous 613 Squadron, flying 38 missions. His family’s business interests include hotels in Florida and Switzerland as well as London Security, which makes extinguishers and other fire-protection equipment, and Andrew Sykes Group, which hires out air-conditioning, heating and pumping kit.


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RESHET HELD 'AMNESTY' TO HELP SAFEGUARDING The Jewish community’s primary trainer in youth provision has said it held a safeguarding “policy amnesty” to work out what organisations had inplace and where the gaps were. Shelley Marsh, director of Reshet, acknowledged the intervention in online testimony at the Independent Inquiry in Child Sexual Abuse in Religious Settings this week. Set up in 2015, Reshet trains synagogue leaders and informal educators delivering youth provision in the Jewish community and Marsh said she asked to see safeguarding policies “with no judgements” because she wanted Jewish groups to be “open and honest”. Asked about policy inconsistencies within the community, she admitted possible “confusion” in the area of child protection, adding that “it definitely was challenged… I think there have been improvements”. Marsh was asked about testimony from Migdal Emunah

activist Yehudis Goldsobel that Orthodox Jewish groups would only engage with other Orthodox groups. “I perceive that to be true,” said Marsh. “I think it’s a problem.” She described the lack of quality assurance in child protection training as “a real challenge” for the community, saying: “I don’t think it’s a greater challenge to one part of the Jewish community than another. It’s across-theboard.” Marsh later denied calling Migdal Emunah’s content “raw and unpalatable” but said: “There are ways in which Ms Goldsobel may have spoken that people have struggled to hear.”

Reshet's Shelley Marsh

'Offender's word is A campaigner for Jewish child sexual abuse victims this week told a national inquiry of a “consensus among some not to tackle it”, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. The withering indictment was levelled by Yehudis Goldsobel during an online hearing of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) in which she said offenders were often “welcomed back into the community as heroes”. The IICSA investigation into child protection in religious organisations and settings, which began on Monday, asks what religious organisations are doing to keep children safe and is chaired by Professor Alexis Jay, a social worker. Goldsobel heads Migdal Emunah, which supports abuse victims, and is one of several Jewish witnesses, alongside the United Synagogue, the Movement for Reform Judaism, Liberal Judaism, the Charedi umbrella group Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations (UOHC), and Jewish youth training group Reshet. Fiona Scolding QC warned that “there is no requirement for external oversight and no minimum standards [of synagogues] unless they run a school or nursery… The Charity Commission’s responsibility is therefore limited”. The inquiry is asking about organisations’ awareness of child protection,

Professor Alexis Jay, chair of the Independent Inquiry into Sexual Abuse

barriers to understanding, training, reporting mechanisms, pastoral or psychological support for victims, disclosure and barring service recruitment checks, and processes to manage the risk of child abuse. The hearing analysed the Orthodox Agudath Israel’s 2011 statement, believed to be its most up-to-date, which addressed the question of whether – and under what

circumstances – someone is halachically obliged to report child sexual abuse. It advises, in essence, that where there is no reason to believe the victim, it should not be reported to secular authorities, and quotes Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, “perhaps the most widely respected halachic authority in the world today”, as saying this could lead to “the destruction of the world”.

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too often accepted' The advice adds that rabbis should decide whether a case should be reported, and Goldsobel said this is “followed by the [Jewish] religious community in the UK”, adding that it “spills over” from Charedi to modern Orthodox . The hearing also considered the 2015 child protection policy of Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ School in Stamford Hill. The policy states that “outside agencies” should be “involved where appropriate and after consultation with the Rabbinate of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations (UOHC)”. “Rabbis’ aim and ultimate agenda, and I quote from a rabbi who said it to me, is to protect the face of the community as a collective whole, not the individual who might have been abused,” Goldsobel added. She said there had been no understanding of the ramifications of abuse in the Jewish community, or of the serial predator. “They will take an offender’s word at face value if they apologise and say they won’t do it again. There’s no external intervention, no professionals get involved... "We have yet to encounter an offender who has just got a terrible record. It’s as if they charm the community with money, resources, time. It buys a following.” She said victims “don’t have the lan-

guage to report correctly”, adding they are not even taught the names for a penis or vagina, knowing them only as “private parts”. Goldsobel, who grew up in Stamford Hill, said Charedi victims “don’t have the resources to access a point to report,” lacking internet or mobile phone access, adding: “They are most certainly not able to go to a police station on their own. “We are brought up with this understanding that the police are very much ‘them’ and then there is ‘us’. We don’t mix with them or report to them, even more so against another Jew.” The UOHC told the IISCA child sexual abuse should never be discussed in a Beth Din (Jewish religious court) because it is not an appropriate place for it, but Goldsobel said Midgal Emunah had heard of “multiple” cases in which rabbis suggest the alleged offender pays for therapy by way of a remedy. “In their eyes, that’s a really effective way of dealing with the situation.” Speaking about how victims who report abuse are ostracised, Goldsobel was asked about mesirah, the action of one Jew reporting another Jew to the secular authorities, forbidden under rabbinic law, and how doing so makes the reporter a moser, widely acknowledged as a highly derogatory term.

Goldsobel was asked about claims from Rabbi Baumgarten at the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, in his evidence to the IICSA, that "the concept of mesirah is not applicable where the person being reported is causing harm to others, such as in cases of child sexual abuse". To this, she said: "We have yet to see any of these three Beth Dins issue this halachic ruling publicly. If it does exist, we would love it to be put out into the community. It would change people’s lives.” When asked about past interventions on child sex abuse by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Goldsobel said it was "questionable how many of these were of their own initiative when they saw a wrongdoing or they saw an opportunity". She added: "I like the Chief Rabbi a lot, I think he's done brilliant work, but we need a bit more of a proactive approach." A spokesman for the Chief Rabbi said: “It is incorrect to imply that the Chief Rabbi has been anything other than proactive and forthright on this very important issue. The many statements that he has made in public, the mandatory training for the rabbinate he has instigated and the hours that he has dedicated to Migdal Emunah in particular, are a testament to this.” • Editorial comment, page 18

Goldsobel 'ostracised' after reporting abuse Stamford Hill-born Yehudis Goldsobel was abused from the age of 13 by Menachem Mendel Levy, a local ChabadLubavitch philanthropist who came to the family home to babysit. He was sentenced to three years in prison in 2013. Rabbi Chaim Rapoport, who held the medical ethics portfolio on the Chief Rabbi’s cabinet, acted as a character witness for Levy and said he was “the embodiment of repentance”, despite the father-of-six pleading not guilty." In 2013, at the end of a second criminal trial, Goldsobel waived her right to anonymity and spoke out about her abuse. Despite Levy being found guilty, members of her family were asked not to attend synagogue, while some shopkeepers refused to serve them. That same year, she founded Migdal Emunah, which supports victims. “We have a higher number of clients from the Orthodox

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community, which includes modern Orthodox as well as strictly Orthodox,” she told the the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Levy donated, and had his name engraved on, a giant menorah for the annual Chanukah in the Square celebrations. Still being used years after his conviction, it was only ditched after Goldsobel told Jewish News of her frustrated requests for a new menorah. “We asked multiple times to accept what this meant for victims and survivors, but it never progressed until it was really pushed in the media.”

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The planned trip to Sri Lanka, his third in the past year, was to be a reconnaissance for how to spend the money raised. From his home in west London, where he lives with his parents and younger brother, Ethan, David explains that his travel plans have been put on hold owing to the Covid-19 lockdown. Yet his resolve is unwavering. Within a matter of days, an alternative plan was implemented. The foundation is instead donating £25,000 of medical equipment, including a ventilator, which costs around £16,000, and eight patient monitoring systems, such as ECG machines and haematology analysers, to the island. “I hope these are helpful during the coronavirus pandemic,” he says. “Saving lives is how I want to commemorate my siblings.” It’s not the first donation David has orchestrated. At the end of 2019, he delivered 100 beds to nine hospitals, and funded the development of a new model for trauma care across Sri Lanka. During that trip, he met Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, who organised a centralised meeting of all the directors of the hospitals affected by the attack. The results were promising. Far more emotional was his subsequent visit to the National Hospital of Sri Lanka in Colombo, where his siblings had been taken that fateful Sunday morning. “I found that really tough. It was the hardest part of the trip.” Hanging over his head, too, had been the prospect of visiting the Shrangri-La hotel. After a long deliberation, he chose not to enter. “I emerged from the trip with a clear plan for transforming trauma care in Sri Lanka”, he explains. “That’s my focus now.” The foundation also has concrete plans to build a playground for children with diabilities and sponsor the education of children orphaned by the terrorism attack. Its work is a full-time job for David. His healing depends on its success. To mark the first anniversary of Amelie and Daniel’s deaths, the family held a virtual commemoration service, with Westminster Synagogue Rabbi Benji Stanley leading proceedings. “It was a celebration of life, not a sombre occasion,” he reflects. He isn’t religious, but says Rabbi

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ust over a year ago, David Linsey was approaching his Oxford finals. For this bright, spirited and highly ambitious young man, who had recently secured a job at a data analytics company, Easter Sunday should have been another day of revision. Nothing more. That morning, a call came through from his father, 5,000 miles away in Sri Lanka. “I was woken by screaming. It was chaos,” he recalls. His voice trembles, the memory still raw. The events that followed changed everything. Hours earlier, his siblings Daniel, 19, and Amelie, 15, had been murdered in one of the worst terrorist attacks since 9/11. They were having breakfast on the third floor of the Shrangri-La hotel in Colombo with their father when a series of bombs exploded. The family had been due to fly home that afternoon. For the first anniversary of their deaths, David (pictured below) had planned to travel to Sri Lanka with a team of trauma surgeons from McGill University. “My actions have always been driven by my siblings’ core values of kindness and openness,” David explains. “I wanted to save lives in their memory and so a year ago we set up the Amelie & Daniel Linsey Foundation.” His aim is to support families devastated by the attack, and upgrade the country’s medical facilities to reduce mortality from future traumatic events. Remarkably, the foundation has raised more than £400,000 through crowdfunding on the JustGiving platform, private donations and a charity ball, which raised £85,000.

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Stanley has helped him feel part of the community. “I’ve really come to appreciate how Jews look out for each other all across the world.” Does he forgive his attackers? “I haven’t thought about it,” he admits. “The emotion that flows in the wake of tragedy is a powerful fuel, and one easily used to drive hate. It is a cycle that must stop somewhere if we are to win the battle against extremism. “We must bring Amelie and Daniel’s values to bear in the toughest times, and not respond in unthought wrath,” he adds. Does he have any future plans? Only one thing is certain: “I will carry on Amelie and Daniel’s legacy for the rest of my life.”  To donate visit www.just giving.com/campaign/amelie anddavidlinseyfoundation

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among eight Brits who perished in coordinated in Jewish festivals. He came to our attacks which claimed more than 350 synagogue lives. before Purim… to help our staff setting Lord Leigh told the House: “While up for the the evening festivities. We have pledged as a intended target of this atrocity were clearly community to offer our love and support to meant to be Christian, the terrorists’ bombs the Linsey family and do everything we can did not discriminate. The Linsey family were every step of the way. The Jewish community members of my synagogue They shared the is used to counselling mourners who have same classes as my children. Amelie celebrated been affected by terrorists’ bombs and this is her batmitzvah last March, reading with poise, another chapter in a sad and sorry book.” maturity and warmth from the Torah.” Lord Leigh requested that the government He added: “Daniel was especially interested Continued on page 2

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Thousands tune into Jewish editors A live audience of almost 2,000 tuned in on Monday evening to watch editors from four major Jewish media platforms share their hopes and fears for their newspapers

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Navigating the event through four time zones, Times of Israel new media editor Sarah Tuttle-Singer asked each editor to speak about the history of his or her paper or website and the community it serves. All four agreed that the global pandemic has had a massively disruptive effect on their publications, first and foremost being that they are now all working remotely. But while Ferrer predicted a rapid shift from print to a digital product over the next couple of years, his Australian counterpart, Lawrence, believed that his readers still wanted a print newspaper on Friday nights. Ladinsky, whose paper has recently shifted from a weekly publication to twice monthly, agreed, and all the editors concurred with Ferrer’s declaration that “the need for quality journalism has never been greater”. Horovitz, for his part,

although praising his staff for the way they had consistently produced the Times of Israel website throughout the coronavirus crisis, confessed that he missed having a newsroom hub for editors to bounce ideas off each other, and was keen to return to that. He said he took great pride in “the original reporting” produced by the Times of Israel staff — although he made clear Israeli journalists have, throughout the pandemic, been able to go out and report directly, unlike their diaspora counterparts. Each editor has faced different problems in recent months: Lawrence spoke of the bush fires that ravaged Australia, the untimely death of the chief executive of the Australian Jewish News in February, which had shocked the community, and the visit of Israel’s president Reuven Rivlin to Australia just as the world lockdown began – making it questionable

whether Rivlin would be able to return home. Ladinsky said her community’s biggest challenge was the potential cancellation of Jewish summer camps, a rite of passage for Jewish teens in America and something which tied young Jews into future community involvement. Ferrer spoke of the disproportionately high number of deaths in the Jewish community, and how to reflect stories around the virus in the pages of Jewish News. He praised the Jewish community response to Covid-19, saying “Jewish life is vibrant and has found a way to express itself”. But he also noted what he called “a huge divide between left and right” in British Jewry in relation to Israel, and spoke of concern about disengagement with Israel by younger people. Nevertheless, he said, editing Jewish News was “not just a job, but a mission”.  Missed the discussion? Watch it at jewishnews.co.uk

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Annexation plan / Analysis

Q: Should the Board speak out on Israeli annexation? YES SAYS...

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DEPUTY FOR CHIGWELL AND HAINAULT SYNAGOGUE also be consequences for our British Jewish The Board’s president repeatedly tells us community, as large numbers could begin that the overwhelming majority of our to disengage from Israel, which would be community favours a two-state solution hugely detrimental to communal life. and a negotiated settlement, and that the The Board’s mission includes the need to Board will reflect that consensus. So it “protect, support and defend the interests, cannot now justify it silence on annexareligious rights and customs of the Jewish tion, because such a step is the opposite community” and to “advance Israel’s of a negotiated settlement. security, welfare and standing”. It regularly As retired Israeli generals and former emphasises that it is the main representasecurity chiefs argue, annexing parts of the tive of the community to the world. West Bank will be a major blow to the posIf it is to uphold its mission and repsibility of a negotiated peace agreement. resent the community as a whole, then it It would destroy Israel’s moral authority, is incumbent on the Board to speak out and it could lead to diplomatic isolation and against annexation plans. sanctions, which would have a disastrous silent is not a viable option. impact on theADVERT State of JAN Israel. There will HALF PAGE 2020:Layout 1 09/01/2020Remaining 16:04 Page 1

DEPUTY FOR FINCHLEY SYNAGOGUE Listening to the arguments about whether the Board should or should not publicly comment on the policies of the Israeli government took me back to my O-Level history lessons a lifetime ago. I recalled that during the American War of Independence, one of the slogans of the Colonists was: “No taxation without representation.” The reverse applies just as equally. The idea that diaspora Jews, whose principal commitment to the State of Israel is their summer holiday there, should have the right to tell the government of Israel, and by inference the Israeli electorate, what they should be doing, is offensive.

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Jewish News–Jewish Leadership Council Forty Under 40

Drum roll... it’s time to reveal our fabulous 40! Last week we set the scene by profiling the rising stars who just missed out on a place in our Forty Under 40. This week we kick off the countdown with those in positions 40 to 31. Next week we reveal numbers 30 to 21... FRIEDMAN, 33 36 JOEL Joel played a central role in

establishing and subsequently leading the newly-established Orthodox community in Canvey Island, Essex. For many years a dedicated communal activist as head of policy and public affairs at the Interlink Foundation, in 2016 he was one of six families who moved to Canvey. As policy director of the Jewish Congregation of Canvey Island, Joel has overseen the community’s successful integration into wider society, working closely with the local council, clergy schools, businesses and residents.

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RAFI ADDLESTONE, 34

A “strong and challenging leader”, Rafi uses his expert skills to deliver change and implement modern business practices across both the charity and commercial sector. A former director of youth leadership at FZY, the 34-year-old now works in the sustainability and impact strategy team at Deloitte. Previously head of external relations for the Treasury’s Child Poverty Unit and a senior policy adviser to ministers in the Department for Education, he is experienced in public consultation and policy development. Rafi continues to volunteer for community charities and organisations, including the UJIA and JW3, where he is the youngest trustee.

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MICHAEL LIVINGSTON, 35

Michael is one of the most senior Jewish civil servants in government. As deputy director in the Cabinet Office, he leads a team tasked with improving the cross-government response to serious violence. He is also a senior policy adviser working on justice and home affairs issues in the prime minister’s Policy Unit. A “visionary”, he organised and leads a major cross-departmental Holocaust education initiative in Whitehall. He is also a Mitzvah Day UK trustee, a JLGB member and an Adam Science Foundation alumnus.

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Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen was inaugurated at Manchester Reform Synagogue in 2018 and is the only female rabbi in the largest Jewish community outside of London. Previously a human rights solicitor, Robyn has been praised for “advancing equality and justice in and beyond the community”. The co-founder of Tzelem, the Rabbinic Call for Social and Economic Justice in the UK, she frequently mobilises rabbis and congregants on issues including homelessness, asylum seekers and LGBT+ equality.

COLLINS, 34 35 DAVID David is the United Synagogue’s

chief programmes officer. This proud Scotsman’s responsibilities include Tribe, schools, chedarim and Living & Learning (Adult Education). He oversees a 45-strong team and is the director responsible for the US’s 150th anniversary celebrations. The Tribe summer programmes have grown exponentially, and he has overseen numerous social responsibility initiatives, including Tribe in Ghana, an asylum drop-in centre and a plastic waste reduction policy. Most recently he rapidly introduced the US coronavirus helpline.

FIELD, 36 32 LAURENCE As JW3 Gateways director,

Laurence has significantly improved the lives of more than 300 highly vulnerable Jewish youth. Gateways is a vocational programme for at-risk young adults within the Jewish community. Laurence develops and oversees bespoke courses tailored to each student, ranging from core academic skills such as maths and English to practical courses in cooking, business and personal training. Thanks to the “driving force” behind ensuring JW3 offers a safe space for some of the community’s most vulnerable young people, more than 150 students have emerged with qualifications.

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SHAW, 30 39 ANTHONY Now Jewish Learning Exchange’s

fundraising director, Anthony was previously Young Norwood manager, at the forefront of increasing the charity’s presence among the young Jewish community with a programme of high-profile social and business networking events. “Passionate about an inclusive future focused on giving back,” Anthony’s initiatives included facilitating activities between people with learning disabilities and young professionals, as well as recruiting individuals for committees, which raised more than £250,000 a year.

DUNOFF, 33 37 SOPHIE Having rapidly risen from a par-

liamentary affairs role at the Board of Deputies to becoming COO of University Jewish Chaplaincy at just 29, Sophie is the first female CEO of the organisation. The 33-year-old, described as an “extraordinary role model for Jewish and female leadership”, is known for fostering autonomy and collegiality among her 20 chaplains, empowering them to inspire the 8,500 Jewish students on UK campuses. An observant single mum, Sophie finds time to travel across the UK ensuring the pastoral needs of students are met.

BYE, 32 34 GEORGINA As Mitzvah Day chief execu-

tive, Georgina works tirelessly to guarantee the success of the UK’s biggest faith-based day of social actions. She helps develop its long-term strategy, manages the staff, fundraises and ensures the 40,000 annual volunteers are supported. Georgina has held senior roles across Jewish organisations including JDC Entwine, OLAM and the Union of Jewish Students. She is also a former Moishe House London resident and hosts Moishe House Without Walls programmes, as well as volunteering for Limmud and March of the Living UK.

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CHAYLI FEHLER, 27

Chayli is the founder and director of Project ImpACT and The Step Up programme. The former creates and supports meaningful group volunteering opportunities for school Years 9-11 across 10 communities in north London, while The Step Up programme provides vital life skills and education to young people living in refugee camps. Driven by a desire to “enlighten and empower young minds”, the 27-year-old launched the Aleph Learning Centre at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, founded the Jewish Educators Network (JedNet), and is director of Camp Kochavim, the UK’s largest modern Orthodox summer day camp.


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Virus stats / NYT anger / IDF death / Terror support / World News

1,300 French Jews die At least 1,300 members of France’s Jewish community have died with Covid-19, the country’s Jewish burial service has said. The French chevra kadisha, the term for those who provide Jewish burial services, reported the figure this week after declining to disclose any numbers since the outbreak of the pandemic in France in March, the Makor Rishon daily reported last Friday. Hundreds have been flown to Israel for burial, according to the report, and some estimates speak of 2,000 Jewish deaths. Among French Jews who contracted the virus and recovered is Joel Mergui, president of the Consistoire group providing religious services for Orthodox Jews. The numbers show that the French Jewish community has been the worst hit in Europe by far. The UK has recorded 372 Jewish deaths. France has about 500,000 Jews, double the number of the UK community. In France and the UK, figures for Covid-19 deaths rely on the number of Jewish burials held and does not

Some report 2,000 French Jews dead with Covid-19

include those who were Jewish but did not have a Jewish burial. According to the 1,300 tally, Jews make up about five percent of the 25,897 Covid-19 deaths recorded in France, a percentage six times larger than their share of the population.

Outrage over NYT Israel tweet The New York Times has caused outrage by tweeting that Israel is “best known for pioneering cutting-edge ways to kill people”. Its comment came on Friday as it shared an article about the defence ministry’s coronavirus research. The “research-and-development arm is best known for pioneering cutting-edge ways to kill people and

blow things up. Now it is turning to saving lives,” it said. The tweet received nearly 2,000 comments, many accusing it of antisemitism. Michael Dickson, British-born director of pro-Israel group StandWithUS, said: “Even as it outlines the ways Israeli servicemen and women are working to save and safeguard people from #Covid-19,

the @nytimes can’t help but create a clickbait headline perfect for Israelhaters and antisemites.”

ISRAELI SOLDIER Attacks on KILLED IN RAID US Jews up An Israeli soldier was killed during a West Bank arrest raid when a rock thrown off a rooftop struck him in the head, the military has said. The military typically carries out such predawn raids against wanted militants in the West Bank, occasionally encountering local resistance, but the killing of a soldier is rare and this is the first military casualty of the year. Staff Sgt Amit BenYigal, 21, was on routine operational activity near the city of Jenin, the IDF said. A search was on for the attacker.

‘EU will not delay funds’ As scrutiny grows in Europe of aid to the Palestinian Authority, an EU official said Brussels will not withhold funds from supporters of terrorist groups. Sven Kühn von Burgsdorff, who heads the EU mission to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, said this in a letter in March to Palestinian aid recipients that the NGO Monitor group posted on Twitter last week. The EU restrictive lists include groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad, which may not receive

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American Jews were targets of more antisemitic incidents in 2019 than any other year over the past four decades, the Anti-Defamation League reported on Tuesday. The New York City-based Jewish civil rights group counted 2,107 antisemitic incidents in 2019, finding 61 physical assault cases, 1,127 instances of harassment and 919 acts of vandalism. That is the highest annual tally since it began tracking antisemitic incidents in 1979.

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Excavated headstones are returned in Prague Israeli envoys said “justice is being done”, after builders excavating the centre of Prague last week returned dozens of Jewish headstones found under the paving. Last week’s discovery was made during work at tourist hotspot Wenceslas Square, with Chaim Kočí of the Chevra Kadisha Society witnessing workers unearthing the cobblestones, which revealed headstones with Hebrew lettering and the Star of David, together with the names and dates of the deceased. Speaking to Jewish News this week, Tomáš Kraus, chief executive of the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic, said it confirmed suspicions headstones were taken from Jewish cemeteries sites during the Communist years. “We didn’t suspect they were there, we knew they were there, we just didn’t know the exact spot,” he said. “Now that’s clear.” He said a TV tower now stands at the site of the cemetery from which the stones were taken, so the stones may now be buried at a different cemetery not far away that is used by the Jewish community and is where Franz Kafka is buried. Kraus added that he was negotiating with city authorities. “Officials promised us they would hand us the stones once the

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Dutch King WillemAlexander has for the first time acknowledged his great-grandmother Queen Wilhelmina’s perceived indifference to the fate of Dutch Jews during the war. In an emotional speech, he said they ‘felt abandoned, insufficiently heard, insufficiently supported, even with words… It won’t let go of me’. Headstones were taken from Jewish cemeteries during Communist times

work in the centre starts,” he said. “We are pleased they kept their word. “This discovery should remind us what totalitarian regimes are capable of and how they can act against religious freedom. Unfortunately we cannot pull down the TV tower, so at least we can bury the stones.” Israeli Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Daniel Meron, told Jewish News “justice is being done by returning the sacred matzevot [tombstones] to the Jewish community, who will return them

to the Jewish cemetery in Prague”. The decision to pave the centre of Prague, in particular the Royal Way from the Old Town across the Charles Bridge up to the castle, was made by the Communist regime, but Kraus said cemeteries were raided for building materials, not shuls. However, he said the regime “often tore [synagogues] down for rebuilding on the site...Only after 1989 were we able to get some of them back. We are now trying to reconstruct them gradually.”

Kiss frontman Gene Simmons has said his late mother almost never spoke about her time in Nazi camps during the Holocaust after a German newspaper supplied him with family information. Bild am Sonntag gave the Israeli-born rock star reams of documents about Flora Klein’s ordeal, including her impact statement.

The Jewish museum in Moscow has presented an online exhibition titled Berlin Unknown. May 1945, showcasing more than 80 images from wartime photo journalists Ilya Arons and Valery Ginsburg, who accompanied the Soviet Army as they captured the city. It is the first time many of the images have been shown in public.

Orthodox Jewish men in Melbourne have been shown in photographs breaking lockdown restrictions in order to form a minyan. The Australian Jewish News said local traders reported ‘frustration’ and ‘concern’ for their health, adding that police had been called to Beis Medrash Veyatzev Avruhom several times.

HILLEL SUPPORTS STUDENTS Wallenberg-signed pass auctioned document relating to protective passports and a Swedish envoy, only to witness Hungarian Jews being WORLDWIDE IN LOCKDOWN Asigned by the Swedish diplomat whose paperwork deported to the Nazi death camps. For the next six

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Hillel International has said it is supporting “thousands of Jewish students struggling with isolation, food insecurity and the impact of the coronavirus” on themselves and their families through a range of innovative ideas.

Among the Hillel responses has been to provide kerbside delivery of boxed meals and arranging calls to every Jewish student to check in on their mental health, organising extended conversations with at-risk students. Hillel’s online hub has served as a volunteering portal for students to give back to their community throughout the pandemic, and virtual campus visits have connected Jewish schoolchildren with Jewish students at the universities they want to attend. Hillel International held its first global fundraising initiative last week after locked-down students in cities and campuses around the world sought additional help during the pandemic.

saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust has months, he issued thousands of protective passports and sheltered Jews in buildings declared as Swedish territory. come up for auction in the United States. There are still many examples of wartime SchutzThe rare one-page document, signed by Raoul Wallenberg, is being sold by RR Auction in Boston and Passes but very few show Wallenberg’s signature refers to the issuance of a Schutz-Pass, a protective clearly, said the auction house. “While Wallenberg typipassport restricting deportation of Hungarian Jews. cally signed Schutz-Passes with quick scribbles, this The passes gave protection under Sweden’s war-neu- document boasts a neat, complete signature,” said the tral authority and are credited with saving thousands auction house’s Bobby Livingston. of lives. Written in Hungarian, the document is signed ‘R. Wallenberg’ and dated 28 September 1944. It reads: “To the National Central Authority Supervising Foreigners…We are pleased to inform you that the Royal Swedish Legation in Budapest has issued a protective passport to Mr Miksa Lévai according to which the above-named person must be considered a Swedish citizen. “The Legation kindly requests that the abovenamed individual be exempt from wearing the distinguishing symbol. The Legation certifies that the reciprocity mentioned in the relevant regulation exists with Sweden.” Wallenberg was a Swedish architect and businessman who went to Hungary in July 1944 as The rare letter signed by diplomat Raul Wallenberg

Cherkassky’s lockdown art marks shift

EUROPEAN RABBIS DISCUSS VIRUS AND AFTERMATH Dozens of Europe’s leading rabbis have discussed the practical steps they can take in helping congregations return to synagogues as the coronavirus lockdown began to ease in several countries. The Conference of European Rabbis also considered the economic impact of the pandemic.

Celebrated Ukraineborn Jewish artist Zoya Cherkassky has exhibited her newest work online through a New York artists’ hub, with critics saying it marks a significant shift with her art from the past three decades. Cherkassy, who now lives in Tel Aviv, produced

the images during lockdown. Her latest offerings were inspired by a YouTube video of an Orthodox Jewish wedding in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak. She became known for depicting the huge wave of Soviet Jewish immigration to Israel over the past three decades, but

critics say her latest work appears to show Jewish life in the shtetl, using ink, water colour and wax crayons. There is a centuries-old Jewish custom in some quarters to conduct weddings at the edge of cemeteries during times of plague and epidemic, as

a superstitious means of keeping illness at bay. Among Cherkassky’s recent additions is Black Chuppah, a drawing of a newly-married couple, and since she began creating the images in the run-up to Pesach, images of the festival have crept in.


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Sickening claims of a silent conspiracy The national inquiry into child protection in religious settings turned its attention to the Jewish community this week. It heard first and most dramatically from Yehudis Goldsobel, herself a victim of child sex abuse, who in 2013 founded an organisation to help others. The picture she painted will shock those who do not know its ways. In a nutshell, she said the following: The Charedim have no internet access, the victim can only report the abuse internally, usually to a teacher or family member. They then report it to a rabbi, who reports it to a more senior rabbi, who discusses it at his dining table one evening with others. The idea of calling the police is apparently only ever considered as a last resort, and only if the victim is believed. The Inquiry heard that the idea of an offender remedying their offence by paying for therapy is popular. The chance of the rabbi knowing the perpetrator is high. As a result, Yehudis told the Inquiry, the rabbis’ top priority can be to “save the community’s face”. The victim, she said, is an afterthought. Those reporting abuse externally without rabbinic consent are shunned as ‘mosers’ (someone who ‘shops’ a fellow Jew). Their families are not welcome in synagogues or shops. Beth Dins claim someone reporting harmful conduct is not a moser, but, according to Yehudis, will not say so publicly. Offenders, often public do-gooders, appear to be welcomed back from jail as heroes. Their victims are thought to have ‘consented’. Indeed, in one of the most disturbing moments of Yehudis’ three-hour testimony, she claimed Charedi girls are considered ‘of age’ at batmitzvah. Teenage Charedi girls have no sex education (biology textbook pages are glued together) and lack even the most basic terminology of genitalia needed to assist police inquiries. That was the picture painted this week at the national inquiry. The Charedi world is yet to respond. The Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations testimony to the IICSA will attract more than a few eyes and ears. Yet the problems are by no means confined to the Charedi world, and wherever this inquiry ends up, all must learn lessons from it. Activists ask for no more statements of intent, they want action. Many religious settings are subject to no mandatory child protection requirements, which is an obvious change we could all support.”

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Bibi betrays Israel’s future In last week’s edition Sharren Haskel MK welcomed dialogue with the Diaspora while branding Mick Davis’s scathing assessment of Israeli politics as “inaccurate”. As British olim who have spent years making Israel’s case, we are acutely aware of the reality, and share many of Davis’s concerns. Indeed, we share the judgement of Israel’s majority, who rejected Netanyahu in March. We see a corrupt prime minister inciting not only against political opponents and minorities, but the legal system. His rush to annex settlements, to serve his own and Donald Trump’s agendas, risks denying future generations the chance for negotiated peace.

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We urge British Jews to tell Ms Haskel and all Israel’s representatives that while Diaspora commitment to Israel’s welfare is unconditional, they will vigorously oppose the erosion of values enshrined in Israel’s Declaration of Independence; values which are also critical to winning the argument against anti-Zionists. We further urge British Jews to support Israeli political parties and NGOs committed to keeping Israel Jewish and democratic.

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ISRAEL HAS RIGHT TO TAKE UNILATERAL STEPS TO PROTECT HER OWN BORDERS Israel has a majority government after democratic elections so has the right to make decisions on its future. The Palestinian Authority leadership continues to act against a negotiated settlement, choosing to attack and delegitimise Israel through international institutions and organisations. All past attempts at negotiated settlement have failed, owing to Palestinian intransigence, leaving Israel with little option other than to take unilateral steps to secure its borders. Israel accepted Trump’s peace plan but the Palestinians rejected it. It played a key part in the Israeli elections and places no

conditions on Israel with regard to proposals to “annex parts of the West Bank”. The Jordan Valley is largely unpopulated and other areas where annexation is proposed are mostly areas recognised as being part of future territorial swaps – had there been an opportunity for negotiations. It is likely in all proposed areas inhabitants will be offered full citizenship, much like they were in 1967 in Jerusalem, and in the Golan Heights. Israel is a democratic state, led by a democratically elected government and annexation will not change this.

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Bending rabbinical law for the sake of heaven ALEX BRUMMER

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he weeks of lockdown have stretched the imagination of the rabbinate. Zoom, Facebook and YouTube have become their new domain. And clergy of all denominations have comforted themselves with the knowledge that their congregations have expanded exponentially. On the Sunday ‘God’ programme on the BBC a guest described as the Anglican online minister waxed lyrical that as many of 3,000 people were part of the Eucharist liturgy, breaking all records for live services. Most rabbis have discovered the same. Kabbalat Shabbat services, studiously timed to finish before candle lighting, are so popular that the Zoom boxes with faces and names stretch into infinity. Friends I contact during the working week to ask about their wellbeing are quick to tell me they are listening to a shiur so could I call back later. Covid-19 has increased the need for spiritual, intellectual

and entertainment fulfilment. But it is not without spiritual problems. At a moment of heightened bereavement in the community the difficulty among the Orthodox of reciting the Kaddish has caused consternation and alienation. One acquaintance in his 11-months of mourning tunes in to a daily Mishnah study with helpful young rabbi. As fulfilling as that has proved, it lacks the emotional intensity of the three-times-a-day minyan and Kaddish. As someone who completed my period of Kaddish a year ago I know what he means. The uplift and spirituality I gained from attending and often leading Shacharit was hugely rewarding and comforting. As good as it is being able to attend services online, the fellowship, physicality and warmth of praying with other people in minyan is impossible to replicate. For my family the spring is the poignant time. It was in this season of 1944 that my grandparents Shalom (after whom I am named) and Fanya were taken from their family home and farm on the Hungarian-Czech border and shipped off to Auschwitz where they were gassed. Before he died in in 2018 my father

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wanted to be assured that I and my brother honour their blessed memory and those of three siblings lost in the Shoah by lighting a memorial flame and reciting the Kaddish. May (Sivan) would normally see me marking their yarzheit and those of my father Michael, my father-in-law Saul and my mother-in-law Jacqueline, who died in a cluster in this period. They will not be forgotten. Rabbi Lionel Rosenfield of Western Marble Arch is conducting a morning minyan at which he makes a point of reciting the memorial prayer. It is a moving moment recited with kavana – sincere feeling. But for all the affecting feeling that a memo-

rial prayer can unlock, it lacks the personal involvement of Kaddish. At the funeral, shiva and weeks after death, many secular Jews who have drifted from regular prayer struggle with the recitation. Watching them conquer the Ivrit or the transliteration is itself part of a journey to perfection and back to their Judaism. It can bring people into community not just at the time of bereavement but for many months afterwards and many years at the time of yarzheit. It provides an enduring connection with lost family elevated to a higher place. The Beth Din view that Kaddish can only be recited with a minyan and not online seems insensitive at this time of lockdown. Many will ignore the advice and recite the Kaddish (which doesn’t even contain the name of Hashem) as an act of personal memory providing a moment of contemplation on the lives of those lost. Challenges to the value of rabbinical-made law and rulings, I recognise, can be a slippery slope. But honouring the fine names of our parents and martyrs of the Shoah is a connection to the past which many Jews, including this writer, are not prepared to sever.

British Jews can no longer stay silent on Israeli policy PROF DAVID HAREL

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arlier this month I watched Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev address the Board of Deputies at its first online meeting. He spoke of the pride the British Jewish community should feel in its close bond with Israel, yet failed to give an honest answer when asked about the impact of annexing Palestinian territory. The ambassador tried to paint unilateral annexation as reasonable, while reminding participants that Israel is the only democratic country in the region. He also said that while the Israeli government takes account of views of Jews outside Israel, the democratic process within Israel needs to be respected by diaspora Jewry, since it will ultimately be Israelis who pay the price for the decisions made. There are others, however, who will also pay the price, whom the ambassador failed to mention: the Palestinians. In moving from occupation (officially temporary) to annexation, Israel will have declared its intention to make permanent its rule of the entire territory between the river

and the sea. This rule will not be democratic. Even if Israel grants citizenship to Palestinians in the territory it annexes – unlikely, given the commitment to maintaining a Jewish political majority – the entirety of the West Bank will have been utterly transformed. Israel is likely to attempt to annex as much territory as possible, but with as few Palestinians as possible. That is, Israel is likely to draw the borders of annexation to exclude Palestinian communities, in order to exclude Palestinians from being able to obtain citizenship. In this way, Israel will be able to formalise its control over the entire territory without having to threaten its political majority. The un-annexed territory will thus comprise a series of fractured Palestinian enclaves and blocs under Israeli security control. This is reminiscent of the Bantustan policy of Apartheid South Africa – fragmented blocs of territory with no real autonomy, all to entrench a reality of systemic discrimination. Ambassador Regev suggested the solution

to the fundamental undermining of Israeli democracy through breaking international law and illegally annexing territory is simply to offer those Palestinians living in these areas citizenship. He failed to address the impact of annexation on Palestinians outside the annexed area, who will continue to live under Israeli control without citizenship or rights. He further cited East Jerusalem as a shining example of where Israel has illegally annexed territory, but did not mention that Israel rejects the majority of citizenship applications by East Jerusalem residents, nor did he mention that those living in annexed East Jerusalem face the constant threat of having their residency revoked and being forced out their homes and pushed into the West Bank. This is hardly a situation that someone who claims to take pride in the democratic character of Israel should be promoting. While he failed to put forward any convincing argument to support annexation, the ambassador successfully exposed what really drives

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the Israeli government’s decisions – an ideology committed to the Greater Land of Israel at all costs, including that of Israel’s security. He suggested that “some” Arab countries might support annexation, but this ignores the fact that the Arab League as a whole, and the Jordanian Kingdom, upon whose stability Israel’s security relies, remain deeply opposed to any kind of plan in which unilateral annexation features. If Ambassador Regev really does take the concerns of Anglo-Jewry back to Jerusalem, as he claims, he would do well to remind the government of Israel that Jews in Britain believe in democracy and in the rule of law. It is quite clear from the growing frustration in the Anglo-Jewish community that a significant part of that community will no longer allow Jewish communal bodies to hide behind the facade of Jewish unity and remain silent in implicit support of current Israeli policy. The pretence that staying silent about the political status quo is somehow an apolitical act no longer holds in the diaspora. If he is honest, the message the ambassador takes back to Jerusalem is that not only does the rest of the world think annexation is illegal and immoral and will cause untold and irreparable damage to the Palestinian people, but it will also tear apart Jewish communities around the world, not the least in the UK.


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Saying Kaddish with others was a vaccine for the soul MALCOLM GREEN

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’ll be honest. When my late mother passed away in 2000, I figured I’d say Kaddish for the duration of shiva week, then stop. When I quickly learned that, as a son who’d lost a parent, I was obligated to ‘do Kaddish’ for an entire 11 months, I thought: ‘No, not me, I’m not that frum.’ Yet, as that first week drew to a close, I reconsidered. I’d do it for the month of shloshim. Until that moment I don’t think I even knew what shloshim meant. It’s not that I was irreligious, I just wasn’t... er ... religious. Yes, I was a member of a United Synagogue shul. Yes, I was proudly Jewish. And actively Zionist. Yes, both my kids were at Jewish primary schools and could read Ivrit far more fluently than I. But I didn’t feel completely at ease at weekday shul, and found the minyan intimidating. However, owing to the welcome I got at another central London synagogue, I stayed with it for the entire year. It became a bit of an obsession. I missed it if I missed it. Filming around the world, the first thing I would do on arrival in a new city was to work out the Kaddish situation. Which shul? How close to my hotel? How could I work the service time around my call or wrap time? Somehow, and with the help of numerous producers, colleagues and crew members, I made it happen at least once a day. I said Kaddish in Buenos Aires, Cape Town, South Beach, LA, Budapest, Oslo, Sydney, Dubai and places I can now no longer remember. And, as my 11 months neared their end, I ached for the weeks to slow down. I dreaded not having to say Kaddish each day as if that milestone, and the ascendence of my mum’s soul, was redolent of the fading physicality of her presence in my life. But, as she left, something returned in her place. My connection with the spirituality of Judaism. And the invisible bond with something deep and profound I had never realised existed before. Yes, I was involved in the Jewish community, through sport, youth work and creativity. But that had always been a more earth-bound Judaism that kind of sidestepped the religious in favour of the cultural. So, Kaddish proved to be the red thread that led me closer to the religion. Cut to a month ago. As coronavirus snuck across the planet, my 88-year-old dad, Harry, was still making a point to prove to my family and I just how independent he was. I now realise my advice for him to stay home and out of harm’s way was never going to be taken seriously. He went out more, even if he was struggling to walk. I was in Copenhagen when I got the call that he’d fallen and was on his way to Northwick Park Hospital, a place that had become like a second home to him over the past two years as he’d fought ‘underlying issues’. Within a fortnight, my dad had passed away, fallen at the Battle of Northwick Park, in the great Covid war of 2020. Yes, he had

become one of those statistics we see nightly on the Covid curve charts in the Downing Street briefing room. But my dad wasn’t a number; he was a gentle human being whom we loved very much. The staff had cautiously allowed us to visit him in his last days and I am thankful to God for allowing us to spend some final quality time with him, face-to-face or mask-to-oxygen mask, albeit with the awful deprivation of any physical contact. And then he was gone. Too soon. We were able to give our dad a funeral at Bushey, only attended by immediate family. An outdoor service, of which my sunworshipper father would have approved, a quick rush to the grounds, and back for an even quicker Kaddish. Beautiful and strangely fulfilling in its intimacy. Then I was told that, because of the newly imposed lockdown, we couldn’t have shiva, and wouldn’t be able to say Kaddish for the foreseeable future as I wouldn’t be in the presence of a minyan. This was devastating. The shiva was a loss, but we could receive sympathy by phone. But Kaddish…? How could I not say Kaddish? With no normal life going on outside of our own personal mourning, this made my loss not just surreal, but even more distressing; where were the reference points of mourning? Solace came in the brave and bold decision within my own community that at the Shacharit and Mincha/Maariv minyanim, Kaddish could be recited by mourners. The fact I would be able to recite it in unison with a growing number of other mourners, albeit on Zoom, was like a vaccine for the soul. The comfort and support that strange, simple Aramaic poem-prayer, about life rather than death, gave me was indescribable. The fact its recitation was supported and enabled by those who had a deep regular observance was enlightening and therapeutic. I have not missed one service. I get up at 5.30am, go running, cycling or walking and am back to join the minyan at 7am. And later, I eagerly join Mincha/Maariv. Saying Kaddish has a meaning beyond its literal translation. Despite its Middle Ages origins and supposedly low halachic significance, it seems to establish an almost magical connection, with other mourners, with God, with our Judaism and with the person we’ve lost. It made a tough time easier. It brought something special and collectively meditative into each day. To put into context, Shabbat has been my emptiest day of the week, maybe because I’ve had to wait until Havdalah before I can satisfy my Kaddish craving and say it again. For my sister, a virtual Kaddish was liberating from a female perspective, being able to mourn – and be heard to mourn – as an equal voice. In my mind, as long as we could say Kaddish, I’d be okay. Some semblance of normality would remain and I’d have something of my dad to hang on to. But even that’s been taken away. Now it's been suggested we say a memorial prayer in place of Mourners’ Kaddish. The English words are all about

Malcolm Green, with his late father Henry, has found the recitation of Kaddish comforting

death, memory and the departed soul. We even get to insert our departed’s name at a given moment. But it’s not the same. Why, when we are all suffering, anxious and scared, when we are all uneasily contemplating our collective and individual futures, why now are we being so intransigent, as if nothing out of the ordinary is happening? What do we think will come as a consequence?

I don’t wish to make anyone uncomfortable. Equally, I am so thankful I managed to get a full month before the great Kaddish lockdown was imposed. I feel so sorry for those who will not have that luxury. Because I’d be lying if I didn’t admit suddenly feeling a bit disconnected. From understanding. From the concept of Orthodox Judaism. But most of all, from my dad.


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We’re still in shock at Neil’s sudden passing SUSANNAH KRAFT

THEATRE PRODUCER AND WIDOW OF RABBI NEIL KRAFT

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ow is it to be me at the moment? How do I answer that without asking questions and yet more questions? Many years ago, my father died on his way to synagogue. The first my mother knew was a knock at the door and two police officers there to deliver the sad news. Suddenly, all the family was round at the family home. My brother and sisters and our children all there with my mother, chatting and hugging and reminiscing over endless cups of tea. Talking, talking about my father. Exchanging stories from our childhood, many downright hilarious and others wistful knowing that our children would not grow up knowing their grandfather. The funeral attended by so many family and lovely friends, then a week of sitting shiva. One of us always sleeping over at my mother’s so she wasn’t alone, always on the phone to each other and seeing each

other every day at her house and staying for prayers every evening. Then asking Neil: “What do we do at the end of the week?” And he said: “Well, you can mark the end of the week by going out together, go out and rejoin society. We can walk together.” And so that is what we did, walking down our street and out across Tooting Bec Common with my mother and the grandchildren to the playground to rejoin life. How did the Jewish rituals of mourning and shiva help? Well, the actual physical support of family cannot be underestimated, close friends who tune in immediately and who just turn up and are there. It all helped tremendously as well as a return to work and being with colleagues. Fast forward to 2020. When my husband Neil (Rabbi Neil Kraft) died of Covid-19 in March, it was the end of the first week of lockdown here in the UK. My younger son and I immediately went into self-isolation. The paramedic’s parting words to me were that I should scrub every inch and surface of the house. Our older son could not return home to see us, although we spoke continually by

HOW APPROPRIATE THAT THE FIRST SEDER MARKED THE END OF OUR SELF-ISOLATION

phone. We could not go to the hospital to see Neil before he died. I was able to organise the funeral only because my lovely nephew speedily ensured that I had the paperwork from the hospital and kindly people ensured that it could take place within a few days. The funeral was conducted by Zoom and only the officiating rabbi was present. I took part and, while many watched the service, others, including my older son, could not because the live streaming crashed. There was no shiva at our house. Instead, thankfully, the shul organised prayers conducted from people’s homes via Zoom. At the end of our 14 days of self-isolation, my younger son and I went out and rejoined

the world, a world in which every shop was closed on our high street, people were wearing masks and the streets and road were deserted. Surreal, it was all most definitely surreal. Through it all, my neighbours were absolutely wonderful, shopping and cooking for us. Friends and colleagues from Norwood, the charity where I work, thoughtfully dropped off food, gifts and cards with beautiful words. Family and friends, both here and in the USA, called, emailed and sent cards and letters to us all. The community was – and still is – in shock and is working its way through its own grief. And how utterly appropriate and fitting that the evening that marked the end of our self-isolation was the first seder. There was little prepared as I tried to get my head round it all. Unexpectedly, my older son was able to join us and we were all reunited for the first time. I determined that we would do a seder, although I had little idea of what that would mean. In the event, what it did mean was that we created our own. I’m pretty sure that Neil would have loved what we did and would have approved.

As lockdown lifts, let older people make own choices BARONESS ROS ALTMANN

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hat makes life worth living? Many have considered this question during lockdown and isolation. As individuals, we have different answers, but a common thread is the importance of family, friends, leisure activities and community. Having suffered as their incomes or businesses collapse, regular shul-goers or newly bereaved have found our community’s commendable rapid response to close synagogues and cancel simchas or shivas and override normal religious rules, left a large void. Most of us can’t wait to get back to some kind of ‘normal’ life. As restrictions are starting to ease, most of us are excited at the prospect of leaving our homes when we want to, re-connecting with families and friends, returning to work – or attending synagogue (from a safe distance of course). And when shuls do re-open, probably not before July, I believe that it is vitally important that our community does not ban

certain groups from attending. Some have suggested the over-70s, for example, should be required to stay away. I would respectfully point out that all older people, many of whom consider shul and community a vital element of life, should make their own choices, with appropriate guidance or advice, rather than having restrictions forced on them. I do hope the rabbanim will recognise this. Older people accepted lockdown restrictions as emergency rules for all. Thankfully, the government’s measures to ease lockdown restrictions did not, as many had feared, include ageist bias. Older people, often fitter and healthier than those much younger than themselves, should not have their freedoms and liberty to leave their own homes restricted. Opposing discrimination and recognising individual rights are values for which so many people fought and died.

Simplistic age-based cut-offs for imposing restrictions should be no more acceptable than using religion, race, ethnicity or gender as defining factors. Some justify considering age discrimination by claiming to be ‘protecting’ older people. The simplistic notion that over-70s are more at risk of dying from this disease is not supported by evidence. Official statistics show that over-70s comprise 81.5 percent of Covid-19 deaths, but this does not mean all older people are at greater risk than younger people. In any year, over-70s comprise 82 percent of all deaths from any cause, so this virus has not increased the risks of dying for this age group. It is simply a fact that older people are more likely to die than all younger people. Of course, without widespread testing and medical examination, all the figures

REACHING A PARTICULAR AGE DOESNT SUDDENLY MAKE YOU FRAIL AND VULNERABLE. WE HAVE COMMUNITIES FULL OF ENERGETIC OLDER PEOPLE

are inexact. However, this evidence is also supported by the medical profession, who are opposed to blanket, age-based lockdown policy. Reaching a particular age does not suddenly make you frail, weak and vulnerable and we have communities full of energetic, active and healthy older people. Indeed, inactivity, isolation and cutting people off from their religious activities could be more damaging to their physical as well as mental health than Covid-19. Strokes, heart problems, immobility and depression will all be worsened. A basic principle of Judaism is to protect life, but we also believe in fairness and individual responsibility. Those who want to stay home will do so, but I believe we all deserve the same rights as other adults and should be just as trusted as other ages to keep safe. Older people can often be the glue that holds family life, congregations and communal activities together. They are much-needed in our religious life and as we emerge from these emergency restrictions, I hope that we will demonstrate our determination to respect them, as our sages recommend.


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Community / Scene & Be Seen

1 NHS GIFTS

GIFT volunteers packed and distributed 1,500 gratitude packages containing lip balm, moisturiser, drinks and pretzels to Barnet Hospital and another 2,000 products to care homes across London. The project, entitled NHSOS, was spearheaded by St John’s Wood entrepreneurs Howard and Beverley Calvert, whose daughter and son-inlaw are NHS doctors. “GIFT has been amazing by organising the assembly by volunteer families, – 3,500 packs containing seven items is no mean feat,” they said. NHSOS project manager Shira said: “It has been an amazing experience working with the incredible committee, brands and the dedicated volunteers.”

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2 COOKING LESSON

Celebrity Israeli chef Or Golan led a Zoom cooking demonstration in aid of Manna Meir Panim, “with 50 people mixing, stirring and cooking three of his delicious dishes”. The event, organised by volunteers Michal and Yael Roth, raised £1,400 for the organisation’s Meals on Wheels service in Israel, a lifeline for those isolated and living below the poverty line. Supporters tuned in from the US, Israel, Germany and the UK to whip up beef boreks, tuna ceviche on tabbouleh and tahini cookies.

3 RIDING HIGH

Ella Andresier, five, learned to ride her bicycle without stabilisers for the first time in lockdown, raising more than £850 for charity All Aboard by riding a distance of 2.6km in Elstree. Her mother said: “She was very excited to have fun cycling and raising some money for charity at the same time. We launched her Just Giving page with a target of £260 and within 24 hours, Ella was so happy to see the donations had jumped to £711.”

4 BIRTHDAY WISHES

Jewish Care volunteer Rita Shaw is to celebrate her 90th birthday at home this week. She was due to celebrate the milestone with family in New York City, but was forced to cancel owing to the pandemic. “My nan has endured a lot of suffering in recent years. Most recently she lost her daughter, my aunt, who lived in New York, to coronavirus,” said her granddaughter, Hayley, pictured inset. “My nan continues to volunteer two days a week at Jewish Care’s Sinclair House, where she has volunteered for 19 years. She makes tea, serves lunches, comforts them, teaches knitting and runs discussion groups. She is an extremely kind, caring person.”

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Still a winner to us! Eurovision might be cancelled this year but that won’t stop Ethiopian– Israeli singer Eden Alene setting her sights on 2021, she tells Brigit Grant

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s the first Ethiopian to represent Israel at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Eden Alene was not only going to make history – she would also have celebrated her 20th birthday in Rotterdam. Now, instead of performing to an audience of millions, the heartbroken singer is leaping about from home to entertain her 90,000 Instagram followers and responding to media queries about how she is feeling. “I wanted to go and do it, to win and felt that we had when I saw the reactions that people so loved the song, its message and meaning. It’s so disappointing.” Not that anyone was in any doubt about her sadness, as she was live on television in Israel when she heard Jon Ola Sand, executive supervisor of the Eurovision Broadcasting Authority, announce the contest had been cancelled – and Eden could not hold back the tears. It was an understandable reaction from the IDF soldier, who won Israeli X Factor in 2018. Having had a chance to gather her thoughts, she now admits: “This is something minor compared to what’s happening. It shows how terrible the situation is and I saw it coming because the rehearsals kept getting cancelled.” Born and raised in Jerusalem before recently moving to Kiryat Gat, Eden was just three when

she attended a local music conservatory. Her single mother, Varkanesh, who is religiously observant, worked as a housekeeper to support her daughter’s voice training. “I did ballet for 11 years before I did music,” said Eden. “Then I performed in a choir of adults from all backgrounds and religions to show music’s ability to bring people together.” Bringing people together is the message in her Eurovision song, Feker Libi, Amharic for ‘My Love’, which also includes English, Hebrew and Arabic lyrics. The song was co-written by renowned Israeli musicians Idan Raichel and Doron Medalie, the latter contributing to Israel’s winning 2018 entry, Toy, performed by Netta Barzilai. As a footnote, the song is also about Eden’s boyfriend, Jonathan. “Israel was founded 70 years ago by refugees and immigrants, so our entire country is built on the mix between different people from different cultures and I feel that I represent this entirely,” says Eden, who currently appears in an advert for the Israeli snack Bamba, made to promote Eurovision. Israel has always led the way with firsts for minorities at Eurovision, with Yemenite singer Ofra Haza performing in 1983, transgender singer Dana International in 1998 and Arab-Israeli Mira Awad duetting with Noa in 2009.

The music will go on! WHILE THIS YEAR’S EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED, organisers will instead air a special programme on Saturday, Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light. In addition to spotlighting the 41 songs selected for 2020, the production will also include special performances from past Eurovision contestants.

These include Israel’s 1979 Eurovision winner, Gali Atari, who will sing her huge hit Hallelujah, alongside a choir comprising participants from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Israel’s 2018 winner, Netta, will also perform an acoustic version of her new song, Cuckoo.

For Israel’s 125,500 Ethiopian citizens, Eden represented a musical breakthrough in the country in which they still struggle for positive discrimination. As her mother said: “Eden represents pride for Ethiopians,” and, while her daughter has been selected to sing at next year’s competition, they have been left feeling saddened by the situation. Eden’s debut single, Better, reached the top 10 in the Israeli music charts, while Feker Libi rose to number three. She has also performed a cover of Brotherhood of Man’s Save Your Kisses For Me, which was the UK’s winning song in 1976 and is now available on YouTube. While this year’s contest hasn’t turned out as planned, she will feature in a substitute show, Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light and is hopeful of “getting the chance to perform in next year’s contest when I will be 21.” A birthday that next year, she hopes to celebrate on stage in front of a live audience of millions. Eden Alene appears in a Bamba advert

All 41 artists will join together, from their locations across Europe, in singing the 1997 winning song, Love Shine A Light by Katrina And The Waves.  Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light airs at 8pm on Saturday, on BBC One

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BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT MAGICIAN JOSH HORUS and children’s entertainer Captain Calamity will help banish the lockdown blues when Jewish News’ Virtual Family Fun Day launches this weekend. From the comfort of their own homes, youngsters can simply sit back, stream and enjoy a variety of arts and crafts, science, animation, puppetry, football – and even a disco – on Sunday, 17 May, from 2pm to 5pm. Captain Calamity kicks off with fan favourites, including balloons and bubbles, then at 2.35pm, get the glue, crepe paper and paints ready for Art Hub LDN’s creative corner. Be prepared to be amazed by BGT finalist Josh, who appeared last year on the ITV talent show with teen magic group, 4MG, at 2.55pm, followed by a cartoon masterclass with Jewish News’ resident scribbler, Paul Solomons, at 3.15pm. Budding footballers can try out their skills and drills at 3.40pm with SFC Academy and then chill out with some puppet fun from Stories with Sparkles. Rounding off the events, at 4.20pm, young and old can get their groove on with a disco from The Official Kids Party. There is also a selection of great prizes up for grabs, including a football party from SFC Academy, a digital cartoon of your family from Paul Solomons and 25 percent off parties from Stories With Sparkles, Josh Horus and The Official Kids Party. Editor Richard Ferrer says: “As we enter the third month under lockdown, Jewish News is delighted to offer this smorgasbord of fun-filled activities and entertainment, and we thank our seven performers for making this vision a reality. Paint at the ready!” Jewish News’ Virtual Fun Day takes place this Sunday, from 2pm to 5pm and will be streamed on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube @JewishNewsUK

MUSIC VCage Upcoming musician VCage is hoping his debut single will raise greater awareness of male victims of domestic abuse. The Mexican-born performer released Slam Me, ahead of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, which begins on Monday, with the track exploring his own experience as a victim of a “toxic relationship”. In 2019, 713,000 men were reported to have been victims of domestic violence and abuse, according to the Office for National Statistics in England and Wales. Featuring such lyrics as “Make me believe that I am the one/ Then throw me to the floor”, VCage – whose real name is Victor Cohen – reveals his song explores “what I was feeling during my relationship”. He says of the track, which has garnered 115,000 views on YouTube: “I had two or three actual events of physical aggressions, but mostly it was psychological abuse. She took advantage of how I cared for her and started playing with my mind knowing that I would be there no matter what. Eventually I realised relationships shouldn’t be like this, that I was hurting myself by staying there and that I am more valuable than what I think everyone else thinks about me.” A graduate of Berklee College of Music, VCage says he became “obsessed” with music as a youngster and describes himself today as a multi-instrumentalist, providing the vocals, guitar and percussion for his music, with the help of a loop pedal. “I love exploring new ways to make music, like playing the guitar with a violin bow,” he adds. Having been affected emotionally by his past relationship and ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week, VCage empathises with those who may be struggling during this time under lockdown. He says: “Try to do as much as you can, and if you don’t know what to do, get into a course online and find a new skill. “The only thing stopping us performing to our full potential is a thought, so just do something and eventually you will start doing it with more inspiration.” As for his feel-good track to listen to right now, VCage replies: “The best track to lift my mood, as it has always been, is Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen.” With a 12-track album scheduled for release in October and his cheery outlook on life, there’s seems little chance of that. Follow VCage on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @iamvcage or visit vcagemusic.com. Watch the video for Slam Me at https://tinyurl.com/yapevkj9

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Inspiration / Weekend

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

How much is that

doggie?

Does the prediction for a population explosion post lockdown apply to puppies? If so, the Jewish community has boosted its numbers with canine acquisitions. Not a day passes without a nice Jewish family posting pics of their new Cavapoo or Cavachon as this is officially the breed of the faith – which is bad news for abandoned greyhounds. Illicit meet-ups for puppy handovers at Scratchwood service station have been happening for weeks and some Jewish men have driven as far as Somerset to collect a spaniel, just for time outside the house. It’s a hefty price to pay, as the Jewish interest in pups has pushed up the price and the long drive will be a mere memory when he’s wiping up little Cavapoo wees. Hope he knows a dog is not just for Covid.

IT’S CURTAINS

Watching my daughter sift through her collection of theatre programmes is heart-breaking. With our Hamilton seats for 23 May converted to vouchers, every day without a live show tune is another day of unemployment for performers. With her show Stepping Out cancelled, actress and producer Amanda Noar started online high kicks to Chorus Line’s One Singular Sensation, but has now recorded Alone Together, a song written and performed with her nephew Jamie Noar to raise money for Acting for Others. “The entertainment industry is broken by this and my colleagues are out of work,” says Amanda. “Acting For Others gives financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need just like this.” With introductions from Bonnie Langford, Gary Wilmot and others, the video for the song is on YouTube and you can donate at www.justgiving. com/fundraising/alone-together

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A Bit of Bobbi Brown It’s not wise to study the lockdown lifestyle of a gazillionairess, as choosing which study to work from is not a problem for most of us. But Bobbi Brown is that nice Jewish make-up artist who worked her way up from waitress to creator of the definitive matte lipstick, so it feels right to look at her in isolation. Turns out her husband Steven, son Duke and nephew Jeremy have taken up DIY and painted a room that led to “new light fixtures being chosen, ordered and installed by three Jewish men”. Bobbi’s surprise at their achievement is shared by any woman who sends a Jewish man up a ladder and holds her breath till he comes down. But that’s not all we want to know, so let’s cut to the organic kernel oil she uses on her face, along with Augustinus Bader’s super-hydrating rich cream (£120), which is also true of the price. Bobbi is being incredibly healthy indoors while wearing the crazily named Wunder Under lululemon leggings and neon Asics trainers. What you take away from this is up to you, but I’ll be taking the Tito’s vodka she drinks each night.

SCHLUFFTIME STORY Getting little ones to sleep is tough for parents aching for the school bell to ring, so how about reading Harry Potter in Yiddish? You could test your accent skills by replacing Hagrid’s West country with the voice of a Polish zayde. The Yiddish edition of Harry Potter sold out on its first two print runs but a third is now available. Just remember not to laugh when you read about Harry’s classmate Neville Longtuchus, or they’ll never go to sleep.

Drive-in Saturday America is set to open its cinemas in accordance with its state public health safety guidelines on 1 July, but there is no news about our own big screens yet. Lucky, then, that two of the event industry’s most innovative minds are putting the finer details to a ‘Drive-In movie night’ in Watford. “Social distancing is still compulsory, but people feel safe in their cars,” says Max Hermet of Your Event UK, who invites those interested to register via the website. “There will be room for 100 vehicles and an app to order food, which will be delivered to cars by masked servers,” adds Jay Sands of DJay Events. “It’s close to impossible to make any money doing this,” says Max, who has lent his vans and equipment to the NHS. “But I hope we can provide work for people and put on a good show.” So break out your inner Sandy and Danny and visit drivethroughcinema.com to register and follow the journey on Facebook.

No dreams of shopping as isolation insomnia has driven me to eating salmon bagels at 4.30am. But that’s not the worst of it. Far more aggravating is being roused from slumber by the news. Note to self: Don’ t use the TV as a pacifier, as the story about Italian women demanding a bigger role in dealing with their country’s Covid response had me reaching for a pen, not the remote. Known as Dateci Voce (give us voice) the group has Sophia Loren’s stylish oomph and, knowing how well countries run by women have done, now seek potere della ragazza (girl power). Sure there are male leaders who have coped, but the results of female-run Germany, New Zealand, Denmark and Taiwan are undeniable. We could split hairs about population sizes, but why not just admire how quickly they shut the front door? “Get inside now!” is of course a commonly used directive by mothers and, as the

dawn chorus kicked in, I mused about the world missing a trick by not putting Jewish women in charge. One only has to ask a Jewish husband if his wife is suited for office and he’ll confirm she could nudge a population into submission. Forgive the creaking Jackie Mason tropes, but Jewish mothers have been shouting ‘Stay Safe’ at their kids for years and they’ll know where their son is until he’s 92 – and if he’s wearing a vest. Keeping tabs on the masses and insisting they don masks and gloves (labelled) wouldn’t be a problem as the Jewish woman has already beaten Boris to ‘Stay Alert’ as the go-to phrase when her man nods off during a plot twist. She has also stocked up on loo roll since Costco opened, so politicians could learn from them and meydl macht (Yiddish for girl power) has a nice ring to it.


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igs and pomegranates have an air of old-world luxury about them. Combine the two in this Persian-inspired recipe that stirs dreams of fruit long after breakfast.

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SERVES: 2-4 COOKING TIME: 90 MINS PREPARATION TIME: 10 MINS RESTING TIME: 36 HOURS

INGREDIENTS POACHED FIGS Juice of 4 blood oranges ½ cup (100g) raw sugar 1–2 tbsp rose water 2 star anise pods 5 fresh figs 4 tbsp pomegranate syrup 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds for garnish POMEGRANATE SYRUP 1 vanilla bean Juice of 1 lemon 1½ cups (300g) raw sugar 4 cups (1l) fresh or unprocessed pomegranate juice LABNEH 2lb 3oz (1kg) full fat yoghurt (organic if possible) ½ tsp fine grain sea salt or pink Himalayan salt TIP Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar to taste.

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Seven Seeded Artisan Bakery FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT EMBRACED THE CHALLAH-MAKING challenge in isolation – or tried and failed – the smell of bread in a kitchen still equates to an olfactory hug, writes Brigit Grant. Aleem Hussein and Szabolcs Fejes get hugged that way every day as the owners of Seven Seeded Artisan Bakery, where their ovens are still being used every day at the Watford HQ. And not just working, but bursting with seeded sourdough, almond croissants, granola and the vegan oat milk loaf, which are among the favourites of those who get their bread delivered. Aleem, who is of East Indian Jewish heritage, gave up the security of a job in high-end finance to start the bakery in 2006, inspired by farmer’s markets and a passion for food. Although Aleem is “absolutely not a generational baker”, he can talk about fermentation and grain flavour like a professional kneader, but relies on his Hungarian business partner, Szabolcs, for whom challah is second nature. “We are dedicated to using quality ingredients, even if we have to give up a bit of profit margin,” explains Szabolcs. “We have flour shipped from Canada, as it’s best suited to the long fermentation style we use, alongside Valrhona chocolate (which is normally only used by five-star hotels and Michelin-star restaurants), Netherend butter from Gloucestershire, organic Zambian forest honey and Spanish almonds.” Before lockdown, the Chiltern Firehouse was among the fancy eateries serving Seven Seeded loaves, so when you take a bite, you are sharing the experience with the likes of Cara Delevingne and Rita Ora. The celebs are now calling for home deliveries too, but Aleem is very discreet and prefers to talk about their sweet avocado loaf. And you will too once you try it. Visit www.sevenseeded.store or call 01923 897 064

Food & Drink / Weekend 1. Place the blood orange juice, sugar, rose water, and star anise into a saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally until the sugar is fully dissolved. Wash the figs and cut them in half. When the liquid begins to boil, add the cut figs. Reduce to a simmer and gently poach the figs for 8–10 minutes. Carefully remove the figs, once they have softened, and set aside. 2. Turn up the heat and boil the liquid for another 20 minutes, until it has reduced to one third of its original volume. Allow to cool. 3. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise, remove the seeds, and place into a large saucepan with the remaining ingredients. Warm over medium heat (uncovered) until the sugar has dissolved. Once the juice has reached its boiling point, reduce the heat and allow the mixture to simmer until the juice has reduced to one third its original volume. It will take approximately 60–70 minutes to turn into a thick syrup. Remove the vanilla bean and allow the syrup to cool before transferring it to a sterilized bottle. If stored in a cool, dark place the syrup will keep for at least six months. 4. Carefully mix the yoghurt with the sea salt. 5. Line a large bowl with a double layer of muslin or cheese cloth. Pour the yoghurt into the cheese cloth and carefully tie all ends together with a piece of string or elastic band. Attach the string to a wooden spoon and hang over the bowl. The cheese cloth needs to be suspended in the air to allow the whey to drain fully from the yoghurt. If your kitchen is cold enough, leave the yoghurt on the work surface. If not, carefully place into the fridge. After 36 hours the labneh will be nice and firm. 6. Spoon the labneh into two bowls and gently layer the figs on top. Spoon some of the blood orange reduction on and around the figs, pour over the pomegranate syrup and decorate with pomegranate seeds.

TIP The whey from the labneh can be reused for many other dishes, including baking bread.

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Super-cool and safe from the virus Cucumber Clothing’s founders create face masks for at-risk communities Two north London mums who appeared on BBC TV show Dragons’ Den last month have turned their attention to the Covid-19 crisis by helping to make face masks for at-risk communities, writes Candice Krieger. Nancy Zeffman and Eileen Willett are the founders of Cucumber Clothing, a range of nightwear and clothing aimed at keeping

Nancy Zeffman and Eileen Willett

women cool. They have teamed up with sustainable gift-wrapping company UpWrap, to provide offcuts from their clothing range for the production of fabric face masks. They have also made masks lined with the Cucumber Clothing’s ‘feel like silk’ material to prevent users getting hot and clammy if worn for a long time. All the masks are donated to at-risk communities. UpWrap, founded by Amber Testino, coordinates the distribution to keyworkers and their families for free. Zeffman, formerly in advertising with Saatchi & Saatchi, and Willett, ex-Nicole Farhi, are also donating materials to Making for Change, which are sewing masks for a children’s care centre. A former member of Belsize Square Synagogue, Zeffman says: “At a time like this we can feel paralysed by the greater issues controlling our lives and to be able to be involved in helping is such a positive way. “We understand that making anything produces a carbon footprint, and we have always wanted to make ours as light as possible, hence everything we produce is made within a five-mile radius of our homes. Sustainability and slow fashion are at the heart of what we do, so donating offcuts and sampling materials and putting our (Eileen’s) sewing skills to use, are just another way to

Clothing launched in 2017. “We saw the need for a capsule collection of elevated essentials – beautiful sleepwear and loungewear, using the best sustainable performance fabrics.” The range is made from volcanic mineral to help maintain the ideal core body temperature of 37.5°C. Although they didn’t secure investment from the ‘Dragons’, Zeffman says the experience was “daunting” but “good fun. We have had some really nice comments (and orders) from a few customers, so it was all worth it.”

be more thoughtful. We have always wanted to create not just a brand but a community, and helping out in this crisis, even in this small way, is another way to contribute to our community.” The entrepreneurs, who came up with the idea for the company at the school gates, were put in touch with UpWrap to see if they could help. “It seemed a no-brainer – we had some offcuts and it was the perfect way for us to make sure they were put to good use.”Cucumber All the company’s products are made within five miles of the founders’ homes

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A GUIDE TO GIVING All Aboard collections to resume ‘any day now’ “I have yet to see a house that lacked sufficient storage. The real problem is that we have far more than we need or want.” Marie Kondo Everyone’s had a Marie Kondo moment recently. If you managed to avoid a spring clean before Passover, you’ve probably found some time to sort out that cupboard or spare room in the past few weeks; anything to escape the home schooling, colossal screen time or relentless chores for a few hours.

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JLE’s unprecedented online success Over the past month, the JLE (Jewish Learning Exchange) has registered more than 50,000 weekly hits through its programmes, lectures and events. Adapting to an online model, the JLE initiated six new programmes recently. Senior lecturer Rabbi Dr Akiva Tatz launched JLE’s interactive webinars, which proved so popular that Mizrachi International requested to live-stream them to its own audiences. And in partnership with Jewish News, Havdallah Live – a musical motzei Shabbat extravaganza – had more than 520,000 views over a six-week period. The JLE’s women’s programming also brought a change of pace to 80 people in lockdown, with an innovative challah bake, and the JLE paid a virtual Shabbat visit to their students by sending ‘Shabbat packages’ with precooked meals and more. This followed on from JLE’s ‘seder boxes’, which were sent to NHS staff in hospitals around London. The jewel in the crown was the Rabbis Unscripted show, run by JLE’s CEO, Rabbi Benjy Morgan, alongside Rabbi Dov Cowan. Combining humour, a live Q&A and exciting international guests, it featured Judge Ruchie Freier – the first Chasidic woman in America to become a Civil Court judge – as one of its guests. This online programme has registered more than 55,000 hits*, and more than 10,000 viewers watched the entire 45-minute programme. The programme’s success was picked up by the Jewish press in both Israel and the USA, and interest continues with United Hatzalah offering an interview this week with the organisation’s founder, Eli Beer, who recently recovered

from being on a respirator in a coma, as a result of the coronavirus. Since constant innovation and planning is vital to continued audience interest, Rabbis Unscripted will shortly get a facelift, and Rabbi Aubrey Hersh will start a new 20-minute series, History for the Curious, on Tuesdays. Over the two days before Shavuot (including Bank Holiday Monday), there will be interactive seminars from five international speakers. Looking ahead to the rest of the summer, JLE will launch an initiative to reach many more Jews and engage the Jewish community across the board. * Figures independently verified by Facebook data analytics 04.05.20


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THE SEISMIC change in everything we do, from shopping for food to travelling around or undertaking the important task of writing a will, is beyond anyone’s imagination. People wearing masks and gloves in the street and queues outside banks, post offices and supermarkets, stretching back because of social distancing, are now the norm, and there is an extra dose of British patience and community spirit that will bring back memories for some of wartime England. Many in our community are lonely and understandably anxious. These are challenging times for those who are vulnerable and find themselves in isolation for an unknown period of time, not seeing another person for weeks. We have read much on the effect of this pandemic on mental Carolyn Addleman

Additionally, we have produced a special newsletter with interesting articles and puzzles to keep them busy. This is particularly welcomed by clients who have little or no access to the internet. The current pandemic has seen a surge in demand for advice on will writing. Restrictions around social distancing and self-isolation have made it more challenging for practitioners. Many practitioners are sending out will questionnaires and arranging to meet via video conferencing to discuss matters in more detail before preparing documents for signature. KKL is following guidelines on will preparation using independent solicitors (practitioners) to overcome some of the problems associated with the drafting and witnessing of wills. KKL is assisting those who recognise the importance of putting in place an up-to-date and valid will, notwithstanding the restrictions that are currently in force.

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YOUR LOCKDOWN JOB SEARCH:

Key tips to get you ahead of the game As the lockdown stretches on, there is no let-up in the number of people having to find new work. At the same time, it’s easy to feel vacancies remain a rarity. And many jobs are not openly advertised. It all adds up to intense competition for those jobs that are available. If you’re looking for work, it’s clear you need all the help you can get. Here’s the good news: we have got some of that help for you right here. Jewish News asked Resource, whose team of professional advisers provides practical guidance and support to help members of the Jewish community find and secure work, to lay out their key tips to provide you with an advantage that could just tip the balance your way. They were keen to stress that, contrary to popular belief, the jobs market hasn’t closed down; indeed, many businesses are open and recruiting. So, they say, in preparation for your job search, it is vital you keep taking good care of yourself. Have a structure for your day, keep fit, eat well and at the end of the day reward yourself with treats, such as a virtual visit to the theatre. Develop new skills. You might want to take advantage of online learning. It will keep your mind active while you’re stuck at home, stop you from vegetating and add bonus points to your CV. Resource points out that networking to locate job opportunities is just as important in this difficult period as it is in normal times. And, with so many ex-colleagues, friends and contacts at

home, video get-togethers have made this even more accessible. Why not start the ball rolling by arranging to meet up over a virtual coffee? Another excellent suggestion from Resource is to consider volunteering. Not only will it keep you active and useful, it will also demonstrate to employers you have initiative and motivation – qualities that will stand you in good stead when the interviewer poses the inevitable question, ‘what have you been doing since 26 March?’ Even in lockdown, it’s well worth making speculative

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SEDRA Behar-Bechukkotai BY RABBI NAFTALI SCHIFF This week we conclude the third book of the Torah, Vayikra. Incredibly, the whole book has been read entirely under lockdown and has provided us with the opportunity for study and reflection in lieu of the public weekly reading of the Torah. The essence of the book is the expectations Hashem has of the Jewish people now that His presence is in their midst, due to the building of the Mishkan. The people are meant to be cognisant of this new reality, both in their divine and in their interpersonal relationships. Beginning with lofty and esoteric ideas, Vayikra concludes with a stark reminder of the effects of our actions. When Behar-Bechukkotai is read in shul, the tochacha, or passage of rebuke, is read quickly and quietly, almost in a whisper. We want the events to pass us by as quickly and harmlessly as possible. But the harsh reality is that Jew-

ish history has been replete with pain and suffering. The past 2,000 years of exile and persecution have seen the fulfilment of many, if not all of these awful prophecies. The rabbis of the Talmud tell us that this exile happened because of needless hatred and continues because we have not yet managed to rectify this malady. Perhaps these weeks and months of lockdown can give us the chance to pause and reflect on our relationships, to re-evaluate our relationships, near and far; to choose to look for the good in others, to identify people with their virtues and overlook aspects that may sometimes rub us up the wrong way. When we finally emerge from lockdown, we can do so to a vastly improved world. Whether we will or not is totally in our hands.

◆ Rabbi Naftali Schiff is chairman and founder of GIFT and CEO of Jewish Futures

Torah For Today What does the Torah say about: The Eurovision Song Contest BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL The Eurovision Song Contest takes place every year, but in these times of Covid-19 it will be a live, noncompetitive show instead.What does the Torah say about music and its ability to uplift people? Music is the prerequisite for prophecy. It was when the harpist played that the spirit of prophecy rested upon the bands of prophets. This is how Saul, who also suffered from depression, attained the lofty goal of prophecy as a young man; it prompted people to question whether Saul was also among the prophets. Years later, his son-in-law David soothed his troubled spirit by playing on his lyre. David’s own compositions are suffused with pain and tribulation, darkness, celebration and ecstasy. The Psalms serve to focus into meditation and uplift the soul for billions of human beings daily. Many and varied are the instruments used

to accompany the psalms. The Psalm for the Shabbat day is played on the ten-stringed “assor”, on the lure and on the harp. Other psalms are accompanied by an eight-stringed instrument, the sheminit, and Psalm 150 is filled with mention of an orchestra of instruments with which to sing Hallelujah to the Creator. Music is key to the reading of Scripture itself; the “trope” or cantillation notes, devised by the Masoretes at least 1,300 years ago, throughout the Hebrew Bible govern not only how to chant, but

also how to read according to tradition. The Kabbalist Hayim Yosef David Azoulay, known by the acronym Chida, cites his teacher, who exclaimed that of the two lofty palaces in the heavens, Torah and Music, we could not know which is the loftier until we get there. Indeed, here on earth we only attempt to copy the Kedusha delivered on high by the angels. To deliver a service worthy of the holiness of angelic choir, earthly choirs must form. We have a fourpart choir at Princes Road synagogue, and look forward in our congregation to music’s spiritual uplift, transporting us to a happier realm. May that day come soon, and may Eurovision comfort us with togetherness in a time of much separation. ◆ Rabbi Abel serves Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation and is padre to Merseyside Army Cadet Force

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The Bible Says What? Not only man repents... God does too BY RABBI SYLVIA ROTHSCHILD The rabbinic notion of teshuvah based on the biblical verb shuv, to (re)turn to God or to turn from evil, is a famously powerful force within Judaism, and is generally translated as “repentance”. But it is less well known that the noun is not found in the Bible – instead the verb nichem is used to show feeling sorrow, pain or regret – and, most frequently, it is used to describe God as doing the regretting. On seeing their wickedness, God regrets having created humanity –and brings the flood upon the earth. God regrets having made Saul the King after Saul disobeyed orders and kept Agag and the best of his flocks alive, but killed the weak and feeble. God also repents threats of violence – such as the intention to destroy the Israelites after they built the golden calf, narrowly averted by Moses’ arguments, or the plague sent after David counted the people that killed many – but was stopped before reaching Jerusalem.

Jeremiah is particularly fond of giving God the chance to repent the evil to be brought upon us unless we amend our ways and listen to God’s voice – and the prophets Joel and Amos also remind us our changing our ways will cause God to regret the severity of the judgments against us and relent. Bilaam prophesied to Balak that “God is not human, who lie; nor mortal, who might repent: when God has decreed, will God not do it?”, but we see that while the Bible necessarily speaks in human language, God does indeed both repent and relent. It is one of the Bible glories that God, like us, learns to mitigate the immediate powerful reactions, and that we can change God’s mind – Bilaam’s rhetoric is designed for outsiders, not those prepared to argue with God and provoke a change of the divine mind.

◆ Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild has been a community rabbi in south London for 30 years

Progressively Speaking Why mental health matters more than ever this week BY RABBI RICHARD JACOBI No one is immune to Covid-19 or the mental health challenges it presents right now. Even us rabbis. Indeed, if we look at the lessons from 9/11 and from other posttrauma research, they show that clergy have a higher per capita occurrence of post-traumatic stress disorder than post-deployment soldiers (I kid you not). In this crisis, all front-line staff in the NHS and in social care will be at high risk. So will many others. That is why this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week seems even more vital than ever, for each and every one of us. This Covid-19 crisis is not going to be over any time soon. It will be several phases and months, if not years, before we can consign this to the history books. This is a marathon or more, not a sprint. When planning for this, I turn to our teachings, and remind myself and others of the timeless three-part maxim of Hillel.

It begins Im ein ani li, mi li? – If I am not for myself, who will be for me? At any time, but especially through this crisis, if we do not look after ourselves, we will no longer be able to care for others. The cabin crew announcement is good practice – we need to put on our own oxygen mask before helping our child, grandchild, neighbour or anyone else. Part two reminds us, U’ch’sheani l’atsmi, ma ani? If I am only

for myself what am I? If we are in a healthy place, then it is our duty to help others. And there are plenty of others for whom this crisis is awakening inner demons – ones the person has already met and/or new ones. Finally, Hillel challenged procrastinating – V’im lo achshav, eimatai? If not now, when? Mental Health Awareness Week starts on Monday and the theme for this year is kindness or, in our Hebrew, chesed. I couldn’t think of one more fitting. I have seen first-hand how kindness has grown in this period – in my own congregation, our wider Jewish community and indeed the whole country. Let’s resolve now to keep being kind, both to ourselves to others, long after this crisis has ended. ◆ Rabbi Richard Jacobi serves East London and Essex Liberal Synagogue, and teaches future rabbis at Leo Baeck College

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Ask our Our trusty team of advisers answers your questions about everything from law and finance to dating and dentistry. This week: Resolving pet disputes on divorce, what to ship when making aliyah and airspace development VANESSA LLOYD PLATT DIVORCE & FAMILY SOLICITOR

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Dear Vanessa What happens when people argue about pets, and are pets kosher? Ron Dear Ron As a divorce practitioner, we are used to parties arguing about most issues, and many ask about the law and pets. In law, pets rank as chattels, or objects, with the same status as a fridge/freezer, despite any party’s emotional attachment. Put simply, who pays for the pet in law has ownership. However, this doesn’t prevent parties fighting over them. We often have to assist in resolving

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STEPHEN MORRIS SHIPPING LTD Dear Stephen I understand that you are the man to ask questions about moving to Israel when making aliyah? I am confused as to what is worth taking that I already own, what I should buy new, and whether I should buy here in the UK or in Israel. Also, how much can I send? Can you please advise? Rebecca

Dear Rebecca Generally, when you make aliyah, you will be allowed three tax- and duty-free shipments within the first three years. The size of those shipments is immaterial. An airfreight of a TV or the sea shipment of a 40ft container would each be classed as one shipment. What I recommend is that you first consider the requirements of your new residence. Is it fully furnished? Is it a small, temporary rental while you search for something more

disputes, which has led to our drafting what we think is the world’s first Pet Nuptial Agreement. This deed, to be used when relationships break down, governs where a pet should live, be paid for, insured, fed, holidayed, what to do in the event of illness or death, and a multitude of issues parties have fought about. One major dispute involved whether a pet could be kosher. This dispute involved whether a party should feed their dog only kosher food. After referencing the Talmud, we were able to demonstrate that it was permissible not to feed a pet only kosher food – but beware not falling foul of this over Pesach or mixing permissible meaty food with milk. Some think it acceptable for parties to divide a pet’s time equally on divorce, but before doing so, take advice from an animal welfare charity. Any decision you make should be ‘petcentric’, putting the pet at its heart.

permanent? Draw up a list of what you need in your new home. If you already own some of the items, then consider whether they would be suitable for Israel (particularly the climate) or perhaps if, for sentimental reasons, you simply must take them. As a rule, the things families buy most when making aliyah are white goods, including fridges, washing machines, TVs, sofas and beds. Israel has much to offer, but most of these items will be cheaper to buy in the UK (even after shipping) and you can reclaim the UK VAT and not pay VAT or duty on import. There are, however, some exceptions to this. Perhaps call me or Nefesh b’Nefesh to discuss this further.

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LONDON PENTHOUSE Dear Joe What is airspace development? George Dear George Airspace is the unused space above the roof of buildings. This space can be utilised by developers, such as London Penthouse, to create additional storeys of residential accommodation by either vertically extending off the existing flat roof or converting

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the pitched roof of the properties. Here is a 10-point summary: 1. We determine an estimate on what we would be willing to pay to the freeholders for development rights to their airspace. 2. Any offer we make will be subject to planning, contract, surveys, and a full specification of works to common areas. 3. Site surveys would be carried out. 4. If the surveys confirm that the building is capable of taking a lightweight extension at roof level, we will then be in a position to formalise our offer to the freeholders. 5. Following the formal acceptance of our offer, we will instruct our solicitors to draw up a simple legal agreement. 6. Application for planning

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permission: all costs associated with obtaining planning approval will be borne by ourselves as the developer, at no risk to the freeholder. 7. As soon as we receive planning consent, we will then be in a position to complete the purchase of the airspace. 8. The agreed payment for the airspace will then be made in full to the freeholders before construction begins. 9. On completion of the purchase, we will begin the construction phase. 10. Once the short build of the penthouses and overhauling of the common parts have been completed, an independent surveyor, building control inspector and structural warranty provider will carry out their final inspection and sign off the works.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Am I going to die?

You can’t lipread through a mask To ensure that deaf people are not disadvantaged or more endangered at this critical time, JDA’s 3 point emergency plan is enabling them to: 1. Understand doctors and nurses

3. Connect with other people

By equipping deaf people with apps which make spoken words appear on their phone as text, and interpreting for GPs and hospitals via video link, we’re making sure deaf patients — whether they communicate using sign language or speech — can ask questions, understand and follow medical instructions at this critical time.

JDA’s emergency door-to-door hearing aid maintenance service is enabling hearing aid users to stay connected with their loved ones and the world. We’re supporting deaf sign language users to stay safe and well and our stimulating activities and discussions are something to look forward to, alleviating anxiety and loneliness.

2. Stay safe and healthy at home

Please help JDA keep the deaf people of our community safe and healthy as nobody else can at this critical time.

There is nowhere safer to be right now than at home. So we’re delivering food and medications to keep vulnerable deaf people safe, well-fed and healthy — and out of care homes and hospitals.

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