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Tragedy for the girl with the ‘magic heart’ Community left griefstricken after death of five-year-old with rare heart condition By Lisa Sanders @JewishNewsUK

Family, friends and classmates of a five-year-old girl from Borehamwood diagnosed with a rare heart defect have been left devastated following her death. Shani Berman (pictured, right), a bright and enthusiastic Year 1 pupil at Immanuel College Prep School, passed away last month after complicated open heart surgery. She was the youngest child of parents Simon and Juliet and sister to Tammy, age 11, and Joel, age 13. When Shani was six weeks old, doctors told her parents that their perfectly healthylooking baby had been born with a congenital heart defect called pulmonary atresia. This meant she had a large hole in her heart and was missing the valve that links the heart to the

pulmonary artery that takes blood to the lungs to be oxygenated. Around one in every 10,000 babies is born with some form of this condition. “We were in shock,” Simon recalled. “We thought they would do a scan and tell us she has a small hole in her heart that would probably close on its own in time. This was not the case.” Shani had her first operation as a baby. Surgeons at Great Ormond Street implanted a tiny Gore-Tex tube into her heart where the valve should have been. She seemed to be making good progress, so the doctors were cautiously optimistic. Then at 20 months Shani suffered from heart failure and spent two weeks in hospital trying to recover. “We were told at that point that she wouldn’t Continued on page 6

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Senior Christian leader: Apartheid Week ‘intimidates’ A leading figure in the Church of England has branded Israeli Apartheid Week “neither helpful nor constructive” in comments likely to reverberate throughout congregations across the country, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Dr Michael Ipgrave, who is the Bishop of Lichfield and chair of the Council of Christians and Jews, made his observations this week, as events took place across British campuses highlighting perceived social injustices in Israel and the West Bank. He said: “Apartheid Week is not a helpful or constructive way to address the serious challenges of Palestinians and Israelis. Over time, it has become a source of great tension between Jewish students and others on UK campuses.” He added: “Rather than informing the dialogue around this complex issue, it can often close down dialogue and leave Jewish students feeling intimidated, vulnerable and insecure at a time of rising anti-Semitism in the UK and beyond.” University College London said an event organised by the Friends of Palestine Society had been cancelled because organisers had not followed the correct booking procedure. The scrapped Tuesday talk, entitled “Quad under Occupation”, had invited attendees to “explore the practices which sow the seeds of racial tension in Israel”. Continued on page 2





Jewish News 2 March 2017

News / Apartheid Week condemned / Boris Israel trip / Labour shared role

Top bishop blasts Apartheid Week Continued from page 1 Speaking to Academic Friends of Israel, UCL Vice-Provost Rex Knight said: “We are not going to give permission for the event to go ahead, as they have not followed procedure. “As the event has, so to speak, fallen at the first hurdle, we haven’t considered it with respect to commitments to free speech within the law.” Meanwhile at the University of Exeter, plans by the Friends of Palestine for a mock Israeli checkpoint on Monday were pulled after university bosses raised concerns about restrictive student access. A university spokesman said: “If protests take place, consideration must be given to the location and prominence of events and their impact on the staff and student body, as well as the need to ensure that they do not restrict the ability of the campus community to move freely. The proposed mock Israeli checkpoint street theatre event was planned for a very busy part of campus where students and staff not only congregate but use as a thoroughfare to lectures.”

The Friends of Palestine Society said the Student Guild had approved the checkpoint, and that the university’s decision to override it was politically-motivated. The society appealed, but this was rejected by Provost Professor Janice Kay, despite the society offering to move the checkpoint to any other campus area. In a statement, the group said: “Our performance has been censored whereas proZionist events are allowed to go ahead without any hindrance, demonstrating the fallacy of the university management’s claims of impartiality.” These cancellations come two weeks after the Israel-Britain Alliance launched its campaign to counter Israeli Apartheid Week. Meanwhile, Jewish students in London said some of this week’s Israeli Apartheid Week events were “the worst ever”. A high-profile meeting at King’s College, London, on Tuesday night featured Farid Esack, a veteran anti-apartheid activist and professor at the University of Johannesburg, who caused anger after saying he “would not

Michael Ipgrave, above, says the event is ‘neither helpful nor constructive’

pray” for the Jewish victims of a terrorist attack in Paris in 2015. Tamara Berens, a first year student at King’s and vice president of the Israel Society, was in the audience for the opening plenary of Israeli Apartheid Week 2017, titled: “100 years of Palestinian resistance against settler colonialism.” She said: “The event was very distressing… The worst I have ever experienced, with speakers supporting terrorism unequivocally.”

USUAL SUSPECTS Council backing BORIS SET TO VISIT Shadow ministers BASHING BALFOUR hate definition ISRAEL NEXT WEEK are to share role The campaign to ask the government to apologise for the Balfour Declaration is being headlined by three politicians who have been suspended for comments offensive to Jews. In a letter from the Palestinian Return Centre, supporters were told that Baroness Jenny Tonge (pictured), Lib Dem councillor David Ward and Lord Nazir Ahmed were among the campaign’s leading lights. They are fronting the Balfour Apology Campaign, led by the London-based Palestinian Return Centre, which is seeking an official apology from the British government for issuing the Declaration “which has caused so much damage”. In the letter, spokeswoman Roua Naboulsi said Balfour’s support “ignored the indigenous Palestinians who comprised 90 percent of the population ”.

Hertsmere Council has followed Barnet in recognising a new and more expansive definition of anti-Semitism that includes claims that Israel is a racist endeavour. In a vote this week, councillors backed the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition, which was adopted by Prime Minister Theresa May on behalf of the UK late last year. While the majority of Hertsmere councillors are Conservative, left-leaning Labour members said they were pleased to endorse the motion, because “this definition recognises that rhetoric about Israel is often expressed in anti-Semitic terms”. At a meeting on Tuesday night, Labour group leader, Councillor Richard Butler, said: “This definition sets out clear dividing lines between fair criticism of Israeli policies on one hand and anti-Semitism on the other. “We are deeply concerned and ashamed at recent incidents of anti-Semitism within our own party.”

Boris Johnson will visit Israel and the Palestinian territories next week for his first full trip since becoming foreign secretary. The former London mayor (pictured) will hold high-level meetings in Jerusalem during the tour. He proved a hit in Israel when he led a trade mission there in the final stages of his time at City Hall and his colourful denunciation of boycotts was applauded by Israel’s supporters but led to the cancellation of meetings in the West Bank. The UK’s policy towards Israel has come under close attention in recent months after the UK reportedly took a leading role in pushing for a UN resolution against settlements and then led in refusing to sign a communiqué at the end of an international gathering in Paris that had been roundly condemned by Israel.

Shadow ministers Kate Osamor and Sarah Champion will share the responsibilities of the Labour’s minister for diverse communities, Jewish News has learnt. It is understood no one will be formally appointed to the role for the time being following the resignation of Dawn Butler, but the shadow international development and women and equalities secretaries will continue her work at the party’s top table. Champion has been vocal in her support of the Jewish Labour Movement during meetings of the NEC equalities committee. However, both are fiercely critical of Israeli policy, with Osamor recently signing a letter attacking the government for its crackdown on town hall boycotts and calling for a halt to the arms trade with Israel. Butler, who left the front bench over Jeremy Corbyn’s position on Brexit, has expressed her intention to continue working with minority groups within the party – and announced plans for a manifesto for diverse communities to be launched ahead of the next election.

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Rudd pledges £13m to protect the community The Government will provide more than £13m of funding to boost security at synagogues and Jewish schools next year, the home secretary confirmed last night, writes Justin Cohen. The renewed funds towards the cost of security guards at Jewish schools for 2017-18 follows similar commitments from David Cameron and Theresa May at the last two CST dinners. The money will be overseen by the charity, which last night welcomed around 1,000 guests including Amber Rudd, new Metropolitan Police

Home Secretary Amber Rudd


Commissioner Cressida Dick and a host of political leaders to its flagship fundraiser. Rudd said: “We will continue to listen to the funding needs of the community going forward. But however professional security guards are, I’m sure you’d prefer to go to synagogue or drop your child at school without being greeted by one. This is the future we are all working towards.” Praising the CST and its army of volunteers, Rudd said the bomb threat that forced the evacuation of London’s Jewish Museum this week was a reminder of the importance of the charity’s work. She added: “We are doing what we can to confine anti-Semitism to the history books. Our efforts have been internationally recognised.” CST chief executive David Delew thanked the Government for “strong efforts to help combat terrorism and anti-Semitism, epitomised by the continued funding for guards at Jewish schools, but also shown in a range of other measures,”. CST chair Gerald Ronson warned that global changes won’t be good for the Jewish community. He said: “Look at how fragile Europe is and suddenly nobody knows what America stands for any more. People are moving to the extremes. They face globalised problems, which they want simple solutions to. People feel left behind and betrayed. They need someone to blame. None of this is going to be good for Jews.”

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News / Sir Gerald Kaufman: 1930–2017

Tributes to Israel’s ‘irascible’ adversary Respects were paid this week to one of Israel’s loudest critics in Westminister, Sir Gerald Kaufman, who died on Sunday, aged 86. The veteran MP for Manchester Gorton’s family said he passed away after battling a long-term illness. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn described the Jewish politician as an “iconic and irascible” figure with “dandy clothes” who “loved life and politics”. Kaufman was a staunch critic of Israel whose outbursts against the Jewish state did not diminish with age. Commenting on his passing, a Jewish Labour Movement spokesperson said: “Baruch Dayan Ha’Emet. We wish his family sincere condolences and a ‘long life’”. The spokesperson also noted that Kaufman was a former member of Poale Zion, the forerunner to the JLM. Sir Gerald was first elected as Manchester Ardwick MP in 1970 before becoming Manchester Gorton MP after constituency boundary changes in 1983 until his death. His family announced his death “with great sadness”, saying: “Sir Gerald had been suffering from a long-term illness for several months, but, in that time, remained firmly committed to, and focused on, the activities and wellbeing of his beloved constituency, which he had served since first elected in 1970.

Right: Gerald Kaufman is welcomed into Gaza during a visit in 2010. Above: Pictured outside Parliament in 1989. Bottom left: Receiving his Survivor of the Year award in 2002. Bottom right: Supporting Palestine

“Sir Gerald dedicated his life to serving those who he believed would benefit most from a Labour government and Labour values in action. “He believed that policy and principle without power were simply not enough to deliver the better life that he fought for on behalf of his constituents for almost 50 years. “Though Sir Gerald had many friends and supporters in Manchester and across the world from his work on many campaigns and causes, he was in essence a private man. There will be a further opportunity for those who wish to pay tribute to the contribution of this great socialist and parliamentarian in due course.” Kaufman was known for his virulent criticism of Israel, leading to some in the Jewish community accusing him of crossing over into anti-Semitism. He was condemned by party leader Jeremy Corbyn, after claiming “Jewish money” influenced politics. Speaking in Parliament in November 2015, he said: “It’s Jewish money, Jewish donations, to the Con-

servative Party... that gives bias to the Conservatives.” During the same debate, he claimed Israel fabricated Palestinian knife attacks, a statement that was branded an “old-fashioned antiSemitic trope” by JLC chief executive Simon Johnson. Citing a letter sent by a “friend in East Jerusalem”, Kaufman said: “More than half the stabbing claims were fabricated. The other half, some were true, the others there was no way to tell since they executed Palestinians and no one asked questions.” During Operation Cast Lead in 2009, Kaufman compared his family’s suffering in the Holocaust, to Israel’s actions in Gaza. He said: “My grandmother was ill in bed when the Nazis came to her home town of Staszow. A German soldier shot her dead in her bed. My grandmother did not die to provide cover for Israeli soldiers murdering Palestinian grandmothers

in Gaza.” He echoed this during a Westminster Hall debate in July 2015, saying: “The Israelis use the Holocaust, they use the murder of six million Jews to justify their murder of thousands of Palestinians.” Following the Israeli general election in 2015, Kaufman branded the Jewish State’s new cabinet “the most extremist government in its entire existence”, adding that prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, used a “racist statement” in referring to “the ‘hordes of Palestinians’ who were going by bus to vote.” And Kaufman was forced to apologise in 2011 after saying “Here we are, the Jews again,” as fellow Jewish Labour MP Louise Ellman rose to speak. Jeremy Corbyn paid tribute to his “constant” friend, saying: “I’m very sad at the passing of Sir Gerald Kaufman. An iconic and irascible figure in the Labour Party, Gerald

worked with Harold Wilson when he was Prime Minister in the 1960s and became a Labour MP in 1970. “Gerald came from a proud Jewish background. He always wanted to bring peace to the Middle East and it was my pleasure to travel with him to many countries. I last saw him in his lovely flat in St John’s Wood in London, surrounded by film posters and a library of the film world. He loved life and politics. I will deeply miss him, both for his political commitment and constant friendship.” Sir Gerald’s last spoken contribution in the Commons chamber was in a debate paying tribute to the Queen on her 90th birthday on 21 April last year, according to Hansard, the official report of proceedings in Parliament. He spoke of wanting to reach a similar milestone. He said: “Turning 90 is a marvellous signpost in life, as I hope to experience myself before long.”

Harold Wilson’s Israel support didn’t rub off on Gerald ERIC MOONMAN

LABOUR PARTY MP, 1966-1979

Gerald Kaufman was a loner. He wasn’t a part of any parliamentary group or cabal. I suspect that this was a personal decision. But also partly due to his arrival at Westminster in 1970 when he provoked some suspicion following a short spell as a runner for Prime Minister, Harold Wilson. His early background suggested that he could have followed an academic career as he distinguished himself at Leeds Grammar school and at Queens College, Oxford. Instead he chose journalism and politics, joining the Daily Mirror and later became an assistant at the Fabian Society.

Harold Wilson was a valuable ally and charted him through the various stages of the selection process. He came to Parliament and was briefly a minister as Under Secretary of State. Given Wilson’s compassion and support for Israel it was surprising that this didn’t rub off on Gerald. I remember talking to one of the Whips and he rolled his eyes, saying: “Gerald is very, very obstinate on many issues.” So Kaufman moved up the ministerial ladder and, to his credit, was well regarded as a persistent and determined front bencher. My conversations with him back then centred on a shared interest in culture and the cinema. Here he was extremely knowledgeable and wrote two books – My Life on the Silver Screen’ and ‘Meet me in St Louis’. It was fortunate his Manchester constituency was a safe Labour seat, so he was returned without

a break – eventually becoming Father of the House. Yet Kaufman will be remembered by his critics, of whom there are many, for his attacks on Israeli governments both left and right. His speeches in the House on Israel were predictable and made little impact on those undecided on Middle East affairs. In a debate some 18 months ago, which I witnessed, it seemed he was trying to out-do even the most vehement proArab members. Gerald Kaufman lambasted Israel and its leadership mercilessly and in turn this provoked consternation among Jews here and abroad. In the many meetings I have addressed any mention of his name provokes anger and dismay. Gerald was obviously aware of such reactions and, as a committed Jew, it must have been painful.


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2 March 2017

News / Refugee funds / Charedi grant

Shul’s £50k bid to host Syrian refugees

Protesting for refugee rights

A Streatham synagogue is aiming to raise £50,000 to help house a family of Syrian refugees in the only example of its kind across the capital. South London Liberal Synagogue launched its ‘Abraham’s Tent’ campaign this weekend, with senior figures from Reform and Liberal Judaism alongside Christian leaders and the chief executive of the Board of Deputies. The shul has already

raised almost £10,000 to convert the former caretaker’s flat attached to the building into a home for a family fleeing war in the Middle East, describing it as “the community’s most ambitious ever fundraising drive”. Alice Alphandary, chair of the synagogue said: “This project is so important to us as Jews. My dad was a refugee from Egypt. Many people in our community were refugees from Germany and

Eastern Europe. “We want to give refugees the same welcome and hospitality we received when we came to this country.” Rabbi Janet Darley said: “It was wonderful to see so many congregants, neighbours and friends coming together to support this project. “Every house or flat made available means rescue and resettlement for another family.” Lambeth Council said

it was working with the synagogue to help a refugee family make a new home in Streatham, and that it would pay the shul rent capped at the Local Authority housing allowance. However, because this is significantly below market rate, the number of private landlords offering accommodation to refugee families has been extremely limited, and councils have struggled to place refugee families.

Charedim’s £50k grant for tackling hate crime London’s Charedi community has been given £50,000 to improve the reporting of anti-Semitic hate crime, which often passes unrecorded in strictly-Orthodox areas. Minister for Faith and Integration Lord Bourne announced the new funding on a tour of Stamford Hill, where he met students and teachers at Belz Yeshiva and Yesodey Hatorah Senior School. He was later briefed by the team

at volunteer emergency response service, Hatzola. Bourne said the money would go to volunteer neighbourhood watch group Shomrim, as well as to fund True Vision, a brand of hate crime reporting materials owned and operated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council, which began as a local scheme but is being expanded to provide resources to any police force. “We have heard from people within

sections of the Orthodox Jewish community that many victims of hate crime are still reluctant to report crimes,” said Paul Giannasi, who manages True Vision for the police. “We are pleased to receive this support for our work, as it will enable us to work with communities and our partners to ensure that as many victims as possible choose to report crimes as and when they happen.” Shomrim with police in Stamford Hill



JCORE PROTEST AT KINDER MONUMENT Liverpool Street Station’s memorial to the Kindertransport was the enigmatic venue for a demonstration by a Jewish human rights group this week, to press the Government to take more unaccompanied child refugees. Senior rabbis from all sections of the Jewish community spoke out at the JCORE demonstration against the Government’s decision to cap the number of lone child refugees at 350, which they described as paltry. The protest was timed to heighten awareness ahead of a House of Commons vote.

CAMDEN’S JEWISH MUSEUM EVACUATED AFTER BOMB THREAT The Jewish Museum in Camden was evacuated on Monday after a hoax bomb threat was made around lunchtime. Around 100 people, including visiting schoolchildren and staff, were asked to leave “as a precaution,” as police closed off roads and searched the building. Nothing was found. The Museum said there were two groups of schoolchildren in at the time, adding: “We were able to evacuate the building quickly and safely.










Jewish News 2 March 2017

News / Sacks animation / News in brief NEWS IN BRIEF

MAN WHO IDOLISED HITLER SENT TO JAIL A white supremacist who idolised Adolf Hitler and posted online calls for his followers to kill Jews and Muslims has been jailed for five years. Sean Creighton, 45, made racist, Islamophobic, homophobic and anti-Semitic calls to arms on social media and was also found in possession of a weapons manual that could be used by terrorists, Kingston Crown Court heard. In one instance, he posted an image of Hitler along with the message “kill the Muslims” online as well as an image of a gun alongside a swastika and the words “Jews prepare to die”. He was caught after police were made aware of a picture on social media of him holding an assault rifle standing in front of a Nazi flag.

KIDS EVACUATED AS STORM HITS SHUL Storm Doris almost tore off the roof of Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue last week, with gales causing the evacuation of 90 children from the building. Youngsters who had been temporarily using the Croxdale Road synagogue as a nursery were led to safety by staff as firefighters assessed the damage. A spokesman for the United Synagogue said: “Our first concern is for the health and safety of all those who were present and we were thankful nobody was injured.”

ISRAELI SHARES WINGATE PRIZE International lawyer Philippe Sands and Israeli author Ayelet Gundar-Goshen have been chosen as joint- winners of the 2017 Jewish Quarterly Wingate literary prize in its 40th anniversary year, sharing the £4,000 winner’s pot. Sands scooped half the prize with his East West Street, a part-memoir, while Gundar-Goshen won for her second novel, Waking Lions.

NEW ENVOY OPENS ISRAEL EXHIBITION Israel’s new deputy ambassador in London was introduced to Israel’s British supporters this week as she opened a parliamentary exhibit of Jewish links to her homeland. Sharon Bar-li, who only began work on Monday, paid tribute to the Simon Wiesenthal Center for curating an exhibit chronicling more than 3,500 year of Jewish history. She said: “From exile and struggle, to the rebirth of a nation… Israel has remained the epicentre of Jewish life.”

Sacks gets animated about BDS ‘dangers’ Former Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, has released an online animated video against the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS), which, he says is a “prelude to Israel’s elimination”. Lord Sacks said the BDS campaign was “dangerous” ahead of Israeli Apartheid Week, which gains traction across university campuses. The author and leading moral light said the video, a six-minute whiteboard animation created by Israeli company White Animation, examines “what lies beneath BDS, why it is so dangerous and why Jews, humanitarians of all faiths and of none, and all those who value a free society, must stand up against it”. In his commentary, he

A scene from the new video released by Lord Sacks, inset

argues BDS “looks less like a campaign for human rights and more like a campaign against Israel’s very right to be”. He says: “I support the rights of Palestinians to a state of their own, and the right of Palestinian children to a future of dignity and hope.” But, he adds: “The BDS campaign will achieve neither”. He added the video would

act to combat “vicious hatred of Israel that occurs online” and will be translated into Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.  Watch the video at jewishnews.co.uk. See pages 22-23 for souvenir poster of animations featured in the film

TRIBUTES FOR SHANI Continued from page 1 make it,” Simon remembers. Yet, remarkably, she came through it. Over the next four years, Shani grew into a lively little girl, who knew what she wanted from life and was determined to get it. She loved Lego, Disney princesses and Peppa Pig and she loved school. Her parents worked hard to keep the health worries in the background and to maintain a normal and happy family life. Simon is vice chair of Borehamwood shul and Juliet has raised money for Heartline, a charity supporting families of children with heart defects. Shani understood that hers was a “magic heart” that meant she sometimes needed to rest and could not run with the other children. According to Simon, “one of her doctors recently told us that only a trained Sherpa carrying baggage up Mount Everest would cope with the low oxygen levels Shani had throughout her life.”

In the last few months, those oxygen levels depleted still further, and the doctors felt there was no choice but to operate again, this time to replace Shani’s heart valve. Shani did not pull through from this surgery. Alexis Gaffin, headteacher at Immanuel College Prep School, held an assembly to remember Shani and arranged for an organisation called Grief Encounter to come in to talk with pupils. “Friends put together a memory box of thoughts about Shani,” says Simon. “They want to keep the connection between the family and the school.”

2 March 2017 Jewish News



Uni dispute / School opening / Ofsted report / News

Uni defends lecturer caught up in ‘anti-Semitism’ storm Colleagues of a Bristol University lecturer caught up in an antiSemitism row have rallied to her defence, demanding that she be allowed to express her views. Dr Rebecca Gould was accused by an MP of “Holocaust denial” for a 2011 article in which she said Israel used the world’s worst genocide to “whitewash its crimes”. According to reports in the Telegraph last weekend, Gould wrote that “Israel must find a way of not passing on the crimes the Nazis introduced into the world on to the next generation of its citizens”. A reader in translation studies and comparative literature at the university, the lecturer added that

worst cases of Holocaust denial” he has seen in recent years and Gould should “consider her position”. However, three senior university academics have staunchly defended Gould after a spokesman for the vice-chancellor said an investigation had begun following an official complaint lodged by the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism. In an open letter, they say Dr Rebecca Gould [Pic: YouTube] Gould does not “deny or mini“perhaps the time has come to stop mise the devastating reality of the privileging the Holocaust as the Holocaust… Indeed, she is scrupulous in arguing that it should central event in Jewish history”. Sir Eric Pickles MP, chairman not be employed for political of Conservative Friends of Israel ends, including to justify occupaand UK special envoy on post-Hol- tion and treatment of Palestinocaust issues, said it was “one of the ians in Israel”.

MIDDLE EAST POETS ON THE UNDERGROUND Work by Israeli and Palestinian poets have been chosen by Transport for London to celebrate international artists from March, as part of the Tube’s popular Poems on the Underground. Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai, who died in 2000, and Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, who

died in 2008, will feature alongside work from Italian Salvatore Quasimodo, together with classics from William Shakespeare and W.H. Auden. Amichai’s poem, which was translated from Hebrew by Chana Bloch and Chana Kronfeld, is called Ein Yahav (meaning Wellness

of Hope), which is the name of a moshav (farming community) on the Israeli/Jordanian border. In it he describes seeing date palms, tamarisk trees and hope (‘hatikva’), the title of the Israeli national anthem, which describes the Jewish people’s longing to return to their ancestral homeland.

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SPECIAL NEEDS UNIT FOR NORWOOD SITE A school catering for Jewish children with special educational needs is to open in September on the site of the Norwood Hope Centre in Willesden Green. Gesher Primary School, aimed at children with language, communication and social pragmatic difficulties, confirmed the news in what organisers described as a “milestone week”. Governor Ruth Swanton said: “We are thrilled to be able to announce we have a home for the duration of the build of our

permanent site at Sinai School. She added: “Norwood has been incredibly supportive of us from the start and we are touched to be offered this exciting fit-for-purpose dynamic property by them.” Gesher will support children with conditions associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and those with language difficulties, and will also employ a specialist in autism spectrum challenges (ASC). Swanton said the Hope Therapy Centre “has much to offer us, including a sensory integration area, small therapy rooms classroom spaces and much more”.

Charedi school is rated ‘inadequate’ A grammar school for Orthodox girls in Hendon has plunged in ratings from ‘outstanding’ to ‘inadequate’ after Ofsted inspectors who visited late last year published their report. Leaders of Beth Jacob Grammar School, which has 246 pupils aged 11-17 paying more than £6,000 in annual fees, were described as well-meaning but ineffective, with improvements needed in safeguarding, teachers’ performance and pupils’ progress monitoring. Inspectors also slammed the school for not teaching girls about different lifestyle choices and sexualities, and for

poor careers advice, despite noting headteacher Mrs Gluck had made improvements since joining in 2014. “Pupils are not taught explicitly about issues such as sexual orientation,” they wrote. “This restricts pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and does not promote equality of opportunity ways that take account of differing lifestyles.”



Jewish News 2 March 2017

World news / Army lambasted / Bomb threats TRUMP CONDEMNS THREATS AGAINST JEWISH CENTRES Jewish centres and schools across the US received another wave of bomb threats this week as officials in Philadelphia try to repair and restore hundreds of vandalised headstones at a Jewish cemetery. A total of 13 community centres and eight day schools in at least a dozen states received threats, but no bombs were found. All 21 buildings were cleared by Monday and resumed normal operations. It was the fifth round of bomb threats against Jewish institutions since January, prompting outrage among Jewish leaders, and calls for an aggressive response. President Donald Trump led his first address to Congress on Tuesday by condemning these scare tactics. He said: “Threats targeting Jewish community centres and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting... remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.”

IDF criticised for failing to destroy terror tunnels An Israeli government report this week laid into the country’s army for only destroying half the tunnels identified during the 2014 Gaza campaign, concluding that it therefore “failed to achieve its objective”. State Comptroller Yosef Shapira criticised Israeli leaders and military chiefs in two large reports published on Tuesday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coming in for particular criticism for not properly briefing his security cabinet. Shapira says the IDF targeted more than 30 Gaza tunnels, of which 14 crossed into Israel, with Islamist militants killing 11 Israeli soldiers near the border in ‘hit-and-run’ attacks throughout the 50-day campaign, and taking Lt. Hadar Goldin’s body. But Shapira accused Netanyahu of withholding the true nature of the subterranean threat to colleagues in the National Security Council – a charge the PM denied. Former settler leader Naftali Bennett from the ultra-nationalist Jewish Home party had sat on the NSC, alongside then-Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, and Ya’alon’s successor Avigdor Lieberman, who urged the IDF to go further and “conquer the Gaza Strip”. Bennett, touted by Israel’s right-wing as a future leader, has been highly critical of Netanyahu’s handling of the war, and said he


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Jewish women’s group WIZO has cancelled an exhibition in Rio de Janeiro after 35 paintings of Israeli women with olive trees were stolen in transit from Sao Paulo. The head of WIZO in Brazil said it was ‘shameful to all Brazilians’, adding that the art had ‘no commercial value, but inestimable sentimental value’. A soldier at the entrace to a Hamas tunnel


warned of the danger, but this week Ya’alon described him as “minister of leaks,” adding: “Some leak, others fight.” Opposition politician and former foreign minister Tzipi Livni said the threat from tunnels was well-known, because eight years earlier Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit had been smuggled into the Strip after a surprise attack on his tank near the border. Elsewhere in the report, Shapira said assessments were being made by the country’s leaders despite “significantly lacking intelligence”. Former IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz said that while the intelligence was “not always perfect,” he would be “ready to go into the next campaign with the same intelligence that we had in the last one”.

An official charged with preserving historic monuments could be jailed for three years for allowing the demolition of a former Talmudic school

in Konin. The Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland sold it in 2010, but a minister said it was a ‘special witness to the presence of Konin Jews’.


A new opera based on an 86-year-old Yiddish poem about an indigenous chief who resisted the Spanish invaders will premier in Havana next month. Composed by Frank London of the Klezmatics, Hatuey: Memory of Fire is based on the 1931 prose of Oscar Pinis, a Ukrainian refugee who fled to Cuba.

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They’re a class apart Behind every successful student is a great teacher. Last week, educators took centre stage at the Jewish Schools Awards – with no wrong envelope mix-ups! And the winners were...

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One of the nine awards given on the night

The finalists of the Jewish Schools Award, which is in its second year and celebrates the very best in Jewish education

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he finest teachers in Jewish education were recognised at the annual Jewish Schools Awards, with women taking all but two of the honours on the night, writes Alex Davis. Four categories of awards at both primary and secondary school level, plus a Lifetime Achievement Award, were presented during a ceremony attended by around 250 guests. The evening was hosted at JW3 in Finchley Road by Jewish News and Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJeS), with Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson overseeing proceedings. The first category was for best emerging teacher in their first three years of teaching. Miriam Saffer of The Independent Jewish Day School won the primary school award and Joanna Moses of JCoSS received the secondary school award. The second category was for best modern Hebrew teacher. Pnina Ravid of Akiva School won the primary school award and Sivan Simons of JFS picked up the secondary school award. Benjamin Perl MBE was then presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Credited with the establishment of more than 20 Jewish schools, including Yavneh College, Perl was praised for his role in helping thousands of Jewish children into full-time Jewish education. The best special needs educator in a primary school was won by Madeleine Bendell of North West London Jewish Day School. The secondary school award was won by Simon Bull of Hasmonean High School for Boys. The final category was for best assistant or deputy headteacher. The primary school award was won by Alex Kingston of Wolfson Hillel Jewish Primary School and the second

school award was picked up by Elaine Robinson of JCoSS. Each finalist received £1,000 in prize money and each winner received £5,000 to spend on a chosen project in their school, thanks to sponsorship from the Emmes Foundation and The Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust. The judging panel of five included Alastair Falk, head of education and community outreach at the Careers and Enterprise Company, Karen Harris, managing director of intu.co.uk, Richard Ferrer, editor of Jewish News, Sue Williamson, director and chief executive of the Schools Students and Teachers Network (SSAT), and Lord Winston, professor of Science and Society at Imperial College London. With a record of more than 350 nomina-

tions, the judges praised the high calibre of candidates across the board. The keynote address was delivered by Dame Helen Hyde DBE, former headteacher of Watford Grammar School for Girls. She spoke movingly about the challenges teachers face and the importance of acting as positive role models for all pupils. Reflecting on the evening, Rabbi David Meyer, executive director of PaJes, said: “Tonight has been a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the best in our schools. I think one of the strongest messages that has come across is the collaborative attitude of the teachers. “Everybody rejoiced in other people winning awards and the winners wanted to recognise the achievements of their colleagues as well.”



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MIRIAM SAFFER began her career abroad, teaching English as a foreign language. While travelling in India, she found inspiration in the respect that pupils had for their teachers. Speaking to Jewish News after collecting her award, Miriam highlighted the importance of continuing to learn from others. “I am fortunate to be surrounded by so many great educators who have taught and guided me,” she said. “The best teachers continue to take advice from others and pupils really respect that.” Asked what she’d like to do with the prize money, she said: “I’d like to invest in special education and needs training. We have children with varying needs and it is important to support them.”

JOANNA MOSES (pictured, right, with a representative of the Morris family) started working at JCoSS as a learning support assistant before returning as a teacher after her PGCE. Described by colleagues as a “true mensch”, Joanna’s commitment to all her pupils is clear through their ongoing success. She has been appointed as one of the school’s leader teachers, giving her a leadership role in implementing improvements in the quality of teaching at JCoSS. Asked her advice for other teachers, she said: “Data, marking and planning can get a bit much, but try not to lose touch with why you went into teaching. And enjoy the feeling of knowing you’ve inspired your pupils after a great lesson.”

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PNINA RAVID (pictured, right, with a representative of the Grahame Charitable Foundation) always wanted to be a teacher, having been inspired by her own educators while living in Israel. She has worked at Akiva for more than 25 years and describes it as her “family”. Pnina ensures Hebrew is greatly valued by her pupils and that they remain challenged and motivated. She was graded as outstanding by Pikuach, who praised her pupils’ ability in Hebrew. Her advice for other Hebrew teachers? “Love what you do and be inspired by your pupils. Also, recognise they are sophisticated and be prepared to embrace technology. If they’re having fun using a computer, they’ll learn a lot without realising.”

SIVAN SIMONS (pictured, right, with The PR Office’s Jessica Finger) left Israel when she was 10 and retains a deep attachment to the country. Her passion for Israel comes across in her ability to create an inspiring Israeli-style atmosphere in the classroom, while her attention to detail in her lesson plans was praised by her colleagues. Sivan says collaboration among teachers is crucial: “My biggest goal is to bring Ivrit teachers closer together, because we all need to support each other and offer advice wherever possible.” She believes pupils should have a say in what they learn: “Whenever we start a new topic, I will often have a discussion with my students about what their interests are rather than my own.”

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MADELEINE BENDELL (pictured, right, with Sue Noé) decided to become a special needs educator because she felt children without learning difficulties were more likely to do well in school, and believed she could make a real difference to the lives of special needs pupils. She was shortlisted for turning North West into a safe place for children with a statement of educational need (SEN). She has successfully applied for additional funding for at least 20 children with special needs, a remarkable achievement. With the prize money, she would like to hire more educational psychologists, speech therapists and counsellors.

A special educational needs coordinator at Hasmonean High School who won an award for his category has said he will donate the £5,000 prize money to his department to buy new computers. Simon Bull, who originally trained as a history teacher, paid tribute to his Hasmo mentor, Jonathan Bokor, saying: “His whole raison d’être was to focus on the more vulnerable students and assist them through their school career. His kindness and dedication became watchwords for the department and certainly infused in me.” Asked what made a great teacher, he said his advice would be “never give up, not with a child or with school systems, and never think that things can’t be changed”.


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ALEX KINGSTON (pictured, right, with Sharon Goldstein) returned to Wolfson Hillel to teach after attending the primary school when it opened in 1992. She was accepted onto the School Centred Initial Teacher Training programme after university and returned during one of her placements. Alex is currently deputy headteacher responsible for Curriculum and Key Stage 1. Speaking to Jewish News after collecting her award, Alex stressed the importance of appreciating colleagues. “I couldn’t do my job without the amazing people I work with on a regular basis in my team. They are all crucial pieces in a puzzle and when one member isn’t around, we aren’t as successful as we could be.” With the prize money she hopes to find new ways of inspiring her pupils.

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ELAINE ROBINSON (pictured, right, with Lisa Ronson) has been one of the principle architects behind JCoSS’s success since its inception seven years ago. Having been employed one year before the school opened, she was tasked wtih developing the pluralist ethos of the school. This involved a number of trips to the United States and Israel, culminating in a Jewish education curriculum that examined pluralism’s function in the world and the integration of various Jewish denominations. Elaine was praised for showing flexibility in adapting to new policy challenges, as well as resilience in pointing out potential problems. With the £5,000 prize money, Elaine said she would like to build a biblical garden and purchase some more Jewish art for the school.

AWARD 9: LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT WINNER – BENJAMIN PERL MBE BENJAMIN PERL (pictured, left, with PaJeS chair, Jonathan Goldstein) was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his role in enabling thousands of Jewish children in Britain to experience a fulltime Jewish education. Having helped establish more than 20 Jewish schools, including Yavneh College, Benjamin’s efforts have resulted in 35,000 pupils, the equivalent of 65 percent of all Jewish children in the UK, attending Jewish day schools. Speaking after collecting his award, Benjamin explained the importance of Jewish education: “I am most concerned about assimilation. One hour a week of informal Jewish education isn’t enough, so a full-time Jewish education is important.” His recent projects include establishing and supporting the Noam School at Wembley United, Nancy Reuben Primary School in Hendon, Torah Vodaas School in West Hendon, Sacks Morasha Primary School in Finchley and Bnos Beis Yaakov in Kingsbury United.  Interviews by Alex Davis

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Let’s learn the importance of simply saying thank you BY RABBI DAVID MEYER

The Jewish community has every reason to be proud of our schools which, year after year, achieve exceptional results and are recognised in the national league tables as among the best in the country. These results are only a small part of the story, as these tables only recognise the outcomes of our schools in secular studies, while ignoring the Jewish studies delivery, which is central to our schools’ curriculum. Sadly, these aspects are not encompassed within the league tables, and are too often ignored when evaluating a school’s success. There are many factors behind a successful school, but perhaps the most important is the staff, who work tirelessly to ensure the education of our children. They are the ones who deserve the credit,

not just for the academic results, but for the balanced and thoughtful graduates who benefit our society and are a credit to our community. For many parents and children, what makes our schools great is the love and attention shown to the children. It is this pastoral care that allows them to grow and flourish. The Jewish Schools Awards is our opportunity to celebrate the excellence of our teachers and recognise their achievements. Produced by PaJeS (Partnerships for Jewish Schools) in association with Jewish News, the evening celebrates the exceptional achievements of the schools community. This year awards were presented at primary and secondary level in four categories: an emerging teacher award, in their first three years of teaching award, a modern Hebrew teacher award, special educational needs educator award, and an assistant or deputy headteacher award. There was also a lifetime achievement award honouring

Benjamin Perl MBE for his exceptional contribution to Jewish education. It is a reflection of the respect and value we have for our teachers that more than 350 nominations were made for these awards. Each nominee receives a certificate, and many schools hold their own ceremonies to celebrate their successes. Last year a teacher told me it was the first time in more than 20 years that anyone had recognised her efforts – the nomination proving how important this recognition is. For the finalists, the awards ceremony is a truly memorable event when, for one evening, the community unites to celebrate their achievements. Every finalist is presented with a beautiful trophy and a certificate, and also receives a financial award. The sponsors of the Jewish Schools Awards wanted to ensure that the event would have a lasting impact and help to support and encourage the raising of standards within our schools.

What better way can there be of achieving this than giving target funding to those teachers who have already been recognised as among the best and most inspirational teachers in our schools? These teachers are encouraged to spend the award money on a project of their choosing within their school. Last year’s winners have already launched a variety of initiatives and we look forward to similarly exciting developments in the coming year. However, the awards provides an important message to us all. The intention of the Jewish Schools Awards is to instil the importance of saying thank you and celebrating the success of our schools and its teachers. If we want to see our schools succeed, then we must learn the value of saying thank you.  Rabbi David Meyer is executive director of PaJeS (Partnerships for Jewish Schools)


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Inspiring times for Jewish education The Jewish Schools Awards, organised by this newspaper and Partnerships for Jewish Schools, inevitably shines the brightest spotlight on the winners. But, at its heart, this now annual event is a celebration, not a competition – a celebration of the exemplary standards set by academically excellent schools, scoring consistently high exam marks that surpass the national average time and again. This remarkable quality of choice is due in no small measure to just one man – Benjamin Perl – the recipient of our Lifetime Achievement Award, who has been the driving force behind the establishment of no fewer than 20 Jewish schools. We have honoured our worthy winners’ achievements in detail elsewhere in this week’s issue, but each merits repeat mention here: Miriam Saffer from The Independent Jewish Day School; Joanna Moses from JCoSS; Pnina Ravid from Akiva School; Sivan Simons from JFS; Madeleine Bendell from North West London Jewish Day School; Simon Bull from Hasmonean High School for Boys; Alex Kingston from Wolfson Hillel Jewish Primary School and Elaine Robinson from JCoSS. Our message to the irrepressible Mr Perl and the caring, dedicated teachers at Jewish schools up and down the country is clear: thanks for all you do to shape the next generation. In your hands we assuredly place our future.


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A REMEDY FOR THE SEAT PROBLEM You report the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance suggesting that “strictly Orthodox Jewish men who refuse to sit next to female passengers on public transport might be required to pay a premium” (Jewish News, 16 February). This followed the allegation that easyJet staff were forced to call the police over passenger behaviour after a flight from Tel Aviv. If true, I join the condemna-

tion. Although JOFA claims to “find no reason in terms of Jewish law or Jewish values for separate seating on planes, buses or any other setting”, it is clearly a problem for some men and, where possible, their foibles should be accommodated. Since it is possible, for

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example, to book seats with extra leg room, it should not be beyond the airlines’ capabilities to give passengers the option of choosing to sit next to persons of the same gender as themselves. I wonder what JOFA’s attitude would be to a woman victim of past sexual abuse uncomfortable sitting next to men and requesting to be moved? Martin D. Stern Salford

THESE PASSENGERS SHOULD START THEIR OWN AIRLINE AND LEAVE US ALL IN PEACE How disappointing to read about “Charedim causing chaos” on a flight from Israel. It brings to the fore an issue all too familiar for those who fly the route regularly. Such unsavoury incidents should be dealt with by firm action by the airlines. Anyone, Charedi or not, causing trouble should be reprimanded and told if the actions are repeated the airline will refuse to let them fly. Also, subject to obvious commercial considerations, airlines should consider laying on flights for strictly Orthodox men only or mixed flights with specific seats for men and women. Provision could be made for davening to take

place at required times without interfering with the cabin crew’s work and only Glatt kosher food would be served. If this does not “get off the ground” or such services are full, these men must behave in a manner that allows the staff to do their duties as appropriate (and required by law), and for all passengers to be able to travel safely, comfortably and, as far as possible, hassle-free. Failing that, they can start their own airline to serve their needs and leave everyone else to fly in peace.

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Editorial comment and letters

PARENTS AND SIX CHILDREN MEAN PROFIT IN THE AIR I got some stick last week after you published a letter from my namesake, another Mike Gordon! People asked if I had had a mental breakdown, As a regular visitor to Israel since 1967 on many airlines, I confirm London-Tel Aviv was deemed by cabin staff a “punishment” rostering owing to the attitude of many male passengers. I often apologise to the crew for the insufferable behaviour they have to endure. I am embarrassed for the women on board and how non-Jewish passengers see us. For my part, I would book a season ticket on the first airline to enforce the “Sit down, shut up or get off!” rule or arranges for offenders to be marched off the plane in handcuffs. It won’t happen though: a couple and six children represent good profits.

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OUR SETTLEMENTS PROVIDE SECURITY AGAINST ATTACK Regarding the request for justification for the new homes on the West Bank (Jewish News, 16 February), I discussed settlements with my Israeli son-in-law (a major in the IDF) and he justified them as providing security against terrorist attacks. I was sceptical but, after the withdrawal of the Gaza settlements and the subsequent rocket attacks from there, I agree. Another point to make is that if Israel is prepared to accept 20 percent of its population being Arab with full civil rights, why should not

a much smaller percentage of the West Bank population be Jewish?

Alan Miller N20

I was disturbed by the Mishpacha cartoon in your 16 February edition. It is not appropriate to treat lightheartedly the subject of spiritualism and seances. Hashem declares “there shall not be found among you anyone that consults familiar spirits” (Deut. 18:11). This is also called

necromancy. Its meaning is set out in 1 Samuel 28:7-19: Saul approached the “Medium” at Endor to contact Samuel, who had previously died. This led to Saul’s death sentence from Samuel. Saul and Jonathan would die that day. A serious matter!

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SELFISH AND UNPLEASANT I was disgusted by the letter of the do-gooder Michael Gordon, in which he implies anyone criticising Charedim is an anti-Semite (Jewish News, 23 February). Perhaps Mr Gordon is the antiSemite if he sees racism in anyone criticising the selfish and unpleasant manner in which those Charedim

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behaved when offered seats next to women. Anyone flying by plane should sit on the allocated seat, whether he or she sits next to a man, woman or anyone else. Anyone seeing wrong in that has mental issues.

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All these Kindertransport comparisons are so crass NICK FERRARI



hen an issue as charged and explosive as to how Britain should react to the migrant crisis engulfing Europe comes along, it’s hardly surprising it provokes great swathes of emotion, howls of protest and deep soul-searching. However, the narrative that has been allowed to spring up that the decision by the government to restrict the number of migrant children coming into this country to 350 is akin to bolting the door in the face of children at the time of the Kindertransport shows a love of hyperbole and a lack of historical context. Under an amendment to the Immigration Act of last year proposed by the well-meaning and nobly motivated veteran Labour peer Lord Alf Dubs, Britain appeared to be ready to welcome 3,000 unaccompanied migrant children who are currently left stranded in camps in Europe. This was in no small way down to celebrities such as Lily Allen breaking down

in tears, conveniently in front of the cameras, and re-writing modern day history by laying the blame for just about everything up to and including the failure to cure the common cold at the door of this country. She was ably assisted by Jude Law, who wandered around the camp dressed as a cross between Frank Spencer and Lenin and blasted any Briton who didn’t automatically fall in line with his views. The government’s reasoning behind limiting the numbers? It fears a higher number serves as a magnet and therefore aids the trafficking gangs. In reality, the problem should be dealt with at source. Meanwhile, a raft of celebrities including Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, and Benedict Cumberbatch (come on, you didn’t think for a second he’d miss out, did you?) wrote an open letter in which they said the restriction was “completely unacceptable.” Referring to Sir Nicholas Winton, who helped rescue 669 Jewish children from all parts of Europe in World War Two, one of whom was the six-year-old Alf Dubs, they went on: “It is

embarrassing that the prime minister’s entire government will not even match the example set by her former constituent all those years ago, let alone the efforts of the Kindertransport movement of which he was a part which saved 10,000 children from the Nazis.” This shows just how crass and uninformed their take on history is and disappointingly some prominent rabbis have joined in the chorus of disapproval. But, the comparison just doesn’t hold. The Nazis’ loathsome final solution was an attempt to exterminate the entire Jewish people. While the Syrian civil war and unrest in surrounding areas is unutterably pitiful, it cannot be likened to the Holocaust.

Also it’s worth remembering there were no migrant or refugee camps anywhere in Europe before or during World War Two. Families were being rounded up and herded off to their near certain deaths. Also, all those decades ago the entire continent was going up in flames, so the children hadn’t crossed a number of safe countries that could accept them before arriving in camps in France. You would need a heart of stone not to have sympathy for genuine child victims and there is an argument for helping those of a much younger age. However, using the Holocaust as a comparison demeans the millions of victims from that horrific time.




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Israel visit gives grounds for renewed optimism THERESA VILLIERS MP CONSERVATIVE, CHIPPING BARNET


ollowing my recent visit to Israel and the West Bank, I want to set out some of the impressions formed during a fascinating few days meeting political leaders, business figures and others working to build lasting peace and stability in the region. I was impressed by Israel’s vibrancy and energy, with its vigorous democracy, civic society and media. I was also struck by the relative stability of the places I visited, including the West Bank, compared to the violent convulsions happening elsewhere in the Middle East region. Iran was a subject raised by many of the people who took the time to meet the delegation of MPs of which I was a part. Commentators such as Jonathan Spyer and David Horovitz provided us with a grim assessment of Iran’s involvement in the region through Hezbollah in Lebanon and


its various proxies in Syria. We heard similar concerns from the political leaders such as Yair Lapid and Gilad Erdan. Almost everyone we met had a rather bleak view on the prospects for restarting negotiations, after so many initiatives have ended in failure; but I was left in no doubt about the continuing determination in Israel to strive for a settlement to deliver lasting peace and security.

A number of the projects we visited gave grounds for optimism in the longterm. For example, we saw Israeli charities Beit Issie Shapiro and Save a Child’s Heart working across community divisions to help vulnerable children on both sides. A visit to Rawabi to see the first planned Palestinian city being constructed was also heartening. Inevitably, the subject of Donald Trump cropped up, with most people unsure of what approach the new US president would ultimately take on key issues relating to Israel. Palestinian Minister, Dr Mohammad Shtayyeh, speculated on the alarming possibility that Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin might seek to carve up spheres of influence in the Middle East in what he called a ‘new Yalta’ (referring back to the de facto division of Europe at the Yalta conference after the Second World War). The visit enabled all of us in the group to get a better understanding of the complexities of the issues around settlements, and we heard a range of sharply differing views.

I welcomed the opportunity to meet David Quarrey, the UK ambassador to Israel, and pass on some of the concerns expressed by my constituents on the decision by the UK Government to vote for UN Security Council Resolution 2334. In conclusion, I believe that visiting Israel and the West Bank can provide parliamentarians with crucial insight into the longrunning dispute over this land, and I am grateful to Conservative Friends of Israel for inviting me to take part in this visit. Seeing Israel at first-hand brings home just how small the country is and how severe the security risks are with which it has to grapple on a daily basis. For example, in Sderot, we heard about the impact on local residents of thousands of rockets fired from Gaza over recent years. Finally, we met people from the farming cooperative of Netiv Ha’asara situated right next to the boundary with Gaza, who have also had Hamas rockets fired at their community but are still working to build friendships with their Palestinian neighbours.

Anti-Semitism is now the new social justice NADIYA AL-NOOR



ating Israel is the thing today on university campuses. It makes you seem “progressive.” It means you’re “woke” and socially aware, you’re fighting a tyrannical regime, supporting the struggle of an oppressed people at the hands of white colonialist supremacy. Zionism is racism. Israel is evil, end of story. Except that’s complete nonsense. Zionism is the support for and affirmation of the Jewish right to self-determination in the indigenous homeland of Israel. It’s the Jewish civil rights movement, the struggle of a native people oppressed for thousands of years, expelled from their land, killed and persecuted wherever in the world they went. It is the celebration of victory, of the return home after millennia of diaspora, of surviving. That sounds like something the left would support wholeheartedly, right? Not any more. The dominant narrative on campuses is that Israel is Nazi Germany 2.0, that Israelis are white Europeans who colonised the land of Palestine after the Second World War. The

screams of “apartheid” and “genocide” go unquestioned. Israel is evil, end of story. Nobody talks about the 850,000-plus Jewish refugees expelled from Arab lands. Nobody mentions that most Israelis are these refugees or descended from these refugees, not from Europe (not that European Jews are white). Nobody clarifies that Israeli-Arabs have all the same rights as Jews in Israel, or that Arabs hold seats in Israel’s parliament, serve in the military, and are doctors and celebrities, shopkeepers, lawyers and teachers. Nobody mentions the thousands of Palestinians treated at Israeli hospitals and employed at Israeli businesses. Israel is evil, end of story. What should students do? There are many things they can do to show their hate for Israel. There’s the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS), which supports labelling and boycotting Israeli products and cutting ties with Israeli universities. Pretend the boycotts aren’t hurting Palestinian workers who make Israeli products. Forget about academic integrity. There’s Israeli Apartheid Week, which spreads vicious lies about the Jewish state to unsuspecting students. There’s supporting literal terrorists, as Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) does so proudly. There’s targeting and

harassing Jewish students. There’s screaming and shutting down events based on a speaker’s nationality and religion. There’s demanding an event be cancelled because it’s hosted by a Jewish organisation. And then there’s protesting Holocaust Education Week. At Toronto’s Ryerson University in November, students from the Muslim Student Association (MSA) and SJP held a walkout at a student meeting proposing Holocaust Education Week. They degraded and intimidated Jewish students. They said they did it because there are other genocides that need awareness. That’s like protesting against breast cancer research because there are other cancers. The real reason is simply anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism is the acceptable form of bigotry on the left. Students are expected to hate Israel in the name of being progressive.

My people (Muslims) are portrayed as helpless victims of ruthless Jewish aggression. Palestinians become pawns in the game of Jew hatred. My university, Binghamton in New York, is unique in that the pro-Israel voice is the most dominant narrative. We used to have an SJP problem, but it was disbanded after the administration cracked down on the anti-Semitic harassment. Now our MSA partners with our Hillel for mosque-synagogue interfaith trips. Jewish and Muslim communities here are on good terms, because we see each other as people. Universities need to address anti-Semitism on campuses. Jewish students, you need to be proactive. Don’t wait for an anti-Semitic incident to happen. Don’t wait for an SJP to emerge and fester. Hold an Israel Peace Week or Hebrew Liberation Week. Educate your fellow students. If you don’t speak up, anti-Semites will.




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I’ve found the key to taking control of my eating disorder SOPHIE JACOB


’m a 25-year-old Jewish woman living near Berkhamsted and getting married this June. I am, however, facing the challenges of my old eating disorder. If I got through it before, I can get through it again. It began when I was 15. I had a supportive family and good academic performance, but that couldn’t prevent me succumbing to depression. I struggled with the social aspect of school, the pressure to conform to particular body standards, and my body receiving constant, unwanted attention from fellow students and even strangers in the street. This felt I lacked control in my life, so to reverse this I focused on something I could always control; my food intake. Sometimes I wouldn’t eat for days at a time, but hunger always took over and I would break my fast by binge-eating. This vicious cycle perpetuated the problem, because I thought starving myself would regain the control I’d lost while binge-


eating. I was diagnosed with Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS); a category for people who didn’t fit the criteria for anorexia or bulimia. According to Beat, until 2013, 50 percent of people experiencing an eating disorder had EDNOS, however the diagnostic criteria changed for the various eating disorders and EDNOS was eliminated. I was open about my difficulties, however my peers didn’t understand, and accused me of making things up to receive extra

time in exams. My school counsellor didn’t understand either, misguidedly telling me my main problem was the pressure to go to university, and that I shouldn’t apply. Years of suicidal thoughts culminated when I was mistakenly given a four-month supply of anti-depressants. On one particularly bad day, I thought about using this medication to end my life. Things changed when I got an after-school job at Sainsbury’s. It added structure to my life and new friends. Wearing my uniform I couldn’t hide the evidence of self-harm on my arms, so I found healthier ways of coping with my emotions. One day I nearly fainted on the job after not having eaten for days, giving me the wake-up call I needed to give my body regular fuel. The final piece of the puzzle was repairing the friendships I had lost, and I finally felt in control again. I no longer needed to control what I ate. Against the counsellor’s advice, I went to university. I didn’t eat for the first week due to nerves, however that was the last time. I went on to achieve a degree in clinical psychology and a master’s in cognitive rehabilitation, and I’m now

happily working for a Jewish charity. Looking back, there were others at my school who were also experiencing eating disorders. People now have more understanding about mental health in general, however there is still a long way to go. It is of paramount importance that pastoral staff in schools are equipped to support students with these issues, which commonly manifest in adolescence, in addition to educating children about the mental health difficulties their peers can face. Ten years on, I’m still in recovery from my eating disorder. Although I haven’t relapsed since my first week of university, with a few months to go until I walk down the aisle in my wedding dress, I’ve had moments where I’ve thought about going back to old behaviours. But I know that I was never in control when I was ill; the eating disorder controlled me. Being in control is the ability to rise above it, which is what I’ll keep doing.  Eating Disorders Awareness Week runs from 27 February to 5 March

Sanctions may been lifted, but Iran scepticism is rife ALEX BRUMMER CITY EDITOR, DAILY MAIL


here has been an unseemly rush to do business with Iran in the year since the United States, Britain and other nations began dismantling sanctions. Making the deals is one thing. But finding the cash and putting together the banking facilities is proving a great deal harder, despite the best efforts of the British government. At the forefront of those doing business with Iran have been the aircraft manufacturers. Airbus was first, with an $18 billion deal to build 118 aircraft for Iran Air. At year end, Boeing concluded a $16.6bn deal for 80 planes. But the return of Iran to international commerce is not proving trouble-free. The sanctions that eventually brought President Hassan Rouhani to the bargaining table largely were financial. Countries cut off from global banking and markets find it all but impossible to engage in commerce. Several British banks, including Standard Chartered, HSBC and Royal

Bank of Scotland (RBS) learned this to their cost when they were fined heavily by the US authorities for alleged sanctions-busting. Standard Chartered even came close to losing the right to do business in the US. In the post-Brexit era, the UK government is anxious to make sure the City of London remains the biggest financial centre in the world for foreign currency dealings and banking. The Treasury therefore wants to see British banks engaging with Iran again. It is a proving an uphill struggle. The first port of call was RBS, in which the British taxpayer still has a 71.3 percent stake. Instead of RBS jumping at the chance, as the Treasury may have hoped, it was rebuffed. The government is thought to have approached the UK banks at the request of the Iranian finance ministry. Iran is aware that if it wants to become part of the international trading system again, its banks must have reciprocal arrangements with overseas banks so as to raise foreign currency and to make simple payments. It had hoped that because the

UK government still has a stake in RBS and a mini-holding in Lloyds Banking Group, the banks would respond positively. RBS was adamant it was not interested. In the wake of the financial crisis, it has run down its international operations and has become wary of taking unnecessary risks. Dealing with the volatile politics of Iran, at a time when the Trump Administration and the Republican-controlled Congress might try to unravel the nuclear deal, might not seem very wise. As for Lloyds, it has made clear it wants to be a UK bank only. It is not just the banks that are nervous about getting into bed with Iran again. BP began life as the Anglo-Persian Oil Company before transmogrifying into British Petroleum and later BP. Among the big oil companies, it has a reputation for exploration and produc-

tion of new reserves. Invited back into Iran, it decided against for the same reasons as the banks. It doesn’t trust Iran’s stability or the arrangements for extracting its revenues from the country. When the sanctions noose around Iran was being tightened, as it ratcheted up its nuclear programme, Britain was at the forefront of closing down its banking system. Each week on the Treasury website, there would be a long list of proscribed Iranian banks and organisations. The Iran agreement saw many of the financial sanctions reversed. Encouragingly, the banks and big oil are not yet ready to engage in Iran. Given the change of administration in Washington and the coolness of Congress to Iran, the judgement of BP and the RBS may prove more prudent than that of the aircraft makers.


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As part of their World Challenge Badge, 36 Scouts from 16th Edgware Scout Group helped pack food parcels and sort food at the GIFT Warehouse in Hendon.


Jewish Women’s Aid (JWA) held a reception in the Peer’s Dining Room at the House of Lords. Hosted by Lord Stuart Polak, the event was attended by more than 100 supporters who heard audio testimony of a young boy who helped his abused mother escape to the safety of JWA’s refuge. Its co-chair, Hilda Worth, said: “We were delighted to see so many supporters at such an auspicious venue, listening to and talking about the vital and lifechanging work we do.”

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Kisharon and Barnet Mencap are to take over Childs Hill Library from April, having been commissioned to do so by Barnet Council. Kisharon’s director of operations, Rob Blackstone (pictured left, alongside Barnet Mencap’s Ray Booth) said: “We’re delighted Barnet Council has chosen Kisharon to work in partnership with Barnet Mencap to maintain Childs Hill Library for the benefit of the local community.”


Five of the country’s leading Progressive rabbis – representing Liberal, Reform and Masorti Judaism – came to Sukkat Shalom Reform Synagogue in Wanstead for a panel debate to mark the 60th anniversary of Leo Baeck College. The college was represented by its principal Rabbi Dr Deborah KahnHarris and Van der Zyl head of vocational studies, Rabbi Richard Jacobi. It was chaired by Sukkat Shalom’s Rabbi Larry Becker.



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Mill Hill East Jewish Community held its first social event of the year. Around 150 adults and children, as well as attendees from the Jewish Blind and Disabled home in Mill Hill East, took part in a Winter Wonderland event at Hasmonean Girls’ School. Marie van der Zyl of the Board of Deputies said: “I had a wonderful afternoon and look forward to watching the community go from strength to strength.”





The oldest male member of Tikvah Chadasha (Shenfield, Brentwood & Districts Synagogue) celebrated his second barmitzvah – with slightly more time to prepare than for his first. Bernie Jackson, 83, was evacuated during the war, and upon returning home, aged 12, was thrust into learning his barmitzvah piece – having never even been to cheder before. Seventy years later, he celebrated again – surrounded by family, friends and fellow congregants.



South West Essex & Settlement Reform Synagogue in Newbury Park, which this year celebrates its 60th anniversary, has appointed Rabbi Lisa Barrett as its full-time rabbi. After ordination in 2011, she taught Jewish Studies at JCoSS, was part-time rabbi at Middlesex New Synagogue, Glasgow Reform and Stevenage Liberal, and enjoyed two years as assistant rabbi at Hendon Reform.

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Kisharon launched its Purim Bucket with Ashley Blaker and his eight-year-old daughter Soroh, a student at Kisharon School. Kisharon fundraising director Richard Franklin said: “We’re delighted they are supporting our appeal and hope other supporters follow their example and choose to support Kisharon’s Purim Bucket Appeal.”

Junior Health Minister Lord O’Shaughnessy visited Nightingale House in was his first care home visit since taking up his position in December. Meeting key members of the team and residents, he said: “In my first few weeks as a minister, it was really inspiring to see Nightingale House’s excellent and compassionate care.”


The brightest young minds from the UK property industry helped raise more than £170,000 at the annual YN Property Awards Dinner. Held in aid of Norwood, more than 500 guests heard from Rebecca Lane, who is supported by Norwood. She said: “Norwood was able to be there for me my whole life. During my difficult childhood, they helped me feel like a normal child, and then helped me to achieve my dream of going to university.”

Family announcements Clare and Leslie Newman celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary. They were married at the New Synagogue. Photo by Contributor

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Sabrina and Adam Waters were married at the The Montcalm Hotel, in Marble Arch.

Joshua Rubin celebrated his barmitzvah at Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue. Photo by Kate Swerdlow Photography

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Isabelle Larkin celebrated her batmitzvah at Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue.

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Jami’s brunch bunch raises £25k Photos by Yakir Zur

A brunch was held at Mimmo La Bufala in Hampstead last week, raising more than £25,000 for mental health charity Jami. The Ladies Brunch, attended by 85 guests, was hosted by Daniela Pears, Susan Kahn, Susie Olins, Sarah Kaye and Aly Mosheim, with guest speaker Rivkah Grant telling how she has battled depression and an eating disorder for more than 10 years.


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La La Land’s Jewish roots From the director who spent four years going to Hebrew school (even though he’s Catholic), to the musicians behind the enthralling soundtrack and the producer who thought he was taking home the Oscar for best picture – here are the top 10 reasons why La La Land is so very, very Jewish…


Shul of life…

Director Damien Chazelle, who at the age of 32 years and 38 days, is the youngest ever recipient of the best director Oscar, grew up in a Catholic household but actually went to Hebrew school. Dissatisfied with their son’s education at a church Sunday school, Chazelle’s parents sent him off to a nearby Hebrew school in Princeton, New Jersey, where he attended for four years. “I had that period of my life where I was very, very into Hebrew and the Old Testament, and then I went with my class to Israel when we were in the sixth grade,” Chazelle told the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles in 2015. “I don’t think they even knew I wasn’t Jewish; I was, like, ‘passing.’”


The Music Man

While Chazelle was at Harvard, he lived with composer Justin Hurwitz and collaborated with him on La La Land. Hurwitz is now an Academy Award-winning composer, thanks to the two Oscars he picked up on Sunday night for Best Original

Score and Best Original Song. The Jewish composer also worked on the music for Chazelle’s previous films, including the acclaimed Whiplash.

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Lovely lyrics

Hurwitz worked alongside Jewish lyricist Benj Pasek and his partner Justin Paul, including on the awardwinning song, City of Stars.

Record Breaker

La La Land became the third film in history to pick up an incredible 14 Academy Award nominations, tying it with Titanic (co-produced by Jon Landau, composed by James Horner) and All About Eve (directed by Joseph L Mankiewicz). On the night, however, La La Land took home seven of the coveted Oscars.


Oy vey for Hollywood

Leading man Ryan Gosling might be an established A-lister today, but the Canadian-born actor’s first big break

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in modern-day musical La La Land, about a jazz pianist and a struggling actress

actually came as a Jewish neo-Nazi in The Believer. Emma Stone and Gosling were inspired by Singin’ In The Rain for La La Land.


Golden inspiration

Gosling revealed that he and his co-stars watched Singin’ In The Rain every day for inspiration, a film that had a largely Jewish team behind it, including producers Stanley Donen and Arthur Freed, writers Betty Comden and Adolph Green and composer Lennie Hayton.


Up to the stars

Speaking of choreography, one of the most romantic dance sequences involving Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling takes place at Griffith Observatory inside the Leonard Nimoy Event Theatre,

named after the late Jewish Star Trek actor.


A very Jewish production

All four of the film’s producers – Jordan Horowitz, Gary Gilbert, Marc Platt and Fred Berger – are members of the tribe. Berger and Horowitz both grew up in Westchester, New York, and even played in the same Jewish temple basketball league together.


And the winner is…

Just as he began to accept the award for Best Picture from Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, Horowitz probably never thought in a million years that a mistake had been made – or

that he would end up revealing the shocking truth live on camera – but that is exactly what happened on Sunday night when La La Land, rather than Moonlight, was named as the winner. When panicked crew informed him of the mix-up, it was Horowitz who grabbed the microphone and announced “Moonlight won Best Picture”, before assuring the gasping audience, “this is not a joke”. And you thought the drama was just in front of the cameras…


Who’s Adele Dazeem?

Speaking of Jewish mix-ups at the Oscars, John Travolta unwittingly propelled Idina Menzel to Twitter trending stardom when he failed to correctly pronounce her name at the 2014 ceremony and inexplicably came up with Adele Dazeem. But in true Frozen fashion, she let it go…



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Special report / IDF’s unique unit

Autism and the army People with developmental disabilities can often be excluded from serving in the Israel army, but a special unit is changing that, writes Jenni Frazer

High-functioning young people on the autistic spectrum can join a specially designed training programme for potential army work


e will never be a soldier” is a phrase to chill the blood of many Israeli parents, when the army tells them that for physical or mental reasons, their child won’t make it into the Israel Defence Forces. Not being in the army can have a catastrophic effect on young people when their peers are all serving; and it’s just as bad postarmy, as every potential employer wants to know about the candidate’s army service. But for one category of young people who haven’t been accepted by the IDF, there is a widening chink of light, and that is the Ro’im Rachok programme, aimed at those with autism. Ro’im Rachok, which means “looking ahead” or “seeing beyond the horizons”, was co-founded in 2012 by a former Defence Ministry official, Tal Vardi, and Leora Sali, a physicist, who is herself the mother of a young adult with autism. Each participant — almost always young men, though Sali has just interviewed two young women — will have been rejected by the army. “They could join the army as volunteers, but the problem was that they couldn’t learn a profession,” she said. It wasn’t just the lack of training that made life so difficult for those with autism. They frequently suffer from a whole array of

NOT SAYING THE COURSE WAS FOR AUTISTIC PEOPLE WAS A BIG MISTAKE AS SOME FOUND IT VERY DIFFICULT TO ACCEPT WHO THEY ARE symptoms ranging from difficulties with noise or social interaction, to an inability to cope with the unexpected. And, in turn, the IDF commanders who have dealt with autistic volunteers have not always known how to treat them. Enter Ro’im Rachok which, uniquely in the world, harnesses some of the skills of autistic people — their attention to detail, their attachment to familiar, repetitive work and their ability to spot anomalies — and uses them in the army, primarily in the intelligence Unit 9900. Vardi says the programme began with the assumption “that autistic people see differently — and there is scientific proof of that”. Those eligible for the programme must, says Sali, “be able to communicate. We don’t take

people who can’t speak — because they must be able to speak to their officers”. The highfunctioning autistic young people, whatever part of the spectrum they are on, join a specially designed three-month-long programme at Ono Academic College, just outside Tel Aviv. The course has many aspects to it besides training for potential work in the army. The students are joined by IDF commanders and, in parallel, are given speech, occupational and emotional therapy, while they are assessed for the army unit that will get the best out of them. Sali says the work ranges from visual intelligence to quality assurance of software — something for which many autistic people, with their reliance on accuracy and routine, are highly suited. Not all the work is academic: some people are trained as technicians working with optical and electronic equipment, because often autistic people are good with their hands. At the conclusion of the course, those who can will spend three to four months on “probation” as citizen volunteers before a final decision is made by the army whether or not to take them into the IDF. Ro’im Rachok staff will accompany the successful students into their army units a couple of times a week — not the blanket attention that they have in Ono College, but enough to make them feel more secure. Not everyone makes it this far. Sali’s

own son, who is 23, was on one of the Ro’im Rachok courses but was not, she says, capable of joining the army after the programme ended. But for those who succeed, the fact of involvement in the army is both “amazing” and “transformative”, she says. “Being in the army is being part of Israel — and for people who were told ‘you will never be a soldier’, to be able to wear a uniform and gain a rank is such an extraordinary thing. “The students are able to do very good work and they become very motivated soldiers; and as for the army, even though it needs to invest a lot of manpower in working with autistic students, all our feedback shows that the commanders who do this course become better commanders as well.” The Ro’im Rachok organisers have learned from early mistakes and tailored the programme accordingly, Sali says. “On the first course, we didn’t speak about the fact that it was all for autistic people. That was a very big mistake, because some people found it very difficult to accept who they are. They have problems defining themselves as autistic, and it’s only when they accept who they are that they can grow. For some, it’s too hard.” Not least, this is because some of the participants have been to special schools, some are graduates of autistic classes in mainstream schools, some attended mainstream classes with a helper, and some even went through school with no help at all. The lesson, says Sali, “is that parents should be clearer and tell their kids when they are younger about their autism, so that it doesn’t come as such a shock when they are told at 18 that they can’t join the army”. For those who succeed with Ro’im Rachok, an even bigger compliment emerged this month. Many private employers were lined up to hire the first group of autistic soldiers who had concluded their army service. But, says Sali, “the army asked them to stay — and they all said yes”. The thrilled parents of one of the course graduates have spoken about the first day on which they saw him putting on his army uniform. “We saw him coming towards us — and we didn’t believe it was our son.”

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Health / Lifestyle

Ask Dr Ellie Our resident GP Ellie Cannon answers your questions...

Q There has been so much

news recently about vitamin D. How am I supposed to know if I should take it or if it’s just a trend? I agree that it can be difficult to know whether to follow health advice in the media or not as we seem to be awash with health advice from all avenues these days. The trend to take vitamins has remained steady over the years and there is good reason why. Vitamins are a genuine essential requirement for our bodies and, often with today’s diets, it can be difficult to ensure you are getting

Q Should I worry that my

eight-year-old wets the bed? She doesn’t seem upset by it. The expected age of a child to be dry at night is five, but even by the age of 10, one-in-20 children still wet the bed, so she is definitely not alone. Some children just take longer to have night-time control, either because they have a small bladder capacity, or they are less aware of a full bladder, so would not wake up easily. Both these causes improve with age and are seen in children who have never before been dry at night. Children who start bed wetting after being dry may have stress, diabetes, a urinary infection, or constipation. So the

enough from the food you eat. Even if you eat a very healthy diet, you can miss out on vitamins: Vitamin D falls into that category because, however healthily you eat, you probably won’t take in enough as there are very few dietary sources of it, the most notable being oily fish. To get enough, you do need to supplement. But what is the value of having enough? We have known for a long time that it is essential for our bodies to utilise calcium to have healthy bones. Now there is a growing body of evidence about other vitamin D effects, including that it goes some way to reducing general cancer risk and it is effective at preventing colds and flu. It has certainly got its merits that are proven by science.

first thing to do is to rule out any of those medical problems. It is easy to test for urinary infections and diabetes on a urine sample, and correct any constipation. A third of children with constipation will wet the bed. If you want to try and help her to stop, one option would be a bedwetting alarm, which works on the basic principal of conditioning: a sensor worn on the pyjamas rings when it starts to get wet. This wakes the child, who gets up to wee. Gradually, the child starts to wake up with a full bladder before the bed is wet. This takes about five to six months and has a high success rate. The bedwetting charity ERIC has a fantastic array of resources to help. See eric.org.uk

Q March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. It seems such an awful disease. Can I go for a screening?

I wish I could say yes to this, but the answer is, sadly, no. Currently there is no decent screening test for ovarian cancer, which is why there is no programme, unlike breast screening or smear tests for cervical screening. There are two ways to look for possible ovarian cancer: one with blood tests and otherwise with an ultrasound scan. The problem is that neither are very specific or sensitive for ovarian cancer, so you can either miss cases or pick up false-positives (things that may look like cancer but aren’t, such as a benign ovarian cyst).

That is why currently we have no regular screening programme for the disease. If you are in a family with BRCA genes, or many cases of ovarian and breast cancer, you can be referred by your GP for screening as someone who would be considered high risk. For other women not considered high risk, the best strategy is to be vigilant of your body and any changes, and be very aware of the symptoms, specifically of ovarian cancer. The cancer is still considered to be one of the ‘silent cancers’ as it often only displays symptoms late in the disease. The symptoms to look for are feeling bloated for most days for three weeks, feeling full quickly, lower tummy pain (within the pelvis) or changes to your bowel or bladder habits. Early diagnosis is absolutely vital for survival.


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Lifestyle / Travel

Fly me to the moon… Sharon Feinstein checks out the opulent Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, a favoured hideaway for celebrities and Silicon Valley moguls


e pulled up at the ocean front driveway of the RitzCarlton Half Moon Bay, which reminded me of Bond in Casino Royale, stepping out of his Aston Martin in the Bahamas… a scene of valets, columns and slick luxury. Unfortunately, we weren’t in a silver sports car, but we did try to maintain a level of ‘cool’ and understated excitement. Half Moon Bay is a haven 30 minutes outside San Francisco, a destination that only a select few seem to know about. A tiny town, it’s close enough to the tech giants of Silicon Valley to be a regular escape, so it’s not unusual to see Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg or Apple’s Tim Cook strolling along the wild unspoilt beaches. You have the feeling of being in a special, uniquely wild place, where you’re pitted against the elements. This hideaway isn’t just an escape for locals, though. It’s fast becoming a destination for travellers and cognoscenti across the globe, including many Brits who have already discovered it. Our spacious, sunlit room faced the hotel’s smooth pristine lawns, which drop down to a

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge

WE WANDERED OUT THE FRENCH DOORS AND INTO THE SALTY BREEZE ALONG THE SHORELINE OF WHITECAPPED WAVES rugged coastline, the kind of savage seascape that only exists in the far reaches these days. There’s the cry of sea birds, crashing of breakers, and utter silence of being away from the city here. An outside fire pit with loungers allows guests to utterly relax, sip extremely good wines from the Napa Valley, and feel that rare sense of stopping and being still. We wandered straight out the French doors and into the salty sea breeze, along the shoreline of white-capped waves, watching some of the guests galloping along the sand on horses or clambering up the rocks. It’s one way to prepare you for what turned out to be a grand, really satisfying dinner, because the food is top class here. The hotel’s Navio restaurant makes you feel as though you’re on a luxury liner in the middle of the ocean, with wild, sensational views from the broad windows. The ceiling is made of rather exotic, dark wood, the tables are well-spaced, and service is warm, welcoming and seamless. I really enjoyed my perfectlycooked Dover sole with potatoramp risotto and Cipollini (little

onions) and the irresistible sides of honeyed vegetables. The Napa Valley wine was as good as anything we value across Europe. I’m not very good at wandering around in a dressing gown thinking about beauty treatments and counting calories, but the spa here had me drifting rather comfortably into the mood, dipping in and out of the steam room, hot spa bath, and onto the table for a soothing facial and massage. For the more active, the RitzCarlton is a self-contained world of One of the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay’s luxury rooms body and fitness heaven. We were offered beach bikes or horses when we decided The nearby town has the quirky honour to launch our new shiny selves outside and of being the World Pumpkin Capital, with explore, but decided a good walk would do it. its seriously giant-sized pumpkins wowing Behind all great travel experiences is the people from all over. It’s also a really lively, feeling of freedom and abandon, and there is rather quaint place, with craft shops and a real sense of it out on the coastal path, along buzzy cafes. the windswept beach or up on the cliffs. All Half Moon Bay has the honour of being this wildness is only minutes away from the the oldest settlement in San Mateo County, absolute pampering and luxury of the hotel. and was called Spanishtown in the 1840s. It’s almost sacrilege to mention the G It is become extremely popular for elegant word, but the Ritz Carlton also has a worldJewish weddings with an extraordinary class golf course, the Ocean Course, perched seaside setting, and even Hollywood stars on the bluff above the roaring Pacific, with sea who want something romantic and secret. views at every hole. There’s a growing, thriving Jewish We watched groups of guys with trademark community along this coastal region, where caps worn back to front, slapping each other it’s all so easy-going they sometimes conduct on the back and whooping with delight over their communal Shabbat dinners in the local their brilliant swings. fish restaurants.

WHERE TO STAY... Sharon was a guest at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, where rates start from $509 (£410) for a deluxe double room, depending on season. For more details, visit ritzcarlton.com.

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Sedra: Terumah / It’s Biblical / Orthodox Judaism

SEDRA – Terumah

It’s Biblical


Everything you ever wanted to know about your favourite Torah characters, and the ones you’ve never heard of...


This week’s parsha tells of the furnishings of the Mishkan, the first being the Aron (ark), which the Torah says is plated with gold inside and out. The Gemara in Yoma 72b compares the Aron to a Torah scholar, stating: “Any Torah scholar whose interior does not correspond to his exterior is not a Torah scholar.” Like the Aron, a Torah personality must be ‘gold-plated’ inside and out. His outward appearance of piety and scholarship must reflect accurately his internal devotion to Hashem. The Beis Halevi extended this analogy, suggesting the gold plating also symbolises people’s attitude towards the scholar. Just as the Bnei Yisrael were to plate the Aron inside and out, similarly the nation is to support the Torah scholar on two levels: privately and publicly. The internal plating of the Aron symbolises the obligation to support scholars and their families, to ensure their private lives are stable and secure. But in addition, the people are to provide the scholars with an outer ‘gold coating’, with a becoming and respectable appearance by ensuring they can purchase proper attire and the like. We can also apply the Beis Halevi’s analogy to the Torah itself. The mitzva to plate the Aron on both sides alludes to our obligation to fortify the Torah internally and externally. The interior gold coating symbolises the need to strengthen our commitment to our Torah and its teachings. But we also bear the obligation of coating the Torah’s exterior – doing what we can to make it seem ‘golden’ and attractive even to outsiders.

 Sam Taylor is community rabbi at Western Marble Arch Synagogue



The biblical character of Harbonah can be easily overlooked. He appears only twice in the book of Esther, and plays a trifling role. In his first appearance, he is mentioned as a chamberlain to King Ahasuerus; later in a more significant but still not critical context, when he points out to the king the existence of available gallows. Erected originally by Haman to hang Mordecai, they are now used by the king to hang Haman. For centuries however, Jewish communities have ended the public reading of the book of Esther, and launch of annual Purim celebrations, by remembering Harbonah with the words “and Harbonah too should be remembered for good”. So who is he and how has he come to

be traditionally ‘remembered for good’? A careful analysis of the biblical text itself reveals some information. In the first verse in which he appears, (Esth 1:10), Harbonah is one of “the seven chamberlains who attended King Ahasuerus”. The biblical Hebrew word translated to chamberlain is ‘sarisim’ in plural, and ‘saris’ in the singular. The word ‘saris’ can refer to the Hebrew word for castra-

tion: sarisim were eunuchs who historian Orlando Patterson says “played a key role in the political, administrative, and sometimes even military life of most of the major bureaucratic empires”. A perfect example is Hegai, whom the book of Esther describes as a ‘saris’ responsible for the king’s harem – from a king’s perspective, the most trustworthy and safest appointment. It is therefore likely Harbonah was a eunuch with close proximity to Ahasuerus, though proximity should not be confused with influence. Also, as Patterson notes, eunuchs were held in “low esteem” and “their association with obscenity and dirt was well-nigh universal’. Harbonah thus is a social outcast used by the powerful, not an adviser and perhaps even a despised eunuch. Yet the second time he appears in the story (Esth 7:9), he finds the courage to ignore his social disadvantage, and advises on his own initiative. The seemingly trifling role of Harbonah now emerges as a product of courage.



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Progressive Judaism / The Bible Says What? / Progressively Speaking

The Bible Says What?

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The first recorded case of anorexia nervosa...

Were French Jewish leaders wrong to meet with the National Front?

BY RABBI AARON GOLDSTEIN Judaism is obsessive about food. It’s unsurprising, since our Israelite ancestors used food as one way to separate themselves from others – or dedicate themselves to their deity – through the laws of kashrut, garnished further by rabbinical law. Add a pinch of worship through food offering; introduce with festivals replete with food (bar one when you afflict yourself through deprivation). Stir into the mix multiple (and regular) historical experiences of starvation… and let it stew. The Biblical account of Hannah, Samuel’s mother, tells of her being tormented by her husband’s other wife for being infertile – “the other would taunt her, so that she wept and would not eat (I Samuel 1:7)”. This is perhaps the first recorded case of anorexia nervosa, an hypothesis suggested by Isaac and Morty Schiff in their article of January 1998 titled “The biblical diagnostician and the anorexic bride”. Now we come to think of it, if we

do not live by bread alone, do we live by Jewish mother jokes – on the theme of suggesting how thin one is and the need to fatten up? Have our more recent ancestors not been emaciated, while others stored supplies and others still plumped up? In the Charedi world, the weights and waist sizes of mothers and brides are considered as factors for a successful shidduch; through those whose Judaism is defined by lox and bagels, Passover feasts, cholent or gefilte fish, where does a Jew with an eating disorder turn? Hanah Kingston, a student rabbi at Leo Baeck College, has raised all these linked issues through her rabbinic dissertation. I look forward to her bringing this matter to a wider audience, so that we consider the particular “Jewish” traits, as well as those more generic.

 Aaron Goldstein is senior rabbi of Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue

BY RABBI CELIA SURGET A French Jewish organisation met with Louis Aliot, a vice-president of the Front National, the right-wing political party led by Marine Le Pen. What was not made clear was La Confederation des Juifs Francais et Amis d’Israel (the Confederation of French Jews and Friends of Israel), is a fringe organisation. It is not representative of and does not speak for the French-Jewish community. That role firmly belongs to the CRIF, Conseil Representatif des Institutions Juives de France, the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions, which firmly condemned the meeting as “morally shocking, politically irresponsible” and “an attempt by the National

Front to exploit French Jews”. In my mind, the Front National has always stood for racism, antiSemitism, intolerance, bigotry, and fear of the other. Growing up in a French-speaking environment, I remember outrageous statements by then-leader Jean-Marie Le Pen (father of Marine), including: “Gas chambers


were a point of detail of the history of the Second World War.” In a country where Jews spend so much time and energy making Yom HaShoah solemn and meaningful, how can Jews meet with a movement that has generated such language? I was privileged to serve as a rabbi in France for five years, during which I witnessed the dedication of volunteers who work so hard to make Yom HaShoah the day that it is, including public readings over 25 hours (and over three years) of the names of the 76,000 Jews deported from France. It is a transformative, poignant and empowering experience and it is a relief to know this part of the FrenchJewish heritage, the lessons taught and not forgotten, is still sustaining the community and that its rightful representatives are prepared to stand up against hatred and discrimination.  Celia Surget is rabbi of Radlett Reform Synagogue

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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: Learning to lip-read, arranging a kosher kitchen and the benefits of a mobile phone account manager SUE CIPIN JEWISH DEAF ASSOCIATION See full profile on pages 32-33

Dear Sue My husband has hearing loss and struggles with lip-reading. Do you have any advice? Rachel

Dear Rachel Lip-reading isn’t that difficult and, like learning any new skill, it becomes easier with practise and is much more fun in a class. Most of these are part learning and part social groups, where people swap tips on coping with hearing loss, as well as having a giggle. People also discuss making best use of technology hearing aids and

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Dear Bernard My kitchen is an odd shape so not particularly conducive to a full kosher layout. I also need to accommodate my Pesach kitchen within the same room. What are my options? Esther Dear Esther Kosher kitchens in difficult spaces are always challenging, which is why it is

really important to work with a qualified kitchen designer who understands kosher requirements and is also able to design a kitchen that is highly functional as well as looking beautiful. Choose a kitchen supplier specialising in manufacturers from different countries, as this provides you with more options in terms of cabinetry sizes and internals. Although many kitchen suppliers offer only standard sizes, there is often an element of customisation available if you ask. At the other end of the spectrum, you can source a fully customised kitchen built specifically to make the most of your space. Although this option is more expensive, it can be worth it when the space is challenging.

what to do in different social situations. One of the biggest issues around losing one’s hearing is how it affects your confidence when talking with people, especially in group situations or where there’s a lot of background noise. Not being able to follow conversations, even with hearing aids, can make people withdraw from joining in. It becomes too much of an effort. Lip-reading classes can change all that and help to rediscover the fun side of life. Going to classes can help boost your husband’s confidence. It can also increase independence and feelings of self-esteem. There are lip-reading classes all over London and there is a class at JDA on Mondays. People of all ages and faiths (or none) can come along for a taster session to see if the class is for them, before signing up.

The additional kitchenware needed for Pesach requires innovative space management, which might include adding two tiers of wall units, with the higher less accessible units housing your Pesach items. Additional space can be created behind ceiling fillers, too, if you have lower ceilings. Your kitchen should last 20 years or more and is probably the most important room in your house, so make sure you weigh up where you spend your money, particularly if it is part of a build project. With so many options out there, your best decision will be to pick a great kitchen studio that is flexible, and has a good design team willing to accommodate your requirements, no matter how challenging the space.

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Rampant Redbridge put 10 past Team



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Henry Swerner MMFL Cup London Lions A 1 Brady Maccabi A 2 Division One North London Raiders 4 Scrabble 1 P W D L Dif Pts NLRaiders 12 10 2 0 26 32 Chigwell 10 7 1 2 15 22 London Lions A 10 4 2 4 -4 14 Brady Maccabi A 11 3 2 6 -6 11 Scrabble 10 2 2 6 -15 8 HMH 11 1 1 9 -16 4 jewishnews.co.uk/category/sport/ football/masters

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Raiders extended their lead at the top of the Division One table to 10 points as Alex Bourne’s double, plus James Cartmell and Lee Cash strikes saw them beat Scrabble 4-1. EDRS and St John’s Wood Tigers continue to battle it out for second place in Division Two. Mark Kingston’s double and Martin Seifert’s strike saw EDRS to a 3-2 win over Hendon Harriers, while The Tigers beat Brady B 9-2. Grant Morgan and Jason Bentley scored twice, Oren Wolf, Ilan Cohen, Johnny Mansoor, Jonny Feinmesser, and Mark Nathan sealing the rout. In a Henry Swerner Cup quarter-final tie, Graeme Grossman’s double saw Brady A beat Lions A 2-1.

Watford Friendly League U18 Green Div – Brady Red 15 Borehamwood 2000 0, Hadley Wood & Wingate Foxes 3 HMH 3 Blue Div – Enfield Town 3 Brady Blue 1 U16 – Abbots Youth Red 2 London Lions White 2 Spring Plate – Brady Red 4 Aldenham Panthers 3 Spring Cup Group A – Harvesters South 2 Brady Blue 2 Spring Cup Plate – Hendon Utd 4 Aldenham Tigers 0 U15 – London Lions White 5 Harpenden Black 2, London Lions Blue 5 St Gregory Pumas 1 Spring Cup Group A – HMH Raiders 8 Aldenham Wolves 1 Group B – Hadley & Wingate 0 Brady Blue 0, Olympiacos Youth 4 Brady Black 1 Group C – HMH United 3 Alexandra Park West 1 U14 – Hampstead Stags 3 London Lions White 2, London Lions Blue 4 AC Finchley North 1, London Colney Blue 4 London Lions White 3 Spring Cup Group A – Alexandra Park 7 HMH Foxes 1 Spring Shield Group C – Brady Red 5 AEK Gold 1 Green Div – 100% Soccer School 1 HMH Panthers 0 U13 Spring Plate Group A – Whetstone Wands 2 HMH Cosmos 0 Group B – HMH Fire 3 Omonia White 2 Green Div – Hadley Wood 2 HMH Galaxy 1 U12 – Belstone 1 London Lions Blue 1, London Lions Yellow 2 London Colney Youth 3, AC Finchley North 8 London Lions Green 0 Spring Plate – NWLJ 11 Alexandra Pk West 0 Group B – St Albans 0 HMH Bears 0 Green Div – Brady Blue 7 AC Finchley South 1 Yellow Div – Turnstyles FC 4 Brady White 4, Brady Red 3 Colney Jackdraws 2, Borehamwood Templars 4 HMH Galaxy 3, HMH Juniors 3 Hendon Utd Red 2 U10 Yellow Div – HMH Real 3 Omonia Green 2 EXCEL League U13 Cup – HMH Cobras 1 Hendon 0

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Finchley City to a 6-4 win over Faithfold A. Oli Sade, Daniel Sinclair and Eli Davilia were also on target. Oakwood B kept alive their promotion hopes as Sam Modlin, Kyle Bentwood and James Abrams all scored in their 3-1 win at Athletic Bilbaum. Temple Fortune moved to within a point of top spot in Division Two as Jordan Sharifian’s hat-trick helped them to a 5-0 win over Hendon B. Brett Stead and Jake Marks goals wrapped up the win. Hertswood Vale continued their recent turnaround of form as they won 5-1 at Catford & Bromley. Harry Graham and James Millet helped themselves to two goals each, with Josh Gorb also finding the back of the net. Game of the day saw Mill Hill Dons edge RC UK FC in a nine-goal thriller. Adam Isaacs bagged a brace, with Sam Kahn, Joel Sinclair-Horne and Nick Phillips sealing a 5-4 victory.

MGBSFL Div One – Jono Gaon (Finchley City) Div Two – Jordan Sharifian (Temple Fortune) Watford Friendly League – U16 – Zack Cohen (Hendon Utd) U14 – Jake Greenfield (Brady Red) U12 – Daniel Attar, Avi Rosenberg-Whyte (both NWLJ), Josh Woolf 4, Eli Greenberg (both Brady Blue) U11 – Zach Nichols, Coby Snyder (both Hendon Utd Blue)


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Redbridge A laid down their Premier Division title ambitions by thrashing FC Team A 10-1. James Berkley, Nathan Sollosi and Dean Nyman all scored two each, with Matt Berkley, Zack Nieman, Daniel Garfinkle and Sam Sollosi completing the rout. Manager Jon Jacobs said: “The squad will be at full strength and full of swagger for this weekend’s must-win game against Hendon.” Hendon A moved to within a point of the leaders Oakwood A, as Zac Lewis and Moses Seitler scored in their 2-0 win over Brady. SPEC caused arguably the shock result of they drew 1-1 at Lions A, Ben Kaye scoring to earn them a point. Two sides lodged in the bottom three not unsurprisingly earned a point each. Dan Baneth and David Khalastchi scored for Camden Park as they drew 2-2 at Woodside Wanderers. London Lions B won the clash of the top-two in Division One to increase their lead at the top of the table to seven points. Benji Weinberger and Daniel Fattal both on target. Jono Gaon’s hat-trick helped



HERTSWOOD VALE Despite nursing a hangover, put in a solid shift at left-back, before moving into the centre of the defence

HENDON UNITED A Was back to his assured best as he produced a faultless defensive performance

SPEC Part of a brilliant defensive rearguard as they kept the Lions strikeforce at bay to earn a deserved point

NORTH LONDON RAIDERS C Solid at the back and always offered a threat going forward as team ended season with an impressive point

REDBRIDGE JEWISH CARE A Adding end product to his all-round game as shown by another two goals, underrated, but not by his boss

MILL HILL DONS Captain scored and got an assist, continues to run the midfield for The Dons and showed his creative side

TEMPLE FORTUNE Drove Fortune forward, didn’t stop running and capped a brilliant performance with a goal

OAKWOOD B Continuously got in good wide positions and deserved a goal for his good play MILL HILL DONS Wasn’t 100 percent fit. Only played the second half, but was still completely unplayable, showed top class finishing


LOS BLANCOS Scored an excellent hat-trick, strong and powerful, is proving to be an excellent late addition to squad



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Sport / Raiders’ record finish / Peer quits

Summer’s come early! 191 days ‘til kick-off as Raiders end season in just six months

Photos by Amy Leigh

By Andrew Sherwood andrews@thejngroup.com @JewishNewsUK

North London Raiders C can begin planning for next season already after playing their final league game on Sunday morning – despite there being nearly three months of the season to go.

The Division Two side drew 1-1 against Redbridge C in what was their 20th and final game of the campaign. Manager Sam Rose said: “It’s a strange scenario, but only in the fact that we’ve fulfilled, I think, pretty much every fixture since January, bar one. We’ve had little to no cup involvement in the new year which has resulted in

an early finish. I’d have liked for the guys to have more game time, but it just seems this is how the fixtures have fallen.” Hoping the league can try and arrange a cup competition for the lower-division sides, he said: “Hopefully they will put a tournament together later in the season and hopefully we can put a few friendlies together for the lads.”

Already, therefore, able to look ahead to next season, Rose said: “Since Christmas, when I took over, we’ve only lost once. We clicked into gear in January and we can’t afford a slow start again next season. Had we started the season like this, I think we’d be somewhere near the top of the table. It’s unfortunate, but sets us up well for a promotion tilt next year.”

It’s the end of the Peer show Shahar Peer, Israel’s most successful female tennis player, has announced her retirement from the game due to injury. Having turned professional in 2004, she won eight WTA titles and at the peak of her career, was the world number 11 in January 2011. She became the first Israeli woman to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament in 2007, in both the Australian and US Open. Representing her country in the Federation Cup, she won 45 out of 76 matches, and also competed at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. A string of injuries plagued the latter years of her career, with her last match on tour taking place over a year ago. Her singles career saw her win 412 matches, losing 276, with her doubles record reading as 189 wins and 175 losses. She also earned nearly £5million in prize money. Writing on her Facebook page, the 29-year-old (pictured) said: “I want to share

with you one of the hardest decisions I have had to make in my life. After 23 years, 13 of which was as an international professional tennis player, I’m retiring. “I made this decision following a chronic inflammation in my shoulder, that has lasted for over two years, and prevents me from competing at the high level that I’m used to and expect from myself. At the same time, I lost my desire for the game of tennis and the intense way of life I have lived since I was sixand-a-half years old. “I look back on this experience with a huge smile, a lot of happiness and satisfaction. I’m proud of all of my accomplishments as well as the huge honour I was given to represent the state of Israel. “I want to thank everyone for your neverending support that I received every single day, every hour and every place I went to around the world.”

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