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The winners of the annual Jewish Schools Awards at JW3 on Wednesday night. The event, organised by Jewish News and Partnerships for Jewish Schools and sponsored by the Emmes Foundation and Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust, celebrates inspirational educators across the community. Don’t miss next week’s Jewish News for full coverage of the big night.

Uni scraps Israel Apartheid Week, citing anti-Semitism Campus cancels annual hate-fest for contravening government guidelines University chiefs have seen the writing on the wall for Israel Apartheid Week after the UK Government’s newly-adopted definition of anti-Semitism led to fears they could be breaking the law. It follows the University of Central Lancashire’s cancellation of an event on campus, saying: “[We] determined that the proposed event would not be lawful and therefore it will not proceed as planned.” Other universities have been warned against

breaching the working definition of antiSemitism, set by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) and adopted by Theresa May in December. A spokesman for UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) said: “These events typically apply double standards towards Israel that are not applied to other countries and effectively deny Israel any right to exist by treating it as an inherently racist endeavour. As such, they conflict with the IHRA definition.”

Speaking to Jewish News, the university said: “We believe the proposed talk contravenes the new definition and furthermore breaches university protocols for such events, where we require assurances of a balanced view or a panel of speakers representing all interests.” UKLFI said that any university hosting Israel Apartheid Week activities could also mean they were in breach of the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) in Section 149 of the Equality Act. Under this, universities “must have due

regard to the need to eliminate harassment and victimisation, and to foster good relations between persons of different nationality, ethnicity or religion”. In a letter sent to several universities, Baroness Ruth Deech said: “Although student societies may not intend to be anti-Semitic, the effect of their anti-Israel rhetoric may be to harass those students who support Israel, most of whom happen to be Jewish.” Continued on page 10


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News / Hebron shooter / Arab- backed deal

BIBI ‘REJECTED’ ARABBACKED PEACE DEAL Benjamin Netanyahu was allegedly offered a secret peace deal with the Palestinians that had the backing of important Arab states in February last year, but turned it down. The revelations were reported by Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz this week, quoting former senior members of the Obama administration, who said then-Secretary of State John Kerry brokered the peace plan with Egypt and Jordan. They revealed that Netanyahu (pictured) took part in the secret summit in the Jordanian Red Sea port of Aqaba, together with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, both Israeli allies. Kerry’s advisor Frank Lowenstein was reportedly instrumental in facilitating it. Jordan had earlier expressed outrage that religious Jews were marching on the Dome of the Rock and AlAqsa Mosque in Jerusalem to

pray, and the regional leaders used the opportunity to convene in secret to put forward the plan. The Washington sources said Netanyahu took the plan back to Jerusalem, but a string of terror attacks and strong opposition by his coalition partners Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home) led him to turn it down. According to the article, the plan dealt with Palestinian refugees, Israeli security rights over a demilitarised Palestinian state, borders with land swaps, and Jerusalem as the shared capital. Crucially, it reportedly included Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. Egypt and Jordan agreed to get Saudi and Gulf state backing. Israel’s opposition leader Isaac Herzog was, at the time, due to be brought into Netanyahu’s ruling coalition to help push through the deal, but after it collapsed, Herzog felt there was no reason for him to join the government. Relations between Obama and Netanyahu deteriorated further after that, and Kerry took the unusual step of criticising Israeli intransigence at the Saban Forum, in frustration at his secret efforts.

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Trump condemns new terror threats Donald Trump has denounced recent threats against Jewish community centres in the US as “horrible” and “painful”. The US president said the threats were a “very sad

reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil”. He was speaking after touring the newly-opened National Museum of African

serving or has served. Benjamin Netanyahu, who initially defended the military, later softened his position and called Azaria’s parents to console them. After last month’s verdict, he called for him to be pardoned. Colonel Maya Heller, head of the threejudge panel, noted as mitigating factors in Azaria’s sentencing that the incident took place “in hostile territory” and was Azaria’s first real operational experience, but she noted Azaria had not expressed remorse.  Editorial comment, page 14

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A Muslim campaign to raise money to repair a vandalised Jewish cemetery saw donations triple overnight after JK Rowling re-tweeted a Jewish News article about the initiative. The crowd-funding drive aimed to raise £16,000 for repairs to the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in St. Louis in the United States, where at least 170 gravestones were toppled by vandals last weekend. On Tuesday night, within hours of the Harry Potter author retweeting a Jewish News story on the campaign to her 10 million followers, the amount raised soared from £18,000 to £45,000. The much-loved author wrote alongside the weblink: “This is such a beautiful


thing.” Her tweet received more than 10,000 retweets and 30,000 likes. The unexpected increase in traffic temporarily crashed the campaign site’s page. The two Muslim activists who launched the drive, Palestinian-American Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi, say any remaining funds after the St. Louis cemetery is restored will go toward restoring other vandalised Jewish sites. Sarsour and El-Messidi wrote that they hoped “to send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate, desecration and violence in America.” Sarsour added: “We just want our Jewish sisters and brothers to know that no matter who, what or why – we will not sit back and we are here to uplift one another. ”

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News / Student verdict / Anti-abortion row

NUS head guilty but cleared The National Union of Students (NUS) president will not be punished by the organisation, despite being found to have made comments capable of being seen as antiSemitic. A two-month NUS inquiry launched to ascertain whether Malia Bouattia is an anti-Semite found she made comments that “could be reasonably capable of being interpreted as anti-Semitic”.

Yet the report, leaked to The Daily Telegraph, recommended that no disciplinary action be taken. Instead, Professor Carol Baxter, the NHS’s former equality chief who authored the report, proposed that Bouattia should apologise to escape any further action. Baxter wrote that Bouattia had been “genuine in expressing her regret”, had “considered the impact of what she says”, and had

Malia Bouattia will not face punishment, despite outrageous comments

denounced anti-Semitism. She ruled: “In light of the above mitigating circumstances no further action should be taken within the NUS disciplinary process.” Bouattia called Birmingham University a “Zionist outpost in higher education” because it has “the largest Jsoc [Jewish student society] in the country and railed against “Zionist-led media outlets”. She defended Palestinian terrorism as “resistance” and voted against condemning ISIS. Gideon Falter, chairman of Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), said: “NUS has shown a disregard for Jewish students that is utterly shameful. This is the second time Malia Bouattia has been found by an NUS inquiry to have made antiSemitic remarks, yet NUS plans to do nothing about it.” He added: “Previously the problem lay squarely with [her] but this is the NUS’ last stand. If the board of NUS takes no action, the problem is with NUS as a whole.” When the CAA and countless student leaders called on Bouattia to retract her comments, she penned an article in The Guardian claiming her accusers were sexists



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and racists. She has since refused to confirm Israel has a right to exist, and told an audience at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) that the government’s antiterrorism strategy is led by “Zionist and neo-con lobbies”. Last July, she drew further condemnation when she used her casting vote to strip Jewish students of their ability to elect their own representative. Despite the report being issued to Bouattia several weeks ago, she has so far made no apology. The Union of Jewish Students campaign director told Jewish News: “We have long been alarmed by the NUS president’s dismissal of Jewish students’ concerns, but now that two separate investigations have found her past comments on Zionism to be anti-Semitic, it is deeply troubling that the decision was made to not take further action. “The continued unwillingness to take the appropriate action against anti-Semitism has the potential to embolden those who engage in similar rhetoric and fails to provide Jewish students with the reassurance that the NUS is seriously committed to tackling the issue.”


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Jewish student representatives have said it is “disappointing but not surprising” that the only candidate to lead Exeter University’s student union has used “deeply anti-Semitic rhetoric”. Post-graduate student Malaka Shwaikh, 25, also known as Malaka Mohammed, previously studied law and politics at Sheffield, and is active in student politics. The Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) highlighted comments she has allegedly made, such as a tweet to mark Holocaust Memorial Day: “The shadow of the Holocaust continues to fall over us from the continuous Israeli occupation of Palestine to the election of Trump.” According to CAA, Shwaikh also said: “Zionism ideology is no different than that of Hitler’s” and that “Hitler did his deed and the Palestinians had to pay for it.” A Union of Jewish Students spokesman said: “It is a disappointing but unsurprising state of affairs that a person who has used deeply anti-Semitic rhetoric on social media can be elected in a student union election.”

Anti-abortion group compares pro-choice advocate to Hitler An anti-abortion group has been accused of “softcore Holocaust denial”, after comparing a politician to Adolf Hitler. Precious Life, based in Northern Ireland, published an image on Facebook of the Nazi dictator alongside former Alliance Party Justice Minister David Ford who, they say is putting forward a “private bill to legalise abortion”. The caption on the post claims Ford “wants to do exactly the same to unborn babies considered [to] have a fatal foetal abnormality”, as “Hitler did to victims of his eugenics programme”. A spokesperson for the Community Security Trust condemned Precious Life’s post, saying: “People making Hitler and Nazi comparisons are deliberately using the horrors these things evoke, in order to get a little bit more publicity

for their own cause. “It is a deeply immoral abuse of pain and memory, usually premised on the suffering of the Holocaust, but actually many millions of non-Jews also suffered and died because of the evils of Nazism: so it should concern everyone, not just Jews.” The Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “The debate over abortion should be had without such cheap shots which diminish the Holocaust in what might be called softcore Holocaust denial. Adolf Hitler was not a pro-choice campaigner, he was the ultimate author of the Holocaust. Precious Life ought to be ashamed of itself.” Precious Life has been approached for comment.





The Board of Deputies president has said his daughter took the brunt of anti-Semitic abuse last Friday night, on their way home from syangogue. Jonathan Arkush raised the incident in Borehamwood on Sunday afternoon, at a meeting of the Board of Deputies, revealing that, as she walked home with her husband, a car window opened and someone shouted: “Oy, Jew.” He described it as a “typical” example of the verbal abuse Jews often hear on the street.”

Benjamin Netanyahu met with his counterpart in Singapore, during the first visit to the country by an Israeli prime minister. In a statement issued after the meeting on Monday with Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Netanyahu called Loong’s visit to Israel in April, the first by a Singapore leader, “an historic visit” and said he was “following in your footsteps”.

The Jewish reporter whom President Donald Trump interrupted and accused of lying at a news conference has defended Trump’s actions as a misunderstanding. Jake Turx said he believed Trump acted defensively to his question about rising anti-Semitism in America because of the “unfair” treatment the president was receiving in the media and allegations connected to antiSemitism.


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PSC investigation / News

JEWISH CENTRE OPENS NEW HUB IN BOND STREET A new central London hub overlooking Oxford Street has been officially opened by the Centre for Jewish Life (CJL). The base will host regular speaker events with high-profile business and political leaders, as well as festival-themed parties and Friday night dinners for young professionals. CJL also plans to make the space available to other organisations, promoting enhanced links between young people and their faith and Israel, according to co-founder Rabbi Yosef Vogel. He said: “This is an opportunity to bring together young people to connect and feel more Jewish. “Lots of less affiliated community members are based more centrally so being by Bond Street station, we’re not asking people to leave their comfort zones. We feel there’s a demand for more events.” The centre – which runs a programme to take high-flying young professionals from various professionals to Israel – also unveiled plans to launch a mentoring initiative featuring high-profile business figures.

REPORT REVEALS ANTI-SEMITISM PROMOTED BY PSC CAMPAIGNERS The Palestine Solidary Campaign (PSC) was once again the focus of allegations of anti-Semitism this week, after the publication of a 79-page report into online comments by its members across the country. Last week the Londonbased organisation was forced to tell supporters with antiSemitic views that they were “not welcome”, after a spate of hateful messages were left as comments on the PSC’s Facebook page. Now, a report by activist and blogger David Collier has unearthed dozens of reported examples of anti-Semitic comments by PSC members on social media. Among the examples Collier lists are PSC members sharing anti-Semitic articles, comments and posts. Some allege Israelis are harvesting organs. Others

suggest Israel’s intelligence service Mossad was behind US terrorist attacks, or that Israel is secretly helping Islamic State wage war on its borders. There are familiar themes in many of the comments Colliers lists as examples, including the conspiracy theory that Jews control the world, with hashtags such as #jewnitedstates shared. Others common tropes liken Israeli policy to the policies of Nazi Germany. Collier, who infiltrates pro-Palestinian events “undercover”, said PSC members “frequently cross

Online posts by nationwide members of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, as revealed in a 79-page report

the line between legitimate criticism of Israel and accusations that can be identified with classic anti-Semitic tropes”. He writes: “Rabid conspiracy theory, global Zionist control, rabid anti-Semitism, numerous links to neoNazi sites, right-wing fascist think tanks and, of course, Holocaust denial… The foot soldiers of the Palestine Soli-

darity Campaign.” The PSC has taken a hard line against members and supporters making antiSemitic comments, and has been credited for acting swiftly in recent months, when concerns have been raised. The organisation has repeated its “vigorous opposition to anti-Semitism and racism of all types”, adding:

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News / Shoah consultation / Civil partnerships WORLD NEWS BRIEF


The US vice president has visited the site of a Nazi concentration camp in Germany. Mike Pence, his wife Karen, and their daughter Charlotte arrived at Dachau, near Munich. He was attending the Munich Security Conference. Karl Freller, the director of the Foundation of Bavarian Memorial Sites, read an introduction detailing the camp’s history, and they were accompanied by Abba Naor, a survivor of Dachau.


A prisoner in Tennessee has filed a lawsuit alleging that the prison system is trying to force him to break the laws of kashrut by giving him substandard kosher meals. Perry March, who was sentenced to 56-years for the 1996 disappearance of his wife and a plot to murder her parents, filed the lawsuit against the Tennessee Department of Correction and Aramark food service of Philadelphia.

Memorial debate starts Sir Eric Pickles MP has launched the nationwide consultation on the UK Holocaust Memorial in London, after designs were submitted for the monument and learning centre next to Parliament. Pickles, who is chairman of Conservative Friends of Israel, is also the Post-Holocaust Special Envoy, and launched the consultation at Sunday’s Board of Deputies meeting. It moves to Westminster Hall next week, then to the parliaments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and regional centres, before a final decision in London. Discussing the exhibition, Pickles said: “The location is immensely important – right next to Parliament, minutes away from both chambers, it is very telling, and it recognises that the Holocaust continues, because we are facing now the final stages of the Holocaust, which is denial… “We need to make sure there is s o m et h i n g that recognises that people died.” He said it was particularly important as the

Above: Possible design for the UK Holocaust Memorial. Inset: Eric Pickles

number of Shoah survivors dwindles. “We’ve been taking evidence, getting films, high-resolution, to make sure the story is there, things that are interactive,” he added. “We want to make sure there is something there that the Jewish community can be very proud of, but it’s also going to be a catalyst to work with other organisations and to recognise the effects of genocide across the world.” Addressing Deputies, Pickles said he pushed for “a modern working

definition of anti-Semitism” with partners at the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, which Theresa May adopted in December on behalf of the UK, because of the BBC’s reporting after a Paris gunman targeted a kosher deli, when a French Jewish woman was asked whether she thought the situation in the Middle East had been a factor. While the IHRA definition is not legally-binding, it will be used in colleges, councils and government departments.

COUPLE LOSE CIVIL PARTNERSHIP CASE A Jewish heterosexual couple who object to the “patriarchal baggage” of marriage have lost their latest battle for the right to enter into a civil partnership. Rebecca Steinfeld, 35, and Charles Keidan, 40, want to secure legal recognition of their sevenyear relationship through that route – but are prevented because the Civil Partnership Act 2004 says only same-sex couples are eligible. The academics (pictured below), who live in Hammersmith, west London, and have a 20-month-old daughter, say the Government’s position is “incompatible with equality law” . In November, they challenged High Court judge Mrs Justice Andrews’ decision to dismiss their judicial review action. But on Tuesday, the Court of Appeal dismissed their challenge. Karon Monaghan QC told Lady Justice Arden, Lord Justice Beatson and Lord Justice Briggs the issue was whether the bar on oppositesex couples entering into civil partnerships was incompatible with Article 14 of the European Convention, which relates to discrimination, taken with Article 8, which refers to respect for private and family life.

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News / Holocaust memorials / Ikea apology / News in brief

Shoah tourism laid bare them. Most of the visitors How do people behave when they seem as if they are walking visit a concentration camp or a in a shopping mall or perHolocaust memorial? Do they act haps an art museum. Some as if there are in place of reverlaugh and smile as they file ence or mourning or behave as into a room, like they are crowds do at any tourist attraction headed to a party. Some — taking selfies, goofing around, take smiling selfies or lightsnacking and drinking? hearted group photos in Israeli-German writer and satfront of Sachsenhausen’s irist Shahak Shapira has re-ignited Arbeit Macht Frei gate. the public debate about “HoloThe disconnect between caust tourism” with a website setting and character proshaming tourists who appear in vokes a range of feelings. flippant selfies taken at the Shoah “People who came to memorial in Berlin. Shapira’s site, these places 40 years ago Yolocaust, superimposed smiling had a different purpose tourists with gruesome images than now,” said Loznitsa. such as piles of corpses. By the end of Austerlitz, Last summer, the smartphone Breanna Mitchell was condemned for this selfie from Auschwitz most viewers are likely to game Pokemon Go raised eyefeel conflicted about how to questions surrounding it — is explored in brows for guiding some of its users into the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial a probing documentary film, Austerlitz, by judge these unwitting tourists. After all, is it fair to judge people by how they are capand Museum as well as the US Holocaust Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa. The film had its premiere this week tured on camera for a few minutes? Memorial Museum in Washington. And shouldn’t Jews be encouraged by In 2014, an American tourist took a in New York, but it has already garnered smiling selfie at Auschwitz, drawing out- praise after showings last year at interna- the fact that Holocaust sites continue to draw record crowds? Doesn’t that signal rage on Twitter and calling attention to tional film festivals . Loznitsa placed stationary cameras increased interest in learning about Holoother online chronicles of inappropriate selfie-taking, such as the Facebook group around the camps, capturing thousands of caust history? “I think it must be like a visitors sauntering in and out of the frame. church,” Loznitsa said. “If you want to pray With My Besties in Auschwitz. And now the behaviour of tourists at It is unclear whether he hid his cameras, for the souls of all the people who are in the Holocaust memorial sites — and the tough although the tourists seem oblivious to ground in this place, then come.” [JTA]


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Pope Francis is to receive a Chumash (a Torah in printed form) in a Vatican presentation today, with his friend Rabbi Abraham Skorka in attendance. The gift is a creation of young SpanishItalian publishers as part of the Torah Project. The Pope will then add it to the city’s iconic art collection.

UNITED STATES A prisoner in Tennessee serving a 56-year sentence for the disappearance of his wife and a plot to murder her parents is suing the state

because his kosher food isn’t good enough. Perry March filed a 200-page lawsuit alleging religious discrimination, saying the quality of his provisions meant they were not nutritious.

NEW CALEDONIA A new Chabad House has opened in the far-flung Pacific atoll New Caledonia, known for its barrier reef and scuba diving. The dozen islands are home to about 250 Jews among the 250,000 residents and boast beaches lined with palm trees, marine-rich lagoons and luxury boutiques.

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A European rabbinical group has told policy-makers in a panel discussion at a prestigious security conference in Munich that Jews are being “targeted from all sides”. The debate was addressed among others by Pinchas Goldschmidt, Moscow’s chief rabbi and president of the Conference of European Rabbis, alongside former Israeli foreign minister Tvipi Livni and security analysts. “The Jewish community finds itself targeted from the extreme right, the extreme left and Islamic terrorism,” said Goldschmidt.

A Jewish charity working with refugees has teamed up with the restaurant at the JW3 community centre to serve traditional SyrianJewish dishes to raise money for aid. From 6 March to 9 April, World Jewish Relief and Zest in JW3 will offer a fully-kosher menu cooked on an outside grill, with £1 from each meal going to the charity’s support work. Diners will be able to enjoy lamb kofta, Muhummara marinated chicken wings and saffron and orange marinated chicken as well as vegetarian alternatives in a dome structure in JW3’s piazza.

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News / Campus campaign / Stamp solidarity

Anti-Israel hate-fest may violate new UK guidelines Continued from page 1 Earlier this week, Israel-Britain Alliance director Michael McCann, whose organisation launched the campaign against Israel Apartheid Week earlier this month, urged universities not to use campus facilities to host “false propaganda” and that students supporting IAW were now anti-Semites according to the new definition. IAW organisers say the events around the world “seek to raise awareness of Israel’s settler-colonial project and apartheid system over the Palestinian people and to build support for the growing BDS movement”. Following the scrapping of the event at Central Lancashire, there have been calls for other institutions to cancel events. Jewish News contacted universities about the issue, including King’s College London, UCL,

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LSE and Goldsmiths in London, as well as Birmingham, Manchester, Cambridge, Oxford. Oxford chiefs said they respect “the rights of societies and its members to peaceful protest” and that “permission was given to the University Palestinian Society to hold a one-day exhibition and protest event on a small area”. Among speakers expected to tour university campuses ahead

of IAW is Farid Esack, who is due to address students at King’s, Manchester and Sussex. He gained notoriety after saying he “would not pray” for Jewish victims of the Paris attack on a kosher deli, having previously hosted Palestinian terrorists. He was banned last year from speaking at Paris-Sorbonne University, and proIsrael activists are calling for a similar ban in the UK.


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Hasmonean girls are to study on the same site as Hasmonean boys after the Jewish secondary school got planning permission from Barnet Council to merge the premises. The long-awaited win on Wednesday comes after growing concerns that the boys’ Hendon campus was becoming overstretched, with twice as many students as it was originally designed for, so both genders will now learn at the girls’ current Mill Hill site on Page Street.

A report into the future of Kantor King Solomon School in Redbridge has said that only higher academic standards will attract more Jewish students, but that the school’s current mix of Jewish and non-Jewish students was a huge plus. The school, which opened in 1993, has witnessed a Jewish demographic shift away from Essex, and today only three in 10 students are Jewish. But the UJIA report this week said this diversity

Headteacher Andrew McClusky had explained the logistical difficulties of splitting teachers across two locations, with additional problems caused by parents having to drop off siblings at different schools. The green light paves the way for additional sporting facilities, which Hasmonean parents have long acknowledged is needed, including four tennis courts, a sports pitch suitable for year-round use, and a games area that would be made available for community use.

was seen as an overwhelming positive by all stakeholders. “Having a school comprising both Jewish and non-Jewish students is seen as positive by almost all respondents, including the United Synagogue rabbis,” the report reads. “Respondents view it as a reflection of real life.” Chair of governors Richard Burack said: “What is clear from this report is our reputation continues to lag behind our achievements.”

























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Iraq’s ambassador to London has visited a stamp exhibition in the capital to “salute” an historic collection amassed by a member of Lauderdale Road Synagogue. Dr Salih Husain Ali hailed the history of coexistence in Iraq after being shown around the exhibit of more than 2,000 stamps compiled by Freddy Khalastchi, part of a display of Ottoman-era stamps on show last week at Spring Stampex at the Business Design Centre. He invited the ambassador to mark the centenary of the issuing of the first stamps in Baghdad following the occupation by British and Indian forces – when so few were printed that they ran out within just 17 days. The exhibition – spanning the 50-year period until the end of the monarchy to 1958 – includes rare covers and special stamps issued specifically for Mosul in 1919 at a time when the region was the subject of a dispute between the British, French and Turks. “It’s a glimpse of the country’s history through stamps,” said Khalastchi, who arguably owns the world’s most comprehensive collection of Iraqi stamps. “It’s a great honour. The ambassador knew a bit about the Jewish community and came to pay his respects when my uncle, Naim Dangoor, passed away.” Dr Husain Ali said: “Iraq is proud of its diversity and relies for its strength on the contribution of all citizens regardless of religion or creed. Mr Khalastchi’s unique exhibition is a welcome example and we are here to salute it.” Edwin Shuker, a former classmate of Khalastchi, said: “Jews were prominent in the establishment of the postal services in Iraq. Freddy’s collection is a link and a tribute.”

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New leadership initiative A senior leadership programme for professional and lay leaders in the Jewish community is being launched, with applicants invited to apply by 6 March. The Dangoor Senior Leadership Programme coordinated by Lead, a division of the Jewish Leadership Council, will start in June and run for 16 months, with only £500 asked as a registration fee. Similar programmes typically cost tens of thousands of pounds. “This is the first senior leadership programme targeted at both lay and professional leaders in the Jewish community,” said Lead executive director Nicky Goldman. “Usually they are targeted at one or the other, so this is a new departure for us.” One of the eight modules will be run by Windsor Leadership, she said, with other modules covering areas such as interpersonal relations, creating and communicating a vision, and the invention required to change. Under the programme, 16 delegates will meet every six to eight weeks until October 2018, and will focus on personal development, but it is squarely aimed

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at those who are already serving in a senior position, whether that be as a trustee or committee chair in a lay capacity, or as a senior executive in a business. Lead also said it would be interested in applications from those who once were involved in the Jewish community, perhaps at a younger age, and who have since attained senior positions in the world of commerce. Lesley King-Lewis, chief executive of Windsor Leader-

ship, said: “In this complex and challenging environment, leadership holds the answer not only to the success of individuals and their organisations, but also for our communities and society at large. “We will create a safe space for Jewish leaders to come together to reflect on good leadership and leadership for good.” The programme is similar to Lead’s long-running flagship Adam Science leadership project.

SURVIVORS’ PAYMENT FEARS Holocaust survivors may face repaying thousands of pounds after the Austrian government this week contested their claim for a nursing care allowance, it has emerged. A 93-year-old woman and a 92-yearold man, both from Manchester, received letters from the Austrian pension authority (PVA) informing them they were not entitled to the pflegegeld benefit, because they also received help from the UK government in the form of Attendance Allowance. According to an EU directive, a person cannot receive the same type of benefit from more than one EU country. The PVA has now requested that the money be repaid. But Michael Newman, chief executive of the Association of Jewish Refu-

gees (AJR), which is liaising with the PVA over the issue, says the pensioners “acted openly and transparently” by declaring their UK benefits and believes they should not have to repay any money. “We argued our members disclosed everything and have the original application forms to prove it. It’s just that the PVA have never applied the ruling until now. The error in payments was not theirs, it was the pension authority.” In the case of the 93-year-old woman, the AJR asked the Austrian Embassy to intervene and have successfully reduced her repayment from €17,000 to €3,500. Since 2002, Austrian Holocaust survivors living abroad have been entitled to the same nursing care payments as those living in Austria, as long as they are also eligible for a pension.


More than 40 leading rabbis and imams have condemned “division, racism and religious hatred” at a meeting of the Joseph Interfaith Foundation’s National Council of Imams and Rabbis.


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Special report / Eating disorders in the Jewish community

We face ‘staggering’ health challenges The deputy headteacher of one of the UK’s top Jewish schools has warned of a “staggering” increase in mental health challenges affecting Jewish youngsters and called on the community to come together to tackle the problem. Beth Kerr, deputy head at the independent Immanuel College, was speaking ahead of a national awareness week focusing on eating disorders, as parents and young adults warned of the dangers. Atalia Cadranel, whose daughter Liora suffered from anorexia [see right], issued a rallying cry to improve education on eating disorders, which affects both boys and girls, young and old. “We need to talk more openly about eating disorders because it is a hidden illness,” she said. “Not doing so contributes to creating the hushhush taboo. Perhaps if sufferers didn’t feel like there was this taboo, they wouldn’t feel so alone.” Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJeS)

said there was currently no programme or community-specific initiative to increase understanding in this area, and Kerr backed the call for greater understanding and support, especially for young people. “The increase in mental health challenges in the past few years has been staggering,” she said. “Some days I feel like a GP, but early intervention and support prevents escalation to more serious problems.” Mental health charity Jami, which works with staff and children in primary and secondary schools, covers the topic in its Mental Health First Aid programme, but accepts there was “still a stigma”. Its head of services, Tanya Harris, said that while the number of referrals for eating disorders was low and not on the rise, added: “This doesn’t mean to say there aren’t community members struggling with eating disorders; it just means they aren’t seeking help from us.”

She warned of the limits to what could be done on a non-clinical community level. “We have to be careful about wading into health,” she said. “We don’t deal in diagnoses, we don’t treat people medically. Eating disorders are a specialist area, requiring specialist staff with specific training, and it often comes with other medical diagnoses, such as depression and anxiety.” She added: “Our ethos is to support people to live the lives they want to lead despite their diagnosis and associated symptoms. We’re doing a huge amount to raise awareness in schools.” Kerr called on community members to come together to “help children withstand the pressures of adolescence in the digital age”. She said: “If we in the Jewish community as a whole had a vision for more sport, drama, dance, music and art in schools and their local areas, to maximise children’s opportunities for participation, this united voice would be a powerful one.”


3 Ask pupils to question the images they

media which, for us, is the thief of self-esteem and the catalyst of unattainable comparisons with photo-shopped ‘rolemodels’.

Beth Kerr, deputy head at Immanuel College

1 Know and understand the children well, and be given time to do this. We have pastoral heads, all experienced and trained practitioners, who can quickly pick up on any changes in a child which may indicate a mental health condition.

2 Create a culture of openness and sharing, a ‘telling school’. All the children should know who they can go to for help, and students and staff should be encouraged to report even small concerns. This culture facilitates early intervention.

see on social media, working with the self-esteem team to expose the camera work behind those ‘beautiful’ body images shoved down the throats of our young people, images they undoubtedly swallow.

4 Promote health and well-being. If chil-

dren are engaged in activities such as sport, music, drama or debating, they are not on social

5 Work closely with multi-disciplinary teams,

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Why I’m finally revealing my battle with anorexia I


decided to share the journey I know many people will be surprised to hear I am on. Not to receive sympathy, pity or to be thought of as a less capable human being, but for everyone suffering in silence. To spread awareness that ‘labels’ restrict one from healing and prevent the seekers ever finding the solution: their minds. This is my short story of the catalyst that made me take the first step on my one-way road to recovery from anorexia, anxiety and OCD. Only now am I aware I had been living my life believing my own taunts and accusations of failing to be a good enough daughter, granddaughter, sibling or friend. I created a selfinduced, unreachable high standard I figured I ought to reach for myself and because I assumed others held me to this same expectation. This meant, regardless of any achievement, it was never enough. I frequently bit off more than I could chew to assist and impress observers with my multi-tasking skills and prove my success at everything I did. I often found myself spiralling out of control and living with constant anxiety of not being in control. It was a vicious cycle: the more I tried to take control, the less I could. Over a year ago, I reasoned the place of absolute control was my diet, so my weight plummeted below its already too-small number. Before I knew it, roles had reversed – my eating disorder was now controlling me. Once my parents noticed my situation, they

offered every avenue of recovery. I knew they felt helpless and devastated that as parents they could not fix their child. I was under the impression it was entirely up to me. I had never felt more alone. For a long time, I couldn’t bring myself to communicate with anyone, assuming friends would see me as an attention seeker, that they would not believe my struggles. After all, I ate ice cream with them! My friends, however, did not know I had eaten nothing prior to the ice cream or about the long run I had already planned for after. I believed no one understood my battle and dug myself a deep hole I did not anticipate I could re-emerge from. By definition, I was a person who was anxious and anorexic. I believed this was who I was, so it could not be changed. Over time, I understood that although a big part of my recovery needed to come from within, it was not a battle I had to fight alone. Crucial to my healing was receiving support, professionally and from those who love me. I created a support system of individuals who I trusted, could be honest with and had my best interest at heart. I have been living with the dangerous misunderstanding that my thoughts were a reality. I was seriously mistaken, for not for one moment did I consider the possibility that a change in thought would in turn be a change in experience. I have always been a believer that God placed humans on this tangible planet to indulge and enjoy the material within the letter of the law, making the physical spiritual. I soon realised my malnourished body, my lack of engaging with the physical food, meant I could no longer have any divine connection to God. I was in a constant haze, feeling distant and far removed from his

‘I believed I was anxious and anorexic by definition and that this couldn’t be changed’

presence and any sense of clarity of who I was. I was not practising what I preached. I soon after internalised a pre-requisite to achieving a spiritual relationship to God, humankind and myself meant engaging in the physical – ensuring I consumed enough to fuel my body. God created this world in colour and food with taste. God crafted this world for our enjoyment. I began to think. To think about the multiple unimaginable hardships millions have gone through. Regardless of the oppressors or the severity of the situation, the free choice of one’s reaction can never be taken away. And so it is with me. Life did not need to be a constant battle.

I could appreciate the taste of God’s food instead of tormenting myself as I forced it down me. Once I realised I could choose joy, a weight was lifted from my shoulders. Now I am ready. Ready to let go of the previous thought-made box I defined myself to be trapped in. Ready to stop permitting my thoughts to limit my potential and self- worth. Ready to use my mind, thought and conscience to experience life, its ups and downs and to make me, me.  For help and advice on eating disorders visit www.b-eat.co.uk

A parent’s role in the recovery M


y daughter has an eating disorder. Thankfully, she’s in recovery – healthy weight range, menstruation and, crucially, thought patterns enabling her to have a healthier relationship with food, her body and herself. But it’s been painful, agonising. She’s a perfectionist, over-achiever, role model. How can a girl with everything land up in this life-threatening place? And this is just one of the many challenges of grasping the complexities of this mental health illness. Research suggests a combination of biological with sociological, but clearly our kids feel pressure to achieve academically, socially and physically, aspiring to replicate those stick thin images broadcast wherever we turn. I remember vividly the panicked frozen fear realising my daughter was ill in body and mind. I’d always spoken openly to my daughters about how diets and dysfunctional eating can drift unknowingly into an eating disorder – yet our

burning reality hit me only when she’d shifted from deprivation to starvation. For two years leading up to this point, how much and when she ate were religiously enforced, food phobias prevalent, strange food combinations, clothing to hide her body and daily vigorous exercising. I put it down to low-self esteem of body image, not vanity as so many incorrectly assume. Thoughts of food consumed her living moments and her health consumed mine. I became her primary carer, initially fixing, rationalising, smothering or force-feeding but I learned quickly those negatively entrench – so learned how to ‘coach’, navigating the next hurdle and choosing my words so her positive steps were her choices not mine. The initial feelings of helplessness were crippling and followed by guilt and shame. Along the way I’ve shared with friends privately. They’ve all heard of eating disorders but most think it’s just about food. Some want to empathise, others can’t. Where does one begin to explain the depth of how the mind manipulates the thoughts of


sufferers? Some ‘friends’ have unconstructively accused that it hasn’t helped that I’ve been thin or a pushy and perfectionist mum. Such factually inaccurate comments perpetuate the now-defunct opinion that mother is to blame. The reasons are more vast and varied. It matters that in our Jewish community we improve our education about eating disorder behaviours so we can enable earlier intervention, which means a greater chance of recovery. It matters that we create this awareness because there’s a silent epidemic in our commu-

nity and, with our many traditions focused on food on Shabbat and chagim, we need a cultural/ religious sensitivity. This piece was originally anonymous for the reason that Liora felt she’d be stigmatised and labelled. She’s courageously put her head above the parapet to demonstrate that an eating disorder happens to the girl next door. Some high schools already run sessions on eating disorders – they’re naturally placed to take a lead role in creating awareness through and age-appropriate dialogue that explores body image, food, anxiety and other psychological factors. Not just for students but also in the form of parent workshops that debunk the myths and clarify the facts. Let’s do more of this. My daughter and other sufferers can get better only through their own choices and actions, but she and they can’t do it alone. Medical, mental health professionals, families play a fundamental role in recovery but they also need the support of a more educated and consequently, more empathetic community.  Editorial comment, page 14



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Will Israel lose itself ? The case of the Israeli soldier who shot a wounded Palestinian attacker in the head at close range 11 minutes after an attack has polarised the country. Some see Elor Azaria as a hero, others see him as a murderer. Military judges have now had their say. Having been convicted of manslaughter not murder, Azaria was this week given an 18-month sentence, which could be quashed on appeal. Compare this to Sergeant Alexander Blackman, a Royal Marine who shot and killed a wounded Taliban fighter in Helmand. Both men acted deliberately, but Blackman was found guilty of murder and sentenced to 10 years, reduced to eight. Most people will, therefore, assume that what the Brits call murder Israelis call manslaughter, despite it being difficult to argue that cocking your rifle and shooting someone in the head at close range is unintended. And compare Azaria’s 18-month sentence to the 18-year term given to a Palestinian teenager last month for throwing stones at a vehicle that subsequently crashed, killing a 64-year-old Jewish man. Again, the world might fairly feel this shows one rule for Jews, another for others. In his resignation letter last year, former IDF Chief of Staff and Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon said: “An army needs to win, but... even after the battle or the operation or the war, we need to maintain our values and remain human beings.” Never a truer word. But his was almost a lone voice. Benjamin Netanyahu joined other ministers in arguing for Azaria’s pardon, even before the trial. Had the PM wanted to “maintain values,” as Ya’alon urged, he’d have supported the judges and said Azaria’s illegal conduct was unacceptable. As it is, he called Azaria’s family and said he’d do what he could. The next Israeli soldier thinking of executing a wounded attacker will know the PM is on their side. Jews in the Diaspora, viewing this from a distance, now face the prospect of seeing Israel win the war, but lose itself.

Breaking the silence The deputy head of Immanuel College today points to a “staggering” increase in pupils reporting mental ill-health. There is no reason to think this school is alone or that members of the Jewish community are any less suscepible than the rest of society to the plethora of conditions that fall under this umbrella. There could be an argument, in fact, that the high attainment levels of our faith schools and the expectations of many Jewish parents (“my son the doctor/dentist/lawyer”) make the pressures all the more intense. Eating Disorders Awareness Week is an opportunity to reflect on this. It is also an opportunity to further dent the taboo that continues to surround issues of mental health – albeit a taboo that is significantly weaker than just a few years ago thanks, in part, to pioneering work by the likes of Jonny Benjamin. We are proud to carry the brave account by Liora Cadranel, who has battled anorexia. She has shown admirable leadership in deciding to waive the anonymity Jewish News was happy to offer in the hope of turning her battle into an opportunity help others. We pray Liora’s bold move will give comfort to those currently battling in silence, show there is light at the end of the tunnel and encourage more people to talk publicly about these issues affecting so many of our family, friends and colleague – whether we are aware of it or not.


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A WHINGE AND A PRAYER: CHAREDI CHAOS ON A FLIGHT FROM ISRAEL Even for a left-wing publication such as yours, I honestly can’t believe you printed a main article on page one last week about Charedim causing chaos on a plane. This is on the same page one that you inserted a small note about Israel being on alert after ISIS attacks. Where is your sense of proportion? A few of our Orthodox brothers refused to sit next to women. So what? I am sure that arrangements will be made next

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time to accommodate both parties, even if police could find no grounds for charges. Self-hating, so-called liberal Jews are our worst enemy. Michael Gordon By email

NOISY AND UNCIVIL: THESE PEOPLE JUST SEEMED TO DO WHATEVER THEY WANTED I took an easyJet flight from Tel Aviv to Luton on Wednesday 15 February. On the plane was a large Charedi family, about 30 people including children. Before take-off, they were blocking the aisle, changing seats so the men didn’t sit next to women and vice versa. I myself was sitting in an aisle seat when a woman sat next to me; at once I was asked (politely) if I would change places, I refused, saying I had booked the seat I had for health reasons (true), and I stayed. After an hour I did change seats to avoid embarrassment to the woman.

All through the flight, the people were a little noisy and always going up and down the aisle, but the general atmosphere was that these people could do what they wanted. At the end of the flight, the rush to get their cases from the lockers was a war and they didn’t make any attempt at being civil. I spoke to the easyJet team, who were polite and laid back. They said it was never easy when a group of ultra-religious people fly with them.

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THE ANTI-SOCIAL SELFRIGHTEOUS TAR US ALL For frequent flyers to including our three grandIsrael, the front page of children – flew to Israel by Jewish News (16 February) easyJet for a holiday. The struck a painful and repetichildren aged six, five, and tive chord. 18 months had never flown On three occasions, my before, and found it an wife and I have experiexciting experience. enced the boorish attitude They sat quietly in their of Charedi men who refuse seats drawing, listening to to sit next to women. stories and sleeping, while Not a ‘please can you uncontrollable Charedi move?’, but standing and children ran amok up and glaring at my wife in an indown the plane, without timidating manner as if she any control from their was some sort of alien. parents. The last time it hapI feel sorry for the cabin pened, the man just crews who have to face refused to go away, but such a dilemma, and what a we stood our ground and slur it is on Jews at large. eventually a young reliWith anti-Semitism on gious girl was persuaded the rise, Jews of all persuato leave sitting next to her sions should think before friends and sit next to my acting to the detriment of wife. We felt so sorry for their brothers and sisters. her, as she was completely out of her comfort zone. Robert Dulin Last myPage family – Winchmore Hill 12:25 Page 1 8677 HByear, JN Half 020217.qxp_Layout 1 20/02/2017



I was interested in the reaction to Muslim writer Sarfraz Manzoor’s article in Radio Times on the problem of giving his child a Jewish-sounding name. If I had a son, I doubt I would name him Jesus or Mohammed, not because I was antiChristian or anti-Muslim. I might choose something “a wee bit Jewish” simply to reflect my family’s background.

Having seen Imam Ajmal Masroor many times in the media, I well understand his views about Israel. And you gave him a platform to expound them [Jewish News, 9 February]. His wish to see one state as the solution, in spite of what Abbas and Hamas “wish” and say. His comment about not importing the conflict to this country, when we have just seen in Downing Street the difference between the Jewish and Palestinian supporters – the

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YAPPY PARENTS AND THE NEED FOR RESPECT IN SHUL Last week I was in a shul in north-west London, which shall remain nameless. I was shocked at how adults were yapping away to each other a) during kaddish, such a holy prayer, and b) brazenly in front of the rabbi during his speech, Whatever happened to respect? The children of these yappy adults will also learn that it’s ok to talk at such times too. I can only imagine these adults were not told when it is particularly important to be quiet and respectful in shul.

Daniella Bathsheva Shannon By email

one singing for peace, the other holding banners calling for Death to Jews from the river to the sea. Anti-Semitisim here has grown with the rise in the Muslim population. I would be intrigued to know what this One State would be called. Maybe Jordan 2? Masroor’s view is not a dream, it’s a nightmare.

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Presumably even jet-set Charedim have mums too JENNI FRAZER


was at a conference recently, and, depressed by the plethora of suits giving their opinions, asked one of the organisers — yes! a person of MY gender — why there were no women on the panel. Before she could respond, the woman’s husband leaned over and said: “There are no women qualified and at the same level to be on this kind of panel.” I must confess, I blinked. I could not actually believe he had just said what I had heard. After all, full disclosure, the panel was not about solely male pursuits or perspectives. Yet, just like that, this man had decided to erase the potential contribution of 50 percent of the human race. And sadly, as we have had cause to learn recently, Mr Misogynist is not alone in his opinions. I draw your attention to the disgraceful scenes on last week’s Tel Aviv to


London easyJet flight, and the latest IKEA catalogue published in Israel. Almost everybody will now be aware – because, naturally, the national press leapt gleefully on this story – that a wedding party of around 50 strictly-Orthodox men caused havoc on the easyJet flight by refusing to sit down next to women. Even when some of the women passengers agreed to move, there were no thanks

and no concessions. The understandably harassed easyJet aircrew did the proper thing and called the police when the plane landed in Luton. I would give much to have been a fly on the wall when the cops faced off with the Charedim. While no actual crime may have been committed, the behaviour, by any standards, was deplorable. If it leads to easyJet re-thinking whether or not to retain its service to Israel, no one should be surprised. One steward said he had not witnessed such chaos in 11 years of flights. So that’s one instance in which women’s essential uselessness to one part of the community has found expression. Another is the new Israel IKEA catalogue, which brings discrimination to a new low by producing a separate catalogue for the strictly Orthodox, which has no pictures of women. That is correct: despite offering goods of interest to large families, such as high chairs or nursery furniture or spacious kitchen cupboards, not one

of the catalogue pictures shows a woman, not even little girls. It is as though a giant vacuum cleaner has swept women away. The only faintly amusing thing is that by getting rid of women, IKEA has been forced to display somewhat unrealistic images of fathers feeding kids from plastic cups and bowls, when we all know that’s the slave’s job. If I sound bitter and twisted, it’s because I cannot believe that this sort of thing is acceptable in 2017. That’s the 21st century, which appears to have passed some sections of the community by. I long for those with a following in the Orthodox community to make a public declaration deploring these manifestations. Let’s have an end to these all-too-regular displays of terrible behaviour and out-andout discrimination, of newspapers blotting out women’s faces and other nonsense. Because, presumably, even the men on the easyJet flight had mothers, too. And if the Luton cops didn’t administer it, then their mums should have done — a good smack.

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Absence of help for dementia carers potentially devastating IVOR BADDIEL



n 2015, dementia-linked death rates went up nearly 20 percent for women and 16 percent for men – making it the biggest cause of death in England and Wales. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK. If we multiply that figure by the number of people caring for dementia sufferers, be they family members or staff in a care home, it’s got to be pushing two million. Add in the wives, husbands, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, cousins and friends of someone with dementia, and we’re probably talking in the region of 15 to 20m people. It’s against this devastating and cataclysmic backdrop that my brothers and I decided to make a film about one dementia

sufferer: our father, Colin. It wasn’t an easy decision. Sadly, Colin is unable to give his consent to appearing in the film and so we have agreed, on his behalf, to expose him and his condition to, potentially, millions of people. I have often asked myself what the Colin of 20 years ago would have done. Despite being a very funny, quite loud at times and forceful personality, he was not a showman, not someone who ever liked or craved the spotlight. So, there’s uncertainty, there’s doubt, there’s angst and there’s soul searching but, having seen the finished film, I think the decision was the right one. Until fairly recently, the most challenging aspect of my father’s dementia was not memory loss, or indeed, loss of self, but disinhibition. His behaviour was extreme and very difficult to cope with, and this is an aspect of dementia that is rarely talked about or seen. Like most people, when I used to think


about dementia (of which, incidentally, there are over 200 variants) it was predominantly in terms of memory loss, but there are many other behaviours associated with the disease. It seems to me, that, in this respect, the support and provision for sufferers and carers is severely lacking. When my father was at his most difficult, in the months after my mother died, we tried to find a care home for him. We visited the homes and told them that our father’s

behaviour could be very challenging at times. This, we were assured, would not be a problem. Then they met him, and it was a problem, so much so that we were told by a number of homes that they could not accept him as a resident. Now, I understand why this happened. The safety and comfort of the other residents must be paramount; the home is, after all, their home, but the lack of provision for elderly people with more challenging behaviours is shocking and, for the families of sufferers, potentially devastating. We are lucky. We are able, with some support from the local council, to pay for 24- hour live-in care for our father, which, I’m pleased to say has worked out extremely well. Millions of people in the UK don’t, realistically, have that option and are left to deal with the situation, largely, on their own. And, unless something is done about it, it’s only going to get much, much worse. That’s why we made the film.

A perverse event that helps Palestinians to avoid peace MICHAEL MCCANN



ver the next few weeks the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) will launch ‘Israel Apartheid Week’ focused on university campuses across the country. Before these events start, the Israel Britain Alliance (IBA) will expose the real story. I remember apartheid. My family took delivery of our first colour television in 1976 and I recall watching the Soweto uprising on the news. I also remember asking my dad what apartheid meant and he explained that black people didn’t have any rights in South Africa and that they couldn’t vote, despite the fact that they were the majority. Years later he told me that he’d refused a lucrative opportunity to work in South Africa because of apartheid. I’m proud my parents brought me up to oppose bigotry and prejudice and, growing up in the West of Scotland, we had our fair share


of both. So when I heard the term apartheid being used to describe Israel, it merited scrutiny. I read about the 1949 Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act that forbade South Africans to marry or have relations across racial lines, I read about the 1950 Population Registration Act, which defined people as black, white, coloured and Indian, and I read about the millions of non-white people who were removed from their homes and placed in segregated neighbourhoods.

I then examined Israel. A country where women enjoy equality; the LGBT community flourishes; the media is unfettered and critical; an independent judiciary protects the powerless from the powerful; trade unions are well-organised and strong; educational excellence and scientific innovation are pursued; religious minorities are free to practise their creeds and a welfare state supports the poor and marginalised. It’s a fully functioning, vibrant, colourful, participatory democracy. But then I wondered if there was another history that could convince me that Israel judged people not by the content of their character but by their background. And I read these words: “The state of Israel will be open for Jewish immigration and for the ingathering of the exiles; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will

guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.’ Any reassurance required that Israel was and is not an apartheid state can be found in the words of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion. We know that those who cast Israel as an apartheid state are the end product of a much more complex sophistry. The Palestinians seek membership of international organisations not to pursue, but to avoid, peace and to further their objective of deligitmising and isolating the Jewish state. Israel Apartheid Week is merely an extension of the same perverse policy. The IBA’s campaign will dismantle the charge of apartheid and expose their real game plan, and seek to support Israeli and Jewish students who face unlawful discrimination in British universities because of these immoral events.  You can join the campaign at israelbritain.org.uk



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For Israel, the new road to peace runs through Mecca MAAJID NAWAZ CO-FOUNDER, QUILLIAM FOUNDATION


ew times mean time for new thinking. It is in this same spirit that Benjamin Netanyahu followed Theresa May to America. A key achievement of the Israeli leader’s visit was a symbolic reset of U.S.-Israel ties, an end to the Obama years of barely disguised mutual contempt and a return to the friendship under G.W. Bush. And for all my reservations around Trump and Netanyahu, these strange times do provide us with an opportunity to push for innovative solutions to the Middle East peace process. We certainly owe it to stateless Palestinians and war-weary Israelis to try. The Middle East has changed so much through war in the last eight years since Obama’s presidency that alliances previously thought laughable now seem a necessity. Russian and Iranian meddling in Syria has been unpopular, as has Iran’s decision to deploy its terrorist


Hezbollah militia to Assad’s aid. The Saudis are not happy, but Israel and Hezbollah happen to be bitter enemies too. Obama’s sanctions deal with Iran was criticised deeply by the Saudis, as it was by the Israelis. Iran’s recent missile test may have Israel in its range, but it firmly has Saudi Arabia in its sights over Yemen. The Saudis and the Israelis are also unified in their desire to prevent a nuclear Iran. Are you noticing a pattern here yet? For Israel there is an opportunity here.

New avenues: Netanyahu in discussion with Trump at the White House last week

With the emergence of ISIS, the war in Syria, the sectarian crisis in Iraq, the rise of the Kurds and the civil war in Yemen, a new fault line has emerged demarcating bitter foes locked in a fierce struggle for regional hegemony. Muslim-majority states have been fighting within and between each other while Israel was neither the cause, nor was she involved. This is a regional proxy war fought between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Saudi Arabia rallies its gulf Arab allies, its Sunni Muslim regional partners like Turkey and its historic ties to America. Iran, on the other hand, musters support from the Shia Muslim governments of Iraq and Syria, its proxy militias in the Lebanon-based Hezbollah and Yemenbased Houthis, backed up by Putin’s Russia. Israel, with its existing alliances and animosities, fits squarely in the U.S.-Saudi camp. Ever since the failed Camp David accords under Bill Clinton, conventional wisdom has been that peace must be sought and secured between Israelis and Palestinians first, before other Arab and Muslim-majority states recognise Israel. New regional priorities and a lingering Israeli-Palestinian deadlock necessitate creative thinking to break the stalemate. For Israel, the new road to peace could run through Mecca. This is known as the “outsidein” approach. Regional peace could achieve local peace. This year, under their young deputy Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, Saudi Arabia will undergo some internal economic and social reforms. As oil prices drop and as alternative energy grows in demand, the Saudis have recognised that their oil days are numbered. They desperately need to open up. But with his overtures to Iran and a ‘lead from behind’ approach to the Syria crisis, Obama antagonised the Saudis, as well as most regional Sunni Muslim powers. Enter Trump. Trump’s energy policies, and his secretary of state pick in oil baron Rex Tillerson, may mean many things to the rest of us, but to the Saudis they are a godsend. Against every bone in my body that aches over climate change, even I here must concede that an asset for peace is an asset for peace. A US-Saudi reboot under Trump is

eagerly anticipated in Riyadh, and an IsraeliSaudi alliance against Iran already informally exists. This presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for America under Trump to kickstart formal peace talks between Saudi Arabia and Israel, linked to economic cooperation between the three nations, conditional to a permanent peace being negotiated in the West Bank with Palestinians. The Saudis desperately need regional allies against their main foe Iran.They need economic trade and diversification and they need military alliances to contain Iran. Israel’s economic and military assets and interests meet these needs perfectly. In return, Israel gains legal regional recognition from the custodians of the Prophet’s mosque, and a Sunni Arab consensus over the protection of its West Bank border, policed perhaps by Arab League, Jordanian or UN forces. This could also release the pressure valve inside Israel. Netanyahu can pull back on settlement expansion and halt the relocation of America’s embassy to Jerusalem, in the name of pursuing universal peace. It serves domestic Arab reform too. There is not a single crime that Israel stands accused of that an Arab totalitarian despot or absolute monarch has not committed manifold times and on a daily basis. From torture and occupation, to proxy wars in foreign countries, to treating non-citizens – including Palestinians – as second class, to a lack of democracy, Arab despots top it all. Israel has been the perennial “what about” excuse used by Arab despots seeking to silence their domestic opponents as “Zionist collaborators.” A universal peace between Israel and these Arab regimes would finally do away with this. Our unwillingness to hear outside our own echo chambers has severely limited our ability to innovate solutions. It is post-truth. When new thinking on any issue is instantly labeled treacherous, only inward looking violently inbred and dogmatic ideologies such as jihadism can thrive. All the more reason why creative thinking on this issue among Arabs, Muslims, and the left generally is so important. Peace is more important than our pride.

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More than 40 members of a Jewish family related to a couple who arrived in England from Romania more than 100 years ago celebrated their lives by dedicating a park bench in Finchley. Solomon and Kate Nadler married in London in 1907, had seven children and lived in London’s East End, running menswear shops before moving to Golders Green in 1936.

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Volunteers from around the country gathered in London on Sunday to start JNF UK’s Green Sunday telethon and appeal. JNF UK is this year renovating 44 kindergartens in Israel’s Negev region, with the facilities, including seven for children with special needs, being in urgent need of repair. The charity’s chairman Samuel Hayek said: “JNF UK is the complete Israel charity. We support important charitable projects which cover all areas of life and benefit Israelis from all ages and backgrounds.”




Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev joined supporters of Laniado Hospital at Laniado UK’s Business Leaders Breakfast, raising £25,000 for the Netanya-based hospital. Lord Finkelstein, associate editor of The Times, was guest speaker at the event, held at the head offices of BDO LLP on Baker Street.




Singer Eitan Freilich entertained a sold-out audience at artsdepot with his show, Am Yisrael – Live in London, in aid of Camp Simcha, for whom he acted as a ‘Big Brother’. Performing at simchas and concerts worldwide, 60 Camp Simcha family members were part of the 450-plus crowd who enjoyed songs from Eitan’s recently released international album, Am Yisrael Chai, along with many

other Jewish classics. He said: “Tonight was not only about raising money for Camp Simcha. It was equally about bringing the families the charity helps together with the wider community, celebrating the importance of supporting each other.”


Yad Vashem’s UK Foundation chairman Simon Bentley stressed to guests at its fundraising gala the importance of Holocaust education in the UK. He said: “It helps expose and confront the current extremism and anti-Semitism based on anti-Zionism, from the right and left, and by guarding the memory of both victims and survivors”. Los Angeles-based pianist Mona Golabek was guest of honour and told the story of her mother, who fled the Nazis on the Kindertransport, aged 14.


Norwood service user Daniella Phillips and volunteer Amanda Gershinson took part in a session on how to cook healthily at home at the charity’s Kennedy Leigh Family Centre. The special menu item was aubergine parmigiana.


Jewish Blind & Disabled raised £2,000 at an event which saw new mums discuss parenting, fashion and beauty with This is Mothership co-editors Gemma Rose Breger and Samantha Silver.

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JFriends celebrated its second anniversary with a red carpet reception and party. The group brings young British Jewish professionals together with Jews across Europe, the US and Israel. Organisers Rachel Langford and Nir Avrahami have planned a range of events for 2017, including Friday night dinners, keynote speakers and volunteering schemes for other charities.



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Close to 300 people attended the Centre for Jewish Life leadership awards dinner at the Montcalm Hotel. The audience, which included many international young professionals, was addressed by Gideon Sa’ar, former interior and education minister of Israel, on the importance of Jewish unity and responsibility in challenging times. Awards were presented to Edward Misrahi, chairman of BICOM, with the young leadership award going to Vladimir Bermant.

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Miriam Stoppard’s Jewish roots / Lifestyle

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‘My Jewishness runs through me like Brighton rock’ Francine Wolfisz speaks to Miriam Stoppard about reconnecting with her Jewish roots on a trip-of-a-lifetime to India for the new series of The Real Marigold Hotel


hen she decided to marry a non-Jewish man, Miriam Stoppard’s father sat shiva, covered up his photographs and told her she had never existed. It was, says the well-known agony aunt, the most painful betrayal a parent could heap upon his child. But more than 50 years later, Stoppard found herself suddenly forgiving her father, Sidney, and in the most unlikely of places – inside a 12th century synagogue more than 8,000 miles from home. The author and columnist, formerly married to playwright Tom Stoppard and mum to actor Ed Stoppard, experienced her emotional epiphany while filming the new series of BBC1’s The Real Marigold Hotel. Stoppard, 79, was one of eight celebrities, including fellow Jewish personality Lionel Blair, as well as Bill Oddie, Dennis Taylor and Amanda Barrie, who jetted off to Kochi, India, for a month to experience what it would be like to retire there. Born into an Orthodox Jewish

family from Newcastle upon Tyne, the former TV presenter says she stopped believing in Judaism aged 12 and now describes herself as an atheist, but still very much identifies with her background. “My Jewishness runs through me like Brighton rock,” she reveals. So when she was offered the chance to visit Jew Town, Stoppard embraced the opportunity to find out more about Kochi’s once-flourishing population that now numbers a handful. “The main street of Jew Town is very pretty,” she recalls. “There are lots of shops and bazaars selling fabrics, carpets and ceramics. There were stores reminiscent of my Jewish childhood, an embroidery store for Sabbath tablecloths and a bookshop selling Jewish prayer books. As you walk down the street, you kind of imbibe the last traces of Jewishness.” Stoppard even had the opportunity to meet 93-year-old Sarah Cohen, Kochi’s oldest Jew, who sits at her window, happily greets tourists and “reads her siddur all the time”. But it was a 12th century synagogue tucked away on a side street

that would leave a lasting emotional impact on Stoppard. “Having been brought up in an Orthodox Jewish way, with the women separated upstairs, I had never walked in the lower part of a synagogue,” she confesses. “I was walking through this synagogue, looking side to side, expecting at any minute to be told to go back upstairs! “The caretaker asked if I would like to go up on the bimah and I hardly dared step on it. Then he asked if I would like to go up to the ark. I was awestricken.” When he asked if she wanted to touch the Torah scrolls, she says she raised “my shaking hand to the silver ornaments”, before holding one and “seeing the whole of my life flash before my eyes”. Stoppard adds: “It was very emotional. I did connect with all the Judaism I had known and had been such an integral part of my childhood, but which I hadn’t connected with since. And then I had to sit down because my emotions ambushed me.” She recalls how her father had cut her off, considering her “dead” after she married her first husband, a Quaker, in her 20s. Her mother, Jenny, became “equally distant” and although their attitude softened over time, “it was never a really loving relationship because it had been so damaged”. Stoppard continues: “That went on for years before there was a kind of rapprochement. I’d never been able to forgive my father for doing that. We did start to speak again, but it seemed to me an unforgiveable act, that a parent should reject any child in that way, especially because of religion.” With a wavering voice, she says:

Above: Miriam Stoppard. Below: With the cast of The Real Marigold Hotel

“There I was, with all this rushing back of emotions to my childhood. When I sat down, I burst into tears and I finally forgave my father. “That wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t gone to India, visited this 12th century synagogue and held a Torah scroll. But thank God I did, at the age of [nearly] 80. I won’t forget this experience. It was one of the biggest, one of the most overwhelming things that has ever happened to me.” Reflecting on her time in India, which included being invited to a sumptuous wedding, learning about the arranged marriage system and meeting a couple affected by childlessness, Stoppard – who has published more than 80 books on conception, pregnancy and birth – says the trip had “an enormous effect” on her. “There’s a great deal of peace and tranquillity in India. Everyone is in touch with spirituality. I found that very nourishing and comforting.”

Would she consider moving to India and retiring there? “Well, I have 11 grandchildren and another on the way,” laughs Stoppard, whose niece is Baroness Oona King. “But right at the end of the trip I discovered my little bit of paradise, a beautiful bungalow on the beach about an hour along the coast from Kochi. I couldn’t leave my grandchildren for 12 months, but I could maybe go back there for four.” As for approaching her milestone 80th birthday in May, Stoppard is resolute in her desire to keep “travelling, working, gardening, walking and just enjoying life”, as well as fulfilling her “need to love”. “It’s not necessary to be in love,” concludes Stoppard, now married to business executive Sir Christopher Hogg. “But it is important to love. That is the kernel of real happiness.”  The Real Marigold Hotel series two is on Wednesdays, 9pm on BBC1



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Lifestyle / Parenting advice

Our modern family Alex Galbinski speaks to the authors of a new book that sheds light on what it’s like for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people raising children in today’s world


ackie still recalls the moment when, aged 22, she told her mother she was a lesbian. “Oh no, I’m not going to be a grandmother,” she retorted, followed by, “Don’t tell your father – it’ll kill him,” and, finally, a first step towards acceptance: “Maybe one day you’ll meet a nice Jewish girl.” It is now 41 years later, but the assumptions of that time still remain vivid in Jackie’s memory – namely that lesbians don’t become parents. But Jackie was determined to have a child, so much so that she asked her close friend Paul to father one with her, and they are now proud parents to Jacob, 23. “It’s amazing how far things have come,” says Jackie, who shares her story in Pride And Joy: A Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual And Trans Parents by Sarah and Rachel Hagger-Holt. “Having Jacob has been, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the most wonderful decision I ever made,” says Jackie. Even though she never did explicitly tell her father, a child refugee who came to Britain on the Kindertransport, about her sexual orientation, Jackie did discuss with her parents her plans to start a family with Linda, her partner of three years sitting by her side, in the home they co-owned. But Jackie’s path was not always an easy one. When Jacob was two, Linda died, leaving behind her own nine-year-old son, Jay, so Jackie spent the next 16 years bringing up the boys on her own. Pride And Joy tells her and Jacob’s stories – but also those of 68 others, including at least five more with a Jewish background, as they navigated a path to parenting, be it like Jackie, as single parents, or as co-parents with their partners or friends, as donors or having adopted or fostered children.

As the book states: “There is no single type of LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] parent represented here.” Co-author Sarah Hagger-Holt, 38, explains why she and her civil partner Rachel wanted to write the book. “Looking back over the past 10 to 20 years, there’s been an unprecedented change in the lives of LGBT people in terms of social attitudes, changes in the law and representation in the media,” she explains. “This compares to growing up as a teenager in the 1990s under Section 28 [of the 1988 Local Government Act, which stated that councils should not “intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” in its schools or other areas of their work], at a time when there were very few ‘out’ LGBT people in the media. “It feels a little like we’re living in a different world.” As a lesbian parent herself, Hagger-Holt is fascinated by the stories of LGBT people who have brought up children. She wanted to explore their experiences and what they can learn from each other, but also debate what it is to be a good parent and the impacts of parenting. But she adds, it is also a case of “recognising that even now, when there are an estimated 20,000 children being brought by same-sex parents, and even though it’s becoming more common, it’s still relatively uncharted waters”. Hagger-Holt, a charity administrator, continues: “Most of us are entering into parenthood with different expectations and assumptions to the ones we grew up with. “I found it interesting talking to others who are making those same daily choices, not in order to say ‘here’s the way to do it’, but to see the different paths we take to negotiate

Above: Jackie with her son Jacob at his graduation. Below: Authors Sarah and Rachel Hagger-Holt

being ‘out’ or a different kind of family.” The Hagger-Holts live in Rickmansworth with their two daughters – whom they co-parent with a gay male couple. They are themselves both Jewish by birth, but have chosen to join a small Methodist community. “My mother is not practicing but, for her, identity is very important. She grew up in a Jewish home – they kept kosher, they celebrated festivals,” Sarah explains. “It’s very much part of my family and my family culture.” Rachel’s grandparents came over from the Czech Republic in the early 1930s and her parents were “brought up to be like everybody else in that post-war context, so that link with the Jewish faith is not so strong,” Sarah explains, “but the recipes appear and the stories get passed down”. The advice running through the book reaffirms its title. “It’s the idea of being confident and being proud of who you are,” asserts Hagger-Holt. “So being able to talk to your children honestly about what it means to be adopted or fostered, what it means to face people asking you questions because you’ve got two dads or two mums. “The refrain that comes through it, based on people’s experiences, is to be honest about your situation. “Sometimes it’s not a case of protecting your children from something, but about them joining

you in celebrating who their family is among the diversity of other families.” Looking back now, Jackie recalls how she was able to ‘pass’ as heterosexual while raising her boys. “I could easily pass as a single mum with two boys, separated from whoever people thought I was separated from,” she says. “Or I would say: ‘My friend died and I’m bringing up her child.’ I do regret that and, although it seemed the right thing to do, Jacob was initially quite angry when I finally came out to him. “But he quickly came to understand that society was not so accepting of situations like mine, and realised I was worried the boys would be bullied at school.” She had, however, felt as if she was living a lie. “As the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, I always lived in fear – but the greater fear was fear for my life,” she says. “Being Jewish and being lesbian, it was like a double oppression. At that time, the Jewish press wouldn’t even use the word ‘lesbian’ – we couldn’t advertise our groups.” However, when Jackie came out to her Jewish former boss six years ago, the latter took it in her stride. “She said: ‘Yes, ok, and what are you making for dinner?’” Jackie laughs. “Times have changed so much.”

 Pride And Joy by Sarah and Rachel Hagger-Holt is published today (23 February) by Pinter & Martin, priced £11.99

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Travel / Lifestyle

Have a piazza this! Lucy Daltroff explores the unspoilt charms of Umbria and discovers a moving tale of wartime resistance


he scene is so Italian. I am eating a delicious pasta dish in an excellent restaurant called Locanda del Teatro while overlooking a beautiful five-sided piazza – which is the town’s highest point. Suddenly, a middle-aged man with a dog leaves one of the ancient surrounding stone houses and sits on a bench. Another door opens on the square and a colourfully-dressed woman comes to share the seat. They kiss passionately, then they part. I’m in Montefalco in Umbria, a charming hilltop town with cobbled streets and ancient walls, famous for its examples of medieval architecture preserved in its many churches. The views of undulating hills and olive groves make a stunning backdrop and it certainly earns its nickname “the balcony of Umbria”. Montefalco is the centre of both Sagrantino wine and a woven linen industry that has been here since the Middle Ages. Today, the one remaining mill producing the high-


standard product is owned by the Pardi family and is situated fittingly in their vineyard, so neatly combining the two businesses. Less than 20 minutes’ drive to the north is the ancient town of Foligno, where the wellworn flagstone streets are testament to the town’s ancient past. The collection of impressive buildings includes the Palazzo Comunale, built in the 13th century, and the adjoining Palazzo Orfini, where an ancient printing shop in 1472 reproduced Dante’s Divine Comedy, the first book ever to be printed in Italian. My presence in Foligno is also a bit of a culinary adventure as I am researching the I Primi D’Italia, a celebration of first courses: pasta, rice, soups, gnocchi and polenta. I may have been too early for the main festival, which is held in September each year, but when I was offered a chance to sample some of the delicious dishes, it seemed rude to say no. The annual event features 70 Michelinstarred chefs who conduct classes all over town during four days of continuous tastings, cooking, demonstrations and classes. It typically attracts more than 120,000 visitors, with each plate costing as little as €2. The aim is to pass on food traditions to the next generation and recreate the family atmosphere of every Italian lunch or dinner, created by simply sitting round a table, chatting and enjoying food. At the moment, the festival seems to have only Italians as its audience, as this part of the world is still undiscovered in many ways. The word “Umbria” means shadow, and

while the region is indeed less famous than its neighbour Tuscany it is charming, with a quality of light that adds atmosphere to the many medieval hill towns, forests and the simple but excellent food and wine. True, I am not far from Assisi, which attracts five million visitors a year, but this part of Umbria is quieter and, to my mind, more authentic, with only a few people understanding any English. As one of the 29 regions that make up modern Italy, Umbria uniquely borders neither the sea nor another country and it is perhaps this lack of outside influences that makes it so genuine and why the family unit has such a strong presence here. Assisi is well worth a visit however, with its Museum of Memory dedicated to the 300

Lucy making friends during her Umbria trip

Jewish people who were saved in the region and its display of unpublished documents, photos, papers and objects. There was no preexisting Jewish community in Assisi during World War II, but one established itself as Jews fleeing from places such as Milan, Padua, France and Austria arrived here. To protect them, a Benedictine priest called Giuseppe Placido Maria Nicolini established the Assisi Network along with a “Committee for Assistance”, with the two organisations together running a risky plan of action to provide papers for the incomers. A printing press in a small souvenir shop owned by a lay Catholic typographer was used at night, stamps were applied elsewhere and Nicolini, 30 years old at the time, carried the documents between stops by bicycle. In this way, false identities were created, enabling the refugees to live relatively safely in local private homes. At the same time, 26 monasteries and convents were used as hiding places for personal effects, including family mementos and objects or texts used for Jewish religious services, some of them hidden behind plaster walls in underground cellars in Nicolini’s home. As a result, not one Jewish person protected in Assisi was deported to a concentration camp. Nicolini, later ordained as a bishop, and three of his main helpers were honoured as Righteous Among the Nations and at Yad Vashem there is a detailed account of Assisi’s assistance to the Jewish people.

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Lifestyle / Cooking


Mixed mushroom panzanella


Denise Phillips


Panzanella is the traditional Italian tomato and bread salad. It is a peasant dish born of necessity to use up stale bread. Although there are numerous variations of the recipe, they all conform to using the country-style dry Tuscan bread. Don’t waste your time using fresh bread as it will disintegrate. Other optional ingredients include roasted peppers, olives and anchovies.



3 tablespoons olive oil

In this version, I have used a selection of wild mushrooms with basil. The dish makes a tasty starter and for a parev or vegan option just omit the mozzarella.

200g Italian bread eg ciabatta – cut into cubes ~ 2 cloves garlic – peeled and finely chopped 1 red onion – peeled and finely chopped

METHOD 1 Preheat the oven to 200°C/ 400°F or Gas Mark 6. 2 Drizzle the bread with 1 tablespoon olive oil, season with salt and freshly-

650g mixed mushrooms – sliced ~ 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 100g heirloom / baby plum tomatoes- cut in half

ground black pepper. Place in the oven for 8 minutes or until golden.

125g buffalo mozzarella

Remove and set aside.


3 Heat the remaining oil in the pan and sauté the garlic and onion for 5

4 tablespoons fresh basil – roughly chopped

5 Tear the mozzarella into pieces and add the tomatoes. 6 Combine all the ingredients and serve.

minutes or until soft. Remove and set aside.

4 Then sauté the mushrooms until golden. Cook until nearly all the juices

Salt and freshly-ground black pepper

have been absorbed. Add the cooked onion, garlic and lemon juice and

To serve the stylish way: Garnish with sprigs of coriander, shredded spring onions and a dusting

season. Remove and set aside.

of black pepper.



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Sedra: Mishpatim / Torah For Today / Orthodox Judaism

Torah For Today

SEDRA – Mishpatim

What does the Torah say about:

Donald Trump’s dispute with his own judges?

BY RABBI SHAUL ROSENBLATT It is telling this week’s portion comes right after Mount Sinai. After the revelation, we are brought back down to earth. What happens if your ox gores someone else’s? How do you treat servants? What are the laws on paying your workers on time? I have read the Qu’ran and the New Testament. Yes, Torah read in English is not really Torah either, but a translation still gives the gist. And for me, day-to-day laws are the most striking omission in these texts. They talk in general terms about how to be a good person and relate to God. But there is much less about the specifics of day-to-day living. In Judaism, these laws are fundamental. Right after Mount Sinai, God pushes them in our faces. Chapter after chapter of nitty gritty, everyday laws. The message is clear: you want to relate to God and you want the spiritual highs? Then act properly in day-to-day life. You can’t even start on the road to holiness if you’re not going to act properly towards the people around you. I am too often horrified to see an Orthodox Jew impolite to another person, looking down on other people or, worse, who is dishonest in business dealings. It doesn’t work. You cannot mistreat people by day and be a holy man at night. You cannot be a scoundrel in the office and a pious man in the synagogue. Treating others properly is a foundation of holiness. It cannot be bypassed. God has dictated to us that the road to him is via a relationship with those who are created in his image. There are no shortcuts.

 Rabbi Shaul Rosenblatt is founder of Tikun UK

BY RABBI ZVI SOLOMONS In recent weeks, the new US president has clashed with his federal judges by calling a halt on his travel ban. So, what does the Torah say about kings (or presidents) disagreeing with judges? This federal case is an interesting one. The local federal justices in Washington State agreed the ban should be halted. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said: “We are a nation of laws, and as we have said from day one, those laws apply to everyone in the country. That includes the president of the United States.”


In Halacha a king is very powerful. He has the power of life and death over his subjects. However, his power was not untrammelled. He was, like every man, subject to God’s laws. Judges have changed in nature over time. A shofet was a judge in biblical premonarchy times. He or she were prophets, military leaders and also judicial figures, with Moses the greatest of them all. Their judicial function was part of their mediation of the divine. After the period of Judges, with the death of Samuel, this function changed and became purely judicial. The king took all the other powers. Kings were limited in power, however, because we have all seen pharaoh and other

kings abuse their absolute monarchy. When King David has Uriah the Hittite killed, he is subject to moral punishment and loses a child at God’s hand – so even the most powerful king has to do what God says – and his judges are there to enforce the law. A king cannot, for example, alter the Torah or act arbitrarily. In this sense, one could say the limitations of Trump’s presidency came directly out of the idea that judges act as a check on regal power. Today’s Dayyan is a legal judge, expert in the limits of halachic jurisdiction and power. Just as Trump is limited by the Constitution, and Theresa May’s Brexit plans are subject to review under British constitutional legal doctrine, so the king is subject to our law, the holy Torah, as mediated by our own legal minds. The Torah tells us we should follow the rulings of our judges today and not hark back to better or more learned judges. Would not this be a good lesson for the Donald to hear from his son-in-law?  Zvi Solomons is rabbi of the Jewish Community of Berkshire (JCoB)in Reading, www.JCoB.org

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Progressive Judaism / The Bible Says What? / Progressively Speaking

The Bible Says What?

Progressively Speaking

There no rules on conversion. Why?

The Jewish voice against Israel’s 50-year occupation is getting louder

BY RABBI ESTHER HUGENHOLTZ Conversion as we understand it (a period of formal learning, circumcision for males and immersion in a mikveh after having been assessed by a rabbinic court) is a rabbinic, rather than Biblical, invention. We must acknowledge a discussion of Jewish identity and status is likely to be anachronistic. Even ‘Judaism’ is problematic in a Biblical context because in the world views of ancient cultures, one’s God was tied to tribe and territory. Biblical narratives of non-Israelites becoming Israelites challenge that. Abraham and Sarah are the first converts. Their designation as ‘Ivrim’ is not incidental: they were the first boundary-crossers; not just of the Euphrates river, but spiritually as well. The Torah tells us they ‘made souls in Charan’ (Gen. 12:5). In the Exodus from Egypt, we learn an ‘erev rav’, a mixed multitude of Egyptians, joined the Israelites in significant numbers – one in five! (Ex. 12:38). No fewer than 36 times

does the Torah caution us to love the ‘ger’, the stranger – a word meaning immigrant and convert. The post-exilic Prophetic literature makes a quantum leap into a universalist narrative. Amos and Isaiah affirm the openness of the covenant with the God of Israel. Ruth the Moabite, from a despised community, pledges ‘your people will be my people, your God my God’ (Ruth 1:16) and Jonah is sent on a mission to extend God’s mercy to the nations of the world by example of Nineveh, arch-enemy of the Jews. Maybe the Bible doesn’t give us rules on what conversion is supposed to look like, but it does give us an ethos of welcoming. Questions of conversion dance between the universalist and the particular. What the Bible is clear on is that we are to love, cherish and celebrate those who strengthen our ranks.

 Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz, Sinai Synagogue, Leeds

BY RABBI LEAH JORDAN At the confirmation hearing for the Trump administration’s candidate for ambassador to Israel, the staunchly pro-settlements David Friedman, three Jews stood, proclaimed ‘Tekiah!’ and blew the shofar as a moral wake-up call for all. “David Friedman, you promote racism and fund illegal settlements. You do not represent us and you will never represent us,” they declared. As police took them out, they sang, “Olam chesed yibaneh. We will build this world from love. And if we build this world from love, then God will build this world from love.” As Israel’s government swings further to the hard pro-settlement right, and America steps aside,

these words have become the anthem of more and more Jews who stand against this reality. That Jewish voice is growing in the UK, in Israel, and in North America. Those young Jewish voices at the Friedman hearing were members of IfNotNow, a grassroots movement of Jews committed to ending American Jewish support for the occupation.


As we approach the 50th anniversary of occupation in June, British Jews will be joining the Center for Jewish Nonviolence’s nine days of activism in the West Bank this May. The centre is funded by T’ruah, the Jewish human rights organisation. Some 200 Jewish activists from around the world will stand in solidarity with Palestinians being evicted from their homes and pushed off their land in the name of ongoing settlement growth and occupation. International Jewish support for Palestinian and Israeli nonviolent activists working to end the unjust occupation of the Palestinian Territories is crucial. If you are looking to become involved, the organisations and groups mentioned in this article are a place to start.  Rabbi Leah Jordan is Liberal Judaism’s student and young adult chaplain

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Ask our Our trusty team of advisers answer your questions about everything from law and finance to dating and dentistry. This week: Helping a child struggling at school, finding a job in Israel and high temperatures... ELAINE KERR NORWOOD See full profile on pages 30-31

Dear Elaine My child has been struggling at school for a while. He is trying hard, but nothing seems to work. He may need additional support, but how can I be sure? Daniel

Dear Daniel This is a common worry among parents. School can be challenging and, quite often, challenges go hand-in-hand with change. Whether your child is very young and just starting school, or a teenager who is growing up and expanding their curriculum, the first thing to do is observe.

DOV NEWMARK NEFESH B’NEFESH See full profile on pages 30-31

Dear Dov I’ve moved to Israel and am unsure how to re-start my career. Can you help? Donna Dear Donna In today’s tight job market, you cannot rely on luck to land your first job in Israel. With a few tricks and tips, you can lay the ground work to jumpstart your employment search even before you get on that plane.

It’s difficult to apply for jobs before you make aliyah, so create a network of professional contacts and speak with them by email ahead of time. If you feel you don’t have professional contacts, then Nefesh B’Nefesh can help you find people to speak to within your field. Find out what the market is like in Israel for your field, and tailor your job hunt and CV accordingly. Flexibility may be the key to survival. Your first job in Israel might be just a starting point from which you will grow and advance professionally. Find time to improve your Hebrew; while there are English language jobs in Israel, there are lots more in Ivrit. Employers are looking for directed CVs that point to strong experience in a narrow

Talk to the teachers at their school to find out if there are any areas of development that are consistently an issue, for example communication and language, sensory processing, socialising, reading or writing. Be positive about any change. Is there a pattern in what they are struggling with? Making children who struggle at school believe in themselves, and encouraging them, is a huge part of supporting them and can be done both at home and at school. Identifying the need early is best. It could be a mix of things, or one singular struggle – once you know this you’ll be closer to an answer. You can also contact Norwood’s special education needs team to speak to an educational psychologist, therapist or specialist teacher, who will be able to offer advice on what the best action might be.

field, rather than broader ones. If you have strong experience in something specific, make that blatantly clear. If you are a well-rounded person, you should think about the types of jobs you are interested in and maintain separate CVs accordingly. Job opportunities differ in each region of Israel. Check out which is best for your field. If you are looking for employment in high-tech, you will find more opportunities if you live in easy commuting distance to the Tel Aviv area. You may also be interested in meeting Dr Adina Schwartz, a pre-aliyah employment advisor in London on 25 or 26 April. Appointments can be made via our website nbn.org. il/uk. Fore information, email employment@nbn.org.il

DR PIYUSHA KAPILA See full profile on pages 30-31

Dear Piyusha At what point should a parent be alarmed by their child’s high temperature? Naomi Dear Naomi A temperature is an indication of inflammation, most commonly owing to infection in the body. The normal body temperature is about 37°C (98.6°F), but can vary according to the room

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temperature, activity level, age of the individual, where the temperature is measured from and by what method. Any temperature above 38°C/ 101°F is abnormal. A raised temperature alone does not mean a baby or child is seriously sick. Many viral infections will cause a high temperature, which should settle spontaneously after a few days. Antibiotics are ineffective against viruses and only treat bacteria. Clinically, if a child is running around, or a baby is behaving in its normal manner , there is less to worry about. However, if the baby or child is lethargic, not taking fluids or passing urine, then medical advice should be obtained, irrespective of the temperature.

It is important to check the temperature with a thermometer that is accurate, easy to use and quick. I recommend using a digital one, which can be bought from pharmacies and large supermarkets. This should be placed deep within the armpit, and the arm gently held against the body for a few minutes. Ear (or tympanic) thermometers allow you to take a temperature reading from the ear, but can be misleading if they’re not correctly placed in the ear especially in babies. Strip-type thermometers measure the temperature of the skin rather than the body and are held against the forehead. Mercury-in-glass thermometers should not be used as they can break and contain highly poisonous mercury.



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Recruitment / New careers Little Bicks Gan Yisrael in Borehamwood is seeking to recruit an energetic and experienced Nursery Manager to lead our wonderful team from September 2017. The ideal candidate will have passion and warmth and love to work in a fun and friendly atmosphere. We are a term time nursery running Monday - Thursday 8am - 6pm ...where learning is child’s play and Fridays 8am-12pm.


Salary £22k - £27k depending on experience and qualifications

Must have at least 2 years managerial experience in a nursery and minimum NVQ Level 3

Key Stage 1 Teacher

Deadline for applicants 10th March 2017.


Interviews to commence week beginning 13th March 2017.

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Michael Klinger making his debut for Australia (main); with his family after winning the BBL for the Perth Scorchers

MICHAEL Klinger’s careerlong wait for a Baggy Green cap is finally over after he represented Australia in a three-game Twenty20 international series against Sri Lanka, writes Daniel Shandler. Klinger, 36, made his debut for his country last Friday at the MCG in a thrilling final-ball loss, which saw him make a handy 38 runs off 32 balls to help Australia reach 168-6. The second game was a match Australia ultimately should have won at Kardinia Park, Geelong, but an enormous effort from Sri Lanka snatched victory out of Australia’s grasp, again going down at the final ball. Klinger played a significant part in Australia’s 173-run total, making 43 runs off 37 balls. He did though end the series on a winning note yesterday morning in Adelaide, when he top-scored with 62 runs, in their 41-run win. Speaking to Australian Jewish




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RESULTS Watford Friendly League – U18 – Aldenham Excel Harriers 1 HMH 1 Green Division – Brady Red 5 Hadley Wood & Wingate Foxes 2 U16 – Harvesters East 2 London Lions White 4 White Division – Croxley Green Black 7 Brady Blue 0 Spring Plate – Brady Red 2 Oakhill Tigers Knights 1 U15 – Whetstone Lions 3 London Lions White 1, HMH United 3 Hinton & Finchley Revolution 0 Spring Cup Group B – Brady Black 8 St Gregorys United Pumas 3, Brady Blue 1 Harpenden Colts Blacks 0 U14 – London Lions Blue 0 Omonia Youth White 0, HMH Panthers 5 St Albans Rangers Zelos 1 U13 – Hinton & Finchley Revolution 5 London Lions White 0, London Lions Blue 2 Belmont United 3, St Albans City East 5 HMH Galaxy 4, HMH Fire 3 Oakhill Tigers Cobras 2 Spring Trophy Group A – Whetstone Wanderers Leopards 5 Brady HGS 2 Group F – Harvesters South 3 Brady Red 1 U12 – London Lions White 6 London Coley Blue 2, St Albans City East 2 London Lions Blue 4, Hadley Rangers North 3 HMH Dynamo 1, HMH Juniors 5 HW & W Falcons 1 Purple Division – HMH Bears 2 North West London Jets 3 Spring Trophy Group C – Brady White 8 AC Finchley South 0, Colney Heath Harriers 8 Brady Blue 1

Zac Lewis scored a hat-trick for Hendon A

Raiders cash in against HMH to go clear at top of the table Raiders masters maintained their seven-point lead at the top of the Division One table as Alex Bourne, James Cartmell and Lee Cash (pictured) scored in their 3-1 win over HMH. Chigwell kept their title hopes alive thanks to a 4-1 win over Lions A. Adam Stolerman, Daniel Castle and two own goals sealing the win. In Division Two, EDRS beat Temple Fortune 5-1, Steve Krieger’s double, plus Darren Coon, Martin Seifert strikes and an own goal sealing the rout. In the Henry Swerner Cup, St John’s Wood Tigers beat Marshside 5-3. Darryl Lazarus’ double, plus strikes from Grant Morgan, Jason Bentley and John Perloff seeing them to the win.

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Dennison scored in Oakwood B’s 2-1 win at Los Blancos. L’Equipe extended their lead at the top of the Division Two table to 14 points as Jonny Kay, Dave Prager and Grant Bates scored in a 3-2 win at Real Hendon. Hertswood Vale claimed the result of the day as Josh Cohen’s hat-trick, plus Ben Davis and Danny Feuer strikes saw them beat Redbridge C 5-1. Raiders C saw their promotion hopes take a blow as they were held to a 4-4 draw by Boca Jewniors. Jonny Blain scored all four goals for Raiders, with Sam Simon’s double, and Jamie Leboff and Benjamin Retter strikes earning Boca a point. Two own goals, plus strikes from Richard Winton and Callion McGregor saw Catford & Bromley beat Faithfold B 4-1. Raiders A booked their place in the last four of the Peter Morrison Trophy as they beat their B side 5-2. Matt Stock scored twice, with Liron Mannie, David Cohen and Oscar Wagner also all on target.


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Hendon A manager David Garbacz said his side kept themselves in the Premier Division title race as Zac Lewis’ hat-trick helped them to a 7-0 win over SPEC. Josh Harris and Dovi Fehler scored two each in the emphatic win, with Garbacz saying: “This game was just what we needed to renew our belief that we can still mount a last-ditch title push. It promises to be a close finish and we’re excited to be a part of it.” Redbridge A beat Brady 6-1. Daniel Garfinkle scored twice, with Dean Nyman, Ben Sollosi, Nathan Kashkett and Daniel Berg also on target. Harry Marlow scored in Lions A’s 1-0 win at FC Team A. London Lions B maintained their four-point lead at the top of the Division One table after they beat Finchley City 3-2. Michael Kenley scored twice, with Sammy Kingston hitting their third. Redbridge B won 2-0 at Hendon B, thanks to goals from Brad Gayer and Kane Hopps. Scrabble saw goals from Elliot Espinoza, Zac Summerfield and Josh Bharier lead them to a 3-0 win over Faithfold A, while Rafi Bloom and Dani



REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A Named man-of-the match after putting in a magnificent performance, was simply unplayable and claimed two assists

REAL HENDON Was solid for the entire 90 minutes and scored a great header to top off performance

SCRABBLE Played his first full game in a few months, looked solid as a rock as he showed great distribution and made several clearances

HERTSWOOD VALE A fantastic game both defensively and offensively, as he grabbed his first goal for the club with a 25-yard screamer

CATFORD & BROMLEY Described by his manager as being the player on the pitch, which was justified by the way he controlled the game

BOCA JEWNIORS Worked tireless in the middle of the park for Boca and got on the scoresheet for his efforts

FINCHLEY CITY Described as putting in one of best individual performance all season as he bossed the midfield

OAKWOOD B Rolled back the years as he turned in an exquisite standout midfield performance HENDON UNITED A Was back to his mesmerising best as he scored the perfect hat-trick – header, left and right foot


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Jewish News 23 February 2017

Sport / Lions’ goal king / Israeli joins Irish football

The lion reaps!

Gershfield nets record 42nd goal of season, then sets sights on being London Lion’s all-time top scorer By Andrew Sherwood andrews@thejngroup.com @JewishNewsUK

James Gershfield has set his sights on becoming London Lions’ all-time leading goalscorer after he broke the record for most goals in a season, netting his 42nd strike of the campaign. His goal in a 5-0 Herts Centenary Trophy semi-final win over Bishops Stortford saw him better Max Kyte’s 41 goals – which he achieved in the 2015/16 season – as the side kept alive their bid for a league and cup treble. Delighted with the feat, Gershfield, who has played for several other clubs while at the Lions Saturday team, including Harmen (pictured) told Jewish News: “I’m over the moon. It’s up there with one of my best personal achievements in my career, if not the best. I was aware of the record set by Max at the start of the season and my aim from the very start was to beat it. I didn’t think about it too much in the opening games, but as the goals went in and I got nearer to the 41 mark, it starting playing on my mind before each game. I’m proud to have reached it and now my aim is to set the bar for the next challenge.” Hoping to break more records and eyeing up being the club’s top ever goalscorer – which stands at Adam Stolerman’s 134 goals, he said: “I’ve now scored 102 goals and Adam’s tally is the next target, I don’t think I’ll beat that record this season, but maybe next!”

Saying how he couldn’t have achieved his goalscoring exploits without his teammates, he said: “It’s all down to the team and I can honestly say I wouldn’t have achieved this without them. The service that I get from them is amazing, week in, week out they provide me with chances, we have quality all over the pitch and it’s exciting to be part of this team.” The win over Stortford keeps the Rowley Lane side on track for what would be their first ever treble, and Gershfield says: “We have our eyes set on all three. We’re challenging on three fronts and each and every member of the team and coaching staff are relishing the idea of a treble. “I’ve been involved in many teams since I started playing football, but have never played in one with such a strong bond and team spirit. Everyone gets on with each other and there are no groups within the team, we’re all united as one. I can honestly say I haven’t enjoyed my football this much in a long time. “Our success so far is down to the team spirit in the camp and although nothing has been achieved yet, I’m confident we can go on to be the most successful Lions team to date. “A lot of credit must go to Andy, Steve and Darren who give up a lot of time and effort to make sure we’re armed with everything we require to succeed. From training on a Thursday to matches on a Saturday and mid-week, everything is spot on.”

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Israeli signs for League of Ireland Israeli defender Alon Netzer has joined Irish Premier Division side Derry City. The 23-year-old put pen to paper just days ahead of the start of the Irish season, and says he’s looking forward to playing in an “exciting league.” Having started his career in Israel, Netzer spent last season in Romania with ASA Târgu Mureș in Romania. Speaking after watching City complete their preseason with a 3-1 win against Dergview, he said: “I’m excited to be here and want to get started as soon as possible. I saw some players with good potential. I haven’t seen much of the League of Ireland, but I have heard it is an exciting league with lots of young players.” Manager Kenny Shiels said: “We’re pleased to get him because we were low (in options) at the back. He’s played in

Alon Netzer has signed for Derry City

Romania and in his native country Israel. I want to see him develop with us.” The move wasn’t though welcomed by

all, after one supporter took to social media where he called the signing “disgraceful”. Sending a tweet to the club’s official account, he said: “Absolutely disgraceful signing an Israeli”. However, that view was in the minority, with other fans attacking the offensive remark. One read: “Welcome to Derry City F.C. Shouldn’t matter where he is from. If he’s good enough then that’s all that counts.” A Celtic fan tweeted: “Over here Celtic had two Israelis who gave their all for the club and were much respected for their footballing skills and it didn’t matter where they come from”, while another, referring to problems encountered in Ireland, said: “Anger over an individual’s place of birth (something he had no control over) is narrow minded, just like the narrow mindedness that has divided our country”.

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