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#WeRemember Jewish News this week joins forces with the World Jewish Congress for a global social media initiative to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. The WJC’s campaign is simple: asking participants worldwide to photograph themselves with a sign that reads “We Remember,” in their own language, and to upload their image onto social media

using the hashtag #WeRemember. The response has been overwhelming with more than 200,000 people taking part so far, either individually or in group pictures, from every continent and in dozens of languages – with many more to come ahead of tomorrow’s Holocaust Memorial Day. And this week the Auschwitz museum pro-

jected the campaign’s images on the grounds of the infamous camp. WJC chief Robert Singer said: “Anti-Semitism is more prevalent today than any time since 1945. That’s why we all must declare, together, that we remember.”

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Jewish News 26 January 2017

News / Spate of hate attacks

Police were this week scouring CCTV as part of an investigation into anti-Semitic incidents in Barnet that included a brick being thrown through the window of a Jewish home in Edgware on Shabbat. Patrols were stepped up to reassure the borough’s Jewish community after six incidents were reported in the Edgware

and Mill Hill areas over a few days. It is unknown whether the incidents are connected. The previous day, offensive graffiti including ‘Heil Hitler’ was discovered on a recycling bin and bollard in Daws Lane. That same night, at around 10.30pm, a woman was walking along Edgwarebury Lane when eggs were


























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thrown towards her. Although nothing was said to the victim, it is being considered as a hate crime. Officers were called to a residential address in Hillside Gardens, where a brick with a swastika and anti-Semitic slurs scrawled on it shattered a downstairs window in the early hours of Saturday morning. Police are also investigating the discovery of a swastika drawn into condensation on a window in Watford Way, NW7. No arrests have yet been made. Inspector Justin Zitver from Barnet Police said: “Whilst there is no evidence at this stage to suggest these offences are linked, it is of great concern that members of our community are being targeted in this way. “The Met is committed to working with our partners to tackle all types of hate crime, including the use of antiSemitic language. “We will have a number of ongoing reassurance patrols in the borough and I would encourage anyone who has been a victim of crime, or who

has any information that will help our investigations, to speak with officers. Together, we can make every effort to hold the offenders to account.” Gary Ost, head of Shomrim North West London, said: “These cowardly antiSemitic attacks targeted Jews when they were asleep in their homes or walking with their families after dinner. These attacks are intended to instill fear in London’s Jews. The best response to these disgusting acts is to ensure the perpetrators are caught. We appeal for witnesses to contact the police or Shomrim.” In a statement, the Community Security Trust said it had been giving support to the victims of the incidents, adding: “These incidents have been understandably distressing for the victims, and we will continue to ensure they get all the help and support they need.” A Board of Deputies spokesperson said: “The lowlives who think it big or clever to menace Jewish

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families over the weekend deserve nothing short of our contempt. The perpetrators should face the full force of the law,” while Andrew Dismore, London Assembly member

for Barnet and Camden, said: “These kind of disgusting incidents are totally unacceptable. It is shameful more of these incidents have happened here.”

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to provide the refugees with a two-bedroom on-site home – converted from a former Jewish studies classroom. Fundraising members of the shul have dubbed their campaign the Abraham Tent Project, a reference to Abraham opening the sides of his tent to welcome strangers. Shul chair Alice Alphandary invoked the Jewish history of Eight-year-old schoolboy Elisha Abeles has raised £50 for Syrian refugees by saving his sweets and selling them to raise money. The Sacks Morasha Primary School pupil said: ‘I am helping refugees because I want to show them that Jewish people care about all the people in the world.’

seeking refuge from persecution when explaining why the community had sought to help, adding that her own Egyptian father had fled to Britain as a refugee. “If we are not the children of refugees, we might be the grandchildren of refugees,” she said. “It’s such a part of our collective identity.” Architects who attend the shul have drawn up plans to convert the classroom, and the community is helping to raise the money, ahead of the project’s official launch late next month. Lambeth Council had earlier said it would take in up to 20 refugee families, but it has struggled to find enough willing landlords because the rental rates offered for refugee families are less than market rate.


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Regev praises Patel stance on PA funds Israel’s ambassador to the UK paid tribute to Britain’s International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, on Tuesday night, for her firm stance in ensuring that UK funding of the Palestinians went to those who deserved and needed the money, writes Jenni Frazer. Mark Regev told a packed House of Commons Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI) reception: “A lot of money has been claimed as going to help needy people — and money hasn’t necessarily always gone to needy people. On the contrary: we’ve had in the past examples of money ... going to other things, whether to support a maximalist extreme political agenda, to support hate speech or terrorism.” It was one of the ambassador’s first public appearances since the uncomfortable publicity relating to the Al Jazeera “sting”, in which a local hire for the Israeli embassy,

Priti Patel at CFI reception

Shai Masot, was fired after boasting about his Israeli lobby contacts. But the CFI team appeared to have decided to meet the situation head-on: its parliamentary chairman, Sir Eric Pickles, announced, to general amusement, that even those guests who might have a concealed Al Jazeera camera about their person were still welcome, while the director/chairman Andrew Heller praised the ambassador for his response to the situation.

Patel, herself a former CFI vice-chairman, said Brexit offered “a new chapter” for Britain, and that in pursuit of life after leaving the European Union, Britain was going to need great allies such as Israel. “Our trade relations can only go from strength to strength,” she said. “My department has an important role to play when it comes to Israel — and it will play its part by investing in the right things, for the right people — but also in initiatives which can bring people together. “These will include coexistence programmes, but I am also rooting out abuse in the system to ensure money is spent in the right way... because that is what we should be doing with British taxpayers’ money.” Patel spoke about the shared values of Britain and Israel, noting there was “much to do” to prevent anti-Semitism.

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News / Broadcaster rapped / Goldsmiths slur / £17m synagogue

Al Jazeera gets warning Al Jazeera will receive a ticking off from parliamentary authorities after an undercover reporter filmed inside the Palace of Westminster for its investigation into supposed Israeli influence on British democracy, writes Justin Cohen. Posing as an Israel activist, the journalist befriended the embassy’s political officer, Shai Masot, gaining access to private events and and meeting senior figures at the forefront of putting Israel’s case in the UK. In one of the four-part series, the reporter was seen introducing himself to Masot during an event in the Commons. After the case was raised by blogger Jonathan Hoffman, a parliamentary spokesperson said: “To ensure we are able to offer reasonable and practical opportunities for reporting on Parliamentary business, we require the full cooperation of all journalists to ensure that regulations governing filming and broadcasting within both public and non-public areas of the Houses of Parliament are adhered to. “The House of Commons will be reminding this broadcaster of the rules and asking them not to do it again without seeking prior permission.” Hoffman said: “It’s hardly surprising. When you set out to fuel the anti-Semitic

The broadcaster’s undercover journalist carried out covert filming in Parliament

trope about Jewish power and vilify Jews for reacting to anti-Semitism, why should you worry about such niceties as getting permission to film?” Ofcom is assessing a complaint over elements of the first programme, before deciding whether to launch a formal investigation.

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Goldsmiths lecturer branded ‘bitter Jew’ A Jewish academic at Goldsmiths University in London has described facing unprecedented hostility after the idea of his exclusion for being a Zionist was included on a student suggestions board, on which he was also called “a bitter Jew”. David Hirsh (pictured), a sociology lecturer at Goldsmiths College, part of the University of London, came across the message on Monday, penned to a noticeboard asking students: “What do you think teaching and learning should look like in 2022?” Among other suggestions, someone had written: “No more David Hirsch, no more Zionism – a bitter Jew.” Hirsh has taken a leading role in opposing academic boycotts of Israel, and recently

drew fire for criticising Jeremy Corbyn as being “intentionally ambivalent” in his handling of incidents of antiSemitic comments in left-wing politics. On Tuesday, Hirsh said: “Some academics teach that Zionism is racism and that Israeli academics should be excluded from our campuses. This person defined me as a ‘Zionist’ and therefore a racist, so thought it appropriate to demand I be excluded from Goldsmiths. In this case a focus on Jewishness followed quickly from hostility to Israel. I have never experienced this kind of hostility from any student I have taught.” A university spokesperson said: “We condemn this action – this is an unacceptable attack on a member of Goldsmiths staff ” and confirmed it was investigating the incident.

£17M REBUILD ‘REDEFINES’ SHUL South Hampstead synagogue is to undertake a two-year £17million rebuilding project that bosses say will “redefine the word synagogue”. The redevelopment is the biggest project ever taken on by the United Synagogue, and will bring about a brand new multi-purpose community hall with “significant amounts of flexible social and educational space”. A spokesman said the new building would be “fit for the 21st century” and would “facilitate a redefinition of the traditional thinking behind the words ‘synagogue’ and ‘community’ within the modern Orthodox community”. The synagogue’s leaders said the local community, together with the help of “a major donor”, have already raised most of the money, and alternative arrangements for the community’s services have been made until their new home is ready. Synagogue chairman David Turner said the

Regulator launches inquiry into charity The Charity Commission has launched a statutory inquiry into a Jewish charity serving the Sephardi community in London, citing “serious regulatory concerns”. Beth Yosef Foundation, registered in Hendon, has not filed its annual returns since February 2012, and the government investigation was officially launched at the end of December, according to a statement published this week. The charity works with children and its stated aim is to “advance the Orthodox Jewish religion, in particular as practised by

aim was to provide “an inclusive and inspirational building for all ages, religious outlooks and abilities,” adding: “It represents a groundbreaking opportunity to redefine a modern orthodox community.” US president Stephen Pack said the project would “revolutionise the facilities that are available to the South Hampstead US community and could also change the way our other communities use and think about their own buildings”. Sephardi Jews”. However, it was identified by the Commission for a compliance visit in November, in part because its objects “suggested it might be operating in high risk areas”. The Commission says it met a trustee of the charity in November, but that the visit “identified a number of serious regulatory concerns relating to the administration and financial management of the charity by the trustees”. These concerns included “a failure by the trustees to submit their annual returns, whether the charity has any validly appointed trustees, loan agreements entered into by the charity, and the sale of property owned by the charity”. Trustees could not be reached for comment.

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Charity shuts centre / Shuls initiative / News

Jewish Care shuts Stamford Hill centre demographics and a decline in the number of visits to the centre had led it to reassess the needs of the local community. It will now run a day-centre service every Tuesday, allowing the expansion of outreach services such as meals-on-wheels,

befriending and transport for members to the Stepney Community Centre, which will operate extended hours from April, including weekends and evenings. The much-loved Stepney centre, which will be renamed the Brenner Centre at Stepney, will become the communal hub

through which all services to East London are provided, the charity said. The Hackney Community College and adult day services, run by Kisharon, will continue to operate from there, after Kisharon signed an 18-month lease to take over management of the building from Jewish

Care. Neil Taylor, a director at Jewish Care, said: “It became apparent to us, after a memberled consultation, that we needed to make changes to meet the differing needs of the ageing East London Jewish community.” He added: “These changes will enable us to invest more into outreach services and

extended day-centre opening whilst reducing the deficit we have in East London,” where he said there was a “shrinking yet ageing community”. The charity confirmed staff working across East London had been informed of the changes and the impact it will have on them.

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Jewish Care is to close the Brenner Jewish Community Centre at Raine House in Stamford Hill in April to divert the money into outreach services for the local area. In plans announced this week, the charity said changing

Service users at the Brenner Jewish Community Centre

Shuls back mental health awareness A Jewish charity launches a Mental Health Awareness Shabbat next month, with more than 60 shuls taking part alongside youth groups and student societies. The Jewish Association For Mental Illness initiative, called Head On, will see a range of resources and events, including briefing notes, training sessions and a special sermon relating to mental health, prepared by Rabbi Daniel Epstein of Cockfosters & N Southgate Synagogue. The charity said it was being held between 3-4 February to coincide with the week of Parashat Bo, which tells of the Plague of Darkness, which they described as “a suitable launch pad for discussions on the nature of mental health”. Shuls taking part in the

inaugural event are drawn from every denomination, organisers said, and they will be joined by school, college and university students for talks, discussions and themed Friday Night dinners, among other things. It follows a community-wide panel discussion on tackling mental illness on 30 January, held at Cockfosters & N Southgate Synagogue, which will address the pressure points of life today, such as hectic lifestyles and online bullying. Children and adolescent mental health services have reported a “huge spike” in referrals for self-harm in the last few years, with “no sign of change,” and Jami bosses are hoping to engage parents, teachers, friends and youth workers in the conversation.

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Neville building plan boosts shul The rabbi of Manchester Reform Synagogue has welcomed a city centre redevelopment by former Manchester United and England star Gary Neville (pictured) that will see his shul torn down and a new one built. Speaking to Manchester Evening News, Rabbi Dr Reuven Silverman argued that the community needed a new fit-for-purpose building and that the stained glass window from the current building will be transferred. Manchester’s first post-war shul is the second oldest of its kind in the country and was funded by war reparations, its windows being among the earliest examples of figurative stained glass in a Jewish place of worship in the UK. Opposition to Neville’s proposals has come from heritage campaigners, who are applying to have the shul listed to save it from demolition, together with a police station and pub. Catherine Croft, director of the Twentieth Century Society, warned against “short-termism,” saying: “We don’t want buildings to survive as decaying monuments, rather we want to see them brought back into use so they can make a positive impact on the environment. We do not need to demolish great architecture to allow room for innovation and economic growth.”

Hollywood comes to Edgware Actresses Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams brought an unusual touch of Hollywood glamour to the streets of Edgware as they were spotted this week filming Disobedience. Weisz is also producing the screen adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s debut novel from 2006, which deals with a lesbian love affair. Set in north-west London, the story follows Ronit (Weisz) who returns home following the death of her father and rekindles a romance with her best friend (McAdams), who is now married to her cousin. The pair were wrapped up for winter and donned modest clothing, with McAdams wearing a sheitel for the shoot.

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The 38-year-old Canadian actress has been busy researching for her role and visited Hasmonean Girls’ School in Mill Hill to speak to the

Yobs filmed chanting: ‘You’re getting gassed’ Police are investigating reports of football fans yelling anti-Semitic chants referring to gas chambers ahead of a fixture against Tottenham Hotspur. A video emerged of Manchester City supporters singing “F*** off you f****** y***... f******


gas isn’t good enough for ya”, ahead of a fixture between Manchester City and Tottenham last weekend. One passenger told The Mirror that two City fans next to him also chanted: “You’re getting gassed in the morning”. He reported the incident to the Greater Manchester Police. Former FA director and current chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council Simon Johnson said: “It is incumbent upon all clubs, and the football authorities, to take extra measures to prevent this and rapidly identify the culprits.”



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students. Meanwhile Weisz, 46, has been busy promoting her latest film, Denial, based on the libel case brought by Holocaust denier David Irving.


Who will shape our community? Nominations flooded in this week for Jewish News and the Jewish Leadership Council’s fascinating search for individuals set to define Anglo-Jewry in the decades to come. We’re asking readers to suggest individuals who should be included in our Who’s Who of current and future high-flyers in two lists –Thirty Under 30 and Eighteen Under 18. Nominations can come from across the country, making this a truly nationwide initiative, with the top places selected by a range of Jewish leaders in the worlds of politics, art, education and culture. The process will culminate in the spring, when Jewish News will publish the results of the judges’ deliberations. We will reveal who has made the final cuts before the end of April, by which time older nominees should still be under 30. For the Eighteen Under 18 category, nominees should be yet to hit the landmark birthday by 1 September.






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Jewish News 26 January 2017

World News / West Bank building

Vast settlement plan attacked Israel announced more than 2,500 new settlement homes in the three days after Donald Trump was sworn in as US president, heralding one of the biggest building sprees in recent years and uniting the rest of the world in condemnation. The municipality of Jerusalem said it was lifting restriction on more than 560 housing units in the east, with construction in Pisgat Ze’ev, Ramat Shlomo and Ramot. This was followed by a statement on Tuesday that a total of 2,500 units would be built across the West Bank “in response to housing needs”. Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the majority would be built in existing settlement blocs, including 902 in Ariel and 652 in Givat Zeev. Another 100 will be built in Beit-El, a settlement near the Palestinian Authority HQ in Ramallah, where the family of Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner is said to have funded. Middle East Minister Tobias Ellwood said: “Settlements built on occupied Palestinian


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territory are contrary to international law and an obstacle to a two-state solution and we condemn them.” A government spokesman added: “The UK reiterates its support for a negotiated peace settlement that leads to an Israel that is safe from terrorism and a Palestinian state that is viable and sovereign.” A spokesman for the United Nations said the massive settlement expansion was “of grave concern,” while British Jewish group Yachad said it “sends all the wrong signals” when the world was asking Israel to

return to the negotiating table. “This attempt to take advantage of the change in American administration to establish new facts on the ground is grossly irresponsible” said Yachad director Hannah Weisfeld. “Building thousands more homes in settlements which are illegal under international law and which directly undermine the viability of a future Palestinian state will push back the cause of peace and heighten the risk of increased violence.” Trump’s election has emboldened politicians who are pro-settlement, including

Lieberman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and while Barack Obama routinely denounced settlementbuilding, Trump’s administration has remained silent. In a call to Netanyahu, Trump discussed the relocation of the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, as he invited him to visit the White House.

investigating a government cover-up of Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish centre, and was about to give evidence, when he died in mysterious circumstances in 2015.

A military airfield in the city of Uman, where tens of thousands of Jewish pilgrims travel each year, is to be opened up to commercial flights, after US investment. Those visiting the grave of 18th century luminary Rabbi Nachman of Breslav currently have to travel through the capital Kiev, 120 miles north.


Dozens of Swedish Jews are boycotting an International Holocaust Remembrance Day event in Gothenburg because of the involvement of a nationalist party. Many took out a full-page ad in a national newspaper explaining their decision, saying Sweden Democrats had ‘ties to both old and new Nazism’.


Crowds gathered in Buenos Aires to pay tribute to federal prosecutor Alberto Nisman on the second anniversary of his death. Nisman was

The Obama administration reportedly sent £177million to the PA on the morning of Donald Trump’s inauguration. At least two Republican lawmakers had held up the money in an act not legally binding but that is usually respected by the executive branch.

Melbourne’s Jewish community is mourning the death of 10-yearold Thalia Hakin, who was one of five people killed by a man who ploughed a stolen car into pedestrians.

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Obituary/ Jack Lunzer

Jack’s legacy lives on Industrial diamond merchant and philanthropist Jack Lunzer acquired a £40million libary of books and Judaica, writes Vivian Wineman


ith the passing of Jack Lunzer, Anglo-Jewry has lost one of its most versatile and colourful characters; an extremely successful businessman, generous philanthropist, gifted linguist, family man, bon viveur and bibliophile par excellence who assembled arguably the most outstanding collection of books and Judaica in private hands in the world. Born in 1924, the seventh of eight children, into a leading Orthodox family, he went into the diamond business, where his family had roots. He was, however, very much a selfmade man. Branching into industrial diamonds, he built up his company I D C Holdings Limited into one of the largest in that area in the world. An inveterate traveller with deep curiosity about other cultures and an extraordinary proficiency for languages – he spoke several fluently

Jack Lunzer was a generous philanthropist, bon viveur and bibliophile

and with an almost perfect accent – his business took him to countries around the world but particularly to Africa. There, with his abundant charm and gift of tongues, he built up relationships with politicians, advancing his business and leading him to serve as consul-general for French Guinea in London in the 1980s. Visitors to his house would

frequently encounter him in his safari suit hosting religious Jews together with guests from the ruling elites of the newly-independent African states. A complex individual, he was extremely generous both in his personal and communal life, where among his biggest beneficiaries were Orthodox educational institutions, particularly those belonging to

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Chabad, to whom his wife had been very close. It is, however, as a book collector that he will be best remembered. The library he built up as the Valmadonna collection comprised 13,000 printed books and manuscripts. He achieved notoriety when, by several bold and imaginative strokes, he acquired from Westminster Abbey a copy of the first complete Talmud ever printed. It was owned by Henry VIII and was said, in a story based more on whimsy than evidence, to have been consulted by him when looking for grounds to divorce his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Less well known is his purchase of a copy of a Pentateuch that came to be known as the Valmadonna Codex. It was believed to be a German manuscript as its various owners down the ages were German. Work by Lunzer’s restorers, however, revealed that it was most likely written in England in 1189, the year before the massacre

of York and 100 years before the expulsion of the Jews from England in 1290. It is, therefore, the oldest Anglo-Jewish manuscript and the only one, of which we know, written before the expulsion. This led to tantalising speculation as to its career. Had it been sold by looters or taken by Jewish refugees fleeing in contrast to their descendants 650 years later from England to Germany? Not surprisingly on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee when the Board of Deputies was asked to lend an artefact representing the community’s links to the UK, it chose this book. He had decided to sell the library, but insisted that it should not be broken up. With a valuation higher than $40 million, this has not proved possible. It is now being sold piecemeal, but its impact on Judaica will remain. Survived by his five daughters and numerous grandchildren, he leaves a legacy rich in many ways.

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PM pledges to keep the memory alive

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Leading figures from the worlds of politics and culture, including Prime Minister Theresa May, paid their respects to the victims of genocide and pledged to learn from the past ahead of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD). May signed the Book of Commitment on Wednesday [see inset], writing: “Our commitment to remember the Holocaust is about more than words. It is about action.” At a commemorative event in Westminster on Friday, survivors of the Shoah will stand shoulder to shoulder with survivors of the genocides in Rwanda and Bosnia, with the Chief Rabbi and Archbishop of Canterbury in attendance. Similar events will take place in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Events in the capital are among some 6,000 initiatives across the world, as people of all religions and backgrounds prepare to mark the day – 27 January – when Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated. Well-known names such as actors Jim Broadbent, Chelsea Halfpenny and Samuel Barnett are set to address crowds, while prerecorded readings by John Simm, Jenny Agutter, Sheila Hancock and Nina Sosanya will be played. Performers in London will

ANTI-ZIONIST NUS LEADER TO ATTEND SHOAH EVENT The controversial president of the National Union of Students (NUS) is to attend the national commemoration for Holocaust Memorial Day in London tomorrow. Jewish News understands Malia Bouattia will take up an invitation issued annually to the union’s head. It comes amid a continuing tense relationship with the Union of Jewish Students and just two weeks after the students’ union in Oxford called on her to resign if she does not issue a “full and formal” apology over past comments including about “Zionist-led media”.

Bouattia told Jewish News: “By keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive, we also commit to the anti-fascist principle to never let this happen again. It is a powerful reminder that we must remain vigilant and determined in challenging anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry wherever we see it.” Last summer at NUS conference, a motion for commemorating the Holocaust was passed. However MPs criticised the debate after arguments were made against marking the Holocaust.

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include Irish musician Steve Wickham, who is best known as a member of The Waterboys and has composed original music for HMD, based on Jewish folk music. In the UK, events are being held in community centres, schools, libraries, museums, arts venues, prisons, railway stations and places of worship. Olivia Marks-Woldman, chief executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, urged participants to learn from the past, with this year’s theme asking how life goes on for those who survive genocide. “It is vital we all remember and reflect upon the horrors of the past, and honour those who survived and went on, with bravery, to rebuild their lives. On Holocaust Memorial Day, we learn from the past and consider how we can help build a better future.” Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Every January, when we listen to those who survived the Holocaust and other genocides, we don’t just learn a little more about the darkest chapters of human history, we give ourselves a stark reminder of where hatred and bigotry can lead if left unchecked. In 2017, that lesson is more important than ever.”

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Photomontages showing people striking poses, taking selfies and even juggling at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin before the background changes to show them posing amid piles of murdered victims have gone viral on the internet. The creator, writer and artist Shahak Shapira, said he produced the “Yolocaust” website – so called to combine the words Holocaust and YOLO (you only live once) – after seeing thousands of selfies and other photographs on social media of young, smiling people posing on the memorial to Europe’s six million murdered Jews. The website was clicked on more than 500,000 times after going live and was shared at least 70,000 times on Facebook, said Berlinbased Shapira, 28, the grandson of a Shoah survivor, who added that it collapsed after a few hours as so many were trying to access it. He

‘Yolocaust’ pictures of visitors and victims

said the selfies did not upset him, but thought it was “a shame there are people who don’t care”, adding: “These people should be the ones to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive.” [JTA]

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‘Ripples of trauma’ felt by all Sadiq Khan has warned of “ripples of trauma” in Jewish communities across London following a series of anti-Semitic incidents in Barnet last weekened, writes Jack Mendel. In a wideranging interview with Jewish News at the annual Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration in City Hall, the capital’s mayor reassured Jewish Londoners about their safety following the attacks on people and property in north-west London. Khan said: “No incident is too trivial. I want London’s Jewish community to feel confident about reporting every incident to the police. There is nothing trivial about having a brick hurled through your window or an egg thrown at you.” He added: “Police are studying CCTV footage from these incidents and patrols in north London, particularly Barnet, will reassure the Jewish community that we’re ww on their side. We are here for them. It’s not simply the victims who are affected. The ripples of trauma are felt by the entire Jewish community. We’ve got to understand the psychological impact.” Khan addressed the ceremony at City Hall on Monday, during which Shoah survivor Mala Tribich lit a memorial candle alongside Sokphal Din, a survivor of the Cambodian genocide. Khan also recited a

passage from a piece of writing by survivor Zigi Shipper’s and signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commemoration. Speaking of the importance of Holocaust Memorial Day, the mayor referred to his visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau as “an experience I’ll never forget”, calling it “distressing, haunting and moving”. He added: “We’re privileged to have among us in London survivors of the Holocaust, who can share their stories and that enrich our lives. We must redouble our efforts to make sure nothing like that happens again.” Khan said it was crucial we have a “zerotolerance attitude towards hate crime because not addressing small incidents can lead to things like the Holocaust”. Turning to the turbulent relations between his party and the Jewish community, Khan said there was “no place in the Labour Party for racism”, adding: “If there are concerns about anti-Semitism in the party, they should be taken seriously.” Addressing last year’s violent antiIsrael protests at University College and King’s College in London, Khan said: “We have to recognise that if the actions of some people is leading to students feeling intimidated or scared, frightened and not able to be themselves, then that is

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Sadiq Khan, centre, with, from left survivors Ben Helfgott, Sokphal Din and Mala Tribich, sign a book of commitment after a Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony at City Hall

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‘I’d travel three million miles to change one young person’ Leslie Kleinman broke his 60-year silence to travel across the UK sharing his story of survival with students, writes Jonathan Kalmus young audience, standing in ski pants and fashionable boots, hang speechless and wide-eyed, listening as he imparts his superhuman psychology of survival. He recounts the inspiration of one fellow inmate who risked death to save his life by advising how to avoid selection by the Nazi guards. He tells of survival for six weeks by eating grass on a death march. And how a prayer he muttered while near death at the end of the war resulted in an extraordinary moment when an SS-guard decided to offer him a lifesaving cup of hot coffee. But after the war, Leslie refused to talk about his story. He would explain away the 8230 number tattooed on his arm as a silly juvenile fad. Leslie also left the Jewish community, eventually emigrating to Canada to a small town. But he heeded the dying wish of his non-Jewish wife, who died of cancer in 2004, who told their daughter: “Tell dad it’s time for him to go back to where he belongs.”

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Leslie sits shiva for his family on the cattle car in Birkenau on the only spot he has identified as the last place he saw his mother and seven siblings. Inset: As a young man


t 87-years-old, Holocaust survivor Leslie Kleinman is a jetsetter. Incredibly, by next month, he will have flown the circumference of the world (23,661 miles so far) to educate thousands of British school and university students and guide them around the infamous Auschwitz death camp, where he was an inmate 72 years ago. In just four years, he has returned to Auschwitz 20 times with the Jewish Holocaust education charity, JRoots, on what he calls a “celebration of life” to share his miraculous story of survival. Leslie’s story would have been hidden forever but a rabbi at JRoots convinced him to lead one of its tours to Poland and break a 60-year-silence. “Now I would travel three million miles if it would change just one young person,” says Leslie, at the end of six Poland tours the charity has run this month. More than 10,000 people from Jewish schools, synagogues and university campuses have travelled on similar six-day Holocaust trips

with JRoots since 2006. Leslie stands at the gates of Auschwitz, but he is smiling. It is -23ºC but he is numb to the cold that grips everyone else. Behind him, 100 young Jews break into a song of Am Yisrael Chai (The Jewish People Live). “Youngsters need more than history. I’m also not bothered to learn about Roman history or Greek tragedies. So why should they be changed by a Holocaust history lesson?” Leslie asks. “But when you speak to young people about life, how wonderful it is to be alive, about the Jewish life I love and that, despite everything I went through, I’m still Jewish. I didn’t give it up. This speaks much more to their heart.” Leslie crunches the snow with greater pace than the 20-year-olds of another group he leads up the famed Birkenau train tracks. It is the last place he saw his murdered mother and seven of his siblings. As a 15-year-old, he was starved to the weight of just 20kg, saw dozens of inmates hung and once received 30 lashes on his private parts for taking too long on the toilet. But Leslie does not dwell on his horrors. Instead, his


Leslie’s British daughter settled him in a small home in Southend-on-Sea, where not only has he remarkably renewed his Jewish roots and practice, but where he met his second wife, Miriam, at the sprightly age of 82. The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day, How can Life Go On? is something of a pet topic for Leslie. “It was hard at times, but I remember this: We are 0.2 percent of the world, yet we managed to survive all the empires of history, a little Yiddisher people who want life. We shouldn’t be depressed, life is wonderful,” he affirms. On 20 February, Leslie will be honoured at JRoots’ dinner in central London for his contribution to educating thousands of young people. JRoots founder Rabbi Naftali Schiff says: “I’ve been privileged to be part of 10 years of Holocaust educational development, which has shown us that young people need powerfully inspiring experiences to take the lessons of the Shoah fully into their lives. Leslie has no cape or magical powers. Yet he flies around the world at 87 and has vanquished the greatest monsters of hate to terrorise Earth. He could have been forgiven for being paralysed by fear for the rest of his life. But he faced unspeakable fear and rebuilt life with an elixir of youth, redonned a kippah with pride, and is still rebuilding a Jewish life for him and others. “Young Jews tell us they are humbled and inspired by Leslie to be committed to Jewish life and causes as well as be socially responsible global citizens. They grasp that the legacy of Holocaust survivors is to walk in the footsteps of real-life superheroes. It’s little wonder why we will be honouring Leslie and other superheroes next month at our dinner.”

Leslie leads 100 students from Manchester King David and Yavneh schools out of Auschwitz

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‘They died due to indifference’ By Justin Cohen in Brussels justinc@thejngroup.com @JewishNewsUK

Tony Blair has said he is “ashamed” London’s Jewish community has been hit by a spate of antiSemitic attacks in recent days as he implored the world not to be “bystanders” to hatred. The former prime minister joined the new head of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani to speak at the European Parliament’s Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) event, organised with the European Jewish Congress. In front of an audience of parliamentarians and community leaders from around the continent, Blair insisted HMD demanded an active response as well as passive remembrance of the atrocities of the past – insisting the “Jewish spirit” he so admires would not settle for less. “There is no small act of prejudice that does not enlarge the space for prejudice and hatred to flourish,” he said. “So we must stand against it from the beginning. We reaffirm that in this struggle there are no bystanders, to fail to act is in itself an action. That action has consequence and the consequence is what we saw in extreme when we watch the face of those who died in the Holocaust. They died because of acts of hatred but they also died because of indifference, when indifference has no place in the face of prejudice.” Speaking about a weekend during which

there were anti-Semitic incidents, including a brick thrown through a window of a Jewish home, he said: “Even in Britain in the last few days, I’m ashamed to say, there have been acts of hate against the Jewish community. Vigilance is a necessity and any sense of security is false.” Tajani, attending one of his first public events in his new role, said remembering the “worst tragedy in European history” was “a crucial process if we don’t want to repeat the same errors”. He added: “Remembering the past reminds us Europe has always been able to draw lessons from it. Seventy years on we are witnesses to the fact Europe has been able to stand up to the past.” But he warned anti-Semitism was not just a phenomenon of the past, referring to the murderous attacks in France and Belgium. Drawing on the words of Lord Sacks, he insisted no Jew should feel forced to leave Europe. But a warning came from European Jewish Congress president Moshe Kantor, who said that while Jews had not given up on Europe even after the Shoah, some young community members forced to observe their faith behind barbed wire were starting to have doubts about the future. “European Jews found a life in Europe again. Two generations of Jews grew up believing they have a home in Europe like anyone else. But it’s changing . This event is an ideal time to acknowledge the challenges. Many Europeans

EJC president Dr Moshe Kantor, Beate Klarsfeld, Irish Deputy Prime Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Tony Blair, chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation

have been murdered in terror attacks. Europe is in danger. We must not ask for whom the bell rings. The bell rings for all Europeans. Citizens of Europe should not forget every global tragedy begins with attacks against Jews.” The ceremony opened with a video highlighting the story of artist Felix Nussbaum, who was among thousands of Belgian Jews deported to Auschwitz. Speeches were interspersed with moving performances by the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. It concluded with Kantor, on behalf of the European Council on Toler-

Art of remembrance: survivors’ stories inspire 12 moving tributes A dozen artworks commissioned for Holocaust Memorial Day are being unveiled across the country, with each located in a different region or nation of the UK. The permanent artworks, which include sculptures, gardens, collages and murals, explore the theme of absence and the roots needed for new life after genocide, said commissioners at the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT). In London, youngsters from 20 schools created a single artwork capable of being separated into different parts, using a variety of mixed media. The work will be captured as a photographic image and displayed at Hampton School. “It gave us the opportunity to convey our feelings and emotions about the Holocaust and other genocides,” said Hampton student Paul Wilkinson. “We listened to the moving stories of four survivors, then we drew from their experiences, and tried to put over some sense of the horrors that they went through.” Elsewhere, prisoners in Buckinghamshire and Northern Ireland have planted trees, produced collages and created murals, while in the northeast refugees and asylum seekers have used creative writing, wet and

Some of the artworks commissioned by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

needle felting and fused glass. In a Catholic school in Cheshire, students used rosemary and lavender – symbols of memory and healing.

HMDT chief executive Olivia Marks-Woldman said: “I hope future generations will enjoy and learn lessons from the project.”

ance and Reconciliation, bestowing the Medal of Freedom on Andrei Konchalovsky, director of the film Paradise, for which he won the Silver Lion. The British Jewish community was represented at the ceremony by Richard Verber, the senior vice president of the Board of Deputies. He said: “After a turbulent year for Jews in Europe, it was reassuring to hear the new European Parliament president, Antonio Tajani, speaking forcefully about the need to ensure Europe protects its Jews and stamps out the scourge of modern anti-Semitism.”

NORTHERN IRISH STUDENTS WILL GET LESSONS FROM AUSCHWITZ The Northern Ireland Government has announced funding for the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET)’s Lessons from Auschwitz Project. Northern Irish Education Minister Peter Weir and Communities Minister, Paul Givan, are to provide funding of £160,000 to enable HET to deliver its the project to the country’s schools and colleges. The announcement was made during a visit to North Down Museum, where the ministers had the opportunity to see a Holocaust exhibition exploring the history of the Kindertransport – the organised rescue effort that brought Jewish children to the UK during the nine months prior to the outbreak of the Second World War. Weir said: “History is an essential part of the school curriculum in Northern Ireland and it is important that we remember events such as the Holocaust and learn from them. “We must ensure our young people have an understanding of what went on and that they see where hatred, prejudice and intolerance can ultimately lead. The Lessons from Auschwitz Project will be an extremely worthwhile and rewarding experience for our young people.”

Education Minister Peter Weir with students from Northern Ireland at a Shoah exhibition at North Down Museum

HET chief executive Karen Pollock said: “We are delighted we will now be able to bring the Lessons from Auschwitz Project to students in Northern Ireland. Thanks to this funding, young people across Northern Ireland will have a life-changing opportunity, alongside students from the rest of the UK. “The Holocaust was the darkest episode in our shared history – the systematic, industrialised murder of six million people just because they were Jewish. “As the young people who participate visit the notorious concentration and death camp, they become witnesses to the place that symbolises the depths of man’s inhumanity to man. “Not only will they be tasked with the responsibility to remember, but also with the responsibility to consider how they, the next generation, can make a positive difference. We are looking forward to getting started.”



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Editorial comment and letters ISSUE NO.



Spotting the signs It’s as if Donald Trump’s inauguration was the cue. Within hours, police were finding graffiti on bins and bollards reading ‘F*** Jews’ and ‘Heil Hitler’. Then a Jewish woman had eggs pelted at her from a passing car. Then a brick with ‘Jew S**t’ and a swastika drawn on it was thrown through the windows of a Jewish family’s home. Then police were called to another property where a swastika had been scribed in condensation. All this happened in Mill Hill and Edgware, centres of large Jewish populations. The perpetrators knew where to strike and when – over Shabbat. To say that this is disgusting doesn’t come close. To describe it as medieval probably sums it up better. Such targeted, direct hatred in so concentrated an area has rarely been seen in recent years. But it has been seen before. You don’t need sniffer dogs to spot the signs. Events are seldom random, and if all these incidents occurred within a few hours of each other, it is likely we will find a link, although police were careful not to suggest such until there is evidence. Why now? Those who see in Donald Trump a white nationalist’s knight in shining armour may see his instalment in the White House as the reason London’s Jews were targeted when they were. Those who still see his presidency only through the prism of his strong support for Israel are likewise likely to rubbish claims of any links to the day America crowned its controversial new leader. Is this the start of something? It doesn’t appear so. The Community Security Trust is well-placed to understand and share any intelligence with the police. The dedicated volunteers of community watch group Shomrim are on the ground and alert. As a community, at times like these, we resemble a mob of meerkats, all of us sitting upright, all of us on-watch. It’s likely that the danger has passed, that it was just the act of a few random racists. But still.


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HOW COULD RADIO TIMES RUN AN ARTICLE LIKE THIS? I wonder if anyone else saw the article entitled “What’s in a name?” by Sarfraz Manzoor in the current issue of Radio Times, in which he talks about the naming his baby ‘Ezra’. He writes: “We had one name we really loved. It was easy to say and spell, it was unusual and it meant “help” which I was hoping he would offer when Brigitte and I were older. The only trouble was that it was, well, a wee bit Jewish.” I find this not a little astonishing, as

had I written a similar article, and said the same thing, but used the word “Muslim” instead of “Jewish” there would no doubt have been an outcry by the Muslim populace, plus no doubt a few threats of violence to my person. Just how such an article came to be published in such a prestigious magazine as the Radio Times, I cannot but wonder.

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I was aghast that Chief Rabbi Mirvis failed to make a public statement regarding the UK vote for UNSC Resolution 2334. Indeed, the areas covered by this resolution to make Judenrein [free of Jews] are at the very heart of Eretz Yisrael and, inter alia, Judaism, including the Temple Mount, the Western Wall, the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron – all critical

places to the very centre of our creed and for which observant Jews pray three times a day. His silence is deafening, particularly as he is so close to Prime Minister Theresa May, whom he entertained the evening prior to her ascending to her present post.

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Regarding Rabbi Ariel Abel’s contibution to your Sedra page, [12 January], how does he know for sure that Jacob was a virgin? I am sure he enjoyed his

“Far right doesn’t sound worrying. What concerns me is that they’re getting nearer!”

night with Leah and I doubt his virginity was uppermost on his mind. Stop printing articles that test our intelligence.

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Correction:  Last week’s Jewish News article ‘May rejects calls for sting probe’, incorrectly stated Ella Rose is director of Labour Friends of Israel. She is director of the Jewish Labour Movement. We apologise for our error.

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Students are sleepwalking into anti-Semitic hysteria MAAJID NAWAZ



ever again, was the promise. We remember, the pledge. And yet, amid record levels of anti-Semitic attacks recorded nationally by the watchdog CST, antiSemitism on our campuses has become a major problem. Sadly, my own alma mater SOAS is a main culprit. This week SOAS Jewish society’s president Avrahum Sanger revealed that anti-Semitism has found its foothold firmly in Bloomsbury, claiming that some students are too afraid to wear the Star of David or speak Hebrew at the country’s foremost languages school. The union – where I once served as an officer – had already voted to boycott Israel by the time it decided to hold an Israeli Apartheid Week last year. This came after a vigil was arranged on SOAS’s steps where among those mourned was Muhannad Shafeq Halabi, who killed two Israeli men in Jerusalem. Students were mourning a terrorist. Jewish students have been pushing for kosher food to be reinstated at the union snack shop, and for a multi-faith prayer room to be made available once again after it was recently closed. Despite this, there are two prayer rooms for Muslims only. And these are segregated, one for each gender, in case you had hoped for some radicalism to hail from the university that prides itself as being the most progressive in the UK. No wonder then that a freedom of information request from last year found only 39 students comfortable enough to declare they were Jewish. As a SOAS alumnus who remembers the pride I took in my school’s multiethnic, culturally rich and diverse student body, this is depressing. From SOAS to another campus in Bloomsbury, anti-Semitic aggression came to be openly displayed at the UCL. Last October dozens of police officers were called to quell a violent anti-Israel protest that left student organisers like Devora Khafi terrified and suffering a panic attack, as Jewish students barricaded themselves in a room. Police had to eventually escort the small group to safety. But this was not the first time police involvement on campus was needed. That same year police were called to Kings College after a student Israel society was attacked by demonstrators, and one of their officers Esther Endfield reported an assault. Eyewitnesses described a mob throwing chairs and smashing windows. The meeting had to be stopped and the building evacuated. Next came Oxford University’s turn, as the co-chair of its student Labour club Alex Chalmers resigned in protest after claiming that its members have “some kind of problem with Jews”. Senior members of Oxford’s Labour club had apparently



expressed their solidarity with Hamas and its terrorist methods of killing Israeli civilians. A second Labour club officer Brahma Mohanty soon followed, resigning in disgust. Not be outdone, York University had to award Jewish student Zachary Confino £1,000 in compensation after he endured two years of repeated anti-Semitic abuse as an undergraduate. The union has issued a written apology after it was accepted that the university had failed to intervene. This was followed by Exeter, where students were photographed wearing T-shirts with racist and anti-Semitic slogans daubed on them at a sports club social event. The phrases included: “The Holocaust was a good time.” And this week, anonymous anti-Semitic slogans also made an appearance at Goldsmiths University as graffiti appeared on a noticeboard calling on sociology professor David Hirsh, an expert on anti-Semitism, to be expelled for being a “bitter Jew”. If by now you’re worried that this is looking like a national problem, then you are right. Things have not been this bad for a lifetime, and the lead is coming from the top, the National Union of Students (NUS) itself. Last summer the NUS passed a motion removing the right of Jewish students to vote for their own representative on the union’s Anti-Racism and Anti-Fascism committee. The NUS also held debates on whether to drop Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations, to which large numbers of attendees reportedly cheered and applauded. The election of Malia Bouattia as the head of the NUS leaves little room for hope that things will change. In 2011 the now NUS president wrote that Birmingham University was “something of a Zionist outpost”. By 2014 she was arguing in a speech called “Gaza and the Palestinian Revolution” that boycotts and non-violent protests were insufficient. For Bouattia, the only way to free Palestine was to take orders on resistance from what she called “Palestinians on the ground”. Bouattia was also responsible for the efforts to block an NUS motion condemning ISIS as a terrorist organisation and to show solidarity with the Kurds. The claim was that this would be read as Islamophobic. After much condemnation a reworded motion was later passed.

The NUS did adopt a motion with relative ease to boycott Israel. Curiously, the same logic was not used and this was not deemed anti-Semitic. Matters came to a head last September as 44 student leaders signed an open letter stating that Jewish students did not feel safe participating in the national student movement. How did it all come to this? The perfect

storm: Islamist theocrats, their regressive left apologists and right wing populists. Though they may hate each other, they agree to hate on Jews more. I call this Europe’s triple threat, and it is tearing our political culture asunder, poisoning our discourse and leaving a nasty aftertaste to campus activism. No surer sign of rising fascism have we had in our history than the scapegoating of our Jewish communities. Alarm bells should be sounding, and yet they are not. Today, we remember the tragedy that was the Holocaust. An atrocity made so easy because Europe was allowed to sleep walk into anti-Semitic hysteria. So ponder this. Last month the government’s first higher education adjudicator, cross-bench peer Baroness Ruth Deech, warned that certain UK universities are becoming no-go zones for Jews. No-go zones, she said. Never again, we had promised.


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A sigh of relief as Israel passes the tourist test JENNI FRAZER


was in Israel last week, on an unusual trip for me – almost entirely un-related to work. So for once, I was able to get a sense of the country from a different perspective, the viewpoint of the man or woman in the street. One night I ate at a kosher restaurant in Tel Aviv (decried by one friend as “just for tourists” – well, I didn’t care, I was a tourist), and among the crowd was a non-Jewish friend, a serious traveller, about whose opinion I was particularly curious. Would she, I wondered, buy into the usual tired old clichés about Israel, the narrative as peddled abroad, or would she wake up and smell the coffee? To my great surprise and relief, her comments were mainly favourable. The weather helped, of course: glorious blue skies kissed the clouds away and the predicted rain simply never happened, making the return to the freezing fog of


the UK all the more depressing. The weak pound, however, has made the British tourist a relative pauper in Israel. Whereas last summer my friend might have been more inclined to commit serious retail therapy, an exchange rate of 4.7 shekels to the pound currently gives every Brit a taste of what it was once like to be an Israeli tourist in the UK, watching every

agora and ensuring that even cheap street snacks have to be considered carefully. Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are easily as expensive for the average Brit as high-class areas of London, Paris or New York, which made prices thoroughly eye-watering. Kind-hearted Israeli shopkeepers, watching Brits calculate how much an item would cost in sterling, assured me the fallout from Brexit would not last forever. I do hope they’re right. So what did my friend like? Some odd things which I hadn’t really taken any notice of, but which attracted her attention. She liked the bottle recycling hampers in he streets, approving strongly of the impetus for cleaner living, and the new regulation, which we have now had time to get used to in the UK, of not alllowing automatic plastic bags in shops. She liked the idea of the light railway in Jerusalem and the projected one in Tel Aviv, and was interested in the Haifa Carmelit. She liked the clean sandy beaches and the seemingly endless plethora of food stations,

ranging from hole-in-the-wall cafés offering street food to upmarket fine dining and everything you can think of in between. Israeli technology appealed, too, on show at the airport in swift swipes through security and even permission to take bottles of water through from landslide to airside, making the queues at UK airports feel oldfashioned and invasive by comparison. It’s also heartening to see that a UK electronic passport will get you through Ben-Gurion passport control in half the time. She liked the “can-do” Israeli attitude, the near-universal use of English and wi-fi almost everywhere, and the new network of intersecting highways. She didn’t like the increasing reliance on the car and the burgeoning pollution of Tel Aviv, or, for that matter, the frankly random and unreliable service of the much-touted homegrown satnav, Waze, which had spent days of her visit sulking. But on the whole, this was a fine term report. I don’t mind admitting I breathed a small, Zionist, sigh of relief.

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UK’s pitiful support for co-existence projects WES STREETING



ne thing Israelis and Palestinians have in common is poor political leadership. Recent international efforts to resurrect a meaningful peace process toward a two-state solution will amount to nothing so long as Israeli and Palestinian politicians lack the courage and strength to lead their people toward the compromises needed to secure a peaceful and prosperous future for both peoples. While this political paralysis continues, facts on the ground reinforce the barriers to peace, which are now very well known, not least the expansion of settlements that threaten the viability of a future Palestinian state and the ongoing incitement of violence against Israelis. The status quo represents an intolerable infringement of the undeniable right of the Palestinians to their own state and self-determination, as well constituting one of the most serious threats to Israel’s long-term security. A

one-state solution, which some people now see as inevitable, would strike at the heart of Israel’s character as a Jewish or democratic nation. Against this bleak political backdrop, it is too easy to be defeated by pessimism, but as Shimon Peres once said: ‘The way to make peace is not through governments. It is through people.” That’s why I’ve joined over 60 other MPs from different parties in supporting the campaign led by Joan Ryan MP and Labour Friends of Israel for an international fund for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Designed by the Alliance for Middle East Peace, a coalition of more than 90 organisations building people-to-people dialogue, the fund aims to fund civil society projects and economic development initiatives that promote dialogue, co-existence and peace between Israelis and Palestinians at a grassroots level. People-to-people dialogue isn’t a substitute for a peace process, but we know that such initiatives have a demonstrable impact on building the kind of shared understanding that is essential for building peace. During a visit to the Holy Land ten years ago, I met through the Parents Circle Families Forum Israeli and

Palestinian parents who had lost loved ones to the conflict. Through bringing families together to discuss their shared, painful experience, the forum found 70 percent of all participants had increased trust and empathy and 84 percent were motivated to take part in peace-building initiatives in their communities. Experience in Northern Ireland through the International Fund for Ireland has shown that a significant investment in co-existence projects can bring about the popular support necessary to build and sustain a peace agreement. Over 30 years, more than £700million has been ploughed into supporting almost 6,000 grassroots projects. This work is now more necessary than ever.

Polling by the Israeli Democracy Institute and the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research has produced startling evidence of diminishing faith in a two-state solution – with just 59 percent of Israelis and 51 percent of Palestinians supporting it. The polls also found significant levels of fear and distrust between Israelis and Palestinians – 65 percent of Israeli Jews fear Palestinians and 45 percent of Palestinians fear Israeli Jews. Britain’s current investment in Israeli-Palestinian co-existence projects is a pitiful £150,000. That’s why we’re calling on the government to commit £1.35million as its share to build a $200million fund. The benefits of such a fund are clear, for Israel, for Palestine and for peace.


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We pledge to survivors: your legacy is secure SIR ERIC PICKLES



n his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Elie Wiesel said: “What all victims need above all is to know that they are not alone; that we are not forgetting them; that when their voices are stifled we shall lend them ours; that while their freedom depends on ours; the quality of our freedom depends on theirs.” On the occasion of Holocaust Memorial Day and on all days, we must remember the victims and honour the survivors. Survivors like Ben Helfgott, who endured the ghetto, two labour camps and three concentration camps before coming to England in August 1945 as one of ‘The Boys’. He went on to become a successful businessman and champion weightlifter who participated in the Olympics and held the title of British lightweight champion for seven years. And Peter Lantos, who survived Bergen Belsen and lived under communist oppression in Hungary before defecting to the UK. In Britain, he established a hugely successful

career in academic medicine, during which he contributed to the understanding of diseases of the nervous system. Since his retirement, he has gone on to re-establish himself as an author and playwright, including writing the book Parallel Lines, his account of his childhood experiences during the Holocaust. Holocaust survivors have led fulfilling and rewarding lives in the UK. They have had successful careers, full and happy personal lives. Those who have rebuilt their lives here have made this country a richer, more tolerant place, making an invaluable contribution to society. But for many Holocaust survivors, perhaps their greatest fear is that we should forget them. Forget what they went through, forget what the world witnessed and turned away from. This is why so many of them have dedicated their lives since the Holocaust to telling and re-telling their stories. Certainly, denial of the Holocaust represents a danger to its memory but lack of knowledge and understanding, perhaps born out of disinterest, is equally worrying. There are countless organisations doing excellent work to plug this gap and they must be supported. The International Holocaust Remembrance

Alliance is paving the way in the implementation of national policies and programmes in support of Holocaust education, remembrance, research and the sharing of best practices. I am honoured to lead the delegation of the UK in my role as the government’s Post Holocaust Issues Envoy. It was IHRA that first adopted the working definition of anti-Semitism that was subsequently adopted by government as well. And next month, in co-operation with the Holy See, IHRA will hold a conference for public policymakers from across the world at the Palazzo della Cancelleria in Rome focusing on refugee policies from 1933 to the present day. In the UK, the government is leading the way in Holocaust remembrance by pledging to

build a new National Memorial and Learning Centre to the Holocaust in Victoria Tower Gardens alongside Parliament. Establishing a landmark of national significance on this site will highlight the importance and relevance of the Holocaust to the UK’s history. But it will also affirm the UK’s commitment to stand up against prejudice and hatred, inspire reflection and compassion, and encourage visitors to respect and embrace difference. It will be a lasting monument of which we can be immensely proud. On Holocaust Memorial Day, we should always reflect on what happens after genocide, not just in terms of the trauma and coming to terms with the past but also our own responsibilities following such crimes.


Life lessons that must never be allowed to fade SAMANTHA SIMMONDS TV PRESENTER AND BROADCASTER


here isn’t a time I don’t remember not knowing about the Holocaust, whether through hearing about my great-aunt Ruth’s family in Bradford taking in Kindertransport children, or my great-uncle Heinz’s escape from the Nazis in Czechoslovakia, or discussing it at Habonim or cheder. Throughout my education, it’s something I was determined to learn more about. I studied history at GCSE and A-level and went on to complete a history degree – with my dissertation focusing on the Holocaust and what the Allies did or didn’t do to help the Jews. I followed all this when I was 19 and visited the Warsaw Ghetto and Auschwitz. Like everyone who has been there, I will never forget what I saw – the enormity of this operation, with one simple goal; killing Jews and other minorities. But it wasn’t actually until 2015 that I sat

RENEE’S STORY WAS ONE OF HUGE LOSS, OF PURE EVIL VISITED UPON HER AND ONE OF SURVIVAL AGAINST UNIMAGINABLE ODDS down and interviewed a Holocaust survivor, when I filmed Renee Salt for Sky News to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Like all survivors, her story was one of huge loss, of brutality, of pure evil being visited upon her and her family – and, ultimately, one of survival against unimaginable odds. Meeting her was profoundly moving.

Sitting together in her living room listening intently as she recounted the awfulness inflicted upon her, I could see her revisiting the scenes in her mind’s eye. Renee, like many survivors, graciously gives of herself and her time telling her story again and again – to schoolchildren and adults – lest we forget. Lest we forget – a saying reiterated over the decades but now more pertinent than ever. The Guardian reported this week that a new generation of Holocaust deniers is emerging. It said a new internet-based generation is embracing denial, having been drawn to it out of anti-Semitism or a belief in conspiracy theories. Hearing Renee’s and other survivors’ first-hand accounts is a privilege and an honour, and soon one that will no longer be afforded us. As a student of history, I learnt early on that first-hand accounts – testimony – is vital as a primary source. It’s something I desperately want my children to hear so they, too, can pass it on

to their children and grandchildren. So they, too, can say in 60 years’ time – which by then will be 130 years after the liberation of Auschwitz – that they heard first-hand of the horrors inflicted upon millions of Jews. They, too, will be able to face down deniers of the future with the facts they heard. I asked Renee last week if she could speak to my oldest child but, quite rightly, she said he is too young at the age of eight to hear the graphic details. It struck me that she was around the same age when the Nazis invaded her home town. My son is too young to hear it – yet so many hundreds of thousands of children lived and died through it. I pray he and my other children will have the opportunity, at the right time, to hear Renee’s testimony – and some day to pass it on. Lest we forget.  To read Samantha’s interview with Renee visit her blog: samanthasimmonds.com/latest-on -the-blog/

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Hasmonean Primary School in Hendon celebrated with Barnet Mayor David Longstaff after obtaining an award of £25,000 from the One Family foundation. A special green cake was baked to represent the new playground they will be getting with the money– which will benefit the 150 infant and junior pupils.

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The new East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue held its first barmitzvah last Shabbat. The shul was officially formed on New Year’s Day, as a result of a merger between Woodford Liberal Synagogue and Bet Tikvah Synagogue. A packed-out hall, which included family and friends of Louie Adler heard him read from the Torah, with the service followed by a Kiddush provided by his family. Rabbi Richard Jacobi said: “It was great to see three generations of Louie’s family taking part in the service.”

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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was guest of honour as Ahavas Yisrael, one of the United Synagogue’s newest communities, celebrated the dedication of a new Sefer Torah. More than 150 people enjoyed the celebrations. Mirvis said: “As a kehillah dedicated to the love of Torah, this is a wonderful way for Ahavas Yisrael to commemorate their first year under the inspirational leadership of Dayan and Rebbetzin Vanzetta. May they continue to go from strength to strength.”

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Nurseries, schools and shuls joined the 100-plus hosts who made tea parties for Chana’s Tea-cember campaign, helping them to raise £51,000. The money will go towards supporting couples in the community who are struggling with infertility. Project manager Louisa Goott said: “During Teacember, many new couples started their Chana journey. We hope they continue to feel supported, hopeful and more confident that everything is being done to ensure the best outcome.”




Batmitzvah girl Becky Richman celebrated her simcha by joining with her friends to make gifts to send to girls at the Beis Aharon Bielski School and Orphanage in Pinsk, Belarus. GIFT’s chief operating officer Jon Benjamin said: “These activities really capture what GIFT is all about, getting young people to do something selfless for others, and providing support and practical help for those less fortunate.”

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Cinemagoers raised £6,500 to support the work of international development charity World Jewish Relief when they attended a soldout private screening of the new BAFTA-nominated film Denial at the Phoenix

Cinema in East Finchley. Hadas Morris, WJR’s community coordinator, said: “Thanks to our supporters, the money raised will enable hundreds of vulnerable older people to get through a bitter winter in the former Soviet Union. Your support will enable older people to live lives of dignity.”


Laniado UK hosted its inaugural Murder Mystery Evening on Saturday night. Held in conjunction with Bevis Marks Synagogue, more than 100 people took part in the whodunit, as a cast played out a scene of mystery and intrigue. All proceeds from the event went to Laniado Hospital in Netanya.


Norwood has launched a new blog, which shines a light on some of the fascinating photos, objects and documents from the charity’s historical archive. Established in 1795, Norwood is the oldest Jewish charity in the UK. Archivist Elly Southwell said: “It’s been a mammoth project but so exciting.”


Hasmonean Girls’ School pupils celebrated their annual Prize Day, with Baroness Ros Altmann, Minister of State for Pensions.

Family announcements Toby Harris celebrated his barmitzvah at Woodford Forest Synagogue.

Carolyn and Melvyn Eagle celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Photo by Contributor

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Green, Denise Our hearts are broken by the loss of our beautiful, kind and loving wife, mother, sister and grandma. She will be deeply missed and with us always.

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Curtis Bushell celebrated his barmitzvah at Central Synagogue.

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Nate Alter celebrated his barmitzvah at Radlett United Synagogue.

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tripping naked on stage is enough of a daunting prospect for most, but for Debbie Chazen, the act of baring all had taken on a new poignancy. It was her first day in rehearsals for the stage version of Calendar Girls,, an emotive play based on the real-life exploits of 11 Yorkshire women, who famously appeared naked with strategically-placed props for their Women’s Institute calendar – and helped raise millions for Leukaemia Research in the process. The play’s message was close to Chazen’s heart: both her father, Arnold, a former choir master at Wembley and New West End Synagogues, as well as cantor at Alyth Gardens, and mother, Freda, who was involved in amateur operatics, had died from cancer. But that very day, there was another reason for the Jewish actress to feel a sense of trepidation about stripping off in her role as Ruth. For Chazen, too, had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. The 45-year-old, who is known for her various roles in the BBC sketch show, Tittybangbang,, as well as her recurring stint as consultant Fleur Fanshawe in Holby City, recalls that time as a “surreal experience”. She says: “I found a lump on my breast. It was just so bizarre to be in a play about cancer where I had to show both boobs – one of which was about to hit the dust! The only way I could think to make sense of it all was to write about it and

so I kept a diary, which was actually very healing. I thought I have to do this with a sense of humour, because otherwise I’m not going to make it.” Eight years on and following a mastectomy, Chazen is cancerfree and reprising her role as Ruth for The Girls, Girls the hotlyanticipated musical adaptation of Calendar Girls. Girls Opening this weekend for previews at Phoenix Theatre, Tim Firth, who scripted the film and award-winning play, has teamed up with Gary Barlow for this latest incarnation of the inspiring tale. The show also stars Michelle Dotrice, best known for her role as Betty in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, ‘Em as well as West End veterans Sophie-Louise Dann, Claire Machin, Claire Moore and Joanna Riding. “Personally I absolutely love it as a musical,” says Chazen, who has played Ruth in the West End and on tour since 2009. “Gary’s beautiful tunes enhance the words and it ramps up the poignancy a hundred times. Although it’s very moving as a play, as a musical, every time I hear the songs I cry, because the music and words together just go straight to your soul.” There’s no doubting the past few years have been a personal and emotional journey for the LAMDAtrained actress, who says surviving

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Actress Debbie Chazen tells Francine Wolfisz how breast cancer changed her and why she is so happy to reprise her role of Ruth in The Girls

The cast in rehearsals for The Girls, a new musical incarnation based on Calendar Girls

cancer has changed her outlook on life. Chazen, who lives in London with her husband, Michael Korel, reflects: “What my parents’ early deaths have taught me is that life is even shorter than you think it is, and if you don’t get on with it, embrace it, do what you need to do in life and do it with a smile, then what’s the point? To live a life in fear is not really living, so just get on with it. “I was 38 when I was diagnosed and at one point I was told it was terminal. To be honest, at that stage I was already an actress with some success, I’d found the love of my life, I had my own flat and my own car, I’d travelled and seen a lot of the world. I thought if I go now, I’m happy. “The thought I might not have made it to 40 has meant every birthday is a blessing. I’m now 45 and can’t wait to be 50, 60, 70 and beyond.” Her renewed lust for life means the bubbly actress has thrown herself fully into the roles that have come her way in recent years, which include everything from playing a deranged kidnapper in Doctors to sharing a scene with Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock and a humanoid named Foon Van Hoff in Doctor Who. “The joy of being an actress means you can have split personality disorder with absolute joy,” laughs Chazen. “I get to be all these mad and wonderful people and it’s such fun. My

favourite is probably Doctor Who, when I had a scene with the gorgeous David Tennant and Kylie Minogue and I had to hug them both!” There is, of course, her recurring role as Ruth, loosely based on real-life calendar girl Ros Fawcett, which Chazen is looking forward to reprising – although, eight years on, she admits feeling “totally nervous” every time she approaches that infamous photoshoot scene. “And this time I’ve got to sing naked!” she quips, but adds the role has done wonders for her body confidence. “When I first did the play, I was 10 stone heavier and every time I had to do it felt awful and soul destroying. But when I looked out into the audience, there were women absolutely awestruck that someone like me could take my clothes off in public. “They were crying, they were laughing, they were cheering. Looking at their faces, I knew many of them would go home changed, thinking if that person could do it, I could do it. “Today I weigh less, but I’m still tubby and I’ve only got one boob. If just one person can look at me and say: ‘Well she managed to do it’, then that’s a job well done!”  The Girls opens at Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, from Saturday, 28 January. Details: thegirlsmusical.com



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Sam’s loom with a view Sweater enthusiast Sam Barsky has become an internet hit wearing his custom creations in front of landmarks he’s also knitted, writes Alex Galbinski


am Barsky always hoped he would one day get noticed for the intricate jumpers he knits – but even he was surprised by his recent spectacular rise to fame. Earlier this month, someone posted his fabulous custom creations on social media site, Imgur, and they went viral. The keen American-Jewish knit enthusiast, who has a learning disability, has since been interviewed by media from all over the world and has garnered more than 33,000 likes on his Facebook page. These are not just any old jumpers. Barsky, from Baltimore in Maryland, knits jumpers featuring a famous building, or a nature scene. He then takes a picture of himself wearing it and standing in front of the landmark, such as Tower Bridge, Stonehenge, Niagara Falls, the Eiffel Tower, Times Square – and even in front of some electricity pylons. Initially, if Barsky had a jumper to match the place he was going to visit, he would wear it there and sometimes, but not always, take a holiday snap. After realising he was building quite a collection of photos of him wearing the jumpers in the places they represented, he thought he should attempt more. “So I did, and then I started, in advance of going to certain places, knitting jumpers to wear to those places. I was working hard on getting more pictures and planning trips just to get certain pictures,” he explains. “And finally now, for 93 out of my 103 jumpers, I have pictures of them in the places they represent.” I wonder if his family has come to terms with his new-found fame. “I don’t know if they have fully absorbed all of the impact yet – this is very sudden,” he says. “I’ve not even absorbed it myself.” But he doesn’t mind the publicity. “I eventually wanted to get to this point,” he says, “but I didn’t expect it like this. I thought I’d have control over it when it came.”

Stitch one, pearl two, a happy Chanukah to you!

I HAVE PICTURES OF ME WEARING 93 OF MY JUMPERS IN THE PLACES THEY REPRESENT Barsky, 42, had wanted to learn to knit since he was a nursing college student and tried at various times to learn, but classes often got cancelled. After he had to drop out of college in 1999 owing to serious health problems, he met three women who were knitting at a flea market. They promised to teach him to knit on condition that he bought wool from their shop. But the scarf they taught him to knit was not enough for him – he wanted to make a jumper and they said it required more experience. He then learned of another shop near his home. “The owner took an instant liking to me and so I told her I wanted to make a sweater, and she had me start on a sweater that very day,” he recalls. It was a solid colour sweater, which took him eight months to make, and he made a similar one after that. But again, he fancied doing “something more interesting” and found a description card in a Vogue knitting magazine featuring a map of the world. “I told the owner I wanted to make it and she said it was for very experienced knitters. I refused to take no for an answer and I got the pattern and completed it within five months,” Barsky tells me triumphantly. He continued to challenge himself and decided on a jumper with a waterfall and a river. He drew the design onto graph paper, but then knitted the jumper as he went along (which he now does with all his designs). Unsurprisingly, his other hobby is travelling. “My wife and I don’t get to do it much, but we have taken a lot of trips over the years. We’ve been to 33 countries as a couple. We’ve been to Israel a lot and to the UK several times.” He would love to go on knitting tours and show off his jumpers and meet the people he has met virtually in real life, as well as travel even more for pleasure. “I’d like to go to different parts of Europe and Africa and the two US states I’ve not been to – Hawaii and Oregon.” Barsky sees his work as an art form. “This is what I do with my life – I want to help my cause,” he affirms. “I don’t know anyone else personally who does this. It is the first time in my life that I found unusual artistic skills.

Sam Barsky sporting Kotel knitwear at the Western Wall. Below: Stonehenge and New York

I didn’t even know that it was art until people were telling me it was.” While he cannot pick a favourite sweater, he does like some better than others, and some have even been exhibited at local galleries. “There are some that came out better, look more catchy and have different colours or those that I think I did a better job of.” Out of his jumpers that have a Jewish theme, he feels the Chanukah ones came out best. “They’re the most colourful and they have a lot of accuracy in them.” Rosh Hashanah is his next favourite; he made his wife Deborah a matching dress featuring apple trees and a nature scene. Judaism is an important facet of Barsky’s life. He was raised an Orthodox Jew and attends a Conservative synagogue. “I observe Shabbat and keep kosher and I feel very close to God and feel very much a part of the Jewish

community,” he adds. He usually has one or two jumpers on the go and they each take a month to complete. Deborah does not share his passion for knitting, but he has made her tank tops, skirts and some vests, and he attends knitting groups almost every day to knit with like-minded creatives. As his new-found fame soars, Barsky has received numerous requests for bespoke jumpers, but his sweaters are, as yet, not for sale. He admits: “I’m trying to pursue my career doing what I’m doing. I hope to one day find some avenues in the future to get paid for this – and it’s something I’m working on. The fame, I believe, will help the cause.”

 To see more of Sam Barsky’s work visit: facebook.com/colorknit

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Sedra: Vaeira / Torah For Today / Orthodox Judaism

Torah For Today

SEDRA – Vaeira

What does the Torah say about: America’s new president?

BY RABBI JEFF BERGER Vaeira describes the first seven plagues by God against Pharaoh and the Egyptian people. But why did all Egyptians have to suffer for the cruelty of Pharaoh and his advisers? True, Pharaoh’s Egypt perpetrated crimes against the Hebrew slaves; throwing first-born males into the Nile and oppressing the Israelites with hard labour. But why should the entire populace have suffered? Abraham decried God’s ‘unjust plan’ to destroy the population of Sodom and Gomorrah, consuming the righteous among the wicked. Wasn’t Egypt similar? One view is such a large part of the population either participated in the enslaving of the Jews or stood by unwilling to protest that in effect the entire nation became culpable. Leviticus 19:16, compels “not to stand idly while your brother’s blood is being shed”; implying that failure to protect creates liability. Vaeira teaches us that in each generation there’s a collective responsibility to champion and uphold basic human rights and freedoms to be worthy of our mission as God’s holy nation – it’s not enough to stand idly by. Some glibly opt out with statements ranging from suspicions of the evil intent of refugees to outright prejudice. But we all know what support we would want if in their place. Vaeira is a reminder we were oppressed, and that our silence today, like the Egyptians of old, could render us complicit in God’s eyes.

 Jeff serves the Rambam Sephardi Synagogue in Elstree and Borehamwood and can be contacted at RabbiJeffLondon@gmail.com

BY RABBI GARRY WAYLAND From the nature of the election campaign to last Friday’s inauguration ceremony, everything we have seen so far about President Donald J. Trump seems unique in American political history. The counter-protests over the weekend speak of a nervous world: nervous of the divisions in society and nervous about how Trump the president will manifest relative to Trump the businessman or Trump the celebrity. Of course, transitional periods have always been fragile, from contemporary politics to ancient times. King David’s early career was marked


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out by a protracted and dangerous transition from the rule of King Saul. Appointed the first king by the Prophet Samuel, Saul was charismatic – able to inspire fear in the enemy and courage in his followers. Yet his reign was also marked by a psychological fragility that meant his highs were out of control and in his lows his humility gave rise to manipulation. David – shepherd boy, brave warrior and then favoured courtier – had to spend years slowly growing his grassroots support, while avoiding provoking the ire of Saul, and, eventually, escaping threats on his life.

At the end of King David’s life, we too see the dangers of transition. On his deathbed, his wife Bat Sheva massages Solomon’s ascent to the throne, despite David’s other son, Adoniyah, declaring himself king. The Talmud (Horiyot 12a) makes what seem to be a couple of curious observations about the coronation of kings: they were to be anointed by a spring, so their kingship will last. Saul was "not coronated from the jug, therefore his kingship did not last; David was coronated from the jug, and therefore it did”. This jug contained the Shemen Hamishcha – the holy anointing oil, initially crafted by Moses to anoint the articles in the Tabernacle, and preserved for generations. The jug of oil connected the kings to their illustrious past. Kings are links in a chain, bearing the absolute weight of everything that came before and, with it, a sense of humility and reverence. At the same time, they are to be fresh and flowing like springs with new ideas.  Garry is the assistant rabbi at Woodside Park United Synagogue


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Progressive Judaism / The Bible Says What? / Progressively Speaking

The Bible Says What?

Progressively Speaking

Apparently a man can divorce his wife if she is “displeasing.” Really?

A pay cap is not the way to remedy inequalities in people’s earnings

BY RABBI LAURA JANNER-KLAUSNER Thank God for halacha (Jewish law). Without the continual evolution of halacha, Jews would live only according to the literal meaning of Torah. Thousands of years of questions, answers and ideas about the meaning of Torah enable us to live authentically Jewish lives unfolding in parallel with new situations. A perfect example of how halacha has immense inbuilt flexibility is the Torah law that a man can divorce his wife “if she is displeasing in his eyes” (Deut 24:1). Originally, this was a good starting place. If a couple are not suited, Judaism recognises that divorce is not only possible but sometimes preferable. We can remarry after divorce and this realistic approach to relationships is excellent. The clearly sexist bias in this Torah verse has been assuaged over the centuries by a series of halachic developments, which have slowed and rebalanced the divorce process. However, we are still not there. We are still not at the point of complete

legal equality between the genders around divorce. We know there is an inexplicable hesitation by some rabbis to equalise the balance around giving a divorce document, a get. We know there is the horrendous situation of an agunah, an anchored or chained woman who cannot remarry if her husband will not give her a get. This lies within the power of rabbinic courts to solve as the halachic framework is there to make this possible. There are lenient, compassionate options within halacha. There are possibilities that can be and are made by rabbinic courts, as it is inexcusable for women to be tossed aside, to be prevented from marrying again owing to the whim or meanness of her husband. Halacha has developed since the Torah to protect both women and men. We just have to use it properly.

 Laura Janner-Klausner is the senior rabbi of Reform Judaism

BY RABBI AARON GOLDSTEIN Jeremy Corbyn has suggested pay caps as a mechanism to remedy inequalities evident in society in gross income. I am not convinced this is the primary issue and neither is Jewish teaching. Judaism has never had a restrictive view of earning, but rather a desire for a fair society in which self-dignity is inherent, regardless of wealth. Pay caps would not have the desired affect and are unworkable. More importantly, if it is ‘fairness’ society is more concerned with, our tax system might be a more appropriate place to start. I say that because Jewish teaching favours a checked market system that, as Rabbi

economics is Deuteronomy 15: the remission of debts (shmita) year. Jewish educators and activists made a lot of the 5776 (2015/16) shmita year, but in reality it didn’t change the world. But then Deuteronomy 15 predicted this, with the paradoxical “there shall be no needy among you” and later “for there will never cease to be needy ones in your land”. So let me return to the tax system and what Judaism hints at. I have no stats on this, but Jews of wealth tend towards what we might call philanthropy: “The desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the donation of money.” If others do not ‘believe’ in such philanthropy, tzedakah, a belief in selfdignity for all and the desire to bring it about as a sacred obligation, then let the tax system at least encourage it.

Jill Jacobs says, “permits the ethical acquisition of wealth, with measures aimed at ensuring the market does not allow society’s poorest members to end up with close to nothing”. So if pay caps are not very ‘Jewish’, what are the modern concepts that might gain the approval of our sages? A primary source text often used by Jewish commentators who want to link Torah to contemporary


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

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Denise Phillips MAKES 1 loaf


3 eggs

METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 170°C Fan/ 180°C/ 350°F/ Gas mark 4. 2 Grease and line a 2kg loaf tin with baking paper. 3 In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, oil and sugar, then add the

120ml vegetable oil 75g soft brown sugar 350g courgettes – coarsely grated 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 300g plain flour

courgettes and vanilla.

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

4 Combine the remaining dry ingredients with a pinch of salt in a

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

separate bowl and then stir into the wet ingredients.

½ teaspoon bicarbonate soda

5 Pour into the prepared cake tin. 6 Bake for one hour or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. 7 Leave to cool, then serve.


½ teaspoon baking powder 85g walnuts – roughly chopped 140g sultanas


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Oliel reaches quarter-finals in Melbourne


Division One leaders Raiders drew 2-2 with Lions A, Lee Cash and Gideon Gold strikes cancelled out by Craig Pearl and Paul Lenchner goals. Glenthorne stay in second place in Division Two on goal difference, after a 6-1 win over Brady B. Gary Adams scored twice, with Lloyd Nygate, Dave Michaels, Greg Morris and David Galman all scoring. EDRS beat Hendon Harriers 2-1, Barry Silkman and Martin Seifert on target. St John’s Wood drew 3-3 with Temple Fortune, Robert Botkai’s brace and James Ryan scored for Fortune, Mark Nathan, Paul Herszaft and Ashley Marks replied for the Tigers


London Lions bounced back from their first league defeat to beat Letchworth. Austin Lipman’s double, plus goals from James Gershfield and Andy Glynne sealing a 4-1 win. Manager Andy Landesberg said: “Today we showed we have strength in depth.”

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Israeli interest at the Australian Open has continued with youngster Yshai Oliel, who reached the last eight of the junior boy’s tournament. The 17-year-old, is seeded number four in the competition, and reached the quarterfinals by beating American Alexandra Rotsaert 6-0, 6-0. He took on Cypriot Menelaos Efstathiou for a place in the last four early on Thursday morning.

Yshai Oliel has reached the quarter-finals

Sherman stars for Scrabble Scrabble comfortably beat struggling Athletic Bilbaum to move within touching distance of the promotion places in Division One. Danny Sherman scored twice, with Rob Blackman and Zac Summerfield also on target. Manager Ray Abrahams said: “We were terrific today and but for some fine saves by the Bilbaum goalkeeper and the woodwork, we might have got double figures. “We were without five important players today and played without a recognised goalkeeper, yet still kept our first clean sheet of the season. “As I’ve said in the past we’ve had some tough early season games and now we have the chance to clinch a promotion place if we are consistent. This win takes us to within a point or two of second spot and the spirit in the group is very high at the moment.” In Division Two, Redbridge C moved up into second spot, thanks to a 1-0 win over RC UK FC. Jimmy Castle’s penalty sealed the win, with manager Josh Hambling saying: “I thought everyone was brilliant. We should have scored a couple more in truth, but a win with a clean sheet against a top team in the league – I couldn’t ask for more.” Raiders C moved up into joint-

sixth place as Ashley Davidson, David Rhodes, Jonny Blain and Scott Waissell all scored in their 4-2 win at Faithfold B. Manager Sam Rose said: “That’s two wins on the bounce for us, but we know there’s still work to be done and we have to keep improving – we can’t be anything less than 100 percent. “I’m really proud of this team and how they’ve fought back in recent weeks – this is a confident team now playing some great football and they should fear no one in the closing months of the season.” Catford & Bromley got back to winning ways as two late goals saw them win a five-goal thriller at Real Hendon. Goals from playermanager Jeff Gotch, Jordan Grant and Joel Lassman. Boca Jewniors won the battle of the bottom two, as goals from Sam Simon and Brett Schuman saw them beat Hertswood Vale 2-1. The battle of the bottom two in the Premier Division saw two goals from Rob Hershkorn help Camden Park to a 3-1 win at SPEC. Jake Saunders scored their third.

Danny Sherman scored twice for Scrabble

Youngsters triumph at London School Table Tennis finals

Sella bikes his way to desert win Israeli Gev Sella has won one of the toughest sporting races in the world – the Africa Eco Race. The 17-year-old won the motorcycle section of the annual 12-stage, 6,500km desert marathon race in North Africa. He said: “I wasn’t thinking about winning at all. It’s going to take me a while to digest it all.”

Avram Grant’s Ghana side became the second team to book their place in the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations following a 1-0 win over Mali on Saturday. Asamoah Gyan’s first half header secured the win, which assured them of a top-two finish in their group. Praising his side for a ‘mature’ performance, Grant said: “I’m happy for the win and I thank my boys for showing maturity especially in the second half.” They played Egypt in their final group game last night, where a win or draw will see them finish top of the group.


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A team of five Jewish boys from University College School won gold in a London Schools TableTennis tournament. Winning the U13 division at the Jack Petchey London Schools’ Team Finals, Ben Barbarash and Toby Crawcour, both 11, together with 12-year-olds Josh Imber, Joseph Abrahams and Jacob Zakaim, qualified for the London finals by winning the Central London Schools event at Chelsea Academy. Newcomers to the event, they finished second in their group, before going onto claim the win which means they are now a top-16 team in the country. Through to the regional finals, which take place in Bournemouth on 4 March, the winners will go on to represent England. Assistant manager Richard Barbrush said:

Next month’s Super Bowl LI will pit together two Jewish owners . New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons on 5 February at Houston’s NRG Stadium in Texas, who are owned respectively by Robert Kraft and Arthur Blank. Kraft will be looking for his fifth championship since taking over in 1994, while Blank is looking to win a firstever title with the Falcons, who he purchased in 2002.


UCS’ winning U13 team

“Myself and team coach Matt Crawcour are extremely proud of them. They all played a part and won some crucial matches. The team spirit between them is amazing.”

Russell Goldstein this week represented England’s futsal squad, who were in Bulgaria for the preliminary round of the UEFA Futsal Championships. Part of coach Mike Skubala’s 14-man squad, Goldstein, who plays for Helvecia Futsal, featured in their 6-1 win over Malta on Tuesday, and was due to be involved in yesterday’s match against Albania, before playing Bulgaria on Friday. The group’s top team will progress to the qualifying round, which takes place in April, with the finals held in Slovenia next February.

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Wycombe pair all set for Spurs Wycombe Wanderers duo Scott Kashket and Joe Jacobson are dreaming of causing the biggest FA Cup upset of the season when they take on Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. The pair, both Spurs supporters, spoke to Jewish News ahead of the League Two side’s trip to White Hart Lane. Kashket, who is the club’s top scorer, claimed his 14th goal in 17 appearances in Tuesday night’s 2-1 Checkatrade Trophy quarterfinal win at Mansfield, and admits he’s been dreaming about scoring the winning goal at the weekend. The 20-year-old said: “It will be the biggest game of my club career. Everyone will be up for it, it will be like a cup final and as a Spurs fan and with it being their last year at White Hart Lane, it makes it all the better as it will be the last opportunity I’ll get to play there. “To win or even get a draw and take them back to Adams Park for a replay would be brilliant for the club and players. “It would be big confidence boost for everyone at the club, and if we could get them back for a draw, we might fancy ourselves that little bit more. I have dreamt about scoring the winning goal!” Believing they can cause an upset, he adds: “I

believe that in the FA Cup, anything can happen and I think the other players think that as well. In the last round against Stourbridge, they nearly caused an upset against us, we’ll have to try and do to Spurs as they did to us and go for it.” Full-back Jacobson has already secured 25 tickets for his family and friends, and said: “They’re all just as excited as I am, if not more! These games don’t come around too much and being a Spurs fan, it’s always been a dream to play there. It will be awesome, especially being the last year at the ground, it will be special for me.” Talking up their chances of a shock result, he said: “We’re unbeaten in 16 games and there’s a lot of confidence throughout the squad. “If things aren’t going right, we have players who can come off the bench to change the game, everyone is just buzzing around the place at the moment, and it’s a great thing to be part of. “We’ve got nothing to lose, we’re obviously going to be massive underdogs, but we’ve seen things happen in the FA Cup before – which is why it’s such a special competition.” Having taken over both the captain’s armband and penalty responsibility in recent weeks, he’d also be more than confident of stepping up on Saturday should the situation arise. “If the captain’s not playing, I’ll put my

Wycombe’s top scorer Scott Kashket and defender Joe Jacobson

We’re proud of the unbeaten run we’ve got and don’t want to just throw it away against a huge Premier League team. We want to try and get something out of the game. “We know it’s going to be extremely difficult, but just hope it’s one of those days where everything goes our way and that we can cause some kind of upset and make the headlines.”

hand forward”, he said. “Last week we had a penalty and I grabbed the ball. I’ll definitely be up for it and would never shy away from anything like that.” And even more hopeful they can come away with a positive result, he added: “We don’t want to go there to make up the numbers, but want to show what we’re about and what we can do.


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MGBFL GOALSCORERS 25 Goals: Richard Fogelman (Faithfold B) 22 Goals: Avi Markiewicz (RC UK FC) 16 Goals: Jonti Aremband (RC UK FC) Jordan Sharifian (Temple Fortune) 15 Goals: Reiss Mogilner (Brady Maccabi) Zac Lewis (Hendon United A)

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