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Clash between ‘competing’ Holocaust education hubs Imperial War Museum warns proposed Westminster learning centre could ‘divide the public’ The Government joined Holocaust sur- “Our groundbreaking new galleries and digitally vivors this week in restating the need enabled learning suite will allow us to transform for a new memorial and learning centre the way we present the Second World War and in Westminster, after the Imperial War the Holocaust and, through our new narrative, Museum [IWM] called for the project to enable visitors to engage with events that may be “reconsidered”. be less well understood and known to them.” Two years ago then-prime minister David She added: “We urge the reconsideration of Cameron announced the creation of the UK the building of a new Holocaust Memorial Holocaust Memorial and Foundation’s learning underground learning centre at Victoria Tower centre in Victoria Tower Gardens, [which is] less Gardens near Parliament. than a mile away from This week, in an us, as it will very much extraordinary intervendivide the public offer tion, IWM directors urged on learning about the those behind the UK HolHolocaust.” ocaust Memorial FoundaCommunities Secretion to think again – just tary Sajid Javid jumped weeks before a winning Concerns: The Imperial War Museum to the Foundation’s design is chosen. defence, saying the The IWM, on Lambeth Road, is preparing its two could live peacefully side-by-side. “The own new and redesigned Holocaust exhibit, due Memorial’s accompanying learning centre to open in 2020. It says 600,000 people already will be a new national asset, challenging us to visit the IWM Holocaust exhibit annually, and explore these themes and working with eduthe new Victoria Tower Gardens centre will cation initiatives up and down the country,” “divide the public”. he said. New and expanded galleries will include sur“The IWM’s new galleries and the new vivor testimonies, objects and original material learning centre will have complementary aims and will present the Holocaust narrative within and can collaborate to offer visitors expert and the wider context of the Second World War. engaging experiences, helping us all to consider IWM director Diane Lees told The Guardian: Continued on page 3

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News / Iran deal / Al Jazeera cleared

May stresses importance of Iran nuke deal to Bibi Prime Minister Theresa May has used a phone call with her Israeli counterpart to stress the importance of the Iran nuclear deal. May told Benjamin Netanyahu that it was important the agreement was properly monitored and enforced, as the international community needed to be “clear-eyed” about the threat Iran poses to the Middle East. The nuclear deal with Tehran received strong criticism from President Donald Trump, amid speculation that the US administration may withdraw. The landmark agreement capped Iran’s uranium enrichment levels in return for the lifting of international sanctions. Referring to the call with Netanyahu, a Downing Street spokesman said: “They discussed Iran, with the prime

minister noting the importance of the nuclear deal with Iran, which has neutralised the possibility of the Iranians acquiring nuclear weapons for more than a decade. “The prime minister said the UK remains firmly committed to the deal and that we believe it is vitally important for regional security. “The prime minister said it was important that the deal is carefully monitored and properly enforced, and that both sides deliver on their commitments.” The spokesman added: “They agreed that the international community needed to be clear-eyed about the threat Iran poses to the Gulf and the wider Middle East, and that the international community should continue working together to push back against Iran’s destabilising regional activity.” The spokesman said the two

prime ministers agreed that both nations wanted strong post-Brexit trade links. He added: “They agreed security co-operation between the UK and Israel was very strong and would continue, particularly on counterterrorism, where we faced shared challenges. “They also agreed our bilateral trade relationship would continue to go from strength to strength, noting the UKIsrael trade working group had already met, and discussions on how to ensure the freest possible post-Brexit trading relationship had been constructive.” Iran and Israel have engaged in a war of words recently, with the former’s President Hassan Rouhani saying at the UN that it was “not possible” to guarantee Israel’s security as long as it “usurped” Palestinian lands.

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FIRST ROCKET FROM GAZA IN TWO MONTHS A rocket fired from Gaza struck southern Israel on Sunday evening, but no injuries were reported. The Code Red warning siren sounded in southern Israeli cities and towns near the border with Gaza at about 9pm prior to the rocket landing in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council. It is the first rocket fire from Gaza in about two months. The attack comes as a reconciliation deal between the Fatah party and the terrorist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip has progressed.

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Crossings between Israel and the West Bank and Gaza have been closed to Palestinians for 11 days. Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman approved the closure after three Israeli officers were killed by a Palestinian man at the entrance to the Jerusalem-area West Bank settlement of Har Adar. Exceptions were being made for humanitarian, medical and unusual cases with the approval of the Israeli military’s coordinator of government activities in the territories.

Ofcom clears Al Jazeera programme Al Jazeera has been cleared of breaching impartiality rules by media regulator Ofcom after complaints concerning its fourpart documentary about proIsrael groups in the UK, which aired earlier this year. The Qatar-based network said it had been “vindicated” this week after regulators did not uphold four complaints about The Lobby documentary. Based on covert reporting by a journalist posing as a proIsrael activist, the documentary exposed how an Israeli diplomat sought to set up political groups in the UK and even discussed “taking down” proPalestinian ministers and MPs.

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The filming resulted in an immediate apology from Israel’s ambassador, the removal of the diplomat in question, statements of “serious concern” made by the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, and an inquiry into undue influence by foreign

agents by the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. Pro-Israel campaigners in the UK alleged, however, that Al Jazeera was guilty of antiSemitism, infringement of privacy, unfair editing and bias. Ofcom rejected all four counts, saying Al Jazeera was not in breach of the Code of Conduct. The regulator said: “We did not consider the programme portrayed negative stereotypes of Jewish people as controlling or seeking to control the media or governments. It was our view these individuals featured in the context of its investigation into the alleged activities of a foreign state.”

MPs back Berger on mental health A call from Labour MP Luciana Berger for the prime minister to ring-fence mental health spending has received the backing of 160 MPs. Writing on World Mental Health Day on Tuesday, the Liverpool Wavertree MP [pictured], who was appointed Shadow Minister for Mental Health by Jeremy Corbyn before resigning in a failed coup, told Theresa May: “Money is not reaching the front-line.”

During last week’s Conservative Party conference, May said mental health had been “dangerously disregarded as a secondary issue to physical health” but Berger said May’s words were at odds with reality, arguing that Clinical Commissioning Groups were having to spend less on mental health this year owing to cuts. She urged May to “commit to ring-fence mental health spending… There is prec-

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Web hate / Memorial debate / Borehamwood vote / News

Police hub to tackle Clash over Shoah memorial online anti-Semitism Home Secretary Amber Rudd sometimes arise when, for this week announced a new example, a victim is located national online hate crime in one area and the alleged hub to stop anti-Semitism perpetrator in another. and other forms of racism Hub officers will assess spreading across the internet. whether the circumstances It will be run by police relate to a crime or nonofficers for the National Police crime incident, combine Chiefs Council [NPCC], who reports, identify the perpehope it will lead to faster trator and refer appropriate removal of hateful online posts, cases to online platforms as well as greater support for hosting external content, victims and a higher prosecusuch as social media comtion rate of the perpetrators. Targeting hate: Amber Rudd panies, so hateful material The idea behind the hub can be removed. is to create an expert unit that will channel all They will also feed any intelligence into the reports of online hate crime and reduce the wider National Intelligence Model, the police burden on frontline officers. database, which gathers intelligence on a wide Rudd said it was “an important step to ensure range of crimes, to guide policing strategies more victims have the confidence to come for- and inform forces’ priorities. ward and report the vile abuse”, adding that the Last week Rudd told the Conservative Party hub will “improve our understanding of the scale Conference in Manchester that under new laws and nature” of the problem”. being proposed, those viewing terrorist material She added: “What is illegal offline is illegal online could soon face up to 15 years in prison. online, and those who commit these cowardly Representing the strictly-Orthodox commucrimes should be met with the full force of nity in Stamford Hill, Levi Schapiro of the Jewish the law.” Community Council said: “We welcome the new One of the hub’s main tasks will be to iden- hate crime hub as part of a series of measures to tify which force is responsible for further action strengthen the force against online hate crime, in each case, removing uncertainties that can specifically anti-Semitism.”

Continued from page 1 the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations.” Sir Peter Bazalgette, Foundation chair, said the new memorial and learning centre would be “an internationallyrecognised symbol against hatred” and seemed surprised by the IWM’s intervention. He said: “As the IWM has previously agreed, the Learning Centre and IWM galleries have different remits, with distinct yet complementary objectives. We hope they will reconsider a collaborative approach.” Gabriel Herman, chairman

of the Jewish Historical Society of England, agreed. He said: “The IWM will help those who desire more knowledge about the Shoah, but a place of contemplation also needs its own space where people can learn and reflect.” Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “Sitting next to Parliament, the heart of our democracy, a new national memorial and learning centre could not be more fitting in today’s fragile world. It will stand for generations to come as a symbol of this country’s commitment to

remembering the Holocaust.” However, Ben Barkow, director of the Wiener Library, said: “The UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation has not been as constructive or communicative as it could be in accepting the input of the UK’s experts from libraries, museums, memorial institutions or survivor organisations, historians and education specialists. “My concern is that they prefer an approach that privileges triumphal survivor and rescue stories over historical context and nuance.”  Editorial comment, p14

JLM boss voted in as councillor The leader of the Jewish Labour Movement [JLM] is “delighted” to have been elected as a councillor in Borehamwood. Jeremy Corbyn tweeted his congratulations to Jeremy Newmark [pictured], following the latter’s successful election win in the Kenilworth ward by-election over the weekend.

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The vote, which was planned for the first day of Succot, did not affect Newmark’s chances as he defeated his Conservative rival with 383 votes to 341. Speaking to Jewish News, Newmark said: “I am delighted with this result. It shows there are no no-go areas for Labour. I am looking forward to working

to get a better deal for residents of Borehamwood.” Corbyn tweeted: “Congratulations Jeremy Newmark on winning Borehamwood Kenilworth from the Tories.”

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TRUMP ACCUSED OF APPRENTICE ‘ANTI-SEMITISM’ Anti-Jewish sentiment and other racism was a big part of the persona of Donald Trump when he starred on The Apprentice, one of the producers has claimed. Bill Pruitt told a US National Public Radio podcast that after the first couple of shows of the series, Trump started saying inappropriate things during discussions about who to fire. Pruitt said it was “very much a racist issue” about AfricanAmericans and Jewish people.

SCHOOLGIRL HURT IN ‘ANTI-SEMITIC’ ATTACK IN PARIS A 10-year-old girl was assaulted by her classmates and the home of a family daubed with racist graffiti in two Paris-area incidents deemed to be anti-Semitic. The alleged assault was reported to France’s ministry of education by watchdog group the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA. The group also said anti-Semitic slogans were daubed on the side of a home belonging to a Jewish family in a Paris suburb. [JTA]

Concern over donor plans The Board of Deputies has urged the government to tread carefully if it reverses the system of organ donation in the UK by requiring people to opt out instead of opting in. The board’s cautionary note followed Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party conference speech last week in which she said the government would shift “the balance in favour of organ donation”. Marie van der Zyl, a board vice president, said: “While Judaism in principle encourages organ donation in order to save lives, any changes must ensure there is no risk of a person having organs taken against their and their families’ wishes. This could obviously cause very grave distress at a sensitive time.” She added: “The removal of organs raises religious issues centring on the point at which death is presumed to occur. The government will need to consult carefully to protect freedom of religious practice.” The board is known to

Theresa May’s remarks have reopened the debate over organ transplants and religion

prefer the opt-in process, but high-profile voices within the Jewish community would like to see the government change the emphasis. Last month, 15 years after the death of her son, Yoni Jesner, in a terrorist attack in Israel, Marsha Gladstone told Jewish News she favoured an

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Some traditionally-observant Jews accept the “brain stem death” criteria, and therefore the heart and lungs can be transplanted with other organs. Other Orthodox authorities will agree to removal only from a “non-beating heart” donor, which reduces the range of usable organs. The decision to move to an opt-out system would mirror a decision taken by the Welsh Assembly in 2013. At the time, the Jewish community expressed wide concern about protecting the role of family consent throughout the development of this legislation. To make it easier for Jews and members of other faiths with similar beliefs to donate their organs, a short statement has been drafted by the board. This commits to the principle of donation but clarifies that the potential donor and his or her family should be entitled to consult with their particular personal religious adviser before consenting.  Editorial comment, p14

A genetic test for groups of women at high risk of breast and ovarian cancer could soon be rolled out across the UK after researchers said it might prompt corrective surgery. The Single Nucleotide Polymorphism [SNP] test, which samples blood or saliva, will at first be available for patients at St Mary’s Hospital in London and Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester, but cancer charities say they hope it will be rolled out nationwide. Clinicians will be testing for

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Sir Cliff Richard took his entertainment to the tennis courts in Israel this week, one day before his concert in Tel Aviv, in aid of a charity helping Israeli Arab children mix with their Jewish peers. The British singer, 76, hit the courts in Herzliya as part of a fundraiser for the Freddie Krivine Foundation, which facilitates tennis coaching to children aged eight to 18 years, ahead of his concert at Menora Mivtachim Arena. The Christian entertainer and tennis fan joined forces with the foundation, which supports both Muslim and Christian Israeli Arab schools and after-school tennis clubs, as well as promoting coexistence through sport with Jewish children.

JCoSS headmaster ordained as a priest The headmaster of JCoSS has been ordained as a Church of England priest. Patrick Moriarty, 51, who is not Jewish, has been headmaster of the Jewish Community Secondary School in East Barnet since 2012. The school has 1,300 students and 100 teachers. “The governing body is proud to have a non-Jew as its head teacher and prouder still that he has been able to find time to take his own religious beliefs to the next level,” said Jeremy Kosky, chairman of the school’s governors. Moriarty, who works 70 hours a week, has been appointed as assistant curate at St Mary the Virgin in Barnet, following his ordination as a deacon in July at St Albans Cathedral. Moriarty’s new colleagues at St Mary the Virgin were pleased to share him with the Jewish institution, they said. “Patrick’s work within the Jewish community, and

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FAITH GROUPS ‘ARE BETTER CARERS’ A Justice minister and former GP has said Jewish and other faithbased communities look after their elderly far more than the national average, and warned against a creeping culture of “outsourcing the care for our parents”. Dr Phillip Lee, a Tory MP warned that society was becoming more “selfish” . He added: “When I

used to do [GP] visits, I would go into residential nursing homes and I would rarely meet a Jew, a Muslim or a Hindu,” he said. It’s uncomfortable for me. But in those communities it’s a responsibility that they look after their own; that they care for each other at different stages of our lives. And we don’t do that. We are outsourcing the care of our parents. Why have we gone down that path?”

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The star has a history of involvement in the region: in 2006, he helped re-establish the Nazareth tennis school, played tennis with Israeli children before his concert tour in 2013, and donated funds to support individual talented players with travel and coaching grants. “I love tennis because you can beat your opponent and they will still be your friend”, he said this week. “The Freddie Krivine Foundation brings young people together regardless of their background or nationality. Tennis can encourage them to forget ‘divisions’ and also to have healthy lives. “It is my pleasure, once again, to support this terrific initiative.”


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News / Grenfell succah/ Balfour prayer

Interfaith succah in Grenfell’s shadow Members of three London synagogues – West London, New West End and Holland Park – held an interfaith Succot lunch on Sunday with worshippers from a nearby mosque. Al Manaar mosque hosted the event, with the aim of “promoting mutual understanding, cohesion, and interfaith work” between the faiths. Also looking to address poverty and homelessness in London, participants brought food to be donated to the mosque’s homeless night shelter. Situated just over a mile from Grenfell Tower, the mosque and local shuls donated money and gifts to

Rabbi Levy explains Succot to worshippers at Al Manaar

those affected by the fire at the block and welcomed former Grenfell residents to the lunch.

Rabbi Natan Levy, of Faiths Forum for London, who helped to facilitate the initiative, said:

“After Grenfell the mosque and synagogues opened their doors, purses and hearts to victims of the Grenfell fire. The succah continues this generous community spirit of hospitality. “This succah in the courtyard of Al Manaar is a tangible symbol of healing and hope at the heart of a community coming together across divides of faith and sectarianism.” Levy added: “I love all the questions I get – such as why am I building a booth in my backyard? But my favourite element here is the children. “We adults do interfaith, but we love having kids come here – a Jewish child visiting

national home. The Balfour100 committee, which is responsible for planning the community’s celebrations, said more than 160 events have already been planned, including Friday night dinners, lectures and debates. Commenting on the new prayer, Chief Rabbi Ephraim

Mirvis said: “One hundred years ago, a chain of political events was set in motion which would change the Jewish world forever. Those events were so remarkable, and at times so unlikely, that one cannot help but see the hand of the Divine in them. Our awareness of such a blessing makes a prayer

of thanksgiving a most appropriate way to mark this special anniversary.” Gillian Merron of the Balfour100 steering committee said: “It is deeply welcome that the Chief Rabbi has composed a prayer to commemorate this momentous occasion – a key moment in Jewish history .”

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the mosque for the first time and saying “that looks like a synagogue” is great. By hosting a succah, the mosque is saying ’our doors are open’. A succah doesn’t have doors, so hopefully it begins the process where people feel really welcome.” Abdurahman Sayed, executive director of Al Manaar, said: “We have issues of homelessness in London and we wanted to do something. We thought this would be the best way to get people to learn about the Jewish faith and Succot, and at the same time invite people to a kosher and halal lunch.”  Watch the video at jewishnews.co.uk

A MILLION VISITORS FOR POLIN MUSEUM

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Less than three years after its opening, the core exhibition of the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews has registered one million visitors. The millionth ticket was bought by a Polish couple, Barbara and Sławomir, from the city of Szczecin in north-west Poland. They received a free museum card and return flight tickets for two to Israel. The exhibition, titled ”1000-year History of Polish Jews”, is made up of eight galleries spread over an area of 43,000 square feet.

Chief issues special Balfour centenary prayer The Chief Rabbi has penned a special prayer as part of celebrations for the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. Orthodox shuls across the UK will hear the prayer on ‘Balfour Shabbat’ during the first weekend of November, marking 100 years since Britain issued support for a Jewish

WORLD NEWS BRIEFS

Harvey Weinstein has been dismissed from the Weinstein Company with immediate effect “in light of new information about misconduct”. The Hollywood studio had launched an inquiry into allegations of sexual harassment concerning the Academy Awardwinning producer, who is one of its founders. Weinstein announced he was taking leave of absence after claims were made of sexual impropriety by women with whom he had worked.

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Can cyber tech solve Anne mystery? A fascinating project launched this month uses modern policing techniques to find answers about the fate of the beloved Holocaust diarist Exactly how the Holocaust’s most famous victim came to be captured by the Nazis has intrigued the public for decades. Now, a team led by an ex-FBI agent hopes to discover exactly who betrayed Anne Frank and her family, leading to their capture and deaths. According to the project’s website, filmmaker Thijs Bayens and journalist Pieter Van Twisk assembled a team of 19 experts led by ex-FBI agent Vince Pankoke to work on this remarkable cold case. They are using modern policing techniques to examine recently declassified material, review all the previous materials and appeal to witnesses in an attempt to find out who alerted the Nazis to the so-called Secret Annex where the Frank family was hiding. The goal is to present the results of the investigation and its findings on 4 August 2019 – exactly 75

Anne Frank and her family were not necesyears after the discovery of the secret annex. sarily “betrayed,” but could have been the Progress is being shared online as the investigavictims of happenstance in a Nazi-occupied tion goes on in a ‘Cold Case Diary’. city brimming with resistance activities. Pankoke is to lead a team of 19 forensic invesNevertheless, The Guardian newspaper tigators with different areas of expertise. “It will reported that Pankoke hopes his team will be conducted using modern law enforcement be able to uncover the truth. investigative techniques,” the website states. “The “We are not trying to point fingers or research team is multidisciplinary, using methods prosecute. I am just trying to solve the last of cold case detectives, historians, but also psycase of my career,” he said. “There is no chologists, profilers, data analysts, forensic statute of limitation on the truth.” scientists and criminologists. In this way, Pankoke said that he has already found new light will be brought to the events.” new material which may be relevant to the The investigation will also use “specase that has not yet been analysed. cially developed software” which will “I’ve spent a lot of time of the United allow the team to analyse the data and look for connections that may other- Memorial to Anne and Margot States National Archives and found documents there from Amsterdam that I was wise not be apparent, it said. Frank at Bergen Belsen told didn’t exist,” Pankoke said. “Some “In the future, this information of them are water damaged or fire dammay be used to solve others cases of arrest and betrayal during Nazi occupa- aged, and they are in technical military German, so it’s going to take a while. But we have found lists of names of Jews tion,” the website said. Pankoke writes: “Even though we arrested having being betrayed, lists of informants and names haven’t even started officially with the of Gestapo agents who lived in Amsterdam. All that can go into investigation, I have already found the data store, and we can find connections.” Anne Frank, her family and four other Jews, hid from unique materials that were never the Nazis in the backrooms of an Amsterdam office building linked to Anne Frank before.” The Anne Frank House in belonging to the company of Anne’s father, Otto Frank. The Amsterdam has welcomed the Nazis raided the so-called secret annex on August 4, 1944, and investigation and made its deported them all to concentration camps. Anne and her sister, Margot, were transferred from Ausarchives available to the investigating team, despite pub- chwitz to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where they lishing its own conclusions in died, probably of typhus, a few months later. Otto Frank was December, which found that the only person from the annex to survive the Holocaust.

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News / School tribunal / Hate blogger / Brexit talk

Teacher ‘fired’ for living with partner A teacher at a Jewish nursery school in London claims she was fired for living with her boyfriend. Zelda de Groen, 24, is suing Gan Menachem nursery in Hendon, for more than £20,600, charging religious and sexual discrimination. The nursery, for children under the age of eight, is described as “ultra-Orthodox” in the lawsuit. De Groen grew up in a Charedi home in Stamford Hill, but left “after many years of significant discontent”. She moved in with her boyfriend in April last year. De Groen, who has since married her boyfriend, told the Watford Employment Tribunal that school managers subjected her to

Zelda de Groen is suing Gan Menachem nursery

a ‘humiliating’ hourlong interview in which they said it was time for her to get married. She also described their tone as “threatening”. “I was told that having kids outside of marriage is wrong and will not be tolerated,” she said. “Their comments, and the personal nature of the meeting, were humiliating.”

Two days after the meeting De Groen asked her managers for an apology, but instead was given a letter notifying her of disciplinary proceedings. She was fired a month later. Gan Menachem denies discrimination and says it acted on the recommendation of its human resources company. [JTA]

Shoah-denying singer to stand trial A blogger accused of posting an antiSemitic song online denying the Holocaust is to stand trial in January following a campaign by a the Campaign Against Antisemitism [CAA]. Alison Chabloz penned the song (((Survivors))), which includes lyrics such as: “Did the Holocaust ever happen? Was it just a bunch of lies? Seems that some intend to pull the wool over our eyes” and “Now Auschwitz, holy temple, is a theme park just for fools, the gassing zone a proven hoax, indoctrination rules”. She performed it, along with another called Nemo’s Anti-Semitic Universe, at a conference hosted by a group called The London Forum – which describes itself as “a confer-

Facing trial: Alison Chabloz

ence group for nationalists, identitarians, thinkers and commentators” – in September last year. During a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London last Wednesday, Chabloz was arrested on suspicion of further offences of sending offensive material by a

public communications network. Proceedings continued without her. Chabloz, 53, of Town Lane, Charlesworth, in Glossop, Derbyshire, originally faced a private prosecution by CAA, after the Crown Prosecution Service [CPS] decided not to pursue the case. It later reversed its decision and pressed charges. Chabloz is charged with two counts of sending by a public communications network an offensive, indecent or menacing message or material and two alternative counts of “causing” offensive material to be sent by a public communications network. She is expeceted to enter a plea at a preliminary hearing on 25 October.

FOX: ISRAEL KEY AFTER BREXIT The minister responsible for negotiating Britain’s new trading relationships in the post-Brexit world told a Jewish Care breakfast that Israel will be “a key partner in the future”. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox MP, who called himself “a longstanding friend of the Israeli people,” said the UK was already the “number one destination in Europe for Israeli investment,” with 300 Israeli companies listed here.

Fox paid tribute to an event last month celebrating Tel Aviv in London, saying: “I was struck by the many similarities between the two cities, not only in their formidable international reputations for technology, innovation and financial services, but in the vibrancy of the culture that we share. “These parallels are indicative of the complimentary nature of the Israeli and UK economies. It is a

strong foundation from which to enhance our future relationship.” He added that he was “proud” to have created a UK-Israel Trade Working Group within his department, which he said was “designed to identify and remove barriers to trade between our two countries.” Fox added: “This will strengthen our bilateral relationship and provide a foundation for further progress on our exit from the EU.”

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News / Netanyahu probe /Canadian apology

PM’s wife ‘misused public funds’ The Israeli Prime Minister’s wife acted systematically and deliberately in her misuse of public funds to pay for lavish meals for herself and her family, according to a draft indictment fleaked to the press. In the document, published by Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit accuses Sara Netanyahu of “exploiting her status as the wife of the prime minister” and details how she and Ezra Saidoff, a former deputy director general of the Prime Minister’s Office, “worked together to circumvent the rules and restrictions in order to fraudulently obtain

Sara Netanyahu, pictured with her husband

funding for the meals of Mrs Netanyahu and her family at the expense of the public”. Both Netanyahu and Saidoff deny any wrongdoing and the indictments are pending hearings for both of them.

In the draft indictment, Mandelblidt says Netanyahu and Saidoff tried to hide the fact that cooks were employed at the residence, to justify the funding for the meals and the private chefs.

It was, says the attorney general, “a systematic thing”, done “deliberately to deceive the relevant persons at the prime minister’s residence”. Under state regulations, cooks at the Prime Minister’s Residence are supposed to supply prime ministers and their immediate families with daily meals. Where cooks are not employed, the prime minister’s family is permitted to order external meals, up to a maximum cost of NIS 200 (£43) per person plus VAT. The document details 15 cases in which Netanyahu had chefs invited, despite six cooks being employed at the residence.

Jews not named at Canada Shoah memorial Canada’s government has removed a plaque at a new Holocaust memorial that omitted any reference to Jews or anti-Semitism. The National Holocaust Memorial, in the capital of Ottawa, was inaugurated last week by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The plaque memorialised the “millions of men, women and children murdered during the Holocaust” and the “survivors who ... were able to make their way to Canada after one of the darkest chapters in history”. Opposition MP David Sweet said: “If we are going

to stamp out hatred toward Jews, it is important to get history right.” Heritage Minister Melanie Joly said the plaque would be replaced with one “that reflects the horrors experienced by the Jewish people” as well as the Shoah’s five million other victims. Canada’s new Holocaust memorial

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Poland’s culture minister has criticised an exhibit at the House of European History in Brussels for ‘showing Poland, France and Ukraine as co-perpetrators of the Holocaust, and the Germans as a country which cultivates memory of the Holocaust’.

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Authorities have identified several teenagers who police said desecrated at least 20 Jewish graves in August.The teens, all males younger than 18, were detained last month in connection with vandalism in Svalyava, a city in western Ukraine. The report did not say whether the suspects admitted the actions or what punishments

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A celebrated Jewish pianist collapsed and died on stage last week, aged 72. Mikhail Klein was performing his own composition of famous Russian songs in his hometown of Irkutsk when he suffered cardiac arrest. In the audience were two of the city’s most prominent doctors, but their efforts to revive him failed.

UNITED STATES Israeli Scouts classes in English have begun in New York. Backers at Areivim Philanthropic Group said: ‘People are looking for their kids to participate in something Jewish, but it has to be secular to attract the unaffiliated.” A Californian rapper who became so taken by the story of Anne Frank has adopted her name and had her face tattooed onto his. Arnold Gutierrez goes by the name of Xan Frank.

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Key role for both centres Should we have two prominent, permanent and public Holocaust learning centres less than a mile apart from each other in central London? Can you have too much Holocaust education? That was the suggestion this week, after the Imperial War Museum – whose own revamped exhibit opens in 2020 – struck a match, lit its cigarette, looked the new National Memorial proposal and said: ‘This town doesn’t need the two of us.’ A survey of anti-Semitic attitudes in the UK, published last month by the Institute of Jewish Policy Research, found that uncomfortable numbers still think “Jews exploit Holocaust victimhood for their own purposes”. This is mirrored in the United States, where a quarter feel that “Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust”. You can’t over-talk the Holocaust because no one can do too much to avoid repeating it. Indeed, the day we stop remembering what happened is the day we’re condemned to. Still, back to the point in question: do you need both the IWM’s new interactive Holocaust centre and the National Memorial’s underground learning centre a stone’s throw away from each other? Granted, if you were to design London from scratch, they probably wouldn’t be so close. But can they complement each other, rather than compete? Absolutely. It’s been known for almost two years that the Westminster project will include a learning centre alongside a memorial. So why has the IWM chosen to only speak out now? That it will be in such a prominent location – next to Parliament – is also crucial and a sign of the importance placed on Holocuast education across the political spectrum. There are always new ways to help embed learning, so it is no bad thing to have two fine centres showing different aspects of a huge subject in a city whose streets are trod by the tens of millions. Bring them both on.

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Rejigged definition is absurd You report that “Brent Council has voted to adopt an extended definition of anti-Semitism that includes Israel criticism” (jewishnews.co.uk, 19 September). First, this is not correct. The IHRA definition of anti-Semitism states that mere criticism is not anti-Semitic (as is obvious). Second, the rejigged definition passed is an absurdity. For example, in Brent it is now only ‘sometimes’ anti-Semitic to justify the killing of Jews in the name of a radical ideology. I called Councillor Shafique Choudhary (the Labour proposer of the amendment) to find out when

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I should avoid entering the borough. He wasn’t able to say. Maybe as a service to the Jewish community the council will publish the blackout days on its website? The councillors also inserted a completely irrelevant phrase about a Palestinian state into their faux definition. You note that the director of public affairs at the Board of Deputies called the vote “a tribute to the commitment of Brent to come together to supporting all of its communities”. Seriously? Jonathan Hoffman By email

‘FUNDAMENTALIST VIEWS’ NOT IMPOSED You report that the Jewish Life Advocacy Centre ‘is arguing that the rabbinical courts have no legal authority to investigate or reject an Israeli citizen’s Jewish status, especially since the state has already recognised it” [jewishnews.co.uk, 18 September]. Presumably this refers primarily to immigrants from the former Soviet Union who came under the terms of the Law of Return, which only required them to have at least one Jewish grandparent. While its director, Rabbi Seth Farber, may be correct that “one must take at their word a person who says they are Jewish”, this only applies if there is no reason to be suspicious. There is so large a proportion of these recent immigrants whose maternal

grandmother was not Jewish that the rabbinic courts are forced to check all of them. If this is so, the courts cannot perform their marriages since they are not halachically Jewish. They can, of course, convert, but most are unwilling to take on mitzvah observance, so this is usually not an option. In view of these facts, it isn’t true that “a small group is imposing its fundamentalist views on the Israeli immigrant population”.

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JEWISH LEADERSHIP MUST SPEAK UP MORE ON ISRAEL One word glaringly absent from Jonathan Goldstein’s article in The Sunday Times on 1 October was “Israel”. Yet that’s the hook Jeremy Corbyn and his cronies use to couch their underlying anti-Semitism. Only when the leadership of British Jewry states universally and unequivocally that singling out Israel for criticism equals anti-Semitism will things start to change. Otherwise articles like this, which neatly avoid using the “I” word, only help to fan the flames. They support the notion that anti-Semitism and antiZionism are disconnected and

by doing so enable anti-Semites to perpetrate the former under the guise of the latter. It’s obvious. It’s certainly clear for Jewish students on campus or any of us who has ever witnessed a proPalestinian demonstration. I fail to understand why Jewish leadership in the UK finds it so difficult to speak resolutely on behalf of its connection to the world’s only Jewish homeland – a thriving economic, multicultural, multiethnic, liberal democracy. The non-Jewish world will respect us more if we show more respect for ourselves. Jacob Lyons By email

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WE ARE NOT SCARED! In relation to recent reports and statistics on anti-Semitism in Great Britain, let’s be quite clear. The vast majority of us are not fearful of anti-Semitism. Rather we confront it. We do not run away. We are not intimidated by anti-Semites. We have never, and will never, feel unwelcome in Great Britain owing to being Jewish.

The disgusting perversity of the ineptly-styled ‘rabbi’ displaying his ‘inclusive ketubah’ as if he were launching a new brand of kosher pork sausages is explicitly addressed by the Talmud Chulin: ‘Ulla says these are the 30 commandments which the sons of Noah accepted, of which they only keep three – they don’t write a ketubah for males.. etc’ [Jewish News, 28 September]. Can there be any doubt about the direction such misleaders are following?

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I am a proud Pakistani and a proud Zionist too NOOR DAHRI

FOUNDER, PAKISTAN ISRAEL ALLIANCE

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anding in Israel was an experience like no other. I’d heard about the feeling of arriving at Ben Gurion from friends and colleagues I have met since founding the Pakistan Israel Alliance, but I certainly didn’t expect it to feel like this. I was arriving early as a guest speaker of the IDC Herzliya Counter Terrorism Conference, and was the “advance party” as part of the Zionist Federation’s ground-breaking Muslim delegation to Israel. Our group was in Israel from Thursday night until Monday afternoon. We saw many incredible things. We visited the Western Wall, prayed at Al Aqsa, met with Israel’s first Bedouin diplomat and learnt of the Druze engagement with the IDF. We travelled from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, visiting the site of Israel’s declaration of independence, went to the north of Israel and saw the changing demographic and

environment, and spent the Shabbat hosted at a wonderful community in Jerusalem, Kol Haneshama, and by a fantastic spokesperson for the country in the form of a Jerusalem city councillor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum and her family. This was my first visit to Israel, and came off the back of much hard work by the Zionist Federation to build links with the Pakistani Muslim community in the UK. This has been achieved firstly by founding the Pakistan Israel Alliance (PIA), of which I am proud to be the director, and more so by coordinating this visit and engaging with others from my community. This journey has not been without challenge, though. Over the past couple of months there have been a series of articles in major Pakistani newspapers both in the UK and Pakistan accusing me of being a spy, funded by Mossad with a mission to destroy the Pakistani people. While this is hurtful and horrible for me and my family to experience, it came as no surprise. It is not a secret that to be a Zionist in

ARTICLES IN MAJOR NEWSPAPERS HAVE CALLED ME A SPY FUNDED BY MOSSAD WITH A MISSION TO DESTROY MY PEOPLE

Pakistan or within most Pakistani communities is not common and is not looked upon favourably. But nevertheless I am determined to be a unique voice, rising above the parapet and ensuring that Israel receives its fair treatment within my community. I was not always a supporter of Israel. I have joined the marches in both Pakistan and London where the crowds can be heard shouting the familiar slogans calling for “death to Israel, death to Jews.”

I have been drawn in by the incitement, hatred and indoctrination of those seeking only to bring about a time when Israel no longer exists. But I have also met Israelis, studied at Israel’s institutions, and now, with thanks to the Zionist Federation, even been to the country. As a result of these experiences, I can say unequivocally that the impression within my community and the reality on the ground could not be further from each other. I am now proud to call myself a Zionist, and I am proud to have been able to visit the land of Israel. I just wish as many others as possible from my community would take the perceived risk, ignore the anti-Israel rhetoric that is so often spewed out, and visit this wonderful country. This delegation may have been the first of its kind from the UK, and possibly the world, but the PIA and the Zionist Federation intend to do many more like it and to ensure that this trip, and trips like it, are able to grow and thrive in the future.

Remember plight of shepherds this season ANNA ROISER

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fter 10 years as a London divorce lawyer, I needed a break. Given how much time I spend thinking, reading and talking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I decided to head for Jerusalem. I was concerned by the Israeli government’s policies and wanted to work with Israelis challenging the government’s approach and to increase my knowledge of the conflict. In the West Bank, in particular in Area C [rural areas under Israeli control] with Israeli activists, it became clear that among all the political arguments, the day-to-day reality of those affected by the Israeli government’s policies is often overlooked. The family of Zoaba, a farmer in the Jordan Valley whose family have lived on their land for more than 100 years, have since 1996 seen their homes demolished by the army multiple times, causing seven of his eight sons to move away, because the homes were built without permits

– almost impossible for Palestinians to obtain. In the village of Um Al Khair in the South Hebron hills, many homes are under demolition orders for the same reason. Villagers describe living with the constant anxiety that their homes will be demolished. In late August a new anxiety arose: nightly stone-throwing attacks from the adjacent settlement of Carmel. Staying in the village one September night, I too experienced lying awake in a tent listening to stones hit the ground metres away. Despite repeated calls to the Israeli police no one has been arrested and the attacks continue. Earlier that night further calamity had struck: 35 years after Carmel’s establishment, the Israeli administration began fencing its official boundaries, far beyond its built-up area. Soldiers stretched coils of razor wire across the hillside and within a few minutes the shepherds of Um Al Khair were cut off from grazing lands their families had worked for decades. With much of their grazing land already built on by Carmel, it is becoming ever harder for the shepherds to maintain their livelihoods. Shepherding is also becoming tougher in

the Jordan Valley. Ta’ayush activists accompany shepherds several times a week to deter settler violence and military interference. Interactions with soldiers were frequent. Declaring an area a closed military zone – an area temporarily closed for security reasons – was a frequent tactic to clear shepherds from an area. There never seemed to be a genuine security concern, rather a desire disrupt the shepherds. The Palestinian villages in which the shepherds live suffer from poverty and are unconnected to water or electricity supplies. By contrast, Jewish outposts, built without permits, boast green lawns watered by sprin-

klers and almost never suffer demolitions. At the outpost of Mevo’ot Jericho, I watched soldiers laugh and chat with the residents, pet their dogs, accept drinks and snacks, and confer closely with them. Despite their illegal status under Israeli law, in reality outposts enjoy the support of the Israeli administration. More than 100 outposts mean less grazing land and more water resources diverted. I believe in the need for a Jewish state; I also believe in the Jewish values of justice, compassion, and loving one’s neighbour as oneself. The reality is it is not possible to maintain a 50-year military occupation in a moral way. Supporters of Israel should reflect on that in the coming months.

THE REALITY OF THE SITUATION IS IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO MAINTAIN A 50-YEAR MILITARY OCCUPATION IN A MORAL WAY


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Bosnia still not ready to confront its recent past MICHAEL NEWMAN

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ged 17, Nedzad Avdic was herded together with other Bosniak men and boys, separated from their womenfolk, and taken to a field for execution. Miraculously, not only did the gunmen’s bullets fail to kill him, he managed to survive the aftermath by foraging in the forests surrounding Srebrenica. Nedzad’s story underlines the importance and value of the work of the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) during the visit I recently made to Sarajevo and Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina organised by Remembering Srebrenica (srebrenica.org.uk). The genocide perpetrated there in July 1995, during which some 8,700 (Muslim) Bosniaks were slaughtered in under one week, has eerie echoes of the Holocaust: the dehumanisation, degradation and persecution, forcing people into secluded areas and to wear white armbands to identify them as Muslims, the separation of

families and the brutal murder. Victims were duped so as not to create panic, with soldiers removing evidence of crimes. Bosnia remains ravaged by the civil war, which claimed at least 35,000 lives. The three ethnic groups – Catholic Croats, Orthodox Serbs and Bosniaks – live almost autonomously. Although the atrocities have been formally recognised as a genocide by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, this label is not accepted throughout Bosnia and the perpetrators continue to live alongside survivors. The legal terminology of crimes against humanity and genocide, of which some of the perpetrators of the civil war were convicted, were coined after the Second World War in response to the Holocaust. Families of the victims cannot leave flowers in remembrance and many places of execution are unmarked. Organisations such as Mothers of Srebrenica are unable to pursue justice, while the International Commission on Missing Persons, which tries to identify the victims from remains disinterred from mass graves, receives no state funding.

ALTHOUGH THE ATROCITIES ARE RECOGNISED AS A GENOCIDE, THE PERPETRATORS LIVE ALONGSIDE SURVIVORS

Holocaust survivors in Sarajevo receive homecare and emergency funds via the Claims Conference, In the UK, the AJR is able to greatly supplement our Claims Conference grant with our own funds, as well as the provision of our social, welfare and volunteer services that improve lives every day. Ironically, some of the people we assist experienced part of the 47-month siege of Sarajevo during the break-up of the former Yugoslavia; having lived under fascism and

then communism, many fled here as refugees. The old synagogue is just 150 metres from a mosque and a cathedral but is used only during the high holy days with congregants mindful of the Jewish presence in the city that stretches back to Ottoman times. Giving visitors a taste of what life was like during the seige, at the Tunnel Museum, you can scuttle through part of an 800 metre stretch that provided a subterranean lifeline for those under daily attack from snipers. At meetings of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, we have discussed whether the act of remembrance is demanding enough. While the word directs us to consider ways to create cultures of remembrance, it also inspires us to strengthen, advance, and promote Shoah education and research worldwide. Our guide, Resad Trbonja, described the situation in Bosnia as an ‘interrupted peace’. Perhaps given its relatively recent history, the country appears not yet ready to come to terms with what happened, or to find space in the national consciousness for meaningful remembrance and to bring together ethnicities that share a country.

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Imperial War Museum is being pointlessly precious ALEX BRUMMER

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hen Britain’s Holocaust memorial next to Parliament was conceived, no one could have anticipated how relevant its location would be. Anti-Semitism in Britain long has been present and many of my generation have memories from our schooldays. There was my art master who proclaimed Jewish boys can’t paint, ignorant of Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky, Camille Pizarro, David Bomberg and others. But what is different now is the ferocity of the anti-Semitic attitudes and the terror fear, which means Jewish venues have to be guarded from potential assailants. And, chillingly, the spectre of one of our major political parties preparing for government, with a leader in Jeremy Corbyn, who declines to disavow anti-Zionism and embraces Palestinian groups who threaten to wipe Israel off the map. The Shoah memorial so close to the

Commons will be a permanent symbol of how rhetoric magnified by social media can lead to violence and persecution of minorities. However, not even the creation of a permanent Shoah memorial happens without friction. It may be part of the museum culture in Berlin, Washington, Sydney and elsewhere but, in London, controversy stalks the project. As in many areas of scholarship there is fierce competition for territory as well as money in the museum world. When David Cameron threw his weight behind a Holocaust memorial in London, and put former Jewish Leadership Council chairman Sir Mick Davies behind the project, I thought the model to be followed was Washington.

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Instead of facilities dedicated to the Shoah being dotted around London, from the Wiener Library to Imperial War Museum, a dedicated facility pulling together all the valuable archives and exhibits with a study centre seemed the right thing to do. Instead, we have a competition for a building that has attracted some of the finest architects and designers in the land, including Norman Foster, Daniel Libeskind and renowned Jewish sculptor Anish Kapoor and a facility that is arousing jealousy. The Imperial War Museum (IWM), which is investing £33m in its Holocaust facilities for education, is wary of a rival exhibit in a prime spot just a mile away from its own archives. Duplication, in an age of scarce economic

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resources, is always a mistake. There is a case, for instance, for merging the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and Holocaust Educational Trust, each sponsored by different government departments and each with their own respective staff teams. There is a danger of doubling up happening again because the commission established by Cameron came up with a muddled concept – a memorial that also is an education centre. I also think it’s an error to remember the Shoah in a war museum that glorifies weaponry when the allies famously refused to use that power to bomb the railways to Auschwitz. But at this stage, with key decisions taken, there is little point in the IWM becoming precious about a potential rival institution nearby. That is like the British Library objecting to the London Library. What is important is that the memorial at Victoria Tower Gardens is built without interruption. And that it provides a sharp reminder to anti-Semites and anti-Zionists of what happens when the wickedness of mob rule becomes a dominant strand in politics.


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1A CARING VISIT

Pupils from Etz Chaim Primary School in Mill Hill paid a visit to Jewish Care’s Clore Manor home in Hendon to celebrate Succot with residents. Thirty Year 4 children had drinks and biscuits and shook the lulav and etrog in the succah. The school’s assistant headteacher, Sarah Osborne, said: “Our visit was such a valuable experience for the children. They enjoyed meeting the residents and singing to them. Many of them have never met anyone in their 90s before. They thought about how to speak to the residents and listened carefully as they told their stories.”

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Jews and Muslims celebrated Succot together when The Al Khoei Islamic Centre hosted the Brondesbury Park Synagogue succah on Sunday. The event, organised by Faiths Forum for London, included talks on faith, communities and homelessness, and attendees brought non-perishable food items to donate to a local food bank. Rabbi Natan Levy, head of operation for Faiths Forum for London, said: “A seemingly simple project, but it represents so much more as it brings together the Muslim and Jewish communities promoting dialogue and learning about our commonalities.”

Chabad Lubavitch UK, in partnership with Deloitte, Weil, Taylor Wessing, Linklaters, Mishcon De Reya, The PR Office, Charles Russell Speechlys, and Hogan Lovells, held a lunch for more than 400 city workers on the first working day of Succot. Guest of honour Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said: “It’s a wonderful celebration of the mitzvah… allowing people to show pride in our faith while reaching out to gather others around us.”

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Canary Wharf Group (CWG) hosted two buffet luncheons for members of the local Jewish community in a specially created succah in the heart of the Canary Wharf Estate in Montgomery Square. CWG’s Danny Seliger said: “As part of our ongoing dedication to supporting the Jewish faith, we always look forward to celebrating the festivities on the Estate. We’re excited to host the series of luncheons and reunite with members of Stepney Jewish Community Centre, Holocaust Survivors Centre, Rubens House plus many more.”

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For charity GIFT’s 24hour fundraising campaign, donations flooded in from 1,158 donors worldwide, raising £550,613, including from. Daniel Denton, who gave £200 of his barmitzvah money. GIFT founding director Michelle Barnett said: “I would like to thank the community for raising these funds to support GIFT in its vital work, both generous donors and the volunteers giving their time to make calls.” Chairman Rabbi Naftali Schiff said: “I think people recognise GIFT is working for the benefit of all of our communal organisations.”

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A total of 86 young professionals enjoyed views of the River Thames aboard The Golden Sunrise for Young World Jewish Relief’s annual boat party. Raising £2,340 to help fund the charity’s work in Eastern Europe, Hannah Layton, chair of Young World Jewish Relief, said: “It was fantastic to see so many young people enjoy a night out on the River Thames in aid of WJR. The proceeds will go towards supporting some of the most vulnerable Jewish communities in Eastern Europe.”

8 MUSIC LESSONS

Five barmitzvah boys hosted a concert at Sha’arei Tsedek Synagogue to raise money for music lessons for gifted children from poor areas of Israel. JCoSS students Joshua Maltz, Danny Gordon, Asher Saipe, Freddie Fiber and Aden Hekster, who make up rock band Roycroft, performed to a packed crowd, who were also treated to crafts, games and refreshments. They raised more than £1,000, to be donated to the Myisrael charity Musicians of Tomorrow. Guitar player Maltz raised an additional £1,700 from the London to Windsor cycle challenge.

9 CHOP FOR CHARITY

Ex-Sinai School teacher Zoe Melzack chopped 10 inches of her hair, raising £500 for the Princess Trust Charity. Having taught children who used the free wig service, the 24-year-old from Borehamwood, said: “These children have lost the majority or their childhood to a horrific illness or condition. I know donating my hair won’t change this, however, it will make these beautiful princesses feel more confident and hopefully happier even if just for a short while.”

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Pupils at Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School collected toiletries to support those affected by the recent Hurricane Irma in the US. Families in St Maarten and Saba are without electricity and drinking water and many are without basic essentials, including the families of two pupils from the school.

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‘My mum used to put me to sleep in a cello case!’ Calista Robertson talks to Francine Wolfisz about her musical parents, her Jewish roots and how George Orwell came to her grandma’s house for Friday night dinner…

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here’s always been something a little rock ‘n’ roll about Calista Robertson. Born into a musical family, she was handed a violin aged three and a year later gave her first concert at the Royal Albert Hall – but, she confesses, spent the entire evening asleep on stage. Such was the entrance of Calista – daughter of the late Paul Robertson, one of the founding members of the Medici String Quartet and Americanborn violinist Chika Yamauchi – into the world of music. Her earliest memories comprise “crawling around on a piano” and being schlepped about rehearsals rooms and concert halls. “When I was a two-year-old and my mum was studying her PhD, she used

to put me to sleep in her cello case,” she laughs. “I literally grew up within music and am so grateful for that.” Now a talented pianist in her own right, the 29-year-old Royal Academy graduate is forging ahead with a career as a singer-songwriter and has just unveiled her new EP, Project: Love Me. Released under her dark alterego, Calista Kazuko (taken from her middle name), the sweeping tracks are edgy, enigmatic and full of high drama. Critics compare her to Florence and the Machine, Tori Amos and Regina Spektor. There are even shades of rebel Kate Bush. That’s unsurprising, given that Calista proudly comes from a long line of rebels. Her father, Paul, famously used to turn up at the Royal Academy for classes in his pyjamas, declined

the leader’s seat in the orchestra and argued with his teacher. Paul’s parents were also out-and-out rebels. His mother, Esther, who grew up in a large Russian-Jewish family from the East End married a non-Jewish atheist. Frowned upon by both their families, the couple moved to Oxford and Paul thereafter spent a Bohemian childhood living in a caravan. Despite turning away from the religious aspects of Judaism, Calista reveals she was especially close to her grandmother and that she “always had these incredible Yiddish phrases”. She recalls: “My grandmother was always singing, always dancing. That’s my overwhelming memory of her, always dancing, cleaning and fussing. “Because my parents were always on tour, my granny was such a massive Above: Calista Robertson as her alter-ego, Calista Kazuko. Left: Calista as a youngster with her family and right, in later years with her violinist father Paul, who passed away last year

part of our childhood and she basically brought us [Calista and her two siblings] up most of the time. I miss her a lot. She lived till she was 95 and was always with us. That was an ongoing joke. My parents would try to move to some other part of the country, but my granny would then move in next door!” Calista also relished listening to her Jewish grandmother’s stories from life in the East End. “My grandmother’s father used to bring someone back every Friday night for dinner, that was the tradition. “One day he brought a very nice, well-spoken man, who ended up staying under the stairs. “He would help clean and really became a part of the family for a few weeks. As it actually turned out, it was George Orwell doing research for Down and Out in Paris and London!” Paul, who passed away aged 63 last year, was for Calista her “greatest inspiration” and credits him with passing on

his musical talent and “a great sense of humour.” She tells me: “He was so proud, the most open-mined person about everything and had the most love for everyone.” Calista’s schedule is getting busier by the day. Apart from working on her album, produced by award-winning film producer Guy Dagul, she is also writing the music for a new play, Joy, which opens at the Theatre Royal Stratford East later this month. Then of course, there’s Project: Love Me, which Calista describes as “getting the chance to turn into who I want to be in everyday life, but not allowed to be!” She adds: “Calista Kazuko channels Norma Desmond, she’s completely shameless, fabulous and extravagant. I’m certainly having fun!”  Calista Kazuko’s Project: Love Me is out now. Details: calistakazuko.com


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Helping stamp out hate An ambitious school project to commemorate Shoah victims has attracted worldwide attention after collecting a staggering 11 million stamps

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nine-year-old school project set up to commemorate people who perished in the Holocaust has surpassed its unlikely goal to collect 11 million stamps – representing the lives of six million Jews and five million other victims of intolerance. Hours before Kol Nidre earlier this month, community volunteers for the Holocaust Stamp Project at the Foxborough Regional Charter School in Massachusetts for children of kindergarten age up to 12 delivered some 7,000 cancelled stamps to the organisers. The school’s student life adviser, Jamie Droste, who oversees community service learning for Foxborough, said the delivery brought the total to 11,011,979. By chance, the goal-setting event took place on a day a television crew was at the school, in a suburb south of Boston, to report on the remarkable project. The project began nine years ago in the fifth-grade classroom of Charlotte Sheer as a result of her students reading Number the Stars, the award-winning work of historical fiction by Lois Lowry set during the Holocaust. By collecting 11 million stamps one stamp at a time, Sheer envisioned the project as a way to make tangible the incomprehensible magnitude of the genocide. From its modest beginnings of collecting a few thousand of the tiny scraps of paper, the Holocaust Stamp Project has transformed into an all-volunteer community service component for the school’s high school students. It has also attracted volunteers from the community who help with the time consuming process of counting and sorting the

played for the community during Holocaust remembrance programmes. Only a few of the school’s 1,300 students are Jewish, Droste added. The rest come from diverse cultures and backgrounds, with many from immigrant families whose lives are far removed from the events of the Holocaust. Some are from countries that have also experienced war or economic hardships. “The multicultural diversity makes the school strong,” she said. In today’s political climate, students are aware of the hate in the world, Droste observed. “This is one lesson that reaches all of them. We need to focus on peace and what is good and never forget the lives of those who were taken because of intolerance,” she said. The project was recognised during the Yom Hashoah commemoration last spring with an award by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston. Droste said she is hoping the collages and collection will find a permanent home at an institution or organisation where they can be on display. One of the completed collages made from thousands of stamps

proceeds of the collections. Droste, who has directed the project since Sheer’s retirement about five years ago, said it was a way for students to learn about the importance of acceptance, tolerance and respect for diversity. Over the years, as word of the project spread through reports in the media locally and in Israel and Germany, stamps have arrived from 47 states and 22 countries including Australia, Canada, the UK, Israel and Ireland.

Some, including many from Holocaust survivors or their families, are sent a few at a time while others, including some rare items, have been donated by collectors in batches of thousands. As part of the project, students have transformed many of the stamps into 11 meticulously crafted and colourful collages whose intricate designs reflect a Holocaust-related theme. Droste said the goal was to complete 18 collages. Those made so far are being dis-

The very best of Barbra Celebrating the songs of the legendary Barbra Streisand, singer Liza Pulman returns to London following sell-out shows and rave reviews, as part of her UK tour. Best known as one third of the satirical comedy trio Fascinating Aida, Pulman is set to delight audiences at Cadogan Hall on 18 October and Wiltons Music Hall on 23 November with her show, Liza Sings Streisand, accompanied by her six-piece band, The Stardust Ensemble. The London concerts follow the launch of her double A-side single, You Don’t Bring Me Flowers/The Way We Were, featuring Liza and the Brighouse & Rastrick Band. Describing Streisand as “an inspiration”, Pulman will perform such classic tracks as Evergreen, The Way We Were, Funny Girl

and Don’t Rain On My Parade. “Barbra Streisand is a legend. Her talent across singing, directing and screenwriting, and her rhythm as a natural comedian have all inspired me both on and off stage,” says Pulman of the great musical icon, who is the best-selling female recording artist in history. Like Streisand, her foray into a career in showbusiness started young. Her mother is actress Barbara

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It’s frum up north

Gateshead’s Jewish community has doubled since 2008 as thousands of Charedim head up the M1. Cnaan Liphshiz discovers why It’s lunchtime, and as they wait for their sandwiches at a kosher deli, five young Charedi Orthodox men have a lively discussion in Yiddish about Jewish texts. Such a scene may be mundane in Jerusalem or New York, or even Antwerp or London. But it’s not a sight that many outside Britain would associate with Gateshead, in a region that has seen its once large Jewish communities decline dramatically in recent decades. In a unique set of circumstances, the city, which sits directly across the River Tyne from Newcastle, has become home to the UK’s fastestgrowing Jewish community. A tight-knit congregation of 8,000 Charedi residents now calls it home, and the community also has an unusual marriage of intellectualism with insularity and suspicion of foreign cultural influences. Opinions on why the increase in size has happened vary. Locals cite everything from relatively low housing prices and the leadership of the local chief rabbi to Gateshead’s longer-standing qualities, notably a commitment to educating religious women alongside its yeshiva for boys, one of Europe’s largest. Whatever the reason, residents and others agree the Gateshead community has achieved spectacular success in an unlikely setting. To Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush, the city has become “the Charedi equivalent of Oxford: a unique university town for the very devout; a citadel of Orthodox intellectualism”. The most prestigious institution of education in town is the Gateshead Yeshiva, a seminary founded 88 years ago. It has a student body now of 300 aged roughly 15 to 23 who study 12 hours a day and live in dormitory rooms each of which is inhabited by three to four students. The yeshiva’s reputation opened the door to at least five others that are widely regarded as excellent. This, in turn, created the nucleus of a community of teachers who live here permanently. And that has helped to make Gateshead into a major hub of intellectual activity in the Charedi world, alongside the town’s seven Jewish bookstores (the biggest, Lehmanns, is a well-known communal institution with 40,000 volumes in stock). Several students said graduating from the

main yeshiva will improve not only their knowledge of the Talmud but their prospects of finding a quality shidduch, or match for a wife. “Studying here will definitely affect who we marry,” said Yishai Rose, 20, of London. “A girl who wants someone who’s well-developed in his learning, a very, very good student, if you went here and did well here, the better girl you’ll get.” This wasn’t always so, according to Joseph Schleider, a former leader of the Gateshead Jewish community and an historian who has studied it since it was set up in the 19th century by Jews fleeing persecution in czarist Russia. “In Lithuania, nobody wanted to marry a rabbi,” he said. To women who were not brought up inside the Charedi education system, It meant poverty. But in Gateshead, this began to change in the 1940s, when a seminary for women and girls opened. That provided “a nucleus of 400 girls who want only someone with rabbinical status”. This was “a very powerful development that changed the face of the Gateshead Jewish community more than anything else,” Schleider said, and it laid the foundation for the community’s current “renaissance,” as he calls it. Another seminary for women opened in 1998. Still, Gateshead had a far smaller Jewish community less than a decade ago, when there was one small kosher bake shop and little spiritual activity outside its main synagogue, which is behind the yeshiva. It did not have the amenities to pull in young couples or retain yeshiva graduates wanting to start families. Those started popping up shortly after the arrival in 2008 of its current chief rabbi, New Jersey-born Shraga Feivel Zimmerman, known here simply as “the Rov”, a Yiddish pronunciation of the word rabbi. “Before the Rov, things had been the same for many, many years,” said Shimon Guttentag, a senior administrator at the yeshiva, adding that the change has improved the quality of life for Jews “tremendously.” Schleider said Zimmerman — who declined to be interviewed, citing a busy schedule — opened up the community, which Schleider said was more averse than it is now to interacting with the outside.

“For all of the many years we’ve been here at Gateshead, the Jewish community was essentially isolated,” Schleider said in an interview last month, referring to the insular attitudes. He also noted men wearing jeans are frowned upon by some in his deeply conservative community. Schleider said the insularity changed somewhat under Zimmerman’s leadership, as he “decided he’s not going to be buried in the synagogue but be a community-wide rabbi”. Gateshead is one of the few places in Britain with a large Jewish community where

anti-Semitism is not a primary concern. The Gateshead Yeshiva doesn’t have any guards or even a perimeter fence. “We are mindful of the situation today but thankfully we’ve not had serious incident and it’s not a major problem affecting us,” said Rabbi Gershon Miller, a senior educator at the yeshiva. Schleider said part of this reality is the relative scarceness of “ethnic populations” — a reference to Muslims. The combination of all these factors and more — including the proximity of Newcastle International Airport, an important amenity for Charedi families with large numbers of relatives in Israel, the US and beyond — has transformed Gateshead from an old, sleepy community to a magnet for these members. Progress, however, has come at a price, according to Schleider, who said he misses the more personal nature of the community when it was smaller. Whereas Zimmerman’s predecessor, Bezalel Rakow, who led the community for 40 years until his death in 2003, was “like our father”, Zimmerman is more “an executive director”, he added. “The community has seen tremendous growth, but has also become big, impersonal and less old-worldly for people like me.” Rabbi Gershon Miller

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Hvar great time!

Charlotte Hardy travels to the idyllic Croatian island and discovers the world’s second oldest Sephardic Synagogue in Split

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roatia, famed for its stunning natural beauty, stone-fronted city walls, glorious promenades, and fascinating history, had unsurprisingly enticed me back once again. With a friend in tow, this summer’s locations within this Eastern European gem were Split, our initial base for two nights, followed by the blissful island of Hvar for seven. With rave reviews that weren’t wrong, we booked the modest yet delightful Apartment Grašo, (£75pp for two nights) located in the heart of Split. It came with traditional high ceilings, cool stone walls, cosy features and ocean views. We spent the first day getting acquainted with the history and architecture of the Diocletian Palace, commissioned for the Roman Emperor at the turn of the 4th century AD. It is here that the world’s second oldest (still in use) Sephardic synagogue is tucked away inside the Palace’s western wall. Built in the 16th century, it is situated inside the second floor of two converted medieval houses. This important site is included in the privately-organised Jewish Heritage Tour of Split City, lasting approximately three hours. The afternoon took a more adventurous turn as we scaled the dizzying heights of the Belfryan instantly recognisable symbol of the city. At just 20 kuna per person (around £2.50) you can access a snap-happy range of scenes over the rooftops, all the way up, with the best

vantage point of the city. The second day was spent exploring the shoreline, under expert advice from our accommodation host. Despite Split being Croatia’s second largest city, and the country not being famed for soft sandy beaches, we found several to meet most people’s needs, within walking distance of the apartment. The more sedate of the two was Kastelet beach, approximately 25 minutes’ walk from the city centre – and the journey was stunning – via a sea-fronted path and dramatic rock formations. It appears popular with locals, who lay out on the pebbles, as well as families enjoying the shallow waters and shaded restaurant on-site. The second, Bacvice, is said to be Split’s most popular beach, located 1km from the city centre past the ferry port. Locals and foreigners alike can be found here playing picigin. This sporting activity, which is famed for originating in the city during the First World War, was adapted by swimmers’ failed attempts at playing water polo in the shallow waters. If that all sounds far too energetic, you’ll also find glorious deckchairs (in our experience, sunbathing on stones has a 20 minutes’ expiration point) and devouring the ice cream from one of the many colourful stands dotted along the seafront. On day three, we departed by Jadrolinija ferry to Hvar, taking just over an hour-and-ahalf to reach our destination. Docking in the

famous port of Hvar Old Town, we were greeted with a stunning vista of swaying yachts in turquoise waters, contrasted by a hillside dominated by orange rooftops, winding cobbled streets and lush woodland beyond. We were staying a 10-minute walk from Hvar Old Town. Navigating 50kg worth of luggage up a steep hillside and into our apartment was challenging, but arriving at sunset, stepping out onto our balcony overlooking the sea and islands beyond drenched in a golden glow, made our exertion worth it. Being savvy with our budget, I had booked a private one-bedroom apartment belonging to Earther’s hostel, but located away from the main building. It was a steal at around £160pp for seven nights, including free pancakes at breakfast. Hvar offered an almost overwhelming array of things to do. The one-day Krka waterfalls tour provided the opportunity to swim in arguably Croatia’s all-time greatest national parks. Taking to the waves, you could kayak from island to island, or speedboat over to the blue caves. Another favourite activity of mine was meandering the streets of the Old Town, finding shade in the alleys, snacking on local fish and tapas, and exploring the ancient history of the city inside the castle walls. My all-time travel goal of recent years was achieved when we sailed to the island next door, Brac. Our destination was Zlatni Rat, a spit of land famed for its white pebbled beach jutting out into the sea. Upon reaching Bol Harbour, we embarked on a 30-minute pine tree-lined amble, via a quaint fruit and veg market, picking up a

ginormous watermelon en route (which was not such a good idea for the 2km long walk). Unlike most beaches where I’d lie down and close my eyes for the day, I didn’t want to shut them for a second here. The mix of bright green and blue water, contrasting starkly with the white stone, and the flamboyant kite surfers flitting between the luxury yachts floating out at sea, made for an enchanting scene you wished would never end. But end it did, and back in Hvar Old Town, as two single ladies, our trip wasn’t going to be complete without a day out at Hula Hula, the apparently infamous beach bar. Playing laid-back tunes and perched on the edge of the shoreline, the location was made for sharing a picturesque sunset with a mojito, among a friendly European crowd. And for those who want to keep the party going, take a boat from Hvar port to Carpe Diem, where you won’t return until sunrise. Before we knew it, it was time to kiss Hvar goodbye and fly away from an unforgettable holiday, completed on a shoestring budget with memories no money could buy.

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Above: The backstreets of Hvar Old Town. Right: Charlotte by the harbour. Top inset: Brac

Charlotte stayed at Apartment Grašo in Split (booking.com) and Earther’s Hostel, Hvar (hostelworld.com). For more information, visit http://croatia.hr or, to find out more about Jewish Heritage tours of Split, visit jewishtoursplit.com


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SEDRA Bereshit

Torah For Today Gifted people being judged differently for their crimes

BY RABBI JONNY ROODYN As soon as we finish reading the book of Devarim, we seem to hit the reset (or rewind – remember that?) button and start Bereshit again. In truth we neither reset, nor do we rewind. Rather, we revisit familiar stories with a fresh perspective. Adam is created in God’s image, imbued with a divine soul that gives him (and us) the capacity of free will, rational thought and intelligent speech. Unlike the angels who are purely spiritual, or the animals that are purely physical, he (and we) are a unique blend of both and is therefore held accountable for our actions. This theme repeats itself numerous times in our parsha, most notably when Adam and Eve eat from the forbidden fruit (which, by the way, in rabbinic thought was almost anything but an apple) and with Cain’s brutal murder of his brother Abel. The notion of free choice is so fundamental to the essence of mankind that it is hinted to in Adam’s very name. ‘Adam’ comes from the world adama, the earth from which he was formed, but it is also related to the word adameh, to be like God, in whose image he was created. This tension is our eternal challenge. In addition to drawing our attention to this tension and challenge, the Torah provides tools and solutions. It is the Almighty’s one-time written communication with mankind (the word Torah comes from the word horaah, which means ‘instruction’). The Torah, which is often referred to as Torat Chayim, presents itself as instructions for living. Every detail of every story, every law contains within it a life lesson to achieve this goal. Our challenge is to invest the time to be able to read it as such.

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BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL Oxford student Lavinia Woodward escaped jail last month because she was perceived to be too bright to serve a sentence for stabbing her boyfriend with a bread knife. So, what does the Torah say about this? Our sages teach that King David was expected to be stillborn and was given 70 years to live off Adam’s life, reducing Adam’s lifespan from 1,000 years to 930. Therefore, when David sinned with Bathsheba, he was spared death as he was alive only by special decree. Does this mean that there is one rule for some and another rule for others? In fact, David was punished, and while he did not lose his life for his adulterous act, he was sentenced to a life of penance and physical tribulation.

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BY RABBI LEAH JORDAN We all know committed Jews of all genders who wear kippot and other head coverings all the time, some of the time or not at all. What lies behind these varying practices and what is the ideal today? Shockingly, for something so central to Judaism, there is nothing in the Torah. The only possible related Biblical commandment is to “not follow their ways” about non-Jews. In the Talmud, there is a sense that people may have worn wrapped functional head coverings, but that these were not required for piety’s sake. During the era of the rabbis, there was a notion that head covering was spiritually respectful, though most Jews were not doing this all the time. Only in Shulchan Aruch, the 16thcentury codification of Jewish law, do we see the firm rule to cover the heads when invoking God’s name. The practice of wearing a head covering always didn’t enter Jewish communities until the 1600s in Poland – with the idea that it would proudly

distinguish you as Jewish. In the early days of Liberal Judaism, we adopted the ways of the wider European gentile society, which did not cover heads even in houses of worship. But as our movement developed, we began to re-understand the practice as something that, first, might help focus our internal spirituality and, second, might be a mark of Jewish pride. Kippot are now much more abundant. Finally, gender identity complicates this choice. The notion of covering one’s head for piety was not probably originally gendered – and yet many more male-identified people wear kippot than female-identified. Covering and not covering are both parts of Jewish tradition. As Liberal Judaism believes non-gendered practice is important, we work to ungender this practice so all Jews can make the choice for themselves.

 Rabbi Leah Jordan is Liberal Judaism’s student chaplain

BY RABBI DEBBIE YOUNG-SOMERS Leading climate change campaigners claim that unless carbon emissions peak in the next three years and then fall steeply, we will have lost the battle against climate change, or at least of keeping global warming below 2°C. So it would seem that there is hope; the battle is not lost – yet it needs warriors urgently. Are we sleepwalking through our comfortable lives, with too many excuses to make real changes? If we are to make change, we most certainly need to work collaboratively as individuals, families and communities, as well as organisations and businesses. This also applies across denominations. Excitingly, synagogues from across the movements, including Alyth, Finchley Progressive Synagogue, Finchley Reform Synagogue, New North London Synagogue and Muswell Hill United, are pioneering an Eco-Synagogue programme with green teams in each community. This echoes the Eco-Church

project, and the UK’s first purposebuilt eco-mosque in Cambridge. In this way, we may begin to see faith communities leading the way in making changes as a community. Jewish Action on Climate Change is right behind Eco-Synagogue and works hard to develop a network of Jewish activists with clear and achievable targets, as well as alongside Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s Sustainable Development Commission. Arguably, we spend our time fighting to keep nature out of our homes and cities and, when we

vanish, nature happily reclaims that which we fought to establish. We need the world more than it needs us. But is this really a Jewish issue? Whether you turn to Torah or the rabbinic commentators Midrash or Talmud, Judaism expects us to look after our world and its resources. While Genesis suggests in this week’s portion that we are to rule the earth, it also uses the language of ‘tending’ the earth. Midrash expands on the Torah, insisting in Kohelet Rabbah: “See to it that you don’t spoil and destroy God’s world, for if you do, there will be no one else to repair it.” We have a very short window open to us. It is absolutely up to us to make sure we turn things around and work to sustain our world and our time on it.  Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers is Reform Judaism’s community educator

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