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CLASS ACTS ALL SET FOR OUR BIG NIGHT Find out who’s been shortlisted for this year’s Jewish NewsPaJeS Jewish School Awards, ahead of next week’s annual ceremony See pages 4-6


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Charedim cause chaos on ‘worst ever’ easyJet flight from Israel Police board plane after group hassle staff, trigger exit light and refuse to sit with women By Francine Wolfisz francinew@thejngroup.com @FWolfisz

Desperate easyJet staff called police from 30,000ft during a “nightmare” flight from Tel Aviv to Luton, after a group of strictly-Orthodox Jewish men refused to take their seats for religious reasons. During the incident on Monday, which one air steward described as “the worst flight in the route’s 11 years”, one passenger also plugged a mobile phone into the plane’s control panel in a “foolish attempt to charge it”, causing the plane’s exit light to switch on, panicking passengers.

According to one witness, the chaos began upon boarding, when a group of male passengers refused to take seats next to women. The passenger, who did not want to be named, said: “They were blocking the aisle, making it really difficult for other passengers to get past and take their seat. “I was next to quite an elderly gentleman and he did not sit down the entire time. Everybody had to walk round him. He was just oblivious, because he was trying to swap his seat, so he wouldn’t be sitting next to a woman.” Eventually, a “bemused” female passenger offered to swap

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her seat. “I chatted to her later on. She couldn’t believe the whole thing and they didn’t even say thank you. That was something the staff mentioned as well, that they did not say please or thank you.” The passenger also noted the group – a wedding party, which made up more than half of the flight – kept using the call button for the steward. “I’ve never heard it go off so many times. It was dinging constantly and it was really intrusive if you were trying to read. “I overheard the steward say: ‘I’ve only got one pair of hands.’ They were really stressing out the staff. “One steward said he’d been doing the route for 11 years and it was the worst flight he had ever experienced.” Continued on page 12

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Donald Trump held back from endorsing a future Palestinian state during a cordial press conference at the White House on Wednesday with Benjamin Netanyahu. The US president said: “I’m looking at two states and one state. I will like the one both parties like.” See page 2

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Jewish News 16 February 2017

News / Netanyahu at the White House



The impact of the NetanyahuTrump meeting depends on which Donald Trump shows himself. Less than a month after inauguration, and without a national security adviser, the US administration must design a Middle East policy and decide on its role in the region. This provides a chance for Benjamin Netanyahu to help influence the administration’s positions on issues such as Iran’s nuclear deal, the Syrian civil war, the ISIS threat, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and burgeoning relations between Israel and Sunni states. Netanyahu said he and Trump see “eye-to-eye the dangers emanating from the region”, but their relationship over the Palestinian issue depends on which Trump the Israeli premier teams up with. Will it be the supportive Trump who tweeted his defence of Israel at the UN and promised to move the embassy to Jerusalem? Or the more isolationist “American-firster” who demanded countries pay

their way, promised neutrality between Israelis and Palestinians, believes settlements are unhelpful, and who wants to achieve the ‘ultimate deal’ on Israeli-Palestinian peace for ‘humanity’s sake’? And will Netanyahu present positions closer to the strategic Bibi, who gave the Bar-Ilan speech supporting two nation states, froze settlements for 10 months, cautioned that passing the Regulation Bill would bring Israel to the International Criminal Court, and was reportedly willing to make major concessions during peace talks with Kerry? Or will his statements fall in line with populist Bibi, who swore no settlement would be evacuated under his watch, opposes a Palestinian state, and voted for the Regulation Bill? Relations under Trump provide a huge opportunity for Israel. But only time will tell whether Bibi uses it to pay lip service to his right-wing base, or pushes for an agreement over limiting building in Jerusalem and settlement blocs.

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Trump OK with ‘one or two-state solution’ The United States is not committed to a Palestinian state if the Israelis and Palestinians prefer a different solution, Donald Trump has said, on a day when he asked Benjamin Netanyahu to “hold back” on settlement expansion. In a meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House yesterday, the new American president appeared to turn US policy on its head, saying he was “looking at two states and one state” and adding: “I like the one that both parties like.” Sharing a platform, Trump said: “I can live with either one. I thought for a while that two states looked like it may be the easier of the two. To be honest, if Bibi and the Palestinians, if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I’m happy with the one they like the best.” But when asked about settlementbuilding during the briefing, Trump turned to Netanyahu directly and said: “I would like to see you hold back for a little bit.” Almost 10,000 units have been approved or legalised since Trump’s election. Trump also addressed his campaign promise to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in what would amount to a symbolic and politicallycharged act. “I’d love to see that happen,” he said. “We’re looking at it very, very strongly. We’re looking at it with great care, a great care, believe me. We’ll see what happens.” The two leaders sought each other’s sanctuary in an all-smiles photo opportunity, but both face problems at home. Fresh from losing his national security adviser, news emerged this week that Trump knew about secret discussions on Russian sanctions weeks ago, prompting fresh questions. Netanyahu, meanwhile, remains under criminal investigation in Israel, with suggestions of “gifts” such as pink champagne, cigars and jewellery from rich friends, and political favours such as measures to hobble media rivals.

Benjamin Netanyahu in discussion with Donald Trump at the White House

In Netanyahu’s first meeting with Trump since the latter’s US election win, the Iranian threat was firmly on the agenda, and Trump said he had already imposed new sanctions on the Islamic Republic since he took office. Both have denounced the nuclear deal agreed between Iran, the US, the UK, France, Germany, Russia and China in 2015, which saw sanctions relief in return for Tehran mothballing its nuclear facilities. Asked about the two-state solution, Netanyahu said he was looking at “a regional approach involving our newfound Arab partners in pursuit of a broader peace,” a suspected reference to Saudi Arabia, which also sees Iran as a threat. He added: “There are two prerequisites for peace. First, the Palestinians must recognise the Jewish state. Second, in any peace agreement, Israel must retain the overriding security control over the entire area west of the Jordan River.”

The two men seemed at ease with each other, in stark contrast to the awkwardness between Netanyahu and Barack Obama. Some analysts have suggested that Obama’s criticism of settlements provided cover for Netanyahu at home, and that Trump’s unquestioning loyalty may mean one less excuse for an Israeli leader balancing pro-settlement coalition partners with foreign allies’ concern. Dr Sara Hirschhorn, an American lecturer in Israel Studies at Oxford University, said “having a Republican president who seems quite aligned with Netanyahu might be the worst possible situation for Israel’s prime minister, in that it might free him to pursue the policies the farright are pushing for or constrain him.” Shesaid:“Obama’scriticismsometimes let Netanyahu pursue his own agenda. It let him blame anything on the US. So the smiling may mask suspicions from both men as to what this relationship will portend.”

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Jewish woman to lead London Young Labour Kate Dearden was speaking A Jewish woman from West on Monday before a joint workLondon has been elected to head shop at the university, held with London Young Labour, after the Union of Jewish Students winning a leadership race by 189 and the Jewish Labour Movevotes to 87. ment (JLM). Miriam Mirwitch, a femiDearden said: “With reports nist who has worked at Young of National Action stickers reapFabians, has been described as pearing on campuses across a critic of Labour leader Jeremy the country, our solidarity with Corbyn. Jewish students needs to be She said this week Labour reflected through words and could repair its relations with through deeds.” the Jewish community, but that it would require former mayor Elected: Miriam Mirwitch  Journalist and author Owen Ken Livingstone’s expulsion, and Labour’s adoption of all recommendations from Jones has hit back at accusations he is a “stooge of the Israeli government” for agreeing to talk the Home Affairs Select Committee. Criticising the recent “apathy towards anti- at a Jewish Labour Movement event. The Guardian columnist agreed to address Semitism”, she said Labour had “a proud history of Jewish activists, representatives and links to an inaugural Memorial Lecture in honour of my community”, but added: “In the past anti- Jones’ friend and JLM stalwart, Henry Smith. Jones was criticised by journalist Jonathan Semitism has not been taken seriously enough.” She cited Mayor of London Sadiq Khan as “an Cook, who asked how he can “support a group that is so clearly and maliciously attempting to example of how relations can be repaired”. Meanwhile, the national chair of Labour Stu- subvert the elected leader of the Labour Party”. Jones said: “Because of the position of JLM dents has said her party needs to stand “in solidarity” with Jews on campus, ahead of a training members on Israel and Palestine, I’m bombarded session on anti-Semitism at Oxford University by people calling me an establishment careerist stooge of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.” Labour Club.

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News / Jewish Schools Awards 2017

Meet the class of 2017! The wait is finally over as we reveal the shortlisted candidates for the Jewish News-PaJeS Jewish Schools Awards, ahead of next week’s annual ceremony... The finalists have been chosen for the 2017 Jewish Schools Awards. Barnet’s JCoSS leads the pack, with shortlisted teachers in three of the four categories. Winners of the awards, which are a joint initiative between Jewish News and Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJeS), will be announced at the JW3 community centre on 22 February. Nine Jewish primary schools and seven Jewish secondary schools from across the country are represented in the hunt for the best deputy/assistant head, the best emerging teacher, the best Modern Hebrew teacher and the best special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO). JCoSS deputy head Elaine Robinson, who is also director of Jewish Ethos, is one of three finalists from the cross-denominational secondary, along with Joanna Moses, who has been shortlisted for best emerging teacher, and Hannah Lethbridge, who was shortlisted for best SENCO. Other secondary schools with finalists in two

categories include Kantor King Solomon High School, Hasmonean Boys and JFS. Among the country’s Jewish primary schools, three had finalists in two categories, including Etz Chaim in Mill Hill, as well as Sacks Morasha in Finchley and Wolfson Hillel in Southgage. The judging panel includes PaJeS director Rabbi David Meyer and his predecessor, Alastair Falk; scientist Lord Robert Winston; Sue Williamson, chief executive of the Schools, Students and Teachers Network; Karen Harris, managing director of Intu.co.uk and Jewish News editor Richard Ferrer. Ferrer said: “Each of the remarkable individuals shortlisted in the Jewish Schools Awards demonstrate how faith schools can help academic success. That’s why Jewish parents are increasingly confident about choosing a religious education for their children.”

AWARD 1: EMERGING TEACHER IN THEIR FIRST THREE YEARS OF TEACHING – PRIMARY SCHOOL Sponsored by Harvey Bard Charlotte Golembo, Wolfson Hillel Primary School “It is very rare to find a natural born teacher, but Charlotte Golembo is most certainly that. She is the ‘Miss Honey’ from Matilda to our very lucky school.” This is how one senior colleague describes Charlotte. The parents of pupils in Charlotte’s class agree, saying: “She shows a willingness to be with our children, to teach them, to guide them, and to be with them.” They go on to say: “She is warm, welcoming, encouraging and supportive of both students and parents.” Donna Lewis, Rosh Pinah Primary School Caring, enthusiastic and energetic are just a few words repeatedly brought up when discussing the character and work of Donna Lewis. She is described as a valuable member of staff and is highly regarded by pupils, colleagues and parents. At a recent parent’s evening, a number of parents made appointments to see the headteacher to praise Mrs Lewis’ work, citing her bubbly personality, zest for life and willingness to go the extra mile outside the classroom key factors in their children enjoying their learning and making excellent progress. Miriam Saffer, The Independent Jewish Day School “Miriam is an inspiration to children,” said one parent, while one of her pupils says: “She is so kind and caring and she’s the hardest working teacher I have ever been taught by!” Miriam helped to develop the whole school’s citizenship programme by not only creating exciting lessons in class, but by setting up current affairs clubs, sharing news with the school through displays and assemblies and also celebrating British values through debates and celebrations.

AWARD 2: EMERGING TEACHER IN THEIR FIRST THREE YEARS OF TEACHING – SECONDARY SCHOOL Sponsored by the Morris family, in memory of Conrad Morris z’l A pioneer of Jewish Education in the UK Dan Artman, Hasmonean High School for Boys Dan is described as an inspirational teacher who has a real understanding of the needs of his students. He is said to have a great ability to scaffold the hardest of concepts to ensure pupils can understand and progress with their learning. One of his pupils said: “Despite only teaching in the school for one year so far, Mr Artman is already renowned as one of the best maths teachers, and one who is always willing to help students out.”

Joanna Moses, Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoSS) “Jo is an absolute pleasure to work with – not only is she totally committed to our school and to doing a good job for the students she teaches, but she is also an exceptionally talented and inspirational teacher. Jo goes above and beyond her experience and job description. She’s a true mensch.” These are just a few comments by colleagues of Joanna, who was previously a JCoSS learning support assistant and returned to the school as a teacher after completing her training. The success of students of all abilities in her classes is a testament to her success. Isla Thomson, Yavneh College Although Isla only joined Yavneh College last September, the school says she is a fast learner and creates a very positive learning environment in her own classroom, form room and school show rehearsals. She has high expectations of all her pupils and follows up any issues where a pupil fails to meet them. One colleague said: “The music department has been struggling in the last couple of years and Isla has brought a breath of fresh air and new ideas to the school. For her to take on this role in her first three years of teaching is incredibly impressive.”

AWARD 3: MODERN HEBREW TEACHER IN A PRIMARY SCHOOL Sponsored by the Grahame Charitable Foundation in memory of Leo Grahame z’l . A founding trustee of The Jewish Educational Development Trust Keren Greene, Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School Keren is passionate about teaching and the teaching of Hebrew. She has shaped the Hebrew curriculum from scratch for nursery through to Y5 and is the only teacher who teaches every child in the school. Keren ensures children enjoy their learning and develop a passion for Ivrit. She works closely with all teachers to promote its effective integration into the curriculum. One parent said of Keren that she “speaks to the kids only in Hebrew and gives them all the confidence to believe they can learn and express themselves comfortably in another language.” Yifat Johnson, Eden Primary School Yifat has a huge impact on the life of the school. She has played a key role implementing and developing the school’s ethos particularly in relation to Hebrew, the relationship to Israel and Jewish education. Her passion for the school and its vision has enabled it to flourish and kept at its core the importance of Hebrew as a living language. Hebrew in her class is just part of the everyday classroom experience for the children and is received in an extremely positive way. The children see it as fun and love to try out their new language skills on others. Pnina Ravid, Akiva Primary School Pnina is passionate in developing children’s love of Hebrew and of Israel. The children enjoy their lessons, which are conducted only in Hebrew, and develop confidence to speak, read and write to an impressive standard. Hebrew is everywhere in the school and contributes greatly to the school’s Zionist identity. Pnina ensures Hebrew is valued and that the children are challenged and motivated. Akiva was graded outstanding by Pikuach inspectors, who praised the children’s ability in Hebrew as contributing to that judgement.


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Jewish Schools Awards 2017 / News AWARD 4: MODERN HEBREW TEACHER IN A SECONDARY SCHOOL Sponsored by the PR Office Judy Hopstein, Lubavitch Senior Girls’ School “I would say Judy Hopstein’s lessons are among the most popular in the school. They are very hands-on and creative. Excellent wall displays have raised the profile of Modern Hebrew,” said one of her colleagues. Another said: “ Judy gives 100 percent in everything she does; she cares about each individual student.” Judy has very innovative ideas and her lessons always include a fun activity for her students to involve themselves in while learning the Hebrew language. Merav Isaacson, King David High School, Manchester “Mrs Isaacson is a great teacher. I enjoy her lessons and really love Hebrew because of her,” said one of her pupils. Merav is a devoted teacher, full of passion for teaching Hebrew, who strives to create new ways of teaching the language on all levels. She is a real asset to the Hebrew department and the school. A colleague said: “She brightens the staffroom.” Merav is a much looked up to teacher. She is always extremely supportive of other teachers’ efforts. Sivan Simons, JFS Sivan Simons teaches Hebrew in a highly motivational, structured and challenging way. She plans lessons in detail and they always include a high level of differentiation, which enables all students to be involved. She has a special relationship with her pupils, who respect her highly. Sivan is a highly committed, dedicated and passionate teacher. A perfectionist, she sets very high expectations for herself and is unrelenting in her desire to achieve them.

AWARD 5: SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS STAFF IN A PRIMARY SCHOOL Sponsored by the Rachel Charitable Trust A founding trustee of The Jewish Educational Development Trust Madeleine Bendell, North West London Jewish Day School Madeleine has turned North West into a safe place for children with special educational needs. Her impact can be seen through the children – they are happy, want to come to school and learn. She has firmly placed the Every Child Matters agenda at the centre of the school’s approach to education. She is a highly resourceful and consummate professional, always adding to her training and knowledge. Her commitment and expertise is greatly admired.

Miriam Kaye, Sacks Morasha Primary School Miriam has transformed the way Sacks Morasha assesses its pupils’ educational and emotional needs and has implemented initiatives that enable it to provide an outstanding level of individual attention – resulting in thriving, happy children, as well as outstanding results. Miriam supports children and their families to understand the issue a child may have. She is always there to talk to and listen to parents and she responds promptly, despite her intensive workload and responsibilities as deputy headteacher. Debbie Weissbraun, Mathilda Marks Kennedy School Debbie is a highly experienced special educational needs (SEN) co-ordinator. She is extremely professional and an outstanding practitioner. Debbie has always ensured that special needs is a top priority of the school. She is always available to help with any child and is kind, considerate and caring when dealing with children, parents and colleagues. No problem is ever too small and she always has a suggestion to help a child’s difficulty. Debbie is always smiling and her door is always open. She is a credit to MMK.

AWARD 6: SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS STAFF IN A SECONDARY SCHOOL Sponsored by the Leilai Charitable Trust A founding trustee of The Jewish Educational Development Trust Simon Bull, Hasmonean High School for Boys Simon is tireless in his support of those students who struggle with the curriculum, but he is passionate in his commitment that they should nevertheless have access to the most enriched learning experience. He is patient, calm and compassionate. When students and parents are struggling, anxious, worried, angry or simply exasperated, Simon will always speak calmly, rationally and with his own gentle honesty to enable them to gain perspective. Claudia Giarrusso, Kantor King Solomon High School Claudia is an inspirational individual who has built and developed a team of well-trained learning support assistants, higher level teaching assistants and SEN educators. Her dedication and drive to narrow the progress and attainment gap with students who have SEN is admirable. Claudia has led a team in raising the bar and making KKS a place for other schools to turn to for advice and guidance. She continuously works with her team to better their practice, address their concerns and develop their confidence to be the best they can be.

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News / Jewish Schools Awards 2017 Hannah Lethbridge, JCoSS Hannah has transformed what SEN means at JCoSS. She has ensured all students who are on the register have their needs met as far as possible and she offers support to other teachers. In her work across learning support and safeguarding, Hannah has numerous influences. There is a huge number of students and families whose lives have been transformed. Some students with multiple disadvantages have been successfully integrated into JCoSS, and others at risk of having to move have been retained and transformed by her creative and positive approach.

AWARD 8: ASSISTANT / DEPUTY HEAD TEACHER IN A SECONDARY SCHOOL Sponsored by the Gerald Ronson Family Foundation Emma Murphy, Kantor King Solomon High School Emma is a dynamic leader who has demonstrated the drive, passion and commitment required to deliver whole school change. She works relentlessly to ensure that every child truly matters. Her firm but fair approach empowers students to think independently and questions their own morals and ethics when making decisions both in and out of school. Emma is a senior leader that students respect, trust and admire. Emma is a beacon of our school ethos, ‘if not now, when’. Emma leads by example and is a highly respected member of the school.

AWARD 7: ASSISTANT / DEPUTY HEADTEACHER IN A PRIMARY SCHOOL Sponsored by Jonathan and Sharon Goldstein

Elaine Robinson, JCoSS Elaine has been one of the principle architects and defenders of the JCoSS project over the seven years of its life. She has been a loyal supporter of two headteachers and shown flexibility in adapting to new policy challenges. For a non-Jewish headteacher in particular, her deep understanding of context has been essential in ensuring that things are done right and that the right things are done. She is an inspiring teacher who is dedicated and is a visionary. She thinks outside the box and treats students with respect; it is clear she values them.

Liza Feiner, Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School “Liza is a fantastic deputy head and also runs the Jewish Studies department – a tough job. She is a fantastic teacher and the kids, parents and staff all love and respect her.” This is how one colleague described Liza, while her headteacher said: “She is a constant support to me, is loyal, trustworthy and shows commitment and dedication to the school. Etz Chaim would not be the same without her – she has helped to shape and create the school to be what it is today. She wants the best for the children and cares about each and every one of them.” Justin Kett, Sacks Morasha Primary School Justin is passionate about the successes of the school. He understands, demonstrates and delivers the vision/ethos of the school in all he does. Justin is approachable, always willing to help and support his fellow staff members and is very much a team player. He organises continuing professional development and strives to ensure all his staff are given maximum opportunities to succeed. Justin also leads the Kodesh department. One governor said: “Mr Kett brings passion, humour and dedication to his role as head of Kodesh.” Alex Kingston, Wolfson Hillel Primary School “Alex is completely dedicated to getting the best out of our children. She knows each individual child’s capabilities and how to challenge and stimulate them at the right level while keeping education fun,” said one parent. Another added: “Miss Kingston’s dedication to the school and to the children is outstanding. She goes above and beyond her duties to make sure the children reach their maximum potential. Every time I speak to her I’m filled with confidence for the future and the education of my children.”

Talia Thoret, JFS Talia is fully committed to the ethos and vision – and success – of JFS. She has not only contributed to the rewriting of the JFS Vision and Values statement, but also imbues them in all that she does. Despite the pressures of being on the senior leadership team, Talia retains a sense of humour and remains an outstanding teacher. She is committed to her own classroom practice and is professional in all spheres of her work. She has a calm and warm personality and whatever challenge she has faced, she has met it with efficiency, drive and passion.


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News / War heroes / Boycott ban / 109-year-old mourned

D-Day veterans awarded France’s highest honour When David Pittal went to visit his parents, Hyman and Rosalind Pittal, at Jewish Care’s Lady Sarah Cohen home, his father asked him why he had not received a medal from the French government. Hyman Pittal, 95, or “Driver H Pittal, 10662714, Royal Army Service Corps”, is one of the few surviving Britons who landed in France on June 6, 1944 — D-Day, the beginning of Europe’s liberation from the Nazis. Two years ago, President François Hollande announced that each man who had landed on the northern beaches of France on D-Day would be awarded the Légion d’Honneur – the country’s highest accolade. David made contact with the Ministry of Defence, which passed on his father’s details to the French Government. The medal arrived and, on Sunday, Jewish Care’s chief executive Simon Morris took part in a ceremony at the care home, where “Driver Pittal’s” relatives and friends gathered to pay tribute to him. The one-time Petticoat Lane fruit and vegetable trader had been called up in 1941 and joined the Royal Army Service Corps, driving army lorries and staff cars. His parents were from Poland and the family — of which he was “the baby” — had lived in the East End before his army service. Also receiving the honour was Schera Morris Masters, 97, who, as a Lance Corporal, arrived in France in 1944 and worked his way through to Nuremberg as a supply line driver, escaping via Saint-Nazaire. Masters was accompanied by his wife and two daughters, who had flown in from Australia and Canada.

Hyman Pittal proudly displays his medal

Councils boycotting Israel will break the law Councils wanting to boycott Israel will soon be breaking the law, after the government announced this week that it would put last year’s guidance on a legal footing. In February 2016, local authorities were told not to use pension policies to boycott countries, in guidance issued by the Cabinet Office, but Communities Secretary Sajid Javid this week revealed it will now be unlawful to do so. The move was welcomed by the Board of Deputies and Conservative Friends of Israel, as government officials said the rules were to ensure compliance with World Trade Organisation rules, requiring all member countries to treat suppliers equally and without prejudice. The plans make clear “authorities should not implement or pursue boycotts other than where formal legal sanctions, embargoes and restrictions have been put in place by the government”.

An “apartheid wall” used to promote an anti-Israel divestment on campus

“We need to challenge and prevent divisive town hall boycotts which undermine good community relations,” said Javid. Conservative Friends of Israel chairman Sir Eric Pickles said: “Attempts to boycott Israel are bad for Israelis, Palestinians, and the British economy and are damaging to community relations.” The Board of Deputies said: “[This] will ensure all suppliers receive equal treatment and do not need to fear prejudice.”

ISRAEL BOYCOTTS BLOCKED AT TWO UK UNIVERSITIES Motions in favour of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign were defeated in two universities this week. In London, a BDS bid was pulled at City University Student Union, after the board of trustees rejected it. A motion had initially passed in Schera Morris Masters was also honoured

BRITAIN’S OLDEST JEWISH WOMAN DIES, AGED 109 Britain’s oldest Jewish woman died on Sunday, aged 109. Esther Sachon was born on 18 March 1907. She grew up on Hessel Street in the East End and met her husband Louis at Oxford & St George’s Club before moving to Stamford Hill, Hendon and finally Stanmore, where she was a resident at Jewish Care’s Princess Alexandra Home.

The mother-of-three was widowed, aged 51. Starting out as a dressmaker, she then worked in retail for 30 years. Daughter, Helen, said: “She was an amazing lady and never thought about herself. She was devoted to her children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, whom she loved to see and who loved to see her.” Esther outlived her two sons, Peter and Michael. She is succeeded by Helena, five grandchildren and 13 greatgrandchildren.

November, but trustees overrode it last month, arguing that it ran counter to the student union’s constitution. The proposer’s subsequent amendments – only made public on Sunday – were again rejected, and the motion was withdrawn with no debate.

“We are delighted that City students are not interested in this divisive campaign. The message is clear: all students are welcome at City,” said Michali Belovski, president of City’s Jewish Society. Separately, a BDS motion tabled at Ulster University Students Union last Thursday was defeated, with new policies on anti-Semitism and Holocaust memorial passing instead.




A teenager who made a pipe bomb that was found in his Nazi memorabilia-filled bedroom has avoided prison. The 17-year-old was found guilty last month by a jury at Leeds Crown Court of constructing the explosive device but not guilty of a terrorism offence. On Monday, a judge said that as the teenager had already served the equivalent of a 14-month sentence on remand, he was giving him a Youth Rehabilitation Order with various stipulations, including an internet ban. The trial heard how the pipe bomb was found in a desk drawer in his Bradford bedroom after police were alerted through suspicious Snapchat messages. Prosecutors said one of these messages was a cartoon-like image of a mosque being blown up.

Kisharon has won a major planning battle to extend its Parson Street premises in a move that will allow it to accommodate 72 children on-site. Parents and children “wept with joy” as the green light was given at an “emotionally charged” Barnet Council planning committee meeting as councillors voted four-to-one to go ahead. The school will move from Golders Green to Montford House on Parson Street, after the learning disabilities charity revealed it had outgrown its current home. Kisharon chief executive Beverley Jacobson said: “I ask the community to get behind our team to realise this once-in-a-generation scheme for premises fit for the outstanding education we offer.”


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News / Jewish News meets... Malcolm Hoenlein

The man with the ear of popes and prime ministers Jenni Frazer and Justin Cohen meet ‘the world’s most powerful official Jew’, who commands unparalleled access to global leaders


alcolm Hoenlein’s business card must have words falling off the edges, given his title and the organisation he represents. As executive vice-president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organisations, Hoenlein is arguably the world’s most powerful official Jew. He travels from the US every three weeks, with a punishing schedule, and has unparalleled access to global leaders which depends heavily on Hoenlein’s mantra of never leaking the contents of his discussions. Yet this Philadelphia-born Orthodox Jewish leader has plenty to say. The Conference of Presidents, as it is usually known, is an umbrella group of more than 50 US Jewish organisations, spanning the political spectrum, so Hoenlein has to tread a delicate line in articulating policy. “I have a rule,” Hoenlein drawls, “I don’t deal with any [US] administration until they find out where the bathrooms are.” Thus he will not yet to be drawn on what might be the relationship between US Jewry and President Trump. He believes the president cannot sustain the pace of executive orders that began his term. “The test is facing real world choices. We’ll have to see what is deliberate and what is the early White House trying to find its footing.” As for Trump’s pledge to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem goes, Hoenlein has no doubts. “Everybody should recognise that this is correcting an historic wrong. But it has to be done correctly, and it has to be done smartly. It’s a huge operation and it’s going to take time.” He says this a lot, that an issue has to be dealt with “smartly”. It’s obvious, talking to him that

there is an unexpressed exasperation when either the American or the Israeli government fails to do the smart or clever thing. When Hoenlein meets the new Trump administration, top of his agenda will be Iran — “not just the nuclear programme, but the other things, the violations of human rights, the missile tests…” He is keen to talk to Trump about “how we can build [links] with the dissidents of the Iranian regime.” He thinks it is important for the US to speak to its allies in the region. “Send them messages to give them confidence to stand up against Iran and tell them we will be a reliable ally for them.” One Muslim leader, he claims, “told me that by America’s actions [in the last administration] we were driving him into Putin’s arms. You can’t alienate people like that.” He thinks discussions to bring Israel into a Mediterranean alliance would have a good reception in the Arab world. Some countries “are very critical of the Palestinian Authority, feel it’s a kleptocracy [and] recognise the incitement they’ve engaged in”. Hoenlein believes Iran remains the central problem in the Middle East. “You solve Iran and Hezbollah won’t be Hezbollah, Hamas won’t be Hamas, the war in Yemen will come to a close…

Clockwise from top: Malcolm Hoenlein with Benjamin Netanyahu, with Pope Benedict XVI and with former US President Barack Obama

there are so many issues that are directly related to Iranian support, involvement, and the goals of its regime. But I do not believe Iran could destroy Israel. I also believe strongly in working with the young people in Iran. There are ways to support them and undermine the regime.” He’s all for presenting a “crazy-slash-smart” perspective. “That is, crazy meaning thinking out of the box. If people don’t know what to expect, it puts us in a better position, you have leverage.” When he meets Arab leaders today, the way they talk about Israel “is very different from a few years ago. Israel is seen as a goldmine because of what it’s developed.” He won’t say everything is wonderful, “but more Israelis travel to these countries than people acknowledge. Arab leaders are concerned

about the street, and decades of incitement will take time to root out. But things are changing”. Hoenlein smiles. “Loose lips sink ships, and people have meetings with us because they know we will never leak anything. That gives them confidence to trust us.” On links to the UK, he says: “I have great respect for many of the leaders here. We have worked closely with them and developed ties. Jonathan Arkush is a serious leader of the Board of Deputies. I spoke at a meeting there last week and we had a wonderful, meaningful exchange. We have a long-term relationship with the JLC and close relationship with CST. Our security in the US is modelled on what they do. Britain, in this case, was way ahead of us in the US and, I think, it still is.”

HOW DIPLOMACY SAVED AN HISTORIC JEWISH CEMETERY Malcolm Hoenlein’s unrivalled access to world leaders sometimes has an instant pay-off. Its most recent illustration was a meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. “I was literally on my way in to this meeting when I got a phone call from a guy in Turkey, telling me that today they were going to destroy the Jewish cemetery in Gallipoli. “He had no idea that I was meeting

Erdogan. And he said, we need help, they’re going to start digging it up today.” Hoenlein (pictured, left, with Avigdor Liberman) went into his meeting and told Erdoğan of his phone call. “Erdoğan snapped his fingers and a minute later, the governor of Gallipoli is on the phone. And the governor says, no, it’s fine, there are 33 graves there, nothing is happening. “And I say to Erdoğan, that’s the wrong

cemetery. And it’s going back and forth between me and him and the governor of Gallipoli. I said, no, it’s an old cemetery, with 1,000 Jewish graves. It’s near the military cemetery where 33 Jewish soldiers who fought in the battle of Gallipoli [in the First World War] are buried, and nobody knew about it”. Erdoğan told the governor of Gallipoli that he wanted the matter resolved. Ten days after the meeting, Hoenlein received an email saying the cemetery, by order of the federal government, was reverting to the Jewish community, and that a protective wall was being built around it. Now that is influence.

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News / Prince recognised / Tube search

Charles honoured for Shoah remembrance Prince Charles has been honoured for his work in promoting remembrance of the Holocaust after meeting survivors of the Shoah and subsequent genocides, writes Justin Cohen. The heir to the throne was presented with the Statue of Remembrance by the International Auschwitz Committee during a Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) reception at St James’s Palace, the latest of several gatherings of survivors he has hosted. Marian Turski from the committee, which presents the prize to those who promote remembrance and tolerance, said survivors were glad to have him “on our side” in the fight against prejudice. The statue takes the shape of an upturned ‘B’, a reference to the letter in the inscription above the gates to the Auschwitz concentration camp that reads ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’.. Prisoners forced to build the sign placed the letter upside

PASSENGER BROIGUS AT 30,000FT Continued from page 1 Officers from Bedfordshire Police were waiting on the tarmac when the plane landed. “When we arrived, the captain said: ‘Please stay in your seats. We are waiting for the police.’ It went deadly quiet and I think people were shocked. “One policeman came on the plane, stood by the door and oversaw everybody leaving – and

there were two more officers on the tarmac.” The passenger added: “I’m the biggest fan of easyJet and would fly with them again – but I’d probably only now go Friday or Saturday to avoid it.” A statement from the airline said: “easyJet can confirm that flight EZY2084 from Tel Aviv to Luton on 13 February 2017 was met by police on arrival at

London Luton due to a small group of passengers behaving disruptively by not complying with the captain and cabin crew’s request to take their seats.” The police confirmed being called to reports of “disruptive men” on a flight, adding: “Officers escorted the men off the flight preventing a breach of the peace. No offences were found to have been committed.”


‘RACIST’ STICKERS FOUND ON TUBE Prince Charles at the HMDT reception at St James’s Palace

down and the statue reflects this act of defiance. During the 90-minute reception, the prince, who succeeded the Queen as patron of HMDT this year, chatted with more than 150 survivors, including Netherlands-born Martin Stern, who survived Terezin with his one-year-old sister, Erica. The prince told author Judith Kerr that he had read her book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, to his grandchildren. Aviva Trup, director of

Jewish Care’s Holocaust survivor services, said: “The survivors were delighted with the time he spent asking questions, as well as speaking about his own family history, especially Princess Alice, who was named Righteous Among the Nations.” HMDT’s Olivia MarksWaldman said: “It’s a thrill to have an event with so many survivors that demonstrates the highest commitment from the Royal family to honouring the memory.”



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British Transport Police are seeking help to identify a man wanted for questioning about “racist and antiSemitic stickers” posted in London Underground stations. The force has issued an image of the man they would like to speak to. Seven stickers, which used Nazi terminology and hand-drawn swastikas, are believed to have been posted between Tuesday, 10 January, and Thursday, 12 January. They were found at Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden stations. Anyone with any information can text 61016 or call 0800 405040 quoting reference 174 of 07/02/2017, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Facebook warning / Amazon books / World briefs / News WORLD NEWS BRIEF

US BLOCKS FAYYAD LIBYA APPOINTMENT The US has blocked the appointment of former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad to lead the UN’s political mission in Libya, saying it was acting to support its ally Israel. US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the Trump administration “was disappointed” that UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres had indicated his intention to appoint Fayyad, who was the Palestinian Authority’s prime minister from 2007-2013, as the next special representative to Libya.

GIRL, 16, ON SCHOOL BOMB PLOT CHARGE A 16-year-old girl has been formally charged with planning bomb attacks against two schools in Denmark. The teenager is accused of “having made preparations to make bombs” using the explosive known as TATP, prosecutor Lise-Lotte Nilas said. The targets were said to be a Jewish school in Copenhagen and another facility west of the capital. Police said they thwarted the plans by arresting the girl in January last year. A trial is set to start on 7 April.

PSC tackles Jew hate The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has warned supporters posting anti-Semitic messages on its Facebook page they are “not welcome,” after an investigation revealed thousands of hateful messages. The group acted last weekend to remove offensive comments including Jewish conspiracy myths, Holocaust denial and Holocaust revisionism from its Facebook page, which has almost 500,000 likes. A statement on the organisation’s website read: “PSC has been made aware of a number of unacceptable posts made by members of the public on our Facebook wall. These are abhorrent.” It said the PSC opposed fundamentally racism of all kinds, including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, adding: “Those who do not share those values are not welcome.” Among the comments highlighted on the group’s Facebook page were phrases such as “filthy Jew dirt-bags” and others describing Jews as “the cancer of the world”. The PSC action followed an investigation by the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA)

Some of the anti-Semitic comments on the PSC Facebook page

Online Monitoring Unit, which reviewed nearly 3,000 comments and categorised them according to the international definition of antiSemitism which is now used by the British government and the College of Policing. CAA chairman Gideon Falter said: “PSC’s Facebook presence is a cesspool of anti-Semitism which

proliferates and normalises hatred of Jews. We challenge the patrons, trade unions and students’ unions that endorse PSC to act on their commitment to fight racism by ending their association with PSC until it unequivocally endorses and enforces the international definition of anti-Semitism used by the British government.”

AMAZON SELLS DENIAL BOOKS Dozens of books containing claims the Holocaust was exaggerated or even made up are being sold on Amazon. The Myth of the Extermination of the Jews and Holocaust: the Greatest Lie Ever Told are among the titles on offer in a lost which has sparked condemnation from the Holocaust Educational Trust. The Sunday Times reported that many customers used the review sections for the titles to call for their removal. The newspaper claimed that the books listed for sale in Germany and elsewhere, where there are laws against such material, were removed after being notified by reporters, but not so in the UK. Karen Pollock, chief executive of HET, said: “Holocaust denial is highly offensive and the intent is anti-Semitism, pure and simple. To have this material widely accessible via any retailer is shocking and wrong.”

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Special report / Israel & ISIS

Islamic State eyes Eilat In the wake of the terror group’s first attack on Israeli territory last week, Lisa Sanders reports how the country is ready for escalation

Above left: An ISIS member addresses Israelis in Hebrew in a video in 2015. Above: A still of an ISIS member during an attack against the Egyptian army. Below: ISIS in Sinai


slamic State terrorists claimed responsibility last week for firing rockets at the southern city of Eilat, marking the group’s first major attack on Israel. The volley of missiles from the Sinai Peninsula triggered Israel’s Iron Dome defence system, which activated successfully as sirens sent residents and tourists running for shelter on Wednesday evening. Eyewitnesses reported hearing several large explosions as up to seven rockets were intercepted. There were no reports of injuries or loss of life. It is the first time Eilat has been attacked by rockets since 2014. Islamic State (ISIS) media channels claimed the group was responsible. Its operatives are active in the Sinai, an area to the east of Israel which is controlled by the Egyptian military. Israel has been bracing itself for months for an attack by ISIS, with IDF chief of staff Lieutenant General Gadi Eizenkot setting up a new specialised commando unit to train in readiness. The unit, which is made up of the Israeli military’s

ALTHOUGH ISRAEL’S BORDER IS FAIRLY QUIET, THE IDF BELIEVES THE ISLAMIC STATE PROVINCE OF WILAYAT SINAI WILL EVENTUALLY ATTACK IT AS WELL special elite forces, has already held a major training exercise, which was declared a big success. Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said there are “signs” ISIS has been responsible for previous attacks, with questions being raised over truck attacker Fadi Ahmad Hamdan Qunbor, 28, from the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Jabel

The Red Sea resort of Eilat and [right] Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system

Mukaber, who killed four Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem last month. Israel’s intelligence service Shin Bet is on alert for signs of ISIS cells forming within its borders, with two Arab Israeli men, one from Nazareth, the other from Shibli-Umm al-Ghanam at the foot of Mount Tabor, recently sentenced for planning to join the group. Another 46 Israeli citizens are in prison because of their connection to it. In June last year, two West Bank residents opened fire in Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market complex, shooting dead four Israelis and injuring others, in an attack Shin Bet said was inspired by ISIS, raising concerns about ‘copycat’ killings. Polls conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research, based in Ramallah, show support for ISIS in Israel and the West Bank is on the rise. Back in 2015, around 16 percent of Arab Israelis approved of ISIS, much higher than in Jordan (three percent) and Lebanon (zero percent). Up to 100 Israeli Arabs are believed to be fighting for ISIS in Syria and Iraq, and the Israeli military cannot dismiss the possibility of an ISIS attack from either the

southern or northern border. In November, the IDF’s Golani brigade killed several ISIS fighters who had sent mortar shells over the border into Israel. The American-Arab magazine Al-Monitor quotes an anonymous IDF officer as saying: “As more pressure is exerted on ISIS in Mosul and Raqqa, the restlessness of its representatives in the Syrian Golan increases. “It may be that they received orders to open a front with us, and it could be that they just tried to do so of their own accord. “We have tried to send them a message that a conflict with the IDF would not be worthwhile for them.” Meanwhile, jihadists in the Sinai are waging war against Egypt’s security forces, causing hundreds of casualties, and the IDF now believes the Wilayat Sinai operatives will eventually attack Israel as well. An Israeli officer, speaking on condition of anonymity, says the group has stolen Egyptian tanks and Russian-made missiles. “It could happen today, tomorrow, or in a month, but within the next six months we will come into an engagement with them,” he said.

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Dubs Amendment / Livni role / World round-up / News

Refugee u-turn ‘shameful’ David Miliband has accused the government of “locking out” vulnerable children in a “shameful” move to close the scheme promoted by a Kindertransport refugee to bring unaccompanied youngsters from Europe to the UK, writes Justin Cohen. The former foreign secretary, who now heads the New York-based International Rescue Committee, spoke out after Britain announced it would only take another 150 youngsters under the Dubs Amendment – bringing the total to just 350. The government has claimed it acts as “a draw” and encourages people traffickers. Hundreds of children have arrived and will continue to do so under other schemes or the asylum process, it insisted. But Miliband – who previously accused the government of a “high degree of inertia” when it comes to providing a home to lone child refugees –

Above: A young protester in support of refugees in Westminster. Left: David Miliband

described the move as a “cruel blow” to refugees. Speaking exclusively to Jewish News, he said: “The expectation was that 3,000 children would be helped, so to stop after little over a tenth of that number have arrived in the UK is astonishing. Our country is more than capable of helping these children, who are

desperate and vulnerable. “The fact the amendment was passed after months of public pressure shows the level of support and goodwill there is for these children; locking them out without proper consultation is shameful.” He insisted the scheme must continue and to do otherwise was “sending out all the

wrong signals”. He added: “Now is the time when the UK should be setting the example in refugee policy, rather than closing down this route to sanctuary for unaccompanied children just months after it was opened.” Jewish groups, including the Board of Deputies, have urged a rethink, while Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has said it is “unjust” to leave the weight of responsibility on other countries in Europe. Miliband’s intervention came on the day Lord Dubs – a former refugee from the Nazis who pushed for the amendment – delivered a 44,000strong petition to Downing Street. He said: “All the government needs to do is put out a new appeal to local authorities asking who can take more children,” Dubs said. “We are going to keep the pressure up about this. I believe the government decision to limit the number of children allowed in flies in the face of both parliamentary opinion and public opinion.”


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A state-of-the-art Jewish museum is to open outside a former shtetl in Lithuania in 2019. It will be part of the Lost Shtetl memorial complex in Šeduva, beside a Jewish cemetery and the site of mass executions.


A judge in Rome has ruled that football fans chanting the word ‘Jew’ were not guilty of hate speech or incitement. The 2013 case centred on Lazio fans chanting ‘giallorosso ebreo’, Italian for ‘yellow-red Jew,’ in reference to their opponents’ strip colours. Jewish leaders said it set ‘an alarming precedent’.


A Nazi-looted painting has been handed to the Montreal foundation named after the German-Jewish art dealer who once owned it. Jan Franse Verzijl’s Young Man as Bacchus was given to the Max and Iris Stern Foundation two years after the FBI found it in Spain. It is the 20th such recovered artwork.


Hundreds of American Jews braved the cold to attend a rally on Sunday to protest against Donald Trump’s stance on refugees. The rally was organised by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society in New York.

Strictly-Orthodox Jews face water cannons as they protest against army conscription in Jerusalem.

BERCOW BECOMES FIRST SPEAKER TO VISIT ISRAEL John Bercow has become the first Speaker of the House of Commons to visit Israel, timing it to mark 68 years since the Knesset’s establishment on Tu B’Shvat in 1949. YuliEdelstein,theSpeaker of the Knesset, told Bercow that his visit “has a special and historic value” because the two countries “share a significant joint history”. Edelstein added: “Important events in the history of both countries and nations are intertwined. One of these events, a cornerstone of the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people is the Balfour Declaration.” Bercow told his hosts that he visited the country in 1975 as a birthday present for his barmitzvah. This week, accompanied by Israeli Ambassador to the UK Mark Regev, he met Israeli students and visited Yad Vashem, Israel’s national Holocaust memorial museum. MEL’S ALL SMILES AS HE RECEIVES BAFTA HONOUR Mel Brooks poses with his BAFTA Fellowship award at the British Academy Film Awards in London. The 90-yearold received the award for his ‘outstanding and exceptional contribution” to film, which include The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein.

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Editorial comment and letters ISSUE NO.




We’re making history Jews have good reason to be obsessed by history. It sits alongside food in the list of importance. We care about it, learn from it and see things in light of it. We are here because of history – and in spite of it. Above all else, we know that tomorrow’s history is made by today’s decisions. How is today’s history being made? What is going on today that will still be talked about in 50, 100, 200 years’ time? Some things are unclear. We do not yet know, for example, what effect the recent surge of nationalism in America, Europe and Russia will have. We do not yet know whether the harm being done to the planet can be reversed. But we do know that one of human history’s most momentous events is happening right now – and that MPs are making important decisions about it today. The past few years have led to massive state ruptures and the biggest sudden movement of people the world has ever known. Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and Somalia have all fallen apart. What started with a desperate Tunisian market seller in 2010 led to what we see now. As of last year, there were 65 million known refugees. Tens of millions more are displaced. Struggling African countries have opened their doors, including Uganda (200,000), Chad (300,000) and Ethiopia (500,000). Unsteady Middle Eastern states have taken even more, including Jordan (600,000), Iran (nearly 1 million), Lebanon (1.1m) and Turkey (2.5m). In 2015, at the height of the crisis, the UK allowed fewer than 39,000 asylum applications, including dependants, and approved fewer than half. Lord Dubs, a Jewish refugee from Prague, asked that we also take 3,000 unaccompanied children. The government has now capped that at 350. Sometimes the word ‘shame’ does not do something justice. We are making history. And we know all too well that today’s Jews will one day be asked by their grandchildren what they did to help these people. Because Jews were ‘these people’ once.

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‘For the last time, Shirley, it’s not a swastika. You’ve just rubbed out part of the District, Circle, Central and Piccadilly lines!’

politicians to bend over backwards”. Given that even Martin Luther King knew “when people say Zionists they mean Jews” and he says the “majority of the media…are Zionist owned”, I struggle to see what there is to misinterpret. All this in one recording. How much more has he said elsewhere? If his journey is sincere, I welcome his efforts but on the evidence so far, he doesn’t understand what he has done or can’t bring himself to face it. Keith Myers Edgware

LOOK AT OBAMA’S RECORD BEFORE YOU INDULGE IN THIS ANTI-TRUMP FRENZY Following the anger and protests after President Donald Trump’s travel ban, let’s examine the facts. The seven mainly-Muslim countries were designated by President Obama, before Trump, because there were problems with granting visas. Similar to Trump’s longer-term ban on Syria were Obama’s similar executive orders banning travel from Iraq. Obama also used an executive order to limit travel from Cuba to the US. Courts have repeatedly ruled one may sometimes have to deal with specific religions or nationalities when dealing with national

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WHY ARE YOU GIVING A PLATFORM TO THIS MAN? So Imam Ajmal Masroor thinks the conflict over there must not divide us here, yet calls for a one-state solution for all, meaning the end of the Jewish state – facilitating the Islamist goal of eradicating Israel through democracy, which many Muslims in the west support. This appears to be a ploy to conflate Islamophobia with antiSemitism, a flawed concept as both hates are rooted in different reasons. Islam has not had a reformation, which is why most Europeans now want Muslim immigration banned. Anti-Semitism has different causes and today its main purveyors are Muslims and the left-wing, as evidenced by Labour Party anti-Semites. Has Ajmal Masroor called on the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to ditch the Cairo Declaration of Human Rights? Many Muslim countries reject the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in favour of the Centre for Democracy and Human Rights,

which gives supremacy to Islam and not humans and the OIC, which claims to represent Muslim countries, replaced the UDHR with CDHR. Islam needs to reform its supremacist teachings and the OIC should grant equality and freedom of religion to all. Why is Jewish News giving a platform to Ajmal Masroor? P. Rover By email

The very height of hypocrisy It’s no surprise the shambolic Jeremy Corbyn addressed a demonstration against Donald Trump’s ban on entry to people from seven Muslim-majority countries. It’s also no surprise that, when pushed to comment on a similar ban on any Israelis entering Muslim countries, he reverted to his standard (but irrelevant in this instance) response of pursuing a two-state solution

to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Hypocrisy at its height. Trump indirectly banning Muslims is racist, unacceptable and the world is demonstrating, but Israelis being banned by Arab nations is considered legitimate and condoned.



You refer to “a unanimous chorus of disapproval”, but this British Jew is not “angry and upset” by President Trump’s executive order for a temporary travel ban on seven Muslim-majority states to make it harder for jihadists to enter America.

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What’s in a name? Hatred, division and provocation CHIEF EXECUTIVE, JEWISH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

he annual series of university lectures and rallies known as “Israel Apartheid Week” is emotive in every sense. Sadly, it has become a landmark on the university calendar. Disappointingly, groups behind it have been allowed to hijack and maliciously appropriate the word ‘apartheid’. The word was created to describe the system of legally-enforced segregation which existed in South Africa, a society that to name but a few injustices did not give equal rights to all citizens, nor did it have black members of the judiciary or comprehensive education acts. While there is much that can be debated about the Israel-Palestine conflict, the comparison to South Africa during the apartheid era is false, misleading and deviously manipulative. It is grotesquely untrue and the use of it represents a dangerous barrier to peace. Furthermore, it is demeaning to South Africans who suffered

through the apartheid period to compare their struggle to the territorial dispute between Israel and the Palestinians. If those who campaign for Palestinian rights had called their campaign “Israel Occupation Week” or “Palestinian Awareness Week”, there would be little we could do about it. But the campaigners deliberately selected the misleading, provocative, emotive word “apartheid” and we seem to have allowed it to become part of the vernacular.




Having said that, we must come to terms with the fact that it does exist, and carefully consider our approach as a Jewish community. “Israel Apartheid Week” began and remains at its peak in universities. The week is close to intolerable for many students, and university leaders and vice chancellors must do more to protect them. Freedom of speech is a cherished value on campus, but when that spills over into intimidation of Jewish students, when they are made to feel segregated, unsafe and worried, then the university must act. What we should do is passionately support peaceful protest and ensure that any anti-Israel events that do take place do not end in intimidation and harassment – which the inflammatory nature of the association between “Israel” and “apartheid” often leads to. As a community, we must be aware of the danger of the campaign spilling into wider society. Last year, a number of anti-Israel posters were smuggled on to the London Underground. The Union of Jewish Students and individual

Jewish and Israel societies plan, every year, for a series of campaigns and activities to counter the Israel Apartheid Week activities and narrative. The co-ordination with communal organisations is better, too. At the Jewish Leadership Council, we hosted a multiagency meeting to ensure that all parts of the community are aware of what was planned and what was available to support students in a co-ordinated and effective way. While closed-door meetings are not a fashionable way of dealing with these issues, they are effective and we have already seen the results. For example, the report by UCL into the disturbances last term was robust, independent and made sound conclusions. The evening it was published, 200 students heard an Israeli speaker at UCL in a quiet and peaceful atmosphere. “Israel Apartheid Week” is so named to be emotive and create division. Let’s respond appropriately and not fall into the trap. And let’s not meekly accept that this is an appropriate name for their campaign.

The myopia that keeps our communities at a distance ALEX BRUMMER CITY EDITOR, DAILY MAIL


hen we lived in Washington some years ago, my children went to nursery school at one of the great conservative cathedral synagogues, Tifereth Israel. At Shabbat services, I was struck by the ecumenical structure of the building and the community. The main shul had a large Masorti-style service involving men and women. Downstairs in a smaller sanctuary there was a traditional minyan; in a separate room, a service for and conducted by women. There were also parallel children’s services. At the end of the morning, if the timing worked, all three groups would come together for kiddush. The constructive approach to letting Jews be Jews and tolerant of each other’s brands of Judaism is in sharp contrast to the rigidities often found in British Jewry. There are notable exceptions, such as Limmud, where all brands of Judaism come together and, to his great credit, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is a great draw. At the Board of Deputies, traditional and other branches of Judaism gather regularly in

a secular role. But when it comes to religious practice within the United Synagogue, as we learnt during the recent dispute over participation in partnership minyanim, tolerance can be severely tested. The good sense of different brands of Judaism working closely together for survival and strength is particularly acute in the provinces. My home town of Brighton is hugely rich with Jewish heritage which dates back 250 years. It has four operating synagogues (five if you count the garlanded treasure of Middle Street now used only for ceremonials), plus an active Chabad operation. The community is rich in real estate but struggles with attracting respectable numbers to services. The buildings have great architectural qualities but are far too large to be practical. This is not necessarily because Brighton Jewry has shrunk. Most estimates suggest there are at least 5,000 Jewish souls in the city, not counting the hipsters and the strong LGBT presence. My understanding is that in the past 12

months there have been all manner of ideas for revitalising the community and bringing its institutions closer. The Brighton & Hove Reform community flirted with the idea of Masorti. It also considered cohabitation on the same site as the orthodox community in West Hove. The two Orthodox communities, the older established Brighton & Hove Hebrew Congregation (B&H) and Hove Hebrew Congregation HHC), have held merger talks for decades but long-standing differences have kept them apart. As a result three of the communities, the Reform, B&H and HHC, are embarking on their own major real estate projects. Enough

income will be generated by these developments to sustain each of the communities for many years. But what the new building bonanza will not necessarily do is put bums on seats or create the vibrancy and inclusiveness capable of sustaining vibrant Jewish life in Brighton and Hove for the next 250 years. How brilliant it would be if the leadership were capable of bringing the same enthusiasm to creating a stirring religious life in the city – a single campus with Jews of all stripes working together. Unfortunately, myopia means it is unlikely to happen in Brighton or the other regional communities where such a model would work best.


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One month in and Trump’s poetry has turned into prose JEREMY HAVARDI B’NAI B’RITH UK’S BUREAU OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS


t is often said that American presidents campaign in poetry and govern in prose. Pre-election, they offer striking visions of what they will achieve, as if they were absolute monarchs. But in the real world, politics is the art of the possible and governance requires nuance and compromise. Many cheerleaders for President Trump assumed he would transform America’s Middle East foreign policy. The US Embassy would be moved to Jerusalem, the Iran deal would be eviscerated and the two-state solution would be history. Trump would be to Obama what Obama was to Bush. Despite campaign pledges to ‘dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran’, there is no sign this will happen. At his confirmation hearing, James Mattis, the new Defence Secretary, said that the US had to stick to the agreement.


Despite acknowledging its imperfections he declared that ‘we have to live up to it and work with our allies’. These allies (Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China) are the other signatories to the accord and they have no desire to renegotiate it. Simply, they are too busy doing business with and investing in Iran. Trump has issued harsh rhetoric against the ayatollahs, putting Tehran formally ‘on notice’ for firing a ballistic missile, though

quite what this means is unclear. Washington is imposing new sanctions on individuals and companies that help Iran’s missile program but realistically, the US will enforce the Iran deal, not dismantle it. Similarly, Trump vowed at last year’s AIPAC conference to ‘move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem.’ But just before the first post inauguration phone call between Netanyahu and Trump, press secretary Sean Spicer said that the administration was merely ‘at the very beginning stages of even discussing this subject.’ He added later that the administration would do no more than ‘continue to consult with stakeholders’ on the decision. Jordan and Egypt, two key US allies, are among the stakeholders opposed to what they see as a dangerously destabilising move. But Israel too may be wary, given the possibility that an embassy move could spark a wave of Palestinian violence or even a regional conflagration. It is probably safe to conclude that there will be no imminent change to the status quo. The mood music in Washington has not

quite been so black and white. A fortnight ago, Sean Spicer issued a statement stating that the ‘construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful’ in pursuing peace. A White House statement urged ‘all parties to refrain from taking unilateral actions...including settlement announcements’. This was because the US was ‘very interested in reaching a deal that would end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict’. More recently, in an interview with Israel Hayom Trump, while stressing the warmth of his sentiments towards Israel, criticised the government’s policy. He said: ‘I am not somebody that believes that going forward with these settlements is a good thing for peace’. This doesn’t suggest an automatic green light for annexation or negating a two-state solution. In the words of Dennis Ross, it appears designed to ‘chill some of the exuberance of those on the Israeli right who think they have a blank cheque.’ Trump made grandiose promises before he was elected. Now he is governing in prose, reality is proving a much tougher proposition.

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An effervescent vision of Jewish-Arab co-existence MICHAEL WEGIER CHIEF EXECUTIVE, UJIA


ast week I joined 25 rabbis, professionals and community funders on a trip to Israel with the Task Force on Issues relating to Arab Citizens of Israel. We spent four days in the Negev exploring the lives of local communities, with particular focus on the 300,000 citizens of Israel known as Bedouin or Negev Arabs, who live in the region. By every socio-economic measure, Negev Arabs are the most vulnerable community in Israel. This is agreed by government, NGOs and the community itself. But how to improve their lives remains a matter of contention. We visited the new SodaStream factory in the industrial park in the Bedouin town of Rahat [pictured, right], which offers a model for improving their lives. The company has now moved almost all its operation to Rahat from around the world, a process sped up – but not initiated (so we were told) – by the BDS campaign that targeted SodaStream, which had a major plant


located beyond the 1967 Green Line in Mishor Adumim. They were forced to fire Palestinian workers as part of the moving process. We saw a film of the final day in the old plant, which was deeply moving as their CEO spoke to the Jewish and Palestinian workers with messages of love and coexistence. The new SodaStream Plant continues to model the values of shared citizenship. Jews of many different backgrounds and Arabs from the Bedouin community work together all over the plant in an environment

that models the Zionism of the CEO, Daniel Birnbaum. A completely different picture of JewishArab coexistence emerges from visiting one of the 35 “unrecognised Bedouin villages” that are home to 120,000 people. These villages remain formally unrecognised by the state and for the most part are not served by education, public transport, health and welfare services. Children, the elderly, the infirm, pregnant women and young mothers are required to travel to Beer Sheva, Rahat or other recognised communities if they require these basic services. Paradoxically, we visited a wonderful school built and maintained by the Ministry of Education in one of the larger villages. We learnt that the amount of land that these villages make up only accounts for about three precent of the Negev and were left wondering why this issue cannot be resolved. Bedouin society is also harmed by internal issues. Polygamy is more widespread than we were aware of and there are all the usual societal problems associated with poor underresourced regions.

And yet, there are also significant signs of the better integration of young Negev Arabs into wider society. Increasing numbers of people, especially young women, are getting to university and colleges as well as entering the work force directly. If SodaStream, provides a model of professional coexistence, the challenge is to to turn this model into a societal norm.

Too many of us take risks with unregulated carers NEIL TAYLOR



hen we talk about elder abuse, most people assume that the majority of such cases occur in residential care homes. The truth is that older people living in their own homes experience abuse too, including at the hands of unregulated carers. We are living longer. Increasing numbers of people are choosing to live at home. Many older people need support with day-to-day tasks from dressing and washing to cooking and cleaning. Many people in the community who need homecare services are paying for them themselves. Homecare support doesn’t come cheap. An increasing number of people, by virtue of what they can afford or are prepared to pay, are encouraging a massive growth in the informal, unregulated market of care. Neighbours, cleaners, family friends or

those who respond to an advert in a local newspaper are all being employed by older people and their families. According to figures from Age UK, more than 50 older people every hour are neglected or abused in their own homes. We, the Jewish community, are not exempt from experiencing this abuse. As a society, we worry about the vulnerability of those people living in our care homes. However, care homes are all regulated. Arguably, it is harder to abuse in a care home than it is behind the closed doors of a private home. Regulation of care services is there for a reason. It is there to protect vulnerable people. Granted, nothing can provide 100 percent protection but it should dramatically reduce the likelihood of abuse and increase the quality of care services. The staff working for regulated care home providers are vetted, qualified, receive regular training and support and are monitored. Regulation ensures that should there be a problem it is more likely


to be picked up at an early stage and acted upon swiftly. All this does cost. It could add £5 an hour to the cost of home care. The neighbour, family friend or person who responded to the advert in your local newspaper may charge you £10 an hour, but is the hourly saving really worth it? While the risk of abuse is my main concern when it comes to the unregulated home care market, I am also concerned as a care professional about its impact on

regulated homecare providers. As the informal, unregulated homecare market grows, the losers will be those who want to receive regulated homecare services. We have already seen the impact on our ability to grow and balance the books for Jewish Care’s own homecare service. We have calls from people in the community requesting we develop our current day time homecare offering to a 24/7 service. We want to respond to these calls. However, we are aware when people look at the cost of this option and compare it to the unregulated options, they often take the cheaper approach. We can only respond if the scale of demand is there. We are currently faced with a chicken and egg situation. Economies of scale are crucial when it comes to be able to provide quality, regulated, affordable homecare for the entire community. Without significant demand and support from the community, the risk is we won’t be able to provide the offering many in our community are calling for.

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And be seen The community celebrates Tu B’Shvat!


Jewish Blind & Disabled volunteers ran special Tu B’Shvat events in the charity’s buildings across London, with fruit platters, discussions on the meaning of the festival and lots of laughter. Chief executive Hazel Kaye said: “Big thanks is due to all our volunteers and the charity GIFT, who arranged for schoolchildren to wrap fruit baskets and write messages for our tenants, making this a very special Tu B’Shvat for all.”


Orphans from the IDF Widows and Orphans Organisation plant olive trees in the Givat Koah forest along with its chairman, Tami Shelach, herself a widow. Eleven-year-old Maya Keidar lost her father, Lt. Col. Dolev Keidar, in Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in 2014. She said: “It’s fun to spend time outdoors, with nature, and even more fun to do it with the friends from IDFWO.”



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More than 200 guests attended a gala dinner to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Hasmonean Primary School. The evening, which raised more than £80,000 for the school, featured a keynote address from Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, whose three children attended the school, as well as a performance of words and music from school pupils.




The Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, recently visited Side by Side Special School, where he was welcomed by the pupils and learned about the services the school offers. A unique school for special needs children based in Hackney, the visit marked the start of the school’s 20th anniversary celebrations.


More than 125 guests attended the launch event of the PPN (Professional Plus Network) at St John’s Wood Synagogue, a new network for Jewish singles aged 35 years or over. Guests enjoyed cocktails, canapés, and a performance from the highly acclaimed mentalist and magician Graham Jolley. Caroline Gillis and Claudia Bookey, who were instrumental in this initiative, said: “We’re so delighted with the support and positive feedback received and are planning our second event.”




Kingston & Surbiton District Synagogue hosted more than 150 members and guests for a sell-out Melava Malka. The Ladies Guild, led by Sheila Mann, provided a three-course supper, while the hall was packed to capacity for an inspiring and melodic performance by the London Cantorial Singers, which included their famous Adon Olam medley. Choir member David Prager compered the event.

Brexit, kashrut, fire, flood, the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, and how to build a brand were some of the topics discussed at Manna Meir Panim’s first event of the year, Success Stories from the Food Industry. The event raised more than £1,600 for people living below the poverty line in Israel.

TREASURE 6 EDEN’S PROJECT Children from Eden Primary School visited residents of Betty and Asher Loftus Centre to take part in the intergenerational creative Treasure project, where they heard about and re-enacted stories from residents’ lives.

Your simcha announcements Niall Clarke celebrated his barmitzvah at Hadley Wood United Synagogue.

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Langdon on song for good cause Langdon kicked off its 25th anniversary celebrations with its annual community fundraising event at Brent Cross Shopping Centre, raising £1,500 towards the charity’s work helping Jewish people with learning disabilities to live independent lives. Shoppers were serenaded by the Langdon singing group, made up of members, staff and volunteers who performed “beautifully” throughout the day.


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The goodbye Girls / Lifestyle

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Lena’s ode to Jewish angst As Girls begins its final series, Gabe Friedman looks back at a TV show fuelled by breathless praise and scathing critiques


irls may no longer be the definitive show of the millennial generation – but, as it entered its sixth and final series on Sky Atlantic this week, it remains relevant in myriad ways. The show debuted in 2012 — when the Jewish creator and star Lena Dunham was just 24 — and became the kind of smash success fuelled by a maelstrom of both breathless praise and scathing critiques. The show, which focused on four young women navigating Brooklyn and the turbulence of early adulthood, took on awkward sex, bad relationships, unpaid internships and minutiae of the entry-level “creative class” in stunningly refreshing ways. Of course, even in its brilliant early days, Girls was not without its flaws. The characters were achingly relevant to many young people — especially among 20-something New Yorkers such as myself — but they also represented a very white, privileged sector of society. Dunham famously said: “I am a half-Jew, half WASP, and I wrote two Jews and two WASPs”, but she acknowledged the whiteness of her first season’s cast. She promptly

Above: Lena Dunham, creator of Girls, in a scene from Monday’s episode. Right: The main cast of the cult TV show

wrote Donald Glover into a guest role in the show’s second season — the knee-jerk response was also criticised. The millennial world’s gradual breakup with Girls may be as much owing to Dunham’s off-screen antics as to the quality of the show’s writing, which gradually declined after its first season by abandoning some of its freshest themes, such as the continual struggle to pay rent in New York and the stress of uncertain relationships. Last year, Dunham was criticised from all sides for some questionable comments she made on abortion and a black football player. The year before, she wrote a piece in The New Yorker comparing her Jewish boyfriend (Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff ) to a dog and was called anti-Semitic. She’s been labelled by some as the epitome of a “white feminist” — someone who genuinely wants to push back against society’s patriarchy but is oblivious to the broader concerns of women from different classes and races. But it was not that long ago that Dunham was likened to Woody Allen, that other controversial pillar of Jewish humour — for good

reason. A 2014 article in The New York Times Magazine first made the explicit connection, which was hotly debated and widely praised. Author Meghan Daum wrote: “[T]he artist to whom [Dunham is] most analogous is [Woody] Allen … With her awkward screen presence, her preoccupation with sex, her frank exploration of her own neuroses and, above all, her willingness to play the part of herself almost to the point of caricature, Dunham has ensured that her work be guided by her own persona.” The comparison is eerily accurate. True, Dunham’s show may be set in an era defined by a technology-induced ennui that the

Allen of the ’60s and ’70s couldn’t have imagined — see the casual-atfirst relations between Dunham’s hapless character Hannah and her bizarre love interest, Adam. (Those episodes, which aired well before the rise of dating apps, still feel like an accurate portrayal of a Tinder relationship today). There may not be as many Jewish references in Girls as there are in Annie Hall or Crimes and Misdemeanors, although there were some notable Jewish moments in the early episodes, such as when Shoshanna Shapiro hooks up with a guy she knew from Camp Ramah. Plus, while both Dunham and Allen are creatures of New York, the realms inhabited by their characters – Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and the Upper East Side, respectively – may as well be worlds apart. But on a fundamental level, the core motif of Girls is unrelenting discomfort — whether it’s unease with the shape of Dunham’s body

(which she frequently bares), awkward encounters at work or the anxieties amassed in the quest to live a fulfilling, artistic life. Who else, if not Dunham, would craft a character that frets about the “stuff ” that gets up “around the sides of condoms”, ask a widow about a book deal at a funeral or turn a nearly debilitating episode of OCD into dark humour? Ultimately, watching Girls shouldn’t just be comedic enjoyment for American Jews. It’s also a self-reflexive exercise that reminds us to be mindful of our neuroses, even if we will never be able to fully bury them. The rare, funny honesty depicted in Girls – now in short supply on TV, where violent dramas reign supreme – will be sorely missed.  Girls airs on Mondays at 10pm on Sky Atlantic Published courtesy of JTA



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The tattoo taboo After personal trauma and in defiance of Jewish mores that proscribe them, Caron Kemp reveals why she wanted a tattoo to mark the fragility of life


here are many myths parents relay to their children in order to affect behaviour. Be it that eating carrots helps you see in the dark, that you will catch a cold if you go outside with wet hair or that too much screen time will turn your eyes square, these assertions trickle steadily through the generations. So, God forbid we should be denied the right to be buried in a Jewish cemetery, we refrain from adorning our bodies with tattoos. Explicitly prohibited in Jewish law, as we are told, inking has been one of the biggest taboos in our religion since time began. I was sitting shiva for my mum when I decided that, nevertheless, I wanted a tattoo. Acutely aware of the fragility of life and keen to find something meaningful and profound to extract from an extremely painful experience, a permanent, sensitive and reflective tribute felt appropriate if not rebellious; even as a 30-something-year-old mother of three. When I stumbled across the work of Gabriel Wolff who, as part of an international trio, designs bespoke tattoos using Hebrew calligraphy from his studio in Buenos Aires, I knew I had found my direction. Producing true works of art, Hebrew Tattoos prides itself on reclaiming Jewish identity in a way traditional Judaism doesn’t offer, building a bridge between ancient characters and modernist artistic freedom. Debunking the notion that Judaism and tattoos continues to be an incompatibility, over the past 15 years, the team has created unique body art for thousands of people worldwide. Yet Wolff, 34, who learnt his art designing ketuboth in his hometown of Jerusalem, is aware of the dichotomy. “Of course, combining Hebrew art and tattoos, you encounter a lot of criticism. Judaism isn’t very approving of ink under a Jew’s skin, to say the least,” he admits. “But in times like ours, I feel the questions asked can’t be as dogmatic as they were centuries ago. We can’t only be interested in dry religious laws if we want to continue existing as a collective entity. The world we’re living in is constantly demanding an impossible individualism. We’re pushed to be special, find our true self, realise our potential. “Collective identity was what gave people a sense of security until very recently and I feel we get lost without that part of our identity. Artistically marking myself as a Jew creates a bridge between that individualism we’re demanded and the collective identity we need.” It was Wolff who put me in touch with Rabbi Marshal Klaven of Congregation B’nai Israel in Texas. Having got his first tattoo aged 16 and now boasting four pieces, all with a heavy Jewish influence, he selected tattooing in Jewish history as the subject of his rabbinical thesis. He explained the intrinsic pull I, too, had felt towards a religiously-inspired tattoo. “Going through the process of getting a tattoo thoughtfully involves a sincere search of the soul, exploring the very depths of one’s

Caron’s freshly-drawn tattoo done at Aggys Ink studio in Hornsey

Rabbi Marshal Klaven

Gabriel Wolff at work

being to discover what is constant within: what is at the core of me; what will never change; what am I at heart?” he explains. “The tattoo itself, then, is a creative, effective way to convey that personal and internal truth to the external in a way that words could never do.” After gentle welcomed guidance from Wolff – who grew up in the Chabad community in Munich – I settled on the words kol yom hu matana (every day is a gift) – a fitting acknowledgement of the journey I have been on and the lessons learnt, framed within a context so close to my heart. He designed it to look like a candle with a flame, as out of darkness comes light. Rabbi Klaven – who has tefilllin tattooed on his left arm and an intricate tree of life design complete with Torah scroll on his back – was on hand to contextualise my decision. “In the Torah, tattoos marking affiliation to the people of Israel and/or the God of Israel were accepted, if not encouraged, more times than not,” he deduces. “In the classic rabbinic period, what bothered the rabbis was not the presence or the content of that mark, but its intended purpose. While a minority of sages believed that willfully receiving or giving a tattoo was a transgression, the majority objected only when the tattoo served an idolatrous purpose.” Aware of the clash of modernity and tradition, I chose not to be drawn to one side or the other, but rather to find a way for the two to coexist. Like many who engage the services of Wolff and his team, I wanted to carry my Judaism with me in a relevant, tangible way. “Nothing in Judaism is so black and white; it is filled with shades of grey,” Rabbi Klaven concludes. “And while it may be easier to paint such moments of confrontation as black and white, it is neither true to our Jewish heritage nor beneficial to those Jews who embrace it.” And so what of the notion that Jews with tattoos are forbidden from being buried in an Orthodox Jewish cemetery? Chani Benjaminson from Chabad sheds some light. “The Torah forbids us from tattooing our bodies. Nonetheless, one who has had tattoos can still be buried in a Jewish cemetery,” she admits. “That said, every Jewish burial society has the right to enact its own criteria for who may and may not be buried in their plot. “So while technically there is nothing in Jewish law which prohibits a tattooed person from being interred in a Jewish cemetery, certain burial societies – not the majority of them, or even close – will not bury among their own a person who willingly tattooed him or herself, as it is a permanent exhibition of violation of Jewish law. “This practice by certain burial societies led to the common misconception that this ban was an inherent part of Jewish law.”

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Travel / Lifestyle

Blown away in the Windies!

Mark Silver discovers life’s a beach as he enjoys a seven-night luxury cruise around the Caribbean on the Wind Star


ur holiday was just starting and my wife began crying. That may seem a bit odd, as most people shed a tear or two on the way home – but there was a perfectly good explanation. Mrs Silver and I had embarked on a sevennight voyage around the Caribbean’s Windward Islands aboard Wind Star, a yacht which promised to be something special and started to deliver from the very beginning. Whenever you leave a port on this top-notch vessel, a piece of music is played that is designed to leave you full of emotion. Standing out on deck, you watch the sails being gently raised and you feel in a special place as the strains of the wonderfully-moving Conquest of Paradise drift across the ocean. Conquest of Paradise was the theme for the 1992 film of the same name, which tells of the exploits of that great seafarer Christopher Columbus, and it left us totally uplifted as we watched the world go by... appetites fully whetted for the journey ahead. Leaving Barbados, we looked forward to St


Lucia, then Grenada plus St Vincent and the Grenadines. That was our chosen itinerary, but the world is your oyster with Windstar Cruises, which boasts six small luxury vessels, including the company’s namesake which we were on. If you like fancy shows, big casinos and crowds of people, this line probably won’t be for you. If personal service, top-notch food every time and small numbers are more your thing, get the brochure out. With a maximum of just 148 passengers on Wind Star, it’s dead easy to make friends and even easier to enjoy the attentive staff and delicious fare. I was amazed at how quickly crew members came to know us – one addressed me as Mr Silver even before I had met him! Life is so relaxed on board that if you fancy, for example, popping up to the bridge for a seafaring chat with the skipper, you just turn up. We even had dinner with him. We had that honour once before on one of the large ships, sharing the captain’s company with 12 other guests on that occasion and hardly getting to speak to him at all. This time there was just the captain, the Silvers and one other couple. By the end of the evening, I felt like the master of the vessel and we were old chums. One interesting fact about Windstar’s attractive vessels Leisure – and loafing – facilities aboard Wind Star

is that you can get into parts too tiny for the majority of other lines and that can give them a nice advantage. Our first port of call was the small and very pretty Pigeon Island, in the north of St Lucia Once isolated from the main island, it was joined together in 1972 by a man-made causeway built from dirt excavated to form nearby Rodney Bay. On the island, we relaxed and swam in the sea and again chatted to other passengers from our comfortable sun-loungers, which were put in place for us by locals and are free for Windstar cruisers (a nice touch). Others decided to stroll around the charming national park and the more energetic on board climbed up to Fort Rodney, named after 18th-century British admiral George Rodney, from where you can see old cannons and enjoy fine views. As a first stop, it was ideal and a real bonus was seeing the Pitons as we sailed away. These are two volcanic plugs in a World Heritage Site – still located in St Lucia – and are the most photographed landmark in the whole island. As we pulled into subsequent ports, our experience just kept on improving - as did the quality of the beaches and colour of the sea. Our

favourite beach was at Bequia, part of the Grenadines and popular with well-to-do-Brits. But there was nothing shabby either about our previous day on Mayreau, a smaller bit of the Grenadines where Wind Star put on a spectacular barbecue. Talking of feasts, there was also a barbecue on board one evening. Most nights you dine in the main AmphorA restaurant and on at least one occasion (or more, depending on demand) you can eat on deck under the stars at Candles. And as with most cruise lines these days, there is 24-hour room service in the unlikely event you get peckish. Executive chef Danilo, from the Philippines, assured me he can also cater for kosher guests with a few weeks’ notice. At the end of the week we were still hungry - but only for another similar cruise, and as soon as possible please.

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Lifestyle / Health

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serious diseases, particularly strokes and heart attacks but also dementia. This is why we are so keen to treat it. Tablets are certainly effective and there is now a huge range we use. Normally a GP will trial you on the optimum choice first to see how effective it is, but also to see if you suffer any side effects. This will involve a few monitoring appointments in the first instance. You can also lower blood pressure by losing weight and exercising, as well as reducing salt in your diet, reducing alcohol and trying to relieve stress. Exercising can involve walking for 30 minutes a day on most days: it does not have to involve an expensive gym membership. Sometimes patients can avoid taking tablets by taking these lifestyle measures and that is fantastic. • Find out more at www.nhs.uk

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The symptoms of depression could certainly be expected in reaction to a big event like job loss. Men are not always good at acknowledging how they feel and even in a family there is still stigma around admitting mental health issues. Not sleeping can be a sign of depression – it’s not just falling asleep or bad dreams that are the problem; when people are depressed they tend to wake up very early in the morning– long before the alarm – and cannot fall back to sleep. There are also other signs that may tell

Of course, eating a bad diet has other risks, but neither that nor bad hygiene causes spots. It is worth telling her that some make-up can cause spots – to avoid problems, she needs to use non-comedogenic products if any at all. Concentrating on looking after her skin is a good start: people mistakenly think spotty skin needs to be dried out to get rid of the grease, but she mustn’t do that nor wash it more than twice a day. You can tell her to get into the habit of using a regular wash and cream like Skin Genius, which is particularly suited for the treatment of teenage spots. If that is not proving enough, the first line of medicated products would be a cream containing the drug benzoyl peroxide. This is available to buy over the counter as a cream like Acnecide and also as a face wash.

you he is depressed: if he has no motivation for the fun things in life, and avoid plans or activities he usually loves. A loss of appetite could also be significant – it can be a sign of physical or a mental health issue and is a classic symptom of depression. You may find he just forgets to eat, shows no interest in choosing food or even enjoying a great meal that you have prepared. People with depression can have very low self-esteem, feeling they are a failure and totally useless in their own and other people’s eyes. Often people can feel guilty too, for letting their family down and will mention repeatedly how useless they are, especially after a job loss. If you recognise these symptoms, chat to him and persuade him to seek help.

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Sedra: Yitro / It’s Biblical / Orthodox Judaism

SEDRA – Yitro

It’s Biblical

BY RABBI BORUCH M BOUDILOVSKY “All the inhabitants of the world, all the dwellers on this earth, when He lifts up a banner on the mountains, you will see it, and when He sounds the Shofar you shall hear.” (Isaiah 18) This is one of the final three verses out of 10, which explore the theme of the Shofar as an introduction to the blessing of “Shofarot”, one of the climax points in the Musaf prayer said on Rosh Hashanah. They highlight the universal role of the Shofar. In the Jewish utopian vision, its sound reaches out to the international community announcing a global message. The sound extends beyond shul halls and encompasses the entire world, from its largest capital cities to its smallest distant villages. Indeed, “all inhabitants of the world, and all dwellers on this earth” from the society elite, to the “lost and banished” will be inspired to look to Jerusalem and serve God in unity and peace. Yet although it may seem paradoxical, the eventual universal call of the Shofar is enabled by an exclusive one. Indeed, the first of these 10 verses meditates on the revelation at Sinai to the Jewish nation, as recorded in this week’s parsha. The magnificent sound of the Shofar announcing an unprecedented era in the future of mankind is the same one that accompanied our nation at Sinai into a separated destiny shaped by covenant. Judaism is whole when it successfully incorporates both Shofar callings, the early Sinaic Shofar and the final messianic Shofar. We are inspired to follow the same pattern of articulating Judaism’s universal values while remaining committed to the intimate covenant given at Sinai.

 Boruch M Boudilovsky is rabbi of Young Israel of North Netanya

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In a book with an enormous range of personalities, there is one character whose persona is perhaps greater than the rest of them put together. Samson is the mightiest, scariest, wildest of all the judges. A one man whirlwind, he quite literally put the fear of God into our enemies, the Philistines. Yet because of his passionate nature, he was overcome by his blind love of a beautiful woman, Delilah. “She who brings low” proved stronger than the Biblical superman of strength. The Bible describes her as a woman from the valley of Soreq, a name which some scholars suggest means “grapes”. Samson being a peculiar, lifetime Nazirite (forbidden to drink wine or eat

grapes), might have considered it somewhat risky to associate with such a person, given her name and her provenance. Yet love blinds us to potential disaster, and he persisted in consorting with her. She must have been quite some woman, because she repeatedly asked for the secret of her lover’s strength, only to be given three consecutive false answers. The fact Samson, the strongest he-man


of the Hebrew nation, kept returning to her arms speaks strongly of her beauty, her sexual allure, and her personal charisma. She was eventually able to do what none of his enemies could achieve. According to our rabbis, Delilah diminished Samson physically, intellectually and spiritually. We have seen how she took his strength away, as well as his intellect, because he trusted her. She took away his spiritual link with God, because she was a dangerous foreign woman and a wicked non-Jew. Earlier rabbinic sources say Delilah was barren, but later ones tells us they did have children. Mighty men like their father, they were the first to enter the fray in the war with the kings of Cush. Each one had a triumphal voice like a lion’s roar and would loudly call out: “Salvation is the Lord’s, may Your might be for your people, the tribes of Jeshurun, Sela” Today, of course, she is best remembered as the temptress in many an old master.  Zvi Solomons is rabbi of the Jewish Community of Berkshire in Reading. JCoB.org

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Progressive Judaism / The Bible Says What? / Progressively Speaking

The Bible Says What?

Progressively Speaking

The troubling story of Nadav and Avihu...

The hidden trigger behind this grim rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes

BY RABBI CHARLEY BAGINSKY The only time I had parents in my office telling me their child was not going to read their bar or batmitzvah portion was when the parsha in question contained the fate of Nadav and Avihu. These two sons of Aaron made an offering of strange fire, and were consumed by God. The parents’ argument was simply how, with a congregation of multifaith friends and family, could their child read this from the Bimah? I had more than some sympathy. As a Liberal Jew with a propensity for creative liturgy and ritual, this is hardly a favoured passage. Indeed Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch drew an analogy between Nadav and Avihu and the Progressive leaders who were presumptuous enough to make changes to Jewish tradition. But does this passage really have to be read as God smiting those who make changes in the determined order? Unlike Rabbi Raphael’s Orthodox interpretation, I think not. After all, Judaism has a tradition

of reaching out to God in a multitude of ways that change throughout time. Liberal Judaism is just the latest expression of this progress. In the simplest form, prayer of the heart replaced sacrifice. In more complex forms, diversity is present not only between synagogues but even within communities. The spontaneity of Nadav and Avihu is attractive. Arguably so is their enthusiasm. Why then were their actions so troubling to God and worthy of such punishment? It’s impossible to answer the latter question in this short space, but the former is perhaps a reminder that while innovation is essential, spontaneity equally has its place. While we sometimes have to be ahead of our time, we also have to respect where the rest of the congregation is, and their boundaries.

 Rabbi Charley Baginsky is Liberal Judaism’s director of strategy and partnerships

BY RABBI DEBBIE YOUNG-SOMERS The CST’s latest report makes grim reading: 1,309 incidents of anti-Semitism, 107 of them violent, the highest rate since such statistics began to be recorded. One of the curious things according to the CST’s own analysis was that there wasn’t one identifiable trigger event as in previous years. May to December was particularly worrying, with more than 100 recorded incidents each month. But this makes me wonder if perhaps there was indeed a trigger factor especially as there wasn’t only a spike in anti-Semitic hate crimes. According to the charity Galop, July to September 2016 saw a 147 percent increase in homophobic hate crimes. Metropolitan Police commis-

sioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says there was a 16 per cent increase in hate crime in the year to August. He has also said that in the 38 days after June 23 there were more than 2,300 recorded race-hate offences in London, compared with 1,400 in the 38 days before that date. What was that date? The EU referendum. But Brexit can’t be blamed for


everything. We seem to be living in an age where anger and violence are a legitimate response to disagreement, and where stereotypes, hatred, old tropes and new vilifications are emerging not just against Jews, but against many minority groups. Politicians, intending to or not, have added to the hysteria. Our ability to deal with each other’s differences and to treat one another with a basic level of decency even in disagreement is a key skill we could all learn better. But we also need to face a growing reality, of which anti-Semitism is part, that we have reached a point where so many are dehumanising their neighbours and fellow humans that hate crimes are rising across the board. We must stand up against all of them, and I hope they too will stand up for us.  Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers is the community educator for Reform Judaism

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Full Time – Salary commensurate with experience We have a vacancy for a senior management role in a large, Jewish educational charity that functions as an umbrella body for a number of organisations delivering focussed strategies within the Jewish Futures Trust (JFT) family. The successful candidate will be overseeing the entire organisation to ensure effective delivery of each charity’s mission. The role requires being able to assess, balance and manage the needs of individual member organisations and leaders with the overall vision of the parent organisation and the CEO. Line management of all central operational staff, support and consultation to the CEO and heads of individual member organisations and management of the entire ‘back-end’ of the organisation are the key elements of this role.


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Yavneh Primary School, on the site of Yavneh College is a two-form entry school which opened in September 2016 with our first Reception cohort. We are seeking a highly motivated, exceptional, talented Key Stage 1 teacher who wants to make a substantive, positive impact in our brand new school.

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Day set for new NASCAR season



The only Masters League game of the day saw Chigwell beat Brady A 3-2, Neil Gallagher, Danny Hakimi and Steve Summers all scoring. London Lions B and St John’s Wood Tigers enjoyed Nathan Horwitz Cup wins. Lions beat EDRS 4-1 thanks to Marc Morris’ double, plus strikes from Simon Davidson and David Pollock. Four goals from Darryl Lazarus, coupled with strikes from Ian Cohen and John Perloff saw The Tigers beat Temple Fortune 6-0.


Israel’s Federation Cup tennis team has been relegated to Europe/Africa Zone Group II after enduring a dismal campaign in Estonia. The squad included Israel’s top-two singles players, Julia Glushko and Deniz Khazaniuk, but they lost their three group matches against Serbia, Bulgaria and Estonia. Then losing to Georgia in a relegation play-off, they’ll now spend 2018 looking to get back into Group I.

Israel’s first ever NASCAR driver is getting set for the start of the new campaign on Sunday The 25-year-old had the option to race in Europe, following second and third place finishes in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, but opted instead to race in the States. He said: “In the end, I’m trying to race NASCAR, and NASCAR is here in the states. That’s my main priority, for sure.” Saying his success is having an impact in Israel, he added: “NASCAR races are now broadcast in Israel and I’m glad people have the opportunity to understand it and realise NASCAR is one of the toughest races in the world.”

Jack’s the lad for cup giantkillers London Lions U21s continued their Peter Morrison Trophy giantkilling exploits as they booked their place in the quarter-finals thanks to a crushing 7-2 win over MGBSFL side Faithfold B. Two goals each from Jack Mattey and Fred Kramer, coupled with strikes by Josh Burns, Jamie Cohen and Max Kyte wrapped up the win. Manager Joe Zender said: “I’m not one to normally scream and shout about a performance, but we were again fantastic.” They’re joined in the last eight by the Lions Masters side, who knocked out MGBSFL Premier Division side Brady Maccabi. Adam Stolerman’s double, plus strikes from Adam Myeroff and David Soutar seeing them to a 4-2 win. Oakwood A moved seven points clear at the top of the Premier Division table thanks to a 5-1 win over FC Team A. Zack Collins scored twice, with David Woolman, Leor Sidle and an own goal completing the win. London Lions B maintained their four-point lead at the top of Division One as two Dean Rosenthal goals helped them to a 5-1 win over Raiders B. Michael Kenley, Ben Winters and Benji Weinberger were also on target. Redbridge B kept up the pres-

sure on the leaders thanks to a 3-1 win over Finchley City. Dean BenYosef, Brad Gayer and Dan Andrews netting for Sam Rank’s side. Scrabble beat Los Blancos in a 4-3 thriller. Adam Waters, Danny Sherman, Sam Stead and Josh Bharier all on target. The bottom side in Division Two, Hertswood Vale, secured their first league win of the season as goals from Harry Graham, Elio Elia, Josh Cohen and James Millet saw them win 4-1 at Mill Hill Dons. RC UK FC’s promotion hopes took a surprise dent after they fell to a 4-2 home defeat against Raiders C. Alex Elf helped himself to a hat-trick, with Liam Stein also on target. Temple Fortune couldn’t take advantage of their slip-up as they were held to a 4-4 draw by Real Hendon. Mike Woolf, David Sawyer, Jordan Sharifian and Gab Stone scored their goals, Chaim Gothold, Benny Sluckis and two own goals earning Hendon a point. Catford & Bromley made it two wins on the spin as Joel Lassman and Ashley Stokes scored in a 2-0 win against Boca Jewniors.

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Team Israel has announced its roster for next month’s World Baseball Classic in South Korea. Featuring 11 players with major and minor league experience, together with 16 who have played in the minor leagues, Israel will play against the host country, the Netherlands and Chinese Taipei. General manager Peter Kurz said: “This is a very exciting roster comprised of a group of very experienced players. The core of this team performed decisively in the qualifiers against Brazil and Great Britain in Brooklyn in September last year, to secure our place in the tournament. Since then we succeeded in adding players with many years of MLB experience. There is an incredibly high level of motivation among all these players to represent Israel at the WBC.” With tournament rules stating players eligible for citizenship of a country may play on that country’s team, this will be the first time that American Jewish baseball players will represent Israel in a world championship.

Jack Mattey scored twice in a thumping win

Lions flying as Kyte’s hat-trick sends side into cup semi-finals

Tohar Butbul (left) won bronze in the men’s -73kg event at the Judo Paris Grand Slam. The 23-year-old European U23 Championships silver medallist beat Tokyo Grand Slam bronze medallist Giyosjon Boboev by a waza-ari score.

Alon Day’s ready for new season

London Lions reached their second cup semifinal of the season as they beat Belstone 10-2 to reach the semi-finals of the Aubrey Cup. Max Kyte and James Gershfield helped themselves to hat-tricks, the latter racking up his 100th goal for the club and a club-record 41st goal of the season. Josh Kennet scored twice, with Adam Burchell and Austin Lipman completing the scoring. Lions coach Darren Yarlett said: “To be honest I am lost for words. I expected us to win today but not like this, the boys were absolutely ruthless, probably the best I’ve seen in my time here. I have seen us play better, but the difference today was our forward players, they were superb. “Today’s game was the start of a very important run of games for the club, we now have a


Max Kyte hit a hat-trick for the Lions

week to prepare for our Herts Centenary Trophy semi-final against Bishop Stortford Swifts, who we know are a very good side, we will need to be at our best if we want to get into the final.”

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has donated £4.7 million to build Israel’s first regulation-sized American football pitch. Set to open later this year and to benefit the 1,350 football players in the country, Israel Football League CEO Betzalel Friedman said: “This initiative originated from Israelis and Americans who simply wanted to play football, but interest grew quickly. Football is a great opportunity to create bonds between teammates from all backgrounds. “The shortage of proper fields has limited the quality and popularity of the game in the country.”

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Faithfold B 2 London Lions U21 7 London Lions Masters 4 Brady 2


Oakwood A 5 FC Team A 1 SPEC FC 0 NL Raiders A 12 Woodford P London Lions A P

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W 10 9 8 6 6 4 4 3 2 1

D 2 1 2 2 1 1 0 2 1 0

L 2 0 2 3 3 6 11 6 8 12

F 47 36 36 35 30 29 26 22 9 14

TONY PLASKOW (NL RAIDERS C) Plunged down low to his right to superbly save a penalty


NICK GROSSE (LOS BLANCOS) “Completely and totally gut wrenching. You could list all the expletives in the urban bible and that still wouldn’t come close to describing how bad the lads felt after the game.”

Peter Morrison Trophy Quarter-Final: NL Raiders A vs NL Raiders B

Dif Pts 28 32 25 28 15 26 9 20 8 19 7 13 -15 12 -14 11 -28 7 -35 3



Catford & Bromley 2 Boca Jewniors 0 Mill Hill Dons 1 Hertswood Vale 4 RC UK FC 2 NL Raiders C 4 Temple Fortune 4 Real Hendon 4 P W D L F Dif Pts L’Equipe 14 12 2 0 60 40 38 Redbridge C 14 8 3 3 34 14 27 Temple Fortune 14 6 6 2 41 9 24 NL Raiders C 18 7 2 9 49 -4 23 RC UK FC 12 7 1 4 47 30 22 Faithfold B 14 6 2 6 43 5 20 Catford & Bromley 15 6 1 8 36 -2 19 Mill Hill Dons 15 6 1 8 37 -20 19 Real Hendon 13 5 1 7 28 -9 16 Boca Jewniors 12 3 0 9 15 -40 9 Hertswood Vale 13 1 1 11 21 -23 4 jewishnews.co.uk/mgbsfl-two-table

Premier Division: Brady Maccabi vs Redbridge A FC Team A vs London Lions A Hendon A vs SPEC Division One: Hendon B vs Redbridge B Los Blancos vs Oakwood B London Lions B vs Finchley City Scrabble vs Faithfold A


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17 Goals: Reiss Mogilner (Brady Maccabi) 16 Goals: Jonti Aremband (RC UK FC) 15 Goals: Zach Cohen (Mill Hill Dons) Zac Lewis (Hendon United A) Max Martin (L’Equipe) 14 Goals: Oliver Sade (Finchley City) Andy Smith (L’Equipe) Liron Mannie (NL Raiders A) Matt Stock (NLmRaiders A)

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HAT-TRICK HEROES MGBSFL Premier Division – Jonny Kay 4 (North London Raiders A) Division Two – Alex Elf (North London Raiders C) Masters Nathan Horwitz Division Two Cup – Darryl Lazarus 4 (St John’s Wood Tigers) Watford Friendly League U18 – Aaron Gale (Brady Maccabi Blue), Charlie Dryer (Maccabi London Lions White) U13 – Scott Leslie (Maccabi London Lions White) U12 – Daniel Attar (NWLJ), Jake Benezra 4, Louis Cooper (both Brady Maccabi White)

Division Two: Boca Jewniors vs NL Raiders C Catford & Bromley vs Faithfold B Hertswood Vale vs Redbridge C Real Hendon vs L’Equipe

RESULTS VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS Watch match videos from our MGBSFL archive at: https://www.youtube.com/ user/jnmediagroup1

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Watford Friendly League U18 – St Albans City 1 Maccabi London Lions White 6 Blue Division – Brady Maccabi Blue 8 Hampstead 2 Green Division – Alexandra Park East 0 Brady Maccabi Red 0 U16 – Maccabi London Lions White 1 Croxley Green Black 2 Green Division – Olympiacos 3 Brady Maccabi Red 2 U13 – Maccabi London Lions White 7 Hinton & Finchley Revolution 0 White Division – Brady Maccabi Red 6 Bushey Rangers 2 Green Division – Omonia Youth 1 Brady Maccabi White 1 U12 – Maccabi London Lions Green 0 Northwood Red 5 Spring Plate Group A – Hadley Wood and Wingate Eagles 2 NWLJ 3, Arsenal Ladies 5 HMH Dynamo 2 Spring Plate Group B – Omonia Youth Silver 2 HMH Bears 2 Yellow Division – Brady Maccabi White 9 Hendon United Red 1



Aubrey Cup Quarter-Final: London Lions 10 Belstone 2

P W D L F Dif Pts London Lions 20 19 0 1 81 60 57 Bovingdon 21 13 1 7 64 19 40 Bushey Sports Club 19 11 3 5 51 21 36 Ware Sports 22 11 3 8 53 9 36 Wormley Rovers 22 11 3 8 39 -5 36 Belstone 16 10 4 2 50 24 34 Letchworth 20 10 4 6 52 23 34 Standon & Puck 23 8 3 12 45 -5 27 Knebworth 21 8 3 10 42 -7 27 Sandridge Rovers 15 8 1 6 24 6 25 Buntingford Town 20 6 1 13 38 -23 19 Cuffley 17 5 3 9 33 -6 18 Evergreen 20 5 3 12 32 -27 18 Chipperfield 17 5 2 10 43 -6 17 Hatfield Social 20 4 3 13 29 -50 15 Sarratt 21 2 5 14 19 -33 11 jewishnews.co.uk/category/sport/ football/lions




Brady Maccabi A 2 Chigwell 3 P W D L Dif Pts NL Raiders 10 8 2 0 21 26 Chigwell 9 6 1 2 12 19 London Lions A 9 4 2 3 1 14 Brady Maccabi A 11 3 2 6 6 11 Scrabble 9 2 2 5 -12 8 HMH 10 1 1 8 -14 4

Winchmore Hill London Maccabi Colney Heath F.C.Deportivo Galicia North Greenford Abbey F.C. Garston Latymer Old Boys

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P 5 5 5 4 4 7 4 5

WD 5 0 5 0 2 1 2 0 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 0

L Dif Pts 0 31 15 0 22 15 2 2 7 2 -3 6 2 -8 6 5 -13 6 2 -6 4 5 -21 0


Nathan Horwitz Division Two Cup, sponsored by Atlantis Travel: EDRS Stonegrove 1 London Lions B 4 St John’s Wood Tigers 6 Temple Fortune 0 P W D L Dif Pts London Lions B 11 10 1 0 34 31 St John’s Wood 12 6 2 4 11 20 Glenthorne 11 6 0 5 8 18 EDRS Stonegrove 10 5 3 2 6 18 Temple Fortune 10 4 2 4 -1 14 Marshside 12 3 4 5 -15 13 Hendon Harriers 10 1 1 8 -20 4 Brady Maccabi B 10 1 1 8 -23 4 jewishnews.co.uk/category/sport/ football/masters

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P W D L Hapoel Beer-Sheva 22 15 4 3 Maccabi Tel-Aviv 22 13 5 4 Mac Petach-Tikva 22 10 9 3 Beitar Jerusalem 22 8 10 4 Bnei Sakhnin 22 9 7 6 Hap Kiryat Shmona 22 8 7 7 Maccabi Haifa 22 7 8 7 Hapoel Haifa 22 8 3 11 Hapoel Ra’anana 22 6 6 10 Bnei Yehuda 22 4 9 9 Ashdod 22 4 9 9 Hapoel Kfar-Saba 22 3 9 10 Hapoel Ashkelon 22 3 7 12 Hapoel Tel-Aviv * 22 5 9 8

F Dif Pts 48 36 49 37 19 44 29 9 39 29 6 34 24 1 34 31 5 31 25 1 29 27 -3 27 12 -14 24 18 -9 21 12 -12 21 14 -11 18 13 -22 16 16 -6 15

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NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C Stand-in goalkeeper for the day, but produced a stunning penalty stop to secure one of the shock results of the day

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Needham Market 1 Wingate & Fin 0 Wingate & Fin 3 Folkestone Invicta 2 P W D L F Dif Pts Bognor Regis Town33 19 8 6 58 25 65 Needham Market 33 18 8 7 61 10 62 Havant & Water 31 18 7 6 58 27 61 Tonbridge Angels 33 17 7 9 53 14 58 Leiston 29 16 7 6 77 37 55 Wingate & Finchley32 15 6 11 43 -1 51 Enfield Town 34 13 11 10 59 18 50 Harlow Town 33 15 5 13 54 1 50 Worthing 32 15 4 13 66 5 49 Dulwich Hamlet 31 12 12 7 57 13 48 Billericay Town 31 12 8 11 42 2 44 Kingstonian 34 13 5 16 52 -1 44 Staines Town 34 12 6 16 57 -2 42 Lowestoft Town 34 11 9 14 46 -10 42 Burgess Hill Town 30 10 9 11 36 -10 39 Folkestone Invicta 32 10 8 14 55 1 38 Metropolitan Police34 10 8 16 40 -16 38 AFC Sudbury 32 10 7 15 47 -4 37 Harrow Borough 28 9 7 12 36 -10 34 Merstham 28 8 9 11 51 7 33 Hendon 33 7 11 15 45 -25 32 Canvey Island 34 7 11 16 42 -32 32 Leatherhead 32 8 10 14 53 -6 31 Grays Athletic 35 7 5 23 38 -43 26

25 Goals: Richard Fogelman (Faithfold B)

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19 Goals: Jordan Sharifian (Temple Fortune)


Athletic Bilbaum P Faithfold A P London Lions B 5 NL Raiders B 1 Redbridge B 3 Finchley City 1 Scrabble 4 Los Blancos 3


24 Goals: Avi Markiewicz (RC UK FC)


Oakwood A 15 12 2 1 46 35 38 Hendon United A 13 10 1 2 46 30 31 NL Raiders A 12 7 2 3 57 41 23 Redbridge A 9 7 0 2 28 15 21 London Lions A 11 7 0 4 26 0 21 Brady Maccabi 13 6 1 6 32 3 19 FC Team A 12 4 1 7 31 -21 13 Camden Park 10 2 0 8 9 -15 6 Woodford 14 1 1 12 12 -39 4 SPEC FC 13 1 0 12 10 -49 3 jewishnews.co.uk/mgbsfl-prem-div-table/

P London Lions B 14 Redbridge B 10 Scrabble 12 NL Raiders B 11 Finchley City 10 Oakwood B 11 Los Blancos 15 Faithfold A 11 Athletic Bilbaum 11 Hendon United B 13

JACK MATTEY (LONDON LIONS U21) Produced a moment of magic as he beat the Faithfold goalkeeper with a free-kick from the halfway line

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CATFORD & BROMLEY Was described by his manager as being the best player on the pitch and he definitely stood out in side’s win over Boca

REAL HENDON Despite the tough conditions, stood strong and helped his side to an unlikely point against the promotion chasers

REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE B Was strong in all tackles and scored the all-important first goal in what was a very solid performance

MACCABI LONDON LIONS U21 Full back was simply superb, great at the back and fantastic going forward, helped himself to two goals

HERTSWOOD VALE A strong performance was capped off with an assist and a Robbie Brady-esque free-kick

FINCHLEY CITY Didn’t deserve to be on the losing side, gave a superb performance all over the pitch

OAKWOOD A Brilliant at the heart of the Oakwood defence, which was capped off by getting on the scoresheet twice

MACCABI LONDON LIONS B A terrific performance from the first to last minute, working tirelessly as he scored twice and claimed an assist HERTSWOOD VALE Was a constant menace, never stopped running and scored a deserved goal when he scored the winner


NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C A top-class performance up front, helped himself to a hat-trick in side’s impressive win over RC UK FC





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Sport / Raiders record / NFL in Israel

Should’ve gone to SPEC savers! Relegation favourites are thrashed 12-0 by rampant North London Raiders By Andrew Sherwood andrews@thejngroup.com @JewishNewsUK

North London Raiders A equalled its record-breaking feat of scoring 12 goals in a game for the second time this season – despite playing 85 minutes with 10 men against struggling SPEC. The reigning Premier Division champions broke the club’s 25-year record back in November when they beat Los Blancos 12-0 in a Cyril Anekstein Cup third round tie, and repeated both the feat and scoreline with a similar thrashing, this time beating the Premier Division’s

bottom side in the most one-sided of league clashes. The result was all the more stunning as, having picked up an injury after just four minutes, and with no substitutes to call on, Raiders had to play the remainder of the match with 10 men. Another injury picked up on the hour mark meant the side had to play the final 30 minutes with nine men. Jonny Kay scored a third of the goals, David Dinkin, Nick Lewis and David Cohen chipped in with two each, with Ben Ellis and an own goal completing the rout. The only disappointment for manager Daniel Shafron was that he wasn’t there to see it in person. He said:

Jonny Kay (above) scored four of Raiders’ 12 goals, while David Dinkin (inset) got on the scoresheet twice

NFL stars abandon Israel trip Six NFL players who were set to go on a tour of Israel pulled out of the trip, saying they don’t want to be “used” by the Israeli government. Eleven players were due to go on the trip, which is a joint-initiative between the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy. Taking in visits to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Dead Sea and Christian sites, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said it was to give the players a balanced picture of Israel, while showcasing the country’s “true face” to the world. However, six of the stars have since decided not to go, with Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett the first to pull out. Tweeting a picture of Martin Luther King Jr., he said: “I’m not going to Israel. I was excited to see this remarkable and historic part of the world with my own eyes. I was not aware until reading

Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Bennett

this article in The Times of Israel that my itinerary was being constructed by the Israeli government for the purposes of making me, in the words of a government official, an ‘influencer and opinion-

former’ who would then be ‘an ambassador of good will.’ I will not be used in such a manner. “When I go to Israel — and I do plan to — it will be to see not only Israel but also the West Bank and Gaza so I can see how the Palestinians live their lives.” Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills retweeted Bennett, adding: “Couldn’t have said it any better. I’m in!”, before Bennett’s brother Martellus, joined the boycott, Denver Broncos’ Justin Forsett later joined the others. On Wednesday Cliff Avril and Carlos Hyde added their names to the list. Saying how Muhammad Ali was a hero of his, Michael Bennett added how Ali “always stood strongly with the Palestinian people,” and how he wants to be a “voice for the voiceless…I cannot do that by going on this kind of a trip to Israel.”

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“This was another super performance, however I’m frustrated by two things – one, I wasn’t there to see it and two, I missed what I have been told was one of the most incredible hat-tricks scored by Jonny Kay! “Despite playing with reduced numbers, the boys were relentless in attack and to score 12 goals for the second time this season is quite amazing. “Results like this are often seen as a freak and while we can enjoy this win, we need to stay focused on some big games to come. “We now need to assess a couple of injuries and prepare for this weekend’s cup quarter-final against our B team.” SPEC player-manager Ricky Lawrence said: “There are simply no words. Credit to Raiders though, they were very good.”

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