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It’s Zionara at last! Anti-Israel NUS leader Malia Bouattia loses election on same day David Ward is sacked by Lib Dems for ‘anti-Semitic’ views British students voted to depose anti-Zionist student leader Malia Bouattia on Wednesday – the same day the Liberal Democrats finally sacked “anti-Semitic” former MP David Ward ahead of the election. The National Union of Student president and would-be candidate for Bradford East both received their marching orders within hours of each other, after students voted in Brighton in the morning, and Lib Dem leader Tim Farron sacked Ward on Wednesday afternoon.
Bouattia, whose past comments about Birmingham University being a ‘Zionist outpost” last year led to an unprecedented protest from Jewish societies across the country, had her re-election dreams shattered after rival Shakira Martin scooped the majority of votes. She claimed 402 votes to Bouattia’s 272. A UJS spokesperson said: “After Shakira’s work with UJS, which included a trip to Poland ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day, we look forward to seeing her continue to prioritise the welfare of Jewish students among all students.” Jewish students also hailed the national
union’s adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism and Jewish candidate Izzy Lenga’s election as NUS vice-president. Meanwhile Ward was “fired” soon after being selected as the Lib Dem candidate for the constituency he represented from 2010-15, with party leader Farron saying Ward was “unfit to represent the party”. Full story page 4
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OUTGOING MPS THANKED FOR THEIR SUPPORT Two MPs known for their support for Israel have said they will not contest the general election in June, leading to praise and thanks from the Jewish community. Former Conservative Cabinet minister Sir Eric Pickles, who represents Brentwood and Ongar, and former Labour shadow minister Michael Dugher, who represents Barnley East, are standing down ahead of the election on 8 June. Both have been parliamentary cheerleaders for Israel but, last year, Dugher (pictured, bottom left) was sacked from the shadow cabinet for disloyalty, after writing disparagingly about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn just weeks after being promoted. As vice-chair of Labour Friends of Israel, Dugher famously abstained from the parliamentary vote to recognise the State of Palestine, despite Ed Miliband imposing a three-line whip, and despite him being a shadow minister at the time. Lee Petar, a senior figure within the Jewish Labour Movement who has known Dugher since their days in
student politics, said: “He has always been a true friend of our community. He was never afraid to stand up and be counted. In short he’s a mensch.” Sir Eric (pictured, bottom right) has been chair of Conservative Friends of Israel for the past two years, after having lost his position in Cabinet in a reshuffle under David Cameron. He will continue in his role as UK Special Envoy for PostHolocaust Issues, in which role he helped conceive the new working definition of anti-Semitism from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, which includes a clause objecting to the calling of Israel a ‘racist endeavour’. “The House of Commons will lose a powerful advocate for Holocaust remembrance when Sir Eric retires as an MP,” said Olivia MarksWoldman of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT). “Sir Eric has been passionate about the need to commemorate the past, remain vigilant against discrimination today and work together for the future. “
My war on hate a ‘work in progress’ Sir Eric Pickles may be bidding farewell to Parliament after a quarter of a century, but it is clear he has no intention of taking his foot off the gas when it comes to his work promoting Holocaust remembrance and tackling anti-Semitism, writes Justin Cohen. Hours after announcing he would not defend his Brentwood and Ongar seat, Sir Eric announced he had been asked to remain as the government’s special envoy on post-Holocaust issues – a role he took on after the last election. “I was very pleased to be asked,” he told Jewish News. “There’s lots of things to be done particularly on the return of property, there’s still an awful lot of Nazi loot out there. Second, with the release of the files on the Holocaust within the UK – and we’re building the new national museum.” Among his proudest achievements as envoy was the key role he played in helping Britain become the first country to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism – for which he has been thanked by Prime Minister Theresa May. Sir Eric now has his sights firmly set on its adoption across Europe and beyond. “I’m proud of the definition, but I regard it as work in progress,” he adds. Just days after four UK academic institutions proposed a motion for the University and College Union to oppose the definition, he said: “We need to start to ensure those academic institutions showing reluctance to adopt it understand that it’s Government policy, and that we intend to change the way in which that prejudice against Israel has been allowed to permeate within academic institutions.” It would take “some pretty brave institutions to defy” the policy, he suggested. Another project of which he is particularly proud is the plan for a national Holocaust memorial and learning centre, which former Prime Minister David Cameron announced
Sir Eric Pickles speaks at a special memorial event for the Kindertransport last year
will be built in Victoria Tower Gardens in Westminster to help ensure the memory of the Shoah is not lost. The plans have, however, attracted opposition from a group of parliamentarians who claim the character of the park would be changed by any of the 10 shortlisted designs. However, Sir Eric said: “Let’s not get too excited about the objectors. I am sure we can meet many of their concerns. A reasonable dialogue should be our first priority, keeping the tone measured. But it is the perfect place and I’m certain that is where it should go.” He had previously decided this would be his final Parliament – claiming it is better to go when “you could have done another term”, adding: “The question is if you’d rather people ask why you stepped down, than why you’re still there.” While there were many highlights in the cabinet, he would particularly miss the opportunity to “right wrongs” for constituents. He vowed to continue being actively involved in Conservative Friends of Israel, which he has chaired for two years, but insisted there was no shortage of potential
parliamentary successors. “A bit of healthy competition would be great,” he said. Expressing hope that he has brought additional “political rigour” to addressing anti-Israel bias, he said: “CFI is the largest ‘friends of’ organisation inside the British parliament both in the Commons and the Lords; there are lots of people who feel like me.” He has a simple answer when asked why he has shown such passion in standing up for Israel and the community when he has just a few dozen Jewish constituents. “It’s the right thing to do,” he affirms. “There are about 300,000 Jews in the UK. It’s a very small number but they are an integral part of the British identity. Without Jewish people, we would be a lesser nation, in the same way we would be without Muslims or Christians or Hindus. “Why do I support Israel? Because it’s a bastion of freedom and democracy, free speech and rule of law. Israeli values are British values.” Looking to the election, he predicted Theresa May would “do very well” but cautioned against complacency, saying: “People should come out and vote.”
Nikki Haley: ‘It’s a new day for Israel’ America’s ambassador to the United Nations received a hero’s welcome at this week’s World Jewish Congress plenary in New York – before she had even said a word – then insisted standing for the truth meant standing with Israel. Nikki Haley, who received two ovations from the 700strong audience as she entered the room at the Hilton Midtown Hotel, condemned the previous administration for doing nothing to stop resolution 2334 and the wider body for singling out Israel for more criticism than Iran and North Korea combined.
But to applause she added: “I can safely say it’s a new day for Israel at the United Nations. The United States will no longer be silent as Israel is unfairly attacked at the UN. “Silence is not my thing anyway, but that’s especially true when it comes to standing up for America’s friends. And we have no better friend in the Middle East than Israel. “The anti-Israel bias that has existed for so long at the UN is cut from the same cloth as the BDS [boycott, divestment and sacntions] movement and the global rise in
anti-Semitism. They all seek to delegitimise Israel.” She added: “Everyone claims to support human rights. But when it comes to singling out a country for violating these rights, the amount of hypocrisy is just unbelievable. “Israel is singled out more than Iran, Syria and North Korea. It’s just shocking, and it undermines the entire credibility of the UN. “Rather than focusing on Israel, Haley insisted the Security Council’s “obsession” should be the threats posed by Iran. She said: “Iran is what should be taking up time. Hezbollah should
be taking up monthly meetings. That should be the message of the UN and that was my message to the Security Countil last week.” Haley – whose parents were from India – suggested Indian and Jewish communities shared a strong work ethic. They could both also be stubborn, she pointed out. She told the gathering: “AntiSemitism must be ended in all forms in every place on the planet.” Such was the reception she received that World Jewish Congress president Ronald Lauder joked that if Haley had been present a day earlier he may not have been
elected to a third term. Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, also addressed the plenary, pointing to his historic election to chair a UN committee and the withdrawal of an anti-Israel report as success during his tenure. WJC in New York, page 16
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OUR DEBT OF GRATITUDE TO TWO VALUED CHUMS BY JUSTIN COHEN NEWS EDITOR, JEWISH NEWS
Just one week into the general election campaign and already we know the next Parliament will be missing two of Anglo-Jewry’s greatest friends in Westminster. Deciding not to contest their seats, Yorkshire duo Sir Eric Pickles and Michael Dugher will be sorely missed by the constituents they’ve served for a combined total of more than 30 years, but also by a community they’ve gone out of their way to support – despite no significant presence in their patches. Sir Eric’s work as chair of Conservative Friends of Israel and special envoy for post-Holocaust issues has made him chief Commons chum (to use his word for friend) over the past two years. Aside from showing support through words and online, he was also among the first to stand up for Jewish students after an anti-Israel disturbance led to police being called to UCL. He advocated a crackdown amid
local authority boycott motions. And when the UK backed a UN resolution on settlements last December, he criticised the government. But it was also during his time as CFI chair that this government undertook some of the most supportive moves towards Israel. In the fight against discrimination, his greatest personal achievement – which will be felt for decades to come – was the work that led to Britain becoming the first country to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism. On the opposite side of the green benches, Dugher has been one of the most outspoken defenders of the Jewish community and Israel. As support for Labour among British Jews waned under Ed Miliband and collapsed under Jeremy Corbyn, he has been unafraid to put himself at odds with his leader. Parliament’s loss will be someone else’s gain and we look forward to seeing what Michael and Sir Eric have in store. Until then, let’s give them a send-off fit for two true chums.
Jewish News to co-host nine election hustings Prospective MPs will have an opportunity to appeal directly to Jewish voters in a series of community hustings across London in the lead-up to polling day. Jewish News and London Jewish Forum (LJF) will team up to host a record number of events in nine constituencies with the largest Jewish populations in the capital. The hustings will cover issues of specific interest to the community, including faith schools, anti-Semitism and the Middle East, as well as those of national concern such as Brexit, the NHS and the economy. Adrian Cohen, chairman of the LJF said: “We are delighted that in this election, London Jewish Forum will be co-hosting our largest number of community hustings ever. “This election will be
decisive to the direction of our country and it is only right that the Jewish community hold as many hustings as possible. It is our civic duty to take part in the democratic process.” Jewish News editor Richard Ferrer said: “These events are a wonderful opportunity to gauge the views of the people hoping to represent them on the most pressing issues and for community members to relay their
thoughts and concerns.” Finchley & Golders Green incumbent Mike Freer (pictured, left) and his rivals will take part in a hustings on 23 May at Alyth Synagogue, while candidates for the ultra marginal Ilford North, where there will be a rerun of the 2015 battle won by Wes Streeting over Lee Scott, will have their say at Redbridge Jewish Care on the same evening. Events will also be held for Hornsey and Wood Green (Muswell Hill Synagogue), Chipping Barnet (Barnet Synagogue), Hampstead & Kilburn (JW3), where Labour’s Tulip Siddiq (pictured right) is seeking re-election, Enfield Southgate, Harrow East, Hendon and Westminster North. Full details of all hustings, along with dates and venues, will be in next week’s Jewish News.
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Lib Dems finally put ‘unfit’ David Ward to the sword Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has sacked controversial former MP David Ward, barring him from running for his old seat in Bradford East after he was selected as the local party’s election candidate. Wednesday’s dramatic move came just hours after a high-profile backlash from the prime minister, the Jewish community and senior Lib Dems, who were left appalled at the prospect of Ward once again becoming an MP.
Farron (pictured) said: “I believe in a politics that is open, tolerant and united. David Ward is unfit to represent the party and I have sacked him.” It swiftly followed Prime Minister’s Questions, in which Theresa May said: “People will be, I think, rightly disappointed to see the Liberal Democrats re-adopt a candidate with a questionable record on antiSemitism.” After outgoing Conservative
Friends of Israel chair Sir Eric Pickles MP said he was “disgusted” by Ward’s candidacy, May said: “It is important all parties maintain the strongest possible censure on all forms of intolerance and send that message to our communities.” News of Farron’s action was applauded by Jewish community representatives. Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson said: “The action taken is the right one and we welcome it. “Mr Ward’s views are offensive, and he has been an unrepentant serial offender. It is important that all parties have a zero tolerance approach
to anti-Semitism.” Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush said: “David Ward has a track record of making appalling comments about ‘the Jews’ and blaming the UK itself for the recent terrorist attack in Westminster. Anti-Semitism has no place in any political party and must be stamped out.” Karen Pollock of the Holocaust Educational Trust had said earlier: “It is beyond parody that someone who has repeatedly expressed anti-Semitic and deliberately incendiary views would be selected to be a Parliamentary representative by a mainstream political party.”
TIM FARRON: ‘WHY I HAD TO SACK WARD’ BY TIM FARRON LEADER, LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
There is one thing I cannot tolerate and that is intolerance. It could be an angry Twitter rant against someone who dares take a different view. Or, in its ugliest, most dangerous form, it is anti-Semitism and violence. And with the disgraceful rise in anti-Semitism in the UK, there can be no equivocation. If it becomes your default position to, for example, use Holocaust Memorial Day to make a point about the treatment of Palestinians, you are feeding intolerance. And anyone with any historical sensitivity knows how dangerous that can be. It was a pattern of behav-
iour, a pattern I found unacceptable. That is why I sacked David Ward as a candidate. Liberal Democrats are in politics to build an open, tolerant and united world. If we are going to preach the politics of unity, the party under my leadership must live by those values. In a liberal party there will be diverse views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. What is unacceptable is when support for either side plays on anti-Semitic or racist stereotypes. This point was made to David many times, resulting in his suspension. David worked hard to represent his constituents, but now we must find a candidate who, like me, believes in openness, tolerance and unity.
LENGA HANDED Jewish students heartened by TOP NUS ROLE Bouattia NUS election defeat A leading Jewish student activist has been elected as a vice president of the National Union of Students (NUS). Izzy Lenga, 23, told students she was “thrilled to have been elected as a proud Jewish woman” to the post of vice president for welfare. The Birmingham University student said she will work “tirelessly to ensure our movement and our society is free from any form of anti-Semitism, as well as all other types of racism and discrimination”. The Union of Jewish Students (UJS) said it is “delighted”, adding “she has
shown exceptional commitment as education officer at the University of Birmingham, on NUS National Executive Committee and in her campaigning work for Jewish students and students from a range of backgrounds and cultures”. “We hope Izzy’s success will empower other Jewish students to run for leadership roles, both in their student unions and nationally.” Speaking to students after her election success, Lenga said: “As we go to the polls in June, we must make sure that issues facing students are at the heart of the debate.”
The controversial president of the National Union of Students (NUS) has been ousted from her post after being defeated in her bid for re-election. The Union of Jewish Students (UJS) extended “heartfelt congratulations” to new student leader Shakira Martin, heralding the election result as “a rejection of the divisive rhetoric” used by Malia Bouattia. Martin, a single mother-of-two who previously served as the union’s vice president for further education, said she was “honoured and humbled” to have been elected as national president. Bouattia’s year in office attracted controversy. Last October, the Commons Home Affairs Committee concluded that comments made by Bouattia describing Birmingham University as a ”Zionist outpost” smacked of ”outright racism”.
New NUS president Shakira Martin
In scathing findings, the committee said she did not appear to take the issue of campus anti-Semitism ”sufficiently seriously” and showed a “worrying disregard” for her duty to represent all students
and promote balanced and respectful debate. Bouattia’s statement in a co-authored 2011 blog that Birmingham “has the largest JSoc (Jewish Society) in the country whose leadership is dominated by Zionist activists” was condemned in the MPs’ report as “unacceptable, and even more so from a public figure such as the president of the NUS”. The UJS welcomed the result, saying Bouattia’s “past anti-Semitic comments have remained problematic for Jewish students for over a year”. It added: “The overwhelming majority of Jewish students across the UK will be grateful that NUS will soon be led once again by a leader who is genuinely committed to ensuring that the student movement stands up for all its members.”
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RADIOHEAD URGED TO DROP ISRAEL GIG
New JLC chief sets out his stall relations between the JLC and Board of Deputies. While he hoped, he said, to have a good relationship with the Board president, he made it clear both organisations would have to
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Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and film director Ken Loach have backed a call from TV and music stars urging Radiohead to cancel a gig in Israel. An open letter signed by 47 artists and actors, as well as by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, calls for the rock group to “think again” about performing in a country “where a system of apartheid has been imposed on the Palestinian people”. The letter from Artists For Palestine UK – who include Wolf Hall writer Peter Kosminsky, band Young Fathers and actors Ricky Tomlinson, Miriam Margolyes, Maxine Peake and Juliet Stevenson – claims the band had turned down requests of Palestinian campaigners who had previously asked them to cancel the Tel Aviv show on 19 July as part of a cultural boycott. Citing Radiohead’s support for freedom of Tibetans and their performance at the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights, it adds: “We’re wondering why you’d turn down a request to stand up for another people under foreign occupation.” A representative for Radiohead has been contacted for comment.
The man soon to be endorsed as head of the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) has set out a bravura eight-point plan to overhaul the Jewish community – and a prediction that he can save £10million by streamlining the more than 2,000 current Jewish charities. Jonathan Goldstein presented his manifesto at a hustings event for JLC, for which he is now the only candidate as chairman. He will succeed Sir Mick Davis who stood down earlier this year. Addressing a hand-picked audience at Western Marble Arch Synagogue, representing many of the 32 JLC constituents, Goldstein spoke passionately about “the need to eradicate duplication” and the waste of resources. He said he believed the JLC had “a duty” to work together to pool resources, and announced one of his first acts would be to establish a task force, chaired by a business leader to identify ways the community could work “together, rather than in silos”. Ilford-raised and educated at Manchester University, the father-offour has a long history of communal service. He is currently chair of the JLC’s education division, Partnerships for
Jewish Schools (PaJeS), and is a former vice-chair of Jewish Care and one-time governor of Kerem School. Part of his manifesto, he said, included an aim to represent all of the community, not just part of it. He wants to bring more women on board as well as representatives of the LGBTQ community, but he also said he wants to “build bridges” with the Charedi community, projected to form 50 percent of British Jewry by the end of the century. One of Goldstein’s major interests is education and he said that some of the difficulties faced by Jewish students attempting to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism on campus was due to a lack of detailed knowledge about the history of modern Israel. He also addressed the question of
“cede responsibilities” to each other. He also announced the JLC expected to lead a huge, community-wide celebration of Israel’s 70th anniversary next year.
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News / Post-Holocaust restitution/ News briefs NEWS IN BRIEF
FOUR INJURED IN TEL AVIV ATTACK Four people were injured in a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv by a teenage Palestinian. The four victims suffered light injuries and the 18-year-old Palestinian was arrested, though it remains unclear whether the attack on Sunday was politically motivated. Palestinians have killed 42 Israelis, two visiting Americans and a British tourist in a wave of stabbings, shootings and carrammings since September 2015.
HATE DOWN DESPITE RISE IN BRITAIN The number of anti-Semitic incidents worldwide has decreased by 12 percent in 2016 despite a spike in cases in the UK and the US, Tel Aviv University’s watchdog on anti-Jewish racism said. The data was published this week in the annual Antisemitism Worldwide report by the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry at Tel Aviv University. There were 1,309 incidents in the UK alone, a 36 percent increase on 2015.
Nazi loot still missing after 70 years By Jenni Frazer @Jennifrazer
The wholesale Nazi looting of Jewish private and communal property during the Second World War is well known. What is less appreciated is that even today, 70 years after the end of the conflict, a significant proportion of the proceeds of the mass theft have still not been returned. A new report says “what amounts to the largest theft in history has not been adequately dealt with”. This week, a major conference is due to be held in Brussels to consider the findings of the report on the status of post-Holocaust restitution in Europe. The 1,200-page document, which took three years, was commissioned by the European Shoah Legacy Institute and examines responses of 47 countries pledged to oversee the status of Holocaust-era assets. The report’s brief was to look at “pre-war Jewish private property currently in the hands of the state and private individuals or entities ... that has never been returned to Jewish communities”. Although most states in Western Europe come out well, those in
American troops reclaim artworks stolen by the Nazi during the war
Eastern Europe — particularly Poland — “have not yet fulfilled their obligations”, says the study. In 2009, the 47 states signed what became known as the Terezin Declaration, which among other principles declared no state should benefit from heirless property. Instead, it said, funds from such property should be allocated to needy Holocaust survivors, about half of whom worldwide live in abject poverty. The report concludes: “In most countries in Eastern Europe,
property that became heirless as a result of mass murder reverted to the state, and has not been returned”. The report notes that “while the level of compliance in Eastern Europe is higher for communal than for private property, ownership over many formerly Jewish religious and communal properties in Latvia remains in dispute and is not subject to current restitution legislation”. It continues: “Croatia, where the restitution law passed in the early 1990s covered only Communist-era
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property confiscations, excludes property taken during the Holocaust, and does not cover properties that were owned by different Jewish legal entities. “In Poland, fewer than half of 5,550 Jewish communal property claims filed under the 1997 restitution law have been adjudicated.” Gideon Taylor, chair of operations at the World Jewish Restitution Organisation, said: “This report shines a light on the failure of some countries to address the past and to return that which was taken. “Progress has been made in recent years on returning and compensating for looted property but, as survivors pass away, Europe must ensure that all countries live up to their international commitments.” The report notes private property restitution is a spcial case in the UK which, while not occupied, enacted legislation that confiscated property from “enemies of the state”. “After the war, the UK set up a scheme to compensate victims of property confiscation and set up the Enemy Property Payment Scheme. The report, however, does not state how many people successfully applied for and received compensation.
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Yom HaShoah commemoration / News
Survivors pass responsibility of remembrance to new generation As she stepped down from the stage at the Allianz Stadium, Laura Pradelska could be seen wiping tears from her eyes. Known to millions as Quaithe from the TV series Game of Thrones, the German-born actress had just told the stories of her two Jewish grandmothers, Esther and Clara, who had been caught up in the game of their lives – to survive the Holocaust. Pradelska was not the only one who shed tears on Sunday at the community’s annual Yom Hashoah ceremony. More than 3,000 people – more than last year, and including local mayors, MPs, peers, and hundreds of teenagers and children – had gathered to pay tribute to the six million Jews lost in the Holocaust, and to salute the 180 survivors and refugees who had made new lives for themselves in Britain. In a series of well-rehearsed setpieces deftly overseen by QC Henry Grunwald, young and old explored this year’s theme of “women’s resistance”, as the community pledged solemnly never to forget the Holocaust and to continue recalling the murdered generation of Jews. The tone was set by the “granddaddy” of British survivors, Ben Helfgott, now 87, who arrived in Britain after the war with a group of young people who became known as The Boys. Helfgott and his sister, Mala Tribich, are the only survivors from their extended family, but after speaking about the resistance of the Warsaw Ghetto fighters he told the audience: “We are passing the baton of remembrance to you.” Young members of the community’s youth movements – BBYO, UJS, Tribe, B’nei Akiva, FZY and RSY – pledged to honour Helfgott’s plea.
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By Jenni Frazer @Jennifrazer
Above: Chief Rabbi Ephrain Mirvis with schoolchildren; inset, Ben Helfgott, top, and Mark Regev; left, Laura Pradelska mingling with those present
Laura Pradelska’s family were not the only victims of Nazi brutality represented. In a surprisingly personal address, Israel’s ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev, spoke about his late father, Martin, who had been born in Magdeburg, Germany, in 1931, and lived in “terrible danger” thereafter. “There is a picture of my father
and his Jewish classmates on a school outing in 1938,” said the ambassador. Of the 30 children in the picture, only four had survived: “One was my father, and one was my uncle.” The ambassador urged a willing audience to pay tribute to those who had survived, asking the survivors and refugees to remain seated while
those around them stood in thunderous applause. There was more applause for the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who had made Yom Hashoah his first public engagement in 2016, days after winning the mayoral election. He said he was “honoured” to be attending again, and spoke of the Holocaust as “a scar on the history of humanity which we continue to struggle to comprehend”. The mayor said it was everyone’s responsibility to teach children about “unjust persecution and discrimination, wherever we see it, and to speak about the stories of human resistance and heroism”. Surrounded by children from the Jewish Primary Schools Choirs, the
Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, gave a fitting conclusion to the ceremony. The word “tikva”, he explained, could mean both “rope” and “hope” in Hebrew. The hope was realised in the state of Israel and the rope linked us to other communities, meaning Jews were no longer alone. With emotional musical contributions from the children and Jewish Male Voice Choir, conducted by Steven Melzack, the 2017 Yom Hashoah event concluded. A sombre audience streamed out into the late afternoon sunshine, with new understanding of the challenges faced by their parents and grandparents – and a determination to see that they were never forgotten.
Khan tells hate crime meeting Livingstone must go The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, had no hesitation this week in calling again for the Labour Party to expel Ken Livingstone. Speaking after this year’s Yom Hashoah ceremony in north London, the mayor, who is all too aware of his status as the Jewish community’s favourite Labour politician, said the case had left no room for doubt — “he was found guilty. Once that verdict was in, he should have gone”. Khan was less sure about the procedure to dismiss his predecessor as mayor from the Labour Party given that a general election had been called but said he believed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, would act on his promise to bring Livingstone’s case before the party’s national executive committee.
Khan had made it his business to attend last year’s Yom Hashoah ceremony within days of being elected as mayor, and he has strengthened his connections with the Jewish community with a range of attendances and activities over the past 12 months. This week the mayor launched an “online hate crime summit”, a one-day conference at City Hall in London, in which he invited national and international experts to discuss tackling online hate and extremism. Representatives from Twitter, Facebook, the Crown Prosecution Service, Metropolitan Police and charities joined victims of online hate to discuss how they can work together to tackle this issue and support those affected.
At the conference Khan announced the launch of his Online Hate Crime Hub, which will be made up of specially trained officers who will work with community groups, social media organisations, academic hate crime specialists and criminal justice partners. Their brief will be to investigate online hate crimes, including abuse reported on the Twitter and Facebook platforms, and provide support for victims. The mayor in his introductory speech insisted: “There is no hierarchy when it comes to racism,” adding that he hoped even more would be done to stamp out anti-Semitism in London. “No Londoner should feel anything but comfortable in this city,” he said.
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News / University motion / Hate definition / Church report NEWS IN BRIEF
‘EXPEL KEN’ FLAG FLIES OVER WEMBLEY A plane carrying a banner reading ‘Expel Ken! Corbyn Out’ flew over Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Piloted by Simon Moores of Airads, the stunt, by a group called Expel Ken, aimed to draw attention to allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. A spokesperson said: “[Ken] Livingstone’s membership shows that the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn isn’t serious about fighting anti-Semitism... we wanted to make a mockery of them.”
SIR PHILIP GREEN STILL ‘ON THE HOOK’ Sir Philip Green has been warned he could still be stripped of his knighthood and faces further questions from MPs, one year after the collapse of BHS. Veteran Labour MP Frank Field said Sir Philip has not done enough to keep his title amid lingering concerns over the £363 million settlement struck between the retail tycoon and The Pensions Regulator. “Sir Philip Green remains on the hook,” he told the Press Association. “The case against Sir Philip will continue in the new Parliament.”
Four universities oppose anti-Semitism wording Delegates from four leading universities have tabled a motion for this year’s University and College Union (UCU) Congress, arguing that the union should oppose the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism – which the UK government adheres to. The publication of the resolution – ironically, on the eve of Yom HaShoah – came five years after a bitter tribunal battle between UCU and Jewish academic Ronnie Fraser, who alleged institutional anti-Semitism in the union. Fraser lost his case – which he brought initially as a result of UCU dissociating itself from the EUMC, or European Parliament, definition of anti-Semitism. The resolution, proposed by Leeds, Brighton, Goldsmiths and London university delegates, says the IHRA wording, which has been adopted by the British government, “conflates antiSemitism with criticism of the state of Israel and has been used to intimidate academics who are engaged in activities that are critical of the policies of the Israeli government, but that are not anti-Semitic”. The motion complains of “governmentinspired attempts to ban Palestine solidarity events, naming Israeli Apartheid Week”, and instructs the conference, should the resolution be adopted, to dissociate UCU from the IHRA definition and to “contact all members …urging
Delegates want universities to reject the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism
a report to [the union’s national executive] of all repressive uses of the IHRA definition”. Fraser, who is still a UCU member but is not attending this year’s Congress, said: “The motion says the UCU opposes racism. Then they pat themselves on the back for all their good work and immediately follow it up with ‘We don’t want to have anything to do with the IHRA definition’, a definition which has been adopted by both Anglo-Jewry and the British government in the fight against anti-Semitism. “This is hypocritical, extremist and racist behaviour which shows no respect or tolerance for the views of British Jewry.”
Definition approved Representatives of all political parties on Camden Council on Monday voted unanimously to adopt an expanded definition of anti-Semitism. Camden’s move follows similar votes in Harrow and Hertsmere earlier this year, with councils adopting the working definition of anti-Semitism from the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), a 31-nation group. The IHRA definition,
which was adopted by Theresa May on behalf of the British Government in December, provides a far bigger list of “examples” of modern-day anti-Semitism, including the statement that Israel is a “racist endeavour”. There were protests from the floor, including those representing Camden Abu Dis Friendship Association, Free Speech on Israel, Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods and Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
CHURCH REPORT IS A ‘SHAM’ A report published by the Church of Scotland to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration has been branded “a sham”. Jonathan Arkush, president of the Board of Deputies, took to Twitter to vent his frustration, after the report’s authors – who consulted the Jewish community – criticised settlements in the West Bank. “What is the point of consulting if you ignore their
case?” Arkush asked, adding that the Church’s idea of consultation was “empty of meaning and frankly a sham”. The report, produced jointly by the World Mission Council and the Church, includes a resolution that condemns Jewish settlements in the West Bank, which Jewish groups say shows a lack of objectivity. The report will be presented at the Church of Scotland General Assembly.
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News / March of the Living
Thousands march in celebration of life By Jack Mendel in Poland @Mendelpol
Above: survivors including Tana Fox, Eve Kugler, Arek Hersh, Vesna Domany Hardy, Renee Salt and Mala Tribich take part in havdallah. Below: Marching from Auschwitz to Bikenau. Inset: Arek in his old barracks
the most of survivors while they still can. “Talk to them, listen to them,” he said. “Remember their names and stories and faces. Sadly there are people attempting to rewrite history and alter the facts. Some deny the Holocaust happened; others try to scale it down. They continue where the Nazis failed: they make it as though millions of Jews with parents, friends, wishes and fears never existed.” The British delegation was joined by seven Shoah survivors, as well as Jews from Holland and India, which thrilled March of the Living UK chair Scott Saunders. Speaking to Jewish News, he said: “Two things really made this year’s delegation significant. We were joined by a small contingent from India and Holland, and we continue to grow. In its broadest sense we really touch the wider community.”
crematoria, the message from Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett, whose grandparents lost relatives in the Holocaust, was to make
messages of memorial, as candles with the word ‘yizcor’ – ‘remember’ positioned between the sleepers. Beside Auschwitz’s destroyed
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A record number of British participants took part in a huge march from Auschwitz to Birkenau this week, together with survivors from as far away as India. The UK delegation, numbering some 260 people, joined thousands of others on the two-mile annual March of the Living, timed to coincide with Yom HaShoah. In the spring sunshine, numerous flags from around the world fluttered across the infamous site. Holocaust survivors linked arms defiantly beneath the haunting ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ sign, as the march set off in complete silence. A shofar blew and 11,000 people began the slow walk from Auschwitz to Birkenau, in memory of more than a million Jews who murdered at the camp. At Birkenau marchers placedboards between train tracks that brought Jews to their deaths, with
Joining the March this year were high-level delegates from 14 European countries, as well as Tel Aviv’s Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, himself a survivor, as well as Shlomo Elisha, the son of the late Nobel Prize-winning author Elie Wiesel. Unusually, this year’s march fell during a Shabbat weekend, which saw Holocaust survivors lead the Havdallah ceremony on Saturday night. Richard Verber, senior vicepresident at the Board of Deputies and head of external affairs at World Jewish Relief, was an educational leader on the UK delegation. He said Shabbat is “down time in a very busy programme”, but added that “we have pretty much the whole gambit of Jewish denominations represented here. And yet everyone comes together for kiddish, dinner and havdallah, and it’s one of the most wonderful experiences”. He says he found the march “an immensely rewarding experience,” adding: “It’s something I have been training for, for the last year. I’ve had my head in dozens of Holocaust books for the last few months.”
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News / Limmud FSU Conference in Moscow
By Daniel K Eisenbud In Moscow
Eleven years after launching its first lecture series in Moscow, Limmud FSU (Former Soviet Union) broke new ground last weekend, drawing a record 2,000 Jewish participants to its annual three-day conference. Founded in 2006 by Chaim Chesler, former treasurer of the Jewish Agency, and Sandra Cahn, a philanthropist from New York City, Limmud FSU has become an unprecedented NGO created to educate Russian Jews about a history once obscured by Communism. To date, more than 50,000 young Jewish professionals have paid to participate in dozens of conferences featuring world-renowned Jewish academics and professionals in Russia, the former Soviet Union, New York, California, Canada and Australia. “Limmud FSU engages young Russian-Jewish adults, empowering them to take ownership of their identity, and to connect with their communities through pluralistic, egalitarian, volunteer-driven conferences of Jewish learning and culture,” said Chesler on Friday. “In this way,
Limmud FSU strives to foster the next generation of young Russian-speaking Jewish leaders, and to revitalise Jewish communities in the countries of the former Soviet Union, as well as countries with Russian-Jewish people, wherever they may be.” Aided by philanthropists Matthew Bronfman, Aaron Frenkel, Ronald Lauder, Diane Wohl, the Jewish National Fund (KKL), UJA-Federation of New York, Israel Bonds, the Jewish Agency, the Claims Conference and other institutions, Limmud FSU has become the most successful venue of its kind. Chesler said the organisation, which now sells out every conference in over eight countries, including Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, initially struggled to populate its inaugural event in Moscow 11 years ago. “It was difficult to get people to attend, so we promised a free day trip to Moscow to see the city, as well as attend Limmud, and they fell in love with Limmud,” he said. “Now we have participants from all over the world who pay to travel to and attend each conference, and they love it because it is theirs. “It doesn’t belong to anyone except them, and they dictate who they want to hear, and what subjects interests them.” Jewish luminaries in a breadth of fields continue to lecture at the conferences without payment to help to reconnect Jews whose identities were once largely unobtainable. Lectures at the Moscow conference came from justice minister Ayelet Shaked, Israel ambassador to Russia Gary Koren, Chief Russian Rabbi Berel Lazar, Russian-Israeli actress and Habima Theatre member Evgenia Dodina. Limmud FSU Moscow volunteer Anna Adamskaya, 30, who is also a TV producer, said she had worked with the organisation for eight years. The secret of Limmud FSU’s success, she said, was its pluralistic, autonomous, and grassroots ethos.
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Record audience cheers on the Jewish Russian revival
Some 2,000 delegates attended last weekend’s Limmud FSU, held in the Russian capital
“It provides a unique atmosphere of pluralism and learning,” Adamskaya explained. “People have a variety of choices and can find whatever suits them, and no one pushes them to do anything they don’t want to do.” Noting many religious Jewish events required some conformity, she said the freedom Limmud offers participants of varying degrees of religiosity had helped it grow quickly since 2006. “Whether religious or secular, they all find something here that they want to discuss and learn about,” she said. “A lot of people who come here knew they were Jewish, but didn’t have a Jewish education, so this helps to reconnect them and provides a sense of pride.” Adamskaya continued: “This year, I see a lot of new faces, a sign that more and more people are hearing about us; and even if they didn’t participate in the Jewish community before, they come and take their first step here, and Limmud becomes their window to the Jewish world.” Dodina, who was born in Belarus, and made
aliyah 20 years ago from Moscow after being classically trained at the acclaimed Habima Theatre, said she was attending her third Limmud FSU conference. “I had very little connection myself to Judaism in Belarus, and I come because I think it’s very important because people come with great love to give,” she said after her lecture. “Also, it was the dream of my father to come to Israel, and now it feels like I have come full circle, and want to share what I have learned.” Meanwhile, Frenkel, Limmud FSU’s president, who travelled from Monaco for the annual Moscow conference, said the weekend’s record attendance was proof of the relatively nascent organisation’s enduring appeal. “This is the 11th conference in Moscow, and you cannot argue with success,” he said. “More than 50,000 people have participated in Limmud FSU through the years, and this great event will surely continue to grow exponentially in the future.”
Putin on our side, says country’s chief The Chief Rabbi of Russia, Berel Lazar, told the conference that Vladimir Putin has done more for the country’s Jewish community – including fighting anti-Semitism – than any other Russian leader. Lazar said: “Putin was the first president to publicly speak out against anti-Semitism and did the most for the Jews. There is no institutional anti-Semitism in Russia. The attitude toward the Jews in Russia is excellent.” The rabbi compared Putin favourably with previous leaders. “In contrast to Gorbachev and Yeltsin, who were not interested in hearing about the situation of the Jews in Russia, Putin was the first to say that anti-Semitism has no place here,” he said. “He was the first to speak publicly against anti-Semitism, and did the most for the Jews in Russia. This is not self-evident, nor is it obvious that there can be a conference in Russia today like the study of FSU with more than 2,000 Jews.” Regarding recent anti-Semitic statements by
Russian parliamentarians, Lazar said, “It’s just a drop in the ocean. These statements are of course inappropriate, but they are not the end of the world either. “Our goal is to have a finger on the pulse and raise the issues on the political level in order to protect the Jewish community. We must cooperate with the government as long as it protects us.” On a more amusing note, Lazar referred to the Russian authorities’ policy of banning the popular Pokemon Go mobile phone game in religious institutions, saying: “If anyone finds Pokemon in our synagogues, we will be glad.” Lazar also warned that French Jews should leave that country if the nationalist presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, who is leading in current polls, should win the election. “The situation in Europe is very worrying. If Marine Le Pen is elected president of France, the Jews must leave,” he said. The rabbi also voiced general concern about
Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar at the conference
the rise of nationalism across Europe, describing the situation on the continent as “very worrying”. He said he believed this was not only because of immigrants, but also because the general population was “heading toward radicalisation”,
the best example of this being seen in the rise of extreme-right parties. Asked about recent media reports linking President Trump and Chabad, Lazar said: “I do not like that people are intentionally looking for ties between Trump and Chabad or between Trump and the Jews in general. I can say it’s excellent that Ivanka Trump is Jewish and that Trump’s grandchildren are Jewish too, but I have nothing to add beyond that.” He noted that before the US presidential election, Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner visited the grave in Queens, NY, of the late Lubavitch Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, a site popular among Orthodox Jews seeking a blessing and inspiration. Lazar also defended Putin for his role in supporting Syrian President Bashir Assad. “It is not certain that there are better options for Syria than Assad. The Arab Spring did not produce positive results. It seems the Arab countries are not yet ready to accept the rule of democracy.”
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News / World Jewish Congress Conference
Welcome to the Jew-nited Nations by Justin Cohen in New York firstname.lastname@example.org @cohenjust
It was fitting that some of the biggest players in the United Nations – including the new Secretary-General and Donald Trump’s popular ambassador – dominated the headlines at the World Jewish Congress (WJC) plenary in New York. Held just 20 blocks from the headquarters of the UN body, the gathering of leaders from 90 communities around the globe was the Jewish world’s own version of the UN. From Aruba to Zambia and Japan to Jamaica, delegates passed policies to tackle cyber hate and support Syrian refugees, while sharing best practise – and indulging in the odd game of international Jewish geography (‘do you know my dad’s second cousin’s friend?’ is an inevitable question when you have 600 Jews from five continents in one hotel for three days). They are separated by continents, language and size – from communi-
ties whose members can be counted on one hand to those in their hundreds of thousands – yet there was a palpable sense of unity (even the Russian and Ukrainians were part of same delegation). Taking their seats for the first time as WJC members were two communities whose total numbers barely reach 100 but whose presence generated huge interest: the Kingdom of Bahrain and Albania. Bahrain’s representative, Nancy Khedouri, who serves as a member of the country’s Upper House and foreign affairs committee, said: “Jewish settlers first came to Bahrain in the 1880s – all of these years not being affiliated with the WJC was a glaring omission. I’m overwhelmed to be part of this conference. People were shocked when I announced where I was from, but have been asking questions about Bahrain and are keen to visit.” Pointing out that it is the only Gulf state with a synagogue, Khedouri also relished the opportunity to spread the word about the Kingdom’s warmth
towards its Jews. “Recognition of our community by the WJC is a great honour,” said Artur Dojaka, vice-president of the Jewish community of Albania, where thousands of Jews found refuge during the Shoah. The 60-strong community is now focused on an ambitious project to build a community hub with a cultural centre, shul and kindergarten – and hopes WJC involvement may help. Sitting alongside the representative for the 400,000-strong Argentine Jewish community, he said: “There are so many differences but everyone comes into this as an equal.” For Erica Lyons, from Hong Kong, previous gatherings have proved invaluable in establishing contacts with leaders in neighbouring countries – with tangible benefits. “The conversation start here,” she said. “Most people flying to Israel from Australia stop over in Hong Kong, so we’ve started sharing speakers. This enables people to take advantage of educational opportunities that on our own we wouldn’t be able to support financially. “There was also the time at the last plenary when the Kenyan community raised problems they were having with creating a digital archive. ––We were able to introduce them to people and I believe it’s progressing. That’s the sort of thing that can only happen if you get people together face to face.” It was a message echoed by firsttime attendee Gillian Merron, chief executive of the Board of Deputies, one of the biggest delegations, who suggested that “the best bit is the opportunity to meet and learn from each
Above: Delegates from the Albanian and Bahranian Jewish communties. Below: The British delegation, including Board president Jonathan Arkush
other”. The event provided an opportunity for members of the Jewish Diplomatic Corps – the young leadership arm of the WJC – to further plans to disseminate the Board’s guide for tackling boycotts worldwide through that network. Other world leaders have also shown interest in replicating the organisation’s manifesto for elections in their own countries, she added. Merron said: “It’s all too easy to be critical at home, so to hear about the strengths of our community when a mirror is held up to it by colleagues from around the world is something which everyone can take pride in.” The former Labour minister chaired a session on what it is like to be a Jewish parliamentarian, while Board president Jonathan Arkush, who headed the UK group, led a session with three Jewish nobel laureates.
At the plenary, which takes place every four years, Lauder was re-elected president for a third term and Moshe Kantor was re-elected as co-chair of the WJC’s policy council. There was unanimous support for a no-platform policy towards extremist parties and another resolution urged internet companies to implement mechanisms to remove hate speech. The World Union of Jewish Students, which was elected as vice-president, successfully proposed a motion encouraging WJC to help establish national student unions in countries where they currently do not exist and to provide further financial support for campus activism. Yos Tarshish, the British president of WUJS, said: “The intergenerational contact is vital. These forums enable us to have our voices heard.”
New UN chief says Israel TRUMP DISCUSSES IRAN ‘must be treated fairly’ DURING YOM HASHOAH It came just three weeks The new United Nations after the UN Economic Secretary-General insisted and Social Commission Israel must be treated like for Western Asia removed any other state at the world a report accusing Israel of body as he delivered the apartheid, under pressure first ever address by an from Guterres. The Comoccupant of his office to a mission’s chief resigned over gathering of international the matter. Jewish leaders. Referring to Simon Antonio Guterres also Schama’s The Story of vowed he would be on the the Jews, he recalled the frontline in the fight against persecution faced by the anti-Semitism as he kicked community through the off the World Jewish Conyears. Rather than having gress’s plenary in New York, ended with the Shoah, attended by leaders from said anti-Semitism 90 countries. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres he is “alive and well” with murAddressing claims of bias against Israel at the UN, the former Portuguese ders, desecrations and online hate speech. “As Prime Minister described the dynamics of its Secretary-General, I will be on the frontline in bodies as complex and said it was not the role of the fight against anti-Semitism. He said a modern form of anti-Semitism a Secretary-General to dictate the positions of “is the denial of the right of the state of Israel member states. “But the state of Israel needs to be treated like to exist” – stressing this was entirely different any other state,” he added, saying he had already from disagreeing with the policies of a government. had cause to intervene to enforce this.
Donald Trump has raised the spectre of Iran’s nuclear programme in his first Yom HaShoah message as president. The president was speaking from Washington to the gathering of hundreds of international Jewish leaders at the World Jewish Congress plenary. Only months after the White House was criticised for failing to mention Jews or anti-Semitism in a message for International Holocaust Memorial Day, Trump said: “On Yom HaShoah, we look back at the darkest chapter of human history. We mourn, we remember, we pray, and we pledge: Never again. I say it, never again. “The mind cannot fathom the pain, the horror and the loss. Six million Jews, two-thirds of the Jews in Europe, murdered by the Nazi genocide. They were murdered by an evil that words cannot describe and that the human heart cannot bear.” He stressed the importance of heeding the warnings of today in memory of the victims and said:
“We must stamp out prejudice and anti-Semitism everywhere it is found. We must defeat terrorism, and we must not ignore the threats of a regime that talks openly of Israel’s destruction. We cannot let that ever even be thought of.” Meanwhile, Elie Wiesel was remembered as the world’s “moral conscious” during a tribute marking the first Yom HaShoah since his passing. WJC president Ronald Lauder recalled a visit with the Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate to Auschwitz three decades ago. He said: “In a miraculous way he became the conscious of the world which was missing in the years that led to the Holocaust.” Wiesel, he said, believed indifference in the face of the Nuremberg laws and Kristallnacht paved the way for the Shoah. “He pledged never to be indifferent to suffering. He was fearless and his courage contagious. This man gave me the courage to speak out on behalf of world Jewry. “Everything I do today is because of the example Elie Wiesel set for the world.”
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French Jews on tenterhooks over Le Pen’s presidency bid European Jewish leaders were left holding their breath this week, after far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen made it through to the final round with pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron. The head of French Jewry, who has called Front National’s Le Pen the “candidate of hate,” spoke of “concern” that she had progressed to the final two candidates, but also of “satisfaction” that Macron had garnered more votes. Macron now appears to be the favourite to win. Francis Kalifat, president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, said he was “worried to see [Le Pen’s party] making it to the main event of French democracy,” but added he was “satisfied to see [Macron] in the lead”. Kalifat called on the country’s half a million Jews to help 39-year-old Macron into the Élysée Palace, ahead of the final vote on 7 May, as a broad coalition of antiFN parties looked to come together to thwart her bid for power. Le Pen’s anti-immigration party takes a harsh line on the country’s 4.7 million Muslims, advocating stronger punishments for incitement as well as limits on religious freedoms, including religious clothing and adornments in public. Since Le Pen – who announced on Monday she was temporarily stepping down to concentrate on her presidential bid – took over as party leader from her antiSemitic father in 2011, she has been at pains to sweet-talk
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A body piercing shop in Australia has been skewered by bad publicity after garnering worldwide attention for banning Israelis. Cold Steel Piercing in Cairns, northern Queensland, refused to serve Israeli tourist Mohr Wenger, pointing to a sign saying: ‘No Israelis served here.’ Wenger’s subsequent Facebook post went viral.
Jewish groups in Hungary have asked why a $22million Jewish museum in Budapest is still yet to open, after being completed
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Last ones standing: Presidential hopefuls Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen
French Jews, some of whom have responded favourably to her strong stance on the threat of violent Islamists. European Jewish Congress president Moshe Kantor said it was “extremely regrettable that more than one in five French voters voted for Le Pen,” saying an FN victory would be “a prize for extremism and intolerance”. He added: “Especially on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), we are painfully aware, as Jews, of the history of those who cloak themselves in the mantle of democracy but whose agenda is divisive, racist and antiSemitic.” Earlier this month, Israel’s Foreign Ministry condemned Le Pen for saying that her country was not responsible for Vel d’Hiv, an infamous mass round-up and deportation of 13,000 Jews to death camps in 1942. An Israeli government statement said her version of events was “contrary to historical truth”.
Kantor added: “Le Pen has made comments against the historic record of the Holocaust, which makes her no less dangerous than her Holocaust-denying father who she has tried to hide, but whose agenda remains with her and her party.” Despite Macron getting 8.4 million votes to Le Pen’s 7.6 million, French Jews were left in a state of unease this week after analysts disagreed over who those voting for defeated candidates Francois Fillon and Jean-Luc Mélenchon would now back. “They could vote for Le Pen,” warned Paris-based Rabbi Moché Lewi, who argued that another terrorist outrage could swing it for the FN leader. “In the next two weeks, everything could change.” Meanwhile, Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar called on French Jews to flee if the FN gained power, saying: “If Marine Le Pen is elected president of France, the Jews
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Jewish leaders have welcomed the Government’s confirmation that it will not use the upcoming centenary of the Balfour Declaration to issue an apology for it. In a statement, a spokesman said: “The Balfour Declaration is an historic statement for which the government does not intend to apologise. We are proud of our role in creating the State of Israel. The task now is to encourage moves towards peace.” He added: “Establishing a homeland for the Jewish people was the right and moral thing to do, particularly against the background of centuries of persecution.” Board of Deputies’ President Jonathan Arkush said the Government was taking a “strong, principled stance”.
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Editorial comment and letters ISSUE NO. 1000
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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Free speech is the only antidote to extremism Can you imagine a ‘Jewish furore’ if Professor Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian ambassador to the UK, was invited to speak at a London university? Can you imagine the Jewish community writing in uproar to the university’s vicechancellor asking them to ban him? Can you imagine Jewish representatives warning of “substantial distress and harm” if, God forbid, he were allowed to speak to students about the Middle East? You can’t imagine it, because it wouldn’t happen. So why is it, when Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev is invited to speak at SOAS University in London this week, does all hell break loose? Why, when it’s Israel, are there all manner of open letters and dire predictions of the violence Regev’s visit will bring? We support free speech and argue for it. As long as there is a debate about Israel and the Middle East that is not an obvious veil for modern-day antiSemitism, we will be there. Likewise, we support greater understanding of the problems facing Israelis and Palestinians, so we support representatives of Israelis and Palestinians being allowed to explain their various perspectives. It is the only way we will learn, and it is the only antidote to extremism. That is why we are so worried about the efforts to cancel Regev’s SOAS visit this week, and why we have been impressed that SOAS (as yet) has refused to do so, especially given that it is known for the anti-Israel views of its student body. If it goes ahead without incident, it will be a major credit to all concerned.
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We are fortunate to have Col Richard Kemp with his clear understanding of the needs of the IDF and the dangers posed by Israel’s neighbours. His article attacking Warsi’s ridiculous statements on Israel and British Jews with dual nationality in the IDF proves the dangers we face from many Muslim politicians and leaders, aided by the usual sympathisers.
He shames the few but vocal left-wing Jews who find fault at any and every level with Israel. As one who proudly served in the IDF, I challenge them to put on the uniform and face the danger before supporting anti-Israel actions. Would those who support BDS take Israeli medication?
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Daniel Shear’s letter (Jewish News, 6 April) about rudeness reminded me of a radio phone-in discussion about anti-Semitism, which the caller claimed was caused by ”selfish driving by Jews in a part of north London”. This offended me,
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Editorial comment and letters
Cheering for terrorists
WARSI’S WARPED VIEWS
The notorious anti-Israel, anti-Semitic annual hatefest known as the Al-Quds Day march is scheduled for 18 June. This virulent demonstration, sponsored by the government of Iran and organised by the Islamic Human Rights Commission, masquerades under the banner of “human rights” and “peaceful protest”. In reality, it is anything but. It celebrates and glorifies Hamas and Hezbollah, both internationally recognised as Islamist terrorist organisations and both dedicated to the destruction of Israel. Their supporters march through the streets of central
Baroness Warsi’s view that Brits serving in the IDF should be arrested as war criminals is nothing new. Some years back, The New Statesman ran an article that said any Brit visiting an IDF base during a gap year in Israel should be arrested on return, the same as any Brit who does terrorist training with the Taliban! I challenged the writer to explain the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) in about 300 UK schools and his attitude to the
London waving flags of Hamas and Hezbollah. Their chants and placards reinforce their murderous message. In pursuing a racist, genocidal agenda, the marchers blatantly abuse our precious right to freedom of speech. Londoners have recently had to bear witness to the tragic results of a horrific Islamist terror attack in Westminster. In the wake of this atrocity, why should they have to tolerate terrorist sympathisers parading with impunity in the heart of their city?
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COURTESY IS THE KEY Letter writer Martin Stern is like a dog with a bone over the issue of Charedim on aircraft. I disagree with their stance, but agree there is “no reason why airlines should not be able to accommodate their feelings”. However, this works both ways. If the Charedim, rather than being disruptive, were courteous to airline staff and fellow passengers, they might receive
a better response, and if people did not want to relocate, the response of a reasonable person, particularly one who claims to be religious – because being religious includes respecting others – would be to accept, thank the staff and allow the journey to continue without further disruption. Mike Hinden Harrow
COMRADE CORBYN’S TIME IS NOT NOW
Election time again – and possibly for the first time, every Jewish person in the UK should vote for a prime minister, not a political party. God forbid Labour should win and Comrade Corbyn become our leader – we would see levels of antiSemitism we never thought possible become the norm. With the threat of the untouchable left removed, and with a credible leader, Labour can become electable again. But for the sake of the UK Jewish community, I say now is not that time.
Russell Ballen By email
American Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) in American universities. If a Brit who spends a week or two in the IDF during a gap year should be arrested, what about those in the CCF and ROTC? Are they terrorists to be arrested? Are they war criminals to be put on trial? Why is the IDF different from the armed forces training of the UK or our close ally the USA?
Joseph Feld NW11
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Hannah’s killer is now on Mahmoud Abbas’ payroll ITAMAR MARCUS
DIRECTOR, PALESTINIAN MEDIA WATCH
hile Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas is busy preparing for his trip to the US next month, where he will plead for financial aid for the PA, his ministry of finance is busy doing the paperwork to start paying a monthly salary to Palestinian terrorist Jamil Tamimi. Why is Tamimi suddenly joining the PA payroll? Last week he murdered British citizen Hannah Bladon in Jerusalem, and for this the PA will reward him with a monthly windfall that eventually will reach £2,500. Palestinian law says any Palestinian terrorist imprisoned for “resisting the occupation” receives a high monthly salary. According to PA practice, “resisting the occupation” includes all violent terror attacks by Palestinians including stabbings, shootings and car rammings. Murdering woman, children and babies guarantees a Palestinian terrorist prisoner a salary for as long as he is in prison. The most notorious of all, Abdallah Barghouti, responsible for the murder of 67 civilians by building
PALESTINIAN LAW SAYS PALESTINIAN TERRORISTS JAILED FOR ‘RESISTING THE OCCUPATION’ SHOULD RECEIVE A HIGH MONTHLY SALARY bombs for suicide bombers, has already had nearly £200,000. He bombed the Sbarro pizza shop in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv’s Sheffield Club, Jerusalem’s Moment Café , the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall, the Hebrew University Café and a No. 4 bus in Tel Aviv. Today there are some 6,500 Palestinian terrorist prisoners on the PA payroll. This generous arrangement cost the PA more than £100million in 2016 alone, according to the PA’s publicised budget. Which bring us to the newest benefi-
ciary of PA generosity with donor countries’ money, Jamil Tamimi, who murdered Hannah Bladon, approaching her on a Jerusalem train and stabbing her repeatedly until she died, thus turning him into a PA hero. The PA intends to reward its terrorists for killing Israelis and not British citizens, but since Tamimi assumed Hannah was an Israeli, his intentions were honourable and he will be rewarded. It’s PA law. And Mahmoud Abbas, who is about to be welcomed by the new US administration as if he were a serious peace partner, is the person responsible for this policy of financially rewarding the terrorists. With terror by Muslims worldwide being treated everywhere as a most serious international problem, it is shocking that Abbas should be welcomed in Western countries. If the international community wants its war on terror to be taken seriously, Mahmoud Abbas must be told that rewarding terror makes him a terrorist and he should stop paying salaries to terrorists or he will be treated as one. If Palestinian terror is ever to be uprooted, the international community, especially the leaders of the democratic countries, must isolate and ostracise the PA leadership until it stops acting
like a terror organisation. So what can Britain do about this situation? With the PA about to pay a salary to a terrorist who murdered a young British woman, this is a good opportunity for Britain to take the lead in fighting Palestinian terror. If Britain is to ignore the fact that Mahmoud Abbas is rewarding the murderer of a British citizen, and accept him as a legitimate leader, it will be an insult to every British citizen. The British government should announce that funding terror is an act of terror, and that PA leaders, including Abbas, the one primarily responsible for PA terror funding, will henceforth be prohibited entry into the UK. Only when Abbas announces that the PA has stopped paying salaries for terror should the doors be open to him again. If Britain is willing to take the lead at this critical juncture, many lives, both Israeli and Palestinian, will be saved in the future. Itamar is director of Palestinian Media Watch. PMW’s most recent report on PA salaries to terrorists, entitled ‘The PA’s Billion Dollar Fraud’, has brought considerable international action against the PA’s policy.
A generation of innovators and remarkable creativity ANDREW GILBERT
CHAIR, THIRTY UNDER 30 PANEL
o have more than 150 people of incredible quality and with great stories nominated on the Jewish News and Jewish Leadership Council’s Thirty Under 30 list is a great story in itself. Women make up half of our list, as they should, based on the votes of 50 people who made up the voting panel. UJS and our youth movements continue to be great places to develop leadership and there is continuity of involvement into adult organisations. Limmud continues to be a core factor in the continued involvement of many no longer studying and no longer professionally employed by the Jewish community. There are more Jewish organisations employing more young people than in times gone by. However, maybe, as in the large professional legal and accountancy practices, it is easier to be visible, and have time for involvement, working in smaller Jewish organisations then in larger ones. Reflecting on some names who were on the Jewish News Twenty-Five Under 25 list
of two years ago but are not on this list, and also on comments by panellists on the Thirty Under 30, there are some real concerns that the community might wish to consider. When one ceases to study, there are not enough options that allow some of the brightest and best to continue their involvement unless employed by the community or involved in Limmud. While new names do emerge, most of the Thirty Under 30 are people who have been involved through youth movements, UJS, Limmud and their communities all their lives. There are existing opportunities for development open for those that have been involved for a long time already and also for those relatively recently involved, including Birthright, MASA and Adam Science. However, the youth movements and UJS peak in their involvement at 16 and 18/19 respectively. After this, many good people drift away. The peak age group at Limmud is people in their 20s, but most who get involved in Limmud do so for maybe for a year or two at most. We have a generation of innovators and incredible creativity. Social media keeps people in contact but on low maintenance.
One big challenge is how we enrich our community by solving this conundrum and making it easier for more Jews to do exciting things they themselves can organise and run that fit into their busy lives. The challenge is also to those millennials, digital natives, who don’t find models of involvement in the current Jewish community, either in partnership with existing organisations or independently, to invent, create or mould engagement that fits them. People need and appreciate a label and recognition. While these lists are fun, it seems if people have a title in an organisation or are on the leadership group, they feel empowered and more committed. I would challenge all communal organisations not just to find ways to bring more young people into their leadership but also to find them
finite worthwhile projects or tasks that they can take on within the time they have. I also encourage our community with young people to find new models of involvement for those in their 20s and to fund the initiatives. I would like to thank the Jewish Leadership Council for supporting this. It continues to do great work, often quietly and behind the scenes. Its support for leadership development through LEAD but also through RESHET and PAJES is a vital part of the future of UK Jewry. Over the past 15 years I have watched the JLC, of which I was a founding member, go from strength to strength. So much that happens in our community is because of it. Andrew is chair of the UK Programme of UJIA and took on the chair of Limmud in his late 20s.
WHEN ONE CEASES TO STUDY, THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH OPTIONS THAT ALLOW SOME OF THE BEST TO CONTINUE INVOLVEMENT
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Trump’s 100 days – and a breath of fresh air at the UN ALEX BRUMMER
CITY EDITOR, THE DAILY MAIL
s is my normal practice when working in Washington, last Shabbat I attended services at Kesher Israel synagogue in Georgetown where we were members when living and working in the US capital. Thanks to stuff in the US media, there was a half expectation of seeing President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in the left section of this informal modern-orthodox shul, a favourite place of worship for senators, congressman and young lawyers and policymakers in the State Department and elsewhere. Former Democratic vice-presidential candidate Senator Joe Lieberman was a regular Haftorah reader. As it happened, the first son-in-law and his wife Invanka, having explored the Georgetown housing market and the shul, opted to live in Kalorama, a swankier neighbourhood close to Embassy Row on Massachusetts Avenue.
They have chosen to attend a smaller Chabad minyan, near to home. As Trump’s sojourn in the White House reaches its 100 day mark tomorrow (Friday), opinions on his presidency, his family and the levels of competence as viewed by America’s Jewish liberal elite are as divided as ever, despite a perceptible tilt towards Israel after the studied neutrality of Obama administration. A friend in a senior job in the Trump government tells me she turns her head away from Trump’s photograph in the lobby of her building each day because “I cannot bear to think of that man as our president”. Even worse for this former law professor is the hash Trump and his team are making of governance. Policy position papers prepared to flesh out Trump policies remain unread because up to 400 senior administration positions remain vacant. Foreign policy wonks in the cafés of the State and Commerce Departments and the Treasury are unable to act because so many assistant secretary posts (those immediately below Cabinet level) have yet to be filled.
Not all is gloom. Among American Jews there is relief Steve Bannon, the right-wing ideologue and a founder of Breitbart News, has been shuffled off the National Security Council by Kushner and others and could find himself out of the White House altogether. Breitbart News has carried unfortunate material with anti-Semitic leanings. As with much of what Trump said on the campaign trail, his Middle East policies are being “normalised”. In the same way a trade war with China has been sacrificed on the altar of peace in the Pacific, so moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has been shelved. One breath of fresh air on the foreign policy scene has been rising Republican star and US
ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, praised for her robust defence of the cruise missile attack on a Syrian air base and the megabomb on an Isis stronghold in Afghanistan. Most impressive is how Haley personally has made it her mission to end the practice of the quarterly Security Council meetings on the Middle East always having Israel-Palestine at the top of the agenda. She has insisted this changes. It is now Iran’s behaviour that heads the list and the Americans are simply unwilling to engage in the automatic UN Israel bashing. Haley drew a line in the sand and is winning enormous plaudits for it. In the process, some of Trump’s critics in the Jewish community are less vitriolic – although hardly won over.
AMERICAN JEWS ARE RELIEVED STEVE BANNON OF BREITBART NEWS HAS BEEN SHUFFLED OFF THE NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL BY KUSHNER
27 April 2017 Jewish News
In Moscow, Limmud is not just invaluable but brave SENIOR RABBI TO REFORM JUDAISM
t’s a very Jewish Yom HaShoah – our family spread throughout the Jewish world marking the occasion in their own way. Our eldest child, Tali, in Jerusalem, despite working, just like on every other Sunday, the eerie 10am siren ensuring it’s not just another normal working Sunday. Our daughter, Ella, in Auschwitz-Birkenau with RSY-Netzer with March of the Living. As my husband, David and son, Natan, are in England, I feel a long way away – in Russia, at Limmud FSU Moscow. Here the shadows of the Shoah and the Soviet era lurk, much as the KGB did when I visited refuseniks in the USSR as a teenager. These dual Shoah-Soviet shadows were palpable in the questions and responses to my sessions on LGBT and on Muslims and Jews. The comparison with sessions I had presented
two years ago on similar topics at Limmud FSU Moscow, was fascinating, seeing what had changed and what had worsened. In the session that was about being an ally to LGBT people, we focused on gender identity. We discussed concepts of non-binary gender identity and gender fluidity, which even in the UK we are only starting to grapple with. Two years ago in Moscow, with only a few exceptions, there was palpable aggression and disdain over
RABBI LAURA JANNER-KLAUSNER
THIS PUTRID LAW, RATHER THAN STOPPING DEBATE, HAS ENCOURAGED YOUNG RUSSIANS TO DISCUSS LGBT ISSUES INSTEAD
any possibility that being gay was acceptable. This time was markedly different. The rule last time was the exception now. Only one person expressed anger: “I don’t want to have a fight, but how would you feel if your child grew up and said ‘I’m Napoleon’?” The cruelty and absurdity of his question was met with jeers. These exchanges were set against the background of horrific crimes committed against gay men in the Chechen Republic in southern Russian being called ‘pogroms’. Anna, a Moscow Limmudnik and a psychologist, suggested that anti-gay violence in Chechnya has combined with another factor to create a paradoxical improvement in some peoples’ views towards LGBT people. The 2014 Russian Propaganda Law enforces an anti-gay school curriculum. Instead of silencing discussion, this putrid law has encouraged young Russians, in particular, to debate LGBT issues and has triggered some people to have the courage to come out. Russians are comparing themselves to Chechnya and recognise the extreme anti-gay
violence as an outcome of anti-gay education. They are realising they don’t want to be like their Chechen neighbours. Outrage at Chechnya has led some Russians to find their voice and change their views. Russia’s police closed a popular website which enabled LGBT people to get advice from psychologists. The site chose the name Kids404, the error number that appears when websites do not work. This name showed Russian LGBT young people challenging the idea that as LGBT they are human errors. On Yom HaShoah, we remember six million Jews who were killed for seeming “different”, seeming “weird” and “queer” – alongside hundreds of thousands of others who wore pink triangles. The echoes of commonality of Jews and gay people as victims in the Shoah were amplified when a Limmudnik recounted how some Russians posted pink triangles on their Facebook profiles in solidarity with LGBT people. Limmud creates rare spaces where traditional views can be challenged and tested. In Moscow, Limmud is not just invaluable but brave.
Jewish News 27 April 2017
Comment / Lord Sacks on anti-Semitism
27 April 2017 Jewish News
Lord Sacks on anti-Semitism / Comment
LORD SACKS GETS ANIMATED ABOUT ANTI-SEMITISM Former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has released a new animation, following the online popularity of his first video on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign. Sacks’ latest education tool, created by whiteanimation.com, which deals with “the mutation of anti-Semitism,” follows his six-minute BDS explainer, uploaded in February, which has so far garnered more than 52,000 views on video-sharing site YouTube. In it, he argued that BDS was “dangerous” as it was a “prelude to Israel’s elimination”. In his latest video, posted online last
week and reproduced in full on these pages, Sacks says: “Today Jews are attacked because of the existence of their nation-state, Israel. Denying Israel’s right to exist is the new anti-Semitism.” He adds that “human rights” are now the tool of choice of today’s anti-Semites, and argues that Jews have been the scapegoats for 1,000 years because they were the “most conspicuous non-Christian minority in Europe – and today, because Israel is the most conspicuous non-Muslim country in the Middle East”. • Watch the video at rabbisacks.org
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Behind the numbers Thirty Under 30 celebrates the accomplishments of individuals in an array of professions. To mark the climax of our three-week countdown, we reveal six illuminating sub-lists featuring some of the fields our high-fliers excel in – plus namecheck those who narrowly missed out... 30 WHO JUST MISSED OUT Amos Schonfield, 25: Yachad - youth and student outreach worker Anna Lawton, 28: Limmud - Conference Chair 2017 Ben Salamon, 25: Tzedek - Education Programmes Manager Cassie Matus, 29: UJIA - fundraiser & formerly Director of Israel Experience Dalia Fleming, 28: Keshet UK - Education Co-ordinator Deni Jacob, 23: Radlett Synagogue - Youth Director Elliot Steinberg, 25: Council of Christians and Jews - Programme manager Gabriel Webber, 25: Board of Deputies Executive & Future Liberal Rabbi Hannah Style, 27: FEAST - Founder and chief coordinator Jes waldman, 26: Kisharon/Maccabi/JLGB & volunteer charitable activities directly helping homeless people Joe Grabiner, 22: RSY-Netzer - movement worker Joel Salmon, 22: Board of Deputies Parliamentary Officer Josh Holt, 22: UJS - President elect Joshua Nagli, 24: UJS - Campaigns Director Manya Eversley and Emma Mittleman, 21: Founders of “Summer Hype” summer camp for kids in Hackney Matt Herman, 26: BBYO - Chair, trustees Michael Rubin, 25: Labour Friends of Israel - Parliamentary Affairs & Research Manager Miriam Mirwitch, 24: London Young Labour - Chair Naji Tilley, 22: Genesis - Programme Leader Natasha Icyk (Isaac), 24: March of the Living - led UJS contingent, JOFA - activist Rabbi Shmuli Sagal, 27: Sutton Synagogue - Rabbi Rebbetzen Sarah Proops, 29: Mill Hill Shul - Rebbetzen Rebbetzin Hadassah Fromson, 27: Golders Green Synagogue - Assistant Rebbetzin Rhea Wolfson, 26: Labour Party NEC and Momentum Activist Russell Langer, 24: JLC - Public Affairs Manager Sally Patterson, 21: UJS - National Council Sam Grant, 28: Rene Cassin - Campaigns Manager Shimon Gillis, 28: Kinloss (United Synagogue) - Community Director Talia Chain, 27: Sadeh Farm - Founder and Charity supporting survivors of human trafficking - FOunder Zoe Jacobs, 25: Reform Judaism - smaller communities worker
RABBIS & EDUCATORS
Ben Bently Matthew Anisfeld Naji Tilley Rabbi Mendy Brukirer (pictured) Rabbi Shmuli Sagal Rebbetzen Sarah Proops Rebbetzin Hadassah Fromson Sarah Grabiner
Aaron Simons Alex Davis Ella Rose Jay Stoll (pictured) Jonathan Neumann Michael Rubin Miriam Mirwitch Rachel Wenstone Rhea Wolfson Richard Black Stephen Hoffman
Abigail Jacobi Alma Reisl Amos Schonfield Arieh Miller Ben Salamon Charlie Agran Dalia Fleming Elliot Steinberg Esther Marshall (pictured) Ethan Schwartz Hannah Style Jem Stein Jes waldman Joel Salmon Judith
Flacks Mia Gray Russell Langer Sam Grant Talia Chain
Avrahum Sanger Devora Khafi Emanuele Boccia Eran Cohen Hannah Harris Izzy Lenga Jack Cohen Josh Holt Josh Seitler (pictured) Joshua Nagli Laurence Rosenberg Liora Cadranel Liron Velleman Max Sherrard
30 WHO ARE JUST TOO OLD
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Aaron Taylor Johnson Alexander Zatman Ben Reiff & Asha Sumroy Daniel Radcliffe Emily Hilton (pictured) Gabriel Pogrund Moshe Chai Wakefield Oliver Anisfeld Patrick Maguire Tom Ross-Williams Yosef Dovid Friedlander
Alex Fenton Benjamine Coombe Daisy Bogod David Morris Devorah Roselaar Eli Shafritz Jason Goldstein Joe Boxer Joe Grabiner Jonty Leibowitz Manya Eversley and Emma Mittleman Matt Herman Michael Taylor Mikey Lebrett Mitchell Cohen Natasha Icyk (Isaac)
Noah Levy (pictured) Rafi Cohen Sara Cash Zara Shaw
Abi Keene, Bnei Akiva - Former Mazkira Adam Langleben, Jewish Leadership Council - Head of Digital & Stakeholder Engagement & Barnet Councillor Adam Pike, Beyond Me & Super Carers Founder Alex Fenton, Reform Judaism - Public Affairs Officer Carly Gelley, Hamilton Court Group Carly Maisel, Tamares Group - Director of Communications and Philanthropy Charlotte Fischer, Citizens UK - Jewish Community Organiser Claire Farhi, Limmud Conference Leadership Dan Rickman, Mitzvah Day - Executive Director Daniel Lichman, Student Rabbi Dave Shaw, Keshet UK - Trustee Helen Myer, 10 Downing Street - Events and Visits Jack Prevezer, UJIA - Youth Movement Strategy Group - Chair Joanna Ish-Horowicz, Doctor and Limmud Leadership Joel Friedman, Canvey Island Jewish Community - Key figure Josh Martin, Reform Judaism - Incoming Director of Youth & JCoSS - teacher Margot Schatz, Lead - Trustee, Adam Science - Alumni Chair Michael Livingston, JLGB - Trustee Michelle Bauernfreund, Office of Chief Rabbi - Operations Manager Noam Mirvis, All-Party Britain-Israel Parliamentary Group - Director, House of Lords Section Rabbi James Proops, Mill Hill United Assistant Rabbi Rabbi Leah Jordan, Liberal Judaism Chaplain Rabbi Sam Taylor, Western Marble Arch Community Rabbi Rafi Addlestone, Deloitte - Senior Consultant & UJIA lay leader Richard Verber, Board of Deputies - Senior Vice President Robin Moss, UJIA - Head of Israel Engagement Ruth Szotten, Senior Charity Professional Sarah Sackman, Labour Candidate, Finchley & Golders Green, in the 2015 General Election Sophie Dunoff, University Jewish Chaplaincy - Chief Operating Officer Steven Gertner, Federation of Synagogues - Trustee
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The wait is over as Jewish News and the Jewish Leadership Council reveal the top 10 positions in the Thirty Under 30 countdown (plus a familiar face occupying position 93/4!) Drum roll please... Profiles by Noa Lessof Gendler THIRTY UNDER 30 – POSITIONS 30 TO 11... 30 Eliezer Gilbert 25 29 Mia Gray 19 28 Graham Carpenter 25 27 Abi Symons 25 26 Georgina Bye 29 25 Noah Levy 22 24 Ben Dov Salasnik 28 23 Devora Khafi 20 22 Joel Macadar 27 21 Charlotte Agran 26 20 Josh Seitlet 22 19 Liron Velleman 21 18 Gabriel Pogrund 22 17 Esther Marshal 27 16 Em Hilton26 15 Jay Stoll 26 14 Michael Gladstone 28 13 Oliver Anisfeld 22 12 Abi Jacobi 28 11 Judith Flacks 27
Eli is an artist and educator. As photographer and film-maker for Tzedek, he was responsible for capturing the work of UK and Ghanaian NGO partners to be made into educational documentaries and fund-
Honorable mention [in the appropriate 93/4 slot], goes to the 27-year-old Jewish actor best known for his eponymous role in the Harry Potter film series. Dan probably would have had a little more time for Jewish and Zionist youth work if he hadn’t been gallivanting around the world making Hollywood blockbusters. Currently in the National Theatre Live production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.
Deborah Blausten age26
A student rabbi at Leo Baeck college, Debs’ interest in how technology can be used for teaching is set to affect radically Jewish education in Britain. Anyone attending one of her classes knows her
raising advertisements. He then raised more than £1,000 blogging about his Live Below the Line experience. He was a movement worker for Sinai for three years and spent time in this role developing educational and leadership resources, utilising his graphic designer skills. His bi-annual journal was then distributed across synagogues and schools. Eli has worked as a cheder teacher at Mill Hill Synagogue, and while studying at Yeshivat Har Etzion acted as a Youth Learning Disabilities Study Partner. Eli’s desire to use his talents for social action has been recognised by those around him, and his innovative planning and strategies mark him out as a future leader of his generation, and one who will influence Jewish education for years to come. Masters degree in Education and Technology is being put to good use, and her innovative, unusual teaching style inspires students of all ages, from the bar and bat mitzvah lessons at Finchley Reform Synagogue to her sessions at Limmud. Debs was also the Limmud Conference 2015 Programming co-chair, and created a vibrant, busy and exciting programme in the face of the complexities of the new Birmingham NEC site. Now, as a student rabbi, she is focusing on setting up textual learning and young adult learning programmes across the community, as well as assisting in the creation of new Reform minyanim. At her rabbinical placement in York, she has helped to revitalise and revolutionise the young Jewish community there.
A former tour madricha, Alma has taken her experience in leadership and movement work at RSY-Netzer to her career as a social worker for children in Hackney. Those who know her say
Jem Stein age29
After being a movement worker for Habonim Dror, Jem set up The Bike Project to connect the demand for cheap, easily maintained vehicles with the supply. The project collects donated bikes,
she is a shining example of how leadership skills and passion for social action, developed in youth movements, can be exported into the wider community. She is a co-director of Keshet UK, working to promote the interests of LGBT+ Jews and has worked with chaplaincies, rabbinical offices and schools across the country to put Keshet on the communal map. Her JDOV talk at Limmud Conference 2014 was a moving plea to the Jewish community to improve its support for LGBT+ people. It also demonstrated her genuine compassion and understanding of people feeling excluded because of their gender alignment or sexual orientation. Alma is also heavily involved in Grassroots Jews. refurbishes them, and gives them to asylum seekers and refugees to save on transport costs. The charity’s website says owning a bike can save more than £1,000 every year. From modest beginnings at Jhub, the project now offers cycling lessons while beneficiaries and local volunteers work together to restore bikes. Refugees and asylum seekers thank the project for giving them a sense of purpose, a source of fitness, a practical skill and a method of transport. The communityoriented environment of the project reflects Jem’s own powers as a team player, and contributed to The Bike Project winning the 2015 Community Cycling Project of the Year Award. Jem’s visionary project has impacted on thousands of lives.
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Izzy Lenga age23
Izzy is a one-woman social action project, showing unbelievable selflessness and bubbly determination in all her work. Best known for her courageous fight against anti-Semitic, misogynistic abuse on Twitter and challenging anti-Semitic incidents on campuses, she has sacrificed sleep and sanity to help fellow students feel safe and make an example of any abuser foolish enough to attack her. She has sat as education officer on the Birmingham Guild (SU), on the NUS’ National Executive Council and Society and
Jonathan is co-founder and director of Jewish Human Rights Watch, which fights BDS in local councils and on campuses, protecting Israel’s image and advocating its legitimacy. Sitting on the Board of Deputies, he has gathered a core pro-Israel group that advocates both in and outside meetings, has been involved with the Forum for Jewish Leadership promoting Jewish education for several years, and is the politics programming chair for Limmud Conference 2017, working in particular to balance out the spectrum of ideas
Citizenship Zone Committee and has twice acted as convener and committee member on the NUS’ Anti-Racism and Anti-Fascism Campaign. Izzy has used these platforms positively and forcefully, advocating sexual and mental health support for students, tackling the cost of living and working with Muslim peers to organise joint protests against anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. On Wednesday Izzy was elected as a vice president of the NUS. She has worked with higher education to tackle abuse of minority groups and demonstrates continually how Jewish values can extend to encompass non-religious issues. Izzy also finds time to support developing activists and is always willing to give help and advice.
represented. Never afraid to stand alone against groups of opposition, Jonathan has maintained his student enthusiasm for campaigning and spreading ideas. He has written about politics and religion for the Telegraph, Standpoint, Mosaic, Commentary and the Times of Israel blog, and has been quoted across the national media as a prominent Israel advocate. Jonathan is now working on a book about social justice and activism. He amazes onlookers with his wholehearted dedication to Israel advocacy, and his fearlessness when it comes to promoting his politics in the face of adversity. His actions continually mirror his words and the time and effort he puts into campaigning makes a tangible difference to the community.
Rachel is one of the most politically influential people of her generation within the British Jewish community, working as senior parliamentary assistant to the shadow secretary of state for women and equalities, Sarah Champion. It is a demanding full-time role involving speech writing, briefing the minister and preparing her for public appearances, with many highprofile events occurring over the past year. The behind-the-scenes focus of the role means Rachel’s name is not often said in public, but her contribution
Hannah Brady age24
Following her outstanding UJS presidency in 2015-16, Hannah is on her way to becoming a major civil servant of the future. She is a corporate communications officer for the Department of International Trade, developing key diplomatic and governmental skills which will benefit the Jewish community and wider circles. As Limmud Conference 2016 Shabbat co-chair, she was instrumental in planning a day filled with religious significance as well as fun for people of all ages, and as programming co-chair
to the Shadow Cabinet and to Sarah Champion’s office is undeniable, and the hard work she does deserves recognition. A former NUS president of higher education and deputy president, Rachel has since worked as public affairs manager at Shelter, the charity for homeless people. She is vocal on issues of women’s rights, taking part in the Reclaim the Night march and sitting on the executive of the Jewish Labour Movement. Her experience in this combination of organisations gives her the tools necessary for her to become a successful MP, but it is her quiet, persistent drive to complete tasks well and improve the community that will make her a great leader, within the Jewish arena and beyond.
this year she is once again showing her dedication to Jewish communal learning, from politics, history and philosophy to art and music. She was also co-chair of Reshet’s 21st Century Teens Conference, contributing to the informal education of young Jews in the UK. Hannah has been in several campaigns focusing on conversations about Judaism, including Rethink2014, which opposed Israel Apartheid Week on UK campuses, and is an active member of the JLM. She was the convener of the UJS Disabled Students Network and a trustee on the UJS National council in 2014-15. Her key role in liberation movements and outspoken pride in her values make her a crucial mover and shaker in her generation.
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As director of the Jewish Labour Movement, Ella has recently faced adversity many thankfully never have to deal with. However, her resilience and dignity have been shown to be remarkable and she continues to strive to maintain a dynamic and effective organisation with a large youth contingent and support across the country. Her hands-on front leadership never fails to make all feel included and her personable style of communication has resulted in several high-profile political speakers at JLM events These have included Ruth Smeeth, Naz Shah and Louise Ellman, as well
as well-known Labour activists and commentators such as Owen Jones. Ella has also been the deputy for UJS and is now the deputy for Bushey United Synagogue, leading her generation in this wellestablished community organisation and bringing new ideas and approaches to the board. An accomplished CST volunteer, former UJS president and engaged student activist, Ella also shows her passion for UK Jewry in her dedication for Limmud, co-chairing Conference in 2016 and overseeing one of the most complex events the organisation has run, as well as one of the most exciting and interesting. Ella’s outstanding voluntary and professional work is ensuring the vitality and survival of the Jewish community in the UK, and her canny and erudite leadership is an example to all.
To all who know him, Arieh is first and foremost a mensch. Utterly committed to giving all he can as often as he can, he astonishes family, friends and colleagues alike with his seemingly superhuman capacity to fit so much into each day. Arieh worked as head of Digital Media and Jewish Community Relations at the Israeli Embassy from 2013 to 2015, and colleagues there marvelled at his cool-headed attitude during times of political confusion. His ability to portray unity and cohesion eased tensions, despite the great pressures exerted both locally and abroad. Since August 2015, Arieh has been working as the executive director of the Zionist Federation, making him the youngest person in a senior executive role within the UK Jewish community. Colleagues cite him as a pleasure to work for and with, appreciating his hands-on approach in the office and his ability to defend his perspective against much older and more established members of the community. Known as a bridgebuilder and collaboration-shaper, he has taken this challenging role in his stride over the past year and eight months, and has demonstrated a complex understanding of the community and its functions. Arieh is now taking the ZF in new and exciting directions, engaging youth groups and campus JSocs across the country, and initiating Israel advocacy events, including one in Lichfield Church which was held peacefully alongside a pro-Palestine event. He worked to garner support
and enthusiasm for the Israel-Wales football match during Euro 2016, maintains strong links with the Israeli Embassy, and sits on the JLC’s Balfour 100 committee. Senior board members of the ZF thank Arieh for the way he has led the charity into these crucial relationships and positions, while people note that despite the demanding day job, Arieh finds time to contribute to a range of excellent causes and movements. He is well known for his extensive work with CST since 2010, coordinating security at Limmud Conference most years, and organising the weekly rota at his shul, Alyth, and managing both Alyth and New North London Synagogue on the high holy days. He volunteers as a first responder for the London Ambulance service several nights a month, uses some of his annual leave almost every year to accompany Akiva School’s Year 6 Israel trip, and still attends many of RSY’s bogrim events. Arieh has also been a Limmud hero since he was old enough to volunteer, dedicating himself to the management of less glamorous areas such as logistics and catering, and showed himself to be a good sport when he participated in Strictly Limmud Dancing in 2016. His overwhelming love of and commitment to the Jewish community makes Arieh a superb role model for the people he engages with, regardless of age. He is generous and willing in all aspects of his life, dynamic and driven in professional circles as well as in his volunteering. Forthright with his opinions and leadership but warm in his manner, Arieh Miller is set to be one of the great leaders of the community during his lifetime.
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JCoSS students marked Yom HaShoah with a ceremony led by sixth form students. Candles were lit for named Holocaust victims and students also had the opportunity to take home candles as part of the crosscommunal Yellow Candle Project.
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Southend & Westcliff community welcomed Holocaust survivor Edgar Guest at their Yom HaShoah event. Born in Budapest in 1930, he recalled how he survived in the ghetto by collecting dead bodies to get a bowl of soup or some bread. He said: “I give talks at schools because I want the young to learn about the events that shaped a Jewish boy after 1945.”
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More than 350 attended Pinner Synagogue’s Yom Hashoah commemoration and heard from Leslie Kleinman, who only spoke about his experiences after 60 years. He said: “People forget the Holocaust so what I want to pass on is: do not hate anybody. Be tolerant because hate only causes hate.” Organiser Gaby Glassman said: “When the Holocaust moves from memory to history, we want those who heard Leslie to become witnesses themselves and to never forget the horror of those years.”
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Shabaton L’Menucha sponsored activities for the community’s special needs children over Yom Tov. The charity, which provides activities and Shabbatons for children with special needs, was founded by Menachem Liberman and is directed by Eli Feldman, Nachman Grunboum, Yanky Erlanger and Mordchai Schmerler.
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Stitches for tzedakah! Runners from across the community turned out in force on Sunday as they took part in the London Marathon, raising more than £220,000 for a host of Jewish charities. Full London Marathon review – jewishnews.co.uk
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Chai Cancer Care - 11 runners - £65,000 World Jewish Relief - 21 runners - £43,000 Kisharon - 10 runners - £25,000 Jewish Care - 4 runners - £20,000 Camp Simcha - 6 runners - £15,000 British Emunah - 6 runners - £12,000 Langdon - 4 runners - £11,000 Wizo - Tammy Poggo - £9,000 Chabad Buckhurst Hill - Rabbi Odum Brandman - £8,000 Jami - 3 runners - £8,000 Nightingale Hammerson - 3 runners - £6,000 Jewish Blind Disabled - Josh Nathan - £2,500
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27 April 2017 Jewish News
Britain’s Got Talent / Lifestyle
IN THIS SECTION: Travel 38 / Competition 46
Here’s to you, Jess Robinson! Comedienne tells Francine Wolfisz about her musically-gifted family, her eclectic CV and desire to win Britain’s Got Talent
hen a stage audition came up for Little Voice a few years ago, it certainly piqued the curiosity of one aspiring actress. But there was a major stumbling block – while Jess Robinson was great at impressions and had a good singing voice, she had never before tried to marry the two. “I told a fib,” laughs the bubbly 34-year-old, who last week wowed the judges and audience alike on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) with her uncanny mimicry of Shirley Bassey, Julie Andrew, Katherine Jenkins – and even Cheryl Cole. “I told them I’m wonderful at singing impressions and asked if I could audition. They said yes.” Robinson went on to star in the title role of the 2012 production of Little Voice, alongside Coronation Street actress Beverley Callard and X Factor star Ray Quinn – and made the north Londoner all the more determined to pursue a career in showbusiness. Opportunities have come her way, including stints on Horrible Histories, as well as adverts for The Disney Channel, Cartoon Network and CBeebies, but Robinson has mostly remained in the background and reveals she would love to one day become a household name. “I’ve been working at this and trying to make it my full-time profession since I was 18,” she confesses. “I am a professional, but I still have day jobs. I work as a special needs assistant with children and teach singing, but I’ve also done telesales, I’ve been a waitress. I’ve done all sorts!” The chance to show off her talents at the Royal Variety Performance is one she would relish not only for her career, but also for personal reasons. Her grandfather, Jules Ruben, was a distinguished jazz pianist and a regular on the same variety circuit as Bruce Forsyth and Morecombe and Wise. “I think I was quite similar to my grandpa in many ways,” she recalls of Ruben, who passed away in 2006, aged 94. “When I was a little girl, I used to sing with him at the piano, which was lovely.” Her 101-year-old grandmother, Rosi, was also an accomplished music teacher and trained at the Royal Academy of Music – and is bursting with pride at all the attention Robinson has been attracting of late. “She’s really excited by all of this. She’s still bright as a button, really sharp and extremely supportive,” she
says of her Polish-born grandmother, who came over to Britain on the last Kindertransport in 1939. In fact, musical talent runs throughout the family. Mum Jackie and sister, Katie Miller, are both music teachers. Her other sister, Jo Miller, is a gifted pianist who was diagnosed 10 years ago with Huntington’s Disease, a hereditary and progressive brain disorder. She now lives at Jewish Blind and Disabled in Mill Hill, where she plays piano to the other residents. Robinson, who attended Gan Kinneret Nursery in Edgware, before moving as a young child with her family to Hertfordshire, discovered her talent for doing impressions by “taking the mickey out of my teachers and family – much to their dismay”. While some doors have opened along the way, Robinson admits the road to “making it” has at times been hard. She has taken her own show to the Edinburgh Festival for the past three years, but last year’s production left her £4,000 in the red. When the BGT auditions opened again, Robinson felt the time was right to showcase her performance to the wider public and achieve the career she has always dreamed of – but confesses she felt a huge amount of trepidation when turning up for the audition. “I was worried the judges would tell me I wasn’t any good, that I would feel crushed to be told that when I’m trying to make this my profession.” She was finally persuaded to go for it by her family and friends – including fellow impressionist and former BGT finalist, Francine Lewis. All her fears quickly melted away as she stormed her way through the audition and prompted a standing ovation from the audience. “I was in shock; it was really overwhelming and just incredible,” she says of her performance, which aired earlier this month. Hopeful of making it through to the live semi-finals and beyond, she adds: “There’s no other platform like Britain’s Got Talent to show people what I can do. The chance to perform for the Royal Variety would be amazing, so it’s a huge opportunity for me.” Britain’s Got Talent continues on Saturday, 9pm, on ITV. Viewers will get a chance to see if Jess Robinson makes it through to the live semi-finals next month.
Jess Robinson wows judges, including Simon Cowell, inset, on Britain’s Got Talent
Jewish News 27 April 2017
Lifestyle / Last Letters exhibition / Barbra Streisand tribute
‘Darling children, be well and pray for us’ Jessica Steinberg explores Last Letters, a poignant online exhibition from Yad Vashem, featuring the final exchanges between families torn apart during the war
t age 93, Shimon Keller has a hard time remembering things, but he can clearly recall saying goodbye to his mother Berta at the train station in 1939, when he was just 15. “She was crying tears of happiness,” said Keller, a distant look in his blue eyes as he sits in his Ramat Gan living room. “She was happy, because I was getting away.” Shimon – who changed his name from Siegfried – made it onto the last Youth Aliyah ship, along with other teenagers bound for Haifa, escaping the vast uncertainty of his hometown and country. His older brother, Kurt, also made it out of Germany, leaving via Berlin to Sweden, where he remained for the rest of his life.
Shimon Keller after arriving in Palestine
During Keller’s first four years in pre-state Palestine, he received a letter from his mother every two weeks, tissue-paper thin letters crammed with her cramped, Gothic-style German cursive. “They went through the censor; she couldn’t tell me certain things,” he said. “But I read between the lines.” He received his last letter in 1942, in which she told him she probably wouldn’t write again. Our beloved children, You probably received our last farewell postcards. We didn’t know the exact day [of our departure] then. As dear Father already wrote, we are leaving on the 25th, so it looks as though we will see each other earlier than we anticipated. We are sending you a picture of us as a parting gift, and hope you will receive it. After all, I want you get to know dear Father, and we very much hope that it will be soon. Now darling children, be well and pray for us that dear God will watch over us and protect us and all of you. “I couldn’t believe what I was reading,” said Keller’s daughter, Edna Segev, who helped her father’s project to translate the letters into Hebrew before donating the originals to Yad Vashem. “I don’t know if she knew where she was going.” “I think they didn’t want to understand,” said Vicky Keller, Shimon’s second wife. “They lived in hope, that maybe their mother would survive.” That original last letter from Berta Keller is part of Yad Vashem’s new online exhibition, Last Letters from the Holocaust: 1942, which launched this week on Yom HaShoah, along with letters from nine other families.
The museum accessed its entire archive of documents and artworks, the thousands of personal letters and other documentation collected from survivors for this exhibit, using what it could to visually tell the stories of victims, said Yona Kobo, a Yad Vashem researcher Berta Keller with her sons, Siegfried (Shimon) and Kurt, for online exhibitions. and her aunt, Esther, in Werden, Germany, in the 1920s “What’s so emotional about mother was first deported to Theresienstadt and this exhibit is that it’s extremely then to Auschwitz in 1943, where she perished. personal,” explained Kobo. “No letter is similar Segev said her father did not always speak of to someone else’s, and it’s often the last physical the war years during her childhood. Once he had item they touched from their loved one.” grandchildren, he felt it was important to tell his The exhibition showcases stories of the 10 stories, recalling his escape during Kristallnacht, families, who originated from towns, cities and as well as what happened to his extended family. villages throughout Europe, using the letters, “And he took care of these pages, like a yekke photographs and voiceovers to describe what happened to each of them. Keller is one of the few [German Jew known for detail],” she said, survivors of these families, thanks to his mother’s thumbing the photocopies of the letters. “He had a desire to write about this; he spent time writing prescient decision to send him to Palestine. the story of his life. And he would open the noteIn 1938, Berta’s sons joined different pioneer books and the letters, the originals, on their thin training farms, known as Hachsharot, in paper, which he had protected since he was 15.” Germany. Their time there ended during the Segev convinced her father to work on a November 1938 Kristallnacht, a night Keller translation of the letters; the pair spent a year remembers with great clarity. He escaped from working on the project. “I had goosebumps his dormitory by jumping from a second-floor finally reading them,” says Segev, whose older window into the yard below. sister, Noga Nabaro, was also involved. Both brothers made it home to their mother In 2013, Segev and her father, his prayer in the village of Werden. Their biological father shawl in hand, made a pilgrimage to Yad Vashem had died from mustard gas poisoning during to officially hand over the letters. the First World War. “We knew we couldn’t stay “I wanted these in a safe place, because one there for long,” said Keller. day, we’ll be gone from this world,” she said. “I The pair went their separate ways, but wanted to know it would be safe for our future visited each another regularly. Berta remarried generations — my grandchildren and greatin 1940 but, despite her new husband’s wealth grandchildren — to see and understand.” and connections in the US, they were unable to Details: yadvashem.org/exhibitions leave Germany. In 1962 Keller found out that his
Happy days are here again As the legendary Barbra Streisand turns 75 this week, what better way to pay homage than an entire show dedicated to the multitalented singer, actress, director and screenwriter? Describing her as “an inspiration”, singer Liza Pulman, best known as one third of the satirical comedy trio Fascinating Aïda, has been busy putting the finishing touches to her new solo show, Liza Sings Streisand. From Evergreen to The Way We Were, Funny Girl and Don’t Rain On My Parade, the very best of Streisand’s incredible six decades in showbusiness is featured in the show and
accompanied by Pulman’s six-piece band, The Stardust Ensemble. “Barbra Streisand is a legend; her talent across singing, directing and screenwriting, and her rhythm as a natural comedian have all inspired me both on and off stage,” says Pulman of the great musical icon, who this week was credited as the bestselling female recording artist in history. Like Streisand, Pulman’s foray into a career in showbusiness started young. Her mother is actress Barbara Young (Coronation Street, Last of the Summer Wine), while her father Jack Pulman was an award-winning
screenwriter behind the criticallyacclaimed BBC drama, I Claudius. “There was a brief period where I fancied being a vet, but the performing gene was always going to get me in the end,” she quips. From an early age, she loved singing and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, before later joining Glyndebourne Opera. She also appeared in Adrian Noble’s 2002 award-winning production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the UK tour of Doctor Dolittle. Now directing her energy into her new show, Pulman says she is keen to bring the very best of Barbra to her
Singer Liza Pulman embarks on a UK tour in honour of Barbra Streisand
audience – and with a twist. “I love creating new arrangements of songs people know really well and also introducing the audience to songs they might not know. “Working with my band to bring together the best of Barbra Streisand’s songs has been a real treat and we can’t wait to share this with you!”
Liza appears on 8 May, 22 May and 12 June, 7pm, at Live at Zedel, Sherwood Street, Soho, as well as on Wednesday, 31 May, 7.30pm, at The Radlett Centre. Details: lizapulman.com
27 April 2017 Jewish News
Health / Lifestyle
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pain that a scan is done to confirm the diagnosis; in the case of gallstones, this would simply be a painless ultrasound scan. Gallstones cause pain in the top right corner of the tummy when you eat fatty foods; this corresponds to the area where the gallbladder sits. They are more common in ladies who are overweight or diabetic, and are always more troublesome after eating fatty food. If they are causing only occasional pain, adopt a low fat diet and lose any excess weight. If this is not enough to ease your symptoms, you may need to discuss the operation to remove your gallbladder. This is done as keyhole surgery so is a relatively minor operation. Pain after eating has other causes, such as ulcers or acid reflux, so it is important this is checked out properly for you.
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Jewish News 27 April 2017
Simon Busch visited Varosha in northern Cyprus which, thanks ironically to the contentious Turkish invasion, has retained its charm
magine Brighton as a spoil of war and you get some idea of Varosha, in northern Cyprus, today. Serdar Atai, vice-president of a local heritage association, visited here once while doing his Turkish military service. “Looters had taken everything,” he remembers, except for books. “Their pages were scattered everywhere.” Captured by the Turks when they invaded Cyprus in 1974 and its population evacuated, this once overwhelmingly Greek seaside resort had been famed for its jubilant orange festival and a beach claimed as the jewel of the eastern Mediterranean. Now Varosha is a ghost town that exerts a sad, but undeniable fascination. The vista of bleached and crumbling sea view high rises you glimpse through the few vantage points not blocked by the military has a distinct, end-ofcivilisation feel about it; this, you feel, is how it all could end. But here’s an irony of the Cyprus conflict. War has not only stopped the suturing of territorial wounds such as Varosha. It’s also preserved parts of the island as a time capsule to an unsullied mid-century Med – that thing tourism was supposed to have ruined. Give it as many capital letters as you like, but no country other than Turkey recognises that post-conflict entity, the Turkish Republic of
Turtles come ashore to lay their eggs
TALKS TO REUNIFY THE ISLAND COULD LEAD TO ANOTHER IRONY: THE VANISHING OF ONE OF EUROPE’S WILDEST SHORES Northern Cyprus. And, thanks to that isolation, rivers of investment concrete haven’t drowned the north in what one Cyprus memoirist called the “cheap prosperity” of the south. Talks earlier this year to reunify the island – perhaps the most hopeful ever – could, then, lead to another irony: the vanishing of one of Europe’s wildest shores. A nostalgic tourist might lament that outcome but other, more pragmatic, players see the negotiations differently. The island has become the focus of intense Israeli interest because of its position along the route of a proposed undersea pipeline from the Jewish state’s suitably named Leviathan gas fields to Turkey and onwards to the EU. Running through its economic waters, the pipe might need Greek Cyprus’ go-ahead – which would clearly be more likely if the two sides of the island finally buried the hatchet. Already Israeli entrepreneurs are behind new enterprises in the Turkish north, and Israeli accents are common in the garish casinos that account for much economic activity in the isolated region. In the summer, throughout the island, a year-round population of about 400 Jewish families swells with Israeli holidaymakers seeking Mediterranean shores with a slightly
different flavour. And Cyprus got its first synagogue, in modern times, in the southern city of Larnaca in 2005 (until then, Cyprus had been the only nation in the EU without one). Today’s Jews are following a well-trodden path to the island, flourishing here as they did under Roman rule, emigrating en masse after the expulsion of Sephardim from late 15th century Spain, seeking refuge in their hundreds from Nazism and, less happily, being locked up by the Top: The harbour at night in northern Cyrpus. Above: British after the war for trying to enter The unspoilt beaches are a by-product of the invasion Palestine. silhouetted beast in front of you and a vague air Jewish travellers to the island today are not of menace, the visitor feels easily transported to arriving on virgin cultural shores. But if you are a Sergio Leone spaghetti western, minus only a seeking somewhere off the beaten track, head jangling score from Ennio Morricone. to the north. Keep rolling up the island from the Head eastwards from the monastery along UN Green Line, above which frozen-in-time the cape and you come across another possible Varosha sits and you soon say goodbye to those sign of God, Golden Sands Beach. Exiled town-fringe casinos and ‘nightclubs’ staffed by from the coastal development further south, Eastern European women locals call ‘Natashas’. loggerhead turtles still come ashore to lay The blockish holiday hotels dwindle, as do their eggs on this long, lonely stretch of silkthe eerie skeletons of abandoned timeshare soft powder fading into an aqueous palette of constructions, giving way to coastal dunes gorgeous blue hues. dotted with trees stunted and twisted by the Beyond, past ramshackle villages and a wind and, finally, the Cyprus ‘Panhandle’ Christian Maronite church, lies an opposite or Karpas Peninsula, the island’s northern extremity to the Panhandle of this longextremity – a land of emerald seas and feral disputed region where Jews have long made donkeys. their presence felt. There are no wild donkeys The escapee donkeys block the roads, using visible on Cape Kormakitis, but rather a few apparent cuteness and simple immovability to lonely old stone dwellings and a spindly, rusted extort bread or whatever’s going – really – from metal lighthouse on whose base someone has traveller pilgrims to the stately monastery near graffitied in fading vintage script: “The End”. the headland. With the blinding sun overhead, a
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Photo by Simon Busch
When time stood still
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Lifestyle / Travel
27 April 2017 Jewish News
Sedra: Tazria Metzora / Torah For Today / Orthodox Judaism
Torah For Today
What does the Torah say aboutâ€Ś Jewish Newsâ€™ 1,000th issue!
BY RABBI GARRY WAYLAND The focus of Tazria Metzora is, without doubt, the mysterious condition tzaraat. While historically identified with leprosy, this collection of discolourations of the skin, garments and even houses, defies traditional categorisation. Thus, explain our sages, this malady is primarily spiritual and miraculous and a physical manifestation of spiritual or moral failings, most notably lashon hara, evil speech. Many of the details are illuminated with this perspective: for example, the demand for the one afflicted to be excluded from the camp is an opportunity for self-reflection away from those he may have harmed and visits from Kohen are an opportunity for engagement with someone engaged with holiness. Sin divides communities, cuts people off from friends and isolates individuals. We understand how tzaarat, rooted in malicious behaviour towards others, brings isolation to the sinner. However, Kings II in the Haftarah tells a different story. Samaria is under siege by the King Ben-Hadad of Aram, leading to a catastrophic famine. As society is crumbling, the prophet Elisha predicts that soon matters will return to normal. We learn of four men stricken with tzaarat, outside the Israelite city, who weigh up their options. They decide to beg for food from the besieging Aramite army, only to discover the entire camp has been abandoned. We learn it is not only those from within who hold the key to salvation. Sometimes, it is those who we would least expect to rely upon â€“ the weak, the outcasts â€“ who are the ones that prove the most dependable.
ď ˇ Rabbi Garry Wayland is an educator with United Synagogue Living & Learning
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The first letter in the Hebrew alphabet, aleph, has a numerical value of one and has three different meanings in the Hebrew Language: â€œteachingâ€?, â€œcattleâ€? and â€œthousandsâ€?. The symbol for the first letter of the alphabet in ancient Hebrew is the horned head of an ox. The primeval desire to be blessed with wealth was expressed in being able to count heads of thousands of sheep and cattle. Thus, all three connotations of the letter â€œalephâ€? are connected. In the Torah, the maximum age for a human being was 1,000 years.
IN THE TORAH THE MAXIMUM AGE FOR A HUMAN BEING WAS 1,000 YEARS KOSHER TOURS
BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL
Rabbinic tradition teaches that Adam fell short of attaining this age because he donated 70 of his allotted years to David, the future king and prophet. Moses assigned a senior judge to every thousand persons to ensure that peace was kept in the Israelite camp. This meant that there were at least 1,200 such judges for the adult population of the Exodus. The Book of Psalms notes 1,000
years in human experience is logged as a passing daytime or evening in Divinely-recorded time. At the end of his life, Moses blessed Israel with a 1,000-fold blessing to the people and then qualified it by adding that God should bless them as per His word. The presumption is that 1,000 as a human blessing is limited, whereas Divine blessing is limitless. One thousand soldiers per tribe were conscripted to the ancient Israelite army, a ratio of one soldier to 120 citizens. Were that to be applied to modernday Israel, there would be only 50,000 soldiers serving in the Israeli army. In the event, almost half of Israelâ€™s population â€“ three million â€“ is the total fit for service at any one time. ď ľ Ariel Abel is rabbi of Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation and wrote the celebratory article for the 800th anniversary of Jewish News
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BY RABBI DANNY RICH The sixth-century Hebrew prophet, Ezekiel, is not a popular choice for Progressive Jews. Written in the metaphor of mystical visions, The Book of Ezekiel is so complex and lurid that some scholars conclude he must have been mentally disturbed. Ezekiel’s particular obsession with the ritual of the Temple in Jerusalem is of little relevance to adherents of Liberal Judaism, a movement that places its emphasis on the synagogue and has removed all priestly privileges and references to the sacrificial system from its liturgy. But perhaps the hardest part to understand is the Haftarah from Ezekiel 37, the valley of dry bones. This may have been a reflection upon the deaths of thousands of soldiers and civilians slain in the conquest of Jerusalem by the Babylonians, but has come to be understood by Jewish tradition as affirmation of physical life beyond the grave. From its earliest phase Liberal Judaism rejected the concepts of
physical resurrection, and the coming of a personal Messiah. Therefore, the metaphor of a valley of bones – which move and acquire sinew, flesh, skin and finally breath – appear at first to be an alienating one for the modern Liberal Jew. Yet perhaps, unwittingly, and from his place in the diaspora of Babylon, Ezekiel provides a vision for a diaspora post-Temple Judaism in which the breath of modernity is breathed into the dry bones of Jewish tradition. Thus the metaphor of the dry bones that come alive are not of a Jewish people restored in their ancestral land, but rather of a medieval Judaism revived by the light of modernity. A Liberal Judaism, if you will, preserving the best essence of traditional Judaism and uniting it with the enlightenment of modern scholarship for a revived, forwardlooking Jewish people.
Danny Rich is the senior rabbi of Liberal Judaism
BY RABBI BENJI STANLEY The sudden news of an election has taken us by surprise. People might wonder who to vote for and how to go beyond voting by contributing to change in society. Many of us are feeling not just election fatigue, but political fatigue from the Brexit referendum, division within our political parties, Trumpism and the rise of populism. Some of us might fear that we can do nothing. I sometimes want to tune out of all the talk. If we repeatedly find the world is out of our control, then why ask what we can do? Judaism offers much to overcome such fatigue. In Pirkei Avot 1:15, Shammai taught: “Make your Torah fixed, say little and do much, and
receive every person with a pleasant countenance.” I don’t want my attempts to contribute to society to be limited to voting and speaking about it. I’ll seek to be politically active. I do not want to speak instead of doing, but I will ask “what can we do?” and mean it. Second, we must take part in political conversations, however much we feel saturated or fatigued,
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and we must take part in these with a modest openness to learning, even to changing our minds. Judaism has a great tradition of conversation. In the Talmud, we hear the schools of Shammai and Hillel talked for three years about whose halachic convictions were right. We are told that both are right, but Hillel’s views win out because of the way his school had the conversation. They were “pleasant and modest, and taught the other side of the argument first”. We, too, can be pleasant and modest and learn from the other side. I want my vote, actions and words to contribute, however modestly, to a fairer society. The prophet Amos railed against using “a dishonest scale” and selling “the needy for a pair of shoes”. There is a Jewish imperative to vote and turning away from the political conversation is unacceptable. Benji Stanley is rabbi for young adults at the Movement for Reform Judaism
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Dear Carolyn My unmarried cousin has dementia and no children or surviving parents. He hasn’t made a will but has a substantial estate. Can anything be done? Martin Dear Martin I am very sorry to hear about your cousin’s health. Without a will, the rules of intestacy dictate who inherits his estate. Any siblings will share the estate, otherwise any nephews and nieces, down to the nearest surviving relatives, such as any cousins who are related to the same
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Dear Tania It is true there are many camps out there and, while a good camp is definitely good value for money, it can add up, especially if you are booking for more than one child, for more than one week. However, a good reputable camp can keep your children entertained in a safe, stimulating and dynamic environment. Your children can experience new things,
degree, would share equally. That could entail a lot of time and expense tracing relatives. However, it sounds too late for your cousin to make a will. You can apply to the Court of Protection to make a statutory will for him through a Court-approved solicitor. Court and solicitor’s fees apply and you will be asked to provide details of any relatives who may be entitled to a share in the estate. As with an intestacy, some of your cousin’s estate may end up in the hands of people he is not close to or even does not know at all. A statutory will may still be the lesser of two evils. Your cousin’s story shows how important it is for all of us to put our affairs in order and make a will while we can, with professional help from experts such as KKL.
make new friends, learn new skills, and have the most amount of fun. Our camps are extremely popular and it is amazing to see how much children can learn and gain in just one week. Children also come home exhausted from jam-packed days, making supper and bedtime a lot easier, too. It is good you are considering this now, as many camps offer fantastic early bird prices and this could work out cheaper than hiring a qualified nanny for the day, plus your children will be stimulated with better activities than the television and iPads.
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MGBSFL, MASTERS & LIONS HERTFORDSHIRE SENIOR LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
CYRIL ANEKSTEIN CUP FINAL
London Lions A 2 Redbridge A 1
MMFL/MGBSFL INVITATIONAL TROPHY QUARTER-FINAL
Temple Fortune 3 Raiders Masters 3 Raiders won 4-3 on penalties)
PREMIER DIVISION Camden Park 3 SPEC FC 1
P W D L F Dif Pts Oakwood A 18 14 3 1 54 39 45 Redbridge A 16 13 1 2 78 59 40 Hendon United A 17 12 1 4 55 32 37 London Lions A 18 11 1 6 40 2 34 NL Raiders A 17 10 2 5 65 45 32 Brady Maccabi 18 7 1 10 40 -7 22 Camden Park 18 5 2 11 25 -14 17 FC Team A 18 5 1 12 38 -41 16 Woodford 18 2 3 13 17 -41 9 SPEC FC 18 1 1 16 14 -74 4 jewishnews.co.uk/mgbsfl-prem-div-table/
NL Raiders B 6 Finchley City 4 P Redbridge B (C) 17 London Lions B (P) 18 Scrabble 18 NL Raiders B 18 Finchley City FC 17 Oakwood B 17 Los Blancos 18 Faithfold A 18 Athletic Bilbaum 17 Hendon United B 18
W 15 12 12 9 9 7 6 4 4 1
D 1 3 2 4 2 3 0 2 1 0
L 1 3 4 5 6 7 12 12 12 17
F 54 55 47 51 48 41 34 31 18 15
Dif Pts 38 46 28 39 18 38 12 31 6 29 9 24 -10 18 -19 14 -33 13 -49 3
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D L F Dif Pts 2 2 108 79 77 2 8 81 31 53 6 7 70 22 51 3 9 71 20 51 6 8 69 33 48 7 7 73 14 46 5 11 43 -10 44 4 11 40 4 37 3 15 56 -4 36 4 14 63 -11 34 4 15 53 -15 34 6 14 56 -8 33 3 16 58 -24 33 4 17 46 -35 25 4 17 41 -57 25 7 20 31 -39 16
MMFL BOND MANAGEMENT DIV 1 P WD 14 11 2 14 8 2 12 8 1 15 5 2 13 3 2 14 1 1
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RESULTS Watford Friendly League U16 – Maccabi London Lions White 1 AEK Youth 4 U15 – Alex Park South 4 Maccabi London Lions Blue 2 U14 – Maccabi London Lions White 1 St Albans City South 0, Maccabi London Lions 3 Edmonton Rangers 2 U13 – Whetstone Wanderers 5 Maccabi London Lions White 2, Bushey Rangers 2 Maccabi London Lions Blue 5 U12 – Maccabi London Lions Blue 2 Whetstone Wanderers 4, Maccabi London Lions Green 3 Oaklands 6 Spring Plate Semi-Final – NWLJ 4 Whetstone Wanderers Jaguars 3
SUNDAY’S MGBSFL FIXTURES Premier Division: Redbridge A vs NL Raiders A Division One: Finchley City vs Oakwood B Redbridge B vs Athletic Bilbaum
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St John’s Wood Tigers 5 EDRS 2
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on target. Player-manager Avi Markiewicz said: “We controlled the game from start to finish, scored some lovely team goals and really played beautiful football. ” Hertswood Vale came away from Redbridge C with a 6-0 win. Harry Graham and Josh Gorb scored two each, with Elio Elia and Josh Cohen also both on target. Vale’s Jacob Emanuel said: “Another fantastic victory, the fifth in our last seven games and a second consecutive clean sheet.” NL Raiders Masters became the first team to book their place in the semi-finals of the MMFL/ MGBSFL Invitational Trophy after they beat MGBSFL Division Two side Temple Fortune on penalties. Tony Plaskow’s 25-yard strike three minutes from time sent the tie to spot kicks, which Raiders won 4-3. Gideon Wetrin and Paul Lenchner also got on the scoresheet for Raiders, with Brett Stead’s double and Jordan Sharifian replying for Fortune.
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NL Raiders B ended their Division One campaign in third spot after beating Finchley City in a 10-goal thriller. Jono Rochwerger, Elad Hertshten, Alex Goodman, Jacob Gold, Jake Gilbert and Rob Benson all scored in a 6-4 win. Manager Jonathan Adelman said: “This was a nice win to end the season, we scored some good goals and played some lovely passing football. It’s much better going in to the summer on the back of a win and the boys are already looking forward to challenging Scrabble for the title next season” Division Two champions L’Equipe ended their campaign on a winning note as they beat Real Hendon 3-1 in a win which sees them finish eight points clear at the top of the table. James Bell, David Prager and Jon Kay were all on target for Nick Stern’s men. RC UK FC moved up to third spot thanks to a 7-2 win at RC UK FC. Jonti Aremband helped himself to a hat-trick, Akiva Solomon scored twice, with Avi Mocton and David Brown also
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Jake Gilbert scored one of Raiders B’s six goals
Cup final controversy after Lions field ineligible player Maccabi Masters League officials have confirmed they’re to investigate after finding out that one of Maccabi London Lions B’s players who starred in their 6-0 cup final win last week was ineligible to play. The Rowley Lane side beat St John’s Wood Tigers in the final of the Nathan Horwitz Division Two Cup final, but it has since been established that Lions fielded an ineligible player. MMFL Chairman Stuart Lustigman said: “We’ve been investigating the matter with the full co-operation of Maccabi London Lions and it appears one of their players had not played the requisite number of matches in order to qualify to play in the final. “The League’s Management Committee is considering what action will be taken, and a further statement is expected to be issued in the next few days.” The Tigers were victorious in the league on Sunday, as Jason Bentley’s double, along with strikes from Paul Herszaft, Daryl Lazarus and an own goal saw them beat EDRS 5-2.
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5 JONTI AREMBAND
9 ROB BENSON
2 GIDEON CALLER
6 JOSH GORB
10 HARRY GRAHAM
3 ASHLEY HIRSCHBERGER
7 ADAM ARNOLD
4 ALEX TAYLOR
8 BRETT STEAD
MACCABI LONDON LIONS A The Mexican was brilliant between the sticks, pulling off several fines stops which led to Lions’ dramatic late win
1 DAVID SACAL
RC UK FC Played more as a left winger than leftback, was never caught out and was always an outlet
HERTSWOOD VALE Started the game at right-back, putting in some crunching tackles, before moving to centre-back
MACCABI LONDON LIONS A Brilliant at the back for Lions, rocksolid for the Rowley Lane side as they won the Cyril Anekstein Cup
RC UK FC Brilliant offensive performance at fullback – perfectly illustrated by scoring a hat-trick
HERTSWOOD VALE First-half sub. Scored two well-taken goals, moved back to left-back where he claimed another two assists
MACCABI LONDON LIONS A Brilliant in the middle for the Lions, helped stave off Redbridge attacks, was key to his side’s win at Wingate
TEMPLE FORTUNE Solid showing, scored twice in three minutes, though it wasn’t enough to prevent his side’s exit from cup
NORTH LONDON RAIDERS B Scored and put in a superb cross to grab an assist for Jake Gilbert’s goal as Raiders claimed thrilling win HERTSWOOD VALE Took his tally to nine goals in ten games and was unlucky not to grab a hat-trick when he hit the woodwork
11 PAUL LENCHNER
NL RAIDERS MASTERS A guest player for the side – and made his impact, scoring to help them into the semi-finals
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DAVID SACAL MACCABI LONDON LIONS A
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Lions on a high!
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Last-minute winner seals thrilling cup final win against Redbridge
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A dramatic last-minute strike from Adam Burchell saw London Lions A beat Redbridge A in a controversial Cyril Anekstein Cup final at Wingate & Finchley. The winner in their 2-1 victory set off wild scenes of celebrations for the Rowley Lane side, though Redbridge were left frustrated at not only the result, but felt several decisions went against them which contributed to the loss. Admitting the game won’t live long in the memory, Lions assistant manager Will Beresford said: “It wasn’t a game for the football purists. It was physical and committed and it was difficult for the referee, but he along with his officials were on top of things and did well to control some aggressive incidents in both halves. “We set out to be resilient and hard to break down. We were always confident that as long as we didn’t concede early, our attacking players would take their chances. We scored two excep-
London Lions players and managers celebrate their Cyril Anekstein Cup win
tional goals and this match showed that possession doesn’t win you games – that’s something we’ve learnt this season.” Zack Neiman had drawn Redbridge level after Adam Arnold’s lob had given the Lions a first half lead. Pleased his side were able to win some silverware this season, manager Ryan Springer added:
“We’re delighted to have something to show for our effort this season. The boys have been wonderful and deserve to enjoy their moment.” Redbridge manager Jon Jacobs was proud of his side’s performance, though wasn’t so praiseworthy towards the officials. He said: “I thought we had more than enough to win and I’m so proud of all the boys and the effort they put in.
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They will have to use this defeat as motivation for the remaining two games of the season. “We needed to have been out of sight in this game to win, but credit to Lions who stuck to their game plan and took their chances. This game will rankle in east London for years to come, but we will take this bitter pill and use it to go and win the Premier Division and bring some deserved silverware back to Redbridge. “The only negative note for me was the officiating. I thought that when it came to 50-50 decisions, we didn’t get the rub of the green.” He did though offer his congratulations to Lions, saying: “I’m very disappointed with the outcome of today’s game, but am magnanimous in defeat to a team that took their chances where we didn’t.”
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