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See me’! ‘centre Britain’s top Jewish teachers took center stage last night at the Jewish Schools Awards. Now in its third year, the joint initiative between Jewish News and Partnerships for Schools (PaJeS) celebrates excellence in teaching, as well as highlighting the contributions of “unsung heroes” among non-teaching staff. The awards, sponsored by the Emmes Foundation, also recognised “mental health and wellbeing champions” in schools, who have provided “exceptional pastoral support”. Rabbi David Wilk, of North London Jewish Day School (primary) and Danny Baigel of Immanuel College (secondary) received honours for excellence in Jewish studies. Meanwhile Daniel Sunshine, assistant headteacher at Menorah Foundation School (primary) and Lelanie Grobler, head of psychology at JFS, (secondary) were honoured for
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excellence in secular studies. Moses Kirosingh, caretaker at Eden Primary and Joanne Bernard, personal assistant to the headteacher at
Yavneh College (secondary) were named as the winners of the award for “exceptional contribution from non-teaching school staff ”.
For pastoral support, Anna Livoti of Wolfson Hillel (primary) and Amit Singh Kalley of Hasmonean High School for Boys (secondary) were named recipients of the mental health and wellbeing champion award. A lifetime achievement award was presented to philanthropist Joshua Rowe, chair of governors at King David School in Manchester. The winners for each category received £5,000, while runners-up received £1,000, to spend on new projects and initiatives at their respective schools, courtesy of the Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust. Rabbi David Meyer of PaJeS said: “This year we were overwhelmed by the number of nominations received. Mazeltov to our worthy finalists.” Continued on Page 2
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News / New CST statistics NEWS IN BRIEF
TRUMP HITS OUT AT EMBASSY CRITICS Donald Trump used this week’s State of the Union address to criticise countries that voted in the UN to censure the United States for recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “I took an action endorsed unanimously by the Senate: I recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said during Tuesday’s address to Congress. He added: “Afterwards, dozens of countries voted against America’s sovereign right to make this recognition. In 2016, American taxpayers generously send those same countries more than $20 billion in aid every year. “That is why I’m asking the Congress to pass legislation to help ensure American foreign-assistance dollars only go to America’s friends, not enemies.”
COMMONS DEBATE ON HEZBOLLAH STATUS MPs have clashed over a motion to designate all of Hezbollah as a terrorist group, as opposed to just its armed wing. Both Labour and Conservative parliamentarians led calls for the whole group to be proscribed, something the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, can do. Despite the fact Labour MPs were asked not to support the motion by their leadership, it was Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) chair Joan Ryan who secured the debate and several from the Labour benches who spoke out. The motion was introduced by Democratic Unionist Party MP Jim Shannon, Joan Ryan, and LFI vicechair Louise Ellman MP, with support from pro-Israel groups. • Editorial comment, p15
Anti-Semitic attack By Stephen Oryszczuk email@example.com @JewishNewsUK
The number of anti-Semitic assaults in the UK rose by more than a third in 2017, new figures have revealed. During a year in which the number of anti-Semitic incidents reached record highs, there was an incidence of “extreme violence” against Jews because they were Jewish roughly once every 2.5 days. Most of the assaults recorded by the Community Security Trust (CST) were “random attacks” against Jews on the streets, with many recorded as being against Jews who looked “visibly Jewish, due to their religious or traditional clothing”. Among these, Jewish schoolchildren were targeted 16 times while away from school, and three times on their way to school. On one occasion, Jewish schoolchildren were “hit, kicked and punched” on the bus, but were “ignored” by the driver when they tried to get help. The children fled the bus at the next stop but were followed. The assault only stopped when they ran into a kosher shop and raised the alarm. The shocking statistics were published this week by the CST, the organisation charged with protecting the Jewish community and monitoring instances of anti-Semitism across the country. CST analysts recorded 145 assaults in 2017, at least 40 of which were against Jewish children, and said there were 120 incidents last year targeting synagogues or synagogue congregants, up from
Almost one in five ‘incidents’ was reported on social media, such as the above tweets and messages
89 in 2016. The total number of assaults in 2017 represents a 34 percent increase on the figure of 108 in 2016 and is almost twice the average number recorded in the four years from 2012 to 2015. Like last year, almost one in five incidents was reported as anti-Semitism on social media, while the number of incidents classed as ‘abusive behaviour’, such as shouting on the streets, stayed steady at 1,038, comprising the bulk of the total. The CST, which spends an annual
£13.4 million government security funding grant on behalf of the Jewish community, said improved recording could account for the highest ever number of incidents, up from 1,346 in 2016 – itself a record year. “This differs from previous record highs, in 2014 and 2009, when conflicts in Israel and Gaza acted as sudden trigger events, that led to short-term, identifiable ‘spikes’ in incident numbers,” said a spokesman. The charity said that more than 100 incidents have been logged every
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month since April 2016, which it described as “an unprecedented pattern”, with monthly totals “roughly double what they were five years ago”. While several factors are cited, the CST noted that the number and visibility of security guards around Jewish religious and communal buildings was increased around 2015-16, in response to terrorism in Europe, with the report’s authors suggesting that this could account in part for the recent rise in recorded incidents. Interestingly, when analysing trends, the report said
Teachers centre stage at awards Continued from Page 1 Jewish News editor Richard Ferrer added: “All the teachers who made the shortlist for an award are a credit to our community. They are the reason that Jewish parents are increasingly confident about choosing a religious education for their children. Jewish News is extremely proud to partner on this initiative once again and we look forward to doing so again.” The winners were selected by a panel of judges, including author and teaching consultant John West-Burnham, Maurice Wohl charitable Foundation
chief executive Kate Goldberg, consultant paediatrician Dr Michael Markiewicz, businessman and vicechair of the Portland Trust Sir Harry Solomon and Jewish News’ features editor Francine Wolfisz. For full coverage of the night, see next week’s Jewish News
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s up by a third there were 10 times as many acts of anti-Semitism described as being “far-right” in motivation (140) as there were incidents described as being “Islamist” in motivation (14). Likewise, there were 67 acts logged as having an “anti-Israel” motivation. As with previous years, the majority of incidents were logged in London, with large cities including Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow also registering. “Hatred is rising and Jewish people are suffering as a result,” said CST chief executive David Delew. “It shows anger and division that threaten all of society.” He said the Jewish community had the support of both the government and the police, but added: “Prosecutions need to be more visible and more frequent; while too many others act in ways that encourage anti-Semites and isolate Jews.” Home Secretary Amber Rudd acknowledged that the rise in reported incidents “partly reflects the improving response to these horrendous attacks and better information sharing between the
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The latest CST statistics show another marked increase in anti-Semitic incidents
CST and police”. She added: “Even one incident is one too many, and any rise in incidents is clearly concerning, which is why this government will continue its work protecting the Jewish community and other groups from anti-Semitism and hate crime.” Rudd’s department is due to shortly update the 2016 Hate Crime Action Plan, which identified an “under-reporting” in the Orthodox Jewish community. Labour front-bench MP Andrew Gwynne MP, said: “We must root out anti-Semitism... I hope the CST’s report will act as a stark reminder of the work that still needs to be done.” Communities Minister Sajid Javid said communities “are increasingly confident in coming forward and are reporting incidents” but that more needed to be done to bring perpetrators to justice.
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A record number of nearly 1,400 anti-Semitic incidents (most of them racist hate crime) were reported to CST’s London and Manchester offices last year. The reports came from members of the public, security personnel and police forces across the UK, but this record high is a serious underestimate. Crime surveys suggest that more than 70 percent of such incidents go unreported to anyone, whether police or CST. Taken alone, the figures have somewhat limited use. To make them meaningful, we must compare like with like. Doing this, and considering changes in reporting rates (owing to factors such as publicity, public mood, police and CST resources), we see that during most of 2016 and 2017, incident levels were about twice as bad as during any similar length of time in the
previous decade. The monthly incidents rate shows this best. From April 2016 to October 2017, CST recorded more than 100 incidents every month, 19 months in a row. In the 10 years before April 2016, we only passed that 100 figure six times. And we must note, unlike previous record highs, this was not because of a brief external event, such as Israel being at war. It is because of British events, such as Brexit and Labour’s antiSemitism controversies: both of which excite racists and Jew-haters. In all of this doom and gloom, we have to remember the context. Look at all the positive and open aspects of British Jewish life today, compared with even 20 years ago. This is not a cliché; it is there in our high streets, in our schools, our cultural centres and so much else. That is the Jewish life that CST and its partners are committed to protecting and helping to flourish. So, be proud of what we have built, and stand up strong against those who hate and envy us.
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Chelsea Football Club has launched a campaign to tackle anti-Semitism in football. The initiative is supported by the club’s owner, Roman Abramovich – who discusses the issue in a special foreword in tonight’s matchday programme – and forms part of the club’s ongoing inclusion work, through its Building Bridges campaign. The project was announced two weeks ago, and a ‘Say No To Antisemitism’ banner was due to be unveiled on the pitch
prior to last night’s kick-off, while fans were going to be offered a free ‘Building Bridges’ phone wallet upon arrival. A picture montage featuring supporters of the initiative, including players, fans, staff and high-profile individuals from across the Jewish community and campaigners against anti-Semitism from around the world was also due to be shown on the big screens. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was also set to be at Stamford Bridge last night.
HAMMERS MARK HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY West Ham Utd marked HMD by lighting six candles before Tuesday’s Crystal Palace game. Participants included joint-chairman David Gold (second left) and Alana Harris, the granddaughter of a survivor.
Defence secretary tells CFI: ‘Britain always Israel’s friend’ Britain’s new defence secretary made the annual Conservative Friends of Israel parliamentary reception one of his first public appearances in his new role – and made a passionate case for Britain to maintain a close partnership with the Jewish state, writes Jenni Frazer. Speaking at a packed reception on the terrace of the Houses of Parliament, Gavin Williamson, who was promoted from chief whip by Prime Minister Theresa May in her latest reshuffle, said: “Britain will always be Israel’s friend.” The two countries had “an amazing relationship”, he said. “We were at the birth of the nation and we have today a partnership of equals, of friends. Israel is that beacon of light, in a region where there is so much hatred. “What are we in politics for if we cannot accept and celebrate the wonderful blooming
New Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson speaks at CFI
of democracy that is Israel, but instead turn to spite, envy, and sheer simple hatred? And that is happening among some elements in politics today and, sadly, it seems to be becoming more and more acceptable. “None of us should ever stand for that. We have to call it out at every single opportunity.
It is my hope that the relationship between our two countries grows and prospers.” Williamson admitted, to laughter, that to date his only visit to Israel had been when he was 13 – when he had been very impressed by “your female defence forces”. And he added that when he had been Par-
liamentary Private Secretary to David Cameron, the then Prime Minister had been considering the latest British military acquisition, an armoured vehicle called the Scout. “David said — well, I won’t say exactly what he said, but he made it clear he didn’t think it was a very good name. He said, in Israel, they have great names for things, like Iron Dome. And I see in this room my Minister for Defence Procurement, [the Welsh MP Guto Bebb], and I order him, take inspiration from Israel [in naming military hardware]. If he does not do this, we expect his resignation!” The reception, attended by MPs and peers, including the veteran Europhile and former Chancellor Ken Clarke, was addressed by the Conservative Friends of Israel parliamentary chair, MP Stephen Crabb, and Israeli ambassador Mark Regev. Treasurer Stephen Massey gave the vote of thanks.
Thanks more than £1million, WJR! Plight of Ukrainian Jews on agenda More than £1.2million was raised at World Jewish Relief (WJR)’s annual dinner on Monday, as the charity brought the plight of Ukraine’s community into sharp focus, writes Jack Mendel. Keynote speaker at the Guildhall was Philippe Sands QC, who told 500 diners how WJR helped his family escape Nazi Europe in 1938, before speaking about his book, East West Street. He told guests: “It is an honour to be here tonight to support this extraordinary organisation,” before urging people to donate to help those in need. At the dinner, which was attended by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Israeli Ambassador to the UK Mark Regev, and hosted by broadcaster Jacky Klein, guests heard about the charity’s work supporting more than 42,000 people across 19 countries in the past year. Marking 80 years since the Kindertransport, which
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From left: Henry Grunwald, Dan Rosenfield, Rabbi Mirvis and his wife Valerie, and Linda Rosenblatt. Inset: Philippe Sands
saved hundreds of Jewish children from the Nazis, and 85 years since the founding of WJR, the organisation honoured longstanding volunteer Harry Heber, who arrived in the UK in 1938 on one of the first transports. He was given the inaugural Outstanding Volunteer Award to mark 20 years of service, dispatching glasses to those in need. His initiative has facilitated the dispatch of nearly 60,000
prescriptions in 15 countries around the world. Funds raised by guests will go towards helping the world’s poorest Jews, including 18,000 older people and more than 3,000 people who suffer from poverty and unemployment. WJR chief executive Paul Anticoni said: “I never fail to be bowled over by the kindness of World Jewish Relief’s supporters.” He thanked them “on behalf of the Jewish communities we support in Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine”.
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Galloway threatens legal action over Momentum chief’s ‘smears’ George Galloway this week threatened to sue the head of left-wing group Momentum for defamation over allegations of anti-Semitic “smears” in an Twitter row with comedian David Baddiel. The former MP said he had instructed solicitors to take action after he was accused of “anti-Semitism” by Jon Lansman. The two men fell out when Lansman defended Baddiel, who was attacked by Galloway on Twitter as a “vile Israel fanatic”, despite a history
of critical comments from Baddiel about the Israeli Government. In a message posted on Sunday, Galloway tweeted: “There will be no supporter of the Palestinian people marching behind vile Israelfanatic ‘comedian’ David Baddiel”, while Baddiel hit back, writing: “Since I’ve always made it clear that my attitude to that country is entirely meh, I think we can conclude that by ‘Israel fanatic’ George just means Jew. Vile Jew. And that therefore he is an anti-Semite.” Lansman, the head of Momentum, which was credited with supporting Jeremy Corbyn’s rise to power in the Labour Party, waded into the online fracas “in solidarity” with Baddiel. In reference to Baddiel, Lansman wrote: “Since he’s a Jew who’s talked about being non-Zionist, there’s no possible reason to call him a ‘vile Israel fanatic’ other than
Insets: George Galloway and David Baddiel. Left: Jon Lansman’s tweet defending Baddiel
anti-Semitism.” Lansman added: “There clearly should be no place for @georgegalloway in @UKLabour or in the employment of @talkRADIO.” In response, Galloway tweeted his innocence, saying he had been maligned as a supporter of Palestinian rights by Lansman and that he had instructed his solicitors to take action against the Momentum chief. “The use of the defamatory smear of anti-Semitism has gone against supporters of the Palestinian people has, at least for me, gone far enough,” tweeted Galloway. “I have instructed
solicitors to bring a case for defamation against Jon Lansman, owner of Momentum. I will be calling @jeremycorbyn as a witness.” He added: “I have never said an a n t i Semitic word in my life.”
Mazzig returns to UCL after violent 2016 demo A former Israeli soldier, whose appearance at a London campus back in 2016 sparked violent scenes, returned to speak at the university this week. Hen Mazzig spoke at University College, London (UCL), but was critical of the university for not making the A poster opposing Hen Mazzig’s event more public. return to UCL this week After a disciplinary probe into the clashes found free speech and protect Jewish fault on both sides, UCL students.” Although thankful for invited him to return under very tight security, making the being invited, he said he was event ticketed and only open unhappy the event took place “behind closed doors with to students. Mazzig told Jewish News, very intense security, and with after speaking to roughly 60 a guest list that was screened students about his role as a in advance”. He added, that “until former humanitarian officer in the IDF, that “the univer- an hour before the event, sity didn’t want to publicise I didn’t even know where event was going the event. They didn’t want the to be”. another incident like 2016. In a statement following “That’s something I protested. I told them that’s not the event, the university said the right way to go to celebrate it was a “demonstration of free speech on campus and our commitment to freedom show they are able to allow of speech.”
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News / MS research / Tributes to father / News in brief
SINGER CLARIFIES HITLER COMMENTS Singer Erykah Badu has responded to a backlash over comments she made in which she appeared to praise Adolf Hitler. Badu said she tries to see the good in everyone, including Hitler, in an interview with Vulture magazine. Clarifying her remarks on social media, she said she was using an exaggerated example to make her point. She tweeted: “Either U read the entire VULTURE interview & U understood the message of compassion CLEARLY. OR U only read selective, out of context Headlines, & were drawn in2 the whirlpool of grief.”
GILSTON NAMED AS NEW ZF PRESIDENT The Zionist Federation has chosen a new president after the passing of much-loved former Labour MP Eric Moonman, who died in December. Estelle Gilston, who represents ProZion, a progressive Zionist organisation, described herself as “a doer” this week, saying she had “very big shoes to fill”. Chairman Paul Charney praised Moonman’s successor for having “stature and drive”. Gilston said her role will be one of “active and passionate engagement, not simply a title to hold”.
Medics hunt for ‘miracle cure’ “You must have worked out what is wrong with you,” a consultant told Mark Lewis more than 25 years ago. “No,” he replied, “I’m a lawyer, not a doctor,” writes Jenni Frazer. The diagnosis was bleak, the intervening years of hope and rejection more tough than can be imagined as Lewis, who became one of Britain’s leading media lawyers, battled against secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). But as he revealed to an audience of Hadassah UK supporters in central London this week, a medical team of “won’t-take-no-for-an-answer” at the Jerusalem hospital are developing what might be a cure for his MS, and a group of other neurological conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosisnand Parkinson’s. And in conversation with TV director David Modell, who made a remarkable Channel 4 film about Lewis’ “search for a miracle cure”, the Manchester-born lawyer spoke frankly about MS and how it had affected his life – and what improvements there had been in his condition since taking part in the Hadassah clinical trial, as Patient 31, in the last year. Lewis repeatedly referred to himself as a “battler, a person who will
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Media lawyer Mark Lewis, right, in conversation with David Modell
not be beaten”, but admitted that over the years since his diagnosis, aged 24, he had often been told that his was “the wrong type of MS” to qualify for further research or to be accepted onto a clinical trial. Nevertheless, he said, he was determined to try to find a place on the Hadassah trial, whose team is headed by Professor Dimitrios Karussis. And it was that determination and
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he is at least 20 percent better than before the treatment. Once all 48 patients have gone through the procedure, the clinical trial will move on to a second level and Lewis is now hoping to be accepted for the next stage. “I always wake up with the assumption that everything in my body works,” he confessed, adding that when he dreams, he does not have MS and can run fast. He spoke emotionally of the frustration caused by MS and its unpredictability, but added that he has a profound belief in the possibility of a cure – and that such a cure will be found by the Hadassah team in Jerusalem. The fundraising event – to improve the facilities at Hadassah – was bookended by Rabbi Akiva Tatz and Lewis’ partner, Mandy Blumenthal. Tatz, who is a medical doctor who lectures at the Jewish Learning Exchange, reminded the audience of the kabbalistic imperative of seizing opportunities when they are presented. Blumenthal made the appeal, and encouraged the audience – some of whom were in wheelchairs or were using walking aids – to do whatever they could to help the charity.
Tributes to dad who dies from rare form of cancer A London-born father who made aliyah in 2008, and who was helped by donations from British Jews in his battle with cancer, has died. David Kay, whose daughter Noa is aged two, was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer despite him never having smoked. Last year, tests revealed the tumours had spread. News of his death trickled through the community last Thursday, after the social media campaign ‘Save Dave’ helped his family raise $124,000 (£88,165) to cover costs not covered by their health insurance, such as advanced tests in the United States, second medical opinions and conferences. At the end of October, dozens of family friends and supporters ran a 10k run around Tel Aviv to raise money for the keen athlete. A former member of Woodside Park Synagogue, whose mother now sings in the Zemel choir, David grew up in London and was a member of youth movement HaNoar HaTzioni. He later chaired the Jewish Society at Leeds Metropolitan University, before making aliyah in 2008, moving to northern Israel and Kibbutz
Emly and David Kay
Ginosar on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, after meeting Israeli-born wife Emly in Tel Aviv. Last year, the family was hit by the diagnosis that David had a rare form of cancer – stage four non-small cell lung carcinoma EGFR+ with multiple brain, liver and bones metastasis. He had to undergo a combination of chemotherapy, whole-brain radiotherapy and medication. In December, David began an alternative course, including biological treatment and immunotherapy, writing to supporters to say he was hopeful it would be successful.
1 February 2018 Jewish News
Women’s festival /Netanya tragedy/Foley praise / News
More than 600 Jewish women have met in London for the first Neshama Festival of Torah learning. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said the event on Saturday night at the Hilton London Metropole “surpassed all expectations”. His wife, Valerie, welcomed participants before a Havdalah led by Reb be tzin Freda Kaplan, accompanied by an all-female Jewish band. Kaplan, a grandmother, is “the skydiving rebbetzin” who last year raised money for a “bucket-list ambulance” for terminally ill children. Speakers at the festival included Esther Wachs man, mother of murdered soldier Nachshon, who travelled from Israel, and Cambridge sociologist and anthropologist Lea Taragin-Zeller, who spoke about her research “at the intersection between gen der, text, body and religion”.
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More than 600 took part in the Torah learning festival
In another session, Rebbetzen Ilana Epstein of the United Synagogue joined Nicky Goldman, director of Lead, to discuss leadership. Participants could choose from a range of experiences, from text-based learning through to learning using film, art, music and even dance. Among the educators were the academic and social worker Dr Tovah Lichten-
stein; dancer and singer Avigayil Fabian; Katie Green, of Israel’s Ma’aleh Film School; and Lauren Levin, the first Yoetzet Halacha in the UK. Describing the event as “truly unforgettable”, the Chief Rabbi added: “Our challenge now is to keep the momentum going.” Participant Sharon Horo witz said: “It has left me inspired to learn more.”
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Brit dies in Israel burglary More than one hundred people attended the funeral in Netanya on Monday of Alan Kaye, a Mancunian who was murdered in his home, writes Lisa Sanders. Many of those mourning Kaye, 79, who made aliyah eight years ago, were from the UK immigrant community. Israeli police say he died in a burglary that went wrong. Kaye’s daughter, Helena Dahan, 50, who lives in Netanya, went to visit him on Saturday night in his modest groundfloor flat in the city’s Dora neighbourhood.
She told police she heard noises coming from the flat. “I tried to open the door but [the attacker] surprised me. He was inside with a hammer in his hand,” she said. “My dad tried to fight him. I tried too, but he attacked me and ran away.” A Magen David Adom crew pronounced him dead at the scene. Dahan was treated for her injuries at Laniado hospital. At the graveside, Dahan was supported by her brother, Johnny. “I’m so sorry, dad. You were such a good dad. Nobody deserves to die like that.”
SPY HERO PRAISED BY MI6 A British spy who helped smuggle German Jews out of Berlin in the 1930s has been praised by the head of MI6 in a rare public acknowledgement of espionage work. Frank Foley, whose good work became known to the wider public only in the past 15 years, was an MI6 officer posted to Berlin, where he ostensibly worked as an embassy passport officer.
There he issued papers to thousands of Jews seeking passage to Palestine or Britain by bending the visa rules, as well as securing Jews’ release from internment camps and hiding fugitives in his flat. In a declassified note from 1933, Foley writes that his office was “overwhelmed” by requests from Jews to leave for “anywhere in the British empire”, describing the
applicants as “professional men of the highest standing, including some who were wounded in the German side during the [First World] war”. Sir Alex Younger, the head of MI6, said on Tuesday: “While many condemned and criticised the Nazis’ discriminative laws, Frank took action. With little regard for his personal safety he took a stance against evil.”
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Toy drive in memory of ‘dedicated’ Suri Family and friends of a young Orthodox Jewish woman from Golders Green who passed away last year have launched an initiative to give free toys and games to families in need. Suri Dubiner (pictured), the former deputy head of the nursery at Pardes House, was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and passed away seven months later, in April last year, aged 34. Suri loved children and friends this week launched Simchas Suri
as “a fitting tribute” to a young woman who used to spend her free time touring markets and car boot sales looking for toys and toy furniture for the children. “She was so dedicated,” said a family friend this week. “She’d even buy second-hand toys and spend hours cleaning them so they looked like new. “She was completely devoted to the children so this is a fitting tribute to her memory.” The toys and games will be
given to families who cannot purchase toys for their children, perhaps owing to financial or other constraints. “The toys and games will be given, not loaned, and we will not ask for your name or any details,” added the family’s spokeswoman. “Just leave a message saying what kind of toys you want, the age of your children and how many toys you would need. “All toys will be wrapped up and
sent by taxi to an address of your choice (anywhere in the UK) at a time of your choosing.” The initiative is in its very early stages, and the family is yet to register Simchas Suri as a charity, but well-wishers are already donating either toys in excellent condition or money to buy toys and games. Anyone wanting to contact the initiative to donate or request can email email@example.com or text/call 07983 153 342.
Muslims worshippers from the new mosque in Golders Green scooped one of the Jewish community’s top awards honouring good deeds this week, after they took part in an interfaith blood drive in November. Members of Markaz El Tathgheef El Eslami, or the Centre for Islamic Understanding, in the former Hippodrome building, were recognised for taking part in an interfaith blood drive, despite their arrival being met with angry petitions from some local Jews. Acknowledging the joint blood drive as “a great vehicle to demonstrate the power of people of faith coming together,” Golders Green
Synagogue and Interfaith Matters were recognised at Tuesday night’s Mitzvah Day awards. Elsewhere, Jewish cross-denominational school JCoSS and an Islamic girls’ school in Hounslow jointly won an award for best youth achievement at this year’s Mitzvah Day Awards. Children from the secondary schools made apple crumbles for the homeless and volunteered together at Sufra food bank in Brent. “As well as being a great educational project, with children learning first-hand about the work of food banks, it brought the two schools closer together,” said award presenter Neil Martin, chief executive of JLGB.
Also recognised in the youth category was BBYO, for organising social action across the UK and Ireland, from toy drives to care home visits, as well as Habonim Dror and Baha’I Youth, for working on Kentish Town farm together to create links between the two communities. Nottingham’s Liberal Jewish community jointly won an award with Himmah, a food parcel initiative launched in 2010 after a Muslim man called Ahmed was found rummaging for food in the city’s bins. The two groups founded the Salaam Shalom Kitchen for those in need, offering a hot meal and company in a café atmosphere every Wednesday.
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MOSQUE MEMBERS AWARDED FOR BLOOD DONATION
Winners: Salaam Shalom Kitchen members
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News / Denial debate / Ken controversy
Schama warns combating Holocaust denial is ‘urgent and universal’ task Simon Schama this week warned of the “universal human urgency” of combating Holocaust denial during a commemorative event in central London, writes Alex Davis. The historian argued that visiting concentrations camps, and use of social media, documentaries and live events, was crucial to keep young people engaged and interested in the Shoah. He told the 400-strong audience at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue that Holocaust relativisation was not a significant issue compared with the “severe problem” of the Holocaust being “casually equated” with anti-Zionism, particularly on university campuses. He was joined by the filmmaker Andre Singer during the event, which was hosted by
JRoots to raise awareness and support for the charity’s work in combating Holocaust denial. Singer, director of the Emmy award-winning documentary Night Will Fall, described sifting through original footage of concentration camps being liberated. “I thought I knew something about the Holocaust, but when I saw the footage I realised I didn’t. It was a shocking and traumatic experience,” Singer said. “At that stage, I realised we needed to do something to shock others using the power of a documentary.” The pair, alongside JRoots co-founder Tzvi Sperber, also discussed the importance of empirical evidence in the digital age. Schama argued that we are now living in an “empire of lies”, in which truth itself “cannot be taken for
granted”, and warned that the web was a “perfect nest of fantasy with communities who are nourished by the mutual supply of lies”. He encouraged the audience to spread the empirical truth of the Holocaust to the world. During the evening the premiere was screened of a biopic about Auschwitz survivor Leslie Kleinman, entitled #8230 A Legacy of Love, and a short film by JRoots about Holocaust denial on social media feeds. JRoots co-founder Rabbi Naftali Schiff said the organisation was dedicated to giving young Jews the “experience, facts and desire to take up this critical fight against Holocaust denial into the post-survivor generation”. Schama concluded the discussion with a quote from Night Will Fall: “The line between
Simon Schama at this week’s JRoots talk
humanity and bestiality all over the world is much thinner than we think. This is what so-called humans can do to another human. This is everyone’s cause.”
Ken debates ‘exploitation’ of Shoah
Ken Livingstone on Press TV, where he said Hitler ‘worked with the Zionist movement’
Ken Livingstone has sparked yet more controversy after appearing on Iranian statefunded Press TV on Holocaust Memorial Day to discuss ‘Has the Holocaust been exploited to oppress others?’ The host, Roshan Muhammed Salih, repeatedly made the claim that the Shoah has become “an industry”. Inviting callers to phone in with their opin-
ions, views expressed included that “Hitler ‘was extremely fantastic’ for the creation of Israel”, and “If it wasn’t for Hitler there would be no Israel”. While the former mayor of London, who remains suspended from the Labour Party, disagreed, telling the caller it was a “really bad thing to say, it’s deeply offensive to Jewish communities around the world”, he repeated
his claim that Hitler worked with the Zionist movement to get people to move to Israel. Livingstone added: “I mean, Hitler wanted to eliminate every Jew who was living inside Germany, and that’s what he did in the 1930s. He worked with the Zionist movement to move … to get 60,000 to go. But it was about half a million and then he changed his policy and went for genocide.”
SIMCHAS SURI TOYS AND GAMES The family and friends of the late Suri Dubiner a.h. are delighted to inform the community of a new venture in memory of the girl who devoted her life to the children in the community and to their happiness. Simchas Suri will be operating from this week and will be distributing toys and games to all those who, due to financial or other constraints, cannot frequent the toy shops and procure toys for their children. All toys will be given to you and you will not need to return them. Should you wish to benefit from this service, please email email@example.com or text/call 07983 153 342. You do not need to leave your name. Just leave a brief message as to what kind of toy/toys you seek, the age of your child/children and how many toys you would need. All toys will be wrapped up and sent by taxi to an address of your choice (anywhere in the UK) at a time of your choosing. YOUR PRIVACY IS OUR PRIORITY. Should anyone wish to donate any toys that are in EXCELLENT CONDITION or should anyone like to donate money towards the purchase of new toys for this service, please feel free to email as above.
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Polish law / News briefs / News NEWS IN BRIEF
SOBIBOR SURVIVOR WAISPAPIR DIES IN UKRAINE AGED 96 Arkady Waispapir, one of the last survivors of the Nazis’ Sobibor death camp, has died in Ukraine at the age of 96. The Berlin-based Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe said Waispapir died on 11 January in Kiev. Born in southern Ukraine in 1921, Waispapir was captured by the Germans while serving in the Soviet Army and shipped to the Nazis’ Sobibor camp in occupied Poland in 1943 because he was Jewish.
LEONARD COHEN WINS POSTHUMOUS FIRST GRAMMY Just over a year after his death, singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has won his first Grammy. His Best Rock Performance award was for the title song from his 14th and final album, You Want It Darker, released 19 days before his death. The song includes the lyrics Hineni, hineni, and chants from the choir of Shaar Hashomayim synagogue in Montreal. Carrie Fisher won Best Spoken Word Album for The Princess Diarist, the audiobook version of her memoir.
Israel criticises Poland’s ‘death camp’ legislation
POLISH PRESIDENT TO JOIN RIVLIN AT MARCH OF LIVING
Israeli and Polish lawmakers clashed this week over Poland’s proposed new law banning references to death camps within its borders. Israeli reaction has angered Poles and led to antiJewish and anti-Israel statements, with a march planned outside the Israeli Embassy. The head of state-run TV station TVP2, Marcin Wolski, said on-air that the camps should even be called Jewish, adding: “Who ran the crematoria there?” The bill, which passed Poland’s lower house of parliament, also makes it illegal to blame Poles for the crimes of the Holocaust. It will become law if the Senate approves it. Yair Lapid, chairman of centrist party Yesh Atid, hit out at Benjamin Netanyahu for “negotiating over the memory of the deceased”, after the Israeli prime min-
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Law will stop Auschwitz being called a ‘Polish death camp’
ister said he was in dialogue with the Polish government. “This law needs to be buried in the Polish ground, which is saturated with the blood of Jews,” said Lapid. Poles say the camps were Nazi–German and nothing to do with Poland, protesting references to ‘Polish death camps’, which will become
a crime, punishable by up to three years in jail if the bill goes through. Most world Jewish groups, including the World Jewish Congress and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, have condemned the new law. In Poland, however, it has had the support of Artur Hoffman, president of TSKZ,
the oldest and largest Polish Jewish communal organisation, while Poland-based Rabbi Eliezer Gur-Ari of Chabad disagreed. “It is not right to call the extermination camps Polish,” said Hoffman. “Israel and Jews around the world should help Poland fight this phrase, because everyone knows it’s just not true.” But Gur-Ari said: “I am opposed to the law. It is a great injustice to erase the actions of the Poles in the Holocaust, many of whom co-operated.” Newspapers including Jewish News have been pursued by groups using civil claims lodged in Polish courts, while historians also say the issue is “very troubling” for academics examining Poland’s wartime role. More than 6,700 Poles have been honoured as ‘Righteous Among Nations’.
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Amid tensions between Poland and Israel over legislation that would criminalise the use of the term “Polish death camps”, the presidents of the two countries will take part in the March of the Living at the former Auschwitz death camp. Reuven Rivlin and Andrzej Duda agreed to jointly participate in the 12 April ceremony during a telephone conversation, the head of the Cabinet of the Polish president, Krzysztof Szczerski, announced on Monday. [JTA]
The Louvre Museum is putting 31 paintings on permanent display in an effort to find the rightful owners of artworks looted by Nazis during the Second World War. The Paris museum opened two showrooms last month to display the paintings, which are among thousands of works of art looted by German forces in France between 1940 and 1945. More than 45,000 objects have been handed back to their rightful owners since the war.
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News / Family tribute / Coroner talks / Arkush off NEWS IN BRIEF
ISRAELIS SUE OVER LORDE SHOW AXE An Israeli legal rights group is suing two New Zealanders for allegedly convincing the pop singer Lorde to cancel her performance in Israel in what appears to be the first lawsuit filed under a contentious Israeli anti-boycott law. The two New Zealanders, Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab, penned an open letter to Lorde last year in which they urged her to “take a stand” and “join the artistic boycott of Israel.” The singer-songwriter cancelled her show days later.
EIGHT-YEAR-OLD ATTACKED IN PARIS A Jewish boy has been beaten by teenage assailants in a suburb of Paris in what French prosecutors are calling an anti-Semitic attack. The boy, eight, was wearing a kippa when two assailants, about 15 years old, knocked him to the ground and beat him. It is the second attack on a Jewish child in the same area within weeks. In January a 15-yearold Jewish girl was slashed in the face while walking home from school, wearing the uniform of her Jewish school.
BOARD SET TO MEET WITH CHIEF CORONER Community leaders at due to meet chief coroner Mark Lucraft today about “fundamentally disagreements” with senior coroner Mary Hassell’s approach to quick burials for religious reasons. The meeting comes as Sir Keir Starmer, Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras and Tulip Siddiq, Labour’s MP for Hampstead and Kilburn and Camden leader Councillor Georgia Gould joined forces against the coroner in a letter. Addressing their note to Sidney Sinitsky of the Adath Yiroel Burial Society and Mohamed Omer from the Gardens of Peace Islamic Cemetery in Ilford, the trio acknowledge “hundreds” of emails from constituents calling for Hassell to go. They ask that Hassell “reviews her position” in relation to releasing bodies promptly where possible, which – alongside the issue of invasive autopsies – has riled Jewish representatives. Outlining their efforts to reach a mutually-acceptable
resolution, the politicians say the stumbling block revolves around the resources needed to release bodies early on weekends and bank holidays. “Coroner Hassell maintains that there are significant additional things she would need to have in place to be able to provide this service,” they say. “We fundamentally do not agree with this position.” They added: “To find a way forward, we have asked Senior Coroner Hassell to review her position.” Camden council’s chief executive is in dialogue with the chief coroner, despite the fact that only the lord chancellor has the power to dismiss Hassell, whose inner London area covers Hackney, Tottenham, Camden and Islington. Jewish leaders have repeatedly asked for quicker release of bodies and non-invasive autopsy techniques such as MRI scans, where possible, but feel they have not been met halfway by Hassell, leading to calls for her to resign.
Family pays tribute to former JFS pupil Tributes were made this week to a former JFS pupil who died in Argentina while hiking. David Minn’s body was discovered on a mountainous hiking trail near the city of Ushuaia, close to the Esmeralda Lagoon. It is believed David, who was from Borehamwood and was on a sevenmonth tour of South America, may have fallen. The 24-year-old’s sister Hayley paid a tribute to him on social media. After Tweeting an appeal to help locate him, she wrote last Thursday that the family had “got the devastating news we didn’t want and it’s breaking my heart”. She wrote on Instagram: “To my perfect baby brother David, I love you so much and I’m heartbroken right now. I can’t believe I’m never going to see you and that massive smile or hear that infectious dirty laugh everyone’s been talking about ever again. “You were always the
David Minn died while hiking in the mountains of Argentina
younger brother I could never live up to, who everyone adored and you never had a bad word to say about anyone. “This is the most unjust thing that has ever happened, but I’m so happy we came out to see you in South America in December and that I got to spend two weeks with you – and get so drunk neither of us remember why I ended up asleep in the corridor of a hotel. “I miss you so much already,
and I really hope you’re up in heaven with nana looking down on us and seeing that you’re being called a rocket scientist in the papers, because I know you’d love that. I’ll see you soon xx”. A JFS spokesman said: “We are deeply saddened to learn of David’s death. He will be remembered as a fun-loving, talented and able student with a great personality. We extend our condolences to the family.”
Praise for Arkush as he bows out Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has announced he will not seek reelection in May. Arkush, a barrister specialising in commerce, whose tenure as president has seen him spar with some sections of the community, will not seek a second three-year term on 13 May, saying he had gone “a long way” to fulfilling his objectives. He has been widely recognised as a popular and effective president, cred-
ited with boosting the Board’s standing. JLC chairman Jonathan Goldstein said: “He’s dedicated himself to the UK Jewish community and played a most valuable role as an advocate and campaigner for a wide range of Jewish causes and organisations. For that, and for his service, we all owe him a debt of gratitude. Alex Brummer, a former vice-president of the Board, said Arkush had “flourished in the limelight” and “delivered on his pledges,” adding that his decision not to seek re-election was “a surprise”. Senior vice-president Richard Verber said: “Jona-
than has been a superb and tireless servant of the Jewish community for decades.” Among those being touted as a potential president is former CST chief executive Richard Benson. He told Jewish News last night: “I’m extremely flattered that some have put my name forward as a potential candidate. “There will be many challenges for the community over the next three years. If I can play a role in whatever capacity, it would be my honour to do so.” However, Benson insisted he was yet to decide whether to throw his hat into the ring.
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VIRGIN ATLANTIC IS ‘FIXING’ ISRAEL MAP
BELMONT SYNAGOGUE EXPANDS ITS ERUV
PIONEER OF JEWISH HISTORY MOURNED
Virgin Atlantic has sought to reassure customers that it is fixing a glitch to its in-flight maps, following a complaint that Israel was not shown, but Gaza and the West Bank were. The airline’s response comes after passenger Daniel Kosky, 20, said he was “disappointed” by the the glitch, which he noticed on a flight from Johannesburg to London. The airline said: “We are rolling out fixes to the system.”
Belmont Synagogue successfully completed the expansion of its eruv this week. The increased boundary, which allows observant Jews to push or carry certain items outside their homes on Shabbat, will apply to hundreds more flats and houses. The extension, completed under the auspices of the Kosher London Beth Din, stretches from beyond Canons Park Tube Station and includes all entrances of the park itself.
Naomi Cohen, a pioneering scholar of Jewish history who was one of the first women professors of Jewish studies, has died at 91. Cohen studied at the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University, where she wrote her doctoral thesis with the Jewish historian Salo Baron and the American historian William Leuchtenburg. Cohen was one of the first female scholars in the newly- recognised field of Jewish studies.
1 February 2018 Jewish News
Gadot tribute / Fossil rethink / World News NEWS IN BRIEF
CANADIAN TYCOON AND HIS WIFE WERE BOTH MURDERED The Canadian drug-company billionaire businessman Barry Sherman and his wife were both murdered, police said. Detective Sergeant Susan Gomes said investigators came to the conclusion after six weeks of inquiry, but declined to discuss possible motives or suspects. “We have sufficient evidence to describe this as a double homicide investigation and that both Honey and Barry Sherman were in fact targeted,” Gomes said.
ISRAEL’S SPACEIL SAYS IT STILL PLANS A LUNAR LANDING Bosses behind the Israeli space effort have said they still intend to become only the fourth country to land a vehicle on the surface of the moon, despite the cancellation of a major project. SpaceIL, the Israeli non-profit organisation among the five finalists for a prestigious £30 million lunar competition run by Google, said it planned to press on with plans. “We’re continuing to promote the project with full vigour,” it said in a statement.
Gal Gadot abused for tribute tweet Israeli Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot received abuse from pro-Palestinians on social media for her Holocaust Memorial Day tributes. She took to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for International Holocaust Remembrance Day, writing: “Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. A day to honor the victims of the Holocaust, May we never forget. #WeRemember.” As well as thanks and support from some posters, she
received replies from others that included: “What about poor Palestinians slaughtered by your government?”, “World also will never forget palestinian victims” and “Maybe just ponder what your IDF is doing in Gaza and West Bank to Palestinians. Hard to look in mirror isn’t it?” Also tweeting in remembrance were actor Josh Gad, who shared a photo of his grandparents, Evelyn and Joseph Greenblatt, saying: “They were children in Poland
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could also mean that Homo sapiens arose in Africa far
More than 750 rabbis and cantors have protested against Israel’s plans to deport thousands of African migrants. They signed an open letter, saying: “We Jews know far too well what happens when the world closes its doors to those forced to flee their homes.”
Jewish groups have praised a church in Hungary for cancelling a ceremony in honour of Admiral Miklos Horthy, who has been accused of collaborating with the Nazis during the war. It had been scheduled to take place on International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Budapest.
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when they were taken from their homes ... all of them were sent to concentration camps.”
OUT OF AFRICA AND INTO ISRAEL A fossil found in Israel indicates modern humans may have left Africa up to 100,000 years earlier than previously thought. Writing in the journal Science, researchers say the upper jawbone and associated stone tools found on Mount Carmel
A group of 48 people were converted to Judaism in the tiny west African nation by using a lagoon as a mikveh for immersion. The Beth Din was flown in from Israel and America, and the male converts drew blood, since they had already been circumcised.
A Muslim organisation known for its anti-Semitism has rejected Holocaust denial in a letter to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. The head of the World Muslim League said: “We consider any denial of the Holocaust or minimising of its effect a crime and an insult.”
earlier than fossils now show. It may also cause rethinking about how we evolved and interacted with now-extinct species such as Neanderthals. “Now we have to write another story,” said study co-author Mina WeinsteinEvron, of Haifa University.
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Anti-Semitism in an age of division It seems strange to try to understand anti-Semitism. We’ve attempted to do so for thousands of years and are no further forward. In previous years we’ve been able to explain a rise in incidents reported to the CST on Israeli military action or Lebanon or wherever, but these days anti-Semitism seems to be like designer drugs – offering reprobates a sustained high. Are the latest figures published today, showing a further 30 percent ise in assaults, wrong? Community Security Trust stats are verifiable. It only counts an incident if the victim or perpetrator is based in the UK – not always easy to determine in an age of anonymous social media – and only if it was perpetrated because the person was Jewish. If the person being Jewish was incidental, it’s not included. So again: why now? The CST themselves seem to suggest it is down to better reporting and cooperation with the police, who share information. But that doesn’t explain the bigger picture, because across Europe it’s a similar sorry story. The truth is that we now live in an age of increasing nationalism, populism and division. It is no accident that the CST recorded 10 times as many incidents of Jew-hatred from neo-Nazis than from Islamists. As former National Theatre director Nicholas Hytner said this week, the liberal elite is losing the argument by not reining in the forces of extremism within its own ranks. And so, amid the lies and anger, the ‘us’ and ‘them,’ the smears and race-based hate, anti-Semitism thrives. We should all know that by now.
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HONOUR CHADWICK AND WARRINER I was pleased to read recent coverage contemporaries left behind in what is now of the work of Trevor Chadwick and the Czech Republic, few escaped. Doreen Warriner during the winter of To this day, neither Chadwick nor 1938 when Europeans were braced for Warriner has ever been properly recoganother global conflict. nised for their work. Winton, who ran the At the end of the year, three British children’s side of the rescue, was the only citizens – Nicholas Winton, Doreen one to receive recognition, rightly deWarriner and Trevor Chadwick – deserved, for his part. He spent three weeks cided to run a humanitarian operation in Prague, whereas Chadwick and Warin Prague, helping those facing perseriner were there through the Nazi takeover, cution from the Nazis escape. spending much of their time negotiating What is not usually reported was with the Gestapo. Both put themselves in Hero: Trevor Chadwick extreme danger. that over the next nine months, thanks to the three of them, 7,000 Chadwick and Warriner died in their 70s men, women and children were evacand it was only afterwards that part of their uated to the safety of mainly British shores, but also remarkable story came into the public eye. I hope the Sweden and Canada. There was no government-run full extent of this story can be brought to light. Edward Abel Smith operation – it is purely because of Winton, Warriner By email and Chadwick that these 7,000 were spared. Of their
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Why is the UK Government dithering on fully proscribing Hezbollah, enabling the flag of a terrorist militia sworn to spilling Jewish blood to be flown on the streets of London? Enough. Jewish News will be conducting a weekly countdown from now until 10 June, when the next Al Quds Day parade is scheduled to take place.
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In an exchange, presumably, for money, Ken Livingstone appeared on a show on Iranian state-funded Press TV that asked the question: “Has the Holocaust been exploited to oppress others?” The host of the show, while interviewing
Livingstone, wondered: “I don’t know whether six million, or four million died or two million died.” And still Livingstone has not been expelled from Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.
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The Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women (AJEX) is looking for families of two First World War casualties to contact us (martin.sugarman@yahoo. co.uk), regarding recognition of Jewish war graves. • The family of 194083 Pte Emmanuel Speakmaster, Royal Artillery, killed 2/10/18, who lived
in Stepney. • The family of John Raps, an Austrian national who died in a London internment camp on 27/2/1919. He was a paperhanger from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, and has a totally illegible grave at East Ham’s Marlow Road Cemetery.
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Editorial comment and letters
Is Bushey complacent? Bushey has a huge Jewish community, one of the largest in the UK at about 30 percent of the electorate. Its synagogue has an enormous membership. The voluntary-run Bushey Museum has struck a real coup by getting a six-month exhibition of the best of the paintings from the Ben Uri Gallery. I’m one of the tiny number of Jewish volunteers. A recent attempt to find volunteers from the synagogue produced just one, who did not stay. We launched the Ben Uri A picture from the Ben Uri exhibition exhibition after Shabbat last weekend. Guest of honour its part in local affairs, barring a was our new MP, Oliver Dowden, few dedicated local councillors. recently appointed to the Cabinet I hope that not only will lots of Office. Invitations went to several people of all faiths and none atlocal synagogues to attend. The tend this outstanding exhibition, response? Not one attendee. but that some will make an effort Fellow volunteers ask me why. to join the volunteers at this excelI resist saying that the Jewish lent and unique little local gem. community is introspective and Barry Hyman Bushey Heath not remotely interested in taking
WISH E J Y EALL E R D E I U TH G /5778
WE’RE RESPONSIBLE FOR OWN ACTIONS
I write regarding people defending Mendy Levy’s public donation of a Sefer Torah, even though, as far as I know, he has never asked for Yehudis Goldsobel’s forgiveness or admitted to the crime of child abuse, only to an “extra-marital affair”. I believe from learning Torah, that we are all responsible for our actions before other people as well as God. Whatever I have done, I need to realise it is wrong and admit it to the one I have mistreated, and ask for their forgiveness so Hashem will then forgive me for the violation of Torah. This is not just for the benefit of the victim, but also for my own. It could also help to prevent me doing anything like that again. I believe that is the issue that needs to be addressed, if one desires to do good for the Jewish community.
Yochanan Woodger By email
EVER-EVOLVING NONSENSE In reply to Ann Cohen’s letter [Jewish News, 25 February], in which she casts doubt on the legitimacy of teaching subjects such as evolution in Jewish classrooms, I think Ms Cohen might be very confused. Ofsted only want children to be taught facts, so they understand life. In the United States an extreme Christian group operates a museum that rejects evolution and shows Adam and Eve standing
next to a dinosaur, suggesting to the world that they inhabited the planet at the same time. Of course all educated people know this is palpable nonsense. Ms Cohen would be strongly advised to distance herself from such bizarre positions, rather than wilfully choose to endorse them in public through your letters pages.
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New Board leader must focus on JLC merger ALEX BRUMMER
CITY EDITOR, THE DAILY MAIL
he decision of Jonathan Arkush to step down as President of the Board of Deputies after a single three-year term came as a surprise to most deputies. He flourished in the limelight and had been intensively focused on attaining what is still regarded as one of the highest office in secular Jewry. In spite of the rise of other community management organisations such as the Jewish Leadership Council, Jewish Care, JW3 and much else, the Board owns many of the historic official and practical roles in British Jewry. These functions range from authorising Jewish marriage secretaries to being the main conduit to government on most matters affecting the community, from daylight saving to school examinations. The Board also represents British Jews at the European Jewish Congress and the World Jewish Congress. In his farewell letter, Arkush draws attention to his achievements, including enhancing the Board’s status, promoting a more robust
defence of Israel and campaigning against extremism, all of which he pledged and has delivered on. Being President of the Board is an enormous, honorary responsibility and without doubt places a heavy burden on incumbents. But what Arkush has been unable to supply is leadership clarity. The JLC has acquired status in Downing Street, in Whitehall, in the provinces and at the grassroots and has usurped the Board’s authority. Arkush, a forceful orator, has sought to be the loudest voice in the room. There is not an issue from Donald Trump’s election to the perceived incidents of antiSemitism in the Labour Party to which he or his team have not responded speedily; how effectively is for the wider community to judge. But what is not helpful is having twin peaks of community leadership — the JLC and Board of Deputies — which too often duplicate work. Their competing leadership teams are confusing for both the Jewish community and the wider public, at home as well as overseas, and wasteful of resources. Out of sight of the community the two bodies spend a great deal of time squabbling over funding responsibilities. Arkush’s departure offers an opportunity
for the next leadership of the Board to end the standoff, reach out to the JLC and complete much of the detailed and expensive work on a merger pioneered by his predecessor, Vivian Wineman. This included a professional consultation on community views and the design of a merged structure by a constitutional expert. There is mutual suspicion to overcome. Veteran board members view the JLC as an upstart largely funded by community plutocrats who lack democratic legitimacy. That may have been truer in its early days. Now almost every significant community body, from World Jewish Relief to Jewish Care, has an input into what the JLC does. It has also been influential in shaping a new generation of Jewish leaders. It makes absolutely no sense to have two community-funded bureaucracies working
in separate tracks. The Board has the status, history, recognition and powers which the JLC has never had. The JLC has a dynamic leadership and strong resources but lacks the democratic values that are the Board’s raison d’être. The JLC has fresh leadership in the shape of Jonathan Goldstein and, after the May elections, so will the board. Past problems, such as the rocky relationship between Arkush and Sir Mick Davies, should be consigned to the past. As a financial commentator I often oppose corporate mergers. But in the third sector the case for making the best use of charitable monies and clear focus on the issues of the day and future is paramount. Why are we waiting? Alex Brummer is a United Synagogue deputy and former vice-president of the Board
JONATHAN ARKUSH DELIVERED ON HIS PLEDGES BUT HASN’T SUPPLIED LEADERSHIP CLARITY — THE JLC HAS USURPED THE BOARD’S AUTHORITY
Young people’s support for Israel will be vital for us all LOUISE JACOBS CHAIRMAN, UJIA
ecoming chairman of UJIA in the year Israel celebrates 70 years of independence gives me a huge sense of pride and purpose. As the leading charity for Israel in the UK, the approaching milestone gives us the opportunity to look closely at what has been, and then focus our attention on what the next 70 years might look like. In Jewish News two weeks ago, Alex Brummer wrote: “Israel’s increasing prosperity and leadership in technology makes general financial support, through organisations such as the UJIA, less popular.” In fact, UJIA continues to raise £10million every year to invest in connecting our community to Israel, and building a stronger society in Israel through educational and work opportunities to those most in need. However, I’m not going to blithely dismiss the nub of what was said in the column; times have indeed changed. Israel has changed. Our relationship with Israel has changed.
Over the seven decades of her existence, Israel has, without a doubt, transformed herself; in particular, from a fledgling entity fighting for life to an established country whose GDP is ranked approximately 20th in the world, placing her in the richest 10 per cent of nations. This is a phenomenal achievement, which indeed Alex notes. When diaspora communities are exposed to so many news stories about Israel leading the car technology revolution or creating robotic exoskeletons to help paralysed veterans walk again, perhaps it has become all too easy to say, “Israel can take care of herself.” And yet, as we learn from Professor Dan Ben-David at the Shoresh Institution, Israel continues to struggle with low rates of employment, poor academic achievement and huge gaps between rich and poor. As diaspora Jews, we can either look away, or acknowledge our responsibility to work with Israelis to help secure the future of our only Jewish state. All these changes over 70 tumultuous years lead inevitably to the point at which our relationship with Israel has changed. In reference to the younger generation on whom the future depends, the UK can be immensely proud of
TO HELP SECURE ISRAEL’S AND OUR FUTURE, WE NEED TO REIGNITE THE NOTION THAT ISRAEL NEEDS US AND WE NEED ISRAEL the leaders we produce. The Jewish News’s 30 Under 30 and 18 Under 18, many of whom have been nurtured by UJIA funded programmes, are a credit to our community. Crucially, British Jews in their twenties have no memory of Israel truly fearing for her existence. Many have grown up with the perception of Israel as a formidable actor in a complex web involving more vulnerable groups. Understandably, their attention is drawn to a wide range of important social action initiatives in the UK and around the developing world.
The challenge is reaching the necessary numbers from this cohort to help secure Israel’s and our future. We need to reignite the notion that Israel needs us and we need Israel. If we do not take this seriously, I believe the community will come adrift. Jonathan Boyd, of JPR, recently raised the fact that the Jewish community has for long relied heavily on the baby boomers (aged 70-74) and that “their ageing and eventual passing will have very important financial implications for the British Jewish charitable sector”. Without engaging a new generation, we cannot continue to support 13 Zionist Youth Movements, UJS and the raft of other vital programming UJIA provides to connect our community to Israel. To achieve this, UJIA needs to adapt to meet the needs of those we serve. As such, we are evolving to ensure that we are offering the most relevant and attractive opportunities to engage with Israel, reaching British Jews of different ages and backgrounds, especially young people. I am confident that by 2020, when UJIA celebrates its centenary, we will have evolved our working practices and made ourselves future-ready. I look forward to this journey.
1 February 2018 Jewish News
No excuse for continued indulgence of Hezbollah ZAC GOLDSMITH MP
CONSERVATIVE, RICHMOND PARK
ast week cross-party MPs came together to urge the government to proscribe the Hezbollah terror group in an impassioned House of Commons debate. Currently, the UK only proscribes Hezbollah’s military wing, separating this from its so-called ‘political wing’. The organisation’s flag, which features an assault rifle, can be flown freely on the streets of Britain as a result of this indefensible distinction. Not only does this give legal protection to those celebrating Islamist terrorism, but it is obviously distressing for our Jewish communities and damaging for community cohesion. Worryingly, there was no evidence on show in the Home Office Minister’s response to my colleagues and I that this position would be changing any time soon. It is deplorable that Hezbollah remains free to operate within the UK after almost four
decades of terrorism and vile incitement to violence against Israel, Jews and the west. The Iranian-backed organisation is one of the greatest threats to international peace and security. It has left death and destruction across the world – from Argentina to Thailand – and is now a prominent player in international drug smuggling and money laundering. The UK showed great leadership in directing the EU-wide proscription of Hezbollah’s military wing in 2013. This was an important step, but it falls short of the full proscription required to constrain the group’s ability to operate within the UK, including its ability to raise funds. It is hard to understand the government’s reasons for not wanting to fully proscribe Hezbollah, which meets the criteria for full proscription under the Terrorism Act 2000. It looks like weakness and is embarrassing. Separating Hezbollah into military and political wings is absurd given the groups’ own senior leaders’ insistence that its military and non-military activities are inseparable. Hezbollah’s notorious Secretary-General
THE POLICY OF RETAINING POLITICAL CONTACT WITH CORBYN’S ‘FRIENDS’ IS DERISORY AND NAIVE Hassan Nasrallah reportedly said in July 2013: “The story of military wing and political wing is the work of the British.” The argument that proscribing Hezbollah might destabilise Lebanon and the wider region is feeble. On the contrary, our continued indulgence of this terrorist group destabilises the many moderates in Lebanon who are determined to marginalise its extremists. Failure to proscribe has given Hezbollah the green light to not only continue its merciless rampage against Israel’s and Jews
worldwide, but also to erode from within the stability of its host-state Lebanon. Moreover, the belief espoused by Jeremy Corbyn that retaining political contacts with “friends” in Hezbollah will usher them towards peace and acceptance of Israel’s right to exist, is in equal measure derisory and naïve. There’s no evidence that decades of European or British contact with the group have moderated it. The UK Government should judge Hezbollah by the totality of its actions. Its well-documented criminal, terrorist, and militant activities, including on mainland Europe, must not be absolved simply because it also engages in political or humanitarian ones within Lebanon. Joining our closest ally America, together with Canada, the Netherlands and the Arab League, in proscribing Hezbollah would send a strong message that the UK Government abhors terrorism in any form. There is no difference between its so-called ‘military’ and ‘political’ wings; the only difference is in UK policy, not in reality. It is time for that policy to change. Hezbollah must be proscribed. In full.
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Offenders must repent before they are forgiven YEHUDIS GOLDSOBEL FOUNDER, MIGDAL EMUNAH
familiar theme has been established in the fallout of Chabad Lubavitch UK’s shameful behaviour in honouring a convicted sex offender’s Torah scroll donation. While Chabad Lubavitch UK continues to remain unapologetic, our communal leadership focused on the “genuine repentance” and rehabilitation of sex offenders. Indeed, over the years, I have met rabbis and those in positions of leadership who are more concerned with the wellbeing of offenders than victims. Let’s put this into context. Imagine your home is burgled. A stranger enters and ransacks it, leaving with your money, jewellery and possessions. You report it to the police. You feel violated, knowing that they have emptied every drawer and cupboard. The response of those close to you is one of empathy and support. Time moves on and you are one of the
lucky ones. The police arrest the person who committed these crimes against you, yet your possessions have not been found; they are gone, probably forever. The CPS takes the case to trial. There is a conviction and punishment. But that burglar has never acknowledged his wrongdoing. Instead he felt entitled to ransack your home with only his needs in mind. Without accepting responsibility for the offence, there is no repentance. Repentance needs to be the first stage of rehabilitation. Without repentance there can be no forgiveness, because forgiveness is constructive. The one who has wronged must request it from the one who was wronged. It is the prerogative of the victim to forgive. It is not the public’s opinion that magically bestows forgiveness on the criminal. Nor is it something that is awaiting the perpetrator as he leaves prison — as if he deserves it for surviving prison. Neither the person who abused me, nor the community that hosted the Hachnasat Sefer Torah, nor for that matter anyone in attend-
FORGIVENESS IS CONSTRUCTIVE – THE ONE WHO HAS WRONGED MUST REQUEST IT FROM THE ONE WHO WAS WRONGED ance, has apologised or asked for forgiveness. How can we possibly address rehabilitation without even a nod at a process of repentance and forgiveness? Who judges who has or has not sufficiently repented? The Jewish Leadership Council or Board of Deputies? The Criminal Justice system is not a rehabilitation facility for lawbreakers. For me, it was my way of passing responsibility
for the well-being of other young people on to the police and the community. From what the many victims and survivors tell me in my capacity as independent sexual violence adviser at Migdal Emunah, this is always their main priority – to ensure that no other child is harmed in the same way. Let me be clear. Sex offenders in general are a small percentage of the UK prison population, even more so Jewish sex offenders. But we cannot assume that because a jail sentence occurred that the perpetrator has repented. Yes, sex offenders need a place to pray and should be able to be a part of the Jewish community, but this must be decided on a case-by-case basis, by trained professionals experienced in working with sex offenders. Not by rabbis, financiers or leadership organisations. And certainly not by public confidence vote. Let’s not get distracted with the rehabilitation of the handful of convicted sex offenders that we have and instead focus our energies and listen to the hundreds of victims they have made.
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The children of Apples and Honey Nightingale nursery, based on the site of Nightingale House, a Jewish residential home in South London, celebrated Tu B’Shvat by decorating the trees outside the residents’ activities room.
A group of three and four-year-olds from Yeladenu, Muswell Hill Synagogue’s nursery, visited residents at Jewish Care’s Betty and Asher Loftus Centre, where they sang them songs.
Volunteers in London and Israel took part in JNF UK’s Green Sunday fundraising appeal. Torah Action Life (TAL) hosted more than 150 young professionals at its annual Tu B’Shvat party at St John’s Wood Synagogue.
More than 2,200 pupils from 20 schools participated in GIFT’s Tu B’Shvat activities in London, Manchester and Jerusalem.
At Kisharon School, pupils learnt about looking after trees and planted their own seeds and bulbs.
Little Goldies Nursery (Golders Green Synagogue) participated in the special mitzvah of tzedakah by making fruit baskets for charity GIFT to deliver to families in need.
Pupils at Simon Marks Primary School in Hackney, pictured with teacher Syed Gilani, have been sprouting beans on their class windowsills since the start of term in preparation for Tu’ B’Shvat.
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MP Matthew Offord joined members of Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors’ Centre (HSC) to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. HSC manager Aviva Trup said: “Days like today are difficult yet important for our members. Many of them lost their entire family in the Holocaust. For Matthew to come and show his support means a lot to all of us.” Offord said: “It’s a pleasure to come to the Holocaust Survivors’ Centre again to meet these remarkable people who had such terrible experiences and to witness people living incredible lives.”
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6 AJR PANEL
The Association of Jewish Refugees held a panel discussion before its Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration, where Sir Eric Pickles lit a candle (pictured). Featuring representatives from the Jewish Museum, the Wiener Library, the Imperial War Museum, the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, and the London Metropolitan Archives, advice was given to members looking to donate family memorabilia to educational and research institutions.
7 HMD IN ENFIELD
Rabbi Emanuel Levy, from Palmers Green and Southgate Synagogue, spoke at Enfield Council’s Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration at The Dugdale Centre in Enfield. The keynote speaker was Gerald Granston, who was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Years’ Honours list in rec-
ognition of the many years of Holocaust education to which he has dedicated himself, both in Germany and the UK.
8 SHOAH STORIES
Stanmore Library hosted Judy Karbritz, co-founder of The Jewish Poetry Society and Harrow’s Community Poet, at an open mic evening to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Featuring emotional poems about the Shoah and its effects, excerpts from a book about a Romanian Jewish girl’s survival written by her daughter were read, as well as poetry about the Kindertransport and Anne Frank’s house.
9 PUPILS ENGAGE
Year 6 pupils from Simon Marks Primary School and pupils from the nearby Muslim Olive School, sang two songs at the Holocaust memorial event at Hackney Town Hall. The pupils spent time together learning about each other’s cultures and religions.
More than 80 people attended Resource’s seminar to launch its initiative, The Age-Less Job Search. Held at JW3, the project aims to help the more mature members of the Jewish community overcome age-related barriers in finding employment. Keynote speaker Baroness Ros Altmann CBE underlined the value of older workers to both businesses and the country as more people continue to work on into later life. More details: resource-centre.org
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Battling the boycotters / Lifestyle
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‘Rather than boycott, urge all people to interact for peace’ Before performers announce visits to Israel, they must be fully briefed so they can weather the inevitable BDS storm, writes Tracy Frydberg
hen artists book a show in Israel, they can expect a few things: a meaningful visit to the Western Wall, sunbathing in Tel Aviv, a dinner invite from the prime minister... and an intensive, aggressive online campaign demanding they cancel. But even before packing their sunscreen, the anti-Israel, proboycott messages can be so overwhelming that some artists back out from sheer distress. Preparing an artist ahead of time is the best way to prevent performers from caving in to the boycott pressure, says Allison Krumholz, executive director of Creative Community for Peace (CCFP). CCFP is a pro-Israel artists group that offers support and resources to help industry executives and their clients handle campaigns against their appearances in Israel. It was founded in 2012 after a string of high-profile performers caved into political pressure and cancelled their shows here, Krumholz said. “We provide the counter to the attack and a balance to the narrative. We may not all share the same politics, but we do agree that singling out Israel as a target of cultural boycotts will not further peace.” But CCFP’s ability to properly brief artists depends largely on the co-operation of the Israeli promoters, some of whom prefer
not to prepare or warn their artists about the likelihood of the backlash that inevitably accompanies an announcement of an forthcoming show in Israel. “Concert promoters in Israel have different approaches for addressing BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions] pressure with the artists they bring,” Krumholz said, adding that some do speak about the possibility of BDS backlash with their artists beforehand, but that despite cancellations, some still do not. “We’re of the opinion that it’s better to do so, as a number of cancellations have simply been due to the shock of suddenly coming under massive pressure on social media and were completely unrelated to any of the actual arguments BDS makes.” The pop star Lorde recently cancelled an Israel performance set
afor June, days after tweeting that she was considering pulling out of the gig. The singer said at the time she was reconsidering owing to a campaign led by two pro-Palestinian activists in her native New Zealand, which was accompanied by a virulent anti-Israel social media crusade. In Israel, a rights group, Shurat HaDin, is suing two New Zealanders for allegedly convincing Lorde to cancel, in what appears to be the first suit filed under an antiboycott law. After Lorde caved in, Eran Arielli, co-founder of Naranjah, the promoter who signed her, wrote on Facebook: “The truth Pro-Palestinian activists led an anti-concert campaign is that I was naive to
boycott. He believes that about 50 percent are anti-Israel, 25 percent are pro-Israel and 25 percent are extremely pro-Israel to the point of being unhelpful to the cause by name-calling and insulting the artist. Although cases such as Lorde’s make big headlines, such cancellations are currently rare. Since 2011, CCFP has tracked more than 1,000 concerts by international artists in Israel, including those by Sia, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna and Lady Gaga. About 30 artists have cancelled owing to BDS pressure; a handful of those ultimately played in Israel at a later date. Eventually, Krumholz hopes her organisation will be made redundant as boycotts prove ineffective in promoting peace. “If anything, turn up the music, expose art to wider audiences, and encourage people from all cultures to interact, communicate and inspire peace and understanding.”
Singer Lorde caved into pressure not to perform in Israel
think that an artist of her age would withstand the pressure involved in coming to Israel, and I take full responsibility.” Expressing disappointment with Lorde’s decision, CCFP produced a statement signed by 50 industry executives and artists. To maintain its close ties with industry executives, CCFP cannot discuss what happened behind the scenes, but Nick Lieber, the organisation’s editorial associate, said: “The letter, compounded with all of the negative feedback, probably really affected her.” Social media chatter around Lorde’s Israel show was too congested to provide a concrete breakdown of sides, he said, although the majority of comments on her social media accounts were anti-Israel and pro-
Radiohead played in Israel despite a vociferous BDS campaign
Jewish News 1 February 2018
Lifestyle / Time To Talk Day
‘I hope my story can help others feel less alone’ Ahead of Time To Talk Day, Eleanor Segall describes her struggle with bipolar disorder and her fight to end the stigma of mental illness
ime To Talk Day, marked on 1 February, gives everyone the opportunity to open up about mental health. It’s a subject close to my heart, because it took me 11 years to talk openly about the fact I have bipolar disorder and anxiety. My story begins in 2003, when, aged 15, I experienced an episode of depression, anxiety and psychosis, where your mind loses touch with reality. I wasn’t sleeping, my heart would suddenly race, I would cry and have regular panic attacks and couldn’t concentrate on anything. I was incredibly frightened and exhausted. My parents, as well as teachers at Immanuel College, were hugely supportive and understanding and I sought help from a psychiatrist for the first time. But that year, while on Israel Tour with my youth group, I also experienced a manic episode and had to come home early. I felt so ashamed, even though it was not my fault that my mind wasn’t well. My madricha was an incredible support to me and I thank her to this day for all she did to make sure I was safe and well. Months later, when I started studying for my A-levels, I had a further severe depressive episode. For the next four months, I was kept in hospital and, aged just 16, I was finally diagnosed with bipolar affective 1 disorder (formerly known as manic depression), which causes both depressive and ‘high’ manic episodes. The disorder can be medicated and
therapy helps, but it’s about I wasn’t aware of any mental finding the right medicahealth blogs for teenagers tion and support, which or any charity campaigns can take a while for at the time that could each person. help me. But my family and For the next 10 years, I managed my friends have been a condition and in huge support and that time achieved it’s been amazing A-levels, went to to see the change in university and attitudes to mental travelled. health within our But when I community just over turned 25, I again the last five years, found myself spiralthanks to the incredling into illness ible work of charities with a bipolar manic such as Jami, which are episode. Caption copy here need helping to fight stigma People suffering and support those who with this can have racing are unwell. thoughts, reckless behaviour, For the past two years, I have worked as a volunteer for Jami’s Mental increased activity and movement Health Awareness Shabbat, which has and delusions, which can, in the worst been a huge success, and encouraged cases, turn into psychosis. This is what more people to start conversations about happened to me. the issue, up and down the country. Through no fault of my own, I was But I feel more still needs to be done back in hospital again. It was extremely to educate people and help normalise frightening. Owing to the severity of the mania, I couldn’t see how ill I was and felt mental illness. One in four of us will suffer from mental health issues during incredibly vulnerable. our lives. It’s important we feel comfortAt that time, I had no idea if I could able saying we are unwell and need recover and get back to some kind of support. normal life again. It affected everything Now, 13 years after my diagnosis, I am and even when I began dating, I felt I had trying to do my part by sharing my story to hide my condition. through writing and blogging, to fight In fact, from the moment I was diagthe stigma that still exists within our nosed as a teenager, I didn’t feel comfortcommunity and beyond. able talking about it. I was a shy teenager There remains a lack of understanding and just wanted to fit in with my peers about mental illness, but I hope my story and not feel different, so I hid my condition from those who were not close to me. can help others feel less alone.
MENTAL HEALTH: THE FACTS One in four people will experience a diagnosable mental health issue in any given year One in 10 young people (aged five to 16) will experience a mental health problem, but 70 percent will not receive appropriate support Fifty percent of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by the age of 14 and 75 percent by age 24 Nine out of 10 people with mental health issues experience stigma and discrimination Suicide is the biggest single killer of men aged under 45 in the UK Jami provides practical and emotional support for the mental health needs of the Jewish community Its services include providing community hubs and outreach, education and training and bespoke recovery support plans Main image posed by model. For more info visit jamiuk.org or call 020 8458 2223
Eleanor blogs about mental health at beurownlight.com, which is nominated for a UK Blog Award. She is a freelance writer for numerous publications, including Metro and Huffington Post. Time To Talk Day takes place on 1 February. See: time-to-change.org.uk
1 February 2018 Jewish News
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Caramelised onion, avocado and black pepper cheese tortilla
PREPARATION TIME 15 MINUTES
Denise Phillips Serves 2
COOKING TIME 30 MINUTES
1 avocado – stone removed ½ red chilli – very finely chopped 2 tablespoons coriander – roughly chopped 1 teaspoon lime juice Salt and freshly ground black pepper ~ 6 onions – peeled and sliced 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 tablespoon brown sugar ~ 2 wholemeal tortillas 1 packet of Chevington mild cheddar cheese with cracked black pepper (120g)
METHOD 1 Remove the avocado from its shell, and mash together with the chopped chilli, coriander and lime juice. Season. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
2 Heat a large frying pan with the vegetable oil. Sauté the onions with the brown sugar for about 20 minutes on a medium heat. Cover and cook until the onions have caramelised and turned golden.
3 Preheat the oven to 220°C/ 425°F/ Gas mark 7. 4 Place the tortillas on a baking tray with three slices of the cracked black pepper Chevington cheese and cook for 8-10 minutes or until golden and crispy.
5 Remove and then put the cooked onions on top of the cheese. 6 Add the avocado mixture to the tortilla. Roll up and squeeze together.
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‘I respect his religion – he respects mine’ Andrew Sherwood speaks to Brighton’s Israeli footballers – one Jewish, one Arab – about their lifelong bond, on and off the pitch Playing for the same Premier League football team, representing Israel together, childhood friends, neighbours – even the same birthday – not much separates Tomer Hemed and Beram Kayal. In fact the only discernible difference is one’s a Jew and the other an Arab Muslim. Yet even that distinction only serves to bring them closer together. Sitting down to speak to them at Brighton & Hove Albion’s training ground, the chemistry and connection between the two is apparent from the start. Successful footballers in their own right – the pair played a pivotal role in securing Brighton promotion from the Championship last season – it’s the message the duo are conveying off the pitch, how people from two different religious backgrounds enjoy sharing their lives, which is arguably just as priceless as scoring any last-minute winner. “Talking about it now, I don’t think for one second that when we were kids, I considered us being from different backgrounds, a different religion and race,” says Hemed. “As kids, we never had a reason not to share our life together or to not feel comfortable with someone else because of his religion.” A nice sentiment to feel, but one that isn’t shared universally – which is why the pair are also happy to use their privileged position as professional footballers to show how people from different backgrounds can take part in each other’s lives, live out their dreams together and, more importantly, live side-byside in harmony with each other. To explain and understand how – and more importantly – why these two get on so well, why they respect each other so much, you have to start at the beginning. They met as children when they joined Maccabi Haifa, and it was at the club’s academy where they were shown how people of all creeds and races could get on together. “We had players from lots of backgrounds; Jewish, Christians, Muslims – it didn’t matter who you were, your colour or your religion, we felt like a family,” Kayal explains. “The relationship between Tomer and I has always been one of friendship, and now
Above: Andrew Sherwood interviews Tomer Hemed and Beram Kayal, also pictured right
we’re like one family. When we first played in the same team, I was playing just behind him and it made the connection between us even stronger – both on and off the pitch. “When we play in the national team, we still have this memory of us growing up and we never thought because he’s Jewish, or he’s Arab, that that would affect our relationship.” Hemed experienced the same sense of togetherness when he left Haifa to play for Maccabi Ahi Nazareth, a team that plays in what is known as ‘the Arab capital of the world’. “It was an Arab team and Jewish players are welcomed there,” he says. “From the outside looking “We try to give that good You can watch in, it looks like you can’t live message to other people, that the interview in Israel or it’s a difficult Muslim, Jewish, Christian, in full at situation, but if you live black and white [people] can jewishnews.co.uk there, you see, especially in live together and enjoy their football, how everyone can life. share their lives, be friends, “I remember one time, Tomer joke and laugh about everything. and I were sharing a room, I was “Football is a good example about praying on one side, him on the other, I life. Even at the biggest clubs, you can see wanted to take a picture and he was laughing. how players from other religions can get on These things happen between us. Obviously together. People from other religions play I respect his religion, he respects mine, but and share their life through football.” the main It’s that message the two are happy to thing at the end of the day is how we’re share with the world, and while some people going to show our message that we can live don’t like to be looked upon as role models, together. these two thrive on it. “We’ve been living together in Brighton “We’re proud of what we are,” says Kayal. for three years, his family, my family, we feel “We enjoyed growing up together, where we like we’re one proper family, whatever small came from, and we’re enjoying sharing our detail happens in my house, or his house, life together and showing people there are no we’ll know about it.” problems. Relaxed and at ease talking about their
relationship, the pair are just as happy to take part in projects and initiatives – such as Kick It Out Israel’s launch in London last summer of The Team for Social Responsibility initiative, which promotes joint living between Jews, Arabs and all of Israel’s communities – and share their experiences with the world. “When something happens, or an event is organised, we go,” Hemed says. “We like to do anything we can. Many countries send journalists to speak to us for us to share our story. It’s good we can do this and show everyone, not just in Israel, our story.” Kayal adds: “If you’re looking for a good example, look at Tomer and me. We grew up together, played together, tried to achieve our career dreams and we’re best friends here at Brighton. We try to show everyone what good friends we are, how the best solution between Arab and Jew can be together here in Brighton.”
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What does the Torah say about... Women’s voting rights
BY RABBI SAM TAYLOR Before encouraging Moses to appoint a judicial network, Jethro advises him: “You shall caution them regarding the decrees and the teachings, and you shall make known to them the path in which they should go and the deeds that they should do”. Why does Jethro advise Moses to teach the Israelites the laws and teachings of the Torah? Is Moses not already aware of this responsibility? In addition, what does this have to do with Jethro’s suggestion of appointing judges? The Chafetz Chaim explains that Jethro instructs Moses to address the root of the problem — the endless stream of people coming to Moses for arbitration. Before recommending that Moses hires judges to assist him, Jethro first tells Moses to “enjoin upon them the laws and the teachings, and make known to them the way they are to go and the practices they are to follow”. The Talmud in Bava Metzia interprets this verse as referring to a number of different commandments
involving kindness towards others, such as burying the dead, visiting sick, and even extra-judicial compromise to avoid legal conflict. In effect, the Chafetz Chaim explains, Jethro here urges Moses to admonish the people to deal with one another compassionately and lovingly, and to accustom themselves to do for others beyond what the law strictly requires. This will naturally decrease the number of controversies requiring Moses’s arbitration. Once people grow accustomed to dealing with one another kindly, they will no longer be so exacting as to always demand what is rightfully theirs. In this verse, Jethro articulates the first of the two measures he believes Moses should take to reduce the number of legal conflicts that require his attention. He should teach them the value and importance of kindness and compassion, which will gradually stem the tide of legal contention.
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BY RABBI JEFF BERGER From the days of the great Athenian democracy to the 20th century, the rationale for restricting voting rights to men was linked to property ownership. When, in 1918, women in the UK were given the vote, it was limited to those 30 years and older, who owned property or had a university degree. Full suffrage equal to men would only occur in 1928. It would take until 1958 before women could sit in the House of Lords. Judaism on this count did slightly better – 3,500 years ago, Miriam was
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a prophetess and national leader, and the Torah granted the Daughters of Zelophehad their father’s land inheritance. In the 12th century BCE, Deborah sat as the leading judge of her generation, and 2,500 years ago Judaism instituted the Ketubah to protect women’s financial interests. The award-winning film Suffragette portrayed the difficult battle to win the vote. But, contrary to expectation, some women opposed this militant movement. Its leaders
were arrested, imprisoned, physically and mentally tortured and at least one died. In facing bias and ignorance, we must ask “are we content to sit on the sidelines or are we willing to voice our dissent?” It won’t be comfortable, but the result often leads to improvements for those most in need. In the 100 years since women were granted the vote, the UK has had two female prime ministers. In the 2017 general election, women made up an equal percentage of the voting public. Yet there’s still a great distance to be covered. Of 826 peers in the House of Lords, only 199 are women, and of 650 members of the House of Commons, 191 are women. With voting rights normalised, one wonders how long it will be until women achieve pay equality? Jeff Berger serves the Rambam Sephardi Synagogue in Elstree and Borehamwood
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The Bible Says What? ‘You shall not have tattoos’ BY RABBI MIRIAM BERGER “You shall not make gashes in your flesh for the dead, or incise any marks on yourselves: I am the Lord.” (Leviticus 19:28). This verse is used to prohibit tattooing one’s body, but we are certainly not the first generation to question why it is forbidden. The spectrum in the commentaries ranges from any permanent mark on one end, to Rabbi Simeon, who sees it specifically referring to the tattooing of God’s name. All the commentaries query what is being referred to and what underlies the aversion to these marks. There is nothing that makes “gashes and cuts” sound creative or artistic and it doesn’t seem to refer to something beautiful or a positive expression of self. Mishnah Makkot’s focus on the intention of making the mark makes me think of something born from pain or grief. Is this asking for us to take care of our bodies even when
we are emotionally weak? Is it trying to help us curb the urge some grapple with to lash out at their body when they are struggling with feelings of being personally destructive? If there is a religious prohibition to harming ourselves and yet someone sees that a loved one has cut themselves, then this verse gives us a language to make it our own concern too and aid them to find the help they need. Yet Maimonides saw this prohibition as one of not taking on pagan practices. He explicitly tells us: “This was a custom among the pagans who marked themselves for idolatry”. But if a tattoo is neither a destructive behaviour, nor one that takes us away from our Judaism, but rather something that affirms our belief and celebrates that we are made btzelem Elohim, in the image of God, surely it cannot also be included under this verse. Miriam Berger is rabbi of Finchley Reform Synagogue
Progressively Speaking Why continue educating students about the horrors of the past? BY RABBI CHARLEY BAGINSKY International Holocaust Memorial Day was marked last weekend, and last month the Government announced it will fund a new strand of the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET)’s Lessons from Auschwitz programme for university students. Working with HET and the Union of Jewish Students, £150,000 will allow two sabbatical officers from every British university to visit the Nazi death camp. Vice-chancellors will also be encouraged to take part. In the short-term this should result in a renewed fight against antiSemitism, prejudice and intolerance on campus, which is much needed. But for me, it’s the longer-term results for our collective memory that are even more important. Visits to Auschwitz are a vital part of this, but there is much more we must do. As a rabbi who teaches cheder pupils in South Bucks, and a parent of three children under 10, memory is something I think about.
The Jewish religion is based on memory. Our holy books are full of the injunction to zakhor (remember) – we are told to remember Shabbat, the Exodus from Egypt, and so on. We are the last generation that will be able to have lived alongside, known and heard from those who survived the Shoah, to have spoken to them about their lives and families. The students of tomorrow will only know about the horrors of the past in books or, as my cheder pupils often remark, when visiting Jewish quarters and museums in other countries only to find stories of
persecution in place of once thriving communities. The Holocaust must not just be reduced to a series of statistics, museums and buildings where Jews once lived. We must remember the people and communities we lost – the lives they lived and the love they shared – and celebrate them by continuing to live those lives in our Jewish way, educating others with our actions. There is a reflection in Machzor Ruach Chadashah – Liberal Judaism’s service book for the High Holy Days – that brings this home. It talks about how we must think about the books that would have been written, the jokes that would have been told, the photos that would have been taken. The best way to educate is to continue to live these Jewish lives and incorporate the stories of the past into our new memories. Rabbi Charley Baginsky is Liberal Judaism’s director of strategy and partnerships
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Davidson double sets up EHRS win MASTERS Division Two table-toppers EHRS bounced back from last week’s defeat with a 6-1 win over Brady B. Ashley Davidson (pictured) scored twice, with James Bloom, Malcolm Joseph, Martin Seifert and Ian Leader also on target. St John’s Wood Tigers beat Temple Fortune by the same score. Jason Bentley and Steve Gold scored two each, with John Perloff and Adam Soller rounding off the scoring. Lions B beat Marshside 4-1, thanks to goals from Danny Schindler, Bradley Lazarus, Max Radford and Craig Henry. Chigwell moved up into second in Division One after beating Brady A 7-2. Lloyd Becker and Daniel Castle scored twice, with Alex Levack, Mark Conway and Richard Slater also on target. Jeremy Kornhauser’s double, along with strikes from Andy Miller, Dan Ruckin and Paul Lenchner saw Scrabble to a 4-2 win over HMH.
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Rosh Pinah’s Year 6 football team proved they’re more than a match for Premier League academy prospects after they won a Barnet Borough football tournament. Taking on stars who featured for other schools, Eyal Kjisik, Jared Leppard, Nathan Sheldon, Avi Baker, Zac Gordon, Corey Braverman, Dylan Bethlehem, Zack Albert and Oli Bregman formed their winning squad. PE co-ordinator Mr Goldin said: “We’re proud of the sportsmanship and team spirit they show at every tournament they attend.”
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