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Our elderly: Alone and forgotten Charity warns of shocking isolation levels in community A leading communal charity this week warned that a severe shortage of volunteers is “failing” elderly and lonely Jewish people, in an urgent call for help over Rosh Hashanah, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. News that there are not enough volunteers to meet demand will shock the community, which prides itself on its charitable provision, as Jewish Care warned this week that “we risk letting down the most vulnerable”. Charity bosses said an ageing population meant that there was an ever-increasing need for befriending and related services, such as providing kosher food, but the shortage has left staff struggling to plug the gaps. Barnet Council stopped running a kosher meals on wheels service last year, with the

charity stepping in to deliver kosher meals in Edgware, Stanmore, Finchley, Hendon and Golders Green. But Jewish Care said this week that “demand for the service is greater than can be met by the current volunteer team”. Requests for meals from members of the community in Southgate and Bushey also remain unmet due to the lack of volunteers. Volunteers also act as companions, with some service users not seeing anyone for days on end. “From Redbridge to Westminster, Brent and Barnet, there are members of the community asking for company,” said a charity spokeswoman. Among those on the waiting list for volunteer befrienders is a former journalist and Continued on page 8

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News / CST-JPR anti-Semitism report

Revealed: 30% of Brits ‘hold by Jenni Frazer @Jennifrazer

A new report said to be the biggest and most comprehensive survey of its kind has concluded that levels of anti-Semitism in Britain are “among the lowest in the world” — but notes that “30 percent of society hold at least one anti-Semitic attitude”. However, as Jonathan Boyd, the director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, which has produced the report in conjunction with the Community Security Trust, made clear, “this emphatically does not mean that 30 percent of Great Britain is anti-Semitic”. At the launch of the report at the JPR headquarters on Tuesday, Dr Boyd told Jewish News that as yet unanalysed data from the survey showed that “people who know Jews are less likely to be anti-Semitic”. The survey, written by Dr Daniel Staetsky, the JPR’s senior research fellow, is thought to be the most widespread ever undertaken in Britain. The process, with the support of the Pears Foundation, has been three years in the making and looks at attitudes to Jews and Israel, with a breakdown of the correlation between antiSemitism and anti-Israel-ism. It very specifically does not look at levels of anti-Semitic hate crime. Speaking at the launch, Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, who is the government’s Minister of Faith, welcomed the report and said it would

help to shape policy for combating anti-Semitism and other kinds of racial hatred. The survey, which gathered – via the Ipsos Mori polling company – national feedback from an initial 4.005 respondents in 2016, includes a second tier taken early this year, from sub-groups of the far left, the far right, and Muslims, giving a total of 5,466 responses. The responses were gathered both face-to-face and online. There are three central questions: how common are anti-Semitic and anti-Israel attitudes, are they linked, and are any specific groups anti-Semitic, and if so, which. But the report goes further because it makes a distinction between “anti-Semites” and “antiSemitism”, and in what it calls “the elastic view” introduces a different way to measure antiSemitism. The report says: “Determining what is, and what is not, an anti-Semitic attitude is not always clear. In keeping with the elastic view, we draw a critical distinction between counting antiSemites and measuring anti-Semitism”. As Dr Staetsky acknowledged, it is not always possible to get a truthful answer from respondents when they are being asked if they hold attitudes which are perceived to be politically incorrect. However, the survey shows that “the existence of strong, sophisticated, perhaps internally coherent and at times even ‘learned’ anti-Semitism, where open dislike of Jews is combined with developed negative ideas about Jews, does not exceed 2.4 percent of

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an anti-Jewish view’ British adults… these are people who express multiple from the interests of the rest of the population, that Jews get rich at the expense of others, and that Jews antisemitic attitudes readily and confidently”. The report shows that while only five percent of exploit Holocaust victimhood for their own purposes”. The survey uses the same approach to gauge antiBritish adults can reasonably be called anti-Semites, 30 percent of people hold at least one anti-Semitic Israel attitudes, again asking a core number of questions attitude, often unwittingly. “This means that while and measuring how many of those tick the boxes. The data shows that 12 percent of people in Britain Jewish people are unlikely to meet genuine antiSemites, they are much more likely to encounter views can be described as having hardcore anti-Israel views; a further 21 percent have “softer’” negativity towards that they may consider offensive or threatening”. People were asked eight different “anti-Semitic” Israel; and a total of 56 percent of the population hold at questions and asked to say with how many they least one anti-Israel attitude”. agreed. Hardcore anti-Semites — of whom there were Collating the two sets of responses, the survey relatively few, but far more on the far right shows that, although anti-Israel attitudes than on the far left — agreed with more do not always come together with antiof these ideas. “The most offensive Semitism, “the stronger a person’s and extreme forms of Holocaust anti-Israel views, the more likely denial are especially rare: they are to hold anti-Semitic about two percent maintain attitudes as well. This is the that the Holocaust is a myth, first time that this kind of and four percent either 72% 28% statistical analysis has been strongly believe or tend to No anti-Semitic Agreed with used to demonstrate that a believe that the Holocaust statements at least one person who is strongly antihas been exaggerated.” statement Israel is considerably more But the report also likely to be antisemitic than a shows that “other ideas are person who does not hold any not as marginal. About 10 anti-Israel views”. percent to 13 percent of the Stephen Moss, chairman population agree to some extent of the JPR, said there was a with the assertions that Jews think lot of data yet to be analysed and suggested a second report that they are better than other on these findings could be people, that the interests of Above: the volume of specific anti-Semitic published next year. Jews in Britain are different statements held by the population of Britain

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The report by CST and JPR on anti-Semitism in Great Britain, the biggest ever survey of attitudes to Jews and Israel in this country, was two years in the planning and involved months of fieldwork and analysis to answer what sounds like a simple question: how anti-Semitic is our country? In fact, this question is far from straightforward. You can measure anti-Semitism in different ways: by anti-Semitic incident and hate crime statistics (as CST and the police do), or by opinion polls, or by taking your lead from newspaper headlines and political controversies. And then there is the difficult question of how much anti-Semitism the community can reasonably put up with before it begins to affect our

daily lives. This report takes a completely new approach, by distinguishing between “counting anti-Semites” – how many people are there in Britain who truly hate us? – and “measuring anti-Semitism” – how many people believe one or more antiSemitic stereotypes, often without feeling any conscious ill-will towards our community. It looks at attitudes to Israel as well as to Jews, and provides, for the first time, statistical evidence of the relationship between the two. It asks how many people are willing to use violence against Jews. It also digs deeper into the sensitive issue of anti-Semitism in Muslim communities, and on the left and right of our politics. We did all this because we need a reliable body of evidence to help us understand and tackle these problems. That is what this report provides.


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News / 15 years later: Yoni Jesner’s legacy

Yoni’s mum makes call for donors The mother of Yoni Jesner has said the UK should adopt an opt-out system for organ donation, 15 years after her son was killed in a terrorist attack in Israel, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Yoni, a 19-year-old from Glasgow, wanted to be a doctor and had registered as an organ donor before being killed on 19 September 2002 while in Israel on a gap year. His organs saved three lives, including that of a sevenyear-old Palestinian girl. This week, his mother, Marsha Gladstone, addressed the issue of organ donation amid a renewed national debate over whether to extend the ‘opt-out’ system currently used in Wales, in which everyone is treated as an

organ donor unless they opt out. In England, at present, people must opt in to be considered a donor, but doctors feel an opt-out system would drastically cut the number of people dying needlessly – last year, more than 450 died while waiting for a transplant. “I am absolutely in favour of it,” said Gladstone, speaking to Jewish News on the 15th anniversary of her son’s death. “Everyone should be an organ donor. But there’s a misconception among Jewish people. A lot think they’re not allowed to give their organs, that it’s not allowed by [Jewish] law, but it is.” Organs can be taken on death but the Jewish community has long debated whether ‘death’ means brain-death or heart-death. The difference can have a huge impact on what organs can be used. “I believe that once your brain is dead, everything else is going to close down, and if you can save somebody’s life that’s the most important thing to do,” said Gladstone. “But most in the Jewish community

Above: Yoni with brothers Ari and Jared. Right: With mum Marsha

don’t know. We don’t talk about it.” She speaks in Jewish schools nationwide about her son and the foundation set up in his name, and said she had never thought about organ donation until Yoni died. “It’s ridiculous,” she said. “But then most of us don’t think about it or register until something happens to us or to one of our family members. I’d love to talk about this in schools, to sixthformers perhaps, as they’re older. “I’d say: ‘Imagine you’re lying in bed dying of a pulmonary disease, and

you need a lung, or a heart, and you won’t survive without one.’ If you can give these kind of scenarios, or show them videos of those who need transplants, it would be so important. Then they can make their own mind up.” Gladstone recalled how, seven years ago, she was invited to take part in a thanksgiving ceremony organised by the Glasgow NHS Transplant Team. “There were 700 people there. Half were from donor families, half were recipient families. As it started, all the recipient families got up, came to the

front and laid flowers. I get emotional even now thinking about it. It brings it home that unless something happens to you, you don’t think about it.” Yoni was in Israel studying at a yeshiva when a suicide bomber blew himself up on a bus in Tel Aviv exactly 15 years ago, killing six. His mother has twice visited Yasmeen, the Palestinian girl, now aged 21, who received one of his kidneys. “He would have been thrilled,” said Gladstone, reflecting how Yoni’s organs saved lives after doctors switched off his life support two days after he suffered critical head injuries. “It wouldn’t have mattered to him what race or religion they were... It’s a hospital, it’s a person, it’s an organ and it’s a perfect match – that’s the way it should be. To take politics into a hospital is so wrong.”


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News / Board of Deputies dinner

DAVIDSON TELLS BOARD SHE IS ISRAEL’S ‘CRITICAL FRIEND’ More than 550 guests – including Home Secretary Amber Rudd, the president of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder, and the new French Ambassador to Britain, Jean-Pierre Jouyet on his first day in post – heard the Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson praise the way in which Scottish politicians had tackled anti-Semitism, writes Jenni Frazer. Davidson, in conversation with the BBC’s director of news and current affairs, James Harding, at the Board of Deputies president’s dinner, said: “In Scotland we have seen an issue, particularly with some of the Jewish community. We’ve seen some terrible things daubed on Board meeting: Davidson and Harding the side of a temple, we’ve seen a senior rabbi Although Harding teased Davidson about faced with people who were giving Nazi salutes as he went to a place of worship. One of the the possibility of her leading the Conservative things I’m proud of in Scotland is that there is Party, the politician jokingly confided that her real ambition was to appear on Strictly Come actually political leadership against this.” Widely admired as a forthright politician Dancing. Board president Jonathan Arkush paid who has rebuilt the Conservative Party in Scotland, Davidson was happy to praise one of tribute to the community members who her predecessors, Lord Balfour, the centenary enable the organisation to do its important of whose Balfour Declaration about a Jewish work. He said: “Without you there would be homeland is celebrated this year. She was no Board of Deputies.” Members of the World Jewish Congress happy to describe herself as a “friend of Israel, but a critical friend”, noting that in the last 10 executive, holding its annual meeting in caterpillar creative limited years there had been a 60 percent rise in trade London this week, and representing 20 counTA Maround ORPHO S Iworld, S the attended the dinner, as between Scotland and Israel.C O N C E P T U A L M E tries However, she was less keen on what she did British ambassador to Israel, David Quarrey.  More pictures on page 43 termed “illegal settlements”.

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Reward a talented teacher The search for the Jewish community’s best teachers has begun, with the 2018 Jewish School Awards categories revealed a new focus on mental health and secular studies. In the third annual awards ceremony, which will be held early next year, heralds the community’s most inspiring primary and secondary school teachers. Judges will look for excellence and impact, both in the school and in the community. A joint initiative between Jewish News and Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJeS), the awards will seek the best Jewish studies teachers as well as mental health and wellbeing champions. Judges will also be identifying non-teaching staff making the biggest contribution and those excelling in secular studies at both primary and secondary levels. The awards’ new focus follows increased awareness of the huge underreporting of mental health problems experienced by school children, and schools’ renewed focus on identifying problems and providing support in this area. “The new categories of awards will let us recognise as much good practice in our schools as possible,” said PaJeS executive director Rabbi David Meyer.

Winners of the 2017 Jewish School Awards, held at JW3

“We look forward to once again highlighting the achievements of our community’s schools.” Meyer said the awards were “an opportunity to recognise the exceptional efforts of the teachers and staff in our schools” because “it is thanks to their dedication that our schools are effectively educating the next generation of our community”. The huge communal event, sponsored by the Emmes Foundation, picks the cream of the crop from 120 Jewish schools around the country, with previous years awarding teachers in the field of information and

communications technology, and for inspirational leadership. Judges this year include author and teaching consultant John West-Burnham, Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation chief executive Kate Goldberg, consultant paediatrician Dr Michael Markiewicz, businessman and vice-chair of the Portland Trust Sir Harry Solomon, and Jewish News features editor Francine Wolfisz. Teachers, students and parents are able to submit nominations before the panel picks eight winners as well as the recipient of a lifetime achievement award.  Nominate at jewishnews.co.uk

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SHOAH CENTRE GRANT A new £1million Holocaust education centre is taking shape in the north of England, after receivinga Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £600,000. The 300 square metre Holocaust Heritage and Learning Centre (HHLC) will be based at the University of Huddersfield and is expected to welcome 20,000 visitors annually after its projected opening in March. It is a joint collaboration between the University and the Leeds-based Holocaust

Survivors’ Friendship Association (HSFA), the latter having begun archiving material in the early 1990s. The new centre will feature this archived material, together with oral testimonies given in English as well as special displays, in an exhibition designed to be educational. Centre director Emma King said the focus would be on the experience of survivors and refugees – including survivors and Kindertransport children.

‘Unity’ at Selfridges Norwood volunteers said working in an interfaith charity shop alongside volunteers from Islamic charities has been “a lot of fun,” after it opened in Selfridges department store this month. The Jewish charity teamed up with Islamic Relief for the shop – the brainchild of an American artist – with Norwood’s chairman saying it “sends a powerful message that religions can work together as force for good”. Working at the third-

floor shop, which is open to the public until 22 October, Norwood volunteer Lane Curi said: “It’s really a lot of fun, and great to see people of all creeds come in and ask about what we are doing here. “Many people seemed delighted with the concept and plenty asked for information about the charities.” Norwood events manager Candice Mendes da Costa said: “Almost everyone who came in to the Selfridges shop bought something.”


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News / Volunteer shortage / £47m transformation

Charity calls on community to tackle volunteer shortage

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Continued from page 1 author living in central London, who has failing eyesight and who is looking for someone with interests in history, culture and journalism. Another is a housebound 100-yearold woman with no family in the UK, who would like company from a Hebrew speaker or poetry lover, while a visuallyimpaired man in Barnet has been waiting for computer help since November. “I’m incredibly proud to be part of a community that supports one another, but I’m also increasingly conscious of how much more we can do,” said Jewish Care chief executive Simon Morris. “With an ageing population, the demand for support from across the community is at an all-time high and I suspect only set to grow. We have to pull together as a community to respond and find times in our busy diaries for those who need us.” Most of Jewish Care’s meals on wheels volunteers in Redbridge are over the age of 70, and many well into their 80s. The spokeswoman said: “Recent attempts to recruit younger volunteers haven’t been

successful and with a shrinking pool of volunteers, those who are volunteering have seen an increase in the deliveries they are having to make each day.” With up to 18 deliveries a day, the charity’s volunteers now have less time to check in or chat with clients, and demand is continuing to grow, with up to 150 meals being delivered a day. “There are some areas such as Buckhurst Hill where there is demand but Jewish Care simply can’t provide the service due to a lack of volunteers willing or able to deliver there,” she said. She said: “Staff members are often left to deliver meals due to a shortage of volunteers. They are particularly struggling for Friday drivers who deliver muchloved Friday night dinners to older and vulnerable people in the community.” Marsha Gladstone, who set up a children’s volunteering organisation, the Yoni Jesner Foundation in memory of her son, said the shortage of volunteers was “a terrible indictment of our Jewish community, if we’re not doing enough”. She said: “If our charities don’t have

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enough volunteers, somebody needs to stand up and shout, and say ‘you’re letting down our charities. They can’t run without volunteers.”  Readers interested in finding out more about becoming a volunteer befriender or meals on wheels driver should email volunteer@ jcare.org or call 020 8922 2405. If you are lonely and would like a befriender from the community or looking for meals on wheels please call Jewish Care’s helpline on 020 8922 2222.  Editorial comment, page 28

£47m overhaul for care home Jewish Care’s Princess Alexandra Care Home has been given the green light to undergo a £47 million redevelopment project. Eighteen months after launching the fundraising campaign and backed by “exceptional pledges of support”, the Jewish Care Board of Trustees have given their approval to the project, which will be funded entirely through individuals, foundations and families from across the community. The premises, based in Stanmore, will provide a range of facilities including a 64-bed nursing and dementia home, 16

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assisted living studios and 48 one and two-bedroom independent living apartments. The campus will be named Sandringham, reflecting the wishes of a gift from a family that wish to remain anonymous, with the independent living apartments being

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News / Historic art / Chelsea chant / Bake Off judge apology

Balfour’s accomplished art A British artist’s painting is to be the centrepiece of an event dedicated to the Balfour Declaration at this year’s Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art. Balfour Accomplished by Beverley-Jane Stewart, a large-scale oil on canvas, will be on display at Jerusalem’s Machtarot Museum (the Underground Prisoners Museum), for six weeks from 1 October. The Biennale will showcase the work of nearly 200 Israeli and international artists in dozens of exhibitions hosted across eight venues throughout Jerusalem. The theme this year is ‘watershed’, and the exhibition dedicated to the Balfour Declaration will mark one of the most important watershed moments in recent Jewish history. Stewart, who is recognised for her exploration of the relationship between Jewish and British culture, explained that Balfour Accomplished included imagery “from the

past and present” and said she was “honoured” to feature in such a prestigious Israeli event. The award-winning artist’s painting helps to commemorate this year’s 100year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration – the historic letter dated 2 November 1917 from then Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour to Lord Rothschild, expressing the British government’s support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. “Balfour in 1917 occurred at a time when Jewish people were experiencing massive pogroms and persecution in Eastern Europe,” she said. “It was recognising the fact that people had a right over their own destiny. This was a bold and brave action for a British politician to initiate.” She added: “I still believe that whatever a person’s religion or ethnicity, they have a right to be in control of their lives. This is still sadly relevant in today’s society where

RACIST CHANT CRITICISED Chelsea Football Club this week condemned supporters who sang a vile anti-Semitic chant during Saturday’s Premier League win at Leicester. The club’s record signing, Spanish striker Alvaro Morata, opened the scoring in a 2-1 win, with fans responding by singing: “Morata, whoa, Morata, whoa. He came from Real Madrid, he hates the f****** Y**s.” After the match, Chelsea’s head of communications Steve Atkins said: “The club and the

players appreciate the fans’ passionate support away from home, of course, but the language in that song is not acceptable at all. “Alvaro ... does not want to be connected to that song in any way and both the player and the club request the supporters stop singing that song with immediate effect.” Morata tweeted: “I have been able to feel your support every single day and I’d like to ask you to please respect everyone.”

Hollywood Nazi apology Balfour Accomplished by Beverley-Jane Stewart will be the centrepiece to an event dedicated to the Declaration

many people have lost their identity. This could be interpreted as a utopian wish but, as an artist, I aim for ideals.” She said researching the topic had involved travelling to Israel, which had been “fascinating and rewarding”. She added: “I am looking forward to conveying this in my work, along with marking

the significance of this date in both Jewish and European history.” Ram Ozeri, founder of The Jerusalem Biennale, said Stewart’s work was “truly unique in the way it brings the evolution of Jewish and British identity to life and we are delighted to be able to showcase her”.

Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood has apologised after being pictured wearing a Nazi fancy dress uniform. The Sun reports how the photos were taken in 2003 at a party at a pub in Kent. A source said: “To them it was a great big joke to be wearing a Nazi uniform and they were laughing about it. But some found it offensive.

Paul had insignia on the uniform and a whacking great swastika.” Hollywood [pictured] said: “I am absolutely devastated if this caused offence to anyone,” explaining a group of them dressed up as characters from ‘Allo ‘Allo. “I am incredibly proud of the efforts of those, including my own grandfather, who fought against the Nazis during the war.”

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Chief Rabbi’s inclusivity call The Chief Rabbi has urged a gathering of more than 100 Orthodox rabbis to include “every person” including gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and queer Jews, in a speech intended to set the tone for the year ahead. Ephraim Mirvis’ comments were made during his pre-high holy days conference and follows controversy surrounding Senior Sephardi Rabbi Joseph Dweck, who was criticised for saying “the entire revolution of feminism and homosexuality in our society is a fantastic development for humanity”. In his speech ahead of Rosh Hashanah, Mirvis said: “Every person is precious. Single parents, women, the unaffiliated, LGBT Jews – let no person feel they have no place in our shuls.” In July, Mirvis said “the recent

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controversy about Rabbi Joseph Dweck’s teachings has brought the polarisation of Orthodox Jewry,” and lambasted those who were engaged in “poisonous invective, demonising other Jews”. His speech at the conference, which

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A British woman who has been living in Germany for 43 years has offered to help British Jews apply who do not speak German apply for German citizenship. Veronica Maguire [pictured], 64, from Glasgow, offered the free interpretation and translation work this week after watching a “very moving” BBC documentary showing British Jews applying for German passports in the wake of the Brexit referendum. Maguire, who still works full-time as an English teacher, is also applying for a German passport, and said she would like to help “a few people at a time” for free, whether translating English to German or German to English. Speaking to Jewish News this week, she said she was not Jewish but had “a lifelong interest in Jews and their history, in particular the Holocaust. The horror I felt when first reading novels about it when I was 14 has never left me”.

Boy, 8, attacked in Stamford Hill Witnesses have been urged to come forward after a “shocking and unprovoked” attack on a young boy in Stamford Hill left him severely beaten. The eight-year-old has been left “traumatised” and requiring treatment in hospital after the incident, which has been reported to the police. In a series of posts on Twitter,

Orthodox neighbourhood watch group Shomrim reported that the unnamed boy “ran home and up the stairs before collapsing. He was crying and couldn’t talk for the next four hours,” following the attack. After being treated by volunteer ambulance service Hatzolah, he was “taken to hospital due to swelling and

marks near his chest, neck, shoulder and face. The young boy described how a white man wearing gloves attacked him from behind, pushed him to the wall and beat him severely Calling it a “shocking incident,” Shomrim said it is supporting the victim and his family and assisting police with the investigation.

She added: “My impulse to help the British Jews regain a German passport more than 72 years after the Second World War is rooted in compassion and empathy. “When I came here, I learnt at first-hand what it’s like to be an ‘alien’ in this country, especially one who doesn’t speak the language yet.” Since Britain voted to leave the European Union last year, thousands have applied for dual nationality, with about 400 British Jews, including Baroness Julia Neuberger, applying for German nationality.

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STUDENTS FRESH FROM ISRAEL TRIP The Union of Jewish Students limbered up for freshers’ week by sending dozens of participants to Israel and the Palestinian territories during an enhanced summer programme that included artist Banksy’s ‘Walled Off’ hotel. Students met David Quarrey, Britain’s ambassador to Israel, as well as campaigners, activists and philanthropists working with Palestinian communities in the West Bank.

COMMISSION PROBE INTO CHABAD UK The Charity Commission has launched an investigation into Chabad Lubavitch UK after its “persistent failure” to meet legal obligations. The Orthodox outreach group is still to submit accounts from 2015, and the regulator said it was now taking action because of similar failures over the past five years. Chabad UK said: “This is a matter confined to accounting procedures which we recognise must be improved. We are working hard and taking numerous steps to resolve this matter as soon as possible.”

Wedding evacuated after hotel fire hoax More than 200 guests were evacuated from a Jewish wedding after a hoax bomb scare at Brighton’s iconic Grand Hotel on Sunday, writes Jack Mendel. The bride and groom, Gaby Rosehill and husband Dan, were about to trade vows when they were told to evacuate the hotel, as police and bomb disposal squads cornered off the venue. Speaking to Jewish News, Gaby said she and Dan were “under the chuppah when it all unfolded”. She added: “I had just walked around Dan seven times and the rabbi was about to commence the ceremony. “Then the alarm suddenly sounded. Dan and I stared at each other and laughed. We just couldn’t believe it. We started to get ushered out and the rabbi made a joke, saying: ‘Someone’s just burnt the potato kugel!’ “My friends didn’t want

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WHETSTONE MASORTI MOVE The growing Masorti community in Whetstone celebrated its move to new premises this week, relocating to Alma Primary School after operating from “a dusty run-down old church” for two years. Community leader James Ward said New Whetstone Masorti had “new life breathed in” to it, in an area well-served by Reform and United synagogues. Ward said he left the United Synagogue two years ago and got involved with

New Whetstone, when it had fewer than 10 members. “It had been kept together by my old barmitzvah teacher and was operating from a dusty, run-down old church hall,” he said. “I reconnected with Matt Plen, chief executive of Masorti Judaism, as we had been in FZY together thirty years ago. He decided to help support New Whetstone’s redevelopment.” He added: “We are lucky to have secured Alma Primary School’s new premises as a venue for services.”

New head at top primary Gaby and Dan’s big day got off to an unexpected start

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at this point.” After being asked to leave the venue at around 5pm, they took refuge in the Hilton Hotel – where they completed the wedding ceremony. Gaby said: “If we hadn’t managed to get married before 6.30pm we would have had to rearrange the whole wedding.”

A new headteacher has been named for London’s top performing Jewish primary school. Chaya Posen joins Noam Primary in Wembley which has topped SAT league tables and was previously named among the top 100 schools in London by former Mayor Boris Johnson. Posen will leave her current post in January after four years as Deputy Head of the Torah Temimah school in Dollis Hill,

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Special report / Limmud FSU Romania: Honouring Elie Wiesel

‘Always take sides – silence will only encourage the oppressor’ Picture this: On a chilly morning in May, 1944, in Sighet, a remote town in the Carpathian mountains of Transylvania, some 1,500 Jews are rounded up in the town square and marched through the deserted streets to the local railway station. Among the deportees is the 14 year-old Elie Wiesel, with his family, who were then forced into cattle cars, 80 people in one car, for a three-day journey to an unknown destination – later revealed as Auschwitz-Birkenau. Now picture this: The same town and the identical route. But this time, Sunday, 10 September, 73 years later, another 1,500 citizens of the town, the children and women in traditional dress, have assembled at the childhood home of Wiesel, which is now a museum, for a torchlight procession to honour the memory of Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Prize laureate for peace and fighter for human rights, to mark the first anniversary of his death. The participants wore caps with the words “Never Again” and white T-shirts imprinted with the slogan “Anti-Semitism led to Auschwitz”. At the end of the march, a plaque at the railway station was unveiled, renaming it “Gara Elie Wiesel”. The march was the culmination of a two-day event organised by Limmud FSU (former Soviet Union), the Conference for Jewish Material Claims against Germany, March of the Living, the World Zionist Organisation, the Sighet municipality and the Romanian Jewish community. The event had been arranged two years before, with the active cooperation and participation of Wiesel,

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Seventy-three years after human rights activist Elie Wiesel was deported from Sighet, the Transylvanian town marks the first anniversary of his death

Founder of Limmud FSU Chaim Chesler starting the march. Next to him is Rabbi Menachem Hacohen, Matthew Bronfman, MK Yair Lapid, Minister Gila Gamliel, Helena Glaser, Sighet Mayor Horia Scubli, Ramona Chirila and deputy world chair of March of the Living, Aharon Tamir

but sadly he had fallen ill and was no longer able to travel. Chaim Chesler, the originator of the idea and founder of Limmud FSU determined that the project would go ahead nevertheless. “We are fulfilling Elie’s dream by repeating this march from his house to the train station.” At a press conference earlier in the day, the mayor of Sighet, Horia Vasile Scubli, expressed the hope that the march might become an annual event.

Matthew Bronfman, chairman of Limmud FSU, said Wiesel was a hero who never shouted but quietly and persuasively taught others how they should treat each other. “Over 20 years, I often consulted him and his advice was to read, to learn, to question and only then to take action. One of the things he demonstrated better than anyone else was his ability to talk to powerful people in a way that was based on ethics, morality

and humanism and to challenge them when they had to be challenged.” Among speakers who had arrived specially for the event was Israeli parliamentarian Yair Lapid. Wiesel had asked that Lapid be invited as his father, the late Tommy Lapid, a former minister of justice and noted public figure, had been a personal friend. At the culmination of the march, Lapid said: “Wiesel’s private memory has become the collective memory

of an entire people. We have gathered here to honour him for his contribution to the memory of the Holocaust and the struggle against anti-Semitism.” Lapid had arrived in Sighet after visiting the graves of his great-grandfathers and saying Kaddish in the nearby town of Cehu Silvaniei. In a reference to current events, Lapid said: “While I believe President Trump is a strong supporter of Israel, I was deeply disappointed with the absence of a condemnation of the outbreaks of anti-Semitism in the USA and elsewhere, which in some ways remind us of the horrific events of the 1930s.” State advisor Ramona Chirila Lohan, speaking on behalf of Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose, said: “When I was a student, we could not speak freely about what happened during the Holocaust but, today, in the Romania of my generation, we have a chance to re-examine this horrendous chapter of our history and to continue on the path of recovery, recognition and education and to make sure such episodes will never happen again: never again.” Gila Gamliel the Israeli Minister for Social Equality, who is also responsible for Holocaust issues on behalf of the government, said: “Elie Wiesel, with his gentle voice and powerful pen, fought against bigotry, hatred, fanaticism and the evil demons of the past. We must always take sides; silence encourages the oppressor, never the oppressed. From this place, I vow on behalf of the government of Israel that we will never forget. This is our ‘Never Again.’”


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A town rich in Jewish memory Sighet (now known as Sighetu Marmatiei) is a small town in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, just south of the border with Ukraine and Hungary to the west. Like all the villages and towns in this area of Transylvania, it has known the tread of many occupiers: the Ottomans, Hungary, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and since 1920, Romania. It is rich in Jewish history dating back to the first records in 1062 and prior to the Second World War, more than one-third of its 22,000 population was Jewish. It was a major centre of very strict Chasidism, including the court of the noted Teitelbaum family, the founders of the Satmar sect. In addition to Elie Wiesel, another prominent Jew from Sighet was Amos Manor, who became head of the Shin Bet, the Israeli intelligence and security service, and who was one of the operatives in the capture of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina in 1960.

By April 1942, the town contained close to 13,000 Jews from Sighet itself and the neighbouring areas. Between 16 and 22 May, they were herded into a ghetto. One month later, the ghetto was liquidated and its inhabitants deported to Auschwitz. A total of 11,000 were killed and only 2,000 returned to find their houses and property had been occupied by others. Attempts to reclaim them failed. Dr Aurel Vainer, the president of the Romanian Jewish community, says that of the 850,000 Jews in Romania before the war, there are no more than 7,000 in the whole country today. In 1947, there were some 2,300 Jews in Sighet, including survivors and a considerable number of Jews from other parts of Romania, but now the town has just 120 Jewish families, most of the remainder having left for Israel, the US and other places where they had relatives.

Israeli Parliamentarian Yair Lapid; chair of Limmud FSU International Steering Committee, Matthew Bronfman, and Israeli Minister for Social Equality, Gila Gamliel, at the Holocaust memorial in Sighet

YOUNG COME TO TERMS WITH HISTORY’S HORRORS The weekend started in the Western Romanian town of Oradea, another town with a rich Jewish past and where Elie Wiesel [pictured] attended school. In its ornate restored Moorish-style synagogue, Greg Schneider, executive vice-president of the Claims Conference, and a co-host of the event, said that, like Yair Lapid, his grandparents were born less than 100 km from here and he had recited what might have been the first Kaddish there in 70 years. He said there were some 750 Holocaust survivors in Romania and the Claims Conference sees it as its mission to cherish and care for them in their old age. Aharon Tamir, deputy world chair of the International March of the Living and another co-host, noted that

some 300,000 people, Jews and non-Jews have participated in the March of the Living, in Poland and then in Israel. “When we take young people to Auschwitz and Majdanek, they realise that these events are not fiction but actually happened. We draw the connection between destruction and redemption.” The participants then took turns in reading extracts from Wiesel’s first and classic autobiographical book, Night. Addressing the conference, key speakers included professor Steven Katz, the director of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies at Boston University; former Deputy Chief Justice of the Israel Supreme Court, Elyakim Rubinstein, who pointed out that “memory is a fundamental part of the Jewish DNA”; the noted scholar

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NEO-NAZIS PLAN TO MARCH NEAR SHUL Jews in the Swedish city of Gothenburg are braced for a neo-Nazi march scheduled to pass near the main synagogue on Yom Kippur. Community leaders said they would appeal a police decision to allow the Nordic Resistance Movement to march during the Gothenburg Book Fair, when some 100,000 people will gather for the largest literary festival in Scandinavia. Police denied the group’s initial request to march on the main streets of Gothenburg. [JTA]

COURT DROPS CASE AGAINST NAZI MEDIC A German court has officially dropped its case against a 96year-old former Auschwitz medic because he has dementia. Tuesday’s decision came after Hubert Zafke was found unfit to stand trial for his role in the murder of more than 3,600 people at the Nazi death camp. German prosecutors submitted a motion last month to the Neubrandenburg state court asking it to dismiss the case. This could be the end of high-profile Nazi trials.

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Young citizens of Sighet prepare for the march in Elie Wiesel’s honour

and writer Rabbi Irving (Yitz) Greenberg and Rabbi Menachem Hacohen, a former Member of the Knesset and Chief Rabbi of Romania. Also speaking were Dr Elana Heideman, executive director of the Israel Forever Foundation, who did her PhD under the guidance of Wiesel; the journalist Nahum Barnea; Dr Tzvi Berkovich, who was

born in the area and who is honorary consul of Romania in Israel and personal physician to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Sandra Cahn, co-founder of Limmud FSU; and Dr Joel Rappel, former director of the Elie Wiesel Archive at Boston University. Several of these speakers were close friends and colleagues of Wiesel.

Right-wing extremists have committed the vast majority of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel offences in Germany, which has seen a slight rise over the corresponding period last year, according to a government report. Of the 681 incidents reported from January to August, 92 percent were committed by right-wing extremists, the Ministry of the Interior report said. In 23 cases, political motivations such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were involved. Last year, 27 fewer such crimes were registered.


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News / Young role model / Mum’s walk / Charity cookbook NEWS IN BRIEF

MUSEUM EXHIBITS BALFOUR DRAFTS A Jewish museum has opened an exhibit showcasing two original drafts of the 1917 Balfour Declaration. A rare glimpse of the original documents can now be seen at the American Jewish Historical Society in New York City until the end of December. The exhibit, 1917: How One Year Changed the World, focuses on three events in 1917 it describes as world events that changed history.

LAWMAKER QUITS OVER GAY SIMCHA An Israeli lawmaker from the Sephardic Orthodox Shas Party resigned from the Knesset after he was criticised for attending a gay wedding. Lawmaker Yigal Guetta resigned after coming under fire from several prominent rabbis and party faithful. At the beginning of the week he confirmed to Army Radio that he had attended his nephew’s same-sex wedding and that he required his entire family to attend.

Prime minister praise for teen’s ‘remarkable’ work A 17-year-old from London who inspired volunteers to complete 22,000 hospital visits has been recognised by Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street. Avi Dubiner, who helped establish the GIFT Shabbat Walk, was also praised by the Chief Rabbi after motivating hundreds of young people in London to visit patients, care home residents or other struggling families. Dubiner received the Point of Light Award, which recognises “outstanding volunteers” making a change in their community and inspiring others, and now wants to take the Shabbat Walk to Israel. May said: “The scale of the initiative has been truly remarkable. You should be very proud of what you have achieved. I wish you luck with your efforts to establish the project in Israel as it continues to spread around the world.” Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said: “I speak often about the Jewish idea of Achrayut – responsibility. Avi Dubiner exemplifies Jewish responsibility and is a most deserving recipient of this prestigious award. Mazeltov!” Dubner’s local MP Mike Freer said: “Avi’s hard work is an example to us all and the size to which the organisation has now grown is a testament to his dedication and that of the young people who volunteer.” Eliezer Gilbert, founder of the Shabbat

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Walk and representative of associated charity GIFT, said: “We’re delighted for Avi. He has demonstrated exceptional altruism and leadership skills in helping set up The Shabbat Walk initiative. “His ability to influence and activate young volunteers has led to more than 750 teenagers volunteering in hospitals, care homes and disadvantaged families across the UK.” Avi’s parents Bernard and Hannah Dubiner, said: “We are so proud of our son for all that he has achieved and are delighted the prime minister has recognised this.”

Mum to walk marathon in daughter’s memory The mother of a five-year-old girl who died from a rare heart condition is to walk an overnight marathon in her memory, writes Jake Levison. Shani Berman [pictured] suffered from a congenital heart defect called pulmonary atresia from birth and passed away in January after surgery complications. Juliet Berman, along with a

group of friends from Elstree and Borehamwood, will walk 26 miles overnight next week to raise funds for Shani’s Brighter Future Fund at Great Ormond Street Hospital, as well as for Cancer Research. The group of 18 will complete the Shine Night Walk on 23 September.  See virginmoney.com – search ‘Shine for Shani’

CHARITY COOKBOOK LAUNCHED FOR SARA A food charity set up and run by Jewish women has launched a cookbook in memory of a volunteer to raise funds for the refurbishment of a Norwood restaurant. Food For You [FFY], based in north-west London, has launched a book of recipes

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Did Stacey Hart rise to the challenge on this week’s Great Off British Bake Off? Episode three of The Great British Bake Off and as Stacey herself said: “This is the biggest week for me. It’s my chance to show them that I can bake bread,” writes Suzy Pelta. Even the judges and presenters acknowledged that she had set herself up to be star baker and the “bread Queen”, so it was time for our Stacey to show them what she’s made of. And show them she did! Her Christmas-inspired cranberry and cinnamon teacake signature bake drew a raised eyebrow from Paul Hollywood when he heard she was washing the tops with milk, but both he and Prue agreed Stacey

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The UK’s main engineering institution has signed a memorandum of understanding with Israel’s principal engineering and technology organisation to work together on high-tech projects. The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), based in London, shook hands with Israel Advanced Technology Industries (IATI) on Tuesday, as 17 Israeli high-tech firms spoke to British investors in the capital at an event called Innovate Israel.

HUNT FOR SHOAH SURVIVOR’S KILLER The family of a Holocaust survivor who was murdered 27 years after being liberated from Auschwitz have made a fresh appeal to bring her killer to justice – nearly half a century after her death. Emmy Werner was found at Queens Hotel in Bayswater, west London, the day after a trip to the theatre in September 1972. Detectives from the Special Casework Investigation Team hope a fresh appeal for witnesses will encourage people to come forward with information about the 68-yearold’s assailant.

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RABBI: REFORM JEWS WORSE THAN DENIERS Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem Shlomo Amar called Reform Jews worse than Holocaust deniers because they reject traditional Jewish law. Amar, a former Chief Rabbi of Israel, said: “They [Reform Jews] don’t have Yom Kippur or Shabbat but they want to pray [at the Western Wall]. But no one should think they want to pray, they want to desecrate the holy. “It’s like Holocaust deniers, it’s the same thing. They shout about deniers in Iran, but they deny more than Holocaust deniers.”

ISRAELI LAWMAKER WILL BE INDICTED Israeli lawmaker Oren Hazan will be indicted for allegedly assaulting a West Bank mayor and City Council leader three years ago, before he entered the Knesset. The office of Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced it will indict Hazan, of the ruling Likud party, for attacking the mayor and the chairman of the Ariel City Council over money the city claimed his mother owed for property taxes on the family’s restaurant business.

Community is urged to back refugee campaign A leading human rights group this week called on the Jewish community to help urge the government to do more to help refugees enter the UK. Jewish Council for Racial Equality [JCORE] director Edie Friedman told Jewish News that families meeting during the upcoming holidays should reflect on those families who were being stopped from doing so. “New beginnings are something we think a lot about during Rosh Hashanah,” she writes. “We have time to reflect on the obligations made on us – personal, societal, communal. “We do this in the presence of our family, friends and community. So it is an appropriate time to think about other families in difficult circumstances, and how government action can enable some of them to

A youngster calls for kids to be admitted into the UK at a London demonstration

be reunited and help young people make a fresh start in life.” The campaign supported by JCORE, Let the Children In, pushes for a legal change

to allow entry to refugee children with close relatives in the UK to avoid the lifethreatening journeys many make to get here. Friedman said children are at risk of exploitation “at every turn in their attempt to reach the UK”. She added: “We must call the government into action to simply do the right thing.” World Jewish Relief has helped more than 20,000 Syrian refugees in Greece, Turkey and the UK since launching its second appeal in September 2015. Home Secretary Amber Rudd ended the scheme guaranteeing safe haven for 3,000 children earlier this year after only 200 children had been safely brought into Britain, leading to widespread protest at the government’s failure to deliver on its pledge.

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An Israeli film condemned by Israel’s right-wing culture minister has won the Silver Lion grand jury prize at the Venice Film Festival. Foxtrot, by director Samuel Maoz, which shows Israeli soldiers killing then burying an Arab family, was criticised by Miri Regev as “propaganda for our enemies”.

An Orthodox Jewish woman has won the right to exercise in her skirt after being turned away by two women’s gyms in Brooklyn. Yosefa Jalal WoodIsenberg, 27, sued the Lucille Roberts chain of health clubs after she was removed and banned from two of its gyms for wearing a knee-length, fitted skirt.

A former principal has said he advised Jews not to attend his public school in Marseille for fear they would be harassed by other students. Bernard Ravet, now retired, said he once got a friend who ran a private school to accept an Israeli boy because he knew “he would get beat to a pulp” by the other boys.

The US is to return a trove of Jewish artefacts to Iraq, after US troops salvaged it in 2003. The horde contains tens of thousands of items, including books, religious texts, photos and personal accounts. Troops found them sitting waterlogged in the basement of Saddam Hussein’s spy services headquarters. One of the largest animal rights marches in history was held in Rabin Square, Tel Aviv. Some 30,000 people from Israel and around the world called for a worldwide ban on the sale of fur products.

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The soldiers from over here, serving over there Three friends from a north London secondary school have swapped life in the capital for the rigorous restrictions imposed by the Israeli Defence Forces. But they are happy to help protect the land of milk and honey and wouldn’t change a thing, they tell Jenni Frazer Maor Shevah, Stephen Epstein and Oren Ivgi were once all pupils at Hasmonean Boys School in north London, racing for the school bus in their blazers, ties flying, and just about keeping their kippot on their heads. These days, however, the three former school friends are wearing a different kind of uniform – that of the Israel Defence Forces. Maor, 19, was born in Israel but his parents, Emma and Assaf, moved back to the UK when he was four. “We went back and forth,” he says, because by the time he was nine, the family was once again living in Israel, this time in Jerusalem. His mother is an author and English teacher, his father a silversmith. Two years later, they were in Pinner, and this time stayed put, while Maor completed his schooling. Despite all this shuttling between countries, Maor says English is “definitely my stronger language. I do still sometimes get stuck for the right Hebrew word”. But he is now a sergeant in the army’s co-ed Caracal Battalion, signed up for two years and eight months. “I wanted to serve in the IDF my whole life”, he says, “because I believe Israel is the home of the Jewish people and I was motivated to help keep it safe.” Originally the plan was for Maor, Stephen and Oren to go on a Machal (volunteer) programme together, but that didn’t prove possible. “I wanted to go in the same unit as my friends, but to start with, the IDF wanted to put me in the navy. But I said I felt a lot safer on land than at sea, so I transferred to Caracal.”

His battalion is a combat unit comprising men and women, and it is currently serving on the border with Egypt. He’s just finished his basic training – and is loving every moment. Stephen, also 19, is from Southgate, and is now a corporal in the IDF’s Armoured Corps. The eldest of four, he is the son of Rabbi Daniel Epstein of Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue. His mother, Ilana, runs the United Synagogue’s Living and Learning programme. Stephen says: “In 2014, I was just about to join the sixth form at Hasmonean, and I saw the hatred directed against Israel in London. I thought, ‘What can I do to help?’” His answer was a determination to sign up for the IDF: his decision slightly startled his parents but, “once they saw I wasn’t going to change my mind, they were very supportive”. The family lived in Israel from when Stephen was three until he was 15, so he speaks and understands Hebrew fluently, and defines himself as bilingual. He could have made use of his English by joining a unit such as the Spokesman’s Office. But, he says: “I wanted to be treated like any other soldier and to serve in an optimal way. Not a lot of people apply to the Armoured Corps, but it is phenomenal work. “I trained as a tank driver and I’m now on a course to be a tank commander. You spend a lot of time in the tank with a group of four guys, so you become a very tight unit very quickly. “It’s everything I hoped for and more. I’ve learned such incredible skills and made some amazing friends.

I definitely want to live in Israel when I finish my service, and to have been in the army is such a large part of that.” The third member of the group is Oren, 19, a corporal in the Nahal Brigade. Oren, from Hendon, was born in Israel, but his parents moved back to the UK when he was almost three. By the time he was 16, Oren was travelling to Israel on summer holidays and began talking to soldiers, expressing his interest in serving “I had a friend whose older brother was in Nahal, so I was curious about that. Maor and Stephen and I used to talk about going into the army, and saying it would be cool if we were all in together – but Stephen left earlier and we had to decide if we still wanted to do it.” Oren’s mother, a nanny, was “like all mothers, very anxious” when he announced his decision, but now, he says: “She thinks it will be a good experience for me.” He’s been in the Nahal Brigade for nine months as part of an 18-month Machal programme. “It definitely has met my expectations,” he says. “I didn’t think I would make so many good friends so quickly, but everyone looks out for each other. My Hebrew is OK, not great. I learned it in Hasmonean but it has improved a lot since I’ve been here.” Oren’s unit is based in the Golan Heights, while Stephen, who is also signed up for two years and eight months, has been serving on the Gaza border, so there aren’t many opportunities for the trio to meet. But one thing they are all agreed on – army life suits them down to the ground.

Brothers in arms: Oren Ivgi, Maor Shevah and Stephen Epstein agree that life in the Israeli army suits them down to the ground


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SARA NETANYAHU PROBED OVER FRAUD The wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sara, will be indicted on four counts of fraud for allegedly diverting some £750,000 in public funds for her family’s personal use, Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit said. “The attorney general examined the case evidence and reached the decision [to indict] after consulting relevant sources, including the state prosecution and the Jerusalem District Prosecutor’s Office,” read a statement from the attorney general’s office on Friday. The Netanyahus say they are the target of a smear campaign.

TERRORIST ATTACKS ON ISRAELIS DOWN The number of terrorist attacks targeting Israelis more than halved last month from July, constituting the sharpest decrease in incidents since 2015. In August, Israel’s security agency Shin Bet, recorded 110 terrorist attacks on Israelis compared to 222 the previous month, when tensions around Jerusalem’s Temple Mount compound generated a major hike in incidents, the agency said.

Jewish community opens its doors as Florida is devastated Florida’s huge Jewish population was left assessing the damage this week after Hurricane Irma made landfall on Sunday, with families in Atlanta opening their doors to those fleeing the devastation. Synagogues and other Jewish organisations 300 miles to the north helped hundreds of Florida residents find food, shelter and religious services, as the Category 4 storm battered houses and flooded streets. Atlanta congregations were still busy providing relief to families suffering the effects of Hurricane Harvey, which hit Texas and Louisiana in August, when millions were ordered out of Florida, ahead of one of the worst storms ever recorded. Volunteers from Congregation Beth Jacob worked with other shuls to match Jews from Florida to host families in the heavily Orthodox area of Toco Hills, providing meals to ease the burden. “We want to be able to provide a safe haven for families while they ride out the storm,” said

Rabbi Adam Starr of Young Israel, another shul providing relief. “We realised this is going to be a real need, and instead of dealing with a one-off, we thought, let’s open our community. We would want the same help in return if we needed to leave, while knowing we would have a safe place to keep Shabbat as well as kosher food, and if we want it for ourselves, we

would want it for them as well.” The Chabad Israeli Center in Atlanta said it had had “hundreds” of enquiries within two days, as authorities at first advised residents to evacuate, then issued mandatory orders for them to do so, with six million people leaving. Irma weakened by the time it hit Florida, but it had left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean, with Chabad

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emissary Rabbi Moishe Chanowits, his wife Sara and their five children, all under the age of eight, taking shelter in a mikveh on the island of Saint Martin as wind speeds reached 180mph. World Jewish Relief has a global disaster response fund and said supporters could contribute to relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Public transport ‘not essential’ during Shabbat Public transportation on Shabbat is not an essential need, Israel’s government told the Supreme Court in response to a lawsuit. Several liberal groups and a Meretz Party lawmaker, Tamar Zandberg, filed the lawsuit calling for public transportation during the 25 hours of Shabbat. Buses and trains do not run in Jewishmajority cities of Israel on Friday night and Saturday prior to sundown. The State Prosecutor’s Office said in its filing that in response to certain requests, public transportation is provided on certain lines that are needed on Saturday. The prohibition against permitting public bus lines to run on Shabbat is “based on the

Buses do not run in cities during Shabbat

law directing the relevant minister to take Israel’s traditions into account as much as possible when determining vehicle traffic on Shabbat,” the filing said. “Providing licences for driving on Saturdays, for what few cases specified in regulations, is therefore highly irregular and done sparingly.”

French family attacked at home A French Jewish leader and his family were assaulted in their home near Paris in what representatives of French Jewry said was an anti-Semitic attack. In the attack, three men, two of whom were wearing masks, broke into the home of Roger Pinto, the president of Siona, a group that represents Sephardic Jews. The attackers beat Pinto’s son and wife in their home in the north-eastern suburb of Livry-Gargan. One of the attackers said: “You Jews have money,” according to the family members. The family told police the attackers, who they

described as black men in their 20s or 30s, took their credit cards and jewellery, interrogated them for hours about additional items them could steal and threatened to kill them. The men ran away after Pinto managed to discretely call rescue services on a mobile phone. The Pintos were taken to hospital for treatment and suffered some minor injuries and were deeply traumatised. The CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities and the National Bureau of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism both described the incident as an anti-Semitic attack. [JTA]


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Let’s do as Yoni did Yoni Jesner’s mum Marsha this week said she wished she could come up with a “sexier” name for volunteering, to make it sound more attractive. A day after that interview, Jewish Care – one of our greatest charities – said it was struggling to recruit volunteers. Is Marsha onto something? Do we need to re-brand volunteering in the community? While the action of volunteering is rewarding, the mention of it can cause huffs and sighs in many youngsters. Attracting the community’s next generation – as Marsha does with the Yoni Jesner Awards – should now become a communal priority, if it isn’t already. Advocates can play their part, whether in shuls or in schools, by identifying local opportunities, and perhaps just going back to basics, explaining what we mean by volunteering. It is, of course, the giving of our time to provide a service and, in so doing, companionship. These are people whose world has shrunk. They’re our future selves. And they deserve our time. Yoni, whose murder in Israel by a Palestinian terrorist 15 years ago this week shook us all so deeply, led by example. He was known to laugh and engage with anyone from nine-year-olds to 90-year-olds. He was unusual, too – not many 19-year-olds volunteer at the local burial society, preparing the dead for burial – but he was also inspirational. Today, 15 years after his death, he is still inspiring youngsters to give of their time. Still, we seem to need a new push. There are opportunities. The Chief Rabbi’s barmitzvah programme incorporates volunteering, so what better way to do this than through Jewish Care or the Yoni Jesner Foundation? The news is worrying, but the future is bright. Our community is known for its giving. This week’s warning tells us we need to start thinking of this less in terms of money, and more in terms of time. We need to look in the mirror and ask how we can give a little of ourselves to others, as Yoni did. If we did, he’d have no better legacy.

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SPAT MISREPRESENTS COMMUNITY The real shame in the drama between the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) and Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) is that it misrepresents our community. It shows us in a bitter light to the wider public, unwilling to lend our ears to opposing views. To call Simon Johnson’s comments “irresponsible” is not particularly responsible in itself. A number of leading academic experts have said the CAA’s statistics were skewed and self-serving. JohnSpeaking out: JLC son was not highlighting separations in chief Simon Johnson

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Paul’s dressing down Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood was in hot water this week after a picture emerged of him in a Nazi fancy dress costume replete with swastika. Cue calls for him to be sacked from the popular Channel 4 show. The presenter promptly apologised for donning the disgusting outfit 13 years ago at an ‘Allo ‘Allo themed party. His costume choice was appalling. A saner outfit for an event celebrating the BBC1 wartime comedy would have been the Fallen Madonna with the big youknow-whats. But calls for Hollywood’s head are overdone. We have enough to worry about when it comes to the far-right without getting into a tizz about the fascist faux pas of a celebrity baker.

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friends know of no Jewish relative or friend, who is even considering “running“ from Britain because of real, or supposed, antiSemitism. The row between organisations is unfortunate and both are at fault, despite having the best intentions. I’m cautious about basing anything on opinion polls.

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You referred to a “broigus” within the Jewish community between the JLC and CAA (Jewish News, 31 August). That Yiddish word is a corruption of the Hebrew,

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our community in his video. On the contrary, he called for us all to come together and look at the findings as a community, celebrating the many strengths of and contributions by communal organisations. The CAA research was one piece in a sea of many. Whether ‘vital’ or not, any research that publicly makes such bold claims must be scrutinised to the very last. I believe this was Johnson’s point. Raymond Simonson CEO, JW3

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Don’t smear the CAA In the dispute craving to be on TV. between the CAA remained silent for JLC and the CAA, I days, working behind the am reminded of the scenes to convince the JLC Palestinians and Isto take the video down, raelis. The CAA came which the JLC did, but up with then they said they stood innovative and sound by the video and started research on antiCAA chair Gideon Falter taking shots at the CAA Semitism, which it again. released in a very measured manner, Finally, the CAA reacted publicly as evidenced by CAA but with great restraint and put the chairman Gideon Falter’s practical JLC in its place. and understated column last week. And who in your editorial did you Unprovoked, the JLC’s chief executell to “calm down, dear”? Why, CAA tive, Simon Johnson, made a video of course, like some well-meaning in which he tried to savage the CAA European diplomat claiming that for doing the research at all, berating Israel should react less effectively Jews for saying they are afraid, and to attacks. smearing CAA’s volunteers for being Daniel Kagan Edgware motivated, claims Johnson, by a mad

A LONE AND WISE VOICE We are fortunate to have a Muslim friend in Maajid Nawaz. His is a lone voice on radio and in Jewish News, and is clear in contrasting the India/Pakistan dilemma with the anti-

Israel stance in the UN (Jewish News, 24 August). Let’s hope his views are replicated by more of his faith.

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MYTH OF PALESTINIAN REFUGEES Martin Stern is spot on when he says the Israel-Palestine question is a “playground fight” compared to the India-Pakistan problem (Jewish News, 31 August). He further points out the Arab world being allowed to get away with the myth of their ‘Nakba’ and their hereditary refugee status. Why has Israel not emphasised the fact that more than 800,000 Jews were displaced from their

If the Campaign Against Antisemitism is right and one in three Jews are looking to leave the UK, can someone explain why you’re as likely to hear Ivrit spoken by Israelis in Stamford Hill and Golders Green as to hear English in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem? It seems English Jews enjoy living in poverty in Kiryat Sefer, whereas Israelis prefer jobs in London. One in three? You can’t argue with statistics – apparently you can.

Noam Bright Stamford Hill

homes in Arab countries, yet one does not hear of them as refugees. They have been absorbed into the countries they made their homes and, in most cases, have become upright citizens contributing in no small way to their adopted countries. It really is time this myth of the so-called Palestinian refugees was blown away. David Kanareck Mill Hill

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Who actually speaks for us is ever more obscure ALEX BRUMMER CITY EDITOR, DAILY MAIL

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s Jewish families up and down the land prepare for the Yamin Noraim (Days of Awe), they may do so with a great sense of foreboding. Fears of an eruption of antiSemitism on both sides of the Atlantic are at heightened levels. Here in Britain, an investigation by The Sunday Times reveals how neo-Nazi groups have infiltrated the British Army. Meanwhile, the Corbyn clique, which dominates the Labour Party, is strengthening and, if recent polls are to be believed, could form the next government. It has done little to properly erase the stain of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. In the United States, the riots at Charlottesville in Virginia, where right-wing groups including the Ku Klux Klan laid siege to the synagogue chanting anti-Jewish slogans, are raw. Close friends, both professors at the University of Virginia, remain shaken by the ferocity of the hatred. Irrespective of Donald Trump’s reactions, there are echoes of Sinclair Lewis’ 1930s

dystopian novel It Can’t Happen Here. At times like these, a strong, united and focused leadership in the British Jewish community is needed. We have no shortage of organisations purporting to represent out interests and speak out against anti-Semitism. But they seem more concerned with protecting their own territories and status rather than working for the community that funds them. Writing in Jewish News last week, Simon Johnson, the chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) made much of the efforts of its ‘professional team’ in bringing vital issues such as ‘rising levels of anti-Semitism’ to the table with Prime Minister Theresa May. Having such a stalwart supporter of the Jewish community at Downing Street is reassuring. But it should not be imagined that the community’s honeymoon with the Tories is forever and Labour is the bigger challenge. It might also seem a chutzpah for Johnson and the JLC to claim the high ground on antiSemitism when, just days earlier, it criticised Gideon Falter’s grassroots Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) for “scaremongering” and “attention seeking’ after it had used the polling

organisation YouGov to establish prejudice against Jews in Britain. For those who may have forgotten, YouGov, using sophisticated algorithms, was the only polling organisation that predicted the hung Parliament in June’s general election. As the JLC and the CAA slug it out, the Board of Deputies is focusing on the danger of Corbyn (as evidenced by Phil Rosenberg’s contribution in last week’s Jewish News). Nevertheless, ordinary members of the community and the secular media and politicians can’t be blamed for being confused by all of this. With each organisation claiming the high ground and their own territory, who actually speaks for the Jewish community has become ever more obscure. It is less than three years ago that a serious

effort by the JLC and the Board of Deputies to forge a merger and create a single, all powerful voice for the community foundered. Much of the hard work was done: a proposed constitution was drawn up with the aim of both preserving the democracy of the Board and the cross-communal expertise of the JLC. Large amounts of Board and JLC money, which could have been spent on community causes, was burnt on high level consultants. The pooling of political, financial and intellectual resources has never been more important given the anti-Semitism threat. Grassroots organisations such as the CAA need to be embraced for their raw enthusiasm. Community unity would be a terrific mission for 5778. Happy new year to all our readers.

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Knowing your time benefits another is a fantastic feeling AMANDA YAFFE

JEWISH CARE VOLUNTEER

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nyone with grandparents should count themselves lucky. I wish mine were still here to advise me about boyfriends, university, career and marriage. I only knew two of my grandparents and sadly, by the age of 16, I lost them. I have always felt the absence of my grandmother’s words of wisdom that came from a place of life experience and understanding. After university I worked for a youth movement. It was a challenging time for me, as I tried to get to grips with my newfound responsibility balancing a demanding job, my family, the health struggles of a close friend and my own anxieties. I desperately missed the gentle encouragement and support of my grandmother and visited The Fed to become a befriender. The role entailed visiting elderly people in the area, helping them do their shopping, accompanying them to doctor’s

appointments or visiting them for a cup of tea. What struck me most was the loneliness of these elderly people. The thought of somebody feeling so isolated or lonely in a community full of people made me despair and I worried about what that meant for my parents or for me later in life. Driven by my experience, I approached Jewish Care and asked if I could become a befriender with them. I was lucky enough to be introduced to Rose and I began visiting her at home. I had expected to find a frail old lady who was only vaguely aware of my existence and who nodded briefly as I talked about the weather. At 99, Rose was the picture of elegance. She wore a blouse with a pin at the collar, entertained her friends and neighbours and always had tea and cake at 3pm. Our conversation topics were never restricted to the weather or the news. We much preferred to talk about our families, the places we had both visited and to look at photos together. If the weather was nice, we’d often drive up to a café on the high street for a change of scenery.

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When Rose had a fall after her 100th birthday, I continued to visit her in the hospital. Sometimes when I’d visit, she’d be asleep, so I spent time getting to know the family members I’d heard so much about. The prognosis wasn’t good and she started to refuse medicine. Miraculously, she recovered well, but not enough to return home. Rose went on to spend a couple of years at Jewish Care’s Lady Sarah Cohen house

in Barnet and I continued to visit her there. Even on her lowest days, her sense of humour never wavered. Most importantly, she taught me to value friends, family and health more than anything. She loved life and was lucky enough to remember the best days of her life up until the end. Although Rose could never replace my grandma (and we always corrected anybody who mistook us for family), she reminded me of her. My grandma would have liked to have joined our conversations. As young people with busy lives, we often find ourselves rushing from one place to another, stressed by our to-do lists and short on time. I understand the challenges. I know that volunteering can feel like another activity to squeeze into an already hectic life and that, for some people, hospitals and care homes are unpleasant places. I also understand that committing to something on a regular basis can be difficult. Despite all of these obstacles, I encourage everybody to befriend an elderly person. Knowing that your time benefits somebody is a fantastic feeling, but feeling the benefit yourself is even better.

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Opinion

Paul Hollywood witch hunt takes the biscuit NICK FERRARI

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et’s get one thing absolutely clear from the start. The Nazis were a deluded and dangerous bunch of murderous fascists who sought to cleanse an entire continent of those they deemed undesirable, criminal or sick. You were targeted for cleansing as a result of your faith, lifestyle, political persuasion, illness or disability. Regrettably, as they were one of the most efficient races on earth at the time of their atrocities, they went about their task with hideous effectiveness and millions were killed in some of the most horrific ways imaginable. It is wholly right that each year the world pauses to reflect on what happened in relatively recent historical times. Indeed, while it is sad their numbers are inevitably in decline, there are many still with us who lived through those harrowing times. The sickening growth of the Nazi party and the ensuing Holocaust must be

featured on school syllabuses up and down the land. No one, particularly the young, should fail to be educated in the grotesque inhumanity of what the Nazis stood for. All that said, some of us are getting a tad hysterical over the pictures of Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood dressed in a Nazi costume on his way to a fancy dress party. Consider the case for the defence. Hollywood, 51, was photographed in a pub in Kent close to his home on his way to a New Year’s Eve party back in 2003 that was themed on the ‘Allo ‘Allo BBC comedy show. He has a friend beside him who is also wearing a Nazi uniform. In a separate picture, they are joined by friends who

are wearing French style berets, very much in keeping with the TV show. Inadvisable? Undoubtedly. Downright dumb? Absolutely. But is it really deserving of the extraordinary level of outrage and witch hunt that it has prompted. The key here is Hollywood is dressed in appropriate style from the show. Had he been photographed marching up a Kentish Town high street and stepping into his local in full Nazi regalia with no other excuse than he fancied it, then I’d be the first to say he needed to see someone sharpish. In a recent poll to find the funniest oneliner from decades of British TV sitcoms, the hilarious scene where a German naval officer

IF YOU DON’T WANT TO CAUSE OFFENCE, IT PROBABLY MAKES SENSE TO LEAVE THE NAZI OUTFIT AT HOME, PAUL

demands names of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard platoon and Captain Mainwaring barks “Don’t tell him, Pike!” was the clear winner. Is anyone really suggesting that Dad’s Army, in the same vein as ‘Allo ‘Allo, was trying to cause offence? Hollywood apologised and said: “I’m devastated if this caused offence.” Candidly, if you don’t want to cause offence, it probably makes sense to leave the Nazi outfit at home, Paul. The story reached a new, absurd high when one newspaper alighted on a different show he made for BBC 2 in July. Called Paul Hollywood’s Big Continental Road Trip, for reasons best known to the Beeb, they chose to follow the baker and biscuit judge through some of Europe. No, I’m not planning to Sky + it either. In the show, Hollywood is seen driving a Mercedes and praising Volkswagens. Really? That’s a crime now. This TV celebrity is guilty merely of bad taste and bad judgement. Seeking to elevate it to the level of genuine Nazi actions defiles the memory of those who perished at their hands.

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Our teachers deserve top marks for the job they do RABBI DAVID MEYER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PAJES

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few weeks ago, I was eating at a kosher restaurant when a lady approached me and started thanking me. She told me that last year, she had received a nomination for the Jewish Schools Awards 2017. She wasn’t a finalist, didn’t know who had nominated her, but said it was the first time she was recognised for all the work she was doing. This is exactly what the Jewish Schools Awards was established to do; recognise the excellence in our schools on a personal level. Without question, Jewish schools are some of the highest performers in the country. Year-on-year, our schools achieve record GCSE and A-level results and our primary schools are excelling in their SATS results. Collectively, we are extremely proud of all of their achievements, but rarely do we take the time to thank those at the forefront

of the delivery of this education. Last year the number of nominations far exceeded those of our inaugural awards. Our community as a whole is keen to utilise this platform to recognise individuals within the school. The success of the school as a whole remains the responsibility and is attributable to the able guidance of the headteachers and governors. However, they are only as good as the team they have behind them. This incorporates not only the teachers, who are delivering the standards of education we laud, but also the army of staff outside of the classroom who are integral to the functioning of the school. This year, the Jewish Schools Awards seeks to recognise excellence in teaching – in both secular and Jewish studies. Parents know all too well that it is their children’s teachers who are best able to reassure them that their child is progressing, developing and achieving. They see their children’s successes every day and help to move them forward. The successes we see in the

THE AWARDS ARE DEPENDENT ON YOU AND YOUR DESIRE TO SAY THANK YOU TO SOMEONE WHO HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE

league tables are thanks to the efforts of these teachers, as is the graduates’ firm foundation in Jewish knowledge. There are times in school when students struggle, and we want to recognise exceptional pastoral support by way of our mental health and well-being champion award. Partnerships for Jewish Schoos (PaJeS) is about to launch a new training programme in partnership with Place2Be and we would

like to recognise the existing support in schools at this time. Schools also rely on other unsung heroes to run smoothly and ensure that teaching can take place. For this reason, our fourth award is for non-teaching school staff and will recognise the administrators, caretakers, lunchtime supervisors and others who help contribute to creating the best possible environment for our children. We know you have a strong desire to recognise the excellence in our schools and the sheer number of nominations proves this. We also know that our awards enable the winners and finalists to use their prize money to build on their schools’ success in specific ways. The awards are dependent on you and your desire to say thank you to someone who has made a difference. Please do visit jewishnews.co.uk and nominate, so I can look forward to being approached by even more staff from across the schools who have been recognised for their contributions Shana tovah.


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1SCHOOL CELEBRATION

Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School celebrated its 10th birthday with a bunch of 30 birthday balloons – one for each new Reception child starting in the school’s special milestone year. Nearly 300 pupils have entered the school gates over the past decade, and the school has recently moved to purpose-built premises and earned itself seventh place on Barnet’s Ofsted league tables. Headteacher Hayley Gross said: “Reaching our 10th birthday was an immensely significant moment for everyone who has been involved with the school. It’s been an incredibly rewarding journey and we couldn’t be prouder of how far we’ve come.”

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

2NETWORKING BBQ

The Professional Plus Network with St John’s Wood Synagogue held an end-of-summer barbeque for more than 80 singles between the ages of 35 and 55. It is an initiative set up by friends and members of the shul, Claudia Bookey and Caroline Gillis, with the support of the synagogue’s Rabbi Yoni and Rebbetzin Dina Golker. Rabbi Golker said: “These type of events are something our community is crying out for and we look forward to organising many more.” For more details, email ppn@shulinthewood.com

3RABBI THANKED

Rabbi Baruch and Rebbetzin Nechama Davis were presented with a certificate for trees planted in the Lord Sacks Forest in Israel to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their joining Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue. Shul chairman Lindsay Shure thanked them for their dedication to the community over the past 20 years, and “for the support, love and friendship they had shown… and for their work on behalf of the wider Jewish community”. A Kiddush was held in their honour after the service, with a more formal celebration next month.

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StandWithUs hosted 80 students for its annual Student Conference, aimed at preparing students for campus challenges. A panel – including Jewish News’ Justin Cohen – discussed “Israel and UK politics – how does it affect campus environment?’’ and “UK media and its attitude towards Israel’’. The conference offered students the opportunity to network with other students, learn, contribute and gain support for the crucial work on campus, while sharing stories and receiving tools to face anti-Semitism and antiIsrael sentiment on campus.

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Legends set aliyah goal

COMMUNITY BRIEFS

AJEX’S SPECIAL TEA

The Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen & Women held a special tea to mark the 40th anniversary of the opening of AJEX House in Stamford Hill. Residents attending included two women who served in the Army. Branch chairman Leon Newmark spoke.

Former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur legends Ray Parlour and Gary Mabbutt were guest speakers at Youth Aliyah Child Rescue’s first sports dinner. More than £35,000 was raised at the event, held at Dyrham Golf Club. Mabbutt said: “It was a pleasure to speak at an event for such a worthwhile charity.”

Jewish Visiting held its annual conference for hospital chaplains and visitors. Organiser Michelle Minsky, head of US Chesed, said: “It was great to see a cross section of chaplains and visitors from across London, some new and some with many years of experience, discussing issues of mutual interest.”

SHABBAT SINGALONG Woodford Forest Ladies enjoyed two pop-up Shabbat events as an introduction to a new weekday series about Jewish women in the Torah. Jude Leigh and Miri Jeffay (below) led a singalong of Shabbat songs, ahead of new daily sessions, to be led by Rebbetzen Wollenberg.

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100-SECOND INTERVIEWS Celebrating our community’s centenarians... Do you have any children, grandchildren and great grandchildren?

Names: Helen and Maurice Kaye

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Dates of birth: 23/04/1913 and

03/06/1912 respectively Place of birth: Warsaw and East End

RABBI APPOINTED

Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu has been appointed as the new Principal Rabbi at Sha’arei Tsedek North London Reform Synagogue and will start in January. She said: “I’m delighted to be joining the Sha’arei Tsedek community, and to be bringing my leadership and vision to this wonderful synagogue.”

Where do you both live?

We live in Bournemouth. How long have you lived there?

Seventy-seven years, having been bombed out of our London home. Where did you both live before?

Camberwell, south London.

We have two living children, both married: Larry Kaye to Mandy, and Tina Son to David. We sadly lost two children: Anthony aged just four in 1949 ,and Lezley, who was 39, died 26 years ago. We have nine grandchildren: Larry and Mandy have two sons and we count their wives as our grandchildren; Lezley had three children and Tina has two. We have seven great-grandchildren.

Are the elderly given the respect they deserve in Britain today?

If you were granted one wish to see something in your lifetime, what would it be?

What national or international news story has had the greatest impact on you over the years?

H: To see Anthony and Lezley again. M: A secure Israel at peace with its neighbours. If you could live your life again, would you do anything differently?

What’s your happiest memory?

H: I would have taken Anthony to see a different doctor. M: Nothing – I lived my life as I wanted.

What do you consider to be your greatest/proudest achievement?

Do today’s young people have it easy compared to when you were growing up?

H: When Tina got married. That really stands out in my mind. M: There are too many to pick one.

H: Working with my husband to build a successful business. M: Making a success of my property business, particularly when I bought my first Rolls Royce.

What was your job before retiring?

We owned a fashion retailer and property business.

H: Golda Meir – a great woman. M: My personal friend Harry Ellis, who was always there to give me advice.

Who are your heroes of today or yesteryear?

H: No. M: I think they are.

H: News of the Declaration of Independence of the state of Israel. M: Germany invading Poland because I knew we would end up at war. The secret for a long life is…

H: Having a good sense of humour. M: Not dying!

H & M: Definitely.

What one piece of advice would you give to today’s youngsters?

H: Make sure you make the most of educational opportunities. M: Grasp every opportunity.

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A medical team from Homerton Hospital in Hackney recently returned from a visit to Haifa’s Rambam Hospital as part of a work exchange that takes place every two years. Among the dignitaries present were the Mayor of Hackney, Speaker of Hackney and vice chair of London Mayor Association. Twinned through the Hackney Anglo-Israel Friendship Association (H.A.I.F.A.) and chaired by Martin Sugarman, the group was established more than 25 years ago. Next year, the Rambam team will visit Hackney.

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2 EMUNAH BOOST

Disadvantaged children in Israel gained a £2,500 boost thanks to participants at the Emunah Bridge Lunch. Held at Totteridge Village Hall, the event was organised by the Miriam Moses group and was attended by 36 people who played duplicate bridge. Ghitta and Norman Tarn won the competition.

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3 SOUTHEND WALK

A charity walk involving members of the Edgware and Southend and Westcliffe communities has raised £2,210 for Jami. Sybil Schiller has organised the walk for the past 13 years, with this year’s route being 10 miles long and consisting of walking Southend Pier six times. A Jami spokesman said: “We are thankful for their continued support and efforts to help raise vital funds.”

Tourists joined veteran British olim and British Embassy employees, to sort and pack vegetables for the needy at Leket Israel’s Main Logistics Center. Israel’s leading food rescue organisation delivers surplus food to an average of 175,000 people every week.

5 BIRTHDAY GIFT

Ben Glass celebrated his 26th birthday with a difference – by making a fundraising BBQ for GIFT. Inviting other volunteers to celebrate with him, he helped raise more than £600 for his favourite charity, with which he has volunteered for the past two years. He said: “I felt it would be a fitting gesture to celebrate my birthday by raising much-needed funds for this amazing charity!’

6 ANNUAL LUNCH

The Association of Jewish Refugees held its annual lunch with the theme ‘September Serenade’. Chairman Andrew Kaufman spoke of plans to mark the forthcoming 80th anniversaries of Kristallnacht and the creation of the Kindertransport in 2018. He said: “It’s the AJR’s great honour to be the leading benefactor in the fields of Holocaust education and memorialisation programmes and projects. We see this area of our work developing greatly in the future, but we’re not distracted from our primary task: to deliver transformative social and welfare services.”

Family announcements Warren and Susan Levy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary

Gene & Louis Dorff celebrated their 70th (Platinum) wedding anniversary

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CONDOLENCES DAVID MAURICE MBE A fighter for Israel and Zionist Jewry and a fighter in facing serious illness over many years.

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Amelie Kalms celebrated her batmitzvah at Pinner Synagogue

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Asher Jayson celebrated his barmitzvah at Muswell Hill United Synagogue

With love always, your wife Gabrielle, family and friends.


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Tel Aviv touches down in London Hundreds of people across London celebrated the best of Tel Aviv last weekend, sampling the Israeli city’s renowned cultural and gastronomic delights. Held over four days in several venues across north London, the TLV in LDN event brought music and arts to audiences, with concerts and even a beach party. Festival director Marc Worth said: “It’s not about politics. It’s about showing people just how great the country is, particularly Tel Aviv.”


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Community / Scene & Be Seen

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Scotland’s Opposition leader told the Board of Deputies annual dinner that she is proud of the way Scottish politicians have confronted anti-Semitism. Ruth Davidson was in conversation with BBC director of news and current affairs James Harding, and paid tribute to Lord Arthur Balfour, who she described as “another great Scottish Conservative”. An audience of more than 550 guests included Home Secretary Amber Rudd, World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder and UK Ambassador to Israel David Quarrey.


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t should have been the happiest of days. After the birth of his first child, Julian Furman should have felt excitement at starting a family and getting to know his new baby daughter. Instead, he felt cast aside. His wife threw herself into the allconsuming task of looking after a newborn, and Furman felt like a spare part. Before long, the author was seeking solace at the bottom of whisky bottles and finding the distance between him and his wife insurmountable. He recalls that uncomfortable experience in his recently-published debut saga, This Is How We Talk: A Novel of Tel-Aviv, which explores the subject of new fatherhood. I ask Furman if he believes his feelings were akin to a post-natal depression for men. “Absolutely,” he says without skipping a beat. “From a father’s point of view, parenthood is purely a psychological change. “You don’t have this baby growing in you for nine months. You’re seeing changes in your wife and you are feeling the kid kick, but you’re trying to talk yourself through

Left: Julian Furman. Below: Tel Aviv nightlife

what it’s going to mean. “And when it happens, you feel very much like you’re a bit-part player in your own life; like everybody else’s needs take precedence and priority over yours to the point where you don’t have any. You feel lost by the wayside in your own family unit. I felt completely adrift.” Furman, who lives in Hampstead, didn’t know who to talk to and, indeed, didn’t feel that talking was the right thing to do. “There was this idea that you should be supportive. You should be this strong, unflappable, stoic, masculine man who deals with everything and takes it on the chin,” he says. “When you have a kid, it seems overwhelming at the beginning and you don’t know how it’s going to turn out.” It was these feelings that provided Furman with the idea for This Is How We Talk, which tells the story of Lia and her husband, Yonatan, a photographer whose baby Ben is a few months old. Lia and Yonatan have a fight and Lia tells her husband to leave the house, an episode mirrored in Furman’s own life, with him also having an argument with his wife and going to sit on a park bench – the result being the writing of this book. The difference is that Yonatan finds solace in bars and the tents of protest movements and after meeting up with friends from his past, as well as new

acquaintances, he befriends a younger woman and a mistake they make has lasting consequences. This Is How We Talk, however, is not just about parenthood or about only one couple as Furman, 38, also explores relationships between people living in Tel Aviv. He writes of the city: “So compact and dense, so full of stories of love and joy, [Tel Aviv] is equally as sodden with misery.” He shows the lives of those on its fringes, shining a light on dissonance among generations, the emotional disconnection of youth, racism, social justice, police brutality and the effects of the ever-present threat of war on a person’s psyche. Furman’s parents met in Israel – his mother was born in America but raised in Japan, while his father is Argentine – but Furman himself was born and schooled in London. He moved to Israel for a job in 2004, met his wife and ended up staying there for 12 years. Furman was struck, he says, by the “insidiousness of all the unique stresses and strains” of life in the Promised Land. “They are always there and talked about, but they are also completely normal,” he explains. “The feeling I got was it warps society in very clear and fundamental ways not clear to the people who are living it daily.” He elaborates: “We’re talking about the effects of the idea of this year’s war, the geography of cities and the fact that everyone knows where the bomb shelters are, that all the old buildings have elevators that open up to allow stretchers in, and the fact that wrapped up in this civilian tapestry of the city, it relies on military kinds of geographical structures, like the sirens that are used for memorial days, Yom Hazikaron, Yom HaShoah, are the same sirens that go off when you are under rocket attack.” Furman says the whole “organisation of life” in Tel Aviv takes things that are “incredibly abnormal” with respect to other countries and puts on them “this really strange veneer

of normalcy” – and, he adds, that’s before you go into the psychological effects of 60 years of occupation that gives another layer of effect that isn’t really acknowledged. The novel is set in Kerem Hateymanim, a Yemenite suburb “in the centre of the beating heart [of Tel Aviv]”, where Furman and his wife also lived. “It attracts a very specific type of person, among whom we felt very comfortable,”he says. “It is very liberal, what Haaretz terms a kind of ‘orthodox secular Orthodox’, a very Israeli kind of secular Judaism, where Judaism has become very cultural, as opposed to a religious or ethnic identity.” Furman, who has a master’s degree in international relations and diplomacy from SOAS, talks about the Tel Aviv “bubble”, of which he and his wife were very much a part. “It was a bastion of liberalism in a country that is battling between themes of Jewish nationalism,” he explains, adding that they lived through many of the events he describes in the book. “We moved to London because, with young children, living in the centre of Tel Aviv during the last war and the election and some of the other slightly disturbing cultural and social progressions that were happening, we wanted somewhere slightly calmer.” Luckily for Furman, his wife put him on the path to seeing a psychologist. “Thanks to a lot of help, I’ve come out the other end, to the point where we have another daughter and I’m enjoying fatherhood more than I’ve enjoyed anything else in my entire life,” he admits. “Communication is key.”  This Is How We Talk: A Novel of Tel-Aviv by Julian Furman is published by Freight Books and costs £9.99. It is available now


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Lifestyle / Story of survival

Charity single that honours a promise When Paul Johnstone was told he would die from cancer his daughter and best friend pledged to finish his song, writes Francine Wolfisz Just weeks before he passed away from terminal blood cancer, songwriter Paul Johnstone asked one last favour from his friend: to finish the song he had been working on. Graham Taylor pledged to keep that promise. Now, two years on, he and his daughter, Natalie Taylor Gray, are releasing the finalised version of Believe In Me tomorrow (Friday), ahead of World Lymphoma Awareness Day on 15 September. All proceeds from the single will be donated to cancer charity Bloodwise. Speaking to Jewish News this week, singer Natalie, who attended Middlesex New Synagogue in Harrow as a youngster, said it was a

huge honour to release the song in memory of their “funny, lovely and talented” friend. “For someone who knows they are dying to ask a friend to do something for them after they have gone, is huge. “He trusted us enough to know we would deliver his wish. That’s amazing – to do something for someone after they have gone, no matter how much of a challenge it might be. “Nothing would have stopped me or my dad from doing this for him.” Paul and Graham met six years ago at a song-writing workshop and soon struck up a friendship. Natalie recalls: “Paul asked my dad to look

at some songs and they agreed to work together on one in particular – Believe in Me. My dad suggested Paul and I do an acoustic version, and it was lovely.” But soon afterwards, the musician’s health began to decline. In 2013, Paul found a lump in his leg, which was first diagnosed as a hernia. Just months later, 54-year-old Paul was told he actually had an aggressive lymphoma. He began chemotherapy but, by September 2014, doctors delivered the tragic news they would not be able to save him. He passed away two months later. “Paul phoned my dad just a few days before he died and asked to make him a promise,” adds Natalie. “He wanted him to finish writing the song and eventually release it, with me singing it, to raise money for a lymphoma charity.” The song revolves around a woman striving

Above: Singer Natalie Taylor Gray. Inset: Musician Paul Johnstone, who died in 2014

to believe in herself and trust her own abilities. “If only she could do that, she could reach for the stars and achieve beyond her wildest dreams,” says Natalie of the “inspirational” song. She adds: “My dad and I didn’t just want to fulfil our promise to Paul, but to do so in a way that would have made him proud, to create a fabulous final version of the song, and to let people know just how talented he was.”  Believe In Me is released on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon on Friday. All proceeds will be donated to Bloodwise


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Special report / Israeli sheepdogs

Israel’s flock stars The Scottish Highlands it’s not. In an unusual story that calls to mind Jamaica’s legendary Olympic bobsleigh team, Stephen Oryszczuk speaks to the team behind Israel’s determined but unlikely first entry into the World Sheepdog Trials, and discovers one entrant who had the right idea – but chose the wrong animals to practise his new skills

Adi Etrog and Daisy

Think of sheepdog handlers, and you’d probably think of the broad accents, tweed jackets and deep-lined faces of generational farmers, crook in-hand, whistling their collies through the Welsh valleys and over the Scottish Highlands. You might not think of Israelis. That could be set to change, however, after a flat-cap raising first Israeli entry into the triennial World Sheep Dog Trials, held on Sunday in the Netherlands. Among the 243 competitors from 30 countries were Adi Etrog with her dog Daisy and Itai Yatzkan with his dog Munch, performing the outrun, the lift, the fetch, the driving, the shed, the pen and the single, watched closely by English team coach Charles Bowen-Perkins. To paraphrase the surprised presenter of BBC Radio 4’s On Your Farm who followed the team’s travails, these Israelis bring to mind the Jamaican bobsleigh team immortalised in the film Cool Runnings. “It’s not very popular in Israel, it’s a small thing,” says Adi, who got into it by accident. “I was given a border collie as a present. I started to train her, just the usual stuff, then when she was a little above two years old we bred her and found a farmer who wanted to buy the pups, but he had one condition – that I had to train them to sheepdog working.”

Itai with Munch and Ruth Sanderson

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Israeli sheepdogs / Special report Like Daisy, Itai’s dog Munch is less than two years old, so young that when the team decided to enter Israel in the World Trials, she was a tiny puppy whose eyes hadn’t yet opened. And like Adi, Itai – a former IDF soldier in the elite Givati Brigade – came to sheepdog trialling in a less-than-orthodox way. “I really like animals, so as soon as I left the army I got me a new dog on the first day, even before I had a bed,” he says. “I put a mattress on the floor and I slept with my dog.” On sheepdog handling, he says: “I really wanted to try it, even before I knew what it was. It was something that was like magic to me.” Now living just outside Jerusalem, Itai says: “My terrain is very rocky, with a lot of small mountains and forests. We don’t really have

THIS FIRST TIME WAS NOT ABOUT WINNING. OUR GOAL WAS TO SHOW THAT WE’RE HERE flat places that you can see the dog and sheep. So I had to hunt these places. I took my sheep in my car and drove around. Eventually I found a soccer field, where I started to train my dog.” Like Adi’s Indian Runner ducks, Itai says he first bought pygmy goats for his dog to learn

the ropes, but soon realised goats and sheep behave differently. So he bought ten sheep, and keeps both sets of animals on a nearby site. Bowen-Perkins says sheepdogs actually perform crucial roles in Israel’s north, around the Golan Heights. “There are some cowboys up there whose areas are surrounded by minefields,” he says. “The mines can be set off by people and by cows but not by dogs, because they’re too light. So when cows stray into the minefields, the dogs bring them out safely.” Back in the safety of the Netherlands, neither Itai nor Adi made it through qualifying. In the event, Munch decided to go after some cows in the neighbouring field, ignoring the sheep, leaving Itai opining that “he did exactly what he was supposed to do, just not on the right animal”. The Trials were eventually won by Norwegian Jaran Knive and his dog Gin, but for the Israelis, attending the prestigious event was simply a brilliant experience. For their first time here, it was never really about winning. “Our goal for this was just to show everybody that we’re here and that we can do it,” says Bowen-Perkins. “We’re going to come back in three years with a bigger team, more experience, maybe a few new dogs and really go for it. If we were to get someone through to the semifinals it would be incredible.” Itai regrets that neither he nor Adi made it through this year, but adds: “We have learned a lot about the sheepdog world. “The other experienced competitors were very nice to us and liked to see that there was an Israeli team at the Worlds.”

The Israeli team at the championships

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Special report / Hyper-real emergencies

Don’t believe your eyes An Israeli-British company is using Hollywood-style special effects to create realistic scenarios for disaster training, finds Lisa Sanders

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t’s hard to make out what’s going on. There’s smoke, and shouting. Sirens and gunfire; blood everywhere. The rescue teams rush in, and it’s chaos as they try to assess the casualties and make decisions on the spot. People are panicking. This nightmare is an all-toofamiliar scenario in today’s world. Emergency teams train and plan for just this kind of disaster: a terrorist attack in the middle of a crowded city, a street battle erupting and getting out of hand. Oriel Herman, CEO of the Israeli-British startup Extreme Simulations, says it’s impossible for rescuers to train accurately for just such a disaster, unless the training is made to look, sound, and smell as realistic as possible. The idea for his company came about through conversations with his friend Jonathan Bahat, a reserve lieutenant colonel, who had served in combat roles in the Golani Brigade and several elite units. Bahat was then working as a military consultant with the Israel Defense Forces [IDF]. He was frustrated that the IDF’s emergency training had some serious shortcomings. “[The IDF] came with the problem that we’re not prepared. The training we do now doesn’t prepare us for extreme situations,” says Herman. At the time, Herman’s sister, Ruth, had moved to London, where she had studied at the Wimbledon College of Arts. “The UK is the biggest supplier of props and special effects,” Herman continues. “My sister works in the special effects business, and we thought: ‘Why don’t we use this?’ And so we started with something very visual.” What Bahat and the Herman siblings came up with was straight out of a Hollywood action thriller set. In London, Ruth began creating ultra-realistic-looking fake limbs made out of special silicone and fabric that could be put onto a human volunteer or mannequin.

Above: Israeli rescuers train for an emergency using realistic looking fake limbs, below right and left, made from special silicone and fabric that can be put onto a human volunteer or a mannequin

Instead of using unrealistic mannequins or fellow soldiers pretending to be casualties, security agencies and first aid teams could get a far more realistic training scenario using Ruth’s “wearable wounds”. They partnered with a special effects studio in Gloucestershire. Ruth is the chief designer, in charge of manufacturing the special effects. One of their main inventions is the scarilynamed “task trainer bleeding arm”. “A tourniquet is too painful to do for real,” Herman explains. “It’s very painful – if I were to do one on you, you’d scream. There are pressure points you have to know, so only doctors can do it. [But] with our system, many more people can train. Also, it tells you if you’re doing it right.”

WHAT BAHAT AND THE HERMANS CAME UP WITH WAS STRAIGHT OUT OF A HOLLYWOOD ACTION THRILLER

From theatrical fakery, the company is now looking to upgrade all the wearable props to equip it with smart systems that will give pulse and blood pressure readings of the simulated casualty, allowing medics to see, in real time, during training, whether the treatment they are giving is effective. “It started low tech, with special effects,” Herman explains. “Then we said: ‘Let’s take it to the next level.’ So we added a blood machine.” A smartphone will be used to control the gadgets and give readings. The fake blood machine is controlled by an activation app, and they can choose whether to simulate venal or arterial blood. Recently, the company took on a new partner, who will be in charge of expanding the animatronics and robotics side of things. So far, they have run several training exercises in Israel – including with the IDF and the United Rescue organisation. They are on the verge of signing a deal with Sheba Hospital, one of Israel’s main teaching hospitals, at its Medical Simulation Centre. It’s still early days – the company has not yet started marketing its products. It is looking to raise £600,000 for this next phase. So if anyone out there is sufficiently intrigued and would like to become an Extreme Simulations angel, Oriel Herman says don’t be shy and to give him a ring.


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Torah For Today What does the Torah say about… Civil partnerships

BY RABBI YONI BIRNBAUM British tennis star Andy Murray holds the record for the longest time between being second best and best in the tennis world. Based on the ATP World Tour official rankings, there were seven years and two months between the time he became second in the world in August 2009 and his eventual achievement of the top spot in 2016. This statistic is perhaps the most striking of all of his remarkable achievements. To remain that long as the second best player in the world, yet keep trying to become the best, took tremendous perseverance and self-belief in his abilities. Yet he didn’t give up and eventually succeeded last year. In the second of this week’s sidrot, Vayelech, Moses appoints Joshua as his successor using the phrase chazak ve’ematz, but both chazak and ematz ostensibly imply the same message – ‘be strong’. However, according to Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, there is an important difference between the words. Ematz means ‘be strong’, but chazak means to be ‘steadfast’. With these words, Moses instructed Joshua to always be steadfast in adhering to his principles. A leader is someone who adheres to their principles, come what may. Above all, a leader is someone who, like Andy Murray, doesn’t give up easily. They have the focus and strength to carry out their mission and overcome obstacles in their path. This was the critical message Moses transmitted to Joshua before his passing, and one that remains just as relevant today.

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BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan do not want to get married – but they want all the legal protection it affords. They have now taken their case to the Supreme Court to fight for the right of heterosexual couples to enter a civil partnership. What does the Torah say about this? Genesis states that man should leave his parents, “cling” to his wife and be “one flesh”. This indicates a unique relationship, which describes a partnership that is carnal, but with no hint of the institutionalisation of marriage. During the era of the forefathers, Isaac takes Rebecca as a wife into the

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tent of his mother, Sarah, and after that loves her; here, the setting up of a marital home precedes even emotional attachment. The Talmud bases Jewish marriage upon the “taking” or acquisition of rights to a spouse, actively distancing itself from spousal unity as essentially carnal. The modern Jewish wedding ceremony is therefore both contractual and about home-making, the latter symbolised by the wedding canopy. In Judaism, civil partnership is closer to pilagshut, or Jewish concubinage, an option where marriage is not a feasible option and a Beth Din must agree to the partnership and register it. In English law, civil marriage is a legal partnership, while the requirement of divorce is a throwback to the religious roots of marriage. By contrast, civil partnership is totally secular in nature and only requires dissolution of partnership. Although marriages are always more romantic, if a heterosexual couple are

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unsure about how far they want to go in cementing their togetherness, a civil partnership is certainly a good option to take, if nothing else as a first step. There is no point in a greater commitment when unsure.

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Progressive Judaism / The Bible Says What? / Progressively Speaking

The Bible Says What? ‘You shall not give your daughter to their son’ BY RABBI AARON GOLDSTEIN As with most things, one verse from the Torah is often open to many different interpretations. This is especially true when it comes to mixed faith marriages, something that is a real dividing line between Orthodox and Liberal Judaism, between counting people out and counting them in. The Torah clearly legislates against marriage to the seven Canaanite nations telling us: “You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son.” (Deuteronomy 7:3) Halachah expands ‘Canaanite’ to mean all non-Jews. Liberal Judaism notes that the Bible is full of Israelite men marrying foreign women, not least Moses and Joseph. And Solomon had a whole harem of non-Israelite wives! Different parental experiences are also presented. Abraham succeeds in finding a suitable shidduch for Isaac, while Isaac and Rebekkah are pained by Esau’s intermarriages. The Hebrew Bible is punctuated by

admonitions against intermarriage but whether it be for love, lust, or gain an Israelite leader or the regular Israelites were soon recorded as having erred against law and custom. But here’s the news… from the Torah until today we have been concerned with mixed marriage and are still here to talk about it! Like most Jewish parents, I want my daughters to marry Jews. Preferably Liberal Jews. It would be even better if they were a member of my shul – but I can’t be too chutzpadik! But if they did decide to marry someone who is not Jewish, I would never commit the sin of sitting shiva for them or counting them out. They, their partners and their children will be just as welcome in my shul and my home. Liberal Judaism will always count them in. If you feel counted out, within Judaism there is a place where you will always be welcome.

 Aaron Goldstein is senior rabbi of Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue

Progressively Speaking Should Jewish celebrities wear yellow stars to make a political point about anti-Semitism? BY RABBI SYLVIA ROTHSCHILD Singer Billy Joel [right] and actor Nev Schulman chose to wear yellow stars at public events to raise awareness of growing anti-Semitism in the USA. Schulman said: “It was a good opportunity to remind people what happens when we see a group of people being persecuted and sit idly by.” Joel didn’t comment publicly, but it’s clear he wore it as an act of solidarity in response to Charlottesville and the rising tide of anti-Semitism across America. I understand the need to remind people of what happens when we allow racism a voice, yet this response makes me uneasy. We are used to people wearing ribbons in solidarity with various causes from Aids to victims of 9/11 – so used to it that we barely register them; the ribbons neither raise awareness nor offer comradeship, but simply satisfy the wearer’s need to make a statement. I’d be horrified if the totemic yellow star Jews were forced to wear

to identify them for humiliation and worse should become a lazy political statement. The star was the last iteration of ways to force Jews to identify themselves for easy persecution – a tradition going back to the 13th century, although it had died out until reintroduced in 1938. It bespeaks oppression, marking and dehumanising the wearer, separating them from the rest of society. It was a deliberately cruel badge, inviting ridicule and violence upon the wearer and risking death if a Jew was caught without it. Branded into the psyche of survi-

vors and their descendants, to see it even in the context of a memorial or museum is to feel the pain and know the fear no one should experience. So when a celebrity wears it – albeit with good intentions – calling attention to increasing anti-Semitism and rising Nazism, Jews feel the shadowy premonition of danger and unease. There are other ways to address the issue. The celebrities could out themselves as Jewish by wearing a Magen David, publicly attach themselves to the Jewish community and join their local synagogue. They could speak out during their interviews or concerts or on social media. While the intentions celebrities are good, we know where the road paved with good intentions leads. Better to stand up against racism in all forms and leave the yellow star to those who were forced to wear it.  Sylvia Rothschild has been a community rabbi in south London for 30 years


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Harris leads Hendon to emphatic victory MGBSFL Hendon United claimed the most comprehensive win in the Premier Division’s opening day fixtures as two goals from Josh Harris (pictured) helped them to a 4-0 win at London Lions White. Avi Korman and Dovi Fehler were also on target, with player-manager Greg Corin saying: “We’re very happy with the performance against a good young Lions side.” Oakwood A came away from Raiders A with a 3-1 win, thanks to goals from Kyle Bentwood and Daniel Seligman. A hat-trick from Reiss Mogilner helped Brady Maccabi to a 4-1 win at Camden Park. Last season’s Division Two champions L’Equipe got a rude awakening in their first Division One game, as they were beaten 6-2 by Faithfold A. Avishai Marcus scored a hat-trick, with Dan Ezra’s double and Dovi Vogel’s strike completing the win. Two goals from Svi Freedman and Joe Davis helped Los Blancos beat Temple Fortune 5-3, Simon Moses claimed their fifth. Bayern Mincha’s first game in Jewish football saw Adam Ellis’ double inspire them to a 3-1 win over FC Team. Samuel Leader hit their third goal. Goals from Adam Isaacs, Jason Weldon, Zach Cohen and Joel Sinclair-Horne saw Mill Hill Dons come away from Faithfold B with a 4-2 win, while Liam Stein’s brace, along with strikes from Alex Goodman and Ben Kaye saw Raiders C beat Temple Fortune B 4-0. Martin Smulovitch’s double cancelled out strikes from Josh Gorb and James Millet as Real Hendon drew 2-2 at Hertswood Vale, while the points were also shared between Straw Hat Pirates and Fairlop FC, Michael Amsellem and Joseph Rowlatt scoring respectively.  Full review: jewishnews.co.uk

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A Whetstone-based charity which helps support Jewish organisations in Belarus have returned from their summer camp in the Carpathian hills of south-west Ukraine. Evolve took 12 UK, two Ukrainian and four Belarussian leaders for their camp, which was run for 80 local children and saw six 14-year-old locals help out as Junior madrichim. Next year the charity face a series of challenges, including financially supporting a Jewish kindergarten in Minsk and a Jewish camp in Pinsk.”

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Norwood residents have a ball Norwood Sports held its first fully-inclusive boccia tournament at Burnt Oak Leisure Centre. A precision ball sport, related to bowls, athletes with disabilities play the sport competitively at local, national and international level. Seven Norwood Homes from across London took part in the tournament, playing five-minute games against each other, with Team Woodcock Dell from Kenton emerging victorious. Norwood Sports Manager Andrea Ford said: “The tournament was a fantastic afternoon of fun and laughter teamed with healthy competition. Everyone was able to participate and it was great to see teams made up of people we support and also staff from their home. We hope we will be able to hold similar events in the future.”

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Two down, one to go! Teens conquer Ben Nevis in Three Peak Challenge for charity CHARITY CHALLENGE By Andrew Sherwood andrews@thejngroup.com @JewishNewsUK

Four schoolboys have completed the second part of the Three Peaks Challenge, which will see them climb the three highest mountains in Wales, Scotland and England to raise funds for charity. Looking to raise more than £20,000 from their three climbs – which they’re undertaking over three years – 13-year-olds Abe Yantin, Jonah Horne, Malakai Shaffer and Ben Goodkind scaled Mount Snowdon last year, negotiated Ben Nevis last

Main: Jonah, Malakai, Abe and Ben at the top of Ben Nevis; inset, Malakai with dad Dan

week and will climb Scafell Pike next year. Describing how they came up with the idea, Malakai says: “We decided last year, in our barmitzvah year, to do something a little different and raise money in the memory of my sister Lenni, who was still born. “I convinced my friends to join me in climbing Snowdon and we raised more than £7,000 for SANDS, a charity which supports families who experience a still born baby.” Deciding to split the funds raised from their second climb between OCD action and Brain Tumour Research, after Malakai’s eight-year-old cousin Roi was diagnosed with a brain tumour, for which he’s currently undergoing treatment, Abe explained how the second climb was a lot harder, saying: “The weather was terrible, the terrain was a challenge and our dads

are a year older than last year so we had to wait for them to catch up!” Delighted to be raising money for such worthwhile causes, Jonah said: “We’ve added another £6,500 to our funding total and are planning our third ascent!” Ben added: “We’re currently thinking which charity to donate to and hope to achieve at least £6,500 again to hit a combined total of £20,000.”

Karina ready to make dream GB debut TRIATHLON Karina Kaufmann will fulfil a lifelong dream this weekend when she represents Team GB at the World Sprint Triathlon Championships in Amsterdam. The mum-of-four from East Finchley said: “I’m so excited. I’m immensely proud and can’t wait to wear my GB trisuit and race in front of my daughter Aurora.” A sport enthusiast, the 36-year-

old trains six times a day, and has won medals in the past two London Triathlons. She added: “I’d be thrilled with a personal best, but the cycling course has lots of tight twists and turns so staying in one piece will be a bonus. I think everyone should have a positive mental attitude so I will get into the water believing I can win and give it all that I have got.”

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