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UK-Israel healthcare link set to boost NHS
Cash-strapped hospitals to benefit from country’s latest tech A new initiative to link the NHS with the latest Israeli health technology will be “the best thing we’ll do all year,” according to Britain’s ambassador to Israel, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. The ambitious plan is being sponsored by a British-Jewish philanthropist who says he wants the two countries to head into the new healthcare revolution “hand-in-hand”. David Dangoor, the businessman son of Sir Naim Dangoor, told Jewish News this week that the new business accelerator would aim to match Israeli innovation in digital health with Britain’s cash-strapped NHS. The idea is to identify which Israeli health technology companies could most
help the NHS then fast-track their development, with mentoring from IT giant IBM and paid-for visits to the UK. The UK Israel Dangoor Health Initiative will be launched in Israel at the official residence of the British Ambassador David Quarrey, together with the UK Israel Tech Hub, part of the British Embassy in Tel Aviv. David Quarrey, UK Ambassador to Israel, told Jewish News: “This has the potential to bring together the scale and the strengths of the NHS with the innovation of the Israeli tech scene. It is one of the most important things we will do in 2018 and should build a strong partnership paving the way to better healthcare for the benefit of all”.
Backers say the aim is “to create a pipeline of Israeli digital health innovation into the NHS” by picking two or three of Israel’s best early stage digital health start-ups and giving them the tools to work with the UK”. A decade ago, Dangoor sponsored a conference on renewable energy, bringing experts from Imperial College and the Weizmann Institute together. That expanded into health, first sponsoring the Anglo-Israel Cardiology Symposium, where top cardiologists from the UK and Israel travel to each other’s home countries to share learning, then sponsoring the British and Israeli Societies of Euro Gynaecology, which had their first meeting in London in November.
In September, former Prime Minister Tony Blair opened in his father’s name the Centre for UK-Israel Relations in Mishkenot Sha’ananim in Jerusalem in buildings built by Sir Moses Montefiore in 1860, the first settlement of the New Yishuv. “Montefiore was the inspiration for this UK-Israel theme that I’ve been following, because he was very much a person who made a lot of connections between the UK and Israel at a completely different time,” says Dangoor. “He would have been thrilled if he’d had the chance to do it today. We are privileged to live in a time when we can do this, with an actual Israeli society.” Continued on page 5
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News / Online hate / Shul preservation / Coroner concern
Baddiel calls for urgent crackdown on social media anti-Semitism By Jenni Frazer @Jennifrazer
Writer and comedian David Baddiel has made an impassioned plea for anti-Semitism “to be seen as just as important as other racisms”, adding that he believed Holocaust denial to be clearly anti-Semitism. But Baddiel, who clashed only last week on social media with ex-MP George Galloway, told a packed meeting in Parliament of the Antisemitism Policy Trust that his way of dealing with anti-Semitism on-line was to engage “robustly” and to mock his attackers. “The saying on social media is ‘don’t feed the troll’,” he said, but by hitting back he felt he brought the racists and antiSemites “into the light”. He had repeatedly been sent cartoon eyes – which he now understood to mean he was being “watched, as a Jew”. Baddiel said he received about 200 to 300 anti-Jewish tweets a day, and read out examples of some of them – but he said he had never reported any of them to the police. This was in stark contrast to the experience of the Labour MP John Mann, who, introducing the event on how to tackle online hatred, revealed that in the wake of his appearance last week
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on BBC One Question Time he had received six tweets, the first of which “attacked me for being a Zionist”. He had not spoken about Israel or Zionism at all during his TV appearance. The tweets that followed detailed how the writer was going to murder Mann, how his wife and then his daughter would be raped. “I have just handed over this material to the police,” he
told his audience. “It highlights the nature and the scale of the problem.” Also on the panel were Dr Dave Rich, the CST’s head of policy, Karim Palant, the UK public policy manager of Facebook, Baljit Ubhey, director of prosecution policy and inclusion for the Crown Prosecution Service, and – in one of her first public appearances in her new role – the
minister for digital, culture, media and sport, Margot James MP. The meeting was chaired by Preet Gill MP. Palant said it was not for private companies to create policy on online hate but was “a question for society as a whole and not individual [social media] platforms”. All the speakers responsible for policy-making agreed the subject required constant review.
Schama bid to save old shuls
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Historian Simon Schama is backing calls for MPs to help protect Europe’s oldest and most vulnerable synagogues, after research showed 160 were at “high risk”. TV presenter Schama, whose five-part BBC series presented The Story of the Jews to a national audience in 2013, is presenting the case to save 3,318 historic shuls in Parliament on Thursday. Most of the synagogues are in central and eastern Europe, but some are in the UK, and attention will focus on those in the highest-risk category. These are synagogues that
are deemed to be of national or international importance and whose condition is rated as poor or very bad. Of those most at-risk, two are in the UK, including the gothic revivalist Merthyr Synagogue in Merthyr Tydfil in Wales, built in the 1870s, and the art deco Sunderland Synagogue, built in 1928 to a design by Jewish architect Marcus Kenneth Glass. Merthyr is the oldest shul in Wales but closed owing to a declining Jewish population in 1983. It now stands in disrepair, with a hole in its roof. Likewise Sunderland Synagogue fell out
of use 10 years ago, and is now occupied by squatters. “They will deteriorate further and could lose their listed status,” said Michael Mail, chief executive of the Foundation for Jewish Heritage, which is applying for lottery money to help salvage the buildings. “They are vulnerable to damp and rain and vandalism, and there is the risk that ultimately they may have to be torn down. It’s not just about saving the bricks and buildings, but they are a portal into the communities and people who lived there.”
JANNER’S SON PLANS PRIVATE PROSECUTION Lord Janner’s son has vowed to bring a private prosecution against the man at the centre of Westminster child abuse claims, who has himself been charged with paedophile offences. The accuser, who has only been named as “Nick”, sparked Operation Midland after he told police he had been raped and abused for nine years by the VIP gang. But the £2.5 million investigation collapsed without any arrests and Nick has appeared in court charged with possession of indecent images of children. His court appearance can be reported after a legal challenge.
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May discusses coroner in Commons Theresa May appeared to back the Jewish community in its battle against a London coroner at Prime Minister’s Questions this week, saying faith-based considerations were “important”. May was asked about Senior Coroner Mary Hassell, whose area includes Hackney, Camden, Tottenham and Islington, after Jewish leaders had repeatedly called on her to be sacked. The point was raised in the House of Commons yesterday by Gillingham and Rainham MP Rehman Chishti, who said Jewish and Muslim communities wanted the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 to “specifically take into account people’s faith considerations, as in their faith loved ones must be buried with 24 hours”. The prime minister said: “It is important that we take into account specific requirements of someone’s faith, especially when they have lost
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a loved one and are grieving. “I know that although, as he will be aware, coroners are independent judicial office, I understand that the Ministry of Justice is speaking with the Chief Coroner to see what more can be done, and I’m sure the Lord Chancellor will be happy to meet and discuss this issue.” The Board of Deputies joined an Orthodox burial society in Stamford Hill in calling for Hassell to go, after meetings failed to find a mutuallyacceptable solution. Hassell has said bodies will not be released ahead of others for reasons of religion and that decisions on autopsies will also remain free from religious considerations. Board vice president Marie van der Zyl thanked May “for her intervention on faith-sensitive coroner services and we are happy the government is taking the issue seriously”.
KYRA HAS FIRST LEG LENGTHENING OP A six-year old British girl from Brighton has had the first of several leg-lengthening operations in Israel by an Israeli surgeon who specialises in the field. Kyra Warrell, described as “joyful and mischievous” by her parents, was told she would have to have her leg amputated until the family found out about specialist Dr Dror Paley, who works out of the US and Israel. Kyra, who suffers from proximal focal femoral deficiency, which leaves one leg much shorter than the other, underwent the first operation this week at Rambam Hospital in Haifa. Her parents are still trying to raise £58,000 for further operations through crowdfunding.
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Poles rubber stamp divisive Shoah bill Poland’s president this week signed into law a controversial bill that outlaws the mention of ‘Polish death camps’ and bans the blaming of Poland for crimes of the Holocaust. Andrzej Duda rubberstamped the bill, which has upset Jewish groups and Israeli politicians, after both Poland’s lower house and Senate voted to ratify it. However, he also referred it for judicial review, asking Poland’s constitutional court to evaluate the bill and leaving open the possibility that it might be amended. The law carries fines and prison sentences of up to three years for public statements that falsely attribute the crimes of Nazi Germany to Poland. Both Israel and the US have criticised the bill, arguing that it will allow Poland to whitewash the role of Poles who killed or denounced Jews during Nazi Germany’s occupation of Poland during the Second
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World War. Diplomatic relations were strained this week after Poland’s government withdrew an official invite for rightwing Israeli politician Naftali Bennett to visit the country, because he had said he would “tell Poles the truth”. The Board of Deputies’ senior vice president Richard Verber said: “We acknowledge that Poles were victims too and there are many Polish righteous gentiles – more than any other nation. But the facts are clear that Poles were involved
directly and indirectly in the murder of many, many Jews.” Noting that the law was “almost entirely unenforceable,” Verber suggested it was “more for political capital than historical truth”. Karen Pollock of the Holocaust Educational Trust said they “fully understand the importance of using accurate language when discussing the Holocaust. However, we are deeply concerned this new law has the potential to inhibit objective research, discussion and education about the history of the Holocaust and could open the door to revisionism and denial”. Jonny Daniels, director of From the Depths, a Polish Jewish heritage organisation, said: “I believe in education not legislation and think the bill was unnecessary. But there is a legitimate claim on behalf of the Polish people to fight against the terminology ‘Polish death camp.’”
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GEWOLB WEIGHS UP BOARD BID A Board of Deputies vice president has said she is “seriously considering” running for president at the next triennial elections in May, after current president Jonathan Arkush said he would not stand for re-election. Sheila Gewolb, the deputy for Cardiff United Synagogue, was elected to vice-president in 2015, and said she would make her final decision about whether to stand when nominations are called, on 26 March.
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The Union of Jewish Students (UJS) has launched a scheme giving up to £300 per initiative to support social action projects. UJS has set up the initiative “to encourage the donation of time not money” and said the grants could either be given to individual students or a university’s Jewish Society (JSoc). Grace Diamond, JSoc officer responsible for social action, said: “Social action is a way to change what we feel is wrong in our society by introducing new ideas and processes for doing better in the future.”
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News / Football chants / ‘Shabbat’ plan / Livid over liver
Methodist churches inspired by the Chief Rabbi’s Shabbat UK initiative have designed a special Sabbath to coincide with the end of Lent. The initiative, taking place in churches across Lincolnshire, acknowl- Rev. Larkin, Thompson and Deakins edges the centrality of the Sabbath in Jewish life, He added: “The Church with Christian leaders in the seems to be losing more influcounty urging their flocks to ence over the world’s affairs. It “keep the Sabbath holy”. is therefore incumbent upon Currently, 145 churches are Christians to retain and fursigned up for the first Sunday ther develop an identity that in Lent this year, to com- will not only create a deeper memorate the temptations of sense of belonging but also Jesus in the wilderness, with impact positively upon the Methodists across Greater wider community.” Lincolnshire being invited to Mirvis said: “I send my very “take the Sabbath seriously”. best wishes to everyone taking Chair of the Lincolnshire part. The inclusion of the SabMethodist District, the Rev- bath in the Ten Commanderend Bruce Thompson, said: ments is an indication of its “It is often said that Jews centrality in our lives.” haven’t just kept the SabMethodists are invited bath, the Sabbath has kept the to refrain from using social Jews. Scattered, marginalised media for daylight hours on and often persecuted, prac- Sunday 18 February, as well as tising Jews have retained an shopping, gardening, cleaning identity.” and watching TV.
Chelsea fans accused of antiSemitism despite campaign Chelsea supporters were heard singing anti-Semitic songs during Monday night’s match against Watford – just days after the club launched a high-profile project to stamp out the scourge among fans, writes Andrew Sherwood. The Premier League champions officially launched the campaign last Wednesday, which was backed by Jewish owner Roman Abramovich, who dedicated the game to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust and the Jewish community. However, a Chelsea supporter who was at Vicarage Road, has told how he witnessed a torrent of anti-Semitic abuse from fellow fans, and had to be moved to another part of the ground by stewards “for his own safety”. Jonathan Metliss, chairman of the Action Against Discrimination charity, was “disgusted” with the chanting. He told Jewish News: “They were singing the usual songs about [former Tottenham player] Martin Chivers being a Jew and being circumcised and Yiddo chants.” Taking pictures of the alleged perpetrators, Metliss reported the abuse to nearby stewards, and was then moved to
Above: Launch of campaign at Stamford Bridge. Inset: Chief Rabbi and Abramovich with Gad Ariely of the World Jewish Congress
the family enclosure. Chelsea said in a statement: “This behaviour shames our club. We ask fans to report any kind of discrimination. We will be working closely with the police and Watford to identify those responsible and take appropriate action.”
Shechita crackdown on kosher liver sales The head of the London Board of Shechita has said “people will adapt” to new rules requiring livers to be koshered before sale. Chief executive Mark Goldwater made the comments in a letter to a Jewish consumer who had raised the problems associated with pre-koshered liver. He said the policy change came from the London Board’s Rabbinical Authority, consisting of the UK’s three most senior Dayanim. Until the start of the year, meat including beef, lamb and poultry needed to be sold prekoshered but liver did not, as consumers say this “ruins the flavour”. “The decision was taken after weighing most carefully all the issues, including their knowledge that the majority of customers who frequent our butchers may not be otherwise fully observant Jews,” Goldwater said. “They are the rabbinical heads of ‘mainstream’ Jewry in the UK and are fully familiar with the challenges facing the community.” Chefs and caterers had already adapted to the change, he said, because “for many Sans titre-5.indd 1
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PAUL SIMON TO BID FAREWELL IN UK Legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon has announced his upcoming tour will be his last. The 76-year-old artist revealed dates and venues for his Homeward Bound – Farewell Tour across North America, the UK and Europe from May. Simon said the shows, which include dates in Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin, will be a fitting culmination of a performing career that started in the early 1960s. The last performance will be in Hyde Park on 15 July.
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years” liver supplied to them has been pre-koshered. “We are confident that, in time, consumers will adapt and achieve the finished article they require.” Koshering is a process involving washing, draining, salting and drying, which is much quicker for liver than for meat and fowl. Until this year, consumers have been koshering the liver themselves at home, but now kosher butchers are having to explain to customers about the change. “Selling it already koshered ruins the whole flavour, texture and cooking process as it dries out too quickly,” said Jewish customer Tony Honickberg.
CCJ GRANT TO TAKE LEADERS TO ISRAEL The Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) has been given a grant from the Archbishop of Canterbury to take Jewish and Christian leaders to Israel and the Palestinian territories. CCJ said the money from the head of the Anglican Church’s Discretionary Fund “will make a huge difference” and allow the interfaith group to conduct its third study tour across the holy land in May “to hear the perspective of the other”. A CCJ spokeswoman said: “We are very grateful to Archbishop Justin for this generous gift, which acknowledges important work in education, dialogue, and social action between Christians and Jews and other faiths.”
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UK-Israel healthcare / News
‘We’ll pipe Israeli health tech direct to the NHS’ Continued from page 1 A businessman himself, Dangoor knows that life in a start-up is not easy, saying: “You need to find markets and quickly, because there’s competition.” He’s thrilled that IBM is involved with the accelerator from the outset because he started his working life as a systems engineer at the IT giant before moving on to other things (“there were too many clever people for me”). Dangoor hopes the accelerator will be mutually beneficial because “the NHS which is strapped for cash... New innovations and ways of doing things in a cheaper way can be of huge benefit to the whole population in this country”. He may be a grandfather but Dangoor is right up-todate with the latest technological changes set to revolutionise health, from the
affordable sequencing of the human genome, to personalised medicine, to today’s computing power and data mining, to working with intelligent systems to better and quicker diagnose problems. He’s excited by it and sees it in context. “It was 200 years ago that the industrial revolution really got going, and everything around us now is a result of that,” he says. “Now we are in the midst of a bio-health revolution with very similar parameters.” Israel is in a supreme position to take advantage and carve a lead in this, he says, because of the quality
of health records it has kept since its birth, in part because of its system of health insurance. “All that data is now being mined, information that was sitting there, we now have the capacity to digest and understand it,” he says, visibly excited by the prospects. “With all this new computer power and greater understanding and the breakthrough in genetics, we are absolutely at the threshold of a healthcare revolution and I’m hoping that Israel and the UK will be at the forefront of that, hand in-hand.”
What is it about Israel that makes it so good at breaking new ground in these areas?. “In part Israel became good at technology because it has had to defend itself,” he says. “Sometimes this means rockets to protect you, but it can also mean understanding to make the world a better place.” He loves the logo of the Weizmann Institute – “science for the benefit of humanity” – and says it’s no surprise Israel excels, given the nature of Jews as a people. “Jewish people have always been curious,” he says, recalling how his nonJewish headmaster used to say assemblies at his Jewish school were “never quiet”. Dangoor says Jews “ask questions all the time. We’re not regimented. We ask why, why does it work that way. It’s an ethos, a curiosity”
David Dangoor (inset) says Britain and Israel will work ‘hand-in-hand’ in health technology
He also gives credit to “the great founders of Israel” like Chaim Weizmann and David Ben-Gurion who he says laid foundations for technology before they were bought weapons. “They believed that would be Israel’s ticket to rapid self-sufficiency, and I think they’ve been proved right. We’re harvesting the fruits of their vision and foresight 80 or 90 years ago – dec-
ades before the state was founded.” Dr Samuel Cronin, healthcare innovation manager at UK Israel Tech Hub, said Israeli innovation in healthcare is “outstanding” and “aligns neatly with the NHS, a tremendous British asset that brings great pride to Brits around the world”. Editorial comment, page 16
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News / TV duo / Hotel and bookshop to shut
Aged 100 and taking jobs as TV presenters Two Jewish Care members – Beattie Orwell and Millie Finger – have been chosen to introduce Channel 4 programmes this week such as Countdown and Hollyoaks. Both 100 and regulars at the charity’s Brenner Centre in Stepney, they will recall their memories from the early 20th century from comfy armchairs before introducing their assigned TV show. The event is in celebration of 100 years since the first British women were granted the vote. Beattie, subject of this week’s
100-second interview in Jewish News, was born in Aldgate and worked as an overlocker in a men’s trouser factory. As a councillor in Tower Hamlets, she met the Queen and then Prime Minister, Edward Heath, and is proud to be the longest known member of the Labour Party. She has three children, 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and four great-great- grandchildren. Millie lives alone in a council flat in the East End, where she was born and raised. Featuring in Jewish Care’s campaign
Beattie Orwell and Millie Finger: on Channel 4 this week
dinner video, she turned 100 last March and celebrated at a party at the Stepney Jewish Community Centre. Her daughter died a few years ago and the only family she has left are a niece and nephew, neither
of whom lives nearby. She calls the Jewish Care Centre her lifeline, “giving me a reason to live”. Childhood friends from the same estate, they lost contact as adults but met again on Beattie’s first day at the centre.
SUFFRAGE ICON FRANKLIN TO BE HONOURED cett statue, to be unveiled this spring. The announcement marks 100 years since the first women secured the right to vote in the UK on the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act. In 1912, Franklin helped establish the JLWS, which was then the only Jewish women’s organisation in the world devoted exclusively to obtaining both
An education reformer and leader of the Jewish League for Woman Suffrage will be honoured by having her name and image etched into a statue in Parliament Square. Henrietta Franklin, who died in 1964, aged 97, is named as one of 59 women and men who fought for women’s suffrage to feature on the plinth of the Millicent Faw-
national and Jewish suffrage for women. It was described as “linking feminist goals with Jewish loyalties” and “combining secular suffragist rhetoric with Jewish terminology”. Members equated their campaigns with Anglo-Jewry’s efforts to obtain political emancipation, seeking to overcome discrimination and repression against Jews around the world.
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Iconic Hendon hotel set to close this year A building at the heart of north London’s Jewish community has been sold to developers for an undisclosed sum. Contracts have been exchanged on Hendon Hall Hotel, originally known as Hendon Manor, with the building designated for “alternative use”. However, a spokeswoman said: “The sale will not complete until 2019 and
we will continue to operate the hotel until the end of 2018 with business as usual.” Familiar to many north London Jews, the 16th century mansion can trace its origins back to the Domesday Book and hosts many simchas. Its place in the national psyche was established in 1966, when the England football team stayed there during their successful World Cup tournament victory.
Final chapter for popular bookshop A Finchley Road bookstore well-known to the Jewish community will close after a quarter of a century of “surprisingly profitable” trading. Joseph’s Bookstore and Café will shut its doors at the end of March when its owner, Michael Joseph, retires. “After 25 busy and fruitful years the time has come to hang up my books,” he said, reflecting on a “satisfying,
enjoyable, enlightening and surprisingly profitable” period. He added: “Many thanks to you for all your support and friendship along the way. I will miss it and you hugely.” Joseph said he would host one last session of the Society of Jewish Study on 5 March, before a ‘Bye Bye Bookstore Party’ on a date to be announced.
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Luciana Berger: ‘I was a slummy mummy’ Luciana Berger has said she was asked to travel more than 200 miles to attend late-night votes in Parliament despite having only given birth to her daughter just weeks before, writes Francine Wolfisz. Her revelation came during a debate on giving MPs with babies the right to vote by proxy,. Speaking in the Commons, the Labour MP for Liverpool Wavertree said she was asked to travel to London last June, when her daughter Amelie was three months old, and again in September.
On that occasion, the 36-yearold, who is married to music manager Alistair Goldsmith, added: “I was in the Tea Room with my baby until after 10 o’clock at night. I can see Members bobbing their heads—arguably, that was not the right place for her at that time of night. As a breastfeeding mum, on all those occasions my baby came into the House with me.” She jested that she was at times “a slummy mummy”, but then described the challenges of having to travel with a young child.
“As any parent out there with a newborn will know, it is a challenge on some days just to take a shower— let alone to be able to get out of the house, get to the station, change the baby on a Pendolino train moving at 125 miles an hour, apologise to passengers for the projectile vomit and the crying, get on a tube, often using the escalators and stairs because there is no lift, and to ensure that no piece of important kit is forgotten for an important overnight trip. “For some babies, that will be the first time they are outside the homes
and places that they are used to. It can be quite traumatic for them.” Proxy voting, she told the Commons, would mean, “the representative role of any MP can continue without disruption”. Reflecting on campaigns to help improve early years provision for children, she added: “We need to lead by example and give the children of MPs the best start too.” Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom has asked the Procedure Committee to look into the issue of proxy voting and baby leave.
FACEBOOK VICE-PRESIDENT DESCRIBES CANCER STRUGGLE Facebook’s Europe vice-president has revealed telling her children she has incurable cancer was the hardest thing she has done. Writing in the Sunday Times Magazine, Nicola Mendelsohn said she was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma in November 2016. Her diagnosis came after she found a lump, measuring less than half a centimetre, in her groin. A CT scan showed she had tumours all over her body. Mendelsohn said that alongside her husband Jon, they sat down their four children to break the news. “It is not a conversation I could
have imagined having with them, not even in my worst nightmares, until it hit me in the face,” she said. “It was the hardest moment of my life. “The children [aged 13-20] have been incredibly supportive. I promised them I would be completely honest about everything; I wanted them to understand that they could ask me any questions.” Mendelsohn, 46, vice-pres- Nicola Mendelsohn: tumours
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Family and friends of an Israeli father -of-four stabbed and killed at a West Bank bus stop on Monday have praised him as a dedicated teacher and family man. Israeli security forces are searching for the murderer, believed to be an Arab citizen of Israel from Jaffa, after the afternoon attack near the entrance to the settlement of Ariel, an IDF spokesman said. An IDF officer pursued the attacker in his vehicle and hit him but the attacker fled, according to the IDF. The attacker’s backpack was found containing a change of clothes and his identification card. Paramedics tried to resuscitate Rabbi
Itamar Ben Gal, 29, from Har Bracha, but he was declared dead in hospital. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered condolences and said security forces were “currently chasing the murderers”. Ben Gal’s widow, Miriam, said the community of Har Itamar with wife Miriam and their children Bracha was one he “loved later emerged of the incident online. so dearly and so wanted to Hundreds of people attended Rabbi develop”. Others praised him as “a good Ben Gal’s funeral on Tuesday in the Har teacher and educator”, “model father” Bracha settlement where he lived. and “amazing husband”. Video footage
‘CAR ATTACK’ MAN HELD Dayan honoured Police in Belgium have arrested a man suspected of trying to ram his car at an Orthodox man and his son in Antwerp. Security camera footage shows a black Seat Ibiza swerving sharply while speeding on Isabellalei, a central street in Antwerp, toward the man and boy,
according to the Antwerpbased Joods Actueel Jewish monthly. The man and boy jump behind a lamp post. The car swerves back wildly, returning to the road from its incursion into the pavement. The father ran after the car as it sped away. [JTA]
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Four political parties say they support a bill to ban nonmedical circumcision before the age of 18, which would mean a possible six-year jail sentence for those who carry it out. The four parties account for just under half the country’s parliament.
A judge in Paris has dismissed the ‘hate crime’ element to charges brought against a 28-year-old Muslim accused of killing his Jewish neighbour. Kobili Traore threw Sarah Halimi from the window of her third-floor flat in April. The charge of murder by racial hatred has been dropped.
A smoke grenade was thrown into a bookshop during a Holocaust lecture in the western city of Lviv. Witnesses say the perpetrator wore a ski mask. The Lviv branch of the Jewish youth group Hillel organised the event.
A US-born Chabad rabbi has been thrown out of the country because of his ‘extremist’ views, the eighth rabbi to be expelled in the past decade. Rabbi Josef Marozof has worked for 12 years in the city of Ulyanovsk, 400 miles east of Moscow. It is part of a wider drive to reduce the number of foreign clerics. Israel has begun to serve deportation notices to Eritrean and Sudanese refugees — up to 40,000 currently live in Israel — in a move criticised by rights groups.
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‘We’ll reach out to Jews After 11 years of activity, having become the most successful Jewish grassroots volunteer-driven project in the Russianspeaking Jewish community worldwide, Limmud FSU has announced it wants to be even more successful in its goal of strengthening the Jewish identity of young Russian-speaking Jews. It hopes the next decade will take it to new heights, audiences and record-breaking achievements. As the organisation continues to grow, flourish and develop its 12 projects around the world, imaginative strategic thinking is needed to embark on its next steps. The leadership, led by chairman Matthew Bronfman and president Aaron G. Frenkel, and the professional team headed by executive director Roman Kogan, together with a devoted team of volunteers drawn from all four continents, embarked in the past few weeks on a process to address the chal-
lenges facing the organisation, while working towards a vibrant and sustainable future for Russian-speaking Jewry. Although Limmud FSU has proven its ability to attract unaffiliated young Jews, one of the most important targets in the next few years, starting with this year, will be to attract new audiences not involved with Limmud FSU or any other Jewish organisation or initiative, with an emphasis on young adults’ demographics. For instance, this year, for the first time Limmud FSU NY will take place in the heart of New York City, with high hopes that the new location will attract new audiences as well. Moreover, thanks to the generous grant of Covenant Foundation, Limmud FSU is able to concentrate on intensive volunteer leadership and Jewish education, which will add a new dimension to its activities in the US. The approved programmes will create a
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Following 11 years of success and expansion, Limmud FSU announces some major changes in operations
ripple effect of enriched Jewish community, leadership, and learning among Russianspeaking Jews in the US. Limmud FSU founder Chaim Chesler said: “To harness the enormous potential for leadership, engagement and impact, and to ensure continuity, we will put a strong emphasis to
provide young potential leaders with an experience of Jewish learning and culture in ways that are intellectually challenging, spiritually compelling, and relevant to their lives.” Sandra F. Cahn, co-founder of Limmud FSU, said: “There are approximately three million Russian-speaking Jews in the world, and while
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keen to learn’ Main picture: Survivors next to Oskar Schindler’s grave. Far left: A previous Limmud FSU event. Left: A plaque honouring Schindler
they are bound together by many diverse threads, they are often not affiliated with established Jewish institutions, and many grew up with limited Jewish knowledge. “There is an acute need for programmes that nourish their group identity and in the next decade we will reach out for many more Jews who are hungry for knowledge.” The strategic plans come after an extremely successful year with a record number of 10,000 participants (including 2,000 in Israel and 750 in St Petersburg in December 2017). More than 50,000 participants have joined Limmud FSU activities worldwide. Limmud FSU is planning a global volunteer leadership summit in Poland for its leaders from nine coun-
tries in partnership with the March of the Living, with the goal of forming a network of young leaders who are educated in Jewish history, heritage, and culture, and who have the connections, skills, and tools to shape the future of the Russian-speaking Jewish community. Also this year is the flagship conference in Moscow in April, Limmud FSU Volga-Urals, Limmud FSU Canada, Limmud FSU Ukraine in autumn, Limmud FSU Israel as well as other locations. Frenkel said: “As we enter our second decade, we strongly believe that our proven educational and communal model will help to ensure a vibrant and sustainable Jewish future for young Russian-speaking adults, wherever they may live.”
SCHINDLER HONOURED AT JERUSALEM EVENT Amid the political and media storm caused by the controversial Polish law that criminalises those accusing Poland of complicity in the Holocaust, a special event took place in Jerusalem to honour a man who saved Jewish lives on Polish land. The ceremony was held in the Chamber of the Holocaust on Mount Zion, during which a plaque was unveiled in honour of Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist, member of the Nazi Party, and the saviour of 1,200 Jewish lives during the Holocaust. He employed them in his factories, which were located in Krakow and Płaszów. The Chamber was the first museum devoted to the Shoah in Israel, and was established in 1949. The event was initiated by Limmud FSU, together with the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany and March of the Living. Schindler died in 1974 and at his request was buried in the Catholic Franciscan cemetery on Mount Zion, near to the Chamber. A short ceremony took place next to Schindler’s grave. Lili Haber, the daughter of Schindler’s list survivor
Yaakov Lazar, who also serves as chairman of Krakow survivors organisation, said: “Schindler saved not only 1,200 Jews while endangering his life, but tens of thousands of souls, descendants of the survivors. We must cherish and remember him.” Following the ceremony, a plaque honouring Schindler was unveiled in the Chamber, and a special candle lightning took place in memory of the victims. Chaim Chesler, Limmud FSU founder and the initiator of the event, said that “the Chamber of the Holocaust is the place where the ashes of 250,000 Jews murdered in the Holocaust were buried, and this is the right place to commemorate one of the greatest Righteous Among the Nations.” Holocaust survivor Bronia Shkolnik, 86, said: “This event is very moving – to be here in the state of Israel and to cherish the memory of those people who saved so many souls.” Shlomo Gur, vice president of the Claims Conference in Israel, said: “The event is a tribute to the courage Schindler displayed in rescuing the 1,200 Jews. We must continue to remember.”
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Jewish Schools Awards 2018
A class of their own! B
ritain’s outstanding Jewish teachers have been honoured at the Jewish Schools Awards. In its third year, the joint initiative between Jewish News and Partnerships for Schools (PaJeS) celebrates excellence in teaching, as well as highlighting the contributions of unsung heroes among non-teaching staff. The awards, sponsored by the Emmes Foundation, also recognised mental health and wellbeing champions in schools, who have provided exceptional pastoral support. Rabbi David Wilk, of North London Jewish Day School (primary) and Danny Baigel of Immanuel College (secondary) received honours for excellence in Jewish studies. Meanwhile Daniel Sunshine, assistant headteacher at Menorah Foundation School (primary) and Lelanie Grobler, head of psychology at JFS (secondary) were honoured for excellence in secular studies. Moses Kirosingh, caretaker at Eden Primary and Joanne Bernard, personal assistant to the headteacher at Yavneh College (secondary) were named as the winners of the award for exceptional contribution from non-teaching school staff. For pastoral support, Anna Livoti of Wolfson Hillel (primary) and Amit Singh Kalley of Hasmonean High School for Boys (secondary) were named recipients of the mental health and wellbeing champion award. A lifetime achievement award was presented to philanthropist Joshua Rowe, chair of governors at King David School in Manchester. Introducing Joshua Rowe on stage, PaJeS chair Sarah Anticoni reached for the superlatives to describe his achievements, and warmly recounted his impressive knowledge of “each pupil, parent and their siblings”. Collecting his award, Rowe said he felt “truly honoured” and paid tribute to the teachers in the room. “Teaching is the noblest of professions. Teachers shape generations and no one ever forgets a great teacher,” he said. “If I had my time again, I’d be a teacher – if I were good enough!”
The winners for each category received £5,000, while runners-up received £1,000, to spend on new projects and initiatives at their respective schools, courtesy of the Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust. The audience also heard from Rabbi Dr Eli Kohn, who movingly described the creation of a “more effective, cohesive and engaging” Chumash curriculum with four colleagues. Their new curriculum has now reached nearly 10,000 Jewish students, including 7,000 pupils from 23 schools in the UK and 1,500 pupils in Australia. PaJeS’ Rabbi David Meyer said: “This year, we were overwhelmed by the number of nominations received. “Mazeltov to our worthy finalists. I would like to thank all the headteachers and staff – it is genuinely a pleasure to work with all of you. Your dedication and determination to see our children succeed is nothing less than inspiring.” Jewish News editor Richard Ferrer said: “All the teachers who made the shortlist for an award are a credit to our community. They are the reason parents are confident about choosing a religious education for their children.” Simon Johnson, chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, said: “It was an honour to host the Jewish School Awards. It clearly meant a lot to those nominated as there was deserved pride in their achievements. They are a wonderful celebration of the excellence in our Jewish schools.” “I would like to thank all the headteachers and staff – it is genuinely a pleasure to work with all of you. Your dedication and determination to see our children succeed is nothing less than inspiring.” The winners were selected by a panel of judges, including author and teaching consultant John West-Burnham, Maurice Wohl charitable Foundation chief executive Kate Goldberg, consultant paediatrician Dr Michael Markiewicz, businessman and vice-chair of the Portland Trust Sir Harry Solomon and Jewish News’ features editor Francine Wolfisz.
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Staff at Britain’s Jewish schools were honoured at the Jewish News-PaJeS education awards, writes Alex Davis
Top: All the finalists on stage at the end of the evening. Below: Host Simon Johnson, Jewish News editor Richard Ferrer and PaJeS executive director Rabbi David Meyer
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Jewish Schools Awards 2018
SCHOOLS SCHOOLS AWARDS AWARDS
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AWARD 1: EXCELLENCE IN JEWISH STUDIES IN A PRIMARY SCHOOL
AWARD 2: EXCELLENCE IN JEWISH STUDIES IN A SECONDARY SCHOOL
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WINNER – RABBI DAVID WILK
WINNER – DANNY BAIGEL
Colleagues of Rabbi David Wilk, who is head of kodesh, say he “teaches from the heart, with a love of Judaism that comes across in every aspect of his teaching”. He has been praised by both Ofsted and Pikuach inspectors. Giving advice to other teachers, he said: “It can be a demanding career path, but it truly makes a difference and is tremendously rewarding. “Nothing can make you happier than seeing a child after a few years telling you how well they’re doing and realising you’ve played an important part in getting them to where they are today.” With the £5,000 prize money, Rabbi David would like to boost the school’s informal education programmes inside and outside the classroom.
Inspired by his own teachers at Immanuel College, Danny wanted to give back to the community by entering the teaching profession himself. According to his colleagues, Danny has made an “outstanding difference to the provision of Jewish studies at Immanuel College”. As assistant headteacher, his imaginative cross-curricular programmes have formed part of a unique curriculum, which includes events such as an ‘escape room’ on erev Pesach where students ‘escape from Mitzrayim’. “The power we have to really change students’ lives makes teaching truly special,” he said. Danny would like to use his £5,000 to improve the involvement of girls within Jewish education.
North West London Jewish Day School
AWARD 3: EXCEPTIONAL CONTRIBUTION FROM NONTEACHING SCHOOL STAFF IN A PRIMARY SCHOOL
AWARD 4: EXCEPTIONAL CONTRIBUTION FROM NON-TEACHING SCHOOL STAFF IN A SECONDARY SCHOOL
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WINNER – MOSES KIROSINGH
WINNER – JOANNE BERNARD
Moses (far left) is the premises manager at Eden and is praised by colleagues for the skill, expertise and patience he brings to the role. With a strong understanding of the school’s values, he acts as an effective role model to other members of staff. Asked how he inspires the pupils, Moses said: “I try to be myself and show empathy and care to everyone. If you’re passionate about people, working in a school is a brilliant way for you to shine. I feel like I’m a parent to all the pupils!” With the prize money, Moses would like to invest in the school’s playground, particularly the grass terraces. “My plan is to revamp these and to ensure all pupils, including those with special educational needs, have the best space to play in.”
During her 11 years at Yavneh College, Joanne (pictured, far left) has become a treasured role model to all her colleagues, both teaching and non-teaching. Her work, which includes being a PA, office manager and co-ordinating the school’s enrichment programme, has been praised for its unique attention to detail and impressive efficiency. She said: “Yavneh has been an amazing place to work and I loved it from the moment I started.” Asked how others could succeed in education, she said: “You have to love what you do and that attitude projects with children and colleagues.” Joanne hopes the prize will boost the enrichment programme and extracurricular activities.
Eden Primary School
AWARD 5: EXCELLENCE IN SECULAR STUDIES IN A PRIMARY SCHOOL
AWARD 6: EXCELLENCE IN SECULAR STUDIES IN A SECONDARY SCHOOL
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WINNER – DANIEL SUNSHINE
WINNER – LELANIE GROBLER
Colleagues praise Daniel as a “brilliant teacher and leader who cares for each child by insisting he gets to know what makes them tick.” Daniel (pictured, right) has been responsible for introducing competitions into Menorah, and creating a Historical Oscars programme for Year 6 students. His pupils’ Key Stage 2 SATs results show that the class achieved above local and national averages in reading. “Once you start teaching, you get such a thrill from being able to share information. Nothing beats working with children,” said Daniel. With the prize money, Daniel would like to develop training to improve mental health within the school.
Praised for her dynamic and exciting classroom, Lelanie (far left) has made psychology one of the most popular sixth-form subjects at JFS and also inspires parents, most recently when she led an evening on resilience and revision attended by 300. She said: “I absolutely love teaching. I wouldn’t want to do anything else but teach – it’s so important to everyone in the community. Asked her advice for other teachers she said: “You have to love your subjects and take that energy into the classroom. I share what I know, not just what is on the curriculum.” Lelanie will let her pupils decide what to do with the prize money. “I’m sure they’ll come up with something positive and lasting,” she said.
Menorah Foundation School
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Jewish Schools Awards 2018
NE-UP OF WINNERS! AWARD 7: MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING CHAMPION IN A PRIMARY SCHOOL
AWARD 8: MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING CHAMPION IN A SECONDARY SCHOOL
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WINNER – ANNA LIVOTI
WINNER – AMIT SINGH KALLEY
In the words of one of her colleagues, “Anna never falters in the kindness and patience she shows these children.” As part of her role supporting vulnerable pupils and those with different emotional needs, Anna’s goal is to ensure all students at Wolfson Hillel reach their full potential, build their self-esteem and, where possible, return to the classroom. Having moved from banking into teaching 13 years ago, Anna (pictured, far left) has never looked back. “I go into work every day and I enjoy what I do. Seeing the improvement and difference you make to the children is the biggest reward in my job,” she said. “I always try to get on to the level of my pupils and appreciate their abilities. I think it’s vital to be patient and not push them too far,” she added. “Their well-being is most important.” Anna will use the prize money for the Special Educational Needs department in the school.
A former student said of Amit, “No award is more suited to him than mental health and well-being… never have I witnessed a teacher go to such lengths.” As head of Sixth Form, Amit (pictured, far left) is seen as a dedicated, caring, generous and devoted teacher. In particular, he is praised for holding an ‘open door policy’, to which he strictly adheres at all times of the day. Amit said: “I stumbled into teaching by accident. When I finished university, I had to do something and I felt that teaching might be worth a shot – I’m so glad I did it in the end. “I aim to be there for the boys when they need assistance,” he added. “I listen and try my best to help them whenever necessary.” With the £5,000 prize money, Amit would like to further improve mental health support for students in the sixth form.
Wolfson Hillel Primary School
AWARD 9: LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER – JOSHUA ROWE MBE As governor, mentor and supporter of the King David High School in Manchester, Joshua Rowe MBE has been widely praised as a seminal figure in Jewish education. After taking up the post of chair of UJIA Manchester in 1990, Joshua raised funds to save Jews in Chechnya, Ethiopia and Belarus. However, one day a ‘light bulb’ moment came to him: “We were busy saving these kids, but who would look after them once they came here?” It was this realisation that sparked his intervention in Jewish education. At the time, King David High School was failing and the government was on the verge of shutting it down. Joshua was determined to turn the school’s fortunes around. “I told the teachers I don’t want hear things are marvellous. If one child has a problem at school, we all have a problem. There’s no such thing as everything is fine.” Focusing on the ethos of achievement, combined with the streaming system of grammar schools and the creation of a sixth form, Joshua played a seminal role in drastically improving the school’s fortunes. In 2016, The Sunday Times ranked King David High School as the third top comprehensive school in the country. Remarkably, Joshua still spends at least two hours every day at the school. He remains closely involved in all major decisions, presenting himself at parents’ evenings, school meetings and events on a regular basis. In 1999, the government recognised Joshua with an MBE for his efforts in education. A lawyer by training and a businessman by trade, Joshua laughs when asked how he balances his extensive commitments. His reply? “I don’t know – no one else is crazy enough to do it!” Compiled by Alex Davis
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UK and Israel’s healthy relations Only a few years ago, if you wanted to see what health secrets your genetics hid, you’d have to spend millions of pounds and use a network of labs to sequence your genome. Now the same exercise costs as much as a second-hand bike, takes a fraction of the time and can be done using gadgets you hold in your hand. Such is the sometimes scary pace of change in the healthcare industry, one of the world’s largest markets. The future will be almost unrecognisable. Consider the microbiome, that bacterial ecosystem living in your gut. What they’re finding out about it now will soon revolutionise what we eat and how we feel. Likewise, knowing our genes will put an end to trial-and-error drugs, because we’ll know what works and what doesn’t based on our DNA. And with the advance of computing power, our problems will soon be diagnosed by intelligent ‘bots, with scans and imaging analysed earlier, quicker, more accurately and cheaper by algorithms. In short, healthcare as we know it will be turned on its head. Old-schoolgentandBritishJewishphilanthropistDavidDangoorknowswhat’s coming and has planned for the UK and Israel to head into this bio-health revolution together, launching this week an initiative that will pair the two countries in this field. Scientists in both countries are among the world’s best, and already work together in many fields. This initiative breaks new ground in pairing the NHS with Israeli start-ups to help nudge us along that revolutionary road. The motivation couldn’t be stronger. The NHS is sadly on its knees, forever ‘in crisis’ and is, it could be argued, desperately in need of a fundamental redesign because it was conceived in another era just after the war, a bygone age if you consider the pace of change in healthcare. Mr Dangoor is helping in a small way, as are Israelis, whose ingenuity and habit of asking questions will help humanity’s health for years to come. Watch this space...
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TO ACTIVISTS, ISRAEL SHOULDN’T EXIST After actively campaigning for Israel for nearly 10 years, a recent experience convinced me that Israel is not ultimately at fault. I was privileged to be at a pro-Palestine meeting where I was the only Zionist. The Q&A revealed much of the mindset of the pro-Palestine agenda, namely that Israel has no right to exist. This basic tenet by the pro-Palestine lobby is the crux of why a ‘peace agreement’ has never been implemented. The following is clear. Palestinians who live in Jordan and the West Bank are adhering to the futile belief that they have a right of return, but Jews have no right to a homeland. The narrative continues that the two-state solution will be based upon the borders of 1967. Rubbish. If that were the case, the conflict would have been resolved years ago. The bottom line is that the Palestinians want Palestine back as in ‘from the river to the sea’ or, pre-1948 borders.
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The fact that the majority of the refugees from 1948 are now dead means that their offspring have no memory of pre-1948 Palestine.
Mike Abramov By email
Ofsted’s policy is worrying Laurence Garber states in his letter that Ofsted only want children to be taught facts, which begs the question why they require the teaching of evolution, which is not claimed by anybody as fact, merely a theory (Jewish News, 1 February). More wor-
rying is the fact that because Darwin thought up this theory, Ofsted has decided that teaching creationism or not teaching the theory as fact is sufficient reason to close down a school.
Ann Cohen Golders Green
CARTOON WAS IN BAD TASTE
THIS WEEKEND'S SHABBAT TIMES... Shabbat comes in Friday night 4.49pm
Palestinian refugees in Jordan
‘And where do you think you’re going? That bell is for me, not you. Sit down!’
At the time of writing, the outcome of the judicial inquiry into the policy and procedure of senior coroner Mary Hassell in regard to the burial of Jewish bodies has yet to be decided. Your Sketches and Kvetches cartoon of 25 January) attempted to introduce humour into
the very serious situation regarding the release of bodies with the minimum delay for burial and was, I feel, in grossly bad taste. I fail to see how this can be a subject for humour and I would urge editorial control to prevent future gratuitous offence.
Henry Jacobs By email
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Editorial comment and letters
The Shechita Board has decided we are no longer capable of koshering liver at home. Only pre koshered liver is available in the butcher shops. This has been decided without any discussion with the people who matter, the customer. For 52 years I have koshered liver at home and then made chopped liver. It is not hard to do. I will not buy pre koshered liver. Pre koshered liver means that it is cooked and cooled before the customer takes it home and then cooks it. This is a health risk as liver goes off very quickly. Should the Shechita Board be
in any way. This was particularly ironic as on Shabbat most synagogues recite prayers marking the passing of relatives of members or attendees. Why was the day allowed to pass without mention?
Regarding your article, “Out of Africa and in to Israel”, on the basis of a single Mount Carmel jawbone (Jewish News, 1 February), Israeli evolutionists, like evolutionists worldwide, fervently seek to extend the age of humanity. Yet of the surprisingly scarce human bones, graves, artefacts, and records, which should be everywhere if homo sapiens really has been around for one million years, none can be positively dated as being older than 10,000 years, indicating that the Biblical time scale is much more likely. There is no evidence that our ancestors were apes or ape-like creatures, and no fossils have ever been found to link human beings with anything other than human beings.
Clive Boxer Vice chairman, AJEX
Amnon Goldberg Israel
Shoppers livid over kosher liver allowed to police me in my own home? What will they do next?
Patricia Stanton Mill Hill
SYNAGOGUES SHOULD MARK HMD This year’s Holocaust Memorial Day took place on Shabbat, 27 January, and was instigated largely as a result of the efforts of the Emeritus Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks. It is with considerable disappointment that I noted many synagogues failed to mark the occasion by reciting any memorial prayers, or acknowleged the special occasion
NO PROOF THAT WE WERE EVER APES
TATTOOS HAVE A PAINFUL PAST Rabbi Miriam Berger discussed the pros and cons of tattoos (Jewish News, 1 February 2018). In recent years, this practice has become more common in the wider community and perhaps more accepted, but anybody considering such a thing would do well to remember the permanent nature of these markings. If they can be completely removed, the process will be expensive and possibly painful. Not everybody will share this taste or liking of tattoos, which could have
a negative effect on a job applicant’s chance of success, and also perhaps in other matters, for example, matrimonial prospects. On a couple of occasions, I have been shown tattoos that had been applied against the wishes of the bearer: numbers on their arms! Any Jewish person contemplating a tattoo needs to remember that dreadful connection.
Warran Rolnis By email
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Women’s equality in Israel tends to be a mixed bag RACHEL AZARIA MK KULANU PARTY
omen in Israel enjoy many benefits for which previous generations campaigned. Glass ceilings have been broken – the governor of the Bank of Israel is female, as are the current and former chief justices, while there are more women in politics than ever before (although still not enough). All of the five-year plans discussed in the Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) are clear about the importance of integrating women in the army. But the picture is still mixed. Some of the challenges women face in Israel are: sexual abuse and harassment; childcare issues; religious integration in mainstream society; segregation of women in the public sphere; and there is also the issue of “honour killings” in Arab society. There were many laws passed to prevent
sexual abuse and harassment between 15 and 20 years ago, but it is only now being implemented and becoming an integral part of Israeli society. Still, a former president is in jail for crimes he committed against women, and progress is being made. Prostitution wasn’t talked about for many years in Israel. Now, at least, it is being discussed. There is also the issue of the relationship between religion and state and the contradictory impacts of the integration of the strictly-Orthodox into mainstream society. That integration is a good thing, but also means that the strictly-Orthodox are bringing demands anchored in their way of life, such as keeping distance from women, into mainstream society. Should we accept these demands as the price for the Charedi to become a greater part of society? Perhaps the answer doesn’t need to be binary. Related to this is the creeping drive to segregate and exclude women in public. This affected me several years ago when I stood for election in Jerusalem. Like every candidate, I wanted my photo on a bus for
INTEGRATION OF THE STRICTLY-ORTHODOX IS GOOD, BUT ALSO MEANS THEY BRING DEMANDS ANCHORED IN THEIR WAY OF LIFE
the campaign. But, during a discussion with a bus company, I was told there are no women on Jerusalem buses owing to fears of violence from the strictly-Orthodox. We went on TV news, and a lawyer offered to represent me in the Supreme Court. The court ruled that what appears in the public sphere in Jerusalem shouldn’t be affected by threats of violence. It took three more years of campaigning about the right of women to sit where they want on a bus and not to be forced to walk on a separate
side of the street in a strictly-Orthodox neighbourhood, but ultimately legislation was changed. Change is coming to Orthodoxy in a variety of areas. Ritual bathing in mikvehs and the presence of attendants is already changing, kashrut is on the verge of change, and there is a debate on Shabbat. Marriage, divorce and conversion remain more complicated. This will take time and is connected to a larger question of the state of Israel defining what it means to be a Jewish state and the role of Jewish law. Israel in is trying to design a Jewish way of life that is based not on diaspora realities, but on a sovereignty that we have not experienced for 2,000 years. A central question is the role religion should have within this Jewish state. That debate goes on. There is huge advances in women’s equality and participation in society, but serious ongoing challenges that the Knesset and civil society must tackle. • The full version of this column is available in the new edition of BICOM’s Fathom journal – see www.fathomjournal.org
I’m a ‘bad Jew’ – and it’s a label I wear with pride CLAUDIA MENDOZA
JLC DIRECTOR OF POLICY & PUBLIC AFFAIRS
ho is a good Jew is a question most people would understandably be nonplussed about. Some would be suspicious about the premise behind the thought. Others, rabbis perhaps, may well give a learned exposition about a righteous way of life and observance of the commandments. But to the left-wing supposedly antiracist types who usually raise it, there can only be a binary response and the idea of the “good” Jew is a very precise one. Good Jews are anti-Zionist. Which leaves Zionists as the villain of the piece. Just last week, former Labour and Respect MP George Galloway took to Twitter to call comedian David Baddiel “a vile Israel fanatic”. In an indignant riposte, Baddiel highlighted that his attitude to Israel has always been “entirely meh” and stating that Galloway really meant “Jew, vile Jew” by making a presumption of his politics because of his faith. To Baddiel’s defence came Momentum founder, Jon Lansman, seconding that
Galloway’s depiction of the Jewish comedian was in his view anti-Semitic given that Baddiel is a Jew “who’s talked about being non-Zionist”. Writing in The Times, Phil Collins posed a pregnant question: were Baddiel to have been a different kind of Jew – say, one vocal about the right of Israel to exist – would Lansman’s solidarity with him have evaporated? Or, to go one step further, was Lansman’s support for someone experiencing racism conditional on said person passing a political test? Jews see these questions played out on a daily basis. Reports of anti-Semitism in Europe are often greeted with a sigh and a sentence beginning “But if only Israel didn’t…” An example occurred just last month. Amnesty International UK was due to host a Jewish Leadership Council event about Israel at the United Nations, only for it to be unceremoniously cancelled a few days beforehand. Despite months of planning and discussions at all levels of seniority, Amnesty’s official reasoning at the eleventh hour was that it was felt inappropriate to host an event “by those actively supporting settlements”.
Amnesty’s claim was false. The JLC supports a two-state solution and has never taken a position on settlements. Amnesty could find no statement to contradict this so cited our (very public) opposition to United Nations Resolution 2334 – which we stand by – as “evidence”. If only Amnesty had gone to such lengths to find the very real and ample evidence available about one of its earlier partnerships with Moazzam Begg of the group CAGE. Amnesty’s work with CAGE resulted in the suspension of its head of gender unit – for criticising publicly the relationship with a man called “Britain’s most famous supporter of the Taliban” by The Sunday Times. Amnesty defended itself by saying “sometimes the people whose rights we defend may not share each other’s views –
but they all have human rights, and all human rights are worth defending”. It appears that only Jews are subjected to a political test. As a result, is it any surprise that many Zionists try to downplay their pro-Israel credentials to stand in good stead with so-called progressives? They learn the hard way that unless they completely disavow Israel, they will be shunned. In reality, such people are not progressive but regressive and there is no reason to seek their approval. While criticism of Israel’s policy can be legitimate, abjuring its very existence can never be. If stating this makes me a bad Jew, it’s a label I’ll wear with pride.
FOR MANY ON THE LEFT WING OF BRITISH POLITICS, GOOD JEWS ARE ANTI-ZIONISTS – WHICH LEAVES ZIONISTS AS THE VILLAIN OF THE PIECE
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Help us save crumbling last witnesses to history NATASHA KAPLINSKY TV PRESENTER & NEWSREADER
rior to the Second World War, there were some 17,000 synagogues in Europe. Today, a little more than 3,300 of those remain, with 750 in poor or very bad condition, some on the verge of collapse. These statistics only came to my attention in recent months. However, one synagogue among those most ‘at risk’ made its mark on me 10 years ago, for very personal reasons. In 2007, as part of the programme I made with the BBC, Who Do You Think You Are?, I visited Slonim in Belarus to find out more about my ancestry. While there, I discovered that a number of my relatives on my father’s side had perished in the Holocaust. The Great Synagogue in Slonim was one of the synagogues where they would have worshipped – and on that same visit I stood inside its crumbling walls as my father’s cousin recited Kaddish for our lost family. Ten years on, this beautiful synagogue is even more run down, vandalised and structurally in danger. As the last testament to
the estimated 17,000-strong Jewish community that had lived there for centuries up to the Second World War, it feels very important to me that it is restored and preserved for future generations. This is why I support the work of the Foundation for Jewish Heritage, which is working on precisely that. It’s not just about saving architecturally beautiful and significant buildings – important as that is. It’s about saving the last evidence of once vibrant communities. These buildings should serve as portals to history, educating future generations about the Jewish life and their contribution to wider society, as well as the diversity of communities that once existed. With Slonim, and with the other synagogues highlighted by this project, the vision is for these buildings to incorporate Jewish museums, educational facilities and cultural centres. In the same way as my work with Holocaust commemoration was motivated by the need to create a record for future generations to learn from, the Foundation for Jewish Heritage’s programme is not just about acts of preservation. It is about increasing understanding, knowledge and empathy so we can combat the
WE ARE JUST ONE EXAMPLE AMONG SO MANY WHOSE HISTORY IS TIED TO LOST JEWISH COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT EUROPE growing intolerance in the world today and the dangers of what that can lead to. A couple of years ago, my extended family and I returned to Slonim, 27 of us in all. We visited various places of significance to our family who had lived in the town, including the synagogue. There were hoardings around the building and we had to find a gap to enter but, once inside, we all felt the impact of this imposing building, which was part of our family’s roots. However, it was in very poor condition and we understand that its beautiful ceiling may not survive another winter. I know we
were all struck at the time by a feeling that we had to do something to preserve it and memorialise its community. On our return, we discovered the Foundation for Jewish Heritage had already begun a project to map the historic synagogues in Europe – and that Slonim was among those deemed a priority. While Slonim Synagogue has a special significance for my family, we are just one example among so many others whose history is tied to lost communities throughout Europe. Some communities migrated to other areas, but in many cases they disappeared as a result of the terrible events of the 20th century. These buildings are the last witnesses to their existence. Let’s save them before it is too late. Natasha Kaplinsky is a TV presenter and newsreader who has worked for BBC, ITV and Sky. Last year, she was awarded an OBE for services to Holocaust commemoration. The Kaplinsky family is working with The Foundation for Jewish Heritage to try to help preserve The Great Synagogue of Slonim
What made the arthritic snail sit up and applaud? JENNI FRAZER
am sensing an understandable weariness on the part of the community as it faces yet another hurdle in the long-running saga I can only call ‘Us versus Them’. Perhaps it is exemplified by Jonathan Arkush’s decision to step aside from the unenviable job he once fought so hard to achieve: that of president of the Board of Deputies. For who, these days, would want to be firefighting day in and day out, a seemingly relentless and unending situation? Example one: what Arkush rightly described as Labour’s willingness to deal with anti-Semitism in the party as “with the speed of an arthritic snail”. On Sunday, distressingly, we learned that the snail was, it appears, not only arthritic but apparently paralysed, as Labour has seemingly agreed – courtesy of the new numerical make-up of the National Executive Committee – to re-admit people suspended from the party for various types of egregious
anti-Semitism. One such person was Mike Sivier, a Labour activist who rejects accusations of Holocaust denial and whose re-admission came with the proviso that he must attend a workshop on anti-Semitism – a rider he has refused and therefore not been allowed back. And who, I wonder, is going to make Sivier attend – the man who wrote it may be “entirely justifiable to say Tony Blair had been unduly influenced by a cabal of Jewish advisers”? Example two: Jeremy Bowen’s extraordinary report on BBC News at Ten about the Ahed Tamimi case in Israel, a report so full of prejudice that even the arthritic snail might have sat up and applauded. Ahed Tamimi, many readers will be aware, is the 16-year-old Palestinian whose slap of a remarkably restrained IDF soldier has landed her in the Israeli courts. Bowen, wandering the front yard of the Tamimi family home, managed to present the teenager’s story in a manner that would almost be worthy of parody were it not so serious. I am grateful to We Believe in Israel for
pithily summing up the main points against this report: that Bowen did not mention that Tamimi, daughter of a family constantly at odds with Israel, as is their right until and unless that opposition is expressed as violence, was charged with 12 different counts for six different incidents, not just the slap; that her aunt, Ahlam Tamimi, was involved in the 2001 Sbarro restaurant bombing in which 15 civilians died and 130 were wounded; that the Tamimi family has consistently refused to “forswear bloodshed”; that Bowen did not say what the IDF were doing in Tamimi’s village in the first place; and that of all the Israeli voices Bowen could have chosen to speak about the teenager,
he picked the MK Oren Hazan, suspended that day from the Knesset for mocking the disability of a fellow MK, and who, grinning to the camera, said: “If I was there, she would finish in the hospital for sure. Nobody could stop me. I would kick her face, believe me.” I cannot believe that Bowen, a seasoned reporter, did not know who Hazan was when he chose him as the sole Israeli comment on the Tamimi case. There must have been cheers in the BBC Jerusalem studio when Hazan made his gruesome remarks. So if it is a war, a war of attrition, I make the current score Them, 2, Us, nil. No wonder our leadership is weary.
I CAN’T BELIEVE BOWEN, A SEASONED REPORTER, DIDN’T KNOW WHO HAZAN WAS WHEN HE CHOSE HIM AS THE SOLE ISRAELI COMMENT ON TAMIMI
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Community / Scene & Be Seen
1SONGS FOR THE BOYS A total of 21 pupils from Years 4, 5 and 6 at Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School Choir participated in the Boys Town Jerusalem Annual Primary Schools’ Choral Festival at artsdepot to raise funds for the charity. The school’s Deborah Harris said: “WIJPS was delighted to once again support Boys Town Jerusalem. We are so proud of how they performed. For many pupils, this was the first time they had sung in front of an audience. They enjoyed every minute and were very excited to be part of this important fundraising event. We can’t wait for next year!”
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MDA UK DINES OUT
Magen David Adom (MDA) UK kicked off the year with a successful dinner party at 34 Mayfair, in London. Supported by Sami & Nadine Aysoy, Chemi Peres, son of Shimon, was the guest speaker, and addressed 60 MDA UK donors, while Brian Kalms, a new recruit to the MDA UK board, spoke about how MDA in Israel has played a significant and vital role in his personal life as his children have been recipients of MDA’s services in Israel. MDA UK chief executive Daniel Burger said: “It was a real honour to meet and welcome Chemi Peres to London at our event. We were delighted with the support we received from a great mix of donors, including significant foundations that have supported us for decades, as well as new donors from the next generation.”
3BATMITZVAH HONOUR Josephine Greenhalgh was the first girl to celebrate her batmitzvah at East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue since its migration into one building. Josephine is pictured with Rabbi Richard Jacobi at the synagogue, situated in Marlborough Road, South Woodford.
The Ladies Circle of Chabad of Buckhurst Hill held their annual fundraising dinner, where they team up with a charity of their choice – this year’s being Jami – to which they donate some of the proceeds. More than 90 guests were entertained by the worldrenowned Fabian Sisters, with speeches made by Rebbetzin Henny Brandman and Jami’s Louise Palmer, who spoke about the important work the charity does.
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Scene & Be Seen
Rabbi Binyamin Bar organised the fourth annual Jewish Learning in Southend for its extended community. The event began with a meal for Tu B’Shvat, before participants were entertained by Lord Monroe Palmer, Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords.
Israeli students mind the gap Tribe and the University Jewish Chaplaincy welcomed 50 gap year students in Israel to its UK Jewish Job Fair, where attendees had an opportunity to hear from Jewish leaders, including Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, who spoke about the unique rewards of a career in the Jewish community.
PHYSICISTS AWARDED Year 13 Immanuel College students Dexter Goodkind and Alexander Root (below) celebrated winning silver medals at the British Physics Olympiad. The boys are now ranked in the top 210 students nationally. Benjamin Harari, Sam Stakol, Joel Sheena, Kezia Sinclair-Horne, Davar Kirschel, Gabriel Bauernfreund and Ethan Diamond were all commended.
STORIES FROM WWI
Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue hosted Alan Fell, who spoke about the Heritage Lottery funded project London Jews in the First World War. Chairman Lindsay Shure said: “One man’s father was interned and was called a ‘dirty Jew’. He hit the anti-Semite over the head with a hammer and was jailed for seven days.”
100-SECOND INTERVIEW Celebrating our community’s centenarians... of support from my family in a ground floor flat. I visit Jewish Care’s Stepney Community Centre twice a week – I don’t know what I’d do without it. I meet my friends and have lunch. I love it there.
DORIAN WINS A FIAT!
Dorian Nineberg got his hands on a new Fiat 500 after buying the lucky raffle ticket at the Topland Business Luncheon for Jewish Care. Collecting his car from Glyn Hopkin Fiat in Chadwell Heath, he said: “Nobody expects to win big like this. I’m incredibly proud to support the organisation.”
What was your job before retiring? Name: Beattie (Beatrice) Orwell Date of birth: 7 July 1917 Place of birth: I was born in Aldgate
near the end of the First World War. My mother always told me I was born as the Zeppelin bombs dropped around me. Indeed, a bomb landed only a mile away in Bank. I’m the youngest of three sisters. We were always close and my father died young, so my mum brought us up to be strong and independent. We were bombed out in the Second World War and spent time in Oxford, went to Leeds for four years and then returned to London. Where do you live?
I live independently, with plenty
I worked as an overlocker in a men’s trouser factory. I’ve always been involved in local politics, taking an active role against the fascist black shirts in the Cable Street riots, and later I was elected as a local councillor in Tower Hamlets. In 1966, my husband served as mayor of Tower Hamlets and we used our political influences to help shape the area. It was a marvellous year; we met the Queen and prime minister of the time, Edward Heath. I am proud to be the longest known member of the Labour Party and, in 2014, I met the former Labour leader Ed Miliband and talked to him about the issues I feel passionate about, such as housing and elderly care.
Did you get married?
I married John Orwell at Albert Square Police Station in 1938. We had a tiny party; my aunt made us chicken soup and a nice tea. We were very poor. Do you have any children, grandchildren and great grandchildren?
I have three children who are wonderful and I see a lot of them, their spouses, my 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren – the newest of whom are twin boys.
Do today’s young people have it easy compared to when you were growing up?
Are the elderly given the respect they deserve in Britain today?
Some are, but not all.
The secret for a long life is…
Eat work, work hard, be happy. Video: Watch Beattie talk about her life at jewishnews.co.uk
What news story has had the most impact on you over the years?
The end of the Second World War.
If you were granted one wish to see something in your lifetime, what would it be?
I’d like to see my family grown up. If you could live your life again, would you do anything differently?
Marry a rich man!
Beattie Orwell today
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5 MARTIN SPEAKS 8 SPECIAL SHABBAT
The JLE’s new wing hosted more than 160 young professionals for an evening in the presence of author Martin Pistorius. Speaking about his New York Times bestseller, The Ghost Boy, he told the audience how he was a happy, healthy boy until a mystery illness left him in a virtual coma at the age of 12, the physical and sexual abuse he suffered and how he waited for death until one day, a visiting carer noticed how he was trying to communicate and began the process of his rehabilitation.
Photo by Blake Ezra
THE PUPILS WERE REALLY INTERESTED TO HEAR ABOUT THE IMPORTANT ROLE NEWSPAPERS PLAY IN OUR DAILY LIVES Photo by John Rifkin
6 TREE MEMORIAL
The oldest and youngest member of Southgate Progressive Synagogue’s Religion School, Ilana Keren and Alice Dack, planted an olive tree in memory of former Life President Hilda Schindler, who gave 52 years of dedicated service as its head teacher.
7 POLAND VISIT
Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue’s Rabbi Alex Chapper and his wife Eva, together with Rabbi Garson of JRoots, led a group of 40 members on an emotional trip to Poland to honour the memory of Holocaust victims. Places visited included Oskar Schindler’s factory and the Nazi death camps of Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II Birkenau.
Shabosos L’menucha held another successful Shabaton at Wickham, with 175 people, including 65 children with special needs, spending an exciting musical Shabbat alongside famous singer and badchan, Michoel Schnitzler of New York. Shabosos L’menucha also organise events on Purim, Chanukah, Chol Hamoed Pesach and Succot, as well as taking some children out every Shabbat afternoon.
9 TOP NEWS STORY!
Jewish News features editor Francine Wolfisz visited Year 5 pupils at Hertsmere Jewish Primary School in Radlett as part of Book Week and spoke about how newspapers are put together. Afterwards, the budding reporters made their own front pages, complete with headlines, pictures and stories. She said: “The pupils were really enthusiastic and interested to hear about the important role newspapers play in our daily lives.”
10 BOYS’ BIRTHDAY Boys Town Jerusalem students joined Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Ambassador Mark Regev and 220 guests on Tuesday to celebrate the school’s 70th anniversary. The charity’s Kate Reuben said: “The event was really special and raised more than £175,000.”
Family announcements Mikayla Shane celebrated her batmitzvah at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue
Sarah Herskine & Oriel Zobin celebrated their wedding at Finchley United Synagogue
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Daniel Barnett celebrated his barmitzvah at Northwood United Synagogue
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Mia Costa celebrated her batmitzvah at Shenley United Synagogue
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‘WJR helped my family flee’ More than £1.2million raised at World Jewish Relief ’s annual dinner as charity brings plight of Ukraine’s community into focus
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Keynote speaker at London’s Guildhall was Philippe Sands QC, who told 500 diners how WJR helped his family escape Nazi Europe in 1938, before talking about his book, East West Street. He told guests: “It is an honour to be here tonight to support this extraordinary organisation,” before urging people to donate to help those in need. At the dinner, which was attended by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Israeli Ambassador to the UK Mark Regev and hosted by the historian and broadcaster Jacky Klein, guests heard about the charity’s work in the past year supporting more than 42,000 people across 19 countries.
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‘Workplace stress has become an epidemic’ More than 12 million working days were lost to anxiety and depression last year but medication is not always the answer, Dr Ellie Cannon tells Francine Wolfisz
s he walked into his local surgery, one patient truly believed he was displaying the symptoms of a heart attack. With difficulty breathing, pain all over his body and a racing heart, many would have been forgiven for thinking the same, but Dr Ellie Cannon’s experience told her this was in fact a panic attack brought on by work-induced stress – a condition now so common that the World Health Organisation calls it “a global epidemic”. Working as an inner-city GP since 2006, Cannon has certainly seen her fair share of patients affected by work-related ill health, with latest figures revealing that more than half a million people in the UK are in fact seeking help for this very issue. Last year alone, stress, depression and anxiety accounted for a staggering 12.5 million lost working days. Rather than simply doling out medication, Cannon believes taking a more holistic approach to the problem can effectively help those affected, as outlined in her new book, Is Your Job Making You Ill? “It can be quite a scary position to find yourself in this situation. For many patients they worry about jeopardising their income, their career or feeling stigmatised,” explains Cannon, who works as a GP in St John’s Wood. Looking at national statistics, employees within the public sector are more likely to develop workrelated stress.
While the average rate is 1,600 per 100,000, within the nursing sector that statistic almost doubles to 3,000 per 100,000. Cannon, who writes a weekly health column for the Mail on Sunday and is a resident GP columnist for Best magazine, says: “There are obviously jobs where the stress is much worse, resources are constrained and the pressures are much higher. “People who work within the charity sector, as aid workers or nursing staff, also have to deal with a job that is emotionally draining, so there are many reasons why certain professions are more vulnerable to this problem.” The National Labour Force Work Survey also suggests more women than men are affected, though this can be partly explained by women having “a greater likelihood” of disclosing their mental health problems. “Sadly, mental health is still seen as a weakness and men can fall into that way of thinking. They are often told to “man up”, rather than admitting work is making them feel ill.” Stress can manifest itself as anxiety, panic attacks and addiction,
as well as physical conditions, including high blood pressure, irritable bowel syndrome and insomnia. “It’s a relatively common consultation for me to see someone coming in and saying they feel ill all the time,” Cannon tells me. “But once you unpick what is really going on - that they are not sleeping as well as they should be, working too hard, not exercising
“BEING ON SOCIAL MEDIA TOO FREQUENTLY CAN DAMAGE OUR REAL-LIFE RELATIONSHIPS AND ADD TO A SENSE OF LONELINESS or eating well, or having the time to relax – then it becomes obvious their immune system is suffering as a result of stress, rather than any underlying physical problem.” While Cannon believes medication can certainly help alleviate the problem, she always advises her patients to try and look after themselves better, eat well and have time to relax. Part of the book outlines practical ways to alleviate issues at work, including taking time off or seeking legal advice, as well as building resilience to help cope with similar situations again in the future. Turning off from phones and emails after work hours is another practical way to help reduce stress. “Twenty years ago you could walk out of the office and not be expected to continue working, whereas now we are available all
the time, 24 hours a day, because of smart phones and emails. “Just a few months ago, France recognised this problem and gave workers the right to disconnect. “So there was an acknowledgment workers have the right to feel they don’t need to be connected all the time.” While it sounds simple enough, talking through your problems with friends and family can prove the most effective remedy of all. “Being on social media too frequently can actually damage our real-life relationships and add to a sense of loneliness,” adds Cannon. “Taking the time to have proper conversations and connecting with family and friends isn’t just something that makes us feel better – it’s actually hugely important to our overall sense of mental well-being.” Is Your Job Making You Ill? by Dr Ellie Cannon, £14.99 (paperback) is available now
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Lifestyle / 100 years of empowerment
Celebrating a century of inspiring Jewish women One hundred years ago this week, women scored their first victory towards achieving equality. The Representation of the People Act added 8.5 million women to the electoral roll, who were eligible to vote for the first time in the 1918 general election. Over the next decade, the first female MP was elected to Parliament and by1928 the vote was extended so that all women over 21 were eligible. In celebration of empowered women, Francine Wolfisz pays tribute to 10 Jewish females who helped change the world in the last 100 years... ANNE FRANK Annelies Marie “Anne” Frank, born in Frankfurt, Germany, on 12 June, 1929, is the author of one of the most widely read accounts of the Holocaust and a symbol for the lost promise of more than one million Jewish children who died at the hands of the Nazis. After fleeing to Amsterdam when Hitler came to power, by 1942 she was forced into hiding and spent the next two years writing in her diary. She and her family were sent to Bergen-Belsen in 1944, where Anne, aged just 15, died from typhus. Today her diary has been translated into more than 60 languages.
ROSALIND FRANKLIN English chemist and X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Elsie Franklin was instrumental to discovering the double helix structure of DNA – but her contribution to this field was only recognised posthumously. Born to a prominent British-Jewish family, she is best known for her X-ray diffraction images of DNA, particularly Photograph 51, which inspired a West End play starring Nicole Kidman as Franklin. She died in 1958, aged 37, of ovarian cancer.
GOLDA MEIR Israel’s first (and to this day only) female Prime Minister, Gold Meir was known as the “Iron Lady” of Israeli politics well before the same term was applied to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. David Ben-Gurion, under whom she previously served as foreign minister, described her as his “best man in the government”. During her tenure, she met with world leaders to promote her vision of peace in the Middle East and in the wake of the Munich massacre of 1972, she ordered Mossad to hunt down and assassinate the suspected terrorists. She resigned in 1974, following the Yom Kippur War and died four years later, aged 80, of lymphatic cancer.
BARBRA STREISAND In a career spanning six decades, Barbra Streisand, 75, is an accomplished singer, songwriter, actress and filmmaker. She is among a handful of entertainers who have been honoured with an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award and is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, with more than 150 million albums and singles sold worldwide. With the release of Yentl in 1983, Streisand became the first woman to write, produce, direct and star in a major studio film. She won the Golden Globe Award for Best Director, becoming the first (and to date only) woman to win that award.
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100 years of empowerment / Lifestyle RUTH BADER GINSBERG Born in Brooklyn, New York, to Russian-Jewish immigrants, Bader Ginsberg, 84, is the first Jewish woman (and only the second woman) appointed to the United States Supreme Court. She was a wife and mother before starting Harvard law school, where she was one of the few women in her class, and transferred to Columbia Law School, where she graduated tied for first in her class. Bader Ginsburg has spent much of her legal career advancing gender equality and women’s rights.
DOROTHY LEVITT Born into a prosperous Sephardi family in London, Dorothy Levitt became the first British woman racing driver and holder of the world’s first water speed record, earning her the soubriquet, The Fastest Girl On Earth. A pioneer of female motoring, she also taught Queen Alexandra how to drive and invented the rear view mirror before it was introduced by manufacturers in 1914. She died in 1922 aged 40.
SHERYL SANDBERG American tech executive Sheryl Sandberg, 48, is the chief operating officer of Facebook and founder of the Lean In Foundation. She is also the first woman to serve on Facebook’s board. Prior to this position, she served as vice president of global online sales and operations at Google. Her 2013 book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, addresses issues with the lack of women in government and business leadership positions and has sold more than two million copies worldwide.
HELENA RUBENSTEIN Entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein was the founder of her eponymous cosmetics company, which made her one of the world’s richest women. The eldest of eight daughters born to Polish Jews, Helena emigrated to Australia in 1902 with no money and little English. However, she soon found a market for her jars of beauty cream, made with lanolin, or wool wax, which she found in abundance in her adopted country. Combining the cream with lavender, pine bark and water lilies, the jars were soon flying off the shelves. Within just a few years, she opened shops throughout Australia and then London, Paris and New York, making her brand one of the world’s first global cosmetics companies. She died in 1965, aged 92.
BETTY FRIEDAN Activist Betty Friedan was a leading figure in the women’s movement in the US and author of the seminal 1963 book, The Feminine Mystique. She cofounded and was elected the first president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), which fought for women’s rights and later the National Women’s Political Caucus. She died in 2006 aged 85.
DEBORAH LIPSTADT American historian Deborah Lipstadt, 70, is best known as the author of Denying The Holocaust. It was a book she was later forced to defend in the British courts, alongside proving Hitler’s genocidal murder of six million Jews, when she was sued by David Irving for describing him as a holocaust denier. The legal battle was regarded as so significant that the Israeli government released Adolf Eichmann’s journals to help her case. After five years, the Royal High Court of Justice ruled in favour of Lipstadt in April 2000, prompting her to exclaim: “History has had its day in court and scored a crushing victory.”
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Lifestyle / Travel
The charm of China
n my recent visit to Shanghai, there were many things that left me smiling. I was pleasantly surprised by the ease and safety of the underground, the honesty in restaurants when women left behind their handbags while going to the buffet, the expected air pollution that thankfully never appeared – and the moreish taste of red date yogurt. Yet my favourite experience in China’s largest city – which is the most populous city in the world – was a Jewish tour led by Israeliborn journalist Dvir Bar-Gal. I was lucky to get a place in the group. Bar-Gal seems like a busy man, but we did meet and it seemed appropriate the chosen location was at the Fairmont Peace Hotel, the glamorous art deco masterpiece where the rich and famous have gathered for years, and which underwent a renovation in 2010. The surprise was learning that the place owes its existence to the Sassoons, a wealthy Iraqi-Jewish family. It was David Sassoon’s son, Elias, who first left their Bombay base in 1844 to trade in China and it was grandson Victor who founded what was then The Cathay Hotel, living in the penthouse floors. Famous guests include Charlie Chaplin, Bernard Shaw and Noel Coward - who here completed his play, Private Lives. After exploring some of the beautiful rooms and hearing that Victor at one time owned more than 1,800 properties in Shanghai, we walked to the very heart of Shanghai, The Bund, which consists of dozens of beautiful historical buildings lining the Huangpu River. It was there with a backdrop of boats, eager tourists and, just over the water, the Pudong
Lucy Daltroff travels to Shanghai and discovers the very Jewish roots of the world’s most populous city
district’s futuristic skyline that we learned Jewish settlers came to Shanghai in three waves and this, the first tranche, consisted mainly of Sephardic Jews. They also included a branch of the philanthropic Kadoorie family from Baghdad, who
Shabbat Shalom from Shanghai! a kosher shop, pre-school, Sunday Hebrew Despite travelling to China for 30 years, classes even a mikveh. I have only just discovered the full extent The community imports beef from of the Jewish community in Shanghai, Uruguay, chicken from Beijing and lamb writes Peter Harris. from Mongolia. In fact, a supply arrived from On a previous visit, I met Kevin Whyte, Mongolia while we were there to provide the a Jewish businessman living in Shanghai Jewish community with lamb for a year. and warden at one of the three Chabad Other Jewish community centres operate synagogues in the city. He invited my son in Hong Kong, Kowloon, Beijing, Chengdu, and I to join him for Friday night dinner the Yiwu, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Ningbo. next time we were in town. If you are on holiday in Shanghai, visit After candle-lighting and synagogue The Bund, the old colonial area, and all service, we sat down to enjoy a five-course the other places of interest, but don’t miss Shabbat meal in their restaurant. There were more than 50 of us, thousands of miles Friday night with the Shanghai Jewish Hongqiao community. away from home, sitting down to dinner from all walks of life and varied Jewish For more information, visit chinajewish.org backgrounds and observance. There were visitors from Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico, Canada, France and Israel. Rabbi Shalom Greenberg came to Shanghai 18 years ago with his wife, and enthused the crowd with plenty of singing and clapping. The atmosphere was joyous. Aside from providing services, the Shanghai Jewish Centre has a restaurant, Brian Harris, Kevin Whyte, Rabbi Greenberg and Peter Harris
tive wrought-iron Star of David on a front door, built another famous hotel, The Peninsula. but of course the good news is that nearly all of Between them all they set up many of the the residents survived the war. city’s landmark buildings, including Sassoon Following the war, and with the founding House, the Metropole Hotel, and the Embankof the People’s Republic of China in 1949, the ment Building, enabling the Bund to develop community dwindled, with many emigrating into the major financial centre of East Asia. to Israel, the United States, Australia and Later, Silas Hardoon, also from Baghdad, Hong Kong. Today the Jewish community was responsible for constructing the main numbers approximately 2,000. shopping street, The Nanking Road. Arriving back to my hotel, there was just time Suddenly I began to see the largest city in to regather my strength to visit the Shanghai China through a quite unexpected Jewish lens. World Financial Centre and get a panoramic In the 1920s, Russian Jews fleeing the view of China’s biggest and richest city. A city pogroms began to arrive, and the community that hugely benefited from its Jewish citizens increased further in 1938 to 30,000, with arrivals and which did much to save their lives. from Germany, Austria and, later, Poland, as Jews escaped Nazi persecution. The next stop on our Jewish tour was to the north of the city, to the Hongkou district. During the war, the Japanese occupying forces interned the population and relocated them to the ‘Restricted Sector for Stateless Refugees’ in an overcrowded square mile. American-Jewish charities and local families aided them with shelter, food, and clothing. It was sobering to visit the tiny tenements in what is still one of the poorest areas of the city, and even to see a decora- Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum, formerly Ohel Moshe Synagogue
LUCY’S TRAVEL TIPS Lucy stayed at the Dorsett Hotel, Shanghai, dorsetthotels.com/shanghai. She was a participant on Dvir Bar-Gal’s tour of Jewish Shanghai, shanghai-jews.com, and visited the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum
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Mishpatim BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL Mishpatim – the first statute book of Israel – might sound like heavy reading, but is surprisingly varied, and concise enough not to lose a lay reader’s attention. Starting with Hebrew slaves, the list proceeds through interpersonal conduct and moves on to moral sexual behaviours and duties to God. Areas such as how to behave towards one’s enemy are also looked at. Elements of how to treat terrorists, prisoners in detention and their families fall under this heading; human rights are relevant even to those who have abused others, even ourselves, and those rights emanate from our responsibilities to them. Macro-issues of how to run a humane economy and refrain from abuse of system are treated, followed by sustainable land cultivation and husbandry. It is remarkable that such details are tackled in a desert, but the Israelites were neither ignorant of agriculture, nor planning to stay longer than two years in the desert.
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The statute roll concludes with a reminder that Hebrew practices are not merely a cultural phenomenon, but part of code of loyalty to one God. Setting the statutes into practice is achieved by calendarising festivals, and they are summarised near the end of this week’s reading. God then sends an angel to guard the Israelites. Perhaps with so many social and legal practices to integrate, the Israelites cannot devote all their time to watching out for themselves and need some help against their enemies. The last section relates how the young Israelites celebrated the Sinai revelation, fully viewing God’s presence. Thereafter, Moshe ascended Sinai and remained there 40 days and nights. But the celebratory ending is a lining at the edge of a dark cloud that presages the cult of the Golden Calf.
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“I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and awesome day of Hashem, that he shall return the heart of the fathers to their children, and the heart of the children to their fathers…” (Malachi Chapter 3). Elijah the prophet (pictured) is widely assumed to be an incarnation of Pinchas, the grandson of Aaron, who took dramatic steps to prevent widespread licentiousness among the children of Israel. In his day, Elijah took a similar stand against the wicked King Ahab (husband of Jezebel) and earned fame for his successful showdown against the false prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel. He stands up for what he believes to be right, often at great personal cost. His presence is ubiquitous in Jewish history and rabbinic
literature and is unique in Jewish consciousness in that his death is not recorded as such; rather he is described as ascending to Heaven in a chariot of fire. The Maharal of Prague explains that since he departed this world without dying, he is able to reappear in later generations — this is because his mission transcends
the barriers of time. Stationed in Gan Eden, which means the garden of time, or timelessness, he can journey through different eras in history with access to all times. His immortality suggests that his mission, as well as ours, has not yet been fulfilled. Elijah, being the harbinger of the redemption, has an honoured place at the Seder. Following grace after meals we open the door in the hope that he will come and inform us of the final redemption. Before the coming of Mashiach, with the restoration of prophecy, Eliyahu will appear again to help the Jews return to Hashem. Rabbi Jonny Roodyn is educational director at Jewish Futures Trust
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The Bible Says What?
‘God turns people to ash’
Are charities right to return money from the Presidents Club?
BY RABBI PETE TOBIAS An offering in an early Monty Python book was God’s school report. The divinity teacher was not happy with his pupil. He wrote: “Poor. Keeps disputing Biblical facts on the ground that he was ‘misquoted’.” When I first read this, some 50 years ago, I wasn’t terribly impressed with God either. I found his random zapping of hapless humans somewhat unreasonable. An example is in Leviticus chapter 10 when Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, commit what seems like a relatively minor crime of entering the Tent of Meeting, but are reduced to ash by an outburst of God’s temper. But look at where and when this part of the Torah was written down and things become clearer. Solomon had just died and the kingdoms of Judah and Israel had separated. Jeroboam was the first ruler of the Jerusalem-less kingdom of Israel, and said to be at “constant war with the house of Judah”. Jeroboam even set up a shrine at Beth El
to prevent his subjects going to the Temple in Jerusalem, part of Judah, and brought in some renegade Aaronide priests to minister there. Jeroboam’s sons were Nadab and Abijah. Those names are remarkably similar to the two sons of Aaron who got zapped in the wilderness. Coincidence? Of course not. You see, God didn’t write that Aaron’s sons were zapped. Those words came from a scribe in Judah trying to discredit the hated Jeroboam. Indeed, I’m pretty sure these two didn’t exist as Aaron’s sons at all... just Jeroboam’s. A Biblical audience hearing that two people with those names went into the presence of God would know just who they were and what the outcome would be. The Torah is full of vengeful authors having their enemies bumped off by divine wrath. Poor God. He does indeed have every right to claim He was misquoted. Pete Tobias is rabbi at the Liberal Synagogue Elstree
BY DEBORAH BLAUSTEN For generations Jews and scholars have grappled with the question of how to treat good things that come to us from problematic places. An example discussed in the Talmud (Moed Katan 17a) is the question of whether you can learn Torah from a wayward or disgraced sage. The Gemara concludes that this is not possible, even if his Torah is needed. Though the truth of the teaching is not questioned, the rabbis are concerned about giving legitimacy to improper conduct. They perceived accepting Torah from a sinner as some kind of endorsement and worried about the future influence this scholar might have on the behaviour of their students. The concern motivating charities who have returned donations from the Presidents Club appears to be similar. They do not wish to be seen to endorse the behaviour that
is reported to have occurred at the events that raised the money, and are concerned about legitimising further actions of this kind. Should they return the money? Jewish teaching appears to suggest that this depends on what the charities knew when they received the money. The Orthodox halachic authority Rav Moshe Feinstein taught that in the case of a Torah written by a heretic, the scroll could be used if it was written before the writer sinned. This is an important idea because it suggests that if the community acquired the scroll in good faith, and
before a transgression had occurred or was known of, then they can use it. This is a helpful guide for approaching the question of how charities should act now. If charities acquired the money knowing what happened at the event, then taking that money constitutes endorsement of the kind that the Jewish teaching explicitly prohibits. If charities received the money in good faith, before the terrible behaviour at the event was exposed, without knowledge of previous claims but having done appropriate due diligence, then they should not need to return it. Just as learning from a wayward scholar doesn’t redeem that scholar, none of this changes the status of the acts that occurred at the event. The dinner remains a problem, but charities acting in good faith should not suffer from the sins of others. Deborah Blausten is a rabbinic student at Leo Baeck College
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JEWISH AGENCY Dear Sharon I’m a 27-year-old single man looking to make aliyah to a kibbutz, where I can get acclimatised to life in Israel – a place where I can focus on learning the language and culture without the stress of finding a job and renting an apartment. I’m observant and affiliated with the Modern Orthodox movement so a setting with kosher food, Shabbat accommodations and so on is important. How do you suggest I go about applying to live on a kibbutz for the first couple of years after making aliyah? Max
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