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World renowned educators… Dr Tovah Lichtenstein “…to double business bound”: Reflections on Living a Torah Life in the Modern World Leading a Torah life at the same time as being involved in the world around us requires fine tuning. Dr Lichtenstein’s insightful talk will present a retrospective look at her experiences (and those of other women) over the years – the challenges, satisfactions and frustrations that are endemic to being “double business bound”. She will attempt to assess the cultural, sociological, and religious changes that have affected women’s Torah observance and knowledge over the years. Esther Wachsman In Sorrow and in Joy: A Mother’s Reflections Esther’s son, Nachshon, was kidnapped and killed by Hamas in 1994. Another of Esther’s sons, Rafael, was born with Down’s Syndrome. Hear Esther tell her inspirational story of determination and love. Yael Leibowitz The Geopolitical Impact of the Female Voice Yael’s shiur will address the scope and import of women’s voices in Tanakh, and how the motif of song serves as an important metaphor for our understanding of women’s prominent role in Biblical Society.

Ma’aleh Film School’s Katie Green in conversation with Joanne Greenaway Facilitated by Raisel Freedman Screening of ‘Willingly’ an acclaimed short film which deals with the challenges of the Jewish divorce process, followed by a fascinating conversation on the issues it raises. Lea Taragin-Zeller Modesty for Heaven’s Sake Are the Torah laws of Tzniut (modesty) a reflection of a woman’s relationship with men, or her relationship with God? Come and listen to Lea’s thought-provoking research on this topic. Ma’ayanot: Joanne Greenaway, Shoshana Landau and Raisel Freedman Does Female Torah Leadership Work? Meet some of the participants on the Chief Rabbi’s Ma’ayan Programme through a lively discussion on a woman’s role in the Orthodox community. Chava Erlanger-Rosenzweig and Nechama Atlas Creativity and Judaism – Contradictory or Complementary? See and experience a passage of Torah expressed through Chava’s art and take the opportunity to create your own unique piece of Jewish art.




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The Best of British Eleven Holocaust survivors honoured by the Queen

Eleven Holocaust survivors and a 101-year old Jewish war veteran have been recognised for their “tireless dedication to tell their story” in this year’s New Year’s Honours List, writes Adam Decker. The roll-call for MBEs – Members of the Order of the British Empire – for services to Holocaust educations are survivors Bernd Koschland, 86; Joan Salter, 77; Dr Martin Adam Stern, 79; and Hannah Lewis, 80. Sunderland-based centenarian Lt. Col. Mordaunt Cohen, the most senior surviving Jewish officer who served in the Second World War, said he was “deply humbled” to have been awarded an MBE. Meanwhile, Medallist of the Order of the British Empire include the community’s leading lights such as Chaim ‘Harry’ Olmer, 90, from Mill Hill; Harry Bibring, 93; Harry Spiro, 88; Josef Perl, 87; Freda Wineman, 94; Leslie Kleinman, 88; and Janine Webber, 85. Holocaust education chiefs were thrilled with the honours, saying it recognises survivors’ wish to help the younger generation understand the horrors of what they experienced. “These honours recognise the significant time and effort these survivors and educators have spent furthering understanding of the Holocaust and genocide,” said Olivia Marks-Woldman, chief executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. “Their tireless work has inspired thousands of people across the country on Holocaust Memorial Day

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and throughout the year.” Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said her organisation was “immensely proud” to see several survivors honoured by the Queen “as they so rightly deserve”. She added: “Their tireless dedication to tell their story, reliving their most horrific moments, in order to educate the next generation, is extraordinary. A huge mazeltov to all recipients… They are all our heroes.” For the last two decades, Chaim ‘Harry’ Olmer has shared his experience of being a prisoner at Buchenwald, Schleiben and Theresienstadt camps before successfully restarting his life in the UK. Josef Perl survived seven Nazi camps and has had 30,000 letters sent to him by schoolchildren he has spoken to, while others, such as Harry Bibring and Bernd Koschland, escaped to Britain on the Kindertransport in 1939. Bibring’s mother was later killed at Sobibor while Koschland’s father was deported to Dachau on Kristalnacht. Among those “over the moon” to receive a New Year’s Honour was Harry Spiro, who was the only member of his family to survive the Holocaust, after being imprisoned at Buchenwald and liberated at Theresienstadt. “It means so much to me, to my family, children and grandchildren,” he said this week. Reflecting on his visit to schools, and how his own Continued on page 7


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News / Middle East aid / Socialist expulsions/ Ofsted criticism

Trump threat to scrap aid to Palestinians Donald Trump has appeared to threaten to cut off US aid money to the Palestinian Authority, saying Palestinians are not interested in making peace with Israel. The president asked why the US should make “any of these massive future payments” when the Palestinians are “no longer willing to talk”. Trump, in a pair of tweets posted on Tuesday evening, said the US pays “the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. “They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue... peace treaty with Israel,” he wrote. Trump infuriated Palestinians

and Muslims across the Middle East when he announced late last year that the US would consider Jerusalem the capital of Israel and move its embassy there, upending decades of US policy and igniting protests. While the Palestinians have not closed the door to a potential deal with Israel, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said the announcement had destroyed Trump’s credibility as a Middle East peace broker, calling the decision “a declaration of withdrawal from the role it has played in the peace process”. Tuesday’s tweets mark a tacit

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Protest group halved Ofsted’s ‘attack on following expulsions religious freedom’ A socialist protest group set up by prominent former Labour Party members now accused of anti-Semitism have voted to expel half their number – on the grounds of anti-Semitism. Labour Against the Witchhunt (LAW), comprising members suspended or expelled from Labour for antiSemitism, voted to kick out a further sub-group supportive of controversial Israeli-born author Gilad Atzmon. LAW includes former Momentum vice-chair Jackie Walker, Marxist Tony Greenstein and Marc Wadsworth, a campaigner accused of smearing Jewish MP Ruth

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RABBI ARRESTED IN FRAUD CASE A rabbi who heads an investment firm’s office in Manchester was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit fraud. Benji Silverstone of HBFS Wealth Management, has worked for the firm for nearly five years. A spokesman for HBFS declined to comment on the arrest. Police have already arrested managing director Freddy David on suspicion of fraud and money laundering. HBFS customers are advised to check the status of investments made through HBFS.

EX-BEATLE WILL PLAY IN TEL AVIV Sir Ringo Starr will perform this summer in Israel, more than 50 years after the nation’s government stopped the legendary Beatles from performing there. The upcoming tour for the ex-Beatle drummer’s group Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band includes a concert in Tel Aviv on 23 June. In 1966, at the height of the band’s success, the Israeli Government said the band could “negatively influence” the country’s youth. It later apologised for the decision.

BBC drama accused of ‘gratuitous’ Israel slur The BBC was this week accused of promoting “gratuitous slurs” against an Israeli character in its new prime-time series McMafia. UK Lawyers for Israel has taken issue with the Beeb’s portrayal of shady Israeli businessman and politician Semiyon Kleiman, played by actor David Strathairn, who pushes ahead with plans for a multi-million floating casino off the coast of Eilat in the new drama. On Facebook on Tuesday, one day after the first of eight episodes aired, the lawyers’ group said McMafia “uses gratuitous slurs against Israeli businessmen and makes references to Israel which aren’t mentioned in the original book by Mischa Glenny”. UKLFI further said the programme makers “distort” the motto of Israel’s external intelligence agency Mossad, translated as “by deception

The opening episode featured a traditional Jewish funeral

(sic) we will do war”. Mossad’s actual motto comes from Proverbs, 24.6, the lawyers say. “It says ‘for by wise guidance you can wage your war.’ The use of the word ‘deception’ in substitute for the words ‘wise guidance’ attacks the integrity of Mossad and insinuates that Israel officially sanctions deception in its intelligence activities.”

The eight-part programme is the creation of award-winning scriptwriters James Watkins and Hossein Amini and is co-produced by the BBC, AMC and Cuba Pictures, in association with Twickenham Studios. It delves deep into the world of organised crime and follows the story of Alex Goodman, played by actor James Norton, the English-

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raised son of Russian exiles with a mafia history. Filming took place partly in the beaches and nightclubs of Tel Aviv, following Strathairn’s portrayal of Kleiman, who the BBC describes as “a well-connected Israeli businessman with a twinkle in his eye that betrays deeper secrets”. Kleiman is a Member of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, and has recently been given the go-ahead by the Israeli Court of Arbitration for his floating casino, after a panel unanimously and surprisingly overturns two previous decisions banning it. Norton’s character decides to ask Kleiman for investment in his failing fund, and is introduced in a basement, but Kleiman’s depiction has angered UKLFI, with lines such as: “Don’t worry about the bombs, my friends at the IDF warned me.”


BLACKPOOL NAZI IN RACE HATE TRIAL A self-confessed Nazi stirred up hatred against Jews and said they need “to be eradicated”, a jury has heard. The 22-yearold man from Lancashire, who cannot be named, is accused of breaching the Public Order Act by using abusive or insulting words or behaviour. The man was filmed in Blackpool in 2016 saying: “The refugee problem is part of a bigger problem. It’s a symptom of a disease, international Jewry.” The defendant denies the allegations.

GROENING, 96, MUST SERVE PRISON TERM Germany’s highest court has ruled that a 96-year-old former Auschwitz guard should serve his prison sentence for his role in the murder of 300,000 Hungarian Jews at the concentration camp. Oskar Groening was convicted and sentenced in 2015 to four years in jail for his role in the murders. A federal appeals court rejected his appeal a year ago. He had remained free while waiting for a determination of his fitness to serve time in prison. [JTA]


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with panelists including Stella his year’s 37th Limmud united Creasy, MP for Walthamstow, thousands of participants – and John Mann MP aged four months to 96 years for Bassetlaw and old – from 38 countries chairman of including Israel, Mexico Overheard at the All-Party and Russia, in a celebraLimmud... Parliamentary tion of Jewish culture, Group on writes Clare Hedwat. We dated when I Antisemitism. In a snowy Birmingham, Israelis Limmudniks enjoyed a was 16. You don’t welcomed by conference including more remember? Limmmud also than 1,000 panels, workshops included Aliza and performances. Lavie, Knesset During a rich programme with more Member and influthan 600 presenters, participants could ential civil rights campaigner, spend the morning learning Talmud, the afternoon understanding American Jewish and Yahya Mahamid, an Israeli voting patterns and the evening at a joyous Arab from Umm al-Fahm, raised to hate Jews and now Israeli dance party. an Israel educator. Key themes included LGBT, multiRacheli Sprecher culturalism and Israeli Fraenkel, a Yoetzet society and politics. A Halachah contemporary take Overheard at (certified covered sessions Limmud... adviser for on #Metoo in women the Tanach, on family anti- Semitism Q: Where are you purity), in politics and going now? also on campus and A: Mea Shearim joined the Syrian refugees. to Harvard festival. She Some of the is one of the more edgy offerfounders of The ings included 50 Shades Jerusalem Unity of Great: Exploring Jewish sexuality, a Prize, for which Limmud session with a tattoo was a 2017 recipient in recognition artist who supplies Jews all over the of its promotion of Jewish unity. world with Hebrew calligraphy designs For the first time, the event provided and the opportunity to meet a Jewish space to discuss brit milah, miscarriage drag queen. and infertility, in sessions designed to In what was acknowledged as a theme now sadly standard at Limmud, anti-Semi- provide a welcoming space to share difficult personal stories. tism in the Labour Party was addressed

Clockwise from top: Limmud participants during a session, taking part in havdallah, and two of the younger attendees

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unique ability to In a continuation of Limmud... convene Jews of Limmud’s emphasis on every persuasion diversity, the excluYou didn’t hold the and age to engage sion of women, door for me. That’s in respectful LGBT, and not very ‘Limmud dialogue the imporOverheard at and tant of Limmud... debate in a disability incluwelcoming, nonsion were notable judgmental environment.” themes. When’s Christmas? This was the fifth Limmud Is it today ortomorrow? consecutive year that Limmud chairman David Or have I missed it?” has welcomed more than 2,500 Hoffman said: people during the festival. “We are proud of our


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Shalit prisoner exchange has Anti-Semitism scandal has ‘strengthened Israeli society’ ‘endangered Labour’s soul’ The parents of Gilad Shalit paid tribute to the “solidarity of the Jewish community from all over the world” in supporting them during their son’s incarceration, writes Clare Hedwat. Noam Shalit, who attended Limmud with wife Aviva, concluded his presentation in hesitant English, saying: “We are grateful to Jewish communities worldwide. Thank you for helping us bring Gilad home.” Shalit told Jewish News: “It’s been six years since Gilad was release and journalists call us all the time to give interviews and make comments. We keep saying that we are trying to get away from the media, in front of Israel and the public. This cause became the biggest in Israel, until the social justice protests of 2011. Now we want to live in the Western Galilee. We want to be as quiet as possible.” Aviva added: “This is the price we pay – on the bus, on the train. We are recognised. But this happened to us. We had no choice. People want a postmortem of why it happened but I don’t want it.” Asked how they maintained hope while Gilad remained a prisoner of Hamas in Gaza for more than 1,900 days, Noam says: “We didn’t have a choice. We didn’t know if he was alive. There was a constant debate if he was living. Every day we got different news.” After seven months, the family received a note in what they recognised as Gilad’s handwriting, which confirmed to them their son was alive. They found themselves in a PR battle with the Israeli government. Benjamin Netanyahu would later comment that the decision to cut a deal on the exchange of prisoners was “among the most difficult I have made”. Noam says the fear that the prisoner

Noam and Aviva Shalit, parents of Gilad and, inset, Noam with Gilad and Benjamin Netanyahu immediately after his release

exchange would resume acts of terror, was unfounded. The process strengthened societal values, the sanctity of life, the imperative of freeing the captive. It made, he argues, Israel better. “Bibi would release messages to frighten the public,” said Noam, “releasing prisoners would start another intifada, a new wave of terror, buses would explode in the streets. He said he had to consider all the options for the people of Israel and their security, he couldn’t only consider the interests of Gilad.” After his release, Gilad fulfilled his dream of studying economics and is now working in Discount Bank in Tel Aviv. Noam says: “He is well, we see that he survived his ordeal. He tried to reclaim the years of captivity.” “For us its an enigma,” adds Aviva. “It was something inside of him, his strength and resilience, that he had, even before he was a soldier. The psychologist said she didn’t know where he got it from. The doctors were afraid to let him go out so quickly, they wanted him to do it in stages, but he wanted to travel, to go to basketball games, to the sea. He looks forward. He got on his bike and pedaled towards the sun. It’s a miracle.”

support the Labour Party One of the community’s as ‘change-makers’, and main allies in the battle echoed Mann’s calls for against anti-Semitism Livingstone’s expulsion. in the Labour Party has She spoke of her “desrepeated his call for the perate concern” about expulsion of Ken Livanti-Semitism in the ingstone, writes Clare party, adding that “there Hedwat. isn’t an elephant in the Speaking at Limmud, room, there is a zoo”. John Mann MP told the “Unless we are honest audience there was no Stella Creasy with Jeremy Newmark with ourselves that this place in the party for the has become a problem, we will not be able to former London mayor. The Bassetlaw MP confronted the former advance the causes we stand for, let alone win the mayor calling him a ‘Nazi apologist’, after Living- elections. There is anti-Semitism within Labour and we must stamp it out.” stone claimed Hitler had ‘supported Zionism’. Lansman stressed that there was “no place In 2017, a disciplinary panel extended Livingstone’s suspension from the party for bringing it for people who talk about Zionist conspiracies in into disrepute, but failed to expel him, angering Labour”, but insisted that “you don’t have to be the community. Mann challenged the commu- a Zionist to support Israel’s right to exist. There nity to continue to fight anti-Semitism, adding are plenty of Jews who are non or post Zionists in our community”. He insisted “Jeremy Corbyn is that the issue “endangers the soul of the party”. Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow, also trying to avoid any sense of favouritism when he spoke at Limmud, contributing to a panel dis- speaks of all kinds of racism – but I also wish he cussion alongside Jon Lansman, founder of pro- would address anti-Semitism directly”. Newmark, who gave evidence into LivingJeremy Corbyn campaign group Momentum, Rhea Wolfson, who is on the Labour National stone’s remarks about Hitler, said: “If Jewish Executive Committee, Jeremy Newmark, Labour members didn’t have to spend so much national chair of the Jewish Labour Movement, time fighting anti-Semitism, most would be engaged in building a more robust response to and chaired by Andrew Gilbert. Creasy called on the Jewish community to Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli policy”.



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CAMPUS CENSORSHIP WARNING Community leaders this week backed Jo Johnson’s Limmud warning against “no-platform policies” that stifle free speech, writes Debbie Ferrer. In his speech, the universities minister (pictured) warned about the dangers of shielding students from differing views under the banner of “safe spaces”. He said campus should be a “vibrant freetrading marketplace that opens minds, not closes them, where ideas can be freely challenged”. “In universities in America and, worryingly in the UK, we have seen examples of groups seeking to stifle those who do not agree with them. “We must not allow this to happen. Young people should have the resilience and confidence to challenge controversial opinions and take part in open, frank and rigorous discussions. That is why the new regulator, the Office For Students, will go even further to ensure that universities promote freedom of speech within the law.” Under government proposals, universities failing to protect free speech could face fines. Marie van der Zyl, vice president of the Board

of Deputies, said: “We welcome Jo Johnson’s stand. Over the last couple of years Jewish students have been subjected to the most outrageous abuse and intimidation when seeking to discuss Israel, including when they are discussing the routes to peace. This must urgently change.” Johnson added: “Academics and students alike must not allow a culture to take hold where silence is preferable to a dissenting voice. If we want our universities to thrive, we must defend the liberal values of freedom of speech and diversity of opinion on which they depend.” Johnson’s comments come amid an ongoing debate about free speech at universities, and a number of reports of speakers being censored. Writers that have been criticised and even banned on campus include Germaine Greer and human rights activist Peter Thatchell, while at University College London, pro-Israel students were barricaded into a room by demonstrators, protesting a talk by Israeli writer Hen Mazzig.





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Special report / Limmud FSU in Eilat

There’s Eilat to love about being Jewish! More than 2,000 young Jewish professionals gathered in the Israeli Red Sea resort for the latest Limmud FSU conference The port city of Odessa on the Black Sea was one of the main cities in which the Jews lived and flourished in the 19th and 20th centuries. It was the spiritual, literary and Zionist inspiration for generations of Jewish writers and thinkers, including Ze’ev Jabotinsky, Chaim Nachman Bialik, Ahad Ha’am and many more. There was an inevitable comparison this week – not in Odessa and not the Black Sea – but in Eilat on the Red Sea. The two port cities, one in Ukraine and one in Israel, shared at least for a long weekend a flourishing of the Jewish heritage, when 2,000 Russian-speaking Jews descended on the city for an orgy of Jewish experience and culture run by educational organisation Limmud FSU. The 10th Limmud FSU Israel festival featured hundreds of lectures, workshops, presentations and discussions by leading figures, including businessman and philanthropist Aaron Frenkel, the president of Limmud FSU, CEO and executive vice president of the World Jewish Congress Robert Singer, Chairman of “HaMachane HaTzioni” Avi Gabbay, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel David Lau, Member of Knesset Yair Lapid, and Likud party member Gideon Saar. Also present were singers Shlomi Shaban and Marina Maximilian, who performed at the opening ceremony, Professor Zeev Khanin, Holocaust survivor Shlomo Perel and theatre director Mark Rozovsky from Moscow. Among others was Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, who came to Eilat especially to honour his mentor, Rabbi Menachem Hacohen, and to open a Limmud FSU exhibition on the rabbi and his career. Hacohen is the 87-year-old “Rabbi of Limmud FSU” and has enjoyed a long career in a variety of positions, including Chief Chaplain in the Israel Navy, rabbi of the moshav movement, member

A Limmud FSU Israel session in action in Eilat

of the Knesset and Chief Rabbi of Romania – and, incidentally, the rabbi who officiated at the barmitzvah and later the wedding of Lieut. Gen. Gantz. The special exhibition was curated by his son, professor Aviad Hacohen, president of Sha’arei Mishpat Academic Centre. “Over the past decade, we truly have made a huge impact in Russian-Jewish community in Israel, which is one of the biggest communities in the country,” said Limmud FSU founder Chaim Chesler. “We’re extremely excited to come back once again to Eilat, one of the world’s most beautiful resort cities, to celebrate our 10th anniversary in Israel with 2,000 young participants, our devoted team of talented volunteers, leading Israeli public figures and dozens of well-known lecturers and experts.”

Alexandra, 30, one of the first-time participants at the event, said: “I was truly amazed by the spirit of volunteerism here. “There are some wonderful people at this event, who devoted months of their life to make Limmud happen, and they’re always so happy to help and to assist every participant. It shouldn’t be taken for granted”. Festival supporters and partners include Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, Genesis Philanthropy Group, Claims Conference, World Jewish Congress, Sapir Center for Jewish Culture, Education Israel Way and Peres Centre for Peace and Innovation. Limmud FSU Israel in Eilat was made possible thanks to its devoted volunteers team, led by Rina Zaslavsky, chair of the programme committee, Inna Byshevskaya, chair of the volunteers’ committee and Limmud FSU

Israel project manager Yan Birbraer. Among the distinguished guests at the Limmud FSU annual conference in Israel, was also World Jewish Congress CEO and executive vice president Robert Singer. During his interview session with RussianIsraeli journalist Lena Lagutina on Friday, he said Israel was not taking sufficient advantage of “the reservoir of potential” offered by olim from the former Soviet Union. “Israel failed to do this in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, and continues to fail at it today,” Singer said. The World Jewish Congress (WJC)is the leading umbrella organisation of Jewish communities around the world and Singer has worked with it since May 2013. Prior to joining the WJC, Singer served for 14 years as the director general and CEO of World ORT, one of the world’s largest non-governmental education and training providers. “We aren’t taking full advantage of this reservoir of capabilities and potential… there is still much work to be done,” Singer said, adding that part of the problem with olim absorption in Israel is that they are not given enough incentive to stay. “Israel must invest more in education and creating opportunities to keep those who came here en masse and can now find themselves anywhere in the world.” During the interview, Singer also encouraged olim from the former Soviet Union to increase their participation in political life. “One of the greatest mistakes made by my generation,” said Singer, who immigrated to Israel from Ukraine in 1972, “is that we didn’t want to influence politics… in retrospect, that wave of immigration brought so many talented people, who were just trying to survive. “I want to tell them, and you, that your active participation in Israel’s civil and political life is critical.”

participants who came to experience the One of the most prominent participants extraordinary project – was sure what in the Limmud FSU conference in the future [would] hold. Eilat was a large and overwhelming “One thing was clear to all of us presence called Aaron Frenkel. – it was the beginning of a major The Limmud FSU president is breakthrough in everything related convinced it is a phenomenal sucto the Jewish identity of Jews from cess, not just because of the number the former Soviet Union, wherever of participants in its various events they may be. and festivals, but because of the “Whether in the CIS [Comnature of its core aims. Limmud FSU President monwealth of Independent Frenkel spoke on behalf of Aaron Frenkel States] countries, North America, Limmud FSU leadership in the opening ceremony. He said: “I still remember the Australia, Israel, and anywhere else where the first Limmud FSU event in Moscow in 2006. It Jewish people were located following the fall of was an innovative and exciting start-up, and none the Iron Curtain.” He added that if they continued to succeed as of us – the founding donors, the volunteers, or the

values. Successful people take everythey did, “we will bring with us the spirit, thing they can from the world, as the pride and the Jewish brotherhood opposed to people with values, that to more and more places around give everything to the world.” the globe, thereby making a signifiRegarding the particular succant and invaluable contribution to cess of the project in Israel, Frenkel the unity of Israel and the Jewish said: “There are more than 2,000 people”. Russian-speaking Israelis and their Frenkel also emphasised the families here with us today. They all importance of preserving the spirit of a came here to feel the sense of “togethstart-up and “not to enter into permaRobert Singer erness”, to experience, to learn, to nence, and built-in standards”. He added: “We have to preserve this spirit broaden horizons and to join together to look into and keep on innovating and learning all the time. the future of the Jewish people, out of a shared Albert Einstein once said, while addressing the sense of identity, unity of destiny, and in pursuit graduates of UCLA, that he wishes everyone of common values for every Jew wherever he or not only to be successful, but to be a person with she may be”.

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Queen’s New Year’s Honours / News

Kvell of a start to 2018! Continued from page 1 experiences meant he wasn’t able to go to school, he added: “I couldn’t ask for more.” Another highly respected Jewish community leader to be recognised for her work with an MBE was Jewish Volunteering Network (JVN) boss Leonie Lewis, but the roll of honour was broadly dominated by the older

Leonie Lewis

generation. Among the oldest was 94-year-old Freda Wineman, who survived four camps, including Auschwitz-Birkenau, and whose story

was featured on TV show Blue Peter. Another to have survived Auschwitz is Leslie Kleinman, who came to the UK as one of ‘the boys’, the group of 732 refugee children – mainly boys – who fled Europe after the war. “Who would have thought that Leslie Kleinman, from a small village in Poland who had nothing, would get such an award?” he reflected this week. “I’ve always loved Britain and the Queen so I was excited. My mother would have been so proud and happy. We are all the same, we are all humans.” Likewise there were awards for Joan Salter, who escaped Vichy France, and Janine Webber, who survived the Holocaust by hiding in Poland using false papers and working undercover. “This has really come as a surprise,” said Webber this week. “It is so important to both me and my family. I owe it to the many people who did not survive.” Dr Martin Stern, who was only a child at the outbreak of war, but nev-

ertheless survived both Westerbork and Theresienstadt camps, was honoured alongside Hannah Lewis, who survived the war in a labour camp in the village of Adampol. Others receiving an award from the Queen survived not the Holocaust but brutal fighting in south-east Asia, with Lt. Col. Mordaunt Cohen – now 101 – commanding Muslim troops in Burma, before returning to Britain for a half-century working with the Association of Jewish Refugees, of which he is a past chair. “When I was commanding troops many miles from here, in very tough conditions, never did I imagine that aged 101 I would receive such an honour,” said the Sunderland man. “As the years go by, there are less of us around to tell our story. As a British Jewish veteran, I’m especially proud of the immense contribution made by the 60,000 Jewish soldiers who served our country in the Second World War. I dedicate this award to the soldiers who didn’t come home.” JVN director Lewis received her

Hannah Lewis

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MBE for more than three decades of service to the Jewish community. She also holds key roles with a variety of organisations and charities, including being co-chair of United Synagogue Women. She said: “I’m honoured and proud. I have always felt it important to fully participate in local activities.” Lilian Hochhauser was handed a CBE for services to the arts and cultural relations. For the past 60 years, in partnership with her husband Victor Hoch-

hauser CBE, she has been responsible for presenting major artists from the world of classical music, ballet and opera, including Yehudi Menuhin, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim and many others. Adrian Jacobs from Hendon, who received the British Empire Medal for his work building relations between the Metropolitan Police and local Jewish community, said the recognition was “a real honour both for me personally and the community in general”.

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Homeless help/ Road rage / Poster vandalism / News

Four sets of siblings launch initiative to help homeless Four pairs of Jewish siblings from Barnet created a snowball effect across the Jewish community this week after a chance encounter with a homeless man by one of them led to a wave of support for shelters across the borough. Josh Adley from Finchley said he was asked by an elderly homeless man outside Barnet Everyman before Christmas whether he knew of any hostels or shelters nearby. He filled in the Streetlink form for outreach support and, with his sister Tasha, searched online for local shelters, but found that most required referrals, so could only advise the man of a centre run by Homeless Action in Barnet where he could have breakfast the next morning. He said he bought the man dinner that night and later filled his car with warm clothes and blankets and went out looking for him, but to no avail. By then, however, the encounter had touched a nerve, and left Adley feeling powerless to do more, which prompted the group of friends to act. “Since a young age I’ve always been passionate about helping home-

Driver ‘Hitler’ abuse filmed again.” The driver replies: A van driver has been “Hitler was a great man. He caught on video yelling knew what he was doing.... “Hitler was a great man, You think you own the he knew what he was world. You don’t own the doing,” during a road rage world. This is Stamford Hill, incident in Stamford Hill. this ain’t Israel, okay?” The incident was Neighbourhood watch allegedly sparked by group Stamford Hill a row over parking on Shomrim said it has passed 23 December. The alleged abuser the footage to police and The driver, who is black and speaks with a Caribbean accent, inquiries are ongoing. Shomrim presirepeated the racist phrase several times. dent Rabbi Herschel Gluck said: “This In the brief clip, a Jewish man can anti-Semitic rant was absolutely abhorbe heard saying: “One more time, say it rent and disgusting.”

LONDON BUS STOP ‘VANDALISM’ Jonny Langleben, Joel Bowman, Josh Adley and Adam Langleben

less people,” he said. “After meeting that man in need, who approached me directly, and not being able to help beyond buying him a meal, I felt compelled to do something.” He and Tasha decided to enlist the help of Tasha’s husband and his brother – Adam and Jonny Langleben – together with Josh’s wife, Rebecca, and her brother, Joel Bowman, and their friends Laura and Gemma Kaplan. The four pairs of siblings created the Linkey Initiative (named after

a game they were playing when the inspiration came to them) and contacted three local projects to work out what was needed. “We rallied up to 50 friends and family for a huge collection using Amazon Wishlist, which is now being distributed among shelters and rough sleepers this month and next,” said Tasha. Adley added: “This is clearly a short-term benefit, but we have to start somewhere. If you think you can help, please get in touch.”

Posters supporting a Palestinian teennager arrested for assaulting Israeli soldiers have been removed from bus stops around London. JCDecaux, which oversees transport advertising, removed the promotions depicting Ahed Tamimi, 17, who was arrested by the IDF after being filmed attacking soldiers. The posters contain the slogans Free Ahed Tamimi” and “Freedom for Palestinian prisoners”, next to an illustration of the teenager’s confrontation with the IDF. JCDecaux called the stunt “an act of vandalism which was not sup-

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News / Olami Summit / Rabbi criticism / News briefs

Youngsters win innovation investment Jewish youngsters from the UK are among the beneficiaries of a new $1 million (£700,000) ‘innovation incubator’. The announcement came during the Olami Summit 2017 taking place this week, with 1,300 young delegates gathering from Jewish communities far and wide, including North and South America, France and South Africa. The charity said the fund would “stimulate Jewish growth, learning and awareness around the world” and invited participants to pitch for projects. The fund is designed to help finance grassroots initiatives and build on the Olami Foundation’s financing of 60 projects, with an investment of up to $50,000 (£37,000) each. More than 40

Some of the 100 UK participants who took part in the Olami Summit

projects were pitched throughout the weekend, six of which got the board’s

nod to pilot their ideas. Among those who were successful

was Menora from Argentina, whose Kosher Food Truck will visit universities and workplaces at lunchtime “in order for Jews to be able to access kosher food during the week at a low cost”. Another funding winner was Israel’s Nefesh Yehudi, whose Ushpizin project is based on a hospitality app that will enable Jews visiting Israel from across the world to stay at Jewish households, “maintaining the sense of community and belonging for Jews no matter where they are from”. Almost 100 British delegates attended from Aish UK, Essex member Sacha Johnstone being chosen to act as one of 12 regional ambassadors of Olami, a charity that operates in 19 countries.

RABBI AT CENTRE OF DWECK ROW TAKES AIM AT MIRVIS The Golders Green Sephardi rabbi whose criticism of Senior Sephardi Rabbi Joseph Dweck triggered a major rabbinic rupture last year has hit out at Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis. Rabbi Aharon Bassous (pictured) told his Knesset Yehezkel congregation at the end of last year Mirvis had “denied or defied the word of God” by not condemning JW3 for celebrating gay Jews. Criticising the government for “trying to promote British values

of tolerance, which are becoming things which are intolerant for the faith schools”, he then said it was “a problem we have caused ourselves”. He then blamed JW3’s celebration of the Jewish LGBTQ+ community in March 2017, called ‘GayW3’, which he said amounted to “encouraging, not condoning, homosexuality”. Bassous defended the person who wrote “shame” on the GayW3 banner “because a Jewish organisation should

flaunt Jewish religion in such a way”. He added: “By keeping quiet about what’s going on in this building, the Chief Rabbi has lent his passive support to institutions that condone or encourage homosexuality”. He said this was “tantamount to a denial or defiance of the word of God,” quoting a passage he said was endorsed by Mirvis’ predecessor, Lord Jonathan Sacks. Bassous also criticised the SKA, the Spanish and Portuguese Beth Din, for

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A Jewish charity’s school for children with learning difficulties has been awarded Autism Accreditation from the National Autistic Society (NAS), making it the first Jewish organisation to get this official stamp of approval. The NAS report praised Kisharon School for “placing great value on promoting Jewish values and culture while recognising the need to differentiate what is taught so it has value to each pupil”. Headteacher Sora Kopfstein said the award was “a testament to our commitment”.

ARRESTS IN ANTI FAR-RIGHT SWOOP Five men and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of belonging to banned far-right terror group National Action. West Midlands Police said the suspects, aged between 21 and 37, were detained under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act yesterday. The arrests were pre-planned with no threat to the public’s safety, the force said. All six are being held at a West Midlands police station. They are the latest in a wave of arrests of alleged NA members.

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French tax authorities have angrily denied they have a special investigative unit looking into the affairs of French Jews and new immigrants from Israel. The story, originally reported on Israeli business news site Globes, was rubbished this week by France’s Direction Générale des Finances Publiques, which said it was against French law to make a distinction between people based on origin, residence, nationality or religion.

German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel has refused to apologise for describing how Israel pursues ‘apartheid’ policies at an event in December, attended by Muslim representatives and designed to combat anti-Semitism. In an open letter, Jewish woman Malca Goldstein-Wolf said Gabriel had provided “further ammunition to youths who were fed anti-Semitism with their mothers’ milk”, according to German Jewish weekly, the Juedische Allgemeine.



Five members of a Jewish family from New York have been killed in an air-crash over Costa Rica that claimed the lives of 12 people. Bruce and Irene Steinberg and their three sons, the youngest of whom was 13, died when their Cessna came down shortly after take-off. Three members of a Jewish family from Florida were among the victims.

New Zealand’s Jewish community has rejected accusations in an advert taken out by American rabbi Shmuley Boteach that said the country had a ‘growing prejudice’ against Israel and that Kiwi singer Lorde had joined an ‘antiSemitic boycott’. Juliet Moses of the Jewish Council said the ad had tried to ‘bully’ the 21-yearold singer.

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World news / Ben Azzai project / Syrian rescue / Ben Gurion boost

Repairing the world begins in Ghana for 16 inspired students The cheerful rowdy voices of 16 high-achieving Jewish students quietened down as they came face to face with some shocking realities of the developing world, writes Jenni Frazer. Lauren Keiles, a student reading international relations at Leeds University, put it succinctly: “Tikkun olam (the principle of ‘repairing the world’) is such an important part of my

Jewish students meet villagers in Ghana and see first-hand how they live and study, as part of the Chief Rabbi’s Ben Azzai programme

Judaism.” And now, after an immersive week learning about the widespread challenges faced in Ghana – from health and education deprivation, to the legacy of the horrors of slavery, or the extreme poverty in the country – Keiles and the class of 2017 are returning to the UK to raise awareness of the necessity of social responsibility. The students are this year’s cohort of a programme initiated by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, the Ben Azzai project. Last year’s pilot event took a group to India and this year, in partnership with Jewish social action charity Tzedek, a new group of students travelled to Ghana, where Tzedek has worked for 25 years. Ben Azzai was launched to back up Mirvis’ belief that “being socially responsible is part of who we

are as engaged, outwardfacing Jews”, and that such responsibility has to broaden beyond immediate Jewish concerns and extend to humanity at large. Speaking to Jewish News, Mirvis said: “All of us have a responsibility to ask what we want the next generation of the Jewish community to look like. Our Ben Azzai programme is part of the answer.” It is a view embraced by the rabbinical mentor of the programme, Rabbi Daniel Epstein of Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue, who, with his United Synagogue educator wife Ilana, provided the Judaism “spine” to the sights viewed by the students. What did he think the students would gain? “In the simplest terms, to get so far out of their comfort zone that everything they assumed was the way the world works is now challenged. You need something as powerful as this to reassess your own life, so that when you come back to the UK, it’s reassessing your relationship with God and your community.” He acknowledged it was sometimes a hard concept to sell to the Jewish community, a view echoed by some of the students. George Rosenfeld, in his first year of Russian and Arabic at Trinity College, Cambridge, said: “I feel most proud of my Judaism when I see Jewish-led examples of social action. It’s a very powerful part of my religion that

we make a positive contribution. I feel most ashamed to be Jewish when it expresses itself introspectively.” Two of the most successful projects are the Village Savings and Loans Associations, which enable women to save and lend small sums of money; and the Shea Butter co-operatives, in which women gather together to make – in the most primitive of conditions – the coveted cosmetic cream that sells at high prices in the west. In a society in which men can have between four and 12 wives – some chiefs have 20 – there can be multiple siblings, few of whom get the opportunity for schooling, even at primary level. A real success story is School for Life, one of Tzedek’s main partners in the Northern Region, has successfully brought back into the school system more than 3,000 children from remote rural districts. They are taught in their language, Dagbani, and English; and Tzedek has twinned 12 Ghanaian primary schools with 12 Jewish ones in London and Essex. The group also learnt about Jewish and Israeli development initiatives in Ghana and the increasing presence of Israelis in the country has led to the establishment of a much-admired Chabad House in Accra. This, along with the Ben Azzai programme, aims to encourage students to become ambassadors inside and outside the community.

Syrian baby treated BEN GURION £1BN UPGRADE A two-day-old baby born to Syrian refugee parents in Cyprus has been flown to Israel to fix a severe heart defect. The baby boy, who was born in a refugee camp in Cyprus, was airlifted to Israel for the life-saving operation at Sheba Medical centre in Tel HaShomer. He arrived with his father. The Cypriot Health Ministry contacted Israeli Ambassador to Cyprus Sammy Revel and asked that the baby be allowed to enter Israel and receive treatment. The Foreign Ministry then asked Interior Minister Aryeh Deri for permission to allow the baby and his father to enter Israel. The baby was expected to undergo sur-

A two-day-old Syrian baby was flown to Israel

gery. Following the operation, the baby will have to remain under observation for a “period of time”, according to the hospital. “Praying for a full and quick recovery,” the foreign affairs ministry said in a tweet. [JTA]

Israel’s Ben Gurion international airport will undergo upgrades and expansions at a cost of £1billion ($1.43billion) The Israel Airport Authority announced the plans last Monday, saying the upgrades were necessary to accommodate an expected 50 percent increase in passenger turnover in the next five years, the Israeli business daily Calcalist reported. Earlier this week, the airport (pictured) welcomed 2017’s 20 millionth passenger, according to Calcalist. Among the scheduled upgrades: 86 additional check-in stations, more stations for self check-in, plus six more luggage-screening

machines. The airport will also add eight passenger boarding bridges and two additional shuttle gates. Construction of a new Terminal 2 is scheduled to absorb domestic flights after the closure of Tel Aviv’s Sde Dov airport, the business daily Globes reported.

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TRAVEL THE WORLD WITHOUT IT COSTING THE EARTH Richard Cawthorne speaks to Patric Gaudini, the head of Affordable Luxury Travel, which enables more people to enjoy luxurious tailor-made travel options

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ou don’t have to be wealthy to travel in style, says Patric Gaudini, a 25-year industry veteran who was recruited in 2016 to run Affordable Luxury Travel (ALT), which is based in London’s fashionable Fitzrovia. It is the latest brand to come out of the Moresand Group and, after a healthy start, is on the expansion trail, with a larger selection of upmarket cruise packages firmly in its sights. Moresand has developed into one of the travel industry’s major players since founder and chairman P S Kang launched the enterprise 30 years ago. Its other brands include Crystal Travel, one of the best-known names in the field. The group is now the second-largest independent travel company in the UK, having grown from modest beginnings to an employer of 500 people around the world, boasting a multi-million pound turnover with profits to match. In a competitive market, the group’s performance led to it being included in the London Stock Exchange list of 1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain in 2013. The following year, Moresand was granted the ultimate accolade of being ranked in the Investec Mid-Market 100 list of fastest-growing UK companies. ALT has had a thorough grounding in the business, with a focus on providing leisure and corporate clients with what it describes as “the most affordable, luxurious tailor-made travel options for long-haul destinations around the globe”. Gaudini is looking forward to

expanding cruise offering further, working with the likes of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Cunard, MSC Cruises and P&O, among many others with whom he has established excellent relationships. He can justify his statement that clients don’t have to be rich to enjoy the posher side of travel by pointing to ALT’s modus operandi. As the Moresand Group’s tour operations division, it controls every element of a holiday for any client, what is known in the industry as tailor-making. “That’s our speciality,” he says. “We can put together any itinerary anywhere in the world, whether it involves flights, tours, hotels, car hire or cruises, and by specialising to the extent we have, we have become extremely competitive.” Quoting the company website, he also emphasises: “We have many sound alliances with major airlines, destination management companies as well as leading luxury hotels, including both chic boutique properties and large hotel chains worldwide, which gives us the edge in a competitive and challenging business.” And there is another important element to which he draws attention – as the website puts it, ALT’s growth and consistent success has been built around reinvesting in knowledgeable and professional personnel and technology, thus keeping the division up to date with, but, more importantly, ahead of many of its competitors. During its growth, Moresand in general and ALT in particular has gathered all the relevant licences and

memberships that regulate the travel industry, including belonging to the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and signing up to the ATOL client-protection programme. On the cruising side, it is a member of the prestigious Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). As ALT says of itself: “It makes perfect sense to create a small yet highly specialist and professional team of experienced and committed travel executives in W1, able to tailor-make any worldwide multicentre package and tour, at highly discounted wholesale rates.” On cruising, the company says they provide fantastic value for a holiday as the price includes nearly everything needed for the trip of a lifetime, such as food, accommodation, entertainment throughout the day and transportation between destinations, while cruise companies at the higher end of the scale are even more inclusive, with items such as drinks, flights and guided tours bundled into one price. There is also the important point that deciding to go on a cruise can take the stress out of planning holidays to far-

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Gaze into our crystal ball for year to come... Predictions about the year ahead are famously difficult. No serious publication should ever undertake such an exercise – they are minefields, trapladen mazes, voids into which only fools enter. So, of course, we thought we’d give it a go. The year 2018 will see military action against Hezbollah to Israel’s north. British Jews will make the state’s case on the airwaves, as in recent years over Gaza, and raise money for towns where some of the proxy Iranian terror group’s many rockets get through (most will be intercepted). The conflict will escalate when Syria’s government tries to get involved (given the debt of gratitude it owes the group) but overwhelming strength from Israel will mean that it is over fairly quickly – within months. Lebanon will emerge a more broken state, with ethnic tensions again in evidence. At home more Israeli accents will be heard on the streets of London, as business types list their businesses here. Diplomats will wax lyrical about how trade, cultural and academic links grow by the day, while the growing community of Israelis based in the UK will increase their exposure to the British Jewish community by sponsoring events and initiatives. This will not, however, prompt the further mingling of British and Israeli Jews in the capital – groups who have sadly preferred to keep themselves largely to themselves. Politically, a handful of left-leaning Jews will start to dribble back to Labour, but north London constituencies with big Jewish populations will stay staunchly Conservative, after the Tories boost their communal appeal when Home Secretary Amber Rudd – who could one day be Prime Minister Rudd – proscribes the whole of Hezbollah, thereby ending the charade of anti-Israel activists flying the yellow flag of a group sworn to destroy Israel during the annual Al-Quds Day march through London, using the legal getout clause that they are “only supporting the political wing”. There will be more consolidation in the Jewish charities sector, prompted by slim budgets, tightened government offerings, reduced philanthropy, rising inflation and a worsening economic outlook as a result of Brexit uncertainty. In education, Hasmonean will get the green light for its green belt expansion to accommodate its boys-girls merger in a single amalgamation, while the Orthodox community’s pitched battle with Ofsted over teaching requirements related to gender and sexuality will continue. Here’s to a happy, healthy and peaceful 2018.


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A CHEAP OUTPOURING OF HATRED are devoid of any intelligent or I’ve always respected Jewish rational argument (Jewish News, News for the diversity of its 21 December). They are merely a letters and opinion columns, cheap outpouring of hatred and to which I’m proud to be a insulting prejudice against Charegular contributor. sidim and other Charedi groups While I strongly disagree which, if expressed in such terms with many of the views exin the non-Jewish press or social pressed (as do many readers media, would be condemned as with my own), I find it comracist and anti-Semitic. mendable that you provide a The authors of such letters democratic forum for issues are likely to be highly frustrated of concern to Anglo-Jewry to individuals – possibly even selfbe openly debated. Unfair criticism: Stamford Hill hating Jews. However, I believe a red line Whatever their hang-ups, their perverse is dangerously crossed when insidious little rantings have no place in any decent publicaletters slip through the publication net gration, still less in a respected Jewish newspaper tuitously lambasting strictly-Orthodox comsuch as Jewish News. munities. The ignorant diatribes occasionally Brian Gordon appearing from the likes of Noach Bright and Edgware A.W. Kaye, purporting to be from Stamford Hill,

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Unhealthy obsession With regards, sex and sexuality, when your columnist Brian Gordon refers to the great protection of rabbinical teachings (Jewish News, 21 December) I presume he means the Babylonian Talmud – described by scholar Professor Rosen-Zvi as follows: “Peering at the world through sexual lenses, they see sex all around them... Biblical events are loaded with sexual content in the Bavli, even when there is scarce basis for that in the Bible itself.” The last vestiges of religious social control by men tends to manifest itself in the bedroom. As a result, in the absence of being able to legislate for any other aspects of behaviour, men like Mr Gordon seem to be the ones who

end up with the unhealthy obsession. Not those of us working for equality and justice for all, educating about healthy, respectful and loving relationships and have managed to wrestle our wonderful religion into the 21st century.

Rabbi Neil Janes West London Synagogue

CONFUSED & BIGOTED DRIVER You reported about a van driver being caught on film yelling “Hitler was a great man, he knew what he was doing” in a road rage incident in London’s Stamford Hill (Jewish News Online, 27 December).



After being caught and convicted, someone should educate this bigoted black driver that Hitler wasn’t the biggest fan of his race either.

Russell Ballen By email

WHEN ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS Noah Bright’s letter (Jewish News, 15 December) in response to a call for strictlyOrthodox and secular Jews to work together was interesting. Here in Southend and Westcliff, young Chassidim have been moving into the town for the last 18 months. We have found them to be highly intelligent and willing to communicate with the community. They offer various organisation skills that are remarkable in light of the short space of time they have been here. Their actions speak louder than words. They work together with the wardens to ensure a minyan is available in the community three times a day. They visit the sick, help our rabbi and certainly know how to party and celebrate!

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RESPECT GOES BOTH WAYS Brian Gordon’s column “Time to end absurdity threatening our religion” (Jewish News, 21 December), contained a very important final sentence. Referring to our Torah and rabbinical teachings, he states: “Those who cannot personally identify with them should at least respect and understand those who do.” My response is that likewise, those who do personally identify with them should at least respect and under-

stand those who do not. Mutual respect, tolerance and understanding would go a long way towards helping the Jewish community in the UK and elsewhere reduce strife within families and between friends. It would also help us, wherever possible, present a united front on many vital issues confronting the Jewish people today.

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Knock, knock... Who’s there...? Doctor Jew! DANNY BURKEMAN



n Christmas Day, audiences across the world bade farewell to the 12th incarnation of the Doctor as Peter Capaldi bowed out of the longrunning television series, replaced by Jodie Whittaker. While for many Doctor Who has become a part of people’s feative celebrations, this episode offered a distinctly Jewish message. Before you read any further, in the words of River Song, I offer a caution for those who continue: Spoilers. In advance of the episode we knew that the first and 12th doctors would be united for this adventure, as both men struggled with their impending regeneration, resisting the moment when a Time Lord “dies” and regenerates in a new body. Relatively early on we were introduced to a shadowy organisation called The Testimony. In their own words: “We are what awaits at the end of every life. As every living soul dies, so we will appear. We take from you what we need and

return you to the moment of your death.” The question is: what are they taking and, most importantly for the Doctor, is their plan evil and does it therefore need to be stopped? A little while later we discover that The Testimony possess no evil intent – its mission is to extract people’s memories just before the moment of their death, so “the dead can speak again”; ensuring memories are preserved beyond death. What could be more Jewish than that? As a community we say to the mourners zichrono or zichrona livracha – may his or her memory be for a blessing. We recognise while a loved one may be gone, they continue to live on in our lives through the memories that become a part of who we are. It is no accident that the Hebrew root zachor, with a meaning related to remembering, appears 169 times in the Tanach. We are told to remember a whole host of ideas, events and principles as though we are being commanded to constantly exercise the memory muscle. We keep that muscle at peak performance so that it is ready to remember the most important things in our lives when we

utilise it to recall our loved ones and ensure that their memory lives on. As Bill Potts, the Doctor’s companion shares: “What is anyone supposed to be except a bunch of memories?” She recognises that a life is made up of the memories that we hold and that they in turn help to define who we are. As individuals we are filled with memories, and as a Jewish people we are part of a chain of memories that stretches back for thousands of years. As Isaiah Berlin wrote: “All Jews who are at all conscious of their identity as Jews are steeped in history. They have longer memories, they are aware of a longer continuity as a community than any other which has survived.” As a people we are

the product of our memories, and every year on Pesach we assume our place in that chain of memory, remembering that we were slaves in Egypt. Ultimately, Bill’s parting gift to the Doctor is to help him understand the centrality of memory. As she says: “I’m going to prove to you how important memories are.” And without giving away one of the episode’s big reveals, she proves to the Doctor the truth of our words: zichrona livracha – that her memory is a blessing. And with his memories restored and understanding the importance of the memories he possesses; only then is he ready to regenerate. And what could be a more Jewish message than that?


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Boteach’s Lorde advert is a gift to the boycotters JENNI FRAZER


ntil last month, if I had heard of the singer Lorde, it was only at its most peripheral. I couldn’t – and still can’t – identify a single one of her songs, but then I am not the 21-year-old’s target audience. But with one meaty paw, the self-styled “America’s rabbi”, Shmuley Boteach, has ensured that even those who are not Lorde’s natural fans have been made aware of her. He did this by taking out a full page advert in the 31 December issue of The New York Times, denouncing Lorde as “a bigot” for cancelling a previously-arranged concert in Tel Aviv. Lorde made her unfortunate decision after she was approached by two fellow New Zealanders who are supporters of the boycott movement – one of whom, inevitably, is Jewish. She responded: “I have had a lot of discussions with people holding many views, and I

think the right decision at this time is to cancel the show. I’m not too proud to admit I didn’t make the right call on this one.” It’s a shame, and her fans in Israel are understandably disappointed. But the way to deal with this, surely, is the way that the Israeli Ambassador to New Zealand, Dr Itzhak Gerberg, has tried to do, by inviting Lorde to come and see him and talk things through. Not, for heaven’s sake, by taking out a New York Times advert and bludgeoning her with self-righteous opinion. A strident Boteach wrote in the advert: “Let’s boycott the boycotters and tell Lorde and her fellow bigots that Jew-hatred has no place in the 21st century.” Well, if he really wanted to drive Lorde into the arms of Roger Waters and friends, this is exactly the right way to go about it. Because he used the “b” word, “bigot”. And that, I am sorry to say, is one of those press-the-red-button words that once used, is nigh impossible to take back.

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to ally himself – a new low for dumbness and failure to think things through. It is, indeed, perfectly true that Lorde is due to give a concert in Russia, where there are any number of human rights abuses. Will she give a statement about that, or cancel her concert there? Given the bucket of cat sick that greeted her Tel Aviv decision, I don’t suppose Lorde will be making a statement on anything any time soon. We must also question the appropriate use of funds – not Boteach’s, because he went begging for money to finance the advert – in order to make this global attack on Lorde. I can think of so many better ways to spend the thousands of dollars this must have cost. If Israel’s ambassador has any sense, he will quietly invite Lorde to go to Israel as a private visitor, and see things for herself. And then, if she wants to, she can take out an advert in The New York Times — telling Rabbi Boteach exactly what she thinks. I’m happy to help her write it.



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They think there’s no minyan... there is now! ALEX BRUMMER



he Premier League is generally kind to shomer Shabbat (Shabbat observant) football supporters. There have never been more games played on Sundays, Monday evenings or midweek. Indeed, look at the schedules of the bigger clubs and you start to think that the era of 3pm Saturday afternoon kick-offs is over. Not that the Premier League seems vaguely aware of any of this when scheduling matches. In 2017, for instance, it managed to schedule Chelsea versus Manchester City, one of the biggest games of the season, between clubs with a considerable minority of Jewish supporters, on Yom Kippur. Looking ahead to the rest of the season, Chelsea versus Spurs has been scheduled between seder nights on the first day of Pesach. The best that can be said about this is that fewer Jews will be present to hear racist “Yiddo!” chanting directed at Spurs’ so-called Yid army. Both clubs, incidentally, are Jewishowned, with Chelsea proprietor Roman Abra-

movich normally taking over a luxury hotel in Israel during Pesach. The struggle between religious practice and sport is ever-present. Jewish-owned Brighton & Hove Albion is unique among Premier League football clubs in that it has an Israeli-Jewish striker Tomer Hemed and Israeli-Arab midfielder Beram Kayal. Both are full Israeli internationals. Israeli footballers in the top flight are not unusual. What is different about Hemed is he does his best to be a practising – if not fully – shomer Shabbat Jew. When his team plays at home on a weekend, Hemed helps make up the Friday evening Minyan at Hove Hebrew Congregation when he can. Moreover, I’m reliably informed by neighbours in his apartment block in Hove that in the mornings, before heading off to training, he can be seen through the window of his apartment on the ground floor laying tefillin. That places his level of practice above that of most of the British Jewish community and much of secular Israel. Jews have the ability to compromise to support their favourite sports team. For a couple of decades a regular visitor at Richmond Synagogue was the late South African

I’M INFORMED THAT BRIGHTON FOOTBALLER TOMER HEMED LAYS TEFILLIN BEFORE GOING TO TRAINING philanthropist and leader Mendel Kaplan, a devote Jew and educator. As a distinguished visitor, who would let us know he would be present in shul, he would be offered the honour of reading Haftorah. His visits almost always coincided with an England-South African rugby international. Twickenham, the home of rugby, is a comfortable 20-minute or so walk from our shul. Indeed, during the most recent rugby World Cup, our community minyan was handsomely swelled for several weeks by South Africans, including the chazzan from a Johannesburg community who handsomely enriched services with the gusto of his singing.

Even the thought of such matters might provoke the wrath of right-wing voices such as that of Rabbi Aharon Bassous, one the rabbis who seem to think JW3 is a den of iniquity, but hopefully not most of mainstream British Jewry. Jewish ownership of some of our major football clubs, notably Manchester United, may at times have provoked anger, as when the American Glazer family looked to have loaded the club up with debt while refusing to spend big on players. That era has now passed, although a lack of success, by Manchester United standards, produces a different kind of dissent. None of it is as hostile as the invective against the ownership of Manchester City. In a devastating article in The Observer, commentator Nick Cohen focused on the gross inequalities and racism in Abu Dhabi, which indirectly controls the club, which are ignored in polite society. As long as clubs are winning, no one wants to question the rights and wrongs of its ownership. Nevertheless, the least the Premier League could do is buy a luach, a Jewish calendar, and make sure our most solemn festivals remain fixture free.

Time to proudly stand with the Iranian people JEREMY HAVARDI



or the last six years, one regime after another in the Arab world has been shaken by popular protest and mass disaffection. Yet the wind of change that has swept through this benighted region has dashed the hopes of many as secular autocracies have been replaced with Islamist reactionaries. Now the seeds of a ‘Persian Spring’ have appeared, carrying the hopes of millions of Iranians on its shoulders. The demonstrations of the last week have seen thousands of protestors march and demonstrate in Iranian cities, some in key government strongholds. Already the regime has responded with brute force and there are reports of 22 deaths, a figure that will no doubt rise in the coming days. Hundreds more have been arrested and some internet sites have been blocked. This predictable crackdown is all the more reason for the international community to stand in solidarity with ordinary Iranians and their aspirations.

Certainly, one of the biggest policy errors would be to view what is happening as a purely economic issue. It is true that Iranians face sustained hardship right now, something worsened by a recent decision to raise food prices. In addition, youth unemployment remains stubbornly high at around 40 percent and there is palpable anger and resentment at the cost of the war in Syria. But demonstrators are not just demanding a better standard of living or fairer prices. They are also calling for the end of the clerical dictatorship that has ruled them since 1979. In other words, what many seek is regime change. That is why many young Iranians can be heard chanting “We don’t want an Islamic Republic” and “Death to Rouhani.” Others have been heard shouting “Death to the dictator” and have torn up posters of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, an act of deep symbolic significance. Elsewhere, the regime’s obsessive focus on the Palestinians has come under fire with people chanting “Not Gaza, Not Lebanon, I give my life for Iran.” What appears significant is how these protests have spread so rapidly, fuelled by various forms of

social media that the authorities are now so desperate to shut down. But if the courage of young Iranians is beyond doubt, the same cannot be said for the political leadership of the West. European leaders are conspicuous by their silence, seemingly dedicated to their improved relationship with the Islamic Republic following the flawed nuclear accord in 2015. They seem more concerned with ‘stability’ in the region than standing for the rights of a beleaguered population. By contrast, it is a maverick American President, a man reviled by much of the liberal establishment, who appears to stand alone in supporting the Iranian struggle. America on its own cannot bring about regime change: only the Iranian people can do

that. But the West can stand in solidarity with their struggle, using soft power to demonstrate the legitimacy of their cause. Its leaders can speak out against the tyranny of the Ayatollah regime, its gross abuses of human rights, its denial of the rights of women and religious minorities, its virulent homophobia and its Holocaust denying anti-Semitism. They can denounce a regime that arms and finances Islamist movements across the Middle East, including in Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen, and which has worsened the bloody carnage in Syria. In short, there is a clear choice for the West: appease Tehran’s clerical dictatorship or demand freedom, democracy and dignity for the Iranian people.


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Community / Scene & Be Scene


Volunteers spent Christmas Day helping out GIFT as they took part in a range of activities to help the disadvantaged across London. In partnership with Tikun’s Light Up A Life, the group decorated bags of toys for the Grenfell community and packed up socks and hats for the homeless, with Charity Sock Drop. Chaya Rinkoff, aged seven, from Edgware, said: “I loved writing on the card that went with the woolly hat I wrapped. I hope the hats will keep the people warm when they sleep on the pavement.”

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Children at Nancy Reuben Primary School in Hendon received a letter from Buckingham Palace, thanking them for the handcrafted 70th wedding anniversary cards they made for the Queen and Prince Philip. Headteacher Anthony Wolfson said: “The children in each class made handcrafted personalised cards, which we boxed up and sent special delivery to the palace. This was a wonderful opportunity to teach the children about etiquette and how to address a letter to the Queen.”


Six-year-old Mason Jacobs from Borehamwood raised £265 from a bake sale he put on for sick children at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Wanting to help children less fortunate than himself, he said: “It is sad that the children couldn’t be with their friends and family over the holiday period.” Mason visited the hospital this week, with proud brother Blake, for a special visit to hand over his donation.




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Emunah’s CHIC committee held a seventies and eighties-themed dinner dance, raising £13,000 for the charity’s children’s centre in Afula, northern Israel. Attracting 240 people to Bushey United Synagogue, that figure was doubled thanks to Israeli match funding for the boy’s dormitory refurbishment project. Deborah Nathan of British Emunah said: “They are a very impressive committee.”



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The Light Up A Life project encouraged people of all ages to get involved and give back during the winter break. Founded by Rabbi Shaul Rosenblatt of Jewish education charity Tikun, it works closely with charities such as Jewish Care, GIFT and JVN. Activities included cooking for the homeless, running social sessions at Jewish Care homes, and ‘Chocolate Drops’ – where volunteers delivered donated gifts to the London Fire Brigade, hospital patients, nurses and other public servants in a show of appreciation.


The London Jewish Male Choir performed in front of 200 people at Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Rabbi Baruch and Rebbetzin Nechama Davis joining the community. Rabbi Julian Shindler and United Synagogue president Michael Goldstein, with shul chairman, Lindsay Shure, praised the Davis’ work within the local and wider Jewish communities.

A Jewish Care volunteer has been awarded the Canary Wharf Group’s Community Champions Award for her tireless work. Janet Foster has volunteered at the charity’s Stepney Jewish Community Centre since 2009, and now takes a leading role in its fundraising and events and activities. She said: “I love volunteering in my local area and in Stepney because I was born in the East End so have a link to members who are in their 80s and 90s. I would do anything to help keep alive any remaining Jewish roots in the East End.”


More than 200 guests put their football knowledge to the test, raising more than £9,000 for Jewish Care’s Redbridge JCC football programme. It will go towards the centre’s adult football programme, which is accessible to all players to play and receive coaching. Committee chair Jon Jacobs said: “Our 18th annual football quiz was great fun, competitive and a chance to see old friends who love the food and competition.”


Young World Jewish Relief’s first supper quiz attracted a full house at St John’s Wood Synagogue. Eretz Quizrael came out on top of more than 20 teams at the event, which raised almost £3,000 for vulnerable Jewish communities in Eastern Europe. YWJR chair Hannah Layton said: “It was a great atmosphere.”

Family announcements Sam Rosenberg celebrated his barmitzvah at New North London Synagogue


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Talia Epstein celebrated her batmitzvah at Bushey United Synagogue

Jemma Kaye and Nick Stanley celebrated their wedding at Shendish Manor

The memorial stone in loving memory of PERCY will be consecrated at Waltham Abbey Cemetery on Sunday, 14 January at 2.00pm. To celebrate Percy’s life, please join us afterwards at Sinclair House, Woodford Bridge Road, IG4 5LN

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Spy who risked her life to expose Nazi crimes Alex Suskind speaks to Marthe Cohn, the subject of a gripping new documentary about her daring wartime missions


he diminutive French Jewish woman was walking through a field of snow when the ground underneath her began to crack. She was a spy for the Allies, sent to infiltrate the German front, but her military guide had neglected to mention the frozen body of water along the way. When the ice broke and Marthe Cohn fell into the canal, she wondered if this was finally the end. “I told myself, if you don’t get out from here as fast you can, you’re going to die of hypothermia,” recalled Cohn, now 97. But dying would mean giving up on her top-secret mission and squandering the courage those closest to her – including her siblings and fiancé, who was later executed by the Germany army – had shown in the face of terror. “I was very lucky,” Cohn said. After pulling herself out of the canal, she wandered around for hours. In the morning, she met up with a Moroccan army regiment. She would have to try again another day. After five decades, the remarkable story of Cohn, a young Jewish woman who snuck into Germany to spy on the Nazis at the tail end of the war, will soon be explored in, An Unusual Spy, a documentary by German director Nicola Hens. “This woman needs to be portrayed as long as she’s still alive,” said Hens. “There are not so many witnesses to the life [of a Second World War spy], and not so many who have such a great ability to express themselves and are willing to talk about it.”

From her Californian home, sitting among family photos and the honours and awards she received, Cohn spoke about her upbringing and the events that led to her work for the Allies. She was raised with her four sisters and two brothers in Metz by their GermanJewish parents. Her grandfather was a rabbi who founded the town’s Orthodox synagogue. But everything changed with Hitler’s rise. When the Germans pushed into France, the French Government urged her family to leave for Poitiers, where they helped Jews fleeing persecution. “Hundreds of people would ring our bell,” said Cohn. “We never knew where they came from or who they were, but they needed help.” Meanwhile, she was training to become a nurse and after Paris’ liberation in 1944, she joined the army, expecting to use her medical skills. She had wanted to join the resistance, but had been rebuffed. “I was only 4ft 11, very thin, very blonde with blue eyes and had light skin and they felt I had no substance. They never accepted me,” she said. But the army was interested in her German skills and offered her a position in the intelligence service. She said yes immediately. “I didn’t even think,” she said. “He left and then I sat down and wondered if I was a little crazy, what predicament I had put myself in.” She learned to identify German uniforms, read maps, fire guns and, most importantly, developed her alibi: that of a young German woman, Martha Ulrich, whose parents had

Above: One-time spy Marthe Cohn as she is now and, left, as a young woman

been killed in a bombardment and Nazi fiancé had been captured by the Allies. Assigned to Africa, Cohn was asked to interrogate prisoners of war, and was sent to cross the German front, a mission that failed more than 12 times owing to faulty intelligence and rapidly changing conditions of war. But her biggest challenge was going into Germany. As a Jew in Nazi territory, the work was extraordinarily dangerous. But Cohn survived thanks to her strong alibi and the relationships she developed with Germans. “I helped them any time I found the possibility to do it, and in exchange they offered me to stay at their homes and fed me,” she said. The information Cohn would gather helped Allied commanders prepare for German troop movements. She was awarded the Croix de Guerre and later the French military honour, the Medaille Militaire, the title of Chevalier of the Order of the Legion d’ Honneur, in 2005, and the VerdienstKreuz, the Order of Merit of Germany, in 2014.

Seven years after the war’s end Cohn learned her sister Stéphanie had been deported to Auschwitz. “I always thought I may find her,” said Cohn, who later married an American medical student named Major L. Cohn, moved to the States and had two children, keeping her past a secret. But in 1996 she agreed to be interviewed by the Shoah Foundation and t by the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. Along with her memoir, the additional honours gave Cohn’s story a boost. The new documentary aims to do the same. “The Second World War for many people is far away,” explains Hens. “But if you look at [Cohn] still alive, it’s not so far away, and if you look at world politics, there is danger that things might repeat. It’s important to not forget what happened.”  An Unusual Spy airs later this year. Marthe Cohn’s book, Behind Enemy Lines, is available now



Jewish News 4 January 2018

Lifestyle / Culinary inspiration

Five weirdest kosher foods you could be eating in 2018 C

aution: Meat and dairy sampling on show floor” reads a sign at the entrance to the famous Meadowlands Centre in New Jersey, USA. That may seem like an unusual warning outside a convention building, but to the crowd attending the expo there it made sense: Kosherfest is the world’s largest kosher food trade show, where the vast majority of those attending follow the Jewish prohibition against mixing meat and dairy. More than 4,000 food industry professionals gathered for the annual two-day event, at which an impressive 325-plus vendors were showcasing a wide array of products, from sweets to wine. Naturally, there were many samples – reporting can be a tough job, but somebody had to taste everything. Amid the offerings of many obvious treats (smoked salmon varieties and bagel flavours, for example), there were some surprises. These were the five most unexpected foods and beverages at Kosherfest...



If Oxigen’s claims about its water – that it improves both post-workout and/or posthangover recovery time and mental clarity – are true, then Gatorade may have some serious competition. A bottle of the oxygen-infused beverage contains 1,000 parts per million of stabilised oxygen, compared to five to 40 parts per million in regular water, according to its manufacturer. Those in need of even more Os can take an Oxigen shot, which contains 5,000 parts per million. “When you drink the water, the oxygen gets into your bloodstream and goes to



Matzohgram, which was crowned by Kosherfest as the best kosher for Passover product, is matzah printed with a range of Jewish-themed patterns, such as Stars of David and Passover greetings. Manufacturer Independent Ink uses colourful, edible ink that is kosher for the holiday, and customers placing large orders can also customise matzahs with any image they desire. “It gives you the ability to be creative for your seder plate,” said N K Ranganathan, Independent Ink’s chief operating officer. “You can have a variety of designs, and it becomes very interesting for the kids.”

work immediately to aid in focus, recovery, endurance and stamina,” said Max Lewis, director of sales for Formula Four Beverages. The oxygen is not in gas form, meaning it won’t escape the bottle when it’s opened, he added.



Craving shakshuka, but short on time? This sauce is perfect for any busy person who loves this Israeli breakfast food, which consists of eggs cooked with spices in tomato sauce. To make this version of the hearty dish, a hungry person needs only to open a jar, crack a few eggs and cook the delicious mess on the hob or in the oven. “It makes it very quick,” said Tami Bezborodko, vice president of marketing for Iron Chef. “In seven minutes, you can have a nice, hot breakfast.” The sauce contains tomatoes and spices and comes in mild and medium spicy varieties to suit most tastes.



It’s a pizza, it’s a frozen dessert – it’s a frizza! The salted caramel frizza from Elegant Desserts won the trade show’s award for best dessert. The dairy-free treat consists of a cookie bottom, salted caramel ice cream and caramel sauce. “Everybody, when they come over, they go crazy about it because it’s entertaining, it’s fun, it’s different,” said Elegant Desserts’ president

Benjamin Weisz. At Kosherfest, the frizzas were cut into bite-sized squares, but they are meant to be served by the slice, like a pizza. Each pie contains eight to 16 servings, depending on how it’s sliced.



Want a barbecue with a rabbinic seal of approval? Look no further. Rabbi Mendel Segal, who founded the Kansas City Kosher BBQ Festival, now offers three varieties of his RaBBi-Q sauce. Since launching in 2015, Segal has expanded his line of sauces to include flavours that draw on both his Jewish and Southern roots – the pomegranate honey barbecue sauce, which Segal came up with when making brisket for Rosh Hashanah, is a favourite. “It sells really well in the non-Jewish market, too, because nobody has a barbecue sauce that flavour yet,” he said. “But Jews catch on to it right away.”

Rabbi Mendel Segal, founder of the Kansas City Kosher BBQ Festival, with two of his products

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Nosh / Lifestyle


Chocolate nut tray bake


This recipe is suitable any time of the year as the plain flour can be substituted for fine matzah meal during Pesach. Cut up for tea, use for picnics and packed lunches too!


Denise Phillips MAKES 24


For the base:

METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 180 C/ 160°C fan / Gas mark4. 2 Line and grease a baking tin measuring 22cmx 22cm x 4 cm deep. 3 Make the base by sifting the flour and sugar into a bowl and pouring the melted

450g plain flour/ fine matzah meal 130g light brown muscovado sugar 200g butter/ non-dairy margarine -melted 100g plain chocolate - melted

butter and chocolate. Mix well, then press evenly into the base of the baking tin.

Topping: 120g dark brown muscovado sugar 75g butter/non-dairy margarine 40g golden syrup 1 tablespoon double cream/ (soya cream – not for use on Pesach) 300g mixed nuts – almonds, walnuts, pistachio and macadamia or pecans

4 Bake for 20 minutes, then leave to cool slightly. 5 For the topping, put the sugar, butter and golden syrup in to a pan over a medium heat.

6 Stir often to dissolve the sugar but don’t let the mixture boil. Add the cream and mix well

7 Add the nuts and stir until coated with the sauce. 8 Spread evenly over the cooked base and bake for 10 minutes. 9 Leave to cool for 10 minutes before cutting into squares




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Jewish News 4 January 2018

Obituary / Eric Moonman: 1929–2017

‘Eric managed to do so much for so many’ Arieh Miller, chief executive of the Zionist Federation, pays tribute to his organisation’s former president Eric Moonman, who has passed away from 1980 to 1990. Throughout his career, whether as a politician or engaging in multiple other activities, Israel and the Jewish community played a central role in all that Eric did. He made some major and key contributions to the UK’s relationship with Israel. As chairman and then president of the Zionist Federation, Eric pioneered the UK’s only Lobby Day of Parliament for Israel, organising it together with Christian Friends of Israel, even up until the plans for 2018. He used his expertise and understanding of how to work with politicians and his love for Israel to ensure that Israel’s voice was heard throughout the hallways of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Since before he was in parliament, up until very recently, Eric had a big impact on the UK-Israel relationship, as well as Israel’s standing worldwide. In 1974, Eric set up a group, under the umbrella of the World Jewish Congress and the European Jewish Congress, to look at the way Israel represents itself internationally. That group, made up of professionals from around the world, met twice a year and, in 1980, was taken over by the World Zionist Organsiation, and later also by Israel’s Foreign Ministry. As well as his work for Zionism, Eric served

twice as senior vice president of the British Board of Deputies, and continued as a Deputy, being heavily involved with the Board’s work. A longstanding

Everton fan, Eric spent much of his life travelling between London and Liverpool and continued to meet with many colleagues and friends, old and new, together with his wife Gillian. All those who met Eric would agree that he was a passionate, opinionated, and supportive man, who made everyone with whom he worked and engaged feel like what they were doing together was his life’s work, yet he was able to do so much for so many. Eric is sorely missed by all those at the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland, as well as all who had the pleasure to meet him. May his memory forever be a blessing. Zichrona u’livrocha. The late Eric Moonman, who is described as a ‘passionate, opinionated and supportive man’

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n 22 December, professor Eric Moonman, former MP and president of the Zionist Federation, passed away at the age of 88 – mourned by his wife and three children. Eric was a powerhouse of the Jewish and Zionist community, both as an MP and in his personal life, pioneering new and exciting initiatives to stand up for Israel in the UK. From a young age, Eric started to get a taste for politics. Born in Liverpool on 29 April 1929, Eric undertook a seven-year apprenticeship aged just 13 with WJ Pugh Printers and then later the Liverpool Echo. Even during his post-war National Service, Eric not only took courses in military studies, but also in public speaking. In 1954, he gained a place at the University of Liverpool to study social science. While there, he continued to use all he had learnt during his apprenticeship and became editor of the university magazine. This time was also Eric’s first formal step into politics, as he became the chairman of the university Labour Society. In his political career, Eric fought and won two marginal seats, most notably helping Harold Wilson to increase his parliamentary majority when he won the constituent seat of Billericay in 1966. After losing that seat at the next general election, Eric returned to Parliament as MP for Basildon in the 1974 general election, serving for one more term. Following his terms as an MP, Eric’s political life turned to health policy where he was a key figure within Islington, serving as the chairman of Islington’s Health Authority

The island of sand, sea and shtreimels of Britain’s most private and religious groups, whose first language is Yiddish, moved into “the most English town in the UK” at the end of the A13. The documentary makers follow the efforts of local sailor, restaurateur, raconteur, rock band manager and all-round personality Chris Fenwick to get the newcomers mixing. His plan is to get 15 local Canvey Islanders and 15 Chasidic representatives to get to know one another, on the promise of “eating, drinking, making music and making conversation”. Charedi families moving to Canvey

tell the cameras that “the demand for houses in [Stamford Hill] is so great that people are taking houses in really bad condition, which is unfair”. Amid fluttering St George Cross flags, the islanders tell the cameras they know Charedi Jews call Canvey ‘Stamford Hill-on-Sea,’ adding: “They’ve got their own religion, their own traditions. That’ll probably stop them mixing as much as what others would.”  Canvey: The Promised Island, airs on BBC1 on Tuesday at 10.45pm

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A BBC documentary next Tuesday shows how strictly- Orthodox “pioneer” Jews from London have relocated to Canvey Island, one of the five most pro-Brexit wards in Britain, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. The programme shows how the estuary town – known for its boy racers, ‘Essex girls’ and support for UKIP – was chosen by large Charedi families priced out of traditionally Orthodox areas of London, such as Stamford Hill. Canvey: The Promised Island tells the story of how, in the past year, one

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Orthodox Judaism


It’s Biblical




Accepting, as I do, that the Torah is a factual document, Moses was the greatest leader in world history. He emancipated his people from slavery and forged them into a nation. He produced on-demand miracles, didn’t lose a battle and, most significantly, provided them with a code of values that lives with their descendants 3,500 years later. So what made Moses the great leader he was? In this portion, the Torah starts us off with three that I believe are the absolute fundamentals of great leadership. They are all in the following verse, but I only have space to talk about one. ‘…and Moses grew up and went out to his brothers and felt their burdens….’ The sages point out that in the previous verse, it said ‘the child grew up’, so this second ‘growing up’ seems redundant. They explain this is not the case. The first was simply Moses becoming an adult. The second, however, was Moses taking upon himself responsibility. This only happens if a person chooses. Moses was a man who accepted responsibility wherever he went. And taking responsibility is the first quality of a great leader. In the eyes of a leader, problems should belong to him. He might consult and involve others, or even delegate to others. But the problem is his to solve and if he does not, he is the one at fault. As the sign on President Truman’s desk stated: ‘The buck stops here.’ Great leaders take full responsibility when things go wrong. Small leaders blame circumstance and others. I look forward to America’s next Harry Truman.

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“...And pray that there’s intelligent life out there in space, because there’s b****r all down here on earth.” So ends a classic Monty Python song about the amazing universe in which we are just one small speck. For millennia, looking up at our galaxy at night and seeing the Milky Way (pictured) across the heavens, human beings have wondered whether we are the only intelligent life form. In the past 50 years, with space exploration, we have set up programmes to find out what the truth is and now NASA has discovered the first alien solar system known to host as many planets as our own. So, what does the Torah say about this? Not much. The Torah deals with our own origins and history on earth. God created the universe. However, as we look through

the rest of the Tanakh, we start to see a more complex picture. The idea of other life and possibly intelligence on other planets did not escape our ancient ancestors. Every day we say: “Your Kingdom is a Kingdom of all worlds,” three times in Ashrei, and we refer to “worlds without number” in the Song of Songs. In a few weeks, we will read the story of Deborah, which includes the following: “‘Cursed be Meroz’ said the angel of God. ‘Curse bitterly the inhabitants thereof


because they did not come to the aid of God, to help God against the mighty!’” This refers, says our tradition, to the inhabitants of a star that did not come to the aid of us Jews in time of need. The concept of exotheology is firmly embedded not only in our scriptural, but in rabbinic tradition too. The Talmud in Avodah Zarah 3b talks about 18,000 worlds. Jewish theologians tackling the unique nature of God asked in the Middle Ages whether it was possible that each of many thousands of worlds has its own god, as a way of challenging the thinking behind our theology. Philosopher Hasdai Crescas (14th century), wrote in Ohr Hashem 4,5 that there is nothing in the Torah that denies the possibility of extra-terrestrial life. The conclusion is that God is one, but there could be many worlds with life on them. Kabbalists really enjoyed this concept and the Lubavitcher rebbe also said that to deny the possiblity of extra-terrestrial life was essentially to limit an infinite God.  Zvi Solomons is rabbi of the Jewish Community of Berkshire (JCoB.org) in Reading

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Progressive Judaism

The Bible Says What?

Progressively Speaking

‘Lepers must be welcomed back to the community’

How should Progressive Jews greet the start of a secular year?

BY RABBI MARK GOLDSMITH “This shall be the ritual for a leper at the time that he is to be cleansed.” The Torah portions Tazria and Metzora in the middle of the Book of Leviticus are not popular among those who have a choice over when their bar or batmitzvah might take place. They are full of law about personal purification, including for a person with a potentially contagious skin condition which, in Torah, is called tzra’at, normally translated as leprosy. Why would you want to read this out to a congregation, especially in celebration of your becoming an adult? What makes these chapters so critical to our reading of Torah is not so much the diseases and conditions that they describe, but what happens to a person after the disease seems to have gone away. Leviticus chapter 14 describes an elaborate and very public ritual of reintegrating the person into the community, which could not live with them while the disease raged.

During a time when contagious conditions could not be treated, the person with leprosy was isolated. However, when the disease had gone, it was the job of the most prominent person in the community, the priest, the Cohen, to work with them to bring them back into Israelite society as an equal participant. This was done by the priest helping the ex-leper with a number of rituals requiring close contact, public sacrifices and public declarations that this person is to be welcomed back. These portions are a challenge to examine who we place “out of bounds” in our society, because they are perceived as some kind of threat. When we hear them, we are challenged to be like the priests, accepting the responsibility to go out and see these people, examine and understand their experience and look for some way to bring them back in.  Mark Goldsmith is rabbi of Alyth Synagogue

BY RABBI PETE TOBIAS The start of a secular year offers an opportunity to consider how we humans have sought to impose our own structures on the machinations of the universe. The year 2017 (a date based on the presumed birth year of a Middle Eastern child) ended on 31 December (the name of the month and the number of days in it established by Julius Caesar more than 2,000 years ago) at midnight (an arbitrary moment when one day is deemed to have ended and the next begins). At that point, reached in different parts of the globe at different times, human society moved into 2018 as a new day, a new month and a new year began. The universe did not even notice. Compare that to our Jewish calendar. The new year arrives not at some random point in the middle of winter, but at the time when summer turns to autumn.

The last day of Elul and the first of Tishri do not fall at the whim of some ancient ruler. They are denoted by the appearance of the new moon. And the new day, month and year do not begin at some artificial moment in the middle of the night, but as the sun sets. To be sure, the universe does not notice this either, but those who observe this calendar are more in tune with that universe and nature around them. Our ancestors observed how, at this time of the year, the sun was lower in the sky, and rose later and set earlier each day. Darkness

increased and, in the ancient mind, there lodged the fear that the sun might disappear, never to return. Once they discovered fire, human beings used light to keep the darkness at bay, imagining, perhaps, that they were sending messages to an invisible force beyond the sky, pleading for the light to return. We are fortunate. We have computers and the scientific knowledge to tell us that, although we cannot yet perceive it, the days are already growing lighter. But, like our ancestors, we still surround ourselves with lights to make us feel safe in the dark. As all our self-made boundaries are reached, and we pass inexorably into the year we shall call 2018, may the increase in daylight bring renewed hope to us and our troubled planet.  Pete Tobias is rabbi of The Liberal Synagogue, Elstree

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Dear Maxi My phone network notified me a few months ago that I can use my phone while travelling in the EU as if at home. Having recently returned from such a trip, I received a large bill for calling the USA in Belgium, yet at home I have a bundle that covers me for this. They refuse to refund me. Is this correct? Amy Dear Amy This is an excellent question, which has confused many. EU regulation dictates that while roaming within the EU, networks


RESOURCE THE JEWISH EMPLOYMENT ADVICE CENTRE Dear Lesley I read that networking is the best way to find a job. I’ve told my family and friends I’m looking, but it’s not working and I’d be embarrassed to ask others. Now what? Robert

Dear Robert Studies estimate that 70 percent of jobs are indeed found through networking as this gives people access to the “hidden job market”. So don’t give up. Instead, build a more comprehensive networking strategy. First, identify everyone in your network. Not just family and friends but also your dentist, neighbours, ex-colleagues, people in your community or sports club. And don’t forget connections on social media, especially LinkedIn. Next, work out exactly what you’re looking for – the ideal role and type of organisation, business or charity. That way you can be specific rather than just vaguely telling people you’re looking for work.

must offer your local minutes, SMS and data as per your home allowances, subject to fair usage policies. The EU regulation does not dictate that networks must offer additional bolt ons that you may have as part of your home tariff, for example calling abroad. In your particular case, the network therefore is allowed to charge you for this. My advice is to contact them prior to your next trip to see what roaming bundle options they can offer to cover your out of country calling requirement. At RCUK, we have a range of options available and across multiple networks to help ensure that usage and overspend of this kind is reduced as best as can be. Call the RCUK mobile team if you have any questions about this. They will happily assist you.

Plan carefully how you will approach contacts and what you will say. Don’t ask directly for a job, as this can make people feel pressurised. Instead, summarise your skills and ideal role, then ask for advice, information, ideas, contacts. Most people will be flattered and want to help if they have time, especially if you have friends or interests in common. Follow up to say thank you and keep the relationship going. If there is no response, move on. Networking is not an exact science, but sometimes the person you least expect comes up with a really useful opportunity. So be friendly and persistent. Take a genuine interest in others. At some point you may be a network contact for them.


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available to new olim of every age, including for you and your children. In some areas there are specialised ulpanim for children. In some, you can even find summer camps for the children of new olim, which would give your kids a peer group going through the transition into Israeli life. Most schools will also be able to provide or arrange for extra tutoring or language support to help them integrate into the classroom. As for legal issues around your specific situation as a single mother, I suggest you come to our office for a faceto-face meeting. To schedule an appointment to discuss further, please get in touch on 020 8371 5258 or email sharong@jafi.org



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Harriers start year in historic fashion ATHLETICS Maccabi London Harriers athletes got 2018 off to a record-breaking start when they took part at the New Year’s Day Indoor Athletic Open at The Lee Valley Stadium. The squad of 13 athletes, aged between 11-15, were competing against clubs from across the south of England, and did so in style – producing numerous personal bests and club records. Head coach Murray Ayrton said: “Everyone in the squad enjoyed the day. These events are very competitive and have such a great atmosphere. On top of that, all the training we have been doing really paid off as the athletes delivered 19 personal bests and 10 Maccabi club records.”

Football fanatics’ 13-hour charity match FOOTBALL Fourteen teenagers from Edgware and Hendon made good use of their love of football – by taking part in a 13-hour match to raise money for charity. The idea of 15-yearold Amichai Lerer, the game was held at Barnet Powerleague, and saw the Hendon boys raise money for GIFT, with their Edgware opponents playing for Donnies Trust. Amichai said: “We chose to give the donations to GIFT as we know they do a huge amount of amazing work in our area, but particularly wanted to give back to the community in which we live.” Amichai has so far raised £1,660 via his justgiving site, while £3,372 has been raised for the Donnies Trust. You can still donate at http://bit.ly/2Cs0hrB

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Joe’s spurred on to inspire Wycombe to FA Cup upset FA CUP THIRD ROUND Wycombe Wanderers defender Joe Jacobson is hoping his side can use their dramatic 4-3 defeat to Tottenham Hotpsur last season to cause an FA Cup third round upset at the weekend. The League Two side has enjoyed an encouraging first half to the season, sitting a place and point off an automatic promotion spot, and host Championship side Preston on Saturday. Although there are two divisions separating the sides, Jacobson is hoping last season’s last-gasp defeat at White Hart Lane will help give them the confidence they need to cause an upset. The 31-year-old told Jewish News: “We take confidence from the game against Spurs and the year before we took Aston Villa to a reply, when they were in the Premier League. The way the manager sets us up, we’re always going to be attacking, we don’t just sit back and try to hit someone on the break, as we showed by scoring three goals at Spurs. “Preston are probably doing a bit better than many people thought they would. I watched their game against Cardiff the other night – being a Welsh lad myself – and they showed they’re very resolute, always in the game and when it matters they’ve got a bit of quality to win.

“It will be extremely difficult for us, but it’s an FA Cup tie and over the past few years, we’ve done very well against top teams, we have nothing to lose. “We know it will be extremely difficult, but it’s the FA Cup and anything can happen, hopefully they’ll be a big crowd down at Adam Park and hopefully it will be a game where Preston may not fancy it. “Maybe they’ll rest a couple of players and we’ll hope they won’t be at 100 percent. If we can step up a level and play to our maximum ability, who knows, maybe we can cause an upset.” Despite a fine league run and proximity to an automatic promotion place, he says they don’t view the cup run as a distraction, but rather welcomes it as it gives them more confidence for their league programme. “We want to have a cup run,” he says. “We said at the start of the season our main goal was to get promotion, but our cup run last season galvanised us and put us on a great run. We’re doing quite well in the league, but we don’t feel like we’ve put together a good run, so these cup games are good for us in that if we can win them, it adds to our confidence. It’s not a distraction as we don’t have a game the following Saturday . We want to give everything we can and hopefully be in the draw for the next round.”

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40 Jewish News

4 January 2018



4 January 2018 Jewish News

Book now: chiefrabbi.org/neshama Ilana Epstein and Nicky Goldman Making Your Voice Heard Stage Fright? Imposter Syndrome? How do you step into a room and take charge of it? Attend this workshop on leadership and presentation skills, inspired by female characters from the Torah. Leanne Binstock and Jacqueline Feldman Hearing the Music of the Torah What place does music and song have in Torah and prayer? How can we use it as a means to connect to Hashem? An experiential workshop which will take you on a musical journey to a deep expression of spirituality and connection to Judaism. Ma’aleh Film School’s Katie Green – Screening of ‘A Gravedigger’s Daughter’ A film portraying a woman’s wishes to follow in her father’s footsteps in the face of criticism and opposition by her family and community. This remarkable film will be followed by a discussion on the issues it raises. Lauren Levin Navigating the Talmud: A Unique Intergenerational Conversation An introduction to learning Gemara (Talmud). Gain an understanding of the dimensions and personalities in the Gemara through studying a number of fascinating stories and passages.

Avigayil Fabian and Emma Taylor Dance as an Expression of Leadership Learn a passage from Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) and experience a dance interpretation of the passage. An interactive session with an opportunity to interpret a passage of Torah through dance. Ma’ayanot: Shoshana Landau, Lisa Levene, Abi Kurzer Torah Tasters: Hear from the Ma’ayanot Meet some of the participants on the Chief Rabbi’s Ma’ayan Programme through hearing their short, creative and illuminating presentations on the Shabbat services. Each brief talk will go through a different key aspect of Shabbat prayer, shedding new light on the weekly tefillah.




Jewish News 4 January 2018

Saturday night 27th January 2018 All about The Neshama Festival Join us for a uniquely inspiring evening, featuring world renowned educators and presenters. The Neshama Festival will offer opportunities to experience Torah through traditional means and through art, film, dance and music, from shiurim to interactive, creative workshops. The evening will include a music Havdalah, a stimulating choice of breakout sessions, a light dinner with drinks and a concert to conclude.

What is on offer 18.30 19.00 19.45 20.35 21.05 22.00 22.30

Doors open – light supper and drinks Grand welcome and Musical Havdalah Session 1 Break – food and drink available Session 2 An inspirational concert by Nafshah Finish

The details Cost Venue Travel


At a Central London Hotel Coaches available from Borehamwood, Edgware, Hendon, Hampstead Garden Suburb, Bushey and Barnet + more locations if requested - £7.00

Book now: chiefrabbi.org/neshama

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