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Jewish care home boss among first to get vaccine The manager of a care home in Golders Green run by Jewish Care was among the first people to receive the Covid-19 vaccine last night, as the charity launched a campaign to prepare staff and residents to follow suit, writes Jack Mendel. Mira Stamatova, who runs Jewish Care’s Otto Schiff centre, was selected for the Pfizer/ BioNTech jab after registering through the NHS. Frontline healthcare workers can apply for the vaccine as a priority. She told Jewish News: “This is by far a better alternative than being exposed to the virus, which has the potential to have devastating effects. We will be encouraging everyone who works with us or has a loved one in our care to get the jab.” The first doses were administered to the elderly this week, with almost 20 million people, including frontline workers and those

with underlying health conditions, first in line. It is hoped that up to four million people may receive the jab before the end of the year. Jewish Care has launched a campaign to educate and “bust myths” about the vaccination process, encouraging staff, residents and

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tenants to get the jab. The charity will also run a webinar with experts and health professionals to educate about its importance while preparing for the mass roll out. Chief executive Daniel Carmel-Brown said: “We are working as quickly as possible on the practicalities of rolling out the Covid-19 vaccine to our most vulnerable groups and those who care for them. We will do all we can to ensure the uptake of the vaccine with our staff, volunteers and residents is as high as possible. We hope the wider community and other communal bodies will join us in encouraging the uptake of the vaccine.” Jewish Care runs a Holocaust Survivors Centre in Hendon, supporting more than 500 survivors and refugees. Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “In many cases, survivors have been alone, but typically they’ve managed through

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the toughest of circumstances and inspired us all. This vaccine gives us all hope that we can once again be reunited with them and that they can spend their remaining years safely in the company of those they love.” German-born Holocaust survivor Eve Kugler, 89, will get the vaccine on Friday at the Royal Free Hospital. Helen Simmons, chief executive of social care charity Nightingale Hammerson, said her organisation had “collated consent forms for almost all residents for the vaccine”. However, she warned: “We are hearing daily mixed messages as to whether this vaccine can be transported into care homes or not. This lack of clarity is causing a lot of unnecessary anxiety.” A spokesperson for Sage care home in Golders Green said staff “are being invited to book a vaccination appointment” and it will be “writing to residents and their families to ascertain their preferences”.


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Mental health effect of virus ‘widespread’ The pandemic has hit three-quarters of London’s Jewish community hard according to a report, triggering mental health worries in more than half of those it surveyed, writes Joy Falk. The poll, taken by Work Avenue, represents “a cross-section of British Jews” and shows the impact of Covid-19, with 50 percent worse off financially than before the coronavirus hit the economy. Three-quarters have seen employment or business suffer, with 52 percent saying employment or business worries caused mental health difficulties. Only 25 percent avoided any problems at all. “These statistics are shocking, but not that surprising,” said Work Avenue’s chief executive Debbie Sheldon. “Half of those we asked, within our Jewish community, are now financially worse off than before the pandemic and a similar number have struggled with mental health because of it.” In findings similar to those of a survey commissioned by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, one in ten reported being better off as a result of the pandemic, and in a glimmer of good

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“Health and economic pressures combined with uncertainty and social restrictions have ensured that the mental health impact of Covid will be felt long after the physical threat disappears. “Raising awareness and promoting conversations around mental health is a vital step to ensuring those who need support will get it.”

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UJS ZIONISM MOTION FAILS AT CONFERENCE A motion to brand the Union of Jewish Students as an exclusively Zionist organisation failed at the UJS annual conference, which was held online this week. Its proposer, Nottingham student Daniel Marcus, argued that the new International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism now made antiZionist viewpoints antisemitic, but his peers disagreed. The motion was aimed at overturning a UJS policy agreed in 2017 which, reflecting a breadth of student thought on Israel, said “anti-Zionist views” must be represented at UJS events on Israel if some UJS members in attendance held them. UJS’s constitution already commits it to promoting engagement with Israel, but Marcus said its 2017 policy “contradicts UJS’s historical and constitutional position”. He argued that UJS “should not give a platform to anti-Zionist views” and “should commit to not par-

ticipating in or promoting any forms of anti-Israel activism”, but the motion was considered on Tuesday and did not pass. Elsewhere, Jewish students discussed mental health, transgender and nonbinary rights, and combatting antisemitism, passing motions in support of a two-state solution, Israel’s right to defend itself and preventing terrorists lecturing on campus. A UJS spokeswoman said the union “continues to hold Israel engagement at our very core,” adding: “To accuse UJS of abandoning any of its current values after one motion did not pass is not just factually incorrect but woefully wrong. “We are proud to facilitate hundreds of Israel-related events on campus, to campaign against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and to stand up against the vilification of Israel in all student spaces.”

Cemetery unveils audio art to bring visits to life One of Britain’s best-known Jewish cemeteries is welcoming visitors with a new and immersive audio art commission incorporating snippets of memories from relatives, writes Adam Decker. The chair that was good for handstands, the bicycle that was never ridden and the bullets that missed are all woven into the experience at Willesden Jewish Cemetery as part of London Borough of Culture’s Brent Biennial. Over 25 minutes, visitors wandering the 21 acres hear from those with memories of the people buried there, as well as from the cemetery foreman. Organisers described it as “an ideal [coronavirus] ‘tier 2’ activity”. The initiative, Invisible City, is named after Italo Calvino’s novel Invisible Cities, which explores imagination and the imaginable. Hester Abrams, project leader at the cemetery’s House of Life heritage centre, said it

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“adds a welcome layer of love and felt experience to the cemetery’s physical landscape”, adding: “Everyone can relate to its themes.” Willesden is the final resting place of scientist Rosalind Franklin, jeweller Harriet Samuel and zoologist Lord (Walter) Rothschild.

Nursing home workers strike Carers at a Jewish nursing and dementia home in north London are to go on a “protracted strike” after a dispute over pay. Managers at the Sage home on Golders Green Road are at loggerheads with the UVW union, which has called for “an end to poverty wages, and parity with NHS sick pay and annual leave”. The union said its call for staff to be paid the Living Wage had not been met, leaving it “with no choice but to strike”. However, Sage co-chair Stephen Goldberg said the charity “benchmarks its rates of pay against the care home sector and believes it is

in line with comparable care homes”. He added: “Sage is battling with the consequences of Covid19: severe operational challenges, increased costs and the tragic loss of a third of its residents, and hence also a substantial loss of income. “Against this background, a union has taken this opportunity to target us in a variety of ways and make a series of unrealistic demands which the charity cannot afford.” He said Sage managers had agreed to a meeting with the union through the arbitration service ACAS last Friday but that UVW officials did not attend.


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Hodge: It’s Corbyn’s choice Veteran Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge has said that if Jeremy Corbyn accepts responsibility and offers a complete apology it would be wrong not to let him back in to the Parliamentary Labour Party, writes Jack Mendel. The member for Barking thought it unlikely the former leader would make such an admission, calling him “incredibly obstinate, pretty vain” and saying he “just doesn’t like Jews”. Speaking on the Jewish News Podcast, she reflected on its recent One Day Conference, featuring Sir Keir Starmer, seven shadow front bench politicians. Corbyn was suspended by Labour after saying antisemitism identified in the report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) had been “dramatically overstated”. He was allowed back into the party two weeks later after saying it had not been “exag-

gerated” – but Starmer did not restore the parliamentary whip. Hodge, who in 2018 called Corbyn “an antisemite and a racist”, told the podcast: “If Jeremy Corbyn accepts responsibility for what happened on his watch, accepts the EHRC report in its entirety and proffers an apology and absolutely complete apology, in those circumstances I think it would be wrong not to let him back in, but he has to be willing to do that. “My experience of him is that he’s incredibly obstinate. He’s pretty vain... And he just doesn’t like Jews.” Asked by host Phil Dave whether she would have quit Labour if Corbyn had been let back in, Hodge, who is par-

liamentary chair of the Jewish Labour Movement, said she felt “in a really difficult position”. “I hated having to talk about Jeremy after the EHRC report was published,” she said. “We should have been focusing on the findings of the report.” She criticised his “total refusal to accept the extent of antisemitism as documented in a report put forward by a statutory body”. About Starmer, she had been “really heartened” by his performance, “not just on antisemitism but on a whole range of issues since he became leader. I’m totally behind him.” Dame Margaret: ‘He is incredibly obstinate’

‘I’LL FIGHT FOR TOUGH SOCIAL MEDIA LAWS’ Dame Margaret Hodge has called for a ban on social media anonymity, suggesting tech platform owners should otherwise be held liable for defamatory posts. She has also accused the government of delaying its Online Harms Bill, which is aimed at protecting users. Hodge shared some of the abuse she has received online, including death threats and antisemitic accusations that she was a “member of a rich and powerful Jewish dynasty” and “evil personified”. “People argue that anonymity allows proper democratic participation, but I think the harms outweigh the benefits,” she told The Guardian.

She added: “You have got to put in personal liability for the executives and owners of the social media companies. “And if you don’t, you won’t get anywhere, and you see that in tax evasion law.” The MP suggested that the government was avoiding difficult conversations with social media companies, adding that she was prepared to campaign to ensure tough legislation. The Guardian also reported that research by the Community Security Trust had found 90,000 mentions of Hodge’s name or Twitter handle on the platform during October and November, though some were positive or neutral.

Labour delivers antisemitism action plan to EHRC Labour’s is expected to deliver its action plan to the Equality and Human Rights Commission today following the watchdog’s damning report into antisemitism in the party. The move, agreed by the party’s National Executive Committee on Monday, covers all the recommendations set out by the EHRC. The plan contains steps around changing

Labour’s procedures and culture. Labour said the it was an “important” step by Starmer and deputy leader Angela Rayner to “rebuild trust” with the Jewish community. A spokesperson added: “Labour’s national executive committee has given its approval to the draft action plan it is required to submit to the Equality and Human Rights Commission this

week.” Once a plan is agreed with the EHRC, Labour will have regular meetings wtih the watchdog to monitor progress, a party source said. The publication of the EHRC’s report led to a public row within Labour after Jeremy Corbyn’s suspenseion. Starmer’s decision not to restore the party whip means that his predecessor as leader cannot sit as a Labour MP.

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Prince Charles, former prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and Israeli president Reuven Rivlin were among a series of world leaders who hailed the legacy of former chief rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks in an online memorial event on Sunday. Religious leaders including Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Israel’s former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, Yisrael Meir Lau, also spoke about Sacks’ legacy during the pre-recorded service. The tribute – in which Sacks was widely described by global leaders as a “teacher” – was held to coincide with the end of the shloshim, the 30-day period of mourning since his death last month aged 72, after being diagnosed with cancer. The Prince of Wales described Sacks as an “irreplaceable loss” and “a trusted guide, an inspired teacher and a true and steadfast friend” and said he had wanted to add his own tribute. “His sudden and unexpected death is an irreplaceable loss to the Jewish community, to this nation and to the world – but most of all to his family, to whom he was utterly devoted,” Charles said. “Through his writings,

Clockwise from top left: Prince Charles, Tony Blair, Emily Maitlis and Archbishop Justin Welby

sermons and broadcasts, Rabbi Sacks touched the lives of countless people with his unfailing wisdom, with his profound sanity and with a moral conviction which, in a confused and confusing world, was all too rare.” “He and I were exact contemporaries,

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born in the year of the foundation of the state of Israel and, over many years, I had come to value his counsel immensely. “He was a trusted guide, an inspired teacher and a true and steadfast friend. I shall miss him more than words can say. “He taught us how to listen to others, and

how to learn from them without compromising the convictions of either party. He taught us to value participation in the common life of the nation; and through it all, he taught us the need to respect the integrity and harmony of God’s creation. “In 2013, at the event to mark Rabbi Sacks’s retirement as Chief Rabbi after 22 distinguished years, I said – deliberately misquoting Isaiah – that he was a “light unto this nation,” and said I hoped he would keep that light burning for many years to come. “That was only seven years ago. But, in the years that he was given to us, how brightly that light burned, how many lives were brightened, how many dark places were illuminated. He was, truly, Or laGoyim [a light unto the nations]. “We mourn his passing, but we thank God he was given to us for these 72 years, and that, in that time, he renewed our vision of a society where all are valued, where all share a moral bond and a divine purpose. We honour his memory by committing ourselves to that vision. “When his own revered teacher, Rav Nachum Rabinovitch, passed away earlier this year, Rabbi Sacks paid tribute and said: “Teachers give us more than knowledge. They give us life. Having a great teacher is as close as we get to heaven.” Those words could rightly be


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to listen to others’ said of Rabbi Sacks. Yehi zichro baruch. May his memory be for a blessing.” Politicians also paid tribute to Sacks during the service. Also describing him as “a teacher”, Tony Blair reflected on their friendship, saying: “We often used to discuss the Bible together. What Jonathan did for me was, he gave those things that were stories I was familiar with meaning. And he gave them meaning to me in the life I was leading.” He added: “[Rabbi Sacks] ended up, in part, giving me a sense of my own religious tradition and an understanding of other religious traditions. But most of all, he gave me a feeling of why it was important to have faith and how faith was central to human progress. It was a sentiment echoed by his successor, Gordon Brown said: “Jonathan combined the passion of a great teacher with the compassion of a great humanitarian.” From Israel, Rivlin described Sacks as: “A light; not just for the Jewish people, but for all peoples”. He added: “Rabbi Sacks wrote about one of the most difficult threats facing the world today. The threat of hatred and violence that pretends to be for the sake of God. “As a leading voice for the Jewish people, and for the whole of humanity, he knew Israel must be a Jewish state. Yes, a home for the Jews

has brought praise and recognition for faith in our world today.” In an emotional message, Sacks’ widow, Lady Elaine, thanked viewers for their supportive messages. “We have been quite overwhelmed,” she said. “Messages have come from across the spectrum of Jewish belief from other religions and from around the world.” Lady Sacks, who met her husband as a student at Cambridge University, said: “I want to walk up the stairs to his study and see him sitting there writing away. “‘Listen,’ I will say. ‘Look what is happening. Look how many people have learnt from you, revere you, love you. Look what you have achieved.’ He will look up at me deeply and nod and say: ‘There is still so much to do,’ and he will get straight back to work.”

Prince Charles, right, presenting Rabbi Lord Sacks with the Templeton Prize in 2016

after 2,000 years in exile. But also it must be a democratic state.” Close friend Dayan Binstock recited the Hadran prayer to mark the completion of study after people around the world learnt mishnayot in his memory. The memorial prayer was recited by Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld, filmed at Western Marble Arch Synagogue.

Rabbi Mirvis praised Sacks for the honour he gave to the Jewish people through his writings; for highlighting the importance of faith in a secular world; and for giving us “tikvah tova”, explaining: “He gave us hope and he charged us with a responsibility to give other people hope. Let us remember his legacy, how he has given us so much to stand up and be proud of, how he

• A new resource has been launched for Chanukah in memory of Rabbi Lord Sacks. An eight-part series called ‘Ceremony & Celebration’ includes some of his writings for each of the eight nights. It also includes games for children developed by his office together with Dr Daniel Rose as well as brain-teasers and fun facts about the festival. Rose said: Rabbi Sacks always felt was so important to help the next generation cherish their Judaism and understand its relevance in today’s world.”

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Heartfelt tributes were paid this week to Kindertransport refugee Bertha Leverton after she died in Israel aged 97, writes Jack Mendel. Holocaust educators praised her as a “driving force” of family reunification and for her unflinching support of those forced to flee persecution. Leverton escaped Munich in 1938 with her brother Theo and arrived in Britain that December. Unlike 80 percent of Kindertransport families who were never reunited, Bertha’s younger sister Inge arrived in Britain in 1939, while her parents made a perilous escape from Nazi Europe and were reunited with Bertha Bertha Leverton, who fled Munich, with Prince Charles at in 1944. For the 50th anniversary of the Kindertransport reunion at JFS in Kingsbury in 2008 the Kindertransport in 1989, dren on the journey from her home town. she helped to organise a reunion, bringing Poignantly, her passing came on the annivermore than 1,000 refugees from around the sary of the arrival of the first Kindertransport world to Britain. in 1938. Although she endured great personal Bertha founded and led the Reunion Of tragedy, Bertha was an elder sister to many of Kindertransport group, dedicating her later the Kinder and a popular presence at the AJR life to bringing families back together. Day Centre and our gatherings.” She wrote a book about her experiences Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holcalled I Came Alone. ocaust Educational Trust, also paid warm The Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) tribute, saying: “In her later years, Bertha was “deeply saddened” by her death and said worked tirelessly to reunite and support she “forged the relationship between the other Kinder refugees. She was the driving Kinder and the AJR, resulting in the Kinder- force and founding chair of the Reunion of transport Special Interest Group – and was its Kindertransport.” first chair – that continues today. Pollock added: “Our thoughts and prayers “As one of the older Kinder on her trans- are with her family, friends, and all those who port, Bertha looked after the younger chil- knew and loved her.”

Trafalgar Square is off but Chabad Live is on! The annual lighting of a giant chanukiah at London’s Trafalgar Square, usually the UK’s biggest Chanukah celebration, will not take place in person this year due to Covid-19 restrictions. This is the case for a number of other locations around the UK where giant chanukiahs will be erected, but without large gatherings. But this has not stopped Chabad Lubavitch from taking Chanukah celebrations to new heights. Instead, it has “opened the floor” to everyone in the community. Across the UK, Chabad is using technology to combine its efforts in hosting a live simultaneous event from locations across the country and the European

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Union with performances from entertainers from around the world. As well as being able to tune in live, viewers will be able to pre-submit photos of their creative chanukiah designs to be judged on the night, with winners receiving

special prizes. Once the photos have been uploaded, viewers can vote for them. The top five contestants will be invited on to the live show for the contest finale. The event, which will take place on Wednesday 16 December, the seventh night of Chanukah, will feature entertainment from an exciting line-up including rapper Nissim Black and Chasidic rock band 8th Day. They will be joined by a live magic show from South Africa’s Ilan Smith and an appearance by Israeli basketball star Tamir Goodman.  To enter this competition upload a photo of your design at www.sharethelight.uk


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The family of Roald Dahl has been urged to contact the Jewish community following its apology over the author’s antisemitism, writes Tali Fraser. The family issued an apology for the author’s racism on a subsection of the Roald Dahl organisation’s website. In an interview with New Statesman in 1983, the author infamously said: “There is a trait in the Jewish character that does provoke animosity, maybe it’s a kind of lack of generosity towards nonJews. There’s always a reason why anti-anything crops up anywhere.

“Even a stinker like Hitler didn’t just pick on them for no reason.” The Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE) welcomed the apology and has now called on the organisation to promote children’s books that portray positive images of all communities and engage in activities that promote good race relations, following the apology. “Roald Dahl’s literature has featured in classrooms across the world for decades without his racist views being questioned,” it said and urged the author’s organisation to use the opportunity to connect with organisations com-

batting antisemitism. Holocaust Educational Trust chief executive, Karen Pollock, said: “While this apology from Roald Dahl’s estate is welcome, why is it hidden away in the backend of a website and why now?” The apology, which is tucked away on the website, reads: “The Dahl family and the Roald Dahl Story Company deeply apologise for the lasting and understandable hurt caused by some of Roald Dahl’s statements. “Those prejudiced remarks are incomprehensible to us and stand in marked contrast to the man we

knew and to the values at the heart of Roald Dahl’s stories, which have positively impacted young people for generations. “We hope that, just as he did at his best, at his absolute worst, Roald Dahl can help remind us of the lasting impact of words.” The Community Security Trust said: “Roald Dahl’s antisemitic views ... have not prevented him from becoming a much-loved children’s author, which makes it all the more important that his family have taken this step and formally acknowledged, and apologised for, his antisemitism.”

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Getting Israeli, Aussie and UK leaders to talk The young Albert Dadon, he admits today, believed that he would have to decide on just a single career path, writes Jenni Frazer. But today he can easily be described as a businessman, a philanthropist – and an accomplished musician, who has made 14 popular albums. And this week the Australian presided over the latest instalment of the event he founded in 2009 to encourage dialogue between Australia and Israel. Now Britain, too, takes part in this annual conference, under the auspices of Dadon’s International Institute for Strategic Leadership Dialogue. The three-country dialogue, running from 7 to 10 December, consists of 12 separate panel discussions, described as “a private diplomatic channel”. In previous years, Dadon says, “there were always policy deals taking place in the corridor”, but this year, due to the pandemic, it will be a virtual conference, taking place on screen. But the dialogue is an opportunity for those who might not previously have met to discuss

issues of importance to their own countries and to the rest of the world. This year, for the first time, senior officials from the United Arab Emirates joined the conversation, as the recently-signed Abraham Accords “redefine the world we live in”. Albert Dadon was born in Morocco and lived in Israel until he was 10, thereafter moving to France. He moved to Melbourne in 1983 and quickly became a sparky and innovative figure, launching, among other ventures, an Australian wine competition, chairing the French Chamber of Commerce in Australia, and the Victoria branch of the United Israel Appeal. Almost in tandem he was pursuing his great love of music, first chairing the Melbourne Jazz Festival and then in 2015 opening a jazz club in the city. He received the Order of Australia (AM) in 2008 for his services to culture and arts. Over the years, since establishing the dialogues, there have been occasional invitations to other countries such as Canada and America. But on the whole Dadon believes that

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“there are so many platforms for America and Israel to get together, that there is no need for us to add an American voice”. A couple of Americans were set to speak at this year’s event but time zones mean a punishingly early hour for them, as panels took place at civilised hours for Australians, Britons and Israelis sitting at their computer screens. This year’s programme had only six women taking part, including Britain’s Joan Ryan, Theresa Villiers and Baroness Meta Ramsay. Dadon is aware of the imbalance, but says his first conference, in 2009, included one of the bestknown women on the world stage, Julia Gillard, who was Australia’s prime minister 2010-13. Indeed, there have been some starry names taking part in the Dadon dialogues. It was an approach by Labour’s John Spellar that brought Britain into the circle, and in 2011 former prime minister Tony Blair took part. The dialogues were held in London in 2012. This year, had it not been for Covid, there would have been a partnership with the Israeli TV station i24. “It broadcasts in French and Arabic and we were going to organise a couple of debates in those languages. It would have been very interesting. Maybe next year.” Big names this year included former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott and former Israeli premier Ehud Olmert: and the ultimate cross-over participant, Australian-Israeli diplomat Mark Regev, now back in Jerusalem after four years as Israel’s ambassador to the UK. For the first few years the dialogues took place under Chatham House rules, but these days — largely due to the influence of social

THERE WERE POLICY DEALS IN CORRIDORS – BUT THIS YEAR THE CONFERENCE TOOK PLACE ONLINE media — the discussions are recorded and will be available on YouTube. Just the same, Dadon is reluctant to say whether the “back channel for private diplomacy” has led to any policy decisions which became public, choosing to remain discreet about any success stories. Lucky participants at previous dialogues have sometimes been treated to entertainment in the evenings from Dadon himself, whose musical career is conducted under the single name “Albare”. He says: “I started playing guitar when I was eight years old. My mother enrolled me in the conservatoire (music academy) in Dimona and I always have my guitar with me.” He’s now recorded 14 albums and is currently working on a trilogy, his musical tribute to the Brazilian performer Antonio Carlos Jobim. Dadon makes no distinction between Dialogue Dadon, Business Dadon, or Music Dadon. “I’m the same guy, no matter what,” he says. “I don’t even try to compartmentalise. I discovered in my 20s that I can be everything at once, and that I shouldn’t limit myself.”

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Hannah’s history / Chief ’s bereavement / News

War heroine archive opened

Hannah Senesh on Moshav Nahalal

A collection of unpublished writings, photos and personal items from the wartime paratrooper Hannah Senesh has been given to the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem, where it will be made available to the general public for the first time, writes Tali Fraser.

Senesh, a Special Operations Executive member, was parachuted into occupied Europe by the British Army in 1944 during a desperate attempt to rescue downed pilots and save Hungarian Jews from the Nazi death camps. Captured, tortured and executed at the age of 23, her story and poems, including the well-known A Walk to Caesarea (known as Eli, Eli/O Lord, My God), have made Senesh into a major cultural figure. A year after her execution, a soldier in the British Army’s Jewish Brigade returned to Kibbutz Sdot Yam in Mandatory Palestine where he found a suitcase full of previously unknown letters, diaries, songs, poems and more under Senesh’s bed. It was this discovery and the subsequent publication of some of her work that made Senesh’s literary contributions known to the world. The new Hannah Senesh Archival collection includes diaries, family correspondence, photographs, a newspaper she edited aged six, notebooks, personal items and two notes found in her dress following her execution: her last song and a letter to her mother.

Hannah’s immigration certificate, dated September 1939

Hannah and Giora Senesh (née Szenes), 1924

Chief talks about daughter’s death Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has spoken movingly about losing his daughter Liora to cancer, saying he thinks about her “every single day”, writes Jack Mendel. Appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme alongside Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Mirvis said those in grief should be supported with “practical help” and “cocooned within the warmth of care”. Liora Graham died aged 30 in August 2011 after being diagnosed with colon cancer. She left her husband, Jonny, and children Kinneret and Elitzur. The Chief Rabbi’s deeply personal comments came ahead of a two-minute silence at St Paul’s Cathedral in memory of all those who have died this year – to mark the end of National Grief Awareness Week. Mirvis added: “No two bereavements are the same. If anybody comes along and says, I know exactly what you’re going through, they don’t. Because grief is something personal. When one has suffered a deep loss, it’s with one for the rest of one’s life. And one thinks of the person every single day, and there is sadness. “In the course of time, those who have suffered grief are hardly likely to remember the words you’ve said. I think we should primarily focus on two things. “The first is to be there, be with people, give them that support, cocoon them within the warmth of your care. Number two, practical help.”

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News / School entry / UJS election / Peacebuilders’ celebrated

Shul ‘registers’ may reappear Rabbis and teachers are considering a return to the prepandemic practice of verifying synagogue attendance to get a pupil’s certificate of religious practice to enable them to attend Jewish schools from September 2022, writes Adam Decker. Schools under the Chief Rabbi’s aegis are understood to be maintaining flexibility while the challenges of Covid-19 remain ongoing. By way of example, there will still be a section on the certificate of religious prac-

Before Covid-19, pupils needed a certificate of practice

tice (CRP) form that enables “self-declared attendance

at online services… in order to provide an option in the

eventuality that places of worship are closed again as a result of the pandemic”. In wording sent to schools from the Office of the Chief Rabbi, leaders suggested “removing the exemption that applied… to the sibling of an older applicant to the school who had previously demonstrated faith eligibility”. While siblings will soon need to complete a CRP form themselves, rabbis said they would extend the window during which CRP points can be obtained.

NINA TO LEAD UJS

The next president of the focus on connecting curUnion of Jewish Students rent students with older stuhas been announced as Nina dents, build a strong relationFreedman from the Univer- ship with the wider student community and reconnect sity of Bristol, who beat three with Jewish students other candidates to after the pandemic. lead the historic Harris said: organisation. “Nina’s pledges Current presiwent on to commit dent James Harris to connecting congratulated her students nationand paid tribute to ally through four “incredible” large-scale online candidates, saying: Nina Freedman events and set“It is not easy to put yourself out there, least of ting up an alumni network to all in the extraordinary times offer career opportunities and advice to current students.”. we find ourselves in.” UJS represents some 60 Freedman, who will take over in June, promised to Jewish societies nationwide.

Yavneh adds Y7 for autumn Actors hail Mideast peace efforts The trustees of Yavneh College have said the school will create an extra class in Year 7 in September 2021 “due to high demand for places”. The secondary school in Borehamwood, which was recently listed by the Sunday Times as one of the best Jewish schools in the country, yesterday morning revealed the 30 extra secondary places for the next academic year. Headteacher Spencer Lewis said: “We have made this decision early to provide extra comfort to parents who may have concerns about Year 7 places and we are delighted to do it.”

In May 2016, Yavneh opened the doors to 60 reception age pupils at its new primary school and became an Academy Trust, incorporating both the College and primary. A new, permanent primary school building was opened in February last year. This summer the school celebrated its best set of GCSE results for several years, with 54 percent graded 7-9, compared with 44 percent in 2018, and 50 percent in 2018, placing it in the top one percent of secondaries in the country.

Film and TV actors from shows such as Harry Potter, X-Men and Israeli series Fauda have added their support to a celebration of peacebuilding in the Middle East. Sir Patrick Stewart (Star Trek and X-Men), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter, pictured), and Laëtitia Eïdo (Fauda) are backing the online ‘Shine a Light’ Middle East peace ini-

tiative next Tuesday, aimed at bringing together politicians and VIPs to celebrate Israeli and Palestinian peacemakers. The project, organised by the Alliance for Middle East

Peace, a network of more than 125 organisations, will “showcase the tireless community of Palestinian and Israeli peacebuilders”. Director John Lyndon said the international community was spending “a fraction” on Israeli-Palestinian peacebuilding compared with what it spent on initiatives in Northern Ireland.

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“God believes in us even if we don’t always believe in ourselves. Remember this, and you will find the path from darkness to light.” In this very special online event, you will hear about Rabbi Sacks’s new book, Judaism’s Life-Changing Ideas, from a huge cast of his students as they reflect on what he taught them and what they will never forget.

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Doughnut and art winners / News

Doughnut win is cherry on top A black forest gateau doughnut hit the shelves of Carmelli bakery this week, courtesy of our Chanukah competition winners, writes Tali Fraser. Heather Marchant and Michelle Watson were crowned joint winners out of more than 300 entries in our doughnut competition following a public vote, in partnership with the United Synagogue (US) and Carmelli Bakery in Golders Green. Their design of a black forest gateau-nut has been turned into a doughnut that will be sold in the bakery over Chanukah. The winners,

who were able to taste their doughnut on Monday, will also receive a big box of doughnuts. Marchant, who is from Hendon, said: “Our creation not only looked beautiful, it tasted amazing! The doughnut was topped with a thick layer of chocolate, a swirl of fresh cream, a sprinkling of chocolate shavings, and a cherry on top. “It was such a surprise to win, particularly as there were

so many entries. I think my husband would have rather voted for the whisky doughnut, but he didn’t dare!” Wa t s o n , who is from Finchley, said: “The doughnut definitely lived up to my expectations. It had a lot more chocolate than I expected and was delicious, as well as looking very impressive. I was surprised to win, although I was pleased to have beaten the marmite finalist!” US communications

Heather and Michelle with their winning Carmelli doughnut

director Richard Verber said: “The black forest gateau doughnuts are absolutely delicious and well worth a trip to the bakery before they sell

out. We were thrilled at the response to the competition. Thank you to everyone who came up with an idea and to all who voted.”

...AS KEREN AND ARIELLA PROVE THEY’RE TOP DRAWER The winners of the Chanukah doughnut drawing competition in partnership with the United Synagogue and Carmelli bakery have been announced. Keren Vasibrot, an 11-year-old from Hasmonean High School for Girls and Golders Green United Synagogue, won the secondary school competition. Ariella Joseph, aged nine, from Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School and Finchley United Synagogue, won the primary school section of the competition for her drawing. The winners will receive a box of doughnuts to help

runners-up in the primary school competition with their artistic doughnut drawings. Tribe’s head of operations, Tamara Jacobson, said: “We were blown away with the range and creativity of the entries for our doughnut drawing competition – the pictures looked good enough to eat. “Congratulations to our winners and Ariella Joseph’s design, left, and that of Keren Vasibrot runners-up. We hope you enjoy your celebrate Chanukah. Joel Levy and Ilan Jesner, both delicious prizes and wish the whole community eight and from Sacks Morasha, were also awarded a wonderful Chanukah.”

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SPECIAL SCHOOL LAYS FOUNDATION Supporters of a Jewish special needs school in Stamford Hill have laid a foundation stone for a new £10 million site, marking the beginning of the end of pupils’ 20 years in portable buildings. Side by Side, whose pupils have a wide range of complex needs, held its Even HaPina ceremony on Sunday with rabbis, donors and dignitaries hearing of plans for the new building at Avigdor Mews. The laying of the new school’s foundation stone had been delayed owing to lockdown.

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Special Report / Uyghur persecution

‘I saw and heard things beyond the imagination’ The Uyghur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province are being tortured – and those who manage to flee are still not safe, writes Adam Decker In a Dutch refugee camp, Kalbinur shares a room with others and struggles to find a quiet space to speak, but eventually manages it. In her early 50s, she is a teacher whose medical problems stem from her being mistreated as a Uyghur Muslim from China’s Xinjiang province. She is now trying to tell the world what is going on there. “Initially I had an IUD [intrauterine device, or coil], then they performed a forced sterilisation on me. I bled profusely for weeks,” she says through her translator from the Uyghur Congress. Believe it or not, she is one of the lucky ones. Sitting on the end of a bed, she speaks with a softness about what she saw when she was told to teach at one of China’s “re-education camps” in 2017. Officially denied by China until satellite imagery made it embarrassing, up to two million Uyghurs are believed to have passed through, died in, or remain inmates of these gigantic desert campuses, where their only ‘crime’ is to be Muslim. After spending nine months getting 23 different admin permissions, Kalbinur finally flew to Holland on a one-month visa late last year, to see her biologist daughter who works in a laboratory there. On arrival, she applied for asylum. Her husband is still in Xinjiang, and this is where her voice breaks. “After a few weeks, he started pressing me to return. I said I was getting medical attention, but the pressure became more severe. On 20 February, he called me from the police station. “The words he used, I cannot even tell you, but basically it was ‘you betrayed our country, our connection is cut, I’m divorcing you.’ This was three months after I flew to Europe. He would not do that if he had not been forced to. He had been summoned. “I have had messages from friends, neighbours, local police, all saying I should come back. I am harassed constantly.” It is ongoing. “In October, they took my brothers and sisters and interrogated them for 10 days. They were released on the condition they persuade me to return. On a video call, my elder sister said I was ‘exaggerating’, asking ‘what did your government do to you for you

Kalbinur Sidiq, supported by the World Uighur Congress, taught at the ‘re-education’ camps in Xinjiang, China

A Muslim man prays during a demonstration against China’s inhumane treatment of its Uyghur population

A father and son protest against Chinese human rights abuses

to betray them?’ She said I must come home.” Why are the authorities so worried? Because Kalbinur is one of the very few eyewitnesses to this “reeducation” who can reveal what they saw. First ushered in to teach Uyghur detainees Chinese in 2017, she describes how the horror unfolded. “On CCTV screens, I saw 10 cells, each holding 10 people. There were no beds, just blankets on the floor. Many were very elderly.

They entered the classroom with chains around their hands and feet. Some were crying, all kept their heads down. I said ‘Salam alaikum.’ No one answered. Then I realised I had said something forbidden.” At lunch, she learned that the inmates’ rice soup contained no rice, and that their tea was not boiling. Over six months, she got to know her students, whose names were replaced with numbers. “One was very handsome, very

smart, he had been rich before his estate was frozen by the authorities. Every day, he asked me to give him a few more minutes to see the light of the sun, as there was a 20cm gap in my class window. One day he disappeared. I was later told he died of a brain haemorrhage.” One by one, they stopped coming. “Every day, my students got fewer. They entered in good health, but withered away. Some could not even walk by the end. I saw intellectuals, businessmen and students whose only crime was to consult Facebook. “The door they passed through was chained, which forced them to crawl on all fours. I met their gaze, it was excruciating. They could only use the bathroom three times a day and have one 15-minute shower per month. “Outside the camps, even the neighbourhood became a prison. I saw police arrest boys on the street just for talking. One of my neighbours asked his Chinese business partner to call his son in Kyrgyzstan to beg him not to come home. That night, five policemen came to his house and took him away. His Chinese partner was also arrested.” Of her local

community of 600, 190 disappeared between 2017 and 2019, and Chinese internal immigrants were quickly moved into the empty apartments. Inside the camps, she said things were getting worse. “After six months, there were about 50 per cell. They had to sleep side down. The room of torture was in the basement. The screams were spreading all over the building. I could hear them when I had lunch, sometimes in class. A policeman told me there are four kinds of electric shock torture: the chair, the glove, the helmet and anal rape with a stick.” Given that the Holocaust happened partly because the Nazis successfully portrayed Jews as subhuman, are the Chinese doing something similar? “I used to watch films about how Nazis treated Jews and I would cry, feeling the pain of those innocent people. I never thought one day it would be us. I am a witness from two camps, one male, one female. I have seen and heard things beyond the imagination or acceptance of normal human beings. “They are torturing and raping Uyghur men and women. For women, it is gang rape and sterilisation. For men, they use the electric baton. “I have seen men shackled, hardly able to walk, unable to sit in class from the pain. It is difficult for me to describe. It is horrific. It is too much.”


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World News / Ethiopian arrivals / Art restitution / Policy extension

Operation Zur brings joy

Supreme Court hears art case

Hundreds of emigrating Ethiopian Jews have arrived in Israel after Benjamin Netanyahu finally made good on his 2015 pledge to reunite families. More than 300 people landed at BenGurion Airport last Thursday morning, many kissing the ground as they disembarked, as officials including Netanyahu and Israel’s first Ethiopian-born minister lined up to greet them.

The US Supreme Court has begun hearing from descendants of Jewish art dealers seeking Christian art in Germany valued at £190 million in a case that could affect restitution battles globally. The plaintiffs are descended from two of the four Jewish dealers who in 1935 sold the ‘Guelph Treasure’ for about 60 percent of what they paid in 1929. Lawyers say Nazi perse-

“My wife and I were standing there with tears in our eyes,” said Netanyahu. “This is the essence of our Jewish story.” Another 100 are due to arrive imminently, and although Israel’s religious authorities do not recognise them as Jewish they all come from Jewish lineage. In 2015, Netanyahu promised to bring them to Israel, but despite last week’s arrivals, up to 7,000 remain in Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Jewish immigrants arrive in Israel

The Jewish Agency said it was “part one of Operation Zur Israel”

and follows ministerial pledges in October to make good on the 2015

commitment and bring 2,000 Ethiopians. Ethiopian-born Minister of Aliyah and Integration Pnina TamanoShata said it was “an attempt to bridge the decades-long gap for thousands of Ethiopian Jews who were left behind after Operation Solomon and the government decisions that followed”. Jewish Agency chair Isaac Herzog said: “It’s incredibly moving to watch.”

cution coerced them. A total of 42 objects, mainly church reliquaries, are included in the collection that has been displayed in Berlin’s Museum of Decorative Arts since 1963. The descendants say their ancestors were forced to undersell, but the museum, which has returned more than 350 works since 1998, says the art market was reeling from the Wall Street crash.

EU ‘TO EXTEND FIGHT AGAINST JEW HATE

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of the European Commission, said: “Today’s declaration ... calls for much needed decisive actions. It reiterates that Member States have a duty to ensure the security of Jewish communities and institutions.” Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt of the Conference of European Rabbis said it was “a welcome step in the right direction” but did not go far enough in key areas that could affect the Jewish way of life.

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UAE relations / Holocaust film / UN criticism / Arms controversy / Diaspora News

Jewish community emerging in Dubai A Jewish community in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is “emerging from the shadows” after flights to and from Israel began following this summer’s détente. New prayer facilities have been springing up across Dubai and some kosher caterers said they had taken on new staff members to meet demand, as the Abraham Accords signed between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain ushers in change. Speaking to France 24, Rabbi Levi Duchman said: “The Jewish community here comprises Jews from all over the world – Europe, Australia, America, New Zealand… Our community is really mixed.” After the UAE lifted the ban on Israeli passport-holders entering the country, dozens of bilateral business deals have been agreed and relations have blossomed. Jeremy Cohen, a French citizen living in Dubai, said: “These agreements have changed everything. We’re less afraid to show ourselves.” The arrival of the first Israeli tourists has led to hotels creating kosher kitchens as well as a sense of friendship. Solly Wolf,

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A man who inherited a scrip, or stand-in for currency, obtained by his grandfather at Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany has donated it to his local Jewish museum in Milwaukee. Brian Mielke, 37, said his grandfather John served in the US Army supply chain in April 1945, when US soldiers first entered the camp.

Jews living in or visiting Dubai are said to be more willing to be counted

UAE Jewish community president, said: “People in the street now shout ‘Shalom, how are you?’” The thaw is being credited to UAE’s crown prince, who has ordered the construction of a giant mosque, church and synagogue next to each other in a central location, intended to symbolise the kingdom’s religious tolerance. Elli Kriel of Elli’s Kosher Kitchen,

which supplies kosher meals mainly to hotels, said she had taken on seven new staff members. “It’s very busy now,” she said. “Everyone wants to be here. Every Jewish tourist wants to come to Dubai.” Local tourism officials say there could be up to 100,000 Israeli visitors in the coming weeks, while envoys say up to £3.5 billion in bilateral trade is possible next year.

Shoah film leads Oscars charge Director Vadim Perelman’s new film, Persian Lessons, is to represent Belarus in the best international feature film race at the 2021 Oscars. Starring Nahuel Perez Biscayart, it tells the story of a Belgian Jew who narrowly avoids execution by a Nazi firing squad when he claims to be Persian and offers to teach an eager Nazi commandant Farsi – despite not knowing it. The film, which is based on a script from Ilya Zofin, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year and Perelman, a Ukrainian director, has described it as “especially important and relevant in our time”. It was shot entirely in Belarus, co-produced with Belarusfilm, and is now the country’s submission for the Academy Awards in April. When it was reviewed by Variety earlier this year, it was described as “a wildly implausible and downright manipulative mix of wrenching human tragedy and absurdist comedy”.

Nahual Perez Biscayart stars as a Belgian Jewish prisoner

US GROUP OPPOSES ARMS SALE A major Jewish group in the US has said it opposes the Trump administration’s plan to sell £18 billion of weapons to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the coming weeks. J Street, which supported Joe Biden’s successful Democratic presidential bid, urged US Senators to block the deal in a congressional vote later this week, despite Donald Trump (pictured) describing the sale as good for Israel. “The sale of a massive quantity of such destructive weapons systems to the UAE would only further fuel an escalating arms race in a region

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already suffering from destabilising wars that endanger civilians and undermine US interests,” it said. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a passionate advocate for Israel, has already said he would oppose it, suggesting that all 48 Democrats would do likewise, but Republicans have a slim majority. Critics of the arms sale say it gives highly sophisticated technology the UAE does not presently possess, including the F-35 fighter plane and armed drones, potentially to be used in military conflicts such as Yemen and Libya.

An historical novel on Holland’s biggest Shoah rescue mission has been slammed for its ‘awful’ errors. The Nursery, about an operation to smuggle children out of Amsterdam, wrongly describes a wartime Jewish group set up by the Nazis as ‘making Jews stronger’. It was criticised by the Dutch national Holocaust museum.

Vancouver’s Jewish community has said Chanukah is ‘still on’ this year, but it will involve drive-by menorah lightings, latke deliveries and virtual parties. Like many countries around the world, Canada has imposed strict measures to stop the spread of coronavirus, including closing places of worship and banning in-person events.

A rabbi in Sydney broke a windscreen wiper off a car and used it to smash dents in the bonnet during a road rage incident, a court has heard. Elimelech Levy, 36, also ripped the side mirror off and kicked it down the road. He blamed a ‘brain explosion’ after the victim ‘stole’ his parking space at Bondi Junction on 13 October.

‘UN MUST MARK JEWISH EXILE FROM ARAB LANDS’ Israel’s Ambassador to estinians was “infuriating”. the United Nations has said Israel officially commemorates the expulsion of Jews the world body should from Arab states commemorate the on 30 November flight of 850,000 every year. Jews from the Erdan said: Middle East in “It is infuri1948. ating to see the Gilad Erdan UN mark a spetold UN Seccial day and devote retary- General a lot of resources Antonio Guterres Gilad Erdan for the issue of the UN should hold Palestinian refuan annual comgees, while abandoning and memoration for the Jews exiled from Arab ignoring hundreds of thoucountries owing to the crea- sands of Jewish families tion of the state of Israel, deported from Arab counsaying the emphasis on Pal- tries and Iran.”

1 in 5 Euro hate crimes against Jews A total of 22 percent of hate crimes in Europe in 2019 targeted Jews, a report by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has found. Considering a total of 5,954 incidents on the continent last year, 1,311 were antisemitic, according to the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. Despite Jews comprising less than one percent of Europe’s population, antisemitic incidents

were the second highest category, behind ‘racism and xenophobia’. Hatred towards the LGBT+ community and other religions feature far less. In one such reported incident, a woman had her hair and hat pulled violently from behind while speaking Hebrew on a bus in Berlin, while in another, an Iraqi Muslim man wearing a kippah and carrying several concealed knives, was intercepted by guards as he tried to enter an Antwerp synagogue in June.

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Taking the bar is not just for Jewish lawyers ALEX BRUMMER

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t live and online Anglo-Jewish community events since the end of Lockdown 2, one has not heard much wailing about the severe tier restrictions on public houses. There are doubtless some property owners who have pubs among their tenants, but it has not been a particularly vocal group. Jews generally don’t do booze. There are among us Kiddush whisky connoisseurs and fine wine mavens still looking for other choices than Palwin. And I know the late great Chazan Kalman Fausner – my Hebrew mentor – was partial to half a pint of bitter at the Freemasons on Western Road in Hove after a morning teaching impudent barmitzvah boys. He also enjoyed a modest brandy on Shabbat. It was, he would joyfully declare, good for the voice. Many of us will have also experienced the frustration of non-Jewish wedding receptions, even in the smartest locations such as Blenheim

Palace, where the Bollinger flows for hours and all one yearns for is a smoked salmon or falafel station. Yet it would be incorrect to think AngloJewry is unconnected to the licenced trade. My maternal grandparents were publicans at the Rock Inn in the heart of Kemp Town in Brighton. The Woolley family, friends when I was growing up, were the offspring of the landlords at the Sussex pub in the heart of Brighton. Another close friend in London traces his family’s multi-generational support for Chelsea FC back to the fact that one set of grandparents were publicans at the Three Compasses in Farringdon before moving west. This history of Jewish immigrants in the late 19th century migration from Eastern Europe making their way in the world as inn

keepers is not one often talked about. As a baby boomer, brought up in the years when the Second World War was still a fresh memory, my childhood was filled with tales of derring-do from the Rock, where my uncle had taken over from my grandfather Louis Caplin and my mother’s elder sisters once helped behind the bar in the more discrete snug. The Rock was what we would call in the Covid world a safe space. It vast and deep cellars provided shelter from Nazi bombs during the Battle of Britain. As the German planes headed back across the channel, having done their worst in London they would discard surplus ordinance over Brighton. The experience was so terrifying that the Mother Superior at the local convent school arranged with my grand-

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write this sitting in the World Athletics headquarters. A few strides from my office is our heritage collection. The display contains artefacts that chronicle the breath-taking moments that distinguish and indelibly define our glorious history. And history that lives well beyond the field of play. Centre stage in one of our glass cabinets sits an ageing red athletics singlet. On the front in white letters is the word ‘Ohio’. Its owner: the late great American sprinter, Jesse Owens. Ohio State University was his alma mater and it was representing his university in the highly competitive annual fixture against deadly rivals Michigan State in 1935 at Ann Arbor that he achieved one of the most astonishing athletics performances. In less than one hour, Owens set five world records and equalled a sixth. A year later, he was selected to compete in

IT DISTINGUISHED SPORT AND EXEMPLIFIED ITS ABILITY TO TRANSCEND DISCRIMINATION

the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, which were awarded to the German capital in 1931, two years before the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. Although discussions took place within the International Olympic Committee about shifting the games in light of antisemitic policies that accompanied Hitler’s stranglehold, they were given assurances Jewish athletes would be given unfettered access to the German Olympic team. Inevitably, the regime enshrined Hitler’s risible aryan views of racial superiority and antisemitism and Jewish athletes were prevented from representing their nation. Owens won four gold medals in the 100m, 200m sprint relay and long jump. It was in the long jump, where Owens was pitted against German Luz Long, that sporting comradery and common decency trumped Hitler’s plan to use the Games as a platform for aryan supremacy. In the competitions qualifying round, Owens underperformed and was on the verge of missing the final. Mid-competition, Long advised Owens to launch himself a foot shy of the take-off board in order to qualify safely. His advice was given knowing that without Owens in the final, he was almost certain of leaving as Olympic champion. Owens altered his run-up, qualified and won a tight-fought final against his German challenger. In the aftermath, both athletes embraced centre stage before an outraged Hitler, who refused to shake the victor’s hand. It is a moment that distinguished sport and, again, exemplified its unique ability to transcend discrimination of any nature.

father, a stalwart of the historic Middle Street synagogue, that when the sirens sounded, the Catholic girls would be brought across the road to take shelter in the cellar. So it came to pass, on a fateful day, when hundreds of people perished at the bombing of the Kemp Town Odeon – next door to the convent – children and their teachers were safely ensconced in the Rock’s cellar. We also learned of the Brighton fishermen, whose small boats were part of the evacuation flotilla at Dunkirk, arriving at the pub in their oilskins for a pint as soon as they disembarked. My father Michael, a refugee from the Nazis, would recall driving to the Rock from his small farm just outside the town – to call in on my mother – and the strafing German planes forcing him off the road. At no time throughout this historic mayhem did my grandfather or the government decide that the pubs shut up shop. Blackouts, yes, but the Tamplins ale still flowed. A can-do attitude prevailed. How different to the tiered existence of Covid. This Chanukah, the cheer likely will be shared at home.

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f you approach Stamford Bridge, you will see three men displayed on a mural on the West End Wall. These three men are Julius Hirsch, Árpád Weisz and Ron Jones and they all had two things in common: their love for football and the fact that they were all sent to Nazi camps. Hirsch and Weisz were international football players, playing for the German and Hungarian national teams. Both were murdered during the Holocaust for being Jewish. Ron Jones, a British prisoner of war, sur-

WE HOPE TO INSPIRE FUTURE GENERATIONS TO ALWAYS FIGHT AGAINST ANTISEMITISM, DISCRIMINATION AND RACISM vived the horrors of the war and was able to return to his home in Britain. It is hard to imagine that international football players today could be the victims of such persecution on the basis of their religion or ethnicity, but it did happen. The images of these three football players on our stadium serve as a reminder of that unthinkable past, and through this art exhibition featuring Jewish male and female athletes killed during the war, we hope to inspire future generations to always fight against antisemitism, discrimination and racism, wherever they find it. Football has an amazing ability to unite people from all backgrounds, races or religions around a shared passion. Discrimination, whatever form it takes, has no place in our society and we should all be working hard to eliminate hate – both on and off the pitch.


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still remember the battered leather satchel from which he removed Volume 373 No. 42. A retired professor, back in the great halls within which he was still revered, had come to meet 20-year old me, advise me on a 9/11 debate I was organising, and give me a copy of the Official Report from the House of Commons Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) on 1 November 2001. I remember reading it cover to cover, knowing full well the moment it represented. The other day I found it. Other things were discussed that day, but all anyone cared about was the debate on war in Afghanistan. The bombing had started. Tony Blair’s defence secretary Geoffrey Hoon had been in the US a day earlier meeting his counterpart, the uber hawk Donald Rumsfeld, offering him air-to-air refuelling, Tomahawk cruise missiles, surveillance flights and the British airbase at Diego Garcia. Talk in the chamber was of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, the Taliban, B-52s, NATO,

DFID, training camps, 72 virgins, 52,000 tonnes of aid, 1.5 million refugees… and Israel. What, I wondered, did the war in Afghanistan have to do with Israel? The Israel Defense Forces wasn’t involved. The bombers weren’t based at Ben-Gurion. Scuds weren’t expected in Tel Aviv. Yes, the second intifada was underway, Benjamin Netanyahu (then working in the private sector) had spoken to several MPs the day before, and Blair was in Israel meeting (then prime minister) Ariel Sharon as the debate unfolded, but none of that explained why speaker after speaker stood up to talk about the Jewish state, a mere 3,000km from Afghanistan. The late Gerald Kaufman gave it a go. “Whatever the outrage, everything comes back to the existence of Israel,” he said. Yet the west’s enemies were hypocrites. “Bin Laden does not care one jot for the Palestinians, nor does Saddam, nor do the Syrians.... What these extremists do, is exploit the plight of the Palestinians as a cause round which they can rally – some sincerely, some certainly not.” Others followed, albeit less deftly. Denzil Davies said the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was “a powerful recruiting sergeant for the foot soldiers of terrorism”. Tom Clarke said it was

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“really at the heart of a solution” to terrorism. Roger Godsiff said Palestinian grievances would “continue to fester and be a breeding ground for terrorists who use them to carry out atrocities like 9/11”. John Horam said “hatred of America has been driven by its support for Israel...” Some saw opportunities. Anne Campbell said: “America now has the moral high ground and can bring pressure to bear on the Israelis,” while others served warnings. The Lib Dems’ Menzies Campbell, who later led the party, said Israeli-Palestinian peace “cannot be postponed… It must be commenced now and operate in parallel with the military action in Afghanistan. No diplomatic task is more urgent for sustaining the coalition.” He also felt settlements undermined the war effort. For the most part, the arguments did not seem to stack up. Terrorists and their state sponsors all hate Israel so they send Saudi jihadists to fly planes at US buildings? Solve

Israel-Palestine and they’ll stop? Nonsense. Louise Ellman called it out at the time. “Many Members have suggested the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians is at the heart of the conflict. It is not.” Likewise, Jim Murphy described it as “a phoney connection”. Campbell seemed wrong too – Turkey, a Muslim nation supportive of the Palestinians, had just committed troops to the US effort. I found the reread fascinating, surprising, amusing, informative and enlightening, in part because today's mood music is so different. Few would have imagined then that, 19 years later, Israel would have peace deals with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates not with the Palestinians, and that vanishingly few mainstream British voices accuse it of stoking global terrorism as a result. Now back in its box (unlike international terrorism), I plan to reread it in 19 years’ time to see if it or I have aged worse.

Professor Feldman taints fight against antisemitism GIDEON FALTER

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rofessor David Feldman’s recent article in The Guardian opposing the adoption of the International (IHRA) Definition of Antisemitism by universities was par for the course for an academic who has been on the wrong side of the fight against antisemitism throughout the past several years. As the director of the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism at Birkbeck, Feldman enjoys not only academic respectability but the communal legitimacy bestowed by a major philanthropic family. Yet his deployment of these assets has undermined rather than strengthened the fight against antisemitism. In 2015, just months after more Jews assembled to protest antisemitism than at any time since Cable Street at a rally organised by the nascent Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), Feldman authored a report for a Parliamentary group suggesting that “the concern expressed” over antisemitism “contributed to a climate of insecurity”. This form of victim-

blaming failed to recognise that the fault lay with antisemitic crime and the failure of the authorities to tackle it – not the thousands of Jews who rallied against it. He used that same report to advance what has become something of a campaign for him against the International Definition of Antisemitism. In 2016, Feldman sat as one of two deputy chairs (and the only Jewish person) on the Chakrabarti Inquiry into antisemitism in the Labour Party, widely panned by the Jewish community as a whitewash. Jewish News reported that Feldman defended Lady Chakrabarti’s report as “honest and constructive”. In reality, it helped institutionalise Labour’s antisemitism problem. Three years later, the Labour Party, under the stewardship of Corbyn-ally Jennie Formby, sought to replace the antisemitism training provided by the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) with a course on antisemitism taught by – you guessed it – Feldman. JLM was rightly furious and refused Labour’s request to adapt their sessions to fit with the Feldman course, suggesting it would make them little more than “useful idiots.” Central to Feldman’s appeal to one Corbyn backer after another is his long-

standing hostility toward the International Definition. Now he has authored an article in The Guardian stating his opposition to calls by the Government on universities to adopt the Definition – a cause CAA has championed along with the Union of Jewish Students, Lord Mann, the Jewish Leadership Council, the Board of Deputies, the Community Security Trust and every other mainstream Jewish organisation and activist. There are few issues that unite our community like this one, and it is telling that Feldman – as with the Chakrabarti Inquiry – finds himself at odds with the mainstream community. Feldman’s criticisms of the definition are

GIVEN ITS UNIQUE COMPLEXITY, WE MUST FIRST DEFINE ANTISEMITISM IN ORDER TO OPPOSE IT

familiar: he fears it will “privilege one group over others” and believes it is “no substitute for carefully constructed measures to combat antisemitism and other racisms.” But to fight antisemitism we must define it, especially given its unique complexity. That was why we, along with Lord Pickles and others, campaigned so forcefully over many meetings in Downing Street for the Government to adopt it. It was also thanks to the International Definition that our 2019 Antisemitism Barometer – which took into account the full range of examples of antisemitism in the Definition – was the first empirical study to reveal that antisemitism on the far-left had surpassed that on the far-right. As for the supposed need to address antisemitism only in the context of dealing with “other racisms”, Feldman is repeating a canard that, after five years of Jeremy Corbyn, the Jewish community understands well enough. Even Corbyn’s Labour Party begrudgingly adopted the International Definition, but two years on, Feldman is one of the few still holding out. The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism at Birkbeck should not be lending its credibility to a man who hinders the fight against antisemitism.


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Leo Baeck College celebrated its annual Leo Bear Day to raise funds for Children in Need, with students and faculty at the rabbinical training seminary bringing in teddy bears for the day for a small donation to charity. The tradition was established by Rabbi Nathan Godleman when he was a student, and this year the bears joined via Zoom. College principal, Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris, said: “We have loved bringing our teddies into prayers. But the serious message of Children in Need helps remind us prayer on its own is never enough; we need to be engaged in action as well.”

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More than 1,000 people tuned in for the United Synagogue (US)’s Big Simcha Celebration, a free concert in honour of anyone who had a simcha affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. It was hosted by musicians Eitan Freilich and Luis Herszaft and guests joined virtually. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis joined the party live to wish everyone mazeltov. US communications director Richard Verber said: “After an incredibly difficult year, we were delighted to put on a concert for our members to throw them the party they never had.”

3 BUILDING BRIDGES More than 280 players helped Jewish Care raise £100,000 for its core services through its Bridge Extravaganza Committee’s second online tournament. Committee co-chairs Patsy Bloom and Susan James said: “Not even a global pandemic could stand in our way of continuing our annual tournament.” Adam Overlander-Kaye, the charity’s director of fundraising and community engagement, said: “The committee never ceases to amaze us with their total commitment to Jewish Care. We are incredibly grateful to them and everyone who took part in the tournament.”

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Notice payment If you are being paid in lieu of notice, this will be covered within the settlement agreement. This will be subject to tax.

The confidentiality clause is extremely important for your employer and will usually prevent you making comments in the press or on social media. Sometimes the

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Be careful about bad mouthing your employer on social media as you could be breaching the terms of your agreement.

scope will need to be reduced to allow you to tell future employers about the circumstances of your departure.

Understanding and complying with the terms

It is really important you understand everything within the settlement agreement and if there is anything to which you are not able to agree, or if you have already broken any of the terms, you must tell your solicitor. This includes if you have spoken to colleagues about your negotiations before you saw the confidentiality clause. If you don’t let your solicitor know and you sign the agreement, you could open the door for your employer to refuse to pay the settlement or to claw back money they have already paid you.

How much will it cost?

Your employer should expect to pay between £350 and £500 towards your legal fees for a straightforward case. If you take advice from a solicitor about a settlement agreement, but you decide not to accept the terms offered, then you may be liable to pay your solicitor’s fees.

Emma Gross is a partner in employment law and data protection at Spencer West LLP. www.spencer-west.com, 020 7925 8080 emma.gross@spencer-west.com


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Festival of lights… and happy memories Jewish Care residents and volunteers recall Chanukah stories from their younger days and share what the festival means to them this year KURT MARX, 95, is a member of Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors’ Centre. He attends the virtual Yiddish group, which now meets weekly over Zoom. He recalls growing up in Cologne, Germany, and experiencing a happy childhood until the rise of antisemitism. He says: “On Chanukah, friends would come to our house to give me presents and we would light candles together with my family. Then I would go to my friends’ houses on Christmas to give them presents under their Christmas trees. “At that time in Germany, everyone ate what was called Reibekuchen, which means potato cakes, through the autumn and winter. You could buy them for pennies on the street. Like chips, they were the cheapest things you could buy and were sold on a piece of cardboard with apple sauce. “When I went back with my son to Germany more recently, it was nearly impossible to find them except in very exclusive places.” When he was 13, “everything turned upside down” in Germany and Kurt was put on a Kindertransport, arriving in Britain in January 1939. He continues: “We stayed in Cricklewood at a boys’ hostel in Walm Lane sponsored by Walm Lane Synagogue. We were then evacuated to Bedfordshire, where a friend and I were taken in by a very kind family. “We weren’t really able to celebrate festivals at first as there were hardly any Jewish people there, but later there was a relatively large community.” After the war, he moved to London, where he met his wife, Ingrid, and

they had a son. “We would celebrate together as a family,” he says. “Now I celebrate with my son and two grandchildren. We always try to get together to light at the start of Chanukah and sometimes on the last night as well. We give the children presents and we always have latkes with apple sauce. I love doughnuts, but they have to be crisp on the outside and never soggy. If they’re just right, I could really eat a whole bag of them.” SYLVA HERZBERG, who attends Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors’ Centre, remembers the first Chanukah she spent in England. She says: “I arrived in the UK on 25 May 1940 with my family. We walked for weeks to escape through Belgium and France and slept on benches before taking a Norwegian coal boat to the UK, landing in Southampton. “We went to Mitcham in Surrey, where there were two houses for refugees. Each family was given a room and we shared our house with Rabbi Muscavitch and his family. “It was lovely as he was a chazan, so he made Chanukah a very joyous occasion. He found candles so we could light a chanukiah and sing songs. He would tell us stories and get all the children together to give us Hebrew lessons. “As refugees, we stayed close to the other families as we spoke Yiddish at home, not even Flemish. We were very lucky to have that as we were the only Jewish people in Mitcham.” After a few months, Sylva was evacuated to Highbury with her family because their house was close to Croydon Aerodrome and became

a prime target during the Blitz. In 1958, Sylva married and lived in Hendon, where she raised her son and daughter. She recalls: “On Chanukah, we gave presents every night to the children when we lit the candles. I’d make latkes with sugar, which is exactly what my mum did before me, but we didn’t eat doughnuts in my family.” “We usually celebrate with my daughter and granddaughter . I won’t be with them this year – but hopefully we’ll light candles together on Skype.” LOUISE BREWER, 90, who is a resident at Jewish Care’s Vi & John Rubens House in Ilford, has been preparing for Chanukah by painting decorations for the home and has made Talking Chanukah cards to send a personalised message to her relatives. She says: “I really enjoyed painting the decorations because it made me think back to when my father went to synagogue and I would go with him. We were members of the beautiful Bevis Marks Synagogue, where I was married and my father sung in their choir. He had a wonderful voice and they would give beautiful Chanukah concerts. “When I was younger, my family all lit the Chanukah candles together and we lived in Stepney Green dwellings in the East End. My father’s four brothers lived upstairs and they all sang, so it was very musical. My mother would

make latkes and doughnuts for us all and that’s what I did when it was my husband, Alfie, and our three children as they were growing up. “My children live across London and Scotland. Although we are scattered, we are very close and we will all be together in our hearts.” NETTIE KEENE, 86, is coordinator of Jewish Care’s Friends of Sinclair House, which has donated the cost of the Chanukah candles, chocolate coins and cards delivered by volunteers to recipients of Meals on Wheels in Redbridge. She has volunteered at Jewish Care’s Redbridge Community Centre for 48 years. Sharing her Chanukah memories, Nettie says: “In the past, we’d all get together at home when my husband and my younger son, Saul, were alive. My older son, Danny, and Saul would take turns to light their candles. “I’d make my own latkes and we’d get doughnuts from the bakery. Later on, we enjoyed celebrating Chanukah with the four grandchildren too. “This year, Chanukah will be very different as I’ll be lighting the candles with my family on Zoom and joining Jewish Care’s virtual activities.” • Jewish Care has organised a virtual candle-lighting for residents, led by spiritual and pastoral advisor Rabbi Menachem Junik and chief executive Daniel Carmel-Brown. There is a virtual Chanukah concert, featuring entertainment from singer Yuri Sabatini and the Akiva Chamber Choir. For details, email Simber@jcare.org or call 020 8418 2114. For support and advice, call Jewish Care on 020 8922 2222

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The Crown actress Helena Bonham Carter lends her vocal skills for this year’s Channel 4 Christmas special, Quentin Blake’s Clown. Based on the classic children’s book by beloved illustrator Sir Quentin Blake, the half-hour animation brings to life the adventures of a little toy clown, thrown away with a load of old toys, as he goes on a journey to find a new loving home for himself and his friends. Created with traditional hand-drawn animation techniques to capture the unique style of Blake’s artwork, the programme will be accompanied by a short “making of” special feature with contributions by Blake, Bonham Carter |and the key animators and executives, giving insight into the creative process. Blake said: “Clown has always been one of my favourite characters, and it’s wonderful now to see him off the page and running about on his own.” Quentin Blake’s Clown airs on Christmas Day, 7.45pm on Channel 4

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David Blaine: Real or Magic? For more than a decade, David Blaine has been captivating the world with his high-profile endurance stunts. Starting his career as a magician who appeared to do the impossible with a deck of cards, he was soon following in the footsteps of Houdini, seeking out that which seemed physically impossible, and actually doing it. This Sky One special follows Blaine’s signature brand of street magic and mystifies the most recognisable celebrities in the world, including Lenny Kravitz, Jamie Foxx, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Ricky Gervais, Katy Perry and

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AND FINALLY… Will Smith, to name a few. David Blaine: Real or Magic? airs on Sunday, 13 December, 8pm on Sky One and Now TV.

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Invincible Amazon Prime Video has dropped the first trailer for its new animated series, Invincible, which features a glittering cast including Seth Rogen and Ezra Miller. The eight-episode series is based on the Skybound/Image comic of the same name by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley. Invincible is an adult animated show revolving around teenager Mark Grayson (Steven Yeun), who is just like every other

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guy his age – except that his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet, Omni-Man (played by Law & Order actor J K Simmons). But as Mark develops powers of his own, he discovers that his father’s legacy may not be as heroic as it seems. The cast also includes Killing Eve actress Sandra Oh, Star Wars legend Mark Hamill and Parenthood’s Max Burkholder. Invincible airs on Amazon Prime Video in 2021.

The Vaccine As the beginning of the end of the pandemic came into view this week, Kaifeng Restaurant in Hendon unveiled its very own concoction, a delicious cocktail named The Vaccine. The owners say the specially-blended drink is not only mouth-watering but also “cures 93 percent of tsuris”. A staff member said: “We are all very excited at this giant leap in mixology. Initially we are limiting the availability to those with confirmed reservations in the restaurant to a maximum of two doses per person. “In 2020, tsuris has become such a widespread problem we realised we should be doing something to help ease or possibly eradicate the condition. We have expanded our research and are thrilled at getting nearly 100 percent effectiveness when The Vaccine is taken in conjunction with a portion of crispy duck.” The Vaccine is produced under the supervision of the London Beth Din and Rabbi Akiva Osher Padwa. For more details, visit www.kaifeng.co.uk


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The lighter side Brigit Grant’s little bit of this and little bit of that...

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Where there’s a will, there’s OY VEY ABSENCE MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER allegedly, so I’m vaguely optimistic you missed Lighter Side. The page took a mini break while our joyful Life magazine was produced, so I hope you were hankering for its return. We’ve all been in various states of longing, wanting and yearning since early spring and have vocalised it between quizzes on various platforms. House Party, Zoom and Teams are now

much less fun than their names suggest and by week 28 of Covid, recreating the opening credits of The Brady Bunch was a drag. Granted, there were – and are still – moments of hilarity Magazine when only the foreheads of the elderly and short appear onscreen at an online barmitzvah. But a Zoomed Zayda slumped on a sofa is better than any guest who refuses to turn on their camera. I won’t Valley Of Tears: Inside series miss those new Israel’s epic people, just as I won’t miss the impulsive decision-makers who have created more bike lanes than there are cyclists. I fear those lanes will be with us until Boris hangs up his handle

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“Are they in your bubble?” bars, but I wish he’d put the You probably have your own breaks on those ludicrous flower ‘won’t miss’ list, but being troughs plonked on roads to home a lot with a teen also create café sitting. I’m ready to introduced me to “OK boomer” DISmiss those because a) It’s (dismissing someone older from cold; b) they make parking an the Baby Boomer generation) and even bigger challenge for the Real fit in place of outfit, which has too Housewives of north-west London many syllables obviously. and c) speedy bagel stops can’t What I will miss are Carl happen. Words and sentences Reiner’s Tweets, the wisdom I also won’t miss (and hope of Rabbi Jonathan disappear) Sacks, Ruth in 2021 Bader Ginsburg include: “Next and films slide please”; Johnny Depp starring Johnny No face to face and Ruth Bader Depp, although appointments; Ginsburg I’m happy to work Furlough; with him anytime. Happy Birthday; Let’s hope we all can work Two metres; Keep anytime and ‘employed’ America Great; is still part of our Win Bigly (or was it vocabulary in 2021. Big League?) and

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WOOF IN WOOL As you will have noticed in our Into The Woods fashion story in Life magazine, it’s now possible to dress like your dog – thanks to Kat and her clothing at Love From Betty. The website was started because of her very grumpy miniature dachshund called Slinky. Sadly, Slinky passed away just before her 17th birthday in September, but here she is in her jumper (£29.50) and bow tie (£12.50) with Kat. www.lovefrombetty.co.uk

Gift of Life If your loved one is worthy of a really special gift this Chanukah, head to www.davidovlondon.com, where beauty is available in symbolic form. Tree of Life earrings made of green quartz set within 22K gold plated trees and finished with drop organic baroque pearls will set the tone for the year to come.

Tuning the Rodeo Our resident cartoonist Paul Solomons is on fire when it comes to delivering clever comedic news-inspired caricatures. As luck would have it, his son Jonah has inherited the ability to see the funny side of the daily headlines and, with his partner-in-crime, Hannah Montgomery, has started a weekly five-minute spoof newscast called News Rodeo. Sharp satire aired in record time appeals to everyone and, as Jonah says: “We saw the mounting doom and gloom throughout the general public over lockdown and, realising they needed a laugh, News Rodeo was born.” Since starting in October, Jonah (who also been an extra on Fantastic Beasts) and Hannah have covered such topics as the US presidential election, hacking, Brexit, doorbells and dog statues. For more front page wit, check out News Rodeo on any major music or podcasting app, or visit https://newsrodeo.co.uk

Follow the dog…

Art Lessons Some months ago, we featured Tania Kaczynski and her work as an art psychotherapist in the space she created for those who use painting to ease their trauma. The New Art Studio, founded in 2014, was set up as a lifeline for refugees and asylum seekers to experience art therapy in an informal atmosphere. The startling and spectacular work they created illustrates their courage, loss and redemption and it is now available for all in the book, Who Am I? The story of a London art studio for asylum seekers and refugees. With the artwork set alongside the studio members’ deeply personal stories, the book is a valuable education for us all. www.waterstones.com


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LOVE In the time of corona

‘A dream wedding, even during the darkest times’ This week: Abbie & Roy

Get married… don’t get married; thousands of couples have had to alter their altar – or bimah – plans this year in line with the ever-shifting rules. Kari Colmans interviews resolute newlyweds who tied the knot against the odds in true Covid style

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day after meeting with the rabbi (fortuor the Freemans, theirs was the nately they have both fully recovered), ultimate love at second sight. they were always very much “let’s get Having both joined a Facebook on with it – even in the darkest days”. group called Jewish Singles, “I wanted to be married by my 50th Abbie, 50, who is the communications birthday,” says Abbie, as Roy smiles and lead at the Cabinet Office and Roy, 56, nods his head in agreement beside her. a property finance consultant, met at “And we held onto the fact that if we a group dinner at The Arkley pub. were to postpone it, we would always be While Abbie had always planned to eat in the same situation of never knowing with the group, Roy was supposed to be going if it would or wouldn’t happen. to a club in London so he thought he would “There’s so much involved with just pop in. He arrived late, they got chatting planning a wedding, how can anyone be – and he never made it to the club. sure if it can go ahead with the constant Although they hadn’t met before, Abbie threat of lockdowns? So, we figured we had spotted his “head” a number of times, should commit to it. having read his Facebook profile and already “We both agreed even if it was just deemed him unsuitable. “He was always us two, the rabbi and two witnesses, we posting stuff about soul music and I just would still go ahead. It was always about thought we seemed so incompatible!” the marriage ceremony.” she laughs, while Roy is making a cup of tea in the background before settling down in front of the screen. She says she didn’t even recognise him when he walked in. “He was so tall and handsome! I didn’t think it was the same man. “I had left the table for a while and when I sat back down there was an extra seat by me. He sat himself down and he hasn’t left my side ever since.” Their first date was on his birthday, and on the second date they fell in love. Fast forward eight-and-a-half years, and the newlyweds are still on a high from the best wedding they could have imagined. Originally, the plan was to get married in synagogue on 7 September this year and have a Kiddush or lunch afterwards. “I turned 50 the following day,” says Abbie, “so we had booked a big party and invited all our friends and relatives to celebrate our wedding and my 50th at the same time.” Having only got engaged three-and-a-half months previously (he proposed on New Year, at midnight, at the The couple were surrounded by their nearest and dearest London fireworks display, with In the end, they got more than they had a custom-designed ring) they never intended initially bargained for. They were married on to wait months on end before making the date they had always intended in Abbie’s it official. best friend’s garden with 30 guests. Aside from one major curveball, whereby “The rabbi, Jeremy Gordon from St John’s they both came down with coronavirus the

jacket with matching waistcoat. Guests were served exquisite hors d’oeuvres, mini desserts and sipped on gin and Prosecco cocktails. “The whole day was a dream,” remembers Abbie. “The people around us were our very nearest and dearest and they felt that Roy and I were accessible as we all spent the whole day together. There was no top table. And no seating plan – everyone just mixed.” Abbie’s cousin arranged a fantastic wedding car, while his fiancé took charge of the bouquet. She even had a tailor-made surprise wedding cake made for Roy, who collects minerals: a truly original piece that resembled a giant amethyst. The couple had a friend film the day and a colleague helped them to produce a highlights Abbie and Roy Freeman on their big day on 7 September 2020 video. And, of course, it was very special Wood Masorti, came to the house and we to get married in her best friend’s home. had a bedecken, and a mobile chuppah was It was also Roy’s mum’s first day out of the constructed outside, held up by Roy’s two house in seven months. sons, Sacha and Miles, my cousin Lane and “The guests couldn’t do enough for us,” Roy’s best man Clive. says Roy. “I think the wedding was made that “My mum walked me down the aisle, much more special because it was so unlikely I walked around Roy seven times and to go ahead. Everyone pulled together to we chose all our own music. It was very make it happen, and they all felt so excited personal, intimate and touching.” that it went ahead, and we were so grateful Roy adds: “In the end, it felt a lot grander for that.” than we ever could have imagined.” The Despite having pulled off the perfect day, couple can’t stop smiling as they reminisce they are still set on an encore. But whatever about their “perfect day”. happens, they will always look back on their “It felt like a Hollywood-style, highbig day with gratitude and love. society wedding,” says Abbie, who chose “We were the luckiest people in the world white silk palazzo trousers, a white silk to be able to have such a dream wedding day camisole and a champagne gold sequin short during such dark times. jacket with a gold leaf tiara, over the usual “At the last minute, all the stars aligned ivory gown. and we feel totally blessed.” Roy wore a dark blue brocade dinner


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Jackie’s Chanukah message / Weekend

The scientists cured Covid – now let’s get an antisemitism vaccine… As Chanukah begins, Jackie Mason admires Jews for being so stiff-necked they don’t ever back down and knows the perfect way to deal with 2020 one of these electric ones. Is it that difficult to light a candle? Chanukah is a very special holiday to the Jews. It’s not about just getting presents, although I could use a few shirts – my size is 15½, 32. What is the true meaning of Chanukah, and how did we arrive at this holiday? To be concise, the Greeks tried to prevent the Jews from keeping their religion. As always the Jews, being the most stubborn stiff-necked people, fought back to protect their religion. The greatness of the Jewish people is their strong belief in who they are, and how you could never take their ideas away from them. It’s that persistence and grit that has gotten them through every calamity down to this day. After being kicked out of every country and knocked down to the mat countless times, they just keep getting back up and fighting. There

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his year has been one knockout punch after another. Thankfully, it looks like round 12 is fading fast. The final bell can’t arrive quickly enough. The one thing this year has going for it is that it’s coming to an end. Don’t worry about me, though. Miraculously, I tested positive for the antibodies and I don’t even remember getting sick. That’s not the only thing I don’t remember. I don’t remember where I put the remote control, I don’t remember what publication I’m writing for and I don’t remember what a sensation I am. Wait one second, that I remember! You don’t have to remind me. So, to sum up, this year I’ve written in Jewish News about Passover, I’ve taken you through Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur

and Thanksgiving, and now I’m taking you through Chanukah and the new year. I’ve really enjoyed doing this for you, but I’m sure you’ve learnt a lot from me. We went through the plagues and pestilence, redemption and forgiveness, through the turkey dinner, and now the lighting of the first candle. I hope you’ve got something out of this because, within my comedy, I like to have some point and purpose, but I’m not sure you’re intelligent enough to understand that, and I say that with the highest respect. One thing I’m sure about is 2021 can’t be any worse than 2020, which will go down as one of the worst years ever although, to be honest, I didn’t really mind not getting out of this chair for 10 months. But now I have to get up to prepare the menorah. I think I’m the only one in the building who doesn’t use

has never been a TKO [technical knock out] in Jewish history. That is partially why they are so reviled and admired; they don’t ever back down. They are scrappy and relentless, with such small numbers and an outsize influence. Throughout the centuries, they have battled for their beliefs and survived it all, even the year 2020 and yet, as we’re going into year 2021, it’s hard to believe, but antisemitism is worse than ever. So what my hope for this year is in addition to the miracle of the Covid vaccine, I hope for a miracle of a vaccine against antisemitism. When will the world be inoculated against evil, pernicious ideas? I’m a practical person, and realise that is a tall order, but one thing I know, is that we’ll keep fighting. Meanwhile, I’m just going to make believe that 2020 didn’t happen.  Comment at www.jackiemason.com or see him at www.cameo.com


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pointing holiday. She waited 30 years, but His eccentric author Antonia de Winter has Aunt Melissa finally seen the publication of wants to take her debut children’s novel, him around the Orion’s Messenger, writes Museum of Alex Galbinski. History, despite his As her eight-year-old daughter reservations. After recovered from having her tonsils a series of mystifying taken out, de Winter knew just events, he is visited in his how to cheer the little girl up – home by Orion’s Messenger. by writing a children’s book just “He agrees to go to the for her. magical Blue Sky Island, That was 30 years ago and Antonia de Winter because it’s going to be the her daughter, communications adventure of a lifetime,” reveals de Winter. director and former politician Luciana The island is inhabited by Berger, is now an adult, but that didn’t stop intriguing talking creatures – the author finally seeing Orion’s Messenger brought to life by illustrator published for all to enjoy. De Winter’s son, Daniel Sullivan – including Alexander, who lives with his family in Ordompom, a kindly but Nashville, Tennessee, persuaded her to hapless wizard whose publish the book, with lockdown spells don’t always work providing the impetus. as intended; Reema the While the story is aimed squirrel and Pusspom the at seven-year-olds upwards, cat. There is a magnificent de Winter says adults will golden eagle, Orion, and also enjoy it, particularly if they appreciate books such as a magical legacy, the Magic Orb, but they have to beware The Lion, The Witch and The of the scheming of ogre the Wardrobe and Harry Potter. Orion’s Messenger centres Grizzly Grumpot and his mean gang. around Alex, a schoolboy De Winter is drawn at the end of a disap-

to the genre of magical realism because, she explains: “It’s a magical flight of fantasy and that fires the imagination. You immerse yourself in the story because Husband Howard you can imagine it records the audiobook happening. With all the doom and gloom, it’s wonderful to transport yourself somewhere enchanting.” A songwriter, poet and trained counsellor, de Winter runs an eponymous interior design and soft furnishings shop in Notting Hill that was originally established by her grandfather in the East End in 1925. Along with her husband, Howard – whom she describes as an outstanding impressionist – she turned the tale into an audio book. “He went through a spectrum of voices until I found the right one for each of the characters. Even though we’ve been married for 45 years, he still took direction,” she chuckles. De Winter has started to outline her next book and hopes to inspire others who have been thinking about writing to make it happen, saying: “If I can do it after 30 years, anyone can.”

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HOW TO PROFIT FROM THE ONLINE SHOPPING SHIFT As Israeli website-builder Wix reflects on a huge jump in users, its eCommerce marketing head tells Candice Krieger companies need to get better at honing in on their target audience

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ovid-19 has completely It has grown into the world’s leading DIY web changed the way we shop, publishing platform with some 189 million users. accelerating the shift to Successful UK-based e-commerce ones include House of Sunny, Cleverchefs and e-commerce and Root plant shop, which moved away from physionline during the pandemic. cal stores by Headquartered in Tel around five years. Aviv, Wix employs more “Online shopping around than 4,000 people across the world went into the globe. It is proud to hyper-growth,” says Liat give smaller players the Karpel Gurwicz, head of tools to compete against e-commerce marketing for larger brands and retailers. Wix.com, the £1.7 billion But never has the competition Israeli-founded company that been so high when it comes to enables people to design and build winning advertisers and shoppers, websites from scratch. “With global online e-commerce Liat Karpel Gurwicz especially as we approach the holiday season. already estimated to reach $5 trillion “You have to stand out against that noise,” [£3.7 trillion] by 2021, the sector was already booming," she says. "For years, the trend has says Karpel Gurwicz, who joined the company in been for more and more shopping to move 2014. She has since led various marketing efforts online and for businesses to do the same. This for Wix, including growing its creative, professional and business audiences. So what are her hyper-growth just escalated that process.” More than 500,000 businesses globally run top tips? “Businesses need to get much better at their e-commerce website on Wix, now reportedly Israel’s second most valuable company. honing in on their target audience and the right Unsurprisingly, there was a huge jump in users channel to get to that audience,” she says. She also highlights fulfilment and supply when Covid-19 took hold as consumers shifted their buying online. Wix added more than chain issues and potential stumbling blocks. “My nine million users in Q2 of the year and 7.8 general advice would be to diversify suppliers, so million in Q3, a 42 percent jump year on year. if you run into supply and demand issues, you Revenue for the third quarter grew 29 percent to are able to shift and not have to shut down. Try to plan and stock inventories in advance and not $254.2 million (£190m). In April and May, Wix’s top ten e-commerce solely depend on the supplier sending it for you.” The typical ‘seasonalities’ a business might products categories showed growth rates more than double last year’s, and growth of more than expect could look different this year, she says. “In terms of early holidays sales, look at 700 percent growth in the number one category, the data both from last year and from the early food and groceries. Karpel Gurwicz says people are now going months of Covid – you need to cross-reference online for a bigger range of items, including pet that data and try to predict what people will care, flowers and plants, health and beauty and want to buy from you. “Prepare your fulfilment and staff — make home décor. “We are not done shifting yet,” sure you know how you are going to be shipping she adds. “A lot of businesses are still having to adapt all these packages and that you have enough and reinvent themselves and deal with the chal- hands on deck to do so. Don’t just rely on one lenges of increased demand. They weren’t nec- carrier. And think about local delivery options essarily prepared with all the infrastructure and and click and collect services.” In terms of the actual website, she says busistrategies in place. They moved online quickly and did the basics to start selling straight away, nesses need to be constantly mindful of SEO and their product page. “Have rich descripbut are now expanding.” Wix was founded in 2006 by brothers Avishai tions, multiple images and videos and impleand Nadav Abrahami and Giora Kaplan. The idea ment a live chat function that can improve was born on the beach as a result of their frustra- customer service and deal quickly with any tion with the complexities of website creation. issues before they escalate.” Wix websites that

Wix templates: about 189 million people and companies use its website builder tools

implement live chat report eight to 12 times higher revenues, and those that recommend products in the live chat report up to 71 percent more sales. She is a strong advocate of abandoned cart recovery emails – customised reminders when someone has put products in their basket but not checked out. Automation of these emails can increase revenues up to 29 percent. “Don’t be afraid to try things, to test and to optimise – see what works for you and your customers. 2020 has taught us how unpredictable the situation can be. Businesses that will succeed will be those that plan and have strategies in place for next year.” The e-commerce revolution is only set to keep growing, particularly as countries face further lockdowns and restrictions. Shopping online is easier than ever before and consumers have got used to a better online experience. “People’s habits have changed – they have been exposed to a new, more convenient way of shopping, and I think this is something people

LIAT KARPEL GURWICZ’S TOP TIPS ● Be prepared — ­ plan and strategise ● Diversify suppliers ● Have a strong fulfilment strategy ● Plan and stock inventories ● Be mindful of SEO ● Offer collection options ● Get your website ready: implement live chat, images and videos ● Stagger holiday-season marketing efforts ● Send customised abandoned cart recovery emails ● Try things! Test and optimise will want to continue with.” So will all these trends stick post-pandemic? “I think they will, but I don’t think people will replace every aspect of their shopping with online only. People enjoy the experience of going out and shopping.” www.wix.com


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SEDRA Vayeishev and Shabbat Chanukah

Torah For Today What does the Torah say about: Miracles

BY RABBI JONATHAN TAWIL We all know the miracles of Chanukah: the military victory of the Maccabees against the Greeks and the miracle of the oil that lasted for eight days. But there was a third miracle not many people know about. After the second Temple was destroyed, many rabbis were convinced Chanukah should be abolished. After all, it celebrated the rededication of the Temple – but this had been destroyed by the Romans under Titus. Without a Temple, what was there left to celebrate? The Talmud tells us that in the town of Lod, instead of a celebration they allowed a public fast to occur on Chanukah. When Rabbi Eliezer and Rabbi Yehoshua heard, they came to the town and Rabbi Eliezer bathed in the bathhouse and Rabbi Yehoshua cut his hair to show that they did not accept this fast. Eventually, their view prevailed, which is why we celebrate Chanu-

kah to this day. Why is it this festival continues even though the Temple no longer stands? Although the Temple was destroyed, Jewish hope was not. The Hebrew word for hope is tikva. At the centre of the word are the Hebrew letters kuf and vav, which spell Kav – meaning “a line”. A line is the shortest distance between two dots. We have hope because we can see the beginning and the end. Even though at times in history we have veered, we have remained close to God and kept our hope alive. Similarly, the national Israeli anthem – Hatikvah – inspired Jews to return to Israel and rebuild their ancient state. This Chanukah, as the world is hurting, let us recall the third miracle of Chanukah – how the Jewish people kept hope alive and, in turn, how hope kept the Jewish people alive.

◆ Rabbi Jonathan Tawil is founder and director of TAL

BY RABBI BENJY MORGAN As we begin the festival of Chanukah, what does Judaism teach us about miracles? Probably the most often asked question about Chanukah concerns the miracle of the oil. Why do we celebrate Chanukah for eight days? If there was enough oil in the jug for one day’s worth of lighting, that means that only the additional seven days were miraculous, so surely we should only light Chanukah candles for seven days? There have been a great many answers to this question, but my favourite is one that really lights up our world today in these dark times: Eighteen months ago, I was lying in a hospital bed with an infection in the Royal Free Hospital and the doctor gave me a one in 20 chance of survival. Thank God, I had a successful brain surgery at Queen Square and made it out alive. But one of the things I’m

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When my eyesight started to go, it was then that I became aware of the miracle of being able to see every day. When something is taken away, that’s when we are truly able to appreciate it. As the Ramban writes, miracles are not merely standalone events – they come to teach us that everything is miraculous. If there’s anything that the coronavirus has taught us, it is not to take even simple things like breathing air or hugging parents for granted. The message of Chanukah, the festival of lights, is that the first day is also miraculous – because it is all miraculous! If we can live with true recognition of this truth, then we’ll really be living in the light. ◆ Rabbi Benjy Morgan is chief executive of Jewish Learning Exchange


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The Bible Says What?

Young people are leading the fight on climate change

‘Nothing about Chanukah...’

BY ISLA CASSON

BY RABBI LAURA JANNER-KLAUSNER As with any festival, when you want to know the story behind the celebrations you may decide to flick through the Tanakh – the compilation of all the Jewish traditional texts. But at Chanukah, you will encounter a problem: the story isn’t there. In fact, the Book of Maccabees, which contains the story of defeating the mighty Greeks and the jug of oil lasting eight nights, was excluded from our canon of texts. Curiously, these texts appear in the Catholic Bible, even though they don’t celebrate Chanukah. The story behind Chanukah did occur much later than many of our holy texts, which may explain the exclusion. This only falls down when you realise that the events are at a similar time to the Book of Daniel, which did get included. A number of theories about the politics of the time – when the canonical Tanakh we know today was compiled – exist to explain the exclusion of this story, which is now one of

our most well-known and connected to one of our most popular celebrations. We will probably never truly know why it was excluded, but what can we learn from the fact it was? The Tanakh may be our go-to set of texts, but there is an important lesson to learn from the fact that it is not all-encompassing. Judaism is so much more than our canonical set of texts, and our tradition did not end when that series of books was formalised. Instead, through the centuries, we continued to grow the library of Jewish wisdom. We are always learning more. Sometimes inspiration and learning come from places other than those you expect. That we are blessed with this festival from outside our canonical texts reminds us to open our eyes to all the inspiration we may miss if we only look in the same old places.

◆ Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner is the former senior rabbi of Reform Judaism

Nearly two years ago, along with thousands of other young people across the country, I left my places of education to join the national youth strikes for climate justice. Since then young people have continued the fight and, most recently, organised Mock COP26 – a virtual event in place of the global climate summit COP26, which was delayed owing to the pandemic. It was attended by more than 330 delegates from 140 countries and featured a focus on the Global South (countries that are industrialised or in the process of industrialising), as well as a host of well-known activists and keynote speakers. Young people have taken this lead because we know it’s the world we will have to live in. We are beginning to see the devastating impact climate change is having in the Global South and how indifferent our governments

are, having been blinded by fossil fuel lobbyists. Our motivation is founded on climate justice, the founding principle of many environmental movements of the past decade. First coined as a phrase in 2000, it is the idea the climate crisis cannot purely be understood in scientific terms, but must be looked at within a larger framework of social justice and global inequalities. Climate justice is almost perfectly

mirrored in the Progressive Jewish reading of tikkun olam – repairing the world – to bring it closer to the harmonious state that God intends for it. What young people want is to prevent the worst of the climate crisis through social justice. Tikkun olam shows us that the fight for a better world must include everyone and that we must all do our part. When we first took to the streets, we did it on the understanding that our privilege as young people in a ‘first world’ country meant we had to protest for all who could not. This quote from the Talmud sums it all up beautifully: “Anyone who is able to protest against the transgressions of the entire world – and does not – is punished for the transgressions of the entire world.” ◆ Isla Casson is a member of Kehillah North London

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Dear Abigail This is a tricky problem, but not insurmountable. Unfortunately, cases do arise where the original will cannot be found when a person is no longer alive. This is not as disastrous as it sounds, particularly as you have a copy of the signed will. A copy can be sent to the Probate Registry, but you will need to swear an affidavit setting out the circum-

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Darjeeling or Earl Grey, eg (3) Last (6) Secret place (6) Engraved metal stamp (3) Jamaica ___, 1939 Charles Laughton film (3) 20 Cosmetic for the cheeks (7) 22 Thin French pancake often folded around a filling (5) 23 The Grand Budapest ___, 2014 film (5)

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