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Summer loving! Month of mazeltovs ahead as number of Jewish weddings soars 160 percent by Sandy Rashty @SandyRashty

The Jewish community is gearing up for a summer of love as the number of weddings is set to soar by more than 160 percent compared to the same period last year. Patient couples who delayed their simchas as a result of the pandemic hope the government’s plan to lift restrictions on 19 July – so-called Freedom Day – will mean they can host large celebrations with more guests. Figures obtained this week by Jewish News show the number of summer weddings – conducted under the auspices of the Office of the Chief Rabbi (OCR) and the S&P Sephardi Community – will increase by a significant 162 percent from just 42 weddings last summer to more than 110 over the same period this year. At least 97 weddings will be held under the auspices of the OCR this summer, a 169 percent increase on just 36 weddings last summer when guests were limited to 30 people. In the summer of 2019, before the Covid-19 outbreak, there were 67 summer weddings. The OCR summer period covers the Jewish calendar dates from the 9 Av until Rosh Hashanah (19 July to 5 September this year). Meanwhile, there 100

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has been a 117 percent increase in the number of couples getting married under the S&P Sephardi community, from just six weddings – over July and August last summer – to 13 weddings planned so far over the same period this year. The figures do not include marriages taking place under progressive movements, which were also contacted for comment. Simcha suppliers this week welcomed the news, after many weddings were cancelled as a result of restrictions over the pandemic. While the slow easing of restrictions meant that by 21 June, 30 guests were allowed to attend celebrations, there were still limits, including preventing indoor dancing. Freedom Day is set to take place after the fast day of Tisha B’av, which falls during a three-week period from 27 June to 18 July when weddings are not allowed under Jewish law. Just before this period began, weddings took place across the community – with some suppliers such as florist Miri Moses seeing a surge in celebrations. Moses, who is based in Golders Green and Stamford Hill, said: “The fact people could not get married over Tisha B’av meant a lot of people had their weddings last week. I was inundated with work. I took most bookings thinking they would be small weddings of 30 guests, but when the prime minister said there could be large weddings again, I got such a shock. I worked day and night to make it happen.”

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DON’T MENTION THE SCORE! NEXT BIG MATCH IS ON SHABBAT NIGHT by Francine Wolfisz francine@jewishnews.co.uk @FWolfisz

As 55 years of hurt were wiped away with England’s 2-0 victory over Germany on Tuesday night, more observant Jewish fans of Euro 2020 were left with a sinking realisation: the quarter-final against Ukraine takes place during Shabbat! It means those who observe the day of rest will not be able to watch the match until 10.25pm – more than two hours after kick-off. Some communal members now face an extra 120-minutes of shpilkes, but Rabbi Barry Lerer of Central Synagogue remains remarkably unperturbed. He said: “I’ve been doing these lock-ins for 30 years. My first one was the 1990 World Cup. A group of 10 of us went to early mincha and then we all came back to my home for the rest of the afternoon and prayed together in the evening.” Continued on page 9 Sterling scores against Germany


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News / Trade hopes / Secret talks / Iran pledge Progressive shuls back Islamic centre

Progressive synagogues in Barnet have urged councillors to support the planning application for an Islamic centre in Golders Green. In a letter to officials ahead of the council planning committee’s crunch meeting on 19 July, two synagogues offered their backing to “brothers and sisters from Barnet’s Shia Muslim community”. The letter was signed by Finchley Progressive, Finchley Reform and Noam Masorti Youth.

Schumer adds his voice to help family

One of the US government’s most senior figures has joined the fight to keep British doctors from taking a two-year-old Jewish girl off life support. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote to the UK ambassador asking her government to prevent medical authorities from making any irreversible moves concerning Alta Fixsler, who has been on life support since birth. Her family wants to move with Alta to Israel.

Truss in Israel for free trade talks by Lee Harpin lee@jewishnews.co.uk @lmharpin

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has hailed as “fantastic” a meeting with Israeli minister Orna Barbivai ahead of an expected advanced free trade agreement between the two countries. The secretary of state travelled to Israel this week for talks aimed at deepening trade ties with the UK, particularly in the tech, digital and data sectors. She said: “It was fantastic to meet Trade and Economy Minister Orna Barbivay. “As two democratic free trading nations, both with thriving technology industries, I’m looking forward to deepening the historic ties between the UK and Israel. “Together, we will work to remove barriers to trade between our countries and work towards an advance free trade agreement that supports jobs and drives growth.” Truss had previously expressed

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NO NUCLEAR IRAN ON MY WATCH – BIDEN Joe Biden used Reuven Rivlin’s farewell tour to reassure Israelis anxious about his plans to reenter the Iran nuclear deal that he would never tolerate Tehran acquiring nuclear weapons. In brief remarks at the White House before their meeting on Monday evening, the US president told his Israeli counterpart, who leaves office next month, that Iran “will never get a nuclear weapon on my watch”. He also noted that he had ordered airstrikes on Sunday against an Iranian-backed militia operating near the Iraqi-Syrian border. Rivlin described the US as “our best friends and the bonds between the people of Israel and the people of America have always been based on the understanding that we share values of democracy and liberalism”. He added: “Because of that, we may from time to time hold discussions on issues on which we do not agree.” Biden’s administration is working to revive the 2015 nuclear deal signed during Barack Obama’s presidency. The arrangement reduced sanctions against Iran in exchange for greater international monitoring of its nuclear activities, which the government in Tehran has always claimed is civilian. Donald Trump withdrew from the arrangement in 2018.

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Top aide to Pakistan PM ‘held secret talks’ in Israel have been passed to Israel from A senior adviser to Pakistani Khan himself. The two counPrime Minister Imran Khan tries are expected to take part in held a secret meeting in Israel a naval exercise in the Black Sea, with several officials as well as along with Egypt, UAE, Tunisia, the head of Mossad, writes Lee Morocco and Turkey, with the Harpin. US navy also involved. Last November, Sayed Pakistan has not yet Zulfikar Bukhari flew to Israel, recognised Israel as an official where he met senior officials country. along with then Chief of Mossad, After reports of the meeting Yossi Cohen, it can be revealed. emerged, the senior Pakistani A source close to Bukhari conofficial made a public claim in firmed to Jewish News that a Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan a tweet that he “didn’t go to “productive” meeting between the pair went ahead. It is understood pressure Israel”. Bukhari said: “Funny bit is Pakistani was put on Pakistan by the United Arab Emir- paper says I went to Israel based on ‘Israeli news ates (UAE) and reports in Israel on Monday sug- source’ and Israeli paper says I went to Israel gested Bukhari had used a British passport to fly based on a ‘Pakistani source’ – wonder who this imaginative Pakistani source is. Apparently, I’m from London to Tel Aviv. At the meeting, a message was believed to the only one who was kept out of the loop.”

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Kosher caterer Ben Tenenblat, launched a food truck and provided takeaways over the pandemic. Tenenblat catered five weddings last week, including one for 280 guests. He said: “We are so happy being back doing what we do best.” Jeremy Horowitz, of showband Muzika, said: “It is great to be back and have events.”

Videographer Paul Richman, who filmed two Jewish weddings last week, including a 175-guest wedding at The Dorchester on Park Lane, said: “It felt incredible to be back after the awful last 15 months we have had as an industry. It is pretty non-stop until late in the year.” Toastmaster Jamie Paskin said: “I’ve missed the excitement, the adrenaline, how

powerful it is when the families come together and seeing the joy on people’s faces. “People are desperate to dance, party, to be with their loved ones and celebrate special times together.” Speaking in the Commons this week, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “We see no reason to go beyond 19 July because no date we choose comes with zero risk for Covid.”


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Lockdown protest / Covid report / News

Anti-vaxx yellow stars out in force People at a London protest against lockdowns were seen wearing yellow stars last weekend, despite being repeatedly urged against offensively abusing the memory of six million murdered Jews in the Holocaust, writes Josh Salisbury. Thousands descended on central London on Saturday for the anti-lockdown rally, at which some demonstrators were seen proudly wearing the Nazi-era symbol. One picture of the rally showed a young man in a red baseball jacket with a yellow Star of David, which

read “unvaccinated”. Another photograph, taken of a woman with dyed blue hair, appeared to show her wearing a yellow star with an anti-lockdown slogan. The Auschwitz Museum has previously labelled those wearing yellow stars at protests symptoms of “moral and intellectual decline”. Communal figures have also called for an end to the abuse of Holocaust imagery by anti-vaccine demonstrators. “This wilful abuse of this epi-

sode of history is crass and beyond insulting to Holocaust survivors and their families,” Karen Pollock, CEO of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said in April, after protesters were pictured wearing yellow stars at a similar rally. During the protest, hundreds of tennis balls were launched at the Houses of Parliament. Police confirmed that three people were arrested at the event – for breach of the peace, assault on police and an individual was wanted for a previous assault.

Protesters proudly display yellow stars in London last weekend

British Jews may have suffered ‘sociability penalty’ British Jews may have died disproportionately during Covid because of contact during communal events in the weeks before the first lockdown, research suggests, writes Josh Salisbury. Jews experienced a higher death toll than the England and Wales average during March 2020 to March 2021, according to the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, driven by a surge of deaths in the first wave.

The report, released yesterday, lends weight to a thesis that the community experienced a “Jewish penalty” in the early months of the pandemic because of its sociability before lockdown. The study, which analysed Jewish burial records, found “Jews fared worse despite evidence from several sources, which demonstrates that they generally experience relatively good health and lower mortality”.

It added: “By a process of elimination, this suggests a hypothesis that the ‘Jewish penalty’ was related to a greater prevalence of coronavirus infection among Jews, and this could be a result of earlier exposure to the virus relative to the date of national lockdown and/or to the relative sociability and cohesiveness of Jews, or both.” Among the “supporting evidence” for the

sociability thesis was the fact Orthodox groups appeared to be slightly more affected than Progressive, which aligned with their greater religious involvement. The ‘Jewish penalty’ seemed to vanish in the second wave, the study found, following infection measures in places of worship. The report also notes that Jews were more likely to be regular attenders at a communal place of worship than the population at large.

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News / Rabbinic row / Labour positions

Orthodox leaders back Chief in dispute over female rabbis by Josh Salisbury josh@jewishnews.co.uk @josh_salisbury Hundreds of Orthodox figures backed the Chief Rabbi this week in a row over female rabbis, after Dr Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz lost her teaching job following her ordination in the United States. The Rabbinical Alliance of America (RAA), which represents 950 rabbis, voiced their support for Rabbi Mirvis after Taylor-Guthartz lost her role at the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS). She graduated earlier this month from the Yeshivat Maharat in New York. The school is run under the auspices of the Chief Rabbi, who maintains that while women can take part in senior positions in religious life, being a rabbi is not open to them. The RAA has backed Mirvis in the dispute, saying: “Jewish tradition takes precedence over secular values and practices,” The Coalition for Jewish Values (CVJ), which calls itself the largest Rabbinic Public Policy organisation in America, has also pledged its support with the Chief Rabbi. “As Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Mirvis is expected to uphold fealty to Torah, and any opprobrium directed his way for his decision is inappropriate,” said CVJ’s Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer. Mirvis had been criticised by a number of Liberal and Reform rabbis in the UK. Hundreds of people have signed a letter of support of Taylor-Guthartz, as well as 35 Reform and Liberal rabbis who accused the Chief Rabbi of a “glass ceiling of Torah”.

Extra 300 kosher items in Nosh Guide More than 300 new items have been approved as available in the latest Kosher Nosh guide. Warburtons Soft Pittas, M & M’s Biscuit, M & M’s Brownie and Rowse ChocoBee Honey are among newcomers in the KLBD (Kosher London Beth Din) issued booklet. There are now more than 2,400 products listed and the guide can be downloaded for free online through the United Synagogue’s website. Rabbi Jeremy Conway, director of KLBD, said: “We are delighted the range of certified products continues to grow.”

Finchley Synagogue exceeds refurb target

Chief Rabbi Mirvis has said women, including Dr Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz, cannot become rabbis Taylor-Guthartz had taught at LSJS for 16 years, and had offered not to use the title of ‘rabba’ in a compromise move. She is said to have been a popular lecturer on the adult education course she taught. She has since called for Orthodoxy to adapt to allow women rabbis. “There is a crying need for it here,” she told BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour. “There are many women who need to be able to talk to a woman who knows Jewish law, who can advise them, who can help them.” She added that she believed that “all great

traditions have to have the ability to adapt to the way the world changes”. In recent days, LSJS has publicly extended an olive branch to Taylor-Guthartz, telling its students that it was working to find an “acceptable” solution for all concerned. “We continue to seek an acceptable way ahead, but cannot provide a running commentary as this will only disrespect all parties concerned,” said LSJS chief executive Joanne Greenaway. • Cement ceiling, page 20

A Finchley synagogue surpassed its £300,000 fundraising target to refurbish its building. More than 1,100 donors contributed to the match-funding campaign, which will help improve the Finchley Federation Synagogue’s facilities, including a more flexible prayer space that can be used for events. Its biggest single donation was £17,500 which was generously matched to £35,000. The community has about 100 members.

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The co-founder of the controversial Jewish Voice For Labour (JVL) group has been ousted from her position on the executive committee of Chingford and Woodford Green constituency Labour Party (CLP) as part of a major shake-up of official posts, writes Lee Harpin. Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi had previously been vice-chair of the east London CLP – where she had regularly spoken out in support of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and disputed claims of antisemitism in the party. But in the latest elections for Chingford and Woodford Green’s new executive committee, Wimborne-Idrissi and supportive CLP chair Gary Lafley were among those to be replaced in a co-ordinated move led by local members. Wimborne-Idrissi had been suspended by Labour in December 2020, after a local CLP meeting left several Jewish members complaining they had felt “uncomfortable” with the conduct of the JVL media officer and that of Lafley. A continued investigation into Wimborne-Idrissi’s conduct by the party meant she was unable to stand for the latest round of elections. While Lafley has subsequently been readmitted to the party, it is understood he also failed to stand as a candidate at the annual general meeting (AGM). In a clean sweep of all official posts at the CLP, the Chingford and Woodford Green Democratic Socialists group posted

Removed: Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi

a message yesterday hailing the election of a “positive and united team” for the local party. Several of those elected are understood to be affiliate JVL members. As a leading figure in JVL, WimborneIdrissi has regularly spoken out to defend Corbyn over the antisemitism crisis under his leadership. She has also repeatedly attacked current leader, Sir Keir Starmer. She provoked anger in the community in 2019, attacking the decision of the former Labour MP Luciana Berger to quit the party over antisemitism. Elsewhere, Momentum lost control of the local Labour Party in Hendon after a new 13-person executive committee – including several Jewish members – were elected unopposed at the north London constituency Labour party’s AGM last Sunday. In a development that surprised some local members, the left-wing organisation that had previously backed Corbyn’s leadership failed to put any challenge to candidates from the more moderate wing of the party during the AGM. In further AGMs at Hampstead and Kilburn CLP and Finchley and Golders Green CLP, hard-left members were also unable to secure posts on the executive. But in Chipping Barnet, several members linked to the Momentum group maintained their places on the executive committee.


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By-election contest / University probe / Attacker sentenced / News

MP Shah reports Galloway supporters’ ‘abuse’ to police by Lee Harpin lee@jewishnews.co.uk @lmharpin

Labour MP Naz Shah has contacted the police over allegations of intimidation by supporters of George Galloway ahead of today’s Batley and Spen by-election – including a claim she has endorsed the “barbarism” and “ruthless savagery” of “Zionists” against innocent Palestinians. Jewish News understands that the shadow minister for community cohesion and MP for Bradford West has informed officers about an inflammatory video being circulated among the Muslim community in West Yorkshire ahead of today (Thursday)’s election. The video, made by Bradford based journalist Ubaid Mughal, accuses Shah of

“poking her nose” into the byelection and “protecting” Sir Keir Starmer, who is described as “the biggest supporter here of Zionism”. Mughal confirmed to Jewish News yesterday he was “aware” the Labour MP had reported his video to police but initially said he was “too busy” to discuss the allegations he made on camera against her. Urging local Muslims to support former Respect Party leader Galloway, it suggests that had the controversial activist not devoted so much time to supporting them across the world “today he would have been prime minister of the UK and leader of the Labour Party”. Elsewhere in the recording, Shah is accused of being personally responsible for the demise of Ken Livingstone from Labour – and, in a sec-

tarian attack, of betraying the local Gujrati community. Sources informed Jewish News that Shah is also considering suing Mughal for defamation over some of the claims made in the video, which described Galloway as a “big-hearted” person who has stood up for Muslims. The MP has also confirmed to friends she will lodge a fuller complaint to the police about the contents of the video in the forthcoming days. In his video, Mughal alleges that Shah wrongly launched a “twisted and distorted” criticism of Galloway in an online video message she recorded after he announced his intention to stand in the by-election. Addressing the camera in the Urdu language, Mughal then claims: “So dear lady... in fact you aren’t supporting

the Labour Party, but Sir Keir Starmer. And supporting Keir Starmer means you are supporting Israel. And supporting Israel means your are indirectly endorsing the cruelty and barbarism unleashed on innocent and unarmed Palestinians because Keir Starmer is the loudest voice here in favour of Zionism. “On account of this problem, we have to say that to support Zionism is in fact the most ruthless savagery on humanity.” Accusing Shah of “poking her nose” into the Batley and Spen byelection, and falsely claiming laws exist to stop MPs from involving themselves in campaigning in other constituencies, the video

Galloway by-election poster and, inset, Naz Shah

then accuses her of being responsible for the downfall of former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone.

In May 2015, Shah defeated Galloway for the Bradford West seat. He had been elected to the seat in 2012.

Prof probe passes 100 days Bristol University was this week accused of dragging its feet over its ongoing investigation into controversial professor David Miller, writes Josh Salisbury. Miller sparked condemnation across the Jewish community after calling for an end to Zionism, and accusing the university’s JSoc of being “pawns of Israel”. After an online protest by students, the Russell Group university said in March that it was investigating Miller’s comments –

but no outcome has been forthcoming more than 100 days on. The Union of Jewish Students said: “The university needs to stop dragging its feet and come to a conclusion. The Office of the Independent Adjudicator good practice framework says universities should take 90 days to complete a complaint procedure.” Bristol University has consistently refused to comment on the investigation, or how long it might take, citing legal reasons.

Hartog attacker sentenced A man from Clapton has been spared jail over a violent attack on the United Synagogue’s burial chief, Melvyn Hartog. At a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court, Simcha Hirsch, 33, was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment suspended for 24 months for his involvement in the December 2019 assault. Hirsch, a member of the

Charedi community, was also given a restraining order for five years, ordered to complete 30 rehabilitation activity requirement days, undergo 140 hours of unpaid work and pay compensation to his victim. After Hirsch was sentenced on 21 June, Hartog said: “This episode has been extremely distressing for me, my wife

and family. As I said in court, it was made even worse by the fact my attacker was Jewish and brings shame on our community. Thankfully this ordeal has now come to an end and we must all look forward to much nicer things.” The court heard how Hartog had been hit over the head with a tree branch and then kicked several times.

C4 STUDENT REPORT CRITICISED The Community Security Trust (CST) has criticised a Channel 4 report on students organising pro-Palestine protests, saying it minimised the problem of antisemitism in schools. Last Friday, the broadcaster aired a segment by journalist Fatima Manji, which reported that pupils had complained of being “unfairly punished” after organising the protests. Those interviewed were not accused of antisemitism.

The report quoted CST as saying that “Jewish school children are being intimidated by anti-Israel protest”. “They say such cases rise when the conflict in Palestine and Israel is escalating,” it added. But the CST said it was not even approached for a quote. “The way this report describes CST’s view regarding antisemitism in schools during the recent conflict is misleading.”

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News / Prayer attack / Embassy switch? / News briefs

Envoy anger at Wall abusers by Michael Daventry michael@jewishnews.co.uk @michaeldaventry

Israel’s ambassador to the UK has stepped up her condemnation of strictly-Orthodox men who tore prayer books belonging to a progressive group at Jerusalem’s Western Wall. In a letter sent to Board of Deputies president Marie van der Zyl, Tzipi Hotovely described their actions at the Kotel as a “horrifying attack on pluralism and tolerance committed by a small number of extremists”. She said new Israeli Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev had pledged to “deal with the violence against the Women of the Wall”. “It is extremely important to the state of Israel that every Jewish person, irrespective of their denomi-

Tzipi Hotovely and (right) Tammy Gottlieb of the Women of the Wall group

nation, tradition or practice, feels safe to practice their religion,” her letter said. “I am proud Israel is a tolerant and open country, which facilitates and safeguards diversity in belief and practices.” Tammy Gottlieb, the vice chair

of the Women of the Wall group, recounted to Jewish News her “traumatic” experience as the Charedi men, some of them children, laughed and jeered at her. They seized her suitcase containing 40 siddurim and proceeded to tear out the pages and trample on them.

“I was trying to save large pieces of paper that weren’t ripped yet, while trying to tell them ‘What are you doing, you’re ruining, you’re ripping the name of the Lord’, which is religiously wrong,” she said. “They didn’t care. While we were trying to take the pages and pick them up, I was trying to pick them up from the floor, and they were stomping on my hands.” The Western Wall Heritage Foundation said it “unequivocally condemns any violence” and called on everyone to “distance disputes from the Western Wall Plaza”. The site is administered according to rules of Orthodox Judaism with gender segregation and a ban on women wearing tallits. Video report at jewishnews.co.uk

...AS YAIR LAPID CONSIDERS REPLACING HER Israel’s new foreign minister is considering replacing Tzipi Hotovely as ambassador to the UK after less than one year in the role, according to local media reports. Haaretz claims Yair Lapid is weighing up the possibility of with-

drawing Hotovely and replacing her with Yael German, a former minister from his own Yesh Atid Party. Hotovely, a former Likud minister, was brought to the role last August by then prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. She was one of three political

appointments made by Netanyahu, who also placed allies Gilad Erdan as ambassador to the United States and the United Nations and Dror Eydar in Italy. Erdan announced on Sunday that he is stepping down from the US post pending an appointment by

the new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. But the newspaper said no final decision had been made on Hotovely’s future and that she had no intention of resigning until the end of her threeyear contract.

New communities join Reform family

Communities on the Isle of Wight and in Brentwood have been accepted into the Movement for Reform Judaism. The announcement was made at its annual general meeting on Sunday, and brings the total number of official progressive congregations to 44. The Isle of Wight Jewish Society in Cowes has had “no weddings and few funerals” has grown to 23 members, and will become an associate member. Meanwhile, the 100-member Tikvah Chadasha in Essex will be a full member.

Heroine Irena gets Nottingham statue

A Polish woman who saved hundreds of Jewish children in the Holocaust has been honoured with a statue. A monument recognising the heroism Irena Sendler was unveiled in Nottinghamshire last Saturday, at a ceremony attended by local MP Robert Jenrick and the Polish ambassador, Arkady Rzegocki. The statue depicts her holding a child’s hand.

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Special Report / Kosher farming

Chief performs baa-baa mitzvah by Jenni Frazer @JenniFrazer

The Chief Rabbi has praised the team behind the newly-opened Sadeh Farm in Kent, thought to be Europe’s only kosher environmental initiative as “all about Jewish religious values”. Ephraim Mirvis told Jewish News: “God gave us this world to look after and we have a responsibility to invest in the future of the planet. It’s very much a Jewish concept.” Sadeh opened a family hotel centre at the end of May, but this week marked a formal opening – by the Chief Rabbi – of the hotel and a realisation of a dream for its chief executive, Talia Chain, and the director of the eco hotel, Naomi Verber. Having six years ago completed a fellowship at Adamah in Connecticut, Chain is paying it forward with a new group of young Jews taking up fellowships at Sadeh. (The Adamah Fellowship is a three-month programme for people in their 20s and 30s that integrates organic agriculture, farmto-table living, Jewish learning, social justice and spiritual practice.) Now there is a sense of pioneering as the young (temporary) farmers,

under the eagle eye of land manager Alex Sylvester, plant and weed and mind the hens in the Chicken Palace. Produce from the farm’s microbrewery and food fermenting initiative is sold in the Sadeh shop. A polytunnel for vegetable planting arrived a few weeks ago and, in what used to be a football pitch for the former Skeet House, a destination for Jewish youth clubbers in the 1950s and 60s, there is a glorious meadow, left partly unmown to attract butterflies and bees. In a fruit orchard stand trees donated by the Extinction Rebellion group, and a herb circle for celebrants of Havdalah when Shabbat ends. Although it rained unmercifully on the opening day, the Chief Rabbi, in his remarks to Sadeh’s enthusiastic supporters, made it clear that in Jewish tradition “there is a prayer to God not to listen to prayer”. It was the prayer of the high priest, he said, imploring God not to listen to the prayers of travellers. “The reason,” explained Mirvis, “is that when you’re travelling, you’re hoping for good weather. If God would listen to all the prayers of all the travellers, it would never rain. And that means goodbye to the earth.”

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The message was that “we should see beyond ourselves and our aspirations and hopes. It’s crucially important for the earth to exist and be replenished.” He believed the threat to the environment was accepted by everyone and that something needed to be done. Mirvis saw three stages in the environment crisis: “Awareness, what we need to be doing, and actual delivery. Sadeh enables us to be aware, to educate and inspire. People need to be absolutely ready and dedicated to do something about it. “The trouble with human nature is we don’t often get to the third stage. It’s not good enough just to be motivated. We need to deliver.” He had been inspired, he said, by the passion of the Sadeh team. “You talked Mirvis on the farm

Chief Rabbi Mirvis in the on-site microbrewery run by Josh Charig

about what was needed, and you did it. We need every single person to do something. The time has come for us to engage in meaningful and constructive action. It’s a very Jewish concept, a deeplyrooted Jewish imperative.” At a practical level, he told Jewish News, a kashrut licence was important “because it means everyone can come here and enjoy what Sadeh has to offer. And it is significant because it

is a statement, showing that [Sadeh’s environmental work] is integral to our faith. It’s a message to all of society and, as a Jewish community, I’m very proud of this initiative and I’m here to celebrate it and congratulate it. “We are becoming more familiar with the urgent need to look after our environment – and we do need to be more engaged. The challenge is to translate that recognition into meaningful, constructive action.”

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three to nine months from the publication date of its last full inspection report”. At the end of its report, Ofsted said: “Inspectors were aware of a serious incident, involving a child who used to attend this school, that had occurred since the previous inspection.” It added it was also aware

of “serious allegations of a child protection nature were being investigated by the appropriate authorities.”. More than 5,500 people have signed a petition launched by a JFS student, urging the school to provide better mental health support.

SURVIVORS RECOGNISED Tributes have been paid to the “extraordinary contribution” of survivors to mark the first international Holocaust Survivor Day. The event was established after a call was published in The Jerusalem Post for a day on which survivors can “celebrate their lives they built in response to the Holocaust” . It was celebrated last Thursday, just before the birthday of Marian Turski, an Auschwitz survivor. As Turski’s birthday falls on 26 June, which is Shabbat this year, it was decided to hold the event two days early. Among those paying tribute to survivors for representing “the best in all of us,” was Prime Minister Boris Johnson. “Pleased to support

the first #HolocaustSurvivorDay and to honour the extraordinary contribution of Holocaust survivors to the UK and the world,” he said. Lord Pickles, the UK’s Special Envoy for Post-Holocaust issues, said: “Today is the first International Holocaust Survivors Day. We remember with gratitude the contribution survivors made to rebuild the UK after WW2.” Organisations such as the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust marked the occasion by sharing details of the remarkable stories of survivors, such as Sir Ben Helfgott. He survived slave labour and concentration camps and became an olympic champion and now works “tirelessly” in the field of Holocaust education.

Guitarist shares Shoah heartbreak The co-founder of Mumford & Sons has revealed that 13 members of his family were murdered in the Holocaust. Lead guitarist Winston Marshall took a break from the band earlier this year after being ‘mobbed’ on social media for tweeting in support of a book by right-wing jour-

nalist Andy Ngo. The book claims far-left activists aim to “destroy democracy”. In a blog post, Marshall hit back at critics who had labelled him “fascist”, saying: “Thirteen members of my family were murdered in the concentration camps of the Holocaust. My grandma, unlike her cousins,

aunts and uncles, survived. She and I were close. My family knows the evils of fascism painfully well. To say the least. To call me ‘fascist’ was ludicrous beyond belief.” The band tweeted: “We wish you all the best for the future, Win, and we love you man.”

EXTRA-TIME NEEDED FOR MATCH Continued from page 1 “I recorded the match and we all watched it together after Shabbat. I followed this recipe for Euro 96 and the 2010 World Cup.” Meanwhile, Rabbi Alex Chapper of Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue took a more philosophical approach, infused with Jewish humour. He said: “Whenever this happens it reminds me of the story of the man who approaches his rabbi asking what he should do because his team is playing on Shabbat. The rabbi answers, ‘Why don’t you record it?’ to which the man replies, ‘Rabbi, I didn’t know I could record

the Shabbat morning service!’ Meanwhile, Radlett United Synagogue’s Rabbi Jonathan Hughes – a former professional footballer for Reading FC – has even come up with his own special bracha for Saturday’s match. “He who blessed our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, bless Reb Gareth Southgate’s England team,” wrote Hughes. “May He who wrought miracles for our ancestors grant Sterling, Maguire, Grealish and Rice strength, wisdom and courage to vanquish the enemy. Oh and please forgive Pickford for his challenge on Van Dijk. Kane yehi ratzon. And let us say Amen.”

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JFS may have as little as 12 weeks to get out of ‘special measures’ following its devastating Ofsted downgrade, writes Jack Mendel. The inspectorate released its report to the public this week, outlining major failings at Europe’s largest Jewish secondary school. It found sexual bullying via social media andpupils not “adequately prepared for modern life”. While outlining a cultural and behavioural problem at the Kenton school, Sir Michael Wilshaw, the interim head who took over after Rachel Fink left suddenly in May, told Jewish News last month it “should come out of special measures pretty easily”. Ofsted confirmed “schools that are placed in special measures are monitored and will usually have their first monitoring inspection within

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Building bridges Louisa Walters hears from Palestinians and Israelis opting to cross the divide following the Gaza fighting When Israel went into lockdown back in March 2020, returning residents and many key workers had to quarantine. Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel were packed into hotels together. From mid-March until early May, the Dan Jerusalem hosted about 180 guests. Among them were 19-year-old Aysha Abu Shhab and her 21-year-old brother, Mohammed. Both were employed as janitors at an Israeli hospital, where they had been infected by the virus. As the hotel began filling with more people, Aysha, who is Muslim, noticed that during dinner everyone was sticking with those from their own background, so she decided to do things differently. She went over to join a Jewish couple. Aysha, who wears a hijab, sat down with Gina and Amram Maman, who wears a kippah. By the end of the meal, they were all laughing and singing Inta Omri (You Are My Life), a popular Egyptian song from the 1960s. As the days went by, the Arab and Jewish guests began intermingling more. In April, the hotel opened the banqueting hall for guests to host their own Passover seder. Secular, Orthodox, Muslims and Christians all celebrated together. A story like this is music to the ears of Jenny Nemko. The former BBC journalist, former chairwoman and current trustee of Neve Shalom Wahat al-Salam (NSWAS) – the unique village in Israel where Arabs and Jews live together in a shared society – last year established TalkMatters, a UK-based body representing organisations that encourage Jews and Arabs in Israel and the Palestinian territories to meet and talk. The recent conflict and reaction to it demonstrates how much work needs to be done. Nemko first became involved in projects that bring together Palestinian and Israeli Jewish people when looking for ‘good news’ stories in the Middle East for BBC radio. She says: “Having spent many years involved with the educational institutions at NSWAS, I’ve become increasingly mindful that many UK Jews, Christians and Muslims know little about the positive co-operative projects in Israel and the Jenny Nemko Palestinian

From left: Mayor Oded Ravivi, Ziad and Benjamin Horgen at an Iftar

Gina and Amram Maman, second and third from left, with Aysha Abu Shhab, fourth from left, along with other recuperating guests at the Dan Jerusalem hotel

territories. From a Jewish diaspora perspective, I wanted to do something about this.” TalkMatters raises awareness of the many and varied grassroots projects that encourage Jewish and Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, as well as Palestinian residents in the Palestinian territories, to talk. “These projects, whether they focus on music, ecology, education, sport or religion, are vital not only for the future of Israel and Palestine, but also for Christian-MuslimJewish relations here in the UK, where there is so much ignorance and confusion surrounding Israel, Palestine, Zionism and antisemitism,” explains Nemko. The Interfaith Encounter Association has hundreds of groups running projects all over Israel and in the West Bank. Some of these have held regular meetings for years, while some are newer – but all had to adapt when the pandemic started. Most of them moved online, but this presented challenges, because some Palestinians do not have a computer or smartphone and, among those who do, reliable internet connection is sometimes problematic. Of deeper

concern is a fear of online exposure owing to potential backlash from social media extremists (a screenshot can be shared far and wide). Therefore, sadly, during the pandemic some groups lost members, but on the plus side, online meetings meant that people from the US and Europe started joining and learning about Israeli-Palestinian co-operation. Now that restrictions have ended in Israel, there has been a resurgence in meetings activity. Rabbis from the Sharon area and sheikhs from the Nablus area found it difficult to meet online, but a few weeks ago renewed their in-person meet-ups. The Interfaith Encounter Association runs many groups, among them The Jerusalem Young Adults group, which was recently renewed and planned a joint Iftar during Ramadan to attract new people to join. The Circle of Light and Hope, which includes Jews from south Jerusalem, Muslims from near Hebron and Christians from Bethlehem, has been running for around 11 years. It pivoted to Zoom when the pandemic started, and members are delighted to now be able to meet up again in person. A few weeks ago, a group of rabbis from the Gush Etzion and Hebron Hills areas and sheikhs from Bethlehem met up for the first time in months. The group has been going strong for 10 years with many participants changing but a permanent

core. They continued meeting on Zoom during the past year. Roots, established in 2014, is a group of Israeli settlers working together with Palestinians on the West Bank. As part of its activity, it runs a series of interfaith groups. Just after Passover, Roots held a Maimuna celebration – one of the first major in-person events since the start of the pandemic. “The Jewish community of Morocco has been holding this event for generations to bring together Jewish and Muslim neighbours, so we continued the tradition, with Moroccan Jewish food, dress and music,” says Rabbi Hanan of Roots. “There were about 80 young people, mostly in their 20s. It was very powerful and meaningful.” More recently, Roots held a series

of joint Iftahs. “We ate together, prayed together and talked together – just as it should be. We hosted two special guests – the mayor of the Jewish city of Efrat [Oded Ravivi] and Benjamin Horgen from Samaria on the West Bank. Benjamin’s wife, Esther, was murdered in a terrorist attack a few months ago. He spoke very movingly about the fact that his wife loved people and created connections between them – he is dedicated to continuing in her footsteps.” As Ramadan approached, Roots printed 25 very large signs, which were hung in public places, with a message in Arabic and Hebrew wishing a blessed Ramadan and a meaningful fast to the local Muslim neighbours. Roots activists also stood at traffic junctions giving out water and dates to Muslim motorists as the sun went down and the fast came to an end. They raised money for local Muslims in need and distributed supermarket vouchers so people could buy food for the Eid al-Fitr holiday following Ramadan. Has the pandemic had a positive impact on relations between the two factions? Covid-19 did not distinguish between Arabs and Jews and, in the hospitals, they worked tirelessly alongside each other to fight the virus (20 percent of Israeli medical staff are Arab). A survey by the Israel Democracy Institute in April 2020 found 77 percent of Arabs feel they are a part of the state of Israel and that they share in its problems. In similar annual studies from 2014 until 2019, this figure ranged from 35 percent to 62 percent at best.

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World News / Miami tragedy / Israel restrictions / Charedi backing / Pittsburgh attacker

Families face agonising wait after flats collapse by Michael Daventry mike@jewishnews.co.uk @michaeldaventry

First families suffered the horror of the disaster. Now they face an anguished wait. It is nearly a week since a 12-floor block of flats collapsed, apparently without notice, in the heavily Jewish neighbourhood in Surfside near Miami. Officials overseeing the work were still calling it a search-and-rescue operation yesterday, even though no one had been pulled out alive since the first hours after the tower tumbled to the ground on 24 June. Rescuers have been hampered by the sheer scale of the building after layers of vast concrete blocks fell on each other like a stack of pancakes. They have had to be meticulously removed in the hope of finding survivors trapped within recesses. The weather has caused trouble too: Florida often has tropical storms at this time of year, making it difficult to replace exhausted emergency workers. Nearly a week after the disaster,

Above: Tributes to those who lived in or were visiting people in the block where 150 are still unaccounted for. Left: the collapsed building in Surfside, near Miami

16 bodies had been pulled out and more than 147 were unaccounted for. At least two dozen are estimated to be Israeli citizens, or have links to Israel. The missing include 52-yearold Harry Rosenberg, who had just moved to Florida after a year in New York during which he lost his wife to cancer and both parents to Covid. There was no word yet either on his daughter and son-in-law, who had

come to visit for Shabbat. Steve Eisenberg, a member of his synagogue, told Associated Press: “He went through hell. His parents passed away. His wife passed away. He told me: ‘It is the next chapter of my life.’” No cause has been officially identified for the collapse, although a 2018 inspectors report that found structural problems in the garage area has come under

intense scrutiny. A comprehensive relief operation was under way this week in Surfside, with Jewish and Israeli organisations providing shelter, food and psychological support. Israel’s Diaspora Affairs Minister, Nachman Shai, led a humanitarian delegation including an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) team to the area, while a 24/7 kosher kitchen provided thousands of hot meals and drinks. The Israeli teams say they are being hopeful, but realistic. Colonel Golan Vach, overseeing an IDF rescue unit at the site, said they were being straight with relatives: “First of all, transparency. They understand the situation. “We are almost six days from the collapse. [There are] minor chances, but I would not say there are no chances. People were found worldwide in the history of collapse.” There are also specialists from United Hatzalah trained in psychological traumas to help survivors and victims’ families cope with the effects of the disaster. But as the hours and days ticked past, it was becoming increasingly clear the operation to rescue their relatives was morphing into one to recover them.

Masks are back for Israelis Israel has reinstated some emergency pandemic measures that had been lifted when the virus was thought to have been beaten. Obligatory masks in all closed spaces have been reintroduced as health authorities detected 200 new patients daily in testing. The mask requirement was lifted on 15 June, along with other restrictions, following a sharp drop in new infections and weeks with zero fatalities and patients with severe symptoms. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced that the current date for opening the country to individual tourists is 1 August, a month later than the previous deadline of 1 July. Driving the infections is the highly contagious Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus, Israeli broadcaster Kan reported. Some evidence suggests the variant can affect some fully vaccinated people, the report said. But the Weizmann Institute of Science said the infection in those fully vaccinated is minimal when exposed to the Delta variant.

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Jabs for over-12s, urge rabbis SHUL WANTS KILLER JAILED Two major Charedi rabbis in Israel have urged everyone aged 12 and over to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, the influential leader known as the ‘prince of Torah’, and Rabbi Gershon Edelstein approved the announcement in a message printed by Kanievsky’s personal doctor, Meshulam Hart, in Yated Ne’eman, an Israeli Charedi newspaper.

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World News / Israeli Pride / UAE embassy

Thousands show pride in Tel Aviv by Michael Daventry mike@jewishnews.co.uk @michaeldaventry

Tens of thousands of people flocked to Tel Aviv to take part in Pride – among the largest pride events held since the coronavirus outbreak. The event, which began in Israel at noon last Friday, might be the largest parade in the world since coronavirus, said the Tel Aviv municipality. Colourfully-dressed revellers took to the streets under rainbow banners, with the parade stretching from the city centre along the beach and towards the port of Jaffa. Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai welcomed the return of the event, saying the city was a “warm home” for the lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. The event

had been cancelled last year over virus transmission fears. “This year, more than ever, we will celebrate together, march together, and fight together for equality,” he said. Parade-goers were urged to celebrate safely, after Israel reimposed its indoor mask wearing rules amid a slight uptick in cases. Police had also made a number of arrests in the hours leading up to the event, including a man from Tel Aviv who officers claimed was planning to harm participants. Among those attending the march was the UK ambassador to Israel, Neil Wigan, who led embassy staff on a recycled float. “I’m delighted to march with everyone again this year, to support the LGBT+ community and for a fairer, more tolerant society,” he said.

A Palestinian-American paediatric radiologist has been fired from her position at Phoenix Children’s Hospital two days after a social media post accusing Israel of “cannibalism”. Dr Fidaa Wishah wrote: “We will expose the #massacre and #genocide you Zionists are proud of. We will uncover your thirst to kill our Palestinian children. A state based on atrocity, racism and cannibalism never lasts long!”

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Staff of the UK embassy in Israel pose in front of their float

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Yair Lapid opened Israel’s new embassy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with a message of peace to other one-time adversaries in the region, adding: “We’re here to stay.” The foreign minister, who was on a two-day visit to the Gulf, called

on other countries to follow the lead of the UAE and Bahrain by talking to Israel. “Israel wants peace with its neighbours – with all of its neighbours. We are not going anywhere, the Middle East is our home and

we are here to stay,” he said after opening the embassy, which is temporarily stationed in an Abu Dhabi high-rise office. “We call on all countries of the region to recognise that and to come to talk to us.”

Several children in Poland toppled 63 headstones of Jewish graves because they wanted to use the slabs to build a fortress, they told police. The group of five 12-year-olds had been working on the project for several days at the disused graveyard in Wroclaw, western Poland, Gazeta Wyborcza reported last Thursday. Police stopped them upon hearing hammering noises.

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Limmud FSU / Restitution concerns / Funding support / Diaspora News

Return to old-school West Coast face time Around 150 Russian-speaking Jews living near San Francisco bid farewell to onscreen dialogue and said hello in-person last Sunday at an event that for many attendees marked the tentative return to normal life. Delegates at the Limmud FSU conference in tech hub Palo Alto were a welcome sight, albeit numbers were understandably down on previous years. In 2017, there were 800 Russian-speaking Jews, and 700 the year before. On the agenda were discussions around Israel’s new government following the recent round of fighting in Gaza, as well as lighter topics such as flower arranging and theatre workshops. Other sessions covered bilingualism within immigrant families, the status of women in Judaism, and the popular Russian trivia game ‘What? Where? When?’ by Eugene Fooksman. The final event was a concert – Marching through Life with a Song – by acclaimed actors Gera Sandler and Ronit Asheri from the hit TV series Unorthodox. The Limmud FSU event was supported by Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG), Conference for Jewish Material Claims against Germany, Jewish National Fund (KKL), Blavatnik Family Foundation and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

Your weekly digest of stories from the international press SWITZERLAND

A Swiss woman whose parents survived the Holocaust has said survivors are finding that loneliness is among the toughest challenges during Covid-19. Anita Winter, who lives in Zurich, set up a helpline staffed by 40 volunteers to help her parents’ generation during the pandemic.

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Roma boys are restoring a forgotten and overgrown Jewish cemetery in the Slovak village of Vinodol, 50 miles east of Bratislava. Some tombstones had fallen below ground, said Vladimir Spanik, 73, the boys’ mentor. ‘They are discovering the Holocaust, an evil time for both Jews and Roma,’ he said.

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GPG chief executive Marina Yudborovsky said the conference was “a wonderful sign of the return to inperson engagement for Jewish young adults from the Russian-speaking Jewish community in the area”. She added that “there is a deep thirst for opportunities to not just congregate, but also to delve into pressing issues, cultural heritage, the arts and, of course, volunteerism, which is at the heart of any Limmud event”.

Survivors Ela Stein-Weissberger and Inge Auerbacher with Dachau concentration camp liberator Jimmy Gentry

Poland’s lower house of parliament has passed a draft bill to limit Jews’ claims to property seized during the country’s Nazi occupation then retained during its post-war Soviet years. The draft legislation builds on a 2015 Constitutional Tribunal ruling. It says restitution claims cannot be lodged more than 30 years after the end of Poland’s communist era, which ended 32 years ago, in 1989. The bill triggered an angry reaction in Israel, where foreign minister Yair Lapid said: “No law will change history. It is a disgrace that will not erase the horrors or the memory of the Holocaust.” Twelve years ago, Poland signed the Terezin Declaration on Holocaust Era

Assets and Related Issues, an international agreement giving justice to Nazi victims. However, it has since been singled out by the US for failing to compensate families and is now the only post-communist EU country not to have passed a property restitution law. Gideon Taylor, of the World Jewish Restitution Organization, said the law, if enacted, would represent “insurmountable legal conditions” that would “harm Polish Holocaust survivors who have already suffered so much”. The issue has become a political football in Poland, where the ruling nationalist party attacked its liberal rivals for favouring restitution in the recent election campaign.

Belgium pulls shul security killed four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. The move comes at a time of increased concern across the continent with incidents in recent weeks including the burning of Israeli flags in Germany and an attack on a woman in Austria after she was seen reading a Jewish book. The Coordinating Com-

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Jewish leaders have condemned a new Hungarian law that bans the sharing of LGBT+ content with minors. Mazsihisz, the federaton of Hungarian Jewish communities, said: ‘All people are inherently pure. Their emotions do not make them unclean. Such classifications destroy social cohesion and our sense of belonging.’

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The impoverished Central American state has opened an embassy in Jerusalem, marking a first diplomatic victory for new Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid. Honduras, which benefits from Israeli security assistance, is one of only a handful of countries to support Israel at the United Nations.

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European Jewish groups have urged caution after Belgium’s government said it would withdraw military protection for Jewish buildings just one week before the High Holy Days, after the country’s threat level was downgraded. Soldiers have patrolled areas with big Jewish populations since 2014, when a gunman

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mittee of Jewish Organisations in Belgium said armed soldiers outside Jewish buildings had been “undeniably dissuasive” to potential attackers, and that withdrawing them “increases the threat and reinforces the feeling of insecurity”. The Conference of European Rabbis said it shared the communities’ concerns.

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California lawmakers have allocated around £60 million in their 2021-22 budget for Jewish causes, citing a recent spike in antisemitism. Millions will go to the Holocaust Museum Los Angeles for capital improvement, the LA-based Jewish Family Services for a permanent location, the Tauber Holocaust Library for renovation and a Jewish immigration advocacy group for asylum support. Most of the money is for non-profit organisations and is on top of federal funds. About £7 million is also vailable for an exhibit comprising an entire floor at the Museum of Tolerance. “Our caucus is deeply concerned about the increase in antisemitism,” said Assembly member Jesse Gabriel. “We have been working hard to ensure the State of California stands with our community during these challenging times.”

Shalom, Quentin! Director learns Hebrew with his son Film director Quentin Tarantino is learning Hebrew with his 16-month-old son after a longer-than-expected stint in Tel Aviv during the pandemic. The film-maker, who is not Jewish, married Israeli singer Daniella Pick in 2018 and said his son’s first word was abba, Hebrew for father. He told chat show host Jimmy Kimmel: “The idea was that we would spend three to four months in Tel Aviv, three to four months in Los Angeles. Then Covid hit, so three to four months became nine to 12 months.” While not yet able to hold a conversation, Tarantino said he was learning words with his son, Leo, as he watched TV, including the “Hebrew version of Sesame Street”.

Quentin Tarantino is in Israel

On his extended stint in Israel, the American director said that while he would rather have not been away from his own country, “if I have to be in another country, the country that handled Covid the best is probably the best country to be in”.


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

VOICE OF THE JEWISH NEWS

We’re helping sow the seeds of peace This week’s formal opening of Israel’s Abu Dhabi embassy was a moment 10 months in the making – and one few thought they would ever witness. It’s no surprise some remain cynical about the Abraham Accords, as often they do with attempts at interfaith relations in the UK. To what extent is dialogue reserved to those already sympathetic with engagement? Do those noble advocates of normalisation in the Arab world represent a quiet groundswell of opinion or are they just a small minority? Are the conversations going deep enough and are they covering prickly topics enough to withstand the bumpier times that will inevitably arise? Jewish News and multi-award winning film-maker Malcolm Green last week set out to find answers to these questions, and to explore the undeniable and often unexpected commonalities between Arabs and Jews. For our documentary film, Finding Abraham, we followed a group of young Emiratis, Bahrainis and Moroccans visiting Israel for the first time following an invitation from NGO Israel-is. It was a fascinating week-long journey that underlined the importance of such grassroots engagement among leaders of tomorrow. We should never lose sight of the fact that such a open, public visit simply could not have happened just a year ago. The conversations we witnessed and friendships we saw springing up point to growing understanding and even lasting friendships among this group. Those conversations have continued via social media on a daily basis since the cast returned to their countries. It’s these low level chats, whether about the relative temperatures in Tel Aviv and Dubai or the latest viral video, rather than the act of opening an embassy, that is the difference between this normalisation and previous peace accords with Egypt and Jordan. On whichever side of the political fence you sit, that is a cause for celebration. Jewish News was proud to be on the frontline to witness these seeds of peace being sown. But such visits are not in themselves enough. Only by moving beyond those who might start off sympathetic to the idea of normalisation and together exploring the most uncomfortable ideas that might still separate Jews and Muslims or Arabs and Israelis can we be sure these seeds will grow and flourish as they can and should.

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Don’t resort to despair I was surprised and disappointed at the reaction to my letter in Jewish News on 3 June (‘Let’s have a two-state rally’). I conclude that the reaction stemmed from bigotry and fanaticism, though there is one point I would like to clarify. I was not expecting Jews to wave Israeli flags alongside supporters of Palestinians waving Palestinian flags. I was suggesting that all those of whatever ethnic/faith background who genuinely want peace, who believe in change and hope, should take a flag in each hand and show that they care about both peoples having a homeland. An agreed homeland for the Palestinians may take a long time to achieve, but Balfour wanted it and, let’s face it, so do we. As Jews, we need to take the lead on this. We need continual visual and verbal reminders

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CHIEF IS BEING SEXIST As a teacher, Dr Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz is a delight. She shows respect to all levels of belief and to those with none. Her professional knowledge alone should ensure she is shown enormous respect. Instead, she is being treated by the London School of Jewish Studies and Chief Rabbi Mirvis as if she has leprosy and must be kept from their flock. We should be united. We have a Chief Rabbi who has confirmed once again that women are second class citizens and must not rise further than existing levels. Sarah Adler, Mill Hill

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to the wider country and to the world that we don’t believe only in defending our homeland. We care about the other and we still hope that even though the Palestinians have rejected peace, and that Israel tends to elect leaders who aren’t working towards two states, as British Jews we still support what is right. Alan Finlay was wrong when he wrote on these pages: “Israel without sovereignty over all of Jerusalem... has no value to believers in a Jewish state.” Twenty years ago Bill Clinton’s efforts led to Israel agreeing to a compromise proposal for Jerusalem; sadly the Palestinians rejected it. Let’s not back the diplomacy of despair. Let’s believe that we will one day have the right leaders in place so that peace becomes a reality. Hayley Tontovich, by email

Having your school placed in special measures by Ofsted is no joke. I may be in a minority in finding your cartoons childish, silly and sometimes insulting, but with your cartoon of 24 June about the JFS Ofsted report you managed to plumb new depths of tastelessness. It wasn’t witty or sharply observed and had no significant point to make. It was just plain stupid. David Harris, Kenton


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Inspiring Jewish Journeys

Flying through hoops It really is a hassle to travel to Israel under Covid restrictions, but worth it to see children and grandchildren. Having successfully navigated the plethora of forms, birth and marriage certificates, letters from the doctor verifying vaccination dates, batch and type, Covid insurance cover and passports, we finally managed to get permission to visit our family in Israel. Since our easyJet flights were resched-

uled and then cancelled twice, we flew El Al. We duly landed in Ben Gurion airport, where we had a further Covid test. Fortunately, we only had to isolate for one day as a further serology [antibody] test showed we had plenty of antibodies. In order to then return to the UK, we needed a further PCR test before flying, which we got at the airport two days before leaving.

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Congratulations and mazeltov to Lester M Abrahams for contributing what must surely be the most bizarre letter ever published in Jewish News, comprising, as it does, rhyme but no reason (Jewish News, 10 June). If Mr Abrahams (or indeed any other JN reader) even considers the possibility of ‘shul’ rhyming with ‘pull’, he needs to get out more. Ideally to his nearest shul. Adrian Brodkin, N2

As a parent of two young teenagers, I’d like to thank Harrison Engler, national director of Habonim Dror, for his successful campaign to convince the government to relax rules of overnight trips for out-of-school groups in the pandemic that limited numbers to a maximum of six. His efforts on behalf of the Jewish community and British society in general have certainly lifted the spirits in our household. Sammy Ashman, N12

Deepest condolences and love to Miriam, Rosalyn and Steven on the passing of Holocaust Survivor turned Teacher and Friend of Humanity

Leslie Kleinman BEM z'l A true Mensch who turned the Auschwitz tattoo of hatred to a badge of pride, goodness and decency. "They thought it was the branding of an animal little did they know the numerical value A-8230 stands for LOVE and ONENESS…"

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From adversity comes business opportunity ALEX BRUMMER

CITY EDITOR, THE DAILY MAIL

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y wife and I recently went to Cardiff to visit the graves of her parents to mark a recent yahrzeit. My father-in-law, Saul Magrill, who lived to his late 90s, was one of the last of post-war generation of property men who helped regenerate Britain’s cities. After distinguished service in the RAF and qualifying as a chartered surveyor, he joined the famous Mayfair firm of Dudley Samuel, from where he had bird’s eye view of London. He was deputed to sack the late Harry Hyams who went on to create one of the country’s biggest real estate empires, including the controversial Centre Point building in the West End. London after the war was a desolate place. Shops on fashionable Regent Street were empty, damaged and pockmarked. The City of London was festooned with bomb craters, crumbled buildings and there was a sense of helplessness as to whether it could ever recover.

A generation of Jewish entrepreneurs had the creativity to see things differently; wwhere others saw hopelessness, they saw opportunity. In some respects, the situation is not that different in Britain’s cities today as the nation struggles to pull out of the pandemic. Working from home and hybrid arrangements have left great conurbations looking like ghost towns. Many retail chains have vanished. It was from the ruins of Nazi bombing that several of the great commercial and property empires emerged. Harold Samuel turned his Land Securities into the grande dame of UK property – a status it retains today. Charles Clore built a property and retail empire that culminated in the purchase of Selfridges. Max Joseph built the Grand Metropolitan Hotels property hostelry empire. Retailers such as

John Cohen were able to migrate from market stall to shops and supermarkets because there were no shortage of sites to buy or lease. Among other things, my late father-in-law spotted a dilapidated movie theatre Edinburgh, bought it for Marks & Spencer and it became its flagship Scottish store. He later played a key role in reshaping Cardiff city centre. The pandemic dealt huge damage to indebted shopping centre giants such as Intu and Hammerson, the value of whose shares have been hammered. Landlords have been in a tug of war with tenants over rent arrears. Some corporations look to have given staff the choice to work from home. The commercial television company ITV has told its staff they can move to hybrid working and its new premises at White City can no longer accommodate all staff.

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Those businesses with sufficient imagination see a necessity and opportunity rather than a permanent change in the way we live. HSBC, following the levelling up agenda, is moving its UK bank headquarters to Birmingham. Goldman Sachs has ordered all its staff back to the office. Steve Schwarzman’s Blackstone bought up property and logistics group St Modwen for £1.3bn. Blackstone is vacuuming up real estate from the US to the Pacific. Harold would be proud Land Securities has bought out its partner in the huge Victoria redevelopment in London and is pressing ahead with vast multiuse project. It has decided to repurpose its dilapidated suburban shopping centres with new housing developments, flexible office space and convenience stores. The post-war property men left a tremendous legacy of rehabilitation, and secondgeneration empires built by Gerald Ronson, John Ritblat et al took development to the next stage. Rather than wringing hands and declaring defeat in the face of the pandemic, those developers with vision see an opportunity as their Jewish predecessors did.

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Ireland's new model for political antisemitism NICK HENDERSON-MAYO

FORMER SCOTTISH POLITICAL ACTIVIST NOW LIVING IN ISRAEL

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s British Jews rallied against terrorism in London at the end of May, standing up against the frightening increase in antisemitic attacks, it was a very different scene just across the Irish Sea. Dozens of major demonstrations were held in the Republic demanding an end to the Jewish state. In Dublin, thousands of protestors massed across the city in a march stretching 2.3km, converging on the Israeli embassy where crowds chanted: “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” Crowds were addressed by a broad spectrum of Irish parliamentarians, including Boyd Barret, a vocal socialist critic of the Jewish people’s right to self-determination, who repeated, without challenge, the falsehood that Israel practices South African apartheid. Leaders at the protests demanded the reintroduction of a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) bill that was passed by the previous Dáil, but that Taoiseach Micheál Martin insists

is illegal under EU law. But that has not stopped demands from Irish politicians for more attacks on the rights of Jews to live peacefully in Israel. There was also a new motion to expel the Israeli ambassador, Ophir Kariv, from Ireland. Despite the move being littered with falsehoods and Hamas talking points, the resolution had cross-party support in the Irish parliament, not just from the socialist fringe but from the Greens, Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin. While the Irish foreign ministry has rejected the move, anti-Israel activists aggressively lobbied TDs. Mr Kariv was forcefully condemned for even being interviewed on the national broadcaster RTÉ during Hamas’ attacks on Israel. His impassioned pleas for peace and coexistence fellon deaf ears among the Irish political establishment. While in London, alliances of anti-racists, pro-peace supporters and ordinary Jews can take to the streets to defend the right of the Jewish people to live in the face of so much hate, in Ireland, there are few people left who can bravely wave an Israeli flag. The Irish-Jewish community has dwindled to less than 3,000 people in a population of more than five million, mostly concentrated in Dublin. Yet the Jewish presence in Ireland has

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increased by as much as 30 percent in recent years thanks to the influx of Israelis who have come to work in the tech capital of Europe. Despite the shared heritage of the Irish republican and Zionist movement’s anticolonial struggles against British imperialism, Ireland has a long and staggering history of ingrained antisemitism. From the outsized role of the Catholic Church in past decades to downright ignorance about Israel and Jewish people, there are few places left in Ireland for balanced discussion or promoting peace. Instead of promoting models of peace

building and community dialogue found in Northern Ireland, the Republic is gravitating towards support for terrorism and targeting civilians as a legitimate means to achieve a political end. It’s somewhat unsurprising given the resurgence of Sinn Féin, the IRA’s political wing, as a major force in Irish politics. The IRA has a long and often proud history of deep, symbiotic links with the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. In Northern Ireland, it continues to block adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism, while in Europe, in their push for European-wide BDS, Irish left-wing MEPs attack Jewish student movements. In Ireland, a new model for political antisemitism gains ground. Happy to rely on Israeli technology and investment, politicians roundly attack Israel’s right to defend itself or even to exist. Governing parties are so offended by the mere sight of the Israeli ambassador on a TV interview they threaten expulsion. While in Britain, the US and certain places in Europe, people remain able and willing to take to the streets to point out this hypocrisy, on the streets of Dublin there’s no one left to do so.

A glass ceiling that feels like it's made of cement JEMMA SILVERT

PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR, JOFA UK

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he glass ceiling is gone. I always thought that when I heard those words, it would be a celebration. We would watch in awe as fragments of glass gently rained down, bending the light into tiny rainbows, each brimming with promises of a new and untold future. In some ways, it does feel like that. Attending the Yeshivat Maharat smicha (ordination) ceremony, every square of my Zoom screen was filled with joy, with women seeing themselves represented in their leadership, with girls for the first time seeing the extent of what is possible. I am overflowing with excitement at Rabba Lindsey’s achievements. I am excited by what she will do personally and by the people and possibilities I know she will inspire. I’m also angry, kind of heartbroken and remarkably unsurprised. Following her smicha, Rabba Lindsey’s 16-year Research Fellowship at LSJS has been revoked, meaning she can no longer teach there. This is despite her publiclystated intentions in studying for smicha “to enhance [her] Torah knowledge and develop

[her] learning further...to teach at a higher level and provide needed leadership in the Orthodox Torah world”. She never intended to seek a post as a rabbi, and even offered to not use her title. Nobody expected female rabbinic ordination to suddenly be accepted by the UK Orthodox world, nor for it to be easy for Rabba Lindsey and her colleagues. This response is not so much surprising as it is heart-breaking, infuriating. For as long as I can remember, the metaphor of the glass ceiling has been that of an invisible or unacknowledged barrier, preventing a given demographic from rising beyond a certain level. It never made complete sense to me; glass isn’t invisible or unacknowledged, it is transparent. We are standing below, watching the people above us walking around on what they unquestioningly call a glass floor. To the people above, those on the ‘inside’ of Orthodoxy, know that yours is a position I wholeheartedly respect. You are the women who make the active and painful decision to stay within

communities that fundamentally limit you; you are the men who hold your community positions and rabbinic titles with pride. You may not agree with everything that Orthodoxy stands for, but you can speak to a wider audience, make more of a difference from within, subtly planting seeds towards a more accepting community. Yet, if you’re standing on that glass floor, telling yourself that you deserve your place there by virtue of helping others to reach your heights, you’re wrong. Unless you’re physically leaning over the edge and holding us a rope, you’re wrong. The time has passed for walking around and telling your fellows that maybe, one day, building a ladder might not be such a bad idea. We’ve built our own ladder. We just need you to help us hold it in place while we climb. In achieving semicha, Rabba Lindsey has climbed the ladder and reached the top. In offering to concede her title at LSJS, she has knocked politely on the glass and asked for a small hole to be made through which she can climb. At no

NO ONE EXPECTED FEMALE RABBINIC ORDINATION TO SUDDENLY BE ACCEPTED BY ORTHODOXY

point has the floor underneath your feet been threatened. At no point have we taken a hammer to our ceiling. We know it's also your floor. In removing Rabba Lindsey from her post, LSJS (and, by extension, its president, Chief Rabbi Mirvis) have rendered the glass ceiling opaque. It feels like we are walking around in the dark, like we can no longer see to what we are aspiring. In your actions last week, or your lack thereof, you have not just sealed the cracks in your floor you felt were threatening, you have covered our glass ceiling in cement. Women in Orthodoxy can now learn, teach, offer pastoral support, gain qualifications to advise on areas of religious law; this is all relatively recent. It is only with the emergence of other denominations that Orthodoxy has developed the need to define itself in opposition. ‘Reform changes things, so Orthodoxy can’t change anything’ feels like the mindset. It doesn’t feel like integrity to turn away brilliant and qualified teachers because of their title or gender. It doesn’t feel like integrity to spend the past fortnight in anger and in heartbreak, when I want to be bursting with joy for Lindsey. When I say the ceiling is no longer made of glass, I don’t want it to be because the ceiling is now opaque. I want it to be a celebration.


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My lonely struggle against social media antisemitism KHALED HASSAN POLITICAL RISK AND INTELLIGENCE ANALYST

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ome experiences leave us feeling helpless and emotionally drained. I’ve had a few such experiences lately. As an Egyptian immigrant to the UK, I never thought I would hear a group of Islamist radicals roaming the streets of the capital of a liberal democracy, screaming “rape their daughters”. I thought this was behind me when I left the Middle East almost six years ago. Yet radical Islamism, it seems, found its way to the streets of London. Terrorism, as defined in academia, is the use or threat to use violence to achieve certain goals. Therefore, the antisemitic attacks and threats were acts of terrorism and should be treated as such. They were not. Instead, we saw a persistent increase in antisemitism and indifference towards the suffering of Jews. A quarter of UK top universities issued antisemitic statements. The students’ union of Leicester University, where I am studying for a

master’s degree, issued an antisemitic statement exclusively offering Palestinian students their support. There was no mention of the unprecedented increase in antisemitism. For me the excruciating, lonely fight against antisemitism is on campuses, at work and, of course, on social media. I invest my skills and experience, particularly as a native Arabic speaker, in countering the most horrific forms of antisemitism where the Holocaust is denied or celebrated and terrorist groups are unashamedly glorified – while the killing of an Israeli child is met with celebration emojis. I am often on the receiving end of death threats, conspiracy theories, insults and abuse. I have, nonetheless, been doing this for years so know the risks. What took me by surprise was the abuse and racism received from members of our Jewish community. My online conversations seem to always include someone questioning my convictions, denying me the right to freedom of expression and hurling racist and derogatory terms at me (most recently it was suggested I’m more suit-

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able for a job at a fried chicken shop – because, of course, that is where a brown man belongs). Many of these comments are from seemingly staunch supporters of Israel,who are blind to the fact I defend Israel and argue against calls to boycott its ambassador. Haters see a guy with a Muslim Arab name and bombard me with all kinds of abuse. To racists and xenophobes, the colour of my skin and where I am from are all that matters. That is not to insinuate racism and discrimination are particularly rife within our Jewish communities as I believe the majority are more progressive and inclusive than many other communities. The Board of Deputies’ initiative on racial inclusivity in the Jewish community, to which I contributed, and Jewish News’ swift action against racist comments demonstrate we do

not tolerate racism. But you do not have to be bullied by every classmate for it to be an issue. However, one racist can ruin an otherwise pleasant experience. I want to appeal to faith groups, politicians and social media platforms to hold haters accountable. Yes, our Jewish communities are far ahead and capable of self-reflection, but this effort needs to be taken further. We need other faith groups to catch up. Despite a study warning that 44 percent of British Muslims endorse antisemitic conspiracy theories and numerous horrendous incidents, we are yet to see leaders of the Muslim community engage in an undertaking similar to the Board’s. We deserve to lead lives free of discrimination and racism. For the time being, however, I need to take time away from social media.

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Supporters of Norwood, the learning disabilities charity, took to the hills with a gruelling 10-mile hike to raise money to support the charity’s services. Starting outside of Henley, participants braved heights of up to 1,150 feet in the picturesque Chilterns, passing by villages that were the backdrop for the television series The Vicar of Dibley. After a five-hour climb, those on the hike finished with a well-deserved glass of wine at a vineyard.

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CELEB SUPPORT

Clore Tikva School in Barkingside hosted Countdown star Rachel Riley on Friday for a fundraising Shabbat dinner. Riley spoke about her career, passion for education, Strictly Come Dancing and her fight against antisemitism. “It was a pleasure to attend the Shabbat dinner,” said the TV star. “I am always very keen to support our schools.” The event was organised by Yochy and Laurence Davis, whose grandchild attends the school.

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3EVENT SUCCESS

Magen David Adom UK (MDA UK) hosted its first in-person event in more than 18 months with guest speaker Tzipi Hotovely. Israel’s ambassador to the UK told the crowd she “welcomed the opportunity to get out of the ‘ghetto’ and experience life beyond the embassy, the Residence and Tesco”. Speaking after the Covid-secure event, MDA UK chief executive, Daniel Burger, said: “It was fantastic to get our supporters together in one room after so long. Here’s to hoping that this is just the start of a return to normality and the end of online get-togethers.”

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Around 60 pupils at Hertsmere Jewish Primary School in Radlett celebrated receiving their first Siddur at a special outdoor event last week. Parents were given a flower by their child as they presented the Year One students with The Tribe Siddur for Children and Families. The youngsters later gave a virtual performance of their Chaggigat Siddur show. Deputy headteacher Lisa Wolf said: “Although we had to do things differently this year, we were so pleased we were able to still welcome parents while maintaining social distancing in order to celebrate this special and important milestone in their child’s primary school journey.”

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Amazing?

Thousands of children had a fun re-introduction to the magic of Hebrew over the last fortnight, as JNF UK’s Festival of Spoken Ivrit rolled into town! Dreamed up as a modern way to make Hebrew learning as accessible and impactful as possible, the festival is the latest way that JNF UK is helping the next generation strengthen their relationship with Israel and their Jewish heritage. For the third year running, professionally trained actors from an award-winning Israeli theatre company were brought over to give exclusive performances to nearly three thousand Jewish school children making them the hottest seats around! There were three different plays, each aimed at a different age group, so that there was something for everyone. Each performance was a perfect blend of English and Hebrew, with the captivated audience members absorbing the foreign words without even noticing. Although JNF UK had to contend with the effects of Covid this year, they worked extra-hard to ensure that the event went ahead - as they say, the show must go on! In keeping with Israel being the start-up nation, cutting-edge technology came to the rescue. Instead of having multiple performers in each play, there was one person interacting with a series of prerecorded video actors. This meant that suddenly the children found themselves transported to another world, replacing teachers with actors, classrooms with stages, and lessons with stories. They met Pinocchio, the Ugly Duckling and Itai Chammah – a former professional swimmer who shared how he had overcome all obstacles to represent Israel at the Olympics!

The festival was a real hit with the children– here’s just a few of the comments JNF UK received:

“I loved learning new Ivrit words!” “I really liked the acting – it was amazing that one person did all the characters.” “This is the best show I ever watched!” “We loved all the Hebrew songs.” With praise like this, it’s clear – the bar has been set very high for next year’s Festival of Spoken Ivrit! JNF UK is the oldest Israel-supporting charity in the UK. Today it is future-proofing the country for the challenges ahead, including transforming undeveloped areas like the Negev. To help shape Israel’s future with us, please visit www.jnf.co.uk Registered Charity No. 225910


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Publishing pioneer Judy Piatkus tells Kari Colmans how her business grew from her bedroom into a global brand

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espite recently putting pen to paper for her memoir, Ahead of her Time, serial entrepreneur and former global publisher Judy Piatkus claims she isn’t a writer. Having launched Piatkus Books in 1979 from her spare bedroom, at a time when there were few budding businesswomen, Piatkus taught herself how to become a successful publisher without any formal training, education or backing, while also raising three young children. “I simply can’t see myself as a writer, I just suddenly felt a need to write,” smiles Piatkus as we chat, discussing whether her outfit is Zoomappropriate, something we never thought we’d be saying two years ago. “I now understand why so many people choose to write later in life, trying to make sense of things,” she adds. “I like to put words on paper to help organise my thinking. I now have the perspective of distance.” Long before the bestseller charts were packed with mind body spirit, business and relationship books, Piatkus created a platform for new voices and leading authorities and experts in their fields, including internationally bestselling authors Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mary Berry, David Allen and Brian L Weiss. Her memoir details how her combination of financial risk-taking, transparent approach in business and courage to tackle new subjects in the marketplace rather than follow trends led Piatkus Books to become a leading independent publisher. Piatkus’ success derived in the most part from her pioneering attitude. Of all her achievements, she is most proud of this: “We opened people’s minds to new ways of thinking in so many areas,” she says. “We raised people’s consciousness.” She fondly recalls working with

national treasure Mary Berry on her first cookbook, Fast Cakes, in the 1980s. In one particular recipe for cherry cake, the printers accidentally left out the key ingredient of three eggs and they were inundated with phone calls from frustrated readers whose desserts may have been fast but were a long way from star baker material. “She was the most professional of authors to work with,” Piatkus says. “Together we made a good team.” Having recently printed (elsewhere) an amalgamated version of her first two Fast cookbooks, Berry has just sent Piatkus a copy inside which was a lovely personal note. In Piatkus’ book, there is also an entire chapter dedicated to the American romance novelist Nora Roberts, who at the time was one of the most successful authors of women’s commercial fiction in the world. Highly prolific, each novel she wrote became a new American bestseller. Roberts’ US agent, feeling that she wasn’t as well known in the UK as she wanted her to be, was looking for a new home for her. That home became Piatkus’ publishing house. We also chat about the collaboration between Jewish cookery writer Evelyn Rose and Sula Leon for their book, Master Class. While it wasn’t

Judy Piatkus authors, from left: cookery writer Mary Berry, romantic novelist Nora Roberts and self-help guru David Allen

marketed as a Jewish cookbook, all the recipes were kosher and a huge hit, especially in London and Manchester. Growing up in a traditional Jewish household in north-west London and having spent time in Israel as a teenager, Piatkus’ heritage has always been important to her. “Because we were so successful publishing Forged in Fury by Michael Elkins, the BBC’s Jerusalem correspondent, within the first few years of the company’s existence, we were offered a lot of books of Jewish interest – general non-fiction by Jewish writers and frequently Holocaust literature and novels with Jewish characters written by Jewish authors,” she says. “Because I understood the market, it was always a pleasure to publish books of Jewish interest. After a couple of years, we were beginning to build a solid reputation for books of Jewish interest, in addition to our list of titles targeted at women. We were creating our own niche in the marketplace and began to be offered an increasing number of projects via literary agents and American publishers, as well as suggestions for new books from wuthors themselves who had read and heard about our books.” During a year in which many people turned to books to provide comfort, Piatkus’ memoir provides an insight into the building of a company and a brand identity, and what enables a team and a business to succeed. With the career landscape rapidly changing, Piatkus details her learning experience as an entrepreneur – the triumphs and the pitfalls, how to reinvent through lean times, learning to be both a publisher and a managing director while also being a doting, hands-on mother – and how it felt to overcome obstacles in order to build up the career she wanted.

Piatkus credits a large part of her success to her even temperament. “I am both left- and right-brained,” she laughs. “Both practical and creative. I am able to create while at the same time measuring risk, staying focused and persevering with my goal.” She is also very vocal about how much more needs to be done to encourage women to keep pursuing uninhibited success in the workplace. “There have been massive changes since I started out, but there’s still a way to go,” she says. “We need to get to a point where it’s no longer a conversation topic. We need to continue to work on shifting attitudes in the workplace and getting more women on boards in companies of all sizes, with their talents represented at the heads of companies. “Fathers have a huge role to play in this: to encourage their daughters to smash through those glass ceilings.” Piatkus can’t help but keep busy. Even during the various lockdowns, she launched a virtual initiative called Conscious Café, which brought people together for interesting conversations on personal growth and development. And while she is now taking a small break, she is debating a second book. “I’ve already written chapter one. Perhaps one morning I will just wake up and write chapter two.” Something tells me it’s written in the stars.  Ahead of Her Time: How a OneWoman Startup Became a Global Publishing Brand by Judy Piatkus is published by www.watkins publishing.com priced £14.99. Available now

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First-look images have been released for the highly-anticipated BBC One adaption of Adam Kay’s bestseller, This Is Going To Hurt, which stars Skyfall actor Ben Whishaw. At times hilarious, at times devastating, This Is Going To Hurt draws on Kay’s real-life experience as an NHS doctor surviving the gut-wrenching lows of life on a gynaecology and obstetrics ward. Adam (played by Whishaw) is a doctor wending his way through the ranks of hospital hierarchy – junior enough to suffer the crippling hours, but senior enough to face a constant barrage of terrifying responsibilities. He clings to his personal life as he becomes increasingly overwhelmed by stresses at work: the 97-hour weeks, the life and death decisions, and all the while knowing the hospital parking

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War hero’s heritage is finally set in stone A little-known Welsh Jewish admiral who played a huge part in helping win the Second World War has had his roots acknowledged for the first time beside his statue, writes Stephen Oryszczuk Admiral Sir Max Horton commanded 300 submarines and 121,000 men and women during Britain’s Battle of the Atlantic against Nazi U-boats, having been put in charge by Winston Churchill in 1941, when Britain was losing ship after ship. He turned the tide and became the nemesis of Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz as he reversed German dominance of the ocean and helped keep supply lines open. In so doing he stopped Britain from starving. Military historians have described him as “perhaps the greatest fighting admiral produced by Great Britain in the 20th century and one of the most important Allied commanders in the entire Second World War”, but today very few know his name. This week, people were reminded of his deeds – and of his Jewish origins – after a new plaque with a Star of David was added beside his statue on the Welsh island of Anglesey, where he was born in 1883 to Robert Angel Horton and Esther Maude Goldsmid of the D’Avigdor-Goldsmid Anglo-Jewish family. The plaque was paid for by the American historian and philanthropist Jerry Klinger on behalf of the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation and was organised by the Hackney Branch of the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women of the UK (AJEX, also known as the Jewish Military Association). AJEX archivist Martin Sugarman said the plaque pointing out Admiral Horton’s ethnic heritage had been well received locally. Horton joined the Royal Navy in 1898, soon winning bravery awards for rescue operations at sea. At the start of the First World War, he commanded a submarine. By the end he commanded all British submarines in the North Sea and Baltic. It was during this campaign, in which he won yet more awards for sinking enemy ships, that he initiated the tradition of sub-

Admiral Sir Max Horton (left) while serving in the Baltic

The statue by Terry MacDonald with the new interpretive footstone in front

marines flying the Jolly Roger flag upon their return following a successful patrol. During the 1930s he was promoted to Vice Admiral, then to Rear Admiral, commanding all British submarines. As the Second World War began, he created the Atlantic convoy of hospitalised rescue ships to pick up survivors from U-boat attacks. The Germans were targeting Britain’s lifeline – food and arms supply ships from America – and were hugely successful, sinking on average four Allied ships every day. With Britain just three or four weeks away from running out of food, and thus having to surrender, it was to Horton that Churchill turned in 1942. He named the Welshman as Commander in Chief, Western Approaches, the largest operational command in the Royal Navy, and Horton wasted no time in ridding his fleet of ‘incompetents’, from the boiler room all the way up to the captain’s desk. “No matter what one’s assignment, Sir Max impressed on each and every man and woman in his command that they had but one goal: bring the convoys safely through the wolf-packs in the North Atlantic by sinking U-Boats,” wrote historian Charles

McCain. “Sir Max focused everyone on this goal. Nothing else mattered. And the best way to sink U-Boats was by ceaselessly training. No matter what task you performed, you could perform it better. “Escort captains went to a special school. Anti-aircraft gunners trained in realistic simulation booths created by the British motion picture industry. Entire escort groups were pulled out of the battle and trained and trained until not only could they execute every command, but correctly anticipate every command.” Ruthless in nature, cold on a personal level, bold in his tactics, Horton was not well liked, but he was hugely respected by those who served under him. He cut deadwood, promoted talented submariners, and made it his business to give his captains the full military funerals he felt they deserved. Contemporaries wrote of his immense knowledge – whether of enemy manoeuvres or engines, torpedo detonators or radar – and say he took an interest in every detail onboard every boat. But it was in his operations room that he spent much of the war. “For many hours day and night, Sir Max stared at a plotting map which took up an entire wall of the very large operations room in his bunker,” wrote McCain. “The map told him, with up-to-the-minute accuracy, the location of every ship, plane, and convoy in this ocean, kept up-to-date by dozens of Wrens [members of the Women’s Royal Naval Service or WRNS] who climbed long ladders to move magnetic markers to new positions. The ladders were so tall that one Wren slipped and fell to her death.” Not only did he introduce new tactics to increase the defence of convoys, he also created the fleet of hunter ships to destroy the U-boats.

Admiral Sir Max Horton

Speaking to Jewish News, Martin Sugarman said: “In the opinion of many historians and of Winston Churchill himself, Sir Max saved Britain from certain defeat in the Battle of the Atlantic, by keeping open the food, munitions and troop supplies coming from North America.” After he died in 1951, a memorial to him was put up in Liverpool Cathedral, but not until 2019 was a statue to Horton erected in his hometown on Anglesey, initiated by local Councillor Gwyneth Parry. Last year, Sugarman pointed out the omission. “The inscription failed to say anything about Sir Max’s Jewish heritage, so we contacted Jerry Klinger who financed a further plaque to point it out. “This has been added at the foot of the statue, to the delight of local people. AJEX is very proud of our war hero.”

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BY RABBI ALEX CHAPPER It must have been the most devastating moment in his life. Having led a fractious people for 40 years, taken them out from slavery and guided them through the wilderness to the verge of the Promised Land, Moses is told by God he will not enter it with them. Instead, he is to ascend Har Nevo so he can be shown the land in its entirety and there he “will be gathered to his people” – passing away without fulfilling his life’s work and dream of leading the Jews in the land of Israel. Having previously petitioned God on behalf of the people, sometimes when they did not deserve it, Moses, instead of pleading his case, asks God to appoint a suitable leader so the nation would not be left “like sheep without a shepherd”. Why did he not first pray to God that he be allowed to enter the land? Rashi, quoting the Midrash,

explains that Moses’ surprising action shows the praise of the righteous: when they are about to depart from the world, they abandon all thought of themselves and are occupied with the affairs of the community. The Torah records Moses’ incredible response as it displays the hallmark of the righteous who, to the very end, are more concerned for the needs of others than their own. Moses reminds us no one lives in a vacuum, no one can be so self-obsessed they cannot think of others and no one is bigger than the community. Perhaps his greatest legacy is an imperative for us to think more about how we can help others rather than just ourselves, and that each of us must find our place in and give of ourselves to the community. ◆ Rabbi Alex Chapper serves Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue

BY RABBI GARRY WAYLAND The top 100 names for girls and boys for 2021 have been revealed, with quite a few Hebrew names topping the list, including David, Asher, Jacob and Isaac. So, what does the Torah say about names we give our children? “May the One who blessed our forefathers bless the mother and her child born to her at an auspicious time, and he or she shall be called in Israel…!” These words are the traditional formula by which Jewish girls are named either in synagogue after the Torah reading or boys after their brit milah (circumcision). In many circles, the custom is for parents to not reveal the name to anyone – even closest family – until that point and the excited tension is palpable as people try to catch the name. Some parents would have spent the best part of the pregnancy debating or deliberating; some wait for birth to see their new child;

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whereas others may only settle on a name just before the public pronouncement. Names are significant. Elon Musk and Grimes (real name Claire Boucher) made headlines when they named their son with the unusual moniker X Æ A-12 (later renamed X AE A-XII). Meanwhile, in naming their daughter Lilibet Diana, Prince Harry and Meghan (pictured) were making a statement about their relationship with the Queen. The impact of a name is felt most keenly by the person themselves. People name their children

for all sorts of reasons: in honour of departed family members, after role models or inspirational figures. On the other hand, a name that was a fad or frivolous can affect the well-being of the child for years; judges have blocked names such as Nutella (banned in France), Robocop (US) and Cyanide and Preacher (twins in Wales). Jewish tradition teaches names are not just symbolic: they are a reflection of the soul. As such, parents are given a spark of divine inspiration upon naming their children. When naming our children after ancestors, great heroes from the Torah or Jewish history, we are giving honour to their memory, expressing our appreciation for who they were, but also expressing our inner prayers that the child should grow up with the very best of what they represented. ◆ Rabbi Garry Wayland is a teacher and educator for US Living and Learning

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The Bible Says What? God commands we build idols! BY RABBI DEBBIE YOUNG-SOMERS We all know we aren’t meant to build idols. So it can be confusing to see Aaron assisting the Israelites in building a golden calf, cherubim adorning the ark in the Mishkan, and, in parashat Chukkat, the erection of a giant copper snake. The giant snake follows on from an unfortunate reoccurrence of Israelite moaning. They are beset by a plague of burning snakes until they relent and beg Moses to ask God to make it stop. Which he does. The burning snakes are replaced by a giant statue of a copper snake, at which everyone is instructed to look up. On doing so, those who have been bitten are healed. It seems like a very short jump from this to idolatry! But it was God who commanded the building of the snake. Why would God command the Israelites to build an idol of an animal? Ever since the Garden of Eden, the snake has been associated with

the yetzer ha’ra – the evil inclination. The yetzer ha’ra can lead us down the wrong path, or it can be the small voice in our head causing self-doubt and an inability to complete anything. This kind of inner saboteur can be soul-destroying and crushing and can create a huge distance between us and those around us, and between us and God. The yetzer ha’ra that caused the Israelites to grumble and moan may have been as much about their own self-doubt and fear, which in turn created a spiritual black hole. By building a giant version of their yetzer ha’ra in their midst, they were not only reminding themselves of where they went wrong, but they are being asked to face their fears head-on – which is sometimes the only way to deal with fear.

◆ Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers serves Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue

Progressively Speaking As women seek leadership roles, barricades can’t be put up forever BY RABBI CHARLEY BAGINSKY One of the most interesting developments in Orthodox Judaism over the past few years has been the semicha (ordination) of women rabbis, graduating from New York’s Yeshivat Maharat Orthodox rabbinical school. While UK Liberal and Reform Judaism has long had women rabbis and cantors, this has been a huge change for the Orthodox movement – and not without controversy. Most recently, the excellent Dr Lindsey Taylor-Guthartz (pictured) – who chose the title rabba, the feminine Hebrew form of rabbi – was effectively banned from teaching at the London School of Jewish Studies. A statement from the office of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said she had “stepped beyond the boundaries of mainstream Orthodoxy”. There has been much work within the United Synagogue on raising women in leadership positions within the community, but there is clearly more to be done.

Some may say Orthodox Judaism’s loss is Liberal Judaism’s gain – and that all these brilliant and accomplished women should find a home with us instead. Indeed, we are lucky Rabbi Eryn London is bringing her experience and deep learning to our chaplaincy team. However, the key point is these rabbis are not Progressive Jews; they are Orthodox Jews who wish to serve their communities and education institutions. Things are changing. I have seen it at cross-communal events. Whereas Orthodox male leaders once wouldn’t even address me as “rabbi”, there has

been a dramatic step change and not only is my title used, but my opinion is sought. The patriarchal dominance is shifting; across the Jewish communal sphere we are seeing women leading many of our communal institutions. This is through societal change, new leadership and the visible success of women rabbis such as Alexandra Wright, Laura Janner-Klausner and Baroness Julia Neuberger and leaders such as Gillian Merron and Marie van der Zyl. Judaism is an ever-changing and evolving religion. You cannot put up barricades forever. One day the floodgates will open. As Rabba Taylor-Guthartz herself has stated, although there are or seem to be places that are ‘closed off ’ to her, there are also places where change is happening and being accepted and where there is room for innovation. ◆ Rabbi Charley Baginsky is chief executive officer of Liberal Judaism

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