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NATIONAL LIFESAVING DAY RAISES £2M FOR MDA UK Over the 36-hour campaign, from Sunday 29th – Monday 30th November, the entire community came together to help Magen David Adom UK exceed its fundraising target of £2,000,000. Our 36-hour fundraising initiative culminated with a live-stream event on Monday 30th November, watched by over 1,400 people. The incredible Rob Rinder hosted the event, which showcased the breadth and depth of MDA, Israel’s only National Medical and Blood |

Emergency Service. Rob explained, “For me, MDA encompasses all that is good and great about Israel, which is why I am such a passionate supporter and why I’m here tonight.” Viewers heard messages of support from celebrities including Gal Gadot and Fauda’s Lior Raz, and enjoyed entertainment provided by Master Mentalist Lior Suchard, musician Idan Raichel and many more. At the end of the show, MDA UK phone lines were ringing off the hook. Donations came flooding in,

taking the total raised over the £2million target, to £2,080,000 - and the donations were still coming in days afterwards! Sopwell House was home for the MDA UK team for the day. All hands were on deck, manning the phone lines in a Covid-19 friendly environment. They were joined by longstanding MDA supporters, Susie Segal and Malcolm Carter (pictured), who not only donate generously to the organisation but were also helping to fundraise for MDA.

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THE YEAR WHEN EVERYTHING CHANGED This time last year, few of us had even heard of Zoom. Now it is a feature of daily life. Fundraising events were seldom online. Now, a virtual element to any campaign is an absolute necessity. For Magen David Adom UK, nowhere was this more pronounced than in our hugely successful ‘National Lifesaving Day’. We set ourselves and our supporters the ambitious target to raise £2m in just 36 hours. Teams and committees across the country opened their contact books, their wallets and their hearts and took us over the line. Incredibly, since the campaign went live, The Marcus Foundation has come forward and offered to match every pound we raise towards the National Blood & Logistics Centre. So please - if you have not yet done so, now is the time to donate: www.mdauk.org/NLD It was not just fundraising that migrated online this year, MDA UK launched a new legacy portal too. In partnership with Farewill, we are making Will writing so easy that it can be done from the comfort of your own home - and for free. There’s more information overleaf and it really is something that is applicable to supporters of any age. For those of you looking for a slightly different way to support MDA, we have launched an exciting competition with the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Their students are taking part in a competition to design the 35 limited edition mezuzot that will be affixed to the main entrances and significant spaces within the new National Blood & Logistics Centre in Ramla. If you would like the opportunity to sponsor one of these landmark items, please be in touch. I hope you have a restful break and look forward to seeing you (in person I hope) in the new year.

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A BLOODMOBILE IN MEMORY OF AN INSPIRATIONAL LEADER “Acts of kindness never die” Rabbi Sacks z”l

The Jewish News initiated a crowdfunding campaign with MDA UK to purchase a bloodmobile in memory of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z”l. Rabbi Sacks was an ardent supporter of Israel and a champion for Magen David Adom. On the day he was ennobled in 2009, Lord Sacks spoke at the MDA UK Fundraising Dinner and gave a stirring and memorable appeal. MDA UK Board Member and then Dinner Chair, Nicholas Springer, recalls, “He attended our annual dinner on the day he was introduced to the House of Lords. He delivered the best appeal speech we ever heard. He is sorely missed both within and outside our community and the bloodmobile we are dedicating in is memory will be a fitting tribute.” Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld of Marble Arch Synagogue, where Lord Sacks was once the minister, has lent his support to this campaign. He described Rabbi Sacks as “our moral compass and spokesman. Donating to MDA for this vehicle in his name is a wonderful way to honour what he held dear – the sanctity of life. As Rabbi Sacks himself wrote: “Grant strength to those who see to the needs of the injured and sick, and open our hearts in prayer and our hands in generosity, so that by our actions we may bring comfort, healing and support.” So far, the campaign has raised £40,000 of £135,000. If you’d like to donate, please visit: www.mdauk.org/rabbisacks

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NATIONAL LIFESAVING DAY RAISES £2M MDA is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation that depends upon the generosity of its supporters from friends organisations around the world to save lives. This year, due to Covid-19, MDA UK has been unable to hold any fundraising events, therefore the need to raise these much needed funds was greater than ever. On behalf of the MDA UK team, THANK YOU! We are astounded by all the generous donations from our supporters all over the world. Your support will make a huge, lifesaving difference. If you’d like to see our campaign page and read all the messages of support, please visit: www.mdauk.org/NLD

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Jewish Choice had been told to expect roll-out of Covid jabs ‘this week or next’ months said he was “angry” about A Jewish care home has been told the delay. He called the decision it could be the middle of Febru“disgusting” saying it “really is ary before residents and staff truly dreadful, upsetting news for finally receive the Covid-19 vaceveryone. The vaccine promised to cination, despite the local counbe a ray of light.” He added that his cil instructing it to prepare for mother is “very well looked after” the roll-out “this week or next”, and “during the pandemic the writes Jack Mendel. home has done a remarkable job Almost 30 residents and 40 staff caring for the residents under very at Brent-based Jewish Choice were difficult circumstances”. told they would not be getting the jab Meanwhile, other communal until well into 2021, despite promises social care institutions are rolling to the contrary. Mary Mabunga, a day duty Its chief executive, Paula Peake, leader at Jewish Care’s Otto out coronavirus vaccinations. Last told Jewish News that “despite gov- Schiff, receives the vaccine week the chief executives of Jewish Care, Daniel Carmel-Brown, and ernment assurances that care home residents and staff would be first priority”, the Nightingale Hammerson, Helen Simmons, were director of Brent Public Health, Melanie Smith, among the first to get the jab. Simmons, who raised concerns about getting “announced that due to logistics it was unlikely that we would receive vaccinations before the end staff and residents vaccinated last week, saying of January/mid-February, more likely the latter”. the “lack of clarity is causing a lot of unnecessary This was despite the fact that home had “been anxiety”, told Jewish News: “There are signs that pressured to provide exact numbers for vaccina- the vaccine may be transportable to care homes in December via our GP service”. She added that tion very quickly,” Peake said. “She went on to say that the vaccination packs “around 40 of our staff managed to book appointof 970 would become unlicensed if they were ments at the local hospital for the vaccine”. Nightingale’s director of care, Nuno Lopes, and split, as they have been in Scotland. This was the first we had heard of this.” Brent Council was director of operations, Andrew Leigh were also vacapproached for comment but did not respond by cinated, as well as Jewish Care’s Otto Schiff manager Mira Stamatova and Mary Mabunga, a day the time Jewish News went to press. Anthony Bull, whose 92-year-old mother Bar- duty leader. bara has lived at the Jewish Choice home for 15  Shoah survivor gets vaccine, page 7

A NEW CHANUKAH MIRACLE The ambassadors of Israel (top), Bahrain (right) and the United Arab Emirates came together this week to light Chanukah candles. The event, hosted by Jewish News and the Board of Deputies, was the first time the three envoys to the UK had publicly taken part in a joint ceremony, representing a new era of normalisation between the nations since the Abraham Accords were signed. Full story on page 10


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MPs press for Iran action Pro-Israel MPs have given their support to a parliamentary committee’s recommendation that the major branch of Iran’s military be proscribed as a terrorist group, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. The latest call for the government to brand as terrorists the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its 200,000 military personnel came in this week’s foreign affairs committee (FAC) report. An 11-member committee, chaired by Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat and with a Tory majority, it produced its fifth report on Iran this week, and it was by far its most strident. “We recommend proscribing the IRGC in its entirety for its clear and enduring support for terrorists and non-state actors working to undermine stability in the region,” the committee wrote. Believed to be the most powerful branch of Iran’s military, the IRGC controls strategic arms and geographic positions, patrols the world’s busiest oil lane through the Strait of Hormuz. It also oversees the Quds Force, which acts throughout the Middle East in support of militias, including on Israel’s borders. Tugendhat said the IRGC met the criteria for proscription in the Terrorism Act 2000, and while any decision will be taken by the foreign secretary, Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) was quick to press the case. “We strongly endorse the recommendations,” said CFI grandees. “It reinforces the

Protesters burn US and Israeli flags after the killing of Islamic Revolutionary Guards chief Qassim Suleimani. The UK foreign affairs committee wants the group proscribed

UK’s long-overdue need for a strategic rethink in our approach to Iran. The IRGC has been front and centre of Iran’s malign regional activities and we join the FAC by reiterating our call for the IRGC to be proscribed as a matter of urgency.” Tugendhat said proscription was “a natural next step in response to it bankrolling and bolstering of terrorism,” adding: “Its destruc-

tive philosophy and violence within Iran and across the region make a compelling case.” Despite CFI’s calls, it remains unlikely that the UK government will proscribe the IRGC, but it highlights deteriorating relations between London and Tehran, a trend that is set to continue if, as expected, Iran’s presidential election in six months’ time results in a hardliner replacing Hassan Rouhani.

Huge fines for hosting harm Online platforms that fail to protect users or remove harmful content face multimillionpound fines and being blocked under new laws, the government has announced. However, proposals for criminal liability for senior executives at non-compliant firms appear to have been scaled back, with the government aiming to bring those powers into force through secondary legislation. Ahead of publishing a full response to the Online Harms White Paper, home secretary Priti Patel and digital secretary Oliver Dowden said the proposed laws would create a “new age of accountability” for social media platforms. Under the rules, to appear in an Online Safety Bill next year, Ofcom – in its new confirmed role as regulator – will have the power to fine companies up to £18 million or 10 percent of global turnover, whichever is higher, for failing to abide by a duty of care to users, particularly children and the vulnerable. Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl welcomed the announcement of heavy fines for social media companies who breach the legislation. However she added: “With regards to antisemitism, this legislation may fall short unless the newly appointed social media regulator adopts the IHRA definition of antisemitism and judges companies’ protection of Jewish users against that standard.”

ABBOTT SUPPORTS JVL ACTIVIST Labour Party meeting that antiFormer shadow home secsemitism had been “weaponretary Diane Abbott joined ised”. a suspended Jewish Labour She was vocal in her critiParty activist to show her supcism of the report published port in what will be seen as in October by the Equality and an overt snub to Labour HQ. Human Rights Commission Abbott spoke alongside into antisemitism in the Labour Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi at Party. the ‘Solidarity with Jeremy She has also said antisemCorbyn’ protest in her itism is being “wheeled out” as Hackney constituency on JVL’s Idrissi and Abbott an excuse to silence socialist Sunday, despite party officials investigating the Jewish Voice for Labour voices, including the former Momentum vicechair Jackie Walker, broadcaster Marc Wads(JVL) figurehead for her comments. Wimborne-Idrissi, a longstanding critic worth and former MP Chris Williamson, all of of Israeli policy towards the Palestinians, whom support Corbyn. Also attending was JVL member and mathwas suspended by Labour this month after criticising Corbyn’s suspension and telling a ematician Professor Jonathan Rosenhead and Chingford and Woodford Green Constituency Hackney Labour activist Craig Parr.

Corbyn unveils social justice project

Jeremy Corbyn this week unveiled plans for a new organisation to support social justice, peace and human rights in the UK and around the world. The former Labour leader said his Peace and Justice Project would “bring people together” to create “a future that works for the many, not the few”. Corbyn, who sits as an independent MP in the House of Commons after being denied the Labour whip because of his response to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report into antisemitism in the party under his watch, is to launch the initiative next month. The project is aimed at supporting social and environmental justice, peace and internationalism and will be focused on combating

poverty, inequality and unaccountable corporate power, the Islington North MP said. Sir Keir Starmer’s predecessor added that it would promote peace, global co-operation, climate justice, self-determination, democracy and human rights by working with social movements and trade unions and building networks for progressive change. It will be formally launched on 17 January 2021 following an online event. Panellists will include Labour peer Christine Blower, Unite union general secretary Len McCluskey and Labour MP Zarah Sultana, who previously wrote that she supports “violent resistance” against Israel and would celebrate the deaths of former Labour leader Tony Blair, former US president George W Bush and Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Literature that is distributed in multiple

category give no indication of the extent of

quantities. This can involve a single mass

distribution. A single mass mailing of antisemitic

mailing or repeated individual mailings, but it

literature is only counted as one incident,

must involve the multiple use of the same piece of literature in order to fall into this category.

although it could involve material being sent to dozens of recipients. Thus, the number of

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their actions, rather than the number of victims.

Abusive Behaviour or Threats (depending on the content). This category includes literature that

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Student antisemitism rise or not the recipient is Jewish, and cases where Jews are specifically targeted for malicious distribution, even if the material itself is not

antisemitic. This would include, for instance, the mass mailing of neo-Nazi literature targeted at Jewish organisations or homes, even if the

literature did not mention Jews. This category

A statistical rise in antisemitism on campus followed “a sustained drive to encourage students to report incidents”, according to a report published today by the Commu-

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past two academic years, and said universities’ response was “inconsistent… and in some cases increased the harm felt”. Fifteen incidents were perpetrated by staff, including four at the University of Warwick, two at the University of Leeds and two at the University of Nottingham. At the UK’s 130-plus universities, the CST registered a growing number of antisemitic incidents over the two full years it reviewed, with 65 in 2019/20 and 58 in 2018/19. Incidents in the report, Campus Antisemitism in Britain 2018-2020, include those perpetrated by fellow students, students’ union officials and student society officers. Universities’ responses “varied widely”, it said. One Jewish student was subjected to a disciplinary complaint by academic staff after reporting that a lecturer had made an antisemitic comment in a lecture, before the case was dropped. The CST urged all universities to adopt the Inter-

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and a lack of protection for Jewish stu4 dents”. 5 CST chief executive Mark Gardner 123 said the charINCIDENTS ity’s work “shows that antisemitism is a real problem 107 for some Jewish students, mostly involving racism and or the Union of ignorance from other young Jewish Students, people, either verbally or via www.cst.org.uk Antisemitic hate on a student’s t-shirt be allowed to social media”. submit complaints The most serious cases national Holocaust Remem- on behalf of students worried “occur where universities deny brance Alliance (IHRA) defi- about doing so, and that com- students adequate protecnition of antisemitism for “a plaints are resolved within “a tion, either from visiting hate common, accepted and prac- reasonable timeframe”. speakers or own politicallytical standard with which to The government’s antisem- biased academics pushing measure antisemitism and itism adviser, Lord Mann, said conspiracy theories, including assess complaints”. the report “evidences a clear about Jews, antisemitism and It also suggested that it, problem in university culture, the Labour Party,” he added. 7

IHRA ADOPTION RETHINK IS DELAYED UNTIL NEXT YEAR A ballot of academics at a top London university that was expected to reverse a decision to adopt a new definition of antisemitism has been delayed until the new year. The Academic Board of University College London (UCL) had been due to vote on whether to rescind the 2019 adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism, but at the last minute it was rescheduled for January “to allow proper debate”. In November 2019, UCL’s The 2018 protest against Labour antisemitism Council adopted the definition with the support of the Provost and the UniIn its recently submitted 150-page report, versity’s Jewish Society, but a working group a copy of which has been seen by Jewish has since said it stifles free speech on Israel. News, they say the definition is “not fit for University authorities said even if the purpose in a university setting and has no Academic Board were to vote to rescind the legal basis for enforcement”. adoption of the definition, the decision still Despite this, the same academics report lies with the UCL Council, which is chaired “disquieting evidence that antisemitic by Hong Kong businessman Victor Chu. insults towards Jewish students… have If there is a U-turn, it will be the first occurred at UCL much more frequently than instance of a university reversing its adop- most of us had realised”. They said this was tion, but Jewish student representatives the case even “under the most restrictive said it may not be the last, with similar moves definition of antisemitism”. underway across the city at King’s College Yet the dons said there were already London. enough policies in place to combat antisemFor the past year, a UCL working group itism, and that the problem lay in “insuffion racism and prejudice has been examining cient reporting” of antisemitic insults and the consistency or otherwise of the IHRA “a lack of awareness of what antisemitism is definition with academic freedom at UCL. and why it is a problem”.


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First survivor receives Covid vaccine A woman believed to be the first Holocaust survivor to receive the Covid-19 vaccine has urged others to follow suit, writes Jack Mendel. German-born Eve Kugler, who turns 90 next month, had the Pfizer/BioNTech jab at the Royal Free Hospital. She said: “I was so very excited and happy to get the vaccine. I even told my friends and children in America about it. I think it is the right thing to do and I urge everyone to take it up. It is giving us life.” Born in the German town of Halle, Eve escaped fromNazi-occupiedEuropetotheUSin1941,working as a journalist before moving to London in 1990. She was awarded a BEM in 2019 for services to Holocaust education and speaks to thousands of people a year through the Holocaust Educational Trust. Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust said: “Our beloved and brave Holocaust survivors have been shielding and, in many

cases, they have been alone, but typically of our survivors, they’ve managed through the toughest of circumstances and inspired us all. “It is wonderful that Eve has received the vaccine and hopefully many more survivors will follow.” Meanwhile, the pandemic Jewish death rate has hit a seven-month high, according to figures collated by the Board of Deputies with seven of the community’s largest burial boards. These show that 20 burials took place in the week ending 11 December, bringing the number of Coronavirus-related deaths in the community to one short of the grim landmark of 600 (more than 60,000 have died nationally). It comes as London entered strict Tier 3 restrictions amid soaring cases, and the first doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine were distributed last week. Board President Marie van der Zyl said it had recorded a larger increase in reported Covid-19 mortality in the Jewish community this week than

Eve Kugler, 89, is given the Pfizer/BioNTech jab

in previous weeks. “As communities in London, Hertfordshire and Essex move into Tier 3 to join those such as Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Gateshead, it serves as a reminder that we should all be carefully adhering to government guidance.”

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INSPECTIONS DELAYED Hendon man’s eighth Covid plasma donation The restart of inspections of Jewish education in Jewish schools has been pushed back again to the start of the summer term owing to the pandemic. Pikuach, the body responsible for inspecting Jewish education in maintained Jewish schools, had been due to begin its Section 48 work in January, but this week said it

was delaying them by a term. The announcement mirrors that of national school inspectorate Ofsted, which is delaying the restart of its in-person audits as Covid-19 infections remain high. The statutory requirement of five-yearly inspections means some Jewish schools will need to be exempted by the Department of Education.

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A Jewish man from Hendon will make his eighth Covid-19 plasma trial donation this week, as NHS bosses pay tribute to his help in giving antibodies. Rael Gamsu, 52, who has recovered from coronavirus, will give a remarkable eighth convalescent plasma donation at Edgware donor centre on Thursday, a trip that also marks his 100th overall blood donation since his early 20s.

“I first donated convalescent plasma in September after hearing about the trial from NHS colleagues, and have been returning regularly over the past few months,” he said. “I had previously donated blood and platelets and wanted to help. The staff at Edgware are fantastic and go out of their way to help. I wear hearing aids and one of the donor nurses found a trans-

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Hotovely: ‘I want to be an ambassador for all Jews’

New Israeli envoy is ready to ‘listen and learn’, writes Justin Cohen

The Hotovelys arriving in London

Ambassador Hotovely lights the Chanukah candles with her young family

Israel’s new UK ambassador has pledged to represent “the whole Jewish community with all its streams” as she tackled for the first time concerns that led to a petition calling for her appointment to be blocked. Former Settlements Minister Tzipi Hotovely has previously attracted the ire of Reform leaders in America and Rabbi Laura JannerKlausner, the UK’s former leader of Reform Judaism issued an unprecedented warning ahead of her arrival in the UK two months ago. However, in a wide-ranging interview with Jewish News, Hotovely, 42, insisted her views were “in strong contrast” to those of her movement. She said: “In order to have a dialogue, you need to listen and learn about people’s concerns and what they care about. This is a benefit of being an ambassador, I can listen instead of just talking as politicians usually do. I’ll be an ambassador not just to the UK but also the whole

Jewish community with all its streams.” Hotovely, who was the youngest MK when she entered the Knesset and is a close ally of Benjamin Netanyahu, is fully aware her reputation proceeds her. “You know my record as a politician with all my ideological thoughts,” she says, without trying to whitewash controversial previous comments on non-Orthodox Judaism (she once accused Reform Jews of turning the issue of prayer at the Kotel into a political dispute), settlements (strongly supportive) or the two-state solution (strongly opposed). But, addressing for the first time concerns expressed by some British Jews, she said: “If people have criticism of the Israeli government it’s absolutely OK, it’s part of freedom of speech. Everyone has a political opinion, but here I definitely know I’m serving my government and the people of Israel so I’m coming here with a much broader perspective on every issue.”

So would she, for example, be holding back on her views that Israel is entitled to the entire West Bank, ending all hopes for two states? “It’s easy to ask me that as a politician,” she said. “Now I’m respectful to the ambassador’s role.” On annexation, too, a plan she had strongly backed, she would not say if she felt it should be enacted. She was also keen to set the record straight after appearing to suggest during an online event this month about Jewish refugees from Arab lands that the Nakba was an “Arab lie” – drawing fresh criticism. She insisted she was not denying the displacement of people when Israel was created, but that “to speak about the Arab catastrophe without mentioning that almost one million Jews were expelled is not saying the truth. Jews were always part of the Middle East”. Turning to the region’s recent normalisation deals, she said she had very much “felt at home” when she met the ambassadors of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain recently and discussions have begun about interfaith projects they

can work on together. “Often when political agreements are signed, it stays at the political level. Here it’s so clear it goes business to business and people to people. Look how many Israelis are already going to Dubai and want to go to Bahrain.” She said two more deals were in the pipeline and could be announced soon. Closer to home, she aims to continue the trend of new record bilateral trade figures postCovid, and hopes for a second post-Brexit trade deal focusing on environmental technology and other issues where Israel is at the forefront. One of her priorities will be reaching out to young Jews where she acknowledged a trend towards disconnection to Israel compared with previous generations amid concern over the conflict. “There is so much to show about what Israel has achieved that is bigger than the conflict – liberal values like liberty, diversity. About one million Arabs are part of the Israeli population and they can get to the top roles. When you get a rejection time after time from the Palestinian side, you can’t take responsibility for both sides of the conflict.” Hotovely praised the vibrancy and Zionism of British Jewry. “We need to make sure the voice of Rabbi Sacks and the voice of British Jewry will be heard in Israel. I hope to be that bridge.” • Reform Judaism hosted an event for Ambassador Tzipi Hotovely yesterday, just days after the movement’s former senior rabbi told her to “be ambassadorial and don’t incite hatred”. The event, confirmed by two sources, was advertised only to significant Reform donors and supporters, and was on the heels of stinging criticism from Janner-Klausner, who until October was the senior Reform rabbi in the UK. One source alerted to the event alluded to Hotovely’s opposition to a Palestinian state, saying: “This event would be controversial under any circumstances but particularly after Rabbi Laura’s criticism, and Hotovely’s subsequent remarks, in which she continued to make other inflammatory comments.”

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‘Kindling the lights of peace’ Ambassadors from Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) united online on Tuesday evening to light the sixth Chanukah candle, writes Sandy Rashty. It was the first time the ambassadors to the UK have publicly come together, representing a new era of normalisation between their nations since the signing of the Abraham Accords in September. The ‘Chanukah in a New Light’ event – initiated by Justin Cohen, news editor at Jewish News – was co-ordinated with the Board of Deputies and hosted by Jewish News editor Richard Ferrer. Tens of thousands of people across the globe watched as the ambassadors were joined by Conservative MP James Cleverly, Britain’s minister for the Middle East and North Africa. Described as a “historic” event, the moment was celebrated with Chanukah songs sung live by children from Sacks Morasha Jewish History is made: Three ambassadors and Minister James Cleverly light the candles Primary School. Israeli Ambassador Tzipi Hotovely wished viewers a “Chanukah sameach” and described can worship freely; we can visit the holy sites. Sudan. “Israel is grateful that Britain has welUAE Ambassador Mansoor Abulhoul This is something we can all celebrate. comed and encouraged each of these steps,” and Bahraini Ambassador Sheikh Fawaz “This year, we are celebrating in the light of she said. “Britain is a dear friend of ours.” Al-Khalifa as “dear friends”. peace. I’m deeply proud that we are building The Bahraini Ambassador attended the event She described Chanukah as a festival of a warm peace with our Emirati and Bahraini from the Gulf state. Speaking from the home of freedom. “This ancient story is still relevant friends and I believe our peace is inspiring Houda Nonoo, Bahrain’s Jewish Ambassador today. The modern state of Israel is 72 years even more countries to join us.” to the United States, he welcomed a new era of old and it, too, is a champion of freedom. Jews, Hotovely also welcomed the normalisation “peace in the Middle East”. Muslims and ADVERT Christians can2020:Layout pray together, we of relations between Israel and Morocco and “Bahrainis have always sought to reach out HALF PAGE JAN 1 09/01/2020 16:04 Page 1

to their neighbours and beyond and to build bridges of friendship and trust with all of those who share these values,” he said. He went on to welcome direct flights between Bahrain and Israel, saying he hoped the Accords would lead to “wide ranging people-to-people contact”. Beside him sat Ebrahim Nonoo, the head of Bahraini’s 50-strong Jewish community. Meanwhile, Ambassador Abulhoul said candlelight was “a fitting end to a year when I have experienced so much warmth from my encounters with the UK Jewish community”. Referring to the use of oil and candlelight during Chanukah, he said: “As one of the world’s major oil producers, it is a subject the UAE knows something about.” The Ambassador reminded viewers that the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai was lit up last week to symbolise the beginning of Chanukah. “Over time, I hope Chanukah celebrations will become unremarkable across the Arab world. Jewish people throughout the region should be able to mark their religious festivals as freely and joyously as the UAE’s Jewish community,” he added. Cleverly expressed his hope that the normalisation of relations would “lead to peace in the Middle East”. He said it was an “honour” to speak alongside the participating ambassadors, adding: “The UK is proud to have been one of the first countries to welcome these agreements.”

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Jewish unity/ Rabbi tribute / News

Declaration signed to promote Jewish unity

Participants of Declaration of Our Common Destiny project

that while the Jewish people now have “the privilege and responsibility of national sovereignty, security, economic and scientific growth, at the same time, we are also experiencing the challenges of shifting Jewish identities and diminishing affiliation”. It adds: “The time has come to rise above internal disputes and move beyond a sense of shared fate... towards a covenant of a shared future,

a Covenant of Destiny.” GPG co-founder Mikhail Fridman said: “The only true cure [to alienation and indifference between Jews in Israel and the diaspora] is our common will, our mutual effort to turn the tide and to come together, to prioritise common ground and joint action, and to actively seek and build our future as a united people for the sake of generations to come.”

Tributes to ‘legendary’ teacher a beloved member of the WemTributes have been paid to the bley Synagogue community for former principal of Jews College, decades. We extend our wishes of Rabbi Irving Jacobs, who has died. comfort and condolences to his Rabbi to Wembley’s Neve family. May his memory be for Shalom Synagogue for more than a a blessing.” quarter of a century, he had a long Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and esteemed career lecturing also paid tribute, saying: “For to academic and communal me, Rabbi Dr Jacobs stood out as audiences. an extraordinary educator and A central figure in modern master of Midrash. orthodoxy, he was the principal of Rabbi Irving Jacobs “His encyclopaedic knowlJews College in London, where he edge, grasp of Talmudic literature and capacity educated about the Jewish texts. The United Synagogue’s director of educa- to inspire his students made him a legendary tion, Rabbi Michael Laitner, said: “As a master teacher of our time. “Blessed with a rare blend of brilliance and pedagogue, author, teacher of rabbis and thousands of other Jews, Rabbi Jacobs will be humility, Rabbi Dr Jacobs was a person of deep deeply mourned by generations of students principle, who led by personal example. “I shall always be grateful for the inspiration for whom he opened up the worlds of tefillah [prayer], Tanach [the bible] and Midrash study he gave me and many others. I extend my heartin particular. He served the United Synagogue felt condolences to his family. yehi zichro baruch community in Sutton early in his career and was – may his memory be for an eternal blessing.”

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Almost 200 people joined an online Jewish leadership conference on Sunday organised by the United Synagogue, with sessions aimed at sharing ideas. Organisers hailed it as “the largest attendance ever” annual event, which included 16 breakout sessions and 30 presenters. The day began with an introduction from Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and among the keynote speakers was Lord (Leslie) Turnberg, president of the All Party Britain-Israel Parliamentary Group, who resigned from the parliamentary Labour group last year, citing “overt antisemitism that permeates the party”.

Twitter has been urged to ban former BNP leader Nick Griffin after he tweeted about a “lockdown concentration camp”. Griffin shared an anti-coronavirus lockdown post on social media this week, depicting Health Secretary Matt Hancock signing the Holocaust Educational Trust’s book of commitment, with the phrase “Science can set us free”. Lord John Mann, the government’s independent antisemitism adviser, called for the social media giant to take action against Griffin. He told Jewish News: “Twitter should deal with these has-been nobodies desperately seeking attention by their crass outrages.”

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LIBERAL JUDAISM NAMES NEW CHIEFS Liberal Judaism has appointed Rabbi Charley Baginsky as its new CEO, with Shelley ShocolinskyDwyer becoming COO. Both will take up their positions in January. Charley and Shelley have been interim directors of the movement since March. Liberal Judaism chair Ruth Seager said: “In the face of the troubling times, Liberal Judaism has flourished under Charley and Shelley’s leadership. These appointments will now ensure an even stronger and more secure future for our movement.”

JW3 LIGHTS ONLINE SPARK AT CHANUKAH

JW3’s Chanukah Spark Nights free online events began last Thursday with thousands tuning in. The nightly events “to light up the dark winter nights” began with the lighting of the JW3 chanukiah followed by a series of big names including comedy legend and Jewish News columnist Jackie Mason. Starting at 6.30pm, the events promised “inspirational words” from people including actress and comedian Jessica Chaffin, TV star and barrister Rob Rinder, author Howard Jacobson and musician Ivor Novello.

Jewish Agency will look at ‘Messianics’ allegation A major row has erupted over whether or not the Jewish Agency is allowing missionary activity in its Galilee education facility, Bikat Kinarot, writes Jenni Frazer. The Agency strenuously denies the charges, made by the Beynenu anti-missionary group — but is conducting an inquiry and has warned of a severe crackdown if the allegations prove to have any basis. For several months, Beynenu has been complaining that the Jewish Agency, which runs educational centres all over the country, has allowed Christian missionaries, or “Messianics”, to operate on the Galilee site. In its latest allegations, it has put together videos that it claims show Christians, operating under the banner of the Canadian Christian Zionist group Return Ministries, identifying their true missionary intentions to convert Israeli Jews.

Screenshots from a Beynenu video about missionaries

Bikat Kinarot, the target of Beynenu’s current claims, provides services to lone soldiers, new immigrants, and those preparing to enter the army. Beynenu says these are vulnerable people and easy prey for the missionaries. The Jewish Agency, which acknowledges a formal agreement with Return Ministries, categorically denies that missionary activity is taking place. Instead, the Agency says, Return Ministries “provide volunteers and assist with construction, maintenance and landscaping work on the campus. This is done within a very clear contractual frame-

work, stipulating that any kind of missionary activity is strictly prohibited”. The Jewish Agency insists that Beynenu’s videos “are heavily edited, using old and irrelevant footage and containing false statements”. But it admits that “they do raise grave questions and concerns for us regarding our relationship with Return Ministries”. This relationship is now being closely examined: the Agency emphasises that “any involvement of Return Ministries or the Aliyah Return Centre, beyond the very clearly demarcated roles… is in clear

violation of their agreement with the Jewish Agency”. The Return Ministries themselves have repeatedly denied any missionary activity, insisting that their volunteers, often elderly Christians from all over north America, were involved in picking grapes or harvesting olive trees. But it is not just alleged missionary activity that concerns the Jewish Agency. This week, its legal adviser, Bosmat Chelouche, wrote to Beynenu leaders, Shannon Nuszen and Rabbi Tovia Singer, after they had contacted employees, managers and members of the Jewish Agency board of governors, attacking the agreement with the Return Ministries. In response, last Friday, Attorney Chelouche reiterated the Jewish Agency’s insistence that there was no missionary activity taking place on its Galilee centre. She added that Beynenu had no access to the Agency’s email inboxes.

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MDA UK GETS BLOOD CENTRE BOOST An American donor has created a $10 million (£7.4 million) matching grant for Magen David Adom UK. The Marcus Foundation, from Bernie and Billi Marcus, made the grant available to inspire more donations towards MDA’s £96 million project to build a national blood services centre in Israel. MDA says that with this grant, it hopes to raise the remaining funds quickly. The six-storey facility, with its three lowest floors underground, will be shielded to protect Israel’s blood reserves against missile, chemical and biological attack.

SHULS TO USE MASKS FOR LIP-READERS The United Synagogue is introducing free transparent masks for its rabbis and service leaders to help those who lip-read following a recommendation from the Jewish Deaf Association. The disposable face coverings, which look like the regular blue masks except for a see-through panel, allow those who rely on lip-reading to follow the service and can be worn by rabbis, gabbaim (wardens), chairs or anyone addressing the community.

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Parents’ anger over meat-free menu A Jewish primary school was criticised by parents this week after removing meat from its lunchtime menu, writes Adam Decker. A group of parents, who wished to remain anonymous, voiced their concern to Jewish News this week after Clore Shalom headteacher Karen Cohen told them meat was now off the menu, in what many said was a “cost-cutting exercise”. The price of school meals at the 215-pupil school in Radlett, which was rated ‘good’ by Ofsted this year, will remain the same at £2.80, but some parents were concerned about “an obvious lack of protein” in the menus from new provider HCL. On its website, HCL says it is “passionate about fresh, local and seasonal ingredients that help us to provide dishes that are popular with students and comply with healthy eating standards”. Yet parents said its sample menu included several offerings of pasta, jacket potatoes, potato wedges, macaroni cheese, baguettes, sweet potato slices, pizza, rice, and chips, much of it with cheese as a topping. Cohen, who said she had consulted, told parents

Clore Shalom will remove meat from school meals

HCL “use nutritionists to help revise their menus to ensure pupils are offered a healthy lunch each day”. She added that the school was “now able to offer milk and dairy foods to the menu, along with fish, eggs and other sources of protein”, with the kitchen being “deep cleaned” over the winter break and new kitchenware provided.

Numerous parents were unconvinced, however. “It’s all carbs,” said one. “They’re playing it like it’s healthy, but there’s no protein. It’s horrific.” Another said the shift to pescatarian menus had been “a complete surprise”, and that government guidance required schools to offer meat at least three times a week. A third said: “It is worrying that cheesy pasta dishes served with additional starchy food such as potatoes make regular appearances on the menu. “Children who do not like meat imitation products such as Quorn, which are themselves often highly processed, may make an unhealthy choice of carbs.” In response, Cohen said: “We are aware that a small number of parents are concerned about the change. We have engaged with them. By and large we have an excellent relationship with our parent body, the vast majority of whom support and trust us to make decisions in the best interest of their children.” She said the change came about because of “a failure by our previous catering supplier to address and resolve problems”, but added that pupils had the option of bringing in packed lunch.

Police appeal after collision Police are looking to speak to the driver of a second vehicle that was close by when a car mounted a pavement and struck pedestrians in Stamford Hill, injuring

five people. None of those involved is in a lifethreatening condition. The driver of the vehicle involved is assisting the Metropolitan Police with their

enquiries and the force said it was keen to speak to the driver of a Toyota Previa who was in “close proximity” to the collision and may be able to provide further details.

Any witnesses or drivers with dashcam footage are asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit witness line on 020 8597 4874.

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GLOBAL CANDLELIGHTING EVENT More than 5,000 Jewish primary school pupils from around the world were due to join a virtual candlelighting ceremony for the seventh night of Chanukah last night. The first ‘Unite with Light’, organised by the Partnerships for Jewish School with JLGB and UJIA, is the brainchild of Broughton Jewish Primary School teacher Dovi Colman, and the event was expected to link up 200 classes from 25 schools globally, and includes the lighting of a menorah in Israel.

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Special Report / Plight of the Uyghur Muslims

‘I need to believe the Uyghurs can survive and not be erased’

After her whole family is jailed, Nursiman Abdureshid pleads with Jews to take a stand

Wearing a traditional headscarf, her young daughter being led out of screenshot, Nursiman Abdureshid sits down in her apartment in Turkey and recalls the day “when the communication with my family was cut off ”, writes Adam Decker. Sent to vast camps built to “re-educate” millions of China’s Uyghur minority, her family received mysterious and lengthy prison sentences for “terrorism”. Her father got 16 years, her mother 13 years, one brother 15 years and her other brother seven years. Nursiman, who came to Turkey in 2015 to study for a master’s degree, has neither seen nor heard from them for 43 months. Despite repeated requests, she has not been told where they are being held, or if they are still alive. “It was 18 June 2017 when communication cut off,” she recalls in a soft voice, eyes lowering. “The Chinese government often cuts communications, but then I started to hear about concentration camps and people being arrested and I began to worry.” She called everyone she knew and was eventually told that her brother and father were being questioned but that her mother was still at home. “They said, ‘Don’t call, she’s afraid, the local official told her not to take calls from abroad.’ That was the beginning.” Petite and speaking word-perfect English, Shanghai-educated Nursiman, 32, knew of “political study” mornings at the village hall, after which Uyghurs would work, and assumed her father and brother were attending them. “I thought that must be it,” she says. “But then I heard more and more about the camps and I couldn’t get any information. My friends stopped replying, then they blocked me on social media group chats. Finally, I got a simple message: ‘There is no one in your home.’ It meant my mum had also been taken.” Her mother is a housewife, her father retired, her brothers businessmen, she says. “We are a normal family. At first, I kept silent, thinking ‘there is no reason to arrest them, it must be wrong information’. But in 2018 I got the same message – your family is arrested, there is nobody in your home.” For three years she asked Chinese embassies for information. In June this year was she told the sentences her relatives had been given. “I asked why, they said ‘terrorism’. I asked if there was any evidence, they said ‘no’. That was it.

The location of Nursiman Abdureshid’s father, mother, and brothers is currently unknown

“My family is not religious. They have nothing to do with terrorism. It is a fake accusation, like with all the Uyghurs. It is what the Chinese government says because it knows the world suffers from terrorism. They want to erase the Uyghurs.” Nursiman’s nieces may be missing too. “I have no idea where they are. It has been more than three years. I do not know if they are still alive. “I listen to the testimony of those who were in the camps and my big fear is for my family’s physical and m e n t a l health. Sometimes I dream that we lost them.” Her last contact was in June 2017,

but three months earlier Nursiman’s friends’ parents began calling their sons and daughters studying abroad. “They were saying ‘come back or stop calling, the situation is getting serious’. So, I offered this to my father when we spoke. “He said ‘nobody told us not to take calls from abroad, but keep the calls short and don’t call every day.’ The police had already blocked one number because of long calls. Shortly after this, we lost contact.” I ask h o w old her family members are. “My father was 54 years old. My mother was 51. My Nursiman with her message

elder brother is 34. My younger brother is 30.” I ask whether when she says ‘was’ she means they were 54 and 51 in 2017. She quickly apologises. “No, now, they are 54 and 51 now, sorry, I just used the wrong word.” Her head bows and, for the first time, her voice breaks. In common with other Uyghur witnesses who speak out, Nursiman is being pressured to “come back” (she says by whom, but would prefer it not to be printed). Only one person she knows with senior connections to the Chinese state felt secure enough to tell her the truth: “Don’t go back, it’s not safe.” She knows about the Holocaust, and that it occurred in part because the Nazis successfully dehumanised Jews in the eyes of others. “I blamed the Han Chinese for not standing up to the Chinese Communist Party for abusing and discriminating against the Uyghurs,” she says. “But then I realised, little by little, government propaganda was showing the Uyghurs as bad people, as criminals, as sub-human. That is why normal Han Chinese people support their crimes. “When I was a child, I hardly saw any Chinese [in Kashgar]. From 2008, I saw more and more. They treated the Uyghurs badly, like filth. In the minds of the Han Chinese, Uyghurs are very low, second-class citizens. The government gave them that message.” Asked whether there is hope for the Uyghurs, Nursiman replies: “It’s difficult. The world relies on China. For Covid-19, most countries begged China for masks. My big fear is that we become the 21st century’s genocide just because people want Chinese goods. “The Chinese know the power of money and think they can do anything. I tried to read about what happened to the Jewish people, but I cannot read more than a page before I get upset. “It’s stupid to compare the two, you cannot compare the suffering. But if you think about the technology available to the Chinese today, they can do much more evil to the Uyghurs.” Nursiman asks – pleads – with Jewish News readers to help stop the horror in Xinjiang. “I know it is hard, but if anyone understands our feelings, it is the Jewish people. I need to believe the Uyghurs can survive,. If I don’t, I give a death sentence to my parents.” • Editorial comment, page 18

I’m compelled to speak out, says Mirvis The Chief Rabbi has attacked China’s persecution of its Uyghur Muslim minority in an intervention that will add pressure on governments, companies and consumers to act. Writing in The Guardian on Tuesday,

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis (pictured) said that, having heard accounts from Uyghurs who had fled, “and reflecting upon the deep pain of Jewish persecution throughout the ages, I feel compelled to speak out”. Speaking out was a duty, particularly at Chanukah,

he said, “when we recall attempts ‘to cause the Jewish faith to be forgotten and to prevent Jews from keeping their traditions’… These words refer back to the cruel oppression of Jews.” Mirvis said the “weight of evidence” of persecution was “overwhelming”, with Uyghurs “beaten if they refuse to renounce their faith, women forced to abort their unborn children then sterilised to prevent

them from becoming pregnant again”. He said in his discussions with senior figures he had “been left feeling that any improvement in the desperate situation is impossible”. Yet, growing up in Apartheid South Africa and ministering in Ireland during the Troubles, ‘impossible’ was a word he often heard; in both places, wrongdoing and conflict came to an end. “Last week marked the 72nd anni-

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FACEBOOK ‘RIGHT’ ON SHOAH DENIAL Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has told Jewish leaders it was right to ban Shoah denial from its platforms, after “hard conversations” about freedom of speech. She said the social media giant’s recent ban on Holocaust denial and distortion “was the right decision because of the rise in antisemitism and the percentage of young people who don’t believe the Holocaust happened”. She made the comments at an online meeting of the World Jewish Congress.

DONALD TRUMP: WE WON THE ELECTION President Trump told guests at a White House Chanukah party he could stay in office “if certain people have wisdom and courage”. President-elect Joe Biden is getting ready to assume office on 20 January. But last Wednesday, Trump sought to ask the Supreme Court to throw out millions of votes. “We won it by more than the first one,” he told guests. ”All we ask for is people with wisdom and courage. Because if certain people have wisdom and courage we’re going to win this election.”

Indian olim welcomed Chanukah. This is a treHundreds of Indian Jews mendous light for us all.” flew into Ben-Gurion AirThe relocation was port to make aliyah this co-ordinated over many week, as Israeli ministers months between the promised to help the rest ministry and the Shavei of the Bnei Menashe comIsrael organisation, munity emigrate shortly. whose founder, Michael Following a governFreund, was delighted. ment edict, 252 new olim “The aliyah of the lost from north-east India made Israel their new The immigrants land in Israel on Tuesday tribe of Bnei Menashe after 2,700 years of exile is home on Tuesday, in an operation supported by Israel’s Bnei Menashe are close to itself a modern-day Chanukah Minister of Aliyah and Integra- my heart. Upon assuming the miracle,” he said. “The story of this unique position of minister, I made tion Pnina Tameno-Shete. The initiative also had the expediting their aliyah a top community that maintained support of Israel’s Chief Rabbi, priority. I will continue acting its connection to the Jewish interior minister and foreign on their behalf and expedite people and the land of Israel minister, who said the Bnei the aliyah of the remaining down through the generations Menashe had “preserved the members of the community in is powerful and inspiring. “I hope to see all the Jewish tradition across gen- India. “We are blessed to see their remaining Bnei Menashe erations”. Tameno-Shete said: “The arrival during the festival of make aliyah soon.”

Israel and Bhutan normalise ties Bhutan has become the latest country to establish full diplomatic relations with Israel. Bordering Tibet, the mountainous kingdom has a mostly Buddhist population of around 800,000 and was a popular destination for Israelis travelling after their military service before its new £200-a-day tourist tax led to revised itineraries. Relations were officially established in a cer-

emony last week in Delhi at the residence of the Israeli Ambassador Ron Malka, who was joined by Bhutanese counterpart Vetsop Namgyel. Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said: “The circle of recognition of Israel is widening. The establishment of relations with Bhutan will constitute a new stage in the deepening of Israel’s relations in Asia.”

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Orthodox Jewish hip hop star Nissim Black’s latest release has delighted fans by reimagining the traditional version of Hava Nagila. Black’s The Hava Song came out on the artist’s 34th birthday and features him rapping about gratitude and his place in the Jewish world and includes the lyric: ‘Black, Jewish, and proud.’ Black moved in 2016 from the US to Israel, where he lives with his wife and children.

A petition by Antwerp’s Orthodox Jewish community to exempt places of worship from Belgium’s national coronavirus lockdown edict has succeeded in the country’s highest court. Judges overturned the government’s closure ruling, despite Belgium having the world’s highest per capita Covid-19 death toll. The Jewish umbrella group said the restrictions were unfair as museums and pools were open.

A Polish wartime diplomat in Istanbul saved hundreds of Jews by issuing them with papers identifying them as Christian, an Israeli investigation has shown. Wojciech Rychlewicz, a consul, issued the documents for free to Jews who could then get visas in countries opposed to admitting Jewish refugees. Rychlewicz never applied for recognition for his actions or advertised them, according to the report.

Tributes have been paid to philanthropist Joseph Safra after he died in Sao Paulo, aged 82. A banker born in Lebanon, Safra was Brazil’s richest man, worth around £16 billion, and bankrolled much of the country’s 120,000-strong Jewish community. His vast real estate portfolio included ‘The Gherkin’ in London. Safra’s Lebanese-Syrian family’s banking connections date back to Ottoman times.

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Some campaigns need to be ‘sold’. Some grievances need to be shouted. Some revulsion needs sifting between agenda-led and genuine. Once in a blue moon, all we need is knowledge. The more we learn about the Chinese state’s persecution of its Uyghur minority in Xinjiang, the more aggrieved, revolted and incensed we feel. In living memory of the Holocaust, a people are being ‘erased’. This week, that burning Jewish revulsion was voiced by one person whose intervention will make a real difference – the Chief Rabbi. In no small act of courage, Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis catapulted this from the corridors to the concert hall. Private discussions were going nowhere, we understand, so he went nuclear. There is no ‘other side’ to it. This week and last, Jewish News has profiled two of the few incomparably brave witnesses to the plight of the Uyghurs at the hands of ethnic Han Chinese authorities. Their stories shock. The accusations: dozens of vast camps, through which millions are taken and many never emerge, housing 60 per cell, so cramped that they cannot sleep. No natural light, shorn hair, names removed, hearing screams 24/7 from the basement, where rape is used on both men and women. Forced sterilisation, ‘re-education’ to rid people of both identity and hope; this is the slow-burn killing of a people’s spirit. What to do against the mighty China? As the Chief Rabbi says, the same was asked about the mighty apartheid regime in South Africa, about the mighty Soviet refusal to let Soviet Jews leave, about the entrenched sectarian conflict in Northern Ireland. In all cases, change was brought by ordinary people. We can do plenty. We can pressure MPs and companies. We can protest. And we can learn about what we buy and where it comes from, after documents this week showed that China uses hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs for hard labour. All we needed was knowledge. CONTACT DETAILS Publisher and Editor Richard Ferrer 020 8148 9703 richard@jewishnews.co.uk

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I was deeply worried to read that the children and family charity Norwood has restructured to focus on disability alone. It has discreetly been serving as a safety net for the community, providing social work support to vulnerable families, which often prevents the situation deteriorating. The amazing social work team used to deal with everything from minor family disputes to child protection and acute need. This deci-

The media and family of Roald Dahl are being too easy on this racist author. Not only does his antisemitic trope about Hitler having a point about the ‘nasty’ Jews justify the Holocaust in his view – but he also alleged in an interview he “never saw a Jew in the front line in WW2” . How did he know who was Jewish? How did he account for the Jewish veterans from the Commonwealth and including Mandate Palestine? No matter what genius a writer has achieved, their racism can never be divorced from their skill; I did not encourage my children or grandchildren to read his works and suggest others do the same. Martin Sugarman By email

sion will have terrible consequences for the community and I cannot understand why Norwood would abandon these services at such a perilous time. They took years to build and will cost millions to re-establish. I implore the community to contact Jewish media outlets and Norwood head office to express their feelings. This restructure will leave a huge gap in community services. Dan Cohen Stanmore

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ight months after his accession, the crown barely settled on his brow, and Labour’s new leader already knows: “There’s three of us in this marriage.” The interfering ex just won’t leave him and his party alone. Sir Keir Starmer has talked a terrific game since liberating Labour back in April. His party is now “under new management”, has “entered a new era” and will “reconnect with voters”. Which all sounds just the ticket to a swing voter like me who’s waited a decade for a vaguely sensible alternative to Cameron, May and Johnson. The numbers certainly stack in Starmer’s favour. Between April and November, Politico’s polls of voting intensions have seen the Conservative-Labour divide narrow from 51%-29% to an even-steven 39%-39%. “Oh, Keir-er-er Staaarmer!” If

he keeps going at this rate Labour will win the next election and pip Liverpool to the Premier League. But don’t pop out to Poundland for bunting just yet. Corbyn may not lead but he still lingers; still rules enough hearts and minds to force Starmer into a three-way relationship with two Labour parties – one centre left, one certifiable. One sworn to eradicate Labour antisemitism, one that denies its existence. One that can never allow Corbyn back as an MP and one that still sees him as its figurehead. What a sordid little threesome it is. And the thing about threesomes is only one person can be on top. Marriage is all about compromise but there can be none in this unholy matrimony. So Starmer’s new year resolution must be an ugly divorce from the hard left. He must display the same clear-minded ruthlessness the electorate showed one year ago this week when it handed Labour its worst drubbing since the war. Fail to follow brave words with brave

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deeds and he will look like a leader with all the authority of a WWE wrestling referee, looking the other way while hell breaks loose behind him. And boy is it breaking loose. Recent days have seen suspensions dished out like mince pies to senior party members wild about Jezza. The chairs of constituency Labour parties (CLPs) in Hampstead and Kilburn, East London, Chipping Barnet, Bristol West and Nottingham East have all been suspended for demanding Corbyn’s reinstatement as a party MP. Last week a leading member of Liverpool Riverside CLP was suspended for alleged antisemitism. Senior Unite union official Howard Beckett even accused the meeting called solely to approve the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) action plan on tackling antisemitism of being too focused on a “single agenda”. There are little fires everywhere. If Starmer fiddles, the grassroots will burn. To borrow a phrase made infamous by the Jewish community’s 2018 protest against Corbynite antisemitism, ‘Enough is enough’. There’s not a moment to lose. Or rather, there is a Momentum to lose. Starmer must kick the tyres long before the 2024 election to be confident his bandwagon is up to the arduous four-year journey back to its base and beyond. Voters need to know what Starmer will stand for and, equally, what he will not. He can take heart from history. It has been done before. Neil (now Lord) Kinnock inherited the party from a radical who’d just condemned it to its worst election humiliation in generations. Kinnock’s triumphant speech at the 1985 party conference declared all-out war on the militants and malcontents (which even back then included Corbyn), with their

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“impossible promises… far-fetched resolutions pickled into a rigid dogma… outdated misplaced, irrelevant to real needs”. Kinnock purged the party and made it fit for purpose. Of course he was ultimately unable to shift the Iron Lady from Number 10, but today’s incumbent has none of Thatcher’s stature. He’s just in need of an iron. The prize is there for the taking. Starmer has already placed rolling out the EHRC’s 18 key recommendations on eradicating antisemitism top of his 2021 to-do list, but it will count for little if his predecessor has the whip restored. The stain and shame will only fade when former members and MPs hounded out under Corbyn see the coast is finally clear to return. Four years may not be enough to repair the damage. A report published last week by progressive think-tank Compass showed Labour requires a swing of 10.52% – larger than Tony Blair’s in 1997 – to win the additional 124 seats it needs for a majority of one. Starmer needs a landslide, earthquake and volcanic eruption rolled into one. It could take a decade for Labour to develop its vaccine for Corbynism and even then it won’t be wiped out. Like the antisemitism it cultivated, Corbynism constantly mutates. It will return. And when it does it must never be allowed to consume the Labour Party again.

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ust over a year ago, I attended an amazing summit in London, of Arab representatives from many countries in the Middle East. Constituting themselves as the Arab Council for Regional Integration, the men and women spoke fondly of the Jewish communities they had once housed, of Jewish food and music, and passionately about the boycott of Israel, saying it was doing nobody any good. What these people – who included a politician who was the nephew of the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat – all wanted, they said, was to re-establish relations with Israel. The younger people were curious to meet their Israeli counterparts; some of the older participants had faced acute and sometimes lifethreatening hostility from their governments, because of their attempt to build bridges. I wrote a lot about this summit but, it must be admitted, more in hope than anything else.

I knew how slowly the tectonic plates shifted in the Middle East. I’d been one of the first across the border when the peace treaty was signed with Egypt, but watched it degenerate into cold peace and the too frequent freezing of diplomatic relations; I covered the signing of Israel’s peace treaty with Jordan and saw that fracture, too, characterised by serious mistrust by the Jordanians of Israel and again, a time lag in the appointment of ambassadors. And yet here we are in the otherwise disaster year of 2020 and the totemic negatives are falling like dominoes, as one country after the other makes a pragmatic decision about how to live with Israel in their midst. In September, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed the Abraham Accords with Israel, followed by Sudan. This week, both Morocco and the kingdom of Bhutan announced they were ready to normalise relations with the Jewish state. Already we have seen a number of “firsts” unthinkable when I covered the London summit, held in conditions of great secrecy, a year ago. This week, an Orthodox Jewish

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wedding was held in Dubai – although no one was forthcoming enough to identify the bride and groom by name. It has also been announced that the Dubai Jewish community – and just think about the impact of those three words, and what it means for them to be referred to aloud – will open a Jewish primary school early next year, to cater for the children of the estimated 1,000 Jews now living in the Emirates. Jerusalem’s Deputy Mayor, British-born Fleur Hassan-Nahoum (who grew up in Gibraltar and studied law at Kings College London), took advantage of the Chanukah

break to holiday in Dubai with her family. Young Bahrainis and Emiratis have been leaping at the opportunity to visit Israel, some taking selfies on the steps of the Temple Mount, others fixing to see their technology counterparts so that they can exchange hightech information. It helps, of course, that neither the UAE nor Bahrain has ever been in direct military conflict with Israel. Morocco has had a relatively back-door warm relationship with Israel, not least because it still has a flourishing Jewish community – but Israelis have not been able to visit the country as individual travellers until now, which is likely to change. And the big question mark still hangs over what the Saudis might do next. Publicly, everyone is saying they want the Palestinian situation to be resolved before they go any further. Practically? Let me put it this way, a year ago no one, even the dreamers at the Arab summit in London, thought events would move so fast. Herzl, I think, got it right. “If you will it, it is no dream.”

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ight now, at universities all over the country, academics are arguing over whether or not their institutions should adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism. This is the definition that was at the centre of one of the most divisive episodes in the Labour Party antisemitism saga, when its former leader, Jeremy Corbyn, fought to the bitter end to prevent the party adopting the definition in full – a fight he ultimately lost. Now, Corbyn’s supporters and other likeminded activist academics are fighting the same fight he did, opposing a definition that has wide support across the Jewish community and is already used by hundreds of local authorities, national and devolved governments, football clubs, regulators, prosecutors and so on. They oppose it because it makes the obvious point that a lot of antisemitism nowadays is expressed through language that refers to Israel instead of, or alongside, Jews. Too often, this academic argument over

definitions loses sight of what really matters: the welfare and safety of Jewish students at British universities. The Community Security Trust (CST)’s new report, Campus Antisemitism in Britain 20182020, aims to put this back at the heart of this debate by showing that the amount of antisemitism affecting Jewish students is much higher than previously acknowledged. CST’s dedicated campus team spent several months contacting Jewish Societies and Jewish students all over the country to build the evidence for this report. They did this in person before the pandemic hit, travelling hundreds of miles to build relationships with students all over the country, and then continued this work remotely since lockdown restrictions came in. We knew that Jewish students probably had lots of reasons not to report antisemitism. They were too busy having fun, making friends, studying, and getting to know their new life. Perhaps, they didn’t know how to

report antisemitism to their university, or they were worried that complaining would be more trouble than it was worth. What we found is that, while most Jewish students have a great time at university without encountering antisemitism, far too many Jewish students do experience prejudice or bigotry, whether on campus, off campus and online. This included antisemitism from the far left, merging their hatred of Israel with suspicion of any Jews who disagree with them, and the far right daubing swastikas and joking about gas chambers. A total of 123 antisemitic incidents in 34 towns and cities is still probably an underestimate, but it paints a worrying picture nonetheless. Worst of all, we found several examples of Jewish students who had heard antisemitic remarks, not from their fellow students, but from the academics who are supposed to be teaching them. Imagine being a young Jewish student in

your first year at university, listening to your professor teaching antisemitism to a lecture hall full of non-Jewish students who don’t know any better. Then, when these students complain to their university, they are told they cannot do so anonymously, leaving them with a choice between saying nothing and potentially risking their grades. That is the experience some Jewish students – thankfully, a minority – reported to CST. This is why it is so important for universities to have independent processes that are able to investigate complaints properly while protecting the students who make them. CST will continue to support Jewish students across the country, but it is time for universities themselves to step up. Instead of arguing against the adoption of the IHRA definition, they should ask Jewish students what they really feel. That is what CST did, and the results are shocking.

WE FOUND EXAMPLES OF JEWISH STUDENTS WHO HAD HEARD ANTISEMITIC REMARKS FROM THE ACADEMICS SUPPOSED TO BE TEACHING THEM


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All Aboard sponsored more than 500 doughnuts for children and staff at Hertsmere Jewish Primary School as a thank you for a Chanukah collection drive. Youngsters donated hundreds of bags of clothes, toys, books, bric-abrac and other goods, which will be sold inthe charity’s 19 London and Manchester shops. The charity’s marketing and collections manager Evelyn Andresier thanked the PTA for organising the drive and the children for their donations. HJPS’ PTA chair Jane Goodman said: “It was great we could perform a mitzvah and bring some tikkun olam to HJPS.”

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2 ONLINE SHABBAT

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JFS students celebrated Chanukah by leading the United Synagogue’s communal Kabbalat Shabbat, enjoying an online Havdalah ceremony and a virtual tour of the Old City with StandWithUs. Pupils took part in candle lighting, present wrapping, tzedakah projects, a challah bake and launched The JFS Shabbat Album, a collection of traditional melodies and original compositions by students. Headteacher Rachel Fink said: “We are delighted to have filled JFS with the light of Chanukah and such innovative and impactful programming.”

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Nikki and Marc Jacobs from Borehamwood raised almost £3,000 for the UK’s leading stillborn charity Sands by running a half marathon in memory of their stillborn son, Joshua, on what would have been his 10th birthday.

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Youngsters from Radlett Reform cheder enjoyed a Chanukah-themed virtual escape room. They completed puzzles, played Chanukah Bingo, went on a scavenger hunt, made dreidels and put together edible chanukkiot, receiving clues along the way to reveal the message “Chanukah Sameach!”

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More than 100 young professionals watched Love Actually at Young World Jewish Relief (WJR)’s drive-in cinema event. They helped raise money for the charity’s winter appeal to support older Jewish members in Eastern Europe and donations were matched by Genesis Philanthropy Group. Young WJR committee co-chair Rosa Shaul said: “In times of global struggle, it becomes even more important to help our elderly Jewish community in Eastern Europe.”

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A happy Car-nukah! The festival of Chanukah was enjoyed from the comfort and safety of car seats this year, as an estimated 1,000 people hopped in, belted up and were entertained in the car park of Borehamwood Shopping Park in Hertfordshire. Rabbi Chaim Hoch of the Jewish Life Centre in Borehamwood said he had feared the festival may pass without celebration so, together with is wife Leah and volunteers, they created a Covid-secure drive-in menorah lighting that was media partnered by Jewish News.

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‘This was my chance to give back’

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Real life / Weekend

Simon Jacobs spent his childhood being treated for a heart condition at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Now he’s helping to run the hospital, hears Micaela Blitz

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imon Jacobs is certainly no stranger to hospitals. Having been diagnosed with a minor heart condition at 10 weeks old, he spent much of his childhood as a patient at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Manchester. Now that connection has come full circle, with the proud 28-year-old recently named as one of the hospital’s new governors. Over the next three years, Jacobs hopes to give back to the very place that cared for him after he was diagnosed with a coarctation – or narrowing – of the aorta, meaning his heart has to work harder to pump blood around his body. Typical symptoms of the condition include breathing difficulties, poor Simon as a baby with his father, Alan appetite, dizziness, fainting, chest pain, fatigue and blood pressure issues. to go down to surgery, so he handed It is estimated that a congenital heart his son over to Estelle, who had to do condition, such as coarctation of the the deed instead; a fact they joke about aorta, occurs in about seven in every now. Jacobs laughs: “Dad has always 1,000 pregnancies. been the softie and mum is definitely For Jacobs, treatment began when the boss!” he was just over two months old, Despite his parents’ concerns, leaving him with a full-length scar Jacobs never felt he was treated differrunning down his back that he likes to ently to his younger brother, Nathan. show off as one of his party tricks. They saw Jacobs not as an ‘unwell But the reality of his childhood child’, but rather as a normal child with involved several procedures and a relatively minor heart condition – an regular consultant check-ups to attitude that meant Jacobs himself has monitor his progress, including trips never let it hold him back. He says he to Alder Hey between the ages of can often go “weeks and even months 10 and 17. without giving it a second thought”. The former student of King David There were, of course, times that High School in Manchester recalls how Jacobs, while undergoing treatment, his parents, Estelle and Alan, strughad to miss out on friends’ barmitzgled initially to deal with their son’s vahs or a school trip to Israel – but diagnosis and first operation while he it’s that experience he credits with was still just a baby. “making me who I am”. For Alan, the hardest part was He reveals: “Growing up with having to hand him over to the doctors

including Professional Weirdos, which offers creativity and mindset training and encourages individuals and businesses to grow, develop and ‘unleash their inner weirdo’. As a self-confessed “weirdo” himself, Jacobs feels the company’s name reflects his optimistic and distinctive outlook on life. He adds: “I think, because of my experiences, I have a viewpoint that makes me different, but in reality there is no such thing as ‘normal’. I believe everyone has their own story and perspective, which makes them unique.” The latest challenge he has set Simon, right, with his parents and brother himself is as a governor for the wider north-west area at Alder a heart defect meant I was different Hey, a position he will serve for the three years. He reveals: “I am forever to many others. Although I thankful to Alder Hey for what they did resented having this condition, as I for me. They were all truly amazing. became older I began to understand “When I received a letter earlier this this year saying they were looking for was what made me who I am. Once new governors, I thought it would I embraced that, it made me realise be a great opportunity to give back how powerful I could be and what and say thank you for everything I could achieve.” they’ve done.” And he really has achieved a lot. As a governor, he joins a crossHarbouring entrepreneurial ambisection of people connected to the tions, Jacobs started his first busihospital, including staff, carers, ness at 16, went on to gain a degree in parents, partner organisations and international business at Nottingham patients and will help the hospital with University, hosts his own podcast and forward planning, performance and has even written a book, Get Started, making decisions. which gives useful advice and tips on Simon is especially keen to use his how to stop procrastinating and make expertise in tech and innovation to things happen. help make changes for the better at Two years after graduating, he Alder Hey and describes his new role became a brand manager at Camelot as “massively fulfilling”. and, according to his LinkedIn profile, “I am incredibly honoured to have made him the youngest person at the been selected as a governor for this time to be given that role. incredible hospital,” he adds, “and Since then, he started his own I’m really looking forward to making marketing consultancy and launched a difference.” a variety of successful businesses,

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Alzheimer Society’s 2021 Calendar Robert Speker’s amazing photographs of care home residents recreating classic album covers have been selected to feature in the Alzheimer’s Society Official 2021 Calendar. The quirky images, taken at Sydmar Lodge Care Home in Edgware during the first lockdown in March, show residents posing as Adele, David Bowie and Taylor Swift – and swiftly went viral after they were posted on social media. Other pictures show recreations of albums from Queen, The Clash and Bruce Springsteen. On Twitter, the images have been viewed more than 11 million times and received 136,000 likes and 43,000 retweets. Now Speker, the home’s activities

co-ordinator, has helped to create the charity calendar using his photos and has pledged 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Alzheimer’s Society. He said: “I just wanted to try something a little different and I also thought this would be a good way of spending some quality oneto-one time with residents. “Every one of them was more than happy to be involved. Even though the idea was to replicate famous album covers, I wanted their character and personality to shine through too, and I hope I have managed to achieve that.” The Care Home Album Covers calendar is priced at £6.99 at shop.alzheimers.org.uk

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The Magician’s Elephant Homeland actor Mandy Patinkin (left) features in an all-star voice cast for Netflix’s stunning animation, The Magician’s Elephant, currently in production. Based on Kate DiCamillo’s awardwinning novel of the same name, the film follows a young boy named Peter (played by The Undoing’s Noah Jupe) who is searching for his long-lost sister, played by Pixie Davies (Mary Poppins Returns) when he crosses paths with a fortune teller in the market square. When Peter asks if his sister is still alive, he is told the answer lies in finding a mysterious

Come From Away: The Concert While theatres have been asked to close their doors once more, plans are afoot for Irene Sankoff and David Hein’s musical to return in February as Come From Away: The Concert. The specially adapted concert version of the West End hit at the Phoenix Theatre features reduced audience capacity to allow for safe social distancing. Come From Away tells the inspiring true story of how the residents of Gander, Newfoundland, welcomed 7,000 stranded passengers from around the world after they were grounded following the terror attacks of 11 September 2001.

Among them was Rabbi Levi Sudak of Edgware as well as a Holocaust survivor. Producers of Come From Away, John Brant and Joseph Smith, said: “Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but as uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.” During its London run, the show won four Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, as well as scooped multiple accolades across the globe. Come From Away: The Concert plays at Phoenix Theatre from 10 to 27 February 2021, www.comefromawaylondon.co.uk

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Reagan & Gorbachev The Kominsky Method star Michael Douglas (pictured, right) is teaming up with Christoph Waltz for Paramount’s new television drama series, Reagan & Gorbachev. Directed by James Foley (Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed), the drama features Douglas as US President Ronald Reagan (pictured, far right) and Waltz as Soviet

Union President Mikhail Gorbachev. The limited series has been adapted from Ken Adelman’s book, Reagan at Reykjavik: Forty-Eight Hours That Ended The Cold War. Adelman was Reagan’s arms control director and advised him during the superpower summits held between the two presidents.

Up-and-coming British actress Elisha Applebaum stars in Netflix’s young adult drama Fate: The Winx Saga, which airs next month. The six-part series from The Vampire Diaries’ Brian Young, who serves as showrunner and executive producer, is a live-action reimagining of Winx Club, the Italian cartoon series by Iginio Straffi. Applebaum plays Musa, one of five fairies who attend Alfea, a magical boarding school in

the Otherworld where they must learn to master their powers while navigating love, rivalries and the monsters that threaten their very existence. The coming-of-age series also stars The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina actress Abigail Cowen and Grantchester star Hannah van der Westhuysen, alongside Eliot Salt (Normal People) and Precious Mustapha (Endeavour). Fate: The Winx Saga airs on Netflix from 22 January 2021


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LOVE In the time of corona

‘We’re grateful everyone felt normal for one day’ This week: Claudia & Richard

Get married… don’t get married; thousands of couples have had to alter their altar – or bimah – plans this year in line with the ever-shifting rules. Kari Colmans interviews resolute newlyweds who tied the knot against the odds in true Covid style lacey ASOS number, and it was all “very low-key, very chilled”. The flower arrangements were home-made, they had finger food and a buffet and music from an iPad. “We didn’t want to detract from what will eventually be our big day,” says Richard. “We didn’t want that to get watered down.” Despite the numerous Covid restrictions, the wedding ceremony was just the tonic their friends and family needed. “It provided such relief for everyone. The guests were so grateful to be able to just come and let their hair down and feel normal for one day.” Part Two is set for 2 April 2022, and they’re hoping to be third time lucky on the date change. The party will take place at The Ned in London. Claudia will get to wear her Pronovias dress, while Sensation band pumps out the tunes. “We still want our wedding,” they agree. “We don’t want to compromise,” adds Claudia. “We’ve done the Jewish bit, so all being well, there’s just the ‘big fat wedding’ part left for 2022. We’re having a celebrant conduct a humanist ceremony with Jewish traditions thrown in, such as Richard smashing the glass. “This will allow those family and friends who weren’t able to be there in September to see us say our vows.” Currently wading through the second lockdown, they both seem cheerful and still very much in love. Claudia reassures me that Richard “keeps himself to himself” in his home office working as a sales manager, while she occupies the kitchen space, home to her blossoming Greenfox bakery business, which she started in January, before the banana bread bandwagon gained momentum. Aside from her signature ‘brookies’, a sensational brownie cookie hybrid, her specialty is wedding cakes. “I’ve loved being on both sides of the wedding drama, being able to give personal experience, advice and perspective to my clients” she says. “I got in there early, ahead of the game. Apart from planning two weddings, it’s kept me busy – and sane!” Details: www.greenfoxbakery.com Photo by KND Photography

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verybody needs good neighbours, as the well-known song goes. But despite living just doors apart for most their lives, Claudia and Richard, both 32, didn’t meet until they were 16 at a friend’s New Year’s Eve party. She was dating someone else at the time, and they’d go for clandestine, lockdownstyle walks. It wasn’t long before they became a couple, staying together through their teenage years and university. They amicably split at 21 to see the world – she went travelling, while he studied abroad – and it was a further eight years before they got back together romantically. Claudia had recently returned from her time abroad when they both decided to go to the same tapas bar one evening. Richard volunteers his first of many calamitous anecdotes – they don’t stop laughing throughout our Zoom interview – as he remembers the night, and Claudia questions if he “really” wants to share this story. “I was sitting having something to eat and suddenly I realised my napkin had caught fire,” he says. “I ran into the street holding this blazing napkin, waving it into the air trying to put it out, just as Claudia’s three friends walked into the bar. It was a unique re-introduction to the social circle.” But Richard’s napkin wasn’t the only flame to reignite that evening, and the couple soon got back in touch, albeit just as friends at first. A few years passed by and it wasn’t until three years ago that the couple got back together. Cue Richard with another calamitous story regarding the big proposal, while Claudia sighs and smiles at the memory with an eye roll. “I took Claudia to Iceland to propose,” says Richard. “The trip was a birthday present. We rented

Claudia Green and Richard Fox were able to have 30 guests at their wedding in September

a car, drove from landmark to landmark, as you do. I planned to pop the question in front of the famous Gullfoss Falls waterfall, but there were too many tourists.” It was the right move. “I hate being the centre of attention!” Claudia cringes. Next stop was one of the famous national parks. Richard veered the car away from the path to find a secluded setting and Claudia “majorly freaked out”, prompting her to scream: “What are you doing?!” In the panic, Richard managed to wedge the car’s wheels under a heap of snow and sludge, leaving them stranded offroad, all the while with an engagement ring burning a hole in his pocket. They laugh about it now. “We are eternally grateful to the Icelandic couple who stumbled upon our car and rescued us!”

In the end, after a long day, Richard pulled up in front of a less than alluring hydroelectric power station. “It doesn’t sound romantic,” he concedes, “but the ground was super stable. And she said yes.” Fast forward to 2020 and it seems making the best of a bad situation has become the couple’s forte. While many have chosen to become legally married by English law, saving the Big Fat Jewish Wedding bit for after the apocalypse, Claudia and Richard have done the opposite. “We got married on 6 September,” says Claudia. “It was the same date as my dad’s wedding six years ago. Although at the time you weren’t supposed to get married in a home, we found a Jewish loophole because we can get married anywhere. We also managed to hit the 30-person sweet spot before they changed the rules again.” Rabbi Goldstein from Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue performed the ceremony, while the rest was “all very DIY”. The bride went for a white Right: Claudia made the cake for their wedding


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Orthodox Judaism

SEDRA

Miketz: Jews and Economics BY RABBI LORD JONATHAN SACKS

In this extract from the newly-published Judaism’s Life-Changing Ideas, the late Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks explains the meaning behind this week’s sedra

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e know Jews have won a disproportionate number of Nobel Prizes: more than 20 percent of them from a group that represents 0.2 percent of the world population, an overrepresentation of 100 to one. But the most striking disproportion is in the field of economics. The first Nobel Prize in economics was awarded in 1969. By 2017, of the 79 laureates, 29 were Jews – more than 36 percent. It all began with Joseph who, in this parasha, became the world’s first economist. Interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams, he develops a theory of trade cycles – seven fat years followed by seven lean years – and immediately proceeds to a solution: Use the good years to build up resources for the lean times, a sound instance of long-term economic planning (see Gen. 41:34–36).This turned out

to be life-saving advice. His later economic policies (see 47:11–26), are more questionable. When the people ran out of money during the lean years, Joseph told them to trade their livestock, then their land to Pharaoh. The Egyptians were now, in essence, Pharaoh’s serfs. These tactics would eventually be used against Joseph’s own people. So a reasonable case could be made that Joseph was the first economist. But why the predominance of Jews in econom-ics today? I do not want to argue that Jews created capitalism. They didn’t. But clearly there is a strong affinity between the market economy and what is known as the Judaeo-Christian ethic, because it was in western cultures that the former first emerged. What was it about biblical values that proved so fruitful for economic thought, institutions and growth? The Harvard historian and economist David Landes offered insight in his magisterial work, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations. He comments on the biblical insistence on property rights, respect for the dignity of labour, and the Judaic sense of linear time: time not as a series of cycles but rather as an arena of change, development, and progress. We are so familiar with these ideas – they form the bedrock of western culture – that we are not

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always aware they are not human universals. To my mind, the most decisive single factor was the deconsecration of nature. God created nature by an act of will, and by making us in His image, gave us, too, the creative power of will. That meant that for Jews, holiness lies not in the way the world is but in the way it ought to be. Poverty, disease, famine, injustice, and the exploitation of the powerless by the powerful are not the will of God. God wants us not to accept but to heal, to cure, to prevent. So Jews have tended to become, out of all proportion to their numbers, lawyers fighting injustice, doctors fighting disease, teachers fighting ignorance and economists fighting poverty.All of this is brilliantly portrayed in this parasha. First Joseph diagnoses the problem. But what he does next is worldchanging. He sees the coming famine not as a fate to be endured but as a problem to be solved. Then, without fuss, he solves it, saving a whole region from death by starvation. What can be changed need not be endured. Human suffering is not a fate to be borne, but a challenge to be overcome. This is Joseph’s life-changing idea. What can be healed is not holy. God does not want us to accept poverty and pain, but to cure them.

Life-Changing Idea #10 What can be healed is not holy. God does not want us to accept poverty and pain but to cure them. Excerpt taken from Judaism’s LifeChanging Ideas: A Weekly Reading of The Jewish Bible by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, published by Maggid Books, priced £18.87 (hardback). Available at all Jewish bookshops and www.korenpub.com ◆ LSJS is hosting a free online discussion of the book on Sunday 20 December, 8pm, www.lsjs.ac.uk

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The Bible Says What? ‘Aaron was given special garments to wear, but not Moses’ BY RABBI ANNA POSNER “Tell all the skilled workers to whom I have given wisdom in such matters that they are to make garments for Aaron, for his consecration, so he may serve me as priest.” (Exodus 28:3) In Exodus, we read 40 verses of intricate detail about the clothes that Aaron and his sons must wear to serve as priests. And these clothes are not just for show. We find out that Aaron’s headdress will allow him to take away any sin from the Israelite people and that the breastplate over his heart holds the ‘mishpat bnei yisrael’ – the instrument Rashi says decides for the Israelites what to do or what not to do. The priests’ dress purposefully set them apart from the community. It was their job to give sacrifices and be the connection between the people and God. But what of Moses – the community builder and teacher of Torah, who is there for all the Israelites’

celebrations and anxieties? What did he wear? Just like the rest of the Israelite people, we do not know and, therefore it can be assumed that what he wore was no different to anyone else. If Moses were to have worn the garish clothing of the priests, he may not have been able to have had the on-the-ground impact with the Israelites he needed to. In an age without the Temple, it is not priests but rabbis, cantors and lay leaders who become the leaders of the community. Yet, like Moses, they do not wear the clothes of the priest detailed in these chapters of Exodus. Instead, with the absence of the Temple and sacrifice, our Torah becomes the central connection to God and ritual practice. Therefore, it is the Torah that wears the clothes of the priest.

◆ Rabbi Anna Posner is Progressive Judaism Student Chaplain

Progressively Speaking Roald Dahl was racist, but can we still enjoy his books? STUDENT RABBI LEV TAYLOR This Chanukah, I bought my baby eight books – one for each night. Choosing children’s books is surprisingly hard. They don’t just have to have good illustrations and compelling storylines. For progressive parents, they also have to communicate good values in a way that isn’t toe-curlingly earnest. On top of all that, we now need to worry about whether their authors were antisemites. Roald Dahl certainly was. He said of Jewish people that “even a stinker like Hitler didn’t pick on them for no reason”. Last week, Dahl’s family apologised for his offensive remarks. So, what do we do with that? Can we still enjoy texts even if they’re written by racists? Let’s set aside the content, because I haven’t yet heard anyone argue that James and the Giant Peach is full of anti-Jewish tropes. Can we separate the art from the artist? Jewish tradition might suggest the answer is no. The values of a writer can matter so much that

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they affect even our holiest texts. According to the Babylonian Talmud, Gittin 45b, even a Torah scroll – if written by a heretic – should be burned. Those standards, however, would render many of our own synagogues’ scrolls unfit for use. It is highly unlikely that every scribe holds perfectly to the Orthodoxy of the rabbis in the Talmud. A heretic, according to the Talmud, is someone who denies God’s perfection, the forthcoming resurrection of the dead or who

disagrees with the majority of rabbis on halachah (Jewish law). By such a measure, many of our congregants and rabbis would be considered heretics. Their books would be burned with them. So, do we burn all our Torah scrolls? Of course not. We teach the stories to children. Then, as adults, we study them, reflect on them and critically engage with them. This is what we need to do with Roald Dahl’s works, too. We can tell the story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to our children. As adults, we can think about what the story’s values are. Roald Dahl was a racist. Cancelling him now, 30 years after his death, won’t change that. The harder task is looking at the prejudices and stereotypes in our society today. The real work is to educate our children in a way that helps facilitate an antiracist future – and for that, we need to start telling different stories. ◆ Lev Taylor is a student rabbi at Leo Baeck College

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Dear Lisa My sister has already applied for a flat at Jewish Blind & Disabled but is concerned about moving in when there are restrictions and rules in place owing to the pandemic. She is specifically worried that she won’t know anyone and won’t be able to meet people easily. Please can you offer some advice. Sandra Dear Sandra We have a range of measures in place to ensure a safe move in process and also to help new tenants feel settled into their new home. Our community engagement team has been

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JEWISH DEAF ASSOCIATION Dear Sue My dad is in a care home. They have set up a visiting area just outside the large window of a downstairs room – so visitors can book a meeting time, see their relatives from the other side of the glass and supposedly communicate. However, it’s so frustrating because he can’t hear a word I’m saying, even with his hearing

aids in, and we both end up getting upset. It’s difficult for me to hear him too, as his voice is very soft now. Is there anything that can improve this distressing situation? Marilyn Dear Marilyn Yes, there is a simple way for you to chat with your dad through windows or doors. And what’s more, we can show it to you. Think about when you’re in the bank or the post office, and you can hear what the clerk is saying to you through the glass. It’s called a “speech transfer system” – a micro-

working tirelessly to offer a wide range of classes and sessions happening daily on Zoom. We know this has helped new tenants feel part of a community and combat the loneliness many were experiencing at the beginning of lockdown. Our team of dedicated house managers are also on hand to help with the moving and settling in process and check in on tenants, should they wish, twice a day to make sure they are okay. Since the government guidance allowed home moves, 20 new tenants have safely moved into their flats and many have commented on how at home they feel already. It is worth mentioning that we allocate apartments based on need, so we will arrange a time to meet her to find out about her situation, see if she meets our criteria and explain more about our unique offering.

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phone and a speaker are put on each side of the window, and there’s even an integrated hearing loop to enhance the listening experience for your dad if he has a loop setting in his hearing aids. We would be delighted to demonstrate how this works. It really is very easy. Please give Gabrielle a ring on 020 8446 0214 or email gabrielle@jdeaf.org.uk and we’ll get the ball rolling.

JEWISH DISPUTE SOLUTIONS Dear Doniel I have heard much about the benefits of mediation, but notice many people I know do not make use of it to resolve their disputes. If it is so effective, why is it not more popular? Oliver Dear Oliver There are two main reasons for this. The first is people

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are simply unaware of how powerful mediation can be. Here is a typical example. A property developer is dissatisfied with his builder, and is claiming £200,000 compensation. The builder, though acknowledging some mistakes, is willing to offer just £10,000. Often, in situations like this, both sides – although possibly encouraged by lawyers – are being unrealistic and, were the case to go to court, the building company would end up paying much less than the full claim. With a skilled mediator, a similar outcome is often achieved in just a few hours, saving lots of money in legal costs and months of heartache. The second reason people

avoid mediation is that they don’t want to compromise – why should they, if they are right?! Nevertheless, the mindset is flawed. Without compromise, thinking solely about one’s commercial interests, mediation is very often a good idea. To see this, one must make a risk assessment as to how successful litigation is likely to be and take into account associated costs. Then – crucially – one must recognise the value of one’s own time and of being free of the emotional drain of conflict. Then, one will often conclude agreeing on a settlement that one would at first have thought outrageous, is actually a wise decision and shouldn’t really be termed a compromise at all.


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ISRAELI AMBULANCE DEDICATIONS IN... HERTFORDSHIRE The Sukkot holidays are a time when, traditionally, hundreds of thousands of pounds of lifesaving vehicles are dedicated by Magen David Adom UK donors in Israel. This year, due to the restrictions imposed as a result of Coronavirus, it was not possible to dedicate in Israel, so instead, Israel came to the UK and the dedications took place in St Albans, Hertfordshire. In the grounds of Sopwell House, Magen David Adom UK’s generous supporters had the rare opportunity to dedicate an ambulance, all within a half an hour drive from their homes and in a fully Covid-19 compliant environment. Families Green, Paul, Spector, Sinclair and Reiss, together with Richard Spector of the ‘Challenge 50’ group, all took the time to tour the vehicle to gain a better understanding as to how their contributions are saving lives. It was the first time that Magen David Adom ambulance dedications had taken place in England since the 1960s and provided memories that no-one present will ever forget.

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Our family is delighted to be involved with such a great cause through the Debra Reiss Foundation. We would have loved to have been able to share in this special occasion with Magen David Adom in Israel. However, under these unique circumstances in which we find ourselves, we enjoyed sharing this memorable occasion and seeing an Israeli Ambulance here in Hertfordshire.

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