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This stunning photograph by Ohad Zwigenberg shows Orthodox Jews protesting against enlistment in the IDF in Jerusalem. It’s one of the contenders for Israeli Press Photo of the Year. The winner will be announced tonight and all short-listed images will go on display at the Eretz Israel Museum from tomorrow until 20 January.

‘The right thing to do’ Trump says United States recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – as Palestinians threaten ‘bloodshed’ Donald Trump provoked a diplomatic meltdown and security alerts on Wednesday after agreeing to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, thereby recognising the disputed holy city as the capital of Israel, writes Adam Decker. The president said the move was “long overdue” and that by “finally recognising the obvious, that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital” was “necessary for achieving peace”, despite both Israelis and Palestinians claiming the city as their capital. Stressing “our lasting commitment” to a peace agreement, Trump said: “We are not taking a position of any final status issues, including the final boundaries or the resolution of contested borders. Those questions are up to the parties involved.”

The explosive move has been delayed by successive presidents since the US Congress passed a law ordering it in 1995, but Trump made good on his campaign promise to follow through this week, uniting the world in anger. America’s allies and enemies all lined up to pour scorn on Trump, with criticism from the UK, France, Germany, Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, the United Nations, the European Union and Pope Francis also expressing dismay. In Israel and Jewish communities around the world, however, there was joy and relief, with many suggesting Trump had righted an historic wrong. “It’s rare to be able to speak of new and genuine milestones in the glorious history of this city,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “This

is an historic day… It was here that our temples stood, our kings ruled and our prophets preached. Jerusalem has been the focus of our hopes, dreams and prayers for three millennia.” Israeli President Reuven Rivlin also thanked Trump, saying: “There is no more fitting or beautiful gift as we approach 70 years since the state of Israel’s independence. Jerusalem is not, and never will be, an obstacle to peace for those who want peace.” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said the relocation “sends a clear message to the entire world that the US stands alongside the Jewish people and Israel”. Israel considers both West and East Jerusalem to be its capital, so Trump’s embassy move is hugely symbolic and Continued on page 2

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Anger over Trump’s Jerusalem decision Continued from page 1 a boon to Jewish groups around the world, with Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett saying Trump had “added another brick to the walls of Jerusalem, to the foundation of the Jewish nation”. However, there was deepening concern this week that the announcement may precipitate a further round of violence, with Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh saying: “Palestinians will not allow this to pass… Their options are open in defending their land and their sacred places.” He was not alone in suggesting that Trump’s decision could end up costing lives, with Jordan’s King Abdullah II arguing that “ignoring Palestinian Muslim and Christian rights” in Jerusalem “could fuel terrorism”. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan added that it could prove “a red line” for the Muslim world. Anticipating violence, both Germany and France immediately altered their travel advice for citizens travelling to Israel and the Palestinian territories, as the PLO’s chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said the move “pushes the region into the furnace of violence, chaos, extremism and bloodshed”. The Arab world’s vehement protests are unlikely to worry Trump who, in his first year as president, appears to have thrived

on antagonising the Muslim world, instigating a travel ban on Muslim countries and re-tweeting Islamophobic video content. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would pull all Palestinian contacts with the US as a result, while Nabil Shaath, a senior Palestinian official, said any peace deal “dies here on the rocks”. Yesterday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said in Parliament during Prime Minister’s Questions that the UK had no intention of following suit, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted that it was “a reckless threat to peace”. Meanwhile in Europe, the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini joined French President Emmanuel Macron in piling on the opprobrium. Germany’s Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said: “Anything that escalates the crisis during these times is counterproductive.” And, in an extraordinary and highly unusual intervention, Pope Francis also made “a heartfelt appeal” to “respect the status quo”. He added: “I cannot remain silent about my deep concern for the situation… Jerusalem is a unique city, sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims, where the holy places for the respective religions are venerated and it has a special vocation to peace.”

Donald Trump in reflective mood at Jerusalem’s Western Wall in May

A MOVE MORE THAN 20 YEARS IN THE MAKING The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, voted for by the US Congress, provides for the relocation of the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The law states that “each sovereign nation, under international law and custom, may designate its own capital” and that “since 1950, the city of Jerusalem has been the capital of the state of Israel”. Israel’s conquest of East Jerusalem in 1967 reunited

the city and in 1990 the US Congress unanimously adopted Senate Resolution 106, which declared that Jerusalem “must remain undivided and the rights of every ethnic and religious group protected”. Two years later they reaffirmed it in Resolution 113. The 1993 Oslo Accords of laid out a timetable for the resolution of “final status” issues, including Jerusalem, but lawmakers had urged the US

Secretary of State to relocate the embassy by 1999. In March 1995, 93 US senators signed a letter urging that “planning begin now” for relocation of the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “The United States maintains its embassy in the functioning capital of every country except in the case of our democratic friend and strategic ally, the state of Israel,” they said in the 1995 Act.

BOND BETWEEN JEWS AND JERUSALEM UNDENIABLE JONATHAN ARKUSH ANALYSIS

For more than 3,000 years, Jerusalem has been the spiritual centre of Jewish life and, since the foundation of the state of Israel, the centre of that country’s political life. The Knesset has been addressed by heads of state, government and key inter-

national institutions on no fewer than 55 occasions. Ambassadors appointed to Israel may reside in Tel Aviv, but they present their credentials to the president at his Jerusalem residence. Diplomatic staff meet with their counterparts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem. So why is it so controversial that the US is going to recognise what we already know, that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel – its seat of govern-

ment and its legal institutions? You’d be hard pressed to find a significant number of Jewish people who disagree with the notion that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. There are some who may dispute where its legal boundaries should lie – and that is a matter of political opinion. This move won’t change anything on the ground. The US is not passing judgement on what a final status agreement between the Israelis and

the Palestinians will look like. It is for the two sides, with the support of the international community, to reach an agreement. What is not up for negotiation is the undeniable link, going back thousands of years, between Jerusalem, the state of Israel and the Jewish people. It is telling that many of those who warn against recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital are also

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Muslim world unites in anger Jordan’s King Abdullah The Muslim world reacted in II spoke of the “ramificarare unison to Donald Trump’s tions” and called for unity announcement that the US would “to counter any action that move its Israeli embassy from Tel undermines the PalesAviv to Jerusalem, and in so doing tinian people’s aspirations recognise the divided holy city as for their own independent Israel’s capital. state, with East JeruThe Saudi foreign ministry said salem as its capital”, while the move would have “very serious Arab League chief Ahmed implications” and be “provocative Aboul Gheit said anything to all Muslims’ feelings”. to change Jerusalem’s It added: “This will affect the status would be a “dangerous US’ ability to continue its attempt Palestinians burn Israeli and US flags in protest measure that would have of reaching a just solution for the diplomatic relations with Israel if it went repercussions”. Palestinian cause.” The Organisation of Islamic CooperaTurkish President Recep Tayyip ahead. President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi of Erdogan said changing the status of Egypt said it would “complicate the situa- tion, which represents 57 states, described Jerusalem was a “red line” for Mus- tion in the region by introducing measures the move as “naked aggression” and said it would lose its mediating role as a result. lims, adding that he would withdraw all that would undermine chances for peace”.

May ‘disagrees’ with Trump’s move Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry said: “Even by Donald Trump’s abysmally low standards, to choose this point to move the US embassy and recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a breathtakingly dangerous decision.” A Yachad spokesman said: “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. It is also a divided city. Large portions lie beyond the Green Line and outside Israel’s sovereign territory.”

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Today I woke up to a less safe Jerusalem. President Trump’s announcement about moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem has not yet caused conflict but everyone is tense. I have already received messages from municipal sources regarding police preparations as they brace for a bumpy ride. Two years ago, 13-yearolds wielding kitchen knives attempted to start a third intifada and, two years before that, for the first time in the 17 years since my aliyah, we heard sirens in Jerusalem and had to duck for cover. Three of my four children had to evacuate their school bus to take cover by a wall from a potential missile. As Jerusalemites, we know the price of the conflict. We strive to find partners on

the other side who believe, like we do, that the beauty of Jerusalem, the place as well as the idea, is its diversity. We persevere regardless of danger because as Zionists we know Jerusalem is Zion. But what disturbs me more than the security implications of Trump’s move is the perception of its necessity. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and the Jewish people as a matter of fact, heritage and tradition. Jerusalem is in our DNA. The geo-political implications of this announcement are game changing and could prompt a domino effect of global recognition of our right, as a sovereign nation, to choose our own capital. But today I can only pray it does not come at a heavy price.  Fleur Hassan-Nahoum is a Jerusalem City Council member and leader of the Yerushalmim Party

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Minister declines questions on Patel An angry Sir Alan Duncan refused to answer a question at a Foreign Affairs Select Committee meeting in Parliament – because it concerned Priti Patel, the former International Development Secretary, who resigned after meetings with Israeli officials during the summer b e c a m e public, writes Jenni Frazer. Frazer Patel’s friends complained bitterly at the time of

her resignation that people within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) had briefed against her, specifically alleging that Sir Alan (pictured), who is minister for Europe and the Americas at the FCO, had leaked details of 12 meetings with Israeli politicians. But when MP Ian Austin, a member of the Select Committee and of Labour Friends of Israel, attempted to confirm this allegation, Sir Alan flatly refused to respond, except to say: “We know exactly where you’re coming from on this and it is unacceptable.” During the closing moments of Sir Alan’s witness testimony to the Select Committee – primarily about how Brexit would affect FCO relations

Yates quits show over slur Reggie Yates has stepped down from Top Of The Pops after making “offensive” comments about Jewish music managers. The presenter, 34, had been signed up to host Christmas and new year specials with Fearne Cotton, but he will no longer be on the BBC shows after remarking, in a podcast, that a new generation of singers are “independent, they’re not managed by some random fat Jewish guy from

north west London”. In a statement on Twitter, Yates said he was “stepping down from hosting Top Of The Pops this year”. He wrote: “My comments are no reflection on how I truly feel, and I would like to apologise unreservedly to the Jewish community, people in the music industry and anyone else I have offended.”

with Europe – Austin asked him “when you first heard about Priti Patel’s visit to Israel and what you thought about that”. Sir Alan replied: “No, you may not [ask this question]. I think that’s a totally inappropriate question for a minister appearing as a witness in front of this committee.” Austin said it was relevant insofar as it sought to answer questions about relations between the FCO and other government departments. He said: “Would you like to assure the committee that you weren’t the source of these stories?” Committee chairman Tom Tugenhat MP said: “I think we will move on.”

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Aviva wins top poetry prize A Jewish poet described by a former poet laureate as “one to watch” in 2014 has won a major national poetry prize. Aviva Dautch, a former poet-inresidence at the Jewish Museum in Camden, was named as one of the winners of the Primers Poetry Prize 2017 on Monday, giving credence to Sir Andrew Motion’s prediction. Dautch, who won the International Jewish Women in the Arts Award from

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Meet the new Zuckerbergs Four students from Yavneh College are well develop a Virtual Reality (VR) app, interacon their way to being technology entrepretive online textbooks and computer games neurs after developing a winning app to improve designed to motivate students to learn, all of education during a 14-hour ‘hackathon’. which left organisers from Acorn Aspirations Jack Perchick, Iftach Sella, Ben Stankler, and Jewish Interactive in awe. Izzy Sinclair (pictured) formed a four-teen “I was inspired by the young people who team called Better Learning and pitched took part in this amazing Hackathon,” said their personalised education app to a range of Chana Kanzen, chief executive of Jewish judges including a Google executive and highInteractive. “The ideas, pitch presentations tech investors, who were left impressed. and prototypes were of such a high standard In total 50 children of different faiths you would have no idea that nearly everything attended the first-of-its-kind event at Work we saw was learnt from scratch. The teams Avenue – the Wohl Enterprise Hub – in worked well with their mentors and Finchley, from schools including Hasmonean, Etz Chaim and St Albans School, with nine teams comprising up to six children of different ages. The youngest group – of nine years olds – was made up of four boys, three of whom were from Etz Chaim and one from Rimon, in a team called School of the Future. The digital programme they developed was designed to help children who need more Iftach Sella Jack Perchick teacher attention or who may get very distracted in class. Elsewhere the hackathon – media sponsored by Jewish News – saw other teams

each other and were left buzzing with excitement for more.” With more than 25 prizes donated by sponsors at SODA, most teams went away

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Nursery teacher fired for living with boyfriend wins discrimination case A teacher at a Jewish nursery school in Hendon who claimed she was fired for living with her boyfriend has won her case of religious and sexual discrimination. Zelda de Groen, 24, (pictured), sued the Gan Menachem Nursery after losing her job in July 2016. She had worked there for four years. The Watford Employment Tribunal said de Groen’s experience with the school was “undoubtedly humiliating, degrading and offensive”. It dismissed the school’s claims that it was justified in firing her.

The tribunal will hold an additional hearing at an undetermined date to discuss compensation. In her lawsuit, de Groen asked for more than £19,300. The nursery for children under the age of eight was described as “ultra-Orthodox” in court. De Groen grew up in a Charedi home in Stamford Hill, but left “after many years of significant discontent.” She moved in with her boyfriend in April 2016. The couple married in July. In May 2016, they were guests at a barbecue along with some

school trustees and parents. During the event it became known that the unmarried couple lived together. Some parents spoke to the school about their objections to de Groen’s living situation afterward. De Groen told the tribunal that school managers subjected her to a “humiliating” hour-long interview in which they said it was time for her to get married. She also described their tone as “threatening”. She asked her managers for an apology but was given a letter notifying her of disciplinary proceedings. She was later fired.

HUB HELPS WORKING WOMEN Call for Galloway return former Labour MP, shared her personal story of the successes and struggles involved in developing her career. She said afterwards: “It was so uplifting to see people from all walks of life come together in one room, all of them committed to making progress in the world of work.” Entrepreneur Emma Gee, who runs her own jewellery business, delivered a workshop on start-ups. She said: “There was a fantastic atmosphere at the conference. I really enjoyed taking part and meeting so many interesting people.”

The chief of staff at Britain’s biggest trade union has called for George Galloway’s readmission to the Labour Party. Andrew Murray, until recently a Communist leader in the UK, works for Unite the union and played an important role in Labour’s impressive general election campaign after he was seconded to the party. In an interview with the Morning Star, Murray said it was “long past time” for Galloway to be readmitted to the party, after he was expelled

in 2003 for telling British troops to disobey their orders in Iraq. The two men worked together in the Stop the War Coalition, which organised the biggest anti-war march in recent British history, and this week Murray said Galloway’s expulsion from Labour was “vicious, illegal and disgraceful”. Galloway is a vehement critic of Israel and has refused to debate Israelis. He was a Labour MP for 16 years and once famously declared Bradford an “Israeli-free zone”.

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Stem cell donor honoured An engineer has been honoured by a national blood cancer charity for his work raising awareness of the need for more stem cell donors. David Gould, who works at Transport for London, was named Donor Champion of the Year by Anthony Nolan Trust after sharing both his stem cells and his story with his employer, who shared it with staff. The charity said this week that Gould’s actions “inspired countless people to consider becoming stem cell donors”, after he recognised the need for increased sign-up among young men and ethnic minorities. Gould joined the national register sev-

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eral years ago, during his first few weeks at university when a friend was diagnosed with nonHodgkin lymphoma, and he got an urgent call in April of this year from the charity, telling him he was a match. “When you sign up, you don’t think anything of it, and when you receive a call, you think it’s someone’s family, how could you possibly say no? “I did what I thought was always the obvious or right thing to do. To receive recognition for it is amazing and lovely, but very unnecessary.” He added: “It’s a very simple procedure. Just lie still and let the machine do the work. It really is amazing how science allows you to do something so small and simple that makes such a massive impact on someone’s life.” A green plaque has been unveiled to mark the first branch of iconic fashion retailer Lord John. Founded in 1963 by Warren and David Gold, the brothers opened their first shop a year later on Carnaby Street, where regular customers included The Beatles, The Monkees and The Kinks. The current shop, Golds, is still run by the family, while among those at the unveiling was Warren’s daughter Lauren (pictured).

A centenarian who commanded Muslim troops in Burma before moving to the north-east has been given an honorary degree by the University of Sunderland at the age of 101. Mordaunt Cohen, pictured, who worked in the city as a solicitor before retiring, was known as “the white Muslim” during the war when, as a lieutenant colonel, he commanded the West African Air Assault Brigade. “We learned their language and tried to converse with them in Hasua [a West African dialect],” he recalled in 2015. “They called me the ‘white Muslim’ because I could talk to them about Father Abraham.”

£30K KISHARON GRANT A leading children’s charity has been given a £30,000 grant to fund music therapy for 35 youngsters. Kisharon Day School leaders said they were “exceptionally grateful” to be awarded the money from BBC Children in Need for the therapy, which teaches self-expression and aids language development in children and young adults. “In so many cases the music therapy project is lifechanging,” said Sora Kopfstein, headteacher of Kisharon School. “To have the guar-

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Dozens of British rabbis have written to Israel’s ambassador to the UK to protest the pending demolition of part of a Palestinian village in the West Bank. The group of 35 progressive rabbis wrote to Mark Regev about the Area C village of Susiya in the South Hebron Hills, accusing Israel of acting “in bad faith” because similar buildings housing Jews are being left intact.

The Board of Deputies said it “warmly welcomes” the UK’s first vote against a UN General Assembly resolution urging Israel to return the Golan Heights to Syria. It applauded the approach as “the latest in a series of principled votes by the UK against biased resolutions on Israel in UN institutions”. The Board’s Richard Verber said: “We are very encouraged by the UK’s stance.”

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Special report / Union of Jewish Students presidency election

Meet the candidates The race is on to find a new president for the Union of Jewish Students. Stephen Oryszczuk offers a wry assessment of the three contenders Were Israel critic Annie Cohen to win the presidency of the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) next week, it would trigger a political earthquake akin to that of Jeremy Corbyn’s takeover of the Labour Party. What chance, you ask. The similarities are several: both Cohen and Corbyn are socialists, both take the side of the Palestinians when it comes to debating the Middle East, and both play to a caucus largely ignored – until now. UJS can take credit for offering a level playing field – this is the second year running that one of the three candidates vying to lead it has been no fan of Israel – and one wonders whether you’d see this in the US. Indeed, Cohen says she wants to make the Jewish union more representative of and open to Jewish students who, like her, identify as “non-Zionist”. A progressive Jew brought up in Golders Green by a single dad “who made a mean schnitzel”, Cohen is studying history and Yiddish in London, and wears her Palestinian flag on her sleeve.

Jewish bloggers have written off Cohen as a “time-waster”, but while the chances of her heading UJS when voting closes on Friday are slim to non-existent, so, too, were Corbyn’s of succeeding Ed Miliband. So watch this space. Democracy has a habit of surprising us. Cohen is a former president of the UCL Friends of Palestine Society, and is now a member of Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP) and Jewdas, which in the UJS presidential elections last year supported Eran Cohen, who finished a distant third. Cohen is challenging Hannah Rose, former vice-president of the Jewish Society (JSoc) at Bristol, whose sister Ella is director of Jewish Labour Movement (JLM), and Lawrence Rosenberg, ex-president of Manchester JSoc. Rose, who describes herself as a Zionist and a feminist, set up Bristol’s Israel-Palestine discussion group, and promises to continue reaching out to “all Jews” if she were elected to head the student body (she writes “all” in bold letters). She adds that her campaign “isn’t about

my politics”, before outlining that she would “deliver thriving, empowering, peer-led networks”, whatever that means. Meanwhile, Rosenberg is a leader of the Pinsker Centre, an organisation that pledges its “unwavering commitment” to defend the state of Israel in campus discussions. He describes the boycott, divestment and sanctions supporters as “vicious” and promises “inclusivity”, but his vision of UJS is for an organisation doing more for A-level students, because “so many Jewish students get lost at university and lose a part of their identities”.

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PRESENTATION Both Rose and Rosenberg feature in their campaign videos – a brave move. The former, if watched with the sound on mute, appears to be rapping, while Rosenberg appears to be holding a large imaginary brick throughout, as if channelling former Tory leader Michael Howard. Still, it’s a point for each for trying, while two points go to Cohen for having the wisdom to

produce a video featuring just graphics and a catchy Yiddish-English tune. Before that, she was represented only by a photo of her dressed as a chicken. If she’d been dressed as a bowl of chicken soup, we’d have given her three points. Note for next time.

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PERSONALITY Always a tough one, given we’ve never met the candidates, but clues can nevertheless be gleaned. Cohen says “UJS doesn’t have to be boring”, thereby implying it is, thereby implying she isn’t. Rosenberg namedrops chums like Sir Eric Pickles and Dame Nancy Rothwell who “even changed the date of a visit to a local high school just so I could attend with her”, so we’re guessing he’s a take-him-anywhere kind of guy. Rose, meanwhile, wears baggy hoodies with long sleeves and liberally sprinkles words such as shlep and nachas into conversation, so we’ve taken a punt at her being the centrist personality of the three. Points? All three get a point for having one.

thought gets me hungry right now!” So, a point to Rose for non-sickening mum praise, while two points are deducted from Rosenberg for going way too far on a food question and for using the non-word ‘ooooo’. Cohen meanwhile neither earns nor gains points because we still don’t know how she pronounces beigel.

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Manchester JSoc’s Lawrence Rosenberg

that he “doesn’t need to be mouthing off about the only Jewish nation state”. He adds: “If you’re looking for the pro-Israel candidate, that’s me.” It’s certainly not Cohen. Asked what she’d criticise about Israel, she unfurls her dissertation. “Where to start?” she asks. “Racism? House demolitions? The siege of Gaza, condemning its inhabitants to devastating poverty with no freedom of movement or currently even running water? Ruling over millions of West Bank Palestinians without giving them the vote? Assuming they speak for the Jewish diaspora?” OK, point taken, Cohen, and talking of points, that’ll be minus 100. There’s two points for Rosenberg for taking Israel advocacy to a new level, but three points for Rose for demonstrating it’s good to criticise, just not too much.

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Bristol JSoc’s Hannah Rose

national issues, and could thus be considered the continuity candidate by those who know no better. FINAL GRADES... Cohen fails to graduate for not representing most Jewish students on the defining campus issue, but gains kudos for calling her manifesto an “anniefesto” and for coining the word “orthodoxnormativity”. Rosenberg graduates with a 2:2 as he “missed essay deadlines” because he was up all night trying to bring kosher food to Manchester’s Jewish students, so a hero, but a failed one. Which leaves Hannah Rose with a 2:1, largely for the line: “It is a littleknown fact the Rose family seder of 2004 is so holy, we still haven’t finished it today.”

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Special report / Camp Simcha’s Chanukah Toy Drive

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ickey, Minnie, Baby and Jade might not be the original line-up but, as a group, they brought much joy and laughter to the Galaxy ward at Barnet Hospital this week. The arrival of numerous large white bags emblazoned with the words ‘Camp Simcha’ was enough to initially arouse the interest of several small patients on the childrens’ ward. But it was the appearance of two wellknown mice and a Spice Girl that really put the spark into the annual gift-giving session, particularly as Heart radio host Emma Bunton (aka Baby Spice) had brought along her musician husband Jade Jones. Together, they charmed every toddler and nurse. Mickey and Minnie also did their bit as old feet (mice don’t have hands) on Camp Simcha’s Toy Drive, which this year collected a record number of gifts, which will go to 110 children’s wards in hospitals and hospices across London. With some 9,000 toys collected by 70 plus

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Camp Simcha’s Chanukah Toy Drive / Special report Two-year-old Isabela Dudici smiled the moment she saw Minnie and Mickey, and even more so when Bunton handed her a present. Camp Simcha UK is the only Jewish charity to deliver toys to children of all denominations in hospitals on this scale, and gifts will be enjoyed by young patients at the Royal Free, UCLH, Great Ormond Street and Royal Marsden, along with many others throughout the festive season. With the help of GIFT, a few hundred toys will also go to families who would otherwise be unable to give their children gifts this Chanukah. “I was expecting two other Spice girls to step out of those mouse costumes,” said a cheeky young doctor who was as keen to have his photo taken with Bunton as the nurses. Mickey, Minnie, Baby and Jade might not be the original line-up, but for the children on Galaxy they hit all the right notes. Perhaps Camp Simcha will sign them up.

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TEEN DESECRATOR IN COURT HEARING A Polish court has given a suspended one-year sentence to an American teenager for scratching his name on a barracks wall at Auschwitz concentration camp. Polish police arrested the yeshiva student, 17, in July after he was caught by a guide while etching his name into the interior wall, according to reports. The teen was ordered to pay 1,000 zlotys, or £200, to the Auschwitz-Birkenau state museum. He did not appear at the court hearing. [JTA]

AUTHORS VIE FOR £4K WINGATE PRIZE An impressive long-list of 12 books including novels and historical non-fiction has been drawn up and will be considered for the 2018 Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize, the winner of which gets £4,000. This year’s list includes novels by well-known authors such as previous winner Amos Oz, with the selection covering three continents and spanning almost a century. The prize is awarded to the book judges feel best translates the idea of Jewishness.

All light on the night! Communal and religious leaders have said next Tuesday’s tenth Chanukah in the Square is expected to bring more than 5,000 people together in the heart of London. The annual gathering, for which Jewish News is once again media sponsors, celebrates the Festival of Lights with the communal lighting of a giant menorah in Trafalgar Square. It remains lit for eight days, with one light being lit each day during the festival. Last year the event was shelved because the dates fell over Christmas, when a large Christmas tree is traditionally erected in the iconic square. Reflecting on its return for 2017, Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson said Chanukah in the Square was “one of the best Jewish events of the year” as it “allows people from all backgrounds to enjoy Jewish culture”. The JLC is one of several organisations supporting the event, others being Chabad Lubavitch UK, the Mayor of London’s Office and the London Jewish Forum. Long-serving Lubavitch of Edgware director Rabbi Leivi Sudak this week said: “In its tenth anniversary, the Menorah in Trafalgar Square and the celebrations surrounding it, continue to be a beacon of light over London. “They bear the message of Chanukah,

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UK CHARITY DRIVE FOR HAIFA CENTRE British Friends of Rambam Medical Centre held its 25th annual Chanukah bazaar on Sunday, selling toys and gifts to raise money to buy equipment for the hospital’s younger patients. The centre, which is based in Haifa, has already raised £8,000 to buy a new Mobile Anaesthesia machine, which means children don’t need to be transferred to the adult wards for injections. Funds are still needed to purchase a Mobile Transport Incubator, You can donate to its Chanukah save-a-baby appeal at: goo.gl/ BMztUp

Revellers in Trafalgar Square during the last Chanukah party there in 2015

that in the metaphorical struggle of light over darkness, we have to focus on proudly adding our bit of light and the rest will follow. “This year marks the 40th anniversary of the world’s first public menorah at City Hall in Philadelphia. Since then there are thousands of the public menorahs projecting Chanukah’s message.” Johnson said this year’s event follows hot on the heels of “inspiring” initiatives including the Chief Rabbi’s Shabbat UK, the ever-popular Mitzvah Day and this year’s events surrounding the centenary of

the Balfour Declaration. “Balfour 100 was the most co-operative and comprehensive community endeavour I have experienced,” said Johnson, who chaired the organising committee, adding that Chanukah was “the most joyful of Jewish festivals… It is a credit to our city that we are able to celebrate in this way”. Security, provided in large part by CST volunteers, is expected to be tight and Johnson paid tribute to those making it possible, saying that such a public celebration would not be possible in many European countries due to security concerns.

INJURED BOYS GIVE £25K TO HATZOLA Two Orthodox Jewish boys critically injured on a pilgrimage in Hungary have given £25,000 to medical emergency charity Hatzola. Yehudah Roitenbarg and Benjamin Cohen were hit by a truck while visiting the grave of Chasidic Rabbi Yeshayele of Kerestir and had to be flown back to the UK, with donors offering thousands of pounds to cover recovery cost.

EXPERTS SEEK COMMON GROUND Experts from the Department for Communities and Local Government hosted an event showcasing their efforts to foster “constructive dialogue” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This week’s event at The British Library heard from three organisations that have been working to foster a greater understanding of the conflict in the UK, including in schools, by such activities as workshops led by “moderate” Israeli and Palestinian activists. Among the three organisations is the Union of Jewish

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Students (UJS), one of the first diaspora Jewish organisations to support the mutual recognition of Israeli and Palestinian states.

The government has supported the union’s Bridges not Boycotts campaign, which seeks to “foster a space for informed debate and responsible dialogue, promoting community cohesion on campus”. A spokeswoman said: “All too often, conversations on campus are divisive and unconstructive, where those on different sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict rarely come together. We recognise the complexities and nuance involved and we seek to export dialogue rather than import division.”

JCOSS ANNOUNCES BULGE CLASS JCoSS has announced it will be creating an extra class in time for September 2018 to “take some pressure off” the Jewish community in terms of school spaces. Patrick Moriarty, headteacher of the pluralist Jewish secondary school in New Barnet, said a “record number of applications” prompted the move, meaning that the extra 30 places will take the 2018/19 cohort up to 210 students. “We hope it will go some

way to help anxious families feel a little less concerned,” said Moriarty. “We have begun careful planning for the additional numbers and we are confident that it will be a smooth transition.” Parents struggling to get their children into a Jewish secondary in Barnet were last year told to send them to Whitefield School in Cricklewood instead, but take-up has been patchy at best. The recommendation

by Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJeS), a division of the Jewish Leadership Council, was made after the Whitefield headteacher agreed to offer Jewish studies. The Governors’ decision “to alleviate some pressure in the community and offer 30 additional lottery places” in the coming year comes on top of the school’s latest boost, with the opening of its new Dorfman Wing, which will house IT, art and other classes.


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U-turn on corruption bill Benjamin Netanyahu has had to backtrack on a bill that would have stymied police investigations into him and his wife Sara. The prime minister’s forced about-turn on the controversial ‘recommendations bill’ came after tens of thousands of Israelis lined the streets of Tel Aviv for an anticorruption rally, chanting “shame” in the country’s biggest mass protest in years. The couple, who are being investigated for accepting expensive gifts from billionaire friends, have been at war with the media in recent months, with leaks emerging from inside the investigation.

Rabbi outlaws banknote of poet who wed non-Jew

Charedi Sephardi Rabbi Benzion Mutzafi this week said people should not look at the 50-shekel banknote featuring poet Shaul Tchernichovsky, as he was married to a Christian.

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His allies in Likud have sought to shore up his flagging popularity with promotional events, while the ‘recommendations bill’ would end the current police practice

of recommending to prosecutors whether suspects should be indicted, and punish those found leaking details to the media. Critics said he was using his position to pour cold water on the investigations but, after the enormous crowd in Tel Aviv, he said the bill should “be worded in a way that it won’t apply to the investigation taking place into my affairs”. Police are examining whether Netanyahu agreed to stifle a newspaper’s competitor in return for favourable coverage, as well as a secretive deal to buy German nuclear submarines involving his lawyer.

Israel gives Iran warning Benjamin Netanyahu this week warned that Israel will not allow Iran to gain a foothold in Syria. He said in a video message: “We will not allow a regime hell-bent on the annihilation of the Jewish state to acquire nuclear weapons. We will not allow that regime to entrench itself militarily in Syria... for the express purpose of eradicating our state.” Foreign media reported last weekend that Israel launched five missiles from Lebanese airspace at the Iranian military facility. Syrian media reported it had intercepted some of the missiles and its

state-run news agency Sana reported that Israel fired “several” surface-to-surface missiles at a military post. Israel has carried out a number of airstrikes against suspected arms shipments believed to be bound for Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group, which is fighting alongside Syrian government forces. It has also struck Syrian military facilities since the conflict began. The airstrike came as violence resumed in the Damascus suburbs while government and opposition delegations were at peace talks in Geneva.

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Israel has pulled out of a planned exhibition of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Frankfurt Bible Museum because German authorities could not guarantee their return to Israel if claimed by the Palestinians and Jordanians. The first scrolls were found by Bedouin in 1946.

Jewish groups promoting the cause of Kurdish independence have organised a large event in New York to coincide with similar efforts in Israel. Kurdistan, in northern Iraq, would be a natural Israeli ally in the Middle East. Kurdish fighters from the Peshmerga were instrumental in defeating Islamic State.

BRAZIL The Brazilian diplomat and Nobel Prize winner who presided over the UN vote held in 1947 to recognise the state of Israel alongside a Palestinian state has been honoured at a ceremony in Rio de Janeiro’s largest synagogue. Oswaldo Aranha was president of the UN General Assembly at the time of the vote.

POLAND The Polish government has ordered an investigation into a video featuring nudity at the former Stutthof Nazi death camp near Gdansk. Jewish groups traced the video to the camp and now want to know who approved filming. Seven Holocaust survivors have taken to the catwalk in the Israeli city of Arad to raise money for charity. Four were from the former Soviet Union, including Elizabeth Rodich from Ukraine, whose seamstress mother taught her how to make clothes.


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Special report / Limmud FSU in St Petersburg

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A record 750 participants gathered in the former Russian capital of St Petersburg last weekend for the latest Limmud FSU three-day Jewish festival of learning and culture. The dynamic, volunteer-driver and pluralistic event was the largest St Petersburg Limmud festival to date, a fact that delighted founder Chaim Chesler. “We are extremely excited to be a part of one of the most vibrant and flourishing Jewish communities in Eastern Europe, with a rich cultural life,” he said during the conference. “This is our sixth event in St Petersburg – an important milestone for us and for the entire Jewish community in the area.” The festival featured lectures, workshops and discussions on the pluralistic spirit of Limmud. Participant Dr Aaron Weiss told Jewish News: “I was deeply impressed. It was remarkable in terms of the unprecedented number of participants, the amazing work done by a committed team of the volunteers and in terms of abundance and variety of activities, all of which were conducted at the highest level. “It is impressive to see active participation by different audiences of different ages from various backgrounds, all of whom unite into a Jewish community event for the continued development of Jewish life in St Petersburg.” Euro-Asian Jewish Congress president

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Mikhail Mirilashvili also congratulated the participants and expressed his commitment to the project: “We are pleased to be active partners of Limmud FSU,” he said. “EAJC is committed to ensuring that community institutions participate actively in all stages of the event, and that participants would receive information and motivation to become

active members of the community life after the conference. In Limmud FSU St Petersburg this year was just the exact atmosphere, and we’re extremely happy for it.” The top presenters this year included Linor Goralik, a Russian-speaking flash-fiction author, poet and essayist, and Elhanan Nir, Israeli poet and laureate of international and Israeli literary honours including the Wertheim Prize (2008) and Prime Minister’s Prize (2011). Also in the line-up were historian Lev Lurie, consul general of the State of Israel Olga Slov and Euro-Asian Jewish Congress executive director Haim Ben Yacov. Dmitry Dikman, senior adviser to the chairman of the board at Genesis Philanthropy Group, said: “We’re attracted by existing pro-

Young and old were among the 750 participants at last weekend’s Limmud FSU in the city of St Petersburg

jects where people are united by their interest in their Jewish roots and history. “In this sense, Limmud FSU conferences gather the most relevant audience for us – they unite students, families with children, lecturers and volunteers for several days. “If the participants are left with a feeling that they spent an educational and informative weekend, we’re considering our task fulfilled”. The weekend was made possible thanks to its team of volunteers led by Yulia Karasik, Natalia Emelyanova, Regina Pritula, Iulia Anokhina, Faina Roukhlina and others. Conference supporters included the EuroAsian Jewish Congress, Genesis Philanthropy Group, JDC, Jewish Religious Community, Nativ, Jewish Culture House ESOD, Russian Jewish Congress and the Community of Progressive Judaism “Sha’arey Shalom”. “I feel grateful and want to thank all the volunteers,” said event participant Julia Presman at the closing ceremony. “You can actually see and feel the spark in their eyes.”

Finding Jewish identity in Russian culture capital St Petersburg was a good choice for a Limmud gathering. The first Jews appeared in the city immediately after its foundation in the 18th century and it is now one of the most vibrant and flourishing communities in the former Soviet Union, with roughly 100,000 Jews, making it the second-largest in Russia. The cultural, social and religious life in St Petersburg’s Jewish community ties in with Limmud. The annual conferences, started in 2011, reflect high intellectual calibre and cultural-oriented programming, and the city is Russia’s cultural capital. “Limmud FSU is a hotbed for the expression and strengthening of Jewish identity, connection to the Jewish people and the Jewish tradition,” said the city’s Orthodox community director Rabbi Shaul Brook. “It is an excellent project and a model for finding paths to the hearts and souls of the participants. “The organisers of the event are a symbol and an example of how, with good will and willingness, we can find the common denominator that unifies all the members of the Jewish community in the city.” Yana Agmon, regional director of “Nativ” in

Russia and Belarus, said the festival was also “a safe place for young Jews to acquire knowledge, to learn, to learn, and then to learn more — to understand the Jewish past and to become a part of the Jewish and Israeli present. “The format of Limmud, which is based on the freedom of election of each participant, cannot characterise better the multifaceted modern Israel,” he added. “It provides an opportunity to plunge into the realities of modern Israeli society. We are pleased to see how the Jewish community of St Petersburg acquaints itself with topics related to Israel and meets Israeli representatives”. Daniel Jezmer, 25, a volunteer from Israel, said: “I flew especially to Limmud St. Petersburg to see how it is done in another country. “I wanted to share experiences and adopt some ideas and initiatives for the Israeli Limmud FSU, which I have been involved in for four years, and was also happy for the chance to meet old friends and benefit from the weekend. “I was struck by Rami Sherman’s lecture about the hostage-taking operation in Entebbe. I could not hope to get personally acquainted and communicate with the participants in this operation, so I’m especially grateful for it.”


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Spreading tzedakah Tzedakah is one of the few words – after shalom and falafel – that those with limited Hebrew immediately understand. It is possible that some only learned it last Friday because that is the day distraught children at Jewish schools lambast their mothers for leaving their purses at home. “But I need money for tzedakah,” yell the infant philanthropists at their shame-faced parents who will never again forget the Hebrew word for charity. In the Hebrew dictionary, however, the ancient definition for tzedakah is ‘obligation’, which sounds demanding, but makes sense when you see Jewish charities in action. Camp Simcha’s annual Toy Drive is now a glittering fixture on the Jewish calendar and provides a valuable tzedakah lesson along with a useful distraction for kids compiling personal Chanukah lists on their iPads. With the gifts being given to children of all denominations in 110 hospitals and hospices, Camp Simcha has created the only charity event of this kind and deserves the sort of recognition only starry names can deliver. Of course it’s disappointing that no matter how worthy the cause, celebs of the faith are reluctant to step up to the plate, yet have no problem sharing their Jewish recipes or family trees with a mainstream audience. But who needs fickle affiliates when you can have a Spice Girl distributing gifts? Certainly not Camp Simcha. Emma Bunton, now the voice of breakfast on Heart radio offered to join the gifting event and turned it into something very special. There were smiles and laughter from the children – several of them seriously ill – when Emma [and two large mice named Mickey and Minnie] appeared with presents by their beds. Anxious mothers were delighted by the brief distraction as Emma offered kind words, concerned questions and gentle hugs. Every nurse who loved the Spice Girls had a selfie along with a few doctors who couldn’t resist and, when it was all over, Emma thanked Camp Simcha for inviting her. Understanding the meaning of tzedakah certainly isn’t a problem for Emma Bunton. Perhaps she could spread the word. CONTACT DETAILS Publisher and Editor Richard Ferrer richardf@thejngroup.com Publisher and News Editor Justin Cohen 020 7692 6952 justinc@thejngroup.com Foreign Editor Stephen Oryszczuk stepheno@thejngroup.com Features Editor Francine Wolfisz 020 7692 6935 francinew@thejngroup.com Community + Sport Editor Andrew Sherwood

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A day to make us proud Having attended the AJEX march to the Cenotaph from Horse Guards Parade over three decades as a marcher and ex-serviceman (RAOC), may I say a few words on this year’s event. The day was cold, but thanks to AJEX we had hot drinks before and after and parade commander Ron Shelley MBE and his marshals for the three battalions that lined up were as usual outstandingly well organised. Everything went to plan. The Welsh Guards brass band was excellent, as was the chicken soup, hot chocolate and the address given by reviewing officer General Sir

Peter Anthony Wall. We replied with our customary three cheers and a lone mazeltov from someone in the crowd. Although numbers have declined over the past few years, it was a wonderful couple of hours for this loyal 88-year-oldplus to remember and enjoy and I will certainly look forward to next year’s AJEX gathering. Perhaps we will get some youngsters whose grandparents served our country.

midst. How many Muslim votes are there in the UK? How many Jewish? It’s purely a numbers game. Add Mr Corbyn’s appeal with the “yoof” vote and his potential for success is clear.

Nothing is more upsetting to me than a Jew who invokes the Balfour Declaration and says the rights of the Palestinians should also have been taken into account, as expressed by your correspondent Clive Jacobs [Jewish News, 16 November]. Has this myopic person heard of the Holocaust and the need to nurture the Jewish State, one which is ours? If statehood was granted to the Arabs on the West Bank, God forbid, we would in a short while be confronted by Hamas and all other terrorists. No, Mr Jacobs, Israel cannot afford a Palestinian state on its border. More’s the pity that far more Jews do not make aliyah. I didn’t for 32 years, to my extreme disadvantage. My granddaughter has, and is happy she made the move.

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Next time you’re ticked off on Twitter... breathe ALEX BRUMMER

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s a financial writer, Twitter is an essential tool. More often than not, it is first out of the blocks with business, economic and financial developments. It’s often the place other writers boast of “exclusives”. But there is something else about Twitter and social media in general. It tends to bring out the worst in people. In my own field, it is astonishing to see respected economists, from some of the world’s best research universities, throwing insults at each other and questioning critics’ credentials. So intense and sustained can be the disagreements you wonder how it is these combatants find the time to fulfil the teaching and research schedules for which they are paid. One was reminded of all this by the Twitter storm evoked by US President Donald Trump’s retweeting of Britain First videos purportedly showing Muslim extremists engaging in ghastly acts. By now, no one should be surprised by Trump’s immersion in Twitterland. Nor should

we be fazed by his hostility to extremist Islam, symbolised by his efforts to block US borders from immigrants from supposed radical Islamic nations. The shock is that he should regard Britain First and outgrowth of Britain’s fringe right-wing movements as a respectable source. It took minutes for the Dutch authorities to make it clear that a video of a Muslim immigrant “attacking” a young Dutch man on crutches was false. There was also no evidence to substantiate the images of ISIS militants smashing a statue and throwing a man off a building. These videos were Twitter at its worst. That the president of the United States (POTUS) should embrace the videos gave them undeserved credibility. POTUS retweeting false information from a group the conservative Henry Jackson think tank describes as “unpleasant, ugly and hostile” was an appalling mistake and exposed his ignorance. Indeed, Americans have become so inured to early-hour rantings of a self-absorbed leader that they have stopped paying much attention. The uproar in the House of Commons, given air by Speaker John Bercow, was to give Twitter a respect and Britain First the oxygen of publicity.

THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR ANYONE IN THE JEWISH COMMUNITY TO EMBRACE THOSE WHO DISPARAGE ISLAM Both Britain’s Muslim and Jewish community know this better than most. The anonymity of Twitter’s darker side allows groups such as British First and extremist individuals to propagate hatred with almost no likelihood of being found out. When, for instance, serious politicians are found tweeting stereotypes about the Jewish community the likelihood is that they will escape with not more than a rap across the knuckles. That is no excuse for anyone in the Jewish community to embrace those who disparage Islam and shout foul at politicians because, for instance, they disagree with Israel’s Middle

East policies. You don’t have to be a supporter of Palestinian boycott campaigns to think that Israel’s contribution to the siege of Gaza or its more repressive policies on the West Bank are obstacles to dialogue in the region. Jews must always be alert to anti-Semitism, but labelling and targeting people with different views to us about the region issues is counterproductive. Twitter and social media provides cover for hostile views. In much the same way as the Jewish community is outraged by some Labour Party member tweets about it, so Muslims feel hurt by attacks on them. This is especially so when they come from groups purporting to represent mainstream Jewish opinion when they don’t. It is right to reject radical Islamic groups tweeting hatred but they should not be confused with senior Muslim politicians seeking to do the best for interfaith relations. Next time you want to get angry on Twitter, control it. Fight facts with facts, don’t engage in rhetorical abuse for the sake of it and remember how hurtful personal attacks are. Best of all, don’t directly engage because that’s what trolls want.

Chanukah in the Square is set to light up London SIMON JOHNSON

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hanukah in the Square is one of the best Jewish events of the year. Not only is it a great celebration of Jewish music, food and culture, it also symbolises that London is a great city to live if you are Jewish. In many ways, it resonates with the story of Chanukah – defiance in the face of opposition and victory against the odds. With increasing challenges to communal Jewish life all around the world, it is more important than ever to be able to take the time to celebrate our culture, our faith and our heritage. It is easy to be gloomy about Jewish life. It is easy to be scared by the issues around anti-Semitism. But Chanukah brings us together. Five thousand people are expected to attend the event next week in Trafalgar Square – a true representation of the community in London – from people of all faiths and none. On Tuesday we can celebrate with pride this most joyful of festivals. Chanukah in the

Square is a bright, exciting and loud celebration which shows our spirit and vibrancy. We are reminded all too often of the threats, incidents and pressures in society. But the fact that we have the right to celebrate, sing, dance and be Jewish, in the heart of London, is enough to show that our culture, heritage and faith is accepted in one of the most diverse cities in the world. This past year has seen a number of occasions to remind us of the spirit of the Jewish community. Both Mitvah Day and Shabbat UK were inspiring, and the Balfour centenary brought together thousands of people at events across the country to celebrate an important part of our history. Balfour 100 was the most co-operative and comprehensive community endeavour I have experienced. I am proud of how we put on such a fantastic range of events for everyone. Chanukah in the Square allows people from all backgrounds to enjoy Jewish culture. Our community makes a huge contribution to society in London, and this gives us the chance to proudly show our strength and spirit of togetherness. We are fortunate to be able to celebrate

Chanukah each year in this way, and on this scale, in such a big city. In many European countries, this would not be the case due to security concerns, the threat of terrorism and such. We are lucky to have the CST and the police to ensure appropriate security and allow an atmosphere and space to celebrate in this way. This is the most joyful of Jewish festivals, and it’s a credit to our city that we are able to celebrate in this way. Jewish people should be proud to be living in the UK, and proud to celebrate their culture in the heart of London. I hope to see as many people as possible in Trafalgar Square on Tuesday.

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Why can’t we see eye-toeye more within our faith? LEVI SCHAPIRO

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s a communal leader in Stamford Hill, I often hear how “we must work together with different faith groups”, but it saddens me to say I think our issue is more immediate: we need to work together within the Jewish faith. Yes, we look after each other, but the gap between the strictly-Orthodox community and the modern or secular community your paper typically appeals to is far too big. That needs to change, and I hope to help do so. Despite the difference in the way each of us dress, in our hearts we are all Jewish, believing in the same values. As Jews, we must be one and only one. There are small breakthroughs. We at the Jewish Community Council (JCC), which I founded four years ago, recently welcomed Jonathan Goldstein, chair of the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC). His visit was welcome, and rare. Most secular Jewish organisations have, in the past, struggled to access the Charedi world. We at the JCC want to increase access and also

understanding. We want to build links and relations between these two sometimes different worlds, centred not far apart, in Hackney and Barnet. In short, we want to build a unity bridge. This means working together on issues of concern, such as delays with the coroner service and sharing best practice in our best organisations, which can only come about through inviting one another ‘in’. It means having an adult debate about things on which we disagree, such as ‘point of death’ for organ donation but, more importantly, it means working to find a common position where one can be found. And it means helping our respective communities to better understand one another. To this end, we at the JCC will work with Jewish News over the next few months to introduce readers to the wonders of Stamford Hill. Uniting means all of these things, but more than anything, it means leading. I founded the JCC in part to encourage the next generation of strictly-Orthodox leaders to get up and start leading. We’ve done a lot, whether it be setting up organisations that fast-track medical scanning and treatment for Crohns and Colitis sufferers,

LET US MAKE 2018 THE YEAR WE FIND EXCUSES TO WORK TOGETHER, RATHER THAN APART establishing a hospital-community volunteer network, working with the council to build affordable new kosher-friendly homes, or even arranging pre-Passover rubbish and recycling collections. Collectively, in our meetings with local and national politicians, it is our voice now being heard, and as young Charedi leaders, we are developing our skills of representation. But there is so much room for cooperation with our Jewish neighbours. For instance, we know there are leadership development programmes in the secular Jewish world, such

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as those run by LEAD, a division of the JLC. Does it not seem sensible that young Charedi leaders and young secular leaders create a forum to meet and discuss the challenges of the future? Such a forum – let’s call it the Young Leadership Initiative – would be where the next generation leaders across our two worlds would work together. Doing so would help bridge the divide. Likewise, secular umbrella bodies should start to ask for Charedi representation on their boards, and we can reciprocate. These baby steps can open up new worlds. They are practical ways to bridge the gulf between us. But however we do it, change will not come about by us agreeing that there are differences, nodding and carrying on. Let us make 2018 the year we find excuses to work together, rather than not. Let it be the year we all discussed, in our various board meetings and community catch-ups, how we could better appeal to every Jew in London, not just those like us. We in Stamford Hill stand ready to welcome this. We have a lot to offer and hope the secular world will be positively surprised by the scope and innovation of what we’re doing. Stay tuned to Jewish News to find out what we do and how.


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Pitting one Jew against another benefits no one SHRAGA ZALTZMAN

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s part of my work at the Max Barney Foundation, which is focused on supporting Global Jewish employment, I’ve just had the immense privilege of spending eight days in Israel traversing the entire country, meeting the most inspiring people. This visit was an effort to gain a better understanding of the various populations, their strengths and some of the challenges they face particularly around employment and making a sustainable living. Before my trip, I had my biases and predispositions towards the various groups. What I learned was that while every group has its own challenges, I had it all wrong. From the 30-year-old Charedi lady in Mea Shearim who started her own small furniture business to support her family of seven as well as young boy she had adopted, to the Israeli Arab in Nazareth who ran a small delicatessen working 12 hours a day to make an honest

living supporting herself and her family, to the young Ethiopian man who against all odds managed to obtain a university education and is now a manager of a large retail branch of one of the banks in Tel Aviv, all of whom have a set of shared values; devotion to their families, dedication to their culture and religion, as well a strong commitment to work hard and support themselves with dignity and pride. There was one more characteristic they all shared. None of them knew anything about the others’ values, morals and ideals, which created a vacuum filled by biases and prejudgments. Israel is a country comprised of all kinds of people, much like an orchestra is comprised of different instruments. They all sound very different, but when they play together with every note perfectly timed in synchronised harmony, the result is outstanding. For this to happen there needs to be shared knowledge – it’s important everyone knows the repertoire and understands the other instruments, resilience (what happens if someone skips a beat? Do others help carry the music, or does blame culture mean individuals are

ACROSS SO MANY GROUPS, IT’S ALMOST ALWAYS THE VOCAL MINORITY WHO ARE THE RABBLE-ROUSERS pilloried rather than supported?), and finally commitment; months of rehearsal and planning go into a performance. To make sure all the preparation pays off, every member must stay focused and committed to the last note. If we understood each other better, ensured we were there to back up each other when needed and were fully committed to each other’s success, just imagine what we could achieve. As diaspora Jews, we, too, have a role to play. I recently read an article in a Jewish newspaper headlined: World Jews ‘more worried about

Charedim than Arabs’. As Jews we are fighting for our survival on many fronts and the pejorative overtones of this article are very disturbing. Across so many groups, Arabs, Charedim, etc… it is almost always the vocal minority who are the rabble-rousers and the silent majority of really good people who suffer the consequences. Charedi society in Israel isn’t perfect, but the fundamentals by which they aspire to live their daily lives are based on kindness to one another (gemilut chesed) and a dedication to their religion and families, which can’t be a bad thing. The modern world has to a large degree lost its moral compass, abandoned family values and developed into a very self-centred society. Perhaps this is what Charedim wants to protect themselves against? I don’t understand how pitting one group against another benefits us all. Surely it would be more interesting to read about the good being done and how globally we are a true light unto the nations? If we all focused on what unites rather than what divides us, the world would be a better place, and the Jewish people as well as the state of Israel would flourish and grow.


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More than 45 scouts from the 16th Edgware group volunteered at GIFT this week for a special Chanukah session, packing up treats for the hundreds of families supported by the charity. Scout leader Steven Gafson said: “The scouts loved the meaningful yet fun experience, and are looking forward to returning.”

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CHANUKAH HUNT

The Venue in Borehamwood played host to a preChanukah family treasure hunt and party. Families worked together to solve clues and create their own matchbox Chanukiahs, as well as enjoying entertainment, music and dinner. Rabbi Adam Edwards, who took part in one of the teams, said: “This event was a great opportunity for Borehamwood families to get in the Chanukah mood with a treasure hunt, kids’ entertainer, a burger dinner and, of course, masses of doughnuts.”

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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis hailed Simon Marks Jewish Primary School in Stoke Newington “an excellent school that truly draws out the potential of every child”, when he opened a new building for nursery and reception children. Unveiling a plaque at the William Sharron Early Years Building, named for one of the school’s most devoted supporters who died in 2013, he praised the school as a beacon of provision for the very youngest pupils as they embark on their Jewish journey. Chair of Governors Howard Pallis said: “The opening of this new facility is a huge step forward for Simon Marks.”

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Mark Regev, Israeli Ambassador to the UK, made a plea for compensation for Jewish refugees from Arab countries to be included in any peace deal between Israel and Arab states. Speaking at a concert at JW3, where he spoke of how his wife Vered was the daughter of Jewish refugees from Aleppo in Syria, he said a reconciliation for peace between Jews and Arabs had to be based on truth.

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Shul’s choral tribute

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CHANUKAH EVENT

Northwood United Jewish Synagogue is once again inviting its neighbours in the area to celebrate Chanukah at a ceremony hosted by Three Rivers District Council at its Rickmansworth HQ. Call 01923 82004 or email admin@northwoodus.org for details.

London’s Gay Men’s Chorus, Europe’s largest gay male choir, performed at the historic West London Synagogue to mark World AIDS Day. Preceded by a memorial service, led by Rabbi David Mitchell, the event will benefit the work of two HIV charities – the Jewish AIDS Trust and the Israel AIDS Task Force.

TWIN CELEBRATIONS

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Ten Ethiopian-Israeli kids, supported by Myisrael, celebrated their bar and batmitzvahs with the party of their dreams thanks to the fundraising efforts of their 11 UK bar and batmitzvah ‘twins’. The latter raised more than £13,000 to ensure their Israeli ‘twins’ were able to celebrate their rites of passage.

BABY BLESSINGS

Palmers Green and Southgate Synagogue held its first baby blessing, when three babies born this year were blessed by Rabbi Emanuel Levy. He said: “The babies were wonderfully behaved. I think they really enjoyed it, and the fact three babies were born this year is a healthy sign for the future.”

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100-SECOND INTERVIEW Celebrating our community’s centenarians... children and four great-great grandchildren – the newest of whom are twin boys, born earlier this year.

What was your job before retiring?

What is your happiest memory?

We had a retail shop in Leicester Square in the West End, where I worked.

PRUE’S HIGH PRAISE

TV presenter, restaurateur and author Prue Leith was guest speaker at a lunch at Jewish Care’s Betty and Asher Loftus Centre for 150 guests, sponsored by Maxwell Williams. She said: “As I get older, I visit more care homes. This one is a delight. It is well run and friendly. I would be happy to be here.”

to Jewish Care’s Princess Alexandra Home two and a half years ago. I live independently, with support from my family.

Name: Rebecca Joseph Date of birth: 19 June 1917 Place of birth: East End Where do you live? How long have you lived there? Where did you live before?

I got married and lived in Willesden. Our house was bombed during the Second World War, and we moved to Belsize Park, where I lived with my husband for most of my married life. After my husband was diagnosed with cancer, we moved to Edgware to be near my family. I then moved to Northwood with my daughter, who cared for me until I moved

Do you have any siblings?

I was the youngest of seven children, born to immigrant parents who came to England from Poland at a very young age. Did you marry?

I was happily married for 52 years to Harry Joseph. For my 100th birthday, we had a party at my grandson Lloyd and his wife Abby’s home. Do you have any children, grandchildren and great grandchildren?

We have three children, who are wonderful and I see a lot of them, together with their spouses, my 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grand-

My happiest memory is the wonderful married life I shared with my husband. What do you consider your greatest or proudest achievement?

Living a long and full family life and, having turned 100 years old this year, seeing all the incredible changes that have taken place in my lifetime.

If you could live your life again would you do anything differently?

I may well have done some things differently. But life is a journey of learning and experience. If you could offer a piece of advice to youngsters, what would it be?

To try to be good Jewish people, appreciate and love your family and friends – no one is here forever. The secret for a long life is…

A happy marriage.

Who are your heroes of today and yesteryear?

My number one hero is my grandson Lloyd and, having lived through the Second World War, Winston Churchill. If you were granted one wish to see something in your lifetime, what would it be?

Peace in this troubled world.

Rebecca Joseph, above, as she is now


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JW3 dinner is a record breaker

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Above (and inset): Menashe Lustig plays Menashe, with his on-screen son, Rieven, portrayed by Ruben Niborski

A true portrayal of Chasidic life The first film in 70 years made entirely in Yiddish has won critical praise. Its director tells Francine Wolfisz about the difficulties of making it – and the rewards

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obody makes a film on a low budget with unknown actors in a language that no one speaks,” jests writer and director Joshua Z Weinstein. And yet, despite the obvious drawbacks – including this being the first film in 70 years made entirely in Yiddish – this unusual strategy has garnered critical acclaim for his latest film, Menashe, which is released in UK cinemas tomorrow (Friday). Set within Brooklyn’s strictlyOrthodox community, the story revolves around a kind and hapless supermarket assistant (played by Menashe Lustig), who, in the wake of his wife’s death, is prevented by Jewish tradition from raising

his young son, Rieven (Ruben Niborski), alone. The child is instead sent to live with Menashe’s strict brother-inlaw, Eizik (Yoel Weisshaus), leaving Menashe heartbroken. Frustrated by his situation, he asks his rabbi for one special week with Rieven before the first anniversary of his wife’s passing, to prove himself as a man of faith and fatherhood. Weinstein, who was born in New York and raised in a family of “just regular, run-of-the-mill Jews”, has largely spent his life as an outsider to the tight-knit world of Brooklyn’s Chasidic neighbourhoods and admits to finding them “fascinating”. During his younger years, Weinstein recalls his grandfather, who

owned a toy store in Brooklyn, gifting some of his stock to Russian orphans through the Lubavitch community. “The Lubavitch group is Chassidic, but it’s the only one that does outreach and they use mobile phones and computers. But these are not the people we made the film about,” he explains. “Everything I thought I knew about Chasidic Jews was wrong. Most Chasidic Jews are not like the Lubavitch; they are so much more insular, dogmatic and really following rules that haven’t changed in hundreds of years.” It was a world into which Weinstein wanted to delve further and make a film about, with the caveat that it would not simply show men with

beards and big hats and speaking in English. Unlike previous portrayals of the Chasidic world on film, Weinstein was clear he wanted to produce something authentic, “because that world deserved an accurate representation of itself”. But to do so was not without its obstacles. Firstly, Weinstein was adamant the actors had to speak Yiddish, even though it’s a language he himself does not understand. “To do the film in English would have been ludicrous,” he declares. “Whenever you see Hollywood films trying to show this world, it’s always in English with a few funny Yiddish words thrown in here and there, but nobody speaks like that. “We really lent backwards to ensure it was all in Yiddish, even though it meant the film took much longer to complete.” His next challenge was ensuring the cast were themselves from the strictly-Orthodox community – not an easy task by any means. “There are hundreds of thousands of people in that community and most of them were against what we were trying to achieve,” laughs Weinstein. “Only a few dozen showed up for auditions.” As a result, his telephone number was distributed throughout the community and eventually he was able to pull together “an incredible group of performers”, including his lead actor, Lustig. Of his first meeting with Lustig, who lives in a Chasidic community in New Square, New York, and works as a grocer, Weinstein tells me he was “blown away by this large clown, who was one part hilarious and one part brooding”. He adds: “You could really feel the anxiety and weight of life on his shoulders. So there was something very captivating about him.” Director Joshua Z Weinstein

Knowing he “wanted to write for something that existed”, Weinstein found himself inspired by Lustig’s own story. He learned how, in 2008, Lustig’s wife had died suddenly and the community had decided it would be better for his young son to live with a foster family. “The film is his emotional truth,” explains Weinstein. “In some ways it was quite traumatic for Menashe, because we were digging up the most difficult moments of his life and having to live them every day on set. But he also really enjoyed the opportunity to act and do something different.” Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, Menashe has received positive reviews from the critics – as well as from some unexpected quarters. “We thought there might be a backlash, but the Chasids have also been supportive of the film,” Weinstein reveals. “They like that it doesn’t sensationalise their lives. Many don’t go to the cinema – but some secretly do – and tell me that the film shows just how their lives really are. They appreciate that.”  Menashe (U) is released tomorrow (Frid ay)


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Our bling thing! When Prince Harry finally decided to pop the question last week to his American actress girlfriend, Meghan Markle, he did so with a ring he had designed himself. With bespokemade engagement rings becoming more popular, Deborah Cicurel spoke to five couples about their proposal stories and that all-important task of choosing the ring

Daniella-Jade and Adam Flowers Daniella-Jade and Adam first met on a night out in 2010 while at Birmingham University, after his chewing gum accidentally became lodged in her hair after approaching her for a chat. Flustered, he dropped her bag on the floor and lost most of her make-up. The next day, he messaged to apologise and they have been together ever since. They got engaged in 2014 and married two years later in Israel. “Our engagement story is equally as dramatic, as exactly three months before he popped the question, Adam accidentally sent me a picture of the ring instead of sending it to his parents,” says Daniella-Jade, who is aged 28. “To say I was shocked was an understatement.” Three months later, Adam, 29 and from Radlett, proposed at Chewton Glen while staying in a treehouse. “Adam proposed with a stand-in ring, which was a princess cut from Swarovski,” says DaniellaJade, who is from Bushey. “This was a cut I was so sure I wanted but, after trying it, I decided it didn’t suit me. “We have a good friend who is a jeweller and I went to him with all of my ideas and asked if he could create something. Two weeks later he sent me a sketch and it was perfect. He let us see a large collection of different size, colour and clarity stones and pick what we wanted and I found the most perfect stone in a fantastic clarity. Three years later, I am still in love with it and marvel at it daily.”

Eli and Rachel Gottlieb Eli and Rachel had known each other for years, both attending Bnei Akiva camps when they were younger, but got together in 2011. “In 2015, Eli proposed to me in his back garden,” recalls Rachel, 25. “He set up a large sparkly collage, displaying lots of photos of us throughout the years.” They got married in August last year in Manchester and decided on the style of the ring together. “We went to several shops in Hatton Garden and sat for hours being educated in the world of diamonds,” says Rachel, who is from Leeds. “We both liked the cushion shape diamond as it was different to other rings we had seen. We also liked the idea of having little diamonds surrounding the central diamond. The most important quality of the diamond in our eyes was the colour. We made sure both of us were very happy with the ring.” Eli, who is 26 and from London, adds: “Choosing the ring was a surprisingly enjoyable experience. We saw many different rings, and in the end, we had it made by a friend. Although we deliberated at length, Rachel was the one who was going to wear the ring and so it needed to be something that she could envisage herself wearing for many years to come.”

Saul Muzlish and Shoshi Stanton

Saul and Shoshi dated for four years and got engaged this year. “I proposed in Leicester Square at the exact spot we first met,” Saul says. He surprised her with a scrapbook. “At the back of the scrapbook was the ring attached to a ribbon,” says Saul. “As Shoshi saw the ring, I came round the corner with her favourite flowers.” The proposal and ring were both a surprise for Shoshi, 24, who hails from Birmingham. “Shoshi is a devoted eco-warrior,” says Saul, 23, who is from Pinner. “She is the most morally upstanding person I have ever met. There was no way I could buy a ring off the shelf, so I got one custom-made. I went to a company called Brilliant Earth, where they make rings made of 100 percent Fairtrade gold and 100 percent conflict-free diamonds. I got the ring in white gold with a round stone from Canada. “Shoshi is neither flashy nor materialistic, so I knew she didn’t want a big stone, she just wanted it to be shiny. I taught myself all about the world of diamonds and found a lovely stone and chose a willow-style twisted setting.” The couple plan to marry next June.


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Put A Ring On It! / Lifestyle Sam Marks and Emma Dekan Sam and Emma were together for nearly nine years before Sam pulled off a romantic proposal at a hotel in Lake Garda, Italy. They met at a house party in Leeds, went to university in Birmingham together and are getting married next May in Cambridge. “I had put together a special proposal playlist and surprised Emma on the balcony of our room at sunset,” says Sam, 28. “I made my speech, then got down on one knee and gave her the ring. I always knew she would want something intimate without people there to distract us.” Sam, from Bushey, was inspired to create the ring after seeing one he liked at a vintage shop in London. “I took pictures of it to my jeweller, who helped me improve on the design and work on my budget.” The ring was a surprise for Winchmore Hill-based Emma, 26. “She didn’t know about it and, because of the intricacy of the design, it took me five months of ducking and diving to get it made secretly,” Sam adds. “I’ve always been very traditional and wanted an opportunity to pick a ring myself. Luckily, she loves it.”

Gaby Newton and David Boast Gaby, 26, who is from Bushey, and David, 29, from Guildford, met four years ago at work. They started dating two years later and got engaged in September during a trip to Iceland. “David planned the proposal well in advance,” says Gaby. “We got engaged in an area called Diamond Beach. The land is black sand and covered with bright blue icebergs and glaciers that have washed up onto the sea.” The destination was chosen by David with Gaby’s engagement ring in mind. “David knew I wanted a sapphire, which is why he chose to propose somewhere that resembled the style of the ring,” she adds. “I’ve always wanted a unique engagement ring and was inspired by Kate Middleton’s ring. I think he felt nervous about designing the ring himself, especially as I had a specific style in mind, so he proposed with a dummy sapphire ring and we designed my actual ring together.” They plan to wed next year in London.

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“I don’t just want my guests to come to Israel and party,” she says. “It’s not just about the main event: I want to bring in meaning. “For example, if I have a barmitzvah, I will arrange the guests to meet Israeli soldiers to help understand Israeli and Jewish values. “Another time, I arranged an event at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and I made sure guests could do tours related to their origins. It’s not just about making a party, but it’s about bringing meaning to the celebrations.” Piatelli is also very hands-on with her clients, whether they are a couple getting married or parents organising a barmitzvah. “I am very dedicated,” she says. “Once we start working together, I have a full relationship with the client, meaning they can call me, consult with me and get very involved in the planning.” While planning events can present its challenges, Piatelli has real passion for her work. “I love bringing it all together,” she says. “It usually takes six months to organise an event. You invest energy, stress, pressure, thought and money, and the most beautiful part of it is seeing the scene and elements all coming together.”  Details: letizia-events.com


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Where legends are born

Francine Wolfisz follows the Cornish coast and discovers a place of pirates, kings and natural wonders

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ales of swashbuckling heroes, shameless smugglers and spinechilling sea creatures are all well and good before bedtime, but the chances of you spotting a real-life pirate on the streets are fairly low. At least, that was what I told my children before we ventured off to Cornwall, birthplace of myths, magic and ancient legends, where mermaids and giant killers rub shoulders with pixies, wizards and wild beasts roaming the moors. And of course pirates. We didn’t think we would spot them so soon after our arrival, but there they were – The Pirates of St Piran band – alive and well and really getting the crowd going, as part of the colourful Cornwall Folk Festival held each year in Wadebridge. This vibrant Cornish town forms part of the Camel Trail, a picturesque 18-mile route along a disused railway line, which is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse-riders. Wadebridge is also just a stone’s throw away from the stunning Polzeath beach and Pen-Y-Les, a charming and modern, three-bedroom cottage in the quiet hamlet of Edmonton, which provided the perfect base for our holiday.

The owners have thought of literally everything for a comfortable stay, from toys, games and DVDs for youngsters, to a well-equipped kitchen, utility room, spacious dining and lounge area and outside storage box filled with all kinds of beach paraphernalia. Much to the children’s delight, there was even a horse and pony staying in a field to the rear of the property, and a sweeping view of the coastline down to Padstow. Taking advantage of the last burst of summer sun, we journeyed first to Great Western beach in Newquay, around a 30-minute drive from our holiday base. Situated between Towan and Tolcarne beaches, Great Western is fabulous for surfers and has plenty of little caves and rock pools for youngsters to explore. When the weather permits, the azure waters and sprawling beaches of the Cornish coast really are a sight to behold. From sandcastles to real castles, our next destination was Tintagel, the fabled birthplace of King Arthur.

From top: The beach at Newquay; outside the Eden Project; a friendly visitor at Pen-Y-Les

Top: The stunning north Cornish coast; Left: Inside Pen-Y-Les, near Wadebridge; Above: On a visit to the Eden Project

This strategic site was once a stronghold for rulers during the Dark Ages and when in the 12th century, Geoffrey of Monmouth described Tintagel as the place where Arthur was conceived, Richard, Earl of Cornwall, decided to build a castle here. Much of it has since decayed over the centuries, but the dramatic coastal landscape helps keep the legend alive. Back in the main village, King Arthur’s Hall, opened in 1933, is an ambitious recreation of the castle, with 72 stained glass windows illustrating the legend, designed by Veronica Whall. For the craftsmanship alone, it’s certainly worth a visit. From the past to the future, our next destination was the Eden Project, located just three miles outside St Austell. Awe-inspiring in its vision, what began as a disused china clay pit has been turned into an epic showcase of the world’s most important plants. There’s a reconstructed rainforest, where

giant species of bamboo and rubber trees dwarf their spectators, to a Mediterranean paradise filled with olives and grape vines, and all encased within two gigantic biomes. One can only marvel at what can be grown inside these inflated plastic domes and indeed there is talk of one day using the same system on the moon or Mars. We spent our last day at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek, located just 10 miles from Falmouth, where a Jewish community once settled and a synagogue building in Gyllyng Street still stands. The sanctuary was set up in 1958 by Ken Jones for sick or injured marine mammals. As well as getting the chance to learn more about starfish, otters, penguins and other marine life, we also heard heartwarming stories of rescued pups, as well as seals now living full-time at the sanctuary. From myths and legends to natural wonders, Cornwall is certainly a place we would love to return to again and again.

FRANCINE’S TRAVEL TIPS Francine spent six nights at Pen-Y-Les, near Wadebridge, bookable through Cornish Horizons (cornishhorizons.co.uk) and Original Cottages (original cottages.co.uk), from £532-£1,267 per week. For details, see Tintagel Castle (english-heritage.org.uk), The Eden Project (edenproject.com) and Cornish Seal Sanctuary (visitsealife.com). For more information, see visitcornwall.com


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Orthodox Judaism

SEDRA Vayeishev

RABBI NAFTALI SCHIFF ‘Behold the master of dreams is coming!’ Joseph’s brothers derided their younger sibling for his fantastical delusions of greatness and leadership. However, whether we recall them or not, the virtual reality simulation we experience can often be an expression of our hopes, dreams and aspirations, with a fair amount of absurdity mixed in. Chalom, the Hebrew word for dream, is made up of three root letters, chet, lamed and mem, which, when rearranged, provide us with concealed insights that teach us how to maximise their power. Dreams are often aspirational, but to realise them we need to fix our sights on the goal and then fight to overcome all the obstacles that stand in our way. The letters of chalom can therefore be rearranged as lochem, to fight. While our natural instinct might be to push out of the way people who prevent us achieving our dreams, one who is confident in the power and truth of their vision ought to rearrange the letters again to be mochel, to forgive others, and move on. The way to achieve our dreams is to discover what we are willing to let go of, for the sake of achieving our greater dream. The greatest Jewish visionary of all time, Abraham, is told “Lech Lecha”, to let go of the baggage of your past to build a brighter future for the whole world. The Jewish nation is one of dreamers, as we sing every week, at the end of history, when our destiny has been fulfilled, we will be hayinu kecholmim, as dreamers, people who have fought for their beliefs and let go of the things that are of lesser importance, to invest in the visions of a magnificent future.

Naftali Schiff is CEO of Jewish Futures Trust

It’s Biblical

Everything wanted to know about your favourite Torah characters, and the ones you’ve never heard of...

BY RABBI ZVI SOLOMONS THIS WEEK:

DOEG THE EDOMITE

Of all the characters in the Bible, one of the nastiest and lowest is Doeg the Edomite. He was King Saul’s herdsman. When David fled from Saul’s increasing violence, he was received at Nob, where Abimelech the High Priest received and fed him, on the pretence of his being on the King’s service. David escaped, having been given Goliath’s sword, as witnessed by Doeg. Saul was so paranoid that he accused his servants of helping David, whereupon Doeg volunteered that the Priests of Nob had helped him. In his fury, Saul summoned Abimelech and all the priests, and ordered his servants to kill those who he alleged had been disloyal. When they refused, Doeg came forward and carried out the impious act himself. David never forgave himself for implicating the good priests in his escape and mentioned his guilt in a psalm. In Midrash, Doeg is a nasty opponent of justice and right. He causes havoc in Israel by trying to preserve Agag from death, trying to arrange an alterna-

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tive site for the Temple, arguing that David’s descent from the Moabitess Ruth disqualifies him from ruling, and declared that his wife Michal was not actually married to him. The violence of his behaviour and his extreme treachery mark him as outside the norms of civilisation, but more than this, have been used by the rabbis as an archetype for Edomites, morphing into Rome and, by extension the Christian

Church, in its days of persecution of our religion. The Roman soldiers who destroyed the Temple are portrayed as Edomites, and therefore the cunning duplicity of Doeg has become a symbol of non-Jewish enmity and malice.

Zvi Solomons is rabbi of the Jewish

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Progressive Judaism

The Bible Says What?

Progressively Speaking

‘Those who break Shabbat will be put to death’ BY RABBI DANNY RICH The concept of Shabbat – a regular period of cessation from the daily tasks and an opportunity to recuperate and reflect on the natural world and on the human being and its capacity to be free – is perhaps Judaism’s greatest gift to humanity. But, if reading the Torah literally, there will be few verses as personally worrying as this one: “One who profanes the Shabbat shall be put to death; those who do work on Shabbat shall be cut off from their kin.” (Exodus 31: 14) Exodus was written at a time when it was believed that coercion, whether by local authorities or divine intervention, was the best method of persuading Jews to keep Shabbat. Today, in Progressive Judaism at least, we try things a bit differently. Like Jews of all denominations, Liberal Jews seek to make Shabbat special by gathering their families and friends, visiting neighbours,

studying Jewish texts, lighting candles, attending synagogue and concluding with havdalah. But where we differ is that, in celebrating Shabbat, Liberal Jews will use technology – including public and private transport – if it facilitates that celebration and brings a dose of oneg (joy). In seeking to make Shabbat both different and special, we should abstain from daily work and tasks that may be onerous or prevent the possibility of the appreciation of Shabbat. But it is crucial to understand, however, that Liberal Jews both ‘do’ and ‘do not do’ on Shabbat, because it makes the beauty and purpose of Shabbat real and not out of fear from neighbourly disapproval or Divine retribution. The best way of encouraging Jews to keep Shabbat is not via death threats, but to invite them to experience its beauty.

 Danny Rich is the Senior Rabbi of Liberal Judaism

Would the Maccabees hate what Chanukah has become? BY RABBI DEBBIE YOUNG-SOMERS I’m not sure the Maccabees would recognise Chanukah today. The freedom fighters who opposed all things secular achieved an incredible, some might say miraculous, military victory, which ironically is recorded for us in the two books of Maccabees. You can find them in the Apocrypha, or the intertestamental books Christians preserved between their testaments. Chanukah isn’t recorded in the Tanach. But they would’ve been horrified by Christian and secular influences on Chanukah today. The first Chanukah was a belated celebration of Succot, missed during battle (hence eight days). The institution of a regular celebration at this time made sense, bringing festive spirit to the darkest time of the year. Chanukah is timed to coincide not just with the shortest days, but the darkest nights, with the new moon arriving in the middle of the festival.

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But the books of Maccabees don’t mention a miracle of oil and certainly don’t suggest we celebrate with eight nights of gifts. The miracle of the oil is a story first laid out in detail in the Talmud, written around 500CE. Chanukah continues to change. Our great-grandparents had the custom of giving gifts of money to Torah teachers at Chanukah; one isn’t supposed to make a living

teaching Torah so this was a way to help them make a living indirectly. This ‘Chanukah gelt’ is now represented in chocolate money, and the gifts answer the consumerism of Christmas. But Chanukah has huge amounts to offer, even if it isn’t the most important festival and has picked up some bad habits along the way. To have hope in the middle of winter that light will return, and that a few passionate individuals can change history, are good things to celebrate. Must we worry that the Maccabees wouldn’t have liked Chanukah? The festivals that do make it into the Torah have also changed and been added to. So while we could certainly make an effort to give more ethically and learn more spiritually at Chanukah, knowing the Maccabbees would not have liked Chanukah needn’t necessarily worry us – indeed, they probably would not know or like much about rabbinic Judaism at all!


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Brady see off Bayern to reach semi-finals MGBSFL The clash of the top-two in Division One saw Faithfold A extend their lead to eight points after they beat Scrabble 6-3. David Leiwy bagged a hat-trick, playermanager Avi Markiewicz scored twice, with David Kizneris also on target. Simon Moses’ double, plus Oli Sade’s strike saw Los Blancos beat Redbridge B 3-2, while four goals from Mitch Hahn helped Redbridge C to a 9-1 win at Temple Fortune. Ashley Rubin scored a hat-trick, with Dave Green and Josh Kalinsky also on target. Division Two leaders Catford & Bromley were beaten 4-3 by FC Team, player-manager Mitch Young scored twice, with Richard Salmon and Adam Rones also on target. Alex Elf’s hat-trick helped Raiders C to a 6-3 win over Real Hendon. Ben Kaye scored twice, with Liam Stein making it a sweet six. Straw Hat Pirates and Faithfold B drew 3-3, Aron Gale, Ben Mandell and Jono Nesbitt scored for the former, Tony Plascow’s double and Joel Barnett’s strike replied for The Greens.

Premier Division leaders Brady Maccabi made light work of Division Two highfliers Bayern Mincha by booking a place in the semi-finals of the Cyril Anekstein Cup. Two goals each from Reiss Mogilner and Charlie Kassler, coupled with Graeme Grossman’s strike saw them to a comfortable 5-1 win. Manager Joel Nathan said: “We beat a good young team, however in all honesty we didn’t really have to get out of second gear. But we’re now in the semi-final and that’s all that matters.” Oakwood A join them in the last-four after they beat Raiders A 3-1 in an all-Premier Division clash. Josh Cuby, Dave Woolman and an own goal sealing the win for Daniel Kristall’s side. In the Premier Division, Hendon United were held to a 3-3 draw by London Lions White. Yoav Kestenbaum, Zac Lewis and Avi Korman fired them into a 3-1 lead, but Josh Shack’s double and Josh Weiner’s strike earned them a point. London Lions Blue moved up into joint-third as Josh Bloom’s double helped them to a 4-0 win over Camden Park. Liron Mannie and Charlie were also on target.

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Davidson turns in a masterful display MASTERS A hat-trick from Ashley Davidson (pictured) helped Division Two leaders EHRS Stonegrove maintain their 13-point lead. Dean Schulberg’s double, coupled with strikes from Ian Leader and Adam Kern rounding off a 7-1 win against St John’s Wood Tigers. London Lions B are up into second, thanks to an 8-0 win over Temple Fortune. Gideon Barnett scored half their goals, with Danny Schindler, Michael Abrahams, Arthur Duke and David Kyte’s penalty completing the scoring. Marshside were involved in another highscoring draw, playing out a 4-4 thriller against Brady B. Scott Ansher put Brady ahead on four occasions, with Darren Coon’s double and Gill Barrel and Jason Rich goals earning Marshside a point.


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Russell Goldstein helped England’s futsal team win its first piece of silverware as he starred in a four-nations tournament win last weekend. After playing in a couple of friendlies against Wales, which saw him score in a 2-2 draw – he travelled with the squad to Edinburgh last weekend, where he helped them to a maiden win. Beating the reigning champions Wales 3-0, a 5-1 victory over Northern Ireland set up a winner-takes-all clash against the hosts – which saw him get on the scoresheet, in a 5-0 win. Reflecting back on the tournament, and his time in the team, he said: “I’m currently playing some of my best futsal, which is why I’m enjoying playing for England right now, as well as at club level for Helvecia, the champions of England, were I play with nine England teammates.”

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Skydiving sisters Hannah and Rachel Goldstein raised nearly £2,000 for Camp Simcha when they took part in their latest fundraiser for the charity. Hannah, a teacher at Immanuel College and Camp Simcha ‘Big Sister’ volunteer for the last four years, said: “It was pretty scary sitting in the plane waiting to go but after the 30-45 second free fall, where I think I screamed a lot, it was amazing. I loved it.” Rachel, 19, a student at Nottingham University, said: “I’m pleased I did it but it definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone! I’m also very grateful that everyone was so generous in their sponsorship because I can honestly say I will never, ever, do that again.”

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Spurs legends honour Alfred Alfred Leader’s loyal support to Tottenham Hotspur was recognised last weekend when he was presented with a signed from six legends of the club. Having followed the club for the past 83 years, the 95-year-old names his favourite players as Jimmy Greaves, Danny Blanchflower and Dave Mackay, while more latterly, Glenn Hoddle, Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker. The club treated 15 of Alfred’s nearest and dearest to full hospitality and tickets for the match, with Alfred saying his greatest memories of following the side were the league titles and numerous cup wins.

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