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Return to Promised Land Last-ditch autumn sun awaits British tourists in Israel from MONDAY by Michael Daventry mike@jewishnews.co.uk @MichaelDaventry

British tourists are finally set to return to Israel en masse for the first time in nearly 18 months, after officials last night relaxed entry requirements from Monday. From 1 November, travellers from around the globe will not be asked to fill out a form asking for permission to visit before they can board a flight to the country. However, they will need to have been vaccinated no later than six months before the trip and it is still not clear if children will be allowed to enter. There had been fears UK tourists would be left out in the cold because of high Covid rates. One travel agent said the end of entry permits was “great news”. “That was the biggest bugbear,” said David Segel, the managing director

of West End Travel. “Unless you had a direct relative – a mother, a father, a brother, a sister – you couldn’t go. Even cousins weren’t close enough. “It will make life easier. You don’t have to go through the hassle of going through the embassy or finding someone in the government to help. “It’s really good news that they’ve got rid of one obstacle.” But confusion remained over the

detail of the new travel rules, particularly on how they would apply to unvaccinated children. Some reports suggested that under 18s who have not had a jab would not be allowed entry, which would prevent families travelling from countries where children are not yet being vaccinated. The Israeli Ministry of Health had not made a public announcement as Jewish News went to press yesterday. Everyone entering Israel will need to take one PCR test before departure and another immediately upon arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, and wait up to 12 hours for the results before being released from quarantine. Israeli authorities will also require travellers to have been vaccinated less than six months before the end date of their holiday, not the start. It means visitors will have to leave Israel no later than 180 days after their last vaccine or booster shot.

‘QUEEN’ TACKLES BOYCOTTS Dame Helen Mirren is among more than 100 highprofile celebrities to sign an open letter in support of TLVFest – Israel’s largest LGBTQ film festival – amid calls for artists to shun the event.


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Britain ends direct funding of Palestinian education by Jenni Frazer @JenniFrazer

Britain has announced the end of direct funding to Palestinian education in the West Bank and Gaza – a move welcomed by Jewish leaders who have long highlighted concerns about the content of textbooks. Labour MP Andrew Gwynne asked the Middle East minister James Cleverly last week about government plans to review the funding, after a damning European Union report into the Palestinian curriculum, which found multiple examples of references to those who had committed terrorist atrocities. In a written response, Cleverly insisted the government’s dropping funding was not directly linked to the EU report. He said: “Following Official Development Assistance prioritisation exercises undertaken in March 2021, the UK no longer provides direct funding to the Palestinian Authority to support the salaries of education workers and health professionals. This decision was not influenced by the publication of the Georg Eckert Institute’s report on Palestinian textbooks published in June 2021”. He added the UK remained “firmly committed to ensuring a quality education for Palestinian children, demonstrated by our longstanding support to the UN Relief and Works Agency and through the British Council”. He told the Commons this week funding was cut because of financial pressures caused by the pandemic, but nevertheless vowed to continue pushing for the education system to be free of hate.

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The National Gallery has removed a picture of an artwork from an upcoming major exhibition from its website over its apparently antisemitic portrayal of Jews. Albrecht Dürer’s Christ Among the Doctors from 1509 depicts a story from the Gospel according to Luke of Jesus on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem for Passover, alongside menacing and ugly figures. The National Gallery had initially displayed the artwork prominently on its website advertising the upcoming exhibition without mentioning its ‘offensive’ portrayal of Jews. After the gallery was alerted to the fact by Jewish News reader Ralph Harris, it removed the picture online and highlighted the antisemitic representation in its gallery. A spokesperson said: “We are aware the representation of the doctors may cause offence and both the wall texts and the audio guide in the exhibition will acknowledge and address carica-

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A women’s charity has revealed that one-fifth of the 301 Jewish women and girls it supported between April and September 2021 had experienced sexual violence. Jewish Women’s Aid said there were 245 children linked to the women it supported in the same period, while 42 of women and girls helped were aged between 14 and 30. It has now launched a

package of materials to raise awareness and encourage discussion of domestic abuse and sexual violence within the Jewish community. The resources come ahead of a cross-communal Shabbat on 12 to 13 November, when Jewish communities around the country will hold events to discuss domestic abuse. “We need to do more to make our community safer for

women, and much of that task is breaking the taboo around domestic abuse and sexual violence,” said Naomi Dickon, JWA’s chief executive. “If we talk about it, and the fact it happens in our community just like any other, we help create spaces where harming women, either physically or emotionally, is unacceptable and women feel supported.”


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The headteacher of JCoSS has cautioned those holding simchas to do so “responsibly” amid a steep rise in cases in schools and evidence that bar and batmitzvahs are the source of a number of covid outbreaks. Writing to parents last week, Patrick Moriarty revealed that half of the eight schools with the highest rate of infection in Barnet are Jewish, and urged “caution and adherence to all health and safety guidance when organising such events”. It comes as the number of daily coronavirus cases nationally surpassed 40,000 for the first time in months, as the government encouraged those eligible to get booster jab. Cases have occurred across Jewish schools, with 28 students reportedly off in year seven Hasmonean girls last week. The school confirmed there were cases in all years, but said there were “far fewer this week”. Yavneh said last week it did “not have rising cases, we have falling numbers”.

Faiths unite over animal bill by Lee Harpin lee@jewishnews.co.uk @lmharpin

Leading figures in the kosher and halal food industries have launched a co-ordinated campaign to fight moves from a group of MPs to limit nonstun animal slaughter in Campaigners fear reforms to non-stun slaughter the UK. Jewish News understands there is Monday, Sir Roger Gale, a former vice co-operation between Shechita UK chair of the Tory Party and Chris Loder, and officials connected to the Muslim the MP for West Dorset., confirmed Council of Britain and the Halal Moni- they were backing moves to reduce toring Committee on providing a uni- non-stun slaughter, which is required by the rules of both faiths. fied response to the proposals. The MPs, who have received support In the House of Commons on

from some government ministers, are also calling for the labelling of all kosher and halal produce sold to consumers in the UK. During the second reading of the Animal Welfare Bill on Monday, Loder confirmed to the Commons that he would be bringing an amendment, which would outline proposals to cut the amount of meat produced using non-stun slaughter methods in the UK. Sir Roger – a leading figure within the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation, who are backing the proposals – confirmed he would “certainly” support the amendment. He told the Commons: “There is a case for much greater regulation of non-stunned slaughtered animals –

because we know perfectly well that vast amounts of kosher and halal meat are produced not for the British market even, but for export.” This is disputed by the kosher meat industry. The government has provided several assurances to both Jewish and Muslim communal leaders that it would protect kosher and halal food. But there is concern with Muslim and Jewish communities about the groundswell of support for the proposals. A spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs said: “The government would prefer all animals to be stunned before slaughter but we respect the rights of Jewish and Muslim people to eat meat prepared in accordance with their beliefs.”

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Two men accused of killing 85-year-old Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll have gone on trial in what French prosecutors say was an antisemitic attack. The suspects, Yacine Mihoub, 31, and Alex Carrimbacus, 25, reportedly met in prison while serving earlier sentences for robbery, violence and sexual assault. Knoll’s body was discovered in March 2018 with multiple stab wounds.

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of behaviour expected. Speaking to Jewish News about their decision to contact CST, the one-time stuby Lee Harpin dent admitted: “I was scared. I don’t think lee@jewishnews.co.uk he [Miller] knew I was Jewish, but @lmharpin I was concerned that he might have treated me differently if he A former Bristol University had. Jewish student today speaks “It is a terrible thing to say, for the first time about how because I do wear a Magen they became so concerned David necklace everyday, but about the views of sacked proI took it off for his seminars fessor David Miller that they because I felt uncomfortable.” removed their Magen David Despite the evidence given by necklace in class – as Jewish the now-graduated student on the News exclusively publishes a leaked recording of the academic’s Professor David Miller impact of Miller’s lecture on Jews who sat in his classes, their claims most infamous talk. The student has kept their identity a secret were allegedly initially not investigated after ever since they and another undergraduate a complaint was submitted on their behalf by who also attended Miller’s classes complained CST. It was only in February this year after to the Community Security Trust (CST) about new comments from Miller that the univera lecture on Islamophobia given by him in sity announced an investigation, with his sacking happening several months later. February 2019. Correspondence sent by the university’s An investigation launched two years later – and headed by an independent QC – governors to both the CST and to government cleared him of “unlawful speech” but he was officials, now seen by Jewish News, confirms dismissed earlier this month after being that Bristol’s registrar and secretary said the found to have failed to meet the standards institution does not have a formal process for

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handling complaints from “third parties”. Our investigation also discovered that it is near impossible to lodge an anonymous complaint over an allegation involving any form of racism at Bristol, because policies stipulate that in order to proceed, a complainant would need to give details of their full identity to the student complaints officer. One legal expert said such practice puts Bristol at odds with whistleblowing practice at most modern institutions. But asked to comment on its complaints processes, a Bristol University spokesperson told this newspaper that in line with ACAS guidance, such internal processes should remain confidential. CST is understood to have written to the university repeatedly to protest the failure to investigate the two Jewish students’ statements – reminding Bristol’s governors both of its role and of the possible recriminations the undergraduates could face if their names were revealed. Speaking out for the first time about how it felt to have their claims about Miller not dealt with by the university, one of the two students said: “It made it easy for Miller to spin the narrative into Zionist organisations, but no one acknowledged that a Jewish student initiated the complaints.

It’s quite disheartening because it makes it impersonal.” The student said they had opted to take the professor’s ‘Harms of the Powerful’ unit, which ran from January until May that year, as part of their wider three-year long degree course. They had been particularly interested in hearing Miller’s observations on antiMuslim hatred and said the first three of Miller’s two-hour lectures had been “completely moderate”. It was only when Miller reached lecture number four – with its central claim that Zionism was one of five ideologies pushing Islamophobia – that his controversial ideas around the concept were voiced. Jewish News has obtained a leaked recording of that lecture, titled “Islamophobia”, which he gave on 18 February 2019 to around 50 students studying various courses at the Russell Group university. The recording confirms that the CST – best known for mounting security patrols outside Jewish schools and synagogues – in Miller’s view “targets the left and Muslims for its activities”. During his talk, Miller attempted to explain the reasons behind anti-Muslim hatred, saying: “This is where we come to the connections, especially to the Zionist movement ....” After detailing alleged funders of the right-


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more than 100 MPs and peers paign Against Antisemitism also announced the academic from the Union demanding action. Robert a legal challenge to the university, citing of Jewish Students (UJS) Halfon MP, who chairs the Equalities law, and is still pursuing action. and Bristol Jewish Society In a statement on 1 October, after an invesCommons Education (JSoc). These were invesCommittee, did not mince tigation lasting nearly 200 days, the university tigated and rejected, at a his words in condemning said: “We have a duty of care to all students and time when the univerthe university, condem- the wider university community, in addition to sity had not adopted the nation he repeated this a need to apply our own codes of conduct International Holocaust consistently and with integrity. week. Remembrance Alli“Balancing those important consideraMeanwhile, univerance definition of antisities minister Michelle tions, and after careful deliberation, a dissemitism. It was looked Donelan confirmed to Jewish ciplinary hearing found Professor Miller into again once it had News she met with representa- did not meet the standards of behaviour we adopted the definition, but led tives at Bristol in May this year. She expect from our staff and the university has to no action. said she was assured the university concluded that professor Miller’s employIn August last year, the CST John Mann recognised its obligations to protect ment should be terminated with immediate lodged a new complaint against Miller, this time noting how the professor had Jewish students. While her intervention was effect.” Asked to comment on allegations made in claimed Jewish students who complain about welcomed, one parliamentary source said antisemitism have been “schooled” to do so she was hampered in her discussions by the this Jewish News report, a university spokesgovernment’s wider commitment to ensuring person said they would not be making any furby “Zionist movement organisations”. At one stage, the CST wrote to the univer- free speech on campuses, as part of new pro- ther public comment at this time. They also said Miller had a right of internal sity to protest that their inaction over Miller posals introduced in the Commons. Lord John Mann, the government’s inde- appeal and nothing in any statement should left them feeling as though “we were the pendent adviser on antisemitism, was among be taken to prejudge that prospective process. problem, rather than your lecturer”. Miller said he had been “cleared of all alleThe issue was compounded those in touch with the university’s chiefs. Adam Rose, of legal firm Mishcon de Reya, gations of antisemitism” and that he was the this year when Miller called for “an end” to Zionism, attacked provided nearly 100 hours of pro bono legal victim of a campaign of harassment. the UJS over what he per- advice to UJS and Bristol students. The Cam- • Listen to the leaked tape at jewishnews.co.uk ceived as its links to “the Zionist movement” and meet expected standards of behaviour suggested students were being used as “pawns” leaning think tank the for Israel – sparking fresh Henry Jackson Society, complaints. It was at this he claimed: “These have moment that an investigaalso funded, some of them, tion was finally announced. the Community Security Speaking to Jewish News, exTrust, which is technically not a Zionist organisation, but which Sabrina Miller Bristol student Sabrina Miller, who sat on the JSoc committee during her focuses on antisemitism and, in studies, confirmed there was a policy particular, targets the left and not to engage in activities around Israel while Muslims for its activities.” Elsewhere in the lecture, Miller also she was involved with the group. The former English student, now working claimed that “some” of the main Zionist groups in the UK were actively “funding as a journalist, became involved in a highprofile student online media campaign calling Islamophobia”. Asked how the other undergraduates who for the academic’s dismissal from Bristol. attended Miller’s lecture that day responded, “Our JSoc very specifically did not do any the Jewish student in the lecture room Israel events,” Sabrina told Jewish News. “We revealed: “To many of them, I was the only wanted to remain as apolitical as possible. “While I was on the committee, we did Jew they had ever come across. A lot of them had been nodding as though they were in not bring in Israel speakers, we did not do agreement with what Miller said, and were Israel events. While we did obviously campaign against instances of antisemitism, it furiously writing down notes. “I was asked, ‘Is this stuff Miller has said was mainly Friday night dinners, JSoc drink true?’ One student, who was not Jewish herself, events, dressing up for Purim, stuff like that.” Other former students – including those but whose boyfriend was, actually dropped the unit. I didn’t have the option of dropping it as who stressed they would still recommend Bristol as a place to study for Jewish underI had nothing else I could swap it for. “On another occasion, I was in a smaller graduates – also hit out at Miller’s claims that seminar with Miller. He wasn’t aware com- Jewish students became “pawns” for Israel. plaints had been made about him yet, but “Of course Israel is central to many British in the seminar he seemed to brush over Jews lived experience – but that is not what discussing his remarks about Zionism in Bristol JSoc is in existence for,” confirmed one current student at the university. any detail.” When the government tried to intervene Driving home to London for Friday night dinner with family and friends, the student on the matter on behalf of the Jewish stusaid they were left in two minds as to whether dents, former communities secretary Robert to register any disapproval over the content Jenrick said he had received a series of “fob Employment support | Business support | Jobs board and placements of Miller’s talk. Fearful of jeopardising their off ” letters from the university. 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Brothers Rabbi Jonathan, Alan, Eliot and Brian Sacks

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Joe’s Story In January 2020, Joe moved into Norwood residential accommodation and he hasn’t looked back since. Before moving in, Joe had issues with his behaviour and personal hygiene and would sit in the corner and rock. His whole demeanour has changed for the better, which his mum attributes to the supportive and encouraging Norwood staff. As she says: “The staff have enabled Joe to try different things and build up independence and confidence. It’s like he’s a new person. Most amazingly, Joe’s discovered a passion and talent for art and he even had work displayed recently at the Royal Academy of Art.”

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One of Lord Sacks’ brothers has told Jewish News he “lost a brother and gained a giant” as he reflected on how the year since his death has helped him to understand the former Chief Rabbi’s full impact. Eight years younger than his philosopher brother, Alan Sacks recalled Jonathan’s “wonderful sense of humour” and “fantastic relationship with my children” while speaking to the Jewish News podcast. Alan said: “With perspective, I’ve seen how huge his personality was. How he built the greatest level of intellectual achievement and, at the same time, made time for everybody on every small issue and always with dignity”. Jonathan, who had three brothers – Alan, Eliot and Brian – died aged 72 after a battle with cancer 12 months ago. Marking the Yahrzeit of his death, Alan said for the first 18 years of his life, his brother was “so far removed from me, so far ahead of me, it’s difficult to describe him as a brother”. “By the time he was 15 or 16, he was a pure intellectual”, Alan said. “He was not interested in all the things I was interested in. He was far too busy reading about politics.” Despite the difference in age and interests, the two stayed “very close”, and after Alan moved to Israel, had regular long conversations. “We talked about the things that amused us,

and about the things that worried us. We talked about family, about music, spirituality. I would tell him my worries about the world and he would always uplift me somehow... an incredibly enthusiastic and encouraging person.” He said Jonathan “developed a fantastic relationship with my children” and would “talk about real matters at their level”. Also speaking on the podcast were former foreign secretary David Miliband, South Africa’s Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein and CEO of the Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust Joanna Benarroch. Reflecting on Jonathan’s legacy, Miliband said “we talked about everything from the state of the Labour Party to the state of the country and the state of football teams”. He recalled interviewing him in 2017 in New York. “But what has never been revealed until this podcast is that it was the night of a massive Bernie Sanders rally. The former Chief Rabbi didn’t hesitate to vault over police barriers, to get to an entrance that was otherwise blocked with cheering Bernie Sanders supporters.” Miliband, whose parents were Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany, is an atheist but said: “Jonathan never made me feel that that affected his view of me, which is pretty big.” The Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust is running a series of events, talks and conferences to remember his life and work.

Hundreds mark first Yahrzeit of Rabbi Sacks by Jenni Frazer @JenniFrazer

Hundreds of people attended a special event on Monday evening marking the first Yahrzeit of the former Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks. Three of his most distinguished associates – Rabbi Dr Raphi Zarum, Rabbi Joseph Dweck, and Rabbi Daniel Epstein – addressed the virtual and physical audiences from the pulpit of Western Marble Arch Synagogue, once Sacks’ own community and now the congregation of Epstein. The evening was held under the auspices of the London School of Jewish Studies, where Sacks was president when he was Chief Rabbi, and formed part of its Communi-

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ties in Conversation project, in conjunction with the Rabbi Sacks Legacy Trust. Introduced by synagogue president Michael Ziff, all three rabbis dipped into personal reminiscence about Sacks. Both keynote addresses were followed by words from Rabbi and Lady Sacks’ daughter, Gila, who said the

family had been helped by the outpouring of love and support from communities worldwide. The event, sponsored in memory of ex-LSJS chair Arnold Lee, was also addressed by college chief executive Joanne Greenaway. Meanwhile, the Yeshiva University has announced the creation of the Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Center for Values and Leadership founded by Terri and Andrew Herenstein. The centre will be dedicated to the dissemination of his leadership lessons and values in classrooms, across communities, and through public discussion. The university, with which Sacks had a strong connection, has four New York city campuses.


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Police have pledged extra patrols in Borehamwood after a far-right group reportedly posted leaflets through the letterboxes of dozens of Jewish families. Families living near to Yavneh College in Borehamwood’s Hillside Avenue last week received the leaflet that appeared to be sent by Patriotic Alternative, which is described by anti-fascist campaigners as an antisemitic organisation. The material from the organisation called for a ban on kosher and halal food. Officers at Hertfordshire Constabulary told Jewish News no crimes had been committed. “We are aware a number of residents in Borehamwood have received leaflets through their doors that have caused distress and offence,” said a force spokesperson. “While no crimes have been committed, this has been recorded as a hate incident and we would like to reassure you that we take such matters very seriously. As a result, you will be seeing additional police patrols in the area.” Politicians across the area have united in their condemnation of the group. Leader of the Hertsmere Labour group, councillor

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IT’S CHANUKAH FOR 9,000 AT THE O2! A top Israeli musician is to play his first UK concert at the O2 in London while raising money for charitable causes. Ishay Ribo, a platinumselling Israeli singer-songwriter, will play the concert during Chanukah, and event organisers say they aim to bring together the community to celebrate in song. Ribo, whose big break came in 2014, has released four studio albums, two of which have been certified gold and one that went platinum. The one-night only show will take the audience on a musical journey through Ribo’s back catalogue and several traditional Chanukah songs to celebrate the festival of lights. Bedside Kosher, a charity providing kosher hospital food, is a partner for the event. Its founder Ari Feferkorn said it was a “privilege” that funds will be raised for the charity. “Ishay is a world class, platinum-selling

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musician and one of the most talented Jewish artists of our generation,” he said. “This exclusive show promises to bring concertgoers together from all over the world, from all backgrounds, as the Jewish community unites for an evening of joyful music, dancing and entertainment. “The experience of the past 20 months has reminded us how much we need each other. I’m so pleased this event will bring our community back together.” The concert takes place on 5 December.

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How we are making our voices heard for COP26

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10th October

Carbon Zero: If not now when?

The Chief Rabbi and the President of the Board of Deputies, along with experts and activists, discussed this topic from each of their perspectives, recorded live at The Jewish Museum.

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24th October

In Conversation with Tamar Zandberg

Learning about Israeli initiatives and the Israeli Government’s response to climate change, in conversation with the Israeli Minister of Environmental Protection, Tamar Zandberg.

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2nd November 9:00am – 6:00pm COP26

EcoSynagogue and Board of Deputies of British Jews exhibition stand at COP26.

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5th-6th November EcoShabbat

Take part in EcoShabbat, individually, as a family or as a community.

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8th November 7:00pm – 8:30pm Interfaith action to combat climate change

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An open letter to world leaders at the start of COP26 We write to you on behalf of the unborn, in the name of the hopes and dreams in the hearts of the world’s grand- and great-grandchildren. Their destiny lies in our hands, in what we decide and do today.

They have no less a right than we did to inherit a world in which it is possible to breath freely, drink clean water, farm the land and feel humbled by the beauty of sea, sky, forest and mountains. They need, as we did, to grow up in a thriving world of interdependent life, an earth fit for humans, animals, birds, insects, fishes and all the habitats which enable them to thrive. As the second century Jewish code, the Mishnah, states, every person needs to be able to say, ‘For my sake the world was created.’ The writing is now not just on the wall. It is branded across nature in uncontrollable forest fires, droughts, heatwaves, storms and floods. We cannot pretend ignorance; failure to grasp the urgency of the hour will not be the result of lack of information, but of courage and will. Though action is necessary at every level of society, you collectively hold unique power to change the course of the world. We, that is ordinary people, and most especially the citizens of those countries already most deeply affected, look to you for climate action and climate justice. So too do scientists, business, community, educational and faith leaders. Don’t fail the future. Don’t behave in such a way that future generations look back to you as they struggle to survive in scarcely liveable cities and desiccated lands and say: ‘They let us down.’ The rabbis of the Talmud taught that those able to change the ways of their families, but who fail to do so, bear the blame for the errors of their whole household. Those capable of persuading their community to do good, but who omit to try to do so, are answerable for the conduct of that community. Those with the capacity to influence their entire country, but who neglect to exercise due leadership, are responsible for the fate of that country; and those who have the power to change the whole world, but do not do their utmost to use that power for good, are accountable for the fate of the earth itself. There has never in the history of humanity been a moment more urgent than now. We appreciate that the pressures on you are great. Millions driven by self-interest and blinded by short-termism will urge you to act to their own advantage. But in the name of the as-yet unborn, we beg you to use all the powers and influence you can for the good of all humankind, indeed of all life on earth. Signed by Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich EcoSynagogue Rabbinic Team Marie van der Zyl President, Board of Deputies of British Jews

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News / March of the Living –Germany

‘If the victims are forgotten, Holocaust survivor Mala Tribich visits Ravensbruck concentration camp for the first time since 1945, reports Stephen Oryszcuk Every day, hundreds visit the remnants of Ravensbrück concentration camp north of Berlin, but those who survived the camp seldom come, and rarer still are first visits back. One such took place on Sunday. The visitor was the indomitable Mala Tribich, 91, one of Britain’s best known Holocaust survivors and sister of Sir Ben Helfgott. While Ben survived different camps, Mala survived Ravensbrück and Bergen-Belsen. She has visited the latter several times, but last saw the former in early 1945. Now safely back in the UK, she was one of four survivors in a group of 80 participants on the inaugural March of the Living (MOTL) Germany trip, marking a change for an organisation that has – until now – focused on Poland. Owing to their advanced age and the difficulties this poses for travel, it is now extremely rare for a survivor to undertake a first visit to a camp from which they survived. But it was important for Mala to come, to remember the 50,000 who died here, including her aunt and her best friend. “I remember it well. There was a lot of order, it was very well organised,” she recalls during a tour of the grounds with Dr Andrea Genest, director of Ravensbrück Memorial Museum. “You had to stand when they wanted you to, sleep when they wanted you to.” She was here for about two and a half months, having just turned 14, and was looking after

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her seven-year-old cousin, Ann. “I have been thinking about this visit a lot. I remember the arrival very clearly,” she says. “We had no idea where we were going. We didn’t know it would be camp, didn’t know anything.” There were many “horrible moments”, Mala remembers. “One was queuing for the showers naked, being looked at by male [German] soldiers”. They were shepherding the women in this women-only camp. Mala had never been naked around a man before. “I’ll never forget it,” she says, still a little embarrassed. Mala has previously spoken of Ravensbrück as being the place she lost hope, after having her hair shaved, being issued with a striped shirt and jacket and allocated a number. “We looked at each other. We all looked exactly the same. It really did something to our souls. It’s difficult to describe what it feels like to be stripped of your personality. It was such a shock to the system. One of the impacts is to lose hope.” She continues: “You just think, ‘there’s no point in hoping, we’re all going to die’, but I have thought about this hard, and though I wasn’t consciously thinking ‘I must survive’, subconsciously, I must still have been fighting, still wanting to survive.” The groups toured the camp, walking around the grounds, which are mostly wide and open spaces, with dead tree trunks, remains of walls,

British Holocaust survivors were this week able to thank the British Army for its liberation and life-saving administration of Bergen-Belsen 76 years ago in a moving ceremony at the site of the former camp in Germany. “It’s hard to imagine what the British forces would have stumbled upon in April 1945,” said Scott Saunders, founder and chairman of March of the Living UK (MOTL), addressing 80 participants at the culmination of the organisation’s inaugural four-day Germany trip, as two senior British officers stood in attendance. The four British survivors to attend the ceremony on Monday were Alfred Garwood, Eve Kugler, Harry (Chaim) Olmer and Mala Tribich, with Alfred and Mala having been through the camp and survived it. Present at the invitation of MOTL were Lt. Col. Simon Ledger, late of the Light Dragoons, who was a Bergen-Belsen visitor guide in 1976, and Col. Dickie Winchester, late of the Royal Artillery (RA), representing the serving British Army and its association with the liberation of the camp, in particular its 64 Anti-Tank Regiment, which was the first to enter. “The trip we wanted to do in 2020, to commemorate the 75-year anniversary of the liberation, was curtailed because of Covid, but we

From left: Col. Dickie Winchester, Harry Olmer, Mala Tribich, Scott Saunders, Eve Kugler, Alfred Garwood and Lt. Col. Simon Ledger. Right: A Bergen-Belsen death camp memorial

took the opportunity to come this week, and it’s been very moving,” said Saunders. Describing Bergen-Belsen as “not a death camp, but a camp of death”, educators explained how decontaminating the area of typhus and typhoid meant the camp was burned to the ground by British soldiers after

thousands of survivors were relocated to hospital beds away from the barracks, to be nursed back to health where possible. Many – including Mala – were “brought back to life”, but extreme starvation meant that, even with care, a staggering 14,000 people died after liberation. Today, the site comprises

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Survivors and Army visit ‘camp of death’

mainly monuments, fields and woodland. A NATO military range, established after the war, remains in use, with live fire during the MOTL visit. Speeches were given to the eerie backdrop of shelling, drones, and machine gun fire. “It is strange to hear that in the background,” said Saunders.


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, it’s as if they never existed’

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bits of tangled barbed wire, a place for plaques and scattered information pillars. Few original buildings remain. After the tour the groups and their designated educators come together. Mala gives her testimony and lights three candles – one for her aunt, one for her best friend, and one for all the others who died here – followed by a memorial prayer. After the visit, Mala says that little new came back to her while walking round, against her expectations. It was just too different. “Was there always a lake there?” she asks Genest. Yes. “Oh. It’s beautiful. I never saw it.” Later, Genest says that “a lot of survivors

Mala views memorials at Bergen-Belsen, above, and gives testimony to March of the Living participants at Ravensbruck, above right. Inset: The liberator father of participant Ian Fenton

came back” over the years but cannot say how many. “It’s important. It’s also important to meet other survivors because they communicate in a different way. “They understand each other better. It’s important to see the place, to speak about the place, and to commemorate the families.” Back at the coach, Mala is asked if she is “pleased” she came back. “Yes,” she replies, after a pause. “I feel like I have completed the circle by coming back to this terrible place and remembering the victims. “If we don’t keep the memory going, they will be forgotten, and if they are forgotten, it will be as if they never existed.”

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News / Charity recognition / Care sector / Trade negotiations

PM honours Sebby’s Corner founder by Sandy Rashty @SandyRashty

The founder of an organisation that has supported thousands of Afghan refugees and families struggling during the pandemic has been honoured by the prime minister. Bianca Sakol started Sebby’s Corner – named in memory of her brother who died aged five in 1989 after battling cancer – at the start of the year in order to provide clothes to people in need during the pandemic. “The charity shops were shut, but food banks were open. I thought, ‘Surely people who need food also need clothes?’” says the Bushey-based

mother-of-two, who set up an area in the corner of a food distribution centre. Seeing the need for more items, especially among victims of domestic violence, Sakol started to provide nappies, sanitary products and even cribs. When the 34-year-old spoke to people about a need for expensive baby formula – partly as a result of many food banks’ refusal to distribute it – she posted an appeal on social media. “People were going without food so they could buy formula, or watering-it down to make it last,” she says. That appeal led to the donation of 600 boxes of formula and £16,000, largely from the UK Jewish community.

Sakol went on to build up a support network of people through Instagram appeals, raising more than £70,000 for the organisation, which continues to distribute essentials from Milton Keynes to Lewisham, working with 15 organisations across the London area. But she did not anticipate supporting Afghan refugees who arrived in Hertfordshire, where she was “given access to go in and help where we could”. “It was the children that made the impact,” recalls Sakol, who works for the RSY movement and was this week honoured by No.10 with a Points of Light award. “It was heartbreaking. They were so polite, lovely and grateful. In a way, it made it even sadder. “We didn’t initially realise how many kids there were the first time we went. We had dolls and action toys, but not enough. I put out an appeal and the next time we went we had enough toys for all the kids. “No one realises how many children there are and, in some cases, a family has to share one room. If there are more than four children in a family, they might get another room. There were pregnant women and some families with seven children.” She adds: “These families have come with nothing but are so grateful to be here. They do think about the terrible situation at home and the people they have left behind who are being tortured. “I came home and felt so grateful. It can be so easy to get caught up in ‘Keeping up with the Cohens’, thinking about everyone else and who is getting their house done. It just made me sit back and realise everything we have.” While Sakol initially anticipated helping 30 families, Sebby’s Corner has gone on to

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LOWEST-PAID CARE WORKERS UK is ‘scoping’ for Israeli trade deal TO BE GIVEN LIVING WAGE benefit from an increase in Jewish Care has vowed that their pay.” its lowest-paid workers The move will mean an will be given a pay boost to increase from £9.47 to £10.85 recognise their “incredible for the organisation’s lowestdedication” throughout the paid, including carers, housepandemic. keepers, cleaners, and catering The charity, the comassistants. The salary increase munity’s largest care is expected to cost the charity organisation, says it will around £1.5 million each year. become among just 10 Amid national staff shortages percent of London social care providers to pay the Jewish Care will give dedicated staff a pay boost in the sector, Jewish Care says it hopes the move will also help to London Living Wage of “During the early days of the pan- retain talent and recruit more quali£10.85 an hour, affecting more than demic, we applauded and showed fied carers. 500 workers. “With this further investment in In a message to supporters, its recognition for the carers who put chief executive, Daniel Carmel- the safety and lives of clients in front our staff, we can continue to retain and recruit the most talented people Brown, said he believed the move not of their own,” he said. “We simply couldn’t provide to take care of the oldest and most only acknowledged the hard work of carers but also made “good our vital services without them. vulnerable members of our commuOver 500 frontline staff will nity,” added Carmel-Brown. business sense”.

International trade minister Ranil Jayawardena has told the House of Commons that the government is “probing and scoping” for a revised trade deal with Israel. Responding to a question from Conservative MP Bob Blackman on what progress was being made on increasing trade with “our good friend and partner” Israel, the minister (pictured) pictured) suggested pictured progress was being made around “tech in particular”. “Trade with Israel is of course going from strength to strength,” said Jayawardena, the MP for North East Hampshire, during last Thursday’s international trade

question session. “We are probing and scoping for better, deeper trade relations, including a future revised trade agreement, which will allow us to do much more in the years ahead.” Former foreign secretary Dominic Raab confirmed almost one year ago that the UK had started seeking talks for a new higher level ambition trade agreement. His successor, Liz Truss, called Israel one of the UK’s “closest allies” , suggesting the Jewish state was in her “network of liberty”. Figures from the year ending March 2020 show that the UK had bilateral trade with Israel amounting to £ 5.1 billion.


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Shabbat service targeted by racist trolls Trolls hijacked a synagogue’s online service last Friday night and held up a swastika. The Shabbat service at Manchester Reform Synagogue – which was used as a filming location for the BBC’s Ridley Road series – was disturbed by trolls shouting racist abuse during prayers. They were kicked out of the online meeting, but attempted to regain access, said Rabbi Robyn Ashworth-Steen. “Halfway through the service, they unmuted, started to shout, and put on the screen a swastika and some other awful racist images,” she told BBC Radio Manchester. “They were kicked out straight away but it was clear through the service that they were

trying to get in.” The rabbi added that the community had been left “shaken” by the incident. Greater Manchester Police has said it is investigating, but no one has been arrested. Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, said the abuse was “truly appalling” and added: “We will ensure the fullest possible investigation.” Ashworth-Steen told BBC Radio Manchester that the response from the wider Jewish and Greater Manchester communities had been “overwhelming”, adding: “We’ve had gorgeous messages in. “My day-to-day existence of being a British Jew is being safe and happy so I’m

holding onto that more than the minority of stuff that happens. But recognising it is out there and that work really needs to be done on it.” The Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester said it was “shocked, appalled and saddened” that the meeting was interrupted by “fascists showing antisemitic imagery”, adding: “The fact this unacceptable incident was immediately widely condemned is both reassuring and greatly appreciated.” The historic synagogue building on Jackson’s Row was used for a scene in Ridley Road, which portrayed fascists trying to break into a synagogue. Manchester Reform was used in Ridley Road

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Greens criticised over definitions adoption

calling new formal guidance a “fudge”. In a move confirmed last Sunday, the Greens adopted both the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism, along with the more recently devised Jerusalem Declaration, which was drawn up by critics of the earlier version. The party also confirmed it maintains a policy in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. During the conference debate, those opposing the motion claimed the IHRA definition would leave the Greens unable to support BDS and could lead to supporters of the antiIsrael movement being vilified. But the Greens voted by a substantial majority to endorse a document of guidance for dealing with internal disciplinary cases relating to antisemitism that contained both definitions. The Jerusalem Declaration of antisemitism – which states that antiZionism is not antisemitic – was drafted in an attempt to address concerns by some on the left that have been raised with the IHRA definition. Critics of IHRA have argued that some of the illustrative examples given as part of it

to IHRA could include denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination and claiming the existence of Israel is a racist endeavour, comparing Israel’s policies to the Nazis, and “applying double standards to [Israel] by expecting of it a behaviour not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation”. On Monday, Board of Deputies vice-president Amanda Bowman called the Green’s position over the definitions “contradictory” and said the party was trying to please both “the mainstream Jewish community” and Israel’s critics at the same time. In a debate on antisemitism, the Left Foot Forward website reported that Joshua Alston, who proposed the two definition motion, had told the conference: “This motion would put us at the vanguard of the fight against antisemitism, and at the vanguard of the fight against the global far right while protecting our pro-Palestinian policy.” However, Greens’ policing and domestic safety spokesperson Shahrar Ali branded it a “fudge” and the “worst of all worlds”. Alston’s motion was supported by Green Party coCaroline leader Carla Denyer and Lucas MP Greens MP Caroline Lucas.

MYTH ABOUT JEWS AND COVID WIDELY SHARED The conspiratorial narrative that Jews have benefited financially from the coronavirus pandemic has become a widely shared antisemitic myth now widely circulated on social media, a new study has found, writes Lee Harpin. The study, carried out by Hannah Rose for the Institute for Freedom of Faith and Security in Europe (IFFSE), found the slur was one of the antisemitic and Islamophobic narratives that has spread during the global pandemic. The IFFSE report states that, despite some efforts, social media platforms have demonstrably not acted sufficiently to effectively prevent the spread of antisemitism and Islamophobia on their platforms. Another myth is that Muslims use coronavirus as a weapon against those of other faiths – including the claim they are encouraged by imams to spread the infection through door knobs.

Former Union of Jewish Students president Rose warns in the report that “a wave of new narratives of conspiracy theories and disinformation left platforms unprepared and unable to cope in the early days of the pandemic, and while many research participants noted the steps that had been taken to address Covid misinformation in particular, there remains more work to be done in order to adequately address the threats outlined in this research.” The report suggests online conspiracy theory movements have been successful in attracting new audiences under Covid circumstances. This online hatred has also shown itself offline, according to the IFFSE study – particularly at rallies against Covid-related lockdowns or vaccination campaigns. Resulting from this, it said faith communities such as Jews and Muslims have come increasingly under threat and are more afraid to live out their faith in public.


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News / Talk disrupted

Hotovely ‘unphased’ by protest Jewish activists were evicted from an event last Thursday with Israeli Ambassador Tzipi Hotovely after disrupting it with banners branding her “racist”, writes Jack Mendel.

Protestors from antiOccupation group Na’amod interrupted the talk hosted by the Zionist Federation (ZF), citing the envoy’s support for settlements and alleged

anti-Palestinian statements. Holding up signs carrying the slogans “Racism isn’t kosher” and “No hechsher for Hotovely”, they were eventually removed from the building and continued to demonstrate outside. The envoy continued the talk in front of 200 guests. The ZF said the former settlements minister, handled Family Law Solicitors the protest with “dignity” and insisted it “will continue to engage with valued partners, We are pleased to help with all aspects of Family Law, including: including the Israeli ambas• Divorce sador of the day”. • Pre/Post - Nuptial Agreements It added that the evening, • Cohabitation Agreements which was organised by ZF, • Domestic Violence World Zionist Organisation UK and the Zionist Central • Children’s cases Council, and featured Hotovely • Grandparents’ rights to see grandchildren in conversation with Natasha • Pet disputes Hausdorff of UK Lawyers for • Settlements for Cohabitees Israel Charitable Trust, was a • Financial Settlement on Divorce “resounding success”. • Family disputes One witness told Jewish News: “Hotovely was unphased To make an appointment please telephone 020 8343 2998 by the demonstration and conLloyd Platt & Company, Third Floor, Elscot House, tinued talking. When I left, they Arcadia Avenue, London N3 2JU were standing demonstrating Website: www.divorcesolicitors.com with their banners outside.” Email: lloydplatt@divorcesolicitors.com Cloe Fernandez Barnes, Regulated and authorised by the Solicitors 1 Regulation Authority HALF PAGE ADVERT JAN 2020:Layout 09/01/2020 16:04 Page 1a member of Na’amod who

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joined the protest, said the ambassador’s “disgusting views and actions have no place in our community”. She continued: “They contradict our values, particularly those of love and justice found at the heart of Jewish texts. By erasing the history and heritage of Palestinians, and denying the brutal occupation they face daily, Hotovely is perpetuating racism. By hosting her, the ZF

and others are complicit. We must stop platforming racists if we want freedom for all in Israel and Palestine.” Na’amod member Tommer Spence added the group’s “message to our community is that we will not stay silent when organisations host figures like Hotovely”. Last year, Hotovely told Jewish News she knew her role as an ambassador was different

to that of a politician, adding: “In order to have a dialogue, you need to listen and learn about people’s concerns and what they care about. “This is a benefit of being an ambassador, I can listen instead of just talking as politicians usually do. I’m trying to represent the entire of Israel and not a certain sector.” The Israeli Embassy declined to comment.

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Anti-fascists reunited

The film-maker behind a new documentary on the 43 Group helped bring together its three surviving members with Oswald Mosley’s grandson Surviving members of a Jewish group that fought Oswald Mosley’s fascists stood shoulder to shoulder with the notorious leader’s grandson at the unveiling last week of a new documentary that tells their story, writes Josh Salisbury. The 43 Group, formed by Jewish ex-service personnel after the Second World War, was the first Jewish group to physically fight fascists in Britain, with activists breaking up meetings and engaging in street combat. Some were inspiration for, and even helped found the 62 Group, whose activities are dramatised in the BBC’s Ridley Road series. The group’s three surviving members: Harry Kaufman, 90, Jules Konopinski, 91, and Sam Needleman, 94, were reunited for the first time in years as they attended the screening of an upcoming documentary film, Never Again, which charts the battle against antisemitism in the 1940s. Kaufman and Needleman had wrongly believed each other to be dead until they were reunited for the film by its maker Jamie Goldberg, 20, a third year MetFilm student. Speaking to Jewish News, Needleman told

Ivo Mosley, centre, with Jules Konopinski and Harry Kaufman of the 43 Group Right: Third year MetFilm student Jamie Goldberg made the documentary, Never Again

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he said. “Unfortunately traffic came along and I got separated from my boys, and I was thrown to the ground. “One of them got my hand over my head to steal my watch, and they were putting the boot in. They cracked all my ribs.” Speaking about the importance of the film, fellow 43 member Konopinsky said: “This is a piece of Jewish history that’s been forgotten; it’s a very important piece of Jewish history. “It was one of the first times that Jews went on the offensive. We used any way we could, even if it meant breaking the law, because the only way you were going to stop Mosley was fisticuffs.” A handbag designer, he later helped to establish the 62 Group after driving to work and seeing a rally with a banner reading: ‘Free Britain from Jewish Control’. Ivo Mosley, Mosley’s grandson, was among those interviewed for the film – saying his grandfather was driven by arrogance and a lust for power to be fascist. “I’ve always felt some kind of responsibility to be an active anti-fascist,” he explained. “Having had a grandfather who was a real fascist, I’ve always felt I should stand up against it. Fascism is evil. It’s the most serious form of evil one can do to use lies to promote violence.” Founded in 1946 in Maccabi House, the 43 Group eventually had hundreds of members, before being officially disbanded in 1950. “The hatred from some in the world for the Jewish community may not have gone away, but us Jews keep on improving on how we tackle it,” said Goldberg. “We’re strong and resilient and we say, ‘never again’. “Whether it’s fascism, antisemitism, racism, homophobia, transphobia [or] xenophobia, all minorities can fight their oppression from learning from the 43 Group.”

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British Jews more likely to say humans cause climate change by Josh Salisbury josh@jewishnews.co.uk @josh_salisbury

British Jews are far more likely to believe climate change is down to human action than the general population, according to a new survey that lifts the lid on communal attitudes to pressing environmental issues for the first time. The research released by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) ahead of COP26, the climate change conference in Glasgow, reveals that two-thirds of all respondents say climate change is either entirely or mainly caused by humans, compared to 54 percent of the general UK population. But around one in 10 think climate change is caused mainly or entirely by natural processes or is not happening at all. Forty percent of respondents said they were either ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ worried

The JPR survey found religiosity played a factor in opinions

about climate change, with a further 37 percent saying they were ‘somewhat’ worried. While only 2.5 percent of Jews said climate change was not happening, researchers found young people in the community were more likely to hold that view than older people – in contrast to the trend in the general population. Just 0.3 percent of respondents aged 80 and above denied that climate change was hap-

pening, compared to 5.5 percent of those aged 16 to 29. Marked differences in opinion were also found to closely correlate with religiosity. The report found: “Compared with more progressive synagogue members, the unaffiliated and the central Orthodox, the strictly Orthodox are notably more sceptical about climate change, or alternatively, less engaged with the issues. “As shown, religiosity is

also a statistically significant predictor of attitudes for everyone but, critically, it operates in different ways for different groups. “Notably, for the unaffiliated and the strictlyOrthodox, stronger religiosity correlates with greater scepticism about climate change, but for Liberal and Reform Jews... stronger religiosity correlates with greater climate change consciousness and concern.” The survey, which had a sample size of 4,152 British Jews was weighted for age, sex and Jewish identity. Dr Jonathan Boyd, executive director of JPR said: “Climate change is the great global challenge of our time, and the Jewish community needs to play its part in addressing that challenge. JPR’s data is designed to ...help inform discussion about what community organisations can and should do.”

HERZOG TO CONVENE NEW CLIMATE FORUM Israel is to bring together government officials, academics and local business for regular meetings to deliberate on the country’s fight against climate change. President Isaac Herzog said he would convene the new Israeli Climate Forum several times a year, uniting government, the Knesset, academics, local authorities and industrial representatives. A conference in the president’s residence was held before Israel’s delegation heads to the COP26 summit in Glasgow next month. The forum will be managed by Dov Khenin, the former MK. Herzog said in a statement: “The global climate crisis has become an international emergency. It is having an impact on our lives in every respect, from the economy to national security. “The establishment of the Israeli Climate Forum underscores the importance of dialogue between all parts of Israeli society. “I hope we will be able to place our concern for the future of our children and the fate of Planet Earth above arguments between us.” Prime minister Naftali Bennett will represent Israel at COP26, alongside environmental protection minister Tamar Zandberg and energy minister Karin Elharar. Israeli president Isaac Herzog and his wife eat vegan meat


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‘Eitan must be returned to Italy’ by Michael Daventry mike@jewishnews.co.uk @michaeldaventry

A six-year-old Israeli boy who survived a horrific cable car crash on an Italian mountain must be returned to his father’s relatives in Italy, a court has ordered. The family court in Tel Aviv found Eitan Biran’s “regular residence” was in Italy and that he had lived there since his parents moved from Israel when he was a few weeks old. He had become the focus of a crossborder custody battle after his maternal grandparents took him to Israel. Both of Eitan’s parents were

killed in the accident near Lake Maggiore in May, along with his great-grandparents and twoyear-old brother. Eitan suffered severe injuries, including multiple broken bones, but appears to have survived because his father cushioned his fall. He left hospital several weeks later and was put by Italian authorities into the care of his paternal aunt, Aya Biran-Nirko. But during a visit, his maternal grandfather drove him to Switzerland without the aunt’s consent, and chartered a private jet from there to Israel. On Monday, the Tel Aviv court dismissed the grandfather’s argument that because his parents had intended to

return from Italy, Israel should be considered his home. It said the boy’s aunt had been granted guardianship rights by an Italian court, allowing her to argue successfully that Eitan’s transfer to Israel by the grandfather had violated international agreements. But it said it hoped the rift between the two sides could be healed. “The boy is the only survivor of the cable car accident and the message of his late parents’ ‘spiritual will’ would be for their families to set the right path on which the boy can tread peacefully and safely between them.” Prosecutors in northern Italy had begun an abduction investigation after Eitan was

Eitan, right, survived a cable car crash that killed his parents

taken last month. His aunt’s family had argued it was an infringement of the 1980 Hague Abduction Convention. His paternal relatives said: “There are no winners and no

losers. There is only Eitan. All we ask now is that Eitan returns home quickly, to friends and to school, to his family and to the therapeutic and educational frameworks he needs.”

Settlement plans pose test for Israeli coalition Israel’s left-right coalition was facing its first major policy differences this week after the government announced plans to build thousands of new West Bank settlement homes. The tenders for 1,355 housing units were the first to be announced since US president Joe Biden took office with the

promise of a harder line on settlements. Israel’s coalition government, which is supported by eight parties across the political spectrum, has remained relatively stabled since taking office in June, but the announcement on housing was likely to cause tensions. It was welcomed by housing and

construction Minister Zeev Elkin, a member of Gideon Saar’s right-wing New Hope party, but health minister Nitzan Horowitz, leader of the leftwing Meretz, said his party would not agree to actions that harmed the possibility of peace with the Palestinians. “I understand that this government,

in the existing situation, won’t sign a peace treaty with the Palestinians right now, but still, we must avoid actions that worsen the situation,” Horowitz told Kan public radio. There were fears that plans for a further 3,000 housing units could be put in motion this week.

Bennett and Putin discuss ‘unique ties’ Vladimir Putin hailed Russia’s “unique” ties with Israel as he met Naftali Bennett in the Black Sea resort of Sochi during his first visit as prime minister. The Russian president said his country’s ties with Israel were based on “a very deep connection between our peoples” and Bennett responded by pointing out the close links forged between Russia and Israel’s one million Russian speakers during Putin’s presidency. “I can tell you on behalf of the citizens of Israel we consider you a true friend of the Jewish people,” Bennett said.

Shoah survivor to represent US at UN The Atlanta-based daughter of a Holocaust survivor has been selected by Joe Biden to represent him when the US resumes returns to the UN Human Rights Council. Donald Trump quit the council in 2018 citing a consistent focus on alleged Israeli human rights abuses while ignoring the record of other countries including China, Congo and Saudi Arabia. The nominee is Michèle Taylor, who founded a Jewish congregation close to the city and is a former member of the Holocaust Museum Memorial Council.


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A landmark stop in Germany There were three main points of significance to the most recent trip organised by March of the Living (MOTL). The first was that it was to Germany. Until now, all of its trips have been to Poland. Taking in not just the most infamous camps, such as Ravensbrück and Bergen-Belsen, this was a Jewish journey through recent history: to the Berlin Wall; to Grunewald Station, from where many were deported; and to Wannsee, where a palatial villa by a lake hosted those who planned the Final Solution. It was a trip not just to where the Holocaust happened, but to where the evil idea of it began and grew. The second was that it was a first return to Ravensbrück for Mala Tribich, 91, one of our most effective Holocaust educators. She has been to Bergen-Belsen several times, but the last time she saw Ravensbrück, where 50,000 died, was in early 1945. Today, it is almost unheard of for a survivor to undertake a first visit to a camp from which they survived. The third main point of significance was that this was a chance for the Jewish community to say thank you to the British Army for its lifesaving actions upon entering Belsen all those years ago. HM Armed Forces were represented by two senior officers, one of whom had – in 1976 – been given the fleeting role of Belsen visitor guide while stationed up the road. To both, but especially to him, their return to the site – at the invitation of the Jewish community – meant a lot.

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COUNCIL HAS FAILED MARKAZ COMMUNITY The news that the Markaz community, after four years of trying to run a community centre at the Golders Green Hippodrome, is selling the building and leaving the borough shows hate has won. That a borough, which prides itself on inclusivity and diversity, could find no place for a group of Muslim Shia refugees and long-standing residents who have contributed to our community in so many ways is deeply depressing. Despite the Markaz building ties with Jewish and Christian neighbours and other civic organisations, despite its hosting blood drives and vaccination pop ups, despite opening its doors and doing everything Barnet’s planning department asked of it, the council failed to determine a planning application submitted over a year ago to use the Hippodrome as a community centre. The Markaz decision to sell the building is sad but understandable. Be in no doubt, the Markaz is selling up because it feels there is ultimately no place for its community in Barnet. That brings shame on Barnet and on all of us. Anne Clarke, London Assembly member for Barnet and Camden, and Sarah Sackman

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We owe it to survivors to remember the horrors ALEX BRUMMER

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emembrance is hugely important in life. More than a century after the First World War armistice, the red poppy of Flanders Field is worn with pride and the 11th hour of 11th day of the 11th month is honoured, long after that generation of lost soldiers has gone. In the past few days, the first Yahrzeit of the late Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has widely been commemorated. His living memory is his contribution to Jewish literature and liturgy. In our household, it has become part of Shabbat ritual to read his Sedra commentary from his last book, Judaism’s Life-Changing Ideas. Not only do these essays on the Bible provide inspirational thoughts for the week ahead, but they display extraordinary scholarship. Among his most important living testimonies are Sacks’ brilliant commentaries in the Koren Mahzor series which, as the annual cycle of festivals unfurls, bring fresh insight. That wisdom should be the former Chief Rabbi’s

vibrant memory for generations to come, long after his former critics among the rigid Orthodox have been forgotten. The six million Jews who perished in the Shoah, including my paternal grandparents Sandor and Fanya, uncles, aunts and many others who died at Auschwitz, live mainly in the memories of survivors and refugees. This includes the fading recollection of an uncle taken from forest work camps to the death pit at Babyn Yar, somehow managing to climb out of the unimaginable valley of death only to be murdered later on. The newly-opened Holocaust Galleries at the Imperial War Museum, with their interactive displays, are a triumph thanks in part to the generosity of philanthropist and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. One worries, however, that except for those visitors with a special interest in the Shoah, it will always be ancillary to the displays of military hardware and the British narrative of the terrifying V2 rocket attacks in the Battle of Britain. When my elderly cousin and aunt, survivors of Auschwitz and strong, wise and intelligent

THE NEW HOLOCAUST GALLERIES AT THE IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM ARE A TRIUMPH women now in their mid-nineties, speak of these dreadful events in reverential, lachrymose tones, one knows this testimony, with its telling detail, will be lost to future generations. Museums, galleries and even video recordings will serve future researchers, academics and generations of family members wanting to know more. But for the majority of citizens, and the countless millions of visitors to London, the six million lives of Jews, the Roma, homosexual and physically impaired people who died at the hands of the Nazis currently have no fitting memorial. This despite the fact that the British

people, the Houses of Parliament and the UK’s armed forced stood firmly and bravely against the Nazi evil when much of the continent crumbled. The delays to the fully-funded Holocaust memorial at Victoria Tower Gardens, adjacent to the mother of Parliaments, has been a national disgrace. Even now, after the £100 million project has been approved, the opponents will not be silenced. Westminster is just a stone’s throw from St James Park and a short walk from Hyde Park. The green and pastoral spaces at the heart of London are unparalleled. The stark, moving, distinctive, comb-like copper architectural structure has just the kind of distinctiveness to make it a draw for visitors. There is also something wonderfully symmetrical that the subterranean gallery will be parallel to the nearby Churchill War Rooms, one of London’s most visited sites. It is my dream that the memorial is completed in time for remaining survivors – fewer every day – to know that their suffering will never be forgotten. We owe it to them.

When we look to refugees, we see a part of ourselves RABBI LAURA JANNER-KLAUSNER

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ittle Amal had been travelling for nearly three months before we could welcome her. Having set off from the Turkish-Syrian border in July, she’s travelled through Greece, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and France on her journey to the UK. Now at St Paul’s Cathedral, alongside several hundred children singing a perfect welcome ballad (“Consider yourself at home”) and three other religious leaders, I could see her War Horse-like wooden frame making her way over, each step manoeuvred by specialist puppeteers. It was her face, though, that moved me. The face of a child in search of her mother is one that profoundly resonated for me, as I imagine it might for you. The face of a child fleeing from life-tearing violence is, unfortunately, one which Jews in particular have no trouble identifying. “Little Amal’s” name might be treated with some irony. Although her 3.5 metre frame is nothing small, and towers above you as she approaches, her features are clearly those of a

AS A RESULT OF UK POLICY, REFUGEES HAVE NO SAFE, REGULAR OR LEGAL PASSAGE TO GET HERE

frequent raids on refugee settlechild, and I become very aware ments in the Calais area, taking of the short length of her nine shelter and belongings from years. This confusion may be an those who already have nothing. apt partner for the second part On the edge of our island is a of her name. Amal is Arabic for humanitarian horror. ‘hope’, and while her heartAs a result of UK policy, wrenching story is fated to end refugees, people represented in reunion with her mother, the by Amal, have no safe, regular future of the child refugees that or legal passage to get into the she represents is less certain. UK. The only way they may The day after I greeted reach the UK to claim asylum Amal marked five years since is by travelling on dangerous, the demolition of the Calais and sometimes fatal, channel‘Jungle’ refugee camp by the crossings. French government, which This policy arguably contraI visited a few times when it venes international refugee law. was functioning. At its height, The 'Little Amal' wooden doll Worse, it costs human lives. The the Jungle contained nearly lives of people whose world has already been 10,000 refugees, 1,300 of them unaccompanied shattered by unspeakable sadness. It is imporminors. Now, refugees have even less stability. tant to remember that these are not voluntary, In an attempt to make the Calais area inhospieconomic migrants. These are people forced table for asylum-seekers, French police make

unwillingly from their home into a strange land, something deep-rooted in our history and our psyche as Jews. When we look to refugees, whether in France, Kenya or Bangladesh, we see a part of ourselves. And when we look to those who may offer help and refuge to those downtrodden, we should see ourselves at our best. We are told in the Torah to befriend the stranger, to treat them as a citizen, to not oppress them, because we ourselves were strangers in the land of Egypt. Our memory needn’t stretch that far. We were also children on the Kindertransport and Mizrahi Jews fleeing Arab countries. So what can we do? As a community, we can increase our presence and voice. We can double down on rallies of solidarity with refugees. We can speak out and organise against far-right groups’ targeting of hotels housing Afghan refugees. We can initiate and maintain discourse about refugee action in our community centres and synagogues. As individuals, we can give our time, our spare clothes and tents, even our rooms to temporarily house refugees. We know what it’s like for Jews to face persecution for who we are. If we do not offer our solidarity to others in the same ‘boat’ as we’ve been in, who can we expect to return that solidarity?


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One truly moral side in assisted suicide debate LORD POLAK

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s the House of Lords debates the Baroness Meacher's Bill to legalise assisted suicide there may be speculation about what the Jewish position is on this contentious question, or indeed if a fixed position exists at all. Assisted suicide and euthanasia, often referred to as “assisted dying”, are issues about which people feel strongly on both sides, informed sometimes by personal experience as well as by strongly-held moral convictions. It is significant nonetheless that there is a settled Jewish position on this question and it was articulated with great insight by the late Rabbi Lord Sacks when an almost identical Bill was introduced some six years ago. The former Chief Rabbi was crystal clear in his opinion that “the Jewish tradition, going back many centuries, is strongly opposed to such acts”. “Life is sacred,” he wrote in The Times ahead of a parliamentary debate. “It is God’s gift, not ours. It is the physician’s responsibility to heal, not harm, even if the patient requests it.

Despite Judaism’s strong emphasis on human choice, free will and personal responsibility, we believe there are certain things we may not do, even out of great compassion.” The chief danger of legalising assisted suicide, he continued, “is the deconsecration of life”, adding that “the history of societies that have sanctioned euthanasia in the past is not an encouraging one”. I cannot imagine Rabbi Sacks would have changed his mind about assisted suicide an iota. His opposition would have been philosophical too. He would have understood lucidly that the idea of assisted suicide has gained traction and popularity beyond its historical eugenicist support base largely because of the prevailing ideology of absolute autonomy, which he personally abhorred. His great final book, Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times, was essentially a tract against this ideology, a heartfelt appeal for the restoration of the primacy of the “we” into the social life of the nation over the all-consuming and self-centred “I”, which he believed was at the root of endemic family breakdown and markets operating without

morals, among other evils. Yet nothing embodies the ideology of absolute autonomy, of unbridled individualism, quite like assisted suicide and euthanasia. The Meacher Bill demands we dispense with laws and medical ethical traditions that have protected the weak, the vulnerable, the elderly and the disabled for millennia to fulfil the desires of a small number who wish to take their own lives or assist in the deaths of others. Last week, Conservative politicians in both Houses received a powerful letter jointly signed by Devizes MP Danny Kruger, chair of the AllParty Parliamentary Group for Dying Well, and by Michael Howard, the former chair of Hospice UK who now sits in the second chamber as Lord Howard of Lympne. It was reassuring not only in its clarity about the dangers inherent in the Bill and the need to protect vulnerable people from

those who see them as a burden, or their deaths an expedient way to either save or make money, but also because it offered a vision of a better way of addressing the question of human suffering. They advocated greater investment in palliative care so that all people might have the serene and pain-free natural deaths they deserve. “Rather than changing the law to allow the prescription of lethal drugs, we should be putting all our energies into improving access to the best possible care,” they wrote. This is surely the position more in keeping with the finest traditions of Judaism. It represents an expression of community, of mutual support, of help for the weakest, of intergenerational solidarity and a concern for the common good. There is surely only one side of this debate which, in good conscience, we can take.

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Faiths are uniting to support planet but we must repent RABBI JONATHAN WITTENBERG

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rom across the globe Jewish leaders from all parts of the religious spectrum will participate in COP, or Conference of the Parties, meaning states that have signed on to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. From pupils in school, through youth movements, to members of XR Jews and the increasing number of congregations signed up to EcoSynagogue, we are passionately concerned about the future of our world. We care as Jews, as human beings, and as part of the vast interdependent community of all living beings. Before the covenant at Sinai, we were a part of the ancient, universal bond between God, humanity and all life on earth. It was established with Noah after the first great destruction. Only mindfulness of it now can prevent a new environmental disaster. Ever since God instructed Adam and Eve

WE OWE THE WORLD'S CHILDREN A PLANET AS RICH AS IT ONCE WAS AND CAN AGAIN BECOME

to work the land with respect while protecting the earth and the rich biodiversity it supports, Judaism has taught that we are not owners but trustees and caretakers because ‘the world and its fullness belong to God’. We are not entitled simply to commodify, monetise and exploit nature. For, as we are reminded in this sabbatical year, the land and all creatures matter to God. The authors of the Bible, like the rabbis of the Mishnah and Talmud, lived in close relationship with the soil; they knew in their bones our interdependence with nature. They experienced droughts and floods. They understood the truth taught by Ecclesiastes, that ‘even the king – or prime minister – is subject to the field.’ If they were alive today, they would uphold the demand for climate justice for the world’s poorest populations. For justice is a central value of Torah.

The Torah’s commandment, bal tashchit (do not destroy), forbids wanton destruction. We should interpret this now to include our participation, directly or through investments, in patterns of consumption, extraction and waste, which cause devastation anywhere on earth. We cannot pursue in good conscience a way of life in one part of the world that causes destitution in another. The Torah forbids cruelty, not just to people but to animals. There can be few greater forms of cruelty than causing their extinction. Over and above these reasons, I feel passionate concern for the future of the planet because the world is full of wonder and God’s spirit flows through all creation. I’m a lover of forests, streams and mountains; they restore the soul, and our physical and mental health as well. Therefore, I fear for the future of nature. We owe the world's children and grandchildren

a planet as rich, beautiful and sustaining as it once was and can again become. How can we live with ourselves unless we try to do our best for them and for this earth? Religions have a crucial role in the climate crisis. With their ethos of collective responsibility, they have the capacity to mobilise whole communities to work for a better world. People of all faiths will be campaigning together at COP and working together afterwards. We need to engage collectively in environmental teshuvah (repentance). Maimonides describes teshuvah as a process beginning with acknowledgement, followed by reparation and lasting change. We have to rethink habits of wastefulness, unnecessary consumption and inattentiveness to our impact on the biosphere. We must fall back in love with the natural world and deepen our awareness of the peoples, animals and plants with whom we share our planet. We can join remarkable organisations supporting nature, here, in Israel and globally. We can plant trees and make gardens into miniature biodiverse reserves. We can pursue environmental justice while filling our lives with wonder.

It's time for all shuls to engage in an eco audit RABBI YONATAN NERIL FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR, THE INTERFAITH CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

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orld leaders will soon convene in Glasgow for the 26th UN climate conference, with the goal to rein in rising carbon emissions and chart a sustainable path for humanity. It is more urgent than ever because after each previous conference, greenhouse gas emissions rose rather than fell, and human consumption expanded rather than shrunk. Will this conference finally serve as a turning point for humanity? And what is the role of Jewish communities and leaders in manifesting a vision for our Earth’s sustainable future? The environmental movement has failed to cause effective change in the past 50 years. I believe this is because the ecological crisis requires the aid of a religious perspective. Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch taught that

the ideal of the Torah “awaits the generation which will finally have become matured for its ideals to be made into a reality”. I'm more hopeful now that the London Jewish community is taking an international lead in its response to the crisis. For example, Eco Synagogue is a project whose primary aim is to engage all synagogues in an environmental audit. Greening the physical structure and functionality of synagogues is a forwardlooking step to align Jewish teachings with ecological behaviour. Another promising initiative emerging from London is the newlylaunched Faith Plans for People and Planet, a joint initiative of Faith Invest and the WWF. Rabbi Amorai asked: ‘Where is the Garden of Eden?' He replied: ‘It is on Earth.' God created the world out of love for life on Earth. My new book Eco Bible: An Ecological Commentary on the Torah, co-authored with former London Rabbi Leo Dee teaches how the Torah relates to living in balance with God's creation, through a lifestyle that is not only aware of, but protects, the natural world. Many leaders think religion is unrelated to ecology, so greening Jewish education is

AS A FUNDAMENTAL PART OF PEOPLE'S LIVES, RELIGION CAN BE A MOTIVATOR IN PROTECTING THE EARTH

a major challenge. Much of contemporary Jewish study, teaching and preaching does not address the ecological crisis, but care for God’s creation, especially in the face of extreme climate problems, cannot be ignored. Applying Jewish teachings to the stewardship of God’s world is an idea for now. It is essential for a future in which we achieve a balanced, worldwide ecosystem and thrive on a planet viable for all life. The light of spirituality, in Judaism and across the world’s religions, can spark a more hopeful approach and have a broader effect. As a fundamental part of many people’s lives,

religion can be a key motivator in protecting the Earth by reshaping values. Here are three reasons for this. First, religion can persuade people to consume in moderation because they can find greater satisfaction in spirituality, community and family. Spiritual living can bring consciousness to our consumption. A person may survive with a basic soul awareness, but a sustainable planet will require that we learn to live with increased spiritual consciousness. Second, religious teachings help instil foresight and long-term thinking. The rabbis of the Talmud taught: “Who is the wise person? The person who can see the effect of their actions.” We must put both our present survival and the future of our children and grandchildren first, above the current “prize” of expanding our standard of living. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, religion embodies hope. As Rabbi Jonathan Sacks wrote: “Hope at its ultimate is the belief... that God has given us the means to save us from ourselves.” May the Jewish community continue to show leadership towards a thriving and sustainable humanity and earth.


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More than 60 members of the Kingston Liberal Synagogue community gathered to celebrate the adult batmitzvah of their deputy chair, Rebecca SingermanKnight. Having rediscovered her Jewish identity as an adult, and joining the community three years ago, Singerman-Knight decided to have an adult batmitzvah to affirm her Jewish identity.

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Tali Field, a JFS year 7 student, celebrated her batmitzvah by organising a food collection after a year volunteering with GIFT London. Michelle Barnett, GIFT’s founding director, said the charity was “so grateful to have had Tali, her mum Debra, together with their family and friends volunteering over lockdown”.

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Around 100 women made challah together for the Shabbat Project. The charity event with Jnetics was hosted by Torah Action Life at its new centre in Temple Fortune and featured a speech from educator Raya Tawil.

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4CHILDREN’S RIGHTS Lady Hale of Richmond delivered the 19th Isaiah Berlin Lecture at Hampstead Synagogue on Sunday. Hale, who served as president of the Supreme Court between 2017 and 2020, gave a lecture entitled ‘Is there anything wrong with rights?’, which focused on the rights of children, and took questions from the audience.

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Daniel Marcus, UJS sabbatical officer, left, at the JSoc fresher’s Friday night dinner at the University of East Anglia

Sabbatical officer Faye Huberman Students at Bristol JSoc prepare at the JSoc freshers’ fair stall at for their freshers’ Friday night University College London dinner

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Leading the CANNABIS REVOLUTION Clifton Flack, CEO and founder of CiiTECH, explains why his strictly kosher Cannabis and THC products are the best on the market It was early 2016 when Clifton Flack, CEO and founder of CiiTECH, had his first CBD experience, while sitting in a beach bar in bustling Tel Aviv. An old friend was in the country for a global cannabis summit, having just launched his own CBD (or cannabidiol) business in Camden Town. CBD is a natural compound that can be extracted from hemp or cannabis, thanks to Israeli scientists who discovered how to isolate specific cannabinoids that benefit the user without intoxication. “Business was off the charts for him,” says Flack of his friend. “I tried his vape and tincture and was blown away.” The rest, as they say, is history. Flack entered the emerging medical cannabis industry by helping co-found iCAN Israel-Cannabis and CannaTech, the international conference on medical cannabis innovation and investment with good friends Saul Kaye and Jason Ryker. This summit brought the global industry to Israel to discover the latest research in the sector. “With Israel quickly rising to the forefront of the cannabis sector, and after a number of years building and working within the cannabis community, I saw the opportunity to stop talking and start doing.” In 2017, CiiTECH was born: a brandbuilding consumer-focused company dedicated to ongoing cannabis research and the commercialisation of CBD, both in England and Israel. CiiTECH acts as an umbrella brand for a number of spin-off lines within the blooming global health and wellness market. As an unregulated CBD industry began to boom, a new need to guide, educate and protect consumer rights became apparent. “This meant setting the bar for new industry standards via a house of science-led brands that utilise deep sector knowledge together with real consumer needs,” says Flack. “From my vantage point in Israel, I saw how misguided perceptions favoured the psychoactive medical cannabis, which has to be smoked, at

the expense of the more naturally therapeutic CBD, which is not psychoactive and so can be bought and consumed like any other food supplement. “This is how Provacan, the CiiTECH flagship brand, was established back in 2017, bringing a pharmacy-grade CBD brand to market.” The CBD oils have even been supervised by the rabbinical authority of the Kosher London Beth Din, the leading force in kosher certification for more than a century. Today, CiiTECH brands are available through much of Europe, South Africa and Brazil, and are quickly expanding. The most common reasons why Provacan customers use CBD oils is for easing worry, promoting a healthy quality of sleep and for everyday balance and well-being. Nothing makes Flack prouder than when a customer tells him how much his products have changed their lives. “We believe 100 percent in the work we are doing, partnerships we are building and products we are creating. Our science-led approach to development ensures our products are safe, effective and trustworthy, which is why I think Provacan, our flagship consumer brand, has had such a good response within the UK market. “Seeing an important gap in industry knowledge, we recently launched a cannabis healthcare education course for pharmacists. Hearing back from course alumni of how their knowledge and ability to recommend CBD to customers has blossomed, we feel that pharmacists hold the keys to the industry.” As to what differentiates his products from others on the market, Flack says: “Our priority is high-quality ingredients. We never compromise on the quality of the products and believe that this has contributed to the thousands of loyal monthly customers. As a company to entrust your health with, our dedication to research sets us apart.” The company has invested in three clinical studies to unravel the

potential for cannabis to treat asthma, diabetes and obesity. “As the world races towards cannabis reform, the medical and scientific world is catching up. Our knowledge of the plant is far from complete. CiiTECH is working on understanding the vast range of minor cannabinoids, starting with CBD, so we can better understand the cannabis plant and bring effective medicines and supplements to consumers.” While Provacan offers a host of topical CBD products, such as shampoo and aftersun, as well as a range of oils, it is the capsules and balms that continually remain bestsellers. While he obviously supports all the products his companies bring to market, Flack does reluctantly choose his own personal hero item. “It has to be our 1,200mg Provacan CBD oil. It is the most popular product and strength, and it has been one of the first products of the Provacan brand. Next is our 900mg CBD Balm, which is one of the highest strength CBD balms on the market.” A new range of products is about to launch in the UK and Israel, including a Provacan THC range, which will be prescribed as medical cannabis. For more details, visit ciitech.co.il


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‘My Jewish family fought so someone like me could be free’ Francine Wolfisz hears how Alex Scott’s great-grandfather was caught up in the Battle of Cable Street in Who Do You Think You Are?

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lex Scott admits to having walked past the Cable Street mural in east London countless times without ever knowing the history it represented – or even “caring about it”. But that has all dramatically changed since the TV presenter and former football player discovered how her Jewish great-grandfather was one of many caught up in the infamous 1936 fight against the fascists. The 37-year-old’s fascinating journey into her Jewish roots features on tonight’s episode of BBC One’s Who Do You Think You Are? Scott, who presents BBC’s Football Focus, hears for the first time about her maternal great-grandfather, Philip Gittleson, whose parents Morris and Dora came over from Zagare in Lithuania in the late 1900s to escape the pogroms. Her eyes widen in surprise as her mother, Carol McKee, speaks for the first time about the family’s Jewish heritage. “We still celebrated the Jewish holidays, even though we weren’t raised as strict Jewish.” Of McKee’s grandfather, who was lovingly known as Philip G, she says: “He was just a character. He was a bookie’s runner, someone who took illegal bets. The police used to get annoyed because they could never catch him. That’s where you get your running from. He was sporty – he had to be, to run from the police!” Scott’s journey into the past takes her first to Sandys Row, London’s oldest Ashkenazi synagogue, where she admits to never before having stepped foot inside a synagogue. Historian Alan Dean tells her that at the time Morris and Dora travelled to Britain, they did so against a backdrop of violent antisemitic attacks and pogroms. “You’re just fleeing for the hope for better,” she reflects. But life for the Gittlesons was far from easy. A 1911 census report shows how the family of nine squeezed into just two rooms of accommodation. They also lived on Saint George Street, now The Highway, which fell just outside the main

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who would spend 30 years at the concentration of streets where asylum: “It seems quite likely that Jewish families settled at he will have encountered a fair that time. amount of antisemitic prejudice Historian Tony Kushner tells because Oswald Mosley’s British her: “This was a largely nonUnion of Fascists are pretty active Jewish area, but also an area with at that point.” strong hostility to newcomers. Scott is fascinated as she learns There were riots against the Jews about the Battle of Cable Street, settling in the area at the turn of having heard anecdotally from a the century.” relative that Philip was wounded The former Arsenal captain during the violent melee that is struck by the thought that her took place on 4 October 1936. family “fled Lithuania because of As Mosley and his Blackshirt that fear [of persecution]…and Annie and Abraham Gittleson supporters attempted to march now they were through the streets inhabited by the East End’s experiencing it all over again”, Jewish community, thousands of anti-fascists especially following the estabbuilt barricades and lishment of the British Union roadblocks to stop them proceeding. of Fascists (BUF) As Kushner tells Scott, the events unfolded in 1932. Led by Oswald “right on the doorstep” of her great-grandfather Mosley, the BUF played on antisemitic anxieties about but, surprisingly, it was more likely he was attacked by the police than by fascists. Referring to antiseunemployment and poverty mitic sentiments held by some officers, he explains: during the Great Depression. “Police-minority relations had tensions way Elsewhere in the episode, before today.” Scott discovers how Philip’s Scott says she feels “a sense of pride to know 41-year-old brother Abraham my family went through that”. was sent to Colney Hatch She adds: “I had this whole family that was part Lunatic Asylum in 1934, of this bigger thing – fighting for better, so someone suffering from mental health like me can walk around the East End of London issues, including “delusions with freedom, not looking over my shoulder of persecution”. and having the stress they went through. Expert Vicki Long tells “To understand my mum’s family were a part her the condition “might of that is something special.” reflect some of his lived  Who Do You Think You Are is experience”. Alex’s Jewish great-grandfather, Philip Gittleson, right, available on BBC iPlayer She says of Abraham, was wounded at Cable Street

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Inventing Anna

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The first-look images have been unveiled for Julia Garner’s latest role as a fraudulent socialite in new Shondaland drama, Inventing Anna. Airing on Netflix next year, the story is based on real-life fraudster Anna Sorokin, who between 2013 to 2017 pretended to be a wealthy German heiress under the name of Anna Delvey in order to defraud banks, hotels and wealthy acquaintances. Garner stars as Delvey opposite Anna Chlumsky as Vivian, a journalist hungry to discover whether she is New York’s biggest con woman or simply the new portrait of the American dream. The series is inspired by the New York

David E Kelley, writer and producer behind Big Little Lies and The Undoing, is set to adapt Dror A Mishani’s The Missing File for a thrilling new crime drama. The Missing tells the story of Dror Mishani NYPD detective Avraham Avraham, whose belief in mankind is his superpower when it comes to uncovering months to UK viewers, with Keshet Studios the truth. and Universal television co-producing. Guided by a deep sense of spirituality Kelley, who will serve as writer, executive and religious principles, Avraham is left to producer and showrunner, told Variety: “I was question his own humanity when a seemingly riveted by Dror’s novels and the character routine investigation turns upside down. of Avraham Avraham and jumped at the The series has been ordered by opportunity to bring both to life.” Peacock, which will be available in coming

Magazine article, How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People, by Jessica Pressler, who also serves as a producer. Shonda Rhimes serves as creator and showrunner for the series, which also stars Arian Moayed, Katie Lowes, Alexis Floyd, Anders Holm, Anna Deavere Smith, Jeff Perry, Terry Kinney and Laverne Cox.

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Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne The “wild, insane and dangerous” love shared between Sharon Osbourne and her rock legend husband Ozzy Osbourne will play out in a new feature film about the couple. Writer Lee Hall, whose previous credits include Rocketman, War Horse and Billy Elliot, is signed on to the untitled biopic from Polygram Entertainment and Sony Pictures, which will follow the couple through the decades from falling in love to the heights of fame and immersion in pop culture with their iconic MTV series, The Osbournes.

The film is also set to feature tracks from Ozzy’s career with heavy metal band Black Sabbath, as well as his solo career. Television personality and music manager Sharon, 69, whose Ashkenazi-Jewish heritage comes via her music promoter father Don Arden, said: “Our relationship at times was often wild, insane and dangerous, but it was our undying love that kept us together. We’re thrilled to partner with Sony Pictures and Polygram to bring our story to the screen.”

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Jews by the Seaside Move over sun, sea and sand – for decades, the Jewish community flocked to Bournemouth in search of much more heimische goals: a schmooze, a schluf and daresay, a shidduch. Now historian Pam Fox has collated family stories and poignant memories in her comprehensive look at the rise – and subsequent decline – of Bournemouth’s Jewish hotels. Jews By The Seaside, published by Vallentine Mitchell, looks at the evolution of Bournemouth’s small Jewish boarding houses in the 19th century into larger guest houses and, eventually, during the coastal town’s heyday, ever-more luxurious hotels.

Exploring everything about hotel life, from the sumptuous food to vibrant religious activities and family entertainment laid on for the guests, the book deftly navigates its way through a fascinating aspect of social history via the personal recollections of those who ran, staffed and stayed in the kosher establishments.

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25 years of screen magic! Michael Etherton, chief executive of the UK Jewish Film Festival – which is celebrating its silver anniversary presents his top 10 picks from this year’s selection

Muslim classmates, 15-yearold Max fights back, injuring an Iranian and a Palestinian student. A school inspector is called in to adjudicate the row. Inspired by writer-director Leo Khasin’s own upbringing as a Russian Jew in Berlin, and with a recorded introduction from the director himself. Online from Friday, 5 November

“Twelve months ago, I had no idea whether there would be enough Jewish and Israeli films out there to celebrate our 25th anniversary festival. I needn’t have worried. Film-makers have risen to the huge logistical challenge presented by the pandemic and I am excited by the strength and quality of this year’s programme. Each of the almost 60 feature length and short films in the line-up is a gem in its own way and there are many wonderful films that will stay with me for ever. For cultural organisations such as UK Jewish Film, we are not out of the woods yet. We need your support more than ever to ensure that we will be here serving you for the next 25 years too! So reserve your Festival Pass, buy a ticket, and watch the festival online or come to the cinema. See you at the Festival!” Michael Etherton, UKJFF chief executive

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Rose

Rose This is a contender for the loveliest, funniest and most poignant Jewish film of 2021. Starring French screen legend Françoise Fabian, and Call My Agent hunk, Grégory Montel, Rose is a brilliantly-told and eminently enjoyable family saga from Paris about starting afresh and finding acceptance. This UK premiere will be introduced in person at the cinema by debut director and singeractress Aurélie Saada. In cinema only: Saturday, 13 November, Everyman Belsize Park

Thou Shalt Not Hate

Thou Shalt Not Hate A powerful and gripping drama from Italy in this intriguing tale from the murky underworld of the far-right. A well-known Jewish surgeon finds himself in the unenviable position of having to rescue a Nazi sympathiser. Edge of the seat storytelling from start to finish, this is a dark and engrossing tale from a talented, upcoming director, Mauro Mancini. In cinema: Opening Night Gala, Thursday, 4 November, BFI Southbank. Online from Thursday, 11 November

Sin La Habana An extraordinary and visually dazzling drama from Cuba. An ambitious ballet dancer hopes to escape poverty by seducing a wealthy tourist. His relationship with a visiting Jewish-Canadian artist seems to do just the trick, but creates unintended consequences for both

Sin La Habana

A fascinating, eye-opening account of the golden age of kibbutz volunteers, told from both sides – former volunteers and members of the kibbutzim. In the 1960s and 1970s it was a coming-of-age ritual for many young people from Britain and elsewhere to spend a few months on a kibbutz, lend a helping hand, get some sun and perhaps some romance in the cowshed. A beautiful and nostalgic documentary that reminds us of a former age long gone. Online from Friday, 5 November

the dancer and his Lady Macbethstyle fiancée. In cinema: Closing Night Gala, Thursday 18 November, Picturehouse Central. Online from Thursday, 18 November

Kiss Me Kosher Silly and crazy, but also perhaps the secret guilty pleasure of this year’s festival. Cool Tel Avivian Shira is madly in love with her German girlfriend Maria, but the two women have far more to contend with than their same-sex relationship. Shira’s grandmother is having a secret affair with her Palestinian neighbour, her father is a staunch right-wing settler and, as it turns out, Maria’s Nazi family past looks pretty disastrous too. Will there be a happy ending? Online from Saturday, 6 November

Apples and Oranges

Our Natural Right An exploration of the literary masterpiece that is the Declaration of Independence of the state of Israel. Told from the varying political perspectives of the relatives of some of those who signed the declaration, this is a frank and searching exploration of the declaration and whether and to what extend its principles still form the basis of Israeli society. Online from Monday, 8 November

Kiss Me Kosher

Sublet

Sublet A wonderful, full-on dose of Tel Aviv street life for those of us who are currently feeling deprived of it in this accomplished drama from Eytan Fox (Walk on Water, Yossi). Michael, an American writer, is looking forward to relaxing in the flat he has reserved for his visit to Tel Aviv. When he finds out the current tenant, Tomer, has nowhere to go, he invites him to stay with him. Nicely paced, thoughtful and rather racy too, a great panacea for the fear of ageing. Online from Tuesday, 9 November

Our Natural Right

The World Without You

The World Without You Beautiful new independent US production as a Jewish family gather together to mourn young Leo, a courageous press photographer who has been killed in Iraq. A sort of Jewish American Secrets and Lies, with much coming to the surface over the course of a few days as this dysfunctional and damaged family seeks to come to terms with its loss and with itself. Online from Sunday, 14 November

Truus’ Children Dutch resistance fighter Truus Wijsmuller is not a name known by many here in the UK, but her courage saved the lives of thousands from the Nazis. A formidable negotiator who met with Adolf Eichmann to secure the rescue of 10,000 Jewish children, this is an extraordinary life, told by some of the children she rescued. Online from Sunday, 7 November

The Un-Word Impressive new satire from Germany that teeters on the edge of comedy and political drama. Tempers flare after a Jewish student is goaded in a schoolyard brawl. After repeated taunts by

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DON’T JUDGE ME With TV’s favourite legal eagle Robert Rinder as his owner, French Bulldog Rocco is ready to unleash... All rise. No, but seriously, RISE, as the puppy you reluctantly bought during that first lockdown needs a walk. Your Cavapoo (official mutt mascot of the Jewish community) is now fully-grown and requires even more exercise than it did during the long Covid summer of 2020. Bet you wish you’d got a lazy French Bulldog like me. More suited to a long lunch than a long walk, I’m lucky enough to be owned by a legal eagle who feels the same – and who am I to argue? He has enough ‘objections’ raised in court. Lately, he who should be obeyed has been away, leaving me to languish on his bed while he does such amazing and worthy things as travelling to Jordan to observe the brilliant work of the Jordanian Red Crescent on a trek organised by Magen David Adom UK. The judge takes his charity commitments very seriously and always gets a round of appaws from me for his efforts. With that in mind, I would like to offer more appaws to the Israel Guide Dog Centre, as the charity marked its 30th anniversary by bringing blind runner Avi Solomon and his dog Nike to the UK for the London Marathon. Together they raised £5,000, which is humbling for this hound, particularly as Avi had to stop at mile 20 of the race after being knocked over. The charity secured its place in the marathon with the help of the UK’s Guide Dogs for the Blind, and mutual respect in the world of canine philanthropy is definitely something to celebrate. While the boss was away, I also caught an episode of Strictly, which is a ‘bone’ of contention between us because he isn’t in this series. The judge, as you’ll recall, can jive with the best of ’em, but Strictly got me musing about dog dancing stars such as Pudsey (olav ha-sholom), who won Britain’s Got Talent in 2012. The Netflix show We Are the Champions about competitive dog dancing in America got me thinking about my Samba potential. Just think about it of course, but if the boss is willing, we could team up for a Tango, and I can use my influence with Sophie and Charlie, Craig Revel Horwood’s two rescue King Charles Spaniels and we’ll have that garish trophy in the doggie bag. Until next month, keep walking. Love

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Say “chollah”for the camera We asked you to send in pics of your animals in Jewish poses. Here is PRETZEL, a five-yearold short-haired British cat who can’t resist a Friday night dinner and loves every chag. And this is POM BEAR, the Jewish Museum dog doing his Yiddish homework. Never far from the action, Pom Bear has become something of an exhibit despite mostly being in the back office.

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A young girl’s love for a tiny puppy makes the dog grow to an enormous size. That’s the premise of the new film Clifford the Big Red Dog, which will certainly hit home with those who have fallen in love with the ranks of recently- acquired pups. In a Jewish home too much cholent is usually the reason for growth. The film’s Jewish director Walt Becker knows that.


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REMEMBER, REMEMBER THE FIFTH OF NOVEMBER

“This Halloween, use caution when placing chocolates and sweets by the door, as these can be dangerous for pets,” says Dr Andrew Monchar, clinical director at Two By Two Centre.“At this Veterinary Centre time of year, unfortunately, we admit a lot of pets who have eaten chocolates, raisins and grapes, which are all toxic. Remember to keep them out of reach and, if you notice any signs of restlessness, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pain or reluctance to eat, contact a vet quickly.” Dr Monchar has to consider animal life carefully at this time of year. “As the clocks go back, your dog’s late afternoon walk can soon turn to dusk with the nights drawing in, so remember to put a reflective collar on them.” As luck would have it, Two By Two Veterinary Centre’s in-store pet boutique in Finchley sells the latest fashions in leads, collars and harnesses suitable for the outdoors, which can be tried on in-store. They also stock the delightful designer range Puppia, which includes cat collars and fun pet toys, and are perfect gifts for pets should you be planning ahead for spoilt furry housemates enjoying their first Chanukah lighting. www.twobytwovets.co.uk

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‘CLIMATE CHANGE SHOULD BE EVERYONE’S PRIORITY’ The British Embassy in Israel has taken the lead in bringing together companies that work in clean technologies, discovers Candice Krieger

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OP26 will be a key moment for businesses to think – or rethink – their green credentials. More than 100 world leaders will come together at the UN’s Climate Change Conference (COP26) next week (31 October – 12 November) in Glasgow, to address the challenges of climate change and the role individuals, groups, organisations and businesses need to play in stepping up to the challenge. COP26 president designate Alok Sharma has said the government can only meet its environmental targets with the support of the business community and that while ministers are determined to “build back greener” in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, it needs the support of business to do so. While there will be a spotlight on businesses and their sustainability targets, the summit will also help shine a light on the companies making a difference in the cleantech ecosystem. Helping to push cleantech innovation – and help Britain to reach net zero – the British Embassy in Israel is running several events surrounding the conference, the highlight being its Queen of Green (The UK-Israel Women in Sustainability Programme) initiative to promote UK and Israeli female start-ups and founders innovating in the cleantech sector. Successful applicants from across the globe have been invited to Israel for a five-day delegation in November, when they will meet female founders in the same field, visit research and innovation centres, and gain business skills and industry knowledge through workshops and mentoring. They include one to watch British-based food sharing app OLIO (Anne-Charlotte Mornington) and Israeli start-up Saturas (Anat Halgoa Solomon). Hadar Huberman, clean growth sector lead, UK Israel Tech Hub at the British Embassy Israel, says: “The British Embassy in Israel has been echoing the UK’s strong stand and ambitious commitments around climate change with the Israeli innovation ecosystem. “In addition to creating awareness and encouraging active participation of Israeli government, NGOs [non-governmental organisations] and tech companies in COP26 itself, the embassy has been taking an active role in bringing the British and Israeli markets closer together around sustainability and clean growth. “We lead the way to bilateral collaboration in clean energy solutions, agrifoodtech investment trends and sustainable fashion technologies, with various activities encouraging Israeli busi-

nesses to join the UN’s Race To Zero campaign - the embassy is promoting the fact that both economies have much to gain from joining forces around climate change. “We are aware of the fact that Israel, with over 750 sustainability-related tech companies and start-ups, is the bedrock to some of the most innovative technologies around alternative foods, water management, smart mobility and advanced industry. “While the British industry is ahead of the curve in committing to net zero, and companies such as GSK, Tesco and British Telecom are using tech solutions to reduce their climate footprint. “The evident match is clear – the UK holds the regulatory knowledge and market lead on business adaptation to green economy, whereas Israel has the technological edge to take the British industry to net zero.” Elinor Honigstein, head of UK Office, UK Israel Tech Hub at the British Embassy Israel, says: “As part of our mission to provide significant value for the cleantech sector, we (UK-IL Women Leading Innovation Network at the British Embassy Israel) are partnering with corporates, venture capital firms and innovation hubs to create a programme that supports and connects women in sustainability in the UK and Israel. “The COP26 satellite initiative, Queen of Green, will invite British women entrepreneurs in agrifoodtech to Israel to meet with Israeli entrepreneurs and ecosystem leaders. “We chose to focus on agrifoodtech because Israel is uniquely positioned as a source of innovation in this field, with more than 300 research groups, 400 digital companies that raised close to $300 million (£218m), and it is listed among the top 50 global agrifoodtech ecosystems. “Meanwhile, Britain is a fast-growing market through which start-ups can go global. As a result, we hope both sides will benefit from meeting each other, sharing best practices and sector-specific knowledge. It is also a great

opportunity to feature leading women innovators and to drive more diversity into the cleantech field.”

towards a green economy smoother. “Key points based on the COP agenda that businesses must prioritise are: · Help reach net zero, OLIO they must set goals to British-based OLIO is create clear actionable a food sharing app that roadmaps; connects neighbours · Support the scaling of the with each other and local voluntary carbon market; businesses so that excess · Support the financing of the food doesn’t go to waste. This transition to net zero; could be food nearing its sell-by · Capture the opportunities date in local stores, spare that will be unlocked by the home-grown vegetables, OLIO chief partnerships officer outcome of the COP26 negobread from your baker, Anne-Charlotte Mornington tiations and make them viable; or the groceries in your · Support additional innovation and industrifridge when you go away. It was founded by alisation needed to achieve the massive costTessa Clarke and Saasha Celestial-One. AnneCharlotte Mornington is its chief partnership officer. Founded in 2015, OLIO quickly transformed into a global marketplace. It has more than five million members – half of whom started using the app during the pandemic. Around 80 percent are UK-based. Users upload a photo and description of the item they want to share, arranging for pick-up via private messaging. OLIO hopes to help everyone reduce their impact on the environment and ensure people aren’t throwing away food unnecessarily. The app has raised a $43m (£31.23m) Series B round led by VNV Global and joined by DX Ventures, the venture capital arm of food delivery business Delivery Hero. It has partnered with several major food retailers, OLIO is a British-based food sharing app including Tesco, Pret a Manger and Costa set up to reduce food waste Coffee, and won several awards including down that will enable a timely global scale-up, this year’s Best of Green Awards 2021: Eco for example hydrogen and hydrogen-based Tech and Digital Excellence in Agriculture: technologies; ITU-FAO Regional Contest in Europa and · Understand how to work with and invest in Central Asia, and it has now been successful in nature as an asset; the British Embassy in Israel’s Queen of Green programme. · Prepare for the changes relating to climate Mornington says: “Businesses need and hazards and bake in resilience mechanisms in must support the COP26 business operations. Change in climate will agenda to make our affect human livability and workability, food global transisystems, natural capital, as well as physical tion assets and infrastructure; and · Rethinking investments, financial institutions and other companies will need to retool themselves for this challenge, and what the best financing mechanisms of the future might look like – for example, fund allocations for natural defenses and to ensure greater preparedness of exposed communities. “The UK and Israel must join forces to create the tools and frameworks for change to be implemented. Climate change should not be a competitive advantage, it should be everyone’s priority. governments and industries


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Solomon and Moshe Meron. must build collaborative strategies to support and embrace our It has developed an advanced decision changing reality. support system “It is thanks to collaborafor precision tions such as UK-IL that irrigation solutions will be deterbased on its mined and our path miniature towards net zero will be stem-water accelerated. “Businesses that are potential (SWP) sensor. not putting sustainability at the heart of what they do will “The sensors, embedded not survive the test of time. in the trunks of trees, vines “Both financing and procureand plants, receive direct input ment terms will increasingly Anat Halgoa Solomon from the tree or vine to provide favour ‘eco’ businesses and this co-founded Saturas accurate information for optimised irrigation. will make it increasingly difficult for Earlier this year, Saturas raised $3m businesses that are not addressing those (£2.18m) in the first part of a Series B funding round for its precision irrigation managechallenges to thrive.” ment system. Halgoa Solomon, its CEO, says: “COP26’s SATURAS importance for raising awareness and Saturas is an Israeli-based agritech company support in sustainable technologies is key, focusing on improving farmers’ water usage especially for young start-up companies. making it more efficient. “It will provide a platform for the The technology accurately measures creation of business contacts and the right amount of water plants need in opportunities. order to thrive without overwatering them, “Both the UK and Israel are significant which encourages water conservation, but players in the ecosystem with innovative also the quantity and quality of the fruits technologies and leading strong industries. and crops produced by farmers using their “Collaboration can promote the goals and system. accelerate the process.” Saturas was founded in 2013 by Halgoa

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o you recycle as much as you can? Do you buy organic and Fairtrade products? Are you guilty of using too many disposables when hosting guests? These are the questions everyone can start thinking about over EcoShabbat – a new initiative from EcoSynagogue and the Board of Deputies running from 5 to 6 November to coincide with the Cop26 summit. Global leaders and delegates are descending on Glasgow as a way of finding a response to climate change, but YOU can help too with just a few simple changes. Celebrity chef and food writer Jamie Geller has rustled up an alternative vegan Friday night dinner and Shabbat lunch menu, which is plant-based and eco-friendly, including this delicious recipe for meat-free cholent! To see more recipes, visit https://ecosynagogue.org/ ecoshabbat-menu-by-jamie-geller/ SERVES: 6+ PREP TIME: 10 MIN COOK TIME: UP TO 24 HOURS

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* Double-decker Library Bus * Multipurpose room for Science and Cookery

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All Wrapped Up! Nancy Reuben Primary School Launches New Wrap-Around Care Service To Support Working Parents NANCY REUBEN PRIMARY SCHOOL in Hendon launched a new wrap-around care service aimed at supporting busy working parents. Parents can drop off from 7.30am and collect as late as 6pm during the school week. The school reports that there has been steady interest with numbers growing. Head Teacher Anthony Wolfson said “at a recent open morning for prospective parents, many commented that this new facility was of great interest to them. We know this is what parents want and so we have responded accordingly and we plan to develop and extend this provision over time.” The school’s new extra-curricular and enrichment programme dovetails very well with the wrap-around care with many after school activities running until 5pm. These include sports, hip-hop, Lego, cookery, gymnastics, chess, drama and dance. In addition, the school is now running a number of very popular lunchtime clubs including public speaking and art. Some of our extra-curricular provision is led in-house by NRPS staff and some led by external providers. In that way, the school is offering the broadest range of activities led by people who are passionate about their areas of

interest, ensuring the children get an outstanding experience. Nancy Reuben also gives the children opportunities to participate in sporting competitions such as the Maccabi Sports Jewish Inter-School Competitions and as an ISA School, children also benefit from being able to participate in a broader range of curricular opportunities. At a recent open morning for prospective parents, Rabbi Joshua Conway, the Head of Kodesh and Pastoral Care, spoke about the school’s Alumni Statement. This sets out the core principles and skills the school hopes a child who leaves Nancy Reuben Primary age 11 will have as a point of reference to guide them through their lives. Rabbi Conway said, “at Nancy Reuben, Kodesh is a way of life not simply timetabled subjects and our aim at school is to make Judaism exciting and vibrant through many different learning opportunities that the children will take with them for their whole lives.”

The school is developing a new series of Pupil Leadership opportunities where children can lead on the Eco Committee which has gained Eco Schools Status for the school, the Pupil Communications Committee leading the very successful NRPS Podcast Series. Deputy Head Daniel Sunshine has also been developing National and International Debating opportunities for NRPS children with schools as far away as the USA. As well as all of the exciting new developments above, Mr Wolfson says the school in continuing to improve its curriculum further over the coming year taking advantage of the freedoms the school has by being an independent school.

Mr Wolfson says “Our ultimate aim is to stand out with a unique, bespoke and more advanced curriculum that complements our unique warm and nurturing child-centred ethos.”

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Challenge Accepted to Make the World a Better Place Shalva - the Israel Association for the Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities is one of the leading organizations advancing the field of disability care in Israel and globally. Based in Jerusalem, the Shalva National Center is home to 20 different programs that provide rehabilitative care to 2,000 individuals with disabilities and their families. Things that come easily to most people, may be difficult for individuals with disabilities to achieve; but at Shalva, they are able to accept their challenges and achieve their fullest potentials. "Everyone has challenges, people with and without disabilities," says Dina Samteh lead soloist of the Shalva Band which represents Israel and individuals with disabilities on the world's largest stages including the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. "When we work together to accept these challenges we are stronger."

On 21st-22nd November, Shalva UK is launching a 36-hour crowdfunding campaign called Challenge Accepted and encourages people to rise to the challenge of raising funds to benefit thousands of children with disabilities in Israel. With matched funding from both UK and Israeli donors, the campaign will help Shalva UK meet its financial commitment and ensure that the thousands of children with disabilities who attend Shalva's programmes receive the therapies and tools needed to meet their individual challenges.

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Pupils at Kerem absorb a deep love of Jewish life

Kerem School in Hampstead Garden Suburb is the jewel in the community’s crown. The school’s exceptional academic achievements are mirrored in its innovative Jewish education programme. Kerem is proud to be a Modern Orthodox, Zionist school. Jewish Studies teachers use experiential learning to give pupils a genuine love for Judaism, Torah learning, and mitzvot. In collaboration with class teachers, they ensure that strong Jewish values permeate every aspect of the pupils’ day. Cross-curricular planning ensures that all pupils relate their learning to their Judaism, too. Secular and Jewish learning go hand in hand at Kerem. The Jewish Studies and Ivrit staff work collaboratively to enthuse pupils with a love of Israel, share a taste of Israeli culture and ensure an excellent understanding of Hebrew.

Children don’t just learn about Judaism at Kerem School – they live it

Kerem has many Jewish Studies achievements of which to be proud, including highcalibre Jewish Studies lessons that integrate Torah with technology and use cutting-edge edtech practices and individual iPads to help children learn. Out of the classroom, pupils’ achievements

include winning the national Etgar quiz for three consecutive years. Kerem has a close connection with Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, which enables the children to contribute to the wider community and prepares them for life as the future of British Jewry.

In addition to this, the school is excited to be starting a project with the residents of Nightingale Hammerson, which will create cross-generational connections. The school believes children should be aware of the needs of others in the community, so they are given the opportunity to volunteer for both GIFT and the JW3 Foodbank. The school organises a range of family education programmes for the pupils and their parents, including Rosh Chodesh learning and sessions on how to enhance chagim for the whole family. Families take part in pupils’ special milestones; the Chagigat Chumash and Chagigat Siddur celebrations are real highlights of the year for parents and children alike. Kerem pupils enjoy a huge range of exciting events surrounding the Jewish calendar, from creating edible Succah pizzas and leading model sedarim to shofar-blowing competitions and cave designing for Lag B’Omer. As well as enjoying beautiful Kabbalat Shabbat celebrations across the school every week, older pupils enjoy unique Shabbat experiences with their classmates. Here at Kerem, children don’t just learn about Judaism; they live it. The school is proud to be teaching the Jewish community’s next generation of leaders. Every Kerem pupil absorbs a love of the rich, sweet, stimulating spice that is Jewish life, both within the walls of Kerem and in the world beyond.


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Helping students land their dream job

AS THE JEWISH COMMUNITY’S LEADING EMPLOYMENT AND BUSINESS SUPPORT ORGANISATION, WORK AVENUE HELPS PEOPLE OF ALL AGES FIND JOBS, GAIN LIFE-LONG SKILLS AND SET UP OR GROW A SMALL BUSINESS

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ne of the areas in which we have always specialised is offering advice to students and graduates. Students currently face a double whammy of tougher competition for good graduate jobs and a steep increase in rents and the cost of living. Even with the economy bouncing back after the pandemic, many have fears and uncertainty around their future when it comes to careers. A recent survey for graduate careers specialists Prospectus found 96 percent of students reporting they face barriers in getting a job or apprenticeship, with almost half feeling unprepared to take that next step. That is why Work Avenue has a dedicated programme to support students throughout their journey. As David Arden, Work Avenue CEO, explains: “Students are at a critical point in their lives making key decisions and taking the first steps into what will hopefully be fulfilling careers. “Here at Work Avenue, we are committed to providing them with the necessary skills and experience to enable them to take these steps with confidence and ability.” Our engagement starts with dedicated professional advice and guidance to those who can benefit from support in selecting the right course and place of study. It then progresses to include careers support and assistance, as students seek appropriate work experience and internships. As graduation approaches, we are there to support them through the Milkround – when all manner of companies tour our universities and colleges looking to recruit – and the job application process itself. Earlier this year, more than 100 young people took part in our Graduate Careers Month, which provided the platform for our Jewish students to come and hear, learn and network with young professionals in their chosen industries. There were representatives from all sectors

to share their experiences and advice on how to get ahead. Most inspiring was to see previous young graduate clients now become the advisers and industry experts in fields including law, accountancy, marketing, journalism, IT, property, finance, fashion, HR, events management and more. Graduate Careers Month was such a success that we will be hosting a follow-up event on Wednesday, 3 November, titled Your Career After Graduation. Specialist employment adviser Hannah Dahan will guide students and graduates through the skills, competencies and techniques needed to kickstart a contemporary graduate job search. Find out more at www. theworkavenue.org.uk/events. We are also excited to have recently launched our Student

Ambassadors programme. The programme was the brainchild of Nathalie Sadie, a dynamic biomedical science student at the University of Birmingham, who wanted to make sure others could benefit from the same advice and guidance that she did. And so the Ambassador Programme was launched: to spread the word about our services and dedicated events to friends and peer groups on campus who could also engage. Nathalie said: “Work Avenue helped me to get a year in industry at Pfizer, but I felt others at university did not know about them and the services that they offer. So I was inspired to work with them to create a group of Student Ambassadors to spread the word. “The first cohort were a huge factor in the success of Graduate Careers Month and I was very proud to be a part of it. “I’m now looking forward to many more successful projects with Work Avenue and the Student Ambassadors team.” To find out more about Work Avenue and our services for students, please visit www.theworkavenue.org.uk/ ugrads

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There Then. Here Now. Education charity ORT UK has been changing lives for 100 years. ORT UK is celebrating this milestone anniversary with the launch of its centenary campaign ‘There Then. Here Now,’ highlighting projects throughout its history that have offered essential training in employable skills, enabling those in need to become self-sufficient. One such effort involved the heroic rescue of 106 students and teachers from Nazioccupied Berlin in 1939. British ORT, as it was then known, set up a technical school in

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Leeds, equipped the teens with engineering skills and helped them to rebuild their lives. Still ‘Here Now’, ORT UK continues to offer careers support via its highly successful ORT JUMP mentoring programme for Year 12 students. This year, ORT JUMP has expanded nationally to offer its services to 14 schools and over 500 teens and has secured partnerships with Jewish charities JW3’s Gateways and Langdon. The charity is part of the ORT global network and fundraises for ORT’s lifechanging schools and programmes. This month’s Annual Centenary Dinner will help fund key projects, including the major rebuild of the Kfar Silver Youth Village near Gaza - home to some of Israel’s most at-risk youth, who rely on ORT’s excellent teaching, skills training and emotional support, to

secure a brighter future. The ORT network has also launched a global campaign – to Face the Future together. Across ORT’s education network of more than 200,000 people in over 30 countries, lives have been irrevocably changed by the pandemic, but there is a strong sense of renewed hope. In Russia and Ukraine, students have lost parents and grandparents to Covid and are living with the emotional and financial consequences. In Brazil and Argentina, severely dented economies mean fewer parents can afford school fees. ORT is providing a framework and the tools for students to succeed whatever their circumstances. ORT teachers worldwide are also exploring Jewish texts, strengthening students’ Jewish identity.

For more information please visit ortuk.org (ORT UK) or ort.org (World ORT) To become an ORT JUMP mentor please visit ortuk.org/jump Registered Charity No. 1105254.

Dan Green, World ORT Director General and CEO, says: “The collaborative approach that has made STEM programs and other curricula so powerful across our network, also guides our approach to Jewish education. A firm grasp of Jewish history, culture and values can help students see the bigger picture as they go about their daily lives. The result is a richer Jewish communal life.”

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MARCH OF THE LIVING

RETURNS TO POLAND 24-29 APRIL 2022

Registration opens in November Our inaugural trip to Germany this month was a truly unforgettable experience. The 4-day trip started in Berlin and explored the Jewish history of Berlin, the rise of Nazism and Germany’s GERMANY TRIP role in the Holocaust. We were joined by four survivors including Mala Tribich, who returned to the Ravensbrück women’s concentration camp for the first time since she was imprisoned there in 1944. The trip culminated at Bergen-Belsen with a special ceremony paying tribute to those who lost their lives during the war and the remarkable British Armed Forces who liberated the camp. Next year we will be returning to Poland for the first time since the start of Covid-19. The 5-day Programme will start in Warsaw exploring Jewish life in Poland, we will then travel across the country visiting various concentration and death camps, ending with a

monumental visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau for the International March of the Living Event. Registrations for March of the Living 2022 will open in November. The trip will take place between 24 – 29 April. We are delighted to have launched our new programme: Tomorrow’s Testimony, a day of young children meeting with Holocaust survivors. There are age-appropriate activities and an opportunity for each family to be photographed with a survivor. Each child will receive a booklet with their photograph and the survivor’s testimony, ensuring the next generation can become witnesses for life. Parents, Guardians and accompanying adults are also invited to join the survivor on Zoom the following evening to hear TOMORROW’S TESTIMONY their testimony. 21ST NOVEMBER 2021

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We are delighted to invite you to our international premiere of Why We March – filmed on March of the Living 2019 by new take films.

The film follows Holocaust survivors on their return to Poland, including FILM PREMIERE survivors giving their LONDON 15TH / MANCHESTER 16TH testimonies in the places NOVEMBER 2021 where the atrocities happened. The film explores why they return every year on March of the Living and what it means to them. After the film there will also be a Q&A session with some of the survivors in the film. S LIVING UK PRESENT MARCH OF THE WE MARCH” PRODUCT ION “WHY A NEW TAKE FILMS SALT BEM MBE . RENEE . AREK HERSH EVE KUGLER BEM TRIBICH MBE KAPOSI . MAL A BEM . AGNES CHAIM OLMER . SCORE BY ZnO PAUL D JONES L JAMES DANN . PRODUCED BY BY SAM CHURCHIL . PHOTOGR APHY MART YN ELLIS SOUND EDITOR BY PAUL D JONES EDITED . DANN DIRECTED BY JAMES

For further information on any of our upcoming events, please visit marchoftheliving.org.uk/events or email Lucy Prevezer lucy@marchoftheliving.org.uk


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Enabling independence in your own home with support from

JEWISH BLIND & DISABLED All too often, people living with disabilities or sight loss find themselves struggling in their own home; not being able to do some of the day-to-day tasks that they previously could, concerned about how they will cope if their condition deteriorates and not sure where to turn to for help. Problems can range from struggling with difficult steps into their property to not being able to wash or get dressed easily and a whole range of issues in between. But, it doesn’t have to be this way and there is help available to support people to manage in and around their home. Jewish Blind & Disabled’s Independent Living Advisory service utilises the organisation’s 50 years of knowledge and expertise to help people with vision impairments and/or physical disabilities living in their own home. The service is led by occupational therapists who visit people in their homes and make individual recommendations on support available and aids and adaptations that enables them to maintain their much-prized independence. Following a temporary closure owing to Covid-19, the service has now reopened and is supporting people of all ages across the community. The service recently helped a lady in her 50s who had been housebound when she contacted Jewish Blind & Disabled. She has Fibromyalgia and a heart condition and doesn’t have any family living in England. She was struggling to leave her home without support from carers owing to her lack of suitable equipment. She needed and wanted her independence back. After an initial assessment, it was clear she needed a way to be able to leave her home without having to rely on others. As she had limited funds of her own and therefore qualified for support with purchasing the aids she requires through the service, Jewish Blind & Disabled’s Independent Living Advisory

Service supported her with the purchase of her electric wheelchair and she is now able to go out on her own. She said: “I very much appreciate Jewish Blind & Disabled’s help and am enjoying the freedom to be out.” Other examples that have made a huge impact on people’s lives include installing bath boards, ramps, hand rails or stair lifts, referrals to physiotherapists to help with mobility, recommendations for assisted technology that allow the control of functions within the home and the introduction of small aids such as a Knork Fork (a combination of a knife and fork in one piece) that is designed for people, who, due to their disability, can only use one hand. Jewish Blind & Disabled’s chief executive, Lisa Wimborne, said: “We know local authority waiting lists for occupational therapy support, in some areas, can be upwards of 18 months and, in the meantime, people are struggling to cope in their own homes. “The Independent Living Advisory Service is designed to ensure that members of our community get the specialist support they need and, importantly, when they need it. “Thanks to a generous donation, the service is offered for free to anyone from the community who is living in their own home. “If you can afford to pay for your own aids and adaptations, you will be advised and guided on what to buy and expected to pay for the item/s. If you don’t have the means to pay, we can support you to apply for funding and/or offer support to purchase the aids on a loan basis.” The service is currently offered to people living within the M25; however, if you do need support and are outside this area, please get in touch.  To find out more about Jewish Blind & Disabled, go to www.jbd.org or, to request a visit from our occupational therapist, please email ila@jbd.org or call 020 8371 6611

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“My diagnosis of MS was like a hammer blow but I am happier now living here than I’ve ever been. Especially in current times, there is nowhere else I would want to be.” Neil, Jewish Blind & Disabled tenant

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Our little baby Elia was born deaf and we’re so lucky

We wept together when we found out our baby Elia was deaf. What parents wouldn’t? But when we called JDA, Jody took us under her wing immediately. With JDA guiding us and honestly feeling at times like family, we were able to adjust and move optimistically towards Elia’s successful cochlear implant surgery. Elia has just celebrated her first birthday and she’s a confident and inquisitive little bundle of joy. We want to make sure every Jewish family facing these challenges in the future has JDA's personal support.

Your donation will help Elia and all deaf children to get the very best out of life.

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Hybrid life at Jewish Care

Jewish Care is the largest health and social care charity serving the UK Jewish community in London and the South East. Every single week we touch the lives of over 10,000 people through our vital services.

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he last few months have been exceptionally busy for many of us and there has been a real burst of activity at Jewish Care. Jewish Care has welcomed back older members for inperson activities at community centres, relatives have returned to visit and supporters have attended fundraising events in person.

These have all resumed carefully and safely with a hybrid option of online services for those who like to connect from home. Richard Shone, Jewish Care’s Director of Community Engagement, explains, “Members of community centres now have exciting choices with our new hybrid services, in the way they want to attend our activities and centres, so they can come along in-person and connect online too.” At Jewish Care’s Retirement Living apartments, older people have been pleased to share time as a community again and especially to socialise together at Friday night dinners again. Care home residents have enjoyed celebrating Yom Tov together, with Shabbat services beginning again along with a return to a fuller in-person creative programme delivered by participatory arts practitioners. September saw the return of many inperson fundraising events. Kwasi Kwarteng

CAMP SIMCHA’S SUPPORT FOR EVEN MORE FAMILIES In 2021 Camp Simcha has seen a 55% increase in referrals compared to 2020. While the charity works towards a return to in-person support for its families, it continues to adapt and develop its provision in the knowledge that one size does not fit all. Vital practical services such as crisis meals, hospital transport and respite care have continued throughout the pandemic, while therapeutic support services, such as counselling and arts sessions, which went online when Covid began, are now being delivered both remotely and in person. Remote group sessions continue - from story-time, cookery and art for the seriously ill children and siblings, to Zoom coffee mornings, support groups and fun activities for parents, ensuring those who were previously unable to attend due to geography or logistical issues can now take part. “The one positive aspect of Covid-19 was that it helped break down geographical barriers for us. As we

move on now, we will maintain the most impactful aspects of our pandemic provision,” says Camp Simcha Head of Services Daniel Gillis. In the midst of all this, Camp Simcha has now extended its support to families who have a child with a serious mental health condition, after a successful pilot project.

The decision to support families who have a child with a serious mental health condition means Camp Simcha can be there for even more families who need us, using the existing model of pastoral support services that we offer to the family when they have a seriously ill child. Throughout our pilot we have worked with organisations such as the JLC, JAMI, Norwood and Noa Girls, being careful to avoid duplication and maximise co-operation – and will continue to do so. Chief Executive, Nevilleis Goldschneider Meanwhile the charity busy planning its first children’s residential retreat

MP, Secretary of State spoke at Jewish Care’s Business Breakfast and the talented TracyAnn Oberman was presented with Jewish Care’s Women of Distinction award. Five runners were delighted back to finally be able to take part in the Virgin London Money Marathon and another nine pounded out the miles at the Royal Parks Half Marathon. Jewish Care’s Fundraising & Community Engagement Director says, “After waiting for 18 months for events to take place again it has been fantastic to be back with our supporters again in-person. These have all been longawaited opportunities to raise funds to help ensure that Jewish Care can continue to run our vital services for older people in the community who have never needed us more.” Looking forward, we hope to celebrate

together this Chanukah and hope too that 2022 will herald continued opportunities to be together in-person. In the meantime, Jewish Care continues to run essential Meals on Wheels and befriending services, alongside those that are in-person services that are reopening, so that older people in the community who rely on Jewish Care, stay supported and connected. For more information and for advice about Jewish Care services, please contact the Jewish Care Direct Helpline on 020 8922 2222 or helpline@jcare.org

Meanwhile the charity is busy planning its first children’s residential retreat since 2019, to be followed by a much larger family retreat at the start of 2022, Covid-permitting. Children’s retreat which is due to take place in Kent, over four days in December, is for the seriously ill children the charity supports. With all their medical needs catered for and carers on site, it offers a packed schedule of fun and activities for the children and some much-needed respite for parents. Family retreat is also a real highlight in the Camp Simcha calendar. A range of specially-programmed activities are organised for both the children and the parents, from helicopter rides, private zoos and circus shows, to ‘dinner for two’ for parents only. As well as Camp Simcha staff and a doctor on site at all times, each child has a trained Big Brother or Big Sister volunteer taking care of them and ensuring that they have an unforgettable time while parents relax and recharge. Family retreat provides Camp Simcha parents with a rare opportunity to spend quality time with each other and their children, whilst meeting and speaking to other parents in similar situations to themselves.

Ari having fun at our Keshet summer programme

Smiles all round at a Camp Simcha retreat

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Beit Halochem UK Beit Halochem, meaning ‘House of Warriors’, was established in order to look after wounded Israeli veterans and to provide them with a rehabilitative infrastructure where they receive respite and the opportunity to regain the dignity and quality of life they deserve. The organisation also looks after civilian victims of terror attacks.

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oday, the 51,000 Beit Halochem members are given a new lease of life at our four Rehabilitation centres based in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and Beer Sheva. They remain members of the organisation for the rest of their lives. With help from donors, a fifth and final Rehabilitation centre is being built in Ashdod. Beit Halochem UK is a national charity based in the United Kingdom devoted to raising awareness and funds for the Beit Halochem rehabilitation centres in Israel. Funding from our generous supporters around the world enables Beit Halochem to continue on-going programmes, develop new initiatives and purchase much needed equipment for the centres. Services Provided The Beit Halochem centres provide a blend of exceptional rehabilitative services including physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and chiropractic treatments conducted along-side social and specialised sport options, educational programmes and a vast range of creative activities.

Each centre offers a wide choice of physical and social activities, housing an auditorium, multipurpose gymnasium, classrooms, fitness rooms, occupational and physical therapy units, trauma therapy units, a cafeteria, offices and a social wing. The Power of Sport A large number of our members have gone on to achieve Paralympic success and compete in worldwide Paralympic games including at the recent Tokyo Paralympics. The Veteran Games and Conference, initiative developed by Beit Halochem UK, took place in Israel in May 2019 and will be repeated again in May 2022. The inaugural Veterans Games brought together 150 injured UK army veterans and family members with a similar number of injured Israeli army veterans for 5 days of sporting competition taking place at the Jerusalem and Tel Aviv based Beit Halochem facilities. The games also hosted a conference which brought together leading experts from the UK and Israel to discuss mental and physical health. The bringing together of wounded

UK and Israeli military veterans and family members for a combination of sporting competition and social and cultural activities in Israel created an inclusive and collaborative atmosphere that proved to play a significant part in the ongoing recovery of veterans who have suffered physical injury and/or psychological scarring as a consequence of military service.

Karina Shulman, Operations Manager at Beit Halochem UK, said: “Despite the current situation, The Veteran Games are set to take place in May next year, and we remain hopeful it will happen. The contribution of such project is crucial, and it is our aim to continue designing programmes that will boost morale and confidence among the veteran community.”

We are currently working on an educational project with Christopher Hayes (Royal Marines Commando) who took part in the Veteran Games 2019. The aim is to raise the collective consciousness about mental health and PTSD, thus contribute to reducing the stigma related to mental health.

BHUK team encourages you to visit one of our centres so you and your family can witness first-hand the generous support of our donors helps to improve the lives of our members and their families each day, every day.

Juniour Mcilhiney, another Veteran Games participant, together with three other Royal Marines, has embarked on a rowing adventure across the Atlantic, raising funds and promoting recovery of those wounded physically or otherwise. The Veteran Games and Conference project has undoubtedly been an icebreaker in helping both the Israeli and the British veterans who are struggling with mental and physical injuries to regain personal equilibrium.

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SEDRA

Torah For Today

Chayei Sarah

What the Torah says about: Sir David Amess

BY RABBI JONNY ROODYN Parshat Chayei Sarah is the Sedra of Jewish continuity. After the sudden death of Sarah, Avraham busies himself with finding a suitable match for his son, Isaac. This was perceived as vital for the longevity of the revolution that Avraham and Sarah had set in motion, as Yitzchak was the only one who could be trusted to continue along their path of bringing ethical monotheism to an otherwise idolatrous world. I find it fascinating that despite – or perhaps because of – their lofty sense of mission, the private lives of our forebears give us deep insights into human nature. In fact, the verse (Bereshit 24:67) says that first Yitzchak married Rivka and then loved her. Shouldn’t it be the opposite? Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch suggests that choice of a marriage partner, like any major

life decision, ought to be made on the strength of reason or judgement. He goes further and explains that any feelings of love that take place before marriage are not ‘true love’, rather they are a natural (and necessary) form of infatuation and excitement. In his words, “The wedding is not the culmination, but only the beginning of true love.” True love takes effect after there is a genuine commitment, when a couple develops and grows together through life’s challenges, come what may. Perhaps this idea marries together the two concepts, showing how one can have lofty aspirations of Jewish continuity together with personal fulfilment. ◆ Rabbi Jonny Roodyn is education director of Jewish Futures and serves Finchley Federation Synagogue

BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL The recent murder of Southend West MP Sir David Amess (pictured) has shaken the nation. What does the Torah say about killing people of high profile? The murder in the 5th century BCE of Gedaliah ben Ahikam, the Babylonian-appointed governor of Judea, and descendent of the Davidic royal line, should make us think ever more carefully and protectively about the importance of leadership to us. Gedaliah, for whom there is still a fast day reserved in the Jewish calendar, was not favoured by all; he was a foreign appointee. Nationalists such as Ishmael ben Netanyahu, an interesting name in the context of modern politics, thought he was better removed from post, and murdered him at a feast on Rosh Hashanah.

Many readers will remember the demise of Yitzhak Rabin, and how that shook Israel and Jews everywhere. Once solutions degrade to the level of political assassination, society is in peril of losing its way. Threatening people, cursing and maligning is no way to carry on disagreement. Jews live to debate and disagree.

David Amess was a close friend of the Jewish community and a descendant of Sephardic Jews who came to this country in the 18th century. This is the second murder of a politician and MP in recent times; Jo Cox died for the views that she was instructed by her electorate to represent. Owing to the respect we must have for court procedure, it is correct not to speculate at this time why David Amess was murdered. But the lesson is clear: murder of a leader or high-profile person is a loss to and an act against the entire nation, whose dignity and interests they represent. May his soul find rest and peace. ◆ Rabbi Ariel Abel is based in Liverpool

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The Bible Says What? Gender neutrality started in the Torah! BY RABBI MARK GOLDSMITH There are three accounts of the creation of humanity in the Book of Genesis. Each has a different emphasis. The first is in Genesis 1:26-28. On the sixth day of creation, Adam is created in God’s image, male and female, clearly here created equal, which is the source text for Progressive Judaism’s understanding that both genders should be equal participants in all areas of religious life. The second account of the creation of humanity is in Genesis 2:7. Here, Adam is moulded from the earth and infused with God’s breath, so every breath we take can bring connection to the Divine. This Adam seems to establish male dominance as the woman, Eve, is fashioned from his rib to be his helper and companion. There is a third and much less well-known account of the creation of humanity in Genesis 5:1-2. This Adam is also created in the image of God. Male and female are created together and then God blesses ‘them’ (in the Hebrew

otam) and calls ‘their name’ (sh’mam) Adam on the day that ‘they’ were created (hibaram). This understanding of what it means to be human does not pin down a gender to be the standard for humanity. Indeed, the image of God is, in this account, both male and female, and to speak about a human being can be to talk of ‘they’, without ascribing a definite gender. All three accounts of creation show us different aspects of human experience. The first being the man and woman together with their different qualities. The second being the historical separation of man and woman and their different roles in many societies. The third being the potential not to require a definite statement of gender and to allow a more fluid state of being human. Torah’s diversity of approaches tells us that Adam is truly multifaceted.

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Progressively Speaking It’s time to save the world in real life, not just on screen BY RABBI TANYA SAKHNOVICH “One generation goes and one generation comes, but the earth remains forever.” Kohelet (1:4). Have you seen the latest James Bond film? If not, then you are in a minority, as it breaks box office records, taking £382 million so far. Quite a few of us are prepared to pay money to get thrills from watching someone saving the world on screen, but fewer of us are as prepared to engage in saving the world ourselves. Thanks to constant pollution, waste, animal abuse and the regular exploitation and annihilation of natural habitats, we are now faced with mission impossible. Some like to refer to it as saving the planet, but I think it is, in fact, saving ourselves. The magnitude of the problem – particularly exposed more recently thanks to the upcoming COP26 conference in Glasgow – is so big it has made many realise it cannot be

solved unless we all work together. Indeed, the climate change issue has become so real that for the first time it even cuts across communal lines in our Jewish community. The only way to become a power that makes a difference is to act together as the EcoSynagogue organisation is doing, uniting the four denominations of our community. And if you or your community would like to join the Jewish ecowarriors, you have a great opportunity to do so very soon. The EcoShabbat of 5-6 November presents to us, the entire Jewish community of the UK, a

fantastic opportunity to show our support for the COP26 conference as well as to celebrate our commitment to eco and sustainable living. EcoShabbat can be a real turning point for you and your community when you make an eco pledge, which will help to save our planet. This could be committing to a zero waste programme, stopping eating meat, reducing plastic usage or one of the many other options listed on the EcoSynagogue website. Above all else, let’s pledge to make this EcoShabbat the beginning of our ‘mission possible’ so our children live a more harmonious life with nature and so they will spend £382m to protect the planet in real life, not only on screen. ◆ Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich serves The Liberal Synagogue Elstree. Download your EcoShabbat pack at https://ecosynagogue.org/ ecoshabbat-pack


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