6 May 2021
24 Iyar 5781
A prayer book, broken glasses, a comb and a bag at the scene of the stampede that killed 45 people on Mount Meron
Mountain of tears THE 45 VICTIMS OF MOUNT MERON Ariel Ahdut, 21 Rabbi Yisrael Alnakvah, 24 Avrohom Daniel Ambon, 21 Rabbi Moshe Bergman, 24 Rabbi Yonoson Chevroni (age unknown) Yedidyia Chiyuis, 13 Eliahu Cohen, 16 Simcha Bunim Diskind, 23 Chen Doron, 41 Moshe Mordechai Elchad-Sharf, 12 Yosef Dovid Elchad-Sharf, 18 Yehoshua Englander, 9
Moshe Natan Englander, 14 Tzadik Mordcha Yoel ben Avrum Yakovm Mordechai Fekete, 23 Yedida Asher Fogel, 22 Elazar Gefner, 52 Rabbi Shragi Gestetner (age unknown) Rabbi Eliezar Mordechai Goldberg, 37 Rabbi Yosef Greenbaum, 22 Rabbi Eliezer Tzvi Joseph, 26 Nachman Kirshbaum, 15 Rabbi Shmuel Zvi Klagsbald, 34
Menachem Knoblowitz, (age unknown) Yossi Kohn, 21 Elazar Yitzchok Koltai, 13 Rabbi David Krause, 33 Shlomo Zalman Leibowitz, 19 Yosef Yehuda Levi, 17 Moshe Levy, 14 Yosef Mastorov, 26 Rabbi Shimon Matlon, 37 Yishai Me’ulam, 17 Daniel Morris, 19 Chaim Rock (age unknown)
Rabbi Yehuda Leib Rubin, 27 Rabbi Chaim Ozer Seller, 24 Moshe Ben Shalom, 21 Elkana Shila, 29 Rabbi Chanoch Solod, 52 Dov Steinmetz (age unknown) Yaakov Elchanan Strakovsky, 20 Yosef Amram Tauber (age unknown) Rabbi Ariel Tzadik, 56 Rabbi Moshe Tzarfati, 65 Rabbi Menachem Asher Zeckbach, 24
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Jewish News 6 May 2021
News / Mount Meron tragedy
‘There were bodies on and under me. I thought I’d die’ By Michael Daventry email@example.com @MichaelDaventry
The family of a 22-year-old British man killed in last week’s horrific Mount Meron stampede say they don’t blame human error for the tragedy because God “orchestrated” it. Moshe Bergman, from Salford in Greater Manchester, was among 45 people who died in a crush at a Lag B’Omer celebration that will now be remembered as Israel’s worst disaster in peacetime. The victims included children aged as young as eight. The Bergman family released a statement on Wednesday, saying: “As the wife and sisters of our beloved Moshe Bergman, we feel strongly and would like the world to recognise that the only reason why he died was because that was exactly what God in Heaven orchestrated, not because of physical reasons. “As we sit and cry, missing our beloved Moshe we, the ones who feel the most pain, will never put any blame on a human lack of responsibility, lack of security or any physical reason. Our precious one was taken by a God who loves us. Although we do not understand his ways, we believe that only God plans each part of our lives with love.” More than 100,000 people, nearly all of them strictly-Orthodox men and boys, were crammed into the site late on Thursday night near the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the second-century sage who is buried at Meron. Celebrations are held at the site every year and are traditionally boisterous, involving bonfires, singing and dancing. But this year events took a fateful turn after midnight, as thousands were funnelling their way
Memorial candles are lit at the site to the 45 who were killed. Inset: Victim Moshe Bergman, who grew up in Manchester
through a narrow passageway on the trip back down the mountain. A crush occurred as people tripped on a metal staircase in the passageway, quickly causing a pile-up as others fell on top of them. “People were screaming, ‘I can’t breathe, can’t breathe,’” one witness named Arik said. “This boy started yelling, ‘Dad, I can’t breathe.’ One person threw up on me and was choking. “One person was lying on my leg
and I yelled at him to move, but he was totally unconscious.” Another witness, Ba’al Haness, told the Times of Israel how he remained conscious even as the bodies began to pile on top of him. “I saw all the bodies. I saw bodies on me, under me,” he said. “I thought I was going to die.” As medical responders struggled to reach the casualties, some described how the victims were carrying phones that were still switched on.
“It was so distressing to hear the constant ringing of the cellphones of the deceased,” said Haim Spielberg, a volunteer for ZAKA, the emergency response service. “Tears flowed from my eyes when I saw the words Dad or Mum on the phone screen.” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised a full inquiry into the tragedy, but many in Israel were asking how the event could proceed seemingly without crowd control.
Coronavirus restrictions in Israel usually prevent more than 500 people from gathering outdoors. Speaking from Manchester, Rabbi Saunders said the Bergman family did not wish to “apportion blame” for their son’s death. “Of course lessons must be learnt so that no family will have to suffer a similar tragedy in the future,” he said. “We call upon the community both locally and in Israel to come together in a spirit of unity and reflection.”
CHILLING IMAGES THAT WILL DEMAND ANSWERS BY MICHAEL DAVENTRY FOREIGN EDITOR, JEWISH NEWS
The images were chillingly familiar to those old enough to remember Hillsborough. So many aspects of that disaster — in which 96 people died at a football stadium crush in 1989 — appeared to be present at Mount Meron. The scene was one of pandemonium: the crowds did not disperse for hours, clogging up mobile phone networks and preventing rescue
teams from helping people who were trapped. Some families went into Shabbat not knowing if their relatives were still alive. The delay in recovering and identifying bodies meant some were not buried until Sunday. That is why, inevitably, questions were asked about why the event was so poorly planned. After all, the Lag B’Omer celebration at Mount Meron is always a chaotic affair and always attracts tens of thousands of revellers. There was plenty of talk this year about how it would be the biggest mass event since Israel emerged from lockdown. Clearly, few heeded the Health Ministry’s warning to stay away because it could be a super-spreader event. Yet was this a disaster just waiting to
commander of the northern happen? Many Israelis are police district, said he bore asking broader questions about “full responsibility”. Yet other the way their country treats the senior officers told Israeli media strictly Orthodox, a mostly segthat the event was impossible to regated community that lives control because it was too big, among them. and that the surge was triggered Are politicians to blame? by participants behaving boisCharedi parties have used their terously. There were echoes of electoral power to construct a Hillsborough, where police said, system that essentially grants falsely, that hooliganism caused autonomy to their commuHillsborough memorial the stadium crush. nities on countless issues in The families of the Hillsborough victims had Israel, be it education, marriage or IDF conscription. The celebrations at Mount Meron to wait 25 years before the truth came out. The families of Mount Meron victims will be hoping have been in a regulatory vacuum for years. Were the police at fault? Shimon Lavie, that their answers come much, much quicker.
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Mount Meron tragedy / News
PM, Queen and Pope mourn The Queen, Pope Francis and prime minister were among those sending condolences as messages of sympathy poured into Israel from leaders around the world. In a message released last Friday, the Queen said: “I was deeply saddened by the news of the disaster at the Lag B’Omer festival in Meron, Israel. “My thoughts are with all those who have been injured, and the friends and families of those who lost their lives. They have my deepest sympathies.”
Boris Johnson said in his own message: “Devastating scenes at the Lag B’Omer festival in Israel. My thoughts are with the Israeli people and those who have lost loved ones in this tragedy.” The White House said President Joe Biden had spoken to Benjamin Netanyahu to offer “profound condolences” and assistance as Israel responds to the disaster and cares for the wounded. At least two US citizens were among those killed in the tragedy.
Many of Israel’s neighbours offered their condolences too, including Jordan’s King Abdullah, who telephoned President Reuven Rivlin. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wrote a letter to Rivlin in which he said: “We are praying for the victims and hope for the recovery of those injured.” There were also messages from countries with which Israel established diplomatic relations last year, including Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
... as 1,000 pay tribute online The Chief Rabbi led a moving tribute to those killed in the Mount Meron tragedy. Addressing a virtual memorial ceremony on Sunday, Ephraim Mirvis said: “What happened on Lag B’Omer was the very opposite of what should have happened. “This year during the initial days of the Omer there was respite, a break in the plague of death that is coronavirus. “We had been celebrating that there had been hardly any deaths in Israel and that we were moving towards an era of peace, tranquillity and good health. Then came along Lag B’Omer and for us this year it was a day of death, horrific suffering and unimaginable pain and horror for all of Israel.” The Chief Rabbi told the audience of
more than 1,000: “We cannot even try to attempt an explanation but we can be together. That is something the Jewish people are wonderful at doing.” Joining the Chief Rabbi was Tzipi Hotovely, Israel’s ambassador to the UK, who thanked the community for “showing such solidarity with the people of Israel”. She said: “I finally got to feel how strong we are as a community. The Jewish people have supported and strengthened those families who need our prayers to get back to a normal life and be healthy again.” She also shared her condolences with the family of Moshe Bergman, “a young boy who just wanted to celebrate with all the other people”.
The evening was hosted by Rabbi Nicky Liss, chair of the Rabbinical Council of the United Synagogue (RCUS), with attendees also hearing personal reflections by Rebbetzin Freda Kaplan, part of the Tribe team in Israel. • A police assessment ahead of this year’s festivities on Mount Meron warned of the dangers of overcrowding at access points as well as the possibility of structures collapsing, and specifically cited dangers surrounding the exit route where 45 people lost their lives, Israel’s Channel 13 reported on Tuesday. The document urged that the exit route be expanded. Editorial comment, page 16
Tens of thousands at the event on Thursday evening and a volunteer rescuers receives consolation and thanks
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Jewish News 6 May 2021
News / Board hustings / London elections
JLC merger off the table By Jenni Frazer @Jennifrazer
A fierce head-to-head between the two candidates for president of the Board of Deputies led to allegations of “dirty tricks” and an unexpected rejection by both contenders of a merger with the Jewish Leadership Council. This is the first challenge to a sitting president seeking a second term since 1964, and in a hustings held on Tuesday evening, moderated by Jewish News editor Richard Ferrer, neither incumbent Marie van der Zyl or challenger Jonathan Neumann was ready to give ground. Both Van der Zyl and Neumann are lawyers — and it showed, as each carefully set out their positions. Neumann scored an early ‘hit’ as he devoted almost half of his opening remarks to expressing sorrow over the tragic deaths at Israel’s Mount Meron, particularly sending sympathy to the family of the young British man who died, Moshe Bergman. But if this played well with his supporters, then Van der Zyl was ready to recite highlights of her achievements during her three years at the helm of the Board — including, as she mentioned at least three times, her pride in the fact that former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had blamed her for his loss of the Labour whip. Neither Neumann nor Van der Zyl was anything more than lukewarm about the prospect of a merger between the Board and the JLC,
despite continuing financial constraints in the community. Neumann believed that while it was important to “minimise duplication”, the two were organisations with “a mix of collaboration and competition” — having the JLC in place, he said, kept the deputies “on our toes”. Van der Zyl said that having two bodies was a feature of “communal architecture” that perhaps would not have existed if Anglo-Jewry were starting from scratch, but she felt that the Board and the JLC complemented each other, particularly during the pandemic. Neumann ran into trouble when he was challenged about his 2018 book, To Heal the World?: How the Jewish Left Corrupts Judaism and Endangers Israel. “This is a book about American Judaism and the politicisation of that community,” he said, claiming that his book had become misrepresented by people who he did not think had actually read it. He added: “It is deeply unfair to suggest that I am talking about Progressive or Orthodox or any of the mainstream denominations of Judaism. This is the sort of misrepresentation we’ve seen through this campaign. “I’ve committed to running a positive campaign, my vision of the future of the Board and it’s a shame that people who are not interested in what I have to say are trying to demonise me and trying to scare people into not voting for me. I have representatives supporting me from across the Board, and I have every confidence
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Candidates Marie van der Zyl and Jonathan Neumann quizzed by Jewish News’s Richard Ferrer
that I will be able to represent every part of the community if I am elected.” The increasing right/left polarisation of the community was addressed by both candidates, as questions were asked by deputies about the wisdom of accepting Yachad on to the Board, and about attacks by anti-occupation movement Na’amod on the new Israeli ambassador. Van der Zyl, promoting herself as the first woman to stand twice for president, said: “There has been a lot of publicity about the voting caucus and people voting on political lines.” She said that when the latest applicants to join the Board — including Maccabi and Jami, the mental health charity — had been made public, deputies had been contacted and urged to vote politically, which she deplored. “We have to engage in debate with respect. I think constantly wanting to vote on all aspects of the Board’s business doesn’t necessarily produce
the right results, because we are not a parliament on opposite sides, we are together as a community. We have to learn to love each other and embrace each other.” Separately, the Alliance of Jewish Women held the first equality hustings for candidates for the posts of treasurer and three vice-presidents of the Board. The contenders were asked what they had previously done to challenge harms against women, to promote gender equality, and to ensure more women’s voices were heard both at the Board and in the community. Three short films outlining the candidates’ views have now been released. They were supported by Sally Patterson, the Board’s Equality Champion, and deputies from all women’s organisations represented at the Board: Judith FlacksLeigh (Jewish Women’s Aid), Flora Frank BEM, (Emunah), Dr Liora Malki-Epshtein (WIZO) and Ella Marks (League of Jewish Women).
CLASHES AT LONDON ASSEMBLY HUSTINGS Candidates from four parthe good people like Cllr ties clashed over antisemHirani, there appear to itism and transport policy be people with a problem during a lively London with antisemitism still Assembly hustings for in the Labour Party, well Barnet and Harrow. beyond Jeremy Corbyn’s Representing Labour, time,” Mendoza said. Hirani responded by Cllr Krupesh Hirani opened by accepting the praising the leadership “hurt and distress that of Keir Starmer who was people feel towards my “working with Jewish party as a result of the anticommunity groups to semitism that has mired us renew the process on how over the past few years”. these matters are handled”. The Dudden Hill ward He admitted that some residents “felt they could representative added: “I still not vote for a Labour will conduct myself with candidate”, but reiterated the highest regard as your his firm support for the London Assembly member. Where I see instances of ten commitments fea“It’s like Mayor of London, tured in the Jewish Mani- but at the end of the day you antisemitism I will personfesto for London 2021. get a really quick service!” ally report them.” Mendoza later accused Cllr Hirani of In a fiery retort, Alan Mendoza, on behalf of Conservative candi- “hiding behind process and not taking a stand”. The Greens’ candidate Emma Wallace was date Molly Samuel-Leport, queried why Cllr Hirani’s ward colleague, Cllr Aslam Choudry, asked why her party had not adopted the IHRA had last year shared a video promoting anti- definition of antisemitism. She said it was in the semitic tropes. “This reminds us that for all “pipeline” and would be voted on in due course.
6 May 2021 Jewish News
Union dispute / Palestinian homes / News
McCluskey’s Unite still ‘owes’ £2m in court costs by Lee Harpin email@example.com @lmharpin
Len McCluskey’s Unite union is still contesting the bulk of £2 million in costs it was ordered to pay after losing a libel case against a former Labour MP who was outspoken in her criticism of Jeremy Corbyn’s antisemitism failures. Former MP Anna Turley was awarded £75,000 in damages by a High Court judge in December 2019 after suing Unite for libel over an article that claimed she acted dishonestly while applying to become a member of the union. The judge also ruled that Unite and a blogger Stephen Walker – who edits the hard-left Skwawkbox site – were jointly liable for costs. Jewish News understands Unite has failed to pay the majority of more than £2 million in costs. It has also failed to repay a further £3,028 owed which was paid to the High Court by Turley when she issued her claim in January 2018. One legal source described the union’s failure to pay the court fee after such a lengthy time as “beyond belief”. A judge will assess Turley’s costs, which could rise to about £2.5 million, at a High Court hearing on 13 May.
Len McCluskey has spent a fortune on legal cases involving antisemitism accusations
Turley said during the 2019 election campaign that local voters repeatedly expressed outrage to her about Corbyn’s failure to stamp down on antisemites in his party. She had taken Unite and Walker to court over a story on the blog. The case related to Turley’s application to join Unite, which is Labour’s biggest donor, in December 2016. An article appeared on Skwawkbox in April 2017 claiming that Turley had broken the rules by joining Unite’s community section, which was supposed to be exclu-
sively for unwaged members, and that she had made a false declaration to do so. Turley told the court that the Skwawkbox article made “false and defamatory” allegations about her and impugned her honesty. “I had not dishonestly joined the community section of Unite and there was no reason to suspect me of being dishonest. I believed I was entitled to join it,” she told the judge. After the court ruled in her favour, Turley said she was “thrilled and relieved” to win. “I am very pleased with today’s verdict, and to be able to say that I have won my libel action against Unite the Union and Skwawkbox,” she said. “It gave me no pleasure to undertake this action, but the accusations were so serious and damaging to my reputation that I had no choice but to defend myself through the courts.” McCluskey is to retire as general secretary, with a new leader elected in August. He has faced criticism, mainly from leadership challenger Gerald Coyne, of his decision to spend money on costly legal cases, mainly involving members accused of antisemitism under the previous leader. Jewish News approached Unite and Turley for comment.
‘I want justice in Jerusalem’ The British consul general in Jerusalem this week issued a strongly worded attack on the scale of evictions and demolitions of property by Israel in the ‘occupied’ east of the city. In a video on the consulate’s UK in Jerusalem Twitter account, Philip Hall said: “The UK position is clear: East Jerusalem is occupied and has been illegally annexed. The restitution and planning laws here are unfair... and breach Israel’s obligations as an occupying power. “ He is seen visiting the village of Sheik Jarrah, near the office of the Consulate General. He says about 87 people, or 19 families, are threatened with eviction from homes provided for them by United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) after Israel came into existence “under a law applying only in east Jerusalem”. Hall says: “Many of them lost their homes in Israel in 1948.. They are unable to claim the homes there is no dispute about, the homes they owed before 1948. But they stand to lose the homes that were provided to them by UNRWA.” He adds that demolitions can be the result of a fair process if people build without permission but that East Jerusalem lacks a fair planning system: many Palestinian homes were built without permission and are now threatened with demolition. The consul general ends by saying: “It’s not too late to hope justice will prevail for the residents of East Jerusalem – and I’m here to make clear that we very much hope it will.”
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News / Holocaust memorial / Surgeon honoured / School report / Charity award
Memorial verdict day A decision on whether to give planning permission to the National Holocaust Memorial in its proposed Westminster location will be taken in the next three months. An inquiry was launched in November 2019 over the proposed centre in Victoria Tower Gardens, near the Houses of Parliament. The planning inspectorate handed its report after the inquiry into the memorial and education centre to the minister for housing and planning, Christopher Pincher last week. Pincher is due to give a decision by 29 July, interested parties have been informed. The inspector’s report will be released at the same time. Some within the community have called for another location to be considered for the centre, saying the Parliament memorial would be considered a ‘trophy site’ for terrorism. Others have raised concern about the cost
The proposed memorial in Westminster
of the £100 million memorial, £75m of which would be funded by the taxpayer. Those in favour of the location, including the co-chairs of the Holocaust Memorial Foundation Lord Eric Pickles and Ed Balls, have said that its placement would provide a statement of the Shoah’s national significance in Britain’s history. The government has pledged that the centre, slated to open in 2024 if granted planning permission, would have free entry to all.
Norman’s wisdom A retired surgeon who has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for 14 ambulances in Israel has been honoured by Magen David Adom. Norman Rosenbaum, 86, was made the emergency service in Israel’s honorary manager, and the UK branch’s vicepresident, in recognition of his lifetime of fundraising. He was recognised at Sopwell House, Hertfordshire, where he and his wife, Eve, dedicated their latest vehicle, named for Prince William. All of his ambulances, which cost £60,000-£80,000, have been crowdfunded through his Cockfosters & N Southgate Synagogue, making
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him and his shul the thirdlargest donor to MDA UK. MDA UK’s Daniel Burger said: “No one is more deserving of these honorary positions within the organisation.” Rosenbaum said: “I am overwhelmed by these honours. I feel it is my privilege to be able to help those in need.”
School still failing pupils QUEEN’S AWARD FOR CHARITY A Stamford Hill school where pupils could not distinguish between Yiddish and English is still failing key school standards, according to a report. TTD Gur, an Orthodox Jewish boys’ school, was given an ‘inadequate’ rating in 2019, after Ofsted found that pupils were often confused between Yiddish and English, and teaching of secular subjects was weak. A follow-up inspec-
tion, published on Friday, found that the school still did not meet standards, including in quality of education. The independent school is registered for 140 pupils between three and seven. However, it has 231 pupils, some aged up to 11. Inspectors will now advise the education secretary on TTD Gur’s “suitability for continued registration as an independent school”.
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A swastika daubed with coronavirus conspiracies in Tyneside is being removed by the council. The graffiti was reported to authorities on Sunday by activist Gary Spedding. It says: “BBC = fake news. Covid19 = Psyop Hoax. Resist Tyranny”, followed by the Nazi symbol. Spedding said he was “horrified by this conspiracist and antisemitic graffiti in Tynemouth on the path that goes from the Fish Quay to the Priory”. Gateshead, in Tyneside, is home to a large strictly-Orthodox Jewish community, including numerous prestigious yeshivas.
SURVIVOR YOSEF KLEINMAN DIES Holocaust survivor and campaigner Yosef Zalman Kleinman, who testified at the trial of Adolf Eichmann, has died in Jerusalem, aged 91. Kleinman, then 14, narrowly escaped a selection experiment in Auschwitz at the hands of Nazi doctor Josef Mengele. He was already well-known in Israel, but found wider recognition last year during Remembrance Day, when he was filmed wearing a concentration camp uniform.
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Jewish News 6 May 2021
News / 1945 tragedy / Soldier tribute
Silence for RAF victims More than 7,000 concentration camp survivors killed when the Royal Air Force erroneously bombed German prison ships carrying them in the Baltic Sea were remembered with special prayers for the first time since the tragic event, writes Francine Wolfisz. Cap Arcona, alongside the Thielbek and Deutschland, came under attack and were sunk by RAF pilots on 3 May 1945 – three days after Hitler’s suicide – in the Bay of Lubeck, following intel-
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ligence that SS officers and senior Nazis were trying to escape to Norway. It has been described as ‘the worst friendly-fire incident in history’. The ships also carried Jewish survivors and prisoners of war from several allied nations, who had been transported from Neuengamme concentration camp near Hamburg. Of the 5,000 inmates on Cap Arcona, only 350 survived, and of the 2,800 prisoners on the Thielbek, 50 were saved. All 2,000 prisoners on the Deutschland, however, were taken off before it capsized. Bodies washed up on the shore for months afterwards and were buried in mass graves. It was only in 1971 that the remains of the last victim were discovered. On Monday, all RAF chaplains paused at 3pm to say the Coventry prayer litany in remembrance of those who died. In May 1945, just one day before Germany’s surrender, a Swedish diplomat arranged with Heinrich Himmler to transport Scandinavian
Cap Arcona was carrying 5,000 survivors
inmates from Neuengamme to freedom in Sweden. After that, he planned to negotiate the release of additional inmates, including Jews. When the prisoners were crammed on to the ship, they clung to the hope that they might eventually see freedom. Tragically, when the British arrived a day later to liberate Neuengamme, they learnt that the inmates had either been killed or transferred elsewhere. The soldiers reported the concentration camp as “empty”.
HERO OF JAFFA HONOURED The UK ambassador to Israel has honoured a British soldier where he saved at least 100 Jews during the 1921 Jaffa riots. Major Lionel Mansell Jeune was the commander of the port when riots broke out on 1 May and his actions are credited
with saving the lives of at least 100 Jews and an unknown number of Arabs. Neil Wigan, the ambassador, alongside defence attaché Col Jim Priest, took part in a ceremony organised by the Tel Aviv municipality
on Sunday to unveil a plaque in his honour. They were joined by Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog and former commander of the Israeli Air Force Dan Tolkowsky, who as a child knew Major Jeun.
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FORMER MP BERGER JOINS CAZOO BOARD Luciana Berger is to become a director of the second-hand car retailer Cazoo. The former MP will chair its environmental, social and governance (ESG) committee. She joined the Cazoo board as a non-executive director on Tuesday. The company aims to simplify car buying, making finance and delivery achievable in 72 hours. Berger said: “Cazoo is already one of the UK’s great success stories, making life easier for customers in ways which are ethical, transparent and environmentally sustainable.”
PARENTS GET HELP AT JTEEN ONLINE TALK More than 450 parents participated in an event about navigating the challenges of teenage years, including bullying or low selfesteem. Sunday’s virtual talk was run by newly-founded Jteen, which supports the wellbeing of Jewish teens by encouraging them to reach out when confronted with mental health challenges. Led by speaker Rabbi Paysach Krohn, parents were told how important it was to reassure children that there is no shame in seeking help.
6 May 2021 Jewish News
Charity appeal / Covid campaign / School ruling / Liberal conference / News
Kisharon’s £1.6m sprint By Joy Falk
An appeal for Kisharon, one of the community’s leading learning disabilities charities, raised £1.6 million in just 36 hours. More than 5,500 people donated after the charity warned that coronavirus had caused “great concern” about its finances. The money will go towards the £2.1m needed for the next year to support people with complex needs and to keep front-line services running. The charity’s chief executive, Richard Franklin, said he was both a little tired from 36 hours of fun-
draising – but also exhilarated with the response. “This past year, I have been astounded with people’s ingenuity, flexibility, creativity and determination,” he said. “I am so in awe of just how universally warm and generous our community has been over the past two days.” Stars of the campaign included people with learning disabilities who showcased their skills, among them Danny, a passionate cook, and Illana, who practises yoga. Figures at the charity are now turning their attention to the upcoming
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Oxygen for India crisis Jewish and Asian communities in the UK have united to raise more than £115,000 in support of an appeal to fight the Covid crisis in India. The British Indian Jewish Association (BIJA) backed a fundraising campaign launched by the British Asian Trust to treat the millions affected by the virus in the subcontinent. Coronavirus cases in India have soared past 20 million, according to Sky News, overwhelming the healthcare system. The trust’s campaign, with the BIJA contribution, has raised £1.76 million so far. The money will provide oxygen, with £50 providing oxygen for 40 patients, £450 going towards a low-flow oxygen concentrator to help 900, and £830 allowing for a high-flow concentrator to help 550, for the most seriously ill. • Donate at https://justgiving.com/campaign/ indiacovidappeal
Primary broke law LIBERALS DETERMINED A state-aided Orthodox school breached equalities law by prioritising students whose rabbi could confirm they were halachically Jewish, a ruling has found. The Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) upheld a complaint about Barnet’s Menorah Primary School admissions policy on multiple grounds in a decision published last Thursday.
The OSA found: “The Supreme Court has ruled school admission arrangements that give priority on the basis of being halachically Jewish amount to unlawful discrimination on grounds of race.” The admissions authority is now required to change its policy within two months of the ruling.
Liberal Judaism’s leaders vowed to expand the movement’s inclusion agenda as 1,000 people attended its Biennial Weekend. Held online with the theme ‘Breaking Down Walls’, speakers – including Stephen Bush, chair of the Board of Deputy’s Commission on Racial Inclusivity – looked at the issue of inclusion.
The event ended with a Dragon’s Den-style judging panel picking the winner of Liberal Judaism’s Inclusion in Action award. The successful community was Kehillah North London, which wins a £3,000 grant for its project to embed racial, LGBTQ+, gender and disability justice in its new education curriculum.
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NEO-NAZI OFFICER TO BE SENTENCED The first British police officer to be convicted of belonging to a neo-Nazi terrorist group is facing jail when he is sentenced on Friday. Ben Hannam, 22, was found guilty of membership of National Action following a trial at the Old Bailey. He was also convicted of lying in his application to join the Met and having terrorist documents detailing knife combat and making explosive devices. Hannam, who is on bail, has since been sacked for gross misconduct. He will be sentenced by Judge Anthony Leonard QC.
CHELSEA BANS FAN FOR ONLINE ABUSE Chelsea Football Club has banned one of its supporters for 10 years, after he sent abusive antisemitic messages sent to a Jewish journalist. Sam Mole, who was issued with a three-year restraining order in February, sent antisemitic and homophobic messages to Dan Levene, including one lamenting that he had not been murdered in the Holocaust. The perpetrator was allowed to walk free from court in February because he was on holiday in Australia at the time of the offence.
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More British tourists would now consider visiting Israel than before the coronavirus pandemic – the only country to see an increase. This is the finding of a Savanta ComRes poll of 2,144 UK adults for Jewish News and BICOM that also shows a high level of appreciation of Israel’s handling of the crisis. In a list of 12 countries presented to a representative sample of respondents, 48 percent said Israel dealt ‘very well’ or ‘quite well’ with the virus, with only New Zealand (68 percent) and Australia (64 percent) ahead. Other countries included in the survey were America, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, France, Germany, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa and UAE. The poll suggests Israel’s world-leading vaccine rollout and the publicity around it has had a positive impact on how the country is viewed as a desired destination, ahead of Boris Johnson’s likely announcement this week that Israel is on a limited ‘green list’ for travel without quarantine. While it continued to lag behind almost every country other than China, Brazil and Chile on the list for a potential holiday, 29 per-
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cent said they would now consider holidaying in Israel. This was a rise of one percent rise – or 700,000 people – on those who said they’d consider the country before the pandemic. Overall, 11 percent of adults who wouldn’t have previously considered Israel now do so, with Londoners (45 percent) most likely and
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which has also had a speedy vaccine rollout – also saw falls of four percent, hinting at a possible short-to-medium hangover affecting travel generally once restrictions are lifted. But the poll, conducted over two days late last month, will be troubling reading for tourism chiefs in Italy, France and the US, which fell by 12, 10 and 10 points respectively. Italy, however, was still the second most likely to be considered, marginally losing the top spot to New Zealand post-corona. There was a considerable discrepancy between older and younger respondents. ComRes said that young adults are “considerably less likely than their older peers to consider that Israel handled the pandemic well” – 34 percent among 18-to-34-year-olds compared to 54 percent among the over 55s. At the same time the younger demographic was far more likely to say they consider Israel a potential holiday destination before and after the crisis. BICOM chief executive Richard Pater said: “It’s remarkable that given how focused people understandably are on the domestic UK Covid situation and its huge impact on their own lives, the story of Israel’s success in combating Covid has cut through... We hope many of them will visit and see what this incredible country has to offer.”
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UK VISITORS WILL NEED DOUBLE VACCINATION The head of the Israeli government’s tourist office in UK has confirmed that holidaymakers will need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and take a separate antibody test before being allowed entry into the country. But Sharon Ehrlich Bershadsky said she was “really hopeful” that the success of the vaccine roll-out in the UK would lead to a bilateral agreement being reached with Israel which would leave British tourists exempt from the antibody test in the future. She said the additional antibody test was required to confirm “everything works with the vaccine” because “in some countries it is more challenging to make sure all the permutations are fully approved”. Speaking on Sky News on Wednesday,
she added: “We will eliminate this test in the future, hopefully, by a bilateral agreement between two countries.” The tourist office chief added: “For example, if Israel and the UK will have this agreement then the British tourists who come to Israel will not need this antibody test. “I am really hopeful that with the impressive, advanced case of the vaccinations here in the UK we will get this agreement as soon as possible.” As well as having had two doses of vaccine, tourists entering Israel will also need to provide a negative PCR test. Israel is expected to be among at least 10 countries to be on the list published ahead of the end of the ban on international travel on 17 May.
Bilateral investment club The British Embassy in Israel has launched the inaugural venture capital club for tech companies from both countries to boost trade and forge closer relations. The platform aims to increase the UK’s market share in investments in Israeli start-ups as well as helping investors in Israel identify opportunities here.
British Ambassador Neil Wigan said the initiative was a “unique programme” that would promote “familiarity and trust-building relationships”. The UK-Israel Tech Hub at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv has launched the invite-only VC Club in partnership with global law firm Taylor Wessing. Ambassador Wigan added:
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End of the affair? by Michael Daventry firstname.lastname@example.org @MichaelDaventry
Israel last night appeared within touching distance of a government without Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time since 2009 after opposition leader Yair Lapid was asked to try to form a coalition. The leader of Yesh Atid, the party that came a distant second in the election on 23 March, was this week supported by a kaleidoscope of left and right-wing parties that left him just short of a Knesset majority. He was asked to try to form a government by President Reuven Rivlin after Netanyahu admitted he did not have enough support for a coalition. The announcement paves the way for a possible anti-Netanyahu coalition involving Lapid and Naftali Bennett, who leads the right-wing Yamina party. There is speculation the two men may agree to rotate the position of prime minister as part of a coalition deal. Yesterday evening, Rivlin said there were still “many difficulties on
Poised for power? Yair Lapid of Yesh Atid, pictured with Benjamin Netanyahu
the way to forming a government”, but added: “he [Lapid] may be prime minister, or someone else will be prime minister and Lapid will be alternate prime minister”. The two leaders have until 2 June to agree a deal. But many ideological differences exist within the potential coalition and Netanyahu will remain in post as caretaker prime minister until a deal
is struck. Failure to reach an agreement could mean Israelis being asked to vote in a fifth general election in the autumn. Bennett, widely believed to consider himself as Netanyahu’s natural successor to lead Israel’s right wing, had carefully avoided nominating any leader other than himself for the prime minister. But he appeared to shift that posi-
tion yesterday, when he called on Israel’s right-wing to join a unity government and avoid a fifth election. “This is the time to stop and reconsider a new path,” he said in a televised speech. “Whoever cynically takes the state of Israel to fifth elections based on personal interests, in complete opposition to the needs of the nation and state, the people won’t forgive him. This is the time for a unity government.” Yesterday, 11 more MKs pledged to support Lapid, including the rightwing New Hope party led by Gideon Sa’ar, a former Netanyahu ally, and a majority of the Joint List of Arab parties. It means Lapid now has 56 MKs, five short of an overall majority. Although Bennett’s seven MKs would be enough to form a government, the party faithful oppose any deal with Arab parties – even if it involves their leader becoming prime minister. One Yamina MK, Amichai Chikli, was believed to be on the verge of resigning after publicly warning yesterday that he objected to a LapidBennett deal.
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BIDEN MEETS WITH MOSSAD’S CHIEF President Joe Biden met with the head of Israel’s intelligence agency, the Mossad, in his first meeting with an Israeli leader since assuming office in January. A National Security Council official said Biden dropped by a meeting between Yossi Cohen and Jake Sullivan, the US national security adviser. The official told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that Biden expressed condolences for last week’s catastrophic stampede at a Lag B’Omer celebration in northern Israel.
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World News / Capitol protest / Christian ‘rabbi’ / Al-Quds Day
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Orthodox Jews and neo-Nazis marched under the same banner during January’s US Capitol Hill protests “united around common narratives of anti-government and antiCovid conspiracies,” a report has said. Despite antisemitic undertones to the conspiracy theories that underpinned the insurrection, pro-Israel and Jewish participants were present, the study added. The report, published by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College London, said there was now a need to reassess understandings of antisemitism among ideologically motivated violent extremists (IMVE).
Published last Friday, the report looks at the narratives and motivations of the 6 January insurrectionists and how they have evolved in the first 100 days of the Joe Biden administration. It says the appearance of neo-Nazis and religious Jews together “demands researchers to reassess contemporary understandings of IMVE antisemitism and the extent to which far-right groups may choose to accommodate and work with Jewish extremists in order to achieve common goals”. Overtly national socialist and antisemitic elements were certainly present, says the study, whose author’s include former Union of Jewish Students president Hannah Rose. Video footage and photos of the insurrection also show individuals making Nazi salutes, and confirmed the presence of known antisemitic
actors, such as Nick Fuentes’ Groyper Army and social media personality Tim Gionet, known as Baked Alaska. But the report adds: “Narratives about Jewish people and Judaism were not monolithic in the insurrection, with the recorded presence of neo-Nazis, antisemitic conspiracy theorists, philosemitic far-right actors and Jewish people themselves.” It says “various conspiracy theories that were key to the insurrection are reminiscent of old antisemitic tropes”. It adds that marchers might not have held anti-Jewish views but “their complicity in its proliferation and their failure effectively to oppose antisemitism speaks to the rising normalisation of anti-Jewish narratives”. The study – Far from Gone: The Evolution of Extremism in the First 100 Days of the Biden Administration
Uncivil war: The insurrection on Capital Hill on 6 January
– warns of a move among the protesters towards a ‘big tent’ conspiracy that has generated a ‘big tent’ enemy
often “seen as the Jew.” It adds: “This is likely to continue to grow antisemitism among American IMVE actors.”
‘Rabbi’ is messianic Christian BERLIN BANS AL-QUDS EVENT
A Charedi community in Jerusalem said to have worn strictly Orthodox clothes and was this week rocked by claims that performed marriages in his ‘rabbinical role’, its rabbi was a messianic Christian while advocating the teachings of Jesus. The Jerusalem Post, which named him as seeking to convert his community. The man, originally from New Michael Elkohen, said his surname was origiJersey, joined the community in the nally Elk. The Behadrei Haredim website said he French Hill neighbourood with his wife had previously ‘infiltrated’ a different commuand 2020:Layout five children1several years ago. HePage is 1nity and moved away when he was discovered. Michael Elkohen HALF PAGE ADVERT JAN 09/01/2020 16:04
Berlin has banned this year’s Al-Quds Day march, the first time it has taken a stand against the event since it became a local tradition in 1996. Al Quds Day, a protest against the establishment of the state of Israel, was established in 1979 by Iran’s leader Ayatollah Khomeini. Since then, his
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Dutch scientists have used artificial intelligence and deep learning to discover more about the anonymous scribes behind the Dead Sea Scrolls. Discovered 70 years ago, the scrolls contain the oldest manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible and previously unknown ancient Jewish texts. They have since been studied extensively, but their authors have remained elusive. Now, University of Groningen researchers say they have helped crack the code, presenting their findings in the journal PLOS ONE last week. Some manuscripts have been attributed to one scribe based on handwriting, but, to date, this has been visual guesswork. “They would try to find a smoking gun in the handwriting, for example, a very specific trait in a letter that would identify a scribe,” said Mladen Popović, a professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Judaism. He teamed up with Lambert Schomaker, a professor of computer science and artificial intelligence, who uses techniques in which computers read handwriting, in a project funded by the European Research Council. Schomaker looks at biomechanical traits – such as how we hold a pen and the way this affects our writing – and focused on the famous Great Isaiah Scroll from Qumran Cave 1, the handwriting on which seems near uniform. “This scroll contains the letter aleph [a] at least 5,000 times,” said Schomaker. Computers, he explained, are well able to analyse large datasets. The team needed an algorithm to separate
Credit: University of Groningen
Discerning the scribes of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Maps show the aleph and bet characters from the Scrolls
the text (ink) from its background (the leather or the papyrus). Analysing textural and allographic features, the team showed that the 54 columns of text in the Great Isaiah Scroll fell into two distinct groups that were not distributed randomly through the scroll, but clustered, showing more than one writer. Using heat maps to incorporate all the variants of a character, they also “found evidence for a very similar writing style shared by the two Great Isaiah Scroll scribes, which suggests a common training or origin”, said Popović. “This opens a new window on the ancient world to reveal more intricate connections between the scribes.”
Ukrainian shul to be ‘returned’
The former Great Synagogue of Lutsk, in Ukraine
A municipality in northwestern Ukraine has pledged to return to Jewish ownership the remnants of the 395-yearold Great Synagogue of Lutsk. The Nazis partially destroyed the synagogue and the Soviets turned it into a sports school, after which it fell into disrepair, but the historic building is now being gifted to the city’s Jewish community, reported news site Suspilne last week. Reminiscent of a medieval castle, it is today in poor condition and needs hundreds of thousands of pounds to renovate it, which the community
will try to raise. London-based Foundation for Jewish Heritage said it was one of a few Jewish houses of worship built to also serve as a fortress, but it took a battering in 1942. The Soviets rebuilt the building to serve as a sports facility, housing the Dynamo sports school. Students will now move to another facility. Lutsk is 200 miles west of the capital Kyiv and once home to a thriving Jewish community, which comprised around 40 percent of the local population in 1937. Nearly all its Jewish residents were killed during the Holocaust.
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Your weekly digest of stories from the international press UKRAINE
Jewish leaders have again urged President Vladimir Zelensky and the Ukrainian parliament to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. The Euro-Asian Jewish Congress reminded the country’s leadership that a bill proposing the adoption of the IHRA definition was submitted in February.
Antisemitic incidents in Austria rose last year to a 19-year high as Covid-19 conspiracy theories pushed the figures up. The Jewish Community of Vienna, which runs a national antisemitism reporting office, said there had been a 6.4 percent increase in 2020 to 585 incidents. Holocaust distortion also rose, it said.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has inaugurated a museum on the site of the infamous Nazi camp Amersfoort, 80 years after it was built. The national monument is a large and dark underground space dominated by images and stories of some of the camp’s 47,000 prisoners. Around five percent of inmates were Jews.
George Washington’s first letter to an American Jewish community, dated 1 July 1790, has sold at auction in Los Angeles. The first US president was responding to Levi Sheftall, of the Sephardi Jewish community in Savannah, Georgia, who had thanked Washington for supporting religious tolerance.
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The world’s first online-only Jewish community centre (JCC) has opened in Prague to serve the country’s 7,000 Jews after efforts to open a bricksand-mortar alternative were hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. Driving the virtual centre into fruition was Pavlina Šulcová, who decided to act after working in Tel Aviv for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. “I don’t like waiting,” she told JTA. “Especially when I don’t know how long I’ll need to wait.” The virtual Prague JCC has launched a popular Czech-
language podcast on Judaism, made Jewish-themed videos available to children, arranged online cooking lessons for Jewish recipes and produced a cartoon Haggadah in Czech. Board member David Hercky said the team was in a rush “to reach not only Jews who are Jewish according to halacha [but] also people with a sentiment for Judaism and Jewish roots”. He added: “We’re losing people each day. There’s now a closing window during which we need to draw them near to us or lose them forever.”
Jews helped shape US opera Germany returns Researchers have shone a stage-light on the impact of Jews in the development of US opera from 1880 to 1940 ahead of Jewish American Heritage Month this year. The Center for Jewish History (CJH) unveiled something to sing about this week, after historians delved into the archives to learn how Jews “made significant contributions to the American opera scene”. Samantha M. Cooper investigated the lives of numerous men and women of Jewish descent who pursued careers as opera singers in New York in the six decades before the Second
World War. “Despite the presence of a multitude of Jewish performers, a kind of myth persists that the categories of ‘Jews’ and ‘opera’ are somehow separate,” she said. “The goal of my doctoral studies is to explore and dispel this misreading.” Cooper unearthed 80 European and Americanborn singers from Jewish families who sang in New York City, the epicentre of the American opera scene. All had to have performed at least one time in America’s cosmopolitan capital. Of the Americanborn performers she studied, 20 were born in New York state, including Beverly Sills, Robert Merrill (pictured) and Estelle Liebling.
art to dealer’s heirs
The German state of Bavaria has returned an anonymous 15th century Christian painting to the descendants of a Jewish art dealer whose possessions were seized by the Nazis in the 1930s. The depiction of Saint Florian of Lorch, which was restituted to the heirs of A. S. Drey, was originally painted on a wooden panel in about 1480 to hang above a church altar. Drey owned galleries in Munich, London and New York but, in 1935, the Reich Chamber of Fine Arts told art dealers the Munich National Art Gallery would be dissolved and that they would be hit by huge tax bills. Historians say this forced the dealers to effectively concede their paintings. The work, which had been on display at the Burghausen gallery since 1974, was returned by the Bavarian State Painting Collections.
The deptiction of Saint Florian of Lorch
Jewish News 6 May 2021
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Watching terrible events occur in Israel from the safety of one’s living room is something we’ve all experienced – just how often is relative to one’s age. Usually such events are the result of conflict, of Israel fighting for its very existence. Last week’s tragedy in Meron, however, was entirely self-inflicted. What could be more terrible, more terrifying, than being crushed by a crowd in a confined space? For a child it is unimaginable. Many readers will vividly recall the panic and horror at Hillsborough Stadium in 1989 when 96 people suffocated to death in an overcrowded football stand. That memory flooded back as we watched the footage of Mount Meron. How could any adult attending the pilgrimage – which was cancelled last year due to Covid - believe that gathering in such numbers was the right thing to do? Worse still, to bring small, vulnerable children into such a space. Regardless of Israel’s lead in the vaccine – and a double jab was, we are led to believe, required for entry – to be in such close proximity to so many in a cramped mountain-side plaza was an act of sheer stupidity. It’s not as if this is the first catastrophic crush at Mt Meron, as the site, revered for being the tomb of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, still echoes with the death of 11 people killed in a crowd of 10,000 in 1911 when a balcony railing collapsed. Last week’s crowd, many of them students, were too young to know about this and were guided by elders who either chose to forget or let zealous devotion cloud simple common sense. Prayers for help were answered for some and delivered in the form of the emergency services. That others then allegedly chose to reject – or, worse still, lash out at – female police offering help reveals the ever-present vitriolic divide between the secular and religious community. But at what cost? Blame was this week thrown in all directions: at the police, who from a distance appeared to be doing their best; and from anonymous sources at various government departments who did not implement a plan to restrict the numbers. But would the Charedi community have obeyed such restrictions if they had implemented a plan? A restricted area that was set up in one section was flooded by 20,000 people. So did the bottleneck this created lead to the crush? The alarm about safety issues at the site has been been sounded but for years has been falling on deaf ears. But who is refusing to listen? More significantly do many of those who flooded into Meron have the remotest interest in rulings created by ‘the Zionists’ whom they talk about so disparagingly? After all, in their minds Israel’s legitimacy hangs entirely on the Messiah’s arrival. So they wait like characters in a Samuel Beckett drama. That the loss of every Jewish life is a tragedy and hurts deeply is irrefutable. We in the diaspora cry when bad things happen in Israel because the country means so much to us. When the loss of Jewish life is caused by recklessness and negligence, rather than some tragic necessity, the loss is even harder to face and impossible to fathom.
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The great Rabbi Shimon Bar-Yochai, author of the holy Zohar, must have been crying in his grave at the sight of last week’s tragedy on Lag B’Omer, the day that celebrates his life. The deaths of 45 beautiful people, and injuries to 150 more, was a monumental tragedy. The premises were clearly not checked out sufficiently and the result was evident for the world to see. This must never be allowed to happen again. Meanwhile, Israel’s other tragedy is that grown men cannot decide to sit together and form a cabinet. Even Hamas is better at getting things done. I have children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren in Israel. My love for the country is total. The tragedy of the past week has left a black mark in my heart. S I Solomon, Hendon
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Incorrect label BAD COMPANY Our community has been at the forefront of efforts to undo the work of the far-right in this country and drive it to the political fringes. It is a pity, therefore, to see Reform Judaism slinging such a label at one of the candidates in this year’s Board of Deputies leadership contest and an even greater pity to see Jewish News stooping to justify such name-calling. Those of us who fought the real farright know neither candidate is deserving of such a label. I hope both candidates will condemn its casual use. Linda Bloom, NW11
I was astonished to read that someone hoping to become the next president of the Board of Deputies has been seen to take no action to prevent a woman banned by the Board for racism from supporting his campaign behind the scenes. Jonathan Neumann has every chance of unseating the current president. He seems motivated and intelligent. Yet he does himself no favours by allowing his campaign to be hijacked by those who do not benefit his candidacy nor, indeed, the wider community. Sydney Tarnoff, By email
FRANCE UNSAFE Same danger Recent demonstrations at French embassies around the world highlighted the horrendous murder in Paris in 2017 of the Jewish schoolteacher and doctor Sarah Halimi and the decision that the person who caused her death could not be held responsible owing to his heavy use of cannabis. Unless the law acts accordingly in handing down appropriate sentences, France will be an unsafe place for Jews. Stephen Vishnick, Tel Aviv
I was interested to note the juxtaposition of two articles in last week’s newspaper. The first on UK Labour making overtures and expressing remorse to the Israeli Labor Party over antisemitism, while the second showed Labour shadow ministers attacking the government for criticising the International Criminal Court’s unlawful investigation into Israel. To paraphrase a saying from 1997: “Same old Labour, same old danger.” Geoff Rowland, Manchester
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Economic boom to crash to coronavirus DEBBIE SHELDON CEO, WORK AVENUE
hen we set up Work Avenue in 2006, times were very different. The economy was booming, jobs were abundant and private colleges were a popular choice for training. In fact, my early years with the organisation focused on upskilling people with vocational qualifications, which Work Avenue ran in-house. We trained hundreds of people with accredited vocational qualifications. Very little focus was placed on jobs and employment as it was not difficult to find work following the completion of a vocational course. Shortly after, the recession of 2009 hit and the landscape changed completely. People no longer had the luxury of paying for courses that might or might not lead to a job. Redundancies were rife and people’s primary concern was how to find a job or pay for their
essential bills. We had clients who hadn’t told their spouses they had been made redundant; they had responsibility for their parents and children and spent day after day in the Work Avenue offices until they were once more employed. We don’t know if they ever shared their redundancy story. It was at this time that Work Avenue’s focus changed and assessed the clients’ need holistically to see how we could help them into employment. Wellbeing and mental health began to feature more prominently in client discussions, and it was clear that Work Avenue was needed to help clients into jobs. It was at this time that the appetite to be self-employed and run your own business increased, and we developed our business support programmes to help clients do just that. When the late Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks visited Work Avenue during this period, he commented that the organisation could be compared to the brain. Although not the biggest organ in the body, the brain controls all functions of the body and inter-
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prets information from the outside world. Similarly, Work Avenue supports people from right across our wonderful community, helping them enhance their skills and strengths and connect them to others in the community, which will lead to more employment opportunities. Our organisation continued to grow, upskilling our clients with employability and vocational skills and preparing them for the workplace. But who could have predicted a worldwide pandemic sending us all into lockdown and the landscape of jobs and businesses changing beyond recognition? For many, there was initially panic and shock but, as time has progressed, the positions that people find themselves in have
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How Israel can abolish the apartheid canard ALEX BRUMMER
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here’s so much in A Threshold Crossed, the 217-page Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, to abhor. The most vile and appalling accusation is that Israeli authorities are responsible for crimes of apartheid. This charge has been laid before in the hope that if it is repeated enough times it will stick. It is a misuse of the dictionary definition. Nor does Israel’s treatment of its Palestinian citizens and those in the ‘occupied’ territories meet the legal definition of ‘inhumanity’. By lumping together Israel’s substantial Arab minority within the 1967 borders, those living under Israeli military control, those ruled by a Palestinian Authority government and the Hamas-controlled residents of Gaza as if they were all one, HRW effectively demolishes the moral and intellectual credibility of the case. The report, which was my Shabbat afternoon reading, is jarring and dated, but what really undermines its credibility is the blurring
of narratives. It spins between the situation of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza and those in East Jerusalem, the Galilee and the Negev as if there is no distinction. Israeli Arabs, who constitute 20 percent of the population, are battling to achieve the equality of treatment enshrined in Israel’s declaration of independence. Nevertheless, they enjoy civil rights and a degree of political representation absent for citizens of the Palestinian Authority where no national elections have been held in 15 years. In a blog on The Forward , Eric Goldstein, HRW acting executive director for the Middle East, argues that the organisation needed to draw attention to an “oppressive and discriminatory system” that shows no sign of going away and meets the legal definition of apartheid. But by invoking the ‘A’ word, HRW has scored an own goal: it unites right and left in the Anglo-Jewish community against the content. The positive route for change is to embrace the work of groups in the UK such as The Abraham Initiatives (TAI) and the New Israel Fund, working in practical ways to bring
EVERY ADVANCE TOWARDS A SHARED SOCIETY FOR ISRAELI ARABS WILL NEED TO BE FOUGHT FOR
about change. Much in HRW’s report needs addressing: the problems of residents of the ‘unrecognised’ Bedouin communities in the Negev, cut off from sanitation; Israeli-Jewish gentrification in Jaffa and tensions in mixed cities over housing and resources; restricted land rights in Arab towns and municipalities; policing and security in Israeli-Palestinian villages; language barriers and cultural difficulties that arise from two distinct education systems; security protocols for Arabs students in higher education and access to high-tech jobs. Israeli politics is swinging further to the right. Even if the United Arab List or Ra’am movement were to gain power in the next coalition, every advance towards a shared society for IsraeliArabs will need to be fought for. It will require a ‘Marshall Plan’ of resources, commitment and understanding to lift the legacy of inequality.
During the pandemic Arab doctors and carers worked side by side with their Jewish counterparts to save lives, but such collaboration is fragile and difficult to maintain without sustained political impetus. The shameful recent scenes of violence in the Old City between Orthodox Jewish youths and Palestinian residents show how much healing needs to be done. Historic wrongs must be righted, the Declaration of Independence respected and the divisive Nation State law dismantled. The catastrophe at Mount Meron is a scar on Israel’s reputation after the brilliant Covid vaccine roll-out. Jews and Palestinian Arabs had equal access to the vaccines. This, along with a reinvigorated Arab presence in the Knesset, should be something on which to build. The best way to beat back the apartheid canard is to change society so it can never again be levelled.
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PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHER AND MATHS TUTOR
t this stage in the pandemic, we are rightly reflecting on lessons that can be learned from the experience of the past year. With a desire to further address the mental health and wellbeing of our young citizens, I’d like to ask which lessons can be changed – classroom lessons, that is – particularly in the realm of mathematics. The Department of Education seems to have adopted a philosophy more in tune with the British Army; the more ground we cover in as short a time as possible, the better! This approach, which is adhered to across most subjects in our curriculum, is supposed to create brighter students who will achieve greater academic success and will, therefore, be more valuable in society. The problem is we are trying to educate children in a classroom – not soldiers on the battlefront. We need a different strategy…
The majority of students who arrive on my doorstep for support in mathematics are initially, at best, filled with confusion and fear (at primary level); at worst, filled with despair and a lack of motivation (at secondary level). Of course, every student will have individual needs, but the common denominator for their misery is rooted, I believe, in the inappropriate curriculum requirements. The current primary and secondary maths curriculum is more demanding than it has ever been, both in breadth and depth. From the moment children step foot into the school system, they are entering into a race against time with the teachers, to cover all the prescribed topics before the end of the academic year. But one size does not fit all – and many chil-
FROM THE MOMENT CHILDREN STEP FOOT IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, THEY ENTER INTO A RACE AGAINST TIME WITH THE TEACHERS dren can’t keep up and teachers, understandably, feel frustrated. Without adequate opportunities to absorb, practise, explore connections between topics and, dare I say, begin to ‘enjoy’ maths, many students become more and more fearful of more and more demanding concepts because they are still grappling with the fundamentals. To this end, some of the topics prescribed on the curriculum are, sadly, introduced too early on. For example, teaching decimals and percentages to nine and 10-year-olds (sophisticated topics that rely heavily on a solid understanding of fractions), is, I believe, asking for trouble. And
so we see a negative cycle developing; increased levels of confusion leading to lower levels of confidence resulting in poor test marks (we British do like our regular tests!). This leads to feelings of ‘failure’ and increased anxiety until we hear three infamous words – “I hate maths!” Some headteachers are now questioning the approach to assessment at GCSE level. They are beginning to recognise reform introduced in 2017 to deliberately make maths GCSE harder, has resulted in unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety, particularly among those young people struggling to achieve minimum level 4. Sadly, without this qualification, many doors are closed for future career prospects, which makes it all the more worrying. But it is not headteachers alone who will bring about change. Parents and students must also speak out. The pandemic has provided an ideal opportunity to press for educational change; a curriculum that is more age appropriate, better suited to differing ability levels and, above all, sensitive to the mental health and well-being of our children. For their sakes, we must seize the moment.
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1 HAIR WITH CARE
On Sunday Rapha Gerrard, 10, cut off 60cm of his hair to be used as a wig for a child with cancer. Around three years ago, Rapha had said: “I don’t have my own money and I want to give to charity. Can I grow my hair and give that instead?” He donated the hair to The Little Princess Trust, which will make the wig and also raised more than £1,500 for the charity.
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2 JOYFUL DELIVERY
The Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Caroline Stock, delivered challah to members of Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors’ Centre. The project, alongside the intergenerational charity JOY, aims to find new ways of keeping members of the centre connected during the pandemic. More than 130 survivors welcome a weekly chat on a Friday with one of the volunteers who deliver a challah, along with messages and drawings by children from local primary schools, wishing them Shabbat shalom. Stock, who delivered challahs to Helena Bude and Ruth Frei, said: “I’m so proud to be a part of this wonderful initiative delivering challah and visiting older Holocaust survivors with Jewish Care and Joining Old and Young.”
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3 FAITH IN THE JAB
Faith groups including members of the Jewish community organised a vaccination drive for the over-45s at Golders Green’s Hippodrome. Faiths Forum for London alongside Barnet Multi Faith Forum organised the drive as part of the Community Champions Project, which aims to debunk vaccine myths. Leonie Lewis, a trustee of Faiths Forum for London, said the event “truly demonstrated the importance of meaningful partnerships – where there is a will there’s a way.” Lewis also thanked Carmellis bakery and the trustees at the The Markaz El Tathgheef El Eslami group for their help with the event.
4 FOODBANK FUNDS
Four Pinner 12-year-olds raised more than £800 for Harrow Foodbank on Bank Holiday Monday. The youngsters baked and sold cakes, biscuits and even homemade doggy biscuits all morning as part of their upcoming Barmitzvahs and were delighted with the turnout from the local community in Elm Park Road, Pinner and beyond. The mother of one of the boys said: “My son and his friends decided that they wanted to do something for a local charity as part of their special days and created a socially distanced and covid safe cake stall.”
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ARE YOU LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE? Alex Galbinski speaks to TikTok executive Michal Oshman about her new book, which charts how Judaism helped her find true meaning in her life
ichal Oshman’s CV is formidable. She’s head of company culture, diversity and inclusion at TikTok Europe, having been in charge of international leadership and team development at Facebook. She has held other impressive positions, trained hundreds of tech leaders and holds three degrees from prestigious universities. So why, then, does Oshman, 45, describe herself as having been riddled with fear and anxiety? The answer is revealed in her new book, What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid? Discover a life filled with Jewish purpose and joy through the secrets of Jewish wisdom, which is published today. Elucidating Jewish spirituality for others is something she is extremely passionate about; in fact, she sees it as her duty to play a role in helping people find themselves. “The book is about a discovery of an ancient wisdom that is not considered, at the moment, as a way to heal and help grow,” she explains. “And it's my story that represents, I think, millions of other people … a story of dealing with something in your internal world and faking a different life in the external world. But it's also a story of hope and solution.” Oshman’s book is based on 10 key principles, the titles of which include “finding your flame (neshama)”, “cross your narrow bridge (gesher tzar me’od)”, “repair your company’s culture (tikkun)” and “guide your children by the soul (chinuch)”. The Israeli-born author, who now lives in London, wants the reader to step outside their comfort zone and discover who they have the potential to be. She invites them to answer searching questions, reminding them that “If you change nothing, nothing will change”. Within each chapter, and in a down-to-earth and honest way, Oshman shares her own experiences – such as a relationship break-up with the man she thought was 'the one' or learning later in life that her subordinates had feared her in the army, considering her a "tough and unfeeling leader". Her self-esteem also suffered after not winning what she thought were deserved promotions at work. She then reveals how she has come to learn from each episode. Oshman has absorbed the Chabad-Lubavitch teaching that, far from being perfect, life is actually full of struggle and that is okay; imperfection is a positive tool for growth. “I know what it feels like to feel lost, to feel depressed. And I know what it feels like to feel
shameful of all of that because on the surface everything looks fine,” she admits. The mother-of-four grew up in a loving family in Tel Aviv but underwent years of psychotherapy to unpick the reasons for her extreme anxiety and fear. Growing up with parents who were highly accomplished, she was under the impression – wrongly – that their love for her was conditional on her success. Her grandparents on both sides – to whom she was very close – were Holocaust survivors and the grandmother who lived next door would wake up screaming that the Nazis had returned. Oshman’s parents were raised with a “survival mindset”. Additionally, through her father’s job as Israel’s top forensic pathologist, she was unwittingly exposed to bad things too early – she saw her first dead body in the morgue aged seven. Her fear was all-pervasive; she always thought of the worse-case scenario. But she hid it, becoming a people-pleaser and never revealing to her parents her inner thoughts. As an adult, she would fill in her children’s school trip permission slips thinking she was signing their death warrant. What if something bad were to happen, she would wonder.
Michal Oshman sees her mission as to help others
Therapy helped her up to a point, but she was asked to rake over the past in what she felt was a negative way. It was only when she discovered Jewish wisdom seven years ago that things – slowly – started to fall into place. Oshman had become aware of the writings of Sigmund Freud’s student, Dr Viktor E Frankl. Having lived through the horrors of Auschwitz and other camps, Frankl discovered that the prisoners who showed more of a will to survive were those who had found meaning in their lives. His work, coupled with Oshman’s fledgling interest in Chasidic teachings, made a profound impression on her. Standing in reception on her first day at Facebook, she noticed a question on the wall: “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” The words resonated loudly, as did the corporate’s motto of “fail harder”. For a self-development book that discusses complex Jewish wisdom, it is extremely accessible and practical. She hopes it will strike a chord with non-Jews as well as Jews who see Judaism reduced to a set of rules. “I care deeply about building bridges between communities,” she explains. “I think it’s a universal book. You don't have to practice anything to experience these principles.” Like the message of 18th century Rebbe Nachman of Breslov that people need to cross their personal or narrow bridges, this book is Oshman’s own bridge. Having to put herself out there to promote the book is, she says, daunting, as is being so open about her personal life, including wearing her Jewishness on her sleeve. She now sees no contradiction between her professional and private lives, however, and cites as one of her inspirations Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook’s European vice president. But Oshman describes herself as someone who will always call out the elephant in the room. “I do enjoy being in that uncomfortable, slightly raw place, and trying to navigate to something positive and productive,” she says. She believes we must question the reasons behind our choices. “When I wake up, what gives me energy and what doesn’t?” she asks. “I also do things that I don't feel like doing, but if I do them most of the week, I need to be curious about that. We have an opportunity to do something meaningful.” What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid? by Michal Oshman is published by DK, priced £12.99 (hardback). Available now
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The Windermere Children A touching Holocaust drama telling the story of 300 child survivors who came to the Lake District after liberation has been shortlisted for best drama at this year’s Bafta TV Awards. The Windermere Children, which first aired on Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 on BBC 2, was made with assistance of the Lake District Holocaust Project in Cumbria. Bafta-nominated screenwriter Simon Block and Bafta and Emmy-winning director Michael Samuels were at the helm of the drama, while the stellar cast included Thomas Kretschmann, Romola Garai, Tim McInnerny and Iain Glen. Sir Ben Helfgott, survivor and former Olympic champion, who is one of the children
depicted in the film, said: “The film beautifully evokes the essence of our experience in those idyllic first months in England in late summer 1945. “We will be forever grateful for the indispensable support we received from World Jewish Relief and the unbreakable bonds of friendship we, ‘the Boys’, established forever.” Lake District Holocaust Project director Trevor Avery said he was “over the moon” that the drama, which has aired internationally including in Germany and the US, had received a nomination. The Bafta TV Awards will be held on Sunday, 6 June.
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1899 Game of Thrones and The Crown actor Anton Lesser is set to star in Netflix original mystery series 1899. Production has begun on the suspenseful drama from writer Jantje Friese and director Baran bo Odar, the team behind award-winning German series Dark, who are also co-producers and co-showrunners. The eight-episode series follows the mysterious circumstances around the voyage of an immigrant ship from Europe to New York. The passengers, all of different backgrounds and nationalities, are united by their hopes and dreams for a new century and their future
abroad. When they discover a second ship adrift on the open sea that had gone missing for months, their journey takes an unexpected turn. What they find on board will turn their passage to the promised land into a nightmarelike riddle, connecting each of the passenger’s pasts through a web of secrets. Lesser stars alongside an international, multilingual cast that includes Emily Beecham, Aneurin Barnard, Andreas Pietschmann, Miguel Bernardeau, Maciej Musial and Isabella Wei, with all the characters speaking in the language of their origin.
Israeli director Yuval Adler’s gripping postSecond World War thriller, The Secrets We Keep, is set to arrive on Sky Cinema this month. Maja Reid (Noomi Rapace) is a Romanian refugee who has built a new life with her American husband, Lewis (Chris Messina) and their young son while keeping her darkest memories to herself. Those memories resurface when she recognises a former German soldier (played by Joel Kinnaman)
in her neighbourhood and kidnaps him in revenge for the horrific trauma she believes he inflicted upon her. The Secrets We Keep is available from Friday, 14 May, on Sky Cinema and Now TV
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E WITH K A C E S E E H C ’S A BOBB PPING O T L E S U E R T S D S AN CARAMEL APPLE Treat yourself to this delicious festive dessert with a sweet and savoury twist for Shavuot
INGREDIENTS 1 box Nuttikrust biscuits or your favourite tea biscuits 150g butter, melted 3 extra-large eggs ¾ cup sugar 3 x 250g tubs full-cream cream cheese ½ cup sour cream ¼ cup cake flour 1 tsp vanilla essence 1 tsp lemon juice 1 x 495g can pie apples 2 tsp ground cinnamon 3 Tbsp brown sugar Streusel topping 1 cup brown sugar ½ cup cake flour a pinch salt 3 Tbsp butter 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon Decorative topping (option)* 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and very thinly sliced 1 Tbsp butter 1 Tbsp syrup
METHOD 1. Crush the biscuits in a food processor (or with a rolling pin), then mix with the melted butter until smooth. Line the base of a spring-
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form cake tin with the mixture and refrigerate while preparing the filling and topping. 2. In the bowl of a food processor or mixer, beat the eggs and sugar together until light and creamy. Reduce the speed and slowly add cream cheese, sour cream, flour, vanilla essence and lemon juice until well blended. Do not overbeat as it may cause the top to crack. Pour half of the mixture over the cold biscuit base. Delicately place the pie apples over the cream-cheese mixture and sprinkle with the cinnamon and brown sugar. Cover the apples with the remaining cream-cheese mixture. 3. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Combine the topping ingredients, then crumble the mixture with the tips of your fingers. Sprinkle the mixture over the top of the unbaked cheesecake. Bake, uncovered, for 25 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 160°C and bake for another 20 minutes. Switch the oven off and leave the cheesecake inside for a further 15 minutes. If necessary, place a sheet of aluminium foil on the cheesecake after the first 25 minutes – if the streusel is golden-brown already – but continue to bake at the lower heat as the cheesecake still has to cook through the middle. 4. Remove from the oven and allow cake to cool completely in the tin. Before removing from the tin, run a knife between the outer edge of the cake and the inside of the tin. Position the cake on a serving dish and carefully release the spring. *If you’re opting for something more decadent, fry the Granny Smith apple in the butter and syrup until soft and the liquid has turned to caramel. Just before serving the cake, pour mixture over the top. Extracted from A Taste of South Africa with The Kosher Butcher’s Wife by Sharon Lurie published by Struik Lifestyle, priced £14.99 (paperback)
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Special Report / Kids of the ghetto
Street boys who sold cigarettes after escaping Warsaw ghetto Stephen Oryszczuk learns of an extraordinary campaign to honour their lives
Hiding in plain sight, many of the Jewish refugee children selling cigarettes to Gestapo officers in Aryan-only Warsaw in 1942 ultimately got one over on their clients by using their wits to dodge both detection and death. Their remarkable story was committed to print after the war by Józef Ziemian, a member of the Jewish Underground who, aged 21, met and helped the cigarette sellers of Three Crosses Square during the Nazi occupation of the city. The unmasking of these children as Jews who had earlier survived the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto would have led to their death, and several were indeed caught and killed. But, against all the odds most survived and lived to an old age, often in Israel. Last week, senior figures in the Polish capital backed a fundraising campaign to raise around £6,500 for a commemorative plaque for these “little heroes” who, as young as six, sold smokes and newspapers to the SS and gendarmes in Plac Trzech Krzyży at the height of the war. A small group of about 20 Jewish children up to the age of 16, they were orphans and refugees who had managed to escape the squalor and death of the ghetto, and who now sold their wares in the centre of the German district. “Their courage and determination gave them both an income and an alibi,” Elżbieta Magenheim, a board member of the Jewish Community of Warsaw, told Jewish News. “The Germans didn’t know they were Jews.” At night, the youngsters slept rough – including in bushes, ruins, empty cellars, under staircases and in the bowels of a nearby hospital – and their existence was largely one of hunger and cold. But kindness came in the form of several elderly Polish women who gave them food and shelter. In October 1943, Ziemian (real name Zysman), who had also escaped from the ghetto, made his first contact with the children and took them under his care on behalf
of the Jewish National Committee, handing them fake ID cards that gave them Polish nationality. Gradually, so as not to arouse suspicion, he also gave them money and clothes, while the committee quietly found places for them in Polish homes in a city that had housed around 400,000 Jews just four years earlier. After the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, the children remained in Warsaw and many took part in the fighting; the girls became nurses and messengers and the boys joined combat units. Their heroism was recorded in underground insurgent newspapers. After the uprising, the children were sent to German internment camps, and after the war most left for Israel, as did Ziemian, whose first account of the cigarette sellers was published in Lodz newspaper Nowy Dzień in 1948. The full version came in his book, published in Hebrew in Israel in 1963 and translated into English in 1970 but, outside Israel and Poland, the children’s story is now largely forgotten. In 2017, Warsaw Council published the memoirs of Peretz Hochman, one of the
The plaque would commemorate the cigarette sellers of Three Crosses Square
Some of the group of ‘cigarette boys’ who slept rough in the Polish capital
cigarette sellers. Then president Lech Kaczyński awarded Hochman the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. “Their story is the only example of such a large group of Jewish children who survived after escaping the ghetto, thanks to their courage, creativity and solidarity,” said Magenheim. She is one of the leading voices behind the campaign for a commemorative plaque, and says she firmly believes the fate of the cigarette sellers “deserves to be remembered” by both residents and visitors to Warsaw. Magenheim is a member of the Honorary Council of the Triple Cross Square Cigarette Sellers Commemoration Project, alongside fellow Jewish community representatives Krystyna Budnicka, Elżbieta Ficowska, Marian Kalwary, Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Joanna Sobolewska-Pyz and Marian Turski.
Warsaw’s mayor, Rafał Trzaskowski, and the Israeli Embassy has assumed honorary patronage over the project, and Warsaw Council has given its approval. Placed on the wall of an historic building housing the Institute for Deaf Children, founded by Jakub Falkowski in the 19th century, the plaque would tell of the sellers’ lives in Polish, English and Hebrew. Having already been designed by professor Antoni Grabowski, it would include a QR code for people to learn more about the children, including their fate, as well as some information on the brave Poles who helped them. “The fundraising will pay for carving and casting the brass plaque, installing it, and launching the multilingual website,” said Magenheim. “We hope people help. They deserve to be remembered.”
OCCUPATION BROUGHT INDIGNITY
Peretz and Zenek Hochman. Peretz’s memoirs were published
Warsaw had been the largest Jewish community in Europe in the 1930s. Centred in the northern district, it ran its own schools and enjoyed a full cultural life (in Polish, Yiddish and Hebrew), producing writers, artists, philosophers and journalists. The Jewish Council, an autonomous organisation, looked after the welfare of every Jew in Warsaw, from birth to burial. It ran two
Jewish hospitals, a social service department, religious institutions and political and youth organisations. There were Jewish representatives in the Polish Sejm and Senat, whose main task had been combatting antisemitism and fighting for civil and religious freedoms but, as their influential German neighbour grew in strength, the mood darkened.
Restrictions were imposed, rights withdrawn and, before long, Poles and Jews were fighting together on the barricades, against overwhelming odds. Occupation brought indignity before death. Beards were cut, shops plundered and a ghetto established. Jewish families were relocated, with several crammed into each apartment.
High walls, barbed wire, and security checkpoints split Warsaw in two: the Jewish section, and the Polish or Aryan one. As families fought starvation and disease, children risked their life to sneak out, begging for bread or tinned fish to bring back home. When the ghetto was finally liquidated, a precious few got out – and met at Three Crosses Square.
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Special Report / French Jews
‘Cry your fury!’ Infuriated by the Sarah Halimi ruling, French Jews decry the state’s handling of antisemitism, writes Cnaan Lipshiz A rumble rose from the 20,000 Jewish protesters at the Place du Trocadero, then exploded into shrill screams. “I don’t even know whether to reassure you or cry out my fury,” boomed Joël Mergui, president of the Consistoire, the organ of French Jewry responsible for providing Orthodox religious services. “Yes, cry out your fury!” French Jewish events are usually dignified affairs that often end with the singing of the Marseillaise, the French national anthem. But the rally last Sunday protesting the fate of the man who, in 2017, murdered his Jewish neighbour, Sarah Halimi – the largest Jewish gathering in France in at least a decade – was a rare show of raw emotion from a community that has questioned its future in France in recent years. The protest, which had smaller offshoots in other cities, including London, Tel Aviv, Miami and the Hague, was triggered by the 14 April French high court ruling in the Halimi case. Devout Muslim Kobili Traoré, then 27, entered Halimi’s flat and beat her while shouting about Allah. He then threw Halimi, a doctor in her 60s, out of the window to her death, having targeted her because she was Jewish, a lower court established. But federal judges determined the marijuana Traoré smoked before the killing had made him unfit for a trial. Many at the rally and beyond thought it was a final straw in the strained relationship between France’s Jews and its justice system, and in their tenuous position in a country known for its high rates of antisemitic incidents. Some protesters held signs reading “stupéfiant”, the French word for stupefying, which can
also mean “drug”. Other carried banners reading “Two joints gets you high, 10 joints gets you free.” Signs reading “In France, the life of a Jewish woman is worth less than a dog’s” referenced another 2017 case in which a man threw a dog out a window and failed to convince judges he was completely under the influence of drugs. “We’re reaching a grave point,” Mergui said. “A ruling that’s a watershed moment. A black stain on the confidence of French Jews in their country.” Parisian student Allyana Levy, 20, who is a leader of a Jewish group in the Scouts movement, admitted she was unsure about her future in France. “Sometimes I think I’ll stay here; other times, like after the Sarah Halimi affair, I’m not so sure,” she said. “When I’m afraid to walk in the street because I’m a woman, because I’m Jewish, it’s difficult. My nieces in Israel feel safe at all hours of the night. So you start thinking what’s better.” About 50,000 Jews have immigrated to Israel in the past decade, a massive and unprecedented departure from a community of about 449,000, according to a 2020 demographic survey. The exodus coincided with a wave of terror attacks on Jewish institutions carried out by radicalised Islamists, beginning with the 2012 murder of four Jews at a Jewish school in Toulouse. The Halimi case eroded confidence in France’s police after it emerged nine officers were present outside her apartment at the time of her slaying. According to some accounts, they were scrambling for 20 minutes to find her flat. Other accounts speak of an intentional delay outside her door. The National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism
Protesters at last week’s rally for Sarah Halimi, inset
watchdog group has called for an internal inquiry into the policing situation but has been ignored. Immediately after the high court’s ruling, French President Emmanuel Macron said he would advance a law to prevent the recurrence of assailants avoiding trial owing to drug use, but the pledge has done little to assuage concerns. Many French Jews believe the Halimi case was intentionally treated in the French media for weeks as a neighbourly dispute that took a tragic turn in order not to rock the boat for Macron, who was at the tail end of a presidential election campaign against far-right populist Marine Le Pen – known for her staunch anti-immigrant rhetoric. “Imagine the killer had been white and he shouted ‘France to the French’ before throwing Sarah Halimi or an immigrant from Mali to her death under the influence of drugs,” Alain Finkielkraut, a well-known French-Jewish philosopher, told Le Figaro newspaper. “The media would sound the battle cry.”
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SEDRA Behar Bechukotai BY REBBETZIN DINA GOLKER Throughout this past year, millions of people have lost their jobs, financial security has diminished and lifestyles have changed completely. The psychological insights on poverty in this week’s parsha are so poignant. In Parshat Behar it says: “If your brother becomes impoverished and his hand falters with you (imach) you shall hold on to him…. so that he can live with you.” It is interesting the word imach, with you, is written after “and his hand falters”, because the verse would read just as well without it. Rav Meir Leib Frey suggests that imach teaches us an important lesson. He compares this verse with a line in the Talmud, which says: “Poverty in a person’s home is more difficult than 50 plagues.” The Talmud also uses an interesting choice of words: “In a person’s home”. Rav Frey draws a parallel between two types of poor people: one who has always struggled and
another who appears to have all the trappings of wealth, but more recently his lavish lifestyle has become a complete facade. The Talmud means poverty is more difficult when it is hidden inside a person’s house, where no one would ever believe it. This second type of poor person is who the Talmud is referring to, where other people’s knowledge is limited. Similarly, the Torah is saying that when your brother or friend becomes poor “and his hand falters with you”, that is no one else knows about it but you, with whom he was financially on par beforehand. In these situations, it is incumbent upon those who know to help reinstate our fellow Jews to their original wealth, so “your brother will continue to live with you” according to the same lifestyle he was used to.
◆ Dina Golker is assistant rebbetzin at St John’s Wood Synagogue
Torah For Today What does the Torah say about: Boris Johnson and Sir James Dyson BY RABBI NAFTALI SCHIFF In just 160 characters, text messages can only express so much. Sometimes this will suffice, but there are occasions when messages shot out on social media may not be as nuanced as the fountain pen of yesteryear. Last week, the prime minister made the headlines after he sent text messages to Sir James Dyson, reassuring him that his employees would not have to pay extra tax if they came to the UK to make ventilators during the pandemic. The leaked texts between Boris Johnson and Mr Dyson are being scrutinised in Parliament. Did Boris brashly overstep the mark or do what was necessary and instinctive for a leader while under fire on the battlefield to save lives at the height of a pandemic? What does the Torah say about this? It goes without saying that no one is above the law and government officials on all levels must be subject to both the letter and the spirit of
the law. This is a core value that underpins both western democratic systems and the Jewish legal tradition, without which we face anarchy and chaos. That said, it is crucial leaders be empowered and given licence to do that which is necessary to lead. There are times when leaders are faced with tough choices, ones which will very possibly save or cost lives. Undoubtedly, we have been waging a war over the past year, thank God not a war against another creed country or people, but nevertheless fighting together with all of humanity against a deadly disease.
Under such situations, knowing that if they do not make brave, bold and sometimes immediate decisions, leaders are faced with real-time dilemmas. It would be inappropriate for me to comment on the specific rights and wrongs in this case, but there is an important principle at play here. In extraordinary times, leaders must be allowed to lead. That is what we chose them to do. They need to make courageous choices and be accountable for them but, equally, they must never be paralysed into inaction for fear of over-excessive scrutiny and legalistic repercussions. Leadership walks a long and lonely road. There’s no quick fix, but neither can our judgement of the challenges and complexities of frontline leadership be too rigid to stifle leaders from being bold. ◆ Rabbi Naftali Schiff is the founder and chief executive of Jewish Futures
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The Bible Says What? ‘Every Jew who ever lived stood together at the same event’
Progressively Speaking We must raise our Jewish voice on climate change BY RABBI SERGIO BERGMAN
BY RABBI MARK GOLDSMITH Just five chapters from the end of the Torah, we hear about the ceremony that took place just before the Israelites crossed over the Jordan into the Promised Land. Moses says all are standing together to enter into the Jewish covenant with God, the basis of our religion. The terms of the covenant are the whole Torah and how we understand the practice and life that it mandates today. In exchange, we are brought into eternal relationship with God as a special people. What I find so striking about this scene is how Moses addresses who is there with him: ‘You stand this day all of you before God (Deut. 29:9)’. He then lists all the people from the chiefs of the Israelite tribes to the people who do the most menial tasks of the time, water drawers and woodchoppers. Moses addresses men and women together, and
children. He then goes even further: ‘I make this covenant not with you alone, but both with those who are standing here with us this day before God and with those who are not with us here this day.’ Judaism is a religion in which everyone is equal, no one is ‘holier than thou’. The picture painted is that we were all there at the same time in the same place to receive Torah and put its lessons into action. Once the great first century rabbis Shammai and Hillel argued about who should be taught Torah. Shammai said we should teach Torah to worthy and qualified students only, but Hillel said to teach Torah to anyone, so they can learn and change their behaviour. Hillel won the argument and Judaism lives through our generations today.
◆ Mark Goldsmith is Senior Rabbi of Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue
When you are sick, the root issue is not the fever – the fever is just the symptom. It is the same with climate change, which is the symptom showing us the earth is in ill health. But what can we, as Jewish communities, do to find a cure? This urgent need is why the keynote discussion at the World Union For Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) Connections 2021 event discusses this issue. I will be joined by experts from the UK, US and Israel, including Rabbis Jonathan Wittenberg and Tanya Sakhnovich of EcoSynagogue. The EcoSynagogue is a very interesting movement that tells us, as Jewish communities, you can change nothing outside if you don’t change what’s inside. Climate change is a consequence of how we produce, how we consume and how much we waste. Our young people are changing the way they eat – becoming vegetarian and vegan – and the way they consume, becoming much more conscious. This is one area in which
our children are the ones teaching us! The second component of what must be done, as shown by groups such as Dayenu in the US, is how our Jewish activism can be used to inspire others to join us in this green agenda. We need to raise our Jewish voice. When I became minister of environment and sustainable development in Argentina, everyone asked: “Why is a rabbi taking on this position?” And I explained that, for me, this was the most rabbinic and Jewish job I will ever have. Why? Just look at our Torah. Noah heard that the flood was coming and he was the only one who started to build the Ark. All the
people said: “Don’t worry, it’s not possible, it’s a sunny day, we have no problems” and they continued to destroy nature. Now, climate change is the flood that is coming and the change in our ways and our activism is the Ark. If there is one silver lining to the climate change crisis, it has made us realise something very important – as a world, we are only one family and we have only one house. No matter your nationality or religion, we are one and must act as one to save our planet. ◆ Rabbi Sergio Bergman is WUPJ president In last week’s Progressively Speaking by Rabbi Deborah Blausten, an editing error meant the original meaning was changed. The affected line should have read: “When it comes to social change, too often for too many of us study feels like action.” We apologise for this error.
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JEWISH DEAF ASSOCIATION 020 8446 0502 www.jdeaf.org.uk email@example.com
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ADAM SHELLEY Qualifications: • FCCA chartered certified accountant. • Accounting, taxation and business advisory services. • Entrepreneurial business specialist including start-up businesses. • Specialises in charities; Personal tax returns. • Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation Volunteer of the Year JVN award.
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NAOMI FELTHAM Qualifications: • Leading currency transfer provider since 1996 with over 500 expert employees. • Excellent exchange rates on your transfers to/from Israel. • Offices worldwide, with local support in Israel, the UK, mainland Europe and the USA. • Free expert guidance from your dedicated account manager.
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ERIC SALAMON Qualifications: • Provides free professional one-to-one advice at Resource to help unemployed into work. • Offers mock interviews and workshops to maximise job prospects. • Expert in corporate management holding director level marketing, commercial and general management roles.
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For the first time in years, she can hear properly on the phone. We love a little gossip. Guess what, Shirley has remarried for the sixth time! ”
Thanks to JDA, everyone can have clean, working hearing aids and remain connected to their loved ones and the world around them at this difficult time. To book an appointment: North London Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8446 0214 Redbridge Email email@example.com or call 020 8551 7700
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Stick to groups of up to six people or two households and keep a safe distance. Because the more people you meet, the more likely you are to get infected.
Let’s take this next step safely.