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KENXIT VOICE OF THE JEWISH NEWS Over the next two days, during the course of his Labour Party hearing following his suspension for bringing Jeremy Corbyn’s party into disrepute, Ken Livingstone will paint himself as a victim – a political veteran whose only offence has been standing up for the rights of Palestinians. An innocent man caught up in a valiant battle against an unholy alliance of Blairites and the mainstream media. Don’t swallow a word of it. It seems the latter part of Livingstone’s political career has been characterised almost as much for serially offending the Jewish community as for any other achievement: from his concentration camp guard comment to a reporter to his remark ahead of the 2012 mayoral election that Jews were unlikely to support Labour in large numbers because of their wealth.

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When it comes to offending the Jewish community, the current Ken is as guilty as Kens of the past. And that’s the point. This latest case has solidified his place as the poster boy for provoking communal offence. But that, you may rightly point out, is not the issue at today’s crunch hearing of the National Constitutional Committee. The charge on which the NCC must rule is that he “engaged in conduct that in the opinion of the NEC was prejudicial and/ or grossly detrimental to the Labour Party”. No more and no less. On that, this is surely an open-and-shut case. The fact of the matter is that – at a time when he was a member of the party’s influential governing body last summer – Livingstone went out of his way to defend MP Naz Shah, who by that time had already apologised for sharing a social media post

during the Gaza conflict describing the “solution” as transporting Israel to the US. While she accepted the post contained anti-Semitic sentiment, he has spent the past 11 months insisting otherwise. He perpetuated the scandal by touring media studios to protest his innocence, in the process claiming that Hitler at one point “supported Zionism before going mad”. Despite being fully aware of the offence he had caused, the media rounds started again. He was given no less than 16 opportunities to apologise during an LBC interview. I n st e a d he repeatedly said he wished he hadn’t said it before doubling down on the claim. Continued on page 22

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1 in 3 voters say: ‘Kick Ken out’ • 44% say Labour has a • 44% say Labour must • 34% say anti-Semitism ‘particular problem’ work harder to repair its claims make them ‘think with anti-Semitism relationship with Jews twice’ about voting Labour He said he had “raised the issue of the collaboration between Hitler and a section of Zionism in the early 1930sâ€? as a result of a misunderstanding of presenter Vanessa Feltz’s question during a BBC London interview. He said he had “no intentionâ€? to cause offence but was “sorryâ€? if his remarks did so. The veteran left-winger said he had taken to the airwaves to defend the reputation of Labour after Shah had come under fire for social media posts she subsequently apologised for and admitted contained antiSemitic language, although Livingstone said they were “not obviously anti-Semiticâ€?. In his 17-page statement, Livingstone said “supporters of Israelâ€? had called on Labour to expel him to “silenceâ€? his criticism of “Israeli aggressionâ€?. Livingstone, who will be represented by high-profile lawyer Michael Mansfield QC at the hearing, insisted he was defending Labour, Jeremy Corbyn and Shah from allegations of anti-Semitism. He said: “It turns reality on its head to suggest my defence of Labour is what was detrimental, not the attacks on the party.â€? He said “only a biased or rigged juryâ€? could conclude he breached party rules.

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Almost one-third of British voters believe Ken Livingstone should be expelled from the Labour Party, Jewish News can exclusively reveal. The results of our exclusive ComRes poll, published today, come ahead of the former London mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disciplinary hearing with Labourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Constitutional Committee, which begins on Thursday, following his suspension 11 months ago at the height of Labourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s antiSemitism scandal. Livingstone stands accused of engaging in conduct that was â&#x20AC;&#x153;prejudicial and/or grossly detrimental to the Labour Partyâ&#x20AC;? after springing to the defence of MP Naz Shah, who was suspended for sharing a social media post widely perceived as anti-Semitic. In insisting it was not racist, he toured media Ken Livingstone was challenged by Labour Party MP John Mann over his comments studios, claiming in the process that Hitler Zionism, compared to 16 who did not. â&#x20AC;&#x153;supported Zionism before he went mad and greed than agreed with his suspension in the Livingstone claimed allegations of miswake of his comments on Hitler and Zionism killed six million Jewsâ&#x20AC;?. conduct over his comments about Adolf A ComRes survey of 2,036 British voters for â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 31 percent to 23 percent. Hitler were a â&#x20AC;&#x153;political chargeâ&#x20AC;? aimed at supLib Dem voters also felt there should be a this newspaper reveals that 29 percent believe porters of Palestinian rights as he prepares to Livingstone should be expelled compared to 20 place for him in Labour, with 29 percent to fight his suspension from Labour. 26. For Conservative voters, 39 percent to 13 percent who do not. A far larger percentage â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 51 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; said they â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t favoured expulsion, while for UKIP backers, knowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, suggesting either that â&#x20AC;&#x153;many people are it was 32 percent to 25. While he is not being accused in the case â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;agnosticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; about it or, more likely, they are unaware of the commentsâ&#x20AC;?, according to ComRes of anti-Semitism, some, including MP John Mann, have claimed his comments were just chairman Andrew Hawkins. The National Constitutional putes panel. It comprises 11 Among those who would vote Labour if that. Of those polled, 22 percent said it is Committee (NCC) is the final members, all elected from claim that Hitler supported there was an election now, more people disa- anti-Semitic to  stage of Labourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disciplinary a mixture of the unions and  process. In order to reach this constituency parties. Each  stage, the National Executive case will be decided on by just  Committee (NEC)â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disputes three NCC members. Their  panel must have decided an identities are not publicised individual party member so as to prevent lobbying or has a case to answer. Until interference. The panel must 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 Shirehall Lane, London NW4 2PD recently, it adjudicated over comprise at least one rep14th June 2016 Tel: 020 8202 7704 Fax: 020 8202 1605 +HDG7HDFKHU'U$ODQ6KDZ%$ +RQV 0$(G' fewer than 10 cases in a typ- resentative from the trade Email: admin@hasmonean-pri.barnet.sch.uk Web: www.hasmonean-pri.barnet.sch.uk ical year, but more than 20 unions and one from the con+DVPRQHDQ3ULPDU\6FKRRO Head Teacher: Dr Alan Shaw, BA (Hons), MA, EdD. cases were referred during stituency sections. 5HTXLUHVIRU6HSWHPEHU  Most cases will last just one NEC meeting earlier this $Q(DUO\<HDUV3UDFWLWLRQHU We are pleased to welcome Prospective Reception, Nursery & Pre-Nursery Parents to an one day but Ken Livingstoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s month. This included the  The opportunity has arisen for an experienced, part-time (.5) $QH[SHULHQFHGHQWKXVLDVWLF(DUO\<HDUV3UDFWLWLRQHU 194  case has been listed for two, case of Jackie Walker over Open Morning secular KS2 teacher to join our dedicated, happy team. Please ZLWKSDUWLFXODUUHVSRQVLELOLW\IRU/LPPXGHL.RGHVKDFURVVWKH)RXQGDWLRQ comments about anti-Sem- likely in part because of the 6WDJHZKRLVDEOHWRLQWHJUDWHDFURVVERWK&KRODQG.RGHVKFXUULFXOD contact the Headteacher, Dr8 thAlan Shaw, forâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; 11.00 further details on Tuesday November 2016 from 9.30 am. itism and Holocaust Memo- involvement of lawyers. and application forms. HPS is committed to safeguarding and 7KHSRVWZLOOEHIRURQH\HDULQWKHILUVWLQVWDQFH There will be a presentation by the Headteacher at 9.30 am and followed by a tour of the school. rial Day. 

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The charge against Ken Livingstone is that, in a series of interviews, he misrepresented incidents of anti-Semitism as mere ‘criticism of Israel’. He wanted people to believe accusations were made in a disgraceful attempt to silence support for Palestinian rights and to smear Jeremy Corbyn. Those defending rape used to blame the victim, saying she was wearing a short skirt and asked for it. Livingstone blames anti-Semitism on Israel, saying it asks for harsh treatment and that it cries wolf to mobilise depraved victim power to cash out a dividend from the Holocaust. Livingstone minimised and defended MP Naz Shah’s claims that Israel was like Hitler, that Israelis should be ‘transported’ and that ‘the Jews’ were ‘rallying’ to fake a poll. Shah admitted anti-Semitism and apologised. But Livingstone still denies it. He said that when Hitler first came to power, he ‘was supporting Zionism’ ‘before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews’. Livingstone has a history of comparing Jews to Nazis; he once published a cartoon of Menachem Begin in an SS uniform and he once accused a Jewish journalist of being like a German war criminal. His formal defence, submitted to the Labour Party, begins with an explicit rearticulation of the Livingstone Formulation: he says Labour’s

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opponents have been trying to falsely depict it as anti-Semitic. But there is a consensus within the Jewish community that there is a problem of antiSemitism in the Party and that this is connected to the politics of the leader, who campaigns to boycott and demonise Israel and who thinks of anti-Semitic terrorist groups as ‘friends’. Most Jews are cast by Livingstone as enemies of the party, like Tories and ‘Blairites’. In a reversal of the Macpherson Principle, he denounces the community that says it experiences racism as dishonest and self-serving. He offers a series of ‘as a Jew’ references from the tiny minority who support him; they parade their Jewish identities in their eagerness to give evidence against the mainstream Jewish community. His defence relies on a stubborn refusal to allow that anti-Semitism is possible on the left. He refuses to make a distinction between it and criticism of Israel; nothing is considered anti-Semitic, everything is legitimate criticism. On the question of Hitler ‘supporting Zionism’, Livingstone stamps his feet like a little boy and maintains he did nothing wrong. But we know Zionism was a response to anti-Semitism while Hitler was a supporter of anti-Semitism and not a supporter of Zionism. The overwhelming majority of Jewish people identify, in one way or another, with Israel. Livingstone’s career-long campaign of accusing Jews of being like Nazis is disgraceful and anti-Semitic, and it is done in the full knowledge that it is Jew-baiting.

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UK puts UN ‘on notice’ for Israel bias Britain has issued an unprec- the Jewish state, including five edented condemnation of UN out of 10 in the current session. Human Rights Council bias “Justice is blind and impartial. against Israel – threatening This selective focus on Israel is to vote against every motion neither,” said a statement from on the conflict if the situation the UK mission to the UN. Last Friday, the UK backed remains unchanged. The UNHRC – which two resolutions “according includes some of the worst to long-standing policy” and abusers of human rights in the “serious concerns” about setworld – has issued a total of tlement expansion, demoli135 resolutions against specific tions and use of administrative detention. It abstained on a countries in its history. Project1_Layout 1 24/03/2017 Page 1 motions and voted further two Sixty-eight have targeted 16:47

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against one calling for the return of the Golan Heights to Syria. A statement said: “We must also recognise the continuing terrorism, incitement and violence that Israel faces. “According to the Quartet’s report last year, there were 250 terrorist attacks, leading to the deaths of at least 30 Israelis. “Renewed Hamas efforts to rebuild their tunnels are a grave concern. The scourge of antiSemitic incitement and glorification of terrorism continue. And for as long as terrorists are treated as martyrs, peace will prove distant.” The UK shares the frustration of the UNHRC about lack of progress towards peace, it said. And while offering its “full support” to the body as an “international institution” because of the importance of human rights, it berated the body for not discussing incitement and terror and insisted its approach was making peace

The UK condemned the UN Human Rights Council for an ‘unacceptable pattern of bias’

harder to achieve. The statement added: “The persistence of bias, particularly the disproportionate volume of resolutions against Israel, undermines the Council’s credibility as the globally focused and objective international human rights body we all want and need. “Israel is the only country

permanently on the Human Rights Council’s agenda. Nowhere is the disproportionate focus on Israel starker and more absurd than in the case of today’s resolution on the occupation of Syria’s Golan. “Syria’s regime butchers and murders its people on a daily basis. But it is not Syria that is a permanent standing

item on the Council’s agenda; it is Israel.” It added: “So today we are putting the Human Rights Council on notice. If things do not change, in the future we will adopt a policy of voting against all resolutions concerning Israel’s conduct in the occupied Syrian and Palestinian Territories.”  Ron Prosor, page 24

Britain offers a glimmer of hope BY JEREMY HAVARDI

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News that the UK has put the UN Human Rights Council ‘on notice’ for its disproportionate focus on Israel is a welcome development. In a statement issued on the last day of the Council’s 34th session, the UK’s mission in Geneva condemned the ‘unacceptable pattern of bias’ in the international body and warned that it would vote against future resolutions on the IsraeliPalestinian conflict if this continued. The statement pointed out that five resolutions had been passed in this session condemning Israel, all coming under item 7, which is dedicated to attacking the

country’s human rights record. However, not one condemned Palestinian incitement or terror. One resolution condemned Israeli behaviour in the Golan while being silent on the slaughter in Syria. The statement concluded that the UK’s ‘enduring commitment to the universality of rights’ is also a ‘source of enduring disappointment with the Council’s bias against Israel’. On a personal level, it is particularly satisfying to hear this. Earlier this month, I travelled to the Human Rights Council in Geneva as part of a global delegation from B’nai B’rith International. Meetings were held with the heads of diplomatic missions from many countries, in an attempt to highlight the per-

verse manner in which Israel was delegitimised at the UNHCR, UNESCO and in the General Assembly. The painful evidence of anti-Israel bias was laid out clearly and dispassionately. A number of conversations were especially challenging, with some ambassadors stating that Israel’s actions were a primary barrier to regional peace. Naturally, settlement activity was condemned repeatedly. Another senior diplomat, while sympathising with concerns over bias and double standards, said there was little point in vetoing anti-Israel resolutions as they were bound to pass anyway. Britain’s actions will not portend any major changes at the UN, at least in the short term. But they do perhaps offer a glimmer of hope.

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Londoners unite in memory of victims Rabbis and Jewish community representatives joined leaders of other faiths yesterday to pay their respects to the victims of the Westminster Bridge attack a week ago. Among the Jewish organisations standing “against all forms of extremism and hate” were the Union of Jewish Students and the Board of Deputies, with Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis having attended a vigil on Friday. In a letter published in yesterday’s Times, Mirvis wrote: “Terror seeks to intimidate and divide us. In fact, it has the opposite effect. A week on, we remain united in our resolve that this cowardice will not polarise our communities.” The show of support, two days after women from all backgrounds formed a human-

chain across the bridge, was arranged in response to an “overwhelming desire by people of all different faiths and backgrounds wanting to pay their respects”. The attacker, Britishborn radical Khalid Masood, went on the rampage last Wednesday, 22 March, killing five people – including a policeman – and injuring 50 before being shot dead by police. The British Muslim community has since raised more than £30,000 for the victims’ families. This week’s event, held at Westminster Bridge and dubbed ‘a bridge for all communities,’ included a one-minute silence and an opportunity for reflection and prayer, with many laying flowers. Similar events were held in other cities.

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Leading Muslim clerics have joined fellow faith leaders including Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to condemn the “heinous and appalling” terror attack in Westminster. They led a minute of silence outside Westminster Abbey on Friday, yards from where Khalid Masood killed four people last Wednesday. Sheikh Mohammed AlHilli, representing Shia Muslims, told the crowd: “We utterly condemn this terrorist act,” while Sheikh Ezzat Khalifa, chief Imam at the

London Central Mosque, said: “We condemn this act, which killed innocent people, and those criminals.” Rabbi Mirvis said: “Terrorists... seek to divide us. Londoners are showing right now that we will always stand up with strength to confront terror.” Archbishop Welby said: “We have come together in sad reflection but also determination,” while Cardinal Vincent Nichols said: “I received a message from Pope Francis in which he assured this country of his prayers for our future, our well-being and our peace.”

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BIZARRE PROTEST AT AUSCHWITZ A group of 11 people took off their clothes, killed a sheep and chained themselves together by the main gate at Auschwitz before being detained. A spokesman for the Auschwitz memorial, Bartosz Bartyzel, said museum guards ordered the group to dress and called police. Memorial authorities said such incidents “hurt the memory of the victims”. Poles, Belarusians and a German were detained for questioning.

FAITH LEADERS SIGN BREXIT PRAYER Senior rabbis co-signed a “Brexit prayer” together with Hindu, Muslim, Christian and Sikh faith leaders, on the day the UK formally triggered Article 50 and started the process of leaving the European Union. The prayer encourages the five faith communities to love, not fear, the differences between people, and is intended as a call for solidarity. The five faith representatives include Senior Reform Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner.

Unions aim to avert strike First official Israel action over JFS job losses trip for Archbishop Teaching unions have expressed hope of averting the threat of strike action at JFS after plans were announced to make a number of staff redundant. The school warned this month that austerity cuts meant it “must take swift action” to reduce expenditure that could see both teaching and non-teaching staff losing their jobs – but insisted classroom teaching would not Up to 15 members of staff at the school are likely to go be affected by the move. Representatives of unions including the Government’s forthcoming National Schools NUT – which has more than 40 members Funding Formula. This allocates money to the working at the school – are set to meet neediest children in every borough, but JFS executive head teacher Deborah Lipkin this has the lowest percentage of needy children week with the hope of averting a ballot, which in Brent. Pardoe said the union hoped to see guarantees on avoiding any compulsory otherwise will begin on Friday. The school said the “core” issue that may have redundancies, while there were also concerns led to strike action – compulsory redundancies over a possible “narrowing of curriculum among teaching staff – has been resolved. “JFS options and increased workload”. He said: “The NUT and other unions are along with many other schools has already been impacted by changes to funding and increased meeting with JFS to seek a resolution to the costs such as employers’ NI contributions,” said dispute. We are hopeful of reaching a resolution NUT London region officer Phil Pardoe. “The which is acceptable to our members and will NUT understands that the school is running a prevent the need for industrial action.” A JFS spokesman said: “We are working considerable deficit.” The school could be hit hard by the closely with all union representatives.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury is to make his first official visit to Israel and the territories this May, four years after a private visit to the country where he spent his honeymoon Meetings with the Israeli and Palestinian presidents Reuven Rivlin and Mahmoud Abbas are expected to be on the agenda for Justin Welby’s 12-day visit, one of the longest foreign trips of his term so far. The trip will focus on religious freedom and the

lives of Christians in the Middle East and will start in Jordan. The archbishop will then take in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Nazareth and Bethlehem, where he will hear about challenges posed to Palestinian Christians by the barrier erected by Israel.

BIBI BASHED ON SOAS VIDEO Students at a London university known for its diversity have told how they think Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “worse than Hitler”. In a video produced by popular Jewish YouTube channel J-TV, students at the School of Oriental and African

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Brexit challenger steps in for hero MP at Yachad Brexit legal challenger Gina Miller has criticised the Labour Party as “not a functioning Opposition” but ruled out her own entry into politics, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Miller, a businesswoman and campaigner who famously took the UK Government to court over its right to exit the European Union without asking Parliament, was speaking as a last-minute standin for MP Tobias Ellwood. She said she was “naïve” and was shocked to find that Lord Leveson called her as the “lead claimant”. Describing how she “knew we were going to win”, she said she thought the legal challenge – begun in June – would be over by September. On the media publicity she received, Miller said “every part of my life has been ransacked”.

Gina Miller speaks at the Yachad dinner. Pic: Michael Crabtree

Miller appeared to support Yachad in criticising the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories by saying: “We all need to use the things we own, which are our voice, our conscience and our actions because we are what we do, which brings us back to where we are tonight, and that’s why

I’m going to carry on doing what I do.” On her own plans, Miller said: “I’m definitely not going in to politics… But unfortunately for democracy to work, we need an Opposition, and we haven’t got a very functioning one at the moment, so I don’t have any intentions of disappearing.”

Unity reigns on Sadaqa Day Jewish and Muslim volunteers join forces to collect donations

A record number of Jews took part in this year’s Sadaqa Day of Muslim-led social action. An estimated 1,500 volunteers joined the equivalent of Mitzvah Day last Sunday, with projects designed to help refugees, the homeless, elderly and the most vulnerable in society. Among the events were 15 joint Mitzvah Day and Sadaqa Day projects, which were held nationwide. At one, 800 Muslim schoolchildren

from Stanmore Mosque teamed up with members of Northwood & Pinner Liberal, Pinner United, Edgware & District Reform Synagogue and JW3 to collect and pack items for Sufra Food Bank, the Refugee Council and Salusbury World, a charity which supports refugee children, as well as Al-Mizan, a Muslim charitable trust. At JW3, volunteers cooked a hot meal for local homeless people. Mitzvah Day founder and chair Laura Marks said: “With hatred and division seemingly all around us, projects such as these – where genuine friendships are formed between people of different faiths – are more important than ever.”

RUNNER CAN REALISE A ‘DREAM’ AFTER GETTING PROSTHETIC LEG A former Israeli paratrooper who ran marathons before having his leg amputated aged 19 has thanked British supporters for his new prosthetic running limb. Yair Nomberg, 53, a father of three, suffered a devastating injury in 1982 in an army base in the Jordan Valley a month before the first Lebanon War, after two fellow soldiers opened a heavy armoured door on him. The incident left him facing amputation and six months’ recuperation in hospital, while the soldiers responsible were jailed for negligence. The young paratrooper

was given a prosthetic limb, but assumed his running days were over. Yet advances in technology and philanthropists in the UK mean that Nomberg now has a new “running leg” – a specialist prosthetic that allows the former marathon runner to take to the track again. “My new leg was fitted 10 days ago,” said Nomberg, who lives in Kochav Yair in central Israel, this week. “If you contributed to this, you’re marvellous. I’ve been running five days a week since I got it. I hope to run another marathon one day, although I’m not a young man. I can fulfil my dream to run again.”

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SCOTTISH CAMPUS WELCOMES WALKER The Union of Jewish Students has chastised Dundee University for hosting a talk by left-wing campaigner Jackie Walker, in which she was due to discuss “Israel’s black ops”. Walker, a former vice-chair of pressure group Momentum, was due to speak in Dundee on Wednesday night as part of a tour of Scotland, with other engagements in an Edinburgh church, an Aberdeen theatre and a Glasgow union office.

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One of Britain’s top advertising agencies is to rebrand itself in the names of its original Jewish founders, as part of a campaign to encourage diversity in the advertising industry. Grey London, whose headquarters are in Hatton Garden, the heart of the jewellery trade, has reached back a century to the teenage founders of the company, New Yorkers Lawrence Valenstein and Arthur Fatt. In 1917, the pair entered advertising at a time of prevalent antiSemitism. Instead of using their own names, they decided to call their agency “Grey” because of the wallpaper in their offices. But now the names Valenstein & Fatt will appear for 100 days on the front door of the London agency, as well as on all its corporate branding. Chief executive Leo Rayman, who is the son of a Catholic mother and Jewish father, told Jewish News the project was being launched against a background of “a rising amount of intolerance globally”. It was being rolled out in the week Britain triggered Article 50 and the process of disconnecting from the

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The lobby of Grey London, with pictures of its two Jewish founders, Lawrence Valenstein and Arthur Fatt

European Union. Rayman said: “The advertising industry talks a lot about diversity but doesn’t really do much”. Valenstein & Fatt will spearhead a campaign to attract many more ethnically diverse staff, offering bursaries to pay a year’s rent for young people who live outside Greater London and

have not benefited from private education. There will also be a mentoring programme. Rayman, who became chief executive last summer after a number of senior colleagues left, said that while “what we do is drawing attention and creating noise, we would have done this campaign anyway. It [the depar-

tures] forced us to have a rethink about where we were going”. He emphasised: “We want to have people from the most diverse backgrounds that we can.” The intention is to identify as Valenstein & Fatt for 100 days. But the industry, Rayman joked, “might get used to it”.

Trade ministers from Israel and the UK this week set about smoothing any bilateral wrinkles caused by Britain’s exit from the European Union in 2019. Trade Minister Lord Price sat down with Israeli counterpart Eli Cohen on Wednesday at the inaugural meeting of the UK-Israel Trade Working Group, an initiative announced by Theresa May and Benjamin Netanyahu in February. Bilateral trade between the countries is worth £5bn a year.

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Rinder TV tribute to Shoah survivor gran Disability, not dependency.

Ruth’s greatest fear was not so much her constant pain but the worry that her condition would mean the end of her outgoing way of life. Moving into her mobility apartment with husband Harold changed all that, as she says ‘If not for Jewish Blind & Disabled, who would have been there for us?’

TV Judge Rob Rinder and his mother Angela Cohen have paid tribute to ‘Grandma Lotty,’ his 93-year old Holocaust survivor grandmother, during a special Mother’s Day appearance on ITV’s Loose Women. Appearing alongside Stacey Solomon and other guests, Rinder also praised Angela as “an extraordinary single mum,” while she said Rob “started speaking before he walked and he hasn’t stopped”. Cohen now heads the ’45 Aid Society, the group set up after the war by Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott, one of 732 orphaned children – mainly boys – brought to the UK from central and eastern Europe. They later became known as ‘The Boys’, with Rinder’s grandfather Moshe Malenicky among them.

Speaking about Moshe’s wife, now known as ‘Grandma Lotty,’ Angela paid tribute to her help, saying: “I would never have been able to work and do what I did had it not been for my mum. She looked after my boys, picked them up from school. My wonderful mummy is going to be 93 next week, so very happy Mother’s Day.” Cohen told the audience how she married at 19 but at 29 found herself on her own, raising her two sons in Southgate. When they threw a party in her absence, she found herself “known as the acid house queen for years”. Cohen is now planning the ’45 Aid Society’s 72nd reunion dinner of ‘The Boys’ on 1 May, while Rinder is also engaged in communal life – addressing last year’s national commemorative event for Yom HaShoah and Norwood dinner.

Dads Facebook group flies A new Facebook group about Jewish fathers took the online Jewish community by storm this week, writes Deborah Cicurel. Your Jewish Dad Talk UK/EU is a Facebook group launched last weekend by Adam Goott and Alex Szlezinger, both 19 and students at Cambridge University. It already has around 6,000 members, most of whom are in their teens and twenties and live in north-west London. Members of the group post one-liners typical of most Jewish dads, such as ‘Your dad keeps an emergency kippah in the glove compartment’ and ‘Your dad uses his phone on Shabbat to check what time it goes out’. Goott and Szlezinger, who respectively study English literature and theology, have just finished their term as presidents of Cambridge

Jewish Society (their dads must be shlepping nachas). They cited their inspiration behind the group, unsurprisingly, as their dads. “After discussing traits we thought were peculiar to our own dads, we realised that they were not so unique: in fact, they were scarily similar,” they said. “The trope of the Jewish dad goes back millennia, but only now have thousands of Jews from different social and religious backgrounds come together to discuss it on one platform.” Although the group has clearly struck a chord with London youngsters keen to compare their fathers’ hilarious quirks, neither student expected the instant virality of the group. “We created the group 15 minutes after Shabbat went out. Three hours later there were 1,000 members,” they said.

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Hendon United launches its £6million regeneration plan An ambitious plan has been launched to transform Hendon United Synagogue, writes Jenni Frazer. The synagogue’s chairman, Marc Meyer, hopes the £6million scheme – which will see the demolition of the present main building and a new complex built in its place – will attract a young and vibrant throng of people. Hendon United Synagogue, also known as Raleigh Close, was consecrated as a synagogue 81 years ago. It now has 1,200 members, but Meyer said the main synagogue — with its “cathedral-like atmosphere” — is no longer fit for purpose in the 21st century. It is showing signs of wear and tear, and those who attend on Shabbat often swelter in the summer and shiver in the winter. Under plans drawn up by architects Waugh Thistleton, the new main synagogue will not have a ladies’ gallery, as at present, but fixed pews with separate seating for men and women on the same level. “The women’s section will be wraparound, allowing everyone full participation in the services. We

Raleigh Close is not ‘fit for purpose’ but there are plans for a £6m hub

want it to be welcoming and inclusive,” explained Mayer. But the major shift in emphasis is that Hendon will not just be a shul. What is planned is “a hive of activity throughout the week, being home to social, cultural, religious and educational events every single day of the year”. Among planned new facilities will be flexible prayer and meeting spaces, a banqueting suite and dedicated areas for the youth and chil-

dren, including a nursery and coffee shop. The funding for the complex is almost on track, Meyer said. Onethird of the money is coming from the US, one-third has been “identified but not yet collected” from the community, and now he is seeking those who would like to contribute funds and have naming rights. With the last third pledged, demolition and rebuilding is expected to take between 28 and 36 months.

MENTAL HEALTH HELP FOR REFORM Reform communities will have access to mental health support and training for the first time, after an appointment announced this week. Mark Greenfield (pictured), who has previously been involved in Reform Judaism’s summer camp as a welfare officer, will be its first young people’s mental health welfare officer, after a single donor provided the funds for the position. The role comes into affect on 24 April, and will include training and advice to communities, as well as creating strategies for young people with special needs. Greenfield’s position

will have a particular focus on mental health and child protection within the RSYNetzer youth movement. Laura Janner-Klausner, Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism, said: “The establishment of this new role takes us to a new level of inclusion and our duty to care and safeguarding. Mark is an exceptional person, who brings both mental health expertise and a youth movement background.” Greenfield said: “I am thrilled to be back at Reform Judaism, focusing on mental health issues and raising awareness of this vital area of well-being.”

Police hunt for stolen Torahs

the thieves will have been most disappointed when they opened the cabinet. No jewellery, just two scrolls. And we assume that they probably have thrown away the cabinet and the scrolls.” Police are encouraging people to look out for the precious scrolls, which may have been discarded in the local area. One has a blue mantle, the other red, both with gold embroidered Hebrew letters. Anyone with information is asked to call police on non-emergency number 101.

Police are investigating after Torah scrolls were stolen from the home of two rabbis. A grey metal cabinet was taken from the Mill Hill house of Rabbi Dr Jackie Tabick and Rabbi Larry Tabick last Wednesday night. It contained two Torah scrolls that belong to the Shir Hayim Reform community in Hampstead. Rabbi Jackie said: “We imagine

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Seder invokes 20 plagues to mark modern-day evils Photo by Eli Gaventa

For centuries Jews have recited 10 plagues during Pesach. This week no less than 20 were recalled at an interfaith seder, to highlight the evils of modern slavery, writes Jack Mendel. A special Haggadah was adapted for the Council of Christians and Jews’ (CCJ) Freedom Seder on Monday night, which taught guests of all religions the Passover story while reflecting on 21-century Christian and Jewish guests eat matzah at the seder suffering. David Mason, Rabbi of Muswell Hill United In addition to the blood, lice and frogs of the 10 plagues of Egypt, guests spilled wine for Synagogue, said the seder “was able to draw a modern ills such as sexual exploitation, warfare connection to our exodus from Egypt and bring it to life today, and use that as an incredible bond and domestic servitude. More than 70 faith leaders and charity between us as a people and other faiths”. Sam Grant of Jewish human rights group officials were guided through the Pesach story René Cassin, said: “The seder can be used both and heard testimony from victims of slavery. Participants ate bitter herbs and matzah, as a history lesson and for what we can learn for drank four cups of grape juice and sang Pesach today’s society”. Muslim guest Onjali Rauf, who is founder songs such as Dayenu and Ma Nishtana. CCJ programme manager Elliot Steinberg and CEO of anti-human trafficking campaign said “This seder marks the beginning of an Making Herstory, said: “The fact it was on human interfaith movement to make a real difference trafficking is revolutionary. It has the power to against trafficking and slavery. It shows that, enlighten and bring together a lot of people.” far from being tokenistic or ineffective,  The CCJ Freedom Seder Haggadah interfaith engagement and action can achieve Companion can be downloaded at http://bit.ly/2ngYER0 real social change.”

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News / Jewish News Meets... David Quarrey

The ambassador with an appetite for business The UK’s Israel envoy David Quarrey on the Balfour centenary, hopes for a Royal visit and, er, Eddie Izzard. By Justin Cohen

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or decades it’s been one of the most-asked questions to successive British ambassadors to Israel and, if reports are to be believed, it could yet become the defining development of the current envoy David Quarrey’s term. But for now he remains tight-lipped about the prospects of the first official royal visit to the Jewish state. “It’s raised very often when I’m in Israel,” he told Jewish News during his latest visit to London. “I spoke at a United Synagogue meeting and this question was asked. I understand the desire for a Royal visit to take place. As with all Royal visits, decisions will be taken by the household on advice from the Royal visits committee.” But while supporters of Israel will have to wait to find out if that 70-year wait is about to end, there’s no shortage of recent visits in both directions – with Benjamin Netanyahu coming to Britain and Boris Johnson and John Bercow travelling to Israel in the last month alone. “Even having worked on Israel for many years, I think it’s only when you’re there that

you see just how much is happening,” Quarrey said. “Looking at my diary for the week – Monday we have the British library doing an event with the Israeli national library, Tuesday we have a dinner celebrating the fifth anniversary of the UK-Israel tech hub, on Wednesday we have a delegation of senior British museum and galley directors coming to talk about coexistence, on Thursday we have Eddie Izzard here. So there’s a lot of variety.” A key feature of the bilateral relationship this year will be events to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, to which Benjamin Netanyahu has accepted an invitation from Theresa May. While avoiding using the word ‘celebrate’ to characterise how the government would mark the anniversary, he said: “It’s clear that for many people the Declaration remains a sensitive issue. But the government’s position’s has been very clear – the prime minister said we will be marking it with pride. We are proud of the UK’s role in the creation of the state of Israel.” He also revealed that centenary events would be held in the Knesset a few days later.

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“It’s important to do the marking but also to celebrate the contemporary relationship and how strong that is,” he added. A key part of the relationship are the burgeoning trade links and Quarrey last week visited the Rolls Royce factory to see the technology that will underpin the UK’s biggest ever export – worth around £1bn – to Israel. Ahead of the first meeting this week in Israel of the working group set up to pave the way for a trade deal after the UK has left the European Union, he said: “I don’t know quite where Israel will be in the list – there’s a lot of work to be done globally on this – but I do know there is a real determination from both leaderships to do even better in future. There’ a huge appetite. ” He also spent time in the UK fundraising for the embassy’s science programmes and called for increased cooperation between two “science super powers”. But despite the many success stories, the government has made no secret of its frustration at settlement building (it’s all part of what he describes as “a mature multi-faceted

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Blair calls for new alliance Tony Blair has called for a “new strategic alliance” in the Middle East, with Israel and Sunni Muslim states working together to fight extremism. The former prime minister was speaking on Sunday at the largest annual pro-Israel conference in the US, hosted by lobby group AIPAC. He said: “Today, the Arab nations have a common interest with Israel in fighting this extremism, so I would like to see a new alliance in the Middle East, a strategic partnership.” He added: “The key is to have a relationship between

Tony Blair speaking at the AIPAC conference on Sunday

Israelis and Arabs that can be open, above the table, acknowledged, in which Israel’s right to exist is accepted, in which Israel works closely

with Arab states, and in which two states for two peoples can be pursued in a way that guarantees Israel’s security.” After he left Downing

Street, Blair took up the role of Middle East peace envoy representing the Quartet, which comprises the UN, the US, the EU and Russia. The group came up with a “roadmap to peace” but was largely seen as lacking influence. At the AIPAC event, which drew thousands of American supporters of Israel, Blair said the region’s economy was as important as security. “If you think what would happen in the Middle East, if Israel was in a position to cooperate economically with its Arab neighbours, it would be massive,” he said.

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This was my first time at AIPAC and it is impossible to compare the experience to anything in the UK. The conference with

18,000 attendees not only dwarfs our pro-Israel events but also the Conservative and Labour Party Conferences. From Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker Paul Ryan to minority leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, we saw speaker after speaker come out to oppose Iran, condemn

the BDS movement and call for an end to Israel’s delegitimisation at the United Nations. This bipartisan approach is what makes AIPAC so effective. We saw Republicans and Democrats come out to address attendees together. The highlight for me considering my recent experience

in NUS politics was seeing the chairs of the college wings of both parties sitting together and hugging having recently participated on a bipartisan trip to Israel. The politicians we saw this week agree on very little but were joint in their positive message on Israel.

Nikki Haley in conversation during this week’s conference

Trump envoy Haley is event’s star turn The Trump administration will not allow a repeat of last year’s United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israel for its settlements, US Ambassador Nikki Haley told AIPAC this week. “Never again do what we saw with resolution 2334 and make anyone question our support” for Israel, Haley said at the annual conference, where she earned the warmest reception of any speaker with an extended standing ovation. Haley described her determination to help steer the course of the United Nations and its agencies from anti-

Israel bias, noting her intervention keeping Salam Fayyad, the former Palestinian prime minister, from becoming the body’s envoy to Libya and getting UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to withdraw a U.N. affiliate’s report likening Israel to an apartheid state. Haley added: “I want to make sure the US leads again. “I wear high heels not for fashion, but because if I see something wrong I will kick it every time.” Paul Ryan, the US House of Representatives speaker, also addressed the event. saying: “Donald Trump’s commitment to Israel is sacrosanct.”

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News / Jewish News meets... Douglas Krikler

The unique bank with a dazzling Jewish history Jenni Frazer meets Douglas Krikler of Investec, a bank with South African Jewish roots that puts people at the forefront of its business

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he first hint you get that Investec is not a bank like any other is the larger-than-life zebras, which decorate every floor of the City skyscraper that is the bank’s London home. So, what’s the story with the zebras, I ask Douglas Krikler, the bank executive who is a former director of the UJIA. And first, he tells me that the collective noun for zebras is “a dazzle”, and then he says the company likes zebras, a symbol of Investec’s South African roots and a nod to the “restless spirit” that signifies the bank’s attitude to its place in the business and wider communities. Investec began in Johannesburg in 1974. “It was a small group of people within the Jewish community who saw a gap in the market,” explains Krikler, the bank’s group development director. “They saw young professionals, doctors, dentists, who were graduating and wanted to

INVESTEC WAS PREPARED TO LEND MONEY TO PEOPLE TO WHOM OTHERS WOULDN’T, BECAUSE WE TOOK A VIEW ON THEM AS INDIVIDUALS

establish themselves in their career, but had to buy equipment and found it very difficult to raise the funds they needed to get started.” The founders of the bank — which was not yet a bank — believed the professionals should be backed. “They were likely to be good for the credit, and were unlikely to default on their loans. It was a business opportunity. It’s what we know today as leasing, but it was very new and innovative in South Africa then.” And, as Krikler recounts, the approach was opposed by the South African banking establishment. It took the five young founders — two of whom still run the business — until 1980 to get their first banking licence but, in that time, he says, “they had a very strong sense of where they came from, and strongly identified with their Jewish roots”. One early decision was not to deal with the apartheid regime, something remembered by Nelson Mandela when he was eventually freed from prison and became South Africa’s first black president. “It was a very difficult and courageous thing for a young bank to do within that kind of society and environment. Investec became one of Mandela’s first banks for development and reconstruction in South Africa; he retained a very close relationship with the founders and leadership of the bank — and he saw Investec as partners”. That sense of social responsibility, and an intention to deal with the wider community, now runs through Investec like letters in a stick of rock. Within the Jewish community in the UK, the bank has become well-known for its frequent and solid list of partnerships and sponsorships, from support for big fundraising dinners for a range of charities, to backing community endeavours across the religious and cultural spectrum. Charities such as UJIA, World Jewish Relief, ORT, and the friends of Israeli universities have all benefited from the corporate social responsibility arm of Investec. Krikler himself comes from an era in which the Jewish community “saw charitable activities become more professional”, and his perspective on that has, he says, been reinforced since he joined Investec. “I have a sense of the depth and breadth of communal charitable activities and we can take great pride in how committed and generous our community is,” he says. He adds: “I see the part our community plays in British society, not just in the range of philanthropy within the community, but also in business life, philanthropy and entrepreneurship. “It’s a very active community, and Investec

Investec sponsored Jewish Care’s dinner in 2105, welcoming Prince William as the special guest. Below: The bank’s group development director Doug Krikler and the bank’s iconic zebra

partners with a deep sense of history and heritage, and in keeping with the bank’s commitment to enabling communities to flourish, has focused on supporting the core pillars of Jewish communal life — welfare, education, and the outward-facing actions.” He affirms: “We go beyond simply writing out a cheque: It’s about sitting with people and discussing how we can help them achieve what it is they are trying to do.” The bank “does not presume to tell [charities] how to do their jobs” but, Krikler says: “Informally, we can bring perspectives to bear… we have had a workshop for senior leadership at Jewish Care, talking about some of those issues, the parallels and differences between the third sector and the management sector.” But Krikler says social responsibility is “not a box-ticking exercise” for Investec. He himself had spent the day before our meeting planting trees on a part of Greenford wasteland off the A40 motorway, with 49 other Investec employees. “I still have the blisters on my hands to prove it. This is something that runs very deep within the business, and the bank wants everyone who works here to preserve that culture and sense of commitment. It’s authentic, real, and meaningful.” The mantra, he says, is: “We want to live in society, and not off it.” If that sense of responsibility to the wider community is something Investec takes from its South African Jewish origins — when today the majority of its

8,000 worldwide employees are neither South African nor Jewish — then the other main inheritance of its beginnings is who it chooses for its clients. And this is where the “restless spirits” come in. Krikler says the bank defines “restless spirits” as those “who are dissatisfied with the status quo, have a clear sense of how things could be better, and a strong determination and courage in their convictions to see that through”. Those are the kinds of people who are drawn towards Investec — and the sort of people in whom the bank is likely to place its trust. Among those “restless spirits”, back in South Africa in Investec’s early days was the young Mick Davis – today, he is Sir Mick and the chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, but was then a newly-qualified accountant to whom Investec gave his first car loan. “Investec was prepared to back and lend money to people to whom others wouldn’t, because we took a view on them as individuals and on their professional reputation,” says Krikler. “We have a reputation as a bank that understands and ‘gets’ professionals and entrepreneurs.” T h e bottom line for his b a n k , says Krikler, “is that we will be better bankers if we are better people”. So Investec’s dazzle of zebras look likely to be galloping down City and community roads for a long time yet.


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Welcome warning When the British Government laid into the UN Human Rights Council last week, Israel’s supporters cheered. That is because the UNHRC is measurably, quantifiably and unequivocally obsessed with Israel. It even denotes a special, permanent agenda item to the state. Israel advocates say that even if the country jumped through all five Olympics rings, UNHRC’s members would still try to ban it from the competition. The statistics are damning. Half of all critical country-specific resolutions adopted by the UNHRC in the 47-member organisation’s history have been aimed at Israel. HALF. The rest of the world only appears in Act Two. Still, the question for the US and UK is: ‘Better in than out’? The US threat to leave – and the UK’s unprecedented criticism – may be both timely and tactical. Last year, the UNHRC asked the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights to compile a database on companies doing business in the settlements. If released, this would be the new BDS bible – a boon to boycotters everywhere. Prince Zeid al-Raad was due to produce his report in Geneva this month, but it got kicked down the road and is now slated for release in September. If US-UK pressure pays off, his report may never see the light of day. This, no doubt, will be the price for continued membership. Which is why, behind all the public PR bluster emanating from Israel’s leadership, Benjamin Netanyahu and co would secretly rather the U.S. and U.K stay in – for now at least.

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SUCH A POSITIVE RESPONSE I received an overwhelmingly positive response to my piece about my eating disorder [Jewish News, 9 March]. At least 10 people have since opened up to me about their mental health difficulties, and I have had support from many

more friends and family and people on Facebook. The community has demonstrated it will support its members to talk freely and openly about a subject that is so often feared and stigmatised. Although we still have a long way to go until the topic of

rein to BDS bullies

What’s more, he continues to defend the remarks today, only rubbing salt into the wounds this week by claiming Nazi policy “had the effect of supporting Zionism”. Any comments that could somehow infer the Nazi dictator backed Jewish aspirations for a homeland are as misleading as they are perverse. But again this case isn’t about history. It is, however, about the fact national journalists have spent the past 11 months joking about how long it’s been since a Labour heavyweight mentioned Hitler. Our poll with ComRes today shows that even among those who still identify as Labour voters, nearly a quarter think he should be expelled. If the party cares about the views of the vast majority of British Jews, there can only be one result. If it cares about perceptions of anti-Semitism in the party, there can only one result. If the party wants to uphold its own rules, the three-person panel can only rule one way. Shabbat comes in Friday night 7.17pm

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Your front page headline [Jewish News, 9 March] claims to speak for UK Jews who are strongly opposed to the Israeli counter-boycott strategy and new law. It certainly does not speak for me. The community organisations in your list that had problems with the law have thus far failed miserably to deal with the often violent and always intimidating tactics of the BDS and similar organisations purporting to support the perpetual Palestinian victim. In the UK today, universities are giving free

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rein to the BDS bullies while Jewish students who dare to express support for Israel are escorted off campus. Shops that sell Israeli products are closed down. Democracy is a two way street, a privilege and not a right, and until supporters of Israel can express their views without having to face the aggressive, muzzling tactics of the proPalestinian lobby it is in the interests of democracy and a truly free society to boycott the boycotters.

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Enough of this illiberal shrieking from the left Oh gosh! It’s not fair. I want to be able to call for boycotts of Israel for any reason I choose from the safety of my UK home, and still go there on holiday. I love Palestinians. I love everybody. Down with the settlers – they are the problem, along with the two-state solution and land for peace. The PA are the good guys, and even Hamas aren’t so bad. Right-wing government – it’s all the religious Zionists’ fault. Boycott Israel! Two-state solution! Rebuild Gaza. Open the borders. Colonialist power. Hold on... do you mean to say Israel may not let me in? Surely that’s not democratic? Is it? Of course it is. If you want to change it, go and live there, fight for the country, pay tax; there are enough enemies of Israel without galut Jews joining the chorus. Your leader article of 2 March was inaccurate – it is not a “unanimous” criticism of Israeli

policy, as I and many of my friends and family support Israel’s democratic right to decide its laws as it sees fit. We condemn those comfortable and safe Jews of the Left, whose illiberal shrieks fill the air every time something doesn’t go their way. For the record, the Green Line is so called because it was drawn with a green pen on the map during the Armistice talks in 1949 and was never meant to be a permanent border. I quote from the Israel-Egypt treaty at the time: “The Armistice Demarcation Line is not to be construed in any sense as a political or territorial boundary, and is delineated without prejudice to rights, claims and positions of either Party to the Armistice as regards ultimate settlement of the Palestine question.”

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THE SAVIOURS WHO RESCUED THE 10,000 Allow me to correct a point made by Mike Haan on your letters page [Jewish News, 9 March]. Sponsors for Kindertransportees in 1938/39 were required to guarantee the sum of £50. This, in the then prevailing economic conditions, was a fair-sized sum. Fortunately, a number of Jewish and non-Jewish organisations stepped into the breach – allowing 10,000 children, myself included, to be saved. Herbert Haberberg By email

The proposed opening of some All Aboard charity shops on a Shabbat has come to our attention. Although not ultra-Orthodox, we are traditional Jewish people who would take offence at the contravening of the Jewish laws by opening on a Shabbat, a true holy day. Apparently the

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Dodgy agenda of the world’s least funny joke RON PROSOR

ISRAEL’S FORMER UN AMBASSADOR

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he UK’s statement last Friday calling out the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for its “disproportionate focus on Israel” was an uncharacteristically forceful and public declaration of truth. It criticised ‘Agenda Item 7’, the structural, institutionalised mechanism that singles out Israel at the council. Human rights in every other country are debated under ‘Agenda Item 4’; only Israel has an entire item of its own. The result, noted Britain’s ambassador Julian Braithwaite, is that of 135 country-specific resolutions adopted by the council, 68 have targeted Israel. This partly explains why in the past decade, although more than 300,000 civilians have been killed in Sudan, 55,000 children in Syria and more than 3,000 people executed in Iran, Israel has received more condemnation than those countries combined. The UK did vote for two of the five resolutions against Israel and

abstained on two more, which is not ideal. But whether prompted by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office or by Downing Street, it decided there must be limits to the council’s hypocrisy, duplicity and dishonesty. Britain also broke ranks with the other European members and voted against a resolution on Israel and the Golan Heights. Braithwaite also condemned the council’s failure to address terrorism and incitement against Israel, citing 250 recent terrorist attacks that have killed at least 30 Israelis, and was all the more powerful coming two days after the attack in Westminster. The statement offered hope that the UK, which joined the council last year, will not pander to the anti-Israel farce, but show leadership in challenging it. Other European countries should follow suit. For too long, they have sided with the dictatorships that dominate the council, such as Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Iraq. When the UK “put the Human Rights Council on notice”, it was the latest indication that change is stirring. Good news from the UN is rare but then three positive developments came along at once. First, Rima Khalaf, execu-

tive secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, resigned. I was first to call for her dismissal in 2014 after she published a report comparing Israel to the Nazis. This year, her report slandered Israel as an “apartheid state”. New secretary-general Antonio Guterres demanded she withdraw it, prompting her resignation. Khalaf’s reports, which rewrote and distorted history, have been consigned to its dustbin.

WHEREVER YOU SIT ON THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM, NOW IS THE TIME TO SPEAK OUT AND BACK THE UK STANCE: AGENDA ITEM 7 MUST BE SCRAPPED

Last Monday, building on the leadership shown by new US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, the US refused to participate in a UNHRC debate on the Middle East, also condemning Agenda Item 7. Guterres and Haley can’t change the system on their own, but on Friday Britain showed it, too, can play a leading role, if it chooses, in restoring credibility to international institutions. That’s not just in Israel’s interests, but those of all who want international institutions that are credible, fair and fit for purpose. Israel’s friends and supporters in the UK should also grasp this historic opportunity. The bias in UN institutions is not about this or that Israeli policy. It is structural, institutionalised discrimination against the Jewish state. To understand the difference between legitimate criticism of Israel and the anti-Semitic demonisation of it, there is no clearer marker than Agenda Item 7. Wherever you sit on the political spectrum, now is the time to speak out, write to your MPs and encourage the UN to build on the UK’s principled stance. Together, let’s call clearly and directly: Agenda Item 7 must be scrapped.

Story of Israeli innovation – from the Exodus to Brexit ALEX BRUMMER CITY EDITOR, DAILY MAIL

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s we approach Pesach, it is one of those splendid coincidences that Britain has invoked Article 50 and begun the process of leaving the European Union. Some 2,000 years ago, Moses did the same, leading the children of Israel out of Egypt after long harrowing negotiations with Pharaoh, conjuring up all manner of perils with the accompanying plea after each of ‘let my people go’. Moses was adamant that it was time to free the Israelites from a brutal dictator who had made their life miserable and for the Jewish people to regain sovereignty in the land of Canaan. Nevertheless, despite the bitterness of their lives in Egypt, many of the Israelites were ancient ‘remoaners’, distrustful of the ‘promised land’ pledged by Moses, Aaron and the Almighty. Brussels and the European Union are, of course, not ancient Egypt. Britain may have handed over large chunks of sovereignty to

DESPITE THE BITTERNESS OF THEIR LIVES IN EGYPT, MANY ISRAELITES WERE ANCIENT ‘REMOANERS’, DISTRUSTFUL OF THE ‘PROMISED LAND’ Brussels, but its people are not being subjugated by a vengeful despot, more a bibulous Luxemburger in the shape of Jean-Claude Juncker. Nevertheless, true believers in Brexit see a clean break with the EU as a chance to re-establish Britain as an independent trading nation able to determine its own destiny. It has taken modern Israel nearly 70 years to establish itself as a great free commercial nation, able to use its brainpower and scientific prowess

to take on the world, but it does it with aplomb. It has left the Egyptians and the Nile from which it escaped far behind in economic development and thrown off the shackles that a variety of civilisations sought to impose, from the Romans and Greeks to the Ottomans and the British. The way in which Israel is increasingly perceived in the business world, among governments and in the media, is changing. At a recent private dinner with the senior executives of one of Britain’s top pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca, I found it very striking when the head of research and development referred to Israel as being up there with the best alongside the US and Britain when it comes to medical breakthroughs. Once best known for Jaffa oranges, Israel has developed a different identity. Israel may have no scale motor manufacturing, but that has not prevented it from being a powerhouse in the arena of car technology. Amnon Shashua, founder of Mobileye, the pioneer of autonomous driving, joined the tech elite in March when he sold his firm to Intel for a remarkable $15.3bn (£12.5bn). Aside from being a record-selling takeover

for an Israeli company, it is estimated that the Israeli government’s tax share will be $3.9bn. This would be enough to fund a generous tax cut for every Israeli citizen. Intel is buying its way into one of the fastest-growing areas of consumer technology with the traditional motor manufacturers in battle with newcomers such as Tesla and Alphabet (part of Google) for hegemony in self-driving cars. Typical of Israeli ingenuity is the female tech entrepreneur Gal Aharon, who is bringing her new disruptive technology for drivers to Britain with the backing of venture capital group OurCrowd. Aharon’s device and app, Engie, aims to end the angst we all have over car repairs. The small box attached to the underside of the dashboard is in effect a ‘fitbit’ for motors telling drivers what needs fixing. But it goes one step further connecting the owner to the best mechanics at the best price in the most suitable location. Engiehas already secured $3.5m in funding and has 100,000 customers in Israel and now aims to break the mould in Brexit Britain. It’s amazing what escaping from the yoke of the past can achieve.


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LSE makes itself a no-go area for Jewish students JONATHAN ARKUSH

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ast week, the London School of Economics (LSE) hosted a talk on the Middle East conflict by Richard Falk. In case you don’t know Richard Falk’s past, he has suggested that ‘Tel Aviv’ was responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing. He endorsed in glowing terms a book by notorious anti-Semite Gilad Atzmon that claimed the Jews were “the only people who managed to maintain and sustain a racially orientated, expansionist and genocidal national identity that is not at all different from Nazi ethnic ideology”, describing Atzmon as a man whose story was told with “unflinching integrity”. He has refused to remove comments left on his blog page saying that the notorious Tsarist forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion was “an uncannily accurate description of what is happening right now”. And this is not all. Falk was strongly condemned by then Prime Minister David Cameron for posting on his blog a cartoon

showing a dog wearing a kippah and urinating on a statue of Justice. The LSE certainly knew who Falk was and it was also aware of what he had written and endorsed about Jews. We know this because we sent them a detailed dossier of the anti-Semitism he has uttered or supported. We sent the same dossier to Middlesex University and to the University of East London, where he was also due to speak. Both those universities were so shocked by what they read that they cancelled his scheduled events. In stark contrast, LSE decided to offer hospitality to Falk. It did so knowing the unease and hurt this would cause to Jewish students on campus and the risk of his appearance acting as a magnet for anti-Semites to attend. This is exactly what happened – Atzmon came and abused Jewish students, telling them to read Holocaust denial literature and informing them that “Jews had been expelled from Germany for misbehaving”. Following Falk’s appearance, the Union of Jewish Students said “the university failed in its duty of care to

Jewish students”. I agree. Jewish students were left feeling unsafe and insecure on their own campus. These students will have to go lectures this week with the knowledge that those responsible for their education will tolerate anti-Semitism and give a platform to those whose aim is to promote it. This is the reason I recommended that Jewish students should, for the moment, look elsewhere. If a university in this country cannot make its campus a safe place for Jewish students, how could we recommend it as a place for Jewish students to study? We need to be absolutely clear that there is, and should not be, any campus which is a ‘no-go’ area for Jews. However, not only did LSE fail in its duty of care,

but it made a decision to ignore the concerns put to it by its own students. That is not just negligence. It is a wilful choice to utterly disregard the voice of Jewish students. I expect to have discussions with LSE in the near future at which I will put my concerns directly. I will explain exactly why Jewish students have been hurt and offended by Falk’s presence and I hope it will pledge to act on these concerns in the future. There can be no room for complacency on this. If the LSE wishes to be seen as a welcoming place to students of all races and religions, it must ban racism from its campus. This is the minimum we should expect.

IF A UNIVERSITY CANNOT MAKE ITS CAMPUS SAFE FOR JEWISH STUDENTS, HOW CAN WE RECOMMEND IT AS A PLACE FOR JEWISH STUDENTS?

Board doing a disservice to LSE’s Jewish students JOSH SEITLER

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onathan Arkush’s public suggestion that Jewish students should avoid the London School of Economics (LSE) troubled me as the president of Union of Jewish Students (UJS), as a representative on the Board of Deputies, and also as a proud alumnus of LSE. What happened at LSE last week was appalling. It is unacceptable it allowed the events to unfold in the way they did, with Jewish students being the target of anti-Semitic abuse. It is even worse that LSE ignored the concerns raised by the Jewish Society president. At the event, Gilad Atzmon, a supporter of Richard Falk, made horrifying comments about Jews. The one that sticks out was the statement that ‘Jews were expelled from Germany for misbehaving.’ By allowing him to speak, LSE failed in its duty to protect Jewish students. But Mr Arkush does a disservice to the Jewish students currently at LSE, as well as the allies they have made throughout the Students’ Union

(SU) and in the university itself, who regularly fight for the welfare of Jewish students. We must distinguish between the university and the SU. Both the Jewish Society (JSoc) and UJS have a very close relationship with LSESU, and to treat them the same is grossly unfair. LSESU proudly hosted the first Antisemitism Awareness Week on a UK campus in conjunction with LSE JSoc; a week that educated all of LSE’s multi-denominational student population about what discrimination against Jews looks like, and how it manifests. Its leadership regularly attends JSoc events and often pops in and reminds Jewish students they are there to listen to and address concerns. This is the behaviour of friends and allies and these close relationships are the result of many years of hard work by successive JSoc and Israel Society presidents, along with many Jewish students, working together to build productive, mutually beneficial and genuine friendships. The university itself is less supportive. Over the years, there have been challenges for Jewish students from societies hosting individuals who glorify terrorism, to placing impregnable

obstacles in the way of hosting certain pro-Israel speakers. It has questions to answer regarding how seriously it takes the safety of Jewish students, but for the latter to run away from it, as Mr Arkush suggested, would be to accept silence in response to those crucial questions. It would mean throwing away the close relationships JSoc, UJS and all of LSE’s Jewish students treasure, with people who support them. It would also end all chances of working to build similar relationships with the university itself. As the president of UJS and as a graduate of LSE and ex-Israel Society president, I believe that would be a grave mistake. LSE has a duty of care to its students; we must recognise that only by staying at the univer-

sity and making our concerns heard, loud and clear, can we ensure this is fulfilled. Jewish alumni are proud of LSE. We have always been a key part of its campus life, winning awards both in academia and for contributions to student life. We run in elections to represent our Jewish and non-Jewish peers and, three years ago, Jay Stoll, a Jewish student, was elected LSESU general secretary. LSE, without its Jewish students, would be a very different place and, unlike Mr Arkush, it is not a vision I want to see enacted. To imply that LSE is so hostile to Jewish students that they cannot study there ignores all the fantastic work Jewish students have done – and will do – both in their JSocs and beyond.

WITHOUT ITS JEWISH STUDENTS, LSE WOULD BE A VERY DIFFERENT PLACE. UNLIKE MR ARKUSH, IT’S NOT A VISION I WANT TO SEE ENACTED


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Vatican’s view on antiSemitism gives us hope JOHN MANN MP AND NUSRAT GHANI MP

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ast week, under the auspices of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Against Antisemitism, we visited Rome’s Vatican City. The Group’s approach has always been that non-Jews should lead the fight against antiJewish hatred and we have always considered it vitally important to work in close partnership with the Catholic community. Our visit reinforced our mantra and we take on this fight hand in hand with Christian and other faith communities. We shared recommendations for action based on our mutual experiences and we hope this exchange of best practice and solidarity will strengthen us in our fight against anti-Semitism. To be effective, any public, religious or other institution must first address the situation in its own backyard. A key message conveyed by all we met was that Pope Francis’ priority is to first deal with anti-Semitism within the Catholic Church. In politics, we believe it fundamentally important for MPs to first address anti-Semi-

tism within their own parties. This has always been our approach and our quiet letters and calls for action have yielded significant results. It has always been the case that a responsible discourse and parameters for reasoned debate are set by public figures in key leadership roles. During the meetings with church and other representatives, we discussed the complexities and layers of anti-Semitism and the difficulty in applying a ‘one size fits all’ approach to it. The importance of distinguishing between ‘modern anti-Semitism’, ‘historical Christian anti-Judaism’ and ‘anti-Zionism’ is becoming increasingly important and it was interesting to hear the ‘historical Christian’ perspective on how these layers have evolved as a result of political developments in Israel. The reflection spent on appropriate discourse is encouraging. When most debate can be limited to 140 characters, depth of thought, particularity and sensitivity of language is most welcome. In the UK, incidences of anti-Semitism are monitored by police and the Community Security Trust and the statistics are what we tend to use as our yardstick for measuring anti-

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Jewish hatred. It was encouraging to hear that from the point of view of those in the Holy See, anti-Semitism in Western Europe constitutes a mentality and, as such, is more challenging to measure by number of incidents. There is a notion that issues surrounding anti-Semitism in Rome are deeper-rooted and perhaps based on the underlying history of communities. Work to reach out to Jewish communities and to seek to better confront anti-Semitic mindsets should not be underestimated. While there is significant work being done on anti-Semitism in the Vatican, alongside the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), there is always more that could and should be done.

The Vatican has yet to appoint an antiSemitism envoy or to formally adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism. Britain was one of the first countries to formally adopt the definition. Embedding these structures and definitions would act as a driving force in setting the tone for other OSCE member states and we challenged government representatives at the Holy See to put these measures in place. The leadership from The Holy Father and The Vatican is impressive and appreciated. The Holy See provides the framework and message for churches around the world to follow. Our meetings gave us reason to have faith in the future.

A KEY MESSAGE CONVEYED BY ALL WE MET WAS THAT POPE FRANCIS’ PRIORITY IS TO FIRST DEAL WITH ANTI-SEMITISM WITHIN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

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1TALENT RECOGNISED More than 300 women from across the UK Jewish community gathered at The Montcalm to celebrate three exceptional young talents, and the newlyreformed UJIA Women’s Division, at the charity’s It’s Ladies Night. Jewish Labour Movement director Ella Rose won the inaugural Joy Cohen Award for Outstanding Leadership by a Young Woman, while NUS National Executive Committee member, Izzy Lenga, and Zohar Isakov, graduate of Carmiel Children’s Village and the Western Galilee College, were both awarded a UJIA Young Leadership Award.

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2PESACH PACKING

Sixth-formers from Hasmonean Girls visited Jewish Blind & Disabled to pack special Pesach parcels that will go to tenants in all seven of the charity’s buildings. A number of the items included in the packs were donated by Osem, with the rest paid for by a sponsor.

3 BROWNIE THOUGHT 4 SURVIVOR TALKS

JW3, together with March of the Living UK, hosted a panel of Holocaust survivors and educators on Sunday, telling more than 80 young adults about their experiences returning to Poland and why the next generation of young Jews should be committed to Shoah education. The panel opened with an address from March of the Living UK founder Scott Saunders, and the Q&A was chaired by Jewish News’ Justin Cohen. Organiser Abi Symons said: “It’s truly amazing that after all they went through, the survivors’ main messages were of hope for the future, keeping a sense of humour and finding the joy in life.”

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COMMUNITY BRIEFS

MANNA RECEPTION

Ariella Goldstein celebrated her coming of age by asking her friends to make mishloach manot bags during her party, which were then distributed via GIFT. She said: “It was lots of fun. I liked the idea of making something with my friends for other people to enjoy during Purim.”

Photo by Raya Cottrell Photography

More than 70 people attended Manna Meir Panim’s fourth Parliamentary reception. Lord Dubs (pictured) told his personal story and the importance of helping vulnerable children back in 1930 and today, while Rabbi Joseph Dweck, Manna’s patron, emphasised the importance of its work.

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GRADUATE NETWORK

Work Avenue, which supports individuals in business, will host its annual free graduate career networking evening on 3 April at BDO in the West End. University students and recent graduates will be able to meet with top professionals from different companies. To pre-book, see http://theworkavenue.org. uk/ugrads2017

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Nick Millman, 37, has completed 1,000 things to do in London, as part of a goal to reach 2,500 by his 40th birthday in 2018. The Hendon resident, who has schizophrenia and suspected autism, created the list as a way of improving his self-esteem.

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100-SECOND INTERVIEW Celebrating our community’s centenarians... lewood on £1-10 shillings a week. During WWII air raids, I had to take my machine into the building basement so it wouldn’t be destroyed. After that, I became a housewife as pregnant women weren’t allowed to work during the war. Were you married and, if so, for how long and to whom?

Name: Hilda Sharp Date of birth: 04/03/1917 Place of birth: London Where do you live? How long have you lived there? Where did you live before?

TORAS SIMCHA SIYUM

More than 90 people went to a siyum at Woodside Park Synagogue to celebrate the completion of project Toras Simcha. In memory of Stephan Gold, it involved the preparation of divrei Torah on every sedra, all edited by Rabbi Garry Wayland.

I’ve lived in Stanmore since the 1980s and I go to Jewish Care’s Connect@Kenton every Monday, as well as its Edgware and Harrow Day Centre. I also lived in Kilburn and, before that in Hendon. What was your job before retiring?

I trained to become a comptometrist when I was 16 and started work six months later at Smiths in Crick-

I was married to Cyril for 53 years. We met at a wedding that finished at 2am and he walked me home as there were no trams running. Before we married, Cyril would travel from his home in Lewisham to visit me in Hendon.

Do you have any children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren?

I am one of five children and have two children, Angela and Stephen. I have four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The oldest is doing his GCSEs and the youngest is aged two. What’s your happiest memory?

My wedding day. We married at

Murray’s Club, in Beak Street, Mayfair, on 29 January 1939 and rented a flat in Lewisham. What do you consider to be your greatest/proudest achievements?

My children. My family keeps me young, especially my great-grandchildren.

Do today’s young people have it easy compared to when you were growing up?

Yes.

What one piece of advice would you give to today’s youngsters?

To respect everyone.

Who are your heroes of today or yesteryear?

What national or international news story has had the greatest impact on you over the years?

What keeps you young?

The secret for a long life is…

Winston Churchill.

Time with my wonderful family.I play Bridge, do the Times crossword and play Scrabble.

The end of war in 1945. Happiness!

If you were granted one wish to see something in your lifetime, what would it be?

To be 21 again.

If you could live your life again would you do anything differently?

No, I’ve had 100 years of fantastic, normal everyday life and I’m very grateful to still be here.

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Chai’s Young Chai and Love Chai committees held a breast cancer awareness and pampering evening at the charity’s flagship centre in Hendon. More than 120 women helped raise more than £2,000 at the Breast Friends Forever event, which will be put towards the ‘Chai in Schools’ Programme, supporting children and teachers affected by a cancer diagnosis. Joanna Franks, consultant breast and oncoplastic surgeon at the Wellington Hospital, was the guest speaker.

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BY SIDE’S 3 SIDE QUALIFICATION

Side by Side Special Needs School celebrated receiving its first ASDAN qualifications by holding an awards evening.

Students were joined by family and friends, and guest of honour, Speaker of Hackney Council Rosemary Sales, presented a gift to school founder Rena Lichtenstein.

RAISE 4 STUDENTS FOR NORWOOD

Ruth Korel, Norwood’s volunteering development officer, visited Salvatorian College in Harrow Weald to collect a £134 cheque, raised from a cake sale organised by Joshua Waterman and Lorcan Cullen. Students across Years 7 to 10 filled up empty boxes of raisins with coins. The money raised will be used for a volunteering project in the summer.

SIMCHA’S 5 CAMP LONG WEEKEND

Nearly 300 families from London and Manchester with seriously ill children joined Camp Simcha for a long weekend away at a family retreat in Daventry. They enjoyed activities including go karting, laser tag, hairdressing and crafts as well as relaxation time for parents.

WALK TO 6 BOYS CELEBRATE

Jude Garcia and Jake Lowy, both 12, walked 13 miles from Winchmore Hill to central London, raising more than £2,000 for Myisrael as part of their barmitzvah celebrations. The money will fund the celebrations of two Ethiopian barmitzvah boys in Israel via Forgotten People Fund.

Simcha announcements Fiona Fedrid celebrated her batmitzvah at Cavendish Banqueting Suite

Victoria Collins and Joel Forbes were married at Sopwell House, St Albans

Photo by Paul Lang Photography

Photo by Paul Lang Photography

Harry Shorrick celebrated his barmitzvah at Yavneh College

Photo by Karen Zetter

Photo by Steve Hampshire

Samuel Niman celebrated his barmitzvah at Ohr Yisrael Federation Synagogue

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‘I refuse to be beaten’ Ingrid Copperman tells Francine Wolfisz why she wants greater awareness of ovarian cancer and the BRCA gene

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chance remark to friends convinced Ingrid Copperman the niggling pain in her stomach might be something to worry about after all. Convinced her lower abdominal pain was caused by muscle strain during an exercise class, the 48-yearold mum-of-two was surprised to learn others only complained of achy arms and legs after exercising. “I thought that was a bit strange, that I’m the only one with a sore stomach,” reveals Ingrid, who lives in Rickmansworth. Despite initial fears it was something more sinister, friends and family assured her it was probably nothing. After seeing her GP, followed by a gynaecologist at Spire Bushey Hospital, she was again informed her symptoms were unremarkable. A scan picked up a small, harmless cyst on her left ovary and Ingrid was told she most likely had irritable bowel syndrome. But in the back of her mind, Ingrid could not shake the terrible thought that she was displaying the symptoms of ovarian cancer – a condition with which she had become familiar through her work as a virtual assistant for Cancer 52, an organisation dealing with rare forms of the disease.

On the morning of her son’s 18th birthday, Ingrid received a phone call that changed everything. “The consultant’s secretary called to tell me one of my blood test results had come back as raised, so they wanted to send me for a CT scan. “I asked which one, and she said it was ‘CA125’. When I Googled it, there it was in front of my eyes – a raised level can indicate ovarian cancer.” While a normal range is 0 to 35, Ingrid’s level had been measured as 75. Still, the CT scan revealed nothing untoward, but a repeated blood test a few weeks later showed her level had now increased to 275. With her emotions going through a rollercoaster ride of fear and reassurance, doctors were finally able to see what was going on following an MRI scan – a cyst, tucked behind her womb, on her right ovary. Ingrid was reassured there was a 90 percent chance the tumour was benign, but doctors would treat it as cancer and perform a hysterectomy. Ingrid was still recovering and woozy from the effects of anaesthetic and morphine, when the consultant delivered the news. “He said: ‘We have found disease in your ovary, your womb and your fallopian tubes.” At a follow-up appointment, the consultant informed Ingrid they had also found cancer in five of the lymph nodes removed during her surgery. Finally she had a diagnosis, but it was one she had prayed would never happen: Stage 3, high-grade serous ovarian cancer. “Despite the odds, I had been right all along,” reveals Ingrid. “I was really surprised it had got to stage three. It had all gone so quickly, just three months from seeing my GP to having an operation. I was shocked it had been so rapid.” For the next 18 weeks, Ingrid

embarked on a relentless weekly regime of chemotherapy, which left her feeling exhausted. She credits wearing a cooling cap during treatment with helping to reduce the effects of hair loss. “It was hugely successful for me. Because I didn’t look like a cancer patient, I didn’t feel so much like one.” The initial results for Ingrid were good. Blood tests in December showed she was cancer free but, earlier this month, her consultant said her blood levels were back up again owing to microscopic remnants of the disease. Now Ingrid, who will soon embark on another round of chemotherapy, wants others to become more alert to the disease during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Symptoms include pelvic or abdominal pain, bloating, a feeling of fullness and increased urination. Every year, around 7,300 women in the UK are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and the disease claims the lives of 11 women every day. Early stage symptoms can be subtle or misinterpreted, meaning 45 percent of women will wait around three months from first visiting their GP to get a correct diagnosis. Those from an Ashkenazi-Jewish background are 10 times more likely to carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, putting them at much greater risk of ovarian and breast cancer. Following her cancer diagnosis, Ingrid asked to be tested and discovered she has the BRCA1 mutation. She now plans to speak to a counsellor at Chai Cancer Care to discuss her options for the future. This includes opting for a double mastectomy which, although radical, could reduce her chances of developing breast cancer by 95 percent. At present, the BRCA gene test is only available to people who have had

Raising awareness: Ingrid Copperman

breast or ovarian cancer, or a family history of the disease. Ingrid believes there should be a wider screening programme available, given there is a higher risk among the Ashkenazi-Jewish community. “I don’t have a family history, but had I been tested and known I had the BRCA gene mutation, I could have taken preventative steps so I didn’t get cancer. When I got married, my ex-husband and I were both encouraged to have a genetic test for Tay Sachs. Why is there not a similar screening programme for BRCA for the Jewish community?”

Looking to the future, Ingrid praises her “amazingly supportive” partner, Neil, 56 (pictured left) and sons, Antony, 21, and Charlie, 19 (above, with Ingrid’s mother), in getting her through her treatment. “There are still many positives,” she adds. “I’m still here. I’ve got two amazing sons, a lovely partner and great friends who are supporting me. I refuse to be beaten.”  targetovariancancer.org


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reat British Bake Off star Mel Giedroyc might describe her as “bossier than Mary Berry”, but in reality she and Suzy Pelta look like they are having a whale of a time in the kitchen as they laugh and bake together in a campaign video for Marie Curie. Pelta, 37, who has just released her debut cookbook, Miracle Mug Cakes and Other Cheat’s Bakes, is no stranger to being filmed. Indeed, she found her culinary calling in life five years ago, after winning a competition on the ITV morning show Lorraine to find “Britain’s best cake”. Her chocolate and banana creation with peanut butter frosting was deemed “heaven” live on air by Joanna Lumley and Pelta was duly crowned “Cake Club Queen”, bagging £20,000 towards a new kitchen in the process. Pelta explains: “I was a stay-at-home mum with three children – including twin girls who were about to start full-time nursery – and I was really at a loss as to what I would do with my life. “I randomly saw this competition advertised for the Lorraine Kelly show to find Britain’s best cake. I don’t really know what possessed me to enter, but I did. I had a cake I thought was a bit different – it was something I’d played around with in the kitchen.” After she was selected as a finalist, Pelta was filmed baking the cake with her children and then appeared live on the show before winning the public vote. “I’m really proud of the cake. Not many people can say a cake changed their life, but it did. It’s a recipe I created at home and tested on family and friends, and it opened me up to

a world I didn’t imagine I’d ever be a part of.” The former singing teacher is similarly thrilled about her cookbook. “I’ve wanted to write a recipe book ever since I won the Lorraine show,” she admits. The book is split into two sections – mug cakes and cheat’s bakes – with the blurb cheekily describing the baking as ‘trashy’. Pelta, who has launched her own range of “Bake with Suzy” baking kits, explains: “I love the baking world and I’ve been so fortunate to have been part of it for so long, but I feel in some ways it’s become a little bit too hard and unattainable for the average person. “This book is absolutely true to my style of baking. People shouldn’t feel like they can’t bake – they just need some really good, simple recipes and ones that are a bit different as well. That’s why I’ve gone for the cheat’s element.” Revealing that she is a fan of ideas from the other side of the Atlantic, Pelta adds: “I love the fact Americans are quite ‘trashy’ with their baking – they put sugar and butter in, their flavours are a bit different. “I feel that sometimes we take our baking a little too seriously and there’s nothing wrong with making it a bit trashy, not as refined, or using flavours that aren’t as sophisticated or taking shortcuts.” The mum-of-three was bitten by the baking bug after having children. For her oldest child’s first birthday – he is now 11 – she decided to bake everything. “I fell in love with it,” she recalls. “I was baking all the time, trying new recipes and, quite early on, I got creative. I had the confidence I could make something different.”

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Alex Galbinski chats to Suzy Pelta about her debut cookbook and how baking has transformed her life

Above: Suzy Pelta. Below: Her Nutella mug cake and white chocolate lemon mug cake

For the past five years, Pelta has volunteered with Marie Curie, serving as the charity’s official Blooming Great Tea Party Queen, and her winning creation has been selected as this year’s campaign cake. She has also collaborated with a range of brands, including Waitrose TV on its Learn to Bake series and has done cookery demonstrations for the BBC Good Food Show and The Cake and Bake Show. Her Maltesers cookies were also one of the official recipes for Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day campaign. A natural in front of the camera, Pelta has appeared several times on shopping channel QVC talking about her baking kits. As a young child, she would often imagine herself as a television presenter and she clearly isn’t fazed when things go wrong. “Appliances haven’t worked or the ‘here’s one I made earlier’ hasn’t been there, but you just have to carry on. I love live demos, because the audience feedback is brilliant. It’s like being on stage, which I really enjoy,” she enthuses, adding that she appreciates receiving messages from people after they have tried out her recipes. The Edgware resident’s signature bakes are brownies, but she also loves cooking, with her favourite meal being Friday night dinner. “It’s the one time we can all sit down together and eat. As the children have got older, it’s become more special as they can stay up and not be too revolting the next day,” she laughs. “They love eating all the traditional Friday night food, such as chicken soup and chicken. These are probably the first things I learned to

cook – my mum helped me to become a good Jewish wife.” She is also inspired by her family. “I have a big folder of recipes from my grandma and my husband’s grandmas, and I love the way they cooked and how their recipes aren’t precise in any way. This love of food has come through the generations in our family.”  Miracle Mug Cakes and Other Cheat’s Bakes by Suzy Pelta is published by Ryland Peters & Small and is out now, priced £9.99. READER OFFER: Buy the book for £7.99, including postage and packaging, by telephoning Macmillan Direct on 01256 302 699 and quoting KB3. Bake it! Get the Nutella Mug Cake recipe online at jewishnews.co.uk


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Health / Lifestyle

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

Q I was surprised last week

when my GP suggested I switch from smoking cigarettes to e-cigarettes. I expected him to tell me to quit. Should he be recommending vaping? I’m pleased your GP had this discussion with you. E-cigarettes were a tricky issue for doctors: They came into the UK in 2004 and their popularity grew exponentially through marketing and as a commercial interest, far removed from any health or pharmaceutical product. More than 2.5 million people now use them in the UK. The medical profession has really had to play catch up in terms of recommending them as a quit aid and understanding their

harms. Last year, the Royal College of Physicians published its evidence on the use of e-cigarettes and the results speak for themselves: If there are health risks from using e-cigarettes, there will be fewer than five percent of those smoking tobacco. That is a huge improvement for a smoker, so doctors now feel able to recommend them as a quit aid. Incidentally, they are not completely harm-free; doctors would not recommend them as a habit to a non-smoker, only as an alternative for smokers. The health risks from smoking in the main come from the tobacco, so if that is removed, most of the danger is also removed. This is why nicotine replacement products, such as patches and gum, are safe. In 2014 to 2015, two-thirds of people who combined use of an e-cigarette with a smoking support service to quit smoking successfully gave up the habit.

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ones that don’t look like the others – what I have heard dermatologists call ‘ugly ducklings’, or ones that are changing. Looking for changes specifically means keeping an eye out for ones that are asymmetrical in shape or have a very jagged border – not the nice round ones. Irregular colour across the mole is also a warning, as is a change in the way it feels: itching, rough or bleeding, for example. Growing in size is important, particularly if it is more than 7mm. Do not be alarmed, as normal moles do change very gradually over years, but more noticeable changes as described should be checked out promptly. A cancerous mole, or melanoma, is the least common but most serious form of skin cancer, and the earlier it is detected and treated, the better the outcome.

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an outbreak of scarlet fever. I thought that illness vanished in Victorian times. What do I need to know? We still see a lot of scarlet fever and there have been outbreaks recently all over England. Last winter there were 12,906 cases in the UK, a rise of well over 5,000 from the year before. We are not sure why there has been such an increase recently but, as long as parents are aware, there is no cause for alarm. Scarlet fever is a bacterial throat infection that also causes a fever, a sore throat and a red, papery-feeling rash. The rash starts spotty, then spreads and becomes redder with facial flushing,

resulting in a miserable, unwell child who looks very flushed. It spreads easily round schools because the bacteria can be passed on in coughs and sneezes. The usual age group for children to be affected is from two to eight, but the illness can affect anyone. The diagnosis needs to be made by a doctor on the basis of the rash, in combination with the throat infection and other signs, such as swollen glands. Children can also get something called a strawberry tongue, where the tongue looks red and swollen like a strawberry. Nowadays, thanks to penicillin, we don’t see severe cases of scarlet fever. Once treatment with penicillin starts, the illness quickly resolves. It is very contagious, so children need to be isolated and kept off school until their fever has gone and the antibiotics have kicked in.


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Fly me to the dunes! Laura Irvill travels to glamorous Palm Springs and visits the legendary desert retreat owned by superstar Frank Sinatra

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ome fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away.” Frank Sinatra sings to me on the speakers of my red open-top Jeep as I zip along the Californian highway to visit one of his desert homes. It may be more than a century since Ol’ Blue Eyes was born in 1915, in the rough end of New Jersey, but he will always be a legend, one of the greatest singers of all time, and it was here, in his playground of Palm Springs, that he lived the life that millions around the world envied. It’s still a playground. It has golf, tennis, horse riding, hiking in the mountains, cocktails and pool parties, with desert-dry, year-round sunshine. But it’s also a global hotspot for lovers of architecture (it has the biggest concentration of Modernist architecture in the world) and the golden age of Hollywood. Palm Springs once attracted the biggest names in entertainment, eager to enjoy a post-war lifestyle that had nothing to do with conflict and austerity and everything to do with prosperity, growth, glamour and fun. Located at the western end of the Coachella Valley, surrounded and protected by mountain ranges soaring from the desert floor to 3,300m, the city claims 350 days of sunshine a year. At the wheel of my red Desert Adventures Jeep is friendly tour guide Bob Gross, who shares anecdotes about Sinatra’s life in the

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desert as we tour the neighbourhood where he lived, Vista Las Palmas. The singer made the desert his home and was a generous benefactor, hence the street, Frank Sinatra Drive, named after him. Twin Palms was his first desert home, and the house is an architectural peach. The story goes that in May 1947, he showed up at the new Palm Springs architecture firm Williams, Williams & Williams, having made his first million. He wanted a house, a grand mockGeorgian pile, as a badge of his arrival. Young architect E Stewart Williams had a different idea, but gave Sinatra the choice of the Georgian estate versus his Modernist low-slung, steel-and-glass, inside-outside bungalow. Sinatra chose the latter and Twin Palms, complete with its trademark pianoshaped pool, was ready for his wife, Nancy, and their three children to move into that Christmas. You name it, Sinatra sang it Strangers in the Night, New York, New York, I’ve Got You Under my Skin, My Way. The songs earned him a huge number of Grammy Awards and even more nominations, over a career of more than seven decades until his death, aged 82, in 1998. His reputation as a drinker, a womaniser and a gambler, prone to violent outbursts when drunk and Sinatra’s home, Twin Palms, with piano-shaped pool with connections to the Mob, which

he always denied, only added to his appeal, but he was also extremely generous and a big tipper. At one of his favourite hangouts, Melvyn’s at the Ingleside Inn, the maitre d’ tells me Sinatra liked to sit in a booth by the kitchen (he was as fussy about his food as he was about his cleanliness) and would pop back-of-house to hand out $100 bills to the staff. I go for a midweek lunch and order an hilarious avocado salad in the shape of a wide-mouthed frog. It’s quiet, but The Ingleside Inn was a favourite hangout for Sinatra I’m told by a Palm Springs resident, the Uptown Design District of boutiques, an uber-successful LA based interior decorator specialising in vintage and modern-retro to the stars, that the hip crowd love it exactly homewares, furniture, clothes and jewellery. because it’s the Melvyn’s of yesteryear, and it’s The region is also home to a 20,000-strong, heaving at the weekends. active Jewish community. Many of the first After its mid-century heyday, Palm Springs Jews who arrived in the desert were connected lost ground as its stars migrated to other cities to Hollywood and Temple Isaiah was founded in the desert and beyond. In the past decade, however, the area, once known as God’s Waiting more than 50 years ago. Today there are synagogues, schools, kosher shops and eateries Room, has shaken off its “golf and retirees” and a Holocaust Memorial in the Palm Desert reputation. Cool, laid-back, small-scale municipal park, built at the initiation of two boutique hotels have opened, including the local survivors. Saguaro, which has given a new look to an old Take the aerial tramway or a hike up into Holiday Inn with a paintbox of colours inspired the mountains for the views, go horse riding by the desert’s flowers, and has also recreated in the desert, visit the jaw-dropping splendour the Palm Springs’ pool-party vibe. of Sunnylands Center and Gardens, and enjoy Elsewhere, the historic buildings all over authentic Italian dishes at Johnny Costa’s, the city have been saved from the bulldozer and family run by Sinatra’s own personal chef. are being given a new lease of life. Downtown, Or just hang out by the pool, as Sinatra did. for example, is buzzing – there’s a funky As it says on his headstone: “The best is yet to market, Villagefest, on the main street, Palm come”. If you haven’t been to Palm Springs yet, Canyon Drive, every Thursday evening. Not that is certainly true. to be outdone, uptown, once deserted, is now

WHERE TO STAY... Laura Irvill was a guest of the Palm Springs tourist board, visitpalmsprings.com. Air New Zealand, airnewzealand.co.uk, flies daily from London to LA, from £435 return in economy and £1,351 in premium economy. Laura stayed at the Saguaro Palm Springs, thesaguaro.com. For Desert Adventures Jeep tours, visit www.red-jeep.com; for Palm Springs Historical Society walking tours, visit pshistoricalsociety.org and for architecture tours, go to www.palmspringsmoderntours.com


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Sedra: Vayikra / Torah For Today / Orthodox Judaism

Torah For Today

SEDRA â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Vayikra

What does the Torah say aboutâ&#x20AC;Ś Muirfield Golf Club ?

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BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL

This weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sedra starts in a slightly unusual fashion. The opening verse says: â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;And He called to Moses, and Hashem spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting, sayingâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. The verse doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell us who He is, although it appears to be a veiled reference to the Almighty. What is perhaps even more unusual is the letter aleph at the end of the word vayikra â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;and He calledâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is written in a smaller font size. Rashi draws our attention to a passage later on in the Torah when Hashem appears to the non-Jewish prophet Bilaam. There, the term employed is vayekar, which essentially means that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;He happenedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; upon Bilaam. As well as implying coincidence and chance, the word vayekar also has connotations of coldness and impurity and is mentioned in connection with our nemesis Amalek. The difference between vayikr, hearing a call and vayekar, seeing all events as happening by chance, is one little aleph. Aleph is a silent letter that takes the sound of the vowel coming under it. Perhaps the opening word of the book that tells us how Hashem is to be brought into the world via the Mishkan is telling us Hashem is to be found in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;small, thin soundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; of silence. Bilaam and Amalek represent a world view where everything happens by chance. Theirs is a cold, lonely world where there is no point asking â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;why?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; to any â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a world of needless suffering and survival of the fittest. Vayikra teaches us to stop and listen to this silence, to appreciate Hashemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s call through the small things, to see Him and His kindness through the wonderful world He has created, and to realise that nothing happens by chance. ď ľ Rabbi Jonny Roodyn is education director at the Jewish Futures Trust. He tweets via @RJRoodyn

Until last month, the exclusive Muirfield golf club in Edinburgh boasted an all-male membership. Threatened with exclusion from competing in the Open, the club instructed its members to vote and finally admit women (pictured). So what does the Torah say about excluding women from society? The Torah never overtly excluded women from male environs. Priests functioning in the sanctuary were male. However, in the second Temple, it appears that Heman the Levite brought his entire family, sons and

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Conundrums contained in the Pesach story

Is it inappropriate for Jews to give something up for Lent?

BY RABBI DANNY RICH As we look ahead to Pesach, there is no doubt the seder – literally meaning ‘order’ – has a magic about it. The Haggadah, the familiar tunes, the bitter herbs, the charoset and the matzah, including the search for the Afikomen, create an evening of historical experience and family fun and generate a mysterious pull of this ancient event, which may never actually have occurred. Nevertheless, behind the beautiful façade of the seder are two challenging theological messages. The story of the escape of the Hebrews from Egypt includes both the “hardening of Pharaoh’s heart” by God and the despatch of the 10 plagues, which traumatise and kill Egyptian children who, by any modern understanding, would be considered not merely ‘collateral damage’ but innocent victims. It is not simple to explain these phenomena in a 21st-century context, but perhaps they remind us that even when our cause is right we are

required to act in a manner which brings a sense of proportion and indeed regret concerning those who fall victim to our just conduct. The second aspect lies in the fact that this complex Hebrew story – known elsewhere as the Exodus motif – has been used by many oppressed people in the hope that God is on the side of those who are in difficulty. I recall reflecting once that in a war, chaplains are seconded to both armies and presumably have an investment in their own side being victorious. This double conundrum leads to a further, more important, theological message about the partnership between God and humanity, reminding us that the advance of humanity – in this particular case represented by the Hebrew slaves – is possible only when both God and human beings play a role.

 Danny Rich is senior rabbi of Liberal Judaism

BY RABBI DEBBIE YOUNG-SOMERS When I was 14, a school friend asked what I was giving up for Lent. I said I didn’t give things up for Lent because I was Jewish. “What has that to do with it?’ she retorted. I explained that Lent is a period that honours the experience of Jesus (not part of Judaism) when he was tested in the desert for 40 days and nights. I was fascinated she didn’t know why she was giving things up – it was just a ritual, perhaps similar to the Christmas tree; connected to Easter chocolate, but not the resurrection. Over the years I’ve heard many conversations about whether Jews should have Christmas trees. This year, I noticed a new phenomenon: all over my Facebook feed on Shrove

Tuesday, Jews, many active in their synagogues, Shomer Shabbat, kashrut-observing Jews, were going nuts for their pancakes. Christian clergy friends tell me they see no problem with it. The Rev Patrick Morrow (a regular at Limmud), for example, described it as a custom: “minhag, not mitzvah. An Evangelical vicar explained that it

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was “part of British culture now”. I don’t really mind when Jews decide to eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. What I do care about is whether we are able to rescue our own rituals from a similar slide into this ‘national habit’, rather than meaningful engagement. Rather than giving things up for Lent, how can we make Pesach an opportunity for spiritual and personal cleansing, and not just a time of excessive eating, cleaning and spending? Rather than being showered with gifts at Chanukah (and Christmas), how can it inspire us to make sure we send more light out into the world? The doing parts of our Judaism are amazing educational tools, but I hope they don’t become empty meals, separated from the change they can bring to our lives and the world around us.  Debbie Young-Somers is community educator at Reform Judaism

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Ask our Our trusty team of advisers answer your questions about everything from law and finance to dating and dentistry. This week: Competency-based interviews, stepchildren trying to force house sale and mediation in legal cases ERIC SALAMON RESOURCE See full profile on pages 42-43

Dear Eric I’ve been invited to an interview which will be competency-based. Could you explain what this means and how I might prepare? Michael

Dear Michael Competency-based interviewing is designed to elicit information on specific technical and behavioural competencies that you will be required to possess to meet the job specification. It is based on the principle that past behaviour predicts future behaviour and is today very common. You will be asked to provide past job-

BAYLA PERRIN PAPERWEIGHT TRUST See full profile on pages 42-43

Dear Bayla My husband died a few weeks ago. We’d only been married a few years and it was the second marriage for both of us – we both have children from our previous marriages. As part of the terms of his will, his sons now own a share of my house and are trying to pressurise me into selling, although I have a lifetime interest in

the property. I’m finding it hard to cope financially with everything as I have very little income and my husband paid for all the outgoings on the property. I do have a little money and I wonder whether you can advise me what to do regarding my stepchildren and how to cope with everything. Ann Dear Ann I’m so sorry for your loss. It must be really hard trying to cope with everything. There are three areas you have identified with which we can help, either directly or by helping you find professional advice. We will certainly help you sort out a liveable budget – if

related experiences to demonstrate specific capabilities or competencies needed for the job. The interviewer is looking for a specific example that describes the situation you were faced with, the task you were required to undertake, the actions you undertook and the results obtained (the STAR approach). For each key skill specified in the job description, you should prepare a STAR response based on your recent experience. Be specific as to your assessment of the task and the options you considered. Be clear on what you personally did to achieve a positive outcome. Be prepared to answer whether you would do anything differently if faced with the same situation again. Ideally arrange a mock interview in preparation. Resource provides these as part of its free job search support.

at all feasible on what you describe as “a little money”. Perhaps we can also help you identify if there are pensions that, as a widow, you are entitled or partially entitled to. In respect of your stepsons “pressurising” you, and regarding their share of the house, we recommend that the will and any codicils are urgently shown to a solicitor so they can explain what share they own and whether they have any liabilities towards the upkeep to preserve the value of their interest. It would be a rare situation in which they were entitled to force you to sell, and a solicitor can advise on steps you can take, from a simple solicitor’s letter requesting they cease, to a court order if appropriate and (hopefully not) necessary.

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Redbridge out for final revenge

MGBSFL, MASTERS & LIONS HERTFORDSHIRE SENIOR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

CYRIL ANEKSTEIN SEMI-FINAL

Finchley City 0 Redbridge A 5

PREMIER DIVISION

Hatfield Social 0 London Lions 5

Camden Park 2 Woodford Wands 2 London Lions A 1 Hendon United A 0 P W D L F Dif Pts Oakwood A 17 13 3 1 48 36 42 Hendon United A 17 12 1 4 55 32 37 Redbridge A 14 11 1 2 61 44 34 London Lions A 15 10 1 4 34 4 31 NL Raiders A 15 9 2 4 63 46 29 Brady Maccabi 17 6 1 10 36 -9 19 FC Team A 16 5 1 10 35 -32 16 Camden Park 14 3 2 9 17 -14 11 Woodford 17 1 3 13 16 -42 6 SPEC FC 16 1 1 14 12 -65 4 jewishnews.co.uk/mgbsfl-prem-div-table/

DIVISION ONE

Athletic Bilbaum 1 NL Raiders B 4 Oakwood B P Faithfold A P Redbridge B 5 Scrabble 1

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

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Dif Pts 31 40 29 38 14 38 9 26 11 24 8 24 -10 18 -12 14 -34 10 -46 3

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DIVISION TWO

P W D L F Dif Pts London Lions 24 23 0 1 98 76 69 Bovingdon 24 15 2 7 71 25 47 Ware Sports 26 14 3 9 66 18 45 Wormley Rovers 27 13 5 9 43 -4 44 Bushey Sports Club 24 13 4 7 61 20 43 Letchworth 23 12 5 6 58 29 41 Belstone 21 11 5 5 60 12 38 Standon & Puck 26 9 3 14 49 -9 30 Knebworth 25 8 4 13 47 -14 28 Buntingford Town 25 9 1 15 48 -23 28 Chipperfield 23 8 3 12 54 -8 27 Sandridge Rovers 18 8 2 8 26 2 26 Cuffley 23 7 5 11 45 -4 26 Evergreen 25 6 4 15 43 -33 22 Hatfield Social 25 6 3 16 37 -54 21 Sarratt 27 3 7 17 25 -33 16 jewishnews.co.uk/category/sport/ football/lions

MMFL BOND MANAGEMENT DIV 1 P W D L Dif Pts NL Raiders (C) 13 11 2 0 31 35 Chigwell 11 7 1 3 10 22 London Lions A 13 6 2 5 1 20 Brady Maccabi A 12 3 2 7 -14 11 Scrabble 11 3 2 6 -15 11 HMH 12 1 1 10 -20 4 jewishnews.co.uk/category/sport/ football/masters

P W D L Dif Pts London Lions B (C) 12 11 1 0 39 34 Glenthorne 13 8 0 5 17 24 EDRS Stonegrove 12 7 3 2 11 24 St John’s Wood 13 7 2 4 18 23 Temple Fortune 12 4 2 6 -10 14 MarshsideWatch match 12 3 videos 4 5 -15 13 Hendon Harriers 13MGBSFL 2 1 10 -23 7 from our Brady Maccabi Barchive 13 1at:1 11 -37 4 jewishnews.co.uk/category/sport/ https://www.youtube.com/ football/masters user/jnmediagroup1

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Watford Friendly League – U18 Spring Shield Group A – St Albans City East 5 Brady Red 0 Group B – HMH 4 Borehamwood 2000 0 U16 – Lions White 3 Harvesters East 0 Spring Plate – Hadley Rangers 4 Brady Red 2, Spring Cup Group A – Brady Blue 6 Omonia White 3 U15 – Bushey 3 Lions White 0, Lions Blue 1 AC Finchley 8 White Div – Alex Park East 3 Brady Blue 0 Green Div– Brady Black 5 Hinton and Finchley Rev Heroes 1, HMH Raiders 3 St Albans Rangers Red 2 U14 – AEK 1 Lions Blue 1 Green Div – Hendon United 7 Brady White 0 Spring Shield Group C – Cassiobury Rangers Clarets 5 Brady Red 2 White Div – Alexandra Park East 1 HMH Foxes 0 U13 – Lions White 1 Potters Bar Utd 2, Lions Blue 3 Hadley Wood & Wingate 1 Green Div – Brady White 2 HMH Galaxy 1 White Div– Northwood Reds 6 Brady Red 0 Spring Plate Semi-Final First Leg – HMH Fire 4 HMH Cosmos 1 U12 – Watford Youth 0 Lions White 4, Lions Blue 3 Hadleywood & Wingate 0 Spring Plate Gp A – Alexandra Park West 1 NWLJ 6 Spring Cup Gp C – Brady Blue 8 Bushey Rangers 2 Spring Trophy Gp C – London Colney Youth 7 Brady White 1 U12 Blue Div – Colney Heath Magpies 5 HMH Dynamo 1 Spring Trophy Gp A – AC Finchley South 3 HMH Galaxy 1 Gp C – HMH Bears 4 St Albans Rangers 1 EXCEL League Cup – Rickmansworth 6 HMH Cobras 3

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Glenthorne 6 Hendon Harriers 3

P W D L F Dif Pts L’Equipe (C) 18 15 2 1 75 45 47 Temple Fortune 19 11 6 2 57 25 39 Redbridge C 18 9 5 4 42 12 32 Mill Hill Dons 19 8 2 9 47 -18 26 RC UK FC 14 8 1 5 55 31 25 NL Raiders C 20 7 4 9 54 -4 25 Real Hendon 17 7 1 9 41 -5 22 Catford & Bromley 19 7 1 11 44 -8 22 Faithfold B 18 6 2 10 46 -14 20 Boca Jewniors 17 4 1 12 24 -45 13 Hertswood Vale 17 3 1 13 35 -19 10 jewishnews.co.uk/mgbsfl-two-table

Bilbaum, Matt Leader, Jacob Gold, Jake Gilbert and Will Ufland all on target. Temple Fortune inched a step closer to securing promotion from Division Two as two goals from Eshed Rahiv helped them to a 4-0 win at Boca Jewniors. Michael Goldberg and Gavin Levy were also on target in a win, which saw Lee Fegan claim a club-record fifth consecutive clean sheet. Redbridge C saw their hopes of a top-two finish end as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Mill Hill Dons, Jamie Nagioff and Craig Phillips scoring for their respective sides. Champions L’Equipe fell to their first league defeat of the season as Mordy Weiler’s double, plus strikes from player-manager Avi Markiewicz and Eli Shebson saw RC UK FC beat them 4-2. Real Hendon continued their good form of late as player-manager Chaim Gothold’s double, along with Benni Sluckis and Gav Noe strikes saw them win 4-3 at Hertswood Vale.

Herts Senior Lge – Max Kyte (London Lions) WFL U16 – Jack Miller (Brady Blue) U12 – Zac Mendelsohn (NWLJ), Josh Woolf 5 (Brady Blue) U11 – Isaac Santhouse (HMH Dynamo)

MMFL BOND MANAGEMENT DIV 2

Boca Jewniors 0 Temple Fortune 4 Hertswood Vale 3 Real Hendon 4 Mill Hill Dons 1 Redbridge C 1 RC UK FC 4 L’Equipe 2

Redbridge A manager Jon Jacobs saw his side book their place in the final of the Cyril Anekstein Cup Final and says they will have revenge on their mind against Lions A, whom they lost to in the 2013 final. Two goals each from Russell Goldstein and Ben Sollosi, coupled with Daniel Garfinkle’s strike saw them beat Finchley City 5-0, and Jacobs also couldn’t resist a sly dig at Lions. He said: “We badly want to avenge the 2013 final loss against them and look forward to taking them on. I’ve a detailed dossier on their 200 players that they have available and we look forward to seeing their Saturday boys for the Maccabi League Cup final, which they’ve richly contributed to.” Lions A moved up to fourth spot in the Premier Division as Sam Lewis’ goal saw them to a 1-0 win over Hendon A. Redbridge B secured promotion to the Premier Division by beating Scrabble 5-1. Dan Andrews, Brad Gayer, Dean Ben Yosef, Anthony Cope and Jack Van Gelder all got on the scoresheet. North London Raiders B claimed a 4-1 win at Athletic

Premier Division – Camden Park vs NL Raiders A, Oakwood A vs London Lions A, Redbridge A vs FC Team A Division One – Hendon B vs NL Raiders B, London Lions B vs Redbridge B Division Two – Boca Jewniors vs Faithfold B, L’Equipe vs Temple Fortune, RC UK FC vs Hertswood Vale

Russell Goldstein scored twice for Redbridge A

Katz on brink of landing Apollo table tennis double Jewish table tennis star Dov Katz is one win away from helping his side Apollo land a Wembley and Harrow Table Tennis League double. Katz , a former top ten England junior and current European Maccabi VETTS doubles champion, plays alongside Costas Papantoniou, the third-ranked England national veteran and his son Lucas, who’s a highly ranked England junior. Katz (third from left) has played in 15 of the side’s 18 games, nine of which he was named man-of-the-match. He said: “This league is one of the strongest in England and to become champions, with one match to play, is a very proud moment for me.” Their final league game takes place today, before they face Lowlands in the cup final on 3 April.

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5 BRETT STEAD

9 RUSSELL GOLDSTEIN

2 SCOTT MCKENZIE

6 JAMES GOLD

10 MAX KYTE

3 GILAD KESTENBAUM

7 DARRA RAZAGHI

4 MARTIN SMULOVITCH

8 DANIEL BEAN

MILL HILL DONS Superb between the sticks, made several saves he had no right to make, and was the key to ensuring his side avoided defeat

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REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B Was very solid and grew into the game. Produced a fantastic delivery for third goal, and defensively was superb

REAL HENDON A star performer for his side, won everything in the air at the heart of side’s defence

REAL HENDON Brilliant alongside Kestenbaum, a star performer for his side, won every tackle and challenge

TEMPLE FORTUNE Was outstanding at the back for Fortune as he helped his side keep another clean sheet

LONDON LIONS A Was so good, he was nominated by both his and the opposition’s manager as he produced a brilliant display on the flank

RC UK FC Man-of-the-match, didn’t lose the ball once, made simple and difficult passes, won tackles and claimed three assists

REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B Covered every blade of grass was simply, in the words of his manager, ‘world class’

REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A Has a brilliant engine and football mind, and showed it by scoring two well-taken goals, as well as claiming an assist LONDON LIONS Unplayable up front, a constant thorn in Hatfield’s defence, which saw him bag a hat-trick as Lions lifted the title

11 GAVIN LEVY

TEMPLE FORTUNE Produced a typical ‘super sub’ performance, came off the bench for the second half and scored two goals

PLAYER OF THE WEEK

MAX KYTE MACCABI LONDON LIONS A

MANAGER OF THE WEEK ANDY LANDESBERG LONDON LIONS


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As big as it gets!

Lions claim a league trophy as weighty as their achievement

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London Lions celebrate lifting the Herts Senior League Shield

By Andrew Sherwood andrews@thejngroup.com @JewishNewsUK

Andy Landesberg’s London Lions side wrote their name into the club’s record books last weekend as they secured an historic league and cup double. Their 5-0 win over Hatfield Social, which saw them crowned Herts Senior County League Premier Division champions, came three days after they beat Wodson Park to lift the Herts Centenary Trophy. However, their season is far from over with them facing an Aubrey Cup semi-final against Lemsford, and therefore just two wins away from completing a treble. Believing they can achieve even more this season, Landesberg said: “When we won the league, I could tell that there was a sense of

excitement that we had completed part two, but what was very clear is that no one will be happy unless we complete the targets we set ourselves from day one. “To be the manager of this group has been unbelievable, a journey that we have all been on together and I’m so proud and honoured to be the manager of this special group. But the job is not completed, we all know that. I can’t drop my guard for anything, especially now. “Winning this treble will be something special for me, Darren Yarlett (assistant manager), Steve Grenfell (coach), the players, but most importantly this great club – what it stands for and what it has consistently delivered on behalf of our community.” Reflecting on what he feels have been the key factors in their success, he said: “Over the last three years, I’ve tried to build, nurture,

encourage and develop this team with the help of Darren and Steve. We were a young side who had the talent and ability, unfortunately that does not win you trophies. Today we’re a team that still has all that ability and talent, but now know how to mix it with the toughest, we know how to compete and ultimately we know how to win. There is no trophy for second place.” Earning promotion to the Spartan South Midlands League Division One, Landesberg is hoping they can also flourish there. “Beating Wodson Park indicates we have the ability and strength to move higher”, he said. “Together the team will decide this is where we want to be. First we must complete our goal and then try and deliver even more success. That’s our focus. Sometime soon we will begin to plan for next season. This is a very exciting time for all of us. Finishing the job we started is our focus.”

Yarlett believes the side can emulate their title-winning feat next season, saying: “I think if we keep everyone together and have the level of commitment that we had this season, we can go and win that league as will. My aim is to win the title next season, to keep on building.” Delighted with how this season has panned out, he said: “I’m extremely proud of this group. Last season we finished 27 points off the top and the tone was set in pre-season this year, the performances have been to such a high level and at times they have even surprised me.” He is also just as determined to complete the treble as Landesberg. “It’s all I’m thinking about”, he said. “I want all three, if we can win them all, it will go down as the greatest achievement in my Lions career. The work Andy, Steve and myself have put in, I think we deserve it.”

‘Lack of effort’ leads to Faith folding Rob Shooman says a lack of commitment and enthusiasm from his players led to him resigning as manager of Faithfold A – which ultimately resulted in the side withdrawing from the league. One of the most successful Jewish teams over the past 25 years, Shooman (pictured) felt he had no choice but to call it a day. He said: “I found an increasingly lack of commitment and enthusiasm and came to the conclusion I’d had enough. I don’t blame the players,

I’m old-school, and maybe it’s the attitude of players that have changed, it’s not how it was when I grew up, so I’ve decided to call it a day.” The Greens won a plethora of titles, including both the Premier Division and Cyril Anekstein Cup on three occasions, as well claiming the Peter Morrison Trophy and Division Three title. Also becoming the first Jewish side to win the London Intermediate Cup in 2013, Shooman added: “It’s a crying shame that it’s come to this. I’ve been involved in

Jewish football for 46 years, but it’s changing. I will miss it, but I thought it was the right time to step down.” MGBSFL chairman David Wolff said: “Of course it’s very disappointing to hear that they have folded, but I think they’ve been on the brink for some time. While it is the same club in name, the personnel has changed from the title-winning sides, but is nevertheless sad to hear.” While concerned with the league losing another team, he does though feel it’s not all doom and gloom.

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“I think the numbers will even themselves out eventually, we’re set to welcome a new team into the league for next season, so there’s still room for optimism.” They become the third side to withdraw from the league this season, following in the footsteps of FC Team B and Brixton Old Boys.

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