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The new Holocaust Memorial in Westminster will be built by the leading British architect Sir David Adjaye and the Israeli designer Ron Arad, it was announced this week, writes Jenni Frazer. Sir David and Mr Arad’s team, together with landscape designers Gustafson Porter +Bowman, were unanimously selected from a field of 92 worldwide entries by a jury which included the Communities and Local Government Secretary Sajid Javed, the Mayor of London, the Chief Rabbi, experts from architecture, art and design, and both first and second generation Holocaust survivors. All were present at the Vic-

toria and Albert Museum for the announcement of the winning bid, together with the former Labour politician Ed Balls, who is a member of the UK Holo-caust Commission, and TV presenter Natasha Kaplinsky, who has recorded interviews with 120 survivors in the last two years. The Ghanaian-born Sir David’s recent work includes the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC, and the Idea Stores in London’s Tower Hamlets. Sited next to the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, the new UK Holocaust Memorial, most of which will be under-

ground, will honour the six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust and other victims of Nazi persecution. The proposed Learning Centre, which will be incorporated in the Memorial building, will use the stories and facts of the Holocaust to explore anti-Semitism, extremism, Islamophobia, racism, homophobia and other forms of hatred and prejudice in society today. V&A director, Tristram Hunt, said he was proud of the museum’s association with the project, adding: “To defend the truth, education is essential.” Continued on page 5

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Mental health services ‘struggling’ A report into safeguarding in the Jewish community in Barnet has found evidence of a “massive” increase in mental health issues for children and young adults, with support services struggling to keep up, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. The extensive 84-page report on family support and children’s services across the borough by two university researchers, published this week, ended with a warning that cuts and financial pressures meant that Jewish children “may fall through cracks”. In the special report commissioned by Barnet, Professors Eleonore Kofman of Middlesex University and Margaret Greenfields of Buckinghamshire New University looked at why there was a “relative under-representation of Jewish children” in safeguarding statistics. In more than 50 interviews, Kofman and Greenfields heard of the Jewish community’s “concern about the emotional well-being of children and young people and the limited routes available to them”, noting that parental separation and divorce are “major events” for Jewish children from strongly family-oriented and tightknit communities. Jewish respondents told them of a “massive increase” in mental health issues for youngsters in recent years. “Proportionally, it was argued that the strictly Orthodox community has exploded with mental health needs,” they wrote. In a damning report, the authors said referrals to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) or Jewish charity JAMI were “not always suitable, particularly in relation

A report published this week warns some Jewish children ‘may fall through the cracks’

to the cultural competence of some CAMHS staff,” noting “lengthy delays accessing services, by which time a child might have declined significantly”. The problem was compounded by a lack of resources and support, they said. “Schools are often so overstretched that they are not able to deal with families under stress,” write the authors. “As a result, a combination of cuts, lack of resources and overstretched families could lead to children falling through the cracks.”

Number of people who back boycotts drops Support for boycotts of Israel is slipping, according to a new poll published this week. The percentage of Brits who say they boycott Israeli goods and produce fell from 12 percent to 11 percent this year, after results from the annual BICOM/Populus survey of more than 2,000 people. “Support for Israel boycotts is at its lowest level since we started measuring it in 2014,” said James Sorene, chief executive of UK Israel think tank BICOM. “Young people also appear to be changing their mind about Israel, with those aged 18 to 24 opposing boycotts of Israel in much larger numbers than ever before.” The question asked whether

Only 11 percent of people said they boycott Israeli goods

people agreed with the statement: “I don’t boycott Israel and find it difficult to understand how others do given everything else that is going on in the world”. This year 48 percent agreed, while last year 51 percent did. Sorene said the survey “presents a fascinating picture of how Israel is perceived in the UK”.

They said rising poverty played a role in the mental health of Barnet’s 54,000-strong Jewish community, with a “70-80 percent increase in take up of [poverty alleviation] services in the last two to three years,” as charities step in to aid families who cannot afford kosher food or uniforms. Among the more positive points was evidence of Jewish organisations networking “both across and between denominations”, with frequent mention of “collaboration between more mainstream agencies including JAMI,

Thornberry to attend Balfour dinner Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry is to attend an official dinner commemorating the centenary of the Balfour Declaration next week, after Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn declined. Thornberry’s attendance follows communal consternation at what was seen as a snub by Corbyn, with Jonathan Goldstein of the Jewish Leadership

Council saying his absence was “deeply unfortunate”. A spokesman for Corbyn said he was “unable to attend” the London event, but supporters of Israel suspect otherwise, after Thornberry again appeared in Corbyn’s place at a Labour Friends of Israel event last month. Goldstein said he was “disappointed” Corbyn would not attend

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JEWISH MUSEUM IS AWARDED £3M GRANT Manchester Jewish Museum will double in size after a lottery grant worth almost £3million was confirmed this week. The money will go towards repairing the 1874 Grade II-listed building in Cheetham Hill, which contains 30,000 objects and is also home to the city’s oldest shul, with plans for the creation of new galleries and classrooms as well as a shop and café. Built by Jewish textile merchants, it has been described as an “architectural jewel”.

CAMBRIDGE PUPILS FACE VISA PROBLEMS University of Cambridge students learning Arabic will no longer be able to study in the Palestinian territories for their year abroad owing to Israel not granting visa renewals. Five Cambridge students heading to Birzeit University in Ramallah last year ran into difficulties with authorities at Ben-Gurion Airport, because Israel does not offer student visas for study in the West Bank, meaning students who wish to stay longer than three months have to leave and re-enter the country.

Anger at mosque meeting Audience members at an illtempered meeting to oppose a planned mosque in Golders Green showered derision on the Jewish press and even identified themselves as “racists, bigots and Islamaphobes” in response to an ironic question from one of the organisers, writes Jenni Frazer. The meeting, held at the Christian Fellowship premises in Temple Fortune, was in order to protest at proposed plans for turning the Golders Green Hippodrome, a listed building, into a mosque. But when the Rev Dr Ian Tutton, minister of the Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church, asked who had organised the meeting – because there were no names on the fliers handed out – he was met with fury by some audience members and had to make it clear that “I’m not a journalist”. One of the organisers told the audience that they were “a grassroots group” who would not identify themselves because of potential

Dispute: The iconic Grade II-listed former Golders Green Hippodrome

“death ddthreats”. She added that new information on the background of the mosque applicants was being gathered by researchers and would be released in the coming weeks, giving a different complexion of who was involved in the mosque. The keynote speaker was Gavin Boby, who acknowledged briefly that he was from

the Law and Freedom Foundation. Mr Boby described himself as “the mosque buster” and boasted that he had taken on 47 planning applications from mosques “and won 33 of them”. The softly-spoken Mr Boby urged his audience: “There is nothing fascist about wanting to stand up for the amenities of your area”. He described the

proposed advent of a mosque in Golders Green as “the biggest threat to the sense of home for Jews since Cable Street”, and added that “the Koran is more anti-Semitic than [Hitler’s] Mein Kampf”. He said: “If the Jewish population are driven out of Golders Green they probably won’t come back when we make this area safe for them. I don’t care

if this is called fascist, people need to know the truth”. Some members of the audience were residents who live near the Hippodrome and have valid concerns. One woman told Jewish News after the meeting that she had been unable to leave her home to take her daughter to the doctor because her drive had been blocked by cars of people attending the mosque. But she said she was unhappy about some of the views expressed. The audience was urged to lobby Barnet council against the mosque, whose organisers, it was claimed, were already breaching planning law by running services in the Hippodrome when regulations demanded it should also offer public entertainment. There did not appear to be anyone present from the Board of Deputies, which has criticised the protesters, or the Community Security Trust, which has investigated the group behind the mosque.  Editorial comment, p15

Boost for 3D Shoah exhibit Funds from a Ukrainian Jewish billionaire has paved the way for the National Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire to roll out its innovative project showing Holocaust survivors answering questions as 3D holograms. Phil Lyons, manager of the Newark-based Centre, said funding from Mikhail Fridman, an oil magnate worth more than $14billion, will “allow us to share all of the testimonies recorded” for the Forever Project. That project has involved

thousands of questions typically asked by schoolchildren being put to survivors, whose answers are filmed. Clever software then matches any question from the audience to the nearest pre-recorded question put to survivors and – in real time – shows their answer. The project’s creators say this allows future generations will be able to have “conversations” with survivors. The financial injection from Fridman’s Genesis Philanthropy Group will allow 10

3D digital survivor testimonies to premier over the next 10 months, the announcement coming in National Hate Crime Awareness Week. Fridman was born to a Jewish family in Lviv, in western Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union, and said the Forever Project – which his money will help complete – had “special significance” for him. “I knew many people including my grandmother and father who had survival stories to tell,” he said.

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Britain’s most northerly Jewish community has managed to raise £10,000 to save its synagogue following severe flood damage from a faulty washing machine. Dee Street shul in Aberdeen shut in August owing to the damage, and has since sought to raise the money for the repair work, with donations coming in from all over the world. In a touching example of inter-communal cooperation, Aberdeen’s mosque gave the shul dozens of chairs so the city’s Jewish community could continue holding services, before it reopens next year. Mark Taylor, president of Aberdeen Synagogue and Jewish Community Centre, told the BBC: “We now have reached our £10,000 target. We will get it fixed and we will continue to have a Jewish community in Aberdeen.”

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News / Social returns / Shoah memorial / Bake Off

Report shows Langdon impact Langdon this week became the first Jewish charity in the UK to produce a report measuring the social return on investment, charting the impact of every pound spent. Using a methodology standardised by the Cabinet Office, the learning disabilities charity said it had been able to show that it “achieves an impact equivalent to £9.05” for every £1 donated. “The social benefit does not just apply to the Langdon member, but to the other people involved in the member’s life, such as their parents and siblings, as well as the wider society, such as local authorities and co-workers,” said a spokesman. The charity has said recent cuts in statutory funding means it now “has to raise 20 percent more just to stand still,” so the

Langdon members at its new warehouse

timing of the report is significant. “This groundbreaking review is a part of our continued effort to maximise the impact of the fabulous support Langdon receives from its donors,” said the charity’s chairman, Jonathan Joseph.

“It also reminds everyone that by supporting our members, they are also making a significant difference to the lives of those around them.” In measuring social return on investment, the charity looked at the confidence, independence, isolation and mental health of service users and their families, noting that “the ripple effect of Langdon’s services is that parents feel more secure and confident about their child’s welfare, and siblings feel an easing of responsibility for long-term care plans for their [sibling]”. A recently-commissioned report by the Institute of Jewish Policy Research revealed there were more than 23,000 Jews in the UK with a learning disability, around eight percent of the Jewish population.

Londoners will never forget Continued from page 1 The jury praised the winning team’s proposal to create “a living place, not just a monument to something of the past”. Survivor Lily Pohlmann made an impassioned plea both for the learning centre to include a section dedicated to the Righteous Gentiles, many of whom risked their

lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. She also made a direct request to the mayor about the security of the new building, set to open in 2021, as all the speakers acknowledged an “unacceptable” rise in hate crime. Sir Peter Bazalgette, who is chairman of the UK Holocaust Foundation, repeated his view

that Holocaust denial would increase in the coming years as the survivors died, which was one reason he believed the new memorial was so necessary. Artist and designer Ron Arad was emotional after watching a short film featuring survivors who urged support for the project after they are gone.

Game Of Scones! Did Stacey Hart rise to the challenge on this week’s Great British Bake Off? With just four contestants remaining, the Great British Bake Off tent was all aflutter for Patisserie week, writes Francine Wolfisz. Our girl Stacey, alongside Sophie, Kate and Steven, were asked to whip up 24 choux buns – with perfect craquelin, no less. Rather than being the crunchy part of a very non-kosher animal, craquelin is the posh way of saying “the sugary bits on top”. Stacey’s multicoloured “choux-nicorns” and “choux-mojis” proved complex and she struggled with the execution. The judges didn’t hold back.“It’s sickly,” said Paul, without a smile. As for the craquelin, Prue was simply scathing.

“It looks like curry.” Nobody wanted to be in Stacey’s chouxs. She fared better in the technical challenge to make nine “Les Miserables” slices in three hours, but failed to impress in the Showstopper challenge – a sculptural centrepiece of loved-up meringue flamingoes. “I hope it tastes as good as it looks,” said Paul, clearly trying to jinx things, before Prue declared it “just too soft and sticky”. Despite having more cracks than a house with subsidence, Sophie’s meringue tutu earned her star baker status but, for Stacey, the time had sadly come to put away her rolling pin and say goodbye.

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EINSTEIN’S ‘HAPPY FORMULA’ COSTS £1M Albert Einstein’s formula for a happy life has sold for £1million at an auction in Jerusalem. Einstein was travelling in Japan in 1922 when he was told he would be awarded the Nobel Prize in physics. In Tokyo, he scribbled the note in German to a bellboy after he did not have cash to give him a tip. “A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness,” it reads. Bidding began at $2,000 and quickly escalated, with the sale lasting around 25 minutes.

ELECTION HOPEFUL FACES HATE TRIAL An independent candidate in June’s general election has denied stirring up racial hatred by praising Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and calling for Jews in present-day Germany to be gassed. Barbara Fielding-Morriss, who also stood as an independent in a Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election last February, faces trial in April after pleading not guilty to three counts of stirring up racial hatred.

Enigma codebreaker Turing saved two Jewish refugees Documents and photographs showing how Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing sponsored two Jewish refugee children from Austria and helped educate them in the UK have been put on show in Cambridge, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Turing, the maths genius who broke the German Enigma code while working at the top-secret Bletchley Park during the war, is today known as the father of artificial intelligence and famed for inventing the modern computer. However, it is little known that Turing and his friend Fred Clayton, from King’s College, Cambridge, co-sponsored two Jewish boys brought to the UK after Kristallnacht in November 1938. Clayton had spent time studying in Vienna and Dresden between 1935 and 1937, knew of the Jewish experience in Germany and Austria, and felt a particular resonance when a Cambridge professor held a welcome reception for Jewish refugees recently arrived. Clayton and Turing, then aged 26, decided to help and learnt of two Jewish boys at a refugee camp on the coast, at Harwich, having been brought to the UK

by Quakers’ Relief Action. One wet Sunday in February 1939, the pair cycled to the camp and agreed to sponsor the boys. Clayton sponsored the boy from Dresden, known only as Karl, while Turing took responsibility for Robert Augenfeld from Vienna Robert, or Bob as Turing called him, wanted to be a chemist and came from a distinguished Viennese family. Turing heard that Rossall, a public school in Lancashire, was taking refugee children without a fee and got Bob accepted. A letter from Turing to his mother, sent from Bletchley between 1940 and 1944, shows him discussing Bob’s future. It is among the documents displayed for the first time this week in a new exhibition, Codebreakers and Groundbreakers. Also in the exhibit at the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge, is a photo of Turing, Clayton, Bob and Karl sailing in Bosham in Sussex, taken in August 1939. The exhibition runs until 4 February. Alan Turing at Bosham in 1939 with Bob and Karl, boys rescued from Austria and Germany

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Streeting warns of Gazan ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ but the people of Gaza don’t have time to wait for a political resolution to an intractable conflict.” While he did not believe both Israel and Egypt could be held wholly responsible for Gaza, he said “they do both have a role and a responsibility to give the kind of humanitarian help needed”. He added: “There is widespread concern about the amount of humanitarian relief that Gaza is receiving, and that is what prompted me to sign the letter.” He said it was important for him “to speak without fear or favour. People are suffering and the people of Gaza are entitled to live with dignity and human rights. There is a risk of that being overlooked and there is a recurring theme of desperation among Gazans that the only time attention is paid to them is when blood is being spilled.” Streeting agreed with many of the points made by Joan Ryan, but added that the consequences of

Israel and Egypt’s approach to Gaza had led to “what David Cameron once referred to as an open-air prison, and I don’t think that is an unfair characterisation. I think Israel does have an obligation to Gaza and the West Bank; it is important to note there are medical supplies, which Israel allows in, but there are some things that do not.” He said it was “entirely reasonable” that Israel would restrict the entry of radioactive material to Gaza. But as attested by MP Dr Philippa Whitford, who is a breast cancer specialist, materials to treat breast cancer are not allowed in. “Seeing that radiotherapy has a shelf-life of just four hours, that seems to me a discussion that we ought to be having,” he affirmed. Streeting chaired a meeting of the Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East on Tuesday night in the Commons, where testimony was given by Dr Whitford. He deplored what he described as “yobbish” disruptions by right-wing Jews, which he said had skewed the content of the meeting away from humanitarian concerns to high politics. “I am increasingly fed up with the way people on both sides behave to each other,” he said, citing “unwillingness to listen” as one of the main challenges.

Autobiography of Bebe Epstein, a 5th grade student in the Sofia Gurevich School, 1933-1934. Courtesy of Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York

A trove of 170,000 Jewish documents thought to have been destroyed by the Nazis has been found. The New Yorkbased YIVO Institute for Jewish Research announced the find on Tuesday, which contains unpublished manuscripts by famous Yiddish writers as well as religious and community documents. Among the papers are letters written by Sholem Aleichem, a postcard by Marc Chagall and poems and manuscripts by Chaim Grade. YIVO, which was founded in Vilnius in what is now Lithuania, hid the documents in 1940, but the organisation moved its headquarters to New York during the war.

The documents were later preserved by a Lithuanian librarian, Antanas Ulpis, who kept them in the basement of the church where he worked. Most of the documents are currently in Lithuania, but 10 items are being displayed until January at YIVO, which is working with the Lithuanian government to archive and digitise the collection. YIVO’s Jonathan Brent said: “These newly-discovered documents will allow that memory of eastern European Jews to live on.” [JTA]

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SONGS AND WORDS AT BALFOUR EVENT British and Irish olim are to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration with music from an Israeli opera singer and messages from the current and former Chief Rabbi. The event in Zichron Yaakov, organised by the Association of British Immigrants, will hear Goni Knaani sing and a recorded message from Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis. Participants will also hear from former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks and Lord Jacob Rothschild, whose great-uncle received Lord Balfour’s declaration of support.

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Jewish News’ night of nachas! Heroes of the Jewish community are to be honoured at a glittering central London awards ceremony like nothing Anglo-Jewry has seen before. Jewish News’ Night of Heroes – hosted by Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams – will be held in February in association with co-working company LABS, owned by Israeli businessman Teddy Sagi. In the presence of 400 guests, including celebrities, politicians and community leaders, shining stars in the UK and beyond will be honoured in nine categories. These include Interfaith, Team, Communal Initiative, Israel and Young Hero – with the finalists in each category section celebrated in a film about their

Diplomats and distinguished guests from more than 30 countries gathered in Knightsbridge last week to look into the role of minorities in Europe. The Board of Deputies and AJC Europe, the European Office of the American Jewish Committee, hosted the panel discussion as part of the annual Diplomatic Forum. The event was moderated by AJC Europe director Simone Rodan-Benzaquen.

exploits. The night – which will benefit good causes inside and outside the community – will feature entertainment from high-profile acts and will be fuelled by a three-course Food Story dinner. Justin Cohen, news editor of Jewish News, said: “We are thrilled to finally lift the lid on something that has been more than two years in the planning. We look forward to welcoming the community to our night of nachas!” Nominations are now open for the next six weeks through our dedicated event website and tickets priced at £100 will go on sale to readers in December. Thanks to the generosity of our

sponsors, 100 percent of ticket sales [minus credit card fees] will be donated by Jewish News to charity, with guests given the opportunity to select a cause to benefit. Uniquely for a communal dinner, there will not be an appeal on the night. Sagi said: “I’m delighted to be working with Jewish News to celebrate all that is best and brightest about the UK Jewish community. Night of Heroes promises to be an inspirational and heart-warming highlight in our calendar.” The Jewish Leadership Council is the first communal partner to be announced for the dinner.  To nominate a hero or for more details about the event see nightofheroes.co.uk

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Lord Sacks warns about ‘politics of anger’ Lord Sacks this week warned of the “politics of anger” while accepting a major American honour. The former Chief Rabbi decried the breakdown of US society into narrow identities that nurtured a “culture of grievances” at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI)’s

annual Irving Kristol award. Sachs said: “The social contract is still there, but the social covenant is being lost,” and noted the rise of the far right and the far left in Europe and what he called an increasingly shrill atmosphere at universities that inhibits speech. Many of the neoconserva-

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‘I want a JLC that’s far more collaborative than in the past’ Jenni Frazer discusses communal priorities with the new chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council The office of the new chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC)–effectivelyMrAnglo-Jewry – is awash with sporting trophies. A signed England cricket bat here, a Spurs framed boot there. If there were any doubt that self-proclaimed “Ilford boy” Jonathan Goldstein is as much a proud Brit as he is a proud Jew, a glance at his office would lay that doubt to rest. But Goldstein is not just one for trophies. He has hit the ground running in his quest to make the British Jewish community a lean, mean, efficient machine. “My overarching objective,” he says, “is to create a JLC that in representing its members is far more collaborative than in the past.” Not, he hastens to say, that he is critical of the way his predecessor, Sir Mick Davis, ran the JLC. But the two men do have very different attitudes, not least the fact that Sir Mick is now the Conservative Party’s chief executive, while Goldstein makes no secret of his links with Labour – he joined the National Organisation of Labour Students on his first day at Manchester University, along with the JSoc. “The JLC’s role is to help frame the architecture of our community,” he says, sounding as though he is reading from a script. But get him away from the jargon and Goldstein, a former lawyer, has a clear aim: “The methodology and the message of the JLC is one I want to change.” His entire career, communally and professionally, has been one of collaboration. Since his uncontested election in April as JLC chair, he has brought in the brightest and the best to help the organisation’s programming. As former chairman of Partnership for Jewish Schools, one of Goldstein’s main focuses has been on education and he gets a lot of feedback from his own children. “My daughter was a madricha (leader) on Israel tour this year and she was really surprised that the basic knowledge of modern Jewish history and even reading Hebrew was not strong enough for kids who have been in Jewish schools.” So the JLC is rolling out a new curriculum in modern Jewish history and another in basic Hebrew reading. “We have an opportunity not just to educate but to inspire our children,” he says. “There is no one-size-fits-

all, and we need to find that spark in people. “We have to get our kids involved in the community. One way to do that is to get them educated really well.” One of his election pledges was to streamline the community’s 2,000 charities and he has brought in a hand-picked team of Andy Rubin, Stephen Zimmerman and Lord Livingston, working with auditors and accountants from Deloitte. He is hopeful that by Pesach 2018 there will be an initial report on improving the financial infrastructure of the community. “They’re doing a top-down analysis of the charities and will work on ways in which they can save money.” In a similar exercise, Goldstein has persuaded the former chief executive of Manchester City Council, Sir Howard Bernstein, to chair a commission looking at the social care world, together with Baronesses Julia Neuberger and Ros Altmann and the chairs and chief executives of the relevant Jewish charities in the field. Also on his target list is the hitherto overlooked issue of teenage mental health. Although he believes Anglo-Jewry is “an exemplar” to the secular world, he is confident there are areas that need improvement. Any conversation with the JLC inevitably comes round to the onand-off courtship dance between it and the Board of Deputies, who does what, which is the community’s “true representative”, whether one organisation is going to subsume the other. Goldstein makes clear that while he does not like the word “subsume”, his preference is for one organisation. Nevertheless, he says he is on good terms with Board president Jonathan Arkush, that they speak often, and that the JLC will not step in on political issues with which he believes the Board to be dealing well. This did not prevent Goldstein writing a Sunday Times op-ed in the wake of the Labour Party conference, wondering what would be the atmosphere and the future for a Jewish community having to deal with Jeremy Corbyn as leader. He is conscious that in recent months, groups on the community’s right and left have complained they are not represented by centrist organisations such as the JLC

Above: Jonathan Goldstein with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in August this year. Left: Jonathan led a delegation of communal leaders to meet Theresa May at Downing Street last month

or Board. On the right are protests against a planned Golders Green mosque, on the left is the new Jewish Voice for Labour. “Let’s look at the mosque issue. There is a point at which valid planning objections become fronts for a different agenda,” he says. “In August I got deluged by a number of people who had no geographical locus to that mosque. When you looked at the social media protests, 90 percent of people were not protesting for genuine local planning issues. “Someone in shul asked me what I was doing about it. I said, absolutely nothing, other than promoting the right of a mosque to exist in exactly the same way as we want JW3 to exist a couple of miles up the road. I saw the Board of Deputies was taking a strong position on this, so I thought it was duplication if the JLC did

something as well.” In relation to the Jewish Voice for Labour, he says: “I know for a fact that some of these people have been reached out to – but they don’t want to be reached out to because they don’t regard themselves as members of the Jewish community in the way we perceive ourselves to be. “It is deeply uncomfortable for us that such organisations are used by the [Labour] leadership as an opportunity and an example. But I don’t doubt for a minute [Labour] know they are not representative of our community.” On one thing Goldstein is absolutely clear. “I am happy to talk to anyone, but I will not engage with organisations that deny the right of Israel to exist, or with individuals who at their core do not believe Israel should exist.”

As far as Labour is concerned, he is seeking an understanding of “why Jews feel threatened”. He explains: “No other ethnic minority is required to justify itself, but we as Jews are. No, we’re told, that’s not anti-Semitic. “When you have a chief of staff in the Labour office who has written about Israel killing Palestinians on an industrial scale, we know what that language is intended to refer to.” He’s not ready, he says, to go reaching out to the Labour Party. “They know where we are. We issued an invitation to Mr Corbyn to come to the Balfour dinner and that has been rejected, which was a disappointment to us, because that would have been an opportunity to show that he understands our issues.”


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Special report / Limmud FSU in Ukraine

Dylan theme rocks Limmud FSU A record 1,000 young Jewish professionals from Ukraine and across the globe gathered last weekend in Ukraine’s historic port city of Odessa for the latest Limmud FSU conference, the largest Jewish education event of its kind in the former Soviet Union. Judah Kalman reports Featuring a special ceremony and concert celebrating Bob Dylan, whose paternal grandparents emigrated from Odessa to the US in 1910, the latest Limmud FSU conference included an exhibition entitled Forever Young: Behind Dylan’s Revolution and Legacy about his life. The event also celebrated this year’s 120th anniversary of the First Zionist Congress of 1897, including a concert and a range of activities related to the ongoing work of the World Zionist Organisation, attended by its chairman, Avraham Duvdevani. Limmud FSU founder Chaim Chesler described the 400,000 Jews living in Ukraine as among the world’s most thriving communities, while Odessa, which has 45,000 Jews, is “one of the most important cities” in Jewish history. “This was the home of Ze’ev Jobitinsky and Meir Dizengoff, so we confidently expect that this 11th Limmud FSU festival in Ukraine will be an important part in the life of the Jewish community here,” Chesler said. “We are especially excited about the celebration of Bob Dylan’s Jewish roots in Odessa.” Presenters at the conference included Israel’s ambassador to Ukraine Eliav Belotserkovsky, Euro-Asian Jewish Congress executive director Haim Ben Yakov, Tkuma Ukrainian Institute for the Study of the Holocaust director Igor Shchupak, Ukrainian-Jewish Encounter board member Adrian Karatnycky and Russian satirist and writer Victor Shenderovich. Toronto resident Marina Krasner-Geist, who was born in Odessa to a family of Holocaust survivors and refusniks but has returned only once since emigrating at the age of four in

Left, the scene in the main conference hall; above, children join in the Limmud FSU fun

1969, flew to the event with her husband Jon. “I learned about Limmud FSU through friends and when I found there was going to be a conference in Odessa I wanted to go back to see my roots,” she said. “I was always curious how my family and other Jews had the foresight to leave Odessa, and learned the reasons during an excellent lecture about Jewish history here today.” Krasner-Geist said she became inspired to learn more about Jewish history when her nowOrthodox adult daughter began asking probing questions at the age of 12, well after her family had emigrated to Canada. “We knew we were Jewish, but didn’t know anything about it,” she said. “That’s why I’m here and have learned Jewish history in Toronto.” Mark Vitebskyy, 19, who was born and raised in Odessa but has been studying computer science in New York for the past two years, said he paid to attend the conference to meet other young Jews with a shared history. “From elementary school I attended Chabad, so I know some Jewish history, but I came here because I love the atmosphere and have a lot of

friends and connections here,” he said. “I love the lectures, but it’s the people I meet here who are most precious to me.” Odessa local Katherine Velikaya, a 33-yearold classical concert director, said she could not miss the conference after attending her first Limmud FSU event in Moscow last April. “The first conference was very interesting, and I especially like that there are a lot of interesting people here who I can meet,” she said. “I didn’t have a Jewish education, so I’m enjoying going to a lot of lectures, especially about psychology and politics surrounding Israel.” Echoing Vitebskyy’s sentiments, Velikaya said the highlight of the lecture series had been meeting like-minded young Jewish professionals from the region. “It is really great just sitting in the lobby and talking with other young Jews from Ukraine,” she said. “I have made a number of new friends who I will keep in touch with.” Odessa National University psychology professors Chachko Svitlana and Kremenchutiskaya Mazqarita, both of whom were born and raised in Odessa but did not have a traditional

Jewish upbringing due to Communism, said it was their first Limmud FSU conference. “It’s a great place because the lectures are very professional, and I have already learned a lot about Judaism, Jewish literature and culture, Israel’s geopolitical challenges and other things I didn’t know before,” said Svitlana. Meanwhile, Mazqarita expressed pride over the disproportionate number of influential Jews who came from Odessa. “Jobitinski, Dizengoff and many other great Jewish leaders walked these streets together many, many years ago and went on to help create the State of Israel, and this is something to take great pride in,” she said. “I am more of a secular Jew, because when I grew up we weren’t allowed to observe Judaism, but my son has become religious, and while there are some minor incidents of anti-Semitism, it is a good period to be a Jew in Odessa.” The conference took place with the support of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG), Ukrainian Jewish Encounter (UJE), Nativ, Claims Conference and the All-Ukrainian Jewish Congress.

‘Sympathy’ for Israel Uzi Dayan’s journey of memories Israel continues to have a “sympathetic ear,” despite the recently unveiled statue of a nationalistic leader responsible for the murders of tens of thousands of Jews in Ukraine during the Russian Revolution, Israel’s ambassador to Ukraine said at Limmud. On 14 October, during “Defender of Ukraine Day,” a statue of Symon Petliura, who oversaw the executions of nearly 50,000 Jews during his leadership of the Ukrainian People’s Republic between 1918 and 1921, was unveiled next to a synagogue in the western city of Vinnista. Ambassador Eliav Belotzercovsky, confirmed that “nationalism is on the rise,” yet assured “there is a very good attitude toward Israel in Ukraine”. “What really matters is not this specific statue in Vinnitsa, but the trends,” said Belotzercovsky.

“This trend is something that Israel’s representatives are dealing with, and we are trying to see how we can deal with this phenomenon with the best means we have. There is constant interaction with the government.” “There is a very good attitude toward Israel in Ukraine,” he continued. “Nevertheless, the authorities here have their own interests, and they are not always in line with ours. This is also the issue with several streets of Kiev, as well as all kinds of other nationalist trends on the rise here.” Despite the unveiling, Belotzercovsky noted that since April 2016 Ukraine had been led by a Jewish prime minister, Vladimir Groysman, who was born in Vinnitsa, although the government continues to be criticised for attempts to praise nationalists.

Uzi Dayan, nephew of legendary Israeli general Moshe Dayan, and a former head of the army’s Central Command, visited Odessa for the first time to attend the Limmud FSU conference and see his paternal grandmother’s home town. Dayan, 69, whose father, Zorik, was killed in the War of Independence, also had a celebrated career as a soldier, deputy chief of staff to two prime ministers and head of the Israel National Security Council before joining Likud as an MK. On Saturday, he spoke about how Limmud FSU has aided Israel. “I came here for two reasons,” said Dayan, “the first of which is I think it is important to encourage and support Limmud FSU conferences because this strategic asset of Israel – and I’m talking as someone who was national security adviser to two prime ministers – [reinforces] the cohesion of Israeli society and the relations between Israel and the different Jewish communities abroad.”

Uzi Dayan with Chaim Chesler

Dayan added that he is personally committed to reinforcing the cultural, educational and national identity of Israel and the Jewish people through education programs such as Limmud FSU, which lectures about Jewish history. “The second reason I wanted to come is that this is my first time in Odessa, where my grandma (the mother of uncle Moshe Dayan and his father) came from,” he added.

Dyaan said his grandmother had a fascinating life. He recalled: “I remember what she told me about her youth here, where her family was the only Jewish one in their village. She was born in 1890 and came from a Zionist family, and later joined the Socialist movement. “But after returning from a war where she served as a nurse, she said: ‘My life here is a mistake. The people here are not really my people, and I don’t know the people who I belong to well enough’.” During this period, in her early 20s, Dayan said his grandmother made aliyah alone, without any family or friends in Israel. “She was very much a Zionist, and she came by herself to Israel to help to develop the country, and she even helped to build its first moshav,” he said. “So, I think she would be very proud to see me here now, and I am very grateful to her because if she had not moved to Israel I would have lived here instead of our homeland.”


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Airline criticised / Wiesel claims / Guard charged / World News

Probe into airline ‘discrimination’ Kuwait Airways is under intense legal and political pressure in Germany for discriminating against Israelis. The Gulf Kingdom airline, already the subject of legal proceedings in the Frankfurt District Court after it banned an Israeli passenger from boarding a flight to Thailand last summer, now faces pressure from German Federal Minister of Transport, Alexander Dobrindt, who has ordered a state investigation into whether the airline’s policy of refusing service to Israeli nationals violates air traffic laws. Volker Beck, a former Bun-

destag member from the Green Party, made clear what he sees as the choice facing Kuwait Airways. He demanded: “Stop the discrimination or stop doing business in Germany.” Pressure is mounting on the Gulf state’s national airline to stop targeting passengers based on Israeli nationality. Cases have been brought against Kuwait Airways in the US and Switzerland, leading to the cancellation of the airline’s JFK-London Heathrow flight

path. This month, Israeli-Arab social media star Nuseir Yassin, made a Facebook video after being banned from boarding a Kuwait Airways flight from New York to India because of his Israeli passport. Brooke Goldstein of the Lawfare Project (LP), which is assisting the Israelis banned from travelling with their legal case said: “We commend the

German Federal Ministry of Transport for launching an investigation into Kuwait Airway’s discriminatory practices. “Our team will continue to pursue legal action until the German Government makes clear that Kuwait Airways must either comply with the law or cease doing business in their country.” LP German counsel Nathan Gelbart said: “Our country’s laws and common values should call German policymakers to act immediately in ending Kuwait Airways systematic violations of civil rights in our country.”

Weisel claim ‘spurious’ MAJDANEK MAN CHARGED The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity has “utterly rejected” claims by a New York scientist that that late Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor “grabbed” her backside when she was 19. Dr Jenny Listman [pic-

tured] called the alleged incident “a calculated act”. The Foundation said: “We utterly reject this spurious accusation. At no time during Elie Weisel’s long career has anything like this ever been suggested.”

German prosecutors have charged a former guard at the Majdanek concentration camp in Poland with being an accessory to murder for allegedly working there during a period when at least 17,000 Jews were killed. The Frankfurt resident, 96, is alleged to have served at the

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A Chilean diplomat who saved 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust has been honoured as Righteous Among the Nations. Samuel del Campo, working in the country’s embassy in Romania, dished out Chilean passports to Jews in 1942 to save them being deported. Yad Vashem has verified his actions.

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The head of B’nai Brith Canada has criticised a parliamentary motion promoting tolerance, saying it could inhibit opposition to radical Islam. Legislators acted after six worshippers were shot dead in a Quebec mosque by a man with far-right views. The former head of the Canadian Jewish Congress defended the motion.

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A Hungarian printer who helped Jews flee the Nazis during the Holocaust has been honoured with a plaque in Budapest. Emil Wiesmeyer’s firm printed 4,000 blank passports for Swedish ambassador Raoul Wallenberg to issue, saving Jews from deportation. The Communist government jailed Wiesmeyer in the 1950s.

AUSTRALIA Victoria Police are investigating members of Melbourne’s strictlyOrthodox Jewish community after community leaders allegedly assisted a school principal to escape to Israel after becoming aware she had been accused of abusing girls in her care. Malka Leifer fled to Israel in March 2008.

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The fallout from the mosque malarkey is that we’ve all fallen out. As the letters opposite show, we’re nothing if not divided on the issue of the new Islamic centre in Golders Green. Some have slapped us on the back; others have slapped us on the face. The protesters are still there, protesting, reinvigorated by the opposition to their protest, incredulous that this newspaper did not support their position. Sorry, that’s just not what we do. And by ‘we,’ we mean Jews. Protest or not, the building is bought and the mosque is going ahead, so now that we’re slowly getting this collective hissy fit out of our system, the question we need to ask is how best to welcome the new neighbours. Some, it is clear, have no welcome plans whatsoever, but others will laudably extend their hand, and in doing so, their networks. This, we remind ourselves, is nothing new. Indeed, Muslim and Jewish charities already work closely in areas relating to security, communal safety and the monitoring of hate crimes, which makes sense since adherents of both faiths fall victim to it. We work together, sharing best practice and knowledge, and who knows, this may one day just save something terrible from happening. In fact, if you think about it, we could be working together on so much more, because there is a multitude of issues of common concern. Consider all the challenges to freedom of religion, the opposition of many to religious slaughter or male infant circumcision, the court cases aimed at banning the wearing of religious clothing or the public display of religious adornments, or the many and varied workplace issues people of faith face, particularly around discrimination, scheduling and time-off for religious holidays. The establishment of an Islamic community in Golders Green is an opportunity to discuss cooperation in all these areas, to the benefit of both.

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Jewish News wrong on Golders mosque I like Jewish News. It list is dominated by Islamic groups. has done a nice job over Plus, a great many British Muslims the years. But its role want to see some or all aspects of sharia in blocking an advert law replace ordinary British law and are enda of g articulating legitimate, duplicitous at best in their attitudes to a l u f e The sham ypocrites Jews and Zionism. h democratic opposition to e m o r d Hippo the creation of a massive In these circumstances, it takes new mosque in Golders Green the biscuit to see Jewish News shut [Jewish News, 19 October] down an advert that questions the proves that the management merits of such a Shiite move, with the of your paper isn’t fit for paper denouncing such questioning purpose any more. as Islamophobia, as if this were A very significant minority unreasonable, and racism, as if this of Islam has a huge problem were not a misnomer. There is a with the British way of life and, strange irony in a Jewish newspaper in fact, with anyone else’s way shutting down Jewish democratic of life. It’s not a coincidence Last week’s Jewish News debate and freedom of self-expression. that the list of proscribed terror accused those opposing the William Comet By email organisations on the government new mosque of hypocrisy HERE D STARTS go! Are you THE WEEKEN t days to 24 There’s eigh batUK? P12 & Shab ready for

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PRINCIPLED STAND AGAINST RACISM I must congratulate you on your principled stand against racism, as reflected in your front page article [Jewish News, 19 October] . Too often we find hypocrisy in what a newspaper and its editorial team want to write and the interference from their publishers who do not want to offend their advertisers.

I worked for many years on a few national “Fleet Street” newspapers which often were not allowed to publish articles conflicting with the interests of major advertisers. Of course, that could be why these major titles have changed owners or no longer exist! Clive Jacobs Watford

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THE MOSQUE HATERS SHOULD HANG THEIR HEADS IN SHAME As we prepare to mark the 22nd anniversary of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination, those who called Jewish News ‘kapo’ over its refusal to endorse the unwelcome campaign to oppose the new Golders Green mosque [Jewish News, 19 October] might do well to remember that was the sort of term used by his opponents before the assassination. It ill-behooves members of the Jewish community to ape the behaviour of extremist organisations such as the National Front, British National Party, the EDL and its offshoots or Britain First. The hatemongers should take a long, hard look in the mirror and hang their heads in shame [if indeed they have any]. Joe Millis

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NAIVE, MISLEADING & INCREDIBLY STUPID I refer to your on all fronts front page with hatred, statement last demonisation and week stating: “The delegitimisation shameful agenda from worldwide of the Hippodrome organisations and hypocrites.” our own illustrious I disagree with Labour Party, with your reasons for systemic bias not supporting the Monday’s anti-mosque meeting and rabid antiJewish community Semitism. in this important matter. There are also growing calls People have not objected to for the destruction of the only the building of a cultural centre democracy in the Middle East. but specifically the building of a I would think in view of these mosque – and rightly so. circumstances, Jewish News Mosques all over the world would at least be impartial and are responsible for promulgating not peddle support for a religion hate crimes, not only against the so against the Jewish people and Jews and Israel but against every their one and only country. community in the west who do not Your position on this crucial believe in Islam. Today a cultural issue was at best deliberately centre, tomorrow a vehicle for misleading and naïve and at worst Islamic propaganda. Remember not only dangerous but incredibly what happened in New York? stupid. The Jewish community Marina Benaiah worldwide and Israel are suffering Kingsbury

PROUD OF PAPER’S STANCE Congratulations on your statement regarding opposition to the Golders Green mosque – it made me feel proud to be Jewish. I wonder if those who are protesting against the mosque can remember, or imagine, how our parents and grandparents felt and were treated when they moved to a new area? We weren’t always welcomed whole-heartedly but in the end became integral parts of our

communities, with mutual benefits and friendships. No matter how uncomfortable people might feel with Muslim families now – often with no personal knowledge of such people – many of our families were once in exactly the same situation with traditional British families. Surely we have the wisdom and generosity to see that living together in friendship is the only way? Leatrice Morris By email

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Mosque objectors are not racists or hypocrites BRIAN GORDON

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s a councillor involved in planning, a number of people in our community have asked me what action they should take to oppose the application for an Islamic centre on the Hippodrome site, Golders Green. Since Golders Green is not the area of Barnet I represent, I am at liberty to respond more freely than would otherwise be the case. My advice has been as follows. You cannot object purely because you do not like the idea of an Islamic centre or mosque, and I hope that is not how you feel. Nor can you object because of the relatively small Muslim population in Golders Green. To do so would be wrong from the Jewish angle. We have to display the same respect for the religious needs of others as we expect for ourselves. An objection on those grounds would be invalid in planning law. It could be tantamount to a chillul Hashem and be construed as racist or religiously discriminatory.

I explained that the only legitimate grounds for opposing the centre would be environmental – namely traffic congestion, parking, noise disturbance and the like. But if those alone were the genuine reasons for objecting then my advice would be not to object at all. Our own community has submitted numerous applications for schools, shuls and social centres, where environmental objections have been a major issue. Many of our projects have been successfully manoeuvred past unsympathetic planning officers and somewhat reluctant committees due to the determined efforts of various groups and individuals. Jews actively campaigning against a mosque with similar objections would smack of double standards. It could also be shooting ourselves in the foot for future applications. But I have to say – and this is the thrust of my article – that the concerns people expressed to me over this application were not just environmental, and certainly not racebased prejudice. They were fears of potential extremism and violence. I therefore

fundamentally disagree with the front page message of last week’s Jewish News, which condemned the objectors as a whole in the most vehement of language. It could indeed be, as this newspaper suggested, that the intended centre would be extremist-free, devoid of any anti-Semitism, and a place of peace and friendship. I sincerely hope so. But based on recent experiences elsewhere, people are entitled to harbour doubts. I have always been vocal on the council in promoting good inter-faith relations and praising the multi-cultural nature of our Borough, and will continue to be. I am a long-standing Trustee of the Church-based Edgware Almshouses and chaired a Working

Group that produced a constructive report on combatting hate crime. I welcomed the establishment of the Islamic Community Centre in Edgware some years ago. I trust my credentials speak for themselves. If I were a member of the planning committee deciding the Golders Green application, I would feel obliged to support it, consistent with my deep belief in interreligious tolerance. But tolerance is a two-way process. In a climate of unprecedented theologicallydriven hostility towards Jews and Israel, members of our community are entitled to fear for their safety without being condemned by some of their co-religionists as hypocrites and hate-mongers.

I FUNDAMENTALLY DISAGREE WITH LAST WEEK’S JEWISH NEWS FRONT PAGE, WHICH CONDEMNED THE MOSQUE OBJECTORS

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here I grew up, we had to endure severe religious discrimination until we managed to escape and were welcomed to the UK as asylum seekers. Thankfully, we now live in a country where such prejudice is neither legal nor tolerated, for it leads to a most demoralising feeling in a person. One feels targeted and under attack just for being and for doing. As a child I used to cry silently and ask God why he created me as a Jew if it was such a crime. There is no way I will do to others what was hatefully done to me. Recently, a little known Shiite sect – followers of the Qom-based Ayatollah Sadiq Shirazi – purchased the iconic Golders Green Hippodrome in a public auction, which has been used as a church for the past decade. The sect is known for its extreme and distinct rituals, especially

during the Ashura, the 10th day of the month of Muharram marking the death of the Imam Al-Hussain Ibn Ali in the year 680 CE. Their followers, who reside mainly in Karbala, Kuwait, the Gulf states and Iran, have supported the expansion of the sect in the west which currently broadcasts its message via no less than 19 exclusive satellite channels. Last Monday I paid a welcoming visit to the director of the centre and its spokesperson. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they were Iraqi compatriots of mine, sharing the same language and mannerisms. They were welcoming, disarming and totally willing to enter into a genuine dialogue with their neighbours. Locals should accept this offer by directly and candidly expressing their fears and concerns and should ask for explicit and enforceable commitments from the operators to preserve and accommodate the harmonious relationship currently enjoyed within the locality. Not in my back yard (NIMBY) is a legiti-

mate and totally understandable reason to object whenever major changes in a neighbourhood are proposed. There are procedures enshrined in planning laws that guarantee the right to express and highlight issues that may affect the neighbourhood. We should not tar all objectors and dismiss their fear and legitimate concerns without addressing them. But it is not acceptable or legal in this country to use racist language or to discriminate on the grounds of colour, creed or religion. Those attending public meetings or posting on social networks should take heed of the above when voicing their concerns to avoid straying away from what is permissible and from what is possible. This issue needs to be contained within

a careful and measured language and restored to its proper place within the locality before it is used by the media to set back the increasingly effective and carefully nurtured interfaith work between communities and extremists from all sides. In our fight against rising anti-Semitism, we rely on a coalition of the good to stand with us against blind prejudice. It would be foolish to alienate our allies by seemingly practicing the same intolerance. As Jews, it is critical that we adhere to our moral values and uphold the highest order of social responsibility. In the words of Hillel the Elder: “That which is hateful unto you do not do to your neighbour. This is the whole of the Torah. The rest is commentary.

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Opinion

We do not need courts to help run our schools RABBI DAVID MEYER

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PARTNERSHIP FOR JEWISH SCHOOLS

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very educator needs to have an understanding of the importance of law, and there is certainly a place for law within education. However, there can be significant dangers in allowing lawyers to determine educational policy. Last week’s decision by the Court of Appeal was a prime example. The judges determined that a school offering classes to boys and girls separately was against the law. I am not a legal expert, so cannot comment on whether the eminent judges interpreted the law correctly. However, there is little doubt that, from an educational standpoint, this decision is ill-advised. In effect, it will render illegal establishments registered under one Department for Education (DfE) number that provide education to boys and girls through separate schools. On the other hand, should the same schools

exist with their own DfE numbers, they would be operating within the law. The delivery of education within the schools need not change at all and single-sex schools with their own DfE numbers will not be affected by this judgement either. The background to this case lies in an Ofsted judgement that found Islamic Al-Hijrah school to be ‘inadequate’. It was found overall to be a poor performing school with concerns about extreme and intolerant views, as emphasised by the judges in their comments regarding unacceptable books in the library among everything else. However, the school challenged Ofsted’s concerns regarding the provision of education to girls and boys separately, namely operating as two schools on one site. The courts found that even if the education provided was exactly the same, the school was in breach of the Equalities Act 2010. This decision has very little to do with education and everything to do with interfering with parental choice. The DfE has every right to expect schools to offer the same opportunities to boys and girls. However, the

THERE IS A REAL DANGER SOME WILL VIEW THIS AS A CHALLENGE TO OUR WAY OF EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN

rights of parents to determine how this should be delivered should be unquestioned. There is substantive evidence to show boys and girls study better in separate settings and, indeed, year-on-year the league tables evidence this fact, with single-sex schools being shown to be among the top performers in the country. It is difficult to understand why Ofsted would pursue this case through the courts, when by its own admission it pertains to only a tiny proportion of schools, and yet is seemingly

willing to turn a blind eye to the hundreds of schools that are breaking the law by deciding not to teach religious education. The appeal will potentially impact a significant number of schools in our community. While it is unclear at present what the expectations of implementation will be, it would seem that any school educating boys and girls separately for a substantive part of the day could be found to be in breach of the Equalities Act. We are currently in discussion with the DfE and Ofsted and taking legal advice as to the practical ramifications of this ruling on our schools. There is a real danger that parts of the community will view this ruling as a challenge to our community’s way of educating our children. However, the DfE clearly recognises these concerns and has reassured us that this is not intended in any way as an attack on the community’s values. The department has expressed a genuine desire to work with the Partnership for Jewish Schools in order to find a suitable resolution for all our places of education.

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Paralysed by fear? Not the students that I know JOSHUA HOLT

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nti-Semitism. Standing up for Israel against its detractors. All too often, these are the only themes through which Jewish people engage with their identity. But being a Jew is about much more than being defined by what we are against. UJS has the opportunity to showcase this. The troubling realities of Jewish life in this country should not be minimised, ignored or whitewashed, yet to allow them to define us is the greatest disservice to our collective Jewish identity imaginable. As president of UJS, I was invited to speak on a panel on Bagels, Boycotts and Broiges: Just How Bad is Anti-Semitism at British Universities? From the premise of the question alone, it was clear the answer had already been decided and the language of fear and discord had won. Similarly, at two annual dinners of prominent communal organisations, young people and the threat of anti-Semitism and

anti-Israelism prevailed in their appeal videos. While there is no doubt this scaremongering persuades donors to write large cheques today, instilling fear into our community about the university experience does a huge disservice to the students who will be on campus tomorrow. To suggest Jewish students are paralysed by fear is a gross misrepresentation of the reality enjoyed by the overwhelming majority of the UK and Ireland’s 8,500 members of that group. I’m not for a moment suggesting anti-Semitism and anti-Israel activity are not a problem on campus – CST’s recent research report empirically linking anti-Semitism and antiZionism proves this, and UJS works tirelessly with communal partners to tackle this reality. But to suggest this phenomenon defines campus experience is not only untrue, it is also deeply offensive to Jewish students. They, like all other students, go to university for the education, to meet new people and to enjoy themselves. Following the troubling events at NUS last year and the former UJS team’s immense success in responding to these, we are able to renew our focus on bringing even more new

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and exciting programmes to campus. We are launching career networks, connecting Jewish students to professionals working in their desired fields. We are giving disabled, LGBTQ+ and women students a space and a voice in our Liberation Networks. We are linking our Jewish values of olam chesed (a world of kindness) and tikkun olam (healing the world) with the festival of Succot to help tackle homelessness. We are organising a trip to Spain to help students learn about Sephardi heritage and historic and contemporary interfaith relations. We are continuing to support our JSocs across the country to run weekly Friday night dinners and peer-led lunch-and-learn events.

We are running speaker tours with Israeli groups advocating coexistence and peace. We are organising trips to Israel for Jewish students and students from all faiths, cultures and backgrounds to experience the region firsthand. We are working with JSocs to organise events for Holocaust Memorial Day, the Balfour Centenary, Mitzvah Day, Interfaith Week, and Reclaim, our mental health awareness week. All this is possible not because Jewish students live in fear, and not because certain issues are allowed to define Jewish campus life. Jewish students are loud and proud of their identity. UJS, the voice of Jewish students, is behind them every step of the way. Now is the time for the community to join us.

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New cause for concern in an age of intolerance ALEX BRUMMER

CITY EDITOR, THE DAILY MAIL

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ver dinner on a recent Friday night, one of my sons was excited to note that when the National Basketball Association (NBA) season returned to Sky this autumn, among the stars for the Golden State Warriors would be Omri Moshe Casspi, the first Israeli to make it to the big leagues. There was real pride that the scion of a Moroccan-Jewish family had made it all the way to the finest basketball team in the world. There is a quiet satisfaction on the South Coast that striker Tomer Hemed, who plays for Brighton & Hove Albion, is a regular Friday-night shul-goer. Moreover, he and his Israeli-Arab colleague, defender Berem Kayal, are the best of friends. And how many times have we heard from the pulpit in shul of the pride take in the number of Israelis/Jews who are Nobel prize winners? The

physics and economics awards, dare one say, have been dominated by Jews. Indeed, this year’s physics prize winners included the son of Jewish refugee Rainer Weiss, who along with his fellow winners had spent a lifetime taking forward the work of Einstein. None of us can be unaware of the tendency in the community to claim those with the very slimmest of Jewish connections (many would not be accepted in a United Synagogue community) as our own. We take enormous pride in the successes of our own people. The difficulty is that our community, although relatively few, seems to include both the best of people and the worst. Until recent disclosures, the brilliance of Harvey Weinstein as an Oscar-winning producer and mogul will have been a source of pride and very much in keeping with the creative genius of Hollywood. The emergence of sexual harassment allegations, first exposed by The New York Times, which is controlled by a Jewish-family, produces a kind of dread. When will pictures of Weinstein in a kippah or Der Sturmer-style cartoons start to appear?

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In an age when anti-Semitism is rife, anything likely to play to gentile prejudices about Jews is a source of concern. This was felt strongly last year during the BHS scandal before Sir Philip Green acted with integrity and made good the hole in the company’s pension fund. Under scrutiny in the financial press at present are the private families behind Greybull, described by The Sunday Times as ‘the secretive investment firm’ behind collapsed airline Monarch. Aside from the disruption to the lives

of Monarch passengers, there are allegations the company stealthily offloaded pension liabilities on to the government’s Pension Protection Fund. It is now being reported that it has loaded up the Scunthorpe steelworks, bought from Tata Steel, with high-interest borrowings. Little is known of French-born former investment bankers Marc and Nathaniel Meyohas, two of the principal investors behind Greybull. But when I recently spoke to one of the brothers about the mixed record of Greybull as an investor in British assets, he mentioned they came from a Sephardi Jewish family. The families behind Greybull specialise in rescuing companies coming out of bankruptcy and it is not surprising some of them fall by the wayside on the journey. In the case of Monarch, the 800,000 passengers with lost bookings and other creditors naturally will feel aggrieved. The short period of Monarch ownership leaves a bad taste and concern that some of this may eventually reflect on the community. We may revel in the good but also need to acknowledge that the wine goblet does not always runneth over.

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Pupils at Etz Chaim Primary school in Mill Hill took part in a challah make with Seed’s Joanne Dove and Rabbi Gary Bazak.

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Pupils at Mathilda Marks Kennedy school enjoyed a visit from Uncle Doovy’s ice cream van.

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Edgware Synagogue held a challah make for children.

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Pupils at Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School in Finchley enjoyed a visit from Carmel the Candle as they got in the spirit for ShabbatUK.

Ilana Epstein spoke at Stanmore & Canons Park Shul’s Rent A Crowd Challenge.

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The ShabbatUK ice cream van stopped off at the Jewish News, allowing staff to enjoy some of Uncle Doovy’s sweet treats.

Wolfson Hillel’s PTA held a challah make at the school, which is based in Southgate.

Members of Cockfosters and N. Southgate Synagogue enjoyed both a visit from Uncle Doovy and a challah make.

Rebbetzin Vanzetta led Ahavas Yisrael’s bake and included inspirational words of the Torah.


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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis officially opened the new head office at Chabad Lubavitch Centres NE London & Essex with trustees, rabbis, dignitaries and community leaders, MPs and councillors in attendance. It will be named Doris Schpiro House, after the grandmother of Andrea and Jonathan Dennis. Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin MBE said: “A project like this takes friends and partners and I’m delighted we secured friends who value the vision of Chabad across Essex who have partnered with us to make this centre a reality.”

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Residents of Jewish Care homes won the top three prizes in a Barnet-wide art competition. More than 300 people attended Barnet’s Silver Sunday celebration – a nationwide day for older people celebrating the value they contribute to our communities while combating loneliness and isolation – at Woodhouse College. Prizes were presented by Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Brian Salinger. Caroline D’Souza, creative arts development manager, said: “Jewish Care is delighted with the success of the residents.”

A new Magen David was fixed to the cupola of Reading Synagogue, as part of major restoration work on its roof. Sue Clarke, the congregation’s honorary secretary, said: “A few of us climbed to the top of the synagogue to reinstate the Magen David – it is a precise replica of the original. We were very pleased that John Cree, the contractor’s site manager and trained cabinet maker who made the new Magen David, was able to join us.”

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More than 340 guests attended the Jewish Volunteering Network’s 10th gala dinner at Finchley’s The Kinloss Suite, with the theme ‘Heartbeat of the Community’. The Jewish Leadership Council’s Simon Johnson compèred the dinner, while Lloyd Dorfman CBE was guest speaker. JVN chairman David Lazarus said: “We’ll use the money raised to make a transformational impact on the charity sector in the Jewish community and beyond.”

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Peggy Sherwood was given her MBE by the Princess Royal at Buckingham Palace for services to the Jewish LGBT+ community. President of the Jewish Gay and Lesbian Group for 15 years, she said: “The work of JGLG over the past 45 years has been massively important for so many people who may have struggled with their sexuality, but have finally found their home as LGBT+ Jews.”

Aish UK welcomed thousands of new students onto eight campuses across the country as well as providing hundreds with meals and experiences over the recent festival period. Its executive director, Rabbi Daniel Rowe, said: “At a time when so many claim young Jews have little interest in their heritage, it is fantastic to see hundreds of people connecting and getting involved in Succot activities.”

Your simcha announcements Abigail Jacobs celebrated her batmitzvah at Yavneh College

Joanna Mostyn and Adam Marks were married at St John’s Wood United Synagogue

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Sara Lewis celebrated her batmitzvah at Yavneh College

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Alex Ross celebrated his barmitzvah at Cockfosters and N Southgate United Synagogue

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Liza’s spellbinding as Streisand Liza Pulman, the acclaimed singer and comedienne and one third of much-loved comedy trio Fascinating Aida, took her show Liza Pulman Sings Streisand to London’s Cadogan Hall. A packed audience of fans and stars of stage and screen gave Liza two standing ovations as she beguiled them with renditions of Streisand classics. Liza continues her UK tour at the Wyllyotts Centre in Potters Bar on 16 November.

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Tel Aviv sets tone for student year Israel societies from London universities came together to host Tel Aviv Takes London. More than 250 students celebrated the new academic year at an event offering bowling, table tennis, karaoke, table football, arcade games and a private bar. Israeli tunes were provided by DJ Ari Houmous, helping to set the tone for a successful and engaging academic year to come.


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A celebration sensation! More than 1,000 visitors flocked to Jewish News’ Simchas Live exhibition on Sunday. We had caterers, photographers – including Magnet Photography – couture designers, event planners, DJs, and much more all at the Village Hotel in Elstree. Guests flocked to meet all types of simcha suppliers, enjoyed the kosher sushi by Salt Caterers, were entertained by music from the Function Band and photos by Wacky Booths and marvelled at new drone technology by Blend Video and Photography. Photos by Leivi Saltman, L.SPhotography@hotmail.co.uk

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THERAPY THAT BRINGS PEACE OF MIND Zahava Bloom tells Deborah Cicurel about Reflections Bespoke Therapy Centre, which helps support people struggling with emotional challenges

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f you break your leg, you see a doctor, or if you develop a toothache, you simply arrange a visit to the dentist. But why isn’t it the same when we struggle with our mental health? One in four people in the UK will experience mental health issues each year, with one in six reporting a common problem, such as anxiety and depression, in any given week, according to official figures. With our hectic lifestyles, increased workloads and the difficulty of achieving a work-life balance, it’s no surprise we’re so stressed. But despite the high numbers of people suffering anxiety and depression, many don’t realise that dealing with a mental health issue is similar to dealing with a physical issue – the problem is unlikely to resolve by itself and it’s best to seek out professional help. Reflections Bespoke Therapy Centre, in Edgware, specialises in treating a variety of mental health issues, from addiction to obsessive compulsive disorder. It offers a range of therapies, including humanistic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, systemic, psychodynamic, body therapy, art therapy, somatic experience, trauma therapy, neuroscience and psychiatric support. The approach at Reflections is to take into consideration all aspects of the self, offering bespoke programmes that also include nutrition, personal training, meditation and Tai Chi. On their first visit to the centre, the patient will go through an in-depth assessment and then be assigned to either one or a number of its specialists. “We realised that a group of therapists working together can achieve more than an individual therapist, so we started to hire a group of therapists who wanted to work as a team with complementary skill sets,” says clinical manager Zahava Bloom. Reflections follows the philosophy of American writer Ken Wilber,

who believes different types of therapy are appropriate for different individuals. He also believes in a holistic approach, combining exercise, nutrition, spirituality and, sometimes, medication to give people the tools to cope better. How do people know if they need to see a therapist? According to Bloom, the answer is complex. “There’s a difference between ‘needing’ a therapist and finding it useful and helpful to go to a therapist,” she says. “If we compare therapy to physiotherapy, you ‘need’ to go to a physiotherapist if you are not functionally capable of doing normal activities. However, you might also go to a physiotherapist to improve your personal health or strength. “So, too, there are some people who need to go to a therapist who are not able to function in a healthy way, for example when it comes to controlling their anger or taking drugs. However, most people find it useful to go to a therapist for various issues because it can help them, for example having a better relationship with their spouse.” According to Bloom, there are three steps to consider before choosing a therapist who is right for you and booking a session. “Consider the personal characteristics of the therapist you would prefer: male or female, older or younger, someone of the same faith, and so on,” she says. “Consider the appropriate level of experience of the therapist, and then consider, with a professional, which is likely to be the best type of therapy for your specific issues.” But for some people, there’s a barrier before even getting to that point. “There are various reasons why people are reluctant to undergo therapy,” Bloom adds. “Mostly they feel it is unlikely to be effective, takes up a considerable amount of time and money, or will be an uncomfortable or painful process

even if it does work. “We reassure them by saying that although not all therapy is successful, this is only true when either people do not click or get on with their therapist, or that they have the wrong type of therapy for their issues. “At Reflections, we believe that different types of conditions need different specialists and different types of therapy. For this reason, we do an in-depth assessment of each individual when they first come into therapy and then choose the most effective therapy and therapist for each person.” Reflections has helped several hundred people over the years, with clients of all ages, demographics

and backgrounds. Bloom thinks that in general, the Jewish community is becoming more and more receptive to therapy. “The Jewish community is starting to understand that therapy helps people function better rather than acting as a sign that there is something significantly wrong with them psychologically,” she says. Therapy enables people to become more resilient to life’s ups and downs, and helps them live in a healthier and more fulfilling way.” Details: Reflections Bespoke Therapy Centre, Edgware. bespoketherapy.co.uk T: 020 8930 3169, 07969 786681. E: reflections@bespoketherapy.co.uk

Reflections Bespoke Therapy Centre in Edgware offers a holistic approach to helping people with mental health problems, amid tranquil surroundings


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Simon Schama’s Belonging / Lifestyle

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The battle to belong Miracles and massacres, expulsion and settlement, prejudice and tolerance are all on the agenda for the second part of Simon Schama’s epic history of the Jews. In Belonging: The Story of the Jews (1492-1900), the renowned historian (pictured, below) picks up the story from the Spanish Inquisition of 1492 and trails it to the brink of the 20th century. There are fascinating stories not just of rabbis and philosophers, but of mystics, militants and messianic pretenders. There’s even the tale of a poetess living in the Venetian ghetto, a general in Ming China and an opera composer from 19th century Germany. In the extract below, Schama takes his readers to 17th century England, where Jews are grappling to become accepted by society – and, in the case of one brave boxer, to become the most well-known face in the country. Even when he was beating the living daylights out of an opponent, delivering a facer to that particular spot between the brows which would bring on temporary blindness, or a sickener to the mark, the pit of the stomach, there was something oddly cherubic

about Dan Mendoza: the long lashes fringing wide brown eyes; the Cupid’s bow lips; the mass of dark, curly hair, grown long |and artfully cut, tied at his neck with a black silk ribbon. One day that lovelock would be his undoing. He was too pretty to be taken seriously. And too short and too light into the bargain: five foot seven and barely 160 pounds, the weight of an apprentice. But when he stripped before the set-to, the Fancy saw that the handsome headwas planted atop a bull neck and a barrel chest, and this should have warned anyone taking him on that they might not escape without a good deal of hurt. But one after the other, cocky bruisers looked at Dan and saw nothing but a dirty little Jewish tough from Mile End chancing his arm. Go on, how much damage could an Ebrew do? Quite a lot, as it turned out. There were 8,000 Jews living in England by the late 18th century and a thousand of them were said to have shown up at Doncaster for the third and last of his great grudge matches with Richard Humphreys. ‘Daniel, Daniel, vekhayam!’ they chanted after the victory; ‘Daniel, Daniel, live forever!’ Mendoza lived long enough, at any rate, to publish his memoirs when he was 52, the first of any professional sportsman, but then he was the first in many things. No Jew before him had been taken to Windsor in the royal carriage to converse with King George, and easily too, as if they were old companions strolling the castle terrace. Before Mendoza, with the notable exception of Gluckel of Hameln’s memoir, Jewish autobiographies had been the exclusive province of rabbis, philosophers, men of mind and faith like Leone Modena and Solomon Maimon. Mendoza liked to think of himself as a

The famous battle between Richard Humphreys and Daniel Mendoza by an unknown artist, published in 1788

‘professor of pugilism’ and he created an ‘academy’ of self-defence while he was still in his twenties. His first book, The Art of Boxing, was dedicated to ‘his Scholars’. Bare-fist pugilism, though often accused of ‘blackguardism’, he believed to be a science which, properly analysed, comprehended and learned, would always prevail over brute disadvantages of height and weight. But his memoir is full of instances of his being picked on, insulted and assaulted as a Jew, and this was the strongest motive in Mendoza’s choice of vocation. When Mendoza was born in 1764, no one among England’s Jews had forgotten the paranoid hatred which had greeted mild attempts to pass a Jewish naturalisation bill 11 years earlier. Everyone knew Jewish brokers controlled the stock market, never mind that the number of brokers was limited to 12. Now they would buy up the shires! Locusts is what they were, a horrid creeping swarm, stripping anything on which they alighted. And like vermin they carried contagion on their foul-smelling bodies. Before you knew it the cathedrals

would be turned into synagogues and the tombs at St Paul’s and Westminster would contain the remains of ‘Sir Nadab Issachar’ and ‘The Rt Hon. the Earl of Balaam’. On Guy Fawkes Night 1753, the effigy of the gunpowder plotter was replaced by a mannikin Jew, with hooked nose and beard, burned to black ash on the bonfire in imitation of a Spanish auto-dafé. A fantasy of the anti-Semites was that Jews secretly craved and gobbled the very pork they pretended to abhor. Caricatures featured buxom Jewesses, their breasts spilling from the neckline, leaning greasily forward to kiss a piglet, an anglicised version of the old German Judensau in which Jews sucked at the teats of porkers or greedily swallowed their s**t. 1753 and the years following saw random pork forcings. Jews on the road or in taverns were jumped on, roped to a pillar, their mouths pulled open and crammed with scalding gammon and bacon. ‘Get a bit of pork / Stick it on a fork / And give it to a Jew boy, a Jew.’… You know a Jew at first sight,’ wrote William Romaine, a famous evangelical preacher at St George’s Hanover

Square, ‘look at his eyes. Don’t you see a malignant blackness underneath them which gives them such a cast as bespeaks guilt and murder. ‘You can always tell a Jew by this mask it throws such a dead livid aspect over all his features that he carries enough evidence in his face to convict him of being a crucifier.’ No one said that of Daniel Mendoza’s face, or to it, especially not after it had become one of the most famous phizzes in England. In the late 1780s and 90s it was everywhere: on tankards and teapots; snuff boxes and rummers; posters and songsheets. And it was a departure from the usual Jewish grotesque beloved by the caricaturists: lank-haired, bearded, greasy-chopped, hook-nosed. Though it was beyond even his power to succeed entirely, for a while at least, Mendoza elbowed Shylock aside as the archetype of a Jew.  Simon Schama’s Belonging: The Story of the Jews (1492-1900) is published by The Bodley Head, priced £25 (hardback) and available as an audiobook


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Lifestyle / Iconic designs

From Zero to heroes of the design world Francine Wolfisz visits a new exhibition revealing the impact of the Jewish émigrés behind some of Britain’s most iconic designs

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rom Tate & Lyle, C&A and John Lewis to Raleigh’s “Chopper” bike, Penguin books and bus seat fabrics, all are instantly recognisable through their distinctive brands and logos. Yet for all their familiarity, the stories of the Jewish immigrants behind these iconic designs are less well-known. Now a new exhibition at the Jewish Museum is shedding light on the “staggering effect” these émigré designers had in changing the way large companies sold their products and, ultimately, in helping Britain’s post-war manufacturing boom. Showcasing the work of 18 designers, the space is filled with more than 150 exhibits, largely on loan from the University of Brighton Design Archives. Among them is a short film featuring the Czechoslovakian-born designer Dorrit Dekk, who after moving to the UK in 1938, served as a secret “listener” at Bletchley Park and went on to an illustrious career with the Orient Line (later P&O), the Post Office Savings Bank, Penguin, Tatler and London Transport. One of her most famous posters, “Coughs and Sneezes, spread diseases”, designed for the Central Office of Information in the 1950s, is still fondly remembered today. Trained at a prestigious art school in Vienna, her talent would have counted for nothing, had she stayed in Austria. As she reflects in the film, she had designed the set for A Midsummer

Above and right: German-born designer FHK Henrion and his designs for Tate & Lyle

Night’s Dream, but when she went along to the theatre for the opening night, she found a note at the entrance: “Jews not allowed.” While Dekk escaped before the war, her contemporary Romek Marber was sent to the Bochnia Ghetto in Poland. Saved from being transported to the Belzec death camp, Marber finally arrived in Britain in 1946. After studying at St Martin’s School of Art and later the Royal College of Art, he soon became a force to be reckoned with at Penguin books. As curator Joanne Rosenthal explains: “His influence in book design was immeasurable. He came up with this geometric, prescriptive grid showing how book covers should be designed, and was originally intended for the Penguin crime series only, but it worked so well that it was rolled out across all their paperbacks.” Another leading light of the design world was the German-born designer FHK Henrion, who studied poster design in Paris, before arriving in England in 1936. During the war, he was interned as an enemy alien on the Isle of Man, but released after the Artists’ Refugee Council persuaded the government that his

Above: The anti-Nazi poster Four Hands by FHK Henrion was distributed across Europe after the fall of the Third Reich. Below: An entertainment card designed by Dorrit Dekk

talents could be used to help the war effort. One of his most iconic posters, Four Hands, produced in 1944, show representations of Britain, France, America and Russia grabbing a swastika and tearing it apart. But it was as much his post-war creations for the likes of the National Theatre, C&A and Tate & Lyle that would secure him a place in design history. “His influence on British society was massive,” adds Rosenthal. “He was in many ways a pioneer of corporate identity and design, and his logo for Tate & Lyle is as close to perfection as you can get. The letters are formed from sugar cubes, perfectly stripped down. The logo is instantly recognisable and still used today.” Many would also recognise the work of German-born designer Hans Schleger, who moved to the UK in 1932. His modernised bus stop signs remain largely unchanged today, while John Lewis, Penguin Books and Mac Fisheries can all thank

him for their iconic logos. He was appointed a royal designer for industry in 1959, but his distinguished status was not always apparent. An advertising poster for Shell, designed in 1938, is signed with Schleger’s pseudonym, Zero. “It was a wry comment on the status of the graphic designer at that time,” adds Rosenthal. “But this exhibition spans the period of time where that begins to change radically and the divisions between fine art and graphic design start to collapse. “The timing of all this was critical. Many of these Jewish immigrants were trained at prestigious, avant garde schools in Germany and Austria, and they came over here at

a time when the state was becoming more interested in using visual media for propaganda and raising public morale. “The skills and talent they brought really had quite an amazing effect on design in Britain.”

Above: The 1970s Raleigh Chopper bicycle designed by Tom Karen. Top right: Walk when you can poster by Jan Le Witt and George Him

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Sedra: Lech Lecha / It’s Biblical/ Orthodox Judaism

SEDRA

It’s Biblical

Lech Lecha BY RABBI SHAUL ROSENBLATT

RABBI JEFF BERGER

When God tells Abraham to leave his home and travel to the land of Canaan, He promises that his children will become great nations and he will find fame and fortune. Despite Abraham’s initial reservations, God promises all will be taken care of. This reflects a deep and fundamental principle in Judaism – if you do the right thing in life, you won’t lose out. It’s how I try to live my life and I find that it always works. Let me give examples. In business, it seems that being a little bit unethical or just a tad dishonest will bring better results than not. But while owning up to a mistake might mean people are unhappy with you, in the longer term, they will respect your integrity. In another instance, my wife and I were literally walking out the door to start our holiday when we received news that a good friend’s son had passed away suddenly. I got on the next plane to Israel. My going made a huge difference to the family and the people we were renting a house from allowed us to postpone our stay to the following week. Doing the right thing didn’t make us lose out. Many years ago I had a car accident. There were no witnesses, so he could never have proved it was my fault. But it was and I admitted this unreservedly. I also had no way of proving the damage I had caused, but felt it right to send him a cheque. He wrote a lovely letter saying he just wanted to see I was honest – but he did not need the money. Abraham became very wealthy, he is still famous 3,500 years after his death, and his descendants are as numerous as stars. Don’t be afraid of doing the right thing. It’ll always work for you.

 Rabbi Shaul Rosenblatt is founder of Tikun UK

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Naomi, whose name means pleasantness, lived a life that was anything but. She appears in the narrative as the silent, accommodating wife of Elimelekh, a wealthy man from Bethlehem. When famine struck, the family disingenuously moved to Moab. In the ensuing 10 years, sadly, first her husband, and then her married sons died off. As the widow Naomi’s high status evaporated, she rediscovered her own voice. Deciding to return to Bethlehem, she attempted to cut all ties with Moab. Yet one of her two daughters-in-law insisted on travelling back with her; their delicate devotion to each other is beautifully conveyed in the Book of Ruth. Returning home to country and kinsmen, Naomi asked those remembering her to call her Mara (bitterness).

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the same. Few realise the faith, courage and ingenuity needed to press forward, so it’s uplifting to read that back home, Naomi emerged a transformed woman. Her resourcefulness and Ruth’s cooperation enlisted their kinsman’s redemptive aid. Boaz, after marrying Ruth, also bought back Elimelekh’s mortgaged fields, so Naomi returned to social importance and was credited with raising Ruth’s child, Obed, from whom King David would descend. Let us not pretend Jewish communities in the UK and elsewhere are without our share of struggling single mothers, once socially vibrant widows and those whose fortunes have simply worsened. From Naomi, we learn adversity shouldn’t be allowed to define any one of us. But, equally, it is incumbent upon us to lend support and help to relieve the bitterness of the Naomis of the Jewish world. They have much to add to our communal success.  Jeff Berger is rabbi of the Rambam Sephardi Synagogue in Elstree and Borehamwood. He can be contacted at RabbiJeffLondon@gmail.com


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Progressive Judaism / The Bible Says What? / Progressively Speaking

The Bible Says What?

Progressively Speaking

‘Tower of Babel was not the problem; it was how humans engaged with it’

Race disparity audit a damning indictment on our society

BY RABBI RENÉ PFERTZEL The story of the Tower of Babel is short, just nine verses and, at first reading, deeply unsettling. Surely, having a common project for humankind – in this case building a tower with “its top in heaven” – is a good thing? All too often we regret the absence of common good in our societies. I sometimes think that if only we had a modern Tower of Babel it would unify us all and lead us to forget what divides us. But Torah warns us against such an enterprise. It seems to suggest that we would forget the true Creator of the world by trying to attain heaven – the builders proclaiming “let’s make a name for ourselves, or we will be scattered all over the earth”. Upon seeing what they were about to achieve, God decided to do what they had feared – dispersing them and making them speak many different languages. Further Jewish thinking, however, shows that the problem is not the tower itself, but how they

engaged with it. “The project produced jealousy and mean competition, a misuse of technology and a cruel disregard for the worth of each individual life,” wrote Rabbi Harvey Fields. In his Pantagruel (1532), the French writer François Rabelais concluded: “Science without conscience is but the ruin of the soul”. The people in Babel mastered the art of brick making, of moulding and heating the clay, but they did not use these technological advances to improve the peoples’ life, to build houses for the poor or hospitals for the ill and ageing. Instead, they used all these resources to build the highest tower in the world – an act of hubris without any concern for the most fragile. What we Progressive Jews can take from this story is that, as grandiose as it may be, any project without a strong ethical grounding is doomed.

 René Pfertzel is rabbi at Kingston Liberal Synagogue

BY RABBI MIRIAM BERGER I was walking up the road after dropping my son at school last week, when a mother told me her six-yearold daughter had come home from school declaring she wanted to be Jewish. The mum had initially been taken aback, as this particular Afro-Caribbean family are deeply committed Christians, but it hadn’t taken long to establish her child’s deep commitment to a new faith resulted from days off school taken by my son and his Jewish classmates to celebrate the chaggim during the month of Tishri. I was able to commiserate with her immediately, as that very morning I had been having a similar conversation with my own son, who was deeply frustrated there are certain hairstyles, sported by his footballing heroes, that I simply couldn’t achieve with his very straight, mousey blonde hair. The pictures he showed me were

of people of Afro-Caribbean descent, whose hair is simply different from ours. I am thrilled for my son and his friends to understand what makes us different, but the recent Race Disparity Audit in the UK has left me feeling cold, because the reality is that it’s more than religious practice and hairstyles that separate us. It is a damning indictment on society and deeply embarrassing. Theresa May said, as she launched the findings of the audit: “We know that Britain today in the 21st century is a diverse multi-ethnic democracy.

Diversity is a source of strength and pride for us. But when one person works just as hard as another person – and has got the same ambitions and aspirations – but experiences a worse outcome solely on the grounds of their ethnicity, then this is a problem that I believe we have to confront.” What this audit shows is that there isn’t anywhere to hide. And that’s not just for government, it is for society as a whole. The issues are now out in the open and we all have a responsibility to work together to tackle them. These two six-year-olds are simply Londoners born and bred. I hope they, like all children born in this country, will grow up in a new world, where the stark realisation of this disparity changes society and ensures the differences between them that cannot be rationally explained, simply won’t exist anymore.  Miriam Berger is rabbi at Finchley Reform Synagogue

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The ‘gateway to Hertfordshire’ is the gateway to happiness, say industry experts. With Yavneh College students rubbing shoulders with A-listers on their way to Elstree Studios, what’s not to like? Our spotlight highlights the town and its appealing properties.

We speak to the estate agents who bravely set up shop in Edgware almost 30 years ago, during one of the worst recessions in recent history. They recall how a two-bed property (now worth more than £300,000) became their first sale... for a mere £51,000!

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Local property experts Morris & Joel reveal the key reasons why Borehamwood has become such a magnet for homebuyers

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of fraud involve persuading people to pay into non-existent investment funds. Simon Nosworthy describes property fraud as when ‘someone steals your identity and sells or mortgages your property by pretending to be you’. Who is especially vulnerable to property fraud? Anyone is a potential victim of property fraud, however, especially vulnerable include properties that are either vacant, tenanted, being refurbished or mortgage free. The elderly are also considered more at risk of property fraud. In the case of McLaren he took advantage of older people by offering his services as a financial adviser, and over time encouraged them to hand over the title deeds of their properties. Why does property fraud occur? Homeowners may be unaware that information held with the Land Registry is available to view by anyone through the Land Registry website. This unfortunately includes fraudsters, who can find out who owns a property and if there are any mortgages over it. Fraudsters can also find out lender details and sample signatures. In 2003 the Land Registry also did away with traditional paper certificates, which had to be presented to the Land Registry on any dealings relating to the property.

How you can protect your property One of the best ways to protect your property is by registering for property alerts at the Land Registry website. Once registered if anyone applies to change the register of your property you will receive an email alert. Although the service will not stop any changes from being made it will alert you to any fraudulent intentions on your property. Homeowners can also place a restriction on your title, which prevents the Land Registry from registering a sale or mortgage on your property unless a solicitor certifies the application was made by you. It is also important to ensure that your property solicitor has a rigorous anti-money laundering and identity check process to reduce the risk of property fraud. Osbornes Law are accredited by the Law Society under the ‘Conveyancing Quality Scheme’ which is a kitemark awarded by the Law Society only to law firms who adhere to strict requirements of the Law Society to prevent fraud. Simon Nosworthy, Partner simon.nosworthy@osborneslaw.com Mark Freedman, Partner mark.freedman@osborneslaw.com

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Understanding Edgware Last week estate agents Bladon Sears celebrated its 27th anniversary in Edgware. Being based in the area for so many years not only makes the firm experts in HA8, but affords a unique perspective on the way the place has changed. Nigel Sears agreed to elaborate on Edgware What was Edgware like when you first set up shop in 1990? As a young enthusiastic estate agent, we foolishly (or not) opened in the middle of a huge recession. At that time, the majority of our clientele who were selling had been in the area for a good number of years, but decided that it was time to move out of the area, with many relocating to Elstree and Radlett. We found the majority of our buyers were very mixed from all ethnic minorities. There was always a friendly family feel to the area and the Broadwalk Shopping Centre had not been open that long, so that was a definite plus.

What was the housing market like in Edgware then? As I said we opened in a recession, which had gripped the country for about two years. Prices were somewhat in a downward spiral. A typical threebedroom detached house in a good road would be in the region of £130,000 and a three-bedroom semi started at £85,000 in a reasonable road on the Broadfields side of Edgware. Our very first sale was a large two-bedroom flat in Springwood Crescent for £51,000. Did you have a favourite road? I’ve always have been great lover of Canons Drive and the roads off it. In particular, I’ve always loved the houses on the road that have retained the character from when they were first built. The pond is pretty and the lake is gorgeous! Also, Canons Park is at the top of the road, which is marvellous and also very sociable, especially for dog lovers. I used to walk my beautiful golden retriever in Canons Park

every morning, prior to bringing him into work with me, where his reputation preceded him! How much has Canons Drive changed? Actually very little except several houses have been extended and, only on a few occasions, houses have been pulled down and a much larger house built on the plot. By Canons Park, at the top of Canons Drive is North London Collegiate School, which has become even more popular. We find many families moving into these roads once their daughter has been able to secure a place at this very prestigious girls’ school.

Glendale Avenue, Edgware What are the best things about Edgware that you highlight to a potential buyer? £699,950  Underground Station (Northern Line) Situated on this highly sought after quiet  Family orientated area with many places road, we are delighted to offer this spacious and of worship. bright 3 bedroom semi detached home is  For the growing observant Jewish which also benefits from further potential community there are many small synagogues for all spectrums of the religion. to extend subject to planning.  The area is seen to be very safe in certain

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West Way, Edgware Offers In Excess Of £700,000 We are delighted to offer this well presented four bedroom, two bathroom, semi-detached family home, which is only a 10 minute walk away, along with local shops and the Broadwalk shopping centre.

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How much has the profile of the typical buyer changed? So much. We still have vendors and purchasers from many ethnic minorities and, having been here for 27 years, many of the vendors bought through us and some houses we have sold three or four times. The Broadfields side of Edgware has become very popular with the observant Jewish community, with many purchasers moving from Hendon, Stamford Hill and Golders Green. The infrastructure is very strong, with many kosher shops opening up on Glengall Parade and at the bottom of Edgwarebury Lane going onto Hale Lane. The community feeling is very strong and because of not driving on Sabbath, we find that we move a family with their young children into a house and then, within a few months, we are selling to the parents as they need to be in walking distance from their family. Has the demand to be in a school catchment area impacted on your business? Rosh Pinah Primary School has always been

a huge pull to the area and it continues to do so. Rosh Pinah gives preference to those living within close proximity, making the Broadfields side of Edgware even more popular. How much is a family home in Edgware now? Going back to the properties mentioned from 27 years ago:  A three-bedroom detached house would now start from £700,000.  A three-bedroom semi on the Broadfields side of Edgware starts from £525,000.  And that two-bedroom flat would now have a value of just under £300,000. We now have had a number of sales reaching more than £1million, but a home needs to be big and very beautiful to achieve that price.


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Ask our Our trusty team of advisers answer your questions about everything from law and finance to dating and dentistry. This week: Drama classes for shy children, comfy chairs for the elderly and coping with hearing loss...

LOUISE LEACH

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DANCING WITH LOUISE Dear Louise I have a 13-year-old daughter with an interest in drama. However, she has never done any acting before. She is also painfully shy but, in order to gain confidence, needs to go to classes. Is it too late for her to start? Is this something I should have been sending her to from a young age? Can you give me any encouragement as I don’t want to put my already under-confident child into a pressurised situation. Maxine Dear Maxine It is never too late to start drama classes. Unlike ballet, where you must start from the basics and

ELAINE FERGUSON MOBILITY SPECIALIST

FORTUNA MOBILITY CENTRE Dear Elaine I’ve purchased a riser recliner chair for my elderly mother in an effort to help her feel more comfortable. She’d been complaining all her chairs were uncomfortable and now complains her new chair is as bad, so is using lots of cushions. Daniel

Dear Daniel I know you were trying to help but it sounds as if your mother’s new chair may have been bought in haste and using cushions around a chair is a clear sign it does not fit properly. Poor sitting postures and unsuitable seating can develop and/or exacerbate physical and medical conditions with consequences on quality of life, wellbeing and comfort. As we age muscles can become weaker which encourages leaning or slipping down when seated. There is now lots of choice available for with chairs for the elderly or mobility impaired both off the shelf and made to measure options.

master technique, when it comes to drama classes your daughter should find an age appropriate class and be able to join as a total beginner. Most theatre schools should be able to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for every child to grow and flourish at their own pace. It is definitely worthwhile mentioning to the teacher that your daughter is shy so they know to gently ease her in and not put her on the spot until she feels ready Our teen classes have mixed ability and students really vary in terms of their experience and length of time they have been attending. A good class with an experienced teacher should include fun drama games designed to allow students to work on improvisation and communication skills. An improvement in self-confidence and public speaking are also added benefits of taking part in drama classes. Good luck!

Many have a five-year warranty and are made in the UK with lots of choice on material and style. At Fortuna we always include a full seating assessment by taking the user’s measurements to find the correct seat height, width, depth and back height for the user. It also includes considering medical conditions, mobility problems, pressure risks and any future needs. Your mother really needs a chair that fits her, so I recommend a visit to a mobility centre like ours for your mother to try out a range of high-back chairs and riser recliners before you buy her a replacement. I hope this helps.

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JEWISH DEAF ASSOCIATION Dear Sue I used to enjoy going to discussion groups and chatting to others. Now I can’t hear well, I can’t follow what people are saying so I rarely bother going. I’m starting to feel very depressed about it, and I miss interacting with people. Rochelle

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Hi Rochelle You are not alone. Hearing loss can lead to withdrawal. Which is why social interaction is at the core of everything JDA offers: • We have a vibrant fortnightly discussion group especially for people with a hearing loss; it is facilitated by a group leader who ensures that everyone speaks one at a time and that all who attend are involved and able to follow. • Our book club also has the needs of hard of hearing people in mind. Each month a book is chosen, read, and then discussed next time – again, a facilitator is there to make sure that everyone can take part in equal measure and is never left out.

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• If you live in the borough of Barnet you can come along to the Hear to Meet social group once a month at JDA. Why not try one of our lively lipreading classes held every Monday? I really recommend this. They’re topical, interesting and lots of fun (I always hear them laughing together from upstairs in my office!) The classes are a great way to meet people – and everyone loves them once they’ve taken the plunge and given them a try! Do get in touch with us, Rochelle. There’s a lot on offer for you here at JDA. If you’d like more information, please contact Gabrielle on 020 8446 0214 or gabrielle@jdeaf.org.uk


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

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Scrabble lost for words after heavy cup defeat MGBSFL Premier Division side Redbridge A made sure they weren’t on the wrong end of a Peter Morrison Cup upset as four goals from Nathan Sollosi helped them to a comfortable 7-1 win at Scrabble. Goals from Sam Sollosi, Sam McCarthyandJames Barkley completed the rout for Jon Jacobs’ side. Shock of the day saw Division Two side Fairlop FC stun Premier Division side Hendon, beating them 4-2 on penalties after the sides played out a 3-3 draw. Falling behind three times, Max Freedman’s double and James Jaconelli’s strike took the tie to a shoot-out, where Freedman, Bradley Gayer, Aaron Dias and Jaconelli all converted. Player-manager Aaron Dias said: “I’m so proud and happy for all the players. We knew it was going to be tough today and to be fair to Hendon they have some top quality players with lots of experience at this level. but our pure passion and determination won us this football match.” A hat-trick from Danny Sherman helped Camden Park to a 5-2 win over Division Two side FC Team, with Dan Orgel and Max Saunders also on target. Goals from Alex Lewis, Josh Laurier and Daniel Sinclair saw Los Blancos win 3-0 at Straw

Hat Pirates. In the Premier Division, London Lions Blue are up into fourth spot after a 4-2 win at Raiders A. Josh Bloom scored twice, with Michael Kenley and Ed Brafman also on target. Raiders B consolidated third spot in Division One thanks to a 6-2 win at L’Equipe. Scott Waissel scored twice, with David Esterkin, Jake Gilbert, Rob Blackman and Danny Bloom also all on target. Oakwood B claimed their first league win in style, beating Redbridge C 5-1. Sam Cantor and Sam Modlin helped themselves to two goals each, with Dan Ash also on target. Catford & Bromley maintained top spot in Division Two as goals from Jamie Sinai, Alex Jacobs, Mitch Green and Jason Shoffman saw them win 4-1 at Temple Fortune. Benny Goldberg’s double helped Real Hendon to a 3-1 win at Boca Jewniors, with Adam Hersh also on target. Two goals from Moshe Lewis, along with Rob Cohen’s strike saw Faithfold B beat Hertswood Vale 3-1.

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Camden Park 5 FC Team 2 Fairlop 3 Hendon 3 (F won on pens) Scrabble 1 Redbridge A 7 Straw Hat Pirates 0 Los Blancos 3

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JUNIOR RESULTS WATFORD FRIENDLY LEAGUE: U18 – London Lions White 0 Northwood Reds 2 U16 – HMH United 6 Alexandra Park South 3, HMH Raiders 5 St Albans Rangers Red 0, London Lions White 5 Enfield 3, Hinton & Finchley Revolution Legends 4 London Lions Blue 3 U15 – St Albans City South 4 HMH Foxes 1, HMH Panthers 11 Brady Maccabi White 0, Hendon Youth 5 London Lions White 2 U14 – Borehamwood 2000 8 HMH Galaxy 0, St Albans City East 2 HMH Fire 2, HMH Dynamo 2 St Albans Rangers Zelos 0, London Lions Blue 0 Edmonton Eagles Barsulola 5, Omonia Youth Yellow 0 London Lions White 18 U13 – HMH Juniors 4 Hendon United White 1, HMH Galaxy 6 HGS Academy 2, London Lions White 4 Colney Heath Harriers 0 U12 – Hendon Red 6 Borehamwood 2000 1, Harvesters Tigers 3 London Lions Blue 5

HAT-TRICK HEROES WATFORD FRIENDLY LEAGUE: U16 – Josh Blakeney (HMH United, Shneur Levin (HMH Raiders) U15 – Jack Adey, Sayed Abduli (both HMH Panthers) U14 – Joe Bregman 4, Louis Sampson, Ben Barnett (all London Lions White) U13 – Aron Graham (HMH Galaxy) U12 –Akiva Maxwell (Hendon Red)

Brady boys hand Lions first defeat MASTERS Lions A missed out on the chance to go jointtop of the Division One Masters table after they lost 4-2 to Brady. Goals from Alex Bourne, Mark Wagman (pictured), Graeme Grossman and Shnayer Shapiro all handing Lions their first league loss of the season. Chigwell moved into second spot as goals from Jonathan Swead, Richard Slater, Glenn Davis and Scott Warren saw them beat HMH 4-1. EHRS Stonegrove extended their lead at the top of the Division Two table to five points as they made it five wins from five. Ashley Davidson’s double, along with strikes from Dean Schulberg, Marc Morris and an own goal seeing them to a 5-3 win over Glenthorne. Hendon Harriers secured their first win of the season after a 3-1 win over Brady B. Ian Sumray, Paul Herszaft and Ilan Cohen’s penalty seeing them to the points.


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London Lions are seven games away from Wembley after a man-of-the-match performance from Adam Burchell (pictured) saw them through to the second round of the FA Vase. Burchell’s double strike, either side of Charlie Kasler’s goal, saw Andy Landesberg’s side to a 3-2 win over Clapton, in a match which was played out in front of a 200-strong crowd at Rowley Lane. The club’s vice chairman Nathan Kosky said: “It’s a massive credit to Andy and his team that we are once again making great progress. With young players performing alongside some older heads, it’s truly exciting times at the club.” The team will travel to Leighton Town in the next round on 11 November.

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This year’s Maccabi GB Lawn Bowls Tour participants enjoyed a mixture of matches and sightseeing. Having played against Haifa, Kiryat Ono, Netanya and Ra’anana Bowls clubs, the group also enjoyed a walking tour of Akko, visited the (UJIA project) Carmiel Children’s Village, while also spent a day in Jerusalem where they visited the Knesset and Ammunition Hill to see the new interactive museum. The tour was also hosted by the Wingate Institute, Israel’s National Centre for Excellence in Sport, where they were shown around some laboratories and the Centre of Sports Excellence, which prepares athletes for Olympics and international events.

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Challengers complete Norwood trek More than 200 cyclists have completed a series of challenges across Israel to celebrate 25 years of Norwood International Challenges. Participants, between them, took part in three cycles and one trek, before all meeting up in Eilat. Norwood director of fundraising and marketing Abi Levitt, who was one

of the challengers, said: “Riding with the people we support was a great experience. The whole week was just brilliant. We’re proud

to have made it to 25 years of International Challenges, now we can’t wait to kick off the next 25 years in 2018!”

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