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Call for children and adults with special needs to be on vaccine priority list after shocking report by Ellie Jacobs email@example.com @ellieljacobs
Jewish disability charities have called for children and young adults with special needs to be prioritised for the vaccine, after shocking statstics revealed they are four times more likely to die of Covid-19. The study by Public Health England also reveals the death rate for people aged 18 to 34 with learning disabilities is 30 times higher than the rate in the same age group without disabilities. Despite the findings, first published in November, senior staff in the sector this week warned Jewish News that many of the community’s most vulnerable young adults are not being prioritised in the same way as those in elderly and residential care.
Richard Franklin, chief executive of Kisharon, which delivers support and education to adults and children with complex learning disabilities, expressed concern that the young adults he works with are not considered among the most vulnerable during the current lockdown, which is due to last until at least the middle of February. He warned: “What’s quantitatively different about the current lockdown is the higher incidences of infections and asymptomatic infections. We’re not getting the same degree of testing (for young adults with learning disabilities) that is happening in the elder care sector and that is worrying because we are seeing infection rates rise.” Franklin also noted that Kisharon is yet to receive adequate personal protective equipment from local government. Some 95 percent of PPE used by the Continued on page 2
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Call to prioritise young people with disabilities Continued from page 1 charity is currently sourced from donations or commercial providers. Last April, 20-year-old Yechiel Yosef Rothschild died after contracting Covid. He had Down’s Syndrome and lived in supported accommodation provided by Kisharon. A woman who used Kisharon’s adult day service also died after contracting the virus in hospital. Despite the report finding that the death rate for adults in residential care is higher than for those without learning disabilities generally, care homes for adults with learning disabilities are not being prioritised for the vaccine. As it stands, adults with learning disabilities are number six on the government’s priority list, unless they have Down’s or a condition that makes them clinically extremely vulnerable, which puts them at number four. The Public Health England report analysed 623 reports of deaths that were definitely or possibly Covid-19 related among people with learning disabilities between 1 February and 5 June 2020. It surmised that the death rate was 240 per 100,000. This is 2.3 times the rate in the general population. However, after adjusting for underreporting the estimated rate was 369 per 100,000 – 3.6 times the rate in the general population. Norwood, which supports an estimated 4,000 vulnerable children and their families, said: “We are continuing to provide support, as best we can, to children
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Jessica, left, relies on Kisharon’s support
and families using our services by offering them telephone advice. We are also making sure that the latest information about our services for children and families is easily accessible via our new Facebook group and are developing creative and helpful resources to support all parents to provide home education.” After the prime minister noted that domestic violence is a key issue to consider during the latest lockdown, Jewish Women’s Aid told Jewish News that Christmas and new year had been busier than normal. Last year, for the first time, JWA was forced to set up an emergency fund to provide basic items that women were struggling to pay for. It has so far distributed almost £20,000 in grants.
‘Warn schools of domestic abuse’ Childline founder Dame Esther children to be treated as a vulnerable Rantzen has said a third national group when schools are closed, so lockdown is “different, but not they can access support outside the better” for young people affected home. “We want to be sure police still by domestic abuse as she called on contact schools and schools make schools to include them as vulner- provisions so children in these situations do have the safe haven of going able children, writes Ellie Jacobs. The broadcaster, 80, said: “This to school during the day.” When asked if lockdown third is a game nobody can win. As the cases of Covid and deaths from Covid time around is different for the multiply exponentially, the national charity, Rantzen said: “Yes, they are lockdown became inevitable. But different, but they are not better. of course, there are terrible conse- Childline, like a lot of other charities, quences when you live in an unsafe has lost a lot of its volunteers, many of whom are over 65 and are in selfhome and can’t escape from it.” According to the NSPCC, calls isolation. We have only around half between April and November about our cohort of volunteers.” She is concerned that charities child emotional abuse, neglect and physical abuse were 43 percent are struggling across the board, “because funding has been higher than before the first lockdown. Between April hit badly.” Despite the difficulties, both Childline and and August, the charity also Silver Line, a helpline for received 4,500 calls about older people also founded domestic abuse, a rise of by Rantzen, have “proved nearly 50 percent. their worth” during the Rantzen is advocating for schools to be notified pandemic, as they provide support remotely on when police are called in the phone and cases of domestic violence and for those Dame Esther Rantzen online.
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Nearly 650 British Jews have now died from Covid-19, latest figures show. The community is approaching another grim milestone, as the Board of Deputies released its first mortality figures of 2021. A rapidly-spreading new strain of the virus has led cases to soar, prompting the annoucment on Monday of a third national lockdown. The figures, collated by the Board of Deputies with seven of the community’s largest burial boards, show 14 funerals for the week ending 25 December 2020 and 18 for the week ending 1 January 2021, where the deceased had contracted the virus. This brings the number of coronavirus-related deaths in the community to 648, up from 616 before the new year. In mid-December, it was reported that there had been the biggest increase in communal Covid deaths for seven months.
After last month’s figures were released, Board president Marie van der Zyl said it “recorded a larger increase in reported Covid-19 mortality in the Jewish community this week than in previous weeks. “This may or may not be the start of a trend,” she said, but “it serves as a reminder that we should all be carefully adhering to government guidance.” Figures are collated with regional Jewish communities and the Jewish Small Communities Network, the Adath Yisroel Burial Society, Federation of Synagogues, Joint Jewish Burial Society, Liberal Judaism, the Spanish and Portuguese Sephardi Community, the United Synagogue, and Orthodox burial societies in Manchester. More than 75,000 have died nationally, with 1.68 million deaths globally.
Student job hunt support A Jewish employment charity has unveiled a service specifically for students because of the pandemic’s “disastrous effect” on job prospects. Resource said its new student employment support – in collaboration with the Union of Jewish Students – had come about in part because those leaving university and college had been “particularly badly hit”. Chief executive Victoria Sterman said: “Work opportunities have been shrinking in line with the economy and it has become evident an even more concerted effort was needed to support this cohort.” Employment was “a key concern” for UJS members; services included help with application forms, video interview skills, CV devel-
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opment, applying for interim or full-time work, and career planning.“Students can book a one-to-one video slot with a professional adviser and attend one or more of our specialist webinars. Everything is provided free.”
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Observer anger / Bitton abuse / News
Fury at ‘blatantly false’ story on Palestinian vaccine ‘exclusion’ A furious row involving Jewish leaders, human rights groups and national newspapers erupted this week over accusations that Israel was “excluding” Palestinians from its Covid-19 vaccine rollout. Sharp words between the Board of Deputies and The Observer newspaper over an article quickly grew into an international furore involving Amnesty International, which accused Israel of “institutional discrimination”. The Observer article focused on Israeli human rights groups’ accusations that the government of Benjamin Netanyahu was “dodging its vaccine obligations to millions” of Palestinians, who may have to wait months. Board of Deputies’ senior vice president Sheila Gewolb said she was “extremely troubled” by the headline and photo, saying it gave ammunition to antisemites despite being “blatantly false”. Israel’s supercharged vaccination programme has been widely reported, but The Observer said Palestinians in the West Bank and
The Observer article An Arab man receives his vaccination in an Israeli hospital
Gaza could “only watch and wait” as Jews got the jab. Jewish News understands the headline originally focused on the wait but was changed at the last minute to: ‘Palestinians excluded from Israeli Covid vaccine rollout as jabs go to settlers’. Gewolb said the allegation Israel “excluded” Palestinians was untrue. “The Palestinian Authority (PA) is responsible for vaccinations provided to Palestinians in both the West Bank
and Gaza. The PA has not even asked Israel for help in this regard, looking to source the vaccines elsewhere. Israel is therefore vaccinating its own citizens, as every country in the world is trying to do. This includes millions of Arab citizens of Israel.” Yesterday, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa deputy director Saleh Higazi said the vaccine programme “highlights the institutionalised discrimination”
towards Palestinians. There could hardly be a better illustration of how Israeli lives are valued above Palestinian ones.” Visiting the village of Umm Al-Fahm last Friday, Netanyahu spoke of bringing the vaccine to “everyone: Jews and Arabs, religious and secular”. An Observer spokesperson said: “The readers’ editor will review the article and come to a conclusion.” • Israel leads with jabs, page 15. Editorial comment, page 16
Footballer’s death threats Celtic’s Israeli midfielder Nir Bitton and his wife faced a torrent of abuse on social media this week following the team’s defeat against bitter rivals Rangers, writes Jack Mendel. The footballer was sent off during Sunday’s old firm fixture, leading to antisemitic messages and death threats. One tweet said: “Bitton is a Jew b*****d who should be no where [sic] our club dirty smelly Jew b******””, while another branded him a “Zionist rat”. His wife shared a message she received on Instagram saying they both deserved to be hanged. Action Against Discrimination called on Celtic FC and the Scottish Football Association to take action. The club, whose supporters frequently wave Palestinian flags and protest against Israeli teams’ involvement in European competitions, said: “Since its formation in 1888, Celtic has been a club open to all people, with a renowned tradition and ethos of openness and diversity. “Let us be very clear, those responsible for such vile comments do not represent Celtic or Celtic supporters. They are faceless and nameless.” Abused: Nir Bitton
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Starmer wants ‘culture change’ to earn trust Sir Keir Starmer has told a communal audience he wants a “culture change” in the Labour Party to win back Jewish members and voters, writes Sandy Rashty. At the annual Limmud Festival he discussed faith schools and the IsraeliPalestinian conflict, distancing himself from a call by his shadow foreign secrtary for a ban on West Bank imports. In the hour-long interview, the Labour leader, whose wife is Jewish, said he looked forward to Friday nights as a family – adding that since the pandemic, Shabbat prayers with their extended family had taken place on Zoom. Regarding change in the party, he told the 1,000-plus viewers online that he acknowledged it would take time to win back the confidence of voters alienated under his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn. Starmer, 58, who was elected Labour leader in April, said: “In my experience, culture change is the hardest of the lot.” He wanted the party to welcome people of all faiths and backgrounds, he added. “You have got to lead from the top. If the person on top does not model that behaviour, you do not have a chance.” On antisemitism in the party, he said:
The Labour leader speaking at Limmud
“We are taking steps in the right direction, but these things take time and you have to be consistent and persistent. We will change our processes and our rules, but that on its own won’t be enough. “Lots of Jewish friends and leaders said to me, we will judge you by what you do; not what you say. We are in that process. We are doing this in good faith but we are going to make mistakes along the way. We need to be prodded on it and respond to it – and sometimes, say ‘Sorry, we got it wrong.’ The power of saying that is huge.”
Defending his decision to serve in Corbyn’s shadow cabinet, he said: “I took the view that if you are in a party you stay in and fight for change; other people took a different view. I am very conscious now that as leader of the Labour Party, it falls to me to bring about that change.” Asked about comments by Lisa Nandy in June when she called or a ban on imports of West Bank goods if Israel continued with annexation plans, Starmer said: “I am not a big fan on bans on imports. I don’t think that is the right way to go.” He hoped a two-state solution agreement could be brokered with the support of the incoming US President, Joe Biden, describing him as “more of an open politician looking for international peaceful settlements”. Starmer described faith as “hugely important, saying: “I think it speaks to the spirit of people. You see it clearly when we go through difficult times.” The father of two, who said he was raised under the Church of England, described his family as an “odd bunch”. On faith schools, he said: “I do not have any issue with faith schools. We need different schools with lots of diversity.”
Clash over IHRA Two of Britain’s leading experts on antisemitism clashed during a fiery Limmud debate on the IHRA working definition of antisemitism. More than 350 participants watched John Mann, the government’s independent adviser on antisemitism, spar with David Feldman, the director of the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism. Feldman opened the debate, saying the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition was “effective symbolically but in all other respects illconceived and outdated”, pressing the need “to do better than this”. As a “working doc-
ument” where the perception of the accused is critical, the definition “provides weaker protection than equality legislation”, which relies more on the victim’s perception. The Birkbeck College professor added that the working definition “carries a danger”, since its supporters “cannot agree what it says”, which leaves it open to opposition. The definition also “omits significant aspects of contemporary antisemitism and is silent on the threat from the far right,” he noted. Mann countered, arguing that the “very strength” of the IHRA definition was its “non-legal status”.
‘SILENCE’ ON UYGHURS China’s persecution of the Uyghurs is being “met with silence and even ignorance”, broadcaster Maajid Nawaz has told the Limmud Festival. The LBC presenter and Quilliam director said: “For me ‘never again’ means that if we see genocide happening we must not ignore it. Genocide leaves a stain on the humanity
of everyone who is alive at the time of its happening.” A recent report provided evidence that Chinese authorities are forcing hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs into forced labour. Nawaz made his remarks in conversation with Sir Mick Davis, chairman of the prime minister’s Holocaust Commission.
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‘We can’t allow Jews of colour to feel excluded’ A leading black Jewish journalist has rallied the community to “change the culture” that’s made Jews of colour feel excluded, writes Joy Falk. Nadine Batchelor-Hunt told Limmud: “Within Jewish spaces, there is a tendency for black Jewish people to be stared at or feel like they have to qualify their Jewishness. “Often, I’m asked ‘how do you know Hebrew?’ and ‘what is your Jewish background?’ in a way that white Jewish people never experience. These microaggressions are exhausting and, as a community, we should be mindful of creating a more inclusive space.” Batchelor-Hunt recently moved to Manchester and was worried about buying mezuzah scrolls “because of the anxiety of having people in a new area staring at me”. She also described feeling hurt after the rapper Wiley spewed antisemitic abuse over social media and accused her of ‘not being black’. “It showed me how nebulous a black Jewish person’s identity can be. It was very messy,” she said. “It also reiterated to me that fighting anti-black racism and antisemitism needed to be part of the same fight.
Rallying call: Nadine Batchelor-Hunt
Calling out Wiley’s antisemitism was just as important as calling out antiblackness by Jewish people.” The journalist added that a subsequent torrent of abuse had forced her into reducing her social media consumption, but that she felt “comforted knowing I am saying things that are important”. Batchelor-Hunt also recalled feeling “traumatised” during the 2019 general election as a black Jew witnessing both forms of racism across the two main political parties. She told more than 100
attendees: “For me as a black Jew, I’ve always seen fighting racism against Jews and black people as indivisible from each other. The Jewish community is amazingly diverse and so any fight against racism should be seen as a Jewish fight.” On the Black Lives Matter movement, she noted: “If we recognise our community isn’t just a white monolith but rather an absolute spectrum of ethnicities from across the world, then Black Lives Matter automatically becomes a Jewish issue.” On what the community could do to improve the culture, she suggested inviting Jewish ethnic minorities to lead synagogue services and to incorporate their historic tunes. She also argued that a wider scope of Jewish history, beyond the Europeancentric experience, needed to be taught in schools. “Many Mizrachi feel frustrated that the crimes against the Jewish community in the Arab world in the 1970s aren’t examined enough,” she said. Concluding the wide-ranging discussion, the activist expressed her “hope” in a future in which the “key Jewish values of equality and justice” would be upheld by the entire community.
BOARD’S INCLUSIVITY REPORT DUE IN MARCH The chair of the Board of Deputies’ Commission on Racial Inclusivity in the Jewish community spoke to hundreds of Limmudniks about the inquiry into discrimination in the community against black Jews, Jews of colour and Mizrachi, Sephardi and Yemenite Jews. With the first draft of his report written, Stephen Bush aired some of the testimony – anonymised for the presentation – that he has received. One mixed-ethnic girl was questioned every time she attended her synagogue, unless she was with her mother, who is white. One black man dreads entering kosher shops because of their attitude towards him. Mizrachi and Sephardi witnesses said their culture and customs were often excluded, such as a boy who was told he would have to have his barmitzvah in another synagogue if he wanted to read Torah using a Mizrachi melody. Bush put forward some of the recommendations he is considering, including calling for more proactive listening
Investigation: Stephen Bush
exercises across communal bodies; making Jewish studies resources in schools better reflect the diversity of the community; and asking synagogues and communal bodies on 30 November to commemorate the expulsion of Jews from Arab countries and Iran, and mark the Ethiopian Jewish festival of Sigd, 50 days after Yom Kippur. The commission’s report is due to be published in March. Bush said afterwards: “Speaking to an audience at Limmud was an excellent opportunity to hear from a cross-section of British Jews about racial inclusivity. My recommendations will only work if backed by the community. ”
UAE can be ‘beacon’ The most senior Jewish leader in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has said the nation is ready to become a “beacon for Jews all around the world”. Ross Kriel (pictured), president of the Jewish Council of the Emirates, praised the country for working incredibly hard to develop a “vision of a pluralist Islamic society based on the Koran’s notion of tolerance, which the UAE has piloted, thought about and conceptualised”. He called on the Jewish community to “similarly reimagine itself... in terms of how we relate to Muslims and ourselves”. The UAE community, founded in 2010, now numbers nearly 400 people and Kriel argued its diversity was unique. “When defining who a Jew is, we do it in the most inclusive possible way,” he said. “This allows Jews
from all walks of life to be involved in our structures and to be elected as leaders in our community. We also have many expats in our community, giving us a real soup of the Jewish world!” Joining Kriel for the virtual session was Jessica Katz, a former fellow of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee placed in Dubai for three months in August 2019. “The Dubai Jewish community is unique because of the lack of historical baggage,” she said. “The ‘elders’ have only been there for 10 years or so.” Last year, the historic Abraham Accords normalised relations between Israel and the UAE. Kriel said it was important to build schools, synagogues and kosher restaurants. “However, we will miss a very valuable opportunity if we just do that,” he said. “We have to focus on what this extraordinary moment means for us as Jews.”
UK ENVOY MOVES TO ABU DHABI Israel’s former deputy ambassador to the UK is to be Jerusalem’s man in Abu Dhabi. Eitan Na’eh, who left London in 2016 to become the Israeli ambassador to Turkey, will serve as the interim commissioner of Israel’s official diplomatic centre in the United Arab Emirates, which will soon become a fullyfledged embassy. Na’eh was in Ankara during
a period of rocky IsraeliTurkish relations. He was expelled by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2018, just 18 months after formal diplomatic ties were reinstituted. At the airport, Na’eh was given an extensive security search in front of TV cameras, which Israel’s foreign ministry said had been designed to “humiliate” their envoy. In his role of commissioner
in Abu Dhabi, Na’eh will have an expansive remit to oversee new bilateral relations in areas as diverse as security, defence, trade, investment, tourism and culture, after last year’s historic Abraham Accords. Israeli media reported Na’eh was expected to arrive in Abu Dhabi this week, adding he was the first Israeli to have “full and visible diplomatic status” in the UAE.
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A blood plasma donation drive for the Charedi community has taken place in north London as corona cases and infections rise, writes Adam Decker. The scheme, run in partnership with NHS Blood and Transplant, enables people who have had Covid-19 to donate antibody-rich plasma for use in clinical trials to find out if it is an effective treatment for the infection. Levi Schapiro, founder of the Jewish Community Council, organised the drive and said it had so far had 90 registrations. The idea came to mind as a way of showing appreciation to the health service, he said. “Ultimately, it’s all about saving lives.” David Brack, partnership lead: convalescent plasma programme for NHSBT, thanked Schapiro for his
efforts, saying: “The plasma is transfused into patients who are struggling to develop their own immune response. The antibodies could slow or stop the virus spreading, which could save lives.” The blood drive, being run from the La Royale wedding hall in Tottenham, is due to continue until early this month. Stamford Hill doctors Michael Wetzler and Joseph Spitzer of The Surgery wrote letters thanking Schapiro for initiating the drive, and encouraging people to sign up. Spitzer said the NHS plasma research study “could provide valuable information to help save lives”, adding: “I would strongly encourage all those who are eligible to participate to do so.”
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‘Excited’ residents queue for jabs Community care homes continued to vaccinate staff and residents this week, with Jewish Care leading the way with 140 procedures so far, writes Jack Mendel. The first dose of the jabs were given across its facilities including at Anita Dorfman House, Otto Schiff and Kun Mor & George Kiss in East Barnet.
Its chief executive, Daniel Carmel-Brown said: “We are delighted the vaccine is finally starting to be administered in care homes. “Residents and their families are so relieved that their loved ones are on course to having protection against the virus and we hope that this vaccine is the start of finding our way back to some kind of normality.”
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Elsewhere, Sage care home in Golders Green confirmed that of its 28 staff who have had the first dose, 10 are due to have the second jab on 8 January. The remaining 18 will get the second dose on 15 January, along with 39 of its residents. Sage’s joint chair Adrian Jacobs paid tribute to doctors at the home for arranging vaccinations for staff and residents. “They set up an ad-hoc vaccination centre in the lounges’ of Sage to vaccinate all residents and staff who wanted it. We were very honoured to be one of the first 10 nursing homes in England to receive the vaccination,” he said. Meanwhile, Jewish Choice in Brent said it was going to launch its vaccination programme this week.
Marion Phillips, 95, receives her vaccine at Anita Dorfman House in Stanmore
MANTLE INSPIRED BY MASK-MAKERS The artist behind a Covid19-inspired Torah mantle and binder is seeking a host congregation for her Judaica. Tzipporah Johnston’s The Fruit of Her Hands uses fabric scraps from Jewish women’s scrub and mask-making. The Edinburgh-based embroiderer and visual artist told Limmud attendees she felt inspired after discovering “armies of people”, mostly
women, sewing urgently needed personal protective equipment. “Because they worked from home, were doing labour
seen as a hobby, and because women’s work is generally not taken seriously, they had a certain invisibility, and I didn’t want them to be written out of our communal history.” Johnston also took inspiration from the historic Jewish practice of deconstructing and reusing precious fabrics to make synagogue textiles. For details, visit: yarnandglue.co.uk
BBC NEW CHAIR IS EX-BANKER Former Goldman Sachs banker Richard Sharp will succeed Sir David Clementi as BBC chairman, BBC News has said. His appointment comes amid a debate about the BBC licence fee and how the broadcaster is facing competition from streaming services. Sharp, who was once Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s boss, will take over from Sir David, who will stand down in February, according to BBC media editor Amol Rajan. Sharp is the son of Lord Sharp of Grimsdyke, the former Eric Sharp, who was first knighted
and then given a life peerage for his services as chair of the energy company, Cable and Wireless, between 1980 and 1990. Eric Sharp married the former Marion Freedman in 1950 and the couple, who were members of Westminster Synagogue, had three children: Richard, Nicola, who died in 1982, and Victoria (Dame Victoria Sharp). Richard married an American, also named Victoria, in 1987 in Connecticut. He has spent most of his career in banking, starting with city banker JP Morgan, and then more than 20 years with Wall Street banking giant Goldman Sachs.
7 January 2021 Jewish News
Kosher food / Lord Sugar / Jab rumours / News
A hospital has begun an investigation into claims that Jewish Covid-19 patients are not receiving kosher food on request — and in some cases being given non-kosher food, writes Jenni Frazer. Jewish News spoke to a bereaved son whose father died of Covid at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. Moshe Baum, whose father Gabriel was 77, has written to the complaints department of Barts NHS Trust, of which the Royal London is part. Because of Covid, Baum and his family were unable to visit his father in hospital — but he claims that each time he spoke to him by phone he asked about kosher food and the possibility of a hot drink. He received neither and a shocked Baum found, after his father’s death, a bag full of fruit and sandwiches which had been sent in by his mother — and apparently never delivered to the patient. He said: “My mother wanted him to have kosher food, but he never got it. My father looked like a rabbi, the staff could not
Mourned: Gabriel Baum
have been in any doubt that he was an Orthodox Jew,” Baum told Barts Trust: “While my dad was in hospital, battling Covid, as you are well aware the family cannot visit. “While speaking to him on the phone he told me that his special dietary request of kosher food had not been served to him. Even just the request of a hot tea was not available, which resulted in him not eating for days.” Ari Feferkorn, chairman of Bedside Kosher, which supplies kosher food to patients in many hospitals, has also
written to the Barts Trust. Feferkorn claims there were other instances: “In August, the father of a four-year-old told us his child was not served kosher food at Royal London and we stepped in to provide our service.” A spokesman for Barts NHS Trust said: “We are taking this matter very seriously and have been in contact with our catering contractors, who have a comprehensive kosher menu, and are confident that the kosher food service at Barts Health meets dietary requirements. “We are working with the Jewish community to make sure that we are doing everything as well as we can. “In addition, we are currently adapting our process for home prepared foods to be taken to the wards, supported by the volunteers.” Asked if the Trust would be apologising to the Baum family and anyone else who had not received kosher food, the spokesman said that since a formal complaints process was under way, the Trust could not comment further.
Lord Sugar mourns siblings Lord (Alan) Sugar’s sister has died after becoming “another victim of Covid”, a fortnight after the death of their brother from the disease. The Apprentice star said in mid-December his brother had died after contracting coronavirus. “Today I lost my long-suffering brother Derek, another victim of Covid which added to his underlying health issues,” he tweeted. Two weeks later the 73-year-old tweeted: “My eldest sister Shirley passed away today at the age of 88. “She had been sick for a while but I guess Covid got her in the end to join our brother
Derek, who passed two weeks ago. RIP SHIRL” In September, Lord Sugar hit out at “unfair” criticism of the government’s reaction to Covid-19, hailing Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s response. “But I do think they need to demand that people come back to offices and support the City, support the economy,” he said at the time. “The City is suffering as there are no workers there.” The 2020 series of The Apprentice was postponed due to the pandemic. The programme usually airs in October, with Lord Sugar choosing his new business partner in December.
IGNORE VACCINE FIBS, SAY MEDICS Jewish doctors have warned the community against “rumours” that the Covid-19 vaccine causes infertility or contains pork products. The open letter, signed by more than 70 British Jewish doctors and published on Tuesday, says there is “absolutely no evidence” the Pfizer vaccine causes problems for women wanting to conceive. They also confirmed that it does not contain anything non-kosher. Signatory Dr Sam Freeman, from University College Hospital, described the issue as of “great importance”. The letter reads: “A rumour that the vaccine causes infertility is particularly prevalent in Jewish circles. There is absolutely no evidence behind this rumour. “We live in a time where misinformation is increasingly common. Rumours spread quickly, and social media has played a signifi-
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A 29-year-old was arrested in a suspected public order offence in Stamford Hill after reports that he had chased Charedi Jews with a large stick, writes Jack Mendel. Video taken by neighbourhood watch group Shomrim shows Jews on their way to shul on Shabbat running from the individual on 2 January. The clip also shows small children running away from him as he shouted expletives. In a statement, police
said they attended Cranwich Road after reports of a disturbance involving a man with a stick and that the man then moved into Bethune Road, where the disturbance continued. “Officers stopped a 29-year-old man at the scene.” The man was released on 3 January and enquiries are ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD1524/02JAN.”
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CARE STAFF TO STRIKE There was a stand-off between man- of approximately 100 staff. “We have full contingency plans agement and some staff at a Jewish nursing home on Golders Green ready to ensure it will cause no Road this week, as union officials major disruption to the safe running of Sage,” he said. gave notice of a strike next week. Trainee Rabbi Lev Taylor said: Staff at the Sage Nursing Home, where 21 residents died of corona- “It should be a cause for moral outvirus last year, have been seeking the rage, that a care home within the London Living Wage. Now, months Jewish community should be spotof wrangling are coming to a head, lighted for its abhorrent treatment of elderly care workers.” as managers get staff and residents Last month, Sage co-chair vaccinated against Covid-19. Stephen Goldberg said it Adrian Jacobs, co-chair of the “benchmarks its rates of home, said the United Voices of pay against the care home the World Union had notified the sector and believes it is in management of intended action line with comparable scheduled for 15-17 January care homes”. involving 28 workers out Lev Taylor
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Simon Cowell, pictured with his Jewish girlfriend Lauren Silverman, will be head judge on Israel’s version of his show The X Factor – making the Jewish state the first country after the UK and America where he has been part of the panel. He said: “I can’t wait to see what Israel has to offer.”
A Jewish student branded a “Nazi” by classmates at SOAS has told how his excitement at studying in London turned into a nightmare, as he welcomed a £15,000 refund from the university. Canadian-born Noah Lewis joined the School of Oriental and African Studies’ International Studies and Diplomacy graduate course in 2018, but left amid what he described as a “toxic antisemitic environment” which, he said, led to a decline in his mental health. HALF PAGE ADVERT JAN 2020:Layout 1 09/01/2020 16:04 Page 1 As a student, he says he was accused
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arching support for the anti-Israel boycott movement; and claimed Jews and proIsrael students were branded “Zionists”. He said: “I was excited to have the opportunity to study in London. What I never expected was to be subjected to such a toxic antisemitic environment, especially from a school that has the reputation of placing diversity first and foremost.” A SOAS spokesperson said: “Diversity is key to the SOAS mission and we want all our students to feel welcome and supported in their studies.”
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Singer Craig David and cellist Natalie Clein are among those recognised in the New Year Honours List alongside former CST chief executive David Delew and the co-founder of Jami, Alan Lazarus. There is a knighthood for Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, director of the Cambridge University’s Autism Research Centre and a Fellow of Trinity College – and a cousin of the actor Sacha Baron Cohen. He has led much of the UK’s groundbreaking research into autism. Delew, who becomes OBE, said: “I was shocked and proud to receive notification that I was to be awarded the honour. It not only recognises my 30 years of communal service, but also the tireless and dedicated work of the incredible volunteers and professional team at CST.” Alan Lazarus, co-founder of mental health charity Jami (Jewish Association for Mental Illness), has been made an MBE. “It was extremely surprising”, he said, “because my wife, Marilyn, received the same award for the same thing
about five years ago.” The couple founded the charity with the aim of establishing a home, a day centre and a befriending service. All have been achieved, Lazarus said, “but today our services have expanded and changed, particularly now because of Covid”. The parliamentary lawyer Daniel Greenberg has been named Companion of the Order of the Bath, or CB. Greenberg, who lives in Hendon, is the counsel for domestic legislation in the House of Commons. He said: “My grandparents came to this country [from Ukraine] because of the great admiration they had for what the rule of law and parliament represents. So it is emotional for me to receive this honour in light of that.” The cellist Natalie Clein has been made OBE. Speaking from Slovenia, home of her husband’s family, she said she was “really honoured and glowing inside” to receive the award, but was waiting to catch up on a year’s worth of celebrations – including family anniversaries – when she returns to the UK. There is a CBE for Michael Kuhn, producer of Florence Foster Jenkins and founder of Qwerty Films. A former board member at
Top left, clockwise: Alan Lazarus, Carol Hart, Craig David, Natalie Clein, Linda Diamond, David Delew
Northern Ireland Screen and the Jewish Film Festival, Kuhn was honoured for his services to the film industry. Antony Spiro, president of the Wiener Library and a trustee of The Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR), is made an OBE for services to Holocaust Remembrance. He said: “I am enormously honoured to receive this award, which I dedicate to the memory of my parents, Anna and Ludwig Spiro, who fled Germany to make a new life in the United Kingdom. They took an active role as volunteers at the Wiener Library and The Association of Jewish Refugees. I am proud to have followed their example.” Head of volunteer and community services at the AJR, Carol Hart is also honoured; she receives an MBE. She has worked for the AJR for 15 years and her citation recognises the work she has done in lockdown, running new in-person services for members and online support groups for carers. Linda Diamond, a JLGB adult volunteer for 35 years, has been awarded an MBE for services to young people. She has run the weekly JLGB band in Redbridge for 30 years. Her three children also played in the band and are now themselves adult volunteers for JLGB groups around the country. “I feel humbled and overwhelmed,” she said. “I have never wanted recognition but wanted to give young people the opportunity to be involved in an amazing organisation that gave me so much during my teenage years, and to ensure my own kids had the same experiences.” Singer Craig David received his MBE for services to music: he is a record producer and songwriter as well as having had a solo performing career during which he has secured 16 top 10 singles. He was recognised alongside his long-time manager and JEM Artists founder Colin Lester, who is made an OBE for services to the music industry and to charity. Lester is the son of Holocaust survivor Harry Balsam. “I am so proud to accept this award from the amazing country that took him and 733 other survivors in and gave them a place to settle down and start a new life,” Lester said. “Although we are living in hard times, we must never lose sight that out of bad comes good, we just need to look for the signs.” At the age of 96, historian Dr Edgar Feuchtwanger, who lives in Winchester, has been made OBE for services to Anglo-German understanding and history. Dr Feuchtwanger was born in Munich and has lived in Britain since he was 14, having arrived here with his parents on what was known as a “capitalist visa”, in which
their presence was guaranteed by a sponsor pledging a large sum of money. In Munich the family lived on the same street as Hitler and next to a photographer who employed Eva Braun. The young Feuchtwanger often encountered Hitler: “Even aged eight, I knew he was a very bad man.” Michael Tobias, who lives in Glasgow, has been made OBE in recognition of his genealogical and Holocaust work. He said: “I took up genealogy in 1994 after my grandmother died and realised there was so much I didn’t know about our family.” An actuary, he gradually took on more genealogy projects, overseeing some emotional Holocaust reunions between family members who each thought the other had died. Arthur Harverd, from East Finchley, has been made MBE for his work as chair of the Enemy Property Claims Assessment Panel. This scheme was set up in 1999 at the initiative of Tony Blair, who asked the former solicitorgeneral, Lord Archer of Sandwell, to create a compensation scheme for those who had lodged money in the UK before the war and had been unable to get it back after 1945. Many of these, Harverd said, were Jewish. In Belfast, Michael Black has been awarded the BEM for his work with the Northern Ireland Jewish community. He helps to arrange cultural events for Belfast Jews and runs a weekly Wednesday social club in the city. Artist Michael Landy, a member of the Royal Academy, is best known for an installation known as BreakDown in which he destroyed all his personal possessions. He receives a CBE for his services to art. Felicity Waley-Cohen (mother of jockey Sam Waley-Cohen) is made OBE for her services to children’s medicine through the Robert and Felicity Waley-Cohen Charitable Trust.
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Israel hit by 80% fall Welcome to Geneuary in tourist numbers New figures show the pandemic slashed Israel’s 2020 tourist numbers by more than 80 percent on the year before, resulting in a huge financial loss, writes Adam Decker. Ministry of tourism statistics recorded only 850,000 visitors in the past 12 months, many of whom visited before the lockdown in March. The decrease of 81.3 percent hit an industry that typically enjoys revenues of tens of billions of shekels and employs more than 200,000 people, many of whom have now lost their jobs or businesses. Ministry officials have sought to preserve the tourist infrastructure “to prepare for the day after the pandemic”, but despite a rapid vaccination programme, optimism is in short supply. Initial confidence that 2020 would be another recordbreaking year ended with the skies closed and a ban on holidaymakers, but officials now say they have “prepared a work plan for bringing back tourists in the middle of 2021”. Tourism Minister Orit FarkashHacohen said 2020 had “dealt a
The Chief Rabbi is backing a monthlong campaign, launched this week, to raise awareness about screening for Jewish genetic disorders (JGDs). One-in-five Jews of Ashkenazi origin are thought to be a healthy carrier of a severe, recessive JGD, said UK charity Jnetics. Carrier screening identifies those at risk of passing one or more of these disorders on to children. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said: “Thanks to Jnetics we are capable of eradicating JGDs from our community. More than 3,000 people have been tested since screening started. It sounds like a big number, but it is far less than it should be.” He further urged all young Jewish adults to get tested. Jnetics chief executive Nicole Gordon said the ‘Geneuary’ campaign was to “raise awareness of reces-
With the skies closed, normally packed beaches were almost empty
severe blow to the industry”, and that workers in the sector had had their income drastically reduced. Farkash-Hacohen said the ministry was “working with the ministry of health on an exit plan for the tourism industry under the principle that whoever was most affected in previous times will be among the first to open as we exit lockdown”.
The ministry’s director-general, Amir Halevi, said: “The world stopped, and we moved into survival mode. Thanks to the vaccines, we are beginning to see the light of day… We hope that in the coming months we will once again witness incoming tourism traffic, which is critical to employment and an important engine in the Israeli economy.”
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sive JGDs, the importance of carrier screening in their prevention, and the screening service we offer”. ‘Carrier couples’ who are aware of their status before conceiving are given options to reduce the risk of passing on disorders. Screening is subsidised, run in partnership with the NHS, and is offered at a 20 percent price discount this month. Since June 2020, the screening has become totally virtual.
SURVIVOR’S 70 YEARS OF BLISS Two members of the Holocaust Survivors’ Centre in London have celebrated their platinum wedding, marking 70 years together. Freddie and Freda Knoller, who have recently joined the centre’s Yiddish group, are still “very much in love,” according to
daughter Susie, and celebrated with their favourite song – Sophie Milman’s Ochi Chernye. Holocaust educator Freddie, who turns 100 in April, met Freda on a blind date after the war and they married on 31 December 1950 at their rabbi’s house in Mary-
land in the US, moving back to the UK in 1952. Freddie fled the Nazis but was interned in Belgium until 1940 before being deported to Auschwitz. He was liberated in March 1945. Susie said: “Mum and dad met on a blind date. It was love at first sight.”
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COURT TO REVIEW ‘ZIONISTS’ RULING A ruling that a pharmacist’s comments blaming “Zionists” for the Grenfell tower tragedy was not antisemitic has been referred to the High Court. The General Pharmaceutical Council ruled last month that Nazim Ali’s comments at the 2017 Al Quds Day demonstration were “offensive” but not racist. Following complaints by Campaign Against Antisemitism, the Professional Standards Authority has sent the decision to the High Court for review.
UNI CHAPLAIN WINS DIVERSITY PRIZE A rabbi who serves as senior chaplain at Surrey University has been honoured with a diversity award. Alex Goldberg has won the Award for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for his work as its coordinating chaplain and dean of religious life. After having served in the role for just under two years, he becomes the first chaplain to receive the prize, which recognises a staff member who has supported diverse groups on campus.
Blair leads tributes to Rabbi Sacks Religious and political leaders have attended a virtual memorial event in honour of the late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. Former British prime minister Tony Blair was among those to remember the former Chief Rabbi, as was Katharina von Schnurbein, the first European Commission coordinator on combating antisemitism. The event was organised by the Conference of European Rabbis to honour prolific author Sacks’ impact “in spir-
itual, sociological, political, and intellectual spheres”. Citing Sacks’ warnings to the EU about antisemitism, von Schnurbein said he was “a Cassandra of modern times” in reference to the ancient priestess of Apollo, who was cursed always to speak the truth but never to be believed. Blair said: “He gave me a feeling of why it was important to have faith and how faith was central to human progress… When I think of the difference that he made to my
life and to the lives of so, so many others, it’s an extraordinary legacy and a wonderful example to those of us who remain. Conference of European Rabbis president Pinchas Goldschmidt said Sacks was “able to communicate the changing challenges to Jewish communities globally… “No longer did other faiths pose the greatest challenge and danger to Jewish continuity, instead it was, and still is, a growing secularism”.
To Russia with love An international project giving Jewishthemed books to families with children across the world has celebrated five years of sending books to Russia. PJ library, the educational initiative set up in the US by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, hosted an online Chanukah party to celebrate, for 600 families in Russia. The project is particularly pertinent in the vast geographical territory, with cities hundreds of miles apart. Last month, the team in Russia sent out 10,000 copies of Golem’s
Latkes by Eric Kimmel, based on the legend of the medieval Prague Golem. In December 2015, books were sent to 1,000 pre-registered children. Since then, 14,000 children in Russia have joined, as have 3,000 in Ukraine. “Every year, we have added 1,600 to 1,800 children to the programme,” said Matvey Chlenov, director of the Foundation’s Russian-language project. In Russia, in five years, the initiative – which is supported by Genesis Philanthropy Group – has sent out more than 300,000 books as gifts.
Tony Blair, right, spoke of Rabbi Sacks’ ‘extraordinary legacy’
HELPING STUDENTS INTO JOBS A Jewish employment charity has opened a service specifically for students because of the pandemic’s “disastrous effect” on their job prospects. Resource, based in London, said its new student employment support service – in collaboration with the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) – had come about in part because those leaving university and college had been “particularly badly hit”. Chief executive Victoria Sterman said: “Work opportunities have been shrinking in line with the economy and
it has become evident an even more concerted effort was needed to support this cohort.” Employment was “a key concern” for UJS members, she added, and services included help with application forms, video interview skills, CV development, applying for interim or full-time work and career planning. “Students can book a one-to-one video slot with a professional adviser and attend one or more of our specialist webinars that cover every aspect of finding employment,” she said. “Everything is provided free.”
Jami’s MHAS programme of events: Friday 22nd January 3.15pm United Synagogue MHAS dedicated Kabbalat Shabbat with Rabbi Daniel Epstein
22 - 23 january 2021 The impact of the pandemic The Mental Health Awareness Shabbat falls annually to coincide with Parashat “Bo” which tells of the Plague of Darkness – a suitable launchpad for discussions on the nature of mental health. For more information about MHAS, to view our events and to register for the toolkit, please visit jamiuk.org/mhas
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Monday 25th January 7-8pm Getting through lockdown: taking care of myself and my friends (interactive Head Room Education session) for ages 14-16
Tuesday 26th January 8-8.30pm Supporting our children during these difficult times - Samantha Simmonds in conversation with Dr Ellie Cannon
Thursday 28th January 8-8.30pm Monty, Mental Health and Mazal – Zaki Cooper in conversation with cricket legend Monty Panesar
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Israel leads with its jab Israel was “ahead of the entire world” on Covid-19 vaccinations, Benjamin Netanyahu declared this week, with a fifth of the population likely to be protected by the end of this month. The Israeli prime minister’s statement came after the millionth Israeli was vaccinated with the Pfizer/BioNTech on Friday, promising that two million will have received the dose in three weeks’ time. The country’s population is around nine million. By early December, Israel had ordered 14 million doses of the vaccine from both Pfizer and Moderna, another US firm. This is enough for seven million people, because two doses per person are required for full protection. Netanyahu had initially said the administration of vaccines would begin on 27 December, but in fact it began on 19 December – starting with him. Israel’s health ministry has prioritised the country’s 250,000 medical personnel to vaccinations, followed by the elderly, those at-risk due to underlying health issues and carers. IDF personnel are next in line, followed by the rest of the population. Large sections of Israel’s strictlyOrthodox community are believed to be sceptical about the vaccine, but Netan-
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The official launch of a yearlong celebration of 1,700 years of Jewish presence in Germany has been cancelled owing to Covid-19 restrictions. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier was due to kickstart the anniversary year next month. Dance performances, puppet theatres and food festivals were among the planned activities. Benjamin Netanyahu with the millionth Israeli to get a jab, a convicted killer
yahu said: “I’m asking every Israeli citizen to be vaccinated… We’re bringing an end to this plague.” Health Minister Hezi Levy said this week that, because of the enthusiastic take-up to date, Israel would now ease the speed of vaccination to eke out its supply. “We are slowing the pace of vaccinations of the first dose, so we can keep reserved stock for a second dose for all those who got a first shot,” he said. Levy added that, by the end of the
month, all Israeli medical staff and those over the age of 60 would have received a vaccination, the two jabs being three weeks apart. “We’re breaking all records,” Netanyahu said. “We are ahead of the entire world.” With another election in March, Netanyahu is in campaign mode, citing the fast vaccine rollout as a reason to vote for him, but for much of 2020 he was urged to resign in weekly protests led mainly by young Israelis.
virus, as has continued resistance to social distancing measures and lockdowns. Even as Israel has gone through several lockdowns, Charedim have continued to gather for large weddings and funerals. As the Israeli government has struggled to have the Charedim comply with social distancing measures, Charedi Israelis have flocked to get the vaccine. “The response has been overwhelming,” a medical official familiar with the Charedi sector told Israel Hayom, saying the queues to get the vaccine have been especially long in Charedi cities. In the US, too, there has been strong interest in the vaccine in Orthodox com-
Hundreds of people marched bearing torches in Kyiv, the capital city of Ukraine last Friday in an annual tribute to a leader who collaborated with Nazi Germany. Israeli ambassador Joel Lion condemned the march in memory of Stepan Bandera, issuing the strongest rebuke yet by an Israeli official of the event, which has grown in scope amid rising nationalism in Ukraine.
A Jewish Iranian woman has been released from prison for the crime of visiting Israel. Farahnaz Kohan, 50, left the notorious Evin jail on Monday, Persian-language media reported. In Iran, visiting Israel can lead to five years’ in prison and the loss of a passport. In December, Mashallah Pesar Kohan was finally released after visiting Israel in 2017.
The row over a pre-Christmas sermon by a Christian leader in Georgia finally appears to be dying down. Bishop Ioane Gamrekeli of Kutaisi-Gaenati Diocese had been accused of ‘antisemitism’ in his 20 December address by the Institute for Tolerance and Diversity, which responded saying Christians ‘have persecuted Jews for centuries’.
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...as the Charedi death toll in Israel revealed Israel’s Charedi communities have been hard hit by the coronavirus. Now data from the Israeli health ministry shows that one in 132 Charedi, or strictly-Orthodox, adults in Israel aged over 65 has died with Covid-19, compared with one in 475 adults over 65 among the general population, according to Israel Hayom. That puts the death toll among Charedi adults over 65 at 3.6 times that of the general Israeli population. Charedi families in Israel often live in large families in small flats, allowing the virus to spread easily among family members. Their lifestyle has made their communities particularly susceptible to the
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A drive-through virus testing facility. Charedi are queuing for the vaccine
munities, even where compliance with pandemic rules has been spotty. ParCare, a Charedi-owned clinic with locations in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Orange County, is under investigation by New York state’s attorney general for administering jabs to all groups while the state’s guidance has said only specific groups were eligible.
Three paintings seized by the Nazis from a Jewish couple in Vienna are to net an eye charity £500,000 after lawyers worked for free to reclaim them. Irma and Oscar Lowenstein had the works by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller taken from their flat before fleeing in 1938 to London, where they ran a liberal newspaper. Oscar died a few years later and Irma, who remarried and became Irma Austin, fought for the paintings’ return until her death in 1976, aged 86. She died with no heirs and left her estate to the Greater London Fund for the Blind, which became the Vision Foundation. Today it helps
people living with sight loss in and around London. In 2018, a genealogist alerted the charity to the fact the paintings, which were held by the German state, belonged to it and lawyers at Charles Russell Speechlys helped it to assume ownership. The first two sold in November for about £360,000 and the third is expected to fetch £180,000. Tamsin Baxter, a director at Vision Foundation, said: “After everything Irma went through in her life, it is truly remarkable that almost 50 years since her death she is still supporting a cause that appears to have meant so much to her during her life.”
£7m for boycott promoter Iran resumes enrichment The French government has allocated about £7.3 million to a Palestinian organisation that is a leading promoter of the BDS movement. In France, it is illegal to encourage boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel. The French Development Agency, or AFD, which focuses on climate, education, health and governance, last year gave €8 million to the NGO Development Centre, a Palestinian group that says it promotes good government practices in the West Bank. It was behind the 2008 Palestinian NGO Code of Conduct, a document that includes a rejection of “any normalisation activities” with Israel, “either at the political-security or the cultural or developmental levels”. The Israeli group NGO Monitor, which investigates the framework of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, last week called on the French govern-
ment to “revise its grant in line with France’s clear rejection of BDS”. The 2003 Lellouche law extends anti-racism laws to the targeting of specific nations for discriminatory treatment. AFD spokeswoman Magali Mevellec said the funding “conforms to French law” and France “supports strengthening local capabilities that improve the lives of populations” in what France considers Palestinian territories.
Iran said on Monday it was enriching uranium a “casus belli” – cause of war – in Trump’s final to 20 percent purity at the Fordow underground days as commander-in-chief. In Israel, Trump is thought more likely to approve an attack facility as a US aircraft carrier reversed its on Iran than President-elect Joe Biden, decision to leave the Gulf. who takes office in two weeks’ time. Enriching uranium to 20 perLast weekend the US president cent – enough to make reactor fuel ordered the homeward-bound USS – is prohibited under the nuclear Nimitz back to the Persian Gulf, deal signed in 2015, from which with his officials citing unspecified Donald Trump withdrew the threats from Iran. US in 2018. Weapons-grade The Fordow announcement comes uranium is enriched to 90 percent. a year after Iranian General Qassem Leaders of the Islamic Republic Iranian Foreign are in combative mood following Minister Javad Zarif Soleimani was killed by a US drone in Baghdad. Thousands marked his the assassination of senior Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh at the death on the streets of Tehran on Sunday. Under the terms of the 2015 deal, Iran was end of last year. Iranian leaders blame Israel. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said last limited to 3.67 percent enrichment, but it has week the US and Israel were plotting to instigate said it is no longer bound by its obligations.
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A hero's welcome, but spy Pollard is no hero JENNI FRAZER
n all the flurry of articles celebrating the end of 2020, one news story perhaps did not get the attention it may have sought. That was the arrival at Ben-Gurion Airport on 30 December of a heavily bearded and be-kippah-ed man and his wife. The couple’s arrival was quite out of the usual. Not every prospective immigrant gets to land in Israel in a millionaire’s private plane, or be greeted – in the middle of the night, mind you – by the prime minister. But this was no ordinary couple. This was the convicted spy, Jonathan Pollard, and his wife, Esther, arriving in Israel after Pollard had served nearly 30 years in prison in North Carolina, followed by a further five years on parole in New York. Pollard was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 after pleading guilty, the year before, to working for the Israeli government and delivering it large amounts of classified information. He was a US Navy intelligence analyst at the time. Israel, undoubtedly, behaved very badly to Pollard in the days and weeks in which he and his then wife, Anne, were being chased by the
FBI. The couple – yes, Anne was also involved in spying and got a five-year sentence for her trouble, serving three years before her release – sought refuge in the Israeli embassy in Washington DC. After guards were instructed to bar the gates to the couple, the Pollards were arrested outside the embassy. Interestingly, Pollard began his spying activities in 1984, while none other than Benjamin Netanyahu was deputy head of mission at the Washington embassy. By the time of the arrests, Netanyahu was in New York, where he was Israel’s ambassador to the UN. It is hard not to wonder how much he was aware of Pollard’s actions at the time. Pollard appears to have been Israel’s most inept secret agent, but America’s draconian treatment of him – he remains the only American to have received a life sentence for passing classified information to an ally of the US – raises more questions than it answers. In 1993, while still in prison, Pollard divorced Anne – who now lives in Tel Aviv – and almost immediately married a Canadian woman called Elaine Zeitz, who had been part of a team campaigning for his release. She changed her name to Esther and the couple became, separately, strictly observant. Two years later, in 1995, Pollard was given
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Israeli citizenship, although it is worth noting that he reportedly admitted hawking intelligence material, sometimes successfully, to countries other than Israel. As is often the way with these issues, the Pollard case became a cause célèbre of the right-wing – although Shimon Peres met Esther, and promised to raise the subject when he went to the US to meet Barack Obama. The millionaire who provided the private plane to bring the Pollards to Israel? Of course, long-time right-wing Bibi backer, Sheldon Adelson. And now, the icing on the spying cake. The prime minister, having triggered Israel’s fourth election in two years, is looking everywhere for some sort of electoral advantage. The Israeli press is now reporting that Bibi is hoping to put Pollard in a prestigious fifth slot on the Likud list for the March elections. Here’s the thing. Jonathan Pollard – and I can’t say this enough – is not a hero. He was
a traitor who allowed the question of dual loyalty, during his long incarceration, to hang unnecessarily over American Jews and diaspora Jews in general. It is to be hoped that he will refuse the tempting offer to be involved in frontline politics. No Prisoner of Zion, he. The Pollards, if they have any sense, should embrace a life of obscurity as soon as they can. Like I say, “if”.
Interfaith has come into its own during the pandemic QARI ASIM
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s the world continues to grapple with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, one constant has been communities pulling together to support each other. There has been talk of divided communities with worrying increases of hate crime, tensions about lockdown and abhorrent acts of terror in the name of faith in our neighbouring countries. Places of worship have been restricted and religious festivals such as Eid ul-Fitr, Rosh Hashanah and Diwali, among others, have not been celebrated as they would have. As a faith leader, while concerned about these tensions and frustrations, I am extremely humbled to see how communities have pulled together in a way that rarely makes the headlines during times of heightened fear and uncertainty. Interfaith week was the perfect time to exemplify exactly what communities are doing and have done to support one another during what has been a different and unique
year for all. Challenges that have been overcome and stronger bonds have been made. During the early stages of the first national lockdown, we saw an issue arise surrounding burials for the Muslim and Jewish communities. I was witness to two prominent faiths coming together to overturn a mandate to only cremate loved ones, a tradition not practiced by both faiths. This only happened because of the way community advocates worked together with politicians over a shared common value. More recently, we have seen faith communities push back on communal prayer restrictions, with the Catholic church standing up for and with other faith traditions, highlighting it as an integral part of service that provides a sense of belonging during difficult times. However, the interfaith support has not just been on a national level. As a faith leader, I am most proud of grassroots encouragement and support. I was part of an online panel discussion at St George's Church with Rabbi Jason Kleiman and lay minister David Kibble, talking to community members discussing the importance of tackling intolerance and
hatred and exploring the ongoing antisemitism and Islamophobia that still prevails in our multicultural society. The livestream joined by hundreds helped a variety of faith communities to understand how to challenge hateful rhetoric and stand up for one another, despite their differences. I recently spoke at All Hallows Church in Leeds with Rabbi Paul Strasko and Rev Heston Groenewald about the role of faith in inspiring hope and confidence after a challenging year. It is exactly this heartening community spirit and uplifting ethos that needs to be shouted about from the roof tops. We are all more united than we might think and read about. This is what should make headlines and be the first thing we see when we open our news feed. Spreading such positivity and collective unity, I’m sure, will be comforting and refreshing for us all. We must also remind ourselves of how faiths have united against intolerance and hatred, incited by divisive groups that seek to exploit us in these vulnerable times. We saw on social media historical footage of open mosques being used to support claims that Muslims were violating lockdowns and
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that cases of coronavirus would increase during Ramadan. Even in these most extreme instances, all faiths and none, stood together against destructive narratives. It is this inbuilt strength and will of the British people that we must use to our advantage, to promote cohesion and respect for our differences. The barbaric and gruesome acts of violence we have witnessed in France, Vienna, Afghanistan and Mozambique recently, can never be justified in the name of Islam or any religion and such cowardice further taints our peaceful religion, increasing hostility towards Muslims globally.
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To close shuls or not to close, that is the question RABBI NICKY LISS
CHAIR, RABBINICAL COUNCIL OF THE UNITED SYNAGOGUE AND RABBI OF HIGHGATE UNITED SYNAGOGUE
he second person in the UK to get the vaccine was an 81-year-old called William Shakespeare. This gave Twitter a field day with headlines such as 'The Taming of the Flu' and 'The Two Gentlemen of Corona'. And now, in another lockdown, the United Synagogue’s Covid response team led by chief executive Steven Wilson has had to decide once again whether synagogues can remain open. To close or not to close, that is the question. Judaism has a very advanced and sophisticated approach to risk assessment, particularly relating to matters of health, while always cognisant of the supremacy of pikuach nefesh, saving lives. This involves consulting experts to understand the level of risk involved and to make decisions based on that. Halacha distinguishes between minimal risk (normally permitted), moderate risk (normally permitted when there is a good
reason) and high risk (normally forbidden). With thanks to the Chief Rabbi and his office, we were able to talk to high-level contacts in both government and Public Health England. The former told us that to allow something to remain open in lockdown it has to be considered both essential and sufficiently safe. We feel very blessed to live in a country where our shuls and communal prayer are classified as essential. This approach has been particularly appreciated by mourners saying Kaddish and by batmitzvah girls and barmitzvah boys who have been able to celebrate their special occasions, albeit in a very limited way. It also echoes the words of former Chief Rabbi Joseph Herman Hertz, who wrote: “Since the Middle Ages, the synagogue has been the visible expression of Judaism; it has kept the Jew in life and enabled them to survive to the present day.” It is also great credit to our members, to the rabbinic and lay leadership of our communities, and to Jo Grose, the United Synagogue’s director of communities, who has been writing our guidelines throughout this period, that government recognises our shuls are a low risk of transmission. In addition, the experts we
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consulted responded that provided we apply their guidelines rigorously, the risk remains low, thus falling below the threshold of closure. In March it was clear that attending synagogue was a danger to life. Now we know more about the virus and have introduced many mitigating factors to protect our members, including face coverings, enhanced social distancing and good ventilation. As an additional step in managing the risk, we are discouraging from attending those aged over 70 or who are medically vulnerable. This has all led to much healthy debate among the rabbinate and beyond. The decisionmaking process has been gruelling, and one that we keep under constant review. Communities know their local context and are best placed to decide what is right for their membership. Many have chosen to close and some remain open. We are continuing
to support their lay and rabbinic leaders to make these difficult decisions. Whether or not their synagogues are open, my rabbinic colleagues have worked together with their honorary officers extraordinarily hard, both day and night, to try to bring shul to their members with creative programming. Additionally, TheUS.tv continues to offer a wide range of entertaining and educational material. I cannot end without expressing my ongoing thanks to all the doctors, nurses, hospital staff, teachers, school staff and other frontline workers as well as to the vaccine scientists and those helping with its distribution. I pray we should see, please God, an end to the pain and suffering very soon. News of the vaccine has brought hope to many. Let’s pray the vaccine will ensure an end to The Winter’s Tale and may the year of 2021 be one of good health, safety and success for all.
Libya needs herJews as much as they need her AHMED SHEBANI
PRESIDENT, LIBYAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY
e recently marked the commemoration day for the expulsion of Arab Jews from their countries. In 1967, Jews were stripped of citizenship and property and expelled from Libya, each allowed nothing more with them than a single suitcase and $20. It was a crime against humanity in the full sense of the word yet, strangely, there had never been any UN resolutions in this regard. The longest continuous human settlement for the Jewish people is in Libya. Jews continuously lived there for some 2,200 years. They are Libyans beyond any doubt. History and archaeology testify to that. Moreover, they had never been involved in any conflict with fellow Libyans. Indeed, Islam grants freedom of religion to all peoples and does not approve of the persecution of any minorities whatsoever. What happened to Libyan Jews was blatantly against Islam. The Democratic Party stands in solidarity with the right of return of Libyan Jews and there is no linkage whatsoever between them and any other regional conflict.
Those who continually insist on defending the 1967 expulsion of the Libyan Jews from their country by linking it to the PalestinianIsraeli conflict simply fail to provide any moral argument to support their case. They are defending the indefensible. The Quran states clearly: "No one can bear another’s burden." Many Libyans do not realise there exists a whole Libyan Jewish community in exile. All Libyan Jews were expelled, so the majority of Libyans have never come into contact with any Libyan Jews. Some mistakenly think Libyan Jews were expelled owing to their loyalty to Israel; that they chose to be Israelis thus losing any legitimate claims to being Libyan. Such totally mistaken views are fuelled by some Libyan businessmen who became rich after the expulsion of the Jews through illegally confiscating their commercial and residential properties. Naturally, this group is totally against the return of Libyan Jews. These gross misunderstandings and distortions were largely enforced by Gaddafi's brand of Arab nationalism, which rejected all nonArab minority rights. The subject of Libyan Jews was simply a taboo under Gaddafi. The Democratic Party considers it to be its duty to clear such historical misunderstand-
ings, and makes the right of Libyan Jews to return to Libya a fundamental party policy. It is an Islamic and a human right. The Jews of Libya share the same Libyan culture, traditions and customs. They lived in harmony with the rest of Libyans for millennia. Archaeological evidence tells us that the original inhabitants of Libya were the Amazigh and the Jews. The way Libyan Jews were expelled was neither Islamic nor human. The former President of the Libyan Jewish community and a founding member of the Democratic Party, the late Rafael El-Falah, used to say that “Libya would not rise as a peaceful and prosperous country unless it transcends its state of denial of the historical wrong that befell her Jews and accept them back home". As we Libyans stand nowadays to establish a functioning secular democracy, we must take what Mr El-Falah said to heart. A democratic Libya will have no place for racism. We can only gain global respect of other nations if we collectively address this issue honestly and fairly. The return of Libyan Jews is in the country's national strategic and security interest. Libya needs her Jewish citizens as much as they need her. Their return will reactivate the private sector, it will make technology transfer
THE EXPULSION OF LIBYAN JEWS IN 1967 WAS AGAINST ISLAM
possible and will bring to Libya a highly skilled manpower, which the country greatly needs. Libyan Jews have excelled in the diaspora. They are highly educated. They are in a position to contribute greatly to the Libyan economy and to its global standing. Libya needs to be built from scratch given the utter destruction it suffered under Gaddafi's barbarism and 10 years of chaos beyond him. The Jews of Libya can help us in state building given their invaluable knowledge and experience especially in the areas of IT and advanced agricultural systems. They will protect Libya from those who only perceive her as oil and gas fields to be exploited and who have disregard for the wishes of her people. In short, with her Arab, Amazigh and Jewish sons and daughters, Libya will be a democratic, powerful and advanced state to be compared with Israel. God willing. Long live Libya.
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11 of the best Jewish shows Get your fix of sumptuous historical dramas, psychological thrillers, conniving con artists and feminist superheroes
You Pieces of A Woman
Pieces of A Woman Writer Kata Wéber and director husband Kornél Mundruczó weave together this powerful tale of a Boston couple whose lives change irrevocably when a home birth ends in unimaginable tragedy. Martha (Vanessa Kirby) must navigate her grief while working through fractious relationships with Sean (Shia LaBeouf) and her domineering mother (Ellen Burstyn), herself the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, along with the publicly vilified midwife (Molly Parker), whom she must face in court. The cast also features Iliza Shlesinger, Benny Safdie and Gayle Garfinkle. Available from today on Netflix.
Bridgerton Based on the best-selling novels by Julia Quinn – a pseudonym used by Jewish author Julie Pottinger – this new historical drama
is fast becoming Netflix’s most-talked about series of the new year. Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor), the eldest daughter of the powerful Bridgerton family, makes her debut on to Regency London’s competitive marriage market. Hoping to follow in her parent’s footsteps and find a match sparked by true love, Daphne’s prospects initially seem to be unrivalled. But as her older brother begins to rule out her potential suitors, the high society scandal sheet written by the mysterious Lady Whistledown casts aspersions on Daphne. Enter the highly desirable and rebellious Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), committed bachelor and the catch of the season. Despite proclaiming they want nothing the other has to offer, their attraction is undeniable and sparks begin to fly. The series also stars Golda Rosheuvel, Jonathan Bailey, Luke Newton, Ruby Barker, Sabrina Bartlett, Ruth Gemmell, Ben Miller and Julie Andrews as the voice of Lady Whistledown. Available now on Netflix.
The third series of Sera Gamble and Greg Berlanti’s gripping drama, adapted from the work of author Caroline Kepnes, is in the works for 2021. The first series, based on the books You and Hidden Bodies, revolves around Joe Goldberg (Paige Badgley), who becomes smitten with aspiring writer Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail) when she strides into the East Village bookstore where he works. The pair quickly fall for one another, but there is more to Goldberg than Beck realises and more to discover beneath Beck’s perfect façade. In the second series, Goldberg adopts a new identity and moves across the country, but when he meets another woman, will it be a case of history repeating itself? Series 1 and 2 available now on Netflix.
Diana: A New Musical
Inventing Anna Julia Garner stars as Anna Delvey (pictured above right), an Insta-famous German heiress who stole the hearts of New York’s social scene – and their money as well. But is she really a con artist, or just a woman pursuing the American dream in modern times? An intrepid reporter sets out to answer that question and finds herself forming a dark, love-hate bond with Anna as she awaits trial. Inspired by the New York Magazine article ‘How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People’ by Jessica Pressler. Coming soon to Netflix.
Hunters Prime Video’s controversial drama Hunters has been renewed for a second series, though no release date has been announced yet. The drama is set in 1970s New York and Al Pacino stars as Meyer Offerman, the head of a vigilante group who embark on a bloody quest to assassinate Nazis living in their midst. The starry cast also includes Logan Lerman, Jerrika Hinton and Josh Radnor. Creator David Weil explained that the series was “a love letter to my grandmother”, having been inspired by the stories told to him by his Holocaust survivor relative, Sarah Weil, though some of the depictions of revengeseeking Jews were criticised by Holocaust educators. The Auschwitz Memorial and Museum called the show “dangerous”, while the head of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute said that survivors “sought justice, not revenge”. Series 1 is available now on Amazon Prime Video.
Diana: A New Musical
Move over The Crown! Award-winning lyricist and Bon Jovi member David Bryan has reunited with his Memphis collaborator Joe DiPietro to turn the life of the Princess of Wales into a musical. Scheduled to open in March on Broadway, the pandemic has pushed back the opening of Diana, which will now premiere instead on Netflix. Directed by Christopher Ashley, the show will be filmed without an audience and feature Jeanna de Waal as Diana, Roe Hartrampf as Prince Charles and Erin Davie as Camilla Parker Bowles, with Tony award-winner Judy Kaye as the Queen. Coming soon to Netflix.
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to stream in 2021! Met Your Mother actress Cristin Milioti) who have a chance encounter at a wedding. Things soon get complicated when the pair find themselves stuck in a time vortex, unable to escape the venue, themselves, or each other. The Max Barbakow directorial debut is written by Andy Siara, while the cast also features JK Simmons, Meredith Hagner, Camila Mendes, Tyler Hochlin and Peter Gallagher. Palm Springs is set for release on Amazon Prime Video in early 2021. Alex Rider
Alex Rider Anthony Horowitz’s teenage spy Alex Rider is brought to life in this gripping new eight-part series. The coming-of-age thriller is based on Point Blanc, the second novel in the Alex Rider franchise, which has become a global phenomenon selling more than 20 million copies worldwide. Otto Farrant stars as Alex, a London-based teenager who has unknowingly been trained since childhood for the dangerous world of espionage. Pressured to help investigate his uncle’s death, and how it connects to the assassination of two highprofile billionaires, Alex reluctantly assumes a new identity and goes undercover in a remote boarding school called Point Blanc. The cast also features Game of Thrones actor Stephen Dillane, Line of Duty’s Vicky McClure and Broadchurch star Andrew Buchan. Available now on Amazon Prime Video.
her moral integrity to achieve power, relevance and success. The series explores jealousy, guilt, fear of ageing, and the complex relationships women have among themselves and each other. Available on Apple TV+ from 22 January.
Wonder Woman After months of delays and stalled openings due to Covid-19, Wonder Woman 1984 starring Gal Gadot finally made it to the UK cinemas – only for most to close after a new lockdown. But fear not, Diana Prince’s super alter-ego and her lasso of truth can still be seen in all their glory, after Warner Bros confirmed the film will soon be available to rent at home from Amazon Prime Video, Google Play and Apple Store. The Patty Jenkins-directed film also stars Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen. Set in 1984 during the Cold War, the film follows Diana and her past love Steve Trevor as they face off against Max Lord and Cheetah. Available to rent from 13 January.
Tehran Israeli spy thriller Tehran is co-created by Moshe Zonder, part of the team behind Netflix hit Fauda. Tehran revolves around Tamar Rabinayan (Niv Sultan) who is a gifted young hacker for Israel’s intelligence unit. She is drafted to join the Mossad and sent on a perilous mission to Iran, where she is ordered to hack into an Iranian nuclear reactor. When her ambitious mission fails, Rabinayan is stuck in the land of her childhood, where she discovers her roots and befriends local pro-democracy activists. Available now on Apple TV+.
Losing Alice Palm Springs
Palm Springs Andy Samberg’s time-looping rom com Palm Springs will finally be released on Amazon Prime Video in the UK. The much-anticipated film follows carefree Nyles (Samberg) and reluctant maid of honour Sarah (How I
Apple TV+ has teamed up with Israel’s Dori Media productions and HOT to produce a psychological thriller from creator, writer and director Sigal Avin. Alice (played by Ayelet Zurer), a 48-year-old female film director, feels irrelevant since raising her family. After a brief encounter on the train, she becomes obsessed with a 24-year-old screenwriter femme fatale, Sophie (played by Lihi Kornowski), and eventually surrenders
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IN THE WORKS
Emma Barnett began her first day as presenter of Woman’s Hour this week, as the BBC Radio 4 show marked its 75th anniversary. Barnett, who took over from previous presenters Jane Garvey and Dame Jenni Murray, was also left delighted as the Queen sent a message of support to those involved in the long-running show. The head of state – who is thought to be a fan of the programme – wished Woman’s Hour “continued success in your important work as a friend, guide and advocate to women everywhere”.
Reflecting on the Queen’s message, Barnett said: “She is someone who, in this very strange, unsettling and, quite frankly, deeply upsetting time, that millions have been tuning into to hear the words of, and she doesn’t send messages very often.” Barnett’s first guests included actress Imelda Staunton, former Treasury aide Sonia Khan and Richard Ratcliffe, husband of detained British-Iranian national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
After The War Tom Palmer’s powerful and moving novel After The War is inspired by the true-life story of The Boys – 300 Jewish refugee orphans, who were brought over to Britain at the end of the Second World War to begin a new life in the Lake District. Set in the summer of 1945, Yossi, Leo and Mordecai are among the new arrivals known as the Windermere Children. Having survived the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps, the youngsters have finally reached a place of safety and peace, where they can hopefully begin to recover. But Yossi is haunted by thoughts of his missing father and disturbed by terrible nightmares.
As he waits desperately for news from home, he fears that Mordecai and Leo – the closest thing to family he has left – will move on without him and wonders what will become of his life. Palmer penned his story, aimed at young readers aged nine and over, following meticulous research and with the support of the Lake District Holocaust Project. After The War: From Auschwitz To Ambleside by Tom Palmer is published by Barrington Stoke, price £6.99 (paperback). Available now.
The OC Josh Schwartz’s cult teen drama The OC will be available to stream on All 4 later this month. The critically-acclaimed show, which ran for four seasons and was originally aired on the Fox network from 2003 to 2007, revolves around a group of friends and family whose lives are forever changed by the arrival of an outsider to their affluent, oceanside community of Newport Beach in Orange County, California. When Ryan Atwood (Ben McKenzie) was taken in from the streets of Chino by then public defender Sandy Cohen (Peter Gallagher) and his wife, Kirsten (Kelly Rowan), the Cohens had no idea how Ryan’s arrival would change
their lives and the lives of those around them. Their son, Seth (Adam Brody), found a friend and brother in Ryan to share his quirky way of looking at the world – and the trials and tribulations of winning the heart of Summer Roberts (Rachel Bilson), his lifelong crush. Meanwhile, Ryan has fallen in love with the beautiful girl next door, Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton). But their romance is ill-fated, and constantly tested by the young lovers’ inability to escape from their pasts. The OC also stars Melinda Clarke, Tate Donovan, Alan Dale, Chris Carmack, Autumn Reeser and Willa Holland. All four seasons of The OC will begin streaming on 22 January on All 4.
OMG and XOXO: American network HBO Max has announced the reboot of popular teen drama Gossip Girl eight years after the original series came to its explosive conclusion. Based on the YA books by Cecily von Ziegesar, the reboot Tavi Genvinson as reunites creators Josh Schwartz, Kate Keller Joshua Safran and Stephanie Savage. This week the network teased fans by sharing a photo of new cast members Tavi Genvinson, Whitney Peak, Thomas Doherty, Jordan Alexander, Savannah Smith, Zión Moreno, Eli Brown, Emily Alind, and Evan Mock on Instagram, alongside a one-word descriptor of their characters. The revamp, like the original series, will revolve around a group of privileged upper-class teens living in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, whose loves, lies and scandals are charted by anonymous blogger ‘Gossip Girl’ (voiced by Kristen Bell). Gossip Girl is set to return later this year.
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RETAILERS NEED TO RETHINK THEIR FUTURE With the sector locked down and losing an estimated £2bn a week, consultant Elliott Goldstein looks at shifts caused by Covid and the challenges of the next 12 months. By Candice Krieger
etail is experiencing one of ings, kitchens and home decor. Likewise, many the most turbulent periods of us have bought pets – which has led to a boom in living memory. And it for businesses like Pets at Home.” is clear that the Other sectors haven’t been so pandemic will fortunate. “As shops open and be a watershed shut in response to the different moment for the sector. lockdowns, fashion retailers “The biggest change has had to deal with a backundoubtedly been the catalogue of the wrong shift to digital,” says season’s stock. And we’re Elliott Goldstein, manall going out less, so have aging partner at The MBS much less need for new Group, an executive search wardrobes. For every week and leadership advisory firm we are lockdown, the sector working across consumer-facloses a reported £2bn per week ing industries. Clients include in sales so many businesses will be M&S, Pets at Home, Superdry and Elliott Goldstein in serious difficulty and many thouCosta Coffee in the UK through to sands of jobs could be at risk.” Coles in Australia and Tata in India. Consumer behaviour has also changed: “Digital credentials are no longer simply a people are increasingly looking for companies to ‘nice to have’: they are crucial for survival and ‘do the right thing’ by their employees, commuwill be a vital part of emerging stronger from nity, wider society and the environment. “This this period. We’ve seen retailers expand their has been particularly acute over the course of online offering, their delivery networks and the pandemic and is a trend we see accelerating.” strengthen their supply chain at extraordinary Goldstein admires the way the UK’s big pace. Covid-19 has encouraged an entirely new supermarkets – Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Coop demographic to turn online, and encouraged and Morrisons – responded to the crisis. “They countless partnerships between retail and dig- experienced surges in demand like they had ital businesses. Even my parents now do their never seen before: staff shortages, booming weekly grocery shopping online.” demand for online deliver – and unpreceGoldstein, who started his career with dented disruption to manufacturing and supply Boston Consulting Group, says the pandemic chains… yet still continued to keep us all fed. has led to a resurgence in suburban high streets He says one of the most positive outcomes as people have deserted larger, city-centre of the pandemic is the never-before-seen levels venues in favour of local options. “Many inde- of corporate collaboration in retail, “facilipendent entrepreneurial localised businesses tated brilliantly by organisations like the BRC have benefited from increased footfall and day- [British Retail Consortium] and IGD [Institute time traffic. Where and how we shop will be very of Grocery Distribution].” different in years to come – and, if we continue Goldstein joined The MBS Group in 2012, to home-work, we could well see a shift towards becoming managing partner in 2019. Prior to more localised, community based, retail.” that he was CEO of a luxury cosmetics brand There have been big digital winners over and then CEO of a fashion label. He holds a the past year: Amazon in general merchandise, first-class geography degree from Oxford and ASOS in online fashion – and meal subscrip- an MBA from the University of Chicago. He is tion businesses like Gousto to name a few. And a trustee of a number of communal charities certain segments have boomed. “We are all including Reshet, the umbrella body for Jewish spending much more time at home, therefore Informal Education, LSJS and Limmud. we are investing much more in home furnishAs we navigate our way through 2021, how
‘Many businesses are in serious difficulty and many thousands of jobs could be at risk’
can the sector survive? “The first phase of the crisis was survival – ensuring liquidity, moving operations online, keeping customer and colleagues safe. The second phase, which we are now living through, is commercial trading: in a safe way, maximising revenue opportunities whilst continuing to minimise costs. Now, alongside survival and trading modes, leaders need to transition into two new phases: transformation and visioning the future – which will require very different skills, priorities and focus.” On transformation, businesses will require a ruthless and ongoing focus on strengthening the balance sheet, including looking at people, property and processes. “On top of that, leaders will need to find the head space to focus on visioning the future. Businesses need to think holistically, strategically and calmly about their future, and determine where their business fits within the ‘new normal’ for consumers – whatever that may look like. Many companies, for example, will be forced to reposition themselves in a new
ELLIOTT GOLDSTEIN’S RETAIL EXPECTATIONS FOR 2021 ● Ongoing shift to digital channels ● Resurgence of local high streets ● Demand for right moral compass ● Continued innovation market or for a new demographic.” He advises retail leaders to continue with the entrepreneurial and agile approaches they have displayed so far. “One of the great things coming out of Covid-19 has been the volume of new ideas, channels and products: we have proved, once and for all, that innovation doesn’t need to take years – it can take days. “2021 will see an ongoing shift of sales from traditional retail to digital channels. However, as people continue to base themselves at home for work, local high streets will continue to boom, benefiting from increased weekday footfall.”
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Torah For Today What does the Torah say about: Lockdown 3.0
BY RABBI JONNY ROODYN The book of Shemot ushers in a new stage in Jewish history. A remarkable population explosion fuelled a xenophobic despot to enslave our ancestors in the most horrific fashion. These events, which we recall daily in our prayers and annually at the seder table, are without a doubt the crucible in which the Jewish people were formed. One of Pharoah’s initial attempts at genocide involved pressurising Jewish midwives to collaborate in his nefarious plan to murder the boys at birth. And he said: “When you deliver the Hebrew women, and you see on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall put him to death, but if it is a daughter, she may live.” (Shemot 1:16). Evidently, he thought it would be easy to have his slaves do his bidding, possibly even with a clear conscience, because after all they were ‘only following orders’. In doing so, he grossly underestimated the strength of these remarkable women. Despite the fact they were
living as slaves, with no apparent sense of self, they had an innate sense of morality. In what could possibly be referred to as the first ever recorded form of civil disobedience, they dared to disobey Pharoah. “The midwives, however, feared God; so they did not do as the king of Egypt had spoken to them, but they enabled the boys to live.” (Shemot 1:17). Listening to their conscience and taking responsibility for their actions, led to quiet, subtle acts of defiance that saved many lives. In deepest darkest Egypt, two unassuming women behaved with nobility and freedom, despite the threatening circumstances in which they found themselves. It was the ability to do so that sowed the seeds of redemption, the fruits of which we benefit from until today. ◆ Rabbi Jonny Roodyn is education director of Jewish Futures and serves Finchley Federation Synagogue
BY RABBI DANIEL FRIEDMAN We’ve just been hit with the sad news of a new lockdown, this time without an end date. The difference, however, is that we now have an exit strategy, the vaccine. It’s not going to be easy to endure the next few weeks and months, but we must all do our part. However, is it fair to lock everybody down so that a certain segment of the population – the aged and vulnerable – are protected? What does the Torah say about this? Here’s where Jewish values are helpful. While Darwinism tells us that it’s all about survival of the fittest, our sages teach that when one of us stumbles, we all do (Shevuot 39b). We’re all on the same team. When one of our players goes down, the entire team suffers. The Talmud explains that a pious person is even prepared to sacrifice his own spirituality in order to avoid the stumbling of an unlearned individual (Eruvin 32b). We are all soldiers on the frontlines of this battle against coronavirus. Even if it means
putting our own comfort and security on the line, we never forsake any of our fellow soldiers. Curiously, one of the few places that remain open are places of worship. First, that’s a tribute to the standard of care we’ve all maintained during these past few months. But second, and perhaps more profoundly, it’s a powerful statement about the spiritual values of our nation. Despite all talk of declining religious beliefs, God is on the rise in this country. In our synagogues, Yom Kippur was as busy as ever. And the heated response from our Christian neighbours to the news that Christmas would be curtailed this year was a telltale sign of the state of religion in the UK. God still matters to Britons. The speedy arrival of the vaccine was nothing short of a miracle. May our Father in Heaven have mercy upon us and put an end to the crisis very soon. ◆ Rabbi Daniel Friedman serves Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue
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The Bible Says What? ‘Joseph was cruel to his brothers for good reason’
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BY RABBI DR MARGARET JACOBI I recently marked 50 years since my batmitzvah in a service at Birmingham Progressive Synagogue. As well as rereading my Torah portion, I was honoured to be able to read the same sermon my rabbinic mentor, Rabbi John Rayner, had given. The main thing that struck me this time around was how Joseph grew and changed – from an introverted teenager, who lived in his dreams, to an extrovert adult taking charge of the whole of Egypt with immense power and capability. He changed in other ways, too. Although the young Joseph seemed oblivious to his brothers’ feelings, he was not cruel or callous. We soon see how different he had become. Pretending not to know them, he speaks to them harshly. He takes Simeon in ransom until the brothers return with Benjamin, knowing the pain it would cause their father. Yet underneath it all, we can feel Joseph’s heartbreak.
Hearing Reuben address his brothers, he turns away and weeps. I remember the tensions among me and my siblings, even though my parents did their best to treat us equally. How much deeper would the problems have been in Jacob’s family when he made his favouritism so obvious? Yet the brothers all grew up. Judah, especially, learns to take responsibility for his actions. At the start he is heartless and mercenary, but through his experiences he learns humility and compassion. All of us have the capacity for growth and change. What can seem important can come to be trivial. We can learn compassion, as Judah did, and forgiveness, as Joseph did. True living is growing and changing, never ceasing to learn from life, even at its most difficult.
◆ Rabbi Dr Margaret Jacobi serves Birmingham Progressive Synagogue
BY RABBI MIRIAM BERGER The Torah teaches us from its opening chapter that God speaks things into existence. ‘“Let there be light,’ and there was light.” We too can speak things into existence. The announcement of the Covid vaccine rollout created an immediate feeling of hope. The Oxford vaccine without the same storage and transport challenges of Pfizer/BioNTech’s offers even more of the joy of “and they approved the vaccine and it was”. Hope and joy comes before concern of the scale of logistics and administration getting in the way. We can start our new year with a vision of how much better this one has the potential to be. These words create positivity; however, at the same time, our silence or ignorance around the rising number of Covid cases means we ignore and leave muted our struggling doctors and nurses.
Words enable us to be powerful creators of a vision, of hope, whereas not talking about a situation can only hide it and only temporarily. A lack of words may silence, but it doesn’t annihilate. Lack of words may relegate people to the shadows, but it only mutes them – it doesn’t mean they aren’t there. This year muted many. Not because of their inability to navigate Zoom, but when people are forced to isolate at home, the virus may be
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