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Corbyn drove enmity to IHRA One of Jeremy Corbyn’s closest aides as Labour leader has insisted he personally guided the party’s strategy on the definition of antisemitism, writes Justin Cohen.

The party initially refused to adopt all the examples of possible antisemitism accompanying the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition

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It also looks at the fallout from another big moment in the antisemitism scandal when footage emerged of Corbyn referring to two proIsrael hecklers at a speech by the Palestinian envoy as “Zionists” and suggesting they didn’t “understand

English irony”. Former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks described the remarks as the most offensive by a British politician since Enoch Powell. The book says: “Corbyn took it badly. According to his closest aides, he withdrew. ‘He just couldn’t deal

with it,’ said one. ‘So he just behaved in a way that made him seem like he didn’t care, and he 100 percent cares – he just looked like he didn’t. It appeared that he had lost sight of his responsibilities as an existential funk set in.”  Book extracts, page 4

Scots debate making ‘hate stirring ’ illegal Scottish lawmakers are at loggerheads over plans to make “stirring up hatred” a criminal offence, with critics calling it “an attack on free speech”, writes Joy Faulk. While Jewish representatives in Scotland support the planned Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill, politicians north of the border now warn of “serious problems”. The Law Society of Scotland, the Scottish Police Federation and the Catholic Church have all criticised the bill’s “vague language” and expressed concern that it was “a threat to freedom of speech”. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the bill tried “to find a balance between protecting those who suffer the scourge of hate crime and respecting people’s freedom of speech and expression, which is extremely important”. However, Labour’s James Kelly MSP said the government had got its approach to the bill “badly wrong”, adding that the stirring up hatred offence “needs to be fully deleted or heavily amended”. Sturgeon said the bill would be interpreted “in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights, adding: “Hate crime is a real problem in Scotland.” Scottish Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) and the Muslim Council for Scotland both supported the bill.

UK legislation on ‘Online Harms’ is delayed, following the publication of a White Paper, with Lord Puttnam, who chairs the Lords Democracy and Digital Committee, recently saying that it may not come into effect until 2023-24. “If that is correct, then the opportunity should be taken to introduce such legislation in Scotland far sooner,” said SCoJeC.“The importance of this has been underlined by a series of reports from the Community Security Trust. The most recent of these reports on matters so extreme they decided it would be irresponsible to publish it in full.” On the difference between ‘hate crimes’ and ‘hate incidents’, SCoJeC said: “So much that happens by way of open racism and other hatreds is done in ways that fall short of criminality. For example, when a pig’s head was dumped on a woman’s lawn in Aberdeen, pork pies left with a blue pencil note at Dundee Synagogue, and a passenger made the gesture of firing a gun at a pedestrian from a passing car, it is not certain any offence was committed. “These would all have been recorded by the police as hate incidents rather than hate crimes but the motivation and effect are the same, and indeed the cumulative effect of such incidents without action being taken can be devastating both for individuals and communities.” First Minister Nicola Sturgeon


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Suspected accomplices of Paris killers on trial The suspected accomplices of terrorists who attacked and killed satirists at a magazine in Paris in 2015, before attacking and killing staff and customers at a kosher deli two days later, have gone on trial in the French capital. Security was tight for the trial of 14 people accused of helping two brothers kill some of France’s best-known cartoonists at the offices of Charlie Hebdo before another man, who proclaimed loyalty to the Islamic State group, attacked the kosher supermarket Hyper Cacher. A total of 17 were killed in the two attacks. The trial, one of the first in France to be televised given its importance, is expected to last almost two months, during which time more than 150 witnesses will be called. On 7 January 2015, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi attacked the magazine’s offices, killing nine journalists, an office worker and two police

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Prosecutors say all those on trial share common beliefs, and that all are antisemitic. The magazine had provoked outrage in some quarters by publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, and vowed to do so again this week, as a mark of defiance. Speaking before the trial, French President Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed “the right to blaspheme” as an integral element of free speech.

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Labour’s Jewish affiliate has raised hopes of “a return to a positive relationship” with the party leadership after meeting general secretary David Evans. Members of the Jewish Labour Movement’s executive committee met Jennie Formby’s successor to discuss the party’s handling of antisemitism complaints. Evans was appointed earlier this year by Labour’s ruling body to replace Formby after the close Jeremy Corbyn ally stood down from the post. A spokesperson for the affiliate said topics

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raised during the meeting included members’ experiences of antisemitism, “the broken disciplinary procedure and the personal and political impact of the party’s failure to tackle it.” “We recognise the steps being made by the new leadership of the party and we’re hopeful that this is a return to a positive relationship between the Jewish Labour Movement and Labour’s HQ,” the spokesperson said. “We look forward to working constructively together once the EHRC has published its findings.”  Editoral comment, page 22

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Matt Chorley’s “World Cup of Best PMs We Never Had”. Corbyn beat his predecessors Ed Miliband and John Smith, as well as ex-Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown, and Conservative former chancellor Ken Clarke in the online poll. Chorley wrote in The Times: “It is a title few really want. Actually being the prime minister, even a bad one, is surely better than never quite making it.”


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RENTERS’ UNION EXPELS MEMBER A renters’ union in England has expelled a member after a Jewish applicant was rejected with an Instagram message reading: “Sorry, no time for Zionists.” A second message told him: “We are a pro-Palestine organisation.” The ACORN union opened an internal investigation after learning of the incident on Sunday. It expelled one person during a national board meeting and apologised to the recipient.

11 FACE CHARGES OF ALLEGED RAPE Indictments were filed on Wednesday against 11 men and teens in the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in Eilat. Four of those indicted, including two adults, are charged with rape. The others, including one adult, are charged with assisting in a rape and failure to stop a crime. The two adults charged with rape were identified as Issi Raphaelov, 28, and Ilizir Meirov, 27, and the other two rape indictments are for 17-year-old twins from southern Israel. Hotel security cameras showed the teens entering and leaving the hotel room.

Tottenham kick off second half of Y-word consultation Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has said it is “moving to Stage two” in its review of fans’ use of the Y-word during matches, after it conducted a far-reaching survey of supporters’ thoughts last year, writes Adam Decker. A spokesman said: “We have moved onto the second stage, which is focus groups, and we shall be able to provide further updates once that’s concluded.” Spurs fans have long identified as, and chanted, ‘the Yid Army’ at matches in recognition of the north London club’s Jewish roots, particularly representing the growth of the Jewish community in Tottenham in the early 20th century. Anti-racism groups say the phrase is offensive and should now be consigned to history, with Action Against Discrimination accusing Spurs of “obviating its responsibility” by not banning it, but in the stands feelings are mixed.

Last October, the club said it had received a “significant response”, with 23,000 returned consultation questionnaires, and in December it revealed the findings, which showed that large numbers of Jewish fans did not like the use of the term. However, there are also many Jewish fans who argue the term is not racist but sung with pride, and many others who say that while they would prefer the term not be used,

they do not support a ban. The consultation was sent to all Spurs members, affiliates, and season ticket holders, 11 percent of whom are Jewish. The club said it represented “a substantial, robust and representative set of responses from across our fan-base”. The club said fans’ use of the term in chants was “to deflect antisemitic abuse” they received from rival fans in the 1970s and 80s, but acknowledged there was now

Tottenham fans during a cup game at Sheffield United

less agreement as to whether that is still the case today. “It would appear that the history and the motivations behind why fans adopted the term in the first place are being lost over time, with many fans today using it solely as a means to identify themselves as a Spurs supporter,” said the club. It also said almost half of the survey respondents felt fans’ use of the Y-word “contributed to a lack of clarity in terms of what is now considered antisemitic abuse”. The club added: “We pride ourselves on being an inclusive and forward-thinking club and these findings indicate the awareness our fans have of current sensitivities and a willingness to reconsider the appropriateness of the continued use of this term.” It said there would now be “focus groups, giving supporters the chance to meet and exchange opinions with fellow fans with views from across the spectrum on this matter”.

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OUTDOOR SHOFAR BLOWING SERVICES Chabad Golders Green has announced it will host two outdoor shofar blowing services over the High Holy Days. The trumpet made of a ram’s horn is traditionally blown on Rosh Hashanah and after Yom Kippur. Services will be held on 20 September at Basing Hill Park on 3pm and then at Brent Park at 5pm, followed by a Tashlich ceremony. “Chabad Golders Green has always prioritised making Judaism available to all,” said the centre director Rabbi Yossi Simon. See www.shofarnearme.co.uk

CHARITY VOLUNTEER NAMED VICE-CHAIR Jewish Care has appointed a second vice chair. Volunteer Gayle Klein will join fellow vice chair Arnold Wagner, who took up the role in 2012. Klein joined the board of trustees in 2016 after beginning as a volunteer fundraiser in 2008 for Jewish Care’s Redbridge facilities. “I feel extremely proud and honoured to have been given this appointment. I know what an incredible organisation Jewish Care is, having served as a volunteer over the last 12 years,” she said.

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GUIDED WALKS FOR PINTER/WESKER FANS Residents of Hackney with an interest in two of the borough’s most celebrated Jewish sons will be given a chance to learn more about their lives and see where they grew up as part of a London cultural festival this month. Harold Pinter and Arnold Wesker, two of Britain’s greatest ever dramatists, died in 2008 and 2016 respectively. Those interested in their lives can join guided walks on 19 and 20 September, led by Hackney expert Laurie Elks, as part of the free annual festival, London Open House, celebrating significant buildings.

Lily Gentzler, right, with some of the teddy bears she made for Jewish children and orphans

A charity has thanked an 89-year-old Jewish grandmother in Essex who used her time at home during the coronavirus lockdown to make scores of teddy bears for Jewish children and orphans in Belarus, writes Joy Faulk. Lily Gentzler from Chigwell makes the teddies’ bodies before handing the cuddly toys over to a knitting group in Pinner whose members add the bears’ facial features. They are then sent to Minsk, where British Jewish charity The Together Plan (TTP) works with the country’s Jewish community. Lily lived in Westcliff until seven years ago, when she moved to Chigwell to be nearer to family. Her husband, for whom she cared, died three years ago.

18 UJIA TEENS MARK THEIR BNEI MITZVAH Her grandson Seth said: “While in Westcliff, she made many teddy bears, which went to babies in Israel. When we went into lockdown in March, she decided to do something useful and has now made more than 160 teddies for children in Belarus.” TTP director Debra Brunner said: “The bears will reach children in Jewish communities, children in orphanages and shelters, and non-Jewish families in need throughout Belarus. They will travel by road with our next consignment of aid, which will be sent around November time.” This month, the charity is bringing Belarus into

the European Days of Jewish Culture Festival for the first time, with a Klezmer concert that will be broadcast live on Zoom from the garden of a family home on 13 September. “The theme of the European Days of Jewish Culture is ‘Jewish Journeys’, so this story of the teddy bears is a great opportunity to talk about Jewish journeys,” added Brunner. TTP is a member of the European Association for the Preservation and Promotion of Jewish Heritage and Culture and is building a Jewish cultural heritage trail in the country.

Eighteen teenagers on the United Jewish Israel Appeal’s bar and batmitzvah programme marked their coming of age amid the pandemic. Ceremonies were held last week in Kiryat Bialik, a city north of Haifa. The girls’ ceremony included traditional Ethiopian dancing, with each child receiving a set of Shabbat candles and a Siddur. A separate event was held for boys at a synagogue. In previous years, Israeli celebrants were joined by UK families with children from the same age group.

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Schindler’s List voted top movie soundtrack John Williams’ evocative score to Schindler’s List has been voted the nation’s favourite piece of film music, writes Jack Mendel. The composer’s (pictured) Oscarwinning accompaniment to Steven Spielberg’s 1993 feature, about a German businessman who saved more than 1,000 lives during the Holocaust, topped the list compiled by Classic FM and Radio Times. The film also knocked Howard Shore’s score for The Lord Of The Rings off the top spot this year, while Hans Zimmer’s music for Gladiator was in third place. John Barry took fourth and fifth with Out Of Africa and Dances With Wolves respectively. Williams secured five entries in the top 20,

including Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone and ET The Extra-Terrestrial. He told Classic FM: “I’d like to express my gratitude to the listeners of Classic FM for selecting my music from Schindler’s List for this high honour. It was a privilege to be involved in the making of this film, and it’s very gratifying to know that so many people around the world continue to embrace it after nearly 30 years.” Italian composer Ennio Morricone had three entries – The Mission, Cinema Paradiso and The Good, The Bad And The Ugly – in the top 20 following his death in July aged 91. More than 21,000 votes were cast by Classic FM listeners and Radio Times readers.

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Andrew Collins, presenter of Saturday Night At The Movies on Classic FM and Radio Times’ film editor, said about the listeners and readers about their favourite film themes: “... As for John Williams… we have found your favourite film theme and it’s as moving and mournful as any winner. “Williams doubted he could pull it off. He was wrong. My advice, as ever, is to explore the lower scores. There’s a lot of invention and innovation down there”

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Piers Corbyn fined £10k for protest

Piers Corbyn, second left, at the rally

Piers Corbyn said he has been slapped with a £10,000 fine under new coronavirus laws for organising an anti-lockdown protest in London, writes Adam Decker. The brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was among those to attend the Unite for Freedom protest on Saturday, which was held in Trafalgar Square.

He joined conspiracy theorist David Icke, who believes the world is run by giant shape-shifting reptiles and is banned from Australia for Holocaust denial. Icke also believes Israel is using the pandemic to “test its technology”. Corbyn, 73, a climate change denier who set up controversial weather forecasting business

Weather Action, confirmed the fine and arrest to the PA news agency. “We’re going to refuse to pay and appeal the process,” he said. In a tweet to his more than 31,000 followers, Corbyn called the demonstration an “epic success”. Under new changes to regulations, those attending a gathering of more than 30 people may be com-

mitting a criminal offence. Hundreds of protesters, some of whom displayed anti-mask and anti-vaccination placards, gathered in the square on Saturday afternoon. Metropolitan Police officers handed out letters explaining the newly-introduced legislation to demonstrators as they marched down Whitehall.

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Auschwitz casts doubt on book The Auschwitz museum has cast doubt on the timeline of events described in a new Holocaust memoir about a survivor’s incarceration in Nazi prisons and concentration camps, writes Mathilde Frot. Marilyn Shimon’s book First One In, Last One Out, recently released by Mirror Books, claims the author’s Polish Jewish great uncle was among the first eight Jews to be imprisoned at Auschwitz. Murray Scheinberg, who died in Los Angeles in 1996, was a survivor of KL Auschwitz, Auschwitz II– Birkenau, Sachsenhausen, Oranienburg and Dachau. The book offers an account of his survival, describing an arrest in 1939, a journey to Auschwitz on the first mass transport from Tarnow in June 1940 and his escape from Dachau in 1945. The book asserts that Scheinberg was initially registered as a Polish political prisoner and that he concealed his Jewish identity for a period but was no longer able to keep it hidden while being forced to

undress for a communal shower. According to the timeline published in the book, Scheinberg was transferred to Auschwitz II-Birkenau and registered as number 31321 in November 1943. But Auschwitz Memorial said in a statement on Tuesday the number tattooed on his wrist suggests he was “registered as a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz on 18 April 1942 and arrived in a transport of 461 men deported from Pawiak prison in Warsaw.” “They received numbers between 30937 and 31397,” read a lengthy statement from the museum at the site of the former Nazi death camp. The statement said that it was “unlikely” Scheinberg was deported to Auschwitz in June 1940. “If Mr Scheinberg had been deported to Auschwitz on 14 June 1940 his camp number would have been between 31 and 758,” the memorial said. “It is impossible that a prisoner from the first transport from June

The book First One In, Last One Out and author Marilyn Shimon at Auschwitz

1940 would receive a new number. Even if a prisoner was registered as a non-Jewish prisoner and then the SS would ‘discover’ his Jewish identity, the number would not be

Sacks’ warning to American rabbis American rabbis are making a mistake by endorsing – and opposing – President Donald Trump, according to former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks. Sacks, who was Chief Rabbi from 1991 to 2013, said that even as he grew close and provided advice to political leaders of many stripes, he never endorsed any or allowed rabbis under his supervision to engage in political advocacy or electioneering. “I can see that that is not the case in America. And I’m afraid American Jewry is making a big, big, big mistake,” Sacks said. “This is not a small thing. It’s a very, very big thing.” Sacks made the comments in response to a question about

Former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

Shmuel Kamenetsky, an influential Charedi Orthodox rabbi who recently said that Jews should vote to reelect Trump out of gratitude. Another Orthodox rabbi, Aryeh Spero, blessed Trump and his reelection campaign at the recent Republican National Convention. On the left, rabbis frequently

wade into partisan political issues and even argue for specific political candidates in their personal capacity. US non-profit groups, including houses of worship, face penalties if they engage in prohibited political activity as organisations. The consequence of blurring the line between politics and Judaism can be significant, Sacks said in comments to mark the US publication of his new book, Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times. “You mix religion and politics, you get terrible politics and even worse religion,” he added. � Read the full interview in next week’s Jewish News

changed,” it added. But the author, 66, a retired educator based in the United States, told Jewish News last month that she spent four years researching

and writing the book. “We must educate the youth,” she told this newspaper. “They must know what happened because if they don’t, it will happen again.”

BRIDE & GROOM’S SUPREME SIMCHA US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made a rare public appearance last weekend to officiate at a wedding. Bride Barb Solish tweeted a picture of the 87-year-old with the words: “2020 has been rough, but yesterday was Supreme.” Ginsburg, who recently underwent treatment for liver cancer, attended as a favour to a friend of one of the families.


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Gary presents fish of the day Celebrities from the world of sport and comedy have told of how Britain’s iconic fish and chips came from Jews fleeing persecution in Spain and Portugal, as part of an initiative highlighting refugees’ contributions, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Former England footballer and Match of the Day host Gary Lineker, comedian Jo Brand and TV actor Yasmin Kadi star in a new film exploring the origins of the nation’s favourite dish, launching – appropriately enough – on Friday. The film is a project of the International Rescue Committee, the organisation led by former Foreign Secretary David Miliband, and shows how fried fish was originally introduced by Jewish refugees in the 16th century. The chip was first fried in France in the 17th century, and French Protestants, or Huguenots, fleeing religious persecution around the same time, are thought to have brought their taste for fried potato with them to the UK. However, the idea of combining fish and chips came from another immigrant, Joseph Malin, who

Footballing pundit Gary Lineker reveals in a new film how immigrants help to make society stronger

opened Blighty’s first fish and chip shop in London’s East End in the 1860s. The rest, as they say, is fish-tory. “When you delve into the history books, it becomes clear that

refugees have played an important role in shaping British society,” said Miliband, himself the son of Jewish immigrants. “They are an asset, not a threat.

STUDENTS CRITICISE UNI’S STANCE Jewish students at Warwick University have criticised their institution for saying a lecturer’s link between Labour members’ antisemitism investigations and an “Israeli lobby” was a matter of free speech. The original comments were made last November by Dr Goldie Osuri, an associate professor of sociology, and led to a complaint from the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) and Warwick Jewish and Israel Society (JISoc). In a recording heard by Jewish News, Osuri says: “So the next time they say that the Labour Party is

antisemitic, or you know there are some people that are possibly antisemitic, but the idea that the Labour Party is antisemitic is very much an Israeli lobby kind of idea, the idea that you want to discredit the Labour Party because there is support for Palestine among some members of the Labour Party.” UJS and Warwick’s JISoc accused Osuri of antisemitism, but a university spokesman said at the time Osuri felt this was “a misrepresentation” of what she had said. A formal investigation by the head of the

department, concluding in January, was labelled “immensely disappointing” and “a shameful abdication of the university’s responsibilities” by Warwick JISoc president Angus Taylor, who said the university was “set up” to protect antisemitism. This investigation found that Osuri’s comments “opened up the space for dialogue and discussion as would be expected in an academic environment and that the statement made in the lecture holds within the principles and values of tolerance and free speech”.

In a letter sent last week, Taylor was told by a senior registrar that the university’s Provost, Professor Christine Ennew, had determined there were “insufficient grounds to progress the complaint”. JISoc officer Toby Kunin said: “Goldie Osuri’s suggestion that allegations of anti-Jewish racism in the Labour Party are ‘an Israeli lobby kind of idea’ is a deeply antisemitic trope.” UJS campaigns officer Bradley Langer said it planned to escalate the complaint to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education.

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unexpected ways.” The contribution of refugees and asylum seekers on the frontline of the health and social care system during the coronavirus pandemic, together with their consequent loss of life, has been widely acknowledged across the country in recent months. Lineker, who uses his social media profile to promote humanitarian causes, said: “Providing a new start to those who have fled their homes represents the best of Britain’s values because we know refugees have always helped to keep our communities safe and make our society stronger.” Brand said: “The unusual origins of fish and chips is a lesson for today. When we welcome refugees, they thrive. They make our communities stronger and more dynamic.” Kadi, who is a refugee, said she hoped people found the film fun “but also see the message behind it”. She added: “Fish and chips is just one example of the contribution refugees have made, but we could have picked so many others, from healthcare to the arts, business and volunteering.”

Cards to help children cope A Jewish child psychologist has launched a new product to help those aged between four and 11 cope with tricky feelings and stress since lockdown. Young & Mighty founder Dr Gail Sinitsky created Mighty Cards, a set of illustrated mental health cards seeking to encourage children to express their feelings and build resilience. Each deck contains 36 techniques to release tension, promote well-being and build self-esteem, including through breathing exercises as well as physical and creative activities. Young & Mighty pledged to reinvest half of all profits into mental health projects to support disadvantaged and vulnerable chil-

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Yavneh College students selfisolating after testing positive Yavneh College has written to parents and students after a number of Year 13 pupils tested positive for Covid-19, just days before the new term was due to begin. In an email seen by Jewish News, headteacher Spencer Lewis said “most are with very mild symptoms” and are now self isolating. He said: “These students and their contacts will be isolating and not returning to school until after the appropriate period of isolation.” Lewis added that the

school had consulted with Public Health England, outlining that “anyone who has tested positive must isolate for 10 days from the date symptoms began” and that “after 10 days, students can then return to school providing they do not have a temperature.” The letter added: “If a student has had contact with someone who has tested positive, they must isolate for 14 days from the point of contact.” The headteacher also

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the rest of the school back from next Monday. Earlier this week, Jewish schools including Yavneh, JFS, JCoSS and Hasmonean announced that all staff and students would be required to wear masks in corridors, but not in classrooms. This comes after the Government issued new guidance for students returning to classrooms outlining that masks are not compulsory, but rather at each school’s discretion.

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told parents and students: “I understand that there have been some recent year group gatherings/parties; if a student was at that party the advice from PHE is that they are deemed a contact and they are now required to isolate.” News of an outbreak among Yavneh College students came just before students were due to return. Year 7 pupils are scheduled to return on Thursday, with Year 12 on Friday and

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Teachers and students at Jewish schools including JFS and JCoSS will have to wear masks in corridors – but not in class, writes Jack Mendel. This comes after the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson issued guidelines which said that while the government “is not recommending face coverings are necessary, schools will have the discretion to require face coverings in communal areas” if they want to. Following the announcement JCoSS in New Barnet said it had “taken the decision that students and staff will be expected to wear masks while moving around the building, but not in lessons. “All students must therefore bring masks, restrained in design, and a small sealable plastic bag to keep it in when not in use. The evidence surrounding

masks indicates that they may reduce risk if worn and handled correctly: they are not a magical forcefield, and absorb infection rather than prevent it.” JFS said it is “requiring staff and students to wear masks when moving around inside the building but not in classrooms.” It added: “This is an additional preventative measure to reduce the spread of virus to further support the priority measures of washing hands and a ‘catch it, bin it kill it’ approach.” The Hasmonean MultiAcademy Trust has also reportedly told students to wear masks in corridors, while King David High School Manchester is now advising its pupils to wear face-coverings at all times, including lessons.  The new abnormal, p14


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Prison attack / Airline sued / DIY bris / News

Irgun jail attack aided by its British architect The Jewish architect of Acre prison in British Mandate Palestine gave his designs to the Jewish underground, allowing them to spring 27 Jewish prisoners from the jail in 1947, according to his family. Peres Etkes was a Russian Jew with American citizenship who was working for the British government at the time. He designed and built the famous prison on the foundations of a 12th century Crusader fortress in what is today northern Israel. Its storming helped precipitate Britain’s withdrawal a year later. For decades, the mission’s success puzzled historians, but now his family has revealed the celebrated engineer and

architect gave the Jewish Irgun militia the drawings, which helped them blow a hole in the walls to free their comrades. Gil Margulis, the greatnephew of Etkes, said: “Sometimes you need a little insider information. Well, they had a lot of insider information – they had the exact plans.” Etkes was an ardent Zionist, and viewed with dismay the British execution of four Jewish operatives three weeks before the attack on the jail. His family recently found his half- Acre prison in what was then Mandated Palestine written memoirs, in which he said he had also used his British connections in 1921 to transfer weapons from the British-run Jaffa armoury to Jewish forces in Tel Aviv during Arab riots.

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A British-Israeli woman is suing the budget airline easyJet for asking her to change seats on two separate flights because a Charedi Orthodox man would not sit next to a woman, writes Adam Decker. The lawsuit was filed last week on behalf of Tel Aviv resident Melanie Wolfson (pictured), 38, by the Israel Religious Action Center, a division of the Reform movement in Israel. The first

incident took place last October on a flight leaving from Ben Gurion Airport for London. Wolfson told Haaretz it was the first time as an adult that she “was discriminated against for being a woman”. A flight attendant offered her a free drink as an incentive to move. She ultimately made the switch out of fear she would be responsible for delaying the flight’s departure. The second request came two months later, also on a flight originating in Israel. The airline said: “We do not discriminate on any grounds.”

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A terminally ill Jewish woman has been given one of Austria’s top awards by Vienna’s UK ambassador at a special ceremony in her garden, writes Joy Faulk. Honour: Ambassador Michael B o r e h a m w o o d Zimmerman and Janette Hechel resident Janette Hechel, a former adminis- the embassy, as would usutrator at the London Jewish ally be the case. Since 1992, Austria has had Cultural Centre, was awarded the Decoration of Merit in a programme of international Gold on behalf of the Presi- reconciliation called Gedendent of Austria, Alexander kdienst which serves the Van der Bellen, for her remembrance of the crimes of involvement in the Geden- Nazism and commemorates kdienst, Austrian-Jewish its victims.Under this prodialogue and remembrance gramme, young Austrians who prefer not to spend time in the programme. Austrian Ambassador military are sent to more than Michael Zimmerman spent 20 countries to work on Holotime with Hechel at her Bore- caust remembrance. Hechel helped these young hamwood home with a few close friends and family, after Austrians work in Holocaust her diagnosis of terminal education in the UK, often cancer last July prevented alongside survivors, some of the bestowal of the award at whom were born in Austria.

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Special Report / Digital High Holy Days

DIY shofars and ‘passive’ Zooming As night falls on the second night of Rosh Hashanah this year, the rabbi of St Albans Masorti Synagogue, together with two shofar blowers, will ascend the 144-foot tower of St Albans Cathedral, writes Ben Harris. As members of Rabbi Adam ZagoriaMoffet 200-family synagogue assemble — at a safe distance — in the large grassy area below, the blowers will sound the ram’s horn meant to rouse people to repentance at the Jewish New Year. “Catastrophe is absolutely the mother of creativity in Jewish life,” said ZagoriaMoffet, a American who has led the St. Albans shul for three years. “People’s hopes and dreams have changed. Their assumptions about their lives have changed. And religion has to respond to that and not just sell a nostalgia for the near past.” Rabbi Adam Zagoria-Moffet By all indications, the UK Masorti movement is taking Zagoria-Moffett’s advice. In the the rabbis of the New North London Synagogue, run-up to two of the most important dates on the largest Masorti congregation in the country. the Jewish calendar, the movement is in the “I feel positive about the empowerment.” The effort is driven in large part by the midst of a broad effort to reimagine what the now widespread embrace of livestreamed High Holiday experience can be. Members are being encouraged to make High Holy Day services. But leaders felt that their own shofar and learn to blow it themselves, the streaming of services is integral to mainto conduct long contemplative nature walks on taining community in an unprecedented time Yom Kippur and to generally take ownership of and feel newly empowered by it. “It basically created a new reality where their own High Holy Day experience. “I think it’s going to build greater Jewish lit- if there were members who were looking for eracy in some perverse way, and that is kind of an that to happen, or if there were more liberal of the community who were interested exciting thing,”ADVERT said Rabbi Zahavit Shalev,1one of parts HALF PAGE JAN 2020:Layout 09/01/2020 16:04 Page 1

in that happening but the leadership was not considering it, it suddenly changed the dynamics,” said Rabbi Chaim Weiner, the director of Masorti Europe and the head of the movement’s European rabbinical court. Seeking to forge a new consensus, Masorti rabbis put out a statement of their own in June that permitted “passive streaming” in a manner that requires no human intervention. They explicitly rejected the use of Zoom and other interactive platforms that provide for “active streaming” as violations of Jewish law. The passive setup will be prepared before the holiday and be a one-way stream — meaning congregants will only be able to watch the streamed service to avoid interacting with peers. Only two UK Masorti synagogues will be streaming services on the High Holy Day this year, although as it happens they are the two largest: Shalev’s New North London Synagogue and the New London Synagogue, the movement’s oldest congregation. Both will be holding abridged in-person services with limited attendance. Recognising that most congregants will only be able to attend a highly limited in-person service at best, and with most of its sister congregations eschewing livestreaming entirely, New North London has set to work on a range of supplementary programming, including a 50-page booklet to help guide community members through the holiday period. The book, which is being distributed around

the country and translated for other European countries, aims to explain High Holy Day basics to assist with home observance while offering innovative alternatives, like a meditation guide on the theme of repentance. Synagogues are also ramping up their preholiday learning opportunities, including daily classes during the month of Elul, the Hebrew month leading up to Rosh Hashanah. Recordings of familiar holiday tunes are being uploaded to the internet so people can learn to sing them at home. And with communal shofar blowing posing unique health risks this year, congregants are being encouraged to make their own using a ram’s horn, a saw and a drill. “You can get a ram’s horn on eBay,” said Joel Levy, the rabbi of Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogue in Edgware. “I acquired 10 yesterday just to bump up our numbers.” Zagoria-Moffet has launched DaysOfAwesome.uk, to guide his community through the holiday period. But while a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the entire enterprise, rabbis are candid both about the imperfection of what they can offer and their hope that some of the creative ferment of this year will remain after the pandemic has passed. “There might be that things happen this year that we choose to carry on and bring back into our lives,” Levy said. “I hope that we have an experience that is one we can draw on in the future.”

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Special Report / School rules

The new abnormal As pupils return to school, new rules and guidelines will help keep Covid at bay, writes Claire Belle Freed You could hear the collective sigh of relief from parents around the country when Boris Johnson announced that schools would reopen and children in all year groups could once again attend. However, this week, with the initial weight of homeschooling off their shoulders, and the prospect of having their little ones out of the house and back in the safety of school five days a week, came the “hold on a minute” realisation. Just what are our kids going back to? Parents of some children already experienced the new school arrangements, and the elusive “bubble” system before the summer holidays (me being one of them). Strange as it was, and as scary as it initially seemed, the rules and regulations quickly became the new norm. Children with their parents waiting two metres apart from the next set, “virtual hugs” with friends, teachers calling pupils in one at a time, packed lunches on separate desks, and the constant hand washing seemed so daunting at first. But what was obvious was just how much the children longed to be back at school. “Transitions in September can be tricky for all kids as they move up a class or start a new setting, but especially after a potential six months of not attending the building, most children (and parents!) are bound to feel nervous,” said chartered clinical psychologist Dr Laura Drage. “Normalising this will be important when teachers speak to families. Families and schools should understand that it will take time for children to settle at school again and expectations should be managed, with children being given the space and time to slowly settle back into the demands of school. “Children may be out of practice with their learning but also with their social skills, attention and concentration, behaviour and independent life skills. These may all need refreshing.” For the confident and self-assured children, the new system was embraced – they were just happy to be back with friends and teachers, but what about those with issues such as anxiety, or separation or learning difficulties? If these pupils struggled before the Covid-19 pandemic, then the new systems could have a significant impact. Sacks Morasha headteacher Hayley Gross informed us the school had introduced a new programme of 1:1 sessions for children who need support academically and emotionally for the return after lockdown. It has also utilised Norwood’s Heads Up Kids programme, which is specifically designed for September’s return to school. It will also take advantage of its well-being room and programmes for children who have additional needs, such as Anna Freud’s Talking Mental Health. Children with specific or additional needs will be able to return to the normality of (albeit a new) routine when school resumes

– something that can provide comfort and safety. Sinai Jewish Primary School sent all children with special educational needs or disabilities transition booklets to complete over the summer. The information added by the children will inform the school’s inclusion leader of any significant changes, such as anxiety, behaviour or sleeping difficulties. Questions in the booklet cover topics such as emotions, anxieties and/or fears, which will be shared with the teachers. Sinai is also putting in place a PSHE Desks have been separated and year group placed in bubbles to reduce risk

to provide extra support to both the pupils and their families. Any challenging behaviour linked to anxiety and the changes will be flagged so support can be tailored as needed. With the plans in place, the school uniforms purchased and hand sanitiser at the ready, our trust in schools, educators and the education system has never been more important. With children up and down the country gearing up to be back among their friends and teachers, now is the time to embrace the positive – and essential – changes our schools are making, and trust that our kids will be going back to a loving, supportive and welcoming environment. Bubbles beware; school is back from lockdown and, as for us parents, let’s raise a glass for getting through it.

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[personal, social, health and economic education] programme for the first two weeks, which focuses specifically on children’s emotions and well-being. This is a critical time in terms of maximising learning and education, to make up for the lost weeks that Covid forced upon us. Sinai has created an online form for all children to fill in ahead of the new academic year. The aim is for this to be reviewed by their new teacher and identifies the interests of the child but also any concerns they have ahead of the September return. Kisharon, a school for pupils with complex learning disabilities, is also going the extra mile for its students. Headteacher Sora Kopfstein is excited to welcome back her students, with changes that support the government guidelines but, most importantly, fully support the pupils and parents. Students will

be returning to a new school, the Kisharon Noé School, complete with new building. The school will not be using a catchup curriculum but will check pupils’ baseline, so there is a starting point for setting targets and measuring progress. Kopfstein said she anticipates many students will show signs of anxiety after not being in school for so long and also because of the additional changes of a new school building, classmates and staff, so they are fully prepared

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A new era for the Middle East? Something’s in the air Israeli officials returned from Abu Dhabi on Tuesday after an historic trip in which an El Al plane flew over Saudi Arabian airspace for the first time, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. The US-Israeli delegation, led by National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, held discussions with officials from the United Arab Emirates about cooperation in areas such as trade, tourism and finance. It comes after last month’s surprise announcement that Israel and the UAE would be “normalising relations”, with discussions underway about embassies and visa arrangements that would allow Israelis to enter the UAE. Announcing the signing of the first bilateral agreements in the field of banking and finance, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it would “assist us in advancing mutual investments and cooperation” and added: “We will soon announce additional agreements in avia-

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tion, tourism, trade and others.” Officials exchanged more than 170 draft agreements. They will now work to conclude a peace agreement, which would be Israel’s third with a near neighbour. Both countries recognise the opportunities working together can bring, and both share an enemy in the form of Iran a n d

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Arafat’s widow welcomes deal The widow of Yasser Arafat accused Palestinian leaders of trying to “turn me into a traitor”, after she defended Israel’s peace deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The late leader’s wife, Suha, posted on Instagram apologising to “the UAE people and leadership for the profanation and burning of their flag in Jerusalem and Palestine and for insulting the symbols of the beloved UAE,” according to The Times. Suha, who lives in Malta, then gave a rare interview with an Israeli TV station, Kan, claiming: “There are instructions to turn me into a traitor and these instructions come from the head of the president’s office”. Were her husband, who died in 2004, alive today, she said he

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Pope Pius XII ‘urged not to protect Jews’ The Vatican fought efforts to reunite two Holocaust orphans with relatives and urged Pope Pius XII (pictured) not to protest the Nazi deportation of Italian Jews, a new investigation claims. Brown University historian David I. Kertzer has published the results of his probe into Vatican documents unsealed in March in an article printed by The Atlantic. He revisited the high-profile story of Jewish twins Robert and Gérald Finaly, who were kidnapped and baptised by French Catholic priests. Angelo Dell’Acqua, a Vatican Secretariat of State official who later became the Cardinal for Rome, played a key role in the smuggling of the Finaly twins from France to Spain. That happened after French judges ordered the boys, who were hidden from the Nazis at a Catholic monastery, be

handed over to their aunt. That finally happened in 1953, and the twins now live in Israel. Pius XII has long been accused of turning a blind eye to the Holocaust, which happened early on in his stint of nearly 20 years as pope, until his death in 1958. The findings add to this widelyaccepted impression. They include a memorandum advising Pius against formally protesting the rounding up of about 1,000 Jews in Rome in 1943 for deportation to Auschwitz. Dell’Acqua advised Pius XII to speak privately with a German ambassador about the round-up in a talk “recommending to him that the already grave situation of the Jews not be aggravated further”, Kertzer found. However, he asked the pope not to protest the move publicly.

Hamas sued for £110m The families of three teenage Israeli boys kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists six years ago have filed a lawsuit against Hamas. The lawsuit, filed in Jerusalem by the Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center – an organisation that files lawsuits on behalf of Israeli terror victims – for the families of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shear and Eyal Yifrach asks for about

£110million from the Palestinian Authority (PA). The families said a goal of the suit is to stop the PA from transferring money to Hamas, the terror group that runs Gaza and whose military wing claimed responsibility for the abduction and murders, Israeli media reported. “Of course, this lawsuit does not cure our pain, reduce our grief, or minimise our longing for our children. If the pros-

ecution has the power to deter, even slightly, these evil forces, it will be our reward,” the statement said. If successful, the lawsuit would result in PA funds being confiscated for the first time as a consequence of a terror attack carried out by Hamas, according to Shurat HaDin. The lawsuit says the PA transfers between £40m and £80m every month to Hamas.

BIDEN: COMMITMENT TO ISRAEL The Democratic vice presidential nominee has told supporters that Joe Biden would not place any conditions on US aid to Israel. “Joe has made it clear he will not tie security assistance to any political decisions Israel makes and I couldn’t agree more,” Harris said last Wednesday in a call arranged by the Biden campaign for Jewish donors. She added: “The Biden Harris administration will sustain our unbreakable commitment to Israel’s security, including the unprecedented military and intelligence cooperation pioneered during the ObamaBiden administration and the guarantee that Israel will maintain its qualitative military edge.” The question about conditioning assis-

HOOPS SUPERSTAR BECOMES A HEBREW The former American basketball star Amar’e Stoudemire, who received Israeli citizenship in 2019 while playing professionally in the country, has announced his conversion to Judaism. The icon of the game, who played for the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns among other teams in a 16-year NBA career, made the news public on Instagram on Wednesday.

tance came after a primary season in which a number of Democratic candidates for the nomination said they were prepared to condition aid, which would represent a major change in US policy. A number of these, including Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg, are now advising Biden. Harris, who spoke via Zoom to the donors alongside her Jewish husband Douglas Emhoff, also repeated a pledge Biden has made not just to re-enter the Iran nuclear deal, but also to improve it. She criticised President Donald Trump for exiting the deal, but acknowledged the merit of some of Trump’s objections with the deal.

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Jews of Austrian descent applying for citizenship Diaspora Jews whose Austrian relatives fled the Nazis this week began applying for Austrian citizenship after a new law came into effect on Tuesday. Tens of thousands of descendants are now eligible to apply for citizenship of the European Union country after lawmakers in Vienna opted to ease current rules, with the aim of righting an historic wrong. An estimated 120,000 of Austria’s 200,000-strong Jewish community fled Nazi persecution in the late 1930s, including hundreds of children who travelled on the Kindertransport, the trains ultimately arriving at London’s Liverpool Street station. For decades after the war, Austria barred dual citizenship, preventing many of those who fled from applying, but bureaucratic obstacles began easing in the 1990s, and current Chancellor Sebastian Kurz,

elected in 2017, pledged to do more. In the past three years, Kurz has strongly developed bilateral relations with Israel and has accepted the arguments made by those seeking to include more descendants than had previously been eligible. Among the organisations to have taken an interest is the Jewish Historical Society of England, which asked former Jewish refugees from Europe and their descendants to describe their motivations for or against reclaiming European citizenship. Simon Albert, who worked with Dr Ruvi Ziegler on the initiative, told The Observer that the benefits of EU citizenship “have driven a post-2016 surge in citizenship applications from British people with a Jewish background to countries their ancestors fled, in Germany’s case up to 6,000”.

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Your weekly digest of stories from the international press UNITED STATES GERMANY Donald Trump received a moral boost last week after he was blessed by an American rabbi at the Republican convention ahead of the US election in November. Fox News regular Rabbi Ayreh Spero, who also endorsed Ronald Reagan in 1979, prayed for Trump, who had ‘splendidly demonstrated daily determination to defend and maintain our God-given rights’.

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He added: “Such a ‘return’ is unprecedented in Jewish history and raises often painful dilemmas, unlike for other Brits claiming EU citizenship.” Austria’s current Jewish population is estimated at around 10,000, and Jewish leaders said this number would likely not be boosted significantly, with most new passport

holders choosing not to emigrate. Bini Guttmann, the Austrian president of the European Union of Jewish Students, said: “Descendants know where intolerance can lead. As citizens, I would encourage them to have a say in the country’s direction through their vote.”

New Berlin ‘exiles’ museum at station site

Remains of the Anhalter Bahnhof station

Plans for a new museum to tell the story of half-a-million German Jews who fled into exile to escape Nazi persecution are taking shape in the city centre. The Exilmuseum, scheduled to open in 2025, will be located alongside the

ruins of the Anhalter Bahnhof train station in the city centre, the foundation behind it announced last week, as architects fine-tune their designs. More than 500,000 fled Germany to escape Nazi persecution, most leaving in the 1930s, and the new museum wants to bring to life their stories and biographies, the idea having been born two years ago. Danish architects Dorte Mandrup will design the museum, which will feature a concave-shaped building stretching out behind the remaining ruin. The museum, of which former German President Joachim Gauck is patron, will tell the lives of exiles both famous and not, with physicist Albert Einstein among the former. Gauck said he hoped their tales would garner “admiration

of the determination they embodied”. Patron Herta Müller, who was forced to flee to Germany from Romania in 1987, said the ruins of the bomb-damaged station was a perfect choice of location as “parables for returns and farewells”. The museum will also tell the story of the train station, which was used to deport Jews, and the Nobel laureate said its preserved entrance gate was a landmark for people who were “torn out of their everyday lives” by the Nazis because of who they were, whether Jews, left-wingers, Sinti, Roma or homosexuals. “People who had to flee into exile are still not considered victims in Germany,” she said, while museum director Christoph Stölzl added there would be “some very moving stories”.

Zagreb’s new 11-metre high Holocaust monument has been completed and is ready to be installed, according to local authorities. The steel structure, comprising 300 suitcases, will sit atop a concrete pedestal imprinted with six million tiny Stars of David. It will be illuminated at night, sited between the Post Office and train station, next to an old train to signify deportations.

The new director of Jewish Museum Berlin has said she sees its role as facilitating debate. Hetty Berg, 59, said a core function of the museum was ‘to address the dynamic and complex discussions that are going on in German society, always from a Jewish perspective’. Recent surveys from the country show that antisemitism is on the rise, as is far-right party Alternative for Germany, or AfD.

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A man who placed a fake bomb outside a Jewish restaurant in Amsterdam last year has been sent to jail for eight months and ordered to pay the owners £2,700. Hassan N, who targeted the HaCarmel restaurant, has two previous convictions for antisemitism, including one for threatening a Jewish neighbour. He was traced using DNA on the device.

RIGHTEOUS GENTILE MONUMENT PLANNED Residents of the Lithuanian capital Vilnius have announced a public tender for a monument to the city’s non-Jewish residents whose bravery helped save Jews during the Second World War. The city’s municipality and the Lithuanian Culture Ministry said the £220,000 project on Ona Šimaitė Street would be “guided by principles of historical justice” for honouring, commemorating and recalling at a national and international

level Lithuanian residents who saved Jews during the Nazi occupation. They added that it would create“arespectfulandsociallyeffective solution in continuance of traditions of respecting the Jewish people, for representing appropriately the content and foundation of the site commemorating Righteous Gentiles, and for contributing to the education of the general public”. Submissions are invited by 15 October.

ISRAELI TEENS DIG FOR IDENTITY Seasonal sea lions TikTok clip goes viral Israeli teenagers are being invited to dive into Jerusalem’s ancient history from September when secondary school students and those preparing for Israel Defence Forces (IDF) service get involved in a new programme. More than 35,000 young participants will take part in two City of David projects, supported by Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG), which will help them explore their Jewish-Israeli identity, in part through archaeology. ‘Digging for Identity’ is a four-day programme for Israeli 10th grade

students who will help out on digs, take part in tours and hikes, meet celebrities and participate in group building activities. Many will take part in IDF preparation programmes. A GPG representative said the City of David had “a unique atmosphere where biblical history is recorded in stone”, adding: “This should be very conducive to our mutual goals – to help students and young Israelis develop an understanding of Jewish culture, heritage and values as a gateway to a deeper exploration of their personal and national identity.”

A video combining the call of sea lions with the blasts of the shofar released on social media platform TikTok in the run-up to Rosh Hashanah has attracted almost 100,000 views in just a few days. In the comedy clip, TikTok user Mallory Palmer overlays a video of herself calling out the order of shofar blasts – tekiah, shevarim, teruah, tekiah gedolah – alongside video of the animals hollering accordingly. “I’ve been thinking about this all day and I just have to do it,” she says on the video, before adding: “I know that the sounds aren’t perfect but still… Happy Rosh Hashanah!” Palmer’s posts are not typically about Jewish content, saying the sea lion clip was “my formal apology to my Jewish following”.

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Whetting appetites for the main course

We are now perhaps just days from the release of the Equality and Human Rights Commission report into how culpable Jeremy Corbyn and his inner circle were in leading Labour into the abyss of antisemitism. By way of appetiser, this week serves up the publication of Left Out: The Inside Story of Labour Under Corbyn, by former Jewish News journalists Gabriel Pogrund and Patrick Maguire. Extracts published in The Times and this newspaper today once again bring into sharp focus the tragedy that befell a party at the mercy of a man who, according to top trade unionist Andrew Murray, does not view racism against Jews as real racism because “the Jewish community today is relatively prosperous”. The authors, who interviewed leading figures in Corbyn’s inner sanctum, paint a picture of a man with an unshakable belief in a warped worldview whose mule-like stubbornness dismissed even a PR tour of a Jewish school to build trust. This despite being reportedly being shocked and upset when Former Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks said his comment about “Zionists” not “understanding English irony” was the most offensive remark by a British politician since Enoch Powell’s “Rivers of Blood” speech. Mercifully, much has changed in a short space of time since Labour’s worst election defeat in almost a century. New leader Sir Keir Starmer has turned the party upside so its backside is no longer in charge. Concerns of a second spike in Corbynvirus were resoundly laid to rest by his early-doors decision to socially distance Rebecca LongBailey from his shadow cabinet for sharing an article linking George Floyd’s death to Israel – precisely the sort of gumpf Corbyn provided cover for as leader. At this rate, come election time in 2023, the Labour Party could be once again, as it was for a century before Corbyn, the natural party of the Jewish community. Image that.

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Halt helium to Gaza The resurgence of the use of incendiary balloons from Gaza and the escalation of rocket fire into Israel bodes ill. It has highlighted the failure of the security apparatus in stopping helium from getting into Gaza. Insufficient public pressure has been applied to this governmental failure that has been going on for three years, yet only retroactive – rather than proactive – steps to stop these balloons have been taken. Too many political and military commentators are totally out of their depth and do not know that the inert helium is removed from natural gas. Excuses that Israel will not stop the supply on medical humanitarian grounds is balderdash and international bodies and agencies would be well advised before making com-

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GET THE LAW IN GOOD ORDER I read a fascinating article last week about family law in the Netherlands, where judges have the power to levy significant fines – and even imprison – Orthodox men who refuse to grant their ex-wives a ‘get. Dutch judges can do this if the man refuses despite a Beth Din ruling that he should

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ments, that those who seek to destroy us should not expect us to turn the other cheek. How helium reaches Gaza is the key question. Sources could be Israeli companies, trans-shipment of containers arriving in Ashdod to Gaza or trans-shipped from Jordan via the Allenby Bridge crossing point. The fields of the communities adjacent to Gaza have been burning for far too long for this farcical situation to continue. It is incompetence at the highest levels that is responsible for the failure to stop helium entering Gaza and the world has been misled by the media. Clearly this dysfunctional state of affairs cannot continue. Dr Colin Leci Jerusalem

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Mr Garry Harris has one title that neither depicts whether or not he is married (Jewish News, 20 August). How comfortable for men. By using Miss, women are known as unmarried, and the Mrs says married! I’m a widow so should I use Ms, the meaning of

which eludes me, or Mrs, which no longer fits, or return to pre-married status as Miss? It is surely high time any use of Miss, Mrs or Ms as a pre-status title for women is demolished. Or a ladies’ one-fitfor-all ‘Me’. Barbara Stevens NW11

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A DIFFICULT DEBATE

RAAB ISOLATION?

The midwife who wrote to say there are numerous considerations for when an abortion might be sanctioned by a rabbi is correct, but all are in the category of saving lives (20 August). A non-viable pregnancy is a child who will not survive, so one is not terminating a life, but I have never heard of permission to terminate if the child has severe defects. Objecting to terminating because women shouldn’t have their bodies’ policed, as suggested by Sylvia Rothschild, in effect saying we shouldn’t consider the unborn child’s right to live even if there is no valid reason to do so aside from the mother’s selfishness, is against Jewish law, and should be against the law in every civilised society.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab was in Israel last week. On his return to the UK, did he quarantine for 14 days? If not, nor should I. It is unconscionable and hypocritical to have one rule for ministers and another for everyone else. Ending quarantine and reopening travel between the UK and Israel would be a welcome present for Rosh Hashanah.

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Lack of mask education While shopping in Stamford Hill recently, I noticed many customers were not wearing masks. I asked one man why he thought I was wearing one. He said he did not know and asked me to tell him. Once I’d explained I was wearing it to protect him and others from the virus, people started listening and some immediately put on masks they had in their pockets. If the shop put up notices up telling customers it’s a legal requirement to wear masks,

perhaps more would wear them. It is extremely concerning that in the midst of a pandemic, there are still those who are totally unaware of the dangers of the virus and the precautions needed. The rabbonim in Stamford Hill should say why face masks should be worn. The Stamford Hill Chasidic community should be more forcefully educated.

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Brighton burial change to the detriment of all ALEX BRUMMER

CITY EDITOR, THE DAILY MAIL

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hen my very elderly father died in his own bed in Hove late on a Thursday evening two years ago, the first port of call was to Martin Gross the Jewish undertaker. He's served the two main orthodox communities of Brighton and Hove for more than a quarter of a century. Gross swung into action. His goal was to make sure everything was in place for my father Michael, the community’s most senior minyan man, to be buried before Shabbat. On the secular front his instructions to me were concise. Call the doctor to obtain a death certificate. He would be in touch with the Registrar of Birth, Deaths and Marriages at Brighton Town Hall to make sure that when I arrived with the appropriate document the required green form would be forthcoming. He also, with local rabbis, co-ordinated the religious arrangements. As a former warden and life vice-president of Hove Hebrew Community it was deemed appropriate that on his way to internment my father’s cortege would

stop outside the shul, the doors opened and tehillim (psalms) recited. The tahara team was assembled to prepare the body, his kittel, tallit and much-used daily prayer book collected. At Meadowview cemetery, high up on Brighton’s Race Hill with views over the South Downs and sea, work began on preparing the grave site next to my mother, Hilda, and my late elder brother Martin. The process was conducted with consummate efficiency, kindness and attentiveness to detail with the help and great understanding of local rabbis from the Hove Hebrew Congregation, Chabad and the Brighton & Hove community. Down the decades I have come to know Meadowview – the renamed Bear Road cemetery – only too well. My maternal grandparents are buried there, countless aunts and uncles, cousins and friends. The Jewish undertakers have served the community loyally and well. Bernie Goldberg,

who after his retirement passed the role onto Martin, have been professionals of the first order. Both were steeped in the history of the Brighton community, the families and their generations and were walking encyclopaedia of the geography of the burial site. Martin was more than familiar with the complex Halacha of burial and considered knowledgeable enough to work with a section of the Stamford Hill Charedi community. Unfortunately, as the result of a contract dispute Martin has been sidelined from his role. All the indications and surveys of community opinion favour his redeployment. Members of the local Orthodox communities favour a Jewish undertaker who is confident in matters of burial Halacha. Instead, a non-Jewish firm of undertakers, Bungards, is being temporarily used. As kind and helpful as Bungards may be, experience in the non-Jewish world has not in any way prepared

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them for Jewish ritual or speed. At the end of August the non-Jewish undertakers proposed leaving a lavoyah until after the bank holiday weekend much to the dismay of the family. It took enormous energy by officials of Hove Hebrew Congregation to reverse the postponement and deal sensitively with distraught family members. There had been hope by Sussex community leaders that the Chief Rabbi’s Office and/or the London Beth Din, the authorities which provide guidance to the communities, would intervene to see if the tradition of a Jewish undertaker for the area could be preserved. As is fitting they have listened carefully to requests for assistance but so far have not been fully engaged. It may well be that the burial complications around Covid-19 in London and the unfortunate number of community bereavements mean that the authorities have more than enough on their hands. But for all of us with a longstanding connection to the Brighton and Hove communities the stalemate is distressing. By all accounts Martin is ready to serve the community again as he always has. All it needs is for voices with an understanding of the sensitivities of the issue to prevail.

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Wish you were here... Israelis tour Abu Dhabi RAPHAEL AHREN

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hile Monday was dominated by headlines about the historic first-ever Israeli nonstop flight from Tel Aviv to an Arab Gulf country, the Israeli delegation’s trip to Abu Dhabi was less dramatic — but no less colourful. Our Emirati hosts put on a hectic programme, again clearly geared at showing us their country’s best side, with a particular focus on history and religion. It was a fascinating, perfectly normal day of tourism, made surreal by the fact that we were Israelis in the capital of a Gulf state with whom normal relations were not conducted until this trip. Before the formal part of the itinerary I joined the head of the Israeli delegation, National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, as well as other Israeli officials and a group of local Jews, for a quickly arranged morning prayer service in a hall at the ritzy St. Regis

hotel where we were staying. Members of the two rival Orthodox congregations in Dubai were there, and had brought two Torah scrolls to Abu Dhabi (there is no Jewish community in the capital) although the Torah is not usually read on Tuesday mornings. After the regular services, led by a Belgianborn cantor from the established congregation, a rabbi from the breakaway community blew the shofar in honour of the upcoming Rosh Hashanah holiday and recited a Hebrew prayer for the UAE, its leaders and its armed forces. Ben-Shabbat briefly chanted selichot, recited ahead of the Jewish new year to ask for divine forgiveness. “We sinned before you, have mercy on us,” he sang in traditional Sephardi tunes. A few moments later, the community members briefly opened one of the Torah scrolls, and

Ben-Shabbat, spotting a verse that related to “coming in peace,” read it out aloud. After the service, we followed a sign outside the hall: “Kosher Food to be served at Main Dining Area.” Just like the banquet the night before, breakfast was provided by Elli’s Kosher Kitchen, a Dubai-based catering business, and supervised by an Israeli-American rabbi flown in especially for the occasion. Ben-Shabbat and the other Israeli officials then headed back into the meeting rooms to continue their work on legal and logistical questions of the peace accord, together with their Emirati counterparts. They hammered out the first protocol on banking and financial services, and discussed other areas, such as air links and cooperation in science and technology. These discussions were closed to the press. Instead,

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Corbyn aside, it's been a proud 100-year history DEREK TAYLOR

AUTHOR & FORMER EDITOR OF THE JEWISH YEAR BOOK

his year marks the centenary of the affiliation of the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) with the Labour Party in 1920. I know the Chief Rabbi told us not to vote for the party in the last general election, but Sir Keir Starmer seems determined to clean up the party’s act, so next time we’ll presumably think again. I’m flattered the JLM asked me to write its history, and the book will be out in the coming months. The attitude of the House of Commons to the Jewish community was laid down by William Gladstone, four times Victorian prime minister. In a debate in 1851 about a Jewish merchant who had been unfairly pilloried in the press, Gladstone told the House “I say fearlessly whatever may be the difference of opinion in this House as to the admission of Jews to political privilege [you had to swear in as a Christian at the time], that no person would dare to stand

up among us and allege his religion as a ground for mistrust or for the denial of justice, without drawing down upon himself, from all quarters of the House alike, universal scorn and indignation”. The House of Commons has been as good as Gladstone’s word. The JLM and the Labour party grew up together. The JLM was originally an international movement called Poale Zion; its first British branch was in Leeds in 1905. The first Jewish Labour MP you’ve never heard of, Thomas Myers, was elected MP for Spen Valley in 1919. Labour represented the poor and, at the turn of the century, most of the British Jews were poor. They naturally tended to vote for Labour. At their peak, there were 38 Jewish Labour MPs in 1966. From 1945-1970, there were only two

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LABOUR REPRESENTED THE POOR AND MOST BRITISH JEWS WERE POOR Conservative Jewish MPs. Conservative associations didn’t seem to want Jewish candidates. The Labour leaders approved of Zionism. Ramsay Macdonald, the first, visited Palestine in the early 1920s and reported: “It is impossible for any one who saw what I saw to be too extravagant in tributes to the Jewish colonisers in Palestine. I saw what was bog being turned into cultivatable land, I saw the morass being drained and recovered.” Future Israeli politicians knew all about London. David Ben Gurion ran an office here and Abba Eban, the future Foreign Minister, joined Poale Zion when a student in Oxford. The future Israeli Prime Minister, Moshe Shertok, visiting Britain, said at a party in London: “There’s no need to stand on ceremony. I used to be a Labour member of the Stepney

Borough Council." Ramsay MacDonald was replaced as leader by Clement Attlee, whose political career had been fostered by Oscar Tobin, the Jewish leader of an East End council. Attlee was on record as saying: "The wonderful work of reconstruction undertaken by the Jews in Palestine has earned the admiration of all. In these difficult days [prewar], I should like to assure you of my sympathy." The next Labour prime minister was Harold Wilson, who was strongly pro-Israel. His book, The Chariot of Israel, was described by his Home Secretary Roy Jenkins as the most pro-Jewish book ever written by a non-Jew. There are only a few Jewish Labour MPs now. We have more representatives in the House of Lords. Overall, it shows the benefit you get from allowing immigrants into the country. One of Churchill’s military advisers was asked how on earth we had managed to win the Second World War. He explained: “Our German scientists were better than their German scientists.” We’ve done our bit. My politics? I’m the last of the Whigs. Vote for Lord Melbourne, I say.


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1 SPECIAL CYCLE

A group of children raised £18,500 for Camp Simcha by cycling 400 miles over four weeks, or the distance from London to Glasgow. They were inspired to take on the challenge after their brother and cousin, Joshua Hirshler, was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the start of lockdown. The six-year-old from Hertfordshire has received support from the charity, which helps families with seriously ill children. His mother Deborah said: “As a family, we really wanted to find a way to give something back. I was chatting to Rebecca, my cousin Ralph, and my brother Adam, and we came up with the idea of a sponsored cycle ride. My family are from Glasgow so the London to Glasgow idea came from that.” Pictured are Adam, Romy, Ariella, Tamara and Benjamin Gordon.

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2 BEE SWEET

Rabbi David Hulbert enlisted the help of children to take off honey from his two beehives. Some of the crop is going off to the Ralli Hall Community Centre in Brighton, to help elderly Jewish people in Brighton, to celebrate a sweet and healthy New Year.

3 HATZOLA WALKERS

Eighty walkers aged over 65 walked thousands of steps each day throughout August to raise more than £91,900 for Hatzola Edgware. “The only way we can continue is through the great generosity of the community, which enables us to stock our ambulances and volunteer medical packs with the latest medical equipment and devices and provide lifesaving training to our volunteers,” said Hatzola spokesman Elliott Hambling.

4 LAKE RIDERS

A group of 34 cyclists have raised thousands of pounds for Norwood by completing a 41km ride through the Lake District. The group set off from Fallbarrow Hall in Windermere in small groups of social bubbles and households. Among them was Joe Baker, who has previously been supported by Norwood and whose story was featured in the charity’s 2019 annual dinner film. Other highlights of the ride included Howard Kayman, Roberta Gold and Nigel Carter celebrating their fifth Norwood challenge, while Steve Adams completed his 19th ride with the charity, most of which have been undertaken on a tandem to support Norwood service users. The charity expects to raise approximately £35,000 through this challenge. Pictured are Robert Harris and Annabel Lawrence.

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Pen pal project / Weekend

We’re write here for you! An innovative pen pal scheme is helping older people feel less isolated and youngsters to connect with them through the art of letter writing, hears Francine Wolfisz

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n an age of emails, instant messages and WhatsApps, the joy of letter writing is becoming a rarity – but one that is being rediscovered, thanks to an innovative scheme helping to bring generations together. Jewish Care’s pen pal scheme began just weeks after the country went into lockdown, with youngsters putting away their iPads and instead picking up paper and pen to write letters and cards, draw pictures and share photos of pets with older members of the community. Even as restrictions eased up for many, the scheme has continued to connect young and old – with some discovering by virtue of Jewish geography that they are, in fact, related. Among them is 90-year-old Doreen Wejchendler and 14-year-old West End child actor Aaron Gelkoff. Doreen, who lives in Gants Hill, says: “We’ve been writing letters back and forth and when Aaron told us he was in shows, my daughter realised the connection between our Doreen families and that we are distantly related! “I phoned up his grandfather, Barry, and know his great-aunt. It’s very nice that he’s writing, especially when I found out he was 'mishpachah'." Chigwell resident Aaron, Aaron who attends West Hatch High School, already has many stage credits to his name, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Les Miserables, Caroline, or Change and The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾. Aaron says: “I’ve been part of Jewish Care’s

MIKE leadership programme at Redbridge Jewish Community Centre (RJCC) for a while. That’s where I heard about the pen pal project and I wanted to get involved. “I know that going into lockdown must have been a real shock for people living on their own and they might have been finding it really difficult. “I thought this was a nice way to make new friends and it’s a coincidence that our family is connected. I like writing to Doreen and we talk about our shared interests – we both spent our birthday in lockdown and we both have pets. Doreen sent me a photo of her cat, Charlie, and I sent her a photo of my dog, Roxy.” Also taking part in the scheme is 12-year-old Colliers Row resident Harrison Nathan, who has been enjoying writing to 85-year-old Aubrey Green, from north London. Harrison’s mum, Victoria, said: “We saw that Jewish Care Aubrey was asking for volunteers to write to its members at the beginning of lockdown and thought it would be a great opportunity for him to do something for the community. “He understands how Harrison important it is to stay in touch, especially as Harrison has three great-grandparents in their 90s. He has enjoyed sharing lockdown stories and interests with Aubrey.” For his newly-acquired pen pal, there’s no doubt receiving his letters has brightened his days. Aubrey says: “We’ve been writing to one another for a couple of months and it’s lovely that a young person like Harrison is taking the time to write letters to someone of an age like myself. It’s very important to stay connected and to keep a positive bright attitude, especially in these times. “We chat about ourselves and he tells me what team he supports. It’s a pleasure to do something

like this.” Even pre-schoolers who have not yet mastered the art of writing have still managed to get involved by sending their colourful pictures. Joyce Rogers, 88, from Essex, has regularly received letters from nearby resident Claire Hartley and her children, five-year-old Alex, and Joyce two-year-old Talia. She says: “It’s so nice of Claire to take the time to write to me, especially as I’m sure she’s very busy with two children. The children are just adorable; they sent me lovely pictures they’d drawn, which Claire I have kept. “Claire told me her little boy was turning five soon, so I sent him a birthday card. I enjoy writing to them with the help of a volunteer, Joanne. I was going to the supportive community tea parties and Redbridge Jewish Community Centre. I miss it and hope we get back together soon.” Claire says: “It has been such a pleasure writing to Joyce and receiving her letters in return. She is so thoughtful and kind. For Alex’s birthday, she sent him a card and stickers via the community centre, which forwarded it to me at home. “She also included some stickers for my daughter, Talia, so she wasn’t left out! I am so looking forward to the day we can meet in person for a cup of tea.” Speaking about the scheme, Alison Smardina, Jewish Care’s supportive communities officer, says: “We’re so pleased the pen pal project is connecting older and young people across the generations. "It’s really important for us to remember that many older people are still isolated at home and while they can’t socialise at community centres and supportive communities tea parties, the pen pal project has been a welcome alternative way to stay connected to the community.”  If you would like to be a pen pal or to receive letters, please email Dana at DKurlansky-Thom@jcare.org

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FROM BOOK TO FILM Newark Minutemen

FOR THE FOODIES Nigella’s Cook, Eat, Repeat Nigella Lawson is set to return with a fresh selection of mouth-watering recipes in her new six-part BBC2 series, Nigella’s Cook, Eat, Repeat. During the series, Nigella will spend time explaining where she finds inspiration for her recipes, from delving into her collection of vintage cookbooks to exchanges of ideas on social media. “More than just a mantra, cook, eat, repeat is the story of my life,” says Nigella. Her latest dishes include the indulgent chocolate peanut butter cake and the lifeaffirming fear free fish stew. The show coincides with the release of her new book, by the same title, published by Chatto and Windus on 29 October.

DOCUMENTARY Defying Gravity An upcoming novel based on the true story of a Jewish boxer who goes undercover for the mafia and FBI to fight fascism in New Jersey has been optioned by independent production company Fulwell 73, Variety reports. Author Leslie K Barry’s story is based on the real-life experiences of her uncle, who joined the Newark Minutemen, a band of other Jewish boxers who rose up to fight against the Nazi party in America, which began gaining traction during the Great Depression. Barry researched the history over many years, with first-hand accounts from her 93-year-old mother and cousin, FBI reports and boxes of undercover source material. Fulwell 73’s Leo Pearlman, who recently executive produced Channel 4’s acclaimed

TELEVISION Sue Perkins: Along the USMexico Border Comedian and broadcaster Sue Perkins features in an eye-opening two-part series exploring what life is really like for people living along the borders of America and Mexico. News coverage tends to focus on drug trafficking, violent cartels and desperate migrants – and of course the wall. Sue – who is Jewish through her maternal

documentary, Auschwitz Untold: In Colour, Colour led on the acquisition and will executive produce the feature film. Barry said Pearlman “understood the story” and explained: “When we were talking about the novel, Leo and I started sharing stories about our grandmothers and their plights in London and America. “He understood the story and its importance on a level that made me trust his sensibility.” Fulwell 73, which produces The Late Late Show with James Corden, was founded by Pearlman alongside brothers Gabe and Ben Turner and Ben Winston. In 2017, Corden joined the company as a fifth partner. Newark Minutemen is released in paperback next month from Morgan James Publishing.

side – travels from the Mexican city of Tijuana on the Pacific Coast to the north-eastern border city of Matamoros. She helps a group of Honduran volunteers building a hostel for fellow refugees fleeing violence, while on the US side of the border she spends a day with the sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona, to find out more about the battle with the Mexican cartels that traffic people and drugs, and meets a rancher dealing with migrants climbing over the wall and onto his land. She also meets some of the many American retirees who have moved south of the border. Sue Perkins: Along the US-Mexico Border begins on Monday, 9pm, on BBC One

American-Jewish composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz is set to be the subject of a new documentary by director John Scheinfeld. Defying Gravity: From Godspell to Wicked, A Musical Journey, will start production next year and chart his stage successes, which include Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Prince of Egypt, as well as the shows that did not fare so well, including

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The Baker’s Wife. Schwartz, an Oscar, Tony and Grammy winner, has penned a list of hits over the years that include Corner of the Sky, Colors of the Wind and Day By Day. While The Prince of Egypt enjoyed only a short West End debut shortly before lockdown, the musical is set to return at the Dominion Theatre on 2 November.

music video for her song Moo went viral in 2018. Her 2020 song Say So, which had a remix featuring the rapper Nicki Minaj, has spent 33 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, and reached number 2 in the UK charts. She urged fans to “stay safe” and thanked her mother in her acceptance speech. Dlamini has courted controversy in her fledgling career, including for having used homophobic slurs on social media, while one of her earlier songs used a racist term mocking Black victims of police violence. She later apologised, saying she had used the term in an effort to “flip its meaning”, although she acknowledged it was a “bad decision.”


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his rosti is delicious topped with a fried egg (if not cooking a vegan version) and some sautéed garlicky rainbow chard. You can try swapping the celeriac or parsnips for beetroot, if you like, but keep the potato ratio as the potatoes provide much-needed starch that helps the mixture hold together.

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OSTI ROOT VEGETABLE R 1. Coarsely grate the potatoes, parsnip, celeriac and carrot onto a clean tea towel. 2. Finely slice the onion, add to the veg and gather the tea towel into a pouch encasing the vegetables. Squeeze the tea towel around the veg and over the sink to squeeze out any excess moisture. 3. Tip the vegetables into a mixing bowl and add the crushed garlic, parsley and plain flour. Season well and, using clean hands, mix well to combine thoroughly. 4. Heat half of the oil in a non-stick frying pan over a low-medium heat. Using your hands, shape half of the rosti mixture into six patties. 5. Cook in the pan for about five minutes until golden on the underside. Carefully turn the rosti over and cook until golden on the other side. 6. Remove from the pan and keep warm while you cook the remaining mixture in the remaining oil.

Small rosti are great for children and small plates, but if you prefer you can make six larger rosti – just remember you may need to increase the cooking time slightly. You could also make one large rosti if you are feeling brave and have a suitably sized non-stick pan. Once you’ve browned the rosti on both sides slide the (oven-proof) pan into a moderate oven for 10–15 minutes to ensure that the veggies are cooked through. If your pan isn’t oven-proof, carefully turn the rosti out onto a baking tray first.

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Orthodox Judaism

SEDRA Ki Tavo BY RABBI DANIEL FRIEDMAN As cinemas reopen around the country, the season’s blockbuster is slated to be Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, an epic featuring time-bending that questions our views of past, present and future. It ties in with this week’s Sedra, which alludes to time travel. In Parshat Ki Tavo, we read the tochacha – the looming desolation when God hides His face. Our sages teach that within each of the curses, one may discover a hidden blessing. Take this verse: “Your ox will be slaughtered before your eyes, and not from it will you eat. Your donkey will be stolen from before you and not return to you. Your flocks will be given for your enemies and there won’t be for you a saviour.” (Deut. 28:31.) The Chid”a explains the secret of the hidden blessing. Having read the ‘verse,’ now ‘re-verse’ the reading: For you, a saviour. And there won’t be given for your enemies. Your flocks will return to you. And not from before you will your donkey be stolen. You will eat from it, and not before your eyes will your ox be slaughtered. Many of the trials and tribulations

of life seem unbearable as we go through them. But then the storm subsides, and we turn around and examine our experiences. With the benefit of hindsight, often we appreciate why Heaven subjected us to such challenges. At certain times, God was protecting us from worse circumstances. Other times, He placed us in trying situations to help us grow and become wiser; humbler; more mature, patient and empathetic beings. Time appears to be linear. But in many cases, the ending of the story has already been written. Life now may feel impossible to endure. The key is to travel into the future and picture the best ending to the story, and work backwards, asking yourself how best to respond to the present perils. The ideal way to remain calm through the storm is to believe the story will end the same way, regardless of the stress you expend along the journey. May you successfully master the trait of time travel!

 Rabbi Daniel Friedman serves Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue

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What’s in a number?

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BY RABBI ZVI SOLOMONS Who knows six? I know six. Six are the orders of the Mishnah, known as Shas, which is the abbreviation for Shisha Sidrei (Mishna), and Yeshiva Bochurim call the complete Talmud the Shas. It consists of more than six books because of all the commentary and takes a lifetime to master. This is a special number. The six days of creation culminate in Shabbat, the day of rest. However, the number six is a multiple of two and three, the female and the male. The marriage of male and female is a joining. Indeed the animals and then finally mankind were created on the sixth day of creation, which makes it a special number for mankind. Six is delineated in Hebrew as the letter vav. This is the joining letter, and its name means “hook”. The hooks in the tabernacle held the structure together and allowed the curtains to be hung, creating its structure. It is therefore symbolic of unity. “Six days shall you labour and do

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all your work!” God made the world in six days. The six days of work are holy, and without them we cannot be useful people. It is no coincidence humans need one day’s rest to six days’ labour. The work is holy as it allows the Shabbat to be so different. Tradition tells us that Torah was given on Shavuot, the sixth day of the month of Sivan. Six hundred thousand Jewish men of military age (not to mention the women, elderly and children) stood round the mountain to receive our most precious gift. We shake the lulav on Succot in the six cardinal directions. This is to request that God, who surrounds us, provides material good for us and

particularly in the land of Israel. The Magen David, a Kabbalistic symbol, represents the human being using the number six. The two intersecting triangles represent heaven and earth. The six points can be made to represent different things. For example, the seder plate has six items on it arranged as two intersecting triangles, a configuration some say reflects Rabbi Isaac Luria’s system. According to the Kabbalists, the seven compartments of the Magen David represent the seven higher sefirot or aspects of God’s nature. On the sixth day, we say Psalm 93, which talks about God being clothed in majesty. It is the last of the psalms said during Kabbalat Shabbat. The numerical value of the Hebrew word for roof, gag, is six which, seeing God made the world in six days, is the completion of the building. ◆ Zvi Solomons is Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Berkshire, JCoB.org


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The Bible Says What? ‘Nobody mourned for Miriam’ BY RABBI MIRIAM BERGER We are told that “when the entire community saw Aaron had died, they mourned in memory for 30 days” (Numbers 20:22-29). And when Moses died (Deuteronomy 34:8): “The Israelites bewailed Moses in the steppes of Moab for 30 days.” Yet there was a different response to Miriam’s death. We are simply told: “Miriam died there and was buried there. The community was without water.” Why was there a fleeting mention, a lack of mourning? Is she not deserving of the respect her brothers are given? In these simple words of Torah, I hear a depth of grief for Miriam which should be truly respected, especially at this time. While Covid-19 is still restricting numbers at funerals and changing the nature of shiva houses beyond recognition, it’s important to recognise Miriam was mourned. With Moses and Aaron, we experience what we are accustomed to. A community, a wider group of family and friends, coming together to

express grief and sadness together. However, perhaps it’s the mourning of Miriam to which we should all aspire. Immediately her loss is expressed by her absence in people’s lives. Torah expresses it as “thirst”. She was a leader who nourished people and her absence made them feel lacking in life-giving waters. When we mourn, recognising the legacy someone leaves and the absence felt in our lives is showing greater respect than all the public displays of grief ever could. Within this month of Elul, perhaps reflecting on how our absence would be felt in other people’s lives is the best way of “cheshbon hanefesh”, an accounting of the soul and recognising how we can be the best version of ourselves. May we hope for a time we can mourn as we did for Aaron and Moses, as a whole community. But may we also live our lives ensuring we are mourned like Miriam, by our absence feeling tangible.

◆ Rabbi Miriam Berger serves Finchley Reform Synagogue

Progressively Speaking Organ donation reminds us there’s no greater mitzvah than saving a life BY RABBI DR MARGARET JACOBI As we approach the High Holy Days, we are confronted by profound questions about life and death and of the legacy we wish to leave behind us. It is therefore appropriate that next week (Monday 7 September to Sunday 13 September), the one just to prior to Rosh Hashanah, is Organ Donation Week. The saving of life is one of the most important mitzvot in Judaism. If we decide we wish to donate our organs, we could potentially save the lives of not just one, but several people. That is why Judaism considers donating organs a mitzvah, one of the highest mitzvot we can perform, albeit after our death. Although there has been some discussion among Orthodox rabbis about the definition of death, most, including the Israeli rabbinic authorities, agree that death defined by neurologic criteria (so-called ‘brain death’) is acceptable, allowing heart and lung transplants to be carried out.

Recent changes in legislation have meant organ donation has once again been a subject of public discussion. The NHS Blood and Transplant authority, which oversees organ transplants, has been working with faith groups to ensure the legislation takes into account the needs of religion, acknowledging that there is no single view within Judaism or any faith. Although the legislation has been described as ‘opt-out’, in fact there will be little change in practice. If donation is a possibility, relatives will be approached by a specialist organ donation nurse (SNOD) who will be trained to discuss the issue sensitively with them.

Even if their loved one was on the register, the SNOD will still need to ascertain they had not changed their mind and that the relatives are comfortable with the donation going ahead. If you have not already do so, you may like to sign up on the NHS donor register:www.organdonation.nhs.uk/ register-to-donate. However, equally important is to have a conversation with those who will have responsibility for decisions in the event of your death, whether family or close friends. This will make their decision so much easier. It might be a difficult chat to have now, but it will be much harder for them if the conversation does not take place. There is no greater mitzvah than saving a life and, through registering and making your views known, you can be in a position to do this should circumstances make it possible. ◆ Rabbi Dr Margaret Jacobi serves Birmingham Progressive Synagogue

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DYSLEXIA PRACTITIONER SARAH BENARROCH Qualifications: • Director of Literacy Specialist Ltd, educational services for children with literacy difficulties and dyslexia. • MA in Specific Learning Difficulties (dyslexia), APC, British Dyslexia Association, PATOSS, 20 years’ experience in child education and development. • Full diagnostic assessments and reports for dyslexia. • Primary-age tuition in reading, writing and spelling.

LITERACY SPECIALIST LTD 07940 576 286 sarah@literacyspecialist.co.uk

JEWELLER

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

ROSENBERG & ASSOCIATES 0203 994 2278 www.israeli-lawyer.co.uk eli@israeli-lawyer.co.uk

CHARITY EXECUTIVE

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

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

SUE CIPIN Qualifications: • 18 years’ hands-on experience, leading JDA in significant growth and development. • Deep understanding of the impact of deafness on people at all stages of life, and their families. • Practical and emotional support for families of deaf children. • Extensive services for people affected by hearing loss/tinnitus.

KKL EXECUTOR AND TRUSTEE COMPANY 0800 358 3587 www.kkl.org.uk enquiries@kkl.org.uk

JEWELLERY CAVE LTD 020 8446 8538 www.jewellerycave.co.uk jonathan@jewellerycave.co.uk

JEWISH DEAF ASSOCIATION 020 8446 0502 www.jdeaf.org.uk mail@jdeaf.org.uk

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Thinking about ALIYAH? Contact the Jewish Agency for Israel certified by the Israeli government to facilitate Aliyah!

0-800-051-8227 | 020-8371-5250 | gci-en@jafi.org

TRAVEL AGENT

CRIMINAL DEFENCE SOLICITOR

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

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

WEST END TRAVEL 020 7644 1500 www.westendtravel.co.uk David.Segel@westendtravel.co.uk

NOBLE SOLICITORS 01582 544 370 carl.woolf@noblesolicitors.co.uk

REMOVALS MANAGING DIRECTOR

PRINCIPAL, PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL

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

LOUISE LEACH Qualifications: • Professional choreographer qualified in dance, drama and Zumba (ZIN, ISTD & LAMDA), gaining an honours degree at Birmingham University. • Former contestant on ITV’s Popstars, reaching bootcamp with Myleene Klass, Suzanne Shaw and Kym Marsh. • Set up Dancing with Louise 10 years ago.

STEPHEN MORRIS SHIPPING LTD 020 8832 2222 www.shipsms.co.uk stephen@shipsms.co.uk

DANCING WITH LOUISE 020 8203 5242 www.dancingwithlouise.co.uk louise@dancingwithlouise.co.uk


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ACCOUNTANT

ADR CONSULTANT

DENTIST

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

DONIEL GRUNEWALD Qualifications: • Accredited mediator to International Standards offering civil/commercial and workplace mediation; in a facilitative or evaluative format, or by med-arb. • Experienced in all Beth Din matters; including arbitration, advocacy, matrimonial settlements and written submissions. • Providing bespoke alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to the Jewish community.

DR ADAM NEWMAN Qualifications: • Dentist at the Gingerbread House, a Bupa Platinum practice in Shenley, Radlett. • Regional clinical lead for Bupa Dental Care UK. • Providing NHS and private dentistry, whitening, implants and cosmetic treatment. • Bachelor of Dental Surgery and member of the Royal College of Physician and Surgeons Glasgow; GDC registered 212542.

SOBELL RHODES LLP 020 8429 8800 www.sobellrhodes.co.uk a.shelley@sobellrhodes.co.uk

JEWISH DISPUTE SOLUTIONS 020 3637 9638 www.jewishdisputesolutions.co.uk director@jewishdisputesolutions.co.uk

GINGERBREAD HOUSE 01923 852 852 www.gingerbreadhealth.co.uk Adam.newman@gingerbreadhealth.co.uk

INTERNATIONAL PAYMENTS SPECIALIST

PROPERTY DEVELOPER

IT SPECIALIST

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

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

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

CURRENCIES DIRECT 07922 131 152 / 020 7847 9447 www.currenciesdirect.com/jn Naomi.feltham@currenciesdirect.com

LONDON PENTHOUSE 020 7665 9604 www.londonpenthouse.com info@lphvgroup.com

MAN ON A BIKE 020 8731 6171 www.manonabike.co.uk mail@manonabike.co.uk

INSURANCE CONSULTANCY

CHARITY EXECUTIVE

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

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

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

HARRIS HOROVIZ CONSULTING & TAX LTD +972-3-6123153 / + 972-54-6449398 leon@h2cat.com

RISK RESOLUTIONS 020 3411 4050 www.risk-resolutions.com ashley.prager@risk-resolutions.com

JEWISH BLIND & DISABLED 020 8371 6611 www.jbd.org Lisa@jbd.org

ALIYAH ADVISER

CAREER ADVISER

DOV NEWMARK Qualifications: • Director of UK Aliyah for Nefesh B’Nefesh, an organisation that helps facilitate aliyah from the UK. • Conducts monthly seminars and personal aliyah meetings in London. • An expert in working together with clients to help plan a successful aliyah.

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

NEFESH B’NEFESH 0800 075 7200 www.nbn.org.il dov@nbn.org.il

RESOURCE 020 8346 4000 www.resource-centre.org office@resource-centre.org

DIVORCE & FAMILY SOLICITOR

PALLIATIVE CARE MANAGER

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

POLLY LANDSBERG Qualifications: • Polly has worked in health and social care for more than 35 years. • Has a degree in nursing and a diploma in health visiting. • Polly is responsible for the day-to-day management of the palliative and end of life care service.

LLOYD PLATT & COMPANY SOLICITORS 020 8343 2998 www.divorcesolicitors.com lloydplatt@divorcesolicitors.com

SWEETTREE HOME CARE SERVICES 020 7644 9500 www.sweettree.co.uk polly.landsberg@sweettree.co.uk

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Welcoming new patients Dental implants | Invisalign teeth straightening Crowns and veneers | Facial aesthetics | Periodontics Endodontics | Teeth whitening | Oral hygiene

Contact our friendly team today on

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Gingerbread House Dental and Health Centre is a trading name of Oasis Healthcare Limited. Registered in England and Wales no: 03257078. Registered office: Bupa Dental Care, Vantage Office Park, Old Gloucester Road, Hambrook, Bristol, United Kingdom BS16 1GW.

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JDA is working tirelessly to ensure that no deaf

person will be marginalised by a lack of

specialist PPE

“ To be able to understand the paramedic and see her reassuring smile stopped me feeling so terrified.” When Eva’s breathing became erratic and she complained of a tight chest, thankfully Janine, one of JDA’s Support Workers, was visiting her. Janine called an ambulance and, upon arrival, gave the paramedic a see-through mask. This enabled Eva to lip-read and follow what was happening to her. As a result of this, JDA has been in consultation with the London Ambulance Service and is equipping Hatzola’s paramedics with these specialist masks.

Please show you care by making a donation today.

020 8446 0502 www.jdeaf.org.uk Registered Charity No. 1105845 Company Limited by Guarantee 4983830


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