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‘We’ve never seen anything like this’ Mysterious ‘Jewish factor’ behind disproportionate number of communal deaths as 500th victim is mourned Researchers this week identified a Jewish population’s experience with mysterious “Jewish factor” behind those of other religious groups,” as well the disproportionate number of as the general UK population as a whole, communal deaths from Covid-19, after taking into account factors such as age and socio-economic profiles. writes Stephen Oryszczuk. While JPR researchers acknowledged The warning came from the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) that age and geographical profile will following the release of analysis from have had “a significant negative effect” the Office of National Statistics which on the Jewish population, there were looked at the impact of the coronavirus likewise reasons to think it should have had less of an effect on the Jewish popuby religious group. On Tuesday the Board of Deputies lation, such as average socio-economic confirmed 500 Jews in the UK have and health profiles. Writing in this week’s now died of coronavirus, comJewish News, JPR director pared with 308 people in Jonathan Boyd said: the entire State of Israel, “In decades of interwhich has a Jewish national research population of more about Jews, than six million. Israel nothing like this Religion is has been seen not recorded on before. In fact, it death certificates, has always shown making analysis the opposite. All by religion “painsthings being equal, takingly slow”, Jews tend to be but the ONS looked UK healthier than others.” at 140,000 deaths The JPR said this between March and May week that “even after and retrieved this information by linking death 500 UK Jewish deaths accounting for these (270,000 Jewish factors [such as age registrations to 2011 population) and geography], Jews Census data. still have a significantly JPR said the ONS 308 Israeli deaths study now “makes it elevated risk of death (6,300,000 Jewish possible to compare the Continued on page 2 population)
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News / Mayoral support / Pandemic numbers / Annexation attacked NEWS IN BRIEF
£138K TO DEAL WITH BULLYING CLAIM West London Synagogue has spent £138,000 in addressing bullying allegations against its co-senior rabbi, David Mitchell. Of the sum, spent on “professional advisers”, £113,000 came from benefactors, according to a report on West London’s website ahead of its annual meeting. The shul will “only be required to bear £25,000 of these costs”, the report says. Sir Michael Burton, a former Employment Appeal Tribunal president, led an inquiry that found “no grounds” to the claims against Mitchell, 40, who denies the claims.
FAITH PERSPECTIVES ON ISRAEL FROM CCJ The Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) has published a written resource in partnership with the Methodist Church, comprising the perspectives of prominent Jewish and Christian leaders on Israel– Palestine after their annual study visits to the Holy Land. CCJ director Elizabeth Harris-Sawczenko said it would be distributed across Jewish and Christian institutions in the hope that it better enabled a conversation about the conflict and its origins.
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London Mayor Sadiq Khan has issued a plea to the Jewish community to report incidents of antisemitism, writes Jenni Frazer. He told members of Mill Hill Synagogue in a discussion on Tuesday: “You mustn’t suffer in silence,” adding that antisemitism was everyone’s problem, not just Jews’. In a conversation with Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet that covered racism, Covid-19 and congestion, the rabbi and Muslim mayor explored mutual aspects of their faiths. Khan, who said he “cautiously welcomed” the latest aspects of easing the lockdown, was praised by Schochet for taking a pay cut during the pandemic. He responded: “You lead by example. You can’t disentangle life and livelihood, or health and wealth.” Asked about changes to the congestion charge – up to £15 from £11.50 and lasting until 10pm and all weekend – Khan said he had “reluctantly” accepted these conditions from the government as the price for getting Transport for London back on its feet. But he told the rabbi he did not want “a car-led recovery”. One battle he had won was keeping buses and trains free for under-18s. The Labour politician said he was “really pleased” to see party leader Sir Keir Starmer tackling antisemitism. He said it was as important to deal with antisemitism on social
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The finding that Jewish men are significantly more likely than Christian men to die from Covid-19, even after taking into account differences in age profile, location, socio-economics and ethnicity, is odd to say the least. In decades of international research about Jews, nothing like this has been seen before; in fact, it has always shown the opposite: all things being equal, Jews tend to be healthier than others. So what’s going on? Many are pointing the finger at non-compliance among the most Orthodox. It’s possible, but there are also strong reasons for doubt – not least that the proportion of Charedim in the older age brackets of the Jewish population is tiny. Even if the Charedi community has been disproportionately affected, most Jews who have died were not strictly Orthodox. So if there
has been a problem in that part of the community, it certainly hasn’t only been there. And there are other hypotheses. Perhaps some Jews inadvertently became infected early after travelling to Italy or China, and the virus simply had more time to be passed around among them before lockdown. Perhaps certain people or events acted as ‘super spreaders’ – maybe related to Purim celebrations, but possibly to other informal gatherings in February or March. And we cannot rule out the possibility that the data themselves are misleading. Any above-average tendency among Jews to be tested for the virus or to attribute Covid-19 as a cause of death to help protect chevra kadisha members from picking it up could have affected the Office for National Statistics (ONS) comparisons. We are working with ONS and others to test numerous hypotheses, but the jury is still out. In the meantime, let’s treat all speculation with caution.
Jewish virus deaths reach sad milestone Continued from page 1 from Covid-19” when compared to other religious groups, such as Christians. “The persistence of elevated risks, when all appropriate controls have been put in place, suggests the presence of a particular ‘Jewish factor’ that independently inflates mortality, and does so more for males than females,” JPR said. “Both the strength of this particular ‘Jewish factor’ and its differentiated effect by sex cannot be easily explained. We remain puzzled by these findings… Further research is needed to determine the causes generating Jewish vulnerability to Covid-19.” Analysts warned against people jumping to conclusions, adding that there may be “localised circumstances”, an example of which was cited in Sweden. “Jews have been dying there at a considerably higher rate than the national average,” JPR said. “But when we probed
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further, we found that a high number of deaths in just one elderly Jewish care home in Stockholm created this distorting effect. When removed, Jews actually fared better than average.” Editorial comment, page 20
1,000 POLITICIANS ANTI-ANNEXATION More than 1,000 parliamentarians from across Europe have signed an open letter flagging “serious concerns” about Israel’s planned annexation of territory in the West Bank from next month. The letter, whose signa-
tories include senior names in British politics, was published on Tuesday and calls for “commensurate consequences” if Israel goes ahead. The 1,080 lawmakers from 25 countries warn of the “destabilising potential” of annexa-
tion for the region, which would be “fatal to the prospects of peace and will challenge the most basic norms of international relations”. Among the 240 British signatories are former Conservative leader Lord Howard.
25 June 2020 Jewish News
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LAW FIRM EMPLOYEE FIRED FOR JEW HATE The City law firm that helped prepare evidence of institutional antisemitism in the Labour Party has sacked an employee for antisemitism. Mishcon de Reya, which was founded by a rabbi, sacked a conflict analyst after several of his tweets against Israel and Jews were revealed by the online legal news site Roll. The analyst, whose name has been withheld, had worked for the law firm for more than a year, having begun life there as a paralegal. He was sacked earlier this month.
YAD VASHEM CHAIR, 81, TO STEP DOWN The chairman of Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and Memorial has said he will be stepping down after 27 years. Avner Shalev, 81, said in a letter to Yad Vashem employees that he made the decision to leave following “thorough self-examination”. He said was stepping down by the end of year and gave no further details. Shalev oversaw the creation of an international school for Holocaust studies and an institute for Holocaust research.
Corbyn ‘irony’ libel claim is adjourned The first stage of a libel case against Jeremy Corbyn, brought by the Jewish activist Richard Millett, was adjourned on Tuesday so the judge could consider new legal submissions, writes Jenni Frazer. The case relates to an appearance by the then Labour leader on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show in 2018, in which he was asked about the “English irony” speech which he had made in 2013. Corbyn had spoken at a meeting hosted by the Palestinian Return Centre in which he referred to an event in parliament a few days earlier with Palestinian ambassador Manuel Hassassian. At the PRC meeting, Corbyn complained that those present at the event in parliament were “Zionists” who had behaved in a “very, very abusive manner” towards Hassassian. He said not only did they “not understand history” but “they
Labour suspensions The Labour Party has suspended some members following the leaking of an internal report into allegations of antisemitism, the High Court has heard. The 860-page report, which found “no evidence” that antisemitism was handled differently from other
complaints and that “factional opposition” towards Jeremy Corbyn hindered efforts to tackle the crisis, was leaked in April. The party’s barrister said there were “three ongoing investigations into matters concerning the leaked report”.
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Jeremy Corbyn at the event in 2013 and (inset) Richard Millett
did not understand English irony, either”, despite having lived in Britain for a long time. In 2018, footage emerged of Corbyn’s speech and newspapers reported the “English irony” remarks and identified Millett as t the meeting. His picture appeared in the Times. A month after the stories appeared, Corbyn “doubled down” on his remarks on the
Marr show, Millett’s barrister William Bennett claimed. On Tuesday a virtual hearing was held to determine whether a trial could proceed. Corbyn’s barrister, Anthony Hudson QC, argued that extra material filed last week should not be considered. The judge, Mr Justice Saini, is due to rule next month on what can go forward to trial.
Three Jewish peers who quit Labour citing concerns over antisemitism have returned. Lords [David] Triesman, [Parry] Mitchell and [Leslie] Turnberg will now sit once again with the Labour group in the upper chamber. Lord Triesman, who
resigned the Labour whip last year, told Jewish News he had been “very generously and warmly received” by colleagues since rejoining. Lord Turnberg, who resigned last year, said the party has “changed dramatically” under Starmer.
Starmer talks positive Efforts to tackle alleged antisemitism in Labour are going in the right direction but there remains a “long way to go”, Jewish leaders said after talks with Keir Starmer. The Labour leader met representatives from the Board of Deputies, Jewish Leadership Council (JLC),
Community Security Trust (CST) and Jewish Labour Movement (JLM). Board president Marie van der Zyl, JLC chair Jonathan Goldstein, CST chair Gerald Ronson and JLM chair Mike Katz urged Starmer to “detoxify the culture of the party”.
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Shuls get green light to reopen on 4 July Synagogues across England will be permitted to reopen for prayer and to hold services from next month, writes Mathilde Frot. As of 4 July, places of worships in England will also be able to reopen for wedding services with a maximum of 30 guests, subject to social distancing, in the government’s latest easing of lockdown rules. Boris Johnson told the House of Commons on Tuesday: “Many have mourned the closure of places of worship, and this year Easter, Passover and Eid all occurred during the lockdown.” Other changes include halving the two-metre social distancing rule to one metre and reopening restaurants and pubs from 4 July. Sector-specific guidance would be published in due course, the prime minister said. “We can now go further and safely ease the lockdown in England,” Johnson said. “At every stage, caution will remain our watch word. Each step will be conditional and reversible.” Board of Deputies president Marie van der Zyl welcomed the announcement but urged caution to prevent a second spike. She said: “Over the last couple of months, the Board of Deputies has worked with different religious denominations to ensure the right balance between preservation of life and maintenance and restarting of religious customs. Weddings were a particular concern in the
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Orthodox and strictly Orthodox communities...However, on the day that we reveal that the total number of deaths in the Jewish community has reached 500, we would urge people to proceed with caution and stick within the government’s guidelines to ensure there is no second spike in cases.” Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis (pictured left) said the return to congregational activity will be “as cautious as is necessary to protect our communities”, with further guidance released in the coming days. The UK figure for the number of people who have died after testing positive for the coronavirus rose to 43,081 as of Tuesday, health authorities have said.
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LIBERALS ARE IN NO HURRY Liberal Judaism will not be “rushing” to reopen synagogue buildings despite the government’s easing of lockdown rules. Rabbi Charley Baginsky, the movement’s joint interim director, has urged caution, warning that it was “essential” that all Liberal Judaism communities conducted a full risk assessment before reopening. In a statement, she added: “Although government advice is that places of worship can physically reopen from July 4, this is not something Liberal Judaism will be rushing to do.” Each Liberal community had different and specific needs, and the movement was speaking with all of them as well as with experts and partners outside the movement. She noted that there were areas that were still under discussion by government. Rabbi Baginsky added: “It is essential that all Liberal Judaism communities conduct a full risk assessment before they reopen and we will be supporting and advising them throughout this process. “We will also examine all government guidance, as it continues to be formulated, and ensure our congregations have all the information they need to open safely when they feel ready to do so.” The interim director also noted that online services had “seen more people than ever attend and engage”, and that they would continue.
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GUARDIAN HOSTS ‘DENIER’ LOACH Community leaders have criticised the Guardian for agreeing to host left-wing film producer Ken Loach, who was due to speak at an online event on Wednesday. Vice-president of the Board of Deputies Amanda Bowman said: “Why would the Guardian give a platform to such a prominent actor in the epic that is Labour’s antisemitism problem? Ken Loach’s approach to this has been dismissive to the point of denial... We hope the Guardian will reconsider.” The 60-minute discussion was with critic Peter Bradshaw.
ISRAEL PHIL’S GALA The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will offer a free concert online as part of a virtual fundraising gala to help overcome losses due to the pandemic. Actress Helen Mirren will host the event. Registration is required to receive the link. The programme includes performances by new conductor Lahav Shani, the orchestra’s musicians and friends including Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth, Yefim Bronfman, Itzhak Perlman, Evgeny Kissin, András Schiff, Gil Shaham, Chen Reiss and Martin Frost.
Deputies clash over BLM A divide emerged at a Board of Deputies that all of us agree that black lives matter, as meeting on Sunday over the Black Lives do Asian lives, African lives, Jewish lives and Matter movement after one deputy urged the all lives, but it’s imperative that we take a long hard look at those groups who seek to community not to support groups with leverage support from the tragic “twisted goals”, writes Mathilde Frot. death of George Floyd for their Gary Mond, Jewish National own twisted goals.” Annabelle Fund deputy, told the meeting Daiches, North Western that “no Jewish groups of any Reform deputy, said the type, not least of all this Board... BLM movement appeared should give support, or have to be “Marxist”. any connection with... the Black In a discussion on the Lives Matter group”. He cited ‘all lives matter’ slogan, reports of vandalised JewishBushey United deputy Ella owned shops and synagogues in Rose described it as a “really Los Angeles during anti-racism offensive phrase.” She called protests last month in reaction Anti-racists protest on the Board to consider to the killing of George Floyd. in Trafalgar Square delivering unconscious bias Floyd died in Minneapolis after a police officer held him down by training for its elected representatives. Board president Marie van der Zyl agreed pressing a knee into his neck. Mond said: “Of course, I am absolutely sure that training was required.
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The Board Deputies is to debate a motion reaffirming support for a two-state solution and warning against any “unilateral step” by Israel, writes Mathilde Frot. The resolution submitted by Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue deputy Tal Ofer has passed through the group’s international division, Board president Marie van der Zyl said on Sunday. Making the announce-
ment, van der Zyl acknowledged growing division among some over whether the organisation should publicly oppose Israel’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank next month. Van der Zyl is “looking at finding the best way that we can have a debate on this motion” and is discussing the possibility of holding a special meeting in August, she told a plenary meeting on Sunday. She added that she hoped
the Union of Jewish Students could help organise the debate. The motion, seconded by deputy Richard Cohen, reads: “This Board of Deputies reaffirms its support for bilateral negotiations towards a two-state solution leading to a secure Israel alongside a viable Palestinian state. Any unilateral step by either side will be damaging to renewed efforts to restart peace negotiations.”
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Rosenthal’s final play to be staged for Chai Jewish household names are to perform a recently unearthed manuscript of the last play written by the late Jack Rosenthal to raise money for a Jewish cancer charity. Stars such as actress Maureen Lipman, comedian David Baddiel and author Howard Jacobson will perform the first showing of Rosenthal’s Tell Me On a Friday as part of the Chai Manchester Virtual Dinner on Thursday night. The event, which will be an online reading, is replacing the charity’s biennial fundraiser and will be especially poignant for Lipman, who was married to Rosenthal for 30 years until his death in 2004. A prolific playwright, he wrote Tell me on a Friday for Chai just 18 months before his death from cancer. It will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube and will be the first time it is seen by a wide audience. Chai Cancer Care chair Louise Hager said she stumbled across the script during lockdown as she was clearing through her paperwork. “I immediately shared it with Maureen and we decided that it just had to
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be seen by as many people as possible.” The short play highlights the impact of a cancer diagnosis from five family members’ perspective and the support an organisation like Chai provides. Lipman described the charity as “the most dynamic I have ever come across,”
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Sir Quentin Blake, best known for illustrating some of Roald Dahl’s most popular children’s books, has teamed up with the Jewish charity GIFT in aid of the National Health Service. The artist, who painted Dahl’s bookloving Matilda and kooky inventor Willy Wonka, designed mugs Blake’s take on his illustrated mugs in aid of NHS Charities Together, a federation of more than 250 NHS charities. The lifestyle brand Skinny Dip London, owned by former Immanuel College pupils Richard and James Gold and Lewis Blitz, is also taking part, marketing the three £20 mugs on its e-commerce platform. The project was spearheaded by entrepreneurs Howard and Beverley Calvert, who led GIFT’s NHS-OS initiative, in which beauty and food brands donated thousands of items to health and care workers across London. “As lockdown eases, and many return to work, what better way to show our friends and colleagues that we supported the NHS than by toasting them with a cup of tea or coffee each and every day, and with that iconic symbol on the side of our mug for all to see, knowing we donated in solidarity,” Beverley said. Mugs are £20 each from skinnydiplondon.com/nhs
BAKE DAY MOVES ONLINE Tributes to Ada ‘OSCAR’ DIES Dust down your surfaces and have rolling pins at the ready — Jewish Care’s Great Jewish Bake Day is back, writes Francine Wolfisz. Sponsored by Jewish News, the fundraiser, now in its eighth year, is moving online. Denise Phillips will be encouraging junior chefs to make chunky chocolate biscuits on 7 July. The following day, Challah Mummy Allegra Benitah, will run an intergenerational challah bake. The session will be shared with Jewish Care’s community centre groups to continue the tradition of young and old baking together for Great Jewish Bake Day. Youngsters also have the chance to win a tray of cupcakes by entering the Kids Bake Day Word Search Competition, as well as enjoy colouring pages and sharing family recipes. Jewish Care’s director of fundraising Adam Overlander-Kaye, said the day is “a wonderful opportunity for the whole community to unite over baking and have fun, while supporting
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Tributes have been paid to the teacher and historian Professor Ada RapoportAlbert who died in London last week, aged 75. Rapoport-Albert developed the Hebrew and Jewish Studies department at University College London, and specialised in the Chasidic movement. Her other interests included gender issues in the history of Judaism, and the linguistic and literary context of the Zohar, the literary product of the Jewish mysticism. “Ada worked assiduously to build up the department and developed it into one of the foremost in this country,” said Professor Emeritus Colin Shindler. Before setting up at UCL, Rapoport-Albert, who was born in Israel, taught at Oxford University, and held visiting professorships at Harvard and Stanford.
Welsh politicians have paid tribute to their colleague Mohammad Asghar for his support for Israel and work building bridges between Jews and Muslims, after his sudden death aged 74. Known to many as Oscar, he was the first Welsh assembly member to invite the Israeli ambassador to speak at the Senedd. Born in Pakistan, Asghar was a devout Muslim and member of the Conservative Party, having previously joined both Labour and Plaid Cymru. He was the first member of the Senedd from a black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) background. Fellow Conservative Angela Burns said: “He always sought to bring people together.” Assembly member Darren Millar said: “There was no greater supporter of Israel and an advocate of peace in the Middle East than Oscar.”
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Britons may have to wait a little longer before deciding whether to cancel their flights to Israel this year. While the country has set 1 August as its target date to resume flights with Greece and Cyprus. following a three-month coronavirus shutdown, Missing you: Ben Gurion Airport no decision has been made on when to open up to the country for visitors across UK visitors, said Sharon Ber- the globe, with travellers from shadsky, director of Israel’s Cyprus next in line,” she added. “The Ministry of Tourism tourism office in London. “Resuming flights between is currently working with Israeli and Greek travellers other relevant government is the first step to reopening offices and industry part-
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A Jewish heritage mission to rescue and restore an important former synagogue in the Welsh Valleys received a boost after the Welsh government helped to stump up the cash, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. The grant to “preserve and repurpose” the former Merthyr Tydfil Synagogue – the oldest synagogue still standing in Wales – comes from the government’s heritage agency along with three charities. The Grade II-listed stone building, designed in Gothic Revival style, has been empty since 2006 and needed urgent structural repairs when it was bought by the London-based Foundation for Jewish Heritage (FJH) last year. The FJH is aiming to turn it into a Welsh Jewish heritage centre and cultural venue, and has been working with the local council, Jewish community leaders, the Welsh heritage community and local politicians to find funding. The money has now been pledged by the Welsh government, the UK-based Pilgrim Trust and Philip King Charitable Trust, plus the Los Angeles-based GRoW@ Annenberg, which is run by
Jewish News 25 June 2020
News / Goodbye ambassador
Regxit! Mark Regev spent his final nights as Israel’s ambassador to the Court of St James hanging out with Akiva, Elisheva, Shulem and other members of the cast of Shtisel. Not literally, of course, in these socially distanced days. But the clearing of the envoy’s usually packed evening schedule in mid-March gave him a chance to catch up on some of the hit Israeli dramas others had spent so much of the past four months telling him about. “When I met other ambassadors, they’d say, ‘I’ve been watching this or that show’,” he told Jewish News last Friday, on his final day in the job. “There’d be almost an expectation you are an expert but I hadn’t watched them, as so many evenings were spent at dinners or talks.” Not that the final days of his four-year term have exactly been ripe for the Australian-born diplomat to put his feet up, with controversy surrounding his successor, settlements minister Tzipi Hotovely, and frenetic debate about planned annexation of parts of the West Bank which, according to critics, would end hopes for the two-state solution. He’s clear it’s an issue of “Israeli sovereignty”. “We don’t use the word ‘annexation’ – annexation is taking something that’s not yours. We believe we have a legitimate claim to territories in the West Bank from a legal, historical and security point of view. We don’t deny other people have a claim, but rival claims have to be sorted out,” he says. In words that offer some room for Jerusalem’s position to soften at the eleventh hour, he stressed ministers are still consulting allies such as Britain and the US and remained cognisant of existing peace treaties and growing contacts with the Arab world. The EU’s foreign policy chief has suggested going ahead would have “significant consequences” for the bloc’s relations with Israel, but Regev declined to say whether he feared Boris Johnson’s strong condemnation of the plans meant it could also undermine UK-Israel ties. “The goal of any policy would be to strengthen
In one of his final duties as Israel’s ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev speaks to Justin Cohen about the highs and lows of his four years in London
Main: Leaving last week. Below: Celebrating UK-Israel business at the Stock Exchange. Top right: Presenting his credentials to the Queen. Bottom: With Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis
stability and security,” he said. “But let’s say we and the British end up having a difference of opinion. Do you have the shock absorbers on the vehicle that can help you handle the bumps in the road? That’ll be the test – when everything’s going fine, you don’t need skilled diplomats.” But it’s not just on the bilateral front that his diplomatic skills were required in recent
weeks, following a unprecedented letter from 42 high-profile British Jews suggesting the move risked further polarising opinion on Israel in the community and moving diaspora Jews away from the Jewish state. Asked if he recognised the right of the group – including Sir Mick Davis, Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Anthony Julius to speak out, he said: “I recognise that just as Jewish Israelis will have a variety of views, you’ll get a variety of views in the Jewish community. “I’m just asking for anyone who has alternative suggestions that they should respect the outcome of what was ultimately a democratic election.” Regev has never been afraid of stepping into the lion’s den, whether as international media spokesman for Benjamin Netanyahu before arriving in London, or in making a visit to SOAS – a London university, some of whose
students have traditionally been critical of Israel – one of his first engagements here. Another potential battle he faced was over the centenary of the Balfour Declaration – and he has no hesitation in describing that historic moment in 2017 as the highlight of his tenure. Amid a campaign for an apology for the 1917 document and voices within Whitehall suggesting it should neither be lamented nor celebrated, a dinner was held in London in the presence of both Netanyahu and the then Prime Minister Theresa May. “If that was not a celebration, I don’t know what is,” he said. “It was a wonderful event. The fact it happened amid opposition to the idea of an event made it especially important.” Another historic moment came with the first – and then second – official Royal visit to Israel, when Prince William and Prince Charles touched down in Tel Aviv, 20 months apart. Regev said some in Israel had long wondered whether there was an “unofficial boycott” of Israel, but added: “The fact it happened demonstrated the strength of the relationship between the two countries: defence, economic, the political relationship. The visit itself was wonderful, but it symbolises other things that are more important.” Now back in Israel, Regev is using his 14 days in quarantine to finish calling many of those he hadn’t had a chance to say farewell to and preparing for what he “hopes” will be his next challenge. “The embassy will let you know as soon as possible,” he says teasingly. “Nothing’s finalised until it’s finalised.”
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Jewish News 25 June 2020
News / Holocaust museum / Shoah education / Charity report
Keeper of six million memories
In 1953, when Yad Vashem opened, there was already an impossible-sounding plan in place: to collect and document the names of every one of the six million Jews killed during the Shoah, writes Jenni Frazer.
The recording of the names, as Yad Vashem’s head of archives, Dr Haim Gertner, revealed in an online lecture, has been at the core of the institute’s work ever since. From crumpled and faded
Charities predict £18m supported living deficit A report commissioned by three of the Jewish community’s leading learning disability charities has found an additional 100 places in supported living accommodation will be needed by 2035 – at a cost of £18million. On Tuesday Kisharon, Langdon and Norwood disclosed the findings of their report, launched last year to assess provision and demand for services in the community in the next 10 to 15 years. The number of people with a learning disability across 18 local authorities, in London, Manchester and the southeast, will rise by 640 by 2035 due to demographic changes,
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pages of testimony in the 1950s, the work – aided by new technology and a crack team of linguists and researchers – has continued so that, in 2020, Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance centre can say it has recorded about 4.8 million names. The size of the task facing Yad Vashem was highlighted by Dr Gertner in just one tiny example: there are, apparently, 1,008 variants of the name Abraham, one of the most common Jewish names. Trying to “join the dots” consists of careful working out of seemingly disparate pieces of evidence, checking wherever possible with whatever files and archives are available.
Yad Vashem’s head of archives, Dr Haim Gertner, and the museum’s Hall of Names
But, as Dr Gertner made clear, it is not just names that Yad Vashem is recording.“There is a void created by the annihilation of the Jews,” he said, and Yad Vashem is trying to add, wherever possible, to what is known about those who died.
Between 1953 and 1999 the work was done primarily relying on the pages of testimony, painstakingly filled in by survivors. Many such pages are full of question marks where the writer did not know all the details of a person’s birth-
place, or age, or often their first name. Dr Gertner, the son of a Holocaust survivor, said Yad Vashem – aided by members of the public – was now within sight of its original target and he is confident that, ultimately, the work will be completed.
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Don’t Forget About The Children of Israel M
eet Mordechai. He came to Israel as a toddler from Azerbaijan. When his father was unable to ﬁnd work, he began drinking and subsequently became violent and abusive towards his family. Mordechai was already in the second grade at Shuvu Netanya School when his father burnt down the family home, but the love and support he received from Shuvu school staff helped him regain trust in others and he went from strength to strength in his studies and social life. Mordechai is just one of the 15,000 children who have beneﬁtted from Shuvu services, yet the charity-funded school is barely known in the UK. Now, more than at any other time, the pupils – many from single-parent families living below the poverty line – want you to know about their school. Pupils such as Yisrael who grew up in Ashdod with Russian immigrant parents wants you to know that because of Shuvu, hardship did not prevent him from graduating and becoming a First Lieutenant in the Intelligence Unit of the Israeli army before starting medical school.
And his experience is not unique. “Shuvu’s network of kindergartens, elementary and high schools throughout Israel offer students from all backgrounds an outstanding education,” says David Blachman, chairman of the British Friends of Shuvu. “The schools equip students with the skills and knowledge to become independent, successful and productive members of Israeli society.” David Blachman is well aware that all charities are now struggling to be seen and heard because of the global impact of Covid 19, but this only makes him more determined to bring the needs of children who could fall by the wayside to your attention. “Our pledge is to nurture the children and offer Jewish values, cohesion and continuity as many have faced far worse than the virus in their homeland.” Shuvu started its programmes in 1990 with two schools providing education for Russian immigrant children and now has an established network of 69 schools and kindergartens at 21 sites across Israel.
As well as offering an unrivalled secular education, Shuvu also connects children to their Jewish heritage. “It has changed the lives of over 35,000 students and graduates, and inspired over 100,000 people,” says Blachman who has been forging ahead with fundraising since the Covid breakout. “For every pound we raise a group of long time supporters will match it pound for pound,” he says. “From this donors will make a huge difference to the lives of children who know what it is like to go without. Some can’t even afford shoes. Now is not the time to forget about the children in Israel as they are the country’s future and ours too.”
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Jewish News 25 June 2020
News / School downgraded / Kosher food / Vera tributes
£48k a year school rated ‘inadequate’ Menorah Grammar School in Edgware suffered a humiliating downgrade this week, lurching from ‘Good’ to ‘Inadequate’ both overall and in all five categories, as inspectors labelled it “unhygienic and unsafe”, writes Adam Decker. In the damning indictment from the national inspectorate, pupils were described as “at risk of harm” and teachers were described as “struggling to manage pupils’ behaviour” which was labelled “concerning”. The publication of the report follows a three-day visit in early March, two weeks before the coronavirus lockdown came into effect. Fees at the independent day school for Orthodox Jewish boys and young adults aged between 11 and 21 go from £6,000 per year up to £48,000 annually, with 320 students currently registered. However, the four-person inspection team painted a picture of mismanagement, chaos and filth, saying pupils’ behaviour was “concerning, especially around the building,” with pupils taking “no responsibility” for their conduct. Some students were given “no information” about careers or life outside their community, Ofsted said. “Pupils do not know much more than basic facts about cultures, religions and faiths other than their own. This fails to
Menorah Grammar School
prepare them well enough for their lives in modern Britain.” Fees at the independent day school for Orthodox Jewish boys and young adults aged between 11 and 21 go from £6,000 per year up to £48,000 annually, with 320 students currently registered. However, despite the eye-watering fees levied, inspectors said: “There is a lack of resources in the school. This negatively affects the quality of education in all subjects, but especially in science and computing.” Moreover inspectors said the premises were “unhygienic, unsafe and unfit for productive teaching… Pupils and staff are at risk of harm.”
Free kosher hospital meals Besides the latest innovation of Anunexpectedfive-weekhospitalstayin breakfast – which was previously New York for Ari Feferkorn and unavailable to kosher patients, his wife – when she went into even frozen – Bedside Kosher is labour early – has led to the now offering dedicated Shabbat creation of a new service for and Yom Tov meal kits for people London Jews, writes Jenni Frazer. who have to stay in hospital during Bedside Kosher, Feferkorn’s those times. idea to provide Jewish patients with “We try to give people a taste fresh kosher food, has now begun a breakfast delivery service – and it Founder Ari Feferkorn of Shabbat,” said Feferkorn, and patients receive a Kiddush is free. cup, two challot and grape juice, Feferkorn said his experience in the US led him to launch Bedside Kosher together with plug-in electric candles. People who were in hospital over Shavuot received in London. Previously, patients had only been able a slice of cheesecake. There is also a childto receive frozen meals, but Feferkorn, the friendly menu available. Long-term, Bedside Kosher hopes to have its founder of JTrade, argued that “people in NHS hospitals and private hospitals ought to be able own kosher kitchen to prepare the meals. Meanwhile, the Feferkorns and their army of volunto receive the same five-star service”. Beginning with just two deliveries in Jan- teers believe they are plugging a much-needed uary, Bedside Kosher now has more than 100 gap in the market. And, of course, chicken soup volunteers and last week took more than 300 – aka Jewish penicillin – is always available. fresh meals to 17 London locations. “The hospitals are very helpful,” Feferkorn said, and tells of numerous people whose conditions have improved considerably once they feel able to eat appetising kosher food. He makes a point of dealing with existing Jewish organisations, such as Hatzola, Camp Simcha and Ezra Umarpeh – charities that go into hospitals themselves, and co-ordinating with them. Now Bedside Kosher is in the process of registering as a charity, and also obtaining official recognition with the hospitals as a regular provider of meals. Meals provided by Bedside Kosher
‘BRITISH ICON’ WILL BE MOURNED WIDELY Wartime entertainer Dame Vera Lynn will be “mourned by the Jewish community and far beyond”. So said Mike Bluestone, the chairman of the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women (AJEX), who was among those in the community to pay tribute to the beloved artist, who died last week aged 103, surrounded by family. Dame Vera, who was best known for her 1939 song We’ll Meet Again and was refered to as the ‘Force’s sweetheart’, “helped not just our troops, but also the wider community get through the dark times of
the Second World War, and her passing will be mourned by the Jewish community and far beyond”, he said. Bluestone recalled how his late father, Isidore, and his uncle Bill, both Second World War veterans, would describe “how moved and lifted their spirits were by Vera Lynn’s songs”. Joining a chorus of praise for Dame Vera, Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, hailed the “special lady”, saying in a tweet on Thursday that she was a “British icon and source of hope and resilience”.
Dame Vera Lynn, who was known as the Forces’ sweetheart
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SENIOR RABBI TO CHAIR JUDGING PANEL Senior Reform Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner is to chair the judging panel for the 2021 Wingate Literary Prize, one of the Jewish world’s top literary prizes next year. The judging panel for the £4,000 prize will include magazine editor Andrew Miller, historian Anne Sebba and screenwriter Nikesh Shukla. Janner-Klausner said: “It is a unique prize, which rewards authors fulfilling the vital purpose of helping the wider world to understand Jews and Jewishness. That is especially important today.”
AUSCHWITZ SITE TO REOPEN ON 1 JULY The Auschwitz Memorial will reopen to visitors on 1 July for guided tours and individual entry. It closed to visitors on 12 March because of the coronavirus pandemic – its first closure since its first exhibit opened in 1947 – and cancelled the annual March of the Living onsite. It has reorganised exhibitions to minimise the risk of spreading the coronavirus and the number of visitors will be limited to allow for appropriate social distancing. Reservations must be made online. Last year, the site of the ex-Nazi death camp had more than 2.3m visitors.
25 June 2020 Jewish News
Jewish News meets... David Dangoor / Special Report
‘My dad believed that what he gave, he kept’ Iraqi-Jewish businessman and benefactor Sir Naim Dangoor ploughed millions into helping others, including an inner-city school. Son David continues the tradition. By Stephen Oryszczuk Shortly before lockdown, Year 11 and 12 science students in one of London’s toughest neighbourhoods emerged from an auditorium, having just peppered a Nobel Prize winner with questions. They wanted to know about cells, how they grow and divide. They asked about genes and their role in evolution by natural selection. They probed on the chemical elements of life. And they drilled down on the organising system of biology. These curious souls were students at Westminster Academy (WA) in inner city London, where more than 90 percent of pupils come from a black, Asian or ethnic minority background, and they were speaking to Sir Paul Nurse in the Naim Dangoor Auditorium, part of the Dangoor Centre for Medical Education. Smart, intelligent, often from poor and diverse family backgrounds, these children are far from pity cases, as the Jewish philanthropic Dangoor family can attest. Their support has been crucial, and it is appreciated. “No one will be remembered as much as Sir Naim in our constituency,” says WA’s pin-sharp Muslim principal, Dr Saima Rana. “His legacy is just unbelievable.” WA educates children from mostly refugee and immigrant families from infamous gangwarfare estates such as Mozart, Warwick and Lisson Green, which is exactly the reason Naim first showed an interest. Postcode wars, gang warfare, violence, drugs, domestic abuse, alcoholism and a sudden influx of immigrants into the UK created “the perfect storm” several years ago, says Rana. “The first few years were awful, 17 percent of GCSEs graded A to C. It just didn’t have the infrastructure.” Naim stepped in to sponsor it and, for the past 14 years, his son, David, and David’s wife, Judy, have been committing half a day a week. “Being in a poor area, with a big immigrant population, I think that was important to Sir Naim, having come here from Iraq as a Jewish refugee himself,” she says. The family’s backing, through Dangoor Education, for the 1,100 student school has made all the difference, says Rana, describing how David and Judy are “eyes-on but hands-off, incredibly trusting of what I and my senior team are doing”. No wonder. WA pupils now achieve 75 percent grades A*-C, and last year beat the world average for the international baccalaureate – all with the same constituency, where almost 90 percent of pupils come from an ethnic or religious minority. “We could have gentrified our community like others have, but we said no,” says Rana. More importantly, WA is the only sec-
David and Judy Dangoor
Naim, David and Judy Dangoor at Westminster Academy’s ‘topping out’ ceremony in 2006
ondary school in London to offer every pupil week-long outdoor adventurous residential trips, either fully or part-funded by Dangoor. These children “never get to leave their borough, let alone the region”, she says. “What David Dangoor does is move things around quietly in the background, so things happen for us. For example, if we want great teachers from outside London, he’ll work with Teach First to get us subsidised accommodation so they can afford to come here. People just don’t do that.” She lists reams of other examples of his interventions, such as when he hired lawyers and others to push the government to cough up what it owed WA, and she beams.
WHAT DAVID DOES IS MOVE THINGS AROUND QUIETLY IN THE BACKGROUND, SO THINGS HAPPEN FOR US “He was ruthless. We were rightfully owed that money. He went all guns blazing and got it. Our community will never know what this man has done, but I’ll know. And we’re not
talking small change here. This is big money to give the children opportunities and access to the world. As a result, they’re inspired.” What is that special Dangoor-WA connection, I ask? She thinks it may have something to do with children who have been displaced, since David also had to leave the Iraq he loved as a child, first spending a year in Lebanon aged 10 before coming to the UK, where his father, Sir Naim Dangoor, was rebuilding the family business. It certainly has a bearing. “My dad’s philosophy was formed by losing everything in Iraq in the ’60s,” says David, via an hour-long Zoom call, recalling how Naim’s interests included a furniture factory, a Coca-Cola concession, a dry cleaning company, a match-making factory and a property development firm.
“He was doing very well. Then he had to choose between the money he’d built up and his freedom. He chose freedom, and said it was the best bargain he ever made.” Money was in short supply as Naim rebuilt, but “by then he had a new view of material wealth”, explains David. “He saw it as a useful tool. He always said money was a good servant but a bad master. I’m careful to remember that.” Sir Naim Dangoor’s experience led to wisdom. “He’d say ‘what I saved I lost, what I spent I enjoyed, and what I gave I kept’… and there is some truth to that. People still remember what he did to benefit others. Our world is built on co-operation. A great human strength is that, deep down, most of us derive pleasure from helping others.”
Jewish News 25 June 2020
Special Report / Travel to Israel
My lockdown flight from LRH to TLV As my son and I boarded our Heathrow plane to Ben Gurion airport, our temperatures were checked by an El Al crew member clad in full protective bodysuit. It was an alien procedure, replacing the usual warm welcome from the crew, writes Spencer Barnett. My time preceding this in the airport was equally as strange. Terminal 2, El Al’s home since the dramatic decline in air travel closed Terminal 4, was restricted to passengers only. Those who hadn’t donned their own masks and gloves were supplied them by the airport as a condition of entry. Once full of flyers, the airport was now an empty air hub with staff outnumbering passengers. The UK’s largest airport used to have an aircraft take off or land every 45 seconds. I noticed just three other flights lit up on the departure screens.
Waiting to be screened at Ben Gurion
by which I’d entered. The usual hum-drum of activity of the crew’s duties was lacking as this was no ordinary flight. Our pilots and cabin crew had set off from Tel Aviv at 3am. They had first flown to Paris then to London and now back to Israel all with passengers on board. This would never have been permitted before Owing to the massive reduction in footfall, it this pandemic. The glow of the inflight map illuwasn’t difficult to keep at least 2 metres apart – minated the otherwise dark cabin and charted social distancing done for you thanks to our our way across Europe. One thing we noticed ghost town terminal. A noticeable about the plane was how much purer number of Muslims clad in niqabs the air seemed in the cabin and and headscarves punctuated how quiet the engines were. the place in sharp contrast to The seatbelt sign sigmy fellow passengers with nalled our initial descent their black hats and tallit. over the eastern MediteraTwo ancient peoples with nean. Our hard-working decades of differences now crew, dressed more like a uniform in medical masks forensic team than flight and protective gloves in attendants, discreetly prea joint fight against a new pared the cabin for landing. silent common enemy. On the last leg of an 18-hour It was uncanny to see all day, they were composed, quiet the shops closed but for a single and charming. branch of Boots and WHSmith. More than anything, I was With no duty-free shops or eat- Spencer and his son Louis taken by the dedication of the eries open, the vital retail revestaff and the spirit of El Al. On nues airports so heavily depend on have dried up. entering the terminal, I was asked to sit aside We departed on time at 4.50pm. I sat in prealong with other non-Israeli passport holders. mium economy with an impressive array of seat Two French speakers sat in my vicinity. This was back entertainment. The inflight service was the start of a lot of waiting and queuing, but not stripped back, offering very basic fare. A cold presurprising as the airport was all but closed. packed hummus and red pepper sandwich and a The usual process of passport control before bottle of water constituted meal service. Airlines the luggage hall had moved up to the area you have simplified their menu to reduce the chances enter after exiting the plane, making for a very of cross-contamination. different arrival experience. I strolled up to the galley area by the door Once past this point, I joined another queue
An El Al steward in full protective gear
in the circular concourse to complete online forms detailing my quarantine arrangements and contact details. This was followed by another queue waiting to have my temperature taken. The police were becoming angry as people failed to grasp the concept of queuing two metres apart. Then an incredibly slow queue snaking its way to a final check and briefing from another official. Some 17,700, 28,200 and 26,200 Britons arrived in Israel in March, April and May last year. Staggeringly, Ohad Zemet from the Israeli Embassy in London told me he estimated special permission granted to UK passport holders to enter Israel for the same three months this year was fewer than 20.
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Mask breakthrough / Actors’ row / Mayoral bid / World News
Israeli mask ‘gives 99% virus safety’ The Israeli start-up behind a reusable anti-viral mask has said it expects its technology will be shown to neutralise 99 percent of the coronavirus, writes Mathilde Frot. Sonovia’s masks have a coating that can cut the spread of diseases caused by bacteria, fungi and viruses, even after many
laundry cycles, according to the company, which was awarded a €2.4million (£2.2million) grant last year from the European Commission. A test several months ago at the Weipu Jishu lab in Shanghai found that the fabric used “neutralised more than 90 percent of the coronavirus to which it was exposed”, Sonovia said this week. “This is concrete evidence that our SonoMask is a vital tool
in preventing disease transmission in the current pandemic,” according to Sonovia scientist Dr Jason Migdal. He said that, since samples of the fabric had been sent to the Shanghai lab, the technology had been “optimised even further”. Sonovia expects the mask will neutralise 99 percent of the virus “with a fast-tracked full test application with an EU authorised laboratory.” Sonovia has donated thousands of masks to medical and non-profit organisations around the world. The company says its patented fabric could have other applications, such as for other items of personal protective equipment.
Antibody hope for young Covid patient An Israeli hospital is trialling a potential antibody treatment for a Covid-19 patient after other options failed to improve her condition. The patient at Hadassah
Medical Center, who is intubated, is been treated using plasma from patients who had Covid-19 and recovered. Hadassah’s Zeev Rotstein said that while it was too early
to judge, the young woman – who has an underlying condition – had “reacted positively… We have our fingers crossed for the successful treatment of this patient”.
Gibson denies ‘oven dodger’ claim Mel Gibson has said renewed allegations of antisemitic comments levelled against him by actress Winona Ryder are “100 percent untrue”, writes Adam Decker. In an interview with The Sunday Times, Ryder claimed the Braveheart star had asked her at a party around 25 years ago whether she was an “oven dodger” , in a reference to her Jewish identity. She said: “We were at a party with one of my good friends, and Mel Gibson was smoking a cigar, and we’re all
talking and he said to my friend, who’s gay, ‘Oh wait, am I gonna get Aids?’ Then something came up about Jews, and he said, ‘You’re not an oven dodger, are you?’” The Stranger Things star, 48, also Mel Gibson and Winona Ryder said Gibson, 64, later about it now. Also, she lied tried to apologise to her. A representative of Gibson about him trying to apologise said: “This is 100 percent to her back then. He did reach untrue. She lied about it over out to her, many years ago, to a decade ago, when she talked confront her about her lies to the press, and she’s lying and she refused to address it.”
MAYOR, 94, SEEKS RE-ELECTION parents were tipped off that their names The 94-year-old Jewish mayor of were on a Gestapo arrest warrant and a French town in the foothills on the fled to the mountains of Ariège in Pyrenees aims to get re-elected the south of the country. when voters go to the polls. Trigano joined the Resistance, Pamiers mayor André Trigano forging documents to help Allied has held public office for 49 years airmen escape to Spain. He was and will be 101 if he wins on 28 arrested three times but survived. June then completes his fixed-term After the war he founded a sucmandate. “I hope I am not going cessful tent-renting business, later to have to apologise again for not André Trigano owning dozens of campsites and being dead,” he said in an interview amassing enough wealth to indulge his love of with the BBC. Born in Paris in 1925, Trigano lived through classic cars, and this week revealed grand plans the city’s Nazi occupation. His Algerian Jewish to renovate the centre of Pamiers if elected.
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Architects ‘reconstruct’ Breslau synagogue in 3D Architects have finally finished an ambitious 20-year project to digitally reconstruct a monumental synagogue destroyed on Kristallnacht in November 1938. The New Synagogue in the heart of the Polish city of Wrocław, which was then Breslau in Germany, has been painstakingly put together in 3D by professionals and experts as part of a larger series of works. Built for Breslau’s large Jewish Reform community by Jewish architect Edwin Oppler between 1865 and 1872, it was the second biggest synagogue in the Germanspeaking world, and lauded as a classic example of neo-Romanesque architecture. With its enormous dome and four octagonal towers, it was also the first Jewish building that defined Breslau’s skyline, yet it survived only two generations. When the Nazis set fire to the synagogue, they also destroyed many of the congregation records and building documents, but after the war, the Central Jewish Historical Commission of Poland recovered any archival remnants when the German city of Breslau became the Polish city of Wrocław.
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The last Jewish members of the Falash Mura in Ethiopia are expected to emigrate to Israel in the next 18 months, according to Israel’s new Aliyah Minister Pnina Tamano-Shata. In 2018, the Israeli government said it would take up to 1,000 members, but there are still 7,500 Jews in Ethiopia awaiting approval. Tamano-Shata said it was “not Jewish to divide parents from children”.
SPAIN The 20-year project digitally reconstructed the New Synagogue
In addition, the city archives in Hannover maintained a collection of Oppler’s papers and drawings, while the Jewish Museum of Berlin holds text from Rabbis Abraham Geiger and Manuel Joël, who worked with Oppler on the design. At the height of the German empire, Breslau had a Jewish population of 20,000, behind only Berlin and Hamburg in size.
The newly-finished digital reconstruction was carried out as a project of the Institute of Architecture, Hochschule Mainz, and the work allows users to explore the synagogue via augmented reality. Working alongside architects and conservationists were art students, who studied the building’s characteristics, including its stained glass windows.
Gurlitt trove research on Nazi-looted art ends An investigation into the origin and ownership of 1,500 artworks found in the filthy flat of a German recluse whose father bought Nazi-looted paintings has finally concluded, leaving more questions than answers. Tax inspectors stumbled upon the haul in 2012 when executing a warrant to search the Munich apartment of Cornelius Gurlitt, then 80, whom they suspected of tax evasion. What they found has been described as the art world’s most spectacular post-war find, with masterpieces by Monet, Picasso, Max Liebermann, Beckmann and Matisse stacked up amid squalid conditions. More were found in Gurlitt’s Salzburg flat. Gurlitt, who was once found carrying £8,000 in cash across the Swiss border,
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had no job and survived by occasionally selling one of the artworks. Gurlitt, the son of Nazi art dealer Hildebrand Gurlitt, whom Adolf Hitler tasked with purchasing art for the Nazis’ planned museum, died in 2014, triggering extensive research into the art’s provenance.
A task force set up in 2016 has now finally reported its findings, in which it reports that only 14 works by artists such as Liebermann, Matisse, Thomas Couture or Adolph von Menzel have so far been identified as looted. Of these, 13 could be returned to the heirs of their rightful owners. However, while Gurlitt’s legitimate ownership of around 300 artworks could clearly be proven, the provenance of around 1,000 works remain unclear. “We did everything we could. Many questions remain unanswered since there are not many sources of information left, nearly a century later,” said Gilbert Lupfer, the German Lost Art Foundation’s director. The trove now belongs to the Museum of Fine Arts Bern, to which Cornelius had bequeathed his collection.
The Balearic Islands have taken the decision to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism. The islands, which include Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca and Formentera, are all part of Spain but have devolved governance. They also passed legislation describing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as “discriminatory”.
Jewish congregants in Chicago have taken to growing “victory gardens” during the coronavirus pandemic, just as their forebears did during the Great Depression and the Second World War. Worshippers at Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard said the gardens “help bolster local food banks”, adding: “It’s something we as a community can start now and harvest throughout the summer.”
A programme providing free Jewish children’s books to children aged two to eight around the world will soon be available in German. PJ Library, which operates in countries such as the US, UK and Russia, said it would soon launch in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, in part to address what it said was a lack of German-language Jewish children’s books.
51,000 SIGN VILNIUS PETITION More than 51,000 people have signed a petition opposing plans to build a convention centre on top of a 500-year-old Jewish cemetery in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius. Begun by Ruta Bloshtein, an Orthodox Jewish woman who lives in the city, it urges authorities instead to restore the Old Šnipiškės Jewish Cemetery, where thousands of Jewish people are buried, and return it to the Jewish community. The city, once called Vilna, was a centre of Jewish life in Europe, winning the nickname “Jerusalem of the North”, and dozens of reputed scholars are buried there. “It is sacred ground and should be restored as a cemetery and memorial park to which pilfered gravestones that turn up all over the city can be returned,” the petition reads. “Instead, some greedy business interests, co-operating politicians, antisemitic nationalists and ‘pliant Jewish figures’ have joined forces for a new National Convention Center to rise on the site, where thousands would revel, cheer, sing, drink at bars and use toilets surrounded by Jewish graves.”
NEW SHOAH MEMORIAL No bids come through for UNVEILED IN GERMANY Slonim’s Great Synagogue An evocative stone and ceramic memorial to German Jews from Würzburg who were deported to concentration camps by train has been unveiled outside the city’s main railway station. Stylised pieces of luggage in the form of abandoned suitcases now form the unique interactive memorial symbolising the loss and disappearance of more than 2,000 Jews from the Bavarian city during the Holocaust. It is nearly 80 years since the last train sent Jews to their death from the main station. The memorial, designed by artist Matthias Braun, features QR codes on the luggage, which people
passing by can scan on their mobile phones to learn more. The code links to information about the Jewish population and history of towns that were once home to Jewish families deported by train to the notorious Theresienstadt concentration camp, just outside Prague. Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, who lives in Würzburg, told Germany’s main Jewish weekly, the Juedische Allgemeine, that the memorial was the first in Germany to feature related monuments “at the central place of remembrance and in the local communities”.
The auction of the Great Synagogue of Slonim in Belarus last week yielded no bidders, despite interest from Jewish heritage organisations. A majestic baroque structure that has overlooked Slonim’s central market since the 1640s, the synagogue has been heralded as having “tremendous significance as testimony to the centuries-old Jewish life and contribution in the region”. Architectural consultants at the Belarusian Voluntary Society for the Protection of Historical and Cultural Monu-
ments are undertaking studies on behalf of the UK-based Foundation for Jewish Heritage, which is monitoring proceedings. The foundation said it had been working with local partners on the synagogue’s preservation but has not yet formalised any intent to purchase the building, which needs extensive repair work. Its chief executive, Michael Mail, said he “expects the synagogue will go to auction again later in the year” when he hoped to offer “a compelling vision for its restoration”.
The Great Synagogue of Slonim in Belarus
Mail added that preserving the building would require “substantial fundraising”, adding that the foundation was “keen to involve those with family connections to Slonim and the region”. Simon Kaplinsky, chair of the foundation’s steering committee, said: “This important site... has potential to contribute to cross-community understanding and bring economic benefits to Slonim as a tourist attraction.”
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Virus J-factor gives pause for thought This week is a coronavirus landmark for three very different and contrasting reasons: the UK announcing an effective end to lockdown, the Jewish death toll hitting 500, and researchers declaring a mysterious “Jewish factor” to the disproportionate impact on Jews. It is not news that this virus has been particularly devastating to Britain’s Jewish community, but the numbers put it in perspective: Israel’s Jewish population is 22 times bigger than our own, yet twice as many Jews have died here than there. The Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) tells us that the age and geographical profile of our community is a factor – the virus impacts the old more than the young, and the urban more than the rural. Yet in the same breath it also says that “the Jewish population’s general socio-economic and health profiles would be expected to have a positive effect, rendering Jews less likely to be affected”. In other words, age and area do not explain why 500 died. Using data published late last week by the Office of National Statistics, which has been linked to Census data, JPR researchers have now had a good look at the national picture, including the higher impact on black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, and on other faith groups such as Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims. Ominously, they are now talking about a “Jewish factor” – something as yet unknown that accounts for us taking such a big hit. The idea that something should be causing a greater proportion of deaths among British Jews — beyond that which could reasonably be expected given factors such as age, demographics, health and socio-economic status — is disconcerting in the extreme. Further research is needed to identify the source of this “Jewish vulnerability to Covid-19,” JPR says. Meanwhile, we are all left guessing as to what this is, and how many in the community would have died without it. So, while this week we cheer the reopening of Jewish businesses, of our synagogues, museums, galleries and culture centres, and plan the renewal of our physical communal ties, we likewise mourn the loss of so many, asking why our numbers have been so high. That this remains unknown should at the very least give those rushing out of their doors pause for thought. The virus, after all, is still very much alive and well.
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The anger and shame I felt a sense of shame and anger after reading last week’s Jewish News about how four young black Jews have been treated by our community. Judaism takes pride in being a caring and all-encompassing religion. In this instance, it was far from that high moral standpoint. As Jews, we abhor antisemitism and how it affects our lives. With regard to the black Jews and how they have been treated by some segments of AngloJewry, it’s time some high-minded Jews looked at themselves in the mirror and
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WE ARE A NATURALLY NOSY PEOPLE I’m sadly convinced that some Jews are indeed racist, yet there is another way of putting last week’s upsetting Jewish News front page about the black Jewish experince into perspective. We Jews are by nature nosy, social creatures and, as far as I know, any newcomer to a shul or local Jewish community will be grilled on who they
are, where they came from and probably what they ate for dinner! It’s just a Jewish thing. It may seem or feel alienating, but in fact it’s mostly the opposite. We are looking for connections. It even has a name. It’s called Jewish geography.
Pamela Levene Israel
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showed some rachmones (compassion) to those courageous young people, whose heinous crime is to want to be Jewish in every sense of the word. I say kol hakavod to them all. In my synagogue, Southgate Progressive, we have people of that persuasion, who take an active part in synagogue life, and I am sure other like-minded synagogues follow suit. That’s what Judaism should be about — sharing and caring, not petty and unfriendly. Robert Dulin Bricket Wood
The Community Security Trust is unable to release its new report into online antisemitism because the content is so extreme. If the Trust (yes, we need to trust you for all information, no matter how painful) is to do its job
properly, it must show honesty regarding all aspects of hate towards the Jewish community — by the extreme right or left, and by Christians, Muslims and even Jews. Martin Cohen By email
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WE’RE ALLOWED A VIEW During Sunday’s Board of Deputies plenary, former president Jonathan Arkush asked what right Tal Ofer and I had to bring the following motion to be debated as we do not live in Israel or fight for it? “This Board of Deputies reaffirms its support for bilateral negotiations toward a two-state solution, leading to a secure Israel alongside a viable Palestinian state. “Any unilateral steps by either side will be damaging to renewed efforts to restart peace negotiations.” Does Mr Arkush deny one of the signatories to the letter opposing annexation,
Sir Ben Helfgott MBE, a Holocaust survivor and Olympic athlete, the right to an opinion on such an issue? I regard it as if Sir Ben had handed the baton to us to give voice to his concerns about events in Israel. Does Mr Arkush believe Henry Kissinger, Malcolm Rifkind, Dennis Ross and Jared Kushner should have excluded themselves from taking part in shaping policy in the Middle East because they are Jewish but don’t live in Israel?
Richard Cohen Loughton
Abuse of elected position The Board of Deputies’ plenary on Sunday saw the usual left-leaning suspects attack Tzipi Hotovely, the Israeli ambassadordesignate, demanding that the Board condemn her appointment. Rightly, the Board’s president resisted these calls, pointing out that Hotovely will be Ambassador of Israel to the Court of St James’, not to the Jewish community. At every plenary, we are subjected to these left-wing harangues, fuelled by
protagonists’ visceral hatred of the present Israeli government. Yet while some represent political organisations, others represent mainstream congregations. Have they ever sought approval from their shul boards or the membership? Every deputy is entitled to express views on Israel – but is not entitled to abuse his/ her elected position in order to do so.
Brian Gedalla Deputy, Finchley Synagogue
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friend who is a secular educator with the Charedi community in Bnei Barak has a fascinating tale to tell of the pandemic. When the disease hit, social distancing rules were regarded for other Israelis, not them. Hashem would shield them. It didn’t quite work like that and they suffered. The government had no choice but to step in to protect lives and well-being, and chosen first responders were the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Suffice it to say the IDF has never been popular in the Charedi community, which regards Torah study as a more rewarding activity than defending the realm. Since the earliest days of the Jewish state, some Charedim have been reluctant to serve in the military. But when crisis hit during the pandemic, it was the IDF that sacrificed its own safety to come to the rescue. It mobilised to help transport the sick to their medical appointments, provide sanita-
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to elected Arab mayors, MKs and other local leaders so that when the IDF arrived to help, they would not be seen as an invading force. Not only did good community relations flourish, but the disease was largely kept away from Israeli-Arabs with relatively low rates of infection. A broader lesson of Covid-19 is that, in extremis, the military is often a lifesaver. In the UK, when distribution of personal protective equipment, ventilators et al was a problem, the army provided logistics. It also helped build the Nightingale hospitals to Chinese schedules. If the Ministry of Defence, rather than Public Health England, had been given a bigger role in combatting the pandemic, Britain’s death toll might not have been outsized. It is no accident that countries living with an external enemy for most of their modern existence, such as Israel, South Korea and Taiwan, are among those that dealt with the coronavirus best. In Israel’s case, the IDF has won great new friends. Long may it last. email@example.com
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tion and make sure some of the largest and least well-off Jewish families received daily glatt kosher food and drink deliveries. The IDF were angels sent by God to shield them from hardship and disease. What has been a historically fraught relationship warmed beyond past experience. The experience of Israel’s Charedi community was shared with Israel’s other less well-off minority, the Israeli-Arabs. Never has there been an emergency in Israel’s history more able to demonstrate the value of Israeli-Arabs to society than a health crisis. Arab citizens make up 20 percent of Israel’s population but, like Asian and other minorities in the UK, are over-represented in Israel’s health and care system. Pharmacies are largely in Arab ownership. And in much the same way as Jews saw medicine ("my son or daughter the doctor") as the way to advancement in Britain and the US, so it is for Arab families in Israel. Across Israel, some 20 percent of doctors are Israeli-Arabs, 25 percent of nurses and in some hospitals – in particular in Haifa
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There's no masking a great act of kindness LAURA MARKS FOUNDER, MITZVAH DAY
ast week, with the shops newly opened, and looking for an outing, I hit Oxford Street with my daughter. With no expectations of being able to get into the packed stores and a reluctance to queue for more than half an hour for anything, we set off with an open mind and the new essentials: sanitiser, gloves and, of course, masks. Hand-sewn, fashioned from an old T-shirt, patterned or plain, or clinical pre-made, masks are the new normal. With the requirement to wear them on public transport and mixed messages from shops, we were ready for anything. Debenhams, the only major Oxford Street store open before 11am, turned out to be deserted, other than dozens of helpful, visored staff directing us to giant hand sanitiser dispensers and huge quantities of merchandise. We definitely do need to wear masks. TV personality Dr Ellie Cannon, whose email signature says “Now wash your hands”, called
wearing a mask the greatest act of kindness we can do for other people. After all, she pointed out at Mitzvah Day’s Every Mitzvah Matters event with Hugh Dennis last week, masks protect other people, not the wearer. But masks are hot, stuffy and steam up your glasses and, as I wandered around the West End store, marvelling at the range of real things to buy (rather than images online), my tendency was to drop my home-made version under my chin whenever I could. And for people with hearing disabilities, for example, not being able to see the face of a speaker adds to exclusion from conversations and interaction, already a challenge, online. Barriers are part of our new online life. While Zoom, Teams, Meet, Skype, etc, are transformative in many ways, I wonder at the people who choose to turn off their cameras. By doing so, they are looking into my face and even my living room but keeping their own closed off. It does not make for open, trusting conversations. A whole new industry has set up helping us to dress our Zoom screens to project the
Shopping trip: Laura and daughter Sally
personality we want the world to see... so what is someone who chooses not to be seen projecting about themselves? And, taking this one step further, we have long been taught to be suspicious of people who cover their faces – the dark dangerous balaclava, the sexually mischievous masked ball, the shadowy silhouette, are all unsettling and often prevent open interaction. The much-publicised criticism by the prime minister of women in burkas is another example of how fear is generated around people whose faces are covered. In this case,
overlaid onto the face covering are negative existing stereotypes about Muslims and, indeed, women. Tapping into prejudice is always easy. Prejudice against the 'other' is likely to rise exponentially. People are looking to apportion blame for the pandemic; conspiracy theories are gathering momentum, with Asian women, people from China and inevitably, immigrants targeted as spreaders. As a recent CST report states, it was clear “antisemitism wouldn’t be far behind, and antisemites, conspiracy theorists and extremists of different hues have all added their antisemitic poison to this crisis”. None of us want to wear face masks, but if we are to rid ourselves of Covid-19, it seems we must. The challenge is how to ensure our need to interact only online, to socially distance and to cover our faces, does not further fuel suspicions and prejudice. We need to remove the barriers, switch to visors where possible, and interact, when it's safe, with real people. Making a face mask together may be fun, but it most definitely is far from funny.
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Kisharon keeps our strength up HADASSA KESSLER
KISHARON DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS & DEVELOPMENT
ockdown is rough. In the first few days I kept waking up hoping I'd dreamed it all. The challenges Covid-19 raise are unimaginable. All of us are faced with challenges we could never have imagined in our lifetimes. For people with learning disabilities, especially those reliant on support outside the family, these challenges are even more pronounced. Last week was Learning Disability Week, and the focus was on the importance of friendship. People with a learning disability already experience high levels of loneliness and social isolation, and lockdown has heightened this for some. Reflecting on the past 14 weeks for Kisharon, I have seen enormous resilience from people we support, who have been courageous and caring throughout lockdown, adapted to technology and new ways to spend their time in ways none of us expected. Many new friendships have formed, and existing relationships |between tenants, support staff and volunteers have been strengthened. The dedication and exceptional effort of our staff teams and volunteers, who worked alongside vulnerable people in the darkest days of the pandemic, was beyond any of our expectations.
I hope we are able to find a meaningful way to recognise this, so this workforce is not taken for granted, and the appreciation continues. When things are stable and relatively easy, we do not take the time to rethink what we want. We can be having new and rich conversations, for example: Who do we want to spend time with? What skills have we wanted to learn or try? What will keep me feeling happy and positive? We are realising the new normal may not be much like what we had before, and that social distancing is going to be with us for a while – especially for those at higher risk. This gives us a great opportunity to rethink institutional-style day support and community, and how we can reconnect to a community that is now accessible online and from anywhere. Attending shul services in Israel or conferences in Australia, connecting with friends around the globe, flexible working, virtual and agile working styles, all of these are the kinds of things we will not want to lose. We at Kisharon have formed an exciting partnership led by Alei Tzion synagogue in Hendon, with events planned to recognise the mutual contributions people from both organisations can bring and build lasting friendships. This is a chance for people with learning disabilities to be valued for what they can contribute, and be more than just recipients of support. Covid-19 has given us the opportunity to reimagine how we want the new world to look. Let’s embrace the possibilities.
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e have not left our home in Edgware since March, when the Covid-19 lockdown started. Intent on shielding our son, Chanochi, 10, a pupil at Kisharon School, the furthest we – a family of six – have ventured is to the end of our drive. As a working mother of four, life in lockdown has been a juggling act. Chanochi has the rare genetic disorder familial dysautonomia. Having a child with a disability has helped us get accustomed to lock-down quicker than most. We are used to living with unpredictability. Other people have things mapped out. It’s been a curveball. Chanochi is sociable and independent. He’s used to visiting our neighbours on his own and he has struggled without that. He misses the driver of the school bus and the person who escorts him off it, and so we message them. He sees school friends and teachers on Kisharon School’s Zoom sessions, but especially missed one close friend who is older and in another class. We arranged for him to come to the end of our drive and Chanochi sat in the porch. They spoke for 20 minutes, sharing news. There was such joy! Last week’s lockdown easing with the
announcement that those shielding can go out, if they’re comfortable doing so, has only served to make life harder. It’s the uncertainty of knowing now what’s safe for the vulnerable. Infections might go up, there could be a second wave. How do we know whether to go back to school? Our family faced that agonising decision when school reopened and our five-year-old, Eli, had the chance to take back his seat in the classroom. Eli is a reluctant learner, so I didn’t want to hold him back, but we decided not to send him. That tricky issue has not yet surfaced for our 14-year-old twins. Currently, their school is scheduling daily lessons on Zoom. Good friends have bolstered our resilience. Friends have been a lifesaver for us all. They come to the end of the drive. We chat and laugh together, which helps relieve any tension. Phone calls are lovely, but seeing people in front of you is different. We are lucky this is summer. Seeing people just wouldn’t have been possible in the cold and wet. My outlook is positive. I am pragmatic together with my husband and children about life at home and we feel luckier than many. We are grateful to have a house with a garden, so the children can have a good run around every day, which helps support their wellbeing and at this time is vitally important. Lockdown is certainly a challenge but I believe staying positive will help us get through this. When we see Chanochi, Eli and twins Sari and Meital smile, it makes all the effort worth it.
Jewish News 25 June 2020
Scene & Be Seen / Community
1 DRUMMING SUPPORT
Yavneh College pupil and drummer Jacob Selwyn, 15, raised over £666 for Youth Aliyah Child Rescue by performing a live two-hour concert from his bedroom. Jacob, who took requests via text messages and YouTube, said: “I had heard about the amazing work Youth Aliyah Child Rescue does with kids of my age in Israel and wanted to support the vital services they provide for young people who have not been as fortunate in their lives as I have.” Youth Aliyah Child Rescue CEO, Daliah Mehdi, said: “We are grateful to Jacob for performing. I would also like to thank everyone who supported him.”
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Mock The Week star Hugh Dennis led a special Zoom event for the charity Mitzvah Day, showing more than 1,000 online users how to make their own masks from an old T-shirt and a pair of scissors. All masks were donated to friends, neighbours and family members in a small act of kindness. Participants included Reverend Margaret Cave, City Sikhs founder Jasvir Singh, Gabi Mendelsohn of Young Jami and Ahmereen Reza, a trustee of Jewish/ Muslim women’s network Nisa-Nashim. Mitzvah Day chair Laura Marks said: “By making masks with joy, as a community, and with recycled materials, we hope to show that together we can and will emerge stronger, more united and even smiling.”
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Singer and musical theatre enthusiast, Sam Cohen, 12, volunteered ahead of his barmitzvah to entertain residents at Jewish Care’s Lady Sarah Cohen House through a virtual concert. Sam, who performed Neil Diamond’s song Sweet Caroline and Perfect by Ed Sheeran, said: “I love singing and performing and I wanted to help. My mum has worked at Jewish Care so I feel very connected to the charity.”
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Weekend / Charity volunteering
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Like other volunteers of the Shabbat Walking Group, 18-yearold Eliana Wolf looked forward to regularly chatting with residents and playing bingo at Jewish Care’s Sidney Corob House in West Hampstead, which looks after people with mental health needs. Since lockdown began at the end of March, such visits have become virtual. Eliana says: “I’ve been volunteering for four years, because I wanted to give back to the community and it was something I could do with my friends. But it became much more than that – it allowed me to learn from people with greater life experiences than me. “I like seeing the joy of the residents and hearing their stories. It’s wonderful when the residents tell us what they have done that week and helped me gain an appreciation of the life I am blessed to have. “Since lockdown, we try to have a Zoom call each Friday, where we get to hear about how they have
Shabbat walker Eliana Wolf at Jewish Care’s Sidney Corob House
been keeping busy. It has been more challenging than usual on a video call, but it is also fantastic to see how excited the residents are talking to people they do not see every day. “Volunteering brings me joy, as well as the person to whom I’m giving my time. It is like a magnifying glass: the more joy they feel, the greater my satisfaction that I could brighten up someone’s day.” For more details, visit Shabbatwalk.org
‘Going virtual has been invaluable’ Since lockdown began, around 250 people have signed up to become volunteers with Norwood, which looks after vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities and autism. Volunteering manager Sharon Bradman says: “Since March, we’ve been running quizzes, bingo, chairbased exercises, concerts and karaoke online and are looking at starting up a cookery club as well. “We were fortunate before lockdown that we had volunteers who could visit our residential homes and supported our clients in that way, so there was never a need for Zoom sessions, but we can see this situation lasting for at least the next few months. “Having a conversation over the telephone can be more tricky with someone who has a learning disability, so using something like Zoom or
Laurie, who lives at Norwood’s Carlton Avenue residence, has really taken to his online chats with volunteers
What’s App, where you can see each other, is much better. “For the people we support, it has been invaluable. In fact, virtual sessions are now something Norwood is very much looking to continue and grow.” For more details visit www.norwood.org.uk
‘They can join in – wherever they are’ Julie Power loved going into Jewish Blind & Disabled’s facilities every week to run armchair exercise classes for the residents – and still does so over Zoom. She says: “It’s been really successful actually, because whereas I might have had only a few people join in before, now it doesn’t matter which facility they are in. They can all do it together. “People can do similar exercises by watching a YouTube video, but it’s far more interactive this way. I can see them on my screen and can constantly give feedback and they can see and hear what I’m saying. If someone is not doing an exercise correctly, or needs encouragement, I’m able to focus on that person, just as I would if we were all together in the same room. “A service like this has been vital, because a lot of them to begin with weren’t even going out for a walk or anything and it’s really important
Julie Power does workouts for JBD
that they try to keep mobile during lockdown. “Although it’s been virtual, I still feel that I’ve been able to build up a rapport with them, which has been really nice and everyone really looks forward to the next session.” For more details visit www.jbd.org
‘It’s been a real lifeline’ At a time when people are being asked to isolate and keep their distance, the impact on people already dealing with mental health issues can be immense. Jami has organised doorstep chats and food deliveries for those who are shielding, but going virtual has also made a real difference. Emma Reynolds, compeer volunteering manager at Jami, says: “Jami was really quick to move all of its services virtually, including the four hubs run by the charity and the Head Room café. Our volunteers were all moved over to virtual roles and we’ve been able to provide sharing circles, support groups and even a poetry reading night. “It’s been really important that we’ve been able to provide those social connections, especially a time when everybody’s so distanced, and that’s made a real difference to people. “Many of our volunteers have also moved into befriending roles and are calling people up on a regular basis. “We’ve also provided IT support,
Jami’s Emma Reynolds
because so many people are reliant on the internet and emails at this time. “Our café has seen more participants joining in than we had before lockdown, which is incredible. “We’ve had a rise in referrals for our services, but also more volunteers signing up, because people are understanding the effects of loneliness and isolation on those with mental illness. “Being able to give people social connection, especially those shielding on their own, has been a real lifeline.” For more details visit jamiuk.org
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Charity volunteering / Weekend
‘We are like a family’ Fifteen years ago, Lynne Silver, Barbara Freedman and Andee Roback helped set up a Wednesday social group for people supported by Chai Cancer Care, featuring entertainers, music and guest speakers. Determined not to let their clients down, the trio turned to Zoom to carry on their weekly meetings. Lynne explains: “During the regular year, we have quizzes, choirs, dancers and magicians. The main point of our afternoon was to provide a bit of a break from cancer. We would normally get around 30 people each week and have become like a family. “They talk to each other about when someone is going through treatment or having a bad week, a good week, or how their family is coping and so on. If we didn’t see people that week, we would ensure we phoned them. “When lockdown came along, we thought we would give Zoom a go and now we love using it. Last week, around 40 people joined to listen to Esther Rantzen and, in a few weeks’ time, we will have magician Nicholas Einhorn. “We would normally have taken a break for six weeks over the summer, but decided we would carry on every week until we come out of lockdown. “When we go onto Zoom, it’s
‘A video call can make such a difference’
Chai’s virtual volunteers: Ann Stanton, Andee Roback, Lynne Silver and Barbara Freedman
amazing to see everyone’s reaction when they see each other. Many have been taken away from family right at the point when they need family. “I don’t know what everyone would do if we hadn’t decided to do this. I just feel there would have been such a lacking in everyone’s life. “After one session, one of our clients wrote to say how ‘our alone time and sadnesses all turned into huge smiles. I am filled with joy and feel the happiest I’ve felt all week’. “No one does voluntary work for a thank you, they do it for the feeling it gives you – and I feel extremely privileged to do this.” For more details visit chaicancercare.org
Jewish Care’s befriending service has rapidly expanded over the past 13 weeks, with 80 volunteers now signed up to stay in touch with 213 clients. Among them is Linda De Rose, 68, who has volunteered for 20 years as a befriender. While previously she went in person to care homes, now her visits take place virtually and over the phone. She says: “These are unprecedented and difficult times we find ourselves in, but it is very warming how the Jewish community has rallied round. I switched to calling my Jewish Care clients, as well as the other people I visit from the Association of Jewish Refugees and Pinner Care, early on. “There’s nothing quite like brightening up the day for someone who is lonely. When I found Jewish Care’s befriending programme, I thought it sounded perfect. “Five years ago, the volunteers team introduced me to Irene, who lost her husband Cyril of 58 years. Irene is 92 and lives in Stanmore. We hit it off straight away and, before coronavirus, we would meet every Monday, chat over a cuppa and sort out the world together. “She was also going to Jewish Care’s Edgware and Harrow Community Centre before its services were suspended because of the pandemic. As Irene’s son was living in the US, Irene was used to keeping in touch on FaceTime, so luckily it was quite easy for
Linda De Rose, Jewish Care’s virtual and telephone befriender
us to carry on meeting virtually instead. “We are enjoying talking on the iPad, playing games together and catching up on family news. And Irene does love a game of Words with Friends. “I would say that it’s a privilege to be befriending. You get as much from the people you visit and talk to, as you give them. “It’s only a phone call or video chat, but it makes a difference to them. It’s important we take care ourselves too. I make sure I put my lippy on, even though I’m not going out!” For more details visit www.jewishcare.org
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Weekend / Entertainment
FILM Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Lockdown restrictions on cinemas will finally lift next month – and film fans can celebrate with a special remastered 4K edition of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back to mark the occasion. The 1980 film, starring Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, and directed by Irvin Kershner, is the second in the original trilogy of films from George Lucas and celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Previously only available to watch on Disney Plus and via Blu-Ray, The Empire Strikes Back reveals a pivotal moment between Luke Skywalker (Hamill) and Darth Vader (David Prowse and James Earl Jones), where their relationship becomes shockingly clear.
ONLINE SHOW Jew Talkin’ To Me? Comedians Rachel Creeger and Philip Simon are taking a light-hearted look at what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century with their new online chat show, Jew Talkin’ To Me? Produced by Russell Balkind (The Mash Report, 8 Out of 10 Cats), the show will feature guests including Steve Furst, Ivor Baddiel, Anthony Horowitz, Debbie Chazen, Joe Bor, Daniel Cainer and Lynn Ruth Miller, who will be grilled on their favourite family foods – and favourite family feuds – and about their best Jewish claim to fame. Rachel, the only practising Orthodox Jewish woman on the UK comedy circuit, says: “This is a warm, relaxed and funny chat show that recreates the kind of conversations you’d have if you found yourself on the miscellaneous table at your cousin Hannah’s batmitzvah.” Philip, host of the Edinburgh Fringe’s cult hit show Jew-O-Rama, says: “Being Jewish means something different to everyone. The common thread is that everyone has stories to tell and thinks their grandma’s chicken soup is the best.”
Move over Mr Miyagi – more than 30 years after The Karate Kid punched, side kicked and roundhoused his way to box office success, the story continues with new television drama Cobra Kai, from creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. Netflix will screen the first two series, with a third already in the works, while the cast features many of the original stars,
including Ralph Macchio, William Zabka and Martin Kove as sensei John Kreese. Cobra Kai is set 30 years after the events of the 1984 All-Valley Karate Tournament, where a now successful Daniel LaRusso (Macchio) struggles to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of Mr Miyagi, and must face his previous adversary, down-and-out Johnny Lawrence (Zabka), who seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo.
MUSIC Bob Dylan: Rough and Rowdy Ways He may be edging towards 80, but Bob Dylan has shown he’s still a rock ‘n’ roll force to be reckoned with, as critics hailed his latest album release as “one of his greatest”. Rough and Rowdy Ways marks Dylan’s 39th studio album and the first featuring original material since 2012. Before the album’s official release on 19 June, Dylan – born Robert Allen Zimmerman – teased fans in March by uploading onto his YouTube channel a 17-minute track, Murder Most Foul, which alludes to the assassination of President Kennedy. Three weeks later, he released another song, I Contain Multitudes, followed by a third on 7 May, False Prophet. He then announced all three singles would feature on his new album. Just days after its release, the album has garnered favourable reviews by critics, with Alexis Petridis of The Guardian calling it “Bob Dylan’s most consistently brilliant set of songs in years”. Dylan – who among his many accolades has received 10 Grammys, an Academy Award and a Nobel prize in literature – has remained a major pop culture icon for more than 50 years and is credited with penning the anthems of his generation, with such tracks as Blowin’ in the Wind and The Times They Are a-Changin’. Rough and Rowdy Ways is available to buy or download now from all digital platforms (£12.99).
SPY THRILLER Tehran Apple TV+ has picked up international rights to the Israeli spy thriller Tehran, which has been co-created by Moshe Zonder, part of the team behind Netflix hit Fauda. The reportedly multi-million dollar sale was brokered by Cineflix Rights and Paperplane Productions, along with the show’s producers, Dana Eden and Shula Spiegel. Tehran revolves around the story of Tamar Rabinayan, played by Israeli actress Niv Sultan, who is a gifted young hacker for Israel’s intelligence unit. She is drafted to join Mossad and sent on a perilous mission to Iran, where she is ordered to hack into an Iranian nuclear reactor. When her ambitious mission fails, Rabinayan is stuck in the land of her childhood, where she discovers her local roots and befriends pro-democracy activists. “Tehran aims to shed new light on the Israeli-Iranian conflict and take on universal struggles around immigration, identity and patriotism to examine whether it is possible to become free from these restraints,” Zonder told Deadline last year. Tehran premiered in Israel on Monday, with an international release date yet to be announced.
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Where there’s a will, there’s OY VEY We’ve all been forced to rethink attitudes since Black Lives Matter usurped Covid’s control of the headlines. I truly believe any chance we have of a fair and just future depends on how we educate our children. Growing up in a liberal family where everyone was welcome encouraged me to raise my daughter in the same way, and as the beneficiary of positive attitudes she has no issues with faith, ethnicity or sexual identity. Frankly my girl is completely baffled by prejudice and the tired cliché about ‘some of my best friends…’ is true for us as she is blessed with an extended family of multicultural ‘uncles’ and a gay godfather who was joining us in Israel to celebrate Pride. Sadly, the pandemic has stopped anyone attending the world’s most popular gay festival and the 250,000 people set to party in Tel Aviv now have to wait until next year or make the best of it online. Rather than
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wait for that crowd, Israeli author Roy Youldous Rosenzweig has pressed ahead in Pride month with the launch of his book, which makes sense as it is presents a positive representation of the festival to children. Controversial for some, The Day of Pride (www.adayofpride.co.il) is a colourful story about the celebrations and has an underlying thread which encourages kids to accept themselves and others for who they are. “For me, it’s a thrilling and exciting journey on a day where everyone has a place,” says Roy who, together with his husband Ori, is father to six-year old twins Elya and Liri. “The book addresses equality, self-acceptance and being proud and it is enhanced by Yossi Madar’s magical illustrations.” After starting the Pride channel, Roy became VP of Tamuz Surrogacy, which helps LGBTQ couples become parents, though
celebrants planning to attend Pride he is acutely aware of those who oppose Inside (Sunday, 28 June – their rights and cites examples of Sunday, 5 July) with Amnesty kindergartens refusing to register International, UK Black children with same-sex parents. Pride, Stonewall and Although the fight for ParaPride as they host a acceptance prevails, Israel digi-schedule of comedians, remains a beacon of tolerance artists, DJs, musicians and in the Middle East where, even activists. in lockdown, it is possible for UK-based Keshet who two drag queens to be given work for LGBTQ equality for a terrestrial TV show. Jews ae also waving the Pride flag by The men Tal Kalai and Yuvel Adam Kantor joining Broadway star Adam Kantor Edelman, aka Talula Bonet and Ziona on Sunday for Jew York Pride, Patriot, were short of work when which will include a virtual parade with other the virus closed theatres, clubs and bars, inspiring talents from the stage and NYC so decided to stream their own show, culinary world. www.keshetonline.org/ Quarantined on Facebook – and such was its event/2020-virtual-jew-york-pride/ popularity, Channel 24 picked it up. As the title says, where there’s a will... Now Israelis are taking lessons from the but now we need to show our children the way duo on how to apply lipstick to a face mask, and teach them acceptance is what matters. which could be useful this weekend for UK
LIVING IN BERLIN and trying to work during lockdown has presented challenges for documentary maker Andrew Gold, but he has risen to them in spite of limited communication from TV executives. Rather than wait for the all-clear to sound and meetings to happen, Elstree-born Andrew, who is fluent in five languages, started his own YouTube channel and his interviews with bereft football fans standing outside the FC Union stadium while a game takes place is just one of many films drawing a crowd. This week, he talks to Emily Green who left her Chasidic family in much the same way as Esty in Unorthodox, which reflects her own life in an arranged marriage. With short films about a UFO obsessed village in Argentina, a modern-day exorcist and families who can only be together via Skype, there is something for everyone, no matter how peculiar their taste. www.youtube.com/c/andrewgold1
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Push It Remember Salt-N-Pepa, that cutesy rap duo from the 1980s? Regardless they’re back, but in the beauty bizz as the girls Cheryl James (Salt) and Sandra Denton (Pepa) have teamed up with ultra-affordable brand, Milani Cosmetics, for a capsule collection that comes with four pieces – two lip kits and two eye shadow/ highlighter palettes – named after the duo’s hit songs, Push It ( which comes with a bright red creme lipstick and a liner) and Shoop, (the same in nude brown. With vintage photos of the rappers at their height, the cosmetics are good for experimenting teens and for turning back time for you.
Plattitudes When the star of a one-man show talks about coming out to his parents while on Israel tour and drops his Hebrew name into the act, I’m with him all the way. Ben Platt is the star and since winning a Best Actor Tony on Broadway for Dear Evan Hansen, he’s gained a following nerdy musical-loving boys don’t expect -particularly with Jewish audiences who cheer when he uses ‘bashert’ to describe his grandmother’s death not clashing with his tour dates. His self-penned album Sing to Me Instead is the soundtrack for his Radio City Music Hall show now on Netflix along with The Politician (season 2 begins next week) in which he stars with Goopy Gwyneth Paltrow. Gwyn - who introduced him to green toner and Japanese face masks from her overpriced beauty range. He describes her as “luminous sunshine”, but that’s what I think of him.
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SEDRA Korach BY RABBI SHAUL ROSENBLATT What starts with an argument between Korach, Moses’ cousin and Moses, leads to a full-scale rebellion. But the ‘argument’ was only ever in on direction. Moses disagreed, but didn’t argue, and simply suggested that they allow God to decide. It takes two to disagree, but only one to fight. Let me explain. There is a difference between a disagreement and an argument, and that difference lies in the feeling. Simply said, a disagreement feels fine, whereas an argument feels upsetting. It’s not the subject matter, rather it is the meaning that each person invests in a situation that turns a disagreement into an argument. My wife and I argue on occasion, but when we do it’s usually short-lived. We do have plenty of disagreements – almost on a daily basis. But because in most cases neither of us attaches that much importance to the fact that we are disagreeing, they rarely turn into an arguments. Every disagreement has the
potential to turn into an argument. In fact, every personal opinion has the potential to turn into an argument, but it only turns into an argument when you let yourself get upset about it. We sometimes have situations where I am arguing with my wife, but she is only disagreeing with me. That’s unpleasant for me, but not for her. And times when she is arguing with me and getting upset – and I’m disagreeing, but enjoying life nonetheless. And then, of course, there are the times when we both get upset and have a good old-fashioned full-scale argument! Moses, to be sure, was disappointed with Korach’s abuse. But he was not upset. He even did the right thing and sought out Korach with humility to try to resolve the issue. Korach, on the other hand, was fuming – in the midst of a raging argument, as he was, with no one but himself.
◆ Rabbi Shaul Rosenblatt is founder of Tikun UK
Torah For Today What does the Torah say about: Toppling statues BY RABBI DANIEL FRIEDMAN It’s time to tear down great-granddaddy’s statue. Sadly, I must confess: He was a slave owner. I’m talking, of course, about Abraham, who had a manservant, Eliezer, and a maidservant, Hagar. Actually, there is no statue to Abraham as the Torah declares: “Thou shall not make thee a statue.” Why are statues problematic? First, no mortal man is perfect. Abraham owned slaves. Noah had a drinking problem. Solomon was a polygamist. The rock-hitting incident shows even Moses wasn’t perfect, which may be the irony of Michelangelo’s horned statue. This brings us to the second reason statues are bad. Michelangelo depicted Moses through the lens of his value system. Statues set in stone the values of a particular era. But values change. That’s why statues should come down if they don’t reflect contem-
porary values. We are blessed to live in a democratic society and such re-evaluation must be conducted peacefully and democratically. Shifting to the personal level, our sages tell us: “Who is wise? One who sees the future.” Ask yourself: Which values do I hold today that one day may be deemed sinful? Every day, children spend hours on their screens killing people. Does on-screen murder sound like a timeless value?
In another example, we were once invited to the rodeo. It was shocking seeing how the animals were mistreated. One member of our group left in disgust. But ironically, the following week he returned to watch the hockey, an activity that is synonymous with sports violence. It’s up there with the NFL (American football), boxing and mixed martial arts. Given the statistics on injuries, concussion and permanent brain damage, it’s astonishing these sports are still legal. We’ve come a long way since gladiators fought to the death, but we’re not there yet. We still have many idols to tear down. We’re living in calamitous times and dealing with major issues. May God shine His countenance upon us all and may we see peace and justice very soon. ◆ Rabbi Daniel Friedman serves Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue
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The Bible Says What? ‘Putting up statues is idol worship’ BY RABBI MARK GOLDSMITH The second of the Ten Commandments tells us not to carve a statue representing a living thing. The reason why, in its context, is that it may then become an object of worship or veneration, replacing God. This commandment has created within Judaism a principle that our synagogues do not have statues or representation of humans in them. It also means that the state of Israel has relatively few statues of past leaders around; it’s just not a Jewish thing to do. Today, the values of some of the people whose statues stand in our public spaces worldwide have led to calls for their removal or the action of removal, such as the statue of slave trader and philanthropist Edward Colston in Bristol or of Cecil Rhodes, called by many the architect of apartheid, in Oxford. Many Jews have not been surprised that these statues have become flashpoints, because they
honour the values and reflect the hierarchies of the times in which they were put up and some of these values we now recognise as immoral. For Jews, our lives stand as our memorial, as they live on in the memory of our loved ones. We say zecher tzadik/ah livracha that the memory of a righteous person is a blessing. Our rabbis say that the “crown of a good name”’ exceeds the crown of learning, royalty or the priesthood (Mishnah Avot 4:13). It is who we were as a person of positive values that stays behind us and influences our future generations. We need not be venerated by being carved in stone; rather, we can know that we live on in the quality of the values we pass down to our descendants.
◆ Mark Goldsmith is senior rabbi of Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue
Progressively Speaking Attacks on trans rights undermines our Torah BY RABBI JANET DARLEY One of Judaism’s major teachings is we are all created in the image of the Eternal One. The worth of a person is indisputable and this extends to the need for people to be treated with respect and dignity. In his Mishneh Torah, Rambam taught: “Do not belittle human dignity, for it overrules a negative commandment enacted by the rabbis…” Two years ago, with these principles in mind, Liberal Judaism urged its members to participate in the consultation for reforms of the Gender Recognition Act, which would protect the dignity of transgender (including non-binary) and intersex people. These reforms included simplifying the process of changing one’s legal gender by removing extensive and expensive requirements and extending this right to non-binary people. As a rabbi and one of around 100,000 people who responded to
this consultation, and part of the 70 percent who favoured the reforms, I am dismayed that the government is considering dropping them. To protect their dignity, transgender and non-binary people need to access documentation matching their gender identity. Rights such as those related to employment and the ability to move freely through obtaining a driving licence or passport are dependent on this documentation. Additionally, their dignity, and even their lives, must not be put at risk by eroding existing rights through changes to the Equality Act 2010. For example, forcing trans women
to use male facilities such as changing rooms and toilets destroys their dignity, as well as potentially putting them in danger by forcing them into spaces where they could be subjected to harassment or assault. Trans women have been using women’s spaces for years, and there is no evidence other women have been put at risk. As a cisgender woman, I have no problem sharing such spaces. Trans women are women and trans men are men and the heartache and pain of not being respected as who they are has consequences. The potential for harming physical and mental health was highlighted by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, an interdisciplinary association of some 700 members worldwide. Each of us can help to protect the dignity of others by writing to our MP on this matter. If not now, when? ◆ Rabbi Janet Darley is a member of the Conference of Liberal Rabbis and Cantors
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