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Reform braced to lose flagship shul West London set to vote on historic split by Jack Mendel jack@jewishnews.co.uk @mendelpol

Fears grew this week that Reform Judaism’s flagship congregation plans to trigger a vote of disaffiliation from the movement. West London Synagogue (WLS), whose rabbi, David Mitchell, was suspended and reinstated amid claims of bullying in 2020, temporarily halted its membership of the Movement for Reform Judaism (MRJ) 18 months ago. This week MRJ issued what appeared to be a pre-emptive statement aimed at heading off any move that would be seen as a significant blow to the movement. Saying it was aware the shul’s board “is considering asking its members whether to end their affiliation”, the statement added that MRJ’s board “worked tirelessly… in a spirit of friendship and reconciliation” to repair relations. It said it

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would be “extremely disappointed” if WLS voted “to sever all ties with us”, adding: “If a vote is called, we are sure members of West London will question why termination of membership is being proposed.” It urged the shul to remain in the “vibrant family of 43 synagogues nationwide that began with West London”. In response, WLS’s chair refused to rule out a vote but told members simply “that some of the rumours that are circulating are inaccurate. When and if there is a final agreement the board will make recommendations to you, our congregants and, if appropriate, call an extraordinary general meeting.” Shul chair Andrew Stone said the congregation, established in 1840, “remains committed to supporting the wider progressive Jewish movement and sustaining an amicable ongoing relationship with MRJ”. Speculation about a possible vote has led to concern from current and former members, with one wellplaced source telling Jewish News: “Rabbi Mitchell is determined to get the shul out of the Reform movement.” Former WLS rabbis, Danny Burkeman, Michael Farbman and Malcolm Cohen all took to social media to share their concerns over disaffiliation, with Burkeman saying he was “sad and disappointed to see the situation we have reached”. Leo Baeck College declined to comment on the impact of possible disaffiliation. Rabbi Mitchell was unavailable for comment.

INKED IN: TENDER OR TASTELESS? Members of the younger generation – typically grandchildren – are choosing to get their arm, or other body part, tattooed with the number the Nazis branded on their relative at Auschwitz-Birkenau. They display the tattoo proudly, often defiantly, and say it is a permanent tribute to the horrors perpetrated against their family and wider community and hope it helps to educate others. Read the full story on pages 6-7.


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Starmer makes pledge to root out ‘anti-Zionist antisemitism’ who sought to annihilate European Jewry in the Shoah. “Anyone who has visited a Holocaust memorial, a concentration camp or spoken with a Holocaust survivor will be struck by the cruelty of that charge, will have grasped the resolve of Israel’s founding fathers to make a reality of the words ‘never again’ and will understand why, for so many Jews, Israel will always stand as the ultimate guarantor of their safety.” Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Board president Marie van der Zyl and the CST’s Mark Gardner were among the communal leaders to attend Tuesday’s event. As was outgoing Jewish Leadership Council chair Jonathan Goldstein. In his 30-minute long address, Starmer also confirmed Labour’s opposition to BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) policies. “The Labour party does not and will not support BDS,” he said. “Its principles are wrong – targeting alone the world’s sole Jewish state. “ We believe that international law

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Sir Keir Starmer used a keynote speech at this week’s Labour Friends of Israel lunch to attack “anti-Zionist antisemitism”. In a speech that went further than ever before in explaining his decision to confront anti-Jewish racism, he said: “The changes we have made to our procedures allow us to confront the symptoms … but to really identify, confront and root out anti-Zionist antisemitism we should look to the words of the late David Cesarani.” He continued: “Anti-Zionist antisemitism is the antithesis of the Labour tradition. It denies the Jewish people alone a right to self-determination; it equates Zionism with racism, focuses obsessively on the world’s sole Jewish state, and holds it to standards to which no other country is subjected. “It seeks to paint the actions of Israel as akin to the crimes of those

should be adhered to – but a policy of BDS would be counterproductive.” Starmer also revealed his resolve to tackle his party’s Jewish issues “was hardened when David Baddiel gave me a copy of his brilliant book Jews Don’t Count, which demonstrates so clearly how racism against Jews is held to a different standard from other kinds of racism”. He also referred to the ongoing scandal around the naming of a character in a new West End play saying: “Just last week saw the Royal Court theatre forced to change the name of a character that was blatantly racist stereotyping. They called it ‘unconscious bias’ which just isn’t good enough.” Starmer paid tribute to his wife Victoria’s Jewish family as he admitted his work on tackling antisemitism was not complete He said: “Our work is by no means yet complete but I give this pledge to you today: we will not give up this fight against this kind of racism, bigotry, and hatred… until it is finally won.” Labour heavyweights attending

Sir Keir Starmer’s address at Tuesday’s Labour Friends of Israel lunch

included David Lammy, Lisa Nandy, Wes Streeting and Michael Levy. LFI chair Steve McCabe gave a speech stressing the need for Labour to continue to be vocal on the need for a two-state solution. Israeli ambassador Tzipi Hotovely praised the Labour leader and

shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy over their solidarity with her after last week’s intimidatory scenes outside the London School of Economics. Dame Louise Ellman, who recently rejoined the Labour Party, and who has a long association with LFI, made the appeal speech.

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Keith Black emerged this week as the early favourite to replace outgoing Jonathan Goldstein as chair of the Jewish Leadership Council. Chairman and chief executive of the Regatta outdoor clothing group, Manchester-born Black has a wealth of experience within communal organisations such as UJIA, where he is a vice-president, and with the CST. He is a member of the JLC council and lives in north London with his wife and five daughters. One communal source told Jewish News that Black had the “outstanding credentials” to replace Goldstein, who announced he was resigning as JLC chair earlier last week. Other community watchers suggest it is time for the JLC to break with tradition and appoint a woman to the top role, with Laura Marks, Louise Jacobs, Debra Fox and Hilda Worth all being named as possible candidates for the top job.

Dame Margaret Hodge has become co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Jews. The MP for Barking was unanimously elected as co-chair at an extraordinary general meeting on Monday. She succeeds Wes Streeting, MP for Ilford North, who has stepped down from the role owing to his promotion to the shadow cabinet. Dame Margaret’s co-chair will continue to be Christian Wakeford, Tory MP for Bury South. During the meeting, parliamentarians also heard from Marie van der Zyl, president of the Board of Deputies, as well as Michael Wegier, the organisation’s newly-appointed chief executive and Amanda Bowman, vice president and chair of the Board’s Defence Division. Board of Deputies staff also provided updates on topics including shechita, coroners and the community’s response to Covid-19.


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My arrival in Britain next week is a homecoming BY ISAAC HERZOG PRESIDENT OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL

Man is but the imprint of his native landscape. So wrote the great Hebrew poet Saul Tchernichovsky, but I respectfully disagree. We are also made in the image of our familiy's landscape. In my case, Britain. On Sunday I land in London with my wife Michal for my first visit as the president of Israel. In my diary are meetings with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a cross-party delegation of MPs and leaders of the Jewish community, as well as a Genesis Prize Foundation event paying tribute to the late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks But for me, this visit also has a deeply personal dimension. This visit is, in many ways a homecoming, because my family’s story is interwoven with the story of Britain and its Jewish community. My late father, the sixth president of Israel, Chaim Herzog, was a British army major who helped to liberate Bergen-Belsen. His father, Isaac HaLevi Herzog, was chief rabbi of Ireland. My great-grandfather, Joel Leib Herzog, was a

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rabbi in Leeds. My grandmother Sarah Hillman grew up in Glasgow. Her father, Dayan Shmuel Yitzhak Hillman, was the rabbi of Glasgow, served on the London Beth Din and cared for Belgian-Jewish refugees during the First World War. My uncle Abba Eban, Israel’s legendary first ambassador to the United Nations, also grew up in London and studied and taught at Cambridge. Another uncle, Dublin-born Yaakov Herzog, was our ambassador in Canada. I also have many family members from my

mother Aura’s side in Britain. I grew up on their stories and memories. Their history and the gentle rhythms of this green and pleasant land are with me every day. The Jewish world is one large extended family and, for me, British Jewry is a first-degree branch. Tolerance, decency, civility, inclusivity, respectable discourse – these are fine British values, and I am working hard as Israel's president to promote them. But I believe these famously British values represent the best of

the Jewish tradition: a tradition that champions healthy debate "for the sake of the heavens," celebrates the plurality of voices, and teaches us to love the stranger, to respect the other, however difficult this may be. Nobody expressed the best of the British and Jewish spirit more eloquently than the late, great Rabbi Sacks. His brilliance of mind enriched the Jewish world, and indeed the whole world. How I miss his magically soft and wise voice. Rabbi Sacks profoundly influenced the purpose of my presidency. As I said on his yahrzeit, his call for a Judaism engaged with the world, his appeal to respect the dignity of difference, and his cry to heal a fractured world are at the core of my mission as president. Like Rabbi Sacks, I believe in the necessity of civil debate; as president, I am working to encourage mutual respect in Israel and between the different parts of our great, extended, global Jewish family. Like Rabbi Sacks, I believe that we are not meant to keep our magnificent Jewish heritage to ourselves. We must use it as an anchor to inspire humanity. And as president, I am committed to using our precious sovereignty to shine the light of our diverse traditions on the world. Continued on page 4

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Uni Labour group defends Israeli envoy intimidation But Labour sources claim she has also been at the centre of a campaign at Warwick University to drop its adoption of the International Holocaust A university Labour group Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) closely linked to MP Zarah definition of antisemitism. Sultana has denounced the Using a photograph of Equality and Human Rights herself with Corbyn as her Commission’s damning antiFacebook profile, in July semitism report, defended last Zaman circulated claims on week’s intimidation of Israel’s social media suggesting War“fascist’’ ambassador outside a wick’s adoption of IHRA had campus and called for the abolition of prisons and the police. Sultana (fifth left) with members of Warwick University’s Labour Society led to one student being told “raising the Palestinian flag is The University of Warwick In a statement to the newspaper, following akin to raising the swastika”. Labour Society is facing claims it is effectively Last week, after Israel ambassador being run as a supporter’s club for the Cov- its publication of the anti-police protest picentry South MP, who has hard-left views and ture, Sultana said she had failed to check the Tzipi Hotovely was forced to rush into a signs held by those around her and added: waiting car to avoid raging protesters outside is critical of Sir Keir Starmer. the London School of Economics, Warwick A Jewish News investigation can today reveal “I absolutely do not share those views.” Jewish News can reveal the MP was at the Labour posted on Twitter: “From overseeing how Sultana’s involvement with the student Labour society has infuriated a section of her demonstration in Coventry with student sup- the prosecution of teenagers during the 2011 West Midlands local party, who accuse her of porters, including Nazifa Zaman, Warwick riots to calling demands to defund the police Labour Society’s communications officer, ‘nonsense’ to criticising LSE students proignoring the concerns of ordinary members. Earlier this month Sultana tried to distance who is also elected to the national committee testing settler colonialism and genocide, Keir Starmer has shown where his loyalties lie: herself from a photograph that appeared in the of the National Union of Students. Zaman was photographed holding a sign with a racist and violent state.” Mail On Sunday, in which she was seen at the Jewish News contacted Sultana for centre of a group of activists holding placards branded England a “police state” at the protest comment over the claims made in this article. in May. branding police “bastards” and “assassins”.

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Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has accused a deputy of attempting to “minimise the racist dimension” of the murder of the black American George Floyd after appearing to question his killer’s motive. Raymond Solomon, who represents the Jewish Representative Council of Manchester and Region, raised a question about the Board’s October 2021 blog about its commission on racial inclusivity. The deputy noted that the blog had described Floyd’s murder in May 2020 as “brutal” and “racist” before referring to the trial of officer Derek Chauvin over the offence. He then stated that no evidence was given that the policeman was racist, or Floyd’s murder was racially motived. Solomon, who is on the national council of

the Zionist Federation, then stated: “Therefore, could I respectfully ask the president to kindly share the evidence that the Board has to justify the word ‘racist’.” Responding, ahead of this weekend’s Board plenary, the president writes: “I stand by these words and would use them again. This was a brutal, racist murder. The images of a white polie officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd shocked the world with its racist intent. “I am very surprised that a deputy for the Manchester Rep Council would seek to minimise the racist dimension of the police officer’s actions.” Another deputy told Jewish News they considered it shocking that an elected deputy had felt it appropriate to question the president over this matter.

‘UK visit is a homecoming’ Continued from page 3 Like Rabbi Sacks, I believe we are summoned to the cause of tikkun olam, perfecting our world, to be God’s partners in the ongoing work of creation. As president I strive to help Israel contribute its full part toward addressing the core problems facing our region and our world. Indeed, during this visit, I shall look to strengthen Israel’s partnership with Britain against two urgent challenges. The first is the climate crisis. As president, I am committed to making Israel a renewable energy-powered light unto the nations. I recently hosted an expo of cutting-edge environmental technologies at the president’s residence. As the world looks to implement the COP26 deal, I want to foster innovative Israel-Britain collaborations. The second is Iran, whose quest for nuclear weapons is a tangible threat. Britain’s support in

blocking Iran is more urgent than ever. I represent all the citizens of the Jewish state. But I want an open, dynamic partnership with the rest of the Jewish world. The last few years have not been easy for British Jews and that you were thrust into an uncomfortable spotlight, forced into battles that you hoped were far behind you. But I’m inspired to see how you have risen to the challenge and made your voices heard, overcoming divisions and working toward the common good of your community. After a terrible year-and-a-half in the shadow of COVID-19, the skies of Israel are now open to vaccinated visitors. Come and visit us and, when you come to Jerusalem, book a guided tour of the president's residence! Celebrating our commonalities, and respecting our differences, together we shall heal our fractured world.


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Families get tattoo Descendants of Holocaust survivors are voluntarily having Auschwitz tattoos inked on their arms to honour their relatives, writes Ron Csillag

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t’s short-sleeve weather at a Toronto café, so the forearms of Pierce Goldman and his younger brother Max are visible. But something on them stops the eye:. Small markings in bluish ink; tattoos, on closer examination. A closer look still yields something unnervingly resembling the hastily incised numbers branded on to the arms of inmates of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp to mark them as Nazi chattel. Both Goldman brothers proudly, almost defiantly, wear the same number their maternal grandfather, Schmerel Cynamon, received at Auschwitz on arrival from the Polish city of Lodz: 140856 –Pierce on his left arm, Max on his right. The inked digits are simple yet potent reminders of the brothers’ heritage, and it’s clear both men have given this a lot of thought. “I did it because I feel what happened to my grandparents was because they were Jewish and nothing else,” explains Max, 40, who owns a plumbing contracting business and got the tattoo in 2018, 30 years after his grandfather died. “Because of this, the tattoo has become an eternal mark or symbol no less important than [the Passover] haroseth or maror. We remember this period vividly every year; the tattoo is an eternal tribute to what can and has happened to us.” Pierce, who’s 43 and owns a guttering company, accepts that his tattoo, which he got in 2019, may not sit well with Holocaust survivors who might feel that there are better ways to honour them, and who naturally associate Auschwitz tattoos with trauma. “The problem is, if you don’t keep things relevant, they slip into obscurity,” says Pierce. He got the tattoo mostly for his three young children. “It’s hard for them to really understand. It’s so much horror to understand what the extermination of a race means I don’t want to put that on them yet,” he says. “They’ll have the rest of their lives.” Tattooing was introduced at Auschwitz in November 1941 for Soviet prisoners used as slave labour. The SS began systematically

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tattooing all incoming Jewish prisoners the following spring, according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Encyclopedia of the Holocaust. Auschwitz-Birkenau was the only camp to employ the practice. More than 400,000 numbers were assigned, but only those prisoners selected for work received them; arrivals sent directly to the gas chambers were not registered or tattooed. For some survivors, the numbers were indelible reminders of hell, a scar to be concealed. Others wore it proudly as a badge of survival.

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Auschwitz tattoos were spotlighted in the 2012 Israeli documentary Numbered, which followed a middle-aged woman who put her father’s camp number on her ankle after his death, and told the story of a 28-year-old man and his grandfather, who shared the same number on their arms. The film prompted a front-page article in The New York Times about Israeli-born children and grandchildren of Auschwitz survivors who were tattooing their bodies with the same number that had been branded on

their parents and grandparents. Not everyone applauded the practice. While the motives behind it seemed pure, “one cannot help but wonder at anyone embracing a practice whose purpose was to dehumanise captive Jews”, noted US journalist Jonathan Tobin in Commentary in 2012. “While survivors who lived long enough eventually saw that most considered those numbers to be a badge of honour rather than a mark of shame, the act of fetishising this evidence of the Nazis’ crimes seems like something that said more


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oed never to forget about the current generation than it does about the experience of the survivors,” Tobin wrote. He was right, argued the Canadian writer Emma Teitel in a Macleans magazine piece on Numbered. These tattoos are “a provocation. Worse: it’s a talking piece”, Teitel objected. “Imagine the exchange between a survivor’s freshly tattooed grandson and a girl at a party. Girl: ‘Cool tattoo. What is it?’ Guy: ‘Oh it’s my Bubbie’s numbers from Auschwitz. I thought it would be a good way to remember what she went through.’ Girl: ‘Cool. Can I touch it?’” On the other hand, as more and more survivors pass away, “we are moving from lived memory to historical memory”, Michael Berenbaum, a professor at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles who is among the foremost scholars of the memorialisation of the Holocaust, was quoted as telling The New York Times. He called the practice of younger people getting Auschwitz tattoos “a sort of a brazen, in-your-face way of bridging” that transition. Besides, “it sure beats some of the other tattoos young people are drawing on their skin”. Among Oded Ravek’s loved ones, reproducing an Auschwitz tattoo is a family affair. Ravek, 65, an Ottawa glass artist, wears the number his mother, Livia Ravek, received at the camp on arriving from Slovakia: 4559. Oded’s son, Amir, 30, who lives in Israel, has the same number. So does his daughter, Ariela, 27, an Ottawa student (though in Roman numerals). So does Oded’s nephew in Israel. It’s all the more poignant given that Livia is now aged 95 and lives in Rechovot, Israel. Oded had the tattoo following an emotional visit to the site of Auschwitz with his parents about eight years ago. “Whatever we read about Auschwitz-Birkenau, it’s no comparison to when you walk with your mum and dad in those places. You’re living a nightmare [of ] what they went through.” After that, he says, “I couldn’t think of a better way to remember what happened, and to honour my mother." He recalls unveiling the numbers, etched by a “disbelieving” tattoo artist in Israel, to his mother. It was a Friday night, and he had just brought her flowers for Shabbat. “It was a mixed bag. It was a shock,” he recalls. “She thought I was crazy. But I explained to her why I did it. We hugged and cried a bit, and that was it.” Now, those who notice the tattoo on

his inner left forearm have two reactions: “Either they think I did the right thing or I’m insane.” Meanwhile, the next book from Heather Morris, author of the bestselling historical novel The Tattooist of Auschwitz, is titled Three Sisters, and traces the wartime exploits of Livia Ravek and her sisters Cibi and Magda. As with the Goldman brothers, two Toronto women received Holocaust-era tattoos simply to be intimately, eternally bound to their survivor forebears. Marsha Shelson-Zweig, who lives in Richmond Hill, has the tattooed number A-15697 and the Hebrew words “Remember Never Again” on the back of her neck to pay tribute to her grandmother, Helen Schwartz, a Polish survivor of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen who died three years ago aged 93. The markings are easy to conceal with her long hair. “It was to honour her,” says Shelson-Zweig, who’s 42 and is a general manager of an electrical company. “The Holocaust and what she went through gave her drive. She loved everybody. She didn’t want any race, any person to go through what she did. She spoke about the war, all over, all the time. That was her passion, to tell her story. It gave her purpose, to make the world a better place, to stop hate, and bring back the love and acceptance of everyone.” Mostly, reaction has been positive, ShelsonZweig said, though she understands why some would not see it that way. Her own mother was initially against it. “When she saw it, she cried,” Shelson-Zweig recalls. “She said it was beautiful.” It’s much the same for Galya Hoffer, a 55-year-old Toronto mother of three who got the sequence A-14100 and a butterfly tattooed on her left shoulder blade in tribute to her late grandmother, Regina Langer. “I was very close to my grandmother. She raised me for the first four years of my life," Hoffer says. "She was like my mother. I always wanted to go to Poland with her but she passed away before I could. This was a way to remember my grandmother, on me, on my body, so she’s always part of me, and I just carry her with me. “Everybody absolutely loves it,” she adds. “They say it’s a wonderful thing. I’ve never had any negative feedback.” Her grandmother would be “elated – she always talked about the Holocaust. She would have just smiled and said, ‘Good for you.’” The Goldman brothers recall that their

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may be outdated. grandfather, who died in 1988, hated his tattoo The Bible has both positive and negative – he “carried it with trauma”, Max said – and references to markings on the body, pointed probably would not have approved of his out a Canadian rabbi, Lawrence Englander, grandsons’ actions. But before the Holocaust, “I’m sure many Jews couldn’t believe what hap- rabbi emeritus at Solel Congregation, a Reform synagogue in Mississauga, Ontario. The pened before it ensued,” Max offers. passage in Leviticus and the “mark “Let my grandfather’s mark of Cain” in Genesis are negative, remind us all where we were a but a positive one is seen in short time ago.” He feels that the book of Ezekiel, where it if his grandfather could see appears that prophets were his descendants’ tattoos marked with the Hebrew now, “he would understand letter tav on their foreheads the need”. to distinguish them. While she agrees Rabbi Englander concedes tattooing is forbidden by that in Jewish law, tattoos have Jewish law because of its been frowned on as a desecraconnection to ancient pagan tion of the body. However, views practices, Rabba Rachel Kohl can change. For example, he Finegold, director of educanotes, ear piercing by men is now tion and spiritual enrichment Gayla Hoffer (A-14100) considered routine, and is supat Montreal’s Congregation ported by a biblical precedent: in Exodus, Aaron Shaar Hashomayim, believes that the idea of removes earrings from both women and men to “embodying our memories” is very Jewish. fashion the Golden Calf. “As Jews, we remember not only with our As for replicating Auschwitz numminds, but also with our bodies, whether bers on one’s arm, he says: “I find we are eating matzah on Passover or that somewhat bizarre, but I’m lighting candles on Chanukah, we not one to judge how they make our collective memories wish to honour their survivor more concretised by involving relatives. At the very least, the body,” she says. “We even it would be decent for them immerse our entire bodies to ask permission of the with Jewish ritual when we survivor before copying are surrounded by the walls their number.” of a succah or the waters of Nate Leipciger, from a mikveh. These may not be Toronto, instantly recalls his permanent markings, but they own Auschwitz number, 133628, are certainly ways in which we and the date he got it, 1 physically experience our Jewish narrative or collective Marsha Shelson-Zwei (A-15697) August 1943. Over the decades, he considered having memory.” Finegold feels that even those whose survivor it removed but did not. “To me, it was a sign of life,” he reasons. “It meant hope. It meant all grandparents did not have numbers on their the positive aspects of life.” That’s because the arms – this includes her –“bear the responsionly inmates who received tattoos had a chance bility of their scars and their experiences”. She to live. “So it was a gift of life. Once you had the adds: “Perhaps we can find a plethora of ways to number, you had the chance to survive.” express their memories in our bodies.” He has no problem with survivors’ descendOthers believe historical context is key. When ants receiving matching tattoos. “It’s a method of Leviticus was written, tattooing was largely a remembering, not only that they had grandparpagan practice, done to mark slaves or to show ents who were survivors, but also commemodevotion to a deity, Marshal Klaven, then a US rating them,” Leipciger simply says. “I don’t rabbinical student, said in a 2008 interview. think there’s anything wrong with it.” Since tattooing has evolved, he thought the rule

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News / Shameful links / Faith exhibition

Revealed: Nazi exchanges with elite British schools Nazi Germany’s elite schools forged close links with British boarding schools in the 1930s and used the likes of Eton, Harrow and Winchester as models, a historian has revealed. The first in-depth history of these top Nazi schools, which were set up to train the future leaders of the Third Reich, brings to light the exchanges they organised with top English schools before the Second World War. Dr Helen Roche, of Durham University, has written a book, The Third Reich’s Elite Schools: A History of the Napolas, published by Oxford University Press, based on research from 80 archives in six countries and witness testimonies from more than 100 former pupils. She found that between 1934 and 1939, pupils from the most prominent type of National Socialist elite school, known as Napolas, took part in a series of exchanges and sporting tournaments with boys from British public schools, including Eton, Harrow, Winchester, Westminster, Rugby and the Leys School in Cambridge. The Napola pupils who took part in these exchanges were seen as performing the function of cultural ambassadors for the “new Germany”. Roche’s research showed the British public schools were an important model for Napolas, which the Nazis studied and ultimately hoped

Top Nazi schools held exchanges with ‘model’ English counterparts before the outbreak of war

to emulate and improve upon. Archives show that one German education inspector often praised British public schools for being character-forming. Throughout the 1930s, Napolas set up annual exchanges with top English schools. Records

show the attitudes of the boys and masters to each other changed as relations between the two countries deteriorated. Roche said: “We can see the exchange programme as providing a microcosm for more general attitudes to the Nazi regime on behalf

of the middle- and upper-class British public – not wholly convinced by the aims and ideals of the Third Reich, but nevertheless prepared to give their German counterparts the benefit of the doubt, until Nazi belligerence reached its fatal climax.”

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Jewish MPs and staff working in the House of Commons have given personal insights into what religion means to them for an exhibition about diversity in Westminster. The Conservative MP Robert Halfon, and Abi Samuels, who works in the chamber and participation team at the Commons, joined Muslim, Christian, Hindu and Sikh participants for the project, launched this week to coincide with Inter-Faith Week. Samuels thought that much of being a British Jew was about being part of a community and she saw the “common-purpose, appetite for ceremony, quirks and sense of humour of my Jewish community mirrored across the parliamentary village”. She added: “For me, Jewish scholarly practice encourages critical thinking and closely aligns with parliament’s role in scrutinising the work of government. Committee sessions in which each line of a Bill is closely

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News / Business network / Charity fundraiser / Community concerns / ShabbatUK launch

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Suella Braverman predicts the British Jewish and Indian communities will be at the “forefront” of rebuilding the economy after the pandemic, as she declared herself “the number one” fan of her in-law’s Friday night dinners, writes Adam Decker. The attorney-general was guest speaker alongside the Daily Mail’s Alex Brummer at the Asian-Jewish Business Network (AJBN)’s second flagship event at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Monday. The Tory high-flyer, who had her first child with Jewish husband Rael in 2019, spoke of the huge opportunities this country had afforded her family as “proud British Asians” who came to Britain with nothing. As well as a record number of Asians in the cabinet, the QC spoke of her pride in the “significant contribution” of her fellow community members across healthcare, tech, academia and law. Braverman described her husband as a “very proud member of the Jewish community” whose family had previously made aliyah and contributed as members of Bushey Synagogue. “They welcomed me me with open hearts,” she told the 400-strong audience. “We are fans in my household of Larry David and Jackie Mason. I’m the number one supporter of Friday night dinners with my husband’s family – including chicken schnitzel.” She suggested that the centrality of

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Attorney-general Suella Braverman speaks at the Asian-Jewish Business Network

family and focus on enterprise was a common factor for the two communities, helping to drive their success. Innovation was also a shared factor for Israel and India, she said, adding she had been “struck by the tangible energy and passion” of Israelis while visiting the Jewish state. Brummer, city editor of the Daily Mail, spoke about the prospects for the British economy after Brexit and the pandemic. The AJBN was founded two years ago

by Russell Bahar and Jewish News’ Justin Cohen. Bahar, who now leads the fastgrowing group full-time, said: “Hosting an event on this scale this year was extremely challenging, but that only made the buzz in the room and the feedback since more rewarding. “A huge thanks go to our speakers, supporters and sponsors, including Axiom DWFM, who have been with us since day one. We look forward to announcing exciting plans for expansion in 2022.”

An Israel education charity has raised £750,000 for a project that aims to teach British students about combatting antisemitism on campuses across the country. The charity, StandWithUs UK, raised £750,000 in the crowdfunding campaign this week. Its initial target was £450,000. It says its mission is not only to fight hatred against Jews but educate people about Israel. Lana Saffrin Betesh, cochair of StandWithUs UK, said the community had “truly rallied” around the cause. “We’ve been overwhelmed – not just with generosity but with stories from students and parents of the difference StandWithUs is making and the support they need,” she said. “We have our work cut out to deliver even more programmes to more campuses across the UK, but now, thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we can make a tre-

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mendous impact.” Her colleague Sara Sherrard, the charity’s executive director, said the funds would help address Jew-hate on campus: “This antisemitism, often thinly masked as antiIsrael activity, should not need to be part of British-Jewish students’ campus experience. "Now we will be in a position to support these students in a much more significant way. We realise the community is trusting us to deliver and we take that responsibility very seriously.” • To contribute to the campaign, visit www.charityextra. com/standwithusuk

COUNCILLORS LEARN MORE ABOUT JEWISH CONCERNS More than 70 Hertfordshire councillors attended a seminar to learn more about issues affecting the Jewish community. Senior Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs recorded messages for the event organised by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Hertfordshire Jewish Forum and the Jewish Leadership Council. Attendees at last Thursday’s online seminar included the leader of Hertsmere, Maurice Bright, who is also deputy leader of Hertfordshire County Council; Elizabeth Dennis-Harburg from North Hertfordshire; Sharon Taylor from Stevenage Council and the executive Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor. Councillors heard about issues including antisemitism, education, health and social care and planning, as well the community’s relationship with Israel. Local leaders had the opportunity to speak to their councillors about their communities. Communal organisations including CST, UJIA, Mitzvah Day, Jewish Care, Norwood,

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Jami and Maccabi GB presented at the seminar, alongside Clore Shalom and Immanuel College. Goodwill messages were sent by Conservative Party chairman Oliver Dowden MP, who spoke about his pride at representing the fastgrowing Hertsmere Jewish community. He said: “I’m very much aware of and engaged in the issues that matter to the community, from defending kosher practices and community security to tackling online hate.” Daisy Cooper, Liberal Democrat MP for St Albans, spoke about her strong relationship with the city’s two synagogues, adding: “I would encourage all councillors to think about what they can do to support our Jewish community.” Shadow secretary of state for communities and local government, Steve Reed MP, said it was important to support Hertfordshire’s diverse communities including the Jewish community, adding: “In recent years we’ve seen an increase in antisemitism and it’s important that we all understand what support and help the community needs to tackle the consequences of that.”

Date set for ShabbatUK '22 The community will celebrate the return of ShabbatUK in the first weekend of March 2022. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis heralded the announcement as an “incredibly exciting moment”, after the coronavirus pandemic prevented it from taking place last year. He said: “Following an exceptionally challenging period, ShabbatUK 2022 will provide us all with a welcome opportunity to celebrate the beauty and relevance of Shabbat and the

vitality of our communities in an extraordinary way. “I know that so many of our communities and schools are already planning some wonderful initiatives. This promises to be the best ShabbatUK we’ve ever had!” ShabbatUK takes place on 4 and 5 March 2022 and has been planned in consultation with guidance from public health officials and congregations across the country.


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‘The young should know what we did’ The community played its part at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday, as memorial events were held across the community to honour those who died defending the country, writes Jack Mendel. Hundreds of veterans were joined by the prime minister and faith leaders, including the Chief Rabbi, in central London. The event in Whitehall was given added poignancy by a return to pre-pandemic numbers, but was overshadowed by the absence of the Queen, who could not attend because she had sprained her back. The Prince of Wales, Boris Johnson, Keir Starmer and five former prime ministers were also present. National chairman of the Association of Jewish Ex-servicemen and Women (AJEX – the Jewish Military Association), Mike Bluestone, led a delegation at the Royal British Legion event at the Cenotaph. He said: “It was a privilege to remember and honour the memory of the brave men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for

our country. Being back in person at the Cenotaph for the national service among thousands of veterans and currently serving personnel was a truly special moment. “It was extremely meaningful to represent Jewish ex-servicemen and women and I was touched to experience the great camaraderie from other faith groups taking part.” Elsewhere, Rabbi Elchonon Feldman, Senior Rabbi at Bushey United Synagogue, attended a ceremony for Remembrance Sunday, saying: “The return to in-person commemoration brought out our community in force. We were so proud our civic and Jewish principles as a light on to the nations were on full display.” Rabbi Sam Taylor of Yavneh Synagogue, Borehamwood, also read a prayer during the event to honour victims of war, as did Muswell Hill’s Rabbi David Mason in Haringey. Jewish Care marked the day with 92-year-old volunteer Freddy Berdac laying the wreath at the Edgware cenotaph. The veteran escaped Vienna in

1938 aged eight and served two years in the RAF during the Korean War. Berdach said: “I was lucky, having survived when so many didn’t and I thank God every day for my blessings. It’s important for young people to know what life was like and what good opportunities they have today.” At Jewish Care’s Betty and Asher Loftus Centre, Rabbi Junik, Jewish Care’s spiritual and pastoral lead, led a moving service, with residents Michael Levitt laying a wreath, Melvin Goldberg playing The Last Post on the trumpet and Laurence Brown reading a Siegfried Sassoon poem. Sheila Golding remembered her father, Joseph Schneider, who served in the First World War, her brother Bernard Taylor, who was in the RAF for 20 years, and her husband Nat Golding, who served in the Royal Signals en route to Burma, saying, “I’m very proud of them all.”

Jewish Care’s chief executive, Daniel Carmel-Brown, said: “It is so important we pay tribute to the courage shown by those who served during the wars and since so we can live in freedom today. “We continue to be inspired by their stories and honour them and the memory of those who have lost their lives.”

Clockwise from top: Pupils from Hertsmere Jewish Primary School lay a wreath during a ceremony at Radlett War Memorial; Sheila’s family members

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ON DE KLERK’S DEATH, WE REAFFIRM DIGNITY OF ALL BY RABBI WARREN GOLDSTEIN CHIEF RABBI OF SOUTH AFRICA

I will never forget how moving it was to watch the broadcast of president FW de Klerk’s speech at the opening of parliament in February 1990, when he announced the dismantling of the apartheid laws, the freeing of Nelson Mandela and the opening of formal negotiations that led to the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994. I distinctly remember the profound sense of hope that filled the country as de Klerk found the courage to repudiate the racist policies he himself had supported throughout his career as a senior politician in the National Party, which created and perpetuated apartheid. He had to find the resolve to smash the idols of racism he and his party had worshipped for decades. Together with his partner, and later fellow Nobel Peace laureate, Nelson Mandela, he defied the odds to give birth to a vibrant constitutional democracy through peaceful negotiations against all the predictions of a racial civil war. Mandela and de Klerk taught us that if both sides truly desire peace, it can be achieved through mutual respect and good faith negotiations. They guided their followers to make the painful compromises so desperately needed to forge the new South Africa – a diverse nation with a shared vision founded on equality, dignity and freedom for all.

As Mandela said on de Klerk’s 70th birthday: “If we two old or ageing men have any lessons for our country and for the world, it is that solutions to conflicts can only be found if adversaries are fundamentally prepared to accept the integrity of one another.” De Klerk’s passing is an appropriate moment to reflect on the power of mutual respect and commitment to peaceful negotiations to resolve any conflict, no matter how bitter, and to rededicate ourselves to the mission expressed in Pirkei Avot, of “loving peace, pursuing peace and loving all people”. It is also a moment to reflect on the evil aApartheid system and reaffirm the equal dignity of all human beings. The Torah says we are created in God’s image; that our souls are in some way a reflection of the divine. This is captured in Pirkei Avot, which says: “Beloved is the human being created in God’s image” – in other words, the essence of every human being is a Godly soul. The end of apartheid is a crucial chapter in the story of humanity’s embrace of these sacred values. Let us seize this moment of de Klerk’s passing to recommit ourselves to these values, which we can never take for granted, and which are often under assault in different parts of the world. Let this be a moment for all of humanity to rally together as brothers and sisters to reaffirm and rededicate ourselves to mutual respect and dignity for all, and to strive for peace for all humankind. De Klerk death a time to take stock, p16

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Hamas T-shirt wearer admits terror offences A man who wore T-shirts supporting banned Palestinian groups in Golders Green has admitted terror offences, writes Adam Decker. Feras Al Jayoosi, 34, pleaded guilty to four counts of wearing an article supporting a proscribed organisation at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. The charges relate to him wearing T-shirts supporting Hamas Izz al-Din al Qassem Brigades – the military wing of the Palestinian organisation Hamas – and Palestine Islamic Jihad. Both groups are proscribed as terrorist organisations in the UK. Three of the charges relate to Al Jayoosi wearing the garments in Golders Green – an area of north London with a large Jewish population – on 8 and 9 June this year. The fourth relates to an incident at Barbury Castle, an Iron Age hill fort in Wiltshire, on 30 May this year. Al Jayoosi, from Swindon, stood in the dock to confirm his name, date of birth and address before pleading guilty to the charges. Chief Magistrate Paul Goldspring adjourned sentencing to 17 December for reports to be prepared. “These are difficult cases to sentence,” he said. “There is a fine line between support for a legitimate cause and support for a proscribed

Feras Al Jayoosi in his terror t-shirts

organisation and you have entered your pleas on that basis.” He released Al Jayoosi, whom the court heard has been diagnosed with autism, on conditional bail. A Community Security Trust spokesman said: “Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad are terrorist organisations and the presence of a man walking round Golders Green openly supporting these terrorist groups while wearing a large backpack was understandably alarming.”

SCHOOL CAN HOST FUNDRAISER A school fundraiser will go ahead in Hendon this weekend despite noise and disruption concerns from residents and the local authority. The decision to allow the Gala Melava Malka event to take place at the Talmud Torah Tiferes Shlomo comes after a special hearing of Barnet Council last Thursday, in which the council’s own environmental health department lodged a formal objection to the school’s continued use of temporary event notices, or TENs, to secure permission to run events in the school hall. Permission has been granted for the oneoff event. Residents of the small street have been complaining

for months about the disruption every time an event has taken place in the school hall. The school occupies the building, which was the former home of Hendon Reform Synagogue. Neighbours told Jewish News of “massive disturbances” on the nights the hall has been used, with catering trucks, huge amounts of traffic unsuitable for a quiet road and noise from music and guests standing outside the hall until the early hours of the morning. Representatives of the residents did not take part in last Thursday’s licensing sub-committee hearing, but there has now been a ruling that Saturday’s event can go

ahead – but under stringent conditions. Committee members will now monitor the noise emanating from the building, making hourly and halfhourly tours of the outside of the hall, using handheld devices to ensure the music is not louder than 90 decibels. Security staff will make regular checks of the doors to ensure they are not open to the street. Guests will be encouraged to move away from the premises quickly and quietly and there will be signs asking people to respect the peace of the neighbours. Additionally, the catering trucks will not be allowed to clean up until Sunday morning.

OFSTED INSPECTS JFS AGAIN Ofsted will publish its latest report on JFS by the end of the year following an inspection last week, writes Jack Mendel. Europe’s largest Jewish secondary will be judged by the education inspectorate on its progress, after it was placed in special measures and downgraded to inadequate earlier in the year. It comes after concerns were raised over safeguarding and bullying at the Kenton school, which led to the departure of former headteacher Rachel Fink. Schools placed in special measures are regularly monitored by Ofsted to measure improvement. The school confirmed to Jewish News it is expecting the results in the next 30 days. Fink was succeeded by temporary headteachers including Sir Michael Wilshaw, the former chief inspector for Ofsted, then Martin

Tissot, and incumbent co-heads Paul Ramsey and Anna Joseph, as it looks to fill the role permanently. The school, which has more than 2,000 students, wrote to parents last month saying it was of “paramount importance” to find a full-time headteacher, announcing it had been using a headhunter and advertising, with numerous interviews lined up. Since the previous inspection, JFS also told parents it had put forward a proposal to join the Jewish Community Academy Trust (JCAT). The school’s chair of governors told parents last month: “Despite the challenges that currently face us, the quality of education at JFS is still highly regarded and its rich and long history make us a school we are certain talented and dynamic headteachers will want to lead.”


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News / Mitzvah Day / Norwood triumph

Weekend of mitzvah magic awaits An expected 40,000 worldwide volunteers, more than half of whom are in Britain, will take part in this year’s Mitzvah Day events on Sunday, with many projects having already begun. To date, more than 400 UK synagogues, schools, offices and youth clubs are signed up to do a specific Mitzvah Day event, with probably another 100 in the pipeline by Sunday and a further 100 outside Britain. About a quarter of the events are interfaith – and things kicked off with a bang last weekend when 50 Jewish and Muslim women from all over the country came together for the NisaNashim annual retreat with an itinerary, and Mitzvah Day project, based around the shared immigration history of the two faiths. It was the first time many of the participants had seen each other in more than two years, as the 2020

retreat had to be cancelled owing to the pandemic. Based in Brick Lane Mosque in east London, the Mitzvah Day project focused on today’s refugees, who have fled persecution and are making the UK home. The group also spent time in faith buildings with a shared history, such as the mosque itself, which was first a church and then a synagogue, and Sandys Row Synagogue, in the East End, which is one of the oldest Ashkenazi synagogues in the country and likewise started life as a church. Time was also spent at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace on Bishopsgate, where Sunday morning was dedicated to sessions on discussing difficult situations including Israel/Palestine. Mitzvah Day’s chair, Laura Marks, who is co-founder of Nisa-Nashim,

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Fifty Jewish and Muslim women at the Nisa-Nashim annual retreat

said: “Our Jewish and Muslim women wrote messages of welcome and support, which will be distributed to specific refugee families in Bournemouth and London on Mitzvah Day,

along with a gift, to make them feel welcomed and loved.” Meanwhile, pupils at Kisharon Noé School spent a Mitzvah Day morning, colouring and sticking, to

make get well cards for distribution to people in hospital, via the charity Bedside Kosher. A group of volunteers from Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue spent a morning weeding, raking and tidying at Canons Park Memorials Gardens. They then headed off to support an Association of Jewish Refugees’ tree-planting ceremony for its ‘80 Trees for 80 Years’ project.

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Bibi back in court for fraud trial Former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a rare court appearance at his corruption trial on Tuesday, even though the scheduled testimony of a key prosecution witness was postponed, writes Michael Daventry. Netanyahu has pleaded not guilty to charges of bribery, breach of trust and fraud in a series of cases that centre on regulatory favours he is alleged to have awarded to media tycoons in return for positive press coverage and illicit receipt of gifts, including cigars and champagne. About 50 people attended the Jerusalem District Court to support Netanyahu, Israel’s longestserving leader and its first to be criminally charged while in office. Far fewer security personnel were present at the courthouse than in April, when he made his

last appearance – when he was still heading a caretaker government. The court was set to hear testimony from Nir Hefetz, a former Netanyahu media adviser, one of a handful of aides in the former prime minister’s inner circle who has turned state witness. But the three-judge panel granted the defence attorneys’ request to postpone the hearing after the prosecution introduced new evidence. The corruption allegations cast a huge shadow over Netanyahu, 72, as he battled to stay in power through four national elections the country held in two years. He finally lost out to former rightwing ally Naftali Bennett, who now heads a diverse coalition government of rightist, left-wing and Muslim-Arab parties. The trial has been a polarising issue for Israelis. Netanyahu’s loyal

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UGLY TWIST IN BEAUTY BATTLE South Africa is urging its national beauty contest winner to boycott the Miss Universe pageant because it will be held in Israel. The contest will take place in Eilat on 12 December. Government offiLalela Mswane cials said they would not support the decision by Lalela Mswane and the organisers of the national pageant to take part in the contest in Israel, citing Israel’s “atrocities against Palestinians” as the reason. According to The Times of Israel, South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, also called on organisers of South Africa’s pageant to discourage Mswane from taking part in the contest in Israel. Organisers of the Miss South Africa contest have said that the Miss Universe competition is not a “politically inspired event”

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Shul raised £110k by ‘exploiting ’ French terror attacks EXCLUSIVE by Lee Harpin lee@jewishnews.co.uk @lmharpin

One of New York’s most famous synagogues has been accused of “cynically and opportunistically” exploiting a wave of deadly terrorist attacks across France to raise funds for their own use. Park East Synagogue, a Modern Orthodox establishment located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, has been the subject of much attention in recent weeks after its senior rabbi, the 91-year-old Arthur Schneier, dismissed 34-year-old assistant rabbi Benjamin Goldschmidt amid claims of tensions between the pair. Now, with rumours and counter-rumours about the shul’s affairs openly circulating, some congregants have also spoken out about continued anger over an “Annual Benefit Concert” held “in solidarity with the French Jewish community” in 2016. With its photograph of Paris and the Eiffel Tower, along with two cantors leading prayers, the advert for Park East’s 12th annual concert appeared to indicate the event would benefit French Jewry at a time when they were reeling from the devastating terror attacks such as the one on a kosher supermarket that left four dead. Jewish News understands the event raised well over £110,000 with tickets costing up to £50 each. But a spokesperson for Park East Synagogue has now confirmed that rather than raising funds to help the French Jewish community, the money from ticket sales “went on to support the continued growth of our synagogue cantorial programme”.

The synagogue statement said the Jewish community in France during the time of the concert had “suffered through a horrible antisemitic terrorist attack which sent shockwaves throughout the world”. But Jewish News has spoken with members of the Park East who alleged the synagogue’s leadership “cynically” and “opportunistically” used events in France to maximise fundraising. One individual revealed he invited two French-speaking friends along to the event, making them pay for their tickets, on the impression the money would be donated to a charity in France. “After they had purchased their tickets I thought I would contact Park East to ask where the money was going to in France, so I could relay the news to friends,” said one former shul member. “When I asked this person, who had a senior position at the shul at the time, he was honest with me. He admitted it was not going to any organisation in France but to Park East.” Another synagogue-goer told Jewish News: “The event was in very poor taste and made me feel very embarrassed.” Jewish News attempted to speak with Schneier to to get his personal account of the synagogue’s activities three times over a two week period but he did not respond to our requests. The synagogue said: “When we put on our annual concert in solidarity with a certain party, we do not do so to raise funds for that party unless specifically notated in the invitation for the event. “We secured the guest performance of a world-renowned French cantor to show the French community that we stand

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At a Holocaust memorial event, an official said the rhetoric of Éric Zemmour, the Jewish right-wing pundit and potential presidential candidate, is adding to France’s antisemitism problem. La République En Marche!’s Marion Lenne said: “Polemist Éric Zemmour makes multiple shocking statements about Pétain and Dreyfus, strengthening existing clichés about powerful Jews and their double allegiance.”

America sanctions spyware companies

The United States sanctioned two Israeli spyware companies for working with foreign governments that the US accused of using the tools to “threaten the rulesbased international order.” NSO Group and Candira were placed on the list of companies sanctioned by the US Department of Commerce, along with two other companies based in Russia and Singapore last Wednesday.

Court rules Eitan must return to aunt in Italy by Michael Daventry mike@jewishnews.co.uk @michaeldaventry

A six-year-old Israeli boy at the centre of a bitter custody battle must be returned to his paternal aunt in Italy within a fortnight, an Israeli appeals court has ruled. Judges upheld an earlier ruling that Eitan Biran, the sole survivor of a horrific accident on an Italian mountain cable car in May, had his “regular residence” in Italy, with Aya Biran-Nirko.

Eitan became the focus of a cross-border custody battle after his paternal aunt accused his maternal grandfather, Shmuel Peleg, of abducting him to Israel. A Tel Aviv family court agreed last month, dismissing the grandparents’ argument that Israel could be considered Eitan’s home. The appeals court ruling, which was issued last Thursday, came after an Italian court issued an international arrest warrant for Peleg.

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Holocaust survivor’s killer is jailed for life A French man has been jailed for life for the murder of an 85-year-old Jewish woman in her flat in Paris. Mireille Knoll, who escaped the Vel d’Hiv roundup and fled the city aged nine in 1942, was stabbed 11 times and her body set alight by Yacine Mihoub, 32, during an attempted robbery three years ago. His accomplice Alex Carrimbacus, 25,

was jailed for 15 years for theft. The court found both men were motivated by antisemitism, fuelled by “prejudices” about Jews and a belief that Knoll’s home contained “hidden treasures”. The two reportedly met in prison – while serving sentences for robbery, violence and sexual assault – and blamed each other for the assault.

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French police have arrested a teenager who brandished a machete in front of a Jewish high school outside Lyon last Thursday while shouting antisemitic slogans. The incident, outside College/ Lycée Juive de Lyon in Villeurbanne, a suburb of the eastern city, the Actu17 news site reported Friday. He also threw marbles at students in the school and called them “dirty Jews” as he waved the knife, which reportedly had a two-foot blade.

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Saluting Jews who toppled the Nazis It is well-known that the Soviet Union’s Red Army liberated the death camp of Auschwitz in January 1945. What is less well-known is that among the liberators were Jewish soldiers, including Moisey Malkis and Lev Vilensky. David Dushman, who died in June in Munich aged 98, was there, too, driving his tank through the electric fence surrounding the camp. He was said to have been the last surviving liberator of Auschwitz. The lives of all three, plus many more who fought for the Allies in the Second World War, were celebrated in a two-day online conference, Jewish Soldiers & Fighters in WWII, this week to highlight the contribution of the estimated 1.5 million Jewish soldiers who fought in the armed forces and partisan units that contributed to the defeat of Nazi Germany and its allies. The event was the initiative of the Blavatnik Archive, which hosted the event with the support of the Blavatnik Family Foundation, Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG) and the David The Blavatnik Archive collects items from Berg Foundation. Nearly veterans’ archives and their testimonies 40 historians and leading end of the war with a Jewish fighter from France. experts from universiPhilanthropist Len Blavatnik commented: ties, archives, libraries “We must learn from history and commit to and museums in nine research, education and conversation, as well as countries, including the honour those who fought and remember those UK, took part to examine who tragically perished.” the relatively undisGPG chief executive Marina Yudborovsky cussed contribution of said: “The role and legacy of Soviet Jewish solJewish men and women diers in the Second World War cannot be overesto fighting the Nazis. timated, though for many years they remained The nuts and bolts of the conference were the Russian soldiers Lev Vilensky, who helped to liberate shamefully forgotten. “We believe that preserving their memory, Blavatnik Archive’s Vet- Germany, and Boris Komsky as well as the memory of Jewish fighters in eran Testimony Project, comprising 1,200 video testimonies and thousands of personal all the Allied armies, is important for both an accurate hisdocuments. Among these is a remarkable diary kept by Jewish torical record and for strengthening the Jewish identity of Red Army soldier Boris Komsky, which records his meeting at the today’s youth.” Yakov Kreizer was a Jewish Soviet field commander twice injured during the Second World War. He was later awarded a Gold Star Medal, becoming a Hero of the Soviet Union. During the war, he commanded the USSR’s biggest field armies, including the Soviet Third Army for the Battle of Smolensk. After the war, he became Commander-in-Chief of Soviet Armies in

the Far East, and in 1962 he was made General of the Army, the Soviet equivalent to Field Marshal. He was the only Jewish Soviet officer to receive such a high rank since the 1930s. His army career was made possible because his Jewish parents had been granted permission to live outside the Jewish pale of settlement because his grandfather was a cantonist soldier in the Russian Imperial Army.

São Paulo’s synagogueturned-museum to open The Jewish Museum of São Paulo is set to open next month after the 10-year refurbishment of a synagogue to repurpose the building into one designed to educate nonJewish Brazilians. Temple Beth-El was inaugurated in 1932 but by 2004 rainwater was leaking in and plants were growing up the walls. It last held services over the High Holy Day in 2007, and in three weeks’ time it will become the country’s largest Jewish museum, with each

of its five floors celebrating a different theme. “The first thing you see when you walk in the lobby is a piece that explores what it means to be a Jew,” said museum president Sergio Simon, speaking to JTA. He estimates that there are around 120,000 Jews in Brazil today, half of whom live in São Paulo. The city is home to several Jewish clubs and schools, a federation and the renowned Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein.

Using historical photos, the restoration team has sought to recreate the building’s original design, even contacting the stainedglass windows’ manu- The front of the former synagogue facturers in the US. Augusto Chagas, 36, a In the cupula, a slideshow depicts the history of Bra- member of the city’s Jewish zilian Jews, while the walls community, said the museum carry explanations on Jewish will dispel misconceptions. holidays and lifecycle events. “Many believe Jews came here On the former altar are Torah because of the Second World scrolls and sacred books, plus a War, but really, Jews arrived in Brazil as early as the 1500s.” “virtual Torah” .

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One of Romania’s best known Jewish leaders has been laid to rest with military honours at a service attended by senior politicians. Aurel Vainer, who died aged 89, was a Holocaust survivor and trained economist who was also a three-term parliamentarian and later headed the country’s Chamber of Commerce.

ITALY

The top-flight football league in Italy – Serie A – has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. Last month, fans of Rome-based club Lazio caused upset by holding their right arms aloft and chanting ‘Duce, Duce’ in reference to Mussolini’s wartime fascist regime.

TURKEY

Jews from across Turkey have come together in Ankara for the first time in four decades, as Chief Rabbi Isaak Haleva said the preservation of the country’s synagogues was a communal priority. They met at Ankara Synagogue, which is closed most of the year owing to a lack of congregation members.

BELGIUM

The Brussels-based Conference of European Rabbis is to give its highest award to Katharina Von Schnurbein, the European Commission's first co-ordinator on combatting antisemitism. The 2021 prize honours her for addressing online hate through legislation and an improved system of flagging and removing conspiracy and disinformation.

JEWISH YOUTH ASSEMBLY Jewish teenagers aged 15-to-18 can now apply to become one of more than 100 members of a new international Jewish Youth Assembly, which will meet online over two Sundays in February. The successful applicants will be online delegates over two weekends to learn about combating antisemitism, anti-Zionism and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, as well as supporting the state of Israel. Organisers described it as “a first-of-its-kind opportunity for Jewish high school students to connect and discuss challenges facing the global Jewish community” and said assembly members would get to speak to Jewish leaders around the world. It is a project of the World Jewish Congress, which said the assembly would “launch essential conversations across continents”. Would-be delegates have until 15 December to apply.

Tattooing tool sale criticised

Israel’s Yad Vashem has criticised the sale of tattooing tools used to ink numbers onto the arms of Jewish prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau. The sale was marketed by Tzolmans auction house in Jerusalem as “a collection of seals [which] symbolises... the most horrific tragedy and the Holocaust of our people”. Dani Dayan, chairman of Israel’s Yad Vashem National Holocaust Memorial, said: “Yad Vashem opposes the existence of a market for Jewish or Nazi objects from the time of the Holocaust and therefore does not purchase such items. Fortunately, the number of items donated to Yad Vashem is dozens of times higher than those traded… The trade of these items is mor-

The Auschwitz tattoo of survivor Sam Rosenzweig

ally unacceptable and only encourages the proliferation of counterfeits.” Rabbi Menachem Margolin of the European Jewish Association urged ministers to ban such “despicable” sales, but Meir Tzolman defended the bidding, arguing it increased awareness around the Shoah. The set of tools is reportedly one of three known kits that survived the war. One is stored at a military museum in St Petersburg, the other is on display at Auschwitz.


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On Poppy Day and every day

Those fortunate to be born after the conclusion of two world wars had the annual privilege of honouring less blessed souls last weekend. The same solemn scenes have been repeated at the Cenotaph for more than a century, since the first anniversary of the Great War. Yet each year brings new lessons about where racism and prejudice lead us. Each year is a reminder of how much conflict costs and how little we are prepared to learn. A poignant Board of Deputies tweet on Sunday morning seemed to sum it up best: “Many of us will never know the sound of gunfire or the shock of concussive blasts. The terrors and toll of wars that rage on in our minds and bodies long after. We remember the fallen and honour the courage and sacrifice of our veterans.” This Sunday, members of the Association of Jewish ex-Servicemen and Women (AJEX) and their families hold their own Remembrance parade and ceremony in Whitehall in honour of more than 120,000 Jews who served in the British Armed Forces during both world wars and since. The deadline to apply for tickets has passed. However, should you still wish to attend late requests for tickets can be emailed to ajexremembers@ajex.org.uk. However you chose to commemorate last weekend – and choose to commemorate this coming Sunday – let’s all pledge to remember the unspeakable sacrifices and, finally, learn the hard-earned lessons. On Poppy Day and every day.

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High time for reality check Alex Brummer writes: “Global acceptance (of Israel) will remain elusive unless it can carve out a better relationship with Palestinians” (Jewish News, 11 November 2021). I suggest he sits down with Palestinians in Nablus, Ramallah and Hebron and chat about the Nakba when the UN partitioned Palestine. Until the Palestinian Arabs are prepared to recognise Israel and live in peace with Israelis there will be no resolution and their communities and children will not gain from all the economic, social and health benefits Israel has offered them. Perhaps any resolution needs to wait until the corrupt PLO leadership and terrorist group Hamas are consigned to history.

To what “international law” is SM Halpern referring (Jewish News, 11 November 2021)? In what year was a law passed forbidding Israel to live in land legally allocated to it? Was it passed by the United Nations Security Council or United Nations General Assembly? If so, what was its number? He suggests that Israel should sacrifice its security and its legally and historically justified control of Judea and Samaria and eastern Jerusalem in order to please the world and avoid increased antisemitism. He should be reminded that Israel is a sovereign state, not a shtetl, and that it was not established for the well-being of diaspora Jewry.

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SM Halpern’s angry diatribe against Israel’s imagined “forced annexation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem” was a piece to appeal to the ignorant and/ or bigoted, divorced from the truth. The term “Palestinian territory” is nonsensical because until Israel’s recreation, only Jews were synonymous with Palestinian. Halpern need not worry about Israel’s claims to the land in law resulting in a rise in global antisemitism. That’s been ongoing for 2,000 years, culminating in the Shoah, before there was an Israel or “dispossessed” Palestinians. James Windsor, Leytonstone

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Labour suspension led to path of self-reflection SHABINA ASAD QAYYUM LABOUR COUNCILLOR

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’m a Labour Party councillor reinstated to the party in September following allegations of antisemitism against me. I want to reach out to Jewish News readers to share my story and give an insight into who I am. I’m relieved to have been reinstated into the party I love and to which I have devoted much of my adult life. The process has led me onto a path of self-learning and reflection. I have reflected on the events of the past few months and feel it is only right to offer a transparent and open account about matters to the communities I am privileged to represent. Being a Labour councillor is a trusted position that involves a significant level of responsibility. I don’t ever wish to compromise that trust, and so I feel compelled to write this blog as a result of the hurt and anger that may remain towards me and that I wish to address.

For many years, I have liked all the comments made underneath my Facebook posts, largely out of impulse. As a result, this has involved me liking comments that may have been seen to be antisemitic and caused offence to others. One Facebook post I liked referred to people “playing the antisemitism card” and claiming it was all a “slur” against the Labour Party. I apologise profusely for any hurt or upset my actions have caused. It is absolutely my responsibility to give greater care to my actions on social media. I have deleted all content seen to cause hurt and will endeavour to always do so. I grew up in central London and later married and lived in Hampstead. I gave birth to my son at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead and remember a Jewish mother I befriended in

the bed opposite me. We shared experiences of pregnancy and cuddled our babies together as they were born on the same day. We remain friends 14 years later and I’m proud to have so many I hold close from all faiths, not least from the Jewish community. I don’t have an ounce of anger within me towards anyone. Last year’s report findings by the Equality and Human Rights Commision exposed a culture whereby antisemitism wasn’t treated with the same levels of seriousness, in our party, as other forms of racism. This was a harrowing finding. I am somewhat comforted that Jewish MPs previously driven out of our party, such as Louise Ellman, now feel able to return to their political home. However, I appreciate there is much more to be done to root out antisemitism entirely from

I APPRECIATE THERE IS MUCH MORE TO BE DONE TO ROOT OUT ANTISEMITISM ENTIRELY

our party’s ranks and I wish to play my full part in that. I attended my regional Labour Party Conference and was privileged to attend the antisemitism training, hosted by Rebecca Filer, Mike Katz and members of the Jewish Labout Movement (JLM). I found it to be very informative and thought-provoking. It has reaffirmed my resolve to be the strongest possible advocate for our Jewish communities I can be. I was proud to play a role in Peterborough City Council’s adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism. I now have greater understanding about how integral Israel is to so many people’s Jewish faith. I believe in peace in Israel as part of a negotiated two-state solution. I will reach out to representatives at the Board of Deputies, Jewish Leadership Council and JLM to explore what more I can do as an elected Peterborough representative to fight antisemitism and all forms of prejudice. I have already decided to complete the Yad Vashem online course spoken of at our JLM training and hope to share my learning with others.

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Call him ‘Jewy McJewface’, unless that upsets the Scots JENNI FRAZER

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t’s been a fun few weeks in the OK Corral, hasn’t it? To be honest, the antisemitism lunacy has escalated to such an extent that I have scarcely known where to turn. If it’s not swastikas daubed near a synagogue in north-west London, it’s mad antivaxxers adopting the yellow star worn by Jews during the Holocaust, to show themselves as victims. Or it’s a Jewish couple attending a maternity appointment at the Whittington Hospital, where Shomrim reported they were verbally abused, and then physically attacked by a man shouting “F*** Jews, move away from CCTV so I can break your bones and open you up”, before throwing a full bottle of unidentified liquid (though I think we can guess what it was) at the pregnant woman. Then there are the repulsive scenes on a Ryanair flight, in which West Ham fans actually filmed themselves singing an antisemitic song in order to cause maximum discomfort

THOSE IN POWER WHO ARE NOT JEWISH HAVE LENT THEIR VOICES TO CONDEMN ANTISEMITISM to a strictly-Orthodox man, minding his own business as he looked for his seat before takeoff. Where were the Ryanair staff while this was going on? You may well ask. And there was the “Hershel Fink” debacle at the Royal Court Theatre, in which a character in a new play, written as an evil, moneygrubbing billionaire, was given such a name, despite the theatre administration eventually shamefacedly admitting that the character was not Jewish, and renaming him “Henry Finn”. Ironically, Henry Finn is exactly the kind of name to which someone called Hershel Fink would have anglicised - as so many British Jews, including my own family, can attest. As one commentator remarked, why not call him “Jewy McJewface” and be done with it, unless you are worried about offending the Scots?

Moving on, there was, of course, last week’s unwholesome incident with Israeli ambassador Tzipi Hotovely’s appearance at LSE. In this case, the ambassador was able to carry out her meeting without disruption, but was greeted by a baying crowd outside the building, some of whom had previously posted social media threats about what should be done against her. The National Union of Students (NUS)’ response to the Hotovely situation was to issue a statement in which it said: “We are aware of some threats of violence to the event, and Jewish students feeling unsafe. These forms of protest have no place in our movement.” But it added: “It is concerning that a protest overwhelmingly led by students of colour and Muslim students was quickly

characterised as a ‘violent mob’.” Er, that’s because it was. So, antisemitism to the left of us, antisemitism to the right. And the one glimmer of light in this apparently unremitting gloom is that in nearly every case, those in power, who are not Jewish, have lent their voices to condemning and acting against antisemitism. London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, condemned the swastika daubing; arrests were made of people on the Ryanair flight; education secretary Nadhim Zahawi spoke out against the crowd behaviour at LSE and apologised to the ambassador; non-Jewish actors and actresses berated the Royal Court. Which brings me to my conclusion that we, as Jews, can’t hope to survive in wider society without the help and support of non-Jews. And that’s why I hoped – and still hope – we can occasionally lend our support to worthy causes that on the face of it have nothing to do with us. Such as the Uyghur people in China and Richard Ratcliffe and his imprisoned wife, Nazanin, held captive by Iran. It’s called being human.

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Join us to honour those who fought for freedom PAULA KITCHING AJEX HISTORIAN AND EDUCATION MANAGER

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ach year at remembrance time we pick up a poppy and pin it on to our lapel out of respect. It is an important custom, one that demonstrates our understating of the impact of war. For those of us in the Jewish community it is extra important. Remembrance time and traditions of remembrance are one of many things that helped to unite us as a Jewish community giving us an inseparable link to wider British society. One hundred years ago, in 1921, at the third National Remembrance Day Parade, a group of Jewish ex-soldiers, from the Judeans (the 38,39, and 40 battalions of the Royal Fusiliers), laid a Star of David wreath at the Cenotaph. Like all the veterans and families who were there that day, their gesture was about recognising fallen comrades, and was also a

strong statement that ‘as Jews we fought for Britain’ and some of us made the ultimate sacrifice. About 50,000-55,000 Jewish men and women had served, fought and contributed directly to the war effort in the Armed service and auxiliary services; thousands more had contributed through war work and as families. This group of Jewish veterans marked their moment of reflection with a Star of David wreath, partly because their Jewish identity was so important to them and partly to make a clear statement to those who were not Jewish around them, that they had done their part and any suggestion otherwise was untrue. They had acted bravely now at least twice – first in doing their military service and now in being prepared to stand up and make their statement clearly and publicly. This public statement of participation, loss and remembrance was repeated and over the years those men and more would go on to create the Jewish Ex-Servicemen’s Legion in 1928. Their reasons for forming were many: a welfare need, a political need and a

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willingness to maintain this new tradition of Remembrance. In addition, as they stated at the time, to support friendship between Jewish and non-Jewish Servicemen. That last point was especially important: antisemitism was rising in Europe and these ex-servicemen were not going to stand for it here. One year later, the first annual parade was held, another bold political statement for a community whose members were still frequently referred to as outsiders. The important tradition of the parade carries on to the present day. In 1939, the Jewish ex-servicemen’s legion became AJEX (the Association of Jewish Ex servicemen and women) to avoid any perceived rivalry with the British Legion. Many members kept their British Legion membership as well – the two organisations have worked together and supported each other ever since. Throughout the war years the organisation became crucial as a welfare provider, even after its own offices were damaged by bombing in 1940 during the Blitz. After the Second World War, with more than 70,000 Jewish men and women in the Armed Services, there were thousands more Jewish men and women ready to take part in AJEX activities. The parade resumed, welfare activities expanded and education increased. AJEX assisted in combating postwar fascism, raised money for those whose livelihoods and families had been affected by conflict, supported Holocaust survivor groups and campaigned on behalf of Soviet Jewry, as well as building close ties with the newly established Israel. From that single act of coming together

in remembrance to lay a wreath to fallen comrades, the organisation of AJEX has developed into our community’s Remembrance custodian, as well as an organisation that stands firm in the wider non-Jewish World. Remembrance in 2021 is especially poignant, marking 100 years since the first Jewish veterans laid a wreath at the Cenotaph. AJEX will be observing this on Sunday at the Annual Parade and Ceremony. One

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Listening can be a path to peace and justice in Israel MICHAL HERZOG FIRST LADY OF ISRAEL

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he past few months as First Lady of Israel have been an emotional rollercoaster. My husband Isaac and I have travelled up and down our country, meeting thousands of people from our marvellously diverse society and hearing their stories. Of all these, I want to share two that especially moved me. You might think that these encounters could not be more different. But they say something profound about our journey as a people and the diverse Israeli home we are building together. In the Arab town of Taibe I met women whose lives had been torn apart by violence. Each had lost a son, a husband or a brother in an epidemic of rampant, senseless gun violence in the Arab community. In their eyes, I saw myself: a mother. In Jerusalem, we welcomed to the president’s residence the comrades of the late

Border Police officer Barel Hadaria Shmueli, who was killed defending our border with the Gaza Strip. They had lost a friend and a brother. Their lives had also been torn apart by violence. In their eyes, I saw my own sons. Something extraordinary happened when we met: these two groups, from totally different parts of the mosaic of Israeli society, opened up to me. Away from the ceremonialism of the presidency, we had a heart-toheart conversation about our fears and hopes. In democratic societies, freedom of speech is sacred. Citizens have a right to speak and therefore to be heard. But when I think of my responsibility as First Lady, I know that this is not enough. Citizens also have a right to be listened to. To have access to someone who will listen, with compassion and empathy, without judgment. This is my role as First Lady. In his inaugural address, my husband Isaac Herzog promised to embark on a journey along the fault lines of Israeli society, a journey in pursuit of what unites us, despite

our differences. It is a quest of collective selfdiscovery. It is a journey that we are making together. My husband’s election as president has given me a rare gift: an opportunity to influence Israeli society, which we all so dearly love, to be kinder, gentler and more compassionate. One of the causes I intend to champion as First Lady is mental health. One of the first things I did in my new role was to visit Itzik Saidian, the 26-year-old IDF veteran suffering from PTSD who set himself on fire because he believed that nobody was listening to his pain. The process of healing begins with listening. No school in the world can prepare one for this precious responsibility. But my experience working with some of British Jewry's most wonderful philanthropists on social projects in Israel has strengthened my sense of purpose in my role as First Lady. For the past 12 years, I have had the privilege of being Israel director of the Wohl Legacy, the philanthropic foundation in

memory of the late Vivienne and Maurice Wohl. It showed me the extraordinary good that Diaspora Jewry can do in helping to reduce inequality and providing opportunity in Israel. From Wohl's programme helping marginalised groups integrate into the Israeli workforce; to the Appleseeds Academy in the mixed Jewish-Arab city of Ramle, helping at-risk youth and other underprivileged groups catch up on digital training; to an academic complex in Safed with the biggest library in the Galilee—all this has been possible thanks to the British-Jewish tradition of giving. I hope I can rely on Jews around the world to help us realise our national goal: to nurture a society based on our prophets’ vision of justice and peace, a vision that requires dialogue, which is only possible with genuine listening. In the next seven years, we want to make the president’s residence a home where all parts of Israeli society, and all parts of the Jewish people, know that they can find an attentive ear.

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1 SPECIAL WALK

A total of 250 children and their families came together for an intergenerational walk around three Borehamwood parks. The event marked the 10th yahrzeit of Sam Keen, who died from malignant melanoma aged 27. The Sam Keen Foundation was set up in his memory, funding groundbreaking strides in medical research. What started off as clinical trial is fast becoming mainstream treatment.

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2POLAND TRIP

Aish UK, in partnership with JFS, sent a group of students from London and Manchester on a five-day trip to Poland to learn about the centuries of Jewish life and the tragic end it faced during the Holocaust. The group visited old synagogues and communities of the pre-war period and then paid respect to those who were murdered in the concentration camps. They also visited monuments and gravesites of Jewish children.

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The Hendon Adath community organised a fundraising dinner to support the lifesaving work of Magen David Adom (MDA) UK. The event raised close to £40,000 on the night tp go towards paramedic training of Charedi volunteers in Israel. The event was organised by newlyappointed MDA UK vicepresident, Judy Saphra, and Adrian Jacobs.

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The children of Kerem School learned about the history of the Beta Yisrael Ethiopian Jewish community. They baked dabo (challah), weaved baskets in the community’s style, recreated Ethiopian Jewish art and fully embraced the atmosphere of Sigd.

5 TOY DONATION

For the fifth year running, grandparents Geoff and Evelyn Wynne took their grandchildren, Rafi Goldberg, 12, and sister Gabi, 10, to a toy shop to buy presents and then wrap them for families supported by GIFT. “We have been very blessed and we wanted to share our gifts with children who may not have so much as well as involving our grandchildren,” they said.

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WARE SHE’S AT Night Light and Sam, she sings about meeting her husband, Sam Burrows, when they were both teenage ravers.

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essie Ware is spinning a lot of plates. First off, the Mercury Prize-nominated musician is getting ready to tour the UK with her discotastic latest album What’s Your Pleasure?. She has a new self-described ‘foodoir’ out, Omelette. She’s continuing to record her hit foodie podcast, Table Manners, in which she and her mother Lennie invite famous friends over for Friday night dinner (making her one of the best-known voices in the UK food world). Oh, and she’s just had her third child, a boy – and released a new podcast, Is This Normal?, recorded during her pregnancy.

What made you want to do your batmitzvah now? As if all that weren’t enough, she’s decided that now is the time to study for her adult batmitzvah – for which she is being taught by Jewish Renaissance’s Executive Director Aviva Dautch. “I guess I didn’t feel like I had enough on, so I just thought I’d learn a whole new bloody language!” she laughs. Jessie grew up the middle child of three in a boisterous, secular Jewish household in Clapham, south London. Her mother Lennie was a social worker, her father, John, is a reporter for BBC Panorama (he recently presented an episode about antisemitism in the Labour Party). Her parents separated when she was 10. Jessie went to Alleyn’s School in south London, read English literature at Sussex University and considered becoming a lawyer or journalist. While interning at a Jewish newspaper, a friend asked her to join him on tour as a backing singer. Soon afterwards, rising producers SBTRKT and Disclosure invited her to sing on other projects. As she was preparing to start a law conversion course, PMR Records offered her a deal. Jessie’s first album, Devotion, came out in summer 2012 and was nominated for the Mercury within a month. The albums Tough Love (2014), Glasshouse (2017) and What’s Y our Pleasure? (2020) followed. In between, she gave birth to a daughter in 2016 and a son in 2019. On tracks such as

It stems from a horrendous rise in antisemitism, which I was aware was seeping into music culture [the grime rapper Wiley posted a string of antisemitic Tweets in July 2020]. I am so proud to be a Jew. I talk the talk and do Friday night dinner at my mum’s every week, but I don’t know if I really walk the walk. I want to understand the culture and be able to pass it on to my kids.

Why didn’t you do it when you were growing up?

My brother did his barmitzvah, but I thought I had far too much of an important social life at the age of 12 to study! But the same brilliant woman who taught him is now teaching me, Aviva Dautch. Our grandmas played Kaluki [Jamaican rummy] together in Manchester and my grandma used to babysit her.

How’s the studying going?

It’s really working my mind, which probably needs a good workout. We started with Hebrew, but in July I had a baby so it went a bit backwards. It’s really interesting now because my five-year-old daughter is doing English phonics so I feel we are at the same point of learning our languages. Aviva and I talk, debate and analyse – it’s like a degree-level batmitzvah! It’s the most interesting and brilliant and terrifying thing I have done. I can’t wait until the party. And I want to be able to sing all the songs at Chanukah.

Jessie’s mother Lennie celebrating her 70th

There will be big expectations for the singing parts of the ceremony...

The melodies are so haunting and beautiful so I am excited about that. I have already delayed my batmitzvah three times; it will happen, but I want to do it properly. It’s set for September 2022. I’ll be nearly 38. I feel incredibly indulgent to do it at that age and in such depth.

How much was Judaism a part of your life growing up?

My mother didn’t ram it down our throats; it was gently offered and included in our upbringing. It was only really incorporated in High Holy Days, where we’d go to Wimbledon Synagogue, or go to see my grandma in Manchester and we also had Friday night dinner. My mum would quickly say the blessing under her breath as she lit the candles and then it was on to the dinner. I was always proud of being Jewish; my grand-


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JN LIFE mother got me a Star of David necklace, which I loved wearing. It was a big part of my identity and felt like I was different, which I enjoyed, but didn’t really understand. Now I want to know what they are saying at shul and be able to explain these brilliant stories to my kids. My brother got so into studying for his barmitzvah he was contemplating becoming a rabbi.

It sounds like the food element of Judaism was something you always enjoyed?

You’re a patron of Apples and Honey, an intergenerational project in Clapham, where older Jewish people spend time with children. Do you think that ethos is important? Yes. They can’t do it as much now as they did pre-Covid, but I hope it comes back as I have seen how beneficial it is for everybody. Apples and Honey is a pioneering project for the UK. A lot of people could benefit if it was implemented in different places. People in care homes don’t see many people every day so having these little innocent balls of energy – it’s so vital.

I always loved that food. I ate it mostly at my grandma’s; she always had a cupboard full of challah rolls and hamentashen at Purim. I was eating smoked salmon from the day I was born. At such a young age I was open to eating Did you spend a lot of time with your that stuff, but my kids are so uninterested. Part grandparents as a child? of the reason I am doing the batmitzvah is so My grandma was in Manchester so I didn’t my daughter will embrace get to see her much, but when I did I adored it. herring, chopped liver and There was so much laughter and we had lox! Actually, my kids’ some amazing conversations, plus favourite thing is challah the smells from her kitchen were eggy bread, so we are always wonderful. She was so getting there. I will with it. I need to play bridge work them onto until I’m in my 90s like her. chopped liver later. I am still quite bad It sounds like you’ll at cooking Jewish be spending even food though. more time with My mum is the your mum in the queen of it so I’m coming year... quite lazy. If I am We’re doing a stressed out or Table Manners tour! The cookhave a sore throat, she always puts book, written some chicken with my mum, soup on. came out in Jessie and her mother Lennie

March but we couldn’t tour because of Covid. I have a new album coming out next year and I am touring in December, so from November I will be doing rehearsals with the baby. And there’s recording the food podcast. Mum is 70 – and she is not stopping. I’m sure we’ll have another idea next year to do something else together. We’re having a good time and that’s the most important thing.

mad hobby that I am allowed to do and now I’m doing the same with food. This afternoon I’m doing a podcast with my mum: we’ve already planned the meal – we’re having poached salmon with pink pickled eggs that she does with beetroot and a herb salad. Then on Friday we are planning a podcast with chicken as the main. It just takes over but it makes me happy.

Food seems like a real passion of yours – maybe even more so than music. Is that why you made eating the theme of your memoir, Omelette?

• The full version of this interview is in the 20th anniversary of Jewish Renaissance magazine. www.jewishrenaissance.org.co.uk Omelette: Food, Love, Chaos and Other Conversations by Jessie Ware is published by Hodder Studio, priced £9.50 (hardback). Is It Normal? The Pregnancy Podcast with Jessie Ware is available now on Apple, Spotify and other streaming platforms

I am so much more comfortable with food than music. I adore music but I have such an ease and an obsession with food so it felt easier to write about my memories through food instead of singing. Music still feels like a

THE WARE KITCHEN SECRETS Jessie and her mother Lennie wear their Jewishness with the same pride as they wear their cooking aprons for their podcast Table Manners, which has encouraged such reveals as Sir Paul McCartney’s love for hummus and Marmite bagels. “Our East End cleaner calls it a ‘beigel’,” said Sir Paul on episode 18 of series 11. Episode six of season 12 is Chanukah-themed, with Mercury Award winner Loyle Carner being served more of Lennie’s latkes than he can possibly eat, along with chopped liver and a pasta pudding. Lennie is in the kitchen a lot during the episode, which is where most women tend to be at dinner parties, but Loyle was as stuffed as a kishka when he left.

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Save Chanukah

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All About the Gal

We’re telling everyone about The Hebrew Hammer, which is on Amazon Prime, because this silly ‘Jewsploitation’ film is mandatory viewing. For years, cinema’s Jewish male protagonists have been more nebbish hypochondriac than nasty hitman and never save us from anything. Thankfully, Mordechai Jefferson Carver (Adam Goldberg) has changed that narrative as the Hebrew Hammer “certified circumcised d***”. Prepare to kvell or cover your eyes as Mordy silences antisemites with a sunglasses stare and shuts down right-wing bars with his arsenal of weapons. Proud enough to leave a flaming Star of David on the pavement as his calling card, the Hammer is all about inclusion and tolerance, so when he is sent on a mission to save Chanukah, he has an army of African Americans ready to assist. The 2003 film, which stars Jewish actor Peter Coyote as head of the Jewish Justice League, was director Jonathan Kellerman’s attempt to give us our own badass, who is more than a match for Adam Sandler’s Zohan. American Jews have been cheering the Hammer on for a decade as he sets about stopping Santa’s bigoted son from destroying the menorah magic. EVENT

Shed some light It might be possible to eat oily food by candlelight if you go to Jewish Festivals 101: Chanukah Edition at JW3 on Sunday. Everything you have forgotten or ever knew about the miracle festival will be told to you by educators Rabbi Oliver Joseph and Miriam Lorie, who will take you on a 90-minute journey of exploring the rituals and different Jewish culture celebrations. Young JW3 is providing a non-judgemental, cross-communal space for anyone in their 20s-40s who wants to hone in on the chag. Only £10 with refreshments included. Don’t delay – email joe@jw3.org.uk

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By the Angel Islington is celebrating the first night of Chanukah with a community candle lighting. Traditional songs with optional dancing will be accompanied by an electro klezmer set from the collective GhettoPlotz and the Jewish Museum will be helping you to make your own candles and shadow puppets with the Little Angel Theatre. Free latkes, doughnuts, Chanukah gelt and hot cocoa for everyone. Islington, but not as we know it.

Tiano, an exciting musical duo consisting of piano showman Chris Hamilton and international tenor Shimi Goodman will be performing a Christmas/Chanukah mash-up on 4 December at the Crazy Coqs in W1. Shimi, who grew up in Israel, will be doing some holiday classics and a song or two in Hebrew, while Chris does the clever tinkling. Tiano love both holidays and their musical merger will have you loving them too.

Not content with bagging the role of Cleopatra in the Patty Jenkins’ biopic of the Egyptian queen, Gal Gadot is now stealing her priceless eggs. For the record, the egg theft is not some weird plot for a new movie about Egyptian IVF, but rather the treasure sought by the world’s greatest art thief in the film Red Notice, now on Netflix. Gal plays ‘The Bishop’, a criminal with a penchant for priceless antiquities who has beaten Nolan Booth (Ryan Reynolds) another art thief to the top of the FBI’s most wanted list. In the tradition of ‘use a sprat to catch a mackerel’ themes, Dwayne Johnson as the Federal agent has to partner with Nolan to take The Bishop. Note this is not a Chanukah film, but Gal keeps up all the spinning dreidel traditions in LA and eats the food even though, as she told James Corden last year: “Everything is fried. Donuts, latkes and everything has many, many calories. That’s always a pleasure, and then I cry when I go to the gym.” Well, you didn’t expect Wonder Woman to be a couch latke did you?

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Chanukah Highs With CBD without THC now available in so many products, attitudes have mellowed. So much so cannabis enthusiasts are making marijuana menorahs for the festival, with Pinterest full of DIY examples of weed candle constructions with someone even selling an official glass menorah with eight bowls. Frowned upon by some, others are less troubled, as Biblical scholars believe Moses may have smoked weed. Benny Shanon, professor of psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, explains: “The hypothesis is based on a new look at texts of the Old Testament pertaining to the life of Moses and the ideas that in the arid areas of the Sinai peninsula and southern Israel grow two plants containing the same psychoactive molecules found in hallucinogenic plants.” Here’s to a happy Chanukah.

NOVEL

Chag and Read ‘It’ll take a miracle for the two of them to last more than eight nights...’ that’s the sell line for Julia Wolf’s Chanukah novel, Eight Cozy Nights, which is a sizzling romance between two neighbours. Available on Kindle only, the catalyst for their passion is a lost menorah, which is enough to light up your bookshelf.

BOOK

Light time Light up Chanukah with a glow-in-the-dark book that teaches children about light and dark and celebrates the different elements of Shabbat. As the sun goes down on a Friday evening, different sources of light welcome in the Sabbath: candles, lanterns, the moon and stars, fireflies, nightlights and then the next morning, the sunrise. Told in gently rhythmic rhyming couplets and beautifully illustrated, Lights in the Night is a collaboration between author Chris Barash, a former Jewish day school teacher and principal, and illustrator Maya Shleifer, who was born in the former USSR and emigrated to Israel aged 16.


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1. Bush craft

If you’re in need of ornaments to adorn your Chrismukkah bush, these Chanukah-themed ones by HumanDesignsUK on Etsy are really cute. £15 for the set www.etsy.com/uk

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2. Burning bright

We’re all about multiple-use items here, so were very excited to read about these Hyggelight Growing Candles. Once they burn out, you plant the seeds in the glass container. From £35 www.liveinthelight.co.uk

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Alex Galbinski goes in search of the Chanukah presents to make you smile

Show her you care with this understated but sophisticated necklace that can be personalised. Available in 18K gold plated, 18K rose gold or 925 sterling silver. £79 www.mercimamanboutique.com

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4. Colourful Judaica

Bring some sparkle to your home with these stunning cases for your mezuzah scroll from Mezuzot Beitecha. They are hand-made in Israel from crystal stones and are sized 12cm and 15cm (20cm available made to order). From £65 info@mezuzotbeitech / 07510 812074

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Turn your lounge into an escape room with this TRAPPED: Mission to Mars game. Each pack contains all you need to crack the clues, solve the puzzles and escape! Ages 8+. £12.99 www.amazon.co.uk

6. Take the biscuit

Send or gift this beautiful collection of handmade (veggie) biscuits from Biscuiteers, including dreidels, menorahs and Stars of David, that come in a gorgeous keepsake tin. £45 www.biscuiteers.com

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7. Pop craze

The latest must-have toy was created in the 1970s by Israelis Theo and Ora Coster of Theora Design. After her sister died of breast cancer, Ora had a dream featuring “pushing nipples in a large field of ladies’ breasts”. Son Boaz created the Pop-it, which is the new fidget spinner. Various prices www.happypuzzle.co.uk

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8. Mohawk marvel

We are seriously coveting this mohawk chanukiah by American designer, potter and author Jonathan Adler, which pairs punk-inspired glam with posh unglazed porcelain. £98 https://contemporaryjudaica.co.uk

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Roast your friends and family at a much-needed gettogether with this Mean Girls party game. You don’t need to know the film – just the people (aged 14+) you’re with! £22 https://bigpotato.co.uk

10. Simply delicious

Stuck for what to make for yet another dinner? Mishpacha columnist Rivky Kleiman’s second cookbook, Simply: Simply Day, features 140 recipes along with tips. Gourmet. Every Day £30.90 published by Artscroll, www.lehmanns.co.uk

11. Crafty fun

The smallest of the Cricut machines, the Joy will provide hours of fun to make cards, labels and personalise items. £179.99 (materials cost extra) https://cricut.com/en_gb

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12. Leaf love

With all the doughnuts, tea is the essential libation – and if it has health benefits so much the better. Vahdam’s Hanukah gift set (spelt the American way) offers an in-house blend of Masala chai loose tea leaves in flavours, including vanilla spice, turmeric with cardamon and chocolate vanilla. £27 www.vahdam.com

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It looks like you need a hand… a cyborg hand! Comes in kit form with 203 easy-to-assemble pieces and no motor or battery needed as it’s powered by hydraulics. For ages 10+. £30 www.menkind.co.uk


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For children, an invitation to the Hamleys’ seasonal toy preview is like finding the golden Wonka ticket. Ella, 10, and her seven-year-old brother, Zack, sum up their selection with some input from their patient mother, Francine Wolfisz

Mattel Barbie dream house: £310 Toy vey! Barbie’s latest dream house puts mansions down The Bishop’s Avenue in the shade and is the most expensive on the list at an eye-watering £310. It’ll also need plenty of space, measuring a whopping 4ft tall and 4ft wide and comes with three stories, eight rooms and 75 storytelling pieces. You can even customise the lighting! Zack says: “I like it because it has lots of rooms and it has a party mode.” Mum says: “Think of the cleaning.” Fun-ukah factor: 5/5 • Value for gelt: 3/5 • Buy or do-nut buy: 4/5 • Candle rating: 8/8

Playmobil City Action Police Special Operations Police Robot: £20 Oil be back! This fun, Terminator-like police robot is perfect for firing little imaginations with movable legs, arms, hips and even fingers that can pick up other characters. The 50-piece set comes with a policeman, a gangster and accessories, including an explosive device. Zack says: “It’s a pretty good toy for young children, because it’s fun. I like the moving fingers.” Ella says: “It’s a great way to use your imagination.” Mum says: “50 small pieces – oy vey!” Fun-ukah factor: 4/5 • Value for gelt: 3/5 • Buy or do-nut buy: 4/5 • Candle rating: 5/8

Hasbro Nerf Elite 2.0 Flipshots Flip-8 Blaster: £25

Huggables: From £7.19

If you’ve had enough of spin the dreidel, you’re guaranteed to have a barrel of fun with this super-duper Nerf gun, which can eject four darts before – just like a Chanukah miracle – flipping around and revealing four more.

Have a Hug Sameach with this cutesy plush range from Hamleys, which includes everything from an avocado, an owl and a penguin to a unicorn, a narwhal and even a watermelon. Measuring 30cm, there’s plenty to grab onto and give a squeeze.

Zack says: “I like that you can shoot all your darts and then it flips round to reveal hidden darts.” Mum says: “As long as it doesn’t leave the house.”

Fun-ukah factor: 5/5 • Value for gelt: 5/5 • Buy or do-nut buy: 4/5 • Candle rating: 8/8

L.O.L surprise! Movie magic doll: £11 (Chanukah) lights, camera, action! Fans of the tiny figurines will love this series of 12 different doll designs, which come with their own movie props, film scenes, 3D glasses, fashion outfit, shoes and script. There are more ingredients packed into one of these balls than your grandma’s famous kneidlach. Ella says: “I like the range of dolls and clothes you can dress them in to make your own movie.” Zack says: “It’s great for anyone who likes a surprise.” Mum says: “Another thing to collect? Weekly?!” Fun-ukah factor: 4/5 • Value for gelt: 3/5 • Buy or do-nut buy: 5/5 • Candle rating: 7/8

Ella says: “They are so soft and cuddly.” Zack says: “I love the Huggables because they are cute.”

Fun-ukah factor: 5/5 • Value for gelt: 5/5 • Buy or do-nut buy: 5/5 • Candle rating: 8/8

Lego Super Mario Adventures Luigi starter course: £50 Lego and Nintendo’s Super Mario have teamed up with this 280-piece set, which brings to life the popular computer game with interactive building blocks and figures that give instant responses via an LCD speaker and screen. Zack says: “I like how you can build a bridge that spins and the characters talk.” Ella says: “It’s cool how the pieces come to life.” Mum says: “More bits to lose down the sofa.” Fun-ukah factor: 5/5 • Value for gelt: 4/5 • Buy or do-nut buy: 5/5 • Candle rating: 7/8

Magic Mixies cauldron: £70

Ralleyz warrior 3-in-1 RC: £90

Move over Hogwarts! This set has everything you need to conjure up your own Chanukah miracle, including a wand, a spell book and a cauldron that lights up and has more than 50 sounds and reactions. Mix up the potion, see the smoke and out pops a furry friend! For ages 5+.

A monster truck for your little monsters! This awesome fourwheel drive remote control buggy can shoot water, bubbles and darts, can rotate 360 degrees and is suitable for outdoor or indoor play. Zack says:: “I love this car because it can shoot darts or bubbles and you can flip it around.” Mum says:: “Parking for school pick-up would be interesting.”

Zack says: “It’s really cool. You get a cuddly toy and you can refill and use the cauldron again.” Ella says: “The toy that comes out is really cute and it’s fun to make your own potion.” Mum says: “Does the magic stretch to making chicken soup?” Fun-ukah factor: 5/5 • Value for gelt: 3/5 • Buy or do-nut buy: 4/5 • Candle rating: 8/8

Fun-ukah factor: 5/5 • Value for gelt: 4/5 • Buy or do-nut buy: 5/5 • Candle rating: 8/8


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Creating A MIRACLE Bringing people from darkness into light

Chanukah is a time of light and of miracles. But for the Israel Guide Dog Centre, the miracle of bringing light into people’s lives happens every day, throughout the entire year Bringing light into the lives of the blind and vision impaired

Dispelling the darkness and confusion felt by children with autism

For 30 years, the dedicated experts at the Israel Guide Dog Centre have been training puppies to become the eyes of those who otherwise could not see. Being blind or severely vision impaired can feel like being sentenced to a life of dependence on others, but a guide dog completely changes that. With a trained dog from the Israel Guide Dog Centre at your side, it is possible to stride out with confidence and live life to the full. In Israel today, more than a quarter of a million people are legally blind, but to date only a tiny percentage have been partnered with a life-changing dog. It is the dream of the centre to be able to breed and train partners for everyone whose life this would transform.

And it’s not just IDF veterans who benefit from our support dogs. Israel Guide Dog Centre’s specially-trained dogs also bring a sense of calm and clarity into the often dark and confusing world experienced by children with autism, with a simple cuddle transforming their world into a safe and comforting place.

Brightening the world of IDF veterans suffering from PTSD Often described as the forgotten casualties of conflict, Israeli veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, can exist in a world of darkness. Traumatised by everyday sights and sounds, they can be too frightened even to leave their room or answer the phone. As an extreme expression of their suffering, Itzik Saidyan, an IDF veteran suffering from PTSD, set himself on fire in protest over the mishandling by the Ministry of Defence of IDF veterans like him. The Israel Guide Dog Centre has been training dogs as partners for IDF veterans diagnosed with PTSD since 2017. These partnerships have proved life-changing. As a result of their success, the Ministry of Defence has now approached the centre to become full partners in their endeavour to address the tragic reality of the tens of thousands of IDF veteran PTSD sufferers who, until now, have been without any official assistance or support.

Helping to create everyday miracles

All of these life-changing partnerships can only take place thanks to donations and legacies as the Israel Guide Dog Centre relies on these funds to make up around 94% of its operating budget. It costs £45,000 to produce and support each guide dog from birth until retirement and this can only be done with your help.

For more information on how you can help to create everyday miracles, please go to israelguidedog.org.uk or call 020 8090 3455. And if you are visiting Israel, please let us know as we would love to arrange for you to visit the centre and see these miracles for yourself.

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Miracle workers Brigit Grant presents the cream of the beauty crop MIRACLE: an act or event that does not follow the laws of nature. As unattainable as miracles seem, the beauty world is full of them. Some use ‘miracle’ in their name; others merely proclaim miraculous results. With the Festival of Lights upon us, it’s time to grab them It’s a miracle if you can afford cosmetic surgery, but Transformulas® is the option if you can’t. The Marine Miracle Crème (from £40) promises to reset your skin and deliver de-ageing results with antioxidants and sea marine extracts that work on a cellular level. I haven’t tried it, but the Skin Discovery Gift Set (£80) with Miracle EyeZone Advanced Eye Concentrate and the Signature Moisturiser will give you a plumper, healthier face in 30 days. www.transformulas.com

Getting five minutes respite in a crazy schedule is a miracle and worthy of the Sensory Retreats Divine Glow Self Heating Face Mask (£15 for a box of three), which is used in five-star spas around the country. Each gold-foiled cloth mask heats up over the face and the unique thermotherapy tech increases blood flow and circulation to make you glow. Facial muscles relax and senses are soothed. Get me one for Chanukah. www.sensoryretreats.com

More modest about its miracle remit, organic beauty pioneers Green People just put it in the bottle and right now they’re hooked on avocados, which they use in their weightless volume, shine and bounce Quinoa & Avocado Hair Serum (£11.50), which reverses damage. Meanwhile, its Vita Min Fix 24 Hour Cream (£21) softens wrinkles and the Rejuvenating Eye Cream (£15.50) is my go-to resolver for puffy morning eyes. www.greenpeople.co.uk

Miracle Water 3-in-1 Tonic (£28) sounds drinkable, but is actually a good make-up remover for thirsty skin that needs balancing and purifying. www.itcosmetics.co.uk

Smelling like a miracle has to be a good starting point, so the sparkling fragrance of lychee and freesia will help in Lancome’s Miracle eau de parfum (£60 for 50ml) . www.lancome.co.uk and www.boots.com

Forming an attachment to a skin brand is easy when it’s Dr Haushka, as I adore the Translucent Bronzing Tint (£19), which makes me look human. I want to try every new product in the company’s stable, including the charmingly named ‘Happiness in a bottle’, which is the new Balancing Day Lotion (£26.50) and has a lightweight formula of botanical extracts to wear under make-up as it regulates oil and evens out blemishes. ‘Peace in a bottle’ is the new Soothing Day Lotion (£27.50), which has sensitive skin protection and reduces the appearance of enlarged veins and finally there is ‘Sunshine in a bottle’ or the Revitalising Day Lotion (£25), which launched in 1967 and has been reviving dehydrated skin ever since. Extracts of apricot, carrot and St John’s Wort transform pale, dull skin into pure radiance. Now if that isn’t a miracle... Dr Haushka also does make-up and has just launched Blush Monos and a powder highlighter (from £21), which give a truly natural finish. www.dr.hauschka.co.uk

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● A pioneering art portal to grow engagements progressively with and through benuri.org – enhanced by a physical gallery and art reference library in St. John’s Wood, London ● The Jewish and immigrant contribution to British visual culture since 1900, formalising, enveloping and considerably expanding a 20-year focus through the Ben Uri Research Unit ● The design, production and national dissemination of widely accessible digital arts programming for the growing 70+ demographic, using the Ben Uri collection as the source Opportunities exist in the following areas: IT, digital marketing, income generation, finance, legal and administration, scholarship, arts & health, art market/museum experience

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Charity begins at CHANUKAH by Louisa Walters

Work Avenue The jobs board at Work Avenue is bursting with well over 100 jobs to suit people with a wide range of skills and experience. This has prompted the organisation to run a ‘Shine a Light on New Opportunities’ campaign this Chanukah. It’s been a long time coming, but it is finally inviting jobseekers through the doors, ie in person, to a Coffee, Cake and Career event on 1 December. The aim is to bring the jobs board to life. Professional employment advisers will guide you through the vacancies, focusing on those that are a strong fit for your specific skills and experience. They might be able to put you forward for your perfect role there and then and will also help you take practical and meaningful steps towards achieving your career goals. All this is done over a coffee and a slice of cake – and since it is Chanukah, maybe a doughnut or two! Take your questions, your CV and even a friend if you want. • theworkavenue.org.uk/events

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Work Avenue is inviting jobseekers to an in-person event to bring the jobs board to life

and plenty of Chanukah treats. The charity is also planning its first children’s retreat since the pandemic began, in early December. Camp Simcha’s head of services, Daniel Gillis, explains: “As well as being a wonderful, memorable weekend and a period of respite for the parents, this is a rare opportunity to make friends with other children who understand what they are going through.” • www.campsimcha.org.uk/toydrive

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A painted Chanukiah set from Kisharon

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Camp Simcha hospital volunteers

Camp Simcha Chanukah activities at Camp Simcha kicked off with the annual Toy Drive. Schools, nurseries, cheders and businesses have been hosting toy collections for the past few weeks and, at the end of November, volunteers will pack an expected 10,000-plus new toys to be distributed to children in more than 120 hospitals and hospices. Toys are also being donated through an Amazon wish list set up by the charity. Meanwhile, Jewish families with seriously ill children who are directly supported by Camp Simcha are looking forward to a Chanukah party with activities, entertainers

Camp Simcha mascot Simi brings some cheer

Making music: Singer at a KKL lunch

KKL KKL Executor and Trustee Company (JNF UK’s legacy department) provides will writing services, the administration of estates and trusts and exceptional pastoral care. The KKL team keeps in touch with clients by phone, pops in for a cup of tea and a chat in their home, visits them in hospital and takes care of various needs they may have. On 2 December, KKL is hosting a Chanukah lunch-and-doughnuts celebration with entertainment for its clients. Millions of pounds have been sent to Israel through legacies left to JNF UK, helping to build and support communities in the country’s peripheries. A current major focus is raising funds to build a rocket-proof high school in the town of Sderot. Being one mile from Gaza, it is under constant threat of terror and this project will help to turn the school into a place of safety rather than fear. • www.kkl.org.uk/services

though – last day for ordering is Monday, 22 November. Head Room Café is Jami’s community cafe in Golders Green, bringing awareness, education and access to mental health support to the high street alongside a vibrant kosher food and drinks menu. There is a programme of groups and events run at the cafe – all are free and open to everyone. • headroomcafe.org/shop

Equal, Kisharon’s gift and homeware store in Temple Fortune, is fully stocked for Chanukah with a superb range of gifts and awardwinning Ooh La La confectionery (including delicious chocolate, honey and nut Pebbles that are exclusively sold by Kisharon). If your children are into crafting, they will love the build-your-own Chanukiah set (£5) with dreidel-shaped candle holders and candles. There’s also a candle set that includes candles, matches and a Chanukah brachah card (£8.) These packs have been put together by students from the Kisharon Further Education College. Aviva Braunold, manager of the college, says: “This activity created a real sense of teamwork and achievement among the students. When people buy a set, it’s not just about someone receiving a nice package – it is important they know it has created an educational and work experience for our students, which you cannot put a price on.” • equal.kisharon.org.uk

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Springdene Nursing & Care Homes in Hampstead, Muswell Hill and Enfield have many Jewish residents, who are there for shortterm rehabilitation or long-term care. Like all care homes, Springdene was impacted by the effects of the pandemic and so channelled its fundraising efforts into doing something to help battle Covid-19. Through raffles, quizzes and other initiatives, it has raised £100,000 for charity and is delighted to have sponsored its very own medical detection puppy. Named Spring for obvious reasons, the Spaniel/Lhasa Apso cross is now six months old and is being trained to be a medical detection dog. Known as ‘super sniffers’, these Spring helps sniff out illness dogs use their incredible sense of smell to detect illnesses such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease, malaria and, now, Covid-19. Now that Springdene can finally welcome back visitors, the homes are running a Grand Chanukah Raffle to raise more money for medical detection dogs. Michael Williams, chairman of Springdene, says: “We are proud of our families showing such generosity, especially at Chanukah.” • springdene.co.uk • www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk

This Chanukah, Head Room Café is raising vital funds for Jami’s community mental health services through sales of Chanukah gift boxes. Filled with edible treats and traditional Chanukah goodies, boxes can be sent nationwide and include a personalised gift message. With three boxes to choose from, including a Young Jami box with tips for improving wellbeing, there is something for everyone (boxes start at £15). Hurry A student at Kisharon Further Education College at work


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Raising the bar for dementia care in Barnet – the Signature way At Signature’s Elton House home in Bushey, there will be doughnuts, latkes and menorah lighting this Chanukah. And this time next year, this initiative will be rolled out at The Orchards, Signature’s new luxury care home in Barnet. The number of people living with dementia in the UK is expected to grow rapidly over the next few decades, with Alzheimer’s UK predicting a rise from 850,000 to two million by 2051. However, ongoing advances in care and technology allow comfortable, fulfilled lives that don’t deprive people with dementia of their vital independence. Leading this charge is Signature at Barnet, a luxury care home opening in 2022 that combines industry-leading accommodation, five-star amenities and exceptional care. The home offers assisted living as well as 24 specialist dementia

apartments. It has been designed using the Gold Standard framework from the University of Stirling, the UK’s leading dementia specialist researcher. A relaxing colour palette flows through the home without any severe changes that might cause confusion; meanwhile, the use of contrasting colours between the floors, walls and light switches makes it easier to differentiate between them. The Orchards includes two expansive terraces with stunning London skyline views, a garden room, a large communal kitchen and lounge area, a cinema and a restaurant. The town is in walking distance. All apartments benefit from the latest technology, including underfloor pressure pads that alert the care team and turn lights on to avoid residents getting confused should they get out of bed during the night. With three residents to one carer, residents are looked after

Signature’s new luxury care home lobby in Barnet. The home will offer assisted living as well as dementia flats

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web design courses earlier this year and has since been ollowing the success of its pilot, WAGE – the working on two projects. communal social enterprise scheme run by She said: “I had always felt I was a creative person, Work Avenue – is now looking for its next which is why I was delighted to be accepted on to cohort of trainees. the courses. The trainers, Deborah and Alex, were Since launching in March 2021, more than 65 people have become members of WAGE, which stands for Work Avenue Generating Employment. It trains jobseekers in key areas to support small businesses and gives those looking for a new career a golden opportunity: the chance to upskill in a new field and gain vital paid work experience as a WAGE member, overseen by experienced and supportive mentors. WAGE subsidises up to 80 percent of the cost of training in key areas – including website and graphic design, digital marketing, admin and sales VIRTUAL – and then finds real-life projects so members OPEN EVENING gain the practical hands-on experience future employers will want to see. It’s great for small businesses too – as they can WAGE OFFERS SUBSIDISED SKILLS TRAINING LEADING utilise the bank of fully-trained WAGE members to TO FREELANCE WORK complete much-needed projects in a timely and affordable way. If you’re looking to start or change careers, INTERESTED? and feel that learning or enhancing key workplace JOIN US ON WEDNESDAY 8TH DECEMBER skills will help, then WAGE could be for you. 6.30PM-7.30PM A virtual WAGE open evening will take place TO FIND OUT MORE on Wednesday, 8 December, where you TAKING PLACE VIA can find out more. Book your free ticket at TO FIND OUT MORE AND BOOK YOUR PLACE VISIT https://theworkavenue.org.uk/events One happy WAGE member from the pilot is THEWORKAVENUE.ORG.UK/WAGE Ruchama. She completed both the graphic and

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Chicken DINNER Here’s a copycat version of that famous 11 herbs and spices recipe. I’ve served it Chanukah party-style as bite-sized nuggets to go with latkes, but it works equally well for all other cuts of chicken – just adjust the cooking time, says Sarah Mann-Yeager

KFC (KOSHER FRIED CHICKEN) Ingredients 1 egg 125ml Alpro plain soya yoghurt 10g salt 10g tablespoon each dried thyme and dried basil 5g teaspoon dried oregano 15g celery salt

15g black pepper 15g mustard powder 45g sweet paprika 30g garlic salt 15g ground ginger 15g white pepper 500g chicken breast or boneless thigh cut into bite-sized chunks

SERVES: 4

Directions Beat the egg into the soya yoghurt and soak the chicken in the mixture for a minimum of 30 minutes. Pulverise all the herbs and spices together in a food processor until well blended and the herbs are minced finely. Add the spice mix to the flour in a large bowl and gently mix together with a whisk. Reserve half the coating mix for another time and store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag. Drain the chicken from the mix and then add to the flour, tossing to coat. Heat a deep fat fryer to 170ºC or a couple of inches of oil in a deep-sided frying pan over a medium heat and fry the chicken, turning once if shallow frying, until golden and cooked through. Allow to drain on a rack over a baking sheet. Serve with latkes, ketchup, BBQ sauce, coleslaw and pickles.

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DOUGH NOT

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If you aren’t looking to put on weight, dough nut read any further, warns Angie Jacobs

Creams doughnut

Seder night is usually the time for asking questions, but I have a topical one: what came first – Chanukah or the doughnut? Jews can lay claim to some seriously lifechanging inventions – Google, the epilator and Rummikub among them – but were we actually the first to indulge in these oily, sugary treats? The earliest origins to the modern doughnuts are generally traced back to the olykoek (oil cake) Dutch settlers brought with them to New York in the 17th century. And in 1847, 16-yearold Hanson Gregory, unimpressed with the existing type’s raw centre, claimed to have invented the ringshaped version. Bakers do now seem to have gotten the hang of making sure the whole caboodle is cooked through and I’ve spent many Chanukahs munching on the traditional jam-filled ones. Fast forward to 2021 and doughnuts are big business. Yes, one can consume Krispy Rinkoff Bakery’s Croudoughbouche

We can swing by Daniel’s in Kremes and Dunkin Donuts, but there Temple Fortune and choose from are many independent and artisan jam, plain, chocolate, custard, purveyors of these sugary cinnamon, fresh cream and treats and those with food coffee (all minis and 70p intolerances don’t have to be each), but we can also left out. Most of Grodzinski’s browse innovative and exotic range (including Pina Colada) specimens online (www. are parev, although there danielsbakery.co.uk) and are milk products in their send them as presents. dairy cream, black forest and The Crazy Baker cheesecake ones. They also sell (thecrazybaker.co.uk) has Biscoff, spelt versions and ones with no Rolo, Minion and all manner of vegan added sugar. Doughnuts have evolved. Yum Yums, Daniel’s mini doughnuts options including blueberry pie. A box of six bad boys can be delivered by post for £21.50. also claimed by the Dutch, are twisted, flaky, stretchy Creams Café’s decadent doughnuts are available doughnuts. Then there’s a Cronut, made from in mixed boxes (£8.95 for four) for nationwide croissant-like dough. Marks & Spencer’s bakers have delivery via Just Eat, Deliveroo and Uber Eats and gone one further and created a yumnut, marketed as also instore (www.creamscafe.com). The Playful Box the lovechild of a doughnut and a yum yum. features a rainbow M&M and a blue swirl unicorn Rinkoff Bakery in the East End (www.rinkoff doughnut while the Indulgence Box has nutty Ferrero bakery.co.uk) makes a Crodough – a cross Rocher and a red velvet and meringue varitety. (It’s between a doughnut and a croissant – but also a my birthday in July, btw). Crodoughbouche, a wedding cake-esque structure Click and collect is a thing – visit Karma Bread’s using around 250 crodough pieces.

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website (https://karmabread.clickandcollection. com), make your choice from the Chanukah 2021 selection and pick them up from the Hampstead shop. For something a little different try the halva, tahina, honey and chocolate brownie selection. They are large, satisfying and yours for £22.50 for six. There’s no question a doughnut is indulgent, but there is a healthier variety – the sourdough version, which contains, ooh, about three fewer calories than a regular one. Crosstown, which has outlets in London as well as an online shop, sells three glorious flavours of them, including dark chocolate truffle (www.crosstown.co.uk). But can you get a latke-flavoured doughnut?

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L’chaim!

Try a new kosher spirit to toast Chanukah, says Benjamin Gestetner at Kedem

L’chaim (to life) is a traditional toast, particularly when drinking distilled spirits. Spirits were historically viewed as life-imbuing (hence the term ‘spirits’) and indeed many names for common types of liquor – whisky, eau de vie, aquavit – mean ‘water of life’. As you get ready to celebrate Chanukah and a new year of life in 2022, say ‘l’chaim’ with one of the growing number of kosher spirits now available.

Whiskies

Whisky is one of the most popular spirits in the world. In the most basic of terms it is distilled beer, and is it made in a variety of different styles throughout the world. In America and Ireland it is spelled with an ‘e’, and in Canada, India, Japan and Scotland it’s spelled without. In the highlands of Scotland, whisky is most often double-distilled (as with Cognac) in pot stills, while in Ten-

nessee and Kentucky it is far more commonly distilled in column stills. Boondock’s American is one of a handful craft-distillery whiskies now produced under kosher supervision. It is a creamy-smooth, sweet, 11-year-old tawny-coloured whisky. The bouquet is redolent of honey, fennel and rye spice, while the taste is dominated by corn sweetness, with a toffee note on the finish. RRP £46.99 After years of ageing in American bourbon casks, Ben Eideann Fionain Jerusalem Wine Cask Whisky has spent its final months in Cabernet Sauvignon red wine casks from vineyards in the Jerusalem Mountains. This has crafted a remarkable dram, with the muscovado sugar and vanilla notes of the bourbon casks intertwined with the forest fruits of the Jerusalem red. There is no other like it. RRP £54.99

Eau de Vies

Eau de vies (unaged fruit brandies)

are made by fermenting crushed fresh fruit and double distilling the resulting fruit wine in a copper pot. There are only a handful of kosher eau de vies, and one of the very best is Bokobsa’s Boukha. Made from figs, this clear eau de vie has a rich, oily mouthfeel, with a light flavour, a touch of earthiness, and an intriguing hint of butterscotch. RRP £31.99

Liqueurs

Liqueurs are sweet spirits made by infusing a spirit base with fruits or herbs, then sweetening with sugar. Sabra Chocolate Orange

Liqueur, that one-time ubiquitous Israeli spirit, which was first distilled 56 years ago, remains both a dutyfree staple at Ben Gurion, and a fine after-dinner dram. This bronzecoloured liqueur is rich, smooth, and redolent with flavours and aromas of dark chocolate and orange. While sweet, the liqueur is well structured, with the bitterness of the chocolate balancing the sugar. RRP £33.99 Schmerling Chocolate Liqueur is a premium product from Switzerland. Made from delicious Swiss chocolate, it will transform any occasion into a creamy, choco-

latey celebration for your taste buds. Imagine the velvety richness of Schmerling’s chocolate in a smooth liqueur. RRP £24.99 Elite Arak. Arak is a made from a combination of grape distillate and aniseed, which gives it its distinctive flavour. This is best enjoyed as a digestif or aperitif – simply add a few ice cubes and a drop of water. A traditional arak sourced from Israel and boasting a 40 percent strength, it is distilled with the same fine ingredients used by Joseph Gold and Sons distillers since 1824. RRP £26.99

WELL OILED for the festival Louisa Walters dips into her favourite olive oils Chanukah is a time when we put a lot of focus on oil but for most of us olive oil features in our everyday cooking. For me, olive oil is like wine: I have my favourite brands and flavours, colour is important and I’m always up for trying something new. Olives and olive oil have a wide variety of aromas and flavours and are an important source of nutrition. In Mediterranean countries, where olive oil is the main source of fat, the incidence of cardiovascular disease and the mortality rate are among the lowest in the world and life expectancy is one of the highest. Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is extracted at a low temperature within 24 hours of the olives being picked, and bottled immediately. The colour is determined by the ripeness of the olives when harvested. Unripe, green olives create greenhued oils, which taste robust and peppery. Ripe, dark olives produce golden oils, which are mild and buttery. This time of the year is the best for olive oil as the new vintages have just been released. This year’s harvest has been one of the smallest for 25 years so there isn’t much of it, but the quality is excellent.

As with wine, it’s not always the case that you have to spend a lot on olive oil to get something good. One of my favourites is Aldi’s Kalamata extra virgin olive oil (£2.99 for 500ml). It has a beautiful rich texture and a good punch of flavour. A good everyday EVOO. Bottles N Jars in East Finchley specialises in wine, so it follows suit that they have great contacts in Italy and Spain, home to some of the best olive oils. The southern Italian sun really shines through Neilson’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Puglia (£12.50) – the texture, ripeness and spice make it amazing for seasoning meat after cooking or simply to mop up with some crusty bread with a sprinkle of salt. Fresh, fragrant Jose Olive Oil with Lemon from Porto (£8.30) is great for finishing salads or maybe even a ceviche. It is beautifully presented so it makes a great gift. M&S goes one step further on the citrus front with Lemon & Rosemary Olive Oil (£10) and there is also a Garlic & Chilli one (ideal for finishing off a pizza or any Asian dish). The M&S Collection Italian Early Harvest extra virgin olive oil (£10) is unfiltered, which gives it a cloudy appearance and bright peppery flavour. Bitter and fruity at the same time, it is perfect drizzled over bruschetta, vegetables or antipasti.

Panzer’s (St John’s Wood) ownlabel EVOO from Andalusia (£8.95) is mildly fruity with a slightly spicy finish. Great on salads, vegetables, pasta and for dipping. The bottle looks gorgeous on the shelf. Esporão olive oils from the Alentejo region of Portugal come in the sexiest bottle I’ve seen – a fat, matte, opaque glass. It’s great drizzled on salads, soups, steamed vegetables, meat and fish. Everything comes full circle at the Esporão estate: they even create energy from the crushed olive stones to provide light and heat at the estate and the mill. It’s at Fortnum & Mason (£19.95) and in Panzer’s from mid-December. There are some superb olive oils available online. The Orlandi Contucci Ponno winery in the Teramo hills in north Abruzzo, Italy, has produced a fabulously spicy and aromatic olive oil with a delicious, tangy bite of bitterness in a beautiful dark green colour (£18.95 from www. independent.wine). The Gagliole winery in Castellina, Tuscany, produces a fantastic EVOO full of herby aromas (£13.95 from www.independent.wine). It has a dense texture, a deep emerald colour and a delicate zesty bitterness – the hallmark of fine Tuscan oil. At harvest time, the winery calls in retired people who used to work there and

they get paid with freshly pressed oil. Although the oil is a staple of the Italian diet, it’s expensive, and retired people can find it hard to afford. The Truffle Guys’ White Truffle Oil (£19.95 from www.truffle guysuk.com) is made with some of the world’s finest white truffles. Double concentrated for an intense burst of that unique truffly flavour, it’s stunning drizzled on fresh burrata, pasta or risotto. I also like to circle a little truffle oil on to soup just before serving.


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have a social impact elix Atkin is on a misat scale,” says Atkin, sion. Atkin, 40, who has held senior is the founder positions at BT and of Sharesy, a Sony PlayStation. tech-for-good “When you start-up that is think about transforming the way venvenue marketues rent out their spaces places, they are and connect with their often aimed at the communities. Think Airbnb, high end. I wanted but for local event spaces. to help democratise Sharesy helps people find and that and encourage book local venues. people to put back into Through the online platform, their neighbourhood venues can take control of their earning Sharesy’s Felix Atkin communities.” potential, hiring out their spaces with a Launched last June amid the pandemic, solution that puts listing, booking and payment Sharesy has partnered with more than 50 all in one place. Users, meanwhile, can find and venues, offering over 150 spaces, with new listbook affordable local venues, be it spaces in ings coming online every week, including from schools, community centres and places of several Jewish schools and, most recently, JW3. worship, simultaneously giving back to their “We are trying to create an elegant solulocal community. tion to a problem; we know people want to find “I wanted to create something that would

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SEDRA

Torah For Today

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What the Torah says about: Tainted money

BY REBBETZIN SHULI LISS A little girl saw an egg hatch in her garden. She watched in dismay as the bird seemed to struggle to escape. The girl broke the shell herself and the bird hobbled out. Fascinated, she watched as the bird tried to spread its wings, but it was unable to do so as the wings were not fully formed. Although the child meant well, the effort needed to hatch was necessary to build the bird’s muscles. None of us want to struggle – we want life to be easy and comfortable. Yet it is through the struggle that we build our spiritual muscles and become strong, resilient people who can achieve great things. In this week’s Sedra, Jacob was attacked by Esau’s angel. Although injured, he won the battle and was blessed with a new name, Israel, from the word ‘struggle’. The question is not whether one can avoid difficulties, but how one can

view them and use their potential. We are inundated with adverts encouraging us to find an easier path, reduce any pain and avoid the queues. This mindset leads us towards disappointment when life hands us problems, rather than the comforts we have learnt to expect. As a child, Aharon Margolit suffered with polio and spent many lonely years in hospital, strapped to a bed. Due to his mother’s dedication and intense, painful exercises, he learnt to walk. Yet, despite his continuous struggles, or maybe because of them, he went on to become an incredible speaker and writer. His book, As Long as I Live, has inspired thousands worldwide. Learning to view the struggles in life as challenges rather than obstacles will enable us to fully embrace every experience and, hopefully, turn them into blessings. ◆ Shuli Liss is the Rebbetzin of Highgate United Synagogue

BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL Ivo Mosley, grandson of the British fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley, says he does not see why Oxford University should not accept a £12million donation from the family foundation. So, what does Torah say about tainted money? Elijah the prophet scolded Ahab, King of Israel, for the conspiracy he facilitated to falsely accuse Naboth and take his vineyard. “Have you murdered and also inherited?!” fumed the man of God. Apart from legal objections to unjust enrichment and proceeds of crime, the Torah explicitly rules out benefiting from morally forbidden occupations. “Bring not into the temple a gift from prostitution… for this is an abomination before God.” Are the proceeds of an estate infamously connected with antisemitism, racism and xenophobia to be so treated? Should they be shunned forever and excluded from

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the budget of a house of study – a bet midrash – or of a university, forever? The strength of feeling to steer clear of such ‘tainted’ money is perfectly understandable. However, there were two views taken regarding the money allocated as post-Holocaust reparations to thousands of survivors worldwide.

Is this comparable? On one hand, thousands of vehicles were accepted by Israel to modernise their Egged bus fleet in Israel, a move that had been staunchly opposed by Menachem Begin. A lot depends on the current views of the rightful donors of the monies. Ivo Mosley is politically far from his grandfather’s views, which he finds repugnant. Our scriptures encourage us to abjure inherited blame: “Let not children be put to death for the sins of their father; each must bear the guilt of their own sin.” Perhaps then it should follow that a descendent of one who has sinned against the public should be allowed to make amends to the public. ◆ Rabbi Ariel Abel CF works at Liverpool Legal, a legal practice in Liverpool associated with E. Rex Makin & Co Solicitors

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Be like Rachel when it comes to climate change BY RABBI RICHARD JACOBI Something that struck me over the past week has been parallels between Jacob’s narrative in our Torah and the drama played out at COP26 in Glasgow. Might we cast the delegations from the smaller nations and the indigenous peoples as Jacob? They arrived in the foreign environment of a UN space, at which politicians from 200 countries sought to ensure that their own interests were met. Perhaps we might see the spotted, speckled goats and dark rams over which Jacob and Laban squabble and manipulate each other (Genesis 30: 29–43) as the planet and all its natural life. While we humans argue and seek to protect our own short-term interests, many species are becoming extinct and many others are finding their habitats disappearing or changing radically because of anthropogenic (humanmade) climate change. Those representing the flora and

fauna of the world were quite a distance away in the ‘Green Zone’ from the politicians in the ‘Blue Zone’. One senses that, whoever is deemed to have ‘won’ COP26, these innocent species will quite probably lose. How do we see Rachel’s theft of her father’s ‘household gods’ (Gen 31)? It was an almost silent intervention into the loud-mouthed arguments between Laban and Jacob. Yet, somehow, this act was an essential catalyst for a dramatic conclusion to the games Laban and Jacob played against each other. Out of this came a pact allowing the protagonists, their families and their flocks to move forward safely with their lives. Just as Rachel might or might not have known that her action would prove essential, so we can and must do what little we are able to in order to effect change.

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BY RABBI DEBORAH BLAUSTEN In Pirkei Avot, Rabban Gamliel taught: “Be cautious with the government, for they only bring a person close to them for their own needs and they do not stand by a person in his time of difficulty.” A few paragraphs earlier, Shamaya taught: “Love work, hate lordship and do not become familiar with the government.” These strong statements from our rabbinic sages indicate that the question of how a community should relate to, and engage with, the ruling authorities has been a debate for hundreds of years. These teachings read like missives from lessons learnt the hard way and they come from the early generations of sages learning how to live under the rule of nonJewish authorities. Leaders of a community must engage with the secular authorities. Engagement helps politicians understand a community, know what their needs are and stand with them in times of difficulty, but how?

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Queen Esther saved her people Politics is fickle, and the work of getting the attention and commitment of politicians involves questions of ethics and integrity. The Yachin commentary on Pirkei Avot written in the 1700s cautioned students to “not waste the wealth of the community in distributing gifts”. Others taught that the community must not tie its fate too closely to one leader, for fear of being seen as the enemy if leadership changes. Joseph and Queen Esther, perhaps the two best-known political actors in our textual tradition, both teach us of the enormous value, for the Jewish

community and the wider world, of those with wisdom and insight engaging with political leaders. Esther saved her people, and Joseph was able to help both the people of Egypt and his family. They stayed focused on their mission and are role models for using political influence for the greater good without compromising their integrity. Our tradition does not call on us to avoid engagement with those in power, but it does caution us to remain focused on higher goals and values and not let our priorities be co-opted by others. While political success is ultimately measured at the ballot box, religious success is measured in the prosperity and security of our communities and the ability to enact our values to bring about a better and fairer world. ◆ Rabbi Deborah Blausten serves Finchley Reform Synagogue


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surface. Healthy skin has an oily barrier to prevent skin from drying out, but eczema-prone skin does not function normally and moisture can evaporate out of the skin through invisible gaps. In the autumn, as the weather cools, air humidity drops, leading to greater loss of water through the skin surface and this seems to be the trigger for scaling, redness and itching. Frequent washing with soap or shower gel further degrades the skin surface and itching leads to scratching and more damage. Simple care of eczema-prone skin involves reducing contact with water and soap by cutting down on baths and showers. Regular application of a suitable oil-based product can prevent eczema and encourage healing of the skin surface and, in mild cases of dry skin and eczema, may be all that is required. However, more active intervention may be required for many sufferers, typically anti-inflammatory products such as steroid ointments.

required to make a will, were set out in Victorian times. They are: Understanding the act and consequences of making a will, as well as the scope of one’s assets; being aware of people one would usually be expected to leave something to (even if one chooses not to) and being of sound mind. Your uncle is not here to give evidence on his own behalf. At the time of making the will, the will draftsman, could have obtained a report from his GP, confirming his testamentary capacity. This is known as the ‘golden rule’ in the legal world and there is a form of letter to the doctor agreed by the medical and legal professions. It may not prevent a challenge, but it may help defeat one by giving your uncle a voice when he otherwise would not have had one. A doctor’s report can be critical in upholding a validly executed will and ensuring someone’s last wishes are carried out.

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