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An Orthodox synagogue faced fierce criticism this week after hosting an extremist Muslim cleric who called for jihad against Jews. Catford and Bromley shul – an affiliate member of the United Synagogue – hosted influential imam Shakeel Begg, together with Christian religious leaders, in mid-July. Begg [pictured] is head of Lewisham Islamic Centre and regularly preaches to thousands of members, but in 2013 he sought to sue the BBC for defamation, in a High Court case concluding in October last year, after Sunday Politics presenter Andrew Neil labelled him “an extremist preacher… with extremist positions”. Begg denied this but was unsuccessful at trial, the judge instead finding that he “promoted and encouraged religious violence,” after considering a selection of Begg’s

speeches from 2006-11. The court noted Begg’s fondness for quoting Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Baz, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia from 1993 until his death in 1999, who was a primary driver of the fundamentalist Salafi-Wahabi Islam. The judge said Begg quoted bin Baz “without equivocation” in saying that “solidarity amongst Muslims means making jihad against the Jews and fighting the Jews in an Islamic Jihad until the Territory [Palestine] goes back to its proper people”. The judge added that this was “encouraging offensive jihad against Jews to recover Palestine and return it to the Muslims”. Begg’s lawyers, however, maintained that this is not what he meant, and that he had spoken of jihad in a different context. Continued page 6

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No entry for Shoah-denying cleric The Holocaust-denying former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, who has called for Britain to be destroyed, will not make a publicised visit to the UK next week to meet MPs after

being denied a visa. Sheikh Ekrima Sabri was due to be in Britain from 11 to 15 September, as a guest of pro-Palestine group EuroPal to discuss

the “recent escalation” in Israel. Sabri has a history of anti-Semitic and terroristsupporting views, which led to his removal as Jerusalem’s Islamic leader by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2006. He threatened that Jewish prayer at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount would “prompt massacres” and lead to “rivers of blood”. And during an interview with Italian newspaper la Repubblica, Sabri denied the Holocaust, stating: “Six million Jews dead? No way, they were much fewer. “Let’s stop with this fairy tale exploited by Israel to capture international solidarity.” A petition was launched by Christian United For

Israel UK (CUFI UK) urging Home Secretary Amber Rudd to ban him, which was signed by more than 18,000 people. On Tuesday, CUFI UK claimed EuroPal sent an email to MPs saying Sabri had been “unsuccessful in obtaining an entry visa for technical reasons, and therefore will not be joining the delegation”. Paul Charney, chairman of the Zionist Federation, said: “When a religious leader is guilty of inciting terrorism, encouraging children to become martyrs and calling for the destruction of Great Britain and the USA, there should be no way of allowing him to

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even enter the UK. “The ZF is relieved to have learned that the Sheikh was refused a visa into the UK and hope that this serves as a message to all those across the world who promote and support terrorism against innocents – you are not welcome here.” After launching the petition, CUFI UK executive director Des Starritt said: “At a time of increased fear of Islamic extremism in our country, it is inconceivable that our government would grant a radical hate preacher such a platform.”

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COURT HEARING FOR ISRAEL ‘HACKER’ A man with dual British and Israeli citizenship has appeared in court accused of masterminding a wave of cyber attacks against two of the UK’s largest banks. Daniel Kaye, 29, was extradited from Germany after he allegedly orchestrated the “botnet” assaults that targeted Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays in January. The three-day onslaught directed at Lloyds prevented some Lloyds, Halifax and Bank of Scotland customers using their online accounts after the banks refused to pay a ransom.

PROTESTS AGAINST ISRAELI COMPANIES Israeli companies were targeted this week ahead of an arms fair to be held in London, with antiwar campaigners saying Israeli weapons were “battle-tested on Palestinians”. There were 25 arrests on Monday ahead of the biennial Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI), which opens on Tuesday at the ExCeL Centre in Docklands.


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Gift Aid victory for schools Millions of pounds in additional funding is to be made available to Jewish schools after the government decided to allow gift aid to be claimed on parents’ voluntary contributions, writes Justin Cohen. Hundreds of state-aided schools – both faith institutions and not – previously had the opportunity to claim gift aid on voluntary contributions, but a review by HMRC meant many have had Gift Aid withheld since 2014. Officials previously argued children of the parents contributing receive direct benefit from the contributions which, in the community’s schools, often boosts Jewish studies. But last night the goverment announced the pre-2014 position will be reintroduced. This follows a three-year campaign lead by the Partnerships For Jewish Schools and backed by Lord Stuart Polak. The move came hours after the issue was raised directly with the prime minister at an annual meeting at Downing Street, coordinated by the Jewish Leadership Council [JLC]. The delegation – led by the JLC’s new chair, Jonathan Goldstein – also pointed to the need for increased places at Jewish secondary schools. Two bids for new free schools have recently been rejected and the planned expansion of Hasmonean has for now been halted by Sadiq Khan, who overturned

SUCCOT VOTING CLASH One in ten voters may be forced to stay away from voting in a by-election next month, after Hertsmere Council scheduled it for the first day of Succot. Community leaders, including the Board of Deputies, expressed ‘disappointment’ this week, after the local authority “did not check religious days” on their calendar for potential clashes, while scheduling the vote in Kenilworth ward, Borehamwood.

Organisers have been urged to rearrange the vote in the ward, which has an 11 percent Jewish population, to allow more observant constituents to participate. But Hertsmere’s Returning Officer Donald Graham said he was “very sorry” not to be able to change the date” for the vote, scheduled for 5 October. He said both postal and proxy votes can be arranged, and added he had “increased the print run for postal votes”.

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planning permission because the development would encroach on green belt land. As well as education, community leaders spoke about the record level of anti-Semitic incidents and called for additional funding to enable the expansion of World Jewish Relief’s work to help settle and integrate Syrian refugees in Bradford. May said: “I was pleased to meet community leaders today to hear directly about the issues that are most important to Jewish people in the United Kingdom. “I want to take this opportunity to reaffirm my long-standing and total commitment to the security of the Jewish community and I will do everything possible to fight anti-Semitism and all forms of hatred and prejudice in our country.

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30 PERCENT OF ONLINE SEARCHES FOR ‘JEW’ IN SPAIN ARE RACIST Some 30 percent of the page results returned in a Google search for the word Jew, or Judio, on Spanish-language websites contain anti-Semitic content, says a new report on web results for 2016. The Web Observatory, or Observatorio Web, a Buenos Aires-based watchdog group monitoring online hatred, found that anti-Semitic videos on YouTube had a growing number of likes throughout last year.

WARSAW RESIDENTS HOSTED FOR SPECIAL SHABBAT DINNER Warsaw residents participated in a Shabbat dinner to mark the anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War. Gołda Tencer, the director of the Jewish Theater and the Shalom Foundation, organised Friday night dinner for the inhabitants of Warsaw on the square in the centre of the Polish capital. A few hundred people took part, most of them non-Jews who had never seen a Shabbat meal.

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Labour MP John Mann has thrown down the gauntlet to his party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, offering to host him at a meeting to talk about anti-Semitism – “and not ‘other forms of racism’ – which I will chair.” Mann was the keynote guest at the conclusion of the first Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) conference on Sunday. In conversation with the Progress chair Richard Angell, Mann, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism and of the InterParliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism, spoke frankly about his clashes with former London Mayor Ken Livingstone and his perceptions of Corbyn. He said: “He [Jeremy Corbyn] has not been strong enough in dealing with anti-Semitism. But I will speak to him and invite him to address a forum about anti-Semitism, which I will chair. And I will make public his response.” In his view, Mann said: “Nothing destroys Corbyn’s soul more than that he could be seen to be tolerating

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anti-Semitism. It disturbs him. It is haunting him, precisely because he prides himself on being anti-racist.” Mann, MP for Bassetlaw since 2001, told the packed audience that JLM’s potential was “more than every far-left group put together. You just need to organise yourselves”. Known for his combative stance,

the MP advised JLM activists to attend the upcoming Labour conference in Brighton with placards giving details of anti-Semitic abuse on social media. “That will send a hugely powerful message to the leadership,” he said. Speaking about Livingstone, Mann was candid, saying: “The man is odious, his attitude is odious. This

is not an accident, he wants to do what he is doing, it occupies his mind and soul.” And he accused the Labour MP Chris Williamson – condemnation of whose comments on anti-Semitism permeated the JLM conference – of quoting Livingstone when he [Williamson] claimed he had not witnessed anti-Semitism in 41 years in the party. “That’s just what Livingstone says, that he has never seen it. And it is absurd.” But Mann ended with a strong warning: “If we end up in this country with the Jewish community tying itself to the Conservatives, that is bad news for the community – and for the country.”

New hearing to be held on Ken The Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) has received a personal assurance from Party leader Jeremy Corbyn that there will be a new hearing into the conduct of former London Mayor Ken Livingstone [pictured]. At the JLM conference, movement chair Jeremy Newmark revealed the group had submitted a new complaint about Livingstone, who is suspended from the party after remarks linking Adolf Hitler with Zionism. The new complaint is understood to focus on Livingstone’s behaviour after his suspension earlier this year and repetition of his comments. At a panel discussion chaired by Newmark, Ilford North MP Wes Streeting, who had appeared on BBC Newsnight with Livingstone after his suspension, disclosed the former mayor had admitted to him he had expected to be expelled rather than suspended. Newmark said JLM would resubmit a

bid to change the rules relating to who could remain a member of the Labour Party. The JLM motion aims to make it easier to expel party members who are found guilty of anti-Semitic abuse, and calls for a lifetime ban – so such people cannot return to the Labour’s ranks. During a conference question time with MPs Streeting, Stella Creasy and Catherine West, West said “it would be good for Jeremy Corbyn to make a trip to Israel”. All three spoke of the “Corbyn factor” and its impact on the Jewish community’s willingness to return Labour candidates. Creasy noted “60 seats where there is only three percent between Labour and Conservatives”.

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Labour MP Ruth Smeeth told Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) supporters on Sunday that “every time [Derby North MP] Chris Williamson opens his mouth, he helps our cause. His interventions [on anti-Semitism] ensure the leadership distances itself from him”. And Smeeth [pictured], ], MP for Stokeon-Trent North, declared that “the only people weaponising anti-Semitism are the anti-Semites”. Condemnation of Williamson’s recent remarks were a running theme throughout JLM’s first conference, a curtain-raiser to Labour’s Brighton

conference, which attracted activists from London, Manchester, Norwich and even Somerset. With a morning largely devoted to internal issues – training for students, the experience of Jewish Labour councillors, and how the Labour Party is perceived in Orthodox, Reform and liberal synagogues – and an afternoon highlighting the work of Jewish MPs in confronting anti-Semitism, the conference was hailed as a great success. Senior Labour officials attended and were made aware of the strength of feeling about apparent inability to tackle anti-Jewish abuse.


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Davidson’s pride in Britain’s Jewish community and Israel Scotland’s Opposition leader has staunchly defended Israel ahead of her keynote speech at the Board of Deputies, but admitted she may have missed the boat when it comes to Tel Aviv’s Gay Pride festival – since she’s about to be married, writes Stephen Oryszczuk. Ruth Davidson, who announced her engagement to partner Jen Wilson last year, spoke to Jewish News this week about the Jewish community’s concern for refugees, the line between anti-Semitism and anti-Israel criticism and about how she is yet to visit the Jewish state. Last year Davidson’s Conservatives became Scotland’s second largest party, winning 31 seats in the Scottish Parliament and, earlier this year, she stunned analysts by winning 13 Conservative seats in the 2017 General Election. Ahead of the Board’s annual dinner next week, she said she was “sympathetic” to Jewish concerns about the safety of refugees fleeing war in the Middle East, but denied that the government had not done enough. She said: “If anything, they’re not given enough credit.” Asked whether she agreed that it was now anti-Semitic to call Israel a “racist state”, as implied by the government’s

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adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition, she refused to be drawn. “I’m not sure I’ve got a yes-no answer,” she said. “Contextually, you’ve got to look at who’s saying what and why. Is it racist? I’ve never thought to categorise it like that.” On concerns that modern day antiSemitism masquerades as criticism of Israel, she said: “Some of the projec-

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tions that are put on the State of Israel, the confusion between being Israeli and practising Judaism, that’s a distinction that gets blurred, sometimes wilfully, by people who are anti-Semitic. It’s quite a complex position we’re in here.” She defended the country she is yet to visit, saying: “For me, Israel is a pluralistic society, a democratic country surrounded by countries that are not. “It offers rights to lots of minority communities, including – and this is of interest to me – the LGBT community, which is not offered to others.” She continued: “It has people operating at all levels within the state apparatus, whether that’s the military or politics or whatever, from all different ethnic, cultural, national and religious backgrounds, so I just don’t think I would characterise it as racist.” Davidson, 38, said she was the only member of her family yet to visit the country, and that she’d go “when I’ve finished doing this job”, including to Tel Aviv’s famous Pride event. “Who knows, maybe one day, although I’m a happily soon-to-be-married woman, so Pride’s not what it used to be!”

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Despite this, the shul’s leadership had earlier defended Begg, with chazan Reverend David Rome speaking on the imam’s behalf, recalling his “significant interfaith work”, while retired teacher Gerald Rose spoke of Begg’s “valuable work with different schools, including Jewish schools”. Rome, together with Reverend Stewart Myers of South London Synagogue, spoke alongside Begg and other religious leaders at Catford in July, an event hailed by shul chair Joe Burchell as “proving the benefit of being part of all communities in South London, an example that other synagogues ...might like to follow”. But the community this week questioned why the shul was associating with Begg, given his past comments. “Our community’s naïve support for people and organisations such as these helps them to mask their underlying messages of violence and terrorism,” said Jacob Lyons, who

Begg, far left, at the shul

is on the Conference of European Rabbis board of patrons and is a member of another United Synagogue [US]-affiliate shul. The Henry Jackson Society’s Tom Wilson said: “Despite being warned about his views, the leadership at Catford and Bromley has continued to work with him. To legitimise someone with a record promoting violent extremism is a very serious and reckless thing to do.” The US’ David Kaplan, said: “Catford and Bromley is an affiliate community and so the decisions it takes are independent of the United Synagogue.”


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Tea’s up at new JDA cafe A busy kitchen filled with enthusiastic cooks signing food orders marked the opening of the Jewish Deaf Association’s new cafe on Tuesday, writes Brigit Grant. Dcafe – its official name – is staffed entirely by retired and unemployed deaf volunteers and it is a unique initiative that has been in the planning since the charity became a lifeline for those who could not access mainstream support. “Four years ago more and more deaf people who could only communicate in sign language started turning up at our door asking for help,” JDA’s chief executive Sue Cippin told Dcafe’s first guests. “Many of their stories were pitiful as they had been turned away by everyone else and we realised it

was time to take urgent action.” The charity’s response was to launch BSL Tuesdays Information & Advice Service, which operates as a citizens advice bureau drop-in centre for the Deaf and Deafblind community and offers full access to information, telephone calls, translation services and specialist support. But its popularity as a meeting hub also lead to regular coffee mornings enjoyed by those who felt isolated or home alone. “Then our regular morning coffee guests asked: ‘Why can’t we stay for lunch?” added Sue, who tried to let go of the nagging idea that the charity should open a cafe, but couldn’t. On Tuesday Dcafe’s sponsors Irving and Gillian Carter and Janet and Derek Alex-

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from Lord Rothschild, whose ancestor Walter received the Declaration from then foreign secretary Lord Balfour. Zionist Federation executive director Arieh Miller said: “Simon Schama is a hugely impressive and well-known historian and orato. The opportunity to hear him speak and mark Balfour 100 on behalf of the Jewish community is not to be missed.” The lecture falls under the auspices of the Balfour 100 group, a group of 23 organisations spanning the community. More than 60 grassroots events are being planned.  Tickets available at balfour100.com


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UNFIT DUO TAKE ON TREK CHALLENGE A Jewish News journalist and her sister will take on the Thames Bridges Trek this weekend, to raise funds for the Lymphoma Association in memory of their mum who lost her battle with the illness last year. The duo, writer and producer Caron Kemp and professional baker Suzy Pelta, have named themselves Unfit and Unfitter, owing to their lifelong aversion to exercise, and will walk 25km along 16 of London’s bridges on 9 September. To sponsor the Kemp sisters, visit: justgiving.com/thekempsisters

PAIR PLEAD GUILTY TO WEDDING ATTACK A British couple have pleaded guilty to assault in an antiSemitic attack outside a London synagogue during a wedding. Ineta Winiarski, 33, and her partner, Kasimiersz Winiarski, 62, from Hackney, a borough of London, offered their pleas on Monday at Thames Magistrates’ Court to racially aggravated assault and assault, respectively, They are free on bail until sentencing. [JTA]

Nightingale House nursery brings generations together Children and elderly residents found themselves new neighbours this week, after a Jewish nursery based on the campus of Jewish care home Nightingale House in south London opened its doors. Those behind this firstof-its-kind initiative say the Apples & Honey Nursery will provide “meaningful intergenerational activity” between older residents and children “with the goal of building relationships”. The first week’s programme includes making soup harvested from the vegetables planted by residents and children at the nursery launch in June and painting alphabet tiles designed by 89-year-old resident Walter Goldstein. Residents will visit the nursery and the children will interact with the care home in

a programme of activities led both by nursery and Nightingale Hammerson staff, designed to deliver an early years curriculum. “This innovative and inspirational social project is run with a Jewish ethos, but is open to children of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds,” said organisers. “This ethos extends to welcoming Shabbat with the traditional Kabbalat Shabbat ceremony each week, led by Nightingale’s religious advisor Rafi Fuchs.” The nursery is Ofsted-registered and is being run as a social enterprise. It will cater for 30 children, with 20 percent of places being allocated to Nightingale Hammerson staff, with an emphasis on the most specialist care-related posts. “This is the culmination of

Residents at Nightingale House in south London interact with children from Apples & Honey nursery

a long-held dream of mine,” said Judith Ish-Horowicz of Apples & Honey. “I’m so excited to see it become a reality. I hope this will become a model for other care home and nursery providers.”


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TLV in LDN / Bake Off Watch / News

Tel Aviv touching down in London this weekend The spirit of Tel Aviv arrives in London tomorrow for a festival bringing Israel’s cosmopolitan centre to the heart of Camden. From Friday, Camden’s iconic Roundhouse showcases the best of Tel Aviv’s thriving arts and music scene, as well as a food and drinks festival and a beach party at The Coronet. The event, branded as ‘TLV in LDN,’ will deliver on sights and sound, featuring a live concert with prominent female artists from a variety of backgrounds, plus a performance by Infected Mushroom – “the godfathers of

Tel Aviv is renowned for its lively cafes and restaurants

psychedelic trance” – and a digital art exhibition curated by internationally-renowned artist Ori Gersht. The four-day family-

friendly event also promises workshops for youngsters on chocolate-making and Israeli cookery, with seven-to13-year-olds helped to make

Lekach, the traditional honey cake served at Rosh Hashanah. Elsewhere younger visitors can learn rhythm and movement, drumming, and theatre, while others can hear from the Palestinian-Israeli actress and singer-songwriter Mira Awad, who will deliver a talk on her personal story, dealing with her complex identity. Throughout the weekend street food stalls, curated by Israeli chef Shaul Ben Aderet, will offer festival-goers a taste of Tel Aviv gastronomy.  Editorial comment, page 24

Sha’arei Tsedek welcomes rabbi One of Reform Judaism’s fastestgrowing communities has appointed a new principal rabbi, hailed as an “inspired choice” by the movement’s leadership. Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu [pictured], formerly a lecturer at Leo

Baeck and a prominent member of the Jewish LGBT+ community, will take the reins at Sha’arei Tsedek after moving from Kehilla North London. Ambalu, who grew up in the mainstream Orthodox commu-

nity, was ordained in 2004, having first worked as a speech and language therapist in the NHS. Senior Reform Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner said: “This is an inspired appointment of an erudite, wise and caring rabbi.”

Game Of Scones! Did Stacey Hart rise to the challenge on this week’s Great Off British Bake Off? Week two in the iconic tent and Stacey had some ground to make up after previously failing to measure up, writes Caron Kemp. The first challenge saw her baking 24 identical sparkly chocolate and marshmallow fluff cookies, which found favour with the judges. Buoyed by her newfound confidence, Stacey set about the technical challenge; 12 fortune cookies in two hours. However, her “raw” offerings that failed the snap test and could be unfolded by hand saw her once again holding up the rear at an

unimpressive ninth place of 11 contestants. A biscuit board game offered the final chance of the week to redeem herself. Stacey opted to recreate an edible game she invented called Get To School, featuring chocolate and vanilla sweet treats However, while Prue deemed it aesthetically “exquisite,” Paul said it tasted bland and the texture was all wrong. While unsurprisingly failing to make Star Baker for a second week, her biscuits dazzled the judges enough to keep her place in the competition for now.


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Gaza ‘unlivable’ for one million children One million children in Gaza are enduring “unlivable” conditions amid widespread power cuts, a leading NGO claimed this week. Blackouts mean untreated sewage and water-borne diseases are a growing problem, with families “lucky” to get two hours of electricity per day, Save the Children said. The group called on the Israeli government to lift its decade-long blockade of the Palestinian territory, run by terror group Hamas, and said it would be installing plastic water tanks for some 2,300 families. In April Gaza’s sole power plant, which provided around a third of the coastal enclave’s electricity, shut down. One mother, who wanted to be known only as Yara for security reasons, said her 15-year-old son Ali, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was “dying in front of my eyes”.

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100 survivors view Shoa The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, underlined the need for a British memorial to the Holocaust on Sunday, when he deplored incidences of anti-Semitism that are still taking place, writes Jenni Frazer.

Addressing a gathering of nearly 100 survivors, who were contributing their thoughts on the design of the proposed Holocaust memorial and learning centre, due to be built next to Parliament, Javid said it was vital to have “a UK memorial, which is truly national, and

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that speaks to the thoughts and the feelings and the experiences of British survivors”. Javid explained it was “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build an inspiring, sobering memorial in a jaw-dropping location” and said those who felt it was not necessary to have a Holocaust memorial “could not be more wrong”. He added: “In recent weeks, we have seen people proudly marching through an American city with swastika flags held high. We have seen Jewish children as young as eight being chased through London by a man shouting the foulest of anti-Semitic abuse. “As the Shoah moves towards the edge of living memory, it becomes even more important that we refuse to forget it, that we stand up as a nation and say no, we will not let the past be airbrushed. “We will not allow this country to forget what happens when hatred and ignorance and bigotry are allowed to flourish unchecked.” Survivors were assessing, for the first time, their thoughts on the shortlist of 10 designs from a field of 92 global entries. A winner is set to be picked by the Holocaust Memorial Foundation jury in the next few weeks, with the aim of opening the new centre in 2021. Karen Pollock, chief executive of the

Natasha Kaplinsky with Zigi Shipper

Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “We need a memorial to the Holocaust in this country that befits the magnitude of what that event means to us as a country, as a community, as a member of the human race. “A memorial that cannot be overlooked, or passed by, or ignored. A memorial that says something about how we consider this history to be important to us as a nation and as a warning for the future. What this memorial and learning centre will be, needs to be shaped

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DELL FOUNDER PLEDGES £28M TO HELP TEXAS Michael Dell, founder of Dell Technologies, has pledged up to £28million to help rebuild Texas in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. Raised in a Jewish family, Dell’s ancestors anglicised the family’s original Yiddish name, Thal, when they immigrated to the United States. “This disaster is personal to everyone who has roots in Texas. Both of us were born and raised in Texas, and the street Michael grew up on in Houston is under water,” a foundation statement said. [JTA]

GERMANY’S MANAGER ANGERED BY SIEG HEILS The coach and players on Germany’s national football team condemned fans who travelled to their World Cup qualifier against Czech Republic for shouting Nazi-era chants. Fans chanted “Sieg Heil” during the match last Friday in Prague, which Germany won 2-1. The fans also whistled and chanted during a moment of silence for two Czech officials who died. “I’m full of anger and am shaken to see that some so-called fans use football for their deplorable demonstrations,” German team manager Joachim Low said. [JTA]

Hornby pens film on hate church member Acclaimed British author Nick Hornby [pictured below] is writing a film about a woman who left the infamous Westboro Baptist Church after corresponding with a Jewish blogger. Actress Reese Witherspoon has reportedly been approached to produce the film, which will be based on Megan Phelps-Roper’s upcoming memoir and her debate on Twitter with David Abitbol, the Jerusalem-based founder of the Jewish culture blog Jewlicious. The Kansas-based congregation is notorious for picketing the funerals of gay men and US soldiers killed overseas with signs such as

Megan Phelps-Roper holds the church’s hateful signs

‘God Hates Fags’ and ‘Thank God for Dead Soldiers’. Phelps-Roper’s exit from the group in 2012 was facilitated partly by her correspondence with Abitbol, who forced her to question her family’s fundamentalist beliefs. Phelps-Roper is the granddaughter of church founder Fred Phelps, who pioneered the church’s radical theology. The church claims former

US President Barack Obama is the antichrist and celebrates the Aids epidemic as God’s strategy to rid the world of the evil of homosexuality. The Anti-Defamation League has called the church a “small virulently homophobic, anti-Semitic hate group.” Hornby is best known for his memoir, Fever Pitch and novels High Fidelity and About A Boy.

Artists criticise the Board over exhibit A group known as Artists4Palestine has hit out at the Board of Deputies for raising objections to work by a Palestinian artist showing at the Barbican. In an open letter, the collective challenged the Board’s concerns about a video installation by artist Larissa Sansour and Danish author Søren Lind, called In the Future They Ate from the Finest Porcelain. Noting the Board had not seen the video before asking the Barbican for the video to be removed, Artists4Palestine asked: “What are we to make of the UK’s main Jewish organisation calling for the Barbican to remove a video artwork from a science-fiction themed exhibition?”

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Munich massacre memorial opened by Israeli president The presidents of Germany and Israel this week inaugurated a memorial to 11 Israeli athletes and coaches and a West German police officer killed 45 years ago during an attack by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Olympics. Presidents Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Reuven Rivlin were joined at the new memorial in the city’s Olympic Park by relatives of the victims. “We’ve come here today to close a circle, a circle that can never really be closed,” Rivlin told a sombre crowd. He said the 1972 Munich Olympics, dubbed “the cheerful games” as the first in the country since the Nazis hosted the 1936 games in Berlin, “turned into an Olympiad of blood”. On 5 September 1972, eight members of Palestinian group Black September climbed over the unguarded fence of the Olympic village, burst into the building where the Israeli team was staying and took the athletes hostage. Five athletes, six coaches and a West German policeman were killed during a botched rescue attempt. The memorial, with a grass-cov-

BLIND SOLDIER MAKES HISTORY A blind Israeli soldier determined to serve in the IDF has been reunited with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, after their first meeting in June. Daniel Defur, 18, was told he “deserved to serve” by Netanyahu, after he became a fullyenlisted member of the Israel Defence Forces, serving on an air force base. He is the first blind soldier to enter into a specialist programme designed to help those with disabilities integrate

into the country’s armed forces, and beamed with pride this week as Netanyahu pinned a lapel on his uniform. In June, Netanyahu took fellow car enthusiast Daniel out for a spin in his specially-modified Audi A8, after having appealed for would-be friends to come forward to help the young man. More than 2,000 ‘friend requests’ followed on Facebook. A spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office said: “Daniel shows us all what a true champion looks like.”

Israel invests in English skills President Reuven Rivlin and his German counterpart in Munich

ered roof, is situated on a hill inside the Olympic Park and shows multimedia installations about the lives of the athletes and the police officer. It is open to the public on a daily basis. “The family members and the state of Israel had to wait for this moment for 45 years,” Rivlin said referring to the massive criticism by the Israeli families about the fact that it took more than four decades to

dedicate a memorial to the victims in the city where they were killed. The bereaved families for years called not only for a memorial in Munich, but also for the International Olympic Committee to commemorate the murdered Olympians with a moment of silence during the opening ceremony – which has failed to take place at 11 subsequent Olympics.

Israel will spend nearly £15million on a new programme to improve the English skills of its schoolchildren. At a news conference announcing the Give Me Five programme, Education Minister Naftali Bennett said that not knowing how to speak English well was hurting Israelis in business and in life. The plan will enable the hiring of 1,000 teachers who are fluent in English, with the focus on speaking. More classes will be dedicated to verbal skills,

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Jewish response BLOODLANDS A Century of Polish Artists in Britain to Vatican stance Half a century after the publication of a major seachange in the attitude of the Catholic Church to the Jews, the Jewish world has published a response to mark the anniversary, which was presented to the Pope at a special ceremony at the Vatican. In Between Jerusalem and Rome, rabbis representing three Orthodox organisations have called for other Christian denominations to follow the Catholic example, which was set out in the groundbreaking Nostra Aetate [Our Time] published by the Second Vatican Council at the end of 1965. Nostra Aetate set out guidelines for the Catholic Church to follow in its dealings with the Jewish world, renouncing anti-Semitism and ultimately paving the way for the establishment of diplomatic relations with Israel and a series of papal visits to the Jewish state. The new document “calls

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Marek Zulawski, Poland First to Fight, 1939, poster, private collection, courtesy the artist’s estate

Great shakes: Rabbi Goldschmidt with Pope Francis

upon the Church to join us (the Rabbinate) in deepening our combat against our generation’s new barbarism, namely the radical offshoots of Islam, which endanger our global society and does not spare the very numerous moderate Muslims”. It adds: “It threatens world peace in general and the

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Ahead of Rosh Hashanah, Chasidic leaders have urged 40,000 Jewish pilgrims heading to the Ukrainian city of Uman not to buy from women to ‘preserve modesty’. During the annual pilgrimage, Jews visit the grave of the 18th century Rabbi Nachman of Breslov.

LITHUANIA

A battalion of Special Forces soldiers from the Lithuanian military has been deployed to the site of a former concentration camp, where 5,000 Jews were buried but are now grounds of the privatised Seventh Fort in Kaunas, which are also used for summer camps. The elite unit is training to repel a Russian invasion.

Christian and Jewish communities in particular. We call on all people of good will to join forces to fight this evil.” Pope Francis said: “In our shared journey, by the graciousness of the Most High, we are presently experiencing a fruitful moment of dialogue. This is reflected in the statement you present to me.”

RUSSIA

Researchers have found the grave of an influential Jewish writer and resistance fighter at a former Siberian camp for political prisoners. Anti-fascist fighter Pinchus Kahanovich was one of the last century’s most influential writers in Yiddish. His grave was found near the village of Vortuka.

GERMANY

Prosecutors are dropping the case against a former Auschwitz medic with dementia, after he was found unfit to stand trial. Wheelchairbound Hubert Zafke, 96, is charged with being an accomplice to the murders of 3,681 people. His unit placed Zyklon B into the gas chambers. Israeli soldiers take part in a military exercise simulating conflict with terror group Hezbollah near the IsraeliLebanese border on Tuesday, the largest drill in two decades.

POPE’S JEWISH PSYCHOANALYST Pope Francis has revealed that he received therapy from a Jewish psychoanalyst 38 years ago, in a soon-to-be-published book. The head of the Catholic Church said he had dozens of weekly meetings with the female psychanalyst when he was 42, but does not reveal who she was or what they discussed, saying only that he wanted “to clarify some things”. Francis made the revelations in conversation with French sociologist Dominique Wolton, who is writing the book.

WIDOW LEAVES £17M TO COLOGNE ZOO A millionaire widow from New Jersey has pledged to donate at least $22million [£17m] to the zoo in Cologne, Germany, in memory of her Jewish husband, a Holocaust survivor. Elizabeth Reichert, 93, was born in Cologne and met her husband, Arnulf, also a Cologne native, during the Second World War while he was hiding from the Nazis and she was working with the German underground resistance. Prior to Arnulf’s death in 1998, the couple decided to leave their fortune to the zoo. [JTA]

Second exhibition in the Ben Uri series on refugee and migrant artists Forty artists, including Adler, Frenkiel, Gotlib, Halter, Topolski and Wolmark Ben Uri wishes all its friends a Shana Tova blessed with good health and a more peaceful world Ben Uri Gallery & Museum 108a Boundary Road, off Abbey Road, St John’s Wood, London, NW8 0RH FREE ENTRY Monday – Friday 10am – 5.30pm | Saturday – Sunday 11am – 5pm www.benuri.org | Follow BenUri 27_BU_JewishNews_Poland_SEP17_128x165.indd 1

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Special report / Israel and North Korea

The curious tale of Israel’s brief relationship with North Korea In the wake of North Korea’s most powerful nuclear test yet, Raphael Ahren reflects on the ‘fiasco’ that saw Israel send Foreign Ministry and Mossad delegations to Pyongyang to stop it selling arms to the Jewish State’s enemies On 3 November, 1992, three Israeli diplomats boarded a plane from Pyongyang to Tokyo. Having participated in the Jewish state’s first-ever diplomatic mission to North Korea, they were heading home hopeful that the two nations could reverse their bitter decades-old enmity and embark on a new era of fruitful cooperation. They dreamed of setting up an Israeli mission in Pyongyang and persuading the reclusive regime to stop selling arms to Israel’s enemies in the Middle East. But as they made their way into the plane to their seats, they spotted then-Mossad deputy director Ephraim Halevy and immediately knew their mission was in trouble. “I said ‘Shalom, shalom,’ but that’s it. I didn’t talk to him,”

recalled Abraham Setton, who was the assistant of the Foreign Ministry’s deputy director-general at the time. “As soon as I saw him, I understood what was going on. I knew their tricks.” The spy agency’s involvement, Setton told The Times of Israel, meant that the Foreign Ministry was out of the race. With the Mossad involved, nothing tangible would come of the diplomats’ project to bring Jerusalem and Pyongyang closer together. And so it proved. Israel’s little-known attempt to reach out to North Korea was cut short by then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin in early 1993, presumably due to US pressure. It proved to be one more area of disagreement between powerhouses Rabin and Shimon Peres. And 25 years later, as North Korea threatens

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the West with nuclear devastation, the curious tale of two Israeli government institutions putting out feelers to a hostile regime – and with the Mossad allegedly sabotaging the Foreign Ministry’s efforts – still rankles with many. Supporters of the outreach effort believe Israel could have forged ties with North Korea, and changed history. Its detractors dismiss the notion, with one senior former Foreign Ministry diplomat branding the effort “one of the ugliest episodes in Israeli history.” Some argue that a historic opportunity was missed to turn North Korea into a benign force with strong economic ties to Israel. Others deem the effort delusional and foolish. In September 1992, Eytan Bentsur, the Foreign Ministry’s deputy director-general, made a connection through mutual acquaintances with a North Korean businessman who proposed a deal: Israel would purchase a defunct gold mine in North Korea in exchange for Pyongyang freezing or limiting its arms deals with Iran. On 1 November, 1992, five Israelis – Bentsur, Setton, Beijing-based diplomat Ruth Cahanoff and two geologists – flew to Pyongyang to explore the possibility of cooperating with the regime. The Foreign Ministry had informed the Mossad of the mission, since the spy agency is traditionally in charge of relations with countries Israel has no diplomatic relations with. Bentsur and Setton remembered receiving a friendly welcome in Pyongyang. The Israelis stayed for several days in the regime’s guesthouse, Bentsur said. “We were flown around by Iron fist: North the helicopter of Korean dictator the leader [Kim Kim Jong-un Il-sung] and met with his deputy. We were accompanied by a highranking general from the North Korean army all throughout our visit, and they entertained us with a huge spectacle.” A meeting with Kim’s son-in-law was set up. What the Israeli diplomats did not know at

this point is that they weren’t the only Israelis in Pyongyang. “A second Israeli delegation headed by Halevy also paid a visit to the North Korean capital,” according to East Asia expert Aron Shai. “Halevy arranged the visit because he considered the subject ‘weighty.’ Iran had missile delivery capability, and if there was the faintest chance of preventing North KoreanIranian collaboration in this sphere, such an opportunity could not be missed. The Koreans had raised the issue, so Jerusalem felt obliged to test the waters.” It is unclear even today what the Mossad representatives did in North Korea. Bentsur maintains that he made plain to North Korea that Jerusalem would not significantly enhance bilateral relations as long as Pyongyang continued selling missile technology to Israel’s enemies. “Of course they didn’t volunteer ceasing their arms deals,” he said. “But I raised the issue, again and again, and it quickly became clear to them that without quid pro quo we could not advance. It was a fiasco.” In the weeks that followed the trip, it seemed to policymakers in Jerusalem that North Korea might be willing to go along with Israel’s demands, especially if Jerusalem helped Pyongyang to quickly get closer to the US. However, Halevy concluded that the regime was continuing to sell missiles to Israel’s enemies, a deal was unlikely and it was best to cease contact. “At the time, there was an atmosphere of change,” Bentsur said. Experts even spoke of a “breakthrough” when the talks were made public, he said. “At that moment it was possible to change an aggressive and dangerous regime into one that focused on developing its own economy,” he added. “There’s no doubt that it would have been a different North Korea.”


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JLC SCORED COMMUNAL OWN GOAL Last week the chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council attacked an informative new study by Campaign Against Antisemitism as “scaremongering” and “attention-seeking” – going as far as to chide those in the community who told CAA that they feel afraid or unwelcome here in Great Britain. Nobody delighted in the JLC’s attack more than various anti-Semites awaiting trial – some due to the excellent work of CAA under Gideon Falter [ pictured]. They were jubilant on social media. Instead of looking sheepish in court, they can

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now claim that CAA is a scare operation because the Jewish Leadership Council said so. CAA’s volunteers work without pay, presumably because they want to see anti-Semites punished and deterred. They do serious work and do it well. I’m not sure exactly what the JLC does, but now I know. It scores own goals to even the playing field for anti-Semites in court. Will their chief executive now apologise for the damage he has done to his own community, or at the very least be honest and pledge to join the other side?

Linda Bloom Golders Green

THANK ORGANISATIONS LIKE CAA AND SHOMRIM Last week you disputed the CAA’s research into antiSemitism on the basis that Levi Shapiro, of the Jewish Community Council, said Charedim do not have a problem with anti-Semitism and the authorities do a good job. The next day Rabbi Gluck, president of Stamford Hill Shomrim, criticised the police for not doing enough to protect Charedim as anti-

Semitic crime increases. The JLC issues statements and claims the honours, while CAA does the thankless hard work of fighting anti-Semitism. In the same way in the Charedi community, the Jewish Community Council issues statements and Shomrim actually deals with antiSemites in the streets.

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An unwelcome visitor Regarding this week’s Islam or Muslim culture, reported visit of Sheikh Jews are always fair Ekrima Sabri to meet game. An elderly Jewish MPs, the media has been veteran of the Second strangely silent. World War recently asked One wonders if this me: “Why do people hate could be part of the us so much?” This man anti-Jewish bias so often had fought for his counwitnessed? Second, I have UK anti-Semitism try and would in all probto wonder what would ability have been murhappen if one of the Muslim-hating dered had the Nazis captured him. Christian evangelical zealots from Yet had been insulted and jeered at the USA planned a similar visit – for being a Jew – by the very people would he be assured of a friendly he had fought for. Am I paranoid? I welcome by MPs? I think not. Third, think not. I’m not even Jewish. it seems that while it is politically Mark Perry Nash incorrect to question any aspect of West Sussex

Mosley and his fascists tried to march through the East End. They rose up as one and fearlessly faced these loathsome bigots. I suggest Mr Anonymous grows a pair.

Rabbi Charley Baginsky [August 17], refers to a public pronouncement by a group of distinguished Torah scholars against JW3’s GayJ3 event “an obvious cheap crack at publicity”. None of the rabbis had any need for publicity, so a phrase like this sounds more like playground jibes rather than a communication between religious leaders – whether liberal or traditional. No one is “encouraging prejudice and bigotry against the LGBTQ and its allies”. We accept people as they are and don’t need to make a spectacle of their non-observance, or indeed create a fake Judaism where everything is permitted.

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IT’S NO TO ANONYMITY Regarding the “anonymous” gentleman who reported being the victim of anti-Semitic abuse on the Tube [17 August] – this sort of defensive reaction is typical of modern Anglo-Jewry. The UK Jewish community of the 1930s did not stay shtum when

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DWECK MADE US ALL ENGAGE Brian Gordon [31 August] is at it again. Does he really believe Rabbi Dweck’s “impassioned published statement” was his words alone? Having been reprimanded by “recognised halachic experts” who “were not going to compromise proper judgement for political expediency”, and told in no uncertain terms that anything he said in future had to be publicly vetted, I am sure there

would have been at least some outside input into that public statement. He seems to think that people like me – who feel Rabbi Dweck was hung out to dry – are leftists and reformists. Well, some of us just feel that a public hanging is wrong. Whether I agree with Rabbi Dweck is irrelevant. He brought an important issue into the spotlight.

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Billy, forget the fashion statements and just sing JENNI FRAZER

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ong ago, I tried to get press tickets for Billy Joel in London, only to be told by a truculent press officer that Joel wasn’t Jewish. Imagine, then, my amusement — combined with horror — that the singer had appeared on stage in New York last week sporting a yellow Star of David on his jacket. And if Billy Joel’s airing of a political point weren’t bad enough, last weekend a person called Nev Schulman, who is apparently an actor and producer, appeared at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles wearing a red blazer similarly adorned with a yellow star. Schulman explained his action on social media: “We cannot tolerate hate against any group or identity. I’m proud to be Jewish. #lovewins.” Well, I’m happy for him to be thrilled about being Jewish – but let us be clear. Wearing a yellow star, the symbol used by the Nazis to pick out Jews, is just vulgar, crass, and hideously tacky, and has nothing to do with so-called “solidarity”.

The rush to deploy yellow stars was made in the wake of the white nationalist demonstrations in Charlottesville in August, at which demonstrators waved swastika flags while chanting the dumb slogan, “Jews will not replace us”. Which is of course, perfectly true, because no Jew I know wants to wander around dressed in bedsheets and pointy hats. The Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s Rabbi Abraham Cooper, of whom I thought better, told The Jerusalem Post that “Billy Joel’s father was in Dachau. If anyone has the right to use the yellow star as a gesture of solidarity to victims of the Nazis and in defiance of latterday Nazis in Charlottesville and elsewhere around the world, it would be Billy Joel. Kol hakavod [‘Good going’], Billy!” And there for the sake of a preposition went the rabbi. Because Billy Joel’s father was not actually in Dachau. He was at Dachau, as a member of the liberating US Seventh Army,

and while I daresay Howard Joel’s experience was distressing, it still doesn’t entitle his entertainer son to appropriate a yellow star and what it represents. While I am at it, I would ask for a moratorium declared on the casual use of “Nazi” or “Gestapo” in any kind of context, other than the historical. Leaving aside the likes of Ken Livingstone, the current tendency to reach for some sort of Holocaustrelated language in order to draw a dramatic comparison with a perceived behaviour is reaching epidemic proportions. Again, for the sake of clarity: councils

or schools or even governments behaving stupidly is not remotely the same as them being Nazis. It can’t be said too often: it ought to be possible to condemn something without immediately using such words, which only undermines the seriousness of the greatest crime in human history. I don’t know, because I have never asked them, what survivors must think of the use of Holocaust imagery and language in such inappropriate contexts. It makes me wince with pain. Like Nev Schulman, I, too, am proud to be Jewish, but would no more think of displaying a yellow star than of jumping out of a plane. We need to be more careful with words and symbols. And Billy Joel should stick to singing – and ditch his fashion adviser.

THE RUSH TO DEPLOY YELLOW STARS WAS MADE IN THE WAKE OF WHITE NATIONALIST DEMONSTRATIONS IN CHARLOTTESVILLE

Annual opportunity to reset our relationship with the PM SIMON JOHNSON

CHIEF EXECUTIVE, JEWISH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL

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he annual community meeting with the prime minister, organised by the Jewish Leadership Council, which took place yesterday, has become a fixture in the calendar and offers a real chance for us to talk directly to our head of government about the issues that are most pressing for our community. It is not only a chance for us to raise concerns and make progress on issues but, crucially, it provides an opportunity to share with the prime minister the unique role the Jewish community plays in British society. We use the meeting as an opportunity to look for ways to work together with government and highlight examples of best practice; a show and tell if you will. This is our best chance, year-on-year, to champion the voice of the Jewish community, bring vital issues to the table and, perhaps most importantly, to engage in a dialogue with our country’s key decision makers. Our professional team put significant resource into preparation for this meeting,

consulting widely with our members and deciding collectively which issues will be raised. Fundamentally, it is the issues that determine the make-up of the delegation, rather than the other way round. The agenda for this year’s meeting focused on areas that are some of the most pressing for our community – from rising levels of antiSemitic incidents in Britain, to finding ways to work with the government to fund the true cost of care.

Despite the tremendous support we get from government, issues do and always will arise. Anti-Semitism, for example, has risen across the UK and that is unacceptable. But exceptional efforts are made by the authorities, at various levels, to keep us safe and help us to flourish. We cannot take that help for granted. Without the considerable effort from our community organisations we would not be in this position. We hope Prime Minister Theresa May [pictured] came away recognising that we have community-based solutions to many of the

WE HOPE THERESA MAY RECOGNISED THAT WE HAVE COMMUNITY-BASED SOLUTIONS TO MANY ISSUES WITHIN BRITISH SOCIETY

issues within British society. The social care crisis is affecting millions, yet our members are addressing the need and looking at ways of easing the strain. Indeed, the meeting allows us to showcase our expertise in various areas and to work with government to address the issues we face. Where we have a best-practice model, be it in adult social care or in mental health, it is right for us to share it. As a community, we are privileged to have had successive governments – Labour and Conservative – who have been so willing to engage with us. Mrs May herself came to Downing Street as no stranger to British Jewry. In the year prior to becoming prime minister, she stood with us in solidarity after the Hypercacher attack in Paris and even upheld a dinner commitment with the Chief Rabbi the night before entering Number 10. This annual meeting is an important part of the community’s political engagement. We are confident we will continue to build on the strong foundations of previous meetings, and will further strengthen our relationship with an already supportive government.


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Champion sacked, but not a murmur about Williamson PHIL ROSENBERG PUBLIC AFFAIRS DIRECTOR, BOARD OF DEPUTIES

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any of Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters are incredulous that a party he leads could be accused of having a problem with anti-Semitism. “He’s a life-long anti-racist”, they protest. Corbyn showed some of this passionate opposition to racism when he forced out his Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Sarah Champion, for comments about the relationship of some Pakistani men to grooming. In an article in The Sun, Champion wrote: “Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls. There. I said it. Does that make me a racist?” Speaking about Champion’s resignation, Corbyn said it was wrong to “label a whole community”. People will have different views on whether Sarah Champion ought to have

been ousted for what she wrote, but the Labour leader’s clarity of conviction was undeniable. There was to be”zerotolerance”of comments that disparaged the Pakistani community. It is understandable that many in the Jewish community will ask why this “lifelong anti-racist”, who can show real determination in confronting what he perceives as bigotry, cannot bring himself to act with similar force when Jew-hatred surfaces. There was another opportunity to send a message on this last week when Shadow Fire Minister Chris Williamson used an interview with The Guardian to pour cold water on concerns that Labour had a problem with anit-Semitism, dismissing the series of scandals as “proxy wars and bull***t”. This is the latest in a long line of senior Labour figures who should know better, failing to confront the problem and instead seeking to minimise and gloss over it. In stark contrast to the robust response to Sarah Champion, there was not even a gentle rebuke from the leader’s

office. This despite this being Williamson’s second equalities-related imbroglio in just a week, having earlier backed a call for women-only carriages. Part of the reason that Labour’s passivity on this issue hurts so much is not just that it is clearly morally wrong, but even on a cynical, tactical level it would be better to act with determination and put these problems behind the party, rather than letting them fester on. So, why the double standard where some racisms are more equal than others? It is increasingly clear that, for some sections of the left, whereas certain minorities can be pitied and patronised, the fact that Jews

are often white and middle class affords us no such sympathy. And in any case the unthinking, trendy-left hatred of Israel seems to justify any abuse of Jews. After a far stronger showing in the recent election than was expected, some around the leadership may feel that they have no need to act. Their problem is that history is a harsher mirror than any election. In his heart, Jeremy Corbyn may well be a deeply committed antiracist, but if he does nothing more to root out the anti-Semitism that festers in some parts of the left, his legacy will not be one of antiracism. It will be one of inaction in the face of the world’s oldest hate.

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A setback in interfaith work doesn’t mean we disengage VICKI BELOVSKI

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wo Jews, three opinions. So put together two Jews, two Muslims and two Christians, and you’re looking at closer to 10 opinions. And that’s just members of the Abrahamic faiths, who share core concepts and revere many of the same Biblical personalities. So why is interfaith activity so popular now? And how can potential difficulties be overcome? No meaningful relationship is ever without difficulties. This week’s report on Imam Shakeel Begg’s participation at the Three Faiths Forum event hosted by Catford and Bromley Synagogue illustrates how difficult the challenges can be when communities reach outside themselves. I was privileged this year to be a participant in the Senior Faith Leadership Programme, a unique programme that brings together Christian, Jewish and Muslim

leaders for a series of retreats, focusing on developing aspects of communal leadership. A fascinating dynamic developed within our group, based on respect for each other’s point of view, while acknowledging that some people’s deeply-held beliefs were diametrically opposed to our own. On the final night of the programme when we sat in a circle and sang together, there was a real feeling of bonding, for a shared purpose – bettering the world in which we live, which we carried away with us into our regular lives. Of course, interfaith activity is not always successful and happy-clappy. It is not all about meeting neutral groups with no political leanings. Some of the more significant engagement can be with less likely allies and there can be real challenges around particular issues or groups. Sometimes there are significant mismatches of expectations, or breakdowns in communication. When this happens, as in any relationship, the only thing to do is apologise, regroup and move on. But just as most people don’t swear off any relationship after breaking up with

IF WE RARELY HAVE A MEANINGFUL CONVERSATION WITH SOMEONE OUTSIDE OUR BUBBLE, WE COULD END UP STEREOTYPING

a partner, so too, a setback in interfaith work doesn’t mean that we should retreat into our own corner and disengage from society. There are difficult conversations to be had, and they happen best on the foundation of a trusting and warm relationship. If we rarely have a meaningful conversation with someone outside our comfortable bubble, we tend to resort to stereotypes. Genuine interfaith activity: getting to know people as people rather than as labels,

or participating in activities such as social action projects together, breaks down barriers and enables us all to live in a more cohesive, functional and pleasant society. On a pragmatic level, there are practical issues that affect religious groups, such as faith schools or religious slaughter. Organisations have been working together in these fields for many years, well before the current popularity of interfaith engagement, often with positive results and a spin-off of personal relationships. I’m proud to share friendships with people of other faiths and to say that I’m a firm believer in interfaith.

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1MITZVAH DAY LAUNCH

Mitzvah Day 2017 launched on Sunday with a ‘Sunshine to Seniors’ event. More than 100 volunteers sang, danced and served tea at Jewish Care’s Michael Sobell community centre in Golders Green. During the UK’s biggest faithbased day of social action, around 40,000 volunteers give time rather than money to make a difference to the community around them. This year’s event takes place on 19 November. Founder and chair Laura Marks said: “The strength of family, and passing on knowledge and kindness through the generations, is something we Jews believe in firmly – as do people from all backgrounds and we expect more intergenerational interfaith projects than ever.”

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2ANIMAL MAGIC

Goats, sheep, chickens and donkeys were among the farm animals that visited Jewish Care’s Betty and Asher Loftus Centre in Friern Barnet. Residents, relatives and staff from care homes Lady Sarah Cohen House, The Kun Mor & George Kiss Home and Rosetrees, enjoyed stroking animals from ARK mobile farm, patting the friendly labradors and feeding apples to goats. Alison Prior, manager at Jewish Care’s Rosetrees home, said: “We know connecting with animals can be a therapeutic, positive experience for older people and it was an enjoyable afternoon for residents, relatives and staff.”

More than 50 participants – including 23 children – were taught how to make a shofar at Chigwell and Hainault Shul. Organised by Rabbi Rafi and Rebbetzin Chaya Goodwin and led by Rabbi Yossi Simon of Tzivos HaShem, the children – including Oscar and Lewis Hurst, pictured – learnt how to saw off the end of their shofars, before sanding and varnishing them. Member Sarah Strong said: “It was really great fun. The kids were so proud making their own shofar from scratch.”

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Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev visited a Hindu spiritual event on unity and hope, where he spoke about the common ground between the Hindu and Jewish communities, as well as between India and Israel. Morari Bapu, the Hindu world renowned spiritual leader, hosted a nine-day religious discourse at Wembley Arena, where he welcomed Regev to the stage.

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1 FAMILY HISTORY

More than 60 members of Bushey United Synagogue attended an event at their shul, where they heard how their rebbetzin discovered new details about her family history using World Jewish Relief (WJR)’s archives. The charity’s Rebecca Singer spoke about the organisation, while Rebbetzin Jacqueline spoke about discovering her grandmother’s documents in the archives. She said: “It’s been an amazingly powerful and emotional experience for me and my family.”

2 PIONEERING TRIP

Students from Yavneh College visited HaShomer HaChadash, where they learnt about Zionism through a first-hand experience of connecting with the land of Israel. During the trip, which was sponsored by JNF UK, 120 Year 9 students met 21st century Israeli pioneers as well as local young people who volunteer for the organisation. JNF UK chairman Samuel Hayek said: “JNF UK has been supporting this trip for the past three years because we believe in connecting Jewish youth to Israel, as well as supporting essential projects in Israel that advance Israeli society.”

3 BUSINESS AWARD 5 CHORAL VISIT Three female entrepreneurs from north-west London have been shortlisted for a national woman in business award. Sponsored by HSBC and recognising women in business and their contribution to the economy, Tracey Dunn, Ellie Blacher and Martine Reuben met four years ago as parents at Moriah Day School. Having started their business from a garden shed, MediAccounts now looks after nearly 100 of the country’s leading consultants and surgeons. They are founders of ‘Friends Of Moriah’ in 2010, and raised more than £100,000 for the school. The winner will be announced on 15 September.

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A HAPPY LIFE

Helen Clarke, jLiving’s most senior tenant, celebrated her 103rd birthday at home at Harmony Close with family and neighbours, where she has lived for the past 17 years. Pictured with her grandson and granddog, she says her hobbies are playing kalooki and going to the casino. When asked about the secret of a long and happy life, she said: “You should live life to the full the way you want to and not to please others.”

La Chorale Le Chant Sacre of the Great Synagogue Strasbourg hosted 33 Kenton Synagogue members for four days. Taken on sightseeing tours of the Alsace region, the guests participated in the Shabbat and daily services, joined the choir for communal meals in the community centre and attended the Great Synagogue’s Bastille Day Ceremony. Pictured is Kenton Synagogue’s Rabbi Yehuda Black presenting a certificate of friendship to Gerard Drefus, Vice President of the Great Synagogue Strasbourg, and a member of La Chorale Le Chant Sacre.

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Ealing Liberal Synagogue raised £5,425 at a special fun day event, with the money going to the Abraham’s Tent Project to turn part of South London Liberal Synagogue into a home for a refugee family. The day included a bake off and bridge lessons, music, singing and a table tennis tournament. Ealing’s Rabbi Janet Burden said: “The Abraham’s Tent project is so inspiring – in terms of both its intent and practicality – that we wanted to do as much as possible to raise funds for it.”


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Joel’s feelgood factor As the new series of The X Factor hits our screens, Francine Wolfisz chats to one of the early contenders for this year’s title

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ith his broad smile and Harry Potter looks, Joel Fishel proved he’s a wizard at beatboxing while auditioning for The X Factor – and it’s a talent he apparently first learned while spending time at a Jewish summer camp. Joel and best friend Jack Remington, both 22, dazzled judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne with a mash-up of Ed Sheeran songs during their audition for the talent show, which began last weekend. The pair – who met at Oxford University and have been singing together for three years - are now one of the hottest acts to look out for. Joel, who was born in Leeds and grew up in Finchley, says he has always been musical – his father, Daniel is a trombonist and singer, while his uncle, Dave, is a jazz pianist – but it was also his involvement with

Noam that encouraged him to pursue his passion. The talented drummer and bass player says of the Jewish youth movement: “There used to be a Noam talent show and I would do beatboxing, year in, year out. That was my main avenue from where it all developed. “Noam was also the first place I sang a capella music. One of the leaders was trying to form a barbershop quartet and I somehow got picked for that. So I really have a lot to thank Noam for.” Joel went on to become a leader himself for two years until starting a maths degree at Oxford, where he first met Jack after joining renowned allmale a capella group, Out Of The Blue. It was while walking back from a rehearsal one day they came up with the idea for forming their own group. Joel, who attends New North London Synagogue, recalls: “There was this talent competition at our college and we were both going to

The pair chat with the show’s host, Dermot O’Leary

enter. I was going to beatbox and Jack was going to sing. Obviously realising there could only be one winner we decided to join forces – and we both ended up not winning! But that was the start of it for us as a duo.” Three years ago, the pair released their first video on their YouTube channel and the response “encouraged us to keep going”. Since then, they have garnered thousands of subscribers, while a mash-up of UK number 1 singles from 2016 released earlier this year scored well over 2.5million views on Facebook. Now they have set their sights on bringing their act to the masses on The X Factor. “We’ve worked really hard with our music and feel lucky that a few of our videos went viral. “But for us, The X Factor is the big platform, with numbers that can’t compare to anything we’ve seen before. “We’re excited to work as hard as possible to get as far as we can.” Of the audition, Joel admits to “feeling really nervous to even watch myself back looking nervous” and that the minutes running up to his meeting with the judges were “traumatising”. “It was quite a surprise for us, because we’ve been performing together for a while and we thought we’d conquered performance nerves, but this was a different story. It was quite terrifying.” When asked which in his opinion was worse, his Oxford interview or the audition, Joel barely hesitates. “Definitely The X Factor”, he laughs. As for Simon Cowell, he reveals that he was the judge that Joel feared the most. “He was the one I was definitely most intimidated by, because he tends to be the hardest nut to crack. It seems

Joel [right] and Jack share a joke during their X Factor audition

to be important to get him on side from your opening audition. But I also think he’s very honest, so it’s nice he thinks there’s something unique about us.” Since his involvement with The X Factor was unveiled at the weekend, Joel says the reaction has been “overwhelmingly lovely”, and both mum, Annie and dad Daniel, are “so, so proud”. Time will tell if the duo actually

make it through to the next round and all the way to the live finals, but Joel assures viewers they can expect “more creative medleys, beatboxing and Jack’s acrobatic singing” from the talented pair.  The X Factor continues Saturday and Sunday, 8pm, on ITV1


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Jewish history to fore in plan for Willesden’s ‘house of life’ A new United Synagogue project funded by a National Lottery grant hopes to transform Willesden Cemetery into a heritage hotspot and uncover more details about those buried there, writes Naomi Frankel Before me stands a white marble gravestone. It is small and unassuming; visitors to Willesden Cemetery could be forgiven for missing it altogether – yet it marks the resting place of a pioneering woman who changed the course of medicine. A double helix among the usual masonry reveals the gravestone of scientist Rosalind Franklin, who helped to discover DNA. She is just one of the many notable figures buried at the Beaconsfield Road site, which opened in 1873 and was awarded Grade II status earlier this month. Other notables here include Julius Vogel, the first Jewish prime minister of New Zealand; Lionel de Rothschild, one of the first Jewish members of parliament; Hannah Rosebery, once the richest woman in the world, and Jack

Cohen, founder of Tesco. The who’s who of the Jewish world buried inside Willesden’s gates mean it has become known as the Rolls-Royce of London’s United Synagogue cemeteries. Over the course of my visit, however, I am introduced to the graves of artists, baronets, businessmen, scholars, travellers and teachers, people who founded schools and care homes, as well as many ordinary individuals who were all extraordinary in their own way. I discover a small broken headstone dedicated to one such person – an RAF pilot officer called John Lionel de Keyser, who died at the age of just 25. I am intrigued to find out more about this unsung hero, who was reported missing in action. A simple internet search does not reveal any further information, but help is now at hand. A new project led by United Synagogue and funded by a National Lottery grant is hoping to transform Willesden Cemetery into a heritage hotspot and uncover more details about the people buried there. Project development manager Hester Abrams explains: “Everybody’s stories matter and we want to uncover them all. Through telling them, we can illuminate the amazing contributions of Britain’s Jews, who made up the first significant ethnic minority to settle here in modern times.” Today one of the borough’s few open spaces, the cemetery has beautifully wrought Gothic pillars and headstones presenting a striking backdrop against the blue sky. It covers 21 acres,

The cemetery charts the development of the Jewish community in London

A Star of David adorns the elaborate mortuary and prayer hall at Willesden Cemetery

with 26,000 graves are of all shapes and sizes whose elaborate scrolls and designs catch the viewer’s eye. “This cemetery literally charts the fortunes and development of the Jewish community in London,” Abrams continues. “Its heyday spanned the Victorian and Edwardian eras, two world wars and the post-war suburban boom from the 1940s to the 1970s.” The heritage project hopes to interpret the graves and memorials via a website and guided tours led by trained volunteers, as well as digital tours. There are plans for open days, talks and exhibitions. Abrams adds: “As part of the project, we want to explain and interpret Jewish burial custom and practice around death and mourning and explain some of the differences.” It all comes amid growing recognition of the vital part Willesden Cemetery plays in Britain’s national heritage. It boasts the first UK national Jewish war memorial and also has a unique surviving memorial to Jews who died in the Boer War of 1899 - 1902. Abrams shows me one of the two reserved areas of Commonwealth war graves, where four simple yet striking headstones sit in a green

enclosure. Elsewhere, the grand old funerary buildings in the cemetery, which are all included in the Grade II protected status, are almost completely preserved in their original state. They include a mortuary and prayer hall, marked with a stained-glass Star of David. Although the site is a prominently Jewish place, Abrams emphasises the new project’s aim is for all people to connect with the heritage of the cemetery and the past it represents. “We have had the struggles that many immigrant communities are experiencing today. We want to bring a wider range of people into the cemetery, particularly from the local community and schools,” she says. Many of the graves we pass are well maintained, but some have inevitably crumbled over the passage of time. Abrams mentions that the project hopes to “connect with families and encourage conservation of the graves, whether by physical repair or recording of inscriptions”. In times gone by, Jewish burial grounds were known as the “houses of life”. Now, thanks to this project, the stories of those buried here will indeed not be forgotten.

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Plymouth’s Jewish secrets Lucy Daltroff gets down to nature in Somerset and hears the incredible story of how a 300-year-old Jewish cemetery was found in Plymouth, with the help of Google Looking at the flower head of a bee orchid, it’s more than apparent how it gets its name, as the plant resembles a bee feeding on three pink petals. This is one of nature’s clever tricks, as the insects visit the plant in the hope of mating with this “pretend bee” and, consequently, the plant gets pollinated. The presence of orchids is one of the revelations of the North Somerset coastline, where I have come to explore some of the county’s less well-known pathways. An early surprise was just how easy the journey is on a Great Western train from Paddington – it takes less than two hours to reach Taunton, although my starting point is 35 minutes’ away by car, at St Audries Bay. The cove itself is at the foot of the Quantock Hills and two scenic waterfalls flow down the sides of the cliffs. Access is via a path leading from a local holiday park. It’s a bit of a hike to get down the steps, but a beautiful vista immediately opens up, including exceptional Jurassic and Triassic rock formations. Our knowledgeable guide, Chris Sidaway, explained the history and some of the literary associations, making it easy to imagine both Coleridge and Wordsworth, who had houses in the area, walking along the rocky shore together. Move further east and a rather more modern attraction can be found. Rising sea levels are putting a squeeze on the coastline, so the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust and the Environment Agency have created Steart Marshes – one of the UK’s largest and newest wetland reserves. The hundreds of hectares of saltmarsh and freshwater marshlands buffer homes and businesses from rising sea levels, and provide habitat for a mix of wetland wildlife – including otters, egrets, owls, waders and wildfowl. The medieval village of Dunster within the

A waterfall at St Audries Bay

Clockwise from top: Quantock Hills, Somerset, England’s first area of outstanding natural beauty; a bee orchid; and Plymouth Synagogue

Exmoor National Park is a great place to stay while exploring the area and so pretty that I was not surprised to hear the song, All Things Bright and Beautiful, was composed here. The village grew up around the castle, which was built shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066 and has an array of medieval buildings. I was lucky to stay the night in the centre of the village at the Luttrell Arms, formerly used as a guest house by the abbots of Cleeve, where parts of the building date from 1443. Cleeve Abbey, situated in an attractive valley surrounded by unspoilt countryside, is looked after by English Heritage and gives a real clue to monastic existence 800 years ago. The church may have been destroyed by Henry VIII during the dissolution in 1536, but the gatehouse and its 15th century refectory, have survived remarkably intact, while the large dormitory provides an insight into the monk’s gruelling daily life. In another building is the complete 13th century refectory floor, with its heraldic tiles, all still in such excellent condition. We moved on to the awe-inspiring Brean Down, a sort of natural cliff pier, now owned by the National Trust, and stretching right out into the surging tidal waters of the Severn Estuary. The stunning views of this Site of Special Scientific Interest stretch 42 miles. I could see the islands of Steep Holm and Flat Holm with the coast of Wales beyond. There is a treasure trove of archaeological remains on the Down from Bronze Age settlements, burial mounds

and even a demolished Roman temple. My last stop was to the neighbouring county of Devon. Plymouth’s synagogue, which dates from 1762, is the oldest surviving Askenanazi shul in the English speaking world and miraculously survived the extensive Second World War bombing of the city. Most of the early Jewish arrivals to Plymouth were migrants from Amsterdam, who used the town as a stepping stone to America. However, the thriving naval docks and need for goldsmiths, tailors and other skills was so plentiful that many decided to stay. The community that built the synagogue was not the first example of a Jewish presence here, as when Sir Francis Drake, a local boy from nearby Tavistock, sailed around the world, he wrote in his log that his quartermaster and navigator was “Moses the Jew, from Plymouth”. Custodian Jerry Sibley, who is intent on keeping alive the community, showed me around. He realised, by browsing through papers, that there was a 300-year-old Jewish cemetery somewhere on the famous Hoe. Using

Google Maps and considerable detective work, he last year unearthed a much neglected, locked, wooden entrance door. The synagogue treasurer handed him a box of old keys, one of which worked and suddenly the door swung open. Jerry later approached the Ripple Theatre Company and through extensive research, there is now an audio-visual for visitors, dramatising the lives of some of those buried here. Within the shul there is a feeling of peace, as well as a wonderful Baroque Ark made in Holland and reassembled in situ. The bimah was made by local boat builders and looks remarkably like a ship. Although there is a dwindling and quite elderly community, the shul is immaculately kept. Donations from visitors are helping to keep the building in good repair, along with private tours. Finally, Jerry recounted the story of Leon Solomon, who generously gave money for building improvements in 1864. Little could he know that many years later, his grandson, Ernest, who changed his surname, would marry a woman who would one day fraternise with Hitler. Her name? Mrs Wallis Simpson!

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Sedra: Ki Tavo / It’s Biblical / Orthodox Judaism

SEDRA

It’s Biblical

Ki Tavo

BY RABBI YONASAN CALLER Throughout life, we all experience joy as well as sadness, satisfaction as well as disappointment. A Jewish farmer is no different. Each year, he experiences the full gamut of emotions since the weather and success of his crops is unpredictable. In autumn he prays and hopes for a rainy winter. In early spring, he plants, with faith that his crops will prosper, and in summer, he celebrates his bountiful and luscious produce or laments an unsuccessful season, before starting anew. As discussed at the sedra start, there was a mitzvah to bring to the Temple the bikkurim (first ripe fruits of the seven special species), hand them to the priests and recite a declaration that succinctly recounts the journey of the Jewish people – from slavery in Egypt through to entering the Israel. Having experienced a long winter, toiled vigorously in the fields and prayed and hoped for a successful crop, bikkurim was a joyful, heartfelt outpouring of gratitude to God for the blessing of fruit and the gift of the Land of Israel. While we are unable to perform this mitzvah in the Temple’s absence, we can continue to express our gratitude and appreciation for the infinite blessings in our life – both to God as well as to the many people and organisations who support us. Choosing to recognise the tremendous good in our lives and sincerely expressing our appreciation to God and to others infuses our lives with joy and meaning. As Pirkei Avot (4:1) teaches: ‘Who is rich? One who rejoices with what he has.’

 Rabbi Caller is educational coordinator of the Aish

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Moses was the Man of God par excellence – redeemer, king, teacher. While he painfully and tragically missed completing the task of leading the Jewish people to the Land of Israel, his entire being was dedicated to preparing them to be a kingdom of priests in the Holy Land. It’s easy to forget Moses was married to Tzipporah. They met while Moses was a fugitive in Midian, before his epiphany at the Burning Bush, and she spent much of her married life in isolation from him. She apparently stayed with her father in Midian while Moses returned to Egypt during the Exodus (Rashi, Exodus 18.2). In a poignant narrative, Tzipporah reveals to her sister Miriam that she doesn’t lead a normal married life (Numbers 12).

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young children. He (it is unclear who – Moses or their son?) is then attacked by an angelic figure, upon which Tzipporah grabs a flint, and circumcises their son, flinging the foreskin at his feet. This enigmatic passage has engaged commentators throughout time. Who attacked them, and who was being attacked, and why? How did Tzipporah knowtocircumcise?Whatdohercomments ‘a bridegroom of blood for circumcision’ mean? While the precise narrative is debated, we see in this critical incident that Moses was seemingly helpless, and Tzipporah saved him through her performing a specifically male mitzvah. She was insightful, proactive and courageous, breaking convention and probably risking her own safety. While we may struggle to understand the dynamics of the relationship between Moses and Tzipporah, we see she was not a passive player in life, and brought her sterling and steely character to their marriage.

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The flood as punishment

Should our communities do more to help those with mental health problems?

BY DEBORAH BLAUSTEN One phrase seems to have been used more than others to describe the catastrophic flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey: “A flood of biblical proportions.” That phrase calls to mind the great flood of the Noah story, a flood so great that tradition holds it wiped out an entire generation, one that is still known as ‘the generation of the flood’ to this day. Although there is something to be said in comparing large-scale floods that produce era-defining change for a population, the biblical narrative offers a challenging explanation because the Torah tells us that the flood was a punishment for the actions of its victims. Flood narratives are present in many ancient Mesopotamian traditions, where the image of the flood is used as a way of delineating a pre and post-flood reality, where the flood waters provide some kind of cleansing or rebirth. These stories make sense in their

context and act to set up a particular world view. In the Noah story, the narrative arc concludes with the Noahide covenant, setting out ethical behaviours and accompanied by a promise from God that such a flood will never be sent again. This is the context through which the idea of flood as punishment was intended to be viewed, in a limited and narrative supporting way. Abstracted from this context, it presents a violent and punitive theology, which finds a dangerous partner in some of the most discriminatory theology of our modern era. We must be vigilant for moments when echoes of the Torah’s flood narrative are co-opted to cause pain to those already suffering, and seek instead to bring the post-flood promise of hope and restoration into our world.

 Deborah Blausten is a rabbinic student at Leo Baeck College

RABBI CHARLEY BAGINSKY Two recent stories in the Jewish press struck me. The first dealt with new research into Charedi women who experience mental health issues and their difficulty in receiving support owing to the stigma their community places on their problems. The second highlighted the #ihavementalhealth campaign, which seeks to raise awareness that we all have mental health. Both in some way talk about the difficulties many find in discussing their mental health and how they are therefore hindered in receiving the support they need. The study may have focused on Charedi women, but they are not the only part of our community that has had this issue. While Liberal Judaism has had some success with support groups within our communities, and even a successful campaign run by Birmingham Progressive synagogue with Citizens UK to ensure mental

health provision for 16-to-17-yearolds, we, too, have a long way to go. Ask any rabbi and they will tell you how proud they are of the way a congregation will gather together to support someone when they are physically ill or have been bereaved. Yet not only are mental health problems often far harder to see, many of us struggle to know how to help or even what to say. As Jews, we know pain can be both physical and emotional. Every Shabbat, many of us will say the Mi Shebeirach prayer for healing. This prayer draws our attention to the healing of not just the body but

the spirit and soul. It is a communal prayer, one in which we pray for those around us as well as for ourselves. This is surely the point, that we have a responsibility not to allow mental health to be solely a personal issue. There is a desperate need for more education and better access to resources and we can prioritise this in our social justice campaigning. However, we can also start by ensuring those in our communities find them safe and supportive places. Our tradition has taught us how to look after the sick and the bereaved, how to surround them with care and love and have someone to talk to when they are ready. This is no less our duty to offer to those whose spirits or souls may be suffering than those whose bodies are in pain.  Rabbi Baginsky is Liberal Judaism’s director of strategy and partnerships

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Our trusty team of advisers answer your questions about everything from law and finance to dating and dentistry. This week: Driving in Israel as a new immigrant, getting ready for Brexit and moving house in a hurry

DOV NEWMARK ALIYA ADVISOER

NEFESH B’NEFESH Dear Dov I’ve heard there is a new law that olim no longer need to take a driving test in order to convert their licence after they make aliyah. Is this true? Steve Dear Steve Yes and no [how Israeli is that?]. Olim with proof of having a full driver’s licence for five years can convert their UK licences without the need for an eye test, a medical or a practical driving test. However, nothing has changed for olim who do not meet this ‘fiveyear’ criteria. The time frame for converting your

MELVYN SOBELL ACCOUNTANT

SOBELL RHODES Dear Melvyn I own a small fashion business and trade internationally, especially within Europe. With Brexit looming, I’m concerned I haven’t done anything yet to ensure my business continues to thrive once we leave Europe. Is this something you can help me with? Sam

Dear Sam The subject of trading in Europe is on the mind of many business owners in the UK right now. Business owners are unsure of how their business will be affected or what the impact will be. One thing is certain – being ready and prepared will give you a head start and ensure your business is in a green light position. As leading accountants and advisers to the small and medium-sized enterprise market, we are already working with a considerable number of businesses and helping owners to

licence is three years from your date of aliyah, as written in your Teudat Oleh or Teudat Zakaut. You may drive on your foreign licence [under international law] for one year from your aliyah date. However, if you entered Israel within the 12 months prior to your aliyah, the year count will start from the date of your earlier entry. Olim who are 70 or over must still undergo the eye exam and medical but, if they meet the five-year criteria, may still convert their licence without completing a practical driving test. Even though a test is no longer required, it may still be a good investment to take one or two lessons to learn the rules of the road, especially as Israelis are known for driving on the other side of it! For further information please refer to our website nbn.org.il/driving

set up European limited companies that will put their businesses ahead. At Sobell Rhodes LLP, we have international links so are ideally placed to help and make a difference. We can help you be Brexit ready. In order to help you, I will need to know some more details about your business, so please contact me and I would be happy to advise you.

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BENJAMIN STEVENS ESTATE AGENTS Dear Benjamin I want to move and be in my new home for the end of the year. Is now a good time or should I wait a few more weeks before I get going? Sarah Dear Sarah You’re not alone in using the end of the year as a target by

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when to have moved. That’s why you’ll see lots of change in the market over the next six to eight weeks. Once summer is over, lots of people decide that now is the time to get on with moving and hence many more houses come onto the market. This works well with the 12-week ideal timetable to sell a house. The great thing about this time of the year is that there is a deadline, as everyone closes for a few days and it gives people a real focus on timelines, unlike other times of the year when a sale can really drag as there is no need to complete at a certain time. People love the idea of being in a new home for

a new year and a new start. I usually advise an average of two to four weeks to find a buyer, six weeks for the legal works to be done and then a few weeks to sort yourselves out between exchange and completion. So if you are going to move before the end of the year, you really need to be looking at getting going in the next two to four weeks. Other people will be having the same thoughts as you, which makes the market move and ensures that the next four months are one of our busiest periods of the year. So if you have made the decision that it’s time to move, then take the leap and you could be in before the year’s end.


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SOCIAL WORKER CAROLYN COHEN Qualifications: • Supports couples dealing with infertility and reproductive health. • Strictly confidential helpline. • Specialist medical support and information. • Counselling for individuals and couples and educational events. • Expert medical advisory panel.

CHANA 020 8203 8455 Helpline: 020 8201 5774 / 020 8800 0018 www.chana.org.uk info@chana.org.uk

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ELAINE KERR Qualifications: • Able to draw on the expertise of Norwood’s professional staff team, including social workers, educational psychologists, drug and alcohol specialists, speech & language and occupational therapists, teachers, psychologists, benefit advisers. • Expertise in services available for children and their families and young people with special educational needs, and adults with learning disabilities.

STEVE WAYNE Qualifications: • Owner of Benjamin Stevens established in 2004 with offices in Edgware and Bushey and dealing with all surrounding areas. • Specialist in buy 2 let investments and managing lettings portfolios. • Deals with residential sales locally and an expert on all things property in North West London. • Partner at Frederick George & Co

DR PIYUSHA KAPILA Qualifications: • MB ChB (Man) MD (Lon) FRCPCH; trained in the Childrens’ Hospitals in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and London. • Looks after children and newborns with all sorts of general problems. • Specialises in endocrinology and diabetes in children. • Works at N Middlesex University NHS Hospital; private sessions at the Wellington Centres and Hsopital of St John and St Elizabeth.

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BENJAMIN STEVENS ESTATE AGENTS 020 8950 7777 www.benjaminstevens.co.uk Steve@benjaminstevens.co.uk

TELECOMS SPECIALIST MAXI ROSE Qualifications: • MD at RCUK since 1999. Grown the business into three substantial UK branches serving clients worldwide – USA, Europe & Middle East. • Telecoms specialist in business & consumer mobile solutions, landline and broadband services and Ofcom Telecoms registered reseller.

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MOBILITY SPECIALIST ELAINE FERGUSON Qualifications: • 20+ years experience with mobility and independent living products and services. • Expert advice to make life easier whether you have restricted movement, are disabled or elderly. • Manager of north London’s largest mobility centre, member of British Healthcare Trade Association (BHTA). • Training provider: First Aid, carers, health and safety.

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DAVID SEGEL Qualifications: • Managing director of West End Travel, established in 1972. • Leading UK El Al agent with branches in Swiss Cottage and Edgware. • Specialist in Israel travel, cruises and kosher holidays. • Leading business travel company, ranked in top 50 UK agents. • Frequent travel broadcaster on radio and TV.

CARL WOOLF Qualifications: • 20+ years experience as a criminal defence solicitor and higher court advocate. • Specialising in all aspects of criminal law including murder, drug offences, fraud and money laundering, offences of violence, sexual offences and all aspects of road traffic law. • Visiting associate professor at Brunel University.

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MICHELLE FREEDMAN Qualifications: • 15 years’ experience as a family law barrister, specialist in divorce and financial relief. • Approved by the Bar Council to undertake public access work. • Can be instructed directly by the public for legal advice and representation without having to go through a solicitor. • Appearances in the media, including BBC World Service, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Newsroom Southeast.

LOUISE LEACH Qualifications: • Professional choreographer qualified in dance, drama and Zumba (ZIN, ISTD & LAMDA), gaining an honours degree at Birmingham University. • Former contestant on ITV’s Popstars, reaching bootcamp with Myleene Klass, Suzanne Shaw and Kym Marsh. • Set up Dancing with Louise 10 years ago.

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MELVYN SOBELL Qualifications: • Chartered accountant FCA. • Accounting, taxation and business advisory services. • Specialises in forensic accounting. • CEDR accredited mediator. • Expert witness advice for all financial matters.

JAMES CARMICHAEL Qualifications: • Fully qualified, HCPC registered, Hearing Aid Audiologist with 10 years’ experience. • Specialist in hearing healthcare including tinnitus management and wax removal. • Fully understands the impact of hearing loss and will work with you to find the best solution for your hearing needs.

IAN GREEN Qualifications: • Launched Man on a Bike IT consultancy 15 years ago to provide computer support for the home and small businesses. • Clients range from legal firms in the City to families, small business owners and synagogues. • More than 18 years’ experience.

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ALIYAH ADVISER

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DOV NEWMARK Qualifications: • Director of UK Aliyah for Nefesh B’Nefesh, an organisation that helps facilitate aliyah from the UK. • Conducts monthly seminars and personal aliyah meetings in London. • An expert in working together with clients to help plan a successful aliyah.

BAYLA PERRIN Qualifications: • Free professional service delivering immediate practical help with domestic administrative matters, assisting those alone and in crisis. • Providing workable solutions for debt management, budgeting, bills, utilities, insurance, welfare & benefits, form filling, financial correspondence, bureaucracy and divorce procedures. Cross communal and throughout London.

HOWARD GOLD Qualifications: • Member of the Federation of Master Builders. • Member of the Consumer Protection Association offering an underwritten insurance backed guarantee of 5 years on all projects. • Providing a tailored end-to-end property service for residential property clients in north and north-west London. Focusing on a quality service.

NEFESH B’NEFESH 0800 075 7200 www.nbn.org.il dov@nbn.org.il

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ANDREW MILLER QC Qualifications: • Mediator with more than 25 years of experience of using mediation to economically resolve commercial disputes. • Queen’s Counsel (Barrister) with 25+ years legal experience of conducting commercial cases. • Providing a cost-effective and time-efficient alternative to the court litigation process.

HAZEL KAYE Qualifications: • Able to draw on the charity’s 45+ years of experience in providing specialist accommodation designed to enable independence. • Knowledge of the features and innovations that can empower people to undertake everyday tasks and awareness of relevant grants and benefits available. • Understands the impact of a diagnosis of disability.

STEPHEN MORRIS Qualifications: • Managing Director of Stephen Morris Shipping Ltd. • 45 years’ experience in shipping household and personal effects. • Chosen mover for four royal families and three UK prime ministers. • Offering proven quality specialist advice for moving anyone across the world or round the corner.

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BERNARD MIEL Qualifications: Managing Director of Kitchens Continental, an independent design company specialising in function and form for bespoke high quality kitchens. More than 30 years in the industry, providing both retail and contract kitchens. Familiar with German, Italian and English kitchens. Full service including cabinetry, worktops, appliances, sinks, taps, floors and fitting.

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LESLEY TRENNER Qualifications: • Provides free professional one-to-one advice at Resource to help unemployed into work. • Offers practical support, workshops and networking opportunities to maximise job prospects. • Expert in change management and people development. International Coach Federation certified coach helping people with career development and midlife change including dilemmas around ageing parents.

KITCHENS CONTINENTAL 020 8203 6033 www.kitchenscontinental.com hendon@kitchenscontinental.com

RESOURCE THE JEWISH EMPLOYMENT ADVICE CENTRE 020 8346 4000 www.resource-centre.org office@resource-centre.org

FAMILY SOLICITOR

POLLY LANDSBERG Qualifications: • 35 years care experience in supporting elderly people at home and in the community. • Qualified nurse, providing advice and support for individuals with a range of needs. • Providing care at home for those requiring reassurance and companionship, assistance with personal care, help around the house and specialist services for those living with long-term conditions.

FREEMANS SOLICITORS 020 7935 3522 www.freemanssolicitors.net rg@freemanssolicitors.net

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AMQC Mediation @ 2tg Providing a time and cost effective alternative to resolve your legal and commercial disputes

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REBEKAH GERSHUNY Qualifications: Member of Resolution, Law Society Accredited and registered with the Family Mediation Council. Collaborative family lawyer, with more than 20 years’ experience and founder of family mediation practice, Evolve Family Mediation. Promotes a constructive and non-confrontational approach.

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13 Man’s throat bump (5,5) 17 Presided over (3) 18 Thin (legs) (7) 19 Supplementary building (6)

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The ELEPHANT is ill, he needs to take a PILL

ACROSS 1 Performs a role (4) 3 Go aboard (6) 8 Bring in crops (7) 9 Furnish with weapons (3) 10 Inducement (10)

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Kids in Kent for Tribe’s final summer camp Photos by Marc Morris Photography

Anne achieves her goal

CHARITY

Nightingale House resident Ann Rowe completed a remarkable turnaround by taking part in the 5k Parallel London race – five years after entering the home wheelchair-bound. Working with their physiotherapist Michael Stokes, the 87-year-old can now walk 40m unaided. She said: “I’m so grateful to Michael for helping me achieve my ambition – to raise funds for Nightingale and in particular the physiotherapy department.”

SUMMER CAMPS Paint balling, climbing and caving were among the activities on offer for participants at Tribe’s final summer camps of the year. Hundreds of children, aged between 9-18 enjoyed trips to Diggerland theme park in Kent and Belgium as the organisation’s annual summer trips came to an action-packed end. Tribe Fieldworker Michael Taylor said: “Having more than 250 children at the camps created a fantastic atmosphere, enhancing an already exciting and inspirational week away. “Through many fun and engaging activities including visiting a Theme Park, and inspiration from our amazing leaders, we hope that we have strengthened participant’s connection to Judaism and their community. We look forward to welcoming them back at our reunions”.

ACTIV8 STAY ACTIVE NEXT WEEK...

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South Hampstead Shul Sunday walk 10 Sept – 10.30am office@southhampstead.org Maccabi GB Jewish Walking Tour 10 Sept – 11.00am-1.00pm More info: janice@maccabigb.org Baby Yoga 11 Sept – 2.00pm www.jw3.org.uk/events Games afternoon at Pinner Shul 11 Sept – 2.30pm-4.30pm ednaterret@btinternet.com

Chai-five for cyclists!

BIKE RIDE

Five cyclists raised £5,500 for Chai when they completed the 100-mile Prudential Ride London Challenge. Richard Stephens, Gideon Kay, Jonny Goldberg, Alon Stock and Chai Physiotherapist, Graham Silas took six hours to complete the challenge. Graham said: “The work that Chai does, supporting cancer patients and their relatives, is so important and as a Jewish community we are so fortunate to have it.”

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Street dance (3-5-year-olds) 11 Sept – 3.50pm www.jw3.org.uk/events 11th Edgware Cubs at Edgware US 11 Sept – 6.30pm-8.00pm office@edgwareu.com Mosaic Reform’s Walking Group 12 Sept – 10.00am-12.00pm office.hems@gmail.com Israeli Committee Golf Day 13 Sept – 12.00pm-10.00pm manager@woodsidepark.org.uk

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Sedra, Soup & Sandwich at HGSS 12 Sept – 12.30pm-1.30pm gayle@hgss.org.uk

Cats leave it late on opening day Catford & Bromley scored two goals in the last five minutes as they beat Straw Hats Pirates 3-2 on the opening day of the Jewish football season. Alex Jacobs, Mitch Green and Jamie Sinai’s (pictured) injury time penalty secured the win for Jeff Gotch’s side, who said: “We managed to get three points when only five minutes earlier, we looked like we wouldn’t get any.” The other game saw new boys Fairlop FC beat Hertswood Vale 2-1, thanks to Daniel Rosen’s strike and an own goal. Manager Aaron Dias said: “It wasn’t the best performance, but we’re happy with the result and it’s one step closer to finishing the season unbeaten.”

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Medal-winning Israeli gymnast exceeds expectations at World Championships GYMNASTICS By Andrew Sherwood andrews@thejngroup.com @JewishNewsUK

Linoy Ashram won an historic medal for Israel when she claimed third place at the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Italy. The 18-year-old became the first Israeli to reach the podium in the all-around competition at the World Championships, which consists of the hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon disciplines. She said: “I’m really happy that

Bend it like Linoy: On her way to winning a bronze medal

I managed to prove to everyone how hard I work. It’s far from a given that I [would have] managed to win a medal here, especially my first World Championships. I’m really excited and this hasn’t really sunk in yet.” Capping off a fine few months which saw her win two medals at the World Games, two at the European Championships and five gold medals at this summer’s Maccabiah Games, she has also been rewarded with a £13,000 bonus from the Olympic Committee of Israel and the Ministry of Culture and Sport and will also receive a monthly payment of £1,900 from the OCI. Thanking everyone who has supported her, she said: “This is so much fun and I want to thank everyone who has

helped me, it is really fun to know that there are so many people supporting me and that only gives me more motivation to continue and work hard.” Israel Gymnastics Association chairman Razi Peled said: “This is amazing, crazy. This is a huge achievement by a wonderful gymnast who manages to scale new heights time and again.”

End of the world for Israel as captain quits WORLD CUP Israel’s football squad endured a tumultuous five days which saw it knocked out of the World Cup and the captain walk away from the team. Eran Zahavi’s downfall started when he ripped off his armband after been booed by Israeli fans during their 1-0 loss to Macedonia on Saturday. Apologising to the people “who love him”, but not to “the fans

that were at the stadium”, adding he didn’t regret what happened, the Israeli FA handed him a 12-month suspension. Zahavi then released a statement saying: “After a day of much thinking, conversations with my family and the people who have accompanied me throughout my career, I announce my retirement.” Any lingering hopes of qualifying for a play-off tie ended on Tuesday night when they were beaten 1-0 in Italy.

Zahavi in his last game for Israel

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