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VOICE OF THE COMMUNITY 18 March 2021

5 Nisan 5781

Issue No.1202

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Schools unite in care after JFS girl’s death

Parents urged to be vigilant as head breaks news The headteachers of eight Jewish schools across the country issued an emotional joint statement this week following the sudden death of a female student at JFS, writes Adam Decker. In an unprecedented move following last week’s tragedy, schools including JCoSS, Immanuel College, Hasmonean boys’ school and Hasmonean girls’ School, King David in Liverpool, King David in Manchester and Kantor King Solomon High in Barkingside contacted parents and pupils. They wrote: “It is with great sadness that we write following the tragic news of the passing of a Year 10 student at JFS late last week. We as headteachers work together very closely on all sorts of matters and we would like to offer our condolences to the family and friends of the young person and to the entire JFS community. “We know how special and close a Jewish school community can be, and how such devastating news can affect pupils, staff and governors and we want them to know that we are thinking of them.” The letter concludes with practical advice for keeping children safe online: “Make sure that you are talking to your children about their online/social media activities; make sure there’s nothing hidden on their phone; use parental controls;

check their phones regularly; keep their phones out of bedrooms and in public spaces wherever possible.” JFS headteacher Rachel Fink broke the distressing news in an email to parents and pupils. She wrote: “It is with much sadness that I need to tell you that one of our year 10 students, [Jewish News has withheld her name], has passed away suddenly. It is never easy to share this type of news and I wanted you to be aware in order that you can support your children over the weekend should they wish to talk about this with you. “Our thoughts are with her family and friends. Some students in school, particularly friends, will be finding this news very difficult. Other students – not just close friends – may find this very upsetting. I appreciate that there are likely to be many feelings and many questions, even more so because of all our recent experiences during the pandemic.” Fink continued: “It is important that children attend school (in the coming days). We will be here to support them. We have set up a support space in the shul for students where there will be people to talk to or a quiet space to sit if it feels too much to be in class. The support room will be staffed by people who have been trained to support young people after a tragic death.”

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News / Israel support / Defamation case / Miller investigation

Britain ‘will work to stop Israel being stigmatised’ Britain will act to ensure that Israel is not stigmatised in international institutions, after a new inquiry into alleged war crimes in the West Bank was announced, Dominic Raab has said, writes Michael Daventry. Jewish News understands the foreign secretary told Jewish community representatives this week that he stood firmly by his resolve to prevent any unfair treatment. The International Criminal Court announced earlier this month that it would investigate allegations of war crimes in the West Bank and Gaza. Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said it would look into alleged crimes by both Israelis and Palestinians. But many Israeli figures criticised the decision; Benjamin Netanyahu called it “the epitome of antisemitism and hypocrisy”. Raab told Board of Depu-

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ties president Marie van der Zyl and Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) chair Jonathan Goldstein he would work “publicly and privately” to address concern bodies such as the ICC do not stigmatise Israel.

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wide range of issues, including antisemitism, freedom of religious belief, the Middle East peace process and our global leadership in holding those who show a disregard for human rights to account.”

Corbyn waits on defamation case verdict Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is waiting to hear whether he has won the latest round of a court fight with a political blogger. Corbyn is trying to overturn a High Court judge’s ruling after being sued for defamation by Richard Millett and has mounted an appeal against preliminary findings made by Mr Justice Saini. Three appeal judges considered arguments at a Court of Appeal hearing in London on Tuesday. Lawyers representing Corbyn said the appeal raised “important and serious issues” about the right to freedom of expression of a senior politician. Millett says Corbyn defamed him by accusing him of being “disruptive and abusive” at a 2013 meeting featuring a Palestinian speaker. Corbyn, who says he was defending himself against charges of antisemitism, disputes Millett’s claims and denies defaming him.

BRISTOL OPENS INQUIRY INTO ‘ANTISEMITIC’ PROF Bristol University has launched an investigation into a professor who allegedly called Jewish students “pawns of a racist regime engaged in ethnic cleansing”, writes Jack Mendel. The institution has come under severe criticism from communal organisations for not taking action against professor David Miller, who reportedly accused Jewish students of running a “campaign of censorship” on behalf of Israel. Miller also allegedly accused institutions, including the Union of Jewish Students and Board of Deputies of working Investigation: Bristol University professor David Miller for the ‘Israel lobby’, and “We can confirm that the university has being “pawns of a racist regime engaged in already initiated an investigation into this ethnic cleansing”. The British government was urged to look matter. The investigation is being carried out into the matter after it was raised in Parliament in accordance with the university’s internal two weeks ago, while hundreds of MPs joined process and, as we have explained in a previous Jewish leaders in writing to the university’s vice statement, that process is confidential.” It says Bristol has a commitment to freedom chancellor earlier this month. In a statement issued yesterday, Bristol of speech, where staff and students can “speak University said it was aware of “concerns about openly without fear of censorship or limitation, comments made by David Miller” and of the provided that this right is exercised responsibly, within the law, and with respect for others who written question raised in parliament. It added: “We recognise this matter has may have differing views”. It added: “The university’s clear and concaused deep concern for some members of our community, and also that people hold very dif- sistently held position is that bullying, harassferent views on the issues raised. The university ment and discrimination are never acceptable”, has offered support to both students and staff and said it wanted to provide a “welcoming environment for Jewish students”. who have been affected by it.


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Jobless total / School places / News

Jewish jobless total overtakes UK rate Jewish unemployment appeared to soar above the national rate last summer in the months after the coronavirus pandemic broke out, a study has found, writes Michael Daventry. The report by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) said that before the Covid-19 outbreak, the rate of unemployed Jews had been lower than across British society as a whole, but that the position changed last summer. Based on a survey of Jews across the UK conducted in July 2020, JPR found that Jewish women were considerably more likely than men to have experienced redundancy, furlough, loss of income or loss of hours. The Jewish group that stood out the most was the strictly-Orthodox, the report added, with more than half of Britain’s population affected. “This report provides us with the first population level view of how Jewish people’s working lives have been affected by the pandemic and the scale of the disruption is clear to see,” said JPR executive director Jonathan Boyd.

The JPR said many have been unable to ‘weather the storm’ of Covid

“While some Jews have certainly been able to weather the storm, many have not, and this report helps community policy makers to identify where the pockets of need are greatest.” JPR said that while more data was needed to establish whether there was a clear trend in rising Jewish unemployment, the tendency towards self-employment among Jews was likely to have had

an “adverse effect” on the figures. Boyd said more communal support would be needed. “Community organisations and foundations are doing important work to support affected individuals. We recommend further endeavour in this regard, alongside increased monitoring of Jewish employment rates over time to track change and understand the effectiveness of the interventions being put in place.”

PARENTS TOLD ‘DON’T PANIC’ OVER SCHOOLS Partnerships for Jewish Schools has sought to reassure parents who have spoken of their worry after their children were not offered a Jewish school place, writes Joshua Salisbury. Initial offers for secondary school places began to be sent out at the start of this month. Families in north-west London have spoken to Jewish News after being offered schools which were not on their preference list. But PaJeS said that an extra bulge class at Borehamwood’s Yavneh College should create extra capacity across the system which would only be seen after a few rounds of offers had elapsed. “At this stage, it may feel as if there are many pupils still awaiting an offer,” it told parents in a letter. “This is normal at the beginning of the process. It takes time and for a few rounds of offers to be completed by all the schools for things to settle. “At that point we will have a clearer picture as to how many families are still waiting for an offer of a place at a Jewish school.” It added that local authorities set their own timetables, meaning Jewish schools do not have the same date for deadlines. Mum Jodi Newton told Jewish

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News she was being forced to consider a private school for her son after being allocated a “wholly unsuitable” school. The family, who live in Finchley, say those living outside the catchment area for Yavneh College are particularly affected. “This cohort of children need all the certainty and positivity that we can provide them after so many bitter disappointments, particularly in the field of education,” she said. Another parent, Sonya Tury, said her son who attends a Jewish primary, has been allocated a place at a Greek Orthodox secondary where there are few other Jewish pupils. “I’m a different situation,” she said. “This has been really difficult for my son.”

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News / Shenley Zoombombing / BoD applications / Sacks’ legacy / JN debate

Racist troll hijacks parish council chat referred to the police by the Police are investigating parish council, I will [be] after a troll gatecrashed a raising it with the police parish council meeting in tonight myself.” Hertfordshire to call for Shenley, a village near Jews to be killed, writes Radlett and Borehamwood, Joshua Salisbury. has been estimated to have Councillors on Shenley a Jewish population of Parish Council near Boreroughly 20 percent. hamwood were discussing Speaking to Jewish News, its neighbourhood plan on Hertfordshire Police conTuesday evening when the firmed their investigation meeting was hijacked by and appealed for informasomeone posting: “Burn tion to help find the culprit. The Jews.” A spokesman said The comment, posted by officers want those with a person calling themselves any information which ‘John Smith’, has been could help the enquiry to reported to police, who are report it online at herts. treating it as a hate crime. A screenshot of the antisemitic messages at Tuesday’s meeting police.uk/report or to Cllr Michelle Vince, a representative on Hertsmere Borough Council who attended call 101, quoting crime reference 41/19051/21. Crimestoppers, the independent charity, can also be contacted anonythe meeting, said she was left disgusted. “Tonight I joined the extraordinary Shenley parish Zoom mously on 0800 555 111. Shenley was previously hit by a spate of antisemitic grafmeeting,” she said. “I was absolutely disgusted at the antisemitic fiti in 2019, when the phrase ‘Jew Ghetto’ alongside a Star of remark in the group chat.” Vince said such remarks “must not be tolerated. I hope it is David was discovered in three locations in the village.

Former prime minister Gordon Brown told more than 450 people at a pre-Pesach discussion that the late Rabbi Lord Sacks’ teachings have “enduring relevance” in healing society after Covid. Addressing the BIG Super Seder Day at the London School of Jewish Studies, he was joined by Lord Sacks’ daughter Gila and philanthropist Stuart Roden. Reflecting on his career and contribution in numerous fields, Brown told the audience Rabbi Sacks “taught me the importance of civic society, the limits of markets, the indispensability of a public morality”. “This new century has been shaped by extraordinary

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Six communal organisations have applied to join the Board of Deputies ahead of the Board’s May triennial elections. The six are the Jewish Vegetarian Society, the Jewish Friendship Society of Manchester, Mitzvah Day, JAMI (the community mental health charity), Maccabi and the London Jewish Forum. If all the applications are approved, the Board’s case for being the representative body of British Jewry will become even stronger. Andrew Gilbert, from the London Jewish Forum,

which was originally set up by the Board and the Jewish Leadership Council, says the LJF’s work has expanded hugely during the pandemic and it is now operating like a ‘rep council’ in 26 area groups. Joining the Board as a member will entitle it to a deputy who can speak specifically on its behalf, though a number of LJF activists are already deputies in their own right, representing synagogues or other communal bodies. LJF is already a member of the Jewish Leadership Council.

upheavals… but at all times, and throughout these crises, Jonathan was a powerful voice, explaining how learning from these events we can come together and change the world for good.” On tackling the coronavirus, Brown spoke of a lack of co-operation between countries, saying “it’s only when you stand back to reflect on the scale of the global disaster… that you can begin to truly understand the colossal failure of us as an international community to work together in the last year to protect lives against this disease. “When there are so many global problems in need of global solutions, why can

nation states not find a way to cooperate?” Drawing on Lord Sacks’ teachings, Brown said 2020 had “made us more aware of the benefits of contact and communication. We have discovered that we depend on each other more than we thought.” “Jonathan’s book Morality tells us we have no choice but to manage globalisation well rather than badly, and do so by cooperating for the common good.” The event, entitled The Politics of Freedom: the challenge of strengthening social justice and civic society today and the influence of Rabbi Sacks, was chaired by LSJS dean, Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum.

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Passover ruling / Festival delivery / Artefacts found / News

Pesach kashrut rules are eased once again Centuries-old rules governing Pesach food have again been relaxed for those in exceptional circumstances by the London Beth Din amid the ongoing lockdown, writes Jack Mendel. A list of 30 products can be used ‘in extremis’ according to guidance issued by the Kashrut Division of the London Beth Din (KLBD) for the second year. Items range from hand sanitiser and honey to instant coffee and condiments. This comes after last Passover’s landmark published advice, allowing items not produced under special Pesach supervision to be used, as has been the requirement for British Jews for hundreds of years. A spokesperson for KLBD stressed these items are “intended only for circumstances when regular supervised products are not available, or if people are in isolation and unable to go shopping themselves or have kosher for Pesach supervised products delivered to their home.” Saxa salt and Tate & Lyle

sugar is certified all year round, but other brands are included among leniencies for Pesach this year. Some foodstuffs are still banned, however, including tinned tomatoes and potatoes, soft drinks, prunes, gherkins, olives and jams. Non-food items certified as kosher for Pesach by the KLBD include cosmetics, medicines, pet food and cleaning products. Rabbi Jeremy Conway, director of KLBD, said Passover this year brings “uncertainty as our community faces a second Pesach lockdown and seder nights without family and friends”, but this year “we are not

predicting any kosher l’Pesach food shortages”. He added the guidelines are “intended for members in more isolated areas where regular supervised products are not available, or if people are in isolation and unable to go shopping themselves or have kosher for Pesach supervised products delivered to their home”. The Beth Din’s guidance says that “unlike last year, Passover-supervised products are widely available this year via internet shopping, home deliveries, click and collect, 24 hour shopping and some charitable organisations”. The United Synagogue’s ‘Seder in a Box’ initiative to help people mark Pesach under lockdown has now sold out, with more than 300 items purchased. Last week, an appeal to help more than 4,000 people and families in crisis this Passover smashed its original target to raise more than £440,000. Passover begins on Saturday, 27 March.

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MATZAH SENT TO GULF Nearly 300 kilograms of matzah will be shipped ahead of Passover, to countries in the Gulf for the first time, following a year of flourishing ties with Israel. The record quantity of kosherfor-Passover food will be sent to six countries in the region in a shipment arranged by the Association of Gulf Jewish Countries (AGJC). The organisation is also set to hold a half-hour advance seder online next week to help people living in the region learn more about the themes of the festival. “We created the AGJC in order to share resources among the Jewish communities in the Gulf, and one of our first projects was the coordination of matzah for the upcoming holiday,” said AGJC president Ebrahim Dawood Nonoo.

“As a result, we are bringing in nearly 650 pounds [294kg] of matzah, which will be disseminated throughout the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council], the largest amount to date.” Two countries in the Gulf with which Israel already has diplomatic relations – Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates – will be covered by the shipment. But the AGJC says its Passover plans will additionally include Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The 30-minute virtual seder will be held at 7pm next Wednesday, 24 March (8pm in Oman and the UAE). “It is very exciting to see such demand for Passover programming in the Gulf this year,” said Rabbi Elie Abadie, who is organising the virtual event.

ROMAN TREASURE TROVE A collection of Roman artefacts, left by Jewish rebels who fled after the Bar Kokhba Revolt 2,000 years ago, have been dug up by Israeli archaeologists. The Israel Antiquities Authority unveiled ‘thrilling’ finds at Jerusalem’s Israel Museum, excavated in the Judean Desert. Items unearthed include dozens of fragments of a biblical scroll, arrowheads and rare coins.

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Charity seeks ban on ‘conversion therapy’

Jewish leaders need to spread awareness about the dangers of ‘conversion therapy’ a communal LGBT charity has urged, calling for a legal ban as a “good first step”, writes Joshua Salisbury. Dalia Fleming, the executive director of LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] education charity Keshet, said that greater education in the community about the harm caused by the practise would also be needed to fully end it. Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed to end the pseudo-scientific practise this week, which aims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, two years on from a previous government pledge.

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“There’s a few things that need to happen in parallel,” said Fleming. “There needs to be more education so people understand how dangerous it is. They think it’s therapy but it’s not. It’s damaging, dangerous, it’s trying to change who you are as a person. We also need to ensure there’s much better support for those who’ve been through it. “A legislative ban is essential, but it has to be complemented with direct work in the community.” Writing for Jewish News, Joe Hyman, who was subjected to the “abusive” practise as a teenager, called for a ban to prevent others going through the same ordeal. “Put simply, if there had been a ban on conversion therapy when I was 17 and religious leaders in my community had spoken out about it, I would have been spared the trauma and

impact of this deeply abusive practise,” he said. According to a government survey in 2018, 13 percent of trans Jewish respondents had been offered conversion therapy, and three percent of cisgender Jewish respondents. Those opposed to a ban have claimed it would criminalise prayer, a suggestion rejected by Fleming. “I don’t believe a ban would impact a rabbi from offering support to a member of the community,” she said. “A ban is a good first step. You could not be clearer with a ban.” Conversion therapy is already outlawed in Switzerland and parts of Australia, Canada and the US. Last week, three government advisers resigned from their posts at what they called a “hostile environment” within government to LGBT people.  See opinion, p32

COUNCIL SHABBAT CLASH CONCERNS A London council has been urged to change the time of a no confidence meeting held during Shabbat as it would prevent observant Jewish councillors from attending, writes Joshua Salisbury. The Jewish London Forum has written to Enfield Council after the extraordinary meeting was scheduled for 7pm on Friday, saying it would prevent from attending anyone who kept the Sabbath. The meeting includes a motion by the Conservative group of councillors, who are the opposition on the council, for a no confidence vote. Tory deputy leader, Cllr Edward Smith, responded,

saying: “I fully understand your concerns and it is very regrettable the two Jewish members of Community First will be unable to attend the extraordinary meeting of the Council next Friday. “Their contribution will be missed. My understanding is that we were given no choice by the Monitoring Officer about the timing and the date.” The council said purdah rules before the Mayoral election restricted options. “Unless the councillors who have called the extraordinary council meeting permit [it] being called after the Mayoral elections, it is required to go ahead.”

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A group of liberal Jewish scholars have formulated an interpretation of antisemitism they would like to see replace the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition. The Nexus Task Force definition grants more leeway for criticism of Israel than IHRA, which most Jewish groups and some governments adopt. The key difference is in applying double standards to Israel criticism. The IHRA definition includes as an example of antisemitic Israel criticism “Applying double standards by requiring of [Israel] a behav-

iour not ... demanded of any other democratic nation.” Some mainstream Jewish groups are pressing US state governments and governments overseas to adopt the IHRA definition. Critics have said the definition is too broad. The Nexus Task Force said: “Paying disproportionate attention to Israel and treating Israel differently than other countries is not prima facie proof of antisemitism. There are numerous reasons for devoting attention to Israel. Some may pay more attention because Israel receives $4billion in American aid.”


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Kidney campaign / Virtual events / News

Daughter’s kidney appeal A woman is in a race against time to find her desperately ill mother a new kidney, writes Joshua Salisbury. Yaara Gooner, an architect living in London, is launching a bid to save Lea, who lives in Israel. The 66-year-old, who has end-stage kidney disease, is set to start dialysis within weeks. Without a transplant, Yaara says she fears her mother might not live to see her walk down the aisle or to have grandchildren. However, family say she faces an extremely long waiting list, so are urgently appealing for a willing donor among the UK Jewish community. “We are a small family,” Yaara told Jewish News. “Lea is a single mum and I’m her only child. She raised me in the most perfect way – with so much love

and care. “Both of us [have] never had to ask for help so it’s not a regular position for us to be in, but we know this time it’s the only way. She’s a positive human being and a strong woman and wants to add more stories to her book of life.” The chances of a match taking would be higher if the process began before dialysis, Yaara explained. “It’s better if she can find a donor before dialysis. You’re putting something extra in your body and your body needs to be strong for it to succeed.” Lea grew up on a kibbutz before moving to study computer engineering in Haifa, where she began working in the tech sector. She has worked as a product manager

in the industry for years – and family say she would like to continue working for many more. Now the search is on to give Lea “the biggest present – life”. The family say they would pay for all flights to and accommodation in Israel for any donor operation. The donor would need to pass a series of tests and scans, and would be assigned a donor coordinator in Israel or the UK to guide them through the process, said Yaara. “I would like to try to keep her as much as possible close to me – to see me getting married and succeed to give her the title of ‘Safta’,” she added.  To contact Yaara, email her on yaara@labs.com

Yaara Gooner, right, and her mother Lea

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David Walliams will appear on JLGB’s virtual platform

Walliams stars for JLGB lockdown year TV personality David Walliams and award-winning composer Alan Menken are set to star on JLGB’s virtual platform as it marks a year since lockdown. After Covid restrictions were announced in March last year, forcing the charity to move its activities online, more than 100 videos have been aired on JLGB Virtual, which have had close to three million views. The platform, supported by Genesis Philanthropy Group, will host Walliams tonight (Thursday), in an event media partnered by Jewish News, where he will discuss his career as a TV personality and best-selling

children’s author. On Tuesday, 23 March, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award-winning composer Menken will take to JLGB Virtual to talk about his contribution to Disney classics, such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. JLGB has been recognised for its online activities during lockdown, winning a Jewish Volunteering Network Award, and being a finalist in the national Children and Young People Now Awards. The charity is preparing to resume some in-person activities with the easing of the current lockdown.

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raphers on her arrival. The late singer even began to speculate her house could be bugged, and became “paranoid”, distrusting all those around her, including her close friends, states the claim. The case is disputed by the publishing company, which filed its defence in January. The contents of its defence are confidential. In court filings last week, lawyers for the estate claimed the family only became aware of the possibility that her phone may have been hacked in October 2019. A date for any future hearing has not yet been set. In a separate case, which is also contested by the newspaper publisher, Amy’s father is seeking damages for alleged unlawful information gathering against him personally. In one incident, this claim alleges, a “posse of paparazzi” attended a cemetery where Mitch and Amy were due to attend a family funeral, and then “pursued” him back to London. Mitch believes that his whereabouts, alongside information about other incidents, were discovered as a result of unlawful information gathering at the titles. The chart-topping singer, who was Jewish, died of alcohol poisoning in July 2011. Her albums, Frank and Back to Black, were critically acclaimed and are considered among the best albums of the 2000s.

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Amy Winehouse was left fearing her house was bugged as a result of being “targeted” by phone hacking, her father has alleged. The late singer’s estate, administered by her father Mitch, is seeking damages from the publisher of The Sun and now-closed News of the World for alleged phone hacking of the singer’s mobile between 2003 to 2011, the year of the star’s untimely death at the age of 27. High Court documents obtained by Jewish News reveal the late singer’s estate is taking legal action against News Group Newspapers over the alleged “unlawful information gathering.” The publisher is contesting the claim. The estate claims her voicemails were intercepted over the eight-year period and private investigators were paid to find “private and confidential” information about her health and personal life. It is alleged this led to “persistent” disclosure of information surrounding her substance abuse and struggles with mental health. It claims the unlawful methods were used to obtain details of when Amy was turning up for medical appointments, despite them having been booked under a false name or at short notice, so she could be met with photog-

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A laser aimed at the cockpit of a Virgin Atlantic flight travelling from London to Tel Aviv forced it to return to London this week, writes Jack Mendel. The airline has contacted the police and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), as all passengers involved in Monday’s incident were offered free overnight accommodation. A Virgin Atlantic spokesperson told Jewish News: “On 15 March 2021 flight VS453, operating from London Heathrow to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport,

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Campaign to help Righteous woman A fund has been launched to buy a flat for a 90-year-old woman who saved a Jewish girl during the Holocaust after a charity discovered the poverty in which she lives, writes Jack Mendel. Lyubov Volchek is “living in incredibly poor conditions, with no central heating in her home and not even a toilet on her premises, she does not receive any ongoing support”, according to British-Israeli activist Jonny Daniels, who runs From the Depths. Living in the town of Hlusk in central Belarus, Lyubov and her family risked their lives by hiding Olga Shulman, 11, after most of the town’s 3,500 Jews were rounded up

and murdered in 1941. Olga managed to survive by pretending to have been shot before crawling out from dead bodies and hiding in a field. Yad Vashem recognised Lyubov Volchek and her family as Righteous Among the Nations for their actions, but she has now been left without support. In an emotional video, Polandbased Daniels, whose charity supports elderly Righteous people, said: “We brought her enough food and medication to last for a few months, but she needs more. “With your help and in partnership with the Jewish community of Babruysk, the nearest Jewish community, we will be purchasing her an

apartment next to the synagogue, so she can be properly cared for in her final years. She will be a cherished part of the community and have all she needs.” In under 24 hours, more than £850 has already been raised as Daniels appeals for donations to support the Shoah heroine. He travelled to Belarus, saying: “I couldn’t leave her like this. I decided to stay and make sure we take care of her properly. Had she just walked away from helping that young Jewish girl, she wouldn’t have lived. This is the least we can do for her in her time of need.”  To donate visit https: //bit.ly/3lkj77b

Jewish care home criticised A Jewish care home has agreed to pay out £1,000 after a resident said he was left in a “freezing” room without wifi, writes Joshua Salisbury. Nightingale Hammerson. which has a ranking of ‘outstanding’ from the Care Quality Commission, was rapped by the Local Gov-

ernment and Social Care Ombudsman for some failings in the case, and has since written a formal apology. The complaint was lodged by a husband and wife who stayed in separate rooms at one of its homes for several weeks last year. The man is his wife’s primary carer because

she has dementia and he needed to stay in the home as he was recovering from an operation. A spokesperson for the home said: “We acknowledge the findings and are very sorry the experience was not consistent with the one enjoyed by generations of our residents.”

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MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER A man has been charged with the murder of aspiring lawyer Sven Badzak. The 22-year-old was stabbed to death in Kilburn on 6 February. Rashid Gedel, 20, of Goodmayes, Ilford, is charged with murdering Badzak, and was remanded in custody to appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court earlier this week. Badzak, whose father is Jewish, had been buying orange juice and bagels before the attack

on Willesden Lane, according to his mother, Jasna. He was educated at Wetherby and Portland Place School before attending Roehampton University, studying sociology. Officers continue to appeal for information, asking those with information to call 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 5580/06Feb. The independent charity Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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New app to keep wome Neta Schreiber vividly remembers the moment a decade ago when she came across one of her friends being forcibly restrained by two men in a confined space, writes Michael Daventry. It was at a house party in Israel and the friend had been missing for a while, prompting an increasingly frantic search for her around the building. “We looked all around the house for her,” Schreiber told Jewish News in a video call from Israel, “and eventually we found her in a cupboard struggling against two men”. It was an attempted sexual assault. The two men ran away the moment they were discovered. The incident inspired her to help women find a way to get assistance or protection whenever they feel vulnerable — such as during a late-night walk home through the dark streets of a city. The result is SafeUP, a smartphone app and community safety network in which women protect each other. At the press of a button, users can send their location to other female volunteers – the app calls them “guardians” – who are geographically close to them. Schreiber says the principle was similar to the cab hailing app Uber. “There are a lot of guardians in every place and if I need help,

I click on a button and the algorithm finds the nearest guardian that is available.” It creates a video call with up to four guardians who provide reassurance to the woman if she feels unsafe – because she is being followed down a street, for example. The experience of the app in Israel is that this can be enough to help: many women said the men following them would stop as soon as the call began. “When you speak with someone who is really close to you and you know she can walk to you if you just [asked] her, you just feel safer,” Schreiber says. “In 95 percent of the cases it [the incident] will be resolved online, but there are some cases when the guardians come physically to help.” Sometimes the volunteers come out to join women on nearby streets and escort them home. In one case, an elderly woman raised the alarm after her son began to attack her – and the call was picked up by a guardian who was living in the same building. “She reached the door and immediately when she knocked on the door and entered, her son ran away, and they called the police,” Schreiber says. The app is not yet a “perfect” solution for domestic violence cases, she admitted, but it has proved to be a valuable resource for

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Mini cameras that are swallowed by patients to check for cancer are being trialled across the NHS. The innovative pill-sized technology, created by alumni of the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, has been welcomed by Chai Cancer Care, which says it will avoid the need for colonoscopies. The capsule can provide a diagnosis within hours. It takes two pictures a second as it travels through the body, checking for signs of cancer and other conditions such as Crohn’s disease. An initial group of 11,000 NHS patients in England will be eligible for the capsule. “We welcome this very encouraging development and breakthrough in camera testing as a replace-

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en safe set for UK launch but the development of guardian networks is patchy at the moment. The plan now is to expand to several cities in the United States — and possibly London, where a small community already exists. As it’s free to download and use, the inevitable question is: how will the app pay for itself? Schreiber says two years of growth in markets in the US and Europe will help them build a map of the sense of safety of women. That data will be immensely useful to local authorities, she adds, such as councils and the police, and for businesses too. “We will give to every property in London, in the US, a safety score. And then a company such as Airbnb or Booking.com, they want that safety score to give to their users,” she says. “If one area is a six and another area is nine, they will want to know how to fix that situation, to be proactive and to prevent sexual harassment. In that way, we make the street and the city more safe.” Expansion to other countries will come with challenges, involving the recruitment of managers who know their areas and can oversee teams of guardians preparing to help women in the area. Schreiber calls it “a movement of women who want to create a change and to create a safe place for women for every place in the world. “We invite all women to join us.”

There has been an outpouring of public anger in the UK after the death of Sarah Everard. A police officer has been charged with her murder

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‘He advanced... I held my keys between my fingers’ Following the murder of Sarah Everard, five Jewish women share – anonymously – their experiences of harassment and intimidation I was 15, on my way home from school in my uniform. As it was winter and getting dark early, I called my mum and asked for a lift home from the bus stop in Finchley. I waited, holding my keys between my fingers, headphones in with no music playing, to stop people from approaching me – everything girls are taught to do. I noticed a man walking towards me, so I walked away from him and I kept my head down. He motioned for me to take out my headphones and started talking to me, asking me where I was from and how long I’d lived in the area for, whether I knew any bars in the area – even though I was in school uniform. I was terrified and no one at the bus stop intervened. I saw my mum’s car pull up out of the corner of my eye and I rushed to get in. My mum arranged for me and my sister to wait in a shop after school from then on. The man got to go on living his life and, to this day, I fear he continued preying on other girls or women with no consequences. Aged 15

I WANT TO CHOOSE MY ROUTE HOME BASED ON WHAT’S EASIEST FOR ME, NOT THE ROUTE THAT’S MOST WELL-LIT. I WANT TO WALK DOWN MY STREET WITHOUT A MAN TO PROTECT ME A guy stopped me in the street to ask me for directions. I jumped a little because I was lost in my own thoughts. He was probably in his 30s. He was not threatening, but I was already alert because he had startled me, which he apologised for. After I concluded the directions, I felt he was lengthening the conversation unnecessarily and then he said: ‘Thank you, you are my hero, can I give you a hug?’ by which point he had already invaded my personal space. I pushed him away and stepped back and he became defensive, but I was speedily walking away from him. I am not sure why I didn’t run. Several years later and I’m still uncomfortable to walk down that street alone at night. Aged 17 I was catcalled three times last week on the same street near my house. I’ve been subjected to wolf whistles, lewd gestures and verbal abuse

Young women, who have all spoken about their experiences of sexual intimidation, stand outside their homes in tribute to Sarah Everard

from men, shouting from their cars that they’d tect me. I want men to know what I go through like to ‘eat my p****’ and that I’m ‘going in their every single day. I want accountability for sexw*** bank’. I routinely move carriage on the ual harassment. I don’t want this to be normal Tube because men make me feel uncomfortable any more. by staring at me or talking to me. Aged 24 The only thing that stops men harassing me, is when I’m I was returning to my office in northwith another man. This is west London after buying lunch and why men are shocked when noticed a man lingering in the short they hear about sexual walkway I had to pass through. I harassment; they never hesitated because I was worried see it. about passing him, but also I want to choose my didn’t want to make a negaoutfit based on what tive assumption about him. makes me feel good, As I got nearer, he put his not on how men will hand down his trousers and perceive it. I want to asked if I wanted to have choose my route home sex with him. based on what’s easI ran down the road iest for me, not the and phoned my friend at route that’s most the office and asked her well-lit. I want to if she could ask walk down my for the secustreet without rity guard to needing a come and man by accommy side pany me Sarah Everard to proinside.

He came out to get me and I felt so embarrassed and ashamed. I didn’t feel I could tell him what had happened, but felt responsible for making sure other female colleagues were protected. I told my friend the details and she relayed it to the security guard on my behalf and he sent round a safety email. I felt so embarrassed and kept worrying that male colleagues would hear about it and view me differently. Aged 34 I was swimming at my local pool in north London and was followed up and down the pool lane by a man who insisted on talking to me at each end. I felt I had nowhere to hide and was being pursued. When I got out the pool he propositioned me, which was so uncomfortable. It shouldn’t make a difference, but I was wearing modest swimwear and a swim cap and never once initiated conversation with him. I was there to swim, not to be chatted up by a strange man. Aged 42 Interviews conducted by Jewish Women’s Aid


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3D survivors set for virtual march

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The annual March of the Living ceremony will utilise 3D technology for the first time next month for a ceremony featuring Israel’s president. Holocaust survivors have been filmed so they will appear to be marching at a Shoah commemoration at Auschwitz, which takes place virtually on Holocaust Remembrance Day, 8 April. It will feature a digital ceremony including the laying of virtual plaques on the train tracks of the former Nazi death camp, with an address from Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, the chair of the

Jewish Agency, Isaac Herzog and Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, a Holocaust survivor and former Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel. It will include an online memorial with Israel’s head of state, a tribute to medical professionals who risked their lives during the Shoah, and numerous Holocaust survivors from around the world. Numerous bodies, such as the World Health Organisation, will take part in the programme, alongside key figures in the global fight against Covid, including Israel’s Coronavirus Commissioner Prof. Bachman Ash.

Charity warns over ‘extra trauma’ The community’s leading cancer charity has warned it is seeing a surge in people needing counselling sessions because of cancelled appointments, writes Joshua Salisbury. Chai Cancer Care has revealed that the number of counselling sessions given since the start of the pandemic has increased by a third. It comes after a group of 47 cancer charities issued an unprecedented warning that cancer deaths will rise unless urgent action is taken to clear the backlog. Chai chief executive Lisa Steele

said the charity had experienced an “inevitable surge” of 591 new clients in the past year. “Our clients are experiencing an added layer of trauma due to postponed or cancelled cancer appointments, surgeries and screenings,” she said, adding that Chai was looking to increase its team of counsellors. “In addition, the loss of social interaction has been a tremendous source of pressure and anxiety for our clients when they are at their most vulnerable.” An estimated 44,000 patients

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Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin said: “We all have a duty to pass on the memory of the Holocaust to future generations, not to forget, not to let it be forgotten.” During this pandemic we are prevented from stepping on the accursed earth, saturated with the blood of six million of our people. Technology allows us to participate without leaving home.” Participants who wish to place memorial plaques with personal messages on the train tracks at Birkenau can do so via a dedicated mini-site https://never meansnever.com/

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Jewish News meets... George Shefi

‘Covid jab has let me get on with Holocaust talks’ Kindertransport refugee George Shefi, 89, feels a strong duty to continue his work teaching youngsters in Germany One year ago, George Shefi briefed Prince Charles on the Holocaust and then, suddenly, the pandemic brought his life mission of raising Shoah awareness to a halt, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. With poignant timing, Shefi received his second coronavirus vaccine in Jerusalem on International Holocaust Memorial Day. What is his big hope now? A family gathering, or a trip to the theatre perhaps? For this tireless 89-year-old, imminent immunity means something else enitrely: a chance to fly to Germany and teach kids there about the Holocaust. To date, he has met thousands of youngsters during regular visits to the country where he lived until he was dispatched to the UK on a

Kindertransport, but all visits stopped during the pandemic. In fact, the last time he was asked to give a full face-to-face account of his wartime experiences was ahead of last year’s Holocaust Day, in Jerusalem, when leaders from around the world visited to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Shefi, who spent much of his childhood in the UK, sat with the Prince of Wales in the Israel Museum, and Charles shed tears as Shefi and another survivor spoke. In the months since then, the invitations from Germany kept arriving. He had to decline them but hopes that his vaccine will change this. “My generation is the last generation that

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Survivors George Shefi and Marta Wise with Prince Charles in Jerusalem’s Israel Museum

can tell people about this,” he said. “I remember Kristallnacht like it was yesterday. I promised people in Germany that as long as I can stand on my own two feet, I’ll go there. “Wherever they invite me I go; it has to be that way. Some survivors turn around to German kids and say ‘you’re bad,’ but that’s pointless. We can’t blame German youth, and this makes more antisemitism than it prevents. From my point of view I want to get back there and return to talking to young Germans.” He added: “I feel it’s our duty as survivors. It’s not a matter or wanting to or liking to do so, it’s duty.” When Shefi talks, vividly giving a glimpse into the horrors, it is easy to see why he is in demand as a speaker. “I was eight-years-old on Kristallnacht,” he said. “On the morning of 10 November 1938 my mother said I couldn’t go to school. Needless to say I wasn’t so sad about that. But I also couldn’t go out of the house for three days, and after that I wasn’t allowed out alone. “It was quite a Jewish neighbourhood in Berlin, with 16,000 Jews among 60,000 people. I remember going out with my mum and seeing a store that was broken, with all the hats strewn in the street. In our building there was a stationery store owned by a Christian-Jewish couple, and people wrote on the store ‘This site is owned by a Jewish pig and a Christian sow.’ I saw people yelling things that were unprintable. I’ll never forget it.” Shefi’s school was burned down because it was Jewish, and when sent to a new school he was so racked with nerves that he was even scared to go to the lavatory. Telling the story of his grandfather, who was ultimately “worked to death” by Nazi forced labour, he captures the tragedy of German Jews who pledged their allegiance to their homeland only to find themselves rejected. Shefi recalled: “My grandfather was a regimental sergeant major in the German army in the First World War, and when they brought in antisemitic laws he always said, ‘I won’t observe them; I fought in the German army.’

He sat on the benches that were prohibited for Jews and took me to parts of Berlin where we weren’t allowed to go.” Asked about the pandemic, Shefi, a selfdescribed “eternal optimist”, tried to find a positive spin, but said he couldn’t come up with much aside from the fact that he is spending less on petrol and restaurants. He added that

I WANT TO GET BACK TO GERMANY AND TALK TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE. IT IS OUR DUTY AS SURVIVORS. IT’S NOT A MATTER OF WANTING OR NOT WANTING TO DO IT – IT’S SIMPLY OUR DUTY his sense of humour — which he concedes that some people find inappropriate when infused into his telling of wartime experiences — keeps him young. All in all, he believes that his turbulent youth gave him tools to handle the upheaval of the coronavirus crisis. “I left Germany on a Kindertransport, and was shifted around quite a few families. I went on to Canada then America. My life made me adaptable and this has helped. I lived for three years in a British family that went to church, for years with a religious Jewish family, then with a non-religious family in America before moving to Israel.” He reflected: “I think I handled the pandemic better than a lot of other people. My experiences in life made me more adaptable to changing times and changing places.”


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World News / Vaccine deal / IDF ‘immunity’

Pfizer boss praises Bibi The boss of coronvirus vacccine producer Pfizer has praised Benjamin Netanyahu’s “obsessive” efforts to secure a vaccine deal for Israel and predicted that children younger than 16 will soon begin receiving his company’s vaccine”, writes Joy Falk. Speaking with Israel’s Channel 12 News, Albert Bourla said: “I was talking with several heads of state. I spoke with your prime minister, he convinced me that Israel is the place with the right conditions. I was impressed, frankly, with the obsession of your prime minister. He called me 30 times.” He also cited Israel’s “extraordinary healthcare system… very high degree of economic data” and experience in dealing with crises. Bourla believes it is “a question of weeks” until children aged 12 to 16

US President Joe Biden with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla

could start receiving the vaccine, but stressed it depended on approval by the US Food and Drug Administration. He also said he believed elementary school students would be eligible for the PfizerBioNtech vaccine by the end of the year. Pfizer recently enrolled more than 2,000 children between the ages of

12 and 15 for clinical trials and hopes to have results within a few months. The vaccine currently has emergency approval for use in people 16 and older. Bourla’s comments came after the director-general of the Health Ministry estimated Israel will begin vaccinating children 12 and up against

the coronavirus “around May”. Chezy Levy said the decision will depend on clinical trials being conducted by vaccine makers, which he hopes “will be over around the end of spring, or beginning of summer”. Last week a top Israeli health official said Israel has given some 600 children between the ages of 12 and 16 in at-risk groups the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and has seen no significant side effects from the shot. The Israeli children, who have been approved by medical authorities for vaccination, had known risk factors including obesity, diabetes, severe lung and heart disease, immunosuppression disorders and cancer, according to a report last month. Infection among children and school reopenings was a central concern during Israel’s third-wave virus outbreak.

ISRAEL’S MILITARY HAS REACHED ‘HERD IMMUNITY’ The Israeli military has declared it has reached herd immunity to Covid-19, after 80 percent of its personnel had been vaccinated, had the disease or both. The announcement makes the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) perhaps

the first military in the world to achieve immunity to the disease. “Things look a lot more like they did a year ago,” Brigadier General Dr Alon Glasberg, the IDF’s chief medical officer, told reporters last Thursday, according to

The Times of Israel. “It seemed impossible, but now it’s here.” While herd immunity will allow the military to resume normal operations, soldiers will still have to wear masks and socially distance for now.

Israel has achieved a record-setting drive to immunise its population. As of last Thursday, more than four million Israelis, nearly half the country and the majority of its adults, have been fully vaccinated.

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KOSOVO EMBASSY’S JERUSALEM MOVE Kosovo has become the first Muslim-majority nation to open an embassy in Jerusalem, making it the latest in a small number of countries to recognise the city as Israel’s capital. The Kosovar foreign ministry announced the move six weeks after it established diplomatic ties with Israel on 1 February. It is the second European country and the fourth in the world to open an embassy in Jerusalem. The US embassy moved in 2018 from Tel Aviv, where most other countries base their missions.

PROTESTS OVER SWISS VEIL BAN Swiss voters passed a referendum on banning face-covering veils, prompting the country’s Muslim and Jewish groups to protest that infringement on religious freedoms. The Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities and the Platform for Liberal Jews in Switzerland said the ban “restricts and violates several conditions of religious freedom.” The groups also said they are “concerned that further legislative initiatives could undermine religious freedom in the future”.

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Special Report / Israeli Election 2021

Tuesday’s runners and riders By Michael Daventry, Foreign Editor

Another spring, another election. Israelis will get a day off next Tuesday to vote but not even a public holiday can lighten the weary mood. It is, after all, the fourth time in two years that voters are being asked to pick members of the Knesset because the politicians have again failed to form a stable government. As with every election of the past

decade, one man is at the centre of it all: Benjamin Netanyahu. The Israeli prime minister dominates the national conversation and will dominate this contest too. This time there are 13 parties and two plausible outcomes to watch. Either Netanyahu and his allies take at least 61 seats and win, or Netanyahu’s divided opponents find enough in common with each other to form a

coalition. Don’t say it too loudly, but there is a third possibility: no deal. That would mean a fifth election. KEY TO COLOURS Blue: Supports Netanyahu as PM Red: Opposes Netanyahu as PM Yellow: Preference for PM unclear  Follow the election results through the night next Tuesday LIVE at jewishnews.co.uk

Numbers to watch for...

61 seats 3.25%

A coalition needs at least this to form a majority in the Knesset and become Israel’s next government. The minimum share of the vote a party needs nationally to win seats. If a party is excluded, its votes can be wasted, which would benefit its rivals.

LIKUD

YESH ATID

NEW HOPE

YAMINA

YISRAEL BEITEINU

LEADER: Benjamin Netanyahu POLLING PREDICTION: 29 seats

LEADER: Yair Lapid POLLING PREDICTION: 20 seats

LEADER: Gideon Saar POLLING PREDICTION: 9 seats

LEADER: Naftali Bennett POLLING PREDICTION: 11 seats

LEADER: Avigdor Lieberman POLLING PREDICTION: 7 seats

The modern mainstay of Israeli politics, Likud is almost certain to top the polls again, making it the sixth successive election in which it won more seats than any other party. Together with the strictlyOrthodox parties and perhaps a small number of far-right MKs, it will most likely lead the largest bloc in the next Knesset. But that does not automatically mean victory: it will be Netanyahu’s ability to divide his opponents, rather than marshal his supporters, that will determine whether he remains PM. His many years in power have shown he can create opportunities out of any situation.

Led by a one-time TV host, this party is one of the few centrist movements that has outlasted a single election cycle in Israel’s often brutal political scene. Yesh Atid owes its survival in no small part to the fact it has not stood alone in an election for six years: since then, it was part of the Blue & White alliance. But that arrangement disintegrated with Benny Gantz’s decision to join a Netanyahu government. Yair Lapid is often portrayed by the Israeli right as a left-wing figure of hate but he’s on course to become the main opposition leader at least. He may even be back in government.

A new entrant on Israel’s political scene, this party led by disgruntled former Likud star Gideon Saar and his associates was founded barely three months ago. As with Yamina’s Naftali Bennett, Saar has hopes of being a unifying force for the Israeli centre-right after – or if – Netanyahu’s reign comes to an end. Several other big Likud names defected along with Saar, who has ruled out a postelection deal with Netanyahu. But he wouldn’t be the first Israeli politician to go back on his word.

Bennett’s Yamina is largely run as a co-leadership with Ayelet Shaked: the two have between them have held some of the biggest ministries in the cabinet, including education, justice and defence. In terms of ambition, though, Bennett stomps on similar ground to Gideon Saar’s New Hope. Both parties are angling to lead the Israeli centre-right after Netanyahu. But Yamina is much less moderate and has flirted with more extremist end of conservative Israeli politics in recent years. Few believe Bennett’s claims that he won’t sit in a Netanyahu government either.

Another right-wing movement led by another former Netanyahu ally, Yisrael Beiteinu largely courts immigrants from the former Soviet Union. But Avigdor Lieberman was pivotal in preventing an automatic victory for the Israeli prime minister after the two elections of 2019 and hasn’t shifted tack ahead of this election either. His longstanding vow not to sit in government with the strictlyOrthodox parties complicates the post-election arithmetic.

SHAS

UNITED TORAH JUDAISM

LABOUR

MERETZ

LEADER: Arye Deri POLLING PREDICTION: 6 seats

LEADER: Moshe Gavni POLLING PREDICTION: 7 seats

LEADER: Merav Michaeli POLLING PREDICTION: 6 seats

LEADER: Nitzan Horowitz POLLING PREDICTION: 4 seats

Shas is the Sephardic one of Israel’s two strictly-Orthdox parties and a longstanding partner of Benjamin Netanyahu. Although it has sat in government under Labour in the past, it’s a sure bet to back Likud this time.

UTJ is the Askhenazi strictly-Orthodox party and, like Shas, seems certain to support Benjamin Netanyahu’s candidacy for prime minister after the election.

The once-mighty party that founded Israel hasn’t won an election since 1999 and elected so few MKs in recent years that they could share an UberXL to the Knesset. It is likely to avoid a catastrophic no-seat result.

The closest thing Israel has to a mainstream Green movement, Meretz is the furthest to the left of all the parties in the Knesset. In the early 1990s it boasted 12 seats; now it may not win enough votes to enter the Knesset at all.

RELIGIOUS ZIONIST

BLUE & WHITE

JOINT LIST

UNITED ARAB LIST

LEADER: Bezalel Smotrich POLLING PREDICTION: 5 seats

LEADER: Benny Gantz POLLING PREDICTION: 4 seats

LEADER: Aymen Odeh POLLING PREDICTION: 8 seats

LEADER: Mansour Abbas POLLING PREDICTION: 4 seats

This far-right alliance is new, though its components are not. The nationalist Bezalel Smotrich, which previously ran as part of Yamina, has joined forces with the Jewish Power party (Otzma Yehudit). It seems likely to win seats for the first time.

Breaking campaign promises matters: former IDF chief Benny Gantz’s decision to join Netanyahu in government made him defence minister but tore apart his alliance with Yair Lapid – so much for a movement that once vowed to end the era of Netanyahu.

Israel’s four main Arab parties represent a diverse spectrum who discovered in 2015 that together they can be a big electoral force. Agreement is never easy, though: this year Hadash, Taal and Balad are running together but the United Arab List is going it alone.

Known in Israel by its Hebrew acronym Raam, this conservative Arab party is running alone because of policy differences with the other three parties that make up the Joint List. There’s a real risk that it won’t win enough votes to cross the electoral threshold.


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Israel Election 2021 / Special Report

Election ‘threatens gay rights’ The gay MK Yorai Lahav-Hertzano is “worried, anxious and frightened” that next week’s election will give homophobia a foothold in Knesset, writes Nathan Jeffay. The Yesh Atid politician is concerned about the far-right ticket on 23 March and feels that the mainstream Likud party has given anti-gay ideology a stamp of approval. “The election is a battle on the core values of Israel as a Jewish and democratic country,” he told Jewish News, saying the far-right’s combination of Kahanists and anti-LGBT activists flies in the face of the country’s founding ideals. The Hatzionut Hadati ticket includes Noam, which seeks to advance policies against LGBT rights, and Otzma Yehudi, led by followers of the late extremist rabbi Meir Kahane, whose Kach party was banned from the Knesset in the 1980s. Otzma Yehudi is run by some of Kahane’s disciples. They are anti-Arab, and in some instances strongly anti-LGBT rights too. Party founder and former Kahane spokesman Baruch Marzel once took three “proud donkeys” to a Jerusalem Pride Parade to ridicule the LGBTQ community. Lahav-Hertzano believes that if it weren’t for Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to get the three extremist factions — Hatzionut Hadati, Otzma Yehudi, and Noam — to unite on a single ticket, they would have run separately and failed to meet the election threshold and win seats. After bringing the groupings together, Netanyahu had his Likud party sign a “vote-

Yorai Lahav-Hertzano of Yesh Atid: ‘The election is a battle on the core values of Israel’

sharing” agreement, which means that, under certain circumstances the parties may receive some of each other’s votes. A Knesset showing for Hatzionut Hadati makes the right-wing more powerful and boosts Netanyahu’s chances of heading the next government. “Netanyahu has actually brought Kahanists and Noam into Knesset politics,” said LahavHertzano. “It’s really dangerous.” He believes

that the election “is now about whether we want stable government headed by a moderate and liberal centre, or a fanatical government”. He claims that the agreement is symptomatic of Likud becoming focused solely on Netanyahu’s political survival and believes that the PM is trying to build a coalition that will grant him immunity from prosecution, thus nixing his ongoing corruption trial. “The Likud was a

national and liberal party, but now it has no ideology except rescuing its leader,” he argued. Lahav-Hertzano says he had a chance to become a deputy minister in the current Netanyahu-led government but refused out of principle. In the last election Yesh Atid ran together with Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party. Lahav-Hertzano claimed that Gantz, on leaving the opposition benches to join Netanyahu’s government in the spring, asked him to also make the move, with the lure of a job in government. Months on, he remains livid that Gantz, who built his political career on fighting Netanyahu, made the switch. “[Gantz] is a big failure,” said Lahav-Hertzano, 32. “And his biggest failing is that there’s a rift between the young people of Israel and the political establishment. I don’t know how many years or decades it’ll take to repair the rupture that he caused in terms of the trust of my generation towards politics.” Lahav-Hertzano, and Yesh Atid in general, have been highly critical of the government’s pandemic management. “It’s unacceptable that thousands of citizens have been stranded abroad,” he said. He has been advocating on behalf of some Israelis in the UK, and Brits waiting to immigrate. “I am in contact with some with olim stuck in London who have sold their house and have nowhere to be,” he said. “I ask myself if this is the treatment for people who are taking the ultimate Zionist step of moving to Israel. It’s an embarrassment.”

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Editorial comment and letters ISSUE NO.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

VOICE OF THE JEWISH NEWS

To Bibi or not to Bibi?

Three times in the past two years, Israelis have been asked to pick between two men. Their country’s political kaleidoscope has long been a confusing patchwork of alliances and recriminations, making it difficult to decide which party to vote for. But, in recent years, voters could always boil it down to a simple choice: do you want Bibi or Benny? This time is different. That’s because Benny Gantz has fallen from grace quite spectacularly since he broke an election promise and joined a government led by Benjamin Netanyahu. The former Israel Defense Forces chief got to become defence minister and secured an act of parliament that legally named him as the next prime minister, but opinion polls show that voters have abandoned him in droves. His party, Blue and White, which won a quarter of all votes just a year ago, might not win enough this time to enter the Knesset. So this time, the choice for Israeli voters is over one man: do you want Bibi or not? Netanyahu’s supporters call him a magician because so often he has conjured victories out of certain defeat. It’s plausible that enough of his allies will do well enough to take him beyond the 61 seats he needs in the Knesset. It’s equally plausible that a quartet of politicians determined to see his end – Yair Lapid, Gideon Sa’ar, Naftali Bennett and Avigdor Lieberman – could strike a deal and assemble the 61 themselves. Israel’s weary voters will have to weigh between retaining Netanyahu, who comes laden with multiple accusations of fraud and corruption, and a group of men who agree on little else than ending the era of Bibi. But there’s another possibility out there: that neither side secures the 61 and drags the country to yet another election –a fifth in three years.

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I rarely write letters to newspapers, but Vivian Wineman’s diatribe in your pages against all things Charedi, and Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky in particular, was so shocking that I had to speak out (Jewish News, 4 March 2021). To attack someone whose CV indicates time spent in a prestigious Israeli yeshiva, a tzadik (righteous person) who has devoted every moment of his life to the service of God and the Jewish people, does nothing but fan hatred. As one who has taught generations of students to love and support Israel, while acknowledging the Charedi world has its issues, I view Mr Wineman’s secular Jewish lobby as a far greater existential threat than the Charedi demographic. Name withheld on request

There are people who intend to leave blank the voluntary question about religion in the National Census. This is a mistake. We are not living in a police state where a list of Jews is about to be handed to an incoming dictatorship. The information gathered is helpful, not least to our own community, religious and secular, in setting policy regarding its forward needs. These may be schooling, ether in Jewish or state schools; protection by the state and the Community Security Trust; and solid representation by the Board of Deputies, AJEX or other recognised bodies. We should not leave the question unanswered for fear of a door knock. It’ll probably be the man who has come to empty your JNF box. Barry Hyman, Bushey Heath

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leaders echoed the words of David Lau, Israel’s Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, who this week repeated his view that ‘whoever becomes Jewish in a Reform conversion or something similar is not Jewish’.” Since Reform differs significantly from Judaism, his is a perfectly valid position and any UK Orthodox rabbi would say the same. Israeli Reform and Masorti movements should set themselves up as independent religious entities, rendering them free to admit as members, and marry them, according to whatever criteria they see fit, rather than to try to foist their converts on the Orthodox rabbinate. Martin D Stern, Salford


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IT’S TIME TO MOVE ON

IS MR BENJAMIN THE ONE JEWISH FAITH – BUT SO LEAD CAMPAIGNER? MANY WAYS TO FOLLOW IT

For weeks, the Jewish press has been inundated with stories and letters about the Charedi community and its misdemeanours. Isn’t it time to move on and put the tedious haranguing on both sides of the equation to bed? Whether we like it or not, the Charedi community will never change its way of life, good deeds or bad. Whichever country people from that community live in, their religious customs are exactly the same. It is not my way of life, and my Judaism will be anathema to them, but I can live with that, annoying as they sometimes can be, especially their conduct on planes. God created man in his own image, and in this crazy world in which we live, there are images and images. We have to take a deep breath and learn to live with them as best we can. Robert Dulin Bricket Wood

In reference to last week’s front-page story about the aftermath of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, you described Jonny Benjamin as “the Jewish community’s leading mental health campaigner”. Yes, Mr Benjamin may well be one of the experts in this particular field and is qualified to comment on the Duchess of Sussex’s state of mind, but who said he is the leading one? David Green, By email

I wish to address the letter of Sammy (who did not want to use his surname) regarding this newspaper’s level of Jewish observance (Jewish News, 4 March 2021). I strongly disagree with him that ‘Jewish’ means ‘adherence to…’ Defining being Jewish as equating with that tenet opens up a Pandora’s box of arguments that certainly would likely engage many Jews but, with our penchant for disagreement, would hardly likely be seen as Jewish news. We are all entitled to having, and expressing, our own views. These have been, in my view, adequately aired in this publication and I will leave it at that. J D Milaric, By email

New group for volunteers Jewish Youth Voluntary Service (JYVS) was established in the early 1960s to carry out voluntary work in the local community. Groups were established in all the main Jewish communities in England, as well as in Glasgow and Dublin. Hundreds of members spent their spare time in making life better for others and cheering them up, as well as having a lively social life themselves. Many have stayed

in touch with each other over the decades. We have launched a Facebook group called JYVS UK Alumni and are looking for former members to join. We are very pleased to report that more than 50 people have joined so far. However, we now wish to find a lot more. The members have started downloading newspaper articles, programmes, anecdotes and

memories about their time as JYVS members. We would love to re-establish the social side, which was such an important part of JYVS and leading in the future to a reunion, when we are all back to a normal life. So, please look at the Facebook group page and we will be delighted to invite you in. Marty Rose Admin, JYVS UK Alumni

THE RABBIS COULD ACT OVER GET I write regarding your frontpage story about amendments to the Domestic Abuse Bill and Serious Crime Act, which will make it easier to punish Jewish husbands who refuse to grant a religious divorce or get. If I were the lawyer defending a man accused of refusing a get to his civilly divorced wife, I would argue that refusing to do something is not ‘behaviour’, controlling or otherwise. Only doing something can be behaviour. If the court agrees, this new law will be a busted flush in short order! This is not a problem for the secular law and courts. It is a Jewish problem that the rabbis can solve if they wish. Where there’s a rabbinical will, there’s a halachic way. Andrew Turek By email

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Two huge reasons to readjust our thinking JENNI FRAZER

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was going to write this week about the new United Arab Emirates ambassador to Israel, Mohammad Mahmoud Al Khajah, who is quite honestly one of the best-looking diplomats I have ever seen. Ambassador Al-Khajah is film-star dashing, stop-in-the-street handsome. And then I thought about objectifying people by the way they look, and who they are, and the two pieces of horrifying news this week, and I stopped being amused by the idea of a drop-dead gorgeous diplomat. The two news stories are the murder of Sarah Everard in south London, and the shocking allegations in Israel of sexual predatory behaviour by a man who had just been awarded the Israel Prize, Yehuda Meshi-Zahav. British readers will by now be all too well acquainted with the name of Sarah Everard, allegedly kidnapped from a street as she

walked home from visiting a friend. Social and mainstream media have been alight with declarations from women of all ages and stages, talking about attacks, harassment, stalking, violence – everyday abuse that continues to be the norm in 21st-century Britain. I don’t know one woman – me included – who has not had one of these distressing encounters. I’m not talking about #MeTooism: I’m talking about street predators, men who chance their arm and go too far, escalating catcalling to physical aggro. And, of course, the man who has been charged with Everard’s kidnap and murder is a serving police officer. Meshi-Zahav was a different sort of respect figure. He was the wild child of the strictly-Orthodox Eda Haredit group in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighbourhood, a rabid and active anti-Zionist, out on the streets demonstrating and disrupting, until he had what might be called an epiphany in the 1990s when suicide bus bombings became the grisly norm. He founded the rescue and recovery

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service Zaka in 1995, and has won numerous awards for his passionate change of focus. He became an outspoken advocate of outreach to the secular community and of Charedim serving in the Israel Defense Forces – two of his sons served elite combat units. He received the prestigious lifetime achievement category of the Israel Prize. All that was until a shocking report in Ha’aretz last week, detailing the accusations of six people who claimed that Meshi-Zahav had preyed on them sexually; some allegations dated to 1983. Some of the accusers were minors when the alleged assaults took place, and the accusers were men as well as women. Ha’aretz says there may be many more cases. On Friday, Meshi-Zahav relinquished the Israel Prize and stood down from member-

ship of Zaka while he tries to clear his name. He has said that as soon as his name was announced for the prize, he was targeted by strictly-Orthodox groups who had been stung by his vocal attacks on those who did not abide by Covid restrictions. He lost both his parents and a brother to the virus in January. I don’t know the truth about Yehuda Meshi-Zahav any more than I do about the person who is charged with the murder of Sarah Everard. What I do know is that in both cases the victims will be blamed. Everard ‘should not have been out on the street by herself, or ‘those who claim they were attacked by Meshi-Zahav were behaving provocatively’. Perhaps it’s time to recalibrate our thoughts and our actions, including how they would make another person feel.

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A year of heartache brings new freedoms DANIEL CARMEL-BROWN

CHIEF EXECUTIVE, JEWISH CARE

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ast week marked one year since we took the difficult decision to restrict visits in our care homes due to the pandemic. The government announced the first national lockdown nearly two weeks later and, thankfully, our early decision helped to slow the spread of Covid-19 in our homes and resources. Looking back over the past year, we have learnt valuable lessons. The role that enhanced infection control procedures in our resources have played has undoubtedly saved lives. Although this was done in a response to Covid-19, we have also seen a drastic reduction in cases of flu and other respiratory viruses that we would have usually seen and, therefore far fewer deaths from these, too. We have learnt so much about the flexibility of people of any age to adapt and change habits when necessary. There are now people in

their 90s joining virtual events and Zoom calls without aid or assistance, whereas a year ago they would have been reliant on one of our care buses taking them to a community centre for social interaction and entertainment. These online offerings must continue to be a feature of day-to-day life for older people. For those who were lonely or isolated even before the pandemic, this new way of communicating is a welcome change. Over the past year, we have also learnt about the resilience of our residents, tenants, members, volunteers and staff and been in awe of their ability to share their positivity with those around them. We talk about mental health and well-being more openly as a society than we did a few years ago, but coming out of the pandemic, there will need to be a continued focus on the totality of our well-being.

With Pesach around the corner, we are reminded of just how important it is to be able to connect to loved ones even if we cannot physically be together. From 8 March, government guidelines allowed for each resident in care homes to have one designated visitor whom they are allowed to see and hold hands with. Although additional personal protective equipment must still be worn, this small but significant contact has already been a relief. Among the many things we have become more acutely aware of is how much of an impact visitors and relatives have on supporting the well-being of care home residents. Because of this, we have also learnt much about communication, the importance of regular correspondence and meetings with the relatives of those in our care homes and being honest with them about the challenges faced. We have learnt to

WE HAVE LEARNT SO MUCH ABOUT THE FLEXIBILITY OF PEOPLE OF ANY AGE TO ADAPT AND CHANGE

Sheila Cohen and daughter Adrienne Cinna at the Kun Mor and George Kiss home

better support communication between families and residents. This is something we will take forward after the pandemic has subsided. Most importantly, we have learnt the Jewish Care family is far larger than we could have ever imagined and the support the community and our partner organisations have shown has been invaluable and immeasurable. It is down to the partnerships that existed, and new ones that emerged, that we were able to pull through for the older members of this community.

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Abuse masquerading as choice must be banned JOE HYMAN LGBTQ+ ACTIVIST

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hile we celebrate the coming festival of Pesach, and contemplate freedom, LGBTQ+ people in the UK still lack the legal safety they need against abusive conversion therapy. I went through this process when I was 17 because my Orthodox community and its leadership failed me. We now have a chance to ensure nobody else in this country experiences this abuse and trauma again. We are obliged to act. According to Ban Conversion Therapy’s website, it is defined as a ‘practice or intervention which attempts to erase, repress, cure or change someone’s sexual orientation – or lack of – and/or gender identity’. When I found JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality) I felt a sense of hope that I could fulfil what was expected of me – to be straight and marry a woman. I felt hope and excitement about undergoing this abusive practice because I knew deeply that

being gay wasn’t acceptable in my community. I trusted the rhetoric that ‘God wouldn’t give me a challenge I couldn’t overcome’ and put myself through this trauma and abuse because it felt less scary than the rejection of my community if I came out. Without a legal ban in place, conversion therapy will continue to be offered to vulnerable LGBTQ+ people of all ages in our community. This violates the biblical principle of lifnei iver, placing a stumbling block in front of a blind person. There are those who present conversion therapy as a choice. But there is no element of choice when a vulnerable individual is faced with the option of losing the support of their community or changing themself to fit in with what is deemed desirable and ideal. Put simply, if there had been a ban on conversion therapy when I was 17, and religious leaders in my community had spoken out about it, I would have been spared the trauma it caused. By the time we sit down for our Seders it will have been 1,000 days since Theresa May’s government promised to ban conversion

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therapy in the UK. It will have been almost 1,000 days since the Chief Rabbi published his guide with KeshetUK on the wellbeing of LGBT+ pupils in Orthodox Jewish schools. Conversion therapy is mentioned in Appendix 6 under the vague title of ‘responsible signposting’, but since then this practice has not been publicly condemned by the Chief Rabbi or any Orthodox rabbi in the UK. Jewish practice values repetition as a means of developing commitment, yet when it comes to issues like this those in power seem to think just saying something once is enough. Whether it’s the government making a promise to ban conversion therapy or the Chief Rabbi pledging

to safeguard LGBTQ+ people, repeated action is necessary to have meaningful impact. This past week my story was shared by Elliot Colburn MP during a parliamentary debate on conversion therapy. During this discussion, equalities minister Kemi Badenoch refrained from providing a clear timeline to bring a ban on these practices into place. While the government fails to provide a roadmap to a ban, conversion therapy continues to wreak havoc on the lives of LGBTQ+ people. The National LGBT Survey found that half of respondents (51 percent) who had undergone conversion therapy said it had been conducted by faith groups. Speaking about conversion therapy in a footnote of a report isn’t enough. It is up to our religious leaders to speak out publicly against this practice, again and again, until there is a ban. It is up to us as members of the Jewish community to push our leaders to ensure no LGBTQ+ person ever experiences such abuse again. You can write to your MP about conversion therapy at banconversion therapy.com

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We must all help create safe homes and streets NAOMI DICKSON CHIEF EXECUTIVE, JEWISH WOMEN'S AID

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ast week in the House of Commons, Jess Phillips MP read out the names of all the women who have been killed by men in the past year. It was harrowing to listen to. The last name was Sarah Everard. The disappearance of Sarah Everard sent shockwaves across the UK. We waited and prayed, hoping she would be found alive, and then were horrified when ‘human remains’ were found, and a police officer was arrested on suspicion of murder. And then all the women I know thought about the fact that she disappeared on her way home. She just wanted to get home. And she chose to walk, at night, in a well-lit area, wearing bright clothing. I keep thinking that she must have thought ‘I’ll be OK’ at the start of her walk – and then realised, tragically, that she wouldn’t be. How many women have made the same

decision? All of us – every woman I know – risk-assesses her route home at night, what she’s wearing, how quickly she can run and who knows when she’s due back. I’ve got off the train in Edgware when it was already dark and wondered if it was all right to walk home alone, if it was a bit silly even to question that, and if I should call someone to give me a lift. I usually did walk home, often in a state of hypervigilance with my house keys stuck between my fingers and my eyes peeled for anyone who might be following me. We all know that abductions of women on our streets are rare, that rape and attacks on women are usually perpetrated by a man already known to her. We also know that conviction rates for rape and abuse are pitifully low, and that women are so often not believed when they tell their stories. So the online response to the murder of Sarah was unifying, but also very sad. We grieve the pointless death of a woman walking home.

WOMEN ARE ENRAGED THAT THE NARRATIVE AROUND PREVENTING ASSAULT IS THAT IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY We know that it could have been one of us and guiltily feel relieved that it wasn’t. Women have shared their stories of being followed, of harassment and assault – and pretty much every woman has one – and there is collective anger that these incidents are still everyday occurrences. Women are enraged that the narrative around preventing assault is that it’s our responsibility. When investigating Sarah’s disappearance, local police advised women to stay indoors. Does this mean that we are under curfew? That we can’t go out alone at

night? That we all need to take compulsory self-defence courses? It shouldn’t. The pandemic has shone a light on a huge increase in domestic abuse nationally, which we have witnessed at Jewish Women’s Aid – many women are not safe in their own homes, and now we are being told that we are not safe on the streets either. We know that Jewish women are not immune to assault, rape and abuse. We need help to change the balance – women shouldn’t have to make dozens of decisions designed to maximise their safety every time they walk out at night. We need a society in which we feel protected and safe to go about our daily lives. We need men to stop saying ‘not all men’ and to do all that’s in their power to stand with women, to speak out against violence, harassment and abuse and to help create homes, streets and communities that are safe for women. As Jess Phillips said, after she read Sarah Everard’s name: "Let’s pray every day that nobody’s name ends up on this list again."

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A 102-year-old who fled to England from Belgium after it was invaded by the Nazis celebrated his birthday last week at a Barnet care home. Joseph Winton, who worked in ladies’ fashion after the war and sold gloves to the Queen, celebrated with a visit from daughter Danielle and Zoom calls with family. “We were delighted to have the pod to visit dad on his 102nd birthday,” said Danielle. “We bought cards, a cake, some big balloons, presents and this all really made his day or, as he would say, it made him ‘tickled pink’. It was a big comfort to us and he enjoyed every moment.” Winton, who has lived in the care home since 2017, shared 59 happy years with his wife Ann, and has two children and three grandchildren.

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Kingston Liberal Synagogue (KLS) held a batmitzvah service on Saturday morning for student Tess Weinstein. The event was live-streamed so the teenager’s family, from the United States, could watch. In 2016, her family came to the UK and settled in Teddington, becoming members of KLS in early 2018. Their eldest son, Caleb, held his barmitzvah ceremony at KLS in February 2019. Pictured are Rabbi René Pfertzel with Tess and family.

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Jewish community leaders were among those attending the opening of a new vaccination centre in Islington this week. Faith leaders from a range of faiths attended the event at the Business Design Centre. Attendees included Baroness Julia Neuberger, Rabbi Mendy Korer of Chabad Islington and Father Allan Alvarado Gil of St John the Evangelist church.

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More than 100 people watched an online conversation between Rabbi Jonathan Hughes and Lord Peter Levene, the businessman and former Lord Mayor of London. Levene recalled the highlights of his career and gave tips.Hughes, rabbi of United Synagogue in the City, said: “It was a privilege to speak with Lord Levene whose unique life story and achievements are something to behold. I know the interview was very well received by many watching live online and on demand subsequently.”

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There’s no marching on empty stomachs for Israeli soldiers finds Louisa Walters, as she speaks to the IDF’s chief nutritionist ahead of stepping down from the role

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ieutenant Colonel Yafit Adri has led a glittering 25 years of military service with the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), including heading up the army’s nutrition and culinary development.

HOW DID YOU END UP IN CHARGE OF FOOD FOR THE IDF?

There’s more emphasis on food that is quick to eat and less processed. The food stations are attractive and tailored to the needs and tastes of the soldiers. In the past, there was almost nothing available for vegans, coeliacs, food allergy sufferers and the strictly-Orthodox; today, all dietary requirements are catered for.

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I was deputy commander of a construcYafit Adri ENABLED CHANGE? tion unit when a friend told me he had Many of the changes were created as a been offered a position as head of the IDF nutrition result of the change in Israeli eating habits, because department, but that he didn’t want it. I felt strongly we are interested in making sure the soldiers enjoy that this was my calling! I applied and was initially their meals. I always tell the kitchen staff that every rejected on the basis that I had no culinary backday they have a ‘date’ with the diners, and they should ground. During the interview, I explained I see every look attractive so the diners will want to come to the soldier as my own child and that it is very important next ‘date’ (meal). to me to ensure they have nutritious and delicious food available to them. At the end of the interview, WHAT NUTRITIONAL EXPERTISE I was told I could start within a week. I was thrilled IS THERE WITHIN THE ARMY? and, on my way home, I was already making plans. We work in collaboration with the chief nutritionist, who guides us as to the health and nutritional value of what we are producing, and with combat fitness instructors to encourage a sensible diet. Each type of unit has a different style of menu, adapted to the activities of the soldiers within it.

HOW MUCH DOES THE OUTSIDE WORLD INFLUENCE WHAT SOLDIERS EAT?

All dietary requirements are catered for in the IDF

HOW HAS THE IDF FOOD OFFERING CHANGED OVER THE YEARS?

I have never had a problem with military food, but the demands of the youth 25 years ago were very different from the demands today. In ‘my day’ we ate to reach 70; today, the food served to the soldiers is significantly healthier and much better looking!

The rich diversity of food in Israel and the wide variety of restaurants here directly influence the soldiers’ tastes and, in turn, what we feed them. The culinary world in general has changed hugely in recent years. There is a deluge of cooking on TV and all across social media – endless recipes and pictures of innovative and varied food. This has had an enormous impact on what the soldiers want to eat.

WHAT’S ON THE MENU?

The day starts with a variety of cheeses, vegetables, spreads (tahini, jam, chocolate, sesame), hot drinks, bread, dairy delicacies, soya delicacies, eggs and hot drinks. Lunch consists of a hot soup in the winter, between six and eight salads, two types of carbohy-

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The emphasis today is on eating healthier food

drates, cooked vegetables, a meat dish, a vegan dish, bread, fruit and a cold drink. Dinner is light – cheeses, vegetables, a variety of spreads, cold drinks and bread. A couple of times a week there are chef stands serving hamburgers, shawarma and more. All kitchens in the army are kosher.

WHAT HAPPENS ON SHABBAT AND FESTIVALS?

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These meals are richer, more varied and more beautifully served – often with table service.

HOW HAS COVID-19 AFFECTED FOOD OPERATIONS IN THE IDF?

In some units, soldiers eat in limited numbers at specific times. If there are too many to be fed safely in this way, then the food is served in other locations.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT HANGING UP YOUR APRON?

Every day I fall in love with the job all over again and want to do so many more things, but it’s time for a younger team to move in. It’s with great pride that I am handing over the most amazing and delicious job there is in the IDF.

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ONLINE EXHIBITION

THEATRE

Arriving and Belonging

The Prince of Egypt Hit musical The Prince of Egypt, which tells the story of Exodus and is based on the classic DreamWorks Animation film, will resume performances at London’s Dominion Theatre from July. Social distancing measures will be in place for the first few months of the renewed run of the epic stage show, which features a 43-strong cast led by Luke Brady as Moses. The acclaimed Original Cast Recording of The Prince of Egypt, which features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell) and a book by Philip LaZebnik, received a 2021 Grammy Award nomination for Best Musical Theatre Album. Directed by Schwartz’s son, Scott Schwartz, the cast also includes Liam Tamne as Ramses, Christine Allado as Tzipporah and Alexia Khadime as Miriam. Tickets are on sale now from www.theprinceofegyptmusical.com

IN THE PIPELINE

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A new virtual exhibition reveals personal stories of migration and heritage from the St Albans Jewish community. Arriving and Belonging examines universal themes of sanctuary, courage, compassion and starting a new life in Britain through testimonies, objects and family photographs. Among those featured are Auschwitz survivor Kitty Hart-Moxon; Evelyn Gold, who discovered her aunt was included on Schindler’s List; Sylvia Schloss, daughter of Anne Frank’s posthumous step-sister Eva Schloss; and Andrew Hougie, whose mother came to England from Iraq in the 1950s.

The exhibition draws on more than 100 stories shared in the Heritage Lotteryfunded SAMS Roots project at St Albans Masorti Synagogue. Helen Singer, project organiser, said: “This amazing collection of stories shows how Jewish people arrived in St Albans and have made their home in the city.” The exhibition, illustrated with photos by Hayley Posener, will also open in-person at St Albans Museum and Gallery next year. For more details, visit: www.arrivingbelonging.com

Time for close encounters of the Steven Spielberg kind! The iconic film-maker is said to be directing and co-writing a movie loosely based on his childhood in Arizona, Deadline reported this week. Tony Kushner, the playwright who wrote Angels in America and has collaborated with Spielberg on Munich and Lincoln, is working with the film maven on a script. The Greatest Showman actress Michelle Williams is in negotiations to play the character based on Spielberg’s mother in the film, which will be released next year. Spielberg, 74, was born to Jewish parents in Cincinnati, but moved to Arizona at the age of 11. He has talked about experiencing antisemitism as a teenager.

His father, Arnold, an electrical engineer who worked in developing early computers, died last year aged 103. His mother, Leah Adler, who was known for owning the kosher restaurant The Milky Way in Los Angeles, died in 2017 at 97.

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CEO of the international Elite Model Management agency. She’s also known for helping to design a dress made out of crystals for top model Kendal Jenner. Haart’s four children include a TikToker, an app designer, a lawyer and a high schooler torn between two conflicting cultures. The documentary, which will air later this year, shows how the fashion mogul is helping them reconcile their Orthodox upbringings with the modern world.

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can add up to five household members  Footage quality is very clear and 16GB worth is saved on HomeBase unit (rather than in the cloud) for 180 days  Can be integrated with the Alexa system; the Echo Dot functions as an extra chime  Great peace of mind for responding to unexpected visitors when you’re out

 Needs good Wi-Fi connection to run properly,

otherwise there can be a delay

 The bell cannot always be heard from

indoors, especially if phone is on silent or switched off  Battery life is six months, but this varies depending on usage and motion detector range  Start-up guide is minimal, so you need to look online for more details

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omegranates, first grown in northern Iran or Turkey between 4000 BC and 3000 BC, are believed to be the earliest cultivated fruit. This exquisite fruit makes this salad both visually appealing and a delight for your palate SERVES 6–8

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parent, and the curly, stringlike germ has separated from the circular part. Drain well and set aside to cool. 2. PREPARE THE POMEGRANATE Cut open at the crown, put into a large colander and immerse into deep tub of cool water. Break pomegranate into two pieces and gently pull seeds away from the membrane. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the colander and the excess skin and membrane will float to the top for discarding. 3. PREPARE THE OTHER PRODUCE Wash, thoroughly dry, and cut chiffonade into bite-sized pieces the spinach, kale (remove from centre rib), and baby bok choy. Cut the grapes into halves. 4. PREPARE THE VINAIGRETTE Cut 1 pomegranate in half, and juice on an orange juicer, removing ⅛ cup of juice. Place balsamic vinegar, pomegranate juice, honey, mustard, salt, and pepper into a small blender and blend. Pour into a glass bowl. Slowly whisk in the pumpkin seed oil (or olive oil) until emulsified. Pour into a glass jar, cover and keep cool until ready to assemble salad. 5. ASSEMBLE THE SALAD Place all of the salad ingredients into a large medium glass mixing bowl. Drizzle with pomegranate vinaigrette and serve immediately. Extracted from Beautiful Salads: Delicious Organic Salads & Dressings for Every Season by Pam Powell, published by Voyageur Press, priced £18.99 (hardback). Available now

Review: Cook School My mum, who is fed up with cooking, heard about a new veggie recipe box from Cook School designed especially for children. Cook School is a nationwide project that offers accessible and affordable cookery lessons for students aged five to 19. It was set up by food educator and award-winning cookbook author Amanda Grant and creative director Kristian Dean and they have taught more than 50,000 students. The box was delivered on a Friday and came with all the ingredients you need to make a cauliflower curry, including the vegetables (which are seasonal and sourced from small farms), spices, fresh herbs, coconut milk, chickpeas and chopped tomatoes. This saved a lot of time. The instructions were straightforward and the equipment is helpfully listed on the sheet. A QR code brings up a recipe video to follow, which is particularly good for younger children. Given that it was a family meal, which feeds four to five, it was fairly quick to prepare. Some of my family are wary of eating veggie meals as they do like their meat, but even they really enjoyed it. It says on the instruction sheet: “Cauliflower works so well in this delicious curry, you’re going to make it time after time!” and we are adding the

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THE NEXT GENERATION OF INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN Candice Krieger hears about the problems faced by Arab Israeli women trying to find work in the tech industry, along with a British Embassy in Israel initiative to increase their participation

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he tech industry is boom“The lack of diversity in tech is a clear ing. Yet diversity within problem for the industry, for innovation and it is drastically lagging for society as a whole,” says Elinor Honigstein, behind, with ethnic minor- Head of UK Office & Strategic Partnerships at ity women one of the most UK Israel Tech Hub. disadvantaged groups when “Ethiopian, Bedouin, Orthodox, Arab... it comes to this sizzling sector. people in the periphery are minority groups who Nicknamed the ‘Start-up Nation’, Israel play only a small part in the Start-up Nation. has the largest number of start-ups per capita “Being a woman and from a minority backin the world – but Arab Israelis, and women in ground may create a double barrier.” particular, have struggled to get a foothold in However, the dial is changing through collabthe ecosystem. orations between the non-profit sector, the govAccording to the Central Bureau of Statis- ernment and the tech industry. These include tics, there are about 4,000 Arab engiThe British Embassy in Israel’s recently neers working in Israeli high-tech. launched MoveUp post-accelerator That’s only around 1.4 to 1.5 percent program, ArabtechPort, which aims of the whole Israeli tech workforce to empower Arab entrepreneurs of around 280,000. Arab society and accelerate the entrepreneuraccounts for 21 percent of Israship ecosystem within the Arab el’s total population. And when society and UK Israel Women it comes to women in general, only Leading Innovation (WLI). a small number hold senior posiMoveUp, a collaboration tions in tech companies. Elinor Honigstein between the UK Israel Tech Hub

The second meet-up of the Arab Tech Community at WeWork Haifa in February 2020

at the British Embassy and Presentense in partnership with CITI Foundation and Takwin VC, provides support for advanced-stage tech entrepreneurs Sami Awad from Arab society to help them take part in the ‘Start-up Nation’. “Ensuring we work towards diversity in tech and encouraging women entrepreneurship has the power to create an inclusive society,” says Honigstein, who is leading the UK Israel WLI program – a cross-embassy collaboration, including the Hub, Department for International Trade, Science and Innovation Network and the British Council in Tel Aviv, to promote and connect women in innovation across both countries. Why have Arab Israelis in particular been so underrepresented? Sami Awad, Arab Tech Sector Manager at the British Embassy Israel, explains: “Firstly, Arab Israelis don’t serve in Israel’s Defense Forces (IDF), with the exception of the Druze community. “This creates a gap between Arab Israelis and their Jewish counterparts, as in Israel, the army is considered to be your first stop in acquiring new skills, being exposed to great innovation and networking opportunities. “Secondly, geographical spread; while Israel’s main industry and tech focal point is located in Tel Aviv, Arab villages are spread sporadically all over the country. Such spread limits the range of possible job and career opportunities that are available to Arab candidates. “Finally, cultural differences; in many other countries, while Jewish and Arab cultures are more similar than different, they still differ from one another in countless ways, making it more difficult to achieve integration and

assimilation of both. “Arab Israelis not only need to bridge these gaps, they need to do so under harsher and more scrutinised paths, simply for being a female in a male-dominated industry.” Two success stories of Arab Israeli women making their mark on Israel’s tech ecosystem are Afaf Shehab and Shireen Zoaby.

Afaf Shehab worked in tech and is the co-founder of tech start-up Afaf Shehab Petwork. She is also a participant in the MoveUp post-accelerator program. EDUCATION:

Gained a bachelor’s degree in information technology from University of Haifa.

CURRENT ROLE:

Co-founder of Petwork, a digital network for pet owners that provides location-based information about the different services owners are interested in, while also allowing users to communicate, review and share their opinions.

How hard was it for you to land your first job in tech?

“Fortunately, doing well in university helped me score my first job relatively quickly, but I’m familiar with the difficult process of landing the first job in the tech industry.”

Do you feel outnumbered by men in your place of work and the ecosystem in general?

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partner, but most of the high-profile roles in the ecosystem in which we work are led by men. Luckily things are changing, though I feel it will take some time for women leading start-ups and companies to become a norm in the industry.”

What advice would you offer other Arab Israeli women looking to pursue a career in tech?

Why have Arab Israeli women in particular been so underrepresented in tech?

Shireen Zoaby, lead facilitator – WebAhead Coding Bootcamp at Kav Mashve.

“Though it is obvious that women in STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] fields are still under-represented worldwide, locally the issue is even more evident, and social limitations on all types of minorities are also influenced by the current political landscape.”

Are things changing?

“I am seeing more and more women in leading roles in all fields, which is inspiring the new generation to dream bigger. That, coupled with our current state of interconnectedness, makes everything closer which, in turn, contributes to the rise of more female industry leaders in tech and beyond.”

Is there more that needs to be done?

“There should be more workshops and collaborative efforts towards coordinating and supporting the next generation of women tech leaders.”

“Dream big; everything is possible. There are many people who are willing to help and push you, don’t be afraid to ask.”

ecosystem in general?

“So far, in every event/class/work I have been surrounded by a lot more men than women.”

Why have Arab Israeli women in particular been so underrepresented in tech?

“The main factors in not seeing Arab women properly represented in tech are: • Arab women are discouraged from pursuing a career in tech (or STEM in general); it is EDUCATION: still considered a risky career and they BSc of computer science from the Technion are encouraged to pursue a more stable paying Israel Institute of Technology. job such as teaching, humanities or healthcare. CURRENT ROLE: • The tech scene is not diverse Lead facilitator of the coding bootand not ready to integrate Arab camps at Kav Mashve, a nonwomen into the industry. profit organisation that promotes A lot of Arab women will fail equal employment opportunities an interview because the interfor Arab university graduates within viewer hasn’t had such experience. the Israeli business sector. • Arab women may not pursue Shireen Zoaby a career in tech even after How hard was it for you to finishing their academic studies; land your first job in tech? the imposter syndrome is harder to overcome “Landing my first job in tech was tricky. I went when looking for a job and some women may to career fairs, sent out my CV and landed a few not have the capacity to work long hours or interviews and eventually went for the role I travel far.” was most passionate about – course facilitator.”

Do you feel outnumbered by men in your place of work or the

Are things changing?

“Things are slowly changing as we better understand the problems and create solutions that fit

the needs of the Arab society and Arab women in general, such as programs created especially to encourage high school girls to get into tech programs, communities for women in tech, and programs for Arab women who want to advance their tech careers. “We have seen a rise in the number of women enrolling in tech subjects in universities, but the representation is still low and the rate of it happening is too slow to see the difference in the near future.”

Is there more that needs to be done?

“Not enough has been done, but more is happening. We need to make this industry more accessible to Arab women, so the work should happen on two spectrums. “The first is working with employers to find a way to integrate more Arab women into their companies. “The second spectrum is to enable Arab women and help them find a job in tech by raising awareness and giving them the tools to advance and find their place.”

What advice would you offer other Arab Israeli women looking to pursue a career in tech?

“Do it! It will be hard, and you will feel like you don’t fit in or that this path is not for you but, once you are rid of that doubt, you will find that this is what you wanted to do all along.”

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Orthodox Judaism

SEDRA Vayikra

BY RABBI GARRY WAYLAND Vayikra brings about a real change of tone and pace in the Torah: from the individual lives of the forefathers in Bereshit to the trials and tribulations of the nascent Jewish nation in Shemot, Vayikra is largely timeless. Covering the laws of the Mishkan, the sanctuary at the centre of the 40-year Jewish encampment in the desert, as well as details of interpersonal conduct, personal sanctity and the festivals, the book makes almost no reference to historical events – save for the tragic demise of Aaron’s sons Nadav and Avihu at the inauguration of the sanctuary. The parsha begins: ‘When a man from among you brings a sacrifice to God…’ The word ‘man’ (Adam) is linguistically unnecessary with Rashi saying it specifically refers to Adam, the first person. “Just as Adam did not offer any sacrifices from stolen property – everything was his! – so too you shall not offer from that which is stolen.”

Rashi teaches us the foundation of the sanctuary had to be built upon ‘kosher’ money: “I am God: I love justice, I hate theft with a sacrifice.” A shochet once told famed Rabbi Yisrael Salanter he was retiring to go into business, as the responsibilities of ensuring kashrut were too much for him. The rabbi rebuked: “If you are prepared to stop slaughtering, in which you know the laws, for fear of sinning, how much more so should you fear sinning in business, in which you have no expertise!” The Temple served as the site of both the altar and the Sanhedrin, the greatest court in the land. Divine connection and human justice were intrinsically linked. May God help us make the appropriate sacrifices to live lives of integrity and have the integrity to make sacrifices to Him with a full heart.

◆ Rabbi Garry Wayland is a teacher and educator for US Living and Learning

Torah For Today What does the Torah say about: Princess Latifa BY RABBI ZVI SOLOMONS In recent weeks, videos have emerged of Princess Latifa accusing her father, Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, of holding her hostage. So, what does the Torah say about this? In our deepest tradition, there is a concept that parents are responsible for their children and ultimately have power of life and death over them should they step out of line. This is expressed in the law of the stubborn and rebellious child who, if found guilty, is stoned. The rabbis discuss whether this actually happened – the Talmud says it never did, but Rabbi Yehonatan speaks of at least one example. Women are ascribed autonomy with respect to their personal and matrimonial lives. At the very earliest time in Jewish history, our mother Rachel is asked if she wishes to leave home and be with Isaac, a man she

has not even met yet. Her answer is that she will go. Women are not limited in halacha in their ownership of property, nor in any other rights in law. Although some authorities have said a man may chastise his wife, this is not our general ruling – beating one’s wife is considered gross and grounds for divorce by many authorities. When we see the kidnapping of a woman, who is held incommunicado in her home country, we

have to say this is an abuse of law. No legal system should be operated to gratify one person’s will, and we are rightly disgusted. The princess has inalienable rights to freedom unless she has committed a crime, which is most certainly not the case. In halacha, kidnapping is punished as a capital offence, under the Ten Commandments. The behaviour of the Crown Prince is an outrage against justice and an abuse of the ruler’s power to make such drastic decisions. A biblical prophet would doubtless have condemned the sheikh who behaved so vindictively and coercively to his own daughter. Royals are used to having their own way, yet the Torah principle that there should be one law for every person is something we should all support. ◆ Rabbi Zvi Solomons serves JCoB, the Jewish Community of Berkshire in Reading

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Progressively Speaking

The Bible Says What? ‘Moses broke the first tablets and kept them’

The census is more complex than a box-ticking exercise

BY RABBI RENÉ PFERTZEL “When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain.” (Exodus 32:19) Ever wondered what happened to the first set of stone tablets we read about in our Torah? We know that after returning from 40 days of a one-to-one encounter with God, Moses smashes them because the Israelites were so impatient they melted their gold and created an idol. Later on, we read that God gives another set of tablets. According to Torah, the first set was inscribed by God’s finger – whereas the second were chiselled out by Moses and rewritten by God – but it doesn’t tell us what happened to them. One Talmudic tradition states the broken tablets were placed in the Holy Ark along with the second, which were intact. An-

other tells us: “Two Arks journeyed with Israel in the wildernes. One in which the Torah was placed, and the other in which the tablets broken by Moses were placed.” It is remarkable the broken tablets were kept alongside the unbroken ones. They were not buried, which is what we generally do with holy items no longer in use. But why? Midrash Rabbah gives an explanation. God said to Moses: “Do not be distressed over the First Tablets, which contained only the Ten Commandments. In the Second Tablets, you will also have Halachah, Midrash and Aggadah.” In other words, both sets of tablets represent different stages of Revelation: it is a progressive process. The first tablets were written only by God. For the second, Moses and God were partners. Similarly, our relationship with God is one of collaboration.

◆ Rabbi René Pfertzel serves Kingston Liberal Synagogue

BY RABBI MARK GOLDSMITH The BBC’s Politics Live show recently “debated” whether Jews “should count” as an ethnic minority. With the National Census upon us, we are being offered the chance to tick a box on Jewish as a religion but not ethnicity. How should we feel about this? Jews are recognised by provisions in the Race Relations Act as a distinct racial group, who must be protected from discrimination. As Jonathan Sacerdoti wrote in The Spectator: “Within living memory, two-thirds of Europe’s Jews were murdered on account of their ethnicity; the Nazis were keen to include in their slaughter even those with no cultural or religious ties to Judaism”. When I was young, my family’s regular Rosh Hashanah afternoon walk was on the paths around a golf course, half a mile from home, that was well known not to admit Jews to membership, not because of any religious test but because of our ethnicity.

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The mainstream London school I attended had, just a couple of decades before, imposed a Jewish quota lest ‘too many’ Jews enter the student body. The Race Relations Act of 1976 made such discrimination illegal. The memory of discrimination against Jews is very recent. It means our ethnicity is real and must be protected by any government that seeks the equality of its citizens and to ensure the effects of inequality are quickly challenged and corrected. Jews are disproportionately affected by hate crimes in Britain, our death rate from Covid-19 was much higher than the general population,

our religious life has some requirements in public services and from employers that need protecting, such as access to kosher food and the ability to celebrate Jewish festivals. We need to continue to be recognised as a minority group within the UK for tough issues to be addressed and for protections to continue. When Anas Sarwar became leader of the Scottish Labour Party, he was correctly identified as the first Muslim leader of a major political party in the UK but was certainly not the first from a minority. We crossed that divide 150 years ago when Benjamin Disraeli became leader of the Conservative Party. Disraeli’s Jewish ethnicity would be protected by the laws of today. On the census, you will be able to record you are Jewish, but only as a religion – despite the fact we have not lost our distinctiveness as a people. ◆ Mark Goldsmith is Senior Rabbi of Edgware and Hendon

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Our trusty team of advisers answers your questions about everything from law and finance to dating and dentistry. This week: Treatment of crypto assets in divorce, travelling after making aliyah and awaiting delivery of possessions VANESSA LLOYD PLATT DIVORCE AND FAMILY SOLICITOR

LLOYD PLATT & COMPANY SOLICITORS

Dear Vanessa Is cryptocurrency considered an asset in a UK divorce? Gary Dear Gary Crypto assets can form part of a client’s estate, and their values have risen dramatically since 2008 when cryptocurrency came into being. Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Monera and similar currencies have created a surging interest. The entity is created out of a distributed ledger of transactions held on computers around the world and is updated simultaneously on copies of the ledger whenever a transaction is recorded.

DOV NEWMARK ALIYAH ADVISER

NEFESH B’NEFESH Dear Dov I’ve been told that once I make aliyah, I can’t leave Israel for six months. Is that correct? Hadar Dear Hadar Mazeltov on your aliyah. In normal times (pre-corona), there are no restrictions for travelling after making aliyah. During the first six months, one of the benefits you receive is a monetary gift

from the Israeli government in the form of Sal Klita. So, any travel outside of Israel during that period may stop your payments. Upon returning to Israel, payments will be reinstated. You are entitled to receive back payments. We suggest you check your bank statement to ensure all Sal Klita payments are received. Commuters and other people who need to travel outside of Israel for work purposes should contact Misrad HaKlita to discuss their specific situation. At the moment, travel is very much ‘up in the air’ and we are guided by the regulations set out by the Ministry of Health. One can apply for their Israeli passport three full months after their date of

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Jurisdictions treat cryptocurrency differently by either definition, enforcement or for tax purposes, and in each case an expert should be used. HMRC has designated that crypto assets held as a personal investment that can increase in value are liable to capital gains tax, so ordering transfers from a husband to a wife or vice versa after the relevant exemption period can attract tax. Similarly, they can attract inheritance tax. Further, employers, by paying their employees in crypto currency can lead to a liability to income tax and national insurance. The court can enforce either capital or maintenance claims against the holder of cryptocurrency. Further, specialised agents can now trace crypto currency to ensure a party does not dispose of it. The days of parties hiding their assets through cryptocurrency are now clearly numbered.

aliyah. Should you need to travel before receiving your Israeli passport, an Ishur Yetziyah (permission to leave) must be obtained from any branch of Misrad Hapnim (no appointment necessary). In an emergency, Border Control at Ben Gurion Airport may let you leave the country with just your foreign passport, or they may refer you to Ben Gurion’s branch of Misrad Hapnim. You must book an appointment to apply for your Israeli passport. On average, it takes approximately 10 business days to receive it. Appointments can be made via the MyVisit website: www.myvisit.com and all family members requesting passports (including children) must make separate appointments. Safe travels!

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STEPHEN MORRIS SHIPPING LTD. Dear Stephen I plan to make aliyah in June and read many stories on Facebook and other social media about having to go to the port to clear my goods when they arrive. Is this true? Diana Dear Diana The short answer is ‘no, it

is not true if you ship with Stephen Morris’. Israeli customs now use the ‘Global Gateway’ system, which allows for everything that you need to do in respect of documentation to be done by email and online. The only reason to go to

the port is to be present (if you wish) in the rare event that customs requests an inspection of the container. Generally, we will do the running around for you and you can relax in your new home and await the arrival of our crew to deliver everything. Incidentally, we do unpack and position furniture and this is included in our doorto-door charges. We will also assemble up to eight items of furniture that we have disassembled in the UK. We will handle other tasks such as unpacking of cartons, hanging of artwork and assembly of IKEA furniture, but our office in Israel will quote for this on an ‘ad hoc’ basis once you know what you require.


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CAROLYN ADDLEMAN Qualifications: Lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in will drafting and trust and estate administration. Last 14 years at KKL Executor and Trustee Company. In close contact with clients to ensure all legal and pastoral needs are cared for. Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

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STEPHEN MORRIS Qualifications: • Managing Director of Stephen Morris Shipping Ltd. • 45 years’ experience in shipping household and personal effects. • Chosen mover for four royal families and three UK prime ministers. • Offering proven quality specialist advice for moving anyone across the world or round the corner.

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The Philosopher, 1922 Jacob Kramer (1892-1962) Ben Uri Collection ©The William Roberts Society, London

decision-making process, deaccessioning and methods of disposal B The current and future strategy to deliver a thriving, purposeful, and distinctive Ben Uri in 2050 and beyond B The Ben Uri Research Unit (BURU) for the study and recording of the Jewish and immigrant contribution to British visual culture since 1900 B The redefinition of the collection to dovetail with the focus of the Research Unit, including recent acquisitions B The pioneering research and ambitions of the Arts and Health Institute using the collection as its source of material B And any other subjects you choose

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