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Government funds Auschwitz trips for university students Minister welcomes ‘powerful tool’ for tackling campus anti-Semitism The Government will help pay for an extension of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz programme to include university students for the first time, writes Adam Decker. Under the plan, 200 undergraduates from across the country will visit the former Nazi death camp and return to lead seminars in an effort to target anti-Semitism on campus. Currently the HET works mainly with schools and colleges. The new £144,000 fund comes from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Department for Education, and the programme will be jointly delivered by the HET and the Union of Jewish Students (UJS). Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said Holocaust education was “one of the most powerful tools we have to fight bigotry,” adding that the new programme would “tackle anti-Semitism, intolerance and prejudice on university campuses”.

Students on the Lessons From Auschwitz programme

HET chief executive Karen Pollock said: “Anti-Semitism remains a real challenge on campus and tackling it is crucial. We know how important it is to support those people on the frontline dealing with it day in day out.” She added that the students’ specialised course “will include taking student and university

leaders to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau so they can see with their own eyes where anti-Semitism has led in the past”. UJS president Josh Holt said: “These resources will enable a substantial expansion of student and university leaders receiving the training needed to combat antiSemitism on campus.” He added: “Sadly we have seen a distressing increase in swastika graffiti, Holocaust denial literature and politicisation of the Holocaust on some UK campuses. We are determined to combat this and welcome this significant contribution to our longstanding work bringing students of all faiths and backgrounds together to create cohesive campus communities.” The announcement was made at a Holocaust Educational Trust dinner on Tuesday night, where the BBC’s Nick Robinson spoke, just days before this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is marked across Britain on 27 January. Continued on page 2


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News / Labour fears /Auschwitz project / News briefs

‘No more excuses’ on tackling anti-Semitism There was concern this week over Labour’s handling of future anti-Semitism cases after the long-standing chair of the party’s influential Disputes Committee was ousted by a Momentum-backed challenger. Christine Shawcroft, who was supported by the influential grassroots group Momentum, beat Ann Black by 22 votes to 15, just one day after three Momentum-backed candidates won seats on Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC), consolidating leader Jeremy Corbyn’s position. The appointment matters because the Committee Shawcroft now chairs has the power to progress anti-Semitism cases to Labour’s highest internal body, the National Constitutional Committee (NCC), members of which have the power of expulsion. Lobbyists were rattled with the surprise move, with Jennifer Gerber, director of Labour Friends of Israel,

saying: “The hard-left has spent two years denying Labour has a problem with anti-Semitism. They must not now be allowed to stifle investigations into it or action to combat it.” Black, who was elected on the Grassroots Alliance slate, is the only NEC candidate to have received more than 100,000 members’ votes, and the vote to replace her has been “a wake-up call for the soft left”, according to Richard Angell, director of Progress, which takes more centrist positions within Labour. However, Jeremy Newmark, chair of the Jewish Labour Movement, said he had met Corbyn’s advisers “to share concerns” and had been assured that Shawcroft had no intention of stunting the progression of cases of anti-Semitism. “It is our understanding that all of the recommendations placed before the committee yesterday on anti-Semitism cases were either adopted or strengthened,” he said. “We also understand


CLEMENCY DENIED FOR AUSCHWITZ GUARD Former Auschwitz guard Oskar Groening, 96, ordered by Germany’s highest court to serve his prison sentence for his role in the murder of 300,000 Hungarian Jews at the concentration camp, has had his plea for clemency refused. Groening was convicted and sentenced in 2015 to four years in jail. Wiebke Bethke, a spokeswoman for the prosecutors’ office in Lüneburg, told news agency epd yesterday: “The clemency request has been denied.”

CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST HBFS MAN Christine Shawcroft was elected chair of Labour’s Disputes Committee

that the committee addressed our complaints that serious disputes are currently taking far too long to conclude.” Over the next few weeks, the NCC will consider a number of high-profile cases of alleged anti-Semitism, including former Momentum vice-chair

Jackie Walker. “The results will send an important signal to the Jewish community,” said Newmark. “Having strengthened its rules at Party Conference last year there can be no further excuses for failure to deliver a gold standard in acting on anti-Semitism.”

Police have dropped a fraud investigation against a Manchester rabbi who heads an investment firm. Benji Silverstone of HBFS Wealth Management was arrested in December on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud in the wake of other arrests at the company. HBFS’s managing director Freddy David is on bail on suspicion of fraud and money laundering.

Government to fund more Auschwitz trips Continued from page 1 The Board of Deputies also welcomed the news. A spokesman said: “HET and UJS have been facilitating visits to former Nazi concentration camps for some years now, and with

tangible effects, because the only way to fight prejudice is through education. This new funding will make a material difference by enabling students to learn about the tragedy of the Holocaust with

LESSONS FROM AUSCHWITZ IN NUMBERS  More than 34,000 people have participated since 1999.  27,000 of these are student Holocaust Educational Trust

Ambassadors, along with some 7,000 teachers.  More than 1,350 schools and colleges from across the UK participated in the programme in 2017.

























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HET leaders said they hoped the 200 university students on the new scheme, which is not directly linked to its Lessons From Auschwitz programme, would return to run seminars for up to 7,500 UK students. The Jewish Leadership Council’s Simon Johnson said he welcomed the announcement of the government’s support for the expansion of the scheme to support universities in tackling anti-Semitism. He added: “This issue was raised by the UJS president

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their own eyes, which is the most effective means of education. The Secretary of State is to be congratulated for committing funding to this important project.” Since 1999, more than 34,000 students and teachers have taken part in HET’s ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ project, which is based on the premise that “hearing is not like seeing” but, until now, it has only been open to 16 to 18-year-olds, most of whom have been sixthformers.

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Night Of Heroes / News

Vote for the community ally you want to see honoured at Jewish News’ Night of Heroes

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Some of Anglo-Jewry’s greatest supporters in politics, the media and education have been shortlisted in the communal ally category of Night of Heroes. In front of a 400-strong audience of politicians, celebrities, community leaders and members, the Jewish News-LABS event next month will honour those whose inspirational actions, dedication and bravery rightly earn them the title ‘hero’. Among the nine awards to be presented on the night will be one to someone outside the community who has used their voice to fight anti-Semitism and delegitimisation of Israel or

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in some other way supported British Jews in the media, politics and beyond. From 10 incredible finalists – whittled down from nominations received – it is now down to a public vote to decide who is named the winner of our community ally award, spon-

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sored by the Gerald Ronson Family Foundation. The vote is open for just one week, until 5pm on 24 January. Justin Cohen, news editor of Jewish News, said: “We may be a community of just 300,000 people, but there are no shortage of friends on whom we can rely,

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many of whom we’re delighted to recognise as Night of Heroes finalists. “All 10 deserve this award so I don’t envy the decision now facing our readers.” More than 250 nominations were received for Night of Heroes. A total of nine awards will be presented during the glittering evening in central London, with most winners being decided by our panel of judges drawn from the worlds of politics, media, business, charity and showbusiness. The panel is made up of scriptwriter Ivor Baddiel, MP Luciana Berger, CCJ trustee Zaki

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Cooper, Now Teach operations director Libby Dangoor, Crossrider CEO Ido Erlichman, broadcaster Nick Ferrari, Jewish News editor Richard Ferrer, journalist Paul Kendall, City Hall director of external affairs Leah Kreitzman, fundraising consultant Ben Morrison, event company boss Hilary Newmark, education specialist Hayley Ronson, entrepreneur Emma Sinclair, talent manager Jonathan Shalit and Jewish Women’s Aid co-chair Hilda Worth.  To have your say go to nightofheroes.co.uk/vote One vote per person.


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Last-ditch bid to reunite Yemeni Jews with Stamford Hill family Stephen Oryszczuk exclusively reveals the efforts being made to allow a Jewish family trapped in war-torn Yemen to come to the UK Politicians and Jewish community leaders this week called on the government for “urgent” help to get one of the last Jewish families left in wartorn Yemen to London to reunite with Stamford Hill relatives. Supporters of the family say they are “subject to persecution” as efforts build to help facilitate the arrival of the six family members, including the mother, father, three girls and the father’s mother, who has just turned 70. Their plea for help came as the United Nations said last weekend that the Yemen conflict “has created the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, a crisis which has engulfed the entire country”. Supporters say the family are “living in appalling conditions and their lives are in danger” and that the Home Office has advised that the family needs to apply to come to the UK, but the visa application centre in Yemen is closed.

Jewish News has seen the names and dates of birth of the six family members, two of whom are under the age of 18, who are seeking refuge in the UK, as well as copies of legal opinions discussing how best to help. A spokesman for the family said: “We understand that no special procedure will apply to them and that they need to make a valid application to come to the UK. However, we hope that, given their particular plight, this will be considered favourably.” The fighting has brought the country to its knees, with enormous bombing damage to infrastructure. The only way out is currently by flying to Russia, but the UK does not accept applications for refugee status made outside of the UK. Lawyers have said they could make an Article 8 application for entry clearance to come to the UK, and that any decision-maker would need to consider whether refusal would breach the family’s rights, or the rights of their

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London-based sister. Brandon Lewis, who had until last week was immigration minister, was asked to consider whether “exceptional circumstances” exist in this family’s case, with legal exceptions having previously been made for Kosovan refugees and the Vietnamese boat people. The situation in Yemen is extreme. Top charities said this week that three quarters of people there now need humanitarian assistance, including 11.3 million children who cannot survive without it. Two thirds do not have enough to eat and 16 million do not have safe water or proper sanitation. Most lack basic health services. Ivan Lewis, the Jewish MP for Bury South who is currently suspended over allegations of sexual harassment, previously proposed a special programme for Yemeni Jews while he was a junior minister in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at the end of the last Labour government, but this was never implemented. “Without some such policy decision having been made before they travelled out of Yemen, it would be foolish for the family to leave,” said

Levi Schapiro, director of the Jewish Community Council in Stamford Hill, who is among those pushing for help. “These is, unfortunately, no indication these three girls will be treated in a similar way to others fleeing persecution. We continue to hope that ministers can help find a way to bring this family to London to be reunited.” Speaking to Jewish News, MP Andrew Percy said he had met with immigration ministers and “repeatedly raised the case of these remaining Yemeni Jews”, as yet to no avail. “They are living in a very dangerous environment and we desperately need to get them out of the country,” he said. “So far, we have been assured that they will be able to seek to apply to enter the UK if they can leave the country and claim asylum at a UK Embassy, but this is not an automatic guarantee that they will be allowed in.” He added: “I’m calling on the government to make special provision for this small group of people who live with the daily threat of attack.”  Editorial comment, page 13



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Children [not related to this article] affected by the ongoing crisis wait to receive food from a charity food distributing centre in Sana’a, Yemen

Senior Sephardi Rabbi Joseph Dweck has resumed his Hendon lectures to the applause of hundreds. Dweck, criticised for a controversial talk he gave, began his new series at the London School of Jewish Studies with a study of the Rambam’s Hilkhot De’ot, which gives guidelines for personal development. He thanked his community as well as Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis for their support, saying: “I was delighted to see all those who had come to share Torah.”

MP: LABOUR SHOULD JEWISH WOMAN LOSE ANTI-ZIONISM IN BEAUTY FINAL Students are planning to counter the annual Israel Apartheid Week across British campuses with a Peace Week, on the initiative of a US-based pro-Israel group. The plans were laid out as students gathered in Parliament with lobbyists to hear a Labour MP say her party should abandon anti-Zionism. Joan Ryan MP, chair of Labour Friends of Israel, was speaking at an event organised by US-based StandWithUs to promote free speech on Israel.

A Jewish woman has qualified for the final of Miss Germany. Tamar Morali, 21, won the title of Miss Internet over the weekend, which qualifies her to compete against about 20 other women who have won in other categories to become Miss Germany. Tamar was chosen among the 10 contestants in the final round by a panel of celebrity judges, as well as in online voting, following evening gown and bathing suit competitions as well as a personal interview.

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Lottery grant / Twitter storm / Kapoor donation / News

Willesden Jewish cemetery gets £1.7million lottery grant Willesden Cemetery was this week celebrating a successful end to a two-year funding battle, after being awarded a £1.7m National Lottery grant to open as a public heritage site. The United Synagogue (US) was given the money from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to open the Victorian site – the only Jewish cemetery to be listed on the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. The grant forms the bulk of a £2.3 million project

“to put the cemetery on a sustainable footing for the future,” with heritage honchos acknowledging that it is still little-known outside the Jewish community. Among the 29,800 graves are pioneering scientist Rosalind Franklin and Tesco founder Sir Jack Cohen, and Stuart Hobley, head of HLF London, said the cemetery was “an incredibly important part of Jewish, London and national heritage”. The project will begin this spring, and organisers said the


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This Sunday’s episode of BBC1 drama Call the Midwife focuses on a bereaved Jewish family. Those featuring include Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld of Western Marble Arch Synagogue and the Shabbaton Choir’s Simon Hochhauser.

British sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor has given £725,000 ($1million) in prize money to charities working to alleviate the refugee crisis, including that run by former UK foreign secretary David Miliband. Kapoor, an Indian-born Jewish artist, won the annual Genesis Prize – nicknamed “the Jewish Nobel” – in

2017, but said this week he would be giving his prize to five non-governmental organisations. Among the major recipients is David Miliband’s International Rescue Committee and the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, Help Refugees, and Hillel International.

Landlord Union under fire for Auschwitz pic The Landlords Union came under fire this week for using a picture of Auschwitz to illustrate a news release about policies against rogue landlords. The image first appeared on the union’s property118. com website two weeks ago, but was The Twitter post that sparked complaints only removed on since removed the image. Monday. A post In addition to the apology, with the same image also Patterson made a donation to appeared on Twitter. On Tuesday Neil Patterson, the Auschwitz Memorial. He said he was not aware a member of The Landlord’s Union, posted an apology, of the Twitter storm over the saying: “I had no idea that image since he does not have the image I selected was one an account. Patterson added that the of Auschwitz and I certainly didn’t intend to offend the use of the image had also been memorial or indeed anybody reported to Twitter, which emailed the union to say it else.” He said he found the photo was “taking no action on the after searching for the key- basis that we had not breached word ‘prison’ on the Pexels their T&Cs or any copyright or other laws,” according to stock images website. He added that Pexels had Patterson.

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News / Football campaign / Newspaper censured / Coroner controversy

ANGER OVER TORAH AD FROM SEX ABUSER The Jewish Weekly published an advert from the man, who was jailed for child sex crimes

The United Synagogue (US) has criticised The Jewish Weekly for running an advert publicising the dedication of a Sefer Torah from a man convicted of sexually abusing an underage girl. Last month the newspaper published the advert by Menachem Mendel Levy, an Orthodox builder from Golders Green, and his family announcing the dedication of the scroll, loaned to Chabad House. Levy, who served three years in prison for sexually assaulting a member of the Chabad community when she was 14 and 15, never admitted guilt and appealed against both his conviction and sentencing.

He was pictured dancing at the 25 December event, which was attended by rabbis and hundreds of Orthodox Jews, including children. A spokesman for the US said: “The United Synagogue has never, and does not, own or contribute to the running of The Jewish Weekly; however we are disappointed that the paper ran this advert. “The US would urge The Jewish Weekly to urgently review its advertising policy and to properly research those who contribute adverts before they are published.” The publication, which describes itself as “a family paper”, has not replied to requests for comment.

Chelsea stars lead ‘say no to anti-Semitism’ campaign Chelsea Football Club will run a campaign aimed at raising awareness of anti-Semitism. Set to launch ahead of its Premier League game against Bournemouth on 31 January, the initiative, directed at the club’s players, fans and staff, is supported by Jewish owner Roman Abramovich. It is part of an ongoing inclusion programme, through the Chelsea Foundation’s Building Bridges campaign. A statement read: “Everybody at Chelsea is proud to be part of a diverse club. Our players, staff, fans and visitors to the club come from a wide range of backgrounds, including the Jewish community, and we want to ensure everyone feels safe, valued and included.” It added that the club would be working with individuals and organsations in the UK and abroad, including Kick It Out and the Anne Frank House. A group of experts will be backing the campaign. Led by

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club chairman Bruce Buck, the committee includes Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress; Robert Sin-ger, CEO of WJC; and Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice-chairman, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organisations. Others on the committee include Cecilia Wikström, vice-chair of the European

parliament’s working group against anti-Semitism; Karen Pollock MBE, of the Holocaust Educational Trust; Abigail Morris, of the Jewish Museum in London; Dave Rich, of the Community Security Trust; Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO at the Anti-Defamation League; and Lord Levene, a former Lord Mayor of London. Pollock said anti-Semitism

“remains a serious issue in our society”, adding: “Hearing from a survivor, learning about the Holocaust, and understanding what language constitutes hate speech all contribute to a better understanding and greater awareness of what anti-Semitism is and how to combat it.” The WJC said it “deeply appreciates” the efforts made by Chelsea to “raise awareness of the dangerous manifestations of anti-Semitism and racism in sport”. It added: “The value of one of the most prominent sports clubs in the world vigorously leading the charge in addressing this crucial issue cannot be overstated.” The Foundation’s diversity workshops in primary schools will be extended to talk about Judaism. Extra activities during the year will include visits to concentration camps for staff, fans and stewards. The club hopes to welcome survivor Harry Spiro to Chelsea.

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sible of individuals’ views and expectations, including family and community preferences, traditions and religious requirements”. The official guidance, given in response to a question from Labour’s Warley MP, John Spellar, seems at odds with the stance taken by Hassell, whom the Stamford Hill-based Adath Yisrael Burial Society says should be sacked. Hassell, based at King’s Cross, this month insisted that no death would be prioritised on religious grounds. She said insufficient resources were available to provide an outof-hours service, as recom-

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A biography of former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir has been named Book of the Year for 2017 by the Jewish Book Council, one of about 20 honoured as part of the National Jewish Book Awards in the US. Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel, an 800-page work by author Francine Klagsbrun, has been named recipient of the coveted Everett Family Foundation award. [JTA]

A Jewish Labour MP in Manchester accused of sexual harassment has had his disciplinary case referred to the party’s highest internal body. Ivan Lewis, MP for Bury South, said he would “co-operate fully” as his case went to a full hearing of Labour’s NEC, which has the power to kick people out. Lewis said he had “never made non-consensual comments or sexual advances to women”.

BBC Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis has spoken about how a 20-year campaign of harassment at the hands of a former university friend is destroying her life as he was jailed for nearly four years. Maitlis, who is Jewish, said she had been let down by the criminal justice system and Edward Vines’ unwanted attention was upsetting her husband and scaring her children.

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Warrant woes / News briefs / News

Queen’s bra-fitter feels ‘sick’ to have lost ‘gorgeous’ royal warrant The Queen’s bra-fitter has revealed she feels “absolutely sick” that her company has been stripped of the royal warrant following the publication of her memoirs, writes Francine Wolfisz. June Kenton, director of the lingerie firm Rigby & Peller, wrote Storm in a D-Cup last year, revealing how she turned a oncestruggling business into a global success and counted hundreds of celebrities and notables – including the Queen, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret – among her clientele. But just months after the book was released, Kenton received a letter last May informing her that the warrant, which she has held since 1982 and granted to the company since 1960, has been cancelled. The 82-year-old from Bushey Heath confirmed that the letter mentioned her book and said she had personally written to the Queen to apologise. She told Jewish News: “I’ve had the royal warrant for nearly 40 years and

I’ve never stepped out of line. I certainly wouldn’t have written this book if I thought I’d stepped out of line in printing it, but obviously I did. “I wrote the book for the family, for the business and how it’s grown. I did it for all the good reasons and I certainly never said anything about the royal family that I thought was objectionable. But obviously I was wrong. “I feel hugely sad. To have the royal warrant is the most gorgeous thing. It means that you have a certain standard of business, that you are honourable. “We are the same as we always were, we are still honourable and we still never discuss what goes on in a fitting room with any customer – ­ let alone the Queen.” Rigby & Peller said in a statement: “The Royal Household Warrants Committee has decided to cancel the royal warrant granted to Rigby & Peller and Mrs June Kenton.


KEY HAMAS TERROR TUNNEL DESTROYED The Israeli military has destroyed an attack tunnel built by the Hamas terror group that stretched from the Gaza Strip into Egypt. Military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said the mile-long tunnel ran underneath the Kerem Shalom border crossing, Gaza’s main point of entry for humanitarian aid. He said Israeli jets struck part of the tunnel and a new set of sophisticated “tools” destroyed the rest. There were no casualties. It was the third tunnel targeted in the last two months.


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“Rigby & Peller is deeply saddened by this decision and is not able to elaborate further on the cancellation out of respect for Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Warrant Holders Association. “However, the company will continue to provide an exemplary and dis-

creet service to its clients.” Buckingham Palace said it did not “comment on individual companies”. Kenton bought Rigby & Peller with her husband in 1982 for £20,000. The Kentons sold a majority stake in 2011 for £8million. June Kenton remains on the board.

A key figure in the 1943 uprising at the Sobibor death camp has died in Kiev at the age of 96. Arkady Wajspapir killed at least one Nazi soldier during the uprising – the most bold and daring act by Jewish inmates, according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He died on Thursday, the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia wrote in a statement about the Red Army veteran. All of his immediate family was murdered in the Holocaust. [JTA]

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Royal letter / Wingate Prize / Mill Hill vigil / News

Meghan’s thank you for mazeltov When Edna Levi looked through her post last week, she was shocked to find an envelope from Buckingham Palace. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the soon-to-be-married British royal couple, had answered her letter. Edna, who is in her 80s and lives near Leeds, had sent the couple a note of congratulations after their recent engagement. “Dear Prince,” Edna, who is a member of the Leeds Jewish community, had written in her note. “I’m British-born but a member of the Jewish faith and we say mazeltov

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on a happy occasion. This is why I am saying it to you and wishing you well and good health.” Her sentiments left the prince and his American actress fiancée “incredibly touched”, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post. “It really was most thoughtful of you and greatly appreciated,” the couple wrote in response. “His Royal Highness and Ms Markle send you their warmest thanks and very best wishes.” Edna was elated to hear back. “I didn’t think I would get a reply

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Murdered Chabad couple’s son returns to terror scene The young son of a rabbi who was murdered with his wife by Islamist terrorists in an attack in Mumbai in 2008 is returning to India this week for the first time since their death. Moshe Holtzberg, who was two when gunmen killed ChabadLubavitch emissaries Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, accompanied the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is on a visit to India, to open a memorial in their honour. Today, yeshiva student Moshe, 11,

who has been living in Israel since the tragedy, is due to unveil a plaque honouring his parents at Nariman House, the location of the Chabad centre, which was attacked by two Islamist gunmen in 2008. His American parents, who were from Brooklyn, were among six residents killed by the attackers as Indian commandos raided the building. His mother was six months pregnant. The plaque will now serve as the

cornerstone for the Living Memorial to his parents. Nariman House reopened in 2014 and the serving codirector, Rabbi Israel Kozlovsky, said the Living Memorial “is designed to show how every individual has the ability and responsibility to make the world a better place”. The memorial will include the flat where the Holtzbergs lived, the floor where most of the murders occurred, and a reflection garden on the roof, from where one can see the sites of the other attacks in Mumbai, which killed 164 people. They were carried out by 10 men linked to terrorist group Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, nine of

Moshe Holtzberg, above, with the Israeli and Indian prime ministers in Israel last year. Left: His parents, Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg

whom were killed during the attacks. The tenth was executed. During the visit, Netanyahu and

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Abbas tells Trump ‘Shame on you’ as US cuts funding The Palestinian president this week hit out at Donald Trump in a fiery, two-hour speech, saying “shame on you” for his treatment of the Palestinians. He also warned that he would have no problem rejecting what he suggested would be an unacceptable peace plan. The talk by Mahmoud Abbas ratcheted up what has been more than a month of harsh rhetoric toward the American president since his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Relations between Washington and the Palestinians have sunk to a new low, boding poorly for a peace plan the White

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BELGIAN SHECHITA FIGHT Lawyers have lodged a second lawsuit against an incoming ban on non-stunned meat in an area of Belgium, saying the country’s Jews were having their religious freedoms “trampled on”. The latest legal action, citing human rights, was submitted by the Belgian Federation of

Palestinians’ opposition to Trump’s Jerusalem recognition and censured Trump for accusing the Palestinians of refusing to negotiate. “He [Trump] said in a tweet: ‘We won’t give money to the Palestinians because they rejected the negotiations,’” Abbas said. “Shame on you. When did we reject the talks? Where is the negotiation that we rejected?” On Tuesday Trump slashed US funding for the Palestinian refugees by more than half. The State Department put a hold on $65million of the $125million due to UNRWA, which distributes its assistance in Gaza and the West Bank.

Jewish Organisations, the Belgian section of the European Jewish Congress and the World Jewish Congress. It follows a decision by the Parliament in Flanders to ban the non-stun slaughter of animals from 2019, affecting the country’s small Jewish and Muslim communities.

Shul attack arrests Five men were arrested in connection with a firebomb attack on a historic synagogue in Tunisia. Four of the men, aged 19 to 20, were arrested last Friday and a fifth, age 21, believed to be the main culprit in the attack, was arrested on Saturday, the Kapitalis news

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Jewish leaders in the Western Cape have clashed with South Africa’s ruling ANC over Israel’s ban on South African groups supporting the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement. The ANC said the ban amounted to “thuggery”.

UNITED STATES A square in Washington DC, near Russia’s US embassy,

is to be renamed in honour of a Jewish critic of the Kremlin murdered in 2015. Boris Nemtsov, a physicist and liberal politician who was deputy chair of the government and helped to introduce capitalism in the 90s, was gunned down after criticising Vladimir Putin.


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Sana’a to Stamford Hill As we reveal this week, of the 40 or so Jews left in Yemen, six members of the same family are seeking help to come to north London, to reunite with an immediate family member, a woman, who has been granted settled status in the UK. To apply, they first need to get here – easier said than done. The office in Yemen where they would have applied for a transit visa is closed owing to the fighting. There are other ways, but it’s a bureaucratic nightmare. Leaders in Stamford Hill – where the woman is based – say there is a legal route through the quagmire, if only there were political will to see it done. Privately, several community leaders have been frustrated by what they see as a lack of action and proactivity from Brandon Lewis, who was immigration minister until Theresa May’s reshuffle this month. He is now Tory party chairman. The new minister, Caroline Nokes, is seen as someone who may make things happen. It cannot come soon enough. The situation in Yemen is increasingly desperate. The Houthis, a Shia sect from the north that is backed by Iran and hostile to Yemen’s tiny Jewish population, has all but taken power in the country. The family in question has fled the capital, Sana’a, which the Houthis now control, to a small town once known for its flourishing Jewish market before waves of Jews left for the new state of Israel. They need a way out. Let’s hope that Nokes, who has been a friend of the community for many years now, has the wherewithal to address this increasingly urgent need and save some of Yemen’s last Jews. What an addition to London’s melting pot they would be. CONTACT DETAILS Publisher and Editor Richard Ferrer richardf@thejngroup.com Publisher and News Editor Justin Cohen 020 7692 6952 justinc@thejngroup.com Foreign Editor Stephen Oryszczuk stepheno@thejngroup.com Features Editor Francine Wolfisz 020 7692 6935 francinew@thejngroup.com Community + Sport Editor Andrew Sherwood

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HOW WAS TORAH DEBACLE ALLOWED? Escorting a registered sex offender Rabbi Yossi Simon refers to Levy as [Mendy Levy] with the Torah he com“an individual”, as if he isn’t known. missioned in such loud public fashion All nearby communities know he is a was not the best idea (Jewish News, huge Baal Chesed, and like politicians, 11 January). If Lubavitch say they knew perhaps they all have to show face to nothing of the efforts he put into the get his next handout. publicity, they are perhaps missing a The Torah scroll commissioned by way forward to try to get Mr Levy was perhaps destined for back respect. Beis Menachem, Mr Levy’s own synaNo way could Mr Levy have pubgogue, which is in temporary premises lished it in such an outlandish fashwhile the new shul is being built. Beis ion without Lubavitch knowledge or Menachem, which he and his family consent. Torah donation: Levy frequent, is now under the umbrella They got caught in the act and, perof the Federation. haps, didn’t think it through. One wonders whether the Federation looked Could it be that all the rabbonim and families, through the membership list before agreeing who escorted him to local stardom, and were simto take on such a partnership. ply there to show their support to his family, were B Emess By email also probably destroyed by his ugly actions?

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I have written a poem to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, which I would like to share with Jewish News readers. It focuses on the meanings of the letter H... The letter “H” symbolises hatred, and evil acts perpetrated. Against the Jewish people throughout our history, that our enemies still aim for in the 21st century. Hatred that’s driven, and still leads individuals, to try and annihilate Israel and the Jews, such as Haman, Hamas and Hezbollah. But, to date, worst of all was Hitler, Who almost succeeded with his Final Solution,

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to exterminate European Jews, some six million of who perished in the Holocaust, which we commemorate on HMD. But now, the letter “H” for me, Symbolises the word “hope”. In a similar vein, you’ll note, That Hatikvah (meaning “The Hope”) is a Jewish poem And of course, the title of, Israel’s national anthem. J D Milaric By email

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May your stars shine Back in 1967, when my sister and I were students at Liverpool University, we went to Israel and worked on a kibbutz near Haifa. It was known as Kibbutz 27, but its name was Afek. We spent seven weeks there until the Six-Day War broke out. We were evacuated out to Cyprus from Haifa. I wanted to stay, but they wouldn’t let me, plus I had to get my sister home. Now I’m an old man and I look back across the years, I think of it as one of the happiest times of my life. They were days of excitement and change to an innocent young lad abroad for the first time. I loved the people, the places and atmosphere of commitment and hope.

explicit: ‘kiven shelokoh ochicho hu’ (“since he had paid the penalty”). This lady’s hounding of him with all the attendant self-publicity is incompatible with the virtue she seeks to represent.

Your headline statement that “Orthodoxy cannot continue alienating LGBT community” (Jewish News, 4 January) is open to challenge on many levels. There is a primary Orthodox requirement to behave civilly to all of humanity (see Pirkei Avot Chapter 1 Mishna 15) and observe the law of the land when it does not contradict Torah law. The Orthodox community should use the standards of the Torah to govern what is acceptable behaviour to be welcomed and what is not and therefore cannot be. Gay and lesbian issues are not an absurdity, nor do they threaten Orthodox Judaism, but equally they are not within the Torah’s halachic framework.

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Tell the people of David, never give up. Never give way and never give in. There are more people with you than against you. May God bless you all during these terrible times we live through, And may your stars always shine.

Brian Joseph Coughlan Staffordshire

LEVY ALLOWED TO DO GOOD The campaign pursued in your columns by Yehudis Goldsobel against her offender, Mendy Levy is highly objectionable. The matter has been ­judicially concluded so if Mr Levy wishes to do good by donating a Sefer Torah then so be it. Torah is


WHY BBC DRAMA RINGS TRUE Anthony Waldman (Jewish News, 11 January) need not get too irate about the presentation of an Israeli politician in McMafia as a corrupt international gangster. This is not anti-Semitism or anti-Israeli. We all know, don’t we, that there are, of course, no corrupt politicians in the Knesset. Previous presidents and MKs (not to mention religious leaders) who have done time were clearly traduced and were innocent of all offences.

The series deals with corruption around the world, with gangsters and manipulative businessmen from many countries, with politicians in their pockets. Let’s stick to identifying antiSemitism or anti-Israel bias where it matters, not where, sadly, it has the ring of truth about it. McMafia is uncomfortable, but rings true.

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How shulgoers can help ease stress of soldiers ALEX BRUMMER



he British Jewish community is immensely loyal to and proud of Israel. It is no accident that among Western democracies, until recent times — when France has taken centre stage — the UK has been the biggest source of aliyah. But showing support for Israel and the IDF has become more complex. Israel’s increasing prosperity and leadership in technology makes general financial support, through organisations such as the UJIA, less popular. The tendency is to support individual institutions such as Hadassah and the Technicon and, I hope, UK Friends of the Abraham Fund (which I chair). Showing support for the soldiers in the IDF who put their lives on the line for the safety and security of Israel and the Jewish people every minute, hour and day has been made tougher by the lack of progress on peace. The continued controversy over the West Bank and economic access to Gaza adds to the dissonance. But one should never underestimate the

pressures the IDF is under. Whether recruits work in high-tech monitoring centres watching flight movements, guard the holy places in Jerusalem or have to main security crossings they are always under enormous stress. Recruits stationed on Israel’s northern borders with Syria and Lebanon live with the constant prospect of combat. The pressure on the IDF is constant and unwavering and something which most of us, brought up, educated in the comfort of Britain find it hard to comprehend. One way British Jewry identifies with the pressures on IDF soldiers is through the ‘Peace of Mind’ Combat Veterans programme. Every year, groups of elite Israeli troops, many of them highly secular, come to Britain for respite. They travel with officers and therapists and the objective is to clear their minds and give them a different experience. It is also, in the words of Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld, at the Western Marble Arch (WMA) synagogue, a chance to sojourn with and better understand diaspora Jewry and the little-understood support and admiration for everything that they do. During these visits the IDF soldiers, in twos, are billeted with local families (in the case of

WMA) in central London given them insight into our lives. Their days are spent on therapy and respite programmes. At WMA, their presence will be celebrated with a joyous Shabbaton dinner with uplifting singing from the Shabbaton choir. Some of combatants choose to join the community for Sabbath services although there is no such requirement. Rabbi Rosenfeld tells a touching story from a previous visit. A secular combat veteran, who was never barmitzvah, is called to the law for the first time in his life. He is brought gingerly to the Bimah by a practising Jewish veteran, where he is shown how to kiss the place in the Torah and recite the blessings. It is an emotional high connecting the soldier to generations of Jews. For most of us, exposure to the IDF is a fleeting experience. Even if, like me, there

have been four generations of family members (Shoah survivors, their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren) who have served, we know little about all that they have had to deal with, including the way that their education and lives have been disrupted. Most diaspora encounters with the military have been semi-official, if on a fact-finding tour. Alternatively there is the casual experiences on the fast train from Tel Aviv to Haifa and beyond on erev Shabbat as kids clutching combat weapons, with kitbags in the aisle, head home to be with their families for a few valuable days. Sharing quality time with modern day heroes of the Jewish people in London should be a privilege and mitzvah, never a chore.  Details at http://bit.ly/2DDZZLs


This HMD, consider the power words possess OLIVIA MARKSWOLDMAN



f all the horrific aspects of the Holocaust, I always think the speed with which it came about is one of the most terrifying. In 1931, would any German – Jew or non-Jew – have thought that within 10 short years there would be ghettoes overflowing with Jews, concentration camps constructed and operational, and murder happening on an industrial scale across swathes of Europe, with millions of Jews already killed in ghettoes, camps and forests? The conditions that allowed this abomination to take place meant a cultural and legal embedding of latent (and sometimes, not so hidden) anti-Semitism on a vast scale. Propaganda was deliberately used across every sphere of life – children’s toys, school books, posters in shop windows, newspaper articles and so on – and targeted carefully in differentiated ways at children, young people and adults. Words were used purposefully to stereotype, foster division, whip up prejudice and,

ultimately, to persecute. Without a cultural acceptance of the language and ideas used in these ways and the normalisation of separation and discrimination, the later steps that led to the Holocaust could never have taken place. Of course, words can also be used to achieve the opposite effect: to bring people together, to heal division and to challenge doctrines of bigotry and prejudice. We have inspiring examples from history. During the Holocaust, the White Rose group in Munich resisted the Nazis by challenging their ideology and disseminating thousands of leaflets and posters, motivating students in Hamburg, Freiberg, Berlin and Vienna to do the same. We have also seen how words were used to provide evidence. The Oneg Shabbat archives accumulated milk churns full of written evidence of life in the ghetto: diaries and notes, newspapers, articles, letters and more. Today we are privileged to hear words of testimony from survivors of the Holocaust and from subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Some are able to do this in person, meeting and addressing hundreds of people. Others, such as Denise Affonço, survivor of the genocide in Cambodia,

PROPAGANDA WAS DELIBERATELY USED ACROSS EVERY SPHERE OF LIFE... AND TARGETED CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND ADULTS and Halima Bashir, survivor of the genocide in Darfur, have written their memoirs. This year’s theme for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is ‘The power of words’. We chose this so that we can reflect on how significant and influential words have been in the past – to destroy, to resist, to witness and to bring people together. Today, words are no less important and, with social media, can reach more people and in greater volume than ever before. Sometimes, words are used without fully realising the consequences caused – but on many occasions this hurt and offence

is precisely the outcome sought. Yet at the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust we know that hundreds of thousands of people across the country reject the language of division, and want to come together to commemorate the past, and do more to create a safer, better world. We anticipate approximately 8,000 local activities across the UK to mark HMD this year – an astonishing number of events each bringing together people in schools, communities and organisations in every corner of the country. Find your local event or raise awareness of HMD with your friends and colleagues by sharing our articles and films – you can use your social media posts to spread positive messages and information. Every Holocaust Memorial Day event makes a difference. We reflect for a purpose: to learn about the past so we can create a safer, better world. We learn more, empathise more, and do more. And this year, as we post on social media and talk to our friends and colleagues, we will all be thinking of ways we can use our own language constructively and responsibly. Remember how powerful your words are.

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Chabad can be hopelessly naive about human vice JENNI FRAZER


ike many people who are not part of its movement, I have mixed feelings about Chabad-Lubavitch. On one hand, it is the outreach face of the strictly Orthodox world which does untold good in so many different ways. In December, I was in Ghana with the Chief Rabbi’s Ben Azzai programme, teaching students about acute poverty in the developing world. Even though the programme was run jointly with the Jewish community’s social responsibility charity, Tzedek, I have little doubt that it would have been extremely difficult to run had it not been for the existence of the Chabad House in Accra. Chabad’s presence in obscure parts of the world, on the understanding that there are disaffected Jews whose souls may need saving, has come in handy many times. I enjoyed Chabad hospitality in Shanghai and Beijing; it operates with flair in 100 countries around the world, often in places that

President Trump is pleased to write off with a vulgar epithet. And yet… there is a difficulty with Chabad, an almost wilful blindness about the all-too-human shortcomings of some of its personnel, a worrying willingness to go where money beckons, and — at best — a shocking naivety about unacceptable behaviour and where to draw the line. As it happens I was working in Israel when the Lubavitcher Rebbe died; it took me, and other correspondents, a distressingly long time to get the Chabad spokesmen to admit that he had in fact died. Part of this was because a faction still believed that the Rebbe was the Messiah and thus could not depart this world like other human beings. In the past couple of weeks there have been several examples of Chabad in the headlines which do the movement no credit. One is the case of the former chief executive of Agriprocessors, once the largest kosher meat processing plant in the United States. Sholom Rubashkin was convicted, in 2009, of 86 counts of fraud

THERE IS A BLINDNESS ABOUT THE SHORTCOMINGS OF SOME OF ITS PERSONNEL, AND A WORRYING WILLINGNESS TO GO WHERE MONEY BECKONS and financial mismanagement, and given 27 years in prison. Separately, he was accused and cleared of knowingly hiring under-age labour for the plant, but under his management, Agriprocessors, over the years, was repeatedly accused of legal infractions such as hiring illegal immigrants and breaking health and environmental laws. Rubashkin’s sentence was finally commuted last month by President Trump,

after a long-running campaign by Chabad supporters who lobbied Congress. It may well be that 27 years was a draconian sentence for Rubashkin’s crimes, but a little shame on the part of his Chabad allies wouldn’t go amiss. And talking of no shame, I must sadly turn to the case of Menachem Mendel Levy, the Chabad Londoner who has just served three years in jail for sexually abusing a 14-yearold girl from his community. Yehudis Goldsobel, now in her early thirties, waived her anonymity to speak out against him. Levy, clearly, is keen on rehabilitation and thus on Christmas Day, a parade was held in Golders Green Road marking his donation of a sefer Torah to Chabad. It is scarcely credible that the Chabad leaders in London who praised Levy at the parade did not know who he was or what he had done. So, rejecting the loan, two weeks later, was pretty much the least they could have done. A little less wide-eyed “who me-ism?” and a bit more willingness to deal with the real world would do Chabad no end of good.

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Time has come for MPs to end Hezbollah farce MICHAEL McCANN



t is nearly five years since I led a debate in the House of Commons calling on the Government to proscribe Hezbollah. I listed the full Hezbollah charge sheet; that it regards itself as a single, indivisible entity, its illegitimacy as a political party; allegations of involvement in the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri; attacks in Bulgaria, Cyprus, Bangkok, Baku, Tbilisi, Mombasa, New Delhi and Argentina; its contribution to genocide in Syria and more. I also urged the Government to take decisive action to show the UK stood against terrorism in all forms. In response, Alistair Burt, then foreign office minister, said Britain did not assess that the designation of Hezbollah’s military wing would affect the legitimate political role played by Hezbollah in Lebanon. And there is the problem. You see the UK Government believes that Hezbollah plays a legitimate political role in Lebanon. Now, Lebanese

governance is more complicated than the nine circles of hell in Dante’s Divine Comedy. The overall framework is confessionalism, where high office is reserved for representatives of religious communities and I won’t burden you with a description of the legislative branch. Hezbollah plays a legitimate political role in Lebanon. Really? What legitimate role does it play in Lebanon when its high command takes orders from Tehran? What legitimate role does its private army play in Lebanon? And what legitimate role did it play when it assassinated the Lebanese Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri? British foreign policy attempts to spin all the plates at the same time: to keep the door open for future opportunities, whether that be for peace, business, or both. But there comes a time when your moral compass can’t allow unacceptable relationships to continue. So, I ask the British Government, where is your moral compass? Where is the line between good and evil? When does behaviour

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THERE COMES A TIME WHEN YOUR MORAL COMPASS CAN’T ALLOW A SITUATION TO CONTINUE become so reprehensible that normal relations cannot continue? I say we passed it some time ago. But there’s one thing worse than lacking the courage to take a tough decision. That’s acting tough and delivering nothing. Theresa May made a statement outside Downing Street after the London Bridge terror attack. She said: “While we have made significant progress in recent years, there is, to be frank, far too much tolerance of extremism in our country… so we need to become far

more robust in stamping it out.” Just two weeks after that attack, where eight people were killed and 48 were injured, protestors marched in London waving Hezbollah flags. Hezbollah carries out terror attacks. Sadly, our police officers were unable to robustly identify and stamp out support for extremism that day because they were hamstrung by policy that is out of date and perverse. One protester had a flag with a Post-It note pinned on it that said:“You cannot arrest me because I support the political wing of Hezbollah, not the military wing… this time.” Only one thing has changed since 9 May 2013: Hezbollah has killed more people. On 25 January, a debate will take place in the Commons about the proscription of Hezbollah. The Government can finally accept that the line between practical politics and the battle of good versus evil has been crossed. It’s time to outlaw Hezbollah.  Join the IBA campaign at www.israelbritain.org.uk/JN


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Change to opt-out organ donor rule will save lives LAURA JANNERKLAUSNER



t is said that good things come to those who wait. From Jewish tradition, we learn that it took forty long days of waiting to receive the Torah, our bible. That amount of waiting was a test of faith for the people, even though they were promised that their wait would be rewarded. For people waiting for organ transplants, there are no such guarantees. Today, and every day, three people will die waiting for a suitable donor organ. I cannot begin to imagine the constant tension felt by the thousands on waiting lists in the UK, hoping to win their battle for life. Every life lost is a tragedy, but the pain is only magnified when we know it is a life that we could have saved, if only we had the possibility of an organ transplant. Organ donation is a true enactment of the Jewish value of chesed – translated as

‘loving kindness’, embodying a love which comes from the duty we feel towards one another. It is dedicating our most precious resource, our body, to help someone we will never know, with a benefit we will never see – a truly altruistic act. As a nation built on a tradition of rallying together in the face of adversity, it is unsurprising that the vast majority – 80 percent – of British people would be willing to donate their organs. What may be surprising is that only 36 percent ever register. It’s uncomfortable to consider our

TODAY, AND EVERY DAY, THREE PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY WILL DIE WAITING FOR A SUITABLE DONOR ORGAN own death. Yet this reluctance may stop us from having the vital discussion with our families: those which saves lives. When we are forced to answer the question, most of us want to be lifesavers after we die, but too many of us are never asked, with the opportunity to carry out this special act lost. As it stands, a person has to opt-in to become an organ donor, but the proposal currently being consulted on would see that change to an opt-out system, meaning

that an individual would have to actively decide not to donate his or her organs. Amongst my colleagues in Reform Judaism, there is debate about the merits of this change. Personally, I support it. In Judaism, we are taught that any other principle comes second to saving a life, and that we must not stand idly by when a life could be saved. I am concerned that the current model for organ donation makes standing idly by the default setting. Letting people forget this critical decision may lead to people dying every day when they didn’t need to. By making a change, we can tackle the discomfort and the apathy that surrounds conversations about death, and can get us thinking whilst we have the chance. The end result is what we all want: more transplants being available, saving more lives. This change, to an opt-out system, could force us all to have conversations that for many really are a case of life or death. Those waiting for organs, both now and in future, cannot afford to wait.

Be funny, I’m told, just don’t say you’re Jewish BENNETT ARRON COMEDIAN


recently returned from giving performances of my new show, I’ve Never Told Anyone This, at a theatre in Amsterdam. I’ll be honest: shows I have performed in the past – for example, at the Radlett Centre last year, and my whole run at the Edinburgh Festival – sold out. This one in Amsterdam did not. I was, of course, disappointed, especially as I had contacted the Jewish communities there to ask for their support. I couldn’t work out the reason. I know I may not be a household name – not even in my own household – but I have performed as a comedian on TV, presented two documentaries and written and starred in three radio series. In addition, I’ve had lovely quotes from the press praising my work, including “Genuinely original and funny” from The Times and “A Welsh Seinfeld” from The Guardian. Yet this obviously made no difference. Maybe I just had to accept the fact that no one wanted to see me. I was to find out

that this was true, but not in the way I had assumed. The promoter of the show informed me that mentioning I was Jewish had probably stopped people attending. Now while my ego was happy to accept this reason, I couldn’t actually believe it was true. After the show, I spoke with some audience members – Jewish and non-Jewish – and asked what they thought about this reason for the lack of numbers. Some said non-Jews would not be interested in seeing a Jewish comedian “at the moment”, while others suggested “Jews might not feel comfortable” because of safety issues about going to a theatre where a Jewish comedian was advertised. I was shocked. This was Amsterdam! Then, last month, there was the attack at a kosher restaurant in the city. And, of course, there were “Jews burn the best” chants by Dutch students last year. So maybe there was some truth in it. It’s not the best of times to be a Jewish comedian. Especially one who mentions he’s Jewish within two minutes of being on stage. But although I have had a small number of anti-Semitic comments from

audiences, most of the vitriol of late has been from other comedians, many of whom I have known for more than 15 years and considered friends – real ones, not just Facebook ones. Over the past few weeks I’ve been told that referring to Jews as ‘Yids’ is not offensive and the Holocaust didn’t happen. Most of these comedians are loud supporters of Jeremy Corbyn. Most are also atheists, which is ironic, as their belief in their new leader is much stronger than that of most religious people I know. It used to be that we as Jews feared only the far-right. It now seems we have to fear the far left, too. In the same way that Brexit gave racists a voice and the confidence to speak out loudly instead of hiding in the shadows, so it seems the

Labour Party is giving confidence to the anti-Semites to come forward. And the more that it’s being allowed, the more it will continue. So what should I do? Should I not mention I’m Jewish on stage or in my publicity so as to avoid repercussions or to ensure that people come to my shows? I was bullied quite badly in school, so I vowed I would never bow down to bullies again. So no, I won’t stop. Too many people in the past have suffered to allow me to have a voice. I don’t want to let them down.  Bennett will perform his new show, I’ve Never Told Anyone This, at the Radlett Centre on 31 January. Details: radlettcentre.co.uk



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Seven young musicians from the Jerusalem Conservatory Hassadna delighted audiences when they played at three London concerts. Sponsored by the Jerusalem Foundation, the Conservatory works with Jews and Arabs, including Ethiopian and other underprivileged high school students, and performed twice in Hampstead, with the third concert in Watford. Hassadna Conservatory’s Lena Nemirovsky said: “The music makes a huge difference to the lives of these children from poor socio-economic backgrounds, from all the many and diverse communities of Jerusalem.”

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Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer QC, MP and Israel’s Ambassador to Britain Mark Regev were the keynote speakers at Masorti Judaism’s annual dinner, which was attended by more than 300 people and raised a record £110,000. The event launched both a special appeal to support Marom (Masorti young adults) in Budapest and a Masorti bencher in honour of Chazan Jaclyn Chernett, the first ordained female chazan in the UK.


Two young brothers from Bushey are raising money for Barnardo’s by collecting unwanted stationery for less fortunate children around the world. Joe Pressinger, 12, and Sam, nine, decided to collect pens and pencils after watching a TV documentary on disadvantaged children making do without basic items. Parents Marc and Melissa approached WHSmiths and Rymans – both of which donated stationery – and say they hope to approach other schools to take up the initiative. Melissa said: “We thought so many people must have drawers full of stationery, which would be great for people who do not have these things.”


Kol Chai, Hatch End Reform Jewish Community, officially welcomed Rabbi Naomi Goldman to her new post during a Shabbat induction service. The event was attended by Harrow councillors, Harrow Interfaith and representatives from two other local synagogues. Having begun her duties in September, Rabbi Naomi said: “It’s been wonderful to join this warm, friendly, inclusive community, with its strong traditions of learning, rich living spirituality and its informal approach. I look forward to working with all its members over the coming years, to develop the community even further.”

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Chaverim Youth Organisation held its 26th annual winter camp at Smallwood Manor in the Staffordshire countryside. Attended by 70 boys, Rabbi Eliyohu Pearlman joined the camp for Shabbat, with participants enjoying a range of activities, including go-karting, swimming, bowling, football, and skiing. Reb Shmuel Yosef Davidsohn, Chaverim founder and director, thanked all those involved, including Reb Eliyohu Katz and Binyomin DeLang, who played a major role in running the camp and Reb Yitzchok Kleerekoper, who ran the kitchen.



6 QUIZZICAL WOMEN More than 200 people from 20 United Synagogue (US) communities took part in the US Women’s annual quiz at Cockfosters & N Southgate Synagogue. Kenton took the honours, beating New West End in a tiebreak, while a raffle was also held to raise money for US causes. Jacqui Zinkin, co-chair of US Women said: “The quiz is a fantastic event where our individuals can come together, forging friendships and enhancing existing bonds with members from other communities and areas.”



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7 LILY SHARES STORY Shoah survivor Lily Ebert told passers-by at Liverpool Street Station how her life changed when she, her mother, younger brother and three sisters were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944. The 88-year-old said: “It means so much to me that

I am able to work with Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) to make sure young people know what happened. Young people are the future and I ask them one thing: [to] be kinder to each other.” HET’s Karen Pollock said: “Let’s value these precious eyewitnesses. Sadly, there will be a time when they are no longer with us.”


Corsetière to the Queen June Kenton entertained Camp Simcha guests as speaker at the charity’s Ladies’ Brunch, which raised £65,000. Fitter to several Royals, she spoke of her humble beginnings selling clothes with her husband Harold in Brixton Market and her vivid memory of her first nerve-wracking meeting with the Queen. Britain’s Got Talent finalist and impersonator Francine Lewis compèred the brunch at JW3, which was chaired by Camp Simcha parent Rachael Pollock along with Victoria Joseph.


This year’s Jewish Care Bridge Extravaganza – the 21st edition – raised a recordbreaking £100,000. Held at London’s Landmark Hotel, the money raised will go towards the running costs of the care buses the charity uses to take people from their homes to its centres for people living with dementia. Event co-chair Patsy Bloom said: “When we read about the terrible state of care for the elderly in Britain, I thank my lucky stars we have Jewish Care with its wonderful staff and more than 3,000 volunteers to look after us.”

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Spielberg: Why I had to take on the establishment Francine Wolfisz hears the famous film director and his cast discuss what inspired new film The Post


e normally likes to let his ideas “percolate”. But such was the resonance of a story about a president at war with the media that Steven Spielberg was willing to forgo that luxury and get his new film, The Post, wrapped in record time. His latest thrilling, fact-based drama, released in cinemas tomorrow (Friday), revolves around the unlikely partnership of Katharine Graham (played by Meryl Streep), the first female publisher of The Washington Post, and its editor Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), as they seek to publish the explosive Pentagon Papers. The top-secret document – first leaked to The New York Times in 1971 by Daniel Ellsberg, a military analystturned-whistleblower – damningly exposed how four US presidents over 30 years had repeatedly misled

the public about US involvement in Vietnam, and proved the conflict was in fact “unwinnable”. Even as the government was said to be pursuing peace, the military and CIA covertly expanded the war, costing the lives of 58,220 US service members and those of more than a million others. When The New York Times was threatened in the courts for publishing these damning revelations, The Washington Post took up the mantle – despite the great personal risk to both Graham and Bradlee. Speaking ahead of the film’s release at a press conference in London this week, alongside Streep and Hanks, Spielberg, 71, reveals how he felt compelled to make The Post, despite being in intensive preparation for his forthcoming sci-fi thriller, Ready Player One, and only having 11 weeks Far left: Meryl Streep as the newspaper publisher Katharine Graham in The Post. Left: Tom Hanks as its editor, Ben Bradlee

to devote to the project. The American-Jewish director says: “A lot of my movies take a long time to develop. I buy books and scripts, years go by and I go to other movies instead. It percolates, it comes back into my life. I finally get around to making them, but in my entire span of 49 years professionally directing, I never had a film come together this quickly.” Aside from the parallels between government attempts to silence journalists in 1971 and the recent criticism hurled by the Trump administration against what it calls the “fake news media”, Spielberg was also won over by the personal story of Graham, the daughter of a Jewish financierturned-publisher who was thrust into a world dominated by men. The film-maker explains he was taken with Graham’s “story, her evolution as a real person of real potential power, who did not really have the facility to exercise that power, because she hadn’t quite found her centre of gravity”. He added: “She hadn’t found how to use her own voice.” Streep, 68, who last year marked 40 years working in the film industry, says she immediately embraced the role of this pioneering woman. She explains: “It fell to a woman to hold the line for press freedom when women were excluded from any kind of leadership role in the press. There were no women reporters. It was a different world.”

Graham was a trailblazer in many ways, not only as the paper’s first female publisher, but also as the first female CEO of a Fortune 500 company. While she may have lacked confidence after first assuming the reigns of her family-owned paper, The Post shows how she finally became a woman of enormous courage in the face of the Pentagon Papers. The Washington Post went on to expose Richard Nixon again through Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward’s investigation into Watergate, eventually leading to the US President’s resignation. “Without the courage of Bradlee and Graham, there would not have been enough cojones, combined with women’s intuition, to allow The Washington Post to go after Richard Nixon the way it did,” adds Spielberg. While today’s world looks very different to that of 1971, the panel acknowledges there is still “disparity” between men and women, including

within Hollywood. Spielberg acknowledges there are not enough women directors, but is optimistic this will change and says there are now “many, many women directors telling significant stories and making a real place for themselves”. As for the recent sexual harassment allegations rocking Hollywood, Streep believes a “global, seismic change” is taking place, following the #Me Too and Time’s Up movements. “It is like a hive of bees, there are more and more coming in. Everybody is making honey, everybody is doing the good work. It is a moving thing and that’s good because it needs to fly, it needs to alight on many different industries, many different enterprises ... government, military, the church. “The inequities and the imbalance of power isn’t just in Hollywood. Most heartening is it doesn’t feel like a one off, it won’t go away. ”  The Post (12A) is released in cinemas tomorrow (Friday)



Jewish News 18 January 2018

Lifestyle / Jewish News meets... Samantha Spiro

‘Life won’t be the same for our daughters’ Brigit Grant speaks to Samantha Spiro about her new corset-wearing role – and sexual harassment


t’s a tricky time to be interviewing actresses. With the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns against sexual harassment dominating the news, it’s hard to know whether to raise the issue or just focus on the characters and costumes. “Fortunately,” says Samantha Spiro, “Lady Windermere’s Fan makes it possible to discuss both.” Samantha is about to star in the Oscar Wilde play, alongside Jennifer Saunders and Kevin Bishop. The first thing to flag about this production is that it’s directed by a woman – the actress and comedian Kathy Burke – who offered Samantha the role of the notorious Mrs Erlynne and is so far proving to be a joyous experience. Spiro, best known as difficult Auntie Liz in Simon Amstell’s Jewish sitcom Grandma’s House, says: “Kathy and Wilde are a brilliant combination and she is so kind, generous and open.” For the record, Spiro adores the stand-up Simon; he only has to utter the words “Will you...?” to her and she always does, she says. “That is how I ended up being a singing cow in Carnage, his mockumentary about veganism.” From lyrical bovine to Lady Melessa Tarly in series six of Game of Thrones, it’s a CV that confirms her chameleon-like talent for capturing Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn and Golda Meir in Sky’s Psychobitches and Barbara Windsor in the biopic Babs. Born in Whitechapel and raised in Mill Hill, Spiro’s father was

I RAN A MILE FROM PORTRAYING JEWISH PRINCESSES BECAUSE THEY MADE MY SKIN CRAWL in the rag trade before going into property, but longed to act and passed the dream on to his daughter. In the early days, there were numerous offers to play the Jewish princesses, but Spiro rejected them all. “I ran a mile because they made my skin crawl, but I never turn down the chance to play an authentic Jewish character, because they are much more interesting,” she explains. She also has Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! at Regent’s Park, along with Wesker’s Chicken Soup with Barley under her belt. Married to an actor-turned-corporate film-maker, Spiro has two young daughters and, although she is not religious, Friday night dinner at her parents is a must – but not for the next three months. Until April, she will be strapped into a corset as Mrs Erlynne and command the second half of a play she had never read and now loves. “I’ve had the opportunity to discover it, and the way it deals with strong women

Above: Samantha Spiro will star in Lady Windermere’s Fan, along Fan with Jennifer Saunders, left, pictured in rehearsals, and Kevin Bishop

in Victorian society feels very relevant,” notes Spiro. “My character is intelligent, glamorous and broke with convention when she left her husband and child for another man, and 20 years later tries to return to that world. “The heart of the play is extremely moving – almost Ibsen-like, which I never anticipated.” As predicted, Lady Windermere’s Fan, which is part of a year-long season at the Vaudeville Theatre, leads us to the topic of the moment – sexual harassment – and Spiro shares her view. “I’ve been very lucky because, in all the years I’ve worked in this business, I’ve only had to put up with little moments of difficulty.

“Flirtations or a bottom grab didn’t bother me, but nothing I’ve experienced compares to the stories we have heard from other women. “I’m just so delighted that it won’t be the same for our daughters,” she continues. “Going forward, men won’t behave without check. It won’t be allowed now. “There will still be intimidation, because you can’t change human nature, but there will be somewhere for a woman to go and talk about it. And hopefully that will be in every walk of life.”  Lady Windermere’s Fan runs until 7 April at Vaudeville Theatre, London. Details: 0330 333 4814 or nimaxtheatres.com

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Nosh / Lifestyle


Chickpea and parsnip crumble


I love the winter vegetable combination and hazelnut crumble topping. This dish is deal for a Sunday or midweek supper when you want tasty comfort food. It can also be made to suit vegans.


Denise Phillips Serves 4


4 large beetroots – about 600g 4 parsnips – peeled and cut into batons 2 tablespoons vegetable oil – for frying 2 onions – peeled and sliced 4cm root ginger – peeled and finely chopped 100ml double cream / soya cream 200ml vegetable stock 2 x 400g tin chickpeas – drained and rinsed Large bunch fresh parsley – roughly chopped

or until tender.

3 Cool before removing the skin and then, using gloves, cut into cubes. Set aside. 4 Parboil the parsnips in salted boiling water for four minutes, then drain. 5 To make the crumble, combine all the ingredients except the hazelnuts in the food processor. Remove and stir in the hazelnuts and season well.

6 Heat the vegetable oil in a large frying pan. 7 Add the onions, ginger, parsnips and cook for two minutes. 8 Stir in the cream and stock and cook for a further three minutes until slightly

Crumble 150g plain flour 50g porridge oats 75g butter/ margarine 50g toasted hazelnuts Salt and freshly ground black pepper – to taste

thickened. Stir in the chickpeas and beetroot.

9 Transfer to a medium-sized ovenware dish. 10 Top with the crumble and sprinkle over the chopped parsley. 11 Preheat the oven to 200°C/ 400°F/ Gas mark 6. 12 Cook for 25 minutes or until cooked through and piping hot.

Garnish Sprigs of fresh parsley



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You Sher-wood love it

Alex Galbinski and family get down to nature in Sherwood Forest and discover more about the Robin Hood legend


eeing the stars at night is no easy task when surrounded by London’s bright lights. But after a three-hour drive, we were enjoying the celestial landscape from a luxury forest lodge. Our accommodation for the weekend was Sherwood Hideaway, a woodland retreat nestled deep within Sherwood Forest, on the site of the Thoresby Estate. We stayed in a ‘rustic’ two-bedroom lodge (our friends had a ‘traditional’ three-bed) with all mod-cons, including microwave, dishwasher, power shower, iPod docking station, log effect fire and central heating throughout, barbecue facilities and complimentary toiletries by Molton Brown. The pièce de résistance was the private outdoor hot tub – we were in for an exceedingly comfortable stay. The Sherwood Hideaway was named Holiday Village of the Year in the recent Nottinghamshire Tourism Awards and is a finalist in next year’s Visit England Awards for Excellence. Its lodges are all self-catered, and as we heated up our dinner, the children played ball outside, all of us marvelling at the sense of space. Indeed, while the other cabins were occupied over the weekend, we barely saw anyone. After a quick breakfast on the decking the

next morning, we set off to the nearby Sherwood Visitor Centre, at Edwinstowe, 17 miles north of Nottingham, in the 450-acre country park. The legend of Robin Hood is, of course, what Sherwood Forest – a royal hunting preserve in the 10th century and a tourist attraction since Victorian times – is best known for. Robin and his band of ‘merry men’ are said to have robbed the rich to help the poor, hiding from the Sheriff of Nottingham among the forest’s famous oak trees. There are different paths for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. We followed the Birklands Ramble trail, walking among the leafy glades, pointing out old oak trees – of which there are nearly 1,000 – and birch trees (Birklands is the Viking word meaning ‘Birch Land’). The 800-year-old famous Major Oak, the branches of which

spread to over 28 metres was voted England’s tree of the year in 2014. Sherwood Forest Country Park is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a national nature reserve, so we couldn’t help but spot other interesting trees, fungus and wildlife. More than half a million people visit the forest every year and events are held to inform them about aspects of nature (a small fee is sometimes charged). We’d missed the Fungi Foray, but there were others planned, including Seed Hunt Sunday, with a ranger-led walk to collect acorns for eventual replanting in the wider Sherwood area, and woodland hawk walks. At the visitor centre, we watched colourfullydressed Rattlejag morris dancers, who dance to their own style developed after research material collected in East Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. The children enjoyed joining in with the refrain, ‘Poor old horse!’ When they tired of walking, they timed themselves on the ‘assault course’ in the playground and expended even more energy rolling down the hills. Back at the lodge, they jumped straight in the hot tub, while a couple of us walked the woodland path, exploring the nearby trails, spotting squirrels and sweet chestnuts. The Sherwood Hideaway and Go Active falconry experts offer Sunday woodland hawk

From top: Sherwood Forest; boys having a stick fight, and a spacious living room in one of The Sherwood Hideaway’s lodges

walks for an extra fee. Guests can fly Harris hawks and learn how to call them back to perch on their arms. We weren’t there long enough, but the lodges are also an ideal base from which to explore Nottinghamshire, including the Thoresby Hall estate (where there is a spa, with discounts available to Sherwood Hideaway guests ), Nottingham Castle, which dates back to the 17th century and is set in the grounds of the original medieval castle built by William the Conqueror, and the Edwardian mansions of Wollaton Hall. Nottingham is also home to a modestly-sized Jewish community that has been established in the area for more than 800 years. There is a synagogue for the modern Orthodox community as well as a Liberal one and, according to UJS, Nottingham is also home to one of the largest Jewish student populations in the country.


Above: Resting among the old oak and birch trees. Inset above: A statue of Robin Hood

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Orthodox Judaism


It’s Biblical


BY RABBI JONNY ROODYN This week’s parsha sets the stage for an early introduction to seder night, with the final three plagues and the subsequent exodus from Egypt. The remarkable events of the past were liable to lose their impact over time, so Moses in his freedom speech commanded the Israelites to relate the story to their children – something we still do today. At the very end of the sedra, we are commanded to establish a permanent sign to remind us of these miraculous events on a daily basis. The mitzvah of tefillin, which is binding on every Jewish male, is meant to remind us both of God’s perfect unity and His intimate involvement in this world, as made evident by the exodus. The Talmud remarkably relates that God Himself, so to speak, wears tefillin. While our tefillin express the unity of God, His tefillin describe the unique nature of the Jewish people. Of course, like many such passages, this is not to be taken at face

value, rather the sages are using this metaphor to express an important message. Tefillin are small boxes containing significant biblical passages, which are wrapped round the arm and placed at the forefront of one’s consciousness in order to place boundaries on our interaction with the world. Not everything we would naturally choose to do is moral, righteous or just and so tefillin serve as a reminder that our actions and thoughts are subservient to a higher truth. Similarly, we could suggest God’s tefillin are none other than the Jewish people themselves, representing that same idea of being a moral compass for all humanity. Any chosenness stemming from the exodus story only serves to create a sense of responsibility to be a beacon of light and morality to the world.

 Rabbi Jonny Roodyn is educational director at Jewish Futures Trust

Everything wanted to know about your favourite Torah characters, and the ones you’ve never heard of...



Not long after the death of King Solomon in 930BCE, a feud broke out among his children and the kingdom was split in two. The area surrounding Jerusalem and the Beit HaMikdash was known as the Kingdom of Judah, while the area further north was called the Kingdom of Israel. This schism lasted 200 years until the northern kingdom was defeated by the Assyrians and exiled in 722BCE. King Ahab was the eighth of 19 kings who ruled over Israel – all referred to as “evil in the eyes of God” – for embracing idolatry. He married the Phoenician princess from Sidon, Iizevel, or Jezebel. She is accused of seducing her husband into abandoning the worship of God and luring him to worship Baal and Astarte, but the text doesn’t bear this out.

Instead, I Kings Chapters 16-22 notes that she persecuted the prophets of God, publicly threatened to kill Elijah, and sinisterly plotted the false conviction and stoning of neighbuor Naboth to acquire his prized garden for her disconsolate husband. Although King Ahab ruled for 22 years and was granted Divine aid during two major battles against the King of Aram, this royal couple’s end was bitter. Ahab was mortally wounded in a third battle and three years later, Jezebel, the despotic queen mother, was defenestrated by

her staff, her blood splattering the walls below and her flesh consumed by stray dogs (II Kings 9:30-37). Before meeting this grotesque fate, she notably put on her make-up. Jezebel’s name over time became synonymous with idolatry, treachery and harlotry. Over the centuries, Jezebel-like characters have served as a public warning against the corrupting influence of woman. Today, however, the pendulum has swung to the opposite extreme, where women are disempowered and endangered by male sexual harassment. Surely there must be a happier, safer middle ground for women.

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Progressive Judaism

The Bible Says What?

Progressively Speaking

‘Don’t make images of living things’

Should Israel have the death penalty for terrorists?

BY RABBI SYLVIA ROTHSCHILD While there are many Jewish writers and scientists, Jewish religious artists are thin on the ground. It is generally understood that Judaism has a taboo against creating images of living things. This stems from biblical texts, most notably in the Ten Commandments: “Do not make yourself a carved image or any figure that is in the heavens above, that is on the earth beneath, that is in the waters beneath the earth…” The context is that such images are connected to worship leading away from the invisible and incorporeal God of Israel. The Israelite God was never seen; at most God was shrouded in cloud or fire. It is likely then, that this law was to prevent the Israelites from assimilating with the different peoples they met in the wilderness. One of my favourite psalms (115) describes these idols as having mouths that cannot speak and eyes that cannot see; everyone who makes them or trusts them will become like them, worthless and impotent.

But the prohibition against such images is honoured rather less than one might think. There were cherubim in the desert tent and in Solomon’s Temple as well as early synagogues, and we routinely have lions or flowers decorating Sifrei Torah. Was the ban to prevent other beliefs polluting the Israelite God or was it to prevent assimilation? Was it to demonstrate the beauty of holiness rather than the Hellenic holiness of beauty? Or was it to prevent people gaining power over God by knowing God’s image? Torah permits representations of humans as long as they are not used for idolatry and we no longer fear alternate ‘gods’. Possibly the most powerful challenge is that we are made b’tzelem Elohim – in God’s image. So maybe more Jewish artists should emerge in the tradition of Betzalel, the artistic director of the desert tabernacle, and decorate our world fearlessly.  Sylvia Rothschild has been a community rabbi for 30 years

BY RABBI RENE PFERTZEL Israel abolished the death penalty in 1954, except for crimes against humanity. To this day, only Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann (pictured) has been executed. An amendment to the penal code brought by Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has been given preliminary approval by the Knesset. If fully accepted – after three more readings – it would allow a majority verdict in a military court to apply the death penalty to those convicted of terrorism. Benjamin Netanyahu voted for the motion, saying that while the legislation required deeper discussion “in extreme cases, when somebody slaughters and laughs (as he kills), he should not spend the rest of his time in jail and should be executed”. However, abolition of the death penalty has been a common trend in most of the Western democracies.The reason for this can be found in Mishnah Sanhedrin

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4:5, which states: “Know that capital cases are not like monetary ones. In monetary cases, [a false witness] can return the money and achieve atonement. But in capital cases, the blood [of the victim] and future offspring hang upon you until the end of time.” Even though biblical law mandates the death penalty for 36 offences, the rabbis who contributed to the Talmud created so many barriers that it is almost impossible to implement it. Mishnah Makkot 1:10 states: “A Sanhedrin (court) that would execute somebody once in seven years would be considered destructive. Rabbi Eleazar ben Azariah says

once in 70 years. Rabbi Tarfon and Rabbi Akiva said, if we were on the Sanhedrin, nobody would have ever been executed”. There is another element to consider. This amendment concerns military court. In any democracy, military justice can only be exceptional. It is even more so the case about death penalty. If civil courts do not apply death penalty, why should a military court? The main purpose of Tzahal (the Israel Defence Forces) is to defend Israel against its enemies, not to implement a “justice d’exception”. Terrorism is a disease that has to be met with ruthless justice. Terrorists threaten our way of life. They kill blindly. They are the negation of our values. And they seek martyrdom! Let us not offer them what they ultimately want. Let them not drag us down to their level.  René Pfertzel is rabbi at Kingston Liberal Synagogue

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JEWISH DEAF ASSOCIATION Dear Sue My daughter suggests I join a lipreading class as she thinks it will help me. I’m 74 and I find the idea of going back into a classroom and starting to do something new, on my own, rather daunting. Do you think I’ll fit in? Can I do it? Dina

Dear Dina I do agree, the name lipreading classes sounds daunting. But here’s the good news: 1. Most people who attend have had to overcome the same worries you’re having. 2. Most participants are around your age. 3. It’s not a classroom set-up – it’s more like a small meeting, where everyone has a hearing loss and is facilitated to be able to participate fully. 4. You can come and observe a session at Jewish Deaf Assocation without having to commit. I’d recommend this. Our Monday classes are topical, interesting and lots of fun (I always hear them laughing together from upstairs in my office!).

Let me give you a couple of examples I have encountered. One will left ‘all my accounts at Barclays Bank’ to the deceased’s sister. Unfortunately, that person had closed the accounts sometime before his death and the sister ended up with nothing. Another will I saw contained no provision as to what should happen if a beneficiary predeceased the person making their will. No beneficiary was named in their place and it resulted in the gift passing under intestacy provisions to an unintended beneficiary. I have encountered other errors resulting in an otherwise preventable inheritance tax charge. Errors such as these can cost the surviving family or friends a great deal in terms of the cost of rectifying them (if possible) or legal fees in bringing a claim against the estate, as well as unnecessary stress at what is already a difficult time. Therefore I always recommend professional help when making your will.

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Director of Communications United Synagogue Full Time Vacancy for Inhouse Accountant at Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue is one of the largest synagogues in the UK with over 2000 families as members. It was formed in 2017 from the merger of Edgware & District Reform Synagogue with Hendon Reform Synagogue. EHRS is looking to fill this new hands-on role within the finance team (currently 2). It would require familiarity with Sage and the usual bookkeeping and accounts tasks. General tasks including but not exclusively: Bank Reconciliation, Purchase/Sales Ledger, Reconciliation with membership db., Gift Aid Claim; Annual and Quarterly accounts, mgmt. accounts, inc. budget variance analysis; Management of departmental budgets and quarterly reporting; Production and distribution of annual subscription notices and chasing of accounts. Some familiarity with the workings of a synagogue would be helpful. It is likely that you would be qualified by experience, a semi-qualified chartered accountant or a retired accountant Please contact for further information Perry Newton, Community Director EHRS via perry@ehrs.uk Salary depending on experience Full-time with some flexibility. Deadline for applications 15 February 2018

Are you an inspirational Communications leader? The United Synagogue is looking for an outstanding Communications Director. If you are a dynamic, flexible and incisive communications professional with a track record of impact at a senior level and a good knowledge of the Jewish community, then this may be the role for you. You’ll join the United Synagogue, the largest synagogue body in Europe, as we approach our 150th Anniversary. We are a ‘full service’ organisation, providing the Jewish infrastructure, programmes and back-office services needed by our members and their communities. We need you to develop and drive forward our communications and marketing strategy, help us communicate benefits and activities, attract membership and enhance our engagement with all our key stakeholders. The post holder will lead and manage the Communications and Marketing team and play a full role as a member of the United Synagogue senior team, reporting direct to the CEO. Closing date for receipt of applications – 25/02/2018 To view the job description and apply for this position, please log on to our website www.theus.org.uk/vacancies United Synagogue Registered Charity No. 242552

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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Dif Pts 25 27 16 25 16 21 8 19 0 17 30 16 -3 14 2 13 -20 13 -37 6 -37 4


NLRaiders Chigwell Athletic London Lions A Brady Maccabi A Scrabble HMH

P 8 7 7 7 9 8

W 7 5 4 3 1 1

D 1 0 1 0 1 1

L 0 2 2 4 7 7

F 28 33 27 14 14 11

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

MASTERS DIV TWO Glenthorne 3 St John’s Wood Tigers 2 Marshside 2 Temple Fortune 1 P EHRS Stonegrove 9 Marshside 9 Glenthorne 7 London Lions B 5 St John’s Wood 9 Temple Fortune 8 Hendon Harriers 5

W 8 4 4 4 3 2 1

D 1 2 1 0 2 0 0

L 0 3 2 1 4 6 4

F Dif Pts 40 30 25 34 5 14 21 -4 13 32 26 12 21 -9 11 10 -13 6 6 -14 3

MGBJFL (U12) Alyth 0 Hendon Red 9 Edgware Tigers Black 2 Hendon Green 3 HMH Eilat 1 HMH Tel Aviv 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 11 8 11 6 11 5 11 4 10 2 11 1 11 1

D 1 1 3 4 4 5 7 9 9

L 0 1 0 1 2 1 1 1 1

Pts 27 25 24 19 17 13 7 4 4

David Dinkin scored a hat-trick in Raiders’ seven-goal victory over Scrabble


WATFORD FRIENDLY LEAGUE: U18 – Lions White 3 Whetstone 0 U16 – Bushey 2 Lions White 2, Lions Blue 2 St Gregorys 0 Blue Div – HMH Utd 3 Hendon Utd 1, HMH Raiders 3 Alexandra 0 U15 – Lions White 4 St Albans 2 White Div – Hadley Wood 3 HMH Foxes 1 Green Div – HMH Panthers 6 Brady Red 1 U14 – Harrow 1 Lions White 1 Spring Shield – HMH Galaxy 3 West Herts 1 Green Div – HMH Fire 6 100% Soccer 1 Spring Plate – HMH Dynamo 1 Omonia 0 U13 Green Div – HMH Juniors 7 Omonia 0 Yellow Division – HMH Galaxy 2 Lon Colney 1 U12 – Northwood 4 Lions White 5 Green Div – HMH Wands 5 Omonia 3 Blue Div – HMH Dyn 2 Harvesters 1 EXCEL LEAGUE: U14 Cup – HMH Cobras 2 Hampstead 0


MGBJFL: U10 – Ben Berman (NWLJ) U9 – Avi Preston (NWLJ Blue) U8 – Amiel Neiss, Rafi Tatz, Yishai Ehreich, Gadi Jacobson, Jayden Zysblat, Joshi Wasserman (Hendon Green) U7 – Zev Solomon (NWLJ) WATFORD FRIENDLY LEAGUE: U15 – Dan Mincer (HMH Panthers) U13 – Aron Graham (HMH Juniors) U12 – Asher Mevorah 4 (Lions White), Joseph Stander-Moy (HMH Wands) U10 – Noah Lanzkron (Hendon Utd), Leo Brown (HMH Haifa) U9 – Matti Wagner (HMH Negev). Charles Wolfson (HMH Herzliya U8 – James Moss 4, Josh Socker (both HMH Haifa) U7 – Jude Frenkel 4 (HMH Herzliya)

Summers shines for high-flying Chigwell MASTERS Chigwell moved up into second place in Division One as two goals each from Scott Warren and Anthony Mendel earned a 6-3 win over HMH. Steve Summers (pictured) and Lloyd Becker completed the scoring. In Division Two Marshside fought back from conceding an early goal to beat Temple Fortune 2-1. Robert Botkai had put the latter ahead, but goals from Mark Davies and Andrew Cohen, together with Marshside goalkeeper Nick Nathan saving a penalty, secured the Essex men the win. Glenthorne moved up into third spot as Lloyd Nygate, Adam Lennard and Greg Morris scored in their 3-2 win over St John’s Wood Tigers.

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Bykanov skates to gold


Schwartzman stars Down Under


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National Portrait Gallery Walk 21 Jan – 11.00am-1.00pm admin@jewishmuseum.org.uk Baby Yoga 22 Jan – 2.00pm www.jw3.org.uk 6th Edgware Guides 22 Jan – 7.15pm-8.45pm office@edgwareu.com Pilates at Belmont Synagogue 23 Jan – 2.00pm-3.00pm admin@belmontus.org.uk

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Photos by Pete Haskin AJN

Vladislav Bykanov warmed up for next month’s Winter Olympics by winning three medals at the European Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Germany. Set to be part of Israel’s largest ever delegation at a Winter Games, he said: “I’m so pleased, it’s my best ever performance in a European Championships. I feel great and am in my best shape going into the Olympics.”

Feldenkrais Gold – activity for elders 24 Jan – 10.30am www.jw3.org.uk Table tennis at Norris Lea: 24 Jan – 7.00pm-10.00pm nltt@live.com Israeli dancing at Kenton 24 Jan – 7.45pm littmanfamily@btinternet.com MGB National Shuls table tennis lge 4 Feb – 9.00am-5.00pm maccabigb.org/nsttl


In coversation with Mihhail Fridman and Natan Sharansky 22 Jan – 7.00pm www.jw3.org.uk

TENNIS Diego Schwartzman, the world’s top Jewish tennis player, has reached the third round of the Australian Open for the first time. The Argentine, currently ranked 26 in the world, booked his place in the last 32 of the men’s singles competition, beating Norwegian Casper Ruud 6-4, 6-2, 6-3. The other senior Jewish player still left in the tournament is Italian Camila Giorgi,

who takes on Australian Ashleigh Barty for a place in the third round of the women’s singles. Elsewhere, there were first round defeats for American Madeline Brengle and Canadian Peter Polansky. Israeli interest in a Grand Slam tournament was once again short-lived, with Dudi Sela losing his first round match, beaten in five sets by American Ryan Harrison. He suffered a similar exit in the doubles competition, as did 41-year-old Jonathan Erlich.

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