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Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Israel, Magen David Adom has been at the forefront of the battle against the virus.

Our 22,000 volunteers and 2,000 staff have been managing the multiple dedicated call centres established by MDA due to the huge increase in demand for medical assistance. During the peak of the virus, the call centres received a record 200,000 calls in one day. This compares to an average 6,000 calls a day during ‘normal’ times. Paramedics and EMTs were taking samples around the clock, either in private homes or at the ‘drive-thru’ centres, as well as transporting confirmed cases to treatment and isolation centres. |

On top of this, Magen David Adom has been leading the way in response to the virus, collecting plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients and conducting research into creating a vaccine. Israel is at the forefront of medical innovation.

At the height of the pandemic, Forbes magazine ranked Israel as the safest country in the world when considering the impact of coronavirus on the population. This is testament to our incredible teams who have shown endless dedication, professionalism and compassion, setting some of the highest medical standards in the world.

times, Israel has seen a decrease in the rate of infections and as a result has entered the next phase of response to the virus. MDA call centres that were set up to manage the demand have closed, and the responsibility for testing patients for COVID-19 has been transferred to the four public national HMOs (Health Maintenance Organisation). However, MDA remains alert and ready, whatever the future holds.

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A CONSTANT AMONGST CHANGE I find it hard to comprehend how much has changed since our last edition of Red Shield at Chanukah 2019. The world is a different place now, with so many unknowns still ahead of us. However, amongst all the uncertainty there is one constant, and that is the lifesaving work of Magen David Adom. We have chosen to dedicate our front-page to the heroic men and women who have been on Israel’s frontline in combatting this terrible virus. No amount of praise would do them justice, they have been heroes. I have written a tribute to our Vice President and Honorary Board Member of MDA Israel, Irving Carter z”l who tragically was a victim to Covid-19 back in March. His loss has hit us all so very hard. It has been difficult to put into words what Irving meant to MDA, both here and in Israel. He will be sorely missed. Over the past few weeks we have welcomed Barbara Dingle to our Board and Reverend Mark Madeley as a new Vice President of MDA UK. The pair have been instrumental in the success of our Christian Friends Committee (CFMDA). At the same time we bid farewell to HE Ambassador Mark Regev. Mark has been an incredible supporter of MDA and a great friend and counsel to me. The coming months should have seen us ‘zooming’ around the country with speaker events as part of our annual tour of the regions. Instead we are enjoying face-to-face time, albeit through Zoom, with our Committees and Communities around the country. Whilst it remains so hard to predict the future, I am quietly confident that our ‘Every Second Counts’ National Giving Day will engage our Committees and Communities across the length and breadth of the UK. My team and I look forward to getting back out and seeing you soon. Thank you so much for your continued support - particularly during these difficult times.

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THANK YOU AMBASSADOR REGEV Officials from Magen David Adom UK gave a deserved and surprise send-off to HE Ambassador Mark Regev with a socially-distanced MDA medicycle dedication. The vehicle has been dedicated in Mark’s name in recognition of his immense support and friendship to Magen David Adom UK during his time in office.

Due to the strict COVID-19 guidance, it was an intimate affair - MDA UK CEO Daniel Burger, MDA UK Chairman Russell Jacobs, recently appointed Board Member Barbara Dingle, who also sits on the National Council of Christian Friends of MDA UK, and HE Mark Regev were the only ones present at the dedication, albeit 2m apart.

On seeing the medicycle, an appreciative Ambassador said: “This thoughtful gesture from MDA’s friends here in the UK was very moving. Members of my own family have proudly volunteered with MDA in Israel and have experienced first-hand the vital lifesaving work that they do.”

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A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT RIVLIN At the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Israel, President Reuven Rivlin sent a video to Magen David Adom expressing his support, solidarity and gratitude to Israel’s only national emergency service during these challenging times.

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The big day!

Gal Sade Knigsfild and Nofar Almakias celebrate their wedding in Israel after it was cancelled in April due to the coronavirus

Jewish communal life restarts on Saturday, but make sure you follow the postlockdown rules...

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• US shuls urged to start

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News / West Bank annexation / Lawyers’ letter / Deputies’ debate

UK won’t recognise Israel Cease and desist, post-annexation borders say 133 lawyers Boris Johnson has said Britain will not recognise Israeli sovereignty over settlements or the Jordan Valley unless it is part of an agreement with the Palestinians, writes Stephen Oryszzuk. He clarified that the UK would not follow Donald Trump’s White House, which is expected to recognise Israeli sovereignty shortly after it is declared. “I profoundly hope that annexation does not go ahead,” Johnson wrote in an op-ed published in Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot. “If it does, the UK will not recognise any changes to the 1967 lines, except those agreed between both parties.” Johnson said he was “a passionate defender of Israel” but annexation would be “a violation of international law” and “jeopardise” Israel’s improving relations with the Arab world. He said: “The UK has always stood by Israel. Our

commitment to Israel’s security will be unshakable while I am prime minister. “I am fearful these proposals will fail in their objective of securing Israel’s borders and will be contrary to Israel’s own long-term interests. “Annexation would put in jeopardy the progress that Israel has made in improving relationships with the Arab and Muslim world. I have never been more convinced that Israel’s interests overlap with those of our closest partners in the Arab world, including potential security cooperation against shared threats.” Johnson said the only viable solution to the conflict was still a negotiated, twostate solution. “I refuse to believe this is impossible.” The EU’s top foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said annexation “would mean the end” of the two-state solution. “Annexation would vio-

Activists in Rome take part in a national day of protest on Sunday against annexation and for recognition of Palestine

late international law, and we are using every opportunity with the Israeli government to explain this.” Across Europe there are moves to boycott settlement products and sanction the Israeli government. In the UK, the Labour Party said London should follow suit, with shadow foreign secretary

Lisa Nandy urging the boycott of West Bank products if Israel pushes on with annexation. Middle East minister James Cleverly last week hinted that the UK would take punitive action against Israel if Benjamin Netanyahu’s government presses ahead, saying it “would not go unanswered” by Britain.

More than 130 of the world’s most senior Jewish lawyers have called on Israel to “follow the path of the law” and end plans to annex land earmarked for a Palestinian state. Former Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf, former Supreme Court justices Lord Dyson and Lord Collins, and international lawyer Philippe Sands QC have all signed the letter opposing annexation. They said the land Israel planned to annex was occupied under international law, and occupation did not confer sovereignty. “Annexationwouldfundamentally breach a central prohibition under international law of acquiring territory pursuant to the threat or use of force. “Such an act would also undermine the right of the Palestinian people to selfdetermination.” Annexing land would “implicate Israel in violations of international humanitarian and human rights law [and]

expose it to new and grave dangers under international law”, they argued. “We call upon you to follow the path of the law [and] desist from any purported annexation.” The list includes scholars, practitioners and jurists from the US, South Africa, Israel, Australia and Canada, including heads of some of the world’s most prestigious law schools. Among the UKbased signatories are seven QCs. Prof Sands said the unilateral annexation of West Bank territory would be “a grave breach of international law” which would have “the most serious consequences” for both individuals, Israel and the rule of law. “It offers insecurity, instability and lawlessness, the very opposite of what its proponents intend.” Signatories were “committed to the right of Israel to exist and to flourish, and to live in security without armed threats to its people”.

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The Board of Deputies plans to debate a motion on Israel’s annexation of the West Bank in “late summer”, despite Israel planning to declare sovereignty imminently. It follows suggestions that the Board, which has resisted taking a position on the issue, would delay the debate until November, the month of the United States’ presidential election. In his Middle East peace plan, US President Donald Trump gave Israel the green light to annex territory occupied by Israel since 1967. The motion – which was put forward by deputy Tal Ofer – to be debated at the Board, after it passed through the organisation’s international division, sidesteps any mention of annexation, but criticises “any unilateral step by either side” in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has said Israel’s plan would have “disastrous” consequences for the region. Michelle Bachelet issued her dire warning as senior US and Israeli officials were meeting

in Jerusalem trying to finalise the move. The warning by Bachelet added to the growing chorus of international voices urging Israel not to carry out its plan. The UN secretary-general, the European Union and key Arab countries have all spoken out against annexation, saying it would violate international law and all but destroy any remaining hopes of establishing a viable Palestinian state alongside Israel. “The precise consequences of annexation cannot be predicted,” Ms Bachelet said on Monday in a statement issued by her office in Geneva. “But they are likely to be disastrous for the Palestinians, for Israel itself and for the wider region.” President Trump’s Middle East plan, unveiled in January, envisions leaving some 30 percent of the West Bank under permanent Israeli control, while granting the Palestinians autonomy in the remainder of the area.

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Former MP Luciana Berger has been named as the head of public affairs at top communications firm Edelman UK. Berger spent almost 10 years in parliament representing Liverpool Wavertree, holding a number of shadow cabinet positions. In 2019 she left the Labour Party citing its failure to tackle antisemitism, joining the Independent Group, before

defecting to the Lib Dems, for whom she unsuccessfully contested the last election. Berger said of her new role: “I’m thrilled to be joining Edelman UK to lead the advocacy and public affairs team. “There has never been a more important time in my lifetime for governments, compa-

nies, NGOs and the media to build trust.” Hugh Taggart, general manager, said: “In Luciana we have a leader, a campaigner and an advocate with a whip smart political mind, an outstanding record of delivery and that rarest of attributes – respect across the political divide.”


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Long-Bailey says sacking was an ‘avoidable mess’ Rebecca Long-Bailey has suggested her removal from the Labour front bench could have been avoided, writes Mathilde Frot. She was sacked as shadow education secretary after sharing an interview that Sir Keir Starmer said contained an “antisemitic conspiracy theory”. Long-Bailey claimed responsibility for her actions and acknowledged how “painful the issue of antisemitism has been for the Jewish community” in an op-ed in the Guardian on Tuesday. The former party leadership contender also said she “would never have intended to retweet or endorse anything that could cause hurt to anyone”. But she described her sacking as “avoidable”, To the right of his predecessor: Starmer, Corbyn and Long-Bailey reiterating claims previously made on Twitter last week. She was succeeded by Silence is what allows antisemitic con- tactics from the Israeli forces. Peake Stretford and Urmston MP Kate Green. spiracy theories to fester and spread. made the claim during an interview with Long-Bailey maintained that she “I asked to issue a statement and dis- the Independent that “the tactics used drafted her initial clarification about the cuss it with Keir, so we could sort this out. by the police in America, kneeling on row together with Starmer’s office but But when he did call me, he had made his George Floyd’s neck, that was learnt from was later asked to delete it along with the decision. It was a mess, and an avoidable seminars with Israeli secret services”. original tweet, and refused to do so. one. Of course I take responsibility for Peake later tweeted she was “inacShe wrote: “Complete silence from my own actions.” curate in my assumption of American me over what had just happened would Long-Bailey had shared an interview police training and its sources.” She have been an abdication of the Labour in which actress Maxine Peake appeared added: “I find racism abhorrent and I Party’s responsibility to advance dia- to link the racist killing of George Floyd in no way intended to add fodder to any logue and understanding on this issue. to claims that US police had learned their views of the contrary.”

MPs want her back Differences remain between Keir Starmer and a group of left-wing Labour MPs over the removal of Long-Bailey from the shadow cabinet. The Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs called for her reinstatement during a virtual meeting with Starmer.

They described the meeting as a “business-like exchange of views” but said “significant disagreement remains”. In a statement shared on social media, the group said it had “made it clear that Long-Bailey should not have been sacked and should be reinstated.”

Miliband backs boss Ed Miliband says Keir Starmer “took the right decision” to sack Rebecca Long-Bailey. The shadow business secretary said he did not think Long-Bailey was antisemitic but made a “significant error of judgment”. He said: “The problem about the interview...

was the casualness of it, that is in a way the problem. Shadow work and pensions secretary Jonathan Reynolds thought Starmer was right to sack Long-Bailey, saying: “The sharing of an antisemitic conspiracy theory is not something that can be ignored.”

GARDINER QUITS ROLE A controversial figure who led Labour’s unit deciding on antisemitism cases has quit. Thomas Gardiner, who was appointed by Jeremy Corbyn, left the role this week. In April 2019, leaked internal Labour documents revealed the party failed to take any disciplinary

action against hundreds of members accused of antisemitism. The files revealed that Gardiner reportedly frustrated efforts to fast-track the investigation of a member who condemned Jewish MPs for being “s*** stirring c** buckets” in the pay of Israel”.

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UJS’ CAMPAIGNS HEAD OFF TO LJF The Union of Jewish Students’ campaigns director Daniel Kosky, 22, has been appointed the new director of London Jewish Forum (LJF). The Nottingham University graduate, who placed second in Jewish News’ Twenty Five Under 25 recently, said he was “delighted and excited� at the prospect of working with City Hall and Town Halls across the capital. LJF’s Adrian Cohen and Andrew Gilbert said Kosky was “one of the leading young activists in our community�.

HET HOLDS ONLINE CONFERENCE The Holocaust Educational Trust held its annual ambassadors’ conference online this week, just days before measures to ease the coronavirus lockdown. The charity takes thousands of youngsters to Auschwitz-Birkenau annually and many decide to become ambassadors, taking the learning and lessons of the trip back to their communities. This year, their conference took place virtually, with a moving final session planned with survivor Mala Tribich.

Don’t hog waiting lists, parents urged The umbrella group for Jewish education has called on parents whose children secured a place in a Jewish secondary school not to hog waiting lists at the expense of other pupils, writes Mathilde Frot. “The biggest problem in the process is that parents who have already been offered and accepted a place in one Jewish school insist on remaining on the waiting list for a different school,� Partnership for Jewish Schools (PaJeS) said. “This means that if a school creates additional spaces, it is not possible to ensure those places are offered to children currently without a place in any

Jewish school,� it warned. PaJeS made the demand in response to a letter from eight families with children who do not hold a Jewish secondary school place for September. The families, who came

together through the Oversubscribed London Jewish Secondary Schools Facebook group, demanded an urgent review of the allocation system. A letter issued by the group on Tuesday said: “The existing admission arrangements mean children who already have places at a Jewish school are being allowed to remain on the waiting lists of other Jewish schools, even though our children have still not been allocated a Jewish school... “As a result of this situation, our children’s mental health is suffering. They are under terrible emotional strain, with increased levels of anxiety.�

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PEARL KILLER SET FOR FREEDOM A Pakistani man convicted of kidnapping and murdering Jewish American journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002 could be freed this week after the country’s Supreme Court refused to overturn a decision commuting his death sentence. Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh (pictured, inset) has served 18 years in prison and learned of his pending release in April, after a court ruled instead that his death sentence should be commuted to seven years, which he has already served.


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Jewish leaders have criticised a claim by the Black Lives Matter UK group (BLMUK) that politics is being gagged. On Sunday, it tweeted to its nearly 60,000 followers: “As Israel moves forward with the annexation of the West Bank, and mainstream British politics is gagged of the right to critique Zionism, and Israel’s settler colonial pursuits, we loudly and clearly stand beside our Palestinian comrades. FREE PALESTINE.” Board of Deputies president Marie van der Zyl criticised the tweet, saying it was “beyond disappointing” that a “supposedly anti-racist organisation has leaned into the antisemitic

trope that British politics is ‘gagged’ in terms of debating Israel, a claim particularly preposterous because Israel is one of the most discussed foreign policy issues in this country”. The Jewish Leadership Council tweeted: “We unequivocally support the fight against anti-black racism. That people suffer abuse & prejudice because of the colour of their skin is abhorrent & we are actively involved in this fight as a community. But please do not fight racism with racism – we must be allies.” The Campaign Against Antisemitism said BLMUK “should embrace solidarity from Jews” and

“should aspire to be a movement against racism that unifies people and achieves lasting change, not a movement that spreads hatred and achieves lasting division”. A post on Monday on blacklivesmatteruk.com – which is run by BLMM, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and is not connected to BLMUK – read: “Criticising the state of Israel is not antisemitic and we support BLMUK’s call for solidarity with the Palestinians. Attacking BLMUK

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Jewish leaders criticise BLMUK ‘gagged’ tweet A Black Lives Matter protest in London and (inset) BLMUK’s tweet

for standing up for Palestinians is an attempt to weaken the anti-racist movement, and this would appear to be the aim of much of the media and the right in this country. “Israeli police forces have played

a key role in training militarised US police forces. Whether this involves training in the restraint methods used to kill George Floyd is not known but we note this allegation has been denied by the Israeli state.”

INTERFAITH POLICY TALKS Expel politician, Plaid Cymru told Jewish leaders this week met counterparts from other faiths to come up with a series of policy proposals ahead of an interfaith forum in Saudi Arabia in the autumn. At the G20 Interfaith Forum, scheduled to take place in Riyadh in October,

European religious, academic and government leaders will outline their possible roles in addressing the challenge of a post-coronavirus world. This week’s first meeting, held online, was designed to produce ideas on equality, climate change and technology.

Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis, highlighted a recent Belgian ban on ritual slaughter. He said the issue “needs to be discussed… to ensure that there is legal protection of religious freedom or belief for all”.

Jewish leaders have expressed concern about a Welsh politician they accuse of promoting conspiracy theories about Zionists and Israelis. Plaid Cymru last year suspended Sahar Al-Faifi after the Board of Deputies complained about her past social

media posts. She apologised in a meeting with Jewish representatives and was reinstated. While she made changes, she retained some posts, including one which showed Hamas leaders declaring victory. This week the Board’s senior vice-president Sheila

Gewolb, deputy for Cardiff United Synagogue, wrote to the party after Al-Faifi repeated the suggestion that the US police officers who killed George Floyd learned their tactics from Israelis. Gewolb urged the party to exclude Al-Faifi permanently.

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News / Leicester lockdown / Commual guidance

Why the 11-day wait, asks Singing scaled back Leicester community chief A leader of the Jewish community of Leicester has criticised the slow response of government after it finally imposed a local lockdown on the city this week, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Speaking to Jewish News ahead of the planned reopening of the Highfield Street synagogue, which now looks in doubt, Leicester Hebrew Congregation chair Anthony Jacobs said action should have been taken much sooner. “I wouldn’t be surprised if this lockdown

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didn’t go on for a month or more, because I can’t see how they’re going

to judge in two or three weeks whether things have calmed down suffi-

ciently,” Jacobs said. “They don’t seem to be on top of it. Leicester has been talked about for 11 days. Why did it take that long to shut us down? They needed to shut us down on day two to stop it spreading.” The predominantly elderly congregation of around 100 families is led by the much-loved Chabad Rabbi Shmuli Pink and had planned to reopen the doors on 25 July. This may now be pushed back to August or beyond.

JEWISH BURIALS MORE THAN DOUBLE The Board of Deputies urged the community to remain cautious as it released analysis showing the rate of Jewish burials has more than doubled this spring, compared to 2019. Data released on Tuesday shows the months of March, April and May this year saw a total of 811

Jewish burials. The numbers represent a stark 127 percent increase when compared to the same period last year, which logged 358. The Jewish umbrella group recorded a total of 501 Jewish funerals where Covid-19 appeared on the death certificate as of last Friday,

up from 500 the previous week. “The reopening of some shuls will come as a relief, as some aspects of our Jewish way of life return to normal,” said its president Marie van der Zyl. “But as these figures show, we have disproportionately lost loved ones as a community.”

Shulgoers are being urged to avoid singing and raising their voices to avoid transmission from droplets. Guidance published by the government this week ahead of the easing of restrictions on places of worship in England on 4 July cautions against playing wind instruments. The advice recommends using recordings instead of live singing. The advice states that wherever essential, a single worshipper may sing, with the possibility of using glass screens to shield other congregants. Synagogues will be permitted to welcome more than 30 congregants per service, provided that they adhere to social distancing guidelines. But “lifecycle events” such as barmitzvah and batmitzvah services should have no more than 30 people present unless as part of a routine service. Worshippers should bring their own prayer books, but places of worship may offer a selection, which have been quarantined for 48 hours. The guidance also cautions against large wedding receptions, but does permit small gatherings of up to two households when held indoors or of up to six guests from different households if outdoors. Wedding ceremonies should be “concluded in the shortest reasonable time”, according to the guidance,

Recordings may replace live music

which also states that couples should wash their hands before and after exchanging rings, which should be handled by as few people as possible. The government guidance adds that no food or drink should be consumed as a part of a wedding ceremony “unless required for the purposes of solemnisation”. The United Synagogue, meanwhile, is urging member shuls to retain an online presence after reopening so congregants unable to attend in person do not feel excluded. “While some members will return to our buildings for services as soon as they are open, others will be unable to attend or will not wish to return yet. As a result, it is essential that the online provision remains strong and that those that cannot or are not ready to return do not feel excluded,” reads detailed guidance produced by the movement this week.

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Salita mourned / Icke books / News

Tributes to ‘man of passion’ Tributes have been paid to the head of the Genesis Philanthropy Group, who has died aged 52, writes Adam Decker. Ilia Salita, the Russian-born chief executive of GPG, which gives hundreds of thousands of pounds to Jewish organisations in the UK, led an expansion of its work across three continents, with British projects among the foremost to benefit. News of his death, fromcancer, took the community by surprise. Colleagues at GPG paid tribute to “a dear friend, colleague, mentor and leader”. After graduating from Moscow State University, Salita moved into academia before turning his attention

Genesis chief Ilia Salita at a Jewish News awards night

to philanthropy. GPG gives money to Jewish organisations around the world, including the JW3 cultural centre.

“We are shocked and saddened,” said JW3 chief executive Raymond Simonson. “Ilia was one of our first ever guests.

Over the subsequent years he became a critical friend to JW3, and to me as chief executive. “He was a real mensch and always made time whenever he was in London to chat about the challenges facing the Jewish world, exciting new ideas, and football too.” Among Salita’s more favoured projects were those aiming to support the vulnerable, build communities and inspire the young. JLGB chief executive Neil Martin said his organisation had greatly benefited from GPG’s support. “From the day we first met, Ilia believed in our vision and worked with us to help us expand our activities in ways

we didn’t imagine would be possible so quickly. He cared passionately about the next generation and the continuity of Jewish community life.” GPG chair Gennady Gazin said: “Those of us who were fortunate enough to count him as a friend mourn the enormity of his loss, even as we reflect on the scope of his contributions to the world through the relationships he nurtured, as well as the passion he showed in his life and for his life’s work”. Salita is survived by his wife, Irina, two sons, Joshua and Robert and his father, Mikhail. The Jewish Funders Network is coordinating his memorial fund.

Waterstones to remove Icke books Waterstones will remove all books written by infamous conspiracy theorist David Icke from its shelves after one of his titles was pictured at a branch in Southport. A copy of his 2017 book Everything You Wanted to Know But Have Never Been Told was spotted on Tuesday dis-

played in a section marked “alternative histories and conspiracies”. The paperback was yesterday available to order on the bookseller’s e-commerce platform at £11.99, together with his 2019 book The Trigger: The Lie That Changed the World, available for £20. Icke previously claimed the world

is run by reptiles and has faced accusations of antisemitism. A spokesperson for Waterstones told Jewish News: “Most of the selection is done at a local, shop-floor level. We will look into this immediately to ensure any stock is completely removed from sale.”

NEWS IN BRIEF

TEENS GUILTY OF ATTACKING RABBI Two teenage brothers have been found guilty of an antisemitic attack on a rabbi. The boys, aged 15 and 16, shouted “F*** Jews” as the man walked through Amhurst Park in Clapton, north London, on 29 November. Prosecutors said they ran off laughing after kicking the victim, named as Joshua Lazenga, 54. He had travelled to the UK from Israel for a wedding and suffered an injured back and finger. The brothers will be sentenced on 21 July.

DRUZE VILLAGE GETS JNF PLAYGROUND JNF UK has donated a £137,000 playground to a Druze village on Mount Meron in northern Israel. The playground in the village of Beit Jann is expected to open in the coming months and benefit thousands of children from the local and surrounding areas. JNF UK, which describes itself as Britain’s oldest Israel charity, recently helped to distribute an estimated 1,500 food parcels and hygiene products among the elderly as part of a joint initiative with other charities.


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News / Precious pendant / 80 Over Eighty

Heirloom that survived Hitler and Stalin is lost in lockdown It remained unscathed through Nazi occupation and communist rule – but the cherished gold pendant bearing Eva Rocek’s name could not survive the coronavirus pandemic, writes Mathilde Frot. Eva, who died in 2015 aged 88, used to wear it on a gold chain around her neck in homage to her uncle, a goldsmith who wrought it and perished in the Shoah. During the Second World War, the round pendant with Eva’s name carved in the centre was left with a family friend, a Christian who kept it safe after its owner’s deportation to Theresienstadt in July 1942. There, Eva met her husband Jan Rocek, now 96 and based in Delaware. Eva, who also survived Auschwitz-Birkenau, Kurzbach concentration camp and a death march, was reunited with Jan after the war. The pendant had “a very special meaning” for Eva, her husband told Jewish News. She would almost never wear any jewellery save the pendant, he said. But in 1960 the couple left the beloved item with relatives in England to thank them for helping them escape from behind the Iron Curtain in communist Czechoslovakia and emigrate to the United States, where they pursued careers as chemists. The pendant was returned to Jan 55 years later, after Eva’s death.

Miriam Saxl with daughter Maya, Eva and Jan Rocek. Right, Miriam’s daughter Eva. Left: The precious pendant necklace

Fast-forward to March 2020 and Jan, intent on preserving his late wife’s memory, hoped to pass the heirloom on to Miriam Saxl, a relative living in Oxford whose youngest daughter was named after Eva. “It was also the only piece of jewellery she had on during our escape from communist Czechoslovakia in 1960,” Jan said last week. “To part with it, and give it to the daughter of one of my two cousins who supported us during our stay in England after our escape, was certainly a most generous gesture.”

“It is because of that history the pendant had a very special meaning to me and I therefore wanted it to be worn by my little cousin, born a year after Eva’s passing who carries her name,” he added. Unable to travel during the lockdown to deliver the pendant in person, the 96-yearold widower attempted to deliver it through the post. But the cherished gold pendant was lost during what should have been its most routine journey. The package, last seen at Heathrow Airport

on 3 April, also contained a replica of the pendant for the intended recipient’s sister, Maya. The mother-of-two from Oxford, who is Jan’s first cousin twice removed, remains hopeful for a miracle, something she said would “be wonderful”. But were she to track down the necklace, which survived other brushes with history, she would not store it away under lock and key. “Jan has been clear that he wants both my daughters to wear their necklaces in memory. There’s no idea of any kind of putting it away for safekeeping,” she said. “That’s not how we see it. It’s something to be worn, a living thing rather than something stored away. My daughter’s only three, so she’s not going to be wearing it much yet. It will be something that goes with a story.” A Parcelforce Worldwide spokesperson said: “While we appreciate that no amount of money that compensates for this, we are arranging for the customer to receive a gesture of goodwill to compensate for the distress caused.”  Can you help trace Eva’s pendant? If so, visit www.evaspendant.com/ contact.html

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A “groudbreaking” project to profile and honour the achievements of older people in the Jewish community has been launched by Jewish News in partnership with Jewish Care. The 80 Over Eighty project will celebrate octogenarians and older who have made an imprint on Anglo-Jewry or the wider country – and continue to do so. Inspired by the recordbreaking exploits of Captain Sir Thomas Moore and, at a moment when many older people are

feeling particularly isolated, we are calling for nominations of older role models from eight categories: war heroes, boundary pushers, Jewish communal contribution, philanthropy, Holocaust survivors still relaying their experiences, legendary volunteers and mitzvah angels ‘still making it happen in the wider world’. Nominees can have made their mark in one or several of these areas, but ideally their impact will still be being felt today in some way. It will then be down to a panel

of judges drawn from synagogue, volunteering and Holocaust bodies – alongside celebrities Rachel Riley and Tracy Ann Oberman – to select the final 80 before they are profiled in these pages in October. Unlike our younger lists, this one will not be ranked. Jewish Care chief executive Daniel Carmel-Brown said: “Jewish Care is delighted to be supporting 80 over Eighty. There are so many wonderful people who have made inter-

esting, valuable and groundbreaking contributions to our community and to wider society, and this gives us a fantastic opportunity to hear some of their stories and get a glimpse into the fascinating lives many older people have led.” Judging panel chair Andrew Gilbert said: “A new list is always a challenge and this one is very different and special. When asking people to be on the panel, everyone jumped to say ‘yes’.”

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Charity concerns / Veterans honoured / News

Social care charities face £6.5million loss The community’s social care charities are staring down the barrel of a minimum income loss of close to £6.5million from halted routine fundraising, new estimates suggest. Charities surveyed by the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) face increased costs of £2.6m incurred by the coronavirus pandemic. They have so far secured savings of nearly £3.4m and allocated reserves of more than £1.3m to continue essential services, according to the JLC. The umbrella body released its stark estimates today as it announced the first 20 recipient organisations of its Social Care Assistance Fund, which include leading charities such as Jewish Women’s Aid, Norwood, Jami, Camp Simcha, Chai Cancer Care, Kisharon and the Langdon Foundation. Another grant recipient is the Stamford Hill-based charity Step by Step, which has delivered more than 900 meals to families and given more than 200 activity packages to

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children and young people with disabilities. The JLC, which has so far raised close to £1.5m of its £2m target, is appealing for more donations on its website. “Charities are facing increased costs for extra expert care, measures to enable safe continuation of counselling, physical therapy and face-to-face contact with those most at risk,” read a statement from the JLC.

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JWA RECEIVES £250K GRANT A Jewish women’s charity facing a surge in demand from domestic abuse victims has been given a £250,000 financial boost from the City of London Corporation’s charitable funds. Jewish Women’s Aid (JWA), which supports female victims of domestic

abuse and sexual violence and their children, has faced a huge battle to help hundreds of extra callers during the coronavirus lockdown. City Bridge Trust announced its grant to the Finchley-based charity this week, in response a fundraising appeal, after it faced “unprecedented demand for

its services during the pandemic, after 25 percent more women called for help. The money will be used to employ a senior independent domestic violence advocate for five years, to help Jewish women and girls from across the capital escape violence and abuse and rebuild their lives.

900 honour army vets More than 900 online users tuned into a virtual event to honour British Jewish servicemen and women during National Armed Forces Week. The ceremony, held by the Jewish Military Association (AJEX) on Sunday, sought to “commemorate all those who fell, whose memories we will always cherish and thank those who served and are currently serving,” according to the organisation’s chairman, Mike Bluestone. National Armed Forces Week, which ran from 22 to 28 June this year, called on the

UK to show its support for the Armed Forces community. JFS and Hasmonean pupils read aloud war poems during the event, which included a wreath-laying ceremony at Bushey War Memorial and a keynote address delivered by AJEX patron and former Defence Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind. Other participants included armed forces chaplain Rabbi Reuben Livingstone, Board of Deputies president Marie van der Zyl and veteran Ron Shelley.

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Michael Rosen said he was just hours from death when he was rushed to A&E with coronavirus. The poet and author, 74, spent almost seven weeks in an induced coma on a ventilator after falling ill in March. He told the Today programme: “My respiratory system was conking out but so were my liver and kidneys and I didn’t know that but found out afterwards.” Asked how he is now, the former Children’s Laureate told the Radio 4 programme: “Feeble. My legs feel very, very feeble.”

Jewish students organised a star-studded virtual ‘Mega Event’ celebration to mark the end of term at Cambridge University, which was viewed by more than 10,000 people. Alumni such as Clare Balding, and Griff Rhys Jones joined more than 500 students and staff in a live-streamed video on Sunday, as £6,900 was raised for two charities combating the impact of coronavirus. ‘Mega Event’ president, George Rosenfeld, said: “We wanted to give students the chance to reconnect.”

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“It’s been a long three months. I’m very excited to get my chef’s whites back on this weekend and do what I do best,” says Chesky Myer, pastry chef at Tish. Kosher diners will be excited, too, as London’s kosher restaurants are taking part in the great English opening this weekend – but what can we expect? Lee Landau, the kosher restaurant scene’s answer to Richard Caring, has opened 12 restaurants in 12 years. His S Group comprises Soyo, Pizaza, Hot Cut, Pita, Delicatessen, Reubens and the new Soyo Diner that opened just before lockdown. They have kept the community fed with delivery and takeaway, but now it’s time to open the doors. “We can’t all keep ourselves locked up at home until

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Covid-19 goes away,” he says. “We must learn to live with it and it’s our job to make our diners feel safe so they will have the confidence to go out to eat again.” Landau and his team have been working around the clock to not only keep the restaurants afloat during lockdown, but to put procedures in place for reopening. Pivoting to delivery and takeaway straight away was key to maintaining turnover (which increased at fastfood joints Hot Cut and Pita), keeping the brands alive and keeping as many staff off furlough as possible (40 out of 200). They adapted where possible, rolling out an express menu for Delicatessen in Hampstead and taking the decision to close Pizoyo in Borehamwood to focus on more profitable venues. Kosher restaurateurs are no stranger to working with restrictions, but this is a whole new ball game. From this weekend, diners at S Group venues will be greeted at the door and asked to give their contact details in case they are needed for track and trace. Tables will be suitably distanced and fixed booths will be separated by Perspex screens. Tables will be sanitised between sittings and each diner will have a disposable paper placemat menu. Cutlery and glassware will only appear once seated, while salt, pepper and condiments will be available in sachets. All points of contact, such as door handles, will be cleaned every hour, toilets every half an hour and bottlenecks such as entrances and service counters managed. All this comes at a cost, as does the fact that many of the ingredients and supplies have increased in price, but Landau is conscious people need to be encouraged to come out, not priced out of coming. S Group restaurants will add a 75p Covid surcharge per diner to the bill to cover the increased costs, and Landau will be recommending other restaurant owners do the same. “This

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pandemic has united the industry and we are sharing ideas and working together to keep it going,” he says. Gideon’s in Edgware opened last November and a newly-built-up clientele fell away as Covid struck. “We had to adapt fast to survive and also to ensure we could continue to provide kosher food to people stuck at home,” says owner Gideon Schulman. They quickly launched a free delivery service locally and distributed leftover food to local families struggling during the lockdown. With the doors closed, they took the opportunity to get on with a redesign of the restaurant to incorporate a bar and a new look. Gideon’s is opening mid-July in a limited way, with tables booked in advance, limits on customer numbers, table service and a ‘footlong hotdog’ menu. Tish in Belsize Park is opening at the weekend with slightly reduced hours. While it won’t be practical to reinstate the Shabbat pre-order meal service straight away, as large groups are not allowed, a full à la carte menu will be available all day and evening. Tish will also make use of its large, spacious terrace and offer bar bites and tapas-style dishes. “We’ve had a week of training in all the new

measures and are keen to get going,” says Chesky. “I’ve never had so long off work since I started aged 16, but I’ve used the time to plan menus and practise dishes.” Adam Urinov is reopening his Edgware restaurants Aviv and Met Su Yan to diners this weekend. Aviv has kept going with deliveries and Friday night dinners during lockdown, but staff at Met Su Yan tend to travel from further out and were not comfortable doing so at the height of the pandemic. “I did what I needed to do to survive the past three months, but the real challenge starts now,” he says. “Met Su Yan will reduce to a 40-seater to be able to keep tables far enough apart, but Aviv is a bigger place so we should still be able to seat 75.” Both venues will rely on takeaway trade to keep profitable, and Urinov will put more people in the kitchens if demand is there. Functions are off for now, but based on the government diktat that two households of any size can meet, at Aviv Urinov expects to see a return of the large scalebookings for which the restaurant is so well-known. Following government guidelines and working closely with health and safety officials, kosher restaurant owners will be doing all they can to ensure the safety of staff and customers. As for the diners, Landau’s advice is to stay alert, control the virus, save lives and eat salt beef.


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World News / Life-saving op / Zoom memorial / Virus surveillance

Israeli docs save Palestinian toddler A two-year-old Palestinian boy who had a life-saving operation in Israel is set to return home after weeks spent recovering without his parents, writes Adam Decker. Hamza Ali Mohammed, who was born with potentially fatal congenital heart disease, had open-heart surgery at a hospital in Holon in February, while his parents waited anxiously in Ramallah, unable to travel owing to the coronavirus lockdown. The youngster (pictured with a doctor) was only kept alive with the help of a breathing machine as a medical team from the charity Save a Child’s Heart fought to save his life, and this week was finally set to return home after more than two months in a critical condition. While his mother and father had initially travelled to Israel with Hamza, they had returned to the Palestinian city for a short visit to see family and friends when strict lockdown conditions came into effect, rendering them unable to return to Holon. “We all became his family,” said Dr Ahmed Amer, a paediatrician at Wolfson Medical Centre, where Hamza was treated in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and in the Paediatric Cardiology Unit. “The whole medical team became his parents. The nurses did shifts to hold him and play with him. We did not leave him

alone for a minute. A child his age and in his condition needs to be hugged and loved in order to recover and get stronger. That’s exactly what we gave him”. Senior physician Dr Racheli Sion Sarid said the operation was extremely complicated. “We tried to extubate Hamza a few times after surgery, but he had a hard time breathing by himself. We had to connect him to an ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) machine. It kept him alive for a few weeks.” Only after another operation in one of his lungs was Hamza able to begin breathing by himself again, and his parents were able to “see” his recovery with Amer sending them photos and updates daily. “The first few times he saw them on video he began crying and it took us a long time to calm him down”, said Amer. “But he got used to it and we even celebrated his birthday a couple of weeks ago together with his parents on video. We brought a cake and balloons, and he was very happy.” The toddler is now walking, laughing and playing, and soon he will be ready to return home to his family in the West Bank, prompting an emotional goodbye from the medics. “His story is amazing in many aspects” says Sarid. “It is a story of people, of human beings, helping each other regardless of their origin and religion.”

LUBAVITCHER REBBE HONOURED The Chabad-Lubavitch movement estimates that 100,000 people on 45,000 devices gathered in an online Zoom event to honour the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (pictured). Schneerson, who died in 1994, led the movement’s transition from a small and insular Chasidic sect to an outward-facing global force. Tens of thousands visit his grave in Queens, New York, every year on the anniversary of his death. Things were different this year in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. “Our focus is always to strengthen peo-

ple’s connection to the Rebbe,” Rabbi Levi Slonim, a Chabad emissary to Binghamton, New York, and a member of the organising committee, told Chabad.org. “This year, we needed to dig deeper and be more creative in order to accomplish our goal but, thank God, the event was deeply moving and the sheer magnitude of it was breathtaking.” The approximately 100,000 people who tuned in gathered in 26 different Zoom rooms to form one mega event dubbed “Barcheinu Avinu” or “Remembering Our Father”. The event, which could be the largest ever on Zoom in the world, also featured Torah speakers and singers.

Israelis have phones tracked Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has reintroduced a controversial system of surveillance of Israelis amid a surge in cases of coronavirus after health leaders warned that complacency was causing a second spike. Lawmakers approved the reinstatement of the tracking of Israeli mobile phones administered by the country’s internal intelligence organisation Shin Bet after the easing of lockdown restrictions four weeks ago resulted in more infections. The remote tracking system, which uses Bluetooth technology, helps authorities identify both clusters and individuals who have been in contact with people who later test positive for Covid-19. Civil liberties groups have criticised it as a form of mandatory state surveillance, with no option to opt out, but lawmakers say it is necessary, criticising Israelis who flout the guide-

Benjamin Netanyahu with an adviser

lines on social distancing and face masks. Last Wednesday, there were more than 530 new infections reported, representing the highest daily total in two months. Particular hotspots have been identified, including tourist areas such as Tel Aviv and the resort of Tiberias. More than 300 Israelis have died from Covid-19 and up to 50 are in a serious condition in hospital.


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Medical research / History uncovered / World News

Israel launches space lab An Israeli team that suspects near-zero gravity may affect antibiotic resistance has launched a micro satellite lab into space. Research teams from Sheba Medical Center, the Technion and Hebrew University watched as their laboratory launched into space aboard an Arianespace Vega rocket from French Guiana. Researchers hope to test their hypothesis that the near-zero gravity in space can affect the acquisition of antibiotic resistance in bacteria, which has been described as “a ticking time bomb”. The experiment, which is being run in conjunction with the European Space Agency,

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Israel Space Agency and Italian Space Agency, has had Israeli government funding. According to the World Health Organisation, bacterial resistance to antibiotics already causes 700,000 deaths every year, and that number

could rise to 10 million by 2050 if trends continue. Professor Ohad Gal-Mor, director of the Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory at Sheba, said antibiotics are overused and misused around the world, with patients

demanding a “quick fix”. “We already have preliminary data suggesting microgravity significantly affects antibiotic resistance acquisition in bacteria, from experiments using a special device that mimics microgravity,” said Gal-Mor. “[This] will help us to develop new treatments and approaches to reduce antibiotic resistance acquisition by bacteria.”

110-YEAR-OLD JEWISH ADVERT DISCOVERED A 110-year-old advert for a German-Jewish business that was shut down by the Nazis has been uncovered in the city of Gelsenkirchen. It reads: “For suits and overcoats with a perfect fit, shop at Alexander.” The large Alexander family was Jewish and had moved to Gelsenkirchen around the 1910s from another German city. The Nazis eventually

expropriated their businesses and property. Some family members fled to Brazil, while others made it to the UK. One brother was captured in exile in Belgium, deported to Auschwitz and murdered. Today, descendants of the Alexanders live in Brazil and the US. The city is considering putting up a memorial plaque in memory of the family.

Dutch Jews have criticised national rail company NS after it offered to pay £4.5million to Holocaust commemoration institutions, including museums, at the sites of three former camps, in acknowledgement of its wartime role in sending 102,000 Jews to their deaths. Last year, NS allocated around £35 million to survivors and has already spent millions on Holocaust projects, but Dutch Jewish leaders said the latest offer was low.

BRAZIL

A judge from Rio de Janeiro has become the first Jewish president of Brazil’s Federal Supreme Court. Luiz Fux, whose grandparents fled to South America from Romania during the Second World War, was nominated to serve in the top role for the next two years. He is not the only senior Jewish judge in the country, with Luis Roberto Barroso elected president of the Superior Electoral Court last month.

UNITED STATES

The Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York has laid off more than 40 percent of its staff members and reduced the hours of those still in-post. Museum president Jack Kliger told staff in a Zoom call that the institution was facing ‘an existential crisis’ as a result of the coronavirus lockdown, and that 32 people would be laid off ‘to ensure the museum’s survival’. The tourist hotspot was hit particularly badly earlier this year.

AUSTRALIA

More than a third of women working in Jewish institutions in Sydney and Melbourne said they had experienced genderbased bullying, while more than 60 percent said they felt uncomfortable about language used about women in their workplaces. The survey of 111 professionals was conducted by The Australian Jewish News, and also found that a fifth of respondents said they had experienced sexual harassment.

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Photo archive / Special Report

Turkey’s early years through eyes of Jewish doctor Photos taken in 1930s by a German Jew are now available to see online, writes Stephen Oryszczuk Cambridge University has published a huge selection of photos taken by a German Jewish doctor in the early days of the Turkish Republic, where he helped to save thousands of lives after being exiled from Nazi Germany. Albert Eckstein, who later came to live in the UK, spent four years in the 1930s travelling around Turkey’s poorest regions, including Anatolia, where he used his medical knowledge to help lower the child death rate, which was as high as 50 percent in places. Eckstein died in 1950 aged 59, having served as a German soldier in the First World War. Last month more than 1,000 of his photos were published, capturing the intimacy and poverty of the early Turkish Republic. The photos, available to view for free on the Cambridge Digital Library, show the living and working condi-

tions he encountered and the rural poverty that contributed to child mortality. Eckstein emerged from the war as a decorated officer. Following the armistice he went to work in the University Hospital for Children, qualifying as a senior lecturer in 1923 before leaving in 1925 to become medical superintendent of the Children’s Hospital at the Academy of Medicine in Dusseldorf. He became one of the country’s leading researchers into childhood illness, but as Germany descended into the grip of Nazi tyranny, he was subjected to harassment and humiliation. In 1935, he received a letter signed by Adolf Hitler and Hermann Göring relieving him of his hospital position. Despite offers from Glasgow and the US, he accepted a contract for a university chair in Ankara. Eckstein was well-suited for the ambitious public health agenda and soon developed an analysis of infant

and child healthcare, not just in Istanbul and emerging capital of Ankara, but across much of the countryside. He lived in Turkey from 1935 to 1939, undertaking a medical survey of maternal fertility and infant mortality in the country. Experts say his photos offer “unique documentary evidence into the history of medicine and social history of the early Turkish Republic” and show the “engagement of Jewish migrants in Atatürk’s health and social reforms”. The photos also provide a snapshot of his personal experience, such as one of him sitting with the village muhtar, or elected official, as they smoke a shisha pipe. The Eckstein family eventually came to live in Cambridge, and their albums were donated late last year to the Skilliter Centre, which researches the history, literature and culture of the Ottoman Empire and early Turkish Republic.

Above: rural poverty. Albert Eckstein helped to cut the child death rate; left: the doctor, right, with a village official during his fouryear journey across Turkey

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Zoom for improvement Holocaust survivors have made it their mission in life to educate about the horrors they endured, lest subsequent generations forget. Much of their inspirational work is conducted in schools and community centres, which closed their doors when the pandemic struck. This week (on pages 24 and 25) we report on how these inspiring role models are taking their lessons online. It hasn’t been easy. As with many older members of the community, lockdown has made feelings of isolation and loneliness more acute. Seeing 96-year-old Lily Ebert on her first Zoom call from the comfort of her living room is a reminder that this is a resilient and resourceful generation. But it’s also a warning about the future of Shoah education, when survivors are not here to tell their story first-hand anymore. As Stephen Frank says, a virtual education will always be second best, but “second best is better than nothing at all”.

Let’s say Adon Olam After more than 100 days of lockdown, Saturday sees the start of the new abnormal. Yes, shuls and community buildings will reopen, but those attending will find rules and regulations in place that will impinge in many ways. From a ban on synagogue singing (we’ll just have to say Adon Olam) and public-use prayer books being quarantined for 48 hours after use to a 30-guest maximum at simchas and Perspex screens between kosher restaurant tables, this will be communal life, but not as we know it. As the Chief Rabbi said this week: “As much as we wish to return to normal, we need to get used to implementing and managing new ways of running our community.” It will be enormously frustrating for all, but the only viable road on the way back to life before the pandemic. CONTACT DETAILS Publisher and Editor Richard Ferrer 020 8148 9703 richard@jewishnews.co.uk

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Keep schools open for summer Reflecting on the government’s latest virus announcements, I’m torn between the delight about being able to go out to eat or over to family and friends while disappointed at the lack of movement in terms of getting kids back to school. Our kids’ education seems to have been put well and truly on the back burner by a government hell-bent on listening to the teachers’ unions telling them teachers couldn’t possibly teach on Zoom or similar online platforms for fear of being judged by the parents or, worse still, hiding behind the façade of a safeguarding concern. Never has the divide between state and private education been so wide as, understandably, the private schools need to protect their income by interacting with their students on a daily basis. Teachers work hard, but no harder than any other diligent working member of society. However, the government has allowed them to drop the ball by

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WE CAN’T MASK INDIFFERENCE I read in The Times to my shock that 19 percent of respondents to a survey believe that Jews started the pandemic. Later that day I finally left my home for the first time in three long months of lockdown to buy some bread from a Hendon bakery. There I saw six male

customers were not wearing masks. Neither were the staff in other shops I visited along the high street. Of course that silly survey was nonsense, but do the residents of Hendon think they’re somehow invincible?

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focusing its attention on kickstarting the economy (as it should) rather than prioritising education. Since 15 June the standing joke is that we can queue to get into Primark but we can’t get our kids back into school. Schools seem to be incapable of thinking outside of the box and are lacking creativity when it comes to finding practical solutions to bringing our kids back to school. Where are the contingency plans? Why hasn’t the government requisitioned other buildings to act as classrooms? Why hasn’t it drafted in trainee and retired teachers or shortened the summer holidays? After so many months of lockdown, the last thing any of us need is another six weeks away from school. It breaks my heart that my children’s education and mental health is suffering so much. Daniel Burger By email

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I was interested to read Jenni Frazer’s column on the removal of offensive statues (Jewish News, 18 June). Ms Frazer thinks Black Lives Matter is wrong to call for the removal of statues of those who enslaved their ancestors, yet would, I imagine, endorse the idea

of removing a statue of a prominent Nazi. It is odd how someone dismisses someone else’s idea of oppression as unimportant while fighting for the reminders of their own oppressors to be removed.

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SHORT-SIGHTED CHARITY One benefit to me of lockdown has been the ability to work from home. As a single mother – who through family dysfunction receives no help with my son from either of my siblings – I have found it difficult to get childcare to enable me to get a staff or contract job because my irregular work involves unsocial hours (often till 11pm). Last year I applied for a full-time, mid-level post at a leading Jewish charity. After two interviews, I was offered the job. I then asked whether they would let me work from home for two days a week, because the commute would have been more than an hour each

way and I was a single parent. Certainly not, came the reply. How would we know you were actually working? And we all have to come into the office every day, and we have kids, so you will have to as well. I was heartbroken. The job would have given me the security I craved. Yet now, the person who got the job is working remotely. Now I can work long hours, freelance, without having paid childcare. But I missed out on a contract. And the charity missed out on recruiting a hard-working employee.

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Shock at parking decision I’m appalled to see parking bays in Edgware have been suspended. This means anyone wishing to shop at Louis Mann, Shefa Mehadrin, Mendys, Hadar, Nat Jacobs, and the local kosher bakeries will be unable to. Along with suspension of parking, loading of goods has been suspended. This will hamper the delivery of food into shops and could well affect the supply chain. This action was taken without any consultation and the council are using social

distancing as a get-out clause. I telephoned a local councillor, Mr Brian Gordon, who appeared to be unaware of the current situation. Social distancing has been reduced to one metre, negating the widening of pavements to accommodate the two-metre advice that is no longer required. I implore local shoppers to write to the counci to complain.

Elaine Mann Louis Mann Butchers

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Lockdown a lesson in how we can improve the world RABBI DAVID MASON ECO SYNAGOGUE STEERING GROUP

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or a number of weeks, we have all been considering how to ease the lockdown and coming to terms with the fact that things may never be absolutely the same as before. But surely that offers us tremendous opportunities, including imagining a stronger defence and protection of our climate. In our weekly Torah readings, we have been hearing about the journey of the children of Israel through the desert after leaving Mount Sinai. The reality of Mount Sinai was itself bubblelike. All needs were met by God. He spoke directly to the whole nation and revealed the Torah, the foundation of how this people would continue to live. Moving away from Sinai meant moving out of this bubble into a messy world where God’s presence would recede in its level of openness. And eventually, we would take the laws we had

received and make them the legal, moral, and social foundation of our society in a new land. We have also been spending times in bubbles. We have spent much more time at home, travelled much less and many of us have worked from home too. We have lived within a type of social bubble knowing, however, that we would exit the bubble at some point not yet determined. We are not clear about how this will end, but exit we will into a new reality. That newness brings with it trepidation and worry, just as the children of Israel would have feared their new reality as a nation in a new land. To be sure, we would have done without the massive pain Covid-19 has brought on our society and societies throughout the world. But it is critical now that we reimagine how our society will look in what we often call the ‘new normal’. We can be part of shaping the future, and central to that reshaping will be wanting serious and deeper protection of the climate

FROM SEEING THE QUALITY OF OUR LOCAL ATMOSPHERE IMPROVE WITHOUT LARGE AMOUNTS OF TRAFFIC, WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN A TASTE OF SOMETHING and environment. This desire is, of course, not a new one. But from seeing the quality of our local atmosphere improve without large amounts of traffic and welcoming more diverse wildlife into our gardens, we have been given a taste of something we will not want to lose. And so, we at Eco Synagogue – a project

spearheaded by a group of rabbis across the community in positive partnership with the Board of Deputies – are looking to deepen our work. We have spent time growing a network of communities that have agreed to join the Eco Synagogue path and look at introducing real change within their own communities, such as policies to reduce waste, going plastic free and ensuring that lighting and heating is green. There has been a great deal of progress already and a number of communities across the UK Jewish community are developing synagogue-based policies to ensure they play their part in Eco Synagogue. We are thrilled the Chief Rabbi is supportive of what Eco Synagogue is achieving. Spending more time at home has given many of us time to reflect on what sort of a world we want. It may be nigh on impossible to press some sort of reset button on our world, but this should not stop us from imagining and asserting the values that we hold dear – and ensuring the sustainability of our climate is high up the list.

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really am grateful to you for still being there for me and organising extra support... especially since the rest of the world shut down...it really gives me something to live for. During the four weeks that my son and I were isolated in hospital, the meals sent were literally a lifesaver … knowing someone is thinking about us made me cry happy tears.” “The doorstep chats make me feel that someone is there for me, that someone will know if anything is wrong. It makes me feel loved and cared about.” “During Covid they went over and above looking after my son – keyworkers put their lives on hold to make sure he could cope during isolation.” These are the words of a handful of the 15,000 people immensely grateful for the care provided by 20 charities that urgently need your support. While we tentatively emerge from the initial period of the crisis, there are still many vulnerable groups increasingly relying on community care and support services. The JLC Social Care Assistance Fund is supporting organisations working

across the UK and with people across the religious spectrum. As the expressions of gratitude above show, these valiant organisations have continued delivering vital care, in person wherever possible, and through innovative online programming and activities. Aside from the lost income from cancelled events and closed charity shops, to deliver this care our grantees have faced huge, unexpected costs. These include more than £900,000 on specialist staff to replace ill or isolating staff and for hundreds of additional hours of specialist care, physical therapy, and counselling. More than £850,000 has been spent on personal protective equipment (PPE), hygiene, and cleaning; £75,000 on technology so vulnerable people can access support (including over 200 people who did not have equipment or internet connection); and £80,000 for emergency grants and delivering

food to sick or lonely people cut off from community centres and group activities. We are likely to be just at the beginning of this crisis. We hope for a soft economic landing, but we must plan for a harder one. The economic cost to the country, to our community and to our beloved institutions could be of a scale not seen for 70 years. Many will have lost their jobs or faced reduced income, preventing them from being as generous as they once were. The immediate additional costs and staggering projected losses have exacerbated long-standing challenges facing the financial sustainability of the Jewish charitable sector. Rightly, our fund and the community’s priorities are on meeting immediate needs. Work on coordination, collaboration and indeed consolidation – that honestly, I and the JLC had hoped to make more progress on – will need to be expanded and expedited. None of this will be easy, yet changes

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taking place pre-pandemic give me hope that our community can make the brave decisions and take the bold action needed to sustain diverse Jewish life. Examples include the mergers of Heathlands Village and The Fed in Manchester, the strategic partnership between Jami and Jewish Care, and the research-led strategic cooperation between Kisharon, Langdon and Norwood. The collective responsibility and collaborative leadership demonstrated throughout this crisis convince me, together with our community’s tremendous generosity, that our charities can survive this horrendous pandemic. In time, the creativity, cooperation and clarity of purpose that have guided us through this crisis can inform and inspire another period of growth and vibrancy for Jewish life across the UK. Over the medium and longer term, I and all involved with the JLC are determined to support the whole community through recovery and hopefully into renewal. Returning to the immediate challenge, I am urging all reading this to please join us as we seek more than the almost £1.5million raised, so that further funds desperately needed can be allocated to these 20 heroic Jewish charities. Please visit www.thejlc. org/scaf and give whatever you can.


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n Jerusalem, a decorated BrigadierGeneral, Amir Haskel, is pounced on by Israeli police and, with two colleagues, is told he has to sign an agreement to stay out of the capital for 15 days. The “crime”? Participating in an anti-Netanyahu demonstration outside the prime minister’s official residence last Saturday night. Fortunately, for what remains of the tattered shreds of Israeli democracy, Jerusalem magistrates’ court Judge Orna SandlerEtan rules that banning Haskel and the other two men from the capital would amount to a ban on free speech, and orders the three to be released without conditions. In Europe, a letter signed by more than 1,000 parliamentarians, including senior Conservative figures in Britain, denounces Netanyahu’s controversial plans for annexation of parts of the West Bank and calls on European leaders to “act decisively”. In London, Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer is

THE FACT U.S. POLICE WERE QUITE RACIST ON THEIR OWN ACCOUNT PASSED THEM BY

praised by centrist Jewish groups after he fires “Continuity Corbyn” — aka Shadow Education Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey – for her enthusiastic endorsement of an antisemitic conspiracy theory, voiced by the left-wing actress Maxine Peake. Peake asserted – and then withdrew the assertion – that American police, not least those involved in the death of George Floyd, had learned the “knee on the neck” technique from “Israeli secret services”. The fact that American police were quite racist enough on their own account appears to have bypassed Peake and Long-Bailey entirely. A Guardian report of a Labour attack on annexation – led by shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy, who assiduous readers will recall was endorsed by the Jewish Labour Movement in the race for Labour leadership

– is misleadingly accompanied by a demonstration picture with a huge banner saying Annexation equals Apartheid. It’s only when you look closely that it is clear this picture was actually taken in Tel Aviv, and that Lisa Nandy is nowhere in the picture, and, as far as I know, has not so far taken part in any demonstration against annexation. It’s also worth pointing out that the Guardian report says Nandy’s attack on annexation is backed by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer. I have no idea if that is true, but there is more to come. On Friday, in the wake of Long-Bailey’s departure, a group of left-wing MPs, including former leader Jeremy Corbyn – remember him? – complain to Starmer about Long-Bailey’s sacking by raging about annexation.

Corbyn, now back in his comfort zone as a backbench gadfly obsessed with Israel, takes part in a Labour Assembly event “in solidarity with Palestine” , and signs the now regulation ranty letter with a whole slew of the usual suspects. They include, if your capacity for surprise has not totally left you by now, Unite union general secretary Len McCluskey, he of the antisemitism “mood music”, and, colour me astonished – Maxine Peake. Meanwhile Corbyn, now free to say everything that he could not while Labour leader, takes the opportunity to speak of the “incredibly rude” Israelis he encountered while on an undated visit from Jericho to Jerusalem. Once through the checkpoints, of course, there were “a lot of very nice Palestinian people being very kind to us on the way”. If we have learnt any lessons so far, the main one will be that everything is our fault. For myself – and I loathe the idea of annexation – I have an overwhelming urge to shunt Peake and Corbyn off to Jerusalem to be dealt with by the Israeli police.

So grateful that we can once again say ‘Mah tovu’ MICHAEL GOLDSTEIN PRESIDENT THE UNITED SYNAGOGUE

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ere’s a sentence I never thought I’d write as president of the United Synagogue: I’ve not been to shul in months. I miss it. I really miss it. I find my connection to God and to the prayers I’m saying are stronger in shul. I miss the camaraderie, I miss seeing friends, I miss the buzz of our youth and children’s programmes. And, in case my rabbi is reading this, I’m even missing his sermons. I’m missing visiting other communities, which is one of the joys of my role, and seeing how each of our shuls is unique yet share the characteristics of being warm and welcoming to all. The decision we took to close all the United Synagogues is one of the hardest I’ve ever taken. Coming together for prayer services is at the core of what our communities stand for and it has been painful for us to keep our buildings closed. Nevertheless, it was the right thing to do – to protect the health of our members, staff and volunteers.

It has also been a very challenging time for our members who have been deprived of their connection to their community because in addition to being houses of prayer, our buildings are community centres. They host support groups, educational events, social get-togethers, sports sessions, youth programmes and much, much more. We were therefore delighted to hear last week’s announcement by the prime minister that places of worship can reopen this weekend for communal prayer services, which will allow us to slowly and safely reopen our synagogues over the coming days and weeks. In addition, the government’s recent announcement makes clear that, in a Covidsecure and responsible way, we can carefully plan to restart aspects of our broader communal provision too. I want to pay tribute to the whole United

Synagogue team – rabbinic and lay, professionals and volunteers – who have read and digested the government guidance and spent countless hours putting together thoughtful plans to enable our communities to reopen this weekend. I am deeply grateful. Things will look very different on our return, and measures such as strict social distancing, hand sanitising, compulsory face coverings and a booking system will all be in place to keep each other safe. Despite this, we are thrilled to be able to open our doors again. That said, we remain committed to taking a cautious and steady approach to reopening as we get used to implementing and managing a new way of running our communities. Each of our communities will be restarting services at its own pace, depending on the needs of its members, and we will support each community every step of the way. As we go back to shul, it is customary to

WE’RE TAKING A CAUTIOUS APPROACH, EACH SHUL RESTARTING SERVICES AT ITS OWN PACE

say Mah tovu ohalecha – How goodly are your tents, Jacob, your dwelling places, Israel. The Talmud interprets ‘tents’ and ‘dwelling places’ as synagogues and houses of study. Over the past three months we have had to reimagine our homes as our places of prayer and learning – not to mention our places of Zoom meetings, home schooling or self-isolation. It has been a challenging time. So how extraordinary is it that this very verse – Mah tovu – appears in this week’s sedra (Torah portion), which will be read with even greater gusto this Shabbat. This momentous event will closely be followed by another: on 14 July the United Synagogue will celebrate its 150th anniversary. We were founded by an Act of Parliament in 1870. It is an extraordinary history and one of which we are very proud. This is not how I thought we would be celebrating our big birthday. The pandemic is forcing us to think very carefully about our priorities and how we need to pivot to ensure we can remain strong and vibrant to support the community during the next 150 years. But for now, we cannot wait to welcome people back to our shuls. If you’re able to, please join us.


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1 FACE-TO-FACE VISIT

Joseph Winton, a 101-year-old resident at Jewish Care’s Lady Sarah Cohen House, was able to see his daughter Daniella in their first socially distanced visit for three months. Speaking after their reunion in the garden, Joseph said: “I’m very happy; it was great to see my daughter. It’s always nicer to see someone you love in person rather than through 15km of distance on a screen.”

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2 SKILLED WORKERS

Baroness Ros Altmann was the keynote speaker at a seminar on ageism in the workplace organised by Jewish employment charity Resourse at JW3. She said: “The Covid crisis has brought back the opportunity for some employers to discriminate against older staff when choosing who to retain or let go. Age discrimination at work and in job applications is still regarded as more acceptable than other types of discrimination. The over-50s can offer experience and knowledge and thrive passing these on to younger colleagues.” The event, which offered careers advice for older workers and job applicants, had 100 online users.

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3 TALL ORDER

Around 8,000 children across the UK received books and a height chart in an initiative led by PJ Library and Jewish Child’s Day. The charts suggest a good deed that children can do as they get taller connected to different themes such as haverut (friendship), shalom bayit (peace in the home) and shmirat hateva (preserving nature). Jewish Child’s Day is also giving away a Fire Tablet HD8 tablet to one winning family; to enter the competition, send a photo of your child next to their chart to jcd.uk.com. Pictured is one entry.

4 MOMENTOUS EVENT

An event in aid of Chai Cancer Care, which drew more than 500 households, helped raise £120,000. The Chai biennial North West ‘The Moment’ Dinner, originally planned to take place in The Hilton in Manchester, was brought online and broadcast on YouTube and Facebook, reaching viewers across the UK, Europe, Israel, America and South Africa. Louise Hager, Chai Cancer Care chairman, said: “The loyal support and generosity of this community is so encouraging, especially in this uncertain financial situation.” Pictured (clockwise from top left) are actors Dudu Fisher, Andy Nyman and Yehezkel Lazarov, who have portrayed Fiddler on the Roof main character Tevye, singing the musical’s famous anthem To Life.

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Zooming in on Shoah education With schools, synagogues and community centres closed, survivors are finding new ways to share their experiences. Jack Mendel speaks to some of them about teaching the lessons of the Holocaust online

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Holocaust Centre [in Nottingham] and the Holocaust Educational Trust [HET], and an amazing response from teachers and pupils,” he says. “Teachers are clearly thinking this deserves a place as an educational tool, even under the extremely difficult circumstances we face at present.” Martin also sees the value in giving a class “in John O’ Groats and Land’s End at the same time”

and reveals he has been helping others adapt to teaching remotely. “Some survivors have been less technologically orientated, so I phoned them up and helped them get onto Zoom. I’ve also organised regular Zoom meetings for the Child Survivors’ Association of Great Britain [a group affiliated to the Association of Jewish Refugees]. We’re all learning how to use it better.” Tomi Komoly, who was born in Budapest in 1936, has also embraced the new ways of making contact with people online, something with which he was already accustomed, thanks to having a daughter in Australia. In fact, he had been out there visiting her in Sydney just days before lockdown was brought in. “I literally got back as one of the last passengers on 12 March, having

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At 96-years-old, Lily Ebert has just made her first Zoom call to students at Immanuel College. The Hungarian-born Auschwitz survivor acknowledges it’s not the same as a “face-to-face” with her audience, but the goal remains the same: to teach young people about the horrors of the Holocaust. “I manage,” she reflects. “I went through the worst thing in my life.” The lockdown has “not been easy” for this nonagenarian, but today she has a different focus as she opens up about her experiences. “You have to do it,” she says. “I try to stay strong and resilient.” With the help of her 16-year-old great-grandson, Dov Forman, Lily was set up with Zoom, a platform with which she had previously not been familiar, but has learned to quickly embrace. “Our generation had to learn to adapt to different situations,” she smiles. Previously used to speaking in front of hundreds of young people in lecture theatres, Lily adds that online is not the same as seeing young people in person, but for now it helps her get across her message. “If you have to do it, you do it,” she shrugs. “I’ve learnt in life to make the best of what I have.” Like many others currently shielding, Dr Martin Stern has struggled over the past 13 weeks of lockdown, describing this time as “frustrating and frightening”. But, equally, the 82-year-old remained “extraordinarily busy”. “I’ve been teaching online to schools with the National Holocaust Centre, and there have been loads of other Zoom webinars within the Jewish world,” he explains. Sent to Theresienstadt aged five, Martin has much experience in speaking out about the Holocaust and believes virtual platforms, such as Zoom, are set to become a permanent feature in educating the next generation. “There has been a remarkable demand, both at the National

come through Singapore,” Tomi says. “I got through on an altered flight, but it was touch and go.” Safely back at home, Tomi was comfortable switching to an online platform to continue telling others about his escape from the Nazis. “I’m quite tech literate and used Zoom a year or two before anyone started using it during the pandemic,” he explains.  Still, Tomi says he would “very


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Virtual talks / Weekend much regret” if school visits were to disappear altogether.  Having been to more than 70 schools and spoken to 30,000 students, he believes “there is something that enables them to connect with you when you meet face-to-face”. That said, technology is a vital tool in continuing their work and he acknowledges the “very notable development”, at the National Holocaust Centre, which now features holograms of survivors speaking about their experiences.

“After all of us pass away, it will still be possible for school kids to listen and ask questions and interact and that’s a fabulous development,” he affirms. For Simon Winston, born in 1938 in Ukraine, the lockdown has proven to be a challenging time, given that he is unmarried and lives alone on the outskirts of Nottingham. “It’s not been a very happy time,” he admits. “I’ve been in isolation for three months and expect to be in isolation for

Above: Simon Winston at Sheffield Jewish Society. Right: Tomi Komoly

another three. I’ll still not feel safe even then.” Simon has been helped by his local synagogue, with a volunteer helping with his shopping, while HET and the National Holocaust Centre are “constantly contacting me”. Alongside such challenges, the former teacher has, however, continued educating about the Holocaust, albeit virtually. “It’s a learning curve,” he reflects. “Gradually, I shall get better at it and, hopefully, as so many schools are interested, I’ll be speaking more and more. It will give me something to do”. Dutch-born Steven Frank, 84, a child survivor of Theresienstadt, has kept himself busy during lockdown giving online lectures about his experiences although, like many others, reveals he would prefer his audience to be right in front of him. “When talking to a blank screen, you don’t get any feedback. You don’t know how your audience is reacting to what you’re saying, and, in many cases, I didn’t actually see the students or the teacher.” After lockdown, Steven would like to return to face-to-face communal talks “because there’s no substitute to interaction between

you and your audience”, he says. He adds: “Virtual testimony is a poor second best, but second best is better than nothing at all. When all this is over, and the educational authorities say it’s safe for survivors to go back into schools, I shall be more than happy to do so – even if it means schlepping on a train.” Harry Kessler, who was born in 1930 and fled from Czechoslovakia, sees both the pros and cons of speaking to students over Zoom. “Speaking to little unknown pictures on screen is not by any means the same as speaking to a live audience,” he says. “Students are also hesitant about asking questions at the end, so usually those come from the teachers.” But he also acknowledges how virtual platforms are helping people connect, including his own “scattered family” in Argentina, America and Israel. “I had never spoken to people

over Zoom before, so in this way at least, it’s had a good effect.” That connection has been key to helping to continue vital education in the midst of a pandemic, says HET chief executive Karen Pollock, which has created a virtual “Lessons from Auschwitz” of the former Nazi death camp for those unable to visit in person at this time. “This is the last generation who can meet and be with a Holocaust survivor – who, until coronavirus, were travelling the length and breadth of the country and making a real difference. “At first, there was a real fear of how we would connect the survivors with people, but now we don’t feel like that at all. “They are versatile, committed and resourceful people. They have got online and continue to share their testimonies.”

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A Champion Cyclist Against The Nazis Italian cyclist Gino Bartali won the Tour of Italy three times and the Tour de France twice, but his sporting prowess was not his only notable achievement in life – he also helped save the lives of 800 Jews during the Second World War. In his fascinating and inspiring new book, A Champion Cyclist Against The Nazis, author Alberto Toscano reveals how Bartali worked with the resistance and passed messages from one end of the country to the other. Despite the dangers, the renowned sportsman used his training as a pretext to criss-cross Italy, hiding documents in the handlebars and saddle of his bicycle, all the while hoping that each time he was searched they wouldn’t think to disassemble his machine. As a result of his actions, 800 Jews – including numerous children – were saved from deportation. Bartali died in Florence in 2000 and was recognised as one of the Righteous Among the Nations in 2013. A Champion Cyclist Against The Nazis: The Incredible Life of Gino Bartali is published by Pen & Sword, priced £19.99 (hardback). Available now.

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While the pandemic has brought an abrupt halt to the theatre industry, producer Kenny Wax has found one ingenious way to bring back his hit Six The Musical – with drive-in performances around the UK next month. The show, which is a modern retelling of the Henry VIII’s six wives presented as a pop concert, will feature a mix of the West End and tour ensembles, and opens from 4 August. Six The Musical arrives in London at Colesdale Farm from 8 to 12 September. Observing social distancing regulations, the venue will allow for 300 vehicles, with an adjacent space for revellers to picnic and party, while the production will play in full on stage, complemented by large screens and light displays. Wax said: “We are delighted that Six will spearhead the reopening of one of London and the UK’s most popular shows. With the industry in crisis, theatres struggling and some even going out of business, this drive-in event offers hope for the future and equally importantly, jobs for about 50 of our company.” Tickets for Six The Musical go on sale from tomorrow (Friday) at www.livenation.co.uk

Mrs. America Jewish feminists are right at the heart of a dazzling new BBC drama starring Cate Blanchett (pictured). Mrs. America, which begins next Wednesday on BBC2, tells the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly (played by Blanchett), who was also dubbed “the sweetheart of the silent majority”. The story is played out through the eyes of the women of the era – including Schlafly and second-wave Jewish feminists Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan and Bella Abzug, alongside Shirley Chisholm and Jill Ruckelshaus, who were eventually victorious in their efforts. Blanchett is joined by Rose Byrne as Steinem, Margo Martindale as Abzug, Uzo Aduba as Chisholm, Elizabeth Banks as Ruckelshaus and Tracey Ullman as Friedan. Mrs. America begins next Wednesday, 8 July, on BBC Two at 9pm.

SCREEN ADAPTATION The Phantom of the Opera

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Losing Alice Apple TV+ is teaming up with Israel’s Dori Media productions and HOT to produce a psychological thriller from creator, writer and director Sigal Avin. The eight episode series of Losing

Alice will stream worldwide later this year and is currently airing on HOT in Israel. Alice (played by Ayelet Zurer, pictured), a 48-year-old female film director, feels irrelevant since raising her family. After a brief encounter on the train, she becomes obsessed with a 24-year-old screenwriter femme fatale,

Sophie (played by Lihi Kornowski), and eventually surrenders her moral integrity to achieve power, relevance and success. The series explores jealousy, guilt, fear of ageing, and the complex relationships women have among themselves and with each other.

Phan-tastic news! Anthony Horowitz is reportedly adapting Gaston Leroux’s novel The Phantom of the Opera for a new six-part mini-series from Gaumont, the French production company behind Netflix hit, Narcos. Leroux’s 1910 novel most famously inspired Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit 1986 show, which today is the longest-running musical in Broadway history and second-longest in the West End, after Les Miserables. The Phantom of the Opera, which was also made into a 2004 film by Joel Schumacher, starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum, revolves around a beautiful soprano, who becomes obsessed with a mysterious, disfigured musical genius living in the labyrinth under the Paris Opera House.


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Where there’s a will, there’s OY VEY IS EVERYONE AS CONFUSED AS ME? From the unfathomable rules about mask wearing (should it match your jacket?) to the arrival of air bridges (is a pump required?), keeping up to speed with the changes requires a McLaren engine and a 3D common sense map. Sadly, sense is not that common if behaviour on beaches and marches is anything to go by

Carl Reiner with daughter Annie and Mel Brooks

and without a slobbery kiss to curtail a Jewish goodbye, relatives included in a ‘bubble’ don’t know when to leave. I’m convinced my uncle Kenny will be wandering around my mum’s garden indefinitely eating fish balls until he gets an exit cuddle, and it’s only a matter of time before ‘bubbes at risk’ stage their own ‘challish for a hug’ protest. Even navigating Brent Cross has become a challenge fit for Anneka, with hapless shoppers following (or not) arrows leading them to H&M when they want M&S. “No one is following the rules,” moaned a beleaguered security guard – but what are the rules and who is making them? For comedy, the PC posse appears to be dictating the terms– a group so woke, Temazepam can’t stop them – hence the potential ostracism of Ali G (pictured, right) by the

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“Staines massive”. Judging anyone who made us laugh before June 2020 is troubling me, as we have forever relied on comics to vocalise our woes while tickling our minds and censorship is unlikely to nurture new talent. The death this week of writer/ director Carl Reiner who, with Mel Brooks, created The 2000 YearOld Man is not lost on those of us who fear humour is in the dock at Gene Wilder and Cleavon Little in Blazing Saddles a Kafakaesque trial. Perhaps Blazing on Twitter, Carl Reiner, who died aged 98, is Saddles, Saddles Brooks’ satirical 1974 anti-racist pictured alongside his daughter, Annie, and Western depicting the troubles of a black dear pal Mel, all three in Black Lives Matter sheriff in an all-white town will be buried T-shirts, proving we’re never too old to in a time capsule in someone’s garden, where they might also find my uncle empathise, support and learn. What is essential are tolerant teachers who Kenny, another funny fellow who can also be activists, just not the sort who are was raised at a time when a joke intent on wiping out history or the legacy of was a laughing matter not a cue laughter. That’s where they get confused and for vilification. I don’t, but I’d be happy to explain those rules. In a photograph posted

Newbie ANNOUNCEMENT Trawling for Jewish talent is part of the job description, so it’s always satisfying to add to the pool and find someone new who can say ‘baruch’ in the world of entertainment. You may know this about Julia Garner, but I didn’t and her portrayal as Missouri wild child Ruth Langmore in Netflix on-going crime drama Ozark does not suggest Israeli parenting in the Bronx. That she calls her real-life grandma savta and blames her “gap tooth and weird curly hair” for always being cast as a pregnant Mormon girl only adds to her story. As producer and co-star Jason Bateman (also of the faith, pictured right with Garner in Ozark) has picked up lots of awards for Ozark, among them a best supporting actress Emmy in 2019 for Julia. Please don’t hesitate to tell me about other actors I’ve missed who can sing the Shema.

Since my long-awaited interview with Woody Allen, I’ve been immersing myself in his films and hunting the web for more conversations with said hero. This led me to the podcast Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin, which is a blissful discovery because of his fascinating, revelatory chats with such creatives as Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfeld (also cinematographer for Big, When Harry Met Sally, and Misery); director Spike Lee and, of course, Woody, whom he spoke to on Zoom. Baldwin starred in Allen’s Blue Jasmine and To Rome With Love, so they have history, as he also does with Barbra Streisand, who eats miso soup when they hook up. With the clatter of spoon against bowl, she talks about her favourite ice cream with chocolate hazelnuts before moving on to hot dogs. In short, it’s a verbal food fest with Baldwin – who was originally considered for the Nick Nolte role in Prince of Tides – declining all offers of nosh. Baldwin has a rep for being difficult in real life, but he is a doll doing this podcast and Barbra even apologises for not giving him the part. Then she offers him cake. So be sure to eat before listening to Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin (WNYC) on apple podcasts and other platforms.

Sweet Homeland Damn the virus, but we do appreciate seeing the inside of celebrity homes as a consequence of going virtual. Some attempts by stars to get in on the starry stream has been a disaster and I no longer have to ‘imagine’ Gal Gadot singing and can just respect her as a superhero. Mandy Patinkin, on the other hand, may have found his niche in reality TV as his charming lockdown family videos are a must watch. Homeland star Patinkin, who was also in Yentl, has beenn in upstate New York with his wife Kathryn and their son Gideon, the cameraman putting his folks in the frame. Whether reminiscing about seders past or buttering and munching Manischewitz Matzos, the couple always have a song or a sweet nothing to share. Mandy’s impression of Becky, the family Labrador is no match for his forceful portrayal of CIA’s Saul Berenson in Homeland, but I’d really like to see more. @PatinkinMandy

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Perfect shot A big mazeltov for model Ellie Goldstein who features in Gucci’s new beauty campaign in Italian Vogue. The 18-year-old from Ilford who is studying performing arts has Down’s syndrome, but her success with Zebedee Management has been relentless, with campaigns for Nike, Vodafone and Superdrug now part of her portfolio. So despite the mood, there are still good things happening.

FREE SURVIVAL STORY I had no idea when I was at school with author Debra Barnes that her mother Paulette was a Holocaust survivor. It wasn’t spoken about, and only a eulogy at Paulette’s funeral revealed the magnitude of suffering she endured as a child in occupied France. Now Debra has written a work of fiction – The Young Survivors – a labour of love that is inspired by her mother’s history and ahead of its 23 July publication, there is a short story prequel – The Lakowski Brothers, which is free to download. www.duckworthbooks.co.uk/the-young-survivors-signup. Mazeltov Debra, your mother’s memory has been honoured.


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Weekend / Food & Drink DENISE’S CHUNKY

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his biscuit recipe can be enjoyed at any time and is perfect to make with budding chefs for Jewish Care’s Great Jewish Bake Day on Wednesday, 8 July.

S CHOCOLATE BISCUIT 1. Melt the 100g chocolate chips and butter in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir gently. Set aside to cool slightly. 2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, vanilla and sugar briskly until thick and pale. This may take a few minutes. 3. Stir in the chocolate mixture. Combine the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt and whisk into the batter just until blended. 4. Fold in the remaining 45g chocolate chips. 5. Cover and chill dough for one hour. 6. Preheat the oven to 170°C. 7. Line two baking trays with baking paper. 8. Roll into plum sized balls and place 5cm apart on the baking trays. Flatten slightly with a fork. 9. Bake in the preheated oven until slightly puffed and just set, 13 to 15 minutes. 10. Set the baking tray on a cooling rack to cool. The biscuits will firm up as they cool.

PREPARATION TIME: 15 MINUTES, PLUS ONE HOUR CHILLING TIME COOKING TIME: 15 MINUTES MAKES: 16 BISCUITS

INGREDIENTS 100g dark chocolate chips 100g unsalted butter 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 50g caster sugar 130g plain flour ½ teaspoon baking powder 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 1 pinch salt 45g dark chocolate chips

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Desperate For A Child Chana, the leading fertility support charity for the UK’s Jewish community, is launching an emergency appeal on 12 July to raise £700,000 in 36 hours For couples struggling with infertility, the impact of Covid-19 means the pandemic won’t only be defined by the devastating number of lives lost, but also the number of lives never created. An estimated 20,000 rounds of IVF have been cancelled during the past three months, along with countless other investigative infertility procedures. Chana, the UK’s leading fertility support organisation for the Jewish community, has seen first-hand the distress this has caused to those hoping for a child. Among them is Joanna*, who was in the middle of IVF treatment when her clinic called to cancel her embryo transfer on 18 March. She recalls: “It had been a long journey to get to this point. I’d had various procedures, been on medication, my eggs had been collected and then fertilised and finally a year after our journey began, here we were with healthy embryos ready to transfer. “We were so excited, but when the call came to cancel my appointment I was in shock, I actually couldn’t speak. It was only later when my husband came home from work and called them back, that I understood. “They explained the embryos would be frozen and I would be prioritised as soon as the clinic reopened. Obviously, they were very apologetic, but it didn’t help. I knew enough to realise there were no guarantees my embryos would survive the freezing and defrosting process.

“For days after that call, I was reeling from the overwhelming fear of never experiencing a positive pregnancy test, of never being pregnant, of never bringing my baby home.” Chana’s clinical manager, Romy Shulman, explains: “At Chana, we’ve seen the closure of clinics become too much to bear for some clients and have been working round the clock to maintain a high level of support for couples who are reaching out like never before. “We’ve moved all our therapeutic services online and created support groups for others in similar situations.” For Joanna, this support has been a lifeline. “The opportunity to share my thoughts, feelings and connect with people

going through similar situations has made the weeks more manageable,” she explains. To help couples like Joanna, Chana is launching an emergency appeal, Worth Every Donation, on 12 and 13 July, which aims to raise £700,000 in 36 hours. Carolyn Cohen, Honorary Executive Director, says: “We are facing challenging times, balancing an increased need from clients, with the fact that all our fundraising activities have been cancelled. “Clinics are starting to reopen, although uncertainty remains, and prices will undoubtedly rise as a result of the increased safety measures.” However, there is hope on the horizon. “There absolutely will be life after this pandemic,” continues Carolyn. “Even in the midst of lockdown, we were delighted to hear that Chana had its 786th baby born with our help. “This news makes us even more determined to be there for couples longing for a family. It would be fantastic if our community could be part of creating this new life by backing our campaign and helping clients like Joanna continue their journey and take home the most precious gift of all.” For more information, visit www.chana.org.uk Worth Every Donation goes live on 12 July at www.charityextra.com/Chana * The client’s name has been changed to protect her identity


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Business / Work-life balance

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THE VIRUS HAS CHANGED WORK FOREVER When it comes to flexible working environments, there are benefits for employers and employees, social enterprise entrepreneur Karen Mattison tells Candice Krieger

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hat a difference a decade makes. When social enterprise entrepreneur Karen Mattison MBE started campaigning for flexible working 15 years ago, it was seen as a risky idea and one that would never catch on. Part-time work came with a stigma. Senior part-timers in particular were sitting in the shadows. Fast forward to now and the picture couldn’t be more different. Covid-19 has thrust us all into flexible working – at every rung of the ladder – permanently transforming the way we work. Some 13 million people are intending to ask for flexible working once the pandemic has passed. “Although there have been huge changes in the way we work over the past decade, none of us could have predicted how centre stage flexible working would become for everyone as it is now,” says Mattison, who had been a key player in the pre-coronavirus evolution of the workplace, from a traditional nine-to-five environment into

its more flexible form. “When we thought they could never work look back, I think this period will anywhere but their office, have be seen as the tipping point. In been thrown into the deep end many ways, flexible working of flexible working, and while is the art of the possible, and for many, it may not have now we are doing things been a choice, it’s working that we never imagined incredibly well. It is hard to were possible. Work has imagine Covid-19 without the changed forever as a result.” technology to support remote Oxford University graduate working. Clearly not everyone and mother-of-three Mattison can flex on where they work – co-founded flexible working confrontline workers, hospitality and sultancy, Timewise, in 2012, and Karen Mattison many retailers – but lots can, and its predecessor Women Like Us, to it is an experiment on an unprecchampion the concept of flexible edented scale.” working after she struggled to find a senior role Through its consultancy arm, Timewise with flexibility. advises the nation’s leading companies to help “There are three different types of flexible them create and implement successful flexible working – where we work, when we work and working strategies. They include Google, the how much we work,” explains Mattison, who NHS, John Lewis and Tesco. “And more have has held senior positions in marketing, commu- been coming to us now that they need to make nications and business development. their unforeseen flexible working arrange“Since corona took hold, even those who ments work.” Timewise is offering a Covid-19 support programme of free webinars and toolkits to help businesses develop future-fit flexible workplaces. “While many business leaders and managers had already accepted that people could work from different locations, many more had not accepted that senior jobs could be done less than part-time,” says Mattison. Pre-corona virus, one million UK managers/business leaders were working part-time, and necessity has now meant that people at all levels of businesses may have reduced hours, be it for budget constraints or other personal commitments. “They have adapted and continue to deliver for their organisations.” However, the appetite for flexible working is not a new phenomenon. For years, the UK workforce has wanted more ‘flex’. The Timewise Flexible Job Index for 2019, a study of five million UK job ads, which reveals what proportion of UK vacancies offer flexible work, and at what levels of pay, showed that 87 percent of UK employees want some form of flexibility, yet flexible jobs made up just 15 percent of vacancies in the UK last year. While this was up

from 9.5 per cent in 2016, it was still far short of the demand. Individual and workplace barriers had stood in the way of more people embracing flexible working. Until now. Mattison has long been committed to proving that flexible work also means committed, ambitious and business-critical, and has spent years campaigning for senior-level flexibility via the Timewise Power 50 – an annual list that honours men and women who have made a success of flexible working. Among this year’s winners was Marc Nohr, chairman of Fold7, group chief executive of Miroma Agencies and chairman of the London charity/arts venue, JW3. Nohr is the first male chief executive of a large business to announce (pre-Covid) that he works a four-day week. “All the data shows us that people have wanted flexibility more and more – men as much as women if you include remote working as well as part-time and flexible hours. Flexibility had become a deal-breaker for so many of us in the workplace. The appetite has been there, but the success stories will help all rungs of the ladder.” The benefits of flexible working are well-documented: better staff retention and recruitment – people want to work for flexible employers – improved gender pay gap and reduced overheads through remote working. Working flexibly has enabled Mattison to set up a second social enterprise, Cook for Good, which she launched last year with fellow Jewish entrepreneur Robinne Collie. They work with corporate and community partners to bring people together through cooking for those in need. “We take corporate teams into shelters and other community sites to cook together. There is so much incredible cooking going on in our communities and we have been supporting where we can. We are also offering Zoom classes both for charities for their socially isolated clients, and for businesses (Cook & Connect) as a way of helping their teams stay engaged with a fun activity while they are at home – cooking dinner with your colleagues!” www.timewise.co.uk


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SEDRA Chukat-Balak BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL The double bill of Chukat-Balak takes in a mix of the mystical and spiritual recovery and also the harsh realities of enmity and aggression. Chukat begins with the red heifer, an animal selected for the purification process of Israelites to access the sanctuary. The animal, once cremated, is used with water and hyssop grass to sprinkle the Israelites wishing to gain access to spiritual communion with the divine. The Torah recognises that volunteering to help others engage in the community involves a degree of compromise of our own levels of “purity”. We all have a responsibility to help each other to have access to prayer. Water is a theme running through the reading of Chukat. Water is needed for the purification process. Water supply runs dry and the people complain against Moshe and Aaron. Moses hits a rock, disqualifying himself from leading the people into the Promised Land. The Israelites ask for safe pas-

sage through the lands of potential enemies and even offer to pay for the water they consume. The Song of Israel is all about a well of water which, according to tradition, refers to the miraculous well of Miriam. In Balak, the story is told of Bilam, a guru with unparalleled prophetic potential and the power to curse effectively. God gave Bilam many chances to realise the mistake he was making by allowing himself to be contracted out to bear ill will to the people of Israel. According to the biblical commentator Sforno, it was God’s will that a man of his stature among our own people should not be lost to us by making the wrong choice and not having an opportunity to rethink the issues confronting him. Even Bilam, a professional who took “cash for curses”, was given chances to reassess his conduct.

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Torah For Today What does the Torah say about: Wearing masks BY RABBI JEFF BERGER Two words in Hebrew describe a mask – masveh and masakh. We find masveh in the Torah following the sin of the Golden Calf. Moses’s second 40-day experience atop Sinai, which effected forgiveness for the Israelites, brought the replacement set of tablets. But upon his descent, Moses was unaware that the skin of his face shone with beams of light – and the people were frightened (Exodus 34:29-35). To assuage their fears, he temporarily veiled his face. Thereafter, in the presence of the divine, and again when conveying God’s teaching to the nation, his face was allowed to shine. But in between those encounters, he masked himself. (Misinterpreting this verse, Michelangelo created the statue of Moses with horns.) The word masakh appears in the description of the curtain that

shielded the entrance to the desert Tabernacle. It served as a decorative tapestry and obstructed a direct public view of the divine service. In each case, these coverings protected others, preventing them from being overwhelmed by God’s glory. The Israelites were unable to withstand the unfiltered intensity of the divine presence.

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In the context of Covid-19 and our government’s requirement to wear masks in public where social distancing rules can’t be maintained, mask-wearing fulfils an altruistic function. Dr Ellie Cannon, who attended the recent Mitzvah Day ‘Maskmaking with Hugh Dennis’ online event that I helped to organise, said: ‘There is nothing greater we could do as an act of kindness, or a mitzvah, than wear a mask. My mask protects you and yours protects me.” As we return to synagogue and Jewish ceremonial life, we will be shielded like Moses. Our hope is that one day soon, it will be safe to leave off our masks and again experience among ourselves and with others, without fear, the unfiltered intensity of God’s glory. ◆ Rabbi Jeff Berger can be reached at rabbijefflondon@ gmail.com


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The Bible Says What? ‘Don’t sacrifice your first-born, even if it’s a popular thing to do’ BY RABBI PETE TOBIAS Probably the most well-known story in our Torah – and indeed the selected reading for Rosh Hashanah – is that of the binding of Isaac. It truly baffles. Why would God demand such a sacrifice from Abraham? Why would Abraham obey without raising a protest? At what point did Isaac say to his father on the three-day journey home: ‘So when were you planning to tell me what that was all about, dad?’ But for me, a different approach to the story provides a clearer understanding of its purpose. It is clear from archaeological and extra-biblical evidence that the sacrifice of first-born children was a well-established feature of Canaanite society, but we also know that the Israelites were quite keen to follow this Canaanite practice. Sacrificing one’s first-born is prohibited in the book of Leviticus (20:1-5) and Jeremiah also makes a reference to it (32:35).

The question for the sages and teachers of our ancient ancestors was how to dissuade them from this abominable practice. So, they came up with the idea of telling them a story about it. They cleverly chose the patriarch Abraham as the ‘hero’ of the story. The early Israelite audience would, enjoying the skilfully woven narrative that took them on the journey with Abraham and Isaac to the top of the mountain, right up until the point where Abraham was about to sacrifice his son. But Isaac was saved, Abraham sacrificed a ram in his place and they all lived happily ever after. Rather than being an enigmatic story open to a whole range of unsatisfactory interpretations, what we have is an early example of a biblical parable, with a clear message for its audience – don’t kill your children!

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Progressively Speaking We must be ready to listen but also take action, to fight injustice BY SENIOR RABBI LAURA JANNER-KLAUSNER Recent protests against racial injustice, triggered by the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, have prompted many organisations to examine their past and present. This should be warmly welcomed by any of us who wish to stand against racism. While some have argued that proposed actions would “erase” our history, the real erasure comes from not engaging with the dark side of our past and how it still hurts people. In the Jewish community, we often hear that we have a special understanding of prejudice and ability to recognise its presence. While we certainly know what it is like to be persecuted, this does not make us immune to displaying the same structural prejudices as the societies around us. We, too, must grapple seriously with how racial biases play out in our communities. As we say on Yom Kippur in our confessions, “we are not so obstinate as to say before the Eternal that we are righteous

and have not sinned, for we and our ancestors have sinned”. So now, we also must examine ourselves for the structural racism that afflicts much of society. How do we approach this constructively? First, we must centre the experiences of black people, especially of black Jews, and make space to hear their experience. This is about what they have to live with, and the rest of us need to create the venue for that to be heard, in full and unfiltered. Initiatives such as the Board of Deputies’ Commission are to be welcomed as spaces to achieve this.

We must be ready to hear this testimony with an open mind and know we will almost certainly be made uncomfortable by what we hear. But listening alone is pointless. When the children of Israel are given the commandments from God, they respond na’aseh v’nishmah – we will do and we will hear. The priority is placed on the action. It is vital to do the listening and the understanding, but the purpose is to inform the actions we take. We must be committed to doing whatever is needed to address the issues we hear about – making the exercise one of informing how we change. Anything else is a mere gesture. For all of society, making the necessary changes is not a simple process. But “justice, justice we must pursue”. Some of the hardest work will lead to the most important paths to repairing our world. ◆ Laura Janner-Klausner is Senior Rabbi for Reform Judaism

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Dear Lesley I’ve been furloughed and am really worried about being made redundant. I wouldn’t know where to start with job searching or what to put on my CV, and don’t know if there are even any jobs out there for me. Rochelle Dear Rochelle The furlough scheme was set up by the government to help employers keep staff on the payroll if they can’t work because of coronavirus. The hope is that employees will come back once their workplace is Covid secure. Unfortunately, there are predictions

of reading in secondary school will be very challenging for him. What would you suggest? Charlie

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Dear Sarah Our 11-year-old son seems to be a slow reader. He lags behind his classmates, struggles to get through quite basic texts and often forgets the storyline by the time he finishes. This has not been too problematic so far, but we are concerned that the greater amount

Dear Charlie Persistent difficulties with reading accuracy and fluency should certainly alert parents and teachers to the possibility of a specific learning disability such as dyslexia. This is a learning disorder that affects both children and adults. Generally, people with dyslexia have difficulty breaking down words into simple sounds. They struggle to learn how sounds correspond to letters and words, which leads to slow reading and poor reading comprehension. Secondary school involves

that some redundancies will happen once the scheme ends in the autumn. Industries such as travel, leisure, retail, events and manufacturing are amongst those hardest hit. It would be a good idea to start making plans now so you’re prepared for whatever happens.  Update your CV, focusing on your achievements and transferable skills. If you need to include furlough, you could highlight what you have done during lockdown, for example studying or volunteering. Think constructively about how your skills and experience could apply in a different field and start networking. Some industries are still hiring, especially supermarkets, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, digital and tech companies and there is a high demand for nurses, teachers, cleaners, carers and drivers. If you’d like help with your search, Resource provides free support and practical advice. a new set of challenges for students with reading difficulties. They face more demanding academic challenges when quick reading comprehension is crucial. They are given more reading material and must also be able to meet the expectations of several different teachers. I would recommend that you contact the special educational needs coordinator (SENCo) and year leader at the school your son will be attending in September. Talk to them about your concerns and hopefully this will result in a plan being put in place to assess, help and monitor his reading. This may involve specialist literacy support and a formal assessment if they feel it is necessary.

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Dear Steve Coronavirus has definitely been an eye-opener and a segue into new working patterns. More and more companies see the advantages of their staff working virtually, ranging from increased productivity to minimising overheads. With a two-hour time difference and no commuting time, your workday and family time will hardly be affected. To start the formal application for aliyah, you should be in touch with the Jewish Agency (gci-en@jafi.org). Everything is taking

a bit longer at the moment so be sure to start sooner rather than later. The 10-year tax break is for non-Israeli earned income brought into the country. There are, however, tax exemptions for companies managed by new immigrants as well as a 3.5-year income tax reduction for olim (new immigrants) effective from their date of aliyah. You may want to take tax advice from a UK/Israeli qualified accountant. Owing to the current situation, I am not travelling to the UK, but should you wish to arrange a Zoom meeting to discuss your plans for making aliyah in more detail please do get back in touch.


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Magen David Adom has been working hard to finish constructing the new £90m National Blood & Logistics Centre in Ramla. This is a lifesaving collaboration between Magen David Adom UK, American Friends of Magen David Adom and the Government of Israel. When complete, the facility will double Israel’s blood processing capacity and protect its blood against missile, chemical, and biological attack. This is vital in protecting Israel’s blood supply for the future. Despite facing unprecedented challenges over the last few months, including the workforce being reduced by two thirds to maintain social distancing, building work has continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the largest capital project that Magen David Adom has ever undertaken and the contribution from the UK so far has been overwhelming. We are excited to be launching our new mezuzah campaign this month, offering our supporters the opportunity to sponsor a mezuzah that will be installed in the state-of-theart facility. This campaign will simultaneously support up and coming designers and local businesses in Israel as we invite them to design and produce the mezuzot.

CORONA PATIENTS’ PLASMA SAVES LIVES Magen David Adom has been collecting plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients in order to treat the severely ill. Those who have recovered from COVID-19 have been invited to donate plasma via the aphaeresis method, where only donor plasma is collected and all other blood components are returned to the donor. This is based on the assumption that those who have recovered from the disease have developed antibodies in their plasma. These units provide patients with a ‘passive vaccine’ that may help them cope with the disease. A similar protocol is also being undertaken in the UK. MDA Deputy Director General and Head of

Israel’s Blood Services, Professor Eilat Shinar, said: “It’s a simple process. The plasma units will be used to treat by transfusion, but the goal is to collect enough plasma to prepare antibody (immunoglobulin) concentrate with which patients will be treated later. Magen David Adom’s aphaeresis unit (blood separation for its components) has been operating for over 30 years. Of course, anyone who is invited to donate plasma must meet the Health Ministry’s criteria and requirements for donating blood.” Magen David Adom has so far treated over 100 patients with the donor plasma collected by MDA’s Blood Services from patients who had recovered from the virus.

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WELCOME ON BOARD GOODBYE MY FRIEND In April, we lost one of our Vice Presidents – Irving Carter. Irving was not only a great friend to Magen David Adom, but he was also someone I had known for close to 30 years through family friendships. Irving was a true mensch and an amazing philanthropist who instilled its values into his children Malcom and Susie. Irving was hugely respected and loved by all of us at Magen David Adom, both in the UK and in Israel. Just last year, he was recognised by MDA Israel for his years of support by being made the first Honorary Board Member outside Israel. Gill and Irving were creatures of habit: without fail every Pesach and Succoth they would be in Israel dedicating a new vehicle or Project that they had so generously donated. It fills me with great sadness that Irving never got to dedicate the Supervisor Vehicle he donated to MDA earlier this year. I very much hope and pray that I will be able to dedicate this vehicle with the family in Israel when the current situation improves. Irving’s memory will live on in the hearts of all he touched at Magen David Adom.

Magen David Adom UK is delighted to announce two new additions to its leadership. Reverend Mark Madeley has been appointed Vice President of MDA UK and Barbara Dingle has joined the MDA UK Board of Trustees. Barbara and Mark are the first CFMDA members to be appointed to MDA UK’s leadership team. MDA UK welcomes and appreciates its Christian supporters and the decision to bring Barbara and Mark further into prominence within the MDA UK family emphasises this. On accepting his new position, Mark commented: “I feel deeply honoured and it is confirmation we do belong together in one family not as separate entities. MDA does not discriminate and this decision by the Board of MDA UK shows just how true that is.”

Reverend Mark Madeley (Honorary President – CFMDA)

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Barbara added: “I am deeply honoured to have been asked to join the MDA UK Board of Trustees. I will endeavour to serve to the best of my ability. It is a great joy and privilege to work alongside our Jewish friends in supporting the amazing lifesaving mandate of MDA in Israel and beyond.”

VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE UK Since the UK went into lockdown, Magen David Adom UK has hosted several webinars and Committee Meetings via Zoom and Facebook Live with groups across the country on how Magen David Adom in Israel led the response to COVID-19. In May over 100 supporters of Glasgow Friends of Israel logged on to celebrate the group’s 5th Anniversary with a real-time briefing from Israel, presented by Magen David Adom frontline staff. Lockdown also saw Magen David Adom UK host a groundbreaking webinar between African and Jewish community leaders in Manchester, as well as other virtual events across the UK with Friends of Israel groups in Scotland, East Anglia, Northern Ireland and the West Midlands. The summer will see a virtual tour of the regions by comedian Ashley Blaker, exclusively for MDA UK. Watch this space...

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