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Shechita labelling fears Labour plan to mark meat ‘stunned’ or ‘non-stunned’ The Labour Party plans to introduce the mandatory labelling of meat as ‘stunned’ or ‘non-stunned’, writes Adam Decker. Jewish community leaders this week criticised the new proposal for domestic and imported meat to “include details on country of origin, method of production and method of slaughter” – this being either ‘stunned’ or ‘non-stunned’. Current government policy does not include labelling. However, last week Animal Welfare Minister Lord Gardiner said the Conservatives may also consider a change after Brexit as part of broader considerations on food labelling. Shimon Cohen, Shechita UK’s campaign director, took issue with this distinction of stunned or non-stunned meat, saying more accurate information was required.

“It is unfortunate that the Labour Party’s proposal regarding meat labelling is behind the curve,” he said. “Informed circles have now moved this d i s c u s s i o n on to a comprehensive method of slaughter labelling.” Under this system, consumers would know whether their meat had been killed “by captive bolt shooting, gassing, electrocution by tongs or water or any of the other approved methods”, he said. “It is neither correct nor sufficient for meat to be labelled as ‘stunned’ or ‘non-stunned’. We must be careful

not to mislead the consumer into believing mechanical stunning is a kind medicinal process, sending the animal into a woozy unconsciousness,” he said. “Mechanical stunning is an aggressive procedure which many object to.” Cohen added that a comprehensive method of slaughter labelling was “welcomed by religious communities and animal welfare groups alike” and urged the Labour Party “to urgently review their policy”. Labour’s other policies include closing loopholes that allow fox

and hare-hunting, banning foie gras, which is produced by force-feeding ducks or geese, and mandating drivers who run over and kill cats to report it, as is required for dogs. Jackie Lipowicz of the Kosher Meat Traders Association said: “We have nothing to hide. We practice the highest standards of slaughter and we have always said we would be happy to label our meat as non-stunned, providing others also label how their meat was stunned, whether this be gassing or drowning.” In a House of Lords debate earlier this month, animal welfare minister Lord Gardiner said: “The labelling issue is important. It is essential that everyone is allowed to make an informed choice. We will be consider this issue in the context of our departure from the EU.”


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News / Netanyahu probe / Jet shot down

Bibi on the brink as police call for PM to be indicted Israeli police this week recommended that Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on bribery, fraud and breach of trust charges in two corruption cases. Senior politicians from both the left and right-wing of Israeli politics called for him to step down, with Education Minister Naftali Bennett saying his former mentor was “not living up to the standards expected”. Netanyahu, however, angrily denied wrongdoing. The decision whether to indict Netanyahu will now be made by Attorney General Avihai Mandelblit, and could take many months, but Netanyahu – who has been prime minister for 12 of the past

22 years – has been weakened by the police conclusion. In one case, police say Netanyahu accepted nearly £216,000 in gifts from two billionaires, Hollywood movie mogul Arnon Milchan and Australian businessman James Packer. In another, he is alleged to have offered to weaken a newspaper’s rival in exchange for favourable coverage, according to a taped call. The paper he is alleged to have offered to weaken is Israel Hayom, owned by US casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson. “I will continue to lead Israel responsibly and loyally as long as you, the

citizens of Israel, choose me to lead you,” said an ashen-faced Netanyahu on TV. “I am sure the truth will come to light.” Colleagues from Netanyahu’s Likud Party, such as cabinet minister Miri Regev, rallied behind him, but Colin Shindler, emeritus professor at SOAS, University of London, said the consummate politician’s luck “may have run out”. Pressure has been building for months, and two other ongoing police cases are focusing on Netanyahu’s family and aides. In one case, his wife Sara is accused of misusing NIS 359,000 (£77,000) in public money for the family’s fine dining.

Netanyahu has angrily rejected claims of wrongdoing

Syrian air defence crippled after Israeli jet shot down Israel is reported to have damaged or destroyed half of Syria’s air defences in retaliation for the downing of an Israeli jet. In a massive action, eight Israeli planes bombed 12 military sites in Syria, including air defence batteries around the capital Damascus, as the

two countries came to blows over Iran’s presence in Syria. The strikes were ordered within hours of an Israeli F-16 being shot down over northern Israel, the pilot and navigator ejecting before the plane hit the ground. The pilot was this week recovering in hospital.

The F-16 had itself been returning from a bombing run targeting the command and control centre operating an Iranian drone, which had earlier flown into Israeli airspace, before being destroyed by an Israeli attack helicopter. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin

Netanyahu said: “We will continue to do whatever is necessary to protect our sovereignty and our security.” IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said: “Our primary concern is the Iranian presence in Syria and the fact they are building military infrastructure inside Syria.”

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JLC launches independent inquiry into Newmark case Jeremy Newmark has stepped down from his role as chairman of the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) following allegations of financial impropriety during his time at the helm of the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC). It comes as the JLC told The Jewish Chronicle this week that it had hired an independent law firm and would hire independent accountants to review its handling of the case around Newmark (pictured), who resigned in 2013 for health reasons. Newmark, who narrowly lost out in his 2017 bid to become an MP in Finchley and Golders Green, resigned from the JLM after revitalising the organisation over the past two years, amid the Labour Party’s anti-Semitism scandal and increasingly strained relations with the Jewish community. Peter Mason, the national secretary of the JLM, said Newmark was stepping down “to enable him to act in a clear and individual capacity in seeking redress following the publication of historic allegations about him and others”. Mason denied claims that the national executive committee (NEC) of the JLM had voted “overwhelmingly” to ask New-

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2013, before which he was the spokesman for then Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. Newmark, the leader of Hertsmere’s Constituency Labour Party, was chosen to be the parliamentary candidate for Finchley and Golders Green in May last year, narrowly losing to Tory incumbent Mike Freer. He attracted condemnation for standing against a strong ally of the community. Now looking for a new chair, the JLM was established in 1903 as the Jewish Socialist Labour Party (Poale Zion) and this week celebrates 98 years of having been affiliated to the Labour Party. Newmark had been critical of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s approach to tackling anti-Semitism in the party, saying last month that he “questions if (Corbyn) understands it the way we do”. Last year, following calls by JLM, Labour enacted new rules designed to make it easier to deal with antiSemites in the party. The party has also adopted the new International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism. Newmark has refuted the allegations against him.

Oxfam suspect had Jewish charity role Safeguarding policies were being reviewed this week after news that a former employee at a Ukrainian Jewish charity was involved in the Oxfam sex scandal in Haiti. London-based World Jewish Relief (WJR), which raises money through British supporters for operations in Ukraine, said its separate Ukrainian arm hired a man involved in the scandal, in which several Oxfam aid workers paid poor Haitian women for sex in 2010, despite being in the country to help them. Some may have been underage. Prime Minister Theresa May has called for “an urgent investigation” after reports that the humanitarian aid workers were involved in “a full-on Caligula orgy” and that Oxfam bosses “covered up” the allegations. In a statement this week, WJR spokesman Rafi Cooper said the man was employed in an office-based role by Ukraine Jewish Relief, a separate legal

entity registered in Ukraine, on an 18-month fixed-term contract, which ended in June. “We were not made aware, either by references or by the employee himself, that he had even worked in Haiti, nor were we ever made aware of any past allegations of misconduct against him,” said Cooper. “There have been no allegations of impropriety while he worked for Ukraine Jewish Relief.” The former employee is understood to have helped the charity’s response to the humanitarian disaster in the east of Ukraine, caused by fighting between government troops and Russia-backed separatist rebels since 2014, which has in turn led to large-scale internal displacement. His salary is believed to have been paid in part by British supporters of the charity. Asked about the man’s role, Cooper said: “He would have had access to vulnerable people but there were no allegations of impropriety.”


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News / Uni protest / Anti-Israel challenge / Activist mourned

Police at campus Israel demo But this ambition largely failed as a hostile crowd gathered outside the Great Hall in which Meridor spoke, in a speech moderated by Bar-Ilan Professor Menachem Klein, a visiting professor at King’s. Students holding red-andgreen-daubed posters with the words “war criminal” on them began to scream at anyone making their way into the hall. Some protesters complained about having their photos taken, although some were taking photographs of audience members. King’s College security guards, who patrolled in the hall throughout, would allow only those who had previously

A crowd of about 60 students barracked an Israel Society meeting held at King’s College London’s campus, resulting in the police being called to ensure the safety of the audience and speaker, writes Jenni Frazer. The meeting, addressed by former Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor, was held jointly by King’s Israel Society, City University Israel Society and a new organisation, the Pinsker Centre. The UK-based Pinsker Centre says its mission is “to preserve freedom of speech on British university campuses and allow a non-hostile platform for discussion on Israel”.

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registered to enter, to avoid disruption; but chanting and screaming from outside continued throughout Meridor’s address and the question and answer session, making it at times impossible to hear him. Meridor had been more optimistic about the protests, telling Jewish News before the meeting he hoped it might be possible for Israel critics to enter and have “a civilised

discussion”. But that did not prove possible and after the meeting, King’s Israel Society president Tamara Behrens announced the police had been called and that anyone who did not feel comfortable walking past the protesters should wait in the hall until they arrived. In the end, most chose to walk through the crowd. One King’s student told Jewish News: “All they [the protesters]

want to do is intimidate and I can’t stand it.” A spokesperson for the Union of Jewish Students said they were “deeply disappointed that those wishing to attend a talk by KCL Israel Society were intimidated and harassed.” Klein made clear that he and Meridor came from opposite sides of the political fence, and yet he introduced his guest

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as “a disappearing type of Israeli politician”, joking that Meridor had never been the subject of an investigation by the Israeli police. In an analysis of the situation in the Middle East, Meridor appeared to regret the “nationalist” line taken by the current Israeli government at the expense of the “liberal” approach, which he said was “part of the DNA of the Likud party”. Making a case for pursuit of a two-state solution, he deplored a situation in which “religion adds rigidity” when people vote. Speaking of relations with the US, he said he did not “feel at home” with the evangelist movement that has expressed support for Israel. Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush condemned the protest, saying: “Clearly there are deficiencies in King’s College’s event management, which allowed these scenes to take place.”

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Israel’s defenders in the UK have said their efforts to stop Israeli Apartheid Week events this year will focus on a new definition of anti-Semitism, which says it is anti-Semitic to call Israel a ‘racist state’. The campaign, being led by Israel Britain Alliance, will concentrate on the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism, which was adopted in December 2016. “That definition explains that claiming that the existence of the state of Israel is a racist and illegitimate endeavour is anti-Semitic,” said Michael McCann, director of the Israel Britain Alliance. “Therefore, by the Government’s own measure, the words ‘Israel Apart-

heid Week’ are manifestly anti-Semitic and violate the IHRA standard.” In previous years, Pro-Israel campaigners have focused on universities’ responsibilities to uphold the Public Sector Equality Duty to have due regard to achieve the objectives set out under section 149 of the Equality Act 2010. This means they must eliminate discrimination and foster good relations

between those who share a relevant protected characteristic – such as race and religion – and those who do not share it. McCann, a former MP, said Israeli Apartheid Week was “used by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to demonise and delegitimise the State of Israel”, adding that it was “unacceptable for British universities to give these events a venue in the mistaken belief that this is about free speech”. This year will be the 14th annual Israeli Apartheid Week of actions taking place around the world between 19 February and 17 April. It is as “an international series of events that seek to raise awareness of Israel’s apartheid system over the Palestinian people and to build support for the growing BDS movement”.

Israel activist Silver dies MPS HEAR OF ‘ALARMING’ A pro-Israel activist from East kippa after visiting stalls and RISE IN ANTI-SEMITISM London, who was involved attending lectures. He was in a major confrontation at last summer’s PalExpo event, died suddenly last week and was buried at Waltham Forest cemetery on Sunday. Chiropodist Jason Silver, 50, who ran the Silver Podiatry practice in Loughton, Essex, ran foul of the PalExpo organisers after he had spent time at the event, billed as a celebration of Palestinian life and culture. Silver ran into trouble when he put on a

asked to leave but no explanation was given for his ejection. Silver complained to the police about his treatment – and filmed his argument with the organisers – but did not succeed in resolving the issue. His name appeared on an anti-Israel blog as one of the “Gang of 31 Zionists Whose Purpose is to Disrupt Palestinian Events in London”. That reference has been removed from the blog.

The “alarming” rise in antiSemitism was the focus of a parliamentary delegation’s visit to Jewish community organisations. Six politicians took part in a series of briefings and meetings with those at the forefront of tackling recent rise in hate, learning about the fears and concerns of the community. Labour parliamentarians Sarah Jones, Alex Sobel, Tulip Siddiq and Yvette Cooper were

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Donor debate / News briefs / News

‘Fatal reluctance’ over organ donors Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has called for people to overcome “a fatal reluctance” to discuss organ donation, as a minister from the Department of Health visited a London shul to discuss opt-out donation. Jackie-Doyle Price was hosted by North Western Reform Synagogue (Alyth) last Thursday evening, accompanied by Sally Johnson, the director of organ donation and transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant. They met Rabbi Josh Levy and heard people’s experiences of organ donation, as part of the Government’s consultation into an opt-out system, as opposed to the current opt-in system. The consultation ends on 6 March. Some Orthodox Jewish leaders have expressed concern about an opt-out system, but most of the community appears to be in favour. Government figures suggest that shifting the balance of pre-

sumption could save the lives of 6,500 people currently waiting for a transplant. Eighty percent of people say they would be willing to donate their organs but only 36 percent register as donors. “Every day, three people die for want of a transplant, which is why our historic plans to transform the way organ donation works are so important,” said Hunt. “We want as many people as possible to have their say as we shape the new opt-out process. “As well as changing the law, we also need to change the conversation. It can be a difficult subject to broach, but overcoming this fatal reluctance to talk openly about our wishes is key to saving many more lives in the future.”

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SURVIVORS PROTEST AGAINST POLISH LAW Dozens of Israeli Holocaust survivors have protested outside the Polish Embassy in Tel Aviv against legislation in Poland to outlaw the country being blamed for Nazi crimes. The survivors entered the embassy compound and surrounded a diplomat’s vehicle waving signs and shouting slogans. They carried signs in Hebrew and Polish saying “No law will erase history”, “The Polish law spits in the Israeli people’s face” and “I still have nightmares because of what the Poles did”.

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News / It’s Sam-ba-mantha! / Student’s goal

Sam goes from Kentish Town to Carnival A “nice Jewish girl” from Kentish Town was this week given the honour of leading the main float at the worldfamous Rio Carnival. Samantha Mortner spent 12 years as a PR executive in London before moving to Brazil in 2006. Now called Samantha Flores, after her first marriage, the 37-year-old’s hard work mastering samba moves came to fruition as she danced her float along the city’s strip in front of a joyous crowd of 90,000. Dressed in a bikini woven with 12,000 tiny shimmering stones, with 500 pheasant feathers adorning her headdress, Flores led the Sambadrome in “the biggest party on earth”, telling the BBC that she is just “a nice Jewish girl

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from north London”. The country’s leading samba schools were full of admiration for Flores, whose feat made her the first non-Brazilian ever to lead the event. “It’s like you’re a popstar with so many people standing up and screaming

for you,” she said. “Of course it’s not only for you, it’s for the samba school, but the sensation is unique.” Flores went to Rio on holiday just before the financial crisis and fell in love. She began working for a non-governmental organisation (NGO) teaching English and gave extra tuition to a student in return for the student teaching her samba. Years of hard work led to her playing the role of Yemanja, goddess of the sea, the second most important behind the ‘rainha da bateria,’ or queen, who leads the group of drummers – the heartbeat of the parades. The one-mile parade, taking each performer 80 minutes, lasts until Monday.

BOARD CAMPAIGN FOR Immanuel College boy signs for US football team A Jewish student with a talent for with Britain in the European Maccabi FEMALE CANDIDATES football has been signed by a top Games before joining Team GB at the A campaign to encourage women and young people to stand for election for the Board of Deputies has been launched. British Jewry’s main representative body is seeking to boost the status of “historically under-represented” groups at elections in May, through a

social media initiative. Chief executive Gillian Merron said: “In our election year, we are launching a campaign to encourage more diversity among our elected representatives. Women and young people have been historically under-represented.”

American university. Year 13 pupil Reuben Rabstein, deputy head boy at Immanuel College, has signed on the dotted line last to play for Riverhawks at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. Reuben began playing aged six, becoming goalkeeper for Maccabi Lon­don Lions FC, then winning gold

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Jewish News 15 February 2018

News / Family tragedy / Abuse compensation

Couple shares family heartache They lost their daughter when she was just days old, never knowing what became of her, and lived with the loss for years, until one day in Yorkshire, they found rest. Such is the loving, moving story of David and Beryl Davis, a Jewish couple from south London whose baby was born in the 1950s with what was termed “physical defects”. The young couple were never told where their daughter, Katie, had been buried, so she has no tombstone to this day. The South London Synagogue members decided to publish online the manuscript

David had written in the aftermath of the tragedy, and establish a website whereby others can do the same, asking readers to make a charitable donation. “I was cleaning out cupboards and came across the manuscript, which I filed away many years ago and forgot about,” said David, a former journalist for The Times. “We decided to share the story to raise money for charity.” Katie’s Seat, the title of the 23-page script, stems from the moment their anguish ended, high up on a Yorkshire clifftop. It is one of the first on the newly-created website reada bookforcharity.org.

Memories: Beryl, David and their Katie’s Seat manuscript

David recalls the heartache, the meetings, the legal wrangling, the call for support from his rabbi, the crying at Tube

stations, the decision about whether to even look at their daughter, and their eventual loss only a week later.

“At first I turned to self pity, how cruel life had been...,” he writes. “I blamed everyone and everything. When my anger subsided, my mind started to focus on the reality of the situation.” It describes how the pair, who live in Hertfordshire, found solace when they came across a wooden bench named Katie’s Seat – after a young local woman – on the cliff top overlooking Whitby beach. “We sat in silence for hours on the bench thinking about the coincidence. Once we had got over the shock we agreed we would share Katie’s Seat as a memorial to our daughter.”

Composer abused at Carmel wins redress A British Jewish composer sexually abused by a house master at a private college nicknamed ‘the Jewish Eton’ has been awarded compensation. Stephen Endelman, who has worked with figures including Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, has now waived his right to anonymity about

his abuse at Carmel College in Oxfordshire before it closed in 1997, which he says he “buried” for years. Endelman’s abuser, French teacher Trevor Bolton, was jailed for 18 years in 2015 for several counts of sexually abusing young Jewish boys over a 20-year period.

One victim, who wants to remain anonymous, said he was raped several times a week for five years and would “never” forgive his parents for sending him there. Others said Bolton would invite boys to his room to watch Match of the Day, smoke, drink Coke and eat Jaffa Cakes.

Speaking to The Guardian, Endelman said: “I would be taken back to my room then he would come and get me later, and I would spend the night in his bed.” Former headmaster Rabbi Jeremy Rosen said he did not learn of Bolton’s crimes until 14 years after he left, and a year after the school closed.


ISRAELI MUSIC PRIZE FOR McCARTNEY Sir Paul McCartney will receive a prize awarded by the Israeli president. The singer-songwriter is to share the Wolf Prize for Music with the Hungarian conductor Ádám Fischer in a ceremony at the Knesset in May. Theirs is one of six Wolf Foundation awards, totalling £360,000. President Rivlin said: “I and many Israelis share the eternal love of the works of Sir Paul McCartney and the Beatles.” The Wolf arts rotates annually among painting, music, architecture and sculpture.

BANK LEUMI NAMES NEW UK CHIEF EXEC The UK subsidiary of Bank Leumi, Israel’s biggest bank, has appointed a new chief executive. Gil Karni, the former Bucharest chief, led the bank’s Israeli desk after a spell in managerial posts. “I’m keen to get started in London,” he said. “London is where the Leumi story really began.” Karni added: “Working alongside experts in everything from international trade, property and high-tech to commodities, hotels and media finance, the UK Bank is an exciting posting.”


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News / Mosaic found / ‘Terror’ plot / News in brief

1,800-year-old mosaic unearthed in Israeli park An 1,800-year-old Byzantineera Roman mosaic bearing an inscription in ancient Greek was discovered at a national park in Israel. The multicoloured mosaic was unearthed in Caesarea National Park during an archaeological excavation as part of a conservation and reconstruction project by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and the Caesarea Development Corp., in cooperation with the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. The dig, part of reconstruction work on a Crusaders-era entrance bridge to Caesarea and the construction of a promenade for visitors, uncovered part of a large, opulent building dating back 1,500 years to the Byzantine period. Archaeologists discovered the mosaic under the Byzantine-era structure, likely used for commerce and social events, from an even earlier building dating back about

The mosaic was found during an archaeological excavation

1,800 years, the Antiquities Authority said in a statement. The mosaic, which is 11.5ft by 26ft, “is of a rare high quality”, Peter Gendelman and Uzi ‘Ad, directors of the excavation for the IAA, said in a statement. “It features three figures, multicoloured geometric patterns and a long inscription in Greek, which were damaged by the Byzantine building constructed on top of it. The figures, all males, wear togas

and apparently belonged to the upper class.” They said it is not known who the figures represent. The Israel Antiquities Authority Conservation Administration is now working to ensure that the exposed parts of the mosaic are preserved properly. The area of the bridge is also being replanned to make the mosaic accessible to the public, according to the authority.

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Plot ‘targeted’ Jews and White Hart Lane A delivery driver discussed killing members of Tottenham’s Jewish community and attacking White Hart Lane, before attempting to join Islamic State, a court has heard. Somali Aweys Shikhey allegedly talked about killing former Prime Minister David Cameron and the “old woman Elizabeth”, as well as shooting Jewish people and launching an AK47 attack at White Hart Lane, then home to Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. The Old Bailey heard this week how Shikhey, 38, led a double life and dreamed of travelling to take part in violent jihad after moving to Tottenham, north London, which has a significant Jewish population. Exchanges with a fellow Somali living in Kenya were revealed on Abdirahman Idris Hassan’s computer after he was arrested for alleged terrorism offences in September 2016. Barnaby Jameson, prosecuting, said the chat would never have seen the light of day

had Hassan not been detained in east Africa. The messages dating back to 31 May 2016 also revealed Shikhey had been thinking for a year about travelling to take part in jihad. The defendant told Hassan there were “a lot of Jews” in the area of Stamford Hill in north London. Hassan talked of “smelling fuel … like you are lighting cigarette then burn them as much as possible”. But Shikhey allegedly replied: “No brother. It is good to shoot them live.”

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AIRLINE RENAMES COUSCOUS SALAD Virgin Airlines has removed the word “Palestinian” from the name of a couscous grain salad on its in-flight menu following complaints from pro-Israel customers. The dish has been renamed “couscous salad” and the airline has issued a public statement saying it did not intend to “cause offense through the naming or renaming” of the meal, the report said. The salad included maftoul grains, which are a version of couscous popular in the Palestinian territories.

POLICE INVESTIGATING AFTER MALE ‘RAPE’ Police are investigating after a Jewish man was reportedly raped in Barnet. The victim, in his early 70s, also says he was robbed in a separate incident. Police said: “Detectives are investigating an allegation of rape. The offence is alleged to have been committed between 9 and 23 January at a residential address in Barnet. The victim also reported an allegation of theft. No arrests have yet been made, with enquiries continuing.”

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PALESTINIAN TEEN TRIAL ADJOURNED The trial of a Palestinian girl who slapped and punched two Israeli soldiers has been opened and adjourned after the judge ordered all proceedings to be held behind closed doors. Ahed Tamimi, 17, appeared confident as she entered the packed Israeli military courtroom in the West Bank, in a case that has drawn wide criticism of Israel for prosecuting the teenager. She has become the latest symbol of the long-running battle between Palestinians and Israelis over global public opinion.

RACIST GRAFFITI SPRAYED ON SHUL Anti-Semitic graffiti was spray painted on the walls of a synagogue in Barcelona. The word “pigs” was written in English followed by a sentence in Catalan reading “Get out of the country”, according to local reports. Barcelona Deputy Mayor Gerardo Pisarello, who called for an investigation into the incident, said: “Barcelona is a city which is proud of its differences. We will not allow actions of intolerance.”

‘United Jewish response’ launched to Rohingya crisis World Jewish Relief (WJR) has teamed up with global international humanitarian agencies to launch a “united global Jewish response” to the Rohingya humanitarian crisis in a collaboration that is the first of its kind. London-based WJR agreed to pool resources with IsraAid and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to help 860,000 Muslim refugees now living in official or makeshift refugee camps across Cox’s Bazar in southern Bangladesh. After a small faction of Rohingya militants attacked Myanmar police posts in Rakhine state, killing 12 members of the security forces, the response by the Myanmar Army on Rohingya villages has been called “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing” by the UN and leading charities. Rabbis in the UK and elsewhere have long called for Jewish action. “Rohingya Muslims have been utterly failed,”

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wrote Rabbi Aaron Goldstein of Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue in November. The three organisations said they would provide essential non-food items to the most vulnerable refugee families. This week, Jewish religious leaders in the UK urged people to support the campaign given their Jewish history. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said: “The inexcusable suffering of the Rohingya is a stain on the conscience of humanity and represents a failure to act

upon our commitment to protect the most vulnerable people in our world… I urge every person who is able to support these aid efforts.” WJR’s Paul Anticoni said: “We will distribute emergency packages containing hygiene and sanitary products, blankets, essential clothing and mosquito nets, and aim to provide mobile primary healthcare to parts of camps not served.” Readers can donate at worldjewishrelief.org/ rohingya


Your weekly digest of stories from the international press... UNITED STATES BELGIUM A historically Jewish fraternity at Cornell University has been placed on probation following an investigation into a ‘pig roast’ contest whereby new members of Zeta Beta Tau competed to see who could sleep with the heaviest women. The fraternity and sorority board said the chapter violated university rules.

Jewish groups in Antwerp have disagreed with the findings of a Belgian police investigation that found that the drunk driver of a car that almost hit two Orthodox Jewish pedestrians was not a race-related attack. The Belgian League Against Anti-Semitism said it would pursue the matter through the courts.



University chiefs in Montreal have found that it was not anti-Semitic for students to vote to keep proIsrael students out of the student union. Governors at McGill University noted that only one of the three students blacklisted was Jewish, and that the student body had earlier voted to back the boycott campaign.

Senior Qatari leaders have promised American Jewish leaders not to air a damning Al Jazeera documentary on the pro-Israel lobby in the United States, in an effort to get help from the Trump White House in its diplomatic spat with neighbours. Qatar is being shunned and effectively cut-off by Gulf monarchies.

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As school reopens, Danes look back on terror attack Three years after a security guard was killed at a Copenhagen shul, witnesses to the horror speak to Stephen Oryszczuk This week marks a special moment for Denmark’s small Jewish community, as the country’s only Jewish school moves into a new purposebuilt building three years after a deadly terror attack on the community in Copenhagen. This coming Monday will be a day of mixed emotions for supporters of Caroline Jewish Day School. With the unveiling of its “beautiful new buildings”, Danish Jews will also remember almost three years to the day, when the 7,000strong Jewish community was shocked to its core by a deadly Islamist attack in the capital.

At the Jewish community centre that day, 15 February 2015, were Ronen and Charlotte Thalmay, guests at a batmitzvah party. “After midnight, a guard came in screaming ‘stop the music, run to the basement,’” recalls Charlotte, vice-president of the Zionist Federation in Denmark. A second security guard, Dan Uzan, had been shot and killed outside by a radicalised Muslim man whose intention was to force his way in. The attacker escaped and a Danish anti-terror unit arrived to evacuate 40 adults and chil-

dren who had been hiding for more than two hours in a tiny basement room. “Nobody knew if more terrorists were waiting to shoot from a rooftop out there in the dark,” says Ronen, the lead singer in the klezmer band Mazel, who runs the Jewish Copenhagen tour company. “For everyone, especially the kids, it was a very traumatic experience. There was no phone signal, so we couldn’t reach family and friends, and the chaotic noise of people running around upstairs led people to fear the worst.” They, like other Danish


Clockwise from top: Charlotte and Ronen Thalmay were at the synagogue, where Jewish volunteer security guard Dan Uzan was killed. Above: A woman lays flowers in tribute

Jews, had been watching news of anti-Semitic attacks in Belgium, Sweden, France and elsewhere and, only three weeks before Uzan was killed, Islamist terrorists had attacked both the offices of satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in Paris. The Danish community was already living with a sense of unease. In 2012, the Israeli Embassy in Copenhagen warned Jewish tourists to refrain from wearing Jewish symbols on the street or speaking Hebrew loudly. In 2014, in the aftermath of Israeli operations in Gaza, the private Caroline Jewish Day School in Copenhagen told its pupils not to wear religious symbols near school grounds for security reasons, arguing that it was “a consequence of being a Jewish institution”. Yet in spite of the many dramatic events over the past 400 years, Danish Jews are “still living a prosperous life in a vibrant community”, says Charlotte. In 1622, the first Jews arrived at the invitation of King Christian IV, who was hoping famous Jews would help boost trade. Merchants from places like Amsterdam and Hamburg came to settle. “They had extensive trading privileges and freedom from religious persecution,” says Ronen. In the early 20th century, pogroms in Russia and the east forced more than 100,000 America-bound Jews through the port city of Copenhagen, where 3,000 decided to stay

but, unlike 300 years earlier, the newcomers did not get the best welcome. “Danish Jews were afraid the wave of Jews arriving would negatively impact their smooth relationship with the general population,” says Ronen. Charlotte’s great-grandfather, Salomon Bornstein, was one such immigrant, working up to 20 hours a day to establish what became a successful clothing factory. Within a generation, reluctant hosts were heroes, as the Nazis occupied Denmark. In September 1943, Hitler ordered the arrest and deportation of all Danish Jews. “Despite great personal risk, Danes spontaneously organised a rescue operation and helped Jews reach the Danish coast, where brave fishermen then ferried them to neutral Sweden,” explains Ronen. “In cooperation with the Danish resistance movement, they managed to evacuate approximately 7,000 Danish Jews, plus around 600 nonJewish spouses.” The small community is proud of its history and contribution, listing famous Danish

Jews including Nobel Prize winning physicist Niels Bohr, entertainer Victor Borge and Oscar-winning film director Susanne Bier. The state continues to protect its Jewish minority, giving $20million (£14m) per year in security funding, with the help of Denmark’s police and military. Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen told a Rosh Hashanah reception in September 2015 that Danish Jews “are and will always be an invaluable part of Danish society”. That society now has “beautiful new buildings” to celebrate on Monday, when the school reopens. Founded in 1805, it has an enrolment of about 170 Jewish students aged between six and 16. Charlotte says: “The Jewish school’s reopening [in new buildings] will ensure Jewish life in Denmark for many years to come.” However, she adds: “For the first time in 400 years of Danish Jewish history, we were met by military when we arrived for the Kol Nidrei service last year,” she says. “Things have changed in this beautiful peaceful country of ours.”

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The launch last October of Evie’s Night Owls, an at-home overnight respite service supporting parents whose children require round-the-clock care, was an initiative by Mill Hill couple Sam and Lee Bladon. Evie, was born in 2012 with severe brain damage, and was given 48 hours to live, but her parents’ devoted care led to her reaching her third birthday before passing away. In her memory, they launched Evie’s Night Owls with two sales of girls’ party dresses in London and Manchester, raising £10,000 in three months. Proceeds went to Camp Simcha, which had consistently supported the couple. For more than half a century, retired surgeon Norman Rosenbaum has been a dedicated voluntary leader within the community. Among his key roles, it is the 83-year-old Cockfosters and N Southgate Synagogue member’s fundraising for Magen David Adom (MDA) that is most impressive, as he has raised funds for 11 MDA ambulances and is about to donate a 12th. Not only is Rosenbaum’s individual fundraising record unparalleled, he has never missed an ambulance inauguration ceremony, and even witnessed one in use during a Tel Aviv terror attack in 2016. Rosenbaum, a grandfather of 10, is an embodiment of his profession’s values. Over a decade ago, Kerry Rosenfeld was told her five-year-old son, Gavriel, was diagnosed

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While the community’s schools, youth movements and other educational institutions justifiably remain a source of pride, only with Reshet’s establishment in 2015 was an integrated network for Jewish youth provision able to enhance the work of these diverse bodies as a collective. Reshet’s remit is to deploy cuttingedge research methods to identify sociological and pedagogical trends, which can help educators work with young people to overcome their most pressing challenges in a rapidly changing developmental context. One specific achievement Reshet has accomplished is the establishment of its Safeguarding Network Forum, bringing together communal organisations for joint training seminars.

A committee of dedicated volunteers, headed by Neil Martin OBE, works around the year to organise the community’s annual Yom HaShoah commemorations. In recent years, the flagship memorial event has taken place at Barnet’s Allianz Park, attracting more than 5,000 attendees to remember the lives of the six million who perished and to celebrate the contributions of refugees and survivors to the Jewish community in the UK. The initiative is supplemented by dozens of tributes in synagogues, schools, and other communal organisations, bound together by the threefold aim of: ‘Remembering the past; Honouring the memory; Shaping the future’. The Jewish community was at the forefront of the response to the Grenfell Tower fire, with local synagogues working to help those left homeless by the tragedy. West London Synagogue partnered with other faith groups to organise the Grenfell Kids Day Camp, while Holland Park Synagogue became one of the main collection centres for donations, and its nursery school opened free places for children of affected families. Local rabbis, including Moshe Freedman of New West End Synagogue, Chabad’s Yosef Wineberg, Neil Janes from West London Synagogue, and Abraham Lavi from Holland Park, contributed distinctly to interfaith vigils. The Balfour 100 campaign consisted of a series of initiatives, projects and events timed to coincide with the centenary of the Balfour Declaration last November. With the goal of

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raising awareness of the declaration’s unique significance in paving the way for Israel’s establishment, the campaign led by the Jewish Leadership Council was active both inside and outside the community. At its keynote celebratory dinner, historian Simon Schama delivered the Balfour Centenary Lecture at the Royal Society. In total, hundreds attended events organised by the campaign, while thousands more have explored an array of educational resources on its website.

As part of an initiative based on the rare fusion of society’s oldest and youngest members, Wimbledon-based Jewish nursery Apples and Honey last year opened a new setting on the site of the nearby Nightingale House care home. Apples and Honey founder Judith Ish-Horowicz came up with the idea after regularly bringing her pupils to visit the home. Although participation is open to all faiths and backgrounds – and a fifth of places are reserved for children of Nightingale Hammerson employees – shared activities encompass Jewish values and practices, including jointly-run meaningful and enriching Kabbalat Shabbat and Havdalah ceremonies. Gesher Primary School, which opened last September, is the initiative of Sarah Sultman and Ali Durban. Both parents to sons with special educational needs, the pair discovered that there was no provision for this cohort of children with-

in the Jewish community’s existing educational frameworks. The school is for children who have language and communication difficulties, and has a specialism in autistic spectrum challenges. Gesher’s impact on its maiden cohort has been so profound that the next year’s intake is already oversubscribed. Sultman and Durban have exemplified tirelessness and altruism in realising their vision of a better future for these children.

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Dr Nicola Wetherall MBE, a champion of Holocaust education, was appointed MBE in the 2016 New Year honours list for her work. Wetherall divides her time between University College London’s Centre for Holocaust Education and the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy in Swindon, where she has set up a unique programme of Holocaust and genocide education. Her work is internationally recognised and she is regularly consulted by policymakers and government officials. John Mann MP for Bassetlaw has for many years led the fight in Parliament against anti-Semitism. He chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism and the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism. He has also taken the fight to other countries and famously confronted Ken Livingstone publicly in the hours after his comments on Hitler and Zionism. His work is more remarkable since his constituency is not home to more than a handful of Jewish voters. Patrick Moriarty is the headteacher of JCoSS, the community’s only cross-denominational Jewish secondary school, as well as an Anglican priest. He is honorary secretary of the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ), and friends and colleagues alike believe that “inclusivity” is his middle name. He took part in the CCJ’s first Jewish-Christian leaders study tour of Israel-Palestine and gave one of the most popular JDOV talks – Are You Sure You’re Not Jewish? Fiyaz Mughal OBE founded the interfaith organisation Faith Matters and the Muslim hate crime reporting body, Tell Mama, modelling it on the output and principles

of Anglo-Jewry’s Community Security Trust (CST). Tell Mama and CST work closely together. Mughal is a fierce opponent of anti-Jewish elements within the Muslim community and regularly speaks out in praise of Jewish initiatives such as the fight for shechita, which has benefited those who campaign for halal meat. Maajid Nawaz has become one of the Jewish community’s most outspoken allies on his LBC radio programme, often in direct conflict with parts of his own community. As the host of a call-in programme, he systematically dismantles the arguments of those attacking or singling out Israel; this is all the more extraordinary given his one-time membership of the radical Islamist group, Hizb ut-Tahrir. A strong voice against anti-Semitism, he is the founding chairman of the counter-extremism think tank Quilliam and is a Jewish News columnist. Mike Freer MP has represented the constituency with the largest Jewish population, Finchley and Golders Green, since the 2010 election. Currently a government whip, he was key to securing an increase in government funding for communal security in 2015 and resigned as a parliamentary private secretary in order to vote against a motion to recognise Palestine in 2014. He has been a strong advocate for the launch of Jewish free schools. Dilwar Hussain, trustee of the Three Faiths Forum, has been engaged in interfaith work for many years. A regular press commentator on combating discrimination, Dilwar is vice-chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, which oversees hundreds of commemorations nationwide each year. He set up New Horizons, a progressive Muslim think tank and is the author of a pivotal report mapping Jewish and Muslim dialogue in the UK.

Ian Austin MP for Dudley North, is one of the Jewish community’s staunchest parliamentary friends. In the Commons since 2005, Austin has consistently advocated for Israel and is a strong supporter of Labour Friends of Israel and is also active in helping the Jewish Labour Movement. He is a strong ally of the Holocaust Educational Trust and spearheads an annual Holocaust Memorial Day event in his constituency. He led a campaign for a statue for Holocaust hero Frank Foley. Sir Eric Pickles is a former Conservative Friends of Israel chair, and stood down from Parliament last year with a legacy of unstinting support for the Jewish community. The man known as ‘our chum’ played a key role in bilateral relations under the Cameron and May premierships. He stayed on as Britain’s special envoy for post-Holocaust issues, travelling the world to tackle matters of restitution. Perhaps his greatest achievement was as an architect of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism. Joan Ryan MP for Enfield North chairs the Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) at a difficult time in the country’s – and party’s – history. But she has frequently spoken out against Labour’s handling of the many anti-Semitism scandals within the party and has spearheaded LFI’s successful campaign for government funding for IsraeliPalestinian coexistence projects. She is a former oral history interviewer at the Imperial War Museum and developed its first project to record the testimony of concentration camp survivors.

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daily medications and injections and regular hospital visits. Notwithstanding these difficulties, Lucy paints canvases for Camp Simcha and sings with the choir at Rays of Sunshine – making a difference to those around her.

Eleven-year-old Lucy Allalouf has inspired many through her perseverance in the face of adversity. Lucy began secondary school this year, but it was far from guaranteed that she would reach this stage with such a positive outlook on life. She was born with a rare brain tumour and survived her first brain surgery aged 14 months. A recent relapse left her with further endocrine damage, and she requires

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Iran’s obvious end game Add the following ingredients and heat on high: an Iranian drone in Israel, a downed Israeli jet, an Israeli bombing raid in Syria, unfiltered hatred and decades of distrust. After a few minutes, what have you got? Trouble rising. The world woke up to rare images of a downed Israeli jet on Saturday, and all the orchestrated cheers you’d have imagined. Of course the Israeli air force hit back, causing more damage to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s air defences than he’d have cared contemplate, let alone correct. But still. It felt like a black eye. Analysts agree: Israel has been hurt by this. Yes, it reacted with strength, destroying or damaging up to half of Syrian’s air defence systems by some estimates, but the drone shows that Iran is operating with near-impunity near Israel’s border, and the burning F-16 shows Israel is not invincible. There’s a bigger picture here. Iran has a hold in Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen, and it is now building up its Monopoly board pieces in Syria, establishing a network of militias along Israel’s northern border. If this really were Monopoly, it would be aiming to get ‘a street’ – that fabled land corridor stretching from Tehran to Beirut. If it does, Israel will feel encircled and vulnerable. It showed last weekend that it can hit back hard. But what’s the end game? Iran’s is painfully obvious and dribbling nearer.

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DYNAMOS WHO DESERVED A MENTION domineering husband. Dare I suggest your During the First World writer Francine WolfWar she collected funds isz omitted two obvifor Polish Jewry and ous individuals in her was co-founder of what list of most influential was to become Keren Jewish women of the Hayesod. She was, last 100 years (Jewish with Vera Weizmann, a News, 8 February). member of the ZionHenrietta Szold ist Federation of Great (1860-1945), all but forBritain in her own gotten today, founded Rebecca Sieff and Henrietta Szold right, rather than just Hadassah, the women’s as a ‘women’s group’ representative. Together Zionist organisation. She was ahead of Chaim they founded WIZO. Weizmann in describing her vision of a Jewish As we mark 100 years of women’s suffrage, state. At the age of 49 she went to Palestine to these two stand above most others. set up health facilities where few existed. How about the top 10 men? Any suggestions? Rebecca Sieff (1890-1966), wife of Israel Sieff Barry Hyman and sister of Simon Marks, was another dynamo Bushey Heath who would not accept second place to her

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It was wonderful to see Natasha Kaplinsky is supporting Europe’s Jewish architectural heritage (Jewish News, 8 February). Britain possesses a small but vibrant Jewish community that has worshipped in freedom and without inter-

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the theory of gravity and Pythagoras’ theory as “not being claimed by anybody as fact?” Having studied the skeletons and life functions of livestock, the similarities to man are so glaringly obvious that to disbelieve in evolution is on a par with believing the earth is flat.

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Illegal immigrants not refugees I’m disappointed that Jewish News followed the lead of other media by referring to the people being deported by Israel as refugees and asylum-seekers. They’re not. They are illegal immigrants granted temporary sanctuary by Israel. They are economic migrants seeking a better life – and who can blame them. But they are not Israel’s responsibility. Israel acquitted its obligation by providing food and shelter when they arrived. However, they have outstayed their welcome as stated in the terms of sanctuary – so Israel has arranged for them to return to their country of origin where, it is important to stress, they were not and will not be persecuted. Israel is paying their airfares and is giving each a sum in the region of £3,500 – substantial by African standards – to help them start a new life. Criticism from the left and the anti-Israel mob including our very own quislings is to

Protests against Israeli policy

be expected – any excuse will do – but it’s sad to see Israel criticised for acting honourably, especially when this criticism comes from Jews. Where were all these rabbis and cantors and self-styled defenders of human rights when President Barack Obama was deporting tens of thousands of illegal immigrants back to Mexico – without financial help? Their silence was deafening. It will be interesting to see how our communal leadership responds to this criticism of Israel. Clive Hyman Salford

JLC ISRAEL CRITICISM The Jewish Leadership Council’s Claudia Mendoza thinks she’s a “bad Jew”, but I disagree (Jewish News, 8 February). She advocates public criticism from afar of Israel’s policy. Indeed, her JLC tried to partner with the anti-Israel Amnesty International. Her JLC refuses to support Jewish “settlements” and “the occupation” without which Israel’s security is at risk. JLC’s former chair, Sir Mick Davis, noted Israel could become “an apartheid state”.

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THE SOURCE OF THE HATRED? In 2016 the Community Security Trust recorded 1,309 incidents of anti-Jewish hate, compared with 960 in 2015, a rise of 36 percent. The previous record number of incidents was in 2014, when 1,182 were recorded – the same year as the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Last year we were told the number of anti-Semitic incidents in the UK rose by more than a third, reaching record levels.

So for two years running antiSemitic attacks in the UK have reached and exceeded record highs. Surely it is no coincidence that these worrying stats coincide with the anti-Semitism scandals in the Labour Party, which continue to take place without the party’s leader Jeremy Corbyn taking a genuine stand?

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Jewish News 15 February 2018


Remarkable legacy of the forgotten Chief Rabbi DEREK TAYLOR



o who has been the longest serving British Chief Rabbi? Nathan Marcus Adler – 18451890. And who wrote the Singer Prayer Book? Nathan Marcus Adler. And who created the United Synagogue, what we now call Jewish Care and ministers giving sermons from the pulpit? Yes, Adler. Jews’ College? His foundation again. And why is the community 75 percent Orthodox? Absolutely. He seemed forgotten, which is why I decided to write a biography about the most successful Chief Rabbi we’ve ever had. He was a genius at getting his own way – a technique Theresa May might well copy today. He started with a string of objectives, all of which he achieved, in spite of strong opposition. As negotiations proceeded, Adler would appeal “for peace for my sake”. And when he got what he wanted, the opposition could make the excuse that they had

only given in for the sake of peace. It should be taught at the London Business School. Nathan Marcus Adler spent half his long life in Hanover in Germany. He was the Chief Rabbi there for 15 years before he came to London. He was then elected by a large majority in what has been described as the first democratic election for a British Chief Rabbi. It was nothing of the sort. It was fixed by the head of the Great Synagogue, Lionel de Rothschild, whose father, Amschel, had been a friend of Adler’s father. London shuls had 70 percent of the votes. Rothschild was influenced by the Duke of Cambridge, who was viceroy in Hanover. Adler held prayers in Hanover shul for the recovery of the Duchess of Cambridge from a serious illness. When she got well again, Cambridge supported Adler ever more. And Sir Moses Montefiore wanted Adler for the quality of his sermons, and he was Rothschild’s uncle. The election was fixed. The book uncovers a lot of new material. Adler, for example, was the only Chief Rabbi to escape assassination. A man in the


congregation one Friday in 1875 pulled out a gun and said he’d been told to kill all the Jews. How Adler survived is in the book. When he first arrived in London from Germany, his contract specified that he must learn English in two years. He was giving sermons in the vernacular in one. The community was Talmudically in a poor way; there were no rabbinic families, as there were on the Continent, no rabbis in fact, apart from the dayanim of the Beth Din who had been recruited from eastern Europe. It took years for the right candidates to be trained, but good

ministers came from Jews’ College. Adler didn’t set out to develop a community of Charedim. It would have been a step too far. He did make Orthodoxy the standard for almost all the Jews in the country. As he said at his inauguration, binding the community together was “extremely difficult to guard at a time in which one party seeks its glory in pulling down existing structures of religious practice; the other in preserving everything hallowed by age, though opposed to the foundations of law”. Adler, however, was up to it. The Progressive movement remained, effectively, Orthodox during his lifetime. He was also a good father, a good husband to both his wives, and an ally to Moses Montefiore. He also did all he could for the poor in the community. Nathan Marcus Adler may have been forgotten, but his achievements live on.  Chief Rabbi Nathan Marcus Adler - The Forgotten Founder By Derek Taylor, published by Vallentine Mitchell (Hardback, priced £40)

Judaism should better reflect modern marriage RABBI NEIL JANES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LYONS LEARNING PROJECT


ur rabbinic work in the oldest Reform Synagogue in the UK is among the most forwardthinking in the community. Last week my work became personal. I flew to Melbourne to offer rabbinic input in a country-wide first with a blessing ceremony at a same-sex marriage. With the momentous equal marriage law change in Australia in December 2017 an Aunt and partner were finally able to marry after 34 years together. The personal is also political. Shortly before flying, I ran a study session at West London Synagogue of British Jews with our bat and barmitzvah students. Studying the tenth of the 10 Commandments, a young person described her wish to retranslate the commandment not to covet. She rightly explained, the command was directed at a heterosexual man who regarded a wife as a possession. It was an inspiring reminder that our young people are not seeking to abandon

their Judaism, they are seeking to hear how it is relevant and meaningful in their world. Our concepts of marriage, of what is expected of our most intimate relationships and of our ideas of justice and equality, have always been changing. Women were possessions in the Bible, acquired in marriage through sex. In the Jerusalem Talmud, in the fourth century, marriage was a building block of society and means to ensure good lineage and inheritance. In the Babylonian Talmud, in the fifth century, marriage was a mechanism to control sexual urges and had less to do with love. So we see how our world has changed. Today marriage is about commitment, love, intimacy and family and Judaism should reflect that. But it is only in the last 20 years that we could say that sanctifying relationships of same-sex and of mixed faith couples is part of that change. From my first mixed faith blessing at which I officiated in a Liberal synagogue a dozen years ago, to my current position at West London Synagogue, where celebration of the LGBT+ Jewish world is a central part of our calendar, I have been fortunate

that my rabbinate can be congruent with my values. Australian progressive rabbis have also been behind the equal marriage law change – about which Australian progressive Jews can be very proud. We should understand that arguments against homosexuality are immoral, insulting and of a bygone age. It is a matter of justice and equality that equal marriage for people in the LGBTQ+ Jewish community exists. Justice is at the heart of Judaism. More than that, in its most universalistic sense, Judaism should be about raising up in holiness. In a world where we give thanks for the end of the ghetto, mixed faith couples need to be offered ceremonies to raise up their relationship through rituals of Judaism to welcome them both, with open arms, and offer

praise to God. Judaism is not something which can be left ossified in the distant past, no longer able to adapt and change for our age. We have a duty to ensure that it remains current. To ensure a generation of Jews who have grown up more at ease than ever before with a globalised world, have ways to ensure their particular identity does not become obsolete or the preserve of the fundamentalists.  Rabbi Janes is part of the rabbinic team of West London Synagogue, the oldest synagogue of Reform Judaism in the UK. Its work with the LGBTQ+ community includes offering training for rabbis and professionals, World Aids Day and Pride services.


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Eco shul must be start of urgent, radical shift JONATHAN WITTENBERG SENIOR RABBI, MASORTI JUDAISM


’m thrilled about the launch of Eco Synagogue. This is an inspiring and important cross-communal initiative to enable synagogues to become more sustainable. Representatives of 19 shuls have indicated interest. It’s an excellent start, but it’s only the start. Now we must act. One of the most moving moments was when the Reverend Dr Chrichton Limbert, a vicar in Southgate, showed us the bronze medal he’d been awarded by Eco Church. It was a beautiful circle of wood, fashioned from recycled church pews. His entire congregation had been involved, separating and composting food waste instead of putting it in the general rubbish, ensuring that only easily biodegradable or recyclable materials were used in communal catering, and changing the church’s electricity provider to a renewable energy one. This was slightly more expensive, he noted, but “ had to be done”.

We must now look urgently at what has to be done in our synagogues. The very same steps taken by the reverend’s church are top of my list. I feel ashamed at what sometimes goes into bin bags after kiddush. My plan is to stop this practice, and soon. I also want to see the farmers’ markets held at the New North London develop further. I want to end the use of products that are cruel to animals, bad for the environment or produced in exploitative ways. I want to emulate what is now widely practised by churches and synagogues in the USA: the creation of close ties with local farmers or growers. I’m also aware that Eco Synagogue is not just about what happens at shul, but about what each of us takes home and makes part of our personal life, including how we travel and use energy. Eco Synagogue’s online survey asks not only how the community consumes, but how it uses its opportunities to teach and reach those for whom it has responsibility. Are we giving clear, frequent and urgent messages and doing enough personally ourselves to transform lives? There may be easy gains. When we did

WE ARE NOT ENTITLED TO ROB AND DESPOIL GOD’S EARTH AND DEPRIVE TODAY’S POOR – AS WELL AS FUTURE GENERATIONS – OF ITS RESOURCES a home audit, a kind of Yom Kippur for our house, we found we had no roof insulation, and no fill-in insulation in our cavity walls. We’ve put these matters right. But there are other areas where adjustment will be harder. Yet we can’t do nothing. We owe it to the future. And, as Dr Rowan Williams made clear at the launch, whereas technology may be an ally, misuse of our environment is a moral and spiritual issue. We are not entitled to despoil God’s

earth and deprive the poor and future generations of resources. I have my own ideas about what the community should do next. But that’s only a small part of what counts. What really matters for all of us whose congregations are and will be part of Eco Synagogue is that our whole community becomes enthusiastically engaged. Early adopter shuls have created Green Teams to initiate projects, research best suppliers of biodegradables and inspire everyone else. We need children and young people to be part of these teams too. We will only succeed in changing our communal habits if we do so as committed communities. “You must not waste,” teach both the Torah and the Talmud. One resource we can certainly not afford to waste is time. It’s God’s world. As Rabbi Tarfon said: “The master of the house is urgent.” The earth, nature itself and those populations set to suffer most from climate change need our urgent action.  Visit ecosynagogue.org

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Our new siddur strikes a blow for inclusivity RABBI ELLI TIKVAH SARAH BRIGHTON & HOVE PROGRESSIVE SYNAGOGUE


iberal Judaism has created a new siddur, with a draft morning service already piloted in some congregations. A question being asked of me, and my co-editor Rabbi Lea Mühlstein, is ‘why’? The answer is that Liberal Judaism has published a new prayer book every 25 to 30 years “in order to satisfy the needs of the age” – a principle first articulated by Lily Montagu, one of the founders of our movement, in the Jewish Quarterly Review in 1899. In 1967, our siddur Service of the Heart introduced modern English. The next 25 years saw huge changes in society, not least the emergence of the women’s liberation movement. So, in 1995, Siddur Lev Chadash introduced a gender-inclusive translation. In the 20 plus years since then, things


have changed again. Since the millennium, alongside Liberal Judaism’s championing of equality, the new watchword has been inclusion. A major focus of the new siddur is how the individual may be included and enabled to take part in the service. Just as the titles of the 1967 and 1995 prayer books were significant, so is the title of the new one. The name Siddur Shirah Chadashah – ‘prayer book of a new song’ –reflects the desire to express the prayers we have inherited in new ways in order to ensure that they speak to as wide a range of people as possible, both those who have traditionally been members of synagogues, and previously disaffiliated or unaffiliated people who have begun to seek a Jewish home in Liberal Judaism’s congregations. True to the spirit of creating ‘a new song’, the name Siddur Shirah Chadashah is in the feminine form and the siddur includes feminised Hebrew versions of some of the prayers. For example, the second blessing of the Amidah, the ‘standing’ central prayer, known

as G’vurot, God’s ‘powers’, is presented in feminised Hebrew to subvert the association of ‘powers’ with masculine attributes. While feminised Hebrew is being introduced into the siddur, it was already pioneered in the Kiddushin-Covenant of Love anthology published by Liberal Judaism in 2005 to coincide with the Civil Partnership Act. Rabbi Mark Solomon crafted feminised versions of the prayers used in that anthology and is now doing the same as a member of the editorial group for Siddur Shirah Chadashah, a group which also includes rabbis Janet Burden, Dr Margaret Jacobi, Dr René Pfertzel and

Alexandra Wright. The siddur also looks very different. The layout of each double-page spread is intended to enable participation and a fuller comprehension of the service. Looking at the top half of the double-page spread, the Hebrew text is set out with a transliteration to the right and a translation to the left. And then, to the left of the translation, are explanatory points and questions for reflection. Ultimately, the new siddur will reflect the input and needs of the entire Liberal Jewish movement for this age – which is exactly why we need it.


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Kabbalat Torah students from Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue, Birmingham Progressive Synagogue, Finchley Progressive Synagogue and Nottingham Liberal Synagogue visited three parts of the Midlands. The 27 young people, three rabbis and two LJY-Netzer movement workers took in a Friday night service in Nottingham, enjoyed Shabbat morning with the Lincolnshire Jewish Community, and visited the National Holocaust Centre and Museum in Newark. Led by Rabbis Aaron Goldstein, Margaret Jacobi and Tanya Sakhnovich, the former said: “It was fantastic to see such a bond being formed between young people who will be the future leaders of our Jewish community.”

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Hundreds of primary school and cheder children from across the UK took part in the ‘Blue-ish Jewish’ campaign for Jewish Child’s Day. This year’s drive will support Gidon, a charity in the north of Israel that supports disadvantaged Ethiopian children. Nicole Gordon, executive director of Jewish Child’s Day, said: “The response was overwhelming this year, with more than 25 schools and cheders taking part. This campaign is at the heart of what Jewish Child’s Day stands for – kids helping kids.”


Sara’s Kitchen, a training kitchen for adults with learning disabilities – which also serves as a working café – was officially opened by Norwood chief executive Elaine Kerr. The café at its Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon was named after Sara Morein. Her husband David said: “This is the perfect tribute to her memory. It encapsulates two of Sara’s main passions: a love of preparing delicious food and a genuine care and interest in helping others.” Kerr said: “I hope the kitchen serves the memory of Sara, who meant so much to so many.”


Special needs school Side by Side raised more than £320,000 at its 20th anniversary fundraising dinner at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Nearly 200 guests were escorted on a tour of the stadium, taking in the dressing rooms and famous Long Room, while also being entertained by magicians and enjoying vintage whiskie. Side by Side chairman Jacob Sorotzkin said: “We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the unprecedented support and generosity that the community has shown for the wonderful children at Side by Side.”




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Pupils of various ages from Hasmonean Girls’ School put on a performance of Alice in Wonderland on what was an evening of drama, song and dance. Guided, directed and choreographed by sixthform students, funds raised will go towards various charities.




Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn from the Stranger on the Bridge campaign were at Bushey Synagogue as part of the JAMI Mental Health Awareness Shabbat. They told the story of when Neil talked Jonny into coming down from the edge of Waterloo Bridge in 2008 to more than 120 people, who included Jonny’s family and friends. Bushey members were given the opportunity to ask questions of a panel including a psychologist, GP and counsellor. Rabbi Feldman said: “We were so grateful Jonny and Neil came to share their story. They were so inspiring and the work they are doing to break the taboo that still exists around mental health is so important.”



Parents and grandparents united with their children on the JLE’s second InterGenerational trip to Poland. The 20 participants explored the Jewish history of Krakow before spending a day at Auchwitz-Birkenau. Rabbi Dov Cowan, who ran the trip, said: “To witness the destruction is our duty, but having my family here meant I could look forward with hope.” Participant Anthony Shaw, YN executive for Norwood said: “Our young community has a vitally important role to play as educators of the Holocaust – with so few survivors left, it’s vital their stories are kept ‘alive’. We must help the rest of society understand what happened and make sure it never happens again.”


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Menorah Foundation School’s council was invited to visit the Mayor of Barnet. They enjoyed a tour of the town hall and were given the opportunity to try on ceremonial robes and carry the mace. Acting headteacher Karen Kent said: “I was so proud of their exemplary behaviour and it’s fair to say they were truly dazzled by the display of gold chains and artefacts. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and educational day out for the children.”

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15 February 2018 Jewish News




It’s a rap! / Lifestyle

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My journey from guns and gangs to Judaism Rapper Nissim Black grew up around drugs and violence, but found renewed hope when he converted to Judaism. He tells Simon Rothstein how music and religion changed his life


f you look in Nissim Black’s school year book, it’s very unlikely to say ‘Orthodox Jew’ in the ‘most likely to become’ column. But that’s exactly the path the critically acclaimed musician eventually took – leaving behind the guns, gangs and gangster rap of his youth in Seattle, Washington, to convert to Judaism and live in Israel. Now making a very different type of music, the 31-year-old performed in the UK for the first time this week and is promoting his new album, Lemala. The record has already spawned a global hit single, Fly Away, which has received more than a million plays on YouTube. Nissim’s path to success has been anything but easy. He started taking and dealing drugs while still a child, lost his mother at a

Damian changed his name to Nissim after converting

young age and was almost killed in a feud with a rival rapper. Nissim told Jewish News: “I was exposed to a lot of drug abuse and violence from a very early age. My parents were rappers, both my mother and my father. They split up when I was two and my mother remarried. I grew up in the house with my stepfather, who I call dad. He loved me like I was his own. “But even still my home environment was one of drug trafficking. I began smoking marijuana when I was nine-years-old. I started dealing when I was 12. I saw family members go to prison. “I was always into music as a kid. I recorded my first professional song when I was 13 and released my first album at 19. It was titled The Cause & Effect and was an explicit record, very street.” Around the same time as the album came out, Nissim experienced personal

tragedy. His mother died of an overdose, aged just 37. “The pain I went through trumps all,” he says. “I wouldn’t have wished it on my worst enemy. I think for years after I never really dealt with it properly, I was running from the pain. “My wife, whom I been dating since I was 17 years old, was my biggest help. She dropped out of college to be there for my family and I. She was there through it all.” Nissim then had his own altercation with another hip-hop artist that led to a disturbing sequence of events. A close friend would attempt murder in defence of Nissim, with the rival group under the false impression the rapper had sent his pal to pull the trigger. It was a situation that left Nissim in what he describes as a “kill or be killed” position – but one that would put him firmly on a path to find spiritual enlightenment. As a young child, Nissim was familiar with Islam, having lived for a while with his Muslim grandfather, but aged 14 he decided to convert to Christianity, with the help of the Gospel Mission Youth Center. He credits the missionary group – along with his love of music and American football – with saving him from “heading down a very dark path”.

What then made him turn to Judaism as an adult? Nissim says: “While in that ‘kill or be killed’ situation, I started calling out to God and searching for truth. Then, when all things were settled with the rival group, I set out on a search for God, for real. “Instead of running to ask other people, I started praying, crying out. I had all the holy books of all religions and would spend a minimum of eight hours every day dedicated to trying to find the truth. “And every day I saw something pointing me towards Judaism.” Nissim’s conversion process, sponsored by Seattle’s Rabbi Simon Benzaquen, came just as his music was taking off, leaving the star with a difficult decision to make. He said: “As I made my way into the truth of Torah, It was hard to maintain both my rap career and my spirituality. “So I finished what I thought was my last album, Ali’Yah, in 2009. My single landed full rotation on MTV and I became well-known nationwide. At the height of that, I decided to quit and concentrate all my efforts on Judaism.” Five years ago, the musician, born Damian Jamohl Black, completed his Orthodox conversion alongside his wife Adina, his sister and brother-in-law. He took the name Nissim, which means “miracles” in Hebrew. In 2016, the family left the Unites States to live in Jerusalem. He and Adina have five children.

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How does he feel looking back at his old gangster rap lyrics and videos? “I cringe,” Nissim admits. “But only in retrospect can I see what has taken place in my life over the years, and it gives me great encouragement in my journey towards the future.”  Lemala is available now on iTunes. Visit nissimofficial.com for more details



Jewish News 15 February 2018

Lifestyle / Kosher cuisine

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aula Shoyer’s new book, The Healthy Jewish Kitchen, offers more than 80 recipes which put a nutritious spin on traditional Jewish classics, including gluten-free challah, mango coleslaw, red quinoa meatballs with spaghetti squash and schnitzel with nut crust.

VIETNAMESE CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP Meat, Gluten-Free Serves 10 This is my kosher version of Vietnamese pho soup. I basically took my favourite chicken soup recipe and added ginger and coriander stems during the cooking, and then added other Asian ingredients after the soup was strained. Prep time: 12 minutes Cook time: 2½ hours Advance prep: May be made three days in advance or frozen Ingredients Soup

1 whole chicken, cut into quarters or 8 pieces 2 leeks, rinsed and light green and white parts cut into quarters, 3 stalks celery, halved 1 fennel bulb, halved 1 large onion, quartered 1 large turnip, peeled and cut into quarters 3 carrots, peeled and cut into thirds 3-inch piece of ginger, peeled and cut into 1-inch (2.5-cm) pieces (about 2 ounces [60g]) 4 cloves garlic, unpeeled 12 cups water 1 tablespoon black peppercorns 1 bunch coriander leaves and stems, divided, leaves reserved for garnish 1⁄3 cup (80ml) tamari soy sauce 4 teaspoons dark miso paste

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¼ teaspoon ground ginger ¼ teaspoon black pepper, or more to taste Hot chili sauce of your choice (optional) Garnish

1½ cups (135g) broccoli florets 1 8-ounce package (225-g) rice noodles or other noodles 6 scallions, ends trimmed, sliced 1 red Thai chili, thinly sliced Hot chili sauce of your choice (optional)

CHOCOLATE QUINOA CAKE Parve, Gluten-free, Passover (without pure vanilla extract) Serves 12 I had heard the myth of chocolate cakes made with cooked quinoa and didn’t quite believe they’d actually be tasty. This cake is surprisingly moist and delicious – great for Passover and all year round. Prep time: 20 minutes Bake time: 15 minutes to cook quinoa, 50 minutes to bake cake Advance prep: May be made three days in advance or frozen Ingredients Cake


1. To make the soup, place the chicken pieces into a large saucepan or soup pot. Add the leeks, celery, fennel, onions, turnips, carrots, ginger, garlic, and water and bring to a boil over high heat. Use a large spoon to skim the dirty foam off the top of the soup. Add the black peppercorns, cover the pot, reduce the heat to low, and let the soup simmer, checking after 5 minutes and skimming off any additional foam Add the coriander stems, cover, and simmer for two hours. 2. Meanwhile, prepare the garnishes. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil, and then add the broccoli. Cook it for 2 minutes, or until it is fork-tender, and then use a slotted spoon to scoop out the broccoli and transfer it to a bowl. Bring the water to a boil again. Cook the rice noodles according to package directions and drain well. When soup is done, let it cool. Strain the soup through a large sieve, reserving the carrots to slice and later return to the soup when reheating it prior to serving. Reserve the chicken pieces separately. 3. Add soy sauce to soup. Put 4 tablespoons of the soup into a small bowl and add the miso paste and ground ginger. Stir to dissolve the miso and ginger into the soup, and then return the mixture to the pot. Add pepper to taste and stir the soup. If your family likes spice, add some hot sauce to the soup. 4. To serve, shred pieces of the reserved chicken, cut the carrots on the diagonal into 1-inch (2.5-cm) chunks, and either reheat separately or add to the soup. Reheat broccoli. Reheat soup until very hot. Ladle the soup over noodles. Add spring onions, shredded chicken, cilantro and sliced red chili.

¾ cup (130g) quinoa 1½ cups (360ml) water Cooking spray 2 tablespoons potato starch 1⁄3 cup (80ml) orange juice (from 1 orange) 4 large eggs 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (or other vanilla if for Passover) ¾ cup (180ml) coconut oil 1½ cups (300g) sugar 1 cup (80g) dark unsweetened cocoa 2 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 2 ounces (55g) bittersweet chocolate Fresh raspberries, for garnish (optional) Glaze

5 ounces (140g) bittersweet chocolate 1 tablespoon sunflower or safflower oil 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (or other vanilla if for Passover)


1. Place the quinoa and water into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan, and cook the quinoa for 15 minutes, or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Set the pan aside. The quinoa may be made 1 day in advance. 2. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Use cooking spray to grease a 12-cup (2.8L) Bundt pan. Sprinkle the potato starch over the greased pan and then shake the pan to remove any excess starch. 3.Place the quinoa in the bowl of a food processor. Add the orange juice, eggs, vanilla, oil, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt and process until the mixture is very smooth. 4. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler, or place in a medium microwave-safe bowl, and put in a microwave for 45 seconds, stirring and then heating the chocolate for another 30 seconds, until it is melted. Add the chocolate to the quinoa batter and process until well mixed. Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt pan and bake it for 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. 5. Let the cake cool for 10 minutes and then remove it gently from the pan. Let it cool on a wire cooling rack. 6. To make the glaze, melt the chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl in the microwave (see above) or over a double boiler. Add the oil and vanilla and whisk well. Let the glaze sit for 5 minutes and then whisk it again. Use a silicone spatula to spread the glaze all over the cake.

15 February 2018 Jewish News



Nosh / Lifestyle


Saffron and cauliflower pasta A quick tasty pasta dish is always welcome. I love this Sicilian style combination with cauliflower, pine nuts, raisins and tomatoes.


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Serves 4


1 large cauliflower – cut into florets 50g raisins

hot water and leave to soak.

3 Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the cauliflower florets

½ teaspoon loosely packed saffron strands 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

and fry for 5 minutes, stirring from time to time until they are just softened.

4 Sprinkle over the garlic, then cook for 1 minute more stirring. Mix the tomato

5 cloves garlic – peeled and finely chopped 3 tablespoons sun-dried tomato paste

paste with 100ml warm water and add to the cauliflower mixture.

5 Cover the saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes until the cauliflower is just tender 6 In a separate saucepan bring salted boiling water to the boil, add the pasta and

225g tubular pasta – such as penne, rigatoni 5 large plum tomatoes – skinned or used tinned – roughly chopped

cook for 7 -8 minutes until al dente.

7 Drain the raisins and add to the cauliflower with the saffron and its soaking water. 8 Stir in the tomatoes, turn up the heat and cook for 3 minutes until the sauce has

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thickened slightly.

9 Season to taste and stir in the pine nuts and parsley. 10 When the pasta is cooked, drain well and stir in the cauliflower sauce. Toss well and serve. DOWNLOAD DENISE’S JEWISH COOKERY MOBILE RECIPE COLLECTION AT


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Lifestyle / Travel

All shuk up! Deborah Cicurel loses herself in the charm of Marrakech and retraces the history of the city’s once vibrant Jewish community


ou would be hard pushed to find a destination more unexpectedly bewitching than Marrakech. Whether it’s haggling at hectic souks, dodging snake charmers at the Jemaa el-Fnaa Square or spotting the Atlas Mountains from the comfort of your bedroom, Marrakech is the place to go for it all: history, culture, sunshine, and an exciting journey into the unknown. Only three hours by air from the UK and with no time difference, we began our trip outside of the bustling medina, at the luxurious 134-room Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech. Just a 20-minute drive from the city’s frenetic heart, it feels worlds away from the medina’s mayhem. Sitting in the shadow of the Atlas Mountains, it offers a deep sense of calm and aeons of open space in which to relax. Even the drive down the grand, manicured path to the hotel entrance helps you to forget any worries and focus instead on enjoying the best of Moroccan hospitality. There’s an enormous Clarins spa, a gym, an 18-hole golf course, a giant swimming pool, and six restaurants and bars. Olive trees line the property’s paths, and are used to make the resort’s olive oil. Pools sited across the grounds, from which palm trees tower, and

lush greenery, including bougainvillea, date trees and cacti, add to the sense of tranquillity. The whole family will love it. The kids’ club has an indoor treehouse, a children’s pool and activities including camel-riding and Moroccan cookery classes. After a few days recovering from the rat race, and enjoying being pampered and eating too much vegetable tagine, we were ready to jump into the city’s more frenzied but no less enjoyable side. We drove into the medina, the old walled part of the city. Our suitcases were whisked away by a young man in a football shirt, and we followed him on foot through the winding streets: past Marrakech’s oldest mosque, the Ben Youssef Mosque and its neighbouring madrasa, once the largest theological college in North Africa. We eventually arrived at our next stop: the boutique, 10-bedroom Riad Farnatchi and instantly fell in love. Located within a collection of 400-year-old buildings, the hotel is a lovingly-restored haven of tranquility. Composed of several former private homes now joined together, the hotel offers winding staircases and narrow corridors, with plenty of hidden delights: a games room with elegant red velvet furnishings, a tree-filled courtyard,

The 10-room Riad Farnatchi, above left and inset top, and at the 16th century El Badi Palace

twinkly lights and cosy alcoves, a roof terrace where you can dine alone joined only by the sound of the pool downstairs and the glow of traditional Moroccan lamps beside you. Each of the 10 rooms is different in style and layout. Ours had a mezzanine just for the bed, a balcony and terrace, and an expansive living room with glorious splashes of colour. The hotel has a stylish restaurant, Le Trou au Mur and a spa, where I enjoyed a sumptuous ‘massage tonique’. Back out in the streets of Marrakech, our greatest pleasure was losing ourselves in the chaos. Haggling for a china teapot only to later find it was full of holes; having to pay a woman for a henna tattoo, despite begging her to stop drawing on my hand; sitting on a rooftop with glasses of mint tea and gazing down at the crowds below. Of course, the city has much more to offer. The newly-opened Musée Yves Saint Laurent looks at the life and works of the fashion designer, while next door is Le Jardin

Majorelle, the sumptuous gardens and villa that once belonged to him and his partner, Pierre Bergé. Then there are the cultural landmarks to explore: the ruins of El Badi Palace, the grandeur of Bahia Palace, and the Jewish Quarter. We wandered through narrow streets with names like Talmud Torah until we found the Jewish cemetery and the Lazama synagogue, the city’s only operational shul, which dates to the 16th century. Although the community is now just 2,500 Jews, rather than the 350,000strong community that once lived in the city — the large synagogue is intact and impressive. We strolled through the ground floor rooms, taking in a sense of the once-vibrant Jewish life in Morocco. Although weekend breaks go quickly, the captivating effect of Marrakech endures. Despite it being weeks since we returned to the UK, we are still under its spell. In fact, our next trip has already been booked.


The Fairmont Royal Palm is just a 20-minute drive away from the heart of Marrakech

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15 February 2018 Jewish News



Orthodox Judaism


It’s Biblical


BY RABBI NAFTALI SCHIFF The account of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai changed the trajectory of Jewish destiny forever. Our ancestors were charged with a mission to make the world a Godly, moral and ethical place and to ensure that all future generations would continue this noble task. This mission was to be fulfilled in two ways. First, to emulate Hashem and, second, to build a sacred space in this world where His presence could be felt. This mishkan (dwelling place) was a portable structure that would accompany the Jewish people on their travels, reminding them of their experience at Mount Sinai until a permanent temple would be built in Jerusalem. The opening lines of this week’s parsha, veyikchu li truma, are often translated as “and they shall give a donation for Me”. However, the word veyikchu actually means “to take”. One explanation of this usage is that when one gives to a worthy cause,


they are the ultimate beneficiary as their lives are enhanced through this. This idea is also reflected in the word venantu¸ “and they shall give”, which is the longest palindrome in the (Hebrew) Torah. Put simply, when we give, we actually receive in return. Giving isn’t easy. In fact, in many cases, it’s not even natural. Babies and small children are inherently selfish and it is only as we mature that we become more aware of other people and their needs. It is this awareness and ability to go against nature that enables us to build a dwelling place for Hashem in our hearts and in our society. The mishkan, the most spiritually focused place on earth, was built from people giving of themselves and their resources. It is therefore not surprising at all that the mishkan was a place of miracles, because when we bend our nature, God bends His laws of nature towards us.

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Progressive Judaism

The Bible Says What? ‘Speak to the people of Israel so they bring you a red heifer’ RABBI MARK GOLDSMITH In the middle of the Book of Numbers (Chapter 19), towards the end of instructions for the priests, there is a strange instruction. A red heifer, to be defined later in the Mishnah Parah as a cow with no more than two hairs which are not red, is to be slaughtered and the ashes of its body used to make a solution which will be sprinkled on those who have had contact with a dead body to purify them. Most synagogues read the instruction from the Torah on the Shabbat before the month that contains the festival of Pesach. Rabbinic tradition considers the red heifer ritual to be a chok, that is a Jewish law that does not have rational explanation. It is read before Pesach so that, were the Temple to be rebuilt, we would know how to make ourselves ritually pure in order to eat the Passover sacrifice. Why then read it today?

The red heifer law says that there is such a thing as ritual purity, there is such a thing as being in the right state to do something special or holy. When we leave a cemetery, most Jews will briefly wash their hands, not because of hygiene but rather to say that they have moved from accompanying the dead to returning to everyday life. Many Jews ritually rewash their hands before eating challah on Shabbat or before the Seder meal. We share the symbol of ritual washing with Muslims, Hindus and many other religious cultures. It is physical gesture that helps us to move from the everyday into the special or from the special back to the everyday. Red heifers, however, are safe these days.  Mark Goldsmith is rabbinic partner at North Western Reform Synagogue (Alyth)

Progressively Speaking Does Judaism ignore women? BY RABBI CHARLEY BAGINSKY In the year celebrating a century since some women were given the vote, it’s no big revelation that Judaism, and indeed all religions, were traditionally misogynistic. Indeed, if we look back to when Liberal Judaism was formed in 1902 – with a commitment to full equality from the start – women were very much overlooked. Lily Montagu (right) – a founder of Liberal Judaism, a suffragette and an inspiration to many of us today – was often the exception rather than the rule. For a long time, few women held leadership roles in global Jewry, even in Progressive movements, and no female rabbis. Regina Jonas was the first woman to be ordained, in Germany in 1935. After she was murdered by the Nazis, there wasn’t another for almost 40 years. It took Britain until 1975 to ordain its first female rabbi, Jackie Tabick. Happily, things have changed.

By the time I graduated from Leo Baeck College in 2008, I had never once thought about my identity as a woman being relevant to my career choice. Female rabbis and leaders now form at least 50 percent of Progressivie Judaism’s clergy and much of our lay leadership. Women fill the roles of senior rabbi at the Liberal movement’s oldest shul, the Liberal Jewish Syna-

gogue (Rabbi Alexandra Wright) and co-editors of our new siddur (Rabbis Elli Tikvah Sarah and Lea Mühlstein). It’s a similar story at Reform Judaism. And it is not just in our Progressive movements that substantial progress has been made. The Board of Deputies has made efforts to be more representative and women have filled leadership roles in nearly all parts of our Jewish world. But let’s not celebrate too soon My female colleagues and I are continually subject to comments and descriptions our male counterparts would never hear, we still see all-male panels at Jewish events and Jewish ‘mansplaining’ is definitely a thing. So while we should be proud of what Progressive Judaism has achieved, we must recognise that much work remains to be done.  Charley Baginsky is Liberal Judaism’s director of strategy and partnerships

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Dear Hannah I’m sorry to hear about your husband, but the future does not have to be so bleak. While there are, unfortunately, certain employers with old-fashioned views, many recognise that older workers often have a better work ethic and a wide range of skills and experience. Like jobseekers of any age, the first step is to be clear what you have to offer, what you are looking for and whether you need to update your skills. Talk to trusted people in your circle for ideas, information and contacts. Bring your CV up to date by focusing on anything you’ve done in the past 10 years, paid or voluntary,

that shows what you can do. Don’t include any dates that draw attention to your age – it’s really not relevant and nowadays people often work well into their 60s or 70s. The most important thing is your attitude. Learn as much as possible about today’s working world and don’t shy away from new technology. When you get your first interview, remember that a potential employer wants someone who can do the job and will only think of you as “too old” if you present yourself in this way. Do give Resource a call – we can help you identify achievements, focus your job search and go to interviews with a youthful spring in your step!


MAN ON A BIKE Dear Ian I have had my computer for a couple of years. It runs on Windows 10 and I don’t use it that much; I don’t download films or play games. I do have a few photos, but not huge amounts. Recently, however, it has been telling me my disk is full and I need to remove files. It’s also become slower.

Are these linked and what can I do? I don’t think I can remove the pictures I have and can’t see why it would be so full. Emma Dear Emma It sounds like it could be one of two issues. Firstly it could be that your hard drive is in two partitions with a large chunk being designated D: for data. This is common where there is a solid-state Disk (SSD). If this is the case, you need to move your pictures, music and documents to the D drive. The second alternative is that the hard drive is getting clogged up with

system files. These could be temp files that are not automatically deleting themselves. The ones that cause an issue are within c:/ Windows/Temp and can build up to a hundred Gb or more; or they are Windows update downloads that can also be deleted from the system without problem. This will free lots of space and speed things up.



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Dozen it feel good to be on cup run! MGBSFL Jon Jacobs’ Redbridge team showed no mercy to its B side as nine goals from the Sollosi brothers helped them to an emphatic 12-2 Peter Morrison Trophy last-16 win. Nathan helped himself to five goals, while Sam scored four. Nate Kashkett’s double and Scott Oldstein’s strike completed the rout, as they sealed a place in the last eight of the cup. Jacobs said: “It was a good professional performance.” Also into the quarter-finals are London Lions White, who beat Catford & Bromley 7-2. Adam Arnold, Ollie Craig and Jamie Cohen scored two each, with Sam Hammerton also on target. April’s Cyril Anekstein cup final will be contested between Hendon A and Oakwood A. The former booked their place in the Wingate final as goals from Yoav Kestenbaum, Mordy Weiler and Ari Last saw it to a 3-2 win over Brady, while Leor Sidle’s strike was enough to seal a 1-0 win for The O’s against Los Blancos.

Hendon player-manager Greg Corin said: “This has to be my most pleasing win as Hendon manager. Apart from booking our place in the final, this was a performance of hard work, competing for the ball as a team and scoring team goals.” Oakwood manager Daniel Kristall said: “We’re very excited for a big cup final against Hendon, It should be one for the spectators. I think our squad has been tested to the max this season, so it is an excellent achievement to be back in the final.” Bayern Mincha increased its lead at the top of the Division Two table, but only by a point as they were held to a 2-2 draw at FC Team. Adam Ellis scored twice for the leaders, though Mitch Young and Richard Salmon strikes denied them the win. Straw Hat Pirates put some distance between themselves and the bottom two as goals from Jono Nesbitt, Sam Georgevic and Aron Gale saw it claim a 3-1 win at Temple Fortune B.

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Arielle in heaven with halfpipe bronze

Sam Sollosi scored four goals in Redbridge A’s 12-2 cup win over its B side

Botkai brace good for Fortune MASTERS

WINTER OLYMPICS American snowboarder Arielle Gold (pictured) said she felt “amazing” after becoming the first Jewish medal winner at this year’s Winter Olympics. The 21-year-old, who won gold at the 2013 World Championships, claimed bronze in the halfpipe event in Pyeongchang. Israel however is still looking for its first ever medal at the Games. Its figure skating team – which included Alexei Bychenko skating to Hava Nagila – finished in eighth

place, while short-track speedskater Vladislav Bykanov suffered two disqualifications in both the 1,000 and 1,500m heats after TV replays showed he illegally pushed an opponent. Figure skaters Evgeni Krasnopolski and Paige Conners missed out on qualifying for the pair skating short program yesterday. Bychenko and Daniel Samohin are competing in the men’s figure skating competition which gets underway tomorrow, while Adam Edelman takes part in the skeleton event.

The only league game of the day saw Temple Fortune edge out Hendon Harriers in Division Two, thanks to two goals from Robert Botkai (pictured) and Yali Mamouri’s strike. The remaining two fixtures took place in the League Cup and saw youth win over experience as North London Raiders and Scrabble from Division One enjoyed comfortable wins over Division Two opposition.

Raiders booked their place in the next round with a 7-0 win over Marshside, thanks to a hat-trick from Ben Simons, along with strikes from Wayne Davidson, Hezi Yechiel, Dave Eden and James Cartmell. Scrabble’s win was even more emphatic as four goals from Stefan Simons, along with Steven Moss’ hat-trick helped them to a 10-0 win over St John’s Wood Tigers. Dan Ruckin, Dan Lewis and Jeremy Kornhauser’s penalty completing the rout.

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Edgware boys have smashing time TABLE TENNIS Wembley Sefardi and Edgware Adath Yisroel were the stars at the Maccabi GB National Shul Table Tennis League (NSTTL) Tournament. More than 50 people from seven synagogues took part in the event, with Edgware Adath Yisroel (pictured) and Wembley Sefardi

winning the junior and open tournaments respectively. MGB table tennis chair Jeremy Banks said: “It was fantastic to see so many new faces here. There was a particularly high standard of entrants, resulting in new winners.” Co-organiser Adam Black said: “Table tennis in our community just keeps getting stronger.”



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Tony Milch has hinted he’s considering his future in the sport after he suffered his second professional defeat on Saturday night. Returning to the ring – and scene – of his first defeat four months ago, a much closer affair saw Danny Little awarded the six-round fight

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58-56 on points. Speaking after the defeat – and where this leaves his career – Milch said: “I think the main thing now is not to make any rash decisions, I’ve got Watch the other opportunities fight at jewishnews. on my mind outside co.uk of boxing. I love the sport, I’ve been doing it for 21 years, Milch lands a punch on Little during his so let’s see.” defeat on Saturday night

Runners raise £5k for Chai


Drama club at Hampstead Garden shul 21 Feb – 6.00pm-7.30pm youth@hgss.org.uk Israeli dancing at Kenton shul 21 Feb – 7.45pm littmanfamily@btinternet.com Community fitness club at Muswell Hill 22 Feb – 9.30am office@muswellhillsynagogue.org.uk


Table tennis at Southgate Progressive 19 Feb – 7.30pm office@sps.uk.com

Milch weighing up future in ring

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Damian Schogger (left) and Johnny Maurer (eighth from left), along with friends and family, completed a 5K run in aid of Chai Cancer Care. Organised by Johnny, who was diagnosed with cancer in September, and trained by his ‘running guru’ Damian, the pair have so far raised £4,750. Johnny said: “I wanted to raise money for this amazing charity. I hope with this run to give something back and help Chai with the incredible work they do.”

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