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News / Carry on Corbyn / Presenter abused / Defamation costs

Corbyn back, minus the whip Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said he will not restore the whip to his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn because he “undermined” work in restoring trust and confidence in the party’s ability to tackle antisemitism. Corbyn was reinstated as a party member on Tuesday – three weeks after being suspended in the aftermath of the damning Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report into antisemitism. But despite the move by the National Executive Committee, Sir Keir has declined to restore the whip to the former opposition leader – meaning he will continue to sit as an independent MP and will not be part of the Parliamentary Labour Party. Sir Keir said in a statement: “Since I was elected Labour leader, I have made it my mission to root out antisemitism from the Labour Party. I know that I will be judged on my actions, not my words. The disciplinary process does not have the confidence of the Jewish community. “It is the task of my leadership to fix what I have inherited. That is what I am resolute in doing and I have asked for an independent process to be established as soon as possible. “I’m Leader of the Labour Party, but I’m also the Leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party. “Jeremy Corbyn’s actions in response to the EHRC report undermined and set back our work in restoring trust and confidence in the Labour Party’s ability to tackle antisemitism. “In those circumstances, I have taken the

Labour’s national executive committee voted to readmit former leader Jeremy Corbyn

decision not to restore the whip to Jeremy Corbyn. I will keep this situation under review.” The move was welcomed by the President of the Board of Deputies, Marie van der Zyl, who said: “Despite the EHRC’s finding that the Party had acted unlawfully under Mr Corbyn’s watch, Jeremy Corbyn’s initial reaction to the report was dismissive and he has been shameless and remorseless for what he has put the Jewish community through. Meanwhile, Labour’s disciplinary process is clearly still not

fit for purpose. Keir Starmer has now taken the appropriate leadership decision not to restore the whip to Jeremy Corbyn. We continue to say that ‘zero tolerance’ must mean precisely that, whether for antisemites or their apologists.” Sir Keir’s decision will likely prompt a furious backlash from the faction which remains loyal to the former leader, but will be welcomed by those who hoped to draw a line under the Corbyn era. Van der Zyl said earlier that Starmer must refuse to restore the whip,

adding that the decision to reinstate Mr Corbyn was an “absolute sham” and shows the Labour Party “have not learned anything at all”. She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the former leader’s case has “clearly been rushed through and judged by a politicised panel stuffed with his own supporters”. Corbyn was suspended from Labour last month for his response to the EHRC report, which found the party had broken the law in its handling of antisemitism complaints. He claimed the scale of antisemitism in the party had been “dramatically overstated for political reasons” by opponents both inside and outside Labour, along with the media. But he later attempted to clarify his comments in a statement to the party, saying concerns about antisemitism are “neither ‘exaggerated’ nor ‘overstated’”. The national executive committee’s decision to reinstate Corbyn sparked outrage from Labour MPs and Jewish leaders, and prompted reports that former minister Dame Margaret Hodge could quit the party. She said on Tuesday evening she cannot “comprehend” why it is acceptable for Corbyn to “be a Labour MP if he thinks antisemitism is exaggerated and a political attack”. Gideon Falter, of the Campaign Against Antisemitism, claimed that Corbyn’s suspension had been “nothing more than a media stunt to blunt the blow” of the EHRC report.  Opinion, pages 26 & 27

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Labour has suspended a number of members who passed a motion criticising the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn for his reaction to the damning report into antisemitism within the party during his leadership. Labour general secretary David Evans has warned local parties against discussions and motions in relation to disciplinary cases, but the Bristol West Constituency Labour Party approved a motion on

Monday and wrote to Sir Keir Starmer to condemn Corbyn’s suspension and demand his reinstatement. The group face disciplinary action over the motion that branded Corbyn’s treatment as a “politically motivated attack against the [party’s] left”. A Labour source said motions on individual disciplinary processes were improper and stressed the suspensions were also in rela-

tion to allegations of abuse on social media. Starmer is trying to avert a civil war within the party after the Equality and Human Rights Commission found that it broke equality law when Corbyn was in charge. The former party leader was suspended after he refused to fully accept the watchdog’s findings and said antisemitism had been “dramatically overstated for political reasons”.

RILEY: END PARTY’S Activist must pay JEW-HATE CULTURE £68k libel case bill Rachel Riley has called on Labour to “sort out its culture of Jew-hate” after receiving abuse following her appearance on Family Fortunes. The Countdown star went on the TV quiz show with her partner, former Strictly Come Dancing dancer Pasha Kovalev, and her mother, winning £30,000 for the Angus Lawson Memorial Trust, a charity aiming to alleviate the suffering of marginalised children. However, she was criticised on social media, with one commenter saying: “Rachel Riley is a nasty woman who smeared Corbyn. She was on Family Fortunes last night playing for a children charity… she voted for the Tories who are starving kids.” Riley called on Keir Starmer to take action against bullying from Labour members, saying; “If you ever want Labour to become a party people can vote for again, you need to sort out its culture of Jew-hate, misogyny and bullying.”

A Jewish anti-Zionist activist has been ordered to pay almost £70,000 in court costs after an unsuccessful libel case over his being branded a “notorious antisemite”. Tony Greenstein (pictured), who was expelled by the Labour Party, will have to pay Campaign Against Antisemitism £67,886 after his defamation action against the charity was struck down by the High Court last week. Gideon Falter, chief executive of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said: “For years, Tony Greenstein has sought to discredit the International Definition of Antisemitism... We have repeatedly called him a ‘notorious antisemite’ and the High Court has ruled we were perfectly entitled to do so.”


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JN launches bloodmobile drive family said: “This is a wonderful initiative and one which is hugely meaningful to all the family. Life is precious above all else, and the idea that any funds raised will go towards pikuach nefesh, saving peoples’ lives, is a fitting way of honouring the legacy of Rabbi Sacks.” On the day he was ennobled in 2009, Rabbi Sacks spoke at the MDA UK dinner. The then dinner chair, Nicholas Springer, said: “He delivered the best appeal speech we ever Jewish News has launched a fundraising drive for an MDA bloodmobile heard. He is sorely missed both Bearing the name of the former repair. The Magen David Adom within and outside our community chief rabbi, they will eventually family is honoured to be part of and the bloodmobile will be a fitfind a home at the new British- this campaign. Nothing will give us ting tribute.” Jewish News conceived the funded Ramle station, which is due more pride than seeing a bloodmobile on the streets of Israel bearing campaign a decade after it teamed to open next year. MDA UK described Lord Sacks, the name of Rabbi Lord Sacks and up with Cockfosters Synagogue and legendary fundraiser Norman who died last week aged 72, as saving lives.” Former Prime Minister Tony Rosenbaum to buy an MDA ambua long-time “champion” of the charity and revealed £18,000 had Blair, who has hailed Lord Sacks lance. By 2017, it had attended already been pledged before the as “my hero” who enhanced his 10,733 calls, including almost 8,000 knowledge about Israel, told adult emergencies and more than campaign was publicly launched. Chief executive Daniel Jewish News: “This would be 600 child emergencies. The vehicle Burger said: “The current a fitting tribute to Rabbi Sacks, and crew also helped more than fleet is up to 19 years a truly exceptional man and 100 women to give birth.  To donate to the campaign, old and some are close humanitarian.” A spokesperson for Lord Sacks’ see www.mdauk.org/rabbisacks to being beyond The late Lord Sacks

A campaign to donate a lifesaving vehicle for Israel in memory of Lord Sacks is launched today by Jewish News and MDA UK, writes Justin Cohen. The initiative seeks to raise £135,000 to buy the first of a new batch of bloodmobiles, which will transport teams to collect some of the 1,100 units each day that keep the country’s blood supply full.

Schools act after toddler’s death Continued from page 1 her life after choking on a piece of sausage while having her lunch at nursery. “We are fully aware that accidents happen, but things can also be put in place to prevent these accidents occurring. “Sausages are renowned for their awkward shape and tough skin, making it extra challenging for small children to chew. Grapes fall into the same category. “We are appealing to get sausages and grapes banned from all nursery settings ASAP so no other family has to go through the devastation and heartbreak that so many people have felt this weekend.” Following the death, Hertsmere Jewish Primary School emailed parents to tell them it was removing sausages and grapes from the menus offered to children. A number of agencies are now investigating Sadie’s death. Hertfordshire Constabulary said: “Our thoughts are with all those affected at this extremely sad and difficult time. “Multi-agency enquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances around the incident. It would therefore be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.” A Mini Learners nursery spokesperson told the Borehamwood Times: “We are absolutely devastated by this news and our sincere and heartfelt condolences go out to the family.”

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Sir Keir Starmer was one of thousands who took part in Mitzvah Day with a difference this year, as the twin evils of loneliness and food poverty were highlighted, writes Jack Mendel. The Labour leader joined the day of Jewishled social action, which involved more than 300 faith communities and organisations across the country. Synagogues, churches, mosques and community centres took part, alongside 40 schools and thousands of families and individual volunteers, doing good deeds from home. In the wake of the pandemic, which halted many traditional projects, there were pop-up collection points last Sunday, acts of kindness, virtual teas and a host of activities taking place virtually and physically. Starmer visited South Hampstead Synagogue in his north London constituency, where he helped with a food and toiletry collection, with items to be distributed to three charities dedicated to fighting the crisis of food poverty. He said: “I wish these food donations were not needed, but it fills me with hope to see how generous and resilient our community has been in rising to the challenges of the last few months.” Meanwhile, hundreds turned out for Bushey United Synagogue’s initiatives, which included its young members braving blustery conditions to tidy up the garden at The Peace Hospice in Watford, a record 18 black sacks of food being filled on Bushey high street for the charity GIFT, and a cake collection for key workers organised by Rebbetzin Shira Kett. Mill Hill United Synagogue distributed items in doorstop drops to isolated people in the community, while Pinner United held a collection for the charity ‘Goods for Good’. Stanmore Synagogue held ‘collectathons’

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for clothes for the homeless, food for needy families, toys for sick children and a collection for those suffering with breast cancer. It also held a Big Community Tea Party, with musical entertainment. Young families took part in a Zoom sing-a-long for Jewish Care residents with musician John Rose. Other initiatives included a virtual Kabbalat Shabbat for residents with Keren’s

Above: Mia delivers biscuits to her neighbour; children collect for GIFT

Nursery pupils, a BBYO UK-recorded video performance for residents, and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg planted trees for the charity’s Winter GIFT held collections to donate to others

Wellbeing project in care homes. Barnet Mayor Caroline Stock and councillor Sara Conway took part in a Bringing Smiles To Your Door campaign with Age UK, while members of youth group FZY delivered food to Holocaust survivors. East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue members baked cakes for Mill Grove children’s home, and Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School pupils collected for Camp Simcha and Redbridge Food Bank. Jewish–Muslim women’s group Nisa–Nashim made food drop-offs, while the Joely Bear appeal held a

blood donation drive at Borehamwood and Elstree shul. Mitzvah Day’s chief executive Georgina Bye said: “Despite the restrictions, thousands of people came together, in spirit, to run collections for food banks, write handmade cards for those who are lonely, record poems and songs for care home residents, make socially distanced doorstep visits to neighbours, bake cakes for key workers, make masks for hospices, donate blood and so much more.” In a video message before the event, Boris Johnson said: “Mitzvah Day has become a great British tradition,” adding that “volunteers rise to the challenge of Covid – not just maintaining this fantastic Jewish-led day of good deeds, but creating an entire month of mitzvahs”. Founder Laura Marks said: “With so many people suffering from the effects of the pandemic, thousands of volunteers are giving time, donations, love and kindness to support local causes.”  More Mitzvah Day pictures on p29 and 30. Editorial comment, p22

CARRY MITZVAH DAY’S SPIRIT INTO A TOUGH WINTER BY LORD STEPHEN GREENHALGH GOVERNMENT MINISTER The work started by Laura Marks, Mitzvah Day founder and chair, is now more vital than ever as we are in the middle of the second national restrictions in response to this pandemic. This year has been a challenging year for us all. I lost my mother to Covid-19 in the first lockdown in April. Mitzvah Day reminds us all that small acts of kindness make a big difference. It celebrates the spirit of compassion, which for many people drives their faith and beliefs. Mitzvah Day – and indeed Mitzvah month –

this year celebrates an admirable initiative that I am very pleased to participate in. There is no greater testament to the resilience of our society than the love, empathy and compassion the British people have shown one another since the onset of Covid-19. I thank everyone who will be taking part, donating their time in the coming month to help their communities. In responding to this pandemic, central and local government is working with faith leaders, charities and grassroots organisations to collectively ‘put our arms’ around communities. Together, we have shielded the most vulnerable: delivering vital food parcels, pro-

tecting rough sleepers and giving help, support and a social network to call upon to our more elderly and isolated neighbours. I have been grateful for the support of Jewish faith leaders and our Places of Worship Taskforce on policies around funerals, so that close family had the immutable right to attend the funerals of their loved ones who died of Covid-19. The government has worked with the Chief Rabbi, the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Leadership Council and many others in the Jewish community to ensure that significant spiritual moments, including Passover, were celebrated virtu-

ally while gathering in synagogues was not possible. As a person of faith, I understand the sacrifice you have all made to forgo communal worship as we combat this disease. As we head into a difficult winter, we need to carry with us the spirit of Mitzvah Day and continue to support one another. We will emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever, safe in the knowledge that the values of love, empathy and compassion will continue to define the character of our nation for generations to come. It is in that spirit I salute your fortitude and celebrate this year’s Mitzvah Day.


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News / Remembrance event / Graffiti discovered

10k view AJEX ceremony More than 10,000 people tuned into this year’s ceremony at the Cenotaph commemorating Jewish servicemen and women, writes Tali Fraser. The Association of Jewish ExServicemen and Women’s (AJEX) 86th annual remembrance event went ahead online on Sunday afternoon, narrated by TV presenter Natasha Kaplinsky, despite coronavirus restrictions in Whitehall. It occurs every year the week after Remembrance Sunday and has been a major event for the Jewish community since the 1930s, following the permission of King George V. This year, the usual parades could not go ahead but a small gathering took place, during which prayers were held, three wreaths were laid and a twominute silence was held. The Queen and Boris Johnson were

among those who wrote letters to pay tribute, with the prime minister saying it was a “disappointment” the parades could not be held as usual. Johnson wrote: “I know this year, as with so many other events, it must come as a disappointment not to be able to get together in person for the AJEX annual ceremony and parade at the Cenotaph. But I have every confidence that your virtual commemoration ceremony will keep alive the memory of those who fought in both world wars as well as other conflicts, and their dedication and loyalty to our country.” The Queen also sent her “best wishes” to the event’s organisers. AJEX national chairman, Mike Bluestone, opened the event, saying: “It is with a sense of deep sadness that we could not meet together in person at the Cenotaph this year, but I am

reportedly found on a nearby bench. The vandalism was close to three synagogues. Sussex Police said it was “made aware of antisemitic graffiti on a wall in Holland Road and on a bench on the

TEACHER JAILED FOR SEX ASSAULTS A former teacher at a Jewish secondary school near London has been sentenced to 34 months in prison for sexual activity with an underage girl, believed to be a pupil. The man was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court this week after pleading guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a girl under the age of 16. He was suspended in 2018. Reporting restrictions mean that the name of school, the name of the former teacher and the subject he taught, cannot be detailed to protect the identity of the victim.

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pleased we were able to come together at this online event as a community.” More than 2,000 people attended the ceremony last year and, to ensure

those who usually attend could still mark the occasion, AJEX also created a pre-recorded online ceremony and short film.

‘Jewish lies matter’ graffiti investigated Police are investigating graffiti daubed in Brighton, including the phrase “Jewish lies matter”, writes Jack Mendel. The phrase was discovered on Tuesday by the sea front, with further vandalism

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PAPERWEIGHT ADDS TO ITS TOP TEAM An advice bureau helping members of the community with legal, financial and welfare issues has appointed three experienced professionals to help with its workload. Paperweight said it was welcoming Caroline Kahan, Eve Curtis and Michelle Rosenberg to its team after the pandemic led to a surge in calls from families following a bereavement, job loss or eviction. “I’m delighted by these fantastic appointments,” said the charity’s Bayla Perrin.

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News / Nazi memorabilia / Eric Hall / Asylum panel

eBay ‘sorry’ for selling 2,000 Nazi items Auction site eBay has apologised and withdrawn more than 100 Nazi-related items from sale after Jewish News raised the alarm – but has not said why almost 2,000 similarly flagged items were left in place and sold, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. This newspaper contacted the company after reader Tarbet Balfour reported 3,993 Nazi or Nazi-related items for sale through the website in the past 11 months, accusing the company of “ignoring” his complaints. In response to enquiries from Jewish News, eBay began an investigation and has now said that just over 2,000 of the 3,993 items Balfour flagged had been removed. Most of the remainder were sold through the site, earning eBay a share of the sale price. Many of the items are badges and medals adorned with swastikas, some selling for thousands of pounds. Dozens of sales were completed in the past month alone.

One of nearly 4,000 items that were listed

After Jewish News raised the issue of the continuing sales, despite these being reported and despite them breaching the company’s own policies, an eBay spokeswoman said on Monday that 109 items had been removed in recent days.

Balfour said: “I have been reporting the sale of Nazi-related items to eBay on a daily basis for months, but despite this they have continued to list these hateful items, even though it is against their own policy to do so.” He added: “There is something very wrong with their reporting system, which allows you to report both by item and by seller. “I flagged these items using both reporting mechanisms but was ignored.” The listings removed by the company’s policy team were in breach of the firm’s offensive materials policy and serious questions remained this week as to the consistency and effectiveness of the policy’s implementation. The seller said it uses block filter

algorithms designed to stop certain items at the point of listing by searching for keywords, and maintains that enforcement action against sellers can take the form of a warning, suspension or ban. The eBay spokeswoman said: “We have zero tolerance for discrimination or hatred in any form, and apologise these listings were not identified and removed sooner. None of these listings are available for sale any longer. “In order to promote respect amongst our diverse community of members, items that pro-mote or glorify hatred, violence, or intolerance are banned on eBay as per our offensive mate-rials policy. Any seller in breach of our policies will find their listing removed and action taken on their account.”

Agent Eric Hall dies, aged 73 ASYLUM TALK ‘MORE HOSTILE’ Eric Hall, the former showbiz and football agent, has died aged 73 after a short illness. Hall made his entry into the mu-sic business as a tea-boy alongside a young Elton John and went on to represent some of the Premier League’s biggest names in the 1990s. Famed for a trademark cigar, ‘Monster monster’ catchphrase and use of Yiddish

words, he made deals on behalf of stars such as Dennis Wise, Tim Sherwood and Neil Ruddock. Tributes have been paid by Sir Alan Sugar, who called Hall a “real character”. Former footballer Stan Collymore tweeted: “Larger than life, great great fun, sad to think Eric Hall has passed.”

An online audience has heard from an expert panel how the pandemic has impacted the UK’s asylum system. Organisers of the event, hosted by the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE), noted “an increase in hostile rhet-oric from the [British]

government to those supporting displaced people”. Ministers recently rejected Lord Dubs’ family reunion amendment to the Immigration Bill, and discussion turned to issues facing child refugees. Speakers included the Refugee Council’s Mau-

rice Wren, Aimee Georgeson from Social Workers Without Borders, and asylum barrister Colin Yeo. JCORE’s Edie Friedman said: “The pandemic has made it clearer than ever that our asylum system needs major reform.”

‫נפלה עטרת ראשינו‬ RABBI LORD JONATHAN SACKS ‫מורינו הרב יעקב צבי בן דוד אריה זצ״ל‬ Western Marble Arch Synagogue, the Western Charitable Foundation with Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld deeply mourn the untimely passing of our beloved spiritual leader and friend Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. We wish long life to his wife Lady Elaine, son Joshua, daughters Dina and Gila and the extended family.


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News / Faith concerns / Des O’Connor / Maccabi chief

Religion is more divisive than ethnicity, says study A major study on religious diversity in the UK has proved the need for interfaith work after finding more animosity between people of different religions than between people of different ethnicities, writes Adam Decker. The findings were revealed in a report for the Cambridge University-based Woolf Institute, titled How We Get Along: The Diversity Study for England and Wales 2020, which was published on Monday. Researchers spoke to 11,000 adults and found that being Muslim remained a ‘trigger’ for prejudice, with Muslims far more likely than Jews, Hindus and Sikhs to be the only representative of their faith in a workplace. Dr Ed Kessler, founding director of the institute and principal investigator, said: “Muslims are the most targeted in terms of prejudice and also the group most religious groups felt most uncomfortable about a close relative marrying.” The study found “little evidence supporting stereotypes that Jewish and Muslim people only mix with

Muslims ‘receive most prejudice’

their own”, but said non-Muslims were more likely to work with one another. One in five Jewish people work with at least one other Jew, whereas only one in eight Muslims can say the same. Despite a plethora of interfaith initiatives in recent years, religion is still “a final frontier for prejudice”, say the authors, and “a greater driver of personal prejudice in England and Wales than racism and xenophobia”. In a note of caution, they said that working from home during the Covid lockdowns “threatens to compound the issue”, but that there

was some good news, in terms of people’s thoughts about diversity. Three times as many people agreed that ethnic diversity is good for Britain than disagreed, with a correspondingly positive view of migrants, but fewer people thought religious plurality was a good thing – as few as four in 10. In what the authors described as a “key finding”, the report also showed that while almost threequarters of people would feel comfortable with a relative marrying an Asian or black person, fewer than half said the same about someone from Pakistan. Investigator Dr Julian Hargreaves said: “The good news is there is a strong consensus in our findings that diversity is good for our country… However, of these three forms of diversity, acceptance of religious diversity lags significantly behind.” Kessler said homeworking risked “people go[ing] back into isolated silos… Creating new opportunities for friendships should be a key ingredient of public policy.”

JEWISH ENTERTAINER DES O’CONNOR DIES, AGED 88

Comedian, singer and TV chat show host Des O’Connor (right) with Eric Morecambe in the Wellington Hospital, London, in 1978. O’Connor, whose mother Maude was Jewish and father Harry was Irish, died on Saturday aged 88 after a fall at his home in Buckinghamshire

BERLINER QUITS MACCABI GB The chief executive of Maccabi GB is stepping down after 20 years in the job. Martin Berliner told Jewish News: “I feel it is the right time for me but more importantly for the organisation.” Berliner will remain consultant CEO of Maccabi Europe and will become a trustee of the organisation. Ashley Lerner, Maccabi GB’s chief operating officer, has been appointed the next chief executive and will take over the role from 2021, which Berliner said he was “delighted” about. He added: “My time at Maccabi GB

has been life-changing for me and I am grateful to all of those that have given me the opportunity to serve our community. “It is a special organisation with special people making a real difference to the Jewish community in so many ways and I am thankful and proud to have been able to share in its success.” David Pinnick, Maccabi GB chairman, said: “The greatest personal compliment I can offer Martin is that I have learnt a great deal from him and have enjoyed working alongside him.”

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Kosher caterer dishes up in Bahrain by Sandy Rashty @SandyRashty

A UK-based catering firm has become the first of its kind to provide kosher meals in Bahrain. After weeks of negotiations, Arieh Wagner confirmed that his business would provide boxes of kosher meals in the sovereign state. He said locals can access the meals – including blintzes, beef steak and sweet and sour chicken – via the Ritz–Carlton hotel in the capital, Manama. Guests can order via the restaurant, room service or the hotel’s deli, which will also be open to locals in the area. Wagner, whose kosher meals have been available at the hotel since Wednesday, said the first shipment contained 60 kilos of kosher food. There was a clear market for the meals, he said. “There are so many Jewish business people working in sectors such as the oil trade who travel to Bahrain, and there are people who want kosher food. Now you can have kosher food on demand at the Ritz-Carlton. “We have started with three starters, three main meals and side dishes, but I will soon be providing

other items like challah bread – a Shabbat survival kit.” He said the service would support travellers, ex-pats and the local Jewish community, an estimated 50 people out of the 1.5 million-strong

Wagner’s business deal follows the Abraham Accords peace deal, which normalised relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel and between Bahrain and Israel. It was signed on 15 September by Bahrain’s foreign affairs minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu – and witnessed by US president Donald Trump. After the deal was announced,

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Kosher beef steak; Arieh Wagner (left) with former colleague Jeremy Canivet, from Bahrain’s Ritz–Carlton

population in Bahrain. Until now, observant Jews have had to fend for themselves. “There was no way for them to get kosher meals, unless they took them in their suitcase,” he said.

Wagner received a call from a former colleague who now works at the Ritz– Carlton. Spotting an opportunity, they “shook hands” after meeting in Bahrain. Wagner said demand for kosher meals would increase as a result of the Abraham Accords, as more Israelis were likely to visit Bahrain as well as Dubai. As a result, he is also working with the Al Habtoor family in Dubai, as well as sitting as the kosher subject matter expert for the Dubai College of Tourism. Wagner – the nominated kosher caterer for UK government-hospitality, providing kosher meals to Buckingham Palace, Number 10 and

Number 11 Downing Street – said he had to adapt to survive the blow to the events industry after Covid-19. “I am not a restaurant or takeaway business,” he said. “The events industry has gone completely. You have to reinvent yourself and get out of your comfort zone to survive.” He said he was working with couples from the UK to the Netherlands to potentially have their simchas in Bahrain. “It’s the ideal wedding location. We have the kosher food and cutlery and your family can visit from Israel.” He added: “People ask if I wear my kippah in Bahrain, and I say ‘yes’. I feel safer wearing it there than in Paris or Vienna.”

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Special Report / Semitic semantics

Is ‘antisemitism’ no longer fit for purpose? Activists and communal groups are forgoing the word in favour of the phrase ‘anti-Jewish hatred’ to promote wider understanding, finds Stephen Oryszczuk In the maelstrom and vitriol that followed the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)’s damning report into the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn last month, few noticed the near total omission in the response from the Jewish community of the very word the EHRC had just reported on: ‘antisemitism’. In a joint statement, the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) said the report “disgraces those who attacked us for speaking out against anti-Jewish racism”, calling Jeremy Corbyn “a figurehead for old and new anti-Jewish attitudes”. The Jewish Labour Movement said it had been warning of a “deepening casual culture of anti-Jewish racism” since 2015. The Holocaust Educational Trust said it confirmed “the depth of the endemic anti-Jewish racism in Labour”. Labour Friends of Israel praised Sir Keir Starmer for starting “to root out anti-Jewish

racism”. Even Labour Against Antisemitism (LAAS) distanced itself from its own name, talking about the party’s “institutional antiJewish racism”. Commentators soon picked up the baton. In his searing column, Jonathan Freedland of The Guardian began with ‘antisemitism’ but ended up asking “why anti-Jewish racism might take root”. Yet the change was already under way. In September, the Union of Jewish Students criticised universities for “failing to sufficiently protect their Jewish students from anti-Jewish racism, the oldest form of racial hatred”. Later that month, the Antisemitism Policy Trust said Microsoft’s chatterbot had “learned from its social media interactions to post antiJewish racism”. Two weeks ago, it even seemed to have filtered through to the BBC, its news site saying Labour had “failed to stamp out anti-

Jewish racism when Jeremy Corbyn was leader”. Goodbye old Jew-hatred; hello new rebranded one. Some may see this as odd, given all the fights it took to get here. For a start, there was the heave-ho over the The Battle of the Hyphen – when ‘anti-Semitism’ faced off against ‘antisemitism’. Then there was the scrap over ‘what antisemitism is’, with criticism of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition giving way to a slow acceptance across the UK. Yet odd it is not, because the switch to “antiJewish racism” is neither natural evolution nor incidental lexicography, as evidenced in the JLC’s annual financial filings, published online last month. Going back a couple of years, as Labour’s antisemitism woes began to resonate both in the media and throughout Westminster,

the JLC said it “took the opportunity to educate not just those involved in politics but the wider public”. It held eight focus groups and conducted polls from the end of 2018 and throughout 2019, which “proved hugely beneficial to our understanding of the penetration of the issue amongst the public, as well as what successful messaging looked like”. It says: “One example is the shift from the term antisemitism – a word with absolutely no recognition in one focus group – to the more recognised notion of ‘anti-Jewish racism’. We have made a concerted effort to use this language.” Here it is, then: recognition that this is a purposeful change, because the word ‘antisemitism’ had in some cases “absolutely no recognition” from the public. What it meant, in other words, often meant nothing. A spokesman says the focus groups were

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Semitic semantics / Special Report held in Dudley, South Manchester, Putney and Croydon, “to avoid major centres of Jewish life” but also to have a good UK spread, and that they showed huge differences. “In Croydon, despite it being nowhere near any big Jewish communities, everyone had met a Jewish person,” he says. “In Dudley, only one person had.” The organisation went all in on research – its YouGov poll sampled 5,000. It also polled the Jewish community through Survation “to ensure we fully understood the levels of concern”. It then shared its work with communal organisations. JLC joint interim chief executive Claudia Mendoza calls it “the most substantial public opinion research into Labour’s antisemitism crisis”, adding that “there were some striking findings, most notably a lack of understanding” of the term ‘antisemitism’. “Using this understanding, we successfully shifted the terminology used towards ‘antiJewish racism’, in no way to downplay the uniqueness of antisemitism, but to ensure that no one misunderstood our grave concerns,” she explains. Others were engaged – and wholly onboard. “We suspected that the public basically didn’t know what the word ‘antisemitism’ means,” says Mark Gardner, chief executive of the Community Security Trust, the charity charged with defending British Jews from antisemitism. “But the research showed it was a deeper problem than we had realised.” To some, this is less revelatory. Danny Stone, chief executive of the Antisemitism Policy Trust, cites a UCL poll, published in

Protesters against antisemitism, or does ‘anti-Jewish racism’ make the point more clearly?

2015, in which 68 percent of almost 8,000 respondents were unfamiliar with the term antisemitism, and/or unaware of its meaning. “It’s no surprise that Jewish groups want to talk about ‘anti-Jewish racism’, as we’re doing. I think it’s quite helpful, because antisemitism is a complex word,” he says. “I know of some people saying ‘antisemitism, what does that mean?’ Not only the understanding of the word, but it’s spelling can also

be contentious.” He recalls moves at the UN to widen the meaning of ‘antisemitism’ to include all Semitic peoples, but Semitism “legitimises a form of pseudo-scientific racial classification thoroughly discredited by association with Nazi ideology”, showing how the word ‘antisemitism’ can be “mis-used and played upon”. A spokesman for the Board of Deputies goes further, describing how the changed communal

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tack is as much a response to those with political agendas as to those with none. “It stems from two things,” he says. “First, there can be a lack of knowledge. While racism is widely understood, not everyone knows that antisemitism is a form of racism. “Second, some on the far-left tried to claim that ‘real’ racism was worse than antisemitism. They also insinuated that we were claiming antisemitism to be more important than other forms of racism. “By using the term ‘anti-Jewish racism’ we remove their ability to do that by being clear that antisemitism is a form of racism and is not in competition with any other form of prejudice.” Is this a trend? Five years hence, will we all be speaking ‘anti-Jewish racism’? “Not really,” says Stone. “If they find it has better cut-through, you may see Jewish groups using it more, but I’d be surprised if the language developed in that way.” Is it a case of in-speak and out-speak? Is there talk of ‘anti-Jewish racism’ to a nonJewish audience and ‘antisemitism’ to a Jewish audience? “No, I mix it up,” he says. But the driver is foremost because ‘antiJewish racism’ cannot be misunderstood? “Exactly.” The last word, appropriately for a discussion on antisemitism, goes to Gardner. “Anti-Jewish racism is not a perfect form of words,” he says. “Ideally it would be said in conjunction with the word ‘antisemitism’ to make the meaning clearer. But it makes the point.” In other words (if you’ll pardon the pun), ‘anti-Jewish racism’ is the new ‘antisemitism’ because it does what it says on the tin.

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News / Home at last / Board history / Special greetings

Virus patient home after eight months After eight months in hospital with coronavirus, 62-year-old Desmond Solomon returned home to find a huge show of support from his community, writes Tali Fraser. With Israeli music playing in the background, the Essex community – alongside his family and friends – stood socially distanced in the rain outside his house to welcome Desmond back in his ‘homecoming’. In a video on Solomon’s return, Rabbi Odom Brandman, from Buckhurst Hill’s Chabad Lubavitch centre, said the community had “come out in strength” to support Solomon and his family. As he was lifted out of the ambulance, people shouted: “We love you, Desmond”, as others applauded. Brandman told Jewish News it was “one of the most moving scenes I have seen in a long time” and that “there wasn’t a dry eye there, it was so heart-warming”. Solomon was admitted to hospital with a suspected stroke when it emerged that he had contracted Covid-19. He was moved to a high-dependency unit but his condition deteriorated and he spent 11 days on a ventilator in intensive care.

It was not until two months after he was admitted that he was able to move back to a normal ward. Solomon’s wife, Andrea, and his children, Emma and Daniel, were unable to see him while he was in hospital, instead relying on FaceTime or speaking on the phone. Having been one of the most active community members since Buckhurst Hill’s Chabad centre opened, Solomon, when he was able to stand up in hospital, would occasionally join the centre’s pre-Shabbat Friday nights on Zoom, when Brandman

Above: Rabbi Odom Brandman with Desmond Solomon Inset: Crowds gather to welcome Desmond home

said there was “mass excitement” as everyone waved and Solomon waved back. His wife told the rabbi the family

had been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from the community and that while there was still a long way to go in Solomon’s recovery, the family was grateful to have him home. Andrea was so grateful for the care her husband received from the

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infiltrate the farright at the time. At the organisation’s plenary meeting on Sunday, Tilles will tell members how the Board worked to successfully infiltrate a number of antisemitic organisations. Working in secrecy, Board Tribute to the heroes of Cable Street president Neville Laski established a network of Fascists’ (BUF) headquarters. informants and moles, begin‘Captain X’, as he was ning in 1936 when, “by devious referred to, passed on details means”, he recruited an officer of upcoming Blackshirt meetwithin the British Union of ings to the Board, allowing it to plan countermeasures as well as collect the names of BUF members, which were then sent to the police. Following this success, former Special Branch advisor, Cecil Pavey, under a secret identity, penetrated other groups of Britain’s radical-right on behalf of the Board. One of its biggest successes was when Pavey infil101ST BIRTHDAY WISHES FOR RIGHTEOUS POLE trated the Nordic League, Polish rescuer of Jews Jozef Walaszczyk watched a video of 101st birthday a pro-Nazi, anti-Jewish body greetings from people from 49 countries. He viewed it at his home in headed by the Conservative Warsaw on a tablet provided by survivors’ organisation From the Depths. MP Archibald Ramsay.

Secret attempts by the Board of Deputies to infiltrate the far-right following the Battle of Cable Street have been revealed ahead of the organisations 260th anniversary. The Board was criticised for advising Jews to stay away from trouble during the Battle of Cable Street in 1935, in which Jewish residents and anti-fascists resisted a march through the East End by Oswald Mosley’s Blackshirts. However, as it celebrates its 260th anniversary, historian Daniel Tilles has revealed that, behind the scenes, the organisation made a daring attempt to


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JWA sets up emergency fund More than 500 domestic abuse victims have sought help since the pandemic began and support for children rose by nearly a third, Jewish Women’s Aid revealed as it launched an awareness campaign, writes Francine Wolfisz. The charity helped 545 women and children between April and September, newly released figures show. In June alone, 150 women sought assistance – a 22 percent rise on the figure for June last year – while demand for counselling rose by 28 percent for the month of July. The latest figures relating to children show the charity helped 30 percent more young people than last year, and demand for therapy sessions rocketed by 67 percent. For the first time since JWA was founded 25 years ago, it has set up an

emergency welfare grant fund and has distributed almost £20,000 in grants for food, nappies, electricity and other household needs. At the launch of JWA’s campaign, #AMaskWontProtectHer, CEO Naomi Dickson said: “There has never been a time when external societal conditions have had such a negative effect on women experiencing domestic abuse.” She added: “Abusers are manipulating well-intended anti-Covid measures to control and torment Jewish women. Our dedicated staff are doing everything they can to support the increasing number of women and their children, but we need our community to take collective responsibility for making sure that women feel they can reach out for support.”

The campaign aim is to shine a spotlight on how victims of domestic abuse have been affected by the pandemic and coincides with 16 Days of Activism, a global campaign to counter violence against women, which begins on 25 November. Alongside its fundraising drive the charity has organised a cross-communal Jewish Women’s Aid Shabbat, – to promote domestic abuse awareness – which takes place this weekend. A free online event, London Unmasked, will take place on 26 November in which journalist Emma Barnett will be in conversation with author Noreena Hertz and designate domestic abuse commissioner Nicole Jacobs. For details, visit jwa.org.uk/ unmasked. To contact the JWA helpline, call 0808 801 0500.

Jewish Women’s Aid reports a big rise in women seeking assistance

Misconduct at £8million Manchester charity The Charity Commission has published findings of misconduct and mismanagement at a Jewish charity in Manchester after it paid £250,000 for private medical care for someone linked to a trustee and loaned a business run by another trustee £1 million. A statutory inquiry into Combined Funds Limited, which exists to provide poverty relief

in the strictly-Orthodox Jewish community, began almost three years ago and ended this week with the formal findings. The regulator reported “serious concerns surrounding unmanaged conflicts of interest and unauthorised trustee personal benefit, as well as loans from the charity to its trading subsidiaries”. Combined Funds Limited had funds

of £8.2 million in 2015. In 2016 it did not file a profit and loss account. Such were the concerns that the Commission froze its bank accounts during its inquiry. When the inquiry opened the charity had three trustees: Mordechai Stolzberg, Ephraim Stolzberg and Ester Hirsch. In February 2019, almost a year after the inquiry began, Mordechai Stolzberg,

65, resigned from the charity, having been a founding trustee since 1981. Ephraim Stolzberg, 80, a founding trustee and the charity’s first governor, remains on the board. Since its inquiry began, two independent trustees have been appointed and the trustees have formalised written policies. In addition, all loans have been repaid.

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Israeli scientists say they have made a breakthrough that could pave the way for smellovision TVs, scented digital photos that have a whiff of holidays and technology that can “print” any odour, writes Nathan Jeffay. A Weizmann Institute team claims to have created a “smell map” that can determine how any odour will smell to humans based just on an examination of its molecular structure. The researchers say this provides the theoretical framework to record the qualities of the smell as a set of numbers that can be used to recreate it by means of an electronic device, which could be embedded in mobile phones, computers and elsewhere. They believe a range of just 200 molecules is enough to recreate almost any smell on earth. “Now, I believe we’re just a few years away from tel-esmell — telephones that accurately record and recreate smells,” said Noam Sobel, the neurobiology professor behind the research, which has just been published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature. He told The Times of Israel there will be countless appli-

cations of the ability to “digitise” odours – meaning capturing them and reproducing them digitally – including socalled smell tracks for movies on the big or small screen and photos that carry the odour of the moment they were taken. Restaurants will be able to share the aroma of dishes in their online menus, and people will be able to reproduce their favourite perfumes, he said. “We’ve already shown we can do this with a perfume as we have made a computergenerated odour that smelled exactly like rose, just by combining molecules.” Almost 200 volunteers were deployed by the Weizmann team to smell and describe odours in terms that were needed to build the “map” of smells. “We have identified the physical, chemical features of smells that are meaningful for human perception,” Sobel explained. “Once we have a device that will measure the properties we have identified, we can digitise the information using codes and algorithms we have already established. “Having done this, we can reproduce and transmit it, like we transmit vision and sound

on a range of devices today. It will be a bit like the way red, green and blue are mixed to create any colour – we have 200 different molecules we can mix to generate practically any perceptible odour.” The molecules that are needed already exist and are widely available, he added. “From this point, what we need is one machine that will be like the microphone and one that will be like the speaker,” he added. “We have very rudimentary versions of each, and the step just completed means we have the code that we’ll use to connect them. This is the culmination of 20 years’ work and it’s very exciting.” He said it would be apt for the technology to be embedded in phones, which were invented by the very man who first suggested mapping smells. “The challenge of plotting smells in an organised and logical manner was proposed by Alexander Graham Bell more than 100 years ago,” said Sobel. “He said that ‘until you can measure their likenesses and differences you can have no science of odour.’”

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At a virtual gala, World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder said UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres will receive the Theodor Herzl Award this year for his work to change the world body’s “bizarre fixation on the Jewish state”. Three months after his appointment in 2017, he ordered the withdrawal of a report from a UN website that accused Israel of apartheid and that year, he referenced the Jewish people’s historic ties to Jerusalem. Guterres has said Israel “needs to be treated as any other state”.

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FORMER PILOT TO FUND SPACE TRIP A former fighter pilot turned investor will become only the second Israeli in space. Eytan Stibbe, 62, is expected to depart for the International Space Station next year, President Reuven Rivlin said on Monday, according to Haaretz. The mission, which is pending approval by NASA, will be the first entirely manned by private astronauts. The Israeli Space Agency said Stibbe would be footing the bill alone. Axiom Space, a private Houston-based company that aims to create the world’s first commercial space station, is initiating the trip.

US anti-Jew hate crime up The number of antisemitic hate crimes increased significantly in 2019, according to the FBI, in a year in which there were three lethal attacks against Jews. Antisemitic incidents once again comprised the majority of hate crimes based on religion. In addition, the number of total hate crime murders nationwide more than doubled last year. But the Anti-Defamation League cautioned the FBI’s numbers probably represent just a fraction of total hate crimes committed nationwide. The FBI recorded 953 hate crimes against Jews in 2019, a 14 percent increase from the

CNN ANCHOR SAYS SORRY An American TV news anchor has apologised for comparing Donald Trump’s conduct to the events leading up to the 1938 Kristallnacht pogrom in Germany. CNN’s Christiane Amanpour said she “should not have juxtaposed the two thoughts” after an outcry following her show last Thursday, when she invoked the anniversary of Kristallnacht in discussing

Trump’s lies, calling the pogrom an “attack on fact”. She had described Kristallnacht as the “Nazis’ warning shot across the bow of our human civilisation that led to genocide against a whole identity, and in that tower of burning books, it led to an attack on fact, knowledge, history and truth”. She said: “I regret any pain my statement may have caused.”

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835 recorded in 2018, and similar to the 938 recorded in 2017. In April 2019, a synagogue shooting in Poway, California, killed one, and in December,

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Dozens of Israeli rabbis flew to Buenos Aires last week hoping to help the country double its production and export of kosher beef, up from 24 tonnes at present. Argentina’s only two rabbis supervising the country’s religious slaughter both died earlier this year from Covid-19. The country’s certification industry is a mess, having been likened to a ‘mafia’.

Moroccan Jews living in Mexico have pledged their allegiance to King Mohammed VI after state forces launched an offensive in the disputed Western Sahara region to reopen a road to neighbouring Mauritania. In the 1940s, the Moroccan Jewish community numbered 250,000 but has since scattered to dozens of countries, many in Central and South America.

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Iran denies Al-Qaeda hit Iranian authorities have denied reports Israeli agents shot and killed an Al-Qaeda leader and Osama bin Laden’s daughter-in-law in an assassination in August. It follows reporting by The New York Times, contradicting the official Iranian account at the time – that a Lebanese professor and Hezbollah member was killed with his daughter on 7 August. The Times said the professor did not exist. As the news broke, more details emerged of the Israeli agents’ killing of Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, also known as Abu Muhammad al-Masri and al-Qaeda's second in command,

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embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed 224 people. Israeli operatives on a motorbike are believed to have hit al-Masri while he was driving through the plush Pasdaran district of Tehran, but Iran denied the story. Israel’s Channel 12 reported that al-Masri was planning attacks against Israelis and Jews around the world, and that Miriam was being primed for a leadership role. UK-Israel think tank BICOM said the news was “deeply embarrassing for Iran, caught protecting a Sunni jihadist leader, a sworn enemy, while fighting al-Qaeda in Iraq and Syria”.

Close ties with Cyprus Israeli leaders have agreed to enhance the country’s military cooperation with Cyprus and Greece in a move aimed squarely at Turkey and the tension over Mediterranean Sea gas reserves, writes Stephen Oryszzuk. The announcement comes after Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz visited the Cypriot capital of Nicosia, resulting in a trilateral agreement to increase military-to-military ties to “solidify our collaboration”. The three countries want to protect their offshore gas drilling rights against any Turkish claims, and already work together as partners in the East Med pipeline project, which is intended to bring Israeli gas to Europe.

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Greek Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos condemned “Turkey’s illegal, provocative and unilateral actions in Greek and Cypriot maritime zones” as “blatant violations of international law and of good neighbourhood relations”.

Pfizer boss compared to Mengele ISRAEL SIGNS VACCINE DEAL A Greek newspaper whose publisher was convicted recently of antisemitic defamation warned its readers that Pfizer’s Jewish CEO would “stick the needle” into them while calling the pharmaceutical company’s prospective Covid-19 vaccine “poison”. The front-page article (pictured) appeared last Tuesday in the daily Makeleio, with graphics including a picture of Albert Bourla – a Greek Jew who is also a veterinarian – and the Nazi war criminal Dr Josef

Mengele, who is infamous for experiments performed on camp inmates. Its publisher, Stefanos Chios, was fined £1,670 last month for an op-ed in which he called a former leader of the Athens Jewish community a “crude Jew who runs a loan-shark firm”. “A Jewish veterinarian will stick the needle! Terror countdown for the mandatory vaccine,” read the article. The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece expressed “outrage and repulsion” in a state-

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Israel has signed an agreement with the Pfizer pharmaceutical company to acquire eight million doses of its vaccine. “This is a great day on the way to our victory over the coronavirus,” Benjamin Netanyahu said, adding he was working “to ensure we will receive the vaccine together with the leading

countries around the world and we will not get pushed back in line.” The announcement came days after the Israeli prime minister said in a video address that Israel would be able to sign a deal with Pfizer in part because the company’s CEO, Albert Bourla, told him he was proud to be Jewish. “Albert Bourla is very

proud of his Greek heritage and of his Jewish heritage,” Netanyahu said. “After this conversation, which was very productive and very practical, I’m convinced we will complete the contract with Pfizer.” Pfizer announced on 9 November that latestage trials of its vaccine were more than 90 percent effective.


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Being together at a time of separation Mitzvah Day is a time when communities far and wide come together to support those in need. In the middle of a pandemic that severely limits social contact, this year’s event could have fallen flat. But more than 300 faith communities and 40 schools turned out in force, virtually or in person, to recognise that the work of Mitzvah Day is more vital than ever this year. Lockdown halted many of the event’s most popular projects and activities, but food collections, virtual singalongs, cake baking and doorstop deliveries all took place, showing how acts of kindness across the community – no matter how large or small – create a lasting impact. Hundreds turned out for Bushey United Synagogue’s initiatives, which included its young members braving blustery conditions to tidy up the garden at The Peace Hospice in Watford, while Jewish Care residents took part in a Zoom singalong with young families. Food drop-offs were made by Jewish-Muslim women’s group Nisa– Nashim, while Mill Hill United Synagogue distributed items in doorstop drops to isolated people in the community. Despite social distancing, Mitzvah Day 2020 showed it is still possible to create a sense of togetherness – and it will continue to do so, with Mitzvah Day extended into Mitzvah Month in light of the pandemic. While the mitzvot themselves may look a little different this year, the thought and effort seem greater than ever.

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CARE MUST COME BEFORE COSTS I note that Jewish Care is consulting on redundancies. I wonder how service users will be cared for, since modern technology has yet to devise a way of taking people to the lavatory or giving them showers or feeding them virtually. I may be mistaken and the carers may be remaining while excess office staff are shed. After all, the former category

cost less in wages than the latter, and if the carers are not needed, then, logically, neither are their managers. However, making managers redundant would cost more than making carers redundant. Will costs take priority over care? Surely not.

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Stamford Hill not badly hit

Tribute in verse I’d like to share my poem about the late Lord Sacks: You glided magnificently Like an eagle of the first order, Your brow so earnest Lined up perfectly With your stare, Fixed on truth Your eyes gleamed Like precious gems, And today and forever, how we miss you In graceful flight

WERE CONDOLENCE MESSAGES THE BEST USE OF DONATIONS? I was shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Lord Sacks and read the many obituaries in both the Jewish and secular press. However, with the current economic difficulties of every charity and charitable organisation, was it really necessary for them all to spend so much on advertising their individual messages of condolence? Every organisation with connections to Rabbi Sacks was affected by his loss, but surely the donors to these organisations would rather their money was spent more usefully.

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In my letter to Jewish News of 15 October, I wrote that the 27,000-strong strictlyOrthodox community of Stamford Hill may have already achieved herd immunity due to their unwillingness to follow rules. Despite this, they don’t seem to have

suffered more deaths aside from the initial hit. My estimate, based on 10 percent of Jewish deaths, are as follows: 27 March to 30 April (one month) – 36 deaths. From 1 May to 3 Nov (six months) – 20 deaths.

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Criticise Donald Trump for many things if you will, but his attempts to right a number of wrongs against Israel should not just be belittled and dismissed in the face of political bias. Trump should always be recognised as a true friend, as Israel seems to have no difficulty accumulating foes.

Palestinian Arabs are underdogs, therefore, as a leftie, Jeremy Corbyn always supports the underdog. This is despite the fact he is supporting, knowingly, a Palestinian agenda, which is right-wing and wants to destroy the Jewish homeland. A left-wing MP supporting a right-wing cause. How bizarre. What could the reason be?

I met Rabbi Lord Sacks when he came to speak at my primary school. I’m in my 30s and recall it like yesterday – more clearly than almost anything that’s happened to me since.

Hope is essential for surviving existential threats such as Covid. As we approach Chanukah, we recall Rabbi Hugo Gryn’s moving account of how he and his father celebrated the festival in a concentration camp in 1944. When his father lit a wick dipped in their precious meagre ration of melted margarine, Hugo protested: “We need food and can’t afford to waste it on a candle.” His father replied: “You and I have seen that it is possible to live up to three weeks without food. We once lived almost three days without water, but you can’t live at all without hope.” Public announcements should highlight harsh health and economic realities, but always balance these with hope to light up our path.

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a plate on which Corbyn’s decapitated head rested. There was an immediate, and appalled, response from many people, including Jews, not least because the publication of the cartoon coincided with horrific knife attacks in France in which real people, and not cartoons, were indeed beheaded. So far, so unpleasant. But the story which then emerged — in Private Eye — was really disturbing. Private Eye claimed that senior staff at The Guardian had been worried about the cartoon and had shown it to a number of Jewish staff, to see whether they found it offensive. And, allegedly, these Jewish staffers thought it was OK, giving The Guardian an effective go-ahead to publish. I was very curious as to whether the Private Eye story was true, and asked a number of the better-known Jewish journalists at the paper if it was correct. There was a resounding silence. I should have waited: because this week, Elisabeth Ribbans, The Guardian and Observer’s global readers’ editor, devoted her entire column to considering complaints about the

IT'S NOT THE FIRST TIME STEVE BELL'S CARTOONS HAVE ELICITED WRATH

cartoon. And, guess what? Not only did she confirm the Private Eye story, that “there was considerable discussion, including with some Jewish colleagues and experts”, before publication, but that she had asked Bell himself whether the cartoon was antisemitic and he “strenuously rejected claims that the work was antisemitic”. So that’s all right, then. Ribbans admitted, however, that the timing of publication was “insensitive” given what was taking place in France, and added that the content could be seen as “highly provocative”. Who is at fault here? An outraged Hadley Freeman, one of the best-known Guardian writers, not known for being backward when

it comes to denouncing antisemitism, took to social media on Friday to attack those who were spotlighting Guardian Jewish staffers. She wrote: “I don’t know who the ‘Jewish colleagues’ consulted about the cartoon are, and I don’t care. It’s not the sole responsibility of Jews to guard against these things, and blaming them for the cartoon is like blaming someone for bruises on their face”. She misses the point, though. While it is certainly not the “sole responsibility of Jews to guard against these things”, the fact that they were asked at all, effectively to give The Guardian clearance, is disgraceful. “Oh, it’s fine, we asked some Jews and they said it was okay.” It’s not the first time Steve Bell’s cartoons have elicited the wrath of the Jewish community and at least one – featuring Netanyahu – was spiked before publication. While it is the job of political cartoonists to be provocative, surely it can’t be the job of the senior editors at The Guardian to turn Jewish staffers into compliant “house Jews”? Don’t all rush at once to speak, guys.

I'll miss his genius talks and our Shabbat walks HENRY GRUNWALD FORMER PRESIDENT, BOARD OF DEPUTIES

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n the hot summer of 2006, Western Marble Arch synagogue held a wonderful choral Shabbaton as part of the celebrations to mark the 350th anniversary of the re-admission of Jews to England. Rabbi Lord Sacks (RLS), then Chief Rabbi, and I, then president of the Board of Deputies, were guest speakers. Days earlier, RLS had called me and asked if my wife, Alison, and I would join him and his wife, Elaine, for a Shabbat walk. We happily agreed, looking forward to a pleasant stroll in Hyde Park. Late afternoon we met them, and Elaine’s brother and sister-in-law, and set off. Hyde Park became St James’ Park, became Buckingham Palace, became The Mall, became Whitehall, became Westminster Bridge, became the Royal Festival Hall before we turned round and made our weary and thirsty way back to Cumberland Place. “Did you enjoy that, Henry?” asked the invigorated Chief. “Very much,” said I, hiding my exhaustion. “Good,” he said. “Next time

we’ll go to Tower Bridge!” As an advocate by profession, I was, and remain, in genuine awe at his powers of oratory. Modern technology has thankfully ensured that his many teachings and sermons and speeches are available online. One year after the death of the Lubavitch Rebbe, he spoke about the effect that the rebbe had had on him. His speech was so powerful that it had a direct effect on my level of Jewish observance which lasts to this day. For the secular world, his 2017 Ted Talk – Facing the Future Without Fear – was outstanding. He was an exceptional scholar who could also guide the non-Jewish world with his teachings on moral philosophy. In his books, essays and media writings, both for the Jewish and the non-Jewish worlds, he displayed an intellect and knowledge that few can match. If he decided or was asked to produce a piece on a particular topic, he would read as widely as one can imagine on and around the subject. His library grew and grew. Part of his legacy is the Koren Sacks machzorim, the series thankfully completed. I know that some don’t like the print and the layout; for me, the only problem is that his essays are so compelling that they sometimes take over from the actual davening!

I WAS, AND REMAIN, IN GENUINE AWE AT RABBI LORD SACKS' POWERS OF ORATORY The first volume to be released was the Rosh Hashanah machzor. As soon as the publication was announced, my wife ordered a copy online for me, something I treasure to this day. What neither of us realised was that it was the USA version. I discovered on Rosh Hashanah that the pagination differs from the UK version but, more importantly, it contains a prayer for the President of the USA rather than for the Queen. When RLS phoned this erev Rosh Hashanah to wish us shana tova, we discovered that he had the same problem. It may be that the residency of the USA needs all our prayers more than our Monarchy! When he stepped down as Chief Rabbi, the Covenant and Conversation Trust was set up to promote his teachings. RLS did me the signal honour of asking me to chair the Trust, which I am proud still to do. One of the benefits of being a trustee has been that, each year, one of the meetings was held at his home, followed by a shiur. Not surprisingly, those were the best-

attended of our meetings! The tributes that have flooded in from all over the world show how deep was the impact he made in both the Jewish and the wider communities. His shiurim and talks will continue to be heard. His books will continue to be read. His educational materials will continue to be used in schools of all types and at all levels. The role of the Covenant and Conversation Trust is therefore even more important now. I am conscious of the responsibility that places on us, and we will ensure that he continues to be an inspiration and that we will try to live up to what he would want us all to be. I already miss him deeply. We will all miss him deeply and our sincere condolences go to his dear wife, Elaine, whom he always included in his speeches, his children and grandchildren, his brothers, and to those who worked closely with him over his years as Chief Rabbi and beyond.


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With Corbyn back, who will be held accountable? PETER MASON

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n the day of the release of the EHRC report, Jeremy Corbyn characteristically achieved the very same that he had done throughout his leadership. He positioned himself as the victim of Labour antisemitism. He is not the victim of Labour Party antisemitism. Rather than addressing the findings contained within the EHRC report, Corbyn once again denied and downplayed the scale and impact that anti-Jewish racism had both on Jewish members and the wider Jewish community. For that statement, he was suspended. This week, having made the same kind of insincere and inadequate apology that became a theme of his tenure, he was readmitted. A reasonable-minded observer might, having watched events unfold, be driven to the brink. Despite the EHRC finding that Labour’s disciplinary processes were broken and susceptible to political manipulation, and mandating it to institute an independent process under

threat of enforcement, his case was resolved within three weeks. This despite the countless complaints still lagging, such as Pete Willsman, who called 68 of our rabbis “Trump-supporting fanatics” for asking the Labour Party to listen to Jewish voices when they asked to be heard. No doubt, with confirmation that the Labour whip in parliament will not be restored, we will continue to see the same group of malign and insincere voices repeat the refrains of the past fortnight. Having spent five years denying, downplaying and obfuscating the problem, many of the same voices have now recast their rhetoric. Instead of the lack of leadership and moral courage to tackle antisemitism in Labour’s ranks being the biggest barrier to tackling it now, we will once again be told that Jeremy Corbyn’s readmission to the Parliamen-

tary Labour Party is the biggest barrier instead. We will see the same patterns of statements and motions, ignoring the inconvenient truth of the moral turpitude of his actions and inactions. We will not submit to mob bullying, or prostrate ourselves to the notion that we must be quiet for the sake of party unity. We will not stay silent as those with malign intent usurp a time that should be spent reflecting on the collective failure of the left to police its boundaries of acceptable thought and behaviour whilst emails are harvested to continue the factional fight. Because there is one, central, crucial question left unanswered. Who will be held accountable? Accountable for the experiences of Jewish members these past few years; for the EHRC report, and its findings of harassment

JEREMY CORBYN’S SUSPENSION DID NOT ANSWER THAT QUESTION – NOR DOES HIS READMISSION

and discrimination; for the entry of antisemitism into mainstream political discourse. Corbyn's suspension on the day of the EHRC report did not answer that question. Nor does his readmission to the party. But it must be answered if Labour is to rid itself of the stain of anti-Jewish prejudice. This week’s decision by a factionally-aligned committee highlights how difficult answering that question has become. While the narrow terms of its decision may have been legalistic, the implication was much broader. Is the future of the Labour Party one that will be built on a culture of discriminatory and harassing behaviour, or will it be one of universal equality and justice? Whether his supporters like it or not, Corbyn will not be part of that future. His political legacy and reputation are already settled: determined both by the electorate, and the EHRC. The Labour Party needs to work out if discriminatory unlawful acts committed against Jewish members, caused by the failure of leadership identified in the EHRC report, is prejudicial and grossly detrimental to its interests and act accordingly. The rest is commentary.

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The EHRC must think its Zoom mic was on mute RICHARD FERRER EDITOR, JEWISH NEWS

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ou kick your left-wing leader out, you let your left-wing leader in… It’s been another action-packed week of Labour Hokey Cokey as the party veers inextricably towards civil war over what to do with Jeremy Corbyn. The latest sucker punches in this internecine struggle were thrown on Tuesday when, after five years of refusal, the party finally agreed to fast-track an antisemitism disciplinary case. The only problem was the subject of this case was one Jeremy Corbyn. The former leader had been kicked out the party three weeks earlier for denigrating the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) report that found Corbynite Labour guilty of discriminating against Jews. With all the grace and timing of a Jacqui Smith samba routine, Corbyn called the EHRC’s findings a “political smear”. It was a show of peerless chutzpah, making it sound for all the world as if he were the true victim

of Labour antisemitism. Faster than Ken Livingstone could say “Hitler supported Zionism” (and that’s pretty fast), Corbyn was suspended by Keir Starmer, who launched his leadership back in April on a platform of “removing the stain of antisemitism” inherited from his predecessor. Corbyn, he said, was “part of the problem”. Before this week, it seemed Labour was finally getting its house in order, with Corbyn suspended until the party had an EHRCapproved disciplinary process in place – one free from political manipulation. The trouble is, when it comes to the inner workings of the Labour Party, there’s often a world of difference between how things seem and how they really are beneath the surface. That’s why on Tuesday morning Corbyn, a man as incapable of a backwards step as a donkey on a tightrope, issued a statement to “clarify” that he didn’t think the EHRC’s findings were a “political smear” after all. He’s apparently now firmly of the opinion that antisemitism under his leadership was “neither exaggerated nor overstated”. What a choreographed and deeply cynical move.

CORBYN HAS BEEN REINSTATED BY THE SAME ROTTEN SYSTEM FOUND TO BE DYSFUNCTIONAL The purpose of this non-apology apology soon became clear when the left-leaning National Executive Committee announced Corbyn’s suspension had been lifted – a mere 19 days after it was imposed. For the sake of appearance, the NEC waited until eight hours after Corbyn’s sorry-notsorry to deliver its verdict – plenty of time for the adjudication panel to bash out a perfunctory press release, pop the kettle on and binge watch The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix. Corbyn had hitched a ride on the last chopper out of Saigon, reinstated by the same rotten system declared dysfunctional by the EHRC. The same rotten system that for five years took great delight in waiting months, even years, to settle open-and-shut cases. It’s been a year-and-a-half since the suspension of former NEC member Pete

Willsman, who said Israel invents antisemitism. His case is yet to be heard, along with that of 130 others. What must the EHRC make of all this? It must wonder if its microphone was on mute during its Zoom call with Labour HQ last month. Yesterday, Starmer activated stage one of yet another damage limitation exercise when he refused to restore the Labour whip to Corbyn. Next weekend sees stage two, a speech to the Jewish Labour Movement, which was expected to be another smooth step on the road to rebuilding trust with the Jewish community, but is now anything but. Now Corbyn is back, whipless but crucially off the hook, Starmer’s route to making Labour a welcoming environment for Jews once more is not so clear cut.

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GIFT arranged more than 50 street food collections and drop-off points

Students from Birmingham JSoc, including these housemates, also took part in collections for GIFT

Mill Hill United Synagogue members collected items for isolated people

Three Counties Liberal Jewish Community made a collection for Worcester Foodbank

Borehamwood and Elstree shul’s Elana, seven, with new underwear for refugees

FZY members volunteered at a food bank and delivered food to survivors

Head of services Daniel Gillis helps Camp Simcha with a blood drive

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Rebbetzin Shira Kett with her children at Bushey United Synagogue’s ‘cake for key workers’ collection

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Television / Weekend The contestants of this year’s I’m A Celebrity... and, inset, hosts Ant and Dec

‘The children who found safety in the I’m A Celebrity...castle’ Gwrych Castle is the location for the new series of the ITV reality show... but it once housed 200 Kindertransport refugees, discovers Francine Wolfisz

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best part of three days and, by the f walls really could talk, then time they had arrived at their final the remains of Gwrych Castle destination, Britain was at war. in North Wales would certainly With just a few hours’ notice have a captive audience. While many will know it as the new and the help of the Central British Fund (later known as World Jewish location of ITV’s reality show, I’m A Relief ), youth movement leader Arieh Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, the Handler managed to secure a home Abergele landmark has over the 200 years of its existence served as an aris- for the young refugees. The sprawling castle that stretches tocratic family house, a training venue more than 1,500 feet and boasts for boxing, a medieval entertainment expansive views of the Irish Sea would centre and even the backdrop of become a base for his movement, a Hollywood film. Gwrych Castle as it is today Bachad, which aimed to prepare But for 96-year-old Henry Glanz, no heating, no lighting and no toilets. the youngsters for pioneering life Gwrych Castle has served a far more We had no baths, so we had to wash in in Palestine. special purpose than all of that – for it the Irish Sea. It was September, so it Bachad would later evolve into was here that he, alongside 200 other was quite cold and I discovered that children on the Kindertransport found Bnei Akiva and it was here that the salt water doesn’t dissolve soap!” first national gathering of the youth a safe haven from Nazi persecution. But despite their basic beginnings, movement took place in December Polish-born Glanz was just “things eventually got better”. 1940. But that was yet months in the 15 when he bade farewell to his Glanz recalls: “They set up Hebrew making. When Glanz arrived, Gwrych parents and brother, who were then school and the Quakers from Abergele Castle had not been lived in for many living in Kiel, Germany, and made his supplied us with furniture. It was years and there were few amenities way onto the train that would begin a beautiful area and we worked for for the new residents. his long journey to Britain. the local farmers. Some of the boys Glanz, who today lives in East At midnight on 1 September, 1939, worked in the garages, while the girls London, tells me: “When we arrived the youngsters crossed the Dutch helped out in the kitchen.” it was the middle of the night, it was border. Just five hours later, the Nazi While the youngsters tried to build dark and we had to sleep forces invaded Poland, prompting some semblance of normality in their on straw beds. ApparHenry to remark: “I must have been lives, they nevertheless worried about ently, the castle had one of the last to get out.” the family they had left behind. been empty for A ferry brought them to Harwich, “We didn’t know anything about 15 years. then they our parents,” says Glanz. “There embarked Eventually, he discovered that was no elecon a train his father Mordko had been tricity, to Liverordered to leave Germany pool Street within 72 hours. He and took ended up in Belgium, another while his mother, from Esther, and Paddington 12-year-old up to North brother, Wales. Joachim, The entire were journey interned took the ...and as he is today Henry Glanz at the castle

in Leipzig. Glanz was able to write letters to them comprising just 25 words and via the Red Cross once a month. He reveals: “I had a feeling my father censored some of my letters, because he didn’t want the Germans to know I was in England.” After a short while, the letters to his mother came back following her deportation “to an unknown address”. Years later, he discovered that his father had been murdered at Majdenek, while his mother and brother were taken to Auschwitz. After one year at Gwrych Castle, the youngsters were asked to leave when its owner, the 12th Earl of Dundonald, was forced to sell the estate for financial reasons and it was then requisitioned by the War Office. Glanz went on to live in different places, including Birmingham and London, where he was reunited with his sister, Gisella. After the war, he served with the American army in Munich as a postal censor, before returning to England and meeting Bobbie, whom he married. She died aged 90 in 2016; they had been married for 67 years. As for Gwrych Castle, Glanz has fond memories of the place he once called home and revisited it years later with his two sons during a family holiday to Wales. “They were young at the time and got quite excited when we went to the castle. I showed them all the sites, all the secret passages.”  I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! continues every night on ITV, 9pm

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PODCAST

Grounded with Louis Theroux Actress and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax features in the return of Louis Theroux’s hit Radio 4 podcast, Grounded with Louis Theroux. Landing on BBC Sounds on 30 November, the series line-up also includes candid chats with actress Michaela Coel, pop songstress Sia, presenter Rylan Clark-Neal, comedian Frankie Boyle, director Oliver Stone and singer FKA Twigs. Like many, Theroux turned his hand to something new at the beginning of the pandemic. In the podcast he has stripped-back discussions with some of the people he has always admired, covering everything from careers to personal foibles

and frailties and how they are coping with what is happening in the world. Theroux says: “So the bad news is many of us are back in lockdown… but the good news is it’s been timed perfectly to coincide with the release of Grounded Season Two! I’ve been putting the past few months of not being able to travel for work to good use – having 10 more fascinating and intimate conversations with people I’ve always wanted to interview.” The first series featured documentary maker Jon Ronson, as well as actresses Miriam Margolyes and Helena Bonham-Carter and is available now on BBC Sounds. Grounded With Louis Theroux begins on 30 November, with a new episode released every Monday.

BOOK Reason To Believe

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Your face is a picture! Youngsters across the country take part in JNF UK’s Design A Mask For Israel competition to increase their connection to the Jewish state Budding artists have designed masks for children in Israel, as part of a new initiative from JNF UK. Almost a thousand pupils from 14 schools across the country submitted their colourful creations for the charity’s Design A Mask For Israel Competition. JNF UK is the country’s oldest Israel charity and aims to improve education and welfare, boost employment opportunities, healthcare and cultural activities for Israelis of all backgrounds and ages. Many of the schools taking part are JNF UK partner schools, receiving funding from the charity to promote their connection to Israel. The participating schools are

Independent Jewish Day School; Hasmonean Primary School; MathildaMarks Kennedy; Brodetsky; Rimon; Yavneh Primary School; Calderwood; Simon Marks; North Cheshire Jewish Primary School; Etz Chaim; King David Liverpool; Beis Chinuch Edgware; Nancy Reuben; and Sacks Morasha. The winning design from each of the three age groups – three to five years, six to eight years and nine to 11 – will be chosen later this month by a panel of judges that includes cartoonist Zoom Rockman, who was employed by The Beano while at school, and Nic Abery, director and founder of LooktoLearn and creator of Israel70: Building Artistic

Connections. All the winners will have their designs produced and distributed to schools in Israel’s peripheral regions. JNF UK said: “The hope is these colourful gifts will bring some joy in areas that have been badly affected by the pandemic.” Its CEO, Charles Lossos, said: “It’s been amazing to see the enthusiasm of so many children, parents and schools. “The vision of JNF UK’s education grants was to help bring the pupils in our schools closer to Israel, and this competition has shown how this is possible even during these challenging times.” � For more details about JNF UK’s work, visit www.jnf.co.uk

This was the design by Nancy Reuben pupil Levana, aged nine

The entry by Elsie-Mae, 10, from Mathilda-Marks Kennedy

Hannah, nine, from Hasmonean was behind this covering

Mathilda Marks pupil James, eight, sectioned his design

Mathilda-Marks Kennedy’s Keitlin, seven, featured a hamsa

Noah, eight, from North Cheshire recalls government advice

The face covering by Eden, eight, from Etz Chaim

This covering was designed by Brodetsky’s Monty, three

Five-year-old Calderwood pupil Olivia was behind this mask

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nited Synagogue president Ruth Parasol in one of the largest single pledges Michael Goldstein is part of to the banking sector since the pandemic. a high-profile team that has Goldstein, a former senior audit partner in launched a bank. BDO, says never has there been a Goldstein is the greater need to support SMEs, chief executive of which he believes have previthe AIM-listed City of London ously been neglected by the Group, which has established big high street banks. Recognise, a challenger In an exclusive interbank to target small and view with Jewish News, medium-sized businesses he says: “We felt there (SMEs) across the UK. Set was an increasing lack of up in 2018, Recognise received service among the big banks its banking licence last week and towards SMEs – it’s an underplans to lend £1.1 billion over the served proportion of the market. next four years. “Where the larger banks The new outfit is being led by Michael Goldstein struggle is they have not invested Jason Oakley, previously of Metro in systems or people who have the Bank, and is backed by both DV4 (The Delancey necessary skills to serve the SME market, but advised fund) and the Bard family, with busi- rather serve larger clients because it’s more ness specialist Colin Wagman as chairman. It profitable for them. And that’s what this crisis recently received £25 million of investment is highlighting even more. Where I think we from London-based online gaming pioneer will score is that we have taken people who have

years of experience of serving this market.” The SME market was booming before Covid took hold. There are more than five million SMEs in the UK and they are a huge part of the economy. But the effect of the crisis on them has been immense. A report earlier this year by McKinsey&Company states that 80 percent of surveyed UK SMEs have seen declining revenues since the pandemic began. Owing to their exposure, SMEs have been the focus of many of the UK government’s fiscal policies, such as business rates relief and bounce back loans. It is typically the big banks administering these and, although lenders have already provided some £14bn to SMEs through Covid-19 loan schemes, there are signs that traditional lenders are falling short. Goldstein acknowledges there is now a significant opportunity – and need – for challenger banks to step in and ensure finance is there. “I am sure the government will come up with an alternative (when the bounce bank loans end at the end of November), but they still need banks capable of delivering it. We think it’s a very lucrative market and are excited to be able to provide a service now to those smaller entities.” Recognise will lend between £500,000 and £5m. It needs 4,500 borrowers of 0.1 percent of the market share to achieve its five-year lending target. The City of London Group has raised just shy of £30m, including the £25m injection from the self-made multimillionaire and philanthropist Parasol. She founded PartyGaming in 1997, the parent company of online poker site PartyPoker.com, which went public on the London Stock Exchange in 2005 for £4.6bn. Parasol, whose father was a Jewish Polish Holocaust survivor, donates to several Israeli causes (she has a home in Israel), including Tel Aviv University and Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Centre. “She hasn’t really invested in a business so we are thrilled someone of her pedigree and success rate has become involved,” says Goldstein. “It gives credibility to our story that someone like this has bought into it. Given her online and

marketing experience, she has a lot to offer us.” The City of London has also received funding from DV4, a Delancey advised fund and Max Barney, from the Bard family. Wagman is the former deputy chairman of Jamie Ritblat’s Delancey, the principal adviser to the Delancey property funds, which held several billion pounds of property investments and developments in the UK. Prior to Delancey, Wagman was an advisor to Sir John Ritblat’s British Land. Head of investor relations is Ben Peters, who was a key part of the 2019 £15m fundraising round and has worked closely with Goldstein on the September raise. When asked if there was a time, because of Covid, that they thought the licence might not happen, Goldstein says: “There was a small delay in receiving the licence at the Bank of England because they were busy dealing with Covidrelated issues, but that was quite insignificant. We have been through the mill; it’s a very high bar and difficult process to get through, but we have got through but we are very excited.” Goldstein, who was appointed to the Board of the City of London Group in 2017, was admitted as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in 1984. He was a senior audit partner in BDO LLP and since leaving BDO in 2015, he has led the restructuring of the Bard family’s property portfolio. A member of Mill Hill Synagogue, Goldstein has been president of the United Synagogue since 2017 and is a former trustee of JW3. He identifies a nexus between his communal and corporate role. “Some of the skills needed for Recognise are the same as needed in my role as president of the US, and also in my personal life; empathy, trust and understanding. If you get those right, you will succeed.” As for the next few years, Goldstein says: “The whole economy is in a bit of a state of flux. Most industries are having to adjust and that will continue over the next few months. But we believe that, in terms of the sector we are interested in, the opportunity is great, if not greater than it has been.” www.cityoflondongroup.com

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We used to drag our beds up onto the flat roof avid comes from a wellbecause of the heat and sleep there. It was known Iraqi family and great fun for a kid. I never knew the dark grew up in Baghdad. political side that our parents did. His business background is in computing, but he The first book you have selected is has worked extensively A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, in the property industry. a novel set in 1950s India. What He has been very active attracted you to this story? as a lay leader in the Mistry captures the texture of India very Jewish community, and well. But for me it was a very moving human involved in a whole range of David Dangoor story about the resilience of the human spirit philanthropy, including as founder in difficult times. It reminded me a lot of the of Dangoor Education (http:// 19th century history of Baghdad, where hunger dangooreducation.com). and danger is never far away. Sadly, in India, many manual labourers, as a result of Covid, You grew up Baghdad in the 1950s. What are have lost their jobs. They’ve no money, no food your earliest childhood memories? and are at the mercy of loan sharks. I found it Sleeping out under the stars in the summer. The a gripping story – very absorbing and moving. weather in Baghdad is much warmer and drier.

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You worked for IBM early in your career and then went to work with your father to develop a property business. The second book you have selected is Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, an idea that is useful for business. Why do you like that book? As a scientist, I assumed that I always thought logically, but when I read this book, I was astonished at how constantly I was making the wrong choices. It was a real eye-opener. It’s a book I keep going back to again and again to try to recalibrate the way I think. There are some very interesting tales about Kahneman’s activity with the Israeli Air Force. He won the Nobel Prize. You are extremely active in the Jewish community. You were president of the S&P Sephardi community between 2011 and 2016. What was that like? I came to the UK in 1960 and the Lauderdale Road Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue became our synagogue. I have been a regular there for many years. With these communal organisations, if those who benefit don’t support them, who will? After 30 years of being involved in most of the voluntary activities, the role of president fell onto my shoulders. What I really enjoyed was to see how many people give up their time freely for the benefit of others. That’s one of the wonderful things about the UK Jewish community generally. Related to this is your love for Israel. Your next book is The Accidental President by A J Baime about President Truman. Why that book and what’s the relevance to Israel? This concentrates on the first four months Harry Truman was president, during which the world order in which we live today was established. Truman never wanted high office. Roosevelt had to push him to become his 1944 running mate and died soon after his fourth term began. He had to deal, in just his first four months, with the fall of Germany, starvation in Europe and the Marshall Plan, dropping the atom bomb on Japan, the division of Berlin and the creation of the United Nations, and he was very helpful in the early days of the creation of the state of Israel. I really enjoyed reading this book. The next book is also Israel-related, No Room for Small Dreams by Shimon Peres. Why do you like that particular book? Shimon Peres came to Palestine from Poland in 1934 when he was aged 11. This book charts his life up till a few weeks before he died suddenly aged 93. It really is an overview of the history, the creation and the growth of Israel in the past nearly hundred years through the eyes of one of

its most important sons. I couldn’t put the book down. It’s a fantastic read. You do a lot of philanthropy in Israel and also the UK, and one of the areas is education. What drives that passion for education? When we came to the UK from Iraq, my father had to leave behind all the businesses he had built up. All we brought with us was our education, and this country welcomed us, allowed us to rebuild our lives. There comes a time when you want to give something back. Like many people, we support Jewish education but, as an immigrant to this country, we felt that supporting others who have come in to be able to make a contribution would be a good way to say thank you. Another area you are particularly committed to his is interfaith and you were the original backer of the British Library’s Discovering Sacred Texts. Texts Tell us more. I think today a national library cannot exist only in its buildings. When we funded the creation of the Discovering Literature website 10 years ago, the whole website of the British Library used to get just one million visits a year. Now Discovering Literature alone gets five million visits from all over the world. With Discovering Sacred Texts, we want to try to do the same thing. We had hoped for 250,000 unique visitors in the first year that has just finished. In fact, it is already 340,000. I expect within a few years it will be up to five million and this will be a chance for modern Britain to show off its multifaith background. We’ve only scratched the surface of all your different projects. You are a man who likes to balance lots of different things, which brings us on to your last book – Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker. What’s special about this title for you? This is a very important book and it’s a must-read. We spend nearly a third of our lives asleep or in bed trying to get to sleep. What Professor Walker does is give good advice on how to benefit our mood, to benefit our health, our relationships, and all of it while lying in bed. It’s a subject that very few people know enough about. Those to whom I recommended this book have said it has changed their lives.

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A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman The Accidental President by A J Baime No Room for Small Dreams by Shimon Peres Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker


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Orthodox Judaism

SEDRA Toledot BY RABBI JEFF BERGER Toledot foreshadows many traumas the Jewish people would experience in the ensuing millennia. Within Isaac’s family there was intense sibling rivalry, deception and dishonesty; with the Philistine King, jealousy of Isaac’s success and strife over water resources and, finally, for Jacob, dysfunction and exile. In rabbinic literature, rather than Esau being portrayed as the victim of Jacob’s abuse (over the birthright and the stolen blessing), he was vilified as the progenitor of Edom – later to become the Roman Empire. It became a Jewish view that after Rome adopted Christianity as its state religion, descendants of Jacob became victim’s of Esau’s heirs instead. The late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, in his Covenant & Conversation for 5769, challenged this onesided view, suggesting instead that Rebecca and Jacob erred in their subterfuge. ‘For each of us there is a blessing that is ours. That was true not just of Isaac but also Ishmael, not just

Jacob but also Esau. The moral could not be more powerful. Never seek your brother’s blessing. Be content with your own.’ It is suggested that Isaac’s intention was for a shared relationship between the brothers, with political power given to Esau and spiritual leadership in the hands of Jacob. A careful reader of the Talmud will find many stories of Roman leaders meeting Jewish sages. Roman civil administration, technology and law left its legacy until today. Quoting Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, Rabbi Sacks wrote: ‘Just as in the Torah, Jacob and Esau, Isaac and Ishmael, were eventually reconciled, so will Judaism, Christianity and Islam be in future. They would not cease to be different, but they would learn to respect one another.’ We cannot change the past. But we can use the present to create a different future. Is it time for us to reassess old stereotypes?

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

Torah For Today What does the Torah say about: Covid-19 vaccines BY RABBI SHAULY STROM News of coronavirus vaccines have filled the world with a renewed sense of hope and optimism for the coming months. What does the Torah say about such medical innovations? While the news is welcome, it will also no doubt spark a cacophony of dilemmas, particularly in relation to which countries and indeed which individuals will have priority over receiving the vaccine. As is the case with regards to many ethical dilemmas surrounding medical advancements, such a debate isn’t a new discussion in the world of medicine or indeed halacha. The Talmud debates this very idea, concerning a case where a country has control over a natural water supply of another country. Leaving the minutiae aside,

the sages are unanimous in their opinion, that when it is a question of pikuach nefesh – life-threatening circumstance – they must share their resources equally. This particular debate, however, concerns one society’s economic and health well-being over another society’s basic needs.

The Talmud concludes that one society may not use its water for laundry if another is struggling to provide drinking water for its inhabitants, as one society’s peace of mind does not take precedence over another’s ease of access to life-dependant resources for drinking. The halachic conclusion of this case may well provide an interesting insight into the discussions that may arise when distributing this vaccine globally. Which individuals, industries and countries will be deemed more essential than others – and, importantly, who will hold the ethical monopoly on this decision? ◆ Rabbi Shauly Strom is director of Northern Campuses for Aish UK

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The Bible Says What? ‘God destroyed the world to save it’

Why American Jews voted for Joe Biden BY STUDENT RABBI LEV TAYLOR

BY RABBI DR MARGARET JACOBI The story of Noah is morally complex. It begins by telling us ‘the earth was corrupt’ and full of violence. And when God saw this, God decided to put an end to all living things on the earth with the exception of one family – the family of Noah – and the animals Noah took into the ark. In the creation story, we are told that of all living things, only human beings have the ability to know the difference between good and evil and to make moral choices. If so, why should all living creatures be destroyed? We are not alone in asking or struggling with this. The rabbis of the Talmud wrestled with these questions, too. But in their attempt to find an answer, they also found a different aspect to the story. For the story is not just about destruction. God did not wipe all of creation off the face of the earth. Instead, not only Noah and his family, but every kind of animal was saved. It was

important to preserve one of every single species, so no aspect of creation should be permanently lost. Not only this, but Noah had to make sure there was enough food for them all. And so the story becomes about saving and caring. Noah and his sons learnt what it meant to look after every creature according to its needs. In recent months, we have also learnt anew the importance of caring. The pandemic has forced us to re-examine our priorities as a society. We realise that it not acceptable to exploit either people or resources. We have to value and care for each other. May those lessons, which Noah learnt the hard way in the ark, remain with us and influence us so that, although the future is uncertain, we can shape it for good.

◆ Rabbi Dr Margaret Jacobi serves Birmingham Progressive Synagogue

In response to the recent US elections, activist Dove Kent said: “We’ve seen the Jewish American community turn out in record numbers over the last few years for the values that define our community.” Kent works for Bend the Arc, a movement of Progressive Jews in the USA, which has dedicated most of its recent efforts to help combat President Trump’s agenda. She is right. Jews showed up to vote against Trump in surprisingly high numbers. At the most recent election, 77 percent of American Jews voted Democrat. That’s seven percent more than last time. It makes them the most left-leaning religious group. Why is that? Most American Jews were neither likely to be personally affected by Trump’s anti-immigration policies, nor to be on the receiving end of the racist policing that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement. But these are precisely the issues that animated Jewish

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voters, says Kent. “Our ancestors gave us the blueprint for responding to injustice.” What mattered to many at the ballot box was the moral direction of the country. Images of immigrant children held in cages and of black people attacked by police will be familiar to British readers and were deeply concerning to our coreligionists across the Pond. The same issues concerned our Biblical antecedents. When the prophet Jeremiah saw the injustices in Jerusalem, he called out to its citizens to stop oppressing foreigners and vulnerable people. He chastised the city’s leaders for lying and

committing perjury. Our tradition tells us exactly what kind of people we shouldn’t have in government. These religious values, inspired by the Torah, seem to have mattered much more to American Jews than whether they were personally affected. This is a positive testament to their integrity. The Talmud teaches that if you can protest against the sins of your city and fail to do so, you are culpable for its sins. Far from ignoring injustice, our fellow Jews came out to rally against it. Now they want to hold to account the President-elect, Joe Biden (pictured). Kent promises they have big plans to make sure the antiracist values of American Jews are taken seriously. “We’re bringing the lessons of the Torah into the streets,” she says. Let’s learn from our friends Stateside and bring that same zeal for justice to the UK. ◆ Lev Taylor is a student rabbi at Leo Baeck College


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

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

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Chai is embarking on our biggest ever fundraising challenge – The Big Campaign – which is taking place across Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd November. Over 36 hours we are reaching out to the entire community to tell them about the important work that we do, and to explain how because of the pandemic, we are now facing the two biggest challenges in our organisation’s 30-year history. Firstly, the unimaginable impact that Covid-19 has had on those who have had cancer surgeries and treatments delayed or cancelled and for the three million people waiting for screenings (according to Cancer Research UK.)

It has been widely reported that cancer has become ‘the Forgotten C’ as critical cancer services were downgraded due to rising virus cases in our hospitals. Chai, together with the entire medical profession is already seeing a surge of clients. We must be ready to support them with our Big C of Care. Chai’s second challenge is overcoming the drop of 40% income that has been another consequence of this year’s restrictions on fundraising events, challenges, and celebrations.

HOW CHAI CARES 11 centres across the UK

3,600 clients

37% increase in COUNSELLING in this last year

64 specialised services including counselling, therapies, and group support/activities

40% Chai’s INCOME is down 40%

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Home Support Service

Chai in Schools operating in 23 schools

3M 3 MILLION people are waiting for cancer screenings (according to CRUK)

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Our big of Care during Covid

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Advisory Services Advocacy & Information Advice Bureau

Medical Outpatient Rehabilitation and Palliative Care Service

Financial & Legal Guidance

Complementary Therapies

Jewish Perspectives on Cancer

Reiki

Medical Connections Nutritional & Dietary Advice Resources & Information

Healing

Home Support Service Group Activities Lymphoedema Exercise

Counselling

Meditation

Counselling for Individuals, Couples & Families

Mindfulness Music Workshop

Counselling for Genetic Issues

Open/One-to-one Gym Sessions

Music Therapy

Pilates

Relationship Counselling

Wednesday Afternoons

Children, Teenage and Family Service Art Therapy Music Therapy Play Therapy

Yoga Support Groups BRCA Group Bereavement Groups Carers Group Men’s Support Group

Chai in School’s By Your Side Volunteer Service

Care is at the heart of everything we do. On a daily basis we are seeing the impact of Covid-19, both physically and emotionally, on so many of our clients. Our dedicated and experienced team are continuing to provide Chai’s big C of Care through telephone, Skype and Zoom, bringing much needed specialised support, relief and expertise to all those who turn to us. For more information please call 0208 202 2211 or our Freephone Helpline on 0808 808 4567 or visit www.chaicancercare.org. Together we can cope. Together we will care. Chai Lifeline Cancer Care Registered Charity No. 1078956

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