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Stamford Hill knife terror

Madman brandishing a meat cleaver threatens to kill Jewish children

Police have arrested a crazed armed man believed to have threatened Jewish children with a meat cleaver and a large knife in Stamford Hill. The man tried to gain entry to a kosher shop on Upper Clapton Road on Tuesday evening, but was thwarted when staff locked the door. He then entered another Jewish shop, asking for the owner, saying: “Where is the boss? I’ll kill him.” After leaving, the man is reported to have shouted at two Jewish girls aged eight and 14 years, saying: “You Jews run away from here before I kill you.”

Shomrim volunteers said they followed the individual to a block of flats on Rossington Street where armed police arrested him on suspicion of affray and possession of an offensive weapon. CCTV images of a white male in a white hooded top with his face hidden later appeared on social media. Police confirmed they arrested a 61-year-old man. Shomrim supervisor Chaim Hochauser said his organisation “responded to reports of a male making threats and brandishing a meat cleaver and a large knife in Hackney. We contained the area where the suspect

had fled, and liaised with local and armed Police who cordoned off the area. The suspect was subsequently arrested.” A CST spokesman said: “This must have been an alarming incident for those in the vicinity and we commend the police for arresting the suspect so quickly.” A spokesman for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “Violent anti-Semitic crime continues to rise at an alarming rate and will continue to do so until antiSemitic incitement is taken seriously by the authorities before it translates into violence.”

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Jewish News 11 May 2017

News / General Election 2017: The battle for Finchley & Golders Green

‘Doughty fighter’ Freer setting his sights on election hat-trick by Jenni Frazer @Jennifrazer

On a gorgeous late spring morning, Mike Freer is sitting on a bench in a lushly gardened Golders Green neighbourhood, almost entirely occupied by strictly Orthodox families. This is Freer’s third election: he won the seat in 2010, following the death of Labour’s Rudi Vis, who had become the MP in 1997. Freer is a familiar figure in the constituency, on closer than nodding terms with rabbis and communal leaders, highly involved in the Conservative Friends of Israel and spoken of – even by his political rivals – as one of the Jewish community’s best friends in parliament. Freer highlights a number of proud moments in the last parliamentary term, such as lobbying for £11.5m additional funding for security as well as supporting the establishment of the new Rimon & Alma schools. He says he will continue to support faith schools as long as they uphold British values and support social integration. He was also an enthusiastic “Remain” campaigner in the 2016 Referendum as to whether Britain stayed in Europe, something which, it turns out, was not in step with the opinions of many of the householders in this part of Golders Green. But the pragmatic Freer is determined to make the best of Brexit and now hopes to get the

best deal possible for Britain – and those whom he hopes will remain his constituents. “I felt we should respect the democratic view – and that if you ignore the vote [to leave Europe] it would corrode our democracy. Look at France and Germany: where people feel they have been forgotten, they turn to the extremes.” He sighs when asked about the controversial decision of the Labour Party to stand two of the leaders of the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) against him and Matthew Offord in the adjoining constituency of Hendon. Freer says: “I’m sure Jeremy Corbyn chose his candidates carefully. But it does make you think why Mr Corbyn didn’t ask Jeremy Newmark to stand in Bradford, or a seat outside Jewish areas, to ensure that the party is able to place candidates anywhere in the UK.” No doubt, says Freer wryly, “Mr Corbyn has his reasons”, but he believes that “if you want to fight the fight for a particular party, you should be prepared to fight anywhere… and not stay in a comfort zone”. Freer plays down remarks he made in the 2015 election when the Jewish barrister, Sarah Sackman, also a member of the JLM, stood against him in Finchley and Golders Green. It was suggested then that he believed he was better placed, as a non-Jewish friend of Israel, to make its case than someone who came from the community. Freer deprecates. It was not a huge controversy, he says, rather “two Labour

Swift return? Freer meeting voters

councillors who tried to make a story. What I said was that if you look in the House of Commons, there are many MPs of all political sectors who are fighting Israel’s corner. Look at John Mann [the Labour MP for Bassetlaw who has spearheaded the fight against anti-Semitism]. Many of the doughty fighters on behalf of the community aren’t necessarily from the community, and sometimes that’s helpful. I wouldn’t say it was a controversy.” Anti-Semitism, says Freer, is only raised on the doorsteps with him in terms of the Labour Party’s inability to tackle it. But he says it is important for organisations such as the CST to be well funded. Freer lopes off on a whistlestop canvass of the local residents, his bright blue jumper and jeans a stark contrast to the almost uniform white shirts and dark suits of the householders who open the doors to him and his team. But many of the residents both know and like Freer, some even asking him to pose for a selfie. There is scant time for prolonged discussion, but even on this quick door-to-door Freer is getting a good reception, with many people promising him their vote. One of his canvassers says the Orthodox community has a record of a high turn-out on election days. “Many of these people are from families and places where being able to vote was of major importance, so they feel they have a civic duty. It’s part of their value system.”

Lib Dems confident of exceeding expectations Jonathan Davies received just 3.3 percent of the vote, or 1,662 crossses on the ballot paper at the 2015 General Election, but that hasn’t put him off from running for the Liberal Democrats for the same seat again, writes Marc Shoffman. Davies, treasurer of Golders Green Synagogue and vice chairman of Liberal Democrats Friends of Israel, as well as a member of the Board of Deputies,

says there is one central issue occupying voters’ minds in this election. Brexit. He says the community could be affected as Britain will lose all influence over the Middle East peace process and warns European law protects religious freedoms such as Shechitah.

Davies highlights that the party that wins Finchley & Golders Green has always won the General Election, warning the community can’t let Jeremy Corbyn become prime minister. He says: “I do not believe that the Jewish community will support Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, however

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General Election 2017: The battle for Finchley & Golders Green / News

‘There’s only one Jeremy on this ballot’ by Jenni Frazer @Jennifrazer

Jeremy Newmark, the chairman of the Jewish Labour Movement, and his team, are setting up in the Labour Party headquarters in East Finchley, ready to go out on their first doorto-door canvass of voters since Newmark launched his campaign on Monday evening. Although he is an observant, kippahwearing Jew, Newmark’s campaign speech at his launch was notable for its lack of reference to the Jewish community, instead focusing directly on local issues. If elected, Newmark would be the first Orthodox Jew in the House of Commons, but he makes little of this. Jews in the 21st century, he says, should be able to be represented anywhere, and participate in all walks of life. He makes clear that his selection as the Finchley and Golders Green Labour candidate was the choice of Labour’s central office, not the local party. He laughs at the suggestion that he and Mike Katz have been given Finchley and Golders Green and Hendon to fight as “a sweetener” by a leadership surrounded by allegations – not least from the JLM – of failure to deal with anti-Semitism. “Anyone who knows the Jewish community would not say that being given a Jewish constituency to fight was any sort of a sweetener”. In fact, says Newmark, it is the reverse: “We have six hus-

Confident smile: Newmark out canvassing

tings arranged in the next few weeks and five of those are in synagogues. But I think it is a wonderful thing that the Jewish community have an active interest in politics. The suggestion that our fighting these seats is part of a grand plan bears

no resemblance to reality. “There are very sound reasons for having members of the community engaged across all the political parties. I don’t think that Jewish community issues, or issues to do with Israel, should be politically partisan.” He admires Mike Freer for his support of the community, he says, “but the idea that because someone is a supporter of the community or Israel, that they should get a free pass in this election, is childish and silly. I have worked with Mike Freer on a whole range of communal issues in the past – and I expect I will again, after the election.” And he doesn’t believe in “communalist” politics – he thinks people get elected to parliament to represent a whole range of issues, not just the “narrow interests” of one community. Though Finchley and Golders Green is not his local party – he is a member of Hertsmere CLP – Newmark is particularly happy to have been chosen for the seat because Finchley and Golders Green was the first CLP to speak up against antisemitism in the Labour Party. It was also, he says, one of the first to call for Ken Livingstone’s expulsion — an issue Newmark is urging gets reinvestigated – “and it was one of the first to call for a support for JLM’s move to change party rules on dealing with antiSemitism. So I’m standing with the backing of the constituency party which has made its position clear and I have been overwhelmed with the level of support I have had.” Newmark is all too aware of the toxicity of

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his leader, Jeremy Corbyn, among potential voters in the seat, who he says has failed to demonstrate “sufficient understanding of the nature of contemporary anti-Semitism” and a willingness to act on community concerns. But, Newmark says, when he launched his campaign: “I talked about a range of local issues and my politics. I did not talk about Jeremy Corbyn. There’s only one Jeremy on the ballot paper in Finchley and Golders Green.” Much to his amusement, an unknown admirer has set up a Facebook group called “Jeremy’s supporters” – but it is drawing traffic from Corbynistas. In fact, not only is there “only one Jeremy on the ballot paper” but there is no sign of Corbyn on Newmark’s campaign literature. Asked directly if he wants Corbyn as prime minister, however, Newmark gives a politician’s answer: “As the prime minister said, this is a Brexit election that will determine our country’s future, not just for one parliament, but for the next 50 plus years and more.” He insists Jewish voters still have many friends in Labour and says the party can still be trusted, particularly in light of the cuts proposed by the Tories that would harm the community. Out on the doorsteps of East Finchley, on a long, tree-lined road, Newmark and his team energetically knock on doors and are received with a general welcome. A few residents promise Newmark their vote.One woman tells him – in remarks likely to be echoed countrywide – “For the first time in my life I don’t know how to vote.”


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News / General Election 2017

Who will win the hearts of voters in Hertsmere? OLIVER DOWDEN CONSERVATIVE

colleague Oliver Dowden took over, growing the party’s majority from 56 percent to 59.3 percent. Dowden is standing again this time against Labour’s Fiona Smith and Joe Jordan from the Liberal Democrats. Candidate interviews by Marc Shoffman

JOE JORDAN LIBERAL DEMOCRATS Software engineer Joe Jordan stood in Hertfordshire North at the last General Election, coming fourth behind UKIP, Labour and the Conservatives, who retained the seat. Coming from a Catholic school background, he supports religious freedom and the quality of faith-based education, but would not back more faith schools. He said: “By their nature, faith schools can be restrictive of students’ freedom of thought and exposure to other cultures and beliefs, both religious and secular, which I believe to be vital to a tolerant and open-minded society.” Jordan has an affinity with the community, having lived in Hackney while doing a PhD in physics and witnessing the pervasiveness of anti-Semitism. He says: “Anti-Semitism disgusts and shocks me. While working with the Liberal Democrat Orthodox Jewish councillors in Hackney, I became aware of the prevalence of this awful type of hate crime. There are practical steps that can be taken to reduce the probability of such crimes: private security, CCTV, police presence, local planning, and so on. “Alone, however, these policies do not tackle the root cause of such crime – intolerance. The Liberal Democrats are committed to working for community cohesion, reconciliation, and unity against hate at community and national levels, as our party’s history shows.”





Anti-Israel former MP David Ward could stand as an independent candidate in the election after being dumped by the Liberal Democrats. The controversial former MP was prevented from running for his old seat in Bradford East after a highprofile backlash from the prime minister, the Jewish community and senior figures within party.

A Labour activist who introduced Jeremy Corbyn at his local election campaign launch has apologised for sending “anti-Semitic, homophobic and racist” tweets. Bethany Barker added that she has resigned as general secretary of Nottingham Labour Students. Barker asked for others to “not cast me aside for mistakes made when I was a child”.

Parliamentary candidates are being urged to sign a pre-election pledge backing Israel and opposing boycott campaigns. The initiative, by the IsraelBritain Alliance, asks candidates to back the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of anti-Semitism, adopted this year by the UK government.

FIONA SMITH LABOUR Labour came second the last time round and grew its share by 3.7 points to 22.4 percent of the vote, but this was more at the expense of the Liberal Democrats. However, the Labour Party’s candidate did not get off to the best of starts when a three-year-old tweet was spotted that appeared to show her backing an arms embargo of Israel. She has since said she was mortified by the message, which came as a result of clicking on an Amnesty campaign, and insists she has “no animus towards Israel”. The former Essex police and Royal Air Force recruit now says she can battle against Dowden as well as helping restore the Jewish community’s faith in the Labour Party. Smith says she would never have forgiven herself for not taking the opportunity to stand for Labour, explaining: “It’s my long-term aim to be an MP, combining community representation and activism, and public service following the police and military. I’ve long worked around human rights and have a strong sense of social justice. We also need more women, more young MPs and more representatives who have lived a life outside the Westminster bubble. ” She already has strong links with the community, having interned at the Three Faiths Forum as well as joining the Jewish Labour Movement. Smith acknowledges Labour does have an anti-Semitism problem, but insists it will be challenged and says it is better for members to tackle it together to make the party open to all. Highlighting issues the party has had success in sticking up for the community, she says former London Mayor Ken Livingstone should have been expelled over his Hitler remarks and expresses regret that the Shami Chakrabarti inquiry failed to heed concerns. Smith adds: “We can mend this relationship. Labour exists for working people, for all people, for the under-represented, for the many and the few. As socialists, we don’t discriminate, we don’t ignore. “We are living through difficult times; tensions are running high across various communities, but I believe a unified Labour Party can reach out not just to Jews, but every citizen. ”

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From multiple minyans to a shwarma at Sami’s, Hertsmere hosts the UK’s biggest Jewish community based on United Synagogue membership. It is traditionally an ultra-safe Conservative seat with the same MP for two decades before James Clappison stepped down at the 2015 General Election. His Tory

It is often said that a week is a long time in politics, and in his first two years as MP for Hertsmere, Dowden has plenty to highlight. He points to his support for Israel in Parliament, where he raised concern about the UK government support of the United Nations condemnation of Israeli settlements, as well as his backing for the opening of Yavneh Primary School, where he welcomed Prince Charles and the Chief Rabbi. Dowden says: “I’m particularly proud that I was able to help them secure a new primary school and children are now able to enjoy their excellent education from four to 18. “I was also particularly proud to host local Holocaust survivors from Hertsmere in Parliament, as part of work alongside the Holocaust Educational Trust. “As that generation begins to pass away, it’s important that we never forget the lessons of history.” Dowden is an officer of the Conservative Friends of Israel and chair of the All Party Parliamentary group on British Jews, and has used his role to oppose prejudice, anti-Semitism and anti-Israeli sentiment. “This has included interventions at Prime Minister’s Questions, Foreign and Home Office Questions, as well as lobbying Ministers from the Prime Minister down on issues such as UN Security Council Resolution 2334 and the misdirection of British foreign aid,” he says. If re-elected, Dowden says one of his areas of focus will be establishing an additional form at secondary level in the Hertsmere and north London area to help parents wanting their children to go to a Jewish school. He adds: “The choice is between a prime minister with a track record of supporting the Jewish community, including through faith schools and additional funding for community security, as well as supporting the state of Israel, and Jeremy Corbyn, who has described Hamas and Hezbollah as ‘friends’ and failed to properly tackle anti-Semitism in his own party.”


11 May 2017 Jewish News


Welby in Israel / Dublin flag / Peace prize / News

Welby tells Israel’s president: Balfour is ‘unfinished business’

Irish supporters of Israel have said that Dublin City Council’s decision to fly the Palestinian flag this month in a show of support will have “an extremely negative impact” on tourism to the Emerald Isle. It comes after 42 councillors voted in favour of the “people before profit” motion, proposed by Cllr John Lyons, who said that 50 years of occupation had left Palestinians living “under a form of apartheid, much worse than South Africa”. Another 11 councillors voted against the motion and seven abstained. Israeli Ambassador Ze’ev Boker

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby with President Reuven Rivlin

Rabbi Blue peace award is launched

can bring up children, and educate them to love their neighbours, respect them, and listen to them even where they disagree.” The Balfour Declaration had, he said, “led to extraordinary things,” noting that “for some of us who are profound friends of Israel, who feel huge admiration, deep affection, and who loathe anti-Semitism, and speak against it wherever it occurs, whether it is implicit or explicit, there is an element of unfinished

A memorial service for Rabbi Lionel Blue was held at West London Synagogue on Monday. A sizeable congregation took part in a service led by several colleagues of Lionel, who died in December at the age of 86. Among the guest speakers was the former Bishop of Oxford, Lord Richard Harries, who was with Lionel a favourite as speaker on Radio 4’s Thought for the Day. Phil Pegum, former BBC producer of religion and ethics, also paid tribute. The event was opened with a greeting

business.... Until there is peace in region, the Balfour Declaration has an element of unfinished business”. Joining Welby and Rivlin was Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, and British Ambassador David Quarrey. Rivlin said: “Israel is the only country in the Middle East where the Christian community is flourishing. Israel is committed to the values of freedom of religion for all people of faith.”

wrote to city councillors asking “what kind of message such a gesture sends to Israelis who are proud to now call Dublin their adopted home” before stressing the harm it could cause. Boker said the move was “highly politically charged,” adding: “I also know that some members of the Irish Jewish community are concerned by the negative message that the flying of the flag promotes.” A spokesman for grassroots group Irish4Israel said: “We believe such a move will have an extremely negative impact on Dublin’s international image and tourism. The only flags that should fly over an Irish City Hall is the Irish and local county flag.”

from Baroness Rabbi Julia Neuberger, senior rabbi at West London and the closing tribute came from Rabbi Danny Smith of Edgware Reform Synagogue, who knew Lionel from childhood. A new peace award was announced, designed to bring young Israelis and Palestinians closer together, set up in the late rabbi’s memory.


The Archbishop of Canterbury has told the Israeli president that the last 100 years has seen “extraordinary things” happen in Israel, but that the 1917 Balfour Declaration has “an element of unfinished business”, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Justin Welby, the head of the Anglican Church, met Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday, declaring himself a “profound friend of Israel”. Rivlin replied that Israel was “the only country in the Middle East when the Christian community is flourishing,” and introduced Welby to Israeli Supreme Court Judge Salim Joubran, who is Christian. Welby said Israel’s independent judiciary “shows some of the immense strength and depth of this society, its culture and history,” but pleaded for tolerance and respect. He said: “There cannot be peace without every person – Israeli, Israeli Arab, Israeli Jewish, Palestinian – being sure they can pursue their lives [and] aims without fearing the bomb or the bullet, without fearing persecution, recognised as being validly and legitimately who they are, knowing they




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News / Lumley at Tikva / Task Force ends / Lancet on Israel

European rabbis have labelled a vote to ban male circumcision by Norway’s ruling party as an attack on religion. Chief Rabbi Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis (CER), was speaking at the organisation’s three-day biennial convention in Amsterdam, where he welcomed more than 200 rabbis from across Europe. It followed a vote at the annual conference of the Norwegian Progress Party, the country’s third largest, to ban the religious circumcision of boys under the age of 16, as well as ban the wearing of hijabs from schools. “This is an overt and blatant attack on faith communities,” said Goldschmidt. “We will repel any such calls in the strongest measures and continue working to ensure that European Jewry is able to practice our faith in a safe and secure manner.” Also addressing the convention’s 60th Anniversary Gala Dinner was EU Commissioner Frans Timmermans, who said “there is no Europe without the Jewish community,” as he reaffirmed support for the future of European Jewry. Timmermans, who is vice-president of the European Commission, appeared to place the blame for “a huge surge of anti-Semitism” on recent immigrants, saying it was “inspired by people coming from elsewhere, who were raised with antiSemitism”. He warned: “Our society should be helping them to get it out of their system and signs of anti-Semitism should not remain unaddressed. But sadly, we also face the eternal European anti-Semitism, which is alive and kicking.” Goldschmidt added that “a new, very scary environment” was taking shape, “in which negative forces are taking advantage of globalisation and abusing the internet to spread their hate. We rabbis have to provide to our community and to the world a spiritual tent, to provide clarity, charity, love, sanctity and tolerance”.

Lumley bashes boycotts Celebrated actress Joanna Lumley has condemned cultural boycotts of Israel as “appalling”, writes Justin Cohen. The actress and campaigner spoke to Jewish News after addressing charity Tikva’s annual dinner in central London. “I hate barriers, I hate walls, I hate boycotts,” she said when asked about cultural boycotts. “I think it’s appalling. I would never join in such a boycott.” Music stars from around the world are frequently targeted by boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigners, urging them to cancel planned concerts in Israel. Lumley, who will receive the Bafta fellowship this weekend, said one of her “greatest heroes in life” is Daniel Barenboim, the Israeli conductor who established with Edward Said the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra to bring together young Israeli, Palestinian and Arab musicians. The Absolutely Fabulous actress delighted more than 200 guests at the event, regaling them with tales of her 40-year career from starting as a model to becoming a Bond Girl and starring in the hit sitcom opposite Jennifer Saunders. She also successfully led a campaign for Gurkha veterans who served in the British Army to have the right to settle in the UK. The event raised £1.1 million for the charity’s children’s homes in Odessa, Ukraine, with the funds going towards

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National treasure: Actress Joanna Lumley, second left, at Tikva’s annual dinner

continuing the search for at-risk Jewish children in the region. Tikva also operates schools and a university in the area. “Part of the reason I wanted to be here was the extraordinariness of the people I’m hearing about tonight, the person who started it all and you all being here to support it,” she said. “The point of life is to help other people and to make life better. What you are doing here is something that I admire you and adore you for.”

What started with one man’s vision to help a handful of children now helps hundreds, she said. “These children have had their lives completely given back to them.” A powerful animated film was screened showing one young girl’s true-life story of rescue and was addressed by Rachel Grigoriva, who studied English language and world literature at Tikva’s accredited university. “You have given me my education, my Judaism, my community and my future,” she said.

UK Task Force to be shut down One of the British Jewish community’s only organisations devoted to promoting civic equality in Israel will be wound down. The UK Task Force was set up in 2010 to focus on issues relating to Arab citizens of Israel. Based in London start-up centre J-Hub, it was described as a “broad-based coalition of 39 communal organisations”. This week, as Jewish groups around the world criticised a proposed Israeli law to downgrade the status of Arabic as an official Israeli language, supporters said the organisation had met its aims and that its educational work would now be taken over by a UJIA staff member. “The winding down of the UK Task Force as a standalone organisation marks the successful accomplishment of its goals,” said UJIA chief executive Michael Wegier. “There is barely a major communal organisation that has not been

exposed to the issues through one of the Task Force’s study trips to Israel or events in the UK.” The apolitical and non-partisan organisation this week said it had a “significant impact” on the Jewish community’s awareness and understanding of the issues facing Israel’s Arab citizens. Co-chair Trevor Pears said: “I am confident these collective efforts will continue to have a positive impact in improving the situation for Arab citizens in Israel.”

Lancet creates Israel edition Esteemed British medical journal The Lancet has launched a special Israel edition, and said health inequalities between Arabs and Jews must be addressed. Ahead of the special edition’s launch in Tel Aviv, editor Dr Richard Horton apologised for the journal’s 2014 decision to publish a letter highly critical of Israeli action in Gaza, acknowledging

that it “divided medical opinion worldwide”. This week, he said: “Our collaboration seeks to undo the harm of this episode by transforming those experiences into constructive practice. “We believe The Lancet’s Israel Series could serve as a springboard for increasing not only health and health equity within Israel and between Israel and its closest neighbours, but also offer a platform for greater engagement of Israeli physicians and medical scientists in issues of national and global health.” The issue highlights that Israel’s health system has delivered improvements in life expectancy and a reduced mortality rate, but that “challenges” remain, including an ageing society. It adds that “important health inequalities between Israeli Arabs and Israeli Jews must be addressed”.

11 May 2017 Jewish News



Acid attack / Precious art / Bevis Marks grant / News

Acid attack victim reveals Buyer sought for rare statue trauma after 50 operations A Jewish woman from East Finchley who had acid thrown in her face in Zanzibar nearly four years ago has spoken of the trauma of having to undergo 50 operations on her horrific burns. Katie Gee, now 22, was with her friend Kirstie Trup, from Hampstead Garden Suburb, in the Indian Ocean island as volunteer English teachers to local children Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup before the attack when two men on a moped drove up to them. The rider threw a jerry can and loneliness I’d grown used to; a loneliness full of a corrosive substance in their faces that became almost unbearable and began to before speeding off. kick in four months after I was attacked.” Speaking to The Sunday Times, the Gee had skin grafts to repair her damaged Federation of Zionist Youth member, who face, back, arms, stomach and legs, but said she suffered 30 percent burns on her body and lost did not want doctors to use skin from her scalp an ear, said the first time she felt normal after as it would have meant shaving off her hair. the August 2013 attack was last July, when she “My hair was the only part of me that went out to celebrate her friend’s 21st birthday. felt undamaged,” she explained, adding that “The same friends who had helped me she also had to have months of cognitive deal with three years of sadness, frustration, behavioural therapy to help her to cope loneliness — not to mention pain — were there psychologically. to welcome me. This was the night I faced the Kirstie Trup underwent grafts on her face, world,” she said. arm and shoulder. “It was a far cry from the feelings of anxiety The attackers have not been caught.

A rare Meissen figure worth £270,000, once owned by a prominent Jewish art collector is at risk of being sold abroad unless a buyer is found. An export ban has been placed on the Commedia dell’arte figure, one of an extremely rare group portraying characters from the Italian theatre, for which the factory at Meissen became famous. Arts Council England recommended the ban based on the figure’s aesthetic

The precious Meissen figure

importance and significance to the study of Meissen porcelain. The Böttger stoneware figure, renowned across Europe, was owned by Jewish art enthusiast Emma Budge, whose collection was sold at the Graupe Auction House in Berlin, after her death in 1937. The Nazis replaced the executors of her will with their own and the proceeds from the sale were paid into a blocked account. Her heirs never received any of the money.

BEVIS MARKS RECEIVES £221K LOTTERY GRANT Britain’s oldest in-use synagogue has been given £221,000 of National Lottery money to develop plans for a major project to improve facilities showcasing new collections. Those behind the Grade I listed Bevis Marks Synagogue in the City of London, used by some of the capital’s first Sephardi Jews in 1701, are hoping to use the grant to

scope plans for further works costing £4.6million. If successful, the next grant – available in 2019 – would pay for new staff and an activity programme described as “a step-change in operation and heritage management” in order to “reach out to a wider community with an engaging educational programme” and “increase visitor numbers”.

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Jewish News 11 May 2017

News / Prince Philip praise / News briefs

Community salutes the work of grand old Duke

CHARITY ACCOUNTS FOR £1.9M Trustees of an Orthodox Jewish charity have finally accounted for £1.9million after being accused of “mismanagement and misconduct” during a four-year statutory inquiry by the Charity Commission. The Chesed Leyisruel Trust, which was only registered in 2011, last year got a final warning from the government watchdog after trustees repeatedly failed to file their annual documents, with investigations beginning in 2013. The Commission had to use its statutory powers to order copies of the charity’s bank account records to locate more than £1.9million in assets of the charity, which aims to “relieve poverty among persons in need and hardship”. The commission said two sets of accounts had now been filed.

Legal threat over claims Two pro-Palestinian organisations may sue grassroots group Jewish Human Rights Watch for defamation after it alleged the groups had links to terrorism. It follows a letter from solicitors representing JHRW sent to the QEII Centre, host venue of ‘Palestine Expo 2017: Generation Palestine,’ urging the centre to cancel the two-day July event in Westminster. The letter makes several allegations against the event’s co-sponsors – Friends of Al-Aqsa and Palestine Solidarity Campaign – both of whom have now said they are taking legal advice. PSC director Ben Jamal describing the allegations as “false and disturbing”.

Jewish leaders have wished Prince Philip, who will be 96 next month, a happy retirement after Buckingham Palace announced he will be stepping down from public engagements this autumn. Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush paid tribute to the duke’s work, saying: “Prince Philip has given long and tireless public service to our country for over 60 years. We salute him.” Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson said: “The Duke of Edinburgh has been selfless and dedicated in his public service. “His commitment to the wellbeing of the Jewish community, and all of the peoples of our country, has been outstanding.” Holocaust Educational Trust chief executive Karen Pollock said: “As the duke stands down from royal engagements, we thank him for all the support he has given us over a great many years. “Together with the Queen, Prince Philip has helped to shine a spotlight on the importance of remembering and educating about the Holocaust. “In particular I will never forget

Not so shy but retiring: The Duke of Edinburgh escorts the Queen

the mutual affection, humour and respect between him and survivors and liberators in 2015 when he and the Queen visited Bergen-Belsen. ” Arkush recalled meeting Prince Philip at a school event, where the duke – known for his sense of humour – left an indelible mark. “I had the honour of conducting him on a tour of Hertsmere Jewish Primary School at its opening in 2000 when I was the chair of governors,”

Arkush said. “He was a wonderful guest, engaging beautifully with the children and giving an outstanding witty speech. It was a memorable occasion which those present will always recall with pleasure.” Last week’s announcement from Buckingham Palace said Prince Philip would attend previously scheduled engagements between now and August, but was not accepting new invitations thereafter.

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CHARITY FOOTBALL MATCH FOR JOEL Friends of deceased JFS pupil Joel Ingram have organised a charity football match in his memory. Students Dani Lazard, Josh Caplan and Daniel Smith hope the event will raise at least £8,000 for YoungMinds, which supports the wellbeing and mental health of young people. Joel, a year 13 student from Mill Hill, played for the JFS football team. The sides for the match, due to be played at 6.30pm today at Rowley Lane in Barnet, will be made up of his close friends.





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Jewish News 11 May 2017

News / Ofsted success / JFS expands / Immanuel finalists

Finnish-ing school! Primary follows the Helsinki example A Jewish primary school in Southgate was celebrating this week after being graded ‘outstanding’ following a recent Ofsted inspection. Teaching staff at Wolfson Hillel felt vindicated by the sweeping changes made last year after headteacher Kirsten Jowett went to Finland to learn how that country’s schools keep topping international tables – and then implemented the procedures here. Following Jowett’s visit to Helsinki, she instituted several changes, including a much higher proportion of trained teachers and earlier start and finish times. Also introduced were ‘family’ lunches, whereby children serve themselves in groups, taken over a shorter lunch period, and more time allocated for teaching preparation and marking. “My teachers now have from 2.30pm until 4pm to mark, assess, review and prepare, so it has given them their work/life balance back, and brought about much improved results from the children,” Jowett explained.

‘Inundated’ JFS boosts intake JFS has confirmed it will increase its intake for September 2017. The Kenton comprehensive will offer an additional class, believed to be around 30 pupils, at the beginning of the academic year for incoming Year 7 students, as the school has been “inundated with applications”. Deborah Lipkin, JFS executive headteacher said: “As promised, [we] have kept a close eye on the number of Jewish students without a place at a Jewish school. The communication with our partner schools has been unprecedented. With the support

and encouragement of Brent Local Authority, we have been able to speed up the offer process in an effort to alleviate the stress for students and parents who did not have a place. “We have offered additional places in the light of the demand which we had anticipated. While the offers made have been accepted in record time, there will still be a small number of places offered in the coming weeks as we finalise our roll. We look forward to welcoming our new and enlarged cohort to the school in September.”

IMMANUEL ENTERPRISE PAYS OFF Wolfson Hillel has adopted methods used in Finland to boost performance

“It has also helped with staff retention, as all the changes make for a happier team.” Reacting to news of the Ofsted grade which was announced last Thursday, she said: “We got outstanding in all five areas, so we’re thrilled. I’m extremely proud of the whole team, the children, the parents and the governors, because we’ve all worked together for the past five years to achieve this goal.” She added: “I believe that the innovative changes that

we’ve implemented have made a significant contribution to the outcome and I’m pleased that Ofsted agreed, and have said so in their report.” Teachers at the 480-pupil primary in Chase Road had to wait a nail-biting eight weeks before they heard the results, after a three-day inspection over Purim. Several quality assurance teams later visited to confirm the grade of ‘outstanding’, with the report due to be published next week.

Jewish sixth-formers from Immanuel College in Bushey have reached the regional finals of a Young Enterprise competition after creating a start-up selling scented stress-balls. The five would-be entrepreneurs showed their business flair by exhibiting their ‘company’, StressLess, at a trade fair where they answered questions and gave a presentation and a professional company report. The team picked up multiple awards at the Young Enterprise Hertfordshire Finals, including Company of the Year and Best Presentation. They now go on to the East of England Finals at Cambridge University on 20 June.

A college spokesman said: “It is the third year in a row an Immanuel team has made it to this elevated stage of the competition and we are incredibly proud of our presenters Max Misrahi, Gemma Black, Teddy Vandermolen, Sabrina Miller and Gavriel Bauernfreund.”

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Jewish News 11 May 2017

World News / Emmanuel Macron elected / Prisoner hunger strike

France’s Jewish community hails Macron victory over ‘hateful’ rival European Jewish leaders cheered the victory of Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential elections this week, after the centrist comfortably beat farright candidate Marine Le Pen . Le Pen, whose father founded the Front National (FN) party, had been a source of concern to French Jews, after she was accused of Holocaust revisionism and of threatening to ban the wearing of religious headgear in public. Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, said Macron’s win with 65 percent was “a vote for France, for the European Union and for democratic values”, adding that the prospect of an FN win was the most profound threat for a generation. “Never has a major European country faced such a challenge to its most basic value system of tolerance and democracy since all of Western Europe was dominated by fascism in the Second World War,” he said. “We applaud the French people for facing this challenge with the full force of French democracy and the core values of the Republic.” Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, of the Conference of European Rabbis, also congratulated Macron, saying it was “extremely encouraging that the French public has rejected Marine Le Pen’s far-right politics”. However, Goldschmidt said: “We are concerned that a third of the French population voted for a dangerous political leader… We will analyse the worrying political landscape in Europe and the increase in far-right rhetoric sweeping the continent.” Francis Kalifat, the president of the CRIF

umbrella group of French Jews, last week called Le Pen “a candidate of hate” and urged the Jewish community to vote for Macron in order to keep Le Pen out of power. Le Pen has spent five years trying to calm the fears of French Jews that her policies are aimed at them, and has distanced herself from her father, the party’s founder who has been convicted for anti-Semitism. But earlier this month she said France was not responsible for the infamous Vel d’Hiv round-up in 1942, when French police rounded up 13,120 French Jews for the Nazis, who then subsequently arrested them and shipped them to Auschwitz. Le Pen, who has routinely attacked Muslim immigration to France, had also promised to ban the wearing of religious headgear in public, on the preface that this safeguards French secularism, but arguing that this must include the kippah. Reflecting on Macron’s win, Kantor said the election “teaches us that we must remain vigilant in the defence of democracies from the extremists who seek to exploit the fears and insecurities of the people,” adding: “It is no coincidence that the same candidate who called upon the French electorate to forget the horrors of the past sought to provide the roots for their repetition in the present.”

HUNGER STRIKE LEADER ‘EATS’ IN HIS PRISON CELL The Israel Prison Service has released a video that apparently shows Marwan Barghouti, the high-profile Palestinian prisoner leading a hunger strike, secretly eating in the bathroom of his cell. The hunger strike launched three weeks ago with an op-ed by the Fatah activist in The New York Times. The hundreds of Palestinian hunger strikers are calling for more favourable prison conditions. Barghouti is serving multiple life sentences for the

murder of five Jewish Israelis. The video released on Sunday apparently shows Barghouti eating in his bathroom twice, on 27 April and 5 May. “As I said from the beginning, this hunger strike was never about the conditions of the convicted terrorists, which meet international standards. “It is about advancing Marwan Barghouti’s political ambitions to replace Abu Mazen [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas],” Minister of Public Security


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The video shows Marwan Barghouti in his prison cell

Gilad Erdan said in a statement after the release of the video. “Barghouti is a murderer and hypocrite who urged his fellow prisoners to strike and suffer while he ate behind their back,

claiming to be striking. Israel will not give in to extortion and pressure from terrorists.” Some 850 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails are still taking part in the strike. [JTA]

Chasidic Jews serenade Pope at Vatican Pope Francis danced with a delegation of Chasidic Jews on Monday and discussed issues including the protection of Jewish cemeteries in Europe and combating child sex abuse. The pontiff held a 45-minute audience at the Vatican with the group, which was led by Rabbi Edgar Gluck. A video shows the Pope swaying to the music as members of the delegation dance

and serenade him with the song, Long years shall satiate him. Yeshiva World News quoted Gluck’s son Zvi, who was part of the delegation, as saying the pontiff pledged to work towards enacting “stronger rules against destroying Jewish cemeteries to build roads or homes”. Zvi, the founder and director of Amudim, an organ-

Below: Emmanuel Macron celebrates winning the French presidential election over his rival, Marine Le Pen, inset

isation dedicated to helping Jewish victims of abuse and addiction, also tweeted that the pontiff had pledged “zero tolerance” for the sexual abuse of children and said: “We need to keep kids safe.” Born in Germany, Edgar, 80, divides his time between Brooklyn and Poland, where he holds the title of Chief Rabbi of Galicia. In the US he was a co-founder of Hatzolah,

one of the largest volunteer ambulance corps. He has long been involved in the preservation of Jewish cemeteries in Eastern Europe and served as a member of the US Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad. He and Pope Francis met and discussed the plight of Jewish cemeteries last year when the latter visited Krakow.

A cleric described as a ‘Jewish High Chief Priest’ made national headlines in Nigeria after helping secure the prison release of Nnamdi Kanu, a political leader campaigning for independence for the Igbo ethnic group. Immanuel-El Shalom Oka-Ben Madu was photographed in a red kippah and tallit.


A teacher from a Jewish day school in Melbourne has been arrested and charged over alleged child pornography,

according to his employers at the Mount Scopus Memorial College. Police officers are believed to have found the images and videos on computers belonging to the teacher, a 52-year-old man.


A New York City Council candidate has asked a liberal Jewish group if it would help protect black and Hispanic tenants from ‘greedy Jewish landlords.’ Thomas Lopez-Pierre, an Upper Manhattan candidate, sent the offensive tweet to the Religious Action Center.

A bronze sculpture in the shape of a dreidel, the traditional Jewish game played during Chanukah, has been unveiled on the grounds of a former Jewish children’s home in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Water diplomacy / JLC chief / Anti-Semitic abuse / News

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Prince: Shared water brings peace

Jordanian envoy to the UK, Mazen Kemal Homoud, Prince El Hassan Bin Talal and Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev

GOLDSTEIN IS ‘VOTED’ IN AT JLC COUNCIL Jonathan Goldstein was formally elected chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) at a meeting of the organisation’s council on Tuesday night. The philanthropist, who was unopposed after his only challenger pulled out of the race, succeeds Sir Mick Davis. Two new trustees, Jewish Care chairman Steven Lewis and Hilda Worth, chair of Jewish Women’s Aid were also voted in.

An influential Jordanian prince has told a London audience including the Israeli ambassador that sharing water in the Jordan Rift Valley would help lead to a “warm peace” between the countries, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Prince El Hassan bin Talal, who is chairman of the United Nations Secretary-Generals’ Advisory Board on Water & Sanitation, said water was one of several areas of cooperation envisaged in the 1994 Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty, but that the reality had fallen “very, very far short”. The prince was speaking at a Royal Gala Dinner in Whitehall on Tuesday night organised by British Friends of

Goldstein, who currently chairs the Partnerships for Jewish Schools, last month presented an eight-point plan to overhaul the community, at the centre of which is a determination to save millions of pounds by pooling resources among the 2,000 charities currently operating. He said: “I am honoured to take on the role of JLC chair and am excited about the opportunity to take the organisation forward.”

Neve Shalom/Wahat al Salam, otherwise known as Oasis of Peace. A cooperative village located between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, it comprises 65 families, a school and a spiritual centre, and was founded in 1978 as a place for Jewish and Palestinian Arabs of Israeli citizenship to live side by side in equality. In a light-hearted and heart-warming speech, in which the prince playfully asked the audience whether Arabists were still kosher, Hassan nevertheless warned that “undertones of divide-andrule, Sunni versus Shia, are ringing alarm bells, as do the sale of advanced fighter jets and command-and-control systems

Teenagers verbally abuse rabbi’s sons Teenage thugs hurled antiSemitic abuse at two young boys in Borehamwood this week. The boys, aged 12 and 14, are the sons of Alex Chapper, the new rabbi of Borehamwood and Elstree United Synagogue, who assumed his

worth billions… it seems that waging war is of great interest to those who benefit”. However, the prince said water in the Jordan Rift Valley could be a cause for cooperation, rather than war, adding that in one project, residents of 300 towns from three different nationalities share water resources and regulation. “During 60 years of conflict in the Jordan Valley, water has more often been a source of cooperation than conflict,” he said. “We have moved from narrow thinking about water, in terms of simple irrigation, and that one’s gain is another one’s loss, to a realisation that water has the potential to link or divide us, to separate us or to reconcile us.”

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News / Jewish News meets... Israel Maimon

Support Israel with bonds and get a financial return Israel Maimon, the head of Israel Bonds, discusses the many benefits of buying bonds for charity – or simply for yourself


he word ‘Bond’ conjures up a dark and seductive world of intrigue and action. The same cannot be said of the word ‘bonds’. Yet for Israel, only the latter is of interest, for bonds help pay for Israel’s development. As it stands, the vast majority of those buying Israel’s bonds are Jewish and American. But there is no reason why only the Americans should get in on the act. Time for a money-penny lesson… Israeli government bonds are issued roughly every five years on stock exchanges such as London by the Ministry of Finance. The last one was two months ago, raising about £2 billion. These bonds are bought by major institutional investors (some buy hundreds of millions of pounds’ worth) and can then be traded on the stock exchange i.e. once bought, they can be sold. If you’re not a pension fund willing to wait five years, you may be interested in Israel Bonds (IB), which offers smaller, non-tradeable bonds to the likes of you and me throughout the year. Whereas the ministry

might sell 15 or 20-year bonds, IB offers two, three, five and 10-year bonds. The 10-year bond currently gives 3.8 percent interest a year – a good barmitzvah gift, if ever there was one. IB’s client is the state of Israel, and the company acts as the broker dealer, raising foreign currency for Israel to develop its economy, whether that’s to manage the debt or manage investment. The money raised could go into agriculture, infrastructure, high-tech incubators or sewage system upgrades – whatever is needed. IB is now headed by Israel Maimon, a lawyer who once commanded the IDF’s elite Golani Brigade, and later acted as Cabinet secretary to former prime ministers Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert. He spoke to Jewish News in London last week, and explained that only $8 million Israeli bonds were sold in the UK last year. Yet with $40bn in sales since its foundation by David Ben-Gurion in 1951, and with no defaults, he thinks now is the time to expand. But there is a problem – a cultural problem. In the States, American Jews are used to

‘investing in Israel’ and expecting financial returns. Here in the UK, Jews have never seen it as a profit-turning exercise. Instead, British Jews tend to give to Jewish charities working in Israel. But Maimon says the two are not mutuallyexclusive. “The two ways of supporting Israel are not only complementary, there is room for both.” Bonds have helped build every sector of Israel’s economy, he says, including the hightech, green-tech, clean-tech and bio-tech industries. They are viewed favourably by the big ratings agencies in part because of Jews around the world. Last November, Fitch noted “an active diaspora bond programme” as a reason for confidence. In August, Moody’s said: “Israel can also depend upon financial support from the global Jewish community.” So IB knows the ratings agencies recognise that the diaspora can be a unified force for Israel. “It’s a way for them to support Israel,” says Maimon. “They’re doing it because it is a good investment, and it demonstrates their support. We could do much better in the UK.

Israel Maimon, Israel Bonds president and CEO

Israel Bonds isn’t a charity. It’s not about philanthropy. You as an investor can buy Israeli bonds, you get interest, and in the end you get the amount you invested.” Alan Curtis, a member of IB’s London team, said: “There’s always been great support for charities from the British Jews. By contrast, for US Jews, the default is investment through bonds. So we’re trying to introduce the concept here, and say it sits alongside support for the charities. The two are complimentary.” Maimon adds: “If you want to support your synagogue, or a charity supporting special needs kids, you can buy an Israeli bond and give it as a gift to the shul or the charity. So you’re doing a double mitzvah!”

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That Marine Le Pen will not inhabit the Elysée Palace is good news for all who think intolerance bad news. But there is a dark cloud to the silver lining: She won more than a third of French votes. Five years ago, she won less than a fifth. Yes, voters still chose Europe and inclusion by a comfortable margin, but the numbers don’t lie and the direction of political travel is painfully clear. Le Pen’s hard line on Muslim immigrants has been at odds with her constant efforts to reassure French Jews that she has no problem with them, that they in fact share a common enemy – militant Islam. What she’s never grasped, however, is that Jews are worldly-wise, and know that while these days it may not start with the Jews, they usually feature at some point. As former Israeli parliamentarian Einat Wilf said: “It is never really about the Jews. Hatred of Jews is about those who hate, not about those who are hated.” Likewise, for today’s intolerant European politicians – who focus on Islamic extremism, condemn anti-Semitism and profess a love of Israel – hatred of Muslims is about those who hate, not about those who are hated. At its core, it boils down to hatred of ‘the other’, within which definition Jews are included. So we wish Emmanuel Macron well, but moreover, we hope Europe as a whole rediscovers that a mix of people of all kinds and creeds makes for a better society. Jews tend to look outside and invite outsiders in. Europe’s politicians could do with doing the same.

PREFERENCE, NOT MESHUGASS? I agree with Mike Hinden that courtesy to cabin staff and fellow travellers is key (Jewish News, 27 April). Most Charedi passengers do behave properly; it is a small minority who disgrace the rest. Sadly it is the latter’s bad behaviour that is reported, creating the impression they are typical of the whole sector. What appalled me in the bigoted responses to my earlier letter was the implication that even a man who asks a woman politely to swap seats is guilty of an unacceptable offence that must be resisted. On a recent journey (not to or from Israel), my wife and I were placed by the airline in two window

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Sir Mick has left a gap, but Jonathan’s got credentials Few communal leaders have polarised opinion quite like Sir Mick Davis. But that he leaves the organisation and Anglo-Jewry far stronger than when he began his JLC role is not in doubt. Commissions on schools and youth have led to transformative steps forward in these sectors. While some have claimed he overstepped a line in his outspoken concerns about Israeli policy, his passion for the country was a driving force behind some of the largest celebrations of Israel on the streets of the UK – while he continues to be one of the most significant backers of Israeli causes. Jonathan Goldstein has big shoes to fill, but arrives in the hot seat with the credentials and the plan to take the Jewish Leadership Council and Anglo-Jewry to even greater heights.

seats rather than next to each other for some reason and the remaining seats in each row were occupied by two non-Jewish couples. I was struck in both cases that they sat themselves so that I was next to the man and my wife next to the woman – so it would seem that this is a natural preference, and not some Charedi meshugass. Is it possible that some readers are so averse to Charedim that they are only too happy to find a reason to denigrate them?

Martin D. Stern Salford

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LABOUR IS ENSHRINED IN THE DANCZUK AFFAIR All you need to know about the Labour Party under Comrade Corbyn: Simon Danczuk is stopped from standing for Labour in the general election for sending explicit texts but Ken Livingstone, found guilty of three charges of bringing the party into disrepute, is suspended for a further year.

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Jewish ladies want one thing


After placing a lonely hearts advert in Jewish News looking for love and a partner, I have come to the conclusion after meeting eight Jewish women on dates that nearly all who answered my ad were seeking a free meal ticket for life, and NOT for love or honest companionship! There was one exception, and she was not Jewish. Every one of them enquired in a subtle and veiled way if I had money, and when I said I had been just an ordinary working fella throughout my life, they further enquired if I had my own business or had I worked for somebody else. I said I had always worked for an employer. When they realised this, within the next seven to 10 minutes they were preparing to end the meeting after eating my pizza.

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I would add they were in their mid-60s or older and certainly looked their age but that was not my worry; I was seeking a lady of down-to-earth qualities like myself. These women only wanted to know what I was worth financially and nothing else. I am sorry and ashamed to say it was the one non-Jewess who appeared to be truly genuine and honest and who wanted to meet up for subsequent dates. Stupidly, I declined. I truly wish I had kept her details, and I am now going all out to find her. These so-called “Jewish princesses” no more want to find love and a decent, loving partner than I want to become a Buddhist monk.

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Is David Hirsch suggesting a good non-Jewish pro-Israel MP should be replaced by Jeremy Newmark because he is Jewish? Will Jewish voters support a member of a party led by Jeremy Corbyn in the hope they will reform it? It’s not a contest about who is better on anti-Semitism. It would betray a good friend if Mike Freer is not re-elected. I hope Jewish voters will understand the importance of this election. The useless Chakrabarti report and the suppressing of the Oxford Union verdict all point to how we should vote, and being Jewish must not be the reason.

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The first gender-equal communal countdown LAURA MARKS



hirty bright twenty-somethings, driving change, challenging the norms and speaking up. Added to this, another 30 who ‘just missed out’ and about 110 more nominated on top, and the Jewish News Thirty Under Thirty has given us optimism for the future of our community. While aware that interpreting such findings through a binary gender lens is dated (and increasingly irrelevant to young people themselves), it is, nonetheless, a responsibility to consider what these results tell us about the changing role of women, if anything. The panel, led by Andrew Gilbert, did a sterling job on gender with almost exactly half of the top 60 being women. Compared to the JC Power 100, this might suggest our young people are challenging the status quo and that power in 20 or 30 years’ time will come to be evenly gender matched. However, this is probably some way off the truth. The rather less balanced selection panel of 10 men and six women clearly worked very hard to ensure every section of the community was represented. Left vs

WHILE THE WOMEN CAME THROUGH, IT DOESN’T MEAN THE PROBLEM IS SORTED; WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO Right, Orthodox vs Progressive, London vs regions, political vs cultural, as well as men vs women. All clearly had to be represented on the list and while there will inevitably be complaints, I think the panel did a good job. However, when we drill down a bit further, we find less equality. Of the dozens of young people nominated, actually three-fifths were men. For every five nominations, only two were women. The self-selected nominators, presumably the movers and shakers in our community, considered substantially fewer women worthy of nomination than men. Concurrently, the Women in Jewish Leadership project (supported by the JLC and then the Board of Deputies) has now concluded, having

run for nearly six years and implemented all the recommendations from the 2012 Commission on Women in Jewish Leadership. One of these was the Gender Equality Plan, a programme for organisations to consider systematically whether their internal processes truly enable women (and indeed other minority groups) to progress. While all six organisations that took part credited the GEP with driving significant change, very few others were willing to take part despite most of the costs being absorbed by highly trained volunteers. It seems this issue simply isn’t yet high enough on the communal agenda despite a plethora of evidence showing how much organisations benefit from a diverse leadership. Over time, there has, of course, been change and some of it substantial. The proportion of women trustees of communal organisations seems to be around 33 percent, up from 27 percent, and women can now chair United Synagogue boards, something prohibited when we started the commission six short years ago. Andrew Gilbert mentions the value of titles and of recognition and, to its credit, Thirty Under 30 does recognise our women and I hope this will give them more confidence to step up, and more people the courage to support them. But we have a long way to go and the rate of

change is slow. A recent analysis showed that while the National Union of Students over the past 50 years has had one woman president for every three men, the UJS has managed only one in eight. Our JLC council has 33 men and three women (two of whom were co-opted by the male leadership), the Board of Deputies has 32 percent women and there are still more men honorary officers than women. I applaud the Thirty Under 30 and look forward to seeing them, and hundreds of other able, innovative and dynamic young people in our community, go on to thrive and take leadership roles both inside and, just as crucially, outside our community. I congratulate the judges on a brilliant piece of balancing and negotiating. To achieve parity in the final 60, the women nominees might have been consistently stronger candidates than the men. Alternatively, the panel took the brave decision that it was not acceptable to disregard the women, even if our community at large failed to see their worth through disproportionately nominating men. So while the women came through, let’s not kid ourselves that this shows the problem is sorted. We have a long way to go and only with determination and planning, rather than leaving things to chance, will our community benefit from the talents of all our young people, regardless of gender.

Why was Thirty Under 30 such a left-wing list? ROBERT RAMS



he election draws closer and, if the opinion polls are to be believed, we are set for a landslide Conservative victory. Given the huge issues both the Labour Party and the Lib Dems have had with antiSemitism, it is a wonder why so many on the Jewish News’ Thirty Under 30 are paid up members of the left-wing establishment. I should really declare an interest here. I was once in the Forty Under 40, sneaking in at 37th and am proud of my brother-in-law, Michael Gladstone, who was 14th in this year’s Thirty Under 30. The Conservative Party can rightly be proud of its record of listening to and delivering for the Jewish community; from its support for a plethora of new Jewish schools, funding of security around these schools and other community buildings across the country to its support for Israel, the party has a fantastic story to tell. Members of Parliament such as Mike

THERE IS EVIDENCE OF INCREASING SUPPORT FOR THE TORIES WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. BUT THIS SUPPORT CANNOT BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED Freer, Bob Blackman and Eric Pickles who, in virtually his last action as an MP, pressured Tim Farron into sacking David Ward as the Lib Dem candidate for Bradford East, continue to be exemplary advocates for the community on the green benches. There is certainly evidence of strong and increasing support for the Conservatives within the community as a whole as well. But it would be a mistake to believe that this support can be taken for granted. Should Conservatives be worried that there

are so few of their supporters on this list? There is anecdotal evidence that the younger generation – those say, between the ages of 16 and 22 – are more likely to be Conservative. Again, though, this may mirror society as a whole. Those who grew up under Blair may have clung to the Labour Party (in spite of its more recent failings) but are ‘Cameron’s children’ more likely to lean right? I guess we will have to wait and see, but it looks that way. Still, the party does need to do more to permeate this support through the community at a grassroots level. We need to be more of a Jewish force on campuses. We need a united campaigning force and a support network for those members of the community who are interested in representing their neighbours and fellow citizens at a local or national level. We need to educate people, especially candidates, about the issues impacting our community and not just leave it to the Israel groups. To give them credit, this is where the Jewish Labour Movement has had some success, and while clearly it has lost the war on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, it can claim some individual victories and has galvanised an activist base.

Positively, though, it seems that discussions around facilitating these things among Conservative supporters have begun in recent months with the need for a more formal structure identified by more forward-thinking activists.. But it’s not just at this level. As I have seen for myself, so many of our community groups and organisations are left-heavy at the top which, given the current political context, seems entirely counter-intuitive. At times, I have been the token Tory on them – battling what I believe to be madcap and silly ideas of the outdated and now virtually extinct ‘centre-left’. People of the right need to stick their heads above the parapet and not be afraid to be the ones to lead. Ultimately, the Conservative Party is in pretty much the right place on what might be termed “Jewish issues”. Staying there will win us the right to be heard and give us the chance to woo Labour voting and unaligned Jews in the same way that we should seek to woo those outside the community. With the right effort from Conservatives though, the Thirty Under 30 list may well look very different in five years’ time.

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Auschwitz is a place for silence, not song and dance JACK MENDEL



t’s a challenge seeing joy at Auschwitz. I was taught Holocaust memorials merit silence. Yet as I visited the Nazis’ most infamous camp along with 11,000 others – including 260 Brits – for March of the Living, I heard singing and saw dancing. There was one thing I was acutely aware of at Auschwitz, as people celebrated. Despite being surrounded by artefacts of history, I didn’t feel sombre. I wasn’t thinking about the victims of the Holocaust. Young people from around the world asked to swap badges and hats with me, as if this were some kind of fete. There was almost a carnival atmosphere. Then the shofar pierced the noise and silence finally fell as 11,000 people prepared to walk from Auschwitz to Birkenau. Yet still people sang. The vast majority were hushed, but some had no time for silence. I didn’t know the appropriate response to these sights and sounds. So I asked someone whose opinion matters most. A survivor.

Mala Tribich MBE was deported to both Ravensbrück and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps. The 87-year-old told me: “It’s absolutely not appropriate and something that I feel very strongly about.” She added: “The English groups don’t tend to sing and dance. It’s the Americans and Israelis. It is so wrong, because we are at a cemetery. We’re thinking of all the people who died here. “To have this attitude that we survived and now we’re here, it’s all very well, but I don’t think people should sing and dance about it.” I posted a video of the singing at Auschwitz on Twitter, asking if it was OK, and I got a mixed response. One person commented: “Youth movements have a long standing history of acts of defiance in the Holocaust. It is important to show our values have not been crushed”. Another wrote: “Two years ago I stood there singing. No better expression of vibrant Jewish life in the shadow of the Shoah than to bring our joy and life!” Perhaps one can’t blame those who choose to celebrate in a concentration camp. The event

Participants on the March of the Living is called March of the Living, after all. It is a celebration of life. I also spoke with Harry (born Chaim) Olmer, a sprightly and energetic 89-year-old survivor.





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He was deported to Kraków-Płaszów and Buchenwald concentration camps. He said: “I think singing is the right thing to do. We’re alive. There is nothing wrong with being happy about that in a place like this.” With survivors giving me opposing viewpoints, I continued to plough through Twitter. One person said there was “no excuse to turn the event into a three-ring circus”. Another said it “shows the Jewish spirit is alive in a powerful act of defiance against hatred.” After reflection, I’ve made up my mind. I think that, while March of the Living is a celebration of life, having a party in a place of unimaginable death steps over the line. It makes you lose perspective of where you are and why you’re there. It banishes the sincerity required to process what took place.




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Jewish Labour Movement leaders betray their cause ADAM CANNON



he Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) has played an important role in representing the Jewish community, particularly since Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader. Even as a traditional Conservative supporter and someone actively campaigning for Mike Freer in Finchley & Golders Green, I recognise the JLM has held the party leadership to account as widespread instances of antiSemitism occurred with alarming regularity. Within the past 18 months, there has been another Labour leadership election, where the vast majority of JLM members (92 percent) voted against Corbyn. That the JLM’s chair, Jeremy Newmark, and vice chair, Mike Katz, are now standing as Labour parliamentary candidates, asking people to vote for a party led by someone they have worked so hard against, is at best incongruous. The JLM has been very successful in rightly garnering public attention for its statements and

INCONGRUOUSNESS, NAIVETY, OPPORTUNISM OR A COMBINATION OF ALL THREE? THESE ARE REASONS NOT TO VOTE FOR JLM CANDIDATES in attracting media coverage for its leadership during the various crises in the Labour party. Since 2015, it has put considerable pressure on those who seek to undermine our community. It has been an able advocate working for the community as a whole, allegiances always with the community first and Labour second. That is not to say it has always got things right. Last June, the JLM welcomed the Chakrabarti report, saying: “This is a sensible and firm platform which gives the party an opportunity to get off the back foot in setting a new standard for

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tacking racism and anti-Semitism.” The report was widely panned by many across the Jewish community and elsewhere in Labour. The party fell further in the minds of the Jewish community when, last July, Baroness Royall’s report into anti-Semitism at Oxford University was finally published with a whimper and largely ignored by the Labour party. By her own admission, it would be a “great disappointment” to many in the Jewish community. It was. And Ken Livingstone, despite his vicious and sustained goading of the Jewish community on every media outlet that will have him, and despite JLM calls for his expulsion, remains a Labour party member. From spring 2018 – ongoing inquiries withstanding – Livingstone can run for elected office under the Labour banner and officially represent the party again should he get enough support to do so. The current membership of the Labour party suggests he may well do so. That JLM did not have more influence is regrettable, but should not take away from positive steps it has made. However, by standing against local MPs who serve our community and continue to be staunch allies of Jews and of Israel, it has shown the

noise it makes was, perhaps, more for the sake of the Labour party than the community. Mike Freer and Matthew Offord, who are opposed by JLM’s chair and vice chair respectively, have achieved a huge amount for our community, from securing millions in funding for the security of Jewish schools and community centres to outlawing divisive boycott, divestment and sanctions motions being passed by public sector bodies. They have represented our interests and concerns to government with great effect. Both MPs have represented the Jewish population across the country and more than earned their reputations as excellent advocates for our community. Their support has been unwavering. That the JLM leadership has political ambitions beyond the pressure group is not unreasonable, but to stand for Corbyn’s Labour party in 2017 against our community’s allies is a tactical error. They should be increasing the Jewish community’s friends in Parliament, not, at best, maintaining them. Incongruousness, naivety, opportunism or a combination of all three? These are reasons not to vote for JLM candidates on 9 June.  Adam tweets @adam_cannon

11 May 2017 Jewish News




Happy and glorious royal visit to Israel on the cards ALEX BRUMMER



he late mother of a friend who made aliyah from Britain to Israel several years ago had one major regret about the country she had left. As a great royalist she was immensely disappointed that the Queen or a senior member of the royal family never had made a state visit to Israel. The nearest thing to an official visit came well back in 1994 when Prince Philip made a private pilgrimage to the Jewish state in honour of his mother Princess Alice, sister of Lord Mountbatten and a Greek orthodox nun, who risked her life in Nazi occupied Athens to save the lives of Jews. His visit was recalled in the last several days after the Duke of Edinburgh’s decision to step down from his duties later this year to make way for the younger royals. The other member of the royal family to set foot in Israel is the heir to the throne Prince Charles for the funerals of Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 and Shimon Peres’s internment last year. The Prince of Wales took the opportunity to commemorate his grand-

mother Princess Alice quietly visiting her grave at the Convent of Saint Mary Magdalene in Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives. The sparse history of royal trips to Israel, let alone a state visit is in contrast to other engagements in the Middle East or, for that matter, the tremendous support the royal family offers to British Jews. At any moment it is likely that a member of the royal family is visiting one of the Gulf states and Saudi Arabia is almost like a second home. Similarly, Gulf emirs, sheikhs and kings have been frequent visitors to Britain’s palaces and have been accorded the privilege of a ride in the carriage alongside the Queen during Royal Ascot festivities. As a boy growing up in Brighton I was taken aback when the women petrol attendant filling up the family car snarled at us that it was ‘our Queen and your country.’ It was explained to me later that this was an anti-Semitic remark making the point we owned and controlled too much but the royal family was British, sacred and untouchable. How shocked that person would be now at the way in which the Windsors have cherished and supported the Jewish community. When the Board of Deputies marked its

250th birthday in 2010 the royals were over it like a rash. The Queen held a reception at St James Palace and Prince Charles, wearing his Prince of Wales feather embossed kippah, was the guest of honour at a dinner where he recounted in detail the connections between the royal family and Britain. This year he was guest of honour at the World Jewish Relief dinner. The Prince of Wales, who has cast himself as the defender of all faiths, was an important presence at the installation of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis in St Johns Woods. The longstanding view of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office is that it would not be fitting for a senior royal to make a state visit to Israel until there is a formal peace with the Palestinians. The Queen did not feel able to travel to Ireland, where atrocities against British troops had occurred, until future rela-

tions between Ireland and Northern Ireland had been fully settled by the full implementation of the St Andrews accords. Times finally could be a changing. The British-Israel trading relationship has given Israel an economic status which increasingly is equivalent to the Gulf nations. Moreover, the philo-Jewish credentials of David Cameron and Theresa May mean that this year’s Balfour Declaration might provide an opportunity for that first official visit following an invitation issued by President Rivlin. No one is expecting the Queen, retired Prince Philip or immediate heirs Prince Charles or Prince William to do the honours. But one of the Queen’s sons, Andrew or Edward, are distinct possibilities. Not quite what my friend’s mother desired. But a good start.


Discredited UN needs this breath of fresh air JEREMY HAVARDI



ikki Haley, President Trump’s choice as US Secretary of State at the United Nations, is rapidly winning admirers after only a few months in her role. Her blunt, no-nonsense style combined with a willingness to speak truth to power represent a breath of fresh air in international relations. In the morally discredited world of the UN, these attributes are a necessity. Following the deadly chemical weapons attack in April, Haley gave an impassioned speech attacking Russia, Syria’s arch protector. “How many more children have to die before Russia cares?” she asked, while holding up photographs of murdered infants. Russia, she said, was peddling a “false narrative”, a charge later confirmed when Moscow questioned whether the regime had carried out the attack. In many ways, Haley set the tone for the administration, which then responded with

NIKKI HALEY HAS BEEN TRUE TO HER WORD THAT ACTION, NOT WORDS, WOULD BE USED TO COUNTER ANTI-ISRAEL BIAS deadly strikes against military targets inside Syria. The same is true of her comments on Assad’s government, when she recently declared that a political solution in the country was impossible with the dictator “at the head of the regime”. It is the UN’s disproportionate attacks on Israel that have had Haley fuming in indignation. After attending the first meeting of the UN Security Council, she remarked on the strangeness of proceedings. Instead of focusing on Hezbollah’s illegal

build-up of rockets, Iran’s terrorist infrastructure, the defeat of ISIS or the Syrian civil war, the proceedings were dominated by criticism of Israel. She reiterated the US’ ironclad support for the Jewish state in the face of this relentless and unfathomable bias. She also declared that there would be no repeat of Resolution 2334, which decried all settlement activity in the West Bank. Actions, not just words, would be used to counter antiIsraeli UN bias, she promised. She has been true to her word. In March, a report was commissioned by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), accusing Israel of being an apartheid state. It was co-written by Richard Falk, a figure well known for his vituperative rhetoric and prominent role in the 9/11 denial movement. Haley led calls for the report to be dismissed, describing it as ‘anti Israel propaganda’. Her forceful response, together with that of new Secretary General Antonio Guterres, helped bring about the resignation of the Jordanian diplomat Rima Khalaf, the Executive Secretary of the ESCWA and a

lead figure in producing the report. Following Haley’s comment that ‘UN agencies must do a better job of eliminating false and biased work’, the report was also withdrawn from UN websites. Haley also led objections to the appointment of former Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as a special representative in Libya. It was another surprising intervention, given Fayyad’s popularity among diplomats, but Haley’s logic was explicit. The US, she said, did not currently recognise a Palestinian state or ‘support the signal’ that his appointment would send. Although the rejection of Fayyad was questionable within this context, the logic of rejecting Palestinian statehood as a diplomatic fait accompli was entirely justified. It is her reasonable position that such recognition can only follow the outcome of bilateral talks between Israelis and Palestinians. Electing Haley was certainly a bold move because she had little foreign policy or diplomatic credentials to fall back on. But this freshness and unconventionality now appear to be her most important assets.


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Community / Scene & Be Seen


Nearly 100 women took in some of London’s most famous sites while walking 15km for Kisharon’s Moonlight Walk, raising £30,000 as well as knowledge for Autism Awareness Month. The charity’s chief executive, Dr Beverley Jacobson, said: “We feel incredibly grateful to all those who took part. There was a wonderful atmosphere throughout the walk.”

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Six-year-old Naomi Sutcliffe celebrated the end of her two-and-a-half year treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, by realising her dream to meet her favourite Disney princess, Sleeping Beauty, coinciding with her birthday. Her mum, Jenny, said: “Naomi was asked how she would like to celebrate such a big milestone on her road to recovery and she said she’d like Sleeping Beauty to come to her house to play. I had tears in my eyes watching them together.”

The latest news, pictures and social events from across the community


Sinai Jewish Primary School students spent a morning at Edgware’s Krishna Avanti School as part of a Three Faiths Forum project. Jewish Studies director Rabbi Goldmeier said: “At Sinai, we believe respecting other religions and cultures requires an element of understanding, leading to harmonious interfaith relationships.”






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More than 60 pupils at Moriah Jewish Day School in Pinner performed a music ensemble for children and parents at its spring concert. Event coordinator Max Bronstein said: “It’s amazing to see so many talented musicians in our community.”



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Scene & Be Seen / Community




London chaplain Rabbi Gavin Broder shakes hands with Joseph Dweck, Senior Rabbi of the Spanish and Portuguese Sephardi Community, who addressed UCL JSoc members on ‘inclusivism and the future of the Jewish people’. The event was sponsored by Montefiore Endowment and University Jewish Chaplaincy.






Former England international rugby captain Catherine Spencer visited pupils at Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School. Part of a ‘Sports for Schools’ initiative, she took the children through their paces.

CHESED 3 PROJECT GIVES FIRST AID The United Synagogue’s Project Chesed held its second introductory paediatric first aid course at Mill Hill Synagogue. Topics included baby illnesses, emergency protocol, contents of a first aid kit, recovery position for babies, CPR for children and babies and choking and aspiration. Orah Barnett said: “We’re happy Project Chesed could provide such an important service, based on the quote from the Mishnah: ‘Whoever saves a life it is as if they have saved a whole world’.”


Madame Tussauds, after being chosen to review the famous London attraction as a bar and batmitzvah venue. Enjoying the recently launched Kong: Skull Island experience, which boasts an interactive, 18 foot animatronic head of the monster ape, as well as selfies with famous superheroes, sports stars and A-listers, the group also got up close and personal with Darth Vader and Hans Solo at the Star Wars experience.


More than 40 volunteers and staff members helped raise £40,000 when they took part in this year’s UJIA National Super Sunday appeal at the charity’s London, Leeds and Manchester offices. Money raised will go towards the charity’s programmes in Israel and the UK. Jacalyn Sank Da Costa, director of fundraising, said: “We’re so grateful for the support of the youth movements, friends of UJIA and our donors. We couldn’t do it without you.”


GET THE 4 YOUTHS ‘STAR’ TREATMENT Eleven lucky youngsters enjoyed VIP treatment from

Resource, the charity which helps members of the Jewish community into the workplace, raised more than £7,000 at its recent supper quiz fundraiser. Alan Sanders, chairman of its trustee board, told the 200 guests how the charity has provided free practical help and guidance to more than 10,000 people over the past 25 years.

Your simcha announcements Abigail Harris celebrated her batmitzvah at Bushey United Synagogue.

Sam Santhouse celebrated his barmitzvah at Kinloss Synagogue.

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Dylan Joseph celebrated his barmitzvah at Bushey Synagogue.

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Gabriel Apfel celebrated his barmitzvah at Barnet United Synagogue.

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Scene & Be Seen / Community

Beit Halochem charity drive The annual Beit Halochem Golf Day took place at Hartsbourne Country Club to raise funds for the charity’s rehabilitation centres in Israel, which look after 51,000 wounded IDF veterans. Special guest Yoram Kuchel, a Beit Halochem veteran who, as an air force reservist, suffered horrific arm injuries in a car crash ahead of a rescue mission, gave a presentation. After having his arm amputated, Yoram attended Beit Halochem in Tel Aviv, where he soon became a very good tennis player and a skilled golf player. The event included a breakfast, buffet lunch and raffle.

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Community / Scene & Be Seen

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Scene & Be Scene / Community

Around 600 guests helped Kisharon raise more than £1million on Sunday at its Brighter Futures annual dinner at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel. The dinner was hosted by Emma and Adam Castleton whose son, Elias, is a pupil at Kisharon School. Guests heard from Karen Gaffney, who has Down’s Syndrome and is president of a non-profit organisation dedicated to championing the journey to full inclusion in families, schools, the workplace and the community for people with developmental disabilities.

Photos by John Rifkin

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Manny Waks: victim advocate / Lifestyle

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The story of my life Francine Wolfisz speaks to Manny Waks, a child sex abuse victim whose explosive testimony caused ripples through the strictly-Orthodox community and paved the way for change


y life is not what it was. I had a comfortable job, a serene life, I was involved communally. Things were going very well. Then this happened and it changed my world.” Three decades may have passed, but Manny Waks, now 41, admits not a day goes by without acknowledging the sexual abuse he suffered as a child. Raised in a strictly-Orthodox Jewish home in Melbourne, the second oldest of 17 children was betrayed by two men trusted by his family. For years, Waks resisted telling anyone, but in 2011 he went public about his experiences in an attempt to bring his abusers to justice. That testimony was more explosive than he imagined: it became the catalyst for an Orthodox sex abuse scandal that rocked Australia and resulted in the conviction of several men for sexually abusing boys during the 1980s and 1990s. It led to a high-profile government inquiry and the resignation of several senior Chabad rabbis. Waks’ reward for speaking out was not one of praise, however, but rather intimidation and alienation by his community. He was forced to leave his home and profession and the issue drove a wedge between his parents and family. There’s no doubt the sacrifice has been huge, but one he feels “absolutely needed to be done”, having now dedicated his life to pursuing justice for fellow victims around the globe, as well as advocating change to prevent future child abuse. Now his heart-rending experience, as well as his powerful journey towards becoming a victim advocate, is laid bare in his recently-published memoir, Who Gave You Permission? Waks begins by describing life at his East St Kilda home, where parents Zephaniah and

Chaya raised a brood of 11 boys and six girls. “There was certainly never a dull moment,” he quips. “I always felt safe and loved, I didn’t feel any inadequacies. I remember going on weekend outings to the park and doing all those fun things. But in hindsight it is inevitable there would be deficiencies, because there is no way a parent can provide the love that a child really needs when you have so many children. “In the context of child sexual abuse, there’s no doubt in my mind it’s a contributory factor. Child abuse victims come from all walks of life, but perpetrators will look for vulnerabilities. They will identify children they can manipulate and groom. Parents with many children struggle to know where their child is at all times. “In a time when such things were not discussed, it’s like giving children on a silver platter to these abusers, who would be roaming synagogues, mikvehs and youth groups, waiting for any opportunity. But in synagogue, parents believe you can trust your fellow Jew.” Waks, who now lives in Israel with his wife and three children, recalls the first time he was abused, aged 11. He had felt tired during a Shavuot evening service at his synagogue and


decided to retire to the ladies’ section, where another young boy was also sleeping. But community member Velvel Serebryanski, who was in his 20s at the time, followed him upstairs. “He had already been grooming me for a while. I was getting love, attention, special treats from him... but when he started following me upstairs, I realised something was wrong. I decided to pretend I was asleep, but when he touched me, I just froze.” The abuse continued for six months until Waks “made it clear I didn’t want anything to do with him”. But the vulnerable youngster was again preyed upon as a teenager, this time by David Cyprys, a security guard at Melbourne’s Yeshiva College. Waks says his abuser subjected him to “humiliating, controlling, degrading things”, including one incident inside a mikveh. In 2013, Cyprys was found guilty of raping a 15-year-old boy and molesting eight boys, aged seven to 14, in the 1980s and 1990s, largely as a result of Waks speaking out about what had happened decades earlier. The conviction came at a time when Waks was just personally coming to terms with the impact of being sexually abused as a child. “I knew at the time it was wrong and confusing, but the sexual abuse was only something I realised years later.” Other ramifications followed, including the Chabad community turning on him as a mesirah or informant, and his family were shunned. Waks was angry the community supported the abusers rather than the victims and, in some cases, protected them despite knowing of their crimes. And the divisions rumbled deeper. His

mother, born and brought up as Chabad, was “extremely uncomfortable” with accusations of quiet acquiescence against the community. While she has remained within it, his father has left. “He’s turned on Chabad completely, he has trimmed his beard and refers to them as a cult.” For Waks, the side effects of what happened to him are still becoming apparent and he sees a therapist four times a week. “The negative side is all-consuming and on a daily basis. I have dealt with feelings of depression, anxiety, feelings of suicide and relationship issues,” he says. “The price my family and I have paid, and may forever pay, sometimes becomes very difficult and impossible to bear.” Becoming a victim advocate was not something on his original agenda, but one at which he has nevertheless been successful. He is the founder of Tzedek, an Australian organisation fighting child sexual abuse in Jewish communities, and Kol v’Oz, a group lobbying the Knesset for changes to the statute of limitations on sexual crimes. “There have been significant changes in attitude, culture and in the desire to address this issue, both for injustices of the past, as well as for prevention in the future,” Waks tells me. “It will take a generational change for this issue to be fully addressed and a full day working on this can be draining. But I will continue to do this for as long as I can. If I walk away now, it will be a massive step backwards for the Jewish community.”  Who Gave You Permission? The Memoir of a Child Sexual Abuse Survivor Who Fought Back by Manny Waks with Michael Visontay is published by Scribe, priced £14.99. Available now.



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Lifestyle / Hyper-realist artist

Do not let these photos fool you... Francine Wolfisz profiles the hyper-realist work of an Israeli-born artist Yigal Ozeri


hey might look like they belong on the cover of a magazine, but these beautiful model shots are not actually photographs – in fact, they are the handiwork of a talented Israeli-born artist. Yigal Ozeri spent months painstakingly creating these large-scale portraits of young women posed in dream-like landscapes, with thousands of tiny brushstrokes. Now living in New York, an exhibition of the 59-year-old’s incredible lifelike paintings, known as hyper-realism, will go on display at the Opera Gallery in London’s New Bond Street, from tomorrow (Friday). Ozeri starts each project by taking photographs of the models, which are altered in Photoshop. He then uses these prints as reference point to create the oil on canvas paintings. One of his artworks features model and actress Lizzy Jagger, daughter of Mick

Jagger and Jerry Hall. Speaking to The Independent, Ozeri says: “I think an artist is born with raw talent; however, that needs to be developed, sharpened and cultivated. “I was born in a small town in Israel to a family with no connection to, nor understanding in art. “But my family noticed (especially my father) my propensity, and as of the age of 10, he would take me to paint in nature.” Ozeri’s work, which always features female subjects, has been exhibited around the world and features in the permanent collections of the New York Public Library, the Jewish Museum in New York and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, among others.

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Hyperrealist artist Yigal Ozeri, who is originally from Israel and now lives in New York, spends months creating beautiful oil-oncanvas pictures of models, with thousands of tiny brushstrokes


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Jewish News 11 May 2017

Lifestyle / Common ground

Reaching reconciliation through loss Leon Symons hears from an organisation bringing bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families together


he loss of a child is the most devastating thing a parent can suffer. When that loss has come about not through natural means, for example an illness, but through conflict, the pain is infinitely greater. An audience of more than 120 people comprised of Jews and Christians heard from two people who have endured such a tragedy. An Israeli mother, whose 28-year-old soldier son was killed by a Palestinian sniper, and a Palestinian father, whose 10-year-old daughter was shot by an Israeli soldier, spoke of their loss, their pain and their hopes that the suffering of families on both sides of the conflict might one day end. As Palestinian father Bassam Aramin said: “It’s not written anywhere that we will kill each other forever.” Aramin and Robi Damelin spoke at Hampstead Synagogue in northwest London at the first of a series

of events called ‘Invest in Peace’ organised jointly by the Board of Deputies and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. It is the first initiative to bring together Christian and Jewish communities in Britain with the aim of lending support to projects promoting peace between Israel and Palestine. Both Aramin and Damelin are members of the Parents’ Circle – Families Forum (PCFF), a joint Israeli-Palestinian group now with more than 600 families who have lost a close member to the conflict. Aramin, who revealed that he had served seven years in prison in Israel as a young man after finding a cache of old weapons in a cave, said that most Palestinians and Arabs think the Holocaust “is a bid to bring more support from Europe and America”. He told how he wanted to enjoy watching a film about how Hitler had killed six million Jews. “But after a few minutes I was crying because I couldn’t believe people could be so

inhuman towards each other,” he said. After prison, he still believed in the armed struggle and sought justification for killing Israelis in the Koran but could not find any reference. He persuaded his son “not to be a hero like me. He won’t throw stones. We need to change our ways to achieve our goal”. Speaking of his late daughter, his third child of six, he said: “She was only 10. She was not a fighter and didn’t know about the conflict. The ticket to join this organisation is very high and I don’t want to lose more family to join this organisation.” South African-born Damelin came to Israel as a volunteer after the Six Day War and stayed. After the death of her son, David, she went back to the land of her birth to find out as much as she could about the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, set up after the fall of apartheid. “What we (PCFF) believe is that in any future peace agreement, if ever there is a political agreement, there

Palestinian Bassam Aramin, Jonathan Freedland and Israeli Robi Damelin

must be a framework for a reconciliation process. If not, there won’t be peace,” she said. Eighteen months after her son’s death, Israeli army officials told her they had captured her son’s killer. She wrote him a letter. “After I wrote the letter, I realised I was no longer a victim of circumstances,” she said. While in South Africa, she met an Afrikaans woman who had been to the commission and forgave those who killed her daughter. Damelin

explained: “The woman said by forgiving the killer, it was giving up the right of revenge.” Damelin said the PCFF goes into schools and youth groups in Israel and Palestine, as well as with women’s groups in the West Bank. It also runs a summer camp for Palestinian and Israeli youngsters. Aramin added: “It’s our struggle to teach freedom and democracy on both sides. We have this experience because we have already paid the highest price.”

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Health / Lifestyle

Ask Dr Ellie Our resident GP Ellie Cannon answers your questions...

Q How do I know if my son

has asthma? My husband and I both have it, so we think it’s very likely. He’s 18 months old and seems to be fine. Is there a test we can do? Asthma in a young child is a clinical diagnosis, which means that doctors diagnose it on the basis of symptoms, history and likelihood, rather than a specific test: we can’t do a blood test or a specific X-ray to diagnose asthma in a pre-school child, and the breathing tests we can do are for over fives. At 18 months, your son is too young to be diagnosed with asthma. We tend to diagnose once a child is older than two.

Q Do you think my mother

Diagnosing asthma involves firstly looking at the likelihood of him having it, so in his case there is certainly some chance because of his family history. Other high likelihoods would come from him having other associated diseases, such as eczema and hay fever. Asthma symptoms are very typical and a doctor will look out for these to consider diagnosing the condition. These would include a cough that has a pattern, so particularly worse in the evening or the morning, or worsened by exercise, laughing or the cold. A wheeze is the other noticeable feature of asthma and you may hear this, or a doctor would hear it through the stethoscope. For now, you won’t know if your son has asthma, but keep an eye on symptoms going forward and go promptly to the doctor if he shows signs.

should have the shingles vaccine? She is 78 and has been offered one by her GP surgery. She has not had shingles before and is thankfully pretty healthy.

This is very much a personal decision – more than 20 percent of adults will get struck by shingles in their adult life and it can be debilitating: shingles is much more common in the elderly, as the immune system weakens. It is worth knowing that shingles is more than just a rash – it can be a very painful illness that causes longterm issues. The rash of shingles only lasts two weeks or so, but some people





Q How would I know if I have an underactive thyroid? I am always very tired.

Thyroid disease is a common condition affecting one in 50 women with an underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism. The thyroid is a gland that lies over the windpipe at the front of the neck. Some people have an enlarged thyroid gland, known as a goitre, and this is seen as a swelling at the front of the neck. The thyroid produces a hormone called thyroxine that controls how fast our bodily functions work. Because thyroxine controls these functions, an underactive thyroid causes a general slowing down of all the bodily functions. So along with tiredness,

you will notice weight gain, constipation, low mood, loss of libido and even slowing down mentally. People can become aware of their hair thinning, skin becoming dry and even a deeper voice. It can be a cause of period disturbances and infertility in women, as well as general body aches and pains. Some combination of these symptoms would usually prompt a visit to the GP and a standard blood test can be used to assess thyroid function: the results are conclusive in most cases. If it is not your thyroid, it may be you have a vitamin D deficiency, menopausal symptoms, B12 deficiency or a lack of iron. Treatment aims to replace the thyroid hormone, which has not been produced naturally. A replacement known as Levothyroxine is taken in tablet form every day: in most cases treatment is for life.





go on to develop a pain condition as a result, known as post-herpetic neuralgia. This leads to permanent pain in the area of the rash and it is very difficult to treat. Neuralgia doesn’t respond to normal painkillers and can lead to the use of very strong medication and a poor quality of life. The vaccine boosts the level of antibodies in the blood and has been shown to prevent shingles in more than 70 percent of people who have it. In those who do get it, having had the vaccine, the episode has been shown to be much milder and with a lower chance of developing the long-term neuralgia. The vaccine is thought to last at least four years. The shingles vaccine has been licensed since 2006 and used here as part of the national programme for vaccination since 2013 to good effect.


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Lifestyle / Travel

A Rocky relationship! Michael McHugh explores Canada’s beautiful wilderness and discovers Jewish life high on a desert plateau


angling only metres above a grizzly bear, whose gaze has locked directly with mine, is not an entirely comfortable experience. As the bear ambles along a rough track, I look down from the safety of my gondola at one of western Canada’s premier ski resorts. “They think we are big birds,” reassures my guide. This beautiful wilderness east of Vancouver in the Rocky Mountains attracts up to four million visitors a year. The area opened up to tourism more than a century ago with the railway line from the east, and I’m retracing the most scenic part of the route in style, on the fullservice train, The Rocky Mountaineer. My bear encounter takes place in Banff, Canada’s first national park, and is one of the highlights of the trip. Banff national park is a World Heritage site covering more than 6,600sq km of Rocky Mountain territory. Founded in 1883, after workers went looking for gold and instead found hot springs at what is now The Cave and Basin National Historic Site, it became a magnet for tourists and explorers. Sir William Cornelius Van Horne, who

oversaw the building of the spectacular railway line, said: “If we can’t export the scenery, we’ll import the tourists.” My two-day trip begins when I board the First Passage to the West service in Vancouver. My luggage is transported separately to overnight hotel accommodation, so I can comfortably settle into my carriage. The Scottish bagpiper send-off reminds me this railway was founded by a Scotsman and part-financed by Britain’s Barings Bank. Inside my plush carriage, I enjoy Merlot and cheese as part of the SilverLeaf service; GoldLeaf (the next class up) offers a la carte dining in a restaurant car and first floor seats for even better views. Water and fresh fruit is available at all times, supplementing the modestly-sized and beautifully-presented portions at meal times. The outside viewing area, the space between carriages, is tight, with room for two people at a squeeze on each side – so competition for photo opportunities is fierce. Most people seem happy to stay in their carriages. The train, newly decked out in dark blue and gold paint, traverses “avalanche alley”, where

WORKERS WENT LOOKING FOR GOLD AND INSTEAD FOUND HOT SPRINGS; IT BECAME A MAGNET FOR TOURISTS numerous rock shed tunnels protect the line from falling boulders. Pine trees cling to dry slopes forming a stubbly line along ridges. Some mountainsides are devoid of vegetation. A man wields a sledgehammer on a sleeper in the middle of nowhere, evoking visions of rock-breaking pioneers who first laid tracks through this unyielding limestone. The train meanders around sweeping bends, while big horned sheep scamper away, and it coasts through the isolated ghost town of Walhachin, populated by English gentry and then abandoned at the onset of the Great War. We skirt a former quarantine centre for TB victims. The sparse settlement was self-sufficient as its inhabitants could not contact the outside world, instead growing all their own vegetables. We approach Kamloops, high on a desert plateau and with a small town feel, where we break up our journey by staying the night at the Thompson Hotel. It is a short walk from the centre and close to the tracks, the horns of freight trains audible. I dine next door that night, in The Noble Pig brewhouse, eating breaded hot peppers and a gloopy mash of potato, melted cheese and beer gravy, washed down with locally-produced

Amber Ale. As I walk around this small town, I’m intrigued to learn that, although there is no synagogue or rabbi, there is an active Jewish community. Almost a decade ago, around 50 local families joined together and formed the Jewish Community Centre of Kamloops, which organises Friday night dinners and cultural events. Kosher food is a mission, however, requiring a drive to Kelowna or Vancouver, two and four hours away, respectively. The next morning we begin the second leg of our adventure – and it proves to be even more dramatic. Two women sip morning coffee on the antebellum-style porch of a white-painted timber home, overlooking the river as the train edges its way smoothly eastwards. Clouds shroud the peaks and the smell of pine fills the air. The train enters spiral tunnels, corkscrewing dramatically through the mountains. Near the Continental Divide, the highest point in North America, the serrated edges of the Rockies protrude, leading to great peak. We finally arrive at Banff, where I check into the Caribou Lodge & Spa for a few days. The inviting Alpine-style hotel combines rustic charm with comforts such as a basement pool. An engineer who helped build the train line wrote of Banff: “It will be a great resort for tourists and madmen who like climbing mountains at the risk of breaking their necks.” I shun the daredevil treks for a more leisurely route, admiring the fragile alpine flowers bursting through the melting snow. I’m told Lake Louise Ski Resort, where the Prince and Duchess of Cambridge honeymooned, offers my best chance of a bear close encounter. “You’re on your own watch if you go out there without a guide,” my host warns. I decide instead to sit back with another beer.


The Rocky Mountaineer, left, travels though the Rockies and, right, through Fraser Canyon

Michael McHugh was a guest of the Rocky Mountaineer. Canadian Affair offers a fivenight trip to Canada, including a journey on the Rocky Mountaineer from £1,269pp. Flights extra. Canadianaffair.com; 020 3424 6306.

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Sedra: Emor / It’s Biblical / Orthodox Judaism


It’s Biblical

BY RABBI JONNY ROODYN Speak, speak and speak again! The opening of this sedra has the root emor three times, making its name most appropriate. “Hashem said to Moshe, Now declare this to the priests, the sons of Aharon. Say to them: He may not render himself impure for any person among his people” (Vayikra 21:1) It is interesting to note the verb emor is used rather than the more usual daber. Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch explains the difference between emor and daber is the difference between speaking and telling: We can speak, whether or not people are listening, but telling implies communication. A person alone can speak, but cannot tell or relate. One who is medaber (speaks) gives precise expression to an idea, whereas one who is omer (tells) conveys an idea to the mind of another, fully explaining and developing it. Hashem tells Moshe to tell the Kohanim their holiness comes from being sons of Aharon. Their priesthood is a task assigned, for which they are born and raised, so it will define who they are. Therefore, just as the Kohanim are to view themselves as sons of Aharon, they should raise their children as future Kohanim, preparing them for future duties. In a sense, the entire Jewish nation are Kohanim – our national mission is to be a ‘kingdom of priests and a holy nation’. Just as Kohanim are meant to be aware of their status and lead by example to the rest of the Jewish nation, so too we as klal yisrael ought to be aware of our special status vis a vis the rest of the world and live our lives accordingly.

 Rabbi Jonny Roodyn is education director at the Jewish Futures Trust. He tweets via @RJRoodyn



What must it have been like to be a woman in the early Israelite Kingdom? The kings are the principal actors and women only get bit-parts. As the daugher of our first king, Saul, Michal and her sister Meirav were used to cement his authority, as was customary then. Yet her spirit of independence shines. Saul promised Michal as wife to whoever could defeat Goliath. When David accomplished this feat, Saul realised he had lost popularity and tried to renege on the deal by getting David to pay a dowry of 100 Philistines’ foreskins. David presented 200 to his father-inlaw. How must Michal have felt, being “bought” in this way? The Tanakh says that Michal loved David, the only place where

a woman’s love for a man is mentioned. It appears he did not love her, but her love for him is displayed in 1 Samuel 19, where she helps him escape death by pretending he is on his sickbed, as he flees his jealous father-inlaw. Her own haughtiness is also used as an example. When David dances in his loincloth before the ark of God, Michal scorns his selfabasement. This comes after her return to her first husband, her jealous father King Saul having given her (despite already being married) to Paltiel


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of Galem, using her to show disfavour to David rather than respecting her as a person in her own right. Paltiel loved her and wept on her removal. Could King David have paid more attention to her status as King Saul’s daughter (and therefore a threat to his own dynasty), because of her scorn, or because of her lack of loyalty? Suffice to say, she was set aside and no longer favoured by him. The Book of Samuel says that she had no children (1 Samuel 6:23) but this is contradicted by another reference to her five sons (2 Samuel, 21:8-9), whom David handed over to the Gibeonites for execution. Could they really have been his sons? Or could they, as some versions of the text suggest, have been Meirav’s? In any case, Michal is a tragic figure of a queen trapped in a king’s world.  Zvi Solomons is rabbi of the Jewish Community of Berkshire, JCoB.org


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Progressive Judaism / The Bible Says What? / Progressively Speaking

The Bible Says What?

Progressively Speaking

Moses is exiled from the Promised Land

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BY RABBI CHARLEY BAGINSKY One of the incredible things about our Torah is how it is able to express a multitude of emotions and subtexts in limited words. Never is this truer than in the few words used to explain the permanent exile of Moses from the Promised Land. After much complaining about their lack of water in the desert, Moses is commanded by God to bring the people before a rock, hold up his staff and talk to the inanimate object. From this stone, God promises, water will flow out and quench the thirst of the stiff-necked people. But Moses finds himself unable to find the words and instead strikes the rock twice with his staff. Water flows and the people are able to quench their thirst, but Moses is told by God he will never enter the Promised Land. Words create our world and yet Moses, our greatest teacher and leader, cannot manage one. Just as when he saw the Eygptian

taskmaster beating an Israelite slave, he lashes out. One can only imagine God’s disappointment, truly believing that Moses’ journey since the Burning Bush had made him into a man of words. Perhaps this is the crux of the harsh decree that Moses was not allowed into the land; Moses couldn’t change and the people entering the Promised Land needed a new start. When the going got tough, Moses returned to his old self – the man who did not take responsibility for what he said, the man who lashed out rather than used his words. As Liberal Jews, we are called after time after time to stand before our own rock. For me, the message of Moses’ story is that when this time comes, we have to rise above our limitations and speak, so that the Promised Land can remain very much a possibility.

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BY DEBORAH BLAUSTEN Earlier this month a young man named David Gould was told he could be someone’s life-saving match, having signed up to the bone marrow registry six years ago. David joined the register after hearing about someone in the Jewish community needing a donor. Those people’s names are etched in our minds and the incredible campaigns run by their families, Jewish newspapers and wider community have inspired huge waves of new sign-ups to the donor register. These families face an agonising reality. They know a donor is needed, they know a match probably exists, but they also know the person who is the match is not on the register.

The Talmud teaches Kol Yisrael Arevim Za Bazah (Shavuot 39a) meaning all Israel are responsible for one another. Responsibility is a powerful notion; it implies that the fate of another person is in some way in our hands. In the case of bone marrow, this reading of responsibility is particularly true. Jews are more likely to find a match from someone with a similar


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the Empire State building on famous Fifth Avenue. The three-hour Circle Line cruise around Manhattan is a marvellous way of seeing it in all its splendour, either by day or night. There is a wide variety of high-quality kosher restaurants in and around New York and you will be spoilt for choice. If you stay in the city centre, you can look forward to experiencing a Shabbat morning visit to the prestigious Fifth Avenue Synagogue on Central Park. A week in New York will leave you with a long-lasting impression and your children will love it. It’s a unique city, in my opinion unmatched anywhere in the world and unlike any other you have ever visited. Have a great trip.


Dear Dr Kapila, My five-year-old granddaughter has been complaining of tummy pain for a few months. I’m worried about what this could be. Can you help? Nina Dear Nina Abdominal pain in children is common and usually not serious. The abdomen covers the area from the ribcage to the top of the thighs.

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Common infections occur in the intestine (gastroenteritis) or urinary tract but can also be in the lungs (chest). Pain localised to the right flank could be appendicitis. Pain is considered to be chronic if present on and off for more than three months. This can be benign e.g. due to constipation or wind. Food intolerances or allergies can also cause chronic abdominal pain, as can gastritis. Rarer causes can be inflammatory bowel disease. The more information you can gather about it, the easier it will be to identify the aetiology. If there are other features causing concern e.g. skin rashes, temperatures and poor growth, I’d recommend she sees her GP fairly soon about a referral to a paediatrician.



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Football review, pictures and video highlights: www.jewishnews.co.uk / Sport

League finishes with 14-goal epic



South Manchester 0 NL Raiders A 4


Brady Masters 2 NL Raiders C 5 EDRS S’grove Masters 2 Faithfold B 8 Scrabble Masters 1 L’Equipe 0


Hendon United A 4 Redbridge A 3

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Dif Pts 39 45 60 43 33 40 2 34 43 32 -7 22 -41 16 -14 14 -41 9 -74 4


DIVISION ONE Redbridge B London Lions B Scrabble Finchley City NL Raiders B Oakwood B Los Blancos Faithfold A Athletic Bilbaum Hendon United B

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W 16 12 12 10 9 7 6 4 4 1

D 1 3 2 2 4 3 0 2 1 0

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W 16 12 12 9 8 8 7 7 7 5 4

D L 2 2 6 2 2 6 6 5 2 10 2 10 4 9 3 10 1 12 1 14 1 15

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Glenthorne 4 Temple Fortune 6 London Lions B 3 Hendon Harriers 0

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Avi Markiewicz scored twice for RC UK FC

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didn’t, it sums up our season really.” The semi-final draw of the MMFL/MGBSFL Invitational Cup is complete after three more sides booked their place in the last four of the competition. Faithfold B were emphatic 8-2 winners over EDRS Stonegrove Masters. Louis Taylor and Yoss Brownson scored two each, with Avi Garson, Ben Lewis, Josh Garson and Dan Abrams also all on target. Jeremy Kornhauser’s strike proved to be the difference as Scrabble Masters beat L’Equipe 1-0, while Alex Elf scored four goals in North London Raiders C’s 5-2 win over Brady Maccabi Masters. Liam Stein claimed their fifth. Sunday’s semi-finals see Raiders Masters take on Scrabble Masters while Faithfold B meet Raiders C.


Redbridge C 7 RC UK FC 7

L’Equipe Temple Fortune RC UK FC Redbridge C Real Hendon Mill Hill Dons NL Raiders C Faithfold B Catford & Brom Hertswood Vale Boca Jewniors

P London Lions 30 Bovingdon 30 Letchworth Garden 30 Ware Sports 30 Bushey Sports Club 30 Belstone 30 Sandridge Rovers 30 Wormley Rovers 30 Knebworth 30 Standon & Puck 30 Cufwfley 30 Buntingford Town 30 Chipperfield 30 Evergreen 30 Hatfield Social 30 Sarratt 30

The final league game of the season ended in a 14-goal thriller as RC UK FC and Redbridge Jewish Care C played out a 7-7 Division Two draw. Jonti Aremband and Akiva Solomon scored two each for the hosts, with player-manager Avi Markiewicz, Dovi Vogel and an own goal completing the scoring for the home side. Jordan Sapler scored four goals for Redbridge, with Aaron Goldberg, Rafe Neiman and Nate Kashkett ensuring a point for Josh Hambling’s side. Hambling said: “This was a battling performance with plenty of goals and a great spirited comeback by us. It was a game where nearly every shot went in. “We look to keep this crop of youth and experience as we go again next year where we’ll be going for the league. But all in all, it’s been a good year from the squad as a new team.” Markiewicz said: “It was a back and forth game that we lost because of an extortionate amount of defensive errors. We should have done better and

London Lions U12 Whites became the first Jewish junior winners of the Herts County Challenge Cup when they beat St Albans City Youth 1-0, Josh Nathan scoring the match-winning goal.

The final two games of the Masters league season saw London Lions complete an unbeaten league campaign as Simon Davidson’s double, plus Simon Black’s strike gave them a 3-0 win over Hendon Harriers. Glenthorne’s hope of finishing runners-up – which required them to win by any score – were dashed as they were beaten in a ten-goal thriller against Temple Fortune – losing 6-4. Rob Botkai and Dean Ingram (pictured) scored two each, with James Ryan and Graham Meyer also on target. Send your nominations for Team of the Week to andrews@thejngroup.com

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EDRS STONEGROVE MASTERS Pulled off a number of terrific saves which even had the Faithfold players applauding

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NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A Tremendous disciplined performance, worked tirelessly up and down the lefthand side

SCRABBLE MASTERS Superb performance at the heart of the Masters defence as they claimed impressive win over men’s side L’Equipe

SCRABBLE MASTERS Brilliant partner to Moss at the back, helped form a solid foundation which led team to the semi-finals

NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A Man-of-the-match didn’t put a foot wrong in his final game for the club and bowed out, on his birthday weekend, in style

NORTH LONDON RAIDERS A Introduced early in the second half, his pace and power got him on the scoresheet and claimed an assist

FAITHFOLD B Pinged the ball around the pitch all game, was a joy to watch in his side’s thumping win

HENDON UNITED A Gave a fabulous performance, full of energy and held the upper hand in key battles against the Sollossi’s

HENDON UNITED A Left his best performance of the season until the last game of the season – great hold up, excellent wing play and scored NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C Led by example from the frontline, was so good – and influential – was also praised by opposing manager


REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE C Was unplayable, scored four goals when up front and then cleared everything when playing at the back





Jewish News 11 May 2017

Sport / Redbridge heartache / Raiders’ historic win

Purple pain Bridge too far for Redbridge as final day defeat hands Premier title to Oakwood By Andrew Sherwood andrews@thejngroup.com @JewishNewsUK

Photos by Amy Leigh

Redbridge saw the Premier Division title slip from their grasp on a dramatic final day of the league season, as a 4-3 defeat to Hendon crowned Oakwood champions. Needing victory against a side they beat 6-0 just a couple of weeks ago, a thrilling encounter saw them fight back from 2-1 down to take a 3-2 lead – only to be pegged back a minute later before Hendon struck a late winner. Jacobs said: “We had the league

won for 60 seconds. We needed to keep our shape but just switched off and conceded a sloppy equaliser which knocked us right back. “It was an even game. I don’t think either team deserved to win. We didn’t play our style of football, but it doesn’t deflect how disappointing the end of our season has become.” Insisting nerves didn’t play a part, and saying how proud he was of his team over the course of the season, he said: “They challenged for two trophies, but came up a little short at the end. I’m just so disappointed for them all. We needed to be at our best and probably came up a little short, but there are no excuses.”

Redbridge celebrate taking the lead, but Hendon ran out 4-3 winners

Also praising Oakwood, he said: “I’d like to congratulate Dan and his squad. The table doesn’t lie, they’ve won the league fair and square.” Redbridge’s loss was Oakwood’s gain and joint-manager Daniel Kristall said: “We’re absolutely buzzing. Though we deserve it, we weren’t expecting the game to unfold as it did. Maybe the pressure of the games in hand in the end understandably caught up with Redbridge. “But we didn’t win the title just because they slipped up against Hendon. We won almost every match since our shock Peter Morrison exit in December, with every player playing their part. “We feel we have the most complete squad, which has been vindicated by the league table. We know there is room for improvement and plans are already afoot for next season. We know Redbridge especially will come back strong – so we have to be ready to go again in September if we want to repeat our success. We’ve already challenged the boys to win it again – and they’re up for it.” Also paying tribute to his co-manager Ric Blank who is leaving the club, he said: “I want to put on record our thanks to Ric. What a way to go out. He deserves this more than anyone for his incredible devotion to this club over the last decade.”

Redbridge players at the full-time whistle of Sunday’s dramatic loss

North London Raiders made history last weekend by becoming the first club to win every league and cup competition in Jewish football. Their 4-0 Peter Morrison Trophy final win over South Manchester, which came thanks to goals from Oscar Wagner, Jordan Marks, Jordan Nathan and Nick Lewis, was the first time they’ve lifted the trophy and saw manager Dan Shaffron end his first season in charge of the side with silverware. Delighted to help write the club into the record books, he said: “This is a special achievement for the club and to make history is an incredible feeling.

I’m delighted that we have finally won the only trophy that had eluded us. “I’m really proud of the entire squad. We’ve got a very special group, not just the 16 involved today and the players that couldn’t make the journey, but also the management, in particular Jonny and Rob. They’ve all played a huge part in this success and all deserve equal praise. “On a personal note, to win such a prestigious competition my dad won several years ago is a great feeling and a proud moment.” Rob Richman, who’s now head of logistics, and previously managed the team for 10 years, leading them to consecutive league and cup doubles,

said: “This trophy is just rewards for the tireless work Dan Shafron has put in this season. It’s a trophy the club has never won before and the players were ever so determined to make sure David Rhodes got his hands on the cup.” Manchester’s Toby Levy said: “Looking back, it was a great shame, especially after our first half performance, which was good, although we didn’t get the all-important first goal. “They were better in the second half and on balance, deserved their victory. Nothing more to say from our side – all 16 lads involved and those who had been involved in previous rounds did the club proud and we’ll Raiders lift the Peter Morrison Trophy for the first time go again.”

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