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Hard line makes union boss ‘uncomfortable’ The leader of Britain’s biggest union and the man credited with Jeremy Corbyn’s rise to power revealed he is “uncomfortable” with aspects of his union’s Israel boycott. In a comprehensive interview this week with Jewish News, Len McCluskey said he was troubled by a policy that punishes individuals “simply because of where they are born”. The head of Unite also insisted that Ken Livingstone has “no defence” in his battle to avoid explusion from the Labour Party over his claim that Hitler supported Zionism and urged Jews to “come back home” to

rid Labour of racists and get its Israel policy right. McCluskey said Corbyn as prime minister “would not be anti-Israel,” would not back an Israel boycott and would only increase funding for the Palestinians if it was part of a wider peace push. He also revealed that he had Zionist tendencies, acknowledged problems with his union’s boycott of Israel, said Corbyn would “prioritise” the conflict by offering new thinking and warned that talking to Hamas would be an inevitable necessity. The man whose support was crucial in elevating Corbyn to Labour leader also aimed his sternest words

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yet at those he accused of “weaponising” antiSemitism to undermine Corbyn’s leadership. On anti-Semitism, McCluskey defended Corbyn, saying he “could not have done any more,” and praised Shami Chakrabarti’s report into anti-Semitism in Labour as “firstclass,” while warning against “killing” free speech if a new definition of anti-Semitism was used to restrict criticism of Israel.

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News / Minister warning / London demo / Tweet anger

Gove warns of ‘dark’ anti-Israel activism sweeping the country Michael Gove has attacked the “dark and furious energy” fuelling growing anti-Israel activism in the UK – as he described the country as a “birthright” for Jews, writes Justin Cohen. The environment secretary told the annual Conservative Friends of Israel lunch there had been 176 anti-Israel events here last month alone. Gove suggested those who talked about occupation often actually meant the entire state. On last week’s US embassy demonstration against Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, he said: “Did it call for a two-state solution? No, they chanted what they really wanted to chant. Not just ‘free free Palestine’. Large numbers of the crowd chanted ‘Khaybar Khaybar, ya yahud, Jaish Muhammad, sayahud’. That is: ‘Jews, remember Khaybar, the army of Muhammad is returning.’ “Why, instead of referring to land swaps before a final status peace agreement, did they summon up the 7thcentury destruction of a Jewish com-

munity near Medina? Such people demonstrate all the time they would not be placated by changes in the West Bank or the Golan.” Instead, Gove said, they have a fundamental problem with the existence of any Jewish State anywhere in the world – “and especially in what has been the homeland of the Jewish people long before any other surviving claimant came along”. He added: “When somebody criticises an action of my department I can assume the critic does not secretly or otherwise harbour a desire to wipe this nation off the map. This is not a certainty my Israeli counterparts enjoy.” Speaking after a year that saw the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, he said Britain was right to be proud of its role in restoring Jewish sovereignty in Israel. Committing to provide a homeland was “not just a moral good, it has been a success for mankind”. He insisted Jewish people had the right to live there not because of a letter from Whitehall “but because that land


TWO GAZA ROCKETS AIMED AT SDEROT Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip at week were intercepted over the southern town of Sderot by the Iron Dome anti-missile system. A third rocket fired on Wednesday night landed in an empty field in the Eshkol region, also in southern Israel, the Israel Defense Forces said. There were no reports of injury or damage. The firing of the rockets triggered the Code Red alert sirens in the towns of Sderot, Eshkol and three other southern regions.

SAUDIS COULD BE NEW PEACE BROKER Michael Gove addressing this week’s Conservative Friends of Israel lunch

had always been and always will be the historic homeland of the Jewish people. It was not gifted to them by this country. It is their birthright”. The event came only six weeks after some suggested CFI’s work and impact could be harmed by revelations that former international development secretary Priti Patel held undisclosed meetings in Israel alongside CFI hon-

orary president Lord Polak. She later resigned over the affair but attended the lunch with nine cabinet ministers and 170 parliamentarians. Gove paid tribute to the key role of his “special friend” Polak in the bilateral relationship and said CFI was in “rude health”. The event was also addressed by Israel’s ambassador Mark Regev and former CFI chair Sir Eric Pickles.

Israeli Intelligence Affairs Minister Yisrael Katz has proposed that Saudi Arabia oversees new IsraeliPalestinian peace talks. Katz said he would be willing to join in negotiations initiated by Saudi Arabia, indicating that the American peace initiative being formulated under wraps is too uncertain. He also called on Saudi King Salman to invite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Saudi Arabia and to send the crown prince to visit Israel.

Swastikas seen at London protest Lineker tweet storm Swastikas displayed at an anti-Israel demonstration in London have been condemned as ‘repugnant anti-Semitism’, although organisers insist they weren’t comparing the Jewish state to Nazis. The offensive design appeared on a video of a protest in London last Friday against Donald

Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem. The swastikas, on a black sign, were held up during speeches alongside Palestinian flags and other placards. Labour Friends of Israel director Jennifer Gerber said: “It’s utterly disgusting to see swastikas flying at a Palestine Solidarity

compare Israel to the Nazis. Videos and photos showed there was a placard with a slogan that formed an image of a swastika, they said, but the claim the placard was comparing Israel to the Nazis is not backed up by an examination of the photographic evidence. The slogan in

Campaign (PSC) and Stop the War Coalition (STW) organised demonstration. Comparing Israel to the Nazis, a regime responsible for the extermination of six million Jews, is repugnant anti-Semitism.” The PSC and STW condemned the incident but denied the signs were trying to

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Gary Lineker has defended retweeting a video showing Israeli soldiers detaining Palestinian youths. The sports broadcaster and former England footballer shared a video from journalist Ben White, which shows members of the Israeli army arresting “defenceless Palestinian children”. Lineker shared the video with the word “sickening” to his 6.8 million followers, and it was retweeted nearly

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Special report / Jewish News meets... Len McCluskey

McCluskey: ‘Ken has no defence’

• Jews should ‘come back to Labour’ • Chakrabarti report was ‘first class’ • UK has ‘moral duty’ in Middle East • Corbyn will have ‘purchase’ with Hamas by Stephen Oryszczuk stepheno@jewishnews.co.uk @JewishNewsUK


en McCluskey is big in size and influence, but his voice is soft and his messaging simple. The boss of the country’s top trade union, Unite, was ‘what won it’ for Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour leadership, as the undisputed power broker in left-wing politics, with 1.5 million members. His views count, so it’s interesting to talk to him about Jews, Israel, beating up anti-Semites, talking to terrorists, and what Corbyn would do as prime minister. I ask how long we have. “As long as it takes,” he says. We start with Donald Trump’s Jerusalem announcement, because it’s timely. The Liverpudlian immediately demonstrates a detailed knowledge and understanding of the Middle East in all its complexity, but says he’s still learning. For him the US has now relinquished its role

as peace broker, and Prime Minister Corbyn should step in. In fact, the UK has a “moral duty” to do so because of Balfour, he says, and Corbyn could bring Hamas on-board. But aren’t they terrorists? “History tells you someone’s got to speak to them. Do you just ignore them? I don’t think you can.” Thatcher’s government spoke to both the IRA and the Ulster Freedom Fighters, he says. “It’s a necessary process in finding a solution.” How would Corbyn do that? “With pressure and influence, to make both sides sit up.” McCluskey says Corbyn would go beyond “lip service” like all his immediate “pro-Israel” predecessors. Would Israel listen? “You’d hope so, but it depends what Corbyn was saying… The opposite question is: would the Palestinians listen?

There may be proposals unpalatable to them, unpalatable to Hamas. He’d have some purchase in speaking to them, and I’d hope in the context of that the Israelis would respond.” He proves himself prepared, logical and unruffled. Priti Patel? “Lobbying has to be effective. I don’t object to lobbying on any subject. MPs shouldn’t be put off going to Israel.” Half a million West Bank settlers? He recalls comments made by Tory grandee Sir Malcolm Rifkind at last month’s Jewish News-BICOM Balfour event, which McCluskey attended and praised. “Sir Malcolm said that’s not as big a problem as you might think, because the vast majority of settlers are close to the Israeli borders. Yes, you would need to move the borders from the ’67 boundaries, but if people are genuinely looking for an agreement, there’s got to be give and take.” Some would want to return to Israel, he says, and may need financial help to do so, while others might be happy to live in a Palestinian state. “For me, it’s a question of good men and women sitting down and resolving what appears to be an intractable problem. But I live with optimism.” On peace negotiations, he echoes Palestinian warnings that those who replace them are likely to be less moderate. On the West Bank being “occupied” or “disputed”, he knows language is important. On UK funding for Palestinians, surprisingly, he doesn’t argue for a splurge should Corbyn take Number 10, saying: “It depends very much on the purpose of it… On the Israeli question, you can’t in effect take a single element – whether it’s the Department for International Development (DfID) or anything else.” It has to be part of a package, he says, forming part of Corbyn’s search for a roadmap to “an honourable solution”. To British Jews and their haters, his message is simple, but first he wants to clarify he never said there was no anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, as reported, just that in 47 years he hadn’t seen any. “My position is crystal clear: if you’re anti-Semitic, you cannot be a member of the Labour Party. They’re incompatible. My message to any anti-Semite is: Get out of our party. Likewise, my message to the Jewish community is: Come back to Labour. If

you’ve had any doubts, dispel them. Labour is your natural political home. I want Jewish people to feel at home in the Labour Party.” He reflects on the “incredible traditions of the Jewish community”. “The progressive nature of Jews has always meant Labour was naturally their home. That’s why lots have felt uneasy about issues of anti-Semitism. My concern was that there were individuals within the party trying to use the issue of anti-Semitism and misogyny to undermine Jeremy Corbyn, to create an image that Labour was toxic, when that was simply false. Those people were trying to weaponise anti-Semitism, not to challenge anti-Semitism, but to undermine Corbyn. I was appalled at that.” While some described it as a “whitewash”, Shami Chakrabarti’s report into anti-Semitism in the Labour Party was “first class”, he says. It was “a call for Jewish people with concerns to come home to Labour”, he says. On a practical level, Chakrabarti dealt with language, investigations, rules, penalties and made suggestions for changes, “all of which have been embraced by Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party”. Could Corbyn do any more? “I genuinely don’t think so. He’s been fighting racism and discrimination all his life. The idea he’d tolerate any discrimination, even for a second, it’s just not in the man’s DNA.” With 600,000 members, most using social media, he says Corbyn was right to “make certain first that there’s zero tolerance of anti-Semitism, then set up procedures to do that”. On anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism and the blurred in-between, he says he’s wary of labels. “I support the creation of a Jewish homeland in Israel, so you could say I’m a Zionist. But I don’t support the settlements, whereas many Zionists do, and modern Zionism embraces the encroachment into Palestinian territory, so does that make me an anti-Zionist? That’s why I don’t use the terms – there’s no agreed definition.” Talking of definitions, he’s not completely sold on the new International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition to which Labour recently signed up, saying “some of it is more complex and nuanced”. He discusses the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) and the new Jewish Voice for Labour. Does he echo the latter’s concern about the IHRA definition’s effects on free speech? “Yes, absolutely… I’m implacably opposed to the Israeli government’s behaviour in terms of the West Bank and Gaza, but I would absolutely deny that is anti-Semitic. I’ve fought against anti-Semitism all my life, and when I say ‘fought’, I mean physically, on the streets.” He warns against “killing the essence of free speech”, adding: “My concern is about how people who don’t think Israel can do any harm deliberately try to link criticism of that govern-

15 December 2017 Jewish News



Jewish News meets... Len McCluskey / Special report ment with anti-Semitism – that is outrageous. Equally outrageous are those who are not interested in the Israeli Government or the Jewish people but who want to use anything to try to discredit Corbyn and Labour. That is reprehensible and we should flush it out.” He later mentions JLM in the context of those who were “using [anti-Semitism] for a different agenda.” He says: “The issue of anti-Semitism has been in the party for many years, including under Miliband, Brown, Blair... It’s the question of how serious is it and how are we dealing with it”. But with several past prime ministers having been very pro-Israel, the Jewish community is now faced with the prospect of someone who has campaigned against Israel for almost 30 years. Doesn’t he think even part of this explains the community’s shift away from Labour? “No, I don’t,” he says firmly. “Those who read your paper, of course they’re concerned about Israel, but many are opposed to the Israeli Government. And many are also concerned about where they live, the lack of housing, insecure jobs, the abuse of workers, our children’s future. That’s why Labour is their natural home, and in particular, Corbyn.” As regards his rise to power, “it was driven by his anti-austerity platform… Palestine played a very small, insignificant part”. But won’t Corbyn be an anti-Israel prime minister? Isn’t he in favour of boycotts? “I don’t see Corbyn being anti-Israeli,” says the man who will help him into Number 10. “His aim would be to seek a peaceful roadmap, so adopting an antiIsraeli position kills the roadmap right away. “I think he’d be intelligent enough to know that if Britain was going to attempt to be a leader in an honest broker situation he’d be careful in

what Labour did in relation to boycotting Israel or adopting an anti-Israeli stance, and that is different to disagreeing with its Government.” On boycotts, he says he’s in favour, but is “uncomfortable” with boycotting individuals such as scientists, academics or dancers simply because of their birthplace. “There is a grey area”, he says, acknowledging the “difficulties” with an all-Israel boycott, as opposed to just the settlements. Yet he adds Jews should try to understand the boycott movement as an enraged expression of injustice together with a lack of alternatives. On Ken Livingstone, he sticks to the line that the former mayor’s comments about Hitler being a Zionist were “extraordinary and bizarre... I was pleased Jeremy distanced himself from it, suspended Ken and then went through due process”. McCluskey says Ken’s comments were “indefensible, nonsense, ridiculous, beyond belief”. He is “at a loss” on it, but is unwilling to go further, perhaps because “it’s not over yet...” Finally we’re back on his central message, which cynics will say relates to marginal seats in north London. McCluskey wants Jewish help to fix Britain. “It’s why I’m so passionate to say to my Jewish brothers and sisters who have doubts about Labour to come home, help us build a better Britain, mend our broken communities, build a cohesiveness within our society that raises us all to a higher level… This is the party of Jewish people. Come back. You must come back and help us achieve a better Britain, come back and help us challenge these anti-Semites, come back and argue on policy issues you might disagree on that might impact on the state of Israel as well.” Whether it’s a call to be answered or a slowly fading echo remains to be seen.

Great shakes: Len McCluskey with Jeremy Corbyn at this year’s Labour Party conference

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Special report / Chanukah in the Square


adiq Khan took part in one of the largest ever selfies and professed his love for The Maccabeats as he celebrated Chanukah with up to 5,000 revellers in Trafalgar Square, writes Justin Cohen. The London mayor took to the stage alongside Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and other community leaders at his first Chanukah in the Square since entering City Hall. Organised by the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), London Jewish Forum (LJF) and Chabad, and fuelled by around 4,000 free doughnuts, partygoers danced to the sounds of the Akiva School choir and The Maccabeats – with Khan delighting the crowd by describing himself as a “groupie”. “To be on the stage, Christmas tree in front of me and menorah on the right, is really important,” he told Jewish News, media partner for the event, moments after wowing the crowds. “The bad news is there has been a rise in anti-Semitism and the CST [Community Security Trust] is as busy as ever. We’ve got to use events like this to give people a sense of confidence and of belonging, but also to reaffirm our commitment that we nip in the bud any form of hate crime. For me as mayor, as a Londoner, as someone who has friends from all backgrounds, this is personal.” He took the opportunity to reaffirm his pledge to lead a trade delegation to Tel Aviv during his mayoralty. He said: “I’m keen to promote business around the world. I recently met the mayor of Tel Aviv at City Hall. He claims Tel Aviv is the tech capital of the world. I’m not sure about that, but we will take opportunities around the world including Israel.” Simon Johnson, chief executive of the JLC, described the gathering as “a great tribute to our community, the city and the country we live in”. He also paid tribute to the role of the police and volunteers of the CST in ensuring the event was held safely and without incident. “Two years there were a lot of security concerns and some didn’t come. This year the security situation is the same, but people have turned out and I think that’s very largely down to a comprehensive operation from police with the amazing volunteers of the CST.” His journalist daughter Ellen, and Stacey Abendstern acted as MCs for the night. “The exciting thing for me is we’ve been able to involve women in four prominent positions. I know over the years people have claimed it’s

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been too male an event. I felt that and felt it was really important to get two young women who’ve been able to get the crowd going. They’ve done a great job.” Introducing Deputy Ambassador Sharon Bar-li, LJF chair Adrian Cohen said her presence celebrated the community’s relationship with Israel “whose capital is the city of the Chanukah miracle, Jerusalem”. Rabbi Bentzi Sudak, CEO of Chabad Lubavitch UK, said the event “was a testament to our vibrant community. The weather may have been on the cold side, but the warmth of the occasion more than compensated. We hope the light and message of Chanukah makes its way to brighten the lives of all Londoners. “A huge thank you to our partners and the JLC and LJF – it’s tremendous what can be accomplished when we work together!”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan with The Maccabeats; the crowd braves the cold in Trafalgar Square; young visitors; and some members of the Akiva School choir

May and Corbyn reflect on community’s ‘contribution’ Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn reflected on the Jewish contribution to British life in their annual Chanukah messages to the community. The prime minister encouraged British people to “redouble our efforts to fight anti-Semitism” and “take pride in the extraordinary contribution made by members of the Jewish community in all areas of national life”. She added: “Whatever our religion or background, let us defend the values and way of life that we share. Let us celebrate that in Britain you can practice your faith free

from question or fear. Let us redouble our efforts to fight anti-Semitism in all its forms – including unequivocally condemning those who abhorrently use criticism of the Israeli government to question the right of Israel to exist. “And let us draw hope from the message of Chanukah, confident in our values and determined to defeat hatred and extremism wherever it is found – today, and for every generation to come.” Labour leader Corbyn, meanwhile, spoke of how the Jews’ “struggle against oppression, for religious freedom

serves as a lesson to us today”. He said: “We remember the story of Chanukah, when a band of Jewish freedom fighters, led by Judah Maccabee fought back against Seleucid rule, which sought to stop Jews practicing their religion – and, against extraordinary odds, they won. “Their struggle against oppression, for religious freedom, serves as a lesson to us today. Chanukah means dedication, so let us rededicate ourselves this year to the search for a more just, peaceful and equal world.”

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Snow chaos shuts Jewish schools Thousands of children enjoyed an unexpected day off this week after the heaviest snowstorm to hit London in recent years shut down almost all of the community’s schools. Among the Jewish primary and secondary schools that did not open on Monday owing to the icy conditions were Immanuel College, Sinai, JFS, Hasmonean, Clore Shalom, Hertsmere JPS, JCoSS, Rosh Pinah, Mathilda Marks-Kennedy Primary, Yavneh, Wolfson Hillel, Moriah and Sacks Morasha. Etz Chaim in Mill Hill and Akiva School in Finchley were open. All appeared to return to normal on Tuesday, with schools posting updates on their websites.

GIFT volunteers make hospital packs. Inset: A child at Kisharon’s Tuffkid Nursery

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They added: “All of our services have remained open, with some staff going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure they were at work. In one care home, night staff slept in the home after their shift to ensure they would be there the following evening.” Kisharon’s Tuffkid Nursery closed on Monday, while charity GIFT took advantage of closures to give volunteers a chance to help the vulnerable by making packages for hospital patients and care home residents. GIFT director Michelle Barnett said: “To see children giving their time on a regular basis to help others and enjoying the experience is a delightful sight.”

HEAD OF JFS STEPS DOWN Ofsted faith school fears The headteacher of Europe’s largest Jewish school is to step down from her role, parents have been told. Debby Lipkin is to leave her position at JFS in Kenton at the end of the term to take up a new role elsewhere. Under her five-term tenure, the school improved its Ofsted rating to ‘good’, while the sixth form is now ‘excellent’. Geraldine Fainer, chair of governors, wrote to parents saying: “JFS is a dif-

ferent and far better school than it was and she is leaving knowing that those goals were achieved and exceeded.” Praising her “leadership and commitment” for the improved results, the school thanked Lipkin for her work. Its governing body announced that a permanent headteacher had been approved and ratified, with Simon Appleman continuing as acting headteacher until they start.

A rising number of religious schools are actively undermining British values and equality law, the head of Ofsted has warned. Amanda Spielman, the watchdog’s chief inspector, said schools – including Jewish establishments – were “deliberately choosing” not to meet standards owing to the tensions between legal requirements and local community expectations.



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ORTHODOX SHUL STOPS LGBT WISHES A flagship liberal Orthodox synagogue will stop congratulating same-sex couples on their weddings following a complaint by a strictly-Orthodox group. The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in New York will no longer announce the weddings of its LGBT members in its newsletters in accordance with a policy dictated by the Orthodox Union, the largest association of Orthodox shuls in the US. The policy was set out this month in response to complaints.

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Jewish News 15 December 2017

News / UJS election / Football friends

New era blooms after UJS election Bristol University student Hannah Rose has been elected the next president of the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) after winning 519 of 936 votes at the organisation’s conference on Sunday. Rose, whose sister Ella is director of Jewish Labour Movement and a former UJS president, won the three-horse race against Lawrence Rosenberg, who polled 333 votes, and outsider Annie Cohen, who received 80. Rose, a fourth-year Spanish and Portuguese student, praised the work of her rivals, saying both had brought in new voices and experiences. She added: “I hope UJS can take for-

wards the lessons of this diverse campaign. My campaign wasn’t about me or my politics, and my presidency won’t be either. It’ll be about all 8,500 Jewish students and what we can achieve when we are united. “I know that there are challenges ahead, but I look forward to representing our vibrant, democratic and diverse union to the best of my ability”. Outgoing UJS president Josh Holt congratulated Rose, saying: “I have no doubt she will lead UJS into its 100th year with passion, dedication and a significant vision for our union’s future. “I also congratulate all three candi-

dates, their teams and the wider Jewish student population on conducting themselves maturely and respectfully throughout this election, engaging with ideas that challenge their own.” Rose told Jewish News before the election she was a Zionist and a feminist. She set up Bristol’s Israel-Palestine discussion group, promised to continue reaching out to “all Jews” if elected and said she would “deliver thriving, empowering, peer-led networks”. Following the election, Ella Rose, who led the organisation between 20142015 tweeted: “I am the proudest sister in the world.”

Hannah Rose won by a clear margin

Spurs hosts Israeli teens £1.5m grant for medical teams Tottenham Hotspur hosted 16 young Israelis from families who lost loved ones to terrorist attacks. Organised by OneFamily UK, which supports bereaved families, the visit included a trip to Wembley Stadium, the grounds for the club’s home games this season. Jews from Mill Hill and Totteridge put up the Israeli teens during the week-long visit. One of the party, Shmuel Solomon, said at a meeting with local Jews after the Wembley visit: “A terrorist chose our

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family’s house because he heard voices of laughter and joy emanating from inside.” Solomon lost his father, sister and brother in a West Bank attack on the Halamish settlement.

Four new joint British-Israeli medical research projects using stem cells to tackle degenerative diseases have been awarded £1.5million in funding. The announcement this week by the British Council allows the institutions to work together on the new three-year bilateral projects to develop stem cell therapies to treat diabetes, heart disease, leukaemia, anaemia and Alzheimer’s. The universities include the University of Edinburgh, the Weizmann Institute for Science, Technion, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Exeter Univer-

sity, University of Cambridge and the University of Glasgow. They are the latest additions to the Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange programme (BIRAX), a £10 million initiative of the British Council investing in world-leading research jointly undertaken by scientists in Britain and Israel. BIRAX was initiated six years ago by the British Council, British Embassy in Israel and the UK Science & Innovation Network in collaboration with founding partners Pears Foundation and the UJIA.


ABBAS: TRUMP NO LONGER HAS ROLE Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinians will no longer allow the United States to have a role in the peace process thanks to President Donald Trump’s official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “It will be unacceptable for it to have a role in the political process any longer since it is biased in favour of Israel,” Abbas told delegates at an emergency meeting Wednesday of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul.

MESSI IS FACE OF ISRAELI START-UP An Israeli start-up has hired Argentine football star Lionel Messi as its brand ambassador. Moshe Hogeg, Sirin Labs cofounder and co-CEO, posted a photo of himself and the world’s most famous football player on his Facebook page. The company has developed what is says is an ultra-secure mobile phone using blockchain technology, which is a continuously growing list of computer records that are linked and secured using cryptography.

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Batmitzvah lawsuit / World news

Family is suing simcha caterer A family is suing a New York hotel for allegedly “starving” guests at a daughter’s £30,000 batmitzvah party. The lawsuit against Hotel Eventi was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, according to the New York Post. Nancy Held, the mother of the batmitzvah girl, said the food for her 150 guests at the party in May was so mishandled that the hungry adult guests began eating the children’s ice cream desserts. She said in the lawsuit that the 700 hors d’oeuvres were never served to the guests as promised, and that the main course, a choice of steak or scallops, was served cold. “We were starving,” Held’s husband, Marc, told the newspaper. “We were hosting the party and we didn’t have any food to eat.” The hotel offered £700 and a night in a suite to make up for the errors, according to Held. The couple are suing for more than £40,000 in damages.


FIREBOMBS THROWN AT SYNAGOGUE More than a dozen men hurled firebombs at a synagogue in Gothenburg on Saturday, hours after a march against US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. No one was injured in the attack. Dvir Maoz, the World Bnei Akiva youth movement’s emissary in Gothenburg, said the attack happened during a children’s party inside the synagogue complex and he had seen “a ball of fire” approaching the building. The guards saw it in security cameras and called police.

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Nancy Held said in a court filing that she had been misdiagnosed with a fatal genetic mutation in 2013 and had been making preparations for her daughter’s big day ever since that happened. The family also later discovered that the hotel was using photos of their event in promotional material, which the family had not given permission for. [JTA]

A coalition party politician in the Netherlands blamed President Trump for an assault by a man carrying a Palestinian flag on the HaCarmel kosher restaurant in Amsterdam. A spokesperson for the left-leaning Democrats 66 party made the accusation hours after the attack. Herman Loonstein, who heads the Federative Jewish Netherlands group, condemned the statement as “cowardly and obscene”, adding it was a form of “victim blaming”.

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Jewish News 15 December 2017

News / Charity change / Brexit boost / Comedy awards

Tributes to Jewish Care boss after he announces departure Jewish Care’s chief executive will step down in 2018 after 15 years in the role. Under Simon Morris’ leadership, the health and social care charity has significantly expanded across the community and wider social care world. Morris has been credited with initiating a programme of modernisation and change, which has seen the organisation provide a range of new services and invest in new building programmes. Reflecting on his long period at the helm, Morris said: “I feel honoured and privileged to have been in this position and proud of the progress that has been made during my time here –progress that would not have been possible without support from the Jewish Care board of trustees, my colleagues and the wider community.” Jewish Care president Lord Levy said: “Over the last 20 years, we have transformed into a leading social care provider both in the national arena and within the Jewish community. It is a jewel in the crown. We owe a great debt of gratitude to Simon. His contribution to Jewish Care and our community has been invaluable”. Chairman Steven Lewis said: “I have

Simon Morris, far right, with, from left, Lord Levy, musician Craig David and London Mayor Sadiq Khan at Jewish Care’s annual dinner

enjoyed working with Simon and while I will be sorry to see him step down as chief executive, I fully understand and respect his desire to seek new challenges. “Thanks to Simon’s leadership this organisation is in a strong position. He is a hard act to follow, but we are confident we will attract high-calibre candidates with the skills, vision and passion to drive us forward.

“Simon’s departure will mark the next chapter in Jewish Care’s long history. For now, it is very much business as usual. We will never lose sight of our primary objective: to provide quality care services to the thousands of people who rely on us every single day of the year.” The charity confirmed that Morris will remain in his role until a successor is found.

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Israeli firms give UK Brexit boost Israel has offered a significant boost to Britain’s post-Brexit prospects according to research conducted by think tank BICOM, writes Alex Davis. In the year after the referendum, Israeli investment increased by 33.5 percent and the number of UK jobs created by Israeli companies increased by 12.8 percent. The UK remains the most popular destination for Israeli foreign direct investment in Europe. There are 28 Israeli companies currently listed on the London Stock Exchange with a market value of £11.5bn. According to the report, Israeli business leaders working in high tech, fintech, advertising and gaming remain largely unconcerned by business prospects post Brexit. Some entrepreneurs even view the uncertainty, and potential withdrawal from the UK by EU companies, as a significant opportunity. However, BICOM cautioned that London must remain a global centre for capital to continue attracting

Israeli firms. BICOM chief executive James Sorene said: “It is very positive news that officials in both Israel and Britain are keen to complete a free trade agreement as soon as they can. This is vital to ensure a steady supply of drugs to the NHS and could even lead to cheaper fruit and vegetables in our shops. “But to thrive after Brexit, we need more British companies to export and set up in fast growing markets like Israel. It is disappointing that only a tiny number of British companies have opened innovation centres or bought Israeli firms in the last three years.” Just five British companies have opened innovation centres or acquired Israeli firms since 2014, a much smaller number compared with firms from the US, China and Canada. Hugo Bieber, chief executive of UK-Israel Business, echoed these concerns, saying: “Israeli firms have concerns which must be addressed by the UK.”

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED... Former personal trainer Aaron Simmonds has won the prestigious UK Jewish Comedian of the Year Award, writes Alex Davis. Performing in front of a live audience on Saturday night, he drew big laughs for his amusing anecdotes of visiting the cinema with his ablebodied girlfriend and making staff feel awkward in their assumptions about disabled people. Simmonds, who performs from his wheelchair, was praised by the judges for his spontaneity and natural ability to engage effectively with the audience in JW3’s Alan Howard Hall. He was joined on stage by finalists Abigail Weinstock, Aaron Levene and Michal Benai. All four comedians explored a variety of Jewish themes, ranging from Jewish mothers to growing up in Israel, leaving the audience in stitches. Their performances were judged by Debbie Aaron Simmonds with his comedy award Chazen, actor and comedian best known for the West End production Calendar Girls and sketch before confirming he would spend the prize on performing at the Edinburgh Fringe. show Tittybangbang, Julia ChamberThe audience were warmed up lain, comedy booker and producer, by compere Ori Halevy, an Israeli Hannah Chambers, comedy One of Aaron’s comic and writer who flew in agent and founder of Chambers winning gags... from Berlin. Management, and Raymond Eight comedians entered Simonson, head of JW3. I wanted to complain the first heat of the competiSimmonds, who has only been working as a comedian about the service but with tion before a final involving for four years, won £1,000, Doctor Cohen being my the best four. The judges made their decisions based on a spot at Abigail’s Party sister it wasn’t easy presence, joke construction, Comedy Cabaret and a men– typical! storytelling, audience interactoring session with Katya Baltion and the appropriateness of the four-Lynn at United Agents. humour for the environment. Speaking to Jewish News after colSimonson said: “We’re extremely proud that lecting his trophy, Simmonds said: “This feels lovely, especially as it’s the first award I’ve actu- previous winners of this event have gone on to ally won! I think £1,000 worth of bacon sand- build comedy careers, and I’m sure Aaron has a wiches is definitely on the cards!” he joked, successful future ahead of him, too.”

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Jewish News 15 December 2017

World News / Rabbi mourned / French hate / Trump message

Spiritual leader dies, aged 104

Mourners in the city of Bnei Brak

Hundreds of thousands of mourners have attended the funeral for Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, the leader of the non-Chasidic Lithuanian Charedi Orthodox community, who has died aged 104. Shteinman, who has been considered the gadol hador, or great sage of his generation, died on Tuesday morning of cardiac arrest after being in and out of hospital for much of the last year. The funeral later that day began in front of his home in Bnei Brak, a mostly Charedi city in central Israel. There were no eulogies in response to a request Shteinman put in his will. He also asked that followers not

TRUMP FESTIVE CHEER state, which has itself a miraculous history of overcoming the tallest of odds,” the statement said. Trump’s director of the National Economic Council, Gary Cohn, lit the “national menorah” on the National Mall, an event organised by American Friends of Lubavitch. He noted that Trump last week broke with predecessors by recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying: “President Trump delivered on a promise to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.”

President Donald Trump said he was “proud to stand with the Jewish people” on Chanukah. “Melania [his wife] and I wish all of our Jewish brothers and sisters celebrating this meaningful holiday a happy and healthy eight nights in the company of those they love,” Trump said in a message on Tuesday, the first night of the eight-day holiday. “On this holiday, we are proud to stand with the Jewish people who shine as a light to all nations. We also stand with the people of Israel, the Jewish

name their children after him. Shteinman was the spiritual leader of the Degel Hatorah faction of the United Torah Judaism party and served as the dean of the Ponevezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak. He has been considered the gadol hador since the death of Rabbi Yosef Shalom Eliyashiv in 2012. Critics in the Charedi world thought Shteinman was too lenient, privately allowing men not studying full-time in yeshiva to seek professional training and find jobs, or to enlist in the Israeli military. The rabbi was widely known for living modestly. He remained in a small furnished flat for his entire adult life and held few public positions.

French anti-Semitism has ‘deep roots’ French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe this week condemned anti-Semitism “that always tries to justify itself with new pretext”, and which he said has deep roots in France. Philippe’s remarks, which were unusual for his acknowledgment of the phenomenon’s depth in his country, came in a speech

on Sunday before approximately 700 participants in the annual conference of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities. “In our country, anti-Semitism is alive. It is not new, it is ancient. It is not superficial, it is well-rooted and it is alive. And it hides always behind new masks, attempts

to justify itself through diverse reasons. This ideology of hate is here, it’s present and it’s making some French Jews to make aliyah,” Philippe said, using the Hebrew word for immigration by Jews to Israel. “It should be a spiritual choice, but it pains all citizens of the republic when it’s a form of self exile, made out of insecurity and fear.”


Benjamin Netanyahu, his wife Sara, and Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, take part in a candle lighting ceremony on the first night of Chanukah, at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem.

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Len letting loose Fair play to Len McCluskey for going no-holds-barred with Jewish News this week, in a wide-ranging interview in which he hardly held back. A Liverpudlian union bruiser who’s been around the block, Len is nevertheless a power-broker in British politics. While he is more often to be heard haranguing ministers about working conditions, employment rights, housing and industry, his understanding of the issues affecting Jews and Israel was evident. In a world of black and white, he showed he sees shades. On an eventual peace deal, for instance, he recognises that the borders will need to be redrawn from the Green Line that most other unionists hold to so dearly. While to Jews and Israelis that has long seemed like a no-brainer, to Len’s constituency the idea of handing over acres of Palestinian land – perhaps with Palestinian private property – to Israeli sovereignty is anathema. If the time ever comes to do a deal, his understanding of nuance could help win debates. Likewise, he knows that boycotts aren’t simply wrong and right, and acknowledges the problems with boycotting individuals like scientists or academics or dancers just because they were born in Israel. Again, to Jewish News readers that will seem self-evident, but to those who listen to Len, it’s revolutionary. In other areas he sounded a little naive, such as by not recognising the Jewish community’s knocked confidence over Corbyn’s obvious leaning towards the Palestinians, or his ‘friends’ in Hamas. His use of the word “weaponising” in reference to anti-Semitism is also deeply concerning from someone so close to the leader, while his comments on the IHRA definition also reveals a profound lack of understanding about what it actually outlaws. However, it is a step forward that McCluskey agreed to our interview. Now we say to Jeremy: your turn next... CONTACT DETAILS Publisher and Editor Richard Ferrer richardf@thejngroup.com Publisher and News Editor Justin Cohen 020 7692 6952 justinc@thejngroup.com Foreign Editor Stephen Oryszczuk stepheno@thejngroup.com Features Editor Francine Wolfisz 020 7692 6935 francinew@thejngroup.com Community + Sport Editor Andrew Sherwood

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NO JUSTIFICATION FOR SUPPORT I was astonished to hear above: do you also excuse the from the lips of Naomi Manchester Arena suicide bomber Wimborne-Idrissi, a who in May, murdered women and prominent Jewish supchildren for the greater good of the porter of the Palestinians, Caliphate? And, second, is it only that suicide bombing is the Palestinian suicide bomber who “understandable”. Worse, murders dozens of people in Israel we have also heard this who is excusable? from Baroness Tonge, I’m sure many Jews devoted to who once said if she were the Zionist cause will agree that Palestinian she too would if the bombing of the Kind David understand the bomber. Misplaced sympathy: Baroness Tonge Hotel in 1946 was “not in our name”, Even worse, Tony then equally we should condemn Greenstein (ex-Labour Party) also stated to the concept adopted by the above as abhorrent. me that sometimes “people have to die for the I am therefore inviting Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, cause”. Is it just me who is totally gobsmacked at Tonge and Greenstein to respond to my question, the concept of mass murder as “understandable” in this publication, to explain how they justify because it appears to be within the remit of the mass murder. Left to include suicide bombing as a statement? Mike Abramov By email Here are my questions to the three mentioned

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“You see! Everyone complains when we pull out of climate change agreements, but it’s not us burning all the American flags!”

EMBASSY MOVE COMES UP TRUMPS President Trump has ordered the American Embassy be moved to Jerusalem, demonstrating, he says, “it is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel”. He is recognising, not making, and in so doing also accepting that the many years of turning a blind eye to the fact have not brought peace, or the prospects of peace, in the area any closer. Thank you, Mr President. Along with so many, I have been, and remain, critical of some of your seemingly hasty Tweets, but this time I really cannot help but say you have come up Trumps! I also believe that in time those who have thought otherwise, or at least said that they thought otherwise,

will add their thanks to you too. Israel IS already and Jerusalem IS its capital. Hasten the day when the nations will beat their swords into ploughshares. Hasten the day when the world will be at peace and, wherever nations might choose to put their embassies, there will be no doubt and no doubters that Israel IS and Jerusalem IS its capital. Jack Lynes By email

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Editorial comment and letters

A need to learn respect There’s a clear parallel between the threats of a new Palestinian uprising in the wake of President Donald Trump’s recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the invasion by Arab forces following Israel’s Declaration of Independence in 1948. If the Palestinians really want inter-

national acceptance, they need to learn about mutual respect which, after all these years, seems to remain an alien concept to them. The war-mongering of Mahmoud Abbas and the Arab League’s Ahmed Aboul Gheit serves absolutely no purpose other than to further inflame the situation.

among a group of tribes who hardly have anything to say to each other. Having experienced the low level of intelligence among the new generation of Orthodox Jews in this area, in my opinion they could not organise a wine tasting in a vineyard, let alone bring the different tribes together.

Your article [Jewish News, 2 November] on the battle of Beersheba was very interesting and rightly celebrated the heroes of the Australian Forces. However, we should not forget the role of the British soldiers who were also there at the time. My father, who was in the City of London Regiment, was wounded at Beersheba and taken to hospital in Alexandria. Here, the Jewish ladies in traditional style helped the wounded, unlike their Christian counterparts. My father subsequently visited Israel in 1977 and was amused when people asked if it was his first visit, He was able to say: “Oh no, I was here 60 years ago with Allenby.”

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NO WAY TO WORK TOGETHER I was amazed and pleased that a well-run and democratic newspaper such as yours gave the oxygen of publicity to a Stamford Hill writer – Levi Scapiro – when it would be impossible to find a copy of Jewish News in any Charedi household. Mr Shapiro, who is hardly known in Stamford Hill, pleads that “we must work together”. Yet he lives


IT’S FOREVER OUR CAPITAL The reaction to the announcement that the US has recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and, consequently, will move it’s embassy into the city has been fascinating. Politicians’ criticisms seem to rest on three points – President Trump’s involvement; its impact on the peace process; it being a bargaining chip during final agreement negotiations. Media reaction has been almost entirely based on its view of Trump. Interestingly, politicians of all main

parties across the western world seem almost in total agreement that Jerusalem is, always has been and always will be the capital of Israel. Politicians and diplomats have failed miserably to find a solution to this whole Israel/Palestinian issue for 70 years, and anybody who still believes it is simply a matter for negotiation during settlement of a final agreement is naïve or stupid.

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Whole lot of fuss over holy city of two halves JENNI FRAZER


erusalem. There, I’ve said it, the J-word, the capital which dares not speak its name. I don’t know about you, but what I have taken from the great Jerusalem furore is a sense that those who have been kidding themselves for the last number of years are now finding it hard to cope with some harsh realities. Let’s start with the mass international delusion about Jerusalem, that it is not the capital of Israel and that successive Israeli governments – since 1948 – were not entitled to call it that. Even those who subscribed to this delusion could not quite bring themselves to insist that Tel Aviv was the capital instead, but they located their embassies and consular representation in the beachfront city, rather than in David’s city of cream-coloured stone. And the Americans did exactly the same – as did the Brits. But everyone knew that

the government seat was in Jerusalem, and if approaches were to be made to politicians or credentials presented to the country’s president, those things had to be done in Jerusalem, and not in the sun and fun of hedonistic Tel Aviv. At the same time, of course, the rightwingers, who prated on and on about Jerusalem not being a divided city, were just as much kidding themselves. It is perfectly true that since 1967 there is no longer a physical division between East and West Jerusalem, maintained by the Jordanians until Israel succeeded in re-capturing the lamented eastern half of the city during the Six Day War. But as Donald Trump is likely to learn to his cost, you don’t need a physical wall in place to make divisions between populations. Jerusalem was and remains a city of two halves, with Palestinians who were born there staying in the eastern part, while Israeli Jews more generally reside in the west. Anyone with half an eye can go to the Damascus Gate of the Old City and see where the fault lines split.

If that remains the case – except for the hard-line nutters who think it’s a good idea to set up home in difficult or contentious neighbourhoods — then it ought to be possible to hammer out an agreement in which West Jerusalem is Israel’s capital and East Jerusalem is that of the Palestinians. And no, nobody said this was going to be easy or palatable. But if it were easy or palatable it would have been done years ago, and we wouldn’t have needed President Trump sticking his size tens all over the issue. The White House, by the way, has conceded that the much-trumped (sorry!) move of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is likely to take more than two years. It’s a complete conjuring trick,

it wouldn’t matter if the embassy were in Dimona. Everybody knows that the embassy thing is just window-dressing. So when Trump announces that he is recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the cynic in me wonders why he’s doing it, and why now. For what it’s worth, I reckon it’s much more to do with covering up the ineptitude demonstrated by his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, charged with solving the whole Middle East peace thing as though it were a Rubik Cube. Go on, Jared! Just one more turn, you can do it! No? Well, don’t worry. I’ll make an announcement to set the world by its ears. Doesn’t matter if it’s innately meaningless. No change, there.


15 December 2017 Jewish News




With your help, we’ll make sure abuse is not tolerated NAOMI DICKSON




just can’t believe that a nice Jewish boy would do something like that’ – this, from an older woman who’d attended a synagogue Rosh Chodesh group I’d been asked to speak at. I had given an overview of Jewish Women’s Aid (JWA), and told them the true story of a woman who we helped and who, like many others, credited the charity with her life and that of her children. From this, and several other similar moments, I realised that JWA needed to take steps to get our message out further and more comprehensively across the Jewish community. How could we expect women who needed our help to reach us if the average Jewish person simply didn’t believe that domestic abuse was a Jewish issue? Necessity being the mother of invention, five years ago JWA’s training programme was born. Its aim was to inform and educate

professionals across the breadth of the community about domestic abuse, how people may be affected and how to support and signpost those who need. We ask delegates what the signs and symptoms of abuse are, why they can feel stuck in abusive relationships, and how to help women who need. Since the inception of the programme, we have trained well over 2,000 doctors, nurses, therapists, rabbis, rebbetzens and welfare officers. We have debunked myths, confirmed facts, broken down assumptions and developed knowledge and understanding of domestic abuse across the community. The impact has been huge – we now regularly take referrals from agencies and professionals, and are the community’s go-to service for tackling domestic violence. We have experienced a sustained increase of 70 percent of women we are working with, partly thanks to referrals from professionals we have trained.

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HOW CAN WE EXPECT WOMEN TO REACH US IF THE AVERAGE PERSON DOESN’T BELIEVE DOMESTIC ABUSE IS A JEWISH ISSUE? The communal buy-in to our service culminated last week in a development of our annual campaign to mark the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, when, together with the Board of Deputies, we ran full-page adverts asking community rabbis to speak out about domestic abuse. The adverts were prominent in the Jewish press, with endorsements from the United

Synagogue, Masorti Judaism, Reform, Liberal and the Spanish and Portuguese movements. At our annual day of action against domestic abuse at Brent Cross Shopping Centre, we had visits from representatives from all of these movements as well as the Chief Rabbi, the Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council. This was quite remarkable, and was something we don’t often see – the major synagogue movements speaking out together, in unity, on one issue. They understand that domestic abuse is something we must tackle together as one community. Their statement, that we must make our community a place where domestic abuse is not tolerated, is all the more powerful because they are making it together. With their ongoing support, we can continue to work together, to ensure that our community is hostile to abusers, and is one that is open and receptive to abused women seeking support.


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All claims withdrawn, yet Janner injustice continues DAVID WOLCHOVER



ith the resignations last year of New Zealand judge Dame Lowell Goddard, chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, and of Ben Emmerson QC, lead counsel to the inquiry, it might have been hoped that their replacements would at last bring some fresh, coherent thinking to bear on the case of the late Lord Janner of Braunstone. Sadly, not only have those hopes now been dashed with the perpetuation of political correctness at the expense of common justice but recent developments have aggravated the inquiry’s blatant disregard for due process. The IICSA’s primary remit is the scrutiny of institutional failures to protect chil-


dren from sexual abuse. One of the chief concerns is that of failures by the police to investigate allegations and prosecute offenders. The ultimate purpose of the inquiry is supposedly to learn lessons and recommend procedural gold standards – not to put dead men on trial. It goes without saying that the duty on the authorities to follow up a complaint can never be contingent on its truth, which is

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irrelevant to the issue of official neglect. Yet it was Emmerson who, while paying lipservice to this disconnect, contrived with Goddard’s tacit approval a wholly spurious pretext by which the inquiry could proceed to make determinations on the truth of allegations. The inquiry panel’s task, he implied, includes assessing the impact on genuine victims caused by the perfunctory dismissal of their complaints and this would necessitate deciding if a complaint is genuine. That argument was palpably false. The IICSA is not a court of law awarding damages for breaches of the duty of care. Nor is it a disciplinary tribunal with powers to admonish and sanction officials. It has no business using “pain and suffering” as a pretext for purporting to assess the truth of allegations. It can be taken as read that genuine complainants who have been let down by the authorities will be profoundly aggrieved. You do not need a protracted and vastly expensive foray into a totally irrelevant issue to conclude the obvious. Professor Alexis Jay, Goddard’s replacement, has made a show of being more circumspect. In her Provisional Notice of Determination issued on 16 December last year, she stated that “as a matter of logic, it may not be necessary for a finding of fact to be made on the truth or otherwise of a specific allegation of child sexual abuse in order to examine the institutional response to that allegation”. The topic, she noted, was “fact specific” and one on which she could not yet take a firm view but would be kept under consideration as the investigation continued. But such findings, she declared, should only be made where relevant to the discharge of the inquiry’s overall Terms of Reference and it is fair in all the circumstances “including the inability of Lord Janner to respond to the allegations”. In her Notice of Determination of 11 April, this year, Jay did not resile from her earlier statement. These are all weasel words not in the least redeemed by her emollient language. She was being advised in this by the replacement leading counsel to the inquiry, so it must be assumed that her words were chosen with the greatest of care. To say that adjudicating on the truth of allegations “may not” be necessary conveys the clear sense that they will usually be necessary and yet she makes no attempt to explain why such findings will normally be relevant in an investigation of institutional failure. There will of course be very rare and extreme instances where an allegation made to the police was transparently invented and was sensibly taken no further. In such a case the IICSA panel need only validate the police judgment that

The Janner investigations have ‘fallen short of acknowledged standards of due process’

the account was incapable of credit. The issue would not be whether it was true. But in the vast majority of cases summary dismissal would have been indefensible and in these cases the truth or otherwise of the complaint is wholly irrelevant to the issue of official neglect. The obvious conclusion is that Jay remains intent on permitting the panel to determine the truth of allegations on the basis of the faux reasoning conjured up under Goddard. Furthermore, the Janner investigations will still be falling far short of acknowledged standards of due process. His children will enjoy no inherent right to cross-examine complainants but in the discretion of the chair and panel may only be permitted to do so “sparingly”. Again, there continues to be no basic disclosure programme as to complainant backgrounds, as in civil and criminal justice, and the panel will necessarily focus on the superficial plausibility of witnesses. Quite aside from determining the truth of the complaints, it is far from clear why the IICSA needs to investigate all the Janner complaints in order to recommend minimum standards. As his son Daniel, himself a distinguished QC, cogently submitted to the inquiry, it is difficult to see why the complaints against his father were being singled out for a full-scale investigation. Putting a dead man on trial with significantly fewer safeguards than in the trial of living defendants has become all the more egregious for one reason alone if for no other. All 33 civil actions against the Janner estate have now either been disallowed or dropped. Let us not forget that many of them were initiated only in response to advertisements in prison or prison magazines luring would-be litigants with the bait of winning damages.

15 December 2017 Jewish News



Community / Scene & Be Scene


Children from Sacks Morasha in North Finchley celebrated the start of Chanukah with doughnuts. The school enjoyed a morning packed with games, doughnut decorating, and learning more about the customs of the festival through creative tasks, including building Lego dreidels. Teacher Rivka Broza said: “The pupils particularly enjoyed a personalised message from The Maccabeats!”


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Bella Kerridge, a member of Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors’ Centre, lights the Chanukah candles, pictured. Members and residents of Jewish Care centres and homes will be lighting up each day with the community to celebrate the festival.

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Rabbi Stanley Coten visited Norwood’s Kennedy Leigh Family Centre on Tuesday, and handed out gifts to volunteers at the Chanukah party. The party, held in the recently opened Sara’s Kitchen café, was well-attended despite the difficult weather conditions. Rabbi Stanley said: “Chanukah connects charity and the practice of kind deeds. By helping someone, not only are you making someone’s life better materially, but you are increasing mutual human understanding and empathy. This will help us lead further on the road of peace and happiness for all – that’s exactly what the Chanukah story is about.”

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More than 500 gifts were donated to people in need in Israel, via Myisrael’s MyChanukahGift campaign, raising £12,500. Myisrael Founder and CEO Danni Franks said: “Thanks to our community’s generosity this Chanukah, Myisrael has been able to give gifts to hundreds of families in Israel that will literally transform their lives.” Mother-of-three Deanna Rosenthal from Finchley, said: “Dedicating one night of Chanukah to MyChanukahGift is a brilliant experience for my kids and I’m sure the impact of the cards will last a lot longer than most toys in our house.” For more details about Myisrael, which helps small charities in Israel, visit myisraelcharity.org






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Scene & Be Seen / Community Email your story to community@thejngroup.com





Chai’s flagship Hendon centre hosted the launch of chef Denise Phillips’ new cookbook, Celebrate Every Day. Produced in aid of the charity, Denise was interviewed by special guest Maureen Lipman. Denise said: “This new cookbook celebrates every day as an occasion to enjoy life with friends and family, which I hope will bring joy and laughter and good food to the table.” Chai chairman Louise Hager said: “We’re so delighted Denise chose Chai to benefit from the proceeds of Celebrate Every Day.”




The Hebrew Order of David hosted a Jews Got Talent evening at The Radlett Centre, in aid of Max’s Foundation. Among the celebrity judges were Ronan Keating, Francine Lewis, Allan Stewart, Mark Foster and Stuart Epps and the event included 15 acts. Songwriter Natalie Austin and singer Alexis Gamias (pictured right and left) were the winners, with organisers hoping to make this an annual event. For more details, email: HodLondonNo2@live.com



Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev welcomed Technion representatives to a private breakfast briefing at the Grosvenor Hotel. More than 100 people listened to top investors discuss the latest start-up opportunities available from its cutting-edge scientific and technological knowledge and capabilities, the Technion Research & Development Foundation (TRDF). Regev said: “Israel is rapidly establishing itself as a key component for global development. I’m very pleased to be here supporting the Technion, an institution that is developing technology that will change the world.”


The Simon Cooper Foundation raised more than £6,000 at its recent launch night, with a ‘Quizzin’ All Over The World’ event. The charity was launched in memory of Simon, who was born with cystic fibrosis and died aged 33 after a six-month battle with cancer. It raises money for specialist medical care providers as well as research centres associated with cystic fibrosis and cancer.

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7 CHARITY BRAIDING 10 SPECIAL FILM JFS student Mia Stevens raised more than £170 at her Pop-up Braid Bar for her chosen batmitzvah charity, Lev LaLev Girls Orphanage in Israel. She said: “It was such good fun and I really appreciate everyone who came to support me. Thank you to Just Because for hosting and donating 10 percent of each purchase on the day.” Her batmitzvah takes place in Barnet Synagogue in March 2018.

Ben-Gurion, Epilogue, a lost film about the first prime minister of Israel recently premiered at the UK Jewish Film Festival. Made with help from the Ben-Gurion Archive at the Ben-Gurion University, Harold Paisner, chairman of the British friends of the University, interviewed Malcolm Stewart, sound technician on the original film, and Paula Kabalo, historian and archive director, about the making of the original film.

Your simcha announcements Jemima Walters celebrated her batmitzvah at Mill Hill Synagogue

Lewis Malka and Mandy Shakespeare celebrated their wedding at The Pillar Hotel

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Benji Landau celebrated his barmitzvah at Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation

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Scene & Be Seen / Community

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The Apprentice final / Lifestyle

IN THIS SECTION: Progressively Speaking 32 Competition 35

Elliot’s verdict on Sugar’s finalists Jewish contestant Elliot Van Emden gives his lowdown on who will win Sunday’s final of The Apprentice Legal firm owner Elliot Van Emden, 31, exited the process after week three


hey began as 18, before being whittled down to five, and then just two candidates, in a nail-biting ssemi-fi emi-final on Wednesday night. Having been a candidate this season, I got to know each of the last five independently. I worked with James on all the tasks I was involved with on the show – and, of course, who could forget Michaela? She was my project manager the week I was fired on the robot task. Ahead of Sunday’s final – in which James and Sarah will fight it out to win Lord Sugar’s £250,000 investment –here’s my take on the semi-finalists.  The Apprentice: The Final airs on Sunday, 9pm





Sarah has come across as the most competent candidate of the show. She always makes valid points, is a great public speaker and is very calm and collected. She is the only candidate in this year’s show that I genuinely believe has no game plan. She was great fun in the house – what you see of her on television is how she is in real life.

I found James to be a great person to work with. He has great business acumen and is very shrewd on the show. He did great being project manager two weeks in a row and had to come up against four very articulate women, who would throw him under the bus given half a chance!

as a bit of a mouse – very shy to speak her mind – which is not a trait Lord Sugar endears to. She was the project manager who bought me back to the boardroom on the task I was fired from and she was responsible for the failure of the task. But she has a very successful business outside of the process, so clearly has some business acumen and deserved a place in the semi-finals.

with. Who can forget her measuring the walls with the tape measure in week two, or chasing chickens in week seven? She put in good boardroom performances and did well to reach the final five candidates. JOANNA JARJUE



39, OWNER OF FLORIST CHAIN, FROM NOTTINGHAMSHIRE 33, BUSINESS OWNER OF CONSTRUCTION MAGAZINE, FROM BOLTON I don’t know what to make of Michaela. While I was on the show, she was very loud in the house and makes her point known. In the boardroom, she has come across

Well what can you say about Elizabeth? She is eccentric – totally crazy and domineering – but I love her! Not only was she a great person to live with and chat to but, as the series has progressed, she has proven herself to be a solid businesswoman who is not to be messed

Being the youngest of the candidates, Joanna also has the least business experience out of the remaining candidates. On the show, she has put her point across and made her presence known. She did really well in last week’s task being project manager, but I wonder whether it is just too early in her business career for Lord Sugar to invest in her. She just narrowly missed out on a place in the final.



Jewish News 15 December 2017

Lifestyle / Bukharian cooking

In memory of Miriam Brigit Grant meets Lillian Cordell, who recalls her mother’s Bukharian Jewish recipes in a new cookbook that’s raising money for charity


erushki may not be on everyone’s Chanukah menu, but Lillian Cordell would like it if they were. The meat-filled doughnuts are an interesting variation on the sweet but, more importantly, the recipe required to make them is in Lilian’s book, Miriam’s Table, which is being sold entirely for charity. The Miriam of the title was Lillian’s mother and it is her history as a member of the Bukharian Jewish community (now known as Uzbekistan) that flavours this tasty collection of anecdotes and colourfullyillustrated recipes. “It’s a little about the community and a lot about the food, that at times is as rich as the history,” says Lilian (pictured). “Tradition, journeys, poverty, pogroms, prosperity and persecution – that is the food of life. Food that, generations later, found its way onto Miriam’s family table.” Bukharian Jewry is an ancient community of Central Asian Jews descended from 5th century exiles from Persia. The city of Bukhara was a hub of Jewish life with a long history that counted merchants and craftsmen who travelled the Silk Road as part of their number. Pogroms in the late 19th century and annexation by the Russian empire lead to a mass exodus by the Bukharian Jews, with those who remained falling victim to Stalin’s clampdown on emigration. Today no more than a few thousand Jews remain in Uzbekistan and fewer than 100 in Bukhara itself,

which made Lilian all the more determined to tell her family history as deliciously as possible. “I was in the kitchen with my mother making techoomi osovoh (Brown eggs) and bichak (pumpkin pastries) from the age of 10, and with each dish there was a story,” says Lilian. “Pilav (rice) was a very important staple and she would buy huge sacks of it. My sister Gloria remembers us having to pick out all the black, dead grains and we’d compete to see who could do it the quickest.” The preparation of pilav was of particular interest to none other than dining doyen Yotam Ottolenghi, as he had featured Bukharian cooking in his book, Jerusalem. After meeting Lilian – “a remarkable Londoner with a passion for the food of her ancestors” – he was Above: Miriam with her siblings in Jerusalem in 1928 even more fascinated and encouraged her to write Miriam’s Table, although at the time her mother was 45mins in a warm place. Meanstill alive. while, make the filling. Fry the PERUSHKI Ottolenghi described the result as “an invaluleeks and onion until soft. Add (Doughnuts filled able record of dishes that until now relied on word 2 tbsp cold water, followed by the with meat) of mouth” in his food column. meat, and cook until browned. Add the chopped egg and sugar, Serves 30 Ingredients:

Lilian is simply content to share the dishes and divide the profits between Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, Teenage Cancer Trust and North London Hospice. She even hopes perushki will be on the menu in many more homes this Chanukah.

For the doughnuts: 450g plain flour 5g fresh yeast Pinch of caster sugar 1 tbsp sunflower oil 1 medium egg, beaten Pinch of salt Sunflower oil, for frying For the filling: 2 leeks, chopped 1 large onion, chopped 4 50g minced beef 1 hard-boiled egg, chopped salt and black pepper 1 tsp sugar Method:

season well with salt and pepper, and mix. Leave to cool. To make the doughnuts, split the dough in half. On a floured surface, roll out each half to 60cm x 60cm. Add a tbsp of filling approximately every 5cm. Then allow the same space above and below and keep repeating; you should manage around six rows of five. Place the remaining sheet of dough on top. Then, with a 6cm or 7cm circular cutter, cut out the individual doughnuts. Into a deep frying pan, pour enough oil to cover doughnuts and heat until hot. Fry in batches, cooking until a light golden brown. Remove from the pan and drain on kitchen roll. Serve warm.

Sieve the flour into a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the yeast, sugar, oil, egg, salt and 150ml warm water. Combine, then knead for five minutes and shape into a ball. Cover with a tea towel and rest the dough for

Miriam’s Table is priced £20 and available at thebukhariancookbook.com Recipes for sholomesh with jurot, above, and cheesecake, right, feature in Miriam’s Table

15 December 2017 Jewish News



Culinary inspiration / Lifestyle

After 25 years away, Sam is back to her true passion SHE MAY HAVE BEEN STEERED away from ambitions to become a chef, but Sam Pollard’s love for all things culinary never disappeared. So when the mum-of-two from Finchley wanted a career change after more than 25 years working in IT, there was perhaps little surprise she settled on swapping the office for the kitchen. The 49-year-old took the plunge two years ago to set up her own catering business, Kitchen@ Sam Pollard, and hasn’t looked back since. “I’ve always wanted to cook,” she says. “I first got interested as a child, when my dad used to take me to a gastronomic club at the catering college in Portsmouth. Every few months, we would go for this 14-course meal and it was just amazing. My stepdad was also a chef and my mum’s a great cook, so there was always wonderful food in our house.” But when Pollard told her parents that she, too, wanted to be a chef, her stepdad warned her that long hours, low pay and a tough kitchen environment might prove too much for her.

She instead became an IT project manager for investment banks, a world away from catering, but one that instilled in her a love for organisation, logistics and planning, all skills that would prove more than useful when she thought of setting up her own business. Encouraged by a friend who is a successful restaurateur, Pollard launched her business from home in 2015, catering for friends and small parties. Through word of mouth, her company has steadily grown and now caters for everything from formal dinners to barmitzvah lunches and corporate events for 150 guests. Her “kosher-friendly” menus, which are tailor-made for each client and exclude pork and shellfish, comprise a tasty and vibrant selection of Middle Eastern and Modern European dishes. Buffet canapés include croustades of tuna tartare with sesame and avocado, and Asianstyle halibut skewers, while for mains, clients can choose from za’atar roasted aubergine with sour cream, herb and pomegranate dressing or a platter of seared and roasted rare fillet beef with a piquant pomegranate dressing. Her top priorities are using seasonal,

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Jewish News 15 December 2017

Lifestyle / Chanukah food

Israel’s going nuts for Moroccan doughnuts Move over jam doughnuts, there’s a new contender in town for the title of tastiest Chanukah treat, says Andrew Tobin. Israelis are queuing up this week to buy sfinj, the Moroccan version of sufganiyot, one of many now-popular Mizrahi street snacks The doughnut is the plump, shining star of Chanukah in Israel. During the holiday season, the famed jam sufganiyot poses in the windows of cafés and bakeries across the country. It sparkles with oil and sugar, and shows just enough filling to keep fans interested. Every year, top chefs compete to give the sufganiyah (the singular of sufganiyot) an edgy new twist, whether it’s cheesecake filling, mascarpone topping or a chocolate-filled squeeze tube accessory. Israeli TV channels, newspapers and social media are filled with close-up shots and reviews of the most enticing innovations. Meanwhile, in homes across the country, Israelis quietly fry up a humbler Chanukah doughnut called the sfinj. The confection hails from North Africa, and is a favourite of Jews

whose families came to Israel from the region. But even European Jews have adopted the sfinj and helped push it towards the limelight. Part of the appeal of sfinjim, the plural for sfinj, is that they are easy to make. Simply take a dollop of dough, poke a hole in the middle and deep fry in vegetable oil. The doughnuts can then be dipped in honey and coated in sugar, usually of the powdered variety. Israelis of North African descent prepare sfinjim for holidays and special occasions. Dan Illouz grew up in Montreal, where his family ate the doughnuts during the eight nights of Chanukah. When he immigrated to Israel eight years ago, he was dismayed that he could only find sufganiyot, so he began making sfinjim in his kitchen to celebrate the holiday. During Chanukah in 2010, Illouz, a 31-year-

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old public relations manager in Jerusalem, invited a handful of friends over to enjoy the doughnuts with him. Word spread quickly: Last year, about 400 people showed up at his three-bedroom apartment for what has become an annual sfinj party. Illouz expects at least as large a crowd for the fourth night of Chanukah this evening. To feed the masses that show up throughout the night and spill into the street, Illouz begins preparing at around 7am, 12 hours ahead of time. He estimated that he fries up about 150 of the doughnuts. It’s a first come, first served basis. Sfinjim are, of course, at the centre of the event, but Illouz also serves sweet couscous and store-bought Moroccan cookies and beverages. He puts on Moroccan music to set the mood, and when the sun sets, he and his guests light the Chanukiah. Needless to say, sufganiyot are not on the menu. “I’m not ideologically opposed to sufganiyot,” he explained, “but I do prefer sfinjim. They’re simpler, and they’re not quite as unhealthy.” About half of Israelis are now of Mizrahi descent, although the numbers are becoming blurred by marriage with Asheknazi, or European Jews, and others. Mizrahi music dominates the Israeli airwaves, with some musicians even singing in Arabic. Mizrahi cuisine, from falafel to shakshuka, is not only popular street food, but is also big at high-end restaurants and on popular cooking TV shows.

And Mizrahi celebrations, such as the postPassover Mimouna feast and the henna prewedding bridal shower, have been embraced by the mainstream. Some Ashkenazi Jews have also started making sfinjim at home, often inspired by Mizrahi friends and family. Uri Scheft, a co-owner and chef at the highend bakery chain Lehamim, learned to make the doughnuts from his wife, whose mother immigrated to Israel from Morocco. He included a sfinj recipe in his 2016 cookbook Breaking Breads: A New World of Israeli Baking, which celebrates the cuisines produced by the “melting pot” of Israeli society. Scheft said he has planned for many years to serve

Sfinj (or sfinjim in the plural in Hebrew) are Moroccan doughnuts

sfinjim at his bakeries. But he would first want to set up a prep area so he could serve them fresh to customers. “The character and the structure of sfinjim is very light, which make them very tasty, but only if they are eaten right away,” he said. “I think this is why bakeries shy away from serving them.” [JTA]

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BY RABBI JONNY ROODYN Joseph, the abandoned, kidnapped slave-turned-prisoner, finally gets his big break. Hauled out of the dungeon, he is brought to Pharaoh and vaunted as the one who will be able to solve the mystery of Pharaoh’s perplexing and mysterious dreams. The pressure on him is immense. If he gets it right, he earns his freedom; if not, he will be consigned to life imprisonment. It’s not just his reputation on the line; his life hangs in the balance. When Pharaoh says he has heard of Joseph’s reputation as a wise man and dream interpreter, Joseph replies: “This is nothing to do with me; it is God who will respond with Pharaoh’s welfare.” (Bereshit 41:16). He refuses to take the credit for anything he has done or will do, but this statement could have landed him back in prison for insolence. Pharaoh has just complimented him on his talents and Joseph throws it back in his face! Joseph, the tzaddik (righteous one) teaches us a lesson. No matter who we are and what we stand to gain, our talents are given to us by the Almighty for a purpose. Someone who is naturally intelligent, handsome, musical, artistic or athletic may think they are superior, but we’ve done nothing to earn our natural talents and can’t take the glory for them. Joseph realises that although his future depends on what he is about to do, he will be true to himself and to his God. He uses his talents to the best of his ability; he solves the mystery of the dreams and suggests a fiscal policy that enables Egypt to survive the famine. He becomes Pharaoh’s deputy but never forgets his abilities are a God-given gift for him to help others.

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Noah was a righteous man of his generation, an exception to the rule. Therefore, God told him to save himself from the oncoming flood by building an ark to shelter him and the animals, which would survive to repopulate the world. After rain lasting 40 days and nights, and a further 150 days of swelling waters, a wind blew, and the waters began to go down. Noah sent out a raven and later a dove. Neither found anywhere to rest until Noah once more sent out a dove, which this time returned with a torn olive leaf in its mouth. The dove then left the ark for good and Noah followed suit, sacrificing animals in

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BY RABBI NEIL JANES Assimilate or remain separate is a false dichotomy. At least that seems to be the message behind this week’s Joseph story. In this age of exaggerated focus on identity, perhaps we need to rethink our understanding of being and belonging. Joseph, having found himself able to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams, rapidly ascends to court Jew and vizier. His new-found position of power in Egyptian society has him dressed in fine robes, his name is changed, he adopts Egyptian language and marries the daughter of an Egyptian priest. Here is a person, who while loyal to his family ties, appears to have assimilated. A Midrash famously asserts that on four counts, Israel was redeemed from Egypt – they didn’t change their names or language; they did not gossip and retained their sexual ethics. This only works if we gloss over the fact that Joseph seems to be the exception. Indeed, the same Midrashim also describes how hard it was for God to redeem an indistinct people



from the midst of another people. It matters not a jot whether Israel assimilates or remains separate. A new king will arise who knows not the civilised, savvy, famine-busting Joseph. Fear of the Israelites and slavery will still follow. Jewish history also bears this out – we have no control over anti-Semites. They’ll pick us out whether we’re assimilated or stick out as different. Rather, the Torah suggests we look at the interface between cultures and communities differently. It is not concerned about Joseph’s apparent adoption of his new home’s customs and culture. In fact, inhabiting these multiple worlds is almost celebrated. And so we see the influence on who we are and how to be is nuanced, dynamic and need not be filled with fear. Identity exists because we care about it and have to make choices about it.

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BY RABBI LEAH JORDAN Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, the great teacher of Torah and our Jewish ambassador to the world of political activism, often taught that one must retain the ability to be amazed by the world. He meant this in a positive sense – radical amazement at the world’s mystery and beauty – and in the negative sense: one must remain shocked at the human capacity for inflicting evil and suffering, to be able to act. In this sense, our anger is not the problem but the catalyst for change. If you’re not angry, as they say, you’re not paying attention. The very different sort of Jewish thinker, the more secular and more radical perhaps, Saul Alinsky, said the first quality of a good organiser is anger. Anger and conflict are the driving force behind action for social change. But many of us in this current climate are overwhelmed or stuck. Silenced, frozen. If our anger is

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as being at the heart of being a Jew – wrestle with the Torah and the world to push oneself into taking action. You could go so far as to say that not taking action is failing one’s Jewish obligation in the world. Or, as my teacher Rabbi Shai Held has taken to saying, the more he learns Tanach (the Hebrew Bible), the more he understands that inaction is not a possibility. So where does that leave so many of us who just don’t know where to start? The book of Deuteronomy, in God’s words, enjoins us not to fool ourselves into thinking that figuring out how to do what’s right, to follow this obligation to act in the world, is so baffling or far away from us. No, it is very near to us, the Torah tells us, in our mouths and in our hearts to do it. That anger inside us at injustice isn’t the dangerous thing – being frozen or silent forever is.  Rabbi Leah Jordan is Liberal Judaism’s student chaplain

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How did you keep active this week? Send details of what you’ve been up to and forthcoming events to: andrews@thejngroup.com

Alex takes the plunge! SKYDIVE Alex Hoppen literally decided to take the plunge when he took part in his first ever skydive to raise money for Dementia UK. The 33-year-old, who lives in Woodford Green, Essex, raised £430 for the charity by paying to leap out of the plane. He said: “When I first enquired at UK Skydiving Adventures, they told me how some people pay for the skydive themselves, while others get sponsorship and have the donations fund the skydive. As a giver, I quickly

decided that there was little point in getting others to pay for it and subsequently paid for it myself so ensuring all donations would go to Dementia UK.” Explaining why he took on the challenge, he added: “I’ve been undergoing a lot of intensive self-development and growth over the last year and thought this would be a fantastic thing to do. “Skydiving is unbelievably safe and was an incredible experience.”

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Thirteen cyclists got on their bikes to raise more than £3,500 for ALEH’s residential facility when they took part in the recent Maccabi GB spinathon. Aimee Tenzer, Daniel Tenzer, Joanna Black, Leah Levenson, Rebecca Cohen, Thomas Goldstein, Gemma Presky, Aimee Nathan, Gemma Ginsberg, James Goldstein, Charlotte Collins, Emily Goldstein and Ben Horn cycled a collective 3,075 miles to raise funds for the charity, to purchase three oxygen blood pressure levels monitors, which will dramatically enhance the severely disabled children’s medical condition and their quality of life. 


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Spot-on Akiva claim footy win SCHOOLS TOURNAMENT Maccabi GB held its latest Primary School Football Tournament as pupils from Years 3 and 4 took part in a mixed football tournament. Held at Mill Hill Powerleague, the tournament featured 240 young people from 14 schools, which resulted in Akiva B coming away with the trophy, beating Kerem B on penalties in a nailbiting final.

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Bolle’s on the ball for Lions! Adam Bolle made history in a London Lions shirt after becoming their first player to score six goals in one game. Bagging a hat-trick in each half of a 6-3 win over Broadfields United, which saw them move up to fifth place in the table, coach Darren Yarlett said: “The headlines will go to Adam, who was superb throughout, but I’m absolutely delighted with the result and performance. The boys played extremely well in difficult conditions and didn’t stop working all night. “Ten wins in our last 11 games, it was a great 25th wedding anniversary for the boss, who was out celebrating and hopefully we made that even sweeter for him!” Lions’ Division One Cup semi-final at Baldock Town on Wednesday was postponed due to the weather. The tie will now be played on 3 January.


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