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Yeshiva safeguarding is ‘like whack-a-mole’ Strictly-Orthodox schools have ‘disruptive influence’ on child safety, inquiry hears The commissioner charged with engaging yeshivas on child safeguarding said this week it is “like playing whack-a-mole” because once detected they up sticks and move, writes Adam Decker. Jim Gamble, independent child safeguarding commissioner of City and Hackney Safeguarding Children Partnership and a former senior policeman from Northern Ireland, made the comments under oath to public prosecutor Fiona Scolding. Gamble, who has spent seven years trying to engage yeshivas, was giving evidence on Tuesday via Zoom at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, with strictly-Orthodox Jewish leaders responding yesterday. The commissioner said engagement from the Charedi community had been the most problematic of all the faith groups he had worked with. “No tradition, no culture can be allowed to prevent us from delivering the same level of safeguarding of children in one location as we do in another. That is the frustration that we feel. “We have it with other organisations – Christian churches where deacons and other have been very legalistic – but nowhere does it mani-

Jim Gamble giving evidence this week

fest itself on this scale, and with the disruptive influence that it does within this particular sect.” The public inquiry is considering the issue of child protection in religious organisations and settings, including child protection policies and safeguarding cultures in religious organisations in England and Wales. Further to his 20-page witness statement, Gamble said there were a “suspected 40 yeshivas”, which authorities call ‘unregulated education settings’, but it was “virtually impossible” to map them. He had asked strictly-Orthodox leaders for yeshivas’ locations but had had no response. Parents of Charedi boys aged 12-17 typically choose to send their sons to yeshivas to learn the Talmud, at which point Gamble said they “disappear from the system”, but while he said that 11 different religious organisations had engaged with his Commission, including its training, yeshivas had not. He told Scolding that trying to engage yeshivas was “like playing whack-a-mole… with locations that will move simply to avoid engagement”. He said his Commission had “at times made progress with Charedi leaders, at times that’s been driven backwards,” citing a “lack of trust with central government”. He said he would find he gains initial agreement, only to see that “dissipate”. Yeshivas have “a very narrow curriculum… those that support and deliver within that environment do not want to expand it in the way the Department for Education (DfE) or indeed Ofsted expect them to do and that creates a problem,” he said. “Even when we’re paying those in the community to deliver training, they can’t tell us – nor will those with a significant level of authority within the Charedi community tell us – where those yeshivas are. We’re left with Continued on page 4

LILY SEES HERSELF LIBERATED ON FILM FOR THE FIRST TIME A 96-year-old Holocaust survivor said this week she was “shocked and amazed” after viewing footage for the first time of her 20-year-old self (main picture, centre) being liberated from Buchenwald. Lily Ebert was shown the video recorded by US troops in June 1945. Full story on page 4



Jewish News 13 August 2020

News / Textbook error / Lebanon appeal / News briefs NEWS IN BRIEF

DECISION ON MOCK GRADES PRAISED The umbrella group for UK Jewish schools has praised the government’s last ditch decision to allow GCSE and A-level students in England to use their mock grades. Pupils in England will be able to accept their calculated grade, appeal to use a mock grade validated by regulator Ofqual or sit exams in the autumn. The 11th hour “triple lock” system was announced by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson on Tuesday evening, just as students await the release of their calculated A-level results, due today.

COVID HELPS WIX INCREASE VALUE The coronavirus crisis has helped make Wix, the popular website creator platform, the secondhighest valued Israeli company. Its share price has increased by 260 percent since March, Haaretz reported on Monday, trading as high as £244 ($319) on the Nasdaq exchange last week, before dropping to about $283 on Monday morning. Wix allows users to easily create websites with templates and drag and drop tools in a way similar to competitors such as WordPress.

‘Deep concern’ over EU textbook review Lawyers this week poured scorn on an EU-commissioned review of incitement in Palestinian textbooks amid accusations that researchers looked at the wrong books, writes Adam Decker. Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) and UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI ) said the review, conducted by the Georg Eckert Institute, appeared to have considered textbooks used by Arab children in Israel, not those under the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. LFI expressed “deep concern”, saying: “Three-quarters of the textbooks in this unpublished interim report are not taught in Palestinian schools.” The British government promised a review in spring 2018, and the institute had been due to report its findings in September last year, but it is already a year late, with £200,000 having been spent. An interim report was obtained by an Israel-based pressure group, the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-se), which said it “has detailed serious flaws” with the review. Among the textbooks considered are


CHARITIES WARN OF DEEP COVID TOLL Jewish employment charities warned of Covid-19’s economic toll, as the UK nosedives into its “largest recession on record”. The Office for National Statistics revealed on Tuesday around 730,000 people have lost their jobs since the start of the lockdown and reported the biggest quarterly drop in employment since 2009. Resource boss Victoria Sterman told of “far-ranging consequences to so many people’s mental and physical health” and predicted “we will be feeling the effects of these for years to come”.

TELL YOUR STORY, FAR EAST VETERANS Palestinian children are known to read books at school that incite hatred

those used by the Jerusalem Municipality Arabic, which IMPACT-se said had been “mistakenly presented by the researchers as Palestinian Authority (PA) textbooks”. Marcus Sheff of IMPACT-se said the review had been “a comedy of errors from start to finish,” with “the researchers having reviewed the wrong textbooks”. LFI chair Steve McCabe MP said: “The British government was first alerted to the problem of incitement to violence in the

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PA’s new curriculum by LFI nearly three years ago. It first denied the existence of this problem, then pursued a series of delaying tactics. We now find it has spent UK taxpayers’ money on a review which appears deeply flawed and which we may never have the chance to see.” UKLFI chief executive Jonathan Turner said: “This would be laughable, but it is no laughing matter for the victims of terrorism.”

A leading community historian has appealed for Second World War veterans who served in the Far East to tell their story, as Jews prepare to mark 75 years since VJ Day. A lecture will be held today, hosted by AJEX, featuring historian and educator Paula Kitching. Mike Bluestone, AJEX’s national chairman, called on the community to remember the “fallen by raising a glass and offering a l’chaim at your Shabbat table this Friday.”

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The UK fundraising arm of Israel’s Magen David Adom (MDA UK) and the humanitarian agency World Jewish Relief (WJR) have launched emergency appeals to support Beirut in the aftermath of the deadly blast, writes Mathilde Frot. The explosion claimed the lives of more than 150 people and injured more than 6,000 according to Reuters, causing extensive damage to parts of Lebanon’s port city. MDA UK is now raising £70,000 to bring pharmaceu-

tical supplies to the city with help from the charity International Health Partners (IHP), which has a local partner affected by the blast. Daniel Burger, chief executive of MDA UK, said Israel’s emergency service “has a long and proud history of sending aid in times of emergency to countries that need it.” “Even when Israel cannot be directly involved, MDA UK is well-placed to help save more lives,” he added. Meanwhile, WJR is appealing for donations to

fund shelter materials, accommodation support and repairs, as well as cooking materials, kitchen sets, blankets, mattresses, as well as hygiene and sanitary items. Chief executive Paul Anticoni said: “These people have lost everything and we as a Jewish community can help in their hour of need.” You can donate online on www. worldjewishrelief.org/Beirut or by phone on 020 8736 1250. To support MDA UK’s appeal, visit www.mdauk.org/lebanonaid

13 August 2020 Jewish News



Hate speech / Lester tributes / Corbyn 'tactics' / News

Facebook’s new hate ban Facebook has announced a new ban on some forms of “implicit hate speech” including harmful stereotypes about Jews “running the world”, writes Mathilde Frot. T h e social media giant, which according to Reuters has 2.7 billion monthly active users, revealed on Tuesday changes to its hate speech policy. The policy update will prohibit some “harmful stereotypes that have historically been used to attack, intimidate or exclude specific group”, Facebook said. The ban includes depictions of “Jewish people running the world

or controlling major institutions such as media networks, the economy or the government”, as well as racist caricatures of Black people in the form of blackface. Fa c e b o o k executive Guy Rosen said such depictions have “always gone against the spirit of our hate speech policies, but it can be really difficult to take concepts, especially those that are commonly expressed in imagery and define them in a way that allows our content reviewers based around the world to consist-

ently and fairly identify violations”. The move follows a consultation in the past year with dozens of experts, including historians, social psychologists and communal groups, he said. Facebook’s community standards report says the platform took action against 9.6 million posts containing hate speech between January and March. In the second quarter, the number went up to 22.5 million posts – of which 94.5 percent was detected before online users reported it, the report says Social media companies have faced growing calls to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, which is backed by dozens of countries around the

world, but has been opposed by some critics, who view it as "stifling freedom of expression". Twitter said on Wednesday it drew from IHRA’s work when creating its content policy and is consulting with governments and other groups to stamp out antisemitism.

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Corbyn using ‘wrecking tactic’

Former MP David Miliband

David Miliband has accused Jeremy Corbyn of employing a “wrecking tactic” after the former Labour leader alleged that several party officials sabotaged his 2017 electoral chances. The former foreign secretary, who is Jewish, and whose

brother Ed is Keir Starmer’s shadow business secretary, spoke to Times Radio host Matt Chorley on Monday. “This is a pure wrecking tactic from Jeremy Corbyn and the Corbynites’ denial after four successive defeats is a route to more

defeats,” he told the programme. According to the Guardian, Corbyn and several allies accused some party staff of undermining his 2017 electoral campaign during a factional dispute. The claims were strongly denied by the accused, the newspaper reported.

‘INSPIRING’ LORD LESTER MOURNED Tributes have been paid to former peer and veteran human rights barrister Lord Lester of Herne Hill, who died on Saturday aged 84. The human rights icon (pictured), who took silk in 1975 and campaigned for gender and racial equality legislation, became known as the “architect of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and Race Relations Act 1976”, according to Blackstone Chambers. It said in a statement on Monday: “Anthony Lester, who joined Blackstone Chambers (formerly 2 Hare Court) in 1963, was a greatly admired, respected and much-loved member of Chambers and our thoughts and deepest condolences are with his family.” Cross-bench peer and barrister Lord Anderson paid tribute to his “colleague, friend and inspiration”. He wrote in a tweet: “From 60s civil rights work and 70s equality laws to Human Rights Act, free speech cases, civil partnerships and Defamation Act 2013, no one of his generation did more to shape the laws by which we live.” Lord Lester, whose career highlights include advising Labour’s Gordon Brown, previously spoke about growing up in a Jewish family with refugee grandparents. He retired from the upper chamber in 2018 where he had sat as a Liberal Democrat peer in the wake of historic sexual harassment allegations, which he denied.

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News / Survivor footage / Covid warning / New rabbis

‘I saw my liberation from Buchenwald’ A 96-year-old Holocaust survivor this week praised “the power of modern technology” after seeing footage of her 20-year-old self being liberated from Buchenwald for the first time, writes Jack Mendel. Lily Ebert was shown video filmed by US troops in June 1945 in the German camp. It shows her boarding a train to Switzerland – to freedom. Her great-grandson, Dov Forman,16, who found the clip through the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, said: “When we showed it to her she really couldn’t believe it was her – as she could not see her two sisters in the footage. During her time in the camps she was very protective over them and always kept them very close. “After a few days of processing the find and watching the rest of the clip, we compared the dress she was wearing, and her face to other photos we have of her, around that time, and confirmed that it was her. We also think we can see her sister’s face for a split second in the film. “When she finally took it in that it was her she was happy, shocked and amazed that we have this footage of a happy time of her life.” Forman says her dress in the clip was made by Lily Lily Forman: ‘Amazed’

Footage from June 1945. Lily is second right

and her sisters from fabric given to her after liberation. He said three identical dresses were made, which helped her family to identify her in the video. After he watched it again with his greatgrandmother, she smiled and said: “These were happy times. We were leaving, to start a new life.” Lily, who stayed in Engelberg, Switzerland, for a year before moving to Israel and then to London in 1967, also praised modern technology as “we would have never been able to find such footage without it”. She added: “Even though Buchenwald was no longer an operating camp, the conditions were similar and being there didn’t feel nice and brought back bad memories. The only thing on my mind was that I wanted to get out of there and that I must not miss that train.”

HEALTH FEARS OVER SUMMER HOUSE SWAPS Public health officials are warning strictlyOrthodox Jewish families in Stamford Hill, Manchester and Gateshead not to houseswap with each other during the summer after a rise in virus cases, writes Adam Decker. An increase in infections in Stamford Hill since mid-July has led Hackney’s director of public health to ask the community to “be vigilant”, with Barnet’s Health and Wellbeing board citing a similar surge in Golders Green. In the north-west, health bosses urged households not to use each other’s homes, with the head of Bury’s NHS clinical commissioning group, Dr Jeff Shryer, saying: “What has happened in north London is a reminder of how easily and quickly coronavirus can spread.” The strictly-Orthodox communities of Gateshead, Salford and north London have close links and members often travel between these centres of British Jewish life, which is worrying public health experts concerned about transmission of the deadly virus. Dr Muna Abdel Aziz, director of public health for Salford, said: “We have higher

Covid infections have risen in Stamford Hill

numbers of people testing positive in the last ten days, and real cause for concern. “We are working closely with the public health teams in London and also Gateshead, owing to the links within the communities.” She added: “We understand that often in summer families house-swap, so we are advising they take extra precautions.” • There have been no new reports of Jewish funerals linked to Covid-19 for the first week since 23 March. The Board of Deputies said deaths remained at 508 as of last Friday. Its president, Marie van der Zyl, hailed the news as a “welcome milestone” but urged continued adherence to social distancing rules.

‘We’ve been trying to deal with these yeshivas for seven years’ Continued from page 1 a significant concern. Where we do find them, we typically find between 140 and 200 young boys in an environment where we cannot reassure ourselves that the security is appropriate. In some locations, you can simply walk in without being challenged until people realise who you are, where the back door and fire escapes are locked. “Sometimes you walk into what appears to be a terraced house, only to find that inside all the walls have been knocked down so it’s much, much bigger. When you try to engage with those hosting that particular facility, you meet obstruction. In some cases that I’m personally aware of, you meet slightly worse than that.” Gamble said at the yeshivas

he visits “no one can tell you who is present, no one can give you any idea about numbers”, adding: “We’ve been trying to deal with this for seven years”. He said that they had tried to engage with the Charedi umbrella group the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations but always reached “a stalemate position, no matter how hard we work to reassure, to listen to the cultural concerns”. The Commission, local authorities and Ofsted have all long been urging the DfE that primary legislation is needed for local authorities to designate yeshivas as schools, giving them legal inspection and enforcement powers. It would mean, for the first time, that yeshivas had to have – and adhere to

– safeguarding policies. However, the government’s Green Paper still does not let local authorities designate yeshivas as schools if they do not selfdesignate, with Gamble saying he was “trapped in a voluntary world” that was not solving the problem. Earlier this year Jewish News reported how Gamble’s Commission recorded that its efforts to safeguard an estimated 1,500 teenage Jewish boys attending illegal yeshivas were being “frustrated” by Charedi leaders. At the time, Gamble said he had been told that yeshivas would only co-operate on safeguarding on a “quid pro quo” basis. This week, he said safeguarding children was “nonnegotiable”. • Editorial comment, page 18


Mati Kirschenbaum, Anna Posner, Deborah Blausten and Elliott Karstadt (from left, in foreground), all graduates of Leo Baeck College, are ordained as rabbis at the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John’s Wood.

13 August 2020 Jewish News



Uighur oppression / Bibi demo / News

19 rabbis warn on Uighur Nineteen of the UK’s most senior rabbis from across denominations this week joined dozens of faith leaders in calling for “justice” for China’s Uighur Muslims, writes Mathilde Frot. Around one million Muslims are believed to have been detained in camps in Xinjiang, a region in the country’s northwest, according to human rights activists. China has been accused of abuses including forced labour and sterilisation. The authorities deny any mistreatment of the Uighur and other Muslim groups, saying the detention camps offer vocational training. A letter highlighting the plight of the Uighur has now gathered 76 signatures from faith and humanist leaders – including a London-based representative for the Dalai Lama. Senior rabbis Joseph Dweck (S&P Sephardi community), Laura Janner Klausner (Reform) and Jonathan Wittenberg (Masorti) are among the letter signatories. Others rabbis include Muswell Hill United Synagogue’s David Mason, the cross-


Turkish women in Istanbul protest against treatment of the Uighur

bench peer Baroness Neuberger, Golders Green Synagogue’s Dr Harvey Belovski and Herschel Gluck, who chairs Stamford Hill’s Shomrim volunteer safety group. The joint statement reads: “We have seen many persecutions and mass atrocities. These need our attention. But there is one that, if allowed to continue with impunity, calls into question most seriously the





willingness of the international community to defend universal human rights for everyone – the plight of the Uighur.” It continues: “After the Holocaust, the world said ‘Never again’. Today, we repeat those words ‘Never again’, all over again. “We make a simple call for justice, to investigate these crimes, hold those responsible to account and establish a











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path towards the restoration of human dignity.” In a statement to Jewish News, a spokesperson for the Chinese embassy said the contents of the letter were “sheer rumour and smear. We strongly deplore and oppose it.” “The so-called genocide and forced sterilisation is nothing but a lie,” the spokesperson added, alongside a lengthy rejection of claims made about Xinjiang. The Board of Deputies of British Jews said in a statement that it welcomed the release of the letter. The Jewish representative group last month urged China to “release the Uighur people and other minorities from all ethnic and religious oppression”. Its president, Marie van der Zyl, said: “Nobody could watch [Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming’s recent appearance on the Andrew Marr show] and fail to notice the similarities between what is alleged to be happening in the People’s Republic of China today and what happened in Nazi Germany 75 years ago.”

Expats protest at Cambridge demo About 50 Israelis in the UK helped to keep the pressure on Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday by protesting at Cambridge University against his handling of the coronavirus outbreak It follows last week’s protest by Israelis in Britain outside the Israeli embassy in London, as thousands rage against the government in cities such as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Once again, there were chants of “crime minister” referring to the corruption charges Netanyahu faces. Yair Perry, one of the organisers, told the University’s Varsity newspaper that they aimed to “support the demonstrations in Israel calling for the prime minister to resign”. PhD student Benji Remez was angry at the goverment’s failure to navigate Israel through the pandemic, lack of planning for the resulting economic crisis, and the “moral and criminal corruption that has spread in it and its premiership”. Netanyahu’s government has admitted that it lifted lockdown restrictions too soon, leading to a vicious second wave of coronavirus infections.

Protesters at the three-hour event on Sunday



Jewish News 13 August 2020

News / Social sorry / Anti-racism push / Wiley review

Twitter says sorry to Chief Elton latest to back anti-hate call

for ‘slow’ Wiley response

Facebook and Twitter executives have apologised to the Chief Rabbi after he criticised the social media giants for lacking “responsible leadership” in their response to allegedly antisemitic posts by grime artist Wiley, writes Mathilde Frot. Ephraim Mirvis, who joined a 48-hour walkout of both platforms last Monday, accused the companies of “inaction” amounting “to complicity” in a letter to executives. Wiley, who was made an Some of Wiley’s vicious anti-Jewish tweets MBE for his services to music the work required to rebuild confidence in our in 2018, was permanently suspended from Twitter following the boycott. service, and are commencing this immediately.” Facebook’s global affairs and communicaFacebook and Instagram have also banned the tions vice president Nick Clegg, meanwhile, grime artist from their websites. Twitter UK’s managing director Dara Nasr personally expressed his “deep regret that you apologised to Rabbi Mirvis last Wednesday felt it necessary to suspend your activity on our for the platform’s “slow” response. “We were platforms”. He told Mirvis his decision to join the boycott too slow to remove the Tweets that broke our was “fully understandable in light of the antiserules, and we are sorry,” he wrote. “As an immediate finding of our ongoing mitic content that was placed on Instagram and assessment of the incident, our team was Facebook earlier this week”. He added: “I recognise that, despite this impacted by the recent security incident, which substantially affected the speed of our outcome [Wiley’s ban from Instagram and response. We have now permanently sus- Facebook], you feel strongly that we should have moved faster when tackling complex and pended Wiley,” he added. The website, he said, was “acutely aware of evolving situations like this one.

Sir Elton John and David Furnish have backed a campaign calling for the end of “racism and hatred” in the music industry. The veteran singer-songwriter (pictured), 73, and his husband, 57, are among some 700 artists, producers, songwriters and record labels to have signed a letter published online lastweekend,entitled No Silence In Music. Sir Elton shared a message with his three million Instagram followers last Tuesday, writing: “@davidfurnish and I are proud to be among the 700+ signatories of the #No

ists including Rita Ora, James Blunt, Mabel, The 1975, Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall, Leona Lewis, Jess Glynne and Niall Horan, as well as labels and agencies such as Sony Music, Warner Music, Island Records and Universal Music.

SilenceInMusic letter. “There is no room for any kind of prejudice in music, or in society as a whole. We must be united to eradicate all forms of racism and hatred against people because of who they are, or what they believe in. Music is a place for spreading joy.” The letter was signed by art-

• Video sharing site TikTok is the latest social media giant to remove racist grime artist Wiley from its platform. Board of Deputies’ Amanda Bowman, said: “We would thank TikTok for their action in this regard.” Wiley had 24,000 followers on the popular platform.

WILEY’S MBE NOW ‘UNDER REVIEW’ Wiley’s MBE is officially under review, in the wake of a campaign to have it removed after his antisemitic social media comments. The Cabinet Office has confirmed it is investigating whether his honour should be taken away, after thousands signed two petitions calling for the move. This comes after communal groups successfully asked Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to take down his accounts, after he launched a series of antisemitic outbursts. The Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) launched a petition urging the Cabinet Office’s Honours Forfeiture Committee to revoke the

title for Wiley. In response, the office confirmed honours can be removed “for a variety of reasons including being found guilty of a criminal offence” and “behaviour that is deemed to bring the honours system into disrepute”. A spokesperson said it was “aware of the issues that you have raised in relation to Richard Cowie, known as Wiley”. A spokesperson for CAA said: “It is extremely important to us that Wiley is held to account for his actions”, adding that it was ” pleased the Cabinet Office has confirmed that a case in respect of forfeiting Wiley’s MBE has been opened, and shall continue to monitor progress”.

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Silversmith honour / Survivor’s award/ News

UK maker’s Judaica on display in Berlin Judaica made by a British silversmith and bought by Berlin’s Jewish museum have gone on display in the city, writes Adam Decker. A kiddush goblet by Mila Tanya Griebel, which is based on a quote from Proverbs (Chapter 31) that “a woman’s worth is far above rubies”, made its way to the German capital this week for its postlockdown exhibition Jewish Life: Past and Present.. The goblet won the Judaica 21 Prize in 2015 and Griebel said the Proverbs quote appealed to her as it represents “feminist ideals of a woman’s value being beyond material beauty”. The artist said she was “honoured and thrilled” that her work was included in the exhibition in Berlin, with all the city’s historic resonances. “As a British woman with

Mila Griebel’s goblet

Germany ancestry, it is oddly fulfilling that the pieces of Jewish ritual ware I am creating here and now are to be recognised as being part of a vibrant contemporary Jewish life that has arisen out of a dark and difficult history.” In her

work she reconciled “old traditions of Judaism with present-day needs and customs”, she said. “I hope visitors gain insight into modern Jewry through my work, and are inspired to learn about the rich culture and religion that exists right now around the world.” In 2018, several of Griebel’s pieces, including a Shabbat and Havdalah set and a Yarzheit candle holder in the shape of angel wings, were exhibited at the British Museum and subsequently commissioned to become the centrepiece of the institution’s permanent Judaica collection. Griebel, whose father was a Polish immigrant to Britain who fled the Nazis aged 13, has drawn on her family’s history as well as on traditional symbols in work that has also been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Survivor wins B’ham award

A Czech-born Auschwitz survivor who has prisoner, who urged her and her sister to lie spent more than two decades sharing her tes- about their age, as they arrived at the camp,with timony has won a Pride of Birmingham Award. Mindu then aged 12. She said: “By the painful sharing of what Mindu Hornick was made an MBE in 2019. She has now won lifetime achievement award happened to me and my family in those terfrom her home city for her work with the Holo- rible years, I have played my part in keeping the memory alive in the hope that those caust Memorial Trust and the Anne Frank that will hear us will take on board the Trust. message that it is wrong to stand The Holocaust educator who for up when others are being perse40 years felt unable to speak about cuted. her experiences, was deported in “Unbelievably humanity still 1942, as were her mother, sister seems incapable of learning and two younger brothers. from the past and today we live “We arrived at a place called in a world where people are still Auschwitz. We were pushed being persecuted and murdered in through this gate,” she said in a prethe most horrific circumstances recorded message. “We thought we’d entered hell, and there was Czech-born Minu Hornick and we still see what is happening and fail to stop it.” a terrible smell, a grey, greasy Maureen Lipman paid ash falling all around us. “We were selected to work in an ammuni- tribute to the survivor in a video message, tion factory in a way that was … lucky because if broadcast during a virtual award ceremony we had stayed in Auschwitz, there is no way we hosted by fellow actress Kym Marsh. Lipman said: ““Enjoy this prize because it would have survived,” she said. She has credited her survival to a Polish comes with such admiration and respect.”




A probationary Metropolitan Police officer has appeared in court charged with being a member of the banned neo-Nazi group National Action. Benjamin Hannam, 22, of Enfield, north London, is also accused of lying on his police application and vetting forms, saying he was not a member of the extreme organisation, which was outlawed under terrorism legislation in December 2016. Hannam, who appeared in court dressed in a light-brown three-piece suit, gave no indication of his pleas. Deputy chief magistrate Tan Ikram bailed him to appear at the Old Bailey for his next appearance on 14 August.

Chelsea chiefs are lobbying top clubs around Europe to follow their lead in the fight against racism. Stamford Bridge chairman Bruce Buck has revealed the Blues’ board is in close contact with elite football clubs across the continent, as part of the west London club’s continued work against discrimination. In January, Chelsea became the world’s first football club to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism. Buck said: “We are making progress in urging others to follow our lead. Several clubs in the UK are doing more, and a couple of clubs in Germany too. Progress is slow, but it’s sure and steady.”

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Jewish News 13 August 2020

News / Quenelle claim / Safe passage / Zionism definition

Anelka’s quenelle Anger over migrant rhetoric ‘was for manager’ Migrants are being ‘stigmatised’

routes for those fleeing war or persecution to enter the UK, so no one feels they have no alternative but to risk their life on a dangerous dinghy to reach our shores.” The Labour Party’s Jewish affiliate said it was “dismayed by the

dehumanising coverage of refugees and disgusted by the government’s dogwhistle rhetoric.” “For us at [the Jewish Labour Movement], this is close to home. Only a generation ago, many of our own members, parents and grandparents were refugees,” the group said on Wednesday. The Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE) criticised comments by Boris Johnson calling migrant boat crossings a “very bad and stupid and dangerous and criminal thing to do”. It said: “The government should be condemning divisive rhetoric.”

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about Steve Clarke, but when I do the quenelle, it’s for him,” he adds. “You were there and didn’t use me. As soon as you left and I play and score. Take that.” Anelka previously said the gesture had been intended as a show of support for his friend, the comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, who is thought to have popularised it. Dieudonné, previously convicted over antisemitic comments, was recently banned from Facebook and Instagram.

Urban Dictionary has been criticised after sharing a definition of Zionism that compares it to fascism. The website, which allows people to publish definitions of slang words and phrases, was accused of hosting “textbook antisemitism” by a Jewish group this week. Urban Dictionary linked to a definition of anti-Zionism submitted in 2005, in response to a tweet. It states: “Zionism is in no way connected to antisemitism. To be anti zionist is to be anti fascist. Zionism is based on the idea that millenia old lit-

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Former footballer Nicolas Anelka, whose 2013 quenelle salute during a Premier League match caused widespread consternation, has claimed it was addressed to his former manager, Steve Clarke, writes Mathilde Frot. The 41-year-old, who is the subject of new Netflix documentary Anelka: Misunderstood, which was aired last week, struck the pose during his stint with West Bromwich Albion after scoring a goal against West Ham United. The gesture, which involves pointing an outstretched arm towards the ground while touching the shoulder with the other hand, has become associated with antisemitism, with some critics labelling it an inverted Nazi salute. The controversy resulted in the Frenchman’s five-match ban by the Football Association, an £80,000 fine and eventually his place in the squad. In the documentary, Anelka says the hand signal was a response to his falling out with Clarke, to whom he had stopped speaking. “What happened is what always happens. You act smart but sometimes you get burned. So five games, five defeats, ciao,” he says in French. “People don’t know it because I never wanted to talk

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HOLOCAUST MASK SITE SHUTS DOWN A website dedicated to selling face masks featuring images of the Holocaust has stopped selling the masks and said it would shut down this week. HolocaustFaceMasks. com, which had sold fewer than 10 masks as of 29 July, had marketed masks emblasoned with pictures of the Holocaust. “We have removed items with the most complaints, and our other items will remain available until we close the website August 11,” its homepage said. Antisemitism watchdogs called the items a trivialisation of Nazi crimes.


Online shiva ‘Zoombombed’ An online shiva was allegedly Zoom-bombed with Holocaust denial and videos of Adolf Hitler, writes Mathilde Frot. The service was hosted last Wednesday evening to commemorate Linda Huglin, who died in hospital aged 68. Her husband, Victor, said on Monday: “It will make the Jewish people stronger to confront this kind of rabid hatred, and we will not be cowed by this kind of behaviour.” The family “will stand tall as Jewish people and proud as Jewish people”. Gwendoline Lamb, from Middlesbrough, said she had tuned in when a group appeared on screen, gathered

in what looked like a room in a pub. “They were shouting, ‘There was no such thing as the Holocaust, absolute rubbish, there was never a Holocaust,’” the mourner said. “They were showing films of Hitler and everybody’s saluting Hitler and Hitler speaking, and they were laughing.” Lamb, 76, who lost relatives in the Shoah, described the incident as “absolutely horrendous”. Fellow mourner Raphael Gee, 57, from London, said the interruption came about 25 minutes into the live-stream. “There were pictures of Nazi swastikas, fire flames. It was really crude,” he said.

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A rabbi who has accused Israel of appropriating the money of Holocaust victims and putting Diaspora Jews in danger has been Police are investigating after a man in a expelled from his community. The Leeds bar allegedly told a Jewish student: rabbinical council of Mazsihisz in “We should have gassed the lot of you”, Hungary announced in a letter to writes Jack Mendel. Israeli Ambassador Yacov HadasDanielle Greyman filmed the moment Handelsman that it was “terminatshe was targeted in an antisemitic barrage ing its relationship” with Rabbi last week at The Hedley Verity pub. Gabor Finali. The letter said it was The 21-year-old sociology student told “an indefinite suspension” of Finali, the MailOnline the incident took place 43, who since 2017 has served as the resident rabbi. The pubgoer in the16:04 videoPage 1while she was waiting for her friends. A HALF PAGE ADVERT JAN 2020:Layout 1 09/01/2020

taken some could have taken some screenshots,” he added. The shul does not have a recording, said administrator David Coleman, who was not on the call but reported the

incident to police. “It was supposed to have been recorded but for some reason wasn’t.” The synagogue will increase the security of its virtual events, he said. “From what I understand, somebody put it on Facebook that it was going to be streamed, and it shows the absolute danger of putting things on Facebook.” Dorset Police said they were liaising with the Merseyside force so they can carry out further enquiries. Linda, who chaired the Community Security Trust’s Liverpool branch, is also survived by her sons Joshua, Sam and David, and her siblings Paul and Esther.

‘We should’ve gassed you,’ pubgoer tells student middle-aged man and a female opposite them overheard her say the word “mazeltov”. After Greyman started filming, he claimed to be German, before saying Greyman “looks like a Jew”, and that “we should have gassed the lot of you”. Greyman responds: “What you’ve actually just done is commit a hate crime.” Police confirmed that officers “were called at around 5.45pm on 6 August to

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Special Report / Pandemic’s impact

‘I’m seeing my son grow up on videochat’ Coronavirus is separating Israelis from partners and children, writes Ben Sales It’s four months since Yaara Mizrachi saw her one-year-old son. She and her partner have been together for seven years, but because same-sex marriage is illegal in Israel, they never made their committed relationship official. Her partner, who does not wish to be named, lived in Berlin, Mizrachi lived near the port city of Haifa, and they would visit each other often. At the end of 2017, they decided to have a child and build a life in the same place. Once the baby was born, they planned to spend six months in Germany and six months in Israel, then decide where to live. It was during the stint in Israel that the coronavirus spread across the globe. On 13 March, Mizrachi’s partner flew back to Berlin to be near her ageing parents. Because she was the one who gave birth to their son,

and he thus did not have Israeli citizenship, she took the baby along. Five days later, Israel shut its borders to foreigners. Because Mizrachi and her partner weren’t legally married, there has been no way for them to reunite as a family. So, since March, Mizrachi has watched her son grow up via videochat, 2,400 miles away. “I always ask, does he remember me? Does he recognise me?” Mizrachi said. “We were co-parents and now it’s a situation where she’s raising him alone, and my ability to make decisions is minimised. So my parenting has been minimised to watching him develop and crawl and start to walk and grow teeth and wave goodbye. It’s something that I’m not connected to. It breaks my heart.” Family separations like Mizrachi’s have become another effect of the pandemic in Israel, where the country’s Orthodox Chief

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The guidelines also let a variety of other Rabbinate controls all legal Jewish marriage. That means all recognised marriages need foreigners into the country, including medical to take place under Orthodox rules, which tourists, grandparents of people getting marforbid interfaith and same-sex marriage. So ried, people studying in Israeli religious acadincreasing numbers of secular, LGBTQ and emies and more. Sabine Haddad, a spokesperson for Israel’s interfaith couples marry elsewhere and then, eventually, file the paperwork necessary to Population and Immigration Authority, a divicertify the marriage in Israel. Others, like Miz- sion of the Interior Ministry, said that couples protesting against Israel’s guidelines are only rachi and her partner, don’t get married at all. Activists have lobbied against Israel’s mar- those who have no actual proof that they’re riage laws for years, but couples have found together. “The Population Authority gives workarounds and taken their time with the permits to hundreds of couples to enter,” she bureaucracy. The ease of travel between wrote in response to a JTA inquiry. “You’re Europe and Israel also meant that couples talking about couples where no one knows who lived in both places could come and go they’re a couple except them and the press. as they pleased. That all ended on 18 March, Because according to the current rules, every when Israel shut its borders. Now, couples who registered couple receives a permit.” But even married couples who have tried to hadn’t done the right paperwork – even those who are legally married somewhere else – find register their marriages in Israel have found themselves in two different countries with no themselves stymied. Andrey and Polinka Belikov got married in Cyprus in October way to reunite. “It’s really a scandal,” said Gabi Lasky, an because Polinka is not Jewish, making it Israeli human rights lawyer who is preparing impossible for them to get married by Israel’s to file a suit in the coming days on behalf of the Chief Rabbinate. Andrey is an Israeli citizen and Polinka is separated families in Israel’s Supreme Court. “We have the right to family, the right to not not. In January, she was in Ukraine and prebe discriminated against. This is a dispropor- paring to move to Israel. In January, Andrey tionate response that’s without basis and not went there to gather documents needed to topical, because there’s no legal reasoning that register their marriage in Israel. In February, justifies discriminating against unmarried or Polinka received a visa to live in Israel. She bought a plane ticket for 21 March, after which same-sex couples.” In one instance, a three-year-old Israeli girl they planned to register the marriage. On 17 March, she quit her job in anticipawas taken with her Ukrainian grandmother for a short visit to Ukraine — and then prohib- tion of the move. The next day, Israel closed ited from returning to Israel for six months its borders. The Belikovs are hopeful that a change in the regulabecause, at first, there tions will allow Polinka weren’t flights, and to enter the country. then because her “It’s really hard, grandmother wasn’t an every day, to just see Israeli citizen and was your wife on a phone thus prohibited from screen,” Andrey said. boarding a plane for “We just got married Israel. Eventually, the and wanted to build a girl got home with the new family. But instead help of a special escort. of that, in the hardest In June, Israel Together but forced apart: Plia Kettner era for humanity, we’ve released guidelines and her partner, Erik, at the Kotel.; and been prohibited from paving the way towards Andrey and Polinka Belikov, who were seeing each other.” family reunification — married in October If Israel doesn’t for people with recognised marriages in Israel. In July, it updated change its rules soon, couples who are able those guidelines to include married couples may choose to make their lives elsewhere, where one of the spouses is not an Israeli cit- Kettner said. Mizrachi is trying to see whether izen, but those guidelines still mandate that she and her partner can meet up in London and the non-Israeli needed to have been in Israel get to Berlin from there. Belikov may move to Ukraine, but that would mean giving up work for at least 90 days in 2019. On Tuesday, updated guidelines said for- as a house painter in Israel. “Sometimes people approach this as, ‘Oh, all eigners who had submitted an application to register their relationship in Israel could enter it is is that he can’t see his boyfriend,’” Kettner the country, pending approval of the Interior said. “But to not see the person who is your Ministry. For Israelis like Mizrachi, whose support system — that has health implications. relationships aren’t officially recognised in any They’re trying to protect us from the coronavirus, but they’re giving us other illnesses.” way, it doesn’t help at all.


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Special Report / Lebanon’s future

Can Beirut rebuild from the ground up? Did the disastrous explosion in Beirut, which laid waste to vast areas of the city, also devastate Hezbollah’s prospects in the country? Israeli analysts have said Hezbollah bears responsibility for the blast that blew up Beirut’s port last week as the country’s government resigned amid rising anger, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. The huge explosion, which killed 200 and injured 6,000, was caused by the combustion of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate sitting in a warehouse, but while most suspect that negligence and unsafe storage contributed to the blast, others saw malign influences at work. Lebanon’s President Michael Aoun, a Christian leader who governs through a pact with Hezbollah, is among them, saying: “There are two possibilities. Either it was a result of negligence, or external interference by a missile or a bomb.” Lt. Col. (Res) Sarit Zehavi, a former Israel Defense Forces intelligence officer who specialises on Israel’s northern border, said: “Any way you look at it, Hezbollah is involved. Even if it’s just a regular accident, which this [the port blast] probably is, Hezbollah controls both the airport and sea port in Lebanon, so it’s responsible.”

Aftermath of last week’s explosions

An angry crowd burns figures of army chief Michel Aoun and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah as they demonstrateagainst their political leaders in Beirut

Speaking to the BICOM Podcast, she said: “Assessments in Israel are that Hezbollah will not carry out a terrorist attack against Israel [in response]. If anything comes, it will take time, at least a month or two. “The damage in Beirut is so big and Hezbollah has to defend itself against criticism in Lebanon. I can’t imagine how busy Hezbollah combatants have been in the last few days, hiding signs of their ammunition in areas that were damaged.”

Over recent months, Hezbollah’s control over Lebanon has grown, in stark contrast to the country’s freefalling economy, soaring debt and skyrocketing inflation, and this week’s renewed protests over government corruption and mismanagement pre-date the coronavirus pandemic by six months. Even before Beirut’s port was blown up, Lebanese families were having to contend with food and electricity shortages, as the functions of the state disintegrated. This has

led to a thriving black market controlled by Hezbollah, which uses it to close the funding gap caused by international sanctions. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has insisted it does not control Beirut’s port, but few analysts treat that claim as credible. Such is the group’s grip on Lebanon that the country’s government recently turned down a much-needed offer of financial aid from the International Monetary Fund because it was conditional on Hezbollah disarming. “What will happen now, since this explosion, has caused a humanitarian disaster in Beirut; a lot of money and financial assistance will come in,” says Zehavi. “The big question is whether they use the money to rebuild Beirut, or whether it will be lost to corruption and end up in the hands of Hezbollah.”


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Crumbling coalition / Covid vaccine / World News

Israel poised to start human vaccine trials

Israel heads towards election number four Benjamin Netanyahu this week blamied coalition partners for damaging budget delays. The embattled Israeli premier – facing both relentless protests against his rule as well as a pending corruption trial – hurled accusations of irresponsibility against ministers this week, while calling Israeli journalists “propagandists”. Israel has now had no budget for two years and only an eleventh-hour compromise between the supposed allies – pushing the deadline back to December – would avert the automatic dissolution of Israel’s parliament in two weeks’ time. Analysts unanimously agree with Amir Yaron, governor of the Bank of Israel, that this would be disastrous for

the country’s economy and credit rating, and that it would further enrage Israelis, who have already had three elections in 18 months. Netanyahu is now publicly at odds with Blue and White leader and former IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, Israel’s current defence minister. Under the terms of their coalition pact, Gantz is due to replace Netanyahu as PM next year. This week Gantz referred yet again to Netanyahu’s “divisiveness”, while critics of Netanyahu pointed out that – under the terms of the two men’s agreement - a delay in passing a budget serves to keep Netanyahu in power. Vast and vocal protests calling for

Coalition blame games are making a fourth election in two years likely

Netanyahu to resign have gripped the country in recent weeks. He has accused protesters of “trampling on democracy” and the media of “delivering propaganda for the anarchist left-wing demonstrations”. On Sunday, a Jerusalem court issued a restraining order against Netanyahu’s off-the-handle son, Yair, after he tweeted protest leaders’ private addresses.

Israel will begin human trials of a potential coronavirus vaccine after the High Holy Days, Defence Minister Benny Gantz said. Gantz said he saw the “progress” made by Israel’s Institute for Biological Research during a visit last Thursday to the bio-chemical defence laboratory, which is under the jurisdiction of the prime minister’s office. “Many thanks to the people of the institute, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry

of Health. We will continue to make every effort to bring great news to humanity,” he wrote on Twitter. Israel has seen a total of 83,002 cases, according to John Hopkins University, which is based in the United States. More than 165 possible vaccines are being developed around the world, with 28 human trials, according to The New York Times. In the UK, coronavirus vaccine trials are underway at Imperial College London and Oxford University.

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Warm tributes were paid this week to a rabbi whose translations made the Talmud much more accessible, after he died of pneumonia in Jerusalem, aged 83. In 1965, aged 27, Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz began translating the 5,400-page Jewish text from Aramaic into Hebrew, a project that took him the best part of half a century.

While not the first translation, Steinsaltz’s included commentaries made in the margins by influential Jewish scholars such as medieval Rabbi Rashi, to whom Israeli President Reuven Rivlin this week compared him. Steinsaltz was finally able to complete the 45-volume set in 2010, which allowed it to be translated into English,

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World News / Spy case / Shul debris / Virus concern

Heroic Saudi spy accuses state of trying to kill him A former Saudi spy boss who tipped off US authorities about bombs addressed to Chicago synagogues has accused the kingdom’s rulers of trying to kill him. Saad Aljabri, who now lives in Canada, was one of Saudi Arabia’s highest-ranking intelligence officers for two decades and is credited with saving “hundreds if not thousands” of Jewish lives in 2010, court documents say. Having fallen out of favour with the new regimeofCrownPrinceMohammedbinSalman, he says a Saudi hit squad came to Canada in 2018 to kill him, just two weeks after Saudi-born Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered. Aljabri’s lawyers say he led a team of spies

Former Saudi spy Saad Aljabri

who infiltrated Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, learning of a 2010 plan “to bomb two US-bound cargo planes through packages with explosive-laden computer printer cartridges”. The bombs were “addressed to synagogues near Chicago, Illinois and sent by FedEx and UPS”.

Beirut synagogue escapes blast A photograph said to be of Beirut’s only synagogue shows minor damage to the interior of the 95-year-old building from last week’s blast in the city. The image of the Maghen Abraham Synagogue appeared Thursday on the page of a Facebook group called the Lebanese Jewish Community Council. Lebanon has no organised Jewish community and very few Jewish residents, if any. More than 150 people died in the blast, which authorities initially said occurred at a storage facility for ammonium

Maghen Abraham Synagogue

nitrate. But last Friday President Michel Aoun said the possibility of “foreign intervention” was also being examined. The blast obliterated some buildings and heavily damaged thousands more, rendering a reported 300,000 people homeless.


The shofar should only be blown sparingly and outside this year because of the coronavirus, Dutch rabbis have said. The advisory on the blowing of the ram’s horn, a core practice associated with the upcoming celebration of Rosh Hashanah, came last Friday from the Dutch Conference of Rabbis, or NCRZ, the country’s highest Orthodox rabbinical body. Rabbis “should consider inviting congregations to go out to the synagogue’s yard and blow the shofar there, outside the actual building”, the advisory read. It also recommended blowing

the shofar outside people’s homes if they cannot attend synagogue services, which are limited to a few dozen people because of the virus. The organisation of Jewish Communities in the Netherlands asked the NCRZ to consider the issue ahead of the start of the Hebrew month of Elul, which begins on 21 August this year. It is customary to blow the shofar daily throughout Elul, although this is “by no means required”, the advisory said. Hearing the shofar blown on Rosh Hashanah itself, which begins this year on 19 September, is considered a religious obligation.

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The photograph shows some debris and dust on the floor of the synagogue and on plastic sheets covering the pews. The walls show no cracks and it is unclear whether the windows were shattered, but the frames seem to be in place. The explosion occurred about a mile west of the synagogue, which is adjacent to the Grand Serail government palace. That building sustained more significant damage, including doors torn from their hinges. The synagogue reopened last year following extensive renovations.

ISRAEL ICE HOCKEY CAPTAIN SIGNS TO PLAY FOR OSWIECIM When the captain of Israel’s ice hockey team takes the ice for the coming season he will be a short walk from Auschwitz. Eliezer Sherbatov, 28, has signed for the team in the southern Polish town of Oswiecim. He said: “I am happy to make this history and of course want to help not forget the Holocaust.” Sherbatov has played hockey since moving from Israel to Canada as a child.


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Enforce compliance

The frustration in the voice of the former senior policeman asked to help safeguard young Jewish boys in British yeshivas was palpable as he gave evidence to the national inquiry into child sexual abuse this week. Listen to Charedi cultural concerns? He certainly had, he said. Reassure the yeshivas? Oh yes. Stress that this was about safeguarding and not about the curriculum? Of course. He’d done all that and then some, he said, but with every hint of progress there’d be something else, some bartering, some “quid pro quo” sought. Jim Gamble’s evidence this week should be heard by the education secretary Gavin Williamson for several reasons, not least his “whacka-mole” description of yeshivas hiding their location, only to up sticks and move the second authorities found out. Yet one of his observations, which got much less attention, was the difficulties he had getting engagement from Charedi leaders. He wrote to the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations requesting that they nominate someone to liaise with him on child safeguarding. In their reply he was told they had nominated someone to liaise with him on fire, and health and safety. What he concluded, and what he was told informally by Charedi contacts, was that “there is no central authority, no oversight of these yeshivas”. Indeed, many are owned by mystery persons in the United States and Israel, so how could there be? He spoke of a “brick wall” when it came to Charedi intransigence on the matter of child safeguarding. This cannot but ring deafeningly loud sirens in central government, where ministers should be asking: why the reluctance? As a Jewish newspaper, we have long hoped for a negotiated solution, something that the yeshivas can live with but which reassures the authorities that children are safe. It is plainly obvious that this is never going to happen if the Charedi world is asked to sign up voluntarily. The answer, sadly, now lies in primary legislation, to give local authorities the legal rights they need to inspect and enforce compliance.

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A great deal of sense Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Fleur Hassan-Nahoum referred in last week’s Jewish News to critics of the proposed “annexation” or “application of sovereignty”, seemingly to ignore the basic premise of the (Trump) Deal of the Century. Those critics are quick to conclude, erroneously, that the Trump plan would prevent the two-state solution and destroy any hope of peace. Allow me to set out, verbatim, an edited summary of the draft Trump plan: 1. A trilateral peace agreement between the Palestinian Authority, Hamas and Israel will see a “new Palestinian state” in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, excluding the settlement blocs. 2. Jerusalem will not be split up in the agreement but will be ‘shared’ between Israel and the Palestinian state, with the Arab population of the city becoming residents of the Palestinian state. 3. Al-Aqsa Mosque will be put under Saudi Ara-

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Remember Wingate Jewish focus on the horrors of the Second World War spotlights, for very good reason, the European theatre of conflict. Yet as we prepare to mark this weekend’s 75th anniversary of VJ Day, when Imperial Japan surrendered in 1945 finally to bring the global bloodshed to an end, it is incumbent on us to honour the bravery and sacrifices of British soldiers in the Far East. One such hero was Brigadier Orde Wingate, a non-Jewish Zionist who fought with great distinction in Burma after training the Haganah in British Mandatory Palestine, the forerunner to the IDF. As AJEX’s education and outreach officer Paula Kitching writes in this week’s Jewish News: “We proudly commemorate those who served in the Far East, to reflect on their courage and resilience, and to remember the brutality and horror that war can bring.”

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bian control instead of Jordanian control. 4. The Jerusalem municipality will become responsible for the entire city of Jerusalem. 5. Egypt will grant land to the Palestinian state in order to build an airport and industrial facilities. 6. A highway and pipeline for treated water will be built between Gaza and the West Bank. 7. The US, EU and the Gulf states will help implement the agreement and sponsor it economically. 8. Israel will provide protection to the Palestinian state from “external aggression”. 9. Elections will be held for the Palestinian state. 10. The Jordan Valley will be under Israeli control. Unless there is evidence to the contrary, perhaps your newspaper will publish this to enlighten readers about the reality of the Deal of the Century.

It is not antisemitic to bash the Talmud or make fun of religion. Not everyone believes in Judaism and it is not hateful towards Jews to make fun of the religion. It is antisemitic to make fun of Jewish people, not

the faith. I am a Christian and support Jews, but it irritates me that anyone who dares mock the religion is labelled antisemitic. Christianity is mocked left and right.

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Editorial comment and letters

STAMFORD HILL HEALTH CONCERN Each Friday I drive from my home in Ilford to Stamford Hill for my Shabbat groceries. I’m of the opinion the Chasidic community is totally unaware that we are in a pandemic. I often shop in one of the bakeries there, and there are no sanitisers for the customers and no screens between their staff and customers. I make sure that I keep a safe distance from others as no one is wearing a face mask. Other businesses are similar. No one – well, almost no one – was wearing a face mask. One guy said it was in the car. At least the car has some relief.

I cannot understand this. We are taught to make mitzvahs, and that the preservation of life is the greatest. ‘One who saves a life saves the world.’ Of all the people in the world, we Jews should stand proud and show our thanks and support to the NHS. The old adage has never changed. Coughs and sneezes spread diseases. Is that so difficult for the Chasidic community to understand? Wear a face mask and protect others, and possibly save a life.

VA Shafier Ilford

Othering Israeli expats William Comet’s letter about Israeli expats demonstrating against Prime Minister Netanyahu ended with him saying: “It wouldn’t surprise me if a lot of them aren’t even Jewish, even if they claim to be.” (Jewish News, 6 August 2020). Perhaps Mr Comet would like to be precise about which of these Israeli expats who claim to be Jewish are, in fact, imposters? If he’s unable to share the names, it suggests that he made a generalised,

unevidenced and borderline antisemitic allegation against a large group for no reason other than to denigrate them because he disagrees with their politics. The questioning of Jewish people’s Jewish identity is absolutely unacceptable. Its increasing use by extremists in our community (especially against converts and Jews of colour) is a cause of great worry.

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It’s protest week in the Jewish Corral – again JENNI FRAZER


f you happen to have a spare crow handy, do take it into your garden and have a word with it. Not for nothing is a group of the black birds known as “a murder of crows”. For yes, it’s protest week in the Jewish Corral (when is it not?), both domestically and abroad. Take your crow out and let it fly. It is, I learn, just 132 miles from Tel Aviv to Beirut, and certainly the picture editors at Sky News might not be blamed if they couldn’t tell the difference between a rawrage protest on the streets of Lebanon’s capital and those waving flags and banners in downtown Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Despite the Hebrew on the banners, Sky offered these images as a taste of what was taking place in Beirut. We all make mistakes, and in fact both Lebanese citizens and Israelis have more in common than might be supposed, the principal one this week being absolute fury with their respective governments.

The responsibility for the massive explosion that hit Beirut last week, with huge loss of life, enormous numbers of wounded and crippling damage to the city’s infrastructure, can be put firmly on the shoulders of the useless and corrupt Lebanese government, with its craven submission to the Iranianbacked Hezbollah militia that effectively runs the country. Thankfully, there has been no such mirror catastrophe in Israel. But its citizens were also out on the streets at the weekend, angrily denouncing the corruption and ineptitude of the Netanyahu-led government, bloated with ministers and yet failing, for the first time in decades, even to hold a regular cabinet meeting on Sunday morning. Not the least of the protest is about the apparent inability to deal with Covid-19 and the resulting countrywide unemployment. Rumours abound that Netanyahu is preparing for a fourth election because of a stand-off with his coalition partners over the passing of the budget. And, guess what? In Israel, too, there is craven submission by the


prime minister’s Likud party to the strictly Orthodox groups that prop up his appalling government. I wouldn’t go as far as to say they run the country, but Bibi’s kowtowing to such groups is repellent. Interestingly, both Bibi and his mouthy son, Yair, make a point of denouncing the protests as “only a few disaffected leftists” and simultaneously accuse them of talking up murder against the Netanyahu family. Nobody should know better, as it happens, than the prime minister of the power of words – and their sometimes terrible consequences. And so from the pestilential Middle East

let us turn our attention (and our crow) to New Jews, or A Few New Jews, or Just Jews, or whatever they are calling themselves this week. They are protesting, too, with a hilariously inappropriate video featuring 12 self-righteous people, announcing that because they variously are gay or eat bacon or support Palestinian rights, they are more representative of the community than the Board of Deputies. As the Community Security Trust’s Dave Rich so tersely remarked, if they think the Board doesn’t include people like that, not only are they famously out of touch but they have clearly never been to a Board plenary, where the very idea that the Board speaks with one voice is enough to give some people the runs. I mean, I wouldn’t want to encourage them or anything, but if just one of this crew would actually stand as a deputy and give back to the community instead of bitching in a video, we could take them a little more seriously. As it is… sorry, guys. Crow droppings.

Personal interactions key to breaking down barriers LAURA MARKS



ast month, in Birmingham, a Jewish woman noticed some antisemitic graffiti on a wall. Shocked and upset she called a local Muslim friend, made through Nisa–Nashim (the Jewish/ Muslim women’s network). Within hours, a small team with scrubbing brushes, paint and enthusiasm had replaced the graffiti with a rainbow and, by alerting the police and the local press, this became a story, tweeted out by the MP. It became a story about standing together, looking after our neighbours and fighting prejudice rather than one about hatred and division. There have been many positive aspects of the pandemic, the most powerful must surely be the way people have come together. While not yet quantified, the surge in volunteering, Facebook groups, support for food banks and neighbourly visits has been a ray of light in the darkness. We have shared the anxiety, the sadness, the losses and the kindness in many cases across religious and cultural barriers that, until now, often held us back. The report Muslim Antisemitism in Contemporary Britain by the Henry Jackson Society

seems so badly timed, focusing as it does on antisemitism in British Muslim communities. At a time when we need maximum togetherness, this report points out well-known division and stereotypes. The Institute for Jewish Policy Research published a detailed study on antisemitism in the UK in 2017 that clearly outlined and explained British antisemitism, including in Muslim communities, which is both higher than the British average and heavily correlated with negative feelings about Israel. While this new data reveal negative views among British Muslims towards all faith groups, the headlines only focus on the antisemitism. Similarly, their data suggest that British Muslims see ‘dual loyalty’ in all faith communities with their ‘holy lands’, but only Israel is mentioned in the report. And finally, while those polled, sadly, too often agreed with the barrage of traditional, negative stereotypes of Jews presented to them (powerful, controlling the media, banking and politics etc), the results are not compared with anything, which makes them impossible to calibrate. Where the report is helpful, however, is in supporting theories dating back to the 1950s, that “positive intergroup contact can help to improve perceptions of outgroupers and


reduce prejudice between different groups”. In other words, when people actually meet and interact with minority groups (such as Jews and Muslims), this reduces prejudice, including antisemitism, anti-Muslim hatred or any other form of hate based on identity alone. This is not rocket science, but change has serious challenges. Jews and Muslims are kept apart by different community sizes, geography, socioeconomic status, average age and mistrust. Making friends often involves breaking down barriers and, with 60 percent of Jewish children in Jewish schools and most Jewish students in “Jewniversities” where they feel safer, this often needs professional facilitation. Only last week, nearly 30 Jewish and Muslim women from around the country (hello, and welcome to Zoom) met to paint stones in memory of the men and boys murdered in the genocide of Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica 25 years ago, a workshop run by the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation. Many of the Jewish women used Hebrew

words as part of their designs, explaining them to the Muslim women as they all listened to the narrative of the genocide. This positive Nisa–Nashim experience resonated with the women of both faiths; the prejudice, the suffering and the tragedy. Whether brought together by social action on Mitzvah Day in November, by a picnic on the Great Get Together inspired by the murdered MP Jo Cox, or simply as neighbours every day during the pandemic, these personal interactions are key. Through them, we break down the prejudice, we re-examine the tropes, we open up people to learning about each other, and we see the normality and humanity in the universality of suffering. Rather than revisiting well-documented prejudice, which is easy, with other forwardlooking people, I have spent the past 15 years crafting ways to bring people together. This is the time instead, for revisiting our neighbours, finding creative ways across the barriers and painting rainbows, together.

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s the Jewish survivors in Europe were adapting to their freedom in June and July of 1945, the war still raged in the Far East until the atomic bomb was dropped and the Japanese unconditional surrender was achieved on 15 August 1945. Often said to be forgotten or overlooked, the fighting in the Far East during the Second World War was some of the most brutal and difficult. Japan sided with Germany and Italy in September 1940, although militaristic Japan had already started its expansionist activities into China and South Asia. The tripartite alliance made little difference until December 1941, when Japanese Forces attacked the US Naval Fleet at Pearl Harbor. The US joined the conflict and British and American territories of Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaya, Burma, Borneo, Guam and the Philippines now became theatres of war. There were Jewish communities in the countries the Japanese invaded. Some would

become refugees fleeing the occupation, while others found themselves in internment camps; although not the death camps of the Nazis, they were horrible places as the Japanese were not afraid to starve and beat civilians to death. The AJEX Roll of Honour and its records indicate that thousands of Jewish personnel fought against the Japanese coming from Britain, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the US. Those who experienced the fighting found it difficult with the heat in the jungles, mountains, swamps and at sea. In Burma, the Japanese controlled all the key roads, which meant that the British and Indian troops (British Indian Forces included those from Burma, Nepal, Singapore, modern-day Pakistan and Bangladesh as well as India) had to move around the jungle to get around, often falling ill from disease. Leading the fighting in Burma was British Brigadier Orde Wingate, a non-Jewish Zionist who, with his Chindits, fought using guerrilla tactics. In the years before the Second World War, he trained men of the Haganah. For many, it is the Japanese prisoner of war camps that they associate with the war

BEATINGS AND TORTURE WERE FREQUENT OCCURRENCES IN THE PRISONER OF WAR CAMPS in the Far East. These camps largely ignored the Geneva Conventions, with the Japanese believing that death was better than capture and, therefore, anyone who became a prisoner of war was a coward. Beatings and torture were regular occurrences, and the prisoners became forced labour who could be starved and left to die of disease if the Japanese guards so wished. The extreme bravery, resilience and courage of the prisoners of war in the Japanese camps was extraordinary. Acts to unite the Jewish POWs, including holding makeshift religious services in a temporary established synagogue, was one of the acts of defiance shown by Captain Dr David Arkush while a POW. Meanwhile, Captain Henry Philips MBE, who was Jewish, helped to gather and spread news about the war around the camps. He was arrested and tortured by the Japanese

in the hope that he would give away others engaged with resistance, which he didn’t do; he even challenged Japanese officials at a trial they held for him. Surprisingly, despite sending him to a jail in Thailand, they didn’t execute him, but he was in a terrible condition when he was liberated. When the fighting finally ended, those in the Far East returned home often unable to talk of what they had experienced and witnessed. Today, 75 years on, AJEX is proud to commemorate and remember those who served in the Far East, to reflect on their courage and resilience, and to remember the brutality and horror that war can bring. We continue to look after the Jewish military family and to ensure that our community and others never forget the contributions we have made.

Wiley alientated the very people who were his allies JEREMY HAVARDI AUTHOR & HISTORIAN


ast month, leading black British newspaper The Voice published an interview with the rapper Wiley following his attacks on the Jewish community. There is no condemnation of Wiley’s antisemitic remarks, the tropes he used to denigrate Jewry or his threatening language. Instead, he is treated with kid gloves by a journalist who seems to imply that his claims contain a kernel of truth. Such indulgence is unforgivable. We are told in the interview – now removed from the Voice’s website – that Wiley might not be alone in thinking “there is an unspoken systemic oppression that blights the lives of young black creatives in the entertainment space...” This oppression comes from a Jewish community with a “stranglehold” over another (black people) “in particular relation but not confined to, the music business”. He says Jews “still see us as slaves” except this modern-day slavery is “dressed up in a million pound record deal”. The notion a multimillionaire with vast exposure and multiple awards is akin to a slave is ludicrous

and repellent, but it goes unchallenged. He goes on to say the Jews “have already got us divided conquered and segregated”. While there was a grudging admission that he had mixed “ignorance with truth and fact”, Wiley was adamant that he was articulating a narrative of “systematic oppression”. In one sense, he is right. There is indeed such an antisemitic narrative within sections of the black community that taps dangerously into long-standing canards about Jewish power and privilege. Much of this narrative has been formed by radical organisations such as the Nation of Islam (NOI) and sections of the Black Lives Matter movement. For them, Jews are part of the white supremacist elite, privileged and entitled members of the establishment who are complicit with the oppression of black people. They are perceived to be white and rich; symbols of a toxically racist establishment flaunting its wealth. Opposing Jews is deemed an anti-racist gesture precisely because of how the radical left defines racism; it is viewed as a hierarchy of power, with Jews at the top. Perhaps this is why synagogues and Jewish shops were attacked in LA following George Floyd’s killing and why anti-Jewish chants could be heard

THE NOTION A MULTIMILLIONAIRE WITH MULTIPLE AWARDS IS A SLAVE IS LUDICROUS in France. Jews were seen not as allies in the anti-racism struggle but legitimate targets. It is important to see this as a racialised version of the ‘socialism of fools’, the 19th century argument placing Jews at the apex of a capitalist system that oppressed the working class of Europe for their own financial gain. For Wiley, this system has continued. The ‘huckstering’ Jewish music manager is perceived to epitomise an avaricious elite whose misdeeds reverberate throughout history. Indeed, seeing Jews as responsible for black slavery is another harmful and utterly unfounded trope that has echoed recently. It surfaced in the NOI’s volume The Secret Relationship between Blacks and Jews, with its false claim that Jews owned slaves disproportionately more than other ethnic and religious

groups in America, and the Afrocentrist writings of academic Leonard Jeffries. Wiley’s charge that Jews own and hire the police, control the legal system and make and write the laws reflects the kind of lethal hatred commonplace in Nazi Germany. The Voice chose not to call him out on that. In tweets, Wiley claimed that “Israel is not yours” and that “the Star of David that’s our ting”. The notion that the land of Israel belongs to the black community stems from an anti-Zionist reading of the Middle East conflict in which Palestinians are ‘people of colour’ oppressed by a colonialist state. Much of this has surfaced with the BLM movement. The same people believe Israeli ‘oppression’ against Palestinians intersects with the oppression of black people. It remains a and seductive conspiracy designed to suggest black people are threatened by the Jewish state. The Voice defended its decision to publish its interview, refusing to accept criticism of the tone, saying only it “saddens us deeply that persons have implied that we are antisemitic”. It let Wiley regurgitate a set of hateful tropes. Instead of showing contrition, he doubled down, further alienating a community that has so often stood with black people against racism.


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Jewish News 13 August 2020

Community / Scene & Be Seen


The pandemic meant that shielding families affected by serious childhood illness could not attend Camp Simcha’s summer scheme. So the charity brought it to them with a music-blasting float decked with balloons. Some 100 children throughout Borehamwood, Elstree, Finchley, Golders Green, Hackney, Hendon and Islington were visited and entertained by a balloon modeller, stilt-walker and mascot, Simi. Families received a box with crafts, magazines and a smoothie maker. Camp Simcha’s Daniel Gillis said: “While Covid has prevented us from running [the scheme] in the usual style, we were determined to find a way to bring some of that summer fun to them.” Pictured is the Gabriel family.

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Running enthusiast Ashleigh Teper, 13, has raised £1,274 for children’s cancer charity Zichron Menachem by running a half marathon around north-west London. The teen, who previously completed another half-marathon, had originally signed up for a race in the United States, which was ­cancelled because of the pandemic. Her mother, Nikki, said: “She completed the 13.1-mile course, with family and friends cheering along the route. Ashleigh trained hard, and we are delighted she accomplished this kind of feat.”


JLGB members from across the UK grilled Hollywood star Jeff Garlin during a virtual event to mark the youth movement’s 125th anniversary. The actor, known for his roles in Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Goldbergs, WALL-E and Toy Story, shared reflections on his life and had his interviewers in stitches. “Larry David is one of my dearest friends and when we work we take our work very seriously but we laugh all day,” he told them about the Seinfeld co-creator. “He even said to me, ‘You’re not going to have this much fun ever again working on anything,’ and he’s completely right.”

4 SCHOOLWORK BEGINS Work has begun on a new Side by Side building in Lordship Road. The 80-place Stamford Hill special needs school says the £10 million expansion project, due for completion in 2022, will create an extra 50 places. The school, which has a waiting list of more than 30 pupils, says the 35,000 sq ft building will open its doors to 130 children, aged two to 19. Side by Side chair of governors Jacob Sorotzkin said: “I passionately believe the provision of a purpose-built school, which can help even more children reach their maximum potential is a powerful thing and, more crucially, the least we can do to support our growing community.”





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Book / Weekend

Francine Wolfisz speaks to author Liz Berg about her new book of Jewish folk tales

Myth and memories


pair of boots handed to a Jewish pedlar at a time of need by a mysterious old man keep finding their way back home – even when their owner repeatedly tries to discard them. A baby stuns the community with his ability to speak, before revealing he was once a storyteller who had not quite reached the end of his story and now wanted to finish it. A man who has suffered bad luck his entire life leaves his home and travel hundreds of miles to Glasgow, only to find his bad luck has already arrived and is waiting for him. From the whimsical to the meaningful, these are just some of the legends, tall tales, anecdotal and oral history bound together in Jewish Folk Tales in Britain and Ireland, a fascinating new collection of Jewish stories garnered from around the British isles, which will be published later this month. Author Liz Berg, a professional storyteller by trade, reveals she has long held an interest in folk tales of all kinds, but particularly Jewish folk tales, which have been handed down through the generations over centuries. In that vein, Berg hopes her book will preserve these stories for many generations to come. “I really wanted the stories to be remembered,” she explains. “Some of them I’ve modernised, some of them I’ve left as they were, but for all of them, I want them to be told again and again.” Especially important to the author was collating stories originating from places in Britain where Jewish communities once thrived, before younger generations moved on to nearby towns and cities. She says: “I collected tales from south-east Cornwall that were on the point of dying out and now they are not, because we had this huge project where we went into schools and told the stories to children. They told them to their elders and now these stories have had a resurgence.” For the author, telling stories is very much at the core of being Jewish, a way of passing on knowledge and tradition. “My first memory of hearing stories like this was in shul,” reveals Berg, who

grew up in Newport and now lives in Cornwall. “It was part of our culture. We would hear them in the sermon given by the rabbi, we would hear them when we went to cheder.” But rather than just pleasing to the ear, these stories offer an insight into how Jews around different parts of Britain were accepted – or not – into their communities, as well as offering a way of telling history from the Jewish perspective. The mass suicide of York’s Jewish population at Clifford’s Tower in 1190 following an antisemitic pogrom has been diligently researched and included, with the author starting the story when Richard I was coronated – some six months before that fateful event. “I wanted the story to be told from our point of view, rather than a history being imposed on us,” explains Berg. “The fact is it started with the coronation, and it was from there the antisemitic riots spread up through the country. “I also wanted to show how there was an element of Jews trying to take power back by deciding they were going to kill themselves, rather than be killed. In that sense, there was this same feeling as at Masada.” She has also been mindful in showing the richness of culture within Britain’s Jewish community. While it is easy to presume many of the stories revolve around Jews from Eastern Europe, there are also those that originate from a Sephardic oral history. “The Sephardim were actually here first,” smiles Berg, explaining that the first Jews in England came over with William the Conqueror from Rouen, France. “I didn’t want the book to be an Ashkenazi-led storytelling, because Britain’s Jewish community isn’t Ashkenazi, it’s a bit of everything.” Neither is the book just a retelling of stories from the larger English cities such as London, Birmingham and Manchester. The tales have come from across the British Isles, from Ramsgate and Bradford to Glasgow, Belfast and

Top: Clifford’s Tower at York, the site of one of the worst cases of antisemitic violence in Britain. Above: Storyteller Liz Berg

Swansea. Even the furthest reaches of Penzance, Falmouth and Truro get a mention. With more than 40 stories featured in the book, I ask the author which are among her favourites – and she instantly picks out a curious story about a hardworking pedlar from Eastern Europe, who settles in the Welsh hills. One day, he is visited by a mysterious old man with rosy cheeks, who is happy to give him anything he desires – and the pedlar asks for a pair of new boots. According to legend, the mystery man is none other than Elijah. “I’ve been telling that story for years and years, as it’s about my own grandfather,” smiles Berg. “It’s true, he did go from valley to valley selling his wares, and he came over when he was 13 – but I don’t know if he ever met Elijah!” Whether a tall story or completely true does not perhaps matter quite as much as its contribution to preserving the Jewish tradition of storytelling – as well as showing the Jewish contribution to British culture. “Immigrants bring so much with them,” Berg adds. “For Jews, we’ve brought it in the form of this oral culture, which passes on the memory and is still going on today.”  Jewish Folk Tales in Britain and Ireland by Liz Berg is published by The History Press, priced £12.99. Available end of August, with pre-orders available from Amazon and A Great Read

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Weekend / Entertainment

ANIMATION Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous an eight-part computer-generated animation. Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, which premieres on Netflix next month, follows a group of six teenagers trapped at a new adventure camp on the opposite side of Isla Nublar. When events unfold and dinosaurs are unleashed across the island, each one realises their very survival rests on their shoulders. Unable to reach the outside world, the group go from strangers to family, as they band together to survive the dinosaurs and uncover hidden secrets that threaten the very existence of the world. Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous is available from 18 September on Netflix, www.netflix. com/jurassicworldcampcretaceous

Roarsome news! Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment has teamed up with Dreamworks, Universal Pictures and Netflix to transform the blockbuster 2015 film Jurassic World into


IN THE PIPELINE Little Town Award-winning composer Alan Menken has let slip more details about the muchanticipated Beauty and the Beast live action series on Disney+. In an interview with Variety, Menken – who recently became only the 16th person in history to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award (known in the industry as EGOT) – revealed the new series, which is a prequel to the original, will be called Little Town. The title is a reference to lyrics from the 2017 live action film’s Josh Gad and Luke Evans will reprise their roles opening number, Belle, sung by Emma Watson. actor Josh Gad, who will reprise his role as Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz will co-write LeFou. Meanwhile Luke Evans, who played the and run the series, alongside co-writer and villainous Gaston, is also set to return.

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Heroes Tim Kring’s award-winning sci-fi drama Heroes is now available on BBC iPlayer. Heroes, produced by Universal Television and which first gripped UK audiences from 2006 to 2010, chronicles the lives of ordinary people – from a hospice nurse to a police officer, high school cheerleader, office worker and politician – who begin to discover they have superhuman abilities. With not much time to come to terms with their new powers, each of the heroes is tasked with doing their part to save the world, all while

contending with mysterious serial killer Sylar, who targets those with powers. As the heroes, friends and enemies find each other and learn to use their powers, they discover that all their destinies lead to a final showdown where the fate of the world hangs in the balance. The star-studded cast includes Greg Grunberg alongside Jack Coleman, Hayden Panettiere, Milo Ventimiglia, Adrian Pasdar and Zachary Quinto. All four series of Heroes are available now on BBC iPlayer

Sophie Okonedo stars in a suspenseful new drama series from Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, which arrives on Netflix next month. Ratched tells the origin story of asylum nurse Mildred Ratched (played by Sarah Paulson), a character familiar to fans of Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. In 1947, Mildred arrives in Northern California to seek employment at a leading psychiatric hospital where new and unsettling experiments have begun on the human mind. On a clandestine mission, Mildred presents herself as the perfect image of what a dedicated nurse should be, but the wheels are always turning and as she begins to infiltrate the mental health care system and those within it, her stylish exterior belies a growing darkness that has long been smoldering within, revealing that

Sarah Paulson as nurse Mildred Ratched

true monsters are made, not born. Okenedo, who has also just finished working on Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of the Agatha Christie classic, Death On The Nile, plays one of the patients alongside a star-studded cast that includes Cynthia Nixon, Sharon Stone, Judy Davis and Charlie Carver. Ratched premieres on Netflix on Friday, 18 September

BOOKS The Twins of Auschwitz

Eva Mozes Kor was just 10 when she and her WIN family arrived at Auschwitz, in the summer a copy of The of 1944. Within 30 minutes, she had been Twins of Auschwitz separated from them all apart from her Enter online at twin sister, Miriam. While her parents www.jewishnews.co.uk and two older sisters were taken to the gas chambers, the twins were herded towards a man and survival who would later become known as the Angel of in the face of Death – Dr Josef Mengele. evil is both remarkable and inspirational. While twins at Auschwitz were granted the Eva died last year, but an epilogue details ‘privileges’ of keeping their own clothes and hair, how she dedicated her life to giving testimony they were also subjected to Mengele’s sadistic on the Holocaust, as well as speaking out on medical experiments. They were forced to fight issues of social justice and she will perhaps be daily for their own survival, and many died as best remembered for her public declaration to a result of the experiments or from the disease forgive all Nazis. and hunger rife in the concentration camp. The Twins of Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor Publishing for the first time in the UK to is published by Monoray, priced £7.99 coincide with 75 years since the liberation of (paperback). Available now. Auschwitz, Eva’s story of one child’s endurance

British actress Sophie Okonedo stars in psychological series Ratched with Jon Briones

13 August 2020 Jewish News


The lighter side


Inspiration / Weekend

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


Where there’s a will, there’s OY VEY NOT SINCE BARBRA STREISAND returned to the London stage has a comeback been more welcome. I’m talking about my hairdresser, who reappeared in the guise of a welder last week to bravely ‘balayage’ again and, after four months of estrangement, I was ready for some deep conditioning and serious chat. Alas, our talk was impeded by her hockey player visor, so we stuck to the niceties – of which there are so few these days – and, in place of holidays, she asked if I had any television planned. Obviously, I told her as, unbelievably, there are still series I didn’t watch on Netflix, Amazon etc during lockdown and I’ve not yet seen Normal People – the drama that was the talk of quarantine. But I’m worried, I told her, about the future of entertainment, as the PC lobby is obsessed with transgressions in casting and cultural appropriation. My hairdresser looked confused. Actors will only be allowed to play themselves, I explained, so a character’s ethnicity, sexuality or disability will be confined to the performer’s own experience. This will not only make drama schools redundant but, followed to its natural conclusion, Holby City will eventually be staffed by medics who act and shows about serial killers will have genuine psychopaths as their leads. Of course, racial and sexual stereotyping should be addressed, but isn’t acting all about pretending to be what one is not? And is it right to shoehorn in a performer because of their profile and not their talent?

I don’t believe any BAME actors want that, as it is only through the performances of convincing eclectic casts that we can resolve issues of inequality. Confusingly, a recent report by the Creative Diversity Network reveals that ethnic minorities are significantly over-represented on British television, although this excludes Jews, as we are only defined as a minority on a cause by cause basis. I’ve long wondered where we fit in to the ethnic minority narrative, as we are only there by virtue of faith not colour and, when it comes to entertainment, we run the show according to Grime artist Wiley and his fans, so only a beard and payot would stand in the way of getting a role. So we’re not part of the cultural appropriation debate, yet I still don’t understand why it’s simply okay for nonJewish actors to be given Jewish roles? Why

Helen Mirren as Maria Altmann in Woman in Gold

Scarlett Johansson missed out on playing a trans man

Lea Michele was not able to play a Latina character

were there objections to Sir Ben Kingsley (real name Krishna Bhanji) donning brown face to play Gandhi, yet nothing was said about his roles as Simon Wiesenthal or Itzhak Stern in Schindler’s List? No one shouted ‘Jewface’ when Alfred Molina (not Jewish) starred as Fiddler’s Tevye on Broadway or when Catholic Nathan Lane took on Max Bialystock in The Producers. Then there’s Dame Helen Mirren, who gets the juiciest Jewish parts without being challenged, yet the trans community shamed Scarlett Johansson into giving up the role of a trans man in the film Rub and Tug. No one squeaked when Glee’s Lea Michele missed out on Maria in Spielberg’s West Side Story because she wasn’t culturally appropriate, but Melissa McCarthy got nominated for playing Jewish

biographer Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me? Do we yell about the fact that only one of the sons is played by a Jewish actor in Friday Night Dinner or Catholicraised Kathryn Hahn appeared as Rabbi Raquel Feyn in Transparent? No we don’t, as evidently cultural appropriation is, like so many things, different when it comes to Jews. Even Amazon’s Hunters, which had Al Pacino hiding his Nazi past by pretending to be Jewish, wasn’t deemed contentious, although I’m convinced other minorities faced with a similar storyline would have kicked up hell, but being falsely charged with industry domination makes it harder to complain. My hairdresser listened from behind her protective visor. I fear I’ll soon be needing one for viewing purposes.


How do I raise a JEWISH DOG?

“Don’t know much about literacy, what’s a digraph, what’s a phoneme, I don’t know much about decimals … but I do know that I didn’t choose to be here home schooling you – it’s a crazy reality.” My colleague Alex Galbinski likes to think she wasn’t the only one who searched for comical videos by singersongwriters to help her see the funny (?) side of lockdown. She wasn’t of course, and her search proved fruitful. “There were many amazing parodies by US artists, but I was won over by jazz singer and songwriter Lana Shelley,” says Alex. Turns out north Londoner Lana, who penned the above lyrics set to the tune of Wonderful World by Sam Cooke, is also available for parties and simchas and has a daytime alter ego – children’s entertainer Ilana Banana. In this capacity, she has updated the lyrics to several songs to share her thoughts on such subjects as mothering 24/7, home schooling, supermarket shopping and her Lana Shelley favourite things during lockdown (yes, there are some!). “One afternoon, I recorded myself singing Summertime in my garden, but the words didn’t ring true… so I changed them and Mothertime was born,” says Lana, who has other parody lockdown songs parents can relate to. “The words wrote themselves and the response has been fantastic,” she adds. Alex’s personal favourite is Corona London, the song she wrote to accompany some haunting footage by film-maker Michal McEwen of deserted London early in lockdown. Listen to all the songs at www.lanashelley.com or get in touch to book a performance.

Employ a Jewish dog trainer! Tracie & Waggingtons Ltd, in Mill Hill, has been welcoming dogs into her home for more than 15 years. From the youngest and greenest of pups to the more senior canine companions, all ages, sizes and breeds, Tracie, who ran a dog sanctuary in Israel, believes the skills they get when spending time at her home daycare and boarding, is invaluable. She is a qualified dog behaviourist and knows from many years of experience that dogs teach other dogs much better that we can. “I’m constantly guiding their behaviour all the time and supervising play, making sure the lessons they learn from each other are positive and enriching. I teach basic skills and regard every moment as a training opportunity.” Tracie has plenty of knowledge regarding dog nutrition and will gently steer in the right direction a Jewish mother who is perhaps overfeeding. No double helpings of chicken soup!! “Many people with relatively little experience have become owners of puppies in the past few months. I can help them develop strong relationships just by giving some useful tips and advice.” Unlikely friendships are formed between breeds and often, when an owner comes to collect, their dog doesn’t want to leave. A day spent at Waggingtons and you won’t want to either. www.waggingtons.co.uk, 07869 153093



Jewish News 13 August 2020

Weekend / Food & Drink




he French technique for food “preserved in its own fat” traditionally is used for duck, goose or other fatty meats. But confit has evolved to describe anything poached in fat. You’ll get hooked on duck confit with warm spices, and anything you cook with the resulting fat tastes amazing – especially potatoes.

Put the duck and ginger in a baking dish or roasting pan in one snug layer. Pour enough of the duck fat over the legs to just submerge them. (You may not need all of it; and if you don’t have enough, add olive oil.) Transfer to the oven and cook, undisturbed, until you can easily insert a fork into the thickest part of the meat in a few of the legs and the fat becomes viscous, three to four hours. 3. Remove the legs from the fat but don’t scrape off the excess. Discard the ginger and orange zest. When they’re cool enough to handle, tightly wrap the legs individually or in pairs and refrigerate. Pour the fat into a separate storage container. (The legs will keep for up to two weeks; the fat will keep, refrigerated, for months. Freezing the legs and fat will extend the storage time to a year.) 4. To serve, heat a couple of tablespoons of the fat in a frying pan over medium-low heat. Add one or more legs at a time and cook, turning as necessary, until brown and crisp, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with a mesclun salad, if desired.


INGREDIENTS 6 star anise 2 tablespoons coriander seeds 1 tablespoon black peppercorns 1 large orange 1 cup salt 4 duck leg quarters (about 3½ pounds total) One 3-inch piece ginger, peeled and cut into coins 6 cups rendered duck fat or olive oil, or a combination Mesclun salad, for serving (optional) 1. Grind the star anise, coriander seeds and peppercorns with a mortar and pestle or in a spice grinder (or put them in a plastic bag and bash them with a rolling pin). Use a vegetable peeler to remove the zest from the orange in long strips and scrape off any white pith from the underside with a paring knife. Mix the spices, zest and salt in a bowl. Put the duck in a large bowl and rub all over with the salt mixture. Press the ginger and orange zest into the legs, cover and refrigerate for 24 to 48 hours. 2. Heat the oven to 300°F/150°C. Remove the duck from the salt mixture and rinse off the salt; blot dry. Warm the duck fat in a saucepan over low heat just until it’s pourable.

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Podcast / Books With Zaki Cooper

In association with Listen to the podcast at jewishnews.co.uk

Interviewing: Brett Wigdortz OBE

Welcome to Jewish News’ series of interviews – also available as a podcast at www.jewishnews.co.uk – with Jewish people reshaping the world. Leadership communications consultant Zaki Cooper invites guests to choose books that have the most meaning to them and discuss their careers


his week, Zaki Cooper talks to social entrepreneur Brett Wigdortz OBE about his life, career and books that inspire him. Brett is best known for founding Teach First and is now CEO of Tiney. He chairs the charity National Citizen Service Trust.

in the best way possible or whether the world could look different and better.

You are famous for setting up Teach First. Tell us how that came about. I was a management consultant in 2002 and was looking at ways businesses could help education in London. I visited a lot of schools and was shocked by just how bad some of them Brett Wigdortz were. I thought the government was really letting many children down and I found it You are now focused on Tiney. What is very depressing. What I realised from my previous it and how did you have the idea? work was what any institution needs is great There has been a lot of scientific advancement talent working for them who are really focused over the past 10 years in brain science and on a common mission, common vision, with brain development, which have shown small common values. I thought: How can we attract children are the ones who need great care and great people to really focus on these schools? educational development, even more than older That led me to the idea of Teach First and I left my kids. I thought: How can we help people start job to start it in 2002. small nursery schools in their homes, similar to being a childminder in a way, where they get the You selected Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro support and training they need to run a successful in this whole field of education. Why? business in a successful educational setting? It is not necessarily an education book, but I love it. It’s written so well; it has such power by slowly The first book you’ve selected related to your letting you into the dark secret that’s at its core. It current job is Stranger Than We Can Imagine by takes place mostly in a school, and it shows first of John Higgs. Why do you like that book? all from the children’s point of view but also shows It is one of the few books I have read that really again these are children who really don’t have any changed my view of the world. It really explained opportunities. A Jewish belief is that everyone has how the 20th century was a time of change. It their own fire inside of them that needs to be let gave the example of how, at the beginning of the 20th century, we were looking to others to provide out through a great education. In this book, the education isn’t allowing that from these children leadership. There were people and institutions and it’s still the same in some schools. who had everyone’s respect and you followed them. We now live in a world where everyone You led Teach First for 15 years. Talk to us about has to have their own leadership ability and skills some of the achievements over that period. to be able to know what to listen to, when, from It was a really exciting 15 years. By the time I left, whom, as opposed to listening to expert advice we were the largest recruiters of graduates in the as much. What that means is a good education is really important because if you don’t have [it], you country. When we started, I met with the head of don’t have the civil rights you need to careers at a top university who said succeed. his graduates were never interested in teaching in a low income school, As well as being a leader, you’ve that there were better things to been a catalyst for so many people to do. By the time I left, that was lead. Why is Yuval Noah Harari’s book no longer true. We were the top recruiter at Oxford and Cambridge Sapiens so compelling to you? and most top universities in the It’s a fascinating book and I’ve just Russell Group. We expanded to reread it during lockdown with my more than 50 countries around 14-year-old daughter, who’s really the world, including in Israel. We enjoyed it. No matter how we look had a group of more than 10,000 at the world in history, we always alumni, who are now some of the look at it through too tight a lens. best headteachers in the country, What he does is pull back the lens who are politicians, civil servants or so far, and look at the history of social entrepreneurs. mankind in massive eras. It makes you realise just how much things You are very proudly Jewish and haven’t changed in thousands and have selected I am Jewish inspired thousands of years and how much by Daniel Pearl. Why is that book we’re set up to operate in a certain particularly meaningful to you? way. It really changed my thinking I met Daniel Pearl [a US reporter who about whether we’re operating

was kidnapped and murdered by fundamentalists in Pakistan in 2002]; I lived in Indonesia for a few years and went to a Passover seder where he was at. I was 22. I thought this guy was amazing; he had very cool stories. But there’s something about that book. My Jewish background is a very important part of my identity. It’s a very important part of balancing your life, being proud of your identity while also respecting and appreciating all the wonderful tapestry of human life. As a Jewish-related book, you selected The Jew in the Lotus. What is that book about? I really enjoyed that book as a real story about a bunch of rabbis meeting the Dalai Lama and talking about some of the spirituality of Judaism and also about Buddhism. I’ve talked to people who have said spirituality in Judaism is much more evident pre-Second World War, but a lot of the leaders were killed in the Holocaust and maybe Judaism has gone into a post-traumatic stress disorder. This is a book that brings together some of the similarities between these two religions, but also focuses a bit more on the spiritual side of Judaism.

Last July, you were appointed by the Queen to chair the National Citizen Service (NCS) – not bad for a Jewish boy from the States. Tell us more. It was a huge honour. NCS is a wonderful organisation. It’s a coming of age ceremony for every 16-year-old in the country. In our community, we do this quite well. There’s many wonderful Jewish leadership organisations where teenagers have leadership opportunities and are given responsibilities and, of course, when you have a bar or batmitzvah ... that really helps teenagers understand they should be treated as adults and helps differentiate it. One of NCS’ goals is to ensure this is something everyone in the country has and our core idea is social cohesion.

Brett’s top reads • • • • •

Stranger Than We Can Imagine by John Higgs Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro I am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl The Jew in the Lotus by Rodger Kamenetz


Jewish News 13 August 2020


Business / New horizons


With Candice Krieger

LORD SUGAR’S BEEN A ROLE MODEL FOR ME PR expert Andrew Bloch tells Candice Krieger how customers now judge brands on their values, what it’s like to work with Lord Sugar and why he is looking forward to what’s next


s Lord Sugar’s adviser, side Richard Branson, JK Rowling and his client, Andrew Bloch is used to Lord Sugar, is now exploring new opportunities managing media requests, as well as continuing to work with Lord Sugar but the PR expert is now and his associated companies. He has recently fielding a fair few of his own. taken on advisory board positions for Israeli PR Since stepping back in May tech company, Propel, M&A advisory firm PCB from his day-to-day duties at Frank, Partners, and Big Community Records, the illustrious PR company he the record label founded by Google founded 20 years ago, Bloch’s COO, Craig Fenton. phone hasn’t stopped ringing. Bloch has also joined The Bloch has built a reputation Prince’s Trust as a business as one of the most respected mentor. He remains a nonindustry leaders, having creexecutive director and shareated effective communication holder at Frank, and will consult campaigns for some of the world’s brands and other agencies in the favourite brands including Cocacreative and marketing services Cola, Disney, Compare the Market, space at a time when Bloch says it’s Deliveroo and Burger King. And the Andrew Bloch more important than ever for brands former Haberdashers’ Aske’s pupil has to get it right if they want to survive. become renowned for representing Lord Sugar “It’s not just about ‘talking the talk’, but ‘walking (more on this later). the talk’. Bloch, who was named as one of Britain’s “It’s a skill of a good PR to be in tune with the most influential entrepreneurs in 2019, along- zeitgeist but now, more so than ever, you need to

Above: Andrew Bloch, right, with Lord Sugar and, right, the pair with the team at This Morning

get it right because if you get it wrong, there will be a backlash – there’s a real shortage of tolerance and you don’t want to be making mistakes. “Leading up towards this pandemic, there had been a huge groundswell in the importance of authenticity and values,” says Bloch. “Customers are judging brands and corporations, their integrity and authenticity. Covid has put them in the spotlight and we have seen those that have gone above and beyond in terms of their duties.” He credits LVMH, which owns Louis Vuitton, and used its factories to make hand sanitisers, and Dyson, which offered to help manufacture ventilators, as well as those that turned their attention to feeding the NHS. But Bloch acknowledges that what worked a week ago won’t necessarily be successful next week. “The real skill is selling messages that resonate with how people are feeling in this moment. “And saying nothing is even worse – you don’t want to be silent. You go dark. Even if to communicate that you’re not doing very much, it’s important to keep talking and have a public face.” Part of Bloch’s job is to give clients the confidence that what they are doing is right. He has spent more than two decades doing it. Starting out at Lynne Franks PR, Bloch co-founded Frank in 2000 with the former MD of the agency, Graham Goodkind. Three months in they got the chance to pitch for Amstrad. “We lost the pitch. We knew this was a big opportunity for us, and we weren’t prepared to let it pass us by, so we literally begged for the chance to work on their business. I think they felt sorry for us. They reversed their decision and awarded us the account.” This was the start of his 20-year relationship with Lord Sugar. He recalls: “I didn’t have too much to do with him initially. Our relationship built slowly when I would meet him at product launches and events. When you work with someone personally, it’s a relationship that is built on trust and you get used to each other’s styles.” What’s Lord Sugar like to work with? “Great. When you watch him on The Apprentice, it’s a bit of a caricature. You don’t see some of his other traits: such as how sharp he is as a business

person, his work ethic, his loyalty to his staff and his family side – he’s such a role model in terms of being a strong family man with great values and principles. You probably also don’t see his sense of humour in the same way. He is very funny and entertaining. And, of course, you don’t see all the s*** that goes on behind the scenes when you’re having to deal with aggressive media or other obstacles. “I’ve learnt a lot from him. And when I stepped back from Frank, he was one of the clients I didn’t want to leave behind.” When it comes to stand-out moments, Bloch says they are “for the wrong reasons in that they’re the headaches”. explaining: “When he was announced as Enterprise Tsar and made a lord, the media went to town saying there was a conflict between that and his role on The Apprentice and I don’t think I’ve ever experienced such intense media attack. We went into battle on that one. I don’t think either of us will ever forget it. But there have also been some lovely moments.” Bloch was invited to the House of Lords for the ennoblement ceremony and was a guest at Lord Sugar and Lady Ann’s 40th wedding anniversary party. “And I’ve been lucky enough to have lunch on his boat.” Worth £1.21 billion according to The Sunday Times Rich List, Lord Sugar doesn’t need to work. “He works because he loves it and helping people develop their businesses,” says Bloch. “He’s also been a role model to me in terms of how to balance your life – he has an incredible life with homes in different places, and planes and boats and he manages to enjoy it all, yet I know that if I send an email he will be the first one to respond. “It shows that he can enjoy the trappings of success and a brilliant career while still carrying on working.” Scheduled filming of the 16th Apprentice series has been postponed until next year. In the meantime, Bloch is “taking a leaf out of Lord Sugar’s book” and enjoying his new chapter. “I don’t know who’s going to phone me next and the diversity of it has been so interesting. Running Frank was relentless and I want to have a bit more of a work-life balance.”

13 August 2020 Jewish News



Orthodox Judaism

SEDRA Re’eh BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL Moses informs the Israelites to prepare, when they enter the Holy Land, for a ceremony involving the uttering of covenantal blessings and curses on the mountains of Gerizim and Ebal. Gerizim is therefore known as Har Beracha, the Mount of Blessing, by the Samaritans who still live and worship there. Moses then commands the Israelites to destroy all idols and their accessories they will find when they enter Israel, and God will designate a specific location where He will choose to rest His Presence, where all sacrifices must be offered. The students of Eli the High Priest interpreted this place as Shiloh, and later, more than 3,000 years ago, David set the location in the Canaanite town of the Jebusite people, which was renamed Jerusalem. In ancient times, quadruped animal meat of kosher species was permitted only if three parts of it were given to the priest. Its blood is not permitted for consumption, so animals must be bled at the time of slaughter and, thereafter, precau-

tions taken that surface blood is removed prior to consumption. Moses warns against idolatrous Canaanite practice and to neither add to nor subtract from its laws. A false prophet is liable for the death penalty; not only words but even flesh is sacred and must not be defaced by tattoos. Crops are tithed and gifts given to the Levite tribe and to the poor. The land must also refresh itself once every seven years as part of the Shemitah cycle. Lending money to the needy and freeing slaves is part of the societal covenant of Israel. Temple festivals are celebrated with sacrifices at three periods through the agricultural calendar: Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. This week is the third week of nechemta, a seven-week period during which prophetic readings affording postTisha B’Av comfort to Israel are read.

◆ Rabbi Ariel Abel serves Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation and is padre to Merseyside Army Cadet Force

Torah For Today What does the Torah say about: The power of silence BY RABBI DANIEL FRIEDMAN Last month thousands of people staged a 48-hour Twitter silence to protest against the antisemitic rantings of Wiley. Was that wise? By walking away, didn’t we give the antisemites free rein to spew their hatred unchecked? Let’s talk about the concept of tzimtzum. When God created the world, He faced the “challenge” of transforming infinite spiritual light into the physical world we inhabit. An overabundance of spiritual energy was too much for the world to contain and it would have “exploded”. The Kabbalists explain that He solved the conundrum by holding back and limiting the light. He then channelled a single beam of light, the kav, from which the world was fashioned. Sometimes in life, we need to hold back our abundance of energy

in order to focus the beam of light. That’s what we did on Twitter. On 27 July, nobody walked out. We weren’t silent. We simply held back and channelled all our energy through our religious leader, Chief Rabbi Mirvis. He stood up and issued a powerful declaration, international media outlets took notice and amplified his voice – and the antisemites were banished. Without the tzimtzum, we could not have achieved that goal. The light – the noise of all our

voices – was just too great. We encounter a similar idea in the story of the Ten Commandments. After hearing the first two directly from God, the Israelites turned to Moses and begged him to continue the conversation on their behalf. The scholar Nachmanides explains that they really heard all 10, but the noise was too powerful for them to make sense of it. God then held back the colossal energy and focused His kav on Moses, who conveyed the message clearly to the people. We are blessed to have our own Moses. May the Almighty bless the Chief Rabbi with good health to continue to lead and speak on behalf of Anglo-Jewry for many years to come. ◆ Rabbi Daniel Friedman serves Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue

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Jewish News 13 August 2020

Progressive Judaism

The Bible Says What? ‘Asher’s daughter lived more than 1,000 years’ BY RABBI ELANA DELLAL The books of Genesis and Numbers both mention by name Serach, the daughter of Asher. In Genesis, Serach is listed as one of the Israelites who went into slavery. In Numbers, she is listed as one of the multitudes counted to enter into the land of Israel. Although there are no further details about her life narrative in our Torah, there is a plethora of rabbinic and midrashic writings on Serach, who lived for numerous generations and really did see and hear it all. One midrash teaches that Serach was charged with helping her grandfather, Jacob, emotionally prepare to be reunited with his beloved son, Joseph, by playing music and singing to him. Another shares that she encouraged the enslaved Israelites to trust Moses as their leader. In the most fascinating midrash, Serach visits the Beit Midrash while Rav Yochanan is teaching on what the walls of the parted sea looked like during the Exodus. She interrupts him

by sharing her first-person account of the parted waves. Taking all the stories together, it would put Serach’s life span at more than 1,000 years! Besides the impossibility of someone living that long, with or without realising, the rabbis were making a statement by creating numerous midrashim about wise and spiritually connected Serach. From her, we learn that no member of a community should be nameless or storyless – that there is deep value and benefit in learning more about the people who surround you. That is part of the beauty of our sacred literature. There are layers upon layers of creative interpretation of Torah and the narratives found within, just as there is always more to learn about the shoulders we stand on.

◆ Rabbi Elana Dellal is a member of the Conference of Liberal Rabbis and Cantors

Progressively Speaking Jews come in all shapes and sizes – so do their opinions BY RABBI DEBORAH BLAUSTEN There’s been much debate over comments made by Seth Rogen (pictured), one of Hollywood’s more recognisable Jewish entertainers, about his educational upbringing. Rogen attended a Jewish school and went to camp with Habonim Dror, but it wasn’t until he was much older that he encountered a more complex picture of Israel, including learning about the occupation and questioning the need for a Jewish state. He shared this on Marc Maron’s podcast, along with some informally phrased comments about his Jewish education. The debate about the nature of his comments and their substance (or lack thereof) has been well turned over, but it leaves behind a challenge about how the mainstream Jewish community responds when a Jew with a public platform says or does something that does not sit comfortably with others in the community. Within days of Rogen’s comments,

his mother was contacted. Dozens of tweets, op-eds, and social media posts debated his comments, turning a light-hearted conversation between two Jewish men on a comedy podcast into a serious communal crisis. I wondered what the way this is playing out says to a generation of Jews who are finding their feet in the community? Jews who think differently and ask questions, who want to be honest about their experiences and share the things that concern them. What is the communal infrastructure saying here about its mobilising power, and how it is prepared to

use it? What happens the next time Seth Rogen wants to go to shul? Jews come in many shapes and sizes, as do Jewish opinions. Extreme or discriminatory comments aside, each of us has the right to our own Jewish expression, and the right to explore that and voice it without being policed by others. It doesn’t mean we cannot disagree, but the line between disagreement and policing, between a shared understanding of common good and a litmus test for communal participation is uncomfortably blurred in Rogen’s case. Eilu v’eilu divrei elohim chayim. “These as well as those are words of the living God.” Rabbinic tradition preserves multiple voices, even ones that sit uncomfortably. Can the contemporary Jewish community say that we are able to do the same thing? ◆ Rabbi Deborah Blausten serves Finchley Reform Synagogue

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DANCING WITH LOUISE Dear Louise I’m in my early 60s (although feel younger!) and live on my own. Before lockdown, I was very active and enjoyed walks with friends as well as weekly gym group classes. As I am in the vulnerable category, I now spend most days at home. While I have enjoyed some walks in this lovely weather, I miss the social

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work in this field know it is common for people to be sure they are correct and yet be at least partially – and sometimes wholly – mistaken. It is simply hardwired into human nature to be more aware of one’s own side of an argument than that of one’s counterpart, and friends should help to counterbalance that bias. Second, this advice is somewhat misinformed, as it is based on an incomplete understanding of the halachic idea of peshara. Although the Hebrew word is loosely translated as ‘compromise’, the concept is that a Beth Din, when faced with genuine grey areas in Jewish law or in fact, will incorporate discretionary judgment to those aspects of the case. Real compromise – although mentioned in halachic sources as an ideal – is usually unrealistic where two sides have already decided to bring their differences to the Beth Din. For this reason, in practical terms, this should not be a concern. live online sessions and not just pre-recorded ones. Even though pre-recorded classes are excellent because you are able to workout in your own time, you miss out on the benefits of social interaction that a live class in real time brings. One of the highlights of our classes is our post-Zoom chat, which gives us a chance to socialise albeit through the screen. In addition to the feelgood factor of the workout, seeing everyone’s smiling faces and talking to the group is one of the highlights! In these unprecedented times I hope you can see that there are alternative ways to experience the joys of social interaction, which we all need for our own emotional well-being. I wish you the best of luck!

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