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Explosive book on Trump’s White House claims the president favours ‘tough Jews’ Page 10


Jewish News 11 January 2018






24 Tevet 5778

Issue No.1036

Britain’s Got Talent winner Tokio Myers joins Jewish News’ Night Of Heroes line up! Page 40

under fire

Explosive book on Trump’s White House claims the president favours ‘tough Jews’ Page 10


Chief condemns child sex abuser’s Torah donation More than 1,000 people celebrate scroll gift from convicted offender Levy was jailed for three years in 2013 for two counts The Chief Rabbi has condemned as “extremely disturbing” the tactics of a child sex abuser of sexual assault against Yehudis Goldsobel when she who paid for and completed a Sefer Torah scroll was aged 14 and 15. She waived her right to anonymity before donating it to the Chabad community in to encourage others to speak out against abuse. Writing in this week’s Jewish News, Goldsobel Golders Green, writes Jenni Frazer. Menachem ‘Mendy’ Levy was criticised by Chief states: “There is no way all these rabbis can pretend they did not know who was Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis this week for donating this Torah. After all, it trying to “seek public acclaim” by was printed clearly on the widely donating the scroll, which was subsecirculated flyer. However, they quently rejected. seem to have made a collective, Last week, there were celebrations conscious decision to attend the in Golders Green after the complecelebrations, be photographed at tion of the Sefer Torah. According the event, follow the procession to a press release published – and down Golders Green Road and then removed – from website crownpresent the donor with a plaque.” heights.info, “well over 1,000 men, A spokesman for Chief Rabbi women and children” joined in with Ephraim Mirvis told Jewish News: “joyous dancing and celebration “The very idea that a man convicted which was heard several streets away. of sexual abuse should seek public The new Torah made its way slowly acclaim in this way is extremely disto the local Lubavitch shul, Hechal turbing. The Chief Rabbi has met Menachem, where it was greeted by Yehudis Goldsobel on a number the other existing Torah scrolls”. The way Mendy Levy sought of occasions and knows her to be a After the ceremony, there were acclaim was ‘disturbing’ brave and tireless campaigner against celebrations at Levy’s home where, according to the press release, “Rabbi Yossi Simon the scourge of abuse. It is impossible for us to appreciate presented Levy with a thank you from Chabad of the kind of pain that this episode must have caused her.” Continued on page 9 Golders Green”.


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Jewish News 11 January 2018


News / Middle East fears / Cabinet reshuffle / Embassy move

‘Seven-year itch’ will spark new uprising to eclipse Arab Spring Middle East experts this week predicted a “seven-year itch” in 2018 will erupt in the region, eclipsing the impact of the Arab Spring, which began in 2011. Dr Claire Spencer, senior research fellow at Chatham House, warned that “a new post-Arab Spring generation is coming of age with worse prospects than in 2010-11”. In her 2018 predictions for UK-Israel think-tank BICOM, Spencer said the recent protests in Iran were “a reminder to regional leaderships to meet domestic expectations over economic reforms”. The Arab Spring is the name given to a wave of protests, riots and demonstrations throughout the Middle East and North Africa, which began in Tunisia in December 2010, when popular economic grievances were voiced. The leaders of four states were toppled and major con-

cessions and reforms were forced through in many others. Noting a current and strong grievance over corruption, Spencer said “demands will be less about regime change and democracy than the impact of rising living costs, taxation, joblessness and official impunity”. As in 2011, when Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak was overthrown after almost 30 years, Spencer said Egypt again looked vulnerable to discontent, as did Jordan, Turkey and Gaza if Palestinian reconciliation stalls. Dr Jonathan Spyer of the Middle East Forum predicted sectarian violence in Iraq this year, as a general election pits Sunni versus Shia in Baghdad, with Iran’s influence felt in its support for the country’s powerful militias. In Syria, Spyer foresees a big power face-off between

residual US forces and those loyal to Russia and Iran, the latter having fought for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who last year routed the last of the Sunni rebel resistance. “Exploratory probes from the Iran/Assad/Russia side intended to test US resolve (which these players may well take to be wavering, and vulnerable to pressure), are likely in the year ahead,” he wrote. In Israel, Dr Michael Koplow thinks Benjamin Netanyahu will finally be kicked out of power after 10 years leading the country, as police investigations culminate. “This will either lead the Likud to force him to step aside in favour of a new party leader, or lead Netanyahu to take the country to elections to forestall an indictment, which will result in a new coalition headed by (Yesh Atid leader) Yair Lapid,” he writes.

Tunisians celebrate of the first anniversary of the popular uprising that toppled their long-standing dictator and unleashed the Arab Spring

Rising stars get ministerial positions in May’s reshuffle Two Jewish MPs have become junior ministers in Theresa May’s ministerial reshuffle, while an MP with a significant Jewish constituency has also been promoted. In her first ministerial role, MP for South East Cambridgeshire Lucy Frazer became Parliamentary UnderSecretary of State at the Ministry of Justice. An ex-member of BBYO, Leeds-born Frazer, 45, was elected to Parliament in 2015, after becoming a QC in 2013. Another former barrister, Michael Ellis, the MP for Northampton North who was

previously deputy leader of the House of Commons, has been made Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Ellis, who is Jewish and was a barrister for 17 years before entering Parliament in 2010, acted as Parliamentary Assistant to Lord Feldman, former Tory Party chair, under David Cameron’s government. In a 2012 debate on Israel, Ellis said: “The hatred that is often displayed toward Israel is often a veneer for anti-Semitism, which is not only still very strong but getting stronger.”

Meanwhile David Cameron’s former deputy chief of staff, Oliver Dowden, the MP for Hertsmere, was made Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office. Dowden has also been vocal in his support for the Jewish community, most recently pressing Home Secretary Amber Rudd on protesters flying the flag of the political wing of Hezbollah during the al-Quds Day march in London. In the Commons, he said it “incites extremism and is deeply offensive to our Jewish community”.

Boris: UK won’t move embassy Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has told his Palestinian counterpart that the UK has no intention of following the United States’ lead on Jerusalem, and in fact believes the city should be the shared capital in a two-state solution. Reiterating the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s long-held belief, Johnson (pictured) told Riyad Al-Malki on Monday that the holy

city “should be determined in a negotiated settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and Jerusalem should ultimately be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian states”. His position contrasts sharply with that of US President Donald Trump, who Johnson this week urged MPs to welcome to the UK on a state visit.

11 January 2018 Jewish News



Speaker reinvited / Coroner complaints / News

Israeli returns to UCL after violent demo A former IDF soldier whose speaking engagement on a London University campus in 2016 drew violent protests and a major investigation is to return this year. Hen Mazzig is due to speak again at University College London (UCL) as part of a UK tour. In an event facilitated by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), Mazzig will address UCL students, as well as visit Radlett United Synagogue. UCL managers are reported to have restricted access to the event to students and staff to

Pro-Palestinian protests took place at UCL in 2016 ahead of a talk by Israeli Hen Mazzig, right

prevent protests getting out of control. In October 2016, Jewish students had to be escorted from the room where Mazzig

was due to speak, amid a standoff between pro and anti-Israel protesters. Police were called amid claims of common assault and

verbal intimidation by pro-Palestinian protesters. A number of UCL students faced a disciplinary panel in relation to the violent demon-

stration at the event. A university spokesperson told Jewish News the invitation extended to Mazzig is “an explicit demonstration of its commitment to free speech”. However, CAMERA on Campus’s UK Associate Tamara Berens criticised the university’s decision to limit attendance to UCL staff and students. She said: “UCL wants to show it is standing up for free speech, but preventing the attendance of the victims from last year’s event as part of precautions against another protest shows it is cowing to the anti-Israel demonstrators.”

A petition has been launched by UCL Friends of Israel Society, KCL (King’s College London) Israel Society and SOAS (formerly the School of Oriental and African Studies) Jewish Society aimed at enabling Jewish students from across London universities – not just those at UCL – to attend the event. This week the University’s Friends of Palestine Society condemned the invitation to Mazzig, promising to “make our voices heard when we say #noton ourcampus”.  Hen Mazzig, page 20

Dismore wants senior coroner sacked over burial upset Dismore wrote: “One would have thought that before applying for the job, she might have reflected on the needs of one of the country’s biggest Jewish communities and our large and growing Muslim population.” Calling for her to be fired, Dismore added: “It is long overdue that she should go. The Lord Chancellor should

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sack her, if he cares about the reputation of our legal system.” Hassell, originally from Wales, has long provoked the ire of Jews and Muslims, whose traditions dictate the need for a prompt burial – ideally on the same day – and the avoidance of invasive autopsies wherever possible.

Her office has ruled that “no death shall be prioritised in any way”, but Trevor Asserson, a lawyer representing Stamford Hill’s Adath Yisroel Burial Society, said: “It amounts to a blanket and disproportionate refusal, in the exercise of your statutory powers, to respect the religious beliefs of those within your jurisdiction.”


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News / Shul fundraiser / Kosher warning / Tweet denial / Hezbollah debate

MILL HILL RABBI LAUNCHES FUNDRAISING APPEAL FOR FAMILY OF LOCAL VICTIM A Mill Hill rabbi has launched a crowdfunding appeal to raise money for the family of shopkeeper Vijay Patel, who died after being attacked on Saturday. Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet (pictured below) from Mill Hill United Synagogue set up the Just Giving site this week, urging Jewish community members to “demonstrate compassion” and help support Patel’s family. Patel, 49, was knocked to the ground outside the Rota Express in Mill Hill last Saturday, after refusing to sell tobacco products to a boy who could not produce ID. He died from his injuries on Monday. A 16-year-old boy from Brent appeared at Willesden Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with his murder.

Vijay Patel’s shop in Mill Hill, where he was attacked

Dozens of Jewish families have donated towards the fund, which by yesterday afternoon had raised more than £16,000 for the family – the target had been £1,000. “As the Mill Hill Jewish community, it is appropriate that we demonstrate compassion for something so tragic that happened in our immediate neighbourhood,” said Schochet.  To donate to the crowdfunding appeal, visit: just giving.com/crowd f u n d i n g / yitzchak -schochet

Barnet’s kosher restaurants more likely to be unhygienic A new report has shown that kosher food businesses in the borough of Barnet are two-and-a-half times more likely to have hygiene concerns than non-kosher businesses. The figure follows analysis of grades given by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), whose inspectors visit restaurants, shops, cafés, hotels, caterers and wholesalers, assessing the hygiene of the food handling process, the standard of the facilities, and overall premise and operationmanagement. The work, undertaken by Ben Crowne, a forensic accountant who previously lectured at the London School of Jewish Studies, collated publicly-available ratings for 148 kosher businesses in Barnet, and compared these to the council average. Ratings go from 0 (“urgent improvement required”) to five (“very good”), with ratings

A study found that only 15 percent of kosher businesses were given top marks for hygiene

of two or less indicating that improvement is required. Crowne found that 15 percent of kosher businesses in Barnet were rated 0-2, compared with only six percent generally in Barnet. Likewise, only 36 percent of kosher businesses were rated 5, compared to 60 percent across the borough. “It’s reasonable to ask that kosher food is hygienic,

abides with legal and social norms, and that the supervisory bodies… act with a basic level of probity and for the public good,” said Crowne. While the data – published on the FSA website – can be up to two months old, Crowne said: “I don’t think this is a huge surprise to anyone. But it’s a little depressing to have it confirmed with data.”

He added: “Kosher consumers are paying substantially more and getting substantially poorer quality outcomes.” A United Synagogue spokesperson said: “It is the responsibility of kosher outlets to ensure their food hygiene is up to standard. The kosherbuying public will expect improvement.”

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The Israeli Embassy has denied that a senior diplomat retweeted a message from the founder of the English Defence League. A statement said an image that appeared on social media purporting to show Elad Ratson had shared the tweet to his 50,000 followers was “manipulated”. The tweet from Tommy Robinson drew a distinction between the stance of Jeremy Corbyn towards Donald Trump and his position on Iran. A screengrab appearing to show a retweet by the embassy’s public diplomacy coun-

The disputed retweet

sellor was shared by Amos Schonfield of the left-wing group Yachad, who demanded answers “as a Brit, an Israeli, a Jew”. It is understood the grab was sent to Schonfield by a third party.

The Israeli Embassy told Jewish News: “The diplomat denies categorically having retweeted this tweet. The embassy stands behind him and considers this image to be manipulated.” Robinson’s rhetoric towards Muslims has repeatedly been condemned. After he appeared in front of a small group of Manchester Jews in the summer, the Board of Deputies said his “record of antiMuslim provocation means he could never be a partner of a respectable or mainstream Jewish organisation”.

MPs to debate Hezbollah ban MPs are to debate whether to designate the entire Hezbollah group a terrorist organisation, as opposed to just its armed wing as at present, to make the flying of its flag illegal in the UK. The House of Commons debate, scheduled for 25 January, was secured after 15 MPs led by pro-Israel lobby groups pressed for action to proscribe Hezbollah in its entirety, a

move Jewish community leaders have long sought. Jennifer Gerber of Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) acknowledged the contribution of LFI chair Joan Ryan MP in securing the debate, saying: “Hezbollah is a terrorist organisation, driven by an antiSemitic ideology, which seeks the destruction of Israel.” Gerber added: “The British

Government has repeatedly failed to take action to ban it in its entirety. This debate is intended to increase the pressure on it to do so without further delay and excuses.” The Zionist Federation this week launched an appeal for members and supporters to write to their MPs calling for backing in the bid to proscribe the whole group.

11 January 2018 Jewish News



School crackdown / Community moves on / Neo-Nazi guilty / News

Hackney wants more action Shul building’s last service against unregistered schools Hackney Council has joined calls from Ofsted for more powers to tackle unregistered schools “as a matter of urgency” – but the government has “no plans” to do so. Up to 1,500 young boys are estimated to be receiving illegal schooling in unregistered institutions in the borough, many of them yeshivas, according to a new report by the council’s Children and Young People Scrutiny Commission. “The cultural and educational traditions of the Charedi community are at odds with the council’s statutory duty to safeguard local children and central government’s duty to ensure they receive an appropriate education that conforms to national standards,” the authors say. In a damning report that should heap pressure on the Department

The council has called on the government to do more

for Education, the commission says “legislation around the regulation of unregistered education settings is at best patchy and at worst contradictory”, with “few if any safeguards in place to ensure [the children’s] safety and well-being”. They add: “The council and other statutory bodies find it impossible to satisfy themselves that the expected standards of

safety and safeguarding are in place.” The report found “no evidence” of adequate schooling of maths, English or science in the unregistered schools and warned the government that the issue “cannot be parked forever”. It echoes concerns raised only last month in Ofsted’s annual report, the national inspectorate warning the Education

Secretary of “extreme cases” of children being educated illegally in unregistered settings. “This means there are no safeguards in place to make sure children are either safe or receiving a decent education,” wrote Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman, who pointed the finger at faith schools. Those found guilty of running an unregistered school can be imprisoned for almost a year, under Section 96 of the Education and Skills Act 2008. Last week government spokesman Lord Keen of Elie admitted there had never been any prosecutions because “the evidential test… was not met”. Lord Agnew of Oulton, in a House of Lords debate, said: “The government has no plans to change Ofsted’s powers in relation to unregistered schools.”  Editorial, page 16

An iconic Liberal synagogue building has held its last service, as members of East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue (ELELS) paid a fond farewell to Perryman’s Farm Road in Redbridge. The site was formerly the home of Bet Tikvah Synagogue, which joined with Woodford Liberal Synagogue last year to form ELELS. Rabbi David Hulbert, Redbridge’s longest-serving rabbi, led a special Shabbat morning service attended by more than 120 people. He delivered a powerful sermon on the memories created in a building that served his Bet Tikvah community for more than 30 years. Rabbi Richard Jacobi, who leads the new ELELS community alongside Hulbert, said: “We saw the lifeenriching nature of community at its very best. All generations cherished

the past, enjoyed the present and anticipated the future.” The morning service was followed by a chavurah lunch, the opening of the Bet Tikvah Archive and a question and answer session with Bet Tikvah founder members Hazel Isaacs, Rose Lautman and Jean Summberbell. The last Havdalah service was followed by the removal of the Torah scrolls.

Bet Tikvah’s founding fathers with the cheque that bought the building

NEO-NAZI GUILTY OF HATRED A self-confessed neo-Nazi who labelled Jews “parasites” and called for them to be “eradicated” has been found guilty of stirring up racial hatred. The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, committed the offences during a demonstration by a group named the North West Infidels on Blackpool Promenade

in March 2016 and at a gathering of far-right extremists, the Yorkshire Forum for Nationalists, thought to be held the month before. A jury unanimously found him guilty on Monday of two counts of intending to stir up racial hatred. Sentencing will take place at a later date.

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News / Kyra’s campaign / Student apology / Cambridge Union election

Parents crowdfund for six-year-old’s operation United States for the surA family has set up a crowdgery, which Paley has said funding campaign in an can give her a fully funceffort to send their six-yeartioning leg by the time she old daughter to Israel for reaches age 16. surgery to save her leg. The crowdfunding camKyra Warrell from paign, Step-By-Step with Brighton is afflicted with Kyra: The First Hurdle, proximal focal femoral defiaims to raise the approxiciency (PFFD), which will mately £58,000 needed leave her left leg about eight for the surgery – the first inches shorter than her of three procedures that right if left untreated. will take place before Kyra Doctors have decided that turns 16. The Warrells will an above-the-knee amputasell their home to fund the tion, to allow for a prosthetic nearly £90,000 second limb, is the best option. operation that would take But Kyra’s parents, Rima Kyra, six, needs urgent surgery on her leg place in 2019. and Neil Warrell, want their Paley works once a year than 20,000 limb lengthening and daughter, who loves dancing and gymnastics, to be able to keep her reconstruction-related procedures, at Rambam Hospital to make operations more affordable for non-US according to the institute’s website. leg. While Paley, who trained in patients, according to the crowdThey have discovered a special leg-lengthening surgery performed orthopaedic surgery at the Univer- funding page. Meanwhile, the family has set by an Israeli-born physician, Dror sity of Toronto Medical School, pracPaley, who is internationally rec- tices in the US, he will be in Israel at up a twitter account called @step ognised for his expertise in limb the beginning of February and is withkyra to chart her progress and willing to perform the first surgery at that of her supporters. lengthening and reconstruction. PFFD is a rare condition affecting Paley, the director of the Paley Rambam Hospital in Haifa. The Warrells, who are not Jewish, fewer than one in 50,000 children in Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida, has performed more cannot afford to take Kyra to the the world.

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NUS sorry for omission The president of the National Union of Students (NUS) has issued a heartfelt apology to Jewish students and a promise to “fix it” after the union sent a questionnaire asking students to tick their religion using a list that did not include Judaism, writes Jenni Frazer. Shakira Martin (pictured) took to video to make her apology because she said her Twitter feed had “blown up” after angry Jewish students complained. She said she was particularly angry at having to apologise for the omission of

Judaism on the list because it was the second time it had happened — and she had apologised previously. Martin said she wanted to reassure Jewish students that she was making the eradication of anti-Semitism and racism a priority, and could only imagine how upset the Jewish community had been at seeing Judaism excluded. “Actions speak louder than words”, she said repeatedly during her video apology and told Jewish students there was an important place for them within NUS.

CAMBRIDGE FIRST FOR JONAH A 21-year-old Pinner United Synagogue member has become the first Jewish student to be elected president of the Cambridge Union, the world’s oldest and most prestigious debating society. Final year student Jonah Surkes, who rose to national prominence recently by ‘photo-bombing’ TV chef Mary Berry, is preparing for a hectic term as he aims to graduate Human, Social and Political Sciences at Clare College, Cambridge.

Surkes, from Rickmansworth, has previously acted as Speakers Officer at the Union and secured the appearances of US Senator and Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders and former Tory leader Lord Michael Howard. He said: “I am especially proud to join a rich strain of Jewish voices in university debate at a time when we are having important discussions over what constitutes free speech.”

11 January 2018 Jewish News



Holiday nightmare / Shabbat UK delayed / News briefs / News

Elderly couple’s dream trip ruined by passport mistake The family of an elderly Jewish couple from London have told of their parents’ “complete nightmare” after South African authorities banned them from entering the country, leaving them literally all at sea. Joan and Alex Klein, aged 89 and 93 respectively, were on a trip-of-a-lifetime cruise when immigration officials detained the Hampstead Garden Suburb couple in Cape Town. Like all passengers, the couple submitted their passports with South African authorities when the ship docked, but to their surprise and shock officials soon boarded the Crystal Symphony to question them about a missing exit stamp. Daughter Diane said: “They accused my parents of illegally remaining in South Africa for the last 649 days and issued them with a declaration of ‘foreigner,’ meaning undesirable person, banning them from entering the country for five years, effective immediately.

Authorities refused to look at the couple’s visas and passport stamps showing how they had been travelling in and out of the UK for the past two years, and – having banned them from entering the country – the pair were faced with no way of flying back to the UK. “They could prove irrevocably that they hadn’t been illegally residing in South Africa, so it was a preposterous suggestion for immigration to make,” said the couple’s other daughter, Michelle. “It has caused them unnecessary distress when they are far away from their family and friends in a foreign country on what is suppose to be a trip of a lifetime. It turned into a complete nightmare.” The couple were forced to stay on the ship but not disembark as Crystal staff frantically liaised with port authorities, the British Consulate and family members back home. Finally a flight out of Namibia was arranged, at the cost of £9,000, and after three connec-

SHABBAT UK DELAYED UNTIL 2019 The Chief Rabbi has moved the date of ShabbatUK to early March 2019 after synagogues said the current October date was causing difficulties, coming so soon after the High Holy days. Ephraim Mirvis has written to shuls, schools and university chaplaincies to communicate the change, after his office sought feedback. Announcing no 2018 event, he wrote: “It is clear from your replies… that staging ShabbatUK just a few weeks after the chagim has proved to be a challenge for many organisers and participants. While there is no perfect time, the weight of preference is clearly in favour of the beginning of March. With this in mind, I have made a decision that I firmly believe to be the right way forward: the next ShabbatUK will take place on 1 and 2 March 2019.”

tions and almost 24 hours travelling, the couple finally touched down in London last Thursday morning. “They’re shaken and exhausted,” said Diane, who praised the cruise line for its efforts. “It put a major dampener on their holiday and they found it extremely stressful not knowing how they were going The immigration error left Joan and Alex ‘shaken’ to get home. “They had to cancel flights, hotels and dous, and all because of a mistake from the very bookings, then to have to get three connecting same immigration authorities who didn’t issue flights home at their age, it was just horren- an exit stamp in 2014.”

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Aharon Appelfeld, the esteemed Israeli novelist and Holocaust survivor who became a leading voice in Holocaust literature, has died at the age of 85. Appelfeld was born in Romania before the rise of the Nazis, lost his mother in the mass murder of Jews during the Second World War and was only reunited with his father 20 years later. He later rose to become one of Israel’s most prolific Hebrewlanguage writers, even though he only learned the language as a teenager. American-Jewish author Philip Roth hailed him as a writer “who made of displacement and disorientation a subject uniquely his own”.

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Revisionist trial / Abuser’s donation / News briefs / News NEWS IN BRIEF

NUNS WHO BEAT BOY USED RACIST THREATS Nuns at an orphanage used antiSemitic threats while beating a boy of Jewish descent, an inquiry has heard. The witness, who was at Smyllum Park in Lanark during the 1940s and 1950s, said he is “haunted” by memories of his time at the facility. Although he did not know of his Jewish heritage at the time, having entered the home at a very young age, he said it was referred to while he was beaten. The witness said: “The nuns would say ‘we will beat the Jewishness out of you’. The inquiry continues.

Shoah revisionist on trial over songs

NEW PLAN TO TURN SHULS ECO-FRIENDLY An initiative to help shuls go green is being launched on Tu B’Shvat at the end of this month, when Jews are encouraged to plant trees. The launch of Eco Synagogue at New North London Synagogue on 30 January is being billed as a cross-communal environmental initiative and will be attended by former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams. Organisers say it is designed to help Jewish communities to “respond to our current ecological crisis”.

A Westminster magistrate strongly warned members of the public on Wednesday that they would be removed from the public gallery after applause was heard in court following the playing of an anti-Jewish song, writes Jenni Frazer. Judge John Zani made his warning after a song was played that the Crown says is inciteful and likely to stir up hatred against Jews. The song – and others that followed it – are the work of musician Alison Chabloz, 53, a self-described Holocaust revisionist from Derbyshire. She sat in court yesterday morning clutching bouquets of tulips presented to her by a well-wisher before the case began, and was seen to be smiling broadly as the strongly anti-Jewish songs were played. Prosecutor Karen Robinson said Chabloz was facing five charges related to three songs which are ‘grossly offensive’,

Alison Chabloz is given flowers by supporters outside court

two of which were performed in front of an audience at the London Forum in 2016. Giving evidence against her, Gideon Falter, chairman of the Campaign Against Antisemitism, unpicked the lyrics of (((Survivors))), which mocks three named targets, Holocaust survivor Irene Zisblatt, the

Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel, and the teenage diarist Anne Frank, accusing them of lying to make money. Chabloz is defended by Adrian Davies, who represented disgraced Holocaust denier David Irving against Deborah Lipstadt in 2001. The case has been adjourned until 7 March.

Celebration held for abuser’s scroll Continued from page 1 Mirvis (pictured) added: “A clear message must go out to all concerned that these antics will never find support within our community. Everyone we have spoken to on this matter is in agreement.” Rabbi Simon issued a statement saying “an individual” – Levy – had “chosen to turn the completion of the Sefer Torah into a public event, organising all the details, down to the production of the flyers and postevent publicity”. He said Levy had offered Golders Green Chabad the scroll, on loan, when Chabad moved into premises in the area but had decided against housing it. S h i m o n Cohen, a spokesman for Chabad Lubavitch UK, said:

“Chabad Houses in the UK operate independently and Chabad Lubavitch UK was not consulted about this event. “Chabad Lubavitch UK has strict guidelines regarding safeguarding, developed with the NSPCC some years ago. “This policy was adopted by all Chabad Houses and the NSPCC has conducted training sessions with all shluchim (emissaries). “Perpetrators of abuse should not be applauded in any way and we can only imagine the pain and suffering this event must have caused Ms Goldsobel and her family. “Had this matter come to us in advance it would not have been welcomed.”  Yehudis Goldsobel, p20



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Explosive book on Trump’s White House claims president favours ‘tough guy Jews’ Michael Wolff ’s new book on the Donald Trump White House administration has revealed how battle lines and power centres around the president are perceived along Jewish and non-Jewish lines, and how Trump prefers “tough guy Jews”. The respected journalist’s book, Fire and Fury, published against a media storm and Trump’s legal threats, starkly outlines the central role of Jews, Judaism, Jewish identity and Israel to US executive decision-making post-Obama. It also reveals how power politics in the US’ Jewish community were jolted after Trump’s Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner, the young real estate scion who Wolff describes as a Jewish “nobody” became “Israel’s great protector” when Trump put him in charge of Middle East peace. “Nobody was more perplexed by his sudden rise… than US Jewish organisations,” Wolff writes. “Now, the Jewish great and the good, the venerated and the tried, the mandarins and myrmidons, had to pay court to Jared Kushner … who until little more than a few minutes ago had truly been a nobody.” The insider account, based on hundreds of interviews over 18 months, has been flying off the shelves, and highlights the influential yet unnoticed role of another Jew – Gary Cohn – appointed Trump’s top economic adviser. Wolff describes how Kushner and Cohn won the war of briefings and counter-briefings

against right-wing populist Steve Bannon, after Kushner decided Bannon didn’t like Jews. Bannon, Trump’s strategy man before his summer sacking, headed right-wing news website Breitbart, whose readers and supporters include the US’ white nationalist base, had earlier baited Kushner as being soft on Israel. “After months of defending Bannon against liberal media innuendo, Kushner had concluded Bannon was an anti-Semite, that was the bottom-line issue,” writes Wolff, describing how the president’s two top men effectively went to war over Israel. Kushner’s conclusion was a hard-sell to Trump “because one of Bannon’s accusations against Kushner was that he was not nearly tough enough in his defence of Israel,” says Wolff. “Bannon’s effort to

grab the stronger-on-Israel label was deeply confounding to Kushner, an Orthodox Jew,” writes Wolff. “His closest lieutenants in the White House, Avi Berkowitz and Josh Raffel, were Orthodox Jews.” The author says that, for Kushner, “Bannon’s right-wing defence of Israel, embraced by Trump, somehow became a jujitsu piece of antiSemitism aimed directly at him”. Charting Bannon’s subsequent downfall, Wolff says the Breitbart man “had allowed himself to become – through his orchestration of right-wing media themes and stoking of liberal outrage – a winking suggestion of anti-Semitism,” adding: “It was certainly good right-wing business to annoy liberal Jews.” A picture emerges of a president whose aides have to contain him as would nursery staff a toddler, while conversations – such as that on Trump’s Marine One helicopter – s h o w him

justifying membership of the Ku Klux Klan. The book also hears from former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the neoconservative diplomat who served under Richard Nixon and helped define US foreign policy, with Trump telling Wolff that Kushner is “the new Kissinger”. Wolff records that Kushner was given the near-impossible task of facilitating peace between Israelis and Palestinians precisely because he was Jewish. “For Trump, giving Israel to Kushner was not only a test, it was a Jewish test. The president was singling him out for being Jewish, rewarding him for being Jewish, saddling him with an impossible hurdle for being Jewish – and, too, defaulting to the stereotyping belief in the negotiating powers of Jews.” Kissinger, 94, described the 2017 White House manoeuvring as being “a war between the Jews and the non-Jews,” with Jews to-date coming out on top. However, a new investigation into Kushner’s business dealings in Israel and the ongoing investigation into the Trump team’s contacts with Russians in the leadup to the election could change that. Michael Wolff’s new book

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Pair honoured by Queen He is the chair of the national Apprenticeship A philanthropist has been honoured for serAmbassador Network and the co-chair of the vices to education and the chairman of Apprenticeship Delivery Board. He also The Association of Jewish Refugees heads the President Club, a charity (AJR) recognised for services investing in education. to Holocaust education in the “I’m thrilled and proud,” he New Year’s Honours List. said. “It was a complete surDavid Meller, 58, who prise. Obviously the work I do founded the Meller Educain apprenticeships and educational Trust, was handed a tion, I get a real kick out of it. CBE for services to educaWe have a great team behind us, tion, while Andrew Kaufman, with some absolutely wonderful AJR chair, was awarded an head principals.” MBE for services to Holocaust Speaking to Jewish News’ podcast, education. CBE: David Meller The Jewish Views, Kaufman, 71, who has The trust Meller heads comprises four Academies and two University Tech- been AJR for more than 20 years, said he received news of his nomination a few weeks ago, in nical Colleges (UTCs), his personal journey a letter stamped ‘Cabinet Office’. beginning in earnest in 2005, when The former solicitor said: “I’d he helped to sponsor and estabbeen asked to recommend a friend, lish The Harefield Academy, so assumed it was a reference in Uxbridge. for him. Needless to say, I was Three years later, he became shocked to say the least.” the sole sponsor of what He first thought of his became The Bushey Academy, parents – both refugees from which opened in 2009. The Germany. “I felt sad that they were group now also includes no longer here to see it,” he said. Hertswood Academy, in Boreham“But I thought, maybe they’re wood, Francis Combe Academy, in Watford, Watford UTC, and the MBE: Andrew Kaufman looking down on me and are really very proud.” Global Academy, in Hayes. Meller, joint chair of his family business the Meller Group, a luxury home and beauty supCorrection plier, took his learning in education manageLast week’s article on the Queen’s New Year’s Honours incorrectly stated that ment to the Department for Education, where Lt Col Mordaunt Cohen MBE is a former he became a non-executive board member in chair of the Association of Jewish Refugees. June 2013.

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Special report / Israel’s unlikely allies

Why small friends are staunch allies The United Nations voted against Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Aside from Israel and the US, seven other states backed the move. Stephen Oryszczuk looks behind the scenes to find out why Resolution A/ES-10/L22 is the world’s innocuously named repudiation of a bid to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in the last breaths of 2017. But as names go, A/ES-10/L22 sounds more like a Star Wars character than a 128-9 UN vote on Israel’s spiritual heart. It has none of the naming majesty of military campaigns. Had UN bureaucrats had some Christmas fun, they could have come up with something far more exciting to render Donald Trump’s newly-endorsed status of Jerusalem “null and void”. Imagine ‘Operation Holy Halt’, ‘Operation Western Wail’, or even ‘Operation Reinstate Suleiman’. Alas, it is now forever A/ES-10/L22, but to the US president, an easily-snubbed man, the vote was “personal”. He told his UN Ambassador Nikki Haley to “take names” of those who voted against America on the issue of moving the US Embassy and the status of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Just as George W Bush defined an “axis of evil”, Trump seemed to be saying that states voting on Jerusalem would define them as good, bad or ugly. There are no mighty titans in the list of the ‘good’. Guatemala, Honduras, Togo, Nauru, Micronesia, Marshall Islands and Palau are all either wholly or partly dependent on either Israel or America for their security. In the case of the small Pacific island nations, thousands of miles from anywhere, being on good terms with the US is everything, especially since any rescue or defence would come from US military bases on Guam or Hawaii. In the case of Honduras and Guatemala (the latter following Trump in planning to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem), the reliance is on Israeli military training, weapons and surveillance. In all seven cases, lofty considerations about the holy city itself and the Middle East peace process came second.

America’s UN envoy Nikki Haley warned it will remember who voted against the decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem

Indeed, geopolitics played a huge role for the 35 abstaining states. Some are among the poorest in the world (Malawi, Lesotho, Rwanda, Haiti, Benin, Uganda, Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon), so among the most reliant on Western aid. Others border Russia and don’t want to jeopardise America’s NATO security blanket (Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Bosnia, Croatia, Romania and Latvia). Others seem more minded by their own proximity to the US (Mexico, Canada and Panama, the latter voting on the 28th anniversary of the US invasion) while others still are simply tiny (Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Tuvalu, with a population of 11,900). Still, the 2,600-year old wisdom of fable-teller Aesop holds true: “Little friends may prove great friends.” GUATEMALA: Population 16.5 million Fun fact: The instant coffee process and blue denim were invented here. Why vote as it did? The US gives it $750million per annum to help fight drug gangs and Israeli companies supply it with military hardware, training and surveillance know-how – all of which critics say is used for internal repression by the embattled regime of Christian evangelical leader Jimmy Morales. NAURU: Population 10,300 Fun fact: It is the second least populous state on the planet after The Vatican.

Why vote as it did? Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reports that Israeli ministers approved a multi-million dollar sewage treatment system for Nauru just two weeks before the UN vote, in a deal nodded through by Israel’s foreign ministry. PALAU: Population 21,000 Fun fact: The columns of the main government building are plastic. Who vote as it did? Like Micronesia and the Marshall Islands, Palau is a signatory to the Compact of Free Association (COFA), under which the South Pacific islands get US economic help, 100 percent defence guarantees and other benefits. In return the US gets to operate military bases there. MARSHALL ISLANDS: Population 55,000 Fun fact: Its land mass covers just 70 square miles. Why vote as it did? A COFA signatory (see Palau) it is wholly reliant on the US for financial and physical security, having only gained independence from America in 1979. With few natural resources, 90 percent of the Islands’ exports come from fish and coconuts. TOGO: Population 7.6 million Fun fact: It has a voodoo market and its religions stress the importance of both fetishism and idolatry.

Why vote as it did? The president or his father have ruled for more than 50 years, but riots and protests have rocked the country and, in September, Togo had to cancel its hosting of the Israel-Africa Summit due to unrest. It wants US support for a crackdown, and knows Israel’s expertise in areas such as water, security, renewable energy and agriculture will be essential for development. HONDURAS: Population 9.1 million Fun fact: The blondehaired, blue-eyed Hondurans are descendants of British pirates 500 years ago. Why vote as it did? Honduras is the original ‘banana republic’ and relies on the US for 70 percent of its trade, with reports that US intelligence services base their Central American operations out of the country. Again, this is a story of reliance on the superpower. FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA (FSM): Population 104,000 Fun fact: Languages include Chuukese, Kosraean, Pohnpeian, Yapese, Ulithian, Woleaian, Nokuoro and Kapingamarangi. Why vote as it did? The US has provided, and is due to provide, billions of dollars in aid, in agreements stretching until 2023. The CIA World Factbook notes that FSM’s economic outlook is “fragile because of its dependence on US assistance”.

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World news / Banning boycotters / Terror death toll / World round-up NEWS IN BRIEF

TERRORIST DEATH PENALTY BILL READ A bill that would make it easier for an Israeli military court to sentence terrorists to death passed a preliminary Knesset reading. The legislation, sponsored by Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, passed 52-49. Under the Bill, a simple majority of judges, two in a panel of three, would be enough to sentence a terrorist to death. The bill also bans leniency after a final death sentence has been handed down. Currently, a military court can impose the death penalty on a convicted terrorist only if the decision of the panel of judges is unanimous. It has never been employed.

ACTRESS’ ISRAEL TRIP CAUSES ISSUES One of the Netherlands’ best-known actresses said hundreds of people unfollowed her on social media because she posted pictures from her visit to Israel. Victoria Koblenko, 37, noted in the same Instagram post that the Middle East is her favorite destination. “#unfollowme if you disagree”, she wrote at the end of her post. Those who unfollowed her did so after she later posted pictures from her trip to Israel.

Israel bans 20 groups for backing boycotts Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Friends of Al-Aqsa are among 20 global nongovernmental organisations that have been banned from Israel as a result of their support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS). The two were named as part of a list announced by Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry on Sunday after the Hadashot news report, with all those cited as being supporters of the BDS movement against Israel. European groups on the list include BDS France; BDS Italy; War on Want; Friends of Al-Aqsa; The European Coordination of Committees and Associations for Palestine; and Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign. The BDS National Committee; BDS Chile; and BDS South Africa also are on the list. They are joined by the leftwing California-based Jewish Voice for Peace, which has


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Conservative lawmakers in the Bundestag are proposing new laws allowing the expulsion of migrants who espouse antiSemitism. Politicians from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party say this should include those who deny Israel’s right to exist. Germany took in 1.1 million refugees in 2015 alone.

Israel has banned 20 organisations owing to BDS support

more than 200,000 online supporters, together with five other US groups; American Friends Service Committee, American Muslims for Palestine, Code Pink, National Students for Justice in Palestine; and the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. The groups on the list are those that are “working in a clear and consistent manner to encourage a boycott of Israel and conduct a campaign of legitimisation against it”, Hadashot News reported.

The Interior Ministry will be responsible for enforcing the list, reportedly beginning in March. It is believed only people who hold senior or key positions in the groups that appear on the blacklist, or important or high-profile activists would be banned. The list is part of an Israeli effort against an international movement calling for boycotts, sanctions and divestment over Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians.

A spy boss urged Egyptian talkshow hosts not to discuss Donald Trump’s announcement that the US was recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, for fear of riots. Since the story broke, Egyptian authorities have criticised the New York Times from reporting the activities of Capt. Ashraf al-Kholi.

Hundreds of people attended the unveiling of a monument commemorating 251 Jews deported from Parnassia psychiatric hospital in The Hague 75 years ago. The patients were sent to Westerbork transit camp, then on to Auschwitz. Of the 251 deported, 227 were killed, many from exhaustion, stress and thirst. American Jewish organisations have urged the US Senate to get tough on Myanmar – formerly Burma – with increasing evidence that its army committed ethnic cleansing of the Muslim Rohingya minority in Rakhine State. A total of 24 groups, including many of the biggest, urged ‘targeted sanctions’. Ten Israeli hedgehogs are starting off 2018 as many humans are: with a diet and exercise plan. Israelis saw them struggling and brought them to Ramat Gan Safari, where they are now on a health drive.

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More Israelis died in terrorist attacks in 2017 than in 2016, despite fewer attacks being carried out. Data released by the IDF on Saturday night revealed that from 99 terrorist attacks over 2017, 20 Israelis were killed, with 169 wounded. The attacks, which originated in the West Bank, are an increase on the numbers from 2016, where from 269 attacks, 17 Israelis were killed, with 263 injured. The figures are considerably less than 2014, when 100 terrorist attacks, originating in the West Bank, claimed the lives of 93 people, while injuring 882. Two years ago, 28 Israelis were killed, with another 360 wounded from 226 attacks. Security forces claim most attacks were carried out using guns in the West Bank, with groups, including the Shin Bet intelligence agency, IDF and police, increasing their efforts to uncover unofficial


A 17th century viola de gamba worth £148,000 was severely damaged during a flight to Tel Aviv this week. Worldrenowned Brazilian-born Israeli musician Myrna Herzog was ‘forced’ to place her instrument in the hold during an Alitalia flight from Rio de Janeiro. The airline said it regretted the damage’.

The scene of an attack in Jerusalem last year

workshops producing illegal weapons. The IDF has arrested 3,617 Palestinians over the past year, an increase from 3,143 in 2016, although Palestinian rights organisations said in a statement that Israel detained 6,742 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank over the course of the year.

RABBI MURDERED An Israeli father of six was killed in what is presumed to be a terror-related shooting in the West Bank. The 35-year-old, identified as Rabbi Raziel Shevah, was shot on Tuesday by a passing car near Nablus, while he was driving past the Gilad Farm junction.

He died of his injuries at a Kfar Saba hospital. Neighbours said he was a resident of the nearby Gilad Farm outpost. Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid tweeted: “The heart aches at the murder of Rabbi Shevah. Israel stands strong in the face of terror.”

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Israeli archaeology / Iran’s warning / Golden Globes World News

Photos by Samuel Magal, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority

Stunned archaeologists unearth Iran warns Israel ‘ancient paradise’ near Tel Aviv Archaeologists working in an Israeli Arab town have uncovered evidence of a “paradise” location for early human ancestors half a million years ago. Experts could barely contain their joy with the discovery of hundreds of prehistoric tools in an area of ancient riverbed lying only two metres below ground adjoining Route 6, a major motorway. Hundreds of flint heads used as tools of the Acheulian culture were found at Jaljulia, near Kfar Saba, which Professor Ran Barkai, head of archaeology at Tel Aviv University, described as an “extraordinary quantity”. The excavation, funded by the Israel Land Authority, has shone a new light on the habits of Homo erectus, the precursor to Homo sapiens, in an area that would once have been filled with animals, green vegetation and streams. The river would have brought flint nodules, needed for the teardrop-shaped axe-heads, described as the Swiss Army knife of the day. They were used to bring down and butcher animals, which were drawn to the area for its greenery and water. “So it was like a paradise for the people here,” said Barkai. “The fact that the site was occupied

Some of the hundreds of prehistoric tools found just metres below ground near a motorway outside Kfar Saba

repeatedly indicates that prehistoric humans possessed a geographic memory of the place, and could have returned here as a part of a seasonal cycle.” Digging has been conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority, with experts blown away by the extraordinary level of preservation, and the way different layers of sediment show progressing levels of tool manipulation and sophistication. “We see here a wide technological variety,” said IAA excavation director

Maayan Shemer. “Researching these finds in-depth will contribute greatly to the understanding of the lifestyle and human behaviour during the period in which Homo erectus inhabited our area.”

GOLDEN GLOBE FOR MRS MAISEL A comedy about a Jewish housewife set in the late 1950s has won best television series at the 2018 Golden Globe awards. Rachel Brosnahan, who plays Midge Maisel in Amazon Video series The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, took home the best actress award for a television comedy in Sunday’s awards ceremony at The Beverly Hilton in California. James Franco was awarded the Golden Globe for best actor in a motion picture for his portrayal of director Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist, a semi-fictional retelling of the production of Wiseau’s 2003 film The Room, popularly known as “the worst movie ever made”.

Brosnahan (left) as Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel

Jewish actresses, and actresses with Jewish heritage, such as Gal Gadot, Natalie Portman, Debra Messing and Tracee Ellis Ross joined dozens of other actresses in wearing black to the awards ceremony to take a stand against sexual harassment and gender inequality in Hollywood. The actress and director Portman made a point about inequality in presenting the award for best director, announcing: “Here are the all-male nominees.” [JTA]  Interview, page 25

Artists back Lorde boycott More than 100 artists signed a letter in the Guardian in support of pop star Lorde’s right to cancel her concert in Israel. The letter published last Friday also slammed the fullpage ad calling Lorde a “bigot” published in the Washington Post and funded by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s World Values Network organisation. Among the signatories were actor Mark Ruf-

Lorde scrapped Israel show

falo, singer Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd front man Roger

Waters, actor John Cusack, director Ken Loach and writer Alice Walker. “We deplore the bullying tactics being used to defend injustice against Palestinians and to suppress an artist’s freedom of conscience. “We support Lorde’s right to take a stand,” the letter says. It adds that Boteach “has nothing to teach artists about human rights”.

Iran’s foreign minister this week warned Israel against fomenting unrest as anti-government protests continued to rock the country. The remarks by Mohammad Javad Zarif at a security conference in Tehran echoed previous allegations by Iranian officials, who have blamed the violence that accompanied some of the protests on Israel, the United States and Saudi Arabia. “Some countries tried to misuse the recent incidents,” Zarif said. “No country can

create a secure environment for itself at the expense of creating insecurity among its neighbours.” “Such efforts” will only backfire, the official IRNA news agency quoted Zarif as saying. The anti-government protests broke out in Mashhad, Iran’s second-largest city, on 28 December and later spread to several other cities and towns. The demonstrations were the largest seen in Iran since the disputed 2009 presidential election.

Outcry at reprint A French publisher’s plans to reprint three anti-Semitic pamphlets by the author LouisFerdinand Céline has caused horror among the country’s Jews, and led the prime minister to call for the works to be accompanied by context notes. Gallimard caused the furore last week and has refused to back down despite legal threats from Serge Klarsfeld, a lawyer and Nazi hunter, who wants publication to be stopped. Born in 1894, Céline had

a profound effect on French literature with his (then new) conversationalist style, but supported the Axis powers during the Second World War. His antiSemitic writings made even senior Nazis flinch. Gallimard says it will republish Bagatelles Pour un Massacre (Trifles for a Massacre), L’École des Cadavres (The School of Corpses) and Les Beaux Draps (The Fine Mess). They were last published during the Nazi occupation.



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SLOWLY APPROACHING CIVILISATION coming as it was 40 years ago. I was surprised at recent reports In light of this I was concerned to that universities need governlearn that the Chief Rabbi was critiment intervention to assure cised by another rabbi for welcomfreedom of speech. ing LGBT celebrations. I would have I went to Loughborough Univerthought those with such prejudiced isty in the 1970s to study engiviews would know the grave dangers neering. My fellow students were of persecution. Again, this was an mostly male, but we had female area without discrimination at my students in adjoining blocks and university – we had an openly-gay mixed nationalities within blocks/ close friend of our group of engiadjoining rooms. All felt happy Gay Pride in Tel Aviv neers. Sometime, as a community, and safe in each other’s company. we struggle to slowly approach civilisation. Lifelong relationships were formed. Richard Grant I’ve been back several times and am glad to say By email the environment seems as all-embracing and wel-

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I refer to A W Kaye’s critical letter, “Why are Women Exempt”, referring to women and their children being exempt from washing their hands and making a blessing before eating bread and other foods on buses (Jewish News, 21 December 2017). First, the “bread” may be termed as “Mezonot” (made with fruit juice etc), which does not require handwashing, but does require a blessing, which most probably was recited quietly whilst on a bus. Second, if it was bread, perhaps they were holding the bread not in their hands but in wrapping, which under certain circumstances exempts handwashing, especially if there is no access to washing facilities.

May I be permitted through these columns to respond to A. W. Kaye’s letter (Jewish News, 21 December), in which she comments that she often sees women eating bread and other foods on buses, and asks whether they are exempt from handwashing. No, ladies are not exempt from washing before eating bread. I am a frum lady, living in Stamford Hill and, yes, I wear a wig. I often have to eat bread when travelling long distances by bus, and I simply wash before leaving home and eat within the proscribed time. Sometimes I may not even need to wash if I eat a small amount of Mezonos bread. Whatever happened to don lekuf zechus – being non-judgemental?

I’d point the writer to the wise sage Hillel, who patiently answered an “irritating” would-be-convert wishing to learn Torah while standing on one leg, “Do unto others as you would have them do to you – the rest is just commentary – now go and learn!”

Flora Frank Edgware

MY OBJECTIONS ARE VALID My concern with the extremely religious among us is they tend to ignore wise and healthy food laws, which are ingrained in Judaism, have little respect for women and are excused when they fail to show a good exam-

ple to their children. Brian Gordon used cheap personality assessments of myself and Noach Bright (Jewish News, 4 January) to criticise.

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MY POEM AHEAD OF HMD I’d like to share my poem, ‘The power of words’, written to mark this month’s Holocaust Memorial Day. They can rally the spirits A force for the good Powerful and healing For all brotherhood Yet when they’re misused We cannot ignore They can cause hatred And instigate war Tyrants pick their words with care

Throwing principles of scorn Inciting peaceful men to hate Their depths of being torn Hitler and his henchmen Spread loathing of the Jew Through lies and propaganda Till Germans thought it true Nazis, too, annihilated Those disabled and those gay In camps of death with furnaces That set the skies ablaze

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Headteacher role is that of a careful train driver ANTHONY WOLFSON



ver the past few months, I’ve been asked a number of times how the Ofsted inspection process looks from a leadership perspective. I imagine it might be a bit like being expected to drive a train that you have just jumped on while it is already moving. The train is full of passengers and staff, some seated, some standing, and needs to be set on a course firmly enough to get to your required – but continually altering – destination, and gently enough to not adversely jolt the passengers. Educational leadership shares common factors with business leadership but it also has its own special flavour. WC Fields said “never work with animals or children” on the basis that both are too unpredictable and, if you add into this the plethora of legislative requirements and external influences affecting schools, it makes for an interesting cocktail.

Jewish schools face this and more with an even bigger number of factors to consider. We have, in the main, an exceptional record of spiritual, moral and cultural education as this is incorporated into ethos of a Jewish school. The Jewish studies curriculum brings so much to enhance the secular curriculum and it provides a wealth of educational opportunities, making our students very used to discussion, debates and, as they get older, analytical thinking. I have found working in a Jewish school brings a breadth to the educational package on offer and the benefits gained far outweigh any additional challenges. There is no more precious cargo than other people’s children and, as educators, we feel that responsibility every day. Similarly, there is no single way to turn a school around. We must make decisions for pupils whose needs are diverse. Some strategic decisions can be made over time. Other decisions have to be immediate and, to continue the metaphor, like any driver, you have seconds to make a decision that will impact all aboard. Driving

THERE’S NO CARGO MORE PRECIOUS THAN PEOPLE’S CHILDREN. WE ALL FEEL THAT RESPONSIBILITY DAILY a school forward involves analysing what needs to be done immediately and what can be best served by collaborative decision-making, which will bring all the stakeholders on board. Educational leadership is a quirky combination of seeing the pride of a child who has just learnt something for the first time or comes to show you a special piece of work, juxtaposed with being shut in an office for meetings to discuss the direction of a train whose engine handles differently on different days of the week.

Moving a school forward involves knowing that both of these aspects of a headteacher’s day are really important. Being a visible presence around the school is as important as strategic decision-making and both must go hand in hand. It also requires flexibility of approach owing to the unpredictability of life in a school. Our recent Ofsted report was a great testament to how everyone worked together in such a dynamic situation – but once Ofsted has come and gone, our train is still hurtling forward at full speed and we cannot sit back. I now find myself as the headteacher of the children of some of my earliest pupils, bringing an additional warmth. I draw on the benefit of years of experience, excellent contacts and the confidence to know when to consult with others as well as the continual sense of responsibility. At the beginning of my teaching career, we travelled on the blue British Rail trains; now we are entering the era of HS2. The trains are expected to go so much faster now, taking so many other factors into account. It’s a real privilege to be in the driving seat.

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Orthodoxy cannot continue alienating LGBT community EVE SACKS



he recent Court of Appeal decision in the case of “In the matter of M (Children)” overturned the High Court decision in “J V B” to give transwoman “J” contact with her children. This case was a timely reminder that the Orthodox community cannot ignore LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people in its midst. In recent weeks, 25 Orthodox rabbis in Golders Green, Hendon and Edgware banned their congregants from visiting JW3 owing to the occasional presence of a support group for LGBT families called Imahot v Avot. It should not surprise these rabbis to know that a number of the LGBT parents attending the JW3 group were brought up in the Orthodox community, although most have now found more inclusive and accepting Jewish communities as adults. The current outcry against teaching about

same-sex marriage and LGBT relationships in Orthodox schools as part of the British values curriculum misses the crucial point; that the percentage of children in these Orthodox schools who are LGBT is likely to be similar (or higher, see the 2013 study at Brock University which showed that having more older brothers increased a man’s chances of being gay) as the percentage in any other school. To deny this is just to sweep the issue under the carpet. LGBT children in the strictly-Orthodox community are being brought up in a hostile environment and are often encouraged into arranged marriage at a young age without regard for their sexuality or gender identity. It seems obvious that these children need an LGBT education more than any other group as they won’t have time and space as young adults to figure out who they are before they find themselves married and bringing up children. There have also been claims that forcing schools to teach the British values curriculum is contrary to religious values, and hence is in conflict with the freedom of religious practice

LGBT ISSUES ARE NOT AN ABSURDITY THREATENING ORTHODOX JUDAISM under Article 9 of the Human Rights Act. The M (Children) case seeks to clarify the point; that everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, either alone or as part of a community. However, there is a limitation to the right to practice one’s faith when it’s necessary to protect the legal rights and freedoms of others. So Jewish schools aren’t exempt from this legislation, and Jewish organisations such as synagogues cannot discriminate against those who are LGBT, even if they believe it to be sinful or otherwise wrong.

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Transwoman “J” is not the first person to find themselves an LGBT person trapped in an unhappy marriage in an unforgiving community. She won’t be the last, either, so a real effort and enthusiasm is needed by the whole Jewish community to ensure that the Department for Education (DfE)’s British values curriculum, as well as the proposed requirements for sex education, is rolled out to all Jewish schools to ensure the future generation of British Jewish LGBT adults can live happy and fulfilled lives, regardless of the Jewish community they are part of. It’s time for these rabbis to stop blaming others, including the DfE. LGBT issues are not an absurdity threatening Orthodox Judaism. In Israel there are shomer Shabbat gay and lesbian families bringing up their children as religious Jews, attending religious schools. Orthodox communities will be better places when the Imahot and Avot and their children feel so included, welcomed and comfortable that they actually want to live in these communities rather than having to look elsewhere.



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Honouring a sex abuser and shunning his victim YEHUDIS GOLDSOBEL FOUNDER, MIGDAL EMUNAH


n event organised by Chabad Lubavitch UK was held in Golders Green a fortnight ago honouring a Sefer Torah and its donor. Chabad news outlets describe “over 1,000 men, women and children” participating in a “joyous” event. I was made aware of this when a journalist contacted me for my thoughts considering the scroll’s donor, a convicted sex offender, is the man who abused me. I read the article with the accompanying photos and felt the air knocked out of me. There, in the pictures, were prominent members of Chabad Lubavitch – the same Lubavitch that don’t want to include me. This is the community that shunned me. Let’s acknowledge hard truths. There is no way Rabbi Yossi Simon, director of Tzivos Hashem, Dayan Levi Yitzchok Raskin of Lubavitch, Rabbi Mendel Gordon, mashpia of Yeshiva Gedolah Lubavitch, Rabbi Y.M Hertz, head of Yeshiva Gedolah Lubavitch, Rabbi

Menachem Junik Rov of Beis Gavriel, Rabbi Dovid Katz of Chabad West Hampstead and Rabbi Gedalia Lieberman of Heichal Menachem can claim they did not know who was donating this Torah. After all, it was printed clearly on the widely-circulated flyer. However, they seem to have made a collective, conscious decision to attend the celebrations, be photographed at the event, follow the procession down Golders Green Road and present the donor with a plaque. This sends a clear message to me and countless other victims and survivors of sexual abuse in our community – if you speak up, if you report your abuse to the police, you are not supported, you are not welcome. Moreover, there’s a possibility that the man who abused you will be more welcome in the community than you are. This is especially true as my family was ostracised after I reported my experiences to the police. Rather than instant condemnation of this behaviour of Chabad Lubavitch UK, the Board of Deputies issued a statement about “remorse” and “genuine repentance” of offenders, closely

followed by the Jewish Leadership Council using the moment to boast about its member organisations having “robust policies” in safeguarding. This is everything that is wrong within our community. Safety does not stop at policies. They need to be implemented. There needs to be somewhere to refer cases to. There needs to be a professional system in place that handles disclosures. Updated safeguarding policies are the very basic requirement of our institutions. I refuse to believe humans can really be that thoughtless. More so when it is those in leadership roles in communal organisations. Where is the leadership for victims of sexual abuse? We deserve and expect more. Not in my name will victims not matter to those with power to make a change. Members of our community, I implore you. Use your

voice and stand with me. NOT in your name. “A convicted sex offender is honoured and celebrated while his victim continues to be shunned” is what the headlines should have read. Instead they said “Torah completed by convicted sex offender rejected by Chabad in Golders Green” (Jewish News) and “Golders Green Lubavitch rebuff offer of Sefer Torah donated by sex offender” (Jewish Chronicle). Somehow Chabad Lubavitch UK has managed to flip their shameful behaviour into a “praise Chabad” moment. It’s worth noting that Chabad Lubavitch UK kept the Torah for two weeks and only “rejected” it after the media outrage. Without the public protest from survivors and advocates, this embarrassment would have passed unnoticed.


I’m heading back to UCL to finish what I started HEN MAZZIG



ctober 2016, University College London (UCL). I’m rushed out of the school in a “London police coat”, escorted by officers, as 150 protesters riot outside the venue where I had been due to speak. The event was hosted by CAMERA on Campus UK (The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting). There are horrific images and videos from that night, when a violent mob blocked me and my audience in a room, broke through the windows to get in and attempted to shut down my event. Various groups supported this violent mob and labelled me a genocidal war criminal. The UCL Friends of Palestine Society claim to have participated in the organisation of this violent protest owing to my service in the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), which they describe as “an army of war criminals”. In reality, my service in the COGAT unit revolved around humanitarian co-operation

with the Palestinians. Recognising the discrimination that took place during my last visit, the UCL administration has invited me back to the campus to speak to the Provost, students and faculty later this month. While I applaud UCL for this brave step, I do, however, note that the attendance has been restricted to UCL students and staff, ignoring the fact that the majority of those wishing to attend are members of the Jewish student community, which spans multiple universities across London. Prohibiting the attendance of the very minority that was attacked during my 2016 UCL event, and limiting public advertising in fear of protest, is inherently impeding freedom of speech. Free speech is not free if it must be hidden. Universities must celebrate and facilitate discourse and, if necessary, should take appropriate security measures to counteract violent protest rather then attempting to silence it. Jewish speakers should not have to

PROHIBITING THE ATTENDANCE OF THE VERY MINORITY ATTACKED IN THE FIRST PLACE IS IMPEDING FREEDOM OF SPEECH hide their identities or location for fear of protests or, worse, violence. UCL is responsible for ensuring that instigators are restrained, and speakers and audiences can engage in discourse safely. The UCL Friends of Palestine Society frequently hosts events that are open to all students, despite the deeply controversial nature of some of their speakers. The same should be true for Israeli speakers. There is no excuse. The same group that shut down my freedom of speech in 2016 has once again

publicly discriminated against me. Again they cite my nationality and my IDF service as the reasons against giving me a platform to speak. Little do they know that my role was responsible for saving lives and building bridges between Israelis and Palestinians. Meanwhile, the UCL Friends of Palestine Society continues to claim that I’m a war criminal. Three Jewish student groups created a petition, #NotOnOurCampus, urging UCL to oppose discrimination and ensure that I will be able to share my story and engage in dialogue without violent disruption. Much of this column is based on their ideas as I come to support these students and I hope that you will, too. This event should serve as a strong message that the Jewish community will not be abused – not in the streets and not in universities. We will not cave in to hatred. We have learned the lesson from our past. No matter how rainy it’s going to be in London in two weeks time, I’ll be at UCL and will share my story and that of my country.

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Community / Scene & Be Scene


The Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) took to the football pitch yesterday morning to faced a team from The AllParty Parliamentary Football Group. The friendly charity game was played to raise money for HET in what is the charity’s 30th anniversary year. The nominated charity of the UK parliamentary football team for the match, HET ran out 2-1 winners in a game that was refereed by former Premier League official, Dermot Gallagher.


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One of the community’s most dedicated volunteers has left Saint Francis Hospice after 30 years. Evelyn Dalton, who is also vice president at South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue, began raising funds for the charity before it opened to patients and was the proud recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award for “helping make things happen” at the hospice for more than 25 years. Evelyn, who turns 80 this month, is retiring to spend more time with her partner and family.

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Eight United Synagogue shuls have taken part in 12 cooking sessions as part of Light Up a Life, a programme organised by US Chesed Department and Tikun. Recipients include vulnerable shul members, the homeless, and mothers and children who have experienced domestic and sexual abuse. Tikun speakers spoke of the importance of kindness and leaving a better world for the next generation. US Chesed’s Michelle Minsky said: “Chesed at the US is all about helping both our own and the wider community and this is one example of putting that into practice.”

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Sacks Morasha JPS students Sophia Shababo and Sophie Lunzer raised more than £2,000 for Chai with a sponsored haircut. The tenyear-olds said: “A lot of people will know someone who will need the wonderful support of the Chai Cancer Care teams and we want to help make that happen to its maximum potential. We would like to thank everyone for their generosity and overwhelming support.” The girls also donated their hair to Zichron Menachem to make wigs for children who have lost their hair during treatment.





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Former Tottenham Hotspur vice-chairman David Buchler (pictured right) was appointed chairman of the Friends of Israel Opera (UK) at a reception held at the residence of Israel Ambassador Mark Regev (second right) and attended by Lord Grade. Buchler replaces Victor Faux (left), who steps down after 14 years, prior to making aliyah with his wife, Susie.


Zakery into the community. Pictured with Rabbi Richard Jacobi, who blessed Zakery, the service, which was musically based, included some prayers demonstrated in sign language, allowing all to join in. The synagogue’s Merle Muswell said: “It was a lovely service and so nice seeing four generations of family altogether for such a blessing.”


Bushey Synagogue enjoyed a visit from the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Will Hobhouse, accompanied by his wife Kate and the mayor of Hertsmere, Cllr Charles Goldstein. Traditionally representing the monarchy in all matters relating to law and order, he discussed Bushey’s interfaith, charitable and outreach programmes with Bushey’s Senior Rabbi, Elchonon Feldman, synagogue chair Sas Ezekiel, and volunteers. He also saw their Torah Scrolls, including those rescued from Czechoslovakia after the Holocaust.




Laura Marks and Deborah Nathan were elected co-chairs at the annual general meeting of AJWO, the Association of Jewish Women’s Organisations. At the event at West London Synagogue, a presentation of We Were There Too, about London Jews in the First World War was made by Paula Kitching and Louise Scott. Pictured (from left): Laura Marks and Deborah Nathan, Paula Kitching, Anne Lyons (ex-chair) and Louise Scott.

Pupils at Wohl Ilford ­ ewish Primary School, J including Year 4’s Lola-Belina Sullivan and Ruby Caplin (pictured) took part in the Enabling Enterprise Challenge Day, which developed problem-solving and leadership skills. The pupils made their own future transport models, sharing ideas and leading their own teams.

8 FOUR GENERATIONS Four generations of the Jones family gathered at East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue to welcome baby

Central Synagogue, together with the Spiro Ark, recently hosted 92-year-old actress Thelma Ruby, who performed her one-woman show That’s Entertainment. Born to a Jewish family in Leeds, she was evacuated to New York during the war and has spent her life in the theatre. She is currently starring alongside Jack Dee in the ITV series Bad Move, and played Golde, opposite Topol, in Fiddler on the Roof. Proceeds from the evening were collected for the Israel Guide Dog Centre for the Blind.

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STARTING FROM FRIDAY 26TH OF JANUARY 2018 Simon Marks Jewish Primary School is starting ‘stay and play’ sessions for 2 year olds. These will be held every Friday between 9.00am and 11.00am. This provision is free. This is a great opportunity for young children and parents to get together and use our Early Year’s facilities and getting young children ready for school. If you are interested in joining us for any of these events then please contact the school office on: 02088066048 or alternatively you can email us at info@simonmarks.hackney.sch.uk We look forward to welcoming you to Simon Marks.



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‘My batmitzvah was my only profitable show!’ Francine Wolfisz speaks to Family Guy star Alex Borstein about her new role in the hilarious The Marvelous Mrs Maisel


hether it’s turning up at a comedy club with freshlycooked brisket, drowning sorrows with a bottle of Palwin No. 10 or joking about “shrimp in the egg rolls” at the wedding banquet, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel never fails to deliver hemische humour in every scene. This week the punchy Amazon show from Gilmore Girls’ creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and producer husband Daniel Palladino about an America-Jewish housewife in the 1950s picked up a Golden Globe for best television comedy. Rachel Brosnahan, who also took home the best actress award, stars as the eponymous Miriam “Midge” Maisel, an upper-middle-class New Yorker who has it all – until her failed stand-up comic husband Joel (Michael Zegen) dumps her just hours before Yom Kippur. Embarking on a drunken rampage, she heads to Greenwich Village and spontaneously takes the stage at her husband’s comedy club. She leaves nothing unsaid during her ribald act – or unseen after reveaing her breasts. The show also stars Tony Shalhoub, Marin Hinkle and Kevin Pollak, as well as Alex Borstein, who plays Midge’s misanthropic manager Susie Myerson. Borstein is no stranger to comedy, having starred in the American comedy sketch

show, MadTV, before landing a long-running role as gravelly-voiced Lois Griffin on the animated series, Family Guy. When The Marvelous Mrs Maisel came along, the 46-year-old actress was happy to sign up to a show that tapped into her Jewish roots and recalls the script “just felt like home to me”. “It felt comfortable and familiar and that was nice,” says the 46-year-old Chicago-born actress, who today lives in Barcelona. Known for her droll manner, Borstein continues: “The most attractive thing to me about playing the part of Susie was the shoes. I only choose roles now based on the level of comfort my feet will experience. Oh, and the hat, too. A hat means very little time having to have your hair done. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the writing of the show and the character were a pretty big draw as well.” Setting the show in the 1950s appealed to Borstein, who describes the era as “a pivotal time in my family’s history.” Her Budapest-born mother Judy first arrived in the United States shortly after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, having survived the Holocaust. While the 1950s brought “some good things: the hula hoop, the microchip and the beginning of the civil rights movement”, for Borstein’s mother and grandmother it was a decade they were simply “busy surviving.” The talented actress, who shares two children with former husband Alex Borstein voices Lois (second from right) in Family Guy

Alex Borstein as Susie Myerson and above with co-star Rachel Brosnahan

Jackson Douglas, acknowledges their experience ultimately changed her own outlook on life. “My mother is a child survivor of the Holocaust. Her mother was a survivor of the Holocaust. Being the daughter and granddaughter of survivors made me a survivor. “It also gave me a great drive to have children, to bring people into the world to hear their story and continue to tell it.” She reveals her mother and grandmother partly-influenced her portrayal of Susie, a brusque lady, who has not enjoyed the same comforts in life as Midge and is in many ways also a “survivor” of her tough environment.

As for Borstein’s empathy with Susie working in live comedy, that’s omething she knows plenty about, having started out her career on the stand-up circuit. “The hardest part about performing in front of a live audience and making them laugh is performing in front of them and trying to make them laugh,” quips Borstein. She adds: “I can’t say if being Jewish has influenced my comedic side, but it has afforded me many holidays on which I could practice my public speaking. Each Passover was an opportunity to perform and the batmitzvah was my first one-woman show. It was also the only profitable one-woman show I ever did.” Away from The Marvelous Mrs Maisle, the actress is best known for her role as Lois Griffin on Family Guy, which reaches a milestone 300 episodes later this month. “Family Guy has been a gift,” adds Borstein. “Not a day goes by that I don’t realize how lucky I am. Not just to be a part of such a long running show, but to be an active participant in a show of its high quality. It makes me laugh every time I read and record a show. And that is so rare. The writers are so, so talented and Seth is incomparable. It’s a privilege to work with him.”  The Marvelous Mrs Maisel is available to view on Amazon Prime Video



Jewish News 11 January 2018

Lifestyle / London culture

Exhibition celebrates British iconoclast who saw the light British artist David Bomberg declared that until he travelled to Jerusalem in 1923, he had “never seen the sunlight before”. The self-described “poor boy from London’s East End” was captivated by the Old City’s distinctive light, landscape and architecture, which he then expressed in a series of topographical panoramas, including his 1925 paintings Jerusalem City and Mount of Ascension. This was also the first time Bomberg had worked outside, and he went on to reflect his love of Jerusalem light and limestone with particular subtlety in his versions of Hezekiah’s Pool. In the four years that he spent in the Middle East – in Jericho and Petra as well as Jerusalem – he produced realistic, detailed landscapes. But Bomberg’s palette did not just reflect the outdoors. In 1925, during Easter week, he had himself smuggled and hidden in Jerusalem’s Armenian Church of St James, where he witnessed and painted the ceremony of the Washing of the Feet. These paintings form part of Bomberg, a small, well-curated retrospective of his life and career – the first in more than a decade – at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. The exhibition, which runs until 4 February before travelling to Ben Uri Gallery and Museum in June, marks the 60th anniversary of his death and features more than 70 works in just five rooms. Largely

chronological, it illustrates the development and diverse output of this significant modernist painter. At the entrance to the exhibition, an early self-portrait of the young Bomberg stares out with a striking look of defiance. His direct, unwavering gaze is full of ambition and confidence. Bomberg is now regarded as one of the leading British artists of the 20th century, whose work is collected by both museums and private collectors — yet for most of his lifetime, he was subject to critical neglect and he died in 1957, little known and penniless. Born in Birmingham in 1890, Bomberg was the fifth of 11 children to Polish-Jewish immigrant parents. In 1895, the family moved to Whitechapel, where he was part of a group of Anglo-Jewish artists and writers called the ‘Whitechapel Boys’, who were all children of Eastern European immigrants and included Jacob Kramer, Mark Gertler and the only ‘Whitechapel Girl’, Clare Winsten.

David Bomberg’s Jerusalem, City and Mount of Ascension

Bomberg initially attended evening classes with Walter Sickert before studying at the prestigious Slade School of Art, receiving financial assistance from the Jewish Education Aid Society to do so. During his time there he was thought of as a “disturbing influence” by his tutors and too radical in his approach. Although not a member, he was drawn to Vorticism — an avantgarde movement that was partly influenced by Cubism and which celebrated the energy and progress of the modern world. He went on to produce work that had stylistic similarities to the group, conveying his Jewish East End culture and heritage. This is perhaps best expressed in his dynamic and abstract painting, Ju-Jitsu, inspired by a Japanese form of self-defense practiced in an East End gym by Bomberg’s brother, Mo. With his career on the ascent, Bomberg was sent to serve in the First World War. Despair led him to injure himself in the foot and his traumatic service was followed by an unsuccessful experience as a war artist. Bomberg articulated his post-war disillusionment in his bold, almost brutal, well-known piece, Ghetto Theatre, Theatre that is paired here, for the first time, with its study. But in the final version, instead of the acid yellow used in the study, dull reds and browns dominate and the painting exudes weariness. Instead of the stage, Bomberg focuses on the poorly dressed audience, whose hunched, tense bodies and tight-lipped but expressionless faces are suggestive of society’s deep cultural malaise, say co-curators Sarah MacDougall and Rachel Dickson. The Whitechapel Boys often went to the Yiddish theatre and these works serve as further examples of Bomberg’s strong engagement with his Jewish identity and background. His Jewishness is also seen in Family Bereavement, his response to the sudden death of his mother, and the picture never left his easel. Within the dark scene, a yahrzeit memorial candle is set next to the figures – one of which is allegedly Bomberg. Despite his invitation in the 1920s to record Jewish settlement activity

All photos courtesy of Pallant House Gallery

Jewish painter David Bomberg always went against the grain and died destitute, but joined the British canon shortly after, says Anne Joseph

Above: Bomberg’s famous painting, Ghetto Theatre, 1920. Inset: Portrait of David Bomberg Painting by Henny Handler

in Palestine by Sir Muirhead Bone, a Scottish artist who approached him on behalf of the Zionist Organization, Bomberg was not a Zionist. The trip was, in fact, driven by the need to escape poverty. Following the war, it had been difficult for Bomberg to make a living and he had worked as a graphic artist for Yiddish journals as well as making posters and advertisements. But, according to MacDougall and Dickson, the professional opportunities offered by the period in the Middle East went largely unfulfilled owing to his temperamental nature and his unsuitability for reportage. His hankering for sunlight took him to Cyprus briefly before returning to his adored Ronda, in Spain, with the aim of establishing an art school. This became another failure and his final years were spent producing compelling landscapes and portraits, with some of his last works being especially introspective, particularly the fiery, orange-hewed Talmudist. Although there are no obvious Jewish symbols, its subject appears to be in deep concentration, similar to a religious scholar.

The exhibition concludes with Bomberg’s haunting, dramatic last self-portrait; a stark contrast to the early, self-assured one. It has been said that Bomberg wore burial shrounds in the painting — he was very ill during this time — and, says MacDougall, he seems to have an awareness of his impending death. His face is almost concealed but the black, red, brown and orange streaked picture shows him holding his paintbrushes. He died in relative obscurity, near starvation, of cirrhosis of the liver, in St Thomas’ Hospital in London – only to be revered a day later in an obituary in The Times newspaper for his “independence of vision”. Bomberg’s reputation soared after his death and, a year later, the British Arts Council organised a retrospective. He is remembered as an artist of remarkable verve, varied style and considerable influence.  Bomberg: Touring Exhibition runs in Chichester until February and arrives at Ben Uri Gallery and Museum, London, in June. Details: benuri.org.uk

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ELEGANCE, LUXURY, AND VIEWS TO DIE FOR! Spirit from developer Y H Dimri offers stylish boutique living in Netanya The exterior boasts beautiful gardens

Spirit from Y H Dimri overlooks the Mediterranean and is located within the stunning Iris nature reserve, in Ir Yamim, Netanya


estled between the Mediterranean and the beautiful Iris nature reserve, and just a 20-minute drive from the bustling city of Tel Aviv, the Spirit apartment project in the luxurious neighbourhood of Ir Yamim in Netanya offers residents a high standard of living and access to a full range of conveniences. Spirit is a luxury building project by Y H Dimri, one of Israel’s leading construction companies. Alon Toledano, head of marketing at Dimri, says: “In 25 years in the market, we have earned a reputation for being reliable, innovative and committed to the highest building standards.

“We understand that buying an apartment is one of the most important decisions you can make, so we ensure that we are available to offer support every step of the way.” One of 30 residential, commercial, industrial and hotel projects that Y H Dimri is currently constructing and designing around Israel, Spirit comprises three magnificent towers that represent a new standard in quality living. Standing at 14, 16 and 17 storeys respectively, the buildings are not the tallest, but maintain a boutique feel. Each one comprises between 52 and 61 apartments, most of them with four-bedrooms, and penthouses of 200 square metres with a 60 square metre balcony. All of the free-standing buildings have their own underground parking with two parking spaces allocated to each apartment, an elegant, furnished lobby and gym, fitted out with the most up-to-date equipment and

accessible to residents via entry chip any time of day or night. The garden, common to the three blocks, boasts beautiful landscaping and water features. “Although we are building apartments, it’s important to us to maintain a feeling of space and privacy for our residents,” says Alon. “We have designed each apartment with no shared walls. High ceilings, large windows and 80cm x 80cm floor tiles add to the feeling of openness. A storeroom and balcony offer additional storage and living areas. “These features are complemented by stylish fittings. The luxury kitchen has a built-in oven unit and double sinks can be fitted on request. “Bathrooms come with quality ceramic tiling, and wall-mounted toilets with concealed tanks.” The high-tech spec of the apartments includes top-of-the-range integrated air conditioning, electric window shutters, closed-circuit TV

intercom, and computer network infrastructure, telephone points and TV connections in each room. Spirit is being built as a sophisticated, environmentally-friendly development that complies with the City of Netanya’s residential building code and the American LEED standards for green building. LED lighting runs throughout the buildings, while large double-glazed windows both make the most of natural light and offer insulation from the elements. Step outside of any of the buildings and you find yourself on Netanya’s Blue Promenade, a pedestrianised walkway that leads directly to the sea. “Spirit is ideally placed to be close to a world of amenities,” says Alon. Nearby is Netanya’s modern shopping mall, restaurants, cinema, an IKEA and supermarkets, as well as basketball and tennis courts and the local country club. If you’re looking for a community, there’s a choice of synagogues, a community centre, religious and secular schools. With the first two Spirit buildings already underway and due for completion in 2019, Dimri is offering buyers a great deal: you pay just 20% of the purchase price up front, with the remaining 80% financed by an interest-free, non-index-linked loan. For the first 10 apartments, or until the end of February 2018 (whichever is first), a special offer applies: those who can pay 80% of the purchase price will receive a rental rebate of 5,000 NIS per month for a year. In short, whether you’re looking for your next home or an investment opportunity, Spirit is the answer. • For more details on Spirit, Ir Yamim, Netanya, email Alon Toledano at alon@dimri.co.il or call +972 52 4448866

From left: Each luxury apartment is designed with high ceilings and large windows to add to the feeling of openness; inside the residents’ gym; a view from the balcony


Jewish News 11 January 2018


Lifestyle / Travel

Life’s a beach

Barry Borman enjoys the sun, sea and sumptuous Shabbat meals on offer in Herzliya


ou can’t write an article just about one meal,” my wife advised. However, pushing forward the boundaries of investigative journalism – it’s a terrible job, but somebody’s got to sample the food – I’ve done it anyway. In urgent need of some R & R, we headed for Israel, Herzliya and the Dan Accadia Hotel, a 1950s icon beautifully updated by an exquisite multi-million pound refurbishment. It’s ideally located overlooking the seafront, bounded by enticing glimpses of Tel Aviv’s skyscrapers to the south and the cliffs and hotels of Netanya to the north. Inland, Herzliya is a big name high-tech industrial area; even on the coast it isn’t really a resort as such, just half a dozen or so hotels, a range of luxury apartments and villas and Israel’s largest marina, with 700 berths and many jaw-dropping millionaire yachts. This is surrounded by several excellent kosher meat restaurants, the best of which is Bistro 56, serving mouth-watering steaks and burgers (and terrific apple crumble). For culture vultures, a trip to the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art is recommended, where you can engage with installa-

tion art and digital media, as well as enjoying air-conditioned respite from the heat outside. You can also visit Beit Rishonim, the Founders’ Museum. Its varied exhibits trace the life, history and culture of the area, with particular emphasis on the connection between Herzliya and Theodor Herzl’s dream. Herzliya’s main asset, however, is its stunning beach, set behind several rocky breakwaters, with kayakers and surfers (mainly young children having lessons) gliding the shimmering foam and the sunbathing well organised in clutches of brightly coloured recliners beneath welcoming umbrella shades. Constitutional walks on the sand, with the warm Med caressing your toes, are obligatory. From the hotel’s high belvedere, perched above its extensive palm-fringed grounds, you can watch Herzliya wake up early morning, the walkers and joggers adjusting their “fitbits” on the boardwalk (think LA’s Venice Beach, minus the posing bodybuilders) or be amazed as the azure sea engulfs the sun’s ruby bauble at sunset. After heating up in the plus-30 temperatures, a dip in the near Olympic-sized pool is a refreshing cooler, the ideal place to luxuriate while swallows flit above in acrobatic displays.

Clockwise from top: The sea view from Dan Accadia’s porch at night; the hotel’s lobby and one of the bedrooms

You can also work out with a personal trainer or have a treatment at the well-appointed spa. At breakfast, while most diners consume the massive amounts on offer inside the dining room, it’s a no-brainer to take in the fresh air of the outside decked terrace, eavesdropping on the waves lapping the manicured sands. This is an Israeli breakfast, so you get eggs cooked before your eyes “as you like them”, homemade olive and tomato breads, a cosmopolitan cheeseboard, shakshuka, burekas, herring and mackerel (schmaltz, smoked and sundry other variations), together with half a dozen varieties of cheesecake, all bolstered with a Middle Eastern harvest of fresh veg and fruit. Talking of food, we now move to the main event, the Friday night Shabbat meal. The word “banquet” doesn’t do justice to the “eat as much as you like” delights of this lavish buffet. To begin with there’s chopped liver and chicken soup, surrounded by “help yourself” bowls of kreplach and kneidels. Also on offer is a vibrant display of salads, the like of which is rarely glimpsed west of

the Israeli coast. The mains stations comprise, of course, roast chicken like Booba made, but there’s also lamb shank softly cajoled off the bone by the server, delicious meat strudel and entrecote roast beef, sliced hot onto your already-heaped plate. And forget the concept of the dessert trolley; this is an opera, a ballet, a symphony of sweet-toothed enchantment. I would estimate some 30 divine creations, of which, perhaps, 25 involved chocolate in one form or another, all exquisitely presented. There’s also the opportunity to “build your own” ice cream cornet, together with lollipops and liquorice laces gracefully draped over their containing glass bowls. While not cheap, this is nevertheless an experience not on any account to be missed – in fact, having once partaken, you’ll dream about it until the next time you find yourself with a spare Friday evening in Israel. So, if you’re looking for a “chilled out” seaside holiday with guaranteed summer sunshine, far removed from life’s daily grind, and if you happen to like food , Herzliya’s the place for you.


The view of Dan Accadia Hotel from Herzliya beach

Barry stayed at the Dan Accadia Hotel (danhotels.com), where double rooms including breakfast start at £250 per night. Easyjet (easyjet.com) flies from London Luton to Tel Aviv from £167 return.

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Orthodox Judaism

Torah For Today


What does the Torah say about... No-fault divorce

RABBI BORUCH BOUDILOVSKY “Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has not made me a slave.” This blessing, recited daily, is consistent with the intense, almost obsessive Jewish commitment to freedom. The Torah encourages the observance of Pesach, ‘the time of our freedom’, in terms unprecedented in almost all other biblical festivals. When the process of freedom is described in this week’s Parsha in the context of God’s conversation with Moses, multiple words are used to illustrate the liberating experience: ‘I shall take you out,’ ‘I shall rescue you,’ ‘I shall redeem you,’ ‘I shall take you to Me,’ ‘I shall bring you to the land’ (Exodus 6:6-8). Many of the biblical commandments are ‘in memory of the exodus from Egypt’. We are commanded to remember the Exodus every day of our lives. Indeed, the Torah frowns on the Jewish slave who voluntarily enters slavery beyond the minimal term. Judaism’s efforts in developing our awareness of freedom remind us that


freedom can easily be lost. Even when we live in free societies, a luxury much of the human population still does not enjoy, our freedom is too often lost in abusive relationships, uncompromising work conditions, addiction, poverty, mental health problems and so on. Judaism is aware of how vulnerable freedom really is and how it must be appreciated and protected. But it also asserts that as free people we must become worthy of our freedom. Freedom in Judaism is not only an elementary human right, it is a calling. It not only enables but obliges us to shape our lives with covenant, values, compassion, justice, and truth. When we bless God for not being slaves, we are inspired to conserve our freedom, as well as employ it, thereby becoming worthy of this beautiful gift. I hope, trust, and pray that we will all be blessed with freedom and the wisdom to use it gracefully.

The MP Richard Bacon has proposed a change to the law on fault-based divorce. So, what is the Torah view on this? The Torah clearly states that should a man find a “matter of nakedness” in his wife, he writes a bill of divorce setting her free of him, and she can then be free to go and marry someone else. Does this mean that a married woman needs to behave adulterously to achieve a get? Rabbi Akiva’s view is that she need only “burn his dinner”, seen as


 Boruch Boudilovsky is rabbi of Young Israel of North Netanya

a euphemism for withdrawal during sexual intercourse. Ultimately, such behaviour indicates that at least one partner is unhappy to be intimate with the other. If this is what Rabbi Akiva meant, then the definition of rabbinic grounds for divorce extends beyond the question of who did what, to what the marriage looks like. In Jewish law, the Talmud accepts the grounds of a husband’s repulsiveness (“Ma-ees Alay”) to his

wife, a purely subjective judgment, as legitimate grounds for divorce. Thus, once marriage is no longer workable, a Beth Din should process a divorce to remedy a situation that is now morally unacceptable – that two people who do not want to be together are forced to stay that way. Seeking blame for the marriage breakdown is usually damaging for the divorcing couple and, if there are children, for their future. In many if not most marriage breakdowns, both sides carry a measure of “blame” of some kind, but the result is the same: the marriage needs to end. For dignity’s sake, why not take the option of “irretrievable breakdown” as the only grounds for divorce? As a rabbi, I support Richard Bacon.  Ariel Abel is Padre to HM Armed Forces and rabbi of the Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation






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Progressive Judaism

The Bible Says What? ‘You shall have the fear of God’ BY RABBI AARON GOLDSTEIN In our communities we often talk about how we are inspired by God and, in our prayer, about how we love and praise God. But one emotion we don’t often talk about these days is fear of God. Yet in the Torah, and subsequently in the list of 613 mitzvot, we find an injunction to ‘yirat shamayim’. The English translation of this phrase includes ‘fear’ or ‘awe of Heaven’. Our generations have focused on the former, ‘fear of God’, the phrase our rabbis used being ‘yirat haShem’. Fear is generally a negative term. It has also many Christian overtones. While we know that Jews are not averse to ‘guilt’, the austerity and orthodoxy of Christianity contributes to adverse phrases such as “I’ll put the fear of God in to you.” Such a reading does God a disservice. So does the often-heard term ‘God-fearing’.

To be so pious with regard to ritual law – in relation to God – can lead to religious anxiety; passing up opportunities to engage positively in the world for fear of upsetting God. Liberal Judaism errs towards an ‘awe of God’ understanding instead. Yirah expresses an appreciation of the miraculous in the everyday and having a sense of awe and gratitude for the gifts that we have been given to affect the world. In the words of The Liberal Jewish Synagogue’s senior rabbi, Alexandra Wright: “It is tremble at the mystery, majesty and beauty of creation in wonder, appreciation and resolve to confidently use our freedom in God’s service so all know to love God.” For me, awe wins over fear every time.  Aaron Goldstein is senior rabbi at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue

Progressively Speaking What should the Jewish community prioritise in 20-Chai? BY RABBI LAURA JANNER-KLAUSNER While 2018 is not the Jewish new year, it has Jewish significance. When converted into Hebrew letters using the system known as gematria, the number 18 is equivalent to the word “chai”, “life”. In spite of the turmoil of recent years, looking to our tradition still gives us hope that this year to come will be better than the last – a year into which we can infuse life. So, what should our priority be to make 20-Chai a reality, not just a gematria coincidence? How can we breathe life into the year ahead? It isn’t a new thought to suggest that we need to strengthen our communities. Last year’s JPR report showing synagogue membership falling gave new life to a conversation we have been having for decades, if not longer. We must dedicate thought and action into giving those who choose not to join our communities a reason to change their minds. This

is a hugely important task. However, I believe there is another group which is easily ignored and deserves at least as much of our effort. As well as those who choose not to be members of our communities, there are those who would choose to take their place, but who find that they can’t. We need all Jewish communities to be places of inclusion with no excuses. We like to believe we open our doors to everyone, but it is without question that there are people we are still excluding. Are we enabling people of all abilities to access our community? Are we making accommodation for

people of all gender identities? Are we being proactive in understanding what we can do to make everyone feel welcome, even if we don’t yet have a person in front of us asking for changes to be made? Every person is created b’tzelem elohim, in the image of God. Judaism has always at its heart been radical in its statement of equality. It is an equality we expect to see in the world around us and, now, it is an equality we need to take into our own hands and ensure our communities reflect. Wherever we are not taking steps to welcome all, there are people looking at our communities and seeing our doors closed to them. We must make the first move. 2018 needs to be a year of Chai – of Jewish life for all. Especially those currently excluded from it.  Laura Janner-Klausner is senior rabbi to Reform Judaism




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been trading for more than 40 years, we have global contacts for any quality jewellery, diamonds, watches and silver so, for the items you are frightened to wear/ keep, you will receive a good offer from us. As for the items you wish to keep and want to bring back to new, we also offer a jewellery polishing and restoration service. With regards to your gold sovereigns, we will always pay the top market price, as we always need stock for our gold investors. Feel free to make an appointment to come into our Hendon Lane showroom, and we can sort out all your queries. We are open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm.



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SOCIAL WORKER CAROLYN COHEN Qualifications: • Supports couples dealing with infertility and reproductive health. • Strictly confidential helpline. • Specialist medical support and information. • Counselling for individuals and couples and educational events. • Expert medical advisory panel.

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ELAINE KERR Qualifications: • Able to draw on the expertise of Norwood’s professional staff team, including social workers, educational psychologists, drug and alcohol specialists, speech & language and occupational therapists, teachers, psychologists, benefit advisers. • Expertise in services available for children and their families and young people with special educational needs, and adults with learning disabilities.

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SHANTI PANCHANI Qualifications: • Experienced Designer with more than 25 years’ experience in German and English kitchens and have supplied kosher-friendly kitchens for more than 10 years • We provide a full circle approach from designing, supplying and installing your new kitchen including appliances and speciality worktops. • We deal with suppliers who are flexible in design.

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STEVE WAYNE Qualifications: • Owner of Benjamin Stevens established in 2004 with offices in Edgware and Bushey and dealing with all surrounding areas. • Specialist in buy 2 let investments and managing lettings portfolios. • Deals with residential sales locally and an expert on all things property in North West London. • Partner at Frederick George & Co

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Yavneh Primary School, on the site of Yavneh College, is seeking highly motivated, talented practitioners to play an important part in the growth and development of our new two-form entry school. As an inspirational and ambitious practitioner, you will help take our school on the journey to outstanding. This is a unique opportunity for individuals with a passion to drive forward teaching and learning in EYFS or KS1 and to work as a small team – but have a big impact. To request an information pack contact: admin@yavnehprimary.org call 020 8736 5580 or visit www.yavnehprimary.org Visits to the school are warmly welcomed and encouraged. Closing date for applications: midday Monday 22nd January 2018. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Jewish Cultural Advisor An exciting vacancy has become available in Norwood, taking a key role in shaping the programme of events and opportunities for people we support to express and celebrate their Jewish identity. Working closely with people we support, service colleagues and the Norwood Rabbi, the Jewish Cultural Advisor will provide the following important functions: •Training staff to understand Jewish culture and tradition •Creating links with the wider Jewish community •Supporting the celebration of Jewish festivals, and good practice across all Norwood services The successful candidate will demonstrate an advanced understanding of Jewish culture and be supportive of the whole range of approaches and levels of observance that are expressed within the modern British Jewry. Key to success will be working with and influencing a range of people and communities, and above all a commitment to supporting people with learning disabilities, families and children with special educational needs to access culturally appropriate services that celebrate their Jewish identity. If you would like to be considered for this opportunity, please apply with your CV and cover letter to jobs@norwood.org.uk Closing date: 31st January 2018 This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure. Patron: Her Majesty The Queen. Registered Charity No: 1059050.

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Faithfold A 4 Temple Fortune A 0 NL Raiders B 5 Los Blancos 0 Redbridge B 4 Scrabble 0 P W D L F Dif Pts Faithfold A 7 6 1 0 31 17 19 Oakwood B 6 4 1 1 21 11 13 NL Raiders B 6 4 0 2 19 8 12 Redbridge B 7 3 1 3 19 6 10 Scrabble 8 3 1 4 19 -2 10 Redbridge C 8 3 0 5 18 -1 9 Los Blancos 6 2 1 3 11 -8 7 Temple Fortune A 10 1 1 8 15 -31 4


MGBSFL DIV TWO Bayern Mincha 3 Hertswood Vale 0 Catford & Bromley P Faithfold B P FC Team 1 Fairlop FC 4 Mill Hill Dons 2 Straw Hat Pirates 0 Real Hendon 5 NL Raiders C 1 P Mill Hill Dons 8 Bayern Mincha 9 FC Team 9 Catford & Bromely 9 Straw Hat Pirates 10 NL Raiders C 10 Hertswood Vale 10 Real Hendon 9 Fairlop FC 6 Temple Fortune B 9 Faithfold B 11

W 7 6 6 5 4 4 4 3 3 2 1

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

L 1 2 3 3 4 5 5 4 2 7 9

F 32 24 38 25 22 31 19 21 20 10 15

Dif Pts 18 21 6 19 18 18 9 16 -1 14 7 13 -7 13 -5 11 17 10 -32 6 -30 4

MASTERS DIV ONE NL Raiders London Lions A Chigwell Athletic Brady Maccabi A Scrabble HMH

P 8 7 6 7 9 7

W 7 4 4 3 1 1

D 1 1 0 0 1 1

L 0 2 2 4 7 5

F 28 27 27 14 14 8

Dif Pts 21 22 9 13 15 12 -12 9 -18 4 -19 4

EHRS Stonegrove London Lions B Marshside St John’s Wood Glenthorne Temple Fortune Hendon Harriers Brady Maccabi B

P 9 5 8 8 6 7 5 8

W 8 4 3 3 3 2 1 0

D 1 0 2 2 1 0 0 2

L 0 1 3 3 2 5 4 6

F Dif Pts 40 30 25 32 26 12 32 4 11 19 -8 11 18 -5 10 9 21 6 6 -14 3 12 -21 2

EXCEL LEAGUE: HMH Cobras 5 Brookmans Park 4



HMH Negev 4 HMH Tel Aviv 1 Hendon United Green 5 BPR 4 HMH Eilat 2 Hendon United Red 5

Edgware Tigers Orange HMH Negev Edgware Tigers Black Hendon Utd Red HMH Tel Aviv Hendon Utd Green BPR Alyth HMH Eilat

PW 10 9 10 8 10 8 10 5 10 4 10 3 10 2 10 1 10 1

JUNIOR RESULTS WATFORD FRIENDLY LEAGUE: U16 – HMH Raiders 4 Hendon Utd 2, Lions White 3 Northwood 1, Lions Blue 2 Harvesters East 1 U15 – Lions Blue 1 Hendon Youth 0, Lions White 3 Bury Rangers 0 U14 – HMH Galaxy 3 St Albans Rangers Blue 0, Lions Blue 1 Hendon Utd 0, Lions White 4 Berkhamstead 2 U13 – Omonia Youth Silver 7 HMH Galaxy 4, Lions White 3 Berkhamsted Raiders Red 1, Lions Blue 3 Borehamwood Youth Crusaders 0 U12 – HMH Wanderers 4 Oakhill Tigers Falcons 2, HMH Dynamo 5 Bushey & Oxhey 4, Lions White 0 Whetstone Wanderers Lions 4, Lions Green 2 Brady Maccabi 2

D 1 1 2 4 4 5 7 8 8

L 0 1 0 1 2 1 1 1 1

Pts 27 25 24 16 14 10 7 4 4

MGBJFL: U12 – Coby Snyder (Hendon Red) U9 – Joseph Perl 4 (HMH Tiberias), Alex Bloom 5, Blake Kaye (both HMH Herzliya), Shai RosenbergWhyte, Ari Herman (Hendon Yellow) U8 – Josh Socker (HMH Haifa), Freddie Forman 5 (HMH Tel Aviv), Aviv Stafler, Eitan Aharonovich, Yossi Cohen (all Hendon Red) U7 – Yishai Awad, Rafi Tatz (both Hendon Red), Abraham Cohen 4 (NWLJ) WATFORD FRIENDLY LEAGUE: U16 – Daniel Hoff (HMH Raiders)

Bolle’s on the ball for London Lions FOOTBALL A first half header from Adam Bolle was enough to send London Lions into the final of the South Midlands League Division One Cup. Described by manager Andy Landesberg as a “huge performance”, the 1-0 win at promotion rivals Baldock Town was earned by Bolle’s strike– his 20th in 13 games since re-joining from Aveley and – a strong defensive display, with James Harpin in goal pulling off some superb saves. The winning goal arrived just 15 minutes into the game, when Jake Furman and Liron Mannie combined, the latter whipping in a super cross for Bolle to head home. The Rowley Lane held on to reach their fourth final in three years – where they will face either league leaders Southall or Ampthill Town.

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Beit Shvidler trio top sports table Three pupils from Beit Shvidler Primary School topped The Elms National Championship Leaderboard for SeptemberDecember 2017. Scoring children on performance, attitude, work ethic, teamwork and improvement from extra curricular activities they take part in, Avital Levine, 11, finished ahead of more than 4,000 participants, winning

£100 and one term’s free sports course. Ayelet Bloch and Gila Youngerwood, both 10, finishing second and third respectively, winning £75 and £50, together with the free sport course. Eliezer Segal, PE Lead at BSPS, said “We’re thrilled with and very proud of the girls’ achievements in fitness, social skills and teamwork in school sports clubs and PE lessons.”



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Street dance – for 3-to-5-year-olds 15 Jan – 3.50pm www.jw3.org.uk 11th Edgware Cub Pack 15 Jan – 6.30pm-8.00pm office@edgwareu.com Israeli dancing at Menorah 15 Jan – 7.30pm-9.30pm israelidancing@menorah.org.uk Table tennis at Golders Green shul 15 Jan – 8.00pm-9.30pm office@ggshul.org.uk

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Mosiac Reform’s weekly walk 16 Jan – 10.00am-12.00pm office.hems@gmail.com Israeli dancing at Ealing Shul 16 Jan – 8.00pm-10.00pm office@ealingsynagogue.org.uk Community fitness club 18 Jan – 9.30am office@muswellhillsynagogue.org. Saatchi & Young US ski trip 24-28 Jan More info: ngoldberg@theus.org.uk


Panel discussion – Tackling mental illness 16 Jan – 7.30pm www.jw3.org.uk

Footballers’ tribute to Donnie A group of eight teenagers played their part when taking part in a charity football match to raise money for Donnie’s Fund. The charity was set up in memory of Donnie Berenblut, who born with a lifelimiting condition, tragically passed away after just 142 days. Edgware (pictured) took on a Hendon team, with their organiser Sam Ucko, saying: “Our motivation was

to help a new charity which we think could really have an impact and make a real difference.” Other fundraisers for the

charity will include nine girls taking part in a sponsored haircut. Donnie’s parents, Ruth and Marcel said: “We’re so grateful to the footballers and girls and everyone else who raises money on behalf of Donnie’s Fund or makes a donation. As a small charity, we will make every penny count and we know we can make a huge impact with the money we raise.” Donate at: http://bit.ly/2CVEDw7

Warren has a splashing time A Norwood supporter who battled a traumatic injury which nearly left him paralysed is set to represent GB at the Winter Swimming World Championships. Warren Phelops suffered the injury from a rugby game in 2002, but having recently completed a sixmonth fundraising challenge, will now represent his country. He said: “Since my injury I’ve been limited to which sports I can pursue, so I can’t do anything high-impact. But I’ve still been very active in sporting challenges.” The 52-year-old raised £500 for Norwood by swimming in Hampstead Ponds every day for six months leading up to Christmas Day, and is now getting set



to swim on the international stage. Hoping the figure will rise throughout the year, he said: “I only hear good things on how Norwood is run and the marvellous things it does for the community. I also think it’s important to support one’s community and I’m particularly interested in supporting those that Norwood cares for – vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities.” Looking ahead to the World Championships, which take place in Estonia in March, he added: “It feels a real honour to be competing at them and all the freezing swims at dawn on Hampstead Heath will be worth it!”

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