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Racial equality activists fail in bid to join Board of Deputies racial inclusivity in the community. Adam Rose, chair of JCORE, said: “It was extremely disappointing that certain deputies felt it appropriate to make misleading allegations, thus encouraging enough deputies to block The failure of the Jewish Council For JCORE’s membership application. Racial Equality (JCORE) to be elected as a “I was pleased a majority of deputies member of the Board of Deputies has been backed JCORE’s application for membership. greeted with fury and dismay amid the latJCORE will continue to work closely with the est round of infighting between deputies. Board, with widespread support from across Amid a renewal of tensions between deputhe Jewish community and beyond, to ensure ties aligned to the left and right that came to that its work for good race relations and for the fore during recent presidential elections, the rights of refugees and asylum seekers conthe community’s voice on refugees and the tinues.” Zionist Central Council of Manchester (ZCC) Rose faced claims his organisation did not failed to secure the two-thirds of votes necessupport the IHRA definition from the deputy sary to join the Board at a meeting on Monday. JCORE chief Dr Edie Friedman Ric Cooper and that it had given “help to the Langdon, Kisharon, Jewish Small Communities Network, the Jewish Police Association and GIFT were enemies of the Jewish people”. Rose responded by saying he did not know “on what basis you say we don’t support the IHRA all admitted after securing more than 90 percent backing. It is understood that JCORE, which campaigns on issues definition”, adding that JCORE had “just never discussed this”. The deputy Gideon Smith intervened to say the majority of around racial equality and justice for refugees, attracted 52 percent support after deputies opposed to its joining raised ques- groups on the Board took no position on the IHRA definition. The ZCC attracted 42 percent support, vowing immediately tions about its commitment to the IHRA definition of antisemitism. One deputy later remarked that it was “farcical” to hear to apply again. In Monday’s occasionally tense session, a number of young Jewish organisations being questioned about their commitdeputies pointed to claims of past associations between memment to fighting antisemitism. In a statement on Tuesday, JCORE said it was “dismayed” by bers of the ZCC and the far-right activist Stephen Yaxleythe result, which comes only months after the Board of Depu- Lennon, also known as Tommy Robinson. The ZCC’s Raymond ties received widespread acclaim for its landmark report on Continued on page 2 by Lee Harpin email@example.com @lmharpin
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Three issues were submitted with the nomination. This included the edition for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, edited by a panel of second and third generation and featuring portraits of survivors taken by the Duchess of Cambridge, an issue focusing on mental health at the height of the first wave in the pan-
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News / University row / Board criticised / Plane crash
Bristol officials ‘silent on Miller’ still nothing. When does the clock run Bristol University officials “refused out?” to discuss the case” involving antiMiller’s remarks led to anger Israel professor David Miller in across the community with calls a meeting with Jewish student for his removal, letters signed leaders yesterday, UJS has by MPs, and petitions signed by claimed. high-profile figures. Hundreds Representatives from the of Miller’s supporters also Union of Jewish Students and backed him, accusing critics of Bristol Jewish Society (JSoc) attacking academic freedom. met the vice-chancellor, more Mark Gardner, chief executive of than 130 days after the launch of a the Community Security Trust, said: formal investigation in March. “After over two years of this attitude Miller reportedly called for an Professor David from Bristol University, we can all see end to Zionism and accused the uniMiller where they stand, but CST will conversity’s J-Soc of being “pawns” of Israel. Bristol Jsoc said at the time its president tinue to support Bristol JSoc and UJS in every had received personal abuse as a result of Mill- way that we can.”” A spokesperson for the University of Bristol er’s comments, and accused the university of a said it was a “productive meeting” and that failure in its duty of care to Jewish students. In a statement, the UJS said: “This week “from the outset, we explained that we would be Bristol JSoc and UJS met with the Vice-Chan- unable to discuss the investigation”. They said: “We cannot jeopardise the integcellor Professor Hugh Brady, to discuss its failure to provide basic duty of care to its Jewish rity and rigour of what is a confidential process by discussing it with third parties or the media. students in regards to Professor Miller. “The University refused to discuss the case For the same reasons, we cannot confirm what and remained silent on when a decision would stage the investigation is at.” The spokesperson also highlighted the unibe made, despite the consistent pressure for a versity’s “freedom of speech policy” as well as timely result. “It has now been 165 days since Professor saying it opposes bullying and wants to provide a Miller publicly attacked Jewish students, and “welcoming environment for Jewish students”.
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Solomon confirmed on social media that Robinson had “approached” the group in the past – but added: “I challenge those people who voted today against the ZCC to provide any proof that the ZCC is a supporter of Robinson.” Addressing concerns the organisation had failed to condemn Robinson’s presence at a central London rally supporting Israel during its recent antiterror operation against Hamas, he wrote: “The ZCC did not comment about Robinson’s appearance at the ZF event because the BOD and the ZF had already commented.” Speakers including Joe Grabiner also pointed to lawyer Robert Festenstein, who is president of the ZCC, in expressing opposition. After appearing in a video put out by Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – who is also known as Tommy Robinson – on YouTube in 2017, Festenstein denied that the far-right activist was his client. He said at the time: “I was interviewed by Mr Robinson in connection with a matter where I am instructed by a client who has a potential dispute with Sunderland City Council. Mr Robinson is not my client. I have no association with him.” Asked by Grabiner how he could reassure deputies that Tommy has nothing to do with the ZCC, Meehan responded: “There is no connection whatsoever between the ZCC and Tommy Robinson. We are totally appalled by the type of person he is.” The Board President then intervened to bring up the fact that the ZCC had failed to condemn the presence of Robinson at a central London rally in support of Israel during the recent anti-terrorist operation against Hamas. Marie van der Zyl said there were “a lot of questions” about the group. One deputy, who asked not to be named, told Jewish News: “There was a sizeable rebellion against the ZCC being admitted from those on the more liberal wing of the Board. “But it’s fair to say the ‘right’ showed they still hold plenty of clout after JCORE’s application to join was voted down.” In a statement, Board interim chief executive Michael Wegier said he welcomed the five new
A London teenager is among four people killed after a plane crashed into a house in western Ukraine yesterday. Hershey Wiess, a 17-year-old from Golders Green, died after the light aircraft crashed into a house in the town of Sheparivka, in the
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member organisations. He said: “This brings the Board of Deputies up to 208 member organisations and synagogues making the organisation the key forum to discuss the issues of the day and giving us unparalleled legitimacy to speak on behalf of the community. “While two organisations, JCORE and the Zionist Central Council, will be disappointed at being unable to achieve the twothirds majority set out in the Board of Deputies constitution, the result does not preclude these organisations re-applying at a later date. The demand to join our organisation and to be a part of the democratic representative organisation of Jews in the UK has never been stronger and there are plenty more applications to be considered.” David Meehan, of the ZCC, addressed Monday’s meeting, said the group’s main objective was to “defend the democratic state of Israel” and that the ZCC were “inclusive and accepting.” Joe Grabiner, of Alyth synagogue, said some were “horrified” that the ZCC’s President Festenstein had appeared in the video with Tommy Robinson. He continued: “How are you able to reassure us Tommy Robinson has nothing to do with your organisation? And is there a connection between those two individuals and your organisation?” Meehan responded by claiming: “There is no connection whatsoever between the ZCC and Tommy Robinson. We are totally appalled by the type of person he is.”
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Synagogue services / Labour briefs / News
Fewer will pray in person at US shuls after Covid The United Synagogue can expect to see a modest fall in attendance at in-person services post-pandemic, according to a survey which also shows nearly a third feel more connected to their communities than before Covid, writes Josh Salisbury. The survey of more than 5,400 adult members – conducted in May – shows a vast majority intend to continue to attend in-building services as they did before. But 19 percent said they were a little or much less likely to attend weekday services than previously, with 16 and 18 percent saying likewise for Friday night and Shabbat morning. Three percent were more likely to attend weekday services, with six and 10 percent for Friday night and Shabbat morning. For Rosh Hashanah, however, slightly more said there was an increased likliehood of them turning up at shul than before: nine percent compared to seven percent who thought it less likely in the post-Covid era. In results that are likely to play a big role in planning, 58 percent said they would rely on a ‘hybrid’ of online and in-person activities, with just 17 percent wanting in-person activities only. But nearly a fifth of members didn’t see themselves attending at all postlockdown whether in person or online. One of the most striking responses came with a question about how connected members feel to their communities as lockdown eases. Nearly a third – 31 percent – felt more connected compared to 25 percent
who replied they were less so. Thirty percent said their involvement increased through online activities, with 53 percent participating just as much during the pandemic as before. Around 17 percent said they had taken part less as physical buildings closed during lockdown. Asked about overall satisfaction, which remained largely the same across all age groups, 86 percent said they were satisfied with the work of their community during the pandemic, though this figure was higher among older respondents than younger ones. The Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, praised the hard In person only
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Starmer to speak at LFI lunch Sir Keir Starmer has agreed to give the keynote speech at the Labour Friends of Israel lunch. The party leader has been confirmed as guest of honour for the annual event, due to take place in November in central London. Sources say he took little convincing to accept the invitation. It will be the first time a Labour leader has addressed LFI’s lunch event since Ed Miliband gave a speech in 2014. In 2018, Issac Herzog spoke at the event as chair of the Jewish Agency.
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News / Olympics tribute / Medal dedication / Israeli’s dream
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One of the widows of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre who fought for decades for a public tribute at the Games has hailed the German IOC chief who finally made it happen. Ankie Spitzer, whose husband Andre Spitzer was killed during the hostage crisis, told Jewish News she “could not stop crying” after a minute’s silence was held at the opening ceremony in Tokyo on Friday. She had led a decades-long campaign for such a tribute, alongside Ilana Ramano, who was also widowed in the darkest chapter of Olympic history. Eleven members of the Israeli delegation were taken hostage and murdered by the terrorist group Black September during the 1972 Games. During Friday’s ceremony in front of a global audience of millions, an announcer said: “We remember those who lost their lives during the Olympic Games. One group still hold a strong place in all our memories and stand for all of those we have lost at the Games: the members of the Israeli delegation at the Olympic Games Munich, 1972.” It was followed by the Japanese word mokto, meaning silence. The tribute was also paid to other members of the Olympic movement who had died, as well as to victims of the Covid-19 pandemic.
German IOC chief Thomas Bach (inset) ‘had the guts’ to organise the silence for the 11 Israelis killed in 1972. Above: Widows Ankie Spitzer and Ilana Ramano
Speaking exclusively to Jewish News, Spitzer, who has campaigned tirelessly alongside fellow widow Ramano, said they had no idea it was going to happen. But her hopes had been raised after Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, personally invited the pair to join just 1,000 dignitaries at the ceremony in Japan. She said they were in frequent contact since
he took on the top job in 2013. “We went to see him several times in Lausanne and were in constant email touch. When he did the ceremony at the Olympic Village in Rio, we told him he made an historic step forward. But we added this wasn’t enough. We wanted it at the Opening Ceremony when millions of people were watching.” Hailing the IOC chief, Spitzer said: “He had
the guts to do it. I know he realised that our demands were just. “Thank God it was realised in our lifetime so that we don’t have to burden our children with continuing the fight for justice.” Bach took office a year after more than 100,000 people had backed a failed petition calling for a minute’s silence at the London Games – a move supported by Barack Obama. An Israeli call for such a tribute was rejected by the IOC, with then IOC president Jacques Rogge saying he would attend a ceremony, similar to what had happened previously, organised by the Israeli Olympic Committee and the local Jewish community at the Guildhall. He also held an unexpected minute’s silence inside the Olympic Village – but this fell short of the request of the families. He claimed at the time the IOC had repeatedly marked the tragedy and that it would “never fade” from the memory of the Olympic family – but Jerusalem suggested that the decision lacked integrity and questioned if the authorities saw anything to do with Israel as controversial. Spitzer suggested the IOC had long feared a backlash from some Muslim states if a tribute such as the one held last week was held on the biggest stage. This weekend, the families will still hold their own ceremony, as they have done at all recent Olympics. It will be attended by Bach whom they will also meet privately beforehand.
Iranian’s ‘todah’ to Israel a reminder of how Mollaei was An Iranian judoka ordered to avoid pressured at the World Judo facing an Israeli opponent by Championships in 2019. intentionally losing his match He was ordered to lose has dedicated his latest medal by avoiding facing an Israeli to Israel. opponent, but he ignored the The message from Saeid warning – after which he had Mollaei, who won silver at the to flee Iran and seek refuge in Tokyo Olympics this week, Europe. came as athletes from two other Mollaei, who went on to become Muslim countries appeared to drop out of the competition after being Saeid Mollaei a citizen of Mongolia, won a silver medal this week for his adoptive drawn against an Israeli challenger. Algeria’s Fetih Nourine did not appear for country at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after sevhis match after being scheduled to face Israel’s eral months training in Israel. “Thank you to Israel for the good energy. Tohar Butbul. He was suspended by the InterThis medal is dedicated also to Israel. I hope national Judo Federation. Mohamed Abdalrasool from Sudan also did the Israelis are happy with this win.” He added a word of thanks in Hebrew not face Butbul, but his team told the Israelis –“todah” – in an interview with the Israeli he had a shoulder injury. The apparent boycott by Nourine is Sports Channel.
TEEN’S ‘DREAM COMES TRUE’ at 19, it’s a dream come true,” Semberg Avishag Semberg, a 19-year-old taeksaid after her win. wondo fighter, won bronze in the Her first win, earlier in the women’s under 49kg category on day, was Israel’s first Olympic Saturday, giving Israel its first win in any taekwondo category. medal of the Tokyo Olympics She had won gold in and its first ever in the sport. the European championships Semberg was not predicted to earlier this year. medal, but she earned the bronze Taekwando is a Korean marafter defeating Turkey’s Rukiye tial art that involves punching and Yldrm. After the match, she embraced Yael Arad, a former judoka who was Avishag Semberg kicking, often at head height, and sometimes in spinning fashion. Israel’s first Olympic medalist in 1992, Israel is expected to win at least one medal in the stands, The Times of Israel reported. “I said to myself, ‘I want this medal more than in judo, a Japanese martial art that features she does,’ and I did it… I have an Olympic medal wrestling techniques.
29 July 2021 Jewish News
Jackie Mason 1928-2021 / News
Tributes to Krusty’s dad, ‘the ultimate Jew’ Tributes have poured in for the acclaimed He also gave his humorous take on Thanksrabbi turned comedian Jackie Mason, who giving, a cure for antisemitism as the world died on Saturday, aged 93, writes Jack Mendel. battled Covid, and wrote a Pesach sermon His wife Jyll, family and friends were with praising Donald Trump’s stance towards Israel him at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, and Jews. where he was admitted two weeks ago after His most recent piece, in May this year, having touble breathing. looked at the spike in antisemitism when Raised in New York on the Lower East there is conflict in the Middle East, saying: Side, the Wisconsin-born funny man “died “There are three constants in life: death, taxes peacefully in his sleep with his wife and a and antisemitism.” few friends by his side”, his friend and lawyer Tributes to Mason also came from Britain, Raoul Felder confirmed. with TV judge Robert Rinder tweeting that he Born Yacov Moshe Maza in 1928, he was was “‘The Ultimate Jew,’ gone but NEVER forthe fourth and last son of two Minsk-born gotten. RIP.” Orthodox Jews, and the first of their children The American Jewish Congress to be born in the US. Coming from a long line paid its respects, referencing of rabbis on his father’s side, aged what it called “the 18 he became a cantor and at 25 serious side of the was ordained as a rabbi – but late Jackie Mason”, writing and comedy were quoted him saying: his callings in life. “I have a great identiAccording to the Chification with Judaism as a cago Tribune, Mason religion and as a culture, said while leading a and all the values that crecongregation: “I started ated such a great history, telling more and more and the Jewish contribujokes, and after a while, a tion to the betterment of lot of gentiles would come all humanity.” to the congregation just to Piers Morgan wrote on hear the sermons”. Twitter: “Not many comedians Mason married his make me howl with laughter 37-year-old manager Jyll throughout a performance, Rosenfeld in 1991, and has but he did. A wonderfully a daughter, Sheba Mason, fearless, inappropriate, nonborn in 1985, who is also a PC, ego-pricking & hilaricomedian. ously funny man.” Paying tribute to the Omid Djalili said: “Curcomedian, long-time friend rently imagining a long Felder, said: “We shall never queue at the Pearly Gates see his like again. This was as St Peter makes Jackie a mould that was broken. Mason do his whole act for We’re going to miss him.” him. RIP Jackie.” Mason began writing for Al Jean, a writer on the Jewish News in September Simpsons, added: “I feel 2020, with a Rosh Hashanah like Krusty. We will very message that said the world is much miss Jackie Mason,” “run by putzes and schmucks”. Top: with a young Donald Trump in reference to the death
of the character Krusty the Clown’s father, who he regularly voiced, a role that won Mason an Emmy to add to the many prizes in his career, including a Tony award. Tributes also came in from the world of politics, with Nadhim Zahawi, the UK’s vaccine rollout minister, tweeting: “RIP Jackie Mason one of the true greats.” He switched allegiance from Democrat to Republican – and later in life supported Trump – and received a tribute from Fox News’s host, Sean Hannity, who wrote: “Love and prayers for our friend Jackie. Irreverent, iconoclastic, funny, smart, and a great American Patriot. “He will be missed by so many.
God Speed Jackie. Love and prayers to him and his wonderful family.”
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News / Antisemitic messages / Controversial post / Teen charged
ICU staff targeted by antisemitic abuse Staff on an intensive care ward at a top London hospital have allegedly been targeted with “unpleasant and threatening” antisemitic abuse – seemingly from one of their own colleagues, Jewish News can reveal. Critical care staff at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Bloomsbury have been targeted with the threats alongside antisemitic falsehoods about Jews. Bosses at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) Trust, which runs the hospital, say the culprit behind the “antisemitic” messages appears to work in the hospital and has said Metropolitan Police officers are investigating. The messages were first reported to police in March. In an internal letter exclusively obtained by Jewish News, senior
UCLH officials urged anyone who knows about the antisemitism to come forward, and warned of legal repercussions. “As a team we do not tolerate antisemitism, homophobia, racism, transphobia or any other actions or behaviours which discriminate against others,” they state. “Should we become aware of staff sending such messages this will be investigated as a serious disciplinary matter in line with our policy. “Where appropriate we will refer matters to the Metropolitan Police for their investigation to ensure that individuals responsible are held accountable for their actions. “It is important that we all play our part in taking a stand against antisemitism and all discriminatory behaviour, and we ask that anyone
Critical care staff at UCLH have been sent ‘threatening’ messages
who is subject to, sees or witnesses such behaviour raises their concerns to a member of the senior team.” One employee said: “I went into the medical profession to care for people regardless of creed or colour.
JLC BACKS PEER OVER ‘TERROR-MISU’ TWEET
Lord Austin’s post
The Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) has backed a former Labour MP in a row over an allegedly “racist” tweet towards Palestinians. Lord Ian Austin posted an image featuring a tub of ice cream called “terror-misu”, adding: “Ben and Jerry’s have stopped selling ice cream in the West Bank, but they’ve intro-
duced new flavours for Gaza”. His tweet was condemned by Alex Sobel MP and Yachad, but JLC co-chair Claudia Mendoza said: “It is an over-interpretation to claim that Lord Austin’s tweet does anything other than highlight that Gaza is under the de facto control of Hamas, a proscribed terrorist group.”
It’s upsetting to think that someone working in a hospital would choose to be antisemitic.” Another employee said: “What’s happened has been really distressing, but it’s reassuring that
the Trust are taking it seriously, even if it has taken them a long time. It’s had a big impact on staff relationships. People are fed up, and one person has left, they just got too many of the text messages, or perhaps they felt like management wasn’t doing anything.” A police spokesman said: “Officers continue to investigate and are in contact with the complainant.” Management called in police to run a drop-in session last Thursday that was not directly related to the messages but allowed staff to raise “any issues of concern”. The Trust said it started an internal investigation “as soon as we were made aware by the member of our staff involved” and that it was providing “ongoing support” to staff within the team.
Teenager charged over Tube incident A teenager has been charged with a religiously aggravated public order offence in connection with an antisemitic incident inside a London Underground station. British Transport Police said a 17-year-old boy was charged on 23 July following
the incident at Oxford Circus Underground station on 4 July. He has been released on conditional police bail to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on 2 August. British Transport Police were contacted on 4 July
after a researcher from north London, known only as Yosef, was subjected to “antisemitic behaviour” while travelling through the station. Police are appealing for information about a separate incident involving Yosef while on a bus heading to the station.
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News / Icy outcry
‘I had to quit ice cream giant’ Ben & Jerry’s has been hit by an outcry from employees and franchisees in the week since it controversially announced it would not sell its products in West Bank settlements. At least one worker has resigned and
partner stores in Britain and the United States are reviewing their relationship with the ice cream maker after it said it would end its Israeli distributor’s licence but would stay in Israel through a different arrangement. Graphic designer Susannah Levin, who worked for Ben & Jerry’s for two decades but resigned last week, said she had been proud of its reputation for campaigning on social issues. She said it had come under pressure from a sustained campaign to boycott Israel after fighting in May between DEAR SINGLE WOMAN Israel and Gaza. Our illustrious Jewish client is London-based, Ben & Jerry’s announced last week it was “inconsistent kind, charismatic and dreams of having a with our values” to have family. Could you be his perfect match? a presence in territories Any potential introduction would be coming under Israeli complimentary. control after the 1967 Six Day War. Most countries do not recognise Israel’s terriClub 1942 - Matchmakers Privé torial claims 0207 504 1329 in the West email@example.com Bank.
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Critics say the ice cream maker has succumbed to the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. “What I knew [was] how my company deals with the movements it supports. It doesn’t just make a statement, it goes all out, it has a social media blast, web, written materials, letterwriting campaign, events with ice cream giveaways, it’s tremendously influential to young people especially. “So I knew if it was to do anything that resembled BDS I had to quit.” But Levin, a practising Jew who has family in Israel, stopped short of branding Ben & Jerry’s antisemitic, a view echoed by board chair Anuradha Mittal, who this week said: “This action is not antisemitic. I am not antisemitic.” Last week, Jewish News reported British kosher retailers were preparing measures to stop stocking Ben & Jerry’s in their stores. There was also a growing backlash against the company’s consumer goods parent company, Unilever. Responding to a joint letter from the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leader-
ship Council, Unilever chief executive Alan Jope said he was “committed” to doing business in Israel and to its position of not supporting the BDS movement, but added that it was a “complex matter” owing to Ben & Jerry’s retention of its independent board. Israelis reacted with fury to the decision, with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid promising a legal challenge in the United States, but 92 prominent figures in Israel signed an open letter praising the move.
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Traffic tragedy / Visa granted / News
Teenager dies in Scotland crash don’t forget me A 15-year-old girl died after a collision last Wednesday near Annan, Scotland
The funeral has been held for a fifteen-year-old girl who died in a horrific collision while travelling with her family to Scotland. The family, who are from Manchester, were going northbound on the M74 at Junction 20 near Annan last Wednesday, when their red Ford Transit Tourneo minibus collided with a white articulated lorry around 4.45pm, before hitting the central reservation. The girl in the minibus was rushed to a Carlisle hospital, where she died. A 42-year-old woman and a 17-year-old boy remain in hospital after being taken by air ambulance to separate clinics, police said on Tuesday. The other four occupants
of the vehicle – a six-month old baby girl, a seven-year-old boy, a 12-year-old boy, and the 45-year-old driver of the minibus – were all taken to hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries. Police have now launched an appeal into the circumstances of the collision, urging those who were travelling on the road at the time to get in touch. “Our thoughts and condolences are with the family involved in this devastating incident, and specialist officers are supporting them during this time,” said Sergeant Jonny Edgar from the Road Policing Unit. “An investigation is underway to establish the full circumstances surrounding
the crash and it is important we speak to anyone who was on the road at the time, and may have witnessed what happened or observed the minibus beforehand. “We would also urge any motorists with dashcams who were travelling on the M74 on Wednesday afternoon to please check their footage in case they have captured anything which could be of significance to our enquiries.” The road was closed for approximately 12 hours while police carried out their investigations, reopening around 4.40am last Thursday. Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland through 101, quoting incident number 2612 of Wednesday, 21 July 2021.
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Alta, two, granted US visa majority leader, has written A severely disabled two-yearto the British ambassador to old girl from Manchester who a Washington, Karen Pierce, for court ruled had no prospect of the suspension of “health decirecovery has been granted an sions against the wishes of the American visa in order to receive family”. He has also secured her treatment in the country – if she a visa if she is allowed to travel. is allowed to travel. Yossi Gestetner, a family Alta Fixsler has been on life Alta’s parents want her to friend in the US, said the family support at Manchester’s Royal be treated in the US believed the ruling left it open Children’s Hospital since birth, and has “no conscious awareness”, according t for Health Secretary Sajid Javid to issue an order allowing the family to move the child. o medics. A group of Republican senators has asked Doctors were granted an order, confirmed at the Court of Appeal earlier this month, to allow President Biden to intervene directly with Boris Alta to die, saying it is in her best interests. But Johnson, while New Jersey’s senators say the her father, Abraham, has dual Israeli and Amer- state’s Phoenix Centre for Rehabilitation and ican nationality and Chuck Schumer, the Senate Paediatrics is willing to take Alta.
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News / Teacher investigated / Lockdown protest
Barnardo’s ‘investigates’ teacher over Israel posts Children’s charity Barnardo’s is investigating one of its teachers after Jewish News found online posts apparently written and shared by her that said Israel has world governments “in their pockets”, “controlled” the media and massacres “thousands”, writes Lee Harpin. Rubina Halim, a Yorkshire-based staffer at the charity, wrote on LinkedIn this month: “Israel is not looking at taking over Palestine. There is far more to it than that!” She continued: “Think about their spyware – how they can hack anyone anywhere. Think about how they have governments around the world in their pockets – why else are they able to massacre thousands of people? Think about how the media is controlled and manipulated – how readily are unfavourable posts are [sic] taken down and the news prevented from being reported?” In her post this month, Halim wrote: “Will we wake up in time to do something about it – or will we keep our heads buried in the sand until it’s too late?” After this paper alerted Barnardo’s to Halim’s posts, the charity confirmed it had taken “firm action” against her. Halim told Jewish News: “I am not
One of Rubina Halim’s posts
antisemitic and truly do not recognise how my post could be described as antisemitic. My sincerest apologies if my post has offended you in any way.” Halim’s page on the business networking site LinkedIn revealed posts including one she shared, written by a Mohammad Sadat Ali, that purports to be Talmud analysis. It says: “That’s also why
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the Jewish state of Israel is referred to as a racist, chauvinistic, theocratic, conservative and highly dogmatic state.” Above the post, Halim wrote: “Need to read this!” Danny Stone, director of the Antisemitism Policy Trust, said: “Over the past few months we’ve seen a rise in antisemitism specifically in educational settings. “Teachers have a vital role to play in educating against this and other forms of racism, not just in the classroom but through personal example outside it too. Anyone failing to meet these standards should be reprimanded appropriately.” Founded by Thomas John Barnardo, who was born into a Sephardic Jewish family in Dublin in 1866, Barnardo’s is the UK’s largest children’s charity, spending at least £200 million annually running services to help vulnerable children. It said: “Barnardo’s does not tolerate any kind of racism, including antisemitism, and all our staff and volunteers are required to adhere to strict codes of conduct and policies on equality and diversity. “The individual has been instructed to remove the offending content immediately and firm action has been taken pending a full and thorough investigation.”
MET LOOK AT VIDEO OF NUREMBERG OUTBURST Police are investigating a recording from a Trafalgar Square anti-lockdown protest during which a speaker referred to the Nuremberg Trials and the hanging of doctors and nurses. Kate Shemirani, who was struck off as a nurse for spreading misinformation on Covid, sparked fury as she asked those gathered at the protest to supply details of NHS workers to her. In her speech Shemirani – who once described the NHS as the “new Auschwitz” – said: “Get their names. Email them
to me. With a group of lawyers we are collecting all that. “At the Nuremberg Trials the doctors and nurses stood trial and they hung.” London Mayor Sadiq Khan later described the ex-nurse’s comments as “appalling” and confirmed he had raised “it directly with the Met Police”. A Metropolitan Police spokesperson confirmed it was aware of a video of Shemirani’s speech circulating online and said: “Officers are carrying out inquiries to establish whether any offences have been committed.”
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News / Refugee tributes / Uyghur support
Tributes to Bradford shul’s interfaith hero Heartfelt tributes have been paid to Holocaust refugee Rudi Leavor who has died at the age of 95. Leavor, a prominent member of the Bradford Jewish community, came to England after the Gestapo forced their way into his home in Germany when he was just 10 and arrested his parents. The family managed to get British visas and in 1937 travelled to England, where Leavor followed in his father’s footsteps to become a dentist. A leader of Bradford Synagogue, Leavor was known for his work in fostering interfaith relations. Reform Judaism said in a statement a chance encounter with a local halal restaurant owner who asked Leavor for help led to an enduring friendship between him and the Muslim community. Bradford’s Muslim com-
munity rallied around in 2013 to help safeguard the future of the synagogue, of which Leavor was chair. Leavor led the way into co-opting a Muslim man to sit on Bradford Reform Synagogue’s ruling body, the first time a Muslim representative was thought to hold such a role. Michael Newman, chief executive of The Association of Jewish Refugees, paid tribute to Leavor, saying: “Rudi was a leading figure in the Jewish community of Bradford and worked tirelessly to establish interfaith relationships in the city. He will be sorely missed.” Board of Deputies president Marie van der Zyl said: “We are so sad to hear of the passing of Rudi Leavor. He was a steadfast champion of interfaith relations and a wonderful leader of Bradford Synagogue.” Zulfi Karim, of the Brad-
Rudi Leavor fled Berlin with his family and moved to Bradford
ford Council for Mosques, which helped to fundraise to save the synagogue, said the whole community was “deeply saddened” by the loss. “Rudi will be greatly missed for his kindness and compassion, for his honest approach to faith relations in the city, and for his enormous humanity.”
Leavor was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2017 for his work building relationships with religious leaders in Bradford. On receiving his medal, he said: “I have given something back to the country that took me in.”
Pears donates £90k to Uyghur campaign A British Jewish philanthropic group has made a £90,000 donation to a campaign urging the end to persecution of Uyghur Muslims by China. The Pears Foundation’s support is set to boost the initiative called ‘Stop Uyghur Genocide’, driven by members of that community in the UK. It comes amid claims China has incarcerated more than a million of the Muslim minority in ‘re-education’ camps, where there are reports of forced labour, sterilisation and indoctrination. Spearheading the British Jewish community’s support for the campaign, the donation, which was facilitated by Jewish human rights charity René Cassin, will go towards rolling out a national grassroots organisation and buildings campaigns. The campaign already won two key victories, with Parliament voting to recognise the genocide in April, before committing to a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics
in 2022, earlier this month. Stop Uyghur Genocide’s executive director Rahima Mahmut said: “It is hard to put into words my gratitude for this gift, and the support for my fellow Uyghurs that it represents.” René Cassin’s executive director, Mia Hasenson-Gross said: “This gift is both a testament to Rahima’s hard work and tenacity and a practical expression of the revulsion the Jewish community feels about ethnic and religious repression so brutal and so widespread that the UK and US have labelled it ‘genocide’.” Meanwhile, former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable was criticised for saying persecution of Uyghur Muslims did not amount to genocide. He said that to brand it a genocide was “hyping the language”. Lib Dem MP Alistair Carmichael criticised Cable, 78, as being “wrong”, insisting that there was “clear-cut evidence” of genocide.
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Organ donation / Online antisemitism / Survivor memoir / News
Sammy’s chance for a new life after uncle’s kidney gift by Josh Salisbury email@example.com @josh_salisbury
A two-year-old girl from Manchester who was given only a 50 percent chance of surviving her first year now has a chance to lead a healthy life thanks to her uncle’s gift of a kidney. Samantha (known as Sammy) Ayling, from Bury, is recovering at home after her uncle Andy Silverman’s gift late last month. She had spent two years on dialysis and being tube-fed. Her mother Stacey Silverman gave birth to Sammy and her twin Alexandra after a rare pregnancy during which the girls shared the same amniotic sac and placenta. “At first, we thought the girls were fine after the birth, although premature, but then we found out Sammy’s kidneys had not formed properly,” said Silverman, who also has an older daughter, Georgina, four, with partner Jim. Sammy was immediately transferred for treatment and dialysis in hospital, where she stayed for eight months. The family were supported by charity Camp Simcha, which provided a family liaison officer (FLO) and a volunteer to
help look after Alexandra and offer household support. “The support from our Camp Simcha FLO Daniella as well as our lovely volunteer made such a huge difference in those unbelievably difficult months,” said Silverman. When Sammy was old enough, doctors recommended a kidney transfer. Andy’s son Alfie has hydrocephalus – a build-up of fluid in the brain – and has had five surgeries. The father-of-three explained that his family’s experience with Alfie provided the impetus for him wanting to donate his kidney. “If Sammy could be made as well as she could be and some of the stress on the family could be alleviated that for me was a big thing,” he said. Sammy is doing well after the surgery, but it was not without complications. “She had to be intubated, sedated and temporarily paralysed in order for her lungs to repair themselves, which was terrifying,” said Silverman. But two days later, Sammy’s lungs cleared. “We have gone from almost losing her – at one point they said she was about an hour away from
Twitter ‘ignores’ Jew-hate The group Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) has accused Twitter of ignoring hundreds of abusive tweets it had flagged up including calls to “gas the Jews”. The charity also accused Twitter of not moving forward with regular promised meetings after it had raised concerns about the implementation of the company’s policies. The charity said it had been selected by the tech giant as a “Twitter partner” to help tackle antisemitism on its platform after it faced criticism for being slow to remove abusive tweets by British rapper Wiley. Stephen Silverman, CAA’s director of investigations and enforcement, said: “We do not have confidence in Twitter’s capacity to address the rampant antisemitism on its plat-
form. As Twitter’s partner in trying to combat anti-Jewish hate, we have not come to this conclusion lightly.” He added: “Having cut off contact with us after we provided clear evidence Twitter’s policies on hateful material are failing, it is clear the company is neither capable nor interested in tackling antisemitism, and it must now fall to an independent regulator to assume that role.” The CAA submitted 1,000 tweets with antisemitic tropes. On 4 December 2020, it flagged a series of antisemitic tweets it claims Twitter deemed acceptable, including tweets stating: “Except Hitler was right”, “Wow. Biden’s now over 81 million votes? It’s like the Holohoax: you can just keep making up numbers” and
“3 baby Jew rats. 1 will grow up and Rob empires. 1 will go up committing sex act. 1 will grow up and become a Rabbi and will commit Jewish Talmudic Hebaric Terrrorism”. Around 60 percent of the tweets CAA submitted were not found to have breached Twitter’s hate policies. The charity claimed the material in the permitted and banned tweets was often the same. Twitter declined to comment on the CAA allegations but told The Times “all online abuse — including antisemitic abuse — has no place on Twitter [and] is prohibited by our rules”. It added “attempts to deny or diminish” violent events such as the Holocaust are prohibited under its hateful conduct policy.
PRINCE PENS MEMOIR FOREWORD The Prince of Wales has written the foreword for a forthcoming memoir of a 97-year-old Auschwitz survivor. The heir to the throne (pictured)) introduces a book jointly written by Hungary-born Lily Ebert and her great-grandson Dov Forman, 17. The book, Lily’s Promise: How I Survived Auschwitz
Live, will be released and Found the Strength to Live on 2 September and has already received highprofile praise. It has been endorsed by figures including historian Simon Sebag Montefiore, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Paweł Sawicki of the Auschwitz Memorial Museum. Sebag Montefoire called the book “a testimony of irrepressible spirit”, while Piers Morgan said it was “stunningly moving”.
Samantha Ayling, two, with four-year-old sister Georgina, centre, and twin Alexandra
her body giving up – to her being absolutely fine,” she added. The family wants to encourage people to donate their organs to someone they do not know – as there is a big shortage in the UK.
The two-year-old could now have 20 years ahead of her before she needs another kidney. “It has been a very dark two years, but we really pray that with Andy’s amazing gift, her future is brighter,” said Silverman.
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Israel News / Jerusalem ruling / Red list / Covid restrictions / Organ exchange
UK GETS ADDED TO RED LIST Israel is to ban its citizens from flying to the UK apart from exceptional circumstances as part of measures to curb a surge in Covid cases. From tomorrow, Cyprus, Georgia and Turkey will join Britain as additions to Israel’s red list. Travel to red list countries requires permission from a government exemptions committee. The number of seriously ill Covid patients in Israel reached 138 yesterday, with more than 2,000 new infections. More than half of those testing positive for the virus have received two vaccines. Israel also said last week it will distinguish between citizens who are vaccinated and those who have declined the jab. People arriving in Israel will be allowed to leave quarantine as soon as they receive a negative test result, provided they have already had two vaccines. Unvaccinated arrivals will have to quarantine for seven days.
and UAE Sheikh Jarrah ‘pledge’ Israel organ donations Israel does not plan to evict Arab residents from Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood even if the Supreme Court makes it possible, sources close to the Prime Minister Naftali Bennett have said. Successive Israeli courts ordered the eviction of Palestinian tenants because they live in properties that were once Jewish-owned. The Supreme Court is due to rule on an appeal next Monday. But sources close to Bennett told the Jerusalem Post that they did not expect the court to order officials to enforce
any eviction order or to impose a deadline. The source told the newspaper that an eviction order was “unlikely” and: “The government will take advantage of that in order to not fuel the flames of conflict in Jerusalem.” The situation in Sheikh Jarrah, a short walk from the Old City, was used as a pretext by Hamas to launch rockets towards Israel during the conflict in May. Known in Hebrew as Shimon HaTzadik, the neighbourhood was Jewish before Israel declared independence and war broke out in 1948. At the end of the con-
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flict, the neighbourhood was taken over by Jordan, which offered housing there for Palestinian families displaced from other parts of Israel. After Israel took control of East Jerusalem in 1967, those families began
to pay rent to Israelis. The properties’ Palestinian ownership had not been widely contested in the courts until a decade ago, when right-wing Israeli and settler groups began to argue that they were rightful owners of the land.
ENTERTAINMENT AND SHUL BAR FOR UNVACCINATED Naftali Bennett unveiled plans to impose sweeping restrictions on unvaccinated Israelis in an attempt to encourage nearly a million people to take the jab. In a televised address last Thursday, the Israeli prime minister (pictured) (pictured (pictured pictured)) said citizens who refused a vaccine were endangering public health and freedoms.
He said: “As of 8 August, those who refuse vaccines will not be able to go to the cinema, the theatre, the synagogue, the amusement park, the soccer game or any activity with over 100 people, indoors or out, unless they bring negative results.” A Health Ministry study suggested the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was 40 percent effective against the Delta variant in preventing infection and mild illness but highly effective at preventing hospitalisation and severe illness.
An Israeli woman is set to donate a kidney to a patient in Abu Dhabi in the first exchange of its kind since relations were normalised with the United Arab Emirates. Shani Markowitz Manshar, 39, was due to undergo surgery at Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv this week to give her organ to a recipient in the UAE capital, the news site Ynet reported. Under the same organ donation programme, a patient at Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa will receive a transplant from the UAE. Manshar’s mother, who also requires a kidney transplant, is due to receive an organ from Rambam as part the exchange. Israel’s National Transplant Centre says there are more than 1,000 Israelis awaiting organ transplants — the vast majority are waiting for the correct kidney match. According to Haaretz, Eitan Moore, a professor at the Sheba Transplant Centre, said: “Now I can talk to my colleagues in Abu Dhabi freely, thanks to the Abraham Accords. “This is a step that may promote peace. When I spoke to the doctors from Abu Dhabi, they said they were also happy to be partners for the first time.” The UAE and Bahrain were among the countries joining the Abraham Accords, which saw the establishment of diplomatic relations with Israel. Morocco and Sudan have since followed suit.
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Restitution law / Dating app / Yad Vashem / Saviour recognition / Film award / Diaspora News
Polish restitution law risks Israel relations Poland’s relations with Israel will be damaged “severely” if it adopts a law that would prevent Jewish claims for compensation or property seized during the Holocaust, Yair Lapid has said. The Israeli foreign minister issued the warning after the changes moved a step closer to adoption when they were approved by the Polish Senate last week. Polish officials want to place a time limit on the period during which flawed administrative decisions, including property ownership, can be challenged. If adopted, the bill would prevent such decisions from being declared void after 30 years. Poland was home to Europe’s largest Jewish community before the Second World War. It has returned or offered compensation for some property seized from Jewish communities, but it is the only country in Europe not to have done the same for private property. The proposed 30-year-limit means the bill would also prevent restitution claims relating to Poland’s communist era. Lapid said on Friday: “We are following with great concern the progress of the legislative process in Poland regarding the right of restitution of property stolen from Holocaust victims. “Every step in the progress of legislation is a serious development in our eyes. We will not give up on stubbornly standing
The Polish Senate has approved a law that would prevent some Jewish compensation
up for the dignity of Holocaust victims, preserving their memory and rights.” After being approved in the Senate, the bill returns to the lower House of Representatives for the approval of amendments. If it passes, it requires only President Andrzej Duda’s signature to become law. Gideon Taylor of the World Jewish Restitution Organisation said the lower
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Porto gifts visitor books to Yad Vashem
The new Holocaust Museum of Porto
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The new Holocaust Museum of Porto in Portugal is to give its visitors’ books to Israel’s Holocaust museum Yad Vashem, because they show so much support for the Jewish state. Despite it only having opened to the public this April, there have already been 22,000 visitors, and local Jewish community member Gabriela Cantergi said “thousands” of comments in support of Israel had touched everyone. “From 22,000 people, there isn’t a single criticism of Israel,” said Cantergi. “There is a lot of praise, which leads us to conclude that a large part of European [anti-Israel] politics and media have not
achieved the desired results.” Around 70 percent of the museum’s visitors are young people, and around four-fifths of the local Jewish population are descended from Jews expelled from north African countries in the past century. The Porto museum explores Jewish life before the Holocaust, as well as Nazism, Nazi expansion in Europe, the ghettoes and Jewish refugees, plus the camps, death marches, and liberation. It includes a reproduction of the dorms at Auschwitz, a names room, a flame memorial, cinema, conference room and study centre.
Israeli archaeologists say newly discovered 3,000-yearold bronze figurines recently unearthed in Egypt tell us more about ancient global trade. Gold cannot be traced to its source, but the copper in bronze can. Researchers found they had been imported from what is today Israel.
Dani Dayan, Israel’s ex-consul general to New York and a past leader of Israel’s West Bank settlements, is the choice as the next chair of Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust museum. The announcement, reported by The Jerusalem Post, follows a controversy over who would succeed the retiring Avner Shalev.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has confirmed that his government will spend £4 million strengthening security for the country’s ‘vulnerable and isolated’ Jewish institutions. B’nai Brith said a record 2,600 antisemitic incidents took place in Canada last year. Almost half related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dating app puts booba in charge After several national lockdowns and a range of social distancing rules since March 2020, the desire to date and find that special someone is stronger than ever. Cue a new app being launched ahead of Tu B’Av, the Jewish day of love, that backers say will help connect
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US officials have seized 17 funeral scrolls, manuscripts and community records looted from Eastern European Jewish communities wiped out in the Holocaust. The artefacts were found through a New York City auction house that offered them for sale, the Justice Department said in a statement.
DUTCH CHILDREN’S SAVIOUR HONOURED A Dutch woman who used her wartime crèche in Amsterdam to help Jewish children escape deportation was awarded the Jewish Rescuers’ Citation at the Verzetsmuseum last Sunday. The recognition for Henriëtte Pimentel, who saved hundreds of Jewish children during the Second World War, comes 78 years after her death at Auschwitz – the same camp she saved the children from being taken to. Pimentel, who was Jewish, led a crèche opposite a theatre in Amsterdam where Jewish families had to wait before being transported to the death camp. Up to 800 Jewish children, who were put up at the crèche while they waited, were hidden in boxes and baskets by crèche staff, often under the Nazis’ noses, and taken to safety. The museum’s Marjo Nachtegaal said Pimental had been a childcare pioneer, who ruled that every child should have their own little chair and table with a vase of flowers on it.
Babyn Yar film wins award at Cannes
A film about the two-day Nazi massacre of 33,000 Ukrainian Jews at Babyn Yar near Kyiv has won the prestigious Cannes Film Festival’s Golden Eye Documentary Award. Directed by Sergei Loznitsa and shot with the support of the new Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Centre, the documentary tells the story of the massacres in the forested ravine 80 years ago. It was released earlier this month as part of the film festival’s build-up, with Ukrainian audiences first expected to see it in the autumn, during events to commemorate the 80th anniversary. Based entirely on archive footage, the film reconstructs the events leading up to the organised killing of 33,771
Jews in German-occupied Kyiv on 29 and 30 September 1941, and what happened next. Loznitsa said: “I hope this award lets us reach wider audiences worldwide and this film will be screened in Ukraine and will inspire a meaningful discussion. This is particularly important for the country.” The Babyn Yar’s artistic director, Ilya Khrzhanovsky, said: “This film has received dozens of invitations to the world’s largest festivals, as well as distribution offers from streaming platforms and distributors. “Audiences in different countries and continents will recognise the dangers of such hatred. The relevance of this film in our time is indisputable.”
Jewish News 29 July 2021
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Silence – at last
Finally, almost 50 years on, a tribute has been paid at the opening ceremony of an Olympic Games to the 11 members of Israel’s 1972 delegation to Munich, whose lives were so infamously cut short by Palestinian terrorists. Hundreds of millions around the world watching the ceremony on their TVs joined in a moment’s silence to remember the weightlifters, wrestlers and coaches for shooting, fencing and athletics. It’s nothing short of an obscenity that it took so long, but it may never have happened had it not been for family members such Ankie Spitzer and Ilana Romano, whose husbands were among the victims. After decades of tireless campaigning, it’s little wonder they could not hold back the tears at the Olympic stadium. Now, the next generations will not have to continue campaigning for this recognition. Credit must go to Thomas Bach, the German head of the International Olympic Committee, for ensuring this long-awaited official remembrance.
Powerful images Holocaust refugee Rudi Leavor, who died this week, did not get to see the portrait of him and his family that goes on show at the Imperial War Museum next week. His image will be part of an exhibition of more than 50 photographs of refugees and survivors with their children and grandchildren, which will open next Friday. Organised by Jewish News, the Royal Photographic Society, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, the Imperial War Museum and Dangoor Education, the exhibition will attract national attention, not least because the Duchess of Cambridge took two of the portraits. Rudi’s death emphasised the timeliness of the exhibition and highlights its main aims: to celebrate how the survivors and refugees built lives, families and careers elsewhere, despite their experiences and how the baton of memory is being passed from survivors to the next generation. Like others, his message was for a world of unity that was banished of hate. Their images speak more than a thousand words.
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Travesty of blackmail label Eve Sacks asked: “When might coercion by a non-Jewish court be allowed?” She then answers: “The Mishnah clearly rules that the coercion must come from a Jewish court. Non-Jews may execute the coercion, but the initial impetus must come from the Beth Din.” (www.jewishnews.co.uk, 15 July 2021) This explains quite clearly why resorting to the Domestic Abuse Act without prior permission from a Beth Din can make it impossible for any Beth Din to issue a get. Unfortunately, I fear that such an arrangement would not be acceptable to the English legal tradition, which would balk at doing anything that gives the impression it is acting on behalf of any other system,
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REMEMBERING MUNICH I watched the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games and was very touched by the honouring of the 11 Israeli athletes who were murdered at the Munich Games in 1972. I cannot imagine how the families of those killed 49 years ago by Palestinian gunmen have felt knowing that the athletes had not, until now, been properly commemorated at previous opening ceremonies. Hili Tropper, Israel’s minister of culture and sport, said there has now been “historic justice”. Well done, Tokyo, on righting this wrong. Frances Grant, By email
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so agunot [‘chained women’] are caught between what appear to be two incompatible legal systems. Furthermore, in English law, there is a concept of no fault divorce, which could, where the wife is in an adulterous relationship, contradict halachah and common sense. By awarding her 50 percent of the matrimonial assets, it would, in halachah, be sanctioning theft. So the husband might be justified in withholding the get to obtain a more equitable division, but each case would have to be judged on its individual merits. Labelling all such demands as blackmail is a travesty of the truth. Martin D Stern, Salford
Visiting Israel during the pandemic is not for the faint-hearted. I battled through a pre-flight PCR Covid test, another Covid test at Heathrow, a PCR test at Ben Gurion and a Covid test at Shaare Zedek hospital the next morning. I’ve just been informed I will need another Covid test the day before my return flight and another PCR test the day after that. Norma Neville, By email
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Editorial comment and letters
Downing spoons in the West Bank Ben & Jerry’s ice cream boycott in “Occupied Palestinian territory” was met with outrage by the Israeli establishment and Jewish communities around the world and was described by the Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid as “a capitulation to antisemitism”. This is both untrue and unhelpful. It is a grave misrepresentation to suggest a move by a company to boycott illegal settlements under article 49 of the fourth Geneva Convention is antisemitic. They are not boycotting Jews generally, but rather Israelis who have illegally
settled in Palestinian land. A common criticism is that this is only targeting Israel and no other countries so it must be antisemitic. While a more general policy of boycotts in support of oppressed people would be welcome, supporting human rights is not an all-or-nothing issue. You do not need to stand up for every oppressed people to stand up for one. The fact they have decided to take action on a people oppressed by the Jewish state does not make it antisemitic. Sidney Costa, By email
ZF MISGUIDED SAY NO TO B&J The Zionist Federation (ZF) published a primer, The Ben and Jerry’s Boycott: A Rundown. It included quotes from Meretz MKs criticising President Herzog’s comment that boycotts are “a new kind of terrorism”. There was even mention of a blog entitled ‘Ben & Jerry’s did the right thing’. There is no shortage of publications where I can read about why BDS is justified – I don’t need the ZF to join them. Jonathan Hoffman, By email
Owing to the misguided statement from Ben & Jerry’s, I suggest that we, the Israeli public and other interested parties, boycott their products. We know people have their favourite brands and flavours; however, this is much more shameful than just selective dessert distribution – it is a decision that clearly panders to the BDS and antisemitism movements and must be vehemently countered. I scream no to B&J. Stephen Vishnick, Tel Aviv
Am I missing something? I support Israel and look forward to an eventual two-state solution that allows Israel to live in peace with its neighbours. I understand the special case of Israel being the only Jewish state and Israel’s real and practical significance to Jews with their (our, my father was Jewish) long history of pogroms, discrimination and genocide. I oppose the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, as I do the childish literalness of BDS supporters’ equating of sadly necessary Israeli security measures and the racist obscenity of apartheid. But I do not understand your criticism of Ben & Jerry’s withdrawal from the occupied West Bank. The brand is still trading in Israel, but won’t bring succour to settlers who exacerbate tensions, making the lives of indigenous locals a misery and knocking the security of a two-state solution further into the future. By compounding objection to illegal settlements with support for a cruel and discriminatory boycott of Israel, you do Israel no favours. You may earn a round of applause from hardliners among the al-
ready committed, but at the potential cost of support from well-wishers from your hinterland, such as myself. In the campaign for the implementation of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition, we are asking people to be precise and exercise caution in what they say. We must apply the same standards to ourselves. Geoff Lee, By email
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My surprise pick of most influential Jewish person ALEX BRUMMER
CITY EDITOR, THE DAILY MAIL
popular community supper quiz question is: What country other than Israel has a Jewish president and prime minister? The answer is Ukraine. A more complex question might be: Who is the most influential Jewish person on the planet? Friends of Israel might well say the Prime Minister Naftali Bennett if they have caught up with the idea that Benjamin Netanyahu has been replaced as prime minister. Those who buy into historic stereotypes might be inclined to say Baron David de Rothschild, the titular head of the investment banking dynasty, David Solomon, the chairman of Goldman Sachs, or social media tycoon Mark Zuckerberg. All would reject the trope, still propagated on social media, that Jews somehow run the world. It is totally unacceptable and a form of antisemitism with ancient roots. Another approach might be to cite the heads of the major Jewish representative groups: Ronald Lauder at the World Jewish Congress or Moshe Kantor at the European Jewish
KLAIN IS THE ADMINISTRATION’S TROUBLESHOOTER, ON HAND TO CALM RUFFLED FEATHERS
Congress. A much as one might admire all that they do - looking after the interests of the Jewish people in the chanceries of the world and keeping the flame of Shoah memory alive and relevant - they don’t remotely control a global policy agenda. In fact, to all of these Jewish leaders in their own fields, I would say none of the above. It has long been my view that the most influential Jewish person is likely to be in Washington. During the financial crisis of 2008-9 and beyond it was the chairman of the Federal Reserve Board Ben Bernanke who, using his expertise of the Great Depression, saved the financial system from a wipe-out. His name is unlikely to trip off anyone’s lips any more than my current nominee, a littleknown Democrat functionary who has never held public office. But with 78-year-old President Joe Biden currently occupying the White House, his Chief of Staff Ron Klain could well lay claim to the ‘most influential’ title.
A thoughtful lawyer hailing from the relatively obscure and solidly conservative Midwest state of Indiana, Klain has already been labelled as ‘prime minister’ by the Republican opposition. The choice of sobriquet is a double-edged sword used by Republicans as a means of deprecating the fading intellectual and rhetorical powers of the 78-year-old president. Nevertheless, the ever wise and liberal New York Times managed to elevate the title into a headline and describe Klain as “the most influential chief of staff of recent vintage”. It is certainly a contrast to the four battered, bullied and abandoned chiefs of staff who served in Donald Trump’s fractured administration. Klain has spent much of his adult life in government. After Harvard Law School, he became general counsel and a chief of staff to Vice-President Al Gore in President Bill Clinton’s administration. He served as VicePresident Joe Biden’s top aide when President Obama was in the White House. He earned the
title of ‘Ebola czar’ for leading the US government’s response to an epidemic that reaped havoc across Africa but miraculously didn’t become a threat to the Western democracies. He was the first name on the list as Joe Biden formed his new team, which may be the most Jewish in American history, with both the Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and the Treasury Secretary, former Federal Reserve chairman Janet Yellen, both drawn from the Jewish community. Blinken, a long-time associate, describes Klain as “the premier staff person of my generation”. Klain has learned that when you are dealing with a veteran president, famed for his verbal slips, a steady hand is required on the tiller. He is just that, diligently sticking to the task of orchestrating policy. He is working from the White House to secure the president’s eyepopping £2.6 trillion post-Covid stimulus plan. He is the administration’s troubleshooter, on hand to calm ruffled Congressional feathers when, for instance, the Vice-President Kamala Harris makes a political misstep. His training as a chief of staff in three successive Democrat-led administrations has made him the nation’s fixer and Oval Office doorkeeper in chief – and my ‘most influential’ nominee.
The west must enhance ties between the UAE and Israel FIYAZ MUGHAL
FOUNDER/DIRECTOR, FAITH MATTERS
ast week, the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Ambassador to Israel, Mohamed Al Khaja, along with Israeli President Isaac Herzog, jointly kicked off trading at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. Couple this with the Gulf country’s opening of its embassy in Tel Aviv and it has been a week rich with symbolism in Israel-Arab relations. Where Israel was once the outlier, maligned by neighbours on all sides, it is now building new-found Gulf friendships, which act as a counter to the destabilising forces of Islamists. The UAE and Israel recognise that what unites them considerably outweighs whatever may divide them. The funding of Islamist and extremist groups by actors such as Iran, while preaching an anti-western rhetoric, poses the region’s greatest threat to stability. It is this, as much as anything else, that has drawn Israel and its new-found Gulf allies close together. It is this behaviour that is why those states propagating Islamist ideology are increasingly ‘outlier’ states, sidelined by others in the region in a manner reminiscent of Israel’s once solitary position. This increasing isolation, which
in the medium term will harm their power and influence, was crudely and somewhat amusingly personified in an outage in the Iranian clock counting down the years until Israel’s destruction. The Gulf and Israel’s long-standing western allies should be doing everything they can to facilitate this budding partnership, still very much in its infancy. Whatever noises America and others may be making about reconciliation with Tehran, a bulwark against the Islamism and extremism aided and abetted by rogue regimes is increasingly necessary. In the case of the former, this is highlighted by the elevation of hardliner Ebrahim Raisi to the presidency. In the case of the latter, America will need to rely on new, more trusted regional partners and refresh the focus of its security policy priorities, particularly in a post-Iraq and Afghanistan conflict world. President Joe Biden has surely realised by now that the US’ need for dependable security partners in the region is better served by building the partnership between Israel and the Gulf into an independent, viable and sustainable alliance. Israeli-Gulf cooperation has shown itself to run deeper than pure security issues, with the myriad of partnership announcements
ISRAELI-GULF COOPERATION HAS SHOWN ITSELF TO RUN DEEPER THAN PURE SECURITY ISSUES
Ambassador Al Khaja with President Herzog
emanating from Tel Aviv, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Tackling climate change, growing trade and sharing pandemic-related innovation and technology are just some examples of how this fledgling relationship is growing. The Israelis’ and Emiratis’ cooperation will eventually draw in key countries such as Saudi Arabia. As I have always said, it is a matter of time before the Saudis recognise the state of Israel, further stabilising the region and developing networks and ties, which positions these states as an economic powerhouse that will shape the Middle East’s future direction. As this new future takes shape, it will leave
Iran and its acolytes increasingly marginalised at the edges of Middle Eastern affairs. The popular backlash against their influence is already evident in places such as Lebanon, where soaring fuel shortages and prices as well as a lack of electricity have led many to start openly challenging the likes of Hezbollah. Iraq, Yemen and Libya provide other examples of regional hotspots where Islamist influence is unwelcome. The Abraham Accords, aside from the powerful symbolism of Jewish-Arab reconciliation, show that an alternative for building influence over Middle East affairs is possible. Rather than through the deployment of militias and funding of extremists, diplomacy and commerce are the building blocks of an alliance of nations that can provide the basis for an increasingly stable and prosperous Middle East.
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Return to Iran nuclear deal looks very remote LAZAR BERMAN TIMES OF ISRAEL
fter months of expectations that a breakthrough in the Vienna talks on Iran’s nuclear programme was only a matter of time, the chances of success are looking increasingly remote. This month, Iran’s deputy foreign minister said negotiations on restoring the nuclear deal will not resume until the hardliner Ebrahim Raisi takes office as president on 5 August. Though both sides have incentives to return to the deal, Iran’s aggressive negotiating demands and steady progress in its nuclear programme have created a gap between the sides that looks increasingly difficult to bridge. Furthermore, it is not entirely clear now that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei still wants to return to a deal, despite the Biden administration’s clear desire to finalise one. Back in the box Iran and the US have been holding indirect talks in Vienna since April over a return to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which
granted Tehran sanctions relief in exchange for significant curbs on its nuclear programme. Former US president Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement in 2018 and reimposed crippling sanctions on Iran, which led the Islamic Republic to step up uranium enrichment to its highest levels, in violation of the accord. The new US administration, in contrast, has been open about its eagerness to restore the deal. “Biden had from the start been explicit that he wants to get back into the JCPOA and put the Iran nuclear programme in a box so that Biden can deal with a million other problems facing him on day one when he took office, both foreign and domestic policy,” said Jonathan Ruhe, director of foreign policy at The Jewish Institute for National Security of America. The Biden administration has even shown itself willing to allow Iran access to frozen assets abroad, which Iran has dismissed as empty gestures. “Clearly the regime is not feeling the economic noose as tightly as they were,” said Richard Goldberg, senior adviser at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. The sixth round of talks adjourned in late
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June, and while the Biden administration has expressed interest in returning to the negotiating table, US officials have voiced increasing pessimism about the chances for an agreement. The equation for a deal seems straightforward: Iran rolls back its nuclear programme to the terms laid out in great detail by the JCPOA, while the US rolls back most Trumpera sanctions. But Iran – or at least the hardline elements around Khamenei – is demanding more. Tehran wants all the sanctions removed, including those dealing with terrorism and other non-nuclear issues. Iranian negotiators are also demanding guarantees that the US cannot withdraw from a deal again without UN approval. The demand is an obvious non-starter, as an agreement by a US administration is not binding on any future ones, and it is unthinkable — and unconstitutional — that the US would give countries like Russia and China veto power over its foreign policy. The blunt – some would say unsophisticated – approach taken by the Iranian negotiating team is a contrast to its skilful manoeuvring from 2013 to 2015 that led to a deal. “Iran did a great job building up leverage in the previous talks leading to the 2015 deal,” said Ruhe. Tehran is looking to build leverage this time too, including through its proxy militias in Iraq, which are believed to be behind a series of recent drone attacks on US bases. Iranian intelligence agents even plotted to kidnap an Iranian-American journalist in Brooklyn and spirit her off to Iran. Most significantly, the Iranians have been openly escalating their nuclear programme beyond the agreement’s limits: in the numbers and types of centrifuges they are running, in the quantities and levels of uranium they are enriching — up to 60 percent — and in their production of uranium metal. Iran began to openly abrogate its responsibilities under the JCPOA in July 2019, and has been accelerating its programme and limiting access to its sites after the Guardian Council passed a law last December requiring the government to do so if sanctions were not lifted. Facts on the ground The Iranian advances might render a return to the original JCPOA impossible, even if Iran were willing to remove its unrealistic demands. “There is a series of new facts on the ground that Iran has been creating in its nuclear programme,” said Goldberg. The JCPOA was crafted before Iran had developed new advanced centrifuges, which enable them to advance far more quickly to a bomb. Moreover, Iran has been building out its nuclear facilities, including the underground Fordo nuclear facility and a new underground centrifuge production site at Natanz. Since the facilities did not exist in 2015, it is not clear that a return to the JCPOA would necessitate their dismantlement. In any event, the programme is going to be far more advanced than the deal ever imagined. Iran’s programme is also far more opaque now than it was in 2015. “We have some idea of how advanced Iran’s nuclear programme is.
But there’s much more ambiguity now around it than there was before talks started,” Ruhe explained. Without knowing how advanced Iran’s programme is – how big its uranium stockpiles are and how many centrifuges are running – the Americans cannot be sure of what they are trying to get the Iranians to concede. What does Khamenei want? One possibility is that the supreme leader’s strategic direction has not changed, and he ultimately wants to get back into the agreement. That would mean his negotiators have been playing for time as a tactic, seeing how far they can push the Biden administration. “They may be saying, we’ve already pocketed all of these sanctions from the Americans, we
IRAN’S PROGRAMME IS FAR MORE OPAQUE THAN IT WAS IN 2015, AND THERE’S MORE AMBIGUITY
still want more,” Goldberg said. A deal will help Iran deal with its economic woes, give it more legitimacy on the world stage, and indicate to the West that Raisi is more moderate than he seems right now. Still, this does not guarantee that the Iranians will ultimately agree to a deal. It is conceivable that Khamenei has decided not to reenter the agreement. Khamenei would thus be continuing to negotiate in order to give the Iranian programme as much time as possible to advance while the West is focused on the talks, and so Tehran can blame the US when the talks fail. Domestic blame game Within Iran, a blame game has broken out between the outgoing Hassan Rouhani administration and the incoming Raisi team. “The situation now is that the main argument is not between Iran and the world powers, but within Iran,” explained Zimmt. Rouhani and Mohammad Javad Zarif’s foreign ministry are trying to write their political wills, said Zimmt. Zarif wrote to the parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee on 11 July, laying out his view on the JCPOA and on the negotiations with the US. The letter defended the deal, and blamed the Iranian deep state for failing to take advantage of the deal’s potential and for not reciprocating American attempts to find common ground this year. The hardliners, including the Revolutionary Guards and their allies, blame Rouhani and Zarif for failing to defend Iranian interests and red lines, and for not adhering to the December 2020 law on accelerating Iran’s nuclear programme. Ultimately, however, the decision lies with Khamenei and Iran’s Supreme National Security Council.
29 July 2021 Jewish News
Community / Scene & Be Seen
1 JWA TREK
A group of fundraisers for Jewish Women’s Aid have raised nearly £7,000 for the charity with a series of walks and hikes. The first group, all of them aged 16, did a sponsored 12km walk across Hampstead Heath on 21 July, raising £2,423. Meanwhile, mum and daughter trekking team Nicole and Daisy Goodman, aged 44 and 13 (main picture), took part in a three-day trek up Helvellyn in the Lake District, for Daisy’s batmitzvah. Daisy said: “I wanted to raise money for Jewish Women’s Aid because my school did an assembly on the charity and I was very moved by the work it does.”
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2 KITCHEN COMFORTS
Residents supported by Norwood reunited with Julie, the manager of the charity’s Kennedy Leigh Centre, for the first time since restrictions eased. Julie treated Laurie and Sophie to lunch as thanks for all their hard work in the on-site Sara’s Kitchen. Taking advantage of the sunny weather, they were also able to enjoy some time in the garden, testing out the play area equipment (inset).
Kingston Liberal Synagogue held a special in-person Shabbat service for the first time since Covid began, to welcome new members who had joined in the past 18 months. Among them was newborn Jacob (inset), whose great-grandmother travelled from the US, and quarantined, for the occasion. The community’s Rabbi Dr René Pfertzel said: “This was a wonderful chance to welcome our new members and meet them face-to-face for the first time. We are so happy they found us!”
4 GRADUATE SERVICE
More than a hundred guests came together in person to celebrate the 2021 London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS) graduation, which took place last Tuesday. Many more watched the event online, witnessing 59 students across the teacher training and degree programmes graduate after completing their studies during Covid. LSJS chief executive, Joanne Greenaway, said: “Our teacher training trainees have had to deal with schools in the most challenging of times ... and that is not to mention the training year being, at the best of times, an exceedingly intense one.”
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Weekend / Exhibition
The photograph of Zigi Shipper’s family taken in stages by veteran photographer, Arthur Edwards, pictured inset, and later pieced together by a graphic artist
The faces of survival
Rosl Schatzberger, 96, with her daughter Lesley, holds a portrait of her mother- in-law Ida Schatzberger, who was killed in Auschwitz
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Freddie Knoller BEM photographed on his 100th birthday with his wife Freida, daughters Susie and Marcia, and grandson Nadav
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Saul Erner, 86, with his granddaughters. He came to the UK with his mother and sisters aged five when the Germans invaded Belgium. His father was killed by the Gestapo
ven from a distance, the beaming smiles spread across 21 faces, four generations and ages spanning from a few months to 91 years shine out in this beautifully captured portrait of Zigi Shipper’s family. But look closer and the picture evokes even more meaning when one considers nonagenarian Zigi was just a child when he endured the Holocaust – and none of these individuals would be here today had he not survived. The image, taken by Arthur Edwards, is one of 13 new works by contemporary photographers featuring in a new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum (IWM), which opens next week. Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors – which includes two images taken by the Duchess of Cambridge – presents moving individual and family portraits of survivors who made the UK their home after experiencing unimaginable loss and trauma. The exhibition has been organised by the IWM in partnership with Jewish News, the Royal Photographic Society, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and Dangoor Education. It is the culmination of a project initiated by Jewish News with the Duchess of Cambridge last year. Speaking about the exhibition, Arthur – who has spent nearly 50 years as The Sun’s royal photographer – says he was aware of the poignancy of the task, especially when he heard about Zigi’s
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Exhibition / Weekend
Sir Ben Helfgott with his grandson Sam. Ben was a champion weightlifter after he arrived in the UK Uri Winterstein wears the yellow star his father was forced to wear during the Second World War
Steven Frank, aged 84, with his granddaughters Maggie and Trixie. Steven survived multiple concentration camps as a child
20-minute intervals, so he had to keep reconfiguring the lighting and background over a two-hour period. A graphic artist then pieced together the individual photographs Arthur took and also included a contributed photo from one of Zigi’s granddaughters who lives in Spain. “I was so pleased with how it turned out,” reflects Arthur. “I got a huge print, framed it and presented it to Zigi, along with around 100 pictures for the family as a keepsake. It was a joyful job to do, a real labour of love.” Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors runs from 6 August to 7 January, 2022 at the Imperial War Museum London, www.iwm.org.uk
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experiences during the Second World War. Born in 1930, Zigi was 12 when he was forced to move into Lodz Ghetto and 14 when he was put onto a cattle truck to AuschwitzBirkenau, before being transported weeks later to Stutthof concentration camp near Danzig. In the final months of the war, Zigi was sent on a death march, arriving in Neustadt, Germany, before finally being liberated by British troops on 3 May 1945. Two years later, he arrived in the UK, where he married Jeannette and raised a family. The couple were married for 66 years until Jeannette’s death last July. “Taking the photograph of Zigi really made me think about the Holocaust,” says Arthur, who accompanied the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their trip to Stutthof in 2017. “To be aged 14 and going on a death march – can you imagine? Surviving just that alone would have been enough.” Zigi wanted not only his survival, but also his love for life as the main focus of the image, prompting Arthur, 80, to ask the family to wear colourful clothes. “I wanted that summer feeling in the picture,” he explains. “He’s a happy, joyful man, smiling all the time. A man who had a terrible, terrible childhood, but has a wonderful life in England and a family who loves him.” Bringing the whole family together presented issues for Arthur: Covid restrictions meant each family had to arrive at
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Neil Gaiman’s bestselling fantasy novel Anansi Boys is being adapted for a new series on Amazon Prime Video. The six-episode limited series, developed by Gaiman and his friend Sir Lenny Henry, will begin shooting in Scotland later this year. Based on Gaiman’s novel of the same name, Anansi Boys follows Charlie Nancy, a young man who is used to being embarrassed by his estranged father. But when his father dies, Charlie discovers that his father was an incarnation of a West African trickster god – and that he has a brother, Spider. Life for Charlie is about to become more interesting, but also a lot more dangerous. Anansi Boys is a stand-alone story, not a sequel or spin-off of Gaiman’s novel American Gods. The book’s story was originally developed in conversation between Gaiman and Henry. Gaiman says: “Anansi Boys began around 1996, from a conversation I had with Lenny Henry about writing a story that was diverse and part of the culture that we both loved. I wrote a novel, a joyous and funny book about a dead god and his two sons,
about birds and ghosts and beasts and cops, based in Caribbean and African tales. “I am thrilled that Sir Lenny Henry is one of our executive producers. He was there when it was conceived, he narrated the audiobook and he has kept the heart of the production true.” The news comes following an announcement last month that Gaiman’s hit Amazon show, Good Omens, starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant and based on his 1990 novel with Sir Terry Pratchett, had been renewed for a second series.
Masters of the Universe: Revelation By the power of Grayskull! Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alicia Silverstone are lending their vocal talents for Netflix’s new animation, Masters of the Universe: Revelation, which launched this week. Developed by Kevin Smith, the hotlyanticipated series is a sequel to the popular 1980’s children’s cartoon, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and picks up right where many of the characters’ journeys left off nearly 40 years ago. After a cataclysmic battle between He-Man (Chris Wood) and Skeletor (Mark Hamill), the planet of Eternia is fractured and the Guardians of Grayskull are scattered. It’s now up to Teela (voiced by Gellar) to reunite the broken band of heroes, and solve the mystery of the missing Sword of Power in a race against time to restore Eternia and prevent the end of the universe. The stellar cast also features Silverstone as Queen Marlena, alongside Harley Quinn Smith as Ileena and Lena Headey as Evil-Lyn.
Gellar, known for her roles in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Star Wars: Rebels, revealed that she relished playing Teela in the new series. She said: “Anyone who knows me knows that I have a fondness for the chosen one; the girl who doesn’t know that she has any power and then finds out that she has all the power. “And to me, that’s the most important life lesson to learn and to teach as a female, and something that I really try to impart to my daughter; that you can do anything anybody else can do. It’s about putting your mind to something and believing in yourself.”
DC Comics is bringing out the first Jewish superhero in more than 40 years – and she’s a teenage social activist with a dog named Leibowitz! Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero by acclaimed young adult novelist E. Lockhart and illustrator Manuel Preitano is released in the autumn and centres on 16-year-old Willow Zimmerman as she struggles to make ends meet during her mother’s cancer treatments. A series of odd jobs leads to a life-altering accident that leaves Willow and Leibowitz with a ‘sixth sense’ that is as much a blessing as a curse. Fans of the comic series will also enjoy Willow’s encounters with Gotham City’s familiar antiheroes Killer Croc, the Riddler and Poison Ivy.
“Whistle is a hero like me. Like you, maybe. She’s an ordinary person who sees what’s wrong in her city and feels powerless to right it — until she isn’t,” said Lockhart. “The story explores the dark, ethically compromised side of a superhero’s life as well as the empowerment. There’s the thrill of corruption and the lure of riches on the one hand, versus an activist’s belief in the rights of her community members on the other.” Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero by E. Lockhart and Manuel Preitano is released on 7 September, priced £12.99.
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Fond farewell to a comedy rock star Brigit Grantreflects on the genius of entertainer Jackie Mason, who has died this week at the age of 93
comic genius and a pain in the ass. This man could get a laugh reading the weather. His rhythms and delivery were master classes in comedy. Farewell Jackie. Farewell.” This heartfelt Twitter response from American actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein was one of surprisingly few from performers acknowledging the passing of comedian Jackie Mason. Outside of TV and radio bulletins, the other US mirth makers who acknowledged the death of the 93-year-old former rabbi turned stand-up, included Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander, who wrote: “I took my folks to see Jackie Mason on Broadway twice. I have never seen them laugh harder. A comic from a different time but one of the best. Mister. I’m talkin’ to you. #RIPJackieMason” and Henry Winkler, who tweeted: “Truly one of the funniest shows I have ever seen .. ever .. thank you Jackie and now you get to make heaven laugh”. But the slow flow of traffic commending the comic says more about the state of comedy than it does about Jackie. As a product of a bygone Borscht Belt era, Jackie Mason was once the funniest Jew alive, only to be rivalled by the 2,000 Year Old Man. Shamelessly exposing all that was insufferable and embarrassing about Jewish behaviour in jokes we loved, he also won over non-Jews with his heimishe insight. Remarkably, no one got upset or waved a placard about prejudice or insisted he was cancelled. How could they? Jackie was a comedy rock star, with rock star fans and I once sat behind Rolling Stone’s Ronnie Wood doubled up in hysterics at one of Jackie’s shows. Having waved goodbye to those heady days of uncensored humour, opinionated Jackie – also a vocal supporter of Israel – was no longer acceptable to the woke crowd. It might be because old comedians sleep a lot, but they are not
essential to mainstream channels and have been reduced to talking heads on nostalgia shows. And if you’re a Trump supporter who tells jokes – well, Fuhgeddaboutit as urban New Yorkers say, and Jackie, then in the winter of his life, realised the comedy world was closed. With his headliner years behind him, there was only one thing to do – create his own splashes – which he did at the invitation of Jewish News where, love
him or loathe him, he was always worth a look. That there was no (and never will be) a British Jewish equivalent of Jackie on the UK circuit is not a mystery to those who still don’t understand why ‘Shabbas’ is never said on Friday Night Dinner. We embraced Jackie here so that British audiences could appreciate how funny Jews can be when TV commissioners aren’t involved. Talking to Mr Mason and his wife Jyll frequently was fun, but not when they had the builders in or on Zoom, which was never simple (“Can you see me, darlink? What about now?”) Away from the computer, Jackie’s written response in features aligned to festivals
Paul Solomons’ cartoon showing Jackie with his dream seder guests
were erudite and refreshing, particularly for a nonagenarian who remembered his own jokes about Roosevelt. Jackie wasn’t bothered by his political opponents either, and pipped his Jewish critics to the
post when he wrote a Passover column in Jewish News in 2020 in which he wrote: “And I would like to add a fifth question to the existing Passover four. Why can’t Jews stop preaching Jewish hatred? I’m pretty certain that those most likely to hate me and disagree after reading this will be Jewish people – which proves my point.” In the early 90s, I sat in Hampstead’s New End theatre as he tested out material on Brits to ascertain their ignorance about America. When half the audience (some who knew him best or only as Krusty’s rabbi dad in The Simpsons) admitted they had not heard of hotelier Leona Helmsley, he pursed his lips and in best shetl saracasm said: “Now this, you should be ashamed about. I’m talkin’ to you. Do any of you know how far I’ve come?” For a man who first delivered jokes from a bimah, he’d come far and that he was generous enough to be a Jewish News contributor and never moan about the edits will not be forgotten. If heaven is anything like the Catskills, he’ll be headlining in no time alongside Carl Reiner and Joan Rivers. Now that’s what you call a line-up.
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Receive a grant for vocational training and boost your career In today’s competitive and fluid workplace, education has come to mean so much more than what we learn at school and university. At Work Avenue – the Jewish community’s leading employment and business support organisation – we have seen an increasing number of people turn to us for advice on vocational training. Whatever their academic qualifications, people are finding that this sort of learning will get them closer to landing a new job and/or boosting their career. There is a huge range of vocational training out there, covering a wide variety of different fields, and it’s being offered both face-to-face and via online courses. However there is big hurdle... the cost. Education and training do not come cheap and, while there are student loans for higher education, there is very little else available to support the learner. That’s why Work Avenue launched the Richard Mintz Bursary Fund (RMBF) in honour of our late trustee. If you’re looking to train, or retrain, in a field to take you down a new occupational pathway then the RMBF will pay up to 80 percent of the cost, subject to a few conditions.
One person who has already benefited is Debra, who needed a more advanced qualification in her chosen field of bookkeeping. She said: “I already had a basic bookkeeping qualification and was ambitious to progress to the next level, which was vital for my career. “However, the necessary course was expensive and for that reason it seemed out of my reach. Then I heard about the Richard Mintz Bursary Fund. Completing the course, and successfully passing the exams, gave me a real sense of personal achievement.” Debra added: “The fund facilitated my learning and afforded me professional opportunities that may have been closed otherwise. It has also allowed me to be flexible, which is very important to me as a mother to young children, and has grown my belief in my own ability.” One of the key reasons Work Avenue set up the RMBF was seeing how many clients, just like Debra, were finding the cost of vocational training prohibitive. The charity’s interim CEO, Emma May, said: “It is wonderful to be able to support so many learners with a substantive bursary for their chosen course as they embark upon a new career pathway, and at the same time link this support to professional, confidential and
The Richard Mintz Bursary Fund was launched to help jobseekers access vocational training
practical employment and business support to help them on their way. “This in turn enables more people in our community to earn a living with dignity to support themselves and their family.” For more information, and to apply, visit www.theworkavenue.org.uk/rmbf
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At Kerem School, which looks after children aged three to 11, every child matters. Classes are small, ensuring academic and personal success
Kerem School is situated in the heart of Hampstead Garden Suburb. Since its establishment in 1948, it represents the heart and soul of the community that surrounds it. Its creation alongside that of the state of Israel was the start of a long and rich connection with Israel that is evident from the plethora of Zionist projects adorning the walls of the school. In the leafy enclave of north-west London you would hardly know it was there until you
see it, hear it and feel the warmth that emanates from within its two sites. The Early Years Unit, which is situated on the corner of Kingsley Way is home to the Nursery and Reception classes, while Years 1 to 6 are within the premises of Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue to which the school is affiliated, on Norrice Lea. The two sites are either side of Lyttelton Playing Fields, which provides ample outside space for football, netball, tennis, athletics and
the hugely popular Forest School. Joining the school as a deputy head in 2016, Naomi Simon became headteacher in 2019 and oversaw the most recent Independent Schools Inspectorate inspection, for which it achieved a rating of ‘excellent’ in all areas. More recently, Kerem was awarded the National Standard Award for wellbeing and positive mental health. The relatively recent addition of Pepsi the school pup has helped to ensure
a calm and happy learning atmosphere pervades the school. With a capacity for just under 200 pupils starting at Nursery aged three through to Year 6, aged 11, Kerem children thrive in an environment that fosters academic excellence. Every child matters and every child is known. With small classes, there is a high teacher to pupil ratio, ensuring that when it comes to the 11+ entrance exams at the start of Year 6, the children go on to achieve highly. In addition to academic success, their learning behaviours are a key focus with the development of the Kerem Characteristics helping to shape these. The enhanced learning environment incorporates a fully equipped ICT suite that includes a 3D printer as well as one-to-one iPad access for every child from Year 3 upwards. Learning is enhanced by a wide range of outings and visitors. The learning is not, however, restricted to academia, with a raft of sporting and Etgar (National Jewish Schools Quiz) accolades to boast about – with the evidence bursting in the trophy cabinet. Kerem also plays host to more than 20 before and after school clubs. It is lucky to have the active involvement of a governing body led by Samantha Leek QC. To find out more about Kerem School, visit www.keremschool.co.uk, like the Facebook page or register to attend the next prospective parents’ evening on Wednesday, 13 October 2021
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veryone has an opinion on every aspect of our Jewish schools, and no one is afraid to share those opinions – around the Shabbat table, in the Jewish press, in social media and at the supermarket.
Well, this is a shout out in appreciation of our Jewish schools and how well they have been doing in adapting to the chaos of the past sixteen months. At LSJS, we work across the range of Jewish schools and my colleagues and I have dealt with more than forty schools since the pandemic began. We have been training the teachers for our schools, running BA and MA degrees in Jewish Education for teachers in our schools and running conferences for the Jewish studies teachers in our schools. We have observed trainee teachers teaching key workers children face to face during lockdown after lockdown. We have observed trainee teachers teaching on zoom and marvelled at how they have captivated the interest and imagination of the children on their screens.
Throughout the pandemic, I have been unfailingly humbled by the thought and care that every school has put into its’ delivery of education, and the huge number of hours that every member of school staff has put in to learn completely new ways of teaching in our fractured world. Once each lockdown was over and the children returned to school, teacher’s lives became even harder – bubbles, positive covid-tests, self-isolation, cancelled exams, masks and the challenge of running a system where some students were in the classroom and some on the screen. Last week, one of our secondary schools had around 80% of their students self-isolating. And yet, whenever I have needed to email or speak to a head teacher, head of Jewish education or class teacher, every one of them has made time to respond speedily and with good humour. We also need to remember that the majority of our teachers and headteachers were also trying to juggle their work with their own children being at home, and needing attention throughout the day.
The summer holidays are now upon us. Our teachers will get a well-earned break. At the beginning of this school year, I am sure that none of them would have imagined that we would still have such a level of uncertainty about the new school year to come. But whatever September brings, I do know that every member of every staff team in every one of our schools will rise to the challenge of the new school year. No school is perfect. Even in my unfailing optimism, I know that. But I am in awe of what has been achieved since March 2020. So, join me in a shout out now, in appreciation of our Jewish schools. LSJS applauds you. Dr. Helena Miller LSJS, Director of Degrees and Co-Head of teacher training programmes For more information on LSJS teacher training courses or degrees please go to www.lsjs.ac.uk or call 020 8203 6427
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JNF UK: Investing in the next generation Over the few past decades, Jews living outside of Israel have seen the country blossom into a thriving regional powerhouse that has made huge strides despite the many challenges it has faced. For many, the continued success of the Jewish national home is a source of great pride, inspiration and comfort.
ow do we make sure that the upcoming generations also share in this appreciation of Israel? In a digital age, how can we give them a grounded understanding of the country despite all the discussion that surrounds it? And how can we make sure they benefit from being fully in touch with their historical, spiritual and cultural heritage? The answer is to make Israel education an integral part of their schooling experience. This is easier said than done. Teachers are under immense pressure to ‘teach to the test,’ with a focus on good exam grades crowding out other considerations. Extracurricular activities, when they are arranged, are also often limited by budgetary constraints. This is why JNF UK decided to step in. Nurturing a strong relationship between the British Jewish community and Israel is part of our DNA. As the oldest Israel-supporting charity in the UK, we have seen first-hand the impact that diaspora communities can have, with our earliest supporters using their donations to lay the foundations for the reestablishment of Israel. For 120 years, we have been building Israel’s future, and intend to keep doing so for the next 120 as well. With this in mind, JNF UK’s Israel education grants scheme was initiated. JNF UK worked in co-operation with each school, who could apply for funding for what they believed would best promote a love and connection to Israel. Rather than enforce a ‘one-size-fits-all’ policy from above, we trusted that teachers know best what their pupils need and JNF UK helped them to achieve these common goals. We don’t just hand over the money and then disappear. The schools know that we are always available to offer help, with a
Mathilda Marks Kennedy and Etz Chaim students showcase their Succas
dedicated member of staff always only an email or phone call away. Partnering with so many schools on so many different projects means we are developing a real sense of best practice, with others now seeking us out as a recognised hub of practical support and information for Israel education. Of course, none of this would be possible without the schools themselves. We have been blown away by the creativity, passion, and commitment they have shown in response to the grants. Over the course of several years they have celebrated festivals, organised competitions, arranged trips and run many, many more Israel-related activities. One of the ways they have been able to do this is by using grant money to increase teaching capacity, either by increasing hours for existing staff or even by hiring new specialist staff. Several schools have taken on Shinshinim – idealistic young Israelis, working abroad for a year to help boost diaspora communities. After all, who better to teach and educate about Israel than the Israelis themselves? Given that Israel is the “start-up nation,” some schools opted to use modern technology to aid their pupils. We helped them purchase special iPads, preloaded with Jewish activities to help with studies. These were especially helpful for those who had twinned with schools in Israel. Now children can speak directly to their counterparts across the world, learning from each other. Amazing as this wonderful technology is, it can’t compare with experiencing something in real life. This is why some schools use our grants to help fund trips to Israel, so that their pupils can learn about and connect with the Jewish nation themselves. We also believe that no trip is complete without at least one JNF UK volunteering day, where eager Students at Independent Jewish Day School enjoy the JNF UK Festival of Spoken Ivrit
Students from Gevim School in Be’er Sheva wearing masks designed by UK students
One of our facemask competition winners
JFS students learning about the geography of Israel learners can try out some simple DIY skills. Helping to renovate a playground or give a school a fresh lick of paint in the communities we support gives our UK students the chance to follow in the footsteps of the pioneers who re-established the country. JNF UK’s support for schools goes beyond the grant scheme. Whenever we decide to run a new activity, we always make it available to as many schools as possible. A prime example of this is our Festival of Spoken Ivrit, where JNF UK brings over professionally trained Israeli actors from prestigious theatre companies to perform mixed-language plays in schools. Over the last three years thousands of children of all ages have been entranced as the Festival has brought Hebrew to life for them. This dedication to supporting as many schools as possible was especially important during the pandemic. With parents trying to juggle working from home with making sure their children weren’t falling behind, JNF UK was quick to start producing materials to help fill the gap. Regular activity sheets were sent to countless homes, keeping pupils engaged
under unprecedented conditions. Covid-19 also saw children given the opportunity to flex their creative muscles as well, with our facemask competition. Thousands entered, submitting colourful designs that celebrated the connection between the Jewish communities here and in Israel. While the original entries were drawn or painted onto paper, three winners were chosen which were then printed on actual masks. These were then sent to children in some of the schools we support in Israel – physical reminders that even during a pandemic, the British Jewish community was thinking about them. These are just a few highlights, but the truth is that every week we hear about an amazing new initiative that is happening in one of our partner schools. We are so proud of the teachers, parents and pupils who are constantly coming up with new ways to engage with their culture, religion, language and heritage – and JNF UK is proud to support them every step of the way. To find out more about JNF UK please visit www.jnf.co.uk.
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Immanuel College – proud to offer exceptional academic standards, outstanding pastoral care and a renowned programme of Jewish studies, complementing the challenging academic curriculum and the wide range of co-curricular activities. The school is renowned for its happy atmosphere and its happy pupils, who are fully engaged in college life, are aspirational and committed to their studies. We aim to help our pupils learn to succeed and find happiness as they develop and, to achieve this, we have a skilled and caring staff who help individuals to be the best they can be. Relationsbetweenthepupilsandstaffareopen,warmandmutually supportive. In a year and a half that has been like no other, we are proud of how we have pulled together as a school. After the initial shock of educational establishments closing last year, the staff went above and beyond to ensure the school could continue operating at maximum capacity, from remotely running all academic courses, several co-curricular activities, pastoral care and Jewish Life and Learning. We offered blended learning during lockdowns – a combination of extensive online provision and live lessons – and on return to face-to-face lessons on-site, adapting to a strictly bubbled school year including virtual assemblies, bubbled lunchtimes and co-curricular activities and continued self-isolation of both staff and pupils. We believe this has not affected the day-to-day life at the school but has given pupils and their parents the best experience possible under the circumstances. We believe in our pupils cultivating their individuality in
the context of a strong team and community spirit and teach leadership skills as well as how to join others to build successful enterprises. We work to ensure young people in our care learn to inhabit and relish their Jewish identity as a familiar part of their everyday working, sporting and social selves, not as an afterthought separated from academic study or progress in the wider world. Admissions for Year 7 2022 are now open – applications deadline is 15 November 2021. Immanuel College Preparatory School (ICPS) – offering academic excellence, expert pastoral care and an inspiring Jewish education. The individual is at the heart of ICPS – and we focus on the happiness and wellbeing of each child. We aim to give every child the best start to their education; our focus is on giving them the tools and support they need to become confident, mature people with
Admissions for Year 12 2022 are now open – applications deadline is 15 October 2021 Come and visit us – our next open morning is Monday, 11 October 2021. Register to attend at www.immanuelcollege.co.uk/Open-Day-2021 or, for more information or to book a private tour, please email Sarah Greenfield, Head of Admissions at email@example.com or call 020 8955 8938 a lifelong love of learning, developing their intellectual independence and equipping them for the challenges of a rapidly changing world, as well as providing them with the knowledge and skills they need for their everyday lives – now and in the future. Presenting an exciting, inspiring and relevant Jewish education, ICPS empowers our pupils to become confident, competent and enthusiastic members of our community and proud to represent us in the wider community. ICPS pulled together during the past year like never before, with both staff and pupils learning to be more resilient, supportive and considerate of other’s needs. We are proud of our offering during lockdowns, with daily “live lessons” as well an online provision and also a return to on-site lessons as soon as the restrictions allowed, all of which gave our pupils and their parents the best experience possible. Chagigah, assemblies and shows have all continued ‘virtually’, with recordings sent to parents, and an end of year experience for Year 6 which, although very different from the normal, was still full of fun and excitement for them. Admissions are now open for Reception 2022. Deadline for the receipt of Admissions is 30 September 2021. Come and visit us for a tour of the school and see what we offer! Tours available from September 2021 – email Sarah Greenfield, Head of Admissions on sgreenfield @immanuelcollege.co.uk or call 020 8955 8938 for more information or to book a tour
29 July 2021 Jewish News
Torah For Today Space tourism
BY HANNAH REUBEN There is a law teaching we must recite 100 brachot (blessings) every day. A hint to this can be found in this week’s sedra, “And now, O Israel, what (mah) does the Lord your God demand of you?” (Deut 10:12). The word mah (what) can be read as me’ah, meaning a hundred. Shacharit (the morning service) consists of 44 brachot, so it would seem benching (grace after meals) with its four brachot is not that unique. Yet it turns out that the only bracha we are biblically commanded to recite is benching (Deut 8:10). Benching contains three original brachot: Hazan commanded by Moses, thanking God for providing manna; Nodeh, decreed by Joshua thanking God for the land; and Rachem, a prayer for Jerusalem decreed by David and Solomon. We are taught that if one does not say the words “a desirable, good and extensive land” in the blessing of the land and does not mention the
house of King David in the blessing “who builds Jerusalem”, one has not performed their obligation of benching. Why is appreciating Israel the focus of thanking God after eating? Rav Kook identifies the land of Israel as the place of our nation and we should dedicate our energy to it and the people of Israel to bring redemption. The building of Jerusalem represents the spiritual foundation to which we should dedicate ourselves. It seems that in Hazan we thank God for life, but in Nodeh and in Rachem we praise God for something greater. Although we mention leaving Egypt, the Torah and the covenant, the land of Israel and Jerusalem are above all. They give us life in times of redemption or exile on a practical level and as giving us hope. More than anything else, it is the Land of Israel and Jerusalem that give us purpose and meaning. ◆ Hannah Reuben is part of United Synagogue’s Education Team
RABBI ARIEL ABEL Richard Branson (pictured) – and now Jeff Bezos – recently flew to the edge of space, taking us all one step closer to the advent of commercial flights beyond earth’s orbit. What does the Torah say about space tourism? “The heavens are the almighty’s heavens, but the earth He gave to humankind.” This verse from Psalms seems to encourage us to keep out of outer space. We are encouraged by Isaiah to “lift up our eyes and see who created all these” heavenly bodies, and our literature is filled with reference to astronomy and even astrology. But actually getting up there? Is the psalmist saying: Stay away? The Gerrer Rebbe in the 1960s went to the extent of denying that man could ever get to the moon, owing to this verse; a position he reversed once the moon landing
was achieved and watched by audiences in the millions. Our ability to travel to space is now undeniable, but should it be harnessed for commercial use? In one of his visions, Ezekiel the prophet was lifted by his sidelocks and whisked through the skies. According to the prophet he night-travelled to Jerusalem, flying “between heaven and earth” making for a speedy journey. In another vision, he described extraterrestrial travel machines
running on hashmal – electricity. Ezekiel’s images then fictive to most is our reality nowadays. Just like Ezekiel, we can be whisked rapidly to the Biblical “four corners” of the world. If we can shorten travel time, and perhaps even reduce the amount of pollution expelled, we may find that Israel dubs its first heavenly transatlantic subspace vehicle “Ezekiel’s chariot”, or even Elijah’s! The prospects of uniting split families and scattered communities; bringing Israel and the diaspora closer together; and touring the exosphere to better observe the handiwork of creation all seem a lot closer to a Torah ideal than to a Torah objection of any kind. ◆ Rabbi Ariel Abel is based in Liverpool
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The Bible Says What? All hope is lost… or is it?! BY RABBI MARK GOLDSMITH What does a Jew do when things seem pretty hopeless after hearing too much bad news? Or when our summer camps are having to send children home owing to positive Covid tests and our schools had to close early for the same reason? The Haftarot over the coming weeks up to Rosh Hashanah are known as the Haftarot of Consolation. They begin with the words from Isaiah Chapter 40:1: ‘Be comforted, be comforted, My people! Says your God.’ These words were originally spoken from the midst of the Babylonian exile when you might have thought all was lost for Judaism and for the hope of a good future. When everyone might have lost hope, Isaiah’s message, and a message repeated by many other prophets in the Tanach, was that a return to Jerusalem and a return for the Jewish people would definitely be possible – soon
with God’s help and our action. This message has been heard during the years of the exile of the Jews from Spain and Portugal, the pogroms, persecution and oppressions, the restrictions upon Soviet Jewry and during the Nazi period – there is always hope for the future. As the French-Jewish writer Edmond Fleg wrote in 1927: “I am a Jew because in every age when the cry of despair is heard the Jew hopes.’’ The times we are living through are nowhere near as desperate as those experienced by our fellow Jews in the past, yet the same imperative is there. Always hope for the future because it is only with hope that there can be a good future. Look forward with hope, invest in our community with hope, be among those who act as God’s partners in building hope.
◆ Mark Goldsmith is Senior Rabbi at Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue
Progressively Speaking Should we really leave Ben & Jerry’s in the cold for stopping sales of ice cream in the West Bank? BY RABBI CHARLEY BAGINSKY “Food can bring people together in a way nothing else could,” said chef and restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi. This wonderful quote is usually so true of our community. However, we have recently become bitterly divided by food – and ice cream at that. Ben & Jerry’s announcement that they will halt sales of their brand in the West Bank, in protest at the occupation and Israeli settlements there, has caused a wave of debate within and outside of the Jewish community. Even in Liberal Judaism we have seen a big difference of opinions. Some are deeply upset and are boycotting Ben & Jerry’s, while others are praising the company for its stand. There is a further group who feel the ice cream maker hasn’t gone far enough and should end its operations throughout all of Israel, not just the occupied territories. If we supported Ben & Jerry’s when it stuck up for refugees – and many of us cheered its tweet to
the home secretary criticising the government’s “lack of humanity for people fleeing war, climate change and torture” – then we have to expect it will have a view on the occupation, whether we agree with it or not. And indeed, there is something to be said for their stand on this matter. Unlike the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS), which targets Israel writ large, Ben & Jerry’s decision was limited in scope. While Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett expressed concern it was “boycotting Israel”, the company clearly stated it was only stopping sales in the “occupied Palestinian
territories” (that is, Jewish settlements in the West Bank) and will continue to sell ice cream throughout the rest of the country. So perhaps pro-Israel opponents of the settlements, of which many can be found within our Progressive movements, should be celebrating this and any effort emphasising the distinction between Israel and the occupied territories. We can certainly criticise the way this announcement was handled by Ben & Jerry’s, rue the losses of wellpaid jobs for both Israelis and Palestinians and worry about the antisemitism of some who goaded the brand into taking the decision. However, we should also applaud any effort that pressures Israel to end the settlement project while simultaneously legitimising Israel within its internationally recognised borders. ◆ Rabbi Charley Baginsky is chief executive officer of Liberal Judaism
SOCIAL WORK TEAM LEADER, 35 hours £37,500, SOCIAL WORKERS, 35 hours £32,219.72 - £34,019.00 In line with Norwood’s vision of ‘Taking on Life Together’, Children & Family Services are looking to recruit a Social Work Team Leader and Social Workers to join our team during an exciting period of development within Norwood. Norwood is a charity that delivers a range of holistic, multi-disciplinary support services to Jewish children and families who are impacted by learning disability, Autism, SEND, mental health, social and emotional challenges throughout their lives. Providing a range of support to individuals and groups, through training, advice and peer support. Social Work Team Leader supervising a team of social workers. You will be joining a diverse, cohesive team of professionals, receive strong leadership, regular supervision and training. Social Workers undertake assessments of need and plan responses in partnership with service users and their families where appropriate. Work with statutory and other organisations to the benefit of the user. Both roles are based in Norwood’s Kennedy Leigh centre in Hendon. Please note: We reserve the right to close the advert, once we receive sufficient applications, so recommend an early application Benefits of working for a leading UK charity include: • Friendly and supportive service • Regular supervision and CPD opportunities • Opportunities for developing skills across a wide range of needs • Well-resourced service • Early finish on a Friday (all year round 1pm close) • Jewish holidays in addition to annual leave • Pension scheme To apply please send you CV and Cover Letter to email@example.com Closing date: 4 August 2021 Norwood is a disability confident employer. This means we are committed to employing people with disabilities. Patron: Her Majesty The Queen. Registered Charity No: 1059050.
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Our trusty team of advisers answers your questions about everything from law and finance to dating and dentistry. This week: Starting a new job from home, packing quotes for Israel and attending synagogue with hearing loss LESLEY TRENNER CAREER ADVISER
Dear Lesley I’m starting a new job but I’ll be working from home with a team who all know each other. I’m scared I won’t fit in. Joanna Dear Joanna It can be so daunting being the ‘new girl’ or ‘new boy’, especially if you’re working remotely. So start planning ahead. Hopefully your line manager will send round an email to introduce you. See if you can set up an introductory chat with each member of the team. Try to be friendly and appear confident and show that you’re keen to learn. Make a note of everyone’s name,
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STEPHEN MORRIS SHIPPING LTD Dear Stephen You kindly came to my house to survey for my move to Israel next month and I have just received your quotation. Is this price fixed or can I add or subtract items? Rebecca Dear Rebecca The total volume does some-
times change for a variety of reasons. You might add some items or you might decide not to ship some items – this is very common. And I may have made an error in my volume calculations! This is less common because I have been quoting for moves for over 40 years. But resolving the matter is not difficult. Subject to a 4cbm shipment minimum, I can give you a reliable quotation for any volume. That volume is checked once everything is packed and any under or over volumes will be recorded and discussed with you prior to shipment.
their role and something you have in common. You could ask your boss if they can arrange for you to have a ‘buddy’ to help you through the first few weeks, to explain what the culture is like and how the team like to communicate. If there are any team activities – an online quiz or outdoor drinks, try to take part in as many as you can. Finally, remember it takes time to settle into a new job, so don’t expect to feel ‘at home’ for a few weeks. Do ask for help, and you’ll quickly discover who are the best people to ask. Resource helps jobseekers find work and we can help you to settle in and make a good first impression. Do contact us if you’d like to talk this through. You may like to attend our webinar, ‘How to make a successful impact in your new role’. Then relax and look forward to starting your new job.
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Dear Sue The High Holy Days are very important to me and I’ve always loved the sense of community and ‘oneness’ being in synagogue has given me. Now my hearing has deteriorated so much I won’t be able to follow a lot of what the rabbi or people around me are saying (especially if they are wearing masks). I’m dreading that feeling
Dear Jacob Thank you for your openness and honesty. You speak not only for yourself – there will be thousands of other people with a hearing loss reading this and relating to your words. The good news is, over the past year, the pandemic has prompted synagogues to think about different ways to ensure full accessibility to their services. We’re working closely with synagogues across the board to help them think about the needs of
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