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News / Labour anti-Semitism / Norwood dinner / Racist slur

Labour set to bar activist who said: ‘Hitler wasn’t bad guy’ Labour last night appeared poised to remove a potential council candidate who said “Jews have reaped the rewards of playing victims” from standing for office, writes Justin Cohen. Widespread condemnation followed news that Nasreen Khan, a former Respect activist, had been shortlisted to contest the seat in Bradford. Jewish News revealed on Tuesday that she was to be interviewed again by a party panel and a Labour source last night said “all indications are that she wouldn’t be allowed to stand”. The controversy centres around a series of posts five years ago on which she said: “It’s such a shame that the history teachers in our school never taught us this but they are the first to start brainwashing us and our children into thinking the bad guy was Hitler. “What have the Jews done good in this world??” She is also reported to have written

there are “worse people than Hitler in this world now” and “Jews have reaped the rewards of playing victims. Enough is enough”. She has since described the remarks as “inappropriate and unacceptable”. Even before the story emerged publicly this week, those concerned about her shortlisting had been told the party would not suspend her candidature as details of her past had been known at the time. Only if new information emerged could the case be re-examined, they said. But it is now being suggested by local Labour sources that the panel who placed her on the shortlist were unaware of the comments, despite her having provided a statement to the party at an earlier stage. In that statement in the summer, Khan is understood to have said that she originally used the term “Zionist”, only to change it to “Jews” when she was informed the former was “a term

Nasreen Khan was shortlisted by the Bradford Labour Party

of abuse”. While she added that others in the party had said “as bad or worse”, she says she “profoundly regretted” using the generalised terms ‘“Jews” and was

now able to distinguish between Israeli policy and the Jewish community. Khan said she had also learnt more about the Holocaust.

LABOUR WITHDRAWS CANDIDATE AFTER ‘RICH ZIONISTS’ SLUR Labour has withdrawn its endorsement of a candidate over a series of social media posts about “Zionists” controlling politics and the media. The party’s local campaigns forum acted within hours of reports about postings by Billy J Wells (pictured), who last month boasted of having been selected to contest a council seat in Bradwell South and Hopton. He wrote on Facebook: “It’s the super rich families of the Zionist lobby that control the world. Leaders sell their souls for greed and do the bidding of Israel” and “The Zionists would not allow our puppet government and media lapdogs to show the truth.” Wells, who will appeal, told Jewish News: “I am in no way antiSemitic or racist... I love living in a multicultural society.”

FW de Klerk tells Norwood: ‘We need more Mandelas’ Former South African President FW de Klerk has decried the lack of leadership in the free world today, telling Norwood’s biggest ever dinner there is a “need for quite a few Nelson Mandelas”, writes Justin Cohen. The man who won the Nobel Peace Prize with Mandela for his part in ending apartheid paid tribute to his “special friend” in front of more than 1,300 guests at an event with the theme The Future Is Young, focusing on the charity’s young supporters and service users. “The world is crying out for strong and balanced leadership,” de Klerk

Former South African leader FW de Klerk at Monday’s Norwood dinner

said during an interview with longtime Norwood supporter Tania Bryer. With the possible exception of Germany’s Angela Merkel, leaders in the free world were displaying short term thinking and being opportunistic, he said. “The world needs quite a few Nelson Mandelas.” He recalled his journey to the realisation that apartheid was “an unjustifiable place, we had to break absolutely with the concept of separation” and how the Jewish community played a “constructive role” fighting the system without backing the tactics of the African National Congress. It took



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Education shortfall / Primrose Hill attack / Icke outrage / News

Schools face funding ‘nightmare’ JCOSS PUPIL STABBED Jewish education chiefs this week warned of “significant challenges” faced by Jewish schools as a result of a real-term reduction in funding, with one chair of governors describing the situation as “beyond a nightmare”. Confirmation that Jewish schools were also feeling the pinch followed a Downing Street protest of headteachers representing more than 5,000 schools, a week before Chancellor Philip Hammond is due to deliver his next budget. Jewish school leaders said they were being “absolutely starved of funds” after the introduction of a new national

funding formula, which reallocates money to schools with “high needs” across the country. “We’re at the forefront of this nightmare,” said Joshua Rowe, chair of governors at King David High School in Manchester. “Our school is effectively lost. Five years ago, we got £5million per year, this year it’s £3.7m.” Rowe added: “Everywhere you look, costs have rocketed. It’s beyond a nightmare.” Rowe said the school had asked parents to donate but that they “had not been particularly forthcoming,”

Jewish schools are facing incresed financial pressures

adding: “The unintended consequence of this redistribution is that you’re punishing good schools like ours and actually rewarding failure.” Rabbi David Meyer, execu-

tive director of Partnerships for Jewish Schools, agreed the “reduction in school funding is making the delivery of a high quality education increasingly difficult”.

A Jewish Year 12 student from JCoSS is recovering in hospital after being stabbed 12 times in an altercation on Primrose Hill on Tuesday. Police were called to the incident around 9.30pm and found the 16-year-old boy suffering from stab wounds, including to his leg. His condition is described as “serious but stable” and he is understood to need surgery. Officers said the boy was in the park with four female friends when he was attacked by four men, who were described as white. They were unknown to the student.

The attack is understood to have taken place near the Primrose Hill Road entrance to the park, and the road was closed to traffic between Ainger Road and Regent’s Park Road, with a heavy police presence in the area. No arrests have been made and police are appealing for witnesses to call 101 or anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

UCL criticised for hosting ‘anti-Zionist’ Theatre hosts Icke The Board of Deputies has said it is pressing University College London for hosting an Israeli anti-Zionist last Friday, saying it went “beyond free speech”. Miko Peled, a fierce critic of Israel, provoked the Board’s “anger and dismay” after attending the campus meeting with Palestinian activist Azzam Tamimi, where they discussed

“life under apartheid Israel”. The UCL audience was told “Zionists should be treated like Nazis”, while Peled is believed to have said Israel was engaged in “ethnic cleansing”. Peled provoked communal anger in September, appearing at an unofficial fringe event during the Labour Party conference, in which he asked

whether people should be free to debate the Holocaust. In a letter to the University Provost Professor Michael Arthur this week, Board president Jonathan Arkush expressed his “deep disappointment” that the event went ahead, saying the views of the speakers “go beyond the legal and regulatory bounda-

ries of free speech”. He wrote: “These antiSemitic speakers were given a platform in contravention of your own policies… The event was a forum for hate speech, not accepted discourse.” The university stood by its decision since it “supports freedom of speech provided it stays within the law”.

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A London theatre has defended its decision to host notorious conspiracy theorist David Icke on the grounds that punters can choose not to pay to see him. Icke, who questions the Holocaust and peddles the myth that Jews control the world, was due to appear at Troxy theatre last

night as part of his UK tour, even though some European countries such as Germany have banned his performances. A spokeswoman for the East End theatre, which did not advertise the show on its website, said the venue was booked by an external promoter.


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Israel faces ‘tipping point’ Survivor exhibit loan says Thornberry after visit Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry has said she sees real possibilities for movement on the Middle East peace process, citing several “tipping points” including court cases and Palestinian reconciliation. Labour’s foreign policy leader offered her reflections this week, following her return from a fourday visit to Israel and the West Bank, her first visit since attending the funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres. Striking a cautiously optimistic note, Thornberry said: “It is easy to look from the outside and just see a stalemate – you think things are going nowhere, and nothing is changing for the better – but on the ground, you do see how each tipping point could make a difference.” She said these potential tipping points included the Egyptian-brokered talks between Hamas and Fatah over governance in Gaza, the court case on the status of Palestinians in area E1, between Jerusalem and Jericho, and the optimism of left-wing politicians

Emily Thornberry at Yad Vashem

ahead of Israel’s next election. Thornberry, who impressed the audience with her knowledge and nuance at the Jewish News-BICOM conference earlier this month, added that she told disillusioned young Israelis and Palestinians how Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had galvanised the next generation. “I was struck in many of my

conversations by something very common to politics wherever you go, this sense that political elites on all sides are losing touch with younger people,” she said. “I tried to offer in my conversations with politicians a sense of how Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party began to buck that trend here in Britain at the last election, and the difference it made to the outcome.” Thornberry, who has said Labour would recognise the state of Palestine if it wins the keys to Downing Street, in what would be a largely symbolic gesture, was given security briefings by IDF commanders and visited a kibbutz near the Gaza border. Noting “the tunnels, the random stabbings, the car ramming and the air raids” Israelis face, she said: “If more people in Britain understood what it’s like for ordinary Israelis to have to live with that constant undercurrent of fear, there would be better understanding of why the security situation is so fundamental to any progress.”


A Holocaust survivor is to loan Huddersfield University some personal possessions for its new £1 million Holocaust Heritage and Learning Centre. Heinz Skyte, now in his 90s, narrowly escaped Kristallnacht in 1939, and has described his memories of torchwielding Nazis lining the streets, burning shuls. His father was sent to Dachau. One of the documents he has loaned is a letter from his wife’s headmaster, written in 1938, when she was a young girl, banning her from the school because of her Jewish faith. Another is a heartfelt note from his mother to her parents after they were sent to Theresienstadt concentration camp, where they died two weeks later.

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“To the visitors, this is perhaps just history, but to me it is my life. These items don’t just teach people of what happened, but of how genocide quickly becomes acceptable to so many.” Centre director Emma King said: “We must capture these accounts and preserve them, to ensure they are not lost forever.”

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Charles defended over his ‘foreign Jews’ note Prince Charles has been criticised for comments in a letter written more than 30 years ago where he suggested an influx of “foreign Jews” was partly to blame for trouble in the Middle East. Revealed by the Mail on Sunday, the letter was written by the heir to the throne to explorer Laurens van der Post during a Middle East tour, on which the prince said he had learned a lot about the region and the “Arab outlook”. He wrote: “Also begin to understand their point of view about Israel. Never realised they see it as a US colony. I now appreciate that Arabs and Jews were all a Semitic people originally and it is the influx of foreign, European Jews (especially from Poland they say) which has helped to cause great problems. “I know there are so many complex issues, but how can there ever be an end to terrorism unless the causes are eliminated? Surely some US president has to have the courage to stand up and take on the Jewish lobby in the US?”


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Gideon Falter, chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism, said the letter was “disturbing” and in order to reassure the worldwide Jewish community the prince had changed his views, the remarks should be urgently repudiated. Clarence House said the opinions were not the prince’s views but reflected the opinions of those he met on his trip. A statement added: “He was sharing the arguments in private correspondence with

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Albert Hall to host 70th celebration Israel’s 70th birthday is set to be celebrated with a gala evening at the Royal Albert Hall in May next year. The event, hosted by the United Synagogue, will feature Israeli and British artists from across the musical spectrum, and will mark 70 years since the state of Israel was founded on 14 May 1948. But the news has ruffled some communal feathers because of the timing of the announcement, before the flagship community-wide celebration of the special birthday has been revealed. Some fear the US event, partly because of the grand venue, might give the impression to some community members of being the central celebration. Questions have also been raised about the motivation for the early announcement, with

some believing it was an attempt to get a head start on fundraising. The JLC’s new chair Jonathan Goldstein previously said the organisation would announce a major celebration, which is being developed by a group including the US. His brother, the US’ president Michael Goldstein, said the Albert Hall event would take place several weeks after Israel’s 70th birthday. He added: “We look forward to working with a number of partners on the Royal Albert Hall event, just as we anticipate working hard in support of the cross-communal celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut.” The event is the brainchild of US director of development Alan Aziz, who has organised major Israel celebrations with the ZF and JNF-UK.





Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney joined some 200 students to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau as part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz project, supported by the Scottish Government. The group visited Auschwitz I and viewed piles of belongings seized by the Nazis before spending time at Birkenau, where the day ended with candle lighting and a period of reflection.

Israel’s offer of humanitarian assistance to the victims of the earthquake that killed hundreds of people in Iran and Iraq has been turned down. Sunday’s magnitude 7.3 earthquake killed at least 530 people. Benjamin Netanyahu said: “We have no quarrel with the people of Iran. Our quarrel is only with the tyrannical regime that holds them hostage and threatens us with destruction.” [JTA]

Seven European officials were this week banned from entering Israel because of their efforts to promote boycotts of the country. Interior Minister Aryeh Deri said on Monday that he would adopt the recommendation of Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan to deny entry to the members of a 20-person delegation. Its primary purpose was to visit Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, including Marwan Barghouti.

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News / Unique campus / AJEX parade NEWS BRIEFS

GAY TIMES EDITOR SENT ‘HATE TWEETS’ The newly-appointed editor of Gay Times has been suspended after a series of anti-Semitic and racist tweets came to light. Josh Rivers, a former marketing manager less than a month into his new job, has been forced to apologise over the posts. The tweets – since deleted – were shared between 2010 and 2015 and were exposed by BuzzFeed News. One read: “I wonder if they cast that guy as ‘The Jew’ because of that f****** honker of a nose. It must be prosthetic.”

Chief opens world’s first Jewish-Catholic campus The world’s first CatholicJewish school campus has been opened in Scotland by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Bishop John Keenan. The joint faith campus in Eastwood’s Newton Mearns, seven miles south-west of Glasgow, comprises St Clare’s Primary School and Calderwood Lodge Primary, providing Catholic and Jewish denominational schooling respectively, alongside a nondenominational nursery class. The opening, last Wednesday, follows a significant £17million investment to provide the world’s first joint faith campus with a shared central amphitheatre, outdoor obstacle trails and two sports pitches, among other facilities. The Chief Rabbi said: “Those Jewish and Catholic children will grow up proud of who they are, with a deep respect for each other.

GELDOF WARNS OF ‘ANOTHER PALESTINE’ The Burmese military are in danger of creating another Palestine in Asia, Sir Bob Geldof has warned. The singer and campaigner spoke out this week in support of the Rohingya refugees during a protest in Dublin. “It is so odd that 600,000 people who lived in this country for hundreds of years are suddenly bombed in their straw villages or mass-raped... “So they are true stateless people. Are we going to see an Asian Palestinian state? This is impossible.”

“I cannot imagine a more perfect example of what I believe the future can hold for faith communities in the UK.” East Renfrewshire Councillor Paul O’Kane said: “It is the shared areas that most excite me. By sharing ideas and knowledge, all our pupils at this new joint campus will enjoy an enriched learning environment.” Calderwood Lodge headteacher Marion Carlton said the mixed campus “will give excellent opportunities for shared learning and interaction” among pupils and staff of different religions. She added: “Bringing together these two faith communities on one campus is creative and innovative, and I have no doubt we will all reap the benefits from this approach. “We are all so excited about getting started in our

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A British Army veteran seriously wounded in Iraq is set to stand for the national anthem at Sunday’s AJEX Cenotaph parade with the help of a robotic exoskeleton made with Israeli technology. Chris Baker, 33, a Royal Engineer, suffered permanent damage to his spinal column when his vehicle in Iraq was hit by a remotecontrolled roadside bomb, confining him to a wheelchair. Jewish businessman and philanthropist Gerald Ronson, a strong supporter of army and police veterans’ causes, heard of the soldier’s situation and paid for the innovative Israeli suit through his family’s foundation. Baker has dreamt of being able to stand for the national anthem, and this will now occur at the annual Cenotaph remembrance ceremony of the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women in Whitehall on Sunday.

Thousands of Jewish personnel served in the British army during the Second World War or after. This year’s remembrance parade commemorates 100 years since the battles for Passchendaele and Jerusalem, as well as the 75-year anniversaries of Dieppe and El Alamein.

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Peace prize / JCoSS wing / News

Jews and Arabs bond over art Their schools are just 14 miles apart, but the Israeli-Arab and Jewish students chatting in a central London hotel lobby could not have imagined they would become good friends, writes Alex Davis. “They are normal, just like us. We WhatsApp and Snapchat all the time,” laughs Noa. Sitting next to her, Adwaa agrees: “Stereotypes are unhelpful. Meeting Jewish Israelis has helped us realise we can all be friends and strive for peace.” What unites these students is the first For Peace Prize, organised by the Arts and Culture Foundation (ACF) in London. In May, 80 Jewish and Arab 16-year-old students from the Arab

Arab New High School and Hayovel School pupils make friends in London

New High School in Kfar Kassem and the Hayovel School in Herzliya worked together to produce artwork under the

theme of ‘Together we are stronger’. The creations were brought to London and voted on by guests,

including Prince Michael of Kent. The prize, for three winning groups, was a holiday in London, visiting landmarks. “It is a real dream to be here,” says New School’s Genat. Alongside Shenhav, of Hayovel School, the pair’s design was Prince Michael’s favourite. Featuring two interlocked arms bearing the Star of David and the Muslim crescent, with the words ‘We are nicer when we’re together in peace’, the Royal described the canvas as “simple and true”. Maya, from Herzliya, adds: “We have our differences, but we can live, learn and cry together. Without the programme we would never have met and become friends, but I’m so happy we have.”

Philanthropist Dorfman opens new JCoSS wing

Lloyd and Sarah Dorfman open the new JCoSS wing

Most adults filing past the state-ofthe-art classrooms in the newlyopened Dorfman Wing at JCoSS school were wearing an expression of envy, writes Jenni Frazer. As Dame Gail Ronson put it: “This is just fantastic.” She and her husband Gerald, the president of JCoSS, were among a core group of donors, governors and trustees invited to celebrate the opening

of the new wing, whose principal benefactors are the businessman Lloyd Dorfman and his wife Sarah. The wing offers its 1,200 pupils new classrooms plus a dedicated art room, and information and design technology rooms. The school’s head girl and boy, Ruth Launer and Samuel Danker spoke warmly about their time at the school and the opportunities it

had opened up in continuing their education. “Not many schools can boast that their students are excited to come to school every day,” said Ruth. Lloyd Dorfman said: “The school has outstanding leadership, an important cross-communal outlook and an impressive group of students. It is a privilege and a pleasure for us to be involved.”


OLYMPIC STAR CLAIMS DOCTOR ABUSED HER Six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman claims she was sexually abused by Dr Larry Nassar, who worked as the women’s gymnastics national team doctor for decades. Raisman, who is one of the most accomplished gymnasts in US history, made the allegation in an interview to promote her new book, Fierce. She is the second member of the gold medal-winning 2012 Olympic women’s team to accuse Nassar of abuse.

SCIENTIST’S NOBEL PRIZE AUCTIONED A gold Nobel Prize medal awarded to a founding radiochemist is expected to fetch up to £150,000 at auction. Hungarian scientist George de Hevesy, who was of Jewish descent, was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1943 for his work developing isotopes as tracers in the study of chemical processes. His accolade, with three other medals, will be auctioned by Morton & Eden in London on 23 November.

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Jewish News 16 November 2017

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Major delivers first Gilbert lecture Sir John Major has delivered a memorable lecture full of praise for the “mighty” talent of the late historian Sir Martin Gilbert, writes Alex Davis. Speaking to a packed audience of 250 people on Tuesday, including members of the House of Lords and pupils from his alma matter Highgate School, Sir John spoke at the launch of the Sir Martin Gilbert Learning Centre in Highgate Synagogue. Describing his friend as “selfeffacing and modest”, the former prime minister warmly described the rarity of “so much talent (being) so well conceived”. Gilbert, one of the UK’s most respected historians, died in 2015 aged 78. The writer of the authoritative work on Winston Churchill, he also acted as

Despite opening his remarks with “uplifting” global successes, he cautioned that “politics and statesmanship have in some ways… gone backwards.” Highlighting the rise in intolerance that has accompanied the growth in nationalism and populism, Sir John delivered a damning verdict of Brexit as a “historic mistake” “overinflating” the nation’s influence on the global stage. He cautioned that the prospects of reaching a solution to the IsraelPalestine conflict “seems further away than ever”, and warned against viewing the Middle East as “a single problem requiring a single solution”. On rising anti-Semitism, Sir John firmly argued intolerance was an “unforgivable denial of basic human instincts”.

Sir John Major delivering the first Sir Martin Gilbert lecture on Tuesday

an adviser to several prime ministers. It was the eminent historian’s “intuitive and enquiring mind over how history unfolded”, and unique ability to be

a “seer”, which provided the theme for Sir John’s delivery of ‘The Sir Martin Gilbert Inaugural Lecture’: the need to see the world as it is.

Oldest Jewish cemetery gets Grade II listed status Britain’s oldest Jewish cemetery outside London has been granted Grade II listed status, after it was confirmed the first stones were laid 273 years ago. Records show the earliest burials at Plymouth Hoe Old Jews Burial Ground were in 1744, after Jews began moving to the port town to supply the Royal Navy with tradecraft such as tailoring. Until last year, the cemetery,

described as “hidden behind an old wooden door and surrounded by high stone walls”, was hidden from public view, accessible only through a black door until Jerry Sibley, the non-Jewish caretaker of Plymouth Synagogue, started investigating. Sibley, who looks after what is thought to be the oldest Ashkenazi shul in the English-speaking world, said

but for his love of Star Trek, the burial ground might still be as he found it. “I don’t read Hebrew but I saw the sign of the Cohens on a headstone. I wondered why Spock’s ‘Live Long and Prosper’ symbol from the 1960s should be on a headstone from the 1700s. Historic England listed the site after local “rediscovery” work that involved clearing the vegetation.

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World news / Polish protest / Zimbabwe coup / Beauty queens

‘Jews out’ is chanted as 60,000 march in Warsaw Agnieszka Markie‘Jews out’ was among the wicz, the director of chants of choice for 60,000 the American Jewish far-right Poles marching Committee’s Warsaw through the streets of office, said: “The Warsaw on Saturday, apparent tolerance for marking the country’s purveyors of hate by independence. some Polish governWhile some Polish ment officials is parministers condemned the ticularly troubling.” scenes, others spoke about In the western the “beautiful” march, as city of Wroclaw, masked men made ‘Sieg another IndependHeil’ salutes, called for a ence Day march of “white Europe” and urged 2,000 participants authorities to “remove was led by Piotr Jewry from power”. who was Among those travelling Demonstrators made Sieg Heil salutes and called for a ‘white Europe’ Rybak, convicted earlier this to Warsaw for the march He wrote: “Sadly, a group of report- year of burning an effigy of a Jew two were former English Defence League (EDL) head Tommy Robinson, who edly uninvited participants took this as years ago at a demonstration against denied it was a “Nazi march,” which he an opportunity to intimidate and show immigration. A former priest also at the Wroclaw called “slander”, before adding: “Poland intolerance, in turn breaking Polish law.” Calling for arrests, the From the march, Jacek Miedlar, told the crowd is fortress Europe. I’ve never seen pride Depths founder wrote: “As a proud Jew to “be ruthless, be radical in the fight and patriotism like it.” Jonny Daniels, a British Jew who of Polish origin, I am disgraced and against evil, lies, injustice, lawlessness, founded a Poland-based Holocaust com- ashamed that citizens of this country the destruction of the Polish judiciary memoration group, said a small minority be allowed to do such heinous acts and Talmudism… No Jewish Marxist had “hijacked” the event, adding: and I expect the prosecutor to take horde will take away our flag or the cross of Christ”. full action.” “Poland cannot allow this to happen.”

‘NO CHANGE’ IN HARARE Zimbabwe’s tiny Jewish community this week said it was “business as usual” as the country’s military rolled into the capital to detain elderly president Robert Mugabe and arrest those in his inner circle. Amid images of tanks on the street and senior soldiers taking over the airwaves, concern mounted yesterday morning that the military coup would be met with armed resistance. “From afar, things look a lot worse than they are on the ground,” said Dave Bloom, who runs the Zimbabwe Jewish

Community facebook group. “But the airports are open, people are getting around, it’s business as usual really.” The president of the Harare Hebrew Congregation said the community was safe and “in no immediate danger”. There are only around 80 Jews living in the capital Harare, and 70 in Bulawayo, but there are two shuls in the impoverished country – one Ashkenazi, one Sephardi – as well as two Jewish primary schools and one Jewish secondary school, despite there being very few Jewish students.


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Relatives meet for first time at Shoah memorial who brought it there. More than two dozen All traces of Karolina relatives from around the disappear after she and her world have met for the family were deported to first time at a memorial Minsk Ghetto in late 1941. ceremony for a Jewish girl After the pendant was from Frankfurt who died linked to her last year, in the Holocaust. a genealogist started Four little brass tracking down family plaques for Karolina Cohn, members and found about her sister and parents 40 relatives in Israel, the were laid in front of the US, Italy and Japan. Many Frankfurt location where of them had never heard the family lived before about Karolina and her they were deported on family, but more than two 11 November 1941, when Mandy Eisemann honours Karolina dozen accepted an invitaKarolina was 12. tion from the Claims Contation lists, researchers identi“It’s pretty remarkable, that this little girl brought fied Karolina as the owner of ference to meet in Germany for together this fragmented the amulet. It is almost iden- the ceremony and a reunion. “It’s a heart-warming family,” said Mandy Eisemann, tical to one belonging to famous a relative from the United Jewish diarist Anne Frank, emotion to meet family who States, who laid pink roses on although it is unclear whether were strangers to us before the plaques known as Stolper- the girls knew each other. Both today,” said Barry Eisemann, were born in Frankfurt in 1929. Mandy’s father and Karolina’s steine, or stumbling stones. The triangle-shaped pen- first cousin. “But it’s a heartThe story of Karolina’s life and death had been all dant was found by an Israeli- wrenching emotion... to know but erased by the Nazis until Polish archaeologists team Karolina and the entire family archaeologists last year under the ruins of a hut where perished in the Holocaust.” The Claims Conference’s unearthed a silver pendant the women’s hair was shaved engraved with her birthdate before they were led to the Greg Schneider told Associated and birthplace at the grounds gas chambers. It is not known Press: “It’s almost too painful to of the former Sobibor death whether Karolina was taken think about what was done to to Sobibor or whether she gave this girl. But we don’t have the camp in eastern Poland. With the help of Nazi depor- the amulet to somebody else moral right to forget Karolina.”

ISRAEL WANTS JNF BOX FUNDS But JNF is resisting. Its head, Dany Atar, Jews have dropped coins into the Jewish National Fund’s blue charity boxes to help tweeted: “Mr Prime Minister, KKL-JNF build the Jewish state for decades. More than invests billions every year in strengthening the a century later, the JNF, known in Hebrew as periphery, education and the environment.” Meanwhile, a scathing state comptroller Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL) owns 13 perreport characterised JNF as cent of all the county’s land and brings wasteful, opaque and possibly comin some £2.3 billion a year, most of it promised by conflicts of interest. from land sales. JNF replied with planned reforms Israel now wants a big cut of in May that Atar said would “deal that revenue to help fund state-run courageously with the failures and national infrastructure projects, and the criticism and use this low point to the government is pushing legislacreate a significant turnaround”. tion to force it to pay up. The leaders of the World Zionist “The JNF sells lands every year Organisation – affiliated with JNF – and receives billions of shekels in are due to discuss the situation. return,” Prime Minister Benjamin JNF UK, an independent UK-regNetanyahu said at an emergency The ubiquitous blue istered charity, would not be affected. government meeting. JNF charity boxes

Israeli radical ‘threatened violence’ The head of an extremist group in Israel looks set to stand trial for incitement after being arrested for threatening violence against Christian and Muslim Arab men who form relationships with Jewish women. Bentzi Gopstein, leader of Lehava, which opposes intermarriage, was one of 14 group members arrested on 21 October, but a judge at Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court later ordered Gopstein’s release, citing weak evidence. News this week of his indictment cheered Jewish activists and representatives of Reform Judaism, who had argued for his arrest, saying the group was a racist organisation respon-

sible for “hate crimes and incessant incitement against Arabs”. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin described Lehava members as “rodents” and Israel’s former head of the armed forces, Moshe Ya’alon, sought to have the group categorised as a terrorist organisation in 2015, before being replaced as defence minister by Benjamin Netanyahu. Gopstein, whose lawyer said he was innocent, is an admirer of Jewish Defence League founder Meir Kahane. A rabbi who was once convicted of conspiracy to manufacture explosives, Kahane sought to rid Israel of any non-Jews.



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World news / Schindler auction / World round-up NEWS IN BRIEF

GERMANY’S NAZIERA BANKING HERITAGE IN SPOTLIGHT The Deutsche Bundesbank, Germany’s post-war central bank, has announced plans to research the history of the national banking system, including its predecessor institutions, between the years 1923 to 1969, with a special focus on the period the Nazis were in power. The project is due to be led by historians Albrecht Ritschi, from the London School of Economics, and Magnus Brechtken, of the Institute for Contemporary History.

MAN WHO INSULTED ISRAELI CHILDREN NOT TO BE CHARGED Calling Israeli children “Zionist terrorists in training” and “future child murderers and occupiers” does not constitute incitement to hate, Dutch prosecutors have said. The Public Prosecution Service has decided not to proceed against Abdoe Khoulani, a city councilman in The Hague, on the basis of a criminal complaint filed against him over offensive statements he made in May about schoolchildren from Israel who visited the city.

Schindler thank you letters up for auction Dozens of letters sent to German industrialist Oskar Schindler and his wife Emilie, expressing thanks and support for saving Jews from the gas chambers are to be auctioned in London. About 70 letters and cards that were sent to the couple in Argentina are to be sold, along with a few of Emilie’s personal effects. The items are being auctioned by Lawrences Auctioneers in Crewkerne on 8 December. The letters are expected to fetch up to £700. “I was very moved by your courageous self-sacrifice. More importantly, however, I thank you Frau Schindler, for having Oskar Schindler pictured after the war


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restored my faith in mankind,” one letter reads. Another person wrote, in September 1987: “Although I never actually met you, it is an honour and a privilege, as a spiritual heir of those whom you saved, to wish you a very happy and healthy birthday.” The collection includes a 1944 black-and-white photograph of Schindler, and items given to Emilie in gratitude for what her husband did. Watches belonging to the

couple are also being auctioned in separate lots. Schindler, who died in 1974, saved 1,200 Jews by employing them in his enamelware and munitions factories in Nazi-occupied Poland and Czechoslovakia. His story was enshrined in the bestselling 1982 novel Schindler’s Ark and its 1993 Steven Spielberg film adaptation Schindler’s List. In 1945 the Schindlers moved to West Germany and in 1949 emigrated to Argentina.

The Jewish Museum in Brussels has opened its first new exhibition – a history of immigration to Belgium – after four people were killed in a terrorist attack there three years ago. Mehdi Nemmouche, a French national who had returned from fighting for ISIS in Syria, is standing trial for the killings.


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If not you, then who? Every year that passes removes us further from the deafening, muddy, piercing, chaotic reality of European warfare our British-Jewish forebears waged for the Allies during the great wars of the 20th century. We, with our iPads and padded toilet paper, know only that they weren’t great at all. Every year, the country is asked to freely attend a Sunday event, to show our appreciation to those who died giving us that freedom, and every year, the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women (AJEX) has to convince people to go along, honour and learn. For instance, this Sunday marks 100 years since the Battle of Passchendaele, where dozens of our boys died trying to secure a series of ridges south-east of the Belgian city of Ypres. Among them was 19-year-old Coleman Benjamin from Birmingham, a member of the Jewish Lads’ Brigade and one of five children of Esther and Lewis. Another to fall at Ypres was Australian Jew Joseph Cohen. Fighting a long way from home, his death left wife Rose Ellen and baby son Abraham on their own back in Victoria. Jews weren’t just foot soldiers. They helped in every element of the war effort. Still to this day, few know about the brave Jewish women, such as Hannah Szenes or Haviva Reik, who were working for the wartime precursor of MI6, parachuted into occupied Europe behind enemy lines. The details and photos of these, and other often unsung heroes, can be found online at websites such as jewsfww.london. Ten minutes’ reading and you’ll realise why we all need to be at the AJEX Parade this Sunday. However we chose to commemorate, be it standing at the Cenotaph, with prayers in synagogue or simply in quiet reflection in the comfort of our own homes, let each of us pledge to remember the sacrifices and learn the lessons. CONTACT DETAILS Publisher and Editor Richard Ferrer richardf@thejngroup.com Publisher and News Editor Justin Cohen 020 7692 6952 justinc@thejngroup.com Foreign Editor Stephen Oryszczuk stepheno@thejngroup.com Features Editor Francine Wolfisz 020 7692 6935 francinew@thejngroup.com Community + Sport Editor Andrew Sherwood

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STOP THIS ISLAMIC CENTRE HOSTILITY UK, Faith Matters and Middlesex UniThe Barnet Multi Faith Foversity about Muslims who saved Jews rum (BMFF), the council’s during the Holocaust and have been strategic partner for the faith honoured by Yad Vashem as Righteous sector in the borough, enAmong the Nations. dorses the welcome by faith Revealing these incredible stories is representatives in Golders specifically designed to demonstrate Green to the clerics of Markaz the excellent work by the many organiEl Tathgheef El Eslami, the sations working together to promote new Islamic Centre. social cohesion and integration here. The forum’s role is to proIn this context, the BMFF conmote inclusion and celebrate demns the hostile and, at times, racist diversity in Barnet while The former Hippodrome response to the new centre’s opening. building on our rich tradition We have every confidence the democratic proof welcoming newcomers, and we will continue cess and governance of our planning procedures to support people of all faiths and none to live will address any legitimate concerns relating to together in peace. the centre’s future use. For more information, This support chimes perfectly with the themes contact us at info@barnetmultifaithforum.org. and values of Inter Faith Week as illustrated by Esmond Rosen events in Barnet, including this week’s exhibition Chair of Barnet Multi Faith Forum hosted by BMFF in partnership with Yad Vashem

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It’s a shame Priti Patel and Lord Polak helped to arm those opposing Israel. That the name of Sir Alan Duncan (no friend of Israel), has now surfaced in the Foreign Office is no surprise. Probably if this had been any other country, the result

would have been different. It also beggars belief that people didn’t realise the meal Labour would and have made of this visit, which had some good intentions that were not reported in the media. Sidney Sands By email


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I’m confused by Rabbi Shaul Rosenblatt’s idea of “doing the right thing”, seeming to advocate that as long as one apologises for mistakes, it is OK to be “a little bit unethical” or “just a tad dishonest” (Jewish News, 26 October). Knowingly doing something wrong before you do it is a sin; apologising afterwards does not remove

the offence. I saw in my friend’s fridge some non-kosher salami. I was surprised, and told her so. She replied: “Don’t be silly, read the ingredients; it only has a little bit of pork in it.” Please tell me, rabbi, am I only “a little bit” wrong in my interpretation of your article? Diane Linden Edgware

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The fair-weather friend Your article on Labour MP Wes Streeting hosting a meeting of an extremist Arab group in Parliament tells us MPs Anna Soubry, head of the all party Parliamentary All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims, and known parliamentary supporters of Palestinian supporters Crispin Blunt and Joanna Cherry cancelled (Jewish News, 2 November). But Streeting, with fellow Labour MP Stephen Kinnock, saw it through. Before the last election, Streeting sat on a wafer-thin majority of 589 in his Ilford North constituency. It was believed the local Jewish

population, whatever their political opinions, had helped to see him over the line. After the last election, his majority was a towering 9,600-plus. This was nothing to do with Jewish votes; it owed more to students and a changing demography. His Jewish band of voters may or may not stick with him in the future. Some will be genuine socialists. But to discover another fair-weather friend will undoubtedly shock many of us. From beyond the grave, perceptive Lord Palmerston will have a wry smile on his face.

Adrian Needlestone By email

NOT AN INCH OF RESPECT Where do you find contributors like Keith Fraser, who wrote ‘Applaud Jeremy Corbyn for refusing to attend Balfour Centenary’ (jewishnews.co.uk, 31 October)? He says Corbyn not attending showed his honesty. Corbyn’s official

reason for not attending has nothing to with principles; he did not want to attend an event for Israel. Let’s not give an inch of respectability to Corbyn and his colleagues. Russell Ballen By email

BRITISH POLICY ON ISRAEL IMMIGRATION LED TO PROBLEMS Although constantly ethnically cleansed from their native lands in Israel, Jews lived there continuously for 2,000 years and came back constantly over the years. The non-Jewish nonnatives came from mass immigration from north Africa, Babylon and Arabia in the early 20th century, drawn by jobs created by returning Jews starting new industries. Tellingly, Yasser Arafat, the gangster head of the PLO, was born in Cairo, like most of the new “people” not even one generation in Israel. Post-Balfour, the intentional British policy both to allow unrestricted nonJewish immigration and also to viciously restrict Jewish immigration had its desired effect, and we see the problems it has created today.

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HOFFMAN AND HUMAN RIGHTS Regarding Jonathan Hoffman’s blog, ‘Running with the fox and hunting with the hounds’ (jewishnews. co.uk, 25 October), he and Richard Millett attend meetings discussing Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights and disrupt them by loud filibustering. They interrupted Wes Streeting’s meeting persistently until he asked them to stop. It is indicative neither of them addressed the main purpose of the meeting: to draw attention to the fact

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A slogan to inspire us all for this new Mitzvah Day JULIE SIDDIQI



lthough I heard the Jewish phrase L’Dor Vador for the first time only last month, as it was announced as the theme for Mitzvah Day 2017, the sentiment behind it is something many Muslims feel. This ideal of ‘From Generation to Generation’ is a centrepiece of our two religions, both in teaching our young and looking after our old. And it will certainly be on display throughout the UK as numerous Mitzvah Day interfaith and intergenerational projects take place on, and around, 19 November. Recent findings from the Jo Cox Commission On Loneliness made for some very sobering reading. Three-quarters of older people said they are lonely and most said they have never told anyone and certainly not told family members. Further heart-breaking studies have found older people booking GP appointments just for someone to talk to, and 3.9 million saying television is their main source of company.

For Muslims, just as for Jews, looking after and respecting our elderly is very much part of the faith. And indeed, as is true on many issues, we very much respect the way the British Jewish community combines managing this with the stresses and commitments of modern life. For Muslims there is also a challenge, which can be an opportunity, at the other end of the age spectrum. More than half the members of our communities are under the age of 25. Youth provision, ensuring our young people feel comfortable with being British, confident in being Muslim and still keeping in touch with roots that may link to other countries, is challenging at times. What impact have the past few years had on our children and their identity? Muslims are facing unprecedented levels of discrimination and young people all have to deal with and process that in different ways, and there is no doubt it can be hard. Of course, things are not always straightforward. I have watched with interest as the saga surrounding the Golders Green mosque has unfolded. It has been disappointing to see how many people, including some in the Jewish

IT IS TOUCHING TO SEE SO MANY PEOPLE ARE REMINDING US HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT WE WORK TOGETHER community, have allowed hatred and bigotry to erode any sense of reason. But it has also been touching to see many more Jewish community leaders and organisations, including this newspaper, speak up for shared values, and remind us all how important it is that we work together. When it comes to putting the old and young together in volunteering, the Jewish community’s approach is inspiring. I am always struck by how amazing it is to see generations from the same family involved in good work side by side. At the launch event for Mitzvah Day, I was struck by the words of Rob Sher, who spoke

passionately about his scheme with Jewish young professionals, making it easy for them to give even an hour a month working with elderly people, and the profound impact this has on them as young people. I also love meeting older Jewish women, some of them almost double my age and still going strong, still involved in projects and chairing committees and often with no sign of stopping any time soon. I want to see more of that approach develop among Muslim communities. Doing good for others, respecting the elderly, keeping young people connected to the home and to wider family, are all absolutely part of our faith teachings and through doing good work we can very much put our faith into action. L’Dor Vador is a great sentiment and what a perfect and timely theme it is to choose for this year’s Mitzvah Day. I’m sure it will generate some fantastic crosscommunity work on and around 19 November which will have a lasting impact on everyone involved long after the Day itself has finished.  To get involved with Mitzvah Day, please visit www.mitzvahday.org.uk



last went to Ukraine 12 years ago. I was disheartened to see the poverty and destitution, and the infancy of religious life, were far beyond my expectations. Golders Green Synagogue has been twinned for more than 25 years with Zaporizhia, a city in Eastern Ukraine, lending support to the shul there and to Rabbi Ehrentreu to develop the Jewish community. I have just returned from another visit to this industrial city on the banks of the Dnieper River. But this time, I was joined by seven members of my synagogue and World Jewish Relief, an organisation delivering programmes for poor Jews across the community. They were to show us the range of challenges facing Jews in the city as well as what is being done to improve the lives of the most vulnerable. As we drove into Zaporizhia, I was struck by the feeling that not much had changed. Despite more than a decade having passed, the buildings, roads and living conditions have remained the

same, if not deteriorated further: all of which makes the achievements of the Jewish community even more remarkable. Amid wider degeneration, the ability of the community to provide services like the shul, the Jewish Community Centre and welfare support services, including to a large number of ‘internally displaced persons’ – internal refugees fleeing the conflict in the east of the country – is astonishing. In a run-down Soviet-era apartment block, we met Valentina. She is living in desperately poor and squalid conditions, and from the background information we had been given I expected to meet a timid, withdrawn and sad person. But she wasn’t any of those. She receives an extraordinary range of services which ensure she has money to buy food and fuel and is able to go to the Jewish Community Centre several times a week to participate in classes. It’s thanks to the significant support provided by World Jewish Relief that people like Valentina are able to transform their lives. However, simply giving large amounts of money and resources indefinitely is unsustainable. Another astonishing change has been the

shift from passive giving to empowerment: moving people away from being needy recipients to taking responsibility and giving back. At the synagogue, Rabbi Ehrentreu has empowered and enabled people to take an active role in synagogue life and take responsibility for the future of the community. The partnerships and support that I heavily rely on from religious and professional layleaders in Golders Green just don’t exist here. But that is changing. While still in its infancy, this support network will make a huge change to the success of the synagogue and the wider Jewish community. Empowerment is also evident at the ‘Edison Space’ co-working hub, established and supported with the help of World Jewish Relief. As well as employment services, it offers loans to entrepreneurs so they are able to

expand their businesses and create opportunities for others in the community. It will enable the next generation to become self-sufficient. These kinds of programmes don’t happen without extraordinary individuals like Rabbi Ehrentreu or organisations like World Jewish Relief. As citizens of the world, we have a responsibility toward members of the Jewish community who are in desperate need, wherever they may be. The community in Zaporizhia is testament to the difference our support can make. With the emphasis on empowerment, which has already made a big difference to lives, these Jewish communities in Eastern Europe might just stand up on their own in future.  If you or your community would like to join a future trip to Eastern Europe, please contact Rebecca Singer on rebecca@worldjewishrelief.org


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Genuinely sorry, or sorry to have been found out? JENNI FRAZER


t’s all getting a bit much out there, don’t you find? If it’s not Balfour, it’s sexual harassment. If it’s not one minister resigning from the government because of allegations of sexual harassment, it’s another resigning because of allegations of liking Israel more than is strictly necessary. If it’s not whether Prince Charles did or did not say something more than 30 years ago which could be perceived as anti-Semitic, it’s real-life horrors such as Miko Peled and Azzam Tamimi peddling their particular brand of hatred, fear and loathing at University College, London — on a Friday night, to ensure the fewest number of Jewish students possible could be there in opposition. Oh, and let’s not forget, while we are recording hatred, fear and loathing, the utterly cynical behaviour of the Jeremy Corbyn Inner Circle in proceeding to short-

list for a safe Labour council seat in Bradford a woman who asked, in apparent all sincerity, why “history teachers… start brainwashing us into thinking the bad guys are Hitler. What have the Jews done good in this world?” It is certainly true that the woman in question, Nasreen Khan, a former member of George Galloway’s ill-named Respect Party, has apologised for these repellent sentiments, claiming that since she wrote them on Facebook five years ago she has seen the error of her ways. Myself, I wonder if she is simply sorry to have been found out, as many of the sexual harassers and other apologists for beastly behaviour seem to be, but then we can’t see into people’s hearts. Do we know for sure, for example, that the youthful Prince Charles — who by his own admission was “naive” in 1986 — still stands by his 30-year-old belief that “it is the influx of foreign, European Jews (especially from Poland, they say) which has helped to cause great problems. I know there are so many complex issues, but how can there ever be



an end to terrorism unless the causes are eliminated? Surely some US president has to have the courage to stand up and take on the Jewish lobby in US?” What has trickled out from behind the gates of Buckingham and Kensington Palaces down the years gives us ample reason to believe that at least two members of the Royal Family — the late Queen Mother and the equally late Princess Margaret — were not, shall we say, fans of the Jewish commu-

nity. Charles, on the other hand, has tried to forge good relations in his determination to become “Defender of the Faiths” if he ever succeeds to the British throne, holding out his hand in particular to World Jewish Relief and the Board of Deputies. So should we pillory him for youthful stupidity — or, purple-faced, accuse him of employing anti-Semitic tropes? Either way, it’s not likely to endear us to him. Maybe we should just keep quiet on that one. On Peled, Tamimi, and gang, however, and probably on Nasreen Khan, there should be no shutting up. And as we approach the joys of Chanukah – yes, it’s a mere few weeks away on 12 December – I can’t help but wonder if Downing Street will be welcoming some of us to light lights and eat doughnuts, all joining hands together. By that stage we Jews might be the only friends this government has. You can bet your boots Prime Minister-InWaiting Corbyn won’t be doling out the latkes this time next year.

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Bradford a bellwether for failure of multiculturalism RICHARD FERRER EDITOR, JEWISH NEWS


olitics is a cynical game. Getting elected demands jumping through hoops, from kissing snotty babies to quaffing warm ale in working-class pubs. Pressing the flesh with the great unwashed, however, is no longer required to ascend to the iron throne in the great city of Bradford. Aspiring to public office in the foothills of the Pennines need not involve embracing a single germy toddler or necking even one flagon of Theakston’s Old Peculier. Better still, when it comes to policies, you don’t need to bother formulating a single reasoned thought on affordable housing, school standards or surgery waiting times. Nope. To be a political big shot in Bradford you need but one conviction: disliking Jews and Israel. A lot. Bradford has become a bellwether for the failure of British multiculturalism and example of how supposedly progressive leftwing politics can venomously veer towards

anti-Semitic points of view. The city where 25 percent of the population is now Muslim has a history of rewarding candidates who upset Jews. Heated criticism of the Jewish state helps yet further. Remind voters that the Zionist entity is intent on imperialist expansion that could yet extend to the very gates of Rome and prepare for a landslide. As Lib Dem peer Monroe Palmer puts it: “There must be something in the water.� In 2014, former Bradford West MP George Galloway was investigated by police for declaring the city an “Israel-free zone�. Last year, the city’s former lord mayor Khadim Hussain posted a link alleging links between Israel and Islamic State. The following month, Galloway’s successor, Naz Shah, was suspended by Labour for suggesting Israeli Jews should be transported to the United States [she has since, to her credit, warmly reached out to the Jewish community]. Then there’s Lib Dem David Ward, who served Bradford East as MP from 2010 to 2015. He was set to re-contest his old seat at this year’s general election until being sacked for






being “unfit� by then-party leader Tim Farron. Ward was a constant source of tension during his time in office, blaming “the Jews� (yes, the whole bally lot of them) for inflicting Nazi-like “atrocities� on the Palestinians. Say what you will of Mr Ward, but he could read an audience. He knew flogging his antiIsrael obsession to Bradford’s Muslims pays dividends at the polling station. The latest star graduate from Bradford Charm School is one Nasreen Khan, a former


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Bob Blackman MP helped give Mitzvah Day an early boost by taking part in a joint-Jewish and Hindu project to clear the gardens of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore. The Tory MP joined members of Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue and Shree Swaminarayan Temple, to help replant and refresh the hospital’s rehabilitation gardens for the well-being of patients, nurses and families. He said: “It was fantastic to take part in this Mitzvah Day partnership and truly rewarding to see volunteers from two local faith communities come together.”

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Six volunteers from Langdon helped Mitzvah Day give out 1,000 T-shirts within 24 hours. The team, who all have learning disabilities – joined six young professionals at Mitzvah Day’s hub in Edgware, to pack and give out bags that included T-shirts, balloons, bunting, stickers, posters and even baby bibs. Project co-ordinator Jacob Forman said: “I loved delivering the packs, as it means I get to meet our co-ordinators and their families, and hear all about the wonderful projects they have planned over the next fortnight.”

Staff from Jewish News paid a visit to Jewish Blind and Disabled’s Cecil Rosen Court in Bushey this week, where they spoke to residents about how they produce the newspaper. Jewish News editor Richard Ferrer said: “It was a wonderful opportunity to meet the residents and discuss issues of importance to them and the entire community. We look forward to our next project with Mitzvah Day.”

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Female Jewish and Muslim teachers joined forces for Mitzvah Day to cook for the homeless at JW3. Put together by Nisa-Nashim, the network that brings Britain’s Jewish and Muslim communities closer together by setting up groups of women who build friendships, the team of 11 volunteers cooked a three-course meal. This consisted of vegetable soup, dhal curry with rice and apple crumble, and was taken to a local church-run homeless shelter.





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Jewish Care residents and Second World War veterans from Lady Sarah Cohen House, Rosetrees, Clore Manor and Rubens House attended the Remembrance Sunday service in Edgware. D-Day veteran Hyman Pittal, who was part of the 21st Army Division, which landed on the Normandy beaches on D-Day and received the French Légion d’honneur, laid a wreath on behalf of Jewish Care. The residents went to Clore Manor for lunch, sponsored by the Hebrew Order of David, with singing by Lionel Rosenfeld and the Shabbaton Choir.


Seven members of 4th Hendon Brownies and four members of 2nd Golders Green Guides and their leaders took part in the Remembrance Sunday Parade and service at Hendon War Memorial, along with the Mayor of Barnet, councillors and religious leaders. Guides were used as messengers for military intelligence during the First World War, when they trained as stretcher bearers and in first aid to help the injured.






Chana has started its Tea-cember campaign, whereby people invite friends for tea to raise funds and awareness for couples in the community struggling with fertility issues. Sarah Max, who is planning a tea with Shelley Harrod (pictured with husband Johny and sons Abie and Eli) said: “I wanted to raise awareness and money

for this wonderful charity as, following the loss of our first baby, their help and support was vital.” To host a Teacember, call 020 8203 8455.


British Friends of Orr Shalom raised £5,000 for the charity that rehomes and supports abused and neglected children. More than 150 people filled Elstree’s Allum Hall, as they heard tunes from classic films and hit West End shows. Sandra Parnell, the co-chair of its British arm, said: “We’ve been raising money for 18 years and it is extremely encouraging to see people support our events.”


OGR Stock Denton LLP, one of north London’s leading independent law firms, has been named Langdon’s Employer of the Year 2017. The award was presented at the charity’s Business Breakfast, which raised £70,000. The money will help people with learning disabilities to lead independent and fulfilling lives.


Belsize Square Shul hosted The Association of Jewish Refugees’ London Kristallnacht commemorative service. Led by Rabbi Stuart Altshuler, it included a candlelighting ceremony by AJR members who lived through Kristallnacht and speakers such as Eve Kugler, Wiener Library director Ben Barkow and second-generation Kristallnacht survivor Janet Weston.

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JDA’s life-affirming dinner! Photos by Paul Toeman – PTP photography

The Jewish Deaf Association (JDA) hosted more than 250 people at the Sheraton Grand London for its ‘Support for Life’ cabaret dinner. Guests were entertained by musical comedy group Fascinating Aïda and mind-reading duo DNA. JDA is the only organisation in the community with the specialist knowledge and deep commitment to support everyone whose life is affected by deafness. The dinner, hosted every other year, is its biggest fundraiser.



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o say that we are gone, finished and that we’ve left forever is unbearable for me,” laments Edwin Shuker of Baghdad’s once-flourishing Jewish community. For 2,600 years, Jews lived, worked and prospered by the rivers of Babylon, but only a generation ago they were forced to leave and start again in a new country. Shuker, 62, who today lives in Finchley with his wife and three children, shares his poignant memories of the place he once called home in a new documentary, Remember Baghdad. Directed by Fiona Murphy, the film brings together home movies, archive news footage and interviews with eight people who fled from Iraq

with their families. Many recall the golden days of Baghdad during the first half of the last century, a place transformed from a sleepy Ottoman city into the commercial hub of a British-dominated, oil-driven country, where Jews held official positions and ran lucrative businesses. “I remember my parents having a party, five or six times a week. Beautiful parties, from one house to the other,” Shuker tells me. “I remember picnics by the riverside and good times. We were the upper middleclass of Iraq and we had servants and maids and big houses.” David Dangoor, whose greatgrandfather was the chief rabbi of Baghdad, also remembers the opulent

parties, where his family rubbed shoulders with royals and government ministers. In 1947, his mother was crowned the first Miss Baghdad. The family enjoyed a good life and they, much like the majority of the 140,000 other Jews living in Baghdad, never believed it could all come to an end. Also featured in the documentary is David Shamash, who reflects on how even the Second World War did little to change their perception. “It hardly touched them,” he says in the film. “There were parties every night. The community was living in a bubble. They were not touched by the Holocaust and they were living as if there was no war and nothing much has happened.”

But under the surface, there were signs all was not well. A swell of nationalism during the 1930s gave rise to anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist propaganda, suggesting that Jews, like the British, should be ejected from the country. Tensions came to a head after a failed pro-Nazi coup with a violent pogrom on 1 and 2 June 1941. Known as the Farhūd, around 200 Jews were murdered, hundreds more were wounded and 600 Jewish businesses were ransacked. Although the unrest was shortlived, Jews came under threat again when the state of Israel was founded in 1948. Within three years, 95 percent of the 120,000-strong Jewish population signed up to be airlifted to Israel, funded by American Zionists. The situation worsened in 1958, when the king was assassinated and Iraq declared a republic, followed by a Ba’athist coup in 1963 steered by Saddam Hussein. Shuker recalls: “They took away our IDs and issued us with yellow cards. Certainly, we were outsiders in our own country. It was utter hell. Baghdad was now an open prison.”

Then in 1969, Hussein was responsible for organising the public hanging of 13 men accused of spying for Israel. Among them was the uncle of Danny Dallal. With tears in his eyes, he recalls: “That was my turning point. I just had one thought: ‘Let’s get out’.” By 1971, Shuker’s family also decided to leave. But while his contemporaries vowed never to go back to Iraq, Shuker says he always felt differently. Following the removal of Hussein in 2003, he returned to visit his homeland after an absence of 32 years. “I celebrated Rosh Hashanah 2003 by the rivers of Babylon,” he says. Today, just five Jews reside in the whole of Iraq, but that has not stopped the Finchley resident from believing a community will one day flourish here again. In fact, he has even bought a house in Erbil to keep this dream alive. “It’s a symbolic move, it’s saying I am not going anywhere. I am the eternal Jew who was here and I have not finished yet. I am eternally gracious to Britain, but I feel like a Babylonian Jew – I owe that to my ancestors.”  Remember Baghdad (15) is released on Friday

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Jewish News 16 November 2017

Lifestyle / Mitzvah Day 2017

This year’s Mitzvah Day theme is one of generations. Simon Rothstein speaks to three families who are making a difference


hey say the family that prays together stays together but, in today’s Britain, it’s often volunteering and social action that bond different generations of Jews. Studies have found that families who give their time as a unit gain priceless experiences such as shared memories, new challenges and time together without distractions. It’s a concept that is central to this year’s Mitzvah Day, the UK’s biggest faithbased day of social action, which has the theme of L’Dor Vador: From Generation To Generation. Jewish News spoke to three families to find out how volunteering has not only helped others, but cemented their own relationships and the passing on of Jewish values… Michelle Becker and her daughter, Rose, have been volunteering together almost from the moment Rose was born. Helping others is now second nature to the nine-year-old – so much so that she helps her mother and sister organise Mitzvah Day each year at Radlett United Synagogue.

They are also regular visitors to Jewish Care’s Michael Sobell Jewish Community Centre throughout the year, befriending and entertaining the elderly there. Film-maker Michelle, pictured with Rose making teddy bears for children in hospital for the charity Save A Child’s Heart on Mitzvah Day last year, said: “Rose loves volunteering and gets such pleasure from helping others. “Her smile beams when she makes someone happy and she has learnt a lot from the training and experience she has received at Jewish Care and on Mitzvah Day.” Michelle also stresses the importance of spending quality time together as a family, away from the distractions of work, screens and modern life. She added: “It’s a truly special time together doing something to help others, either as just the two of us, or with the rest of the family. It’s an experience that everyone benefits from.” Pat Jacobs is the very model of a proud Jewish grandmother, beaming with delight as she talks about volunteering alongside her granddaughters, Sophie and Hannah Rees, aged 15 and 18,

Michelle Becker and her daughter Rose with a teddy they made

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Families who help others ...together! Jacqui, Simon, Dan and grandma Barbara

respectively. Pat, along with Sophie and Hannah, are regulars at Jewish Blind & Disabled’s buildings in Mill Hill East and Kingsbury – serving teas, putting on parties and having fun with the tenants. Pat said: “The work of Jewish Blind & Disabled is vital for the Jewish community, providing a life of independence, dignity and choice for any adult, from the age of 18 upwards, who has physically disabilities or impaired vision. “But more than that, it’s a chance for me to spend time with my amazing granddaughters and show them the Jewish values around social action that I hold so dear. Pat with her granddaughters Sophie and Hannah “I’ve known a number of the tenants for many years and we love a good catch up. Now, instead of just play together. showing them photos of my family, they “We also had active roles in the local shul, can get to know the girls in person.” dad teaching bar and batmitzvah classes for Sophie added: “I love seeing how much more than 10 years and me volunteering at the cheder and running youth programming the tenants of all ages love my grandma and until I was 16.” how we always all have such a giggle.” And the volunteering didn’t stop there. Dan Rickman wouldn’t be the man he Now in his thirties and recently married, is today without the lifelong love of volunDan still regularly calls Simon and asks teering his father, Simon, instilled in him. for his time, most recently for an intergenDan says that volunteering alongside erational tea at Jewish Care to launch his dad, as well as mum Jacqui and other Mitzvah Day. family members, has helped him form Simon says: “I am so proud of the man lasting friendships and led him to a career Dan has become and that we can still volunin the charity sector and his current role as teer side by side. the executive director of Mitzvah Day. “I love helping out at Langdon, where Explaining how it all started, Dan Dan has starting a befriending scheme, said: “When I was young, we moved from based on his own friendship with member Manchester to Hove, and I really missed not Andrew Pievsky. having a Jewish football league to play in “And, of course, I will be kvelling on any more. 19 November as I join in once more on “In Hove there aren’t enough kids Mitzvah Day.” of the same age to even make up a fivea-side game, so my dad and I set up  To get involved with Mitzvah Day, weekly friendlies every Sunday for Jewish visit mitzvahday.org.uk kids of all ages to at least get the chance to

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Snow much winter fun!

Charlotte Seligman and family enjoy a luxury ski break in the top French resort of Val D’Isère It’s always a good start to a holiday when you arrive and see your name on a white board and a driver directing you to the chauffeur-driven car waiting outside. You get in and there’s a picnic lunch waiting on each seat. Meanwhile, the hordes of passengers exiting the airport are still fighting to get into their taxis and transfer buses. On arrival at the hotel, the reception desk is laden with fresh-baked buttery chocolate chip cookies. The children lick their lips, my diet goes out the window – and I know the yearly family ski trip is going to be snow much fun. This is Val D’Isère, famous for its snow-sure pistes, fabulous après-ski, chic alpine shopping and, if you’re asking me, Hotel Le Savoie. This hotel is a treat. As Ingham’s first Platinum property, it’s in a wonderful location on Val d’Isère’s main street, just a short walk to your choice of ski lift, either the Solaisse express to the Le Fornet side of the ski area or the Olympique gondola if you want to ski toward Tignes. Le Savoie is run by English-speaking staff and combines the relaxed, informal atmosphere of a ski chalet with the superior accommodation of a top-notch hotel. Included fluffy robes and slippers were a blissful welcome after a long day on the slopes. The husband agrees. I caught him slipping them on more than once after a hot soak.

Charlotte goes skiing with her family

Above: Val D’Isere is famous for its snow-sure pistes; Left and right: Charlotte and her family stayed at the Hotel Le Savoie, on Val D’Isere’s main street and just a short stroll from the ski lifts.

No matter after one day of eating in this hotel that the belt didn’t quite tie around his waist – we happily became Mr and Mrs Blobby. There’s the hot and cold breakfast in the morning, the afternoon tea buffet on your return from the slopes and then the four-course evening meal complete with aperitifs, amusebouches and an extensive cheese board . The chef couldn’t do enough. If there was something you didn’t like, or you wanted a vegetarian option, or the children were being fussy (most nights!) there was always the option to change things. And when I explained I had a nut allergy, chef decided there and then to remove all nuts from the entire week’s menu. The (unlimited) wine flowed at every meal. And with a good selection of quality red, white and rosé to choose from, we were in bed most nights before the children. The warmth and safety of the hotel meant leaving the children alone was not an issue. If they weren’t enjoying hot chocolate in the bar, they were at the evening quiz or enjoying the indoor pool and spa. For me though, a ski holiday is about making the most of every minute on the piste. At 3,456 metres at the top of La Grande Motte glacier in the Espace Killy ski area it shares with neighbouring Tignes, Val D’Isère is a ski paradise. There’s a reason people return year after year – 60 percent of the slopes are set above 2,200

metres, meaning you are near-guaranteed snow well in to early spring. The north-facing slopes help too, and the impressive 900 snow cannons, which can produce enough white stuff to cover a football pitch in less than an hour. I know some feel Val D’Isère is an overpriced, over-rated resort full of snobby middle class Brits, but honestly, after a week there, I think it’s pretty indisputable that the resort remains one of the best there is. More akin to the traditional Austrian resorts than the relatively new and purpose-built French ones, Val D’Isère was founded as a summer refuge for families looking after their animals in the high mountain pastures. It blossomed after local boy Louis Bonnevie became French skiing champion in 1906 , though if tradition is to be believed, the inhabitants of the high valley had long used skis to get around on the snow. Also of note is that during the Second World War, prominent Jewish families found refuge here in Val’s resort hotels. Today, the skiing is practically limitless

with miles of exhilarating green, blue and red runs to keep your heart racing. The legendary Face de Bellevarde black run is only for those who dare. You may need a stiff drink when you get to the bottom. Luckily, you won’t be hard pushed to find somewhere to serve it. Val D’Isère’s reputation for having the best après-ski in the Alps is renowned. And here it begins way before you come off the slopes. All you need to enjoy it is unlimited stamina and a deep pocket. The Folie Douce bar has been amazing people for nearly 30 years. High on the mountain with a living backdrop of dancers, divas and DJs, it invites fun-seeking skiers of all ages to share its unique mix of fabulous food and high-altitude clubbing. I’m talking Let It Go from Frozen being belted out by a 6ft drag queen on the roof while you sip champagne. People remember their stay in Val’Disère for all sorts of reasons. I’ll remember it as the time my children skied faster than me, stayed up later and drank more prosecco. I’m getting old.

WHERE TO STAY... Charlotte and family stayed at the five-diamond platinum Chalet Hotel & Spa Le Savoie in Val d’Isère as guests of Inghams. Prices for similar packages for travel in January are from £1,029 per person including flights and transfers. See www.inghams.co.uk/ski-holidays or call 01483 79 114.

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It’s Biblical



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At first, Isaac and Rebecca had no children. They prayed, Rebecca conceived and they had twins: Esau and Jacob. They struggled in the womb and a divine message announced the twins would be ancestors of two great and rival nations. Esau became a hunter. Jacob prepared a stew for his brother who returned from hunting, exhausted. One day, Jacob asked him to sell him his birthright, which he did gladly. Famine struck, and Isaac went to Philistia, where his wife was taken by Abimelech. When he found out Rebecca was his wife he reprimanded Isaac, as he could have been severely punished. Isaac then concluded a peace treaty with Abimelech. When he got old, Isaac asked Esau to hunt and prepare for him a venison stew so he could bless him before his death. Rebecca told Jacob to disguise himself as Esau to get the blessing. As Isaac had failing sight, he blessed Jacob and only afterwards found out he had been tricked. Isaac blessed Esau, but said it was secondary to Jacob’s blessing. Esau was furious. Fearing he might kill Jacob, Rebecca told Esau to flee to her family in Aram. Jacob’s parents told him to take a wife from their family and not marry a Canaanite. When Esau heard this, he married wives of the family of Ishmael in addition to his Canaanite wives. The Jacob-Esau rift has yet to properly heal. Symbolised by the continuing hatred of the scheming Jew by anti-Semites in the name of Christianity, it is conveniently forgotten that Jacob eventually begged for and received forgiveness from his brother.

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Joshua was born in Egypt. His father Nun was descended from the tribe of Ephraim. He’s first mentioned as the ‘lad’ who was Moshe’s devoted aide de camp. Next he appeared in the counter-attack against Amalek – a battle that ended indecisively. He was at the base of Mount Sinai when Moshe received the Ten Commandments from God and during the incident of the Golden Calf. One of the few Biblical figures to be blessed with a change of name, he became Yehoshua from Hoshea, just before the spies began their 40-day mission. His role as one of only two of the 12 spies who returned from Canaan with a favourable report enabled him to survive the ensuing 40 years wandering in the desert; ultimately he became Moshe’s successor. As newly-appointed leader of the

Jewish people, Joshua was described as ‘the Moon in relation to Moshe’s Sun’. It was assumed he would be a mere reflection of Moshe’s greatness. Yet he instigated mass circumcision on the eve of entering Canaan, as well as celebrating the first Pesach seder since the Exodus.


In his own merit, the waters of the Jordan River split, he was visited by an angel, brought down the walls of Jericho and petitioned the Almighty to stop the sun from setting during his battle with the Amorites at Gibeon (Joshua 10:13). His ultimate achievement was conquering the land of Canaan from the resident nations who had fallen out of favour with God, and dividing it among the nine-and-a-half tribes of Israel. Completing his long years of service, Joshua’s final days ended peacefully in his ancestral home near Shiloh, aged 110. Aide de camp, scout, military commander and administrator general, Joshua’s life teaches that implementation is as important as vision. His enduring legacy is that integrity and rigour, consistency and self-discipline, high moral character and, most importantly humility, are the bedrock for becoming a successful national leader. Rabbi Jeff Berger serves the Rambam Sephardi Synagogue in Elstree/Borehamwood and can be contacted at RabbiJeffLondon @gmail.com

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Progressive Judaism

The Bible Says What?

Progressively Speaking

‘Giraffes are kosher’

What does Judaism have to say about the growing sexual abuse and harassment scandal?

BY RABBI LAURA JANNER-KLAUSNER A stroll around Jerusalem’s Tisch Family Zoological Gardens is a wonderful, sensory reminder of the wealth of wildlife mentioned in the Bible. Although not all the animal inhabitants feature in the Torah (I haven’t spotted references to red pandas or meerkats), there is a special emphasis on biblical beasts. One of those is the giraffe. A few years ago, Israeli vets announced that giraffes should be considered kosher. This followed much discussion about the biology of giraffes and precisely what species is mentioned in the Bible. But don’t rush down to your kosher butcher in search of giraffe brisket. Of course, we can’t buy giraffe meat, kosher or otherwise. It’s generally agreed that the process of shechita, or kosher slaughter, cannot be applied to an animal as enormous as a giraffe. Practicalities aside, it’s unthinkable to even consider eating a species that is now, sadly, increasingly in danger of extinction.

For me, one of the wonderful and most inspiring aspects of keeping kosher is that the everyday and sometimes mundane act of eating is elevated to something mindful and sacred, marked with blessings. In a world – indeed in a country – in which so many go without sufficient nutrition, there is a spiritual discipline in restricting what we eat. The rules of kashrut are for many just a starting point. We should consider the origin of our food, the ethics of its production and how those who produce it are paid and treated. Others consider vegetarianism or even veganism to be a higher form of kashrut owing to the environmental impact of meat production and ethical concerns around animal welfare. Just because we can eat something does not mean we should and Jerusalem’s biblical giraffes are an elegant, lofty reminder of this.

 Laura Janner-Klausner is senior rabbi to Reform Judaism

BY RABBI LEAH JORDAN Whether you are one of the majority of women or non-binary people who have experience of sexual abuse, harassment and assault – or indeed a male victim – the main lesson from the spate of recent news stories is that this is by no means a new struggle. Personally, I have met too many young people in my rabbinic work who have been harassed or assaulted, reported it, and then been silenced and marginalised. It is honestly one of the most depressing aspects of my work. Sexual harassment is the direct result of patriarchy – a system in which men hold the majority of the power, and in which masculinity is glorified. In patriarchy, masculinity and power are bound together. We in the Progressive Jewish world may be ahead of the curve when it comes to fighting against oppression and for equality, but that shouldn’t mean we let ourselves off

the hook for this. Like many, we have been guilty of operating under the assumption that this particular battle had been fought and won – when, in fact, these issues are embedded in our culture. We’re not at the end of this journey. There are systemic issues, and we are not immune to them. The Torah’s word for ‘female’, nekeiva, meaning ‘pierced’, even points to this deeply systemic assumption that to be female intrinsically is to be penetrated or dominated – and thus Leviticus’

injunction that men should not lie with a man the way he does with a woman is wrapped up in assumptions about how dominance in patriarchal culture is carried out through rape and sexual assault. My teacher, Rav Aviva Richman, wrote recently that in a conversation on rape in Deuteronomy: “The rabbis focus on the responsibility of the third party, the responsibility of the community.” Perhaps this is the ultimate Progressive Jewish angle on this issue. This should be about us as a community stepping up to be responsible for the far too many people in our lives and world who suffer this. The burden should not and cannot be on their shoulders — but on ours collectively. Whatever our gender, none of us can stand idly by.  Rabbi Leah Jordan is Liberal Judaism’s student chaplain

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CAROLYN ADDLEMAN Qualifications: Lawyer with more than 15 years’ experience in will drafting and trust and estate administration, eight years at KKL Executor and Trustee Company. Keeps in close contact with clients to ensure all legal and pastoral needs are cared for. Member of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

MICHELLE FREEDMAN Qualifications: • 15 years’ experience as a family law barrister, specialist in divorce and financial relief. • Approved by the Bar Council to undertake public access work. • Can be instructed directly by the public for legal advice and representation without having to go through a solicitor. • Appearances in the media, including BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Newsroom Southeast.

LOUISE LEACH Qualifications: • Professional choreographer qualified in dance, drama and Zumba (ZIN, ISTD & LAMDA), gaining an honours degree at Birmingham University. • Former contestant on ITV’s Popstars, reaching bootcamp with Myleene Klass, Suzanne Shaw and Kym Marsh. • Set up Dancing with Louise 10 years ago.

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Professional advice from our panel / Ask Our Experts




MELVYN SOBELL Qualifications: • Chartered accountant FCA. • Accounting, taxation and business advisory services. • Specialises in forensic accounting. • CEDR accredited mediator. • Expert witness advice for all financial matters.

JAMES CARMICHAEL Qualifications: • Fully qualified, HCPC registered, Hearing Aid Audiologist with 10 years’ experience. • Specialist in hearing healthcare including tinnitus management and wax removal. • Fully understands the impact of hearing loss and will work with you to find the best solution for your hearing needs.

IAN GREEN Qualifications: • Launched Man on a Bike IT consultancy 15 years ago to provide computer support for the home and small businesses. • Clients range from legal firms in the City to families, small business owners and synagogues. • More than 18 years’ experience.

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DOV NEWMARK Qualifications: • Director of UK Aliyah for Nefesh B’Nefesh, an organisation that helps facilitate aliyah from the UK. • Conducts monthly seminars and personal aliyah meetings in London. • An expert in working together with clients to help plan a successful aliyah.

BAYLA PERRIN Qualifications: • Free professional service delivering immediate practical help with domestic administrative matters, assisting those alone and in crisis. • Providing workable solutions for debt management, budgeting, bills, utilities, insurance, welfare & benefits, form filling, financial correspondence, bureaucracy and divorce procedures. Cross communal and throughout London.

HOWARD GOLD Qualifications: • Member of the Federation of Master Builders. • Member of the Consumer Protection Association offering an underwritten insurance backed guarantee of 5 years on all projects. • Providing a tailored end-to-end property service for residential property clients in north and north-west London. Focusing on a quality service.

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ANDREW MILLER QC Qualifications: • Mediator with more than 25 years of experience of using mediation to economically resolve commercial disputes. • Queen’s Counsel (Barrister) with 25+ years legal experience of conducting commercial cases. • Providing a cost-effective and time-efficient alternative to the court litigation process.

HAZEL KAYE Qualifications: • Able to draw on the charity’s 45+ years of experience in providing specialist accommodation designed to enable independence. • Knowledge of the features and innovations that can empower people to undertake everyday tasks and awareness of relevant grants and benefits available. • Understands the impact of a diagnosis of disability.

STEPHEN MORRIS Qualifications: • Managing Director of Stephen Morris Shipping Ltd. • 45 years’ experience in shipping household and personal effects. • Chosen mover for four royal families and three UK prime ministers. • Offering proven quality specialist advice for moving anyone across the world or round the corner.

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SHARON GLASSMAN Qualifications: Born and raised in Israel. Worked in the private sector. 15 years experience with new olim while working for the government. Vast knowledge of the Israeli business and labour market.

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ERIC SALAMON Qualifications: • Provides free professional one-to-one advice at Resource to help the unemployed into work. • Offers mock interviews and workshops to maximise job prospects. • Expert in corporate management holding director level marketing, commercial and general management roles.

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REBEKAH GERSHUNY Qualifications: Member of Resolution, Law Society Accredited and registered with the Family Mediation Council. Collaborative family lawyer, with more than 20 years’ experience and founder of family mediation practice, Evolve Family Mediation. Promotes a constructive and non-confrontational approach.

NICKI BONES Qualifications: • Registered mental health nurse with more than 30 years’ experience in areas supporting people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. • Founding member of SweetTree Home Care Services. • Proudly leads SweetTree team to the forefront of home care and specialist services delivery.

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Consultant Solicitor For immediate start in Holland Park

Patron Law is an independent boutique firm of solicitors based in the Holland Park area of London, with a second office in Surrey. The firm has busy departments in: • Real Estate • Litigation • Commercial • Private Client We are looking to expand into other practice areas, particularly Family and Employment.


We are now looking to increase our ranks through bringing in consultant solicitors with a following on a fee-share basis, to be based in the Holland Park office and/or via remote working. Suitable candidates will have an entrepreneurial streak to complement strong technical legal skills and interpersonal skills. Basic IT skills are also required For more information: Please contact Benjamin May at benjamin@patronlaw.co.uk

PART-TIME TEACHERS REQUIRED From January 2018 Menorah High School for Girls is a successful girls’ 11-18 voluntary aided school, with a strong reputation for all-round excellence. Our students are motivated and achieve results well above the national average. We are looking for the following part-time teachers as a result of our school’s expansion.

COMPUTING/ICT TEACHER MATHS TEACHER With the opportunity for suitable candidates to take on a managerial role within each department Both experienced and newly qualified teachers are welcome to apply. We provide excellent support for new staff.


• an enthusiastic teacher • experienced in teaching challenging lessons • knowledgeable and passionate about your subject Please contact the school for further details. 105 Brook Road, London NW2 7BZ Tel: 020 8208 0500 Email: admin@menorahhigh.com Headteacher: Mrs E Pearlman Menahel: Rabbi Y Levenson OFSTED-registered crèche on-site

Menorah High School for Girls is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS check is required for successful applicants.

 We are seeking a creative individual with a flair for marketing our different programmes. We offer you some significant responsibility and the opportunity to help us expand our profile across the community.

MARKETING OFFICER AND ADULT EDUCATION CO-ORDINATOR You will be working as part of a team to: • •

Market activities across all types of media and Co-ordinate the adult education programme.

The salary will be commensurate with your experience. For further questions or to request an application pack, please contact Geoff Abrahams (geoff.abrahams@lsjs.ac.uk) or phone. Applications should be sent by noon on Monday 20th November. Interviews will take place on Thursday 23rd November.

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Extremely busy accountants based in Barnet looking for two qualified staff with experience in practice. Knowledge of IRIS and Microsoft Office essential for both positions, as are good communication skills. Knowledge of QuickBooks, Xero, SageOne would be useful.

Position one is maternity cover (which may become permanent) - minimum 2 years PQ. Solid accounts prep, corp tax and personal tax required. Position two is senior accountant – minimum 5 years PQ. Able to supervise/review and finalize company, sole trade and partnership accounts and deal with general personal and corporation tax and VAT matters. Approx 60% review and 40% working through clients’ information from beginning to end. Salary commensurate with age and experience. CVs with anticipated salary to Sharon@mbbfcca.co.uk

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A romantic stay for two with dinner / Fun, games and prizes!

WIN DINNER AND OVERNIGHT STAY AT BROCKET HALL! Jewish News has teamed up with Brocket Hall Estate in Hertfordshire, to offer one lucky reader and their guest the chance to dine in its awardwinning Auberge du Lac restaurant, and enjoy an overnight stay on the historic estate. The lucky pair will be treated to an eight-course tasting menu – with perfectly paired wines – prepared by head chef Matthew Edmonds. Edmonds is passionate about supporting local Hertfordshire and

British suppliers, so the winners can look forward to feasting on the finest, freshest and tastiest ingredients of the season. Following the meal, the winner and guest will enjoy an overnight stay in Melbourne Lodge, an elegant Georgian coach house conversion. Waiting in their room will be a chilled half-bottle of Champagne – the perfect way to end the perfect day.

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Razor-sharp Reiss sees Brady top of the table MGBSFL Brady Maccabi sits pretty at the top of the Premier Division table as two goals from Reiss Mogilner saw the club beat London Lions White 2-1. Manager Joel Nathan said: “We dominated the first half, let them back in the second half, but we did enough to hold on for the win.” Oakwood A moved up into joint-third place with a 4-0 win at Camden Park. Toby Levy, Leor Sidle, Jonny Quinn and a Josh Tiano own goal seeing them to the points. Faithfold A maintained a two-point lead at the top of the Division One table thanks to a 5-2 win at previously unbeaten Los Blancos. Playermanager Avi Markiewicz scored twice, with Louis Naghten, Zalmy Cohen and Dovi Vogel also on target. Scrabble remain in the title hunt following a 6-1 win over Temple Fortune. Craig Edwards scored twice, with Ben Bowers, Lorian Madanes, Zak McLeod and Zak Summerfield finding the back of the net. Oakwood B and Redbridge B played out a six-goal thriller, Dan Seligman, Dan Ash and Dan Selwyn scoring for The O’s.

Bayern Mincha moved three points clear at the top of the Division Two table thanks to a 4-2 win at Straw Hat Pirates. Adam Ellis scored twice, with Jake Dayan and Alon Pinhas also on target. A hat-trick from Zach Cohen helped Mill Hill Dons maintain their title challenge as they won 5-1 at Temple Fortune B. Sammy Hakimian and an own goal sealed the win for the visitors. FC Team moved up into fifth spot thanks to an 8-1 win at Faithfold B. Player-manager Mitch Young scored half the goals, Danny Moss scored twice, with Richard Salmon and James Korn goals completing the rout. Gav Noe’s double saw Real Hendon to a 2-1 win over Catford & Bromley. • Cyril Anekstein Cup quarter-final draw: Brady Maccabi VS Bayern Mincha Los Blancos VS Camden Park North London Raiders A VS Oakwood A Hendon United VS London Lions White

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WATFORD FRIENDLY LEAGUE: U18 – Buntingford Cougars 4 Lions 2 U16 – Borehamwood 1 Lions 4 Blue Div – HMH 3 AC Finchley South 1 U15 – Whetstone Wands Jags 2 Lions 2, Lions 3 Hadley Wood & Wingate 5 White Div – Edmonton Rgrs 2 HMH 1 Green Div – HMH 4 Brady 0 U14 – AC Finchley West 1 Lions White 6, Lions Blue 2 Hinton & Finchley 3 Green Div – HMH Galaxy 5 HMH Fire 1 Yellow Div – HMH 2 Belstone Black 1 U13 – Borehamwood Knights 0 Lions 7, Lions 1 AC Finchley North 3 Green Div – HMH 8 Turnstyles 5 Yellow Div – HMH 6 Harvesters East 1 U12 – Potters Bar Youth 3 Lions 1, Lions 2 Harvesters Jags 2 Green Div – HMH 5 Omonia White 3 Blue Div – Lions B 16 HMH Dynamo 0 EXCEL LEAGUE: U14 – HMH 5 Hendon 2


MJFL: U12 – Adam Hoff (HMH) U10 – Oli Rackind (HMH) U9 – Shua Barr, Yudi Rotenberg (Hendon) U9 – Joe Callman 4 (HMH), Zach Silverman (HMH) U8 – Yossi Cohen (Hendon), Gadi Jacobson (Hendon), Freddie Forman 4, Blake Pines 4, Alfie Heslam (HMH) U7 – David McWhir (Hendon), James Phillips (HMH), Josh Fearn (HMH) WATFORD FRIENDLY LEAGUE: U15 – Jake Greenfield (Lions) U13 – Aviya Pinchover, Zac Mendelsohn (NWLJ), Zan Appleson-Fidler (Lions), Josh Danker (HMH) U12 – Jordan Okwor 4, Samuel Hugh 4 (Lions) U10 – Jake Kaye (HMH), Mossy Simonson, Rafael Davis (HMH)

Raiders drop first points of the season MASTERS Raiders maintained an unbeaten run in Division One – but surrendered a 100 percent winning start as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Lions A. Jonny Blain scored twice, but Saul Conway (pictured) and Daniel Stanton denied them the win. Brady A beat Scrabble 4-2. Graeme Grossman scoring twice, with Daniel Wolfson and James Temple’s penalty seeing them to the points. The top two in Division Two shared the points and eight goals as EHRS drew 4-4 with St John’s Wood Tigers. Marc Morris, Ian Leader, Dean Schulberg and Ashley Davidson scored for the former, with Mark Nathan’s double, along with John Perloff and Ilan Cohen strikes earning the Tigers a point. Dean Ingram’s goal saw Temple Fortune to a 1-0 victory over Brady B.

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Leighton end Lions’ Wembley dream


London Lion’ dreams of reaching Wembley ended in heart-breaking fashion at the weekend after a late goal knocked them out of the FA Vase. Bidding to reach the third round for the first time in their history, Matt Hall’s 85th minute strike proved to be the difference on the day. Adam Bolle flashed a header just wide in Lions’ best chance, but with Adam Myeroff and Nick Landesberg looking formidable at the back, they also had opportunities to pinch a goal on the break, Jack Mattey (pictured) in particular going close twice. Dan Lipmanproduced a superb stop late on, but was powerless to prevent Hall’s delivery from a corner find a way into the back of the net to seal the home side’s win.


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Marching in AJEX Parade 19 Nov – 1.30pm-3.30pm manager@woodsidepark.org.uk Edgware tots – stay and play 20 Nov – 10.00am-11.30am office@edgwareu.com Street dance (for 3-5-year-olds) 20 Nov – 3.50pm www.jw3.org.uk Pilates for ladies 21 Nov – 2.00pm-3.00pm admin@belmontus.org.uk

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Stone seals schools win


Long-distance runner David Stone qualified for the Middlesex School XCC by winning the 2,500m race at the Brent Schools Cross Country Championships. Winning the years 10 & 11 race by 40 seconds, in a time of 7.30, the 15-year-old JFS student, runs for Shaftesbury Barnet and has won numerous regional and national races since taking up the sport four years ago. One of the country’s most prominent runners, he’s been plagued by a series of injuries and severe asthma over the past 12 months, but still managed to win gold for his country in the 3,000m at the Maccabiah Games in Israel during the summer.

Dads gearing up for Menorah marathon

AcroYoga 21 Nov – 6.30pm www.jw3.org.uk Israeli dancing 21 Nov – 8.00pm-10.00pm office@ealingsynagogue.org.uk Drama club 22 Nov – 6.00pm-7.30pm youth@hgss.org.uk Mellow yoga for all ages 23 Nov – 11.00am-12.00pm info@maxineyoga.com


Balfour Declaration and British Jewry: then and now – 21 Nov – 3.00pm-3.30pm admin@jewishmuseum.org.uk

CHARITY Six dads will be marking Chanukah with a difference this year when they run a special half marathon for charity which will take them around six public menorahs in Essex. Taking on the Essex Menorah Half Marathon, David Blitz, Matt Martin (both pictured), Danny Fresco, Dan Lion, Daniel Carmel-Brown and Darren Brown created a route

around Epping, Loughton, Buckhurst Hill, Chigwell, Gants Hill and Barkingside, which will take them past the six menorahs in their area, ending at the Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School Winter Fete. Raising money for WIJPS, Kantor King Solomon High School and Clore Tikva, the event on 17 December is being sponsored by local business Land Commercial. Blitz said: “We decided

to combine our passion for running with our passion for local Jewish education.” You can donate at: http://www.jewishessex. com

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83rd Annual

Remembrance Ceremony & Parade Sunday 19th November 2017

In memory of fallen comrades in all conflicts and Commemorating the centenary of the First World War Battles of Passchendaele and Jerusalem as well as the 75th Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid and the 2nd Battle of El-Alamein.


AJEX invites all Ex-Servicemen and Women and those who served in the Auxiliary Services, together with their relatives, to march in the Parade.

For security purposes everyone must carry a current photo ID Marchers assemble at 1.30pm on Horse Guards Parade. Parade and Ceremony 2.30pm The Cenotaph, Whitehall, London.

AJEX Tel: 020 8202 2323 E-mail: headoffice@ajex.org.uk www.ajex.org.uk AJEX CHARITABLE FOUNDATION - CHARITY COMMISSION REGISTRATION NO. 1082148

CEREMONY OFFICIANTS Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis Rabbi (Major) Reuben Livingstone Rabbi Harry Jacobi MBE BA (Hons)

Members of the community are invited to show their support by joining us in Whitehall.



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