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The curious tale of how Jewish students reinvented Alice In Wonderland at the Fringe Festival

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Tel Aviv on its way to the UK! Highlights of next month’s big festival Page 21

Searing hate in Trump’s America

Disbelief as president claims neo-Nazis and anti-fascists are as bad as each other P2 & 12

Community hero’s legacy lives on with new charity Jewish News award winner honoured on anniversary of his death A new charity has been set up in memory of a Jewish News-Mitzvah Day Community Hero – one year after he died from lung cancer aged 33. Simon Cooper’s family this week said the foundation set up in his name would provide funds to specialist medical care providers including hospitals and hospices, as well as research centres associated with cystic fibrosis and cancer. Simon, who suffered from cystic fibrosis, was an ambassador for NHS Blood & Transplant, raised money for many different charities and devised the ‘Friday

Night Rock’ service in Liberal and Reform synagogues. When he was diagnosed with lung cancer in January last year he planned to raise more money for good causes, together with his sister, Rebecca Woolfe, by organising the ‘Simon says Let’s Party’ event. After he passed away last July, she took over the event, raising more than £20,000. Rebecca, who is a trustee of the Simon Cooper Foundation, together with Simon’s mum Angela, this week said: “I’m really excited to launch the foundation to enable us to raise money and awareness for causes close

to his heart. He was such an inspiration to so many people and will never be forgotten.” At the Community Hero Awards ceremony last November, Mitzvah Day founder Laura Marks said Simon “achieved so much in his life,” adding: “It is even more special to see that his sister, Rebecca, is carrying on his work.” Simon’s family said he was “a show-must-go-on kind of guy” and that he “achieved more in his 33 years than most people will achieve in 100”.  Editorial comment, page 12

Exceptional siblings: Simon Cooper with his sister Rebecca



Jewish News 17 August 2017

News / Searing hate in Trump’s America

Trump stance delights neo-Nazis Jewish leaders have roundly criticised Donald Trump after his latest comments attacking anti-fascist protesters and defending far-right marchers, including white supremacists and neo-Nazis. The US president’s latest comments, which conflicted with his preprepared statement a day earlier, followed violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where neo-Nazis – some of whom were dressed in Ku Klux Klan outfits, carried torches and chanted “Jews will not replace us” – and counter-protesters faced off over the former’s Unite the Right rally. One US far-right sympathiser drove his car at speed into antifascist activists, including Black Lives Matter campaigners, killing one woman and injuring more than a dozen others. On Sunday, Trump refused to single out the rally’s white nationalists, instead condemning the violence from “all sides”. The following day, in a scripted

Jew Media Lies, Condemns Antifa Terrorists.” New York Senator Chuck Schumer said: “When [former KKK leader] David Duke and white supremacists cheer, you’re doing it very, very wrong.” Likewise Senator Brian Schatz tweeted: “As a Jew, as an American, as a human, words cannot express my disgust and disappointment… This is not my president.” In the UK, meanwhile, Jewish leaders were aghast at the violence and Trump’s reaction. “It filled every decent human being with horror,” said Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson. “It is deeply disturbing to see such displays of Nazi and other far-right symbols paraded on the streets in the 21st century.” Richard Verber, senior vicepresident of the Board of Deputies, said: “Some things are very simple. When you see neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan marching down the street,

Above and right: White supremacists fight with anti-fascist protesters

statement, he brandished the farright marchers “criminals and thugs” but, by Tuesday, faced with cameras at a press conference, defended some of the far-right marchers as “good people”, and attacked the counter-

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protesters, dubbing them the “alt-left”. Far-right groups reacted with delight to his comments, with the main headline on neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer reading: “Trump Defends Charlottesville Nazis Against

shouting racist and antisemitic slogans and even mowing people down in cars, you need to call a spade a spade and condemn it unequivocally. This applies particularly to those in positions of power, not least the President of the United States.” Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “The Holocaust did not start with the gas chambers, it started with words. With hate-filled rhetoric. To see neo-Nazi, racist and anti-Semitic symbols and language used in Charlottesville should horrify all of us. Such hate has no place in society and we all have a responsibility to act wherever it rears its head.”

that this is history repeating itself. Yes, the First Amendment to the US Constitution PROF. JON SILVERMAN MEDIA AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE, guaranteeing free speech applies to all, not UNIVERSITY OF BEDFORDSHIRE just supporters of democracy. But contrast the mealy-mouthed equivocation of US President Donald Trump Where have we heard this tune before? with the declaration of one of his presidenSurely, Mr Mosley and his blackshirts had tial predecessors, Jimmy Carter, in 1978, a right to march through the East End when swastika-carrying National Socialwithout being harassed and attacked by ists planned a march through the Chicago left-wing protesters? Surely, the fascists suburb of Skokie, where one in six resiof Mussolini-era Italy and the Nazis in dents was a Holocaust survivor. the crumbling Weimar Republic were “I voice my complete solidarity with expressing the sentiments of many by those citizens of Skokie and Chicago who holding torchlight rallies, armed with will gather [on] Sunday in a peaceful demknives and clubs, when, unjustifiably, they onstration of their abhorrence of Nazism,” were violently opposed by Communists? was Carter’s response. Sometimes, it’s too simplistic to argue Is Trump a fascist? Not by the classic,

traditional definitions of that term. But he is a populist demagogue in the manner of Huey Long, the Louisiana governor of the 1930s, and George Wallace, the Alabama segregationist of the 1960s. His electoral appeal to the white nationalist right was delivered through blowhard rhetoric that sought to delegitimise his opponents. Many thought that, once in the White House, he would be reined in. He hasn’t been. Many have seen Trump as a long-running joke that can’t bear much more repetition. But even the worst jokes have punchlines and those who oppose racism, Jews and non-Jews, have to hope his response to the Virginia violence is the punchline that turns the audience irrevocably against him.

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17 August 2017 Jewish News



Article complaint / Murder charge / News NEWS IN BRIEF

JLM ANNOUNCES FIRST ONE-DAY CONFERENCE Louise Ellman, Ruth Smeeth and John Mann will address the inaugural Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) one-day conference next month. The event, on 3 September, will include keynote addresses and panel discussions, in addition to training sessions. Community figures set to speak include Michael Goldstein, the newly-elected president of the United Synagogue, Rabbi Danny Rich, chief executive of Liberal Judaism, and academic and Israel campaigner David Hirsh.

HACKNEY HOSTS SKATE EVENT FOR PALESTINE Young and old in Dalston were entertained by skateboarders skating for Palestine on Sunday at a councilsupported event. The fourth annual fundraiser, held at Gillett Square and sponsored by Hackney Council, also featured DJs and food stalls, to raise money for a new community skate-park in the Palestinian village of Jayyous in the West Bank. SkatePal, which holds events in other British cities, has teamed up with a Palestinian skating charity to build skate parks in the West Bank and Gaza.

New JLC chief meets Rivlin The new chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council met senior politicians in Israel this week, in a trip culminating in a catch-up with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. Jonathan Goldstein, who took over from Sir Mick Davis in the spring, rubbed all the right shoulders in Jerusalem, including those of Minister of Strategic Affairs Gilad Erdan, Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid and Yonatan Schechter, senior adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Goldstein also met Deputy Minister Michael Oren and former foreign minister Tzipi Livni, discussing the Balfour

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JLC chief Jonathan Goldstein, right, with President Rivlin

Declaration centenary celebrations, the ties between Britain, Anglo-Jewry and the state of Israel, and the importance of

Jewish continuity. “My first trip to Israel since becoming JLC chair has been important and productive,” he said.

Complaint over ‘Muslim problem’ article The Board of Deputies has leant its weight to a crosscommunal complaint to the press watchdog following an article (inset) in The Sun referring to “the Muslim problem”. Jewish representatives joined interfaith group Faith Matters and Islamophobiamonitoring charity Tell

MAMA in arguing that the phrase, written by Trevor Kavanagh, the newspaper’s political editor, “harks back to the use of the phrase ‘The Jewish Problem’, to which the Nazis responded with the Holocaust”. Tell MAMA and Faith Matters said: “We’re united in condemnation.”

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GOLDERS GREEN FAMILY MURDER: MAN CHARGED A man appeared in court this week charged with the murder of his mother and sister at their home in Golders Green. Joshua Cohen, 27, is accused of stabbing his mother Leah, 66, and sister Hannah, 33, at their family home. Mrs Cohen and her daughter were pronounced dead at the scene when emergency services arrived at around 8.50pm last Friday. Cohen was found in Golders Hill Park at around 2pm the following day, after a tip-off from a member of the public. Deborah Cohen, who is married to Cohen’s brother Daniel, 34, and jointly ran a cake-making business, Coco Cakes, with Hannah – who would have been 34 yesterday – described her as ‘loving and generous’. Deborah said: “My kids absolutely adored her. She was a loving aunt to her niece and four nephews and the older ones loved nothing more than baking with her. She was absolutely selfless and did every-

Charged: Joshua Cohen

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News / Soldier honour / Bus fire / Lesbian wedding

War veteran, 97, awarded France’s highest honour of France, landing at A Vienna-born care Arromanches shortly home resident in after D-Day, serving in Edgware has been France, Belgium and awarded the highest Germany. French order of merit He served with the for military and civil British Military govmerits, aged 97. ernment at Aachen Walter Kraus, who from 1945 to 1946, lives at Sydmar Lodge before marrying CharCare Home in Hale lotte Arendar in 1949, Lane, added the Chevawho died in 2015. They lier (Knight) de l’Ordre had three children, 12 National de la Légion grandchildren and six d’Honneur to his colgreat-grandchildren. lection this week, and This week Walter plans to wear it at the said: “I was touched next AJEX Parade. to receive the award. Walter was born But I think of those in Vienna in 1919, who didn’t come back, but escaped following who are still in the the Anschluss (Nazi Now and then: Walter pictured as he is today and during the war fields, in Flanders.” occupation). Sydmar Lodge’s Robert Speker said: He was first interned in Belgium before the Pioneer Corps (74th Company) in the arriving in England in August 1939 where, Battle of France, from February to June “Mr Kraus is a very humble and compasas an “enemy alien”, he volunteered to join 1940, before being evacuated from Brest sionate gentleman. “We are delighted to celebrate this during Operation Ariel. the British Army on his 20th birthday. Four years later, he took part in the honour awarded to a very deserving Alongside other German, Austrian and Czech refugees, Corporal Kraus served in Normandy landings and the liberation recipient.”

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JW3’s security guards bravely tackle bus blaze Two security guards at Jewish community centre JW3 who helped tackle a blaze on a London bus outside were heralded for their actions this week. Emilio and Marius grabbed a fire extinguisher from inside the communal Finchley hub on Sunday night, as flames were seen amid billowing black smoke pouring from the back of a number 113 bus pulled up on the road. JW3 chief executive Raymond Simonson described them as “utter mensches” for their actions, with Emilio tackling the fire and Marius guiding passengers to safety.

“Their only thoughts were for the safety of the passengers caught on the burning bus, which is typical of all the SQR security staff at JW3,” he said. “I wasn’t at all surprised – we constantly receive praise and positive feedback from members of the public for our wonderful security team. “What’s also impressive is how humble they’ve been. We only know the full extent of their bravery after being told by eyewitnesses, and both of these utter mensches have since played it down. They couldn’t understand what the fuss was about, and both said they were just doing their jobs.”

Jewish lesbian in world first A Hindu woman from Leicester and a Jewish woman from Texas have tied the knot in the UK, in what is believed to be the country’s first interfaith lesbian wedding. Kalavati Mistry and Miriam Jefferson fell in love 20 years ago, while on a training course, but it was only recently that Kalavati was able to come out about her sexuality to her parents. In February the pair had a Jewish wedding in San Antonio, Texas, and this week they married in a traditional Hindu ceremony in Leicester, wearing red and white bridal colours, fresh garlands and ‘mangala sutra’ necklaces,

Kiss the brides: Kalavati Mistry and Miriam Jefferson

before flying back to the US, where they plan to live. Speaking to Pukaar News, Kalavati said: “I will follow the Hindu faith and follow some of the Jewish traditions. I’d like

to see our lives bond together – our traditions and our cultures. We get to embrace both, Hinduism as well as Judaism. That’s how I see it. I hope this brings people together.”


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A top Israeli model is in an induced coma after being hurt while riding her electric scooter in Tel Aviv. Shlomit Malka’s injuries have brought renewed public attention to the danger posed by such vehicles.

Jewish celebrities learn about their backgrounds on the upcoming season of the American version of Who Do You Think You Are? The show, Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr, will see the likes of comedian Larry David, politician Bernie Sanders and Scarlett Johansson explore their family trees. Some revelations in the show’s fourth season, which premieres on 3 October, include that Johansson had ancestors in the Warsaw Ghetto, and Sanders and David are related. It also includes tales of Paul Rudd and Amy Schumer.

17 August 2017 Jewish News


Swiss signs / Student talks / Ghana trip / News

Jews told: ‘Shower before swimming’ Switzerland’s tourism office has expressed regret over an “unfortunate” incident in which a Swiss Alpine hotel posted a sign asking “Jewish guests” to shower before swimming in the hotel pool. The Simon Wiesenthal Centre demanded the closure of the Paradies Arosa hotel in eastern Arosa. On Twitter, Israeli deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely called for “justice”. Swiss Tourism spokesman Markus Berger called the sign “unacceptable”, adding it has been removed and hotel management has apologised. Under “To our Jewish Guests”, the sign read: “Please take a shower before you go swimming. If you break the rules, I am forced to cloes (sic) the

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swimming pool for you. Thank you for your understanding.” Berger cited a trend among some Charedi Jews of summer travel to the area. He said he did not know the origin of the trend, but that numbers “definitely in the thousands” have grown in recent years.

He said many area hotels serve kosher food and that Jewish guests “feel well-treated”. “It’s just this one lady at this one hotel who was not on top of the situation,” Berger said. “It’s an isolated incident that doesn’t need for greater action to be taken.”

UJS and NUS ‘on GHANA TRIP FOR same page’ now BEN AZZAI PUPILS Jewish student representatives say they are now “back on the same page” as the National Union of Students (NUS) after a “positive” meeting, the first since antiIsrael NUS president Malia Bouattia lost her re-election bid. Relations between the NUS and the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) came to a head towards the end of the last academic year, when Jewish students proposed a motion to break all ties with the national student body. Bouattia’s one-year term was dogged by allegations of antiSemitism. Last week, new NUS president

Shakira Martin and Liron Velleman

Shakira Martin and NUS chief executive Simon Blake met the UJS leadership team. “It was heartening after everything Jewish students and UJS went through to have a day of positive discussions on how we can rebuild the relationship,” said UJS campaigns manager Liron Velleman.

An initiative of the Chief Rabbi that last year took 16 Jewish students to slums in Mumbai will this year send participants to a Muslim-majority area of Ghana, to experience Jewish social responsibility in Africa. The Ben Azzai Programme, supported by the Pears Foundation, was heralded as “an unqualified success”, after students spent eight days learning about international development and innovative programmes to tackle extreme poverty. Participants were struck by the vast disparity in wealth between the city’s rich

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Rabbi Ariel Abel has been named as the Merseyside Army Cadet Force’s new padre. The force represents some 800 cadets aged between 12 and 17 in the Liverpool, St. Helens and the Wirral. Rabbi Abel [right] is pictured with Commandant Colonel Ian Holmes and cadet Ashleigh Lawrence, 14, holding the cadet force’s mascot.

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Jewish News 17 August 2017

News / Edinburgh show / Soup cake

Students perform ‘beautiful monster’ at Edinburgh Fringe Fifteen teenage thespians from a Jewish school in San Francisco crossed the Pond this week to perform to packed crowds at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Students from the Jewish Community High School of the Bay (JCHS) took to the stage on Monday night in the Scottish capital to reimagine Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, with Alice instead falling through a black hole. In an evolving piece of theatre, Alice meets five scientists and philosophers known for challenging assumptions about women and science, including Greek figure Hypatia, Marie Curie, Vera Rubin, Rosalind Franklin and Lise Meitner. The JCHS students’ production of Alice & the Black Hole Blues – in which Alice journeys through worlds of text, looping soundscapes and musical comedy – was preceded by the group taking

JCHS students on stage at the Edinburgh Fringe this week

in the tourist sites, including a rainy trip to Buckingham Palace, before heading north to Scotland to enjoy a Shabbat dinner with the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation. Director and drama head Dylan Russell described the weather as “a quintessential welcome” but said the sell-out performance “went beautifully”. She said: “It was a very unique experience for the

team. They’re not used to walking into a space they’re not used to. But they got a really warm reception, afterwards audience members commented on how poignant and empowering for women.” Russell added that most of the students had never been to the UK, but declared: “They adore it! Our sound student is a complete Anglophile and she’s so knowledgeable. She knew more than our tour guide!”

Tessa Zitter, who played the English chemist Rosalind Franklin, said: “The show was a beautiful monster to create. It is a feat of creativity and collaboration which could not have been achieved without the time, energy and hard work of an incredibly committed ensemble.” In August 2011, JCHS became the first Jewish high school to perform at the festival, with its original play The Jewish Metamorphosis, a creative take on Kafka.




The New England Holocaust Memorial has been vandalised for the second time in less than two months. A 17-year-old juvenile male is in custody for the alleged vandalism on the glass monument in Boston. Two passers-by tackled the alleged suspect and held him until police arrived, according to the Boston Globe, which also reported that the police are investigating whether this was a hate crime.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has donated £77,000 to the Simon Wiesenthal Centre which combats anti-Semitism and bigotry, in the wake of the far-right rally in Virginia. The actor and former California governor announced the donation on Facebook, where he wrote that he was “horrified” by the rally bringing together neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other farright activists.


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17 August 2017 Jewish News



Yisrael Kristal mourned / V&A exhibit / Scottish hero / News

Oldest man dies, aged 113 A Holocaust survivor recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest man in the world has died, one month before his 114th birthday. Born on 15 September 1903 in the town of Zarnow in Poland, Yisrael Kristal moved to Lodz in 1920 to work in his family’s candy business. He continued after the Nazis forced the city’s Jews into a ghetto, where his two children died. In 1944 he was deported to Auschwitz, where his wife, who he married aged 25, was killed. In 1950, he moved to Haifa with his second wife and their son, working again as a confectioner. In addition to his son

Record breaker: Yisrael Kristal

and daughter, Kristal has numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Guiness recognised him as the world’s oldest living man in 2016. When asked at the time what his secret was to long life, Kristal said: “I don’t know. I believe that everything is determined from above and we shall never know the reasons why. “There have been smarter, stronger and better-looking men than me who are no longer alive. All that is left for us to do is to keep on working as hard as we can and rebuild what is lost.” Last year, when he turned 113, around 100 family members celebrated his barmitzvah, a century after he missed it owing to the upheavals of the First World War.

V&A OPENS HOLOGRAM HOLOCAUST EXHIBITION Visitors to the Victoria and Albert Museum this week saw a new interactive project showing Holocaust survivors in 3D hologram recalling the Shoah. The Forever Project, developed by the National Holocaust Centre and Museum in Nottinghamshire, is running at the V&A until Friday, and lets visitors ask survivors questions. Using state-of-the-art language processing and voice recognition software, the survivors are able to answer visitors’

Scot who died protecting Jewish children honoured A Scottish woman who gave her life to protect Jewish schoolgirls during the Holocaust will be officially honoured in her adopted city, 73 years after she died. Church of Scotland missionary Jane Haining will be the focus of a new exhibition in the Holocaust Memorial Centre in Budapest, Hungary.

Spokesman Zoltan TothHeinmann said Miss Haining, who grew up in Dunscore, near Dumfries, was a “unique and important” figure, but her inspirational story had been “neglected” in the city she made her home. The matron at the Scottish Mission school in Budapest during the 1930s and 1940s,

she refused to return home despite advice from church officials, saying the children needed her in “days of darkness”. She was arrested in 1944, charged with working with Jews and taken to AuschwitzBirkenau extermination camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, where she died aged 47. Haining was posthumously

honoured by the UK Government for “preserving life in the face of persecution”. Toth-Heinmann said he was determined to ensure as many people as possible learn about her and visited Scotland this week to seek inspiration for the temporary exhibition, which is going on show in the autumn.

Heroine: Jane Haining

questions, by working out what is being asked and immediately retrieving one of thousands of pre-recorded answers. Among the survivors interacting with visitors is Steven Frank, a survivor of Nazi persecution, answering questions about what he lived through and why everyone should learn about the Holocaust today. Organisers say this technique lets the audience engage with’ testimony more deeply than with a normal film.


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Archaeological dig / Underground wall / World round-up / News

2,000-year-old cave shop found Archaeologists in northern Israel have discovered a cave used as a workshop more than 2,000 years ago to make stone vessels, including mugs and bowls. The remarkable find, in the Arab town of Reina in Galilee, uncovered thousands of chalkstone fragments from what was a stone quarry and production centre, and follows the discovery of another similar workshop nearby. The cave was stumbled upon by accident by construction workers building a new sports centre. Experts say that ancient chisel marks on the walls, ceiling and floor indicate that it was a hewn cave, from which the products would have been sold throughout the region. The director of Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), Yonatan Adler, said the choice of stone over pottery was probably related to ancient Jewish ritual law. “The reason for this curious choice of material seems to have been religious,” he said.

“According to ancient Jewish ritual law, vessels made of pottery are easily made impure and must be broken. “Stone, on the other hand, was thought to be a material that can never become ritually impure and, as a result, ancient Jews began to produce some of their everyday tableware from stone.” The excavation could help scholars determine how long these laws continued to be observed among the Jews of Galilee during the Roman period. “The fact that Jews at this time used stone vessels for religious reasons is well attested in the Talmudic sources and in the New Testament as well,” said IAA archaeologist Yardenna Alexandre. “It is possible that large stone containers of the type mentioned in the wedding at Cana of Galilee story may have been produced locally in Galilee.”

Israel continues underground wall Israel is pressing ahead with construction of an underground barrier along the border with the Gaza Strip in an ambitious project meant to halt the threat of attack tunnels built by Hamas terrorists. Cranes and work crews are digging holes and installing sensors and other equipment for a structure that is expected to stretch along the

entire 40-mile border. Gadi Yarkoni, head of the local Eshkol regional council, said the project is a key reason that the area has enjoyed a surge in growth and attracted young families since a devastating war with Hamas three years ago. “Building the barrier is the right thing to do, to build in order to stop and to give an answer to the issue of the tun-

Your weekly digest of stories from the international press... An entrepreneur has launched the world’s first Jewish cryptocurrency. Vyacheslav Semenchuk says BitCoen (a play on the most popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin), is ‘kosher’ as it conforms to Jewish law, offers interest-free loans and is administered by a council made up of community members.


A Jewish group in Toronto has complained about Nazi memorabilia being sold at a flea market in Ontario, calling it ‘horrific’. Friends of Simon

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nels, and to the issue of the communities in the area,” he said. “The development in this area is unbelievable.” During the 2014 war, Hamas on several occasions made its way into Israel through tunnels that caught Israel off guard. They did not manage to reach civilian areas, but the infiltrations terrified the local population.

Archaeological finds in a cave in Reina, Galilee

Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies were upset over a deck of cards printed with swastikas, stamps featuring Hitler, a Nazi flag and Hitler Youth pins.


A Jewish settler convicted of gunning down a Palestinian taxi driver in the West Bank in 2004 is to be extradited to Israel to serve out his sentence there, after being found hiding in a kosher restaurant in Sao Paulo. Yehoshua Elitzur used an M16 military-style assault rifle in the attack. He was given 20 years for murder. Israeli security forces are pictured at the scene of a stabbing attack near the Damascus Gate outside Jerusalem Old City on Sunday. One man was injured and the Palestinian assailant was detained by authorities.

AMERICAN PUNCHED AFTER GIVING NAZI SALUTE IN DRESDEN A drunken American who gave the Nazi salute several times in Dresden was injured when he was punched by a passer-by. The 41-year-old victim, who had an extremely high blood-alcohol level,suffered minor injuries in the east German city on Saturday. He is being investigated by police for violating laws against the display of Nazi symbols or slogans. His attacker fled the scene and is being sought by police.

COURT IN ISRAEL REDUCES SENTENCE OF TEENAGE ATTACKER Israel’s Supreme Court has reduced the prison sentence of a Palestinian teenager who stabbed two Israelis in Jerusalem in October 2015. The court shortened the 12-year sentence of Ahmed Mansra, 14, by 30 months, citing a positive report on his rehabilitation. Mansra carried out the attack with his 15-year-old cousin Hassan, who was killed by police. An Israeli teenager and an Israeli man were injured in the attack.

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Trump’s true colours are those of a hate flag First he said both the white supremacists and anti-fascists were at fault. Then, in an uncomfortable scripted statement, he said it was just the far-right. Then, on Tuesday, loose in front of cameras, he went back to blaming both. Such is the modus operandi of the world’s most powerful man. Yes, it is laughable. But when you think that this man’s words fire and fan race hate in a country with one million Jews, it suddenly seems anything but funny. To Jews the world over, this week has been a wake-up call, the moment the president revealed whose back he had. To Jews, it will forever be Charlottesville where President Donald J Trump showed his true colours. And they are the colours of the Confederate flag. It was heartening to see huge anti-fascist protests fan out across America in the wake of Charlottesville, but disheartening in the extreme that they are needed. Who can believe that, in 2017, we are seeing a brazen and energised white nationalist movement bearing its chest tattoos on US streets? The whole situation in the States feels tinder dry and highly combustible. Jews across the Pond will be getting twitchy. Over here, we remain on watch.

A heroic life and legacy Unsung heroes work every day in our community to change the world around them for the better. That’s why, each year, Jewish News partners with Mitzvah Day to honour individuals who make a crucial difference in the lives of others. Last year’s joint winners were siblings Rebecca Woolfe and the late Simon Cooper. Simon was the epitome of a brave, selfless individual who gave so much despite the enormous personal challenges he faced throughout his short life. He suffered from cystic fibrosis and was born with a blocked bowel, requiring life-saving surgery. These profund obstacles couldn’t stop him achieving, in his family’s words ,“more in his 33 years than most people will in 100”. Simon was an ambassador for NHS Blood & Transplant and raised vital funds for many charities. He died last July. Now, the Simon Cooper Foundation has been set up in his memory to provide funds to medical care providers and research centres associated with cystic fibrosis and cancer. What a fitting tribute to a heroic life.

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STEPHEN, YOU NEED MORE THAN LOVE Your foreign editor is surely in the wrong job. Stephen Oryszczuk proudly states he is a non-Jew and thinks he gets the bigger picture of the Gaza crisis, but in fact he is an ignoramus in Israeli affairs. His arguments are those of an uneducated child, who makes simplistic comments and thinks the answer to everything is easy. In his world, all you need is love! Most people in Gaza voted for Hamas, so claiming they are innocent bystanders is fanciful. The situation is Gaza is solely the responsibility of the Palestinians and, more particularly, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.

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GOING TO SYNAGOGUE ONCE A YEAR WILL NOT GIVE CHILDREN UNDERSTANDING OF HERITAGE Your columnist Lauren Hamburger says some parents wonder whether, by taking their children to synagogue once a year they are fulfilling their duties in teaching them Jewish heritage and tradition and mitzvot (Jewish News,

3 August). Let me ask them this: if their children’s schools taught maths by giving pupils just one lesson a year, would they consider that to be sufficient?

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What sort of a leader orders his enemy, Israel, to cut electricity to four hours a day to his own people to make them suffer? Answer: Mahmoud Abbas. Stephen’s cynical comment, “When... a human catastrophe unfolds just a few miles from the boutiques and bars of Tel Aviv, will Jewish people be there to add their voice and push Israel to help?” is so wide of the facts he has a long way to go before being worthy of his title. Perhaps he should be moved to work on the Jewish charities sector and he can see what being Jewish is really about. Daniel Baum W1H

“...So, if the man with a head like a kneidl upsets the man with hair like lokshen kugel, we’re all cholent!”


The editing of my letter obscured the point I was endeavouring to make, which was that contrary to Geoffrey Niman’s claim, Torah rules do indeed leave room for ‘liberal’ thinking (Jewish News, 27 July). As Rabbi Mark Goldsmith

points out in his article on the stoning of a rebellious child, the Written Torah (Deut 21) requires it but the Oral Torah, as codified in the Talmud (Sanhedrin 68ff), makes it impossible.

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ISRAELI TAXPAYERS HELP GAZA Stephen Oryszczuk must live in a parallel universe to accuse Jews of not caring about Gaza suffering. Israel supplies Gaza with more than 800 trucks daily with food, medicines and household goods across the Keren Shalom crossing... that is when Hamas doesn’t attack it. Israel supplies power from its own grid, telephone communications and fuel, largely courtesy of the Israeli

to any staff before they may be dismissed? Since when did CAA extend its UK remit to publications appearing only in the separate sovereign jurisdiction of the Republic of Ireland? Did the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland seek CAA intervention?

Did I fall asleep and wake up in Corbyn’s Momentum Land when I read The Sunday Times column “Sorry ladies – equal pay has to be earned” by Kevin Myers? This specifically referred to Claudia Winkleman and Vanessa Feltz in blatant and completely unacceptable anti-Semitic terms that no national publication would dare to write about any other race or religion. For The Sunday Times editor Martin Ivens to say they were unacceptable and should not have been published merely shows his own incompetence and by describing it as an “error of judgement” just proves he initially saw nothing wrong with it. This type of throwaway article is fast becoming the norm in mainstream journalism and the publicity surrounding its removal does as much damage as the original content.

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Thanks for the telling off It is interesting that Jewish News has a foreign editor who describes himself as “a non-Jew feeling my way around in the Jewish world” (Jewish News, 27 July). Clearly, Stephen Oryszczuk is held in high enough esteem, professionally, to hold such a prestigious job and is relied on to take an objective view on all matters foreign. Yet in his highly-charged article about the dreadful conditions in Gaza, he makes a strong case about what “being Jewish is all about” before castigating Jews across the

world, especially those in Israel, for not doing more to help Palestinians suffering in Gaza. Very commendable and, in many ways, unarguable. He goes on to criticise Israeli politics but never suggests that, perhaps, the Palestinians, who have received more financial aid in the past 40 years than all other people in total, might consider publicly declaring they are no longer at war with Israel and will cease killing Jews at every opportunity. It might just help.

Harry Levy Pinner

CAA OVERSTEPPING THE MARK The Campaign Against Antisemitism – a UK not Irish group – demanded The Sunday Times instantly fire Irish journalist Kevin Myers owing to part of his column, and also have him blacklisted. Disturbing questions now deserve public answers from CAA. Does it reject the duty of any employer to grant due process and a prior hearing

Tune into this Friday’s Jewish Views podcast! • Following the violence in Charlottesville and President Trump’s response, we ask what these shocking protests mean for the global Jewish community. • Victoria Sterman, chief executive of Resource, on her organisation’s upcoming event at Facebook’s London headquarters.

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taxpayer. It sends across materials for construction of new homes, etc, much of which Hamas illegally diverts for weapons manufacture and tunnel construction to attack Israel. Where else in the history of armed conflict has the attacked side looked after its enemy and sustained it to enable its aggression? Roslyn Pine N3

Join JNF UK for an inspirational day trip to the Negev. Learn about Israel’s victories and challenges and meet 21st century pioneers from the western Negev. • Sample honey from Israel’s largest honey producer at Kibbutz Yad Mordechai. • Visit the famous Independence War battleground and hear about the extraordinary bravery of a few kibbutzniks against the Egyptian army. • Experience the challenges and creativity of young people living close to the Gaza border.

• As the Chief Rabbi’s office announce this year’s Ben Azzai programme, we talk to one of last year’s participants to find

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Never a stranger, even if you’re not a member ALEX BRUMMER CITY EDITOR, DAILY MAIL


hen I read reports of an unfortunately conflicted Woodside Park rabbi who prioritised officiating at a wedding over that of a shiva, I couldn’t but help think of an unsung quote from Kohelet: “It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting.” Obviously Rabbi Pinchas Hackenbroch couldn’t be expected to be in two places at the same time, so attending and officiating at a wedding, with the date booked many months if not years before, was bound to take priority. One of the reasons most shul members regard funerals and the shiva services that follow as priority is that they have paid for them – probably many times over. It has long been the case that one of the most profitable businesses for the United Synagogue (US) (and for that matter many regional communities) is the burial levy. Indeed, one suspects that were such a


service not available, many people would have given up their shul memberships years ago. The fear of not being buried with one’s own people in sanctified ground is extraordinarily powerful. The reality is that a simple burial (or life insurance) policy, underwritten by a traditional broker, would probably be a better economic proposition. As a former member of the US Council, I was always fascinated that it was the US Burial Society surpluses that made an impor-

tant contribution to education budgets. This is a satisfying case of intergenerational transfers at a time when it is a topic high up the national political agenda. Death, mourning and yahrzeit are often on my mind at this time of the year. One of the things that really works for me in AngloJewry is the way communities welcome you into the fold. As a member of an older, but smaller, US community in Richmond-upon-Thames, putting together a morning minyan for yahrzeit is difficult and an unnecessary burden on friends and fellow members. So it has long been my habit to attend morning (and if possible) evening services at Western Marble Arch Synagogue (WMA), as was the case when I was in mourning. WMA and its delightful Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld are unfailingly courteous and attentive when I turn up a couple of times of year to commemorate the deaths of an older brother (several decades ago) and my mother, both of blessed memory. With a help of a little coaching some years ago from Rabbi Rosenfeld, I am able to lead the services ,although fear sometimes

my Ivrit is not quite up to scratch. Nevertheless, I’m welcomed and tolerated and the shul even has a record of the family names for memorial prayers – even though I’m not a member. That seems to me a great reflection of community spirit. This year, for my mother’s yahrzeit, I found myself in Cardiff and attended morning minyan there. Even though it is a small community, there was a good Sunday turnout and, once again, I was invited to lead services in spite of being a stranger in a strange land. So while it is only too easy for people to criticise when things go wrong, as they are fully entitled to do, my own personal experience of communities in central London and the provinces is of a determination to do the right thing for mourners and those commemorating yahrzeit – whether you are a member or not. This, in my view, is Anglo-Jewry at its very best – kind, caring and making sure that the visitor is treated with exactly the same respect as the regular. To all those involved I say kol ha-ka vod. Well done.

We must empower Charedim to tackle mental illness stigma LOUISE PALMER



he stigma, discrimination and lack of awareness and understanding about mental illness that exists within society is something that is actively being challenged and changed. We barely look at the news or social media without hearing about mental illness and how important it is to talk about it. Within hard-to-reach societies, such as the Charedi community, these issues can be concentrated, as demonstrated by last week’s Jewish News front page story about the plight of strictly-Orthodox women with mental illness. The lack of exposure to mainstream initiatives that educate and raise awareness requires a different approach that doesn’t compromise the values and beliefs of these communities. Recovery from mental illness is an individual journey. A bespoke approach is needed to meet people’s needs. The same

can be applied to communities. We need to understand the experience of mental illness within different communities in the same way as we do individual people, then empower and support communities to find an acceptable way forward. It is important to acknowledge the existing support systems and benefits that can come from a close-knit community with a strong collective identity. We know that a sense of belonging, social structures and spirituality can all play a significant role in supporting our mental health. These are some of the strengths the Charedi community has. We must acknowledge that to support the mental health and wellbeing of the Charedi community we are not trying to change or challenge it. Jami’s work within the Charedi community is a partnership of understanding. Jami understands the need to work with the community in a manner that is nonjudgemental and which sets out to educate and inform. The Charedi community may be behind


the curve when it comes to people being open about their mental health struggles, but we have found that through education we have been able to deliver mental health awareness training to the community. Training has been well received as people begin to reframe some of their attitudes and beliefs about mental illness. We have delivered awareness sessions in Charedi schools and supported teachers to identify children who have symptoms of poor mental health.

Jami also has a community based service in Stamford Hill. We have made connections with local organisations who are directly working with the Charedi community to find additional ways of developing our service to directly support people from the community. The service needs to be accessible and we are looking at ways to offer single-sex sessions Earlier this year Jami coordinated a mental health awareness Shabbat, synagogues and organisations from every denomination participated, including the orthodox community. This demonstrates a drive to raising awareness, increasing education and reducing stigma. There will be another mental health awareness Shabbat in January 2018 and we warmly welcome all communities to participate.  Visit headonuk.org for more information about the mental health arewareness Shabbat. Jami is the mental health service for the Jewish community

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Why Christian students must fight campus anti-Semitism JONATHAN FARRELL



he wise King Solomon says in Ecclesiastes 1:9: “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” This statement remains a powerful warning of the continual vigilance we all must have to combat evil that arises in each generation. And nowhere can this be truer than with the ever evolving phenomenon of anti-Semitism, one of civilisation’s oldest prejudices. With the 100-year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration this year, I often find myself reflecting on my nation’s history and involvement in facilitating the formation of the Jewish state. I’m inspired to know there were many Christians within British politics who supported the Jewish people in their endeavour to live in peace in the land of their forefathers. Most inspiring for me is the testimony of Lord Arthur Balfour who, as a Christian, stood in front of the Zionist Federation in proclaiming “I am a


Zionist”, announcing his intent to join hands with all those in the Jewish community who longed to see the nation of Israel restored. I, too, am a Christian Zionist. And with good reason. The Bible mentions the word Israel alone approximately 2,500 times. Almost every page of the Old Testament is speaking, in one way or another, about the nation of Israel. Indeed, the land of Israel is of undeniable centrality to the context of the gospels and the teachings of the New Testament. Without recognising Israel as the ancient homeland of the Jewish people, Christianity would look


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very different. And yet the truth of the Jewish connection to the land of Israel is subject to attack almost every day on British campuses. Just months after joining university, I experienced the intense hatred many ZionistJewish students are subjected to. I listened as a university staff member claimed Israel had fabricated all the archaeological evidence of Jewish heritage, claiming it was all state-propagated lies. At other campuses, students were subjected to verbal and physical abuse by violent antiIsrael activists seeking to prevent an IDF spokesman from sharing his story. Yet despite this, most Christian students have, in my experience, remained silent. I couldn’t. So I, alongside other non-Jewish students founded the Exeter University Friends of Israel Society and, thanks to StandWithUs, I was able to make an impact and influence so many Jewish and non-Jewish students can raise the pro-Israel voice on campus. That support was crucial in forming and maintaining a strong presence, which attracted more students, which soon became a movement. When Jewish students and their supporters

seek even to simply educate about Zionism and Israel on British campuses, they often find themselves subjected to vicious attempts to have their voices silenced and degrade Zionism. Yet such acts of intimidation against the right of the Jewish people to peacefully live in the land they call home is not simply a Jewish issue. They redraw the lines of prejudice, entrench opposition, division and hatred towards one another when all students should work towards the universal goal of building bridges of peace between communities, not tearing them down. By making a compassionate stand in solidarity with national Jewish and Israel societies, Christians can help lead the change on campuses to demystify the discussion about Israel and stand upon historical truths of our faith. And change is possible when students are willing to work together, challenge each other and shed their own prejudices in the hope of a more constructive dialogue. I encourage all those interested in educating about Israel and making an impact on campus to join us at StandWithUs’ student conference on 8 September.

17 August 2017 Jewish News



Community / Scene & Be Seen


GIFT hosted two events for 200 teenagers to thank them for their involvement and dedication in the charity’s Shabbat Walk initiative. A special presentation was made to volunteers leaving for their gap year, including a special mention to coordinators Avi Dubiner and Michal Morgenstern, who have been instrumental in the growth of the Shabbat Walk.

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2PUPILS GET POLITICAL Ilford North MP Wes Streeting paid a visit to Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School, where he spoke to Year 6 pupils about his role as the local MP. Pupils shared ideas from the manifestos they wrote in their in-class elections, before a question and answer session was held. Streeting is pictured with Year 6 house captains Millie Isaac, Ruby Howes, Daniel Shone and Abigail Garrett.

The latest news, pictures and social events from across the community


A challenging quiz, tasty fish and chips and 165 branded cupcakes were all on offer when new Borehamwoodbased charity Goods for Good (Global) held its first supper quiz. The evening raised £8,500, which came from table and question-round sponsors from local and UK big named companies. The charity delivers overstocked UK goods to countries, including Israel.

Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue held its special Shabbat and Civic Service as local MPs, two mayors, local and national dignitaries joined more than 450 people for a memorable celebration. All four rabbis and members of both the old Hendon Reform Synagogue and Edgware & District Reform Synagogue contributed to the event. Organiser Jeffery Fisher said: “The lovely service was both moving and inspiring, and everyone looks forward to a vibrant and successful new community.” Joint chair Stephen Garfinkel said: “Our new community, although Europe’s largest synagogue, is open, friendly and welcoming. We’re looking forward to building on these strong foundations to provide a warm home for members and their families of today and tomorrow.”

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Premier League footballers Tomer Hemed (pictured, far right) and Beram Kayal were at the London launch of a scheme aimed at addressing racism in Israeli football. The Team of Responsibility project is an initiative of Kick It Out Israel and part of New Israel Fund’s Let’s Kick Racism and Violence out of Israeli football. For the programme, 11 players – representing all of Israel’s communities – will promote values of social and community responsibility, with the aim to eliminate racism from the pitch. The Brighton & Hove Albion duo, together with representatives from UEFA and the Israeli and English FAs, all spoke at the event.





Israeli model Havi Mond took to the catwalk as James Lakeland hosted a fashion show at JFS. Eighteen students modelled the label’s clothes in the drama auditorium, with all the proceeds – nearly £10,000 – going to the JFS General Charitable Fund. Following the show, the school announced it will name a room in Lakeland’s mother’s name in gratitude for his charity work for the school.

2 BOUTIQUE SIMCHA Fashionistas gathered to celebrate the 45th birthday of Harpers boutique in Edgware, raising more than £1,000 for Norwood in the process. The store was opened by owners Karol and Sydney Solomons in 1972. Karol said: “I support Norwood as much as I can, as it’s a very good cause. The work it does is fantastic.”


Derech Eretz founder Yonatan Kishinovsky spoke to hundreds of people in a series of talks across the country, during a recent three-day visit. The life-changing pre-army programme, based in the Negev, equips underprivileged youngsters with knowledge and skills, and boosts their confidence as they enter the IDF. Carolyn Addleman, director of JNF UK’s legacy department, which hosted Kishinovsky, said: “It’s through projects such as Derech Eretz that JNF UK is connecting with young Israelis and fulfilling Ben Gurion’s dream.”

3 CHABAD GROWTH 6 CHARITY FUNCTION Chabad’s North East London & Essex annual fundraising dinner theme was “celebrating Chabad’s growth across Essex”. The highlight was the announcement that the building to house the new Chabad centre of Gants Hill will be ready for the high holy days. Special guest was screenwriter David Weiss, who was behind films including Shrek 2 and The Smurfs 2.

A special reception was held at Hackney Town Hall for Shabaton L’menucha, a charity founded by Menachem Liberman to help children with Down’s syndrome and disabilities. Hosted by Council Speaker Cllr Soraya Adejare, attendees included senior council officials and cabinet members, councillors, deputy Speaker Cllr Clare Potter and JCC founder Levi Schapiro.

Your simcha announcements Jonny Shapero celebrated his barmitzvah at Barnet United Synagogue.

Joshua Linskell celebrated his barmitzvah at Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue.

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Madison Shaw celebrated her batmitzvah at The Langley Banqueting Suite.

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Alyssa Shine celebrated her batmitzvah at GreenVue, Mill Hill.

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A match made in Hampstead! Marc and Zoë Hartog, who star in a TV documentary about marriage, reveal to Francine Wolfisz the secret behind their wedded bliss (‘...It’s about give and take’)


s the saying goes, the couple that laughs together stays together – and that certainly rings true for Marc and Zoë Hartog. The couple, who are just coming up to their 17th wedding anniversary, feature in a Channel 4 documentary showing tonight (Thursday), which reveals an intimate snapshot of marriage in modern Britain. For the first time since the 1970s, the latest figures suggest wedded bliss in the UK is no longer on the decline. How To Make Your Marriage Work focuses on five couples, who have been married from between seven and 47 years and are from Brent, which has one of the highest

marriage rates and lowest number of divorces in the country. No topic is off-bounds, with many of the couples speaking frankly about the ups and downs of marriage, starting a family and infidelity. For Marc and Zoë, who married at Kenton Synagogue and now live in Radlett with their two children, Evan, eight, and Rosie, four, it was a chance to reflect on how they met, as well as share cherished memories of their wedding day and the lessons they have learnt over the years. The pair met when a mutual friend introduced them outside a coffee shop in Hampstead. A few weeks later they went on their “first proper date”. Magazine publisher Marc, 44, grins: “I took her to the cheesiest place in the whole world – the Sheraton Skyline.” They went on seeing each other for another four years, before he proposed to Zoë in New York. Zoë recalls with fondness: “My mum kept asking what Marc’s intentions were. She said: ‘I don’t want you left on the shelf.’ I was only 24!” On the day of their wedding, on 27 August 2000, Marc recalls being


Zoe and Marc as they are today

Above and right: Marc and Zoë Hartog on their wedding day

a “complete emotional wreck” when he saw his future wife at the bedeken. For Zoë, her favourite memory of her wedding day was when her parents caught sight of her in her wedding finery. “When I walked down the stairs, my dad exclaimed: ‘It’s the bride of the millennium!’ which was so lovely. It was also special having mum there, because she had been quite ill, so to have everyone with you, your close family and friends was very important to me. “I remember people saying to me, ‘You have to enjoy every minute of the day, because you want to take it all in and remember everything.’” In 2002, Zoë’s mum, Yvonne, passed away from breast cancer, and five years later Marc’s mum, Hazel, also died from cancer. The double tragedy taught the couple to “do everything together and have the

best time we can”. Looking back at their 17 years of marriage, Zoë reflects: “I’ve learnt that I like to share things with Marc, that he’s my best friend and that I know he’ll always be there for me. “I also learnt that I want to be as good a mum to my kids as my mum was to me and my brothers. “When we look at life, we just want to have fun every day and enjoy ourselves.” Marc shares the same philosophy. “My mum’s overriding personality trait was ludicrous optimism and positivity – and I’ve definitely inherited that, as well as learning you can literally do

anything you put your mind to.” As for the secret to a lasting marriage, Zoë’s advice is simply to “not take life too seriously”. She adds: “Everyone bickers – but don’t let them become bigger than they are, and also remember that marriage is about give and take.” Marc can’t help but add wryly: “Yes, Zoe gives me stuff and I take it.”  How To Make Your Marriage Work airs on Channel 4 on Thursday (tonight), 10pm and will then be available to watch on All 4



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‘We want to show London why Tel Aviv is so special’ TEL AVIV IS COSMOPOLITAN, vibrant and innovative and thousands flock there every year to enjoy its buzzing nightlife, music, arts, fashion and food. TLV in LDN, a four-day celebration of this unique metropolis arrives in the UK capital, from 8 to 11 September. Festival chairman Marc Worth (pictured, above), 56, is the co-founder of World Global Style Network, a fashion trend forecaster, and CEO of Stylus Media. He serves on the Board of UK Israel Business, having previously chaired the BritishIsrael Chamber of Commerce. He lives in London and is married with four children. Francine Wolfisz caught up with him to find out all that TLV in LDN has to offer. What prompted the idea for TLV in LDN? The original idea came from Boris Johnson, then Mayor of London, in 2014, in response to the row between the Tricycle Theatre and the UK Jewish Film Festival over funding. Johnson suggested to then ambassador Daniel Taub that to build bridges, perhaps we could have a cultural festival that links the two countries.

Yemenite band A-WA is just one of many top Israeli acts that are scheduled to perform at TLV in LDN in the capital About a year later, I was asked by the Israeli embassy if I could help out a smallscale festival. I think their idea of putting on a festival and my idea of putting on a much larger event were very different! But I believe if you are going to do it, then you do it properly.

Has your role as festival director proved challenging?

It has certainly taken over my life for the past two years! But this role combines several passions; I’m very passionate about Israel and showing the full diversity Israel has to offer. I have always supported the cultural and creative landscape, and I am also a big fan of Tel Aviv, so it’s a huge honour to be directing this festival. Really, it is.

Why do you feel it’s important to showcase Tel Aviv culture in London?

Electronic dance duo Infected Mushroom

Israel, it was interesting to see that what people expected and what they experienced were two very different things. They thought they would be walking into a war zone, but would come back feeling that Israel is an amazing place, in terms of its culture, vibe and excitement. A considerable number within the Jewish community have the same issue. I believe there is a missing generation that has an affinity with Israel and we should reach out to them as well. Tel Aviv and London also share many similarities in spirit and culture. Both are diverse, multicultural, tolerant and creative cities.

Why Tel Aviv and not other cities?

I think the non-Jewish public, or the public that doesn’t engage with Israel, can’t appreciate or know what Israel has to offer. As chair of UK Israel Business, when I used to take groups out to

Tel Aviv has so much to offer, including nightlife, beaches, food, museums and art. I want the British public to experience a little bit of Tel Aviv in London, jump on a plane and see it for themselves. Tel Aviv is where it all happens.

Can you tell us about the festival line-up? I wanted to target different age groups and demographics, so we could hopefully offer

something for everyone and give a true taste and flavour for Tel Aviv. For the 18 to 30 age group, one of our headliners is tech trance group Infected Mushroom and we also have top house DJ Guy Gerber. Tel Aviv has one of the largest gay communities in the world, so we have a big LGBT party, where Dana International will be performing. We are staging the Women Power concert, which features performances from four incredibly talented Israeli female artists, all with very unique backgrounds. They include Ester Rada, Israeli Arab singer Mira Awad, Yemenite band A-WA and singer Marina Maximilian. There will be a free, two-day food and wine festival at the Roundhouse with performers, and featuring celebrity chef Shaul Ben-Aderet. We are also hosting a day of workshops and cookery demonstrations for 450 pupils from Jewish and non-Jewish schools. I’m keen to see Pianomania at Cadogan Hall (see below), because it will be exceptional – three grand pianos playing the classics with a modern interpretation is something you don’t often see.

The countdown continues! FROM 8 TO 11 SEPTEMBER, Londoners can experience the rich and diverse culture of one of Israel’s most vibrant cities: Tel Aviv. TLV in LDN is a four-day showcase of food, music, nightlife, arts and style direct from Tel Aviv, taking place at venues across the capital, including Camden’s iconic Roundhouse. Get ready to hear music like never before, as three grand pianos played by world-class virtuoso concert and jazz pianists – Gil Shochat, Leonid Ptashka and Shlomo Gronich – take to the stage in Pianomania, on Monday, 11 September, 7.30pm, at Cadogan Hall, in London. The talented trio will perform on the night alongside Marina Maximilian, Israeli Arab

singer Nasreen Qadri, and British soprano Gemma Summerfield. The rich, versatile and playful repertoire includes the greatest classical pieces by Bach, Mozart and Tchaikovsky, together with favourite jazz standards and popular Israeli songs.

22 days!

 For Pianomania tickets, priced £18 to £40, visit cadoganhall.com/whats-on/2017/09/11

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Lifestyle / Travel

Have a Marb-ellous time! Mark Silver explores the ever-popular resort and enjoys a round of golf at one of its most luxurious retreats



e had reached the final hole all square and I just needed to sink a short putt to beat big brother to cap off the perfect short break. Paul and I were in sunny Spain enjoying a wonderful morning of golf in spectacular surroundings. We were guests at the outstanding Marbella Club Hotel and, despite it being the ideal retreat for a complete rest, were doing battle on their lush fairways some 20 minutes away. Although an avid golfer, it wasn’t the stunning course that had first attracted me to the resort. It was the illustrious list of guests who had checked into the hotel since it was founded by an aristocrat more than half a century ago. Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (a former German county) originally had it built as his private residence in 1954, but later the likes of Ava Gardner, Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant and Laurence Olivier stayed here and relaxed by the sea. Well, you’d be surprised if anyone was feeling anything other than on cloud nine at the Marbella Club. Two or three nights here will have your batteries fully charged. It certainly worked for members of the famous Rothschild banking family, who have enjoyed all that the hotel has to offer, while fellow financier and politician Sir James Goldsmith and Arthur Rubinstein, the brilliant Polish/American classical pianist were other famous patrons. After our round of golf, we were more than happy to return to ‘base’ and relax around the swimming pool near the main hotel building, where top-quality snacks – or something more filling – can be noshed while you read your book or take a dip. The swimming pool next to the beach is also a good choice, although you could be tempted away (only a few yards) to the magnificent spa, where massages, manicures and

all sorts of treats await. While I love a good massage, I was particularly impressed by the nearby Wellness centre – a fairly new concept by the hotel, which gives you a superb break, but also a healthy one. A special menu for your stay is prepared, while a fitness instructor and even a doctor will ensure you are on the right track. What I also liked about this special hotel is that, despite being upmarket, the staff really encourage children and make them feel exceptionally welcome. In fact, the children’s club is probably the finest I have witnessed and, unusually, a comparatively quiet environment as the youngsters immersed themselves in some wonderful activities. I thought the small garden was a brilliant idea, allowing the children to grow fruit and vegetables and learn about herbs, plants, and all sorts of horticulture. And opposite in the aroma workshop, a few girls were experimenting with trying to make The Marbella Club’s Beach Club is steps from the sea and a perfume for when mum collected has a heated seawater pool. Inset: Cocktails at sunset

Above: Marbella. Left: The Marbella Club Hotel’s airy salon and, right, its Thalasso Spa offers a range of treatments in a beautiful setting

them... several hours later. You would expect a hotel of this calibre to boast an excellent dining experience and the Marbella Club does not disappoint. Dinner at The Grill proved an evening to remember and its steaks are about the best you are likely to taste in all of Spain. Marbella is a resort popular with Jewish tourists and there are active synagogues in the area. In centuries past, Jewish citizens suffered a considerable amount of persecution in Spain, most notably being expelled in 1492 and suffering an absence of hundreds of years before their gradual return. If you fancy a bit of exercise, you can hire bikes (20 euros for a full day) and explore the very pleasant surroundings. Marbella’s pretty Old Town is a short ride away, while equally near on the other side of the hotel is the famed marina of Puerto Banus, where those who have made a few bob relax on their yachts. The choice of restaurants in this whole area will not disappoint.

It is also worth checking when San Pedro Street Market is operating, as a leisurely browse around its stalls will reveal all sorts of delights, including the freshest of fruit and vegetables. And you can always find a nice spot for some tapas. But back to the golf, which had been our main mission. Like the weather, the competition had heated up and big brother and I had found ourselves all square, heading down the last. Tension was rising and the earlier banter had dwindled. I was standing over the short putt that would have earned me the spoils. I struck the ball... it only needed to travel five feet and find the hole and glory was mine. But, somehow, it travelled six feet and missed its intended destination. I tapped in the return putt, we shook hands and the honours were even. We could have played extra holes to finally decide the outcome, but that would have been a ridiculous decision. The luxuries on offer at our hotel demanded our attention.

WHERE TO STAY... Mark was a guest at the Marbella Club, where prices start from £380 per room, per night for double occupancy with breakfast included. For reservations, visit marbellaclub.com, call 0034 95 282 2211 or email reservas@marbellaclub.com

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Sedra: Re’eh / It’s Biblical/ Orthodox Judaism


It’s Biblical



Re’eh is brimming with mitzvot, emphasising the holiness of the individual to ensure the holiness of the nation as we reside in the land of Israel. One of more poignant verses says: “You are children to God: do not mutilate yourselves (titgodadu), do not make a bald patch in the middle of your head as a sign of mourning.” While the plain sense of the text speaks of limiting excessive mourning practices, our sages offer an additional level of interpretation to the word titgodadu, relating it to the word aguda, meaning group. Thus, the sage Reish Lakish said (Yevamot 13b) not to act as disparate groups. The Rambam (Laws of Idolatry, 12.14) therefore rules “there should not be two courts in one city, acting in different manners, as this leads to arguments”. Rashi (Yevamot ad loc) offers a different rationale, that ‘it appears as if there are two Torahs’. How this manifests in a contemporary milieu, where we have many different Beth Dins in a single city, is a broader discussion. We see here a concern for navigating the path between diversity and cohesion: we are all individuals, and yet we have to live together. While this may be only speaking about Jewish custom, it obviously has implications for how we are to live within a community in which we may not agree with everyone. It is telling this law of prohibiting sectarianism is derived from a word prohibiting self-mutilation. The Jewish people should view others as being part of our body: to cut off part of our nation is like slicing off a limb. The cure – as per the opening of the verse – is to remember we are “children of God.”

 Rabbi Garry Wayland is an educator with United Synagogue Living & Learning

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father, Terah, a devout idolator, turned his monotheistic son over to the authorities hoping they would reform his deviant ways. The Midrash says: “Nimrod cast Abram into a fiery furnace, and Haran (Abram’s brother and Lot’s father) thought to himself, ‘If Abram is victorious, I’m on his side, and if Nimrod is victorious, I’m on his side.’” This vignette suggests Lot’s expediency may have been rooted in his father’s opportunism, and his willingness to trade principle for profit was inherited from his father. If this is the case, Lot’s inner tugof-war was a manifestation of the tension he inhabited, created by a clash of nature

The Torah does not shy away from portraying people in absolute terms, for example, Noah as “righteous”, Yishmael as “wild”, Esau as “a hunter” and Jacob as “sincere”. Not so Lot, nephew of Abraham, who is a picture of contradiction, as he oscillates between a life of selfishness and selflessness, hedonism and heroism. Having been raised by Abraham and Sara, both paragons of faith, morality, and a unique brand of altruism, one wonders why Lot chose to link his fate to the people of Sodom, notorious for their lewd lifestyle and culture of cruelty. What led Lot to reject Abraham’s values at first chance, only to later revert back to them in part, and at great personal cost? The Midrash tells how Abraham’s


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Progressive Judaism / The Bible Says What? / Progressively Speaking

The Bible Says What?

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The ‘Curse of Ham’ justifies slavery

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BY RABBI RENÉ PFERTZEL ‘The Curse of Ham’ (Genesis 9:18-27), or the curse placed by Noah on Ham’s son, and his grandson, Canaan, is one of troubling consequence. The Biblical tale has been widely used since the 17th century in the Western world to justify black slavery and racism. Over time, the belief grew that the Biblical Ham and his descendants, black Africans, had been cursed with eternal slavery. Christian slavers used this passage to justify their horrid trade, giving it a Biblical validation. Since then, it has been used to defend all manner of racism from the withholding of civil rights to apartheid. However, David M Goldenberg demonstrated in his groundbreaking study, The Curse of Ham: Race and Slavery in Early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, there is no mention in earlier sources of Ham’s descendants’ blackness. As Martin Luther King famously told a religious gathering: “I under-

stand there are those among you who try to justify segregation on the basis of the Bible. They argue the Negro is inferior by nature because of Noah’s curse upon the children of Ham. Oh my friends, this is blasphemy.” Israel will eventually enter the land of Canaan, and the Torah might offer here a justification of the conquest: the land can be taken from a people with evil behaviour. As Martin Luther King pointed out, using Bible to justify iniquity is at the least a blasphemy. Another troubling aspect of this verse is that the curse was placed on the son, Canaan, rather than the father. The Dead Sea Scrolls offer a commentary: since Ham had already been blessed by God (Genesis 9:1), the curse could only fall on his son. Liberal Judaism heeds the lessons regarding the principles of equality for all and that children are never to be held responsible for the actions of their parents.

 René Pfertzel is rabbi at Kingston Liberal Synagogue

RABBI NEIL JANES Two years ago, Oskar Gröning (pictured) was convicted of aiding and abetting the murder of 300,000 Jews in the Shoah. The scale, uniqueness and global significance of crimes such as these make it very difficult for our traditional texts to give firm answers to what should be done to such criminals. In fact, our traditional sources are particularly unhelpful when thinking practically about today’s ethical questions of crime and punishment. In the Bible, there is no such thing as a crime, only a sin. The response to a sin generally involved a sacrifice of some kind, a restitution of loss and what we might call the meting out of a punishment. But this system was really designed to restore the balance of justice and righteousness in society, as a reflection of the divine scales of justice. In the rabbinic period, the

principle change was that sacrifice was replaced by other methods of atonement. The traditional focus is on a form of restorative justice and enabling sinners to re-enter the presence of God, find forgiveness, atonement and restore balance. But in a liberal democracy, the criminal justice system must be independent of religious creed. So what should be done with a 96-year-old who aided and abetted murder? It all depends on what you understand to be the function of the prison system, coupled with our firm belief in upholding human decency in the treatment of men

and women, thus taking into consideration any ill health. Ultimately, since I do not wish to defer all punishment to whatever might be in the hereafter, it is my opinion that the individual must be held to account by humanity in the here and now through the criminal justice system. The lives affected and those murdered deserve some kind of justice, no matter how much time has elapsed. The bloods of our brothers and sisters cry out to plead their case and we have a duty not to just find those responsible, but also make it clear you cannot live as a free man for 70 years and then hope to avoid any kind of consequence for your actions, because you have evaded conviction for so long. That would be an absurd world in which none of us would want to live.  Neil Janes is rabbi at West London Synagogue

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Dear Angela When we do a Mac migration, these are two of the main issues we regularly deal with. iPhoto, and its successor Photos, is a great program for storing and viewing photos and videos, but it stores them in a single database file that can get extremely large. The larger it gets, the more likely there is to be a problem. Where there is a corruption in the file, you can get an error when copying it, which is what is causing the file to disappear. The library needs to be rebuilt. We use iPhoto Manager to do this, and the rebuilt database should copy over. You must ensure the external hard drive you are using is formatted for Mac use. Many are supplied in NTFS format to cater for the PC market, and while Apple can read these, it cannot write files to it. Format it first in Disc Utility. You’ll be pleased to know that Photos will import all the events in the correct folders so you won’t need to refile your pictures. DVPN, but can proceed even if your partner does not want it imposed. Within 48 hours of the DVPN being issued, the police must submit an application to the magistrates for a domestic violence protection order (DVPO), which can include any conditions believed necessary by the court, and which can be in force from 14 days up to a maximum of 28 days. A breach of the order can result in a maximum fine of £5,000 or two months in prison. Contact a criminal solicitor immediately if you wish to challenge the DVPN or DVPO. Legal advice at the police station is free and representations can be made to seek to avoid a DVPN. Legal aid may also be available at court to challenge a DVPO.


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More than 70 runners and their families tackled one of the most challenging military style assault courses around as they completed The Ultimate Tikva Challenge. Raising £20,000 for Tikva, Karen Bodenstein, chief executive of Tikva UK, said: “We are so appreciative of the tireless work of everyone who took part and raised fantastic funds to support our vital work in Odessa.”

SUMMER CAMP The school summer holidays brought with it Summerworld 2017 – an action-packed scheme held at Jewish Care’s Redbridge Jewish Community Centre. More than 150 kids, aged between 4-11-years-olds, took part in a wide range of activities, including cooking, arts and crafts sports, parachute games and messy play.

Run for more than 35 years, senior youth worker Adam Nickels, said: “Parents and children love it because it’s non-stop fun and each person is listened to, so we find out what they will really enjoy doing each day. “I want to thank our fantastic leaders and volunteers, many of whom have attended the summer scheme themselves when they were children.”


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Former FA chief addresses Akiva Former FA Chairman, David Bernstein (pictured with Akiva pupils who play in local and national teams), was guest of honour at the Sports Celebration Assembly to mark the end of a highly successful sporting year. Teams at the school, across 11 different sports, participated in three leagues and 47 tournaments as they produced six third-place finishes, eight-second place and​ fifteen winners. Akiva also had five teams representing Barnet at the London Youth Games.




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Hands up if you’re loving summer!

Kids enjoy action-packed week at biggest JLGB camp in 20 years SUMMER CAMP By Andrew Sherwood andrews@thejngroup.com @JewishNewsUK

Youngsters from around the world enjoyed an actionpacked week in Essex as they took part in the biggest JLGB summer camp in two decades. Nearly 600 participants from across the UK, Russia, France, Israel and the Netherlands took part in a variety of activities including climbing, zip wire, high ropes and kit car racing.

This year’s camp theme was ‘emoji’, with the activities designed to encourage attendees to embrace their individuality and express themselves in a positive and healthy way. Camp director Adam Shelley said: “It was a privilege to see young people create and deliver social action projects, form strong international bonds to strengthen their identities and thrive in an environment of fun and adventure throughout the week. “I’m also immensely proud of the team of JLGB volunteer leaders who ran all the groups and activities and do their bit as outstanding coaches, mentors and inspirational leaders for our youngsters to aspire to become. JLGB are extremely grateful for all of their hard work and dedication that ensured that this year’s camp was not only bigger but better than ever.”

Teen trekkers home from Israel tours ISRAEL TOUR More than 1,000 teenagers have returned home from their month-long Israel Tour – which saw them collectively trek around 25,200km. Supported by UJIA Israel Experience, the 16-yearolds went on 27 different tours, organised by 10 different youth groups. Debra Green, UJIA Israel Experience head of Israel programmes, said: “At a time when young people have a different relationship to Israel than previous generations, we need to make sure we are offering each person the chance to forge a truly personal connection.”

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