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What kind of world are they living in? Tears and trauma as 59 slain in Las Vegas Jewish communities in Britain and America this week condemned the deadliest shooting spree in modern U.S history and called for urgent gun control measures. It follows a terrorist attack by a single shooter, Stephen Paddock, who fired on concertgoers from a hotel room on the 32nd floor of a nearby casino, killing 59 people and injuring more than 524 before police finally stormed in. Paddock, 64, was described by his brother as a multi-millionaire property developer who liked to gamble. He was found with 23 guns in his hotel room. Authorities later found 19 more guns at his home, together with thousands of

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rounds of ammunition. By Tuesday evening, the Israeli Foreign Ministry was still trying to reach four Israelis who are believed to have been in Las Vegas at the time of the shooting and who remain unaccounted for. Israel’s consul-general, based in Los Angeles, has flown to the gambling mecca to help in the search. Meanwhile the Anti-Defamation League, B’nai B’rith International, the National Council of Jewish Women and the Union for Reform Judaism all called for tougher gun control laws in the immediate aftermath of the attack. Continued on page 12

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News / Conservative Party conference / Iran warning

Gove: Anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism A senior cabinet minister has told hundreds of Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) supporters that “anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism”. Environment Secretary, Brexit backer and Israel advcate Michael Gove [pictured] made the comments to 500 guests on Monday night, during his kenote speech at the CFI event in Manchester. Also present in the room were Communities Minister Sajid Javid, Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood and Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Rory Stewart, together with former minister Sir Eric Pickles. Gove said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn chose “deathsquads over democrats” while saluting pro-Israel Labour MP Joan Ryan and Ian Austin for their “fantastic job in standing

up for Jewish people’s right to self-determination”. He concluded: “At a time when people say that ‘I’m not an antiSemite, I’m just anti-Zionist’, it is important we say no, anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism.” As the country approached the centenary celebrations of the Balfour Declaration, he added: “At a time when people are casual, cruel and callous towards the fate of the Jewish people, it is time for all of us to say that over the past 100 years, if we have learned anything we have learnt one thing, which is that when there is prejudice and hatred directed towards the Jewish people, darker times will follow, and it is our moral duty to say that what begins with the Jews never ends with the Jews. We stand with Israel. We stand with

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up against the intolerance and bigotry of the boycott movement. “We will be standing up for Israel’s right to defend itself, and we will be calling out the Labour Party on any act of anti-Semitism.” Former CFI parliamentary chairman Sir Eric Pickles said the

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UK “recognises the importance that Israel has as a strategic partner and as a friend” before describing his “genuine sadness at the rise in antiSemitism” in the Labour Party. Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev said: “It is a pleasure to be back at Conservative Party Conference in the company of so many CFI friends.” He added: “Seeing you all here gives me confidence the Israel-UK partnership will continue to grow because I see you all here committed to the friendship between our two democracies”. Next month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to visit the UK to mark 100 years since then Foreign Secretary Lord Arthur Balfour declared that the UK Government supported a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

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Two top Egyptian diplomats from the country’s embassy in France joined more than 400 Jews from the Egyptian Jewish community at a Paris Yom Kippur service, writes Jenni Frazer. Yves Fedida, co-founder of the Nebi Daniel Association which represents Jews from Egypt, told the congregation of the Oratoire Egyptien Eliahou Hanabi that it was “more than 60 years” since there had been an official presence

of this nature. The congregation was joined by the deputy head of mission at the embassy, Hesham el Mekwad and colleague Mohamed Kandil. Fedida, saying how honoured the community was, expressed the “deep gratitude of the Jews of Egypt for the voluntary action of the Egyptian government concerning the preservation of the communal Jewish heritage in Egypt, an integral part of the country’s history”.

Under the directive of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the Minister of Antiquities Khaled El Anany, three Jewish cemeteries in Alexandria have been classified as historical monuments. An individual survey of each grave is in progress. Fedida thanked the Egyptian minister of culture, Helmy el Namnam, who has agreed to allow Egyptian Jews copies of all their civil and religious registers and community archives.

HANG ON A MINUTE WHERE DID ALL THE CARS GO? Non-religious Israelis took advantage of the quiet roads in Tel Aviv during Yom Kippur, with one circus artist practising from bridges over a normally-busy motorway. Tal Karassin [pictured left and below] was snapped at sunrise on Saturday. “By chance, we met photographer Eli Shiri when we got there,” she said. “He joined us and this photograph is the result!” The image is part of the couple’s “urban circus photoshoot” project, “to see what happens when you take the circus out to the city”.

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PARAMEDICS TREAT MORE THAN 1,500 DURING YOM KIPPUR Paramedics treated more than 1,500 Israelis over Yom Kippur. Like every year, secular Israelis took advantage of the deserted roads and highways, filling the streets in droves over the holiday. But, like every year, injuries were not far behind, with Magen David Adom treating 1,659 people, it said in a statement. Among them were 265 injured while biking, skateboarding and rollerblading.

ISRAEL RANKS 19TH OUT OF 113 ON FOOD SECURITY Israel ranks 19th out of 113 countries in the world on food security, but is susceptible to climate-related risks and its ability to adapt to these risks, especially in the agricultural sector, according to a new report. The Global Food Security Index 2017, published by the Economist Intelligence Unit, places Israel in the 19th slot on affordability, availability, and quality. Uganda was in first position with almost no risk to said resources.


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Rudd refuses to show her hand on Hezbollah ban Home Secretary Amber Rudd at this week’s conference

Home secretary Amber Rudd has told London mayor Sadiq Khan she won’t be giving a running commentary on whether she will ban Hezbollah in its entirety. Khan was said to be “extremely disappointed” at Rudd’s response, which came three months after he wrote to her calling for action. He had joined a chorus of calls for full proscription in the wake of the latest al Quds parade in central London, where marchers exploited a “loophole” to wave Hezbollah flags, which feature the image of a gun. Both the political and military wing, which is already banned, have the same flag and some marchers added disclaimers claiming they were supporting the political wing. Rudd last week wrote to thank the mayor for making representations on behalf of the Jewish community. But she added: “However, as you’ll

Community leaders be aware, while the list of have long argued that proscribed organisations Hezbollah’s own leaders is kept under review, it don’t differentiate is not the Government’s between different wings. policy to comment on Last week, Jewish whether or not a group News and the Zionist Fedis under consideration eration launched a petifor proscription.” Under tion calling for a total ban the current law, she said, on Hezbollah. police would have to be Conservative and clear that the “context Terror cap in London Labour Friends of Israel and manner” in which the are among the organisaflag was displayed constituted specific support for the armed tions to have demanded action. Meanwhile, Rudd announced this wing. “Context would include any infor- week that extremists who repeatedly mation from the individual about view terrorist content online will face intent. Officers will also consider up to 15 years in jail. She told the Conwhether other legislation, such as the servative conference that counterterrorism laws will be updated to keep Public Order Act, could be applied.” Rudd added that the current pro- pace with online activities. The move will strengthen the scription “sends a clear message that we condemn Hezbollah’s violence and existing offence of possessing informasupport for terrorism. We continue to tion likely to be useful to a terrorist so call on Hezbollah to end its terrorist it does not only apply to downloaded or stored information. Rudd said: “I want activity”. A source close to the mayor said: to make sure those who view despicable “He is extremely disappointed in the terrorist content online face the full force of the law.” response from the home secretary.”

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SENTENCE UPPED FOR ANTI-SEMITE A man who hurled anti-Semitic abuse at Jewish worshippers on their way to morning prayers in Stamford Hill has had his sentence increased. Glenn Okafor, 32, was initially sentence to a 12-month community order with 150 hours, but at Stratford Magistrates’ Court this was increased to 200 hours. Okafor, of West Norwood, was found to have shouted “we will wipe you out” among other insults aimed at worshippers in Stamford Hill on 4 March this year, and was ordered to pay victims £150 each.

POLISH OFFICIAL PUBLISHED IRVING A Jewish group has urged a Polish historical institute to sack an official who published books by British Holocaust denier David Irving. The Simon Wiesenthal Centre said the official, Arkadiusz Wingert, published titles by Irving between 2009 and 2014. Wingert is now a deputy director at the Institute of National Remembrance, a state body that investigates crimes in Poland during the war. Irving is a disgraced revisionist who declared the gas chambers were a hoax.

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Jewish Leadership Council chairman Jonathan Goldstein has criticised Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for not denouncing comments described as “anti-Semitic” during fringe meetings at the party’s conference. Goldstein [pictured] wrote in The Sunday Times that Corbyn had been “mute on anti-Semitism” during his 75-minute speech to the conference and called it a “glaring omission”. He also referred to “antiSemitic” comments made

during a fringe meeting by Jews, including Israeli anti-Zionist Miko Peled and Jewish Voices for Labour activist Naomi WimborneIdrissi. Peled said free

speech should extend to questioning the Holocaust while Wimborne-Idrissi called for pro-Israel groups such as Labour Friends of Israel and the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) to be thrown out of the party. “The party leader’s deafening silence over anti-Semitism on the left is deeply concerning,” Goldstein wrote. The Jewish community was “angry, disappointed, and at our wits’ end,” he added.

Lansman: party is tackling hate Labour is combating anti-Semitism in its ranks, the leader of pro-Jeremy Corbyn organisation Momentum has said. Jon Lansman, who said he has experience of anti-Semitic abuse, said Labour reflected society and was moving against discrimination. He told BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show: “Anti-Semitism is a problem throughout society; it would be extremely surprising if it wasn’t also present in the Labour Party, alongside other forms of discrimination. “Which is why I’m so pleased that the national executive of the Labour Party put (out) a statement which made very clear our absolute opposition to all forms of discrimination, antiSemitism, Islamophobia, and so on. He added: “This is incredibly important to me as a Jew.”

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BIBI SAYS SORRY FOR MEMORIAL ABSENCE Benjamin Netanyahu has apologised after no member of the Israeli government attended the annual memorial for soldiers killed during the Yom Kippur War. Family members of the 2,222 fallen soldiers from the 1973 war attended the ceremony Sunday on Mount Herzl. “I am sorry that there was no representative of the government at the memorial service for those who died in the Yom Kippur War,” Netanyahu said. “This is an unfortunate mistake and I apologise.”

ISRAELI-RUSSIAN TRADE UP BY 25% Trade between Russia and Israel has grown this year by 25 pecent, officials from both countries revealed, amid complications with other Russian trading partners The first six months of 2017 saw increased trade between the nations of about £286million over the corresponding period last year. Israeli Cabinet minister Zeev Elkin announced the figures earlier this week at a conference in Moscow about Russian-Israel relations.

Prince on Nazi camp visit The Duke of Cambridge has told a Holocaust survivor that his recent trip to a concentration camp was an eye-opening and sobering experience. Prince William met former French Resistance fighter Freddie Knoller, 96, at London’s Imperial War Museum (IWM), where the Duke, who is president of the institution’s Foundation, was brought up to date about the second phase of a £33.5m project to enhance the attraction’s visitor experience. Knoller, who lived through periods in a series of concentration camps including Auschwitz, presented the prince with a copy of his book, Living With The Enemy, about his war experiences. The Duke said: “Catherine and I were in Poland earlier this year. We had a very eye-opening tour around the camp – very sobering.” In July, the Duke and his wife went on a guided tour of Stutthof, a former Nazi-run camp built in what is now Poland, where 65,000 people,

Prince William, right, meets with Freddie Knoller, left, and John Harrison

including 28,000 members of the Jewish community, died before it was liberated by the Allies in May 1945. Knoller showed the Duke a badge – that forms part of the museum’s exhibition – which, in early 1945, saved his life while on a death march from Auschwitz.

He had replaced his yellow star with a red triangle badge from the uniform of a dead French prisoner, which allowed him to survive internment at Dora concentration camp, where he was used as slave labour. He ended up in Bergen-Belsen, where he was liberated by the British.

Prince William asked: “How did you get it off – you tore it off ?” and was told he had. Knoller said afterwards: “I showed him my striped uniform. This saved my life because it doesn’t show the number of a Jew, but of a French political prisoner. “I don’t want the world

ever to forget what happened during the Second World War. I don’t want the world to forget that six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis. This is why I tell the story.” The Duke also met Second World War veterans Ted Cordery, 94, and 103-year-old John Harrison who served on HMS Belfast, which is the largest object in IWM’s collection. His visit was hosted by the museum’s director-general, Diane Lees, who told him about the second phase of Transforming IWM London, a £33.5 million project that will open in 2020 creating new combined Second World War and Holocaust galleries and a learning suite. Lees said: “These galleries will enable IWM to transform the way we present the Second World War and the Holocaust and, through our new narrative, enable visitors to engage with those parts of the story that may be less well understood and known to them.”

Campaign for UK help at UN A project of the Zionist Federation has launched a campaign calling for the UK Government to put pressure on the United Nations to stop criticising Israel. The Israel Britain Alliance (IBA) said the renewed push followed speeches at the United Nations General Assembly in New York last week, in which both Donald Trump and Theresa May were critical of the UN. “The attacks on Israel at the UN have now travelled way past ridiculous and farcical,” said IBA director Mike McCann, a one-time MP. “While Palestinian women were murdered and subjugated for the sake of male honour, and while Sudanese women were forced to give birth with their legs shackled for the crime of being Christians, the UN condemned Israel for violating the rights of women.”

In April Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations [pictured], criticised the organisation saying: “It’s high time the UN Security Council set its sights on Iran, rather than Israel.” McCann said the Palestinians “use the United Nations as a propaganda tool,” adding that they “still support terror”. He said: “Britain can and must play a lead role in stopping the Israel bashing… The British Government can do more and we offer them our support to start that work in this campaign.”

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Young adults who support Israel are being invited to join a new network from grassroots group We Believe in Israel to “bring energy and dynamism”. The new group, called Young We Believe in Israel, is “open to anyone who supports Israel” under the age of 35, and We Believe director Luke Akehurst [pictured] [[pictured pictured]] hopes it pictured will fill a campaigning gap. “We realised there is a serious gap after university when people want to stay involved and support Israel, but often

don’t find a group that suits them,” he said. The new network is “committed to a twostate solution, but completely pluralistic”, he explained, adding: “We believe that the best way to an authentic and powerful grassroots movement is to support debate and an open exchange of views.” We Believe, which is a project of think tank BICOM, said it had been working with the Union of Jewish Students and Zionist youth movements. Akehurst said the young professionals joining the network would support Israel on social media and in local community activism as well as develop campaign techniques and debating skills.


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Travellers stranded as Monarch grounded As Jewish travellers due to fly between the UK and Israel on Monarch Airlines were left grounded this week ahead of Succot, the UK’s leading tour operator to Israel pledged to financially protect and refund all its customers. Monarch, the UK’s fifth largest airline, which filed for administration over the weekend, flew regular flights between the UK and Tel Aviv and its bankruptcy left some Jewish passengers stranded as not all flights were ATOL-

protected. Worldwide, the airline’s grounding with immediate effect left 110,000 customers overseas and 300,000 future bookings cancelled, forcing the Civil Aviation Authority to charter more than 30 flights to bring passengers home. David Segel, managing director of West End Travel, said on Monday the timing could not have been worse for the Jewish community. He said: “Manchester is a mega problem, with so many passengers due to fly to Israel today for Succot. With the easyJet flight fully

booked, it seems many passengers will be stuck at home unless they are prepared to fork out vast differences in airfare for scheduled flights via Europe.” Elsewhere, families went online to voice their concern. George Alexander, a British Jew from Manchester now living in Kfar Sabah, said: “My mother, 86, is flying to Israel today from Manchester on easyJet with a return flight with Monarch next Tuesday, so we don’t know how she will get back.” In London, Kitty and Neville Abraham, aged 64 and 70

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respectively, from Stamford Hill, were due to spend Succot in Israel but were left disappointed.

“We’re so upset the holiday we’ve been looking forward to has been cancelled at the last minute,” they said. “We’re now making lastminute arrangements for cooking and shopping for a dreary Succot in the UK instead of spending it in Israel.” Travelink said in a statement: “We are endeavouring to find the best alternatives for our customers. Travelink is taking financial responsibility for all of its clients’ bookings and all clients will receive a full refund on Monarch flights and holidays.”

AMAZON OPENS TEL AVIV BASE Amazon is expanding in Israel, setting up Alexa Shopping teams in two cities. The company announced this week that it will open research and development groups in Haifa and Tel Aviv with 100 employees at the start, the Israeli business daily Globes reported.

Alexa is a digital personal assistant developed by Amazon that allows users to shop online using voice commands. Amazon said in an announcement it was seeking to hire scientists, software engineers and product managers for the two offices. The company recently

hired Eyal Itah, former Microsoft Israel development director, as general manager of the Alexa Shopping engineering team, and Yoelle Maarek, who was the former research director at Yahoo! and ran its Haifa development centre, as vice president of worldwide research. [JTA]

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Hunt for talent to play Film tells Ruth’s story late composer’s work The brother of a published composer and music teacher from Edgware who died earlier this year is seeking other musicians to perform his work in his memory. Jonathan FeBland, who was Jewish and trained at London’s Royal Academy of Music, was a published composer of works of different musical styles and for different instruments. Having started learning piano aged four, he passed Grade 1 the following year and made his debut at the South Bank in 1982 while a student. He died in April, aged 56, after a three-year battle with cancer. FeBland’s brother, Adam Bass, wants other musicians to record themselves performing his work, which he will upload to a YouTube channel set up in his memory. Bass said: “I grew up seeing Jonathan dedicate his life to music. He has composed for 40 years and built a huge body of work. I know how much it

Lorraine Bushell with her late son, Jonathan FeBland

would mean to him to have people listen to and perform his compositions. We’ve had an amazing response from classical musicians who have performed Jonathan’s work – including Stephen Bryant, leader of the BBC Philharmonic – but we’d like more.” Meanwhile, FeBland’s friend and virtuoso pianist, Louis Demetrius Alvanis, has organised an afternoon recital, Piano Colours, in his honour at the Rudolf Steiner House in

London on 8 October, where he will perform works by Chopin and Liszt, as well as by FeBland. FeBland’s mother, Lorraine Bushell, said: “Jonathan was a gifted teacher and the children loved him. Even though he has gone, his music will live on.” To contact Adam about performing Jonathan’s work, email adam@golden goose.uk.com. For details about the concert, visit internationalconcertseries. eventbrite.co.uk

A Holocaust survivor living in Britain is to feature in a documentary about human rights after an organisation led by a Jewish barrister raised £20,000 through crowdfunding. The video, scheduled to be finished this year, is the latest initiative of RightsInfo, a nonprofit organisation founded in 2015 by human rights barrister Adam Wagner. It will feature Ruth Barnett, who left Germany in 1939 aged four, who will speak about her experiences alongside Kemal Pervanic, a

Berlin-born Ruth came to Britain on the Kindertransport with her brother, seven, and lived with three foster families. The trio’s stories will be told as part of the #FightingHateWithRights project, which grew from a Limmud session when Wagner spoke of how the Nuremberg Trials led to the modern human rights laws. The campaign, of which the video is the centrepiece, launches on International Day of Tolerance on 16 November. The message, says Wagner, is that “we can fight extremism by protecting basic human rights”.

Survivor Ruth Barnett

Muslim Bosnian survivor of the Omarska concentration camp, and Eric Murangwa, a former footballer for Rwanda who lost 35 family members in the Rwandan genocide.

Anti-hate heroes honoured Jewish News will honour individuals tackling hate crime at a glittering ceremony in London next Tuesday evening. The #No2H8 awards recognise individuals and organisations battling anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia and other forms of hate crime. Conceived by Faith Matters

within our country and which ensures our collective continuing resilience against hatred, racism and intolerance,” said Faith Matters’ Fiyaz Mughal. Jewish News editor Richard Ferrer said: “It’s an honour to work with such a group of highly-respected organisations battling hatred and intolerance.”

and held with the support of partners including the Community Security Trust (CST), Tell MAMA, GALOP, Stop Hate UK and Stonewall, the initiative, in its second year, is chaired by former CST chief executive Richard Benson. “It is time to celebrate the enormous capacity for good

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‘Controversial’ Israel tour has funds cut Young British Jews have criticised a decision by the Jewish Agency to stop funding a fivemonth Israel experience programme after it was accused of provoking Israeli soldiers. The decision to cut funding to Achvat Amim, one of four programmes offered by Hashomer Hatzair, was made by Masa Israel, set up in 2004 to take diaspora Jews on extended stays to Israel. Masa Israel describes itself as “the leader in immersive international experiences in Israel for young people aged 18-30” and is a joint project between the Israeli prime minister’s office and the Jewish Agency. To its champions, Achvat is “an educational programme that gives a space for more nuanced discussion about the conflict while learning, teaching, protesting and building life-long relationships with Palestinians, Israelis and other internationals”. However, in a report picked up by Israel’s Channel 2, rightwing group Ad Kan alleged that Achvat participants provoked Israeli soldiers who came to dismantle the Sumud Freedom

No funds: Achat Amim participants hold up a sign in front of Israeli soldiers calling for “minority rights”

Camp, built over the former Palestinian village of Sarura. Ad Kan is known for targeting human rights campaigners and anti-occupation activists and British participants on this year’s Achvat Amim said the report was “deeply faulty”. Oxford undergraduate Nina Morris-Evans, who has just returned from the programme, said: “Ad Kan is trying to paint Achvat Amim as beyond the bounds of legitimate engagement and opinion on Israel and the conflict by presenting disinformation about the programme’s activities. “The Ad Kan agenda seeks to

delegitimise any criticism of the occupation and preclude Jews... from making meaningful contributions to creating a more peaceful and just society.” Anna Roiser, a British lawyer who recently returned from Jerusalem, said: “While not everyone will agree with Achvat’s ethos, we should all agree that democracies encourage a diversity of views.” Israeli news site Walla! recently revealed that one of Ad Kan’s donors was Samaria Settlers’ Committee, which pays for YouTube adverts attacking the foreign funding of left-wing non-governmental organisations.

Rabbis plea for animal-free diet More than 70 rabbis from different denominations have urged Jews to switch to an animal-free, plant-based diet as “an expression of Jewish values”. In an open letter, they say: “Millions among us suffer and die from chronic, dietrelated diseases each year,” adding: “Billions of animals are subjected to unfathomable cruelty in the meat, dairy and

egg industries.” The list of 73 rabbis, plus four cantors or rabbinic students, includes Senior Masorti Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, as well as Rabbi Natan Levy, the former interfaith consultant to the Board of Deputies. Arguing animal agriculture is the chief contributor to global climate change, they add: “As we enter the New

Year, let’s align our actions with Judaism’s values and solve these problems.” Writing under the auspices of the Jewish Veg non-profit organisation, they say that doing so would be “an expression of our shared Jewish values of compassion for animals, protection of the environment, and concern for our physical and spiritual well-being.”

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a post-Yom Kippur message on the social network asked forgiveness for the misuse of Facebook in the past year. He posted on Saturday: “For those I hurt this year, I ask forgiveness and I will try to be better. For the ways my work was used to divide people rather than bring us together, I ask forgiveness and I will work to do better. May we all be better in the year ahead.”

More than 30 people were arrested on Saturday after a neo-Nazi march held on Yom Kippur in Gothenburg, Sweden, that was rerouted away from the city’s main synagogue turned violent. The march was organised by the extreme right-wing Nordic Resistance Movement. Membership of Nazi organisations is not illegal in Sweden and the NMR had a permit from the police to hold the event.

The body of missing Israeli trekker Hila Livne, 22, has been discovered in Kyrgyzstan, six days after she fell to her death while hiking. Friends and family of the 22-year-old had posted updates on Facebook as part of a campaign to raise money for the search, with one of the pictures showing Livne, who was released from the Israeli army six months ago, at a mountain range holding up a sign wishing everyone a good new year.

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Survivor’s talk censored by uni The title of a speech by Holocaust survivor Marika Sherwood that compared Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians to the Nazis’ treatment of Jews was censored by Manchester University. The talk was orginally titled: “A Holocaust survivor’s story and the Balfour declaration: You’re doing to the Palestinians what the Nazis did to me.” The subhead of the title was later dropped after a visit to the university by Mark Regev, the Israeli ambassador. It was part of February’s Israeli Apartheid Week, a series of events organised by the university’s student committee of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, campaign.

Six awarded Nobels Jewish scientists were once again listed as recipients of Nobel Prizes this year, continuing a remarkable tradition of success. On Monday, the trio of Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young won the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine following their work on the body’s natural rhythms. Rosbash, 73, a geneticist and chronobiologist, is the son of Jewish refugees who fled Nazi Germany in 1938. On Tuesday, another trio was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for work which led to the discovery of gravitational waves, the warping of space-time predicted by Albert Einstein over a century ago.

‘Road of sorrow’ to open at Babi Yar Jewish leaders in Ukraine have unveiled a new project to line a route to the site of an infamous Holocaust massacre with tombstones from a disused Jewish cemetery in the capital, Kyiv. The innovative heritage project will lead to Babi Yar, a ravine where Nazi soldiers shot and killed 33,771 Jews in two days in September 1941, one of the worst massacres of the Shoah. Before the war, Ukraine had one of Europe’s largest Jewish populations, but the vast 26-hectare Lukianivka Jewish cemetery in the city soon became a site of atrocities, and by the end of the war it had been destroyed, with graves transferred and tombstones demolished. In recent months, volunteers and workers at

the Babi Yar National Historical Memorial Preserve and the Babi Yar Holocaust Memorial Centre have uncovered more than 70 memorial plates and tombstones from the bottom of the Repyakhiv Yar. These will now be displayed in a new lapidarium – a place where stone monuments and fragments of archaeological interest are exhibited – to create a “road of

sorrow” from the cemetery’s former office to the Menorah memorial. Eliav Belotserkovsky, Israel’s ambassador to Ukraine, said at the unveiling ceremony last week, said: “Many outstanding Jewish individuals were buried here. “They were a symbol of a prosperous culture that was almost destroyed as a result of the Nazi invasion of Ukraine. “Therefore, the obeisance of memory through the establishment of tombstones from the Lukianivka cemetery has a deep symbolism.”

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Former Israeli nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu has been invited to emigrate to Norway to live with his wife. Vanunu served 18 years in jail, most in solitary confinement, for disclosing details of Israel’s nuclear programme to The Sunday Times. His past appeals to leave the country have been denied.

The Jewish owner of a suite of high-brow magazine titles has died aged 89. Workaholic Samuel Irving Newhouse, a reclusive billionaire, inherited Advance Publications from his father. Its magazine division, Conde Nast, includes Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.

Catalonia’s Jewish community was left divided on the question of independence this week as Spanish police officers violently prevented many Catalans from voting in an independence referendum. Victor Sorenssen, the community’s leader, said Catalan Jews ‘would not be affected by a political discussion’.

The Jewish community in the capital has been declared ‘near extinct’ after its 24 members struggled to make a minyan on Yom Kippur. A community dating back to biblical times, Israel’s ambassador Eitan Na’eh said Jews in Ankara are “now so few I can fit them round my dinner table”. It took 10 years to complete and cost more than £5 million, but late last week Canadians were at last able to say their country had a national Holocaust memorial – a stylised Star of David in Ottawa.

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Tears and trauma after Vegas massacre Continued from page 1 And while the World Jewish Congress, Jewish Council for Public Affairs and Jewish Federations of North America condemned the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history, they stopped short of the charged U.S. debate about gun laws. “Our prayers must be followed by action, long overdue limits to the easy access to fire arms,” said Reform president Rabbi Rick Jacobs, capturing the mood, while ADL director Jonathan Greenblatt called for “tough, effective gun violence prevention measures,” adding that the threat of mass violence “has not abated”. Meanwhile, B’nai B’rith was

Paddock had “no connection” equally forthright, saying to international terrorism. it was “well past time for Paddock’s brother Eric meaningful, bipartisan said the family had “no gun violence legislation idea” about the motive, in this country,” adding: adding: “We are horri“There is no need for civilfied.” ians to have access to large In the UK, religious rounds of ammunition.” and communal leaders paid Among those left mourning the dead country Killer: Stephen their respects and urge a dignified response. Chief music fans were members Paddock Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said: of the city’s sizeable Jewish community, which numbers 70,000 “Each of us faces a choice: either and comprises 19 synagogues, join in with the inevitable chorus of raging recriminations and counteraccording to local websites. U.S. police were this week inves- recriminations, or resolve to honour tigating the killer’s background and the victims and their families, and motivations, but the FBI said that defy the wishes of the perpetrator,

PA prime minster in Gaza talks Palestinian Authority prime minister Rami Hamdallah was in Gaza this week for his first visit in two years, as rival factions seek to overcome a decade of crippling divisions. Hamdallah, along with dozens of ministers and officials from the West Bank-based PA, crossed the border for meetings with rival Islamic faction Hamas.

The event was meant to be the first significant step in a transfer of powers from the terror group to the PA. Hamas politicians greeted Hamdallah on the Gazan side of the crossing, as some 2,000 people heard his speech. Hamdallah said there could be no Palestinian state without Gaza, and his governHamdallah in Gaza this ment would work to alleviate the suffering of residents. week • Editorial comment, p16

by spreading a message of hope and peace. I urge you to join me in choosing the latter.” Senior Reform Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner said: “We join the Reform community of Temple Sinai in Las Vegas and people of all faiths and none in sending wishes of hope, strength and solidarity. May the One who brings peace in the highest, bring peace to us and to all Israel and to the whole world.” The Board of Deputies said: “We express sorrow for and solidarity with the American people following the senseless killing of innocent people in Las Vegas.”

TOULOUSE ATTACKS TRIAL FINALLY OPENS The first trial in the new era of home-grown jihadi attacks in France opened this week in a Paris court under tight security. The main defendant is a brother of Islamic radical Mohammed Merah, who killed seven people in attacks on a Jewish school and soldiers in the Toulouse region of southern France in 2012. Mohammed Merah was killed

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‘Anti-Semitism of contemporary left is a problem for democracy’ Philip Spencer, Emeritus Professor in Holocaust Studies, reviews a new academic book about the anti-Semitism of the ‘anti-racist’ contemporary left

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he phenomenon of left wing antiSemitism is not, sadly, new. Some prominent early socialists were openly anti-Semitic. Some Marxists, too, argued (although not Karl Marx himself ) that anti-Semitism had a “rational kernel” and could be used to win support for the cause. Before the Holocaust, the communist movement flirted with anti-Semitism on more than one occasion. Even after the Holocaust, the Soviet Union launched its own murderous antiSemitic campaign, accusing Jews of being both wicked nationalists (Zionists) and disloyal cosmopolitans. Contemporary Left Antisemitism, David Hirsh’s brilliant and compelling new study, should not, then, come as too much of a surprise, although (as always with anti-Semitism) it does not simply repeat the past. It draws on a toxic pool of existing “ideas” but reworks them, adding further elements within the new framework of an anti-Zionism that sees Israel (where, after the Holocaust, large numbers of Jews actually now live) as uniquely evil. But what is also new is that this form of anti-Semitism has, as Hirsh – a senior lecturer in sociology at Goldsmiths University – argues, entered the political mainstream. In Britain, the Labour Party is led by Jeremy Corbyn, a formerly marginal figure, who has long associated with virulent anti-Semites from whom he has previously shown little inclination to distance himself. Meanwhile, the academic wing of the trade union movement has adopted a policy of boycotting only Israel, which has led many Jewish members to feel so intimidated they had to leave. The campaign against that boycott was largely led by Hirsh himself, at no little personal cost, as he relates in some moving reflections on how and why he embarked on and conducted what is, in the circumstances, a remarkably thoughtful study. What is particularly impressive is the way Hirsh takes seriously the protestations of those who espouse contemporary anti-Semitic tropes. Unable or unwilling (not quite the same thing, of course) to understand that, as he explains, anti-Semitism is deeply embedded in structures of power and thinking (even as it takes different forms over time), they claim that they cannot possibly be anti-Semites

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Are there some lines you just don’t cross? When is it right to censor free speech, and what speech do you censor? Most think incitement to racial or religious hatred ought to be silenced, but does that still apply if you’re silencing somebody who has already been through the worst imaginable racial hatred? These are the questions facing us this week, after learning that Holocaust survivor Marika Sherwood’s speech at the University of Manchester earlier this year had been censored, because in it she told Israelis: “You’re doing to the Palestinians what the Nazis did to me.” Was the university right to stop her saying that? Yes, because comparing Israeli actions to Nazi actions is anti-Semitic by today’s definitions? Or no, because if a Holocaust survivor hasn’t earned the right to speak about persecution, who has? It’s an incredibly tricky one. Is anybody really accusing a Jewish survivor of the Budapest ghetto of inciting racial or religious hatred? Intervening in free speech in a free society should only be done as a last resort, but a Freedom of Information answer published this week, shows Sherwood’s speech was censored by Israeli diplomats, who called it “provocative”. Are there some lines you just don’t cross, and if so, did this survivor cross it? Answers on a postcard.

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Corbyn doesn’t have the guts to lead In your edition of 31 The truth is Corbyn has not conAugust, reference fronted this horrible issue. was made to Chris He is not confrontational. He canWilliamson, Labour not even sack former London mayor MP, shadow fire Ken Livingstone for saying Hitler services minister supported Zionism. and staunch ally What Williamson fails to recogof Jeremy Corbyn, nise is that Corbyn is not a leader, who vociferously not a debater and certainly not a defended his leader’s prime minister in waiting. record on opposing If he were, Williamson would not Bull by the horns: Chris Williamson racism and anti-Semitism. have to defend his leader in such a bold manner. Mr Williamson defended Corbyn and even sugGod forbid Corbyn becomes prime minister. gested that the anti-Semitic smears made against If that were to happen the Jews of this country his party are simply an attempt to destroy his would have to roll their sleeves up to defend themleader by way of “a really dirty, low down trick”. selves. He even went so far as to dismiss claims of It will be the 1930s all over again. anti-Semitism among Labour members as a “proxy Mike Abramov By email wars and bull****”.

Stalemate that needs patience and alchemy Sketches & kvetches These days, it can count as a success when an official from a rival Palestinian camp can visit the other’s territory and not get lynched. So it was this week, after a visit to Gaza by Rami Hamdallah, whose office is in the West Bank. The idea, we’re told, is that Islamist Hamas and secular Fatah will reconcile and unite in leadership of the Palestinian people. But we have been told that for 10 years. We’ve watched the feud from afar. Even this week, as his prime minister was in Gaza, Mahmoud Abbas was pouring cold water on Hamas’ overtures. The mediators this time are the Egyptians. May they possess both patience and alchemy.

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BALFOUR, CHAMBERLAIN & THE LAW Regarding the Balfour anniversary, many people do not trust the UN as a neutral source for international law. British prime minister Chamberlain violated the terms of the League of Nations Mandate to appease the Arabs by closing the gates to Palestine, just as Jews

fleeing Nazism needed refuge more than ever. When the future Jewish state needed Jews more than ever, Jews were barred from entry. Media coverage of the Israeli Arab situation is not always accurate, as scholars are finding.

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LABOUR PARTY’S BADGE OF HONOUR?

‘I know we’ve been walking for 40 years, but it wouldn’t have been necessary if Ryanair hadn’t cancelled the flights I booked!’

Why is someone who criticises Israel not anti-Semitic while Donald Trump’s travel ban is Islamophobic? Apparently it is alright to criticise the Jewish state and not be an anti-Semite, but people condemn Trump for his actions and

accuse him of racism. Why can’t people just admit it if they don’t like Israel? Or is being anti-Semitic actually becoming a secret badge of honour in Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party?

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MY POEM OF HOPE FOR THE NEW YEAR I’d like to share the following with Jewish News readers... Less people struggling and more of them thriving; Less sickness and disease and more well-being Less widespread poverty and more prosperity; Less political upheaval and more political stability Less forced migration and more settled populations; less war and violence and more peace between nations Less despotic and more democratic governments; Less vile racist behaviour and more tolerance Less despair and more hope we can progress towards peace in our homeland As we’ve just started the year 5778, may we have more, not less, to celebrate Than we did in the last year, 5777; Baruch Hashem up there in heaven.

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ADVICE FOR RABBI WHO TARRING ALL WITH SAME BRUSH LIVES IN GLASS HOUSE From Rabbi Lester’s letter “The future looks grim” [Jewish News, 7 September], we have a despairing cry of pain at the state of the world. And a whole litany of pet hates – gays, Muslims, multiculturalism, mass immigration, and “terrorists”. Have I missed any? He says the future looks grim. Indeed. I do sympathise with him. It must be so painful for Rabbi Lester to see all these gays, Muslims and “terrorists” out on the streets ready to take over the world in no time at all. We can see where he’s coming from. As he says in his letter: “As in Europe, the indigenous population will die out this century. Meanwhile, Muslim immigrants bear children at twice the rate…”. Yes, these Muslims will soon outnumber us, and with their sharia law we will all be forced to convert or leave. Obviously. And he attacks that old faithful

– multi-culturism, a word that can mean almost anything. This bete noire is apparently responsible for mass immigration from the Third World, would you believe. And “yet that culture (ie multiculturalism) is antithetical to Judeo-Christian values – regarding women as chattel…” according to Rabbi Lester. Awful. But wait. Aren’t there members of our own Jewish community who also regard women in the same way? I mustn’t name them, of course. But they have very large families and treat their women as baby machines and marry them off young. Hmm.. So much for those cherished Judeo-Christian values. To quote a Lionel Bart song on the subject of pickpockets: I think he’d better think it out again.

Fraser Michaelson Southgate

Yet another doom-laden letter from Rabbi Menachem Lester [Jewish News, 7 September], implying that British Jews should pack their bags and head for Israel. The rabbi tries to lump everyone, good and bad, into one box, when he describes innocent homosexuals as bad – apparently even as bad as terrorists in today’s Britain. In case the good rabbi has not noticed, gay people are also a minority and there was no shortage

of them in the army during both world wars. In Nazi Germany’s army there were, of course, also closet homosexuals. Homosexuality was just something to be hidden, but most homosexuals are harmless. Terrorists, on the other hand, mindlessly kill and maim in the name of their religion. Far from harmless.

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Will Corbyn use new ruling to clean up his own party? JENNI FRAZER

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e are enjoined, at this time of the year, not to judge others but to judge ourselves. I can’t help it, however: I’m still reeling from the fall-out from Labour’s Brighton conference and, trust me, there’s a whole lot of judging going on. The Free Speech for Israel fringe meeting was standing-room only by the time I arrived and the only place left for me to sit, to my horror, was practically in the lap of the chair, Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi. For those who have not come across her, NW-I is the queen of the alternative Jewish voice, who looks like nothing so much as a drop-out from WIZO. Almost NW-I’s first action was to declare no pictures should be taken and no recordings should be made. I can’t imagine why, if they’ve got nothing to hide, but I clutched my Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) ballpoint all the tighter and took copious notes.

Here’s the weird thing about the Free Speechers: the plethora of disaffected Jews, primarily middle-aged to elderly people who have been unable to find a place for themselves inside mainstream Anglo-Jewry, and who are now peddling the myth to the Labour leadership that they are far more representative of Jewish thought in Britain. I’ve said many hard things about the current Israeli government myself, but I am still proud to call myself a Zionist. The two positions are not mutually exclusive. Yet here they were, Nochshleppers Anonymous, ranting bitterly about “expelling” LBI from the party, a good trick since it is not a member, and of throwing out the near 100-year-old affiliate, Jewish Labour Movement

(JLM), formerly Poale Zion. Later in the week there was a “treat”: the onewoman show given by Jackie Walker, the former deputy chair of Momentum, who has twice been suspended by the Labour Party, the second time for bringing the party into disrepute. The again massive audience mostly comprised those who had been present for the previous fringe meeting, the launch of Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL). JVL members were very furtive about where and when their event was taking place, citing “threats” against them. Most Jews had better things to do than disrupt a JVL event, although no such scruples deterred the screaming loonies shouting “child-murderers” at those

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attending the LFI reception. The fact that a former High Court judge and an Israeli-born professor – Sir Stephen Sedley and Avi Shlaim – saw fit to endorse this JVL show does not redound to their credit. Walker’s show, The Lynching, was a very long exercise in self-indulgent tosh, and she would keep singing, wildly applauded by an audience who I can only assume doesn’t get out much. Even judged by purely theatrical standards, it was bilge – oh, and by the way, we were again told not to record it, an instruction of which I took no notice. Extraordinarily, despite a series of foul speeches on the conference floor from the aforementioned NW-I and her Palestinianlanyard-wearing associates – interestingly, not one intervention from a Palestinian – the JLM’s brave rule change was passed by almost 100 percent. So now Corbyn and co have a weapon to deal with anti-Semitism in the Labour Party that they did not have before. Will they use it? We stand ready to judge.


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Opinion

True common ground is forged through debate MUSTAFA FIELD & RABBI NATAN LEVY FAITHS FORUM FOR LONDON

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ast Saturday, Jews and Muslims across the United Kingdom marked the tenth day of this lunar month. For the strange synchronicity of this day is a time held as sacred by both Muslims and Jews. For Jews it’s Yom Kippur, the solemn day of fasting, prayer, and most importantly teshuva, the Hebrew word for atonement and repentance. For Muslims, it is Ashura, Arabic for the number 10, and a complicated day. For Sunnis, fasting is recommended; for Shias it is not permitted, as it is a day of commemoration of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, who stood for justice in the face of tyranny. A revered figure for all Muslims. What did you do on the 10th day of this lunar month? We have been asking Jews and Muslims this question for many years, sharing stories of history and prayer and community and god. Let’s use the 10th day

as a starting point, to delve deeper into what we share, but also to refine and embrace our differences for the better. This is just one of the reasons why we are both so proud to be part of Faiths Forum for London, one of the UK’s leading interfaith organisations. At Faiths Forum for London, we provide a platform for communication between faith communities, promoting dialogue and understanding between not only faiths, but wider society. That is why it is so important for each of us to continue to debate, communicate and engage on the issues that matter to us most. After all, education and debate is the greatest way to form genuine and longlasting partnerships, offering opportunities for faith communities to share best practice. Although we hold different religious views, we both passionately believe in promoting mutual understanding, collaboration and strengthening relations between faith communities. We do this because the reality is that we are united by common concerns. Over the coming weeks, months and

ALTHOUGH WE HOLD DIFFERENT RELIGIOUS VIEWS, IN REALITY WE ARE UNITED BY COMMON CONCERNS

years, perhaps we can use this day as a starting point to look at all the different ways our communities can improve understanding of each other. This is a time of coming together, respect, tolerance and togetherness. Whether anti-Semitism or Islamophobia, both are crimes targeted at our respective communities and are becoming a greater challenge in modern day Britain. It is imperative that we come together to defeat hatred in all of its forms. While we each followed our own religious

traditions and customs last weekend, we can recognise it is a shared holy day. Perhaps what is most holy about this day is its potential to spark conversations. It is a time to reflect on how we as Jews and Muslims share a sacred day while remembering that it is the unique qualities of our respective faiths that make the day so special.

Interfaith in action: (From left) Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Chief Rabbi Ephriam Mirvis, Sheikh Ezzat Khalifa, Sheikh Mohammad al Hilli and Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, at a vigil for the Manchester terror attack.

Jews and Hindus set an interfaith example MANOJ LADWA

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t the centre of the Dharmic traditions of Ancient India is the altruistic concept of Sewa, an idea that involves performing acts of kindness without the expectation of reward or return. In that spirit, Hindus across the UK celebrated Sewa Day last Sunday, coming together in acts of extraordinary kindness and commitment which took them outside of their regular routines. Projects ranged from food collections in North London to home fire safety surveys in west Yorkshire, and this collective social action brought many faiths together. This might sound familiar to Jewish News readers as, of course, this is the Hindu community’s inflection of your own Mitzvah Day. Indeed we were delighted to be joined by many of our Jewish friends on Sewa Day, and look forward to repaying their kindness when Mitzvah Day takes place on Sunday

19 November. In today’s world of division and mistrust, it was particularly heartening to people of our faith to see the support given by Jewish people and those of other religions. We should always remember that what brings us together is stronger than that which divides us. Hindus and Jews have so much in common, especially with our diaspora experiences in the UK. Sewa Day – now in its eighth year in the UK – shares with Mitzvah Day a commitment to banish divides between faith communities. And indeed, it was a joy to see this expression of friendship and collaboration between the Hindu and Jewish faiths throughout Sunday. I was joined on my Sewa Day trail – visiting care homes and food banks – by Mitzvah Day’s founder Laura Marks and interfaith chair Daniela Pears. Together we spread the message of both Sewa and Mitzvah days.

These two ideas have an unmistakably edifying effect on communities, giving the community an opportunity to look at their circumstances and redress what we might be missing from their lives. One act stood out to me as an act of Sewa that still remains seriously underrepresented in the Indian diaspora: organ donation. I saw for myself the effort of the Swaminarayan Temple in Kingsbury on Sunday, which, as well as arranging a local food collection for the homeless, established an NHS blood donation centre and an organ donation sign-up centre. Again here, we can take inspiration and advice from people of Jewish faith – who

have much better rates of blood and organ donation. On an individual level, it’s this sort of friendship and encouragement that can help save lives. Looking ahead to the future, I would like to see the idea of Sewa Day become more widespread across the UK and Europe, helping to restore trust in community and end the waves of social tension that followed the Brexit vote. Like Mitzvah Day, Sewa Day encourages Hindus to do something that will have a lasting effect. I’m convinced that in coming together, the Hindu and Jewish communities can be the best possible example of cohesive co-existence.

LIKE MITZVAH DAY, SEWA DAY ENCOURAGES HINDUS TO DO SOMETHING THAT WILL HAVE A LASTING IMPACT ON THEIR COMMUNITY


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1DINING FOR NORWOOD Some of the country’s top tech and finance minds gathered at the Millennium Hotel in Mayfair for Norwood’s annual YN Business, Finance and Entrepreneurs Dinner. At the event, which raised more than £46,000 for the charity, keynote speaker Tamara Lohan, founder of boutique hotel travel specialist Mr & Mrs Smith, addressed the 230 guests. Chairman David Ereira said: “Events like this are important because it’s a fusion between charity, community and business. It allows young business professionals from all areas to come and meet like-minded people, but also have the opportunity to give something back.”

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2 SUCCAH FUN

Pupils at Simon Marks Jewish Primary School in Stoke Newington spent last week building and decorating its succah. This year will be the first time their new headteacher, Gulcan Metin Asdoyuran, experiences the festival. She said: “The children have been really excited to make beautiful decorations for Succot. We are all looking forward to spending time in the succah.”

3 CHARITY ROLES

Camp Simcha has announced its first presidents will be Sharon and Jonathan Goldstein. The couple have been involved with the charity for more than a decade and were its dinner chairs in 2009. Jonathan, chief executive and founder of Cain International and a real estate investment company, was elected chair of the Jewish Leadership Council in May. He said: “It is a privilege to support Camp Simcha’s outstanding work and we look forward to doing so for many years to come.” Sharon added: “Camp Simcha helps so many families coping with a wide range of illnesses.”

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Israeli Ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev, made his first visit to the Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Community, where he spoke to 120 people. Reflecting on 2017, he said: “It’s a big year for Israel and the Jewish people.” Revealing how Benjamin Netanyahu will visit the UK in November to help celebrate and mark 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, he added: “The declaration was important as it recognised the right of the Jewish people to self-determination. We mark with pride the role that Britain played in helping the establishment of the only true democracy in the Middle East. Britain is a strong ally.”

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B’nai B’rith Young Professionals and St John’s Wood Young Jewish Network joined forces for a private viewing of the Amy Winehouse exhibition at the Jewish Museum. More than 30 young professionals had the building to themselves for a selection of cocktails and a buffet supper before viewing the exhibition, which features a selection of Amy’s childhood photos with family and friends as well as some of her clothes, shoes, retro furniture pieces, record collection and other personal items.

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6 SCREENING RECORD

Kol Chai’s latest film attracted a record crowd as 58 people attended the screening of Dancing in Jaffa, raising £200 for World Jewish Relief. Films@434 meets six times a year to view movies of Jewish interest from around the world. Breaking with tradition by hosting a Dine In Help Out bagel sale before the screening, organiser Milly Lewy said: “We had a lot of fun. It was a great way to raise funds for World Jewish Relief and spread the word about their wonderful work with some of the poorest Jewish communities.”

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Resource celebrated its 25th anniversary by welcoming 150 past and present volunteers, staff and trustees to a party at London’s Jewish Museum. The charity, which provides free one-to-one advice and support to members of the Jewish community seeking work or career change, has helped 10,000 clients over the past quarterof-a-century. The evening

saw chief executive Victoria Sterman thank her 50-strong volunteer and staff team, trustees and supporters.

8 STUDENTS’ HELP

More than 1,000 school children from across London, Manchester and Jerusalem gave up their time to help prepare Succot for a number of care homes. Students from Rimon Primary School, Yavneh Secondary and Aldenham School made decorations for Jewish Care succahs, students from the weekly ‘lunch and do’ sessions at King David High School helped prepare Healthland’s succah in Manchester, while in Israel, Horev and Mamad Gonenim students decorated old age homes and hospitals in Jerusalem.

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Hampstead Synagogue’s 125 anniversary celebrations continued with a summer tea at the home of Madeleine and Richard Abramson. Sixty members attended and the tea was preceded by a welcome from co-chair Adrienne Powell, who explained the event was an opportunity to review the history of the shul.

10GRADUATION TIME

UJIA Ethiopian Bar/ Bat Mitzvah (EBBM) programme participants and their families gathered at UJIA to celebrate their graduation and a year of learning, fundraising, letter writing and a trip to Israel. More than 110 participants were involved this year.

Your family announcements Gilad Sabari celebrated his barmitzvah at Chabad Lubavitch Buckhurst Hill.

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our wonderful father last month. Dani & Leah.

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Charlotte Berman celebrated her batmitzvah at Apollonia in Stanmore.

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Camilla Kahn and Aaron Isaac were married at Western Marble Arch Synagogue.

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JVN celebrates 10th anniversary The Jewish Volunteering Network marked a decade of inspiring volunteers at its 10th anniversary gala dinner. Some 340 guests attended the glittering event at Kinloss in Finchley, which had the theme of ‘Heartbeat of the Community’ – celebrating a decade since the creation of the community’s leading volunteering organisation.

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Dein-ing is believing! Francine Wolfisz speaks to the Jewish street magician taking over the internet

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e carefully places a bottle inside a paper bag – and in the blink of an eye it disappears. He takes another bottle and pours water out, before the liquid suddenly halts, mid-flow. He turns a coin into a key and chews another coin in half, before flipping it whole again. With the mere power of his stare, he looks at a box of matches and they erupt into flames. There’s even ghoulish smiles as he seemingly pulls a nail through his finger and a pair of headphones through his neck. Things can change colour, vanish into the ether or apparate from the air, such is the weird and wonderful world of Julius Dein. No wonder the 23-year-old magician from north London is now one of the world’s fastest growing social media stars, with his viral videos of his eye-popping tricks and pranks garnering more than one billion

views. Described as a “mega influencer”, the Finchley-born Jewish lad also has more than 10million followers across Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat. When I catch up with Dein, he’s just touched down in LA after spending a few whirlwind days at a magic convention in Las Vegas, where he bumped into the likes of Criss Angel, David Copperfield and other childhood heroes. There isn’t much time to chat, as he hops into an Uber on his way to a series of meetings with his agent. Always on the go, Dein is clearly a young man in demand for the skills he has honed since he was a young child. “I got into magic when I was 10, I was very interested by it,” he tells me. After he was taken to see a show at the Magic Circle, Dein joined the Young Magicians Club and later landed a job working at a magic store in Camden. “It became a huge

part of my life and all grew from there. I liked really visual, close-up magic.” Growing up in the era of street magicians, Dein was especially inspired by the likes of Dynamo and David Blaine, as well as Penn and Teller and the “super visual, hard-hitting magic” of Criss Angel. His first tricks impressed classmates from King Solomon and JFS, though he recalls angering one teacher who didn’t realise she was looking at an illusion. “I remember taking a pen, putting it through my homework and then telling the teacher. She got really angry with me, even though I then took the pen out and there was no hole there!” As YouTube rose in popularity, Dein found himself watching viral videos of street magicians and pranksters. “Seeing people making careers out of magic and social media inspired me to move in that direction,” he explains. So began a series of hilarious pranks on the unsuspecting public, from proposing to strangers in public, to falling asleep on other passengers while riding the Tube,

or brazenly walking up to men and telling them he was their long lost son. Even his grandma has fallen victim to his jocular ways, earnestly believing he has a toothpick through his tongue or that his mobile phone is about to explode. But the public can breathe easy again. Two years on, Dein reveals there’s no more time for such merrymaking. “I’m gonna ditch the pranks and focus on the magic, because that’s my real passion.” Dein tells me he’s “having a blast”, though he’s also keen to stay focused and make a real career out of his magic. He was recently unveiled as the first digital “influencer” signed by United Talent Agency in the UK and there’s talk of a book, a live tour and even merchandise. Travel is also very much on the horizon for Dein, who claims to have fans running up to him “wherever I go”. In fact, there seems no stopping Dein’s growing popularity. “Even Drake followed me on Instagram the other day,” he muses. Whatever the secret to his success, it certainly seems to be working like magic.


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Sedra: Succot / Torah for Today / Orthodox Judaism

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Torah For Today What does it say about… Earthquakes and hurricanes?

BY RABBI BORUCH M BOUDILOVSKY Succot is not another building block in the Judaic world of ideas. Unlike other Jewish festivals, it doesn’t highlight a unique idea. Pesach encourages liberty, Shavuot celebrates Torah, Rosh Hashanah highlights accountability and Yom Kippur facilitates harmony between ourselves and God. Succot is not consistent with this pattern. Rather than contributing an idea to the final Judaic product, Succot is the final product itself. Earning liberty, accepting the Torah, living a life of accountability, reconciliation and harmony, all add up to Succot. There are two cycles of biblical Jewish festivals. One is the cycle of the three festivals; Pesach, Shavuot and Succot. The second consists of the festivals belonging to the seventh month of the Jewish year: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Succot. Indeed, both cycles lead to and culminate with Succot. As the final product of the festival journey, Succot invites us to live in the idealistic instead of the realistic, enabling joy. Succot is the festival of happiness, Chag Simchateynu. Succot evenings are celebrated with music, singing, and dancing. During the day, we joyfully praise and appreciate God by reciting Hallel with the four species (representing our livelihood). During the week, we happily live and socialise in a succah, which represents a simple home – all we really need. Jewish festivals introduce and contribute ideas that combine to inspire a life of deep joy, genuine appreciation, trust in the future, love of Torah, elegant simplicity, and celebration. Succot embodies these to create a beautiful celebration of life.

 Boruch M Boudilovsky is rabbi of Young Israel of North Netanya

BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL Recent weeks have seen an abundance of natural disasters, from a series of record hurricanes battering the Caribbean and America, to earthquakes in Mexico, which have devastated towns and displaced millions. So, what does the Torah say about natural disasters? The Psalmist says that fire, hail, snow and smoke are all agents of the Almighty’s word. However, this does not make it any easier for those facing tragic consequences of storms to cope with the ordeal and the aftermath. In contrast to past times, human beings today find it easier to travel and so can flee disaster areas if asked to do so. This is reminiscent of how Lot in his time could flee the impending destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah by volcanic eruption.

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22 Beehive Lane, Ilford, Essex Rabbi Hyman, the Honorary Officers and Board of Management are delighted to welcome you to our High Holy Day Services. Rabbi Hyman will be assisted by Jeffrey Leader and the Ilford United Synagogue Choir under the direction of Ian Keller.

Succot Wednesday 4th October Afternoon Service 6.15pm (Eruv Tavshillin) 1st Day Morning Service Thursday 5th October 9.30am Afternoon Service 6.15pm 2nd Day Morning Service Friday 6th October 9.30am Afternoon Service 6.10pm We look forward to seeing you and wish the whole community

Other disasters claim a toll on life with less warning than afforded by a tsunami alarm or hurricane coming in from the sea. One such example is the earthquake that hit Mexico City just before Rosh Hashanah, which came without warning and also claimed the life of a respected rabbi at the Magen David Synagogue. The Talmud tells how Elisha ben Avuyah saw a child performing the mitzvah of fetching bird’s eggs from a nest high up in a tree – without harming the mother bird – so his father could eat, thus honouring his father and being merciful to creation. On the way down, the child fell out of the tree and died. Elisha was so disappointed that he left his faith in God. Similarly, Job viewed the God of fate as unanswerable to pain and suffering, intimating that He was at times capable of exercising cruelty. However, the Torah states: “Be very careful to guard your life”. This means that a person should take every precaution possible to live protected and distanced from the effects of

Mexico City during the aftermath of the recent earthquakes

natural disasters. We are blessed that we in the UK are not subject to such extremes of climate and terrestrial instability.  Ariel Abel is rabbi of the Liverpool Princes Road congregation and is Chaplain to HM Cadet Forces on Merseyside


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The Bible Says What? ‘Dwell in a succah for seven days’ BY RABBI LAURA JANNER-KLAUSNER Today in London, as I write, the sky is grey and miserable. If it’s not already raining, it probably will be any second. The wind is howling. I’m concerned I’ll be blown off my bike. Yet autumn is the time when we have to head outside and dwell in precarious huts in our gardens? Surely not! Being part of the British Jewish community is a privilege, but that often doesn’t extend to the weather. Fully keeping the commandment of dwelling in the succah in October can seem a totally outlandish request. So what does this ritual – often really meaning braving the elements for five minutes to sip grape juice – really mean for us? We are privileged in so many ways that we may not notice. Succot is a time to take stock of that privilege. While we might grimace at the thought of trudging out to make Kiddush while exposed to the elements, many have no choice but

to brave the conditions. Much like our ancestors in the Torah, there are still so many in our society and our world who lack the basic security and safety many of us take for granted. Tonight, around a quarter of a million people in the UK will be homeless, looking for shelter. In 25 years’ time, it is estimated that will have doubled. Even those with a home may lack one that is truly secure, as the horrors of Grenfell showed all too clearly. The real essence of Succot for us as British Jews is not how long we spend in a succah, but confronting our human vulnerability and the stark reality faced by some of those around us. Our discomfort, however momentary it may be, is a wake-up call. For us, this is a ritual we can stop. For many, it is a reality we must help them to end.

 Laura Janner-Klausner is Reform Judaism’s Senior Rabbi

Progressively Speaking Is Jacob Rees-Mogg correct in his views on religion and abortion? BY RABBI LEAH JORDAN Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg’s recent comments that abortion is “morally indefensible” and “life is sacrosanct and begins at the point of conception” – from his understanding of the Catholic Church’s position – have reignited age-old debates about the relationship between reproductive rights and religion. Indeed Rees-Mogg, who could be the next Tory leader and therefore prime minister if recent polls prove correct, says his faith means he is “completely opposed” to abortion in all cases, including rape and incest. However, the truth is ‘religion’ has never been univocal on this issue. Certainly the Jewish tradition has never been. Even the more stringent Orthodox interpreters of Jewish law approach the issue of abortion from the standpoint of protecting the life of the mother over what is seen as the potential life of the foetus. This emphasis on the greater

rights of the already living human being, the mother, underlines the fact that ‘religion’, as a whole, as in every other case, does not speak with one voice – and that the Jewish tradition in particular is very multi-faceted on the subject. From this inheritance, Progressive Jewish movements place the emphasis on the life and choice of the mother – her reproductive rights – over the potential life of a foetus. We believe this is not only a political, ‘modern’ position, but a religiously mandated one as well. Just as Rees-Mogg’s belief that his religion

mandates abortion be illegal – Liberal Judaism’s religious understanding guarantees the rights of a woman over her own body. In the Progressive Jewish worldview – a religious perspective founded on rationalism, egalitarianism, individual autonomy, and communal responsibility – a women’s right to choose becomes foundational. We honour the life that already exists, the life of the woman, over potential life yet to be. Our commitment to egalitarianism further reinforces our deep commitment to women’s rights, of which her reproductive rights over her own physical and psychological well-being are integral. Rees-Mogg’s opinion isolates and alienates each woman as a victim and takes away their dignity of choice, rather than lifting up her life and her rights as religion does and should do.  Leah Jordan is Liberal Judaism’s student chaplain

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SHANTI PANCHANI Qualifications: • Experienced Designer with more than 25 years’ experience in German and English kitchens and have supplied kosher-friendly kitchens for more than 10 years • We provide a full circle approach from designing, supplying and installing your new kitchen including appliances and speciality worktops. • We deal with suppliers who are flexible in design.

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MGBSFL Avi Markiewicz continued his knack of managing sides to famous cup wins – this time seeing his Division One Faithfold A side knocking out last season Premier Division runners-up Redbridge A in the first round of the Cyril Anekstein Cup. Goals from Luis Nagten, Yossi Gordon, Avishai Marcus and Chaim Bordon saw them to a 4-1 win, with the playermanager saying: “What can I say? We did it again, my team knocks out Premier division title contenders. We really are the giantkillers! Two other ties went with form as Los Blancos beat Faithfold B, Simon Moses’ double, along with strikes from Svi Freedman, Tim Heynes and Oli Sade seeing them to a 5-2 win. Kiki Levin and Jordan Levy scored in London Lions White’s 2-1 win over Real Hendon. Raiders B maintained their 100 percent winning start in Division One as two goals from Simon Buchler helped them beat Redbridge B 3-1, Ricky Lawrence scored their third. Temple Fortune claimed their first points of the season as goals from Conor Brand, Brett Stead, Gab Stone and Ricky Fox saw them win 4-3 at Redbridge A. Scrabble and L’Equipe played out a 2-2 draw, Josh Pugh scored twice for the former. Top against joint-bottom in Division Two resulted in a 9-1 win for Fairlop over Boca Jewniors. Daniel Rosen and Kai Vale helped themselves to hat-tricks, with Daryl Rubin, Max Freedman and Bradley Gayer also getting on the scoresheet. Catford & Bromley made it three wins from three as Joel Lassman, Jeff Gotch and Richard Winton scored in their 3-1 win at Mill Hill Dons. Raiders C are up into third spot following a 1-1 draw at Straw Hat Pirates, Alex Sherr and Ben Rosen scoring respectively. Bayern Mincha came away from Hertswood Vale with a 3-2 win thanks to goals from Adam Herszaft, Sam Leader and Jake Dayan.

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Daniel Frumar crowned off a fine debut season for Belmont and Edgware Cricket Club when he was named Player and Player’s Player of the Year at the club’s annual awards evening. Over 16 matches, the Australian right-hander averaged 65 with the bat and 14 with the ball. GB Maccabiah bowler Greg Mayer, won Young Player of the Year, whilst Bension Tilley was named Most Improved Player after taking 21 wickets at 16 runs apiece.  The club also announced their intention to enter Division 5 of the Chess Valley League, after a five-year hiatus from competitive cricket.  Club captain, Adam Jacobs said: “The decision reflects the growth of the club in Club captain Adam Jacobs 2017 both on and off the field.” (left) with Daniel Frumar

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More than 30 bowlers from 12 clubs will be taking part in the seventh Maccabi GB Lawn Bowls Tour of Israel. Fully subscribed with a party of 42 people, the tour will include a variety of programmes including visits to UJIA and Emunah projects, the Knesset and Independence Hall as well as matches at Haifa, Netanya, Kiryat Ono and Ra’anana.

Milch set for Southern Area title shot Tony Milch is getting set for a fight that he says has been “four years in the making”. Taking on Matt McCarthy for the Southern Area Super welterweight title at York Hall on 14 October, Milch, who’s unbeaten in his 13 previous professional fights, concedes this will be by far his biggest test to date. He said: “It’s the big one and the one I’ve been working on for a few years. He’s got a good record, having won 17 of his 18 fights. I’ve won all of mine so they’re putting us together. We were always going to fight each other, but when the belt became vacant, they said this was a fight worthy of it. “I turned pro in July 2013 so this has been a fight, four years in the making.”

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London Lions moved a step closer to reaching Wembley by beating Malmesbury Victoria to book a place in the first round of the prestigious FA Vase competition. A record crowd at Rowley Lane, which was hosting a tie in

the competition for the first time, saw goals from 17-year-old Samuel Hamerton, former Arsenal and England youth player Austin Lipman and an own goal seal a deserved win for Andy Landesberg’s side, which means they are now just seven wins away from playing on the national stadium’s hallowed turf. The hosts opened the scoring in the 26th minute, when Adam Burchell (pictured) won his side a corner, and from Charlie Rubin’s delivery, Hamerton fired home. The lead was doubled on the hour mark, with Hamerton this time playing provider, his cross which was looking for

Lipman, being spectacularly sliced past his own goalkeeper from the edge of the box. The visitors did halve the deficit, via an in-swinging freekick, but the Lions wrapped up the tie in stoppage time when a headed clearance from Nick Landesberg released Lipman, who held off his man, dummied the goalkeeper and rolled the ball home. They reached the second round in the 2013/14 season, a feat they’ll be hoping to emulate when they host Clapton in the first round proper on 21 October.

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Dudi Sela has been praised for his “respect for Israel and the Jewish people” after quitting his quarter-final match to avoid playing on Yom Kippur. Playing his first ATP tournament quarter-final since January, the Israeli conceded the match one game into the third and deciding set. Dr Yoni Yarom, Chairman of the Israeli Tennis Association, said: “Dudi tried and did everything he could in order to play an early match on Yom Kippur but ran into a wall of bureaucratic refusal. When he saw that he was running out of time, he decided to leave the court as a sign of respect

The Israeli Football Association has told Jewish News “there is no option but to play football on Shabbat” – despite calls for a ban on Saturday matches. Israel’s High Court of Justice wants the government to rule on footballers’ rights to not work on Saturday afternoons, saying if it doesn’t, the High Court will. But a spokesman for the Israeli FA said: “In general, we have no position for or against playing football on the Sabbath. But our argument is that there is no other option. Too few pitches, too few floodlit pitches, the issue of broadcasters and how tens of thousands of children play football because there’s no school, all mean that bringing in a change would make the situation [of playing football in Israel] impossible.”

Sela was praised for quitting his match for his values and the values of Israel and the Jewish people. This again underscores Dudi’s commitment to the sport and the State of Israel, we back his decision and stand behind him.”

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