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Russia quits Israel’s biggest sports event Delegation pulls out of ‘Jewish Olympics’ having being drawn to compete against Ukraine published online on 1 May and showed Russia placed in the same group as Ukraine in women’s beach volleyball. A source has since called Russia has withdrawn the draw “an adminisfrom the 2022 Mactrative error” and stated cabiah Games tourRussia withdrew before nament being held in the draw was even made. Israel next month, it was One communal source confirmed this week. told Jewish News they were The decision was disclosed “dismayed” organisers had not after Jewish News revealed considered the “obvious implia Russian female beach The Russian team at the cations” of going public with volleyball team had been 2017 opening ceremony the volleyball fixtures. drawn to play in the same In a statement issued on Tuesday by group as Ukraine. Since President Vladimir Putin began the Maccabiah Games it was confirmed the his brutal invasion of Ukraine on 24 Feb- Russian team had officially pulled out. It ruary there has been a global ban on Russia stated: “The 21st Maccabiah will host delparticipating in major sporting events. But egations from about 60 countries, Russia in March a Maccabiah source had con- not being one of them, following Maccabi firmed Russia would be allowed to take part Russia’s decision to withdraw.” It was also confirmed that an ‘Olim’ team in the tournament on the grounds that its would now compete in the Games. The team organisation was not political. The team draw for the Maccabiah would feature “Jewish athletes that made Continued on page 2 Games, which runs from 12 to 26 July, was

by Lee Harpin lee@jewishnews.co.uk @lmharpin

A LOD OF ROMAN HISTORY

This lion is part of the stunning Lod mosaic, which dates from 300CE and served as the floor of a Roman villa. Meticulously restored by the Israel Antiquities Authority, it is now housed in a purpose-built centre near Ben Gurion Airport and goes on show to visitors later this year.

BEN & JERRY’S COLD WAR THAWS IN THE WEST BANK

Anti-Israel protester eats Ben and Jerry’s

The owner of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream has dramatically reversed a bid to end sales in West Bank settlements after it sold its business interests in Israel, writes Michael Daventry. Unilever announced on Wednesday that “full ownership” had been sold to American Quality Products Ltd, the company that currently licences the brand in Israel.

The arrangement means the ice cream will continue to be sold under its Hebrew and Arabic names throughout Israel and the West Bank as it does today, Unilever said. Ben & Jerry’s was allowed to retain an independent board when it was acquired by Unilever in 2000. Last year the company’s cofounders, Ben Cohen and Jerry

Greenfield, announced a withdrawal of its products from settlements in the West Bank because it was “inconsistent with our values for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream to be sold in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)”. Unilever’s move to sell its Israeli business interests effectively sidesteps this decision. The global foodmaker said:

“Under the terms of Unilever’s acquisition agreement of Ben & Jerry’s in 2000, Ben & Jerry’s and its independent board were granted rights to take decisions about its social mission, but Unilever reserved primary responsibility for financial and operational decisions and therefore has the right to enter this arrangement.”


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News / Schools Bill / UN verdict / Maccabiah Games

ISRAEL KILLED JOURNALIST, UN CONCLUDES The United Nations Human Rights Office has concluded that a Palestinian-American journalist is likely to have been killed by Israeli security forces last month, and that Israel’s failure to conduct a criminal investigation into her death was “deeply disturbing”. In response, the Israel Defence Forces called the UN inquiry “biased” and reiterated its call for the Palestinian Authority to hand over the bullet that killed Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh in early May. The UN issued its determination after inspecting photos, video and audio including material from the Israeli military from the scene at the Jenin refugee camp where Abu Akleh was killed, interviewing eyewitnesses and consulting experts. The office also reconstructed what it said was a timeline of the shooting. “We find that the shots that killed Abu Akleh came from Israeli security forces,” spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani said. She added that no evidence could corroborate Israel’s claim that armed Palestinian militants had also been firing at the scene and could be responsible for her death. The New York Times, Washington Post and Associated Press conducted separate investigations and also determined that the journalist was probably killed by the Israeli military.

Schools told to obey laws Lord Mendelsohn has addressed a debate on the government’s Schools Bill, warning those who use “unregistered settings from closed communities have a strong intent to avoid the rules”, writes Lee Harpin. The Labour peer added that those who run unregistered institutions often have “no interest in balancing the rights to educate with proper safeguarding”. Mendelsohn then called for the Charity Commission to have sweeping powers to act to remove the charitable status of educational institutions that do not offer a “broad and balanced curriculum”. Like other peers speaking in the debate, Mendelsohn did not explicitly refer to the issues around Charedi yeshivahs in areas like Stamford Hill. But referring to the “unregistered” places, he told peers: “They have used loopholes and the lack of investigative rights, access, capacity and data to avoid complying with the existing law, so it is vital the Bill properly ensures that adherence follows its passage in law.” Mendelsohn was among many lords to table amendments to the government’s Schools Bill, hoping to strengthen the legislation, for which he had expressed strong support.

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His said: “The Charity Commission may remove providers of primary or secondary education from the register of charities if the provider does not provide a broad and balanced curriculum.” The Schools Bill has provoked anger among sections of the Charedi community, with its intention of regulating yeshivahs, and making a more secular education compulsory for boys aged over 13. If the Bill becomes law, institutions where children receive a “majority” of their education during the week will have to register with the Department for Education and undergo Ofsted inspections.

Continued from page 1 aliyah from Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ukraine, the United States and other countries.” The statement added this team would “compete under an ‘Olim’ delegation under a special flag with no association to Russia or the Russian flag”. The games are thought to be the thirdbiggest mass sporting event in the world – behind only the Olympic Games and football World Cup – with more than 10,000 athletes competing in the most recent round, held in Jerusalem in 2017. In March, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) banned the Russian and Belarussian teams from the Beijing Winter Olympics, despite initially insisting that they could compete under a neutral flag. The Maccabiah Games was due to take place in 2021, but was postponed owing to the pandemic. It was first held in 1932.

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Former president Reuven Rivlin may have UK, which has included raising £21m in 10 been billed as the star turn at Beit Halochem’s years, singling out chair Andrew Wolfson annual dinner, but it was a lesser-known and CEO Spencer Gelding. The 83-year-old Israeli who so moved guests that you could former president, who reminded guests he had his barmitzvah in the year the Queen hear a pin drop, writes Justin Cohen. Oren Blitzblau, who was blinded while ascended the throne, praised the charity for strengthening bilateral relations serving in Gaza in 2005, told more than with the “inspirational’ Veteran 400 guests that the rehabilitation Games, which bring together he received from the charity injured British and Israeli helped turn his “nightmare to vets and families to build dreams”. He went on to serve ties and compete in sport. another decade in the IDF The event also featured and became Israel’s first a message of support from blind Ironman and a medal his successor Isaac Herzog winner in paratriathlon. and a speech from envoy There was barely a dry eye Tzipi Hotovely, who hailed in the room at the Royal LanGames ambassador Caroline caster Hotel as he spoke of his Beasley as the night’s real pride in his achievements and thanked Beit Halochem Reuven Rivlin at the annual dinner ambassador. Beasley, who was shot UK for enabling his successes and those of others since its inception. multiple times while serving with the Royal “I won’t forget tonight,” he said. “Although I Military Police, recalled that one night during the recent Games she noticed an can’t see you, I can feel your love.” Rivlin, Israel’s 10th president, told the absence of anxiety, isolation or loneliness. event that his country would show the world “It meant so much to me to see my fellow it can remain both Jewish and democratic. He veterans so happy,” she said. Idan Kleinman, chair of Beit Halochem said: “For me the state of Israel will never be something I take for granted - that’s why our in Israel, said dealing with life-altering army is so important. Without it, Israel could wounds did not get easier with time. “ But it’s okay. Soldiers are expected to not exist. Beit Halochem provides the very best rehabilitation for soldiers and victims of protect citizens. If we were asked to do terror. On my visits I’m always inspired by the it again, we would. We owe all of you here veterans‘ strength of character. The spirit of tonight a huge debt of gratitude for opening your hearts. On behalf of 51,000 members, I these heroes always wins.” He hailed the work of Beit Halochem salute you.”


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Hackney protest / Councillors unite / News

Hackney MP at Israel ‘apartheid’ demo

Labour MP Diane Abbott (pictured far right) at the protest

Labour MP Diane Abbott has sparked renewed anger after joining a protest against a visit by Israeli police officers in Hackney to learn about “good practice in neighbourhood policing in areas with large Orthodox Jewish communities.” The former shadow home secretary was photographed at the demonstration organised by the Hackney branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign which condemned the “Israeli apartheid police” who were “not welcome on our streets”. Hackney PSC held the protest outside Stoke Newington Police Station on June 21st under the banner of Standing Up To Police Violence From Hackney To Jerusalem. Abbott, who has made repeated attacks on Labour leader Keir Starmer on social

50 JEWISH COUNCILLORS BRIDGE POLITICAL DIVIDE Around 50 Jewish councillors from across London attended an event aimed at encouraging communication and cooperation between elected representatives across political divides. The reception at the Jewish Museum saw recently elected councillors and around 20 senior communal leaders hear speeches from

the likes of Camden Council’s Labour leader Georgia Gould and Conservative Deputy Leader of Harrow Council Marilyn Ashton. Addressing councillors at the event, co-chair of London Jewish Forum Adrian Cohen spoke of the “wonderful increase in the number of Jewish councillors in London” since May’s local

media, has been a regular at anti-Israel protests for many years, alongside her close ally Jeremy Corbyn. One Labour MP claimed to Jewish News that Abbott was becoming “increasingly bitter and twisted” in her views around the Jewish state. Local Stoke Newington resident Yonatan, who asked not to have his surname printed, said Abbott should be “deeply ashamed” about her decision to join the protest. He also confirmed he had written to Hackney Greens for an explanation as to why they backed the demo. Around 60 activists, including the MP, attended the protest, alongside members of the Jewish Voice For Labour group and two local councillors from Hackney Greens.

elections. He added: “To have over 90 Jewish councillors in London is testament to the brilliant contribution the Jewish community make to our city.” It followed widespread success for Jewish councillors at the local elections in May. Notable attendees also included leader of Islington Council Kaya Comer-Schwartz, and deputy leader of Harrow Council Marilyn Ashton, along with Damien Egan, mayor of Lewisham. Camden’s leader Gould praised the London Jewish Forum “for all the support it gives us as Jewish councillors, giving us the tools to sup-

Abbott was pictured standing in front of a banner was the slogan Islington Copwatch on it, while Palestinian and JVL flags were flown. Hackney Greens later issued a statement condemning what they said was the “warm welcome” given to the Israelis to “that brutally police an apartheid state.” The protest was called after Metropolitan Police in Hackney confirmed they were “delighted to welcome a delegation” from the Israeli police force to the borough, who were taken on a patrol with local cops in Stamford Hill. The area is home to the UK’s largest strictly-Orthodox community. Jewish News contacted Abbott, the MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, for comment on her decision to join the protest.

port the community”. She also spoke about the antisemitism faced by two Jewish Labour candidates in Camden’s recent elections, which showed the need to “stand as a community”. Harrow Council’s Ashton also told of her “pride in having six Jewish councillors in Harrow”. LJF’s co-Chair Andrew Gilbert was warmly applauded after stressing the need for codelivery and co-production between communal organisations and local authorities. Daniel Kosky, director of the LJF, added: “It was great to see so many newly-elected Jewish councillors.”

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News / Guard jailed / Saudi praise

Sachsenhausen guard, 101, jailed for war crime A 101-year-old man has been jailed for five years after being convicted of aiding the murder of thousands of people at a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War, writes Michael Daventry. The unnamed man had denied working as an SS guard at Sachsenhausen, insisting he had been a farm labourer during the war. His lawyers argued there was no evidence he had assisted in any killings, but judges agreed he had been an enlisted member of the Nazi paramilitary wing. Presiding Judge Udo Lechtermann said: “The court has come to the conclusion that, contrary to what you claim, you worked in the concentration camp as a guard for about three years. You willingly supported this mass extermination with your activity.” At least 40,000 people were killed in Sachsenhausen, just north of Berlin, in the nine years it operated from 1936. Germany has prosecuted several accused accomplices to Nazi war crimes since the 2011 conviction in Munich of former concentration camp guard John Demjanjuk, who had been living in the US before being arrested, deported and tried for his role at Sobibor. He was found guilty

Guilty: The former SS guard hides his face in court during his trial

as an accessory in the murders of nearly 30,000 Jews. He died in 2012. The case set a precedent that being a guard at a death camp was sufficient to prove complicity in murder, but the number of prosecutions is dwindling, as few guards are still alive. The latest verdict followed a ninemonth trial in which the defendant could

only attend sittings for two-and-a-half hours a day because of his advanced age. Speaking to Jewish News at the start of the trial last October, Holocaust Educational Trust chief executive Karen Pollock said: “The passage of time is no barrier to justice when it comes to the heinous crimes of the Holocaust.”

Saudi textbook changes noted A new report on Saudi Arabia school textbooks on the eve of a visit to the country by Deborah Lipstadt, America’s new special envoy for monitoring and combating anti-Semitism, has recorded a marked improvement, writes Jemma Wolfin. Since 2020, according to the Israel-based research group IMPACT-se, “the great majority of virulent antisemitic material” has been removed from Saudi educational mate- New role: Deborah rial, together with “violent Jihadi, antiLipstadt Christian and homophobic content”. The report says there is further work to be done. “A few examples of antisemitism remain. Jews and Christians in pre-Islamic times are presented as wrongdoers. Israel remains omitted from maps; and Zionism is still described as racist”. But there is “a continuing overall trend of improvement” in the presentation of what Saudi children learn about Jews today. References to Jews being “disobedient” have been removed from textbooks, as have Qur’anic verses about Jews being turned into monkeys, and the myth that one of the goals of Zionism is a “global Jewish government”. Lessons instructing students to write down attempts by “the Jews” to destroy or Judaise the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem, as well as that Jewish connections to the Temple Mount were fabricated by rabbis, were removed as well. The IMPACT-se report was shared with the Saudi Ministry of Education.

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Slavery on par with Shoah? Charles sparks the debate by Jenni Frazer @JenniFrazer

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rince Charles’s comments about putting the teaching of slavery on equal footing with the Holocaust in British schools provoked widespread reaction this week from Holocaust educators. Speaking to the heads of Commonwealth governments in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, the prince said that slavery was “the most painful period of our history”, adding that he could not “describe the depths of my personal sorrow at the suffering of so many, as I continue to deepen my own understanding of slavery’s enduring impact”. A royal source told the Sunday Times that the prince was consulting “world leaders and lots of different people” on the subject of Britain’s slavery crimes, which he wants to make an educational priority. The source added: “He is patron of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and notes that in the UK we now know and learn at school all about the Holocaust, so it is something that is acknowledged at a national level. That is not true of the transatlantic slave trade. Maybe that is something that should be.” The source also told the newspaper that the prince was “not dictating education policy” but acknowledging “that it needs to happen. So, just like the Holocaust Memorial Day, is there some way of doing that? Having a moment, having a way of remembering that?” In fact, slavery does feature on the National Curriculum, but is suggested as one of a number of examples to be studied during the historical period of 1745 to 1901, the time of the British Empire. The Holocaust remains the only

A group of slaves pictured in 1862, one year before the Emancipation Proclamation

subject on the National Curriculum which is compulsory for secondary school students, which has been the case since 1991. Additionally, not every school teaches the National Curriculum: academies, free schools and private schools do not follow it. Although a number of Jewish organisations working in the Holocaust sector agreed there should be improved teaching about slavery, there was reluctance to say the subject should be awarded parity with the study of the Holocaust, which many members of the community believe should retain unique status. The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, of which

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Prince Charles is patron, said his comments in Rwanda “showed once again his profound commitment to helping people learn where identitybased persecution has led in the past”. The prince, the HMDT statement continued, had “rightly urged greater awareness of slavery. The transatlantic slave trade is an important part of British history, of humanity’s history and must be continued to be taught, studied and learnt from. “We are pleased that many schools in the UK do teach this important history. Like the Prince of Wales, we think it is important to understand more about slavery and it is positive that he

encourages greater awareness of identity-based prejudice. “On Holocaust Memorial Day we remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi persecution of other groups and in genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Together we bear witness for those who endured genocide, and honour the survivors and all those whose lives were changed beyond recognition”. Tim Robertson, chief executive of the Anne Frank Trust, said: “We think that the Holocaust and slave trade are both vital to be taught in schools. We still know, however, that there are lots of misunderstandings and ignorance about the Holocaust, so we need to get better teaching about it – as well as better teaching about slavery”. Robertson said that he was in favour of parity “in terms of emphasis. But though there are some similarities between the slave trade and the Holocaust – they both led to the enslavement and murder of millions of people on the basis of race – there are huge differences as to how they were done, what the motivation was and how societies dealt with them. He added: “It’s very important that when those things are taught in schools that the students learn about the nuances and differences between them”. Nevertheless, Robertson said he believed slavery should also be compulsory on the National Curriculum. The Anne Frank Trust, Robertson said, taught about all forms of prejudice, drawing on the teenager’s story. It had run workshops on antisemitism, Islamophobia, Gypsy and Roma traveller discrimination, homophobia and transphobia. “Education is a balance of making connections and understanding differences.”


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Special Report Marc Cave, director of the Nottinghamshire-based National Holocaust Centre and Museum, said it was “essential people understand how the slave trade came about. But I also think that it is important such understanding of slavery is integrated with learning about the Holocaust, not pitted against each other.” Cave added: “I think we are naive if we think it is right to ignore the pent-up demand for education [about slavery], but I don’t think it is wise to suggest that slavery and the Holocaust are the same. “It would be great to have on the National Curriculum the fake race science, which absolutely was an engine of Empire thinking, developed by English and American academia, which created this hierarchy of racial superiority — the white man at the top and Jews and blacks inferior. It was one of the strong reservoirs Hitler and the Third Reich fished in to arrive at their own ideology.” But Cave was “all in favour” of a separate memorial day to mark “what had been done to black people over the centuries. There needs to be a focus for this exploration of the slave trade, not only because it is morally Prince Charles speaking at Yad Vashem right, but also because there doesn’t seem to be a natural group is from the Indian subcontinent, why and how sort of conduit for this sort of conversation at an official Caribbean people came to the UK, and so forth. In genlevel in the black community. There should be”. There was criticism for Prince Charles, however, from eral the argument to have the slave trade on the history curriculum is that is of global and national significance, black Jewish journalist Stephen like the Reformation and Bush, who produced the Board of indeed everything else we Deputies ground-breaking report try to cram in there — not on racial inclusivity last year. that it was an atrocity Bush told Jewish News: “I [to be compared with the think, as a historian, it’s in practice Holocaust]”. Bush added impossible to meet the KS3 requirement to teach empire, that he deplored the idea of industry and its impact on the “an atrocity-off ” between UK well, without slavery, so I am the two events. He said he did not regard dubious that it isn’t on there in practice. the prince’s remarks as “Prince Charles’ justification “particularly helpful” but did for including it is an ill-judged say there was an argument one. The primary purpose of the for putting together a “fixed history curriculum at school museum” about slavery, not level is to equip people to underleast because so many artestand the UK and the world, facts relating to the Empire rather than whatever grim and the slave trade remain in calculus the prince’s remarks private hands. seem to apply. Between 1662 and 1807, “One reason why my report, Britain sold an estimated like every single report into race 3,415,500 people into slavery. in the UK, including the recent Around half a million did not Sewell Report, recommended survive the ‘middle passage’ teaching our diverse history is that An 1812 poster publicising the sale of transatlantic journey. The people should be able to undermen, women and children as labourers trade was the largest forced migration in human history. stand why the largest UK minority and house servants

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RULING STATES THAT NO SLAVE CAN BE FORCIBLY REMOVED FROM BRITAIN. (SLAVERY WAS STILL PERMITTED).

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SLAVERY MADE ILLEGAL IN SCOTLAND (61 YEARS BEFORE IT WAS OUTLAWED BY THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT).

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THE FIRST BILL FOR THE ABOLITION OF THE SLAVE TRADE FAILS.

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HOUSE OF LORDS REJECT AN ABOLITION BILL PASSED BY THE HOUSE OF COMMONS.

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FRANCE ABOLISHES SLAVERY IN ALL ITS TERRITORIES.

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SHE ENRICHED MY LIFE – WE WILL NOW CONTINUE HER WORK BY RUTH-ANNE LENGA

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Marina Smith was the very definition of an Eshet Chayil – a woman of worth. She, her husband Eddie and their sons, Stephen and James, founded Beth Shalom, the National Holocaust centre and Museum, in 1995. It is the only Holocaust centre anywhere in the world founded by a Christian family. I’ve known Marina for many years, first as a visitor to Beth Shalom, then as a Trustee and finally as its chair. She was a truly remarkable woman: short in stature but a giant in the way that she lived her life. Loved by all, not just by her immediate family, but by all whose lives she touched, especially her wider family, the survivors. When she entered a room, they all stood and rushed to hug and kiss her. They did that because of what she had done for them, opening her heart and her home to them, becoming a family for those who had none and creating opportunities for them to tell their stories. My life was enriched by knowing her and I promise that the work she began will continue. I will miss her calls and messages of support. As she rests in the peace that she so richly deserves, our thoughts are not only with her but with all the Smith family. May her memory be a blessing to us all.

‘Matriarch’ Shoah educator Marina Smith dies, aged 87 Marina Smith, one of Britain’s most respected Holocaust educators who received an MBE for her inspirational work has died, aged 87, writes Jenni Frazer. Marina, wife for 58 years to Methodist minister Rev Eddie Smith, was the co-founder and first education director of the National Holocaust Centre and Museum in Nottinghamshire, Beth Shalom, which she with her two sons, James and Stephen Smith, after a family visit to Israel. Born in Kolkata, India, the former Marina Fleming became a teacher before her marriage to Eddie Smith, dedicating her time to service in the small industrial towns in which they were posted. Later, the couple ran their own charity and community church which supported those in need in underserved communities in the UK and around the globe. The Smiths founded a small Christian retreat in 1978 to serve society in a broader way. After the visit to Israel, they discussed the

need for British society to face the truth of the Holocaust and decided that they would dedicate the former retreat as a place of memorial and education about it. As a one-time teacher of religious education, Smith designed the education programming at Beth Shalom, encouraging children from all over the UK to meet and talk to Holocaust survivors, and developing a singular speakers programme of survivors at the centre and around the country. Among the many tributes to Smith was one from the doyen of Holocaust historians, Professor Yehuda Bauer, long-time academic at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. He wrote: “I visited Beth Shalom because I got to know Stephen [Smith], and was immensely

Marina Smith with survivor Steven Frank. Smith (also inset) co-founded the National Holocaust Centre

impressed by the originality of the concepts that inspired the work there. Marina was everywhere, looking after amenities, food, content of the meetings, the survivors – and not only of the Holocaust – and the publications…” Raya Kalisman, founder of the

Centre for Humanistic Education in Israel said simply: “Marina was in charge of making the world better.” Her husband Eddie said: “Marina’s desire all along was that Beth Shalom should be a place of memory for the Holocaust survivors, a place they could recognise as their own – to feel at home in.”

Campus ‘cranks’ warning Former NHS chief executive Lord Stevens of Birmingham has criticised calls for universities to protect the right to free speech to such an extent that air time is given to what he said was “crank conspiracy and licensed idiocy”, writes Lee Harpin. The independent crossbencher said: “It is a fundamental misconception to argue that the mission of universities places them under some sort of obligation to give air time or credence to those who argue for example that there were no gulags in the Soviet Union, that vaccines

cause autism, that the Protocols of the Elders of Zion are genuine or intelligent design explains the origin of the universe. That is not viewpoint diversity. That’s crank conspiracy and licensed idiocy.” Lord Stevens was speaking during Tuesday’s debate on the government’s Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill. He told peers: “Universities are right to try and ensure equal participation for all their students because in an academic setting it is the quality of reasoning and evidence that counts not whether you are Jewish, black or female or gay.

“White supremacists and religious fundamentalists who regard some students as inherently inferior are therefore themselves intrinsically incompatible with a proper functioning of a university.” The peer said he was aware that universities did need “a course correction” but warned against “ spiralling towards the poisonous antagonisms now paralysing so many US college campuses.” Conservative former universities minister Lord Willetts warned the Government over introducing conflicting laws.

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Virtual tour into the pits of hell in a beachfront Tel Aviv café. It made for a jarring experience to put on a virtual reality headset and be transported, instantly, from the blazing sunFor many young Israelis, a trip to Poland to visit shine into the darkness of an abyss. The interior of Auschwitz will be chillingly the Auschwitz concentration camp is an experience that shapes their adult lives and puts their familiar to anyone who has visited, but of course this is a film aimed at a Charedi audience – many very existence in context. Miriam Cohen could not go. She felt left out, of whom will not have been there before. Its presenter is the historian and researcher and wanted to do something about it. “I’m a Jewish, very Orthodox person, and in Yisrael Goldwasser, a camp guide, who gesticuthe religious community in Israel we don’t go to lates and points as he takes viewers around the perimeter and into the depths of the Poland when we are 17. All [other] Israelis camp. do go,” she recounted with a small Yet even getting to the stage of smile. “I remember I saw all the kids filming it was a challenge. Auschwitz was closed during that were my age when I was 17 successive coronavirus-induced going and I couldn’t go because lockdowns and its custodians I’m religious. And I remember are highly reluctant to permit it was very, very tough for me filming even when there isn’t a because they came back with this pandemic raging. experience that changed their life But after months of negotiaand I felt like it wasn’t fair.” tions, the camp was opened for three She never forgot that teenage days to allow the team to film. It experience – which is why she was the first time Cohen and her resolved as an adult, now working Drone films footage colleagues got to visit. with filmmaker colleagues, to try and “You know, we are three mothers, so a lot of document the Nazi death camp for people who babies [between us]. My colleague Chani has cannot or will not visit it. The result is A Triumph of Spirit, an immer- nine, Yuti has seven kids, I was pregnant with my sive film that offers 360-degree views of the inte- sixth. We’re over there, alone.” She paused as she remembered. “We crashed. rior of Auschwitz while a historian guides the It was very hard. It was incredible and terrible at viewer around. Jewish News watched the movie while sitting the same time. So we tried to put that feeling into by Michael Daventry michael@jewishnews.co.uk

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the movie.” Audiences across Israel, most of them Charedi, have now watched the film and there are plans to bring it to the UK. But how did the Israeli viewers respond? “First of all, they cried a lot. One of the things I hear the most is: ‘Why didn’t you give us tissues?’ They cry, they feel like they’re connecting to something very, very big and very, very strong. They feel a part of Am Yisrael. “If we’re talking about religious girls, none of them watch movies. They don’t watch Holocaust movies, or stuff like this. They only read about the Holocaust and they imagine. And when they see this movie, suddenly their imagination and all they read about – it gets a form.”

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Many Holocaust survivors have watched it and, Cohen said, are universal in their response: there are many tears, but they fiercely reject offers to stop the film and take the VR headset away. One survivor gave her an instruction: “She told me, ‘I want you to promise that you’re going to try to do whatever you can to show it to the most people you can’. I told her I would. I have this promise to fulfil.”

Prize for book probing German royal family’s support for Nazis A British academic’s study into the German royal family’s links to the Nazis, which he turned into a book, has won a prize for non-fiction work, writes Emila Doel. Edinburgh University senior lecturer Stephan Malinowski took the €25,000 (£21,500) cash prize at the Humboldt Forum in Berlin for exploring the links between the House of Hohenzollern, which was toppled from throne in a revolution after the First World War. The German-born historian, who teaches at Edinburgh University, had initially been commissioned by the country’s Finance Ministry to prepare a report after members of the family made a claim for restitution. The family wants to reclaim property and money that was confiscated after the Second World War, including the Cecilienhof Palace, a mock-Tudor house in Potsdam that was completed in 1917. But they have been unable to claim compensation because the family offered “substantial support” to the Nazi regime. In Die Hohenzollern und die Nazis (The Hohenzollerns and the Nazis), Malinowski documents how the last kaiser’s son, Crown Prince Wilhem, “improved the conditions for the establishment and consolidation of the National Socialist regime”. He added: “The attempt of a plan negotiated directly between Hitler and the Crown Prince for a joint takeover of power is documented.” The book was published after legal claims against Malinowski by the Hohenzollern family. He told Jewish News that he wrote the book for two main reasons: “First, an interest in the emergence of the Nazi dictatorship and how

Dr Stephan Malinowski with German culture minister Claudia Roth. Image: Börsenverein, Monique Wüstenhagen

and why conservative elites supported National Socialism. “Second, after colleagues, journalists and myself have been legally attacked several times, the desire to present the historical empiricism in as much detail as possible – not only for specialist historians but for a broad audience.” Legal battles over the book continue, led by Georg Frderich, the current head of the family. The non-fiction prize jury described Malinowski’s book as “politically and legally explosive… as cleverly composed as it is insightful – a joy and intellectual delight to read, despite the horrors.” Die Hohenzollern und Die Nazis will be translated into English by Penguin in 2023.


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The Auschwitz Memorial has rejected reports that anti-Russian stickers referencing the nerve agent Zyklon B had been affixed to fences and signposts at the concentration camp. The photographs, which were tweeted by official Russian accounts including the Foreign Ministry, were widely shared on social media. One of them reads “Russian & Russians: the only gas you and your country deserve is Zyklon B” — a reference to the cyanide-based pesticide used to murder over a million people in gas chambers at Auschwitz and other camps. An analysis of the images revealed them to be forgeries, the museum said: “No such incident was reported at the Memorial. No such stickers have been found – also in locations visible in the published photographs.” The stickers may have been an attempt to back Russian claims it is fighting to disperse

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“Nazi elements” within Ukraine — an argument the Kremlin has used with little evidence. But the museum said it needed to be kept out of such political machinations and the use of the Memorial for propaganda “should be opposed by all thinking people worldwide”.

Rinder on MDA’s ‘belief in life’ Rob Rinder has described Magen David Adom as “the most articulate expression of what Israel is and can be” during an address to supporters of the charity. The broadcaster reported from the border with Ukraine as Israel’s medical emergency service provided training to locals and its ambulances served on the front line transporting patients. He was also actively involved in Project Light, when MDA’s UK arm helped in the rescue of dozens of Ukrainian orphans to the UK. Rinder, who also pointed to the organisation’s work

with the Jordanian Red Crescent, told the charity’s annual patrons dinner there was a need for supporters of the Jewish state to be armed with facts and examples to counter hate. MDA was “a critical tool against anti-Jewish racism”. “What more poetry than an ambulance service that isn’t funded by the state but by international diaspora, knows no borders, blood or nationality but shares everything it has?” Rinder asked. “Across all of the challenges into Palestine, into hostile territory, it does so because it believes in the fundamental mission of what Judaism has

at its heart which is whatever we do, chai – life – is at the centre. “MDA speaks to that better than any charity, better than any poetry, better than any example. That’s its enduring value.” Rinder also hailed refugees minister Lord Harrington, who revealed to the gathering that 87,000 refugees had arrived in the UK under the government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme. Rinder told the minister, who is Jewish himself and whose family had been refugees, it was an achievement that was “in significant part because of you”.


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Children’s video / MP’s honour / Kisharon rating / News

Ella, 10, stars in BBC video about Judaism A 10-year-old member of Golders Green Synagogue is the animated face and voice of a new BBC video aimed at telling children about Judaism, writes Adam Decker. Ella Scott was chosen by the United Synagogue to narrate the Judaism videos for BBC Bitesize, the broadcaster’s online study support resource for younger pupils. A cartoon version of Ella, who attends Rimon Jewish Primary school, is seen alongside animated versions of the exterior and interior of Golders Green Synagogue, the Scott family shul. In the first video – part of a series on world religions – Ella teaches students how Jewish people care for others, through giving tzedakah, providing meals for older people and visiting the sick. She also explains how her synagogue becomes an NHS Blood Donation venue during the year and how her community takes part in initiatives to protect the environment. In the second video, also aimed at pupils in years 1 and 2, she guides viewers on a virtual tour of the synagogue, pointing out the Ark, Sefer Torah and Ner Tamid. The production company approached the United Synagogue about the idea in September and Ella recorded her

A scene from the BBC animation featuring a cartoon Ella outside her synagogue

voiceover in October. “I wanted to take part because I thought it would be cool and I might never be asked to be on TV again”, she said, adding: “I thought it would be cool to be a cartoon — and it was quite funny to see myself that way.” The BBC, Ella explained, sent the scripts for the two videos three weeks before the recording, which took place in a studio in Highgate Road, north London. “I tried not to look at people and focus on the script,” Ella said, adding that she’d now like to do more recording. Proud

mum, Lisa, said BBC staff had been “very impressed” with Ella’s calm approach. Ella told Jewish News: “Videos like these matter because non-Jewish pupils learn about Judaism in school and it’s important the content is accurate. It’s also important that pupils know about different religions so that they respect them – for example, if they don’t know about Judaism, they might say they don’t like it.”  The videos can be seen at https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ topics/zqbw2hv

Smeeth earns Navy honour Former MP Ruth Smeeth has said she is “incredibly proud” at having been made an honorary captain in the Royal Naval Reserve in an appointment approved by the Queen. The Jewish Labour Movement’s vice-chair was confirmed in the role, a six-year long commission, at a commemoration ceremony for Jewish armed service personnel last week. In the role she will advocate

for the Royal Navy on issues of importance, and include engagement with communities and improving the recruitment of women into the force. While in Parliament Smeeth, 42, was vice chair of the Armed Forces Group and led on the Royal Navy from the Labour backbench.

NURSERY HAT TRICK: OUTSTANDING AGAIN Kisharon’s Tuffkid Nursery has been acknowledged as outstanding by Ofsted for the third time in a row. The pre-school in Golders Green, run by learning disabilities charity Kisharon for mainstream children and those with special needs, has an integrated approach to learning through play. Tuffkid was awarded outstanding fol-

lowing Ofsted inspections in 2011, 2016 and now this year. Nursery staff won praise for tailoring the environment and activities to ignite the children’s curiosity and to challenge their abilities. The children’s emotional well-being was commended too, with inspectors singling out the home visits from staff before pupils join.


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Special Report / Life stories

‘How I escaped my alternative reality’

A montage of Akiva Weingarten as both his current and former self and (inset) as a child

Liam Hoare meets a man who left the Chasidic world and found an unfamiliar new one waiting for him Akiva Weingarten was 28 when he decided that he’d had enough. Born into a Satmar Chasidic family in Monsey, a predominantly strictly-Orthodox town about 25 miles north of New York City, he describes in his memoir Ultra-orthodox growing up in a “alternative reality”. His first language was Yiddish. Contact with both non-Jews and non-Orthodox Jews was exclusively professional. Rigid separation of the sexes begat underground samesex relations. From a very early age, Weingarten tells me he was taught that Chasidim were “the centre of the world” and to be Chasidic was “the real way of being Jewish”. Weingarten began to question strict Orthodoxy “from a very young age”, he says, though it wasn’t until his mid-20s that his sense of alienation fully developed. By then, he was living in Israel, married with children,

and ordained as a rabbi. He was also working for a kosher internet service provider, giving him unfiltered access to the world outside. “I started researching the history of theology, of other religions, science, archaeology – things that are basic knowledge for the rest of humanity – and found out how all of this had been hidden from me,” Weingarten recalls. By his late 20s, Weingarten simply couldn’t see himself spending his life on something that he didn’t believe in, in a society that wasn’t going to change fast enough to allow him to feel comfortable remaining in it. He felt he had to leave. “I think people can live a lie up to a certain extent,” he explains, “but not forever.” To leave the strictly-Orthodoxy world is to migrate across centuries. It means giving up everything one has ever known – your spouse, children, job, home, shul –and entering a world without the skills even to do simple

things like open a bank account. For Weingarten, going off the derech meant leaving Israel for Germany in 2014, landing at Postdam University’s Abraham Geiger College. Reading Jewish Studies in the context of German Liberal Judaism, he discovered “how freeing it was to learn [about] and study Jewish texts and history from a nonultra-Orthodox perspective: in a way where you can question openly”. Today, Weingarten is the rabbi of liberal Jewish communities in Basel, Switzerland and Dresden. He also runs Besht Yeshiva, which is designed to support those who have left the strictly-Orthodox world to transition

to the secular world, find a place in a new Jewish community, and gain a foothold in the German job market. “I left the community about seven years ago and I can see the enormous changes going on with it,” Weingarten says. “The number of births

within the community is decreasing. The number of people leaving is increasing, and the number who are living a double life is increasing.” Weingarten concludes: “I believe that the ultra-Orthodox world is living on borrowed time.”

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Cricketer tells rabbi that racism probe should have gone further Former Yorkshire cricket star Azeem Rafiq has told a leading rabbi that 20 months after he first raised allegations of racism, harassment and bullying in the sport he would have “expected a lot more things to happen”, writes Lee Harpin. Rafiq told Rabbi Dr Harvey Belovski at anti-racism charity Hope Not Hate‘s gala dinner event in central London: “Our sports men and women, especially men, have got to stop living in a bubble.” Turning to English cricket’s authorities, the spin bowler added: “If I’m being honest, since DCMS [his appearance before Westminster’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport in November], I would have expected a lot more things to happen, a lot more tangible things being put in place by the game of cricket. But unfortunately, I can’t sit here and say that that has happened. “I want the game and ECB [England and Wales Cricket Board] to show a little bit more leadership and start to put some tangible actions in place.” Rafiq, 31, also spoke about the revelation that he had himself engaged in antisemitic conversations in Face-

Rabbi Harvey Belovski (centre) chats to Azeem Rafiq (left), with Hope Not Hate’s Owen Jones

book messages with another cricketer, when he was 19. Last November he apologised unreservedly for the messages, saying that he was “ashamed” and “a different person today.” In his Q&A with Rabbi Belovski on Monday night, Rafiq said that after the antisemitic messages emerged he told his advisers: “It will be difficult for me, but I will apologise without any excuse.” He said the saga helped to bring him closer to another minority group. He added: “For me the apology wasn’t the end. I wanted to make sure that it went further. I wanted to find out why, from the start, I made the

Azeem Rafiq is shown a Torah scroll at Golders Green synagogue

comments, but then reach out to not just the leaders of the Jewish community and learn more about a community that I’ve not had the pleasure of spending much time with. “Luckily since then I can’t thank the Jewish community enough for the love and support I’ve received.” Rafiq said he was honoured to be asked to be a candle holder at an event marking the 75th anniversary of Anne

Frank’s diaries being published. He also described a visit to Auschwitz during March of the Living as “the most difficult few days I’ve ever been through”. He added: “I could not understand how these buildings have been built purposely to murder people and where the rest of the world was. I can’t stand that this continues to happen.” On changes needed to cricket the

former Yorkshire star said there needed to be an “educational element” when recruiting people into the sport “from the bottom” to ensure that “as we organically people get into the game, they’re a lot more understanding of each other”. He added:”We’ve got to actively create opportunities for everyone.” Rafiq said the problem of racism in cricket was still widespread. “I get phone calls on a regular basis, whether that be from individuals or teams up and down the country,” he told the Golders Green Synagogue rabbi. “It’s a really sad place. But I think cricket for a very long time was pretty much a free pass.” Rafiq praised the way Hope Not Hate supported him during the months after September 2020, when he made the accusations of racism and bullying. “It was a very difficult time… where I was fighting and fighting and felt very lonely on my own,” he said. An independent report found that a number of his accusations were true and the case became a major media story in the United Kingdom. It led to a number of resignations at the club.

‘Anti-Palestinian racism’ claim ‘LIMITED’ KOSHER SUPPLIES The UK-based anti-occupation group Na’amod has said it is opening a “conversation on anti-Palestinian racism” in the Jewish community after publishing testimonies that it says shed light on the problem. Among the series of 18 testimonies from young members of the community is a claim that a pro-Palestine protest at Bristol University was disrupted by a group of students from north-west London who “stormed the peaceful protest, sporting large Israeli flags as

they frantically ran through the crowds of protesters”. Another testimony includes a claim that pointing out Hamas’ treatment of LGBTQ+ people in Gaza to people holding Queers For Palestine banners is “a deeply racist idea, and one that often goes unchallenged in our community”. In a campaign launched on Thursday, Na’amod said it was highlighting claims of widespread anti-Palestinian racism in the community following experiences “at youth camps,

in conversations with family, on holiday in Israel”. It said the testimonies, some of which included video messages from the participants, would “demonstrate how discussions on the occupation are brought back to common misconceptions about Palestinians”. One anonymous testimony was from a former Bristol student who “felt angered at the injustice and ashamed of the actions of my community” in relation to claims of anti Palestinian racism.

Kosher food supplies in Belfast are “limited” but the community is not “starving” under the post-Brexit Protocol, a communal leader has said. Chair of the Belfast Jewish Community Michael Black said a “willing supplier” and Members of Belfast’s small a “willing carrier”, along with Jewish community support from the UK government, was allowing kosher vant Jew would move here, food to reach the city’s small which makes survival more difficult.” observant population. Black’s assessment came But he conceded to Jewish News: “Because of our situa- a day after Northern Ireland tion I would doubt any obser- minister Brandon Lewis sug-

gested to Sky News that the local Jewish community can’t “technically practise their religion” because of the Protocol. Last July Lewis also said he feared for the future of the community. On Monday, the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill will have its second reading in the House of Commons. The Board of Deputies had been among the communal organisations to raise concerns about the issue of kosher food supplies in Belfast.


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Special Report / Extraordinary possessions

The eloquence of objects when the Nazis invaded. The socks were intended for the couple’s only daughter, Reina, who was taken into a convent during the war. Eda’s husband Alvertos joined the Greek resistance after the couple had been forced to divorce, in the forlorn hope that Eda could use her Spanish citizenship to escape. Although all three survived the war, the Holocaust more or less destroyed the relationship between mother and daughter. Eda died in Greece in 1990. Marc Cave, director of the National Holocaust Centre and Museum, said at the launch of the website: “When we and HMDT agreed to do a collections-based project together, we wanted to ensure it was in the service of telling the stories of some lesser known survivors of the Holocaust. Some of the objects seem mundane. Some seem beautiful. But all are priceless in what they tell us about the annihilation of normal Jewish family life right Left: The opera glasses are indicative of the culture embedded in one Jewish family’s across Europe. old life in Austria. Right: An ornate jewellery box with a small colourful bird All Holocaust educators are agreed – it is the ordinary objects which bring to life the stories of those who went through the Second World War genocide, writes Jenni Frazer. Supposedly mundane items offer a different significance when attached to the owners or their families. And as the survivors themselves die, the objects remain and help to tell their stories. Such is the thinking behind the launch of a new website created by the National Holocaust Centre and Museum and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, in partnership with the Jewish Museum of Greece. The website, fittingly entitled Ordinary Objects, Extraordinary Journeys,

showcases the life stories of two men and two women, and the objects which survived them. The website, which received funding from the Arts Council, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, Leon Greenman Charitable Trust, and Cecil Rosen Foundation, was launched in Refugee Week, and will be used by the National Holocaust Centre and Museum in its school programmes to teach about the refugee experience. Those viewing the site can see a pair of beautifully knitted socks, made by Eda de Botton while she was incarcerated at Bergen-Belsen. She and her husband had been living in Thessaloniki, Greece,

The chess set belonging to a Jewish family is emblematic of an important family pastime. Its owner was a very capable chess player, and her father ran the local chess club in her home town

“There is a common misperception that the Holocaust just took place in Germany (and maybe Poland). This exhibition tells four stories spanning Greece, France, Austria, Germany, Poland, England and Scotland. “It ‘s a rich digital experience using strong interaction and graphic design. It portrays epic journeys which crystallised the destruction and rebirth of the Jewish family unit.” Dr Rachel Century, deputy chief

executive of the HMDT, emphasised the importance of the project, saying: “These deeply personal objects leave the most profound impression on anyone looking at them They are silent witnesses to the truth about incomprehensible human evil, offering everyone the opportunity to connect and empathise with and relate to victims of Nazi persecution; the objects say more than words ever could.”

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Zelenskyy singles out absent Israel Ukrainian President Voloyou study, you can help those dymyr Zelenskyy has singled that are fighting. We have out Israel for not doing more many student volunteers to help his country, writes collecting donations online Adam Decker. for food and medication to During an impassioned our cities under attack and address to the Hebrew writing on social media to University of Jerusalem make sure the world doesn’t live on video from Kyiv, he forget about the war and said: “Anyone who seeks to to spread the truth to the destroy another country world.” needs to be held accountZelenskyy also spoke of able. Unfortunately, we have his and his nation’s ties to not yet seen Israel join the the Jewish people, adding: other countries that are boy“My office is located in the cotting Russia.” very centre of Kyiv. Nearby Israel has sent 2,000 helis the house where Golda mets and 500 flak jackets to Meir grew up. Not far is rescue forces and civilian where Sholem Aleichem organisations in Ukraine lived. This is the heritage but has not sent Iron Dome of Ukraine. It isn’t just hisbatteries despite repeated torical facts. It’s real human requests and Kyiv has life that has brought our recently openly criticised cultures together.” Israel for not agreeing to Zelenskyy lamented the rehabilitate wounded impact that the war has had Ukrainian soldiers. Students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem listening to the on national sites in Ukraine, Asked what can be done live video address by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy including the monument at to keep news of the war in Babi Yar honouring Jewish the headlines. Zelenskyy said: “Ukraine’s warriors and civilians victims, saying “The Russians even bombed Babi Yar. We all need medication, drinking water, fuel. People forget that there remember and treasure these sites. This is all under threat. How is a war going on in Ukraine. No matter where you are, where can you preserve memorial places during an all-out war?”

POPE WANTS VATICAN WAR FILES ONLINE Pope Francis has ordered 170 volumes of Jewish requests for help from the Catholic Church during the Second World War to be published online, two years after making their physical copies available to historians. His decision is the latest development in the Vatican’s newfound reckoning of its legacy during the Holocaust. The correspondence contains 2,700 files specifically recounting Jewish groups and families requesting assistance from the Vatican in avoiding deportation or trying to free relatives from concentration camps, both in the run-up to and during the Holocaust. Pius XII, who served as pope during the most pivotal years of the war, is often charged by historians with ignoring Jewish pleas for help and cozying up to Hitler and Mussolini in order to preserve the influence of the Church. The Vatican has long insisted Pius XII should be celebrated for secretly advocating for Jews via diplomatic means, but that narrative is changing as more information about his papacy has been revealed to the public. Publishing its Jewish-related files online opens them to easier access and greater public scrutiny. “The Pope at War,” a new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Kertzer, the son of a rabbi, draws on the new archives to argue Pius largely ignored pleas from Jews while keeping a secret back channel to Hitler. Pius did, however, concern himself with trying to save the small number of Jews who had converted to Catholicism or who were from mixed families, categories that were still considered “Jewish” under Hitler’s racial laws. Paul Gallagher, the Vatican’s foreign minister, wrote in a church newspaper that the digital release of the files was also intended to help provide closure to the descendants of Jews who had implored the Vatican for help.

POLISH SHOAH HERO DIES Israel eases abortion laws As an undercover partisan in Nazi-occupied Poland, Jozef Walaszczyk had little desire to add any more risks to his plans. But Walaszczyk, who died in Warsaw on Monday at the age of 102, fell in love with a Jewish woman and became compelled to rescue her and dozens of other Jews from the Holocaust. Although he was responsible for saving at least 50 Jews, his story is relatively unknown in Poland and beyond, partly

because of his aversion to being celebrated as a hero.

Although he was responsible for saving at least 50 Jews, Walaszczyk’s story is relatively unknown in partly Hero: Jozef Walaszczyk

because of his aversion to being celebrated as a hero. “It was a process of one thing leading to another. There was a lot of fear and uncer-

tainty,” he told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in 2020. Walaszczyk was recognised by Israel as a Righteous Among the Nations, the Jewish state’s title for nonJews who risked their lives to save Jews from the Holocaust. He was believed to be Poland’s oldest living Righteous, That title now belongs to Stanisław Wróbel, who was born six months after Walaszczyk and whose family hid Jews in their attic.

Israelis seeking to end pregnancies will no longer be required to appear before an approval committee, go to a hospital for medication or be asked invasive questions about why they want an abortion. A Knesset committee approved the new regulations on Monday, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the 50-year-old Roe v. Wade precedent guaranteeing Americans the right

to abortion. The regulations fall short of the full abolition of the hospital-based approval committees that Israeli Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz had said he wanted, saying that their existence curtails women’s autonomy even if they approve virtually all requests. Eliminating the committees entirely would require the Knesset to pass a law, a tall order at a time when the

government is in disarray. Still, Horowitz said Monday, the changes show that Israel is moving toward more access to abortion at a time when the United States is rolling it back. He had said in May after a draft of the Supreme Court’s ruling leaked that overturning Roe v. Wade would be “a fatal blow to human rights.” Abortion in Israel is still only legal within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

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Israeli study: One-in-five reptiles faces extinction Report into 10,000 species finds half of turtles and crocodiles may die out, writes Tobias Siegal Israeli researchers have warned of the possible mass extinctions of reptile species around the world, including half of all turtle and crocodile species, mostly because of habitat destruction. The warning, issued last week, followed an international study involving 52 researchers from around the world, including from Israel, that found that one in every five species of reptiles on earth is facing extinction. Out of 10,196 reptile species covered by the research, close to 2,000 species are in danger of dying out, said the authors of the study, the first of its kind to address the issue on such a large scope. The threatened species represent around 15.6 billion years of genetic evolutionary diversity. The comprehensive study was conducted

by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) over 18 years and involved Israeli researchers from Tel Aviv University and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The alarming findings were published in late April in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Nature. “In general, the state of reptiles in the world is bad,” professsor Shai Meiri of Tel Aviv University said. “The biggest threat to reptiles is the destruction of their habitats due to agriculture, deforestation, and urban development.” Invasive species present a major threat and the danger of climate change remains uncertain. While comprehensive extinction-risk assessments have been available for birds, mammals and amphibians for years, reptiles have been largely neglected, the study authors said. The IUCN, which said its research is “a crit-

ical indicator of the health of the world’s biodiversity”, aimed to assess the threat of extinction posed to various species according to their specific characteristics, such as reproduction rate, natural habitat and proximity to humans. Each species was ranked on its threat level to allow for prioritising protection of the most endangered. The state of reptiles is “worse than that of birds and mammals, though not as bad as that of amphibians”, Meiri said, adding that “turtles are in a worse position than lizards and snakes”. The study found 58 percent of all turtle species and 50 percent of all crocodile species are in danger of becoming extinct. Turtle and crocodile populations are being reduced by hunting, unlike other reptile species, which are mostly affected by habitat destruction, Meiri said. By mapping out the threats faced by each

species on a global perspective, the study offers an opportunity to direct conservation efforts to where they are most needed, the authors said. “For example, if a particular species is highly threatened in Israel’s Arava desert, but not in the rest of its habitat range that may span the entire Arabian Peninsula, then globally it is not considered a threatened species,” Meiri said. The group said its Red List of threatened species is used by government agencies, wildlife departments, conservation-related non-governmental organisations and other groups to formulate policy and conservation efforts. Among the 142,500 species covered on its Red List, 40,000 species are threatened with extinction, including 41 percent of amphibians, 33 percent of reef-building corals, 26 percent of mammals and 13 percent of birds.

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Hateful slogans have no place Jenni Frazer, in her column ‘Israeli flag has come to signify righteous venom’ (9 June) sees the waving of the Union Jack during the Platinum events as an expression of ‘genuine patriotism’ in acknowledgement of ‘what this country has to offer’, but is worried by the ‘jingoism that goes with waving the Israeli flag’, as some bearers chant anti-Arab slogans. Needless to say, offensive slogans should have no place in any society. But is Ms Frazer equally distressed by the provocations of Palestinian flags, whose growing presence on Israeli campuses and elsewhere in the country is accompanied by chants of ‘from the river to the sea Palestine will be free’, which mean none other than ‘Death to the Jews’, and this in a sovereign Jewish state? Perhaps she should take a moment and en-

visage a scenario with a distinct group marching here with flags and claiming this sceptre isle for themselves? Or consider the Ukrainians who express a desire for a similar end for the aggressor in their midst, yet are met with a generous understanding for their predicament? The Israelis, beleaguered for decades by relentless terror and vandalism, are in pain too as they assert their presence and indelible right to the land of their ancestors. The nationalistic fervour of the citizens of Israel has a strong existential tinge to it, which thankfully is not present in the UK. To contrast the two in the manner Ms Frazer does borders on the superficial and displays an uncomfortable bias. Eda Spinka Hendon

ABSENT ALLY FRANKLY WRONG RARE VIEW I disagree with Joe Millis’ letter, claiming “Israel is in good company”, regarding the Queen’s failure to visit the Jewish state during her decades on the throne (Jewish News, 16 June). Her Majesty should have made an official Royal visit to Israel at least once in her three score and 10 years reign. That fact that she hasn’t visited Greece is no consolation as two wrongs don’t make a right. There are very close ties between the Jewish community in the United Kingdom and the monarchy. We rightly say a prayer for the Royal family every Shabbat in our shuls. After all, there was a time, not long ago, when she could have flown to Israel on the aptly-named Monarch Airlines. J D Milaric, By email

I was disappointed to read the Anne Frank Trust saw fit to commission Michael Rosen to write a poem to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the diary’s publication. Rosen is a vocal supporter of Jeremy Corbyn and wrote: ‘Zionism not racist? Tut mir eyn feyve!’ (Yiddish for ‘Do me a favour!’) Had Anne Frank lived, she might well have lived in Israel, home to more survivors than any other country.

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SO T’RUAH! I endorse Kay Bagon’s suggestion (23 June) that we welcome Turkey’s new name Turkiye with a shofar blast of “Tekiah!”. A ‘T’ruah’ word has not been spoken. Adrian Brodkin, N2

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ave you heard of Amnon Shefler? If it helps, he’s a lieutenant-colonel in the Israel Defence Forces. I’m disappointed to report I’ve only now heard of Lt-Col Shefler — because he is leaving his post as the IDF’s foreign press spokesman after just a year in the job. In my opinion, Shefler’s name ought to have been familiar to everyone, hearing him making the case for Israel in good times and in bad. Warning signals sounded when he took the job with absolutely no media experience. His predecessor, Jonathan Conricus, who did make himself known to the media, felt this was not a drawback. He thought it was a plus for the press spokesman to be able to say “I was there in the field” as a fighter, or a pilot, or a navy SEAL. But as any reporter could have told Conricus, those are not qualifications for one of the most difficult jobs in the communications world. As Conricus’s own predecessor, the British-born Lt-Col Peter Lerner, made clear,

the first rule of being IDF spokesman is to make oneself available to the press — and, security considerations permitting, to tell the truth as far as possible. Obfuscating, hesitating, failing to provide a consistent account are not good. Lt-Col Shefler’s Twitter feed shows he has posted nothing since March. Surely this is unacceptable: the spokesman does not operate in a vacuum, but has a team of young soldiers whose job is to provide a meaningful digital presence. Even if Shefler himself had nothing to say, presumably his staff should have been posting — unless, of course, he told them not to. And here we come to the huge black hole in Shefler’s short spell as IDF foreign spokesman – the utter failure to provide any coherent IDF response after the death of the Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Aklah, who was killed in May. Meanwhile, of course, the UN’s human rights office has now declared unilaterally it was Israeli forces and not Palestinian militants who shot Abu Aklah, a long-time correspondent for Al-Jazeera.

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It is not comfortable reading the IDF response: “An IDF investigation states that the journalist was in no way shot intentionally, and it is not possible to determine whether she was killed by Palestinian gunmen shooting indiscriminately in her area or inadvertently by an IDF soldier.” So where was Amnon Shefler? Not putting his name to this sorry excuse, that’s for sure. There is a massive sea-change going on in Israel right now, with the collapse of the

governing coalition and the prospect of a fifth election in October or November. Yair Lapid, the caretaker prime minister who will oversee the latest political convulsions, most certainly has a media background. Everyone regularly complains about Israel’s dreadful public relations and no-one wants it to spin the unspinnable. But Lapid, I hope, will pay some attention to the inglorious state of the country’s lamentable media relations. Israel, like any country, gets things wrong sometimes. We would all respect the army and police spokespeople a lot more if they would adopt the Lerner doctrine: where possible, show up and tell the truth.

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Far-right shockwaves ripple across Channel ALEX BRUMMER

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t recent community gatherings it has been impossible to escape debate about two political topics. How are we going to get rid of Boris and the political upheaval in Israel. On the first there is an assumption that, as I work for the Daily Mail, which is still supportive of the prime pinister, there must be some way of influencing events. Sorry, but only the party can do that and, anyway, the PM has been broadly good for the Jews. As for Israel, after two fact-finding visits this spring I couldn’t have been more impressed with the way the Bennett/Lapid coalition has been working. Particularly in changing the narrative about Arab citizens of Israel post the upheavals of May 2021. The possibility of a return to the divisive rhetoric of Netanyahu would be a huge step backwards. While worrying and unsettling, the outcomes of these ongoing political unknowns

will, one trusts, be resolved through normal processes. What is far more disturbing for Jews and other minorities is the outcome of the French National Assembly elections. Yes, in Emanuel Macron the French have a philo-Jewish president who is a protégé of Baron David de Rothschild, head of the banking dynasty, and chairman of the governing board of the World Jewish Congress. Macron is seen by some as having been far too soft on Vladimir Putin’s barbaric assault on Ukraine. That is realpolitik at which the French are past masters. Far more concerning is the presence in the National Assembly of a bloc of no less than 89 members of Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party – a tenfold increase in representation. In Britain, minority parties of the far-right have a torrid time and are rarely, with the exception of Oswald Mosely briefly in the 1930s, elected to anything. As leader of the UK Independence Party (which included a number of right-wing fruitcakes) Nigel Farage never reached he Commons. His was in essence a one issue Brexit party and had no antecedents on the neo-fascist right.

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The same cannot be said about National Rally. Marine Le Pen may have successfully expunged the loaded name of National Front and cast her Holocaust denying father JeanMarie Le Pen into the outer darkness. But there can be no denying that the roots of National Rally are those of Marine Le Pen’s father and, in particular, the party apparatus has never been cleansed fully of its antisemitic roots. Le Pen senior described the gas chambers, where my own paternal grandparents died, as a ‘detail of the history.’ Marine Le Pen has made clear her misgivings about her father’s view but has a fuzzy view of the Nazi occupation, describing it as ‘not so inhuman, even if there

were stains.’ Perhaps she was never told of the roundup of Jews at Vélodrome d’Hiver before they were shipped to the death camps. The success of National Rally in the assembly was in excess of any polling forecasts and the outcome means that Le Pen followers have more than enough seats (58 is the requirement) to lead a censure vote on the government and to occupy roles on important committees. The far-right Jobbik in Hungary has managed to achieve electoral success within a less powerful EU nation. But the very idea that a virulently anti-Muslim party with its antiSemitic roots should have such a power base within France, one of the cornerstone democracies of the European Union, truly is frightening. In the current messaging of National Rally open antisemitism has been displaced by a virulent anti-Muslin rhetoric against further immigration from north Africa. That might seem a source of comfort to French Jews who have suffered from ghastly Jihadist attacks. But racism knows no boundaries and National Rally’s antecedents are an affront to one of the great liberal democracies. Be alert.

Changes to divorce law should reduce acrimony RACHEL BAUL

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he importance of Jewish husbands who are divorcing, providing an undertaking or legal promise to ensure civil and religious divorce is concluded fairly was highlighted by a recent case in which a man was jailed for withholding a get. Alan Moher separated from his wife, Caroline, in 2016, after 21 years of marriage. The pair were granted a divorce in a family court in 2019. However, she was unable to remarry in a synagogue without a get, which formally recognises the end of marriage in the Orthodox Jewish faith. Earlier this year, Southwark Crown Court heard that Moher offered his then wife £700,000 in the civil divorce with the get, or £780,000 without it. After pleading guilty, Moher was given an 18-month sentence and ordered to pay £11,000 in costs. The judge in the case told him: “You sought to manipulate and control her, all in the knowledge it would substantially impact her mental health and... also impact her physical health.” A victim impact statement from Caroline said: “Imagine being put into a straitjacket, gagged, your hands and feet are tied. You are

blindfolded. You are in a cold, dark place. Your only weapon is that you are able to hear. You are dependent on your captor to set you free. That’s how I feel still being married to Alan.” We have been asked whether new ‘no fault’ divorce laws, which were introduced this April, would have protected Caroline. The changes to the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 mean unreasonable behaviour can no longer be used as a reason to divorce. Instead, couples can cite ‘irretrievable breakdown’ as the reason, either individually or together, without pointing the finger of blame. Before this, one party had to blame the cause of the relationship breakdown on the other’s behaviour, or the parties had to have lived apart for two years, provided that their spouse agreed, or they had to live apart for five years. These changes should reduce the acrimony and conflict often arising at the outset of a divorce, setting a more civil and respectful tone for the rest of the proceedings. Having worked exclusively in family law for

more than 20 years, it is clear that a no-conflict approach to divorce is the best way forward, especially where there are children involved, and this is what we always advise clients to aim for, wherever possible and appropriate. It is always important when Jewish couples are divorcing that an undertaking, or legal promise, is obtained from the husband at the outset, to make sure that the civil and religious divorce can be concluded without undue delay. However, in the Moher case, the no-fault divorce laws wouldn’t have changed the position in relation to the refusal of a get. The get is a document Orthodox Jewish men give to their wives when the couple divorce. It seals the divorce according to religious law, meaning the husband decides and controls when the divorce can be made final. This means the wife cannot have a new relationship or remarry until the husband cooperates and provides the get. The only difference with the new no-fault laws is that if a husband is adamant that the

IT’S IMPORTANT AN UNDERTAKING IS OBTAINED FROM THE HUSBAND FROM THE VERY OUTSET

fault for the divorce lies at the wife’s door, then as he cannot use unreasonable behaviour to divorce her, he could instead cause her difficulty by refusing to grant a get. When marital breakdown is acrimonious, as was the case with the Mohers, refusing the get provides the husband with the perfect opportunity to exert additional pressure and control over his wife. This could be used tactically by the husband, for example, to try to force her to enter into an unfavourable financial settlement. In this scenario, the three main options for the wife are: to seek an undertaking at the outset that the husband will co-operate in obtaining a get so, in theory, if he breaches the undertaking, she can take enforcement action through the court. Second, in extreme cases, to take criminal proceedings as per the Moher case, or third, perhaps to seek the assistance of the rabbi in resolving any dispute. The prosecution in this landmark case cited ‘coercive, controlling behaviour’ in refusing the get, which is a useful tool in the court’s armoury to stop wives being penalised in such circumstances, and shows the courts are prepared to intervene in these types of cases. Crucially, the successful prosecution of Alan Moher should now act as a deterrent to it happening again.


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Community / Scene & Be Seen

1 KNOCKOUT DAY OUT

Nearly 700 children ran, jumped and fought their way through an It’s A Knockout-style course at Queen’s School in Bushey to raise funds for Beit Halochem UK. Spencer Gelding, CEO of Beit Halochem UK, said: “I’d like to thank all the volunteers that made the day possible and the families that helped raise so much money to purchase specially adapted wheelchairs for severely injured soldiers in Israel. We look forward to welcoming everyone back next year.”

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2 KISHARON GOLFING

More than £20,000 was raised at Kisharon’s inaugural golf day at Hartsbourne Country Club. A sporting morning of golf was followed by a drinks reception where players were greeted by students from the Kisharon Noé School and together enjoyed a delicious BBQ by Jasmine Catering. Winning team captain Caroline Davidson said: “What a brilliant day all round supporting this wonderful charity. Thank you from a very happy winning team!”

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3 KITCHEN OPENING

The opening of a new milk and meat kitchen at Norwood’s Buckets & Spades children services was celebrated with the installation of a plaque in honour of philanthropist Irving Carter. The service provides overnight, weekend and short stays for young people with learning disabilities, who are more susceptible to obesity and other issues. The £60,000 donation from the Locker Foundation that enabled the kitchen to be created will allow support staff to provide nutritious meals for service users to enjoy and reduce their risk of additional health issues.

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5 ART ENCOUNTER

The work of 11 local artists was featured in an exhibition which raised more than £3,000 for Grief Encounter, which supports bereaved children and young people after the death of a parent or sibling. Adrienne Konviser, founder of Art Hub LDN, hosted the exhibition on the subject of art and trauma in West Hampstead. After welcoming 250 guests, she said: “Using art to work through the grief and trauma caused by the death of someone close can be hugely beneficial to the individual’s mental health journey, and as Art Hub LDN, I am incredibly proud to be launching this first collection in aid of such an important charity. It has been a long journey for each of us, but it has shown just how powerful the freedom of self-expression can be as a therapeutic tool.”

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Scene & Be Seen / Maccabi Fun Run

Back up and running again! The Maccabi GB Community Fun Run returned on Sunday as 5,000 participants helped to raise funds for 86 charities. Members of the community took part in either the 10km, 5km, 5km walk, 1km or the Tri-Run which combines all three distances. Each run had an official starter: Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis started the 1km, Jewish Leadership Council

chairman Keith Black started the 5km run, executive director of Israel Bonds Arnon Perlman started the 5km walk, and Nigel Wray, who spent 25 years at Saracens as their owner, started the 1km. All participants received a Maccabi GB Community Fun Run medal sponsored by JW3. Runners and spectators took part in activitiesin the Fun Zone sponsored

by Israel Bonds and World Zionist Organisation including slime making, a selection of inflatables, rock-climbing wall, bungee trampolines and much more. Brighton Jewish Community brought an interactive Brighton on the Pier experience on the pitch that included mini-golf, table football and large Garden Games. UJIA enhanced its charity stand with an outsize deck chair and juice bar.


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hat a feast to go on such a pearl/Would a convent take a Jewish girl?” Barbra Streisand was just joking when she sang these Bob Merrill lyrics in Funny Girl, but Lesley Joseph has made them a reality. Though it’s hard to imagine anyone less likely than the adulterous Dorien Green donning the garb of a bride of Christ, Lesley has acquired the habit to play a nun in the musical Sister Act, which opens on 21 July. Of course no one would expect the former vixen of Chigwell, renowned for her push-ups and put-downs, to take vows of chastity and obedience to play a lowly novice. Instead Lesley climbed the piety pole and landed the top job of Mother Superior in the Alan Menken hit show. “But only when we get on the road and I take over from Jennifer [Saunders],” says Joseph, referencing the national tour. “Until then I’m Sister Mary Lazarus who runs the choir.” So that’s two significant roles she’s rehearsing within the Holy Order of the Little Sisters of Our Mother of Perpetual Faith. Has the actress ever felt a spiritual calling to vespers? “Not at all. I haven’t relapsed. I haven’t converted. I’m just an actor or actress playing a part. It’s not who I am. I am the granddaughter of Abraham Mundy, who ran the Jews Temporary Shelter in the East End, and the great granddaughter of Rabbi Chaim Zundel Maccoby from Russia, who came over here and brought the East End to a standstill with his talks. He was such a powerful speaker. As an actress, you play all sorts of parts. It doesn’t mean you take the religion in it seriously.” Heaven forbid, albeit unlikely as, according to Lesley, “There isn’t a deep book

Lesley Joseph has climbed the piety ladder to play Sister Mary and Mother Superior in Sister Act

about the characters. They emerge in the songs.” With rehearsals only starting in June, there was no time for motivational nun workshops as lines and dance routines had to be memorised. “It’s been very full on, I must say,” whispers Joseph, who was saving her voice. “I’m very tired, so excuse me for not talking loudly. But there’s been a lot to learn. A lot of movement. And I’m not the youngest spring chicken anymore.” At 76, she is taking to the boards with Jennifer Saunders, who is 63, Beverley Knight, who is not yet 50, and numerous other younger ‘Sisters’. But this is Lesley Joseph, the woman who set the Strictly dance floor alight when she


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JN LIFE was paired with Anton Du Beke in 2016. This is the Birds of a Feather star who at 73 put on hiking boots for BBC2’s Pilgrimage: The Road To Rome, walked the 2,000km Via Francigena and met the Pope. Surely nothing is beyond this tiny thesp? “I’m not a dancer. I started ballet when I was four and I should have kept it up. But you never know the direction your career is going to go in.I wanted to be a serious actor. “I wanted to do Chekhov and Shakespeare, but when I left drama school, we were given forms asking: ‘Would you ever do a commercial?’ At that point I said absolutely not, but then suddenly, you’re two years down the line and would kill to do a commercial. An advert would give you the money to go to the other side and do the things you want to do. You don’t know the business until you get into it.” Joseph credits Marks and Gran’s Birds of a Feather for her career’s longevity. “We did 140 episodes over a period of 33 years and I think that gave me enough of a platform to keep going for the rest of my life as it’s always being shown somewhere and people loved Dorien. “I also got to do serious stuff, quiz shows and last year Linda [Robson who played Tracey] and I did Coach Trip, which I would

have said no to when I came out of drama school, but we had an absolute ball.” For Dorien, much like Sister Mary and the Mother Superior, Joseph wasn’t interested in the back story. “Dorien was born out of the long nails, the short skirts, the high heels, the jewellery and the makeup. Once I got all that on, it didn’t matter where she came from, because it gave me the way to move and behave. The only thing I asked for was for Dorien to not be a Jewish stereotype. I wanted her to be a real person. Later, when I got invited to give talks to Jewish Ladies Guilds, I knew she’d been accepted.” Joseph had not yet tried on her habit when we met, but was quietly confident it would inspire. The tight bun and corset did when she played Frau Blucher in Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein in London, and she was nominated for an Olivier award. “Mel worked with us and later sent me a video to say thank you. Obviously I’ve still got it, as he said: ‘Lesley, you are the best Frau Blucher I’ve ever had. I won’t tell Cloris Leachman that, but I love you. Doesn’t mean I want to marry you. But I love you.’” And that was before he saw her dressed as a nun.

• Sister Act at Eventim Apollo from

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SUMMER

Stages of summer

Louisa Walters highlights the must-see shows to book THE PLAY THAT GOES RIGHT

You thought Ally Pally was a quiet, leafy part of London – but this summer it’s the setting for a great escape. Tom, Dick & Harry is a new play about the greatest Second World War escape, sourced from top-secret information that was under lock and key in the war archives until 1972.

Tom , Dick & Harry

Producer Kenny Wax, who has given us The Play the Goes Wrong and the musical Six, is now filling the Alexandra Palace Theatre with dynamic drama, humour and theatricality in the extraordinary true story of the 1943 escape from Stalag Kuft III, a prisoner-of-war camp in Nazi-occupied Europe. Determined to achieve a near-miracle, the inmates begin an exhilarating game of cat and mouse with their captors. Hiding their activity in plain sight with gymnastic exercise, choir practice and cabbage growing (yes really!), the men tunnel deep into the ground beneath the camp’s huts, and soon the most intricate, most audacious, greatest escape of them all is under way. It is no surprise that Manchester-born Wax, former president of the Society of London Theatre (SOLT), is the force behind this gripping and original production as he supports shows others might deem risky (plays going wrong/Henry VIII’s wives in a rock group) by going with his instincts. WIth his production company now 25 years old, it seems his instincts are good. • Tom, Dick & Harry opens 26 July. Tickets at tomdickandharryonstage.com

HEART TO HEART

In her new show The Heart of It Liza Pulman, who is best known for Sings Streisand, will be showing her deep affection for music of the 20s, 30s and 40s, which inspires her own music. As the daughter of celebrated screenwriter Jack Pulman (I, Claudius; War and Peace) and actress Barbara Young (Last of the Summer Wine; Corrie), Pulman’s upbringing has also given her huge appreciation of classic theatre and film. Her funny, intelligent and emotional connection to lyrics and melody goes straight to the heart of every song on her new album, on which she sings Michel Legrand, Irving Berlin, Randy Newman, Judy Collins and others. Flaw-

Liza Pulman

Bad Jews less vocals, easy wit and natural storytelling make her a compelling performer. • The Heart of It, Wilton’s Music Hall (4-5 July) lizapulman.com

FAMILY BROIGES

Joshua Harmon’s darkly funny play Bad Jews is back at the Arts Theatre for a limited run The play follows two cousins, Daphna and Liam, who each try to take ownership of the heirloom their Holocaust survivor grandfather managed to keep with him while he was in the camps. As they debate who should keep it, a heated discussion ensues about family and Jewish identity. Does going through the motions at family festivals make Liam a ‘bad Jew’? Or is Daphna the bad one because she cherry picks from Judaism to suit her mindset? As with all heated Jewish discussion, there is never a dull moment or a comment that should not have been said out loud! • Bad Jews (4 July-25 September) artstheatrewestend.co.uk

THE SENSATIONAL STORY OF WWII’S GREATEST ESCAPE

‘DARING AND INVENTIVE.’ Observer

‘IRRESISTIBLE TALE OF DERRING-DO’ The Stage

‘INTERACTIVE, ENGAGING. ONE OF THE MOST INTELLIGENT PIECES OF ORIGINAL THEATRE I’VE EVER SEEN’ Beffshuff.com

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Stages of summer

Louisa Walters highlights the must-see shows to book THE PLAY THAT GOES RIGHT

You thought Ally Pally was a quiet, leafy part of London – but this summer it’s the setting for a great escape. Tom, Dick & Harry is a new play about the greatest Second World War escape, sourced from top-secret information that was under lock and key in the war archives until 1972.

Tom , Dick & Harry

Producer Kenny Wax, who has given us The Play the Goes Wrong and the musical Six, is now filling the Alexandra Palace Theatre with dynamic drama, humour and theatricality in the extraordinary true story of the 1943 escape from Stalag Kuft III, a prisoner-of-war camp in Nazi-occupied Europe. Determined to achieve a near-miracle, the inmates begin an exhilarating game of cat and mouse with their captors. Hiding their activity in plain sight with gymnastic exercise, choir practice and cabbage growing (yes really!), the men tunnel deep into the ground beneath the camp’s huts, and soon the most intricate, most audacious, greatest escape of them all is under way. It is no surprise that Manchester-born Wax, former president of the Society of London Theatre (SOLT), is the force behind this gripping and original production as he supports shows others might deem risky (plays going wrong/Henry VIII’s wives in a rock group) by going with his instincts. WIth his production company now 25 years old, it seems his instincts are good. • Tom, Dick & Harry opens 26 July. Tickets at tomdickandharryonstage.com

HEART TO HEART

In her new show The Heart of It Liza Pulman, who is best known for Sings Streisand, will be showing her deep affection for music of the 20s, 30s and 40s, which inspires her own music. As the daughter of celebrated screenwriter Jack Pulman (I, Claudius; War and Peace) and actress Barbara Young (Last of the Summer Wine; Corrie), Pulman’s upbringing has also given her huge appreciation of classic theatre and film. Her funny, intelligent and emotional connection to lyrics and melody goes straight to the heart of every song on her new album, on which she sings Michel Legrand, Irving Berlin, Randy Newman, Judy Collins and others. Flaw-

Liza Pulman

Bad Jews less vocals, easy wit and natural storytelling make her a compelling performer. • The Heart of It, Wilton’s Music Hall (4-5 July) lizapulman.com

FAMILY BROIGES

Joshua Harmon’s darkly funny play Bad Jews is back at the Arts Theatre for a limited run The play follows two cousins, Daphna and Liam, who each try to take ownership of the heirloom their Holocaust survivor grandfather managed to keep with him while he was in the camps. As they debate who should keep it, a heated discussion ensues about family and Jewish identity. Does going through the motions at family festivals make Liam a ‘bad Jew’? Or is Daphna the bad one because she cherry picks from Judaism to suit her mindset? As with all heated Jewish discussion, there is never a dull moment or a comment that should not have been said out loud! • Bad Jews (4 July-25 September) artstheatrewestend.co.uk

THE SENSATIONAL STORY OF WWII’S GREATEST ESCAPE

‘DARING AND INVENTIVE.’ Observer

‘IRRESISTIBLE TALE OF DERRING-DO’ The Stage

‘INTERACTIVE, ENGAGING. ONE OF THE MOST INTELLIGENT PIECES OF ORIGINAL THEATRE I’VE EVER SEEN’ Beffshuff.com

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INDEPENDENCE. DIGNITY. CHOICE.

Raymond’s stroke had a devastating effect on his and Pamela’s life until they moved in to their Jewish Blind & Disabled apartment. Now they enjoy the best of both worlds – independence with a social life on their doorstep. Raymond & Pamela moved into their state-of-the-art mobility apartment in 2019.

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NO MORE

BAKING Brigit Grant finds new ways to glow with minimum effort

They’ve been telling us for years. Wear factor 50 protection cream in UVA rays and you too can look like Nigella Lawson. Well, in candlelight at least. It seems the porcelain-skinned cook is averse to sitting in the sun and by avoiding it, continues to look pale and suitably posh. Allegedly nut-brown skin is for farm hands, which didn’t matter to those of us who slathered ourselves in baby oil in our youth. But with age comes wisdom (sometimes) and the realisation that hours spent lying horizontal in the sun isn’t as easy as it used to be. What with the menopause playing havoc and the hassle of lying down when you’ve just struggled to get up, trying to go golden in the shadow of climate change feels wrong and potentially dangerous. So ditch the oil, stay in the shade and try one of the many ways to look sunkissed from a bottle.

Pai Skincare’s The Impossible Glow(£29) isn’t impossible at all. A few drops in any of the three shades (Bronze, Champagne and Rose) mixed in with your moisturiser, foundation or daily SPF and you are radiant. PS: You can also use it on your body and there’s a travel kit, which is handy with so much lost luggage… paiskincare.com

Green People are celebrating 25 years of organic beauty and I can’t recommend them highly enough, notably for the fake (but very realistic) tan their Age Defy+ Liquid Gold Tanning Drops (£35.00) provides. The drops make it easy to customise an all-year tan with no streaks and the seaweed and green tea keeps skin young while protecting it against free radicals greenpeople.co.uk Charlotte Tilbury too pricey? Then OPV Beauty Illuminators (£34.99) is a dupe for her Flawless Finish and comes in six shades that can be dropped into your usual face shmear or worn alone for pure glow. opvbeauty.com

For those with sensitive skin and prone to breakouts, The utan x Jamie Genevieve CBD Tanning Water (£18) is a breakthrough and a hit on Tik Tok. Infused with CBD and Scottish Lavender Oil, the formula works as an antiinflammatory/anti-bacterial to soothe redness and let pores breathe, thereby reducing spots. The tan arrives in four hours. utan.co.uk

Because of weather health warnings the Australian market is awash with fake glow products and the Jojoba Company’s Jojoba Glow (£28) is among the best, as it is enriched with antioxidants and mandarin oil. thejojobacompany.co.uk

Your usual blusher often looks wrong with bronzed skin (think The Only Way is Essex ). Invest in Bloomeffects Tulip Tint (£27) a multitasking soft, berry pink that works on cheeks and lips. And uniquely this little tube hydrates and blurs fine lines around the lips. (Available at Fenwick and Harrods)


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Keep body, mind and soul healthy this summer LET’S GO While considering must-take products for holiday, I decided to ask for other suggestions on the Facebook group, MY EVER. BEST PRODUCT EVER Weetabix came up a lot, along with tea bags, Imodium, pillows (“hate hotel pillows”) Vanish adaptors. soap and plug adaptors Among the other 300 answers: hair spray by the gallon, talcum powder for beach days, Piz Buin tan acceleration oil, Phillip Kingsley swim cap to protect from UVA rays, “ stretchy elastic washing line with hooks either end that I bought for my son to take camping 20 years ago!” That’s So Sun Care range (from £18), iron tablets (thank you, Georgia Walters), hairbrush dryer (excellent), Clinique Moisture Surge Mask, skirt-and-shorts hangers, Apple AirTag in suitcase, “in case the case goes walkabout”, a kitchen knife and silicon spatula, travel piano (yes really!), pop-up wash basket. Tell us what you take. Email brigit@jewishnews.co.uk

Great Expectations

Antenatal, shmantenatal – what’s the big deal? A bit of breathing, a few pushes and your baby’s born. It’s worked since the dawn of time – who needs classes? They were once a rite of passage but now people feel they know so much about birth from One Born Every Minute they don’t need them anymore. Andrea Silverman of Plus One Antenatal Classes says that having been born is not enough preparation for giving birth! “Antenatal classes signal the start of your child’s life and your new life as parents. They are about more than how to have your baby. There are sessions on relationships and problem-solving. They are a wonderful way to spend structured time together with your partner as you embark on this special journey, and they put you in touch with who your baby is.” Andrea says the relaxation and breathing techniques learnt will carry you through times when you feel nervous. You will feel empowered! plusoneantenatal.com

The British Journal of Sports Medicine reports that the inability to stand on one leg for 10 seconds in mid to later life is linked to a near doubling of the risk of death within 10 years. And holding on to a chair doesn’t

SUN CAUTION

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SPASMODIC SUNSHINE in the UK is the reason we seek it elsewhere. The feelgood factor of a real surge of Vitamin D surpasses any supplement, but too much, even when it is infrequent, is risky. There are about 16,700 new melanoma skin cancer cases in the UK every year, with the cancer itself being the fifth most common cancer and accounting for four percent of new cancer cases. Navid Jallali has a specialist interest in skin cancer. The Harley Street surgeon, who is one of the UK’s leading plastic surgeons specialising in skin and breast cancer reconstruction, also treats patients with melanoma. Using a specialist scan (SPECT scan) that reduces operative times and complications following this form of surgery, Mr Jallali carries out sentinel lymph node biopsies by removing and assessing the status of the lymph nodes for patients with melanoma. Mr Jallali has practising privileges at King Edward VII Hospital, The Cromwell and The Spire Bushey. navidjallali.com

Fitness and nutrition experts ACE Lifestyle has some great tips for feeling and looking your summer best.

FEET FIRST Shoes off, toes out – but are your feet summer ready? The team at The Broadway Foot Clinic in Mill Hill have a few tips to keep your feet smelling fresh and looking pretty this summer. • Keep your feet clean and dry, washing daily to get rid of any dirt, grime or build-up of sweat which is very common during the summer • Ensure you are drying your feet thoroughly after washing. • Apply foot cream daily and wear socks afterwards to help lock in the moisture. • Avoid flip flops! Flips flops and sandals without adequate arch support put more strain on your feet, which can result in issues like cracked heels. Moisturiser will be useful here. • Exposed feet need sunblock! The lightweight shoes, sandals and flip flops leave a large area of your foot open to view and sunlight. • Check your feet daily, especially if you suffer from diabetes as this makes you more prone to calluses, sores, swelling and cracked heels. www.broadwayfootclinic.co.uk

• Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. Get a variety of vitamins, minerals and fibre to fill you up and keep your gut healthy. • Eat plenty of protein Protein is a super macronutrient which keeps you fuller for longer, helps your body recover from exercise and improves body composition alongside a resistance training programme. • Keep hydrated Aim for 1.5-2 litres of water a day to avoid dehydration fatigue. and keep hunger at bay! • Pick up some weights Dust off the dumbbells from lockdown and get moving. • Keep moving Upping daily movement keeps weight off. Aim for 7.5k-12.5k steps a day for the best results. ace-lifestyle.com

IN THE SPRIT OF OPENNESS No one likes to hear that they need to have an MRI, but if you’re claustrophobic, the very suggestion can fill you with dread. At MRI Plus in Hendon, fears of feeling trapped are unfounded as it has an open MRI scanner. Open on three sides, there is plenty of space around the body. The scanning room is well lit and you can see across to the radiographer’s room. Just as with a regular MRI scan, you’ll need to complete a questionnaire, remove jewellery and watches, and wear a special disposable gown. If it’s a lengthy scan you can have breaks between each section and you will be able to communicate with staff throughout If you still feel nervous, here are some other tips: 1 Familiarise yourself with the machine and the procedures so that you are aware of what will happen 2 Focus on breathing or use meditation techniques 3 Keep your eyes closed or cover your face with a towel 4 Count slowly to pass the time 5 Listen to music 6 Bring a friend or family member with you. They can even be in the room with you during the scan 7 Think about your happy place or a good memory to distract yourself 8 Ask your doctor to prescribe sedation medication www.mriplus.co.uk


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Helping others to help yourself

Louisa Walters looks at the life-changing work being done in different areas by three inspirational communal charities A healthy home Many of us take for granted that we can live in a home that meets our needs. Unfortunately, for people with disabilities, a host of adaptations are needed to make a house a home. We don’t often speak about the link between housing and health, yet the team at Jewish Blind & Disabled (JBD) know how life-changing it can be to have a healthy home. Only seven percent of England’s housing provides basic features of accessibility, which means many people with disabilities are in unsuitable housing. However, help is at hand. JBD is the only Jewish charity dedicated to ensuring that neither physical disability nor impaired vision becomes a barrier to maintaining independence and dignity. JBD’s flats provide homes for adults aged 18 and over, enabling people with physical disabilities and/or Ruth, a tenant of Jewish Blind & Disabled, and an adapted home visual impairments to do the people’s own homes. The service advises and, everyday tasks that are key if required, funds the installation of aids and to living independently. Each building has its adaptations. own supportive community with live-in house While JBD’s work goes way beyond bricks managers who provide a 24/7 on-call service. and mortar, it is an essential starting point. In 2018, JBD set up an Independent Living www.jbd.org Advisory Service, which takes its expertise into

Jacs is a jovial, outgoing, confident woman with a thriving career, a flat of her own and a book in the making. But her life hasn’t always felt this positive. Five years ago she was so depressed that she didn’t really think that life was worth living. “I had experienced depression before but this time I felt particularly hopeless, she says. “I was living on my own and I couldn’t see anyone or do anything. I felt unlovable and worthless.” Jacs’ mum suggested that she volunteer for Jami, the leading mental health charity for the Jewish community. “I was reticent at first because the thought of being around others and out of the house all day was terrifying. But it turned out that volunteering for Jami was an invaluable part of my recovery,” she says. “Jami’s volunteering manager took me for a coffee and asked me what my story was. He made me feel welcome and accepted and I knew that if I ever needed his help, he’d be there for me. Many Jami volunteers need support and there’s an understanding that not everyone is always okay. Volunteering for Jami always felt like a safe and accepting space.” Jacs continues: “Being expected to turn up somewhere at a certain time and day every week gave me a routine and a sense of purpose. I felt valued knowing I was contributing to supporting others in this mutually supportive environment. “But perhaps the biggest way Jami helped me was socially. I was around people for four hours a day, chatting, having fun and working with them towards a goal. I’m a sociable person but depression makes you forget that. Volunteering at Jami gave me the confidence that I needed to start thinking about reintegrating into the community. “Five years on, I still have the ongoing support of a circle of brilliant, extremely close friends that I made while volunteering. I’m forever thankful to Jami for helping to lift me out of depression, and for bringing people into my life who have helped me to rise to the surface and stay afloat ever since.” Jacs (inset) is in a good place now and says she is really happy. She has written a book on how to look after your mental health.“It fills me with so much pride and gives me such a sense of satisfaction,” she says. www.jamiuk.org

Teen dreams

Summer camp is a place to have fun, relax with peers, take part in high-octane activities and generally have a great time. Yet for some teenagers it is not quite so plain sailing. Jteen, founded just over a year ago, has quickly become a vital support for teenagers with emotional challenges. It runs programmes for parents and in schools but its core services are its text and phone lines. Last summer the Jteen text line had huge numbers of teenagers contacting the organisation for support with camprelated challenges – they shared their worries about homesickness, bullying, difficulties forming friendships and general anxieties. For Jteen helps to ensure that life is as happy and carefree as possible for Jewish adolescents

summer 2022 Jteen is focusing on mental health and wellbeing in summer camps. Bringing together experts in teen emotional health, Jteen has introduced a camp counsellor training programme and handbook. This will help camp leaders and counsellors to connect to their campers, ensure that they are aware of the emotional health warning signs and empower them with strategies to help campers overcome challenges. Jteen has also produced a camper wellbeing guide for campers and their parents, with tips on how to ensure that camp is the positive, lifeenriching experience it is meant to be. www.jteensupport.org


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Beatrice Sayers whets appetites for a visit to a town on the Swiss Riviera, where food and wine are paired with links to a comic genius

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hile some countries serve up their attractions on a plate, others hold back and let curious travellers discover them. Charlie Chaplin was an inquisitive visitor and he so liked what he found in the Swiss town of Vevey, on the shore of Lake Geneva, that he stayed – for the final 25 years of his life. Over the course of a four-day trip I felt the pull of the area’s gentle humour and good taste that the genius of Hollywood slapstick appreciated. A ten-minute bus ride up the hillside from my hotel took me to the house in Corsier-sur-Vevey, overlooking Lake Geneva, where Chaplin and his fourth wife brought up their eight children. It is now Vevey has a twice-weekly market

La Forchette, opposite the Alimentarium museum

Chaplin’s World, a fascinating museum telling the story of the boy who escaped desperate poverty and an unstable family in London for super-stardom in the United States, where he used to stand up for the Jews. I enjoyed clips from his silent and talking films – including his astonishing 1940 anti-Hitler parody The Great Dictator – alongside archive footage of family life. There were also photos of the actor with violinist and physicist Albert Einstein – the two had become friends in the early 1930s – and virtuosos Isaac Stern and Yehudi Menuhin. Chaplin himself was self-taught on the instrument and the fiddle he bought aged 16, strung in reverse so he could bow left-handed, is on display in the dining room. The actor’s comment correcting an assertion that he was Jewish – “I’m afraid I don’t have that honour” – surely cements his place in all Jewish hearts. Vevey may host the monolithic HQ of Nestlé, but it satisfies a lot

more than a sweet tooth. The real pride of the town and its surroundings, the canton of Vaud, lies in its fresh produce, its Above: a street in Vevey. Left: chocolate dessert; below: seabass winemaking and in the the one in Leicester Square, looks thetwo-hour show, which ran every delicious dishes found in its across to La Forchette. The actor night for three weeks in Vevey’s restaurants and brasseries. would have loved the view! marketplace. Along with the other I spent a couple of hours at I had a very comfortable stay at 5,500 actors and extras he had to the Jomini vineyard in the village the Astra Hotel, opposite the railway rehearse for months, take leave of Chexbres to find out about from his work for the performances station, which made travel along the the area’s winemaking tradition. coast – by train and trolleybus – easy. – and pay a thousand Swiss francs Sophie Jomini, who runs the Its restaurant, La Coupole, plays a (more than £800) for his costume. vineyard with her husband and After my vineyard tour I lunched video of the 2019 fete on a continuous sons, offered me a crisp, fresh wine loop at breakfast. If you can, take at Le Deck, just below Chexbres. made from the chasselas grape, the a Lunch on the Lake cruise, where Part of the Baron Tavernier main variety of the region, scrumptious local dishes are served Hotel and Spa, it has Lavaux, as well as a deliby garçons in red-and-white-striped panoramic views cious Merlot. tops, a play on the Breton shirt. over the lake and The vineyards On the bus from Luton airport the mountains. of Lavaux were that night, I missed the Swiss effiFor fish lovers planted in the ciency and cleanliness. But Vevey like me there was 11th century by and the Montreux Riviera left me plenty of choice, local monks. But with delicious memories, particuand I enjoyed denuded of trees, larly of Chaplin. flame-burned the steep hilltuna and Swiss salty sides suffered soil  Double rooms at the Astra meringue followed by erosion, which was Hotel in Vevey start at £140, roasted arctic char with remedied by constructing inclusive of breakfast artichokes, creamy peas and the 250 miles of stone walls crunchy ravioli. that interweave the terraces. The Back by the lakeside in the walls create a stunning landscape, evening to walk to our restaurant, and the vineyards are now a Unesco the Swiss sense of humour rose world heritage site. Such is the pride among the local out of the water before us, in the shape of a giant piece of cutlery. winegrowers that once in a generation they celebrate it with a pageant La Forchette was installed in 1995 to mark the 10th anniversary of as big, elaborate and colourfully the Alimentarium, a three-storey costumed as an Olympics cerefood museum. We dined – where mony. The most recent Fête des else? – at Ze Fork, which has a Vignerons, in 2019, was created by playful menu idea, presenting Daniele Feliz Pasca, who worked each dish in three different ways. on closing ceremonies for the 2006 I chose La Mer, which had three and 2014 Games. takes on perche (perch), a small fish My guide told me that her symbolic of the canton of Vaud. husband was one of the local A statue of Chaplin by John people who appeared alongside Doubleday, a modified version of wine growers and their families in Beatrice with the statue of Chaplin


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ESCAPE

to the Baltics

Mark Silver boards a luxury liner for a welcome return to cruising

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stood there open-mouthed as I stared at the truly stunning ship. It was quite possibly the most beautiful vessel ever launched... yet I much preferred the one I had just sailed on!

The restored, sculpture-laden Vasa is Stockholm’s No 1 tourist attraction. Incredibly, less than a mile into its maiden voyage nearly 400 years ago, the battleship had swayed to one side and dramatically sunk. Happily, the vessel that had brought me to Sweden was more resilient. I had boarded the luxury Le Champlain in London 10 days earlier

and then cruised across northern Europe. The ship is owned by French company Ponant and is a ‘battleship’ of sorts... in that I strongly recommend you battle your way to get a ticket! This was my 25th cruise but my first in more than two years. We explored some wonderful, buzzing, medieval towns and cities. Our French ship was to bring us friendship, with the mainly French and American guests proving splendid company, and so friendly that post-voyage we have already been invited to Colorado and Texas. Normally carrying up to 184 guests, there were far fewer on our sailing as Covid still deterred some folk. But if Le Champlain is anything to go by, the cruise industry should be in rude health again very soon. And, despite the lower number of passengers, there was no shortage of staff who helped treat my partner Samantha and me to a level of service and dining that surpassed any of my previous voyages. There are 12 other ships in Ponant’s fine fleet and, although founded back in 1988, they are still a little-known gem among UK cruise-lovers. They venture worldwide and specialise in farflung and fascinating regions such as the Arctic and Antarctica. Guests are mostly well-travelled and discerning

Le Champlain’s relaxing spa, Mark and Samantha in Amsterdam and some of the stunning scenery in Bergen, Norway

– but Samantha said I fitted in nicely! – and the atmosphere on board was one of continuous joy. We found the unusual experience of boarding in our capital city a real treat – the opportunity to sail through an opened-up Tower Bridge was enchanting, and that was just our appetiser. Soon our mouths would be watering as we visited some of the most charming destinations on our continent. Our first stops took us to beautiful Bruges and Antwerp. Then we enjoyed Amsterdam and little-known delights such as the Danish island of Bornholm, and Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland, which is the best-preserved medieval city in Scandinavia. Aside from breathtaking sights, we came away knowing more about famous figures from history such as the Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens and the Renaissance humanist Juan Luis Vives. I had vaguely heard of Vives, and through our brilliant tour guide in Bruges I learned that the ‘father’ of modern psychology moved from Valencia after close family, including his father, were executed in the Spanish Inquisition just for being Jewish. He died in Bruges after producing wide-ranging works in the 16th century. If you want a cruise ship with the big shows and fancy casinos, this would not be for you. If you are content with, say, a superb pianist and talented singer then stay on board with me a little longer. All cabins have a balcony and the luxuries in the bathroom include Hermes toiletries. The real highlight of a Ponant cruise is the French cooking. I did well to put on ‘just’ half a stone by the end. (There is a small gym on board, so I’m told!) I eat pretty much anything but Samantha keeps kosher and there was plenty for her to savour. She said the salads were the best she had tasted, we both loved the soups, and, for me, the meat and fish were melt-in-the-mouth jobs. Ponant fares include a vast selection of complimentary drinks and we continually had our glasses refilled with excellent champagne; it seemed rude to refuse a top-up. A more-thandecent red, white or rosé is served with lunch and dinner but you can pay for a more specialised bottle.

Samantha didn’t object when I booked her a massage in the spa. There is a wide choice of treatments and my facial using high-end Sothys Paris products left me feeling totally relaxed and rejuvenated. Ponant boasts some of the most interesting speakers in the cruise industry and our talks brought to life how, among other things, the Vikings carried out their daring raids at sea. Our knowledge was further enhanced when passing by Hollandse Synagoge during a tour of Antwerp. The port city was badly damaged by the terrifying V-1 and V-2 flying bombs and this Moorish-style shul fell victim during the Second World War. It was renovated in 1958 and has been a protected building since 1976. All our tours were memorable but the highlight was a ‘freebie’ when taken on Ponant’s own small crafts along the charming canals of Amsterdam; luckily for us, this coincided with the birthday of King Willem-Alexander. This made for a party atmosphere, with hundreds of people dressed in orange celebrating the special day on boats of various shapes and sizes. There was plenty of beer being drunk as the Dutch let their hair down. Naturally, we stuck to champagne! After disembarking in Stockholm, we rounded off our holiday with a couple of nights in the lovely Swedish capital and, from the Vasa Museum, made the short stroll to another fabulous attraction, Abba The Museum. There you can interact and sing one of their hits in a recording studio. I performed Mamma Mia... well, here I go again plotting my next Ponant cruise... my, my, how can I resist it?

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Andrew Kaye Kauffmann swaps sandals and suncream for Sephardic history in Spain’s heartland

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walked to the top of the San Andrés Gate, s Spain welcomes back from which you can marvel at the Jewish Brits in their hundreds of Quarter. Eight gates were built to shut in the thousands, I opted to forgo Jewish inhabitants, but San Andrés is one cocktails in the Costas and of the few remaining. To the south of the ventured instead to the country’s city, you can just glimpse the archaeological heartland, Castilla y Leon. Instead of excavations that led to the discovery of the stretching out on the sand to bask in old Jewish graveyard. The necropolis is sited the sun, I chose to visit the medieval on what is now a cities of Segovia and Ávila, two of pretty pine forest. Spain’s most distinguished historic Almost in Jewish quarters. passing, Maria While many Jewish visitors to Spain might mentioned how visit synagogues in Toledo and Córdoba, you the Jews of the can take an hour-and-a-half train ride from city were sepaMadrid and immerse yourself in two of the rated from their country’s most spellbinding and underrated cemetery when Aljamas. These are the precincts where Jews the Catholic kings worked, lived and ultimately were confined insisted that the before their expulsion from Spain in 1492. Inquisition should Arriving in Segovia, you can’t miss the become more imposing Roman aqueduct, which is the repressive. picture-perfect image everyone who visits the city remembers long after they leave. However, I headed straight for the Jewish centre, where my guide, Maria, was waiting to offer me a visit of Segovia’s enchanting back streets. In spring, poppies swayed in the warm breeze as I walked in the shadow of the towering cathedral. The city’s Jews were forced to live in these environs after the Inquisition arrived, all but condemning Jews to convert to Christianity, or else leave. Sephardic classics are offered with a few chefs’ twists Maria told me After all that walking, the heartiest of we were walking in the footsteps of rabbis lunches awaited me at El Fogón Sefardí. and market traders. Some members of the Popular with Jewish visitors from far and community, notably Rabbi Seneor, reached wide, manager Alfonso greeted me and positions of influence in the royal court. proceeded to give me a tour of the original There were at least five synagogues here, dining hall with original 15th-century thriving Talmudic schools, and a slaughterMudéjar flourishes. A menorah has pride of house and a hospital used exclusively by the place in the centre, and while Alfonso filled Jewish community, but for the most part, me in on the historic gossip – it’s thought that the remnants are to be found in hidden away a prominent rabbi once lived here – my belly churches that expropriated the 14th- and gurgled. I wasn’t left disappointed, or hungry. 15th-century shuls. The chefs add a few personal twists to To work up an appetite before lunch we

In the footsteps of rabbis and market traders in Segovia’s Jewish quarter

Sephardic classics. My aubergine and lamb millefeuille was surprisingly fruity and just the right side of spicy, and my pastilla was stuffed with succulent chicken. Alfonso took me to see the adjoining hotel spa, but all I needed at that point was to flop on to one of the hotel’s luxury beds. Like any good Jew, my stomach often dictates my travel itinerary, so it was with a three-course lunch that I kickstarted the next afternoon, in the nearby city of Ávila. You can either stay at the characterful Hotel Spa La Casa Mudéjar the night before in Segovia or use Madrid as a convenient base. Sitting down first to a dish of creamy courgette ravioli at the restaurant La Gloria Bendita, and then basking in its views of Ávila’s perfectly preserved 11th-century fortifications, I greedily feasted on a tender beefsteak to muster the energy for one more tour. I only just made it, but Ávila’s Jewish quarter, where Kabbalists famously lived and wrote mystical texts, is no less spectacular than Segovia’s. We ended the visit by walking through the Puerta de la Malaventura, the Gate of Misfortune, through which it is said the city’s Jews had to walk to their uncertain future when the Inquisition forced

Segovia’s cathedral and medieval city walls

them from the city where they had lived for centuries. The sweet relief was to see how much resource and attention Spain’s Sephardi authorities have invested in remembering and recreating their Jewish history, and how stunning the old Jewish quarters look today, nestled in rolling verdant green valleys. Next year, the Costas – if only to please my partner!

• Andrew ate at Restaurante El Fogón Sefardí in Hotel Spa La Casa Mudéjar in Segovia www.lacasamudejar.com

• In Ávila he ate at Restaurante Gloria Bendita. The Didactic Centre of the Jewish Quarter in Segovia offers many tours of cultural interest


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Pets on Heat

HERE’S ROCCO With TV’s favourite legal eagle Robert Rinder as his owner, French Bulldog Rocco is ready to unleash Anyone for tennis? Certainly not me. The Judge might be angling for a prime view of Diego Schwartzman on No 1 Court, but I couldn’t be less interested. All that endless back and forth across a net is pointless and I’m convinced ball dogs as opposed to ball people should be doing the fetching at Wimbledon. Just look at the eagerness of young Tibetan, Albus. I can’t think of anything worse than bolting about after bouncing rubber in the afternoon heat, as that’s when we French bulldogs ‘faire la siesta’. There has also been a paucity of Jewish players in the tennis world as the last Jewish man to win Wimbledon was Richard Savitt in 1951 and the only female of the faith to win a grand slam was Hungary’s Zsuzsa Kormoczy at the French Open in 1958. Albus Something is clearly awry with Jews and racquets, which is odd because so many of us are highly-strung and yell “Oy” when exerting ourselves. Our great hope currently (if he is still in the tournament) is Diego Schwartzman the aforementioned Argentine Diego Schwartzman, ranked no 16 in the world. I’m rooting for him because the poor chap has endured antisemitic catcalls at junior tournaments in Buenos Aires and at the 2017 US Open a spectator shouted in his direction: “Jewish people are not allowed here.” Now I may just be a dog with no interest in balls, but I hope they are all in Diego’s court this Wimbledon. Game, set and match to him, I say. Love

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Really hot weather has not been a problem for man or beast in Blighty so far this year. When it does heat up again, be sure to monitor your pet, as they feel it. A dog’s normal temperature ranges from 99ºF to 102.5ºF, and anything over 104 signals heat stress; if it hits 105 they can get heat exhaustion. The best way to help them is a dip in a paddling pool, a rest on a cool mat or by putting ice packs in their beds. Dogs and cats also like ice cream and popsicles and their are dedicated brands, among them Frozzys, which does a lactose-free lickable frozen yoghurt (notinthedoghouse. co.uk), and Woof & Brew, which does Pawsecco Freeze Pops (Pets at Home). Cats with lighter-coloured fur are also more likely to be at risk of getting sunburnt, so think about applying animal-friendly sun cream (titanium dioxide-based) to the most exposed areas, especially the end of the nose and the tips of the ears. Should pavements get hot, spare a thought for paws and do as they do at the Israel Guide Dog Centre and get some little boots. www.israelguidedog.org.uk

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More Cocker than Poo, Daisy Krantz reclines against her cushion selfie as only a Jewish dog can. She has yet to reveal whether plates and mugs will also be in her home range!


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MAKING SENSE OF THE SEDRA

In our thought-provoking series, rabbis, rebbetzins and educators relate the week’s parsha to the way we live today BY RABBI JEFF BERGER

WEMBLEY SEPHARDI SYNAGOGUE

Fake news and cancel culture in the Torah “To exist, man must rebel, but rebellion must respect the limits that it discovers in itself – limits where minds meet, and in meeting, begin to exist.” Albert Camus There is a near-unanimous view in the Talmud and among later commentators that Korah’s intentions were disingenuous; his sole aim was a power grab. The motive of his 250 followers – replaced Reubenite first-borns or overlooked Levites – was not equal opportunity but a resentment-fuelled attempt to undermine Moshe’s leadership. Ramban asserts that the story of

Korah, the subject of this week’s sedra, occurred when morale (and Moshe’s opinion polls) might have been at an all-time low. What future was there for twenty-something males, beyond wandering in the desert for 40 years until they died? Lack of opportunity often leads to social unrest. Seforno suggests that Korah’s followers infiltrated those awaiting an audience with Moshe, sowing seeds of dissent (like social media trolls) so that when the confrontation occurred, an already hostile crowd would instantly side with Korah. Rashi, quoting Midrash Tanhuma, explained the challenges Korah put to Moshe: “Would a tallit dyed entirely in tahelet (blue dye) require tahelet (strings)? Would a house full of holy books require a mezuzah?” Since these objects fully embodied the mitzvah,

was Halacha necessary? Korah was a disruptive law unto himself. Pirkei Avot states: “An example of an argument not for the sake of heaven was Korah and his assembly.” Rabbi Akiva in TB Sanhedrin suggested that Korah lost his share in the world to come. Rabbi Eliezer countered that Korah was eventually rehabilitated. Proof came when “the earth opened to swallow them”, his children were miraculously rescued and, generations later, Korah’s most famous descendant was the prophet Samuel. Another Talmudic tale is about an Arab guide taking wayfarers to a crevice in the desert where voices from below could be heard proclaiming: “Moshe’s Torah is true, and we are liars!” The midrash embellishes the backstory by casting Korah as a man with wealth beyond the

A voice from the crevice below was heard saying: “Moshe’s Torah is true”

imagination. Interestingly, this view resurfaces in the Koran, where Qarun (Korah) is an example of a tyrant epitomised by wealth-based arrogance. And yet Korah aspired to the priesthood. Was it narcissism that drove him to a premature demise, or was there something more? And, if we look for leadership role models from our scriptures, is Moshe’s response an example we should emulate today? Korah may be the first populist Jewish leader making fake news,

enlisting the vox populi to propel himself into power. But was Moshe’s response just a more lethal form of cancel culture? When facing dissent, how do we get back to dialogue? In an ever-more fractured world, how do we recover from polarisation and extremism? It is easy to label someone with whom we disagree a rebel. It is harder to have a conversation with them. But the Torah offers limited airtime to power-hungry demagogues. And, so, it seems, should we.

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LEAP OF FAITH BY STUDENT RABBI ELEANOR DAVIS LEO BAECK COLLEGE

Testing times Sometimes even being king of Israel can’t spare you the pain of having to sit exams. The opening of 1 Kings 10 tells how the Queen of Sheba heard of King Solomon’s fame and came to test him with perplexing questions. While any student who has recently endured exam season – including student rabbis – can imagine the scene all too easily, especially the imposing figure of the examiner, most students can only aspire to Solomon’s ability to rise to the challenge: he is able to answer every question the Queen puts to him. Her examination is also practical: she observes everything from what he eats and drinks to his religious observance. The totality leaves her breathless; Solomon passes the test with flying colours. Apparently, the Queen had heard of Solomon’s wisdom (and wealth) but didn’t fully believe it until she came to see it for herself. This is perhaps one of the reasons we need not just to learn but also to be assessed on what we have learned. The assessments help others to know just how much we have learned. Passing exams

reassures others that they can trust our wisdom, at least in the areas on which we have been examined, so that they don’t have to rely on hearsay. Even more than that, however, exams might also be a reason for someone to offer praise and blessings. When the Queen of Sheba finishes examining Solomon, she says she is impressed that “your wisdom and wealth surpass the reports that I heard”. How fortunate his people are, she adds, and praises God “who delighted in you and set you on the throne of Israel… to administer justice and righteousness” (1 Kings 10:7-9). It can be hard, amid the very real stress and huge amount of hard work that exams entail, for students to remember that often examiners hope to give us the chance to show what we know, rather than to catch us out on what we don’t know. The Queen of Sheba’s example suggests that exam season might actually be what makes graduation season possible: the demonstration of what we have learned creates a reason to celebrate students, those who taught them, and even God, the ultimate source of all our learning. The Queen of Sheba would wish all students undergoing exams this summer the reward of good results, public praise and many blessings.

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