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19 February Central London venue NIGHT OF HEROES will proudly showcase those whose courage, strength, conviction, commitment and determination justly earn them the accolade ‘hero’. In front of hundreds of guests, hosted by David Walliams and with entertainment from some of the leading names in British showbiz, Jewish News’ Night of Heroes, in association with LABS, will shine a spotlight on their work in a glitzy London setting befitting these individuals’ contribution. And of course, like all the best Jewish events, the evening will be fuelled by a three-course kosher dinner by Food Story and an open bar.

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AWARD CATEGORIES COMMUNITY HERO Honouring an individual who has worked tirelessly over many years to help those in need or performed an extraordinary act of kindness or bravery over the past two years, perhaps overcoming personal adversity in the process.

YOUNG HERO A shining example to young and not-so-young alike, this individual will be aged under 19 by the date of Night Of Heroes and have made a significant impact on the lives of their family, community or indeed country, through acts of kindness or bravery during the last two years.

INTERFAITH HERO Faith communities are often portrayed as being in constant conflict, but followers often have much in common and are strongest when working together. This award will honour an individual or group who have shown innovation in interfaith, united people across faiths for the benefit of society or have developed a project enabling one faith to aid another in need over the last two years.

COMMUNAL INITIATIVE Recognising a stand-out project that has come to fruition during the last two years. Whether a new organisation, facility, campaign or project, it will have had a transformative impact on the UK Jewish landscape or, after emerging from within Jewish institutions, on the wider country or beyond.

ISRAEL HERO Recognising the extraordinary work of a hero or team based in Israel that has contributed to the well-being or betterment of the country, the region or the world at large over the last two years. This work – which will have generated pride across the UK Jewish community – could be in the area of charity endeavour, science or innovation but is not limited to these fields.

COMMUNITY ALLY We may be a community of just 300,000 people but there are no shortage of friends who can be relied on to stand up in support. This award will honour a non-Jewish hero who has used their voice to fight anti-Semitism, delegitimisation of Israel or simply supported the community in the media, in politics or elsewhere over the last two years.

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Blood brothers

New Golders Green mosque members among 25,000 Mitzvah Day volunteers participating in record 1,200 charity projects

Members of the planned new Islamic Centre in the former Golders Green Hippodrome donated blood at Golders Green United Synagogue on Sunday for Mitzvah Day to help “integrate into the community”. In a tonic to those who have waged a campaign to prevent the Islamic Centre from opening, several members of the would-be mosque turned up to give blood, saying they wanted to be good neighbours with the heavilyJewish community. “As a Muslim organisation in north-west London we will do everything in our power to help our community to integrate into the local community,” said Ahmed Al-Kazemi from the centre, known as Markaz El Tathgheef El Eslami (the Centre for Islamic Enlightening). “The blood drive at the synagogue is a really wonderful opportunity to find common ground and realise how much we share when we look past the externals. “A few of our youth members were honoured to donate blood, and we look forward to working with all our neighbours in the future, whether they are Jewish, Christian, from any faiths, or none.” Rabbi Sam Fromson said the 600-member shul was “delighted” to welcome the Islamic delegation, saying: “It was a pleasure to meet our new neighbours and we look forward to working together to establish a warm and constructive relationship between our communities.” Rabbi Natan Levy, of the Faiths Forum for London, which facilitated this initial meeting said: “It is small gestures of cooperation like this that speak louder than the calls of hate and fear that attempt to divide us. “We can all be proud of our Jewish com-

Members of the planned Centre for Islamic Enlightening in Golders Green said they were ‘honoured’ to donate blood for Mitzvah Day

munity for opening its doors with grace and warmth.” A public consultation on the application for the new centre, which closed last month, has received more than 200 objections, while a petition highlighting the centre’s impact on congestion, pollution, traffic and the “deterioration of

the quality of our lives and our safety” attracted more than 5,000 signatures. One wrote: “This is going to force the Jewish population to run away, and make this beautiful neighbourhood too crowded with loads of burkas and veils.” Mitzvah Day founder Laura Marks made reference to the involvement of Muslims, saying

the interfaith element was more important “in a divided world, where we’re increasingly suspicious and often fearful of neighbours”.

Full Mitzvah Day coverage on pages 8, 18, 24, 25 & 26

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi – an apology In a column written by Colonel Richard Kemp published in Jewish News and jewishnews.co.uk on 6 April 2017, it was suggested that Baroness Sayeeda Warsi has sought to excuse the appalling conduct of the barbaric Islamic State terror group. The column also suggested that Baroness Warsi has objected to action being taken against

British Muslims who murder and rape for Islamic State. We wish to make absolutely clear that these allegations were wholly untrue and should never have been published. Baroness Warsi is utterly appalled by the actions of ISIS and all terror groups (indeed, she is widely reported to be on an ISIS death list herself) and has never

said anything to remotely suggest otherwise. She also believes that ISIS fighters returning to the UK should face the full force of British law. We apologise unreservedly to Baroness Sayeeda Warsi and have agreed to pay her substantial damages, which she will be giving to charity.


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News / Violence warning / Refugee call / World AIDS Day

Rabbis urge: Don’t ignore abuse Rabbis will urge their communities not to “close their eyes” to domestic violence this Shabbat, in a major awareness-raising campaign. In a message timed to coincide with International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Jewish Women’s Aid (JWA), the Board of Deputies and synagogue movements have joined forces to push for change closer to home. JWA chief executive Naomi Dickson said the community had “come together to make a clear statement, supporting women affected by domestic violence and abuse... I hope women continue to contact us for support whenever they need it”. Board president Jonathan Arkush said: “Our eyes must be open to the scale and severity of abuse committed in the home, and we have to ensure that any person who falls victim to it

knows where to look for help.” The campaign, which is supported by the United Synagogue, Masorti, Reform and Liberal Judaism, as well as the S&P Sephardi community, will see a day of action today (Thursday) at Brent Cross Shopping Centre to mark the event. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said: “There is no place for violence in our homes, where every person has a right to feel safe and protected. It is our duty to wipe out every last trace of it. I urge everyone to take a stand against the scourge of domestic violence.” Praising JWA, Senior Reform Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner said: “The language of the ketubah, the Jewish wedding contract, outlines responsibilities, but also rights. Every woman has the right to peace at home.” Senior Masorti Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg said: “Emotional, verbal

























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Senior Reform Rabbi Laura JannerKlausner has called for urgent action on the “forgotten” refugee crisis affecting thousands of Jews in eastern Ukraine. Janner-Klausner made the comments following a trip to the country, where she met Jewish families who had fled hundreds of miles because their home town was being bombed in a war between the government and Russia-backed rebels. “Our community has led the way in responding to the refugee crisis in Europe,” she said. “Now is the time to redouble our efforts for those fleeing conflict within Ukraine, including Jews. This is our forgotten refugee crisis.” Janner-Klausner heard eyewitness testimony from Jewish refugees – known as internally displaced persons under

WJR’s Richard Verber in Ukraine

international law – on a trip organised by World Jewish Relief (WJR), which has long supported Jewish families in the country. Writing in this week’s newspaper, Janner-Klausner notes: “Jews led to their fate at Babi Yar left belongings at home. Their expectation was that they would return. The same goes for today’s refugees from the east – one day they, too, hope to return, but so many buildings and lives have been shattered.” WJR chair Dan Rosenfield said: “We thought the idea of a Jewish refugee crisis was a thing of the past. Meeting Jews who have lost everything should serve as a wake-up call.”  Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, page 20

Gay Men’s Chorus in shul SHOAH GRAVE CARE primary rabbinical ference of European Rabbis show for World AIDS Day Europe’s alliance has agreed to work (CER) and the US Commission

Up to 100 singers from the renowned London Gay Men’s Chorus are due to grace the stage at West London Synagogue for a special event on Sunday, 3 December to raise funds for World AIDS Day. Proceeds from the annual show, called ‘Resistance,’ will go to Jewish AIDS Trust and – for the first time – partner organisation Israel AIDS Task Force. The latter’s director, Dr Yuval Livnat, will be coming to London for the service and concert. A spokesman for West London Synagogue (WLS), a Reform shul near Marble Arch, said: “This concert will take us back in time to the music of resistance and hope

that reminds us of the early days in the war against HIV and AIDS.” Europe’s largest gay men’s choir is set to perform a selection of moving anthems such as Come What May, Bridge Over Troubled Water and What I Did For Love. WLS Rabbi David Mitchell said he was “immensely proud” that the synagogue was once again hosting the “exceptional” choir. “For the past five years, each and every World AIDS Day, we mark the passing of those we have lost, celebrate the survival of those who live on with HIV and AIDS, and renew our resolve to keep fighting until we have beaten this disease,” he said.

with US heritage workers to preserve Holocaust graves across the continent. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Monaco between the Con-

for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad. “This agreement will mean our organisations can work in closer cooperation,” said CER president Rabbi Goldschmidt.


The capital’s iconic Kindertransport statue at Liverpool Street Station has been embellished with bright red coats, to encourage Londoners to donate old clothes to those in need by charity Hands on London.

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Hezbollah flags / News briefs / News

Ellman pushing Met on hate flags A Labour MP has called on the Metropolitan Police to raise concerns about protesters waving Hezbollah flags at the annual anti-Israel Al-Quds Day march in London. Louise Ellman has met with police chiefs and expressed concern that marchers were exploiting a legal loophole, under which it is only an offence under Section 13 of the Terrorism Act to support Hezbollah’s military wing, not the political wing. That is because only the military wing is proscribed as a terrorist group. Ellman, who is vice-chair of Labour Friends of Israel, and others have urged Home Secretary Amber Rudd to proscribe the entire group, arguing that Hezbollah chiefs themselves make no distinction between the political and armed wings. After the meeting, she said: “The flag of a terrorist organisation that explicitly seeks the destruction of the world’s


ROBERT WINSTON WINS BOOK PRIZE TV professor Robert Winston has won his fourth Royal Society young people’s book prize with Home Lab, a collection of scientific experiments done from home. The judges, who were aged between six and 10, selected Winston’s latest book from a shortlist, making it four wins in 12 years for the London-born doctor, scientist and life peer. In the foreward, Winston talks about how he became fascinated with science, saying: “What most interested me was doing my own experiments.”

PORTMAN HAS ‘100 STORIES OF ABUSE’ Concerns: Louise Ellman outside New Scotland Yard

only Jewish state has no place on the streets of London.” Ellman added: “If the police are unable to take action under existing legislation, the home secretary should now move to proscribe the Hezbollah organisation in its entirety.”

Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman said she has had “discrimination or harassment on almost everything I’ve ever worked on in some way.” Portman was asked about the many sexual harassment and abuse allegations coming out of Hollywood. “I have definitely never been assaulted, definitely not, but I’ve had discrimination or harassment on almost everything I’ve ever worked on in some way,” the Oscar-winning actress told a Los Angeles audience. [JTA]

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News analysis / Hezbollah in Lebanon

The Muddle East Growing tension between the region’s two biggest rivals threatens a new war against an old enemy, writes Stephen Oryszczuk


ebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri was hosting a dinner earlier this month when a message came through on his phone. Guests say his demeanour “changed instantly”. He excused himself. Three hours later he was on a plane to Saudi Arabia. Next day he was on Saudi TV announcing his shock resignation. In a speech thought to have been written by Riyadh, the Saudi capital, Hariri blamed the Saudis’ arch enemy, Iran, and Iran’s proxy militia in Lebanon, Hezbollah. It left Lebanon stunned, including Hariri’s allies. Lebanon’s president suggested Hariri was essentially a Saudi hostage. Adding an air of the dramatic, Hariri said his life was in danger, evoking memories of his billionaire father Rafik, whose 2005 assassination – blamed on Hezbollah – provoked a minor revolution. Last week the Saudis ordered their citizens out of Lebanon. Within hours, Gulf allies did likewise. What is going on, and why is it relevant to Israel? Think of it like plate tectonics. After 38 years of building pressure, two of the great regional land masses – Sunni superpower Saudi Arabia and Shia superpower Iran – are colliding, triggering earthquakes. The next will be in Lebanon. Why now? The new, all-powerful 32-year-old Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose ageing father sits on the throne, is desperate for a win. In the game of chess that is the muddled Middle East, the Saudis have lost several valuable pieces in Syria, where they bet on the rebels. We know because in October, leaked documents showed that Saudi Arabia’s intelligence minister ordered Syrian rebels to attack Damascus and “flatten the airport” in 2013, providing 120 tons of explosives and weapons to do so. They didn’t flatten it, and didn’t win. Instead, Iran sided with President Bashar al-Assad, Hezbollah and the Russians triumphed. Worse, the young heir, who took control in 2015, is losing pieces in Yemen, too, where Saudi bombing to reinstate a puppet regime seems increasingly in vain – after two years

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Above: Hezbollah supporters in Beruit. Left: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman with Saad Hariri in Riyadh

attacking Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who refuse to be beaten, the Saudis are bogged down. In Iraq, too, the Saudis have lost their foothold. The government there is Shia (i.e. more friendly toward Iran) and Shi’ite militias are more useful than the Iraqi army. In short, what Jordan’s King Abdullah II has long warned of – the so-called Shia Crescent stretching from Iran to Lebanon – is now reality. The Saudis feel encircled, as does Israel, but all the noises are coming from Riyadh. When a ballistic missile was fired at the city’s airport from Yemen this month, Saudi Foreign Minister Abel Jabair called it “an act of war” by Iran. Likewise, Saudi’s Minister for Gulf AffairsThamer al-Sabhan said last week that Lebanon’s government would “be dealt with as a government declaring war” because of Hezbollah’s “acts of aggression”. In terms of sabre-rattling, it is deafening, but to what effect? Commentators say Iran has played a poor hand brilliantly, and is now able to flick the finger at Donald Trump continuing its missile development regardless of his tweets. So why do the Saudis want to line up Lebanon as the next Sunni-Shia battleground? Everything suggests otherwise. Militarily, Hezbollah is the only game in town, far more powerful than the Lebanese army. Moreover, the Saudis would struggle to get there over unwelcoming Syrian airspace defended by advanced Russian missiles and an irritated President Assad. Even if they could, the Saudis are useless on the battlefield. Senior British diplomat Sir John Jenkins told a Jewish News-BICOM audience in Westminster this month the Saudis were “high capability, low competence,” whereas Iran could “control a battlefield, exercise command and control, plan logistics and sustain strategic intent over decades… That’s the bit that wins wars in the Middle East”. That the Saudis are targeting Lebanon is not in doubt. Those listening closely have heard a subtle policy shift whereas the Saudis always treated Hezbollah and Lebanon as different, now they’re treated as one. Likewise in Jerusalem,

where Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said last month that the “Lebanese army has lost its independence and become an integral part of Hezbollah’s network”. For two states who don’t officially talk, Israeli and Saudi statements now sound remarkably similar. The same language and sentiments can be heard in Hariri’s resignation speech. “Iran’s arm... has managed to impose a fait accompli on Lebanon through the power of its weapons,” he said. “They have built a state within a state.” They’re not just on the same page; they’re reading the same line. For years, Israelis ‘in the know’ have pointed to a “convergence of interests” between Israel and the Gulf monarchies, hinting at behind-the-scenes coordination. Now may be when they act in concert. In Lebanon, Israel sees a host state for a hostile party, and the Saudis see the chance to bloody Iran’s nose with Hebrew fists. How they combine is not yet clear but the Saudis have the money and Israel has the means, so one may help finance the other’s actions. Moreover, Israel’s Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot said just this week that Israel is “prepared to share information [with Saudi Arabia] if there is a need to do so”. The two may also plan a pincer movement, with the Saudis ordering the Syrian rebels they still control to attack Hezbollah from the east just as Israel attacks from the south. Hit from both sides at once, Hezbollah would struggle. Does Israel have the appetite for another incursion into Lebanon? We’ve been there before, in 1978, 1982, 1993, 1995 and 2006, when 1.5 million people were displaced. Lebanon is not a place of happy memories for Israel, yet Hezbollah is not only still standing, it is battle-hardened from fighting in Syria, with a network of contacts and an arsenal of rockets. Dug-in and dangerous, it can now be supplied via an open road from Tehran to Beirut, connecting a state that wants to wipe Israel from the map with a militia within range to do so. Surely that’s a red line crossed for Israel, which now just needs a casus belli (cause of war), but Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah thinks Israel won’t go in unless it can be assured of a “quick, decisive and inexpensive war,” which it can’t. Where does all that leave us? Back with Saad Hariri, who flew back to a puzzled Lebanon this week after a puzzling stopover in France. A pawn in an almighty game, the way he is manoeuvred over the coming weeks will be telling.

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Annual AJEX parade / News

‘Remember their service and sacrifice’ –veterans at Cenotaph for AJEX parade Hundreds of Jewish military vet- one of the younger participants, was erans gathered in Whitehall on representing JLGB. He said: “It’s really important Sunday for the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women’s (AJEX) for younger generations to come to annual remembrance ceremony and these events. It’s about being very proud to be part of the Jewish comparade, writes Ben Kentish. Crowds congregated by the Cen- munity and also the British commuotaph for a memorial service, led nity, and of the links between them. “It’s about saying: ‘We fought by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis. A series of wreaths were laid, including these wars too and we’re here and by the parade’s Reviewing Officer, we’re proud to be British and sing General Sir Peter Wall and AJEX the national anthem’.” During the hour-long ceremony, 4th Hendon Brownies on parade president Lord Sterling of Plaistow. Handheld signs showed military there was a special commemoration veterans had come from towns and of the centenary of the Battle of Pass- playing Adon Olam and God Save the cities across the country to com- chendaele and the Battle of Jerusalem, Queen. General Sir Peter told the audimemorate those who fell in battle. when the city was reclaimed from the ence: “Let me say how good it is to Ottoman Empire. Some had even come from overseas The 75th anniver- see so many of you here today from to pay their respects, sary of the Dieppe Raid all around the country to remember with Israel, Canada and the Second Battle the service and sacrifice of Jewish and France among of El Alamein were also servicemen and servicewomen in the nations represented. day, let’s proudly… y British marked. Family members Sun s M i or Armed Forces. The specific m Th rchsun e contribution of Jewish people to the As athe set, the attended in place of m r in thei parade stood to atten- British military has been very signifithose who could not be tion for The Last Post cant, and in many cases disproporthere, with participants before the service tionate to their number.” of all ages. Schools Organisers estimated that up drew to a conclusion including Hasmonean r memory with the The Welsh to 800 people attended the parade and JFS also took part. March in thei Guards’ brass band and, speaking afterwards, AJEX vice Joshua Diamond, VAHS! MAGICAL MITZ Sunday’s day



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president Jeffrey Fox said he had been “overwhelmed” by the number. He told Jewish News: “It was really encouraging to see that so many turned out. We were given the right to have a religious ceremony at the Cenotaph by George V in 1934 and we’re the only ethnic minority who are allowed that, so we aren’t going to give that up and it’s important that

as many people as possible turn up.” Parade Commander Ron Shelley said: “We’re the only community in this country, and the only Jewish community in the world, that has this sort of parade in its national capital. After the parade guests heard from General Sir Peter, Chief Rabbi Mirvis and Israel’s ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev.

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News / Communal ties / Cemetery award / Bus service NEWS BRIEFS

MEIN KAMPF TO BE ON SCHOOL READING LIST Sixth-form students at a Kent grammar school are set to be given an “unsafe space” in which they can read Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys in Canterbury, which has invited ex-Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos to speak there, said it will take part in a forum designed as “an antidote to political correctness”. While pupils will not study Adolf Hitler’s racist treatise directly, head Matthew Baxter said it would be incorporated into a wider debate.

ARTS CHALLENGE IN MEMORY OF SURVIVOR The family of a British Holocaust survivor who died last month has initiated an annual arts challenge for Jewish participants on the JRoots heritage trip to Poland, offering an undisclosed cash prize to the winner. The competition for creative works that “can inspire social change” will continue the legacy of Solly Irving, who survived Buchenwald concentration camp and later educated tens of thousands of nonJewish youngsters about the horrors he experienced.

JLC’s ‘groundbreaking’ Stamford Hill meeting Strictly-Orthodox leaders have spoken of a “groundbreaking” visit to Stamford Hill by new Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) chairman Jonathan Goldstein, writes Adam Decker. Goldstein met a range of communal leaders and representatives from Orthodox charities and umbrella groups on Sunday, amid an acknowledgement that the organisation has previously struggled to access the Charedi community. “It was a great honour and privilege to welcome the JLC chair to Stamford Hill for this groundbreaking opportunity for both sides to engage more effectively on important communal issues,” said Levi Schapiro, founder and director of the Jewish Community Council (JCC), which organised the meeting. Schapiro said: “In the past, the JLC and other groups

haven’t always had an open door to Stamford Hill, but our ultimate goal here is to create a unity bridge where we can work together on issues we so passionately believe in. We look forward to continue working with the JLC.” On the agenda was education, the “coroner crisis” and housing, with the parties agreeing to work within the auspices of JLC’s education division, Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJeS). Orthodox leaders have seen an increasing number of downgrades from visiting Ofsted inspectors in recent years, leading some to say the national inspectorate was “not always a friend of the Charedi community”. Schapiro said PaJeS had been “instrumental in helping on these important issues,” adding: “We looked at a broader

range of ideas about how we can continue to improve our education system and satisfy the government requirements.” Leaders also discussed the coroner crisis, describing “a constant battle with local inner London coroners who often refuse to release bodies in time” for funerals, with coroners having “a huge lack of understanding about the religious aspect of avoiding autopsy”. Both agreed to work closely on the issue, and the JCC said it was working with the new Secretary of State for Justice David Lidington to pass legislation to amend the current law. Among the Orthodox groups represented on Sunday were Lecheris, Shabbos L’menucha, Step by Step; Hatzola; Crohns Colitis Relief; Chaverim, London Learning Centre, Beis Yaakov Girls School and Kol Boniach.

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New Bushey Jewish Cemetery has won an international design award at last week’s World Architecture Festival. Waugh Thistleton Architects, who completed The United Synagogue (US)’s New Bushey Cemetery earlier this year, scooped the Religion Award as judges acknowledged the use of natural features and landscaping with an environmentally-sensitive approach. “We are delighted Waugh Thistleton has received this recognition for the wonderful work they have done,” said US president Michael Goldstein. “The Bushey New Cemetery has a beauty and a dignity that provides a fitting resting

place for our community’s loved ones.” Designers used water features, together with flora and fauna, alongside interesting features such as the state-ofthe-art prayer halls, which uses ‘rammed earth’ – highly compressed natural materials – to form walls. These are then clad with timber, creating a “thermally massive building” – meaning that the fabric of the halls store heat in the cold and stay cool in the summer. “We’re thrilled to have won this prestigious award, said Andrew Waugh, director at Waugh Thistleton Architects. “Competing on an inter-

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national platform means that this a special accolade. “All good buildings rely on teamwork between client and designers. The support and collaboration from the United Synagogue was essential in the success of the project.”

TfL won’t cut ‘JCoSS bus’ Transport for London (TfL) has “backtracked” and shelved plans to cut the number 384 bus service deemed crucial for children attending JCoSS. The state-funded secondary school in East Barnet – the first cross-denominational Jewish school in the UK – had strug-

gled to gain the attention of TfL bosses, so headteacher Patrick Moriarty enlisted the help of local MP Theresa Villiers. The Tory representative of Chipping Barnet this week welcomed the U-turn, saying: “TfL has done the right thing… It would be disruptive for resi-

dents if parents were encouraged to drop off and pick up their children by car instead of letting them take the bus.” She added: “I welcome the commitment TfL has given me that they will work with the police and JCoSS to help keep students safe.”


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Interfaith Week / NUS pledge / News NEWS IN BRIEF

NEW LEGAL GUIDE FOR JEWISH ISSUES The UK’s most senior judge is to launch a guide to help lawyers grappling with cases involving Jewish families to understand Jewish customs. Lady Hale, president of the Supreme Court, will unveil the Board of Deputies’ new booklet, called: Jewish Family Life and Customs: A Practical Guide, on 28 November at the highest court in the land. The document deals with a range of issues including the role of the rabbi, religious rites, marriage, divorce and child abuse.

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Delegates at the Middlesex University event

Jewish and Muslim leaders in Barnet have paid tribute to Muslims who saved Jews during the Holocaust as part of the council’s Celebrate Interfaith Week. An event at Middlesex University earlier this month heard how 70 Muslims, mainly from Albania, have been honoured as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem in Israel, for their bravery and courage in rescuing Jews who were fleeing

Nazi persecution during the Second World War. Es Rosen, chair of Barnet Multi Faith Forum, said: “These acts originated from compassion, loving-kindness and a desire to help those in need, even those of another faith, facing the most desperate of circumstances. “They are to be celebrated and can become signals of hope for future generations.” At Hendon Town Hall,

Fiyaz Mughal, the founder of Faith Matters and the Tell MAMA reporting agency for Islamaphobic hate crimes, said the stories “show a common bond and link between people of two faiths who believe in the compassion of God and in the sanctity of life”. He added: “If anything, they have an even greater significance today than they would have done some 10 or 30 years ago.”


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The president of the National Union of Students (NUS) has vowed to rebuild relations between it and Jewish students after their deterioration under her anti-Israel predecessor. Shakira Martin, 29, beat pro-Palestinian student Malia Bouattia in April and last week told Jewish students there was “an opportunity to show our commitment to [fight] antiSemitism”.

Alluding to Bouattia’s antiZionist politics, Martin said: “Making all students feel welcome in our institutions is a priority for me as president and I hope my contributions will show that NUS is serious about combatting prejudice.” Martin, who has twice met the Union of Jewish Students since her election, acknowledged “a challenging past on these issues, with years of toxic debate and a lack of consist-

ency and commitment,” but said: “I can shape how we do politics.” Regarding Jewish students, she said: “I’ve engaged with the community and am at the start of a five-year change programme.” The NUS is working with the Holocaust Educational Trust on the Our Living Memory campaign, inviting survivor Mala Tribich to speak at an NUS Zones Conference.



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40,000 volunteers in 30 countries make it a Mitzvah Day like no other! More than 40,000 volunteers from 30 countries and eight faiths came together last weekend for the biggest and most ambitious Mitzvah Day yet. Projects ranged from the clean-up of a 400-year-old abandoned synagogue in Belarus, a blood drive in Johannesburg, a cemetery tidy in Barcelona and care home visits in Australia, while a joint Jewish, Muslim and Christian delegation set off to help refugees in Calais and Dunkirk, in France – taking five cars packed with donations including coats, jumpers and cake. In the UK, for the Jewish-led day of good deeds, hundreds supported the elderly and homeless, as well as refugees and others from poor or vulnerable backgrounds. Among the most active were members of St Albans Masorti Synagogue (SAMS) who knitted woolly hats and scarves, cooked an evening meal at a homeless shelter, collected household and baby items for Syrian refugees and baked biscuits and cakes at the local women’s refuge, as well as elderly care home residents. In Cheshunt, SAMS members joined Rabbi Adam Zagoria-Moffet at a woodland cemetery, planting more than 100 native trees including crab apples, beech and hazel, all under-planted with daffodils, dug in by the team. SAMS co-ordinator Nick Grant said: “There were more than 100 SAMS members and their

children who got involved, so it took a lot of organising, but was hugely worthwhile.” Labour’s Brexit lead Sir Keir Starmer MP joined Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Bishop of Edmonton Rob Wickham and Cardinal Nichols, Britain’s most senior Catholic, at South Hampstead High School, together with Mitzvah Day’s interfaith chair, Daniela Pears. The event also marked The Pope’s World Day of the Poor. Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq MP brought her baby, Azalea Joy, to help make cards for refugees at the JW3 Jewish community centre, while Liberal Judaism’s Senior Rabbi Danny Rich took his grandchildren to entertain residents at a Jewish Care home in Redbridge. “Helping one’s neighbours was something I learned from my aunts, when they took me volunteering as a child,” he said. Actress Tracy-Ann Oberman and Mock The Week creator Dan Patterson sang for the elderly at a care home in Hampstead, while young Jewish and Muslim children from JCoSS and Lady Nafisa School cooked for the homeless and cleared out a food bank. In Stanmore, Jews and Hindus renovated the gardens of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, joined by Bob Blackman MP, while residents at a Harrow care home were treated to some Bollywood dancing.

Chief Rabbi Mirvis said: “Mitzvah Day proOutside of London, Imam Ibrahim Mogra led the city’s Muslim involvement at Leicester motes one of the core values of our Jewish comProgressive Jewish Congregation, learning munity in a most extraordinary way. The energy, compassion and kindness with which thouhow to bake challah and making placemats for sands of people on Mitzvah Day give the homeless. He said: “Mitzvah Day is of their time for countless worthy important for the Muslim community activities never fails to inspire me.” to participate in. It gives us an excellent opportunity to get to know our Jewish brothers and sisters, as well VOLUNTEERS as people of other faiths.” In the north, the ‘only Jew in TOOK PART the Cumbrian village’ of Hawkshead teamed up with the local church making tea for the elderly, knitting for the homeless and tree planting, while in Newcastle, Jews and Christians filled and wrapped shoe boxes for the area’s needy, containing toiletries, knitted hats, gloves, scarves, socks and sweets. Heralding the national initiative’s ability to initiate interfaith friendships, Mitzvah Day founder Laura Marks said: “In a divided world, where we are increasingly suspicious and often fearful of our neighbours, events such as this are more vital than ever.” Prime Minister Theresa May, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable and Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Villagers in HawksPROJECTS Sturgeon all put out messages of support. head take part



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Television presenter Natasha Kaplinsky has been awarded an OBE from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace. The broadcaster, known for presenting the news on the BBC, ITV, Sky and Channel 5, was given the honour for services to Holocaust commemoration after she interviewed and recorded the testimonies of more than 100 survivors as part of an 18-month project. Kaplinsky said she spent time collating the stories of the survivors so that “children like mine will be able to understand what actually happened at one of the darkest moments of our history”. She added: “One of the questions that I asked all the survivors was whether they felt like anything had changed, and for them they said no. “They felt we hadn’t learnt any lessons from the past... an extremely upsetting thing to hear after the suffering and trauma they experienced.” Of her investiture, Kaplinsky added: “I had done a lot of curtsies in the past, so I kind of knew what I was doing.” Holocaust Educational Trust chief executive Karen Pollock said: “Unfortunately we know that the survivors we work with are becoming fewer and

Gong girl: Natasha with her OBE

frailer, and thanks to the immense time, dedication and commitment of Natasha Kaplinsky, their stories will be preserved for generations to come. “This is a well-deserved honour for someone who has gone above and beyond and is held in great esteem by our Holocaust survivors.” Holocaust Memorial Day Trust chief executive Olivia Marks-Woldman also praised Kaplinsky’s “tireless commitment”, adding: “Her work to collect more than 100 testimonies from survivors of the Holocaust demonstrated her compassion, for which she has been rightfully recognised.”

The deputy chairman of the Bank of England has led a delegation of 36 British investors to Israel, meeting 41 Israeli entrepreneurs in 72 hours. Bradley Fried led the selection of bankers and wealth managers on a whirlwind tour taking in business parks, accelerators and venture capital funds. The initiative was organised by the UK Israel Business (UKIB) group and heard from start-ups operating in fields including artificial intelligence and internet of the soil.

Other disciplines included automotive technology, big data, marketing technology, drones, digital health, fintech, robotics and cyber security. UKIB’s Hugo Bieber said the large delegation was “a sign that the UK and Israel can be confident that the opportunities are truly huge”. He added: “London’s status as a global financial hub and the English language is a major asset. The cultural affinity between Britain is Israel is also obvious. There are so many opportunities for British investors in Israel.”

Spray attack at Golders shul A man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and administering a noxious substance after a pepper spray attack at a shul in Golders Green. Police detained a 30-year-old on Sunday after reviewing CCTV footage following the incident, which took place over the weekend. The suspect initially fled the scene, and officials said the incident was not believed to be racially motivated. The synagogue was temporarily closed as police investigated but reopened later for afternoon services. A spokesperson for the police told Jewish News that officers “were alerted at 12.58hrs on Sunday, 19 November to

reports of an altercation at a synagogue in Golders Green Road. London Fire Brigade also attended.” When police arrived, they found a man in his 60s suffering from the effects of being sprayed with an unidentified substance. Tests will be carried out to establish the nature of the substance, but it is believed it to be CS gas. The man was taken to hospital by a community ambulance, where he remained this week undergoing tests. His condition is not life threatening, and not believed to be life changing. The parties are believed to be known to each other and anti-Semitism has been ruled out as a motive.

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ICKE SAYS ZIONISTS CANCELLED SHOW Controversial conspiracy theorist David Icke blamed “ultra-Zionist hate groups” for the cancellation of his event at Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium. Icke, who questions the Holocaust and peddles the myth that Jews control the world, was due to appear at the club as part of his UK tour, even though some European countries such as Germany have banned his performances. Manchester United pulled the event after receiving complaints from Campaign Against Antisemitism, Labour MP Kate Green and social media users.

PENSIONER GUILTY OVER DAMAGE A 68-year-old from Altrincham has been sentenced for carrying out a spray-paint graffiti campaign, during which he scrawled slogans including “BDS”, “Gaza Bleeds” and “ZioNazis”. Timothy Rustige was ordered to pay £500 compensation and carry out a 12-month community order after pleading guilty to eight counts of criminal damage between September 2016 and August this year at the River Bollin Aqueduct in Dunham Massey.

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IRAN IDF ‘HACKER’ FACING CHARGES An Iranian man who hacked into Israel’s military is to face charges in the U.S. that he also hacked HBO and snatched Game of Thrones scripts before trying to blackmail the TV production company, threatening to release them online if not. US prosecutors say Behzad Mesri previously worked for Iran’s military, hacked into the IDF and Israel’s critical infrastructure, before trying to blackmail the studio for £4.5million worth of crypto-currency Bitcoin. The indictment was filed in New York.

ISRAELI SCIENTISTS SHARE £10M PRIZE Israeli biotechnology engineers have won part of a £10 million prize for developing rapid diagnostics for antimicrobial resistance. The team at Technion and clinicians at the Bnai Zion Medical Centre shared in Nesta’s Longitude Prize this week for their work using ‘bio-chips’. “By measuring how light reflects off the surface of these bio-chips, we can determine whether bacteria are growing or dying in the presence of certain antibiotics and specific antibiotic concentrations,” said PhD student Heidi Leonard.


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Jewish News 23 November 2017

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Doc’s 20-year Islamophobia fight A retired Jewish doctor from London who chaired the groundbreaking Commission on British Muslims and Islamophobia this week reflected on his role, 20 years after the publication of its first report. Dr Richard Stone, a GP in the West End and racial equality activist, retired early aged 55, and was involved in the setting up of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE) along with Edie Friedman. He had not been working in general practice for four years when he was asked to participate as one of 18 members, together with Reform Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger, on the multiethnic, multi-religious Islamophobia Commission, which he later chaired. Published in 1997 and produced by the Runnymede Trust, the Commission authored the report Islamophobia: A Challenge for Us All. It was soon launched by Tony Blair’s Labour government and was one of the first tasks of then Home Secretary Jack Straw. It found parallels between anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, a term it popularised, after an earlier decision by the Trust to examine religious discrimination, not just race discrimination, which had first looked at anti-Semitism.

Report: Retired GP and racial equality activist Richard Stone

Worrying times: A Worcestershire mosque daubed with a swastika

“I was honoured to take part,” says Stone, who said he had met Muslims in his role as a GP, particularly Bangladeshi families. He went round the country talking to people in Muslim communities. “They’re lovely people,” he said. He has since advised the Mayor of London and the Home Office and was also an advisor to the judge on the Stephen Lawrence inquiry, which ruled that the Metropolitan Police was ‘institutionally racist.” He also served on the board of human rights charity Liberty under Shami Chakrabarti. He chaired the Commission on

British Muslims and Islamophobia for four years, publishing a second report in 2004, and said: “The whole experience was very positive for me, as a Jew, to be investigating Islamophobia.” Stone, whose family foundation contributed towards the reports’ publication, later helped set up interfaith councils and opportunities for dialogue. He said: “People asked me why I was bothering with all these black people and Muslims when there were plenty of issues to deal with in the Jewish community. My response was always to say there are plenty of Jews who are pre-


pared to do this voluntary work in the Jewish community.” The Commission’s first report highlighted how some people held a “closed” view of Islam, seeing it as “inferior to the West” or “violent, aggressive, threatening and supportive of terrorism”. The second report dealt with the surge in Islamophobia, with police reporting a doubling in attacks against Muslims during the Iraq War. The Commission sought to “counter assumptions Islam is a monolithic system without internal development, diversity and dialogue” and “to draw attention to the particular dangers that Islamophobia creates or exacerbates”. Stone said: “Some young people have been seduced away from the tenets of Islam”, but added that the fight against Islamophobia had to stem from “leadership at the top”. JCORE director Friedman said: “We believe Muslims ought to be concerned about anti-Semitism, just as Jews ought to be concerned about Islamophobia,” and that the latest report on Islamophobia was “still a challenge for us all”. She added: “I’m anxious that we in the Jewish community become aware of this report and discuss its implications.”


EX-SS GUARDS FACE MURDER CHARGES Prosecutors in the German city of Dortmund have begun proceedings against two former SS guards at Stutthof concentration camp as accomplices to murder. The defendants, who are in their early 90s, were charged last week with involvement in the deaths of hundreds of inmates at the camp near Gdansk, Poland, where more than 60,000 died at the hands of the Nazis, according to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial and archive. [JTA]

RABIN MURDERER TO ASK FOR RETRIAL Yigal Amir, who assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995, has asked for a retrial. Amir, 47, was sentenced to life in solitary confinement in prison for the murder, which occurred after a peace rally in Tel Aviv. He confessed to shooting Rabin and infamously reenacted the killing for police. News of the application was given in a Facebook post by his wife, Larissa Trimbobler, whom he married in a proxy ceremony. [JTA]


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Ten days in Ghana that changed the way 20 Jewish students see the world Alex Kitsburg is a typical 17-year-old, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. A Jewish student in his final year of A-levels, he has just filled out his university applications. But despite his age, he is a changed person, as he’s also not long back from Africa, where he was one of 20 Tribe Ghana participants. They spent 10 days helping to run a day camp in a village near Tamale, a mostlyMuslim city in the north of the country, and it has changed the way they think. For the Volunteering and Leadership Experience, run by Tribe, the youth arm of the United Synagogue, in conjunction with anti-poverty charity Tzedek, sixth-formers like Kitsburg dived into a new world, requiring months of training, to prepare them for life in Africa. Tribe fieldworker Sam Cohen said the trip would help to show them “the importance of contributing to society outside our own communities”, adding that it was “something new, inspiring and life-changing”. Kitsburg agrees. “It was a huge culture shock upon arriving in Ghana,” he says. “Although we were told about the poverty before we went, it’s something you can’t really prepare for. It’s so different from our life in London.” The group flew into the slightly richer south before heading to Tamale, Ghana’s third-largest

city and 70 percent Muslim. The 100 youngsters at the oversubscribed day camp were “curious” about these strange Jewish people who had come to see them from England, he says. “When we arrived, they were trying to find similarities by comparing and discussing. Religion is a big part of their lives and of our lives, so it came up as a natural topic of conversation. We were the first Jewish people they’d ever met, so they learned things from us. “For some of the children, we were the first white people they’d ever seen. It was as if we were a spectacle, something novel. Kids would be running alongside the bus to get a look at us.” Did it all go swimmingly? Not at first. “It was slightly problematic at the beginning,” Kitsburg explains. “The idea was for us to help the Ghanaian youth workers, or madrichim [guides]. Instead, it was as if the white man had turned up with his plans and now he’s going to do it. After a few days, we got that collaboration going. The Ghanaian madrichim started to use our ideas and ran the camp really well.” Was wealth an issue? “I’m not sure they know the lifestyle we have,” says Kitsburg, adding that most had never left their village. “I think they’d be shocked to see the contrast. We were shocked. It definitely made us appreciate what

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we have a lot more. You can see a photo or read a statistic but it’s different from seeing it for yourself, seeing some people’s lives compared to what you were moaning about a week before.” He recalls arriving at the school “There were basic stone buildings with wooden benches as classrooms, one television for the whole school… just nothing there. When you compare that to home, when you see how many kids pack into each of their classrooms, it’s both astounding and upsetting.” But poverty doesn’t necessarily mean sadness, he explains happily. “We were shocked at just how happy these children were. We weren’t sure whether it was because they didn’t know what they don’t have. Then, on our last day, half the kids burst into tears, trying to stop us leaving. It was then we realised what an impact we’d made on them. Finally, what does Jewish social responsibility mean to him now? “A lot more after Ghana,” he says. “While I can’t solve poverty in Africa, I realise I’ve a duty to do whatever I can to help.” He quotes the group’s helping hand, Ilana Epstein, rebbetzin of Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue, who says: “One of the lessons we try to instil in the participants is that social responsibility is a core Jewish value.” Kitsburg agrees. “It’s not about our responsibility when in Ghana, or Africa; it’s about our responsibilities as Jews. It could equally mean volunteering in London. That’s something we’ve all learned. It’s changed the way we think.”

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The co-founder of Limmud FSU, the groundbreaking body aimed at re-establishing Russian Jewish identity, has complained directly to an Israeli government minister about lack of funding for the 11-year-old organisation. Chaim Chesler, who co-founded Limmud FSU (former Soviet Union) with New Yorkbased Sandra Cahn in 2006, told Israel’s Science and Technology Minister that he had repeatedly tried to get government support for Limmud FSU’s programming, with no success. Ofir Akunis and Chesler clashed at a session addressed by the minister at this week’s San Francisco conference, attended by more than 800 Russian-speaking Jews. Chesler told the Israeli politician: “We regularly have 800 to 1,000 participants at every event, and we operate in the former Soviet Union, Israel, Europe, North America and even Australia. Wherever there are Russian Jews, we go there. But we do not get one dollar from the Israeli government – and we are reaching out to diaspora Jews and effectively doing the government’s job for it. We need more support to continue our work.” Akunis did not respond directly but it was clear that, as a presenter in the conference, he could see for himself the effect of a Limmud FSU event on the participants. The demographics ranged from tiny children and feisty teens to adults, who included former refuseniks who had

fought bitterly to leave the Soviet Union. But the Russian speakers who have made new lives for themselves in America – many now working in Silicon Valley or hi-tech – still have a strong sense of Russian-ness while exploring their Jewish identity. Almost every one of the more than 80 sessions attracted packed audiences; and the sessions – under the generic title of ‘Inspire’ – reflected the concerns of the participants, with a hefty input of speakers from the social media and technology worlds, including software engineer Eugene Fooksman, who has worked for Facebook and WhatsApp and Jewish founder of WhatsApp Jan Koum, who gave a candid – though off the record – presentation. There was a panel on Silicon Valley start-ups and a close-up examination of the implications of AI (artificial intelligence) on the human race. Garrett Reisman, the first Jewish astronaut on the International Space Station, was on hand, while an Israeli who asked to be known only as Engineer X untangled the mysteries of American and Israeli missile defence systems. Judaism was part of the overall mix, and its offerings with a twist included presentations from former Chasid Abby Stein, who left her community and transitioned from male to female, and “Hollywood Rabbi” Benzion Klatzko, who gave a barnstorming lecture. And there was, of course, politics, as Zionist Union Knesset Member Yosef Yonah, who belongs to the peace camp, and Hebron settler Yishai Fleisher, went head-to-head over the twostate solution.

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Above: Deborah Lipstadt, left, with former US politician George Shultz and Natan Sharansky

The closing words should go to Natan Sharansky, who was separated for 12 years from his wife Avital after their wedding. What had sustained him was the knowledge world Jewry was campaigning for him and other Soviet Jews. Part of Limmud FSU’s success are the children and grandchildren of refuseniks, who have remade their lives in the west, and now flock to the charity to rebuild their Jewish identity.

Refugees talk social action CHESLER’S REFORM CHALLENGE The children and grandchildren of those whom former US Secretary of State George Shultz helped leave the Soviet Union paid emotional tribute to him at a ceremony on Friday on the eve of the Limmud conference for Russian-speaking Jews on the West Coast of the United States. Shultz, in partnership with President Ronald Reagan, is widely admired as the face of the US administration that repeatedly made it clear to the Soviet leadership the issue of Soviet Jewry would remain on the agenda in private as well as in public until Jews were allowed to leave freely. Among those he helped directly was leading ‘prisoner of Zion’ Natan Sharansky, who was freed under Shultz’s watch. But as Shultz, almost 97, made clear, the admiration went two ways. The former Secretary of State recalled how Sharansky had rejected an initial deal to free him. “He said the structure of the deal suggested he was a spy, and he was not a spy. I even tried to get his mother to persuade him, but no way. And I thought to myself, the integrity of the man is overpowering.” He joked: “I remember when President Reagan called the Soviet Union an evil empire, and some people went nuts. But Sharansky said, ‘Finally, somebody gets it’.” Shultz said his many encounters over the years with Soviet Jews had been “such an inspiration” and were an illustration of “the importance of the human spirit and of never giving up”. Two presentations were made to Shultz – one by Julius Berman, president of the Claims Conference, and another on behalf of Limmud FSU. The first presentation, a leather-bound Book of Psalms, prompted Sharansky to suggest Shultz

George Shultz with his gifted Book of Psalms

now had time to learn Hebrew. But then Sharansky, referring fondly to Shultz as his “accomplice” in “the crime of bringing down the Iron Curtain and freeing Soviet Jews”, spoke warmly of the US politician, referring particularly to how he supported his wife Avital on her many visits to lobby publicly on his behalf. Sharansky said Shultz had made it clear to nervous Jewish communal leaders both he and President Reagan were fully in favour of a march on Washington – the 30th anniversary of which will be marked shortly. “People were worried it would undermine the improving relationship between the US and the USSR,” but Sharansky said he was able to state with confidence: “Reagan and Shultz want us to march!”

The co-founder of Limmud FSU, Chaim Chesler, issued a sharp challenge this week to Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky about the role of Israel’s Reform and Conservative Jews. Sharansky was speaking at one of the last of more than 80 sessions of a Limmud conference for Jews from the Former Soviet Union (FSU) in San Francisco. At a panel examining the “untold story of Soviet Jewry”, Sharansky, arguably the world’s most famous refusenik, paid tribute to the diaspora Jewish activists who had demonstrated and visited and agitated for Soviet Jews, making it clear “we were all one family and the Jewish world cared about us”, contrary to what the KGB repeatedly told refusniks.

When asked about the many different groups that worked for Soviet Jewry, Sharansky said: “If the students and housewives wouldn’t have started pushing, the establishment wouldn’t have done anything... We can learn a lot from the Soviet Jewry struggle, how the diaspora strengthened each other and strengthened Israel.” Chesler, himself a former director of the Israel Public Council for Soviet Jewry, pointed out that in America the bulk of the campaigners are of Reform and Conservative backgrounds. “They did their job,” he told the Jewish Agency chairman, “and now they are treated as second-class citizens in Israel. How can you live with it?”

Israeli minister honours singer Israel’s Science and Technology minister, Ofir Akunis, was a well-received guest of honour at a special Los Angeles event held to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of poet and singer Leonard Cohen. Akunis’ reception at the exhibition Leonard Cohen and Judaism, held at the UCLA campus, was in marked contrast to a furious row the previous week when Princeton University’s Hillel House cancelled an appearance by Israeli Deputy Foreign

Minister Tzipi Hotovely. Hillel blamed the cancellation on pressure from the Alliance for Jewish Progressives and BDS activists. The UCLA exhibit and tribute was initiated by Chaim Chesler, cofounder of Limmud FSU, which held a major conference in San Francisco this week. Akunis told the audience: “Leonard Cohen was very attached to Judaism and Israel, a bond that became stronger, especially after the great tragedy of the Yom Kippur War.”

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Airline anger / Swastika found / World News

Merkel urged to act over airline ban Germany’s Justice Ministry has asked Chancellor Angela Merkel to strip Kuwait Airways of its landing rights in the country over its policy of banning Israelis from flying on its planes. The request follows a court judgment last week in which the judge sided with the airline over its discriminatory policy towards Israelis because the airline offered to pay for them to fly on other airlines instead. German Justice Secretary Christian Lange this week asked Merkel to personally withdraw the airline’s

landing rights, saying: “We must never be silent when Jews are discriminated against or harassed.” He added: “The German Government must make it clear that it rejects this form of discrimination and hatred – and that we are on our side of our Israeli friends. Our friendship with Israel is nonnegotiable. Such discrimination is not tolerable.”

German Foreign Minister Michael Roth said: “It is incomprehensible that in today’s Germany a passenger cannot board a plane simply because of his nationality.” The U.S-based Lawfare Project, which supported the Israeli plaintiff, said the judgment at Frankfurt District Court in favour of Kuwait Airways had “white-

washed anti-Semitism” and applauded the ministers’ interventions. The plaintiff had bought a ticket from Frankfurt to Bangkok but was barred from boarding his flight because of his nationality. Brooke Goldstein of the Lawfare Project said: “To see a Jewish person banned from exercising his freedoms in Germany in 2017 is chilling enough. “To see that discrimination subsequently whitewashed and legitimised by a German judge is simply grotesque.”

Giant swastika discovered in Hamburg Workers excavating ground for a new changing room complex at a sports club in Hamburg were surprised this week when they unearthed a giant 13-foot swastika. The structure, lying half a metre underground in the Billstedt

district, is believed to have been the foundation for a large Nazi-era monument that once stood at the site but was demolished decades ago. David Erkalp, a local politician for the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU)

Unearthed swastika

party, called it “a horrific bequest from the Nazis”.

City officials ordered that it be destroyed immediately, broken into smaller pieces by a jackhammer on-site because it is too heavy to be removed. The monolith is the latest and most striking discovery of Nazi-era remnants. Two years

ago, an amateur archaeologist found a horde of Nazi gold coins under a tree near the northern town of Lueneburg, where aluminium seals featuring swastika crosses, eagles and a reference to the Nazi era central bank were also discovered.

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Russian Jews behind the $1million Genesis Prize, nicknamed ‘the Jewish Nobel,’ have denied that the lifetime achievement award given to Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a ‘consolation prize.’ The top award – for those advancing humanity – went to Natalie Portman.

Brazilian media outlets have been celebrating the local roots of Miss Israel, ahead of the Miss International Beauty Pageant on Sunday. Adar Gandelman, 19, was born one year after her Brazilian-Jewish parents made aliyah from Recife, home to the oldest shul in the Americas. ‘Her DNA is Brazilian,’ said her dad.

Powerful eyewitness accounts that were buried in the rubble of the Warsaw Ghetto have gone on display in Poland. Hidden by historian Emanuel Ringelblum, who lived in the ghetto during the war, the archive was stuffed into metal cases and metal milk bottles. A beehive-like structure under Jerusalem offers an innovative solution for the city’s shortage of burial space. Tunnels uder the city’s main cemetery have been excavated to make room for some 22,000 new graves.



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A good day in deed

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Those would-be Muslim troublemakers calling Golders Green Hippodrome their new home showed their true colours this week – by giving blood for Mitzvah Day. It turns out that the Jew-haters so many in our community campaigned against actually wanted to do a mitzvah... and came to a shul to do it. They never meant it to be a middle-fingered salute to the petitioners and letter writers who claim traffic and pollution are the real reasons they object to a new Islamic centre. They didn’t mean it to be the perfect riposte to toxic comments levelled at them ahead of their arrival. They just wanted to give blood. That they did, that they walked into a shul after those racist, nasty online comments from those purporting to speak for Jews, will have been noticed up and down our community. That Mitzvah Day can help break down faith-based barriers and cultural aversions in such a way is one of its many qualities. Another, which became much more apparent this year, is Mitzvah Day’s growing international dimension. It seems like only yesterday when two part-timers set up in West Hampstead, borrowing broadband from Jewish social action incubator J-Hub, to come up with the idea of having ‘a day’ when we all did good deeds. Today, alongside Limmud, it is fast becoming British Jewry’s most important cultural export of this generation. With 713 events Mitzvah Day held around the world, a record 30 countries took part, ranging from Australia, France and Israel to the Philippines, Namibia and Romania, whether it’s cleaning a cemetery or cooking for the homeless. It is spreading so easily because it incorporates a core Jewish value and gives people of all faiths the chance to meet those they wouldn’t otherwise meet. One of Britain’s top Muslim clerics said as much this week. That the secret of its success is so simple makes it all the more impressive. And just as Limmud develops and enriches those who attend, so Mitzvah Day does with those who get involved. Long live the good deed.

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A misquote on Balfour Alex Brummer’s article (Jewish News, 9 November) was mainly supportive of Israel’s achievements since Balfour. I take issue with him on what appears to be his misquotation of the declaration. Mr Brummer comments on the “second half”, with its emphasis on protecting the rights of the indigenous Arab population”. Having studied the declaration, I cannot see a “second half”. There is clearly only one intention, to “view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people”. This one objective was conditional

upon “nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine” – no mention of “the indigenous Arab population” and the “rights” are limited to civil and religious rights. Brummer’s reference to “rights” as a general term is too wide and open to many interpretations, particularly if applied to “human rights”. Much has changed politically and otherwise, but surely accuracy should be maintained when referring to the contents of another document.

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examples from headlines in last week’s Jewish News: “Iran and Iraq reject Israeli earthquake aid” and “Veteran to stand at Cenotaph thanks to Israeli robotic suit.” In a word, “humanity”. Barry Borman By email

Golders Green Hippodrome was listed as a Grade II building with criteria for its use clearly defined for arts events of benefit to the entire community. Clearly a mosque cannot offer this very important requirement. I understand an informal approach by a Jewish organisation with a view to using the site as a synagogue was quite rightly rejected. The same criteria still stand and planning permission should be rejected on the same grounds. It’s the responsibility of the council to continue to make available arts and performance for the entire community. There is no objection for a more modest mosque more appropriate to its local community to be built elsewhere in the area.

Vicki York N20

REMEMBERING KITCHENER CAMP Francine Wolfisz’s piece “A Very Filling Sandwich” (Jewish News, 9 November) was fine but I was disappointed she gave a mere six lines to Richborough and the Kitchener Camp. This sheltered 4,000 Jewish men fleeing the Nazis; without it, these men, one of them my 19-yearold father and another his 16-year-old brother, would have been yet further victims of the Holocaust. This was a major rescue, an adult parallel of the Kindertransport. To

glide over it so cursorily is to relegate a highly-significant event in Jewish history almost to the level of a footnote, an insult to the memory of those who lived at Kitchener and those farsighted members of the Anglo-Jewish community who created it. A Kitchener Camp descendants group has been formed – you may find a visit to its website (www.kitchenercamp.co.uk) enlightening. Vivien Harris By email

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Rabbi, isn’t shunning children inconsistent with Jewish law? EVE SACKS



itting in the Court of Appeal listening to the one-day appeal on the High Court decision of J v B [1] was a surreal experience. The case involved a transgender father who had left the insular strictly-Orthodox north Manchester community, and was now living as a woman. She sought access to, but not custody of, her five children. The judgment in the High Court was that it would be in the children’s best interest if they did not have any direct contact with their father owing to the high risk of ostracisation from the community, which would apparently only arise if the children actually saw their father. The judgment determined that the father could write letters to the children, and that the children should be educated about why their father left and what it means to be transgender, but ruled out access. The Appeal Court judges – Sir James Munby, Lady Justice Arden and Lord Justice

Singh raised many interesting questions in a case that highlighted the tensions between freedom of religious belief and equality law. While the father’s barrister, Alison Ball QC, reiterated her view that the shunning was merely a threat that would, in fact, never materialise, the judges seemed more interested in whether a matter of Jewish law (in this case the biblical prohibition on crossdressing as set out in Deuteronomy 22:5) could determine the outcome in a civil court. There was also some discussion around whether Jewish law mandated ostracisation of those who did not keep its rules; and how this might interact with UK law if it turned out that such behaviour amounted to illegal discrimination. Sir James Munby quoted from the infamous JFS admissions case (which he himself had heard in the High Court, finding in favour of JFS, before this was later overturned by the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court) stating that while a religious community was entitled to sincerely hold whatever religious views it wanted to, that did not mean that a secular court decision was bound by the conse-

THE JUDGMENT WAS THAT IT WOULD BE IN THE CHILDREN’S BEST INTEREST NOT TO HAVE DIRECT CONTACT WITH THEIR FATHER quences of these beliefs, particularly if these religious beliefs conflicted with UK law. Another good question from the judges: Orthodox Jews are law-abiding citizens. Perhaps if it was simply explained to them that discrimination against transgender people is contrary to UK law, they wouldn’t shun the children? The judges also questioned what exactly was meant by the Jewish “community”. How to define the Jewish community that is directing the shunning against children? Does this refer to a group of rabbis, or shuls

and schools? And who directs the community members and sets the social rules? This question was addressed to the QC for J’s children but she didn’t know the answer. The “rent-a-crowd” charedim in the public gallery managed to stop saying tehillim for long enough to scribble a suggestion that was passed to the QC to tell the judges. They felt it is a collection of people, shuls and schools that take direction from specific rabbis. I’d like to know if this is the definitive answer, ideally from our esteemed rabbis, starting with the Office of the Chief Rabbi and, owing to to the location of the case, the Manchester Beth Din as well. What do they think defines a Jewish community? Who tells the north Manchester Charedi community members how to behave and how to live according to Jewish law? Perhaps these community leaders could send a written submission to the Court of Appeal judges to clarify the definition of a Jewish community. And while they are writing a submission, perhaps they could also clarify the halachic position on shunning children.

This week my idea of refugees transformed LAURA JANNERKLAUSNER



e have our own forgotten refugee crisis. We may remember how many times in recent years we reminded ourselves to ‘care for the stranger.’ This short mitzvah rightly drives us again and again to the conclusion that we cannot stand by while individuals from distant lands, refugees, are forced to flee their homes. Alongside this motivation, as Jews, we have a powerful sense of ‘this is us’, that when we see vulnerable people in Calais, or across Europe, we see ourselves. My visit this week to Ukraine with World Jewish Relief has totally transformed my image of refugees. Jewish refugees are not a thing of the past, and not only a logical and emotional motivation to help those escaping from Syria, Eritrea and elsewhere. Jewish refugees are now, today – in their thousands in Ukraine.

Her story is a typical If we feel that Jewish situation of having to flee refugees of previous generaout of desperation. tions are reason enough to Nadya (not her real help today’s refugees, then name) told me her what greater responsibility powerful story. Her family we must have for Jews who ran a coffee shop in her are suffering now. hometown, 800 km from I met Tatiana from Kiev, a hub for the local Donetsk, who fled in August Jewish community, now 2014 with her two children abandoned. Mikhael and a small rucksack each, (not his real name), also as her locality was shelled from Donetsk, told me during the conflict. how empowering it felt When she arrived in Kiev to “learn how to protect she heard that many of her myself as an employee and friends back home had been as a person”. beaten, one into a coma. Bravery: Tatiana shows a These are Jews in This strong 48-yearpicture of her young family Ukraine, refugees just a old woman appeared in three hour-flight from London. Ukraine’s capital as a total stranger – she knew no one. World Jewish Relief provided her with training, psychological assistance, and the skills needed to find work. She is now a masseuse with private clients. As she talked to us, through a translator, she hold both hands to her chest and expresses her gratitude for her training and new life.

We also visited Babi Yar in north west Kiev, where more than 33,000 Jews were massacred in just two days in 1941. The Jews led to their fate at Babi Yar took with them their keys and left belongings at home. Their expectation was that they would one day return. The same goes for refugees from the east, both Jews and non-Jews – one day they too hope to return, but so many buildings and lives have been shattered. Our community has responded admirably to the cry of non-Jewish refugees in Europe, and I am proud that we continue that work. However, the Jewish experience that often drives us is not history. Yes, we should help the stranger, but we should also help those even closer to home, and to our hearts. “Im ein ani li mi li.” If I am not for myself, who will be for me?


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Thorny task of creating a truly shared society ALEX BRUMMER



n the street outside our hotel in the heart of Jaffa is an Israel barely recognisable from the hostile atmosphere within the Labour Party, on the campus of UCL and in sections of the media. We wake to the sound of the muezzin call to prayer echoing down narrow streets. Soon after lunchtime, on the pavement outside a flea market, a minyan gathers for Mincha prayers. And as sunset arrives, Jews and Arabs gather outside their businesses to engage in the combat of Shesh Besh. Late in the evening, an impromptu chuppah is erected in an alley and the joyous singing of a Jewish wedding rings out. On the Jaffa beach, women in full burka bathe in the waters close to Orthodox Jewish bathers and secular swimmers in bikinis. Such scenes offer evidence of gentle coexistence between 6.7 million or so Jews

and two million Israeli-Arabs. But as we learned at the last Israeli elections, when Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned Jewish citizens that the Arabs were going to the polls ‘in droves’, there still is much mutual suspicion between communities. At the forefront of the battle to confront these prejudices and create shared values and a more equal society is The Abraham Fund Initiatives (TAFI). It is the pilot for many projects, such as the teaching of Ivrit (by Jewish teachers) in Arab schools and Israeli-Arab teachers in Arab schools, which have been scaled up by government. In education a great achievement of recent years has been the leap in the number of Arab students moving into higher education. In 2006 just 9.7 percent of eligible Arab young people made it to higher education. By 2016, the number had risen to 16.1 percent. But as Professor Asayed Khateb of the University of Haifa argues there is still much to be done before universities, one of Israel’s great treasures, become shared spaces.

THE ABRAHAM FUND INITIATIVES IS AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE BATTLE TO CONFRONT PREJUDICES & CREATE SHARED VALUES Access to higher education and, in particular, second and third degrees for Israeli Arabs is made more difficult by language requirements. There is no representation on Israel’s higher education council for Israeli Arabs and Arabs are hopelessly under-represented on the administrative staff and faculty. In contrast, Israeli Arab academics and PhDs are to be found on faculties in Europe, on the West Bank, in Jordan and the USA. TAFI is working on a series of

programmes being rolled out on campuses across Israel designed to combat the obstacles to Arab progress in higher education. A far thornier task in creating a shared society is overcoming the lack of security in Arab towns. During my visit to Israel time was spent in Kafr Kassem, a town close to the green line, where 56 Arabs were killed by IDF forces during 1956 clashes. The memory of that creates suspicion of Israeli policing even though the town has an organised crime problem resulting in 15 recent murders. The only killing to be fully investigated was that of an Israeli Jew and was resolved with 24 hours. The others never have been fully probed. These are not the easiest moments for Israeli causes, however noble they may seem. Trump, Brexit and refugee issues mean many donors are looking inwards rather than to Israel for giving. Yet if peace is to be advanced, prejudice overcome and prosperity extended, then the cause of a shared society becomes more important than ever.

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Europe’s killing fields, from Eichmann to Ratko Mladić JON SILVERMAN



he first time I reported from the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia in The Hague, I was reminded of the title of a play written about the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem. It was called The Man in the Glass Booth. Eichmann was confined in a specially constructed glass box for his own protection. At The Hague tribunal, press and public are separated by a bullet-proof glass screen from defendants, such as Ratko Mladić, convicted on Wednesady, after a five-year trial, of genocide. The Holocaust was a uniquely evil crime but the manner in which the Bosnian Serbs, led by Karadžić and Mladić, prepared the ground for genocide at Srebrenica, bears distinct echoes of the Nazi master plan. For example, Muslim and Croat residents of the town of Prijedor were forced to attach white flags to their homes and wear

white ribbons so they could be easily identified before being driven out to the infamous concentration camps of Trnopolje and Omarska, where rape, torture and murder were everyday occurrences. Listening to a Muslim judge, Nusreta Sivac, recount what happened on arrival at Omarska took me straight back to a bleak November day on the railhead at Auschwitz-Birkenau when Kitty Hart pointed out where Josef Mengele decided who would live and who would die. Like those fortunate few who survived execution at the hands of the Einsatzgruppen, Nedžad Avdić, aged just 17, was supposed to die along with over 8,000 brother Muslims in a forest outside Srebrenica. But the Serb bullets merely wounded him and he climbed from the death pit to tell his tale and, ultimately, return to the town which became a byword for genocide half a century after the Holocaust. (In 2016, Nedžad was awarded an honorary doctorate by my university). But Srebrenica is in Republika Srpska and, unlike the Jewish experience, Muslim survivors and relatives of the dead are still


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fighting official denial from Serb authorities that a genocide took place. Memorials to the killings have been defaced and ceremonies to honour the victims often disrupted. In the UK, Holocaust deniers such as David Irving are shamed and discredited. In Republika Srpska, genocide deniers are elected mayor or appointed police chief. Perhaps the most powerful antidote to the kind of poisonous hatred which leads to ethnic cleansing and genocide is education.

Here in the UK, the efforts of charities like the Holocaust Educational Trust and the commitment of governments of all sides, have ensured that no schoolchild grows to maturity without some awareness, however cursory, of the Holocaust. Without a shared understanding of what happened only one generation ago, the chances of a lasting reconciliation between the communities is slim. Will the imprisonment of Mladić change anything? It won’t bring back Nedžad Avdić’s father and uncle, murdered by Mladić’s paramilitaries. It won’t heal the scars, both physical and psychological, inflicted on Bakira Hasečić as a result of repeated rape by Serb forces who rampaged through her home town of Višegrad in eastern Bosnia. And it won’t compensate for the three years Resad Trbonja spent under daily shelling in Sarajevo. But just as the capture and conviction of Eichmann re-focused the world’s attention on the horrors of the Holocaust, so the judges’ verdict on Mladić reminds us of the awful consequences for this continent of ours of unchecked nationalism and blind prejudice.


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Scene & Be Seen / Community

And be seen

The magic of Mitzvah Day! Email us at community@thejngroup.com

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United Synagogue head office staff marked the charity day by putting togeher arrival packs for youth supported by the Separated Child Foundation Trust

Oliver Dowden MP with volunteers at Radlett United Shul

Villagers from Hawkshead, Cumbria, got into the spirit of the day

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New Essex Masorti Synagogue cleared Jami’s allotment Photo by Sarah Barraclough

Jews and Hare Krishnas knitted for premature babies at Radlett United Shul

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Redbridge JCC members and clients of Jewish Care’s Supportive Communities initiative attended a tea at Clore Tikva School

Children from Apples and Honey Wimbledon joined those from sister nursery Apples and Honey Nightingale and Nightingale House residents

Keir Starmer, Cardinal Nichols, Daniela Pears and South Hampstead High School pupils sorted clothes for homeless people

Mitzvah Day founder Laura Marks and a joint Jewish and Muslim group cooked for the homeless at JW3

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Bushey Synagogue held a seniors’ tea party, where more than 100 senior members of the community were entertained by the youth of the community, including Bushey Brownies

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Community / Scene & Be Seen

Three generations met as Apples and Honey Wimbledon Nursery joins with Apples and Honey Nightingale Nursery at Nightingale House

Camden Councillor Philip Rosenberg at Spring Grove Care Home

The Retired Greyhound Trust members visited Bromley Reform to thank them for tzedakah donations made by Cheder children

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Kisharon and 22 volunteers took part in a cross communal gardening project, bringing together, among others, Kisharon, Barnet Mencap and Alyth Shul

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Muslim and Jewish pupils from JCOSS and Lady Nafisa School worked in the warehouse for charity Sufra

Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue members made cosmetic gift packs for GIFT at the Aish Essex Hub

Cardinal Nichols and Chief Rabbi Mirvis sorted clothes at South Hampstead High School



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Scene & Be Seen / Community

Mitzvah Day founder Laura Marks with her father and daughter at the AJEX Parade in London

LJ’s Senior Rabbi Danny Rich and family with MP Mike Gapes at Vi and Johns Rubens House

Yavneh nursery collected for two charities, Save A Child’s heart and Camp Simcha

Joely Bear blood drive at Borehamwood & Elstree Synagogue

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MP Bob Blackman tested soup made by Stanmore shul members for a homeless charity

Rabbis Sandra Kviat, Charley Baginsky and Leah Jordan and the Liberal Judaism staff team cooked lunch for vulnerable youth

Woodford Forest Shul members at Jewish Blind and Disabled’s Milne Court, Woodford Camp Simcha volunteers and families gave blood via the Joely Bear Appeal

Habonim Dror Jewish youth and Ba’hai youth muck out Kentish Town Farm

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Cheder pupils from New North London (Masorti) Synagogue entertained tenants at Jewish Blind and Disabled’s Frances & Dick James Court in Mill Hill East

Staff at Gilah Nursery collected gifts for the charity With Love from Louise

Jami invited the community to take part in various projects run from its hubs across London

Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue hosted volunteers of all ages, who cooked, cleaned, collected and decorated to help those less fortunate

Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School collected for Lupus UK, Unicef and Camp Simcha

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Search for a Cure / Lifestyle

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Mark’s search for a cure in the city of miracles Francine Wolfisz speaks to top lawyer and multiple sclerosis sufferer Mark Lewis, whose revolutionary stem cell trial in Israel is the subject of a fascinating Channel 4 documentary


hile not someone who describes himself as religious, Mark Lewis found himself struck by the “prophetic” words of a famous psalm. “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither,” he recalls. “That was interesting, because in many ways my right hand had withered – but then I went to Jerusalem to get it fixed.” Lewis recently became Patient 31 out of 48 in a clinical trial held at Hadassah University Medical Center to test a revolutionary stem cell treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS). Supported by his partner Mandy, his quest to discover whether there is light on the horizon for this degenerative condition is the subject of a thought-provoking documentary, The Search For A Miracle Cure, which airs on Channel 4 tonight. In his working life, 52-yearold Lewis is the internationallyrenowned lawyer who represented Milly Dowler’s family and more than 180 victims in the News of the World hacking scandal. But where he has triumphed in the courts, Lewis has yet to conquer his MS, a debilitating condition that

affects the central nervous system and for which there is currently no cure. The Manchester-born media, libel and privacy lawyer was formally diagnosed aged 25, but had begun displaying symptoms while a young child. “My doctor actually thought it might be a possibility when I was eight-years-old,” reveals Lewis, a former BBYO north regional president. “As a child, I had pins and needles and numbness in my leg. “By the time I was 25, I had the feeling of a wasp sting in my right wrist, which was always there. “When I was first told the news, I tried to ignore it. Someone at work, whose husband is a doctor, advised that it would be best not to mention my condition, so that people would see me for who I am rather than someone with a disability.” He modestly admits to “making wonderful achievements”, among them taking on the News of the World and the Mirror Group, as well as being the only solicitor in private practice mentioned in the Evening Standard’s list of 1,000 most influential Londoners. But the stress of his high-powered

The media lawyer, who represented Milly Dowler’s family and hacking victims, hopes revolutionary stem cell treatment holds the answer

career has taken its toll and in recent years his health has deteriorated, so Lewis was more than interested to see if the medical team at Hadassah could offer a breakthrough treatment. Led by Professor Dimitrios Karussis, the trial involves taking stem cells from a patient, cloning them, fixing the defect thought to cause MS and then injecting the cells back into the patient. Each patient receives two injections, although it is not known by either the patient or the doctor if these contain the real treatment or a placebo. For Lewis, the trial was all the more momentous because it was “available to everybody” and incorporated the skills of a Greek Christian doctor and an Arab Israeli scientist controlling the trial. “Not one person involved in the trial ever asked if I am Jewish,” he adds. “It simply didn’t matter to them. You have a Christian doctor, guided by a Muslim scientist, treating a Jewish patient. The team were not interested in religion, they were simply there to help treat us. “One of the patients was a Muslim woman from Hebron, who claimed the treatment was miraculous. She was in a wheelchair, but now she can walk again.” When the day came for Lewis to receive his first injection, unfortunately the procedure did not go as smoothly as planned, and the film shows his visible discomfort. “It was honestly the most painful thing I’ve ever done,” he confesses. “The footage is edited down from over an hour of injection after injection. At one point, they had done 20 injections into my spine and I was prepared to give up. I was thinking I

Mark undergoing treatment at Hadassah University Medical Center

would rather have MS.” But then something truly remarkable happened. At the beginning of the documentary, the leading lawyer was unable to walk long distances and needed Mandy to help him get dressed. Just two hours after the first injection, Lewis had improved mobility in his legs and was able to shake hands using his right hand – a gesture he claims is “something I would never have done”. “Although Jerusalem is pretty good at miracles, I believe this was all to do with the treatment,” reflects Lewis. “I used to shake hands with people using my left hand, turning it upside down to shake their hand. I have so little control over my own right hand. “And I was able to walk and didn’t even hold onto the walls or anything. I don’t believe it was all in my mind. There was a marked physical improvement. Believe me, if you could will yourself better, then I would be better.” For Lewis, the physical changes

were all the more pronounced when he returned for a second treatment – and found there was no immediate change at all. The trial has now ended and he is yet to discover if he was given the real treatment on at least one occasion, but there is little doubt in Lewis’ mind that it produced a “wonderful effect”. Although the effects have worn off, there is still noticeable improvement. The “wasp sting” feeling in his wrist that Lewis has lived with since he was 25 has disappeared. Does Lewis believe one day a cure will be found for MS? “Absolutely,” he asserts without hesitation. “In the 1920s if you went to the doctor and were told you had diabetes, you would expect to die, because artificial insulin was not invented then. Today, it’s a condition that can be quite clearly controlled. Every disease in the world is just awaiting a cure.”  The Search For A Miracle Cure airs on Thursday, 10pm



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Lifestyle / Inclusive theatre

Sign of things to come A

s the deaf child of hearing parents, Paula Garfield developed an acute sense of feeling different from a young age. She grew up at a time when there were fewer provisions for deaf children and, instead, they were expected to adapt to the world around them. The result of this for Garfield, who grew up in a strict Jewish family from Kenton, was that when she finally left school aged 17, she had the reading age of an eight-year-old. “I left school with no confidence and no self-esteem. I was told I wasn’t allowed to sign – they would make us put our hands on our head or under our bottoms, so as to encourage us to speak. “If we used sign language, we were told we were not very intelligent.” Even when she and her sister, Fifi, who is also deaf, were taken to synagogue every week, there was a sense that their disability isolated them from taking part in the service. But then Garfield was put in touch with Jewish groups for deaf people and began attending London Deaf Drama Group with her sister. Suddenly, she began to realise that despite her disability, she could pursue her dreams.

Now, more than 30 years later, Garfield is the director and co-founder of Deafinitely Theatre, the UK’s only deaf theatre company, which she founded in 2002. To mark its 15th anniversary, Deafinitely Theatre is currently running a production of Contractions, penned by Doctor Foster writer Mike Bartlett, at the New Diorama Theatre – and sign language is firmly centre stage. When we meet, Garfield explains what swayed her towards this particular play, which revolves around the terse relationship between a deaf manager and her non-deaf employee. Speaking through a sign interpreter, she tells me: “I love Mike Bartlett’s work. His dialogue is very pacey, snappy, intriguing and focuses on social class. I find his characters extremely wellwritten. As a deaf woman, I always look for productions that will lend themselves well to being visual and having British sign language.” Contractions follows the story of the manager, played by Garfield’s twin sister, Fifi Garfield, and her employee Emma (Abigail Poulton). Garfield continues: “As a deaf person, it is hard to fit in. In my own experience, people find it hard to accept me as a sign language-using

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Growing up deaf with no support, Paula Garfield tells Kate Murray how her theatre company’s new play is challenging assumptions

Above: In Contractions, Fifi Garfield plays a dominant manager who is deaf. Left: Her twin sister, Paula Garfield, director and co-founder of Deafinitely Theatre. Below: Abigail Poulton plays a victimised employee

person. I think Contractions allows our deaf and hearing audience to think about how they relate and communicate with people. It’s so important with any workplace that people are treated fairly and with respect, in spite of any disability.” In the play, the manager has power, dominance and control, while Emma is the one left on the outside. “I really felt a relationship with that. But I made a decision to role reverse – I was going to have a hearing manager oppressing a deaf employee, but then I thought, no, that’s too literal. So we have overturned the stereotype of the deaf character being the victim because of their disability, and instead made the hearing character the victim, with the deaf one being the villain.” While Contractions is eerie and dark in places, there are also elements of humour scattered throughout the play.

WE OVERTURNED THE STEREOTYPE OF THE DEAF CHARACTER BEING THE VICTIM BECAUSE OF THEIR DISABILITY, AND MADE THEM THE VILLAIN Garfield says: “I am a fan of dark comedy, where you watch and question whether you should be laughing at something, which seems abstract, but holds serious emotional undertones.” Overturning the stereotype of deaf people as victims is also important to Garfield. She played a deaf character herself in an episode of Casualty, but says she was left feeling embarrassed by the role. “I played a vulnerable deaf woman,

whose father had suffered a heart attack and in his absence she couldn’t cope. I didn’t tell any of my friends that I was in Casualty, because I was not proud of playing a victim. “Can’t we be more creative with our deaf characters? Where are the deaf doctors and nurses and surgeons?” In Contractions, Garfield kicks this stereotype to the side. “Deaf people have emotions and ambitions just like everyone else and I wanted to put that on the stage. “It’s really exciting for us that our hearing and deaf audiences are equally scared of the manager and that’s what we aim for, that the audience go on a journey together.” In many ways, Garfield acknowledges she is a pioneer in the world of deaf theatre and hopes to inspire others to follow her path. “There are so few deaf people in the profession. I’m the only fish in the pond. Hopefully one day there will be more deaf people leading theatre companies and more diverse deaf characters.”  Deafinitely Theatre’s Contractions continues at New Diorama Theatre until Wednesday, 29 November. Details: newdiorama.com

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Nosh / Lifestyle


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Orthodox Judaism

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Torah For Today What does the Torah say about... military coups?

RABBI NAFTALI SCHIFF I recently met a young couple before their chuppah and mentioned that marriage is about growing together and embracing challenges. The more I tried to develop the point, the more I was met by blank stares. I asked their goals for their marriage. “We have put down a deposit on a three-bedroom semi. In time we’ll move to a four bedroom detached and we’re dreaming of the country house on a gated road.” It was clear my message of growing together had not hit the spot. In our parsha, Jacob flees the family home and is ambushed on the way, leaving him bereft of all material possessions. He lies down exhausted into a deep sleep and has a prophetic dream. His monumental ladder features angels. Jacob is setting off to ‘go it alone’ into the great unknown, eventually becoming Yisrael – the ultimate patriarch of the Jewish people who bear his name. One of the most powerful messages of the dream is that a meaningful life is a dynamic one replete with ups and downs. Life, as Jacob is about to find out, is all about struggle and challenge. At the outset of his epic journey, God gives him one of the most important messages a Jew can ever receive. Life is not static; it is about engaging in the ongoing struggle for meaningful growth, not the accumulation of material things. It is about continually striving to be, do and make better. Rather than dream of a challenge-free existence, this week’s vision encourages us towards constant growth of who we are, our meaningful goals, and our commitment to stay in the ring, no matter how tough the fight may be.

Rabbi Naftali Schiff is CEO of Jewish Futures Trust

BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL Robert Mugabe finally agreed to stand down as president of Zimbabwe this week – but not willingly. So, what does the Torah say about this saga? The embattled leader is 93 years of age. When David was old and feeling the cold, his son Adoniah mounted a rebellion against his father. Adoniah’s opportunism was defeated by his experienced father and showed that age alone does not require someone to resign. Mugabe is the only president an entire generation of under-40s has ever known. He led the people to independence, then to economically ruinous policies that disenfranchised the white population. When Moses made his first promises


Robert Mugabe ruled with an iron fist

of freedom to the Hebrews, the slavery worsened. The people complained and Moses took this complaint seriously. He addressed the situation, rather than let it fester, thus the backlash from the reforms he campaigned for was not severe. By contrast, Mugabe, in the name of progressive anti-colonial reforms, replaced capable farmers with party loyalists. Those, whose efforts had made Zimbabwe the “bread basket” of Africa,

were replaced with inept persons who destroyed the country’s ability to provide for itself, let alone for others. Finally, simple food commodities could only be purchased with suitcases filled with hyperinflated currency. This was the death knell for Zimbabwe as it plunged in freefall to become the poorest country in the world, save the Congo. When the king of Israel faced famine, the price of flour became prohibitively expensive. An officer who was the king’s right-hand man mocked the prophet Elisha for his promise that the prices would drop overnight. Owing to the shock abandonment of the Assyrian camp, hordes of starving citizens in Samaria City trampled the disrespectful officer to death in their rush to reach the unexpected supply of food. We pray that the decades-long Zimbabwean crisis transfers bloodlessly into the hands of power mandated by Zimbabweans.  Ariel Abel is Padre to HM Armed Forces and rabbi of the Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation

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Progressive Judaism

The Bible Says What? ‘King David was a rapist’ BY RABBI AARON GOLDSTEIN There are many examples of misogyny in the Bible, thanks largely to the patriarchy that dominated ancient society. Chapters in the Book of 2 Samuel involve women as playthings and rape victims of King David’s household. This is most infamous with Bathsheba. As a peeping tom, David first spies her bathing, lusts after her, rapes a married woman and then arranges for her husband’s death. The language for the sexual encounter between David and Bathsheba does not use the words associated with what we call the ‘rape of Dinah’, or more clearly that of Tamar, in the Torah. And it’s true they later marry, and have children, including Solomon. But it is clear to me David takes advantage of his position of power with Bathsheba and her husband. He is ruthless in his pursuit of lust, and that is why I cannot imagine any situation other than rape. In the biblical story, there is a divine punishment of David – but the

abuse of women continues. They are publically violated, as David’s son Absalom engages in an open-air orgy with David’s concubines on the roof from which he originally spied on Bathsheba. Today, some perpetrators of sexual harassment assault are vilified and retribution is sought against them. Yet others, such as Roman Polanski, seem untouchable; shielded by a culture that venerates their artistic presence, refusing to challenge them. This Shabbat, Jewish Women’s Aid asks us to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Recent events show just how relevant this is. If only our biblical tradition had ended misogyny, harassment and rape when it had the opportunity to do so. Sadly, it was not the ethic of the time. Contemporary Judaism now has no excuse not to do so.

 Aaron Goldstein is senior rabbi at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue

Progressively Speaking Will the Priti Patel affair have lasting consequences for British-Israel relations? BY RABBI MARK GOLDSMITH Politics works differently in Israel. There is none of the usual British formality we see here in the UK. Earlier this year, on the last day of one of our annual Alyth Synagogue Israel trips, where we looked firsthand at the political, religious and social challenges faced by Jews and Arabs in Israel and the West Bank, we wanted to make the trip especially meaningful by meeting Members of the Knesset across the political spectrum. This was remarkably straightforward to organise. MKs from Likud, Labour and Yesh Atid delightedly met with our group of British Reform Jews, in a Knesset committee room. They were happy to have a conversation. It seems tht Priti Patel allowed herself to be part of that same Israeli willingness to just sit down and talk. It proved to be unwise for her career as a British politician, but difficult for those who know Israeli politics to see it as a sinister plot.

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Britain and Israel have good relations. The recent Institute for Jewish Policy Research survey on British attitudes to Israel showed that only six percent of Britons feel Israel has no right to exist and only 10 percent back the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, despite decades of propaganda against Israel. Britain is a major trading partner

and beneficiary of the strength of the Israeli economy and innovation. We are culturally linked; it is easier for Britain to learn from Israel and viceversa and to trade with Israel than any other country in the Middle East. Going to Israel for tourism or business is simpler and cheaper than it is has ever been, with multiple flights linking us every day. Perhaps Israeli politicians need a crash course in British political formality and the danger they can put a friend of Israel into, such as Ms Patel, by just sitting down to talk. However, the building of links and relationships with Israel should not be put on hold because of one person’s mistake. Britain can be among Israel’s partners in the changes our Jewish state will need to make, so it can live in peace with its Palestinian neighbours and citizens. We need a strong relationship to make it so.  Mark Goldsmith is rabbi of Alyth Reform Synagogue

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KKL EXECUTOR AND TRUSTEE COMPANY Dear Carolyn A friend told me about a stressful situation his family is in. Someone has challenged the will of a late uncle, stating he lacked will-making capacity at the age of 85. Unfortunately, everything has been complicated by a lack of medical evidence. Clare

Dear Clare This shows the importance of following the golden rule when drafting a will. The draftsman should make every effort to ensure that all older testators have the necessary capacity and obtain a detailed report from a medical practitioner when preparing the will. Research shows that two in 100 people aged 65 to 69 have some form of dementia and 750,000 people in the UK have some form of the condition. In a recent case, a solicitor who took instructions from a 90-year-old gentleman for the making of a will without taking any proper steps to satisfy himself as to the man’s capacity to make a will was severely criticised by the

judge. The will was subsequently successfully challenged on the grounds of a lack of the necessary capacity. The testator must be aware of their aims in making a will, understand the approximate value and composition of their estate and appreciate any moral claims there may be on their estate. It must be clear they do not suffer from any mental condition that might impair their will-making ability. The golden rule is intended to protect the wishes of the testator and avoid a situation such as you have described. When making a will, it is advisable to consider giving the draftsman authority to write to your GP for confirmation of testamentary capacity.


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The British Friends of Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Centre seek to appoint a professional and experienced full-time

FUNDRAISER Mayanei Hayeshua is a 350-bed Medical Centre in Israel. Our mission is “to provide the people of Israel with the highest professional level of medical care and caring, while upholding the principles of Jewish law and the sanctity and dignity of human life”. The hospital has grown at a rapid rate in the last five years and now treats 250,000 patients a year from all over Israel. The British Friends, together with other Friends organisations in the USA and Canada, supports the work of the hospital with all monies raised used for named projects. Our Fundraiser, working with the Board of the British Friends of MHMC will develop and cultivate potential donors and initiate fundraising activities. With strong communication skills, enthusiasm and commitment, the Fundraiser will ensure that the UK Charity continues to send significant funds to the hospital thus ensuring its continued ambitious development programme.

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Lewis at the double as champions defeated MGBSFL Hendon A player-manager Greg Corin hailed Zac Lewis as one of the best players in Jewish football after his two goals sent Oakwood A to their first defeat of the season. Delighted with seeing his side beat the reigning Premier Divisions 2-1, Corin said: “Zac’s technical ability is so high and if he can work on getting himself fitter, then I really think he’ll be head and shoulders above the vast majority of players in the league.” Mill Hill Dons moved to within a point of top spot in Division Two as two goals from Zach Cohen helped them to a 4-3 win at Straw Hat Pirates, Jamie Nagioff and Adam Isaacs scored the other two. A hattrick from Richard Salmon helped FC Team beat Real Hendon 4-0, Jon Breger scored their fourth. Redbridge enjoyed a successful morning over Faithfold in the Peter Morrison. Hat-tricks from Steve Summers and Nathan Sollosi helped their A side beat The Green’s A team 8-0, with brothers Sam and Ben Sollosi also scoring. It’s B’s beat Faithfold’s second team 6-1, Daniel Gordon scoring twice, with Adam Noble, Dan Lipman, Lee Cutler and Dan Andrews all scoring. Five goals from Reiss Mogilner inspired Brady to a 14-0 win over Raiders C, Stanley Offord scored

a hat-trick, Ben Kohler claimed a double, with David Cohen, Jordan Nathan, James Joseph and Marc Rister completing the rout. Two goals each from Conor Perl and Tyler Smith helped Lions White to a 5-1 win at fellow Premier Division side Camden Park, Eshed Calman also scored. Fairlop also hit double figures, beating Hertswood Vale 10-1 in an all-Division Two tie. James Jaconelli bagged a hat-trick, Daniel Bean scored twice, with Max Freedman, Daniel Rosen, Bradley Gayer and Adam Goldman also on target. Premier Division side Raiders A needed extra time to see off Division One side Temple Fortune A, Zack Neiman’s double along with strikes from David Dinkin, Josh Goldstein and Josh Green seeing them through. Simon Moses’ treble helped Los Blancos win an allDivision One tie at Raiders B, Gav Kreiger also scoring. One tie which went to a penalty shoot-out saw Catford knock out HMH Old Boys 5-4 on penalties after the sides were level at 1-1 after 120 minutes. Sam Reeves equalised for the Cats, with captain Joel Lassman scoring the winning penalty. Zac Lewis scored twice for Hendon in their 2-1 win over Oakwood

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MGBSFL: U12 – HMH Tel Aviv 2 HMH Eilat 1, Hendon United Red 5 Alyth 3, BPR 2 Edgware Tigers Orange 14, Hendon United Green 3 Edgware Tigers Black 7

Brady 14 NL Raiders C 0 Camden Park 1 Lions White 5 Catford 1 HMH 1 – Cat won on pens Fairlop FC 10 Hertswood Vale 1 Lions Blue 1 Mincha 1 – Lions won on pens NL Raiders B 1 Los Blancos 4 Redbridge A 8 Faithfold A 0 Redbridge B 6 Faithfold B 1 Tem Fortune A 1 NL Raiders A 5 AET

MGBSFL PREM DIV Oakwood A 1 Hendon United 2 P W D L F Brady Maccabi 7 4 1 2 20 Redbridge A 5 4 0 1 15 Hendon United 3 3 0 0 11 Oakwood A 4 3 0 1 11 London Lions Blue 7 3 0 4 18 NL Raiders A 6 1 1 4 10 Camden Park 4 1 0 3 3

MGBSFL DIV ONE Faithfold A Scrabble NL Raiders B Los Blancos Oakwood B Redbridge B Temple Fortune A Redbridge C L’Equipe

P 6 6 5 5 5 5 8 6 8

W 5 4 4 3 3 2 1 1 0

D 1 2 0 1 1 1 1 0 1

L 0 0 1 1 1 2 6 5 7

F 29 27 16 15 17 13 14 7 10

Dif Pts 6 13 9 12 7 9 6 9 0 9 -8 4 -8 3


FC Team 4 Real Hendon 0 Straw Hat Pirates 3 Mill Hill Dons 4 P Bayern Mincha 8 Mill Hill Dons 7 Catford & Bromley 8 FC Team 7 NL Raiders C 7 Straw Hat Pirates 8 Real Hendon 6 Hertswood Vale 8 Fairlop FC 4 Faithfold B 8 Temple Fortune B 7

W 6 6 5 5 3 3 2 2 1 1 1

D 1 0 1 0 1 1 2 1 1 0 0

L 1 1 2 2 3 4 2 5 2 7 6

F 24 28 22 32 23 14 13 14 8 9 8

Dif Pts 10 19 14 18 10 16 18 15 9 10 -5 10 0 8 -9 7 5 4 -26 3 -26 3

London Lions B 1 EHRS Stonegrove 2 Marshside 6 Brady Maccabi B 2 P EHRS Stonegrove 8 St John’s Wood 7 London Lions B 4 Glenthorne 5 Marshside 5 Temple Fortune 6 Hendon Harriers 4 Brady Maccabi B 7

W 7 3 3 3 2 2 1 0

D 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1

L 0 2 1 2 3 4 3 6

F 33 18 24 12 13 9 5 8

Dif Pts 24 22 -2 11 18 9 -5 9 -4 6 -4 6 -6 3 -21 1


WATFORD FRIENDLY LEAGUE: U16 – London Lions White 2 Enfield 0, Brady 4 London Lions Blue 0 U15 – London Lions White 4 Wormley Rovers 0, Alexandra Park East 5 London Lions Blue 0 U14 – London Lions Blue White 2 Fairlands Youth Yellow 1, London Lions Blue 9 St Albans City Youth 2 U13 – London Lions White 9 Hadley Wood & Wingate Herons 1, London Lions Blue 2 Norseman 2 U12 – AC Finchley South 6 London Lions White 0, London Lions Green 6 West Herts Youth 0

London Lions 2 Ampthill Town 1

MASTERS DIV ONE Dif Pts 19 16 19 14 10 12 7 10 6 10 3 7 -19 4 -10 3 -35 1


NL Raiders 2 London Lions A 2 Scrabble 2 Brady Maccabi A 4

NL Raiders London Lions A Chigwell Athletic Brady Maccabi A Scrabble HMH

P 6 5 5 5 7 6

W 5 3 3 3 1 0

D 1 1 0 0 1 1

L 0 1 2 2 5 5

F 22 22 22 13 11 6

Dif Pts 16 16 11 10 11 9 -7 9 -11 4 -20 1

Southall Enfield Borough Risborough Rgrs Winslow United Wodson Park Baldock Town Broadfields United Ampthill Town London Lions Buckingham Ath Bedford Harefield United

P 15 13 14 13 15 12 13 13 14 13 16 16

W 14 10 8 9 8 7 8 7 7 6 6 6

D 1 0 4 0 3 4 1 3 3 4 3 2

L 0 3 2 4 4 1 4 3 4 3 7 8

F 61 33 44 47 28 31 35 39 33 32 27 28

Dif Pts 47 43 16 30 26 28 26 27 5 27 20 25 12 25 16 24 5 24 17 22 -10 21 10 20

HAT-TRICK HEROES MJFL: U10 – Ben Berman 6 (NWLJ) U8 – Samuel Gorgi (Hendon Green), Yishai Ehreich, Rafi Tatz (Hendon Red) U7 – Zev Solomon 4 (NWLJ) WATFORD FRIENDLY LEAGUE: U18 Jonah Weiniger (Hendon) U14 – Oliver Rokenson (London Lions Blue) U13 – Zan Appleson-Fidler 5 (London Lions White). Daniel Attar (NWLJ)

Davidson steers leaders to victory MASTERS Two goals from Ashley Davidson (pictured) saw Division Two leaders EHRS come back from a goal down to beat last season’s double winners. Gideon Barnett had given Lions the lead, but Davidson levelled before the break, before striking the winner with just minutes remaining. The win saw them move 11 points clear of their nearest rivals at the top of the table and 13 clear of Lions, who do though have four games in hand. Elsewhere, Marshside moved out of the bottom two, as hat-tricks from Barry Silkman and Grant Morgan earned them a 6-2 win over Brady B, Scott Ansher and Phil Silver netted their two consolations.

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Man on a mission in memory of his gran

Teams from Langdon and Kisharon took part in a specially arranged football match for Mitzvah Day last weekend. Organised by Maccabi GB, the match took place at Rowley Lane, where attendees were asked to bring old kits for Kit Aid, a charity which distributes recycled and donated football kit to Africa.


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Contemporary Jazz Dance 23 Nov – 8.00pm www.jw3.org.uk Maccabi GB Community Spinathon 26 Nov stacey@maccabigb.org Baby Yoga 27 Nov – 2.00pm www.jw3.org.uk 11th Edgware Scouts Group 27 Nov – 7.30pm-9.15pm office@edgwareu.com

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Ladies keep-fit club 28 Nov – 7.00pm nwes@newwestend.org.uk Israeli dancing class 29 Nov – 7.45pm littmanfamily@btinternet.com Brownies at HGS shul 30 Nov – 5.45pm-7.15pm BrownOwlHGS@hotmail.com Table tennis at Norris Lea 30 Nov – 7.00pm-10.00pm nltt@live.com


British Forces’ 1917 capture of Jerusalem 26 Nov – 2.00pm-3.00pm (Talk) admin@jewishmuseum.org.uk

CHARITY Runner David Blitz recorded a personal best at last weekend’s Hertfordshire Half Marathon – the latest in a series of challenges he’s undertaken over the course of the year in his quest to raise £5,000 in memory of his grandmother. The 37-year-old from Chigwell is no stranger to running, seeing how he picks a charity at the start of each year and spends the next 12 months competing in a variety of challenges to raise money for it. This year’s chosen charity for the fatherof-two was a particularly poignant one. He explains: “Alzheimers Research UK is a charity very close to my heart, having seen my grandmother (Booba) suffer from this cruel disease. She was an inspiration to everyone who knew her and prior to the disease was

always the life and soul of our family. “Watching the disease grow inside her was sad to see and I hope the money raised will help to pay towards important research for this disease.” Having already taken part in around 15 challenges, with another one planned before the end of the year, David, along with his wife Candice and two sons, Aaron and Matthew, have competed in amongst others, four obstacle course races, including Tough Mudder, as well as around 5k and 10K runs. Kenneth Foreman, sporting events manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “We can’t thank David and his family enough for taking on this enormous challenge.”

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