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We’re coming home ‘My daughter was abused’ why did some people take the perpetrator’s side? P21


29 Tamuz 5778

Issue No.1062


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The Amy we all adored Unseen images of the late singer at her happiest Page 26

At last, there’s a rocket coming OUT of Israel See pages 5 & 16

Labour verging on ‘institutional anti-Semitism’ JLC warning over party’s anti-hate code

Labour’s adoption of a new code of conduct on tackling anti-Semitism would strengthen claims it has become “institutionally antiSemitic”, the chair of the Jewish Leadership Council warned this week. Jonathan Goldstein’s (pictured left) comments come amid suggestions the latest row could derail a planned second meeting between

Jeremy Corbyn (pictured right) and the heads of the UK’s two main Jewish leadership bodies. The latest anti-Semitism row broke out last week when politicians joined community leaders in condemning a new code of conduct to tackle anti-Semitism as “an extraordinary act of bad faith”. The party followed the government, CPS and dozens of local authorities in adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-Semitism – but provoked anger

by leaving out some of its accompanying examples of contemporary anti-Semitism. The party’s governing body is set to consider the proposed code next week. Writing for Jewish News, Labour’s general secretary Jennie Formby said Labour did not adopt the Continued on page 2


Jewish News 12 July 2018

News / Labour definition / Shah role / Schools row

Next Corbyn talks in doubt Continued from page 1 IHRA but left out by Labour include comparing Israeli policy to that of the Nazis – although it states elsewhere in the document that such comparisons in discussions about Israel and the Palestinians carries the risk of a disciplinary case for being “grossly detrimental” to the party. It also says it is “wrong” for Jews to be accused of being more loyal to Israel than their home country – but this was also not listed among examples. While the IHRA working examples includes reference to calling Israel “a racist state”, Labour’s code puts an onus on intent. “The expression of even contentious views in this area will not be treated as anti-Semitism unless accompanied by specific anti-Semitic content (such as the use of anti-Semitic content (such as the use of antiSemitic tropes) or by other evidence of anti-Semitic

intent,” it reads. But amid growing anger, the Community Security Trust (CST)’s Dave Rich said the code’s authors “sliced up the IHRA definition, adopted some of its examples and wrapped the rest in ambiguities and equivocations described by the Jewish Labour Movement as a “get out of jail free card” for antiSemites”. In a letter to Formby, the JLC, Board of Deputies and CST pointed to evidence showing the full definition including examples had previously been adopted by the NEC and demanded the governing body recommits to the full text when it meets next Tuesday “if the party is to demonstrate the seriousness and firmness we all want to see in tackling anti-Semitism”. They added: “It is for the Jewish community to decide what does and does not constitute racism towards us, just as any other minority has


IRELAND BACKS SETTLEMENT GOODS BAN BILL Ireland approved a bill on Wednesday making it illegal to purchase products and services from Israeli settlements. The measure would make it illegal “the import and sales of goods, services and natural resources originating in illegal settlements in occupied territories”. The term occupied territories includes eastern Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and the West Bank.The legislation passed with a 25-20 vote, with 14 senators abstaining.


Jonathan Goldstein, Simon Johnson, Gillian Merron, Jonathan Arkush and Mark Gardner on their way to meet Jeremy Corbyn in April to discuss the anti-Semitism scandal

the right to do”. Communal sources indicated that the latest row made a further meeting

between the Board and JLC and Corbyn “highly unlikely” in the coming weeks. After landmark talks in April,

both sides targeted a second meeting late this month, once a backlog of anti-Semitism cases had been cleared.

Former US Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin called the humour of Sacha Baron Cohen “evil,” “exploitative” and “truly sick” after she said he fooled her for a segment in his US TV series. In response to her granting the British comedian an interview, she wrote: “The disrespect of our US military and middle-class Americans via Cohen’s foreign commentaries under the guise of interview questions was perverse.”

Naz Shah is appointed to CHIEF RABBI: IMPROVE shadow equalities minister RELATIONS ON SCHOOLS A Labour MP suspended in the party’s row over anti-Semitism has been made its shadow equalities minister. Naz Shah was stripped of the parliamentary whip and barred from party activity for three months in 2016 while an investigation was carried out. It followed the unearthing of a 2014 Facebook post in which she shared a graphic of Israel’s outline superimposed on to a map of the US under the title: Solution for Israel-Palestine Conflict – Relocate Israel into United States, with the comment: “Problem solved.” A Twitter post later emerged in which she urged supporters

of the Palestinians to vote in an online poll on Israeli military action, claiming “the Jews are rallying” to skew the result. Shah later admitted she was “ignorant” about discrimination against Jews and said she was determined to win back the community’s trust. She was praised by the Jewish community for her positive efforts to understand issues around anti-Semitism. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn made the Bradford West MP shadow minister for women and equalities as he announced other appointments to fill vacancies or maternity cover in his

frontbench team. A Board of Deputies spokesperson said: “Naz Shah is one of the only people involved in Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis who has sought to make amends for her actions, and for this we commend her.” New role: Naz Shah

MP ‘WILL NOT’ BLOCK SHOAH BILL The Tory who blocked a law making ‘upskirting’ illegal has said he will support a law to extend the ability of national museums to return art looted during the Holocaust. Sir Christopher Chope, 71, last month vetoed the Voyeurism Bill to criminalise photographing up a woman’s skirt, and planned to do likewise for the restitution bill brought by MP Theresa Villiers. He regularly vetoes bills brought on a Friday afternoon because he objects to laws being rushed onto the statute books without a proper parliamentary debate.

Villiers, who represents Chipping Barnet, is seeking to amend the Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Bill passed in 2009, but its 10-year ‘sunset clause,’ means it expires next year. Last Wednesday, Chope said: “This should be a government bill and I shall support any efforts she makes to impress upon the government that this bill is no less deserving of government support than the Voyeurism Bill.” Villiers said: “The aim of my proposal is to enable museums to continue to return property seized to its rightful owners.”

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has said relations between Ofsted and the strictlyOrthodox “urgently” need to be repaired, after meeting Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman on Tuesday. In a speech hours earlier, the head of Ofsted denied that the schools inspectorate had an anti-faith bias or was part of a “secular plot”, but said those giving children conflicting views outside school leave youngsters feeling “torn between identities”. In a tweet following his meeting with Spielman, after the latest Orthodox school was downgraded, Mirvis said: “It is essential we urgently make real progress in repairing the relationship between Ofsted and the Charedi community.” Addressing the Policy Exchange think tank, Spielman appeared to point the blame at parents who teach their children different values to the ‘British values’ taught through the national curriculum in school. She said one of the problems “is that schools with the job of promoting British values and equalities are sometimes

Yesodey Hatorah School was downgraded by Ofsted

teaching young people who get conflicting or even downright contradictory messages outside school”. She said: “The acceptance of the equal rights of women or of gay rights may not fit with the views a child hears at home. No wonder, therefore, that some young people feel torn between different identities.” On integration, Spielman said a second issue for schools was that “history, culture and experience can lead to a strong identification by a child with their family’s cultural group, to the exclusion of all else”. She added: “This is not about indoctrination, rather about making sure young people have the knowledge to make their

own informed choices.” Last month Ofsted downgraded the Orthodox Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ School in Stamford Hill, criticising it for not teaching “key information” such as the basics of reproduction and for redacting helpline numbers from books, which “prevents pupils protecting themselves”. School principal Rabbi Avraham Pinter said: “The first I knew about [Mirvis meeting Spielman] was when somebody sent me a picture of him stood next to her. It would have been helpful had we been able to brief him first. Likewise, it would be helpful if he fed back to us.”

12 July 2018

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Brexit mayhem / News

Leaders look to Hunt Jewish leaders this week welcomed the appointment of Jeremy Hunt as foreign secretary, and noted he takes a strong interest in Israel, the Palestinian territories and the Middle East. Hunt’s appointment came a day after Brexit Secretary David Davis was replaced by Dominic Raab, a housing minister who once helped Palestinian negotiators work on the Oslo Peace Accords. As Hunt replaced Boris Johnson – who also resigned over the cabinet’s Brexit strategy – community representatives set their minds to working with him in policy areas including the government’s position on Hezbollah. The government proscribes the armed wing of the Lebanon-based group but not its political wing. Claudia Mendoza, director of policy and public affairs at the Jewish Leadership Council, said: “We

congratulate Jeremy Hunt on his new role and look forward to continuing our engagement with the Foreign [and Commonwealth] Office (FCO), particularly the quarterly roundtable meetings we arrange on behalf of our members.” She added: “Full proscription of Hezbollah remains a priority for us and we will be taking this to him at the earliest opportunity.” Under the foreign policy section of Hunt’s website, it gives his views on 13 areas of world affairs, seven of which relate to Israel and the Palestinian territories, while another relates to Hezbollah. He opposes Donald Trump’s decision to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, saying the city “should be determined in a negotiated settlement”,

and adds the UK regards East Jerusalem as “part of the occupied territories”. On Gaza, he urges its “reconstruction and recovery” if the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority replaces Hamas. Hunt says Israel’s detention of Palestinian minors is “extremely worrying”, and Israel had “only implemented one of the 40 recommendations” listed in a 2012 report on the matter, funded by the FCO. However, he reserves

his strongest thoughts for Israeli evictions of Palestinians in the West Bank and the demolition of Palestinian villages, which “call into question Israel’s commitment to a two-state solution” and are “in all but the most exceptional cases contrary to international humanitarian law”. But he opposes punitive action, saying: “I do not believe imposing sanctions on Israel would be a constructive step. The UK enjoys a productive

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relationship with Israel, which enables us to express our views at senior levels very frankly.” Hunt describes Hezbollah’s beliefs as “outrageous and disgusting and condemned at every opportunity”, but says the its proscription in its entirety was best “kept under review”. He says: “A decision to proscribe an organisation is done on the recommendations submitted by law enforcement agencies, security services here and intelligence services overseas. However, it is crucial we constantly monitor these groups.” Raab, a lawyer by training, spent a summer in 1998 in the West Bank working with one of the main Palestinian negotiators on World Bank projects. He later spent on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the FCO for four years.

Jeremy Hunt is the opposite of his predecessor. With a reputation for no-nonsense, high competence with minimal ego, he is one of the great Cabinet survivors – this is only his second Cabinet move in more than eight years. At the Department of Health, he demonstrated an ability to steer through crises and survive, showing strong leadership and some skill. Although heavily criticised for not boosting NHS funding earlier, he did secure a decent package in the end. Whatever the view of his legacy there, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will greatly appreciate the arrival of a hardworking, serious statesman, eager to grapple with the complexity and detail of diplomacy. As foreign secretary, he will be eager to demonstrate his abilities on the world stage after focusing so long on domestic policy. He has talked about the importance of the UK-Israel trading relationship and will no doubt work hard to strengthen the bilateral partnership. I wouldn’t be surprised if he got very involved in Middle East issues, even to the point of getting stuck in on talks about Gaza and the US plan for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. He has strongly condemned Hezbollah and seems to see it as a dangerous international terrorist organisation. This may signal the FCO won’t oppose a full ban on Hezbollah if the Home Office proposes it.

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Mum of Jason Blair’s victim hits out at those who took abuser’s side The mother of the girl sexually abused by prominent Jewish figure Jason Blair this week hit out at members of the community who say she “made it all up”. Praising her “incredibly brave” daughter for going through an 18-month legal process which culminated in four hours’ cross examination at St Albans Crown Court in April, the girl’s mother said “rumours” had put the girl’s recovery at risk. Blair, 47, a chazan from Mill Hill known for his glass-blowing, was unanimously found guilty of sexually abusing the 13-year-old in 2015, and this week her mother, who does not wish to be identified, urged the community to support victims of abuse, rather than try to tarnish their reputation. Writing in Jewish News,, she said her daughter and the family should now be rebuilding their lives but the conduct of some in the Jewish community had made it difficult. “It was over,” she said of the conviction, seven weeks ago. “My daughter should have been able to start to heal and recover, but between conviction and sentencing we started to hear that members of our community who haven’t heard all the evidence think they know different. “Rumours have been and are still being spread about our characters, implying that my daughter and the rest of us made it up… “If only they had been at the trial. If only they knew how hard it is for a teenage girl to tell of

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something so personal and embarrassing.” The mum said the court heard “every tawdry detail” after “18 months of questioning” that saw her challenged by social workers, her other children called out of class and taken to the police station, and her daughter facing a “gruelling” four-hour cross examination by defence lawyers.

She also spoke about “the pain of finding out that it was not one offence but sustained offences committed over a year” before explaining how Blair had only needed to show “reasonable doubt” to have walked free. “To the doubters who didn’t hear the evidence, ask yourselves why you don’t trust the people who

did, who were there, who heard the details and heard his defence,” she said. “Ask yourselves why any child, any family would put themselves through this if it hadn’t happened.” Blair, of Halegrove Gardens, sexually abused the girl in Cheshunt, when he had been performing in an amateur dramatics production of Sleeping Beauty. In court he denied the charges and pleaded not guilty, saying: “Not only did it never happen, just even thinking about it is horrendous. I never did it – it never happened.” Blair had plenty of access to children as a karaoke host and a glass-blower, occasionally doing bar and batmitzvahs and other family events. He also acted as a barmitzvah tutor. The mother paid tribute to her daughter for her “tremendous courage to tell me what happened, to tell the police and to go to court.” She added: “For too long these crimes have not been taken seriously, sometimes covered up. It is upsetting to think this kind of attitude prevails.” She urged Britain’s Jewish community not to be “naïve” in assuming that child sexual abuse could not occur closer to home. She added that Blair “had been CRB-checked and trusted to work with teenagers in different Jewish communities and places… he did not have a label on his head”.  Editorial comment, p16  Anonymous mum writes, p21


COVETED PRIZE FOR HATZOLA HELPER An anaesthetist from Edgware who helps the Jewish emergency ambulance charity Hatzola has been awarded a coveted British Citizen Award for Volunteering. Dr Asher Lewinsohn, who works as a senior registrar specialising in anaesthetics and intensive care within the NHS, was one of 29 individuals recognised last week at a prestigious ceremony at the Palace of Westminster. Lewinsohn helped to establish the Edgware branch of the Hatzola emergency service.

SCHOOL AWARDED FOR WORLD STUDY A Jewish primary school in Redbridge has won a British Council award for “bringing the world into the classroom”. Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School (WIJPS) in Barkingside was awarded foundation level of the British Council’s prestigious International School Award for “fostering an international dimension in the curriculum”. Among the efforts to win the judges’ plaudits was the school’s Year 2 project which compares winter birds in Britain with those in Italy.

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The Moon of David! / News

One giant leap for Israel! Israel is now officially moonward-bound and – if all goes well – the Star of David will land on the Earth’s enigmatic satellite on 13 February 2019, after a lunar mission launch was announced this week. The blue and white spacecraft will be fired into the Earth’s atmosphere on the back of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Florida’s Cape Canaveral in December, the tiny capsule then travelling more than 238,000 miles in two months. Touchdown would make Israel only the fourth country to land on the moon after the United States, China and Russia (formerly the Soviet Union). A joint European craft landed in 2006, while Japan and India have succeeded in orbiting missions. The Israeli spacecraft, which stands under five feet tall and is less than half the weight of a Mini Cooper, has been in design since 2013, a project driven by the three founders of non-profit SpaceIL – Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub. They comprised one of the 16 teams to enter a 2007 lunar competition run by Google, but no entrant satisfied the criteria for the $30 million (£23m) prize money, so the team set about raising private financing to the tune of $88 million (£66m). One third of that came from Israeli telecoms billionaire Morris Kahn, who this week said the accomplishment – in Israel’s 70th year – would make all Israelis proud and “put us on the world’s space map”. Beaming with delight, the 87-year-old philanthropist said: “After eight challenging years, I am filled with pride that the first Israeli spacecraft will soon be making its way to the moon. “I have experienced numerous challenges in my life, but this was the greatest challenge of all. This is a huge achievement for us.” The spacecraft, which is in its final construction and testing phase, has been made at the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) facility in Yehud, while in 2015 the team began working on the launch with SpaceX – the space exploration company of Tesla owner Elon Musk. The craft’s journey is anything but straight – or straightforward. At 37,000 feet, it will disengage from the launch rocket and begin orbiting Earth in elliptical orbits. When commanded from the control room, it will enter a higher altitude elliptical orbit

around Earth, and when it reaches a point near the moon, it will ignite its engines and reduce its speed to allow the moon’s gravity to capture it. It will then begin orbiting the moon, until it is time to land, a process that will be executed autonomously by the spacecraft’s navigation control system. SpaceIL chief executive Ido Anteby said the spacecraft would now undergo “intensive checks and tests to prove that it will withstand the launch, flight and landing conditions”, adding that scientists and engineers had a “determination to complete this unique technological challenge in time for the launch date in December”. IAI chief executive Joseph Weiss said: “Reaching such an achievement during Israel’s 70th year symbolises how far we have come, and particularly the endless accomplishments that we can still achieve.”

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Jewish News 12 July 2018

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Mum asks community’s help to battle rare kidney disease A Jewish mother-of-two from Finchley with a rare kidney disease is asking the Jewish community to get behind a fundraising effort to help others in her situation. Nancy Payman, 36, has organised a sponsored park walk at the end of September to raise money for research by two leading London hospitals after doctors who took a risk with her treatment found it worked. They are now seeking to understand how. The speech writer, whose children are aged five and two, was 15 months old when she was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosisis, the symptom of which is nephrotic syndrome. This is a life-threatening disease whereby the immune system attacks the kidneys, causing permanent damage. Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital treated her for several years, with chemotherapy among the treatments, to suppress her immune system. She was facing her first transplant aged five, until doctors decided to try something new.

“All the other drugs hadn’t worked,” she said this week. “Then my consultant had a hunch to try me on a chemotherapy drug called Vincristine, originating from the beautiful Madagascan periwinkle flower. That was the turning point. It became my miracle drug and sustained me in remission for many years.” Among those to have had FSGS was New Zealand rugby player Jonah Lomu, who died aged 40, after a transplant failed. Most sufferers have multiple transplants, but the immune system in many cases simply attacks the new kidneys. Dr Ruth Pepper, whom Payman described as “the most amazing doctor”, said: “We treated her with a very unusual drug, which worked for her as a child – but it is a drug we never prescribe in adults. This is the only time we ever used this drug in the renal unit at the Royal Free. “However, we knew it worked for her as a child, so we took a bit of a risk. Luckily she responded again to treatment and, having been very unwell,

Nancy Payman with her children Freddy, five, and Grace, two

she is now doing very well and is back in remission.” PaymansaidPepper,whoisJewish, and fellow Royal Free consultant

Dr Aine Burns “took a big risk and managed to convince the hospital into trying Vincristine again, thankfully it didn’t fail me”. She added:

“It has allowed me to have children, because if I’d been on the chemo drugs I wouldn’t have been able to.” There is currently no cure for the chronic condition and patients respond differently to treatments, so clinicians are now profiling Payman’s genetic make-up to understand why it worked on her and not others. Pepper said the disease “is not well understood and usually leads to kidney failure needing dialysis or a transplant”. The New North London Synagogue member is following in the footsteps of her parents, who raised a “huge” amount for Great Ormond Street, and she has now organised a sponsored walk around Richmond Park on 30 September. “It’s a way of saying thank you,” she said. “I’ll be walking with my dog Coco, who is becoming a therapy dog, and I would love it if the Jewish community supported us, either by joining us on the walk or by pledging money.”  To pledge support visit: walking-for-kidneys


Representatives from advocacy group KeshetUK fly the flag at Pride in London

Proud day for LGBT+ Jews More than 150 Jewish LGBT+ community members turned out for the Pride in London 2018 parade last weekend. KeshetUK, a Jewish LGBT advocacy group, led the delegation, which also included youth movements and was organised in partnership with West London Synagogue, Jewish LGBT+ Group (formerly JGLG), Gay Jews In London, Beit Klal Yisrael, Imahot v’Avot and Parents of Jewish Gays and Lesbians. Dalia Fleming, Keshet’s executive director, said: “Singing Kol Ha’Olam Kulo through the streets of London was a message for all. “This Hebrew song emphasises how we must not live in fear. “The Jewish contingency in the parade showed the diverse and inclusive nature of our community and how together we can create a world free from fear of having to choose between one’s LGBT+ and Jewish identity.” Over the weekend, hundreds also turned

out for celebratory Friday night services at Kingston Liberal Synagogue and West London Synagogue. The latter also held a ‘walk and talk’ Pride study session for those taking part in the parade. Reflecting on the weekend, Rabbi Charley Baginsky, Liberal Judaism’s director of strategy and partnerships, said: “Liberal Judaism fully stands behind Keshet, as the voice of the Jewish LGBTQI+ Community, and hope Pride organisers meet with them soon. “Liberal Judaism continues to provide a trans-friendly space in the community and encourage others to do the same.” Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, senior rabbi to Reform Judaism, added: “There is nothing more fitting nor more Jewish than the proud representation of our community at this weekend’s massive Pride march in London.”

Future business leaders studying for MBAs at Oxford University have visited Israel to see the country’s high-tech ecosystem, in a trip organised by an Israeli student who wanted her peers to see her country for what it is. The Israel visit, a first for Oxford’s Said Business School, included trips to Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and the LABS shared workspace in Tel Aviv, which harbours new ventures. The 30 students met entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and those who run ‘accelerators’ for new businesses, in order to understand how each start-up gets support, financing and connections to world markets. Oxford student Emily Leshem, who was born in Israel after her parents made aliyah from the US, organised the trip, saying history had been made by the prestigious university’s first Israel visit by business administration students. “I am the only Israeli student in my class so this was a chance for me to show my fellow students my hometown in a different light than that portrayed in the media. That’s

The young business leaders in Jerusalem

why I made high-tech the focus of the trip,” she said. LABS executive Elad Aon said: “Each week, we host delegations from around the world and bring them together with the various teams that work here. This is a mission, to present those in the forefront of Israel’s technological endeavours while providing a business opportunity for those taking part. We were delighted to host the students and look forward to the arrival of the next delegation.”

JLE grant helps to ‘inspire’ The Jewish Learning Exchange (JLE) has won a £5,000 grant to create an Anglo-American partnership to share ideas of best practice “to engage and inspire Jewish young professionals”. The JLE won the money from a panel of judges at the Jewish Leaders Foundation Olami conference in Israel last week, after a pitch from Deborah Tamir, who plans to create a nucleus of young leaders to build a grassroots network. Projects would also be designed “to deepen a connection to Judaism through meaningful spiritual experiences”, including an eight-week

learning programme culminating in “a digital detox trip to the Himalayas”. Olami is an international Jewish charity behind the launch of projects such as the UK-based J-TV YouTube channel and wants young Jewish professionals to share as beneficiaries in a new $1 million ‘innovation incubator’. Other winning ideas have included the Kosher Food Truck in Argentina, which will visit universities and workplaces at lunchtime “in order for Jews to be able to access kosher food during the week at a low cost”.

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Jewish News 12 July 2018

News / Landmark lunch / Protest letter / Football fundraiser

Wizo UK celebrates a century Tributes were paid to Wizo UK for “moving mountains, cultivating the arts and creating an empire of good” in the 100 years since it was founded, guests heard at a celebratory lunch on Wednesday, writes Francine Wolfisz. More than 300 supporters gathered at St John’s Wood Synagogue to mark the special anniversary of the Women’s International Zionist Organisation, set up by Marks and Spencer heiress Rebecca Sieff and Vera Weizmann, wife of Chaim Weizmann, who later became the first president of Israel, in 1918. The social welfare organisation supports more than 800 projects in Israel, including child care centres, vocational schools and

Loraine Warren, Ronit Ribak Madari, Rivka Lazovski and Michele Pollock

youth villages for at-risk teenagers, support for single parent families and elderly, as well as shelters for women and children who have

suffered abuse. Newly-appointed chairman Ronit Ribak Madari described the charity as “a unique organisation” and revealed she has been involved with Wizo since her youth. “As an Israeli, I already knew of the amazing work that Wizo did in my home country,” she said. “I had attended a Wizo school. Wizo was a household word where I grew up in Rosh Ha’ayin.” She added: “I am proud to join a long and celebrated list of Wizo UK leaders, strong and hardworking British Zionist women who spearheaded this movement through its golden past. I am proud of the women who saw the need, who rolled up their sleeves and got

the job done.” Keynote speaker Professor Rivka Lazovsky, chairperson of World Wizo, also paid tribute to the “visionary” founders who “dared to not just dream, but turn those dreams into reality.” Speaking about how the organisation has “provided the very foundations on which generations of Israelis are raised and flourish”, Lazovsky highlighted the example of Eliahu Sharvit, a student helped by Wizo, who was recently named as the recipient of a prestigious education award. The event also featured Antiques Roadshow expert John Benjamin regaling stories from his time on the popular BBC show.

MORE THAN 100 BACK ‘BULLIED’ PEER Joel’s health goal Dozens of Jewish youth leaders preparing to lead Israel tours this summer have accused the Jewish community of “bullying” a peer whose tour participation was shelved after she said Kaddish for the Gaza dead. By yesterday afternoon, an angry open letter had been signed by more than 100 past and present bogrim (senior leaders) and madrichim (leaders) from a range of Zionist

youth movements, who said their concern for Palestinians was part of their values. The letter was orchestrated by RSY Bogrim after Oxford student Nina Morris-Evans was told she would not be leading Israel tour for young Reform Jews this summer, despite the movement’s leadership having initially stood by her. In an angry response, her peers from RSY-Netzer, Reform’s youth

movement, said they would still continue to “reject the entrenchment of Israel’s occupation” and express concern about the humanitarian situation in Gaza. They were joined by youth leaders from LJY-Netzer, Noam Masorti Youth and Habonim Dror, accusing the Jewish community of “bullying”, saying: “Our chaverim and our youth movements will not bow to this intimidation.”

A teenager raised nearly £2,000 for mental health awareness by organising a football tournament. Joel Waters, 17, put on the event for the Stem4 charity, which stands for stemming teenage mental illness, and targets early identification of commonly occurring mental health issues in teenagers. More than 100 young adults took part in the six-a-side competition at the Mill Hill Powerleague. Joel with Stem4’s John Crause


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CHRISTIAN AND JEWISH GROUP PARTY Britain’s most senior Sephardi rabbi has joined Christian and Jewish religious leaders to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Council for Christians and Jews (CCJ) at Westminster Abbey. Senior Rabbi of the S&P Sephardi Community and CCJ president Rabbi Joseph Dweck joined the summer garden party with Revd Canon Anthony Ball, Canon Steward of Westminster Abbey and co-chair of CCJ Central London branch.

UNIVERSITY HONOURS TOP MEDIA LAWYER A leading lawyer and Israel advocate who famously delayed last month’s Al Quds Day march for more than an hour has been honoured by his old university. Mark Lewis, who represented Milly Dowler’s family at the beginning of the phone hacking scandal, was due to receive an honorary doctorate from Middlesex University, his alma mater, yesterday. Lewis, who has multiple sclerosis and uses a wheelchair, said: “I hope I have been able to use the law to good effect.”

Coroner ‘mortified’ by system Inner North London Coroner Mary Hassell launched a consultation about how best to prioritise the release of bodies for burial by suggesting “wellorganised” Jewish community groups led to problems. In a public meeting called last week, Hassell said she felt compelled to draft her “cab rank rule” policy – deemed unlawful – after problems with the Adath Yisroel Burial Society led to a delay in releasing a Muslim child’s body. She was criticised for seeking to “divide communities” after describing how she had to deal with the burial society, which successfully challenged her policy in the High Court, while a Muslim father waited all day in hospital for his son’s body. Addressing families and community representatives, she said not all families were represented by community

Under fire: Coroner Mary Hassell

groups who were familiar with the coroner system, and that this had led to a system of unfairness. “What I found was that because the Adath Yisroel Burial Society is very well organised and trying to represent its members to the best of its ability, deaths where the burial society was involved

were being prioritised over other deaths. “It went on for quite a long time before I decided it was inappropriate for it to continue. My officers spoke to me about it several times and said they felt unfairness had crept in. This was nobody’s intention.” She said “the last event that really made up my mind” was one evening after court when she had to deal with a Muslim child who had died that morning. She said: “Generally speaking, I would have dealt with this at lunchtime” because the child had not needed any further investigation and “I knew the family were Muslim, that this was particularly important to them”. However, she said she had been dealing with a Jewish death, with the family represented by the burial society. “When I got to this child’s death at

6.30pm and realised the father had waited all day in hospital, going home without his child, and that he could have been given news and his child’s body released at lunchtime, I decided this was a situation that couldn’t continue. I felt mortified. I had allowed a system of unfairness.” Board of Deputies president Marie van der Zyl, said: “We were disappointed to learn Mary Hassell’s recent consultation event on her ‘prioritisation protocol’ [that], the discussion was framed in such a way as appeared to put one minority community against another. “If Ms Hassell cannot formulate her protocol without being divisive, we suggest she speaks to her colleagues about how they operate without one and follows the advice of the judges in the recent judicial review and uses ‘applied common sense’.”

Friends deliver knockout charity donation Two friends from London took a punch for refugees this week, by participating in a charity boxing event to raise money for a Jewish-run befriending service. Daven Chopra, a volunteer befriender with the Jewish Council

for Racial Equality’s JUMP project, and his Jewish friend Alex Springer, raised more than £1,000 for the JCORE Unaccompanied Minors Project (JUMP). The initiative trains and matches volunteers with young refugees in

the UK without family, who “face loneliness and isolation on top of the trauma of fleeing their home and family,” according to JUMP coordinator Vivienne Jackson. Springer and Chopra run HitClubUk, a charity set up in 2016.

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News / Holy City’s champion / Mitzvah Day launch

The Brit shaping Jerusalem The extraordinary story of an observant Jewish woman, who nearly held Jerusalem’s strictly-Orthodox politicians to account, unfolded last week in a whistle-stop speaking tour by Fleur Hassan-Nahoum, writes Jenni Frazer. In the UK under the auspices of the Zionist Federation, HassanNahoum, 44, London-born and Gibraltar-raised, is one of the few Brits to enter politics in Israel. Six months ago, she and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat brokered a deal where she, leader of the Yerushalmim opposition party on the city council, would become deputy mayor. The complex deal was all the more extraordinary because its lynchpin was a bid by the observant HassanNahoum to improve life for nonOrthodox Jerusalem residents. Specifically, she says: “For me to go back into the coalition meant it had to be a big win for the pluralists. What I managed to get out of the mayor was an agreement that he would fund activities on Shabbat in community centres in pluralist [or secular] neighbourhoods.” Along with this remarkable agreement, Hassan-Nahoum was to be

Great shakes: Fleur Hassan-Nahoum pictured with Nir Barkat

named head of a powerful allocations committee in the city council, responsible for providing upwards of 50 million shekels (just over £10m) every year to a variety of causes. But she was already head of the municipal audit committee and had highlighted that many of the organisations getting money from the

allocations committee “were bogus organisations – people’s friends, their cousins, that sort of thing”. Weeks after the deal was agreed, it came to the city council to be ratified, but the Charedim in Barkat’s coalition could not stomach HassanNahoum as deputy mayor, head of the significant allocations com-

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mittee, and leading the way for pluralistic activities on Shabbat. They blocked the appointment and the mayor, as Hassan-Nahoum puts it simply, “caved in”. She explained: “He screwed up. At the moment of ratification, the Charedim threatened to walk out. So he gave in. I don’t think they would have, but the threat was enough to make him chicken out. That’s why they continue to have power, because the leaders always chicken out.” Hassan-Nahoum went back to being leader of the opposition and head of the city’s audit committee. Barkat has announced he is standing down to run for a Knesset seat with Likud, but Hassan-Nahoum rules out standing for mayor herself. “There are too many candidates running on a pluralistic ticket, and if I run I will be splitting the vote. I want to focus on getting more seats for the secular/pluralist public,” she says. “If Jerusalem does not remain diverse, we will lose it as the capital of the Jewish people and of Israel.” This one-off politician continues to campaign for secular causes, from Gay Pride to municipal bikes that can be ridden on Shabbat. “The minute

Norwood launch marks Mitzvah Day’s decade The tenth anniversary year of Mitzvah Day began with a launch party and social action event at Norwood’s Kennedy Leigh Family Centre. Those attending included Facebook vice president Nicola Mendelsohn, Barnet deputy mayor Caroline Stock, Mitzvah Day interfaith chair Lady Daniela Pears and executive director Dan Rickman, AJEX executive director Jacques Weisser and many people Norwood supports. Mitzvah Day founder and chair Laura Marks said: “The core values of Mitzvah Day are all about loving kindness and that is going to be our theme for our tenth anniversary year. And we couldn’t think of a charity that was more about acts of loving kindness than Norwood. “Mitzvah Day is all about people doing things for charities that need us and charities that matter to us. Our deeply


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Jerusalem becomes B’nai B’rak, that the diaspora cannot identify with it, that we lose the diversity of it, the government won’t put a penny into the city. The diaspora won’t come to Jerusalem, and we will have lost it. ” The lawyer and former campaign director for World Jewish Relief, before her aliyah in 2001, has little patience with those who secure “cheap votes” by denouncing situations often of their own creation. “It’s much harder to be a responsible, restrained leader, who has the best intentions for the greater good. I want to be one of those leaders.” Becoming an enemy of the Charedim, she says, “will not give me the long-term integrity I need to become a leader who doesn’t go for cheap headlines”. Of one thing she is sure – America’s designation of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the place for its embassy is “fantastic”. She adds: “Israel has the right to choose its own capital. There is a domino effect: I speak Spanish and I speak to the South American countries. It adds an international flavour to the city, to the economy and, ultimately, it doesn’t impede peace.”

held belief is that together, bit by bit, we can do something that really makes a difference.” Norwood is one of the UK’s leading Jewish charities, supporting children and families with learning disabilities. Chair Neville Kahn said: “I am delighted we could host the Mitzvah Day launch at the Kennedy Leigh centre. Norwood has been involved from day one and our involvement has grown from year to year. This year, we are expecting more than 200 people to take part at Norwood, including at least 50 or 60 people who we serve.” Communities, schools, organisations and individuals can sign up for Mitzvah Day 2018 on the website at mitzvahday. sign-up





Jewish youngsters from seven primary schools around the country have celebrated success after the national final of the Modern Hebrew Spelling Bee.The competition involved pupils from Years 5 and 6 translating and correctly spelling as many words as possible in Ivrit. Winning newcomers were Rebekah-Jo Goldman, Nathanel Blackston and Joseph Boyas.

Labour MP Ian Austin has apologised to Israelis for “the offence and distress my party has caused the Jewish people” while on a visit to the country. He was attending the Knesset Conference of Parliamentary Friendship Groups when he apologised “to you, Mr President, to Members of the Knesset and the people of Israel”.

Two new Progressive rabbis have been ordained by Leo Baeck College in a moving ceremony at The Liberal Jewish Synagogue. Rabbi Nathan Godleman and Rabbi Roberta Harris-Eckstein were ordained by Leo Baeck College’s dean, Rabbi Dr Charles Middleburgh, after spending five years studying for the rabbinate.

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World News / Claude Lanzmann: 1925 – 2018

Shoah director mourned British Holocaust educators this week paid tribute to legendary filmmaker and wartime chronicler Claude Lanzmann, who has died aged 92. Lanzmann, who was French, is perhaps best known for his exhaustive nine-hour documentary Shoah, which helped so many people to understand what Jews went through, after he managed to get survivors to open up. The gargantuan project, filmed across 14 countries, took 11 years to make and at one point led to him being hospitalised for a month after he was attacked for covertly filming a former Nazi who had only agreed to an audio recording. In an interview with The Guardian, Lanzmann said: “When I saw the village of Treblinka still existed, that people who were witnesses to everything still existed, that there was a normal train station, the bomb that I was exploded. I started to shoot.” His style of interviewing was memorable, leaving

Claude Lanzmann receiving a lifetime achievement award

long silences that the survivors themselves eventually filled, and asking for the most minute of details, all of which added up to the film world’s most complete picture of the Holocaust to that point. He later used the oral history footage to make three smaller documentaries covering a partially-successful uprising at Sobibor, a Polish resistance fighter who sought to tell the world about the horrors of the Holocaust and

the rabbi who was among the first Jewish administrators at the Theresienstadt ghetto. Lanzmann once said: “Making a history was not

what I wanted to do. I wanted to construct something more powerful than that.” Born in Paris in 1925 to Jewish immigrant parents, he was a member of a communist youth organisation, joined the French resistance to fight Nazi occupation, and later became a reporter and writer. Back in France, he was part of a close-knit group of intellectuals including Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, with whom he lived for several years. He was still making documentaries until recently. His latest project, Napalm, drawing on his earlier visits to North Korea when he was a journalist, premiered at Cannes last year. A train driver pulls into Treblinka station, as seen in Lanzmann’s landmark documentary


Uncompromising, just like his work Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List is the most famous film about the Holocaust, but it was documentary maker Claude Lanzmann, who died last week aged 92, who most accurately shaped how we remember mankind’s darkest hour. Filmed in 14 countries over 11 years, Lanzmann’s gruelling nine-and-a-half-hour work, Shoah, has been more widely watched in schools than cinemas since its 1985 release. There are no stars or storylines, no archive footage or re-enactments. Shoah simply, exhaustively, microscopically picks apart the people and places of the Final Solution. Excruciating interviews with victims and perpetrators merge with mundane images of places across Europe where the horror happened. Commuter trains rumble along the same rusty tracks that carried Jews to gas chambers. As an

interviewer, Lanzmann painstakingly obsesses over detail and never breaks the lingering silences as each subject struggles with demons and loss. When I interviewed Lanzmann in 2001, he couldn’t conceal his contempt for Schindler’s List. When I asked if Ralph Fiennes’ Amon Goeth served to glamourise Nazism, his broken English boomed down the line: “There are problems, but I refuse to discuss them with you. How old are you? You should know about my work!” If it wasn’t for Schindler’s List, I asked, wouldn’t fewer people be aware of the Nazis’ crimes? “That’s not a valid reason for Spielberg’s film.” In person, Claude Lanzmann was as uncompromising as his art. He preferred to let his films do the talking. They will be talked about and taught about for decades to come.

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ISRAELI TECH USED IN THAI CAVE RESCUE Israeli telecoms firm Maxtech Networks was among those on the front line of this week’s rescue of a young football team trapped in an underground cave complex in Thailand. The company sent a senior engineer and portable telecoms equipment specially designed to provide communications systems in areas where there is no physical telecoms infrastructure or networks. The Israeli technology uses sophisticated algorithms to create ad hoc mobile networks offering real-time voice, video and data services. The firm said the system can operate several kilometres below ground. It was not clear whether the Max Mesh mobile radio developed by Maxtech Networks was actually employed in the search and rescue operation, but the efforts saw divers setting up a phone line to connect

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Netanyahu attacked over Poland ‘whitewash’ deal Rachelle Goodwin Benjamin Netanyahu has said he understands criticism of his compromise agreement with Poland over its disputed Holocaust law as he tried to calm an uproar at home in which he was accused of whitewashing history for political considerations. Netanyahu and his Polish counterpart issued a joint statement last week praising Polish resistance to the Nazi occupation and distancing Poland from the Holocaust. The move came after Poland agreed to scrap prison terms for those who criticise its wartime conduct but the compromise sparked outrage in Israel over Netanyahu’s seeming capitulation to the Polish position that they were only victims of the Nazis. Historians say anti-Semitism was deeply rooted in Poland and that many Poles collaborated with the Nazis in the genocide.

In a rare rebuke, the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial criticised the statement as containing “highly problematic wording” and “grave errors and deceptions”. Even some of Netanyahu’s coalition partners called the declaration disgraceful and demanded it be scrapped. At his weekly Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu defended the compromise statement while acknowledging it did not address all elements of the dispute. “The statement published after the changing of the law was accompanied by a senior historian,” he said. “However, after its publication different comments were heard. I listened closely to the comments of the historians, including about some things that were not included in the statement. “I respect that, and it will be expressed.”


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Two Israel supporters say they were assaulted in Sweden by neo-Nazis who attached their own flag to a pavilion set up by the Israel-Sweden Friendship Association. Christina Toledano Asbrink said she was grabbed and pushed as she tried to intervene. Stefan Dozzi, the group’s secretary, was also lightly injured.


Two letters from Albert Einstein about the Nazis and Jewish persecution have sold for a combined £46,400 in Los Angeles. The first was written in 1933, on the day he renounced his German citizenship after Nazis raided his home. In the second, written in 1938, he writes about using his own money to help Jews flee.


Orthodox Jews from a Chasidic sect are trying to negotiate access to a school in Poland because they believe it is built on the grave of their 19th century founder. Modzitz followers have until now been bribing security guards at Kazimierz Dolny


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Mum’s bravery an example to all We applaud the bravery of a Jewish mother whose teenage girl was sexually abused by a prominent Jewish figure, as she writes this week about how our community should be on its guard at all times. The threat comes from within, not just without, and often comes from those close to the victim. Having decided to put her family through an ordeal to get justice, she now writes about that ordeal, and asks for our support. We wish her and the family well as they begin to recover from a draining 18-month legal process, and we echo her concerns that there are always some who would rather whisper about the credibility of victims than wait for justice to be done. In Britain, thankfully, it more often than not is. Getting to that point takes fortitude. It should never mean taking the risk of social slander. As she rightly says: sexual abuse happens in every community, including ours. We kid ourselves if we think Jewish youth aren’t as vulnerable as others. Suspicions need to be acted upon, not discarded. And when a family needs support, we must step up.

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LIES, HALF-TRUTHS AND THE LEFT Sir Mick Davis is to be We’re bursting applauded for seeking to with pride! restore unity to our fractured community (Jewish News, 5 July). He is right to criticise the acceptance by Jewish debate over Israel the left of the Palestinian is more vicious than ever, narrative, which ignores the warns former JLC chief fact that, when they were offered statehood by the UN in 1947 they refused. Subsequent offers of peace talks by Israel were all rejected by the Palestinians. In this respect, Sir Mick is wrong to criticise Israel Last week’s front page for the lack of movement towards peace. Can Sir Mick cite even one attempt by the Palestinians to convince Israel of its integrity in EE





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Increasingly polarised Jewish communities are threatening the viability of Zionism and Israel, a community grandee warned this week, writes Adam Decker. Conservative Party chairman Sir Mick Davis, a former chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council and head of the Prime Minister’s Holocaust Commission, issues his caution in this week’s Jewish News. In it, he warns of a “Jewish far-left and a Jewish far-right,” both of which erupted into the open in May, after hostilities along the Gaza border led a group of mainly young British Jews to say kaddish for the dead, who were largely Hamas members. Highlighting a “crisis” at the heart of British and worldwide Jewry, he writes: “Jewish discourse around Israel has never been more polarised, vicious or impoverished. “The damage this could do to

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Jews were disengaging completely, because anyone trying to address the real issues were “shot down with online vitriol”. He said: “Caught between a right for whom Israel can do no wrong and a left for whom Israel can do no right, it is little wonder that large swaths of Jews in the middle choose to say nothing, leaving the floor for the partisans to slug it out between themselves.” Continued on page 9

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seeking any sort of peace other than the peace of the dead? It is simplistic and misleading to speak of pro-Palestinian extremism in the same breath as Israeli extremism, which does not condone violence. The fact the Israeli government is hijacked by fundamentalists is a sad reflection on its prime minister, but it cannot be compared with the behaviour and views of leftist Jews who can fight for the rights of all peoples except their own and who have swallowed the lies and half-truths of those who wish to destroy Israel. Lionel Blumenthal NW11

WE DEFEND KADDISH FOR HAMAS The young people who took part in the Kaddish over the killing of demonstrators at the Gaza border deserve commendation for their compassion, courage and clear commitment to peace, justice and humanity – the essence of Judaism. This is whether or not many of those killed were Hamas supporters. Nina Morris-Evans’ explanation of her participation is a model of cogent ethical argument and we support all she said. Her being dropped from leading an Israel tour is a shocking and shameful example of injustice. We endorse every word of the open letter published this week by around 90 of her colleagues, although we are

retired professors at the opposite end of the life cycle. If the angels deserved God’s admonishment for singing in celebration of the drowning of the Egyptians at the Red Sea, if we spill wine because of the plagues inflicted on our ancestors, if Pirkei Avot celebrates a good heart as the highest quality to which we should aspire, we believe these young people represent the pinnacle of our tradition. How can the organisers of the tour claim they have acted in ‘the best interests of the participants’ in bullying these fine young people? Emeritus Professors Joanna Benjamin and Robert Reiner By email

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Editorial comment and letters

Yes, we are in disarray


running high. We need to understand that and help people instead of pointing the finger. For instance, anti-Semitism under the current Labour regime is embedded; not one of our community organisations, nor the government, has been able to halt it. The hatred of Israel that is aimed at those who stand up for her, and which manifests itself as anti-Semitism, is soul destroying. Sir Mick’s concern and passion for our future would have more impact and be more constructive if, as well as his own pain, there were clearer recognition each of us is also in pain. Most UK Jews believe in Israel as a Jewish state; we would like a two-state solution; we believe in fair play for all Israel’s citizens and neighbours. We also believe Israel and Jews in the diaspora are being demonised and slandered because our support for Israel is misrepresented. It is this that has led to the rise in anti-Semitism.

When will the media (yourselves included) stop pussyfooting around about Comrade Corbyn and state the obvious? You printed Labour general secretary Jennie Formby’s piece on dealing with anti-Semitism in her party (www.jewishnews., 6 July). What she and all the media have failed to accept is that there is no such problem in any of the other major political parties in this country. The problem is Corbyn, and it will never go away while he is Labour leader. As a media outlet, either accept it or go on printing endless Labour spin.

Judith Ornstein Bushey Heath

Russell Ballen By email

Much of what Sir Mick Davis wrote in the newspaper last week (Jewish News, 5 July) makes sense. His energy on behalf of our community is proven. We are in disarray and that’s not good, but it’s the actions of those who hate us that are to blame, not ourselves. There is no excuse for the worst behaviour, but our situation in the UK feels perilous, so emotions are understandably

MIND-BOGGLING IGNORANCE Regarding the angry open letter alleging bullying of those who said Kaddish for the people killed at Gaza, it is important to clarify Kaddish, why it was inappropriate to say it in this context and who should be the leaders of Jewish youth to inspire the next generation. It is a specific prayer, a marker between different sections of the synagogue service. It praises God, accepts divine authority as the guiding power of the universe, and accepts the divine decree. The signatories of the letter are

either ignorant of these facts or deliberately choosing to ignore them, both equally worrying, and rendering them unsuitable as leaders of Jewish youth. I have found no evidence of joy at the deaths. On the contrary, reports from unbiased sources show the IDF went to extraordinary lengths to minimise casualties. It is mind-boggling that the signatories of the letter and those they represent are not aware of this.

Roisy Nevies NW4

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There are bad apples, but tycoons give us all a boost ALEX BRUMMER



here has been a recent suggestion that Sir Philip Green, subject of a new, critical biography, is the last of the colourful tycoons. One would beg to differ. The current crop are every bit as exciting and intoxicating as previous generations that included Green’s business hero Sir Charles Clore, Sir Isaac Wolfson, Sir James Goldsmith, Lord Weinstock et al. All were in different ways outsiders who left an indelible mark on British commerce and life. The current crop are equally prominent and high profile in all that they do. The founder of advertising group WPP, Sir Martin Sorrell, has long hogged the headlines. Aside from building a FTSE100 giant, Sorrell established himself as an international commentator available to anyone who sought views on the digital economy, world growth and much more. If anyone thought his ignominious departure from WPP after 33 years at the top was the end of the saga, they should think again. Old tycoons and ‘outsiders’ who have made it to the top don’t retreat. Defiance

and confidence is part of their make-up, hence his determination to rebuild. Then there is the boss of London-quoted mining and commodities trading group Glencore Ivan Glasenberg. Earlier this month, Glasenberg attracted the attention of the US Justice Department, which is on a fishing expedition to know more about the company’s dealings in three troubled territories in which it operates: the Democratic Republic of Congo, Venezuela and Nigeria. Clearly, the search for information under the America’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act is serious. It was enough to wipe 10 percent or billions of pounds off Glencore’s shares in one day. It also put the company’s dealings with Israeli-Africa businessman Dan Gertler in the spotlight. A lesser figure than Glasenberg might have faded under pressure. His response was to cheer up investors by starting a $1bn buyback of the company’s own shares in a vote of confidence in its ability to withstand the assault. The headlines clearly were unwelcome, but it is worth noting that the clampdown on bribery that Glencore now faces is not confined to the Swiss-based group. Almost all the big mining

IT IS WELL WORTH CONSIDERING THE EFFORT IN CREATING GREAT BUSINESS firms, including older establishment firms such as Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton, have faced similar problems with the authorities. Even the most hallowed name in British business, Rolls-Royce, has been forced to settle with Britain’s Serious Fraud Office after an investigation into bribes and corrupt practices across the world. There is little doubt that after the financial crisis of a decade ago, a new, more puritanical culture has descended upon business. Corporate titans are also held up to new ill-defined standards on gender equality, behaviours towards employees and business associates not helped by the stain of Harvey Weinstein and the Hollywood allegations. Fortunately, the media generally handles

tales of businessmen in difficulty in a more sensitive way than in the past. Members of our community who relish the corporate success and philanthropy of our brethren always feel unease when allegations hit the headlines. But it is worth remembering that although Jews are very good at identifying with our own, much of this is a non-event for non-Jews more interested in the scandal that the ethnic background of the person making the waves. Occasionally, a photo from a family celebration or lavish party gives the game away, but the media has become more careful about this in an age when it is too easy to revert to racists stereotypes. But when an unwanted picture does creep through, such as that of Israeli Dan Gertler in the Financial Times last weekend wearing a very distinct black kippah, there is a sinking feeling. As a financial journalist, a large part of my job is about rooting out and exposing the less wholesome side of enterprise. But unseemly behaviour is not confined to people in kippot. Indeed, when companies and individuals hit a bad patch, it is also worth considering the huge efforts involved in creating great business and the jobs, profits, exports and services that benefit the many.

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Our new code is more extensive than IHRA JEN N IE F O R MBY GENERAL SECRETARY, LABOUR PARTY


hen I took up my post as general secretary of the Labour Party in April, Jeremy Corbyn asked me to make strengthening and speeding up procedures for dealing with anti-Semitism my first priority. Three months on, I am glad to say that, although there is still work to be done, we have come a long way. This week we have brought forward a package of wide-ranging reforms to make our procedures for dealing with anti-Semitism complaints more robust, efficient and fair. That includes smaller panels, which meet more frequently, for reviewing cases, allowing anti-Semitism cases to be fast-tracked. All members of these panels will receive specialised training on anti-Semitism, as will all staff involved in disciplinary processes and all members of our quasi-judicial body, the National Constitutional Committee (NCC).

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with Shadow Attorney General, Baroness Chakrabarti, who published the party’s report into anti-Semitism

Cases that come before the panels will be anonymised to ensure impartiality, and decision-making matrices will be established to guide panel members and ensure consistency. Every complaint will have a set time frame in which it should be resolved, and we have agreed a series of measures to allow cases to be judged by the NCC more rapidly. We have developed the most detailed and comprehensive code of conduct on antiSemitism adopted by any political party in this country. The code includes the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism, which the Labour Party adopted in December 2016. It supplements this with additional examples and guidance, primarily from the IHRA’s examples, but also drawn from the UN Charter on Human Rights, the Home Affairs

Select Committee report 2016, the Chakrabarti Report and other contemporary sources. I have been asked why we didn’t just adopt the IHRA’s examples as they are and leave it at that. The answer is that they do not go far enough for practical use by a political party. Our guidelines address all of the ground covered by the IHRA examples, clarifies those that might be open to different interpretations or be seen as conflicting with other rights, and provides additional examples of anti-Semitic language and behaviour. For example, our guidelines include the use of derogatory terms for Jewish people such as “kike” or “yid”, stereotypical tropes and negative physical depictions such as references to wealth and equating Jewish people with capitalists or the ruling class. These are not included in the IHRA examples. We are a political party with more than half a million members, many of whom are passionate about international politics and discuss these issues in party meetings and events. It is therefore essential we have a code of conduct that sets out the behaviour that will not be tolerated in such discussions, ensuring that we can have debate on such important and difficult subjects in a considered and respectful way. While criticism of the actions or policies of the Israeli government is not anti-Semitic, the party will not tolerate anti-Semitic language, name-calling or abuse, or the expression of views that are intended to be anti-Semitic or are simply intended to upset or offend within such debates. The code of conduct deals comprehensively with these issues and also states that Jewish people have the same right to selfdetermination as any other people, and that any denial of that right is to treat the Jewish people unequally and is therefore a form of anti-Semitism. It says that holding Jewish people collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel’s conduct is wrong and goes further than the IHRA examples in saying it is wrong to apply double standards by requiring more vociferous condemnation of Israeli state actions from Jewish people or organisations, than from others. The code makes clear that the conduct of all states should be held to universal standards, and therefore that it would be discriminatory to hold Israel to higher standards than other countries. And it reiterates the Chakrabarti report recommendation that Labour members should not use Hitler, Nazi and Holocaust metaphors, distortions and comparisons, especially in debates about Israel-Palestine. If they do, they run the strong risk of being found guilty of behaviour that is prejudicial or grossly detrimental to the party. This provides us with a comprehensive code of conduct we can put into practice and enforce. It is also a document that members will be encouraged to read, and will be used in the political education programme that was also agreed this week.

WE’VE DEVELOPED THE MOST DETAILED AND COMPREHENSIVE CODE OF CONDUCT ON ANTISEMITISM ADOPTED BY ANY POLITICAL PARTY This will be developed by a third party expert in education on antisemitism and we have asked key Jewish organisations for their input in developing this work. Once complete, we will make it available to members at conferences and throughout the party, including through online educational materials, videos and webinars, to foster deeper understanding about all forms of antiSemitism within our movement. Anti-Semitism is a scourge within our society, which exists within politics, including within our party. And some anti-Semites have latched onto, and distorted, progressive arguments about justice for the Palestinian people or challenging class inequalities to promote anti-Semitic tropes and conspiracy theories.

This is why I am determined that our party does our utmost to tackle it. We are now fully implementing the recommendations of the Chakrabarti review, speeding up and strengthening our disciplinary procedures, introducing the most thorough and expansive code of conduct on anti-Semitism introduced by any political party in the UK, and educating members so they have the tools to challenge anti-Semitism wherever it rears its ugly head. I am proud of the work we’ve done in the past few months, and I look forward to working with Jewish members and organisations to make further progress. I would challenge other political parties to put in place similarly robust systems to eliminate prejudice from politics.

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The arrogance of Labour’s anti-Semitism definition DAVE RICH



r Livingstone, did you intend to be anti-Semitic when you hacked away at the most sensitive point in Jewish history by claiming Hitler supported Zionism?” “Of course not! I’m a lifelong anti-racist.” “OK, off you go.” That is how Ken Livingstone’s disciplinary hearing might have gone under Labour’s new code of conduct for anti-Semitism, which has been rejected by all of British Jewry’s leading organisations and by the party’s only Jewish affiliate, the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM). Labour is spinning this new code as more comprehensive and practical than the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism that is used in full, with all of its illustrative examples, by the UK and Scottish governments, the Welsh Assembly, more than 120 local authorities and several other governments. It is nothing of the sort, and the row over these two competing definitions has become emblematic of why the Labour Party


still has not solved its anti-Semitism problem. The authors of Labour’s new code have sliced up the IHRA definition, adopted some of its examples and wrapped the rest in ambiguities and equivocations described by the JLM as “a get out of jail free card” for anti-Semites. For example, the long-standing slur that Jews are “more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations” – included in IHRA’s definition – has been moved from “likely to be regarded as anti-Semitic” to a section where it is simply described as “wrong”. Nor would comparing Israel to Nazi Germany

be treated as anti-Semitism “unless there is evidence of anti-Semitic intent” – impossible to prove in a party of self-declared anti-racists. Both these things might still lead to disciplinary measures on the basis they are detrimental to the party, but not because they are antiSemitic. It is typical of Labour’s failed efforts to tackle anti-Semitism that the question of what hurts the party, yet again, takes priority over the question of what hurts Jews. The Labour Party, with astonishing arrogance given the events of the past three years, thinks it knows how to define anti-Semitism better than the JLM, its Jewish MPs, or the Jewish community’s main leadership bodies, all of whom want the party to use the full, original IHRA definition. On Saturday, the Guardian published a letter from a long list of mainly Labour MPs calling for “robust action against anti-Semitism” based on “clarity about what anti-Semitism is”; and particularly to avoid “conflation of anti-Semitism and legitimate criticism of Israel’s laws or the policies of its government”. None of the Jewish Labour MPs who had described in detail in Parliament the abuse they

regularly receive, much of it from the left, had been invited to sign it; the reality of how Jews experience anti-Semitism was not, apparently, of sufficient importance compared to the fear that IHRA’s definition would restrict people’s ability to criticise Israeli policies. The IHRA definition states plainly that “criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be regarded as anti-Semitic”. This allows for the full range of rational, evidence-based opposition to Israeli policies and actions but not for the obsessive, irrational hatred that depicts Israel as a Nazi state of unparalleled cruelty, or that sees “Zionist” conspiracies behind everything from 9/11 to the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal. Labour has abandoned the basic principles of anti-racism when it comes to dealing with anti-Semitism and Jews. Instead of allowing its Jewish MPs and affiliate to define anti-Semitism and lead the fight against it, the Labour leadership insists on doing this for itself. As long as Labour continues with this action, anti-Semitism will get worse – and Jewish disenchantment with the party will become ever more entrenched.

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My child was abused, but we struggled to be believed AN ANONYMOUS MUM WRITES...


jury of nine men and three women sat through two weeks of evidence and unanimously found the man who sexually assaulted my daughter guilty. She had come through 18 months of questioning by police before the case began at the Crown Court. Then the jury watched two hours of her video evidence and sat through a further four hours of her cross-examination. They heard every tawdry detail. The whole family was also put through it, not just my daughter; I had to give evidence, my other daughters too. Jason Blair, a prominent member of our Jewish community, was found guilty of five counts of sexual assault. The judge heard it all and he sentenced him to seven years, telling him: “You calculated, rightly at the time, that [the victim] would not take steps to report you. The reality is that you have brought this all down on yourself.” Convicted. It was over and my daughter should have been able to start to heal and recover. But, during the seven weeks between conviction and sentencing, we started to hear that members of our community who haven’t heard all of evidence think they know different. Rumours have been, and are still being spread about our characters, implying that my daughter and the rest of us made it up. “It can’t possibly true – what evidence could they have against him?” they asked. If only they had been at the trial. If only they knew how hard it is for a teenage girl to tell of something so personal and embarrassing, and the hours of questioning she had to endure. Many people will be aware that young people involved in the legal system are entitled to give video evidence to save them some of the distress of court. My daughter gave her video evidence, but if only they had known that that amounted to nearly two hours on tape that was played to the jury and then she was subjected to a gruelling four further hours in court, albeit on a video link, by the defence. They went through every small detail with her again. Neither her dad nor I were allowed to be with her. She was in a room

with a stranger, a witness support volunteer. If only they had known that this was just the end of an 18 month long process; did they know how it felt to have social workers and detectives going into school to interview your children, come into your home, and to take your children to the police station to give evidence? If only they had known the pain of finding out that it was not one offence, but sustained offences committed for more than a year. If only they had known the pain that comes when, even after agreeing to put your family through this trauma, being told it would take more than a year and that only a fifth of reported cases are taken on by the CPS. Even then, nothing is certain. He only needs to show ‘reasonable doubt’ to walk away. What effect would that have on my family? If only they had known what it was like for me, and her dad, to be in a waiting room while each of our children had to give evidence and be cross-examined. We saw the upset and distress caused by court delays, the effect this has on their schoolwork and friendships. And so much more I cannot write here. To the doubters, those who didn’t hear the evidence, please ask yourselves why won’t you trust the people who did hear all the evidence, who were there, who did hear the details and heard his defence? Please ask yourselves why any child, any family would put themselves through this if it hadn’t happened? The world is waking up to the fact that people generally do not make these things up, especially not children. My daughter didn’t make this up. It took tremendous courage for her to tell me what had happened, to tell the police and to go to court. For too long, these crimes have not been taken seriously, sometimes covered up, and it is upsetting to think that this kind of attitude still prevails in this day and age. Trust in a fair judicial system is vital for any society to function. It assumes innocence unless guilt is proved beyond reasonable doubt. We have judges to make sure the law is applied correctly and fairly. Where are we as a community and society if we do not trust this system – do not trust our children? We cannot be so naïve as to think that Jewish people are any less capable of a crime


of this nature than any other religious or racial group. He had been CRB checked and trusted to work with teenagers in a number of different Jewish communities and places. He did not have a label on his head saying that he was capable of sexual abuse, and appeared to be fun and exciting to young people. The nature of sexual abuse is subtle, usually with vulnerable people and by someone known to the victim. It takes conditioning and grooming to get a victim to cooperate, and conditioning of their wider circle so that it is not suspected. Ensuring their silence is vital and it usually involves emotional blackmail. It is so hard to understand why a person would commit such a crime, but it happens. We need to listen to and protect our young people. It is more important than protecting our sensibilities. Our youth are the future of our faith and traditions, and while we can’t walk around being suspicious of everyone, or become paranoid when an accusation is made,

we have to have faith in the police, social workers, the CPS, counsellors, teachers and that they are equipped to see who is telling the truth and who is not; they are trained professionals. Equally, barristers, judges and juries have to be trusted to apply the law justly; to trust that when there is reasonable doubt, a jury cannot give a guilty verdict. Without this trust, the cycle of abuse could continue, leaving a trail of damage. There are no winners from these events; everyone loses. My daughter was incredibly brave for taking this through the legal system, as were her sisters. Support from their Jewish school was hugely important to us, as well as from Norwood, family and friends. I can’t change what has happened. I wish I could. But I can ask you to listen, to be honest and fair about these difficult issues, and to trust the impartiality in the judicial system. All I can do is hope for a culture of acceptance.

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Community / Scene & Be Seen



The Israel Government Tourist Office partnered with HVS London to host a VIP event in London designed to showcase Israel as a strong investment opportunity in the hospitality sector for UK investors and hotel chains.

Potting for Norwood Children at Radlett Reform cheder planted pots they had painted last Mitzvah Day for one of Norwood’s residential homes. Its religion school has partnered with Norwood as its charity for the year.


More than 200 past and present parents, together with staff, enjoyed a dinner at Kinloss to celebrate Kerem School’s 70th anniversary. Year 5 and 6 pupils entertained guests with a special song, while Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis addressed the audience. Guest speaker and Teach First founder Brett Wigdortz OBE gave an inspiring talk on ‘Your child should become a teacher’.


Borehamwood-based charity GOODS FOR GOOD, which is supported by UK industry brands, has raised a record £18,000 at its annual community fundraising supper quiz. The charity has coordinated donations from 80 UK companies, sending over 224 consignments and helping people in 15 countries globally.


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100-SECOND INTERVIEW Celebrating our community’s centenarians... Australia.

Were you married, and if so, for how long and to whom?

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

I’ve been married to Audrey for 63 years. Do you have any children, grandchildren and great grandchildren – and if so, how many?


Students from across Germany spent a recent Friday volunteering in London through JCommunity (a Lauder Foundation programme) for charity GIFT. Michelle Barnett said: “Volunteering with GIFT has universal appeal that crosses language and cultural barriers.”

Menswear retailer.

David at his son’s barmitzvah 47 years ago

We have two children, Lewis and Lesley.

Name: David Carroll

What is your happiest memory?

Date of birth: 3 July 1918 Place of birth: Brighton Where do you live?

I have lived in Creighton Avenue, East Finchley, for the past 59 years.

Having our children and enjoying their families. What do you consider to be your greatest/ proudest achievements?

Getting married.

Who are your heroes of today and yesteryear?

Sir Winston Churchill.

Where did you live before?

Bond Street, W1.

What was your occupation before retirement?

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

I have always wanted to visit

No, but it would’ve been nice to have missed the Second World War.

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


The secret for a long life is …

A loving wife and family, with the odd tipple or two of whisky.

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

Young people have huge opportunities; they just need to steer clear of believing everything they see and read in the national media. If you could offer a piece of advice to today’s youngsters, what would it be?

Be hardworking, honest and law-abiding.

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

Sometimes yes, sometimes no…

David celebrating his 100th birthday


Jewish News 12 July 2018

Community /Scene & Be Seen

World-class dinner for JOFA UK More than 175 people came together to celebrate women’s learning and leadership at Allianz Park for the inaugural JOFA UK dinner. The evening started with guests having the opportunity to learn from one of four world-class scholars: Rabbi Lila Kagedan, Maharat Rachel Kohl Finegold, Lindsay Simmons and Miriam Lorie before hearing from Dr Sharon Weiss Greenberg, head of JOFA worldwide, and Rabba Dina Brawer, who set up JOFA UK five years ago and recently received her smicha.

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Around 120 guests gathered at Middle Temple Hall for the 65th annual dinner of the legal group of the British Friends of the Hebrew University. The evening was hosted by Lord Pannick QC, chairman of the legal group. Guest speaker, Lord Thomas, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, spoke of his recent trip to Jerusalem and the university, where he had delivered the 2017 Lionel Cohen lecture.

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Beauty and brains / Lifestyle

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A beautiful mind

Sarah Idan, aka Miss Iraq, tells Jenni Frazer how a selfie with her Israeli counterpart caused her family to flee and spurred her on to build connections across the divide

We don’t usually think of beauty queens as brave. And it is fashionable to mock the swimsuited Miss Galaxies for their bleating efforts to “bring world peace”. But Sarah Idan, last year’s Miss Iraq and contestant in Miss Universe, is undoubtedly brave – and is also doing her utmost to try to bring a little bit of peace and understanding to the troubled region of her birth. Last year, Idan convulsed the beauty world by making friends with – and, worse in the eyes of many people, posing in Las Vegas for a selfie with – her opposite number in the Miss Universe contest, Miss Israel. Idan and Adar Gandelsman were snapped together and Idan posted the image on her Instagram account, captioning it “Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel”. The two women had “just clicked”, Idan said, explaining: “We became friends in less than 10 minutes, and now think of each other as sisters.” But for Idan the fallout was instant and terrifying. There were death threats to both Idan and her family and eventually her family relocated to America, where Idan was already living. Two weeks ago, at the

invitation of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), Idan took an unthinkable step for a young Iraqi and travelled to Israel to address the AJC’s global policy forum in Jerusalem. During the trip, she reconnected with Gandelsman and says she was greeted with the warmest of welcomes by Israelis. She admits that when she was first asked to go to Israel, she refused. “I knew I would get into trouble and I really didn’t want any more headaches,” she says. She discussed the idea with her family. “My dad was on board, but my mother was very worried. The AJC talked me round, and said I would be the first person [from Iraq] to come to Israel, and that it would be worth it, and eventually my mother calmed down. “Of course, the difference is that I was able to go as an American citizen, and that’s the problem for most young Arabs – they don’t have any other place to go.” During her visit, a defiant Idan toured Jerusalem and ate at an Iraqi kosher restaurant in the Mahane Yehuda market in the city. She says she already had many Israeli friends in Los Angeles, but the

Sarah Idan, Miss Iraq, uploaded the above selfie she took with Miss Israel, Adar Gandelsman, which resulted in death threats

actuality of being in Israel was, of course, very different. Disappointingly for Idan, her visit drew more negative comments on social media – she says she lost more than 8,000 followers on one of her accounts. Although she told the AJC audience in Jerusalem that young people in the Arab

I HAVE ONE GOAL: TO BUILD A CONNECTION BETWEEN JEWS AND MUSLIMS, BETWEEN ISRAELIS AND ARABS world did not have a problem with Israel, she acknowledges that there is “a huge amount of anti-Semitism”. She explained: “There are people who don’t just have a hatred for Israel, but for the Jewish people, and it is appalling. “I received over 1,000 comments/messages describing Jews as people with no right to have a country, cursed by God and who are the murderers of all prophets and innocents

and hoping I join them in hell. This is antiSemitism and extremism.” To one Twitter critic of her visit, the feisty Idan responded: “Rats, pigs and monkeys. You call them [Jews] these names to dehumanise them. This may work in the Arab world, but not in the west, where people don’t believe in prejudice. “I saw your post calling me a Jew, as if it’s an insult or a warning… People like you are the reason I show support.” But she is clear on one thing: “Not a single Iraqi attacked me,” she says, noting that most of the hatred came from elsewhere in the Arab world. Now she is back in the US, the Baghdadborn beauty is not just talking the talk. “I have one goal in my head,” she says. “I want to build a connection to improve relations between Jews and Muslims, between Israelis and Arabs.” She is setting up an organisation called Humanity Beyond Human Borders, the aim of which will be to establish contacts in Israel for Iraqi children who are in need of lifesaving surgery. “Normalisation is my motivation,” she says, adding: “I want to make a documentary film to show people getting and giving this treatment, and learning to trust each other.” Idan is aware of the hurdles she faces in the Arab world, but says she believes she can overcome them. “Not a single Arab TV channel showed a story about my trip to Israel, but this is my new project – to start a channel in Arabic that will show history, religion and challenge misinformation.” Meanwhile the former beauty queen, who is a musician and composer in real life, is concentrating on making the links between Israeli medics and potential Iraqi patients. “My title as Miss Iraq gave me a pedestal”, she says. “Now it’s giving me a voice that has to be heard.”


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Lifestyle / Unseen Winehouse

The Amy we adored

Photos by Blake Wood

Photographer Blake Wood captured a gentler side to the troubled singer...

Amy on Plantation Beach, Saint Lucia, in 2009

Relaxing on Cariblue Beach, Saint Lucia, 2009

A close-up taken at Cariblue Beach, Saint Lucia, 2009

“THERE WERE AMAZING BRIGHT MOMENTS amid all the chaos, and that’s what I see in these images,” reflects photographer Blake Wood of his close friendship with Amy Winehouse. The pair met during the height of the Jewish singer’s career, in 2007, just months after her celebrated Back To Black album received a staggering five Grammy Awards. But for all her success in her professional life, it was a time when Amy’s personal life was spiralling into disarray. Her wayward partner, Blake Fielder-Civil, had run into trouble with the law, and she struggled to cope with alcohol and drug addiction, while under the ever-watchful eye of waiting paparazzi. But her friend, Blake Wood ( “Good Blake”, as he was dubbed by the media), knew a different side to the troubled singer. For the next two years, the talented photographer captured an intimate visual diary of the soul diva, from performing in Paris to playing drums at her home studio in Camden and relaxing on the beach in St Lucia. Ten years on, these previously unseen images reveal a carefree and life-loving Amy that few saw beyond the scandalous headlines, before her tragic death aged 27 in 2011.  Amy Winehouse by Blake Wood is published by Taschen, priced £40 (hardback). Out 27 July.

Amy played drums at her Camden home, 2008

Another shot of Amy relaxing on Plantation Beach, 2009

Fixing her make-up, East London, 2008

Horse-riding at Epouge Bay, Saint Lucia, 2009

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Travel / Lifestyle

Lava at first sight! Stephen Oryszczuk explores the colourful charms of Sicily – including its ancient Jewish quarter – and visits awe-inspiring Mount Etna


fter a week on the Mediterranean’s largest island, just off the toe of Italy’s boot, I’ve realised there’s something of a cultural match between Sicilians and Jews. With a shared love of food, gestures, family, debate and interesting driving, it would be love at first frittata. If the Sicilians like committees, we’re sorted. This is the perfect year to visit: the capital Palermo is soon to open its first new synagogue in 500 years. The frenetic, colourful city of food markets, curious alleyways and courting couples had my wife and I spellbound as we sat on a balcony in the centre watching a cast of larger-than-life characters jabber and gesticulate. As the sun slowly settled over the cathedral dome and the mountains, the city grew ever more alive. Jews have long played their role here. Evidence of their presence dates from 590AD, in a letter from Pope Gregory to church authorities, ordering their possessions returned after a spate of expropriations. By the year 1000, Jews had settled in a neighbourhood now known as La Giudecca, just outside the southern walls of the city, where they lived happily until their expulsion in 1492.

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Clockwise from top: A typical rugged Sicilian landscape; the Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea in seafront setting; Stephen and Mrs O during the trip

The Jewish quarter is still here, hidden under several centuries, so we went for a wander, having been told by Francesco D’Agostino of the Istituto Siciliano Studi Ebraici, based in Palermo, that “finding these traces today, amidst the chaos of the modern city, is difficult but not impossible – by wandering through the streets of the old centre, observant visitors can rediscover the magic hidden in the small squares and alleys, and with a bit of imagination, conjure up the atmosphere of ancient times.” We tried. You need a lot of imagination. But officials are trying to bring it back to life, signing over a disused church to become a synagogue, and with road signs in the old Jewish quarter written with Hebrew translations, hinting at where you are. It’s too early to call it a renaissance, but given Palermo has most of the island’s 3,000 Jews, who knows what may happen in years to come. On the other side of Sicily, in ancient Ortygia, an illustrious and fascinating district of the famed city of Syracuse, things are a little more distinct, with several buildings retaining the vestiges of a once-thriving Jewish community before it was expelled. You can see that community’s spirit in the well-preserved mikveh baths and architecture around Via Giudecca. It was never a ghetto – Jews chose to settle here. It was the Radlett of its day. We headed next to the gorgeous resort of Taormina, on the side of a mountain with

full-frontal views of Mount Etna, the highest volcano in Europe and among the world’s most active. We stayed with the London-listed Belmond hotels group, which has two hotels in Taormina: Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea, by the sea, and Belmond Grand Timeo, in the town. After several days of towns, we opted to stay by the sea, but guests of one get free entry to the other, the hotels’ luxury shuttle taking visitors between the two every hour. Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea boasts towering cliffs above and private beach below, sitting like an aristocratic old dame, facing a beautiful bay of sea stacks and calm crystalline blue waters. The hotel is among the best we’ve stayed in, but looked… well, a bit British! Sure enough, we discovered on our last day through the wonderful Alessandra that it was once the home of an English engineer who came to build Etna’s railway and so loved this delightful cove he built his summer home here. If you treat yourself to a stay, I recommend Room 111, with its wraparound stone balcony and panoramic views, but all the offerings are of exceptional quality, with classy furnishings

and lashings of good taste. Mrs O always says it’s a good sign if you want to take the toiletries. This being Sicily, the food and drink are the stand-out performers. It starts at breakfast on the terrace overlooking the sea, with the most extravagant selection I’ve seen in eight years of travel reviewing. In the evening, the restaurant staff serenade your palate with a combination of the familiar mixed with the weird and wonderful, with sweet and sour vegetables sprinkled with cocoa powder one of many surprise successes. The next day we were whisked up to see our first volcano up close and personal, the hotel arranging a superb guide who knew both Etna and her fruits. At the top, on the edge of a crater, we were surprised with a private picnic put on by the hotel. Sat there, we’d have gone out on a high had Etna been feeling twitchy. Thankfully she wasn’t. And yes, Etna is definitely a ‘she,’ according to our lovely and very Sicilian expert. “It’s because she gives birth to life,” she said. “And occasionally gets very angry?” asked I, to the sternest of stares from Mrs O.

WHERE TO STAY... Stephen stayed at Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea, where prices start from €400 plus VAT, based on two sharing a double room on a bed and breakfast basis. To book, call 0845 077 2222 or visit For more details about Sicily’s Jewish heritage, email Istituto Siciliano Studi Ebraici at

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Orthodox Judaism


Mattot Masei BY RABBI YONI BIRNBAUM Thanks to his mental preparedness, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was ready to face almost any possible scenario during a race. So, when his goggles filled with water in the final of the 200m butterfly race at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he simply counted his strokes until the wall and once again beat his own world record. Phelps sees the end goal before he even starts the race. In the second of the two sidrot we read this week, the Torah lists every one of the Jewish people’s encampments in the desert. The Midrash brings a parable to help illustrate the reason why this list is necessary. A king had a child who was unwell. He took him on a long and difficult journey to visit the best doctor, who was eventually able to cure him. Retracting the same route on their return journey, the king pointed out what had transpired in each place: “Here we slept, here we managed to find a place to rest, here your head hurt, and we had to deal with it…” It was at the end of the journey the Jewish people could look back and appreciate not just how far they had come, but how each stage brought them closer to their goal. By contrast, during the journey itself, their sole focus had to be on reaching their destination, the Promised Land. Looking back before the end could have caused them to lose heart. Like Phelps’ focus, it was because they never lost sight of their end goal.  Rabbi Yoni Birnbaum serves Hadley Wood Jewish Community

Torah For Today What does the Torah say about... Taxing over-40s to help pay for the elderly BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL A cross-party group of MPs has suggested over-40s and wealthy pensioners should be taxed to help meet the cost of social care for the elderly. What does the Torah say about this? Although the Jewish community prides itself on contributing to care for the elderly, it is first and foremost an individual’s duty to plan ahead and be self-sufficient in their older years. Honouring parents or the elderly does not imply financial support. However, it does fall within the wider ambit of tzedakah. Taxing the individual is already a religious practice, via the 10 percent given from one’s disposable income. Therefore, although such a tax would have the force of law, it would count towards satisfying

this religious obligation to give tzedakah. Charging a percentage of income seems fair, although relating this to age is wrong. Many 40-year-olds struggle to pay for growing families, whereas many 20 and 30-somethings with upwardly mobile, high-octane, but high earning lives should be taxed as they are not yet committed to


the expenses of rearing children. Furthermore, a Jewish approach would be conducive to giving time, as well as money. Therefore, families who look after their own elderly relatives, thus fulfilling the government’s concern to protect them from suffering isolation, should be exempt from the tax or receive an appropriately high rebate. The personal touch in looking after neighbours and family-based care is the intergenerational, communal approach favoured by Judaism. The recent opening of a children’s nursery at the Nightingale House care home in south London is a shining example of this preferred option: care-in-person, rather than the giving of money alone. Bringing different age groups together vastly increases the quality of life of older people and will also reduce the vast cost of the social bill. It is a model the rest of society should emulate. Rabbi Ariel Abel serves Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation and is padre to the Armed Forces




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Progressive Judaism

The Bible Says What? Progressively Speaking ‘God asked Noah to round up two of EVERY animal’

What’s the value of Tisha b’Av?

BY RABBI AARON GOLDSTEIN The animals came in two-by-two, hurrah, hurrah! The words to this nursery rhyme are an ear-worm whenever I consider the instruction to Noah to round up “two of every kind of birds, cattle and every creeping thing on earth”. The mind cannot help but boggle at the enormity of the task Noah faced. Even assuming the ‘earth’ might have been a smaller entity in Noah’s day, how would he have the wherewithal to capturing and keep all the species of the earth alive and healthy? Then in the Ark itself, how would each animal be separated so that the ‘laws of nature’ were suspended? How would you prevent the lions or wolves from feasting? How would you stop the birds from flying away or the ants from getting squashed? Perhaps the nursery rhyme and wooden toys of arks filled with various animals is the most appropriate way of ‘literally’ understanding this Torah

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story – it was something for the children. However, children’s stories still contain plenty of meaning. One of the morals I gain from this tale is that it answers the question: ‘Why Noah?’ What made him such a tzaddik (righteous person) that God would save him and his family above all others? The rabbis applied a number of Proverbs to Noah: “A wise man captivates people” and “The righteous man, who knows the needs of his beast”. If God wanted to hit reboot on the world, a partner on earth was required to preserve and nurture life. Noah was that man who would put his needs behind those of preserving the life of the planet, all the while perhaps humming: “The animals came in twoby-two hurrah, hurrah!”  Aaron Goldstein is senior rabbi at Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue

BY RABBI SYLVIA ROTHSCHILD From 17 Tammuz we began the Three Weeks with a day of fasting to remember the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem. The grieving intensifies from the beginning of Av until we reach the 9th day, the fast of Tisha b’Av, when we mourn the destruction of both Jerusalem Temples. From early rabbinic times, has been seen as a period when terrible things happened to the Jews. The incident of the spies which led to the exodus generation never entering the land is the first catastrophe attributed to Tisha b’Av, but many more have accumulated. The Talmud tells us the First Temple was destroyed because of idolatry and immorality, but the second even though the Jews were pious and observant. Causeless hatred was rife in the Jewish world, and this brought the cataclysm. Talmud concludes: “This is to

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teach that causeless hatred is as grave as idolatry, sexual immorality and bloodshed together.” Progressive Jews have abandoned any desire for Temple ritual and while we recognise the disaster that was Tisha b’Av and mourn the pain, dislocation and vulnerability of our people, we cannot only observe the traditional Tisha b’Av mourning rituals or view it as divine punishment for which we had no agency. Causeless hatred brought about disaster. Rav Kook teaches that the remedy must be causeless love for

each other, so we must make space for diversity within Judaism and value our differences – a direct response to Tisha b’Av, much harder than fasting or lamenting! But in another progressive response from our history. David Einhorn wrote his siddur Olath Tamid in the 1850s and included a service “on the Anniversary of the Destruction of Jerusalem”. The siddur’s name shows how Reform Judaism saw prayers as the successor to the Temple rite, and the service for Tisha b’Av turns tradition around, giving thanks that Judaism could grow and thrive in so many different countries. As with all mourning, Jewish tradition is to mark the event and come back into life.

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EHRS Youth Worker Vacancy Would you like to work for one of the largest Synagogue Communities in Europe? Edgware & Hendon Reform Synagogue are looking for a dynamic and inspiring Part Time Youth Worker.

Nursery Staff: Qualified/Unqualified, Full-Time/Part-Time, All Year / Term Time TLC has moved to Ner Yisrael where we now have all our age groups, from baby to pre-school, under one roof. We are looking for a number of new members to join our already amazing teams of friendly and energetic staff and would like to invite all potential candidates - irrespective of experience or qualification – to contact us with a view to starting by September 2018 Although we are a Full Time Nursery and are open All Year round from 8:30am – 6pm, we can offer compatible and flexible working shifts for both full time and part-time nursery staff. We also have a few positions which would suit a candidate looking for Term Time only hours. We invest in all our staff by offering on the job qualifications and support as part of our package

If you are passionate about helping children and teenagers have fun, develop their potential and expand their Jewish experience within a Reform Jewish environment, this could be the job for you. The role also involves student work, Hadracha, school holiday activities and working closely with other departments within the synagogue. You will have worked with similar environments, have excellent leadership and team building skills as well as the ability to deliver creative and imaginative ideas that keep the children engaged with Reform Judaism. Experience delivering informal education, working with those with special educational needs, knowledge of child protection and Ofsted regulations are highly desirable but not essential. Additional hours will be required whilst running our play schemes at Pesach and in the summer. If you are interested in joining our team, please send your CV requesting a job description and application form to

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WIN A QUOOKER BOILING HOT TAP, WORTH £1,150! Jewish News and The Home Consultancy have teamed up together to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a Quooker Boiling Hot tap, worth £1,150! The Home Consultancy has been designing and suppling kitchens for more than 15 years and specialises in kosher kitchens. The company has a wide range of cabinetry to choose from and as it works from a home office, it can provide greater value for money. Save time every day with the boiling water tap from Quooker. Get 100°C boiling water from the tap at the touch of a button with this safe, economical and must-have gadget in your kitchen. Once you have one, you will wonder how you managed without it. The Quooker Flex also has a pull-out spray, making it even more efficient to use. Don’t worry if you don’t win – every reader who enters will receive a voucher entitling them to a Free Quooker Tap, when purchased with a kitchen from The Home Consultancy. Call us to book your personal consultation.  To find out more, see

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Serena ends Giorgi’s Wimbledon journey WIMBLEDON Camila Giorgi took plenty of positives from her historic run at Wimbledon – which saw her reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time. The Italian, who went into the tournament ranked 52 in the world, saw her campaign stopped by Serena Williams, although not before she shocked Centre Court by winning the first set of the last-eight clash. Williams then lifted her game as she booked her place in a 35th Grand Slam semi-final, winning 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Reflecting on the match, Giorgi said: “I was happy with my performance, I’ve been playing very well all week and did so to a great level today. I won the first set, she then played well, but I’m happy with the way I performed.” Looking back fondly on the tournament, she

said: “Of course, I take a lot of positives from it. I played some great matches, and these games will help me for the rest of the year. I think it’s been a great week or so for me here.” Israel’s last representative at the tournament was Jonathan Erlich, and he said he was left “heartbroken” at his third round doubles exit. Teaming up with Poland’s Marcin Matkowski, they found themselves two sets up against Indian Divij Sharan and New Zealand’s Artem Sitak, only to lose the next three in a four-hour epic. He said: “It’s also disappointing and frustrating. Even at 2-0 up, we had a few chances, but they had a little bit of luck, coming out with a few crazy shots, lobs on the line, we lost a bit of concentration and our energy went down. They had more energy in the fifth and physically we were a bit tired. Well done to them, but this match was there for us, no excuses.”

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London Lions U10 Whites claimed its second piece of silverware by lifting the Royston Town Youth six-a-side Tournament. Qualifying top of its group, Zac Benedick’s hat-trick and Ethan Gold’s goal saw them beat Bedwell in the last-eight, while Joshua Doctors, Max Mandel and Gav Mevorah all converted from the spot in its semi-final penalty shoot-out win against Milton Colts. Fredi Rexphi scored the winner in the 1-0 final win over Wheathampstead Wanderers, to go alongside the WFL Challenge Cup.


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HMH honours footballers of the year HMH brought its cam paign to an official end by holding its annual end-of-season awards evening. Honouring the club’s 25 teams, which range from U7-U16, a Player and Player’s Player of the Season was honoured for each team, together with trophies for the top goalscorer, goalkeeper and Manager of the Season. The U16 Panthers were named Team of the Season, while Eric Elbaz was named Club Man. David Marcus, part of HMH’s management committee, said: “The Man of the Year is the most prestigious award. It’s given to the person considered to devote and commit over and above all expectations to the club. Eric’s continued dedication and commitment has helped make HMH one of the biggest and most popular Jewish Football Clubs in the UK.” 


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5 OUR FAMOUS BLUE BOXES ARE STILL GOING STRONG JNF UK’s iconic Blue Boxes have been kept in Jewish homes and meeting places for over one hundred years. We still distribute and collect them across the entire country today. When you put money into a Blue Box it goes directly to those who need it most in Israel. Call us on 020 8732 6100 to order a new Blue Box or to arrange a collection.

7 WE TRAIN ISRAEL’S NEXT GENERATION OF YOUNG LEADERS Investing in Israel’s youth means investing in Israel’s continued success. For this reason JNF UK supports a number of leadership programmes which are designed to develop the capabilities of aspirational young people in Israel. These programmes teach young adults about themselves, their place within Jewish history and connects them to the land, thereby creating young leaders who can inspire change and who are committed to the improvement of Israeli society.

6 WE HELP IN EMERGENCIES When Israel needs help fast, we are ready to act. From forest fires to incoming rockets, Israel faces many challenges. So when there’s an emergency, you can be sure we’ll know how to help. With your support, we’re always by Israel’s side.

8 WE DON’T FORGET SENIOR CITIZENS We place as much importance in supporting Israel’s senior citizens as we do in investing in children and young people. Waves of mass Aliyah to Israel has led to many people including Holocaust survivors and veterans to settle in Negev towns. Most of these olim are now elderly and many of them suffer from loneliness. JNF UK is supporting senior citizens through a number of projects, such as renovating and upgrading their social clubs in Arad and Ashkelon, both of which are unfit for purpose.



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WE CAN HELP YOU WRITE YOUR WILL Have you written your Will? Many of us have not, but know it would be a good idea to get it done even if we are still young. JNF UK’s legacy department, KKL, can help you prepare your Will so that you can leave a legacy to help support Israel. If you decide to leave something to JNF UK, we will even do it free of charge. Please call us on 0800 358 3587 or email

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Jewish News issue 1062  

Published 12th July 2018

Jewish News issue 1062  

Published 12th July 2018