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Derek Chauvin knelt on us all George Floyd’s death angers the world

Outrage: A protest this week in Washington DC

VOICE OF THE JEWISH NEWS About 180 years ago, a Native American woman campaigning to abolish slavery described racism as “first crushing people to the earth, then claiming the right of trampling on them forever, because they are prostrate”. Those words, of Lydia Maria Child, rang deafeningly true this week, after white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt for nine minutes on the neck of George Floyd, an unarmed black man lying handcuffed and face down on the ground. The late Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel famously reminded the world that no human race is superior, no religious faith

inferior, but black Americans say ‘American’ still means ‘white’, that there are firstand second-class citizens in the States, and that Floyd’s killing is simply the latest in a long and awful line. Holocaust Memorial Day Trust chief executive Olivia Marks-Woldman seemed to sum up the feelings of many British Jews this week when she said she felt impotent, unable to help. But she then said she was doing what she could by educating herself on the racism experienced by black people around the world. This is one of the many excellent, practical and immediate steps we can all take.

Some British Jews are supporting groups helping US protesters and victims’ families. Others are pushing our own government to implement the recommendations of the Lammy Report into racism in the UK. Others are setting up social media accounts to highlight anti-black racism to a wider Jewish audience. Jewish teachers are thinking how best to tell pupils about the prejudice still faced by black people today. Communal and religious Jewish representatives are reaching out to representatives of the black community to build links, similar to those with the Muslim and Traveller communities.

Many are examining their own biases and blind spots, and making time to listen to people of colour expressing their anger. There is a lot we can do, but the one obvious thing we can all do – and perhaps the most important – is be furious. The idea that the lives of any collective group of people matters less than others is so fundamental, so core to our DNA, that Derek Chauvin knelt on us too that day. The words ‘we stand in solidarity’ are much used, but when spoken by the Jewish community on an issue such as racism, they are among the most powerful that could ever be heard. We do.



Jewish News 4 June 2020

News / George Floyd killing

‘We have a duty to speak out’ British Jewish groups this week urged the community to “play its part” after anger over the police killing of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis spread far beyond the United States, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. The Holocaust Educational Trust said the killing of George Floyd by a white officer who knelt on his neck for nine minutes was “a searing reminder of how entrenched racism remains across the world”. It added: “In moments like this it is not enough to watch on from the sidelines. It is up to all of us to understand our role in speaking out and never to stand by when we witness hate”. The Community Security Trust (CST), the body tasked with protecting Jewish life in the UK, highlighted the “dehumanisation underpinning” Floyd’s killing, which it said was simply “the latest in a long and awful list of African-American people who have died in similar circumstances”. The CST said this “reveals just how deeply racism and racist culture can reside in cultures and societies… As Jews, we know this to be true.” The Union of Jewish Students said “antiblack hate still exists in society and will not go away on its own”, adding that Jewish students had a duty not to remain silent. “Educate yourself, ask questions and start discussions, use the countless resources avail-

able at your fingertips and take action wherever you can help.” The Jewish Labour Movement said it was “wrong to assume that the UK is immune to racism”, citing the Windrush scandal and the Grenfell Tower tragedy. “We encourage our members to donate to organisations supporting protesters and victims’ families, and working to dismantle racism,” it said. “The Jewish community in the UK can and must do more to stand in solidarity with black Jews and the black British community.” Holocaust Memorial Day Trust chief executive Olivia Marks-Woldman said she had been watching events and felt “impotent and unsure of how to help, but what I am doing is educating myself, and I encourage others to do the same”. She added: “We know that learning about the Holocaust is essential to understand and educate about antisemitism today. As Jews, we must similarly learn about the history of racism against black people, so we can stand with them.” Rabbi Nicky Liss, chair of the United Synagogue’s rabbinic council, described Floyd’s killing as “racist, shocking and despicable”, and said: “We stand in solidarity with black communities.” He added: “The dream of Martin Luther King — that one day his children will live in a nation where they will not be judged by the

A Black Lives Matter protest in Trafalgar Square following the death of George Floyd (inset)

colour of their skins but rather by the content of their characters — is yet to be realised.” Likewise, the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE) said: “The underlying issues are not limited to the United States. It is an international problem, not least in the UK.” A 2017 parliamentary report by the Labour MP David Lammy found that black, Asian and ethnic minority Britons had little faith that the

country’s justice system would treat them fairly and equally, and JCORE said the government was “sitting on the findings”, which risked tensions in the US being imported into the UK “There needs to be transparent procedures for dealing with allegations of racism in all institutions,” JCORE said. “There is a role for civil society in supporting this, in which the Jewish community must play its part.”

US Jews ‘in solidarity’ with black community Jewish organisations in the United States have urged members to join peaceful protests against police brutality following the death of George Floyd, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. As well as urging action, they have joined calls for reform, with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, an umbrella group, posting images on social media of black men, women and children killed by police officers. “We condemn the killings of black Americans by law enforcement,” it said. “We stand in solidarity and will do everything in our power to see through systemic changes in law enforcement and in our justice system.” Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), said: “This brutal death follows an explosion of racist murders and hate crimes across the US at a time when communities of colour are reeling from the disproportionate health impacts and economic consequences of the pandemic.” He said it was necessary for the other police officers involved in Floyd’s death also to face justice, adding: “We stand in solidarity with the black community as they yet again are subject to pain and suffering at the hands of a racist and unjust system… Systemic injustice and inequality calls for systemic change now.” Amid clashes with police, the Minneapolis Jewish Community Relations Council was one of many local Jewish groups to review its secu-

American protesters take to the streets

rity arrangements, urging rabbis to remove Torah scrolls from their synagogues in case the buildings were attacked. In Los Angeles, a synagogue was vandalised during protests, with graffiti reading ‘F*** Israel’ and ‘Free Palestine’, while in demonstrations in Richmond, Virginia, a protester threw a brick through the window of Congregation Beth Ahabah, a 200-year-old Reform congregation. Jewish doctors donned their scrubs and took to the streets to tend to those hurt by violence or crowd-control measures, removing broken glass, tending to wounds and providing asthma inhalers where needed. Many American Jewish families have relatives who joined the civil rights marches alongside the black community in the 1960s, and have said this week’s clashes resonate with their own experience of prejudice and persecution. Jewish groups have urged peaceful protest, as well as advocating pressure on lawmakers to fulfil fundamental reforms.  The black Jewish response, page 8

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Annexation anger / News

Blair: Annexation may end a Palestinian state Tony Blair has told a British Jewish audience it will be “very difficult to see how a Palestinian state survives” the annexation of land being proposed by the Israeli government, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. The former prime minister and Middle East envoy added that while peace negotiations were stalled, the emerging relationship between Israel and the Arab states was “the biggest reason for hope” when it comes to peace in the region. In the online conversation on Monday with Mill Hill United Synagogue’s Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet, Blair said people were “increasingly sceptical” when he said there were still hopes for peace, but that annexation would make it “extremely difficult”. On the need for improved Israeli–Arab relations, he said it was “the biggest reason for hope in the Middle East as a whole”, adding that this was “really what I’ve spent a lot of

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair spoke to Mill Hill shul

my time on the last few years… We work a lot on this.” He said: “It isn’t just about the security relationship. Yes they’ve got some security issues in common — they’re both worried about Iran — but there is a new and emerging leadership in the Middle East that wants to modernise their countries, to make sure that religion is not abused and

turned into a political ideology. “That is all positive, and in the end that is the single biggest game-changer for the Middle East,” he said, before turning to the slipping chances of a two-state solution and plans put forward by Benjamin Netanyahu to claim sovereignty over areas seized in war in 1967. “The Israel–Palestine

question is very difficult now because there are proposals for the annexation of the Jordan Valley with the Israeli government. It’s going to be very difficult to see how a Palestinian state survives that. On the other hand there are no proper negotiations at the moment. The Palestinian Authority just in the last few days has withdrawn all cooperation with Israel.” Blair said the situation was almost an inversion of what he was dealing with. “Wind back 20 years, Israel’s relations in the region were highly problematic and the Israeli–Palestinian issue had continual peace processes and chances of bringing some agreement. “Now it’s the other way round. The Israeli–Palestinian track is pretty blocked right now, but the Israel-regional situation is more promising. I would obviously like to see the two of them aligned, and that’s what we’re working for.”

Yachad and J-Street join global coalition British Jews this week helped launch a global Jewish coalition to protest the proposed Israeli annexation of large chunks of the West Bank from next month. Jewish groups from the UK joined peers from the Israel’s annexation plans US, Europe, South Africa does not include the Board of and Australia in calling on lawmakers and leaders to Deputies, which has refused to “take urgent action to prevent criticise the plans. This week the coalition annexation” of the major settlements and the Jordan Valley. voiced its concern for Israel’s The coalition includes London- future and for the rights of based Zionist organisation Palestinians if it goes ahead Yachad and the American and declares sovereignty over group J-Street, both of which vast areas recognised as Paloppose settlement building. It estinian land.

GANTZ: PREPARE TO MOVE Israel’s defence minister has urged the military to hasten preparations for the country’s planned annexation of parts of the West Bank, in apparent anticipation of what could be fierce Palestinian protests against the move. The statement by Benny

Gantz came as Israeli media reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed annexation on Monday in a call with Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s senior adviser who stands behind a White House plan that largely favours Israel.


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Jewish News 4 June 2020

News / Labour antisemitism

Corbyn: EHRC a government machine The Labour Party’s Jewish affiliate has criticised comments made by Jeremy Corbyn about the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to the Middle East Eye, writes Mathilde Frot. Corbyn, whose unsuccessful bid to become Prime Minister in December 2019 was in part overshadowed by the row over alleged antisemitism in the Labour Party, sat down with the news outlet in what is thought to be his first major interview since stepping down as leader in April. During the interview, Corbyn called into question the impartiality of the equality watchdog currently investigating allegations of antisemitism within the Labour Party.

Jeremy Corbyn interviewed this week

The EHRC launched its formal investigation last May to determine whether the party

had unlawfully discriminated against, harassed or victimised Jews. “I think it’s quite significant that the Conservative government has underfunded the Equality and Human Rights Commission… and for some reason, which I don’t fully understand… decided to take away its independent status and make it part of the government machine,” he reportedly told the outlet. When approached for comment by Jewish News, a spokesperson for the Equality and Human Rights Commission said: “We are an independent regulator and take our impartiality very seriously.” A statement from the Jewish Labour Movement, meanwhile, read: “We have

always maintained that a fully independent organisation such as the EHRC, with statutory powers to compel witness testimony and obtain documents, was the only way to reach the truth of the scale of Labour’s antisemitism problems. “With the EHRC’s final judgement imminent, it’s unsurprising that the Leader who oversaw the Labour Party’s moral descent into a culture of causal anti-Jewish racism is scared about what it might find.” During the interview, Corbyn also denied suggestions he allowed anti-Jewish racism to flourish in the party under his leadership, characterising the accusation as “wrong and extremely unfair”.

Report into Labour Party ‘imminent’ Four suspended Mason discussed the row The Equality and Human Rights during a Labour First event Commission (EHRC)’s draft with the JLM vice chair and report into allegations of former MP Ruth Smeeth, antisemitism in the Labour which was live-streamed on Party is “imminent,” the Facebook last Thursday. Jewish Labour Movement The councillor at Ealing (JLM)’s national secretary Council told the event: “Under Peter Mason has suggested, writes Mathilde Frot. Sir Keir Starmer section 20 of the Equalities Act, the EHRC will give the Labour The equality watchdog launched a formal investigation last Party the report. We think that’s quite May to determine whether the party had imminent, and the Labour Party have 28 unlawfully discriminated against, har- days in which they can respond. “When that happens, the Labour assed or victimised Jews.

Party’s got a couple of options. It has the ability to put up its hand and say ‘fair cop. This is on us. It’s our fault. “We think that we are happy to accept your recommendations and therefore we are going to enter into a private agreement with you’, a section 23 agreement, which effectively prevents the publication of the report, and the Labour Party could sign up to those recommendations. “It’s not a time for a private section 23 agreement. It’s going to take a herculean effort on behalf of the leadership to really undo what’s been done.”

Four members of the Liverpool Wavertree constituency Labour party have been suspended after a row over the local MP’s bid to mend relations with the Jewish community. Jewish News understands the four members, who have not been identified, have been suspended pending an investigation. It is suspected they were involved in the sending of a weekly bulletin to 1,800 members critical of an article

by MP Paula Barker, in which she described her predecessor Luciana Berger’s departure from the party as “a shock” and “deeply regrettable”. The Liverpool Wavertree Labour group said: “This statement was made by four members of our executive committee, but we wish to make clear that they made these comments in a personal capacity and do not represent the views of this committee.”

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Post-Covid shuls / Doctors’ warning / Movement roles / News

Shuls mull all-ticket services Synagogue attendance could soon require theatre-style pre-booking and allocated seating under a post-lockdown scenario painted by the United Synagogue (US), writes Adam Decker. Guidance issued to shuls by the US this week envisages far fewer worshippers attending more services once places of worship are allowed to reopen – but this is still at least one month away. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has said the community’s “priorities” are weddings and stone settings, but that wider synagogue service modifications were being considered, with “no singing” in services except from the service leader. The deadly virus is spread through droplets in the air, so the US said worshippers should feel no pressure to attend, such as to make up a minyan, adding that synagogues will need to implement rigorous cleaning, social distancing and safety precautions such as mandatory face masks. Children under the age of 12 will not be allowed in, youth programming will remain suspended,

The United Synagogue is considering ways to keep worshippers safe

and attendees will be seated two metres apart, with a sign-posted one-way system managing the flow within the building. Separate entrances and exits as well as good ventilation will also be required. The UK’s largest synagogue body said it was still consulting on whether to take the temperature of attendees before they enter the building, and that it was still investigating the “benefits and drawbacks” of air conditioning units.

There will be restrictions on worshippers bringing religious texts from home and those handling the Sefer Torah or any ritual item will be required to wear gloves. “Communities should consider starting to run weekday minyanim only, to rehearse the new system before moving to Shabbat services,” said the joint authors of the 12-page guidance document, which has been compiled by rabbis and medics with US trustees and chairs.

The government has said the reopening of places of worship should be a “cautious process”, but community leaders are concerned about possible security challenges, such as long socially distanced queues outside synagogue buildings as checks are made at entrances. Mirvis said “the one consistent theme at present is uncertainty”, adding that the “unique nature of each shul” will dictate when and how it reopens. The advice, acknowledged as “broad in scope”, was sent out by the organisation’s president Michael Goldstein, communities and strategy director Jo Grose, and rabbinical council chair Rabbi Nicky Liss. “There is no doubt this first version has not addressed all considerations,” they said. • Reform and Liberal Judaism leaders have begun to ease a cap on the number of mourners permitted to attend a funeral of a close relative. The maximum number allowed to attend funerals is now five at Cheshunt’s Jewish Woodland Cemetery and 12 at Edgwarebury Cemetery.

Docs’ public prayer fears Orthodox Jewish doctors have warned the Charedi community to adhere to safety precautions when it comes to collective prayer, saying some were failing to do so, writes Adam Decker. In a public letter issued shortly before Shavuot on Thursday, 13 senior GPs and hospital consultants said: “Many have become very lax over minyanim.” A minyan is the quorum of ten Jewish adults required for public prayer, and although collective prayer has been banned during the coronavirus lockdown, some groups of Orthodox men have continued to meet to form minyanim. In their letter, the doctors said:

“Until government guidelines change minyanim should only occur where people are standing on their own property, as has been published by the Rabbonim (rabbis) of the Kehilla (community).” The GP signatories include Dr Yossi Adler, Dr Charlotte Benjamin, Dr Martin Harris, Dr Elisha Kahen, Dr Dina Kaufman, Dr Frazer Rosenberg and Dr Mark Semler. Other signatories include consultant physicians Dr Anthony Gubbay, Dr Jacob de Woolf, Dr Dean Noimark and Dr Benji Schreiber, together with consultant paediatrician Dr Mike Markiewicz and consultant in

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Two will lead Liberal Judaism Liberal Judaism has appointed Rabbi Charley Baginsky and Shelley Shocolinsky-Dwyer as joint interim directors to take over from Rabbi Danny Rich, who stepped down earlier this year. A former operations director, Shocolinsky-Dwyer will control finances and day-to-day affairs while Baginsky will cover external affairs, communal relationships, strategic development partnerships and fundraising. Rabbi Aaron Goldstein, chair of the Liberal Conference of Rabbis and Cantors, said the appointments gave “continuity” to the movement, which Rich had led for 15 years. The pair recently oversaw Liberal Judaism’s Biennial Weekend,

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Jewish News 4 June 2020

News / Charity run / Hospice fundraiser / News in brief

Boys raise £9k for Chai Two boys in south Hampstead have raised £9,000 for a community charity by running a combined distance of 100km writes Mathilde Frot. Brothers Ben Musikant, 11, and Jake, 10, were inspired by their grandfather Bryan

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More than £75,000 has been raised for communal charities at last month’s Maccabi GB first virtual fun run. Hundreds of participants were given the options of tackling a distance of either 1km, 5km or 10km, at home or at a local park on 24 May to raise funds for more than 50 charities. Maccabi GB chair David Pinnick said: “It is incredible to see that over £75,000 has been raised to date. If you think that last year’s event at Allianz Park raised £200,000 by 80 charities, it shows the community spirit during unprecedented times. This will assist charities through the tough times we are all facing.”

A 65-year-old man from an area of Salford with a large Orthodox Jewish population was being questioned by police officers this week after a female patient alleged he sexually assaulted her while he worked as a doctor. Greater Manchester Police said the man was arrested after the force received reports the woman had been “sexually assaulted a number of times whilst attending routine doctor’s appointments” in Broughton Park.

MP BACK IN PARTY AFTER SUSPENSION An MP who apologised last year for using antisemitic language on social media in 2016 has been readmitted into the SNP following a six-month suspension. Neale Hanvey won the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath seat in the 2019 general election despite his suspension from the SNP. He has completed an educational course with the Antisemitism Policy Trust, and apologised in person to representatives of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities. Hanvey said: “Thank you everyone who has supported me through this.”

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4 June 2020 Jewish News


Tube case / JLC and UJIA funds / News

Man charged after abuse on the Tube A man has been charged after a viral video showed a London Underground passenger allegedly racially abusing Jewish children last year, writes Mathilde Frot. A spokesperson for the British Transport Police said: “Isher Campbell, of Spiral Close, Dudley, has been charged with a public order offence and two counts of a racially aggravated public order offence, in connection to an incident on the Northern Line on 22 November 2019. “He will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 5 August. The charges were issued via postal requisition.”



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UJIA RAISES £100K FOR EDUCATION The United Jewish Israel Appeal (UJIA) has launched a £100,000 fund for summer educational projects aimed at children and teenagers within the community. The UJIA Summer Engagement Fund was set up as a response to the cancellation of Israel Tours, summer camps and other Jewish youth programmes during the pandemic. UIJA is accepting applications for grants of

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Special Report / Tackling racism

How George Floyd’s death has shaken America’s black Jews


s Enzi Tanner participated in an online Havdalah ceremony marking the end of Shabbat last Saturday night, his city – Minneapolis – was being torn apart during a fifth night of unrest following the death last week of George Floyd, a black man, while in police custody. Tanner, a social worker who supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families experiencing homelessness, said the ceremony – hosted by Jewish Community Action, an American social justice group, and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, a national organisation – conveyed a powerful message for black Jews like him. “As the Jewish community reaches in and says ‘how do we support the black community?’, it’s important people reach towards black Jews and other Jews of colour and realise we’re here,” Tanner said. “We need our community.” Here, Josefin Dolsten speaks to black Jews such as Tanner to understand their feelings at this terrible time and hear their message to the Jewish community. APRIL BASKIN is a diversity consultant and racial justice director of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable. Personally, in terms of my energy right now, I’m just exhausted. Just seeing all the suffering particularly in light of the people going out into the streets without a plan or adequate protections in place (friends, march marshalls, legal aid contact info, etc), the poignancy of people whose politics otherwise have them mostly sheltering in place during the worst pandemic we’ve seen in more than a hundred years, that they are compelled to take action – at their and our own peril. But it seems their thought is: “How can we not stand up?” As a Jewish social justice leader, I have a visceral, fundamental concern for people’s well-being in this moment – that people are very triggered and that this is all in the context of pre-existing heightened anxiety and stress because of the pandemic. And for black folks, whether it’s conscious or not, the sense of terror we feel for when is the shoe going to drop for someone we know, someone in our town, for us? I am experiencing more white Jews sending me private messages. A lot of them are saying “What can we do?” and in time I hope we can advance our collective knowledge and education enough so it can become more of “I’ve been proactively learning from people of colour and here is what I am doing”, or “These are the things I’m considering. I’m mostly leaning towards this one, does that sound like it’s in alignment with your vision?” That said, it’s a step forward and it’s good, but it’s asking more of us as Jews of colour to not only figure out how to maintain our jobs and do additional leadership and activism in this moment, but then also being asked to support and manage white Jews’ work during a time in which many of us are traumatised

and heartbroken. But this is progress, and I would rather people reach out, however they best know how, than apathy and not doing anything or paralysis from fear. YITZ JORDAN is founder of TribeHerald, a publication for Jews of colour, and a hip hop artist known as Y-Love. What am I feeling? Anxiety. That’s what I’m feeling. I had an anxiety attack on Friday. I live in the ’hood, I live in Bushwick, so I’m not really geographically in the Jewish community, but I know that somebody on Friday for instance was shot not too far from me and I was terrified as to what the response to that was going to be; were cops going to respond and was rioting going to happen in my neighbourhood? And in the Jewish community, this is the kind of fight that I’m having: “This didn’t happen after the Holocaust, why are black people acting like this?” It’s that role of explaining over and over again to people who quite often don’t want to listen. I feel like there’s the same split that’s going through America in ideological lines is going through the Jewish community … whatever percent of Orthodox Jews who support Trump, you see it more from these people. When we say the Jewish community in general that also consists of people like JFREJ [Jews for Racial and Economic Justice] and Jewish Voice for Peace and these other organisations, but in the Orthodox world, the pro-Trump wing is where I’m hearing these types of conversations. And I’m seeing this, ranging from lack of knowledge to callousness regarding people of colour. There are some people who genuinely don’t know, and to whom a lot of these issues are very new. Especially Chasidish people, for instance, this just isn’t part of the Shabbat-table conversation – police brutality, inequality, systemic racism. But you have some people who just show callousness. ANTHONY MORDECHAI TZVI RUSSELL is a musician who blends traditional Yiddish and AfricanAmerican music. Let’s get real, American Jews: You are living in an Old Country, whether you choose to recognise it or not. The state-sanctioned violence visited upon black communities happens in ghettos you can easily pronounce, in towns you visit without the aid of a tour guide and cities you reside in without a granted law of return. So, who are you in this narrative, this country from which there is no real option of flight, this century which is your own, your heartless ruler, hands slick with the blood of children, the cavalries, maintaining “order” on your behalf over a people whose existence for centuries has been deemed disorderly? Solidarity with black people doesn’t require a radical act of historical imagination. You are here. We are here. You know what to do. Do it. Now.

TEMA SMITH is a writer and the director of professional development at 18Doors, a group for interfaith families. I’m deeply upset about George Floyd and also that he is not the first and not the last, and that it’s taken a murder so egregious to really get people out into the streets in this way, and get a lot of people to wake up to what happens unfortunately too frequently. I also have deep gratitude for the moment we’re in, for so many people who hadn’t previously spoken out are speaking out. As far as the Jewish community [is concerned], the number of people who either have spoken out publicly or who have reached out privately as people who just care and want to make sure that me and other Jews of colour are feeling OK right now – and I think most of my friends who are Jews of colour are experiencing similar things from their friends – is huge. Frankly, I’ve got messages from people who I’ve never corresponded with beyond public tweets, just reaching out saying ‘Are you OK?’ and a recognition that is in many ways at a new level.

The horrific scene as George Floyd is arrested

ENZI TANNER is a social worker in Minneapolis and works with LGBT families experiencing homelessness. We hosted a Havdalah with JCA [Jewish Community Action] and JFREJ and I did a talk and the thing that is real for me is black Jews and Jews of colour all across the country during this time have been incredibly supportive and amazing. Just speaking for me, it has made this time so much more doable and bearable. At this time, it’s also important that as the Jewish community reaches in and says ‘how do we support their cause and how do we support the black community?’, that people reach in to black Jews and other Jews of colour and realise that we’re here. And we need our community. And the other thing is: believe us. When George Floyd said: ‘I can’t breathe’, he was not believed. When black women tell doctors and nurses during childbirth they’re in pain, they’re not believed, which is why they die at a higher rate. We don’t want to have to give a dissertation when we say we’re experiencing racism in our communities. We want to be believed. And in this moment now, it’s really important that, in those situations, we’re able to be believed. When we say our elected officials aren’t doing the best job they could be, we want that to be believed. We don’t want to be told they’re doing the best they can because we’ve been here for far too

long and our cities are literally burning and we just need folks to believe us and to support us. And to reach out to the Jews of colour, the black Jews within the community as well as reaching out and being in it for the long haul. This isn’t about just one person, this is about all these different people and things. And it’s hopefully not just about right now, it’s so that a different world will be possible. EVAN TRAYLOR is an educator, activist and soon-to-be rabbinical student at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. Black Jews are grieving, for George Floyd. But we’re grieving for so many more lives, black lives, that have been taken from this earth far too early because of brutal, systemic racism. That pain isn’t going away tomorrow, next week or next month. It’s going to last for generations. If we want a better world, we have to change the system. I’m grateful for so many white Jewish allies who have reached out, comforted me, supported me not just over the last week, but for years now. And right now, we need more from our white Jewish siblings, and more from our Jewish institutions – we need support, resources and strategies to confront racism in our community, and in our world. We are created in the image of God – it’s time to build the Jewish community and world that makes our Torah true in this age.

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News / Education

School’s back, a world apart Thousands of Jewish pupils were welcomed back this week, as primary schools across England opened their doors for the first time since lockdown began, writes Francine Wolfisz. Headteachers reported varying levels of attendance from eligible children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, as well as vulnerable children and those of keyworkers, according to Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJes), the umbrella organisation for Jewish schools in the UK. While London schools saw “very good attendance”, doors remain closed in Manchester where the R number, the ‘reproduction rate’ of the virus, remains high. Sinai reported 56 percent of its pupils attending on Monday, while Yavneh said the “vast majority” of eligible pupils had returned and Hertsmere Jewish Primary School planned for a return of around 180 children, or roughly half of its full intake. North West London Jewish Day School said 14 out of 16 children in Year 6 and 11 out of 14 children in reception had returned, with the classes split into two groups, which will attend on different days. Those figures fall slightly higher than the national picture, which suggests that 50 percent of the two million eligible children across the UK would return, according to the National Foundation for Educational Research. In preparation for reopening, the schools have taken a raft of measures, including reducing class sizes, staggering break times, drop-off and collection times, while also maintaining the regular hygiene and social distancing measures recommended by government guidelines. PaJeS executive director, Rabbi David

have missed seeing them and are looking forward to teaching them at school.” Juliette Lipshaw, headteacher at Sinai, added: “It is such a pleasure to have reopened our doors. We welcomed 56 percent of the children on day one and we expect this to rise when the children return home to share their news about how happy they have been. “I am delighted that after weeks of strategising our action plan is working well.”

Keeping their distance: pupils at Sinai Jewish primary in Kenton observe the two-metre rule

Meyer said: “Primary schools across the community have been opening this week after taking exceptional measures to ensure the safety of the children and staff. “It is to the credit of the leadership of the schools that they have yet again risen to this challenge and are managing this exceptionally challenging process. “The next few weeks will be critical and PaJeS continues to liaise with the doctors in order to assist schools in the provision of a safe and protected learning environment.” Rita Alak-Levi, headteacher of Hertsmere Jewish Primary School, in Radlett said: “We

planned for the return of 15 ‘bubbles’ with an average of 12 pupils per bubble. Planning of the bubbles took a huge amount of time as we considered all aspects of the children’s safety and wellbeing as a primary concern. Parents were also understandably concerned about committing their children to return. “We have been delighted to receive positive feedback from parents, who have clearly been impressed by our planning and organisation.” Meanwhile, Caroline Field, head at Yavneh Primary School, said students had “happily returned to school this week with great excitement and enthusiasm”. She added: “We

To help children social distance, Jewish schools have introduced a Star of David to their uniforms


Francine’s children return to school

tried our best, but lockdown taught us the juggle of this new life was real. It all made so much sense to send them both back, but it was not a decision made easily. In fact, there was much agonising over whether lockdown was lifting too soon, and whether we were putting our children and ourselves at risk of this virus that has incomprehensibly changed the landscapes of our lives. But as we ventured through the school gates on Monday, our anxieties soon faded and I gained a renewed appreciation for the teachers who are bravely and tirelessly working to make this happen. Our world as we knew it has irrevocably changed, but I only needed to look at the children to understand their happiness at being back, reunited with their teachers, their friends, their school. It’s a tiny slice of normality in an otherwise changed world. For now, that will suit us all just fine.

Photos by Marc Morris

A named plastic bag filled with a jumble of stationery in lieu of the normal pencil case and everyday clothes instead of a uniform. A one-way system around the corridors and allocated time slots for drop-off and collection. Security guards in masks and teachers wearing aprons and gloves. A classroom filled with only half the children it once had. To borrow a phrase, it’s back to school, Jim, but not as we know it. It was a gentle, gradual return to school, the first of a series of baby steps that meant my youngest could finally go back to Reception for the first time in 10 weeks. For my nine-year-old daughter, it also meant the opportunity, as the child of a keyworker, to get some much-needed routine back into her life. Being the child of two parents working more or less full-time from home was never going to be very conducive to fitting in core subjects, homework, arts and crafts and PE lessons with Joe Wicks, which I’m not ashamed to admit quickly wilted by the roadside. A daily walk or scoot around the block would had to suffice. Like many parents, we certainly


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Jewish News–Jewish Leadership Council Forty Under 40

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I love a good list. But what is a good list? It is dependent on detailed research. It needs not to make mistakes, leave out the obvious, seem to be unbalanced or biased. It needs to show process and thought and compassion. So I look back on many months of work. Creating a panel of

judges. Ensuring we had an online nomination system. Creating a voting group. Arranging the judging meeting then rearranging it because of communal events and a general election. For the first time the judging panel could not do it in one evening and the discussions went on for days after. The 140 names you see below are leading figures in each category. Page 16 features the full list of Forty Under 40 nominees. There are some on these lists I

know well and others I have never met. The same is true for all the judging panel. Of course members of the panel were passionate but they also wanted a balance in gender, in denomination, in age profile, politics, between communal professionals and voluntary leadership and in-between. The names on the sub categories list below show a communal richness of incredible depth, skill and talent. It still left out so many rabbis,

layleaders, and communal professionals all of whom make a vital contribution to our community. Covid-19 is a challenge to the future of our community, we have amongst us already incredible people who can give us confidence that our community will be well served for many years to come. For those I already know it has been a privilege and for those I have not met, I look forward to meeting you and learning more from you.  Editorial comment, page 20


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After six months of nominations and exhaustive debates, we proudly reveal our top 10 – spotlighting and celebrating the community’s brightest and best. Mazeltov!


A true “change-maker” and pioneer in disability rights, Hannah established the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) Disabled Students Network while studying at King’s College London, developing national programming to enhance accessibility and inclusion education in student Jewish communities. After completing her MA in Jewish Studies at UCL, Hannah became the first openly disabled and first consecutive female UJS president in 2015/16. Notably, in response to anti-Zionist activist Malia Bouattia becoming president of the National Union of Students, Hannah urged members to resist cutting ties with the student body, memorably arguing that “when times get tough, we dig our heels in deeper”. Most recently, the 26-year-old was the inspirational co-chair of Limmud Festival 2019, Europe’s largest Jewish educational event, where she focused on making the event more accessible for those with additional needs. Hannah currently works as global project director for business intelligence firm eyeforpharma, building on her prior experience as a partnerships manager at Public Health England and corporate communications officer at the Department for International Trade.



Claudia is the director of policy and public affairs at the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC). The 37-year-old leads on the JLC’s policy positions, manages the external affairs team and has responsibility for strategic priorities. A “well-connected and vital communal player”, Claudia has been highly effective in maintaining political and religious inclusivity across the JLC, while providing strong leadership on matters including Israel and female empowerment in the community. Prior to joining the JLC in 2011, she was a research analyst at the Legatum Institute, a London-based think tank specialising in the role of capitalism and democracy in promoting prosperity. There, she focused on the Middle East with a special interest in Iran and the transitioning Arab states. Claudia has also worked for the Henry Jackson Society as an Associate Fellow-Middle East, and has an MA in Middle East Studies from SOAS. She is also a former member of the Legacy Heritage Fellowship.


A “human rights warrior” who never shies away from his Jewish background, Adam has swiftly become a leading national and communal commentator on human rights issues. The former Habonim Dror leader embeds his Jewish values throughout his professional work as a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, and a Visiting Professor of Law at Goldsmiths, University of London. Adam, who tweets regularly about Brexit, politics and Labour antisemitism, is also the founder of Each Other (formerly RightsInfo), a human rights website, as well as the acclaimed UK Human Rights blog. Last year, he was appointed to the prestigious Equality and Human Rights Commission ‘A’ Panel of counsel. Most recently, the 39-year-old has also been appointed as specialist advisor to Parliament’s Covid-19 Human Rights Inquiry, assisting with scrutiny of the many potential human rights implications of the pandemic. A highly soughtafter legal commentator on social media, television and radio, Adam also presents the Better Human Podcast. His numerous accolades include the Plain English Campaign’s Communicator Award for his work on RightsInfo and being shortlisted for Human Rights Junior of the Year in the 2020 Legal 500 Awards.


The go-to project manager in the Jewish community, few were surprised when Ben was recently tasked with rewriting the Board of Deputies’ constitution. A former chair of Limmud Conference, Ben is a key figure in the next stages of Limmud’s development in response to Covid-19. As a Limmud trustee and the organisation’s representative on the Board of Deputies, the 34-year-old is always prepared to “call out anything in the community with humour and perspicacity”. Ben writes extensively about communal trends and institutions in the Jewish press and has acted as trustee and advisor for a range of charities, including JW3 and Nahamu, as well as cross-communal and non-faith-based organisations. Ben has also taught at the London School of Jewish Studies and numerous London synagogues with a focus on the obscure and the neglected. While education officer at Cambridge University Jewish Society, he developed ‘Commentator and Cake’, ‘Parsha Nuts’ and other snack-based study programmes. A forensic accountant by profession, Ben is a senior manager in Quantuma’s forensics practice, where he conducts financial investigations and provides expert evidence and advise for use in disputes. Ben’s work has even been relied on by political parties, major charities and national broadcasters.


Alma is the deputy chair of KeshetUK, an education charity working to create a world where no one is forced to choose between their LGBT+ [lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans] and Jewish identity. A longstanding LGBT+ champion, she became the first “ally” (non LGBT+ member) on KeshetUK’s steering committee, and has since had an unrivalled impact in making the Jewish community a more inclusive environment for LGBT+ Jewish people. Together with Benjamin Ellis and KeshetUK staff, Alma had an instrumental role in working with the Office of the Chief Rabbi to publish the groundbreaking resource guide, The Wellbeing of LGBT+ Pupils: A Guide for Orthodox Jewish Schools. The 31-year-old has also delivered inclusion training to hundreds of Jewish volunteers, overseen numerous Chanukah receptions in Parliament. A former social worker based at Hackney Council, Alma now works as a community partnership advisor for the City and Hackney Safeguarding Children Board.


Yehudis is a leading campaigner against extremism and abuse in the Jewish community. The 32-year-old recently co-founded Nahamu, a think tank examining extremism in the Jewish community. Nahamu works with stakeholders inside and outside the community to gather and analyse data to advise on the causes and impacts of inward-facing extremism. This includes the cover-up of child sexual abuse, forced marriage, denial of secular education, denial of personal autonomy, and coerced criminality. Yehudis also works as a qualified independent sexual violence advisor in Manchester under the auspices of Migdal Emunah, the only UK Jewish charity supporting victims of sexual abuse and sexual violence. After writing an award-winning poem describing her experiences and the Jewish community’s lack of response, Yehudis served as ambassador of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance in 2018/19. Last year, she completed a tour promoting the organisation across the UK, which included teaching sessions at schools and campuses. A graduate of UJIA’s Manchester Leadership Programme whose bravery has undoubtedly moved the dial on tackling inward facing extremism, Yehudis is on the current cohort of the Dangoor Senior Leadership Programme and is studying social policy at Salford University.



As national secretary of the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM), Peter has played an instrumental and irrepressible role in the fight against antisemitism on the Left. Most notably, the 34-year-old was one of the driving forces behind the JLM’s recent unprecedented referral of the Labour Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Never one to shy away from speaking his mind, under Peter’s leadership, the JLM therefore made a clarion declaration that it considers the Labour Party to be institutionally racist. Yet Peter’s involvement in the Labour Party extends far beyond the JLM. An elected councillor in the London Borough of Ealing since 2014, Peter is the Cabinet Member for housing, planning and transformation and serves on the London Housing Consortium. A longstanding Labour activist, he is one of 11 members of the Party’s National Constitutional Committee, its most senior disciplinary body, as well as the North West London representative on the London Labour Regional Board. Formerly campaigns officer for the Union of Jewish Students and executive director of the London Jewish Forum, Peter’s faith and values remain an integral facet of his identity as a leading Jewish politico on the soft left.

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take a bow! For over a decade, Danny has been one of the foremost conduits between the Jewish community and the highest echelons of politics in the fight against antisemitism. A wellknown face in Parliament, having worked as a top adviser to senior politicians, Danny has been director of the Antisemitism Policy Trust since 2009. Under the 39-year-old’s leadership, the Trust has supported two major all-party parliamentary inquiries into antisemitism and electoral abuse respectively, while providing the secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism. Impressively, the charity successfully engaged with more than 230 Parliamentarians last year, including the prime minister and opposition party leaders, and provided policy advice to both the Home Affairs Select Committee and the Women and Equalities Select Committee. Unafraid of new challenges, under Danny’s leadership, the Trust has expanded its international engagement, hosting a major antisemitism conference with Angela Merkel and run the first international conference on antisemitism and misogyny, to shine a light on the intersectional abuse of Jewish women, which was attended by Prime Minister Theresa May and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick. He has also helped innovate the Trust into the digital age, producing viral videos such as So, You Want To Be An Antisemite? hosted by Marlon Solomon. Danny was formerly campaigns director for the Union of Jewish Students, served as a Young Diplomat for the World Diplomatic Corps, and even advised the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Danny was awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list for services to Combating Hate Crime, and last year collected the prestigious Sjur Lindebraekke Memorial Prize from Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Danny is one of the most effective anti-racism campaigners in Westminster.



Jonny has been “utterly instrumental” in transforming mental health advocacy nationally and communally. After a suicide attempt on Waterloo Bridge in 2008, Jonny was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. During his long road to recovery, Jonny managed



From Countdown to Corbyn, Rachel’s journey into one of the most vocal campaigners against antisemitism has been extraordinary. With “chutzpah and courage”, the 34-year-old proudly raised the volume regarding her Jewish identity in early 2018 after encountering antisemitism in the Labour Party. Undeterred by the subsequent torrent of abuse and physical threats from Labour activists in response to her criticisms of Jeremy Corbyn, the top number cruncher on Channel 4’s quiz show quickly became a leading persona in the fight against anti-Jewish hatred. Rachel has bravely raised antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment during high-profile media appearances on The Jonathan Ross Show, Peston and The Victoria Derbyshire Show, and has even addressed MPs at a Holocaust Educational Trust reception. The link between fake news and rising anti-Jewish hatred has become a personal interest, and Rachel has joined the Stop Funding Fake News campaign, which seeks to persuade brands to stop advertising on news websites accused of disseminating disinformation. The campaign has convinced more than 80 brands to take action, including Macmillan Cancer Support and Chelsea FC. Rachel also recently co-launched the Don’t Feed the Trolls campaign, which advocates blocking abusive accounts to avoid fuelling their hatred. Gary Lineker, the former England football international, and Richard Osman, the co-host of BBC’s Pointless, are among those backing the campaign. Last year, alongside fellow Jewish campaigner and actress Tracy Ann Oberman, Rachel instructed a lawyer to sue people for libel or harassment after they allegedly targeted her online with abuse. Rachel received the Algemeiner’s prestigious ‘Warrior for Truth’ award last year, securing a place on the J100 list. The rediscovery of her Jewish identity has seen her support an Israel charity event with The Maki Foundation UK, address the Alliance of Jewish Women’s inaugural event and regularly attend Friday night dinners.

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to track down the passer-by, Neil Laybourn, who helped talk him out of jumping. This remarkable story was made into a Channel 4 documentary Changing minds The Stranger on the Bridge, and Jonny subsequently published a book with the same title, which charted his journey with mental illness from childhood to the present day. The mental health issue, edited by Jonny Benjamin Impressively, it reached the Amazon Top 10 Bestsellers and includes a WE URGENTLY NEED YOUR foreword by The Duke of Cambridge. Together, Jonny and Neil launched a mental health charity, Beyond Shame Beyond Stigma, which recently awarded a grant to help with creating emergency resources for young people struggling with their mental health during the Covid-19 lockdown. Passionate about engraining mental health awareness within school curriculums, Jonny also launched ThinkWell, a mental health workshop for secondary schools, which has engaged thousands of pupils since 2016. Jonny’s efforts have been recognised at the highest levels of government, receiving a ‘Points of Light’ award from the prime minister in 2016 and an MBE in the Queen’s 2017 New Year Honours list. Closer to home, Jonny has also received the prestigious Topland Award from Jewish Care to celebrate his achievements volunteering in the Jewish community to reduce the stigma of mental illness. The 33-year-old has been a long-standing ambassador for the communal mental health service Jami, for which he regularly addresses synagogues and Jewish schools to raise awareness of mental health. He recently guest edited an issue of Jewish News dedicated to mental health (pictured, inset). Jonny is working on his second book, a collection of quotes, poems and stories by himself and others to inspire recovery and hope. Our Forty Under 40 continues, with numbers 30 to 21 Page 18

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Daniel Heller

Jake Libson

Josh Marks

Marcus Mendleson

Rachel Miller

Adam Levy

Daniel Mackintosh

Jake Wallis Simons

Josh Nagli

Mark Frazer

Rachel Rose Reid

Adam Martin

David Mendoza Wolfson

Jamie Field

Josh Seitler

Mathilde Frot

Rafe Thurstance

Adam Nickels

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Joshua Diamond

Matt Keston

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Adam Pike

Daniel Rickman

Jason Pearlman

Joshua Garfield

Maxwell Fine

Raisel Freedman

Adam Wagner

Daniel Rothberg

Jeni Weiner

Joshua Pelled

Maytal Charing

Raphael Wein

Alex Dwek

Daniel Sugarman

Michael Gladstone

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David Collins

Michael Rubin

Rebecca Viney

Alma Reisel

David Davidi-Brown

Michael Segalov

Rhiannon Humphreys

Amanda Gale

David Lubelsky

Michelle Bauernfreund

Richard Verber

Amelia Viney

Cllr Dean Cohen

Mike Mendoza

Rivka Gelley

Amos Schonfield

Debbie Danon

Miriam Jacobs

Rivkah Brown

Amy Wagner

Deborah Blausten

Miriam Lorie

Robby Hoffman

Angelica Malin

Dr Rachel Century

Miriam Mirwitch

Robin Ashleigh

Anna Posner

Edward Malnick

Naomi Joseph verber

Robin Moss

Anna Sheinman

Eleanor Segall

Nat Roden

Russell Langer

Anthony Shaw


Natacha Woodcock

Sagi Yechezkel

Anthony Silkoff

Eli Gaventa

Nathan Servi

Sam Clifford

Ari Feferkorn

Eli Spitzer

Neil Taylor

Saul Taylor

Arieh Miller

Eliezer Gilbert

Nic Schlagman

Shalvie Friedman

Ashley Lerner

Ella Rose

Noah Levy

Shana Boltin

Avi Friedmann

Elliot Jebreel

Oli Davidson

Shira Joseph

Avi Gillis

Ellisa Estrin

Oliver Anisfeld

Shmuli Sagal

Ben Grabiner

Emily Hilton

Peter Mason

Simon Hamilton

Ben Lewis

Emma Barnett

Phil Rosenberg

Simon Mitchell

Ben Shapiro

Emma Rickman

Rabbi Adam Zagoria-Moffet

Sophie Dunoff

Ben Winston

Emma Taylor

Rabbi Benji Stanley

Talia Chain

Benjamin Abram

Esther Craven

Rabbi Benjy Morgan

Tommer Spence

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Esther Hoffman

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Yair Zivan

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Gabby Edlin

Rabbi Dovid Lichtig

Yechezkel Shraga Stern

Benjamin Ramm

Gabriel Kanter-

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Yehudis Fletcher

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Yehudis Goldsobel

Blake Ezra

Gabriel Pogrund

Rabbi Eliyahu Silverman

Yonatan Galon

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Georgia Gould

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Yos Tarshish

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Georgina Bye

Jessica Elgot

Judith Flacks-Leigh

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Gideon Falter

Jessica Hayward-Gant

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Lara Balsam

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Cassie Horwich

Hannah Brady

Jessica Overlander-Kaye

Laura Katan

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Cassie Matus

Hannah Gaventa

Jessica Shine

Laura Solomons


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Hannah Gerson

Joel Friedman

Lauren Davidson

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Charlotte Henry

Hannah Reuben

Joel Salmon

Laurence Field

Rabbi Oliver Spike Joseph

Charlotte Nichols

Hannah Sharron

Jonathan Neumann

Lea MĂźhlstein

Rabbi Robyn Ashworth

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Hannah Style

Jonathan Roland

Lee Sidney


Claudia Mendoza

Hannah Taylor

Jonny Benjamin MBE

Lev Taylor

Rabbi Roni Tabick

Daisy Abboudi

Hannah Weisfeld

Jonny Daniels

Levi Schapiro

Rabbi Sam Taylor

Dalia Fleming

Henry Zeffman

Josh Dubell

Liron Velleman

Rabbi Yakov Tatz

Dan Bacall

Hugo Bieber

Josh Gaventa

Lisa Levene

Rabbi Yoni Birnbaum

Dan Sacker

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Unarmed autistic Palestinian killed Hezbollah targeted Hundreds of mourners have called for revenge after Israeli guards shot and killed a mentally disabled Palestinian man on his way to a special needs school. Iyad Halak, 32, who had severe autism, was unarmed when he was killed in the Old City on Saturday, prompting a wave of Palestinian outrage and a rare public apology from Defence Minister Benny Gantz at Sunday’s cabinet meeting. Israel’s Channel 12 reported that forces fired at Halak’s legs and chased him into an alley. A senior officer is

then said to have called for an end to the firing, but a second officer ignored the command and fired six or seven bullets from an M-16 rifle. Israeli officials said Halak had been holding “a suspicious object that looked like a pistol” but he was found to have been unarmed. Police later raided his family’s home, but found no weapons there either. Killed: Iyad Halak Halak’s father told Israel’s public broadcaster that the in his hand so we can be in object his son was holding was contact with him and make likely to have been his mobile sure he has safely arrived,” his phone. “We tell him every father said. morning to keep his phone As hundreds of angry

mourners attended his funeral, comparisons were quickly made with the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd in America. Ayman Odeh, Israel’s most senior Arab politician, said there would be “a cover-up” but that the guards who killed Halak should be jailed, as sporadic protests in both West Jerusalem and Tel Aviv carried placards reading: “Palestinian lives matter.” Gantz, a former IDF Chief of Staff, said: “We are sorry about the incident and share in the family’s grief. This subject will be investigated.”

Israel invents Covid-19 breath test An Israeli-designed one-minute breath test to tell whether someone has coronavirus could soon be installed at hundreds of global entry points if it gets approval from the US Food and Drug Administration, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. The contraption, which uses frequency to detect the deadly SARS-CoV-2, was designed by a team based at an Israeli university and has a success rate of more than 90 percent in trials. Current tests for the new coronavirus use

throat or nose swabs and look for particles, but the team led by Professor Gabby Sarusi at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev thought outside the box in terms of detection. “We asked ourselves, since this virus is just like a nano-particle or a quantum dot with a diameter between 100nm to 140nm in terms of its size and electrical properties, can we detect it using methods from the worlds of physics, photonics and electrical engineering? We discovered that the answer is yes.”

Jewish groups have welcomed an Austrian parliamentary resolution targeting Hezbollah and its supporters in the country – just weeks after Germany did likewise. The non-binding motion, approved on Friday, urges Austrian authorities to “take appropriate and effective

measures to act decisively against the terrorist and criminal activities of Hezbollah and its supporters in Austria”. It also urges the government of Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to do more to fight Hezbollah’s financing by tackling money laundering networks.

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Confidence in our collective future The only certainty about the coming months is the lack of certainty, as our community joins the rest of the world in navigating these unprecedented times. How will the focus of philanthropy change? Is there a magic bullet to fill the gaping hole where events once filled the communal calendar? And how will a community that placed such a focus on coming together cope with the new normal of physical distancing in synagogues and elsewhere? Getting to grips with some of those issues will fall on the shoulders of many of those over whom we’ve been proud to shine a spotlight in the past five weeks of our Forty Under 40 countdown, alongside the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC). The strength of our community and the confidence we should have in our collective future is obvious not just from the top 10 or the top 40, but in the many more that deserved a place. We aimed to celebrate the lay leadership that helps our community tick alongside such a talented pool of professionals. It is therefore a particular delight that the top 10 features stars such as the incoming JLC CEO Claudia Mendoza as well as our inspirational number one, Jonny Benjamin, whose activism continues to shatter the taboo that once surrounded mental health issues. It’s also worth making special mention of Rachel Riley, who no doubt would have laughed at the time of our last list at the thought of featuring. Thank you to all our young leaders for all you to do inspire us and thanks to our panel, headed by the indomitable Andrew Gilbert, for enabling us to celebrate them.

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Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner’s defence of intermarriage in last week’s Jewish News seeks to take the ecumenical high road but swerves past the cautionary signs on the road. First, she asserts the view that Ruth converted long after having married her Jewish husband, when in fact the matter is disputed by the commentators. Moreover, Ruth assumed her Jewish commitment under halachic auspices, a condition Janner-Klausner finds wholly dispensable, if not downright disagreeable. And even she concedes that Ruth did convert, a quaint option the good rabbi would never dream of

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imposing upon a non-Jewish marital partner. Nor is Janner-Klausner bothered by the halachic standing of a child born only of a Jewish father – because she isn’t bothered by halacha at all. Janner-Klausner needs to remind herself that she is a Jew solely because her ancestors observed Jewish law and married other co-religionists; and by sanctioning Jewish outmarriages, she and her colleagues – or accomplices – play a vanguard role from within in defiling the integrity of the Jewish people, a manner of sedition that, to quote the party of the first part, is unambiguously vile.

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ISRAEL MUST PROTECT US I’ve been in Israel during lockdown and am an interested party in the ongoing debate regarding annexation, not by force but by law. Many of my family live in the area known as the West Bank. Israel does not wish to alienate herself from allies and friends – the Talmud states “Give me friends or I die” – but not at the expense of our safety and sovereign rights. Israel is a democracy and I will support any decision that is made by the government, firmly believing that it is all too easy for us to be armchair critics. If one wants

a say in decision-making, make aliyah, as I did, and vote. We do well to remember that on many occasions, Israel offered to give up ‘land for peace’, but sadly our neighbours rejected the offer, never wanting to live peaceably, but bent on our destruction. We fervently pray for peace, but no country in the world would relinquish its sovereign territory to those who declare war. We have both the right and duty to look after ourselves. Otherwise, who will? Flora Frank By email

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Ambassador, there are many ways to be a Jew JENNI FRAZER


mid all the continuing frothing about Dominic Cummings – and the deep gratitude, on my part at least, that there seems not to be anyone Jewish involved in this unrewarding saga – a few stories attracted my attention. One was a declaration by the religiously observant American ambassador to Israel, David M Friedman (for those interested, the “M” stands for Melech, or king, very apposite in the circumstances), about the state of the Jewish diaspora. Mr Friedman, it must be said, does not think much of the “Jewish literacy” of the diaspora, and expressed this forcibly when addressing a Ha’aretz conference on Judaism, Israel and the diaspora last week. The second story was one I wrote myself, the remarkable partnership between Camden Council, Arsenal Football Club, and our very own JW3, the Jewish community

centre for London. And the third story was one I knew nothing about, but was so glad to read, an initiative for civic mourning in Stamford Hill. It’s a giant palisade reading “We Grieve” and has become a place for people to gather every week and remember those who have died during the pandemic. The driving force behind “We Grieve” is an Anglican vicar, Rev William Taylor of St Thomas’ on Clapton Common. For many Jews, the wall is the opportunity to remember Rev Taylor’s partner and friend, Rabbi Avrohom Pinter, with whom he worked to create a community centre in the area, Liberty Hall. Rabbi Pinter died on 13 April of Covid-19 and I defy anyone to suggest that he was Jewishly illiterate. He was strictly Orthodox,

of course, but he recognised that there was more than one way of being Jewish. And more than that, more than one way of being human and humane. Ambassador Friedman’s somewhat jaw-dropping comments, in which he pretty much writes off secular Jews, were as follows: “Even living by Jewish values of doing things that are morally just or helpful to others” adds “nothing” to one’s fluency [in Judaism], arguing: ““Let’s face it: Jews do not have a monopoly on acts of kindness, charity or social justice.” We don’t: but what we do have is a commitment to chesed, or lovingkindness, and tikkun olam, or “saving the world”, two watchwords at the heart of what JW3 has been trying to do since lockdown forced the


closure of its Swiss Cottage building. In parallel with trying to run as many of its classes and events online as it can, JW3 – steered by its chief executive, Raymond Simonson – has been finding imaginative ways of using the physical space. In an unexpected but triumphant partnership, JW3 has become the northern hub for helping to alleviate food poverty in Camden, taking delivery each week of thousands of tonnes of food – collected for Arsenal by an Islington church – and then distributing food aid to needy people in the borough. Both Liberty Hall and JW3’s work are inspiring projects, and readers don’t need me to identify scores more, from Mitzvah Day onwards, in which Jews hold out their hands to help others. They may not qualify, indeed, for the judgmental ambassador’s idea of “fluency” in Judaism, but surely they can be considered an entry point. There are many ways of expressing one’s Judaism, Mr Friedman. Reaching out is surely better than doing nothing at all.

The perpetrators are to blame, not the virus NAOMI DICKSON CHIEF EXECUTIVE JEWISH WOMEN'S AID


ockdown has been tough for all of us, but I have been in a state of worry and fear I have never before felt as chief executive of Jewish Women’s Aid. Every day there's been a media report of domestic abuse, some escalating to murder. On average two women a week are tragically killed by their abusive partners in the UK and, under lockdown, this figure has soared. Domestic abuse agencies up and down the country, and also internationally have, as one, reported consistent increases in demand for their services. Women, where they can, are reaching out for support more desperately and urgently than before. We have seen the same at JWA. During this crisis we have provided support, advocacy, reassurance and counselling for almost one third more women than we would normally expect over this period. While we continue to support women affected by all types of abuse, we have had more cases of escalation of physical violence as well as physical violence

being threatened. The women we support are also more likely to call the police, where they haven’t before. Women typically minimise the severity of the abuse they are experiencing. I have lost count of the number of women who have told me that with every abusive episode comes an apology, a gift, a promise never to do it again. And all those women accepted the apology or the gift or the promise. But they also held in the corner of their minds the knowledge that they could make a call, go for a drive, move in with a friend. They had an escape route. Be in no doubt – it’s not lockdown or COVID 19 that is to blame for the escalation in abuse.


It’s the opportunism of the perpetrators who know their victims’ chances of accessing help are limited, who have greater opportunity and are taking advantage of it. It is also of course the limited escape routes from lockdown for the women that cause huge concern. It’s hard to make a phone call, pop in to a friend for advice, alert a neighbour or colleague if you are stuck at home with your abuser. I am glad that through the generosity of one donor we have been able to offer extra financial assistance to dozens of women, and helped them to cover their living expenses, petrol money, rent and also provide laptops and tablets for their children. We have also continued to offer emergency accommodation, counselling, therapy for children, and hours of reassurance, advocacy, support and practical help for hundreds of women. But owing to the increase in demand for our services, as well as the cancellation of our dinner, we have needed to launch a fundraising appeal. A former client has bravely come forward to support our campaign with a video on social media in which she says, “I have nightmares every night because I know if I was living in lockdown with my ex-husband and my four children, I would be dead today and my four

children would be in care.” Domestic abuse is happening in our community. Jewish Women’s Aid is the only organisation which is here to support Jewish women and children who have experienced domestic abuse. We need to be here now to support all the women who have bravely managed to make contact with us. And we need to be here in the future, when lockdown eases and when all the women who are living in fear are eventually able to get in touch with us to take that tentative first step to their new future. In order for us to do that, we need you, the community, alongside us – investing in us and supporting us. We need to blow away the taboos around domestic abuse so that women living in fear can reach out for support, safe in the knowledge that they will be believed and that they won’t be doubted. We need your help to remove the stigma which still surrounds this horror. We need you to help us to be there for every single Jewish woman who is scared and who is being abused in her own home.  Donations to the Jewish Women’s Aid appeal can be made at jwa.org.uk/appeal


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Jewish charities must rethink their approach DAN GREEN



crisis, even one as substantial as the coronavirus pandemic, can also be an opportunity. In Hebrew, the term for a birthing stool is an even mashber – a crisis stone. The rabbis linked the danger of birth to the opportunities created by new life. This is the approach we have tried to take over the past three months at ORT – the global education network driven by Jewish values. We reach 300,000 people a year in more than 30 countries, so the impact of Covid-19 on our global operations has been huge. All our schools, universities and institutions closed their doors in March, with classes and courses moving online with remote learning initiatives practically overnight. But as the world begins to recover and reset itself, it will be big charities with a large reach that have the capacity to enforce the changes that are required. This is not a moment for timidity of vision, strategy

or programme. We are not alone among Jewish organisations in rethinking our approach. The virus is likely to accelerate momentum that has been building for some time, owing to the generational transition of wealth and the social impact focus of a new generation of donors. We must combine creativity with bravery and hard work to reach new donors and alternative sources of funding while the philanthropic world is in a state of flux. Our fundraising partners around the globe are all redefining how to raise money as events are cancelled, how to engage with donors online and how to effectively communicate the new needs of our organisation. For ORT, this has included supporting distance learning measures to ensure no

xstudent goes without a computer or laptop to study at home, and supporting families struggling to pay school tuition fees after being impacted economically by the virus. So many charities in the Jewish community have been severely tested in so many ways. I am so proud of how our network has come together, adapted into new realities and ensured no student is left behind. Our students have shown innovation and ingenuity, alongside compassion and selflessness, in countless examples of helping their peers and the wider world. As our former and much-missed late World ORT president, Sir Maurice Hatter, used to say, we are helping to prepare mensches. Our pride in these actions taken during Covid-19 epitomises the spirit of ORT and shows the essence of our organisation:


a clear example of resilience and Jewish continuity formed over 140 years of poverty, pogroms and persecution. The coronavirus is a new challenge, for us all, but we have the fortitude – built on our experience, our expertise and our global support – to succeed and also to light the way, and lead the way, for other Jewish charities. Today, after health, education is the most fundamental requirement to free ourselves of the blights of poverty, ignorance and hate. This is why ORT will always be relevant. As we celebrate 140 years since our foundation in St Petersburg, Russia, in 1880, it is worth considering the gematria of that number. The number 100 corresponds to the Hebrew letter kuf, and the number 40 to the Hebrew letter mem. Together those two letters make the word kum – meaning ‘to arise, to get up, to awaken’. On ORT’s 140th anniversary, along with other Jewish organisations around the world, we should be striving to pick ourselves up to face this challenge, to rise up and to seize the day with an exciting and dynamic future ahead for us all.

When did it stop being OK for people to say sorry? RABBI MIRIAM BERGER



his is the letter I would have liked to have read from the prime minister's senior adviser in the wake of his breach of the lockdown. As I didn’t read it, I decided to write it. So indulge me for a minute. It's addressed: 'To the people of Great Britain'. It reads... “I am writing to you in order to express my deepest apologies. I behaved like the fallible human being I am and not the leader you would like me to be. I am a political strategist and the chief adviser to our prime minister but leading the country through a pandemic was far beyond any tightrope we could have possibly known we would have to walk. The responsibility to save lives as well as prevent an economic crash that will have generations suffering, is weighing very heavily on my mind at all moments of the day and night. When the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, started showing symptoms of Covid19, I knew my job was about to get harder; but then when my wife started coughing I knew two things: First that at a time when I was

needed at work more than ever, I was going to be needed at home too. These work conference calls were not going to be the ones where I could be “cutely” distracted while I also built Lego towers with my little one. But second, because if my boss and my wife were both ill, the chances were that I was going to be next. I was suddenly more scared than I have ever been. When I told the prime minister we had to warn people that “lives would be lost”, it had, perhaps naively, and very genuinely, never crossed my mind that those lives could actually be my own and the people I love and respect most in the world. My fear became very real and while I knew I needed to do everything I could do to look after this country, I was fixated on being close to those who could look after me and my little family too. I wanted to be at home and suddenly home seemed very far away…” The letter would continue to go on to explain the trip to Barnard Castle, not as some bizarre eye examination but as a naive celebration of life, on the day of his wife’s birthday. That when their mortality wasn’t being tested to quite the same extent, they wanted to celebrate life when reaching a milestone that only

ISN'T IT REAL LEADERSHIP TO ADMIT MISTAKES AND STILL REMAIN IN A POSITION TO LEAD? weeks before they had feared, in the darkest hours of the night, they might not reach together. Was it irresponsible he would ask? Yes. Is he apologetic? Deeply. Why? Because he realises it was a selfish act at a time where his own governmental strategy was relying on acts of selflessness and societal responsibility. However, in this dream letter, he would go on to ask us all to accept his apology and see what he did as an act of stupidity. To hold himself up as a bad example but to thank all of us who made other choices and would ask us to see strength in a leader who is able to admit their failings and to respect the challenges that he is working tirelessly to rectify on our behalf. I have not written it because I have any deep sympathy for Cummings or share his political views. I’ve written the letter because I have one serious question. And if you take nothing else from this, if you only remember one thing, this is the point that the whole

fantasy letter hinges upon, a simple word we teach our children. Sorry. When did sorry fall out of fashion? When did it stop being okay for leaders to make mistakes and need to apologise? Isn’t it real leadership to admit mistakes and still be in a position to lead? Why does no one seem to trust us to admit that they messed up? Why does our leadership, political, royal and celebrity always choose spin over sorry? Ours is just an average-sized synagogue of 900 households with two nursery schools. Yet the conversations around reopening the nurseries next week are fraught with anxiety and making the right decisions for all concerned. It’s a tiny microcosm of society and what I know for sure is that it’s really hard on this scale and I wouldn’t want to be in government right now for anything, but am truly grateful to those who are and are trying to steer this ship through the stormiest of weathers.

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Community / Scene & Be Seen


Adam Hoff, 13, encouraged his loved ones to donate to a food bank in Holloway in lieu of his barmitzvah celebrations. The Hampstead Garden Suburb resident personally delivered donations to Ringcross Food Bank, joined by his parents, brother and sister, where he was greeted with an Arsenal-themed celebration. Facebook group Food Bank Aid: North London founder Naomi Russell said: “What a true example to his generation. His support helped Ringcross feed so many families over the bank holiday weekend.” Adam’s mother Natalie said: “It was very special to give back and help others.” To donate or get involved, email foodbankaid@gmail.com


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One hundred Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, aged six to 14, from the 11th Edgware Scout Troop, took part in the first ‘stay at home’ camp. The event was held over Zoom and Facebook, with people posting photos of their family taking part in the activities, including making animals out of towels, bingo, cooking competitions and star gazing. Group scout leader Martine Abrahams said: “I’m pleased so many families got to experience a slice of 11th Edgware camping.” Jake and Matty Kushner are pictured in their home-made tent.


The Chabad Lubavitch Centre in Gants Hill has been delivering food parcels to vulnerable families in Ilford and the surrounding area, using surplus food donated by Tesco. Volunteer coordinator Graham Nygate said: “All of the Tesco staff have been exemplary in their manner and support.” Tesco’s head of community, Claire De Silva said: “In every part of the UK, there are charities and community groups doing amazing work to feed people during the pandemic, and we are glad we have been able to support them in helping so many vulnerable people.”



Cousins Tali Boyden, 11, and Gabriella Weller, 11, raised nearly £4,000 for the Israeli and UK special needs charities Beit Issie Shapiro and KEF Kids by hosting a virtual cheesecake baking session with cookery expert Kim Kushner, watched by 150 families. Tali and Gabriella encouraged those tuning in to donate their creations to the charity GIFT and local key workers. Tali said: “It was great to mark our batmitzvahs like this because we don’t know if or when other celebrations will happen.”

Cousin “David”, best friend and rock, left us a year ago for a new body in heaven. It was a privilege to share 35 years of our lives together, which enriched many. The hurt of his loss is still very raw, bewildering and isolating. I hope the illness he succumbed to and the current pandemic will soon be a thing of the past! G-d bless. Sam, family and friends






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Television / Weekend

RELIGIOUS DIVIDES Brigit Grant hears from the writers of Autonomies, a new drama that imagines a dystopian vision of Israel


Assi Cohen as Broide, a Charedi wheeler and dealer from Jerusalem

he future for Israel looks alarmingly grim. Festering Israelis believe the fissure between contempt has led to a Orthodox and secular is more destrucbrutal civil war between tive than the Palestinian conflict. Coming up with a project after the the devout Orthodox and secular libertarians and a towering wall success of Shtisel is as tough as the next divides the country and its people. album for the hit writers who met in Finally, the two-state solution has a succah in 2008. By then Elon, who been realised, but in a way no one was raised a religious Zionist in a West dared to imagine. Bank settlement, had graduated from Except for Shtisel writers Ma’aleh, Jerusalem’s film school, and Yehonatan Indursky and Ori Elon, was writing for the TV singleton series who present this alarming dystopian Srugim (now on Amazon), which was vision of the promised land in their Yehonatan Indursky also produced by Shtisel’s Dikla Barkai. Outside the succah, Elon and Indursky new series, Autonomies, which is now availand Ori Elon and – who quit yeshiva to study at the Sam able to watch at ukjewishfilm.org. Spiegel film school – exchanged books and screenplays, Set in a time around now, the cosmopolitan, allacknowledged a shared religious upbringing and united to embracing city of Tel Aviv looks familiar, but the writers create the poetic dialogue and characters in Shtisel. have turned it into the capital of the coastal secular state, The strictly Orthodox family saga first screened in while making Jerusalem a Charedi autonomy, where Israel in 2013, so the rest of us were late to the party, poverty is rife and prayers are seldom answered. but there has been less delay with Autonomies, which You need a visa to travel between the two areas, and screened in 2018 and grew out of two ideas. The first is border guards search vehicles for illegal contraband hidden among boxed corpses needing an Orthodox burial. the two states. The second is inspired by the judgement of Solomon and brings action and heartbreak to the heady All of this plays out beneath the shadow of the grim mix of earth-shattering confessions and parenting. wall, which was not erected by the prop department. “My grandfather was a Supreme Court judge and had “It is the wall separating Israeli Jews and Palestinians,” a famous case involving a custody battle with two parents confirms Indursky, who is the series director, and and I have always had a connection with that story,” says is troubled that the real wall is there for any visitor to see. Elon, hinting at what lies ahead. “We have become normalised to the separation To reveal anything else would be unthinkable for barrier, which is sad,” says the former yeshiva scholar these writers, who know how their audience doesn’t who, with his co-writer, has put Israel’s cultural and religious divide at the heart of Autonomies, knowing many mind waiting for something more.

WHO’S WHO IN AUTONOMIES Broide (Prisoners of War star Assi Cohen) is a Charedi wheeler and dealer who smuggles porn and pork. He escapes the wrath of the rabbis by delivering books, but his survival depends on meeting their demands. Rabbi Alexander of Kreinitz (actor-singer Shuli Rand) heads the Charedi autonomy with the will of a Mafia godfather shrouded in Orthodoxy. Blumi (Beauty and The Baker star Rotem Sela) Broide’s patient wife and mother of his children lives in fear of his money-making schemes. Elka (Tali Sharon) is Rabbi Alexander’s soul-searching daughter forced to face the worst kind of moral dilemma. Anna Blum (Daniella Kertesz) is a secular saxophonist who meets Broide and her attraction to him leads her down a dark road. Batia Luzzatto (Dana Ivgy) and her husband Asher (Fauda’s Jacob Zada Daniel) are about to divorce, but a shock revelation changes their plans.  Jewish News and UK Jewish Film is offering the first 50 readers a chance to see the entire series of Autonomies for free! Visit ukjewishfilm. org and enter the code JNUKJF50. If you aren’t lucky enough to be among the first 50, use promo code 10OFF to receive 10% off rental of individual episodes or the entire series.

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Main: The cast of Autonomies. Inset from top: Actors Dana Igvy (who plays Batia), Jacob Zada Daniel (Asher), Rotem Sela (Blumi) and Tali Sharon (Elka)



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Weekend / Entertainment



Hedy Lamarr Gal Gadot’s drama series about film legend and inventor Hedy Lamarr will premiere on Apple TV+, the streaming platform announced this week. The new eightepisode show, which the Wonder Woman actress will star in as well as executive produce, tells the story of “the most beautiful woman in the world”, who was first exalted and iconised, then destroyed and eventually forgotten by American audiences. Written and executive produced by

Joseph returns... in 2021 Close Every Door had a new resonance for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage spectacle Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat when every West End theatre was ordered to shut down for an indefinite period over coronavirus, scuppering the planned return of the show this summer. Producers have now announced the show will come back, but in July 2021, for a 10-week season at The London Palladium until 5 September. Fans will no doubt be thrilled that Jac Yarrow will reprise the title role of Joseph, while Jason Donovan will grace the stage again as Pharaoh, with further casting to be announced in the coming months. Originally released as a concept album in 1969, Joseph draws on the Old Testament story of one man’s rise from slavery to prominence, amid a family torn apart by jealousy and sibling rivalry. The show features such well-known songs as Go Go Go Joseph, Any Dream Will Do and Jacob and Sons, penned by Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.


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4 June 2020 Jewish News



The lighter side

Inspiration / Weekend

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

Where there’s a will, there’s OY VEY

I WAS MID-WAY THROUGH my intended column for this week when I received a surprise WhatsApp invite to a Zoom meet with the ‘Women of Shtisel’. “Yes! Yes! Yes!” I typed furiously to the series’ head honcho, producer Dikla Barkai and promptly joined Giti (Neta Riskin) Elisheva (Ayelet Zurer) Libbi (Hadas Yaron) and Ruchami (Shira Haas) for a Temple Emanu-El chinwag about our favourite Israeli TV series. Well, it’s certainly my favourite and global reaction suggests a show with unfeigned dialogue, virtuoso performances and no sex has an audience. With the absence of any hand-holding, Shtisel could also be the definitive lesson in social distancing drama, I thought, as I Zoomed in with dynamic Dikla who was alongside Neta and Hadas in a shared square, in which they giggled about baking. “Hadas has taken cooking to the next level,” revealed Neta about the Fill the Void star,

Shira Haas off set with her friend and Unorthodox co-star Amit Rahav

who won Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival in 2012 and was last seen looking uncertain beside Akiva in the finale of season two. “I’m feeling quite jealous of Neta and Hadas being together,” said Shira, now modelling ear-length curls since the shorning for her role as Esty in Unorthodox. Evidently the ‘hair-shaving’ scene in the Netflix drama was done on the first day of Dikla and Hadar with the boys shooting and although Shira cried, it helped (spoiler alert) of Giti accepting her husband her to delve into the role. Aged 17, my own Lippe’s absence in Argentina and Akiva’s first experience of a similarly severe cut almost date with widow Elisheva got the women resulted in a hairdresser’s murder, but then talking about the significance of “what isn’t actors are willing to suffer for their art. said” in Shtisel. “Maybe we talk too much and The Shtisel cast are likely to suffer when hurt too much in real life,” said Neta. filming for season three starts in July (Baruch “Ruchami can’t just accept her father Hashem), and Dikla has concerns about the and stay silent like her mother,” responded impact of holy heat on glued payot and heavy Shira. “I think personally we should talk clothing, which doesn’t seem to bother the about stuff.” real Charedim or their beards. “Ruchami has nothing to lose,” Neta fired Until the catastrophe of Covid-19, Shtisel hadn’t been too problematic for Dikla, barring back at her screen daughter. With Ayelet, who now lives in LA, bemoaning men for the death of actress Hanna Rieber, who writing about women, and Hadas disliking played Shulem’s mother in season one. “The decision to keep the character and cast another actress in season two was really difficult, but the scripts were written and so tender it was impossible not to, and Leah Koenig had been Hanna’s close friend, which is why she agreed to take the part.” en’ Zoom meet with the ‘Shtisel wom Replaying scenes

Shira and Neta in Shtisel

Hadas Yaron as Libbi, with Akiva

Hadas in Fill The Void

her character’s objection to Akiva’s art aspirations, the Shtisel females proved to be fabulously feisty and clearly very close. “We are in touch all the time,” they said in unison – and I long to be part of their gang. “Our writers think that all the women in Shtisel are stronger than the men,” confirmed Dikla. And I dare you to disagree.

Summer glitz


TYPICALLY, JUNE is the month when we take out the beach bags and shake off the sand from seasonal accessories. But with most holidays taking place in our gardens, is a bracelet for the balcony really necessary? Of course it is, and there is even a reason to acquire new pearl earrings for those recurring online meetings. Jewellery jazzes up a Zoom, and with weekly batmitzvahs, birthstone bracelets in named gift boxes are essential, as are pressies for the missus, so show him it all at www.davidovlondon.com

With so much to distract us, the final season of Modern Family was largely overlooked in Blighty. The show’s creator, Steve Levitan, was our Passover cover star last year and, having been fortunate enough to visit the set and meet the cast, I shed a tear at the Dunphy-Pritchett farewell. They were as dysfunctional as any Jewish family I know, thanks to the show’s many Jewish writers who had no qualms, including a barmitzvah and many Yiddishisms over the 10-year run. If only Friday Night Dinner was as bold.

Push Over Purchase I took one look at Trinny Woodall’s make-up on Facebook and now she won’t leave me alone. She and her sidekick Susannah Constantine were memorably aggravating as the hosts of What Not To Wear when they ribbed oversized women about their sartorial choices. But I’m weak, and Trinny’s taunts about lines and bags made me purchase her Miracle Blur in a tiny pot (£26), which “untraceably... fills in and irons out wrinkles”. It doesn’t on my face, as I now require a dozen whipped egg whites to freeze my frown. What Not To Buy could be the name for her Facebook show.

Fiddler on the Hoof

I’m not a fan of remakes, particularly when the original is beyond compare, as in the case of Norman Jewison’s Fiddler On The Roof (1971). The musical film starring perfectly cast Chaim Topol is about to be remade by Thomas Kail, who directed Hamilton, with a screenplay by Steven Levenson, who wrote Dear Evan Hansen. There is no denying their pedigree – but if there is a rich man, it’s Topol, and I don’t think anyone else could fill his worn-out milkman’s boots. A blessing on his head.



Jewish News 4 June 2020

Business / Artificial intelligence


With Candice Krieger

HARNESSING TECH TO IMPROVE HEALTH OUTCOMES In the second instalment of the Jewish News/UK Israel Business series on the use of Israeli technology to combat Covid-19, Candice Krieger looks at how AI helps combat the crisis WHAT IS AI? The term artificial intelligence, or AI, was first used in 1956. In the 1960s, scientists were teaching computers how to copy human decision-making. This developed into research around ‘machine learning’, in which robots were taught to learn for themselves and remember their mistakes instead of simply copying.


he continuing catastrophic impact of Covid-19 is demanding herculean efforts. Health professionals and key workers are going above and beyond to help fight it. And superhuman ability is indeed what we need. Artificial intelligence (AI) is also stepping up to help tackle Covid-19 in a variety of ingenious ways. AI and machine learning will be critical in helping us to understand more about this novel disease and develop smart strategies to stem the spread. AI is technology that enables a computer to think or act in a more ‘human’ way. It serves as a vital tool to assist humans in their decision making through the ability of machines to sift through vast amounts of data and spot patterns. It takes information from its surroundings and suggests next steps based on what it learns or senses. AI and robotics have been transforming healthcare, and companies are now leveraging the potential AI provides to help the existing health ecosystem in the fight. Among the ways AI is being used to help amid the crisis include: to speed up the search for a vaccine, further understand the biology of the virus, identify infection hotspots, reduce pressure on health systems through remote assessment and monitoring tools, and to quickly and cost-effectively crunch large amounts of data for predictive analysis, giving governments the tools so they can make smart and safe decisions for their citizens – to list just a few. The interaction between people and machines has never been more important. Combined, humans and AI can serve as a critical driver in reaching a solution to this pandemic. Two Israeli companies proving essential in combatting Covid-19 are SparkBeyond and Diagnostic Robotics. Hugo Bieber, chief executive of UK Israel Business, who has been championing such companies via the organisation’s UK Israel HealthTech Forum, says: “AI and machine learning are buzzwords that we often see used to make rather basic technology sound more sophisticated. “When it comes to ‘real’ AI and machine learning, Israel stands out as one of a few technology ecosystems at the forefront, creating and using machines to solve some of the world’s most complicated problems. “The companies we have chosen to highlight for the second Jewish News/UK Israel Business feature on Israeli technology helping in the response to Covid-19 are the product of decades of combined team experience. “Now more than ever, UK Israel Business is

connecting Israeli companies to UK clients and partners and, in the case of Diagnostic Robotics, it presented at the first online UK Israel HealthTech Forum last month. Within an hour of the forum ending, we introduced it to a very senior NHS attendee, who wanted to explore using its product to help the UK’s fight against Covid-19. “SparkBeyond first met with a UK Israel Business delegation to Israel led by the vice chairman of Mastercard in 2018. The company serves global corporates and helps create impact in areas such as health and climate change and now, its team of data scientists are using their knowledge to help deal with Covid-19.”


About the company SparkBeyond uses AI-powered problemsolving technology to empower organisations to solve real-world complex challenges. Its platform embeds Amir Haramaty machine learning into decision support systems, and is a crucial tool within the data science value chain. Its AI technology bypasses the human bias in problem-solving and generates millions of hypotheses per minute. SparkBeyond’s technology is already proving essential in the business world. It has generated more than seven billion hypotheses and more than a $2 billion (£1.6 billion) in impact for companies with which it has worked, including McKinsey & Company, Microsoft, PepsiCo and Anheuser-Busch. It is now turning its solutions towards Covid19. It is advising major consumer goods firms as well as the governments of Argentina, Israel and Italy on navigating the outbreak – and detecting patterns of spreading disease. How does it work? Traditional machine learning relies almost entirely on testing hypotheses generated by a human data scientist. As to SparkBeyond’s algorithms, the machine programmatically writes its own hypotheses and, using information theory, tests them at ultra-high speed to find meaningful patterns and ‘signal’ in the data. So the platform can test millions of hypotheses in minutes independently of a human analyst – which would otherwise take a data scientist or analyst days, weeks and months. Some of the benefits include posing questions that people might not think to ask, enabling faster and better business decision-making underpinned by better insights, radically improving the output of data science teams – the results are inherently explainable as insights are communicated in plain English – exhaustively and comprehensively searching big data for patterns, and it enables a much more collaborative connection between data scientists and business leaders. Founded by: Sagie Davidovich and Dr Ron Karidi in 2013.

data for each citizen, then integrates hundreds of external data sources to create a wider picture of the situation.

Based in: Offices in Netanya, New York, London, Singapore, Melbourne and San Francisco. All R&D is based in Israel. Operational in: The Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Australia and the Middle East. Rationale for the company: Sparked by a moonshot experiment in 2013, Davidovich and Dr Karidi set out to build a machine that could help solve the world’s most complex and pressing challenges. SparkBeyond empowers organisations to shape their future with AI, rather than just predict it. And true to its mission to do good while doing well, SparkBeyond is proud to pioneer novel approaches to generating social impact on a planetary scale. Helping fight the Covid-19 pandemic: Deployed across four continents, SparkBeyond is offering the public sector its technology and expertise in its response to the Covid-19 outbreak in three key areas: • Prediction of risk hotspots: Identifying which regions bear a higher risk of infection based on known cases. • Deployment of resources: How to prioritise the deployment of sanitisation resources, pop-up testing and police presence. • The ‘Return to Normal’: How to allow citizens out of lockdown and back to work, safely and responsibly, in an effort to help minimise the impact upon the economy. The company is advising major consumer goods firms as well as the Argentinian, Israeli and Italian government on how to proceed through the outbreak. In Italy, SparkBeyond identified that not only were gas stations, water fountains and railways key infection sites, but that the A1 highway running from Milan to Naples also became an artery of contagion as people drove from north to south. For businesses that need to ship goods, understanding the relative risks of transportation routes remains critical. And the same goes for policymakers looking to open up some economic sectors or parts of their city and state. In Argentina, SparkBeyond’s technology will assist the government in looking at how the country can allow citizens to return to work and minimise economic impact. The platform will use data from the Argentinian ministry of health, which aggregates travel, demographic and employment

Amir Haramaty, SparkBeyond’s chief commercial officer says: “SparkBeyond is a purpose driven, mission-oriented company where we connect AI to impact, both business impact and social impact. We are focused on ‘doing well while doing good’, from empowering leading insurance companies to ‘insure the uninsurable’ to providing an accurate dynamic demand forecasting to the largest global retailers, to helping fight cancer, reduce modernday slavery, reduce inmate violence in crowded jails and tackle the climate change demands in a creative and innovative way. SparkBeyond’s theme is to ‘harness humanity’s collective intelligence to solve the world’s most complex challenges’, and the Covid-19 pandemic is a perfect example of where SparkBeyond is playing a major role; from generating dynamic risk heat maps in four continents, to guidance on how to roll back quarantine and safely rekindle the economy. [Governments use] SparkBeyond’s predictive AI insights to allow citizens out of lockdown and back to work, safely and responsibly, in an effort to help minimise the impact on the economy.” Will the crisis signal a quantum leap towards automation and AI? “Crises have an effect of accelerating trends, forming a ‘new normal’. During the 1918 Spanish flu, for example, the New York Telephone Company (which became Verizon of New York) advertised a home phone bringing ‘cheer and encouragement to those in quarantine’. The decade following the 1918 pandemic saw the automobile, telephone, television and aviation industries take flight. The US GDP grew by 40 percent (Dow by 5x) during the “roaring Twenties”. “What was the private sector’s adoption of the telephone 100 years ago is today’s public sector adoption of “digital transformation”. Once again, [it is] another reaffirmation that data and AI will be a central theme for the next century to come (in all facets of the economy). “Covid-19 has shaken fundamentals, reducing clarity and visibility into the commercial and public landscapes, and devaluing once-reliable data, knowledge and expertise. Market dynamics have changed beyond our intuitive understanding, and the pace of change is not expected to slow down any time soon. All of these factors lead to an acute dependence on deeper, faster and more exhaustive data analytics, the likes of which can only be achieved with AI and machine learning. AI seems to be the way we rebuild the systems by which we understand reality and predict its unfolding.” Amir Haramaty Post the pandemic, will AI replace humans in time or augment the human workforce? “AI has yet to be labelled as either friend or foe in popular opinion. It goes from destroying humans,

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to replacing humans, all the way to elevating humans to new heights. We see it as our duty to promote the concept of ‘AI for good’. We’ve designed SparkBeyond to be an insightful and transparent partner to mankind in meeting its biggest challenges. Our technology amplifies human capacity to ask and answer questions, enhancing our collective ability to discover signal over noise and turn data into insight, insight into action, and action into impact.” Amir Haramaty


About the Company: Diagnostic Robotics provides AI triage and care navigation platforms for the healthcare system, servicing patients, providers and insurers. The AI-driven personalised triage service guides the patients through their journey in the medical ecosystem, analysing their medical history and current medical case using AI and NLP (natural language processing) technologies. Additionally, Diagnostic Robotics arms the medical providers with decision support systems to improve care. Since early March, Diagnostic Robotics has been turning its solutions to the Covid-19 crisis. It provides a triage and monitoring system empowering healthcare providers, payers and government agencies to respond digitally to the growing pressures of the pandemic. How does it work? The platform reduces health system overload by helping individuals determine the right course of action while minimising direct contact with medical teams. The system provides powerful predictive analytics models: differential diagnosis, triage score, and recommends any necessary diagnostic tests. It directs the patient to the most relevant medical setting (supported by the doctor) be it the emergency department (ED), urgent care clinic or remote consultation, and minimises unnecessary ED visits and consultations, while accelerating treatment time for the patient and increasing satisfaction. Founded by: Diagnostic Robotics was founded by Yonatan Amir, Dr Kira Radinsky and professor Moshe Shoham in 2017. Based in: Tel Aviv, with an office in New York City. All R&D is done in Israel. Operational in: Israel, US, India and, soon, more countries.

Yonatan Amir, Dr Kira Radinsky and Prof Moshe Shoham

Helping fight the Covid-19 pandemic: During Covid-19, Diagnostic Robotics has enabled the clinical triage of millions of people. The company’s technology has helped inform and power Israel’s response to the crisis – the government has made decisions based on its data. The system has been able to identify potential infected patients and build care management flows for them, while providing the Ministry of Health with predictions about emerging outbreaks. This assisted Israel to effectively manage outbreaks in different cities and help its controlled exit strategy to relieve the economy.

The evolving situation is not sustainable, neither from how many professionals are needed nor financially. The current pandemic confirmed that healthcare systems worldwide have limited capacity to deal with the potential threat of millions of sick people. “We all agree that extreme change is needed. Automation and predictability are the only solutions for the scale of problem. AI-powered predictive healthcare that is now forming, helps to reduce wait times, improve staff workflows and reduce growing administrative burden. “Diagnostic Robotics has been enabling such flows through most of the HMOs in Israel A Covid-19 heat map from Diagnostic Robotics providing clinical triage and care navigation solutions. This helped Since early March, Diagnostic Robotics has reduce clinician shortages and burnout, while been putting together a digital platform that enabling the healthcare system to be financially is a one-stop shop for managing the Covid-19. sustainable, with higher patient satisfaction.” It adapted the Covid protocol based on CDC Dr Kira Radinsky (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidance and data received from Italy and Will the crisis signal a quantum leap towards South Korea. The platform was integrated by automation and AI? Israel’s Ministry of Health, all the country’s health “Processes that were supposed to take 10 years maintenance organisation (HMO) and emergency are happening in months. The crisis helped services (Magen David Adom). uncover how much of our system is fragile and Diagnostic Robotics’ platform for pandemic not ready for a scale. I doubt the crisis will be response is an extension of its digital triage solutions and is being implemented across the world. In April, the company launched a partnership with the State of Rhode Island, where its technology is powering the state’s self symptom checker. Dr Kira Radinsky, chairwoman and chief technology officer at Diagnostic Robotics says: “AI has been integral in our work during the pandemic. When cities are placed in lockdown, Diagnostic Robotics has been using machine learning models to understand how many people will get sick in the next few days or in the coming week in each city. It can predict which countries should go into lockdown by examining the Ministry of Health’s existing data from the past few weeks, along with data from the Central Bureau of Statistics among other stats such as population density), and public information on the general whereabouts of the population. “The model also takes into account data from neighbouring cities and, together with all the additional information that has been accumulated by the system, was able to predict an uptick in new cases in Ashkelon, Tiberias, and Migdal HaEmek. The Ministry of Health and the police subsequently ordered a full lockdown of those cities. “Diagnostic Robotics is also building models that will predict which cities should be taken out of lockdown in order to gradually start going back to normal (particularly economically). The company is also able to predict which segments of the population are developing Covid-19 symptoms.” Will AI now, more than ever, change the healthcare system and other sectors going forward? “Even before the Covid crisis began, the healthcare system was significantly constrained, having to treat an ageing population with limited resources. This has manifested itself with an increasing number of patients per doctor in primary care reaching thousands, and long ED waiting times.

a quantum leap, but will indeed help accelerate the automation of healthcare that so desperately needs to scale faster.” Dr Kira Radinsky Post the pandemic, will AI replace humans in time or augment the human workforce? “Today a doctor spends less than a third of their time face-to-face with a patient less, while more than third of their time is spent on administrative tasks. “This administrative burden is one of the causes of doctor burnout and what inhibits the healthcare system from scaling. I believe this part will be completely transformed by AI, making it available for the doctor to focus on what they do best – treat patients. “Hand-in-hand, AI will also help augment the doctors’ decisions. For the past few years, Diagnostic Robotics has been deploying AI-driven solutions to enable preventive medicine transformations for the chronic population. According to estimates of the World Health Organisation, chronic diseases account for 75 percent of worldwide deaths. “A primary care physician cannot anticipate and identify deterioration of each of the thousand patients they are responsible for. Therefore, Diagnostic Robotics leverage deep learning algorithms to anticipate when a person is at risk of developing a chronic disease, and suggest preventive measures before they get worse.” Dr Kira Radinsky


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A very different Volunteers’ Week

Nicky Goldman, chief executive, Jewish Volunteering Network

National Volunteers’ Week run by the National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) takes place annually between 1–7 June. Traditionally, this has been an opportunity to celebrate volunteering and to thank volunteers for everything they do for charities year-round. Traditionally, the Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN) has encouraged all the charities we support to celebrate their volunteers, as well as going on a week-long roadshow, meeting and thanking volunteers and promoting volunteering to those who might be interested. This year has been very different, but all the more reason for thanking the volunteers for their amazing

contributions to make a difference in the community, especially during this unprecedented pandemic. Since the start of the crisis, volunteering has been the silver lining. Nationally through the NHS, regionally, in religious communities, in neighbourhoods and via social media, people have come forward to help each other get through the situation with dignity and have shown they care. JVN has seen this first-hand, witnessing a huge increase in the number of people accessing our website, which has meant that we in turn have been able to provide charities with delivery drivers, befrienders, activity organisers and much more. In fact, Jami has said that half of its 60 new volunteers were directed to the charity through JVN. Anyone who volunteers knows that you get as much out of what you do as you put in. And anyone who works with volunteers knows that they don’t do it for the thanks. They do it because they want to help someone else, they do it because they care, they do it to make a difference. Needs will not go away over the next few weeks, months and years, and charities need

to be there to support their beneficiaries. In turn, charities need volunteers to help deliver their vital services. And JVN is here to support charities and volunteers to enable them to do so. So, a huge thank you to everyone who has volunteered over the past three months and year-round. We couldn’t do this without you.

“I’m humbled by their gratitude and simply pleased to be able to give to those in need. JVN has helped me do this” Sara, volunteer with Manchester Fed

“We can all help in some ways and the smallest contributions often make the biggest impact”

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“It’s not hard to take 5 or 10 minutes out of my day and I know it can make such a difference to someone’s happiness and well-being” Tracey, volunteer with Hertsmere Mencap

“A simple act of kindness is all it takes to pay it forward” Amanda, volunteer for Gift and JVN

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TalentEducators launches in the UK: New initiative supports Jewish teachers offer first-year mentorship, we are not simply With schools closed, it’s only become more encounter the question, “what is TalentEducamentors. Although we facilitate geographic tors doing that others are not?” apparent the integral role educators play cohorts of first-year educators, we are not The answer is: not much and everything. in our lives. Jewish educators provide the simply facilitators… The list goes on. Let’s start with what we mean by “not foundation for inspiration and tradition We are a one-stop shop with a holistic much”. There are excellent institutions in the for many children and adults. After all, approach. We are streamlining the process of UK and globally already nobly engaged who doesn’t remember their marketing, recruiting, matching, training and Chagigat Siddur ceremony in different segments of that work. mentoring within Jewish education. and mock seder? Funded We are not looking to reinvent We have connections to multiple key instiby the Israeli government the wheel or create new tutions in many fields and are creating a system and in partnership with educational institutions, new the Jewish Agency for teacher training programmes, that flows from one process to another. This also means that TalentEducators felor new mentorship projects. Israel and Partnerships lows are active members of a global Instead, we are searching for for Jewish Schools, network of institutions and TalentEducators’ misthe people who are already not solely the local or recsion is to inspire the next doing these things well ognised ones. Therefore generation of Jewish learnand partner with those educators receive ers to connect to their organisations. bespoke training That’s where the Jewish identity. How do we while schools, “everything” comes in. plan on fulfilling our mission? Aharoni Carmel integrated nurseries, Although we recruit Recruiting and supporting the cheders and charities new talent into education, we are best Jewish educators out there. are introduced to not simply recruiters. Although Founded just under a year ago, candidates who othwe match between educators and TalentEducators is an international organierwise would have been educational institutions, we are not sation with Jerusalem-based CEO Aharoni outside of their reach. simply headhunters. Although we help Carmel and London-based Gemma Peters Looking to the future fund educator training programmes, directing operations in the UK. and recognising that many we are not simply funders. Although we Occasionally, in our initial meetings, we Gemma Peters

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The never-ending nightmare THE RETURN of some children to school and easing of the lockdown regulations means one thing for staff at Migdal Emunah. “Hope for those children in abusive homes who can now go back to school,” explains Yehudis Goldsobel, chief executive of the organisation that offers advice, support and education to sexual abuse victims. At Migdal Emunah, there is no such thing as a typical nine to five day. The independent sexual violence advisors (ISVA) work with men, women and children, all of whom have experienced some form of sexual violence or are close to someone that has. Each client has various needs, so the support the charity offers is tailored to them individually. No one case is the same. “Our day begins by responding to emails and texts and following up on any outstanding matters with the police and other organisations,” says Kim Woolf, an ISVA at Migdal Emunah. “We receive new referrals from a range of agencies, so we make contact with them to introduce ourselves, explain our role, discuss our service and arrange an appointment to

meet with them.” As an ISVA, they offer Migdal Emunah’s clients emotional and practical support, information about reporting to the police and the different stages of the criminal justice process. In the absence of face-to-face meetings, Yehudis Fletcher, the organisation’s ISVA in Manchester, explains: “We have to make the victim feel comfortable during that initial phone conversation, but mostly we are here to provide information and support their choices. “At Migdal Emunah, we all believe in empowering our clients to make informed choices with their best interests at the centre. All our clients will be provided with all the necessary information to make their decision.” Woolf adds: “For our older clients the abuse is often historic, but confronting it can be cathartic.” Other aspects of the role of ISVAs involves the educational training of other organisations and statutory services about the work they do and collaborative projects, to facilitate a cohesive response in the best interest of the clients. Migdal Emunah offers support groups,

individual counselling sessions, family and children’s therapy. The flood of disclosures during telephone conversations means the charity is keen to get back to one-to-one meetings, but with the attention on charity fundraising dominated by Covid-19, Goldsobel hopes sexual abuse victims

will not be forgotten. “Their nightmare will continue long after the rest of us return to a life of normality.” For confidential help, visit https:// migdalemunah.org.uk or call 07899 814 137. Email: info@migdalemunah.org.uk

MigdalEmunah isasupport service for Jewish victims of sexual abuse and theirfamilies. We provide practical and emotional support for victims and those affected by the trauma of sexual abuse. Migdal Emunah actively engages in raising awareness of sexual abuse and challenging the myths and taboos associated with it. Migdal Emunah works with men, women and children across all denominations of the Jewish community.

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Orthodox Judaism

Torah For Today


What does the Torah say about: Dominic Cummings

BY RABBI JEFF BERGER Most of the year, Jews around the world read the same parsha. This week we read Naso, while in Israel they have moved ahead to Beha’alotekha, because the second day of Shavuot coincided with Shabbat. Naso, meaning “to lift up” or “to appoint”, begins with the designation of the Levi tribe to their respective duties in transporting the disassembled Mishkan (Tabernacle). A variation of the word also appears toward the end of the parsha in describing the gifts brought prior to the Tabernacle dedication by the 12 princes (Nasi – “one who is elevated”, plural Nesi’im). Curiously, where normally the Torah is efficient in its use of language, the section on the prince’s gifts is repeated 12 times. Only the names of the givers are different, all else is identical. Rashi explains the Nesi’im had been tribal leaders in Egypt. When Pharaoh sought someone to blame, they took the beating. Through the merit of their suffering, they were privileged to bring these dedication offerings.

Nasi therefore implies “nobility combined with responsibility” in a role that gives purpose to previous suffering and connection to the wider community. We are in the easing stage of the Covid-19 lockdown, beginning to assess the landscape of how we’ll continue as an Anglo-Jewish community. Early in the crisis, our Jewish leadership heard that noble call and created a relief fund. Naso reminds us it’s important for all of us to come forward with gifts. Where we may wish to reduce contributions, those who are capable should do their best to keep or exceed the same level of giving to the charities of our choice. Another variation of the Naso verb occurs in the Priestly Blessing within the parsha, which states: “May God lift you up and grant you peace!” Through our rededication efforts, may the Almighty grant us a safe return to communal life and to peace.

◆ Rabbi Jeff Berger can be contacted at rabbijefflondon @gmail.com

BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL Government adviser Dominic Cummings (pictured) and his wife Mary Wakefield drove 260 miles to his parents’ farm in Durham during the Covid-19 lockdown, despite restrictions on travelling across the country. So, what does the Torah say about setting an example for the public? Rabbi Lippa Rabinowitz, former principal of the Manchester Jewish Grammar School, always insisted upon following the example of behaviour outlined in the Torah verse (Numbers 32:22): “ You shall be (of ) clean (hands) before God and before Israel”. As with justice, so it is with public moral example that senior leadership advising government must be especially careful to show the way. In Liverpool, deputy mayor, Councillor Lynnie Hinnigan temporarily resigned from duties since a surprise gathering was held in her back garden to mark her

50th birthday. Even though she did not know beforehand, as it was a surprise, and social distancing measures were all complied with, she felt it correct nonetheless to take responsibility. At a time when so many people are cooped up in flats, in hot weather, in sickness and in health, unable to enjoy the outdoors, Boris Johnson’s chief advisor may indeed have not technically broken the law, but

the effect of such conduct is arguably the same. As a result, the public would hardly be encouraged to comply. In the aforementioned Biblical account, Moses the lawgiver and leader of Israel warned the tribes of Reuben, Gad and Menashe they could not expect to take their allotted land in the scheme of Israel’s settlement of the east bank of the River Jordan until they had also participated in and contributed to the settlement of the entire west bank. They responded by saying their commitment to see through their own duty was beyond question. Mitigating circumstances excepted, it is time that senior political leaders, paid from the public purse, take responsibility. ◆ Rabbi Ariel Abel serves Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation and is padre to Merseyside Army Cadet Force

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Progressive Judaism

The Bible Says What? ‘Samson was a misogynist and mass murderer’ BY RABBI AARON GOLDSTEIN One of the popular Bible stories that many grow up with is that of Samson and Delilah (Judges 13-16). It tells of a circus strongman-type whose strength lies in his hair. He falls in love with Delilah, then falls for her seduction, revealing his secret to her, only for Delilah to betray him to his enemy, the Philistines. But when you read further, there are so many sinister problems with our ‘hero’, who was utterly flawed. He clearly breaking the commandment to ‘honour one’s parents’. Samson has a blatant disregard for animal rights, tying together 300 foxes then setting them alight to wreak wanton destruction upon the fields, vineyards and olive trees of his enemy. He is equally callous with fellow human beings: A misogynist and mass murderer who escalates a vicious cycle of revenge killings. Few get that the Book of Judges depicts flawed leadership characters that pave the way for the Kings of

Israel. So, what good do they fulfil? Perhaps it is to empower us to say that our own People and our leaders are human. They are not all good, in fact they can be criminal and, when we recognise that, to be unafraid to call it out. On hearing of the murder of George Floyd, my children suggested the United States had regressed half a century. I refuted this, with reservation: that justice is now served on all who commit racial murder and the vast majority who are appalled cry out. There is no place in civilised society for racism or any supremacist ideology. We teach our children collaboration over separatism and encourage their social activism. Yet the pandemic challenges us all. The Samson story urges to cherish all life equally. Like Samson, supremacism is self-destructive. The question is how many they kill on the way.

◆ Rabbi Goldstein serves Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue

Progressively Speaking Education shapes lives, whether at home or back at school BY RABBI DEBBIE YOUNG-SOMERS We have two children, one in Year 3 and one in Reception. Being a family of Jews, we have at least seven opinions on what to do about one of them returning to school. Like many, we have tried to understand as much as possible about both Covid-19, and the effects of us struggling to manage two children’s home schooling and two fulltime jobs (and being a rabbi is more than a full-time job). It has been stressful, and my parenting has not always been what I would want it to be over the last few months. Everyone else seemed to be achieving more, or feeling fine about learning life skills instead of fulfilling the amazing lessons we were sent home. I felt like I was failing at everything and letting everyone down. Education, however and wherever it is delivered, shapes lives. Proverbs (22:6) tells us to “train a child in the way they ought to go; and they will not swerve from it even in old age”. This passage is sometimes

understood as meaning that we should train a child in the way that suits their learning style, and I think this is key at this difficult time. For some, home school has worked well, for others it has been a real struggle. For some, the idea of sending children back to school and risking infection is unimaginable; for others, keeping their kids at home is socially and academically detrimental, and the damage done at home can outweigh the risks (which some scientists tell us are low) of returning to school. Some of the most amazing fami-

lies have continued sending children to school over the past few months so they could continue delivering key services, and of course we want to protect the teachers our children adore. The reality is, just as children learn differently, we will all need to make the decision that is right for our children and our families. Jews have always valued education, with the establishment of schools, sensible class sizes and the use of qualified teachers being outlined in rabbinic texts. But however important school is, our children’s mental health has to be paramount. Whether or not our children go back to school before or after the summer, we need them to understand the world they are living in, but not be terrified of it. There are no right or wrong answers, only what is right for your family and child. ◆ Rabbi Debbie YoungSomers serves Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue

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with a qualified GP. This can be extremely useful for both obtaining prescriptions and if neces- Why is the community smiling TREVOR GEE about Patient Health sary, referrals. If however, you prefer to speak to PRIVATE HEALTHCARE SPECIALIST Time to lower your the GP, this is also available. PATIENT HEALTH Patient Health is London’s health insurance intermediary of choice for servicing the medical insurance needs The private hospitals, by and large, are Health Insurance Premiums and interests of the Community. Advising you impartially Dear Trevor performing routine outpatient diagnostic and independently and free of charge, is our legal Since the pandemic crisis, private hospitests with the results being returned remark- responsibility, and as the insurers pay us, you don’t. tals have made their facilities available to able quickly and most consultations are being This means that you receive expert health advice, free. 020 insurance 3146 3444/6 As our client, you are our first priority, and we are a company the NHS, so when am I going to be able to conducted by telephone. Several hospitals have which works with you, understanding what you actually require, continue consultations and treatment under told me intend to resume normal treatment in to give you peace of mind when you need to call for expert medical advice. my private health policy? I understand you July, although I expect that will depend on the We do not charge for our services Transfer to Patient health today, for a company negotiate with the insurers to save clients latest Covid-19 situation at the time. so why not pullclient. the documents from that has the patience for every from having to pay premiums, Can you tell The insurers are saving millions of pounds the drawer and give us a call. for details for transferring your policy to me how I can do that? at the moment owing to the lack of private Call Trevor Gee Or email trevor.gee@patienthealth.co.uk a local expert, because if you can obtain more cover Marcia access and treatment. They are not, however, at a cheaper premium, why wouldn’t you call? freely offering to provide all their clients with Dear Marcia payment holidays. There is movement, but it Free Expert Advice 020 3146 3444 The majority of health insurers have created a appears to be quite discretionary. telephone and internet facility whereby you can If you would like some help and advice, please have an internet-enabled face to face meeting feel free to give me a call.

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wants, and quite a few gold sovereigns. What are my options? Betty


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Dear Betty You are more than welcome to come into our office in Finchley, which is secure and confidential, where we can tell you the value to sell on for each item that you have. This is a free service. If you are happy with our offer, we pay immediately. This is a much quicker service than going to an auction house, as we charge no fees, and there is no waiting time for an auction to take place, and there is no waiting time to settle the sale of your goods. We have in-house gemologists and experts on all types of jewellery, plus we

have buyers for everything precious in the UK as well as globally. To work out an offer for your sovereigns is a very quick process, as the price is related to the daily gold price – we can work this out within minutes! To give you an offer on your silverware is also a quick process, as the price is mainly weight-related, except on rare silver items, which takes a bit longer. I hope the above helps you decide what to do with your goods. In any case, when we give you our offer, it is your decision whether or not to sell; we never want to pressurise anyone to sell to us. Hhaving been in the business for 42 years, we have great experience and are able to give you the best prices.


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So it’s really important to look after yourself in order to stay the course and be in a good place when we start to come out the other side. Create a structure to your day. Make a point of getting up at a reasonable time and have a few, simple job-hunting goals for the day. Schedule regular events throughout the week so the days don’t blur. Talk to

people. This is a great time to network – a simple call to say ‘how are you?’ is all it takes in these troubled times. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from family and friends or from professionals. And offer to help others – it’s great for them and will make you feel useful, too. Find ways to relax, such as meditation, yoga or mindfulness – there are many free resources online. Get out of the house for some exercise and fresh air, and move around as much as possible if you have to stay at home. Eat healthy food and slow down on the alcohol. Finally, stop watching the news and do things you enjoy or that make you laugh. Resource is here to help with your job search and boost your confidence, so do contact us.



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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. • LLB, solicitor finals, FCA Regulated 773729.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LESLEY TRENNER Qualifications: • Provides free professional one-to-one advice at Resource to help unemployed into work. • Offers practical support, workshops and networking opportunities to maximise job prospects.

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

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

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T: 020 8860 1315

- MOTs - Servicing


paramount, our measures include:- Strict appointment basis only system for sales and service - The two-metre rule is adhered to at all times

E: salesenquiries@jemca.co.uk T: 020 8457 1700

- New and used car sales The protection of our customers and employees remains

E: servicing.te@jemca.co.uk


T: 020 8457 2269

Urgent Enquiry

E: customerservices@jemca.co.uk T: 020 8860 1373

Best wishes

- Please make use of our ‘sanitiser stations’ - Staff have been provided with face masks - Touchless thermometers are in use - Specialist sanitisation process for all demonstrators and customer vehicles

Diana Mackinnon

- Unaccompanied test drives with strict terms and conditions

Toyota Edgware Road

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