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For better or worse Taboo-busting liberal rabbis to give mixedfaith marriage blessings beneath the chuppah Mixed-faith couples can now be blessed by a rabbi on their wedding day beneath a traditional chuppah, writes Jack Mendel. The Conference of Liberal Rabbis and Cantors made its decision last weekend, with the ruling coming into effect for this weekend’s Simchat Torah celebrations. It marks the first time a Jewish movement in the UK has introduced the chuppah into a mixedfaith ceremony. The change will be implemented “at the rabbi’s discretion and where the couple intend to maintain a Jewish home”, according to a statement by the conference of rabbis.. Rabbi Danny Rich, vice-president of Liberal Judaism, who wrote
the paper that led to the move, said it was “long overdue”. In a piece for Jewish News this week, he added: “Among both our supporters and critics, many thought we already offered this within Liberal Judaism.” Liberal Judaism’s chair, Ruth Seager, also welcomed the move, saying she and her husband, Andrew, will now renew their vows after marrying in May 1983, allowing them to be recognised “properly and unreservedly” by Mixed-faith couple Helen Goldhill, the faith. right, and Lucie Spicer plan to “Andrew has always been an marry under a chuppah next year active member of the community – schlepping tables and chairs, doing to be counted when it comes to the security and attending services,” Jewish world, so now I am pleased she said. “He has always stood up that the Jewish community is
giving Andrew the welcome that he deserved 38 years ago.” Another couple embracing the move are Helen Goldhill, who is Jewish, and Lucie Spicer, who is non-religious. They plan to marry next July and say the chuppah will provide “a beautiful symbol of our life and home together”. “Being Jewish is a big part of Helen’s identity,” Spicer said. “It would have been very sad if certain aspects of the Jewish marriage ceremony were not available to us.” Liberal Judaism’s interim director, Rabbi Charley Baginsky, said the move was part of its “commitment to diversity and equality – so it was time to put our chuppah where our values are”.
Rabbi Aaron Goldstein, who chairs the rabbis’ conference, said it was both a “common sense and courageous decision”. The Movement for Reform Judaism, which works closely with Liberal Judaism, said it “doesn’t hold a position on blessings under the chuppah”, adding: “That is for each community to decide.” It continued: “Like Liberal Judaism, we offer a warm welcome for mixed-faith couples and will extend this to anyone who wants to be part of our communities.” No Orthodox movement approached for a reaction was willing to comment. Editorial comment, page 16
Jewish News 8 October 2020
News / Westminster challenge / Welsh concerns / Online hate
I face Memorial a ‘terror target’ Jenrick: death threats Plans to build a Holocaust memorial next to parliament would create a “trophy site” for terrorists, a public inquiry heard this week, writes Tali Fraser. The £100 milllion Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre, a tribute to the six million Jews murdered and all other Nazi victims, is planned for Victoria Tower Gardens on Millbank. In evidence to a monthlong inquiry that opened on Tuesday to discuss the project, Lord Carlile QC, the former independent reviewer of anti-terror laws, branded the location of the memorial as a “selfevident terrorism risk”. The crossbench peer, whose Jewish parents were born in pre-war Poland, said that while he “totally” supported the creation of a Holocaust memorial in London, the plans “would be a threat to the public, and also a potential threat to Parliament”.
The proposed Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre
Risks of being located near Parliament and government offices, Lord Carlile said, would be compounded by confined space and the “total inadequacy” of proposed 20-second security checks. However, a government foundation has said there is “no convincing evidence” that the location would add any security burden. A spokesperson from the UK Holocaust Memo-
rial Foundation (UKHMF) said: “The proposed Memorial and Learning Centre will have a level of security appropriate to any structure close to Parliament and government buildings. “Every day thousands of people visit Westminster. They pass structures that have advance security vigilance. They do so because the British people will not allow criminals and terror-
ists to dictate where they walk on the streets of their capital.” Holocaust Educational Trust chief executive Karen Pollock said: “Seventy-five years after the end of the Holocaust, survivors are dwindling and this dark episode is moving from living history to just history. This is why a national Memorial and Learning Centre, next to Parliament, the heart of
our democracy, is so central in ensuring our nation remembers. “While terrorism is a threat both at home and abroad, I would have thought as with any significant site, robust measures will be put in place.” A Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government spokesperson told Jewish News it was “confident the proposed site will be secure”. During Tuesday’s inquiry, Christopher Katkowski QC, representing the UKHMF, said the application was “overwhelmingly in the public interest” and that the main issue at stake was whether “harm to heritage and to other interests are outweighed by the public benefits”. A group of 42 leading Holocaust academics said the plans would harm heritage, labelling the proposed location of the memorial as “deeply problematic”.
Online trolls have threatened to “burn down” the home of housing minister Robert Jenrick over his support for the proposed national Holocaust memorial, writes Tali Fraser. Following a high court ruling on Monday that the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government acted appropriately in its handling of the planning application for the memorial, Jenrick (pictured) told The Telegraph he was living under police protection after threats to “burn his house down”. In a high court challenge last month brought against the government over plans to locate the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre outside the Houses of Parliament, Jenrick was accused of having a “stark conflict of interest”. In a statement on Twitter, Jenrick, who is married to the daughter of Holocaust survivors and whose children have been brought up Jewish, wrote: “The allegations made against MHCLG, myself and the project team by those who seek to stop the memorial were baseless and disgraceful. “That I was subject to antisemitic smears for supporting it only confirms its paramount importance.”
CALLS TO EXPEL ACTIVIST The Board of Deputies and South Wales Jewish Representative Council have written to the chair of Plaid Cymru about the party’s resistance to expel activist Sahar Al-Faifi after she shared antisemitic material online. The letter to Alun Ffred Jones expresses “deep concern at the decision by the Welsh
nationalist party to take no action to change the membership status of Al-Faifi. It adds: “Regrettably, a message has been sent to Jews and antisemites that antisemitism is tolerated in Plaid Cymru.” Dr Sheila Gewolb, senior vice-president of the Board of Deputies, and Laurence Kahn, chair of South Wales Jewish Representative Council,
claim that Al-Faifi is a “serial poster” of antisemitic material, after she propagated a conspiracy theory linking police violence in America with Israel. Following the killing of George Floyd, Al-Faifi posted a now deleted tweet, saying: “If you wonder where did these American cops trained [sic], look no further than Israel.”
Online Harms Bill is ‘complicated’
15 countries call for EU to halt PA funds
Ministers must be “very aware” of the clamour to progress legislation tackling online hate, Baroness (Nicky )Morgan warned this week. During an Antisemitism Policy Trust event at the Conservative Party conference, Morgan added that while she “would like to get on with it”, people would have to wait for the Online Harms Bill, owing to its “complicated” nature. Jewish organisations have called for the bill to recognise the need for Facebook and Twitter to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism. Home Office minister Victoria Atkins, who has responsibility for safeguarding, has made clear that the government is due to give a full response to the Online Harms white paper consultation this autumn. She told the Board of Deputies’ Conservative Party conference event that she would imagine “any independent regulator will look very carefully” at the definition, while Morgan said she would expect amendments to the legislation to include “senior management [of social media platforms] having personal liability”.
A cross-party group of more than 20 members of the European parliament, from 15 different countries, has urged the EU to hold back on funding to the Palestinian Authority until there is an end to antisemitic incitement in the PA’s school textbooks. The move by MEPs, associated with the Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI) interparliamentary group, comes after the publication of a report into Palestinian textbook content by Israeli education research body, IMPACT-se. It found numerous examples of sustained antisemitism and incitement against Israel in its analysis of the latest editions of the Palestinian school books. But alarms rang for the MEPs after it became clear that the Georg Eckert Institute, the German-based body commissioned by first Britain, and then the EU, to examine the content of the textbooks, was in many cases looking at the wrong books. Instead of looking at Palestinian schoolbooks, the Eckert researchers were reviewing Israeli Jerusalem municipality books.
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He’s a Shai ﬂyer stood to be being The Chinese government ! held in camps in Xinhas reacted angrily to Jewish jiang, a region in the News’s petition opposing its country’s northwest, brutal treatment of Uyghur according to internaMuslims, writes Jack Mendel. It has branded the peti- 150 MPs and peers sign our Uy tional human rights ghur petition tion, signed by more than activists. Rights groups 150 parliamentarians and set to be delivered to have accused China of Downing Street next week, abuses including forced as “deplorable slander”. labour and sterilisation. A spokesperson for Chinese authorities STARMER: ME MORIAL IS VIT AL the Chinese Embassy in deny mistreatment of the London responded to the Uyghur and other Muslim campaign launched by minority groups, saying LIFE TURNED UPSIDE DOW N this newspaper saying detention camps offer it “elaborated the facts” “vocational training”. about allegations of abuse. When asked about allegations, China’s Embassy The spokesperson added: “The claim these that China is persecuting the Uyghur Mus- in London provided a 1,300-word lims in Xinjiang is a false proposition. This response, insisting that the claims were is a sensational headline concocted by some full of “rumours and slanders”, and anti-China forces, another farce designed to saying “we strongly deplore and oppose it”. A spokesperson said the claim that smear and discredit China.” Jewish News, together with Conserva- “nearly one million Uyghurs in Xinjiang tive MP Nusrat Ghani and the support of the are detained” is “a lie cooked up by an antiWorld Uyghur Congress and human rights China organisation”, which it names as Chicharity René Cassin, wrote to MPs and peers nese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD), and last month urging them to push for sanctions “an anti-China individual”, named as Adrian Zenz, whom it labels “a far-right fundamenand an independent investigation. Around one million Muslims are under- talist funded by the government” of the US. FR
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“There are many rumours and lies about the vocational education and training centres in Xinjiang, calling them ‘concentration camps’ or ‘re-education camps’. “The truth is they are none of these,” the spokesperson claimed. “They are useful and
positive explorations of preventative and deradicalisation measures.” The embassy said the centres addressed “the root causes for extremism” and were “no different from the Desistance and Disengagement Programme (DDP) of the UK”.
...AS PARLIAMENT SETS DATE TO DEBATE POSSIBLE SANCTIONS Parliament will next week debate imposing sanctions on China over its treatment of Uyghur Muslims. More than 145,000 have signed a petition calling on the UK government to act, after reports that more than one million Muslims are detained in camps in Xinjiang, northwest China. A Jewish News petition to the government, signed by more than 150 parliamentarians, is to be delivered to No 10 next week. The petition that led to the debate, accuses China of “cultural genocide” against the
minority Turkic ethnic group. It says “they are subject to mass detention, mass surveillance, restriction of religious and cultural identities, as well as other gross human rights abuses”, but that “nothing substantial or concrete has been done to resolve the crisis”. The government responded to the petition in July when it passed 100,000 signatures, saying it had “grave concerns about the gross human rights abuses being perpetrated in China”. The debate is due to take place on Monday.
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Group to tackle online antisemitism Lawmakers from five countries have joined forces to launch an inter-parliamentary task force to combat online antisemitism. The group includes legislators from the UK, United States, Israel, Australia and Canada, following the work of campaigns such as the #NoSafeSpaceForJewHate boycott in exposing online antisemitism. Conservative MP Andrew Percy and Labour MP Alex Sobel, who are both Jewish, have joined the task force, which aims to hold social
media platforms to account through non-partisan policies protecting against hate speech. The task force highlighted the need for Twitter, TikTok, Facebook and Google to acknowledge their responsibility to root out antisemitism. Sobel said: “The antisemitic hate I have received has been wide and varied in nature. “Antisemitic conspiracy theories are rife on social media, with many subscribers not realising the antisemitic roots and implications of QAnon and other right-wing conspiracy theories.”
Johnson ‘unshakeable’ on Israel Boris Johnson has restated that his government’s “commitment to Israel’s security” will be “unshakeable”, in a message to the Conservative Friends of Israel’s Informed Magazine. In his letter to CFI supporters, Johnson says: “I have always been proud to be considered a friend of Israel.” He adds: “From my first expeditions to Israel as a young man to my recent visits as mayor
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Jewish News 8 October 2020
News / Mixed-faith weddings
‘This is what inclusivity looks like’
Jews in mixed-faith couples are planning to marry under the chuppah
Andrew and Ruth on their wedding day
Liberal Judaism chair Ruth Seager and husband Andrew married in May 1983 at Crawley Registry Office, when they were both aged 23. Ruth is a lifelong Liberal Jew; Andrew has no religion but sees himself as a non-Jewish member of a Jewish family. They have three children – Joshua, Rebecca and Reuben – whom they have raised to be informed and
committed Jews. Ruth and Andrew now intend to renew their vows under the chuppah. Andrew said: “Ruth and I met at university. After a couple of years of joining in festivals, attending services and fasting, Ruth’s father gave me a tallit. “I am not a religious person, but I have developed a high regard for Jewish life and found myself comfortable with the teachings of Liberal Judaism, so I was very happy for our future family to be Jewish.” Ruth added: “After we were married, we joined Crawley Jewish community, then we moved to London and became members of what is now East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue. “Andrew has always been an active member of the community – schlepping tables and chairs, doing security and attending services. He has always stood up to be counted when it comes to the Jewish world, so now I am pleased the Jewish community is giving Andrew the welcome that he deserved 38 years ago. “It is wonderful couples like Andrew and I, especially those starting a Jewish life together, can now be welcomed properly and unreservedly through the chuppah and into the tent. “Liberal Judaism is a home for everyone’s Jewish story. This is what an inclusive movement looks like.”
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Helen Goldhill, who is Jewish, and Lucie Spicer, who is non-religious, plan to marry next July. They say the chuppah will provide “a beautiful symbol of our life and home together”. Lucie said: “Being Jewish is a big part of Helen’s identity and we are joining our lives together. It would have been very sad if certain aspects of the Jewish marriage ceremony were not available to us. “With such uncertainty around weddings, and disappointment for many at having to postpone, this has really brought joy to many couples like us. After all, everyone loves a wedding!” Helen added: “We plan to build a Jewish home and having these traditions on our wedding day will only embed Judaism in our future even further. “I was extremely touched when I heard the news – knowing that we weren’t going to have to com- Lucie Spicer and Helen Goldhill plan for a Jewish home promise on what we wanted for our wedding. thing they wished they had. I also have friends “I know for friends and their parents in the who are currently engaged who will benefit past this wasn’t an option and has been some- from this so I am excited for them too.”
CHANGE TO MIXED FAITH WEDDINGS IS THE RIGHT THING – AND OVERDUE BY RABBI DANNY RICH VICE PRESIDENT, LIBERAL JUDAISM
The change made by Liberal Judaism in regards to mixed faith weddings this week is not only right it is, in my view, long overdue. Indeed, among both supporters and critics, many thought this was already the case. I was delighted to propose the successful resolution, passed by the Liberal Conference of Rabbis and Cantors (CoLRaC), that marriage blessings where a Jew is partnered with a person who does not identify as Jewish can now take place under a chuppah. This new practise – which will take place at the rabbi’s discretion and where the couple intend to maintain a Jewish home – reflects the reality that the institution of marriage and the symbol of the chuppah itself has changed over time. The original meaning of the word and purpose of chuppah are unclear but, before it came to refer to a wedding ceremony in general, it meant a canopy – either under which a bride was escorted to her marital home or under which a groom received the bride into their new home. A modern chuppah is today usually made of beautiful fabric and supported by four firm poles and it is under its confines that the marriage ceremony takes place. As one of a number of beautifying symbols of a Jewish marriage, the chuppah is frequently understood as representing the Jewish home the couple concerned are responsible for cre-
ating. Jewish homes are those places where Jewish values are lived out, where the Jewish way of life is manifested, where Jewish ceremonies and rituals take place and where Jewish families are moulded. It is the experience of Liberal rabbis that all of this may happen in the homes where a Jew is partnered with a person who does not identify as Jewish, and, where the couple indicates it will, it would be illogical and possibly counterproductive to deny the request for a chuppah. Liberal Judaism has always sought to increase Jewish commitment, belief and practice. It has sought to do so by offering Jews –and others – a genuine welcome into Liberal Jewish communities, synagogues, schools and youth movements. Liberal Judaism affirms the Talmudic principle: the law of the land is the law. The current marriage law of England and Wales only permits rabbis and synagogue marriage secretaries to ‘officiate’ where both bride and groom ‘profess’ the Jewish faith. All other couples, including a Jew partnered with a person who does not identify as Jewish must undergo a civil ceremony in order to be legally married. The wedding blessing under the chuppah would follow that. This decision on chuppah is yet another example of Liberal Judaism’s continuing purpose: to strengthen Jewish life by bringing new meaning to ancient traditions. Judaism comes in many shapes and sizes but the destiny of Judaism was never to be merely a tribal faith; it raison d’etre was to bring the message of ‘one humanity under one God’ to the peoples of the world.
8 October 2020 Jewish News
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‘Two thirds of Jews suffering mentally’ by Jenni Frazer @JenniFrazer
A study published this week by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) shows that Jews in their late teens and early 20s are much more likely than older members of the community to be showing clear signs of mental distress as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. But data obtained during the July 2020 survey shows that overall, “since the pandemic took hold in March, almost two-out-of-three Jews reported a deterioration in their mental wellbeing”.
was followed by boredom (28 percent) and general irritability (28 percent). Respondents were asked The report, Hidden effects: tors of mental wellbeing. Six whether they felt the mental health of the UK’s indicators were worded nega- differently in July Jewish population during the tively: “felt nervous, anxious from how they COVID-19 pandemic, inves- or on edge”; “felt frustrated”; reacted in Febtigates the extent to which “felt down, depressed or hope- ruary, before the the coronavirus outbreak has less”; “felt lonely or isolated”; pandemic took affected peoples’ mental health. ‘became easily annoyed or irri- hold in Britain. The answers, Students are reminded to keep their distance to avoid the virus It is the second in a series of table” and “felt bored” and two studies carried out by JPR, were worded positively: “felt say the JPR, show which will assist in planning for calm and relaxed” and “felt “a notable decline says, some people did show the younger people were, the content”. Each indicator was in mental wellbeing. The the community’s needs. markedly less stress. “For more likely they were to report The study shows levels of measured using a five-point greatest changes were in feelexample, stress levels might mental distress in the two anxiety rose across the Jewish scale: Frequently, Often, Occa- ings of frustration and feeling have declined among individ- weeks prior to the survey. nervous, anxious or on edge, JPR executive director and population in the UK in the sionally, Rarely, Never. uals who no longer had to comThe figures show that frus- with almost half of respondents context of the pandemic. The mute to work, rush to meetings report co-author Dr Jonathan nearly 7,000 respondents tration was most likely to be saying they felt more frustrated or feel they were missing out Boyd, said: “The effects of the were asked to assess how they felt frequently or often and was and anxious now than before on social events, or who simply pandemic on the mental health had felt over the previous two experienced at this level by 31 the pandemic”. had more time to appreciate of young people are particuNevertheless, the report larly troubling... Mental health weeks, based on eight indica- percent of respondents. This the natural environment”. The study finds that “Jewish professionals and community women are more likely than leaders should take heed.” Jewish men to say their mental • There has been the biggest state overall has taken a turn spike in coronavirus-related Golders Green ward had the highest for the week ending 26 September. for the worse since the out- deaths in the community since Covid-19 infection rate in Barnet, Golders Green has recorded the highest early June, with seven funerals break began”. according to latest statistics from the number of confirmed cases in Barnet But it is the finding about taking place last week. The figwith 899. In the 2011 Census, Golders council. young people that is most ures, as of the week ending 2 At 71.74 cases per 100,000 people, Green had the largest Jewish population striking. The survey has found October, released by the Board Golders Green ward’s case rate was two- of any ward in the country, but there is that “for every mental well- of Deputies brings the total of and-a-half times higher than the bor- nothing to link the high number of cases being indicator examined, deaths to 520. ough average of 28.6 cases per 100,000, to the Jewish community specifically.
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Jewish News 8 October 2020
News / Eisenberg mourned / Teen convicted / Wiley mocked
Fitness millionaire dies Millionaire businessman Zef Eisenberg has died while attempting a British land speed record, writes Jack Mendel. Eisenberg, 47, who was Jewish, founded the fitness firm Maximuscle, was involved in a crash at Elvington, near York, at about 4.30pm last Thursday and died at the scene. North Yorkshire Police said: “Officers attended with the ambulance service and an investigation is ongoing.” A Motorsport UK spokesman said: “Our thoughts are with the driver’s family, who have been informed, the organisers of the event, and other members of the motorsport community present.” Eisenberg was involved in a “near-death” 230mph crash at the same airfield in 2016. He was air-
lifted to hospital after the incident while riding a gas turbine engine motorbike. At the same airfield in September 2019, he broke the world’s fastest time for an unfaired, or ‘naked’, electric motorbike and dedicated the achievement to a teammate who died at the Isle of Man TT races. He celebrated after breaking the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme record for a flying kilometre on the bike his friend and colleague Daley Mathison was due to ride in the Isle of Man TT Zero race earlier that year. Eisenberg, who held more than 50 world records on bikes and in cars. told PA news agency at the
Zef Eisenberg died after attempting a land speed record
time that he carried a photo of his friend in his leathers and wore Mathison’s knee slides.
Eisenberg reportedly leaves behind his partner, Mirella D’Antonio, and two children.
BGT comedian’s Wiley gag helps him into final
Comic Nabil Abdulrashid
A comedian who made jokes about racism – including a dig at disgraced grime artist Wiley – has won a place in the final of Britain’s Got Talent. Judges praised Nabil Abdulrashid for his routine, in which he took jabs at “angry, far-right guys” and made fun
of his “white, liberal, left-wing friend” who says he “doesn’t see colour”. He said that in lockdown: “One of my friends proved to be the worst type of racist, these guys are so empowered by the internet, the internet is the only place you can say whatever you like
and not suffer any consequences – unless your name is Wiley. He should have known better. Wiley, man, I’m so disappointed.” Wiley was removed from social media platforms after launching a series of anti-Jewish tirades.
NEO-NAZI, 17, CONVICTED
A 17-year-old has been found guilty of preparing for acts of neo-Nazi terrorism after researching how to convert a blank-firing gun into a live weapon. The teenager, who cannot be named because of his age, told police he was “a nine to 10” on a scale with “full-on Nazi Hitler” as a 10. Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court deliberated for 15 hours over four days before unanimously convicting the boy last Friday of preparing for terrorist acts between April and September last year. The youth, from Rugby, Warwickshire, told the court he had not intended any act of terrorism. Jurors heard that he was admitted to a neoNazi group after completing a “test” survey in which he expressed a hatred for Jews.
More than 27,000 join in prayer online More than 27,000 people took part in a Yizkor memorial service and Kol Nidre service thanks to a collaboration between the Office of the Chief Rabbi, Pinner United Synagogue and the United Synagogue. The services were broadcast on social media and the US TV, the United Synagogue’s new ondemand video platform, and on social media. There will be another Yizkor service this Friday afternoon ahead of Yom Tov for those people who will be unable to make it to shul on Shmini Atzeret. Yizkor will be broadcast live at 5pm on TheUS.tv
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Labour whistleblowers / IHRA debate / News
McCluskey: Anger over compensation Unite boss Len McCluskey said members were “angry” over payouts to Panorama whistleblowers, as his union cuts affiliation funding to Labour. The general secretary of the union made his comments on Tuesday on BBC Newsnight after his executive decided to slash money it gives to the party, warning leader Sir Keir Starmer not to move it too far from the left. This comes after Labour paid “substantial damages” and issued a public apology to ex-staffers who appeared in a Panorama expose into its handling of antisemitism in July. He said: “They are angry because they thought it was an absolute mistake... to pay out huge sums of money to individuals who were suing the Labour
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‘Too few unis adopting IHRA’ The uuniversities minister has urged higher education institutions to adopt the international definition of antisemitism, threatening action if they refuse. Michelle Donelan told the Education Select Committee on Tuesday: “I urge all universities to adopt it [the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, or IHRA, definition]. If not, then we will have to be forced into taking action to ensure that they do.” This comes after a Union of Jewish Students (UJS) report showed only one fifth of higher education institutions had adopted the definition of antisemitism, with the vast majority “defying” calls to do so. Taking questions from the committee’s chair Robert Halfon, who is Jewish, when asked what measures the university minister would be prepared to take, Donelan
said it was too early to specify. “We are not seeing enough of these universities adopting this definition, and it is simply not good enough,” she said. “It has got to the point that I am now looking at other measures we can utilise to make it happen.” UJS said: “We welcome this change of message from the Universities Minister. We have seen time after time universities are ignoring or refusing the requests by Jewish students and staff and the government to adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism. “We call on the government and universities to take effective action to ensure Jewish students are being protected by their universities. The adoption of the IHRA definition is the first step to ensure this protection.”
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Special Report / Pandemic football / Inter Aliyah
The new football fever
Jack Mendel was one of around 62 people in a stadium built for 62,000, watching Tottenham trounce Haifa From the moment I stepped into Spurs’ shiny new stadium I felt the sensory overload of its vast 62,000 capacity – tempered by the fact that there were barely 62 people actually present to watch the home team play Maccabi Haifa. Extraordinary. But these are extraordinary times. It’s a fixture that would ordinarily stir emotions. Spurs, a club with a rich history of Jewish support, against one of the top Israeli sides, battling it out for a place in the Europa League. As I walked into the site, confronted by a masked steward who took my temperature, I looked into the huge, empty concrete concourse that sits underneath a stand. Half an hour before kick-off, that concourse would usually be teeming with fans – drinking, chanting and geeing themselves up for a night of
one to preach to. And there were no ‘Yiddo’ yells. Indeed, the only controversy surrounding the fixture was Haifa having to apologise to Spurs star Harry Kane over vulgar comments about his nether regions drama. But the bars were made by defender shut, and it was silent. Mohammad Abu Ordinarily, outFani. side the ground There may have there might have been no fans inside, been BDS activbut it wasn’t silent. ists – from the Before the game, boycott, divestas players warmed ment and sanctions up, a cacophony of movement, protesting music blasted against an Israeli from speakers, side’s inclusion in A socially distanced Jack as blinding lights the competition. And inside, there would inevi- skirted the roof of the ground and tably be chants of ‘Yiddos’, from adverts popped up in every blank the home side’s supporters, benevo- space. Flags were draped around lently reclaiming and disarming a the ground, as if supporters were poisonous racial slur on behalf of there, and enormous sheets with club slogans covered unused seats. Jews everywhere. Team sheets were read out over But in these Covid times, there were only journalists – many of the PA system and big screens whom were from Israel. There played videos showcasing Spurs’ were no demonstrators to walk history. As both managers barked compast, for they would have had no
mands at their players, an Israeli reporter in front of me was trying to get the attention of his colleague pitch-side, yelling into his phone, competing with the speakers. As the referee’s whistle blew at kick-off, the music stopped and there was a moment of silence, before Haifa players shouted: “Yalla, yalla, let’s go,” and surged forward. From the word go, Israeli journalists were encouraging and criticising the players with every kick. “We need to get f****** into them”, shouted S p u r s ’ former England goalkeeper Joe Hart, while team manager José Mourinho went ballistic on the
touchline at a player for losing the ball. You could hear everything. During the pandemic, we have all become used to watching sport on TV with canned fan noise – and it rapidly became clear why: it performs a function. With emotions high, there was no filter as players strained every sinew on the pitch, swearing, screaming and getting reprisals from their peers. The Israeli reporter in front of me jumped out of his seat to celebrate both Haifa goals but left before the final whistle as Spurs won 7-2. Supporters are an intrinsic part of the atmosphere for a top-level football match. Removing them, though necessary in these dark times, has stripped the game down to the bare bones. Harry Kane, in white, on his way to cowing Maccabi Haifa with a hat-trick
TEAM OF OLIM PRAY FOR TOUCH OF SPURS MAGIC Two Brits who made aliyah are hoping that the new football season will bring promotion for their team of olim in Israel, writes Adam Decker. Sam Sank, from Stanmore, and Matt Keston, from Edgware, are involved with Inter Aliyah, the first all-olim sports club, whose flagship team plays in the fifth tier and whose B team plays in the amateur league. As the 2020/21 season began, Sank said there was reason to hope that this would be Inter Aliyah’s season, having finished sixth place in Liga Gimmel last year and now considered one of the favourites to top the league this time around. A new head coach who previously coached Charlton Athletic and the
High hopes: Inter Aliyah’s multinational first team squad
Israeli national team has joined, and most of the squad have returned. “Last year was our best ever finish in
what was our fourth year as a club,” said left-back Sank, who co-founded Inter Aliyah. “We feel this season
could be the one we’ve been waiting for and to finish as champions.” Sank, 30, made aliyah in 2009 and served in the IDF as a combat soldier before studying politics at Herzliya. He captains the professional team and Keston, 35, manages the B-team. Whereas Sank’s dream is for the professional team to make it to the top division of Israeli football, Keston said he was hoping to get over the disappointment of the season just gone. “Last year we missed out on promotion by a single place, so this season we want to go one better,” he said. “We have a wonderful group of guys who meet twice a week to play football and because Inter Aliyah is the go-to place for olim to play foot-
ball in Israel, I have at my disposal players from all over the world.” This season he is managing players from Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Japan, Angola, Germany, the Netherlands and the US. But there is a strong English contingent, with Sank’s friends Omri Elani and Martin Orson playing after serving in the IDF together. Friends off the pitch, Sank and Keston say many of the British olim hail from London, and most support Tottenham Hotspur. “My home can feel like the headquarters of the Spurs Supporters Club of Tel Aviv.” As they gather to watch Premier League matches, they will be hoping some of the Spurs magic rubs off on Inter Aliyah in 2020/21.
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A major plan to attract young people to Judaism has been launched by the Jewish Futures group, headed by its founder Rabbi Naftali Schiff, writes Jenni Frazer. Our Story, as the project is known, may be realised in a new building in the centre of Hendon, in which a modern space will be created to offer learning and workshop areas for people from across denominational backgrounds. It is understood the site is the former sorting office on Brent Street. The campaign to pitch Our Story to the community opens on Friday, with planning applications and fundraising. Rabbi Schiff described the proposed building as “a cutting-edge space that will enable young people to experience Jewish life, practices, culture and community in an
communities; Ta’am engaging young Jews through food and cooking; and JRoots running journeys to teach young people about the Holocaust. Jewish Futures is currently based on Hendon Way but the new project envisages a building with interactive workshop and learning spaces and offices “including We Wo r k- st y l e facilities open to young businessThe proposed site of the new building is people”. the former sorting office on Brent Street Rabbi Daniel Rowe, executive immersive and relevant way”. experiential director of Aish He added: “Over the last 20 pathways for UK, said: “Our years the demand for immer- young people Story will be a sive Jewish experiences has to experience Rabbi Naftali Schiff hub for interacgrown exponentially. This has the joy of being tive learning, informed the work of all the Jewish.” These would include which goes beyond classes organisations in the Jewish volunteering opportunities and lectures, and allows young Futures family. through GIFT; Aish UK’s edu- people to gain a deeper under“Our team is passionate cation and social programmes; standing of Judaism as a way of about offering diverse and Chazak’s work with Sephardi life, not just a set of concepts”.
Road closures Immigration ‘threaten chaos’ bill is ‘shabby’ Jewish groups have described trial street closures in the London Borough of Hackney as “a recipe for chaos” and called for a public meeting with the mayor, Philip Glanville – likely to take place next week. The road closures affect about 30 roads in Stamford Hill during school hours, and have caused uproar within the strictlyOrthodox community. Last week, members of the Jewish Community Council, which says the policy is “bad for traffic and will increase pollution on side streets”, held a meeting with Hackney Council to complain that there had been no prior consultation about the closures. The council says the nationwide policy has been funded through the Department for Transport and Transport for London, whose advice is that consultation must run concurrently with the scheme. It is a trial set of closures scheduled to run for 18 months, and the council will take feedback throughout the process. It says the idea is to stop increased traffic at school drop-off and pick-up to minimise crowds during the pandemic.
An amendment tabled by Kindertransport refugee Lord Dubs has helped inflict a string of defeats on the government’s “shabby” immigration legislation, which will end EU freedom-of-movement rules in the UK, writes Jack Mendel. On Monday, p e e r s demanded a series of changes to the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill, including to ensure continued help for unaccompanied child refugees. Lord Dubs (pictured), 87, the Czech-born former Labour MP
and campaigner who fled the Nazis aged six, put forward an amendment to give EU children in care and care leavers automatic and indefinite leave to remain, which was supported by 323 votes to 227. Later, another change proposed by Dubs, to continue existing arrangements for unaccompanied child refugees to be reunited with close relatives in the UK went through by 317 votes to 223. Dubs told Jewish News he was “delighted the amendment passed”, calling the legislation “pretty shabby stuff”.
PROBE INTO CYBER-ATTACK ON UJIA A cyber-attack that sabotaged a UJIA charity event with the Israeli president is being investigated by the Charity Commission, writes Jack Mendel. Hundreds of participants were kicked off a video platform or prevented from joining owing to hackers. A UJIA spokesperson said it reported the incident to the Information Commissioner’s Office, Charity Commission and Community Security Trust (CST), and is conducting its own investigation.
UJIA said it was “incredibly disappointed” that it had been targeted. After the event had already started, “some of the 1,000+ registered guests already logged in, people began to be logged off the platform and were unable to log back in due to their registrations becoming disabled”, the organisation said. “Others who had yet to log in and whose registrations were also disabled were prevented from entering the platform altogether. Approximately 270
households were able to experience the event as planned.” UJIA told those affected that “the only information that might have been accessible would have been email addresses of those who had registered”. And while the attack had impacted the event log-in process, “no data has been compromised”. The event, which included a speech by President Rivlin and a performance from Israeli singer-songwriter Idan Raichel, is now available on YouTube.
8 October 2020 Jewish News
Holocaust discovery / News
The suitcase and the shoe The Auschwitz Museum links a note found in a child’s shoe to his father’s case, writes Jenni Frazer After some extraordinary detective work by the Auschwitz Museum, a briefcase at the memorial has been linked to a child’s shoe that was identified in July as belonging to a little boy called Amos Steinberg. The briefcase, says the Museum, almost certainly belonged to the boy’s father – and he survived the Holocaust. Amos Steinberg was born in Prague on 26 June 1938. On 10 August 1942, Amos, his father Ludvik (or Ludwig) and his mother Ida were first imprisoned in Theresienstadt, and then deported from Czechoslovakia to Auschwitz. Documents show that mother and son arrived at the concentration camp on 4 October 1944 and were almost certainly murdered in a gas chamber on the same day. Researchers believe that Ida put a note inside her six-yearold’s shoe to show to whom it belonged. But the family was split up at Theresienstadt and Ludvik was apparently sent to Auschwitz on an earlier transport. “We know that he was transferred from Auschwitz to Dachau on 10 October 1944,” says the museum. “He was liberated in the Kaufering subcamp”. So six days after his wife and son had been murdered, Ludvik was still being processed in the Nazi system. This summer, members of the Steinberg family, who live in Israel, contacted the museum, and sent additional biographical information and
some family photographs. Ludvik changed his name to Yehuda Shinan and emigrated to Israel in May 1949. He became a teacher and principal of several schools in Israel. He was highly valued and liked by his pupils and the teachers who worked with him. He retained his love of music and worked as a cantor in several synagogues and also conducted choirs. He died in 1985. His second wife, Chana, whom he had met before the war in Prague, died in 2014. They had six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. The link between Amos’ shoe and the battered case was not easy to find. The case was already in the museum collection and documentation showed that at least two men named Ludwig or Ludvik Steinberg were at Auschwitz. But barely seen on the case is the number “541”, almost invisible to the naked eye. After infrared technology showed the number, the researchers understood that this was the number under which Amos was registered on the transport list to the Theresienstadt Ghetto. That clue, together with material in the case itself and the date on which the Steinberg family arrived in Auschwitz,
Ludvik Steinberg’s suitcase, above, and left with his wife Ida and their son Amos
h a s led the museum to believe that the case did belong to Amos’ father. The director of the Auschwitz Museum, Dr Piotr Cywinski, said: “I am deeply grateful to the Steinberg family for the information they have given us and for supplementing our knowledge. With this gesture, Above and right: The note Ida wrote in her six-year-old son Amos’ shoe. They perished in Auschwitz objects inextricably linked to Auschwitz lose “As an object of great docu- serve at the Auschwitz-Birk- name on it to the main exhibithe anonymity weighing down mentary value, the shoe is proof enau Memorial, evidence of the tion – and the guides at Auson them – sometimes unbear- of the suffering of a particular genocide that took place here.” chwitz will be told about the able – and acquire a deeper, person, and along with thouThe plan now is to move the heartbreaking link between it individual significance. sands of other objects we pre- case with Ludwig Steinberg’s and a child’s shoe.
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Special Report / Pandemic portraits
Faces from Israel’s frontline Photographer at Haifa hospital captures pandemic ‘angels’ All photos by Micha Brinkman
ometimes it takes an outsider to understand what it looks like from the inside. Photographer Micha Brinkman knew the only way to really see what hospital workers experienced during the coronavirus pandemic was to show it in images. He spent several weeks at Haifa’s Bnai Zion Medical Center in the spring during the first lockdown, documenting less-seen staffers, including cafeteria workers, seamstresses endlessly sewing uniforms and medical clowns looking for laughs in the children’s ward. “The ones who are less in focus, they’re the supporting angels,” said Brinkman, a documentary photographer by trade. The first project drew so much attention that Brinkman returned to Bnai Zion for a second round – this time just outside the coronavirus ward. He set up a portrait studio outside the sterile dressing room, photographing each medical staff member before they entered the ward for a shift, and hours later when they emerged, after taking off their protective layers and showering. “It’s a metamorphosis series of the medical staff; it’s pretty crazy to see it,” said Brinkman.
Head nurse Aya Eshel said she raised her eyebrows when she heard about the project, worrying that it would disrupt the intensive work flow. “I didn’t want to have to deal with something so parenthetical to what we’re doing,” said Eshel, who worked in the coronavirus ward when it first opened in mid-March until it closed in May, and again since its reopening in July with the virus resurgence. She found, however, that Brinkman was easy to have around. It took time to arrange the portraits, but they turned out to be a bonus for the staff who felt they were being seen, she said. “He really captured the atmosphere of what it’s like; the pressure, the huge number of sick people.” Now Brinkman is thinking about his next project, which he hopes will be inside the Covid-19 ward. For now, he’s pleased his portraits will be exhibited in the annual Local Testimony photojournalist exhibition, creating a concrete reminder of what is taking place right now. “This is the reality we’re going through,” said Brinkman. “It will be here to remind us in a few years’ time of what happened.”
Clockwise from very top: An exhausted staff member at Haifa’s Bnai Zion Medical Center; head nurse Aya Eshel before a shift, before entering the coronavirus ward and after a shift; and another staff member in similar poses. Left: A medical clown at the centre
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US GROUPS CALL FOR TAMIMI EXTRADITION Eighteen prominent Jewish groups in the United States have publicly called on the Trump administration to pressure Jordan’s King Abdullah II to extradite Ahlam Tamimi, the terrorist behind Jerusalem’s 2001 Sbarro pizzeria bombing, in which 15 people, including two Americans, died. The organisations – including the Jewish Federations of North America and Yeshiva University – expressed “outrage over Jordan’s refusal to extradite the murderer of American citizens”. Tamimi was conditionally freed in a 2011 deal.
ISRAELI LEADERS SEND TRUMP GOOD WISHES Israel’s political leaders wished President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania a speedy recovery after they contracted coronavirus. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin sent good wishes over social media, after Trump revealed his diagnosis in a tweet last Friday, following a positive test from one of his closest aides. Netanyahu said: “We wish our friends a full and speedy recovery.” Trump has since returned to the White House after spending three nights in hospital.
Man attacked outside shul A Jewish student was seriously injured in an attack outside a synagogue in Hamburg, Germany, on Sunday, days before the first anniversary of the Halle synagogue attack last Yom Kippur. Police say a 29-yearold man dressed in military clothing hit the student, who was wearing a kippah, over the head with a folding spade outside the Hohe Weide Synagogue. The student was preparing to enter the synagogue, where he was celebrating Succot. The victim was taken to hospital with what was described as a serious head injury. He
Stephan Balliet, left, is on trial for murder
was “given first aid by passers-by until rescue workers arrived,” the police report states. Synagogue security personnel overpowered the attacker and held him until he was taken into custody by Hamburg police, the German daily
Süddeutsche Zeitung reported. It called the incident an “antisemitic attack”, although it reported that nothing else was known about the attacker. Police told Reuters the attacker’s motive was unclear. On 9 October last
year, a heavily armed gunman attempted shoot his way into the synagogue in Halle, in eastern Germany. He left the synagogue and killed two people. Stephan Balliet has been accused of murder and his trial is currently under way. The Community Security Trust said its “thoughts are with the community in Hamburg, after a Jewish student was attacked outside a synagogue yesterday, on the festival of Succot. Thankfully, the attacker was stopped by security, and is a reminder to us why the work we do with police is so important.”
2,000-year-old mikveh to go on display An extraordinary salvage operation has taken place in Israel’s Lower Galilee with the removal of a 2,000-year-old mikveh from the site so that it can go on display to the public, writes Jenni Frazer. The removal took place under the auspices of the Israel Antiq-
uities Authority, which was carrying out the archaeological dig before the construction of a major road interchange. The authority and Kibbutz Hannaton co-operated on a crowdfunding campaign to move the mikveh so it could go on display
next to the kibbutz’s own, functioning mikveh. The dig directors, Abd Elghani Ibrahim and Dr Walid Atrash, say the discovery of the mikveh changes what was previously known about Jewish life in Roman-ruled Palestine in the Second Temple period.
SPEECH BUBBLES FOR THE DEAF
A mature graduate of Jerusalem’s renowned Bezalel Academy of Art and Design has created a groundbreaking project aimed at helping deaf or hearing-impaired people. Dalik Samkai, 33, has devised ‘Blubbles’, a communications program to allow people with hearing difficulties see the faces of those around them and read their spoken words as if they were text balloons in a comic strip. It is an augmented reality (AR) program, which creates a written version of human speech by means of a facial recognition tool. Samkai, who was diagnosed with hearing loss aged 17, thought up “Blubbles” when he saw his father, also hearing-impaired, struggle to keep track of Shabbat meal conversation.
Restaurant ransacked Unidentified individuals ransacked a kosher restaurant in Paris last Thursday night, destroying tables and windows and painting swastikas and antisemitic slogans on the walls. The phrases Some of the damage spray-painted on to the walls of Mac’Queen hamburger restaurant on Manin Street of the 19th district included “Hitler was right”, “Jewish homos,” “Jews get out” and “Free Palestine”.
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Would you give this idea your blessing? In a move so divisive that non-progressive movements refused to even dignify it with a response, liberal rabbis are to give Jewish marriage blessings beneath a traditional chuppah to mixed-faith couples. The decision, announced at last weekend’s Conference of Liberal Rabbis and Cantors, comes into effect for Simchat Torah this weekend and will be a first for a British Jewish movement. Liberal Judaism makes a virtue out of openness and inclusivity. As Rabbi Danny Rich, the movement’s vice-president, puts it in this week’s Jewish News: “The destiny of Judaism was never to be merely a tribal faith; its raison d’etre is to bring the message of ‘one humanity under one God’ to the peoples of the world.” The movement sees itself as a prime mover in rethinking and redefining Judaism in the modern world. Following the 2004 Civil Partnership Act, it was the first to publish a service of commitment for same-sex couples, and in 2017 it introduced ‘inclusive’ ketubot (marriage documents) for same-sex couples who do not wish to be referred to as ‘bride’ and ‘groom’. Of course, what progressives see as innovation conservatives will condemn as watering down. Liberal Judaism comprises just 10 percent of the UK Jewish community. To a great many of the remaining 90 percent, mixed-faith chuppah weddings will be an alienating, even offensive concept – one that betrays the fundamental tenets of the faith. Yet, clearly, this bold and enterprising move will mean so much to so many. As Liberal Judaism’s chair Ruth Seager, who has been married to husband Andrew since 1983, says: “The community is giving Andrew the welcome he deserved 38 years ago.”
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Edgware family’s lucky escape Further to your request for memories of the Second World War, I remember one vivid story. It was 1944 and I was 12 years old. I lived in Edgware with my father. He often took me to Whitechapel in the East End to see my aunt and cousins who lived in what then were referred to as ‘Cressy Houses’. My father would then go to the ‘Turkish Baths’ in Mile End and join us later. All the family would normally meet in my aunt’s flat above her ‘dressmaking’ shop as she had the biggest room, in those days referred to as a ‘parlour’, so there was plenty of room for our large family. However, on this particular day, my aunt, with her husband and daughter, had gone to stay with her sister, who lived in Egham, so the family met at the ground floor flat of my cousin – directly opposite – who had the next biggest home. After a few minutes, we heard the sirens and we
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CHAREDIM SHOULD IGNORE RABBIS I write to protest about Charedi behaviour in Israel during the pandemic. I take no pleasure in writing this as I’m Orthodox and not all Charedim are to blame. Yet many think they can do exactly as they please, and their rabbis tell them to ignore the government’s public health information. Israel is the first country to
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Bristol's reputation for diversity – but not Jews JENNI FRAZER
t’s often said, and certainly bears repeating, that Britain and America are countries divided by a common language. To that, I would add “divided by culture”, too. So many things happen in America that puzzle Brits, and vice versa. There was a long debate on social media last week about why Americans don’t have kettles, and how this affects their ability to make a decent cup of tea. They don’t have egg cups, either, as I discovered on a first visit to New York some years ago. And their spelling… Anyway, musing on the whole “America is strange” thing (and let us not go near comment on the current orange-coloured incumbent of the White House), I came across a news item that, try though I might, I could not imagine translating to our lives in Britain. It was a story that the Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, had been busy signing into law the possibility of speciality car number plates – at least three dozen campaigns and causes had applied for recognition.
And among them is a group of people asking for a number plate that will declare, uncompromisingly, “Florida Stands With Israel”. Some of the money for the number plate, which has not yet been designed, will go to the local United Hatzalah emergency ambulance branch, surely a worthy cause. Yet the more I read this story, the more I wondered about whether such a number plate could exist in Britain. That parapet we’re always invoking, the one that people sometimes put their heads over and sometimes not, would it allow for this? Could we see ourselves driving around with “Temple Fortune Supports Israel” on our cars – even if it does? Would we feel happy, or safe, or comfortable, with our Israel-supporting number plate when driving in an area where there are few or no Jews? I am not sure. And then this week came
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the news of a giant swastika daubed on the bonnet of a car in Bristol. The act appears to have taken place on Kol Nidre night. One resident, Nick Helfenbein, reportedly said: “We woke up to our neighbour’s car tagged with a giant neon swastika. It’s Yom Kippur, and this makes me sick both as a Jew and as a human.” He added: “This is the holiest day of the
WE WOKE UP TO OUR NEIGHBOUR'S CAR TAGGED WITH A GIANT SWASTIKA. THIS MAKES ME SICK
Jewish year, and to have a swastika suddenly appear right across the street from our flat, in Bristol of all places, is absolutely harrowing.” It must have been truly horrible – and even attracted condemnation half a world away from none other than Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin. Avon and Somerset Police, however, say they have “taken action to try to ensure the offensive symbol is removed from public view and are continuing to try to establish who is the individual, or individuals, responsible”. Astonishingly, however, the Bristol plods “do not believe this to have been deliberate targeting due to race or religion”. Really? What else do they think might be behind this senseless, vicious behaviour? “In Bristol of all places,” says Mr Helfenbein, probably because he thinks the city has a reputation for open-mindedness and diversity. Except, of course, when it applies to Jews. So, no, I won’t be reaching for that Israelsupporting number plate any time soon, even if money is denied to a worthy charity. There’s out and proud, and then there’s the completely unnecessary. There are other ways to show support.
Universities must remain on the right side of history LORD MANN
INDEPENDENT ADVISER TO THE UK GOVERNMENT ON ANTISEMITISM
he universities are in danger of becoming the outliers in failing to adopt effective policies and systems to deal with antisemitism. Only 29 have so far properly adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)'s definition of antisemitism, unlike every political party present in Westminster, all but one MP and the British and many other governments. The fact that Football Premier League clubs have done more than the universities ought to give every university considerable food for thought. Some hide behind free speech, despite the fact IHRA does nothing at all to restrict academic discussion and argument. Some clearly do not understand the difference between a working definition –
which IHRA is, best actioned in human resources and student support services – from a legal definition, best resting in a legal department. Most shockingly, less than half the universities with Jewish societies (JSoc) have not yet bothered to adopt IHRA, leaving Jewish students less equal and less protected than other students on their campuses. Antisemitism on campus is very rarely physical attacks, but in what are meant to be the most tolerant places in the country, other manifestations of antisemitism stick out like a sore thumb.
SOME HIDE BEHIND FREE SPEECH BUT IHRA DOES NOT RESTRICT ACADEMIC DISCUSSION
I want to see a significant majority of the Russell Group adopting IHRA before the year's end – so far, 12 of the 24 top universities in this group have done so and, as a priority, every university with a JSoc seeing it as integral to its student support and acting appropriately. Demonstrators disrupting an event with an Israeli speaker at UCL By the time next and quality of student life. year's intake of Those universities failing to adopt university students chooses their place IHRA are making a conscious and calcuof education, I think universities will find lated decision. that Jewish students will have voted with Those that haven’t yet got their bureautheir feet. cracy together need to act promptly and Every student and every family of a student should expect equality of respect end up on the right side of history.
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If I’m on fire, it was my mum who lit the match POLITICAL & SOCIAL ACTIVIST & CO-FOUNDER OF NAHAMU
elen Reddy died last week and I only just discovered her. I came across her song I Am Woman a few weeks ago. The feminist anthem from 1971 found me, in 2020. That first day, I played it again and again, and now I listen to it every morning. I am woman. It’s such a simple, powerful, beautiful declaration. Woman is not to be whispered. Helen Reddy roared. In my little red Skoda, on the way to wherever I have to get to each morning, I roar along with her. If I am on fire, my mother lit the match. She taught me, by example and by design, not to subscribe to groupthink. To wear what I feel comfortable in. To speak up and speak out. To read, write, and publish what I write. If I picture myself as a small girl, this is the mother that I see. I see her teaching, working, and advocating stubbornly for what she believes in.
It was my mother who taught me that ideas are worth exploring, and worth sharing. She would read, research, and then lead groups of women in discussion. I would help her hang up the adverts that she typed out herself, printing them on coloured paper, to save on coloured ink, without missing out on impact. I would help lay out the snacks, and I loved taking the leftovers to school the next day. This is my mother, who says she is not a feminist. Who loves me, but disagrees with much of what I believe in. My mother, who I worry will never be proud of me, because while she showed me how to speak up, I speak louder than what I think she finds acceptable. I challenge ideas that she does not, but it was she who taught me to challenge them. I know too much to go back and pretend. My mother bakes her own bread. She says it is because once, back when she lived in Amsterdam, the baker left the salt out of the bread she bought. When she went back to complain, he offered her the loose grams of salt he had left out.
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List of skills today’s rabbis need has got even longer RABBI DR DEBORAH KAHN-HARRIS PRINCIPAL, LEO BAECK COLLEGE RABBINICAL SEMINARY
ow do you prepare future rabbis in a world with Covid-19? This question has been on my and my colleagues’ minds these past months – particularly as we began our new academic year in September. The rabbis of the Talmud never had to deal with Covid-19. They were men (and, of course, they were men) of deep and sustained learning, able to adjudicate on all manner of legal questions; debaters, storytellers, and teachers. The rabbis of this generation were not just leaders; they were the creators of Judaism as we know it today. But that was a couple of millennia or so ago. By the 19th century, rabbis had taken on roles not entirely dissimilar to priests and ministers – pastoral care and social work in addition to duties such as leading services (at least in the progressive world) and preaching. Today, in addition to the roles of teachers,
leaders, jurists and creators of Jewish practice, rabbis are expected to read Torah; tend to the sick; train bar and batmitzvah pupils; be up-to-date on national and local rules affecting communities; conduct funerals; lead services; attend and sometimes chair dozens of different committees; prepare couples (of whatever sexual orientation) for weddings and officiate at that service; prepare and present candidates for the Beit Din; ensure the financial sustainability of their congregations; be spiritual advisers and guides; write for the print media; engage on Twitter and Facebook; represent their communities in public spaces and plenty more. How do you train someone to do everything just short of neurosurgery and nuclear engineering? The list of things we want rabbis to do never gets shorter, only longer. And now, with the Covid-19 pandemic, we also want, even need, our rabbis to become adept at the newest technologies for distance programming, become experts in creating meaningful online and socially-distanced experiences, create protocols for keeping us safe when we can come together, and offer specialist support for the bereaved when we cannot even come together for the
one of the most basic human needs: touch. We expect our rabbis to come up with ingenious ideas and manage a team of people to produce those ideas while still doing all the basic stuff we have always expected of them. So how can we train rabbis to do all the items on the list above and equip them for Covid-19 and everything that is throwing at us? Ten years ago, Leo Baeck College underwent a major institutional review and, following on from that, in September 2011, I took up the post of principal. Together with a working party that included students, alumni and senior management, we came up with a new programme, one we felt took our training into the 21st century.
NOW, WITH COVID-19, WE ALSO WANT OUR RABBIS TO BE ADEPT AT THE NEWEST TECHNOLOGIES
The first students to have gone through that training from start to finish were ordained only in 2017, because the college’s rabbinic training is a five-year postgraduate programme. The length, depth, and intensity of rabbinic training are similar to doctors, architects or barristers, because rabbis, like these other professionals, hold people’s lives in their hands. The students we train and the rabbis they become are not just functionaries; they are the people who help us define the meaning of our lives. They may not keep us physically breathing, but they keep us spiritually alive, even more so now. They ensure that when we come through this pandemic in whatever fashion, that we continue to have a community around us, a set of practices and beliefs holding us together. The training of rabbis for a post-Covid world will undoubtedly require new skills in addition to all of the ones we already teach. But these things are more likely to be about how rabbis deliver, not the content of what they deliver. As we start this new year, I pray that the continued creation of outstanding rabbis is not merely God’s will, but our own as well.
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1 SCHOOL TZEDAKAH
In keeping with the Jewish tradition of giving tzedakah at this time, Kerem School asked families to contribute to a food collection in aid of Give It Forward Today (GIFT). The charity has been providing community support for families suffering as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Rabbi Zeidman said: “GIFT relies on the community to help us support more than 350 households weekly. This collection from Kerem will be a huge help to us – thank you so much!”
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Nine barmitzvah boys raised nearly £12,000 from a 10-mile charity bike ride along the Dollis Valley Greenwalk last month. Friends Isaac Gordon, Rafi Singer, Josh Marcus, Daniel Levy, Ryan Stock, Jacob Kagan, Noah Graham, Harry Crystal and Zac Sugarman raised the funds for Alzheimer’s Research, Camp Simcha, Diabetes UK, Grief Encounter and Myisrael. JFS student Daniel Levy said: “Not only did we have great fun on the cycle ride, but we are so excited to have raised money for some amazing charities and it has made our barmitzvahs even more meaningful.”
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3 JUDGE TALES
TV personality and Judge Rob Rinder joined 60 members of the Jewish Blind & Disabled (JBD) charity for a Zoom discussion about his life. Questions ranged from his time on Strictly Come Dancing and what goes on behind the scenes at Judge Rinder, to how court rooms have been affected by coronavirus. Rinder spoke about his personal contact with JBD and how he has found a new ‘mishpacha’ (family) in the charity. He said: “It has been one of the great privileges of my life to see the great work of JBD.”
4 MIGHTY STEPS
A 30-year-old Hampstead barrister raised £2,800 for Jewish Care by walking 192 miles in memory of his grandparents. James Fox walked from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay near Whitby, in remembrance of Renee and Ben Hassell – and had to overcome inclement weather caused by Storm Francis. But James said he will “never forget” the experience and described seeing the scenery as “a real treat”. Jewish Care’s Adam Overlander-Kaye said: “Taking part in a fundraising challenge is a very special way to both honour the memory of loved ones and raise much-needed funds for Jewish Care.”
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For World Mental Health Day, Alex Galbinski speaks to the author of a new book helping youngsters open up about their feelings
uring the emotional nights following her sister’s shiva, Esther Marshall wasn’t sleeping. On one such restless night, she channelled her thoughts into something positive – the creation of a children’s book about the importance of revealing your emotions. Sophie Says It’s Okay Not To Be Okay, published to coincide with World Mental Health Day on Saturday, is aimed at children aged two to eight and follows Sophie and her friends Jordyn, Jamie and Bunny as they journey through Jamie’s feelings. Marshall, 31, from Mill Hill, wrote the book after her younger sister Rebecca, who had recently completed medical school, took her own life in January aged 28. Rather than locking away one’s feelings, she believes mental health is something that needs to be talked about, especially within the Jewish community. “There's already a stigma around mental illness in the outside world. And when it comes to a tight-knit community, it can be even worse if people aren't following a specific path,” explains the Norrice Lea Synagogue member. “I don't think the issue has been spoken about as much as it needs to be within parts of the Jewish community. “There's such a pretence that everyone has to show face. Things like Mental Health Shabbat is a step in the right direction, but I’d like to see the issue spoken about more at the top of the Jewish community, be that by rabbis or others, and for it to be a continuous conversation.” Seeing the mental torment her sister went through encouraged Marshall to speak up and try to push through greater changes in the way society handles mental illness. After being in and out of hospital for the past seven years, Rebecca was finally diagnosed with bipolar disorder last year. Marshall can’t fault the care and treatment her sister received, although admits it was a struggle to access the care in the first place. The former JFS pupil lauds the charities “doing
Esther Marshall reads from her new book
phenomenal work” in the field of mental health within the community, such as Jami, which helped Rebecca, but says: “I don’t feel they get the recognition some of the other charities do. “It's just seen as a little bit of a subject on the side, and the stigma is still there. It's definitely changing, but a lot more needs to be done in this space," she emphasises. “At my sister’s shiva, the entire community showed up, which was amazing, and people just didn't know what to say. It's always an awkward situation, but it really highlighted how much needs to be done, and how much people don't understand what mental health means. “When you talk about physical health, you've got all the different diseases, but mental health is all grouped into one. However, there are so many different elements of mental health that people don't understand. It's very, very complex.” This book – which she found cathartic to write and is self-published – introduces the topic in a child-friendly way; the friends visit the zoo, have fun and enjoy treats. “The premise is not the difficult conversation. It’s a fun and engaging book and you can talk to your children about all sorts of things. But once they want to read it over and over again, those messages become ingrained subliminally.” The book does not mark Marshall’s first foray into writing. Her debut
Rebecca and Esther, above, and, inset, Rebecca with Asher when he was newborn
book, Sophie Says I Can, I Will, written in the early hours while feeding her baby son, Asher, now two, gently introduces the topic of gender equality with the young Sophie considering many career options. Marshall was motivated to write it after finding a lack of books with a female lead character to read to Asher. It was championed by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, after Marshall met the couple through her involvement with the Queen's Commonwealth Trust, which funds and connects young leaders who are working hard to change the world. Both books are beautifully illustrated by Buzz Burry and, featuring characters of different races, are as diverse and inclusive as you would expect given that Marshall is in charge of the gender diversity strategy for Unilever in her full-time role. Marshall was a contender in Jewish News’ 30 Under 30 in 2017 and has won numerous accolades, including a government Points of Light Award. She came into contact with the Trust after founding the charity sTandTall, an organisation that provides support to individuals suffering from abuse and bullying via an online platform, community and education programmes after her own experience. Marshall set up a fundraising campaign during the Covid-19 full lockdown for books to be sent to children of key workers and those from vulnerable families via schools and charities, with proceeds going to sTand Tall. As a mother herself, Marshall says she does not consider toddlers too young to discuss their feelings and sees the book as a conduit for parents and carers to help them start a conversation. It contains lessons she wished she had learnt earlier on: “That it’s okay to cry, it's okay not to be okay, and to understand what real friendship is – to work out which friends are going to be around you through thick and thin to give you that support.” Sophie Says It’s Okay Not To Be Okay by Esther Marshall and Buzz Burry is available to buy now from www.sophiesaysofficial.com To donate to the fundraising campaign, visit https://tinyurl.com/y625nd4j
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Weekend / Jewish News meets... Jessica Meir
One year on, NASA astronaut Jessica Meir tells Francine Wolfisz what it was like to be part of the first all-female spacewalk and how she aims to become the first woman on the Moon
to the safety of the ISS. hen Jessica Meir was asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, there was barely any hesitation. Having overcome the most challenging She picked up her crayons and began drawing – and dangerous – of tasks performed by a picture of an astronaut standing on the Moon. astronauts, Meir ensured she took the time to Now aged 42, Meir – born to a Swedish mother and Israeli father appreciate being in space and looking at the beauty of Iraqi-Jewish descent – has partly made that dream come true, of Earth from hundreds of miles above the planet. having become a NASA astronaut and one that literally stepped In fact, she orbited the Earth more than 3,000 times, but never her way into the history books when she took part in the first all- grew tired of her spectacular view from the Cupola, the station’s female spacewalk, alongside Christina Koch, on 18 October 2019. panoramic control tower, from where she took stunning footage of Nearly a year on, American-born Meir, who has also studied lightning storms and tidal waves, as well as images of continents marine biology and physiology, is still processing that special illuminated at night by the Moon. “We saw all the different colours and textures of sand dunes in moment and what it really meant for her. “I knew it was a big deal, but didn’t think it would become the Africa and the Middle East, beautiful glaciers over the Patagonian ice big deal that it did,” admits a modest Meir, now back to Earth after field. Even after seven months, when I was in that incredible viewing spending seven months in space, during a candid chat over the phone. court with windows all around looking down, I would really pinch “But for whatever reason, this first all-female spacewalk really myself and think how can this be real? I’m floating and I’m looking ignited enthusiasm and inspired people in a way I hadn’t seen for down at the earth. It was just like looking at art,” she explains. She acknowledges how strange it a very long time. was to look down at a planet that, in the “That meant so much, not from a brief duration of her time spent away, personal standpoint, but for the sake of had been overtaken by Covid-19. science and for NASA that people were “It was so surreal to think this paying attention to us. It touched them in pandemic was affecting all 7.5 billion so many ways, from looking at us as role people on the planet, except just us. models or as people fulfilling a dream.” “When we finally came back to The significance of two women Earth in April and the hatches opened, stepping out that day from the hatch of we hadn’t seen any other humans for the International Space Station (ISS) seven months and then we saw all these during Expedition 61 also had a propeople wearing masks. It was such an found effect on Meir. odd feeling. It was, she says, a moment of “tribute” “Having not had gravity for so long, to the generations before her that fought you feel like you’re returning to this for greater opportunities for women. alien environment, but this made us She explains: “We as women and other Jessica photographs the Earth from the Cupola realise even more we had come back to minorities have not always had a seat at the table and we still don’t, we still have a way to go in a lot of different a completely different planet.” While coronavirus exaggerated how distant Meir must have felt realms, but I’ve been able to benefit from the struggle of generations before me. That for me was the biggest thing – that I could picture while up in space, she was at least able to take comfort from some those women who had pushed the boundaries and enabled us to go of the personal items she had brought with her from home. Among them was a postcard from Yad Vashem with an artistic out the hatch that day together. We did it as a tribute to them.” Nearly 12 months on, Meir is understandably proud of making image drawn by a Holocaust survivor. The picture showed a man history that day, but she tells me her only focus in the minutes and with a telescope looking up at the stars. “It just seemed really fitting, that image of everybody being hours leading up to her spacewalk was on “getting the job done” – a task that became all the more acute after one of the station’s bat- together under the same sky. Despite the horrendous circumstances of the Holocaust, or the difficult times we are facing now tery units unexpectedly failed. In fact, Meir and Koch’s spacewalk was not even one of the three with Covid, it was impossible not to feel like we are connected as that had been scheduled during their time in space, but rather one one people, that we’re in this together.” Meir also took with her a painting by Rona Ramon, the wife of that NASA had just two days to prepare. To say the pressure was on is an understatement. “If we hadn’t Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first astronaut who was tragically killed in the been successful, we would have been down a power channel on the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster of 2003. “He was a hero and still is such a hero,” says Meir, who was working at NASA with the life space station, which is pretty significant,” she says. Making history was far from Meir’s mind, as was any notion of science team when the tragedy happened. Four years ago, she visited Israel for an event and hoped to meet “being afraid for my life or afraid that something’s going to happen to me,” she gestures. “I’d say the only fear I had was just the fear of up with Rona, but it didn’t work out. “I really regret I didn’t have the chance to meet her,” says Meir, who hopes to revisit Israel next year. making a mistake and disappointing the teams on the ground. As for the future, she may have just come back to terra firma, but “Christina and I were up there, driving the bolts and moving the hardware around, but they were the ones who had put in hours of Meir’s already setting her sights on returning to space – and, this time, her goal is one that harks back to her childhood dream: the Moon. work to come up with a plan of what we were going to do.” “With NASA’s Artemis programme, we’ll be sending the first After an exhausting seven hours and 17 minutes – paused only by a phone call from US President Donald Trump congratulating the woman and next man there and hopefully it’s something I can play pair – the mission was hailed a success and the astronauts returned a role in. That would be ideal for me.”
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Jessica Meir works on the International Space Station during one of the routine spacewalks she conducted with Christina Koch
NASA astronauts Jessica and Christina harvest a crop of mustard greens grown inside the International Space Station
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AMAZON PRIME VIDEO Borat Sacha Baron Cohen has switched his mankini for a disposable face mask as his Kazakhstani TV star persona Borat returns for an unexpected sequel. Borat 2 – otherwise known as Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm – Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime For Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan – will premiere on Amazon Prime Video later this month. The film is a direct follow-up to Baron Cohen’s 2006 hit and was secretly filmed and completed during the pandemic. A trailer released this week suggests the British-born comedian as Borat is up to his usual tricks, namely getting unsuspected members of the public to dress in strange ways, answer questions that leave
them squirming – and killing the coronavirus by hitting the air with frying pans. In one scene, he even dresses up as Trump and interrupts vicepresident Mike Pence mid-speech at a Republican rally. Borat 2 is released on 23 October on Amazon Prime Video.
BRITBOX Spitting Image Goop God! Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness and lifestyle brand has provided plenty of fodder for the creators of Spitting Image if the trailer for the satirical puppet show, which launched on Britbox this week, is anything to go by. The latex version of The Politician star has been given her trademark blonde locks and
the widest of smiles in a sketch showing her smothering cream all over her hands. Paltrow, 48, who acknowledges her Jewish roots through her late father, producer-director Bruce Paltrow, is not the only member of the tribe to be given the latex treatment. Joining her are foreign secretary Dominic Raab, whose Jewish father came to Britain as a six-year-old child following the Nazi annexation of Czechoslovakia in 1938, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and American politician Bernie Sanders. They join a host of politicians, celebrities and royals lampooned in the show that include Adele, Barack Obama, Prince Charles, Kim Kardashian, Boris Johnson and Donald Trump. Spitting Image is available now on Britbox
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High Desert Ben Stiller and Patricia Arquette have teamed up to executive produce High Desert, a new comedy series coming to Apple TV+. The Boyhood actress stars as Peggy, a former addict who decides to make a new start after the death of her beloved mother, with whom she lived in the small desert town of Yucca Valley, California, and makes a life-changing decision to become a private investigator. High Desert is created and written by Nancy Fichman, Katie Ford and Jennifer Hoppe, who will also serve as executive producers. Arquette and Stiller previously collaborated on the critically acclaimed series Escape at Dannemora and are currently working together on the upcoming workplace thriller Severance.
FILM The Witches A new trailer has just dropped for Robert Zemeckis’ magical retelling of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story The Witches, starring Anne Hathaway. Zemeckis, best known for the Back To The Future trilogy, Forrest Gump and The Polar Express, is at the helm of this remake of Dahl’s beloved story, which was first adapted for the big screen in 1990 and starred Angelica Houston. Hathaway takes on the role of the evil Grand High Witch, who plots to rid the world of all children in the world by turning them into mice, but she doesn’t anticipate her plans will be thwarted by one brave young boy (played by newcomer Jahzir Kadeem Bruno) and his loving grandmother (Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer). The Witches will be released later this month on HBO Max in the US, with a UK date yet to be announced.
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SEDRA Shemini Atzeret BY RABBI JEFF BERGER Shemini Atzeret has a dual identity. It falls on the eighth day, immediately after Succot. It is a festival in its own right, but without rituals. Yet, like Succot, our prayers refer to it as the time of our happiness (zeman simchateinu). One tradition identified in the Talmud is to recite the Prayer for Rain (Tefillat Geshem) in the Shemini Atzeret Musaf service. From ancient times, water was perceived as a precious resource for all living beings, even if in Britain we take it for granted. By contrast, from 2014 to 2019, Israel experienced a drought exceeding anything in its past 100 years. In a Mediterranean climate with a few months of rain at best, Tefillat HaGeshem was a way to beseech God to provide precipitation during the winter months. When rains were delayed, leaders instituted a series of public fasts. Andalusian poet Salomon Ibn Gabirol beautifully articulated our dependence on rain in his poem Shifat Revivim. “Open now Your
treasure, give life to all into whom You’ve breathed a soul, by causing the wind to blow and the rain to fall.” Atzeret means ‘gathering’. We also refer to Shavuot as Chag HaAtzeret. The Babylonian Talmud informs us that just as Shavuot comes 50 days after Pesach, Shemini Atzeret was intended to come 50 days after Succot, but God had compassion on Jewish farmers, not requiring of them another pilgrimage during the rainy season. Shemini Atzeret thus inspires joy and gratitude. We seldom appreciate what we have until it’s absent or lost. The past months have shown how blessed we are. As winter approaches, practising gratitude allows us to see things as they exist, not as we might wish them to be. Rather than lamenting what we’ve lost, Shemini Atzeret dually teaches us to find joy in what we have and to be thankful.
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Torah For Today What does the Torah say about: Life in lockdown BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL Some of the parts of the country are under lockdown rules, while across the nation, gatherings of more than six people have been prohibited. What does the Torah say about the concept of a lockdown? The very first moments of history of the Jewish people began with a lockdown. The Israelites in Egypt were warned not to leave their homes at all on the night of the death of the firstborn. Blood from the Paschal lamb or goat was daubed on the doorposts and lintel of each Hebrew dwelling. This indicted the severity and fatal nature of the lockdown. Rashi comments that when “permission is given to the destroyer to kill”, then the righteous risk losing their lives along with the less deserving. It is for this reason that, according to our teachings, no matter how much we yearn to
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return to normal living and ordinary observances of the Hebrew calendar, we are duty-bound to take every care and precaution as regulated and recommended by government, by halacha and by one’s own common sense in each situation and in all of the circumstances presented. It is interesting to note that the first mitzvah given to the people of Israel even before they left Egypt was the Sabbath, about which it
is said: “No one shall leave their place on the Sabbath.” This early form of restriction of mobility, which we observe on a weekly basis, should surely make us very sensitive as Jews to the importance of reducing movement to essential journeys only. Where there is concern for lifeand-death issues, corners should not be cut. Another example in the Torah of reducing the number of people meeting up is the case of isolation of the leper, and both men and women who suffer unusual body fluid. Social distancing and quarantine are aimed at containing the spread of any infectious disease – but also to make it easier for the sufferer to recuperate. ◆ Rabbi Ariel Abel serves Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation and is padre to Merseyside Army Cadet Force
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The Bible Says What?
Coronavirus changed our communities, but we have an opportunity to rebuild
‘Women are the property of men’
BY SYLVIA ROTHSCHILD
BY RABBI PETE TOBIAS I always knew the Bible was pretty tough on women (because it was, quite clearly, written by men). But some of the rules towards the end of the book of Deuteronomy take Ancient Israelite misogyny to a whole new level. The Biblical reality is that women were regarded as items of property to be owned by men. The regulations regarding women as they appear in the supposedly enlightened laws of Deuteronomy are appalling. I’m not giving a full list of some of the dehumanising and offensive rules in the later chapters of the fifth book of the Torah. Just the opening sentence of a particular scenario is enough of an indication of the position of women in the Bible’s patriarchal society: • “If a man takes a woman and she becomes displeasing to him because he finds something indecent about her, and he writes her a certificate of divorce, gives it to her and sends her from his house…”
(Deuteronomy 25:1); • “If a man takes a wife and, after sleeping with her, dislikes her…” (Deuteronomy 22:13); • “If a man happens to meet in a town a virgin pledged to be married and he sleeps with her, you shall take both of them to the gate of that town and stone them to death – the young woman because she was in a town and did not scream for help…” (Deuteronomy 22:23-24). Such extraordinary prejudice against women would be utterly unacceptable in a modern, tolerant society. Yet our ancient text has set the scene for so many of the difficulties and challenges faced by women through the ages. I am fortunate and proud to belong to a Jewish movement that honours, values and acknowledges the important contribution women can and do make to our lives and our world.
◆ Rabbi Pete Tobias serves The Liberal Synagogue Elstree
Since Covid-19 appeared, our communities have been evolving ways of staying together spiritually even while forced physically apart. The seder, usually a boisterous affair with extended family, became smaller and more intimate – even isolated. Maimonides’ ruling “One who is alone should ask themselves ‘why is this night different?’” came into focus. Many of us were unexpectedly unprecedentedly – alone. We needed to make this night and all other shared religious and communal events different in a new way. Quickly we understood that physical distance did not have to mean social distance. Communities could reconfigure, meeting and living online. Heschel wrote that Jews create sacred architecture in time rather than space, like Shabbat, when God is encountered in moments of time. So, with modern technology, we created our new encounters with each other and with God. Confer-
ence platforms were downloaded, services were streamed and accessed on Shabbat. Rabbis and communities became technological mavens. We set up shared candle-lighting on erev Shabbat and also Havdalah, each home with a small candlelit box onscreen with the smiling faces of our kehillah shining out. We moved services and shiurim online, and others joined us from all over. More painfully, we attended funeral and shiva services. We could not hug, but we could “levayah” – accompany the dead and the mourners. We were there for each other. Jewish communities have been
innovative and resilient in the face of the pandemic. But there are only so many Zoom coffee mornings or online discussion groups or prayers, where the majority are muted to each other, that we can attend. While the world opens up as we travel virtually, joining communities all over the world, the need grows for touch and shared presence. We can follow services and shiurim at all times, wearing pyjamas and with steaming mug in hand if we choose, but we lose out on the nuances of encounter, of place and community. It’s impossible to know how our communities will look when the pandemic is gone. But we know they will be changed. When Rabbi Yochanan left destroyed Jerusalem and set up Yavneh, the Jewish world reconfigured. This feels like a Yavneh moment too – building Jewish communities together. ◆ Sylvia Rothschild has been a community rabbi in south London for 30 years
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Dear Anon, Please don’t despair! A lot of readers will be able to relate to your experience. The weight issue is even more of a challenge for many right now, with all the meals we have been eating over the Yom Tovim. The fact that you have written in is really brave and the first step in the right direction. Now you must seize the moment and take action. When life serves you lemons – make lemonade! One good thing here at
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