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VOICE OF THE COMMUNITY 17 June 2021

7 Tamuz 5781

Issue No.1215

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Finding Abraham

Interim JFS head on his plans to transform the school Page 13

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The man who saved summer!

Harrison Engler

Youth group boss persuades government to allow groups of 30 at camps, despite Covid rules limiting numbers to six by Lee Harpin lee@jewishnews.co.uk @lmharpin

A Habonim Dror camp: this year’s has got the go-ahead

A director of a Jewish youth organisation led a successful campaign that convinced health secretary Matt Hancock to allow summer camps to go ahead, even with continued Covid restrictions. Harrison Engler, a mazkir (national director) of Habonim Dror, was at the centre of efforts to convince the government to relax strict rules on overnight trips for out-of-school groups in the pandemic that limited numbers to six. On Monday, after Boris Johnson

announced that the full lifting of Covid regulations had been delayed, Hancock confirmed that under Step 3 Covid rules, summer camps could go ahead with up to 30 people. Jewish News can reveal that the concession was achieved after a brilliant campaign led by Engler, which was also backed by communal groups including the Board of Deputies, Jewish Leadership Council and the United Jewish Israel Appeal. It was also accompanied by a push by Noam, the Masorti movement’s own youth wing. Engler was quick to recognise the success of what he said had been a

“team effort”. But other senior figures in the community were quick to single out Engler as the person who “basically saved Jewish summer camps”. Adam Wagner, a barrister and expert in understanding complex government lockdown regulations, told Jewish News: “Covid rules are complex and everchanging and it is something of a mystery how decisions are made to change them. “It is an amazing achievement that in just a few weeks Harrison and Habonim have managed to secure this small but important change. “It is not an understatement to say that they have saved residential summer

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News / New government / Iranian election and analysis

Israel’s ‘rainbow’ coalition nett said: “Now we must prove ourselves, and work together in unity and cooperation to mend the rift among the public and return the state to proper governance after debilitation brought by internal squabbles.” The coalition has been described as a “rainbow” of ideologically opposed bedfellows, including left-wing liberal parties Meretz and Labour, as well as the United Arab List (UAL), whose parliamentarian Said al-Harumi abstained on the vote. Netanyahu described the new governing coalition as “bad and dangerous”. In a day of parliamentary drama, before the Knesset elected Mickey Levy from Yesh Atid as Speaker, Bennett was heckled by Netanyahu supporters, with several ejected from the chamber for throwing slurs. One respected UK-Israel analyst described the catcalling as “obscene”. So close was the ballot that Bennett and Lapid had to rely on Labor’s Emilie Moatti arriving in an ambulance – she is in hospital with a spinal injury – to cast her vote from a stretcher. Yohanan Plesner, president of the Israel Democracy Institute, said Netanyahu had left “a mixed legacy – relative security and macroeconomic sta-

by Stephen Oryszczuk

Israelis cast aside their Covid masks and their prime minister this week as the Jewish state emerged both from lockdown and 12 years of Benjamin Netanyahu. Sunday marked the end of his 12-year reign as prime minister when his protégé turned rival Naftali Bennett took over following a terse 30-minute handover. Although Yamina is only the country’s fifth largest party, winning seven of the 120 Knesset seats in March’s election, Bennett was offered the position of PM by centrist Yair Lapid, whose Yesh Atid party won 17 seats. The two have been joined in Israel’s most diverse coalition ever, comprising left-wingers, right-wing secularists, and one Arab party, to displace Netanyahu and his ruling Likud, prompting bitter scenes in parliament as Bennett was called a “traitor”. Under their agreement, 49-year-old Bennett will serve the first two years as prime minister, Lapid the second two, after a narrow vote by MKs – 60 votes to 59 – ushered in the first real transfer of power since 2009. In his first cabinet meeting, Ben-

Naftali Bennett (front left) and Yair Lapid flank President Reuven Rivlin, joined by new government ministers

bility, coupled with erosion in the public’s trust in the country’s institutions”. He said Netanyahu’s tenure had led to a “divided Israeli society”, with the new government needing to

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In the last three years, however, the landscape has changed dramatically, notably by the US withdrawing from the accord, reimposing sanctions, adding new sanctions, and making it harder for European states to work with Iranian businesses. An agreement in which inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency continue monitoring Iranian nuclear sites comes to an end on 24 June.

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“calm tensions in Israeli society and foster a unity of purpose”. Bennett and Lapid now need to pass a budget, oversee the appointment of senior civil servants, and

Iran’s presidential contest on Friday is more selection than election. A combination of mass disqualifications and voter apathy has plagued this poll. The Iranian establishment has made this an uncompetitive race to control the outcome as the next president will possibly be the 82-year-old supreme leader’s last. In terms of foreign policy, particularly Israel, this election will not change the Islamic Republic’s fundamental enmity towards the Jewish state. The frontrunner, Chief Justice Ebrahim Raisi, is a loyal protégé of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He has risen through the ranks of the judiciary and has presided over

egregious rights abuses as a member of a death commission in 1988, which greenlighted the executions of thousands of prisoners. Despite membership of the Supreme National Security Council since 2019, Raisi lacks the exposure to the international community that President Rouhani had prior to his election. Policy towards Israel is likely to remain unchanged regardless of who wins, because such decisions are driven by Khamenei and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp. Khamenei will remain the commander-in-chief and regime preservation depends on the republic’s anti-Zionist character. Provision of manpower, money, and materiel to Iran’s proxies and partners will continue, a trend that may ever accelerate should the US rejoin the Iran nuclear deal. Raisi’s selection could help Israel better mobilise the international community against Tehran, given his bloodstained record.


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Anti-Israel rally / News

Corbyn at ‘Israel Nazis’ protest by Lee Harpin lee@jewishnews.co.uk @lmharpin

Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell spoke at a demonstration organised by the anti-Israel Friends of Al-Aqsa group last weekend, at which openly antisemitic placards were again held aloft by the crowd. After the former Labour leader and the ex-shadow chancellor addressed those attending the demo in Whitehall on Saturday, a banner raised by one protester read: “Israel The Nazi State” and added: “Netanyahu = Hitler”. Meanwhile, a female attendee displayed her own placard that stated: “It Wasn’t Ok In South Africa It Wasn’t Ok In Nazi Germany So Why Is It Ok in Palestine (It’s Not!).” When challenged by Jewish News on how she could make the comparison between Israel and Hitler’s Germany, the protester suggested it could be justified because of “Jewish supremacy” and “apartheid”. Delivering his speech, McDonnell drew cheers from around 2,000 people who attended as he blasted the “apartheid regime of Israel”.

Some of the banners held by pro-Palestinian protesters at the demonstration organised by Friends of Al-Aqsa

Meanwhile Corbyn – who faces an investigation by Labour into his recent remarks about former Labour MP Luciana Berger at the Cambridge Union – said: “We are

here to support the Palestinian people whether we are Jewish, Hindu, Muslim or Christian, or no faith.” He also claimed “world opinion”

had been changed on the issue as a result of the recent anti-Israel demos during last month’s 11-day conflict with Hamas that left hundreds dead.

Elsewhere at the event, an inflatable image of an Arab prince complete with horns and a pointy nose was spotted. It had been present at previous London anti-Israel demos. Suggestions that the inflatable is an antisemitic reference to Jews have been denied, with others concluding the blow-up prop is a caricature of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, one of several Arab nations to establish diplomatic relations with Israel last year. Other banners seen at the demo included one that read: “Dear Zionists There is some land in HELL you can colonise”, while another protester held up a placard featuring a quote from Bobby Sands, the IRA hunger striker who died in prison. Protesters regularly performed the now familiar “From the river to the sea – Palestine will be free” chant, along with “Israel is a terrorist state” and “We are all Palestinians”. The Friends of Al-Aqsa group organised the Justice for Palestine demo outside Downing Street to coincide with the G7 summit in Cornwall.

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News / ‘Hounded out’ / Workshop upset / Labour strategy

Labour urged to probe ex-Corbyn aide’s insult by Lee Harpin lee@jewishnews.co.uk @lmharpin

Labour was under renewed pressure this week to investigate comments made by Jeremy Corbyn’s former chief of staff that suggested she was actively involved in attempts to “trigger” the exit of Luciana Berger and other ex-MPs from the party. Karie Murphy, formerly one of the ex-leader’s most senior aides, was revealed to have sent a WhatApp message on the day Berger and six other MPs resigned from the party that stated: “F**king idiots. All the work I did to trigger them and they leave before I had the pleasure.” The comments, which were leaked to the media last October, appeared to suggest a campaign by someone close to Corbyn to oust the MPs ahead of their decisions to leave the party in February 2019. At the time, Berger described Labour as being “institutionally antisemitic”. Labour confirmed last October it was investigating Murphy’s comments, which are believed to have been shared with a party colleague. Last Thursday, in an appearance at the Cambridge Union, Corbyn sparked anger when he denied claims that Berger had been “hounded out” of Labour and then insisted she “unfor-

Jeremy Corbyn, left, with Joel Rosen at the Cambridge Union debating society

tunately chose to resign”. The ex-leader also insisted he and the party had offered support to Berger over what he admitted was the “appalling” antisemitic abuse she received. But Jewish News understands that after the debate, Corbyn was himself sent a reminder of his former chief of staff ’s comments on her work to “trigger” MPs. The party’s governance and legal unit was also sent renewed complaints from at least two separate sources outlining serious issues arising from Murphy’s WhatsApp comments. One complaint demanded the party prioritise an investigation into whether Corbyn knew of any plan to “hound out” MPs that was run

from the leader of the Opposition’s office. One angry Labour source said: “It’s fine for the party to say it is investigating Karie Murphy’s comments. But it would be nice to believe an investigation is actually going to take place.” There was also a demand for Labour to issue a further apology to Berger as a result of the abuse directed at her on social media following Corbyn’s comments to the Cambridge Union. A senior Labour source confirmed to Jewish News that the party was investigating the complaint about Murphy and was taking Corbyn’s comments made last week in Cambridge “extremely seriously” ahead of a possible formal investigation.

STARMER: MORE FOR US TO DO Sir Keir Starmer has admitted Labour has still got “further to go” in tackling anti-Jewish racism with his party. But speaking to LBC breakfast show presenter Nick Ferrari he said: “I don’t think anyone could put their hand on their heart and say Keir Starmer is not taking antisemitism in the Labour Party seriously. ” Appearing on his monthly Call Keir slot, the Leader of the Opposition was asked by a listener why some antisemitism disciplinary cases resulted in people being allowed back into Labour. He said: “We take action in all of the cases that are brought to our attention. “The sanction, or what happens at the end, will depend on each case. “There will be cases that are investigated where it is thought in relation to what was said that after a period of time people can be reinstated. I haven’t got individual cases to my fingertips – but of course that happens.” Sir Keir then went on to defend his record of tackling the problem of antisemitism under his watch. “Of course we have got further to go,” he admitted. Starmer also stressed how “lots of Jewish communities are now working with us – including doing education and training within the party – something they weren’t willing to do before”. He added: “The important thing is, are we gaining the confidence of Jewish communities? I think we are.”

NEU: Members wanted vandal The leaders of Britain’s biggest teaching union have claimed their own members called for antisemitism workshops organised by a controversial activist who desecrated the Warsaw Ghetto wall. The joint general secretaries of the National Educational Union (NEU) insisted the “anti-racist training events” organised by Ewa Jasiewicz took place last month “at the request of members in the north-west”. Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney also claimed the three sessions were “well received by the members who attended”. Jewish News exclusively

Ghetto vandal Ewa Jasiewicz

revealed how Jasiewicz – who daubed the words “Free Palestine – liberate all ghettos” – in 2010 on the wall of the site where the Nazis incarcerated thousands of Jews was behind the sessions held to “understand antisemitism”. In a letter sent to the Board of Deputies after they

expressed anger at the decision to allow Jasiewicz to be involved with the events, the NEU leaders wrote: “The antisemitism workshops you refer to were developed as part of anti-racist training events organised at the request of members of the NEU in the north west. “The sessions were delivered by independent providers and were well received by the members who attended.” On the decision to involve Jasiewicz, union chiefs said: “She facilitated the organisation of the event at the request of members, but had no role in deciding or delivering the content of any sessions.”

Antisemitism strategy motion The London Assembly has unanimously passed a motion calling for Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and the Metropolitan Police Service to commission and publish a specific strategy for tackling antisemitism in London following a recent rise in antisemitic incidents. The move follows a dramatic rise in incidents of antisemitism in the UK since the outbreak of violence in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. The motion passed last Thursday was proposed by Greater London Authority Conservatives leader Susan Hall Assembly Member, who had said: “It’s no surprise many Jewish Londoners feel let down by our city’s response

to the recent horrific scenes of antisemitism on our streets. “Something has clearly gone wrong when mobs parading on our streets, and even a convoy of vehicles driving through a Jewish community, can freely broadcast their hateful, disgusting and violent views. “Condemnation of antisemitism alone won’t make London any safer. We need strong action to root it out. In the future, there must be a swifter police response with robust police action to keep Jewish Londoners safe. “We cannot allow a repeat of the antisemitic demonstrations and displays we have seen recently in London.”


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Racism awareness / ‘Terror’ trial / Man targeted / News

Praise for antisemitism awareness sessions by Lee Harpin lee@jewishnews.co.uk @lmharpin

Thousands of Labour members have taken part in antisemitism awareness training sessions in a move taken by the party to stamp out the antiJewish racism that thrived under previous leader Jeremy Corbyn. In what Labour confirmed was its biggest training initiative, members were invited by General Secretary David Evans to view the online sessions put on by the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM). Education sessions on what constitutes antisemitism were among the Action Plan commitments within the Equality and Human Rights Commission report (EHRC) Labour agreed to undertake last October.

Monday evening’s hour-long session was presented by Mike Katz, JLM’s national chair, and the group’s national organiser Rebecca Filer. The module covered an introduction to the Jewish community in the UK, what antisemitism now looks like and practical steps to engage positively with Jewish members and voters. It also included discussion of common tropes around Jewish power, money and the blood libel. There was also a section dealing with Israel/Palestine and the need to ensure criticism of a government did not stray into criticism of an entire people. Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner gave a welcome to members at the start of the session. Following the event, which was the first time in

Members of the Jewish Labour Movement

three years that JLM had contributed training on antisemitism to the party, many members posted positive messages on social media, including Perran Moon, a Labour councillor in Banbury Grimsbury and Hightown. He tweeted: “I learnt a lot in a very short but wellrun and highly informative webinar.” Former Labour general secretary Jennie

Formby had infuriated Jewish Labour members three years ago when she undercut JLM as training providers, with the Corbyn leadership reaching out instead to groups such as Jewish Voice for Labour. Katz told Jewish News: “The more Labour members understand antisemitism, the better equipped they’ll be to challenge it if they see it in their local parties and wider society.”

TEEN’S ‘PLAN FOR A 3D GUN’ A teenager wanted to make a 3D printed gun as part of an extreme rightwing terror plot, a court has heard. Matthew Cronjager, 18, hated Jews, Muslims and those with a different sexual orientation to him and wanted to bring about a revolution based on his racist ideology, the Old Bailey was told. Prosecutor Alistair Richardson said Cronjager wanted to get hold of firearms and ammunition and drew up plans for an underground bunker in which to store the weapons. Part of the plot involved plans to make a gun using a 3D printer, but Cronjager unwittingly sent instructions and funds to an undercover law enforcement operative. Cronjager, of Ingatestone, Essex, is charged with engaging in conduct in preparation for terrorist acts

Kippah-wearer targeted A pedestrian wearing a kippah was targeted with antisemitic abuse on Saturday evening by members of the convoy for Palestine. Anti-Israel demonstrators drove from Bradford to join a protest in London, amid an appeal from the convoy’s organisers for participants not to engage in antisemitism, unlike during a similar convoy in mid-May. Philip Rosenberg said on Twitter: “I walked down Finchley Road today

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between 31 October and 19 December last year. He also faces four counts of collecting terrorist information and another charge of disseminating terrorist publications through a library on the encrypted messaging app Telegram. He denies all of the charges. “He wanted to bring about a change of government by violence... to bring about his own revolution, based on his own racist ideology,” said Richardson. In one private message, Cronjager is alleged to have said: “I don’t want to start anything too soon but I want to conduct at least one offensive action within two years.” Some of the material found provided “real and practical guidance” to people who would want to commit terrorist atrocities, the court heard. The trial is expected to last two weeks.

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News / Anti-Israel petitions / Crowdfunding issues / Hamas peril / TV debate

£370,000 raised for Corbyn not banked

MPs clash on call for Palestine state Tory MP Christian Wakeford has used a Commons debate sparked by two anti-Israel online petitions signed by more than half-a-million people to question a Labour frontbencher about his party’s commitment to a Palestinian state. During Monday’s debate, the Bury South MP said while it was “certainly politically expedient to call for the recognition of Palestine right now” such a state could not in reality be defined without its borders being defined. In response, Labour shadow Middle East minister Wayne David said: “There is no expediency about it – it is a long-standing commitment that we have, and we stick to it.” The debate was sparked by the signing of a petition calling for recognition of Palestinian statehood and the other urging government to block all trade with Israel and, in particular, arms. Middle East minister James Cleverly said: “The UK will recognise a Palestinian state at a time when it best serves the object of peace.”

The Jeremy Corbyn supporter who set up a crowdfunding campaign to help support the former Labour leader has revealed that she has been unable to bank the £370,000 raised, writes Lee Harpin. Carole Morgan set up the Jeremy’s Legal Fund page on the GoFundMe website last July, after BBC journalist John Ware said he was considering suing Corbyn for libel in relation to comments he made about Labour’s decision to settle a case over a Panorama exposé of antisemitism. To date, the appeal on Corbyn’s behalf has received

£370,590 in donations. But now, in a message posted to those who have pledged money, Morgan wrote: “It’s been quite some time since I’ve been able to update you all on what is happening with Jeremy’s Legal Fund. “As you know... JBC Defence Ltd has spent months attempting to open a bank account to receive your donations. “Unfortunately we have

been unsuccessful for two reasons. The first is that many banks are not taking new applications for business current accounts. The second is that where we were able to submit applications to a small number of UK banks, all of these were declined without any reason given. “GoFundMe has agreed in principle for the money to be transferred directly to Jeremy as the legal beneficiary of the fund, to be used for the express purpose of his legal defence against any libel claim brought by John Ware.”

UN STAFF FACE HAMAS THREATS Labour Friends of Israel director Michael Rubin has condemned the “shocking” threats made to staff working for the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza by Hamas extremists. Staff had been ordered to leave the Strip after denying claims of food and medical supplies in the region during the recent conflict. Matthias Schamale, UNRWA’s director of operations in Gaza, appeared on Israeli television confirming military strikes by the Israel Defense Forces did not “with some exceptions” target civilians but that the “viciousness and ferocity” of the attacks were “heavily felt”. Last week, UNWRA condemned “the existence and potential use by Palestinian armed groups” of a tunnel found underneath a school in southern Gaza. Hamas ordered the UNWRA official’s exit from Gaza. “It’s shocking UNWRA staff have had to leave Gaza due to threats to their safety,” Rubin said.

Sumption references ‘Nazi laws’ in Covid debate

Lord Sumption, right, with Dan Wootton

A retired Supreme Court judge has raised the “extreme example” of “Nazi race laws” during a debate about the morality of Covid-19 lockdown regulations on new TV news channel GB News. Lord Sumption, a prominent critic of the government’s lock-

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of Nazi Germany with the current situation in the pandemic. Discussing lockdown restrictions, he said: “To make it a criminal offence to associate with other human beings is a proudly wicked thing to do. ” He qualified his comments by suggesting he did not

consider those in the current UK government to be “wicked men” but added the continued lockdown was a “wicked thing to do”. Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl condemned Sumption’s comments as being “deeply inappropriate”.


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Citizen’s Advice / Design Biennale / Online premiere / Reporter sacked / News

Charity’s ‘pinkwashing’ jibe The Citizen’s Advice Bureau has altered training materials sent to staff which had alleged Israel uses its LGBT record to mask “apartheid”, writes Joshua Salisbury. The diversity training for staff at the charity, which is estimated to receive about 60 percent of its funding from the taxpayer, had included a link to a definition of ‘pinkwashing’. The website in the “optional library” of resources said: “Perhaps the most noted example of pinkwashing is Israel’s public relations campaign to promote itself as the ‘gay mecca’ of the Middle East.” This site said the campaign

was “an attempt to mask and legitimise Israel’s human rights abuses against Palestinians, regardless of sexuality”. “Queer Palestinians are not spared when Palestinians are bombed en masse, nor are they given a free pass out of Gaza. They are not exempt from marginalisation under Israeli apartheid,” it adds. “Palestine’s queers suffer the violences of settler colonialism and occupation alongside homophobia and transphobia.” A service spokesperson said the online resource was updated on Friday; but the Sunday Telegraph reported the ‘pinkwashing’ claim.

Citizen’s Advice claimed Israel misused its LGBT rights record

A spokesperson told Jewish News the article had been contained in an “optional” library and had now been removed,

A lesbian survivor’s story A play about the life of the lesbian Holocaust survivor Margot Heuman will premiere to an online audience later this month as part of the Brighton Fringe. Born in 1928 in Germany, Heuman was sent to Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, Neuengamme and Bergen-

Belsen, before being liberated by the British and later emigrating to the United States. The play takes its text from interviews conducted by Warwick University historian Anna Hájková and offers “a poignant look at coming of age as a Jewish queer woman in the concentration camps”.

Heuman, now 93, reflects on love, choices, sexual violence, sexual barter, hatred towards LGBTQ+ communities and survival. Brighton Fringe takes place from 24 to 26 June, with the play premiering at 7.30pm on 24 June and running for all three nights.

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because. “content within the article detracted from its core aim of furthering an understanding of LGBTQ+ issues”.

Israelis display boiler room art Students and recent graduates from Tel Aviv University’s School of Architecture were in London last week to present their winning entry at an international exhibition. Their ‘boiler room’ design was on show in-person at the London Design Biennale 2021 at Somerset House alongside proud diplomats including Israel’s Deputy Ambassador Sharon Bar-li and Cultural Attaché Barak Ganor and TAU trust chair David Meller. Representing Israel at the Biennale, with this year’s theme

of ‘resonance’, the Israelis chose to focus on social media as both catalyst and source of tension, as users respond to each other’s agendas with the mere act of pressing a switch. The ‘room’ of boiler switches, by Lior Kantor, Noa Karmi, Lealla Solomon, Osher Lapid, Roi Levin, Barak Weizman, and Oren Elgali, has been described as “a sensory battlefield” using sound, sight and touch to “turn those switches on and off to express opinions”. The Design Biennale continues until 27 June.

BBC FIRES HITLER CHEERLEADER The BBC journalist who tweeted “Hitler was right” has left her job at the corporation. An inquiry was launched into Tala Halawa, a Palestine specialist for BBC Monitoring, over messages posted in 2014 including one that said “Israel is more Nazi than Hitler”. The watchdog group Honest Reporting uncovered the tweets posted by Halawa, who is

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News / Queen’s Birthday Honours

Mum and son Rob Rinder and Angela Cohen among honours by Jenni Frazer @Jennifrazer

Angela Cohen, chair of the ’45 Aid Society, and Robert Rinder, known as “Judge Rinder”, formed a uniquely honoured mother-andson combination in this year’s Birthday Honours List for their services to Holocaust education, each being awarded an MBE. They are joined in that category by Scott Saunders, the founder and chair of the March of the Living in the UK. Heading this year’s list is Britain’s “dancing queen”, the choreographer Arlene Phillips, who has been made a dame for her services to dance and charity. Manchester-born Phillips, 78, was one of the first judges on Strictly Come Dancing and was previously awarded a CBE for her international choreography work on films and in West End theatre productions. Philanthropist David Dangoor receives a CBE for his services to the community in Greater London, while Marc Abraham, the popular TV vet – and supplier of Dilyn, prime minister and Carrie Johnson’s Downing Street dog – is awarded an OBE

for services to animal welfare. He said: “I dedicate this to my late amazing father Tony and inspirational grandma Judy, the rest of my family and friends, my incredible team of grassroots campaigners, plus every animal past and present exploited for human benefit.” Also made OBE is Daniel Mendoza, chair of trustees of The Anne Frank Trust, and Myer Glickman, honoured for his work for the Office of National Statistics, particularly in health analysis. Michael Newman (pictured on page one), chief executive of The Association of Jewish Refugees, is made OBE for services to Holocaust remembrance and education. He said: “Serving the unique community the AJR supports is a passion and honour. I am so thrilled to accept this award on behalf of our members and those who champion our cause.” Michael Blond, for services to the Jewish community in Barnet and Michelle Barnett, founder of the charity GIFT, are made MBEs. Leading the list of BEM (British Empire Medallists) is Dr Martin Aaron, the founder and chair of Jami, the Jewish community’s mental health charity. He is joined as BEM Clockwise from top: David Dangoor, Robert Rinder and Angela Cohen, Michelle Barnett, founder of the charity GIFT and celebrity vet Marc Abraham

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by Paul Sved, honoured for his work for Holocaust education and awareness. Sved said: “I would like to share this unexpected honour with the Holocaust Educational Trust, whose work enabled me to share my wartime experiences with hundreds of young people both in person and online. They gave me the chance to talk about the Holocaust, but also to encourage them to draw conclusions with a peaceful and forward-looking frame of mind.” Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “We wish Paul a hearty mazeltov. More than 75 years after the end of the Holocaust, our survivors share their darkest memories to ensure that the next generation know where hatred and prejudice can ultimately lead. Paul has done

this in a particularly challenging year, mastering video calls to share his testimony.” On the overseas list, Harry Shindler MBE, a Battle of Anzio veteran and a dedicated campaigner for Anglo-Italian links, is made OBE, as is Charlotte Goldberg, team leader for services to national security at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. And Lord McDonald, former Foreign Office Permanent Under Secretary, is made GCMG (Grand Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George) “for his outstanding leadership of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and HM Diplomatic Service from 2015-2020”. Between 2003 and 2006 the diplomats’ diplomat cut his teeth as a popular British ambassador to Israel.

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The former Enfield North Labour MP Joan Ryan – and ex-chair of the Labour Friends of Israel – has been named executive director of a pro-Israel organisation new to the UK, ELNET. A non-governmental organisation (NGO) dedicated to European ties with Israel, ELNET UK is the fifth office to open, following its establishment in Paris, Berlin, Brussels and Warsaw. The outgoing chair of the Zionist Federation, Paul Charney, has joined ELNET UK as its new chair, and remains chair of Technion UK. Ryan was a Labour MP for 18 years until her opposition to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership led her to leave the party in February 2019.

A new chief executive has been appointed at Work Avenue, the communal employment support organisation. David Arden, formerly the chief executive at the S&P Sephardi Community, has held a number of senior roles in government and the civil service, including as a project manager for the 2012 Olympics. He said: “This is a very exciting time to be taking up the position of chief executive, as our economy begins to recover. “There are lots of new opportunities out there for people to earn a living and support themselves and their families.” He replaces Debbie Sheldon who has made aliyah.


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News / Teacher row / Trent Park / Education grant

Equality concerns at LSJS after lecturer loses title The university that awards degree courses taught by the London School of Jewish Studies will raise concerns with the institution after a teacher was stripped of her research fellow role because she became a rabba (female rabbi), writes Joshua Salisbury. Dr Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz, 61, was informed by the LSJS that she would be unable to continue to teach on one of the school’s adult education courses – which is not accredited by Middlesex University – or retain her honorary title, because she had enrolled on a rabbinic ordination course at Yeshiva Maharat in New York. Orthodox authorities, including the Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, do not recognise female rabbis. Middlesex University, which separately validates several of the school’s degrees, will raise the issue with the school and hundreds have signed letters in support of the teacher of 16 years. “I am so sad at this denial of the opportunity to take my teaching to new heights and to expand access to Torah learning for my beloved students at

LSJS,” said Taylor-Guthartz. “The decision is regrettable, but I am determined to continue to teach Torah across the community to everyone who is eager to learn.” The popular lecturer, who was employed on an informal contract, graduated from her semicha course on Tuesday. She says she had never sought to become a communal rabbi, and had volunteered not to use the title of rabba. But officials at the school told her that it would not be possible to continue in the role, as obtaining the qualification would not be in line with the halachic guidance of the Chief Rabbi. Chief Rabbi Mirvis has repeatedly outlined Orthodox opposition to female rabbis, saying that while women were welcome to take up numerous senior leadership positions in communal life, a rabbi could not be one of them. “On behalf of all LSJS trustees, I would like to thank Dr Taylor-Guthartz for her many years of service and we wish her all the best for the future,” said

the chair of LSJS, Gary Phillips. “She is a wonderful teacher who will be much missed by both her students and colleagues at the college.’” A letter signed by more than 30 Reform and Liberal rabbis in support of Dr Taylor-Guthartz, has been sent to the Chief Rabbi, which states there is “clearly still a glass ceiling of Torah above which half your community may not ascend.” Eve Sacks, of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, said: “My sense is that Rabbi Mirvis has panicked, because he does not want the right-wing part of Orthodoxy in America to see that he has allowed a female rabbi to teach in one of his colleges.” She added that she believed he should have accepted a compromise with Lindsey-Guthartz not to use the title while teaching. Middlesex University told Jewish News that LSJS had explained to it that “they are bound by [the Chief Rabbi’s] guidance in the teaching of religious texts and rabbinic authority.”

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Church meeting /Refugee Week / Faith plea / News

Methodist chiefs back anti-Israel proposals by Lee Harpin lee@jewishnews.co.uk @lmharpin

Methodist leaders have backed a series of anti-Israel motions ahead of their annual conference – including blaming the Jewish state for the “deteriorating situation” for Christians in Gaza and the West Bank. Meanwhile, church leaders are “grateful” for a motion accusing Israel of “self-promotion” over its vaccine roll-out. A leaked copy of the guidance notes handed to all Methodists at next Monday’s conference confirms that the leadership has backed calls from circuit meetings and district synods to condemn Israel as an “apartheid state” and to promote the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). The notes also contain a motion passed by the Birmingham Synod, which says: “The synod is deeply disturbed by the plight of Palestinians

The Methodist Conference 2019. Leaders back calls for BDS

living in Gaza and the West Bank, who have now lived under Occupation for over 50 years...” At no point does the guidance point out that Christians’ plight is also determined by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas leadership, nor is it noted that Christians living in Israel do so under freedoms rarely found in other countries in the region. The same Birmingham motion voices “dismay” at Covid vaccine publicity, accusing Israel of “severely limiting its access for Palestinians”. Quoting a previous report

into Israel/Palestine, titled Cry for Hope and calling for “the international community to recognise Israel as an apartheid state”, the Methodist leadership urges people to “endorse it and act on its recommendations, including through divestment and sanctions in relation to companies supporting the occupation in any way”. The briefing notes briefly refer to rising antisemitism in the UK – but only in a reference to the “desperate situation” in the West Bank and Gaza. Jewish News has asked the Methodist Church to comment.

EMIGRE’S WORKS ON SHOW Five huge works by the celebrated German Jewish artist Hans Feibusch have re-emerged for public display to mark international Refugee Week 2021. The 12ft canvases were commissioned in 1973 by the late Rabbi Hugo Gryn and hung in West London Synagogue until 2012. Born in Frankfurt in 1898, Feibusch left for London in 1933 as Hitler attained power in Germany. He died in Camden in 1998, four weeks before his 100th birthday. He is still Britain’s most prolific muralist, creating 35 work in Anglican churches and cathedrals, as well as works for other public build-

ings. The Nazis had displayed his work as “degenerate”. Marking Refugee Week, the Ben Uri Gallery and the German-speaking St Boniface Church in the East End teamed up to restore to public view the series of five canvasses, with help from the German Embassy in London. Described as “vibrant and monumental”, they relate to Biblical stories from the Old Testament exploring issues of faith, sacrifice, courage, love and redemption. After 2012, they were acquired for the Ben Uri Collection by patrons. Today they are installed on long-term loan at St Boniface and can be seen by visitors.

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Plea to PM on Human Rights Act Rabbis and Jewish human rights groups have signed an open letter with other faith leaders urging Boris Johnson not to “undermine” basic freedoms by reviewing the Human Rights Act, writes Adam Decker. They told the prime minister that the European Convention on Human Rights, upon which the act (HRA) is based, was “Europe’s response to the horror of the Holocaust”, and “safeguards our freedoms, including freedom of thought, belief and religion”. They added that “it has allowed us to marry and conduct funerals in line with our understandings of the world, letting us live in accordance with our beliefs… Any move to

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News / Hippodrome building / Summer camps

Date set for Golders mosque decision by Lee Harpin lee@jewishnews.co.uk @lmharpin

Barnet Council has said that a meeting to decide on a planning application to turn the former Hippodrome building in Golders Green into a community and worship centre for the Shia Iraqi community will take place next month. Confirmation of the strategic planning committee meeting, on 19 July, came three weeks after lawyers acting for the Markaz El Tathgheef el-Eslami (the Markaz) Isalmic Centre warned the council it could face legal action over alleged “unlawful religious discrimination”. Jewish News can also reveal that a group set up to challenge the application has parted company with planning consultant Gavin Boby and his firm, GB Planning Permissions.

Sources close to The Golders Green Residents Environment Group (GGREG) said that “after careful consideration on both sides it was concluded that Markaz’ labelling of Mr Boby’s as ‘the mosque-buster’ was an unhelpful distraction from the key issues relating to traffic, parking, disturbance and harm to local amenity which are being considered in relation to the above application”. Last month Jewish News reported that a letter sent to Barnet’s planning department set out claims that its conduct had breached the 2010 Equality Act. Councillors were sent a YouTube film with support for the Markaz expressed by rabbis, priests, students and community groups. Among those to appear in the YouTube film sent to councillors was Rabbi Josh Levy of Alyth Synagogue who said: “Like many communities,

The Markaz Islamic Centre in Golders Green

including mine, they’re a community who fled danger and built a new life of safety in London.” Responding to the council’s decision to confirm next month’s meeting, Ali Madami said: “This [the Letter Before Action] was really a last resort. After the delays we have experienced in

our dealings with the council, it felt as if we were being treated less favourably than the church that had used the Hippodrome for 10 years before it was bought by the Markaz. “It is fantastic news that the council has now set a date for the decision. It will be a great way of showing that Barnet is proud to be a welcoming home to all faiths and communities. “Councillors can be confident that they have the support of the Golders Green community and Barnet’s synagogues, churches, temples and other community groups.” The vast majority of 778 public comments on the proposed community centre from those who live locally in NW11 opposed its approval – some 88 percent. At next month’s meeting those in attendance will listen to any representations before reaching a final decision on the application.

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New JFS head: ‘Brent failed this school on safeguarding’ by Jack Mendel jack@jewishnews.co.uk @mendelpol

Mounting concerns at JFS “were swept under the carpet” and the local authority “failed” students over safeguarding, the school’s new interim headteacher has revealed. Former chief inspector of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, said Europe’s largest Jewish secondary has already been improved in a matter of weeks, following the shock resignation of headteacher Rachel Fink at the end of May. Her departure came after an inspection by Ofsted, with the education inspectorate set to publish its findings imminently. Sir Michael and Dame Joan McVittie, who is supporting Sir Michael at JFS, both said they were unable to comment on the report until it is published. Speaking to Jewish News, Sir Michael, who was Ofsted chief inspector from 2012 to 2016, identified the key issue as a poor “culture and behaviour”, which was linked to safeguarding. Saying the school’s culture has already been “transformed”, he insisted that he was “not being arrogant and boastful”, but that “the corridors are calmer, the classrooms calmer, teachers are teaching, children are learning. And we’ve set up all sorts of systems in the school to improve the quality of our behaviour around the place.” He added: “Within two weeks, we’ve seen a massive change, where we set clear boundaries for students. Staff want the sort of culture we are prescribing. They had become fed up with poor behaviour. Teachers know they must step up in terms of the quality of teaching, which they are doing.” Dame Joan, who has been a headteacher for two decades, said it is “constant change that is unsettling and not in the best interest of school. Previous heads were very much at a disadvantage, because of that change. Going forward, the key thing for the school is actually to get a permanent head in post, who will stay long-term and provide stability.” Asked what previous heads had got wrong, Sir Michael said they “didn’t focus on behaviour enough. They didn’t focus on what was happening in the classrooms and identify where things would go wrong. “They did not communicate well enough with both the student body and the staff to make clear what the expectations were. And things were swept under the carpet, I’m afraid. But we’re getting all that right.” Sir Michael also hit out at the local authority, Brent Council, for not identifying safeguarding concerns. He said: “When they knew there were

issues around safeguarding and mental health issues, they should have been in here monitoring the situation – well before Ofsted. The local council has failed this school, there is no question about that in my mind.” Dame Joan praised governors at the Kenton-based school who had been “extremely quick in responding”, adding she had “never seen a school with governors who have really put their day jobs to the side” to take action. Reflecting on who might take the head’s role on permanently, Sir Michael said: “It’s a big and complex school, so obviously the governors will be looking for somebody very experienced, with a track record of success in other institutions.” He dismissed claims that JFS now has too many students, saying: “The size of school is not a factor here. The building can accommodate 2,000 students. The campus is fantastic. There are a lot of staff who have been here many years and are very committed to JFS. It is the quality of the culture that that needs to improve.” Asked whether the permanent head should be from within the community, he said: “Not necessarily but that would be a bonus if they could get both” experience and someone communally minded. Sir Michael, who has been a teacher for more than 40 years including 26 as a head in London secondaries, said he and Dame Joan both “know how important culture is” to a school’s success. “If you’ve got a good positive culture, with children knowing exactly where they stand to exactly where the boundaries are, where you’ve got high expectations around behaviour, and attitudes, then everything else falls into place. “Teachers feel confident to teach without disruption from students. Teachers raise their game much more effectively. Assessment is improved, the quality of teaching improves. So this school has a bright future. It’s onwards and upwards. JFS will succeed very quickly.” More than 2,500 people have signed a petition launched by a JFS student, urging the school to provide better mental health support. • Senior figures within Brent Council reacted with “outrage” on Wednesday at Sir Michael’s claim that it failed to identify safeguarding concerns at JFS. Sources within the local authority point to an 2016 Ofsted report into JFS, published during Sir Michael’s stint as chief executive with the official education inspectors. They note the fact that the 2016 report described

School events ruling A Jewish boys’ school in Hendon has been told it cannot host large events after residents launched a petition over noise fears. Locals near the Talmud Torah Tiferes Shlomo Boys’ School raised fears that the school’s hall had been deco-

rated “in a manner befitting large events”. They sought reassurance that enforcement action could be taken if events with amplified music, external catering or more than 75 guests were held. It was not claimed these were already happening. In a ruling earlier this

month, officials at the town hall confirmed that large-scale events would be unlawful without a change in planning permission. The school, which is in the former Hendon Reform Synagogue building, is situated in a quiet residential cul-de-sac.

Interim JFS leaders Sir Michael Wilshaw and (inset) Dame Joan McVittie

safeguarding at JFS as “effective” and added that pupils “knew where to seek help” if it was needed. One source added: “It is laughable to read

Michael Wilshaw suggesting he has managed to turn a school around in a matter of weeks.” Senior figures at Brent will meet to decide how to respond to his comments.


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Special Report / Social media

What’s the price of the fight against online antisemitism? For young Jews tackling social media hate there’s an emotional toll as well as accusations they go too far with their rhetoric, says Ben Sales A number of young, assertively Zionist Jews with an active social media presence have taken it on themselves to call out and respond to anti-Zionism and antisemitism following the recent Israel–Hamas conflict. But after weeks of fighting over Israel and Judaism on Twitter, TikTok and Instagram, those activists, and others who watch and follow them, are asking whether the effort of combating antisemitism online, in real time, is winnable or worthwhile. The phrase “Hitler was right” was tweeted 17,000 times from 7 to 14 May, according to the Anti-Defamation League. The Network Contagion Research Institute, which tracks hate online, says the hashtag #COVID1948, connecting the pandemic and the year of Israel’s founding, trended on Twitter in the United States. It also found that tweets containing both ‘Israel’ and ‘genocide’ were shared as often as 2,000 times an hour. Instagram accounts with huge followings, such as the model Bella Hadid’s with 43 million

Retaliating: Hen Mazzig and Eve Barlow, who refers to a ‘social media pogrom’

followers, shared content that accused Israel of colonisation and ethnic cleansing, and got millions of likes. There were explicitly antisemitic posts as well, such as a tweet (now deleted) that quoted Hitler; that tweet was from a Pakistani

film star with more than 1 million followers. On TikTok, the Holocaust survivor Lily Ebert wished The model Bella Hadid has shared anti-Israel content users a “Shabbat Shalom” and got Eve Barlow, a Scottish-Jewish music jourspammed with antisemitic messages. The online hate came alongside a wave of nalist living in Los Angeles, wrote an essay in offline antisemitic incidents that, according to the online Jewish magazine Tablet calling the the ADL and other groups, spiked during the negative posts directed at her and other Zionist fighting in Israel and Gaza. The ADL found activists a “social media pogrom”. She also that the number of antisemitic incidents in wrote that they were “permission for an online the nearly two weeks of fighting was more than lynching” and “digital waterboarding”. More than 20,000 tweets contained the double the figure in the previous two weeks. The incidents included a string of physical name ‘Eve Fartlow’, which she called her “hate assaults, as well as antisemitic and some anti- name” in an interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Zionist harassment and vandalism. Barlow’s piece generated a backlash of its “There’s the emotional impact of seeing these attacks in real time,” said Ben Freeman, own, from those who found it inappropriate to a Scottish Jew and New Zionist Congress compare harassment on social media, however member who wrote the recently published book rampant, to violent, often state-sponsored mob Jewish Pride. “There’s the impact of seeing my attacks on Eastern European Jewish villages. friends be attacked online. And then, my family In a recent essay in The Nation, the progressive live in Israel, and I love Israel, and I care about Jewish writer Talia Lavin called Barlow’s piece Israel, so it was kind of like a triple whammy: It “misguided and narcissistic” in light of the loss was online, it was in Israel and it was happening of life in Gaza and Israel, and wrote that Barlow in the Diaspora. And I don’t see those three and her allies “turn the word ‘pogrom’ into a punchline”. Even some other Zionist activists on things as separate from one another.” Hen Mazzig, a prominent pro-Israel activist, social media balked at the term, such as Mazzig, said being pugnacious isn’t the right approach. who said that “unless it’s a situation where Mazzig has gained attention on the left for his people were being killed, let’s not compare aggressiveness online in the past, but said he has it to a pogrom”. And while Flayton said he wouldn’t use tried to soften that tone recently, emphasising coexistence and the rights of both Israelis and “pogrom” to describe something happening on Palestinians. Now he sees other Zionists going social media, he has used the hashtag #Beindown the same path he once did, and worries artPogroms to implicate Peter Beinart, the leftthat punching back hard against anti-Zionism wing Jewish columnist, in the recent wave of antisemitic physical attacks in the US. Last year, threatens to make things worse. “I think there’s a serious issue with antisem- Beinart came out in favour of a lone democratic itism online and hate speech against Jews online, state for Jewish Israelis and Palestinians. Barlow said she stands by her word choice, and we have to combat it,” said Mazzig, a senior fellow at the Tel Aviv Institute. “What I feel like as do some of her allies online, including many on the pro-Israel side are doing right now Freeman, who called the essay a “must read”. “I didn’t have reservations because I believe is to try and combat hate speech, I don’t want to say with more hate speech, but with rhetoric in the power of language,” she said. “If people would rather get personally offended by the that is not helping defuse the situation.” Since a ceasefire in the Gaza–Israel exchange use of a word than to take seriously how Jews of rockets and missiles, one of the fiercest fights are being attacked in the street and how Jews online has been not about Israel itself but how are being attacked on the internet, then that’s a to talk about antisemitic and anti-Zionist posts. problem.”


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Drawing comfort A charity providing art therapy for young children has seen a 63 percent rise in demand, hears Sandy Rashty There has been an “unprecedented” spike in the need for mental health support for Jewish children aged under 12, according to a specialist charity that has experienced a 63 percent increase in demand for its services. Arts therapist Natasha Ainley said there had been a surge in demand across the community’s Jewish primary schools over the pandemic.

Ainley, assistant director of the Arts Therapies For Children (ATFC) charity, told Jewish News that there has been a significant increase in the number of children seeking support for issues such as suicidal thoughts, self-harm, anxiety and depression. Since September, the number of children the charity supports every week has jumped from 73 to 119. In the meanwhile, there are still

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some 45 youngsters on the charity’s waiting list. ATFC now has arts therapists in 26 Jewish primary schools – compared with the 19 schools it worked with last year. “As soon as children started to go back into school, the need was unbelievable,” Ainley said. “And not everyone could get support from the public services – the waiting list is huge.” ATFC provides qualified art psychotherapists in Jewish primary schools, who are able to work with “high-risk” children. “We deal with a lot of abuse, sexual abuse, anxiety, neglect and parents suffering from mental health issues. “There has also been a lot of divorces and bereavement because of Covid. Unfortunately for families with issues at home, the children have really suffered.” She added: “There have been children with suicidal thoughts, selfharming or pulling their hair out. We also found a lot of children did not want to go back to school.”

She said the charity hopes to expand its services to secondary schools, but for now “we do not have the funding”. Before the pandemic, the charity, which is moving to its first office in September, needed around £60,000 every year – but now anticipates it needs £150,000 for its services. Ainley said the charity’s work was key to preventing long-term mental health issues. “If we start to deal with it in childhood, it can help adolescents,” she said. “We cannot take all the problems away, but we can help children cope. “The art therapy helps them find their voice, can make them more confident and in tune with learning. When they have an outlet, they feel happier.”

The charity, which was set up in 2016, supports children who have been referred by their school. While private art therapists can charge £70 per session, ATFC subsidises its services (£50 for 50 minutes) by paying 40 percent of the cost, providing about 30 sessions across the academic year. The remaining 60 percent is either paid for by the school, parents or both. “When the charity started, people were quiet,” she added. “Over the past year, there has been a big difference. People are much more open to talking about mental health, getting help and support for their children. “Through art, we are helping the children make sense of the world. They don’t feel as intimated at school, it’s a confidential safe space.”

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Rabba Dr Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz on receiving Semicha from Yeshivat Maharat.

We commend her commitment to an intensive programme of learning. She joins a distinguished group of 43 women who are among the future leaders of Orthodox Judaism, serving as rabbis, educators or in pastoral roles, and providing the community with role models for both women and men. Rabba Dr Taylor-Guthartz will continue to teach and support individuals and communities - and by her example will inspire our own and future generations of Jewish women. Carole Abrahams Sheara Abrahams Esther Altmann Rabba Wendy Amsellem Daniella Angel Tania Arden Nechama Goldman Barash Avielah Barclay, Soferet STaM Dr Sarah Barsam Roselyn Bell Elissa Benjamin Freda Bluestone Birnbaum Nicholas J Blain Shoshana Bloom Aviva Ginsberg Bock Shana Boltin Lori Silberman Brauner Rabba Dina Brawer Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer Rabbanit Tali Schaum Broder Sarah Bronzite Rabbi Josh Butler Lisa Capelouto Myrna Carlebach Sarah Charak Prof. Alana M Vincent Anne Clark Dr Laliv Clenman Barbara Cohen Eliot Cohen Karen Cohen EJ Cohen Emma Cohen Lieutenant Colonel Stacey Guthartz Cohen Dr Jessica Cooperman Nicola & Mike Coren Rachel Creeger Ben & Tilla Crowne Julia Cushnir Ilse Darefsky Dr Aviva Dautch Dalia Davis Jeffrey Dorfman Viktoria Dorosz Sophie Duschinsky Danielle & Dov Ellis Deborah Elstein Tibor Engel Rabba Yaffa Epstein Agi Erdos Lianna Etkind Emily Ferris Nicola Feuchtwang Deborah & Benji Field

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Special Report / Israel’s new government

New PM has his work cut out It’s all change in Israeli politics. Stephen Oryszczuk asks, what does it all mean?

in the Eastern Mediterranean, where Turkey has the potential to pose problems. All that seems easy compared with his other challenge – keeping the coalition from splintering.

What should we look out for?

Who is Israel’s new prime minister?

Beyond Israel, analysts think that US President Joe Biden may smell an opportunity. “An X factor is how they’ll want to engage the Biden team,” said Joel Rubin, a former deputy assistant secretary of state under Obama. “A new fragile government will be hesitant to weaken the US-Israel relationship, so Biden will likely have more leeway now with the Israeli government than he did with Netanyahu in power.”

Naftali Bennett was an elite Israeli soldier who left the IDF to become a tech entrepreneur. He later entered local politics as a Jewish settler leader, then formed the religious-nationalist Yamina Party. Pragmatic in most areas, he is adamantly opposed to any Palestinian state and prioritises the continued building of settlements in the West Bank.

Did Bennett win power, or did Netanyahu lose it?

A bit of both. Nobody doubts Netanyahu’s many successes, improving Israel’s economic and security position and plotting the recent landmark détente with Gulf and Arab states. But BICOM director Richard Pater says his corruption trial, coupled with his mismanagement of ideological bedfellows like Bennett and Avigdor Lieberman, contributed to his downfall. Likud challengers may start making moves to replace him as party leader.

Will the Arab party remain a partner?

It is hard to tell. Its leader, Mansour Abbas, is known as a pragmatist who has already

What’s at stake? Bennett with senior coalition partner Yair Lapid, who is set to replace him as PM in 2023

secured several guarantees from Bennett, including greater rights for Arab Israelis, especially on discriminatory housing policies. He has also been made a deputy minister with a sizeable budget for infrastructure in Arab areas. Lapid hopes this will be enough to keep him and his three other parliamentarians in play, but a repeat of the inter-communal violence seen in May would make that much more difficult. Even if there is no repeat, this is by far Israel’s most pluralist government,

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and in the wings sits a disgruntled Benjamin Netanyahu, who is skilled at sowing division.

What will Lapid do?

In his day job as foreign minister for the next two years, he will hope to shape Israel’s relations with the United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia, China, and key regional players like Jordan. He also has to negotiate with Hamas over Israel’s MIA (missing in action) and hostages, and with partners over natural gas

A lot. For a start, Israel wants an extra $1 billion from the US to help it replenish its stocks of the Iron Dome missile defence system, after last month’s 11-day conflict with Hamas. But not all US lawmakers are keen to cough up, and the longer a ceasefire holds, the weaker the Israeli argument will be, so an emboldened Biden may well hold out. A bigger yet connected concern is the fear that Israel may be losing its military edge in the region, with Egypt getting advanced US submarines and the Emiratis promised advanced American F-35 jets in return for agreeing to normalise ties with Jerusalem.

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Organisers of Europe’s top Yiddish culture festival have said this summer’s theme is integrating the past, as a mammoth initiative to digitise 1,400 handwritten klezmer records gains momentum. Yiddish Summer Weimar (YSW) 2021, in collaboration with the Klezmer Institute New York, takes place in Germany from 21 July to 21 August and showcases the new project to digitise hundreds of melodies and text notes from klezmer manuscripts. Much of the material had been stored in the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine, contained in notebooks created during expeditions through Eastern Europe before the outbreak of war in 1914. Those expeditions, which in hindsight proved far-sighted, sought to document and protect Jewish music and culture of the era by capturing sound recordings, transcriptions of performed instrumental and vocal melodies, and photographs. The digitisation is funded by crowdsourcing, but audio algorithms cannot recognise and interpret musical characters, so notation must be done by hand by experts in klezmer, Yiddish scholars and Russian speakers. So far, volunteers have engraved around 450 melodies, about a third of the entire corpus. Institute director Christina Crowder said the project “was developed on open-source principles”. An international community of around

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Yiddish summer festival salutes klezmer project

Daniel Kahn, left, and Christian Dawid at Marktplatz Weimar at last year’s event

200 volunteers have signed up to engrave, transcribe and translate the music and notes in the manuscripts. “This approach reflects the creative impulse behind the act of ethnographic collection, which we hope to channel into the concert hall,” she said. Historical sources as active ingredients in the creative process is a key focus of YSW 2021, held in locations around the city of Weimar, and festival workshops will explore ways to work with material from the past, including rediscovered melodies. “For 20 years YSW has pursued a

hands-on, project-based approach to learning and transmitting Yiddish and related musical cultures through cocreation that brings together scholars, performers, and audiences,” says YSW founder Dr Alan Bern. “Engaging with this largely oral culture means acquiring a range of skills that are not yet part of a standard western musical education.” Crowder added that klezmer was “more than just a musical style, it is an element of a larger fabric linking the Yiddish language, prayer, dance and vocal and instrumental repertoires”.

Actress helps Hungary synagogue revamp

Jamie Lee Curtis has been fundraising

A synagogue in eastern Hungary is to be refurbished thanks to Hollywood actress Jamie Lee Curtis after she helped to raise funds for the place where her grandparents worshipped. Most Jewish residents in the town of Mateszalka were killed during the Holocaust, and most who survived have long since left the area, so the synagogue is now empty, said Curtis, who hopes to turn it into an arts and community centre. Her actor father, Tony Curtis – who died in 2010 – was born Bernard Schwarz. He made several trips to Mateszalka, the birthplace of his parents. On Sunday, the film star flew into Hungary to attend the launch of a memorial museum and cafe in the town that is dedicated to her father and filled

with memorabilia from his career, ahead of its opening to the public on 26 June. She wrote on Instagram that the museum was “just down the street from the synagogue that my family worshipped in so long ago”, adding that the building, constructed in 1857, “stands as a living tribute to those who lived, and continue to live, there”. About 1,500 Jews from the town were taken to Auschwitz in 1944, after the Nazis occupied Hungary that March. In 1946, about 150 Jews returned, but many left after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Curtis said she was committed to helping raise funds to restore and transform the building into a community centre “for celebrations and art and music”.

New French translation of Mein Kampf A publisher in Paris has released a new French translation of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf with notes scholars say should “disarm” the invective of the original. Fayard published Putting Evil in Context: A Critical Edition of Mein Kampf, which includes historians’ notes and commentary of the Nazi

leader’s writing, much of it antisemitic. Hitler wrote the book in 1924-25 from prison after a failed coup. Hélène Miard-Delacroix, a professor of German history at the Sorbonne University in Paris, said the book was “the fruit of a decade of historical research”. Mein Kampf (‘My Struggle’

is semi-autobiographical and served as a manifesto for Nazi ideology, which ended in the Holocaust. Any attempt to republish it, in any language, is subjected to rigorous scrutiny. The book is available by special order only and Fayard said all proceeds would go to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation.

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A blogger who posted videos of himself calling for the murder of famous French Jews has been jailed for five years for terrorist promotion and death threats. Ahmed Moualek, 53, a former associate of the antisemitic comedian Dieudonné and fellow Holocaust denier Alain Soral, was convicted in Vichy.

The perceived global influence of Jews is waning, at least according to Swedes, in the latest poll of antisemitic attitudes in the country. Of more than 3,000 respondents, only 11 percent felt that ‘Jews have too much influence in the world today’, compared with 15 percent in 2015 and 17 percent in 2005.

A sports coach and seven other staff members at a college in Ohio have been suspended after forcing a student athlete who is a member of the Hebrew Israelite community to eat pork as a punishment for being late. The 17-year-old, who keeps a kosher diet, was made to eat a pepperoni pizza after arriving late for a weightlifting class.

KRAKOW CONDEMNS OFFENSIVE ‘CHARMS’ Authorities in the Polish city of Krakow have condemned the sale of “good luck charm” figurines of Orthodox Jews as antisemitic, telling vendors it was time to realise the products are offensive. The figurines and paintings have long been sold in Polish marketplaces and are meant to bestow good luck on the receiver. The male Jewish figures are often depicted holding a coin, so the luck element is supposedly financial. However, Robert Piaskowski, the city’s alderman for cultural affairs, was quoted last week by local media as saying the tradition had to end. “This figurine is antisemitic and it’s time for us to realise it,” he said. “In a city like Krakow, with such a difficult heritage and a painful past, it should not be sold.”

US Jews ask Biden to aid those fleeing persecution Several Jewish groups in the United States have asked President Joe Biden and senior Democrats in Congress to smooth the way to citizenship for undocumented migrants. In an open letter, initiated by liberal Jewish coalition Bend the Arc, American Jews urged Biden, VicePresident Kamala Harris, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to give “permanent protection” to those fleeing war or persecution in their home countries. “Permanent protection for individuals who live under the fear of detention and deportation, as well as the constant threat of exploitation, is not just

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Dancing Bibi has finally been bitten

Twelve years ago, when Benjamin Netanyahu took up residence in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, he knew he was there because the man he was replacing – Ehud Olmert – had just been caught up in a corruption scandal. This week, as he left the office he has occupied ever since, he contemplated a similar fate to that of his predecessor. Netanyahu’s trial on three serious corruption charges is already underway. Until now, only the foolhardy ever wrote him off. Until now. This week, he left in bitter rage, leaving enemies, enemies everywhere. His supreme skill has long been navigating the thicket of shifting Knesset alliances, having stoked the base fears of voters. His ouster symbolised his inability to any longer do so. It was often said that Yemen’s former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who unified then ruled the fractious tribal Gulf state for 22 years, did so by “dancing on the heads of snakes”. If the same could be said of Netanyahu, he has just been badly bitten. The bite followed the fall, both in power and grace. Netanyahu once protected Israel’s judiciary – early in his premiership, he crushed and criticised a draft law to let Israeli politicians veto the appointment of senior judges. “The independence of the Supreme Court is above everything,” he said. Yet in the end, that too was an enemy. We know democracies can only function in a system of checks and balances between the executive, the legislature and the judiciary. Knowing that, and knowing it well, protector turned attacker. In a Trumpian conspiracist turn, the head of Israel’s executive started calling its judiciary a “deep state”. He attacked prosecutors, investigators, even the attorney general. Judges had an agenda, he said, and cannot be trusted to be fair. The implication was that courts were corrupt – not him. In short, he sought to rupture Israel’s very democratic foundations just to hold on to power. It was unforgiveable. As had been his refusal to dampen the ‘traitor’ rhetoric that got Yitzhak Rabin killed all those years earlier. For the many good things that Netanyahu did for Israel, this newspaper is grateful. For playing Russian roulette with the state’s vital organs, we are pleased that he has gone. In the end, he put himself above Israel. You don’t do that. You also don’t count him out. He’s not just the longest-serving Israeli PM; he’s the only politician to have done two terms as leader of the opposition and he’s now about to begin a third. We haven’t heard the last of him. So, what next for the new government? It is unlikely that eight ideologically opposed parties will govern together for more than a few months. When it disintegrates, and it will, Israel would do well to choose another dancer-on-heads.

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Wrong about Ravenswood None of the reasons given for Norwood’s desire to close Ravenswood Village survives scrutiny (Jewish News, 10 June 2021). Ravenswood Village is a place of residence for relatively severely disabled people, who cannot live independent lives. Accordingly, the suggestion that the mode of care offered at Ravenswood Village is “outdated”, and contrary to “guidance and policy” is simply wrong. As for the suggestion local authorities won’t send people to the Village, the White Paper expressly told local authorities, firmly, that this would be wrong; and six local authorities, recently approached by the residents’ parents/

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DISGRACEFUL SCENES It is important for me to express to Jewish News readers the disgrace I felt at the article you ran featuring a girl at a Palestine rally proclaiming, ”British Jews stand with Palestinians facing violence and displacement” (Jewish News, 3 June 2021). I would submit she has little or no knowledge of the facts, relies on social

media, ignores the reality of Palestinians who sadly died as prisoners of Hamas and ignores the facts of Israelis who died at the hands of Hamas rockets. The one thing missing from this scene was a repeat of the Kaddish for Gaza from a few years ago. I wonder how her parents feel. Mervyn Smith, Cheam

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siblings, have all said they have no objection to it. Norwood seems to fear money spent on the village would be wasted if it is condemned by national policy, and will not be supported by local authorities. These fears are unjustified on a proper consideration of national policy and on enquiry made of local authorities. Ravenswood Village is a wonderful place, with a good, established reputation that can be promoted among authorities and the Jewish community, and that can continue to be a fine home for disabled Jewish and non-Jewish learning disabled people for years to come. Gerald Rable, NW11

Even if the Israelis, with all their knowledge and expert technological innovation, wanted to they could not have devised the electorial system they currently have. Just imagine, a population of nine million people

have in excess of 30 political parties to vote for. No wonder they have such a balagan at the end of each election, to choose a government. To me it is a great embarrassment. S Solomon, Hendon


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Help us back campaign I applaud your involvement with René Cassin to urge readers to support the campaign to put pressure on the Beijing Olympics over the treatment of the Uyghurs. However, readers need more guidance as to what they can do. We need names and addresses of people we can write to, and a sample letter of what we could write. I don’t think many people are prepared to write with pen and paper any more, but

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there may be some other over 80-yearolds such as myself who would be prepared to do so, and who think that such letters have more impact than an email. Regular letters from a large number of people, paper or email, to the Chinese Embassy might also be effective, rather than a one-off campaign. Once again, sample letters are useful as well as reminders from your newspaper. Lynn Levy Davis, By email

WRONG STONE WILFULLY BLIND There are two Robert Stones in Stanmore. Last week you published a letter from the other one (“Arabs don’t want two states”). I’ve received a lot of feedback from friends and acquaintances who assume I wrote that letter. While this is a tribute to the large number of people who read your letters page, it is also highly embarrassing to me because I do not share the other Mr Stone’s views on what he calls “Palestinian Arabs”. I still believe a two-state solution is possible. Perhaps in the interest of balance you could publish this disclaimer letter. Dr Robert Stone, Stanmore

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Across London security is, sadly, absolutely vital ALEX BRUMMER

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here is a view among north-west London Jewry that anyone living in what the late writer Philip Roth might have called goyishe south of the river is missing out on community life. Admittedly, it is hard to find a good bagel and the schlep around the North Circular for kosher supplies is not ideal. But there are great compensations in the shape of the green spaces of Richmond Park, nearly four times the size of Hampstead Heath, neighbouring Wimbledon and Putney Commons and walking distance to the Thames. The concentration of Jewish life in north London provides a community comfort blanket but also plays into the hands of our enemies. A family, recently arriving from Israel, decided to send children to a Jewish school in north London and was shocked by the security required to keep students and teachers safe. It was hard to process the idea that in a city

as diverse, established and multicultural as London, the threat of antisemitism and terrorism requires such heavy defences. An outsider picking up a copy of Jewish News could not but think British Jews are a community under siege. The appropriation of symbols of the Holocaust during recent pro-Palestinian demonstrations is among the most deeply disturbing developments. Even more shocking was the grotesque convoy of vehicles that snaked from St John’s Wood up Finchley Road, screaming hatred towards Jews. They were enough to turn even the calmest of stomachs. In the midst of their own much worse horrors on the streets of Lod, the Israeli non-governmental organisation with which I work felt it necessary to send a message of support.

Perhaps even more disturbing is the invidious invasion of civil society by proPalestinian forces who turn unthinking fire on British Jews who have no responsibility for what is happening in Israel and, on occasions, are as disturbed by events as their non-Jewish counterparts. It is unadulterated racism. Such attitudes have become hardwired in some municipal authorities, the trade unions and sections of the Labour Party in spite of efforts by Sir Keir Starmer to purge antisemitism. Recent events tarnish Britain’s reputation for tolerance. It is never possible to relax our guard. Locally in Richmond, for all our efforts to build bridges with the local communities, there is a strong pro-Palestinian sentiment. I have never forgotten that during operation Protec-

THERE’S AN INSIDIOUS EFFORT TO UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMACY OF SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL

tive Edge in 2014, the Orange Tree theatre provocatively held a pro-Palestinian event on a Saturday. The middle-class burghers rose in their tweed jackets to condemn Israeli violence as if there was one party to the conflict. Recently, there was a minor incident involving synagogue security. On the advice of the Community Security Trust and with support from a neighbouring housing association, a rear gate was erected from the synagogue to allow an emergency exit in the case of fire or a terrorist incident. When the shul returned after the lockdown, the gate had been locked and blocked by a resident who declared he didn’t want to do anything to help “you people”. A minor infraction I know. But the inflammatory seed of antisemitism planted by Labour’s left and trade unions and inflamed by media reporting from the Middle East means that no neighbourhood, however pastoral and prosperous, can escape. There is an insidious effort to undermine the legitimacy of Jewish support for Israel. The ring of steel around Jewish schools is not for show; it is an absolute necessity.

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JFS pupils have spoken – I cry for all the others YEHUDIS FLETCHER FOUNDER, NAHAMU

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hree children at JFS have lost their lives to suicide in the past few years. On Facebook, the family of one of the children issued a public plea for JFS to recognise the bullying she experienced. Using the website Everyone's Invited, survivors of sexual assault shared testimonies of a normalised culture of harassment and violence in JFS’ hallways and lunch queues. The repercussions were swift. Ofsted arrived, children spoke up and the adults listened. The head resigned. Students organised themselves to demand that the school prioritise their mental health – their petition collected more than 2,500 signatures. I cry for the children whose torment is not spoken. I cry for the statistics we will never have, because the data is inaccessible, because no one will talk. I cry for the Jewish community

that discounts an entire section as too hard to reach and somehow less deserving of quality safeguarding. I cry because you presume us to be immune to all the ills from which accountability would protect us, or worse, you don’t care that we are unprotected. For this, I cry. Lucky, lucky JFS. I know that the JFS parent body will not have been shy in voicing any concerns they had to Ofsted. Your children will be heard. Your children have the privilege of being able to speak freely. You hear the power in their voices. For all your sins, for all the toxicity, for all the deep-seated cultural issues that created the mess you are now dealing with, you listen, and you understand what you need to do to change. You may have lost your way, but you will find it again, because you benefit from leadership that has reacted constructively, instead of defensively. Charedi children are not so lucky. Who even hears what they have to say? In 2018, when Yesodey Hatorah was downgraded to inadequate for safeguarding, poor governance and a curriculum that did not meet national standards, commentators turned the story into a debate about religious ethos, as

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if ethos is a 'get out of jail free' card allowing religious conservatives to do what they want, regardless of how that might impact women and girls, LGBTQ+ people and people of colour. The likes of Melanie Phillips and Giles Fraser seemed to wave away any concerns. I cry because it appears neither Phillips or Fraser really stopped to think about the risks faced by girls where they are coached to lie and silenced when they try to tell the truth. No one cares that our girls have no voice. I was keen to understand the perspective of the students so I spoke to some Yesodey Hatorah girls about their experience of the Ofsted inspection that

led to all the publicity. They told me they were warned not to raise any concerns with the inspectors, and to only speak positively about the school, because Ofsted was waging a war against their Judaism. Another girl claimed she suffered from serious mental health issues at Yesodey Hatorah, and although her friend asked the headteacher for help, none was reportedly given. I haven’t singled out Yesodey Hatorah because I believe it is unique in its practices, or the worst example there is of this kind of education, but because what happened there is on the public record. Unlike many Charedi schools, it is a state school where Ofsted and the Department for Education have much more capacity to hold leadership accountable. Even there, they are thwarted at every turn, denigrated and positioned as an enemy of God. Fraser, in his attempt to defend them, said he heard teachers referring to Ofsted as the Gestapo. No one is worried about being held accountable by anyone they respect, so no one is held accountable at all.

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The pandemic we ignore – nan’s secret 15-a-day habit SAM BRANDMAN CEO, TWO GENERATIONS

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e’ve just marked Loneliness Awareness Week. Loneliness can kill. Being chronically lonely has the same effect on someone’s health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. You might think that as a naturally communal group, Jews would be different. You’d be wrong: Jews are in fact more likely to live alone than the general population; indeed, almost half of Jews over 75 live alone. Of course, not everyone who lives alone is lonely. However, while loneliness can be framed as an opportunity to discover new friends, conversations and experiences, a recent survey of people over 65 suggested that 74 percent of people don’t tell people they are feeling lonely, even if they have someone they can count on; perhaps because many are yet to let go of an outdated associated stigma. Some loneliness, of course, is temporary and

a short experience as part of the human condition; but loneliness can be more extended and challenging. Seventeen percent of older people have less than weekly contact with family, friends and neighbours. Covid and cuts to social services have made this worse. Judaism has a long history wrestling with the issue of how to support the lonely to flourish. From Genesis’ “it is not good for humanity to be alone” to the Talmud’s “a captive cannot release himself from prison”, there are many stories of individuals who have experienced loneliness and found ways to transcend or improve that experience. You probably know someone lonely, but in the back of your head you know you’re busy and have only so much time to give. However, we cannot stand by as a community or just hope our communal institutions will plug the gap on our behalf. Do one small thing after reading this; get someone you know who might be lonely to contact their social prescriber via their GP. Social prescribers work alongside GPs to help people find non-medical solutions to a

Struggling to cope is more normal than you think. Uncertainty and isolation can cause any of us to experience feelings of distress or anxiety. Whatever you are going through, you don’t have to face it alone.

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another member of the family. Having her has been amazing; this has allowed me to sleep so much better because someone is here; it’s a great sense of security. This has also allowed me to stay in my home, which has made me so incredibly happy. This has been a success, far more than I ever expected,” she explains. The theme of Loneliness Awareness Week was acceptance; the idea that it is an experience, not a condition; and that there are solutions. Making that one call will help someone you know live, independently, for longer. Five minutes of your time could make years of difference to someone else. Please don’t ignore the pandemic that doesn’t affect you personally.

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The Kisharon Noé School recently held an art exhibition inspired by ex-pupil Etty, who displayed her artwork in the school before she moved to Manchester. Staff were so impressed with Etty’s art that it inspired them to give canvasses to pupils and work together to create an art exhibition. The class, led by Helen Gillan together with practising artist Batsheva Cutler, worked on largescale canvases.

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Children at Woodside Gan nursery made traffic lights and played ‘crossing the road’ in the nursery garden for Child Safety week. Children were also taken to look at the pedestrian crossing and traffic lights to learn what each colour meant and the importance of holding an adult’s hand when crossing the road. Headteacher Natalie Meyer said: “It’s so meaningful when we can take what we learn in the classroom and experience it in real life.”

3SCOUT ORIENTEERING The 20th Finchley Jewish Scout Group took advantage of eased restrictions, which allow youth groups to meet socially distanced, to arrange an orienteering activity in Golders Hill Park. Each section of the Scout group had its own time slots and members were given maps to find 12 points using just their orienteering skills.

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Families and friends of the Bushey Synagogue nursery attended an outdoor Fun Day, hosted by the PTA. The children enjoyed an afternoon of games and interactive entertainment from ‘Captain Calamity’. The PTA also organised a raffle, with prizes donated by local businesses, such as Flax’s Foods, K&B’s Nails, F.Y.G. and Club Excel. More than £400 was raised for the nursery.

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100-SECOND INTERVIEW Celebrating our community’s centenarians...

Henry Lewis is 101 years old and lives at Jewish Care’s Wolfson Assisted Living at Sandringham in Hertfordshire. Tell us about your family… I was born in Hackney and I grew up in a family of eight children. We moved to south London when I was four. I married my wonderful wife Doris in 1945 and we lived in the West End before moving to Mill Hill and having our daughter Vicky. I also have a granddaughter, Abigail.

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What was your profession? I am a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and of the Incorporated Society of Valuers and Auctioneers. I’ve been very happy to be successful in my profession and I’ve also really enjoyed being able to do my magic shows around the world as my hobby. When I was eight, I found a magic book in a pile of rubbish and it got me interested in magic. I gave my first public show at the local town hall. I’ve performed all over the world: Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Israel and the USA in large public theatres. I was the president of the Inner Magic Circle and a member of the Society of American Magicians and a gold medallist performer. I recently entertained my fellow residents at Jewish Care’s

Sandringham. What’s your happiest memory? My happy marriage. What’s your greatest achievement? To be successful in my profession. I acted for the Department of Trade and was an expert witness at the Royal Courts of Justice. If you could live your life again would you do it differently? Truthfully, no. I’ve been very happy with my life so why should I change anything? My whole life has been good. What’s your advice to young people? Live decently and be happy within your own family. Are older people given the respect they deserve today? If you have respect for other people, they will respect you. What’s your secret to a long life? I often can’t believe my age, but I try to do as much as I can and stay as independent as I can. My advice would be: Be satisfied with what you’ve got. I’ve been lucky to have a life of more than a 100 years, what more could I want?


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Finding Abraham, a Jewish News-initiated film, follows first-time visitors to Israel from UAE, Bahrain, Morocco and Egypt on a journey of a lifetime, writes Justin Cohen

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t was lights, camera and action this week as production got underway on a Jewish News-initiated film exploring the peace deals between Israel and several Arab states. Finding Abraham follows a group of young first-time visitors to Israel from United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco as they traverse the country over six days – exploring well-trodden and less well-trodden paths alongside Israeli counterparts. An early version of the film will be released for the first anniversary of the signing of the Abraham Accords in September, with the full production playing at international film festivals later in the year. As well as exploring commonalities, the film will delve into the durability of the recent Abraham Accords and how these young leaders can live its vision and spread peace beyond the countries who have already signed up. The intense experience is sure to “stress test” the treaties as the group in their 20s and 30s travel, eat, learn, party and sing together for 16 hours a day, according to multi-awardwinning director Malcolm Green.


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of the action! The production is working with nongovernmental organisation Israel-is and will include visits to Yad Vashem and the holy sites of Jerusalem at a time when tensions are still high. They will also join a yeshiva, meet Ethiopian Jewish immigrants, take part in a football tournament for Arab and Jewish children, see how the two communities are combining in scientific research at a programme backed by British philanthropist David Dangoor and don the uniform of Magen David Adom for a shift on an ambulance. The group, which includes two Egyptians, will explore environmental protection and climate change, together with a groundbreaking charity seeking to solve key global challenges through regional collaboration. “There are so many positive examples of coexistence that are making a huge difference on the ground and we hope to shine a global spotlight on these. But this won’t be an exercise in high fives and phoney handshakes,” says Jewish News’ Justin Cohen, who is also the film’s executive producer. “Our group won’t be able to escape tough questions that haven’t miraculously disappeared overnight because of the Accords. “We originally conceived this project late last year, but filming hasn’t been possible until now because of Covid and the conflict between Israel and Hamas. That conflict and sectarian violence erupting on Israel’s streets just a few weeks ago make this all the more timely. “It’s a poignant coincidence that the group

also arrives on the exact day an Arab party is set to become part of Israel’s government for the first time. There’ll be no shortage of talking points!” Israel-is founder Eyal Biram explains: “Since the announcement of the Abraham Accords, we have been working to create a bridge among the youth. We believe the best way to strengthen Israel’s image worldwide is through people-to-people connections. “This visit from Arabs in the region to Israel is creating a massive effect, on both the Israeli and Arabs participants. We now want to expand this movement and hope this movie will bring the realities of normalisation to a global audience.” Writer and director Green says: “Having filmed in both Israel and the UAE prior to the Accords, I was fascinated to explore the reality and the truth behind the photoopps and the hashtags. When Jewish News mentioned a loose idea of collaborating on a new documentary, I was intrigued and interested. “The intention is to create something contemporary, creative and unconventional. Something that challenges the genre as well as the concept of modern peace. In Finding Abraham, I hope we’ll find optimism, inspiration and evidence to feel positive about the future, as well as a stepping stone towards a wider peace throughout the region.’ As a recipient of multiple international awards, Green is hopeful that Finding Abraham will find global success as an important historical documentary.

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Six Jewish refugees tell their stories through animated short films and illustrated essays as part of an online project to mark World Refugee Day on Sunday. Created by Juliet Simmons, a creative consultant and member of Reboot, a UK-based art and culture nonprofit, and co-produced with Noam Dromi, the exhibition highlights the objects the refugees took with them as they embarked on a new life. For seven-year-old John Hadju, it was his beloved teddy bear that accompanied him as he was forced out of his home and into the Budapest Ghetto and, in the years after the Second World War, through the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, his escape to Austria and finally his arrival in London. Meanwhile for eight-year-old Hedi Argent, who was bullied at school, her doll Susi became her best friend. But when Susi was too large to

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BOOM TIME FOR CUSTOMER-CENTRIC BRANDS Since the internet the balance of power has shifted from the brand to the customer, who now consider wider factors when choosing where to spend their money, retail expert Martin Newman tells Candice Krieger

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what retail will look like this time etail has undergone next year. the most seismic of changes in recent years, Has the past most notably year accelerated the the shift in power shift from the balance of power from brand to customer, brand to customer, driven by demonstrating that the internet and increased customer-centricity proliferation of choice. is key? Consumer champion and retail expert Martin Newman is a strong Martin Newman believer that brands and retailers must Yes. Pre-internet, it used to be truly customer-centric to be commerbe all about location, location, location. The cially successful. In his new book, The Power consumer had limited choice, meaning the of Customer Experience, Newman, who has brand/retailer was in control. However, the worked with major brands including Harrods, internet changed everything as it democraBurberry and Ted Baker, has come up with tised retail and created the proliferation of a framework that any business can leverage choice that consumers have today. And during to transform to do just that. He tells Candice the pandemic, with non-essential retail stores Krieger what it means to be truly customerclosed, this can be evidenced by the seismic centric, why no brand is too big to fail, and growth in online sales as well as the birth of

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new online-only businesses. Retailers that successfully pivoted and leveraged their stores as fulfilment centres for click & collect/ kerbside pick-up have managed to maintain market share and proven that convenience is key. Before 1994 and the birth of ecommerce, many retailers could get away with not being truly customer-centric. These days, there is nowhere to hide. You have to sell products customers want to buy. But you also have to empower them to engage with you as and when they see fit. If you don’t, someone else will.

Q. What is the value of customercentricity for businesses?

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Many consumer-facing businesses are still stuck in the pre-internet days in that they haven’t truly understood what it is that drives different types of customer to come back to them time and again. You must always be thinking about ‘how can I maximise the lifetime value of a customer to my business?’ and ‘What is it that I need to do to convince them to continue buying from us for the foreseeable future?’ Too many businesses only invest in the ‘top of the funnel’, ie; bringing new customers in rather than retaining existing ones.

Q. How can brands be truly customer-centric?

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You need to do the following: Look after your own people first and they’ll look after your customers. You need to understand who your customers are and how best to leverage technology, your channels and services to empower your customers. The better you understand your customers, the better chance you have of ensuring you have the right mix of products and services they seek. Your response to sustainability, social responsibility and purpose are also hugely important. And consumers can see through brands that attempt to greenwash or purpose wash, aka, make out they are when they’re not.

Q. Which brands have got it right? A.

● Patagonia ● AO.com ● Hotel Chocolat ● Home Depot (North America) ● Tesla ● JD Sports

Q. Were you surprised by some of

the casualties of the past year, such as Debenhams and Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia?

Martin Newman’s new book

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Not really. In most cases, these businesses were dying a death from a thousand cuts over a prolonged period of time. They all had their own unique issues; however, there were also some common challenges. They were too slow to rationalise their store portfolios. Too many retailers over-expanded their footprint as more and more consumers were buying online. Often, there has been an underinvestment in digital and therefore the online opportunity wasn’t maximised. They came under huge pressure from innovators, internet pureplays and other faster moving multichannel brands that had far shorter/quicker supply chains, being able to constantly keep their range and offer fresh and relevant. No brand is ever too big to fail. Most people forget that Apple nearly went out of business in the 1990s. Do you remember Blockbuster…?

Q. How can retailers that are struggling turn things around?

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● Get closer to your customers and, in particular, lapsed customers. Where you can, call them up. Why don’t they buy from you any more? You’ll learn quite quickly where you’ve gone wrong. ● Make sure you’ve got a range of products people want to buy. ● Make sure you have the channels and touchpoints your customers are looking to engage and buy through. Don’t forget that might now include Amazon as well as social commerce opportunities on Instagram or Facebook. ● Make sure you create a culture in your own business of being ‘customer-obsessed’.


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● And if you want your staff to do the best they can for you and for your customers, create an environment in which they can thrive.

Q. What do retailers need to do to thrive in the post-pandemic world?

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Sustainability, social responsibility, diversity and inclusion are hugely important to consumers. Increasingly, they’ll vote with their feet, or their mouse, if a brand is not displaying the values and behaviour they expect.

Q. How do you see the rest of the

year and beyond playing out for retail?

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Revenge consumption will be the driver for many. But not for the sake of it. Categories that relate to going out and going to events will do well. So, for example, formal wear and high fashion. Also holiday-related categories. Albeit the majority of consumers will staycation in 2021 and vacation (abroad) in 2022 when all the restrictions are gone. However, I do believe consumers in general will buy less ‘stuff ’ moving forward and that, in the near-term, retailers will also need to sell ‘preloved’ and ‘upcycled’ products and have the option to rent instead of buy. This will fulfil the requirement to consume more consciously and help the environment and minimise carbon footprint.

Q. What will retail look like this time next year?

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Buoyant. There will be a rise in independent retail. And there is still a place for good national retail chains with a smaller portfolio of stores and a really good online experience.

ABOUT MARTIN NEWMAN Martin Newman has more than 35 years’ experience in marketing, digital, CEO and chairman roles working with major brands including Harrods, Burberry, Pentland Brands and Intersport. He is the founder of The Customer First Group and chairman and board advisor to a host of well-known brands. A renowned thought leader, he has been named by Retail Week as one of the 50 most powerful people in online retail for 5 consecutive years. He is the author of 100 Practical Ways to Improve Customer Experience and The Power of Customer Experience (Kogan Page). JD Sports is one of the brands Martin feels has proved to be customer-centric

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BY RABBANIT BATYA FRIEDMAN “Miriam died there and . . . there was no water for the assembly, and they assembled against Moshe and Aharon”. (Numbers 20:1-2) Rashi explains that it was in Miriam’s merit that the Israelites had water throughout their sojourn in the desert. When she died, the water disappeared. Kli Yakar (Rabbi Shlomo Ephraim Luntschitz) however maintains this happened because they failed to mourn Miriam. They weren’t the only ones who didn’t mourn. Rabbi Sacks defends Moshe’s outburst when he hit the rock, suggesting Moshe was in pain over the loss of his sister. As a result of his communal responsibilities, he too hadn’t taken the time to mourn her properly. He overreacted, hit the rock and was denied entry into Canaan. We can understand Moshe’s suffering, but why did the Israelites need to mourn Miriam? Miriam was not only their water conduit but their ray of hope. She

was the one who convinced her parents to have another child. When Moshe was born, she watched over him as he drifted down the Nile. She told the Hebrew women to bring along their tambourines, anticipating the dance across the Red Sea. Miriam represented hope in time of despair. With her passing, perhaps the Israelites unknowingly lost more than they could imagine, but didn’t take the time to grieve her. When Aharon and Moshe die, the Torah tells us that the people mourned – they realised they needed the mourning period (shiva) to address their conflicted emotions. This is why we have the shiva period, to provide us with the time to reflect, so we can work through, process and resolve the emotional and spiritual issues of loss and despair during this difficult time.

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BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL Colin Pitchfork, convicted of the rape and murder of two teenage girls, will soon be released from prison on the grounds that he is no longer a danger to the public. What does the Torah say about this? In Jewish law, there is no doubt about the murderer with intent; capital punishment is advocated, and only in the absence of every element required of testimony as evidence will another sentence be imposed. This is in contradistinction to the Arab tribal laws of the Hejaz, wherein the court system consults the family who may forgive the murderer of their relative. Since in the Torah each human individual is created in the image of God, murder is seen to be an assault on the design of the Creator and cannot be forgiven by a family member. Jewish courts have an obliga-

Murderer Colin Pitchfork

tion to impose capital punishment when they can, as some did even in medieval Spain. If that obligation is satisfied owing to a flaw in testimony, they then have discretion as to what punishments they can impose. What is unclear is whether the mental health of an individual serves as a basis to release an

otherwise dangerous person back into the community. Essentially this is a question that can only be answered by highly-qualified medical experts. Was it purely the psychotic condition influencing him that caused him or brought him to murder, or was it another state of mind? Additionally, and separately, Mr Pitchfork may be comparable to the Biblical example of an ox that has gored twice, judged to be a danger to the public after having fatally attacked a human being. In Judaism, a public outcry against the carrying out of a sentence carries weight. Public opinion alone may not strike out Colin Pitchfork’s release, but it would have some influence if based on not taking any chances with public safety. Rabbi Ariel Abel of Liverpool

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The Bible Says What? ‘Giants and fallen angels are real’

We owe it to our ancestors to help refugees

BY RABBI SYLVIA ROTHSCHILD Early in the book of Genesis, God sees that the earth has become corrupted and violent and tells Noah it must be destroyed: only Noah and his family will survive the flood that is to come. It is a strange and frightening story. The verses preceding it may be less well known, but are infinitely more mysterious and bizarre. “The Nephilim were in the earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them; the same were the mighty men that were of old, the men of renown”. Who were these “Nephilim”? They appear three times in the Bible: When the spies report back to Moses, they say: “And there we saw the Nephilim, the sons of Anak, who come of the Nephilim; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight” and also in Ezekiel: “They lie with

the warriors, the Nephilim of old, who descended to Sheol with their weapons of war.” Nephilim is translated by some as “fallen” or “causing others to fall”; it is also understood in context to mean “giants” and “warriors”. They appear to be ancient, maybe even semi-divine figures, mythic and terrifying. Are they in some way connected with the flood God is about to bring to cleanse the earth? How is it they clearly survive it? Are they angelic? Heroic? Sinful? A remnant of a previous creation? The questions pile up and tantalise us. The Bible is never a book of answers. Instead, its texts contain allusions encouraging us to understand we live in a complex world we cannot fully comprehend, that time and space are fluid and mystery is normal and expected.

Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild has been a community rabbi in south London for 30 years

BY RABBI DR MARGARET JACOBI Eighty years ago my father, Rabbi Harry Jacobi (pictured), arrived in this country aboard the SS Bodegraven from Holland. The boat had been commissioned by Gertrude Wijsmuller to bring him and other children from the Amsterdam Orphanage to safety. However, it was not a safe journey and the boat was torpedoed on the way. Finally, they reached British waters, but it took several days for them to be given permission to land. As we mark Refugee Week, I am even more conscious of my father’s legacy, and the legacy of so many of our parents and grandparents. History repeats itself, as can be seen in a short film, available on Vimeo, that my father made before his death called The Story of Harry and Ahmed, which also gives the account of a young Syrian refugee. Thousands of desperate people continue to go to sea in inadequate vessels in order to flee persecution –

and many of them drown. Their plight was highlighted recently when the body of 15-monthold Artin Iran Nezhad, who was found in Norway. The flimsy boat carrying him and his family capsized off Dunkirk and his family, including children aged six and nine, and all drowned. The government is proposing to deny refugee status to asylum seekers who do not come by recognised routes. But it is in the very nature of seeking asylum that it is often done by clandestine and dangerous routes. The only real way to stop people taking desperate measures to reach

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safety is to find some way of keeping them safe in their home countries. That, of course, is a long-term goal. In the meantime, we must have the humanity to recognise our responsibility to help other human beings whose lives are in danger. Sending back boats or similar measures will only increase the dangers and result in more tragic loss of life. My father said: “If we can save even one life, we should do so”, echoing the Mishnah, which teaches, “Whoever saves a single human soul is as if they save an entire world.” We owe it to our own parents and grandparents and our long history of having to flee persecution to help the present generation of refugees, to ensure that they are treated humanely and with compassion and to make sure that children such as Artin no longer lose their lives in their search for freedom. Rabbi Dr Margaret Jacobi serves Birmingham

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IAN GREEN Qualifications: • Launched Man on a Bike IT consultancy 15 years ago to provide computer support for the home and small businesses. • Clients range from legal firms in the City to families, small business owners and synagogues. • More than 18 years’ experience.

LISA WIMBORNE Qualifications: Able to draw on the charity’s 50 years of experience in enabling people with physical disabilities or impaired vision to live independently, including: • The provision of specialist accommodation with 24/7 on site support. • Knowledge of the innovations that empower people and the benefits available. • Understanding of the impact of a disability diagnosis.

CURRENCIES DIRECT 07922 131 152 / 020 7847 9447 www.currenciesdirect.com/jn naomifeltham93@hotmail.com

MAN ON A BIKE 020 8731 6171 www.manonabike.co.uk mail@manonabike.co.uk

JEWISH BLIND & DISABLED 020 8371 6611 www.jbd.org Lisa@jbd.org

ISRAELI ACCOUNTANT

INSURANCE CONSULTANCY

LEON HARRIS Qualifications: • Leon is an Israeli and UK accountant based in Ramat Gan, Israel. • He is a Partner at Harris Horoviz Consulting & Tax Ltd. • The firm specializes in Israeli and international tax advice, accounting and tax reporting for investors, Olim and businesses. • Leon’s motto is: Our numbers speak your language!

ASHLEY PRAGER Qualifications: • Professional insurance and reinsurance broker. Offering PI/D&O cover, marine and aviation, property owners, ATE insurance, home and contents, fine art, HNW. • Specialist in insurance and reinsurance disputes, utilising Insurance backed products. (Including non insurance business disputes). • Ensuring clients do not pay more than required.

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ALIYAH ADVISER

If you would like to advertise your services here email: sales@ jewishnews.co.uk

CAREER ADVISER

DOV NEWMARK Qualifications: • Director of UK Aliyah for Nefesh B’Nefesh, an organisation that helps facilitate aliyah from the UK. • Conducts monthly seminars and personal aliyah meetings in London. • An expert in working together with clients to help plan a successful aliyah.

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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DIVORCE & FAMILY SOLICITOR

DIRECTOR OF HOMECARE AND OPERATIONS

VANESSA LLOYD PLATT Qualifications: • Qualification: 40 years experience as a matrimonial and divorce solicitor and mediator, specialising in all aspects of family matrimonial law, including: • Divorce, pre/post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, domestic violence, children’s cases, grandparents’ rights to see grandchildren, pet disputes, family disputes. • Frequent broadcaster on national and International radio and television.

MATT MILLS Qualifications: • Started his career as a support worker, including residential and dementia care, as well as supported living for adults with learning disabilities, mental health needs and autism. • Completed a range of care qualifications, achieving a Level 5 Diploma in leadership and management in Health and Social Care. • He is passionate about supporting people to live independently within the community, and being involved in their lives in a positive way.

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Stirling BUSINESS SERVICES DIRECTORY Antique – Reproduction – Retro Furniture Top prices paid (any condition)

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