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Israeli data throws UK vaccine plans off course Fears over second dose delay after study of 200,000 people Israeli vaccine data showing lower-thanexpected immunity against coronavirus after one dose could radically alter Britain’s policy of delaying the second shot so more people can have the first, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Israel’s speedy response to the virus has led to it becoming “ground zero for vaccination data”, allowing Benjamin Netanyahu to negotiate an expedited shipment of the Pfizer/BioNTech drug by offering efficacy results in return. Those results have now been published and the UK’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, this week said he would look hard at the figures coming out of the Jewish state, where almost a quarter of the population have now had the jab. He was facing questions from former health minister Philip Dunne, who said Israeli data from the Pfizer vaccine showed only 33 percent efficacy after the first dose, compared with the 89 percent claimed by the British government.

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“You don’t expect to get protection in the first 10 days because it hasn’t had a chance for the immune system to build up,” Vallance told Sky News. “Some people may have been infected before they had the vaccine. If you take from Day 10, it looks more like the 89 percent, that’s the clinical trial data.” He added: “I don’t know exactly what Israel are looking at. If they are looking from Day 0 then that doesn’t give an exact comparison, but we need to look at it very carefully. We’ll get the information from Israel, from us, and see what’s happening.” The UK says delaying the second dose by up to 12 weeks gives more people the protection afforded by the first jab. But Ronni Gamzu, of Tel Aviv’s Sourasky hospital, said the UK’s 89 percent efficacy claim after one dose was “very optimistic” and did not match Israel’s “real-world findings”. Likewise, Israel’s coronavirus tsar Nachman Ash said a single dose appeared “less effective than we had thought”, and lower than Pfizer suggested, as the country recorded another 10,000 infections on Monday. Pfizer advises doctors to give the two doses three weeks apart. Preliminary data from the first 600,000 Israeli recipients suggested that the jab halves the chances of infection within 14 days of the first dose. Of the positive tests, 4,500 came within seven days, with 244 hospitalisations, most of whom are thought to have caught the virus before they had the jab. From eight days, 124 people were hospitalised. Only seven more were admitted after 14 days. Meanwhile, the latest Jewish death toll from Covid-19 in the UK rose to 740 in the week ending 15 January, with 49 funerals, up from 43 funerals the week before. These are the highest weekly figures since April last year.

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A new beginning as Biden takes on white supremacy The Jewish world welcomed a “new beginning” yesterday, after Donald Trump ungraciously handed over the White House to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, writes Joy Falk. Recent days have offered the horror of a Trump-fuelled insurrection alongside glimmers of hope, such as the election of the first Jewish senator from Georgia. Jewish American groups such as J-Street as well as Jewish commentators and journalists all pointed to Biden saying the nation “must confront” white supremacy in his inauguration speech. Several said it “felt significant”. Just hours earlier, in one of his last official messages, outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – who potentially wants to run for president in 2024 – said “multiculturalism is not who America is”.

Trump’s departure from the White House, in which he said he would be back “in some form”, drew tears from his daughter Ivanka, whose Jewish husband Jared Kushner has led US efforts to forge new Arab-Israel accords. Meanwhile, the newlyelected Jon Ossoff was sworn in on a book of Hebrew scripture once owned by the rabbi who forged the alliance between black and Jewish Georgians that helped to propel Ossoff to his stunning electoral win earlier this month. Harris was sworn in with her Jewish husband Doug Emhoff at her side, after Lady Gaga, wearing a black and red ball gown adorned with a giant gold dove near her shoulder, sang the national anthem. Hours earlier, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who is Jewish, was trying to reassure

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Israel’s special relationship with the United States is a cornerstone in its foreign policy and national security. However, in recent years, alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s close bond with former US President Donald Trump, many challenges and residues have accumulated, undermining bipartisan consensus in American support of Israel. A new US administration gives the opportunity for Israel to change course but, for that to happen, it first needs to strengthen its own obligation to liberal-democratic values and to advance a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Both US and Israeli leaders emphasise the shared principles that underlie their relationship, but in recent years, Israel’s leaders have acted in a way that undermines those principles, in particular Israel’s obligation to liberal democratic values. This has not gone unnoticed, drawing increasing criticism in the US, including old friends of Israel who traditionally refrained

from condemning its behaviour. From last year’s annexation plans, West Bank policy more generally and the treatment of migrant workers, to Netanyahu’s racist allies and his de-legitimisation of the judiciary, the perception of Israel in the US has changed in recent years, alienating much of the American Jewish community, the Democratic Party, young people and those from minority backgrounds. New US President Joe Biden will reset America’s moral compass after the Donald Trump years, so it is important that his new administration sees Israel as a partner that adheres to its core values, not as a nation on the path of populist, illiberal rulers. In this light, Israel’s adoption of a propeace foreign policy would reap many rewards on the international stage, including in its relationship with the US. Re-engaging in meaningful dialogue with the Palestinian leadership and being willing to accept tough territorial compromises while safeguarding its security interests, Israel will not only facilitate peace. It will also strengthen its relations with America’s politicians and with the public at large.


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President’s inauguration / News between our countries. The issue of a nuclear Iran is the most pressing challenge facing the region today. “We hope the new administration will continue to apply the necessary pressure on the Iranian regime.” Israeli President Reuven Rivlin wrote to Biden, inviting him back to Jerusalem “as soon as possible”, after he visited the holy city as vice-president to Lady Gaga sings the national anthem Barack Obama. Saying all the people of Israel The United States of America has “salute you and wish you great suc- no greater friend than the state cess”, Rivlin added: “Sometimes of Israel.” He reflected on the Middle East even the obvious has to be said.

going through “rapid change, much of it positive” saying the Abraham Accords “bring new hope, and I look forward to working with you to help build further bridges, including with our Palestinian neighbours”. He carried on: “At the same time, we continue to face the rising threat of Iranian aggression and expansionism, as well as rising antisemitism and global terrorism, all of which during the unprecedented global challenge of Covid-19. “Only by standing together as allies and as fiends can we face these challenges.”

‘Put hate in check’ Former Foreign Secretary David Miliband has told an online Holocaust Memorial Day audience of 800 it is everyone’s responsibility to “put hate in check” as he reflected on Donald Trump’s presidency. The chief executive of the US-based International Rescue Committee, Miliband was speaking last night at the invitation of the Holocaust Educational Trust, in conversation with BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg. Known as a political moderate, Miliband said: “The defining impulse of the Trump Presidency has been impunity,

the exercise of power without responsibility.” Trump was leaving with the US Capitol “besmirched by a hate mob he incited”, he argued, with “large sections of his party stained by association with a riot that included people wearing T-shirts reading 6MWE [Six Million Wasn’t Enough]”. Miliband warned that the US and other Western nations were suffering a “sustained attack on their democratic institutions, laws, and norms,” which – in the US – was coming from “significant sections” of the Republican Party.

TRUMP PARDONS MANY JEWISH FELONS Several high-profile Jewish felons were among the 143 people to receive pardons and commutations issued by Donald Trump as he left the White House yesterday, writes Adam Decker. Among those newly freed this week was Sholam Weiss from Florida, who was sentenced to 845 years for racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering, and transporting stolen goods, after swindling an insurer and its elderly policyholders out of £91 million. Weiss, 66, fled the US before he could be prosecuted and was sentenced in absentia in 2000. He was eventually extradited from Austria. Another free man is Anthony Levandowski,

a former Google engineer who stole self-driving car secrets and gave it to his new employer Uber, where he became head of the ride-hailing firm’s competitor arm. The judge said it was “the biggest trade secret crime I’ve ever seen”. Also benefiting is Abel Holtz, 86, a former bank chairman who lied to a grand jury, and Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye surgeon and political benefactor once active in Miami’s pro-Israel community, who used his private jet to garner influence. Melgen had been sentenced for bribery, conspiracy, fraud, and violating the Travel Act, after he gave Bob Menendez, former

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UK raps Israel over settlements The Foreign Office this week called for Israel to cease construction of new settlements in the West Bank, writes Joy Falk. The Israeli authorities are pushing forward with plans to build an additional 780 homes in West Bank settlements after agreeing a late surge of approvals in the days before Donald Trump’s friendly administration left office in the US yesterday.

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A spokesman for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Develoopment Office said: “The UK is seriously concerned by the government of Israel’s decision to approve the construction of 780 new settlement units across the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including areas deep within the West Bank which could threaten future peace negotiations. “Settlements are illegal under international law and risk undermining the physical viability of the two-state solution.” The spokesman added: “We call for the construction of these in East Jerusalem and elsewhere in the West Bank to cease immediately.”

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Corbyn challenge LIBDEM EXPELLED The first stage of Jeremy Corbyn’s legal battle with Labour over his suspension was heard online by the High Court this week. Lawyers for the former party leader applied for the disclosure of documents ahead of a possible legal challenge. Judge Lisa Sullivan considered an application for “preaction disclosure” by Corbyn’s legal team. The case relates to the Islington North MP’s original suspension and the negotiation with his successor over the terms of his reinstatement. It has been reported that Corbyn’s team sought evidence of a deal with Sir Keir Starmer’s office to readmit him. Corbyn, right,, was suspended from Labour in October for saying the scale of antisemitism in the party had been “dramatically overstated for political reasons”. He later issued a “clarifying” statement and was reinstated as a party member but Starmer has blocked him from sitting as a Labour MP.

The Liberal Democrats have expelled a former candidate hoping to run for mayor of London over footage of an antisemitic campaign against former Labour MP Jack Straw. A clip was posted on Twitter in September of Geeta SidhuRobb telling Muslim voters during the 1997 election campaign in Blackburn: “Don’t vote for a Jew, Jack Straw is a Jew. If you vote for him you’re voting for a Jew. Jews are the enemy of Muslims.” Standing as a Conservative at the time, Sidhu-Robb claimed Labour was telling voters she is “against Islam, she is not Muslim... So, we are just going to pull the gloves off. I am going to get a car and walk around, and drive through town telling everyone Jack Straw is a Jew. How is a Muslim going to vote for someone who is Jewish?” A LibDem spokesperson said: “The party suspended Geeta Sidhu-Robb within 24 hours of receiving a complaint and can confirm that, following our investigation, she was expelled late last year.” The LibDem candidacy to run for London mayor was won by Luisa Porritt.

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Setback for Uyghurs as amendment vote is lost MPs and Jewish leaders expressed disappointment in the government this week after ministers dismissed an amendment to the Trade Bill that would have put pressure on China over its persecution of Uyghur Muslims, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Backing from Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders, plus an array of support from both sides of the House of Commons, only narrowly failed to push it through – the government winning by 319 votes to 308 – but campaigners now say they will try again. The Genocide Amendment, devised by Lord Alton, would let Britain’s most senior judges rule on whether a country or trading entity was guilty of committing genocide. If found to be, it could force the government to reconsider its trading relations with perpetrators, but despite its strong backing in the upper chamber, Trade Minister Greg Hands described it as a fundamental denial of parliamentary supremacy. The vote was held only hours after the outgoing Trump administration announced that it had assessed China as committing genocide against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang. Incoming US Secretary of State Tony Blinken confirmed on Tuesday that he agreed with the stance. “The forcing of men, women and children

into concentration camps; trying to, in effect, re-educate them to be adherents to the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party, all of that speaks to an effort to commit genocide,” he said. Campaigners, including this newspaper, now hope to see the amendment reinserted in the House of Lords in the next few days, with Jewish leaders promising to redouble their efforts to get it through the Commons at the second time of asking. “While it was very close, we are disappointed Parliament has not used this opportunity to show its support for the Uyghurs as they face an apparent genocide in China,” said Board of Deputies president Marie van der Zyl. “That said, we will continue to campaign energetically for justice for the Uyghurs and will be supporting the revised amendment to be tabled. The Uyghurs will have their day in court.” Former Conservative Party leader Sir A Uyghur protester

Iain Duncan Smith has lent this backbench backing to the amendment, which has been pushed by his Tory colleague, Nus Ghani MP, with cross-party support. Lib Dem foreign affairs spokeswoman Layla Moran MP said it would “put human rights at the heart of UK trade policy”, as she decried a missed opportunity. “The government turned down a crucial opportunity to say ‘never again’ despite clear cross-party support. On the same day that the US recognised what is happening in Xinjiang as genocide, the government has chosen to turn a blind eye.” However, she warned “this isn’t over” as she promised to support a new Amendment when the the Bill goes back to the Lords, while Ghani tweeted there had been a “solid result” for the amendment from MPs. She said it sent “a clear message” from the House of Commons that “we will not be bystanders to genocide”. She added: “The numbers will embolden the House of Lords.”  Editorial comment, page 20

BOARD REJECTS TRUSTEE PLAN

An attempt to more than double the number of trustees of the Board of Deputies fell short on Sunday, despite a majority vote. The Board’s latest effort to revise its constitution – a process now entering its ninth year - would have led to 11 trustees, up from the current five, but Deputies sent the plans back to the drawing board. A two-thirds majority (66 percent) is needed, but only 61 percent voted for the change. Treasurer Stuart MacDonald sounded a note of exasperation, saying the vote “will set us back and cost the Board more time and money, yet again”. Critics said the proposals would transfer “unreasonable power” to trustees.

Cannabis firm aims for Stock Exchange An Israeli medicinal cannabis company is hoping to be the first marijuana firm to list on the London Stock Exchange next month – if it meets all the requirements. Kanabo, which produces vapourising devices, is understood to be meeting investors this week, as the main players in Israel’s welldeveloped medicinal cannabis industry continue to knock on British legislators’ doors. Medicinal cannabis products can be used to treat conditions such as insomnia and other sleep disorders, chronic pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Countries have different laws with the UK being among the strictest.

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SHUL MARKS 60TH BY PLANTING TREES Members of Sha’arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue planted trees in their local area for its diamond anniversary. Congregants partnered with Barnet Council to plant a magnolia tree in the green opposite the synagogue and donated plants to Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice in Barnet. Youngsters will be invited to plant under the magnolia. Shul co-chair Richard Woolf said: “It reflects our commitment to our social responsibility, our legacy for future generations, and our responsibility to the environment.”

FILM RECALLS MEDICS WHO TRICKED NAZIS Sky History is set to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day with a powerful new film, Escaping the Holocaust: Syndrome K. It tells the story of three Roman Catholic doctors in Italy’s Fatebenefratelli hospital who saved the lives of Jews by convincing Nazi officials their Jewish patients had a highly infectious and deadly disease, Syndrome K, and declared it too contagious for the soldiers to enter. The film airs on Sunday, 24 January at 9pm on Sky History and Now TV.

Victory for Riley in ‘serial abuser’ libel Rachel Riley has won a libel battle against a journalist who accused her of being a “serial abuser”, made claims verging “on the perverse” and referred to her supporters as “lying malicious Zionists”, writes Jack Mendel. The Countdown presenter and campaigner against Jew-hate brought legal action against Vox Political reporter Mike Sivier, which was successfully pursued with fellow Jewish TV personality Tracy Ann Oberman, and top Israel-based lawyer Mark Lewis. Late last year, a High Court judge heard pre-trial submissions over the pending case between Riley and Sivier, concerning the latter’s 2019 article in which he called Riley a “serial abuser”, including of a 16-year-old girl who received death threats. Yesterday, Riley, a vocal critic of Labour’s handling of antisemitism under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, announced victory, saying Sivier had “repeatedly made false allegations about me over the past

two years, using arguments to defend his claims that in her judgment, the judge described as “fanciful” and verging ‘on the perverse’.” She said donors to Sivier’s crowdfunding campaign, which raised £100,000 for legal fees, included “hardcore antisemites citing ‘lying malicious Zionists’, and vulnerable people with little income to spare”. On Twitter, Riley said in a statement that abuse began following the announcement of an interview two years ago. “It felt like a tap had

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been turned on and the large volume of abuse I was receiving seemed to increase exponentially.” She continued: “Trolls turned their attention to discrediting my arguments by smearing my character,” including from Uruguaybased activist Shaun Lawson who launched a “particularly nasty (defamatory and untrue) smear, which gained a life of its own in left-wing circles, falsely accusing me of having harassed and bullied a teenage girl with mental health problems. This is untrue. “Today, a judgment has come out, finally dealing with the merits of these horrendous allegations. These accusations were fantasy, and as such have been dismissed without trial.” She said it was “very sad and frustrating that I was forced to resort to legal action to have this myth dispelled. “I am hugely grateful to the wonderful lawyer, Mark Lewis, for taking up this case as my sole opportunity to have the record set straight.”

ISRAEL ARMS PROTESTERS CHARGED

Three people have were arrested and charged this week after a protest to close a factory in Staffordshire that produces Israeli drones. Members of Palestine Action chained the factory gates of UAV Engines, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems, then chained themselves to the site after painting the building red. The action, which prevented staff from entering, was the group’s third protest targeting Elbit’s UK operations since September. Sarah Louise Wilkinson, 57, of Market Square, Bishops Castle, Shropshire, was due to appear at the North Staffordshire Justice Centre on Tuesday morning, Michael Smithers, 37, of Vernon Road, Ilford, Essex, and Emily Harriet Arnott, 27, of Fairfax Road, London, are due to appear at Cannock Magistrates’ Court on 17 February. Elbit is Israel’s largest private arms manufacturer. This month it won a £120 million Royal Navy contract. It already supplies drones to the British Army.

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Hodge had been the subject of more than 90,000 online posts, saying: “Many were antisemitic, misogynistic and ageist, and many were posted by people hidden behind anonymous screens. “We know from several colleagues, from the valuable testimony of groups such as the Antisemitism Policy Trust, and from painful personal experience that online anonymity too often accompanies online abuse.” Dinenage referenced a Community Security Trust report that said online antisemitic abuse hit record levels last year. “Much of that abuse was

carried out anonymously. That behaviour is absolutely unacceptable. We are clear… that being anonymous online does not give anyone the right to abuse others.” Dinenage said the security agencies could unveil a user’s identity if digital hate speech became unlawful, and the government was “taking steps through the online harms regulatory framework”. Recognising anonymity could be necessary, such as in whistleblowing cases, journalism and reports of domestic violence, she said: “Our starting point… is companies must take action against harmful anonymous abuse online.”

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A government minister has warned tech companies they will need to do far more to limit internet users’ ability to post hateful messages anonymously, or risk falling foul of the law. Digital and Culture Minister Caroline Dinenage was speaking at a Westminster Hall debate last Wednesday, after the government responded to a national consultation around online harms. Labour’s Chi Onwurah previously referenced the antisemitic abuse received by Barking MP Dame Margaret Hodge after she criticised exparty leader Jeremy Corbyn. Onwurah highlighted how

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The BBC’s incoming chairman will donate his £160,000 salary to charity in recognition of Britain granting refuge to his family. Appearing before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee this week, Richard Sharp said he wanted to “make a contribution” to Britain to show gratitude for giving his relatives a place of refuge. The former Goldman Sachs banker who was once chancellor Rishi Sunak’s

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boss, was asked: “What’s in it for you?” and he replied: “We’re all a product of our upbringing and I was very fortunate with the parents I have, my great grandparents

came to this country escaping tyranny. I think I won the lottery in life to be British and if I can make a contribution, I couldn’t be happier to. “The BBC is part of the fabric of all our national identities, it offers education and enrichment and is also important for our position in the world… It is a massive privilege to be chair of the BBC.” Sharp will earn a salary of £160,000 for three to four days’ work per week.


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Abuser guilty / Art fund / Charity warning / News

Hackney paedophile jailed A Chasidic man from Hackney has been jailed for 14 years for multiple child abuse offences, including sexual attacks on children under the age of 10, writes Ellie Jacobs. Abraham Berger, a member of the Skver Hasid community, was described by police as “a dangerous, predatory offender” with about 1,600 images and 127 videos of child abuse on his phone. The 40-year-old, who on Twitter describes himself as a “proud dad and husband originally from New York” was sentenced

at Snaresbrook Crown Court. He pleaded guilty to charges that also included sexually abusing a young boy and girl, both under the age of ten, and sharing indecent images online. After his release, he will spend a further four years on licence. Berger was part of an instant messaging chat group that discussed child sexual abuse and shared images among members. Police say he led a “double life” and said many of the images he possessed were ‘first generation’, which means they show Berger committing the abuse.

Yehudis Fletcher an independent sexual violence adviser for Migdal Emunah, said: “What’s interesting in this case is that he pleaded guilty, which is a shift and I hope and a sign of changing attitudes. “Previously we have seen community-sponsored campaigns to pay for suspects’ defences so maybe this is one where nobody was been willing to pay up.” Detective Constable Chris Bailey, of the Met’s central specialist crime vulnerability team, said: “The protection of chil-

Abraham Berger, a Skver Hasid, admitted sex attacks

dren, and other vulnerable people, from harm is a priority for the Met Police, and we have a team of officers dedicated to identifying and arresting

child abuse offenders who operate online.” • Anyone with further details about Berger should call 101 or the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.

Abuse victims at higher risk in lockdown The chief executive of a charity supporting Jewish victims of sexual abuse and their families says Charedi abuse survivors facing more barriers to getting help during the pandemic. Migdal Emunah’s Yehudis Goldsobel told Jewish News its support groups could not meet at the moment for safety reasons but many clients did not have internet access, or if they did

lacked a private place to speak. “This means that while we are able to move some clients to virtual counselling... others are only able to communicate via text message.” This, she said, adds an extra layer of trauma to address. Goldsobel added: “Our clients are feeling extremely isolated and some are suicidal. Many of our cases have multi-generational

victims. This results in us having several of our staff supporting different individuals within the family unit. “Our staff are being stretched beyond anything we imagined and we are concerned for how we continue to get through this year supporting some of the most vulnerable members of our community.”

JEWISH BOOKS BANKROLLED Two of Britain’s best known Jewish banking bosses have agreed to fund the curator of Hebraica and Judaica at Oxford University’s Bodleian Libraries for the next 25 years. Sir Victor Blank and Lord Rothschild have secured the role described Kennicott manuscript as “guardian of one of the most significant collections of Hebrew manuscripts in the world”. Together with the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe, Blank, a former Lloyds Bank chair, is to endow the post, which will now be renamed after him. The current post-holder is Dr César Merchán-Hamann, former head librarian at Leo Baeck College. Britain’s largest university library, the Bodlein holds an extraordinarily rich collection of early Hebrew and Yiddish printed books and manuscripts, including the 15th century Kennicott Bible, still with its original goatskin box-binding.

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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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Rinder ‘brings alive’ survivors’ ordeals Robert Rinder sought to “bring alive” the experiences of survivors and their descendants during an emotion-laden discussion of his acclaimed BBC documentary, My Family, The Holocaust and Me, writes Francine Wolfisz. More than 300 people joined the event, hosted by The Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) in association with Jewish News on Monday, to watch the TV personality and barrister reunite with other second and third generation Holocaust survivors who featured. The panel included his mother, Angela Cohen, with whom he trav-

elled to Treblinka; psychologist Bernie Graham, who travelled to Germany to discover the fate of his namesake uncle; and Noemie Lopian, whose mother was saved as a child by a French family. They were also joined by Emmerdale actress Louisa Clein, who travelled to Holland with her cellist sister Natalie to trace their grandmother’s activities for the Dutch resistance. Moderating, Rinder explained to the audience one of the challenges of talking about the Holocaust was that “often it’s presented through the prism of black and

white, because it’s beyond the reach of the fingertips of history. But tonight, we want to bring it alive”. Reflecting on his participation in the programme, Graham said he was surprised by how his training as a psychologist could not prepare him for the emotion of discovering what had happened to his relatives. “I’ve done clinical studies in trauma and post-traumatic stress injury. However, on a personal level, the eyes didn’t feel quite so wide open. I really did struggle, I could not talk fully about what I had experienced,” he revealed. Cohen gave an emotional

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Leon Rytz, the last survivor of Treblinka, and Robert Rinder at the Nazi death camp in Poland

description of travelling to Treblinka with Rinder to say the memorial prayer for her father’s family, who were all murdered there. “Nobody ever said Kaddish for them and to me that was so, so important,” she reflected.

Hundreds of new products on kosher list

Allowed: Salted Caramel Twix

The London Beth Din hailed a record-breaking number of kosher-certified products for 2021 as its Really Jewish Food Guide hit the shelves. The Kosher London Beth Din (KLBD), which falls under the auspices of the United Synagogue and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, said 8,300 products were now listed, up from about 7,700 last year. Newly-allowed are three flavours of M&Ms, Salted Caramel Twix, Warburtons Gluten Free Toastie, Pen-

deryn Welsh Whiskies, some Tiptree gins, Fullgreens’ Riced Cauliflower and Broccoli and Sweet Potato, plus Greenfield Spices and Bruce Dairy Free Drinks. “The guide has become an indispensable feature of Jewish life within our homes,” said Mirvis. “High standards have been impressively maintained throughout the pandemic, during which there has been added pressure to give real-time guidance to kosher consumers and in-person supervision.”

More than 40 sixth-formers at King David High School in Manchester have now signed up to a new Aish ‘hub’ offering informal education – including some courses with a Bake Off theme. Organisers hailed the inaugural month as “a huge success” after opening the Covid-secure space allowing students and Aish educators to interact and learn. One course, called Making a Difference, led students to meet representatives of various organisations positively impacting the community on a daily basis, with volunteers explaining what motivates them. Other tracks offered lessons in Jewish cuisine, led by Rebbetzins Adina Strom and Miriam Gefen. Strom said: “The Hub has become a vibrant centre where students can drop in, enjoy relevant and informal Jewish education in a nonjudgmental and inclusive atmosphere.”

Conference success Organisers of last month’s 2020 Bereishit Conference have said final viewing figures showed “phenomenal” interest in online sessions. Among the keynote speakers were government adviser Lord Mann and Mossad agent Danny Limor, whose undercover operation helped to bring thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel. Others included lawyer James Libson, refusenik Yosef Mendelevitch, Hatzalah’s Eli Beer, nurse and cancer survivor Libbie Goldstein and United Synagogue’s Rabbi Nicky Liss addressing synagogue changes in light of the pandemic.

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Israel’s Arab spring

Glance at social media and it’s clear the Abraham Accords have made much of the Arab world curious, writes Joy Falk As Jerusalem basks in the peace deals signed in September, a surge of curiosity about Israel in parts of the Arab world is creating a buzz online. Traffic to Arabic-language social media pages run by Israel has rise by 40 percent since its normalisation agreement with the United Arab Emirates. “Before the Abraham Accords, it was 70 million views a month, but now it got much bigger, to 100 million,” Yonatan Gonen tells Jewish News, adding that recent agreements with Bahrain, Sudan, and Morocco have also contributed to traffic. The head of a 10-person Israeli Foreign Ministry team that works out what Arabic-speakers in different countries would find most engaging in relation to Israel, Gonen says: “The peace agreements seem to make people feel it’s more okay to find out about Israel, and we’re not only seeing more views, but the number of positive comments grew significantly too.” In fact, he reports that one in three people who view a post or story somehow engage with it, by liking, sharing or commenting – far higher that the average online. And while this

A depiction of Morocco–Israel relations

figure is partly fuelled by critics who write expletives or criticise Israel, some 70 percent of comments are positive. Engagement with government-run sites tells only part of the story of the Arab interest in Israel online, according to Dr Barak Bouks, a communications expert at Bar Ilan University. “You can sense a new vibe of curiosity and of support for Israel,” he tells Jewish News, saying he sees the trend across a range of pages, even those of some Israeli news sites, where Arabic speakers appear to be taking

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the effort to read via Google Translate. Bouks says the Arab Spring brought about a mindset change in the Arab world. As activists largely organised themselves and publicised on social media, it led to a sidelining of traditional media and an unprecedented embrace of Facebook and other networks for information, which has grown ever since. Gonen’s unit capitalises on this openness to social media using a range of accounts. The newest is TikTok, the video-sharing platform popular with young people. The four main platforms are Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. As well as general Arabiclanguage accounts, there are special pages targeting specific areas, such as the Gulf. One of the most popular posts in recent weeks was a cartoon depicting Israel and various Arab states in the same boat and Iran as a shark in the surrounding waters. It tapped into a feeling that the interests of Arab states and Israel are aligned, with Iran a common threat. Some content presents an Israeli perspective on the conflict with the Palestinians, or just dispels misunderstandings. “There are a lot of conspiracy theories about Israel on social media,” says Gonen. “People even think that the Hatikvah has lyrics like, ‘You need to kill Palestinians.’ So we published the song, simply to show what the lyrics actually are.” Many of the posts seek to give people a glimpse of the country that exists beyond the conflict, and videos of a Foreign Ministry employee talking to ordinary Israelis amid the high-rise towers of Tel Aviv get instant traction. “What’s special in our activity is that we’re focused on putting forward what we consider the real face of Israel,” says Gonen. “We talk about diversity, about coexistence between Jews and Arabs and about innovation. It’s everything you won’t see in the traditional Arab media, which looks at Israel just through the lens of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We’re trying to extend the view that people take.” Surprisingly, one country where posts are particularly popular has no normalisation with Israel on the horizon: Iraq. “There, we saw in the past few years that we get very good and positive responses, far beyond than other countries in the Arab world,” Gonen says. ‘So we opened a special page that has information on the Jewish heritage in Iraq and about

Yonatan Gonen is seeing positive comments

the good relations that existed between Jewish and Arab people there before the establishment of the state of Israel. And we talk about the community of Iraqi Jews in Israel and bring their stories.” The unit has existed for a decade, with significantly increased activity in the past year. It is constantly rushing to push out new material, trying to shape hearts and minds, in a way that has only recently become possible. Gonen says: “Ten years ago we just couldn’t speak with such a large audience in the Arab world, in places where we don’t have diplomatic connections. The gatekeepers, meaning officials and the traditional media, wouldn’t allow communication directly with the public but, with social media, it’s now possible.” This dynamic means Israel’s Arabic-language social media output isn’t just responding to diplomatic breakthroughs; Gonen thinks it may be planting seeds for future agreements. “It’s not the only thing that will pave the way for other peace agreements, but it’s certainly part of it,” he says. “We’ve been talking to people in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates for quite some time, and leaders, if considering a step of peace, need to know what their people think. One way they see this is by looking on social media, so online engagement does create momentum. “Especially when it comes to Twitter, we have opinion leaders from media and politics following our accounts. They share our content and comment positively. That’s a big change.”

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Teachers deliver food to vulnerable children Two teachers from Borehamwood have launched food package deliveries to vulnerable children in the area, writes Ellie Jacobs. With the government at the centre of a row over inadequate free school meal parcels, Amanda Barbanel and Jacqueline Harris wanted to offer children more nutritious fare. Over the past 10 days, the pair have delivered 350 bags of food to vulnerable children through their project, entitled Give. Help. Share, and aim to provide 1,000 by the end of the month. A typical bag includes a loaf of bread, rice, potatoes, lentils, chickpeas, chopped tomatoes, vegan jerky, cooking sauces, oils and spices, plant-based snacks and a drink as well as fresh fruit. All parcels are vegan to cater for all. “We have been inundated by suppliers and by demand, so we started providing nutritious snacks bags to complement the government’s offerings and keep children full,” the pair said. Although they conceived the idea towards the end of last year, “it really magnified over lockdown”. As well as food, the teachers are keen to educate children and families about healthy eating. “We also provide children with ingredients

and simple recipe cards so they are able to make some of the food themselves,” they told Jewish News. As the pair, who work at a north London Jewish school, started delivering to schools, headteachers from local schools started getting in touch. As word got out, the teachers – who are studying to be headteachers – were invited to take a tour of the Warburtons factory. “We filled up an entire car with bread rolls, crumpets and teacakes,” said Harris. It enabled them to provide the kids with breakfast bags. Similarly, they were invited to a restaurant that had to close because of Covid-19 where staff donated fresh produce for the children. But despite the support, the teachers say they are still topping up the supplies from their own pockets each day to ensure the packages contain the right kind of food groups. Last week, pictures emerged of the food

parcels children relying on government support were receiving at home. Marcus Rashford, the football star and activist who has been campaigning for free school meals to be provided during holidays, branded the packages “unacceptable”. The pair said: “The money the government has provided for free school meals is a decent amount. Yet the pictures of the meal offerings

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Hundreds of teachers in Jewish education convened online for a national conference on Tuesday, reflecting on how “opportunities can come from crises”. The tenth annual National Jewish Education Conference for Primary School Teachers was held at the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS), with 230 delegates attending. Teachers had a choice of Zoom sessions with a keynote speech from Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis. “Even though the energy and excitement of face-to-face networking couldn’t happen, teachers were able to learn new skills and see innovative technology in practice,” said organisers Esther Colman and Helena Miller. Last year presented some of the toughest challenges for teachers, with the coronavirus pandemic prompting closures followed by restrictions, partial openings and home learning. LSJS chief executive Joanne Greenaway said: “This year it was particularly important to give teachers that boost and support.”

London’s Israeli Embassy has donated falafel meals to the homeless as part of a global initiative to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the Death March from Auschwitz. The initiative is based on the life of David Leitner, also known as ‘Dugo’, who was 14 when he marched, hungry and exhausted, with 60,000 other Auschwitz prisoners and would dream of the warm ‘Bilkalech’ buns that his mother made. Dugo survived and eventually moved to Israel. After visiting Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda market, he noticed a falafel store, reminding him of his mother’s buns of which he once dreamt. Since then, he has marked the anniversary of The Death March each year by eating falafel to give thanks for his survival. It’s inspired thousands in Israel, including the president, to join him through ‘Operation Dugo’, founded by Testimony House, an Israeli Holocaust Museum and educational centre, in 2018.


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Palestinians head to polls The Palestinians are set to hold their first presidential and parliamentary elections for 15 years as 85-year-old Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas issued instructions to prepare. He was last elected in 2005, when he was given a four-year mandate, but in 2007, the Islamists of Hamas took power from Abbas’ secular Fatah in the Gaza Strip. A string of failed Palestinian reconciliation attempts has marked their relations in subsequent years. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh told Abbas Hamas would take part, for the sake of reconciliation. A Hamas statement said:

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Ismail Haniyeh with Mahmoud Abbas

“It is necessary to expedite the holding of a comprehensive national dialogue in which all Palestinian factions participate without exception.”

The United Nations and the European Union welcomed the news, with the latter saying it would “engage with relevant actors to support the electoral process”. The bloc also called on Israel “to facilitate” the elections “across all the Palestinian territory”. It remains to be seen whether Israeli authorities will allow Palestinians in East Jerusalem to participate in any Palestinian election. Israeli analysts are sceptical about the prospects of full elections. Abbas’ popularity among Palestinians has long been low and most think Haniyeh would win a two-way presidential race.

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Prisoners in Israeli jails, including Pales- Sheldon Adelson has been buried on the tinian inmates, are being offered Covid-19 Mount of Olives. vaccinations, Israeli Health Minister Yuli The billionaire who bankrolled Donald Edelstein has said. Trump was buried last Friday in the venIsrael’s Public Security Minister Amir erated and ancient cemetery overlooking Ohana has resisted calls to vaccinate Jerusalem’s Old City. thousands of Palestinians in Israeli jails, The Las Vegas-based casino magnate, prompting intervention from Israeli Pres- one of the world’s richest men, was a ident Reuven Rivlin and aid organisations. major donor to an array of Jewish causes, Edelstein confirmed jabs had been as well as a Republican kingmaker. administered since Monday, adding Israel His May 2016 endorsement of Trump’s is also provide vaccines for around 100 presidential candidacy was seen as making Palestinian medical staff working in the it legitimate for the the Republican Party West faithful to16:04 back the reality HALFBank. PAGE ADVERT JAN 2020:Layout 1 09/01/2020 Page 1 show star’s bid.

Researchers from the UK, US and Israel have given western militaries active in the skies over Europe, Iraq and Syria a list of ancient Jewish sites for bombers to avoid. The landmark inventory lists the nature and coordinates of more than 2,000 “nationally and internationally important Jewish heritage sites” in order to protect them in the event of armed conflict. Intentional damage to cultural property and buildings dedicated to religion can be a war crime, prosecutable at the International Criminal Court.

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French-Jewish banker and philanthropist Benjamin de Rothschild has died at his Swiss home aged 57. He took over the Edmond de Rothschild Group in 1997 and recently gave more than £15 million for Israel’s battle against Covid-19. A keen sailor and father-of-four, he funded women in science and Muslim-Jewish interfaith efforts.

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Moroccan Jews will soon be able to fly direct to Israel after the kingdom normalised ties with the Jewish state in December, although the first commercial flights have been delayed owing to the pandemic. Morocco normalised ties with Israel after the US agreed to recognise Morocco’s claim over the disputed Western Sahara region.

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Members of the Jewish community of Porto expressed relief this week with the long-delayed opening of the country’s first Holocaust museum. The building is expected to welcome 10,000 visitors annually, many of them Portuguese students, and features a reproduction of an Auschwitz barracks.

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Jewish News' Forty Under 40 and Eighteen Under 18 lists celebrate those set to shape the future, but what about those who've influenced our community's present and past? In partnership with Jewish Care, we profile 120 individuals aged 80 and over whose achievements have inspired us for decades. Why 120? Well, to paraphrase the famous Jewish blessing: "May those in our countdown live until 120.” OUR PANEL OF JUDGES

Baroness Ros Altmann CBE, Former UK Minister of State for Pensions. Rabbi Charley Baginsky, Interim Director, Liberal Judaism. Daniel Carmel-Brown, CEO Jewish Care Justin Cohen, News Editor, Jewish News. Russell Conn, President, Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester & Region. Sarah David, Director, Yoni Jesner Foundation. Adam Dawson, Chair JAMI. Yocheved Eiger, CEO, Bikur Cholim (the Charedi community's leading mental health charity) Dame Louise Ellman. David Ereira, Life President, Norwood & Vice President of S&P Sephardi Community. Ellisa Estrin, Director of Marketing, Communications & Customer Engagement, Jewish Care. Shirley Fenster, Immediate Past Co-Chair, Masorti Judaism. Richard Ferrer, Editor, Jewish News. Andrew Gilbert, Chair, 120 Over 80 panel. Nicky Goldman, Chief Executive, JVN (Jewish Volunteering Network). Michael Goldstein, President, United Synagogue. Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive, Care England. Henry Grunwald OBE QC, President, World Jewish Relief. Gayle Klein, Trustee, Jewish Care. Helen Lewis, Vice Chair, Leeds Jewish Welfare Board. Rabbi Mark Goldsmith, Senior Rabbi, Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue. Neil Martin OBE, Chief Executive, JLGB. Tracy Ann Oberman, Actress and writer. Rachel Riley, TV presenter. Helen Simmons, CEO Nightingale Hammerson.

Della Donn, 88 Della Donn has been a legendary volunteer in Manchester’s Jewish community for most of her life. As a longstanding League of Jewish Women (LJW) volunteer for The Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR), she regularly visited clients. More recently, during the Covid-19 pandemic, the 88-yearold has excelled in tackling isolation among the vulnerable as a telephone befriender for AJR. Through the LJW, for many years, Della was also responsible for serving meals at the Levi House Day Centre for the elderly. Passionate about the role of women in communal life, she has been a stalwart supporter and keen member of WIZO, the international women’s movement.

Denis Felsenstein Felsenstein, 93 Denis Felsenstein’s extraordinary contribution to Jewish and lay education spans more than 70

years. After success working as the first deputy headteacher of JFS from 1958-1970 and subsequently headteacher at Brooke House School in Hackney, Denis became the first headmaster of Immanuel College in 1990. With a relentless desire to help each child achieve their potential, Denis also rose to become a senior staff inspector with the Inner London Education Authority, chaired the education committee of Kerem School and helped initiate inspection service Pikuach. Remarkably, the 93-year-old only recently retired from running the second Shacharit Minyan at Kinloss Synagogue.

Dr Dennis Coppel, 85 Dennis Coppel excelled as an NHS doctor for more than 40 years before dedicating his retirement to Belfast’s Jewish community. After qualifying in the 1950s, he rose to become director of intensive care at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast. During the 'Troubles’, Dennis remained dedicated to the city, becoming a world-leading expert in treating gunshot wounds. He was the first medic flown to Sligo to treat the survivors of the Mountbatten assassination in 1979. The 85-year-old has served as president of the Belfast Jewish Community for more than a decade and was appointed by the First Minister to the Holocaust Memorial Day committee.

Edna Marks, 92 Edna Marks is Jewish Care’s oldest and longest-serving volunteer. For more than 35 years, the 92-year-old has selflessly dedicated her time to the Michael Sobell Jewish Community Centre. Her many celebrated contributions include presenting a programme of classical music, often featuring her favourites: Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. Edna learned how to use iTunes and connect her iPod to a Bluetooth speaker. For more than 20 years, she also led interactive discussion groups and, until she broke her hip, served at tables in the dining room. With her boundless positivity and inspirational devotion, the community is truly blessed with such a legendary volunteer.

Eleanor Platt QC, 82 Eleanor Platt is one of the UK’s most influential family lawyers. Throughout her 60-year distinguished career at the Bar and as a QC, Eleanor has played a significant role in influencing

how family courts approach cases involving children. Most notably, she participated in the landmark Cleveland inquiry, which led to the Children Act with its radical legal reforms relating to children and the role of the state in families’ lives. The 82-year-old has also selflessly served the Jewish community as vice president of the Board of Deputies and chair of the Family Law Group, which supported the Divorce (Religious Marriages) Act 2002.

Ella Marks, 86 A “positive role model” to countless individuals, Ella Marks has undertaken numerous voluntary roles across the Jewish and lay community. Following a selfless career devoted to others as a social worker and pastoral manager, Ella formerly served as president of the League of Jewish Women (LJW), chaired Ealing U3A, a co-operative of older people sharing educational, creative and leisure activities and was a board member of Age UK Ealing. Very much still active, the 86-year-old currently chairs the LJW’s Health Matters Committee, is an elected deputy on the Board of Deputies and sits on the board of Ealing United Synagogue.

Sir Erich Reich, 85 Sir Erich Reich has spent decades raising awareness of the Holocaust and campaigning on behalf of child refugees. He was aged just four when he arrived in Britain in 1939 on the Kindertransport from Vienna. The 85-year-old chairs the Kindertransport Committee, a special interest group of The Association of Jewish Refugees, where he has overseen major commemorations, including receptions hosted by Prince Charles. Actively involved with Safe Passage, in 2016 he publicly called on then Prime Minister David Cameron to accept 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees from Syria. Erich also founded Classic Tours, which has raised £90 million for hundreds of charities, and is honorary president of Manna. He was knighted in 2010 for services to charity.


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120 Over 80 renowned for his powerful and intellectually rigorous sermons. A principled Zionist acutely aware of the importance of interfaith, during his rabbinate, Frank served on the executive of the Barnet Community Relations Council and as Chaplain to the Mayor of Barnet. Still active as Emeritus Rabbi of FPS, the 85-year-old until recently served on the Jewish Community Day School Advisory Board and remains a vice president of the Finchley Council of Christians and Jews.

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Dame Esther Rantzen, 80 Esther Rantzen is a multiaward-winning presenter and campaigner who has persistently championed and achieved change for vulnerable people. After training as a BBC producer, Esther began presenting the popular consumer show That’s Life! in 1973, where she campaigned on behalf of abused children, organ transplants, safe playgrounds, hospital patients and to provide justice for consumers. Most notably, the show featured Sir Nicholas Winton being introduced for the first time to the survivors he saved from the Holocaust. The 80-year-old is the founder and president of children’s charity ChildLine, and in 2012 launched a confidential helpline for older people, The Silver Line.

Eve Kugler, 89 Eve Kugler has selflessly dedicated much of her adult life to educating school groups across the UK about the Holocaust. Born in Germany and aged just seven during Kristallnacht, Eve was hidden in Paris and central France by Jewish welfare organisation, the OSE, before securing a visa to America in 1941. Miraculously, her close family was reunited in New York in 1946. A regular attendee on the annual March of the Living programme, the 89-year-old also takes pride in addressing different government departments, reminding politicians of the need to remember the Holocaust and combat antisemitism.

Fradel Sudak, 82 For more than 70 years, Fradel Sudak has been a leading light in the British Chabad movement. Raised in Soviet Russia, aged 11, Fradel emigrated with her family to the UK, where she helped her parents establish the first Chabad Hebrew School. Together with her husband, she later launched and led the Chabad Lubavitch Network, growing it exponentially into one of Anglo-Jewry’s largest networks. Under Fradel’s helm, the network established three Lubavitch schools and she was instrumental in developing the CACHE early years qualification. The 82-year-old also opened the first Jewish Women’s Centre in 1986 and is currently the UK’s Senior Head Shlucha.

Rabbi Dr Frank Hellner, 85 For decades, Rabbi Frank Hellner has been an influential leader of Liberal Judaism. As Rabbi of Finchley Progressive Synagogue (FPS) for more than 30 years until 1999, he was

Freda Wineman’s Holocaust testimony is one of the most widely disseminated nationwide. A survivor of AuschwitzBirkenau, Bergen-Belsen, Raguhn and Theresienstadt, Freda was ultimately reunited with her surviving brothers in August 1945. Her story has been recorded for the British Library, the Shoah Foundation and numerous museums. In 2009, Freda returned to Auschwitz and her memorable visit was featured on the BBC’s Blue Peter show as part of their Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations. The 96-year-old was awarded a BEM for services to Holocaust education and awareness in 2018, and last year recounted her testimony to former Chancellor Sajid Javid.

Freddie Knoller, 99 Over the past quarter of a century, Holocaust survivor Freddie Knoller has shared his testimony with tens of thousands of students. Born in Vienna, Freddie escaped to Belgium when the Nazis invaded and subsequently joined the French Resistance before being betrayed and deported to Auschwitz. An active member of Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors' Centre, the 99-year-old received his BEM in 2016 in recognition of his work speaking at 385 schools since 2002. In 2017, Freddie accompanied the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall on a televised visit back to Austria. Earlier this year, a bust of Freddie was sculpted by the renowned sculptor Lady Petchey.

Gerald Ronson, 81 A highly successful businessman and property developer, Gerald Ronson is also one of the community’s most generous philanthropists. The 81-yearold is CEO of properly development firm Heron International and chairman of Rontec, the third largest independent roadside retail business in the UK. He was instrumental in introducing self-service petrol stations into the UK and, since 1966, has built nearly 1000 across the UK. Gerald is the founder and chairman of the Community Security Trust, president of JCoSS and vice president of children’s charity the NSPCC. He won City AM’s Personality of the Year Award in 2011 and was appointed a CBE in 2012.

Gerry Gruneberg, 88 For nearly half a century, Gerry Gruneberg has selflessly dedicated himself to the education and welfare of British Jewry. As chairman of fundraising for the Jewish Education Development Trust, together with Chief Rabbi Lord Jakobovits, Gerry founded Sinai Jewish Primary School in 1981 and headed its fundraising committee. The 88-year-old was also instrumental in establishing Binoh, Norwood’s special educational needs service. Gerry has spent the last 20 years visiting numerous Jewish and nonJewish primary schools, recounting his experiences of life in Nazi Germany and his escape to England in August 1939.

Hannah Lewis, 83 Hannah Lewis continues to share her Holocaust testimony with thousands of people every year. Born into a prosperous Polish family, as a young child she survived the Adampol labour camp before moving to Britain in 1949. The 83-year-old is a trustee of the Holocaust Educational Trust and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, serving on the latter’s Legacy Group. Passionate about reaching a diverse pool of young people, Hannah recently shared her story with academy football players from Manchester City FC and Middlesbrough FC. In January 2020, she returned to Poland for only the third time since the war to mark the 75th anniversary of liberation at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Dr Harry (Chaim) Olmer, 93 Every year, Harry Olmer reaches tens of thousands of people with his Holocaust testimony. A survivor of two forced labour camps, plus Buchenwald and the Terezín ghetto, Harry was one of ‘The Boys’ who subsequently travelled to Windermere to recuperate upon liberation. A “true inspiration”, the 93-yearold’s remarkable commitment to Holocaust education includes spending a week every year on an intense trip to Poland, retelling his story. Harry has spoken at the Home Office and other government departments, receiving a BEM in 2018 for his efforts in furthering understanding of the Holocaust. Appearing as fit as ever, Harry is also the UK’s longest-serving dentist!

Harry Spiro, 90 Harry Spiro has dedicated his life to educating the next generation about the Holocaust. Born in Poland, he survived working in a glass factory in the Piotrków ghetto, as well as Buchenwald and Rehmsdorf concentration camps, before being liberated in Terezín. One of ‘The Boys’ who travelled to Britain in 1945, Harry eventually opened a shop before marrying in 1957. Last year, the 90-year-old was interviewed by Robert Rinder to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. The webcast reached 39,000 people across 700 schools and 42 other organisations, including government departments. Harry also addressed Chelsea FC’s players in 2018 as part of the club’s ‘Say No to Antisemitism’ initiative.

Isaac Kaye, 92 For nearly 60 years, Isaac Kaye’s generous philanthropy has supported numerous medical research projects and non-profit initiatives. A successful businessman, Isaac rose to become chairman of Ivax


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120 Over 80 Pharmaceuticals UK, formerly the largest supplier of generic drugs to the NHS. The 92-yearold has been a longstanding and devoted donor of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, sponsoring several awards for science innovators, researchers and aspiring students. Isaac also funds a wide variety of Jewish and lay charities including Jewish Care, CST, the Portland Trust, and the Royal National Institute of Blind People. A dedicated Zionist, Isaac helped establish BICOM in 2002 to promote awareness of Israel and the Middle East.

Ita Symons, 83 Ita Symons is the chief executive of the Agudas Israel Housing Association, which caters exclusively for Orthodox Jews. After recognising the lack of affordable housing in Stamford Hill, Ita founded the charity in 1981 to meet the growing needs of her local community. Over the past 39 years, the 83-year-old has successfully grown the organisation to incorporate 470 properties, helping hundreds of Orthodox families in the process. Last year, she defeated a legal challenge in the Appeal Court over catering solely to the strictly observant. With a waiting list of more than 1,000 families, Ita is also working to relocate families to Canvey Island and Manchester.

Sir Ivan Lawrence QC, 83 Sir Ivan Lawrence’s immense achievements span the legal profession, politics and the Jewish community. Called to the Bar in 1962, Ivan progressed into one of the country’s top criminal barristers and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1981. His remarkable career includes defending serial killer Dennis Nilsen, negotiating the Soviet Union’s compliance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and sponsoring the 1991 War Crimes Act. Elected the Conservative MP for Burton in 1974, he chaired both the Home Affairs Select Committee and the Conservative Friends of Israel. A founding member of North West Surrey Synagogue, the 83-year-old has campaigned to retain kashrut and represented Britain at the World Jewish Congress.

Ivor Perl, 84 A “true mensch”, Ivor Perl has dedicated himself to educating the next generation about his Holocaust testimony. Born in Hungary, Ivor was deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau aged 12, before being forcibly moved to Allach and Dachau concentration camps, from where he was liberated by the Americans. Last year, Ivor returned to Auschwitz for the first time, with his daughter, to join March of the Living. In 2015, he also returned to Germany to be a witness during the trial of Oskar Gröning, 'the bookkeeper of Auschwitz'. Renowned artist Frances Segelman sculpted a bust of the 84-year-old and in 2015 he was awarded a BEM for services to Holocaust education.

Jackie Gryn, 88 For 75 years, Jackie Gryn has exhibited exceptional dedication to the progressive Jewish community. The wife of renowned Rabbi Hugo Gryn, the couple

initially travelled to Bombay in the 1950s to join India’s leading liberal Jewish congregation, the Jewish Religious Union. During Jackie’s subsequent 32 years as “Rebbetzen extraordinaire” of West London Synagogue, she welcomed and entertained many thousands of congregants and visitors. She travelled to the Soviet Union to support refuseniks, and was the leading light of the British Friends of the Kibbutz Dance Company. Still an active communal figure, the 88-year-old regularly books speakers for the Seymour Group luncheon club at West London Synagogue.

Jaclyn & Brian Chernett, 79 and 83 As influential communal couples go, few can match the tireless dedication of Jaclyn and Brian Chernett to the UK Masorti Community. Praised as a “major trailblazer and leader”, Jaclyn is a founding member of Masorti Judaism in the UK, Edgware Masorti and Kol Nefesh Masorti Synagogues. The UK’s first ordained female chazan, the 79-year-old also set up the European Academy for Jewish Liturgy, which pioneered online methods of mentoring leaders in Jewish prayer. Brian, 83, is the founder of Ella Forums (Experiential Leadership Learning Academy), which works with hundreds of lay and Jewish charities to improve their leadership capabilities.

Lord Jacob Rothschild, 84 For decades, Lord (Jacob) Rothschild has used his vast wealth to fund numerous communal initiatives. A member of the prominent Rothschild banking family, the billionaire grew investment firm RIT Capital Partners Plc into one of the largest investment trusts quoted on the London Stock Exchange. Acutely proud of his Jewish heritage, Jacob has chaired the Yad Hanadiv Foundation for more than 35 years, which supports projects across education, environmental maintenance and the advancement of opportunity for Israel’s Arab community. Most recently, the 84-year-old has been working on creating a National Library in Jerusalem, set to be completed this year.

Janine Webber, 88 Janine Webber has shown selfless dedication in sharing her Holocaust testimony with tens of thousands of students every year. Born in Poland, Janine survived the Lwów ghetto, before being smuggled into precarious hiding spots until Kraków was liberated in 1945. Determined to reach diverse audiences, Janine has spoken at numerous football clubs, including Manchester United and Liverpool FC, and last year collaborated with the rapper MC Kapoo for a short film Edek, named after the 19-year-old Polish man who hid her from the Nazis. Awarded a BEM in 2017, she is now sharing her testimony remotely with school groups and Tik Tok employees.

Jean Gaffin, 84 A “glass-ceiling breaker”, Jean Gaffin has inspired generations of health sector professionals and volunteers. Her illustrious career includes founding the Child Accident Prevention Trust, which made rear seatbelts compulsory, and establishing the National Hospice Council. Awarded an OBE for services to health, the 84-yearold chaired Brent Primary Care Trust from 2002-2005 and became the inaugural UK Pain Champion in 2013. In 2019, she received a Distinguished Contribution award from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in recognition of her influence over the organisation's appraisal methods. Still highly active, Jean serves on several health-related committees and works on Care Quality Commission inspections.

Jeffrey Pinnick, 84 For well over 50 years, Jeffrey Pinnick has been a selfless stalwart of the Jewish community. Forever devoting his time unconditionally, he served for many years as chairman of Yad Vashem UK and the Yom Hashoah Forum. The 84-year-old is also a former treasurer of the Board of Deputies and played an instrumental role in founding the All Aboard charity shops. His passion for legacy projects is legendary, ranging from the rebuilding of Mill Hill Synagogue to Yad Vashem’s ‘Guardian of the Memory’ campaign, which seeks to keep alive the memory of every murdered Jew. Last year, Jeffrey was awarded an OBE for services to Holocaust education.

Jennifer Jankel, 80 For decades, Jenny has supported vulnerable members of her community. A carer herself, she regularly volunteers with Nightingale House in south London, organising seminars on topics including dementia awareness, mental health, loneliness and safeguarding. The 80-year-old is also president of North West Surrey Synagogue, having headed up the synagogue’s highly valued Share and Care Team. Professionally, Jenny rose to become vice president of French shoe company Charles Jourdan, before founding her own successful shoe company, Luc Berjen. She is currently the CEO and chair of the trustees of the Jewish Music Institute, where she has significantly grown awareness around the diversity of Jewish music.

Jeromé & Louise Freedman, 84 and 81 For decades, “dynamic duo” Jeromé and Louise Freedman have been stalwarts of the Liberal Jewish movement. The pair are currently vice presidents of Liberal Judaism, with Jeromé having formerly served as chairman of the Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues. The 84-year-old remains active as a not-for-profit management professional, building on his extensive communal experience as an executive on the Board of Deputies and with the London Jewish Forum. Louise, 81, has been president of The South London Liberal Synagogue (SLLS) since 2015. She also retains a prominent role within the Alliance of Jewish Women, which unites Jewish women from diverse backgrounds to discuss and act upon matters affecting them.


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‘I miss the young listeners’ Ruth Posner tells Adam Decker why she changed her mind about telling her story

Ghetto escapee: actress and dancer Ruth Posner

“I do miss it,” admits Ruth Posner, her voice cracking slightly. “I find it incredibly nourishing seeing the faces of young listeners move from curiosity to sadness, before landing always on respect.” “Often teenagers can be very selfconscious and reluctant to engage. But it doesn’t take long before they perk up, and their questions are always fascinating.” The 91-year-old Holocaust survivor is reflecting on her experience of adapting to the pandemic, ahead of next week’s Holocaust Memorial Day. She feels an urgent need to share her testimony but aches for a return to in-person meetings. “Telling my testimony over Zoom isn’t the same. I’ve tried it, but I’ve found it doesn’t have the same impact, which is a real shame.” Ruth, a celebrated dancer and actress, is a relative newcomer to Holocaust education. Until five years ago, she’d suppressed the past by focusing solely on her new life. What changed? “It was the resurgence of antisemitism I saw around me,” she says. She became acutely aware of the acrid forms of nationalism rising across Europe,

and felt especially disturbed by the antisemitic rhetoric enveloping the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. There was also the daubing of swastikas on synagogues and Jewish graveyards, which stirred up memories of the environment in which she had grown up in Poland. She had witnessed the ‘little’ signs of intolerance and racism that ultimately developed into a murderous ideology. Her fear of allowing the past to repeat itself prompted her to share her story with the next generation. “I find antisemitism the most painful thing I can think of. I’d thought we’d learnt enough to definitely stop it from happening again. I might be wrong.” In her own words, much of her story is a “horrendous fairytale”. Her father managed to secure work for Ruth, then 12, and her aunt in a factory just outside the Warsaw Ghetto, producing leather goods. They were slave labourers working in appalling conditions, but “it undoubtedly saved my life”. Once a week, workers were marched to a public bath on the ghetto’s edge. She vividly recalls her aunt pulling her aside one after-

noon: “We’re going to try to escape from here. If we don’t, it’s certain death sooner or later. So that’s it, we have to try.” The escape was “implausibly simple”. It entailed crossing the road straddling the ghetto boundary. The aim was to blend in: with Ruth’s perfect Polish accent, they had a slim chance and they were successful. Tragedy, though, befell her aunt’s two children, aged eight and six. Denounced by a Polish farmer after a spell in hiding, both were murdered by the Nazis. Ruth was 16 when she came to England. “I was full of guilt because out of everybody I was one of the few to survive.” What followed was a successful career on film and on stage. She became a founding member of the London Contemporary Dance Company and later retrained as an actress, working at the Royal Court and teaching at RADA and Julliard in New York. Since then, her life has been full of remarkable interactions. Many years after the war she and her husband made friends with an American Jewish couple. The conversation turned to the husband’s wartime occupation as a pilot. “One of his missions was flying over Essen while we were being forcibly transported through the area. It’s quite likely he flew over us dropping bombs,” Ruth says, adding: “You have to laugh. You won’t survive otherwise.”

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The new far-right High on President Joe Biden’s to-do list is tackling a chilling new wave of extremist antisemitic groups praised and emboldened by his predecessor QANON SLOGANS

ciation with the group.) Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, who said he quit the group in 2018, was reportedly seen in the DC crowd. The group’s current leader, Enrique Tarrio, has been arrested on weapons charges.

Several members of the mob that stormed the Capitol in Washington DC this month wore or carried signs invoking the pro-Donald Trump QAnon conspiracy theory, which is laced with antisemitism. QAnon, which began in 2017 and has gained millions of adherents, alleges that an elite cabal of paedophiles, run by Democrats, is plotting to harvest the blood of children and take down Trump. Trump has praised the movement and espoused its baseless ideas.

KEK FLAGS

‘Q’

The letter represents a purported highranking government official who shares inside information with QAnon followers through cryptic posts on fringe websites. QAnon followers often wear T-shirts emblazoned with a huge Q — and several of them were part of the Capitol mob.

TRUST THE PLAN

As Q’s supposed predictions have proven false over the years — including the election of Joe Biden, which Q predicted would not happen — many QAnon followers became disillusioned. Others told them to ‘trust the plan’ and place their faith in QAnon’s theories. The phrase has become one of the conspiracy theory’s slogans. Trust the Plan logos were also visible in the Capitol, referring to the ‘plan’ QAnon followers believe is happening.

SAVE THE CHILDREN

Messaging related to saving children is a core tenet of QAnon because it alleges a global paedophile ring. Adherents have been seen carrying signs saying ‘The children cry out for justice,’ referencing children whom QAnon conspiracists falsely believe have been abducted by Democrats and progressives, including the Jewish billionaire George Soros.

NEO-NAZIS

Prominent Holocaust deniers and neo-Nazis were part of the Capitol mob. A far-right activist known as Baked Alaska livestreamed from inside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. Another extremist, Nick Fuentes, a

Pro-Trump rioters, including far-right groups, storm the US Capitol on 7 January

white nationalist who leads the far-right Groyper Army, was said to be in the room with him. Fuentes denies this but he was seen outside the Capitol. The Neo-Nazi group NSC-131 also joined the insurrection, according to reporter Hilary Sargent. NSC stands for Nationalist Social Club and has small regional divisions in the United States and abroad. The 131 division is from New England. In a video, one participant can be seen brandishing a flag with what some Twitter users identified as a swastika, though it isn’t entirely clear.

CONFEDERATE FLAGS AND NOOSES

Other flags on display were associated with histories of white supremacy. At least one protester carried a Confederate battle flag into the Capitol building. Nooses — a prominent symbol of racist violence — were placed outside. In one instance, after members of the mob started destroying camera equipment from The Associated Press, they made a noose out of the cords, according to BuzzFeed News reporter Paul McLeod.

ANTI-GOVERNMENT MILITIA SYMBOLS

Flags bearing the phrase ‘when tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty’ (a version of a quote dubiously attributed to Thomas Jefferson) and the Roman numerals III also were seen. ‘III’ is the logo of the Three Percenters, also known as the III% militia, an

anti-g overnment militia founded in response to the election of President Obama. The Anti-Defamation League defines the Three Percenters as part of the militia movement that support the idea of a future civil war or ‘boogaloo’, when dedicated ‘patriots’ protect Americans from government tyranny. The Three Percenter concept, created in 2008, is based on an inaccurate historical claim that only three percent of Americans fought in the Revolutionary War against the British. The group gained prominence last year when its members showed up to anti-lockdown protests and racial justice marches. At least one man wearing a shirt advocating for a civil war was present at the Capitol. The Oath Keepers, an anti-government group like the Three Percenters, were also in DC.

PROUD BOYS

Members of the Proud Boys, the violent farright group that Trump told to “stand back and stand by” during a September presidential debate, wear black-and-yellow Fred Perry polo shirts along with red Make America Great Again caps. (Fred Perry, a UK brand, has said it would stop selling the shirts because of their asso-

‘Kek’, an online term which is a variation of ‘lol’ and has roots in online gaming, has taken on a new meaning on the far right. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, kek has become the ‘deity’ of the semi-ironic ‘religion’ the white nationalist movement has created for itself. The word is used alongside the cartoon character Pepe the Frog, who has been appropriated as a mascot of white nationalists. The kek flag, above, resembles a Nazi war flag, with a kek logo replacing the swastika and the colour green used in place of red.

CRUSADER CROSSES

The gunman who carried out the 2019 massacre at a New Zealand mosque appropriated symbols of the Crusades, and they’ve become popular with other far-right, ethnonationalist groups. The symbols, such as medieval-style helmets or Templar and crusader crosses, are meant to harken to an era of white, Christian wars against Muslims and Jews.

THE PUNISHER

Marvel comic anti-hero The Punisher has been adopted in recent years by white nationalists and neo-Nazis, to the dismay of its creator. Referring the “tragic misunderstanding”, Gerry Conway told the website Inverse: “It’s a misappropriation of the character and a blatant disregarding of reality.”

INTACTIVISTS

Anti-circumcision activists, also known as ‘intactivists’ (a portmanteau of ‘intact’ and ‘activist’) support banning all forms of circumcision, or what they call ‘male genital cutting’ and claim circumcision is equivalent to female genital mutilation. The intactivist movement often features anti-Jewish imagery. An intactivist comic book called Foreskin Man portrays blond Aryan superheroes fighting mohels, who perform Jewish circumcision.


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Realpolitik must not permit this genocide

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This week, for only the second time, Jewish News published a special front page in addition to the weekly newspaper, urging MPs to vote on a crucial amendd Our urgent message to MPs ahea ment to the Trade Bill. Passed of today’s crucial China trade vote by the House of Lords last month with a majority of 287 to 181, this amendment would have given the courts the power effectively to block trade deals with countries dealing in genocide. Why did this issue move us to publish midweek? Why does this ❝ THE PLIGHT OF CHINA’S MUSLIM issue move us as a community? MINORITY IS A GALVANISING ISSUE FOR US Because the treatment being meted out against the Uyghur Muslim community in China’s western Xinjiang province is a systematic genocide with chilling echoes of the darkest chapter of our own history. Comments Our midweek front page from the Board of Deputies this week make that clear. Stephen Smith, who heads Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation and serves as UNESCO’s chair on genocide education, is in no doubt that we are witnessing genocide. This week Mike Pompeo, while still US secretary of state, accused China of a “crime against humanity”. Mounting testimonies tell of mass incarcerations of more than one million people, of forced labour and sterilisation, of parents separated from children, of a concerted attempt by President Xi Jinping to ensure this generation of Uyghur Muslims is the last. Sadly, after a debate in the Commons that stretched through Tuesday afternoon and featured powerful words from MPs including Nus Ghani, Tom Tugendhat, Iain Duncan Smith and Layla Moran, the amendment was marginally defeated, 319 to 308, leaving the government’s path to a multi-billion-pound post-Brexit trade deal with Beijing unencumbered by humanitarian scrutiny. The amendment did, however, gain enough support to secure another vote, as early as next week. This is just the start. The foreign secretary’s announcement of fines for firms linked to slave labour is, of course, welcome but the UK needed to go much further. It will be the job of those MPs who refused to support the amendment to the Trade Bill to explain to future generations why they did not make the government stand up to China when this century’s worst genocide is taught to those not yet born, which it surely will be. Words mean nothing if tariffs trump ‘never again’. There is no realpolitik when it comes to genocide.

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further. Our MPs have an opporNews has the UK must go must to This is only the second time Jewish on Tuesday through an amendment addition to the tunity to do so published a special front page in let courts determine genocide in could warrant trade bill that would weekly newspaper. Few issues If – and only if – Britain’s most senior obscene atroci- foreign lands. it or be more urgent than the are being wiped out, limits on trade nose against judges say a people To Jewish News, ties taking place under the world’s with the perpetrator are imposed. to campaign the of Uyghur Muslims in China. forefront the at incarcera- which has been Reports and testimony mounts of mass of the Uyghurs, and MPs like Nus of forced labour highlight the plight tions of more than one million people, Ghani, Tom Tugendhat, Iain Duncan and sterilisation, of assaults on Smith, Lisa Nandy and Layla Moran, an entire religious culture. nothing could sound more reasonable. amendment, the back Stephen Smith, who heads not do MPs If to Steven Spielberg’s Shoah it will be their legacy and their job they Foundation and serves as explain to future generations why up UNESCO chair on genocide did not make the Government stand education, is no doubt we are with adequate strength to China when not witnessing genocide. Article these atrocities are taught to those II of the Genocide Convenyet born, which it surely will be. you tion includes “deliberately Make no mistake: we care how inflicting on the group condivote. This is an issue that should concern partions of life calculated to bring all right-thinking people but it has about its physical destruction for Jews. For if this is not a galvaintended to ticularly resonance in whole or in part... imposing measures us, with our history of facing persecuforcibly transfer- nising issue for Comments from prevent births within the group... tion or prejudice, nothing ever will be. group”. ring children of the group to another this week make that crystal clear. Deputies of Board the to be world will utter next We are journalists so don’t pretend For the words ‘never again’ – which we but you don’t anything, mean to – Day authorities on definitions of genocide, Memorial meted out against week on Holocaust need to be to recognise the treatment or genocide must be quashed at is horrific. Our for- any hint of oppression disposal. a minority community in Xianxiang the first sign with every means at our by backing this eign secretary certainly knows it. MPs can start on that essential path fines for His announcement last week of substantial welcome but crucial amendment. firms linked to slave labour is, of course,

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Vaccine censorship I read with interest your articles on the Covid-19 vaccine. Clearly, we would all like prevention against the virus that has no side-effects but to dismiss concerns as rumours spread by social media is not accurate. (Ignore vaccine fibs, say medics, Jewish News, 7 January 2021). Concerns among the scientific community do exist. Dr Gilbert Berdine, associate professor of medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, reports that many of his colleagues are concerned about possible autoimmune sideeffects that may not appear for months after vaccination.

In addition, vaccine companies have been granted protection from future product liability claims related to this vaccine. On her website, America’s Frontline Doctors, Dr Simone Gold outlines her concerns about lockdowns and what is described as “the experimental vaccine”. It explains that much of the information that does not fit with mainstream opinion is being ignored. Hydroxychloroquine is described as a safe, generic drug that has been FDA-approved for 65 years. Alternative scientific opinions must be given a voice as they are being censored.

I read with great sadness the article on Nadine Batchelor-Hunt, who identifies as black and Jewish (Jewish News, 7 January 2021). I am Mizrachi and as a child attended Egyptian, Yemeni, Adenite and Indian synagogues. One day, in about 1964, my father took me to Great Portland Street Synagogue. At the back was a black Jew. A few weeks ago, at Waterloo Station, a Charedi Jew stood with his back to me. I went to wish him ‘Shalom Aleichem’. He was black. The Ashkenazim in England have not yet recognised that Jews are not identified by their colour, but by their neshamah (soul).

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PARENTS’ ACTIONS ‘INSULTING’ I read with dismay your front page article on the large number of Jewish parents who are using the loophole of being ‘key workers’ to continue sending their children to school during lockdown. For mothers and fathers to knowingly manipulate government guidelines in this way stikes me as insulting not only to genuine key workers on the front line in our hospitals and care homes, but also to the teachers who are under untold stress. They do not need to be put under even more pressure by parents who should keep their children at home where they currently belong. Samuel Kayser, By email

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I write in light of the recent problem by a patient who did not receive kosher meals in a Barts Health NHS Trust hospital (Jewish News, 8 January 2021). I should like it noted that, having been a patient in Barts for about three weeks

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don’t know about you, but all anybody in my neck of the woods is talking about is vaccines. Have you had it, when are you getting it, when are you getting the second shot, does your arm hurt — that kind of thing. But along with the domestic discussion, there is, naturally, an international element. And, equally naturally, Israel is in the frame. The problem — as usual — is the Palestinians, and the mixed messages coming out of both Ramallah and Jerusalem, aided by a lavish side-helping of stirring the pot from a variety of town criers, including Amnesty International and some ill-informed media conclusion-leapers. First, it was reported that Israel was vaccinating settlers in the West Bank while not making vaccine available for Palestinians. Untrue. Israel is indeed vaccinating its own population in huge numbers. These include Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel and Palestinian residents of Jerusalem. It remains open to debate as to whether Israel has a legal responsibility to vaccinate Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, too,

though some may think it has a moral responsibility. And perhaps a public health responsibility, too, for who would want a virus running unchecked over porous borders? In any case, the Palestinian Health Ministry, apparently sulking, said it hadn’t asked Israel for vaccines. It was getting its own supplies, it said, from Russia and the World Health Organisation — although they may not actually arrive until March. Even more sulking took place when the UAE offered to provide vaccines, because the Palestinians were annoyed with the UAE for having done a peace deal with Israel. (Honestly, if we thought Donald Trump was behaving like a splenetic toddler, he had nothing on the Palestinians). In Gaza, meanwhile — which, because of the much-attacked blockades by both Israel and Egypt, has gone relatively Covid-free — the sulking grew to a grand scale. An American Christian group, which worked with Israel to establish a field hospital on the Syrian border, when Israel was providing medical care for Syrian civilians, went ahead and built a similar facility on the Israel-Gaza border. The group, FriendShips, had secured the agreement of both Israel and Hamas, and

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was ready to welcome patients this week, relieving the pressure on Gazan hospitals. But now Hamas has announced that it won’t send patients to the FriendShip clinic — because, it says, it’s not providing enough services. Oy. Back in Israel, and the vaccine lunacy is reaching new depths as Israel admitted (as did, eventually, the Palestinians) that it had, in fact, given some vaccines to Palestinian health workers. Not many — 100 so far — and since the majority of Israel’s vaccines have come from Pfizer, which the PA has acknowledged it would have trouble storing in the requisite sub-zero conditions, it may be difficult to give more. The admission only emerged after a court action taken by the family of the kidnapped Israel soldier Hadar Goldin. Goldin’s body is being held in Gaza by Hamas and his family wanted no aid into Gaza — including vaccines — without the return of his remains.

Last Thursday, meanwhile, Yuli Edelstein, the health minister, announced that Israel would begin vaccinating Palestinian prisoners, despite a previous order from the public security minister, Amir Ohana, that convicted terrorists should not receive the vaccine. It took an intervention by President Rivlin, who said not vaccinating prisoners was “inconsistent with our values, the values of the Jewish and democratic state”, before Edelstein rescinded Ohana’s ruling. Israel, understandably, wants to immunise as many of its citizens as it can — and has paid a premium price for doing so. Its roll-out programme has won it world-wide admirers, including from the UK. Its best course of action, it seems to me, would be to make a public declaration of intent to help the Palestinians when it can — and then sit back and watch the sulking escalate. Win-win.

Apartheid claim is insulting to Arabs and South Africans RICHARD PATER

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he Guardian’s reporting of B’Tselem’s ludicrous claims that Israel is an undemocratic, apartheid state is unhelpful to building peace and understanding in the Middle East. I presume B’Tselem takes its inspiration from a core Jewish value, found in the first chapter of the Old Testament, that everyone on earth was created equal, b’tselem, in the image of God. This noble and universal lesson is being twisted by the organisation of that name. Its latest claim is insulting on a number of levels. It is insulting and belittling the historic struggle against apartheid in South Africa. It is insulting to Israeli Arab citizens who, despite living in a complex clash between their civic and religious identities, overwhelmingly choose Israeli citizenship. In fact, that trend is also growing among Jerusalem Arabs.

Israeli Arabs are represented by the second largest party in the parliament and an Israeli Arab Supreme Court Judge recently served as head of the Central Election Committee. It should go without saying that every Israeli Arab and Jerusalemite is as entitled as a Jewish citizen of Israel to the coronavirus vaccine. This hit piece reads as a cynical attempt by a donor-funded non-governmental organisation to raise funds abroad while targeting those brave Jewish and Arab voices, who, at the start of Israel’s general election campaign, are beginning to audibly advocate cooperation and partnership. True, there has been historic discrimination, a flaw recognised and being fiscally readjusted and dramatically improved even by a Netanyahu government, but this is in no way comparable to the horrors of apartheid. It is also insulting to the intelligence of the Palestinians to deny them agency. They are living through a tragedy partly a result of their own catastrophic historic decisions. It is absurd to deny that their current predicament is partly due to the adoption of terrorist tactics in the past, even as Hamas remains

in control in Gaza. Even here, as we end the Trump era, quietly Israeli–Palestinian civic and security cooperation is resuming. This process should be encouraged not scorned. There should be hope that a new US administration, learning from the mistakes of both Donald Trump and Barack Obama, engages the sides in a supportive balanced role and encourages rebuilding trust to bring them back to negotiations in the future, based on mutual respect and recognition. This article was placed in the foreign media, not in an effort to make substantive contribution to the debate here in the Middle East, but to act as a spoiler to significant changes under way in Israel’s relations with the wider Arab world, evidenced by multiple peace deals, currently being complimented by engagement with Israeli Arabs and maybe even in the future with the Palestinians. Finally, it is, of course, insulting to Israelis and many Jews. Israel is a melting pot of cultures, backgrounds and contradictions. It is a wonderfully flawed democracy in many ways, but also tenacious and essentially liberal. Post coronavirus, I encourage you to visit and see the reality.

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sraeli human rights activist Hagai El-Ad says Israel is an “apartheid state” (‘We are Israel’s largest human rights group – and we are calling this apartheid’, The Guardian, 12 January). Is that true? No. 'Apartheid' is the DutchAfrikaans term for separation, used to describe the racial segregation and discrimination enforced violently by white minority governments on non-whites in South Africa from 1948 to 1994. Benjamin Pogrund, former anti-apartheid activist and former deputy editor of Rand Daily Mail, and a friend of Nelson Mandela, said: “Applying the word ‘apartheid’ to Israelis is both factually wrong and politically naïve.” The 'apartheid' smear is politically polarising and it damages both the debate here and, more importantly, the peace process there. Is there “apartheid” for the 20 percent of Israelis who are not Jewish? No. Israel is a thriving multi-ethnic democracy in which the

Arab minority is guaranteed equal rights. All faiths vote and all enjoy freedom of worship. There are no legal restrictions on movement, employment, or sexual or marital relations. Universities and hospitals are integrated and discrimination is illegal. Israel’s Arab citizens hold collective rights as a national minority. Israel is the only place in the Middle East where all minorities are protected. Its parliament has the widest and most far-reaching representation of voices. There is a thriving Arabic mass media, literature and theatre scene. Israeli Arab infant mortality rates are better than those of the USA. Although they are rightly very critical of a range of discriminations and inequalities, in 2014, 77 percent of the Arab citizens of Israel said they would prefer to live under Israeli rule than Palestinian. Israel’s Arab citizens do suffer from a number of disadvantages, but to use the term “apartheid” to describe them is ridiculous. Arab MKs (MPs) sit in the Knesset, including some of the government’s harshest critics. Arabs have served in the Cabinet, in the civil service (around eight percent of civil servants are Arab),

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and on the Supreme Court. It was an Israeli Arab judge who sentenced ex-Israeli President, Moshe Katsav, to jail on a rape conviction. The 2016 infant mortality rate in Israel was 3.5 deaths to 1000 live births – 2.2 for Jews and 6.1 for Arabs. That’s unequal, but the infant mortality rate for the Arab minority in Israel is similar to the rate for the majority in the US and EU and better than in the Arab world. Israeli governments have been pursuing policies to close the remaining economic gaps between the Jewish majority and the Arab minority by opening up the civil service, equalising welfare, introducing Arabic into Jewish schools, and improving access to higher

education. Investment is being funnelled into improvements in education, physical infrastructure, the empowerment of Arab municipalities and security arrangements. But isn’t there apartheid on the West Bank? No. Since 1967, Israel has occupied it after winning the Six-Day War, a pre-emptive war of self-defence against the Arab armies massed on its borders. The occupation has persisted because peace talks – in which Israel has sought recognition and security guarantees in return for an end to the occupation – have failed thus far. Successive offers to share the land have been rejected without a single Palestinian counter-offer being tabled. Israel refuses to commit national suicide. That is why the occupation of the West Bank continues, not because Israel is running an “apartheid” regime. Peace between Israelis and Palestinians demands a historic compromise based on deep mutual recognition and trust between the peoples. Hagai El-Ad’s reduction of this complex historical conflict between two victimised peoples to a simplicity – “apartheid” – will not help Israelis or Palestinians.

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Heads of communal organisations, including Jewish News editor Richard Ferrer (pictured with his pup) helped mental health charity Jami join national organisations to mark the #Brew Monday (instead of ‘Blue Monday’) campaign, to encourage people to get in contact with family, friends and colleagues, make their favourite brew and have a chat in a bid to combat loneliness and help mental health in the pandemic. Jami holds its Mental Health Awareness Shabbat this week. More details at: jamiuk.org/get-involved/mhas

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More than 350 people attended the virtual launch of a fundraising book dealing with bereavement and loss. Mindy Wiesenberg, ex-chair of British Emunah, published Healing Pathways – A Journey Through Life’s Challenges – after almost a decade of dealing with her own ill health and loss, including the death of Johnny, her husband of 40 years. She said: “Having to deal with cancer and then a sudden bereavement left me trying to find the best ways I could heal. I realised so much of what I learnt could help others.” Proceeds from the book, available via Amazon and www.emunah.org.uk, will be donated to British Emunah, which supports at-risk children and families in Israel.

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‘Everyone needs danger in their life’ Brigit Grant speaks with Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer about playing an unsated woman in the psychological thriller Losing Alice

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Zurer, who has no such issues. “You isillusioned middle-aged women know, when you have everything you have never been neglected by the want, a family, husband, mother-in-law, film and television industry. beautiful house and nice career, but The roles may have gone to you’re not doing what you really want to younger women – even Bette Davis was do and question where you are. a fledgling 42 in Joseph L Mankiewicz’s “In Alice’s case, it’s subconscious and All About Eve – but there have still been the frustration is percolating underneath. multiple films and series that prioritise And when Alice meets Sophie, it bursts the inner lives of women with angst who into fire.” aren’t ingénues. The uber-risqué scenes swathed across To this list comes Alice Ginor, a this tense thriller are certainly hot and woman who feels as reduced as Shirley doubtlessly appeal to men who typically Valentine, but is unfulfilled in a more Ayelet Zurer, right, with Lihi Kornowski in Losing Alice avoid the women in crises genre. glamorous world. “It’s about what keeps you relevant man’s mum in Man of Steel and with her many As the eponymous protagonist in Sigal and to do so you need the ability to destroy – nominations and awards, including best Avin’s seven-part series Losing Alice, Ayelet and Alice has to destroy everything in order Zurer is losing her grip on the enviable lifestyle actress for Hostages, the Tel Aviv-born star is to rebuild it. You have to have a little bit of a prized interviewee ripe for questioning. she shares with her two children and famous danger in your life and Alice has forgotten But I only have 15 minutes. Long enough actor husband, David (Gal Toren). how.” for everyone in the world to become famous, A renowned film director, Alice is almost Happily married in real life to her former according to Andy Warhol, but not to stammer as venerated as her spouse, but with her surf instructor Gilad Londovski, with whom through a Q&A at 12.30am in London/teatime focus now on family and producing yoghurt she has a son, the idea of a celeb coupling in Los Angeles. adverts, her best work is behind her. with all its incumbent insecurity and jealI clock “writer and illustrator” on Zurer’s That is until she meets Sophie (Lihi ousy does not appeal to Zurer. résumé but I don’t have time to ask about her Kornowski), a racy first-time scriptwriter “I have my life, which is full of people who book, As Of Now, and Apple TV have asked me who has her sights firmly set on another of the create, and Gilad’s life is very, very different. to turn off my camera as I am not allowed to protagonists – but to reveal who would be to Sometimes we actually clash because of it, as see the actress, nor her me. spoil the outcome in this fiendishly compelling you want to have someone who understands With visions of Lot’s salty wife in my mind, drama from Avin, who also directs. exactly where you are right now. Akiva Shtisel’s lost love suddenly appears on She also offers rare insight on the film“But it’s also extremely boring to be with screen ahead of my cue, then the camera’s off making process, notably shooting sex scenes, someone who has exactly the same life, and and the clock is ticking. and provides us with one to rival the Julie there’s definitely no jealousy, or competition. How did you prep to portray unsated Christie/Donald Sutherland fumble in “But I think in any relationship, there’s director Alice, I ask? Don’t Look Now. always negotiation.” “By reading the little details in Sigal’s I was keen to hear Zurer’s thoughts about Her fulsome response takes us up to the showing such raw female nudity on television script, which was beautiful, profound and wire, but I just have to ask, were you glad filled with a lot of specific descriptions, in a post #Metoo climate. Elisheva didn’t marry Akiva Shitsel? which helped me understand what was going The most pressing ask, however, did not “Well, I knew she on in Alice’s mind.” involve Alice, but her other role in smash couldn’t,” she says. As Avin was in Israel hit drama Shtisel as Elisheva Rotstein and “She had to stay away.” and Zurer at home in whether she had regrets about abandoning Leaving me dangling Los Angeles, there were artist Akiva (Michael Aloni). on the edge like Losing also lots of calls and As the beguiling widow who cooked for Alice, I’ll have to keep discussions about the her dead husbands in the Israeli series, Zurer guessing until next time mid-life crisis so many caught the imagination of fans globally, we can meet … women experience although she was already known for roles in � Losing Alice is in their forties Steven Spielberg’s Munich and Ron Howard’s released on Apple and beyond. Angels & Demons. TV+ from tomorrow “There’s a feeling It’s arguable that Zurer, 51, also trounced (Friday) of stagnation,” says Gal Gadot in the superhero stakes as SuperZurer with Michael Aloni in Shtisel

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A critically-acclaimed true crime podcast about Ghislaine Maxwell is being adapted for television. Sony Pictures Television-backed Eleventh Hour Films has bought the screen rights for Hunting Ghislaine from LBC and Global. The six-part podcast, which is written and presented by investigative journalist John Sweeney and first aired in November, traces the life story of Maxwell, daughter of disgraced billionaire media tycoon Robert Maxwell and former partner of convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. As Epstein’s girlfriend, Maxwell has been

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A former gangsta rapper who converted to Judaism is releasing his latest track this week, which puts his own unique hip hop twist on a famous Israeli folk song. Nissim Black, originally from Seattle, Washington, and today living as a strictlyOrthodox Jew in Israel, has penned The Hava Song, which is available on all streaming platforms from tomorrow (Friday). The new track’s hard-hitting beat derives its melody from the well-known Hava Nagila, which literally means “let us rejoice” and follows on from his recent album, Love Notes (Mixtape) and the megahit Mothaland Bounce, which amassed more than four million views on Youtube.

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Gal Gadot is set to star in Tom Harper’s new espionage thriller, Heart of Stone, which will arrive on Netflix after the streaming giant won the worldwide rights. The 35-year-old Israeli star is said to have signed an eight-figure deal to appear in the forthcoming feature, which is developed by Skydance Media and aspires to spawn a female-centric franchise modelled on the thrills and spills of Mission: Impossible and Bond. Gadot has been named as one of the producers, alongside her husband and business partner Yaron Varsano, while Greg Rucka and Allison Schroeder have been enlisted as writers on the project. Having just appeared in Wonder Woman 1984, the actress is next set to star in Kenneth Branagh’s Death On The Nile, while other upcoming roles include period drama Cleopatra and a biopic miniseries based on the life of Hedy Lamarr.

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‘CHESS isn’t about how good you get, but what it does for you’ Micaela Blitz speaks to chess champion Jennifer Shahade about how Netflix hit The Queen’s Gambit inspired more young women to take up the game

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much about what they teach you, but how they point you in the right direction to teach yourself. “My mum and dad both put me on that path. I also think the fact that my mother was big on conquering male-dominated fields in her professional life made me see any gender prejudice as a challenge to overcome, rather than something I should accept.” Despite being brought up in a secular Jewish home, she has begun celebrating more of the Jewish festivals and holidays since marrying her husband, Daniel Meirom, an Israeli director and film producer. “I even learned to make kneidlach soup!” she laughs. There was a time when Shahade briefly lost interest in chess during her early teens, a particularly common issue among young female players who don’t have other friends interested in the game, and so gravitate towards other outlets. But her love of the game was soon reignited. She achieved competitive success at 16 when she became a National Master and went on to become the first woman to win the US Junior Open, a mixed gender competition, when she was 18. Throughout her competitive career, she gained further accolades and titles, becoming the youngest American-born women’s

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ong before Beth Harmon burst on to our screens as a flame-haired chess prodigy in The Queen’s Gambit, Jennifer Shahade was checkmating her way to the very top of her field. In fact, the 40-year-old is a twotime US Women’s Chess Champion and the World Chess Federation (FIDE) bestowed Shahade with the title of Woman Grandmaster, putting her on a par with the likes of iconic male competitors, including Bobby Fischer, Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov. So rather than being a work of fiction, Shahade knows women can rise to the top in chess just like in The Queen’s Gambit – and is hopeful Netflix’s most-watched limited series ever will encourage others to take up the game. Based on Walter Tevis’ 1983 novel of the same name, the sevenepisode show is set during the Cold War era and tells the story of Beth Harmon (played by Anya TaylorJoy), an orphan taught to play chess by Mr Shaibel (Bill Camp), the caretaker at her strict boarding school. She quickly picks up the game and proves to be a chess prodigy, going on to play competitively and taking the male-dominated chess community by storm. The show’s creators, producer Allan Scott and Jewish screenwriter and director, Scott Frank, worked closely with chess heavyweights Bruce Pandolfini and Kasparov to ensure the world of chess was portrayed accurately. Like Beth, red-headed Shahade also started playing chess at a young age and is from what she affectionally calls “a chess family” from Philadelphia. Her Lebanese father, Mike Shahade, is a FIDE Master and fourtime state champion who taught her to play at five years old, and her Jewish mother, Dr Sally Solomon, is a university professor and author. Her brother, Greg, is also an International Master. Growing up in such a dynamic and academic family did not faze Shahade; she was instead inspired by it. She tells me: “The best thing about being around people who are great at what they do is not as

Above: Jennifer Shahade, Woman Grandmaster and the two-time US Women’s Chess Champion. Left: Jennifer with her brother by a chess board

US chess champion in history, as well as winning a Silver Olympic Medal in 2004. In her role as programme director for US Chess Women, Shahade acknowledges she is in an influential position to bring about positive change. Through its Women in Chess initiative, she aims to encourage more engagement from girls and women of all ages. As part of this, Shahade hosts Ladies’ Knight, a monthly podcast that features female chess champions and leaders, and she has also recently started the Madwoman’s Book Club, to discuss books relating to chess. Unsurprisingly, The Queen’s Gambit was the first book to appear on their list. The popularity of the series combined with the pandemic has inspired a boom in online chess and, throughout lockdown, Shahade has been running twice-weekly virtual girls’ clubs connecting girls from across the US and beyond.

For as much as Shahade is pleased to see this new surge in keen players, she also acknowledges how chess can really prove a boon to mental health at this time. “Chess allows you to completely lose yourself, like Beth does in The Queen’s Gambit,” she explains. “Being engrossed in something more constructive than spending too much time on social media, or in negative environments, helps develop self-worth and resilience. “The game is not just about how good you get, but how it accentuates your life. You can use it to build a network, work on things that do not come easily to you, or revel in what comes naturally. “In my case, visualisation and aggression came easily, but patience and confidence were harder. I leveraged my strengths and worked on my weaknesses.” While many strides have been made in encouraging more girls to take up the game, there’s no disputing the facts: currently there is

only one female player ranked in the Top 100 players in the world. The Queen’s Gambit shows Beth’s male competitors as supportive and honourable, and while Shahade feels this mostly reflects her own experience, throughout her career she has also witnessed discrimination and what she calls “an undercurrent of resentment” from some factions of the chess community. Her book, Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport speaks out on these issues, giving a snapshot of the negative experiences of female players in competitive chess, and the obstacles they have had to overcome to achieve success. But perhaps now the tables – or in this case, the chess boards – are turning, and more women are being encouraged to take up the game. Beth Harmon and “The Queen’s Gambit effect”, as Shahade calls it, might just yet prove to do just that.  The Queen’s Gambit is available to watch on Netflix now


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INGREDIENTS 2 limes ½ teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more as needed ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 4 dried juniper berries, lightly crushed with a mortar and pestle or the side of a heavy knife ½ teaspoon fennel seeds, lightly crushed (as above) 4 (6oz to 8oz) skinless salmon fillets 6 sprigs fresh marjoram or thyme Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed 1 large fennel bulb, with fronds Flaky sea salt, for serving Reprinted from Dinner in French. Copyright © 2020 by Melissa Clark, published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC

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FENNEL LIME, JUNIPER AND 1. Heat the oven to 325°F (170°C / GM3). Finely grate the zest from one of the limes and place the zest in a bowl (reserve the lime for later). Stir in the salt, pepper and crushed juniper berries and fennel seeds. Sprinkle the mixture all over the salmon fillets and place them, packed close together, in a small baking dish (a large loaf pan or an 8-inch cake pan will work). 2. Thinly slice the remaining lime and lay the slices on the fish. Tuck the marjoram sprigs around the fish. Cover the fish with olive oil – you’ll need at least ½ a cup, possibly even one cup, to submerge it. Bake the fish until it’s just cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. (Thinner fillets may take less time – start checking at 10 minutes.) 3. Remove the fennel fronds from the bulb and chop enough to make ½ a cup. Trim the bulb and thinly slice it on a mandoline or with a very sharp knife. In a bowl, toss the fennel fronds and slices with a pinch of fine sea salt. Juice the zested lime and add juice, to taste, to the fennel. Drizzle the fennel with oil. Serve the salmon and fennel sprinkled with flaky sea salt.

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onfiting salmon fillets in olive oil makes their flesh extravagantly tender and silky. Most fish confiting takes place over low heat on the stove, but here I use the oven, which makes the recipe relatively hands-off once everything is arranged in the pan. You can season the cooking oil for a confit with practically anything aromatic. I particularly like the combination of floral lime, piney juniper and both fennel seeds and the bulb for their liquorice notes. It’s a very complextasting dish given the scant amount of work to make it. You can reuse the infused oil, too: Store it in the fridge and drizzle it on salads or use it to sauté other fish. Or try tossing it with boiled potatoes and chopped dill; it adds richness without any obvious fishiness and you can serve the potato salad alongside the salmon to round out the plate.


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BY RABBI DANIEL FRIEDMAN When the Israelites left Egypt, only one fifth of the nation departed. What happened to the rest? They weren’t ready to be freed from slavery and perished under the veil of the darkness that enveloped Egypt. They were buried hastily by their brethren, lest the Egyptians suggest the plagues had struck indiscriminately – Egyptian and Hebrew alike. In contrast with the original Exodus, the Kabbalists teach that on the final redemption, none will be left behind. What’s the difference between the Exodus and the messianic era? In Egypt, we looked at our undecided brethren and wondered how anyone could be so overtaken by their slave mentality that they would be unwilling to embrace freedom. “Why can’t they get their act together?” we thought. “They should just pick themselves up and get a move on!” We blamed them for their indecisiveness and were happy to forsake them. But perhaps the problem wasn’t them, it was us. Maybe we misunderstood their inner turmoil and were too quick to judge. Instead of reaching out and lending a helping hand, we viewed them as miscreants and ingrates.

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Until recently, we thought that if people weren’t willing to snap out of the “slavery” of their minds, we should leave them behind and treat them as “Egyptians” – failures who deserved the darkness and shame they brought upon themselves. Suicide was viewed as a sin. We’ve now begun to recognise the mental health issues with which so many in our community struggle. All too often, there are underlying psychological issues. This person is not a sinner, but a victim. Today, we appreciate they are our kin and we would never leave them in the Egyptian darkness. They are in the light just like us. If we dismiss them, it is we who are in the dark. Their struggle isn’t all-enveloping. It’s an inner struggle we must reach out to and empathise with. As we approach Mental Health Awareness Shabbat this weekend, we must take them by the hand and bring them along with us on our journey, helping out in any way we can. That’s a sign we are nearing the final redemption.

◆ Rabbi Daniel Friedman serves Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue

At Joe Biden’s inauguration, an unprecedented security operation was in place due to the outlandish incitement of insurrection by then-US President Trump two weeks ago. The concept of the inciter is present at the start of the human story, in the book of Genesis, with the primordial snake inciting Eve to break the commandment against eating from the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. The snake’s punishment is greater than that of the humans because he destroyed their innocence. Similarly, Korach used the gifts of the demagogue to imply Moses was a usurper in his leadership, despite God obviously having chosen for the job. He was swallowed alive by the earth, along with his followers. In Halachah, we are

warned not to listen to people who try to divert us from God’s worship. Whether it be to listen to a false prophet, or to worship other gods, these very clear examples of incitement are considered to be the most serious of crimes. In other capital cases, we are allowed to show sympathy, but here we are not, nor are we to listen to them. Indeed they are most grievous, because if they are successful they bring down not only themselves, but the whole city or region that listened to them, condemned to destruction by the Torah.

The reason for this is clear. When a person incites disregard for the most basic of rules, they are willing to do it despite all dangers, like Korach for their own narcissistic reasons. They will try to portray it as something good and wholesome. They could be someone dear to or respected by you, who uses this relationship to incite and entice you into a serious crime. By the use of lies or half-truths they convince themselves, and often their victim, that they are doing something right and honest. This is why what Trump has done is so serious and he now stands in a limbo of jeopardy, having created a dangerous riot eclipsing his achievements. ◆ Rabbi Zvi Solomons serves JCoB, the Jewish Community of Berkshire in Reading

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BY RABBI REBECCA BIRK One of the strangest things over the last year has been the doubters. From the flamboyant conspiracy theorists and the flagrant rejection of science to those resisting guidelines and safety measures, believing they know better. As a keen rule follower, I am intrigued as to why they believe what they do. In the Torah, we read of the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart, even as he watches the 10 plagues ravage his people and country. Like today’s anti-vaxxers, he refused to respond to the suffering reality around him. As Dr Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg observed, “a kind of spiritual rigor mortis set in” for him. Pharaoh couldn’t empathise. This reminds me of what we have seen during ‘our’ plague of Covid-19. It’s striking that, so far, more than two million people have died around the world – and approaching 100,000 in the UK – yet many hearts remain hardened to this. So what’s an antidote

to a hardened heart? The silent prayer at the end of the Amidah can give some encouragement. Mar bar Ravina, a fourth century sage wrote Patach Libi, Open My Heart (to Your Teaching). An open heart responds to learning. It responds to the news from the Covid wards, to data, medical evidence and to the uncontroversial hope the vaccines bring. Pharaoh is an unlikely teacher as he refuses to see a possible end to suffering. It’s surely incumbent on us to welcome the vaccine with an open heart and an open arm outstretched. In November 1942, three years into the war, Winston Churchill declared: “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” The vaccine is just that. Be ready for yours.

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BY RABBI DEBBIE YOUNG-SOMERS Thank goodness as a society we had already begun to talk much more openly about mental health before 2020 arrived. The mental health of the nation has been deeply impacted by the pandemic. It is important we acknowledge the danger in ignoring the changes to our mental health, just as we need to for physical health. The word “plague” has greater resonances for us today than the last time we gathered for Jami’s Mental Health Awareness Shabbat, which occurs this week. The plague of darkness we read about in this week’s parashah could have meant not only dark skies, but emotional gloom. Almost everyone I know has experienced this gloom over the past year. Whether parents trying to cope with home school and juggling fulltime jobs, individuals experiencing wrenching loneliness and isolation, folk who have lost their jobs and security, the many who lost loved ones

they were unable to support in death, or those who were unable to grieve fully due to social distancing. Our children have certainly not escaped this either. Being torn away from their education, their friends, their safety nets and structures, as well as witnessing fear and confusion. We will be dealing with this for years to come and being able to have open and supportive conversations is an important step. In Exodus, we hear that one of the biggest problems with the plague of darkness was that people could not see one another. The all-encompassing darkness meant people

couldn’t meet one another (something we now know even more about), but also couldn’t see one another, or their suffering. No one could help their family, friends or neighbours out of the gloom, because they sat alone in their darkness. Thus, they were crushed under the experience. In the face of the darkness that so many of us have had a glimpse of this past year, let’s try to find ways in which each of us can help to bring light, so we can truly see another person before us and help them, or perhaps ourselves to get up from under the oppressive weight. There are no simple fixes to any health challenge. But I pray in the months to come we are able to support one another through any darkness, just as we have cared for our communities’ physical health through the pandemic. ◆ Rabbi Debbie YoungSomers serves Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue

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against Premier League defenders, will be treating it just as any other game. “Honestly, for me, drawing Tottenham wasn’t a big thing at all,” he says. “I would have liked an easier draw that would have given us a better chance of progressing further in the competition, but regardless of the opponents, I treat every game the same, be it Chorley or Tottenham. Every player’s different, some may be excited, but for me it’s just another game against better opposition. “In a one-off game there’s always a chance and I think it helps us being at home on our pitch. Their bigger pitch would have helped them more, so I think we have a better chance this time around – although it would have been nice to play at their new ground.” The match could give Jacobson a chance to come up against fellow Welshman Gareth Bale, a reunion he’s eagerly anticipating. “We played together in a Wales U21 match back in 2006, both on the left-hand side and, even then, I could see he was a special player. He hasn’t had the best of season’s due to injury and is probably thinking a game against Wycombe could kick-start his season. We have to be careful when players have that mentality, that they can use us as a springboard for their season. “I want to test myself against the best players in Europe and the world and Spurs definitely have some attacking players who are on that level. It’s exciting to be on the same pitch as them and although we’re still the underdogs, we’ll go into the game with nothing to lose.” Facing a higher calibre of player is also something that excites Kashket. “The better the defender I come up against, the better I can test myself,” he says. “I look forward to that and hopefully the team can get a very good result. “Unfortunately we won’t have our fans behind us, but with or without them, the winners will be the team who plays better on the day.”

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