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‘Put Mosley money to good use’ Fascist’s grandson urges Oxford Uni to accept his family’s £12m donation
about the source of the money, with calls for it to be returned. Ivo said: “It’s very sad that A grandson of the British fasthe name [Mosley] continues cist leader Sir Oswald Mosto be associated with such a bad ley has told Jewish News that human being. Oxford University should “I think Alexander, whom accept £12.3 million from the I didn’t know well, was a good Alexander Mosley Foundaman, but I think he was a casution, “as long as the funds are alty of the Mosley inheritance.” put to good use”. He said Oxford “has just got to Ivo Mosley, who has frequently put the money to good use”. spoken about his loathing of Sir But education secretary Oswald and has been an outNadhim Zahawi, speaking from spoken critic of his political views, Auschwitz, where he was vismade his comments following the iting Nazi death camps ahead most recent row about donations of the 83rd anniversary of to Oxford from the Mosley family. Kristallnacht, said Oxford should Alexander Mosley was Ivo’s Oswald Mosley at a rally in the 1930s explain the decision-making procousin and died in 2009, apparcess behind accepting the Mosley family donations. ently of an accidental heroin overdose. And Professor Lawrence Goldman, emeritus fellow Max Mosley, who was also associated with his father Sir Oswald’s fascist views in his early life – though he in history at St Peter’s College, said the money was claimed he had abandoned the ideology in the early “essentially tainted and dirty”. Goldman told Sky News: “Oxford has lots of money 1960s – set up the Alexander Mosley Foundation in his son’s name. More than £6 million from the foundation and can continue to get money from other sources, – whose origin is said to be a legacy from Sir Oswald – it does all the time, and I don’t buy the argument that because you can do some good in Oxford, you should has been given in gifts to Oxford University. But there has been fury, not least from Jewish continue to hold on to tainted and dirty money.” students at Oxford and from some academics, Nadhim Zahawi at Auschwitz, page 23 by Jenni Frazer @Jennifrazer
KATE OPENS GALLERY The Duchess of Cambridge at the Imperial War Museum last night to officially open its new Holocaust Gallery, featuring photographs of survivors and their families, including two taken for Jewish News. Full story on page 6
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The head coach and former captain of Yorkshire Cricket Club was suspended this week over a historic tweet in which he used the term ‘Yid’.
The club made the announcement on Tuesday after Jewish News revealed the social media post last Friday – and that both the club and England & Wales Cricket Board were investigating the incident. Andrew Gale (pictured),
who was captain at the time of the tweet in 2010 and has now been suspended as first team coach, called the former head of media at Leeds United a “Yid”. Gale wrote to Paul Dews, who is now head of communications at Middlesbrough
Football Club: “Thought you might pipe up! Button it, yid!”. The club told Jewish News: “We can confirm that Andrew Gale, Yorkshire First XI Coach, is suspended pending a disciplinary hearing following an historic tweet. “The club will make a fur-
ther statement once this process has been completed.” Following last week’s revelations, revealed on jewishnews.co.uk, Gale told Jewish News he was at the time “completely unaware” of the racist and offensive tone of the Continued on page 7
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session of the conference. A statement by the Stop JNF campaign alleged that the group “remains established for the primary purpose of ethnic cleansing – to replace the indigenous Palestinian population of all religions with an entirely Jewish settler population”. But Dannielle Bett, pro-peace group Yachad’s communications director, told Jewish News: “The pres-
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Redbridge Labour Group has voted to remove the whip from local councilllor Khaled Noor after a complaint was upheld over his “intimidatory tone” towards the chair of a meeting during a rant that one witness described as being “offensive, misogynistic, antisemitic and thereby unacceptable”. Following Tuesday evening’s meeting a Redbridge Labour spokesperson confirmed the whip had been withdrawn from Noor after it was agreed his behaviour “has fallen below the high standard we expect of our members.” The Labour Group stressed that this form of action was taken against councillors in “exceptional circumstances” and also that the sanction had been approved by elected officials from diverse backgrounds. Noor, who represents the Barkingside ward, has denied claims of antisemitism and has sug-
gested that he was in fact the victim of Islamophobia and bullying. The decision to oust Noor followed a report conducted the local chief whip which had concluded his conduct at the January 2021 Group Meeting, which was chaired by Jewish councillor Judith Garfield, was found to be “in serious breach of Labour Group Standing Orders.” It is understood that Group Chair Cllr Garfield’s complaint had accused Noor of speaking to her “inan intimidatory tone and falsely accused her of “only supporting action against antisemitism and not other forms of bigotry.” Following Tuesday’s meeting, aRedbridge Labour spokesperson confirmed:”The whip has been withdrawn from Cllr Noor following a number of separate incidents where his behaviour has fallen below the high standard we expect of our members.”
Ellman will help to choose Labour’s complaints panels
standing recruitment committee, which will be co-chaired by crossbench peer Lord (Bob) Kerslake and Labour’s Baroness (Margaret) Prosser. Alongside Ellman, three councillors will decide the panels for the Independent Review Board and the Independent Complaints Board: Farah Hussain (London Borough of Redbridge), Asher Craig (deputy mayor of Bristol) and Bev Craig (leader designate, Manchester City Council). Ellman said she was rejoining Labour in September, after quitting ahead of the 2019 general election in protest at Jeremy Corbyn.
Dame Louise Ellman has been appointed to the committee that will select the panels of independent experts who will hear Labour disciplinary cases including those relating to allegations of antisemtism. The former Liverpool Riverside MP has been confirmed of one of the members of the
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Corbynite MPs to ‘face reselection’ by Lee Harpin email@example.com @lmharpin
Four Labour MPs chosen as candidates under former leader Jeremy Corbyn could face reselection battles ahead of the next general election, Jewish News can exclusively reveal. New guidelines on selection of candidates over the next six months are set to be agreed by Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC). Party sources named Coventry South MP Zarah Sultana and shadow transport minister and MP for Ilford South Sam Tarry as being at risk of so-called trigger ballots, in which they are forced to contest the right to stand as a candidate with other challengers. Labour insiders also claimed that Ian Byrne, MP for Liverpool West Derby, and Apsana Begum, MP for Poplar and Limehouse, were vulnerable to similar selection contests fought in their local parties.
All four MPs had previously backed calls for open selection contests to be held for all Labour MPs when Corbyn was still leader of the party. Now, as Labour steps up its preparations for a possible general election as early as spring 2023, all sitting MPs will be asked whether they intend to re-stand or retire. All Labour MPs wishing to stand again as candidates will then require the backing of at least 50 percent of both local party and affiliated branches – meaning local parties can “trigger” selection contests if a majority choose to do so. Jewish News has learned of growing frustration with Sultana among many members of her constituency Labour party – with her views on the police, the government’s Prevent counter-extremism policy, and her obsession with foreign policy issues viewed by many activists as ‘out of sync’ with the mood amongst the electorate. Sultana was never the overwhelming favourite of local mem-
bers: the Corbyn leadership placed her on a shortlist of just two possible candidates to fight the 2019 election in the seat, leaving other party members unable to stand. Elected with a majority of just over 400, in a seat where Labour previously held an 8,000 majority – and having apologised for earlier social media posts in which she said she would celebrate the deaths of Tony Blair and Benjamin Netanyahu – Sultana has put further noses out of joint with her conduct since. The 28-year-old attracted further criticism last weekend after photos of her alongside anti-police activists holding placards labelling officers ‘bastards’ and ‘assassins’ were published by the Mail on Sunday. Apologising for failing to spot the anti-police placards, Sultana said these did not represent her own views. Tarry, who was once Corbyn’s campaign director, has also attracted criticism from local members over his response to issues such as floods in the constituency last year.
From top left: MPs Sam Tarry, Zarah Sultana, Ian Byrne and Apsana Begum
In Liverpool, Ian Byrne is still facing a struggle to win over many in his local party – having been narrowly selected for the safe seat ahead of the 2019 election, with the backing of Momentum and former shadow chancellor John McDonnell. Apsana Begum is facing issues with winning over a section of her local party. In 2019 police had to be called over claims that many rankand-file party members could not get into the meeting to vote. The situation involving Corbyn himself remains unresolved. He is currently an independent MP in
Islington North as a result of his suspension over his response to the EHRC antisemitism report. A failure to issue a full apology to the Jewish community and to the chief whip for his actions over the report could leave Labour installing a new candidate to fight the seat. Meanwhile, party sources believe that Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, may be ready to announce her retirement ahead of the next election. Jewish News has contacted Sultana, Tarry, Byrne, Begum and Abbott for comment.
ENVOY FLEES LSE AMID THREAT TO ‘SMASH’ CAR A respected London university has warned any students involved in threatening behaviour towards the Israeli ambassador this week will face disciplinary action, writes Jack Mendel. Footage posted online yesterday showed Tzipi Hotovely being rushed away in a car as proPalestine demonstrators opposed her speaking at the London School of Economics, with one activist account threatening to “smash” her car windows. In a statement to Jewish News, the LSE said it values free speech but it “must be in a mutually respectful manner. Intimidation or threats of violence are completely unacceptable.” A spokesperson added: “We are aware of threats of violence made on social media around this event. Any LSE students identified as being involved in making such threats will face disciplinary action.” Hotovely was appearing at an event hosted by the LSE Debate Society, which shared a statement before the event to encourage “discourse” on the Israel-Palestine conflict. The society, which has invited Husam Zomlot, the Palestinian ambassador to the UK, to speak next week, said the topic “requires challenging the positions of the people involved and ensuring a diversity of opinions and perspectives”. It added that it was created “to allow students to engage with influential policymakers”. The incident was condemned by education secretary Nadhim Zahawi as “deeply disturbing”. He offered an apology to the envoy. Lisa Nandy, Labour’s shadow foreign secretary, said: “The appalling treatment of Israeli Ambassador Tzipi Hotovely is completely unac-
Hotovely is bundled into a car outside LSE
ceptable. There is no excuse for this kind of behaviour. Freedom of speech is a fundamental right and any attempt to intimidate those we disagree with should never be tolerated.” On Instagram an account called ‘LSE Class War’ shared posts saying they were “storming in” to the event. “Let’s make her shake. F*** the old bill [police]”, they wrote. Another post said: “Whoever smashes the ambassador car window (Lincoln’s Inn Field), gets pints. Let’s f****** frighten her.” Elsewhere, leaders of Stamford Hill’s Jewish medical emergency service Hatzola have criticised a recent visit to the area by Hotovely. In a statement in Hebrew, Rabbi Shalom Weiss, rabbi of Hatzola, and Rabbi Eliezer Benedikt claimed that the envoy’s stop at Hatzola had gone ahead without the permission of its leaders. The statement stressed the ambassador’s “ways and ideas are not our own”.
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Sleaze claims: Anger at unrepentant Boris by Lee Harpin email@example.com @lmharpin
Anger was expressed across the Jewish community this week at the prime minister and his party’s MPs who supported the botched attempt to save the political career of Owen Paterson. Parliamentarians in constituencies with large Jewish populations – including Finchley and Golders Green’s Mike Freer and Chipping Barnet’s Theresa Villiers – received emails and letters from voters, many of whom are Jewish, asking them to explain their actions in the lobbying scandal. One senior communal figure also said they were “surprised and disappointed” to see the name of Harlow MP Robert Halfon high up on the list of supporters of an amendment attempting to block the suspension of senior backbencher Paterson over a serious breach of lobbying rules. A Conservative source confirmed: “It’s fair to say Jewish voters have made their feelings clear on the whole Paterson affair. You’d be hard pressed to find one person with anything positive to say.” Paterson was found by the parliamentary standards committee to have lobbied on behalf of healthcare company Randox, which paid him £100, 000 a year in return. Meanwhile, Hendon MP Matthew Offord was praised by several voters after it emerged that he was one of 13 Tory MPs to defy the whip and vote against the amendment that has sparked a new ‘sleaze’ scandal. Another to voice anger at Paterson’s conduct was Bury South MP Christian Wakeford, a leading Conservative Friends of Israel supporter, who reportedly swore at the disgraced former MP when their paths crossed in Westminster. Defending his decision to back last week’s amendment, Freer replied to one constituent, saying of the Commons standards committee: “I do not believe it is right that one person has the
Prime Minister Boris Johnson with Owen Paterson
ability to judge and determine guilt without the right of independent appeal. Nor that a determination of guilt should be made and communicated before an MP has had the ability to submit evidence and have witness testimony heard.” In Chipping Barnet, former minister Villiers also received complaints about her actions. MP Robert Halfon, who is Jewish, told Your Harlow newspaper this week that he “regrets” voting to block Paterson’s suspension. Last Wednesday, Tory MPs blocked the standards committee’s recommendation that Paterson be suspended for 30 days by instead calling for an overhaul of the standards watchdog. They initially had the backing of No 10, but Downing Street reversed its decision after a backlash by opposition MPs and some Conservatives. Paterson then resigned as MP for North Shropshire, saying he wanted a life “outside the cruel world of politics”.
Labour expels JVL officer Jewish Voice For Labour (JVL)’s political officer has been expelled from the party over his support for a banned group that consistently downplayed and antisemitism allegations, writes Lee Harpin. Graham Bash, a long-time ally of Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell and a member of South Thanet constituency Labour Party, confirmed that he had received notification of his auto-exclusion because of his support for the proscribed group Labour Against The Witchhunt.
Criticising the decision to expel another one of its officials, JVL, which was set up to defend former leader Corbyn against antisemitism charges, said Bash, who has the right of appeal against his expulsion, “has been excluded for doing something that was perfectly legal at the time – supporting (whatever that means) an organisation”. In July, Labour’s ruling national executive committee voted to proscribe four groups, including Labour Against The
Witchhunt, as part of a wider move to tackle antisemitism. Former shadow chancellor McDonnell tweeted: “I’ve known Graham Bash for over 40 years. He is one of the finest socialists I have met.” But Bash, who is Jewish, has a lengthy history of playing down antisemitism allegations in Labour – including his involvement with a counter-demonstration held on the day of the Enough Is Enough demonstration in July 2019.
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... AS HODGE RAISES CONCERNS OVER FOREIGN DONORS Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge raised concerns over donations from Russian oligarchs to the Conservative Party and individual ministers during an emergency Commons debate on standards. During this week’s debate on the fallout from the botched Dame Margaret Hodge attempt to save the career of former Tory MP Owen Paterson, the parliamentary chair of the Jewish Labour Movement suggested “another aspect that has created great anger and concern in our communities is the funding of political parties”. She continued: “Let us look particularly at the Russians and how they are funding the Conservative Party. Lubov Chernukhin has given £2.1 million, Alexander Temerko – a partowner of a company that is trying to build an underwater cable – has given £1.3 million and Viktor Fedotov, who also owns that company, has given money to the chancellor, the right hon. Member for Reading West (Alok Sharma), the minister for corporate social responsibility, the secretary of state for international trade and the chief secretary to the Treasury.” The 77 year-old political veteran ended her point by asking: “Is this right?” SNP MP Pete Wishart, who had allowed Hodge to intervene as he spoke to the Commons, branded her comments on Russian funding as “spot on”, adding: “The way donations have been going into the Tory party needs to be properly investigated.” Hodge, who led the fight against Jeremy Corbyn’s failure on antisemitism, has been at the centre of the pushing of claims of ‘sleaze’ around the ruling Conservatives and prime minister Boris Johnson. In April, she urged the parliamentary commissioner for standards, Kathryn Stone, to investigate whether Johnson had breached the MPs’ code of conduct over alleged donations linked to the flat renovation. “Boris Johnson’s complete disregard for the rules cannot go unchecked. Any cronyism, sleaze or rule-breaking on his part must be fully investigated,” Hodge tweeted. Hodge, a former chair of the Public Accounts Committee, expressed concern that the UK was not offering sufficient support to dissident Alexei Navalny who is back in prison following his return to Russia from exile in Germany. Jewish News has approached the Conservative Party for comment over donations from wealthy Russians to the party and to ministers.
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95 universities now signed up to IHRA Nearly 100 universities have now adopted an internationally recognised definition of antisemitism following pressure from ministers, according to the higher education watchdog. The number of colleges, universities and other higher education providers who have signed up to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism has surged over the past year. A total of 216 higher education institutions in England, which includes 95 universities, have signed up, an Office for Students (OfS) report shows. In September 2020, only 28 universities had confirmed they had adopted the definition, according to research by the Union of Jewish Students. The rise comes after universities were told they could have their funding cut if they refused to adopt the definition. In October last year, Gavin Williamson, then education secretary, said the number of universities that had signed up was “shamefully low” and institutions were “letting down” Jewish students. The OfS has said it will
Jeremy Corbyn supporters protesting against the definition of antisemitism
consider “further action” if universities do not act to meet expectations for preventing and tackling harassment. Chris Millward, director for fair access and participation at the OfS, said the new figures showed there had been a “rapid increase” in the number of universities and colleges adopting the definition. “This is welcome and is testament to the excellent campaigning work by groups of Jewish students, which has led more universities and
colleges to acknowledge the importance of the definition and the benefits of using it in practice.” A spokesperson for Universities UK said: “We support and encourage universities to do all they can to tackle antisemitism, which is as unacceptable on campus as it is in any walk of life. This includes considering adoption of the IHRA definition, whilst also recognising their duty to promote freedom of speech within the law.”
80 OAKS FOR AJR’S 80 MIGHTY YEARS The first of 80 native oaks was planted this week to mark the 80th anniversary of the Association of Jewish Refugees. The groundbreaking – literally – moment in the 80 Trees for 80 Years project was at Lochside Park in Castle Douglas, Scotland, chosen for its proximity to Ernespie House, where many Jewish child refugees were evacuated during the Second World War. The tree was sponsored by Flora Selwyn, a Jewish refugee who settled in Scotland, in memory of her parents, Lily and Heinrich Schmerling. Flora said: “In 1938 our flat in Vienna was ransacked by the Gestapo, who took my father forcibly to Buchenwald. My mother, brother Erwin and me, aged four, fled by train to Switzerland. “Fortunately, we were eventually able to reach sanctuary in the UK.” Flora’s father escaped to Palestine and the family was reunited 10 years later. Eighty native oaks will be planted around Britain in
The tree-planting ceremony
honour of people and places that symbolise the contribution to British life made by those who fled Nazi Europe. Planted at the roots of each tree will be time capsule, telling a refugee’s story. AJR chief executive Michael Newman said the project enabled the AJR to “give back to and create a living legacy within the country that became home to the Jewish refugees. “We hope these 80 special trees will be appreciated by future generations and provide natural habitats for other native species for many decades to come.”
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‘Cool’ Kate opens Holocaust gallery The Duchess of Cambridge was reunited with Holocaust survivors Yvonne Bernstein and Steven Frank at an exhibition of photographs of survivors and refugees – including two she took of the pair as part of a Jewish News project (pictured far right). The future Queen chatted with the survivors at the Imperial War Museum, nearly two years after she photographed them to kick off an initiative to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Since then, a dozen leading photographers around the country have captured images of some of Britain’s last survivors, often alongside their children and grandchildren, for the exhibit. The exhibition – designed the celebrate those who built new lives in the UK – was brought to life by a partnership between this newspaper, The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, Royal Photographic Society, Dangoor Education and IWM, where it will remain until January when it will goe on a national tour.
Among those Kate met was Yvonne and Steven, who she had previously described as two of the most “life-affirming people she’s ever met”. While Covid precautions meant she kept a one metre distance from most, she couldn’t help but hug a thrilled Steven. The 86-yearold survivor of several camps, who was photographed with his granddaughters Maggie and Trixie by the Duchess in the style of Vermeer, told Jewish News: “I’ve never been hugged by a future Queen before. She was so warm and, like two years ago, wanted to hear my story.” Trixie, 15, added: “My grandpa tells his story in local schools but the Duchess being here means more people will know what happened. She was so cool.” For a beaming Yvonne, who had been a hidden child in France and was accompanied by granddaughter Chloe, the reunion was the very first time she’d been out beside for basic food shopping since the start of the pandemic. She too received a kiss and a hug – before joking that the pandemic must have deprived her of the second royal kiss she received two years ago. Olivia Marks-Woldman, CEO of
Kate with IWM director Diane Lees as she leaves following her visit
the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said: “To come together across the generations to celebrate this wonderful project felt so special, particularly knowing the Maggie, Trixie and Chloe will be witnesses long after we’ve no longer here.” They were introduced to Kate alongside Jewish News’ Justin Cohen, who conceived the project, and Michael Dangoor, of exhibition spon-
sors Dangoor Education. He said: “It’s so wonderful how the Duchess is so hands on. She’s a credit to the Royal Family.” She was guided by IWM director Diane Lees. Officially opening the landmark Second World War and Holocaust Galleries, she was shown exhibits including a V1 rocket and a box from the secret Oneg Shabbat archive of the Warsaw Ghetto.
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Palestinian education / JLC chairman / News
UNRWA ‘close to collapse’ after cut said. “By investing in the education of more than 500,000 boys and girls in the region, we are not only investing in the future, but in the The head of a UN agency was in stability of the region.” London this week trying to perJust two weeks ago Middle suade Britain’s Foreign Office to East minister James Cleverly rethink its budget cuts, which responded to a question from affect Palestinian education. Henley MP John Howell about Philippe Lazzarini, the comthe content of Palestinian textmissioner-general of the United books. He told Howell the reducNations Relief and Works James Cleverly with tion in funding to the PalesAgency (UNRWA), said the cuts Philippe Lazzarini tinian Authority “was in direct made by the UK were bringing it response to the official development assis“close to collapse”. The UK has more than halved its core grant, tance prioritisation review, which was itself in from £42.5 million last year to £20.8 million this response to the economic constraints driven by Covid”. year. But, he added, Britain would “continue to But, challenged about anti-Israel bias in the textbooks used in UNRWA schools, Lazzarini support the Palestinians through UNRWA. We sidestepped the question. “Every year we have will ensure that, as we have done, we continue tens of schools that are rewarded by the British to press for that education curriculum to be Council for the quality of their education,” he devoid of any examples of antisemitism.” by Jenni Frazer @JenniFrzer
JLC CHAIR GOLDSTEIN RESIGNS Jonathan Goldstein has resigned as chair of the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC). The lawyer, who took over the key communal role from Sir Mick Davis in 2017, said it had been a privilege to chair the JLC and he was proud of what it had done. He said: “I have enjoyed being an active and present chair. Recent events and pressures have made it impossible for me to be as present as I would want to be and as the JLC needs me to be.” The decision to step down had been “painful but necessary”, he said, adding: “I am incredibly proud of my achieve-
ments as chair, from playing a leading role fighting antisemitism within the Labour Party to our rapid response to the Covid-19 pandemic.” Goldstein, founder and CEO of Cain International, said: “I’m reassured the
future of the JLC is in very safe hands under strong and professional leadership with a highly capable pool of nominees to succeed me around our council table.” An election will be held among JLC council members for a new chair. Candidates need to be council members and nominations will open early next month. A new chair is expected to be in place in early January. JLC vice-chair Debbie Fox paid tribute to Goldstein’s “insightful leadership”, which ensured it was “facing its future with clarity of vision”. • Editorial comment, p18
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News / Shock survey / Charedi visit / Network prize
Most Britons ‘ignorant of 6m’ Most British people do not know how many Jews died in the Holocaust, according to a survey that exposes “profound gaps” in knowledge of recent history, writes Michael Daventry. A majority are unaware that six million Jews were killed and that a sizeable minority believe the true figure is below two million. Few people could name more than one Nazi concentration camp or ghetto and that most were unaware of the Kindertransport, the survey found. Most participants could identify Auschwitz, but just 14 percent could name another camp or ghetto. The survey, commissioned by the New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, was released to mark the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht. Greg Schneider, of the Claims Conference, said: “It is particularly disappointing to find that the Kindertransport, an important historic chapter that reflected the best of humanity and should serve of a beacon of hope in the darkest of times, is being forgotten.” Asked “What was the Kindertransport?”, more than threequarters of UK respondents gave an incorrect answer or said they did not know. Just 24 percent correctly identified it as a British
programme to rescue Jewish children from Nazi Germany before the outbreak of war. Matthew Bronfman, who oversaw the survey for the Claims Conference, said that although the survey revealed most people British had a general understanding of the Holocaust and whom it targeted, there were some significant gaps. “I think it’s really important that they know because numbers do put things into perspective,” he told Jewish News. “This was the greatest genocide in the history of the world and people need to understand that and [it happened] for no particular reason other than they were Jewish.” Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Education Trust, said: “The accuracy of history does matter. There is more work to do, but I just believe that just means we have to continue teaching the specific nature of the Holocaust.” The Claims Conference survey also revealed most Britons did not know when the UK Government became aware that Jews were being murdered in their millions, or how it reacted when it found out. Nearly a third (32 percent) of British participants
Kinder from Europe arriving in Harwich at the end of 1938
could not name any Nazi camp or ghetto, compared to 11 percent in France and 10 percent in Austria. • Editorial comment, page 18
Board visits Stamford Hill JEWISH-ASIAN GROUP AWARD table with key community organisations, hosted by the Interlink Foundation. The visit was organised by the Board’s public affairs director Phil Rosenberg and South Tottenham United Synagogue Deputy Shmuel Yosef Davidsohn. The Board staffers Daniel Sugarman and Lauren Keiles also attended. Reed said: “[There was] so much we can all learn from the strong relationships and compassion that bind the community together.”
A group bringing together business leaders from the Jewish and Asian communities has scooped a major award. The Asian-Jewish Business Network (AJBN) was recognised for ‘excellence in diversity and inclusion’ at the Signature Awards, held for the first time in London last week. Despite launching just three months before the start of the pandemic, the network’s members’ club has tripled in size during the past 18
months, pivoting to online events and launching a magazine and a digital women’s network. The award comes only a week before the AJBN’s flagship annual event at Lord’s Cricket Ground, which is expected to attract more than 500 people. “It was humbling to be recognised for the work we do for both the Asian and Jewish communities,” said Russell Bahar, who founded the group with Jewish News’ Justin Cohen.
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Shadow secretary of state Steve Reed MP and new Board of Deputies chief executive Michael Wegier visited Stamford Hill this week to see some of the key Charedi organisations and learn more about this important and growing part of the Jewish community. The group visited the Hatzola Ambulance Service, Grodzinski Bakery, Yesodey HaTorah Senior Girls’ School and the Beis Pinchos Care Home. The group also participated in a round-
11 November 2021 Jewish News
School lettings / Health database / News
‘Noisy simchas’ get School mental health scheme licensing scrutiny by Jenni Frazer @Jennifrazer
A rare hearing of Barnet’s licensing sub-committee is due to be held today to consider continued plans by a Jewish boys’ school in Hendon to let out its hall for simchas and communal events. Residents of Danescroft Avenue, a cul-de-sac in Hendon, have complained that since June the Talmud Torah Tiferes Shlomo school, which occupies the former Hendon Reform Synagogue, has been renting out its hall for “impossibly noisy” events, including weddings, with large numbers of guests. One neighbour told Jewish News they had not issue with the school. “The problem is the letting of the hall, which the school
The school in Hendon lets out its hall for simchas
say brings it extra revenue — but they have admitted themselves that it is not possible to use the hall without disruption.” Neighbours have spoken of “massive disturbances” when the hall is used, with catering lorries, huge amounts of traffic, and noise from music and guests standing outside until the early hours. Initially, after a petition
by residents in June, an Unlawful Certificate was issued by Barnet relating to events with more than 75 guests. But because this was a civil rather than criminal matter, council planners appeared reluctant to enforce this ruling, so it was ignored by council and hall owners alike. The residents then approached the council’s licensing department.
In response, the school applied for Temporary Event Notices, or TENs, one-off licences that allow sale of alcohol and provision of entertainment without having to apply for a full premises licence. After residents provided photos and video to the council’s Environmental Noise and Nuisance unit., the council decided to object to the next application for a TEN, understood to be for an event on 20 November. Barnet Council said the school’s use of TENs in the past led to “noise complaints from neighbours. Environmental Health say the school has not engaged with them about this and possible mitigations. This is why it’s at a hearing”. Jewish News has asked the school for comment.
by Jenni Frazer @Jennifrazer
Campaigner Jonny Benjamin is at the forefront of a new project aimed at young people – a directory of approved and vetted mental health provisions for schools and colleges in Britain. Benjamin and Louisa Rose, who is also Jewish, set up a charity called Beyond in 2018, in response to the growing number of younger people with mental health issues. It is estimated that one-in-six children aged between five and 16 now has a diagnosable mental health problem — and yet according to Mental Health UK, “75 percent of young people are currently not receiving any treatment when suicide remains the biggest killer of young people in the UK”. The aim of Beyond is to give grants for mental health support to young people, their families and teachers in schools. This week Beyond, of which Rose is chief executive, launches the first national database of approved and vetted mental health and wellbeing provisions for schools. It has been developed, the pair say,
Jonny Benjamin gives a speech at JFS, his former school
“to help relieve teachers of some of the overwhelming pressure placed on them, and stop a young person’s mental health declining more... due to unacceptably long waiting lists”. In February, Beyond’s Youth Board is producing an ambitious youth mental health festival for schools and colleges. Last year’s festival ran in 1,200 schools nationally and reached more than half a million children, parents and teachers. The Youth Board hopes to increase its reach, with classes and lesson plans on resilience, mindfulness and mental health wellbeing, hosted by specialists.
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‘Bolt from blue’ to read aunt’s name on memorial A retired doctor from Finchley was “astonished” to see the name of his late aunt in a picture of a Dutch memorial to Jews murdered in the Holocaust, writes Jenni Frazer. Dr Joachim Frank spotted the photo in last week’s Jewish News. The memorial, in Amsterdam, consists of a series of bricks to commemorate the 102,000 Dutch victims. Each brick is inscribed with a name, date of birth and age. Betty Frank, who was 25 when she was transported first to the Dutch camp of Westerbork and then to Sobibor,
where she was murdered, was the youngest of three children, only one of whom, Frank’s uncle, survived the Holocaust. She was a secretary in the Jewish Hospital in Amsterdam. Frank, who was born in 1938, survived the war in hiding with his mother. His father, Roelof, also a doctor, served first in the Dutch army and then in the British forces, before dying in the far East when his ship was torpedoed by the Japanese in 1942. Frank, who emigrated to South Africa with his mother after the war said: “My grand-
Betty’s name (top right) on the wall; with Joachim, 1940
parents never got over the deaths of two of their three children. “It really came as a bolt from the blue to see my aunt’s name on the memorial in the newspaper.”
Israeli bookshops boycott Rooney Two big Israeli bookstore chains have stopped selling Sally Rooney’s books after the author said she would not allow a Hebrew translation of her latest work. Tzomet Sefarim and Steimatzky, which operate about 200 stores between them, said her previous novels would be removed from their shelves and websites.
The bestselling author said last month she was withholding Hebrew translation rights for her latest novel, Beautiful World, Where Are You. She said she was looking for a publisher that distanced itself from what she termed “apartheid against Palestinians”. Her previous two books had been translated by the Israeli firm Modan.
Her decision was praised by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and strongly criticised by Israel advocates. Rooney said: “If I can find a way to sell [the Hebrew-language translation rights to my new novel] that is compliant with BDS guidelines I will be proud to do so.”
THOUSANDS FLOCK TO JTRADE EXPO Thousands of people took part in the community’s property and construction trade show this week. JTrade’s annual gathering took place at ExCel London over two days for the first time since its 2018 launch. As one of the first face-toface events in the industry since the start of the pandemic, exhibitors and visitors had the chance to network, meet new employers and
share new products and technology. Founder Ari Feferkorn said: “It has been great to see so many people join the JTrade expo over the last two days. “We are delighted the show has once again proven to be a relevant platform for the property and construction industry.” The next JTrade show is scheduled to take place in November 2022.
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News / New memorial / Hate fight / Freedom campaign
Wall of Names memorial is inaugurated in Vienna by Stephen Oryszczuk in Vienna
Austrian and European Jewish leaders inaugurated a new Shoah Wall of Names in central Vienna on Tuesday to mark the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht. The memorial is engraved with the names of 64,440 Austrian Jewish victims of the Nazis and complements an existing Holocaust monument in the city, at Judenplatz, where senior Israeli and Austrian leaders held a ceremony earlier in the day. The spherical open-air Wall of Names was opened by Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg at Ostarrichi Park, alongside Holocaust survivors, Israeli minister Nachman Shai, Israeli ambassador Mordechai Rodgold, and Vienna’s Jewish community leader Oskar Deutsch. Hannah Lessing, secretary-general of the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism, also attended, as did Vienna’s Mayor Michael Ludwig, and Sebastian Kurz, who was Austria’s popular
The monument includes the names of 64,440 Austrian Jews
pro-Israel Chancellor until he was forced to resign last month. Addressing the assembled dignitaries, Deutsch said the inscribed family names on the wall “not only give the relatives of Shoah victims a place to commemorate their family’s individual fate in a central and public square in
Austria’s capital [and] makes clear that the Shoah is nothing anonymous, nothing abstract”. Earlier in the day, the European Jewish Congress (EJC) presented a vast five-volume academic study on the history of antisemitism and “how to defeat [it]”. A collaboration between
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universities in Vienna, Tel Aviv and New York, it had the official support of Wolfgang Sobotka, the president of the Austrian National Council. “This is the most ambitious study of the problem of antisemitism,” said EJC president Dr Moshe Kantor, who in 2018 brought together 119 worldwide academics specialising in antisemitism. “It details the groundwork for a united and concerted preventive action plan for society today and in the future.” Among the study’s influential contributors was Katharina von Schnurbein, the European Commission’s Coordinator on Combating Anti-Semitism, and Natan Sharansky, the former chairman of the Jewish Agency and renowned Soviet refusenik. Senior Christian and Muslim religious leaders also had an input. Kantor was awarded the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria, the country’s highest decoration.
‘Pay up to fight antisemitism’
The European Jewish Congress has backed a report saying all countries should commit a fixed annual proportion of 0.02 percent of their gross domestic product to the fight against antisemitism. Based on the UK government’s most recent economic figures, this would equate to around £460 million from the Treasury every year, roughly 30 times more than it spends. It follows the publication this week of a three-year study, presented to the Republic of Austria on Tuesday, in which the continent’s most senior Jewish leaders also called for more laws to make antisemitism illegal across Europe, and for these laws to be embedded within states’ constitutions. In An End to Antisemitism, academics argue the fight against Jew-hatred by governments should include a raft of measures, saying: “Each country should fund the fight… with at least in excess of 0.02 percent of its [GDP] annually.”
NAZANIN’S HUSBAND ASKS JEWS FOR HELP The husband of Iranian hostage Nazanin ZaghariRatcliffe, has asked the Jewish community to lend its backing to the campaign to free his wife, writes Jenni Frazer. On Monday, Richard Ratcliffe was 16 days into a lifethreatening hunger strike in London. He told Jewish News that he believed Anglo-Jewry was only too aware of what he called “hostage diplomacy” and the way that some states used “ordinary people” in that regard. “Other states are watching and copying this behaviour, and it is a threat to the world”, he said. He felt the Jewish community “was alive to the behaviour of illiberal states and their danger”. Three days previously — day 13 of his strike – Ratcliffe was visibly suffering, sitting swathed in woollen hats, scarves and gloves, in a makeshift “camp” opposite the Foreign Office in Whitehall. Behind him were thin pop-up tents and blankets – little defence against the increasingly cold weather. His wife, 44, has served five years in an Iranian prison and may now face a further year
Richard Ratcliffe holds a photograph of wife Nazanin while sitting with Claudia Winkleman and Victoria Coren Mitchell
behind bars in Tehran, though at present she is at her parents’ home in the capital. She was arrested at Tehran Airport in 2016 and imprisoned after being found guilty of “plotting to overthrow the Iranian government” and spying, charges which she has consistently and vehemently denied. Ratcliffe and his family maintain that his wife is being held as ransom for £450 million, money owed by the British government to Iran over a cancelled arms deal when the Shah fell from power in 1979.
Nazanin, who was working as a project manager for Reuters news agency when she was seized, has joint British and Iranian nationality. Two of his high-profile supporters have been the TV presenters Claudia Winkleman and Victoria Coren Mitchell, both of whom are Jewish, and who have visited him twice. As he spoke to Jewish News, a stream of passers-by and well-wishers stopped to chat to him. Donations can be given through REDRESS, whose lawyers are working on the Ratcliffes’ behalf.
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Lionel Blair / News briefs / News Police arrest second man over swastikas
Police have made a second arrest over the Nazi swastika daubings sprayed near Belsize Square synagogue. At a meeting with communal leaders, Metropolitan Police officials confirmed that they had arrested a new suspect. Sources told Jewish News that police seemed confident they had detained the person responsible for spraying nine swastika symbols in the north London area this month after a first suspect was released without charge.
World ORT honours ‘dedicated’ teacher
An educator at the Sir Manasseh Meyer International School (SMMIS) in Singapore has been named World ORT’s Teacher of the Year for 2021. Maire Clapham’s “dedication and commitment to her students” was celebrated at an online live final on Tuesday. She said: “The last couple of years has been such a challenging time, but there have been so many opportunities too.”
Tributes to ‘over-the-top’ TV and radio star Lionel Blair Tributes have poured in for showbusiness veteran Lionel Blair following his death last week aged 92. In a career spanning seven decades, the Jewish performer worked on television as an actor, tap dancer, presenter and choreographer. In recent years, he made appearances on TV shows Celebrity Big Brother and The Real Marigold Hotel. He married Susan Davis in 1967 and couple share three children. Born Henry Lionel Ogus in Montreal, Quebec, his parents were Myer Ogus, who worked as a barber, and Debora “Della” Greenbaum. He grew up in Stamford Hill and was evacuated to Oxford when war broke out, with his mother and sister Joyce. The family was Jewish but not observant and their habit of eating bacon was frowned on by the neighbours. Blair was 13 when his father died following surgery on a hernia and duodenal ulcer. “It changed everything,” Blair said. “It was the first time I’d ever thought, ‘I’m never going to see him again.’ It was so awful and I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a loss like it.” Blair said he had to grow up “artificially fast” following the death of his father, and he was already making a name for himself as an actor. However, then came the death of his mother, leaving him an orphan. His sister Joyce then got married, meaning Blair was on his own. Throughout his showbiz career, Blair has been a dancer, choreographer, TV presenter, director and actor – covering the entire sphere of the business. Even in his later years, he maintained a healthy tan and his famous bouffant hairstyle. His cheerful demeanour and enthusiastic manner led to jokes that he was gay, and his sexuality was a running gag on Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. Blair said he largely ignored the jibes, but once sent a man to hos-
Lionel Blair and Susan Davis after their marriage at Kensington registery office in 1967
pital after punching him when he called him a “fairy”. And responding to claims that he could be described as camp, Blair said: “Camp? Really? I prefer ‘flamboyant’ or ‘enthusiastic’. I’ve always been a bit over-the-top.”
Statue to honour Beatles manager
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Scottish football fined after fans boo Hatikvah FIFA has fined the Scottish Football Association (SFA) after Scotland supporters booed Israel’s national anthem before last month’s World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park. The Tartan Army were also sanctioned for displaying an inappropriate flag. Jeering of the anthem by a section of Scotland fans was mentioned in the delegate’s report and the SFA has been given a fine of £8,024 by FIFA’s disciplinary committee for that and the flag. The SFA was deemed to have breached FIFA Disciplinary Code Article 16, with world football’s governing body explaining that the fine was due to: “Order and security at matches (disturbance during national anthems, use of objects – flag – to transmit a message that is not appropriate for a sports event).” Moldova, Scotland’s next opponents, also received a fine after a drone caused a disturbance during the national anthems ahead of their match against Austria.
Jewish team plays MK Dons in Youth FA Cup Jewish footballing history was made last week as a London side faced off against MK Dons in the Youth FA Cup. Maccabi London Lions U18 became the first Jewish team to qualify for the national competition’s first round, eventually being defeated by the League One side’s Under-18s outfit 5-0. The game was tighter than the eventual scoreline suggested, however, with the Lions keeping Dons to 2-0 right up until the 75th minute, forcing a number of saves in the early part of the second half. The Dons’ team showed their fitness to net three late goals. Managed by Andy Miller and Steve Gordon, the Lions’ team had numerous travelling supporters at the 30,000 seater stadium, with captain Zack Miller saying the appearance was a “great achievement”. He thanked “the massive support of our fans who came to watch”. “Steve and I have managed this team for more than 10 years and this is the highest level at which the team has competed. We are extremely proud of the squad who caused real problems for MK for much of the game. A great experience for everyone.”
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Police arrest West Ham fans over anti-Jewish chanting A third man has been arrested over antisemitic chanting by West Ham United supporters on a plane. In the days after the incident, Essex Police announced the arrest of 55 and 26-year-old men in connection with the incident. Both were bailed. This comes after a video emerged on social media last
Thursday appearing to show some Hammers supporters on a Ryanair flight to Belgium singing an offensive song as a visibly man walked down the aisle to take his seat. The fans on the flight were on their way to watch West Ham play Belgian side Genk in the Europa League. In a statement issued on
Monday, Essex Police confirmed: “A third man has been arrested in connection with our investigation into a video on social media of a man being subjected to harassment on board a flight from Stansted Airport last week. “The incident happened on 4 November. A 31-year-old man from Dartford voluntarily attended a
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Fine for Erdogan a Jew ‘insult’ A Turkish man has been convicted of insulting president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan after calling him a “Jew pretending to be a Muslim” , writes Michael Daventry. Yüksel Üstün was initially jailed after being convicted of breaking a law that makes it a criminal offence to insult the president’s “honour, pride and respectability”. Lawyers for Erdoğan, a pious Muslim, had argued it was “belittling” to describe him as a Jew. The conviction came despite Üstün’s lawyer, Baran Güneş, arguing the remark could not possibly be an insult. “Jews are honoured citizens of this country. It is not a crime to call someone a gypsy or a Jew,”
he told the court, according to Deutsche Welle. But judges initially handed Üstün a 10-month prison term, before reducing the sentence to a 7,000 Turkish lira (£535) fine. Insulting the president is a longstanding criminal offence in Turkey but Erdoğan, who was first elected to the position in 2014, has a reputation for being exceptionally litigious. A study commissioned by the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) in August found he had launched 38,581 cases for defamation in the courts in his first six years in office. Just 1,138 cases had been filed in the previous decade, the study found. It is unclear if Erdoğan was aware of this case.
President Erdogan was called a ‘Jew pretending to be a Muslim’
One Twitter user said: “Can our Jewish citizens not launch a defamation case of their own on the basis that this is an act of defama-
tion against them?” There are around 20,000 Jews living in Turkey today, most in the country’s largest city, Istanbul.
Tarantino sells uncut scenes
Director Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino will auction off seven uncut scenes from his landmark 1994 film Pulp Fiction with help from an Israeli company. The segments will only be viewable to the buyer and come with exclusive commentary by the director, said SCRT Labs, the Israeli development company behind the technology.
The scenes will be sold as NFTs, or nonfungible tokens, a medium for digital artwork that has boomed in popularity in the past year. “I’m excited to be presenting these exclusive scenes to fans.” Tarantino said in a statement. “Secret Network and Secret NFTs provide a whole new world of connecting fans and artists and I’m thrilled to be a part of that.”
US SANCTIONS SPYWARE FIRMS
Two Israeli spyware companies were sanctioned last Wednesday for supplying spyware to foreign governments that the US government accused of using the tools to “threaten the rules-based international order”. NSO Group and Candira, two Israel-based companies, were placed on the list of companies sanctioned by the US Department of Commerce along with two other companies based in Russia and Singapore. The department accused the companies of providing spyware to actors who used it “to maliciously target government officials, journalists, businesspeople, activists, academics and embassy workers”. NSO Group is the creator of Pegasus, a spyware that can take over a target’s mobile phone and collect data from it. The companies can no longer use American technologies, although US customers can still purchase their products.
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It will come as a surprise to British Jews that so many of their compatriots know so little about the biggest genocide in human history. We are taught about the Holocaust in abundant detail from a very young age, be it at synagogue or around a Friday night dinner table. Many non-Jews will only encounter the topic for the first time at school, or if they happen upon a particularly highbrow Netflix documentary. That difference is apparent from this week’s Claims Conference survey, which revealed most Britons had a general awareness of the Holocaust – they knew it was a genocide against Jews, for example – but with huge gaps. Most could not correctly say how many people were killed or what exactly the Kindertransport was. It comes at a critical time for Holocaust education, which is rapidly shifting from living history to recorded history. There are fewer survivors still alive with each passing year and fewer still with the strength to tell their tale. That is why it is so important for non-Jewish Britons to better understand what happened in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, and how the UK government responded. As the story of the Holocaust slides out of living memory, it is going to become even harder to tell.
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Annexation and antisemitism In October 1995, in a letter to the then Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Yitzhak Rabin, wrote: “Israel and its government is making every effort to protect the lives of Israelis and Jews not only in Israel, but wherever they may be. That is my solemn promise as prime minister.” He was assassinated the next month. The present prime minister of Israel is committed (as was his immediate predecessor) to forced annexation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, notwithstanding that such a policy is held by the UN Security Council and the international community to be a violation of international law. That this consensus is rejected by the Israeli government is immaterial, for we live in a democratic society of which the Israeli government claims to be a member.
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WELBY’S COMPARISON WAS BEYOND BELIEF I was not only offended by Archbishop Justin Welby comparing the threat of climate change to the rise of the Nazis, but also very surprised that an educated man such as he would use such an analogy. To compare the effects of global warming with the hatred and systematic destruction of six million Jewish people during the Second World War is beyond belief.
Jonathan Goldstein was among the loudest voices speaking out on the antisemitism that infected the Labour Party. In meetings with the leadership. In the media. At every opportunity. It’s this for which his tenure will be remembered most, as well as the united stand the JLC and the Board took at such a challenging moment. A merger that many feel is needed was a step too far but his organisation has continued to lead on many areas of strategic planning even if events in politics meant this could not always be priority number one. When Sir Mick Davis vacated the JLC hot seat four years ago, few gave anyone other than Goldstein a realistic shot. Now the question of who fills his sizeable shoes is a far more open question. Let the race begin.
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The policy of annexation is anathema to the vast majority of the global community, with the possible exception of the evangelical Christian Zionists of the Church of Christ, whose theological tenet is to gather all Jews in Jerusalem, there to be baptised as Christians. One consequence of annexation is a measurable rise in global antisemitism, as the nonJewish community perceives such aggression as a criminal act against a dispossessed, indigenous people who have lived in the region for more than a thousand years. The policy of forced annexation is not only unlawful but repugnant. It should be rejected out of hand. It is no way to build a strong state that is respected by the world.
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STILL NIGHT-TIME ON THE LEFT Mike Katz of the Jewish Labour 10 percent of the parliamenMovement claims that the diftary party – signed an early ference between Corbyn and day motion condemning Israel Starmer’s Labour Party is like for designating six Palestinian night and day (Jewish News, ‘human rights’ organisations as 4 November 2021). Possibly terrorists, despite the available dawn has broken but the sunevidence. Jeremy Corbyn and glasses can stay in his drawer. Labour’s Keir Starmer Pete Willsman remain members The anti-Israel motion overof the party, despite Willsman whelmingly passed at conference contains blaming the Israeli embassy for criticism of 15 lies and, by endorsing the right of return Corbyn’s antisemitism. for all Palestinian refugees, effectively I have no doubt that the vast majority calls for the end of Israel as a Jewish state, of the Jewish community still finds Labour which is antisemitic. unelectable. More recently, 19 Labour MPs – nearly Jonathan Hoffman, N20
Putting faith in our rabbis Hayley Tontovich has come up with an innovative solution to our climate change crisis (Jewish News, 4 November). Putting our faith in leaders of religions at the helm of government institutions to make decisions on such a pressing issue of our times is worth consideration, but does have drawbacks. Some faith leaders have proved to be fallible and corrupt. Potentially, large transfer fees would be required to lure some away from their ex-
isting posts, driving up their income – and maybe shul fees! The consequent surplus of politicians entering the labour market would possibly likely drive down wages. A large training budget would be required to bring faith leaders up to speed on emission targets. There might also be a long list of candidates, including from United, Federation, Masorti, Reform, Liberal and Chabad shuls and from yeshivas. J D Milaric, By email
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Accords will be as dust without Israeli good will ALEX BRUMMER
CITY EDITOR, THE DAILY MAIL
othing more infuriates the British Jewish community than perceived media bias against Israel. It is seen as feeding the anti-Israel of social media, affecting the views of young people and fuelling the hatred of the agitprop left. Matters were not helped by seeming indifference of successive Benjamin Netanyahu governments to UK media in general and the Jewish media in particular. That is why Naftali Bennett’s opinion article in last week’s Jewish News, on his first visit to the UK as prime minister, was so significant. His praise for the inspiration of British Jews was hugely welcome and he knew how important it was to say so. There has been recognition in the UK over the past year of Israel’s amazing achievements in science, technology and the creative industries. This after years of largely being ignored amid the geopolitical eruptions in its noisy neighbourhood. The pace, skill and sensitivity with which
Jerusalem embraced Covid-19 vaccination was seen as the gold standard amid the hesitation of some western nations. Its data was espoused by health professionals across the globe. Not only that because it was ahead of the pack it was also embraced by the IMF and central banks to provide economic guidance when policy, at times, seemed to flying blind. But in June, the clumsy handling of a damaging property dispute in East Jerusalem provided the ammunition to Hamas to launch unprovoked rocket attacks on Israeli citizens and yet another Gaza war. The outcomes of such conflicts are generally predictable; Israel is accused of using overwhelming force, pictures of maimed Palestinian citizens are beamed across the world, Egypt sponsors a peace and Israel’s reputation is left in tatters. What made the 2021 conflict so unconscionable was the havoc it caused in Israel’s mixed cities where Arab and Jewish neighbours came to blows. Flare-ups among Israel's two million Arab minority – partly provoked by right-wing vigilante groups – threatened the very internal stability of the state. This after some heroic
ONLY ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL PARITY WILL HEAL THE WOUNDS action by Israeli Jews and Israeli Palestinians during the pandemic when they worked shoulder to shoulder saving lives. The Bennett-Lapid coalition has managed to heal that hurt. Israeli-Arabs find themselves in government. A budget has passed by the Knesset and record sums have been allocated to Arab mayors in search of a fairer society. The government has recognised the value of propagating a more positive international image. With the assistance of Bicom in the UK and similar organisations across Europe, working with influential journalists, the dialogue is being changed. I was particularly struck by an op-ed by the Financial Times strategic commentator Gideon Rachman. He
pointed to Israel’s well known achievements in high-tech but also argued compellingly that the often ignored Abraham Accords has changed Israel’s self-image. The Gulf nations increasingly have become a safe space for Israeli business and diplomacy. Public global acceptance has long been a struggle for Israel, often the pariah state at the UN. But it will remain elusive unless it can carve out a better relationship with Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. The apartheid and persecution charge made by Human Rights Watch for its treatment of Palestinians in April was a wounding blow. Israel’s efforts to isolate Palestinians through security barriers, separate road systems has made its citizens more secure. But only some kind of economic, social and political parity will heal the wounds and end the allegations of human rights abuses. The Abraham Accords have helped heal the global divide. They will be as dust unless the current coalition can find ways of carving out a better deal with their immediate Abrahamic neighbours. Isn’t that what Abraham himself did more than five millennia ago?
The Royal Court's faux pas was wilful, not unconscious NICOLE LAMPERT JOURNALIST & ACTIVIST
ome Jewish creatives feel they have no choice but to hide their ethnic identity when starting a new job. Others quietly drop friends spouting antisemitic tropes on social media. One actor told me yesterday: “My friends who I have worked with for years, and who consider themselves the good guys, are blind to antisemitism. It broke my heart and I’ve left the arts full time now because of it.” Another said: “I’ve been told to my face by my colleagues that I shouldn’t bring my kids up Jewish as its not fair on them. “The theatre industry collectively rolls their eyes at Jews when we speak out about racism when they, rightly, fall over themselves to stand in solidarity with other marginalised communities.” It is hard to put your head above the parapet when antisemitism remains the acceptable racism; when speaking out against it could lose you work in an insecure industry. No one wants to be seen as the pushy, trouble-making Jew, questioning
HATING JEWS IS THE ONE RACISM PEOPLE ARE STILL ALLOWED IN PROGRESSIVE CIRCLES
people’s assumptions that they are the good guys. The Royal Court Theatre scandal isn’t a one-off.Earlier this year, several Jewish actors resigned from their union, Equity, because of its anti-Zionism – but the incident at the Royal Court was so egregious and so obviously antisemitism – not just antiZionism – that, after the outrage was pointed out on Twitter, it apologised for its, cough, “mistake”. The theatre, which has a history of staging antisemitic work – Perdition and Seven Jewish Children both started there – claimed “unconscious bias” had led to a megalomanic billionaire baddie in its latest production being given the most Jewish of names – Hershel Fink. Now there are certainly a few megalomanic billionaires who do happen to be Jewish; but Elon Musk, upon whom this play is based, isn’t one of them. And when you
watch the show’s trailer about “money, power and land appropriation”, which zooms in on the famously big nose of lead actor Arthur Darvill, you can’t help but think that this is a show that was designed to hone in on the “unconscious bias” of its audience. Or, to be blunt, this was antisemitism encouraging antisemitism. Unconscious bias is a very “progressive” form of racism. It is passive – no one’s fault. But any writer will tell you that the name of a protagonist in a play isn’t generally something you just reach for. There is nothing unconscious about choosing a Jewish name. It was thought about; deliberate. Not only that, but a play is read by dozens, probably hundreds of people before it goes from pen to stage; producers, actors, directors and crew. At a time of rising awareness of racism, how antisemitic does an entire organisation need to be that no one seemed to think this was problematic? Or is it that – as
is rumoured – some people did see it as problematic and their complaints were ignored? In April, the Royal Court signed up to an antiracism organisation called Sour Lemons. There was much patting itself on the back that it would now be even better than before. Its artistic director Vicky Featherstone wrote: “This timely, critical and deep work will help us listen, reflect, learn, grow be challenged, be visibly changed and be held accountable.” But this organisation doesn’t appear to have any Jewish people involved and its founder, Sade Banks, wrote in 2013 that she wanted to “boycott’ companies “to support Palestine”. She added: “There are so many, it makes me feel a bit sick.” Hating Jews is the one racism people are still allowed in progressive circles that tripped over themselves to kneel for Black Lives Matter but happily ignored or even encouraged the antisemitism surrounding Jeremy Corbyn. It is not unconscious but a wilful bias. The Royal Court antisemitism scandal is endemic of an industry, of a section of society, that thinks it is good (good enough to tell the rest of us how to live) but which happily perpetuates the same anti-Jewish tropes as every other antisemite in history.
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A new kind of Israeli politics is still possible SIR MICK DAVIS FORMER CHAIR, JLC
hat the current Israeli government’s ability to pass a budget is such a cause for relief – “a day of celebration” prime minister Naftali Bennett called it – is a sign of just how dysfunctional Israeli politics had become. After all, this was the first time since 2018 that an Israeli government had fulfilled this most basic function. The coalition deserves credit for this. The differences between the coalition partners – left, right, Jewish, Arab – are profound. To see them coming together to shelve their differences in the name of the national interest is a triumph for pragmatism. It offers hope that Israel might now have a government capable of ruling in the long-term strategic interests of the country, rather than serving the narrow tactical interests of recent years, lurching from one short-term political crisis to the next. As coalition architect and foreign minister Yair Lapid put it: “The country is no longer on
hold, it’s back in the right place, where it works for the citizens and not the other way around.” For too long, Israel’s deadlocked parliament created stagnation and paralysis, eroding the foundations of democratic governance and proving incapable of addressing the country’s strategic needs. Despite its political mantra, it was unable to make Israel safer from the outside – the new government inherited a region with Iran closer than ever to a bomb – or from within, as demonstrated by the explosion of violence between Jews and Arabs this year. In terms of Israel’s relationship with diaspora Jews, the previous government exported antagonism and polarisation to Jewish communities around the world. Prime minister Bennett, an Orthodox Jew, appears determined to undo this damage, writing last week: “There’s no Orthodox Jew, Conservative Jew, Reform Jew; we’re all Jews.” Compare and contrast. His secular Jewish predecessor in the PM’s office, on the other hand, dusting himself down from Knesset defeat, shared a tweet by Shas leader Aryeh Deri calling on people to pray at the Kotel so “this
holy place will not be desecrated”, a reference to Conservative and Reform egalitarian prayer. Meanwhile, just months after the divisions between Jews and Arabs demonstrated the existential threat of sectarian hatred to Israeli society, Netanyahu was bemoaning the US$9 billion investment in infrastructure for Arab communities as an “Abbas tax”. Never mind he had courted Mansour Abbas’ Islamist Ra’am party and would have “paid up” with alacrity. Again, the contrast is clear. The current government, just by passing a budget, has demonstrated a will to survive, not by inflaming
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and manipulating divisions, but by finding compromises and building a consensus between disparate parties. But bigger tests are to come. It remains to be seen, for instance, how a government that includes Meretz and Bennett’s Yamina party can advance action to address the conflict with the Palestinians. Within Israel, the government needs to address major challenges in advancing the cause of employment and inclusion across every constituent sector of Israel’s society. It needs to be innovative in promoting equality and proper investment in communities still affected by prejudice and past trauma, respecting the Jewish character of the state while creating a culture of equality and inclusion for Israel’s minorities. The fact that for the first time, Israel’s ruling coalition includes an Arab party is a welcome start. Much more remains to be done to make clear the state respects its Muslim and Christian minorities. But for now, some optimism is justified. Israel’s new government has passed its first major test. It seems that a new kind of government might just be possible.
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Education is our only vaccine against hatred NADHIM ZAHAWI, MP EDUCATION SECRETARY
have just returned from an emotional and humbling visit to Poland, where I joined an international delegation to visit Auschwitz. I stood before those awful gates; I bowed my head in sorrow at the scale of human suffering and came home with a steely resolve. I vowed that whatever else I accomplish in my job as education secretary, I will do my utmost to make sure we stamp out the scourge of antisemitism in our education settings once and for all. The Holocaust remains one of the most significant events in human history. And schools have a duty to make sure the next generation never forgets what happened 76 years ago, so that each one can pledge anew, never again. I am writing with some experience of what it is to live in fear. My family lived in Iraq and had to tiptoe around in a police state where torture and executions were all too common. If my parents had not packed our bags one night and taken flight to this country, who knows whether any of us would have survived. One of the most inspiring speakers at the delegation was the Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, Yisrael Meir Lau. We both echoed the wise adage that all that is necessary for evil to flourish is that good men do nothing. But as Rabbi Lau said, silence should not have been an option then and it is not an
ANTISEMITISM, RACISM AND INTOLERANCE STILL EXIST – WE CANNOT LOOK AWAY option now. We must all be brave enough to speak up. The scenes we witnessed in London this week when the Israeli ambassador was intimidated by protestors is unacceptable. It was harassment, not free speech, and it will have deeply shaken Jewish students and the wider community. It is proof that antisemitism, racism and intolerance still exist and we simply cannot look away as this kind of prejudice and extremism go unchecked. I expect all our schools, colleges and universities to challenge any kind of intolerant or bullying behaviour and take a strong stand not just against antisemitism but against all forms of discrimination. My predecessor Gavin Williamson wrote to all our education settings last year reminding them of their responsibilities and urging them to crack down on antisemitism. One of the things he requested was that universities should consider adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism. People might wonder what use is a definition, isn’t it just lip service? The answer is no, it isn’t. Antisemitism is not simply a matter of historical debate, but a real and present
danger that exists today and sadly on our campuses. By signing up to a definition of what it is, a university sends a clear signal that it takes these issues seriously. But even more importantly, it enables universities to spot antisemitism and intolerance when they occur and to do something about it quickly. The Office for Students (OfS) has published a list of colleges and universities that have already adopted the definition and I am very pleased to say that considerable progress has been made since last year. A total of 216 higher education institutions in England, which includes 95 universities, have signed up. If universities do not take action to meet expectations for preventing and tackling
harassment during this academic year I may well ask the OfS to explore whether further action can be taken. For school communities, our Educate Against Hate website gives teachers the kind of resources and support they need to challenge radical views and keep children safe, including from online extremist influences. This is bolstered by a network of education officers, who are on hand to give support and guidance to education settings across the country to safeguard any young person who is in danger of becoming radicalised. Sadly, the Holocaust did not end persecution. There are still too many vicious and bloodthirsty conflicts, where a generation mourns mothers and sons, fathers and daughters, who have been lost. Earlier this week was the anniversary of Kristallnacht, when the Nazis destroyed 1,406 synagogues with many burned to the ground and thousands of Jews murdered. Virtually no media outlets reported on it at the time. The world stayed silent. Let’s | not stay silent. Education is the vaccine against antisemitism.
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Ten years after her death, Amy Winehouse is making film the focus of Jewish Book Week, writes Brigit Grant
his week, the dress Amy Winehouse wore for her final stage performance sold for £180,000 at an auction of items from her estate. Pairs of her pink ballet slippers went for up to £14,000 and the bag she took to the Brits in 2007 fetched £152,000. That the tragic singer’s belongings can command such sums 10 years after her death is testament to her iconic status and the ongoing fascination with her life and lyrics. Her songs, the words of which are known by heart by so many, have won multiple awards, including an Ivor Novello, and her single, Love is a Losing Game, is studied within the English syllabus at Cambridge University. Now the enduring lyric laureate is the focus of a Jewish Book Week event shaped by the groundbreaking BBC documentary series Arena. Amy Winehouse: The Day She Came To Dingle is one of 60 films of Jewish interest that Arena’s editor, Anthony Wall, came across while looking back at an epic collection of 600 films in the BBC archive. Graciously, Wall then offered some of the incredible films about Jewish iconoclasts such as Art Spiegelman, Isaac Bashevis Singer and Peter Sellers to Jewish Book Week (JBW), organisers of which seized the opportunity to shift the usual panel format discussion away from books and instead use film as the text for the conversation. As producer of this breakaway JBW series, former BBC director Laura Granditer is thrilled to be resurrecting the documentaries. “All the films are gems and really unique, as they reflect not just the artist, but the times in which they were made,” says Laura, who
founded her production company Immediate Films in 2002. “Anthony’s judgment and insight really defined the Arena catalogue and he is curating the JBW series with executive producer Anne Webber, who has been involved with Jewish Book Week all her life. It’s been wonderful working with them.” The film Amy Winehouse: The Day She Came To Dingle captures the singer at the peak of her powers, performing an intimate acoustic gig in St James’ Church, County Kerry, in 2006. The performance for Other Voices Live took place before her album Back to Black went stratospheric and is juxtaposed with Amy talking about music that inspired her. Available to watch before the online panel discussion, Amy Winehouse: Songs, Style & St James’ Church, and for seven days after, Laura thinks the Dingle documentary is the perfect catalyst for conversation between people who were deeply involved in Amy’s musical life and experience. “Robert Elms is chairing the panel and claims to be the first person to have played Amy’s music live on air, because he is a really good friend of her father, Mitch,” explains Laura. “Apparently they met at the Porchester Baths or something like that and Mitch would tell Robert how amazing his daughter was and gave him the CD that ended up on BBC Radio. Then there’s Dale Davis, her bass player and then musical arranger, who remembers being blown away the first time he heard her sing at the Notting Hill Carnival. and Other Voices founder Phillip King.” Last, but most definitely least on the panel is Amy’s close friend and stylist Naomi Parry, who designed the dress that sold on Monday and has just launched Beyond Black, a coffee table tome, which is the ultimate 10th anni-
versary tribute. Full of images of memorabilia, lyric sheets and anecdotes interspersed with personal reflections by friends, colleagues and fans, the book works well as a visual accompaniment to a new exhibition – Amy: Beyond the Stage,, which opens at the Design Museum on 26 November. With her striking image, virtuoso voice and gut-churning lyrics, Amy Winehouse will always be in fashion, but the launch of the book and the upcoming exhibition are timely for Laura. “Amy Winehouse: The Day She Came To Dingle reveals so much and I love the idea of looking at films as artifacts in their own right. To bring these films to Jewish Book Week is such a brilliant concept because it allows us to think about literacy and culture in a broader sense,” she says. Keep a look out for more at Arena Jewish Book Week from now until March. Amy Winehouse: Songs, Style & St James’ Church airs on Zoom on 16 November. Visit www.jewishbookweek.com for tickets
The dress Amy wore during her last show in Belgrade, above, and two pairs of her ballet shoes
Amy with friend and stylist Naomi Parry. Left: Naomi’s book about the singer features tributes and anecdotes
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Obsessed with the power, politics and madness of Succession? Well, the series has finally found its Jewish boots in Season 3. Adrien Brody’s arrival as wealthy investor Josh Aaronson was heralded by a giant mezuzah on the door of his island retreat. No spoilers here but, as always, we like to identify the ‘chosen’ in every show. In Succession, status is determined by one’s closeness to Waystar mogul Logan Roy (Brian Cox). so take nachas from Jewish actor Peter Clockwise from top: Peter Friedman with the Roy family, Natalie Gold, Friedman playing his COO and long-time confidant Frank Vernon and Fisher Stevens Adrien Brody and Fisher Stevens (born Steven Fisher) as Hugo Baker, head of senior communications. With Natalie Gold as Rava Roy – Kendall’s long-suffering ex – and Jewish American essayist Frank Hart Rich Jr as an executive producer, we’re well represented. But the faith connection doesn’t end there. Succession’s creator, Jesse Armstrong of Peep Show fame, not only used Rupert Murdoch as inspiration for Logan Roy, but also New York Times publisher Arthur Ochs ‘Punch’ Sulzberger.
Succession is on Sky Atlantic
Raising the Roof Aberdeen Synagogue has published a fundraising cookbook, which includes more than 200 recipes from contributors worldwide. Each recipe contained in Aberdeen Synagogue: Recipes to Save a Roof, comes with its own story and the book will be officially launched at an online event next Wednesday, 17 November at 7.30pm. Speakers include Amanda Bowman, vice president of the Board of Deputies; Ethel Hofman, author of Mackerel at Midnight, Growing up Jewish on the Shetland Isles, and Nava Levy of Nava’s Kitchen, Sydney. To attend the launch, email: vicepresident. firstname.lastname@example.org To download the e-cookbook for a donation of £12.99, visit: payhip.com/b/ Lhbgu
Double Trouble Two Jewish icons are pitching up in Highgate. Well, kind of. Barbra Streisand and Joan Rivers reunite in The Funny Girls, which is now Upstairs at The Gatehouse. Streisand’s mother has come to see her on stage and Streisand knows she will criticise and dump on her dreams. It’s up to Rivers to talk her into going on stage, to become the star she will surely be. As there is an agent in to see the show, it’s River’s big chance; she will get Streisand on stage come hell or high water. Fast forward 10 years: Streisand, now a huge star is playing Vegas – and Rivers, the toast of The Tonight Show, comes to visit. Mia Tomlinson as Rivers and Rosanna Harris as Streisand have big boots to fill. www.upstairsatthegatehouse.com Until 21 November, 020 8340 3488
The One about Shabbat
Shtisel had us all searching for Israeli shows that warmed the kishkas and that hunt continues. For those who have not yet caught Srugim, the series about five Modern Orthodox singletons navigating the pitfalls of their Jerusalem love lives, it’s now available on www.izzy.streamisrael.tv. With Shtisel Shtisel’s executive producer responsible for the first episode, this Friends-style series only gets better.
Salsa Story A Jewish woman of Iranian-Canadian descent embarks on a soul-searching adventure to Cuba and falls for a handsome young ballet dancer who teaches Salsa. Then come the obstacles. Suitably intrigued? Then book to see Sin La Habana,, which is the UK Jewish Film Festival’s closing
night gala showing at Picturehouse Central next Thursday, 18 November. Director Kaveh Nabatian, who also made the awardwinning doc Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything, picked up Best Film at the Vancouver International Film Festival with this movie that explores migration and ambition in an original love story. View at https://watch.eventive. org/ukjewishfilm
This Month In Jewish History... By Jewish News’ historian, Derek Taylor
In November 2005, Harold Pinter (1930-2008) was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was too ill to attend the ceremony, but he used his pre-recorded lecture to attack the Americans over Iraq. Born in Hackney to an Eastern European emigrant Jewish tailor, Pinter became one of the most distinguished post-war playwrights with Sleuth, The Birthday Party and The Caretaker among his work, as well as many films, including The Servant and Accident. A controversial character, he was very left-wing, attacking the Israelis over the Palestinians and supporting the peace movement. Pinter was awarded a CBE and made a Companion of Honour in 2002. He died aged 78 from cancer.
Fun fact: Jews have received more than 200 Nobel Prizes out of 900 given. Pro rata to their percentage of the world’s population they should have been awarded two!
11 November 2021 Jewish News
JN LIFE THE
Angie Jacobs bites into six of the best kosher burgers in town
BALAGAN, Borehamwood I’m usually a shawarma gal and, as there’s only one way to tackle anything in pitta, I deployed the same strategy to my spicy burger. Picking it up in both hands, I ended up wearing most of the relish. But did I care? Nope; it was delicious. Too busy chewing for rational thought, my husband summed it up as “meaty and lean”. For once he was right. Verdict: Delicious
BURGER BAR, Hendon Fifteen burgers to choose from here and I went for a New Yorker, which comes with all manner of pickles, fried onions and mayo. The pièce de résistance, though, has to be the salami (or vushct, with a ‘v’ as we call it up north). This bad boy came with a knife and my companion advised me to use it, along with the fork. I did, but greedy guts novice that I am, I cut off more than I could chew and ended up with a large piece of the bun stuck to the roof of my mouth. I worked away at it steadily with my tongue, nodding and sighing as my friend told me funny stories about her kids. Finally it budged. Verdict: Tasty
SOYO DINER, Golders Green It was hard to choose here as there were eight extremely interesting-sounding burgers on the menu. Was I getting bored of burgers? Was I heck. I went for a Soyo Bomber Burger that came with smoky barbecued Balagan pulled beef and mild-smoked paprika. This was a lot of food and it arrived with the kitchen knife in it again. Polishing it off without a problem, I even got one of my five a day with the
Kosher Burger Off
generous slice of tomato. Verdict: Fab
experience. The relishes came on the side and she also told me what to put where (in the nicest possible way). Reubens was the DELICATESSEN, only restaurant that asked how we Hampstead wanted our burgers cooked and This was a lunchtime we both went for medium-to-welldate with my son. The staff done and were not disappointed. were delightful and brought us Soyo Diner No chips meant I could concentrate on starters, too. Would I be able to eat the star of the show. They sure know what my burger after the lovely hummus to do with meat at that place. masabacha and golden cauliflower? Well I think Verdict: Excellent you know the answer, although I could only pick at the hand-pulled chips. What with the little-known, but genius, topping of merguez and the 300g patty, KASA BAR AND GRILL, I had to agree with my boy – this was truly a ‘beast’. Hampstead Garden Suburb Verdict: Totally gorgeous. Only managed toast I took my daughter along to this meat for supper, which is unheard of treat. She has a different and slower eating style to the rest of the family, but I knew she would REUBENS, Baker Street get the job done. We both went for the House A burger at the restaurant famous for salt Burger – I ordered mine with fried onions and beef? Would I have FOMO? No, because they she, in true millennial fashion, chose onions and do a burger topped with salt fried aubergines. I’d nearly finished mine by the beef. No knife this time, time she’d even organised hers. I asked for a but my experienced description; “Hearty,” she replied, more interested companion gave me a in the food than my review. good tip – cut it in four. Verdict: Juicy This was great advice and Six of the best? Pah! provided a Bring on the Dirty Reubens much cleaner Dozen.
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Rothschild. We know the name. We know about the men, but what about the ladies? Sandy Rashty talks to the author of a new book focused on the females of the famous family
efore there was Stella McCartney, there was Miriam Rothschild,” says Natalie Livingstone, author of The Women of Rothschild, which highlights the vital, but untold, contributions made by the ladies in one of history’s most important families. While much has been written about the men behind the successful Jewish family banking empire, less is known about the ladies in their lives. “Miriam was my standout character,” says Natalie (pictured) of the 20th century scientist. “There was nothing she did not do. She was an environmentalist who refused to wear leather. She even wore Wellington boots to Buckingham Palace. “Mental health affected her family. She was very ahead of her time, especially when she used her knowledge to say that mental health should be treated with the same scientific principles as physical health.” Speaking from her home in Notting Hill, Natalie is passionate about every Rothschild woman’s story she has told. Since she began writing her book five years ago, she has been “completely gripped” by the achievements made and influences held by the women in the prominent family – but simultaneously shocked by how little is publicly known about them. “The women were these incredible characters, in a parallel but separate world,” Natalie
Mayer Amschel Rothschild
“I went back to says. “Traditionally, history the cradle, the place has been written by men, where the family but the letters and diaries The Rothschild family home in Fankfurt came from,” she of women were not archived recalls. “There was sewage, filth and disease. carefully. There were densely populated streets, ter“Sometimes they were lost, forgotten or rible deprivation and exclusion. even burnt. It was deliberate on some occa“Yet in one generation they had become sions and careless on others.” the wealthiest Jewish family in the world. Intrigued, she booked a flight to visit the You cannot have an understanding of the site of the former Judengasse – the Frankfurt Rothschild family without going to Frankfurt. ghetto that was once home to Gutle and “The Rothschild name is associated with Mayer Amschel Rothschild. They set up dazzling wealth, fine wines and beautiful the family banking business in the late 18th houses. No one thinks the story originates in century and eventually passed it on to the the ghetto.” Rothschild sons. Having sifted through documents, letters, archives and even spoken to members of the notable family, she hopes to raise awareness of just how much the women did – in some cases, using their soft power and hosting abilities to influence key developments in spheres ranging from art and politics and sport. “They did their duty as wives, mothers and educators, but they also found other avenues to weave in extraordinary contributions in a dignified and erudite way,” she says. Of British peer Jacob Rothschild and writer Hannah Rothschild, Natalie says: “They have been amazing – so supportive.” In fact, Hannah was the first person to read the completed manuscript. Natalie, the granddaughter of a Holocaust Miriam Rothschild survivor, is also keen to highlight the way the and Hannah Rothschild
Rothschild women used their position to promote the interests of the community, retaining a strong Jewish identity. Of the Rothschild family today, she says: “They are still communal leaders and do a huge amount of charity work. They can be seen in many areas of Jewish philanthropy and they make contributions to Israel.” It is not the first time that Natalie, 44 – who has three daughters aged 18, 15 and five with British property developer Ian Livingstone – has written about influential society women. After her family bought the scandalhit Cliveden House, Natalie delved into the stories of the women whose portraits were hanging on the walls. She went on to write her bestseller, The Mistresses of Cliveden. In July 2015, she invited historian Andrew Roberts to Scott’s in Mayfair for lunch, to thank him for his positive review of that book in the Evening Standard newspaper. It was at this ‘important’ lunch that the idea for this project on the Rothschild women was born, focussing on her interest in women’s stories and Jewish history. Now Natalie, founder and chair of the Cliveden Literary festival, is planning to write a biography on Miriam Rothschild. It would seem that she is on a mission to uncover stories of heroines beyond fairytales. “I don’t think we need to look that hard,” Natalie says. “They are there. We just need to look in different places and in different archives.”
The Women of Rothschild: The Untold Story of the World’s Most Famous Dynasty by Natalie Livingstone is published by John Murray, priced £25 (hardback)
11 November 2021 Jewish News
Who can play a JEW ?
With the role of Golda Meir going to Helen Mirren and Ruth Bader-Ginsburg to Felicity Jones, more voices are asking why identity politics in casting doesn’t seem to apply to Jews, writes Amy Spiro
hile promoting her starring role in Amazon Prime’s extraordinarily Jewish show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, actress Rachel Brosnahan was asked a version of the same question over and over again: Are you Jewish? The answer is a decided no, but Brosnahan gamely brushed off the query repeatedly, noting that she was surrounded by Jewish culture growing up in a heavily Jewish suburb of Chicago. When the show premiered in 2017, there was only a little bit of noise about Brosnahan’s lack of Jewish credentials as the star of one of arguably the most Jewish shows ever to hit the small screen. Miriam “Midge” Maisel is not incidentally Jewish; she jokes about Yom Kippur and summers in the Catskills, and gossips in the synagogue pews. But over the past few weeks and months, a growing chorus of voices has once again been speaking out about Jewish representation in Hollywood – at a time when Jewish stories and characters are more prominent than ever on screen. Many are pointing out that while casting directors are becoming more and more careful not to miscast minority roles – relating not just to race but disability, sexual orientation and more – Jewish characters are still regularly, if not predominantly, played
Helen Mirren will play Israeli prime minister Golda Meir
Felicity Jones portrays the late Ruth Bader-Ginsburg
wiby non-Jews. And that it has virtually always been this way. “If you’re interested in this topic and this topic is really meaningful – and I think it is meaningful to the Jewish community – then the conversation has never lapsed,” Malina Saval, a Los Angeles-based features editor for Variety, told The Times of Israel. “People who care about this haven’t stopped talking about it, and I don’t think we will.” The most recent backlash was kicked off by news that Kathryn Hahn will play the legendary comedian Joan Rivers in an upcoming Showtime miniseries. But the practice is commonplace and well-trodden: Helen Mirren was cast as Golda Meir in an upcoming film, Felicity Jones portrayed Ruth Bader-Ginsburg in On the Basis of Sex, Wendi McLendon-Covey played Beverly Goldberg in The Goldbergs and significant chunks of the cast of Jewish-centric shows such as Hunters, The Plot Against America and Transparent are not of Jewish descent. One of the few characters not played by Seth Rogen in the Jewish-steeped and brined film An American Pickle is played by the nonJewish Sarah Snook. While the issue has been discussed for some time, the conversation hit a new peak in recent weeks. Two of the most prominent voices speaking out against the phenomenon are comedians Sarah Silverman and David Baddiel, on their respective sides of the ocean. Silverman, with more than 12 million followers on Twitter alone, reiterated in no uncertain terms last month how she feels on the topic. Today, when “the importance of representation is seen as so essential, and so front and centre, why does ours constantly get breached, even today, in the thick of it?” she asked. “One could argue, for instance, that a gentile playing Joan Rivers correctly would be doing what is actually called ‘Jewface’.” The comedian and actress, whose sister lives in Israel, added: “I think acting is acting and I get that all this identity politics is annoying. I love watching an actor play a character that is wildly different to who they are – but right now, representation f*****g matters. So it has to finally also matter for Jews as well.” The conversation is a nuanced one: Can only Jews play Jewish characters? Isn’t acting a profession based on portraying someone other than yourself? And where does the line get drawn? Could Jewish actors no longer play non-Jewish characters? Tony Shalhoub, the actor of Christian Lebanese descent who plays the very Jewish Abe Weissman on The Marvelous
The non-Jewish actress Rachel Brosnahan plays the very Jewish Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel
Mrs. Maisel, pushed back against the recent outcry. simply is the case that minority “I always feel that we’re parts have to be played by actors actors,” he told The New from that minority… So if Jews York Post last month. are somehow exempt from “We were trained to – at that stricture, you have to least I was – to not play ask why? And the answer is: myself, to play characters. because Jews don’t count.” And so it’s troubling to me Baddiel suggested that, that they’re limiting actors.” when it comes to casting Baddiel – whose recent minorities in the roles of book, Jews Don’t Count, tackles minority characters, the issue is this issue as one of the many often less about accuracy but instances where he believes “respect”. discrimination against “It’s brilliantly summed up Jews is ignored or by the deaf actress Marlee minimised in ways that Matlin, who said recently it is not against other ‘Deaf is not a costume,’” minorities – said comsaid Baddiel. “The true lived ments like Shalhoub’s are reality of being deaf can missing the point. perhaps only be portrayed by “Neither myself nor Sarah someone who is deaf, otherwise Silverman think anything else it is only an impression, and impresbut [that] we should let actors sion can blur easily into what can David Baddiel, top, act,” Baddiel told The Times of and Sarah Silverman feel like mockery. Israel in a recent exchange. “In an “So the question must then ideal world, everyone could play anyone. be asked: If deaf is not a costume, why In the world where we live, more and more, is Jewishness?”
Jewish News 11 November 2021
Business / Checkout-free shopping
With Candice Krieger
SEAMLESS SHOPPING IS THE FUTURE OF RETAIL As Tesco opens its first till-less store, the marketing director of the Israeli company behind the technology tells Candice Krieger why this is a win-win for everyone
the benefits of seamless esco’s first checkoutshopping. free store opened “It won’t be long before in London last all major retailers are month powjumping on the wagon ered by Israeli and adapting their technology. operational model.” Shoppers at the supermarThe Holborn ket’s GetGo store in Holborn store is Trigo’s second can now buy groceries without with Tesco, following the need to scan them or visit a till. a trial of a similar one in They just “walk out” and the receipt the retailer’s head office is sent digitally within seconds. in Welwyn Garden City, The technology has been developed and is indicative of the way by Trigo. Headquartered in Tel Aviv and Shay Ziv of Trigo the industry is heading. founded by brothers Michael and Daniel Gabay, Trigo provides grocery stores with Amazon Fresh now has six “just walk out” stores in London, having initially rolled out the tech‘frictionless’ checkout and digitised solutions. Shay Ziv, Trigo’s director of marketing, nology in 2018 in the US. Trigo’s ‘EasyOut’ works like this: Shopbelieves automated checkout is the future of retail. He says: “Retailers are realising this. Now pers download the Tesco.com app scanning that we have big players such as Tesco, REWE a QR code to check in to the store. Cameras in and Aldi adopting these new systems, this will the ceiling and weight sensors in the shelves provide enough data and evidence to prove work with AI technology to track an individ-
Tesco’s first checkout-free store
ual’s movement around the store, monitoring the items they pick up. The bill is charged to their Tesco account and the receipt sent to their device within 30 seconds. Trigo’s GDPR-compliant AI solution anonymises a shopper’s movement and product choice. No biometric or facial recognition data are gathered or analysed. The Tesco partnership is an important milestone for Trigo, and Shoppers download the app and scan in a QR code for the retail industry as a whole. Ziv says: “There’s no doubt cutting-edge tech mastered the elite Talpiot programme, gaining is paving the way for the future of retail, but dig- various degrees in math and physics. Ziv, who joined Trigo last year, has nearly a ital transformation takes time. However, once the initial stores have been converted, the pro- decade of experience in designing and building disrupting products and go-to-market stratecess will become faster and easier. “We are confident seamless shopping is the gies. He has worked in key positions at BDO future of retail – after all, efficiency is a positive consulting group, Designit and KIK Interactive. He says the Covid pandemic has “absolutely” thing for everyone.” Trigo was founded in 2018 with a simple highlighted the need for seamless checkouts. “The health crisis has created intense presmission: To accelerate the digitisation of store spaces transforming traditional shopping into a sure to implement technologies that will do away with lines and crowding,” he explains. new-and-improved seamless experience. “Michael and Daniel saw that the checkout “There has been a sharp increase in demand element in shopping became a pain point for smart/contactless check-out systems and within the grocery retail experience,” explains seamless shopping solutions. “Ultimately, our solution reduces physical Ziv. Trigo addresses these, reshaping existing supermarkets into efficient, fully autonomous contact and enables a safe, secure and streamlined shopping experience that’s a win-win digital superstores.” The company, which has raised $104 mil- for retailers and consumers. Where there is lion (£77m) to date, is operational in super- demand, supply will meet it. We aim to be at the market chain REWE, in Germany, Aldi Nord forefront of these innovations.” How long before all physical retailers have in the Netherlands and now Tesco, with plans to expand into other European locations in the a seamless automated checkout? “It’s hard to say, but not long,” he reckons. “The next step is coming months. CEO Michael Gabay has more than 15 years a widespread use of autonomous in combinaof experience leading technology development tion of hybrid supermarkets offering both tradigroups, and managing dozens of cutting- edge, tional and seamless checkout systems. “As this shift becomes more prevalent, cusmultidisciplinary research projects in the intelligence corps of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). tomers will be more familiar with these new Daniel is the CTO and chief scientist behind shopping techniques and more inclined to adapt all of Trigo’s key breakthroughs and inventions to them, and retailers will be ready to meet this in computer vision and machine learning. He change in demand with solutions such as ours.” managed key scientific projects in the IDF and www.trigo.tech
11 November 2021 Jewish News
Torah For Today
What the Torah says about: Alec Baldwin
BY RABBI ALEX CHAPPER Everyone has dreams, some more memorable than others. One of the most famous dreams is recorded in the Torah – Jacob sees a ladder reaching up to heaven with angels ascending and descending on it. I am sure Freud would have enjoyed analysing it, and the commentators offer many explanations of it, but let us focus on Jacob’s reaction on awaking from his sleep. As if he has made a remarkable personal discovery, he says: “God was in this place but I did not know it.” What did Jacob suddenly realise that triggered him to make this statement? To appreciate it, we need to view the Sedra as one long account of the difficulties he encounters. He has to escape from his brother Esau; working for Laban, he is tricked into marrying Leah and Rachel; he and his family are pursued by his fatherin-law, who accuses them of theft. Jacob could have been forgiven
for thinking that God, who had protected Abraham and Isaac, had abandoned him. It is only after his dream that he understands that, even in the depths of despair, God is with him – not only then, but at all times. In all circumstances, God’s providence, although not clearly apparent, is constantly at work. Jacob, as we all do, struggles with this concept, but concludes that spirituality is not some ‘way out’ theory, God is not an abstract, at best to be dreamed of in heaven but not to be found on Earth, never to be encountered in our lives. God’s trace is in everything we experience. So in times of national or personal difficulty, upset or uncertainty, Jacob’s legacy is the knowledge that, even if it is not immediately evident, God’s guiding hand is constantly at work, His help is always nearby and we are not alone. ◆ Alex Chapper is Senior Rabbi at Borehamwood & Elstree Synagogue
BY RABBI ZVI SOLOMONS There is a curious idea in the Torah of cities of refuge. The Torah tells us that, on conquering Israel, we are to set up three such cities on either side of the Jordan River, so a person committing accidental manslaughter can flee there. The avenger (a relative of the dead victim) can kill the perpetrator if he leaves the area of the city prior to the death of the High Priest, when they are released from their limitation; but at least they are not executed for murder. It seems to me that Alec Baldwin falls into this kind of category. He did not intend to kill Halyna Hutchins, nor anyone; yet he pointed what he was assured was a ‘cold’ gun at another human being. The carelessness and sloppiness of the arms use on set have come under intense scrutiny. The liability of those dealing with the weapons is likely to be high.
The rule to never point a weapon at another person, even in jest, is a vital one. Baldwin is culpable in that respect. He is an unwilling manslaughterer and, in ancient times, might have taken refuge in one of those cities. I have no doubt the lawyers will shortly be casting damages suits, which is also provided for under the Torah. There has, of course, been a criminal investigation.
The worst aspect is that the victims include the unwitting perpetrator. His conscience must be hurting badly in the wake of the killing. Perhaps his own sense of horror and guilt will act as a form of punishment; the publicity, certainly, is a potent warning to anyone wishing to use weapons when shooting films. ◆ Rabbi Zvi Solomons serves JCoB, the Jewish Community of Berkshire
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.
Jewish News 11 November 2021
The Bible Says What? ‘Cover up your excrement!’
The importance of memory is vital to our Judaism
BY RABBI NAOMI GOLDMAN If you want evidence that the whole of life is in the Torah, then you can find it in Deuteronomy 23, which explains in some detail how to deal with going to the loo while living a nomadic existence, or in a military camp, largely outdoors and without modern plumbing. “You shall have a place outside the camp where you may relieve yourself. With your weaponry you shall have a spade, and when you have squatted you shall dig a hole with it and cover up your excrement.” (Deut 23:13-14) Toilet talk in the Torah may come as a surprise, but it shouldn’t. Judaism believes in embodied spirituality, that every part of us is holy. There is no part of our lives that isn’t connected to our relationship with God and an ethical life. If we want to be a holy community, we have to sort out our sanitation first. What we do in the toilet counts in other ways, too. With climate
change on our minds after COP26, one way we can protect our forests is to buy toilet rolls made from recycled paper rather than virgin wood pulp. If we are trying to repair our world and fulfill our responsibilities to the environment and to our planet, then we need to look at every aspect of our lives, even the smellier bits. The Torah goes on to say that since God moves about in our camp to protect us, our camp needs to be holy. Nachmanides comments that you shouldn’t pray in sight of excrement – not because there’s anything wrong with it, but because it might lead to negativity in the soul and disturb your concentration. As long as it’s covered properly, that’s okay. Body and soul are always interconnected. Just make sure you flush before you pray!
◆ Rabbi Naomi Goldman serves Kol Chai Hatch End
BY RABBI CHARLEY BAGINSKY “Only guard yourself and guard your soul carefully, lest you forget the things your eyes saw and lest these things depart your heart all the days of your life. And you shall make them known to your children and to your children’s children.” (Deuteronomy 4:9.) At 11am this Sunday, a twominute silence will be observed all over the country – including in our Progressive Judaism buildings and offices. Our silence on Remembrance Sunday is a tribute to all those who lost their lives fighting for our country in the two world wars and later conflicts. In a modern age where everything is instant and we are often glued to our phones and devices, this is a rare opportunity when the world will stand still… even if just for those 120 seconds. We should put thoughts of work or worries aside for that small amount of
time and use it as the day is intended – to reflect and remember. In Judaism, there is a very clear sense of the importance of memory. Zachor (‘you shall remember’) is repeated nearly 200 times in our Torah, with both God and the Jewish people commanded to do so. We must remember the Sabbath, remember the covenant, remember the Exodus from Egypt and so on. It is not only our duty to remember ourselves, but also to pass on our knowledge and history to our children and grandchildren. This is especially true when we think of Remembrance Sunday. We now
have with us the last generation of British Jews who will have had any experience of the Second World War. It is vital we hear their testimonies. Not only those who fled here as children, escaping the Nazis, but those were already in Britain and whose parents will have fought in the war. The reason why remembrance is so vital in Judaism is twofold. Firstly it is to learn about what took place but, more importantly, it is to inspire action for the future. As we stand silent on Sunday, it is the ideal time to think about where we have come from and where we are going. And as we remember all those service people, including those from our Jewish community, who have died in war – we ask for their memory to be a blessing and for the day to come when such sacrifices will no longer be needed. ◆ Rabbi Charley Baginsky is CEO of Liberal Judaism
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Teacher of Modern Hebrew (Ivrit)
Jami is a mental health charity that enriches and saves lives impacted by mental illness and distress in the Jewish community.
MPS(1-6, Inner London)
Demand for our services is increasing and in 2021 we developed a strategy that will allow our services to grow, and secure the community’s future mental health provision.
Contract: 3 days per week Start Date: Immediate
Are you an inspiring teacher that enjoys challenging highly motivated students? If you are looking for a new challenge and are passionate about Languages with a desire to empower children to exceed expectations, this could be the school for you. We are looking to appoint a teacher of Ivrit to join our successful department. You must be a good communicator, able to teach Ivrit at Key Stage Three. You must be fluent in English and able to inspire young people to love Ivrit.
One key development is to establish a service for young people of secondary school age, where there is currently a stark gap in provision for our community. We are recruiting a number of roles to work as part of a new multi-skilled team.
The successful applicant will be a hardworking and enthusiastic professional with excellent subject knowledge.
Social Worker, Children & Young Person’s Service
We would welcome applicants who: • Are driven to engage and work with enthusiastic and committed students • Currently are or have the potential to be an outstanding practitioner in teaching Ivrit • Have excellent subject knowledge that extends across all key stages
Occupational Therapist, Children & Young Person’s Service
JFS is a co-educational inclusive, modern, orthodox Jewish school that strives to produce welleducated, faithful and proud Jews who will be responsible and contributing members of society. JFS is a truly wonderful school. This is clear from our stunning annual public examination results which see us consistently placed in the top five schools in the country outside the independent sector. Our modern campus is on a 26-acre greenfield site with a welcoming inclusive and warm, caring family environment. JFS was re-accredited with Investors in People status and achieved the Gold Award. Closing date for applications: noon Friday, 19 November 2021 Interview to be held: Thursday, 25 November 2021 JFS shall reserve the right to shortlist candidates and interview prior to the closing date. Please note, it is not part of JFS' recruitment process to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants at the application stage.
Wellbeing Practitioner, Children & Young Person’s Service £25-£28k pa*
For full role descriptions and how to apply, visit
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Please note CVs alone will not be accepted We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment. The appointment will be subject to pre-employment checks, including satisfactory Enhanced Level DBS clearance.
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Our trusty team of advisers answers your questions about everything from law and finance to dating and dentistry. This week: Benefits of an authorised financial services firm, private healthcare cover trimmings and making aliyah e.g. our sister company, Richdale Brokers and Financial Services Ltd. There are benefits to FINANCIAL SERVICES (FCA) COMPLIANCE working with an authorised firm. These include: RICHDALE CONSULTANTS LTD 1. The business has undergone a rigorous assessment of its operations by the FCA (or its Dear Jacob principal firm), prior to obtaining authorisation; I notice some financial service firms are 2. The business must constantly adhere to strict authorised by the Financial Conduct regulatory processes to ensure the services it Authority while others are not. Should this provides you with are appropriate and done in a influence my decision when using them? manner that is fair, clear and not misleading; Laura 3. Knowing that, should the business have fallen short in the quality of the service it provided you Dear Laura with, you are likely to be able to refer this to the When considering using the services of a Financial Ombudsman Service and potentially financial service provider, a key consideration is seek compensation. whether that firm is authorised by the Financial Although a business that is not appropriately Conduct Authority (FCA). Businesses can either authorised may be committing a criminal be directly authorised in their own right, or may offence if it provides you with a service that be authorised indirectly as an appointed repre- requires authorisation, the specific requiresentative of another directly authorised firm, ments for FCA authorisation are complex as which is known as the principal firm or network, they are specific to the business’ activity. JACOB BERNSTEIN
TREVOR GEE PRIVATE HEALTHCARE SPECIALIST
PATIENT HEALTH Dear Trevor My wife and I want to keep our private healthcare cover. However, the premiums are really forcing us to consider where they can be trimmed – can you help? Max Dear Max My job is to ensure that you can significantly save money and retain a very good level of cover.
The health insurers are acutely aware that their clients do not want to have to wait weeks for tests, and perhaps months and years for procedures. So reducing premiums has now been addressed by all providers. The insurers provide different hospital lists, but just select the ones you prefer – don’t pay for an unwanted list. The insurers have also introduced an excellent costsaving feature called “guidance” giving reductions to around 30 percent. Here, the insurer provides a selection of consultants and private hospitals rather than you choosing. Some clients now use the six-week option, providing a considerable saving. Here, the default care is with the NHS but only if it can provide
treatment within six weeks. If not, the treatment is performed privately. Other great possibilities include using only private wings of the NHS hospitals, which provide many teaching and leading hospitals. You can also adjust the excess and perhaps choose a plan providing full inpatient and cancer cover, but with no diagnostic tests, or a lesser amount covering both. A warning: Health insurers are not permitted to advise you, whereas we are licensed by the Financial Conduct Authority to do so. Premium prices from insurers and us are the same, encouraging the public to be informed and properly advised. In your case, I suggest using a no-charges adviser like our firm.
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STEPHEN MORRIS SHIPPING LTD Dear Stephen I am planning to make Aliyah next summer and have read many stories on Facebook and other social media sites about having to go to the port to clear my goods when they arrive. Is this true? Diana
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Dear Diana The short answer is ‘no, it is not true if you ship with Stephen Morris’. Israeli Customs now use the ‘Global Gateway’ system which allows for everything that you need to do in respect of documentation to be done by email and online. The only reason to go to the port is to be present (if you wish) in the rare event that Customs request an inspection of the container. Generally, we will do the running around for you and you can relax in
your new home and await the arrival of our crew to deliver everything. Incidentally, we do unpack and position furniture and this is included in our doorto-door charges. We will also assemble up to eight items of furniture that we have disassembled in the UK. We will handle other tasks such as unpacking of cartons, hanging of artwork and assembly of IKEA furniture but our office in Israel will quote for this on an ‘ad hoc’ basis once you know what you require.
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11 November 2021
11 November 2021 Jewish News
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.
020 8446 0502 w.jdeaf.org.uk www.jdeaf.org.uk Registered Charity No. 1105845 Company Limited by Guarantee 4983830
Jewish News 11 November 2021
GENERATIONS FOR ISRAEL 14/15 NOVEMBER 2021
ANTISEMITIC AND ANTI-ISRAEL MISINFORMATION IS RISING AT AN UNPRECEDENTED RATE, FEEDING A COMPLEX AND ALARMING SHIFT IN PUBLIC OPINION AGAINST JEWS AND THEIR HOMELAND, ISRAEL. UK JEWRY AND IN PARTICULAR STUDENTS, FIND THEMSELVES OUT OF THEIR DEPTH – UNPREPARED AND WITHOUT SUPPORT.
What can we do? The answer is simple. EDUCATE, ENABLE AND EMPOWER. StandWithUs UK – the widest reaching Israel educational movement in the UK, works around the clock educating young people with the tools and knowledge they need to combat antiIsrael messaging whilst pushing back against antisemitism. Dynamic educators run effective campaigns and programmes that counter the toxic schools and campus landscape, embracing both Jewish and non-Jewish students across the country.
Having educated thousands of students, we desperately need to reach tens of thousands more. We urgently need additional skilled staff and educators to respond to this momentous task. Your donation will directly help us to educate, empower and enable the next generation to stand up, stand strong, and stand proud, ensuring that we invest in ‘GENERATIONS FOR ISRAEL’.
DONATE NOW AT STANDWITHUS.COM/GENERATIONSUK Registered Charity No. 1151329
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