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Our movers and shapers! Jewish News celebrates our community’s young leaders and declares: the future is safe in YOUR hands!

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As your community newspaper, Jewish News takes great pride in reporting on the many good news stories emanating from our shuls, schools, charities, community centres and beyond. In this issue alone you can read about people raising money for charity during Chanukah and the hundreds of volunteers helping to make this year’s Limmud Conference the most ambitious yet. It’s only through the daily efforts of these individuals and countless others that our good causes function as they do today. But it is not just on charity

volunteers that we depend for our community organisations to thrive in the years to come. Who will take on leadership roles is crucial – and is a question central to the purpose of our Thirty Under 30 and Eighteen Under 18 initiatives, in association with the Jewish Leadership Council. Our countdowns pinpoint those aged under 30 and 18 who are poised to occupy senior communal roles and those from various fields likely to shape the direction and perceptions of Anglo-Jewry through their work. This week’s Thirty Under 30 and

Eighteen Under 18 reception at JW3 was a celebration of these 21st century movers and shapers. To have them all in the same room was a memory many will share in years to come as they reach the pinnacles of their professions. Now the onus is on seeing this potential flourish. Congratulations to all those who made the lists – and the many other young people who make a positive impact in various fields. Jewish News looks forward to reporting on your endeavours for many years to come. • Full report on pages 4 & 5

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Jewish News 21 December 2017

News / Jerusalem vote / One-state plan/ Irish passports

Britain votes against Trump’s Rush to Ireland Jerusalem recognition at UN move its embassy from Tel Aviv The United States has been dramatto Jerusalem, despite the Holy ically isolated at the United Nations City being claimed as the capital after Israel’s European and Middle of both Israel and Palestine. Most East allies all shunned Donald other states say the status of the Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem city should be resolved between as Israel’s capital. the two parties in negotiations. Benjamin Netanyahu seemed to Netanyahu expressed “spebe Trump’s only international friend cial appreciation for the deterthis week after the UK and France mined leadership of President joined condemnation of the US presiTrump and his administration dent’s controversial move, leaving the in defending the truth of Israel, US alone against all 14 other UN Secufor vigorously rejecting the rity Council members. attempts to use the UN as a platNikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, reacted furiously after Egypt Nikki Haley [centre] and Danny Danon [right] at UN form against Israel”. The announcement has led – one of Israel’s key regional allies – sponsored a resolution insisting that any the resolution, and an emotional Haley to violence across the region, led to public decisions on the status of Jerusalem be said it was “an insult” that would not be for- spats with allies such as Saudi Arabia and rendered null and void, with no legal effect. gotten. “It’s scandalous to say we are put- had the unintended consequence of uniting feuding Muslim countries such as Iran and The resolution further called on all UN ting back peace efforts,” she said. Netanyahu later said her reaction had Gulf states against the US and Israel. member states to “refrain from the estabThis week, Muslim leaders, in an lishment of diplomatic missions in the “lit a candle of truth” and “dispelled the Holy City of Jerusalem, pursuant to Reso- darkness”, adding: “On Chanukah, you initiative led by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, went further by spoke like a Maccabi.” lution 478 of the Security Council”. The row followed Trump’s announce- launching their own efforts to recognise The US, as one of the five permanent members of the council, was able to veto ment earlier this month that the US would Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

Bennett outlines new one-state solution Israel’s education minister Naftali Bennett, tipped as a future prime minister, has outlined plans for a onestate solution in which Palestinians have autonomy within the West Bank but live under permanent Israeli sovereignty. Bennett, leader of the Jewish Home Party,

advanced his ideas in an interview with the BICOM journal Fathom. A former elite Israeli soldier and director-general of the Yesha Council who made millions as a high-tech entrepreneur, Bennett reiterated the one-state pitch he made in 2013, when he said: “There will never be a peace

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Irish Jews responsible for maintaining ancestral records say they have seen a surge in applications from British Jews researching their Irish links in an effort to get Irish passports. Stuart Rosenblatt of the Irish Jewish Genealogical Society, a division of the Irish Jewish Museum, said the number of queries has jumped from “virtually nil” to “an average of seven per week” in the wake of the Brexit vote. Rosenblatt said the “sudden rush” had prompted the recent launch by the society of a new service helping people to find their roots and “the most important birth record” - infomration that would allow them to

Demand by Jews for Irish passports is said to have surged since Brexit

request an EU passport. “Ireland’s population left in their droves to every corner of the world and the Irish Jewish men and women also left to venture further afield,” he said. “A new phenomenon has now occurred, whereby we are seeing a clamour for anyone living abroad to search their Irish Jewish roots, to bring (the information) back to Ireland for an EU passport.”

CORBYN ATTACK ON TRUMP TALKS DELAY Jeremy Corbyn has criticised Theresa May for taking two weeks to contact Donald Trump after Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The Labour leader spoke out after a Downing Street summary of a phone call between the prime minister and the US president on Monday. He also chastised May for “not calling out” Trump on retweeting antiMuslim videos. Corbyn’s office said: “It has taken Theresa May two weeks to contact Trump over his dan-

gerous decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, yet she seems to have failed to use the opportunity to call him out for retweeting abhorrent Islamophobic material. “As prime minister, May has a responsibility to stand up against hate and for all communities in our country.” Downing Street said the pair discussed the different positions on the recognition of Jerusalem and the importance of the US bringing forward new proposals for peace and the international community supporting those efforts.

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BLOOM CRITICISED OVER ‘JEWISH BANK’ Former UKIP politician and MEP Godfrey Bloom caused controversy this week after referring to Goldman Sachs on Twitter as an “international Jewish Bank”. He was responding to bank CEO Lloyd Blankfein, who called on the social media site for a second Brexit referendum. After other users criticised his use of the term ‘Jewish’, Bloom added to his reponse: “Pointing out Goldman Sachs is a Jewish bank as confirmed by Wikipedia makes me a Nazi apparently. Funny old world.”

HERMAN NAMED NEW AJR JOURNAL EDITOR A well-known Jewish writer, commentator and contributor has been appointed to be the new editor of the Journal for the Association of Jewish Refugees, one of the community’s longest-running publications, which launched in 1946. David Herman, a BBC and Channel 4 TV producer who has written for communal and national publications, will be the new editor of AJR Journal, formerly AJR Information, taking over from Tony Grenville who has spent 12 years at the helm.


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Winton legacy and ‘Donald and Jews’ in the spotlight at Limmud Nicholas Winton’s daughter is to talk to British Jews at the 2017 Limmud festival this month about the impact and effect of her father’s heroic work. Barbara Winton, who was the biographer for her famous father, who rescued almost 700 Jewish children from Czechoslovakia in 1939 before the war, will speak about the Kindertransport and its resonance today. Her appearance was announced this week as part of the line-up for the four-day event of Jewish learning and culture in Birmingham from 24-28 December, with participants from 38 countries. Also there will be Israeli Academy Award-winning director Yariv Mozer, whose documentary of David BenGurion used newly-found original footage of the man, plus Jewish superhero maven Daniel Fingeroth. “We are delighted by the incredible variety of choices,”

environment,” said Limmud chair David Hoffman. “We are gratified that 89 Limmud communities in 40+ countries are celebrating

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The young leaders shaping Anglo-Jewry were honoured this week at a reception celebrating the Jewish News’ Thirty Under 30 and Eighteen Under 18 lists. The initiative, in partnership with the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), celebrated rising stars from across the community as well as figures making waves in the wider world of politics, media and the arts. Number one on the 30 Under list, Arieh Miller [pictured, inset], was presented with a trophy at JW3 in front of many of those on the two lists and members of the judging panel for the project, which culminated with the publication of profiles of all those featured earlier this year. Addressing the gathering, JLC chief executive Simon Johnson said it was fitting to hold the event during Chanukah, which celebrates the Maccabees taking the initiative to fight back against the Greeks to preserve Jewish life. “Our 48 leaders did not have to fight to make a difference. But, in their own way, they have seized the initiative and stepped forward to help maintain a vibrant and vital Jewish life in the UK. “Whether through choosing to work in the community, or volunteering or serving in a lay capacity, you are all showing the vision, the drive, the determination and the commitment, which has the potential to benefit our community for many years to come.” As with the newspaper’s Forty Under 40 and Aliyah countdowns, the project was chaired by Andrew Gilbert, who said: “While lists are fun, they also tell a story and each one is special. For many people appearing, it was the first time they have been recognised by the Jewish community and I’m sure it won’t be the last.” Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism, praised the impact of Jewish News and spoke about leadership. “Jewish News’ Thirty Under 30 points to a bright future for Jews in Britain. Diverse, driven and dedicated, all those included are a credit to our community.”

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Trainee rabbi Deborah Blausten, who also features prominently on the list, lit the candles for the seventh night of Chanukah. Justin Cohen, news editor of Jewish News, said: “It was fitting to hold this celebration at JW3, which seeks to increase the volume and quality of conversation in the Jewish community. “All those on these lists do just that, and we are delighted to have this opportunity to shine a light on their incredible efforts.”

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News / School downgrade / Party invasion / Meals controversy

Clore Tikva reassurance to Gang shuts party down parents after poor Ofsted The headteacher and chair of governors at a Jewish primary school in Essex have sought to reassure anxious parents after Ofsted inspectors downgraded the school from “Good” to “Requires Improvement”. Leaders of Clore Tikva school in Ilford scrambled to explain the dramatic downgrade, which followed a visit by a team of three inspectors who spent two days at the two-form voluntary-aided facility last month. During the school’s last inspection, in 2012, inspectors rated Clore Tikva “Good” in all categories. This year, however, they said the school “requires improvements” in three of the five categories checked, including school leadership and management, teaching and assessment, and pupil outcomes. “The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is not consistently good,” wrote the inspectors of the 460-pupil school. “This results in pupils making less progress than they should, particularly the most able.” News of the downgrade will

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come as a shock to Jewish educators, after the school ranked 12th out of 47 in performance tables of primary schools in Redbridge for meeting expected standards in reading, writing and maths. However, inspectors said “pupils who have previously attained highly do not achieve all they are capable of,” adding that those who attained well at the end of key stage 1 “made less progress than similar pupils nationally… This was most marked in reading and writing”. The team also said the quality of teaching was “too variable” across the school, with pupils “not challenged consistently well”.

Headteacher Matthew Neat and chair of governors Frances Niman pointed to areas in which the school was praised, arguing “the positives far outweigh the negatives”. “Some will say the report doesn’t reflect the school they know, some will say it is an accurate reflection of their own experiences,” wrote Neat and Niman in a letter to parents on Tuesday. “Since the inspection, the school has already begun to make changes to the wider curriculum.” Neat and Niman said governors would be meeting next month to devise a post-inspection action plan. One concerned parent said: “Obviously it’s disappointing, but I wasn’t surprised. My kids love the school and the teacher, but what’s coming from the top isn’t enough. “Yes, the kids are happy, but to get three areas needing improvement is very disappointing. The headteacher is new and needs more time, but maybe the governors need to look at themselves. Many have been in place for four or five years now.”

Intruders reportedly broke into a private birthday party in Notting Hill last weekend, because there were “Jews and wealthy people inside”. One attendee at the event at the Maxilla Hall Social Club claimed the gang blamed the Grenfell tragedy on the people inside, calling them “Tory Rothschild scum”. The party was attended by Jemima Khan, her brother Ben Goldsmith and American socialite Paris Hilton, who is understood to have left before the trouble began.

Taking to Twitter, Ben Goldsmith, whose grandfather was Jewish, said: “Just had a glimpse of Corbyn’s Britain. A birthday party for my sister-in-law in Notting Hill invaded and shut down by a vicious bottle-throwing hard leftist crowd (from the Grenfell march), because they could.” Goldsmith told The Daily Mail: “When they referred to Rothschild, I guess it was a euphemism for Jewish.” He separated from his ex-wife Kate Emma Rothschild in 2012. A spokesperson for the club said: “They were people looking for trouble.”

NON-STUNNED MEAT ROW Jewish representatives in London and Manchester have said they are “troubled” by the “dismissive attitude” of the leader of Lancashire County Council after its decision to ban non-mechanically stunned meat from schools. Geoff Driver, 72, met a Board of Deputies, Shechita UK and Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester delegation this week to discuss the move, which has troubled both Jewish and Muslim communities.

Driver described non-stunned meat as “abhorrent” and “cruel” although Lancashire currently supplies 27 schools with the product, mostly halal, catering for 12,000 children who are served 1.2 million meals every year. Following the meeting, Board vicepresident Marie van der Zyl said Driver “refused to see the danger of his assertion that Jewish and Muslim councillors could not be objective because of their faiths”.

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Activist faces private trial Fears over festival security An anti-Israel campaigner who claimed victims of the Grenfell Tower fire were “murdered by supporters of Zionist ideologies” will face a private prosecution for hate speech after the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to charge him. Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) speaker Nazim Ali was reported to the police for comments he made at a demonstration on 18 June in which he appeared to blame the Grenfell Tower tragedy, which killed 71 people, on Israel supporters. Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) has begun a private prosecution against Ali, accusing him of using “threatening or abusive words or behaviour, within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress thereby.” Ali told the 1,000-

Nazim Ali, left, with an anti-Zionist Neturei Karta rabbi

strong crowd at Grosvenor Square: “Many innocents were murdered by Theresa May’s cronies – many of which are supporters of Zionist ideologies. “Some of the biggest corporations who are supporting the Conservative Party are Zionists. They are responsible for the murder in Grenfell. The Zionist supporters of

the Tory Party.” CAA claims he blamed the Grenfell tragedy on Zionists, and that he warned marchers to be “careful of those rabbis who belong to the Board of Deputies, who have got blood on their hands, who agree with the killing of British soldiers. Do not allow them in your centres.” CAA chairman

Gideon Falter said: “We have called for zerotolerance enforcement of the law against antiSemitism and that is what politicians have promised. CAA has been left with no choice but to expend its resources bringing a private prosecution.” A CPS spokesperson said: “We considered whether offences of inciting racial or religious hatred or a public order offence had been committed, in line with the tests set out in the Code for Crown Prosecutors. “We concluded that the evidential test in the code was not met and therefore no charges have been authorised.” The Community Security Trust also criticised the CPS for not prosecuting Ali, adding that it would take up their ‘Victim’s Right of Review’, as they reported the incidents to the police.

Brighton and Hove City Council hosted a Chanukah lighting ceremony behind closed doors over security fears. The council had invited a rabbi to formally light the menorah, but The Argus website revealed how proPalestine groups had been expected to protest outside the town hall, information that had been relayed to Jewish leaders. Although sources close to the city’s pro-Palestinian movement told the newspaper no demonstration was planned, the ceremony was cordoned off, with heightened security at Hove Town Hall.

A couple of hours before the scheduled start, a Sussex Police spokeswoman said: “Police were made aware by Brighton and Hove City Council of a possible protest at Hove Town Hall on Thursday morning and are assessing the resources required.” A Hove Town Hall spokeswoman confirmed to Jewish News: “We were advised by police in view of the information we provided and because of reports concerning a number of protests, that we should consider increasing our security arrangements while the information was looked into.

CHANUKAH BLAZE WARNING Police issued safety warnings to people over Chanukah after two fires were caused by unattended candles. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service had warned people celebrating the festival not to leave lit candles following two call-outs on Saturday. The service tweeted: “Candle safety alert. Don’t leave them unattended – particularly if you’re celebrating Chanukah. Our crews have attended two

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Stylish way to support Israeli kids with cancer Celebrity London hairdresser Nicky Clarke promoted a global Jewish initiative over Chanukah by cutting hair to make wigs for Israeli children with cancer. The event, called Chanucut, saw hairdressers in the UK, Canada, Hong Kong and Israel snip in tandem for the charity Zichron Menachem, with Clarke getting involved by cutting the hair of 42 girls and young women. “There’s an amazing energy about the event,” said the 59-year-old. “I’ve been blown away by what the charity does.”

The charity has supported tens of thousands of Israeli children and their families since its founding in 1990, and had called for those with hair of at least 30cm in length to visit JFS last Sunday for a trim. Organisers praised those donating their hair, with each one “giving a girl in Israel with cancer a stunning, lifetransforming wig”. Chanucut UK chair Eli Seliger said: “I congratulate all our amazing Chanucutters.”


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Twitter has tightened its rules on hate-speech to cover personal profile information as well as hateful imagery such as swastikas. The “toughening stance on extremism and hatred” was welcomed by Board of Deputies’ vice-president Marie van der Zyl, who said it was “a step in the right direction”. The changes will “reduce abusive behaviour and hateful conduct” on Twitter, a spokeswoman said.

A British student has been given a 16-month sentence suspended for two years after an investigation involving Israeli police for high-profile cyber raids on the websites of multinational firms. Jack Chappell, 19, of Stockport, committed distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on top companies including the BBC and Natwest. He was charged following a Regional Cyber Crime Unit investigation assisted by Israeli police.

BBC to broadcast more shows about Jewish life Jewish leaders have welcomed a BBC plan to increase prime-time coverage of non-Christian festivals including Rosh Hashanah and Passover. The corporation said this week the move was to address concerns that it does not reflect British society. As reported in The Times, the plan includes proposals to inject more religious themes into mainstream TV and radio, with viewers seeing protagonists of popular dramas grap-

pling with dilemmas caused by their faiths. In addition, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh holy days will be marked on popular, as opposed to specialist, programmes including The One Show and Chris Evans’s Radio 2 breakfast show. The Times said the BBC report followed a year-long review that was told that people of all faiths were “often absent, poorly presented or satirised”.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and members of the Board of Deputies were among those consulted for the review. Mirvis this week welcomed the report, along with Board chief executive Gillian Merron. She said: “We would also like to see BBC coverage take into account the full diversity of the Jewish community in the UK and also for that coverage to strive to be both rigorous and accurate.” Liberal Judaism director of

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Special report / Kosher confusion

Restaurant rebels put Israel’s kosher ‘racket’ under the grill Kosher has become even more complicated in Israel thanks to a new ruling that states restaurants can serve ‘kosher’ food without a rabbinical certificate, writes Lisa Sanders From humble falafel and shwarma to international celebrity chefs, Israel’s culinary scene has it all. For the kosher traveller, Israel can be a haven: no more label-reading or app-checking in the supermarket to see whether something’s “on the list”. Most hotels and all the main supermarkets are certified kosher. When it comes to restaurants, however, it’s a whole different plate of hummous. As regular visitors will know, non-kosher restaurants are plentiful, including those that serve “steak lavan” [pork] and calamari. Non-kosher cafés and restaurants open during Shabbat, so long as the local municipality permits it, whereas kosher establishments may not. The State Rabbinical Authority – the same official body that controls marriages, divorces and circumcisions – was in sole control of kosher licensing, charged with supervising food businesses and bestowing the all-important kashrut certificate. Until now, that is. In recent months, a row over who decides what’s kosher has led all the way to Israel’s High Court of Justice. The 2017 annual report by the State Comptroller, a government watchdog, led with a blistering criticism of the kosher certification process. It accused the Rabbinate of mismanagement and corruption, nepotism and widespread fraud. “It is a bit of a racket,” says Shoshana Ziso-

vitz, who owns Tasty, a grilled-chicken and meat sandwich bar in Bet Shemesh. Zisovitz, who grew up in Manchester, runs the place with her husband Yair. On Thursdays and Fridays, they offer takeaway Shabbat meals. “Paying out for the kashrut is one of the biggest expenses we have,” she explains. Several thousand inspectors – it’s not known exactly how many – make visits to Israel’s eateries, to check things like food sanitation, the separation of meat from dairy products and to ensure that all the raw ingredients have been sourced from approved suppliers. Fees vary widely across the country, with anything from £100 a month for kosher approval to well over £400. It’s up to the business owner to negotiate with the kashrut inspector. More Orthodox consumers often demand a stricter certification, such as Badatz, an acronym for Beth Din Tzedek, which gives a seal of approval from specific rabbis. In Bet Shemesh, Shoshana Zisovitz found that she was forced to pay twice – once for the standard rabbinical kashrut licence, and again for the special, stricter licence. “It’s a double whammy,” she says. “We’re under the Rabbanut because we have to be, but because of our clientele we have the Badatz hechsher. Why couldn’t there be an agreement between the different bodies?” Switching up to Badatz hasn’t meant more frequent inspections, Zisovitz says. “Two times a week [the kashrut supervisor] comes round. In the kitchen we have cameras – they

can always look and see what we’re doing. If you think you’d be getting more hours, you’d be wrong. You’re paying for the name of the hechsher.” Kosher is complicated, and it just became more so thanks to a decision by the High Court, which ruled in September that restaurants can tell their customers that they serve kosher food even if they do not have the rabbinate’s certificate. It’s a victory for the organisers behind “Hashgacha Pratit”, which translates as “Private Supervision”. An initiative started by a group of Jerusalem restaurateurs together with orthodox Rabbi Aaron Leibowitz, a member of the Jerusalem city council, it trains its own supervisors, including women, to work in cooperation with the kitchen staff at participating restaurants and hotels. Karoliina Hakala-Kahalani, owner of

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Curryliina’s restaurant and takeaway in Bnei Brak, insists the regular rabbinical system of kosher certification is working well. Born in Finland, Kahalani spent 26 years in north London before making aliyah four years ago with her husband and five daughters. “We missed the curry – chicken tikka and everything,” she says. The couple had industry experience, having been the owners of the Mr Bagel chain in London, but they were new to Indian cuisine and to the business of kosher supervision. They persuaded top London chef Kuldeep Singh to fly out to Israel to develop Curryliina’s menu. “I said I want no dairy, no yoghurt, etc. He said ‘no way, it can’t be done’. He’d never cooked kosher. We can’t even use ghee, because that’s butter.” Having found suitable premises in Bnei Brak (“everything in Ra’anana costs a bomb”), Kahalani set up a meeting with the Rabbinate to find out about getting her kashrut licence. “There are about six authorities that can issue a certificate. [The Rabbinate] is the widest. You introduce yourself, provide references, that you’re a Jew and you understand, that you know how to keep kosher. “I’m so lucky. I have the most amazing mashgiach (supervisor) called Shimon. He comes once or twice or even three times a day. He has endless patience to teach me, for example, about how to clean the broccoli. And as nice as he is, he still checks everything.” Kahalani pays Shimon £235 a month to ensure that everything is strictly kosher. “It’s not an excessive amount for all the work that he puts in,” she says. “I have experienced no signs of corruption. Zero. I even offered him a tip and he refused. “Maybe it’s just [the authorities] here, in Bnei Brak,” she says. “I would almost say they’ve been easier to deal with than the government bodies.”

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Airline anger / Amazon ban / Political prisoner / World News

Appeal launched against ‘Circumcision kit’ fears Kuwait Airways’ Israel ban An appeal has been launched against a German court ruling in favour of Kuwait Airways’ policy of banning Israeli passengers. The challenge has been submitted by US-based organisation the Lawfare Project, a group challenging discrimination against Jews and Israelis. It comes after a Frankfurt District Court ruled in favour of the state-backed airline in a case brought by an Israeli passenger, who was last year barred from flying from Frankfurt to Bangkok because of his nationality. Kuwait bans all its citizens and companies from doing any business with Israel or Israelis, and the airline enforces the policy strictly. It appeared to have won the case in Germany because it offers to pay for Israelis to fly on another airline. German Foreign Ministry state secretary Michael Roth described the policy as “incomprehensible” and state secretary of the Ministry of

Justice Christian Lange wrote to Chancellor Angela Merkel asking her to “ensure that the landing rights of Kuwait Airways in Germany are immediately withdrawn”. Acting minister of transport Christian Schmidt wrote to the Kuwaiti minister of Labour, Economics and Social Affairs, Hind AlSabeeh, saying it is “fundamentally unacceptable to exclude citizens because of their nationality”. After submitting the appeal, the Lawfare Project’s Brooke Goldstein said: “It has been encouraging, however, to see the level of outrage that has been caused in Germany among decent people who will not let this injustice stand.” Nathan Gelbart, the project’s German counsel, who is representing the Israeli passenger, said: “The Frankfurt District Court’s

verdict has allowed antiSemitic discrimination to be imported into our country and helped whitewash and sanitise it. We cannot allow our laws to be subverted by the statesponsored racism of other nations.” The Gulf kingdom, which has no diplomatic relations with Israel, has long sought to defend its policies. In 2016, the airline ended flights between European cities following lawsuits filed against it in Switzerland on behalf of an Israeli who was denied a ticket, while in 2015 it dropped its route from New York to London after the US Department of Transportation ordered it to stop discriminating against Israelis. The airline policy went viral when Israeli-Arab social media star Nas Daily posted a video on Facebook of him being banned from boarding an aircraft from New York to India. The video gathered 700,000 views, with German Green Party politician Volker Beck saying: “Stop the discrimination or stop doing business in Germany.”

Amazon has removed an “infant circumcision training kit” from sale on its website amid concerns it encouraged DIY surgery. The kit offered a model of a male child’s genitals on which circumcision could be attempted with a selection of scalpels. It was listed for sale by a third-party group called ESP at £365-£456. The online retail giant removed the product after the National Secular Society (NSS) wrote to UK manager Douglas Gurr suggesting it was against Amazon’s supply chain standards policy. Dr Antony Lempert, chairman of the NSS’s secular medical forum, wrote: “We fear that the sale of this

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product may encourage unqualified practitioners to carry out unnecessary surgery on infants in non-clinical conditions, resulting in serious harm.” While sales have been halted on Amazon’s UK site, the kit remains available in the US though it is understood it cannot be shipped to the UK.

AUSCHWITZ ESCAPEE DIES A non-Jewish political prisoner who led a daring escape from the Auschwitz death camp using the truck of its commandant has died in Poland aged 98. Kazimierz Piechowski ((pictured), who died on (pictured Saturday in Gdansk, was one of four men in the escape plan that involved utilising stolen SS uniforms and weapons and

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World News / Austrian vote / Nazi probe / News briefs

MAY BACKS AUSTRIAN CHANCELLOR Theresa May has congratulated Austria’s new chancellor Sebastian Kurz (pictured) on the formation of his government amid protests against his coalition with the rightwing nationalist Freedom Party. The prime minister and Kurz, Europe’s youngest leader at the age of 31, said they were looking forward to working together, her official spokesman said. Around 6,000 people protested in Vienna at the coalition between Kurz’s Austrian People’s Party and the Freedom Party, bearing signs including “We don’t want any

Nazi pigs” and “Nazis out”. Moshe Kantor of the European Jewish Congress said: “The FPO has a long history of anti-Semitism and xenophobia... [It] has tried to correct these elements of its past and ideology and now we need to see concrete steps to show that these are not publicity stunts or they will remain outside of the pale for the Jewish community.”

Nine new Nazi cases Ravensbrück and BuchenGermany this week wald concentration camps announced nine potential in Germany, at Mauthausen new cases against former in Austria, and at the AusNazi concentration camp chwitz death camp in Naziguards. occupied Poland. If tried, the nine men and The 2011 conviction in women – who live in GerMunich of former concenmany and Austria — would tration camp guard John be charged as accessories to Demjanjuk as an accommurder in several camps. plice in the murders of The cases, already invesnearly 30,000 Jews in the tigated by the country’s Central Office for Investigation Oscar Groening was found guilty Sobibor death camp in Poland set a precedent that of Nazi Crimes, have been of facilitating mass murder being a death camp guard handed to local prosecutors was sufficient to prove complicity in murder. for potential indictment. Meanwhile, 96-year-old former Auschwitz JeanRommel,whoheadstheCentralOfficein Ludwigsburg, Germany, confirmed to German guard Oscar Groening, who was deemed fit to news media that the nine men and women, serve a prison sentence, has challenged his jail most of them in their 90s, were stationed at the sentence arguing that it violates his “right to life.”




Israel is preparing to pump desalinated water into the Sea of Galilee. The state’s Water Authority recently started work on the £224 million project, which will take about two years to complete, Israel’s Hadashot TV news reported Monday.

Israeli philanthropist Morris Kahn has made a £746,700 gift to the Genesis Prize Foundation in honour of 2018 laureate Natalie Portman. Kahn’s gift doubles the award for the so-called “Jewish Nobel” to £1.5 million. Last month, Portman was

named the fifth recipient of the prize, which honours professional achievement in service of Jewish values and the Jewish people. The Israeli-born actress said she would grant the prize money to programmes focusing on advancing women’s equality, including NGOs working in the field of women’s rights in Israel.

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Imam ‘rehab’ / Billionaire deaths / World News

Anti-Semitic imam is ‘retrained’ A senior imam is to be sent for “retraining” after delivering virulently anti-Semitic sermons. In a sermon earlier this month, Sheikh Aymen Elkasaby of the Islamic centre of Jersey City, New Jersey, called Jews “apes and pigs” and urged followers to: “Count them one by one, and kill them down to the very last one. Do not leave a single one on the face of the Earth.” A translated transcript of his sermon was published by the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI. He also said of Jews: “They are the

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most cowardly of nations. They are the weakest of all peoples.” The speech was a rallying cry for the Al-Aqsa Mosque located on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which, the imam said remains “a humiliated prisoner under the oppression of the Jews”. He called on Allah to “bring Al-Aqsa back into the fold of Islam and the Muslims”. The president of the Islamic centre of Jersey City, Ahmed Shedeed, told The Algemeiner that Elkasaby will meet with interfaith scholars who will “consult with and retrain him”. He

compared the retraining to “rehab.” In a sermon on 24 November, also transcribed and translated by MEMRI, Elkasaby invoked a conspiracy theory that Israel planned the terrorist attack on the Al-Rawda mosque in Sinai, which took place the same day on which more than 300 worshippers were killed. Shedeed said he was not present in the mosque for either of the speeches. He noted the Islamic centre in Jersey City had been located there for 40 years and has also served as a member of the New Jersey Homeland Security Interfaith Advisory Council.


FESTIVAL LIGHTS BY BERLIN LANDMARK A giant Chanukiah stands in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

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KOSHER HOTEL OPENS IN KRAKOW Seventy-five years after the Nazis deported Krakow Jews to concentration camps, descendants of survivors have opened a kosher hotel in the city. Hotel Polin opened last month, but will have an official launch this weekend. The 38-room hotel has an in-house synagogue and lifts programmed for use on Shabbat without breaking Jewish law.

MAYOR NAMES PARK AFTER PRESIDENT Donald Trump has thanked the mayor of an Israeli city who named a new park after him. The president expressed gratitude and satisfaction that Israelis welcomed his recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of their country – which apparently earned him the honour. One week earlier, David Even Tzur, the mayor of the Haifa suburb Kiryat Yam, said he would establish Donald Trump Park in appreciation of the president. Trump wrote in a letter: “I’m moved to know the people of Israel are encouraged by my decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital.”



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A year is a long time in the Jewish world This time last year the government voted for UN Resolution 2334, which said Jewish settlements were “flagrant violations” of international law with “no legal validity”. Thanks, Downing Street. Merry Christmas to you, too. Board of Deputies’ president Jonathan Arkush nailed it when he called the vote “an act of spite”. In Israel, the number of sickening stabbings and car-ramming attacks subsided, but when extra security was introduced after two Israeli policemen were killed outside al-Aqsa Mosque, the Muslim world reacted in fury and Netanyahu backed down. Meanwhile, in the United States we watched in disbelief as neo-Nazis drove into and killed an anti-fascist campaigner and new president Donald Trump blamed “both sides”. Back home, Jewish student leaders hit back at “insidious” suggestions that they take direction from Israel, after an undercover sting operation by news group Al-Jazeera portrayed Jewish activists as Israeli puppets. Several months later, news emerged that Priti Patel had been conducting her own foreign policy in Israel accompanied only by Israel lobbyist Lord Polak. She promptly “resigned”. Away from politics, a shul in Streatham showed the true meaning of social action by raising £50,000 to house a family of Syrian refugees on-site, and following the success of Shabbat UK, JAMI launched Head On, a mental health awareness Shabbat involving more than 60 shuls. Meanwhile, top Sephardi rabbi, Joseph Dweck, fell out with strictlyOrthodox leaders who took issue with his teachings, after the S&P head said it was no bad thing for people to love who they wanted. “Oh yes it is,” they said. After letters were written and tables banged, the Chief Rabbi calmed tempers and brought both sides back from the brink. Elsewhere things felt vaguely familiar. Universities wrestled with how to protect both free speech and pro-Israel students and didn’t always get it right. Jewish secondary schools were forced to offer more classes, owing to demand. Israel boycotters had some success (Prof. Stephen Hawking) but more failures (Radiohead, Britney, Guns ‘n’ Roses and Take That in Tel Aviv). The year finished with union leader Len McCluskey urging Jewish News readers to “come back” to Labour to help it fight anti-Semitism. Most rolled their eyes. But as the Conservatives continue their bitter civil war, with a flailing leader and an ever-confused Brexit, this may yet prove to be an invitation those on the left feel it’s worth repeating in 2018.


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LEN SAYS ONE THING, DOES ANOTHER Well dearie me. Len McClusthink Jeremy was anti-Israel. Recent abkey appears to be on a charm sences at various events, and the company offensive to persuade Jews to he keeps, prove otherwise. return to their natural home Your journalist Stephen Oryszczuk said he – the Labour Party (Jewish proved himself “prepared, logical and unrufNews, 15 December). As far as fled”, but methinks Len McCuskey speaks I and my family are concerned, with forked tongue. He is the leader of one we are a lost cause. of the most virulent anti-Israel unions, who His missive is full of conreadily supports boycotts, although suppostradictions; one minute he Charm offensive: Unite edly in general he does not. Words are one is a sort of Zionist, and says union boss Len McCluskey thing; deeds are another. he did not say there was no We should heed the soothsayer’s words anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, just that he had in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar when he said to the never seen any (presumably he’s blind and deaf). emperor: “Beware the Ides of March.” As far as the Then he praises Chakrabarti report as “first class”. Jewish community is concerned, we should beware His continuing mantra that evil forces were the Ides of Momentum, the shadowy ultra-left wing instrumental in undermining his mate Jeremy grouping that pulls Corbyn’s strings, and I am sure Corbyn by using anti-Semitism against him is has the favour of Mr McCluskey and his ilk. disingenuous in the extreme, as were many of his Robert Dulin Winchmore Hill other feeble utterances, such as that he did not

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More than 4,000 Labour members have been reported for anti-Semitism in the past year and Ken Livingstone has not been expelled. Yet you published the long whitewash interview with Len McCluskey, in which he repeats the falsehood that complaints about anti-Semitism in Labour are motivated by the wish to undermine Corbyn. He also endorses Jewish Voice for La-

bour, Soviet-style anti-Semites hiding behind a transparent veneer of anti-Zionism. The rampant anti-Semitism in Labour has prompted a backlash. See Labour Against Antisemitism and JVL Watch (on Twitter and Facebook). You’d have hoped the Jewish press would be on their side... Jonathan Hoffman By email


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‘The Snowman was so busy walking in the air that he didn’t see the eruv!’

Did the great commentator Rashi know something in the 11th century that we still do not know 1,000 years later? He commented that the reason the other birds shunned the stork was that it cared only for its own and paid no

attention to the needs of any other creature. Incidentally, the Hebrew for stork is Chasdah. Chesed is kindness, but what does the word Chasid mean? Norman Bright Stamford Hill

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Editorial comment and letters

So, next year in Tel Aviv? Reading Jenni Frazer (Jewish News, 15 December), I have to believe that, in our deep-felt love of Jerusalem, for which we have prayed for so long, we are being too fussy. Should I now say, “Next year in Tel Aviv”, shall we change the many times we speak of Jerusalem in the Torah, and instead claim Tel Aviv as our holy city, and pray towards it, as we have done for thousands of years with Jerusalem? The Arabs now claim it, even though they pray toward Mecca and Medina, which are their holy cities. Their call that Jerusalem is not Israel’s capital is purely political’ even when they call it their third holy city. For Jerusalem not to be the capital of Israel is akin to saying that

but to obfuscate. The audience ends up completely confused and people who should know better are lulled into believing the lies thus spread.

Your columnist Jenni Frazer, in her article “Whole lot of fuss over holy city of two halves” (Jewish News, 15 December), is perpetuating the myth that East Jerusalem is not a Jewish city. There has been an almost continuous Jewish presence in the whole of Jerusalem since 1004 BCE. The only reason there were no Jews in East Jerusalem between 1948 and the Six-Day War in 1967 is because of their expulsion by Jordan following the Israeli war of independence in 1948. A blip of 19 years between the forced expulsion of the Jews by Jordan and the Six-Day War does not make East Jerusalem a non-Jewish city.

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Brighton should now be the capital of England, and now that the Palestinians have declared that the US will no longer be part of any talks, I assume they will also reject the millions of dollars given to them... or will they?

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JUST ANOTHER TISSUE OF LIES You have to hand it to the Labour Party in general and Len McCluskey in particular – they’ve done it again. McCluskey’s Jewish News “interview” is the latest example of how these people use words not to inform


WHY ARE WOMEN EXEMPT? I will not comment on the contents of Noach Bright’s letter regarding the so-called utra-Orthodox Jews of Stamford Hill (Jewish News, 15 December). I find their obsession in dressing as medieval Polish Christian aristocrats so ridiculous that I cannot view them seriously. What I do find disturbing is the fact that I see women dressed as Orthodox, complete with wigs, eating bread and other foods on buses, and encouraging their

offspring to participate. Are women and children deemed so inferior that they do not have to wash their hands and make a blessing before partaking of food? Are only men obliged to perform these rituals? Washing hands is not only a religious duty, but also a very sensible idea concerning hygiene. But then can we expect logical thought from such characters?

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A chance for the UK to use its voice of reason ALEX BRUMMER



ere in Britain, the Jewish community is constantly on alert about anti-Semitism. But as the late much-respected historian David Cesarani liked to point out, Britain is different from the rest of Europe when it comes to extremist parties and anti-Semitism. No ultra-right party has ever enjoyed the kind of electoral success in the UK as they have in continental Europe. Yes, there are shocking manifestations of anti-Semitism on the fringes of the Labour Party. But it is encouraging, as Jewish News has reported, that a hugely influential voice such as the head of Unite, Len McCluskey, is willing to speak out publicly against Israel boycotts and anti-Zionist voices. Unfortunately, it is not possible to say the same of the continent. Austria has just become the first western European Union state to sanction a far-right presence in a coalition government. The People’s Party, headed by 31-year old Sebastian Kurz, leads a new coalition administration which includes Heinz-Christian Strache, the head of the far-right Freedom Party. This

anti-immigration party will control the vital foreign, interior and defence ministries. As a young man, Strache was detained by the authorities for being part of a torchlit protest which sought to imitate the Hitler Youth. Civil rights groups in Austria that have been monitoring the behaviour of the Freedom Party have recorded 60 separate anti-Semitic and racist incidents over the past four years. Analysts are saying the party has changed its tactics and strategies but has never been fully cleansed of its racist origins. The swing towards the nativist right is already well documented in the former eastern European countries, most notably Hungary. The rise of Jobbik on the far right has been widely reported. But a real cause of concern is the way in which the populist views of the far right have influenced Viktor Orban’s Fidesz Party, most notably in the vicious anti-Semitic campaign against the open-society causes espoused by financier George Soros. What is different now is the rise of the far right in countries where democracy is better anchored. On the surface, the victory by Emanuel Macron in the French presidential race in 2016 over Marine Le Pen’s Front

SOME TWO-THIRDS OF EU CITIZENS BELIEVE IMMIGRATION HAS HAD A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THEIR COUNTRIES Nationale and the return of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats in Germany appeared to halt the right-wing bandwagon. But Merkel is still struggling to form a government and polling suggests that nativist instincts are far from having been crushed. The strength of rightist movements across the EU arises largely from distrust of immigration. Some two-thirds of EU citizens believe immigration has a negative impact on their countries. Without doubt, immigration was a factor in the Brexit vote in June 2016. In the UK’s case, a history of tolerance for minorities (including Jews) fortunately means critics of immigration are not generally racist. Indeed, how could they be when in the past

decade most of the immigrants have been Western Europeans escaping high unemployment across the EU-17 nations of the eurozone? The most dramatic change in attitude towards immigration has been in Germany. In 2014, Pew Research found 29 percent of people thought immigration had a negative impact on economic well-being. That subsequently has changed dramatically as a result of the huge influx of immigrants which has been encouraged by Merkel and rising concern about Islamic extremism following terrorist attacks. Some 54 percent of voters across Northern Europe including Germany are now expressing concern. In the September German elections, it was feelings like these that led to the unexpectedly large vote for the Alternative for Germany party. The rise of anti-immigration feeling is among reasons why Merkel has found it so difficult to forge a coalition after 11 weeks (so far) of fruitless negotiations with non-extremist parties. Austria may be the first western European democracy to allow far-right parties into government but may not be the last. The UK, from its special position as part of Europe but outside the EU, has an opportunity to be a strong voice against fascism and for tolerance.

McCluskey wrong to give us cold shoulder PETER MASON



en McCluskey’s tell-all interview in last week’s Jewish News might have shed some light on the man who leads one of Britain’s largest trade unions, but actions speak louder than words – and Unite has much to do. Trade unions are an integral part of the party, part of the broad movement of labour organisations including Poale Zion (now JLM), that comprised the founding membership of the modern Labour Party. Because of this important and historic link, their role inside the Labour Party remains. Their block vote on conference floor can force the outcome of a vote on policy, and their representation on Labour’s ruling NEC is guaranteed. Decisions made by Unite, as one of the biggest political powers inside the Labour Party, reverberate across the party’s machinery. In the past few years it has not shied away from controversy. Since it was created from the merger of two large unions, the TGWU and Amicus, Unite

has consistently reaffirmed its support for blanket boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel at its policy conferences, and remains a big supporter of campaigns that exacerbate the divide between Israelis and Palestinians, rather than those who work to build peace by bringing communities together. It was Unite’s then-political director and NEC representative who suggested Jan Royall’s links to LFI ruled her out of being able to investigate allegations of anti-Semitism at Oxford University Labour Club. The Labour Party conference came close to being cancelled in 2016 after Labour’s NEC, at the behest of Unite’s explicit boycott of G4S, voted to cancel the long-standing conference security deal. Of the three panel members who heard Ken Livingstone’s case, found him guilty, yet let him off with a slap on the wrist, two were formal nominees of Unite on the party’s disciplinary committee. McCluskey’s intervention at the Labour Party conference, that he hadn’t ever seen anti-Semitism inside the party and that it was being weaponised to attack Jeremy Corbyn, wasn’t just an innocuous personal observation.

It took place at the height of a painful debate for Jewish Labour activists who hadn’t just seen anti-Semitism but often had been on the receiving end and trying to do something. So when in the very same interview McCluskey’s eyes went ‘glazing over’ at the mention of the Jewish Labour Movement, for our supposed-conservative approach to critiquing Netanyahu, it came as no great surprise. Critiquing the actions of the Israeli government isn’t hard. JLM members alongside our sister parties Havoda and Meretz do it all the time. Perhaps the real reason is JLM and Unite have been on different sides of the debate over anti-Semitism inside the Labour movement. For JLM, the Rubicon of Israel’s existence will never be crossed, and we won’t shy away from calling out anti-Semitism, however much

it is disguised under the guise of anti-Zionism. By giving us the cold shoulder, McCluskey sets a dangerous precedent. It is not up to Unite to determine between good Jews, with views they agree with and who are worthy of working with, or bad Jews, with whom they disagree and should be avoided. As Unite is the recognised union of faith workers, perhaps McCluskey ought to talk to the many rabbis in its membership for a lesson in contemporary British Jewish identity, and the faith, language, heritage, history and family ties which bond the community to Israel. The Labour Party has much to do to repair its relationship with the Jewish community. Unite has a role to play too. But if it is only willing to entertain people it agrees with, things will get far worse before they get better.



21 December 2017 Jewish News




Time to end absurdity threatening our religion BRIAN GORDON



ometimes it seems our Western world has been turned on its head. Things previously unthinkable are permitted, encouraged and even mandated in today’s society. Same-gender marriage is the most striking example. Many would see this, by very definition, as a contradiction in terms. Leaving aside marriage, the relationships themselves were illegal in the UK just decades ago. Now it is hazardous even to speak against them, for fear of infringing the code of “political correctness” – a modern trendy doctrine that has been stretched to absurdity. The media has become obsessed with sexuality. It is virtually impossible to turn on the radio or read a newspaper without the risk of being bombarded by discussion and explicit reportage on the most intimate personal behaviour. One cannot help feeling media personalities simply relish talking about it. Pornography is rampant as never before. The

youngest children have access to technology that exposes them to indecent data and images that damage their minds. Public advertisements with provocative pictures contribute to the perpetuation of a licentious environment. Prominent personalities from every walk of life are being accused daily of abuse and harassment , often historical. Of course the acts they may have committed are reprehensible. If judicially proven, they warrant severe punishment. But it has gone from the sublime to the ridiculous, when a man who makes any kind of patronising comment or advance towards a woman who then chooses to complain can be condemned and ostracised out of hand. Equally alarming is the blurring and distorting of the most natural distinction since Creation – that between male and female. Teachers within certain education authorities have been advised not to address boys as “boys” or girls as “girls” for fear of upsetting those who may be uncomfortable with their gender. An incredible court judgment recently held an all-boys’ and all-girls school sharing the same campus breached sex discrimination laws.

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From our Jewish perspective (and probably that of other faiths too ), these developments are highly disturbing, especially now we have reached the point where our orthodox schools are being required to teach matters of sex and sexuality in the classroom under the spurious cloak of “relationships” and “protected characteristics” – a rank violation of our faith. How are “British values” and “community cohesion” served when Ofsted inspectors can quiz Charedi schoolchildren on same-gender relationships? If ever there were a time when the profound wisdom and relevance of the Jewish laws of chastity and modesty were incontrovertibly visible, it is now. Some, even among our own fraternity, speak disparagingly of our laws as narrow-minded and outdated. How wrong and

misguided they are! Yes, Judaism forbids sexual relationships outside marriage. Women are indeed obliged to dress modestly and unprovocatively, which is the greatest tribute and respect to their femininity. Yes, parents have been exhorted by rabbinical leaders to restrict the availability of the internet to their young children. True, the strictly-Orthodox community has its own challenges and is far from perfect. But its problems are minimal compared with those within society as a whole. Our Torah and rabbinical teachings are our greatest protection. We should treasure and never be ashamed of them, for they are the foundation of morality in this world. And those who cannot personally identify with them should at least respect and understand those who do.


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Celebrating Chanukah! Email us at community@thejngroup.com

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg of New North London Synagogue celebrated Chanukah at Woodstar School with doughnuts provided by Food Story

Alyth’s Chanukah concert raised £600 for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice and its Minibus project

Guests at East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue eat doughnuts off string

More than 100 people attended a ‘Chanukahfest’ at Bushey Synagogue, with beer tasting and live music by the band Buffalo Tale

For Camp Simcha’s Chanukah activities, staff visited children at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where they took Chanukiahs, doughnuts, gelt and themed arts and crafts for families whose children are on the wards

Jewish Care’s Rabbi Sudak with four generations of the Kay family; volunteer Patrice Kay, mum Hannah, daughter Sophie and baby Sadie, celebrate Chanukah

Jewish Police Association’s Chanukah party at Scotland Yard, attended by Met Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick, right

Rabbi Kalmenson of Chabad Belgravia was on hand for the inaugural Public Menorah Lighting at the Wellington Arch Photo by Sharna Kinsley

Barnet Mayor, Councillor Brian Salinger (above) and Theresa Villiers MP were among guests at Sha’arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue’s Chanukah celebrations

Congregants of all ages at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue lit menorahs and sang songs as they celebrated the festival

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Community / Scene & Be Seen

Tottenham MP David Lammy hosted a Chanukah event in Stamford Hill, bringing together the Jewish community with Haringey’s political and civic leadership. The event was hosted at the home of Chaverim Youth Organisation founder and director, Reb Shmuel Yosef Davidsohn

Residents at Jewish Blind and Disabled’s Cherry Tree Court in Kingsbury

Sophia, Eliana and Arielle Shababo visited Jewish Care’s Rubens House, where they took Chanukah decorations made in workshops run by Charity GIFT

Chigwell & Hainault’s Rabbi Baruch and Rebbetzen Nechma Davis hosted a party at their house

Photo by Sharna Kinsley

Jewish News’ Justin Cohen and Dr Bunim Weinbaum lit Golders Green’s menorah on Tuesday. Tzivos Hashem organised the lighting on each night

Rabbi Sacks paid Hasmonean Boys’ School a surprise visit as part of a Facebook Live project, in conjunction with The Jerusalem Post and the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs to spread the Chanukah light and connect Jews

Jeremy Corbyn was among those enjoying treats at Sunday’s Menorah Lighting in Islington, which included live sets by the London Klezmer Quartet

Chabad of Battersea directors Rabbi Moshe and Gitty Adler and their son in front of Circus West Village Battersea Power Station’s first menorah


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Pupils at Sacks Morasha JPS, together with honorary guests including Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, celebrated the dedication of a new Sefer Torah. One boy and one girl from each class were chosen to assist the scribe in writing the final few letters on the scroll, which was donated to the school by Linda and Michael Weinstein with Judith and Peter Sheldon. The scroll, originally from Russia with a distinguished history of its own, was given to Tsar Nicholas II as a gift from the Jews of Russia, but was subsequently sold to raise money for the Russian government.



MANNA UK branch of Meir Panim welcomed more than 600 supporters to a concert by Israeli group Revivo Project, which was the band’s first performance in London. The Jewish News media group partnered the event, which was held in support of Meir Panim’s After School Club in Sderot. Guests danced throughout the evening, and the event raised more than £30,000 for underprivileged children in Israel.

‘Treatment for Melanoma – From Zero to Hero’ was the topic of Chai Cancer Care’s 27th annual Natalie Shipman Memorial Lecture. Held at the flagship centre in Hendon, the evening was chaired for the 25th year by Professor Albert Singer, consultant at the Whittington Hospital, while the audience heard from Dr David Chao. Chai chairman Louise Hager said: “Natalie, who passed away just before her eighth birthday having been diagnosed with a brain tumour at three, was an exceptional child with an incredible personality. Her positive spirit and love of life is something that will remain with us forever.”

9LUNCHEON JUDGE Barrister and TV personality Judge Robert Rinder joined 260 guests at Norwood Old Scholars Association lunch event, which raised £900. A charity that helps former pupils of the Jewish orphanage at West Norwood to keep in touch with each other as well as helping those who need help and support, its lunch took place at the Prince Regent Hotel in Chigwell. Among other topics, Rinder spoke about his time on Strictly Come Dancing.

7 QUIZZICAL YOUTH 10 KIDS BAKE The Annual Youth Centre Committee Supper Quiz raised £1,600 for the youth department at Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue. Twelve tables of quiz-goers packed the synagogue hall for a fun evening with a “wonderful community spirit that filled the room”.

Children at Tracy Lewis Childcare baked cupcakes for ‘kids bake for Tea-cember’ to support Chana. The money raised will go towards supporting Jewish couples who struggle with fertility issues.

Family announcements Sara Fadlun celebrated her batmitzvah at the London Marriott Hotel Regents Park Photo by Kate Swerdlow Photography





Marlene Singer (Nee Bransky) passed away 13 December 2017 aged 83 peacefully at Nightingale House, London, her nursing home since 2003. Photos by Lara Minsky Photography

Lottie Russell celebrated her batmitzvah at Barnet Synagogue

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Sam and Helen Green celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary on 10 November

She will be missed deeply by her family, sons Michael and Harvey, daughter-inlaw Anna, grandchildren Natalie, Kathy and Ben and nephew Peter. For funereal information, please email Marlene.Singer.1934@gmail.com

Irene Rose, golfer, bridge aficionado and loving wife to Jack for more than 60 wonderful years passed away on 19 December. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Funeral will be held at 10:30am Friday 22nd at Golders Green Crematorium, East Chapel, Hoop Lane, London NW11 7NL. Prayers will be held at 1:30pm at Flat 100 Cavendish House, 6 Boulevard Drive, London NW9 5QG

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Freeze a crowd at JW3 ice rink JW3, in partnership with Jewish News and Simantov International, had young professionals sharpening their skates and working up an appetite on its ice rink with a silent disco at its Chanukah on Ice party last Thursday. Guests then warmed up with drinks and food from acclaimed on-site kosher restaurant Zest, while watching a spectacular fire-eater.

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Scene & Be Seen / Community

All cool at Chanukah ice party

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More than 300 young professionals filled the Montcalm Hotel on Monday for Aish UK’s annual Chanukah party in partnership with Western Marble Arch Synagogue. Billed as the “coolest Chanukah party in town” the ice-themed event featured party-pieces including frozen snow cones, an ice juggler and a live ice carving of a giant menorah lit at the end by Sophie and David Eden. Partygoer Talia Briski said: “Aish put on a great evening with amazing atmosphere.”

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The Highway Rat/ Lifestyle

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Hide and squeak! Francine Wolfisz speaks to producer Michael Rose about turning Julia Donaldson’s The Highway Rat into an enchanting animation for Christmas


rom chickens escaping their cages, to a vegetablemunching beast, a stick man who has lost his way home and a terrifying, forestlurking monster, there’s not much producer Michael Rose doesn’t know about enthralling audiences. Now Rose, who runs Magic Light Pictures with Martin Pope, is set to entertain again with his latest animated treat, an adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s The Highway Rat, which airs on BBC One on Christmas Day. Doctor Who star David Tennant leads the cast as the eponymous rat bandit, who targets travellers to steal their “pastries and puddings, chocolate and cake”, because, as he tells them: “I am the Rat of the Highway, and whatever I want I take!” The £2million animation from Belgian director Jeroen Jaspaert also includes Rob Brydon, Tom Hollander, Nina Sosanya and Frances de le Tour. For Rose and Pope, this will be the fifth adaptation of a book by Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler, following on from The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Child Room On A Broom and Stick Man. Man. The latter scored 9.3m viewers, with a massive 41 percent share of the audience, while all of Magic Light’s productions to date have received huge critical acclaim, including the Bafta Children’s Award for Room On A Broom.

Like its forerunners, The Highway Rat uses the latest computer animation techniques, “with a modelanimation feel” and took a 130-strong crew more than 18 months to create from a studio based in Cape Town, South Africa. While the married father-of-one from north London is certainly proud of the accolades his company has picked up, he also reveals for him it’s all about “creating magic”. “In this fragmented media age, with so many outlets competing for viewers, there is still something magical when the whole family can sit down to watch together,” he says. “That’s what really drives us. It may seem a touch old-fashioned, but there’s a need for it. Families still like that feeling of being together.” Understanding his audience is a skill that Rose has honed over the years, having started out in programming at art house cinemas in Plymouth and Bristol. In the late 1980s, he was involved

in helping stage the British Animation Festival and took an interest in this growing medium. “I’d always loved movies, visual arts, and I realised with animation you can combine the two.” He went on to work with Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park at Aardman Animations as a producer on A Close Shave, before heading up the company’s feature film division. During his time there, he was executive producer of Chicken Run, as well as the Oscar and Bafta-winning The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. By 2003, Rose had ambitions to set up his own company and joined forces with his friend, drama producer Pope. “We started the company with the view that we both love telling stories,” he tells me. “He had worked in live action, I had worked in animation. We just wanted to entertain.” They were Oscar nominated in 2011 for Chico & Rita, a feature animation for adults, but the pair had long

harboured plans to produce a children’s story. “I had been reading The Gruffalo to my daughter night after night and thought, here’s a character we could turn into a beautiful half-hour film, but also develop into a children’s brand. We were very fortunate to get the rights and that started this whole world of working on the books of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.” Of Donaldson, Rose is swift to admit he is a huge fan. “She’s an outstanding writer. Parents love reading her rhythm and rhyme, the words flow and the characters come through, but she also comes up with these unique worlds.” While remaining faithful to Donaldson’s text, Magic Light equally takes inspiration from Scheffler’s drawings. “They are very much at the heart of our animations. He is unique among children’s illustrators

and he might be a complete genius because of his ability to create stories through drawings.” Almost 10 million people watched The Gruffalo when it aired on Christmas Day 2009, and its popularity has rarely waned since. Magic Light has continued growing it as a consumer brand, with 400 products sold around the globe by 40 licensees. Earlier this year, a Gruffalo theme park ride opened at Chessington, while Magic Light has also teamed up with Forestry Commission England to create 27 free trails around the country for youngsters to explore. Speaking of The Gruffalo, viewers will get a chance to see it and all of Magic Light’s seven animations, including an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, on this year’s BBC One schedule. “We are dealing with something very precious and we love it. We want it to be around in 50 years’ time, to become as classic as Winnie The Pooh or Beatrix Potter.”  The Highway Rat will air on Christmas Day at 4.45pm on BBC1



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Lifestyle / Food from the earth


n Spanish, the word “hazana” means feat, and acclaimed culinary writer Paola Gavin has certainly cooked up just that with her latest book, Hazana: Jewish Vegetarian Cooking. Drawing on culinary influences from more than 20 countries, Gavin presents 150 recipes that have passed down from mother to daughter through the generations and prove Jewish vegetarianism has been around for centuries.

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A feat of Jewish vegetarian cooking to nourish the soul Aubergine rolls stuffed with white cheese (Turkey) Serves 4 Ingredients

2-3 large aubergines, about 900g (2lb) Olive oil, for brushing 225g (8oz) feta or beyaz peynir (Turkish white cheese), mashed with a fork 1 egg, plus 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten together Salt and freshly-ground black pepper Flat-leaf parsley, to serve Method

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1. This dish is very good served as a light lunch, perhaps with a little tomato sauce or salad on the side. It consists of slices of roasted aubergine, topped with a mixture of a fresh white cheese called beyaz peynir and eggs, then rolled up and baked in the oven. 2. Trim the ends off the aubergines, then cut lengthwise into slices about 5mm (¼in) thick. Spread out the slices on a well-oiled baking tray and brush lightly with oil. Roast under a hot grill until the slices are golden on both sides. 3.Mix the feta and beaten egg in a bowl and season with salt and pepper.

Sweet peppers stuffed with rice, pine nuts and currants (Greece) Serves 4 Ingredients

6-8 medium red or green peppers 2-3 tablespoons extra virgin Olive oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 180g (1 cup) long-grain rice Handful of finely chopped flat-leaf parsley 2 tablespoons finely chopped dill 3 tablespoons pine nuts 3 tablespoons currants 1 teaspoon sugar 1 medium tomato, peeled, deseeded and chopped 450ml (scant 2 cups) hot water Salt and freshly-ground black pepper Method

1. Stuffed peppers are often made for Purim and Succot, as they are a symbol of abundance. They are also often made for the Sabbath, because they are equally good served hot or at room temperature. In this recipe from Thessaloniki, they are stuffed with a mixture of rice, tomato, pine nuts, raisins and herbs. 2. Brush the peppers lightly with olive oil and place in a well-oiled shallow baking dish. Bake in a preheated 180°C/350°F/GM 4 oven for 10 minutes. Remove the peppers from the oven and, when cool enough to handle, slice off the tops and reserve. Scoop out the pith and seeds from the peppers. 3. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a heavy

saucepan, add the onion and cook over a moderate heat until translucent. Stir in the rice and cook for 2-3 minutes or until it is opaque. Add the herbs, pine nuts, currants, sugar, tomato and 350ml (1½ cups) of the hot water and bring to the boil. Season with salt and pepper, then cover and simmer for 18-20 minutes or until the rice is almost tender. 4. Stuff the peppers with the rice mixture and place the reserved lids on top. Arrange side by side in a well-oiled shallow baking dish and pour in the remaining hot water. Bake in a preheated 180°C/350°F/GM 4 oven for 40-45 minutes or until the peppers are tender and the stuffing is cooked through.

Spoon a little of this filling onto one end of each slice of aubergine, then roll up. Arrange the stuffed aubergine rolls in a single layer in a well-oiled shallow baking dish. 4. Bake in a preheated 180°C/350°F/ gas mark 4 oven for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Serve hot, sprinkled with parsley.

Chocolate hazelnut cake (Germany) Serves 8 Ingredients

Butter, for greasing Sugar or potato flour, for dusting 150g (1 cup) hazelnuts 1 teaspoon baking powder 125g (4oz) dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), broken into squares 5 eggs, separated 1 egg 150g (¾ cup) caster sugar For the icing 125g (4oz) dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), broken into squares 2 tablespoons rum or hazelnut liqueur 3 ½ tablespoons butter Method

1. This deliciously flourless chocolate cake is often served during Passover and for special occasions. It is usually topped with a chocolate buttercream icing, but is also very good on its own or topped with whipped cream. 2. Butter a 23cm (9in) springform cake tin and dust with sugar or potato flour. Place the hazelnuts on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast in a preheated 160°C/320°F/gas 3 oven for 10-12 minutes or until lightly

browned, stirring so they roast evenly. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Turn the oven up to 180°C/350°F/ gas 4. Process the nuts in a food processor until finely ground. Stir in the baking powder. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, taking care not to let the bowl touch the water, then set aside to cool slightly. 3. Beat the egg yolks and egg with half of the sugar until light and creamy. Add the melted chocolate and mix well, then fold in the ground hazelnuts. 4. In another bowl, whisk the egg whites with the remaining sugar to stiff peaks, then gently fold into the chocolate mixture. 5. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven, unclip the tin and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack and let it cool completely. 6. To make the icing, melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, being careful not to let the bowl touch the water. Stir in the rum, then remove from the heat and beat in the butter, a little at a time, until smooth and creamy. When it is cool but not set, spread over the cake.

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Nosh / Lifestyle


Sesame spiced roasted turkey thigh






Spice Mix: 2 tablespoon sesame seeds, 2 tablespoons dried oregano, 1 tablespoon dried thyme, 2 teaspoons sweet paprika

METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 160°C / 320°F / Gas mark 3. 2 Dust the meat in the spice mix. 4 Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan. Brown the turkey on both sides just to

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I was excited to discover a new cut of meat – boneless, skinless turkey thigh in my butcher – and decided to make this recipe with it. You could, of course, use chicken pieces if you prefer. I lightly dusted the meat in a sesame herb spice mix and then slow roasted it for two hours to tenderise. You can prepare it ready for the oven up to two days in advance.



Meat: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1.2 kg skinless, boneless turkey thigh 2 red onions – peeled and cut into crescents 500ml chicken stock 150ml white wine / apple juice 2 garlic cloves – peeled and finely chopped 150g pitted black olives – keep back 1-2 tablespoons for garnish Juice of 1 lemon

seal the spices and colour the flesh. Add the onions and cook for three minutes. Transfer to an ovenware dish. Add the stock and wine/ apple juice so the meat is covered. Stir in the garlic, olives and lemon juice. Roast covered for two hours. Remove from the oven. Place the meat on a carving board, cover with foil and leave to rest for 15 minutes. Slice the meat and return to the ovenware dish. Keep warm in the oven / hot plate until you are ready to serve.

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Lifestyle / Travel

Beside the seaside!

Zuzana Kasparova enjoys a weekend in Bournemouth, where she checks into an award-winning ‘green hotel’


ith its stunning beaches, tranquil gardens and diverse array of fun activities for all ages, Bournemouth has long been a popular seaside destination. Now it can also add “eco conscious” to the list, after one of its luxury boutique hotels recently picked up a prestigious award. The Green House Hotel, situated on the East Cliff, scooped Best Green Hotel at the Conde Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence earlier this year, and has been listed by critics as a top wedding or barmitzvah venue. As someone who cares about the environment, I wanted to see for myself how staying green can combine with providing a luxury experience – and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. We arrived at the beautiful Victorian mansion, located right in the heart of Bournemouth and only two minutes’ walk from the beach – and found ourselves amazed by the thought that has been put into making this hotel eco-friendly. Everything from the carpets and furniture, through to wall tiles and the smallest details, such as toiletries and stationery, come from UK or local producers, or from recycled materials. Even the hotel’s company car runs on the

cooking oil they’ve used in the kitchen. Once we settled into our rooms, we made our way over to Arbor, a fabulous 2 AA Rosette restaurant, where we enjoyed a three-course meal using seasonal ingredients from locally sourced, organic and Fairtrade products. Our starter was a delicious and wellbalanced parsnip soup, perfect for warming up after a rainy day and preparing us for the main meal, which was a beautifully-presented and mouth-watering roast squash, spinach and cheese pie, topped with crunchy seeds and wholegrain mustard cream sauce. We savoured every mouthful of this hearty, yet intricate plate of food. Feeling already indulged, we could, however, not resist the sumptuous vanilla cheesecake with mango ice cream and banana fritter? Pure heaven. Only a short walk from the hotel is the Russell-Cotes Gallery and Museum, one of the must-see places in Bournemouth and a real gem for anyone who loves art. We spent the whole morning admiring this extraordinary collection of British paintings and sculptures, as well as souvenirs from around the world, and absorbed a guided tour of the gallery given by one of the very knowledgeable volunteers. After a warming cup of tea in the gallery café and a bit of shopping in its unique gift

Clockwise from top: Bournemouth Pier, The Green House Hotel, and one of its bedrooms. Below: Food at he Abour restaurant

shop, we headed out to explore Bournemouth’s famous sandy beaches and walked past the fabulous Oceanarium – where people of all ages can marvel at all types of marine life – as well as the town centre, which is full of buzzing cafés, shops and restaurants. Bournemouth is, of course, also home to a sizeable Jewish community, with synagogues catering for Orthodox and Reform visitors, as well as kosher sections in most major supermarkets. As we walked on through the town, we noticed the sun desperately trying to break through the clouds, but Storm Brian ensured the best place for us to go next was a cosy little café on the promenade, where we enjoyed a delicious hot chocolate, away from the raging wind and rain. And yet, despite the inclement weather, there was still something so very charming about being here in Bournemouth. Yes, we really do like to be beside the seaside – in all weathers!

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Orthodox Judaism


It’s Biblical


BY RABBI YONI BIRNBAUM This week’s sedra is an object lesson in altruistic sibling devotion. Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (d.1888) says Joseph finally reveals his true identity to his brothers for specific reasons. He had planted his goblet inside Benjamin’s sack when the brothers departed from Egypt. Upon the ‘discovery’ that Benjamin had ‘stolen’ the goblet, Joseph demanded that Benjamin pay the price by remaining a slave in Egypt, while the others would be free to return home. Unaware Joseph had set up the situation as a final test of the brothers’ dedication to the remaining child of Rachel, Judah pleaded with Joseph to have mercy on Benjamin. Crucially, he did not simply plead for mercy but offered himself as a slave in place of his younger brother. With this completely altruistic act, he demonstrated beyond doubt that the fraternal animosity that led to the sale of Joseph to Egypt was indeed removed from the brothers’ hearts. Judah effectively offered his own freedom in place of his brother’s When Joseph saw this, he realised the circle was now complete. The brothers had corrected the character flaws that had led to their tragic breakdown in sibling relationships. A study on sibling relationships conducted in 2014 by a university in Utah followed 308 pairs of teenage siblings for three years and found having a good relationship with a sibling increased levels of adolescents’ altruistic behaviour in general. Developing positive and healthy relationships between siblings can seem an elusive goal for many parents. But as this week’s sedra demonstrates, the rewards can be immeasurable.

Yoni is rabbi of Hadley Wood Jewish community

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usually attributed to his position of power against all odds, nor his economic strategy which sustained Egypt for years of famine. What earned Joseph the rare and unexaggerated title of righteousness was an event (Gen 39:7 – 13) which took place


when Joseph was just another disposable slave. He rose to the highest imaginable level of human greatness at a time when he was forgotten, abused and hopeless. In a moment of great physical urge and overwhelming seduction, Joseph found the strength to restrain and retreat. Apart from the persuasive woman involved, no-one would have known. Abandoned, powerless, and despondent, in a depressing and crushing environment, Joseph would have briefly enjoyed not only pleasure, but perhaps some comfort as well. Yet despite these vigorous human physical and emotional inclinations, Joseph escaped, thereby risking even more. Ben Zoma said: “Who is strong? One who masters his [or her] evil impulse, as it is said, ‘He [or she] who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he [or she] who rules over his spirit is better than he who conquers a city’”. Courage, strength and heroism mark the virtue of resisting impulsive behaviour, as exemplified by Joseph. Boruch is rabbi of Young Israel of North Netanya

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Progressive Judaism

The Bible Says What?

Progressively Speaking

God ‘murdered’ the sons of Aaron

Banning mobile phones in schools does children no favours

BY RABBI RENÉ PFERTZEL “Aaron’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, each took his pan, put fire in them, and placed incense upon it, and they brought before the Eternal foreign fire, which God had not commanded them. A fire went forth from before the Eternal, and they died before the Eternal. And Aaron was silent.” (Leviticus 10:1-3). The plain meaning of this passage seems to be quite straightforward, yet very disturbing. Carried away by their enthusiasm, Aaron’s sons – Moses’ nephews – took the initiative to make a sacrifice they were not supposed to do. They did something “God had not commanded them” and were burnt to death as a result. We are troubled by this death which comes without warning: does it mean creativity is not possible, that innovation is incompatible with God’s service? Traditional commentators tried to make sense of this dramatic moment, that Nadav and Avihu were drunk when they were serving in the Mishkan (Rashi).

Others said they were trying to undermine Moses’ and Aaron’s authority, in an attempt to take over their mission. The commentators could not accept the idea of a capricious God, or some limitations to God’s justice. Nadav and Avihu must have been guilty of some sort of sin. But if we look closer to such explanations – drunkenness or challenging authority – we see the text is about boundaries. Aaron’s silence is also heart-breaking. Maybe he was mourning his sons, his suffering so intense he could say nothing. Maybe he accepted God’s decree, and was speechless upon seeing his sons’ chutzpah. Sometimes we are powerless, and our strength is to accept our limitations. However, Torah never allows being silent but pushes us to look beyond the plain meaning and understand what God wants to teach us on how to live in our communities and in the larger society.  René Pfertzel is rabbi at Kingston Liberal Synagogue

BY RABBI MIRIAM BERGER I went to an all-girl grammar school where fences to protect us young ladies from breaking the rules were commonplace. My favourite rule banned sunbathing on the green opposite. Why? Because sunbathing leads to taking your clothes off and, as our headteacher told us, “we all know what that leads!” (Although I’ve never actually known anyone who got pregnant from sunbathing). Being a teenager has never been harder than today, so I understand the need for the kind of fences around rules we as Jews know. They are the kind that forbid ‘kitniyot’ over Pesach or established Marit Ayin where things that might be misconstrued as prohibited are forbidden. Last week, the French government announced a ban on students using mobile phones in schools, following a pledge by Emmanuel Macron during his presidential election campaign.

Phones in school are a fact of life

It has led to a debate whether British schools should follow. Phones in schools are distracting, but to be fair so was any piece of paper back in the dark ages when I learnt the art of passing notes. Phones enable bullying behaviour. Phones keep teenagers caught up with a world of people outside school – as happened with every boy’s name engraved by compass point on a wooden desk. The excuses are fences which

miss the problem, adults trying to protect children from a world we haven’t mastered and our kids understand better than we do. Banning phones in schools simply delays the lessons of controlling the compulsive behaviour attached to smartphone use. We cannot turn back time on selfesteem being reliant on the affirmations of ‘likes’, their comments and seeing through other people’s filters to unpick the truth, therefore we need to be accepting it as real in their lives and helping them to live in this world with resilience. As a Progressive Jew, I am sceptical of the fences and want to get to the heart of the issue. We shouldn’t think we are protecting our teenagers by banning phones at school. We need to understand the world they are growing up in and help to teach them to live in it responsibly.  Miriam Berger is rabbi at Finchley Reform Synagogue

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Professional advice from our panel / Ask Our Experts

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Champions end year with dramatic win MGBSFL Premier Division champions Oakwood A kept alive its defence of the title – but needed a 95th minute winner from Brad Wine to secure a 3-2 win over Camden Park. Dave Woolman scored the other two goals, with manager Daniel Kristall saying: “This was a very hard fought win and we were lucky. “We scraped past a few teams last year on route to the title and it’s impossible to play champagne football every week. We’re nowhere near our best yet, but were much stronger in the second half of last year and expect that to be the case again. “But we end 2017 unbeaten away from home in the league, with one league defeat in the entire year and are the current Premier Division champions. – so it’s not too bad!” Scrabble spurned the chance to close the gap on the Division One leaders as they suffered a 3-1 home defeat by Oakwood B. Simon Davies, Max Clynes and an own goal sealed the three points for the visitors. Oakwood manager Jason Stein said: “It was a brilliant win and a top class performance.” Straw Hat Pirates moved up to fifth spot in

Division Two as Aron Gale’s double, coupled with strikes from Gideon Gale, Sammy Assil and an own goal saw them to a 5-2 win at Raiders C. Hertswood Vale beat FC Team 3-2, thanks to goals from Josh Wood, Harry Graham and Ashley Hirshberger. Joint-manager Jacob Emanuel said: “A huge win which proves what we can do when we have a full squad to choose from.” A hat-trick from Joe Metliss helped Real Hendon claim a morale-boosting 5-2 win at Faithfold B, with Gav Noe and Lolu Hibbert also scoring. Manager Rafi Addlestone said: “After a really bad run of form, we put ourselves back on the map with a classy performance.” Fairlop put some distance between themselves and the foot of the table as four goals from Bradley Gayer inspired them to a 7-0 win over Temple Fortune B. James Jaconelli, Adam Goldman and Jordan Kara also all got on the scoresheet. Manager Aaron Dias said: “The lads played some very silky football and the only thing I can fault was the poor finishing, otherwise we could have scored 15 goals!”

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Lions rise up table after Lazarus double MASTERS Division One Pacesetters North London Raiders extended its lead at the top of the table with a 4-0 win over Brady A, thanks to goals from Nicky Silver, Ben Simons, Jeremy King and Tony Plaskow. Lions A beat Scrabble 4-2 to move up into second spot. Bradley Lazarus (pictured) scored twice, with James Temple and an own goal completing the win. The only game in Division Two saw Marshside beat Hendon Harriers 9-1. John Nesbit gave the Harriers the lead, but Paul Herszaft’s double, along with strikes from Barry Abrahams, Jason Rich, Darren Coon, Barry Silkman, David Hyman and two own goals saw Marshside to an emphatic win – and third place.

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Dads complete Menorah half-marathon RUNNING Keith re-enacts gruelling WW2 raid Six dads celebrated Chanukah with a difference as they raised thousands of pounds by running a Menorah half-marathon. David Blitz, Matt Martin, Danny Fresco, Dan Lion, Daniel Carmel Brown and Darren Brown ran around Epping, Loughton, Buckhurst Hill, Chigwell, Gants Hill and Barkingside, a route which took them past six menorahs. Raising money for WIJPS, Kantor King Solomon High School and Clore Tikva, the event was sponsored by local business Land Commercial Surveyors. Full article: jewishnews.co.uk

The former chairman of St John’s Wood Shul took part in a reenactment of a World War Two commando raid last week. Keith Breslauer, completed the Frankton 75 Challenge, which reconstucted the 1942 Cockleshell Heroes raid in Bordeaux. Joining around 30 Royal Marines and a team from the Royal Navy, they completed an 85-mile paddle, followed by a 100-mile yomp (slow run) to Ruffec. He said: “Completing such a challenge is a huge privilege and not only honours past heroes, but also those who have served or continue to serve in our armed services.” The 52-year-old is the managingdirector at Patron Capital, who along with the Royal Marines Charity, works with the Hasler Naval Service Recovery Centre to help war veterans prepare to re-enter civilian life. Full article: jewishnews.co.uk



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Omri Casspi lit up the court – both on and off it – after helping his side, the Golden State Warriors, win over the Dallas Mavericks. The first Israeli to play in the NBA, Casspi turned in one of his best ever performances, scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds, before joining San Francisco Chabad Rabbi Yosef Langer, to light a menorah on court. He said lighting the menorah on the Warriors’ court was a “privilege”, adding: “It just means the world to me.”

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The Place for a Simcha Over the last 31 years Kaifeng has been host to virtually every sort of celebration imaginable.

We get nachas…

It is surely a great compliment when someone chooses to use Kaifeng for their celebration. We feel it our responsibility to ensure the event is memorable and make it personal to you.

“The phone has not stopped ringing with everyone calling to say how much they enjoyed the food and the ambiance. I cannot think of anywhere it would have been better” DB, Edgware “I can only say that whoever said that there is no such thing as perfection obviously did not celebrate his 50th birthday at Kaifeng.” JH, NW4 “Kaifeng deserves every accolade showered upon it” RG, Stanmore “Words cannot express our gratitude for the superb party that you put on for us. The whole evening was faultless, from the superb food to the charm and courtesy of your staff. The comments and praise that we have received are too numerous to mention” DJ, Elstree “My friends could not stop raving about the delicious food. The specially printed menus were a lovely touch.” PL, EC4

Fine Glatt Kosher Chinese Birthdays, anniversaries, bar/batmitzvahs, sheva brochot, engagements, pidyan ha ben, exam results, new jobs, leaving do’s, business successes - we have even had a chuppah or two here! Under the strict supervision of the London Beth Din and Rabbi Akiva Osher Padwa All our meat is Glatt and Poultry Oif Mahadrin 51 Church Road, Hendon NW4 4DU Reservations:

020 8203 7888





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Take Away and Home Deliveries

Glatt Kosher Chinese - 020 8203 7888

12.30 - 2.30pm and 5.30 - 10.30pm

We blast chill for Shabbos every Thursday

All our meat is Glatt Kosher and our poultry Oif Mehadrin Hot Appetisers

Imperial Hors D’oeuvres (minimum 2 persons) pp £8.50 Oriental Hors D’oeuvres (minimum 2 persons) pp £8.50 Spare Ribs £11.00 Spicy Marinated Rib Pieces £11.00 Capital Spare Ribs £11.00 Chicken Spring Rolls £8.00 Vegetarian Spring Rolls £5.50 Rice Paper Spring Rolls with Chicken £8.00 Duck Spring Rolls with Plum Sauce £9.00 Seaweed £5.50 Crispy Fried Won Ton £6.00 Sesame Chicken Toast £8.00 Fried Beef Dumplings £9.00 Fried Chicken Dumplings £9.00 Steamed Chicken Dumplings £9.00 Saté Chicken £9.50 Saté Lamb £9.50 Vegetable Tempura £8.00 Barbequed Chicken Wings £9.00 Honey Glazed Chicken Wings £9.00 Toffee Chicken Drummers £9.00 Five Spices Bean Curd £8.00 Deep Fried Egg Plant £8.00 Barbequed Beef with Pancakes £14.00 Toasty Chicken Slice with Asparagus £9.00 Deep Fried Sweet Potato £8.00 Kaifeng Onion Pancakes £8.00


With Straw Mushroom With Ginger and Spring Onion With Seasonal Vegetables With Chinese Leaves With Asparagus Braised Brisket With Cashew Nuts in Yellow Bean Sauce Sliced Mango Beef Deep Fried Shredded with Chilli Beef with Broccoli Capital Beef Ribs Slow Cooked Five Spice Ribs Sesame Saté Beef Sar Cha Beef

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With Asparagus With Seasonal Greens Char Siu Lamb Sweet and Sour Quick Fried with Spring Onion Deep Fried Chops with Peppercorn Salt Sliced Lamb with Chinese Leaves Lamb & Cashew Nuts Lamb with Straw Mushrooms Lamb & Broccoli Sar Cha Lamb


With Spring Onion With Pineapple With Bean Sprouts With Orange Roasted Braised and Sliced Duck In Black Bean Sauce Lo Hon Duck

Party Packs

£15.00 £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 £15.00 £15.00

Cold Appetisers

Spicy Lamb with Garlic & Chilli Bang Bang Chicken

Second Course

Hunan Chicken With Lettuce Vegetarian Lettuce Wrap Hunan Lamb with Lettuce Crispy Aromatic Duck (Quarter) - extra Pancakes (each)

£14.50 £10.00 £14.50 £17.00 35p


Hot and Sour Soup Chicken and Sweetcorn Chicken and Asparagus Straw Mushroom and Bean Curd Sliced Lamb and Cucumber Spicy Fish Soup Chicken Noodle Soup Mixed Vegetable Soup Mixed Meat Soup Minced Chicken Ball Soup Chicken & Glass Noodle Soup Sweet Corn and Bean Curd Soup

£6.00 £6.00 £6.00 £6.00 £6.00 £6.00 £6.00 £6.00 £6.00 £6.00 £6.00 £6.00


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Rice and Noodles

Special Fried Rice with Meats Chicken Fried Rice Egg Rice Duck Fried Rice Beef Fried Rice with Lettuce Boiled Rice Mushroom Fried Rice Mixed Vegetable Rice Beef Fried Noodles Noodles & Bean Sprouts Chicken Fried Noodles Singapore Rice Noodles Kaifeng Fried Noodles with Meats Mixed Vegetable Noodles (Noodles can be ordered soft or crispy)

£17.00 £17.00 £17.00 £17.00 £17.00 £17.00 £20.00


With English Mushrooms With Straw Mushrooms With Chinese Mushrooms With Seasonal Greens With Sea Spices With Asparagus With Lemon Smoked & Shredded With Baby Sweetcorn Sweet and Sour Kaifeng Style Sweet and Sour Hong Kong Style Special Fried With Cashew Nuts in Yellow Bean Sauce Sliced with Black Bean Sauce & Green Pepper Sliced Mango Chicken Sliced Chicken with Chinese Leaves Pineapple Chicken Peking Style Honey Chicken Minced Chicken in Egg Plant Chicken & Almonds in Yellow Bean Sauce Chicken & Broccoli Kaifeng Chicken with Lemongrass Sweet Chilli Chicken Sar Cha Chicken Chicken with Egg Plant

£17.50 £17.50 £17.50 £17.50 £17.50 £16.50 £16.50 £15.00 £15.00 £17.50 £18.50 £11.00

£8.50 £8.50 £5.00 £8.50 £8.50 £4.50 £7.00 £7.00 £10.50 £6.00 £10.50 £10.50 £10.50 £8.00


Steamed Sole (Whole) Fried Sole in Rich Soya Sauce (Whole) Sweet and Sour Fish Slices Fillet of Fish with Garlic and Spring Onion Stir Fried Fish Slices Drunken Fish

Hot & Spicy

Singapore Chicken Spicy Kung Po Chicken Curried Chicken Wings Double Cooked Spicy Lamb Tibetan Lamb Ma Po Spicy Lamb Bean Curd Spicy Bean Curd Family Style

£30.00 £20.00 £32.00 £52.00 £54.00 £19.00

£24.00 £24.00 £22.00 £22.00 £22.00 £22.00 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £10.00


Mixed Vegetables £6.50 Mixed Vegetables in Coconut Cream £6.50 Asparagus & Straw Mushrooms £10.50 Stir Fried French Beans Peking Style £7.00 Lo Hon Vegetables £6.50 Four Braised Vegetables £6.50 Egg Plant in Garlic Sauce £7.50 Stir Fried Bean Sprouts £5.50 Braised Bean Curd £9.50 Braised Bean Curd in Black Bean Sauce £9.50 Sweet and Sour Bean Curd £9.50 Spiced Vegetables in Kaifeng’s Oriental Sauce £6.50 Sweet and Sour Mixed Vegetables £6.50 Broccoli Peking Style £7.50 Broccoli & Chinese Mushrooms £10.50 Pak Choi £10.00 Chinese Leaves with Chinese Mushrooms £10.00

Reception or buffet at home?

Vegetarian Spring Rolls 20 pcs. with Sweet and Sour Sauce Seaweed * Honey Glazed Chicken Wings 25 pcs. Chicken in Black Bean Sauce * Lamb with Ginger and Spring Onion * Egg Fried Rice *

£14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50

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Steak in Black Pepper Sauce Steak Cantonese Style Beef in Black Bean Sauce Beef with Ginger & Spring Onions Beef Rib Cantonese Style Lamb in Black Bean Sauce Lamb with Spring Onion Chicken with Ginger & Spring Onion Chicken in Black Pepper Sauce Three Meats with Spring Onion Duck in Black Pepper Sauce Mixed Vegetables in Black Bean Sauce

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£14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50 £14.50

£14.50 £14.50

Mini Spring Rolls 30 pcs. with Sweet and Sour Sauce Sesame Chicken Toast 32 pcs. Sweet and Sour Chicken Hong Kong Style * Beef with Mushrooms * Noodles and Bean Sprouts*

* approx 4 portions

£30.00 £30.00 £52.00 £56.00 £22.00

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