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British student killed in Israel was ‘a treasure’
Hannah Bladon’s family ‘devastated’ after tragic Jerusalem stabbing attack Family and friends of Hannah Bladon, the British student stabbed to death on Good Friday on Jerusalem’s light rail service, have paid tribute to “a caring, compassionate, rare treasure”. The 21-year-old from Burton-on-Trent [pictured below] was studying theology at the Hebrew University’s Rothberg International School. She was attacked by a Palestinian man, who pulled a knife from his bag and repeatedly stabbed her as the tram neared Jerusalem’s City Hall. Hannah’s course was part of an exchange programme with Birmingham University, where she had been reading religion, theology and archaeology since 2015. She arrived in the country in January and was due to finish in September. She had visited an archaeological dig on the morning of her death. Hannah was a devout member of her local church and a devoted Derby County supporter. The football team held a minute’s silence before its game on Sunday in her memory. Her “devastated” family have paid tribute to the “most caring, sensitive and compassionate daughter you could ever wish for.” Rona Evyasaf, who taught her at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, told Jewish News: “My acquaintance with Hannah was too short. I found
her to be very serious about her studies. Her tragic death has left me and a lot of others here in Israel shocked and sad. I take a small comfort in the fact that she partly fulfilled some of her dreams in coming to study in Israel and participating in digs.” Birmingham University told Jewish News it is planning on an event to bring students and staff together to remember Hannah. Her personal tutor, Dr Andrew Davies, called Hannah a “rare treasure”. He added: “One of the first things that struck us about her was her enthusiasm. She was always first to be there for lectures, brighteyed, bushy-tailed, even in the early hours of the morning. Really enthusiastic, really dedicated and really committed – clear first-class material, and she wanted to be an academic in the future.” Meanwhile, it has emerged that her killer told investigators he attacked the student because he wanted to die and hoped that the soldier standing next to her would shoot him dead. Jamil Tamimi, 57, from East Jerusalem, has been described as having severe mental problems and is said to have made previous suicide attempts, once swallowing razor blades. Tragically, Hannah was only standing close to Tamimi, next to the exit doors of the train, because she gave up her seat for a young mum with a baby.
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Theresa May’s surprise decision to call a General Election on 8 June sent shockwaves through Westminster this week. The prime minister said she would be seeking a mandate for her strategy in the forthcoming negotiations on the terms of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. This will be the third time UK voters have headed to the polls in three years. See page 2
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News / General Election 2017
Jewish MPs say they’ll stand Labour’s Luciana Berger, Ruth Smeeth and Louise Ellman are among the Jewish MPs to announce their plans to fight for re-election as the line-up of candidates in London’s most Jewish constituencies begins to take shape, writes Justin Cohen. MPs yesterday overwhelmingly backed Theresa May’s shock decision to seek an early General Election on 8 June, sounding the starting gun on a 50-day campaign. The prime minister, speaking in Downing Street, said Westminster had failed to come together when stability was needed after the vote to leave the European Union. Berger, who won Liverpool Wavertree with a majority of more than 24,000 and nearly 70 percent of the vote in 2015, was among the raft of Labour MPs who left Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet ahead of the last leadership contest. Ellman will defend a similar majority in neighbouring Riverside. With Labour 21 points behind in some of the latest polls, Smeeth will face an altogether tougher test in again seeking the nomination for Stoke on Trent Central, where she will defend a majority of just under 5,000. Mike Freer, Conservative MP for Finchley and Golders Green, won a majority of nearly 6,000 at the last election and
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backed the prime minister’s decision to seek parliamentary approval for a new poll. “The UK’s future relationship with the European Union is the most important political issue of the day,” he said. “With a strong mandate from the people of the UK, Theresa May will strengthen her negotiating hand.” The country, he said, faced a choice between strong government or an “unstable coalition government led by Jeremy Corbyn and propped up by the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party”. Stressing his record in standing up for Jewish and other communities, Freer added: “The PM has been resolute on anti-Semitism and extremism. The Jewish community knows that in Theresa May and me, they have a true friend and supporter.” He is likely to fancy his chances of extending his majority further, as will Matthew Offord in neighbouring Hendon, the other seat with the largest Jewish community in the UK. Andrew Dismore, a former MP for the area, is yet to
declare if he will put his name forward. Tulip Siddiq, who narrowly saw off a Conservative challenge at the last election, will seek a second term in Hampstead and Kilburn. She said it had been the “greatest honour I could have wished for” to represent the constituency for the last two years, during which she’s challenged the premier at PMQs more than any other backbench MP. She said a “hard Brexit” must be rejected. In a statement focusing on her record locally, she said: “It has been my absolute pleasure to attend countless festivals and celebrations in our local shuls and community centres. The age-old evil of anti-Semitism continues to blight our society, which is why it has been a privilege to shape Parliament’s response through my role as the vice-chair for the APPG on anti-Semitism. Ahead of this general election, I hope that the Jewish community across Hampstead and Kilburn will place their trust in me once again.” Ilford North’s Labour incumbent Wes Streeting, vice chair of the APPG against anti-Semitism, could face a re-match with two-term MP Lee Scott, who missed out by just 598 votes last time. The latter – who has declared his intention to seek the Tory nomination – said: “I have been contacted by hundreds of residents asking me to stand again. With their help, I am confident we can help deliver the mandate Theresa May seeks to deliver a good Brexit for Britain.” In Hertsmere, meanwhile, Oliver Dowden will defend a majority of 18,000. He said: “It has been a privilege to serve Hertsmere, my home patch, and an area I know so well for the past two years. I have tried to be a strong voice for the people that elected me. It would be an honour to serve again.” Among the other Jewish candidates standing are Robert Halfon and Ed Miliband.
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Thrones star’s tribute Game of Thrones star Laura Pradelska has paid tribute to the “resilience, strength and courage” of her grandparents, who all survived the Holocaust, ahead of this year’s Yom HaShoah commemoration, writes Francine Wolfisz. The actress, who starred as Quaithe in the hit HBO series, has been invited to address the audience at the Allianz stadium on Sunday, as part of this year’s theme, Women’s Resistance. Speaking to Jewish News this week, the German-born actress revealed how her father’s mother, Klara Stern, was married just before the war and gave birth to her first child while living in a labour camp in Nowy Sacz, Poland. One day, after returning from a forcedlabour factory, Klara discovered both her parents and her seven-month-old son had been murdered by the Nazis. She was later separated from her husband and deported to Auschwitz, before being forced onto a death march. When the war ended, Klara found only eight of more than 1 2 0
family members had survived the war. She later remarried a fellow Holocaust survivor, Henry Pradelski. Her maternal grandmother, Esther Schultz, also survived the Holocaust, having managed to secure forged Aryan papers because of her “beautiful blond, Laura Pradelska’s mother, Minka, centre, with sisters blue-eyed looks and Eva and Naomi, and parents Meir and Esther the ability to speak “It was through my grandmother’s Polish without a Yiddish accent”. She was able to smuggle food into the heroic and intuitive decisions that they ghetto for her family and later, at much survived,” said Pradelska, adding the need personal risk, saved the lives of her sister to keep these stories alive has become all and her two young nieces, Naomi and the more urgent. “I’m third generation Eva. The former was placed in a convent, and I’m concerned fourth and fifth while Eva was raised by a childless generations won’t know and won’t meet survivors. These stories are what help Christian woman. “After the war, my grandmother went shape us as Jews. This is who we are. “Due to the survival of my back and found everyone had been killed except those two little girls and her sister.” grandparents and their courage, I’m here Esther adopted the girls and later today. It’s an important story for anyone met her husband, Meir, who raised the to hear, especially in times of genocide, girls as his own, alongside Pradelska’s racism, and anti-Semitism, how such things can happen.” mother, Minka.
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Harry a hero, says campaigner Jonny Jonny Benjamin, the Jewish mental health campaigner who has worked closely with Prince Harry for the royal-backed charity Heads Together, spoke this week of his admiration for the Prince in speaking out about his own issues, writes Jenni Frazer. Benjamin, who was awarded an MBE last year for his work in raising awareness about mental health, told Jewish News: “It’s hard enough dealing with this sort of thing when you are not in the spotlight. I can’t imagine what it’s like when you have so much [public] pressure on you. You only have to look at poor Amy Winehouse and her very public decline as a sad example.” The ex-JFS student was so profoundly affected by his own problems he tried to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge into the Thames and was talked out of it by a stranger. In 2014, Benjamin launched a campaign, Find Mike, to try to locate the man who saved him and now with that man, Neil Laybourn, he is running the London Marathon on Sunday to raise money for Heads Together. The charity was launched last May by Princes Harry and William and the Duchess of Cambridge with the aim of raising £10million mental health initiatives. One such target, says Benjamin, “is to set up a crisis text line for people so that they can have someone to contact immediately. The Marathon is just a start; we hope Heads Together will be a long-term thing”.
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London hotel scraps Barghouti screening
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The May Fair Hotel has cancelled the screening on Sunday of a documentary about convicted Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti. The event was advertised on the UK Palestinian Mission’s website but the venue has told Jewish News it has decided not to proceed after undertaking “standard due diligence”. The advert said the screening of Marwan – organised by Fateh Movement-UK and the General Union of Palestinian Communities in Europe – would mark Prisoners Day in solidarity with 6,500 “political prisoners” in Israeli jails, some of whom would start a hunger strike that day. Barghouti is serving five life sentences for murder and membership of a terrorist organisation. But the advert said the documentary “shows the many faces of the Fateh representative from resistance fighter to advocate of the two-state solution and demonstrates how his personal story is symbolic of the Palestinian people’s fight for freedom and independence”. A spokesperson for the Edwardian Hotels London said: “We were recently approached by the State of Palestine to host a private screening at The May Fair Theatre. As is usual business practice, we reviewed the request and undertook standard due diligence, following which we have decided to not progress this event any further.”
Convicted terrorist Marwan Barghouti
Meanwhile, Liz Spayd, the public editor of The New York Times responded on Tuesday to criticism of the newspaper for publishing an op-ed by Barghouti identifying him only as “a Palestinian leader and parliamentarian”. Nearly a day later, an editor’s note appended to the end of the article clarified that Barghouti is serving a lengthy prison term after being convicted in an Israeli court of five counts of murder and membership of a terrorist organisation.
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News / JLC election
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Survivors’ funds / Regev talk / News
Shoah survivors to get more money for increasing needs Survivors in Britain are to get almost twice as much from this year’s Claims Conference budget as they did in 2015 as, although there are fewer survivors, their needs have increased, writes Jenni Frazer. Greg Schneider, executive vice-president of the New Yorkbased Claims Conference, says that funding, allocated to the Association of Jewish Refugees, will be £5,700,448 in 2017, compared with £5,201,878 the previous year, and a huge jump from 2015’s £3,016,878. The money, negotiated by the Claims Conference from the German government, goes to the 45 Aid Society, Agudas Israel Housing Association. North London Bikur Cholim, Association of Jewish Refugees, Jewish Care (the Holocaust Survivors’ Centre/ Shalvata), and Bikur Cholim. Schneider says the work of the Claims Conference is increasing, contrary to popular assumptions, despite the fact
The Claims Conference is distributing more funds to survivors
more and more survivors are passing each year. “In 2016, we distributed more than in any other year of the 65 years of the Claims Conference. And the second biggest year was 2015; the [amount of ] money doesn’t matter, it’s what the money buys, what the survivors need to live. And we are still growing”. More than 70 years after the end of the Second World War, the Claims Conference
is still in negotiation with the German government for funds for survivors. Schneider says one of his greatest challenges is “bridging the gap from the bedroom to the conference room, where we are sitting with all kinds of projections and statistics, how many survivors are still alive, where do they live… and it’s not about that”. Instead, says Schneider: “It’s about the woman who can’t get out of bed. The woman whose
Ambassador to speak at SOAS despite protests by students Mark Regev will next week become the first Israeli diplomat to address students at the School of Oriental and African Studies in more than a decade – despite protests at the historic visit. The ambassador was invited by the UN Society and the Jewish Society, a year after anti-Israel graffiti was daubed on the campus following his meeting with the university’s vicechancellor within days of taking up the post. Thirty-three university societies, including the Palestine Society, Herb Society, Decolonising Our Minds Society and Origami Society, have signed a statement protesting the event, which they say “flies in the face” of the Students’ Union backing for the boycott campaign. They call for supporters to join ‘Apartheid off Campus’ day next Thursday, ahead of the talk that evening.
Suggesting “armed embassy personnel” would accompany the ambassador, they suggest many students “fear for their safety with Israeli security personnel roaming our campus. Palestinian staff and students would be subject to the same questioning and searching they suffered living under military occupation in Palestine should they attend a public event”. They also claim that more than than 100 academic staff have signed a statement against Regev’s presence. The university’s registrar pledged it was in contact with the union and societies involved to ensure “the event can take place safely” and told SOAS staff: “SOAS is a place which promotes freedom of debate and has a long tradition of hosting speakers from all over the world.”
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SUPPORTERS WARNED OF ZERO TOLERANCE ON ANTI-SEMITISM Football fans have been warned that there will be zero tolerance towards anyone caught chanting anti-Semitic abuse at this weekend’s FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Action against Discrimination and the Board of Deputies of British Jews have called on both clubs, the FA and Metropolitan Police to remind fans of their behaviour ahead of the match at Wembley Stadium. AAD chairman Jonathan Metliss said: “It’s about time the vile chanting from the Chelsea supporters towards Tottenham supporters is brought to an end. We’re endeavouring to ensure this won’t take place at the match – if it does, offenders should be appropriately dealt with.”
ORTHODOX UKIP CANDIDATE ‘SORRY’ FOR BURNING BIBLE
An Orthodox Jewish candidate for mayor of Manchester apologised after burning what he called a “missionary bible” and posting images of it on social media. Shneur Odze, who is a candidate for the UK Independence Party, or UKIP, on the eve of Passover found the Hebrew-language New Testament produced by a proselytising Christian group in his synagogue. He took it out into the street and set it alight, according to reports. He then posted photos of the book burning and wrote on Twitter: “Grateful to whoever put a missionary bible among our synagogue’s books. Was wondering what I’d burn my Chametz with.” The post has been removed from his Twitter feed and Odze said he “felt he had no choice but to burn the book’.
whole family was brought to a ravine, and they were all shot. By a miracle the bullets missed her, but she fell into a pit with every single person she knew in the world, her parents, her grandparents, her aunts, uncles, her entire community. And she waited until she thought the Nazis were gone, and then she clawed her way out, past the bodies.” Schneider met this woman in Ukraine. She has no one, he says, and, without the Claims Conference, there would be no one to care for her in any way. “If we don’t succeed [in our negotiations with the Germans], that woman is doomed. That propels us. The intensity of understanding that the bedroom is usually one room, where there is a bed. And we have to bridge that gap between those two places, her bedroom and the conference room, with all its graphs and the charts. That’s why we do what we do.”
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Shoah docs revealed An archive of Holocaust evidence long closed to public view has been made available in London for the first time since the 1940s, when it was used by the United Nations’ War Crimes Commission. The vast UNWCC trove of documents, most of which were smuggled out of Eastern Europe during the early 1940s and later used to convict leading Nazis, are being opened at the Wiener Library this week. Until now, only researchers with special permission from their governments and the UN were able to view them, and even then they were not allowed to take copies. It shows how Britain, the US and Russia were slow to press for leading Nazis to face trial for crimes against humanity, with countries such as Poland leading the call. In another bundle of documents built up to indict Adolf Hitler for war crimes in Czechoslovakia, there is an affidavit from British soldier Harry Ogden,
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Psychological journey from loss to rebirth The period from Yom HaShoah to Yom Hazikaron to Yom Ha’atzmaut is an eight-day journey, from a people’s loss to a people’s rebirth. It is a tale of travel from darkness into light. The dates were chosen and enshrined in law by Israel’s first prime minitser, David Ben-Gurion in 1953. To him, the symbolism in the timing was significant: his country would go from mourning the victims of genocide and war to celebrating the wonders of nationhood and independence. This year, as Israelis stand silent in remembrance, we stand with them. As they celebrate the joy of Israel, we celebrate with them. In November we will celebrate 100 years since Britain played its part in the creation of Israel. But in this year of centenaries, we know that looking back is as important as looking forward. We hope and pray that our children and grandchildren will one day celebrate the day when Israel finally sees peace with her Arab and Palestinian neighbours and ensures her Jewish and democratic status for years to come. Perhaps that day could be called the Day of the Future.
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LABOUR’S LONG DECLINE In the aftermath of the Ken Livingstone saga, Jeremy Newmark of the Jewish Labour Movement has the temerity to suggest that people should join the Labour Party to fight anti-Semitism. The Jewish Labour group has been wholly ineffective against the surge of anti-Semitic sentiment expressed by some of its MPs and councillors. The real issue
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done, Ken” and he will lap it up. Ignore him by a statement disproving what he says and then stop. There are plenty of people in the Labour Party who think like him and use the state of Israel for their venom.
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of the Greater London Council, who deceived his own members by grabbing power. Mr Newmark is delusional if he thinks he can overcome a Party that is now in terminal decline as far as Jewish voters are concerned.
KEN WILL NEVER CHANGE. DISPROVE WHAT HE SAYS – AND THEN MOVE ON To those still calling for the expulsion of Ken Livingstone from the Labour Party, you are not thinking without emotion. He is what he is and will never change. He loves the oxygen you are giving him. He is what we called in my day – and still do – “Yidified”. His friends will say “Well
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members of his union? Why hasn’t there been a more robust challenge against Comrade Corbyn’s behaviour? He has had to be dragged to face the reality of chaos in the Labour Party and, at the same time, has not dealt with the Livingstone issue? Newmark states: “Livingstone (pictured) did so much to transform our capital.” This was the former extreme left-wing leader
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I write in reference to Baroness Warsi’s comments that anyone from this country going to enlist in the IDF should be regarded in the same light as those who join Daesh and be put on trial. Is she really saying they are the same; the one
to protect, as opposed to the ones who go to murder in all sorts of heinous ways? The lady again shows her true colours; fortunately she is not in any position to influence anyone.
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Britain does owe an apology
ENGAGE WITH THOSE OF DIFFERING VIEWS
Uri Rabin was right to suggest the Jews are owed an apology from the British Government over the Balfour Declaration, but not for the reasons he states (Jewish News, 23 March). To understand why requires an explanation of what Balfour was and what it was not. Balfour’s letter to Lord Rothschild was not a guarantee to anyone; this is where Jenny Tonge and her cohort deliberately distort the facts to suit their narrative. It was an expression of wishes, of best endeavours as the letter states, and it was even-handed to both Jews and Arabs inhabiting Palestine. What is often forgotten is the letter refers specifically to the rights and political status of Jews in other countries not being prejudiced by the creation of a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine. Mr Rabin refers to other such declarations, however the significance of Balfour is that it was General Allenby’s Egyptian Expeditionary Force that ended 400 years of Ottoman Turkish rule and established a British mandate in Palestine. The legitimate reasons for Britain
Your issue of 23 March puzzled me. First, your story that the Board of Deputies president advises Jewish students not to study at LSE. Would we gain anything from this? We need to have intellectual debate, educate and turn enemies of beliefs and thoughts to understanding friends. Second, the letter from Gerry Goldbloom baffled me. We must not stifle debate and ‘assassinate’ those who do not agree with us but agree to disagree and continue debating.
to apologise to the Jewish people are, firstly, that successive governments and Foreign Office officials spent the next 30 years rowing back from any commitment inferred by Balfour, including the imposition of harsh quotas on Jewish immigration to Palestine in the 1930s, without which many more Jews would have been spared from the Holocaust. The second reason for an apology is that Britain, as the mandatory power in Egypt, Jordan and Iraq, and with significant influence in Iran, failed abysmally to ensure protection of Jews’ civil rights in these countries following the establishment of Israel resulting in their enforced mass exodus. To this day, the vast majority of Middle Eastern countries are no-go areas for Jews. When Theresa May, Boris Johnson, and their colleagues rise to acclaim Britain’s role in the creation of the state of Israel in the run-up to the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, it is to be hoped they will do so with humility rather than triumphalism.
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BADDIEL GIVES... AND TAKES AWAY So the atheist Israeli-dismissing David Baddiel (pictured) condemned Ken Livingstone for his Hitler comments only because he cares about antiSemitism (jewishnews.co.uk). Aren’t we (Jewish and Israel supporting) the lucky and grateful ones for his time, effort and response. He gives with one hand and takes with the other.
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Spicer latest to ride the wave of faux Fuhrerism NICK FERRARI
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et another supposed big beast and skilled communicator from the arena of politics falls foul of invoking the name of Hitler or the ideals of Nazism in a cheap way to try and stun an audience with the magnitude of their comparison. Sadly, for White House press secretary Sean Spicer, this turned more into a case of schlock and flaw as opposed to shock and awe. Showing less of a grasp on the subject than might reasonably be expected from an educationally troubled 11-year-old stuck at the bottom of the B stream in history, Spicer turned in his own version of Holocaust denial. “You had someone as despicable as Hitler, who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” he said. As the press corps let out a collective whoosh of stunned and disbelieving breath, the idiot Spicer waded deeper into the mire. “When it comes to sarin gas, (Hitler) was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing.”
SPICER SHOWED LESS GRASP ON THE SUBJECT THAN AN 11-YEAR-OLD STUCK AT THE BOTTOM OF THE ‘B’ STREAM IN HISTORY When challenged by a journalist, Spicer managed to switch from being plain dumb to outright offensive. He blathered away about how Hitler “brought them into Holocaust centres”. What the hell is a “Holocaust centre?” It makes it sound like a cross between an elderly day club and a garden store. Even if he’d stayed up all night thinking about it, it’s hard to imagine he could have been seen to be more callous or incorrect. Spicer is not alone in recently riding a wave of faux Fuhrerism, with perhaps
the most egregious offender being former London mayor Ken Livingstone. It is in no way stretching the truth to suggest Livingstone has form in this area, but his latest outburst is surely the crowning glory of all his many crass comments. He effectively tried to link Zionism to Nazism and has yet to show a shred of remorse. After an inquiry lasting 11 months, the Labour Party finally decided to take action. Remembering the party has been riven with accusations of anti-Semitism and is struggling to emerge from a sinister cloak of supposed anti-Jewish action and rhetoric, here was an opportunity to show they were ready to take a hard line. However, they bottled it and instead of expelling him, handed Livingstone (who had previously told journalists even he thought he would be booted out) a suspension. Then, this rush to revisionism spread across the English Channel when French far-right leader and Presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen sought to absolve France of complicity in the rounding up and deportation of thousands of Jews to death
camps (or those “Holocaust centres” as Spicer likes to refer to them) during the war. As recently as 1995, former President Jacques Chirac formally acknowledged that while the French had rightly been famous for their resistance movement during the war, there had been the darker side of the Vichy and of police aiding the Nazi occupiers in identifying and sending thousands of the country’s Jews to their death. While it would be a dangerously retrograde step to try and ban any allusion to Adolf Hitler or Nazis in public life, it is vital sensitivities are always observed. We’ve been laughing at aspects of our wars with the Germans for decades; all the way from wartime BBC radio comedy ITMA to Dad’s Army and from Basil Fawlty’s peerless Fawlty Towers sketch with his German hotel guests to Blackadder. Handled correctly, drawing elements from one of the darkest times in recent history can work. Get it wrong and, to quote Shakespeare’s Macbeth, it is merely “sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
For the first time in my adult life, I may not vote JENNI FRAZER
hen I was little and my mother was trying to teach me how to navigate the seder and the Haggadah, I remember getting to the part of the plagues and her telling me how my grandmother would routinely add an extra plague to the 10 we already had — Hitler. I have to admit that, aged five or six, I hadn’t the faintest idea what grandma meant, only catching on years later when I read about the ironic Russian Jewish prayer: “May God save and keep the Tsar… far away from us.” Just such a prayer could equally be applied to those who invoke Hitler. Only those living under rocks or elsewhere in the galaxy could have failed to have caught on to the endless repetition of Hitler in the past few months. It has begun to feel like being on the receiving end of an interminable series of Channel 5 programmes, Hitler in colour, Hitler the vegetarian, Hitler
who-might-not-have-been-as-bad-asAssad, and – lest we forget – Hitler who supported Zionism. There have been the merely stupid comparisons, such as those made by White House press secretary Sean Spicer, and the calculated, made by the reviled former mayor of London, Ken Livingstone. I don’t believe that Spicer is a Holocaust denier, although there are plenty of people who were quick to pin that label on him. And Spicer, who may not be the sharpest tool in the box, has at least acknowledged that he, as he himself put it, “screwed up”. As for Livingstone, who has consistently and steadfastly refused to apologise for his comments, I believe he is a wily politician who knows exactly what he is doing and how far he can push people. On 5 April — yes, it seems longer ago, doesn’t it? — Labour’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn, back against the wall, announced that there would be a new inquiry into Ken Livingstone’s continuing membership
of the party. I haven’t seen any further details of this inquiry and I doubt very much that either it, or any conclusion, will come in time to save Labour in the general and local elections in the strongholds of Jewish voters. Last Wednesday, a group of the usual suspects, the “As-A-Jews” immortalised by Howard Jacobson, wrote a whining letter to the Guardian saying why Livingstone should not be thrown out of the Labour Party. Interestingly, two of the signatories – Tony Greenstein and Jackie Walker – are themselves facing party disciplinary proceedings. To the Jew in the pew, I wonder how much any of this backstabbing and infighting actually penetrates. For me,
for the first time in my life, I am considering not voting at all, which I regard as a terrible betrayal of all that previous generations of women, and previous generations of Jews, went through in order for me to be able to have my say at the ballot box. What I’m left with is a feeling of astonishment that, after nearly 80 years, the name of Hitler can still be conjured up with such ease and that comparisons with the Nazis are so carelessly invoked. I also know that at last week’s seder, as we were calling out the names of the plagues, and the children round the table laughed and made faces, there was another name which I added to my list. Thanks for the idea, grandma.
TO THE JEW IN THE PEW, I WONDER HOW MUCH ANY OF THIS BACKSTABBING AND INFIGHTING ACTUALLY PENETRATES
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What have Jews ever done for the Muslim community? FIYAZ MUGHAL
FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR, FAITH MATTERS
he above question is one I’ve heard over the years while working in Muslim communities. Such statements usually come from those who see Jewish communities primarily through the lens of the Middle East political scenario. So much so that it is one of the first things that come to mind when Jewish communities are mentioned. So what have Jews ever done for us? Well how about the human rights we enjoy and the ability to walk down the street without getting beaten up? That is partly down to Jewish men and women who stood firm on the streets of our country against those who wanted a mono-faith and mono-cultural Britain. Their efforts, their blood, sweat and toil is embedded into the streets of our country. We can never allow our nation to be taken over by those who seek to divide communities or to promote extremism and intolerance. We can never give up on their courage and their sacrifices to those extremists within far right or
Islamist groups. Or how about the halal food Muslims enjoy? The campaigning to protect halal and shechita has been driven by Jewish communities and is now jointly led because of this initial inspiring work. Many in the over-40 generation will probably have come across or worked within racial equality councils in their lives. Such institutions came about partly because of campaigning by Jews for equal rights for black and minority ethnic communities and through political lobbying in the societal fight against racism and prejudice. Jews led these campaigns with other communities. That joint activism shaped and changed a Britain over many decades where many within these communities ran the gauntlet of being regularly abused when they went shopping or when they dropped their children at schools. Many have forgotten these times and think modern day Britain has not changed. That is simply not true or reflective of the huge societal progressive changes that have swept our tiny island and which we must
acknowledge. However, what is depressing is that today, our Jewish brothers and sisters are not seen as being part of the social activism within black and minority ethnic communities. They have been pushed outside of these activism circles by discussions within such communities which sometimes support antiSemitic notions of Jews being powerful and that minority rights are about challenging power. The latter is true, but it must never be tied to anti-Semitic discourse which alienates a historically and socially active community which has been at the vanguard of the struggle against racism. Just because most Askenazi Jews are white does not mean that they do not suffer prejudice and hatred on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Or how about Jewish activism which has positively shaped hate crime legislation? I have worked for many years countering anti-Muslim hatred. The work around tackling hate crimes has been shaped by Jewish communities. Who can forget the murder of Stephen Lawrence that shocked a nation and led to
Jews, African Caribbeans, Muslims and other communities coming together to shape an agenda. We must not forget that some within Muslim communities also realise how much we owe to Jewish activism, spirituality and the deep sense of moral care embedded in and part of the make-up of Judaism. The support provided to Bradford’s Reform synagogue by local British Muslims was a beacon of hope and inspiration which should be highlighted over and over to those whose motivations and beliefs towards Jews are informed by anger about the Middle East conflict. We know that sometimes this dog whistle politics is couched within the term ‘Zionist’ as though it is a get-out clause for some antiSemites who can wallow in their ignorance, hatred and intolerance. Individuals who use the situation in the Middle East to target Jewish businesses and religious institutions and create divisions between Muslims and Jews need to be told that their politics of hate is well and truly over. Of that we can be sure.
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Jewish News-Jewish Leadership Council Thirty Under 30
The countdown continues... Last week Jewish News and the Jewish Leadership Council announced positions 30 to 21 in the list of 30 movers and shakers under 30 set to define AngloJewry. Today we proudly reveal those occupying places 20 to 11. Profiles by Noa Lessof Gendler
Josh Seitler age22
Josh deserves credit for his work as the current UJS president. Humble and
UJS campaigns officer and student officer for the JLM, Liron is hard-
unassuming, he has been incredibly hands-on in his approach to the role, travelling around the country to spend time at many different Jewish societies (JSocs) and listening carefully to Jewish students. He has excelled at finding practical solutions to the problems faced, actively searching for spaces to facilitate different denominations on campuses and ensuring that Jewish students from across the spectrum feel equally supported and valued. Coming from an Orthodox background, peers and colleagues note the effort he has gone to in learning about non-Orthodox Judaism, and respect his commitment to equal representation. Josh has also been working hard to strengthen JSocs in Scotland and Ireland, and has represented UJS abroad at the European Parliament. He was the 2014-15 president of LSE’s Israel Society and received the LSE Outstanding Contribution to Student Life Award last year. working and a sharp political operator. He dedicates his time to promoting ideas not only for himself but on behalf of the community, and he speaks for those around him without putting words into their mouths or treading on toes. His style of Israel advocacy is sensitive and effective, and he is able to discuss identity, culture and communal issues with Jews and non-Jews alike. Professional but always able to put others at ease, Liron is best known for his ability to do everything he says he will, and more besides. He has never given less than one hundred percent to a task at hand, and colleagues and fellow activists admire his proactive attitude. Those around him say his approach is refreshing in an often difficult political bubble, and trust his sound judgement on a range of issues.
LAST WEEK’S POSITIONS FROM 30 TO 21... 30 Eliezer Gilbert aged 25 29 Mia Gray 19 28 Graham Carpenter 25 27 Abi Symons 28 26 Georgina Bye 29 25 Noah Levy 22 24 Ben Dov Salasnik 28 23 Devora Khafi 20 22 Joel Macadar 27 21 Charlotte Agran 26
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Currently writing for the features desk at The Sunday Times, Gabriel
Esther is strategy manager to the chief sustainability office at Unilever
has worked for the New Statesman, Shortlist, Ha’aretz and Jewish News. He is a 2016 Google News Fellow and was editor of the London Tab in 201415. Well-established as a talented journalist in the Jewish and national media, he impresses his seniors with his sharp reporting style and his capacity to write news, opinion and features. He demonstrates proficiency as a researcher, having worked on The Sunday Times political editor Tim Shipman’s recent bestseller, All Out War, and has had a Sunday Times Magazine cover story published at this early stage in his career. Gabriel approaches every project with versatility and precision, mastering diverse topics, turning round stories at lightning speed and producing engaging content regardless of time restraints. Journalists expect Gabriel to have a long and promising career in the industry. and the founder of Stand Tall, a charity that helps women and girls recover after suffering from abuse. Inspired by the speakers of the One Young World conference in 2014 and driven by her own experiences, Esther has been recognised at the most senior level of the firm and has been made a 2016 Unilever Hero. She is being supported in the charity’s aims to connect sufferers of domestic abuse with services and tools, and providing spaces for survivors to share their stories. Esther has spoken at the 2015 One Young World conference, passing on her enthusiasm for community work and inspiring others with her selflessness and ambition. More than 600,000 women and girls have benefited from her work so far, and she continues to garner support and funding to improve the lives of vulnerable people.
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Bursting with vigour and dynamism, Emily is already one of the most
Jay is the senior Parliamentary assistant to Tulip Siddiq, and through
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prominent and dedicated activists of her generation. As the youth representative on the Yachad Board of Trustees, she continually promotes and furthers the opinions of her peers and works single-mindedly for peaceful dialogue between activists involved in the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. She galvanised the involvement of her peers during Yachad’s Sign on the Green Line and Kids Court in Conflict campaigns, and is relied upon by the organisation to engage young people and advocate its aims. Also a talented journalist, Emily is proactive in spearheading stories she feels should be shared, and has also been recently appointed as joint chair of the editorial board for the Jewish Labour Movement’s new journal, Jewish Vanguard. Thanks to her skills in writing, analysis and commentary, industry professionals are tipping her as the next Jonathan Friedland or Owen Jones. his efforts to connect her to the Jewish community, he has helped to develop a political relationship with an MP ready to defend Israel and call out anti-Semitism. She has since visited synagogues in her constituency of Hampstead and Kilburn, and vicechaired the All-Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism. Jay has also played a major role in revitalising the Jewish Labour Movement, which has since become a key player in developing relations between the community and the Labour Party. He has previously worked as the public affairs director for the London Jewish Forum and as public affairs officer for the Jewish Leadership Council. In his role as general secretary (president) of the LSE Student Union in 2013-14, Jay fiercely defended the rights of Jewish students, and organised and introduced a lecture from a Holocaust survivor at the NUS Conference in 2014. possible, Michael is known and loved throughout Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade as an inspiring leader, innovator and educator. As a trustee for the past six years, he has been instrumental in restructuring the movement to make it more youth and volunteer-oriented, no mean feat in an organisation with more than 100 years of history and tradition. He has been the regional coordinator for both Hertfordshire and Middlesex, was the senior coordinator for the national summer camp, which included 60 participants from abroad, and led Israel Tour in 2007. Michael deserves credit for his co-chairing of Limmud Conference 2015, during which it moved from Warwick University to the Birmingham NEC, which he oversaw with skilful and effective leadership. He is an alumnus of the 2013 Adam Science programme, and his commitment to lay leadership will continue positively influencing the community for years to come.
Ollie’s potent cocktail of charm and chutzpah has resulted in the online
Abi shows her commitment to the community through her past work
Judith is the head of campaigns at the Jewish Leadership Council, and
explosion that is J-TV, the Jewish YouTube channel, which shares weekly content, covering politics and current affairs, religion and philosophy, interviews, debates, cooking, and other entertainment. Renowned speakers, including the Chief Rabbi, have appeared on the channel thanks to this history graduate’s singleminded enthusiasm and inability to take no for an answer. Guests who have appeared on the channel have commented on his incredible energy, which drives the bold, curious attitudes of everyone working on the project, and marvel at the way he is willing to pull strings and use all of his influence to help J-TV develop. This highly credible content outlet marks a significant stage in the community’s growth and expansion onto modern platforms, and Ollie’s instrumental role makes him one to watch in the future. for Liberal Judaism, her involvement in Woodford Synagogue’s outreach programmes, and, most of all, through Limmud. Taking on senior roles for Conference every year since 2011, Abi has been a guiding force in the development of the event for the past few crucial years. She chaired programming in 2014, a demanding role that oversaw one of the largest programmes ever seen at Conference before moving to chair volunteering in 2016. This year she is conference chair, spreading her time between this weighty role and completing a Masters in Holocaust education. She coordinated the first Limmud L’Am programme for participants with learning disabilities and other additional needs, working with Norwood and Kisharon to promote inclusion and flexibility at Conference. Abi’s passion for social justice and cross-communal work contributes to the vibrancy of British Jewry, from which many will benefit in the coming years. is appreciated within the organisation as an astute strategic thinker, political analyst and deliverer of results. Always going above and beyond wherever she can, she has been cited as a chief executive in crucial community establishments. Before working at the JLC, she served as development fieldworker and then campaigns director for UJS, working with student activists across the country and encouraging JSocs to develop their politics and to take active roles in student life. Judith spent some time in California working for the Jewish Federation and Family Services as manager of leadership initiatives, and then returned to the UK to work for the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM) as its press officer. She sits on the board of Nisa-Nashim, a Jewish and Muslim women’s interfaith charity, and is contributing significantly on fundraising and governance issues.
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Community / Scene & Be Seen
Three members of Jewish Care’s Brenner Community Centre in Stamford Hill who never had a batmitzvah – Sadie Levy, 84, Celia Kosminsky, 93, and Jean Islin, 86 – celebrated them together with 26 JFS Year 7 students who are participating in a Jewish Care and JFS B’nei Mitzvah programme. Lord Levy, president of both Jewish Care and JFS, presented the women with certificates at the ceremony which took place in the Wohl Synagogue. He said: “It’s an honour to be here today at this ceremony.”
And be seen The latest news, pictures and social events from across the community
More than 260 guests helped to raise £30,000 for small charities in Israel at Myisrael’s Big Fat Quiz. The charity’s founder and executive director, Danni Franks, said: “Myisrael is connecting people in the UK and amazing people in Israel and are changing lives every day because of it.”
Staff of Borehamwoodbased estate agent Engel Jacobs visited Barnet Hospital and dropped off 200 Easter eggs for patients and staff to enjoy. Samantha Engel, head of sales and lettings, said: “We couldn’t let our first anniversary go by without marking it, so we decided to donate the eggs to our local hospital.”
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ORT UK’s recent business breakfast saw Ocado CEO Tim Steiner address more than 200 guests at the Sheraton Park Lane, enlightening them as to what made him become an entrepreneur. The event raised £50,000, with chairman Simon Alberga saying: “ORT believes in changing lives through education.”
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Scene & Be Seen / Community
SEDER 1 SELL-OUT FOR THE JGLG 4 CHAPLAINCY’S FESTIVE GIFTS
The Jewish Gay and Lesbian Group (JGLG) held its annual second night seder this year. The occasion proved a sell-out once again, with 55 LGBT+ Jews and partners, parents and friends enjoying a four-course meal in north London.
SHUL HOLDS 2 NEW COMMUNAL EVENT 3
The recently formed East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue, which is still looking for a new permanent home, held its first communal seder at All Saints Church Hall in Woodford. Nearly 160 members of the community, plus their guests, attended the service, which was co-led by Rabbi Richard Jacobi, Rabbi David Hulbert and Rabbi Harry Jacobi.
A WONDERFUL AFTERNOON WHERE THE STUDENTS ENGAGED WITH THE CHIEF RABBI
Raphaël Alexis was one of a group of Jewish students who received a ‘Pesach Survival Kit’ from student chaplain Rabbi Yossi Bodenheim. The gifts were given out at an afternoon session with Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, who visited the St Andrew’s University campus with his wife Valerie. Rabbi Yossi Bodenheim said: “It was a wonderful afternoon and the students engaged beautifully with the Chief.”
TAKE 5 RABBIS LEAD IN PINNER Rabbis Dr Andrew and Aaron Goldstein led the Seder at Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue, ably assisted by many of the community’s youngest members
FIRST 6 FINCHLEY’S TASTE OF PESACH
ENJOY 3 DURHAM DEBUT EVENT
Many of the 70-plus guests at the Finchley Progressive Synagogue seder enjoyed Passover for the first time, including nine-year-old Eva Cohen to Reem, a Britishborn Syrian, who helps to run projects for refugees at FPS, her husband Mo and their toddler Maya.
Representatives from the Liberal Jewish communities of Durham and York celebrated Pesach for the first ever time in Durham, when the Waddington Street United Reformed Church social hall hosted an interfaith service and meal.
Your simcha announcements Jack Wolpert celebrated his barmitzvah at Woodford Forest United Synagogue.
Mel & Syliva Millenbach celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue.
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Genius who was light years ahead Geoffrey Rush reveals the many challenges of portraying visionary physicist and cultural icon Albert Einstein
lbert Einstein once famously said: “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity – and I’m not sure about the universe.” Behind the prolific German-Jewish physicist who unlocked the mysteries of the cosmos was a man grappling with a tumultuous private life and rising anti-Semitism in Europe, as revealed in Genius, a new 10-part series charting his life from National Geographic, starting on Sunday. Featuring Einstein’s lovers, enemies and fellow scientific luminaries, the cast includes Emily Watson as his second wife – and first cousin – Elsa Einstein, as well as Australian actor Geoffrey Rush as the celebrated scientist. How much did you know about Einstein before you started working on Genius? Geoffrey Rush (GR): I was four when Einstein died, so there was not a huge amount of overlap. Everything I know is from the legend of who he was, because he was one of the most idiosyncratic figures of the 20th century. He was a cult figure, as famous as Charlie Chaplin. In a pre-celebrity world, they were household names. Chaplin for being an amazing film-maker and clown, and Einstein for being a complex theoretical physicist, who wrote a theory that toppled all the existing orthodoxy that had been around for 300 years. What were you most surprised to learn about Einstein? GR: There was quite a bit. He was famous for being famous as a scientist. Everyone knows he had ridiculous hair. It probably came out of his youth at the Prussian Academy where scientists were a little woolier. There are so many photos of him meeting other famous people, like Marilyn Monroe, and of him sticking out his tongue and being cheeky. The great thing about this series is that it looks at his youth. Ultimately, although non-linear, the series shows Einstein from age
passionate. She gave him license to have affairs. They were radical progressives on that level. What does the word genius mean to you? GR: The German philosopher [Arthur] Schopenhauer said: “Talent hits a target that no one else can hit, genius hits a target that no one else can see.” We can apply that to Einstein. He engaged in thought experiments. He would let his mind wander and drift off and speculate. ‘What if I could travel faster than the speed of light, what would light look like?’ Pretty trippy.
Geoffrey Rush, above, plays Albert Einstein, pictured right, in the new series of Genius
five, when his father gave him a compass and young Albert was intrigued at what forces were at work that made the needle always point in one direction, until 76 when he died. There is a lot people don’t know. What were you most surprised to learn about Einstein? GR: How open and gregarious and truly childlike he was for a man with such complexity of ideas. Some people have tried to classify him as somewhat autistic, but I don’t think it’s true, because he loved sailing and intellectual company. He came out of a flourishing Jewish world in early 20th century Germany and he would hang out with his friends and they would play music. Eventually he loved to travel and he had an expansive personality. I was lucky to get a lot of footage of him visiting Britain and the USA, and he seemed to greet press like Groucho Marx. He had people laughing and was kind of clown-like with his naivety. Rumour has it he was thought of as dopey and a slow starter, but he was just daydreaming and that ended up being his greatest strength.
What were some of his quirks? GR: I noticed in early footage, in his teenage years, that he was rebellious and antiauthoritarian and hated the German militaristic sensibility. He was quite outspoken and forthright and sometimes lacking in confidence. Did you know he was such a ladies’ man? GR: I didn’t know about that, but I suppose if you put that equation together, he had a lot of celebrity. I think he had many young lovers, because he moved around a lot. He gave up his German passport and was a bit of a gallivant. He was bright and some women find that deeply attractive. And he had humour. He liked a partner in his life and he found that with Elsa, after his sad and awkward failure of a first marriage to Mileva Maric. He knew his gift only functioned if he lived a well-ordered and coordinated life. He was fortunate with Elsa to find someone happy to be that person. She didn’t match his intellect like Mileva did. Mileva was brilliant, but Elsa was happy to be his manager, mother, organiser, PR person and that marriage was one of deep friendship, but not particularly
What do you hope viewers will get from Genius? GR: I think people might be quite surprised at how immediate the sense of drama is, in a world particularly undergoing radical shifts. There have been arguments about the value of science for humankind and for goodness. There is a part concerning the First World War, where [Nobel prize-winning chemist] Fritz Haber finds out Germany is going to run out of food and he discovers extracting nitrogen and rescues Germany. He also discovered the weapon of chlorine gas under the assumption fewer lives would be lost and it would end the war quicker. Ethical dilemmas dominate the science. Have you enjoyed playing Einstein? GR: Yes, enormously! I thought I’d have to act playing a genius on set every day, but there are many banal and surprising moments. For example, he meets a neighbour, Alice, and she wants him to do her homework for her. He guides her mind into the mystery of maths on a level that would be exciting rather than rigid and formal. I read that someone who was a student of Einstein wrote of him: “He was just the most generous human being.” We don’t find many of them around now, but he seemed interested in the better sides of our nature. Genius airs on Sunday, 23 April, 9pm on National Geographic
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Sweetcorn fritters with smoked salmon This makes a fantastic light lunch or serve as a great side salad when you are having friends over. It’s perfect with anything.
PREPARATION TIME 25 MINS
Denise Phillips SERVES 4
COOKING TIME 30 MINS
Ingredients 2 whole sweet corn cobs – husks removed 1 small red onion – thinly sliced into rings 3 limes – zest and juice 600g small sweet potatoes – scrubbed and quartered lengthways 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper
slightly golden. Set aside to cool.
3 Remove kernels from the cob. 4 Combine the onion and 2 tablespoons lime juice in a bowl. Set aside to slightly pickle. This turns the onion into a beautiful vibrant pink colour!
5 Either steam the sweet potatoes with 2 tablespoons lime juice on 100* for 5 minutes or cook on the hob for 5 minutes with 100ml water. Sweet potatoes need to be just soft.
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7 Place the coconut cream/ milk, lime zest, coriander, and remaining juice in a bowl. Season well and stir to combine.
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Sedra: Shemini / It’s Biblical / Orthodox Judaism
BY RABBI RABBI ZVI SOLOMONS This week’s parsha contains two fascinating passages which shed considerable light on our responsibilities as Jews today. The first is the odd behaviour of Aaron’s older two sons Nadav and Abihu, who offer “strange fire” to God right after the Almighty has consumed Aaron’s offering. The sons’ offering is voluntary, not commanded, and God’s response is sudden and violent, giving rise to two conflicting opinions about their offering – arrogant and presumptuous, or very holy indeed. The juxtaposition of the first passage of next week’s parsha (prohibiting service of God while drunk) adds another implication, that the sons of Aaron were inebriated. Shortly after is the passage which details kosher and unclean animals, birds and fish. Rabbi Shimshon Rafael Hirsch ties these two together, indicating submission to the Almighty despite the dictates of our personal sentiments should always take precedence. Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev puts it more succinctly. Just as Moses’ sister Miriam arranged for his mother to care for him, God wishes us to follow his rules and feed ourselves accordingly. Yocheved fed Moses food appropriate to being the highest level of prophet. God wants us likewise to abstain from impure foods, so we too achieve our mission to be a Nation of Priests. So much for those who would rationalise our dietary laws, or try to explain how much more healthy they are. Spiritual requirements, not health, are the primary motives, and scientific thought cannot encompass the real rationale.
Zvi is rabbi of JCoB.org, the Jewish Community of Berkshire, based in Reading
Everything you ever wanted to know about your favourite Torah characters, and the ones you’ve never heard of...
BY RABBI ARIEL ABEL THIS WEEK:
Cain was the first child recorded born to a human family. He was so named because his mother was the first human to give birth, a partner in creation to a new being. Cain literally means, ‘the product of creation’. He grew up to be a farmer, working the soil agriculturally. His younger brother, Hevel (Abel) became a sheep farmer. Conscious of the Divine, each set aside something from their crop as an offering to God. While Hevel brought the firstborn of his flock, Cain brought along a selection of vegetables which had no special qualities. God showed acceptance of Hevel’s offering and ignored Cain’s. Anger and
jealousy set in and Cain was crestfallen. God tells Cain that should he improve himself rather than become angry, it would be better for his selfcontrol. U n f o r t u n a t e l y, Cain did not take this message to heart. Frustrated, he decided to take out his anger on his brother; he lured Hevel out into the fields and murdered him. When God asked Cain the whereabouts of his brother, he lamely replied: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” God was angry with him and told
RACKED WITH GUILT, CAIN CONFESSES HE IS A SINNER, BANISHED FROM SETTLEMENT AND FOREVER EXPOSED AS A MURDERER
Cain that his brother’s blood was crying out from the ground. As punishment, God cursed Cain’s relationship with the land, informing him that from now on he would have to work much harder to get a yield of produce. Furthermore, Cain would have to live a life of wandering, looking for new land to plant as the land would tire of producing for him. Racked with guilt, Cain confesses himself as a sinner, banished from settlement and forever exposed as a murderer, and feels vulnerable to attack. God therefore places a mark on Cain to protect him. Cain then settles down in the land of Nod and starts a family, with hope thus shown to be returning to the world.
Ariel is rabbi of the Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation
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Progressive Judaism / The Bible Says What? / Progressively Speaking
The Bible Says What?
An ambiguous message about life after death
With apologies in the news, what’s the Jewish view on saying sorry?
BY RABBI SYLVIA ROTHSCHILD Sometimes it is more interesting to notice what the Bible doesn’t say. It is strangely silent on what Maimonides decreed was a critical principle of faith – what, if anything, happens after we die? The idea of the physical resurrection of the dead can be found briefly only in two books – in the apocalyptic writings of Isaiah and Daniel, both very late works, both referring to an end-of-days scenario, neither painting a pleasurable picture. In early biblical texts, those who die are “gathered to their people”. It is an ambiguous idiom upon which later commentators can build the idea of an afterlife, and some sort of spiritual reunion of souls. But the Sadducees, the earliest inheritors of Judaism, who focused on the Temple rituals above all, rejected the idea of life after death, specifically because it was not a biblical idea. It was the Pharisees, the forerunners of the Rabbinic tradition, who embraced the idea and built on it. It was they who developed the concept of the
immortality of the soul, leading to post-mortem judgement, followed by reward and punishment, of Gan-Eden and Gehinnom, the closest we get to heaven and hell. Later biblical texts speak of Sheol, a place where the souls of the dead dwell in silence without sensory awareness. Only Samuel is ever described as leaving Sheol, conjured up to answer Saul’s question, and angry at the disturbance. Where does the soul go? The Bible tantalises us with only rare oblique allusions. Rabbinic tradition speaks of olam haba – the world to come, of which this world is the ante-room. Yet this is another ambiguous phrase. It can be understood as existing both in the present and in the future. The Bible understands that what matters is not death but life, seeing no need to explore a post-mortem existence. Silence is the only response.
Sylvia Rothschild is former rabbi of Wimbledon & District shul
BY RABBI CHARLEY BAGINSKY One needs the news on for only a few minutes to hear of someone issuing a public apology, followed by a stream of analysis of it. Some feel it is rare for a modern public figure to apologise. I think rather the opposite. Football commentator Andy Gray apologised for comments he made if they caused offence, but was quick to point out it was not his fault they were broadcast – they were really only for the lads in the studio. Actress Hilary Swank said she deeply regretted attending a birthday party for the torture-loving Chechen president – but noted she could not be responsible for researching the human rights record of every person whose party she attended.
THE FIRST STEP IN AN APOLOGY IS TO ADMIT TO OURSELVES WE WERE WRONG
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Rebekah Brooks apologised as she resigned from her position as chief executive of News International saying: “I feel a deep sense of responsibility for the people we have hurt, and I reiterate how sorry I am for what we now know.” Far from Elton John’s song Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word, it seems to have become one of the easiest. The intentions behind it, however, seem
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Dear Eric I’m shomer Shabbat , but when I mention at interviews that I require time off for festivals and need to leave early on Fridays in the winter, it does not go down very well. How should I handle this? Esther Dear Esther As with any specific detail of the package of benefits you are seeking to obtain with the job, it is best not to raise these until you have been offered the job. This includes issues such as salary, flexibility of hours and expenses. Once you have an offer, you are in a far better position to negotiate. The
Dear Tamara There are many different models of mobility scooter and it is advisable to go to an approved supplier to discuss your requirements before ELAINE FERGUSON any decision is made. FORTUNA MOBILITY Any member of the See full profile on pages 26-27 BHTA (British Healthcare Trades Association) will ensure you are safe on Dear Elaine the model you buy and I have osteoarthritis; that it suits your needs. walking for more than For instance, at Fortuna, 15 minutes is tiring and we have plenty of space my family and friends where you can test ride have to wait for me. any of our wide range I think a mobility of scooters. scooter could be the More importantly, answer but am not sure our trained advisers if I would be able to use explain to all customers one or if I need to take a the features of each test. Any advice would model and explain how be very helpful. to use them safely. This Tamara
employers will then have decided that you are the right person for the role and will be prepared to try to structure a package to meet your and their needs best. Time off for festivals can come out of your annual holiday allowance. The actual number of hours lost by leaving early, as required to meet winter Shabbat times, can be covered by early starts on a Friday, extra hours during the rest of the week, or coming in on a Sunday, if appropriate. If the issue is raised directly by a prospective employer before an offer is made, you need to have all the options and details available to demonstrate that the situation is manageable and that you can commit to the necessary hours. Organisations such as Resource provide free advice to prepare you to discuss your package, arming you with the tools and confidence to enable you to negotiate a package to suit you.
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Dear Bernard I’m building an extension and will need to buy a new kitchen. I‘ve identified the type of kitchen I want, but have found that the price varies considerably between showrooms. All of the kitchens look the same, so how do I know I am buying quality and getting good value for money? Is there anything I need to look out for? Nechama
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Dear Nechama There are many elements to consider when looking for quality. For example, the carcass thickness and whether it has a solid panel in the back or on the top. Knock on the back of the carcass to see if it moves. Ideally, it should be 16 to 18mm thick. Look for solid hinges that don’t give when you apply pressure to an open door. Look for hinges that include the soft close element within them, rather than separate soft close gadgets. The most important element is the door, which makes up the majority of the cost of a kitchen. Two doors can look exactly the same but one could be solid wood painted and the other could be MDF painted or even vinyl wrapped MDF or chipboard. They are at opposite ends of the pricing spectrum.
Even with two painted doors you could find a significant price difference – some manufacturers paint only the outside of the doors and the number of layers of paint will also affect the price. Thinner doors may be less expensive, but thicker doors will last much longer. The brand will also make a difference and you might be paying a premium for the name. Panels can often add a substantial cost to your kitchen and may explain price differences. They have the same finish as the door and are added to the side of cabinets to give the kitchen a ‘quality look’. However they aren’t always necessary if the carcass coordinates with the door colour. You have to consider value for money and get the best for your budget. This may mean balancing doors, carcasses and panels to achieve the look you want.
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Jack’s the lad in cup final warm-up London Lions A warmed up for Sunday’s Cyril Anekstein Cup final against Redbridge A by beating Premier Division champions NL Raiders A 3-1. Adam Arnold, Jack Mattey and James Gold scored for the Rowley Lane side, to put them in the perfect frame of mind for the showpiece game at Wingate & Finchley. An injury time winner saw Camden Park beat FC Team A in a five-goal thriller, David Kanzen, Mike Khalastchi and Johann Jordi all scoring for Stirling Kay’s side. Division One champions Redbridge B made it 15 wins from 17 games as they came away from Finchley City with a 3-0 win, Kane Hopps scored twice, with Sam Moss also on target. Athletic Bilbaum are now one win away from avoiding relegation after they pulled off an impressive 3-2 win at NL Raiders B. Samuel Deaner scored twice, with Rob Rodney’s penalty sealing the win. RC UK FC kept up their hopes of a top-three finish in Division Two as Jez Hammond’s double helped them to a 5-2 win over Catford & Bromley. Zalmy Cohen, Akiva Solomon and David Brown scored their other three goals. Real Hendon moved up into fifth spot thanks to a 7-0 win at Boca Jewniors. Gav Noe scored twice, with Benny Goldberg, Benni Slukis, Gilad Kestenbaum, Lollu Hibbert and joint-playermanager Chaim Gothold also all on target
SUNDAY’S FIXTURES: Cyril Anekstein Cup Final: London Lions A vs Redbridge A (KO 10.30 at Wingate & Finchley) Premier Division: Camden Park vs SPEC FC
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Community on its marks for marathon Sunday Last year’s Virgin Money London Marathon clashed with the second day of Pesach, meaning Jewish charities and organisations missed out on hundreds of thousands of pounds in fundraising due to yom yov. This year the community’s runners will be out in force again as they take on the 26.2 mile course for a variety of good causes. Emunah has seven runners taking part including a solicitor, accountant and architect. For David Bondt, 33, the charity is close to his heart. He says: “I was with my [late] grandma Irene when they opened the Beit Bondt building at Emunah’s Netivot Family Counselling and Day Care Centre. The challenge is a big commitment, I’ll be glad to finish and get my medal.” Roey Freilich has also been involved with Emunah for many years, and says: “I thought it was a good opportunity. This is my first marathon and it’s a lot tougher than I thought it would be.” Dovid Bitan confesses to not being a seasoned runner: “according to the training manuals I’m not really a runner… I’m keeping my friends company.” Their other four runners are Jonny Gould, 42, who says: “it keeps me fit and is a massive challenge”, Claire Gothelf, who’s running in memory of her father,
Harvey Gothelf, Marc Jackson, who also ran in Paris and Flora Frank, who has run 34 marathons to date and will also run under the Norwood banner. Donations to Team Emunah can be made at: http://emunah.org.uk/ donate/ Jewish Care’s Director of Fundraising and Marketing, Daniel Carmel-Brown, is running the marathon to mark 20 years at the charity. He says: “I’m dedicating this experience to the 1,400 colleagues and 3,000 volunteers who work tirelessly to support the Jewish community of London and the South East.” Other runners for them are Josh Domb, 27, who says: “When my grandma, Diane, went to live at Jewish Care’s Otto Schiff home last year, I was very keen to find a way to show my appreciation for everything they did for her. I’d always thought about running a marathon and this was a great opportunity to do it for an excellent charity.” Matt Blom, 26, says: “I’ve seen some of the great work they do, I’m just looking to finish and enjoy the atmosphere”, while Marcus Coatsworth, 31, always wanted to run a marathon, saying: “I promised myself that I would stop finding excuses when I got to 30. Running 26.2 miles is a daunting prospect
but it is time to achieve another of my life goals”. Their final runner, Yael Kohn, is travelling from Israel to take part. Jonny Phillips will be running his fifth London Marathon, as he looks to add to the £23,000 he’s already raised for Camp Simcha. The 43-year-old said: “The experience just keeps getting better. To know that I’m doing something I really enjoy and supporting an amazing charity elevates the whole marathon experience.” You can sponsor him at: http:// uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ JonnyPhillips2017 Nightingale Hammerson’s Director of Operations, Andrew Leigh and Executive Assistant to the CEO, Cathy Buckingham, will be taking part to raise financial support for the charity. Andrew’s first attempt, while Cathy’s fifth, the latter said: “We’re amazed at the generosity of our friends and supporters of the charity, I really hope I can run my PB in London of 4.13. Their fundraising page can be found at: http://bit.ly/2mu5t2E
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Sport / Redbridge revenge / Bloom’s Brighton promoted
We’re out for revenge! Redbridge want payback for controversial final defeat By Andrew Sherwood firstname.lastname@example.org @JewishNewsUK
Redbridge A manager Jon Jacobs says his side will be out for revenge on Sunday morning when they take on London Lions A in the Cyril Anekstein final. Jacobs, who’s also the club’s chairman, still feels aggrieved at how the 2013 final played out. Leading 2-0, they went on to lose the game 5-2, though were upset Lions goalkeeper Daniel Lipman was only shown a yellow and not red card when he brought down Adam Stolerman in the box to concede a penalty – viewing that as the major turning point of the game which led to the loss. Saying they ‘badly’ want to avenge that result, he believes he possesses a good enough quality of squad to right the wrongs of four years ago. He said: “We’re going to Wingate to win, we have enough quality in our squad all over the park to compete and impose our game on a talented Lions squad.” Also taking a sly dig at the Lions squad – and more pertinently the depth of it – he added, tongue-in-cheek: “We’re looking forward to meeting them on Sunday and I have a detailed dossier on their 200 players that they have available. We look forward to seeing Josh Kennet, Austin Lipman and
all their Saturday boys for the Maccabi League Cup final which they have richly contributed to.” Sunday’s match also gives them the opportunity to claim the first half of a league and cup double, with Jacobs saying: “This is the first of three finals for Redbridge which will define our season and will hopefully turn a good season into a great one. We’ve had a great run recently and are ready for the game against a very strong and respected opponent.” While Redbridge enjoy a six-point lead over the Lions in the table, having also played two games fewer, the sides have already played each other twice in the league this season, both recording a victory each. Redbridge were comfortable 5-1 winners back in October, but Lions edged a five-goal thriller in December, winning 3-2. Also hoping the match, between two of the powerhouses of Jewish football, will be a great advert for the league, he added: “It’s a showcase of some great individual talent on both sides. It’s an honour to be at Wingate, to be playing in the Cyril Anekstein final and I expect the boys to embrace the atmosphere and occasion.”
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Jon Jacobs (inset) is hoping his Redbridge A side can enact revenge on London Lions A, who beat them in the 2013 Cyril Anekstein cup final (inset)
Bloomin’ marvellous for Brighton chairman Brighton & Hove Albion chairman Tony Bloom couldn’t contain his delight after he saw them secure promotion to the Premier League on Monday afternoon. The multi-millionaire, a Seagulls fan for 40 years, has ploughed around £250m of his own fortune into the club since 2009 – building their Amex stadium as well as investing in personnel and training facilities – and saw it all come to fruition when a 2-1 win over Wigan sealed their return to top-flight football for the first time since 1983. With promotion set to earn them around £200m, Bloom says the club will continue to invest, but it will be in moderation. He said: “We have to strengthen, that goes without saying, but we’re not looking to spend huge amounts. We’ll do things on a gradual basis as we have done. We have good players already, and we want to strengthen from that position.” Able to now keep hold of their best players – and reflecting on how important it was to do so last season, he said: “It was really important we kept together those main players who had gone so close last season. We
Tony Bloom celebrates Brighton & Hove Albion’s promotion to the Premier League
helped all the players believe this was going to be our season, and so it has proved. It’s 11 months since I went into the changing-room at the end of the play-off semi-final against
Sheffield Wednesday and the players were on the floor. I was on the floor. But I looked around and just said: ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and we will come back
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from this and do it next season’. They’ve done it. It’s just an amazing performance. Words can’t describe what Chris Hughton [manager] and all the players have done this season. The teamwork, the camaraderie… it really is fantastic. “What will Brighton bring to the Premier League? A great city, a great fan base, an amazing stadium which will be sold out every game, and hopefully, on the pitch, we will do the city and our supporters proud.” Bloom – who played Maccabi League football with Hillgar – and Hughton could also be set to be granted freedom of the city, having been suggested by the leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, Warren Morgan, in recognition of the achievement which came 20 years after the club fought off relegation into non-league, potential liquidation, and were left homeless by the sale of the Goldstone Ground to property developers. One of Brighton’s two Israeli players, striker Tomer Hemed, took to twitter after Monday’s match to express his delight, saying: “We’re going to the Premier League! One of the best feelings in the world! Thanks god for everything”