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The wall’s not for all Progressive Jews ‘betrayed’ by move to halt mixed prayers at holiest site
Britain’s Progressive Jewish communities reacted with anger and despair this week to an Israeli government decision to scrap plans for permanent egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall. The move comes after the Charedi United Torah Judaism Party and Sephardi Orthodox Shas Party, both members of the coalition, threatened to quit the government unless the agreement was overturned. In a joint statement, the Reform Movement’s Senior Rabbi, Laura Janner-Klausner and Liberal Judaism’s chief executive, Rabbi Danny
Rich, along with Britain’s Alliance for Progressive Judaism, branded the decision a “betrayal of Israeli and Diaspora Jewry”. The rabbis condemned “this reversal of a promise made by the Israeli Government”, and added that “the Diaspora stands with Progressive Jews in Israel in continuing the fight for an egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel”. “We once again stand with the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism as they take this legal battle to Israel’s Supreme Court.” Continued on page 4
Liberal Judaism’s Rabbi Danny Rich and Reform Judaism’s Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner
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concerns raised about the Palestine Expo 2017. “Following these checks, we have agreed the event can take place as planned.” The expo is billed by organisers as “the biggest social, cultural and entertainment event on Palestine to ever take place in Europe”, and is due to feature speakers including antiZionist Israeli-born figures Ilan Pappe and Miko Peled, journalists Ben White and Peter Oborne and controversial former National Union of Students president Malia Bouattia. A l s o appearing is the Australian
journalist and documentary film maker John Pilger and Iyad Burnat, who has previously been denied entry to the UK, an act for which he blamed the “Zionist lobby”,
pointing to a Jewish News article about his visit. Burnat had posted a series of incendiary messages, including comparing Benjamin Netanyahu to Hitler.
Above, the Palestine Expo 2017 logo; left, speakers at the event include Ilan Pappe, John Pilger and Tariq Ramadan
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Hizballah – also proscribed – have been praised”. Speaking to Jewish News on Tuesday, a spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said: “We have worked with the QEII Centre to carry out checks following
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Key community leaders addressed a proIsrael conference for grassroots activists on Sunday, ahead of the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. We Believe in Israel (WBII) organised the event to mark 100 years since an historic 67-word letter from then-foreign secretary Lord Balfour to the second Lord Rothschild signalled British support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The conference, covering implications of the declaration for modern Israel and campaign skills to defend the Jewish State against those who seek to delegitimise it, featured senior Israeli diplomats, including ambassador to the UK Mark Regev.
Held at Hasmonean Boys’ School, Hendon, the event attracted more than 250 delegates with breakout sessions on topics including the portrayal of the declaration in the media and ensuring Israel’s legitimacy on campus and online. WGII director Luke Akehurst said: “We were delighted to bring together a top quality line-up of speakers including ambassador Regev and Yossi Kuperwasser to help inspire activists to properly commemorate the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. “Israel’s opponents want to use Balfour to frame Israel as an illegitimate colonial entity. We need to make sure we are com-
Mark Regev addresses the conference
municating the true story – that Balfour was the first international recognition of the Jewish people’s right to national liberation and self-determination.”
SIR MICK BECOMES TORY CHIEF EXECUTIVE Former Jewish Leadership Council chair Sir Mick Davis has been appointed chief executive of the Conservative Party. Sir Mick, who stepped down from his role at the JLC last month, will take on a brief including improve-
ments to central office and campaign techniques and systems following the Tories’ disappointing election result. The businessman and philanthropist will continue as treasurer of the party. Prime Minister Theresa May said: “I am
Adlestone named new JLC trustee The Jewish Leadership Council this week announced its new trustee. As chair of The Fed in Manchester, Mark Adlestone will bring special expertise to the organisation’s efforts to address the challenges facing
the community’s care sector. He oversaw the merger between The Fed and Heathlands Village and his “guidance will enrich chairman Jonathan Goldstein’s focus on ensuring the long-term financial sustainability of the community”, according to a statement. Adlestone said he was “thrilled and honoured” to have been appointed by Goldstein in one of his first moves since taking over last month.
delighted Sir Mick has agreed to take on this important role. “The party will benefit from his entrepreneurial and leadership skills as he works with the team at CCHQ to make the improvements that we need, now and for the future.”
Sir Mick – who chaired David Cameron’s Holocaust Commission which led to plans for a new national memorial and learning centre – received crossparty plaudits for his JLC work when he announced his departure from the body. Photo by Justin Grainge
A pro-Palestine event due to be held in London will go ahead, despite government threats to ban it over alleged links to terror group Hamas. The Palestine Expo is expected to draw around 10,000 people to the Queen Elizabeth II Centre [QEII] in London, during the weekend of 8 and 9 July. As plans for the event took shape, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid last week wrote a letter to the organisers of the expo, Friends of Al Aqsa, to express concerns over their links to terror groups. He is quoted in The Guardian as
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Rudd to consider Hezbollah terror flag ban after march Home Secretary Amber Rudd is to consider calls to ban Hezbollah and the “distressing” anti-Israel Al Quds Day march. Responding to a question by Newark MP Robert Jenrick in the House of Commons, Rudd said she would look into banning the annual demonstration and proscribing the whole of Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation. Jenrick asked the home secretary to take action after describing driving his family past the march two Sundays ago. He said: “My wife and daughters are Jewish. We were met by a protest where there were anti-Semitic banners and chants, and there were people waving Hezbollah flags which, for those unfamiliar with the flag, has a big machine gun on it. “To make a mockery of the law, someone had actually put a Post-it note on the flag saying ‘you cannot arrest me because I support the political wing of Hezbollah, not the military wing, this time’.” Jenrick then asked Rudd to show “enough really is enough ... by taking action against these rallies. Ban them so that they can never take place on the streets of London again, and ensure that the whole of Hezbollah is made a proscribed organisation”. Rudd responded: “It is always distressing to see that sort of march going on and that sort of provocation that he has just described. It must have been very upsetting for him and his family. I will certainly consider what he’s put, what he’s suggesting, and come to discuss it with him, and, if necessary, with the House.” Britain outlaws the military wing of Hezbollah, but not its political wing – even though leaders of the group
Demonstrators with Hezbollah flags at the march
suggest they are one and the same. Since the march, which is held annually, figures from the Labour and Conservative parties have called for the whole organisation to be banned. A petition calling for the march to be banned has also gained around 9,000 signatures since being set up last Monday. On Sunday, 18 June, hundreds of anti-Israel demonstrators marched through central London for the Al Quds Day march, holding banners reading ‘Boycott Israel’, ‘Zionism=racism’ and ‘We are all Hezbollah’ . Organised by the Islamic Human Rights Commission, participants marched behind a Hezbollah flag while the group’s symbol was carried by supporters and worn on clothing, including by children, without police action.
DAVIDSON FOR BOARD DINNER Ruth Davidson has been announced as the guest of honour for the Board of Deputies President’s Dinner in September. The Scottish Conservative Party leader said: “I’m honoured to have been asked to speak at this year’s President’s Dinner and mark the immense contribution of the Jewish community. “At what can seem a challenging, politically divisive time, I believe it’s of paramount importance that we celebrate our shared values and the bonds that bind us together.”
At 38, Davidson is Britain’s youngest major party leader and is the first Conservative to be named by the Glasgow Herald as Scottish Politician of the Year. Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush said: “Ruth is a rising star of the Conservative Party and has fairly been described as the only real winner in the recent General Election. “It will be one of her first engagements south of the border and we look forward to what she has to say.”
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tweets about Jews and Israel around the time of the 2014 Gaza War. Iqbal, who Citizens UK says has “a reputation for promoting interfaith dialogue”, retweeted one message which said: “Truce in Gaza? Don’t you believe it! The Jews are shipping around for cheaper bombs.” Another reportedly compared Israel’s actions to the Nazis, reading: “When a people who survived a genocide use it as an excuse to commit genocide”, against a backdrop of a blood-stained Star of David. She tweeted a statement saying: “I wish to make clear I am not and have never been anti-Semitic. My work in the community is ample evidence of this.”
A Muslim community activist who urged candidates for the Manchester mayoralty to fight against racism retweeted offensive messages, including comparing Israel to the Nazis. Dr Siema Iqbal participated in a conference organised by Citizens UK (CUK) in May, which asked mayoral candidates to commit to a series of proposals, including action on hate crime. However, following the inaugural Greater Manchester Citizens Assembly, it emerged that Iqbal sent disparaging
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News / Western Wall controversy / News in brief
Pluralism in Israel hits a brick wall Continued from page 1 “In any democracy, promises are but for a moment and when the leaders who made them fail us, we must take up the banner once again and march on in the direction of equality, justice and inclusion.” As part of the decision, work on the egalitarian prayer area erected at Robinson’s Arch, located on the southern edge of the Western Wall plaza, will continue. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked Cabinet Secretary Tzachi Braverman and Rregional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi to formulate a new plan that will be acceptable to the religious parties. Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz reportedly voted against the decision; Education Minister Naftali Bennett was not present for the vote. The decision negates an agreement passed in January last year by the government for an egalitarian prayer section at the Western Wall, which was negotiated by the Reform and Conservative movements, Women of the Wall, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Israeli Government. Under that agreement, the egalitarian section of the wall near Robinson’s Arch was to be expanded and placed under the authority of a pluralist committee. The section would have had a common entrance with the rest of the Western Wall plaza. Natan Sharansky, chairman of the board
of governors of the Jewish Agency, said in a statement issued on Sunday that he was disappointed by the government’s decision. “Five years ago, the prime minister asked me to lead a joint effort to bring about a workable formula that would transform the Western Wall into, in his own words, ‘one wall for one people’. After four years of intense negotiations, we reached a solution that was accepted by all major denominations and was then adopted by the government and embraced by the world’s Jewish communities. “Today’s decision signifies a retreat from that agreement and will make our work to bring Israel and the Jewish world closer together increasingly more difficult,” the statement said. “The Jewish Agency nevertheless remains staunchly committed to that work and to the principle of one wall for one people,” Sharansky concluded. Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush also criticised the move. He said: “I fully share the deep disappointment voiced by Natan Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, with the decision by the Government of Israel to suspend the implementation of its own decision to establish dignified spaces for prayer at the Western Wall for all streams of Judaism. “I am profoundly dismayed that the Kotel HaMa’aravi (Western Wall) should become a religious and political football. This decision will precipitate disharmony between Jews both in Israel and elsewhere in the Jewish world. It is
Members of the Women of the Wall group pictured at one of their Kotel gatherings
a Chillul HaShem, a desecration of God’s name. I call on the government of Israel to reverse the decision immediately and to honour the arrangement for prayer at the Kotel that was reached after years of painstaking negotiation.” In a post on Facebook, Rabbi Gilad Kariv, executive director of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism, called the decision a “sad and shameful move that capitulates to the pressure of the Charedi parties”. The move, he added, was “a serious violation of the basic interests of the state of Israel and the Jewish people. The prime minister and his
partners lent a hand to an anti-Zionist move that undermines Israel’s ties with diaspora Jewry, and weakens the connection of millions of Jews to Jerusalem”. Anat Hoffman, chair of Women of the Wall, called the move “shameful to the government and its women ministers who were exposed using their vote against women”. She added: “It’s a terrible day for women in Israel when the prime minister sacrifices their rights while kowtowing to religious extremists.” Editorial comment, page 16
I feel saddened and dismayed BY LAURA JANNER-KLAUSNER SENIOR RABBI, REFORM JUDAISM
When the Jewish people went up to the Jerusalem Temple, they would sing Shir Ha’ma’alot – Song of Ascent. One of these still appears at the beginning of our Birkat Hamazon, our grace after meals, on Shabbat and festivals. Together, Jewish people of all backgrounds, with all traditions and from anywhere, would raise their voices in song together with different tones, with different melodies, but they were truly unified in their pilgrimage. That’s what Jewish peoplehood is all about. It is about recognising the common thread that binds us all. Our people, ever since the beginning, have never been uniform. Our diversity has always been a core part of our identity – between tribes, among the alternate interpretations of the scholars, in the growth of geographical differences in exile and now denominational variations. Yet we still knew we had more in common than what divided us.
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This week, what we have been proud of for so long has been stifled. The Kotel, the remains of the site that once united us, is now used, misused and abused to divide us more than ever. What would respect the history of this sacred location would be a Kotel that allowed for the most vibrant demonstration of Jewish peoplehood possible – a place where all Jews were welcome and all practices were accepted. Truly a Kotel celebrating Jewish peoplehood. Unfortunately, the status quo – the hegemony of the current highly-limited arrangements at the Kotel plaza – has been strengthened. Rather than a celebration of what it means to be Jewish, our most significant site continues to be defined by the erasure of the Jewish identities of the majority of world Jewry; the othering of Jewish identities forced to hide, siphoned off to the side, around the corner from the plaza. This week’s actions by the Israeli government sacrificed a piece of Jewish peoplehood for simple, short-term, cynical political gains. Our identity as a people and our most revered religious site are both too important to be used as political pawns. I am saddened and dismayed.
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PM PRAISES CST FOR EFFORTS TO COMBAT ANTI-SEMITISM
BBC REPORTS THAT ‘SHOAH SENSITIVE FOR MUSLIMS’
The prime minister has praised the work of the Community Security Trust (CST) in combating antiSemitism on campus. Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Theresa May said the government must work against hate to “stamp it out”, with a focus on stopping racism against Jewish students. She added: “The CST do a lot of work with students... and I’m glad the government is supporting them.”
The BBC has been urged to apologise for claiming the Holocaust is a “sensitive topic for many Muslims”. The Board of Deputies and Muslim anti-racism charity Tell Mama UK both criticised the broadcaster for the “gratuitous line – offensive to both Muslims and Jews”, later removed, from an article posted online on Wednesday about Muslim girls from a school in Berlin being spat at during a visit to the Polish town of Lublin.
29 June 2017 Jewish News
Labour documentary / Currency app / News
New claims of Chakrabarti ‘whitewash’ Labour MP John Mann has issued a rallying call to the Jewish community to continue the battle to wipe out anti-Semitism from his party, writes Leon Symons. The MP for Bassetlaw, alongside fellow MPs Louise Ellman and Labour Friends of Israel chair Joan Ryan, said: “My message is: don’t be despondent, be organised and be active. We are not giving up. We are going nowhere. Where anti-Semites stand up, they will be challenged. Give us your support when they do.” Mann was speaking at JW3 at the launch of Whitewashed, a new J-TV documentary produced by Judith Ornstein on Labour antiSemitism. The 35-minute programme reflects on how the 17 individuals who gave evidence to the Chakrabarti inquiry last year were largely ignored by its author.
Clips from a new probe into Labour antiSemitism, which says evidence was ignored
Shami Chakrabarti received a peerage weeks after the report was published. The documentary features some of those people and is fronted by academic, author and
Labour member Dr David Hirsh. After it was shown, Hirsh and author Howard Jacobson discussed the issues it raises. Jacobson revealed he had submitted a con-
Israeli doing the business with new app Entrepreneur Amos Meiri is making cash registers ring in London and Liverpool with his new digital currency app, designed to boost local businesses. Colu, Meiri’s company in Tel Aviv, launched the Liverpool pound last December and has had more
than 16,000 local residents registering to use the app to make purchases. The “virtual” currency, for which people pay in sterling, can be spent in bars, restaurants, gyms, and even to buy tickets for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Participating businesses pay a small fee for
using the system, and attract customers by offering discounts. Now Colu has launched an East London pound, anticipating that the opportunity to buy locally and fend off big retail chains will appeal. “We really want to keep the money local,” says Colu. There are already three local currencies in Israel with almost 50,000 users.
tribution: “I was commissioned by the Catholic Herald to write a cover story on anti-Semitism and I let them have it with both barrels. “They took it and liked it. Then Mark Gardner (of the Community Security Trust) saw it and said I should submit it to Chakrabarti.” Hirsh said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn “always says he is against anti-Semitism. What he refuses to do is reassure the community that he understands what it is.” One audience member asked: “Why would a man who has insulted Israel for more than 35 years change?” Ryan described the documentary as “powerful”. She said: “I’m not prepared to walk away from the party I love because it has not done all it should have about anti-Semitism.” •Watch JTV’s Whitewashed at jewishnews.co.uk
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News / Court ruling / Emergency gift / News briefs NEWS IN BRIEF
PALESTINE PROTEST AT RADIOHEAD GIG Pro-Palestine activists used Radiohead’s headlining set at Glastonbury to protest against the group’s decision to perform in Tel Aviv. One banner read “Israel is an apartheid state. Radiohead, don’t play there”, and between songs, members of the audience could be heard shouting “free Palestine”. Frontman Thom Yorke has fired back at his critics, saying: “There’s an awful lot of people who don’t agree with the BDS movement, including us.”
FIRE ALL-CLEARS AFTER GRENFELL Communal charities reassured the public this week that none of their buildings have failed fire safety tests in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Both Jewish Care and Norwood are reviewing their measures following the deadly inferno, which killed 79 people. Ian Grimes of Jewish Care said: “Some of our buildings contain cladding but none have aluminium containing material cladding such as Reynobond.”
Boycott restrictions are ‘unlawful’ The High Court has ruled that the government acted unlawfully in seeking to restrict “ethical” boycotts on Israel. The case, brought by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), concerned guidance affecting the Local Government Pension Scheme (LPGS) and how its funds are – and are not – invested. The guidance was issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government in September last year and is directed at those responsible for preparing LPGS investment strategy. The PSC asked the judge, Sir Ross Cranston, to rule that the guidance is legally flawed as one section prevents pension funds set up under the scheme engaging in boycotts and the “ethical divestment” of companies accused of being complicit in Israel’s occupation of Palestine.
Judges ruled the government acted unlawfully
Government lawyers argued that all the grounds of challenge lacked substance. Allowing the application for judicial review, the judge said that the Secretary of State for Commu-
nities and Local Government acted unlawfully in issuing this part of the guidance as it fell outside the proper scope of his statutory powers because it was issued for non-pension purposes. The judge said the PSC and its supporters, including War on Want, the Campaign Against Arms Trade and the Quakers, objected to the limiting effect of the guidance on their ability to campaign around the investment of local government pension funds affecting the Palestinian people and the territories. A spokesperson for the Board of Deputies said: “This was a decision reached on technical legal grounds. It was decided that guidance exceeded the permissible purpose. “We are examining ways in which the guidance can to be re-issued in a way that complies with the legal rules.”
Baron Cohens donate medi-cycles to Israel
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The family of Sacha Baron Cohen has donated two life-saving pieces of equipment to Magen David Adom, saying it comes “with respect”. The comedian was unable to be at the Tel Aviv ceremony but his mother Daniella dedicated two medi-cycles to his deceased father, Gerald. On the back of one of the vehicles is the slogan “Respect!” – chosen by Daniella in recognition of the phrase
made famous by Ali G, one of the characters created by her son. Sacha sent a video message dedicated to his father, while his brother Erran, an accomplished musician, played some of his father’s favourite songs on keyboard. The dedication of the medicycles, which are worth around £15,000 each, cemented the close connection between the Baron Cohen family and
Magen David Adom, as Daniella’s brother, Gil Weiser, was the founder of the Israeli Friends of Magen David Adom organisation. Thanking the Baron Cohen and Weiser families for their donation, MDA UK’s CEO Daniel Burger said: “We are so grateful and look forward to seeing the medicycles flying through the streets of Israel, helping to save lives.”
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Celebrate Brits making their mark in Israel! British immigrants who have said: “British Jews have been left an impact on Israel are to inextricably linked with be celebrated in a new initia- Israel. Some have been welltive launched today by Jewish known philanthropists from News and Jewish Agency. Sir Moses Montefiore until The Aliyah List, in asso- the current day. However, ciation with UJIA, will shine a while the philanthropists light on those who have defied have often been well known cultural and practical and praised, how well challenges of moving do we know those to a new country to who chose to NOMINATE make their mark in live their lives areas from politics in Israel by NOW AT and business and jewishnews.co.uk/ making aliyah? education to camThe aliyah aliyah.co.uk paigning. list gives us a /aliyah Readers have until chance to honour 31 July to nominate those and tell the olim deserving of a place on story of their achievethe 50-strong list, the first ments in more detail.” of its kind for any diaspora Jewish Agency head of community in the world. It delegation in the UK Rael will then be down to a panel Goodman – who will be joined of experts in both countries, on the panel by his successor from across the religious Leah Golan – said: “Since and political spectrum, to 1948, The Jewish Agency has whittle down and rank those been proud to bring more nominated. As well as those than three million Jews home currently having an impact, to Israel, including almost there will be an opportunity 40,000 Brits who have chosen to nominate those who are no to build their lives in the longer alive. Jewish state. The final lists – and a series “We are delighted to of breakdowns according partner with Jewish News in to age, location and area of this remarkable project, spotimpact – will be revealed on lighting British olim who have the centenary of the Balfour made outstanding contribuDeclaration in November. tions to Israel and the world. Andrew Gilbert, who will “It is our hope that other chair the judging panel and communities will follow suit, previously chaired Jewish enabling the formation of a News’ Forty under 40 list, global list of immigrants who
have made an indelible impact on the state of Israel. “Tens of thousands of new immigrants arrive in Israel each year, enriching their own lives and helping build Israel’s future.” Also among the judges will be UJIA chief executive Michael Wegier and Richard Ferrer, editor of Jewish News. An average of more than 700 Brits made aliyah annually between 2005-2014. Jewish News’ Justin Cohen, who initiated the project, said: “Whether their move is driven simply by Zionism or
An average of 700 British Jews made aliyah every year between 2005 and 2014
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News / Social media / CST view / News briefs NEWS IN BRIEF
STAMFORD HILL GIRLS’ SCHOOL FAILS ITS THIRD OFSTED A private Chareidi girls’ school in Stamford Hill risks closure after failing its third Ofsted inspection for not educating pupils about homosexuality. Visiting inspectors at Vishnitz Girls School, which has 212 pupils and charges annual fees of £5,200, criticised failures to teach pupils about LGBT issues such as “sexual orientation”, which are in breach of “equality laws” and do not give pupils “full understanding of British values”.
SHOPPING CENTRE ‘DISMAYED’ OVER SWASTIKA GRAFFITI A shopping centre in Edgware removed a swastika daubed in its toilets, saying it was “shocked and dismayed” to discover the symbol. The Broadwalk removed the offensive graffiti in the male toilets after it was reported by Jewish News. A spokesperson said: “As an active member of the community, we were shocked and dismayed to find offensive graffiti in the toilets and have taken swift action to remove it.”
Facebook bows to pressure to counter online hate mail Facebook has revealed new plans to tackle extremism by educating charities and other organisations on how to counter hate speech. The social media giant has launched the Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI), which it said would act as a forum for charities and other non-profit organisations to share their experiences of extremism and develop best practices of “counterspeech” to tackle the issue both online and off. The initiative’s founding partners include the Jo Cox Foundation, set up in memory of the murdered MP, as well as other anti-hate Jewish and Muslim groups. Internet companies have come under increased scrutiny from the government over their role in the spread of hate speech. Home secretary Amber Rudd said the government was “not frightened” to issue sanctions against firms failing to remove extreme material. Facebook’ chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said: “There is no place for hate or violence on Facebook. We use technology to find and remove terrorist propaganda, and we have teams of counter-terrorism experts and reviewers around the world working to keep extremist content off our platform. “The UK Online Civil Courage Initiative will support non-governmental organisations and community groups to challenge the extremist narratives that cause such harm.”
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Mark Gardner of the Community Security Trust added: “Recent events show the vital importance of good people standing united against division, hatred and extremism. “Facebook’s OCCI initiative has never been more necessary and CST is delighted to support and participate in the project.” Fiyaz Mughal, founder of Tell Mama, which works to tackle anti-Muslim hatred and is also an OCCI founding partner, said: “We are in a battle for hearts and minds and this initiative is one tool in mobilising the enormous force for good that is in communities.”
Last month, CST joined our Muslim anti-extremism friends Tell Mama and Imams Online on a panel at Facebook’s London HQ for the British launch of the tech giant’s new Online Civil Courage Initiative, to be known as OCCI. It was a privilege for CST to have a leading role and for me to meet extraordinary people like Brendan Cox, husband of the late Jo Cox MP, and Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg. OCCI is a potentially far-reaching initiative with which Facebook aims to help build, promote and host counter-extremist material from groups like CST and our anti-extremism allies in other communities. It builds on research from the impressive Institute for Strategic Dialogue and two renowned academic bodies, the Amadeus Institute and ICSR (the International
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Bath Abbey exhibit denounced for ‘promoting anti-Semitism’ An exhibition at Bath Abbey has been denounced by Jews and Christians, with one visitor claiming that through it, “the Church of England promotes Jew-hatred”. Raising Voices, which ends on Friday, consists of 22 captioned photographs taken by the Abbey’s operations manager, Jon Hoffmann, a former press photographer. They were taken, the display informs visitors, “on a trip to Israel/Palestine in October 2015.” Hoffmann was accompanied by Abbey rector Edward Mason, curate Evelyn LeeBarber, and Shean Bowers, the Abbey’s choral director for schools. The pictures, say the Abbey, are “an important part of the Abbey’s work in speaking about justice and supporting the beleaguered church of Palestine”. But a Board of Deputies spokesperson said: “This exhibition is clearly unbalanced and has outraged members of the Jewish community. The Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) has offered advice and resources to the Abbey. We hope this leads to a less offensive display.” Lord Reading, a leading member of the Anglo-Israel Association, said: “I am ashamed of the Church of England, of which I have been a member since 1942 when we were threatened by other anti-
In this image from the exhibit, a girl in Hebron looks out from behind razor wire
Semites… the Nazis.” CCJ programme manager Elliot Steinberg said it had been in touch with the Bishop of Taunton through its chair, Bishop Michael Ipgrave, Bishop of Lichfield, to ask that additional resources be included to try to add alternative perspectives. He said it was looking to discuss with the Abbey and clergy “some of the more problematic elements of the exhibition and resource”, adding: “We will focus on the language used, and on continuing to engage and educate Christian and Jewish com-
munities to discuss the situation in Israel/ Palestine in a way which considers its complexity and its importance to both faiths”. Australian exhibition visitor, Diane Weber Bederman, complained to Rev Mason about misrepresentations, including claims “the Nakba [the Arabic term for ‘catastrophe’ ie. the creation of Israel] is not taught to Palestinians and that the system of education for Palestinians is designed to make them ignorant of [their] history.” She said such claims were “patently false”.
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El Al told to reject seat demands Israel’s national carrier can no longer accede to the requests of strictly-Orthodox passengers to not sit next to women, a Jerusalem court has said in a landmark ruling. “Under absolutely no circumstances can a crew member ask a passenger to move from their designated seat because the adjacent passenger doesn’t wasn’t to sit next to them due to their gender,” Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court Judge Dana Cohen-Lekah said in her ruling. “The policy is a direct transgression of the law preventing discrimination.” El Al has been known to ask passengers to move seats at the request of strictly Orthodox men who refuse to sit next to women. The ruling ends years of uproar over the policy led by rights groups who say it is discriminatory. Cohen-Lekah
agreed with the Israel Religious Action Center, which brought the suit, in ruling the practice was illegal. The chief plaintiff in the case was Holocaust survivor Renee Rabinowitz, 81, who sued the airline for discrimination after a flight attendant asked her to move seats on a flight in December 2015. Rabinowitz, whose family fled the Nazi occupation in 1941 and who grew up Orthodox in New York and now lives in Jerusalem, was on a flight back to Israel when she was asked by an El Al flight attendant to move seats at the request of the strictly Orthodox man in the window
seat, next to the seat she had been assigned. She moved without a fuss but thought about it again at the end of the flight, when she spoke to the pilot. “I said: ‘Why do you do this? It’s not right,’ and he said: ‘It’s not the staff, it’s the board of directors.’ Meaning, it’s apparently a practice they’ve decided on,” said Rabinowitz. El Al argued in court it opposed any form of discrimination against passengers, but Rabinowitz was awarded NIS 6,500. “The judge realised it’s a matter of El Al changing its policy and that’s what they’ve been ordered to do,” she said.
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Protesters attending anti-Israel rallies across Iran declared that destroying the Jewish state is “the Muslim world’s top priority.” Iranians participating in Quds Day also called for unity among pro-Palestinian groups against the “childmurdering” Israeli government in a statement released after the marches.
Hungarian Jews condemned their prime minister’s praise for a former leader who was an ally of Adolf Hitler
and oversaw the murder of more than 500,000 Holocaust victims. Viktor Orban included Miklos Horthy among those he called “exceptional statesmen” for leading the country.
Gal Gadot, the Israeli star of the film Wonder Woman, has risen to the number one spot on The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Actors list. She had been placed number four on the list for the past two weeks, which is a ranking of the most popular actors on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google.
Trump-Obama survey SHOAH COMMENT ANGER Israel and Russia are the only two countries to have a more favourable view of President Donald Trump than his predecessor, Barack Obama at the end of his time in office, a new survey claims. The annual report by the Pew Research Centre on America’s image abroad
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A leading Polish human rights official has come under fire for saying the “Polish nation” took part in the implementation of the Holocaust – a controversial statement in a country that never collaborated with Nazi Germany during the Second World War. Adam Bodnar, the country’s
human rights commissioner, or ombudsman, apologised for the comment but members of Poland’s conservative government said he should resign. Deputy foreign minister Jan Dziedziczak called his comment “scandalous” and untrue and said it “disqualifies him from public life”.
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arly encounters with Britain’s 35s — the Women’s Campaign for Soviet Jewry — ultimately led to the creation of Limmud FSU, the decade-old organisation for Russian-speaking Jews both in and from the former Soviet Union. Limmud FSU’s founder, Chaim Chesler, is a veteran Israeli civil servant who worked in the UK as a shaliach (emissary) in the early 1970s. When he returned to Israel, after studies at Bar-Ilan University he became involved in the Soviet Jewry campaign, becoming executive director of the Israel Public Council for Soviet Jewry. As Chesler tells it, during his time at the council, many of the “big beasts” of Soviet Jewry were freed – Natan Sharansky, Yuli Edelstein, Ida Nudel. “I was lucky to be there when that moment came,” he says.
His next move was to lead the Jewish Agency in North America, based in New York, where he served from 1988 to 1991. But he was then approached by Jewish Agency chair Simcha Dinitz and asked to go to the Soviet Union to put his Soviet Jewish expertise to work. In 1993, Chesler, elected as a member of the Jewish Agency executive, went to Moscow, together with his wife and young family. For his children, he says, it was a huge change to move from comfortable New York to the initial privations of Russia. “But eventually they loved it; there were only four or five students in each class, so they got a lot of individual attention. And because cultural life was so cheap for us, and because we didn’t understand what was being said on TV, we spent nearly every night at the opera, the ballet or
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concerts. It was fantastic.” Working in Russia, Chesler says, “was the greatest time of my life”. He had 110 shlichim working for him and presided over a huge operation of 70,000 emigrants to Israel every year. It was while working in Moscow that he was invited to speak in Nottingham by Limmud UK. “I did not know what Limmud was about, but when I got there I realised it was something unique,” he says. “I was shocked and amazed – but I made up my mind that I would copy it for Russia, because part of the attraction was that Limmud is not a top-down organisation, where things are imposed on people, but that it works, through volunteers, from the bottom up. And I knew that would appeal to Russians.” By 1999 Chesler was treasurer of the Jewish Agency and had the power to make things happen. He began speaking to international Jewish organisations to put together a funding base for what would become Limmud FSU. At the same time, he says, he was aware that while many young Russian Jews went to Israel via the Birthright programme, there was no follow-up and people would return to their home republics in the FSU with no opportunity to enjoy their Judaism. In 2005, dipping his toe in the water, Chesler took a group of 15 Russians to Limmud UK, wondering how they would respond to the Limmud vibe, particularly its trademark of having different events taking place at the same time. He needn’t have worried: they loved it. And so in May 2006, Chesler staged a oneday Limmud event in Moscow. “And 1,000 people came. So that was a miracle; and 18 months later we had a full-scale four-day Limmud, which again attracted 1,000 people”. Ukrainian millionaire Vadim Rabinovich then offered to stage a Limmud event in Yalta. And in 2009 Limmud FSU held its first gathering in Israel, in Ashkelon. Within months,
WHEN I GOT TO LIMMUD, I WAS AMAZED – I MADE UP MY MIND I WOULD COPY IT FOR RUSSIA there were Limmud events for Russian speakers in America, on both the east and west coasts; a Limmud FSU in Canada, in Australia, and this year, in another first, a Limmud FSU for Russian speakers from all over Europe, which was held in Windsor, in the UK. Next year, says Chesler, he hopes to hold a Limmud FSU Europe in Vienna, an ironic touch as Vienna was for years a staging post for Soviet Jews who were leaving and spent time in the Austrian capital en route to Israel or the States. Almost none of the Limmud FSU events – which Chesler oversees alongside co-founder Sandy Cahn, President Aaron Frenkel and chair of the International Steering committee Matthew Bronfman – attract fewer than 1,000 people. And, says Chesler proudly, “people pay – they don’t get freebies.” The whole extraordinary calendar of spinning plates – there are gatherings lined up next month in Moldova, in September in Romania, in October in Odessa, in November in San Francisco and in St Petersburg in December – is run by a tiny permanent workforce of just seven or eight people. Everything else, in the spirit of Limmud, is done by volunteers. Chesler does try to go to almost everything, but even he groans at the schedule these days. However, you can hear both a grin and pride in his voice as he talks about his remarkable creation. The networkers’ networker has built something extraordinary.
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Wall-to-wall criticism The interminable power struggle within Israel’s patchwork coalition profoundly damaged the Diaspora this week after the prime minister reneged on his pledge to establish a permanent space for progressive Jews at Judaism’s holiest site. He may have succeeded in fractionally reinforcing his position by acquiescing to the demands of the Charedi United Torah Judaism Party and Sephardi Orthodox Shas Party, but Benjamin Netanyahu sent a devastating message to Jews worldwide by overturning a decision to create an egalitarian prayer section at the Kotel: nonOrthodox Jews have a home in the Jewish state, but not at its most important site. The Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism plans to take the battle to Israel’s Supreme Court, while here in the UK rabbis Laura Janner-Klausner of the Reform Movement and Danny Rich of Liberal Judaism did not mince their words, branding the decision a “betrayal of Israeli and Diaspora Jewry.” Writing on page four of this week’s newspaper, Rabbi JannerKlausner is even more forthright in her indignation, lamenting: “The Kotel, the remains of the site which once united us, is now used, misused and abused to divide us more than ever.” The damage to the Jewish world’s fundamental bond with the Jewish state will be significant. By ensuring the ultra- Orthodox rabbinate maintains complete control of the Western Wall – days after ministers approved a bill requiring the state to only recognise conversions under the auspices of the Charedi-dominated Chief Rabbinate – Netanyahu has propped up his position by letting down the Diaspora. CONTACT DETAILS Publisher and Editor Richard Ferrer firstname.lastname@example.org
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difficult tasks that no one else seems to get to grips with, let alone deal with, and this has been evident for decades. Trump is totally right in everything he has attempted so far but, woefully, every attempt has so far been frustrated by all manner of layabouts who have nothing else to do; by those who should know better but thwart his every move for reasons known only to themselves. Unless President Trump is left alone to deal with all the world’s dangerous ailments, this overcrowded planet is in grave danger.
come-latelies who stood against them as if to say that the community doesn’t value them – at the same time giving succour to Jeremy Corbyn, the ‘friend’ of Hamas. This is a different case from long-standing Jewish MPs who have been saddled with a leader who should be beyond the pale.
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Where’s kosher footie food? A year from now and the new Tottenham stadium will open for business. Boasting its own microbrewery, cheese making facilities and fine dining, it will be one of the most sophisticated stadiums in Europe. Ten years ago the new Emirates Stadium opened for business for the red half of north London. Each has a capacity of 60,000 fans, while just up the road in Wembley, the national stadium holds 90,000. Given that at least half of the games and other events held at each of these stadiums (by my rough estimation some 30 to 40 per year), including most of the televised and European games, are held on
Sundays and weekdays and are attended by a large Jewish support base, it is surprising that there is not a single kosher food outlet at any of them. This is in stark contrast to the major sports stadiums in North America, in both New York and Los Angeles, where kosher fare is on hand and has proven to be popular not just among Jewish fans. A single kosher franchise to take in the three stadiums, with an appropriate kashrut certificate, would be welcomed by many Jewish sports fans in north London.
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Regarding El Al being told not to let female passengers be relocated due to the wishes of Charedi customers, while nobody should be forced to move I see no problem with a polite request to do so. Charedi men will likely be forced to sit next to ladies, presumably to create a gender-blind society.
Today there are no words, only endless tears of despair. Horror caused by human hand and people who do not care. An evening arranged and waited for carefully. Young lives excited by the pleasure ahead. Erased by a man with a bomb. Pictures of smiling faces, shown full of brightness and hope, never to fullfil their potential, wiped away in a single stroke. A mother’s cry for her daughter touched every human heart. The world cannot stand by and wait. We all must play our part.
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VOTERS SAW CYNICAL PLOY Jeremy Newmark is either delusional or in denial if he thinks only tribal Tories were concerned about his candidacy in Finchley and Golders Green and that of Mike Katz in Hendon. There were many traditional Jewish Labour voters who had grave doubts. Like a scene from Life of Brian,
when the candidacies of Hendon and Finchley were discussed, you can imagine Jeremy Corbyn saying: ‘I have a bright idea comrades. Why don’t Jews fight these seats to make us look good in the Jewish community?’ Jewish voters saw through this cynical manoeuvring by Corbyn and his allies. Ze’ev Portner Golders Green
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Bibi to millions of Jews: we don’t really want you DAVID HOROVITZ EDITOR, TIMES OF ISRAEL
y most counts, there are about 15 million Jews in the world today. Not very many, right? On Sunday, the prime minister of the world’s only Jewish state made clear to many millions of them: Israel really doesn’t want you. Benjamin Netanyahu would never put it in such blunt terms, of course. And doubtless he will expend considerable rhetorical energy in the near future insisting that it is not the case. But his minister of health, Yaakov Litzman, leader of the United Torah Judaism party, has no Jewish realpolitik imperative to mince his words. In the boastful language of victory, after the Netanyahu-led cabinet decided on Sunday to halt the establishment of a permanent pluralistic prayer section at the Western Wall (as opposed to the current temporary area), Litzman declared triumphantly: “The
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government’s decision to freeze the Western Wall arrangement sends a clear message to the entire world: the Reform do not and will not have access or recognition at the Western Wall.” For the ultra-Orthodox, the nonOrthodox streams of Judaism are among the most bitter of foes. Jews who just don’t care are no threat to their ultra-narrow interpretation of our faith, and, who knows, may yet be drawn to their version of it. But the Reform Jews, and the Conservative
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The writing was on the wall: Women of the Wall celebrating at the Koel
Jews – they have their own ways of observance. More open. More egalitarian. More questioning. Much more threatening. “Even though the Nazis and the Reform Jews tried to destroy us…,” an ultra-Orthodox relative of mine once remarked in a speech at a family event. He wasn’t trying to be provocative, which almost made it worse. He was unthinkingly parroting received wisdom in much of his community. The prime minister, personally, is no ultra-Orthodox zealot. The prime minister, politically, however, has quite evidently decided that his future depends on keeping the coalition’s two ultra-Orthodox parties happy. In a November 2015 address in Washington to the leadership of the Jewish community in North America, where millions identify with non-Orthodox Judaism, Netanyahu promised: “As prime minister of Israel, I will always ensure that all Jews can feel at home in Israel, Reform Jews, Conservative Jews, Orthodox Jews.” Specifically, he told the thousands at the Jewish Federations’ annual General Assembly, he hoped his government would soon reach the “long overdue understanding that will ensure that the Kotel [Western Wall] will be a source of unity for the Jewish people, not a point of division.” How they applauded. How cheated and betrayed they must feel now. This decision is both short-sighted and fraught with long-term danger. Some critics rushed to call it a divorce from the Diaspora. If it’s not quite that, because the damage is not yet irrevocable, it is certainly the sign of a marriage in deep trouble. Israel needs all the friends it can get. And it should be doing everything it can to avoid alienating its core supporters, its own flesh and blood. Non-Orthodox Jews, in Israel and abroad, emphatically do not agree with everything that the Jewish state does, but
the arguments, and the passion, reflect the connectedness of the global Jewish family. We should be able to resolve intraJewish challenges by ourselves. When it comes to the so-called Orthodox-secular divide, we should be able to find ways to ensure both that Jewish scholarship flourishes in the Jewish state, and that the rights and burdens of physically protecting the country are shared fairly. Similarly, we should be able to muster the wisdom to give all Jews, however they connect to our shared faith, a genuine sense of stake in the national homeland. At the spiritual and emblematic heart of that revived national homeland is the Western Wall. And the irony of Sunday’s self-defeating decision is that the nowfrozen “compromise” plan wasn’t really a compromise at all. It did not affect arrangements at what most people think is the Western Wall, the section where men and women pray separately, and where the ultra-Orthodox rabbinate maintains complete control. The idea was that those who like to pray without those constraints would be able to do so elsewhere, a short distance away, at a properly prepared pavilion (as opposed to the current, temporary arrangement) under joint oversight involving all major streams of Judaism. A case of live and let live, pray and let pray. But even that Solomonic solution, earnestly perfected over years of painstaking negotiation by people with the best interests of world Jewry at heart, was evidently too threatening for the ultraOrthodox leadership. And Israel’s Diaspora-savvy prime minister, in capitulating to their narrow-minded demands against his better judgment, showed that survival in office now even takes precedence over the deepest sensibilities of the global Jewish nation he aspires to lead.
29 June 2017 Jewish News
Grenfell is the wake-up call to redress balance JEMMA WAYNE AUTHOR & JOURNALIST
hange is in the air. First there was Brexit, then Trump, then Corbyn’s unexpected surge and the tragedy of Grenfell Tower, which has brought all these events into unavoidable clarity: we are a society divided, deeply, by class. Inside our bubbles, it is too often easier not to see; but amid the smoke and shattered lives, the anger of the poorest can no longer be ignored. There is a growing, spoken-out-loud fury with the Haves by the Have-Nots, and the old platitudes about meritocracy and free market don’t wash. There is simply no way to defend the reckless disregard for the safety of Grenfell’s tenants. Of course the emotion of catastrophe is sometimes blinding: it is not the fault of the wealthy Kensington neighbours that Grenfell was clad, essentially, in petroleum. It is not true that the well-off are heartless or selfish; there were many who leapt to immediate aid of residents and lead highly philanthropic lives. Similarly it is not right
INSIDE OUR BUBBLES IT IS OFTEN EASIER NOT TO SEE, BUT THE ANGER OF THE POOR CAN NO LONGER BE IGNORED to suggest that Theresa May and the council/ government do not care. But the factors leading to Grenfell’s vulnerability are symbolic of all the ways in which all these people have not cared enough. Many of us have felt the injustice nagging away. Despite being a true-blue all my voting life, this was the first election in which my vote was cast reluctantly, because of a niggling conviction that the status quo is not working – there is no equality, not enough compassion. But Jeremy Corbyn is not the answer. There
are some who see him as a champion of the underdog. Perhaps he even sees himself as such, a man able to recognise divisions and stand on the right side of them. But division is not in fact what he is fighting against; it is not his enemy, but his greatest tool. Because like many socialists before him, he relies on inciting rage and vilifying the Other. It is not enough to support the working class, he must denigrate the wealthy. A year ago, many senior Labour politicians were concerned about this. They worried that Corbyn’s rhetoric on tax avoidance for example would appear anti-success, anti-aspirational. But he has found that this is what the current climate welcomes. Not so much a drive to pull up the poorest but instead, or at least also, to drag down the rich. To blame them. To punish them. To occupy their homes. It has been evident this week. The anger after Grenfell treads a fine line between (rightly) forcing those in a position of privilege to listen, and making them feel unfairly persecuted. The Jewish community in particular has felt this already from Corbyn’s Labour. Many Jews wish desperately to prioritise social conscience. Many Jews have long been proponents and
leaders of it. Many would even get on board with a more cautious support of Israel than previous leaders have offered. But Corbyn’s cosiness with those intent on Israel’s destruction, and his blithe enabling of anti-Semitism, make it impossible. Corbyn has identified the division, chosen his underdog, and we ain’t it. But this un-nuanced position does damage to any possibility of real change, because it defines the world as Us and Them. It fuels division. It feeds anger. It makes it harder and harder to close the gap. So it is too, with economic class. But the poorest, those people Labour supposedly care about, need that gap closed. There must be more innovative ways to redress the inequalities that plague our society. Few of us can claim to agree on what these are. But what we can all acknowledge, now more than ever, is that unacceptable injustices exist, and shouldn’t. Change is in the air. There is an appetite for it. Sadly, so long as the conversation is hijacked by division and the resentments that accompany it, both sides will continue to either batten down their hatches or arm their crusaders, in the hope that They remain at bay, or else, They be destroyed.
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Jewish News 29 June 2017
Jewish News’ Aliyah List: a partnership for the future NATAN SHARANSKY CHAIR, JEWISH AGENCY
e’re experiencing a renaissance in aliyah, an action that for years was associated with images of Jews fleeing persecution and adversity in their countries of origin. The numbers were made up of Holocaust survivors, Jews from Arab countries, Ethiopian Jews and Jews from the former Soviet Union. They all came to Israel seeking refuge from the hardships they left behind. In recent years, however, we have witnessed a dramatic shift: aliyah from Western, democratic countries now accounts for greater numbers than immigration from the rest of the world. A high-tech superpower with a booming economy and low unemployment, Israel has come to be viewed as an attractive destination for Western Jews seeking a brighter future for their families. And as increasing numbers of young people experience life in Israel through Jewish Agency programmes like Masa Israel Journey and Onward Israel, they come to understand that Israel is both an integral
part of their Jewish identity and a place in which they can celebrate that identity comfortably and fully. If in the past the bulk of Jewish immigration to Israel was aliyah of rescue, today it is very much aliyah of choice. It is the product of an affirmative decision to lead a fully Jewish life in the Jewish state. British Jewry has long been a leading force within British society. From the earliest days of Jewish settlement in Britain until the present day, British Jews have risen to the highest echelons of British culture, journalism, business, politics, and arts. Indeed, this year we will celebrate the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, one of British Jewry’s proudest achievements. I personally remember British Jews’ extraordinary contributions to our struggle for freedom in the Soviet Union, including the invaluable role played by the Londonbased Women’s Campaign for Soviet Jewry, known as “the 35s”. Similarly, there was the work of Royal Navy veteran Michael Sherbourne, who coined the term refusenik and served as our primary channel of communication with the outside world. And yet, despite the British Jewish
community’s full integration into British society and its significant involvement in both national and international affairs, thousands of British Jews have chosen to realise their Zionist dreams by making aliyah, tying their personal fates to that of the Jewish state. In recent years, in fact, we have seen the number of British immigrants to Israel grow by more than 30 percent. From diplomats to artists, journalists to lawyers, immigrants from Britain have contributed richly to Israeli society and they continue to do so today, serving as a bridge between the UK and Israel and bringing the dynamic energy of British Jewry with them. Perhaps one of the most notable contributions of British immigrants in recent years has been the introduction of that
most cherished British Jewish institution, Limmud, to Israeli audiences. Earlier this month. I was pleased to join president Reuven Rivlin and Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat in celebrating Limmud’s unique impact on Israel and world Jewry with the 2017 Jerusalem Unity Prize. As we honour the contributions of British immigrants to the Jewish state, I encourage you to nominate outstanding British olim for inclusion in the Aliyah List, a partnership between the Jewish Agency and Jewish News. And as we look forward to celebrating Israel’s 70th birthday, I invite you to learn about the Jewish Agency’s programmes and about all that life in Israel has to offer – and I look forward to seeing you next year in Jerusalem.
THOUSANDS OF BRITISH JEWS HAVE CHOSEN TO REALISE THEIR ZIONIST DREAMS BY TYING THEIR PERSONAL FATES TO THAT OF THE JEWISH STATE
Empowering domestic abuse victims to seek out our help NAOMI DICKSON
CHIEF EXECUTIVE, JEWISH WOMEN’S AID
hile Brexit dominated the Queen’s Speech, I was delighted to hear the announcement of a draft domestic violence and abuse bill along with the promise of a new commissioner. This shows renewed commitment from the government to tackle domestic abuse, which remains a huge problem across the breadth of society – including the Jewish community. I hope the bill will define domestic abuse in law and offer an opportunity to review the way it is perceived and dealt with. Responses to women affected by domestic abuse are patchy across the country. Austerity funding cuts leave too many women and children unprotected. Dozens of refuges have been closed and the amount of support and counselling women are able to access is still being cut to the bone. This bill will aim to guarantee a consistent response to women, no matter where they are.
WE NEED THIS BILL TO ENABLE US TO OFFER CONSISTENT HELP TO WOMEN WHO HAVE SURVIVED TRAUMA OF ABUSE So, what does the bill mean for Jewish women? Just seven percent of Jewish Women’s Aid’s funding comes from statutory sources, a cut of more than 20 percent in recent years. Through the support of the community and loyal donors, we have been able to survive cuts and postcode lotteries – a hard task, given an unprecedented and sustained 70 percent rise in demand for support, advice and refuge space over the last 18 months. This huge increase was a curveball for us, and I feel incredibly proud of the women who
are bravely calling us. The initial phone call to our helpline is half the battle. Through talking, training and prominent messaging, we’ve empowered women to fight. I don’t think that there is more domestic abuse going on in our community than before. The hard work we’ve done in engaging the community, shuls, leaders, rabbis and rebbetzens has started to pay off. Women who need us are beginning to find it less scary to pick up the phone and make that call which is the first step to a life free from abuse. We still have a long way to go – we recently spoke to a woman who’d been in a physically and mentally abusive marriage for 25 years, and told us she’d “just had enough”. Her adult children had moved on and she was, at last, free to make the decision to leave. She’d felt both perceived and real pressure from her children, family and friends to stay with her abusive husband. This is a story we hear every day. We know that women are typically affected by domestic abuse 35 times before they seek help and, in my experience, Jewish women are still living with abuse for even longer. This proposed bill will ensure that domestic
abuse is talked about more across the country. It will mean that in our community, where we place huge emphasis on family values, we will continue to become increasingly open to women and families that don’t fit traditional models. I believe that we are becoming more supportive and open to the abused women who need us and I am increasingly aware that people touched by domestic abuse are speaking about it with less shame. We should be proud of the women who are brave enough to speak out and seek help, and we need to continue to actively encourage them to do so. I hope that this new bill will help us to offer consistent and longer-term moral and practical support to women and their children who have survived the trauma of domestic abuse. They need to have their voices amplified at the highest level and a good commissioner will do this. Jewish women needing support must be able to access it, for as long as they need and with the unequivocal support of their family and community.
29 June 2017 Jewish News
Community / Scene & Be Seen
1FA CUP PRIDE
Pupils at Hertsmere Jewish Primary School pupils had the chance to hold the FA Cup after a special assembly and visit from Arsenal FC. Year 5 pupils visited the club’s training ground last year as part of the Arsenal in the Community scheme. PE coordinator Sharon Skolnek said: “The school was excited to see the FA Cup and have their photo taken with it.”
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2BAKING A TREAT
Year 2 Etz Chaim Primary School pupils got baking as they put the icing on a cake with residents at Hendon’s Clore Manor care home, along with Lord Levy, school patron and Jewish Care president, ahead of next week’s Jewish Care’s Great Jewish Bake Day. Twenty-five schools and nurseries are holding sales to raise money for the charity buses that are a lifeline for isolated older people.
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3FESTIVAL MITZVAH At Gefiltefest, children made tiffins as part of Mitzvah Day. The sweet snacks were taken to The Liberal Jewish Synagogue Drop-In for Asylum Seeker Families. Interfaith coordinator Charlie Agran said: “It was wonderful for Mitzvah Day to be a part of Gefiltefest and bring in a social action project as part of the children’s programme.”
4TAKING A BREAK
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A petting zoo, spy mission, glow disco, theme park and parents’ candlelit dinner were some activities enjoyed by 150 Camp Simcha family members on a respite break in Oxford. Camp Simcha’s Neville Goldschneider said: “We ensure each child gets individual attention so parents can relax or seek counsel from our team.”
29 June 2017
Scene & Be Seen / Community
1 A SPARKY PARTY
Sparklets, a friendship group and committee of 10 Jewish girls, recently celebrated their 10-year anniversary with a fashion stylist event at N20. Having raised more than £60,000 over the past decade, original chair and founder member Nicola Myers said: “The event exceeded all our expectations and raised an incredible amount of money for a special project. We’re so proud to be part of a wonderful committee and to celebrate our 10-year anniversary in true style!”
2 NORWOOD UNITY
WE ATTENDED THE FESTIVAL TO EXTEND OUR FRIENDSHIP AND GOODWILL TO OTHER RESIDENTS OF BARNET
People supported through Norwood’s accommodation services attended a Barnet Unity Festival of Faith and Culture at Burnt Oak Leisure Centre. The event was organised to celebrate diversity in the community and was attended by more than 1,000 people, including Norwood’s Rabbi Stanley Coten. He said: “I and some of the people we support attended the festival to show our commitment and support to the wider community and to extend our friendship and goodwill to other residents in Barnet.”
3 SHUL PUB QUIZ
More than 100 members of Bushey Synagogue decamped to their local pub, The Three Crowns, for the community’s first charity pub quiz. The quiz went down to a tiebreak – read out by Rabbi Elchonon Feldman – and the winning team donated their
prize to pancreatic cancer charity Nicki’s Smile.
4 HALACHA DEBATE History was made in London last week when three leading exponents of diametrically opposed interpretations of the halacha, debated the role of women in religious life. Chaired by Rabbi Dr Abraham Levy, honorary principal of the Judith Lady Montefiore College, the event featured a debate between Rabbi Dr Michael Rosensweig (Rosh Yeshiva of RIETS, Yeshiva University), Rabbanit Chana Henkin founder and dean of Nishmat, Advanced Torah Study for Women) and Rabbi Dr Daniel Sperber (president of the Institute of Advanced Torah Studies, Bar Ilan University).
5 STEPHEN’S ADIEU
United Synagogue (US) president Stephen Pack made his final communual engagement at Enfield & Winchmore Hill Synagogue. Along with his wife Cheryl, Pack attended a brunch where he gave a talk on the success, aspirations and future plans of the US before taking part in a Q&A session.
6 AWARDS HONOUR
Around 200 people helped Work Avenue celebrate its ten-year anniversary with an awards evening. Individuals and businesses who have benefited from the organisation, or have joined with them in helping others, were honoured at the charity’s Finchley HQ.
Family announcements Louie Bond celebrated his barmitzvah at Bushey United Synagogue.
Yasmin Marco celebrated her batmitzvah at Bushey United Synagogue.
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Aidan Lester celebrated his barmitzvah at Yavneh College Synagogue.
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Alexander Morley celebrated his barmitzvah at Elstree & Borehamwood United Synagogue.
age 83, passed away peacefully at home, in his sleep, on Thursday, 22 June. He will be sadly missed by his wife of 60 years, Carole; sons Marcel, Philip and Darren; as well as grandchildren Hannah, Jamie and Benji; and daughters-in-law Hayley and Danielle.
29 June 2017 Jewish News
Community / Scene & Be Seen
Langdon toasts 25th anniversary Photos by Raya Cottrell
Langdon celebrated its 25th birthday at the City Hall. The evening was sponsored by Labour London Assembly member Andrew Dismore, who addressed 130 guests. Chairman Jonathan Joseph said: ‘Our members had a wonderful evening and were given a unique opportunity to view London’s broad horizons and reflect on their own aspirations - which Langdon hopes will be just as broad.’
Jewish News 29 June 2017
Scene & Be Seen / Community
Springer time for World Jewish Relief
Photos by Andy Tyler Photography
Legendary talk show host Jerry Springer helped raise more than £240,000 for World Jewish Relief ’s work supporting the poorest Jewish communities. He spoke to more than 400 people at two fundraising dinners held in Manchester and London – where Jerry was in conversation with the BBC’s Emily Maitlis – to raise vital funds for the charity. He explained to guests that he was only alive because of the work of WJR and was proud to support the organisation. He added: “I have a rule. If you save my life, I’ll turn up at your dinner.”
22 June 2017 Jewish News
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A president on the brink Can you murder to prevent nuclear war? Francine Wolfisz speaks to Sam Bourne – AKA Jonathan Freedland –about his new book’s moral dilemma
magine an America where a volatile president becomes so inflamed by a war of words with North Korea that in a fit of pique he finds himself just seconds from hitting the nuclear button. That terrifying – and not entirely improbable – scenario sets the gut-wrenching pace for Sam Bourne’s latest thriller, To Kill The President, which fittingly hits the shelves on 4 July. At the heart of the edge-of-the-seat drama is Maggie Costello, a seasoned Washington operator, who unwittingly stumbles across a plot against the US head of state, but finds the weight of her moral dilemma immense. Should she save the president’s life – but leave the free world at the mercy of a crazed demagogue – or commit the ultimate act of treason against her commander-in-chief and risk plunging the country into civil war? One could argue that the plot sails dangerously close to the winds of current world politics, but any similarities to real life are “solely down to the reader’s imagination”, chuckles journalist Jonathan Freedland, who has been penning thrillers under his Sam Bourne pseudonym (a blend of his younger son’s name and the popular spy series starring Matt Damon) since 2006. Freedland, who served for four years as The Guardian correspondent in Washington, is tight-lipped over whether he was inspired by the current president – “I can’t at all control what readers have in their minds” – but admits the first kernel of an idea came to him while covering the 2016 US election campaign. “Two of the most important words for a thriller writer are: ‘What if?’”, explains the 50-year-old author, who came across an intriguing story concerning American novelist Philip Roth. “In a book Roth was reading about the Republican Party in 1940, he read that they didn’t have a presidential nominee and there was talk of drafting in Charles Lindbergh, celebrity aviator and a staunch anti-Semite. “In the margins of the book, Roth wrote, “What if they had?” and from that came his brilliant novel, The Plot Against America, in
which he imagines a Nazi sympathiser who becomes the president. “Similarly, during the course of the TrumpClinton campaign, I began to think ‘What if you were a patriot and loyal to your party, but then you came to the conclusion that the leader of your party was actually a danger to America and the world?’ Where would your duty lie in that situation?” As he mulled over the idea, the married father-of-two began to research the “trappings of the president”, from the pomp and ceremony of his motorcade to the public’s obsession with the First Lady and life behind doors at the White House. But material gains aside, Freedland discovered just how powerful the president really is. “He’s actually known as ‘the nuclear monarch’,” the writer gasps. “In many ways, the president is quite constrained under the American system and even executive orders have to go
through the courts. “But one of the least restrained powers – and it was deliberately designed this way by Harry Truman – is the nuclear power, where it just goes through nobody. “People assume if this president wanted to order a nuclear strike, he would have to consult with others. “But there is no chain of command, there is no process. He just presses the button. I thought that was inherently frightening and dramatic.” Stories about the nuclear threat, political assassinations, espionage and conspiracy theories have fired the imagination of Freedland ever since he was a youngster. “Day of the Jackal, The Parallax View, Three Days of the Condor, The Odessa File – I just lapped them all up.” While he admits to being an avid reader, by day he is more well-known for his career as a journalist. I ask if he prefers the realms of fiction to the pursuit of accuracy and truth. Jonathan Freedland, who writes under his pseudonym, Sam Bourne
“Actually, I used to joke that fiction is harder than journalism, because in fiction you can’t make things up,” he quips. “It’s really interesting just how exacting the readers are about accuracy. “For example, you could be reading Dan Brown’s latest thriller, which will take you on wild flights of fantasy about Jesus, but if you have a character who gets on the Northern Line at Green Park station, the reader will hurl the book across the room and say ‘I can’t believe a word of this, its complete rubbish!’ “They expect the real world things to be properly researched and accurate.” From poring over government documents detailing nuclear codes and assassination plots to travelling around the world, Freedman draws upon real-life situations and experiences in his writing. That also includes his Jewish heritage. His first three Sam Bourne books – The Righteous Men, The Last Testament and The Final Reckoning – all revolve around Jewish themes. Even in this latest outing, Maggie Costello is first alerted to the existence of an assassination plot following the death of the president’s Jewish doctor. Speaking of Costello, she is perhaps the one departure from reality that Freedman credits with making his stories all the more believable. “One of the least strong aspects of my first novel, The Righteous Men, was the central male character, a British-born reporter, who was a bit too similar to me,” he says. “A fast-track way to cure that was to create a woman, because inherently she couldn’t be like me – and readers really responded to her. “It required an imaginative leap, but that can only be a good thing for a writer to do.” To Kill The President by Sam Bourne, published by HarperCollins, priced £7.99 (paperback), is out on 4 July
Jewish News 29 June 2017
Features / Jewish Care Bake Day
All aboard the Bake Day bus! As Jewish Care prepares for one of the community ’s favourite annual events, Naomi Frankel discovers why ‘every crumb counts’
ow in its fifth year, the Great Jewish Bake Day calls on the community to rise to the challenge of baking to raise money for Jewish Care buses, which are a lifeline for so many. To mark this year’s event, being held on 5 July, I hopped on one of the charity’s buses to meet those who benefit most from Bake Day fundraising... ENTERTAINMENT TIME
Regular bus passenger Joan, aged 94, from Kenton, with Naomi Frankel
I arrive at the centre just as lunch finishes and the afternoon entertainment starts. As I climb the stairs, I hear thumping music and enter a large, airy room, and which is literally in full swing, with entertainer Will Smith crooning old tunes dancing with laughing residents. I sit and have a chat with one of the regulars. Joan, 94, from Kenton, looks ten years
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Volunteers and regular passengers on the bus prepare for this year’s Great Jewish Bake Day
younger, but has an impressive 26 grandchildren. “Since my husband’s passing 34 years ago, I live on my own,” she explains. “My children are busy with their children, who are in turn busy with theirs, so coming to the centre three times a week has given me a new life. “Other places do this, but nobody does it like Jewish Care. The way they look after you - you couldn’t get better treatment.” Jean, also from Kenton, agrees with this sentiment, saying she is especially grateful for the bus as “I can’t get here otherwise”, tapping her “two new knees”. Her husband is confined to the house and “he’s not a club person anyway”. Jean certainly is, swaying to the beat with her friends and it is clear that the centre is an opportunity for her to get out of the house and have a good time. “It’s a day out for me, it’s nice,” she smiles, before pulling me into the circle. KEEP FIT CLASSES “I’m full from that lovely three-course lunch,” says Lillian, 94, seated near me. An ex-drama teacher from Stanmore, she says her family do not live nearby, so “I don’t know whether I would come without this bus.” Naomi Creeger, of Jewish Care, says lunch is the main meal of the day for most of the elderly people here. She tells me about the many activities enjoyed at the centre, including keep-fit classes and a discussion group. We feast on iced cupcakes in honour of Bake Day. Jeanette, who lives in Edgware and is wheelchair bound, is helped off the bus first by Peter, a former illustrator who is now a dedicated driver and volunteer for Jewish Care. “Peter is absolutely fantastic,” Jean raves. ‘A HAPPY JOURNEY’
We wind our way through Stanmore and Kenton, dropping off clients, some of whom live in sheltered accommodation. In between the singing of Cliff Richard’s Summer Holiday, I speak to Danielle, a volunteer seated next to me. “The bus is great because you get to
know the members from when you pick them up in the morning and so you build a good relationship with them.” Robyn, another volunteer in the seat behind, comments: “It’s a very pleasant atmosphere.” Joan adds: “It’s not just a journey, it’s a happy journey. We’re happy coming out of the centre, we’re happy getting on the bus, we’re happy getting off.” At £1.50 a time, the affordable bus ride is appreciated by its all its members, but Naomi reveals the cost of hire for Jewish Care is steep. “You can help to raise the money that is so desperately needed by inviting friends and family over, or holding a bake sale at school or at work any time, in June or July.” ‘MY FAMILY’ Hana, 91, who is one of the last to leave the bus, is originally from the Czech Republic and comes to the centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays. “I lost all my Hana, aged 91 family in the Holocaust, and being the age group I am I’ve lost most of my friends,” she says, in heavily accented tones. She reveals her friends on the bus have become her family. “It’s great, because I don’t have to sit at home all the time. I was a journalist back in Prague, because I speak several languages, including French and German. I love to talk to people.” Bake Day’s focus is indeed on people and intergenerational mingling, with schoolchildren coming to bake with the elderly in care homes. As Jacey Harris, centre manager at Jewish Care’s Edgware and Harrow Community Centre says: “It’s an opportunity for us all to come together as a community to have fun.” For more about Jewish Care’s Great Jewish Bake Day, visit www.jewishcare.org/ bakeday, or call 020 8922 2822 Jeanette with a cupcake
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Lifestyle / Jewish News meets... Jerry Springer
‘Trump has no business being president!’ Francine Wolfisz gets political with American chat show host Jerry Springer
hile the US election campaign was still in full swing, Jerry Springer was unrepentant in his opinion of then-candidate Donald Trump. “He’s dangerous”, the 73-year-old presenter lashed out. “He’s a very bad example of what America stands for.” Springer even added that he remained “optimistic” Trump would be rejected. What a difference a year makes. When we meet again this week, the temptation is there to remind the American television pundit of his remarks. “Well, that tells you just how much I know!” he laughs, smiling broadly and throwing his hands in the air. Mock self-deprecation aside, Springer, on a short visit to the UK as a keynote speaker for World Jewish Relief (WJR) events in London and Manchester, actually knows his stuff when it comes to the political world. While he’s widely known for his controversial talk show, full of fetishes, fist fights and f-words, Springer began his career in law following a political science degree and later went on to become a political adviser to Robert F Kennedy. A former mayor of Cincinnati, Springer
has recently been in the headlines amid swirling rumours that he may run for Ohio governor in 2018. Some would probably love him to run for president but, having been born in Britain – during an air raid in 1944 at Highgate Tube Station – there’s little chance he could ever take on that role. Which brings us neatly back to Trump, the candidate who was elected president, despite Springer’s protestations. Have his views changed at all in the past 12 months? “I’m not saying he’s a bad human being, I’m just saying he has no business being president,” he asserts. “He does things that I think are very detrimental to America and to the world. “He wants to ban Muslims from seven countries – none of which, by the way, had anything to do with 9/11. He wants to deport Hispanics, disenfranchise blacks and disrespect NATO, the very organisation that has kept the world at peace for the past 75 years. “It’s crazy, it’s almost like he’s putting up a white flag of surrender and saying we’re no longer going to be world leaders. China, Russia, you guys can take over, we’re done.” Trump’s policies on immigration go handin-hand with his thoughts on refugees, a subject close to Springer’s heart. Indeed, it was thanks to the efforts of the Central British Fund (known now as WJR) that Springer’s parents, Margot and Richard, escaped Nazi Germany and arrived safely in Britain in 1939. They were among the more than 40,000 refugees rescued by the organisation. “It’s not an exaggeration to say they saved my parents’ life and I wouldn’t be here if it hadn’t been for them. My parents were among the last 100 people let out of the country before the war started. “A month later my sister was born, while I was born during the war. How could I not be grateful for what they did?” The rescue was all the more pertinent, given that 27 other family members were murdered by the Nazis. Among them was Francine with loquacious chat show host Jerry Springer his maternal grandmother,
Jerry Springer has criticised the policies and comments of US president Donald Trump
Marie Kallman, who was taken to Chelmno, while his paternal grandmother, Selma Springer, perished at Theresienstadt. For Springer, his own family experience has totally shaped how he feels about discrimination and the current refugee crisis.
IF YOU CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT OF PREJUDICE, IF YOU GIVE PEOPLE LICENCE TO SAY THINGS AGAINST ANY RELIGION, YOU’RE ASKING FOR TROUBLE “I believe the lesson of the Holocaust, if there are any lessons from something so horrific, is that you can’t ever discriminate against anybody. You can’t ever judge a person based on what they are, only on what they do. “We have a moral responsibility as Jews to let the world know. We have to be the fighters to help the refugees recognise that today it’s them, but tomorrow it could be you.” It’s an unsettling thought, but one highlighted by another concern about today’s world – rising anti-Semitism. At the time of our interview, news has just arrived of a swastika drawn with faeces on the window of the Connecticut studio where The Jerry Springer Show is filmed. The incident is just another indicator,
says Springer, that Trump has somehow whipped up the winds of prejudice and racism in his country. “If you create an environment of prejudice, if you give licence to people to say things against any religion, then you’re asking for trouble,” he explains. In his mind, it’s a situation that amounts to dangerous times, not just for Jewish people, but also for Israel and the wider problem of world terrorism. He tells me: “When you antagonise different religions, you don’t make the world safer for Israel. Declaring war on Islam is not to Israel’s benefit, because we need the help of Muslims throughout the world to help find who these terrorists are. “If you constantly say you are banned from our country, you are a lesser citizen, you people are no good, then why would they help us? Do you not think we are recruiting, in a sense, more people to blow up places?” Antagonism is something Springer says he observed in Trump’s critical tweets against London mayor Sadiq Khan, following the recent London Bridge terror attack. It was a reaction he deems “embarrassing”. “I remember the very day after 9/11, the Queen had a wonderful response. She had the Royal Guards play the American national anthem in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, as a sign of support from Britain to the US. “Now London gets attacked and Trump berates your mayor, because he happens to be Muslim. I mean, how embarrassing. You don’t go to someone’s funeral and start berating the deceased. “We need to apologise for that and say it doesn’t represent where America is at.”
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TAKING CARE OF YOUR LOVED ONES Richard Cawthorne speaks to Larry Berkowitz, owner of Bluebird Care, which prides itself on treating clients like their own family
hen considering home care for our loved ones, there are plenty of factors to consider and questions to ask when it comes to this complicated and emotive subject. Bluebird Care Barnet is a medium-sized organisation – big enough to cope and small enough to care is its motto – that prides itself on treating clients like part of their own family. As director Larry Berkowitz puts it: “Our overarching philosophy and aim is to respect and treat customers in the way that we and our own relatives would expect and wish to be treated. “We hope to be wellrespected and sought after by our customers, local authorities and local government, and the general public.” Bluebird Care is run by Larry’s company, KLEJ Ltd. He and his team aim to
provide customers throughout the borough of Barnet with the highest levels of quality care. He is equally firm about the importance of treating his employees as “internal customers” and realises how vital this approach is in order to attract and retain carers. “Bluebird Care recognises that no customer is the same and we aim to offer all our customers individualised care that they want in the comfort of their own homes. “We are a well-established, tried and tested, loyal, reliable and responsive care company that really does care.” Bluebird Care’s customers vary from companion care and people who are recovering from injuries and operations to clients with a range of health issues. These include dementia, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, motor neuron disease, cancer
and other life-shortening illnesses that fall under the heading of palliative care. The company has a number of relationships and provides care for institutions and organisations including social services, the NHS, various hospices, charities and support clinics, as well as doctors’ practices. One important element of the Bluebird Care approach is to appreciate that people’s care requirements vary widely. The answer, Larry says, is to be “simple and flexible”. He points out: “Many customers require care just once or twice a year when their families go away on holiday and they need an extra helping hand. “Some customers have care for just 45 minutes a week, others require care four times a day, 24-hours-a-day or need live-in care. “Bluebird Care is really easy to start and can be adjusted to customers’ needs and requirements as they change
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over time.” Live-in care is a highly specialised aspect of its work, and Larry and his team have responded by offering what he describes as a “phenomenal” platinum service, making the company the recognised live-in care specialist. Not only that but, as he points out, “the price for live-in care is more affordable than one might think – starting at just £784 per week”. The Bluebird Care service allows families to live independently in their own homes with roundthe-clock companionship, housekeeping and all the benefits that prevent couples from having to be split up should one family member need to go to a residential care home. Listing what his company offers, Larry says all the Bluebird Care staff are professionally trained to adapt to the environment in the house concerned and not “get in the way” of those they are looking after. All the carers live in the borough of Barnet, making travelling to and from customers particularly easy – and the office is
well-staffed enough to have several field supervisors in the community, supporting carers and customers throughout the day. “Bluebird Care considers its carers to be our customers as well. We look after our people, offering benefits and perks. “We have a high retention rate and a constant demand from carers wanting to work for us, which people will tell you is not the norm in the domiciliary care sector”. The company plays an active role in the local community, sponsoring local events and regularly contributing to 14 charities. As an inclusive organisation, Bluebird Care has also offered employment to people from Norwood with learning disabilities. Bluebird Care prides itself on a fast and proactive approach, helping ease pressure on the family and giving relatives the peace of mind their loved ones are being cared for in the best way. Bluebird Care 149 Hale Lane, Edgware HA8 9QW. Tel: 020 3011 0996, firstname.lastname@example.org, bluebirdcare.co.uk/Barnet
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Sedra: Chukat / Torah For Today / Orthodox Judaism
Torah For Today What does the Torah say about…
The imam who saved the mosque attacker?
RABBI BORUCH M BOUDILOVSKY The process leading to Aaron’s death, mentioned in this week’s sedra, is carried out with no reference to any human emotion until the final verse of the passage, in which an outburst of deep emotion is conveyed. When the entire assembly saw Aaron had perished, they wept for 30 days. The death of Moses is described similarly: “The Children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab for thirty days” (Deut 34:8). However, there is a fundamental difference. The word “entire” appears only in the context of Aaron’s death, and not that of Moses. This seemingly minor difference, between the entire nation weeping for Aaron and just the nation weeping for Moses, reflects an important difference between the two brothers. While Moses leads, Aaron unifies. Although Moses was younger and never experienced slavery personally, Aaron did not resent his brother’s appointment, nor did he feel any entitlement to the senior leadership position. On the contrary, Aaron rejoiced even in the hidden depths of his heart (Exod 4:14) and encouraged harmony, unity and peace, between people. Hillel asks us to follow Aaron’s example. Moses, however, assumed a different type of leadership position. These two models of leadership complement each other. When courageous leadership partners with a consolidating voice promoting peace and unity, a community thrives.
Boruch M Boudilovsky is rabbi of Young Israel of North Netanya
BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL In reprisal for the recent London Bridge terror attack, Darren Osborne ploughed his van into a crowd of Muslims congregating outside Finsbury Park mosque during Ramadan, killing one and injuring 10. The mosque’s imam intervened in the aftermath of the attack and ensured the attacker was not seriously injured by revenge-seekers at the scene. So, what does the Torah say about this iman’s action? The careless killer who commits an action of manslaughter was in Biblical times prone to be killed by a vengeful
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relative. The killer could escape this by fleeing to a city of refuge and was protected on the way by officers-at-law. This means even this tribal custom accommodated by the Torah was severely regulated by the legal system. The Amalekite tribe was considered by the Torah to be an ever-present existential threat to the Israelite people. However, unless a threat to life was imminent, the Torah mandate to exterminate them was not carried out. Thus, even Amalekites could convert to Judaism. Actions of vengeance are severely curbed by Scripture and the accompanying oral tradition. A murderous attacker must be stopped in his or her tracks when on a rampage, including taking the attack-
er’s life to prevent further bloodletting. However, once the attacker is disarmed, killing him amounts to cold-blooded murder. The Imam dissuaded violence against the attacker and in so doing showed the humane and just face of classical legal traditions instructed by all major religions.
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Progressive Judaism / The Bible Says What? / Progressively Speaking
The Bible Says What?
The world was created in just seven days
What does the Grenfell Tower fire teach us about those we trust with our lives?
BY DEBORAH BLAUSTEN The Torah tells us that the world was created in seven days. The best science we have available to us disagrees with this assertion. Does this mean that thinking modern Jews have to reject the biblical, and other Jewish creation narratives entirely? Progressive Judaism arose among a revolution of scientific knowledge. Providing a dynamic bridge between emerging scientific truths and ancient wisdom is a fundamental part of what it means to be a modern Liberal or Reform Jew. The biblical creation stories offer an insight into how Judaism understands the essential structure of the world. They tell us that all humans are equal and reflect the image of God, they explain that we have a duty to protect the planet, they lay out the way that we spend our time between work and rest, and they
contain within them an image of the world as something that took time to bring into being and will continue to take time to perfect. These are essential truths in our lives, and they remain true whether or not the stories they are contained within are historically or scientifically accurate. There is a difference between a text that contains truths, and a text that is “true”. Scientific truth helps us to understand our world, a world that according to Jewish thought is a way for God’s self to be revealed to us. For Progressive Jews, there is no contradiction between believing fully in the Big Bang and evolution, and in seeing divinity in the majesty of the world and the stories our tradition hands down to help understand our place within it.
Deborah Blausten is a rabbinic student at Leo Baeck College
RABBI CHARLEY BAGINSKY I write a weekly message to my congregation and it saddens me deeply to realise that not a week has passed recently when I have not had to comment on tragic events. Death, destruction and violence have become part and parcel of our lives. To many, the fire that devastated Grenfell Tower felt the most overwhelming of all. As well as mourning the lives lost, there is a strong sense this tragedy was avoidable. Everywhere we hear the view that someone must be to blame. We saw the government and the local council apologise for its handling of the tragedy and recognise that so many in our society are subject to a lack
of advocacy and protection. Combined with a general feeling of uncertainty within the country’s leadership, it is not surprising many of us feel let down by those we trust with our lives. I cannot be alone in wondering why so many see time as linear and not, as Judaism does, as circular. Move onwards, upwards, and yet we know if lessons are not learnt, if they are not carried with us, then truly nothing changes. When the first set of tablets was destroyed, one commentary tells us
I FIND HOPE IN THE LEADERSHIP EMERGING FROM THE GRASSROOTS
the people continued to carry the pieces with them wherever they went, along with the new tablets. It was a reminder of the mistakes that had been made and ensured they acted differently in the future. I hope all our leaders will take with them lessons from the Grenfell Tower and work tirelessly to ensure this cannot happen again. But I also find immense hope in the leadership that has emerged from the grassroots, the people who have brought donations of supplies and time. As Progressive Judaism teaches us, leadership is not always the person who stands on high. Often it is the person who stands with the people. Rabbi Charley Baginsky is director of strategy and partnership for Liberal Judaism
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RESOURCE CENTRE Dear Lesley I spend all day sitting at the computer sending off CVs and application forms, but get no responses. It’s very frustrating. What am I doing wrong? Rachel Dear Rachel Many jobseekers believe that the longer they spend online applying for jobs the more likely they are to be successful. But that’s not true. A scattergun approach probably means you keep missing your target and, sadly, staring at the computer for hours, waiting for responses that don’t come or receiving automated rejections can be soul-destroying.
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NOBLE SOLICITORS Dear Carl I was part of the management structure of a company that I left last year. I have been told that the police and Serious Fraud Office want to question me under caution about my knowledge of fraudulent activities. They have said I am a potential witness and won’t be arrested. I know nothing
about any fraud and I don’t want to take a solicitor as I don’t want them to think that I have anything to hide. Is this the right approach? Jeffrey Dear Jeffrey Absolutely not! From my experience of defending people charged with fraud, the police and Serious Fraud Office wish to conduct an interview under caution as they may suspect your involvement in an offence. When an arrest is made, the police only have a limited amount of time to question someone. Where a potential suspect is prepared to be questioned voluntarily, there is no need to arrest them and time
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More than 120 golfers took part in the 47th annual RAGS (Redbridge Aid Golf Society) golf tournament at Abridge Golf and Country Club, raising £125,000 for community services in the Redbridge area. The tournament, which was organised by the RAGS committee and Redbridge Sports and Entertainment Fundraising committee, featured 26 men and four ladies teams, with the money raised going towards much needed funds for local Jewish charities. A cheque for £110,000 was presented to Jewish Care Chief Executive, Simon Morris, to support their work in the local area, the Community Security Trust were presented with £10,000, while £5,000 was donated to Sidney Gold RAGS Scholars. The overall winner of the day was Danny Waters, who got his hands on the Monty & Jack Shafron Trophy. Committee member Andrew Klein said: “RAGS is a real highlight in our calendar and the Redbridge Sports Committee and we were delighted to be able to raise a total of £125,000, vital funds to support a range of services for the local Jewish community.”
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Mason makes his mark at sports day SPORTS DAY Yavneh Primary School held its first sports day in Borehamwood. Pupils took part in a variety of activities and races, including hurdles a bat and ball event and running race - where five-yearold Mason Jacobs (pictured in red top) beat Louis Foster. Assisted by the Yavneh College sports ambassadors, who run weekly sports sessions, Zoe Clayton, a Yavneh College Year 9 sports ambassador, said: “We really enjoyed working as a team to teach the younger children new PE skills.”
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Olympic gold medallist sets the pace at Clore Shalom
Oliver Gilbery-Phillips, Elisheva Morris, Samuel Gilbery-Phillips and Emily Kesel pictured with Darren Campbell and Clore Shalom’s Deputy head teacher Ben Conway.
KIDS Pupils at Clore Shalom were put through their paces this week by Olympic gold medallist Darren Campbell. The former Great Britain athlete, who won a 4x100metre relay gold medal at Athens 2004, visited the Shenley school as part of a sponsored event organised by Team Super Schools, a project which raises funds for primary schools through sport. Campbell, 43, who also won medals at the Commonwealth Games and both World and European Athletic Championships, put the kids – aged between 4-11-years-old – through their paces with a series of sponsored exercises, including star jump, sit ups and running. The school’s deputy headteacher Ben Conway, who helped organise the visit, said: “It’s fantastic for us to be able to welcome an Olympic star to Clore Shalom. I’m
sure it will inspire our children to take part in sport, whether that be aiming to compete at a high level or just having fun and staying healthy. “We also hope to raise a lot of money in the process and that’s obviously a welcome bonus.” The fundraising day raised more than £2,000 for the school. Fresh from receiving tips and guidance from Campbell, the pupils got the chance to show off what they’d learnt just 24 hours later when the entire school – 220 children from nursery to Year 6 – took part in their annual sports day. Competing in a range of races and events, including skipping, obstacle races and a bat and ball event, the morning also featured a competitive parents race. Supported by sports leaders from Year 9 Yavneh pupils, Conway said: “The kids really enjoyed themselves and had a fun taking part in various different races. They were determined to perform as well as they could and all had a great time.”
Twenty four hours after meeting Darren Campbell, pupils took part in the school’s annual sports day (pictured above)
Top honour for a new triathlete TRIATHALON Daryl Seaton celebrated not only completing his first triathlon but also receiving a special fundraising award for raising more than £5,000 for charity. The 44-yearold raised money for blood cancer research charity Bloodwise, when he took part in the Blenheim Palace Triathlon. He said: “I wanted to do something for a charity that means so much to so many.”
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Pedal power was the order of the day as four people supported by Norwood, took on the 35-mile Wokingham Bikeathon. Ian Tate, Norwood’s Head of Challenges, said: “This race offered the perfect training opportunity for those joining us on our international Challenges in the autumn.”
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